SIMPLE MINDED 8-TRACK MIX TAPE – 1st and 2nd Quarter 2017

 

It's been a while, but here's our top musical picks for the first half of 2017.  So enjoy the Simple Minded 8-Track Mix Tape for the first 2 quarters of 2017.

FIRST QUARTER 2017

TRACK 1 – “Weak” by AJR from the album The Click

PRODUCT OF:  New York City

THIS SONG KICKS ASS BECAUSE:  It has a fresh altnernopop sound that brings indie music sensibilities to a pop scene that can rapidly grow stale.

IF I CLOSE MY EYES I CAN SEE:  AJR dancing around a New York City Subway car fighting ghosts and/or reacting to heavy drug use.  The lack of hobos pissing on the subway makes this video very unrealistic.

WANT TO READ A FANTASTIC FACT RELATING TO THE SONG THAT WE PROBABLY JUST MADE UP?  DID YOU KNOW:  AJR’s name is not a tribute to PBR, the hipster beer, but a combination of the first names of the three brothers in the band – Adam, Jack and Ryan.

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Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 09/08/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

IT LOOKS LIKE FINALLY WE MIGHT GET A NICE HOTEL NEAR THE EL PASO AIRPORT – That giant eyesore of a vacant lot on the corner of Montana and Airway might finally be developed after the last legal hurdle seems to have been cleared by developers seeking tax incentives to do something with that massive waste of space that is just squandering prime real estate.  The El Paso Eighth Court of Appeals recently ruled against the Wyndham Airport, which was the last of the cry baby hotels that were fighting the tax incentive package the city was offering to EP Vida LLC to develop the city owned land.  Pending any pointless appeals, EP Vida LLC will now spend $64 million to build a 4-star hotel and retail development in the property in exchange for common tax incentives available to ANYONE who is willing to invest in something special for the city.  But let us never forget that the majority of the hotels around the airport delayed this project via the courts so that they could shamelessly prevent competition while dicking over the people of El Paso.  (elpasoinc.com)

IF WE ARE GOING TO WASTE MONEY ON A CULTURAL CENTER DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP 90% OF THE POPULATION, MIGHT AS WELL JUST USE A FREE BUILDING TO CUT COSTS – Lane Gaddy is putting his money where his mouth is and is offering the historic Roberts-Banner Building as the home for the announced Mexican-American Cultural Center.  So far, the cultural center project has been an embarrassing boondoggle for everyone involved and the super expensive Abraham Chavez Theatre plan seems to have been nothing but a money guzzling pipe dream.  We don’t know the details of Gaddy’s offer, but it’s either a completely free building with no strings attached or some very cheap lease agreement that will allow the city to maximize the funds they have for the project.  It’s nice to see someone talk about the neglected history of downtown and then actually do something productive about it.  Most of the people who talk about downtown’s history are poor, idiot dumbasses (Max Grossman and friends) who can only bitch and complain and cause trouble for any projects that they don’t like.  Maybe Max Grossman should take a page from Lane Gaddy’s book and actually buy up “historic” buildings and do something about the “history”.  (elpasoinc.com)

SISD MONKEY SEE, SISD MONKEY DO – The Socorro Independent School District has seen other local school districts take advantage of idiot voters to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars and now it wants in on the scam.  SISD is floating the idea of over $400 million in bonds for overpriced projects that will inevitably lead to the superintendent being paid a raise that they don’t deserve and will result in stupid and borderline discriminatory ideas like “all girl public schools”.  At this rate, the Clint and Canutillo districts will be asking for a billion dollars in bonds sometime in the next five years.  (elpasoproud.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

HURRICANES, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS AND FIRES!  ALL WE NEED IS A METEOR STRIKE AND WE CAN CLAIM THE APOCALYPSE IS UPON US – This week has seen a cavalcade of natural disasters in North America as Hurricane Irma wrecked the Caribbean on its path toward Florida, an 8.1 earthquake off the coast of southern Mexico caused a mini-Tsunami and a wave of forest fires is roasting a good portion of the western United States.  At least North Korea hasn’t exploded any nuclear bombs around people, so that’s one positive the world’s got going for it.  Take care, World.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

