Tarantula Topping Draws The Brave Into North Carolina Burger Joint

A hamburger intentionally topped with a tarantula is attracting customers to a restaurant in Durham, North Carolina.

Bull City Burger and Brewery is currently celebrating “Exotic Meat Month” by featuring burgers made with everything from alligator to iguana, python, bison, turtle and insects.

But it’s the tarantula challenge that has customers going buggy, according to local station WRAL. For $30, customers get a 100 percent North Carolina pasture-raised beef burger topped with Gruyère cheese, chili sauce and an oven-roasted tarantula. 

And if they finish their plate, they get a T-shirt to immortalize the eight-legged feat, according to Bull City’s website.

However, the restaurant purchased only 18 zebra tarantulas so anyone wanting to chow down on one of the arachnids has to win a “tarantula raffle” first.

At least four people have completed the challenge.

But the burger is not to everyone’s taste. Some of the tweeted comments, according to Yahoo, include “Ew super gross” and “Oh, hell no.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Brave SWAT Cops Suspended For Refusing to Stand Down and Trying to Stop Parkland Shooter

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Parkland, FL — In the aftermath of the recent Parkland school shooting, the cowardice of many of the police who responded to the shooting has created an ongoing conversation in the media about the role of individual officers in life-threatening situations.

As we reported last month, 4 officers from the Broward County Sheriff’s office took cover and waited for backup during the shooting instead of going inside to stop the killer. The officer’s actions sparked outrage and left many people horrified at the fact that so many cops would stand on the sidelines as children were being murdered.

It turns out that there were actually a few officers who had the courage to go in after the killer—but now they are being punished for it. According to the Sun-Sentinel, two Miramar SWAT team members are being suspended for going into the school to stop the shooting because they did not have permission to do so.

The SWAT members were suspended on the grounds that their attempt to help created an “officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for their actions.”

Miramar SWAT team commander Captain Kevin Nosowicz wrote a memo to the officers on Feb. 22 which stated, “On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, you responded to an incident within the city limits of Parkland. This response was conducted without the knowledge or authorization from your chain of command. Self Response to incidents outside of our jurisdiction creates a lack of accountability for your actions. This type of response also creates an officer safety situation due to dispatch not knowing your location or activity. Effective Immediately you have been temporarily suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice. Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT issued rifle.”

The memo went on to say that their actions were discovered through social media, and it somehow made the city look bad.

“It was discovered that there were several social media posts that were posted on the City of Miramar websites. These posts were found to have a direct connection to you and the incident that occurred within the city of Parkland. These posts were found to have a negative connotation to our city and the Miramar police department. The indirect dissemination of information regarding crimes or incidents is a violation of the department’s social media policy,” the memo stated.

A Miramar PD spokesperson said that they were not suspended for responding, but for not going through the proper protocol.

“Miramar PD had numerous officers and a victim advocate respond, without incident. The two SWAT officers temporarily suspended from the SWAT team, but not active duty, were not suspended for responding, but for NOT advising that they responded. They did not advise prior to self-dispatching, during the incident, nor immediately following. This is an officer safety issue, a violation of policy and goes against incident command training and the best practices learned from other mass casualty/shooting incidents,” the spokesperson said.

Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano commended the officers despite their suspension.

“While it may have been a violation of policy to not notify their supervisors that they were going there, their intentions were brave and heroic, I think,” Marano said.

As TFTP reported, all first responders were told to stand down and not enter the school. Some of them have spoken out, noting that they “could’ve saved lives” if they were allowed to go inside the school. Instead, children were left bleeding out instead of receiving the care they so desperately needed that could’ve saved them.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/swat-officers-suspended-for-responding-to-parkland-shooting-on-their-own/

Taxpayers Shell Out $175K for Brave Cop Fired by Dept. for Refusing to Kill a Man

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Weirton, WV — As TFTP reported last year, former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader sued the city after he was fired for not killing a suicidal man who needed help.

It was reported this week that Mader will be receiving $175,000 in a settlement as a result of his unnecessary firing.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said. “The events leading to my termination were unjustified and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met.

