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Violation of Fourth Amendment rights worth only $1 in Indiana: DeShawn Franklin, 18, an innocent, woken from sleep, punched, tasered, wrongfully arrested by cops – awarded $1 for his pain

“It can feel like sometimes there is no justice…. and I don’t want him to lose faith in the system because he had one bad experience.” – City’s attorney, Pater Agostino

July 2012, high school senior DeShawn Franklin, is punched, tasered by 3 white police officers, who load him into a squad car in view of the neighbors at 4 oclock in the morning

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Claps back: Chelsea Mayes, of Tennessee, claps back with love, after Cheddar’s waitress hurls racist insults in Snapchat post – server fired by restaurant for vile racist post laced with ‘n’ word

Cheddar’s waitress hurls racist insults in Snapchat post

Snippy waitress at Cheddar’s was fired after sharing a selfie on Snapchat griping about waiting “on a section full of ‘n…..s’”Chelsea Mayes was with her friends at a restaurant on Sunday after church,  had a meal, tipped their waitress very generously

Still, waitress insulted customers by sending a racist Snapchat message which went viral online

Chedders fires server, disavows her posting

Chelsea feels sorry for the waitress and is now praying for her

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Cheddar’s in Murfreesboro, Tennessee disavowed server and her  offensive Snapchat

Chelsea Mayes and four of her friends headed to a Murfreesboro Cheddar’s location after Sunday’s church service. The 22-year-old thought she’d had a good meal, but afterward her server’s hateful Snapchat rant went viral, the details of the hate-filled posting were passed around the Murfreesboro community, and Mayes started feeling a little differently about her dining experience.
One of the victim’s, Chelsea Anne responded to the hate crime by showing remarkable Christian charity.  In a Facebook post titled Racism Still Lives, she shared her experiences

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The offensive posting was laced with the ‘n’ word all through
In a photo with her face screwed up tight, the waitress wrote, “I’m so hungover and have a section full of ‘n…..s’ right now.”
Mayes took to social media to respond in epic fashion.
“Yesterday this photo of a Murfreesboro Cheddars employee started circulating on social media. Being as though I was lucky enough to be one of the ‘n—-rs’ she speaks of, I feel it’s only necessary to give my view!”

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Love over hate: Chelsea Mayes responded to racist rant by a Cheddar’s waitress on Snapchat with aloving message of her own

The hate-fueled server was actually friends with one of Mayes’ group, all of whom were members of the college choir at the local First Baptist Church. Mayes said they left a generous tip and didn’t find out about the racist post until a friend texted her about it later in the day.

“You never truly know the person behind the smile. No matter how much love and joy you spread, there will always be someone with hate in their heart towards you, regardless if it’s in your face or when you leave. It’s up to you how you handle it,” Mayes wrote.
“I am personally extremely proud of myself. If this had of been Chelsea a couple years ago, Cheddars [would] have been flipped upside down. But now I just feel sorry for her.
“This ‘n—-r’ is pretty nice.

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Chelsea says she will not be held back by nursing hatred for racist server, now fired by Cheddar’s

“This ‘n—-r’ actually enjoyed your company.
“This ‘n—-r’ is praying for you.
“This ‘n—-r’ loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it!”
Afterward, the server was fired.

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Mayes, responded with a post of her own when she found out about the racist Snapchat post later in the day.

“When you use slander against other demographics, that shows you are not inclusive and that’s not a work environment that you want to create,” said Monica Wentworth, director of Lipscomb University’s Career Center.
Wentworth said in the last five years, social media has been at the forefront of the conversations she has with students.
“We are always a brand. We are always a representative of who we work for, and if you want to represent that company, use good words that represent them,” Wentworth said.
Lee Greer, president of the management group that owns Cheddar’s in Murfreesboro, sent the following statement:“We, ourselves, were shocked and offended after learning one of our servers had posted comments on social media that were hurtful and derogatory.”
“This type of behavior will never be tolerated in our restaurants. The server was immediately suspended and ultimately terminated after our internal investigation.”
Mayes said she was glad the two-faced served got axed.
“If there’s no repercussion for these actions, it’s as though they’re saying it’s OK for these actions to happen again. I don’t have any ill will toward her. If that were the case, I’d be no better than her”.
“Life is too short to be mad. If I stay mad, I’m not going to be hurting anybody but myself.”





