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Shocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet.
In the video, a three-year-old named Truong is happily straddling the reptile like a horse, swimming in the devastating flood waters that have rampaged the area. According to multiple reports, the snake is actually a family pet, kept at home in the province of Thanh Hoa.
Truong’s aunt asserts the footage is real, maintaining the little boy truly enjoys playing with the almost 180-pound reptile.
She said, “He is three years old and the python is 80kg. The family have had the python for four years as a pet and it is very gentle.It was a rainy day and the water flooded to the edge of the yard. So they put the python in there to play and relax,” according to The Daily Mail.
Making its way around the internet, the footage has astounded viewers, many of whom are concerned for the toddler’s well-being.
“Just takes 2 seconds and 6 men wouldn’t get that child out if it’s clutch. Sadly, only a matter of time!” one commentator said.
Commented another, “He looks peaceful until he needs a feed. Oh Yuk. I hate snakes.”
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SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering after being restrained and stunned multiple times by another deputy at the Bexar County Jail.
A source contacted KENS 5 after witnessing the ordeal almost two weeks ago.
The BCSO employee tells us the sick deputy was mistaken for someone who was being disorderly.
Video shows the aftermath as the corporal struggled to free himself on September 29.
The video also shows Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) officers holding down the corporal who was handcuffed and had his legs shackled.
A sergeant is heard on the video saying, “He just popped him, he just popped him on my orders.”
According to an internal document obtained by KENS 5, a SERT officer used a Taser on the sick corporal three times.
The video shows Taser prongs still in the corporal minutes after being deployed.
The memo says this all started when the Sergeant found the corporal standing up against a wall.
The Sergeant told investigators the corporal was acting strange and ignoring him.
The Sergeant, according to the documents, ordered a SERT officer to pull his Taser, which was then deployed when the officer says the sick corporal tried to hit his leg.
“Take me out of the handcuffs, they’re cutting off my circulation. I’m asking for a little bit of help,” said the corporal while deputies tried to get him on a gurney.
According to the internal document, the corporal told investigators, “I was feeling dizzy, trying to hold myself up on the wall. I was spitting up blood. I didn’t have any time to respond.”
The corporal went on to say, “I have had this happen before, but I was taken care of by my fellow, first shift officers. I wasn’t wrestled to the floor and cycled for 3 times.”
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PINELLAS PARK, Florida – Dash cam video from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office appears to show deputies beating and choking a man.
The sheriff’s office is now investigating the arrest of the 25-year-old in the footage.
The man’s lawyer says the videotape clearly shows excessive force. Attorney Michele Rayner calls the video disturbing and says her client, Jimarez Reed did nothing to provoke or deserve being treated this way by the group of deputies.
The sheriff’s office would only confirm there’s an open and active internal affairs investigation into the incident.
The footage from 11:30 p.m. May 25 starts with a cruiser speeding to a Pinellas Park home.
A group of people were hanging out at a house and someone called the authorities on Jimarez Reed, telling officials he had a gun.
In the video, Reed ducks behind a car, seemingly panicked as deputies arrive.
“Get on the ground!” one of the deputies yells.
For the next five minutes, the audio is muted but the camera captured the struggle.
Reed lays flat and puts both hands out. A deputy gets on top of him and punches him seven times on his head.
“Don’t kill me please. Let me go, let me go, bro,” Reed yells.
The deputy then pulls Reed’s head up by his hair.
Other deputies join in as well as man Rayner says is a bystander. They pile on and continue hitting Reed.
“You see the video, you see the officer, the first thing he does he jumps on him and just starts wailing on him,” Rayner describes.
When the audio comes back on, moaning can be heard. Rayner says it’s coming from Reed.
Witnesses tell FOX 13 Reed’s face was cut and bleeding. He was taken to the hospital and needed stitches.
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(ZH) Last November Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country “won’t allow Islamic State figures or other enemy actors, under the cover of the war in Syria, to set up next to our borders,” but it appears this has already happened, to the point that a sizable ISIS training camp has been set up just across the Golan Heights border with Israel. Though Syrian al-Qaeda has long been a mainstay in southern Syria along Israel’s border, this constitutes the first widespread public acknowledgment and confirmation of a significant ISIS base of operations in the Golan region.
