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Fugitive Shipwreck Hunter Captured After 2 Years on the Lam

Posted in News with tags on January 31, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Fugitive Shipwreck Hunter Captured After 2 Years on the Lam

Firefighters rescue naked woman trapped in ex-boyfriend’s chimney

Posted in News with tags on January 9, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Firefighters rescue naked woman trapped in ex-boyfriend’s chimney

‘I tried to get her out, but it was too hard,’ California man says

Dylan Stableford

Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/woman-naked-stuck-in-fireplace-chimney-photos-162707091.html

(Jared Hazelaar/Riverside County Fire Dept.)

(Jared Hazelaar/Riverside County Fire Dept.)

Firefighters in Southern California responded to an unusual call over the weekend at the home of a man who awoke to find his ex-girlfriend naked and stuck inside the fireplace.

According to Riverside County officials, the 35-year-old woman, who was not identified, tried to enter the Woodcrest, Calif., home where her ex-boyfriend and three children live through the front door early Saturday morning, but it was locked. So she climbed on the roof, stripped off her clothes and tried to shimmy down the chimney.

Shortly before 5 a.m., her estranged boyfriend, Tony Hernandez, said he heard the woman crying for help.

“She said, ‘I’m trapped in the chimney,’” Hernandez told CBS Los Angeles.

Hernandez first tried to pull her out with an extension cord.

“I tried to get her out, but it was too hard,” he said.

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Technical Rescue this morning on Rancho Viejo Dr. in Woodcrest. Photo Credit, Engineer Jared Hazelaar.

 

It took 23 Riverside County firefighters approximately two hours to extract the woman, removing bricks from the chimney’s exterior during what they termed a “technical rescue.” The woman was transported to a local area hospital with “minor to moderate injuries, fire officials said.

Hernandez told CBS Los Angeles that the woman isn’t allowed around his kids.

“I don’t like the way she’s acting or what she’s doing,” he said. “That’s not good for my kids.”

Dog Found Abandoned With Suitcase Filled With His Belongings

Posted in News with tags on January 9, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Dog Found Abandoned With Suitcase Filled With His Belongings

Good Morning America

https://gma.yahoo.com/dog-found-abandoned-suitcase-filled-belongings-201928461–abc-news-pets.html

A dog was found abandoned at a Scottish train station next to a suitcase filled with it’s belongings and now the local animal welfare charity are looking for tips into who is the neglectful owner.

The dog, a male shar-pei named Kai, was found sitting with a leash attached to a banister at the Ayr railway station on Jan. 2, according to the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature,” Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor said in the group’srelease.

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The group reported that the suitcase contained a dog bowl, food, a pillow and toy — although that doesn’t clear the owner from wrongdoing.

Abandoning an animal is an offense in Scotland and, if they are able to determine who left the dog in the station, that person or persons could be banned from owning animals for life.

“Regardless of the fact Kai was left with his belongings, this was still a cruel incident and we are keen to identify the person responsible,” Taylor said.

Officials were able to determine the dog’s name because the animal had been microchipped by a previous owner. When they contacted that individual, he reported that he had sold the dog in 2013 but did not have any information on the new owner.

Taylor said that the group will care for the dog until they find an owner for Kai.

 

Fisherman Says He Saw Bigfoot Bathing … And He Sent Us A Picture!

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags on January 7, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Fisherman Says He Saw Bigfoot Bathing … And He Sent Us A Picture!

Posted: 01/03/2015 10:52 am EST Updated: 01/04/2015 11:59 pm EST
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One occupational hazard of reporting on unexplained phenomena: You can always count on waking up in the morning to find an email from someone swearing that they’ve just seen Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, a hybrid human alien or a UFO on the moon.

2015 began with a photo from John Rodriguez, a 66-year-old retired electrician, who claims that he was fishing Dec. 26 on the Hillsborough River near northeast Tampa, Florida, and came upon an incredible sight.

“I fish for gar in the river and I bring my camera to take pictures of the birds and what not. I heard a squishing sound, looked over and saw this thing walking through the water and crouch down in the duck weed. It did not look like a guy in a suit — it was definitely an animal. I took this picture and got out of there as fast as I could.”

Here’s the image that Rodriguez sent to HuffPost:

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Rodriguez claims to have seen and photographed — in a completely clear and non-blurry moment — that tall, hairy, elusive creature often reported in North America and other parts of the world that goes by many names: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti. In Florida, it’s known as the Swamp Ape or Skunk Ape (primarily from descriptions of an extremely pungent odor it supposedly gives off).

