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Vegan activists formed a wall around the meat aisle of a Waitrose store in a protest at the number of turkeys being slaughtered for Christmas.

The group implored shoppers to shun animal products, holding plates covered in blood and placards saying: 'Humane murder is a lie'.

The Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) group walked into the store with placards saying 'It's not food, it's violence' and 'Their bodies, not ours' while carrying flowers for the dead animals being sold there.

They stood in an impenetrable line trying to prevent shoppers from reaching packs of steak, mince, chicken, turkey and other meats at the supermarket in Brighton, East Sussex, yesterday.

A protester with a loud speaker then began a speech, saying: "This Christmas time you might be worried about what presents to buy and how to organise family get togethers, but the animals are facing carnage.

"Around ten million turkeys are slaughtered this time of year so they can end up on your Christmas table in the United Kingdom.

"Catching and transporting birds can cause considerable pain and distress. Many birds may be injured whilst being removed from sheds and put into crates. Poor handling frequently results in bruising, skin grazing and broken blood vessels.

"Loaded into trucks, piled next to their friends and not knowing where they are headed, no chance of escape. Transport to slaughter can be long with birds experiencing extremes of temperature, stress suffocation and shock."

The protester then goes on to scream that birds are killed between nine and 21 weeks old when their natural life span is ten years.

Shouting, she goes on: "Animals are not things. Lives are not commodities. It's time to end these cruel and bloody traditions. Take the death off your plate this Christmas."

The store's security staff turned up not long after the commotion began.

The protesters stood still as a man attempted to access meat on a shelf behind them. Another gets into an argument, calling the protesters 'intellectually barren'.

But many shoppers simply ignore them, walk past and continue shopping.

Eventually the police turn up, with an officer saying: "I am still going to ask you all to leave as you are not allowed to be in here. I will advise you that if you don't you will be liable to arrest.

"I am just being polite and respectful. You obviously have a cause you are quite passionate about but you can do it outside."

Leaving the store, the group chant in unison: "It's not food, it's violence."

They then stand outside screaming: What do we want? Animal liberation. When do we want it? Now!"

DxE is an international movement with several UK subgroups. They say their actions are done to 'denormalise activities that involve animal exploitation through non violent disruption'.

A spokesman for Waitrose said: "We pride ourselves on exceptional animal welfare, with our turkeys farmed to high standards at farms we know and trust."

He added that Waitrose was Compassion in World Farming's retailer of the year and is also in the top tier of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.

A Bronx mom taking her son to school found a man attempting to steal her car, yanked him out of the driver's seat and detained him until police arrived.

Tihisha Jones, 49, had auto-started her 2005 Honda Pilot, parked outside her Brook Avenue apartment in Melrose, at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

When she walked downstairs with her son to take him to school, she noticed someone was already in the driver's seat. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Bernado Santiago, was toying with the ignition, attempting to get the car moving.

However, Jones had only auto-started the vehicle, and she was still in possession of the key.

She opened the passenger's side door to confront Santiago, but he closed it on her. She then went to the driver's side door, opened it, yanked him out of the car and threw him to the ground.

Jones later said she simply had enough and it was time to fight back.

She said last week someone broke the window of the car she worked so hard to buy and the week before that she said someone stole the rear spoiler.

"I had to take matters into my own hands because I work, I saved to get that car myself," Jones said. "I'm a single parent, I saved to get that, I saved."

Jones held the suspect until police arrived. When confronted by police, Santiago, who appeared intoxicated, attempted to convince them that the car was his Uber. They were not convinced.

Jones has congestive heart failure and sometimes uses a walker, but the 19-year-old suspect was no match for her.

"I should have really thought it through, but I just reacted," she said.

Santiago was charged with attempted grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal stolen possession of stolen property.

A recent study of North Carolina homes found that 100 per cent of them contained spiders. It also found that 68 per cent of bathrooms and over 75 per cent of bedrooms had an eight-legged occupant, so chances are as you read this you’re currently being stalked by a spider.