Israeli media this week is reporting news of the base camp after Israel’s Channel 2 aired an extensive report with video and photographic evidence of what’s being described as a training and recruitment center which has already attracted hundreds of new terror recruits. Channel 2 is one of Israel’s most visible and established news broadcast channels and operates under “The Second Authority for Television and Radio” licensed by the Knesset and the Ministry of Communications. According to the Times of Israel:
Israel’s Channel 2 said the commanders have made their way to an Islamic State-controlled enclave “close to the border” with Israel. They have set up a training camp to which they have recruited 300 local youths, said the report, which showed footage apparently of the camp and training sessions.
Among the commanders is one of Islamic State’s most notorious recruiters, Abu Hamam Jazrawi, the TV report said.
The commanders are also now running Islamic State internet propaganda campaigns from their new base, in place of the former campaign headquarters in Raqqa, the extremists’ former de facto capital in northwest Syria where the fight to oust them has entered what appear to be its final stages.
The Channel 2 exposé further notes the presence of multiple senior Islamic State commanders at the camp, which suggests the terror group could be attempting to relocate its assets to Syria’s south as it appears to be crumbling with the onset of SDF, Syrian Army, and Russian forces in the eastern part of the country.
The Times of Israel acknowledges another shocking fact, which has itself become an open secret of sorts among Israeli defense and policy officials: what it calls the long lasting “live and let live” relationship with al-Qaeda in the region. The Times of Israel explains:
Both the IS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly the al-Nusra Front, which is linked to al-Qaeda, have been set up on Israel’s borders for years.
Despite a relatively long-lasting “live and let live” relationship with these groups, the IDF has warned of a potential — some say inevitable — conflict with them and has been preparing to respond to cross-border attacks.
Though the IDF has “warned” of some “potential” direct action against the most notorious terrorist groups in the world which seem to be comfortably ensconced within eyesight of Israeli border posts, it has never taken significant direct action against these groups, instead routinely targeting the Syrian army, Iranian-linked militias, and Hezbollah with airstrikes. This is a general reflection of the Israeli strategy of regime change in Syria, which has resulted in a well-documented history of assistance to al-Qaeda affiliated rebel groups.
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that this relationship involved weapons transfers, salary payments to anti-Assad fighters, and treatment of wounded jihadists in Israeli hospitals, the latter which was widely promoted in photo ops picturing Netanyahu himself greeting militants. As even former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell once directly told the Israeli public, Israel’s “dangerous game” in Syria consists in getting in bed with al-Qaeda in order to fight Shia Iran.
Channel 2 News and the The Times of Israel also featured an image from a prior video of a lone ISIS militant holding an Islamic State flag with the Israeli side of the Golan border in clear view.
In recent years, multiple current and former Israeli defense officials have gone so far as to say that ISIS is ultimately preferable to Iran and Assad. For example, former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren in 2014 surprised the audience at Colorado’s Aspen Ideas Festival when he said in comments related to ISIS that, “the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias.” Oren, while articulating Israeli defense policy, fully acknowledged he thought ISIS was “the lesser evil.”
Likewise, for Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive, but the possibility of, in the words of Henry Kissinger, “a Shia and pro-Iran territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut” and establishment of “an Iranian radical empire.”
With Israeli media now widely reporting the Islamic State’s presence along Israel’s border we wonder why such a clear and documented fact isn’t cause for bigger outrage. Though Israel’s Channel 2 bombshell report aired earlier this week, there’s been resounding silence in international press. ISIS is camping out along Israel’s border, yet all we hear about is the supposed “Iranian threat” to Israel’s existence.
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A California resident captured footage of an eerie tree as it was beginning to blacken on the outside and fill with glowing, red-hot flames from within.
The video was taken by Matthew McDermott of Sonoma, California. He said he and his friend came across the sight Monday while trying to find an escape route as wildfires began to ravage the area where they lived.
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The two had been driving around the entire night but stopped in the nearby town of Schellville after seeing the tree full of fire.