WHILE WE’RE ALL FOCUSED ON THE APOCALYPSE CURRENTLY ENGULFING NORTH AMERICA, WE SHOULD DO OUR BEST NOT TO IGNORE THE CURRENT ATTEMPTED GENOCIDE OCCURRING IN MYANMAR (THE LAND ONCE KNOWN AS BURMA) – The Rohingya people are a minority in Myanmar and also have the distinction of being the go to punching bag for the dominant groups in that country, but especially in Rakhine state.  While the Rohingya should probably have their own country, Myanmar wants nothing of that and is doing its best to drive out the predominantly Muslim Rohingya for religious and just plain ol’ greedy reasons.  Also of note, is that one of the main leaders in Myanmar is Aung San Suu Kyi who is a Nobel Peace Prize winner that is currently silent about all these atrocities in her own country and who is essentially turning a blind eye to the horrible things around her.  Seems like they’ll give anyone a Nobel Peace Prize these days.  So if you don’t know anything about Myanmar and the Rohingya, now is the time to get educated.  (bbc.com)

DAREDEVIL IS REAL, KIDS!  WATCH OUT, CRIMINALS IN HELL’S KITCHEN! – Daredevil is a fictional superhero who is blind but uses the powers of echolocation, among other adaptations, to ‘see” the world around him in a highly detailed way that is beyond the realm of normal humans.  While the superhuman angle might not be possible, at the moment, it appears that some people have developed the use of echolocation in the real world.  So much like bats, certain blind people are training themselves to use mouth clicks to create a spatial map of the immediate area around them.  Just don’t call them Batman, Batman doesn’t use echolocation – the correct analogy is Daredevil.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 09/01/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

HORIZON CITY IS FINALLY GETTING A HOSPITAL!  MEANWHILE, SOCORRO IS GETTING A RANDOM DENTAL OFFICE AND SKETCHY “EMERGENCY” CLINIC IN A STRIP MALL BETWEEN A BIG 8 AND A LIQUOR STORE – A hospital will open up in Horizon thanks to a partnership between Providence and micro hospital company Emerus.  This is the first fully functioning hospital to be built anywhere in the greater El Paso area that is not inside the city limits of the large city.  And even though Socorro is almost twice the size as Horizon, their government is more focused on grandstanding over only 4 houses that flood because they were built on top of an arroyo with no access to a city road.  Heaven forbid Socorro focus on economic development or any other topic that would benefit the entire city.  (kvia.com)

AT LEAST SHE DIDN’T PINCH THE CHILD’S ASS, SO THAT’S AN IMPROVEMENT.  THOUGH NOW SHE IS DISQUALIFIED FROM APPLYING TO BE MONTWOOD’S NEW BAND DIRECTOR – A teacher at Helen Ball elementary was arrested at school this week over charges of causing injury to a child which were preceded by accusations she pinched and scratched a child.  Olga Najera was previously under investigation at another school for inappropriate behavior, so it seems she had a history of being rough with kids.  No further details were available regarding the arrest and it is not known if it is for abuse that happened to a student at school.  As far as local teacher scandals go, Olga Najera will probably be commended for not molesting the students.  Sadly, this is an improvement over the other times local teachers have been arrested.  (kfoxtv.com)

NOT ALL THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE UPPER VALLEY IS POINTLESS SPRAWL, SOME PEOPLE ARE DOING SOME AMAZING THINGS WITH THE UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT IN EL PASO’S UPPER VALLEY – Kudos to Josie Karam and Second Chance Wildlife Rescue for turning a priceless 7 acre wetlands site in the Upper Valley into a first of its kind animal refuge and rescue facility.  The organization and their members have been helping sick and wounded animals for decades and it’s good to see an organization like this thrive and expand its scope.  While most of the development in the Upper Valley seems to fall into the category of strip mall and/or McMansion, it’s nice to see something unique that preserves the natural beauty of the area.  So be sure to donate time or money to this wonderful group if you really want to help out a great local organization.  And if you ever find a wild animal that needs help, you can call Second Chance Wildlife Rescue to lend a helping hand.  (elpasoinc.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

