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Superman Wasn’t Around So This Dog Jumped To Action Holding His Hurt Owner Until Paramedics Arrived

On a Facebook page for the paramedics of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, a story was posted last week that made us realize how amazing dogs are and how little we deserve them. A man fell out of a tree he was working on and his faithful pup stayed by his side until, during and even after paramedics came to help him. What a little super hero.

According to the page “Def Civil B. Blanca,” a 28-year-old worker fell out of a tree he was pruning. While waiting for help, he was protected by his dog Tony, until paramedics arrived on the scene.

“At 06:07 p.m. A person pruning a tree in Balboa Street 2473 fell from it from a height of about 2 meters. The 28-year-old worker suffered slight skull trauma, so he was transported by ambulance personnel from the SIEMPRE service. At all times the injured was accompanied by his pet TONY. Police and Civil Defense personnel attended.”

It appears that even after the paramedics arrived, the dog refused to leave his master’s side.

Tony stayed the entire time they treated his best friend.

The dog seemingly held on tighter as they treated his best friend.

He was with him to the very end, all the way up until he was lifted up into the ambulance.

This dog put all of our human best friends to shame, proving once and for all, we don’t really deserve these amazing creatures, especially with all we put them through.

You know what we make animals do. Don’t make me repeat it. Okay, since you’re pushing for it:

For one, we make them pose for embarrassing photos.

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You put a fidget spinner on your dog, whose name is also “Fidget?” Just because it’s clever, doesn’t make it right.

We make them live in small cramped spaces.

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The crisper? You know dogs are only partially made of lettuce, right?

The work we make these animals do is getting ridiculous.

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Just because they can do the work better than us, doesn’t mean we should take advantage of these beautiful beasts.

But, if you’re going to do it anyway. Throw’em a bone every now and then.

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They’ll appreciate it, and maybe stick with you the next time you fall out of a tree in Argentina.


[H/T] Fox

READ: This Ice Cream Parlor Has Dogs Everywhere Barking


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Argentina’s Women’s Soccer League Could Have A Trans Player And We Can’t Celebrate Enough

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Argentina’s Women’s Soccer League Could Have A Trans Player And We Can’t Celebrate Enough

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It is no secret that the glass ceiling is an ever-present reality for women in all sorts of environments: in industry, entertainment and of course in professional sports. Sports is a male-centric environment and when it comes to professional leagues, womens’ teams and sports figures are seen as secondary to their hombre counterparts. Now, it is a fact that women are placed at a disadvantage when it comes to salaries and sponsorships in sports, but there is a particular group within the female population that is particularly vulnerable: trans women. Even public figures such as Hillary Clinton and J.K Rowling, who have championed women’s issues, have made unfortunate comments that can be judged as transphobic. The world is still dominated by CIS discourses and trans rights have a long way to go. 

Trans women suffer discrimination and lack of opportunities and any move forward is a significant win. That is why news coming out of Argentina give us hope in a more equal and inclusive future. The country could soon have its first trans woman professional soccer player, subject to the approval by the league. 

Mara Gomez would become the first trans woman to play in Argentina’s female soccer league.

Mara is now 22-years-old and, if approved by the AFA, the reigning body in Argentinian soccer, she will play for for Villa San Carlos, a lower-tier team in Argentina’s top league. Even if her team has not been particularly successful on the field, they have certainly triumphed in terms of their progressive politics.

When she was 15 she was figuring out her gender and sexuality, she felt bullied and alone. Until she kicked a ball and everything changed. As she revealed in Politica y Gestion, she wasn’t particularly good when she started playing but the joy for the game and perseverance helped her cross the line: “I was really bad, but I realized that it was helping me. I could escape a lot of things and it calmed my mind. Fútbol was like therapy. I began to devote more time to it. At 18, everything changed when I began transitioning. I tried out in Toronto City and they accepted me, as I am. They opened their doors and saw me as just one more player. I ended up at a lot of other teams until I got to Malvinas, which was where I was last and we became two-time league champions.”

She fully acknowledges the physical differences she will have with other female players.

In an interview for Politica y Gestion she fully acknowledged and dealt the issue of her trans identity con la cabeza en alto: “There are lots of other players who are much stronger and faster than me and they didn’t use to be male. People talk in these terms simply because medical science split us up into male and female, but we have to consider the human capacity to adapt.” You go, girl! 

The league has to approve her contract, but things are looking up.

Villa San Carlos has officially requested an approval for Mara’s contract. As reported by CE Noticias Financieras, things are looking up for Mara and her team due to three factors that will surely influence the league’s decision: “First is the fact that the front has all the studies that prove that their testosterone levels are within the limits that set regulations to compete in the female branch of the discipline. They then rely on the implementation of the Gender Identity Law, a regulation with which Argentina pioneered the guarantee of rights and which, among other issues, establishes the obligation that trans persons be treated according to their identity self-perceived gender.