Bentley – See me now: Bentley Yoder born with brain outside skull but see him now. Strong babe

At 22 weeks in that Sierra Yoder’s second pregnancy took an unexpected turn.

“When we went in to do the gender reveal ultrasound I could tell something was wrong.” – According to Sierra,

Doctors in Ohio broke the news that the son she was carrying had an encephalocele — also known as cranium bifidum — a condition where parts of the brain protrude through openings in the skull creating sac-like growths. In short, the neural tubes hadn’t developed properly during fetal development, and parts of the baby’s brain were outside the skull.

She shared her reaction  “I started bawling immediately … I didn’t think he would make it.”

A scan of Bentley’s skull.Source:Facebook
Sierra and her husband Dustin were told by doctors in Ohio that there was “no chance he was going to live. He won’t talk. He won’t move. He won’t know when he’s hungry. He’ll be a shell.”
And as a result, these parents spent more of Sierra’s pregnancy planning for their baby’s funeral rather than his birth.
Despite this, when it came time for Sierra to terminate the pregnancy, she simply couldn’t go through with it. Keeping him at least meant getting the chance to meet him before saying goodbye.
She carried her son to full term, and little Bentley Ross Yoder was born right on cue on 31 October, 2015.
According to the Post, they had only one outfit for him — “one onesie — light blue with stars — and matching pants and warm, fuzzy socks.” They also had every reason to expect that they would be burying him in it soon after.

So you can imagine their disbelief when Bentley came out kicking and screaming. He was passed among family and friends for the first five hours, with everyone expecting the next hour to be his last.
But he didn’t stop breathing, and the Yoders were told to take him home and arrange hospice care. “He was never looked at as a baby that was going to survive,” says Sierra.


Taking Bentley home.
They took him home, albeit still with only a meagre amount of hope. However, to their surprise — and with some complications like a staph infection on his lungs — he continued to thrive.

He continued to grow, moving normally and crying when he needed feeding. In fact, Sierra could see nothing different between Bentley and her older son Beau.

He was, she says, just a normal baby with “something on the top of his head”.

The first surgeon they saw made it seem like the procedure to help Bentley would be simple. They claimed the growth on his head was “just damaged tissue” and “there’s no way it could be functioning”.

Looking at how well their son moved and fed, Sierra and Dustin couldn’t believe that Bentley wasn’t using his brain. They decided to seek out a second opinion — which is how they ended up at Boston Children’s Hospital, a facility with a renowned Cleft and Craniofacial Centre.

Here they met Dr John Meara, the first person to tell them there was a good chance five-month-old Bentley was using the brain that was outside his skull, meaning it couldn’t simply ‘be removed’. He was also the first person to make them feel at ease with their situation.

A surgical strategy was formed. Surgeons practised the unique skills required to operate on Bentley using 3D models. And on 24 May 2016, the surgery began.

The five-hour procedure went faster than expected. It required fluid to be drained from Bentley’s head, before surgeons could gently move the brain back inside the head. Leftover bone was then used to close the gap and reform the skull.

Sierra told the Post that doctors aren’t sure what to expect next. “Because of how different his brain really is, they have no one to compare him to.”


he signs so far are looking good. He can hold his head up, he is making noises, and he looks like his big brother. But no milestone is assured.

For now the Yoders and their loved ones simply need to take each day as it comes. He’s defied the odds so far, which is reason enough to continue to hope for the best.


“The Voice Mexico ‘ singer Alejandro Fuentes shot in Chicago 10 days after Christina Grimmie’s death.  Related???

A former contestant on Mexico’s version of The Voice TV talent show has been shot dead in Chicago.

Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes who earned a major following after participating in the Mexican version of “The Voice” died Saturday after being shot Thursday in a vehicle in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes was in a car in the 4300 block of South Archer Avenue after celebrating his 45th birthday with friends and colleagues when someone walked up, showed him a gun and told him to get out.

cdn1.uvnimg.comAlejandro “Jano” Fuentes

When he wouldn’t get out of the car, the gunman fired multiple shots, hitting him in the head. Fuentes was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead there at 2:07 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Alejandro Fuentes, 45, died on Saturday in hospital after an ambush on Thursday night. He was a Voice contestant in 2011.

His death comes 10 days after singer Christina Grimmie, who appeared on the US edition of The Voice, was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida.

A vigil held outside the by mourners. 

Mr Fuentes had been celebrating his birthday with friends on Thursday night, the local medical examiner’s office said.

He was in his car on the street outside Tras Bambalinas, a performing arts school he ran for young people in south-west Chicago.

A gunman ordered him out of the car – when he refused, the gunman shot him three times in the head.

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No arrests have yet been made.

Ms Grimmie, 22, was shot by a fan in Orlando as she was signing autographs after a concert. Her attacker then killed himself.


Must Watch: Kaiden Orantes, 2-year-old from N.J. does adorable happy dance after hearing his mom’s voice for the first time with a new hearing aid –

Caitlin and Kaiden Orantes

When Kaiden Orantes got new hearing aids Tuesday, he was finally able to hear his mom’s voice clearly — and the little tyke busted out some adorable dance moves to celebrate.

“He started freaking out and did the happy dance,” mom Caitlin Orantes told reporters

Fortunately, Orantes caught it all on camera .

When Kaiden Orantes got new hearing aids, he was finally able to hear his mom’s voice clearly — and the little tyke busted out some adorable dance moves to celebrate.

“He started freaking out and did the happy dance,” mom Caitlin Orantes

Fortunately, Orantes caught it all on camera and posted it to Facebook.

“This kid is obsessed with music,” she said.

“I’ve had videos of him going crazy and trying to sing. He can’t form too many words.”

Doctors aren’t sure why Kaiden has progressive hearing loss, Orantes said — but on Tuesday he was fitted with special hearing aids so that he can hopefully start to learn language and hear himself speak.

Someday, Orantes would like to get her boy a cochlear implant.

For now, the hearing aids alone seem like a minor miracle.

“He’s finally able to hear the sound he’s creating,” Orantes said.

Twins Miracle: Sadie and Gary Brittle who lost  baby due to ectopic pregnancy remain pregnant due to heterotopic pregnancy – new healthy hidden fetus found growing months later

‘Miracle’ baby Teddy defied the odds to survive

After losing her unborn baby because of an ectopic pregnancy Sadie Brittle, 32, was stunned months later when doctors discovered a hidden healthy fetus growing in the womb.

Sadie Brittle, 32, and husband Gary, 36, thought they had lost their second child just eight weeks into the pregnancy on April 26 this year.

It’s after astounded doctors discovered a second embryo developing normally in her uterus and realized she had what’s known as a heterotopic pregnancy.

This rare condition only affects one in every 30,000 women.

Sadie, a hairdresser, said: “I was coming back in the car from having some tests done and I felt really hot and my vision went all blurry.

“I went back to work and said I can’t cut anybody’s hair because I didn’t feel well. I
scared myself when I looked in the mirror because I’d gone white and my face was sweating – I felt like I was actually passing out.

“My friend at work called Gary and he called an ambulance, my blood pressure dropping was a sign of internal bleeding.

“I had two scans and they suspected it was a ectopic pregnancy so I had surgery that night to remove one of my fallopian tubes, as well as two blood transfusions.

“They said that babies in this situation are normally in the middle of the tube, but mine was right up near the top where all the blood vessels are.”


Sadie was in hospital for five days, on antibiotics and pain relief – but told she would still be able to have children because of the other tube.

After recovering from her surgery, the couple, together with their four-year-old daughter Summer, went to Spain on holiday.
As she lay on a sun lounger she realized her stomach was still “big and quite high up”.

