Picture of the Day: Mexico’s Giant Crystal Cave

MEXICO’S GIANT CRYSTAL CAVE

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Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave (Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 meters (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, and are some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The cave’s largest crystal found to date is 12 m (39 ft) in length, 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 55 tons in weight. [Source]

The cave is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 °C (136 °F) with 90 to 99 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to these factors. Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time. A group of scientists known as the Naica Project have been heavily involved in researching these caverns. [Source]

The Giant Crystal cave was discovered in 2000 by miners excavating a new tunnel for the Industrias Peñoles mining company located in Naica, Mexico. The Cave of Crystals is a horseshoe-shaped cavity in limestone. Its floor is covered with perfectly-faceted crystalline blocks. Huge crystal beams jut out from both the blocks and the floor. The caves are accessible today because the mining company’s pumping operations keep them clear of water. If the pumping were stopped, the caves would again be submerged. The crystals deteriorate in air, so the Naica Project is attempting to visually document the crystals before they deteriorate further. [Source]

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/giant-crystal-cave-naica-mexico/

Thousands Of Mexicans Could Be Allowed To Return To California To Fight Their Deportations

The ACLU reached an agreement with the federal government to allow nine immigrants who were misinformed or pressured into leaving the country to come back as part of a class-action lawsuit. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409288542); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3431585”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409288542); });

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A settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union and the federal government could mean hundreds or even thousands of Mexican immigrants deported over the past five years could be allowed to return to the United States to fight their deportations.

The ACLU filed the class-action lawsuit last year on behalf of nine undocumented Mexican immigrants, who agreed to leave the country after immigration officials allegedly misinformed or coerced them.

“We’re hoping that this is really a warning and a message for immigration enforcement agencies, that even for folks that they try to deport or remove from the country as soon as possible, they still have rights,” Lucero Chavez, an attorney with the ACLU of Southern California who worked on the case, told BuzzFeed.

By agreeing to settle, the federal government did not admit to any wrongdoing. However, the government did agree to make immediate nationwide changes to the way border and enforcement agencies handle voluntary returns.

Immigration authorities must now provide detained undocumented immigrants detailed information, both written and oral, about the consequences of accepting a voluntary return. They are also required to provide a list of legal service providers and access to a 1-800 hotline, as well as allow undocumented immigrants two hours to reach someone by phone before they make a decision to accept a voluntary return or go before an immigration judge.

ACLU attorneys will be allowed to monitor compliance with the agreement for three years. Authorities have allowed the nine undocumented immigrants in the suit to return to California, after the agreement was reached Aug. 18, Chavez said.

And, critically, other undocumented immigrants who accepted voluntary returns between 2009 and 2014 may become part of the “class” identified in the settlement — or in other words, the people who could benefit from the litigation are due to be informed.

The court is not expected to give final approval to the group of people affected by the lawsuit until next year.

In a statement Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said immigration authorities use voluntary return as an option for individuals who may request to be sent home in lieu of deportation proceedings. “In no case is coercion or deception tolerated,” the agency said.

Chavez said the lawsuit was filed in Southern California because the proximity to the border made it clear many people were agreeing to leave the country without being properly informed or after being pressured by authorities. Each of the nine had strong family ties in Southern California, no criminal history, and might have otherwise been allowed some form of legal status, the ACLU argued.

“We heard about people being pick up, maybe at 8 o’clock in the morning at a bus stop, and within hours they were already in Mexico having signed their voluntary departure,” she said. “Because voluntary departure is used through the entire nation, it’s very likely that these abuses were happening in Texas, in Colorado, throughout the midwest and the east coast,” she said.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/juangastelum/thousands-of-mexicans-could-be-allowed-to-return-to-californ

Mexico Remains In Turmoil Over The Disappearance Of Dozens Of Students

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The 43 students police forces abducted in southern Mexico are most likely dead, the country’s Attorney General, José Murillo Karam, told the press last Friday.

Detainees informed authorities that they received about 40 young men, questioned them, killed them and incinerated the remains, Karam said.

After the confession, authorities went to the place where the criminals claimed they tossed the remains into a river. They found six plastic bags with bone remains so badly burned that they disintegrated into dust upon touch.