And while we all know that spiders like to spin webs and trap little flies in them, what may come as a surprise is just how much spiders eat in a year.

Turns out they’re hungry little guys and gals, and consume anywhere between 400 million and 800 million tonnes of prey in any given year.

Two European biologists, Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer, undertook some research to investigate just how much spiders eat in a year. Turns out, they consume more meat than all adult humans combined, The Washington Post reports.

In fact, the total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tonnes. And even accounting for the 70 million tonnes of kids about, it still falls short of the total amount spiders eat in a year.

Which means that, if all the spiders – from those big-uns in Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter, to those little ones in Arachnophobia and Spider-Man – teamed up and decided to eat all of humanity, they easily could.

To work out their terrifying spider math, Nyffler and Birkhofer used estimates based on existing research into how many spiders live in a square meter of land for all the main habitat types on Earth, and the average amount of food consumed by different spiders in a year.

The research estimated that, globally, the average density of spiders is roughly 131 spiders per square metre. Of course, this varies between habitats. The desert, for example, has fewer spiders, whereas more ‘favourable’ environments can house upwards of 1,000 spiders per square metre. What they mean by ‘favourable’, though, is unclear, but I’m guessing it means the area under your bed.

Thankfully most spiders are too small to eat anything more than insects, although a few have been known to snack on snakes, birds and small mammals.

Nyffler and Birkhofer also estimated that, if you gathered up all the eight-legged creatures and put them on a huge scale, they would weigh around 25 million tonnes, 478 times the weight of the Titanic, which came in at around 52,000 tonnes.

Spider biologists have also found that spiders consume approximately 10 per cent of their body weight in food every day. Which is equivalent to a 200 pound person eating 20 pounds of meat every day.

Interestingly (depending on your feelings towards spiders), it would take 2,000 pounds of spiders to consume a 200 pound man in a day.

Remember when you were a kid and you would watch all those kung-fu films and despite them being awesome there was no way that most of that stuff was possible?

Kicking people in the chest in mid-air. Punching through a brick wall. Easily running up a wall and balancing perfectly on a branch.

Even a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that tried to present the genre in a very thoughtful and considered way still couldn't make it look entirely realistic.

However, we are happy to report that not only were those films somewhat accurate but their stunts can also be recreated in real-life.

Step-forward the South Korean Taekwondo team who put on this jaw-dropping display at this year's World Taekwondo Hanmadang, an annual martial arts festival held in the country, which has gone viral.

We honestly don't know how to explain some of these moves but we never thought we'd see a person 15 feet into the air smash a wooden board to smithereens and land perfectly land on their feet.

Jose Mourinho's week got even worse on Saturday evening and everyone rounded on the former Manchester United manager following the Red Devils' much improved performance against Cardiff City.

It's not been the best week of Jose Mourinho's life. On Sunday the former Real Madrid boss was in charge of Manchester United's loss to Liverpool as a consequence he was sacked from his job on Tuesday morning.

Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of United's next game against Cardiff City on Saturday evening.

If the Portuguese manager thought things couldn't get much worse then he was wrong. United ran out easy 5-1 winners and played some exciting, attacking, fast paced football, something that was missing from the Red Devils under Mourinho.

Fans were very quick to take to social media to stick the boot in on the two time Champions League winner:

It's fair to say that not all of United's problems had been because of Mourinho, and the players hadn't performed well enough, but the difference in less than a week was very obvious to everyone watching.

United's full backs were much further forward, Victor Lindelof was allowed the bring the ball out from defence, Paul Pogba was given more freedom and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were clearly enjoying themselves.

Rashford opened the scoring with a free kick, Ander Herrera made it 2-0 with a long range goal that took a deflection before Cardiff pulled one back from a penalty.

A fast flowing move before half time that was started and finished by Martial gave United a two goal cushion before half time.