WELL, THAT WAS A PRETTY HORRIBLE STORM – Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and, although the initial landfall was devastating to the towns north of Corpus Christi, the most widespread damage occurred farther north in Houston.  Thanks to the storm’s weirdo track and stationary wandering, the storm ended up dropping more than 40” inches of rain in and around Houston and created devastating floods that have left tens of thousands of people homeless.  This one was one for the record books.  Get well soon, Houston.  (bbc.com)

WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE PIKAS! – The American pikas of California’s Sierra Nevada may be the most adorable victims of global warming yet.  Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz have found a large population shift in the pika population around Lake Tahoe as the animals seek a colder climate higher up in elevation.  Although, other pikas in North America have adapted to increasing temperatures, the population shift in the California pika is troubling because it may lead to the disappearance of the pika entirely form this area.  So please, even if climate change has no major impact on your life, think of the cute little pikas next time you want to pollute the world.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

IF HURRICANE HARVEY WASN’T ENOUGH, NOW WE HAVE IRMA TO LOOK FORWARD TOO – In the wake of the disaster in Houston, now we have Hurricane Irma toiling away in the Atlantic with its sights set on the Caribbean and America’s east coast.  So be prepared, these new super heated waters throughout the globe are going to feed a lot more powerful hurricanes in the future.  (businessinsider.com)

 

Simple Minded Daily Recap-ITATION! – 08/25/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

WE SHOULD JUST BE GRATEFUL THAT WE DON’T GET HURRICANES IN EL PASO.  I’M SURE THE FREEWAY ON THE WESTSIDE WOULD EXPLODE IF MORE THAN A FEW INCHES OF RAIN EVER FELL ON IT – Heavy rains on the Westside caused flooding on Mesa that left cars stranded and created a traffic nightmare on the alternate route to the disaster known as txdot’s I-10 project.  The rains also caused the Chihuahua’s baseball game to be postponed among other headaches around west and central El Paso.  But at least Socorro didn’t flood this time, so that’s a plus.  I don’t want to blame txdot for the traffic disaster and flooding on Mesa, but their piss poor planning probably had a hand in the crappy way the water is flowing in that area.  But don’t worry, txdot will just blame Top Golf and developments in Horizon that are miles away for the flooding.  Nowadays, all flooding in El Paso is because of new developments miles away and not because people irresponsibly build on arroyos and block the natural flow of water.  (cbs4local.com)

GOOD LUCK AT THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, KHALID – I think it’s official that Khalid has “made it” and is a part of mainstream music.  But adding an MTV VMA to his growing list of accomplishments would be pretty sweet.  The El Paso-based singer is up for best new artist and you can vote for him on the MTV website.  So let’s help a local star win an award, El Paso.  Go to the MTV website and vote for Khalid and show the world that Khalid is here to stay.  (elpasoproud.com)

I’M GOING TO TAKE A WILD GUESS AND SAY THAT THE HOUSE IN JUAREZ WITH ALL THE EXOTIC PETS BELONGED TO DRUG DEALERS – Police in Juarez raided a home recently that included AT LEAST two tigers, one lion and a crocodile.  That, however, is not really news and is sort of par for the course for Juarez.  The real news is that officials said that they are still trying to determine who owns the fancy country club house filled with exotic animals.  Gee, I’m about 99.9% sure that a drug dealer or someone involved with drug dealers owns the house.  Either that or a crazy veterinarian.  At least no one died or got hurt, so this is pretty good news for Juarez.  Esta NO es la mala nota!  (kvia.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

HURRICANE HARVEY IS POISED TO HIT TEXAS AS ONE OF THE STRONGEST STORMS TO REACH THAT AREA IN DECADES.  EVEN THOUGH IT’S HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY, THIS STORM WILL PROBABLY CAUSE FLOODING ON COKER ROAD – Hurricane Harvey is gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and will probably hit Texas as a category 4 storm.  It’s projected to bring strong winds and a ton of rain, so stay safe if you’re in the path of the storm.  (bbc.com)