“My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again,” said Mader, who still lives in Weirton with his family but now drives trucks for a living, according to WPXI.

As we reported at the time, on May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught.

Madar said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and de-escalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation,” Mader said, adding that, “He wasn’t screaming, yelling, he wasn’t angry. He just seemed distraught. Whenever he told me to shoot him it was as if he was pleading with me. At first, I’m thinking, ‘Do I really need to shoot this guy?’ But after hearing ‘just shoot me’ and his demeanor, it was, ‘I definitely can’t.’”

Mader showed incredible restraint in the situation, even though Williams was attempting to provoke a suicide by cop.

Sadly, as Mader began to reason with Williams and de-escalate the situation, backup arrived, and another officer immediately shot and killed Williams without a second of consideration.

To add insult to injury, Mader was fired for his restraint, and the officer who murdered Williams was cleared of all wrongdoing, showing that the police department is explicitly encouraging indiscriminate killings.

Now, Mader is understandably reconsidering his career choices and has filed a lawsuit against the city that employed him.

“I loved being a police officer. And for them to say because of this incident you’re not going to continue here was heartbreaking. It had me questioning myself, should I be an officer,” Mader told NBC.

West Virginia attorney and ACLU representative Timothy P. O’Brien is helping to bring the lawsuit against the city.

“The City of Weirton’s decision to fire officer Mader because he chose not to shoot and kill a fellow citizen, when he believed that he should not use such force, not only violates the Constitution, common sense and public policy but incredibly punishes restraint.

When given the tragic and far too frequent unnecessary use of deadly force, such restraint should be praised not penalized. To tell a police officer, when in doubt either shoot to kill or get fired, is a choice that no police officer should ever have to make and is a message that is wrong and should never be sent,” O’Brien said.

“There’s the thin blue line, and one of the ironies of this case is that as we’ve seen across the county how many instances police have used deadly force in circumstances where that force is questioned, but nothing is ever done. In most cases, you don’t see training or suspension. When you contrast with what Officer Mader did and how he’s been treated, and officers who’ve used deadly force and how they’ve been treated, it speaks volumes to why we have a problem with deadly force in this country,” O’Brien added.

Mader has no regrets and still believes he did the right thing.

“I wouldn’t change anything. Even after them saying that I failed to eliminate a threat and that it should have been handled differently, I still believe I did the right thing. And a lot of people think I did the right thing, too. I know it’s not just me,” he said. And he’s right, TFTP knows Mader did the right thing, which is why we’ve been reporting on it for two years.

Shooting and killing suicidal or mentally distraught people sadly seems to be the standard operating procedure for police across the country. We have covered countless cases over the years where officers have indiscriminately killed suicidal people instead of helping them out.

Obviously, if a family member makes a phone call to police because a loved one is suicidal, the last thing they want is for someone to get hurt, but when police arrive the situation tends to escalate quickly and result in violence.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/taxpayers-shell-175k-brave-cop-fired-dept-refusing-kill-man/

Re: Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.

No wonder heroic individuals like 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi are emerging, only to end up in handcuffs in Israeli military courts after acts of legitimate resistance to the brutal occupation of their land. The little Palestinian girl with the big hair who has won the hearts and minds of millions around the world is a giant compared with the largely lacklustre individuals who will gather in Ramallah on Sunday.

Philosopher Edmund Burke is often credited with the saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This could easily apply to the inaction of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, except this cabal, mired in corruption and self-interest, could arguably not be described as “good men”.

Read: Israel army admits live fire used on Palestinian civilians throwing stones

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, neither of which are members of the PLO, have been invited to the meeting in Ramallah, which is a good sign. A united front is the only way forward in these uncertain times. The PLO is in unchartered waters dealing with a US President who is as unpredictable as he is mentally unstable, so when the Palestinian Central Council of the organisation comes together on Sunday evening with PA President Mahmoud Abbas they should not waste any more time.