Although a pregnancy test telling her she was pregnant, Sadie didn’t believe it.
“We called the midwife from Spain,” .

“She said it could either be a multiple birth or a few cells were left in my body after surgery which would make it look like I was still pregnant.

“I went to see my doctor when I got back and explained my situation and he couldn’t quite get his head around it. I had an ultrasound and you could hear a heartbeat.

“I went for a scan which showed that I was 19 weeks pregnant.


“Most people who have heterotopic pregnancies find out when they go for a ectopic scan, but mine wasn’t picked up due to being eight weeks pregnant – and because I was really poorly, they must have just focused on that problem.

“The midwife told us that in the 23 years she’s been working, she’s never come across it and that she’d only heard of it before.”

The couple, from Polesworth, Tamworth, Staffs., are now looking forward to the arrival of a baby boy, who they have already named Teddy, in November.

“The scans show that he’s healthy and I’ve been through it before so I’m just excited.”

Husband Gary, a building maintenance engineer, said: “To have this type of pregnancy is a one in 30,000 chance, so it’s a miracle.

“It was such mixed emotions, we’d gone through dealing with the loss of the baby and then all of a sudden to be told that we’ve got another baby in there. It makes me want to buy a lottery ticket every day.

“Our daughter Summer must have known something we didn’t because when we were on holiday we went in a shop and Summer pointed to some milk and said ‘we need to get some milk for the baby’.

“We tried to explain again that mummy was having a baby and now she’s not but Summer just started clenching her fists and gritting her teeth and said ‘you don’t understand, there is a baby,’ so she’s probably a bit psychic.”



Paul Bingham, Hero coach driver rescued 59 school children and 7 teachers from burning bus

The double-decker had been carrying 59 pupils and seven teaches when the bus burst into flames

A coach driver has spoken of the moment he helped rescue dozens of schoolchildren from a burning bus on the motorway.

Paul Bingham, 44, was heading back from the Midlands to his depot in Wigan when he spotted the vehicle going up in flames on the hard-shoulder of the M6 on Monday afternoon.

The double decker bus which was carrying 59 primary school pupils and seven of their teachers had set alight after breaking down.



Man blows his leg off after shooting lawn mower full of explosives

…unfortunate. Don’t try this at home!!! Not a good idea

A Georgia man’s leg was blown off after he shot a lawn mower full of Tannerite, an explosive firearm target. It’s intended to be used in small quantities and shot at far distances. VPC
“I blew my leg off!” Pressley yells.
“Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance!” another voice is heard yelling.
Video  after cut


ATLANTA — A Georgia man who was videotaped last week shooting at a lawn mower packed with explosives lost his leg in the resulting explosion, authorities say.
According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy responded to a 911 call Saturday about an explosion. The caller reported that 32-year-old David Pressley was shooting at a mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder in the woods and “had possibly blown his legs off from the explosion.”

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Two of Pressley’s friends fashioned a tourniquet around his leg, helped him into the front seat of a vehicle and drove him to a nearby road. EMS met the group there.
“EMS advised David was missing his left leg below the knee,” the Sheriff’s Department report says.

Pressley was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and is now recovering from the incident.
One of Pressley’s friends told investigators they put three pounds of Tannerite into an old lawn mower “to blow it up.” The incident was captured on video.
The video shows Pressley dressed in what appears to be a tactical vest, shooting a semi-automatic rifle at the lawn mower, getting off more than 20 shots. On the last shot, the lawnmower explodes.

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Shrapnel can be seen flying in all direction.
“I blew my leg off!” Pressley yells.
“Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance!” another voice is heard yelling.
Tannerite is the brand name of a combination of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder. When mixed and shot with a high-velocity bullet, it creates a loud noise and explosion. Videos showing such explosions have become popular on the Internet.
“We get a lot of calls about Tannerite. It can be extremely dangerous if it is not used correctly,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman says.