Jesse Lingard won and scored a penalty after half time to make it 4-1 and Lingard added his second late on to finish the rout and the first time United had scored five in the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Alex Bartsch is a photographer who is a true reggae fan. He was first introduced to Bob Marley when he was a child, and he got so inspired that he spent 10 years of his life traveling around London searching for original locations of the most famous reggae vinyl covers from 1967 to 1987.

“It often starts with the information on the record sleeve but many of them don’t offer much to go on,” Bartsch told Huck Magazine. “I have learned through doing this project that a good place to start is the area where the label was based. Sometimes it was just outside the door of the record label.” Although most of the locations haven’t changed much, the photographer discovered that some of them have disappeared or were probably turned into supermarkets, flats, and became impossible to find.

Alex collection now has 42 pictures, with that he was able to publish an incredible photography book.

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For the first time in history, 2 species of giraffe have been added to the official list of critically endangered animals. In addition to that, the giraffe’s global population has also declined significantly. At this time, conservationists are taking it upon themselves to figure out what is causing the number of giraffes to shrink and what can be done to turn things around.

The 2 subspecies of giraffe impacted are the Kordofan giraffe and the Nubian giraffe, which are most commonly found in Cameroon and Kenya, respectively. Both are now on the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s, red list, having previously been listed as “vulnerable.”

Multiple factors are behind the dwindling number of giraffes: illegal hunting, habitat loss, mining, changing agriculture, increased human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest. If these current trends continue, then it is believed the giraffes could eventually face a “silent extinction.” Overall, giraffe populations have lost about a third of their numbers over the past 30 years.

According to IUCN Director, General Inger Andersen, “Many species are slipping away before we can even describe them. This Red List update shows that the scale of the global extinction crisis may be even greater than we thought.”
Surprisingly, not being targeted by the international poaching network is also believed to be hurting the giraffe. Unlike elephants or rhinos, who are hunted for their tusks and horns, the giraffe is normally hunted for its meat. Because of this, giraffes aren’t as heavily prized, meaning that there have been few campaigns developed to protect them.

To illustrate how much danger the giraffes are in, when asked if it was possible for them to become extinct in the next 20 years, Derek Lee, an ecologist who worked on the Red List report, said, if nothing was done to change the situation, “I think we’d see drastic declines at the very least.”

The World Conservation Congress has called for action to reverse this decline. Tourism is especially believed to be a powerful way of helping the giraffes, as it will inspire strong conservation efforts to maintain the sector, strong enforcement, and space for giraffes to inhabit.

Donald Trump is reportedly isolated and alone as he has driven away top advisers and steered the federal government into a shutdown, spending most of his time hiding out in his residence and watching more television than ever.

Trump is being widely blamed for the federal government shutdown that started at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, which came as he demanded that Congress provide funding for his border wall. Earlier in the week, Trump had signaled that he would keep the government open by signing a temporary funding measure that allowed the negotiations on the wall to continue. But he abruptly changed course, refusing to sign the bill after Democrats and Republicans had come together to pass it.

The pressure of the situation appears to be getting to the president. As a new a report from the New York Times noted, Trump is lashing out at his aides as his staff continues to shrink while also retreating back to his comforts in life.

“He spends ever more time in front of a television, often retreating to his residence out of concern that he is being watched too closely. As he sheds advisers at a head-spinning rate, he reaches out to old associates, complaining that few of the people around him were there at the beginning.”
“Now, the president who once declared that ‘I alone can fix’ the system increasingly stands alone in a system that seems as broken as ever.”
There were signs this week that Trump’s television-watching habits were affecting his policy decisions. Many said it was Fox News and other conservative media figures that influenced Trump to go back on his early signals and shut down the government, noting that Trump was being heavily criticized on some of his favorite programs, including Fox & Friends. Trump has been known to adjust his policy stances based on what he hears on Fox News, at some points even making declarations on Twitter that directly oppose the White House’s official stance.