Like the Vatican’s gathering of cardinals deciding who will be the Pope, the doors of the meeting room should be locked and left that way until those gathered inside reach a conclusion. Hopefully, it will be one that is worthy of the Palestinian people, who crave a brave and bold leadership producing fearless and authoritative policies. They know that they already have the support of the international community following widespread condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. What the 121 members of the multi-party council need to do now is respond firmly and with one voice.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s threat to cut aid to countries that vote in support of Palestine at the UN – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump has still not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and there is no doubt that, after being humiliated on the international stage (even the British poodle turned rogue and ran off with the rest of the European pack) he is in a vindictive mood. In a fit of pique, he has already threatened to stop America’s humanitarian aid to the Palestinians by targeting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

One of the many issues to be considered by the Palestinian leadership is the longevity of the Trump Administration, with his support base unwavering despite (or perhaps because of) the xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist outpourings from the Oval Office. The bad news is, under the current climate, Trump could go a second term.

Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, Abbas has to make good his threat that the Americans can no longer play a role as mediator. Despite the enormous pressure that he will come under, he should refuse to see Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region this coming week.

I know different leaders have different styles, but the late Yasser Arafat would have handled this situation so differently that I doubt Trump would have dared to make his Jerusalem announcement in the first place. If he had, I imagine that Arafat would have called for 30 days of rage while garnering support from around the Arab world.

When Arafat pledged to do something, rightly or wrongly it was done. With Abbas, though, we have a man who is known to issue threats but rarely carry them out unless it is to the detriment of the Palestinians living in Gaza or against his political rivals in Hamas. His previous threats to suspend security cooperation or recognition of Israel have simply never materialised. Abbas is a man of weasel words and the bully that is Donald Trump knows this, and it emboldens him more.

The Palestinian leadership must remember that when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel way back in 1993 in return for formal recognition of Israel, the deal was supposed to lead to a final settlement within five years. Realistically, the creation of an independent Palestinian state stalled two decades ago and is no more. Oslo, I’m afraid, is history.

The Palestinians need to bypass the US in future deliberations until a fully functioning and credible President is in the White House. This might just give the moribund peace process a push in a different direction. The current process died long ago, and trying to revive it will be yet more time and effort wasted.

New thinking is required in Ramallah on Sunday and, dare I say it, a new leadership. The people of Palestine need a different, more viable road map for peace; a process which does not depend on the inane whims of Trump and his fanatically pro-Israel advisers.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180113-palestinian-leaders-must-be-brave-and-bold/#comment-3707308353

Re: Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.

No wonder heroic individuals like 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi are emerging, only to end up in handcuffs in Israeli military courts after acts of legitimate resistance to the brutal occupation of their land. The little Palestinian girl with the big hair who has won the hearts and minds of millions around the world is a giant compared with the largely lacklustre individuals who will gather in Ramallah on Sunday.

Philosopher Edmund Burke is often credited with the saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This could easily apply to the inaction of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, except this cabal, mired in corruption and self-interest, could arguably not be described as “good men”.

Read: Israel army admits live fire used on Palestinian civilians throwing stones

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, neither of which are members of the PLO, have been invited to the meeting in Ramallah, which is a good sign. A united front is the only way forward in these uncertain times. The PLO is in unchartered waters dealing with a US President who is as unpredictable as he is mentally unstable, so when the Palestinian Central Council of the organisation comes together on Sunday evening with PA President Mahmoud Abbas they should not waste any more time.

Like the Vatican’s gathering of cardinals deciding who will be the Pope, the doors of the meeting room should be locked and left that way until those gathered inside reach a conclusion. Hopefully, it will be one that is worthy of the Palestinian people, who crave a brave and bold leadership producing fearless and authoritative policies. They know that they already have the support of the international community following widespread condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. What the 121 members of the multi-party council need to do now is respond firmly and with one voice.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s threat to cut aid to countries that vote in support of Palestine at the UN – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump has still not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and there is no doubt that, after being humiliated on the international stage (even the British poodle turned rogue and ran off with the rest of the European pack) he is in a vindictive mood. In a fit of pique, he has already threatened to stop America’s humanitarian aid to the Palestinians by targeting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

One of the many issues to be considered by the Palestinian leadership is the longevity of the Trump Administration, with his support base unwavering despite (or perhaps because of) the xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist outpourings from the Oval Office. The bad news is, under the current climate, Trump could go a second term.

Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, Abbas has to make good his threat that the Americans can no longer play a role as mediator. Despite the enormous pressure that he will come under, he should refuse to see Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region this coming week.

I know different leaders have different styles, but the late Yasser Arafat would have handled this situation so differently that I doubt Trump would have dared to make his Jerusalem announcement in the first place. If he had, I imagine that Arafat would have called for 30 days of rage while garnering support from around the Arab world.

When Arafat pledged to do something, rightly or wrongly it was done. With Abbas, though, we have a man who is known to issue threats but rarely carry them out unless it is to the detriment of the Palestinians living in Gaza or against his political rivals in Hamas. His previous threats to suspend security cooperation or recognition of Israel have simply never materialised. Abbas is a man of weasel words and the bully that is Donald Trump knows this, and it emboldens him more.

The Palestinian leadership must remember that when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel way back in 1993 in return for formal recognition of Israel, the deal was supposed to lead to a final settlement within five years. Realistically, the creation of an independent Palestinian state stalled two decades ago and is no more. Oslo, I’m afraid, is history.

The Palestinians need to bypass the US in future deliberations until a fully functioning and credible President is in the White House. This might just give the moribund peace process a push in a different direction. The current process died long ago, and trying to revive it will be yet more time and effort wasted.

New thinking is required in Ramallah on Sunday and, dare I say it, a new leadership. The people of Palestine need a different, more viable road map for peace; a process which does not depend on the inane whims of Trump and his fanatically pro-Israel advisers.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180113-palestinian-leaders-must-be-brave-and-bold/#comment-3707301282

Re: Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.

No wonder heroic individuals like 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi are emerging, only to end up in handcuffs in Israeli military courts after acts of legitimate resistance to the brutal occupation of their land. The little Palestinian girl with the big hair who has won the hearts and minds of millions around the world is a giant compared with the largely lacklustre individuals who will gather in Ramallah on Sunday.

Philosopher Edmund Burke is often credited with the saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This could easily apply to the inaction of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, except this cabal, mired in corruption and self-interest, could arguably not be described as “good men”.

Read: Israel army admits live fire used on Palestinian civilians throwing stones

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, neither of which are members of the PLO, have been invited to the meeting in Ramallah, which is a good sign. A united front is the only way forward in these uncertain times. The PLO is in unchartered waters dealing with a US President who is as unpredictable as he is mentally unstable, so when the Palestinian Central Council of the organisation comes together on Sunday evening with PA President Mahmoud Abbas they should not waste any more time.

Like the Vatican’s gathering of cardinals deciding who will be the Pope, the doors of the meeting room should be locked and left that way until those gathered inside reach a conclusion. Hopefully, it will be one that is worthy of the Palestinian people, who crave a brave and bold leadership producing fearless and authoritative policies. They know that they already have the support of the international community following widespread condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. What the 121 members of the multi-party council need to do now is respond firmly and with one voice.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s threat to cut aid to countries that vote in support of Palestine at the UN – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump has still not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and there is no doubt that, after being humiliated on the international stage (even the British poodle turned rogue and ran off with the rest of the European pack) he is in a vindictive mood. In a fit of pique, he has already threatened to stop America’s humanitarian aid to the Palestinians by targeting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

One of the many issues to be considered by the Palestinian leadership is the longevity of the Trump Administration, with his support base unwavering despite (or perhaps because of) the xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist outpourings from the Oval Office. The bad news is, under the current climate, Trump could go a second term.

Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, Abbas has to make good his threat that the Americans can no longer play a role as mediator. Despite the enormous pressure that he will come under, he should refuse to see Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region this coming week.

I know different leaders have different styles, but the late Yasser Arafat would have handled this situation so differently that I doubt Trump would have dared to make his Jerusalem announcement in the first place. If he had, I imagine that Arafat would have called for 30 days of rage while garnering support from around the Arab world.

