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1. The following are excerpts from telegraphdotcodotuk.|
Jeremy Sutcliffe, 40, had to be administered with 26 doses of antivenom to try and keep him alive, having slipped into a coma when the severed head bit him.
Mr Sutcliffe and his wife Jennifer were gardening outside their home, near Lake Corpus Christi in southern Texas, at the end of May.
Mrs Sutcliffe was working in a flower bed when she discovered a four-foot-long Western diamondback rattlesnake....
Mr Sutcliffe, alerted by his wife’s screams, came over with a shovel and decapitated the animal. He believed the ordeal was over but, ten minutes later, his picked up the head and it bit him – not knowing that snakes can discharge venom up to an hour after the head is removed.... (End excerpts)
2. The following are excerpts from dailymaildotcodotuk.
A chef preparing a dish made from cobra flesh died after the snake bit his hand - 20 minutes after he had severed it from its body.
Peng Fan from Foshan, Guangdong province, southern China, had been preparing a special dish made from Indochinese spitting cobra, a rare delicacy.
It was as he went to chuck the cobra's head in the bin that it bit him, injecting Mr Peng with its flesh-killing, neurotoxic venom.
The snake was being diced up to be made into snake soup, which is a delicacy in Guangdong and a much sought after dish in the province's high-end restaurants....
Police say Peng died before he could be given life saving anti-venom in hospital. Victims of the Indochinese spitting cobra generally asphyxiate after the neurotoxin paralyses their respiratory system.... (End excerpts)
3. Like the fatal bites of the two severed snakes' heads in the above cases, Trump should have discovered that the late McCain is giving him more trouble, probably nightmare, from beyond the grave. The following are excerpts from Tyler Durden's August 27, 2018 article headlined "McCain Takes Veiled Shot At Trump From Beyond The Grave".
Prior to his Saturday death from brain cancer, Senator John McCain appears to have taken a parting shot at President Trump in a farewell message read to the public on Monday by Rick Davis, a close friend of McCain's who managed his 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
While not mentioning Trump by name, it was clear "whom some of the remarks were aimed at," reports NBC News.
Speaking of country's best qualities, McCain wrote that "we weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe."
"We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been," Davis, holding back tears, said as he read McCain's message in Phoenix.
"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here," McCain wrote. "Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history." -NBC News
"We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement," McCain added in the statement.
"If only we remember that, and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do," Davis continued during an emotional reading of the statement.
On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that President Trump rejected issuing a statement that "praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain", instead telling White House aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any praise for the late Arizona Republican.
...Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" Trump posted Saturday evening shortly after McCain’s death was announced.
What's more, after spending much of the weekend lowered to half-staff, the White House flag was raised to full staff on Monday...
Several hours later, the flag was lowered again to half staff.
Needless to say, Trump's break with precedent from previous presidents "who have typically released effusive official statements for noteworthy Americans upon their death" confirmed that the bitter relationship between the two men, Trump’s continued anger toward McCain and the substantive and stylistic differences between them, lasted until the end.
Meanwhile, as the tributes poured in, Trump - who in 2015 said McCain was “not a war hero” - spent much of Sunday at his golf course in Virginia and did not utter a word publicly. He returned to the White House in the afternoon, where the flags were lowered to half-staff for the deceased senator.
Then came the criticism:
“It’s atrocious,” Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team and a longtime Republican strategist, said of Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death. “At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero.”
Other chimed in:
Mark Hertling, a former senior military commander who lauded McCain on Twitter for visiting Mosul during heavy fighting in Afghanistan, said he was not surprised by Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death. Nineteen months into his presidency, Trump has yet to visit any war zones where American troops are fighting.
“It was very shallow,” Hertling said of Trump’s response.... (End excerpts)