Wyoming Man Andy Sandness Gets ‘Miracle’ Face Transplant 10 Years After Attempting Suicide

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His doctor called it a 'miracle,’ but for Andy Sandness, a face transplant gave him his life back, 10 years after he’d tried to end it all.

The Wyoming man, 31, received a face transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota last June in a 56-hour operation, according to the Associated Press.

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Howdy, my name is Rawhide Kobayashi. I’m a 27 year old Japanese Japamerican (western culture fan for you foreigners). I brand and wrangle cattle on my ranch, and spend my days perfecting the craft and enjoying superior American passtimes. (Barbeque, Rodeo, Fireworks) I train with my branding iron every day, this superior weapon can permanently leave my ranch embled on a cattle’s hide because it is white-hot, and is vastly superior to any other method of livestock marking. I earned my branding license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day. I speak English fluently, both Texas and Oklahoma dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about American history and their cowboy code, which I follow 100% When I get my American visa, I am moving to Dallas to work in an oil field to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become a cattle wrangler for the Double Cross Ranch or an oil rig operator for Exxon-Mobil! I own several cowboy hats, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to America, so I can fit in easier. I rebel against my elders and seniors and speak English as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond. Wish me luck in America!

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Near Qayyarah. November 25, 2016. An Iraqi shepherd watches over his flock of sheep, their fleece blackened by smoke from burning oil wells set ablaze by ISIS jihadists before retreating towards Mosul.

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Indigenous people seize some facilities on Peru oil field

[IMAGEChiefs of Amazonian Indigenous Nations, Emerson Sandi, Alfonso Lopez, Aurelio Chino and Carlos Sandi attend a news conference with the foreign media in Lima, August 22, 2017.]

Indigenous people living on Peru’s largest oil field concession have seized some facilities operated by Frontera Energy Corp (FEC.TO) demanding that the government apply an Indigenous rights law before signing a new contract with the Canadian company, an Indigenous chieftain said on Tuesday.

The so-called prior consultation law, passed in 2011, requires the government to seek input from Indigenous people before approving any development plans that might affect them.

Indigenous chiefs in Frontera’s Block 192 said the government has refused to carry out the consultation process even though it is negotiating a new contract with Frontera, whose 2-year contract is due to expire this month.

“If the government says it’ll carry out prior consultation, we’ll automatically end the protest,” Wilmer Chavez, chief of the community of Los Jardines, said in a telephone interview.

Chavez said that protesters from Indigenous communities had taken control of oil drums and other facilities to curb output in Block 192.

Government offices tasked with oil drilling and Indigenous rights did not respond to requests for comment.

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