Acorn woodpeckers at Texas hummingbird feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Acorn Woodpeckers Visit West Texas Hummingbird Cam – May 23, 2018

Even though Acorn woodpeckers feed primarily on insects and acorns, you can see them at feeders like our hummingbird feeder. Like other woodpeckers, this species is known to feed opportunistically and will feed on fruit, sap, flower nectar, and sometimes even sugar-water intended for hummingbirds.

Watch live at http://allaboutbirds.org/texashummers for more information about hummingbirds and highlights from the feeders.

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Santa Fe, Texas school mass murder, why?


By Trévon Austin in the USA:

Ten killed in mass shooting at Texas high school

19 May 2018

A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston area high school Friday morning, taking the lives of nine students and one teacher and injuring ten others.

Texas School Shooting Suspect Posed With Nazi Cross On Social Media: here.

The horrific shooting was the deadliest such incident since the massacre of 17 students and teachers in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which sparked a nationwide wave of student-led protests and walkouts against school violence.

The suspect, identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, opened fire in an art class in Santa Fe High School around 7:45 a.m., killing nine students and one teacher. According to authorities, Pagourtzis said he had intended to take his own life after the initial shooting but surrendered to officers and stated that he did not have the courage to shoot himself.

Pagourtzis, now in police custody, had also apparently brought explosive devices, including a Molotov cocktail, that were found in the school and nearby. It was not immediately clear if any had exploded.

Just two months prior to Friday’s attack, Santa Fe was placed on lockdown after reports of gunfire in the surrounding area. Officers swept the campus and found no threats. According to eyewitnesses, teachers and students yelled “It’s real this time!” as a warning after the first shots rang out Friday morning.

Attacks on schools in the United States, typically by a current or former student armed with a gun, occur with a terrifying regularity across the country. According to CNN, there have been 22 school shootings this year, with an average of one shooting incident per week. The shooting at Santa Fe was the third in just the last eight days.

On Thursday, 19-year-old Matthew Milby opened fire in the gymnasium of Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. He was quickly chased off by an officer and arrested before hurting anyone.

Last week, a 14-year-old boy went to Highland High School in Palmdale, California and fired ten rounds from a semiautomatic rifle shortly before classes were scheduled to begin, hitting and wounding a 15-year-old student. The student was eventually detained by police and charged with attempted murder.

In what has become commonplace after mass shootings, politicians have offered canned statements condemning the massacres and offering empty condolences and pledges for action.

President Trump tweeted, “We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas.” He added that the administration would “do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.”

Nancy Pelosi, the leading Democrat in the House, issued a boilerplate statement calling for an end to “the gun violence epidemic.” She stated, “All Americans grieve for those whose lives were stolen by this tragedy, and our prayers are with the families and loved ones of who have been wounded.”

What no politician from either party will state is that the frequency and severity of mass shootings is a reflection of the deeply diseased nature of American society, marred by historic levels of social inequality at home and unending wars abroad.

School shootings are the most tragic and serious expression of the crisis affecting students and youth. A nationwide survey by the health insurer Cigna found that loneliness is widespread in America, with nearly 50 percent of respondents reporting that they sometimes or always feel alone or left out. Young people born in the 1990s and 2000s were most likely to report feeling lonely.

Recent studies cite significant increases in depression and suicide, particularly among young people, in the last decade. Blue Cross Blue Shield recently noted that depression diagnoses increased 63 percent in adolescents (ages 12 to 17) and 47 percent in millennials (ages 18 to 34) between 2013 and 2016. Another recent study in Pediatrics found that in 2015, 1.82 percent of teenage hospital visits were due to attempted suicide or suicidal thoughts, nearly tripling from 0.66 percent in 2008.

To the social crisis in America is added the endless promotion of militarist violence by the state, at home and abroad. Both factions of the American ruling class have carried out war crimes in the Middle East and are preparing to wage even bloodier wars against Russia and China, possibly with nuclear arms. …

Neither party has offered any serious solution to the fundamental issues underlying the unending wave of school violence. Republicans have used each incident to call for the further militarization of schools, including the arming of teachers. The Democrats aim to use the deaths of youth to score votes in the November mid-term elections with calls for stricter gun control laws.

Depression, poverty, police brutality and decades of unending war are the real issues that lie at the core of mass shootings in America. Tragic incidents such as Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School can only be prevented by addressing the social problems rooted in the failure of the capitalist system.

‘SHE REPEATEDLY TOLD HIM NO’ The mother of one of the victims of Friday’s Texas school shooting said her daughter was targeted because she rejected the shooter’s advances, while two parents who also lost children to campus gun violence slammed the GOP for offering “moronic” platitudes rather than gun control. Capping the insanity, incoming NRA president Oliver North blamed Ritalin and a “culture of violence” for the repeated school massacres — not guns. [HuffPost]

Police engaged in 25-minute shootout with Texas high school gunman: here.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas school shooting suspect, a neo-nazi?


This 18 May 2018 video from the USA is called 10 killed in shooting at Texas high school.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas Shooting Suspect, Posted Neo-Nazi Imagery Online

Before allegedly killing at least 8 people [at least 10], he apparently posted online images of a Nazi medal, a musician favored by the alt-right, and a “born to kill” t-shirt.

05.18.18 1:14 PM ET

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday morning, apparently posted photos of neo-Nazi iconography online, according to social media accounts flagged by classmates and reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Pagourtzis, 17, was booked into Galveston County Jail for capital murder on Friday. He allegedly killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School, where he was a student. Explosive devices were left inside the school near Houston, authorities said. Pagourtzis reportedly had an assault-style rifle, shotgun, and pistol.

Before his arrest was announced, two Santa Fe students also told The Daily Beast that Pagourtzis was the gunman and they confirmed a Facebook account with Pagourtzis’ name belonged to him. Attempts by The Daily Beast to reach Pagourtzis’ family were unsuccessful.

On April 30, Pagourtzis apparently posted a t-shirt with “born to kill” printed on the front, boasting that it was custom-made.

That same day, Pagourtzis posted multiple pictures of a duster jacket emblazoned with a variety of symbols including the Iron Cross, a German military award last given by the Nazis

Other images on Pagourtzis’ now-deleted Facebook page suggest a possible interest in white supremacist groups. Pagourtzis uploaded a number of t-shirts that feature Vaporwave-style designs. Vaporwave, a music and design movement, has spawned a related movement called Fashwave, which borrows the same aesthetic but applies them to neo-Nazi subjects.

Pagourtzis’ Facebook header image was the cover of an album by musician Perturbator. Perturbator’s music has been co-opted by members of the Fashwave movement, BuzzFeed previously reported. Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer frequently includes Perturbator’s music in “Fashwave Fridays” posts.

Bloodbath at Sanfa Fe, Texas school


This photo is about a demonstration by high school students in Santa Fe, Texas, USA against mass gun violence in the USA, especially against people at schools.

The Twitter hash tag #NeverAgain refers to the bloodbath at a Florida school, by a neonazi murderer. It should never happen again. But it did happen again; today at Santa Fe High School. In the surroundings of which, like at many other places in the USA, it is much easier to get a lethal gun than to get many other items.

I wish recovery and strength to all injured people and survivors of this terrible crime. We should never forget the murdered persons.

At the moment, motives for the bloodshed are still unclear.

From CNN in the USA:

10 killed in shooting at Texas’ Santa Fe High School, official says

By Jason Hanna, Dakin Andone and Keith Allen, CNN

Updated 1809 GMT (0209 HKT) May 18, 2018

[Breaking news update, published at 2:07 p.m. ET]

A second person, 18, in police custody, is believed to be a possible accomplice in Friday’s shooting, a law enforcement official says.

[Original story, published at 1:40 p.m. ET]

Ten people were killed and several others injured in a shooting Friday morning at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

Gunfire erupted at Santa Fe High School, about 20 miles outside Galveston, not long after classes began around 7:30 a.m. CT, officials said. Authorities later found explosive devices — including pipe bombs and pressure cookers — in and near the school, the law enforcement official said.

A male suspect, believed to be a student, has been arrested in the shooting, and a second person — also believed to be a student — has been detained as well, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

One man is in critical condition with a gunshot wound in one of his arms, said David Marshall, chief nursing officer for University of Texas Medical Branch hospital.

This is the 22nd US school shooting since the beginning of the year, and the third instance in eight days in which a gunman was on a school campus.

Witnesses described students running from the school as they heard gunshots; they also described hearing an alarm at the school, though the sequence of events wasn’t immediately clear.

Authorities found explosive devices in the high school and in adjacent areas, said Walter Braun, Santa Fe Independent School District police chief. It wasn’t immediately clear if any had exploded. …

An armed person walked into an art class at the school and began firing what looked like a shotgun, a witness told CNN affiliate KTRK.

The witness told KTRK she saw a girl shot in the leg.

At least 12 people from the school are being treated at three hospitals, authorities said. Seven people are at Clear Lake Regional Medical in Webster, Texas; two patients are being treated at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City and three patients are at John Sealy University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

From the Houston Chronicle in Texas, USA, today:

Houston lawmaker: ‘Y’all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades’

This is a tweet by that Texas state representative, aimed at people like the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump.

This tweet may contain a clue to motives for this mass murder.

Criticizing police brutality, ‘terrorism’ in the USA?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Activist Arrested Over Anti-Cop Facebook Post

16 May 2018

Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a large crash and officers screaming commands, he soon realized his nightmare was real, and he and his 15-year-old son were forced outside of their Dallas home, wearing only underwear.

Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating “domestic terrorism” had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police.

Read more here.

Lucifer hummingbird at Texas feeder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Male Lucifer Hummingbird Alights On Hummingbird Feeder – May 15, 2018

With its decurved bill and extended purple gorget, the male Lucifer Hummingbird is sure to astonish any birdwatcher that’s lucky enough to come within its path.

Watch live at http://allaboutbirds.org/texashummers for more information about hummingbirds and highlights from the feeders.

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet.

Texas webcam hummingbirds are back


This video from the USA says about itself:

22 November 2016

With the 2016 season of the West Texas Hummingbird Cam winding down, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from this year on cam.

Watch live at http://AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

West Texas Welcomes Back Hummingbirds

The West Texas hummingbird cam sponsored by Perky-Pet is back just as spring migration is hitting full stride! Over the cam season, viewers will have the chance to witness over a dozen different hummingbird species as they migrate through the arid Davis Mountains in West Texas (watch a highlight featuring all the species that visited the cam in 2017). You’re sure to be dazzled by these bejeweled fliers as they hover from port to port, sipping nectar from one of the 24 Perky-Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeders hosted at the cam site by our parters at West Texas Avian Research.

What To Watch For: Rivoli’s, Black-chinned, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are the usual suspects on cam this time of year. However, there have been reports of less-common Lucifer and Broad-billed Hummingbirds frequenting the feeder. The latter has also been seen gathering nesting material (See photo of female collecting unbleached cotton fiber that’s offered on site). As the weeks pass, other species, like the pugnacious Rufous or pint-sized Calliope Hummingbird, will steal your breath away, meaning there’s no better time to get out that species guide and start learning these hummingbirds!