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BY JENNIFER MECKLES ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy Only in Texas, would you hear this: “Tomorrow I get to skin snakes and chop their heads off and I am super excited about it.” (CNN) That’s the newly crowned Miss Snake Charmer 2011. She helped kick off this weekends annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater Texas by doing just what she said -- killing and skinning a snake. Grossed out yet? The roundup started more than half a century ago so that farmers and ranchers could reduce the number of snakes in their fields. Thousands of snakes are hunted, milked for their venom, killed, skinned, deep-fried... and sold to the crowd. It’s all part of the carnival-esque event -- which draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. (KTXS) Ever tried rattlesnake meat? The LA Times explains why this Texas tradition has mouths watering: “The festivals provide brave souls an opportunity to view the venomous bounty close-up and chow down on their flesh. (Many say it tastes like chicken. Really.) ... Bon appetit.” One of the Roundup volunteers tells the Daily Mail -- this event isn’t meant to be barbaric. It’s simply how locals control the unruly rattlesnake population in West Texas. “They bite livestock, they bite the animals, your pets. They'll bite kids, people. They're a very serious problem around here.” But not everyone agrees. In an open letter to Reporter News in Abilene, one angry Texan says this about the Roundup: “One of the largest gatherings of ignorant, inhumane hillbillies in the country... This has nothing to do with controlling the snake population. It's about money and tradition. A tradition which shows and teaches tremendous disrespect toward nature.” The vendors also collect snake venom at the event -- claiming it will help researchers find cures for cancer and heart disease. National Geographic talked to a snake specialist who says, no way. “I think it is just a useless pacifier to give to the masses to say -- OK this justifies our killing and treating this animal like its some type of nasty creature. Once again, they’re just out to make a buck.” Not just a buck -- lots of bucks. The local ABC affiliate KTXS reports this event is a HUGE economic boom for the area -- estimating this years profits will be close to $1 million. A blogger for KingSnake.com is livid: “Never mind that the roundup breaks most of the health laws in the state. Never mind that it breaks every provision of the state cruelty to animals laws. The roundup is big business and no politician or government employee would dare risk his future by doing the right thing.” Sweetwater isn’t the only rattlesnake roundup in the southern US --- its just the biggest. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
15 Mar 2011
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http://www.ZenArtsLA.com Zen Arts is a premier Los Angeles corporate entertainment and event entertainment solution featuring fire dancers, Los Angeles aerialists, acrobats, aerial acrobats, contortionists, aerial acts, burlesque dancers, aerial performers, cirque performers, circus performers, stilt walkers, trapeze, trapeze performers, circus acts, hoop dancers snake charmers and more. The premiere corporate event entertainment solution, Zen Arts customizes themed shows to fit your corporate event entertainment. Call today to find out how you can hire Zen Arts for your event and corporate entertainment needs. 310-259-7462
12 Jul 2010
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Visit http://www.zenartsla.com or http://www.youtube.com/zenartsla, To see Zen Arts corporate event entertainment Los Angeles. Aerialists, Burlesque Dancers, Fire Dancers, acrobats, contortionists, bubble sphere performers, Snake Charmers, Mermaids, Capoeira, Belly Dancers and more! Custom event entertainment solutions are our specialty. Themed events engage audiences with spectacular displays of circus or cirque-style performance and artistry. Visit our website or call today for a free event consultation. 310-259-7462 or visit us on Facebook to see pictures and videos from our latest events! http://www.facebook.com/zenartsla Snake Charmers, Hop Dancers, Fire Eaters, Oh My! Zen Arts has it all. From belly dancers to aerialists and everything in between Zen Arts themes its shows for your event.
9 Jul 2010
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Meet Amadu Ali - a Nigerian man who lives with 36 snakes. Bad news for burglars then.
30 Jun 2010
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If fighting everything from dragons, to trolls, to ninjas and snake charmers is your kind of game, than look no further than Rage of the Gladiator for the Nintendo Wii.
