1. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most eye-catching images, firefighters take on a monster blaze, baby baboons cry out for milk, and more


  2. Meet the zonkey, a donkey-zebra hybrid

    Khumba, the second zonkey born in the last two years, entered the world last week



  4. You know the handheld shooters used to launch T-shirts into crowds at basketball games? Apparently, they can be used in other, very illegal ways.

    Last weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents found 33 cans holding 85 pounds of marijuana scattered across a field near Yuma, Arizona. After a little more nosing around, they also found an empty carbon dioxide tank. Their conclusion: Mexican drug smugglers are now using pneumatic cannons — essentially larger cousins of the devices used in sports arenas — to shoot their wares at least 500 feet into the U.S.

    The can-shooting cannons are also suspiciously similar to ones built on the TV show Mythbustersanother possible inspiration.

    Keep reading

    PHOTO: David McNew/Getty Image

    (Source: theweek.com)


  5. Net migration to the U.S. border is nearly zero, as fewer Mexicans make the trip north and many who have crossed the border return to Mexico. And the U.S. Border Patrol arrested only 304,755 people trying to cross into the Southwest without papers in the 11 months that ended in August, down from a peak of 1.6 million in 2000. What’s behind the dramatic change?


  6. zeitvox:

    It seems governments aren’t the only entities disturbed over the power of social media. A drug cartel in Mexico has apparently dispatched a man and a woman in a manner brutal enough to warn of the disturbing nature of the text alone.

    “This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet,” one sign said. “You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.”  >continue<


  7. As the Wallow wildfire charbroils more than 500,000 acres of Arizona, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is blaming illegal immigrants.”There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally,” McCain said Saturday, while declining to offer any such evidence.

    Photo: CC BY NASA Goddard Photo and Video


  8. Texas Republican Debbie Riddle has proposed a bill that would fine or jail anyone who employs illegal immigrants — unless that immigrant cleans your house or works on your lawn.

    Riddle clearly thinks a $10,000 fine and two years in jail would “inconvenience the rich folks,” says O. Ricardo Pimentel in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But “the business guy trying to eke out a profit? Just too bad” for him, and the rest of us. Maybe it’s time to “recognize that undocumented workers across the board wouldn’t be here if there weren’t a demand.”

    More about the bill and the response here.