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La Isla de las Muñecas (The Island of the Dolls)

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La Isla de las Muñecas is an island located south of Mexico City. It has become a rather unique tourist attraction as the island is adorned with various dolls and doll parts. It is said that these dolls, hung by a man named Don Julian Santana Barrera, are haunted by the spirit of a girl who mysteriously drowned in the canals surrounding the island. Julian discovered the girl’s body, but was unable to save her. Haunted by the situation, he hung a doll (presumably the girl’s) on a tree to honor her spirit.

Julian believed that this doll was possessed by the girl’s spirit and began to hang more dolls throughout the island.

In 2001, Julian drowned in the same spot where he claimed to have found the girl’s body.

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World Leaders Call For End of Criminalization of Drug Use

drugwarToday in New York City, the former presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland join with Kofi Annan and others to call for the end of drug criminalization. They are also calling for legal and regulated use of psychoactive substances. This press conference is being held at 9:45 AM by the Global Commission on Drug Policy:

Via Drug Policy Alliance:

Today, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, a new, groundbreaking report at a press conference in New York City. The event will be live-streamed and speakers include former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson and others.

The Commissioners will then meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson in the afternoon following the press conference.

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Ancient Mayan Cities Rediscovered

"The monster mouth doorway at Lagunita. Note the stylized eye of the earth monster and fangs along the doorway jamb." IVAN SPRAJC

“The monster mouth doorway at Lagunita. Note the stylized eye of the earth monster and fangs along the doorway jamb.”
IVAN SPRAJC

I lament the day we’ve finally discovered everything left behind from our ancient ancestors.

via Discovery:

A monster mouth doorway, ruined pyramid temples and palace remains emerged from the Mexican jungle as archaeologists unearthed two ancient Mayan cities.

Found in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, the cities were hidden in thick vegetation and hardly accessible.

“Aerial photographs helped us in locating the sites,” expedition leader Ivan Sprajc, of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), said.

Sprajc and his team found the massive remains as they further explored the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered by the Slovenian archaeologist in 2013.

No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles, between the so-called Rio Bec and Chenes regions, both known for their characteristic architectural styles fashioned during the Late and Terminal Classic periods, around 600 – 1000 A.D.

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18th Century Mexican Statue of Christ Found to Have Human Teeth

In a new discovery, an 18th Century Mexican statue of Christ is found to have human teeth.

via CNet:

It used to be common for western churches to hold onto human remains: bits of teeth and bone and hair and skin purported to be saintly relics, sometimes holy treasures kept and revered — and sometimes the objects of the fraudulent relic trade.

A new discovery in Mexico, however, is a first for human remains in a church: a statue of Christ has been discovered to have teeth — not teeth carved from animal bone or horn — but actual human teeth.

The 18th century Lord of Patience statue in the parish of San Bartolo Cuautlalpan — known for its gruesome blood and open wounds — was about to undergo restoration at the National School of Restoration, Conservation and Museology. In preparation for the restoration, the team X-rayed the statue, to find eight adult human teeth adorning its mouth.

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Mexican Military Helicopter Crosses Border And Fires On Border Patrol Agents

Mexico Pot CultivationScary stuff. Probably happens (on both sides) more often than we know. It was a “drug interdiction” mission.

TUCSON – News 4 Tucson has learned a Mexican military helicopter travelled across the border and fired on U.S. Border Patrol agents.

It happened in the early morning hours Thursday, west of the San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O’Odham Nation. The chopper fired on the agents but missed them. The chopper then flew back into Mexico. We’re told Mexican authorities contacted the U.S. and apologized for the incident.

We’ve received two statements regarding the incident:

Art del Cueto, Border Patrol Tucson Sector union president:

The incident occurred after midnight and before 6 a.m. Helicopter flew into the U.S. and fired on two U.S. Border Patrol agents. The incident occurred west of the San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation. The agents were unharmed. The helicopter went back into Mexico. Mexico then contacted U.S.

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Meet Bangkok’s ‘Mexican’ Gangsters

From Coconuts TV comes this look into the lifestyles of Bangkok’s self-described “Mexican gangsters.” The young men say that they picked up the style from YouTube videos, and have now formed their own gang. The members that they interview seem more like cosplayers than hardcore gangbangers to me: “During the day I work in an office. At night I’m a Mexican gangster” sounds pretty similar to “By day I’m Katie the customer service rep. At night I’m a steampunk princess!”

I’m not hatin’, though. Glad these guys are having fun. Wonder what real gangstas think of their Thai admirers?

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Beekeepers And Honeybees Failing Due To GMO Crops

beesThere are various theories about colony collapse disorder (see Vanishing of the Bees), and a new study points the finder squarely at Monsanto and other purveyors of GMO crops, reports Inquisitr:

Beekeepers in Mexico are fearful that GMO crops are killing the honeybee. A new study published by Scientific Report stated that genetically modified seeds are “bad news” for Mexican beekeepers and specifically points to GMO soybeans as a threat. Mexico is the fourth largest producer of honey in the entire world.

The presence of GMO pollen in honey makes it extremely difficult for Mexican beekeepers to export their product to Europe, where GMO laws are stringent. If honey contaminated with genetically modified pollen is not outright rejected in Europe, it has to be sold for substantially reduced rates. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute scientists have found that soybean crops were the source of GMO pollen in honey produced in the Yucatan.

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Inside the Incredible Booming Subterranean Marijuana Railroad

In a lengthy article for GQ Jason Kersten reports that “The Feds can’t see them. Or hear the digging. They don’t know how many there are or where they are headed. They know only that the tunnels are coming. And when they cross our border, when the soil gives way and the drugs start flowing, it’s already too late”:

On a quiet night along the Tijuana border, you can almost hear them coming: the faint scraping of metal on dirt, falling clumps of earth, muted voices in the depths. At any given moment, there are men underground here, chipping their way toward the United States with antlike determination.

Flickr - DVIDSHUB - Otay Mesa Drug Tunnel (Image 4 of 4)

Many of the drug tunnels will be discovered and shut down before they’re operational, but it doesn’t matter; more will come. The economics are unassailable. A good tunnel can take nine months or more to build and cost up to $2 million, but if it can stay open for only a few hours, the cartels can move enough marijuana through it to satisfy entire time zones—making enough money to pay for twenty more tunnels.

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Welcome to the Island of the Dolls, the Creepiest Place in Mexico

Xochimilco Dolls' IslandWhere do dolls go to die? Xochimilco in Mexico of course! OK so we didn’t know either, but here’s Vocativ with the juice:

They’re in the trees and on the ground, bunched together on wooden fence posts and hanging from clotheslines like laundry left to dry. Their dead eyes stare at you from half empty sockets, their dirty hair hangs like cobwebs. Their skin is scabbed and peeling away, and their plump limbs are scattered everywhere—arms and legs strewn about haphazardly, decapitated heads impaled on stakes.

This is not a nightmare. It’s La Isla de las Muñecas, a real place located in a southern borough of Mexico City, on a man-made island, which for decades has been home to hundreds of dilapidated dolls.

The island was once the property of Don Julián Santana, a local farmer. Legend has it that in 1950, he saw a little girl drown in the canal and her spirit began haunting the place.

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