Intense photos put Mexico’s growing crisis into vivid perspective

Tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Mexico City on Thursday in one of the largest shows to date of public indignation over government corruption and the disappearance of 43 college students from the southern city of Iguala.

Demonstrators marched towards President Enrique Peña Nieto’s National Palace to protest his handling of the probable massacre. Hundreds of police in riot gear blocked access to the palace, where thousands of protesters gathered to demand justice for the students who disappeared on Sept. 26. 

"I am here because I have children who are students and one day they could be No. 44"


Amazing Ancient Ruins of the Pueblo People

Ancient Pueblo people were an ancient Native American culture centered on the present-day Four Corners area of the United States, comprising southern Utah, northeastern Arizona, northern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Archaeologists still debate when this distinct culture emerged but the current consensus is around 12th century BC.

They lived in a range of structures, including pit houses, pueblos, and cliff dwellings designed so that they could lift entry ladders during enemy attacks, which provided security. The pictures above feature some of the amazing pueblos and cliff dwellings of these people. The most photographed ruin is the “House on Fire” (picture 1). This ruin, when captured at certain times of the day, resembles a dwelling on fire and is a favorite among photographers.

  • "House on Fire" ruin in Mule Canyon, South Fork, Utah
  • Petroglyph with the prehistoric symbol, flute player Kokopelli
  • Multistory dwellings at Bandelier. Rock wall foundations and beam holes and “cavates” carved into volcanic tuff remain from upper floors
  • Laguna Pueblo dwellers posing for a picture
  • Doorways, Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
  • Casa Rinconada, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
  • Ancestral Pueblo ruins in Dark Canyon Wilderness, Utah
  • Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

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Today the Department of Itty-Bitty Wonders offers up an awesome antique: an incredibly intricate little boat carved from an olive pit during the 18th century. Known as the Carved Olive-Stone Boat, it was crafted by Chinese artist Ch’en Tsu-chang in 1737 during the Ch’ing dynasty and measures a mere 3.4 cm (1.34 in.) long by 1.6 cm (0.63 in.) tall. It’s currently on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei City, Taiwan.

There are eight finely-detailed figures riding in the boat along with chairs, dishes and movable doors. Tsu-chang based his incredible creation on the poem Latter Ode on the Red Cliff by the poet Su Shih and outdid himself by engraving the entire poem on the underside of his unbelievably tiny boat - all 300 characters of it. The next time you have some olives, take a good long look at one of the pits and think about this astonishing little vessel.

[via Twisted Sifter]


Photographs of Cliff Palace
The Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America. The structure built by the Ancient Pueblo Peoples is located in Mesa Verde National Park in their former homeland region. The cliff dwelling and park are in the southwestern corner of Colorado, in the Southwestern United States.

Tree ring dating indicates that construction and refurbishing of Cliff Palace was continuous from c. 1190 CE through c. 1260 CE, although the major portion of the building was done within a twenty-year time span. The Ancestral Pueblo that constructed this cliff dwelling and the others like it at Mesa Verde were driven to these defensible positions by “increasing competition amidst changing climatic conditions.” Cliff Palace was abandoned by 1300, and while debate remains as to the causes of this, some believe a series of megadroughts interrupting food production systems is the main cause. Cliff Palace was first discovered in 1888 by Richard Wetherhill and Charlie Mason while out looking for stray cattle.


After learning of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Queen ordered the national anthem of the United States to be played at the following day’s Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. This is apparently the only time in history that the Changing of the Guard ceremony has been altered.

The Queen is said to have expressed “growing disbelief and total shock” upon hearing the news of the attacks.

This act alone serves as a reminder of the continued solidarity between our two nations.

September 11, 2001. A day we shall never forget.

God Save the Queen,

God Bless America.

The meat shaped stone

Carved during China’s last dynasty (1644-1911) to resemble a piece of fatty pork with its crackling fried in soy sauce, this piece of jasper has been cleverly used by the carver. The surface of the skin has been stained to resemble skin, veins and hair follicles carved in. The piece is one of the treasures of the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.


Image credit: National Palace Museum