near border


Texas hunters accidentally shot each other and falsely blamed it on Mexican immigrants

  • Two men shot in January near the Mexico border in Texas were wounded by “friendly fire” from their hunting parties — not undocumented Mexican immigrants, as one of the men had claimed, according to police.
  • Walker Daugherty and Michael Bryant, guides with Redwing Outfitters, were indicted on charges of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others, San Antonio’s KTSA reported.
  • On Jan. 6, Dougherty, 26, of New Mexico, is believed to have shot Edwin Roberts, a 59-year-old Florida chiropractor who was hunting at a ranch in the border town of Candelaria, Texas. 
  • Daugherty, who was also hunting at the ranch, was apparently shot and wounded by Bryant, a member of his hunting party. Daugherty and Roberts were airlifted from the scene.
  • Daugherty and his fiancee told officers they believed that undocumented immigrants from Mexico were responsible for the shooting.
  • Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller then used that as “proof” that Trump’s proposed border wall was necessary. The story went viral on the internet and Dougherty raised more than $20,000 on GoFundMe to cover his medical expenses. Read more (2/20/17 1:30)

Favourite places in Finland -  7/??

Kummakivi (“Strange stone”), Ruokolahti

“According to Wikipedia, Kummakivi is a large balancing rock in Ruokolahti, Finland. The 7-metre long boulder lies on a convex bedrock surface with a very small footprint but so firmly that it cannot be rocked with human force. Kummakivi has been protected since 1962. A pine tree originating from the 1980s grows on top of the boulder. The boulder is located in a forest in the western part of the Ruokolahti municipality, near the border of Puumala.

There’s no way to describe the feeling I got when I experienced this place. We were so deep into the forest it was dead silent. We had to cross an old moss bridge to get there and walked past a beatiful forest lake before finding the stone. No photo can ever do the place justice, you just have to experience it yourself.”
- hallanvaarat
Chinese military says war with US 'becoming practical reality'
War with the US under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said. The remarks were published on the People’s Liberation Army website, apparently in response to the aggressive rhetoric towards China from America's new administration. They communicated a view from inside the Central Military Commission, which has overall authority of China’s armed forces.

“Further suggestions China is preparing for conflict emerged this week, with unconfirmed reports the military has moved long range missiles closer to the north east border in Heilongjiang province – within firing range of the US.

Chinese social media has carried pictures claiming to show the Dongfeng-41 advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system near the Russian border.”

Yeah, when we were saying Donald Trump was a threat to world stability and peace? We weren’t fucking kidding.


Dmitry Gomberg: Akrak Vazha (The Shepherd’s Way)

Artist Statement:

This is a story about Tusheti - mountain region in the Republic of Georgia. Tusheti lies near the Chechen border and it is culturally closer to Chechens than to Georgians. The story is about shepherds who travel every summer to their ancestors’ land Tusheti and than return to spend the winter at the bottom of the mountain. Twice a yaer they travel with their sheep through the pass in the Caucasus which is 3,000 meters high.

I was staying and documenting life of the Shepherds in the Caucasus mountains for 5 years.

These people have been cheese makers since before Christ.

Their life is simple and harsh, but beautiful.

Sipi Falls, Main Drop, Uganda. 

Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale. The waterfalls lie on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border.

The Sipi Falls area is the starting point for many hikes up Mt. Elgon. The most popular route starts in Budadiri and follows the Sasa trail to the summit and then descends down the Sipi trail back into the Sipi Falls. Hikes around the falls offer stunning views of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mt. Elgon. Individuals can organise trips through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or local private operators

ASTRO FACT: Jupiter is well known for being the fastest spinning planet in our solar system. Many wonder why this speedy spinning occurs. Inside the gas planet lives its guardian, the Speedo-Torpedo whaleshark. This majestic being is about 1/8th the size of the actual planet and is able to swim inside of it. To keep adventurers away from its treasure, the whaleshark swims in a circular pattern around the outer border at incredible speeds to keep it spinning on its axis so quickly. This also causes the storms which make it increasingly difficult for anyone to get to the center.
BREAKING: Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups: AP
A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.

(AP) – The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.

While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.

The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.

Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.” It describes how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.

Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered.

The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. As recently as Friday, staffers in several different offices reported discussions were underway.

If implemented, the impact could be significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.

Use of National Guard troops would greatly increase the number of immigrants targeted in one of Trump’s executive orders last month, which expanded the definition of who could be considered a criminal and therefore a potential target for deportation. That order also allows immigration agents to prioritize removing anyone who has “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.”

Under current rules, even if the proposal is implemented, there would not be immediate mass deportations. Those with existing deportation orders could be sent back to their countries of origin without additional court proceedings. But deportation orders generally would be needed for most other unauthorized immigrants.

The troops would not be nationalized, remaining under state control.

Spokespeople for the governors of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico said they were unaware of the proposal, and either declined to comment or said it was premature to discuss whether they would participate. The other three states did not immediately respond to the AP.

The proposal would extend the federal-local partnership program that President Barack Obama’s administration began scaling back in 2012 to address complaints that it promoted racial profiling.