“I’ve heard of Skunk Ape prints around Green Swamp [in Florida], but never anything like this,” Rodriguez told HuffPost in an email. “My whole life, never seen anything like it.”

Of course, the fact that the photo looks a little too crisp at some points, made us suspect it to be a fraud. Just look at the jagged line between the hairy beast and the water. That could be the work of a novice who just downloaded Photoshop for the first time.

However, we’ve got some time to kill. And doesn’t this man deserve to be taken at his word? After all, wouldn’t finding Bigfoot be a great way to kick off 2015?

Rodriguez said he snapped the picture in the early afternoon at an area where the Hillsborough River becomes a cypress swamp. The map below shows a small section of the 59-mile-long river that flows through Florida, filled with wildlife preserves that include many not-so-friendly creatures, such as alligators, known to jump into canoes and attack unsuspecting humans.

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So, what are we to make of this fantastic tale? Did Rodriguez take the clearest, most definitive picture to date of Bigfoot?

Not so fast, according to Ben Hansen, lead investigator of the Syfy Channel’s “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” series.

“It’s a relief to finally have a clear picture of the creature,” Hansen, a former FBI agent, told HuffPost. “Every other photo and video we get is usually too blurry or the Bigfoot too obscured in brush to allow for any useful identification. Thanks to the clear photo, I’m excited to announce that the photographer has captured a real-life… gorilla in a Bigfoot suit!”

“To be more precise, the face of a gorilla that has been digitally added to the photo with editing software. Although I originally suspected the creature suit was actually in the water when the photo was taken, I started to notice shadows in front of the Bigfoot that appeared to be an inconsistent length and shape with the rest of the photo.”

“Additionally, there appears to be some heavy digital editing touch-up to the fur around the face and where the body meets the water. I’m now leaning more toward believing the whole creature was pasted into the image and then branches and twigs were added in the foreground. The branches also could have really been in the scene, but they were later edited as separate layers so Bigfoot looks like he’s now behind them, sitting in deep contemplation.”

Digital photographs use a format called EXIF data, which stores a lot of accessible information within each image — like shutter speed, if a flash was used, date and time of the image, etc. Hansen pointed out that the EXIF information of the Florida swamp creature picture suggests the image was digitally created on Dec. 26 with Photoshop.

Since those details are extremely important when trying to research unexplained phenomena images, we asked Rodriguez about this.

“I did not Photoshop this at all. Believe me or not,” Rodriguez said. “When I plug in my memory card, it asks to import and opens in Photoshop. I just changed the name and saved. It seems like people get publicly crucified for coming forward with this kind of stuff.”

Rodriguez also said this debunking attitude is what caused him to initially hesitate sending the original picture to HuffPost.

A March 2014 smithsonian.com story about the search for Florida’s Skunk Apepointed out the following:

The belief in mythological animals might be as old as humanity itself. Nearly every culture’s folklore contains at least one imagined creature in its folklore that has no place in modern science.

It’s easy to imagine how, in the days when much of the planet had yet to be explored and catalogued, you might have reasonably believed in the existence of any of these beasts. But in the present day, when every square mile of the earth’s surface has been photographed by satellites, and scientists have identified 1.3 million species (with mostly plants, tiny animals and microbes remaining to be found), how could you still believe in a lumbering, seven-foot-tall ape, hiding out in one of the most well-studied countries on the planet?

When dealing with reports and discussions about things like Bigfoot, UFOs, lake monsters, ghosts, etc., there’s always a fine line walked by those who make the claims and the skeptics or outright debunkers who do their best to make the stories go away.

In the most literal sense, that’s the nature of the beast — especially where large, hairy creatures are involved.

Hansen brings up another item about this current alleged Skunk Ape sighting near Tampa.

“The white stripe down the middle of the head and chin is a nice touch. If it’s a Skunk Ape, why not make it look like a skunk, right? In reality, I have yet to come across a story with any merit where witnesses describe the Skunk Ape with an actual white stripe like a skunk.”

Par for the course, these stories produce strong opposing points of view. And still, one clear photograph of something that may or may not be a real Bigfoot is not definitive proof that the creature exists, the way DNA evidence — or an actual body — would be.

We still, apparently, don’t have either of those things yet.

‘A living hell’ for disabled slaves on South Korean islands

Posted in News with tags on January 6, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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‘A living hell’ for disabled slaves on South Korean islands

Associated Press

In this Feb. 19, 2014, a salt farm owner walks around his salt farm on Sinui Island, South Korea. Slavery thrives on this chain of rural islands off South Korea’s rugged southwest coast, nurtured by a long history of exploitation and the demands of trying to squeeze a living from the sea. Five times during the last decade, revelations of slavery involving the disabled have emerged, each time generating national shame and outrage.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SINUI ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — He ran the first chance he got.

The sun beat down on the shallow, sea-fed fields where Kim Seong-baek was forced to work without pay, day after 18-hour day mining the big salt crystals that blossomed in the mud around him. Half-blind and in rags, Kim grabbed another slave, and the two disabled men headed for the coast.

Far from the glittering steel-and-glass capital of Seoul, they were now hunted men on this remote island where the enslavement of disabled salt farm workers is an open secret.

“It was a living hell,” Kim said in a recent series of interviews with The Associated Press whose details are corroborated by court records and by lawyers, police and government officials.

Lost, they wandered past asphalt-black salt fields sparkling with a patina of thin white crust. They could feel the islanders inspecting them. Everyone knew who belonged and who didn’t.

Near a grocery, the store owner’s son rounded them up and called their boss, who beat Kim with a rake and sent him back to the salt fields.

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Slavery thrives on rural islands off South Korea’s rugged southwest coast, nurtured by a long history of exploitation and the demands of trying to squeeze a living from the sea.

Two-thirds of South Korea’s sea salt is produced at more than 850 salt farms on dozens of islands in Sinan County, including Sinui island, where half the 2,200 residents work in the industry. Workers spend grueling days managing a complex network of waterways, hoses and storage areas.

Five times during the last decade, revelations of slavery involving the disabled have emerged. Kim’s case prompted a nationwide government probe of thousands of farms and disabled facilities that found more than 100 workers who’d received no, or scant, pay.

Yet little has changed on the islands, according to a months-long investigation by the AP based on court and police documents and dozens of interviews with freed slaves, salt farmers, villagers and officials.

Although 50 island farm owners and regional job brokers were indicted, national police say no local police or officials will face punishment, despite multiple interviews showing some knew about the slaves and even stopped escape attempts.

Soon after the national investigation, activists and police found another 63 unpaid or underpaid workers on the islands, three-quarters of whom were mentally disabled.

Kim’s former boss, Hong Jeong-gi, didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment through his lawyer. He’s set to appeal a 3½ year prison sentence next week.

Other farmers often describe themselves as providing oases for the disabled and homeless.

“These are people who are neglected and mistreated,” Hong Chi-guk, a 64-year-old salt farmer in Sinui, told the AP. “What alternative does our society have for them?”

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The night of July 4, 2012, Kim, who’d been homeless for a decade, was sleeping in a Seoul train station when a stranger offered him a place to stay and a job in the morning.

Hours later, he stood on a Sinui island salt farm. Hong had paid an illegal job agent the equivalent of about $700 for his new worker, according to court records.

The beatings began the first day on the farm for Kim, who’s visually disabled and described in court documents as having the social awareness of a 12-year-old.

“Each time I tried to ask him something, his punch came first,” Kim told the AP.

Only a week after his first escape was thwarted, Kim began to plan another.

He and the other slave, Chae Min-sik, again tried to find their way to a port. But the grocery owner’s son, identified by officials only as Yoon, rounded them up again and called Hong.

After another beating, it was back to work.

Hong, Kim discovered, was an influential man, a former village head. Despite his fear, Kim ran again at the end of the month. Again, Yoon captured them.

Furious, the owner said that if Kim ran again, he’d get a knife in the stomach. Hong beat Kim so badly he broke Kim’s glasses. He worked Kim so hard the slave was too tired to think about escape.

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The number of people enslaved is difficult to determine because of the transient work, the remoteness of the farms and the closeness — and often hostility — of the island communities. Social workers believe many slaves have yet to be found, and that investigations have so far been inadequate.

“If the recent investigation was done properly, then pretty much everyone on the island should’ve been taken to the police station and charged,” said Kim Kang-won, an activist who participated in the recent investigation on Sinui. “The whole village knew about it.”

Provincial police have vowed to inspect farms and interview workers regularly, but people familiar with the island confirm that slavery is rampant.

“The police chief would tell me that I’d eventually come to understand that this was how things on the island worked,” said Cho Yong-su, a doctor who worked at the Sinui Island public health center from 2006 to 2007.