Donald Trump will now have even more time to spend in his White House residence watching television. Amid the government shutdown, the White House announced that Trump had canceled his planned 16-day Christmas vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort, remaining in Washington until the shutdown is averted. That could take quite a while longer, as Senators have gone home for the holiday and will not be back on Capitol Hill until December 27.
A MAN who claims to have worked at Area 51 on alien technology passed four lie detector tests over his testimony, it has been revealed.

Bob Lazar gained international attention more than 30 years ago after claiming to have worked at the notorious Area 51. In 1989, with the help of journalist George Knapp, Lazar detailed his supposed duties at a base to the south of USAF’s Homey Airport known as S-4. It is speculated that the auxiliary facility in the Nevada desert was home to top-secret alien technology, and it was apparently Lazar’s job to “reverse engineer” it.

Following the revelation, the science technician received criticism due to his lack of hard evidence. 

However, investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell has spent the last few years digging deep into the story.

In his film, “Bob Lazar, Area 51 & Flying Saucers,” it was revealed Lazar had passed a number of polygraph tests over his story.  

“I left there thinking we do have some credibility to what the subject had to say,” Terry Tavernetti, a former LA police officer revealed.

Bob Lazar claims to have worked at Area 51

Terry Tavernetti revealed Lazar passed four tests 

Another polygrapher also analysed the results and concluded they “appeared truthful”.

It is not the first first piece of evidence to come out of the documentary that could prove Lazar’s testimony. 

Corbell also dug out a photo of the top-secret hand scanner that was claimed to be used to access S-4. 

The images of the scanners used to get inside the building match Lazar's description almost perfectly. 

"I never thought I would see one of these again," Lazar admitted after scanning the photo. 

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'I tried to explain this to people so many times and they never believed me. 

"There it is – it was a biometric scanner used to get into S-F and measured the length of the bones in your hand."

A dwarf planet in our solar system is rich in organic matter, a Nasa spacecraft has shown.

Ceres is like a "chemical factory" full of the same ingredients that helped create life on Earth, according to scientists.

And studying it could reveal how those important processes took place on our own planet.

Ceres, a strange world that sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is thought to be about 4.6 billion years old, originating at the same time as our solar system.

The Nasa Dawn spacecraft, which sent back the new findings, had already shown the presence of water and other important chemicals such as ammonium.

And now it has found the planet is rich in carbon – far more than even the most carbon-rich meteorites on Earth, and giving it a strange chemical makeup.

"Ceres is like a chemical factory," said the Southwest Research Institute's Simone Marchi, a principal scientist who was the lead author of the research, which is published in Nature Astronomy.

"Among inner solar system bodies, Ceres' has a unique mineralogy, which appears to contain up to 20 percent carbon by mass in its near surface. Our analysis shows that carbon-rich compounds are intimately mixed with products of rock-water interactions, such as clays."

The discoveries could help us understand how planets like Earth came to be – and what laid the foundations for the life that is there today.

"With these findings, Ceres has gained a pivotal role in assessing the origin, evolution and distribution of organic species across the inner solar system," Dr Marchi said. "One has to wonder about how this world may have driven organic chemistry pathways, and how these processes may have affected the make-up of larger planets like the Earth."

AN ancient fossil has been discovered on Mars with some saying it is proof that turtle-like creatures once existed on the Red Planet.

Scientists are determined to find life on Mars, although now it would seem that the only life-form there would be microbial. However, this has not deterred amateur alien hunters who believe they have compelling evidence that some creatures live, or lived at one point, on the Red Planet. The latest discovery comes in the form of a “turtle-like fossil” which is claimed in some quarters of the internet to be proof of a species on Mars.

The finding was made using images from NASA’s Mars rover and is apparently concrete proof of life elsewhere than on Earth.

Prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring was the first to make the sighting.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I found a turtle-like fossil of of a creature in a Mars surface photo today. The object shows lots of signs of once being an animal.

“The shell has a back bone area from front to back. It also has ribbed sides that are slightly raised as turtles have.

“One end looks like its where the head came out because its raised up allowing an open area.

