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  • Opinion: Puritans, then profiteers over Día de los Muertos - QEPD

    La Bloga
    Manuel Ramos
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    My guest contributor today is the one and only Flo Hernandez-Ramos. Flo gave an interview to and wrote a column for Colorado Public Radio about Día de los Muertos. She kindly consented to sharing her opinion piece with La Bloga's readers. I remember when Flo and only a few others publicly celebrated Day of the Dead here in Denver, years ago. She wasn't the first one to do so but she was among the first to help make the day a very public event. She set up an annual altar at radio station KUVO, where she worked, helped organize displays at art galleries and other venues, and patiently…
  • Rick Perry's BIG OOPS throughout the Ebola Crisis in Texas

    Immigration Talk with a Mexican American
    Dee
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Texas Governor Rick Perry had the chance to be a Hero. He was not. Like most Republicans, he preaches about State's Rights. Perry bloviates about Big Government staying OUT OF TEXAS. He had the chance to prove himself right with his actions during the Ebola Crisis here in Texas. He FAILED.On Sept. 28th, when Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted as America's 1st patient to be diagnosed with Ebola, Perry had the chance to work with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. In fact, on Oct. 1,  he held a news conference, assuring the public that “there are few places in…
  • Hallowe’en special: Curse of the Aztec Mummy

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Curse of the Aztec Mummy… sci-fi, gangsters, a pre-Santo superhero and Aztec mythology… and even more fun with the bad English dubbing.   Filed under: Movies and TV
  • Happy World Polio Day!

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Today is World Polio Day and to link it to Ebola: Nigeria is the African country that has had the best health infrastructure to stamp out Ebola immediately. Why? Because they used their anti-polio efforts on it. Why did they have such strong tools and all those skilled health workers ready to go? In part, because of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL's PolioPlus Program. Nigeria's Emergency Operation Center for Polio Eradication focused on the Ebola virus when it appeared within Nigeria's borders. Because Nigeria has been conducting national polio immunization drives for decades, including door-to-door…
  • COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ANTI*GMO ACTION – (PAST)

    CHANFLES!
    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…
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    La Bloga

  • Opinion: Puritans, then profiteers over Día de los Muertos - QEPD

    Manuel Ramos
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    My guest contributor today is the one and only Flo Hernandez-Ramos. Flo gave an interview to and wrote a column for Colorado Public Radio about Día de los Muertos. She kindly consented to sharing her opinion piece with La Bloga's readers. I remember when Flo and only a few others publicly celebrated Day of the Dead here in Denver, years ago. She wasn't the first one to do so but she was among the first to help make the day a very public event. She set up an annual altar at radio station KUVO, where she worked, helped organize displays at art galleries and other venues, and patiently…
  • Chicanonautica: The Evolution of La Catrina

    ERNEST HOGAN
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    by Ernest HoganIt’s the end of October, and it’s happening on a weekend: Halloween and Los Días De Los Muertos, that I modestly proposed be made into a three-day fiesta in my novel Smoking Mirror Blues. And we see her, popping up on the interwebs, and coming to your barrio soon -- La Catrina, the skull-faced lady with the fancy hat.She first showed up in a zinc etching by José Guadalupe Posada somewhere around 1910, 1913-ish -- ¡LA REVOLUÇIÓN! Posada intended her as a caricature of the rich, catrina, in spanish meaning well-dressed, rich, fop, dandy.The etching, and image,…
  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween

    Rene Colato Lainez
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Review by Ariadna SánchezLet’s celebrate together with Los Gatos Black on Halloween written by Marisa Montes and gorgeously illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  Montes’s vivid narrative has the power to delineate the beauty of Latin American culture page by page. The fusion of Spanish words in the story creates a smooth seasonal spirit. It’s like an invitation to a wonderful journey of pleasant emotions.Everything is ready to rock under the full bright moon! Surrounded  by spooky sounds, the pumpkins, mummies, wolfman, zombies, los gatos black,…
  • Calaveras for Coachella • Veterans Job Fair • El Sereno Street Festival • Sci-Fi Anthology

    msedano
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Michael SedanoIt’s that time of year when cultura shows. Gente paint their faces to resemble skulls, erect spectacular memorial altars, hold processions, art shows, and craft sales to honor our dead. It's Dia de los Muertos and calacas rule the day.Calaca cultura captures artist imaginations to create particularly gratifying art and collectibles. It's a time turn-of-the-20th-century artist Jose Guadalupe Posada's popularity increases with countless tributes to Posada's style. In classrooms, activities remind kids the calaca motif in Mexican art antedates European incursion.Calavera frieze…
  • Spotlight on Anna Mavromati

    Daniel Olivas
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
     Anna MavromatiAnna Mavromati is already making her mark in Southern California literary circles. Lisa Glatt, author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That (Simon & Schuster), calls Mavromati “a uniquely talented writer, a young writer to watch” who writes short stories that are “full of depth and heart and stunning moments of insight.”Mavromati, as with most writers, makes her living from teaching, in her case English and journalism at Santa Monica College and El Camino College. Her short stories have been published in Day Old Roses Journal, Champagne For Breakfast, Per…
 
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    Immigration Talk with a Mexican American

  • Rick Perry's BIG OOPS throughout the Ebola Crisis in Texas

    Dee
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Texas Governor Rick Perry had the chance to be a Hero. He was not. Like most Republicans, he preaches about State's Rights. Perry bloviates about Big Government staying OUT OF TEXAS. He had the chance to prove himself right with his actions during the Ebola Crisis here in Texas. He FAILED.On Sept. 28th, when Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted as America's 1st patient to be diagnosed with Ebola, Perry had the chance to work with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. In fact, on Oct. 1,  he held a news conference, assuring the public that “there are few places in…
  • TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson's Chief Thomas Jackson -- Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what's Happening in Ferguson Missouri

    Dee
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Latinos Be Aware. We MUST pay attention to what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. What is happening in Ferguson has happened in ALL Minority Communities across America. The police chief of Ferguson, Chief Thomas Jackson, is the MIRROR IMAGE of Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio. That's right "Arpayaso!"Think about Arpayaso's RACIAL PROFILING crimes! He continuously attacks small Latino neighborhoods like Guadalupe, having his masked volunteers patrol the streets, attacking the children during their Confirmation Mass. Arpayaso, attacking mothers, driving their children, stealing them away, and…
  • Visualizing ANGEL FLIGHT! As I think of the Angel Children Seeking Asylum, I'm reminded of the Angel Face of Beautiful Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia! Angel Faces Seeking Refuge!

    Dee
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As I think of Angel Flight, the beautiful Latino Children Seeking Asylum from the Vicious Drug Lords in Central American who are seeking refuge to find the American Dream -- as the Pilgrims did when America was founded, I'm reminded of the Angel Dance of Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia
  • ANGELS vs DEMONS: Meet Barbie Rogers and the MILITIA's HUMAN CHAIN/FENCE along the Southern Border

    Dee
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:44 pm
    We should all be in Fear for the Children. We are experiencing a Humanitarian Crisis along the Southern Border. Thousands of innocent children have been entering into the U.S. seeking Asylum, trying to escape from the dangers of Drug Wars/Cartels and Poverty that is running rampant in Central America and Mexico. This ANGEL FLIGHT of Children is not new. ANGEL FLIGHT has been happening for years, with an influx last year. (see "Catholic Bishops" .pdf here) However now, with the sudden media attention to their plight, the Hate Mongering Militias are up in arms. (Note: The Militias are the armed…
  • Mexican Trucker Reports: US Border Patrol Smuggling Weapons to Drug Cartels South of the Border!

    Dee
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mexican Trucker.com is reporting: Arms Pipeline to Sinaloa Cartel – US Border Patrol smuggled weapons for “El Chapo” Guzman Today on the front page of El Universal, the declaration of a protected witness in the federal (PGR) case against El Chapo Guzman says that the US Border Patrol escorted trucks of weapons to the border, abandoned the vehicles and assisted members of the Sinaloa Cartel who then took the guns into Mexico. The declarations come from documents in the case as the witness, Javier Sandoval Interial, was assassinated in Mexico City in 2012. (read the rest of the story…
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    The Mex Files

  • Hallowe’en special: Curse of the Aztec Mummy

    richmx2
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Curse of the Aztec Mummy… sci-fi, gangsters, a pre-Santo superhero and Aztec mythology… and even more fun with the bad English dubbing.   Filed under: Movies and TV
  • The Metro Vampire

    richmx2
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    It’s the time of the year for one of the better urban legends. We have some strange names in Mexico City… a subway station named Cemeteries (Panteones) which is in front of several cemeteries… and with people carrying everything else on the subway, I wouldn’t be surprised some day to see a funeral procession, comoplete with “guest of honor” heading that way. But my favorite … and it’s the name of the neighborhood… is Barranca del Muerto… “dead man’s gulch” would be the literal translation.  It sounds like something…
  • Who were they?

    richmx2
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
     As the saying goes “without corn there is no country”. Without our young people there is nothing. Elena Poniatowska summed up her speech at the Zocalo last Sunday by saying: We are facing a national catastrophe. In five states there are protests in support of the 43 missing students. Mexico is bleeding. The international community is shocked and now considers Mexico the most dangerous, non war-zone country for young people. Mutilated youngsters, youngsters without bodies, murdered youngsters. Indignation reverberates around the whole world. The mother of Guadalajara student Ricardo…
  • Tlacaélel, a man of our time?

    richmx2
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Watching an old British travelogue the other night, I was rather annoyed by the way every every indigenous Mexican (and surviving indigenous custom) was described as “Aztec”.  The Aztecs themselves were simply the ruling class of the Mexica, the people of what is now metropolitian Mexico City.   Given recent events and revelations, though, perhaps that 1960s travelogue wasn’t completely wrong. In lumping everything pre-Conquest with the Aztecs, we forget they were only an “Empire” for about 100 years, and that they were less an Empire in the sense of direct…
  • I keep on walking….

    richmx2
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Sombrero tip to Yucatan Living for this four minute video tour of Mexico’s national parks, conducted by Margarita, la diosa de la Cumbia.   Filed under: Environment, Real Mexico, Tourism
 
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • Happy World Polio Day!

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Today is World Polio Day and to link it to Ebola: Nigeria is the African country that has had the best health infrastructure to stamp out Ebola immediately. Why? Because they used their anti-polio efforts on it. Why did they have such strong tools and all those skilled health workers ready to go? In part, because of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL's PolioPlus Program. Nigeria's Emergency Operation Center for Polio Eradication focused on the Ebola virus when it appeared within Nigeria's borders. Because Nigeria has been conducting national polio immunization drives for decades, including door-to-door…
  • World Polio Day 2014

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    World Polio Day is recognized every year in October. The date is a bit uncertain: some countries put it on October 28th which was Jonas Salk's birthday, while others have it on October 24th (or 18th) for no reason we've been able to figure out. In the U.S. we do it on the 24th and that's tomorrow.Rotary International initiated the global polio eradication effort in 1985 and they are way deep in it. They've sunk over US$1.3 billion into this fight since they started it and they're absolutely determined to finish the job. In fact, Rotary was working on immunizing children all over the world…
  • Do you use Wikipedia? I love Wikipedia

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Yesterday I received an email from Wikipedia's founder that, in part, said this:We are the small non-profit that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 175 staff but serve 500 million users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, programs, and people.Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind, a place we can all go to think and learn. To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. We take no government funds. We survive on donations from our readers. Now is the time we ask.If Wikipedia is useful to…
  • Dip

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Two weeks into drastically reducing the sugary and starchy foods I eat, my pants fit better and my energy is good, but this past weekend my resolve took a dip and a big one. I have face blindness and no head at all for visuals, but my memory for dates is way too good. All last week I couldn't get it out of my head that the last time September 27th fell on a Saturday was in 2008, the day Bob and I celebrated our wedding.On Friday night I had pound cake and cookies for dinner. On Saturday I indulged in potatoes, breaded chicken and more cookies. On Sunday I ate frosted layer cake and potato…
  • What is it like to have bipolar disorder?

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Americans have a great fear of what we think bipolar disorder is. We imagine bipolar disorder means unpredictably violent, unreliable or irrational. We also misuse the term. I can't STAND it when someone calls going back and forth between strong opinions bipolar, as in "He was completely for the resolution last month, but now he's totally against it. What is he? Bipolar?" That reference to bipolar disorder is completely ignorant of the reality of the disease.Bipolar disorder doesn't mean someone is dangerous or unable to make up their mind. It's a mood disorder that -- wait, don't read my…
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    CHANFLES!

  • 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,…
  • 99 cent District Gets New Window Display

    EL CHAVO!
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Things are looking up on N. Broadway! With the arrival of the new 99 store at the Ugliest Building in LH the landscape is changing back into a utilitarian wonderland with useful things to buy at affordable prices. Plus they’ve even hired designers to take charge of the display windows and have transformed them into lavish and sexy displays of commodities we all want. Look at all these colorful panties at working people prices! Victoria’s Secret for discriminating proles. Why, I might even be able to afford one for every day of the week. I was recently in Uptown Whittier and I saw…
 
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    ¿Chicano y que?

  • 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.
  • Jerry Brown Hands United Farm Workers a Setback

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    By Dan Waltersdwalters@sacbee.comPhoto courtesy of the OC RegisterWhat goes around comes around.Jerry Brown devoted much of his first governorship to seeking other offices, so his record of accomplishment was scant.He’s often touted a 1975 deal to give farmworkers, excluded from the National Labor Relations Act, union rights in California, supposedly settling years of strife between the United Farm Workers Union and growers.However, it merely ignited decades of new strife, which continues with Brown’s recent veto of a new farm labor bill.Brown erred 39 years ago…
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  • Excessive force indictments for former juvenile detention employees

    CouldBeTrue
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    At least they were indicted.Julian Rey Fuentes, 28, is charged with official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor, for slamming an inmate against a concrete bunker at the Evins Regional Juvenile Center in Edinburg in April 2013.Pete Martinez, 48, who was the director of security at the time, is charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony, after he allegedly deleted a video from a handheld flip camera that had captured the assault, court documents show.Investigators said that the youth was being cooperative when Fuentes allegedly mistreated the inmate.
  • UTPA leads the class

    CouldBeTrue
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    According to a recently released annual report by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education, UTPA was rated fourth in the nation for bachelor’s degrees received by Hispanics for the 2012-13 academic year. It was ranked sixth nationally for the number of graduate degrees across all disciplines awarded to Hispanics.Overall, UTPA awarded 2,446 undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students in 2012 to 2013 academic year — 89 percent of all bachelor’s degrees the institution awarded. The university bestowed 616 graduate degrees to Hispanic students that year, which made up 80 percent of…
  • Guns are dangerous, even for people with 24 years of qualifying experience

    CouldBeTrue
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Bexar County Sheriff's Office says an off-duty officer has died after accidentally shooting himself in the groin at an area gun range.Link
  • Wendy Davis favored in Valley poll

    CouldBeTrue
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Pulse of the Valley poll
  • Here's a stupid headline

    CouldBeTrue
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    'Could more have been done for Thomas Eric Duncan?'Well, duh. How about treating an uninsured black man when he first presented at the hospital with a 103 degree fever?When Thomas Eric Duncan became the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, his relatives with roots in virus-ravaged Liberia knew what questions to ask.Would his treatment include experimental drugs? Was a blood transfusion from a survivor an option? What about a transfer from the hospital in Dallas, where he was being treated, to one of four medical centers nationwide that specialize in highly infectious diseases…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Close elections push voters to extremes

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Close elections push voters to extremes by Latina Lista By Mark Burd Futurity When political races are competitive, both Democrat and Republican voters favor candidates who are more strongly conservative or liberal, new research shows. The findings contradict conventional thinking that holds close elections swing appeal to the center toward candidates with a moderate or centrist ideology and may explain why voters in the United States have elected so many…
  • Guest Voz: A Look at Mexico’s Tech Sector

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: A Look at Mexico’s Tech Sector by Latina Lista By U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Antonio Garza LatinaLista I’ve written recently on energy and reforms in Mexico, and you can find my previous pieces here. But, there’s something else going on in Mexico that’s worth following, and I wanted to share some thoughts on the country’s tech sector with you. The all too familiar story in Mexico’s private sector has been one of monopolies and duopolies. These,…
  • Crowdfunder: We Need Diverse Books

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: We Need Diverse Books by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: We Need Diverse Books Reading is the ultimate form of empathy. Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities–people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities–the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Books are more than mirrors– they’re windows as well. The more kids read, the more they…
  • Commissioner Garcia to run for Chicago mayor could be first Latino mayor of Windy City

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Commissioner Garcia to run for Chicago mayor could be first Latino mayor of Windy City by Latina Lista By Alex Hernandez Extra CHICAGO — Monday night Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García announced his candidacy for mayor of Chicago. “Since [Chicago Teachers Union President] Karen Lewis took ill and was unable to make a run for mayor I began getting a rash of calls from all parts of the city, across ethnicities, and race and faith,” García told…
  • New national poll finds Latino voters don’t plan to sit out midterm elections, nor punish Democrats

    Latina Lista
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New national poll finds Latino voters don’t plan to sit out midterm elections, nor punish Democrats by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Conservative pundits and politicians have made an extra big effort lately to convince Democrats and Latinos that Latinos are so angry with Obama for not doing anything on reforming immigration policy that they will punish the Blue Party in next week’s midterm elections by not showing up. As usual, when this argument is…
 
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    Hasta Los Gatos Quieren Zapatos

  • Mostly good news

    reenee
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory—the ability to recall memories of events.Interesting. Excellent news too for those that enjoy their liquor in the evenings. It will not, however, do much for well-established souses who have already lost their memories.Moderate alcohol consumption was also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical…
  • This is a good thing..

    LeeSee
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    ..so then if these kids were taught math in six weeks why couldn't my teachers teach me math all year while in third grade?Did they just not care?Was I momentarily incapacitated so I couldn't learn?Was that just their policy?Further, what about all of the other kids that never learn math or even worse, how to read?What. The. Mo?Underserved Kids Learn A Year's Worth Of Math In 6 Weeks, Thanks To New App ......Onebillion, a nonprofit that builds and designs educational tools, created an app that personalizes curricula in math, reading and English. The app, which is currently being tested…
  • Moronic behavior. Again.

    reenee
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The IdiotWhenever I've had to deal with either the local police or the highway patrol, with one exception, I've had good experiences.The only negative experience I've had happened years ago while driving in the Los Angeles area during a heavy rainstorm. Part of the freeway was closed due to flooding, and my car stalled. In the car with me were my mother, my aunt and two children ages three and four. When I got out of the car to ask the CHP officer who was directing traffic for help, he told me to get into my car and move it immediately. When I said it stalled, he said he didn't care and…
  • What would Yeezus wear?

    LeeSee
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This will not make it on my blogs of note entry, but it should.In fact I like this site so much  have decided to feature it on it's own, because it entertains me.I've decided I like Kim Kardashian, she may be a foolish representative of the me generation and she might be completely wrapped up in herself and in her own little world but who us us isn't?Further all of the money she makes she makes on her own, by herself, none of my money is going into her pocket, it's all of the people who choose to support her that keep her in designer clothes.She has made the perfect match and the man she…
  • Telling the truth is not always pretty...

    reenee
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here's a semi-big story that's making the rounds today. Fat people are angry that Walmart advertized larger Halloween costumes as "Fat Girl Costumes" online. I hate to state the obvious, but if they need the larger sizes than they're fat.Shoppers looking for plus-size "Delightful Devil" or "Nerdy Girl" outfits began noticing—and getting angry about—the subheading a week ago, but the superstore didn’t respond or fix the mistake on the page until this afternoon.Copywriter Kristyn Washburn tweeted, "@Walmart Not sure labeling these as 'Fat Girl Costumes' is the best approach." Joslyn Gray,…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Illinois Feminista Voter Guide

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's that time again folks! And I have again put together some helpful tools to help you prepare for your visit to your polling place.1) Where to vote? Check out "Where's My Fucking Polling Place?" Not only will it tell you where to fucking vote, but also who you can fucking vote for:2) Who to vote for? Since we're feministas here, I don't think I need to say who to vote for in the Governor's race, but I will point out great places to look for endorsements for the other races.Judges: I put this first because most people do not take the time to get through the whole ballot to vote on judges. I…
  • Day 300 of #365FeministSelfie!

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    wow...Every time we hit a milestone I think the same thing. I cannot believe we made it this far.Three hundred days of selfies by people who call themselves feminists.What I have noticed over the course of these hundreds of days is the extraordinary way we are living our ordinary days. Many of us have kids and the selfies with kids show frustration, fear, love, and joy. Some of us are students, mostly in graduate school, struggling with imposter syndrome. Some of us are working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Some of us are just trying to get by. We express our feminism in different ways.
  • I'm part of the 99%

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    of women who have used birth control. That is what a new t-shirt designed by Natasha Lyonne and Selenis Leyva says. Sales of the shirts go towards supporting Planned Parenthood. Oh yeah, on the back it says, "It's My Business, Not Politicians." I say we wear these on election day!
  • Review: Ms. Marvel, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Thor

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I can't tell if my new habit of buying and reading comic books is a symptom of a midlife crisis (reminder, I turn 40 in December, send cupcakes & Southwest points!) or a reaction to all the awesome woman-led comics on the market. Let's go with the latter. I say that because 2014 has to be the year of the woman superhero in comics. While I am not a regular comic book reader, I do try to keep my ear open for news like this. So let's do this:Ms. Marvel: Launched in February 2014, this is the story of a teenage Muslim girl who obtains the powers and title of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan lives in…
  • Review: "They Came Together"

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In a world of "Scary Movie" sequels skewering horror flicks, it was great to read earlier this year that Amy Poehler would take on the genre of romcoms. I was really looking forward to seeing this film that I let out a squeal when I was offered a review DVD copy of "They Came Together." While I laughed a lot, I was also a bit disappointed. The high points: The characters practically talked to the camera to point out which rom-com trope they would enacting. Especially the way Amy and Paul Rudd described each other in the opening scene. It was a brilliant piece of writing and acting. Then…
 
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  • 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 are welcome by there 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 fixed. In…
  • Addressing project failure

    Elena del Valle
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rescue the Problem Project Photos: Visibility Strategist For years Todd C. Williams was the informal go to person when a problem project needed attention. He would discuss the project issues with the team in charge and pass his ideas back to the decision makers. They would in turn review them and eventually, if he succeeded in convincing them, approve them. In time, he fine tuned his process and went up the ranks. Now he is president and executive consultant at eCameron, Inc., a project rescue company based in the state of Washington. In his book, Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide…
  • Introvert explains how he overcame poor public speaking skills

    Elena del Valle
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Emote Photos: Career Press As manager of a team of engineers at Shell Oil Company Vikas Gopal Jhingran, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained engineer and researcher with a Ph.D., had demonstrated his engineering competence frequently, he says; but when it came to client presentation he was out of his comfort zone. A combination of his introverted personality and his immigrant status made public speaking a challenge hard to overcome until he determined to apply himself to improve his verbal communication skills. By 2007 he became Toastmasters International World Champion of Public…
  • Online hub maps poverty in America

    Elena del Valle
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Talkpoverty Map - click to enlargeMap: TalkPoverty.org Rising stocks lifted household wealth 1.7 percent, according to the Federal Reserve, to $81.5 trillion between April and June of this year (see Household Net Worth Has Rebounded, The New York Times September 19, 2014 and Americans' net worth climbs to record high, Associated Press, September 18, 2014). The numbers don't account for inflation. They were adjusted for the change in the Consumer Price Index. Household wealth reached a record high, 4 percent above the 2007 figures. The improvement in household wealth is especially evident…
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  • Elton John Wants Pope Francis to be Made a Saint for Work on Behalf of AIDS

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    29 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    British singer Elton John praised Pope Francisco once again, this time at a charity concert Wednesday in New York where he said Francis should be made a saint “now,” local media reported. The concert, organized by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, lasted until midnight, and was attended by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it,” said John. “Make this man a saint now, OK?.” The British musician said in July 2013, when the Italian…
  • U.S. Participating in Ebola Forum Hosted by Cuba

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    29 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    More than 250 officials and specialists from 32 Western Hemisphere countries, including the United States, are participating in a regional technical forum in this capital to exchange information about strategies to fight Ebola and coordinate efforts to prevent the spread of the virus to the region. The Wednesday-Thursday forum is being held at the behest of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA, which extended an invitation to participate to member nations of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. The surprise of the first day of the meeting was the…
  • Salvadoran President Sanchez Creren Travel to Mexico for 4-Day Official Visit

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    29 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren traveled Wednesday to Mexico for a four-day official visit that will include a meeting with Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto, officials here said. The “top item on the agenda” will be Sanchez Ceren’s meeting Friday with Peña Nieto “to discuss topics related to bilateral cooperation and support in the areas of trade and investment, immigration, and scientific and cultural cooperation,” the Salvadoran president’s office said in a statement. The “main purpose of the Salvadoran president’s official…
  • Honda’s New Mini SUV to be Made in Argentina

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    29 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Japanese automaker Honda said it plans to invest 250 million pesos ($29.5 million) to launch production of its new HR-V mini SUV in Argentina. The president of Honda Motor de Argentina, Hideki Kamiyama, made the announcement during a meeting Tuesday with Argentine Industry Minister Debora Giorgi. The company plans to begin manufacturing the HR-V in Argentina during the first four months of 2015 and churn out 15,000 units a year in that country. Production of the new vehicle, which is nearly identical to the Honda Vezel that hit the Japanese market in late 2013, will take place at…
  • Pitbull to Star in Two Reality Shows Backed by The Weinstein Company

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    29 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Rapper Pittbull has signed a contract with The Weinstein Company to produce two reality shows about his life and career, The Hollywood Reporter said. “Pitbull: The Lyfe” will show the rapper’s busy life, including his tours and studio recordings. “The REAL Change Project” will have Pitbull and other public figures, such as first lady Michelle Obama, singer Lady Gaga and basketball star Koby Bryant, telling who their role models were who inspired them and helped them succeed. “It’s an honor to partner with The Weinstein Company and Real Change…
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