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Biker Gangs Vow to Protect New Zealand Muslims at Mosques During Friday Prayers

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The world reacted with outrage and revulsion at last week’s white supremacist terror attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, followed by an outpouring of empathy and sharp denunciations of Islamophobic bigotry.

For the people of New Zealand this has been no less the case, as a vast cross-section of Kiwis extended their support for the local Muslim community.

The wave of solidarity has also included the country’s feared motorcycle clubs, with groups including the Mongrel Mob, King Cobras, Hells Angels and Black Power setting aside their differences and vowing to mobilize members to provide volunteer security services at mosques for this week’s Friday prayers, or jumah, according to The New Zealand Herald.

The president of the Mongrel Mob chapter in Waikato, Sonny Fatu, extended his group’s offer of protection to the Jamia Masjib Mosque in Hamilton. Fatu said:

“We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us … We will not be armed. We are peacefully securing the inner gated perimeter, with other community members, to allow them to feel at ease.”

Islamic community leaders have welcomed the news but note that they are unbowed by the terrorist attack, and would prefer their compatriots in motorcycle groups join them in prayer instead.

Waikato Muslim Association president Dr. Asad Mohsin told The Herald:

“Some people from the Mongrel Mob had been visiting the mosque during the week, and said they wanted to come on Friday, show their support and solidarity.”

“I feel very good, to receive this support from all different sections of society, different interests and dispositions, to come forward and give their love. It all gives us strength to overcome the grief we are undergoing.”

The Australian Mongrel Mob has also shown its support for the local Muslim community by mobilizing security teams to guard a mosque in Sydney in response to the recent attack.

Last Friday, 28-year-old Australian white-supremacist named Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in the city of Christchurch, killing 50 unarmed civilians and inflicting injuries on dozens more. The attacker, an aficionado of so-called “alt-right” or neo-Nazi ideology, live-streamed the massacre and issued a bizarre communiqué interlarded with memes popular among white nationalists to announce his motive behind the attack on helpless civilians. Tarrant is currently in custody while around 30 people remain hospitalized.

This past weekend, outside the Al Noor Mosque which was cordoned off following the massacre, a number of members from the Black Power motorcycle group performed a powerful haka–the ceremonial dance of the indigenous Māori people–before a large crowd that was holding a moment of silence.

Since then, gangs, classes, and groups of Māori from New Zealand to Australia have held their own hakas to express their love and respect for their Muslim brothers and sisters across Oceania, according to Māori news outlet Te Kaea.

Haka expert Te Kahautu Maxwell said:

“It’s the Māori way of dealing with death, it’s the Māori way of expressing grief, it’s the Māori way of expressing love, haka is the Māori way of showing support, haka is part of Māori mourning.”

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son

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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter

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The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.

However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.

In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.

It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.

The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.

Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.

The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.

The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.

The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.

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