“The opposite side has a tail like sharp area which is part of the shell. Instead of a soft tail as turtles have here on Earth, this has a hard tail that is built into the shell itself.”

Mr Waring has made similar claims like this before.

Just last week he announced he had found a object which was eerily similar to an ammonite fossil – a common fossil found on Earth from a curled up shell from an ancient sea mollusc.

Mr Waring said: “I noticed this object near the rover looks very similar in shape to a snail.

"Here on Earth, Ammonites died out 66 million years ago, but lived as long ago as 200 million years ago.

“I believe that since it evolved on a different planet, its shape was effected by a different evolution involving different environmental influences.”

However, sceptics and NASA would say the fossil and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.

This would mean that the Martian 'fossil' could just be a misshapen rock.

This scene out of a mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shows a wild reaction to what has become a fairly typical ordeal for those with service dogs.

These particular dogs happen to be in training, making the mother's reaction even more troubling. There are signs on each dog, patches, and many people all there telling her that her child cannot pet the service dogs.

She would not listen.

Literally Says 'DO NOT PET'

As you can see in the video, the mom in question was not happy with ANYTHING coming from the handlers on the service dog side. We don't get to see how the situation was handled before the cameras started to roll, but we do get a feel that this mother thinks very highly of herself.

Not only does she ignore the clear signs and the handlers, she wants to pick a fight and tell them how it should've gone down.

Don't Like The Way She Said No

One of the more ridiculous comments is that she didn't like how the woman just told her "No" in response to her question about the petting.

Since this is a world where this happens pretty much daily, being told "no" is the kindest way to handle this. It's also the more straight-forward way possible.

Going To Call My Lawyer

And by the end, she's saying it is illegal to film her without permission -- wrong -- and that she will call her lawyers.

The handlers do get one thing wrong here -- though Pennsylvania could be different. It is not illegal to pet the dogs. It is frowned upon and it ruins the training process, but it isn't illegal on its own.

But the potential harassment, interference, and hurt IS illegal. And the way that is defined can vary. So the child petting the dog in the middle of training? Could be trouble. These are not pets. These are medical equipment/workers when that vest is on.


Most of the folks responding to the initial video were quick to call the woman entitled and asked how she managed to come to the conclusions she reached at the end of the clip.

Why Are Kids Better Than Adults?

Others pointed out that even though they didn't have service dogs, they did notice something special. Kids always asked permission before touching the animals, meanwhile, adults did not.

It's strange that we lose that basic component about touching an animal or anything having to do with someone else.

Since making his name as a Hollywood heartthrob, Leonardo DiCaprio has - after Sir Dave Attenborough, of course - become somewhat the face of the global fight to save our doomed planet.

I mean we should have known he was a pretty good egg when he let that spoilt brat Rose (Kate Winslet) take up all the space on the raft when there was clearly room for two on it.

But it wasn't long after this award winning role that a young DiCaprio began showing an interest in the environmentalist movement, creating the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF).

And the star, now 44, has had a bigger impact on the world than most would have realised; over the past two decades he has supported over 200 environmentally focused projects.

At the recent 20th anniversary of the LDF, the Wolf on Wall Street actor was honoured for his contribution to efforts to help protect the planet.

At the star-studded event, which was attended by a host of A-listers, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, and Ellen DeGeneres, DiCaprio announced there would be $11 million worth of new funding to all six of the foundation's programmes; Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

This would bring the foundation's total contribution to over $100 million, which is an incredible amount of money.

In a statement from the LDF's website, DiCaprio, who became a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2014, said: "When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects - whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact.

"We are extremely proud to celebrate 20 years of this model.

"Since 1998, we have supported over 200 projects on every continent and in every ocean from habitat and species conservation, renewable energy, climate change, indigenous rights, and more.

"I am pleased to announce $11 million in new grants across our six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million."

The glitzy event also featured a special performance by Coldplay frontman and resident tree-hugger, Chris Martin, who performed a number of tunes, including 'My Heart Will Go On', 'Viva La Vida', and 'Something Just Like This'.