Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 01/04/2019

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

EL PASO COUNTY WILL ONCE MORE ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE MISSION TRAIL INTO A SOMEWHAT COHESIVE TRAVEL ZONE.  THIS INVOLVES GETTING SOCORRO, SAN ELIZARIO AND EL PASO TO WORK TOGETHER; SO EL PASO COUNTY BASICALLY WANTS TO GET INTO THE CAT HERDING BUSINESS – The existing Missions in Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario are some of the oldest in North America that are still standing and are cultural treasures.  El Paso County is once more attempting to make the Mission Trail a legitimate unified travel area that is properly maintained and has a consistent look and feel.  This time it looks like the County legitimately wants this to happen and has hired independent planners and consultants to work with all the local interest holders to get this done properly.  Although it would be nice to see a unified trail go from Ysleta to San Elizario, it would be much better if the TRUE Mission Trail was honored by including the Mission Guadalupe in downtown Juarez as the starting point and then have the trail pass through the Bronco Swap Meet area where the Senecu Mission once likely stood.  Come on, let’s make this a truly international and accurate Mission Trail.  (elpasoinc.com)

THE LAS CRUCES CITY GOVERNMENT ISN’T MESSING AROUND, THEY STARTED THE NEW YEAR OUT WITH A TOP TEN LIST OF PROJECTS THEY WANT TO GET DONE FOR 2019 AND THEY’RE STARTING ON THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  WAY TO SHOW SOME INITIATIVE, LAS CRUCES! – The city leaders of Las Cruces have chosen the top 10 projects that they will be focusing on this year and they aim to get them started and/or completed by the end of the year.  Among the projects on the list are improvements to public safety and infrastructure; but the most ambitious are improvements to the Las Cruces Airport and the construction of a parking garage in Downtown Las Cruces.  The parking garage will serve to accommodate the extra traffic that is coming to the now booming Downtown area and will hopefully encourage even more development in the heart of the city.  Though the project won’t be completed for a few years, the city hopes to get the ball rolling on this multi-million dollar project this year.  Kudos, Las Cruces.  (cbs4local.com)

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF EL PASO HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BIT INCOMPETENT, SO IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT THEY MANAGED TO HIRE THE WORST POSSIBLE PERSON AS DIRECTOR – Anyone who has ever dealt with the Humane Society of El Paso has left scratching their head as to how such a poorly run unit can continue existing without any major changes.  Their main job is to take in animals but somehow they never have enough space and it seems they waste money on other things not related to their main goal of taking in animals.  Naturally, the non-profit decided to outdo themselves in 2018 by hiring a fancy pants out-of-towner to be director that turned out to be a mightily sketchy individual.  Director Luke Westerman was so sketchy that he was indicted last month for theft and securities violations that occurred during his time working in Wall Street.  Wall Street is a skeevy cesspool of white collar corruption and borderline fraud – you really have to be slimey to get charged with something while working in Wall Street.  So now there is an arrest warrant out for the director of El Paso’s Humane Society and you just know they are STILL going to look for a fancy pants out-of-towner to take over because apparently no one in El Paso is capable of running an animal shelter poorly.  (cbs4local.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

NOW GERMANY IS GETTING ATTACKED VIA WIDE SCALE POLITICAL HACKING.  GEE, I WONDER WHO IS BEHIND THE HACKS? – A large scale data dump has occurred in Germany where personal info on multiple politicians and public figures has been posted on Twitter.  Though it is believed that no government computers were attacked for the info, it appears that the data has been harvested for years from various email and social media accounts.  All political parties (except for – SHOCK – the far-right Alternative for Germany) were affected by the data dump and authorities believe that foreign hackers were responsible.  What right wing, borderline fascist country has been hacking others for years in an attempt to undermine western governments and try to pathetically recapture their glory years as a global power?  What country could have been involved?  The world may never know, but we’ll ask Vladimir Putin if he has any ideas.  (apnews.com)

PINK FLOYD SHOULD NOW DO A REMAKE OF THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON IN CHINESE – Congratulations go out to China for being the first country to land a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.  The Chang’e-4 craft and rover landed this week and the rover successfully went out to the surface of the Moon and sent back pictures.  The mission will do some geological studies on the Moon, but like most space missions the core of the project was for bragging rights.  Maybe this will start another space race and we can properly go back to the moon and look beyond to asteroids and other planets for future experiments and possible colonization trips.  We are truly fucked if we have to rely on Elon Musk and his fleet of kid-size submarines to get us to Mars and beyond.  (bbc.com)

CALLING TRUMP A MOTHERFUCKER IS A BIT OF A LOW BLOW.  WITH ALL DO RESPECT, HE’S MORE OF A DAUGHTERFUCKER THAN A MOTHERFUCKER – The government is still in shutdown mode and Donald Trump is willing to keep this going for years if he doesn’t get his stupid, racist wall.  That smug fucker doesn’t care if people go without a paycheck or suffer from unpaid bills because he is a pampered toddler who has never suffered a day in his life.  And through all of this, the dumbass and his Republican cronies were angered when Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said, “We’re going to impeach this motherfucker!”.  Donald Trump has uttered offensive diatribes and racist comments for years and NOW he’s offended.  Joke’s on him though.  It doesn’t matter how long he shuts down the government, that won’t stop Mueller’s investigation and his inevitable impeachment.  (apnews.com / bbc.com)

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