The 287(g) program, which Trump included in his immigration executive order, gives local police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers the authority to assist in the detection of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally as a regular part of their law enforcement duties on the streets and in jails.

The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump’s executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The signed order contained no mention of the possible use of state National Guard troops.

According to the draft memo, the militarization effort would be proactive, specifically empowering Guard troops to solely carry out immigration enforcement, not as an add-on the way local law enforcement is used in the program.

Allowing Guard troops to operate inside non-border states also would go far beyond past deployments.

In addition to responding to natural or man-made disasters or for military protection of the population or critical infrastructure, state Guard forces have been used to assist with immigration-related tasks on the U.S.-Mexico border, including the construction of fences.

In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush twice deployed Guard troops on the border to focus on non-law enforcement duties to help augment the Border Patrol as it bolstered its ranks. And in 2010, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced a border security plan that included Guard reconnaissance, aerial patrolling and military exercises.

In July 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the border when the surge of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America overwhelmed U.S. officials responsible for their care. The Guard troops’ stated role on the border at the time was to provide extra sets of eyes but not make arrests.

Bush initiated the federal 287(g) program — named for a section of a 1996 immigration law — to allow specially trained local law enforcement officials to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and check whether people held in local jails were in the country illegally. ICE trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out those checks from 2006 to 2015.

The memo describes the program as a “highly successful force multiplier” that identified more than 402,000 “removable aliens.”

But federal watchdogs were critical of how DHS ran the program, saying it was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law. Obama phased out all the arrest power agreements in 2013 to instead focus on deporting recent border crossers and immigrants in the country illegally who posed a safety or national security threat.

Trump’s immigration strategy emerges as detentions at the nation’s southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last year, the arrest tally was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under the Obama administration, though Republicans criticized Obama for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Last week, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations; advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump.

Adoribull Comic Masterpost

A collection of all the longer Adoribull comics that I’ve uploaded so far. There is angst. So much angst.

A lullaby
Summary: Post-Trespasser. Dorian, Bull and their adopted daughter Fianna live in a little house near the Tevene border. It’s a peaceful life - until that one fateful day.
Warning: Blood, character death
Read it here

Summary: The first time that Bull calls Dorian Kadan. But it’s surely not the last time.
Warning: Blood, injury, nudity, mild sexual content
Read it here

It should have been me
Summary: Dorian tries to process Felix’s death. Bull is there to help.
Warning: Alcohol abuse, death of a close person, vomiting
Read it here

WIP: Stumbling
Summary (for now, might change later): For Bull, becoming Tal-Vashoth means facing some new and old fears.
Coming soon

Please feel free to write me if there are any trigger warnings I should add.

anonymous asked:

if youve answered this before im sorry, but im curious !! how did you feel about bloodclan?

cool idea, wish we could have had some more buildup in the first arc

not really a fan of scourge’s backstory, like the fact that he got beat up as a kid made him create a evil empire, idk that felt pretty weak compared to the other stuff in the first arc

If anything i think it would have been more believable if there had been a evil warrior (possibly during bluestar’s prophecy) who had been exiled and it was a huge commotion in the clans, and said cat left and took to the streets to form bloodclan as their revenge for being cast out. Scourge would have been that cat’s successor (still firestar’s brother) 

but like….maybe when young rusty first ventures into the forest there’s eyes watching him, and it’s not any clan cats. or there’s talk of cats going missing near the border, or cats who come back having been in fights and ambushed by groups of “rogues”, but when a patrol goes to chase them off there’s no trace or scent of them. 

Idk i think the erins could have easily wrote bloodclan in as like….a looming, ominous force that no one quite knows the truth of or who they are, and then its revealed in the darkest hour and the whole story just comes together 

Beni Amer Boy

Growing up as kid, it seemed like every Eritrean household in the diaspora had this boy’s image on their wall. His inviting smile; his big pearly whites; his mud-stiffened ringlets hairdo known as the tiffa and tribal scars on his cheeks made him a memorable face. Although no one knows his name for certain, he does have a few aliases Eritreans commonly refer to him by, including Beni-Amer boy and smiling boy.

So who is he?

Despite being one of the most recognized images among Eritreans, we still don’t know much about him. All we know is this iconic picture was taken in 1965 by James P. Blair, a retired National Geographic photographer. We also know the picture was shot in Tesseney, Eritrea, a mid-size town near the Sudanese border. Aside from these few facts, there isn’t much information to go on.

Judging by the boy’s face, he seems to be between 14-16 years of age when Mr. Blair took his picture. Since the image was taken 48 years ago, this would make him around 62-64 years old today, assuming he’s still alive, of course. While this information is nice to know, it still doesn’t give inklings about his personal life. Unfortunately, we are still left with rumors to fill this void.


Lack of information about people usually results in rumors. Among the most entertaining ones about him is he was allegedly given a modeling job by Crest, a toothpaste company based in America. Another one of my favorites is a French model tourist visiting Tesseney was struck by his good looks and married him and took him to Paris with her. Perhaps the most plausible rumor is he allegedly joined the Eritrean Revolution and was martyred in the late 1960s.