PROOF #16789 THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL – The Christophe de Margerie, the Russian ship with a French name, made history as the first shipping vessel to travel through the Arctic Ocean without the aide of an icebreaker ship.  The ship is technically a hybrid tanker/icebreaker thanks to its thick hull, but it still made the trip without the aid of a dedicated ice breaking vessel so the record is legit.  The journey from Norway to South Korea took 23 days and delivered its cargo of liquefied natural gas to the Asian market.  The trip through the Arctic Ocean was about 30% faster than the southern route through the Suez Canal and with a rapidly melting arctic environment it is believed that the journey will be faster and cheaper in the future.  Even if you don’t believe in man-made climate change, you can’t deny that the world is getting warmer and the changes in climate are getting pretty scary and maybe humanity shouldn’t speed up the process by polluting the entire fucking planet.  And just to rub salt on the wound, corrupt Russian oligarchs will now have new sea routes to make even more money thanks to the weakened icy environment in the Arctic.  So apparently global warming will only benefit horrible people.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

DONALD TRUMP WILL ALWAYS BE A COMPLETE, FUCKING CUNT – In an attempt to be the biggest scumbag imaginable, Donald Trump decided to dump the news that he was going forward with his transgender military ban and that he was going to pardon super racist Joe Arpaio just as Category 4 Hurricane Harvey was set to strike near Corpus Christi.  Plenty of politicians dump controversial and bad news on weekends in an attempt to drown out the reaction, but Donald Trump just took that to new levels of depravity by using a life-threatening hurricane to cover his hate-filled actions.  (mirror.co.uk)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 08/18/2017

SUNLAND PARK WAS DOING SO WELL AND THEN ……. BAM!, THEY FIRE THEIR CITY MANAGER FOR NO APPARENT REASON AS RUMORS OF CORRUPTION ARISE – Sunland Park did the most Sunland Park thing possible this week when it fired City Manager Bob Gallagher without warning.  To make matters sketchier, no real reason was given for his firing which brings up more questions on what the fuck is going on in Sunland Park.  Nothing says transparency and honest government like firing the City Manager and then not giving the public a proper explanation.  Bob Gallagher, himself, went so far as to accuse the Sunland Park government of asking him to do illegal and skeevy things and of reverting back to their old ways.  If these accusations are false, Sunland Park officials have more than enough ammo to hold Bob Gallagher accountable for slander.  But in this case, the Sunland Park government’s silence is deafening.  You were doing so well, Sunland Park.  (kvia.com)

REJOICE!  CHILE HARVEST SEASON IS UPON US – Hatch and the rest of the greater Mogollon region have started the annual chile harvest that will bring us tons and tons of delicious green chile that will in turn begat red chile.  Although Hatch is the king of chile production, various parts around Las Cruces and El Paso also grow their own delicious green chiles.  So whether you’re a major chile growing operation, a chile lover with plants in your garden or just someone who loves to eat them – the start of the chile harvest should put a big smile on your face.  (elpasoinc.com)

IN TYPICAL AGGIE FASHION, NMSU GOT A BREWERY FROM ALBUQUERQUE TO CREATE AN “AGGIE” BEER INSTEAD OF USING A LOCAL LAS CRUCES BREWERY.  WAY TO SHOW COMMUNITY PRIDE, NMSU – New Mexico State University just announced the creation of Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale in association with Albuquerque’s Bosque Brewing Co.  Normally beer news is awesome news, but the fact that NMSU ignored the local breweries and went to Lobo territory to create their beer is leaving many with an ultra bitter IPA taste in their mouth.  Maybe next time NMSU can research the services available in Las Cruces before running off to Albuquerque to act subservient to the Lobos.  Hopefully the Las Cruces breweries create Mayfield High and Las Cruces High beers that are stronger and higher selling than Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale.  (kvia.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IT’S BEEN A CRAZY WEEK FOR TERRORISTS WHO LIKE TO USE CARS AS WEAPONS – Two major terrorist attacks occurred this past week involving cars hitting pedestrians.  First, a white power terrorist used his car to hit anti-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last weekend then a Muslim Extremist terrorist used a van to hit innocent people in one of the most pedestrian heavy parts of Barcelona.  Dozens of people were killed or severely injured as a result of these attacks and the world has to be strong and fight back to prevent these extremists from hurting innocent people.  All extremists are scum and their terrorist actions will not be tolerated.  (bbc.com)

