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Pablo Escobar, the godfather of the Medellin Cartel. 1988 Escobar at the height of his power. IMAGE: ERIC VANDEVILLE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES

Pablo Escobar, the godfather of the Medellin Cartel. 1988.?Escobar at the height of his power.

He Once Burned $2 Million

When his family were hiding at a farm in the mountains surrounding Medell?n, Escobar burned $2 million to save his daughter from the cold weather. Puts Dad buying you a new football into perspective.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born December 1, 1949, in the town of Rionegro, nestled in the Northern Andes not far from the city of Medellin in the Colombian province of Antioquia. The son of a peasant farmer and a schoolteacher, there was nothing in Escobar’s background to suggest the meteoric and spectacularly sociopathic trajectory his life would follow.

Before he was a murderous drug lord, Pablo Escobar was part of his neighbourhood Boy Scout troop. He would cut his neighbours’ lawns to raise money, go camping on the weekends, and watch cowboy movies with the rest of his prepubescent cohort. Escobar also filled his personal library — which he decorated with a human skull he had dug out of the graveyard — with Communist texts by Vladimir Lenin and Mao Tse-tung.

Pablo Escobar made his debut in the world of crime by selling fake high school diplomas with his cousin Gustavo Gaviria. He and his cousin also learned how to copy their teachers’ handwriting to fake final grade reports and stole the answers to difficult exams so they could sell them. After providing dozens of people with falsified academic documents, Escobar and his cousin moved on to a variety of other criminal schemes like stealing cars, robbing movie theatre ticket windows, and selling stolen tombstones.

While fairly well-educated, he never had a reputation as a brilliant intellect. Rather, like Al Capone, his main “talent” was an unlimited capacity for violence.

When poverty forced Escobar to drop out of Antioquia’s provincial university in 1966, he started stealing cars and trafficking marijuana, which made him a millionaire at 22. Next he invested his fortune in the nascent cocaine business, monopolizing local coca production by paying peasant farmers twice the going rate and investing in coca cultivation in the remote mountain valleys of Peru and Bolivia, far from weak central governments.

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Face of the day

Inbred White Tiger Kenny

Inbred White Tiger Kenny

Today’s face of the day is going to blow your mind. Well it blew my mind anyway. Miss Whaleoil told me about a White tiger with Down’s Syndrome and I thought surely not. I found one article that claimed he had Down’s Syndrome and then another more scientific one that had another explanation. He apparently died in 2008.

Kenny is a white tiger that was ?selectively? inbred while in captivity in the United States. As zoos and exotic pet stores along with consumers have increased the demand for white tigers, breeders have attempted to recreate the ideal white tiger ? large snout, blue eyes, white fur ? by relying on a limited pool of white tigers that are in captivity.

The result? With such a limited gene pool, white tigers are born with an astoundingly high rate of deformities and health issues. For example, Kenny is mentally retarded, has significant physical limitations, and is considered the first tiger with down syndrome. The pictures, in many ways, speak to the condition that Kenny and other white tigers are in.


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The only good cat is a dead cat

Oh look another cause for people to moan about…saving some big pussy cats.

Receivers have rejected claims they are making a legal bid to put down dozens of endangered big cats at Zion Wildlife Gardens.

The Northland wildlife park was placed into liquidation in August after the High Court at Whangerei found it could not pay debts said to be more than $100,000.

The fate of the 36 big cats at the park was to be decided in the High Court next month, but receivers Rabobank have since applied for an urgent hearing in the High Court at Auckland tomorrow.

Evgeny Orlov, lawyer for park operator Patricia Busch, claimed the move was an attempt to euthanise the park’s 36 remaining big cats.

Receiver and PwC Partner Mr Colin McCloy this afternoon said the hearing was about supporting a potential sale that would preserve the park and the welfare of its animals.

?Lucky I’m not the?receiver, those cats would be dead already.

Photo of the Day

From my favourite photo site The Chive

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect