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  • Chicanonautica: What Do You Want to Know?

    La Bloga
    ERNEST HOGAN
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    by Ernest Hogan2014 just wants to keep on running me ragged. Things keep happening (besides the riots and the racial strife). Not only is the new Digital Parchment Services/Strange Particle Press ebook of Cortez on Jupiterorderable, but the press release is available, so you can read about the impending soft-cover edition, find out where to write about getting review copies, and read quotes of wild praise for the book.If that isn’t enough, Digital Parchment has started a new Ernest Hogan blog so they can promote their editions of my books. They also started an Ernest Hogan Tumblr. I’ll be…
  • The first Thanksgiving (and mine)

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Reposted from 22 November 2007: My best Thanksgiving dinner was at “el Rey de Pavo” on calle Simon Bolivar (or is it Motolinía?) — a little semi-hole in the wall joint serving nothing but turkey, 7 days a week — turkey tacos, turkey tortas, turkey soup, turkey mole… With limited seating, I had thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of jolly Quechans from Ecuador who’d come up to Mexico City to sell silk scarves on the streets. OK, so we had to watch futbol, and not football. And the half-time show was a skinny old guy with a 12-string guitar. I had jamaica,…
  • Ferguson. Shame.

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Earlier tonight someone who goes by Ashlyn@awiebe96 tweeted this at #Chi2Ferguson:So many emotions right now... The most prevalent? Shame, for the society I support by not questioning, every single day.She's the only person I've noticed on Twitter tonight who acknowledges her personal role in what happened with Michael Brown's shooter. Ashlyn seems to sense that all of us have participated in the millions of events and dynamics that led up to this cultural moment. This is what I believe is lacking in the conversation tonight: awareness of the whole country's culpability in the racism that…
  • RIP Washo-Blocko

    CHANFLES!
    EL CHAVO!
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    I’ve been photographing the changing fortunes of our cartoon laundry friends Washo and Blocko for some time now, since at least 2006. When I noticed something new in their lives I tried to snap a photo as a keepsake. Here I share with you more than a few years of paying attention to this improvised laundromat mural. It ends terribly. Fucking Launderland. So many hours spent there. Even when it wasn’t a functioning laundromat. Countless battles with señoras for a damn dryer. And the site where I was robbed a whole dollar by an incompetent attendant that shall forever be a despised…
  • Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

    ¿Chicano y que?
    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Brendan James, TPMLivewire  A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless…
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    La Bloga

  • Chicanonautica: What Do You Want to Know?

    ERNEST HOGAN
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    by Ernest Hogan2014 just wants to keep on running me ragged. Things keep happening (besides the riots and the racial strife). Not only is the new Digital Parchment Services/Strange Particle Press ebook of Cortez on Jupiterorderable, but the press release is available, so you can read about the impending soft-cover edition, find out where to write about getting review copies, and read quotes of wild praise for the book.If that isn’t enough, Digital Parchment has started a new Ernest Hogan blog so they can promote their editions of my books. They also started an Ernest Hogan Tumblr. I’ll be…
  • Ten Wonderful Years As A Published author

    Rene Colato Lainez
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From the Macondo NewsletterReyna GrandeMacondista Rene Colato Lainez is celebrating his 10th year anniversary as a published author. Congratulations to Rene, and here's to many more years and many more books!Ten Wonderful YearsBy Rene Colato LainezAt the end of 1999 many people were setting goals to accomplish in the new millennium. I was one of them. At the time, I was already an elementary teacher and had written several books to share with my students. I still remember those "classic books" that my students enjoyed reading such as, "Fabiola, Fabiola", "El número uno",…
  • Philly Cop Is Monster. News 'n Notes.

    msedano
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review: Sabrina Vourvoulias, "Skin In The Game," Tor.comMichael SedanoThe first video of a black devil fish showed the creature flexing its huge jaws, the mouth gaping with needle-like teeth that cage-in a creature attracted by the phosphorescent lure dangling in the deep sea darkness from the black devil fish’s head. In an idle flash, I thought the fish could be the model for some outer space monster only a science fiction writer could think up. Sure enough, someone has.I don’t know if Sabrina Vourvoulias saw that marine footage, but the critter she has roaming the zombie ghetto of…
  • An interview with Frederick Luis Aldama regarding his new book, “The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez”

    Daniel Olivas
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
     Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English as well as University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. He is prolific: Aldama is the author and editor of more than twenty books. Aldama also founded and directs the award-winning LASER—a Latino focused academic mentor system from 9th through college.His latest book is The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez recently published by the University of Texas Press. Aldama does more than hit his marks: he has created an exhilarating, accessible and much-needed study of one of the most inventive and…
  • The Body With Diabetes: Interview with Christina Elizabeth Rodriguez

    Amelia ML Montes
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Christina Elizabeth RodriguezNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month and for today’s La Bloga posting, I’m so happy to introduce you to Diabetes Activist, Christina Elizabeth Rodriguez.  Christina is a Chicago native, and is active with the Diabetes Online Community, has her own blog at kikisbetes.com, and is on twitter:  @kikisbetes.  Look her up!Before we get started, I’m adding a few introductory facts regarding diabetes. First, definitions:  there are four types of diabetes.  Click on each one for more information:  (1) Type I, (2) Type II, (3) gestational…
 
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  • The first Thanksgiving (and mine)

    richmx2
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Reposted from 22 November 2007: My best Thanksgiving dinner was at “el Rey de Pavo” on calle Simon Bolivar (or is it Motolinía?) — a little semi-hole in the wall joint serving nothing but turkey, 7 days a week — turkey tacos, turkey tortas, turkey soup, turkey mole… With limited seating, I had thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of jolly Quechans from Ecuador who’d come up to Mexico City to sell silk scarves on the streets. OK, so we had to watch futbol, and not football. And the half-time show was a skinny old guy with a 12-string guitar. I had jamaica,…
  • READ THIS

    richmx2
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    When Peña Nieto made the mistake of traveling to China and Australia to participate in the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and G-20 summits in the middle of the present crisis, Obama welcomed him with open arms and chose to plant trees side by side with him at China’s Yanqi Lake. Indeed, viewed from Mexico, the sight of Obama and Peña Nieto shoveling dirt side by side gave the impression that they were working together to fill in the numerous mass graves that have been discovered around Iguala in recent days. I have nothing to add to John Ackerman’s “Why America…
  • She can lift my luggage

    richmx2
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Photo: @JVeracruz2014 Getting ready to move my library, I’ve got three boxes on the floor here weighing a bit over 30 kilos each.  Figuring out how I’m going to wrestle them down a flight of stairs, into the car, drive them to the shipping service, and get them in the door is an “weighty” concern.  I need to get ahold of Tania Mascorro Osuna of la Reforma, Sinaloa,.  SHe won a gold medal in women’s weighlifting at the Central American/Caribbean Games being held this week in Veracruz.  Ms. Mascorro set a new record in the 75 and over kilo division, lifting 118…
  • Ferguson… or why the U.S. is not Mexico, nor Mexico the U.S.

    richmx2
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    I was rather appalled a while back by the reaction by U.S. commentators to the news that three gangsters  “confessed” to killing the 43 normalistas with the help of the local police.  Things like “I hope they get the death penalty”.  Uh… considering Mexico hasn’t had the death penalty since 1964, and the United States is about the only place in the Americas with one not only on the books, but often enough carried out, I suppose that can be “excused” as the usual provincial thinking.   When I mentioned that such thinking was considered…
  • Not just drugs

    richmx2
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I am heartily sick of the meme that the U.S. end of the so-called “drug war” is the entire cause of violence here… drugs may be part of the U.S. caused problems, but only one part.  Lauren Carasik in Al Jazeera:   Beefed up state security extends beyond counter-narcotics efforts, and includes economic objectives that journalist Dawn Paley has dubbed “drug war capitalism.” The incentives include assuring foreign investors of the safety of their investments, supporting privatization, and enriching military contractors and arms manufacturers. Militarized security also…
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • Ferguson. Shame.

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Earlier tonight someone who goes by Ashlyn@awiebe96 tweeted this at #Chi2Ferguson:So many emotions right now... The most prevalent? Shame, for the society I support by not questioning, every single day.She's the only person I've noticed on Twitter tonight who acknowledges her personal role in what happened with Michael Brown's shooter. Ashlyn seems to sense that all of us have participated in the millions of events and dynamics that led up to this cultural moment. This is what I believe is lacking in the conversation tonight: awareness of the whole country's culpability in the racism that…
  • A difference between Chicago and San Francisco

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    United baggage area at O'Hare on 20 Nov 2014I spent last week visiting my father in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one thing really struck me: there was no Christmas music on any of the radio stations out there. In the Chicagoland area, we have our local "lite music" station cranking out the Burl Ives and Amy Grant by mid-November at the latest. When I came through the San Francisco International Airport to return on the 20th, I saw no seasonal decorations, but at O'Hare International Airport the oversized Christmas ornaments were up and a lit tree sat next to the baggage claim area. Later,…
  • Grief

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    For whatever reasons, I'd never experienced grief in my entire life until after my divorce. Sometimes a wave will hit me and I'll feel that utter helpless sense of loss and ache. After the emotions of the past 14 months, I've come to believe that grief is the worst emotion, worse than suicidal self-hatred, worse than bottomless remorse, worse than helpless rage. Fucking grief.
  • How long before they notice you're dead?

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    (Again, I'm blogging on an app, so the text goes wonky in spots. Sorry.)In the article How to Avoid Dying Alone With No One To Claim Your Body, Jezebel's Tracy Moore describes the increasing problem of dead bodies with no one to claim them and people whose death goes unnoticed for days, weeks or months (in some instances years). This is a true concern for those of us who live alone, without family nearby, and especially those who don't have a job to go to each day. Apparently, we're a growing population.Having lived alone without family nearby for many years, I've considered how long it might…
  • Black Thanksgiving - make it stop

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    (I'm blogging on an iPad app, so forgive me for the font going weird at times.)I've been watching with disgust the build-up to the new Black Thursday, which used to be known as Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, although it has its own fraught history, was one American holiday that was observed by government and private businesses alike, without messy ties to any religion. We cherished that holiday as a kind of antithesis to Christmas: Thanksgiving represented a final day of enjoying family and appreciating what we already have, before shifting our attention to the I-need-I-want covetousness of the…
 
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    CHANFLES!

  • RIP Washo-Blocko

    EL CHAVO!
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    I’ve been photographing the changing fortunes of our cartoon laundry friends Washo and Blocko for some time now, since at least 2006. When I noticed something new in their lives I tried to snap a photo as a keepsake. Here I share with you more than a few years of paying attention to this improvised laundromat mural. It ends terribly. Fucking Launderland. So many hours spent there. Even when it wasn’t a functioning laundromat. Countless battles with señoras for a damn dryer. And the site where I was robbed a whole dollar by an incompetent attendant that shall forever be a despised…
  • COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ANTI*GMO ACTION – (PAST)

    EL CHAVO!
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I had this sent to me, a communique which I feel deserves a wider audience. I am only the messenger. —— A Voice from the PAST (PEOPLE AGAINST SHITTY THINGS) COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ANTI*GMO ACTION Recently in Grants Pass, the People Against Shitty Things (PAST) took action against GMOs. This is our communique. Under broad daylight and cloaked only in our Priuses and righteousness, we fought back against Monsanto, against a genetically modified future. During a recent reconnaissance mission we unearthed a list of businesses in the area that use GMOs in their food products. Our plan was…
  • All Eyes On Grand Avenue

    EL CHAVO!
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The shrine to a rich man called “The Broad” (I thought we called them dames these days?) is nearing its completion and it thinks it has “All Eyes” on it. Teary eyes. Bulging eyes. Skeptical eyes. Maybe. I just keep looking at it cuz it looks like a grand homage to a big bowl of Menudo. I mean, kinda no? The PR folks keep talking about the “Veil” that is gonna wrap around this giant concrete and metal block. They should get with the times and just call it locally sourced “Tripe.” It seems kinda odd to make that expensive monument to yourself look…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Huckleberry

    EL CHAVO!
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    For reasons of exploration and adventure and discovery, I ended up in this up and coming neighborhood far from my usual terrain, a place they call Santa Monica (pronounced Sandthah Moneyyeeka or something like that, I couldn’t understand the local accent) that is super close to Los Angeles but totally a world away. It is a strange but friendly world of Regular people, an ethnic group mostly located outside of LA County, but they are welcoming and will usually take the time to figure out our shared language issues. “Cool-man!” (I hope I got that right!) And this enclave in…
  • Huevos Rancheros: Casa La Doña

    EL CHAVO!
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I saw this place mentioned online with some favorable reviews. Plus I was hungry and getting bored of my usual lunch places so why not give it a go? Maybe it’ll be a more affordable downtown option. Not sure what urban mex means but I am here to find out. I was going in for something more lunchy but then I saw the ad for HR’s which specifically mentioned “tortillas doradas” (that’s my idea of proper huevos rancheros) and they serve breakfast all day. Damn it! I guess I have to try them now. $9 a plate is a bit much for this basic working person breakfast dish,…
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    ¿Chicano y que?

  • Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Brendan James, TPMLivewire  A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless…
  • Chicano Batman: L.A. Band Is Taking Cues from All Over the Musical Map

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Itzel Alejandra MartinezBy Aly Comingore, Santa Barbara IndependentTake a walk through East L.A., and you’ll witness firsthand what gentrification looks like. For decades, these predominantly Latino neighborhoods were considered unsafe, run-down, etc. But increasingly high rents on the city’s more “posh” Westside eventually started driving people out, or rather, eastbound to more affordable housing and commercial real estate. Nowadays, the Eastside is home to much of the city’s creative capital, with chic restaurants, shopping, movie houses, and grocers popping up by…
  • 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Friends of the American Latino Museum is a proud partner of this year's NCLR ALMA Awards! Catch the ALMA Awards LIVE hosted by our honorary board co-chair, Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez this Friday, October 10 at 10 PM Eastern, 7 PM Pacific on MSNBC!Click to enlargeThis year’s awardees include:Guillermo del Toro, Award for Industry Excellence presented by Zoe Saldana“Orange is the New Black” Cast Members Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco, Special Achievement in Television“Cesar Chavez,” Special Achievement in FilmPitbull, Special Achievement in MusicSpecial Tribute…
  • On the Macho Motorcyclist

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    By Jesús Manuel Mena GarzaMoto Foto AdventurerI love motorcycles and photography. I get a visceral response to each endeavor. Both "loves" are filled with fanatics. They profess that their camera or bike is the absolute best – no question. Such is life in the First World. American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson (Aka: Hog) is known for their cruiser bikes. They have a following around the world. Their riders and their bikes seem to be getting fatter and larger. All the while, Asian and European companies are still focused on middleweight or smaller bikes. If you were in…
  • The Chicano Dream Ends?

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You still have several weeks left to view several of Jesús Manuel Mena Garza's black and white documentary photographs on exhibit in Bordeaux, France. They are all part of the Chicano Dream show.June 27 to October 26, 2014Musée d'Aquitaine20 Cours Pasteur33000 in Bordeaux, FranceIf you happen to go ... tell me what you think. Thanks.
 
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  • republicans wage war on student voting

    CouldBeTrue
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Cause, really, only very rich old white men deserve to make all of the decisions about our lives. They certainly want to make all of women's reproductive decisions.Overall, the vote [on banning fracking in Denton] wasn’t close. Nearly 59 percent of voters supported the ban, even though its opponents – buoyed by contributions from energy companies – spent far more money. That margin, the ban’s supporters say, amounted to a mandate.But ban opponents (meaning supporters of fracking) argue that college students disproportionately affected the vote, effectively drowning out Denton’s…
  • Did Abbott say he would close the border because of Obama's EO?

    CouldBeTrue
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Abbott says no. Closing the border is the kind of response hatred fosters and the GOP certainly fosters hate.The Mexican newspaper has a "quote" from the Texas Governor-elect saying he will "close the border" in response to President Obama's pending executive action on immigration."Gov.-elect Abbott has never spoken to El Universal and we have contacted them to request a correction," said Avdiel Huerta, a spokesman for the Abbott campaign.Click here to read the El Universal story. republicans live and grow on telling lie after lie and retelling lie after lie.
  • It's Monday blog post roundup day!

    CouldBeTrue
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Texas Progressive Alliance knows that even in a bad political year it has plenty to be thankful for as it brings you this week's roundup.Off the Kuff highlights Texas for Marriage, a new grassroots group whose goal is to bring marriage equality to our state.Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos as well as for Daily Kos is not surprised to know Greg Abbott has jumped on the Obama bashing bandwagon on immigration. Funny how the actual lawless ones try to pin their sins on the POTUS. Greg Abbott's Reaction to Immigration? The usual. TX Dems are not giving up.Even as the United States Senate in…
  • Texas republicans encourage air pollution that harms Texans

    CouldBeTrue
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Bradford Gilde, a Houston lawyer, stumbled across some unexpected evidence as he was preparing to sue Aruba Petroleum on behalf of a North Texas couple who believed fumes from the company’s natural gas wells were making them sick....At trial, however, he was not allowed to use evidence reflecting the state’s findings and sanctions against Aruba because, as part of its agreement to pay the fine, the company formally denied any wrongdoing.To Gilde, the experience underscored the lack of clout the state’s environmental regulations — and the agency charged with enforcing them — have in…
  • Obama's immigration plan helps families

    CouldBeTrue
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    That makes the republicans mad. republicans only want to help theocrats, racists, and the oligarchs.Weeks after Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections, President Barack Obama countered Thursday night with executive action on immigration that will likely affect many Rio Grande Valley residents.His plan is expected to give temporary relief from deportations and grant work authorization to more than 5 million eligible immigrants in the country illegally.John Cornyn, the rapist enabler, wets his pants in response.
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Another kind of “smart pad” strives to keep women healthy and in-the-know about their bodies

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Another kind of “smart pad” strives to keep women healthy and in-the-know about their bodies by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Common sense says that when we are proactive about our health — have routine check-ups, perform self-examinations and pay attention to changes in our bodies — that we can usually avoid being in the late stages of a disease or illness when treatment is more costly and good outcomes questionable. For women, this is especially…
  • Vochitos, San Antonio car club helps needy with Thanksgiving dinners

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Vochitos, San Antonio car club helps needy with Thanksgiving dinners by Latina Lista By Amanda Lozano La Prensa de San Antonio What was supposed to be a small act of kindness ended up growing into a legacy for a group of Volkswagen enthusiasts. Vochitos, a family oriented car club hosts Operation Tur­key, where the entire club donates an entire thanksgiving dinner — ham, turkey, the entire shebang — to those who would have gone without. They make it a fun…
  • Guest Voz: Racial profiling of young men of color is a Civil Rights issue that needs to be fixed

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Racial profiling of young men of color is a Civil Rights issue that needs to be fixed by Latina Lista By Cynthia D. Mares LatinaLista As attorneys, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that our legal system is just, that police officers who use undue force are held accountable, and that broken policies such as lack of training and lack of accountability are fixed before any more tragedies happen. Moreover,…
  • Practicing philanthropy this holiday season on #GivingTuesday

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Practicing philanthropy this holiday season on #GivingTuesday by Latina Lista LatinaLista — On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The day is known as #GIVINGTUESDAY. #GivingTuesday is a special day to not only remember all the special organizations doing extra-special work to make this world a better place, but…
  • How to train a baby to learn language faster

    Latina Lista
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. How to train a baby to learn language faster by Latina Lista By Rob Forman Futurity Brain scans show that training babies to distinguish language sounds from other sounds can speed up development in parts of the brain that are central to language skills. Researchers taught 4-month-old babies to pay attention to increasingly complex non-language audio patterns by rewarding them for correctly shifting their eyes to a video reward when the sound changed slightly.
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    Hasta Los Gatos Quieren Zapatos

  • Two things, a birthday and a holiday...

    LeeSee
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    ..we are grateful for all of the blessing we have in this life.Most especially good health which can be a fleeting state.I'm looking at you distant relatives from Hooterville.So for every year that passes and that I can celebrate another birthday, it is a very good thing.Add captionThat said, having a birthday and celebrating a holiday just about gratitude is a double blessing.Yet, so many people find fault or whine about things others have or are just plain mean about life.I for one am happy to be in good health and to be able to enjoy my family because why not?
  • What I'm thankful for....

    reenee
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today marks the birthday of my sister, confidante, partner in crime (before cell phone videos)and of course, co-blogger.She inherited all of the good, magnanimous, tolerant and forgiving qualities, whereas I inherited the stubbornness, bluntness and the full head of hair.I've given up hoping that when I get as old as she is I'll be just like her... the reality is that I'll more than likely be just a mean old lady.I'm so lucky that she's my sister.The following serenade is for her, knowing that she's grateful I'm not the one singing.
  • Thanksgiving....

    LeeSee
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    ...by the Adams Family.Apparently give a more true to life rendition of the actual meaning of the fantasy holiday.That said, so much more could have been accomplished.Yet there was no stopping the tide of Europeans who killed and enslaved the indigenous people of America.It may have slowed them down just a bit.Go here for more.The 16 Stages Of Thanksgiving, As Told By "Addams Family Values"
  • I'm with this guy

    reenee
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
     Afterwards we can ponder this....
  • You opened the door....

    LeeSee
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    ..to this silliness.In your zeal to protect Christians, that is to give them a forum and legitimacy to say just about anything in this "post separation of church and state atmosphere" you have now empowered other religions in an equal manner.That is anyone who say they are a religion has been given legitimacy by your singular court rulings giving Christians the legitimacy to say and do anything the want.So now you cannot decide which religion is more legit.You just fucked yourselves.So in all of your ruling designed to protect Christians you have given equal power to other faiths.Now you must…
 
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    Viva la Feminista

  • TBT: Historical Feminist Backlash

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Most people think that the US feminist or women's rights movement began at Seneca Falls, with perhaps a hat tip to Abigail Adams and her "Remember the Ladies" letter to future president John Adams. What most people do not know is that the US feminist movement was influenced by the power sharing that was found in the Iroquois Nation. While I have known of this connection for some time, what I did not know is that once Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth & others ignited the move towards suffrage and equal rights, the US government swiftly took away Iroquois women's right to vote in…
  • Book Release: Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and Recovery

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Demeter Press is pleased to announce the publication ofMothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and RecoveryThe voices of Indigenous women world-wide have long been silenced by colonial oppression and institutions of patriarchal dominance. Recent generations of powerful Indigenous women have begun speaking out so that their positions of respect within their families and communities might be reclaimed. The book explores issues surrounding and impacting Indigenous mothering, family and community in a variety of contexts internationally. The book addresses…
  • How to change a tire

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    For some reason our last car attracted nails and screws like it was made from a magnet. We lost count of how much time and money we put into patching the tires and even a few times having to call a tow truck for help. One time we even got a flat on the tollway, which was not a happy moment at all. Now that Ella is closer to driving than not, we have definitely pondered how she will maneuver Chicago's streets behind the wheel. This was especially on our minds after touring Lane Tech and seeing their pretty awesome drivers ed course.While I am focused on getting Ella to focus on where we are…
  • When the child needs to give the "quit smoking" talk

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    In sixth grade the anti-smoking message was drilled into us HARD. I remember health class going on and on about the dangers of smoking despite it still being a sign of coolness in the last 1980s. We were subjected to very graphic photos of black lungs and diseased hearts. Smoking equaled death. I freaked the hell out. I became the most passive aggressive anti-smoker campaigner. Fueled by multiple viewings of “Mask,” I utilized Rocky’s use to hiding anti-smoking brochures around the house where my mom would find them. She rarely ever smoked in front of me, but I knew she smoked. It was…
  • Space Camp: Day Two

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
     One secret about Space Camp is that it is not just about space, but about team work. This lesson was drilled into us on the second day when we went out to a wooded area and told to find a way to escape an exploding Earth to Venus. We had to build a bridge and since we were in space, we had to stay tethered to each other, always maintain contact with the bricks AND could not speak. As you can see in the photo above, we did pretty darn well. We fell for the oldest trick in the book - we trusted our trainers! They watched us like hawks waiting for us to let go of each other or of a brick…
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  • Research scientist, biochemist address relationship between hormones, mind and body

    Elena del Valle
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Moods, Emotions, and Aging HormonesPhoto: Rowman & LittlefieldIn Moods, Emotions, and Aging Hormones and the Mind-Body Connection (Rowman & Littlefield, $29.39) Phyllis J. Bronson, Ph.D. with Rebecca Bronson, Ph.D. address the relationship between hormones and an aging woman's moods. According to the book, she believes hormone replacement with bioidentical hormones that mimic those naturally produced in the human body and nutrients help aging women control their moods and find wellness.She is also convinced that women need to accept themselves regardless of their age. Many of her…
  • Podcast with Scott Bowen, general manager, Webs, about online marketing best practices for small businesses

    Elena del Valle
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scott Bowen, general manager, WebsPhoto: WebsA podcast interview with Scott Bowen, general manager, Webs, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses online marketing best practices for small businesses with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast. Scott is responsible for the Webs Digital Services Division of Vistaprint, dedicated to providing online marketing tools to the world's smallest businesses including Webs, Pagemodo, Facebook page builder, and ContactMe. Before joining Webs in 2012,…
  • Professor discusses ways to keep brain healthy as we age