“I’ve definitely not seen anything like this before,” McDermott, who’s lived in Northern California for roughly a decade, told CNN. “We wanted to know the escape routes in case we needed them. The route to Paloma was open. I just stopped on the side of the road and the whole ridge is on fire.”
He said he had to bring masks while checking the roads as smoke from the fire caused air in the Bay Area to turn toxic.
Luckily, McDermott confirmed that he and family living in the area have been able to remain safe.
As for the strangely lit tree, however, though it hasn’t been investigated as to why the tree burned from inside out, this particular phenomenon has been seen before.
According to Science Alert, though fire can spread quickly when conditions are dry, if the outside of a tree is damp — likely due to rainfall — fire can start to smolder from inside its hollowed-out trunk, and, in some cases, for days.
RELATED: Wildfire devastation in Coffey Park, Santa Rosa
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Recent research shows that relaxed drivers save more money and fuel than aggressive drivers. In order to measure the impact speeding and slamming on brakes on fuel economy and consumption, the researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) reviewed other past studies, created a new vehicle energy model, and tested it on two same mid-sized sedans — one ran on electricity and the other ran on gasoline.
To differentiate fuel consumption, the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and the conventional gasoline vehicle were examined through driving tests at the lab’s National Transportation Research Center. The researchers specifically examined the limitations of the HEV when recapturing energy to recharge the battery during various levels of hard braking.
“The new vehicle energy model we created focused on the limitations of regenerative braking along with varying levels of driving-style aggressiveness to show that this could account for greater fuel economy variation in an HEV, compared to a similar conventional vehicle,” explained Thomas.
The study, published in the SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants, revealed that aggressive drivers waste approximately $0.25 to $1 per gallon of fuel they buy. The gas mileage in light-duty vehicles is lower by around 10 to 20 percent in stop-and-go traffic, while gas mileage is down by about 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds.
The findings established a dataset of self-reported gas mileage values by drivers on FuelEconomy.gov, a website run by the United States’ government that informs consumers about fuel economy. Furthermore, the dataset suggested that conventional gasoline vehicles are less sensitive to driving style than HEVs.
“Our findings added credence to the idea that an aggressive driving style does affect fuel economy probably more than people think,” said John Thomas, lead author of the study.
This study opens doors for more comprehensive studies about developing traffic flow by “smart” traffic control systems and autonomous vehicles.
6 Tips on a more fuel efficient driving
Your driving behavior and your car’s condition affect the amount of fuel you use. Here are some tips on saving gas and money, according to U.S. Department of Energy. (Related: Top 10 ways to burn less gas and save money on fuel.)
- Do not drive aggressively – Aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking, can reduce gas mileage by about 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds and around 10 to 40 percent in heavy traffic. Using driver feedback devices is also helpful. According to a study, they can assist the average driver enhance fuel economy by three percent and can help save fuel and improve gas mileage by around 10 percent. Moreover, being a calm or sensible driver is safer for you and your passengers, so not only can you save gas money, but emergency money as well.
- Monitor your speed limit – Gas mileage declines quickly at speeds above 50 miles per hour (mph), even if each vehicle gets to its optimal fuel economy at a different speed. Every five mph drive over 50 mph is similar to spending an extra $0.18 per gallon for gas.
- Do not put cargo on your roof – Putting cargo on your roof intensifies wind resistance and reduces fuel economy. A large cargo box on top of your vehicle’s roof can lower fuel economy by about two to eight percent in city drives, six to 17 percent in highways, and 10 to 25 percent at Interstate speeds or 65 mph to 75 mph.
- Lessen the items in your vehicle – Remove unnecessary things in your vehicle. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could lower your miles per gallon (MPG) by around one percent.
- Stop idling – Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked because about one-fourth to one-half gallon of fuel per hour is used when you idle, depending on the engine size and air conditioner use.
- Utilize cruise control – It is advised to use cruise control on the highway because it helps you drive at a consistent speed and will save gas.
When we think of animal agriculture, we often focus on the animals who are tortured, killed, and then eaten. However, animal agriculture affects a lot more animals outside of the ones that are farmed for consumption.