Finally, there is a case of a trans player who plays in the First B of Argentine women’s football”. If they deny Mara the right to play professionally they would certainly be involved in a PR nightmare! Fingers crossed!  However, the fact that Mara has to present a hormonal analysis in order to be approved is far from ideal. 

Authorities In Bolivia Have Issued An Arrest Warrant For Former Bolivia President Evo Morales

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Authorities In Bolivia Have Issued An Arrest Warrant For Former Bolivia President Evo Morales

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A month ago, former Bolivia president Evo Morales was all smiles as he left for Mexico. The former leader sought refuge in Mexico after officials said he rigged the election. Morales resigned and fled, but things were looking up for him, at least in Mexico, where he was free and not being arrested for fraud. But his issues are far from over. 

Former Bolivia president Evo Morales left Mexico (where he first fled to) and is now in Argentina, but prosecutors back home in Bolivia have issued a warrant for his arrest. And the charges are pretty serious. 

Several news reports say that Interior Minister Arturo Murillo is charging Morales with allegations that “he promoted violent clashes that led to 35 deaths during disturbances before and after he left office.” The charges include sedition and terrorism, according to The Guardian. 

To explain it in terms that fit our world, the situation for Morales is something like this: If for example Trump resigns from his office and he tells his supporters to raise hell (you can imagine what he would say), and he incited violence that resulted in people’s death. He could be at fault for other people’s actions. So, the charges against Morales are quite possible.

Morales apparently says the charges are a setup, and that he has a right to return to Bolivia. 

Morales is seeking to return to Bolivia, but with this warrant, it may be impossible for him to return and get back to his life as usual. According to Democracy Now, in regards to the charges, Morales said, “They need to let me enter Bolivia. I’m not a candidate, I won’t be a candidate in these elections, but I have a right to participate in politics like any politician.”

For a quick refresher, Morales had been the president of Bolivia since 2006 until this year. He’s been accused of dictatorship, and before the last election was called, he stopped voting from being completed. People protested and Morales was eventually ousted and he fled the country. 

Jim Shultz, Founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Center, who’s lived in Bolivia and understands the situation there, wrote, “One was what seemed like Morales’ desire to serve as President for Life. When his political party, MAS, wrote a new constitution in 2009, they lifted the long-standing one-term limit on presidents and paved the way for Evo to run for a second term. In 2014 he broke a long-standing pledge not to seek a third term, claiming that his first term didn’t count because it was served under the old constitution. He won once more.”

The main issue here is not just the division of the people, but the corruption of the government. 

He also has strong allies both in Mexico and now in his new temporary home in Argentina — not to mention his supporters in Bolivia. 

When Morales first left Bolivia after he was ousted from office when officials said he illegally took the presidential office, again, Morales called foul against Bolivia authorities. Back in November, he tweeted, “I denounce to the world and the Bolivian people that a police officer publicly announced that he is instructed to execute an illegal arrest warrant against me; likewise, violent groups assaulted my home. A coup destroys the rule of law.” He added, “After looting and trying to set fire to my house in Villa Victoria, vandalism groups of the Mesa and Camacho coup docked my home in the Magisterio neighborhood of Cochabamba. I am very grateful to my neighbors, who stopped those raids. A coup destroys peace.”

And he’s supporters got angry. They did everything in their power to force authorities to return Morales and reinstate him as president. Some of his supporters demanded his return by arming themselves and blocking roads leaving people on both sides unable to cross. 

“If they don’t comply [with our demands], not a single product will reach the city of La Paz. I’m really sorry but this is the decision,” Martin Cornejo, a local organizer said, according to the Guardian. “The people will not rest until Evo Morales Ayma returns.”

Whether Morales returns or not, the former leader is quite active on Twitter and is keeping everyone abreast of his ongoing in Argentina and his plan of action. 

Even though Morales is another country he is very much intuned with what is going on in Bolivia. The road of communication is wide open. This week he tweeted about what was going on back home, including how his supporters are being treated. “The young Carlos Cornejo, Leonel Jurado, and Andrea Mamani were illegally arrested, accused of sedition for pasting posters for an act of solidarity with Senkata victims. Before they had organized a carnival. Even the most innocent act is sedition for the coup plotters.”

Time will only tell if he returns to Bolivia and turns himself in. Something tells us it won’t be that easy. 

READ: Mexico Grants Bolivia’s Former President Asylum Allowing Him To Flee Growing Unrest