    Elena del Valle
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Building an Ageless Mind Photo: Rowman & Littlefield Just as mental stimulation is important in our youth our brain requires cognitive stimulation as we age. So says William J. Tippett, P.h.D., assistant professor, University of Northern British Columbia. He believes it is important to stimulate as much of the brain as possible to maintain that organ healthy as adults grow older. He proposes that adults nearing their aging years learn about their brain to develop a neuroprotective plan. In Building an Ageless Mind: Preventing and Fighting Brain Aging and Disease (Rowman & Littlefield,…
  • PBS to release Nature film about sloths

    Elena del Valle
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ana Salceda poses with a sloth rescued from a hazardous road crossing in Panama Photos: Thirteen Productions LLC In these times of extensive development many are forced to leave their placid homes to make way for malls, residential complexes and commercial projects. Such is the case for sloths in parts of Latin America. In Panama, for example, the expansion of the Panama Canal has forced wild animals out of their habitats. Among those affected are sloths. On November 5 between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Nature, a PBS series, will air for the first time A Sloth Named Velcro, a 50-minute documentary…
  • Physician shares her views, updates on menopause

    Elena del Valle
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Wisdom of Menopause For 25 years Christiane Northrup, M.D. was a practicing physician in obstetrics and gynecology, identifying issues and treatments for patients. Now she dedicates "the second half of my life to illuminating all that can go right."  Her efforts may be welcome by many among the 48 million women in the United States in midlife, undergoing perimenopause or menopause.She believes menopause is “a mind/body revolution, which brings tremendous opportunity for happiness” instead of the often described problem phase of women's aging packed with a collection of symptoms to be…
 
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  • New Music by Jenni Rivera Goes on Sale Tomorrow

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    16 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The voice of the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera will be heard once more on a new disc, to go on sale Nov. 17 under the title “1 Vida - 3 Historias,” her record label Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced. The record company offered no further details about the production, but Rosie Rivera, the singer’s sister, said last October on her Instagram account that the disc will feature songs recorded during a concert Jenni Rivera gave in Culiacan, Mexico. The singer known as the “diva of the band” died in an airplane crash along with another six…
  • Former Mayor of Iguala to Face Kidnapping & Murder Charges for 43 Missing Students

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    16 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, who has been linked to the disappearance of 43 education students in September, will remain in custody and face a criminal trial, Mexican judicial officials said. A federal criminal court in Toluca, a city in Mexico state, will try Abarca on organized crime, kidnapping and murder charges, the Federal Judiciary Council, or CJF, said. The court issued the order as part of proceedings initiated by a court in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Abarca is being held at the Altiplano federal penitentiary in Mexico state,…
  • Miss Honduras World 2014 Missing Along with Her Sister

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    16 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Miss Honduras World 2014 Maria Jose Alvarado and one of her sisters, Sofia Trinidad, have been missing since last week, beauty pageant organizer Eduardo Zablah said Sunday. The beauty queen and her sister have not been seen since Thursday, Zablah said. The two women disappeared after attending a birthday party in Santa Barbara, a region in western Honduras, Zablah said. The National Police was not informed that the Alvarado sisters were missing until Saturday, Zablah said in a brief statement. Maria Jose Alvarado, a 19-year-old from Santa Rosa de Copan in western Honduras, was selected Miss…
  • Dr. Atl, Father of Mexican Muralism, Honored in Jalisco

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    16 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The work of painter and writer Dr. Atl, considered the ideologue of Mexican Muralism and teacher of Diego Rivera, is the focus of the “Cosmic Rotation” exhibition in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death. Dr. Atl, whose real name was Gerardo Murillo Cornado (1875-1964), is considered of great importance to 20th-century Mexico, not only for his artistic work that includes both the plastic arts and literature, but also for his political and social influence, Carlos Ashida, curator of the exhibition that will remain open until next…
  • Cuban Prisoner Alan Gross Loses Appeal Case Against U.S. Govt

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    16 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    An appellate court in this capital has rejected a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Alan Gross, an American subcontractor who is serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on a conviction for subversion, judicial officials said. Gross claimed that the government had not alerted him to the risks that his work on the Communist-ruled island entailed. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday upheld a lower court’s finding that the government has sovereign immunity because the damage the plaintiff suffered occurred outside the United States. Gross and his…
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