25 Feb 2010
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http://www.ZenArtsLA.com Zen Arts is a premier corporate entertainment and event entertainment solution featuring fire dancers, aerialists, acrobats, burlesque dancers, live performance artists, contortionists, stilt walkers, snake charmers, mermaids, belly dancers, fire eaters, fire breathers Los Angeles, capoeira, hoop dancers and more. The premiere corporate entertainment solution, Zen Arts customizes it’s themed shows to fit your corporate event. Call today to find out how you can hire Zen Arts for your event entertainment needs. 310-259-7462
27 Jan 2010
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http://www.ZenArtsLA.com Zen Arts is a premier corporate entertainment and event entertainment solution featuring fire dancers, aerialists, acrobats, burlesque dancers, live performance artists, contortionists, stilt walkers, snake charmers, mermaids, belly dancers, fire eaters, fire breathers Los Angeles, capoeira, hoop dancers and more. The premiere corporate entertainment solution, Zen Arts customizes it’s themed shows to fit your corporate event. Call today to find out how you can hire Zen Arts for your event entertainment needs. 310-259-7462
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http://www.ZenArtsLA.com Zen Arts is a premier corporate entertainment and event entertainment solution featuring fire dancers, aerialists, acrobats, burlesque dancers, live performance artists, contortionists, stilt walkers, snake charmers, mermaids, belly dancers, fire eaters, fire breathers Los Angeles, capoeira, hoop dancers and more. The premiere corporate entertainment solution, Zen Arts customizes it’s themed shows to fit your corporate event. Call today to find out how you can hire Zen Arts for your event entertainment needs. 310-259-7462
27 Jan 2010
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http://www.ZenArtsLA.com Zen Arts is a premier corporate entertainment and event entertainment solution featuring fire dancers, aerialists, acrobats, burlesque dancers, live performance artists, contortionists, stilt walkers, snake charmers, mermaids, belly dancers, fire eaters, fire breathers Los Angeles, capoeira, hoop dancers and more. The premiere corporate entertainment solution, Zen Arts customizes it’s themed shows to fit your corporate event. Call today to find out how you can hire Zen Arts for your event entertainment needs. 310-259-7462
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http://www.ZenArtsLA.com Zen Arts is a premier corporate entertainment and event entertainment solution featuring fire dancers, aerialists, acrobats, burlesque dancers, live performance artists, contortionists, stilt walkers, snake charmers, mermaids, belly dancers, fire eaters, fire breathers Los Angeles, capoeira, hoop dancers and more. The premiere corporate entertainment solution, Zen Arts customizes it’s themed shows to fit your corporate event. Call today to find out how you can hire Zen Arts for your event entertainment needs. 310-259-7462
27 Jan 2010
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Card magic trick where a card is selected at random from the pack. the card is then seen to sway backwards and forwards like a snake. This magic trick looks cool and is easy to do. http://www.goodtricks.net
24 Oct 2009
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SNAKE CHARMER-PANJABI MC (ZI CARLOS & G.E COLLECTION)
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Volunteer in a school, a childcare centre or a school for children of snake charmers! Your time in any of these places will be rewarding and gratefully received. Excursions including camel and tiger safaris are included. http://www.realgap.co.uk/India-Desert-Community-Volunteers
6 Jul 2009
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Snake Charmer Shamsuddin of Cherpulasseri, Kerala,India
5 Jul 2009
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Just a quick text intro I'll be using on the upcoming Snake Charmers softball videos.
17 May 2009
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Henri Rousseau , 1844-1910, French primitive painter, b. Laval. He was entirely self-taught, and his work remained consistently naive and imaginative. Rousseau was called Le Douanier [the customs officer] because he held a minor post in the Paris customs service for more than 20 years before he retired to paint (1893). Although he claimed to have lived in Mexico in his youth, he later admitted that the claim was false. The only tropical vegetation Rousseau ever saw was in Parisian greenhouses, and his remarkable landscapes had no counterpart in nature. His painted jungles are an organized profusion of carefully defined yet fantastic plants, half-concealing various wild animals with startlingly staring eyes. These scenes are rendered in a vivid, almost hypnotic folk style. The finest ones include The Snake Charmer (1907; Louvre) and The Dream (1910; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City). With the same approach Rousseau employed in painting the familiar (e.g., Village Street Scene, 1909; Philadelphia Mus. of Art), he painted the haunting and dreamlike Sleeping Gypsy (1897; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City). His fantastic Gypsy sleeps in a nighttime desert, closely observed by a lion—the entire absurdity rendered in a compelling, straightforward manner. The painting thus combines the unique elements of Rousseau's art to their most startling effect. Rousseau exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants from 1886, but did not become well known until the early years of the 20th cent. when he was "taken up" by Picasso , Apollinaire , and other members of the Parisian avant garde. Video provided by Allpaintings Art Portal. Music: Candombito
25 Mar 2009
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