Karam alerted affected parents of the findings first. While it’s not absolutely clear that the findings are student remains, authorities will continue the search and will consider the students still missing until the remains are clearly identified, which may take more than a year.

Karam’s press conference, which was televised nationwide, generated a lot of criticism. His refusal to answer more questions, claiming to be tired, is what irritated the masses most.

But, the most shocking aspect is that he said the events did not reflect the norm in the region of the country, as if it was not the case for other regions. “Iguala is not Mexico,” he keeps saying.

Citizens to the streets

Hours after the press conference, a vigil took place at the capital’s Independence Monument.

On Saturday, a caravan, formed by family and friends of the missing students, arrived to Mexico City after traveling from Iguala, where the students disappeared. Once again, many people turned to the streets to support to the families.

All mobilizations the disappearance catalyzed have displayed peacefulness and no encouraged vandalism or violent actions. Despite this, a group of masked people tried to force their way into the National Palace and set the main entrance on fire.

Once the police showed up, they detained 15 people who were arbitrarily near the events, recording what happened. They were all set free on Sunday and authorities have since acknowledged these people were not responsible for what happened.


Where’s the president?

Peña Nieto abandoned the country in the middle of criticism to attend a reunion in Beijing, China, where the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will meet. He will then travel to Australia to a meeting of the G20, the 20 biggest economies in the world.

Social networks users criticized what continues to be an apparent lack of empathy and interest regarding what’s happening in the country. The president’s Facebook page has since flooded with comments demanding his resignation.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/mexico-student-kidnapping-update/842724/

Montel Williams blasts failure to secure release of Sgt. Tahmooressi

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Thank you @Montel_Williams for your passionate & powerful testimony on behalf of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. God bless. #BringBackOurMarine

— Mr. Frost (@Edmond_Frost) October 1, 2014

Montel Williams, a 22-year military vet, testified today at a House hearing about Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a U.S. Marine who has been held in Mexico for 184 days. The hearing is also about PTSD and health care for veterans.

Williams gave a moving and impassioned plea for the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi.

@Montel_Williams This is an ABOMINATION! How DARE we keep sending these young people off to die.

— Samantha (@justpipertoo) October 1, 2014

.@Montel_Williams, speaking tearfully on Tahmooressi case, told his own son not to enlist because he doesn't know if US will have his back

— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2014

C-Span video of Williams’ moving opening statement at the hearing can be viewed here.

@charliespiering @LucidJonFranks @Montel_Williams Not gonna lie, I straight up teared up. I am proud that my Nation makes men such as this

— S.E. Bailey (@SEBailey4) October 1, 2014

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Related:

‘Righteous anger’! Proud vet Montel Williams shreds gov’t over VA scandal

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/01/how-dare-we-at-house-hearing-montel-williams-blasts-failure-to-secure-release-of-sgt-tahmooressi/

Sofia Vergara’s Post Sex Vaca Selfie

Sofia Vergara instagrammed a post sex selfie with Joe Manganiello. The two super hot actors – loose term – went on a vacation to Mexico together because they fucking can. We're assaulted with an always risky middle part from Sofia and Joe is smoking a cigar like he's Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky just left the room. Joe's scruff must give Sofia some seriously painful beard burn but it's probably worth it considering his body. This celeb couple is so perplexing so thanks Sofia for keeping us confused and letting us know how fucking lucky you are.

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/article/sofia-vergaras-post-sex-vaca-selfie

Holy Squirt: Priest Armed With a Water Shotgun (Video)

How’s that for spreading the message? Although, one might not expect to see a priest walking around the church armed with a water shotgun, Father Juan Ramon Hernandez hasn’t lost his mind.

On the contrary, this Mexican Catholic priest from Acatlan felt this is the best way to draw some attention after becoming saddened by drug-related killings and violence.

“Let’s pray to change the heart of the people who use violence and kill other people. Let’s throw all the guns far away, ” he said during mass.

In the name of the Father (squirt), Son (squirt), and Holy Spirit (squirt).

Via: Orange

Hundreds of Central Americans are marching through Mexico in an attempt to enter the U.S. [photos]

Hundreds of Central Americans are marching through Mexico in an attempt to enter the United States either as refugees, or if that fails as illegal immigrants.

Via BuzzFeed’s Adolfo Flores:

Read more: https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/03/30/hundreds-of-central-americans-are-marching-through-mexico-in-an-attempt-to-enter-the-u-s-photos/

37 Tweets That Mexicans Would Understand

On Wednesday night, the hashtag #MexicanProblemsNight was trending on Twitter. These were some of the photos posted.

Some of the relatable topics addressed during last night’s hashtag party included:

Candy:

1. That little white plastic spoon is absolutely essential.

Follow me Liam @stolemyheart132

#mexicanproblemsnight

3. Opening up a De La Rosa Mazapan is an art form.

♛BIZZLE♛ @BRollercoster

If the first show you ever watched as a child was the daytime and nighttime novelas #mexicanproblemsnight

5. Are you pessimistic about life? Blame Silvia Pinal.

Heytale Pazguato!! @HeytalePazguato

#mexicanproblemsnight -Mom, I'm bored-You are bored?Limpia los frijoles

7. Your mom always found a way to put you in check, even in front of God.

Divergent @mykingbizzle

White moms vs Mexican moms in Church #mexicanproblemsnight

8. Who needs a hospital when you got Vick’s Vapor Rub?

@janohood69

#mexicanproblemsnight so true

10. Mexican moms are always right. ALWAYS.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) @_welovebrandonm

#mexicanproblemsnight

12. Never ask this. ANYWHERE.

Karim! @edgarkpz

#mexicanproblemsnight

Food storage:

14. Who needs Tupperware when you’ve got these?

annie briones. @ikissyoujonas

#mexicanproblemsnight

Blankets:

16. These blankets were there for you from the very beginning.

Kathleen Lespron @klespron95

I can hear it #mexicanproblemsnight

Authentic Mexican cuisine:

18. Taco facts.

Denise. @_lickmeliam

#mexicanproblemsnight getting hit bc you got one of these in your rosca

20. Your mom’s cooking sometimes involved coughing and teary eyes.

jen @stylesvvinter

#mexicanproblemsnight when I ask my mom for Starbucks but she says no bc we have

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/norbertobriceno/tweets-that-only-mexicans-would-understand

Mexico Says It Has Found “No Record” Of Its Military Entering Arizona

It also dismisses suggestions of drug cartel collusion.

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The desert around Sasabe, Ariz., where the alleged incursion by two men dressed in Mexican military uniforms took place. google earth

WASHINGTON — The Mexican government Thursday said it has found no record of an alleged late January border crossing by elements of its military. The government also insisted any allegations of collusion with drug cartels are nothing more than “speculation.”

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has pressed the Customs and Border Protection for details of the alleged Jan. 26 incursion, first reported by BuzzFeed. According to an internal CBP incident report, two men dressed in Mexican military uniforms and carrying military issue G3 rifles, crossed into the United States near Sasabe, Ariz. After being initially confronted by a CBP agent, the two men retreated back across the border.

CBP officials did not send an investigative unit to the scene, and according to Mexican officials, records of a border crossing have not been located. “To date, we have found no record of an unintended Mexican military crossing on January 26th,” Mexican Embassy Minister for Press and Public Affairs Ariel Moutsatsos told BuzzFeed in a letter to the editor dated Thursday, March 13.

Moutsatsos acknowledged that unintended crossings do happen occasionally, and that when they do “an incident report is filed with officials in both countries.”

In a January letter to CBP, Coburn raised concerns that if the two men were in fact members of the Mexican military it could point to cooperation between the soldiers and drug cartels. But Moutsatsos argued in the letter that “an alleged report of two individuals wearing military-style clothing is not enough to confirm an unintended crossing by members of the military, much less cause for speculation that the Mexican military is providing active assistance to criminals.”

Moutsatsos’ letter complained that BuzzFeed’s story had an “abundance of speculation” and an “absence of confirmed facts.” The letter did not point out any errors.

CBP did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Letter from the Mexican Embassy:

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/mexico-says-it-has-found-no-record-of-its-military-entering