Meat-based diets have a significant impact on water and land, which means that the land animals and fish living in these habitats are gravely affected as well. For example, in 2010, 53% of fisheries were completely used up, and it’s only gotten worse, partially because factory fishers inadvertently kill and discard 200 million pounds of non-target fish daily (otherwise known as bycatch). Bycatch is rarely consumed. Instead, these fish typically just get injured or die and then get thrown back into the water.
Although an overwhelming number of animals die as a result of animal agriculture, it’s not just the animals that are living on these farms who are affected. It’s the ones whose habitats are being destroyed for animal agriculture or feed crops, and the ones who die as a result of the growing demand for animal protein and dairy. To be exact, an astonishing 60% of global biodiversity loss is caused by our meat-based diets.
WWF Report “Appetite For Destruction” Finds That Animal Agriculture Is Causing Significant Biodiversity Loss
The classic Western diet consists of high meat and dairy consumption. Many of us grew up thinking that this was a well-balanced diet, but now we’re learning that this mentality was really just a marketing gimmick meant to convince us to purchase more animal products.
Not only is consuming conventional meat and dairy unhealthy for the body, it also has a grave impact on the environment. The crops grown as “feed” for livestock produce more than enough food to adequately feed the global population, and these crops have a significant impact on the environment, as they’re largely genetically modified, meaning that harsh herbicides and pesticides are used on them, including Monsanto’s Roundup (these crops include soy, corn, etc.).
Plus, the vast amount of land and water required to satisfy the average factory farm is resulting in the overconsumption of natural resources. For example, animal agriculture consumes a whopping 34-76 trillion gallons of water annually.
Let’s put this into perspective: Adults typically drink two litres of water per day, which translates to roughly half a gallon. The water used in average households is approximately 98 gallons per day. The amount of water required to make one apple is about 18 gallons. The water used to make one burger is 660 gallons.
Likewise, 1 pound of beef uses 1,799 gallons of water. This calculation includes irrigation of the grains and grasses used to feed the animal in addition to the water used for drinking and when processing. It’s not just beef, it’s all animal products. 1 pound of chicken uses 468 gallons of water, 1 pound of pork uses 576 gallons, 1 gallon of milk uses 880 gallons, and 1 pound of cheese uses 600 gallons.
How does that compare with plant-based products? 1 pound of corn uses 108 gallons of water, 1 pound of soybeans uses 216 gallons of water, 1 pound of potatoes uses 119 gallons, and 1 orange uses 13 gallons.
All of this strain imposed on natural resources affects the plants and animals inhabiting these areas. The demand for meat and dairy products in the UK alone has been tied to the extinction of 33 species both at home and abroad, the WWF reports.
Why? Part of the reason lies in the amount of land required for animal agriculture and their food crops. In 2010, the British animal agriculture industry used an area equal to the size of all of Yorkshire in order to simply grow the amount of soy required to feed these animals. Keep in mind that this is in addition to the excessive amount of resources needed for the animal farms themselves.
Plus, a lot of feed crops are grown in high-risk areas that don’t enforce many conservation efforts, if any. Some of the more vulnerable areas where feed crops are grown include the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Himalayas. To give you a better picture of how many animals live in these areas, the Eastern Himalayas alone are home to more than 10,000 plant species, 900 bird species, and 300 mammal species.
The WWF reported: “If everyone reduced the amount of animal products that they ate to meet their nutritional requirements, the total agricultural land required would decline by 13%. That means nearly 650 million hectares – or an area 1.5 times the size of the European Union – would be saved from agricultural production.”
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This means that even just cutting back on the amount of meat and dairy you consume could impact the environment tremendously. Just reducing your intake by only consuming the recommended amount to “meet nutritional requirements” would make a huge difference, and you don’t even need to stop eating it entirely!
To learn more about how animal agriculture affects the environment, check out the following CE article:
We say the following phrase very often here at CE, and I’ll say it again: You vote with your dollar. If you’d like to stop empowering an industry that is systematically destroying the environment, then all you have to do is reduce the amount of money you spend on animal products. It’s that simple.
It’s all about business to these large factory farmers. So, as long as there’s a growing demand for these products, then they will continue to satisfy it, regardless of the environment and biodiversity it’s destroying as a result.
