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Snake Preview

by on Jan.25, 2015, under Animals, Environment, Health, Nature

We can understand why some people have a fear of snakes. They're stealthy, favor small dark places, and may live in close proximity to you for years before you realize they're there. snake_toilet No matter how conscientious you are, you still have to sleep sometime. snake_sleep Some people don't find them scary at all. snake_girl2 If you provide the proper environment, snakes are easy to maintain. They rarely aggravate allergies and they don't take up much space, making them good apartment pets. snake_pet3 The bond between a boy and his snake can last for years. snake_girl3 But fears aren't unfounded. Unlike these house pets, a snake in the wild could be dangerous snake_fangs1 The fangs may not look as sharp as cat or puppy teeth, but the venom can be potent. snake_bite2 It travels from the point of origin and spreads through the body rapidly. Even the notorious Black Mambo takes 20 minutes (in extreme cases) to 8 hours to kill. snake_bitefoot2 Other species give their victims an opportunity to experience the agony for much longer. snake_bitefoot Often the venom contains chemicals that paralyze the nerves and cause the blood to clot. If not treated quickly, it spreads and muscle tissue begins to die. snake_bite3 This 13 year old girl from Caracas, Venezuela was bitten a month before she was brought to a hospital. The leg will be amputated to keep the necrosis from spreading but they believe that effects of the necrosis, rhabdomyolysis which causes the muscle tissue to die, and Rhabdomyolysis, which leads to kidney failure, are already irreversible. snake_bitedog If your dog can't read, warn him about the dangers of snakes. dog_snake2 If you encounter an unidentified creature in the wild, if it doesn't have fur and four legs, it's probably a dangerous spider and you should leave the vicinity as fast as possible.
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Canons of Law

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Crime, Culture, History, Recreation, Toys, Weapons

Gun ownership is strongly regulated in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe, Canada, and the United States. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to own firearms, but individual states and the Federal Government set limits. Some people justify gun ownership in the U.S. as a hedge against a totalitarian government, the historic legacy of hunting, and as a safe, fun hobby.

It is legal to own a Colt AR-15A3 in most parts of the U.S. A semi-automatic AK-47 is ok too.

In Britain, the standards are more severe.

The West Midland Police were on a "routine operation" when the noticed the tiny replica cannon.

The cannon, about a foot long, has a bronze barrel, wood carriage, with bronze wheels. Because you can load it with gunpowder, and it has a hole for a fuse, it is technically a firearm under current statutes. It is considered a "working weapon".

Police said they had to seize and destroy it for safety reasons. A spokesman said, "Police officers and specially trained firearms officers are working 24/7 to remove more obvious firearms from the streets of the West Midlands and we remain committed to further reducing serious violent crime."

West Midlands Police keeping the streets safe

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Bearing Up Under Fire

by on Sep.08, 2012, under Animals, Culture, Environment, Health, Nature

It was an especially hot toasty summer for most of the United States, and wildfires spread like butter on hot toast destroying more than 8,000,000 million acres of forest this year. In the Salmon-Challis National Forest, located in Idaho north of Boise, five separate fires eventually merged into one enormous inferno, encompassing 250,000 acres. As they were battling the blaze, Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game encountered a small black bear cub that had climbed a Fir tree to escape the flames. His mother was nowhere in the vicinity. The four month old cub couldn't walk on his burnt paws and hadn't been able to eat in days. He weighed only 23 pounds when brought in to the Idaho Fish and Game's Wildlife Health Laboratory. They treated and dressed his claws, which had suffered second degree burns. Jeff Rosenthal, Director of the Idaho Humane Society, reported on the bear's condition. "He's healing nicely. His pads and toes are no longer bleeding and new skin is already forming on the burned portions." His contact with humans is being limited in the hopes that he can be returned to the wild in a few weeks, despite being orphaned. "He's eating like a little pig, very feisty, and not very social. He charges the cage front whenever anyone gets near, trying to scare us off." said Rosenthal. If he can't be released back into the wild, he could be situated at Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall, Idaho, where there are two acre enclosures set up as a natural bear habitat.
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Rat Fink

by on Jul.19, 2012, under Animals, Health, Nature

There are different thoughts about where the Black Plague that decimated the population of Europe in the 14th century first appeared, but an outbreak in China is thought to have been raging violently in 1333.

By 1348 it reached Italy and ravaged Europe for the next three years. The underlying disease, Bubonic Plague, is caused by bites from infected fleas hosted by rats. But at that time there was no cure and the manifestation of symptoms, bumps and lesions, usually indicated a life expectancy of about a week.

Although most of us don't know anybody that's actually contracted Bubonic Plague, it survived the Reformation, the American War of Independence, and both World Wars.

But you have to make a concerted effort. Animal lover Paul Gaylord of Prineville, Oregon did just that.

He saw a stray cat — who he'd named Charlie — with a dead rat jammed in the back of his throat. The cat appeared to be choking, so Gaylord attempted to pull the rat out from the cat's throat.

The distressed cat bit his hand. Unable to remove the mouse, Gaylord shot Charlie to end his suffering and buried him in the yard.

Two days later he woke up with fever and chills.  "I don't think I can do my job," Gaylord, a welder,  said in a phone interview from a Bend, Ore., hospital. "I'm going to lose all my fingers on both hands. I don't know about my thumbs. The toes — I might lose all them, too."

His lymph nodes swelled to the size of lemons. His heart stopped. A lung collapsed. His fingers and toes have been amputated.

This is Oregon's fifth Bubonic Plague case since 1995. The cat's body was exhumed for a necropsy and confirmed to have the plague.

After a month in the hospital on life support, Gaylord faces a long rehabilitation.

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Bearly Awake

by on Feb.17, 2012, under Animals, Nature

If you go out in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise. If you go out in the woods today, You'd better not go alone. It's lovely out in the woods today, But safer to stay at home. Some people driving through Vesper, Wisconsin thought they saw two eyes shining in the dark along the road in Wood County. So they did what anyone who has never seen a horror movie or read a book would do. They stopped to investigate. They were lucky, and their curiosity was rewarded by the sight of a black bear, interrupted from his hibernation. Bears aren't as picky about their sleeping arrangements as literature would have you believe. A drain pipe isn't too hard, or too soft. It's just right. Black bears remain active and alert during their four month hibernation period and may forage for food in mild weather. This one went right back to sleep after the brief encounter.
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Dam Dog

by on Jun.10, 2011, under Animals, Culture, History, Racism, War and Terrorism, Weapons

617 Squadron, RAF, "The Dambusters" was a single squadron formed during the Second World War to carry out a single special and dangerous task. That operation "Chastise" has since become a legend in the annals of military history and it possess all the traditionally admired military attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a very dramatic outcome. Operation Chastise has in many ways overshadowed the later exploits of the men who formed the squadron.

Eder Dam after May 16 1943 raid

They're one of the legends of World War II in Britain. A movie was made in 1955 about their exploits.

Director Peter Jackson is working on a modern version of the story of the RAF bomber group whose mission was to destroy dams in western Germany, using a bouncing bomb developed by British scientists as a means of attacking Germany's dams.

Results of first test of new bouncing bomb

The film portrays Wing Commander Guy Gibson. His black labrador dog is with him throughout the film and his name is used as a codeword in the operations. For the new movie, scripted by Stephen Fry, they've decided to rename the dog "Digger".

N*gger died in a car accident on the morning of the Dambusters raid on 16 May 1943 and is buried at the squadron's home of RAF Scampton, Lincs. The change was criticized by historians and aviation enthusiasts who have complained that they are 'unhappy' with the alteration.

Mervyn Hallam, curator of RAF Scampton museum, today slammed the change and accused Fry of trying to 'rewrite history'. He said: "It's not a problem with coloured people it's the people in power creating the problem. Sod their political correctness and sod human rights. They should keep the dog's name the same - it's ridiculous that they are trying to rewrite history. His grave is still here with his name on it. What they are trying to do is dishonouring N*gger and dishonouring the brave men who flew that mission. We have over 9,000 visitors a year at RAF Scampton and many of them are not native to England but none of them are offended. N*gger is the name of the dog and that shouldn't be interfered with. In the context of the time and the film it's not a racist name." They could have avoided all the xenophobic undertones if they had just renamed him "Pikey". No coloured people or Americans would be offended.
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A Day at the Races

by on Jun.04, 2011, under Animals, Culture, Education, Family, Games, History, Kids, Parenting, Racism, Recreation

The British upper class has long been associated with horse racing. It was a sport for aristocrats and kings. Maintaining this tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (also known as Prince William and Kate Middleton) made an appearance close to home this weekend at the prestigious horse race known as Epsom Derby. It was their first public outing since returning from their honeymoon in the Seychelles last month. Even the Queen had a horse in this race, Carleton House, seen on the right. William and Harry are perfectly at home at the racetrack. They learned to ride at an early age on one of the royal estates. Her Majesty's horse made a valiant effort, but Pour Moi came up from the tail of the pack to win.
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Black Magic and Pink Knickers

by on Jun.11, 2010, under Miscellaneous

53 year old Mohammed Anjum, a devout Muslim of Egmont Road Middlesbrough is in court accused of sexually abusing children.

Mohammed Anjum wearing pink knickers

It is alleged that Pakistani born Anjum pulled up his robe and exposed himself to two young children, witnesses said that under Anjum’s traditional robes he wore little pink knickers and covered his genitals with gold glitter. Anjum is then said to have performed an unspecified sex act. In court this week Anjum denied the allegations saying “I never bought pink knickers in my life”. The woman went on to accuse Mr Anjum and his estranged wife of practicing black magic and compared them to Fred and Rose West. The court heard how the woman had reported Anjum to the police for brainwashing her brother into believing he was possessed by the devil and performing an exorcism on him. Mr Anjum denies the charges of sexual assault and of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child and insists the mother of the children making the allegations is mentally ill.
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The Changing Color of Kids In Arizona

by on Jun.05, 2010, under Racism

An elementary school in Arizona is giving the Michael Jackson treatment to their poster boys.  The mural featuring the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face from the mural, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students pictured on the school wall to be repainted as light-skinned children. The Arizona Republic reports: The project's leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children's ethnicity. But the school's principal says the request was only to fix shading and had nothing to do with political pressure. The "Go on Green" mural, which covers two walls outside Miller Valley Elementary School, was designed to advertise a campaign for environmentally friendly transportation. It features portraits of four children, with a Hispanic boy as the dominant figure. R.E. Wall, director of Prescott's Downtown Mural Project, said he and other artists were subjected to slurs from motorists as they worked on the painting at one of the town's most prominent intersections. "We consistently, for two months, had people shouting racial slander from their cars," Wall said. "We had children painting with us, and here come these yells of (epithet for Blacks) and (epithet for Hispanics)." City Councilman Steve Blair spearheaded a public campaign on his talk show at Prescott radio station KYCA-AM (1490) to remove the mural. In a broadcast last month, according to the Daily Courier in Prescott, Blair mistakenly complained that the most prominent child in the painting is African-American, saying: "To depict the biggest picture on the building as a Black person, I would have to ask the question: Why?" http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/06/04/20100604arizona-mural-sparks-racial-debate.html
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