Seven-year-old Texas boy donates piggy bank to vandalised mosque

Seven-year-old Jack Swanson donated $20 to the mosque

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Seven-year-old boy empties piggy bank and donates money to vandalised mosque

‘It’s 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it’s worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community’

Serina Sandhu

A seven-year-old boy has donated his entire piggy-bank savings to a mosque in Texas that was vandalised in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

A member of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville (ICP), in Travis County, arrived on Monday morning to find that faeces had been left in front of the building.

Pages torn from the Koran were also left at the scene.

But after discussing the incident with his mother, schoolboy Jack Swanson decided he would empty his piggy bank and make a donation of $20 to the mosque, news site reported.

His mother, Laura, said the pair had spoken about how the act of vandalism was a “really awful thing to do”.

“We had a good conversation [about] what churches are for and how everybody’s churches are important.”

Faisal Naeem, a board member at the mosque, said the donation gave him hope.

“It’s 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it’s worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community. This gives me hope because this means it’s not one versus the other.”

Jack’s act of kindness has been praised on social media.

Speaking about the vandalism, Mr Naeem said it was “very unexpected and quite honestly shocking”.

Pflugerville Police said it was being investigated as a hate crime, according to

Since the Paris terror attacks on Friday in which 129 people were killed, reportedly deliberate attacks have taken place on mosques in different countries.

Mr Naeem told ABC News: “It’s become so commonplace where something goes wrong somewhere and people want to blame all Muslims. If anything, it’s a pointing indictment of the logical fallacy in our society’s way of thinking.”

On Tuesday, Police Scotland said they were treating a fire at the Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, which is used as a mosque, as “wilful fire-raising”.

Texas hummingbird migration almost over

This video from the USA is called Hummingbird Facts & Some Beautiful Footage.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Hummingbirds’ Furious Feeding Nearing the End

After an incredible fall on the West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam, activity is starting to wind down for the winter. Ten species were seen during this short season by viewers, often appearing in a bewildering array of immature and adult plumages to make identification a challenge. Together we learned the sometimes cryptic clues to puzzling out each species’ identity, and over 1500 of you hazarded guesses in our two Hummingbird ID Challenge contests (thanks to cam sponsor Perky-Pet® for the hummingbird feeder prizes). Hummingbirds weren’t the only ones visiting, either—butterflies and Acorn Woodpeckers made appearances on cam, too! Take a moment to tell us which hummingbird species were your favorites, and you could win a Perky-Pet® hummingbird feeder of your own!

Cold winter weather will eventually lead to the hummingbirds heading downslope or further south by late November. The cam will go offline in late November; only three short months before we should start seeing the first Broad-tailed Hummingbirds of spring arriving. Thanks for a great season!

Attracting hummingbirds in winter is possible in some areas! Learn where and how.

Acorn woodpecker, hummingbirds at Texas feeder, video

This video from Texas in the USA shows first hummingbirds, then an acorn woodpecker, at the hummingbird feeder on 30 October 2015.

Help Mexican freetail bats

This video from the USA says about itself:

25 October 2015

Bracken cave is the home of 15 million Mexican freetail bats, the largest bat colony in the world. You can help protect the cave by adopting a Mexican freetail bat through BCI’s Adopt-a-bat program! Visit

Black people tasered more often than average in Britain

This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

City Councilman Tasered In Same town As Sandra Bland Arrest

12 October 2015

A city councilman was tasered and arrested outside his home in the same town where a black woman was arrested in a conflict that began over a minor traffic violation.

More about this is here. And here.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Black people targeted with Tasers far more than others

Wednesday 14th October 2015

BLACK people are three times more likely to have a Taser — or the threat of one — used against them by police officers, according to Home Office data uncovered yesterday.

English and Welsh police aimed or fired the stun gun in 38,135 cases over the past five years.

In at least 4,580 (more than 12 per cent) of those incidents, black people were subjected to the threat or use of 50,000-volt electric shocks.

Labour MP and former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said that police need to “explain the disproportionality” of use — as only 4 per cent of the population is black.

The Streatham MP called on Tory Home Secretary Theresa May to launch an “immediate investigation” into the “extremely concerning” situation that only came to light after the BBC sent a freedom of information request to the government.

Mr Umunna added: “[The Home Office] releases Taser data on an annual basis, but it seems to have deliberately withheld details regarding the ethnicity, age and gender of those involved in these incidents.”

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts co-chair Lee Jasper said Ms May should extend her concern over the disproportionate use of stop and search against black people to other policing matters.

He pointed to statistics from drugs law experts Release showing that black people used less drugs than white people but were six times more likely to be apprehended and almost twice as likely to be charged for possession.

In addition, at least 158 Taser cases last year involved someone under the age of 16.

Hummingbirds at Texas feeder, video

This video from Texas in the USA says about itself:

9 October 2015

A Black-chinned Hummingbird begins feeding on the left side of the feeder and is soon joined by a Broad-tailed Hummingbird on the right.

You can watch this cam live during daylight hours at