Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 12/08/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE EL PASO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IS LOOKING LIKE IT WILL BE A WORLD CLASS BUILDING.  UNLESS MAX GROSSMAN MAKES UP ANOTHER BULLSHIT CLAIM THAT THE OLD GREYHOUND MAINTENANCE STATION  WAS A LATINO OUTPOST KNOWN AS GREYHOUNDITO, THEN NOTHING WILL EVER GET BUILT – Even though the city has faced multiple setbacks on other voter-approved quality of life projects, it looks like the El Paso Children’s museum is right on track.  The project is now in the design stage and the City of El Paso has narrowed down the list of possible architect firms down to three.  The three world class firms have submitted conceptual designs and the public will now vote in order to give the city a better idea of what they want to see in the project.  All the designs make the area look much better and it’s very cool that all three incorporate some sort of pathway over the “El Paso subway rail track pit” that lead into the Cleveland Square area.  For what it’s worth, Snohetta has the best idea with a design that is modern and inviting but not overbearing.  Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s design is also pretty good but doesn’t seem to mesh with the surroundings too well and the façade is pretty plain.  And TEN Arquitectos’ plan just looks like a giant parking garage for humans with no real design features.  Unfortunately, the parking garage design is probably the front runner because the city really loves parking garages and bland architecture.  But anything is better than the old Greyhound maintenance building that used to be there.  Even if it’s historical Greyhoundito land, it still was an eyesore.  So be sure to attend the public meetings and vote for Snohetta to design the El Paso Children’s Museum. #SAVEGREYHOUNDITO  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

UP YOURS, GLOBAL WARMING!  AFTER WEEKS OF UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER, WINTER HAS FINALLY COME TO PASO DEL NORTE AND THE GREATER MOGOLLON REGION – Winter has come to El Paso as a cold front has brought snow and very cold temperatures this week.  As local tradition dictates, people in the area reacted like they’ve never seen snow before even though it snows every fucking year.  Temperatures are expected to be cool for the next few days, so keep warm and say hello to winter.  (cbs4local.com)

UTEP HAS A NEW HEAD COACH!  LET’S HOPE THIS ISN’T THE ONE THAT ENDS UP COMMITTING SUICIDE BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER.  IT HASN’T HAPPENED BEFORE, BUT SEEING HOW MOST OF THE OTHER MINER COACHES HAVE LEFT, YOU CAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE UTEP – After a disastrous win-less football season that saw Coach Sean “Freddy” Krueger(sic) quit after a few games, UTEP has announced that Dana Dimel will be the new head coach of the UTEP football team.  Although not as exciting of a hire as when UTEP somehow landed Mike Price over a decade ago, Dana Dimel has a decent resume that includes stints in Arizona and Kansas State.  We wish Dana Dimel the best of luck and hope he joins the small group of successful UTEP coaches that includes Bob Stull and Mike Price and not the extra long list of names of failed UTEP coaches that includes practically every other coach that has been brought in.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

CALIFORNIA IS BURNING … AGAIN! – In what is becoming a year round occurrence, wild fires are once again devastating California.  This time out, the fires are spreading around the Los Angeles and San Diego area.  The fires are fed by the dry and windy conditions in the area and the forecast offers no real relief in the coming days.  Although many buildings have been destroyed as a result of the multiple fires hitting the region, thankfully the casualty count has been minimal.  Stay safe, California.  (ktla.com)

FEW PLACES HAVE THE AUDACITY TO ATTACK AND KILL NEUTRAL UN PEACEKEEPERS.  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO IS ONE SUCH PLACE – The UN has had peacekeepers in the DR Congo region since 2010 and it appears things are still pretty fucked up there.  This week, fourteen UN peacekeepers were killed and dozens were wounded after suspected rebels attacked the UN personnel in the North Kivu province of Congo.  The UN was already considering withdrawing most of its peacekeepers from the region and this will probably make them speed up the process.  This part of Africa is a giant clusterfuck and it will take more than peacekeepers to change its destiny.  Keep your eyes on DR Congo in 2018, things might start to heat up here soon.  (bbc.com)

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY FINLAND!  MAY YOU PARTY WITH LOTS OF BOOZE AND REINDEER INTO THE WEE HOURS OF THE NIGHT – Although the Finnish people and their culture have been around for thousands of years, the country of Finland was only founded in 1917 after centuries of control by either the Russians or its Nordic neighbors.  Finland is one of the top countries in Europe and it is nice to see a community find success after freeing itself from the shackles of a Frankenstein empire.  Happy birthday, Finland.  May you have many more years of prosperity.  (bbc.com)

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 12/01/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE LIGHTS AT THE PLAZA DE LOS LAGARTOS ARE COOL, BUT ARE THEY COOLER THAN THE LILY LIMON AND EDDIE HOLGUIN MEMORIAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SPECTACULAR IN THE LOWER VALLEY? NOTHING WILL EVER TOP THAT SPECTACULAR LIGHT SHOW! – The lights are back for the holidays at the Plaza De Los Lagartos and the Christmas tradition continues this weekend with the annual tree lighting ceremony, parade and holiday festival all around downtown El Paso.  So don’t forget to check out the fun in downtown this Saturday.  Or if you hate crowds, just go check out the lights and the holiday attractions sometime during the week.  (kvia.com)

I’D BE CAREFUL WITH THE ATTEMPTS TO FIX UP EL PASO STREET IN DOWNTOWN.  WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE EFFECTS OF HELL FREEZING OVER WILL HAVE ON THE WORLD – It’s finally happening!  REAL investors are moving into El Paso Street with plans to fix up buildings in the area.  For a long time, the only people that owned buildings on El Paso Street were dumbass, money-hungry fucks who were only in it for the monthly rent and who didn’t give a damn what businesses were in the area or in what condition the buildings were in.  This appears to be changing as Lane Gaddy and other investors have been purchasing buildings in the area with an intent to restore them and bring more business into the area.  This is the first time, in a long time, that a legit investor with a history of great projects has made inroads into this long neglected area of Downtown El Paso.  Couple this with the city’s continued Paseo De Las Luces project and the work Juarez has done to coordinate their Avenida Juarez renovation with what is happening on El Paso Street, and you have the ingredients for a promising future for the once proud corridor that connects the hearts of Juarez and El Paso.  (elpasoinc.com)

IN POSITIVE LOCAL EDUCATION NEWS, HART AND ZAVALA ELEMENTARY SHOW HOW SPORTS AND EDUCATION CAN BE USED AS A POSITIVE FORCE AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL – Most of the time, when we see the local schools in the news it’s because of bloated bond elections, overspending on construction projects, ill-advised academies or some sort of bullying and/or sex scandal.  So it is always nice to see a positive story turn up in the news about something great that local schools are doing.  Proving that sports can be done right at the elementary school level, the El Paso Herald Post has a great run down of a recent competition between Hart and Zavala Elementary schools that saw them have friendly matches in basketball and soccer as part of the Community Schools initiatives.  Under the program, soccer and reading clubs are paired up along with basketball and homework clubs to combine after school learning with sports.  Instead of wasting tons of money on soccer fields for con-man led youth soccer tournaments that only care about taking money from gullible parents, maybe the city government should spend money on local youth athletic programs that actually accomplish something.  Kudos to the Community Schools initiative for doing youth sports right in El Paso by focusing on the academic as well as the athletic.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

LET’S PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON YEMEN.  IT SEEMS NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YEMEN AT THE MOMENT – Perhaps one of the most important, yet often ignored, global news stories today is the civil/proxy war occurring in Yemen.  Among the more pressing issues as a result of the conflict – we have civilians dying in droves, Saudi Arabia stopping supplies from reaching the people via a borderline illegal blockade, anti-government factions fighting among themselves and a sense that there is no end in sight.  Though there is hope that global pressure will finally make Saudi Arabia ease their blockade and allow supplies to reach civilians, this is probably the only good news that is coming out of the region.  For more info, be sure to check out the excellent write up in the Economist that has a great recap of the war in Yemen and possible solutions.  Though the best solution is if Yemen were broken up to smaller countries based on historic tribal territories and if Saudi Arabia and Iran just minded their own fucking business.  (economist.com)

MOUNT AGUNG VOLCANO UPDATE:  IT’S STILL SPEWING ASH, BUT A MASSIVE ERUPTION HAS YET TO OCCUR THOUGH IT IS EXPECTED.  VOLCANOES MAKE HURRICANES LOOK LIKE SPEED DEMONS WHEN IT COMES TO ANTICIPATION – Bali is still on alert as authorities in Indonesia expect the Mount Agung Volcano to have a massive eruption soon.  The volcano has been active and spewing ash for weeks making flights impossible in the immediate area and making life uncomfortable for most of Bali.  Though the main airport has opened periodically to allow some flights to leave, it is de facto closed for the foreseeable future and things probably won’t get better for awhile.  Stay safe, Bali.  (npr.org)

WHERE WOULD AN INNOCENT OPOSSUM LEARN SUCH BAD BEHAVIOR?  HE LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU, FLORIDA!  HE LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU! (SOBS UNCONTROLLABLY) – Florida has always been known for humans that do stupid things, but now animals are getting in on the act.  The world’s greatest opossum broke into a restaurant during the Thanksgiving holiday and proceeded to get drunk on hard liquor.  Good show, classy opossum.  For those concerned, the opossum was safely returned back to the wild and vowed never to break into bars and get drunk again – a promise that will be broken next week on Live PD!  (miamiherald.com)