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Man sees his ‘dead’ wife he had ‘buried’ wife on Live TV 2 years later

…seriously? …did he loose her memory ..and the coroner

 Widower who buried his wife

The man (not pictured) couldn’t believe it when she popped up on TV

He said he had no idea she was still alive after doctors told him she had died from injuries suffered in a road accident

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A grieving husband who believed he had buried his wife after she was killed in a road accident was shocked when she popped up on a popular TV programm.
Abragh Mohamed held a funeral for his beloved wife after she was thought to have been killed in a crash.
He was told by doctors in a Casablanca hospital that the woman, who hasn’t been named, had passed away from her “serious” injuries.
But she turned up on a TV programm designed to reconnect loved ones who have lost contact over the years.
Two years after her ‘death’, family members sat down to watch the popular Moroccan television series ‘Al Mujtafun (Desaparecidos)’ or ‘Al Mujtafun (Disappeared)’.

Funeral home They even held a funeral for her
It was then that Abragh’s “deceased” wife phoned in, saying she had lost contact with her husband and gave his name and former address.

The “widower” wasn’t watching the programm when she phoned in to trace him but friends were and they broke the shock news to him.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); He told Spanish press: “I did not know it was a different body that we buried and my wife was still alive.”
Questions are now being asked as to what went wrong in the first place, why the woman took two years to get in touch and where she had been.

The remote Azilal mountains
One theory is that she lost her memory.

She had lived in the small mountain town of Azilal. Her husband was told by the doctors that she probably wouldn’t survive but they needed the bill to be paid in any event.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); He therefore traveled the four hours back to his home and when he returned with the cash, was told his wife had died.
Later, he received what he thought was her body, wrapped in a shroud and already in a coffin which he took back to Azilal for her burial.

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Young lady drank herself to death on date after mixing alcohol, cocaine and prescription drugs

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A young mother accidentally drank herself to death after a cocktail of wine, gin and vodka along with cocaine and prescription drugs on a second date with her new boyfriend.
Sinead Lowry, 23, was at Daniel Birkett’s housewarming party when she suffered organ failure after crashing out on a sofa.

She was found unresponsive the next morning by Mr Birkett and died an hour later in hospital as tests showed she was more than three times over the limit.

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What did he ever do? – man beaten up by 2 wives (women)

Women (wives) giving Husband  Sound Beating

A mans wives beating him up. One wrong strike and this becomes a murder case
 Peace be still!!!
…the mans mouth all bloodied up

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…does this happen often
…a case of an abused husband caught on tape
…what if he had the upper hand
these ladies are quite furious

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Lets find  and more peaceful way  of settling disputes
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CDC warns- HALF of gay black men in the US will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime,

CDC warns- HALF of gay black men in the US will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime
Photo: ScienceVU/CDC/Visuals Unlimite/Corbis

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New CDC state 1 in 2 gay black men will get AIDS in their lifetime
1 in 4 gay Hispanics will be diagnosed, as well as 1 in 11 gay white men 
Overall lifetime risk of HIV infection for average Americans in 1 in 99
 The population groups most at risk of HIV infection were black men who have sex with men (MSM in the graph), facing a one in two risk, followed by Hispanic gay men (one in four) and white gay men (one in 11)
The factors that contribute to the higher risk HIV risk associated with gay and bisexual black men include socioeconomic circumstances – such as limited access to quality health care and higher levels of unemployment – smaller sexual networks and lack of awareness of HIV status.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});  People living in the District of Columbia have the highest risk of infection – one in 13 – followed by Maryland (one in 49), Georgia (one in 51) and Florida (one in 54). In contrast, North Dakota residents face the lowest risk

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Get out of My Personal Space!! … ..Porcupine reacts to invasion of privacy

Giving the Porcupine its personal space and  the respect it deserves
Talk about prickly porcupines, what happens if you get into it’s personal space. This is one animal no one should mess with.
.. it does not play
Photo: Bruce Corbett/Getty/All Canada Photos
A Canadian porcupine

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Porcupines have dangerous quills that are long barbed and keep traveling even after contact with the body.  They quills can strike in the abdomen and end up in your lungs.View some unsuspecting victims
Canadian Dennis Mazur owner of these dogs raises thousands online to cover cost of treating three pets, one of which was severely injured
 Photo:  Mike Gerrand/GoFundMe

Nestah (dog above) received a muzzle full of quills.
 Photo: Mike Gerrand/GoFundMe 

 Mahalo’s  (the dog) survival was said be a ‘miracle’ after quills migrated to her lungs and heart. 