Han Bong-cheol, a pastor in Mokpo who lived on Sinui Island for 19 years until June, sympathized with farmers forced to deal with disabled, incompetent workers. “They spend their leisure time eating snacks, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. They are taken once or twice a year to Mokpo so they can buy sex. It’s a painful reality, but it’s a pain the island has long shared as a community.”

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After a year and a half as a slave, Kim made one last bid for freedom.

He managed to mail a letter to his mother in Seoul. Kim’s mother brought the letter, which gave directions to the farm, to Seo Je-gong, then a police captain.

Because Kim’s letter noted collaboration between local police and salt farm owners, Seo and another Seoul officer went to the island posing as tourists who’d come to fish and buy salt. They visited Hong’s home while he was away and found the slaves sitting on a mattress in a room without heat or hot water. Kim, Seo said, looked like a homeless person.

Kim was frightened and baffled, then relieved. “I am going to live,” he said.

Chae initially refused to leave Sinui but was freed later after Seo found a 2008 missing person’s report for Chae. He now lives in a Seoul shelter.

Yoon, who repeatedly captured Kim and Chae, was fined $7,500.

Kim, who lives in Seoul and occasionally works construction jobs, settled with Hong for about $35,000 in unpaid wages. He has nightmares and receives treatment for his injuries.

He also gets flustered when he talks about salt, disgusted when he sees it. “Just thinking about it makes me grind my teeth.”

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Foster Klug is AP’s Seoul bureau chief. Follow him on Twitter at twitter/apklug

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Mexican farmer immolates self during protest

Posted in News with tags on December 9, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Mexican farmer immolates self during protest

Associated Press

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A young farmer in southern Mexico set himself on fire outside the Chiapas state legislature building to demand the release of his father, an indigenous leader who was arrested last year on charges stemming from a series of demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent.

Agustin Gomez Perez, 21, lay down and allowed another protester to douse him with gasoline and set it alight Friday in the state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez. He was taken to a hospital, and his stepmother, Araceli Diaz, said Saturday that he was “serious but stable” condition with second- and third-degree burns.

Gomez Perez and other indigenous farmers have been protesting last year’s jailing of his father, Florentino Gomez Giron. The father is charged with murder, stealing cattle, organized crime and causing 39 families to flee the Ixtapa municipality as a result of leading indigenous protests in 2011 to demand improved basic services. The protests culminated in violence that included the destruction of police cars and the burning of the Ixtapa town hall.

The human rights office of the Chiapas state government issued a statement lamenting Gomez Perez’s immolation and saying it would seek to discourage “acts that put at risk the lives of protesters.”

Authorities said the father remains in prison.

Is 8-Year-Old Kristina Pimenova the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?

Posted in News with tags on December 9, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Is 8-Year-Old Kristina Pimenova the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?

Underage girls working in the fashion industry isn’t new. But after years of consciously discouraging the sexualization of young girls and promoting fair treatment and healthy lifestyles for minors, it comes as a bit of a shock that Kristina Pimenova is being dubbed the “most beautiful girl in the world” at just eight years old.

Born in 2005 in Moscow, Russia, Pimenova started modeling at the age of three, scoring contracts with Armani, Benetton, Fendi, and Roberto Cavalli’s children’s lines. She landed the cover of Vogue Bambini, herFacebook fan page has more than 2 million likes, and her Instagram handle, which is managed by her mother, has 416,000 followers.

Related: Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, Cara Delevingne and Angelina Jolie Were Child Models!

Of course, children have always worked as models, butPimenova’s case is especially disconcerting thanks to her massive social media following, which opens her up to trolling on an international scale. Many commenters have called her a “babe,” “flawless,” and are even making remarks on her long legs and other body parts. Not even old enough to walk down the aisle, Pimenova has even received marriage proposals.

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But Pimenova, and more specifically her mother, Glikeriya Shirokova, who is also a model, has come under fire following recent media attention. “My child would never ever ever ever ever wear shorts this tight and small—ever,” one Instagram user wrote. Another said, “Parents like you are the reason why girls grow up to have many issues… also there are so many sick people out [there] that look at these in sexual ways.” One even called the provocative photos a “pedophile’s dream.”

In response to the criticism, Shirkova told MailOnline: “You must think like a pedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures, so it is time for you to see a doctor.” She insists that all the photographs are completely innocent and despite claims that she’s exploiting her daughter’s beauty for personal gain, she insists the problem is with people who have their own personal and possibly psychological issues. “I do not accept those accusations about sexualization of my child,” she said.

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