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Frame-by-frame — Why the kid taking a selfie was kicked in the head by the train engineer [17 pics]

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Yesterday, we shared a video of a train engineer putting his boot to Jared Michael’s head when Jared tried to take a selfie as the train passed. There’s been a lot of speculation as to why the engineer did what he did. Sure, the kid even admitted he was stupid to be standing so close to the train, but two wrongs don’t make a right… Did the engineer really need to kick Jared in the head?

Frame-by-frame evidence from the video seems to indicate that the train engineer had a very good reason for kicking Jared. Redditor karolisalive pointed out an object that appears to be protruding from the train right where Michael’s head was…

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If that’s not enough evidence to convince you that the engineer is a hero, here’s the complete frame-by-frame evidence. If nothing else, Jared’s transition from careless selfie to a ruined day is comical to watch…

Jared’s having a good day…

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His earbuds are putting down a good beat…

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The train he’s been waiting for is coming… What could go wrong?

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What’s that? A train’s right behind him? You’d never know with that cool, calm, collected look…

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Does Jared hear that horn blaring? Probably not… Those earbuds are cranked up a little too loud…

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Is that a boot? Jared can’t see it, because Jared is still taking a selfie…

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Jared still doesn’t realize there’s a boot connecting with his face…

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Now he’s beginning to grasp the situation, though he still has no idea he’s being saved from the metal object protruding from the train…

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And there go the earbuds…

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Yep, he definitely feels the boot now…

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The engineer’s ability to kick Jared’s head out of the way with a work boot while operating a moving train is actually really impressive…

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At least Jared got a chance to show off that flow on top of his head…

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Those are some impressive gymnastics from the engineer…

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And just as quickly, the train is gone…

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It’s even more impressive that the engineer was able to save Jared without completely knocking him out with the boot. That engineer is a hero!

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BBC News - UKIP immigration policy

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22 April 2014 Last updated at 16:25

Nick Robinson asks Nigel Farage about his German wife's job

On a day when Nigel Farage launched a nationwide poster campaign warning that millions of Europeans were waiting to take your job, I asked him why he employed a German as his secretary.

Couldn't he have found a British person instead, I wondered. Somewhat to my amazement the UKIP leader told me "nobody else could do that job".

His point, apparently, was that only his wife Kirsten - who as he often reminds us is German - would be prepared to work unsociable hours, seven days a week, helping him at "midnight, one o'clock, two o'clock".

As so often, the UKIP leader was trying to make me and all those listening smile along with him. He's an amusing and likeable guy and often I've done just that, but on this occasion I was determined to press on.

Mr Farage's decision to employ his wife at public expense highlights two important questions he and his party now face - about what their immigration policy means in practice and their attitude to public money.

'Sensible policy'

Mr Farage doesn't like questions about his MEPs' expenses - the £3,580 he gets from the EU every month to spend "as I see fit".

He refuses to put a total figure on the amount he's received from the EU, although a while back he said it was more than £2m. He insists that by employing his wife he is only doing what many Westminster MPs do.

As for immigration - the key issue which of his election campaign - Mr Farage is calling for a "sensible, open immigration policy" in which Britain would "re-claim control of her borders".

His goal is clear - to end the free movement of people in the EU - but the detail is much less so and is not spelt out in the party's European election manifesto.

I asked Mr Farage whether he was against all immigration. There could be zero, he said, before adding that, in a growing economy, "there is no doubt that selective immigration can be a beneficial thing to society".

When I pressed further, he said there was no reason a skilled Polish builder could not come here under UKIP policy, if there was a skill shortage to fill.

So, what numbers would be acceptable? Mr Farage was reluctant to say but eventually suggested that between 30,000 and 50,000 immigrants a year might be the right figure (compared with well over 100,000 net migration now).

One detail is clear, however. Under UKIP policy, Mrs Farage would be allowed to stay here and work.

Here's the full transcript of my questioning of Mr Farage on employing his wife:

Nick Robinson: You've warned about Europeans taking people's jobs. Your wife is German. She's your secretary. She's paid for by the British taxpayer.

Nigel Farage: Yes. She came here as a highly skilled person earning a high salary, paying a very large amount of tax. It all goes to show nobody must think….