Mahalo after  quills were removed
Photograph: Mike Gerrand/GoFundMe

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It could have been worse for Solijah. Still quite painful to look at.

 Some victims of porcupine attack below

I am nobody’s dinner
Photo:  expressUK/carter

The big Leopard in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.thought the animal would make a tasty snack. But the porcupine hit back for an hour with its razor sharp quills – until the injured leopard gave up.
Photo: telegraph/Philip Eglise/Hot Spot Media

 A pride of lions having a chat with a prickly face as they surround a porcupine in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert

 A woman and the porcupine

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Photo: Handout/Sandra Nabucco
A Brazilian woman was left with 272 needles stuck in her head after a porcupine fell on her

The evidence below   
 Photo: Handout/Sandra Nabucco
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High demand for Brazilian weaves leads to constant kidnapping of women

Brazilian Women  being Kidnapped For their Hair
…em ladies, do you think that glossy, full length weave is worth an innocent life? What do you think.

Photo: EuroPics 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A picture of a battered victim. It was her hair or her life!Companies are profiteering of the high demand and cost of Brazilian hair for weaves. Human hair is popular for it’s strength and texture and is used for hair extensions and wigs. Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian and Indian hair rank high on the list as the go to hair for extensions and wigs.
In Brazil, this has lead to the frequent kidnapping of women to steal hair off their heads, which is then shipped to manufacturers for production destined for foreign countries like the USA and beyond. Those who resist are manhandled and sometimes killed for their own hair.

Next time you buy weave remember, someone probably died defending her crown

Courtersy: dailypost

What did she ever do?- Lion Arrested in Kenya

Six Lions escape from National Park in Kenya

...Lioness arrested and has been returned back to Nairobi National Park

Serious man handling . It just went for a stroll

KWS wardens carry the sedated lioness into a car on February 19, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY
Photo: KWS 

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is looking for about six lions on the loose from the Nairobi National Park.

The lions are believed to have escaped to Lang’ata, which is adjacent to the park.

One of the six has been recaptured

‘Mystery Creature From The Deep’ Sea Monster?

Strange Creature Washes Up On Shore 

The carcass of a prehistoric-looking creature on the shores of a well-known lake Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia.

Could this be a ‘cousin’  of old Nessy the Loch monster?

Photo: Ethan Tippa
The beast, which appears to have a crocodile-like jaw but the body of a giant fish.  

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 “Loch Ness monster-esque creature species a this are said to be frequently caught by fishermen at night who get “the fright of their lives” when they reel in a powerful, thrashing predator with a nasty bite”.

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Michelle Obama addresses Mental Health

Let’s Change the Conversation Around Mental Health
By Michelle Obama,
First Lady of The United States

The first lady starts a buzz on mental health. Read below…..


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been a passionate voice on so many important issues, and I’m grateful that she is using her day as Guest Editor to shine a bright light on mental health, particularly childrens mental health, and on the tens of millions of people who suffer in silence – people like Ryan Rigdon.


Ryan joined the Navy when he was 20 years old, and he was deployed to Iraq for the first time a few years later. He served on a team that disarmed roadside bombs and IEDs, and when those bombs exploded, they would rush to the scene to clear any remaining explosives while sorting through unimaginable wreckage and carnage. In recognition of his incredible valor, Ryan was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. 

But when Ryan returned home to his wife and two young daughters after his second deployment, the war stayed with him. He had constant splitting headaches, nightmares and panic attacks, and his ears just wouldn’t stop ringing. He would pace his home at night, worried that his family was in danger. One evening, he finally hit rock bottom. After laying awake in bed crying, he got up, headed to the bathroom, and prepared to take his own life.