IF YOU THINK FLOODING IS BAD IN THE LOWER VALLEY, WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT SOUTH ASIA HAS TO DEAL WITH – Parts of Nepal, Bangladesh and India have been hit so hard by monsoon rains that they are experiencing extreme floods that threaten to reach historic levels.  Over 16 million people have been affected by the floods and the biggest risk to most of them is disease and lack of food once the flood waters go down.  So if you’re looking at donating some money to a charity in the not too distant future, maybe you can spare a few bucks for any organization that will try to help after the floods end.  (bbc.com)

SCIENTISTS HAVE FINALLY DISCOVERED THAT THE REASON SIMPLE MINDED ENTERTAINMENT IS SO AWESOME AND CREATIVE IS BECAUSE OF ALCOHOL! – For years, society has romanticized the idea of the loose cannon artist who does nothing but drink and do drugs and is thus creative because of his freedom from obligations.  Turns out there might be some truth to that stereotype (a very small amount, but it’s a start).  Recent research has shown that one drink improves certain aspects of creativity, but that excessive amounts of alcohol (obviously) destroy any cognition or functioning.  So if you want a creative boost, maybe you should drink a beer or a nice little snifter of brandy.  Now, if you’ll excuse us, the staff of Simple Minded Entertainment will be at the bar in order to make this site as good as it can be.  It’s a sacrifice.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 08/11/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

IT’S LIKE THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD.  IF THE LITTLE ENGINE JUST WENT AROUND UTEP AND DOWNTOWN WHILE PARTYING AND GETTING DRUNK – The final pieces of rail will be placed in the downtown El Paso trolley circuit and we are that much closer to bringing back the trolleys to El Paso.  What once seemed like a dream is becoming reality as the trolley project finishes up the hard part of laying the rail and now focuses on the overhead lines and the beta testing of the trolley in the coming months.  The trolleys will hopefully be back in business in a year or so and the anticipation is growing.  To celebrate the placement of the final pieces of track, the public was invited to a celebration at Franklin and Stanton earlier this week where they were allowed to write a message on the track.  If no one drew a giant penis on the track I will be severely disappointed.  (cbs4local.com)

I HOPE THEY ALLOW HORSES ON THE NEW SUPER TRANS-EL PASO TRAIL PROJECT.  I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO PARTY DOWNTOWN AND THEN RIDE MY HORSE BACK TO THE LOWER VALLEY LIKE THEY DID IN THE GOOD OL’ DAYS – The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pushing forward with what has been a dream project for many over the years, to create a linear trail that runs the length of El Paso County and connects parks and public amenities from one side of the county to the other.  The best plan would be to create a master trail along the Rio Grande, like they have in New Mexico, but America’s xenophobic, overkill protectionist tendencies would never allow that.  So the next best thing is to try to use the existing canal, gas and electrical easements in the county to try and create a nice pedestrian path that everyone can use.  The project is still in the planning stage and is gathering public input, but the Paso del Norte Health Foundation has already done some great work with the Lower Valley canal trail project.  Now all we need to do is make sure they create a true master trail that allows not only pedestrians and bicyclists, but also horses and skateboards!  (kfoxtv.com)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SILVA’S SUPER MARKET.  YOU ARE, AND WILL ALWAYS BE, THE BEST PLACE TO BUY MD 20/20S AND BOONE’S – Congratulations go out to Silva’s Super Market for thriving in the tough independent grocery business for 99 years.  Silva’s was opened by Jose Felix and Elvira Silva back in 1918 and has been one of the cornerstone businesses in the Segundo Barrio ever since.  In addition to being an awesome family-owned grocery store, their parking lot is also one of the best places to park after hours if you plan on walking over to Juarez for a night out on the town!  (elpasoproud.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

YOU MIGHT THINK AN ISLAND PARADISE LIKE THE MALDIVES HAS FEW PROBLEMS ……. BUT IT HAS BIG PROBLEMS! – The Maldives is one of those island nations that will be heavily hit by rising sea levels and global warming in the future.  All of its islands are practically at sea level and any rise in the ocean will be devastating to the country.  In the meantime, however, the country is dealing with crazy political drama involving ex-dictators, skeevy votes, demonstrations, coups and plain ol’ corruption.  It’s like if Venezuela and Kenya had a tropical paradise baby!  So if you want to know more about the often ignored Maldivian political drama involving President Abdulla Yameen, ex-president Mohamed Nasheed and ex-dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom – please read this great BBC article on the ex- British colony.  It’s everything you ever wanted to know about the Maldives but were afraid to ask!  (bbc.com)

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT PIGS CAN’T DO?  IT ALMOST MAKES ME FEEL BAD THAT THEY’RE SO DELICIOUS – We are one step closer to getting all our transplant organs from pigs and doing away with transplant waiting lists that fuel the global organ trafficking rackets.  Scientists at eGenesis have genetically modified pigs to eliminate viruses that hide in the piggy DNA.  The scientists identified and removed 25 Pervs (porcine endogenous retroviruses) from pig genes using Crispr gene-editing technology then used cloning methods to create embryos that led to 37 healthy pigs being born.  Pervs are capable of “escaping” and infecting human cells so this is a major step in creating safe pig/human organs.  There are still plenty of steps to making this a reality, but sometime in the near future many people will be saved by pig organs!  If a pig saves my life, I might just give up bacon as a sign of respect.  (bbc.com)

DONALD TRUMP AND KM JONG UN ARE BOTH IDIOT MAN-CHILDREN.  IT LOOKS LIKE THE FATE OF THE WORLD IS NOW AT THE HANDS OF K-POP SINGERS, THE ONLY RATIONAL PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE NORTH KOREA MISSILE CLUSTERFUCK – It’s good to see that even though the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. are busy having an idiotic dick measuring contest, there are still some people trying to face this in a way that won’t kill hundreds of thousands of people.  Korean musicians are coming together for the annual peace concerts that occur next to the Demilitarized Zone and even the current tension filled climate won’t stop them from holding their concerts at the foot of North Korea.  Kudos to the organizers and performers for having more courage and bigger balls than Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.  Let’s see what other stupid shit the morons say in the safety of their highly secure facilities surrounded by military protection.  (bbc.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 08/04/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL IS UPON US!  TIME TO TAKE OUT YOUR FANCY MONOCLE TO WATCH FANCY CLASSIC FILMS AND YOUR FISHNET STOCKINGS TO WATCH THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – The Plaza Classic Film Festival has already started and continues through next weekend.  This year the festival features some great classic movies, tons of local films, cult classics and honored guests including Don Bluth, Kathleen Turner and Richard Dreyfuss.  So get some time off from work and try to enjoy as much of the Plaza Classic Film Festival as you can.  I recommend the Don Bluth retrospective, Jaws, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Secret of NIMH, any of the silent films and Snow White.  (plazaclassic.com)

INCOMPETENT AUSTIN JUDGE CALLS IN SICK ON THE DAY SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO GIVE AN IMPORTANT DECISION THAT’S COSTING EL PASO TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DELAYS.  A DECISION SHE HAD MORE THAN A WEEK TO PREPARE.  EVEN A FRY COOK AT MCDONALDS WOULD HAVE THE DECENCY NOT TO CALL IN SICK THE DAY THEY’RE UPGRADING THE FRYER – Judge Amy Clark Meachum is way in over her head and even she has acknowledged that she probably has no authority to settle the downtown multipurpose arena dispute and that she was just dragged into a political battle.  But still, you think she would at least stay true to her word and at least release a statement about how the City can proceed with whatever they want to do because a random judge in Austin has no fucking authority to determine where and what is the definition of an “El Paso arena”.  So now we must wait for a written decision on Monday to determine if “sports” can be played in a “multi-purpose” arena that will inevitably be appealed because the judge has no real authority to determine any of this.  And Max Grossman lives to grandstand another day.  He won’t be happy until they build a statue of him with poor Mexican peasants bowing at his feet.  At this point, I would applaud the City of El Paso if they just tore down all the dilapidated buildings in Union Plaza and built a giant parking lot.  (kvia.com)

PICKS UP FOR ALL THE UTEP MINERS PAST AND PRESENT IN THE WORLD TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Good luck to all the current and past UTEP Miners who will be representing their respective countries at this weekend’s World Track and Field Championships in London.  Five athletes with UTEP connections will be at the meet, including Emmanuel Korir, Tobi Amusan, Greta Kerekes, Blessing Okagbare and Churandy Martina.  Good luck, Miners!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