If you want to send a message to these giant companies, all you have to do is stop consuming their food. Eat fewer animal products and purchase less meat and dairy. As demand lowers, these companies will start to produce less. Although your voice is an excellent source of power, and it’s important to educate others on this subject, it’s equally as important to live it. Actions often speak louder than words, and that is certainly the case here.
To learn more about adopting a more plant-based diet, check out the following articles:
In this new film called Prosperity, you can learn the ways in which companies are changing the game in order to change our world. CE’s founder Joe Martino is in this film talking about CE’s business practices.
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Knoxville, TN — Paul Edward Branch had just watched his apartment burn to the ground and, as he sat on the fire truck, shirtless, shoeless, and dazed, several Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies approached him. Within seconds, Branch went from contemplating replacing his belongings to being assaulted and tortured by men who claim they protect society.
Body camera footage from KCSO Deputy Paul Saah shows Branch’s nightmare unfold as he was shocked with 50,000 volts, repeatedly, in such a torturous and unnecessary manner that his bowels released. Ten times in just 64 seconds, the sadistic deputy fired his taser as his fellow deputies piled on top of the man.
As the footage shows, Branch was complying with every command given to him by the deputies. However, because he was moving slower than they liked, the situation quickly escalated.
A KNOX News review of court records and the video shows the following:
“Why are you soaking wet?” Saah asked Branch as Branch had his back turned to the deputy with his hands still behind his back. “Can you relax a little bit, dude?”
Saah struggled with one of the handcuffs and began saying, “Quit.” A second unidentified deputy pushed Branch’s head against the truck.
“You’re going to get (stunned) right now,” Saah said.
Saah then fired his Taser into Branch’s neck. Branch fell face down on the pavement. Saah then said, “Get your Taser out, Gomez.”
As the footage shows, Branch complied with the deputies as leaned up against the truck and sat there with his hands behind his back. However, seemingly unable to control his urge to inflict senseless pain and suffering, Saah told Deputy Christian L. Gomez to “shoot him,” so he fired his taser at the man as well.
Reeling from the agony of the repeated taser shocks, Branch began clutching his chest instead of complying with orders to get his hands behind his back. As he writhed in agony on the pavement, Gomez and Saah continued firing their tasers.
After Branch appears to go into some sort of seizure state, the taser is deployed once more before Saah says, “Kill it,” indicating that they should stop tasing him.
Clearly dazed and confused from being repeatedly shocked by the tasers, Branch’s body locked up. After they had tasered him ten times in a minute, four deputies then piled on top of the man to handcuff him.
“He’s strong as an ox,” Saah said as the deputies put him in handcuffs.
As Knox News reports, Branch was arrested, charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. The language in the two warrants is identical. Saah’s basis for the public intoxication charge was Branch’s speech “was rapid” and his answers to Saah’s questions were “incoherent.” The charges are pending.
Remember as you watch the video below that Branch had committed no crime when police approached him. He was simply sitting there, barefoot and shirtless watching his apartment smolder—innocent.
As the Sentinel reports, KCSO’s policy treats stun gun usage much the same as the use of deadly force in that a deputy’s decision to deploy a Taser must be “objectively reasonable” under the circumstances. KCSO specifically limits Taser use to situations in which a deputy is in a “physical confrontation” with a suspect or is trying to protect either another deputy or another person who is in a “physical confrontation” with a suspect. It bars deputies from deploying a Taser as “punishment.”
Clearly, these deputies violated that policy.
Branch is now suing the KCSO for $3 million. Rest assured, that the taxpayers will be held accountable and not the deputies.
Neither Gomez nor Saah was fired and both of them remain on regular duty. The department launched an internal investigation, however, the results of that investigation and what action, if any, was taken to discipline the officers is unknown.
“The excessive force used against Mr. Branch including the electrical impulses from the Tasers caused (Branch) confusion as to where he was for the next several days, and the Taser weapons caused him to defecate and urinate himself, which caused (Branch) severe psychological harm,” the lawsuit stated.
Below is what it looks like when an innocent man crosses paths with the wrong cops.
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