Since Ethiopia annexed Eritrea in 1962, National Geographic presented him to the world as an Ethiopian boy. Additionally, the Ethiopian tourist agencies during the Haile Selassie and Mengistu Haile Mariam administrations used his image extensively to promote Ethiopian tourism. As a result, he became well known among Ethiopians, too. Even today, his image can be seen in many Ethiopian restaurants and households.


The Beni-Amers, who are generally classified as the largest subgroup within the Tigre ethnic group, are named after Amer Ibn Kunnu, a 15th century CE founder of the clan. In fact, their name literally means “sons of Amer”. They live mostly in south west Eritrea and around the Eritrean-Sudanese border. Although their original language was Bedawi (Beja/Hidareb), today they speak Tigre as their first language.

Trump’s Meeting with Navajo Officials is recorded through Trump’s Twitter, #MeetingNavajos

Twitterverse- President Begaye and Speaker Lorenzo Bates met with Trump after his inaugural speech. The meeting was meant for the tribal officials to set the precedent for tribal relations between Trump’s administration and the Navajo Nation.

“I thought it went well. He gave us an American flag and a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. It didn’t fit too well” said President Begaye.

 What the officials didn’t know is that Trump was live tweeting the whole meeting with his commentary. Tlo’chi’iin screen grabbed all of his tweets before they were deleted from his account.

These tweets revealed another side of the meeting, the Trump side.

Trump noted that these Navajos were “brown and lived near the border but he trusted them”[see the first image]. Tlo’chi’iin did confirm that President Begaye did bring frybread to the meeting.

“It was a peace offering. We wanted to start things off on a good start. I poured the honey myself” said a sadden Begaye.

Trump mocked tribal sovereignty calling it something for “losers and suckers”. He went on to say that hiring Navajo muralist to paint his wall would be a good idea.

 “I am devastated by the tweets. I really thought it was going well. This does explain why his hands were always under the table and why he kept looking at it. I thought he was playing with the string I gave him. I was hoping he was doing the Navajo string game”, said the Speaker Lorenzo Bates.

 Trump was actually live tweeting the whole meeting. He mocked Lorenzo Bates for having a “tiny voice” and even made the hash tag #TinyHandsMeetsTinyVoice.

 Trump became irritated with his final tweet about the meeting. He called the Navajo officials “Indian givers” while ignoring the demands of the Navajo officials who only wanted to talk about sovereignty, Stateline, and free nights at Trump hotels.

 The official President of The United States twitter account, now under Trump control, tweeted something else.  Trump tweeted that he was excited to meet with the tribal officials and willing to do business with them.  

 If there is any sign of the relation between tribes and Trump, this is a good indication of what that relation will look like.

Trier in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, lies in a valley between vine-covered hills near the border with Luxembourg in the Mosel river wine region. Founded by the Celts in the 300′s, it was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century BC. Trier may be the oldest city in Germany. It’s also the oldest seat of a bishop north of the Alps. With a population of 105,000, it’s the 4th-largest city in its state, after Mainz, Ludwigshafen, and Koblenz. The nearest major cities are Luxembourg (50 km), Saarbrücken (80 km), and Koblenz (100 km). 

Lake Natron - Tanzania

Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in Arusha, near the Kenyan border. The waters are warm, with natural hotsprings nearby. Ol Doinyo Lengai (”Mountain of God”) is an active volcano that overlooks the lake. The lake is a popular breeding ground for flamingos.

Every time, wanting to meet God… I stand up… Stand in the line. I plant myself in the ground. Shaking and falling like a leaf. The queue is long (…) Its head begins from Anfal, the other head from Christ’s crucifixion. And it [never seem to] end! And when my turn finally comes. The last one… At the very moment, I almost arrive to His sacred throne… Suddenly He gets up and goes away. Saying to me, “I know who you are. Why have you come? Excuse me but there is no solution for the Kurdish crisis. Not even by me.” - Sherko Bekas

*A Kurdish woman runs away from a water cannon during clashes with Turkish soldiers near the Syrian border.

if u look at texas’ votes by county, you’ll see that nearly all the counties near the border (especially near laredo) lean ridiculously blue, to the point where trump only got 20-30% of the vote. this holds the same for the cities like houston, dallas, austin, san antonio, and el paso. texas is changing, and hopefully by next election we’ll be a swing state.

On October 25, 1991, 30-year-old Elizabeth Teague injured three people and killed one at her workplace in Bennington, Vermont. She entered the Eveready Battery Company plant armed with a 9mm handgun and proceeded to her supervisor’s office, where she shot him in the head. He died a couple of hours later. Making her way down the hallway, she then shot and wounded the three workers she encountered. She set a fire with a homemade incendiary device in an attempt to burn down the building before fleeing out of a back door. Teague was apprehended several hours later near the Canadian border in New Hampshire. The state ruled she was incompetent to stand trial, and she was committed to a psychiatric facility.