Through my work with service members and veterans as part of Joining Forces – the initiative Dr Jill Biden and I launched to rally Americans to honour and support our veterans and military families – I’ve seen that Ryan’s experience isn’t unique. Like Ryan, some of our heroes on the battlefield struggle with the wounds of war – both visible and invisible – when they come home, but hesitate to ask for help. 

Of course, it’s important to remember that most of our veterans don’t experience any mental health challenges at all. 

But the veterans and service members who do struggle are not alone – not by a long shot. In fact, roughly one in five adults – more than 40 million Americans – suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety. These conditions affect people of every age and every background: our kids and grandparents, our friends and neighbors.
Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any distinction. We would never tell someone with a broken leg that they should stop wallowing and get it together. We don’t consider taking medication for an ear infection something to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently. Instead, we should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength – and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need.

That’s why the Affordable Care Act expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for more than 60 million Americans and required new plans to cover depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for kids.

That’s also why my husband put more mental health counselors in place for veterans and signed a bill to help prevent veteran suicide. 

And that’s why, last year, we worked with an organization called Give an Hour and a coalition of other partners to launch the Campaign to Change Direction to raise awareness about mental health, give people tools to help those in need, and change the conversation about mental health in this country. This campaign includes leaders from every sector: business, government, nonprofits, medicine, education, the faith community and so many others. 

As part of this effort, we released a list of Five Signs to help people recognize when someone needs help. Signs like agitation, withdrawal, hopelessness, a decline in personal care and a change in personality can be indications that someone is dealing with a mental-health issue. By recognizing these signs, we can help the people we know get the help they need before it’s too late.

That brings me back to Ryan. Thankfully, Ryan didn’t end his life that night. Instead, he summoned the courage to tell a co-worker that he needed help. They reached out to the local VA [US Department of Veterans Affairs], and Ryan got the medication and counseling he needed to start getting better.

Just as people in Ryan’s community stepped up for him, we need to step up for people in our lives. We need to learn to identify the signs of mental-health issues. We need to have the courage to reach out and have tough conversations with our friends and family members — and get help ourselves when we need it. And we need to recognize that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and start treating it that way. 

Visit to learn the Five Signs and find out how you can join this movement.

courtesy of huffingtonnpost

Animal Stories – The Happy Seal

Happiest Seal on Earth

Good memories? It must have remembered something really funny. Having quite a laugh.

Seals are normally quite shy animals the experts say, but this seal never heard that description. The chortling grey seal was beside himself with laughter as he lapped up the sun on a rock in the clear blue ocean

A cheeky seal 
Photo: Caters

Here it is blowing kisses. This was probably taken on “seal valentines day”. See other happy animals here

A cheeky seal 

Courtesy themirror


Fifteen-year-old girl suffering from cancer – and with voice of an angel – sings Ave Maria to the Pope and moves entire Mexican hospital ward to tears

Heart wrenching scene – Fifteen-year-old girl suffering from cancer – and with voice of an angel – sings Ave Maria to the Pope .

  • Pope rounds off the day with a visit to pediatric hospital where he kissed dozens of sick children 
  • One 15-year-old cancer sufferer sang accapella version of Ave Maria and brought the room to tears

 While Pope Francis visited Federico Gomez hospital a young patient (centre) from the cancer ward sang a beautiful a capella version of Ave Maria for him, bringing the room to tears

May God bless her and keep her.

She has been identified as 15-year-old Alexia Garduño, who suffers from osteosarcoma
 Pope kissing 15-year-old Alexia Garduño, who suffers from osteosarcoma
Photo: CNN.

The mating game with animals

…the mating game

Hooded Seal  has a nose for finding a mate

Alligators kissing, er I mean snapping
Bighorn Sheep in the clashing of horns for love
Bowerbird building a love nest


Seahorses dancing salsa

Great Crested Grebe

Camel sending love spit balls as expression of love

Japanese puffer fish seabed
Japanese puffer fish flaps love patterns in sand attract mate

  Courtesy: guardian