Almost Friday Motes

Needs to happen more often: A customer who walked into a robbery happening at a Philly takeout restaurant shot and killed the armed suspect and will likely not face charges, authorities said. Police said three employees were inside the” Wingstop” in northeast Philadelphia when the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at them and demanded the employees’ hand over the money from the cash register drawer. The suspect then turned and pointed his firearm at the customer, demanding he turn over his cell phone. The customer pulled his own gun and fired one shot at the perpetrator, striking him in the neck. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spent the holiday 4 day weekend in Hilo. I didn’t know Hallmark made so many damm Christmas movies.

Lonely no more: I dump on Cher a lot, because she opens her mouth, a lot. I also believe in praise when praise is due, I give her a “well done” for her championing the release of Kaavan, “The Worlds Loneliest Elephant.” Confined to s small lot a zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, for 35 years.  During that time, Kaavan was mostly chained in his enclosure, and when his partner died in 2012, her body laid next to him for several days before it was removed. Cher, who has been advocating for Kaavan’s resettlement along with her animal welfare group Free the Wild, met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday and later visited Kaavan. On Monday, Kaavan was greeted in Cambodia by chanting Buddhist monks before he made his way north by truck to his new home in the Oddar Meanchey province. Once he feels settled, he will be released from his temporary enclosure and allowed to roam the sanctuary, which houses about 600 Asian elephants. Well Done.

Yeah, that’s going to work out good: It’s reported that VICE World News sat down with Senator Iván Marulanda to talk about his cocaine legalization bill, which is currently moving through Colombia’s congress. After 40 years of U.S. – backed anti-drug policy that criminalizes the coca leaf, Marulanda and a group of members of congress want to change tack. The bill attempts to create a legal industry that distributes cocaine to users for pain relief, not recreational use. Like that in Bolivia, it also hopes to bring hundreds of thousands of illegal coca farmers out of the shadows into a legal, homegrown industry. Boy, my back really hurts. Honest.

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