When Arafat pledged to do something, rightly or wrongly it was done. With Abbas, though, we have a man who is known to issue threats but rarely carry them out unless it is to the detriment of the Palestinians living in Gaza or against his political rivals in Hamas. His previous threats to suspend security cooperation or recognition of Israel have simply never materialised. Abbas is a man of weasel words and the bully that is Donald Trump knows this, and it emboldens him more.

The Palestinian leadership must remember that when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel way back in 1993 in return for formal recognition of Israel, the deal was supposed to lead to a final settlement within five years. Realistically, the creation of an independent Palestinian state stalled two decades ago and is no more. Oslo, I’m afraid, is history.

The Palestinians need to bypass the US in future deliberations until a fully functioning and credible President is in the White House. This might just give the moribund peace process a push in a different direction. The current process died long ago, and trying to revive it will be yet more time and effort wasted.

New thinking is required in Ramallah on Sunday and, dare I say it, a new leadership. The people of Palestine need a different, more viable road map for peace; a process which does not depend on the inane whims of Trump and his fanatically pro-Israel advisers.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180113-palestinian-leaders-must-be-brave-and-bold/#comment-3707299687

Brave Hero Rescues Rabbit from California Wildfire, Restores Faith in Humanity [Video]

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who are defined as “heroes” tend to be the bravest among us. However, after the act, they’ll often just say they were doing what anyone else would do. That’s not true.

There are three types of people in this world: those who act in alarming situations, those who freeze up and do nothing, and those who make the conscious choice to ignore the situation and move on. Recently, an anonymous man in Ventura County, California, proved himself to be the first type of person when he risked his well-being to save a rabbit from a blazing fire.

As CNN reports, the unnamed individual darted out of his car upon seeing the frightened animal. The video shows him panicking initially over the critter’s erratic movements but eventually, he caught on and chased it down. After catching the rabbit, he scooped it up in his arms and carried it away — flames licking the ground as he walked.

The photographer who managed to capture the footage (which has since warmed million of people’s hearts) said he attempted to interview the man on-camera directly afterward. However, the brave citizen declined.

At the time, the individual probably thought he was just saving the rabbit. However, he did more than that: he re-inspired faith in humanity, as many Twitter users have attested.

Watch the harrowing footage below:

Because the mainstream press tends to prioritize negative happenings, it can oftentimes seem like no good exists in the world. Let this recent rescue remind you that there are kind people willing to do the right thing — even when they’ll gain no recognition from it. That’s true heroism.

Read more: 10+ Sobering Photos Show Ash Dropping In Disneyland As Wildfires Rage Across California

Source Article from https://truththeory.com/2017/12/08/brave-hero-rescues-rabbit-california-wildfire-restores-faith-humanity-video/

Not cold enough in Russia: Airboats brave ice drifts to cross river in Far East (VIDEO, PHOTO)

The region of Yakutia in the Russian Far East is no stranger to freezing temperatures, which usually take hold of the region in the middle of autumn. However, the current temperature of -20C is apparently not severe enough – the rivers have not completely frozen up yet, though the Lena is covered with heavy ice flows. This makes it rather challenging to cross the river.

Film taken near the city of Yakutsk shows the only way to get to the other bank is to use special vessels – airboats – as other types of transport can easily get trapped. The footage shows an airboat carrying passengers through a “complex hydrological ice formation,” local resident Ivan Bozhedonov told Russian media.

“We are currently suffering,” the man said, explaining that the weather is unusually warm for this time of year in the region, which prevents the river from freezing over. Bozhedonov’s Instagram has several more fascinating images and videos of the partially frozen river.

Река Лена еще не встала, ледоход идет.

Публикация от иван (@ivan_kentucky) Ноя 3 2017 в 6:50 PDT

Last week, a ferry with more than a hundred passengers and over 30 cars and trucks on board got stuck in the ice in the same area. No one was hurt. Rescue teams assisted people to safely reach land on foot. 

Source Article from https://www.rt.com/news/409598-russia-ice-river-airboats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS