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Canadian Man Fills Potholes and Gets Weed, Coffee, Cash From Grateful Locals

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Sometimes when shiftless bureaucracy prevents crucial government work from getting done, citizens will take matters into their own hands.

And one Canadian man who took it upon himself to fill potholes in his Nova Scotia town is receiving the warm support of his neighbors, as well as some material aid such as some bud, some fresh-brewed coffee, and some cash.

John McCue, a 22-year-old, decided to do the roadwork after smashing into a massive pothole in his hometown of Stellarton while out for a drive with his mother.

So rather than nagging his city council or writing to local elected politicians, he grabbed his snow shovel and began patching up the crater-scape of worn-down roads by himself, according to CBC News. Setting about to fill the potholes with gravel, he put up a sign that read: “I filled the potholes, pay me instead of your taxes.”

John McCue has this sign with him while he’s filling in potholes. (Credit: John McCue)

The pitch was convincing for appreciative residents in the town, which has a population of roughly 4,000 people. Not only are they paying him cash – but they’re also bringing him coffee and a bit of cannabis, too.

On Tuesday, he told CBC:

Yep, I’m getting definitely a lot of tips — I had a couple of people give me some joints, too, which is pretty nice.”

The sympathy he’s enjoyed is understandable, given the infamously ramshackle state of local roads. McCue noted that some vehicles have been significantly damaged while traversing the area. He noted:

“There was one story a couple of weeks ago where a car was driving through and it nailed one of the biggest potholes here and it ripped the axle right off the car.” 

Authorities haven’t looked kindly on his work, though, insisting that it be left to professionals. They’ve also accused the self-starter of endangering himself by working on the road while also impeding traffic.

McCue said:

“I did have the town police come … The [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] came and the Department of Transportation came. They kind of threatened me with charges.

… I’ve hitchhiked for years and I’ve been around highways with much faster cars going much closer.

I know how to be safe around a vehicle in motion.”

The man has gotten positive news coverage not only from the Canadian media, but from outlets across the world. His positive example has compelled the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to issue a warning to the broader public not to undertake DIY repair work.

Marla MacInnis, a spokesperson for the department, told reporters:

“We understand the frustration that potholes cause this time of year but we strongly encourage motorists to contact [us] rather than taking matters into their own hands … This is very dangerous without the proper safety measures in place.”

And one Toronto-based lawyer also told Global News that filling in a pothole without the necessary skills or materials could open oneself up for potential legal liability if someone injures themselves or has an accident due to amateurish pothole patches.

McCue admits that while the road conditions have improved thanks to his work, he is feeling a bit sore after days of voluntary manual labor.

He plans on using some of the money to provide himself with basic living expenses such as food and gas. He’ll also need another essential in his life, straightforwardly explaining:

“I’m probably going to buy some weed with it, not going to lie.”

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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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