NR: Is your wife taking someone else's job?

NF: No, because I don't think anyone else would want to be in my house at midnight, going through emails and getting me briefed for the next day. And actually if you look at Westminster one in four MPs at Westminster, all right, employs a close family relative, and actually what's happening in the last two weeks, of the 73 British MEPs I'm the one that is being singled out and saying "Goodness me, Mr Farage, you're costing the taxpayer a great deal of money." Don't forget, I am the turkey that will vote for Christmas. I want to get rid of British MEPs and all the expenses.

NR: You see, you try to turn everything into a joke. You have a campaign which says Europeans are taking British jobs. You employ a German woman to work in your office. She happens to be your wife. She happens to spend many hundreds of thousands of British taxpayers' money. How do you justify that?

NF: No she doesn't. She earns a very modest salary for working extremely unsociable hours for me and being available up to seven days a week. It's a very different situation to a mass of hundreds of thousands of people flooding the lower end of the labour market.

NR: Why hasn't she taken a British person's job?

NF: Because nobody else could do that job.

NR: No British person could work for you as your secretary?

NF: Not at the moment.

NR: You don't think anyone's capable of doing that job?

NF: What, of marrying me?

NR: No. Of doing the job of your secretary.

NF: I don't know anyone who would work those hours, no.

NR: So that's it. It's clear - UKIP do not believe that any British person is capable of being the secretary of their leader?

NF: That's nonsense and you know it.

NR: You just said it!

NF: I said I need someone who can help me work at midnight, at one, two o'clock in the morning, unsociable hours. For seven years she did the job unpaid, for the last few years she's done the job on a monthly salary and from May she'll be doing it unpaid again.

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Police damaged own water cannon while testing its strength with eggs and tennis balls

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Police chiefs in central Germany are red-faced after spending €900,000 on a water cannon which was damaged by eggs and tennis balls.

The "WaWe 10" water cannon from Austria weighs 33 tonnes and is made of steel, but it failed to stand up to tests by Thuringia Police.

To put their new purchase through its paces officers pretended to be rioters and threw tennis balls, plastic bottles and eggs at the vehicles, rather than bricks, stones, bottles and Molotov cocktails as might be expected during an actual riot.

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The tennis balls and eggs caused dents the size of fists in the armoured glass of the vehicles. A police spokesman said that they were not expecting such widespread damage. A report has been sent to Germany’s interior ministry which has asked manufacturer Rosenbauer for an explanation. The government has ordered 78 of the water cannons.
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Phone Alarm

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Alt text: "Who's calling me?? WHY IS THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD CALLING ME!?"
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Thanks to everyone who posts the alt texts
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@teragram: I use this as an alternate site when I am on mobile:
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@bessertier: that's awesome. added.

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Palcohol, We Hardly Knew Ye: Feds Quickly Reverse Approval Of Powdered Alcohol


Palcohol, we hardly knew ye.

It’s been real.

Yesterday it was like you couldn’t turn around on the Internet without running into the hubbub about Palcohol, a powdered alcohol meant to be mixed with water sort of like Kool-Aid, but boozy. The astonishing thing? The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had apparently blessed the product with its approval. That approval proved fleeting, as the agency reversed itself last night.

The agency’s director of congressional and public affairs, Tom Hogue, said in an email that the group had approved the powdered vodka, rum and other booze mixes “in error.” But he didn’t respond to further questions, reports CNNMoney.

The company behind Palcohol, Lipsmark, says that “there seemed to be a discrepancy [about] how much powder” is in each packet, and that it will resubmit the product for approval.

“We have been in touch with the TTB and there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag. There was a mutual agreement for us to surrender the labels,” says a statement on the Palcohol site. “This doesn’t mean that Palcohol isn’t approved. It just means that these labels aren’t approved. We will re-submit labels. We don’t have an expected approval date as label approval can vary widely.”

Critics of Palcohol say it could be dangerous due to its portability and the fact that it hasn’t been proven safe for use with food, which was reportedly something the product’s site mentioned before that recommendation was taken down yesterday.

The product would now need to get not only approval at the federal level (again), but states would also have to sanction it as well.

Regulator reverses approval of powdered alcohol [CNNMoney]

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