FUTBALL CLUB THAT OUTSPENDS COMPETITION BY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ORDER TO GET UPPER HAND GETS BUTT-HURT WHEN IT GETS A TASTE OF ITS OWN MEDICINE AND GOES UP AGAINST A CLUB WITH EVEN MORE MONEY.  STOP WHINING, BARCELONA, NOBODY CARES – Brazilian futball star Neymar is set to move from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain for a world record fee, but not without a hissy fit tantrum from Barcelona.  Neymar is set to pay over $200 million for his buyout clause to leave Barcelona and this is all just a formality, but Barcelona will drag this out via “FIFA financial fair play” and try to get some concessions out of the deal.  Nobody really gives a rat’s ass about Barcelona’s complaints because the fucking team wipes its ass with “financial play” year after year when it outspends the vast majority of La Liga by millions and millions of dollars.  It must really suck getting a taste of your own medicine, Barcelona.  Maybe if they stopped fellating Messi after every fucking game (even the ones that were won because of Neymar!), Barcelona wouldn’t be losing one of their key players.  (bbc.com)

IT’S HOT AND SMOKY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.  I MEAN REALLY HOT AND REALLY SMOKY.  HOT AND SMOKY LIKE THE PITS OF HELL, NOT REGULAR HOT AND SMOKY – An odd weather pattern has led to record temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, with places like Portland recording record temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  In addition, fires in the region have created a large amount of smoke leading to the perfect storm of horrible conditions for any living organism that has lungs.  Meanwhile in El Paso, the temps were below 90, the sky was blue and the late afternoon had a few pleasant showers that cooled us down at night – yet someone will still find a reason to bitch and complain about El Paso.  But don’t worry about Cascadia, the smoke and heat didn’t destroy their craft beer so it will go back to being cloudy, rainy, temperate, chilled, relaxed and awesome very soon.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

SOMETIMES RICH PEOPLE ACTUALLY GET PUNISHED WHEN THEY DO HORRIBLE THINGS.  LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES – Martin Shkreli is one of the biggest cunts in the universe who is best known for skeevy financial practices and raising the price on cheap drugs to astronomical rates once his company took over full control of the drug.  He made money off of desperate, suffering people and for that he will burn in hell.  In the meantime he has been found guilty of securities fraud and will at least get some form of punishment for being a scumbag criminal.  Sure, he was acquitted of a few of the major charges against him but at least he was found guilty of something.  Like most Wall Street cunts, he will not learn a damn thing from this and will continue making money by exploiting others.  Who knows, he might be president someday.  But hopefully Lucifer calls him up before that happens.  (cnbc.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 07/28/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

WORLD’S WORT FUNDRAISING ORGANIZATION ASKS GOVERNMENT FOR MORE MONEY BECAUSE IT’S NOT GOOD AT FUNDRAISING – One of the more absurd items in the El Paso 2012 Quality of Life Bond vote was the Mexican American Cultural Center.  No one in the city actually wanted this thing, since El Paso is like 99% Mexican, and the last thing we need is a fucking building to stroke our ego.  But certain “Latino Champions of the People” in City Hall pushed for this asinine project in order to come off as “leaders” for the “poor Latino masses of El Paso”.  The project was so pointless that only a few million was earmarked for the project in the hopes that it would be built quickly like the Digital Wall (remember that project) and then forgotten and placed on the back burner.  The “activists” kept on bitching, however, and the project ballooned in scope and will now wrap around the Abraham Chavez Theatre like some sort of government parasite and will cost tens of millions of dollars.  Part of this compromise for expansion involved a non-profit formed by the “activists” and “Latino Champions of the People” that would spearhead the project and raise millions of dollars to match the increased funding the city was willing to put up.  Naturally, the idiots were incompetent and managed to not only fail at fundraising but actually lost money in the process.  But at least a couple of dumbasses got some cash for being “executive directors” and “board members” and to pretend to raise money.  So now the people in charge of fundraising are giving up and just asking the city to give them all the money to complete their dream project that no one really wants.  Fuck, it’s not like the idiots running this thing know anything about real Mexican American culture.  Just paint a mural with some Aztecs on the side of some random building and put up pictures of Cesar Chavez inside and they can pretend to be enlightened Latino warriors.  Heaven forbid the city use tens of millions of dollars for important things like roads and public safety.  (kvia.com)

TXDOT IS FINALLY GETTING AROUND TO FIXING THE REST OF I-10 ASIDE FROM THE AREA AROUND UTEP.  ALTHOUGH TXDOT ALREADY KNOWS HOW THEY ARE GOING TO SCREW THINGS UP, THEY’RE STILL HOLDING MEETINGS TO HEAR THE PUBLIC’S INPUT AS THEY ROLL THEIR EYES – The “Reimagine I-10” feasibility study is the latest public input project from txdot to go along with their “Go 10” project and every other project that they come up with every few years with “10” in the title.  They are asking for public input on how to improve multiple segments of the I-10 corridor from the New Mexico state line to the Fabens/Clint area, so if you have a concern with I-10 (don’t we all) go to the public meetings and let them know your great idea.  If enough people bug them, txdot might actually do something about it.  As long as they add more freeway access points (especially between Zaragoza and Lee Trevino), and make sure the Gateway has full connectivity over the entire length of the freeway the project should be moderately successful.  And would it kill them to finally connect Pendale under the freeway along with all those other streets that awkwardly end at the freeway and then pick up on the other side?  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

AT THIS RATE, ONE DAY CHICO THE CHIHUAHUA WILL BE ON THE OFFICIAL CITY LOGO GLEEFULLY RIDING A WRECKING BALL WITH NO CLOTHES – If you like corn mazes AND Chico the Chihuahua, we have some great news for you.  It has just been announced that the official theme for the upcoming La Union Maze will be the El Paso Chihuahuas and feature Chico’s giant head right in the middle.  So if you just can’t get enough of Chico now you’ll be able to get lost inside him ……. okay, that sounded weird but the maze promises to be cool and PG-rated.  So go check out the maze come Autumn and support drunkenly wandering around corn fields and anthropomorphic dogs who sell you cheap beer on Thursdays.  El Paso loves Chico the Chihuahua almost as much as it loves booze!  (kvia.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

LOST AMONG THE DAILY SHUFFLE OF NEWS ITEMS, IS THE PLIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OF YEMEN AND THEIR ONGOING SAUDI-INFLUENCED CIVIL WAR.  THIS IS US ATTEMPTING TO GATHER ATTENTION FOR THIS IMPORTANT NEWS STORY.  PLEASE READ – The BBC just published an excellent report by Orla Guerin on all the problems being faced by civilians in Yemen that their government is trying to sweep under the rug.  The conflict in Yemen between the government and Houthi rebels has been going on for 2 years and it has not helped that Saudi Arabia has decided to use the situation to project its “power” in the region and make things that much worse.  Although North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Brexit and random terrorist stories get most of the limelight when it comes to international news in America – the situation in Yemen is something that more people should know about.  The sanitation and medical issues facing civilians in the country are massive and it’s possible that Cholera will end up killing more of the population than guns or bombs.  If more people pay attention maybe the US government and UN will focus a little more attention on the Saudi-led clusterfuck in Yemen.  (bbc.com)

TURNS OUT KIDS AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS AREN’T REALLY BETTER AT USING TECHNOLOGY THAN EVERYONE ELSE.  THEY JUST THINK THEY ARE BETTER AT IT THAN EVERYONE ELSE.  THANKS TO SCIENCE WE NOW KNOW THAT ALL GENERATIONS ARE JUST AS FULL OF SHIT AS EVERYONE ELSE – “Digital Natives” was a term coined by trendy educators a few decades ago to imply that children that grow up with computers and new technology develop super powers that let them adapt and learn those new technologies faster than everyone else and in the process need to be taught differently because they can magically multi-task better than everyone else.  Turns out that whole “digital native millennial magic” idea was a bunch of crap.  Research by Paul Kirschner from the Open University in the Netherlands shows that the “digital native” idea is mostly a myth and that all people learn and deal with technology in similar ways and that major changes in educating young people in relation to technology is not particularly effective.  To summarize, just because your fucking kid can play a video game on a tablet does not mean they are fucking geniuses who will one day become tech billionaires and thus need “special treatment” at school.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

SO ……. STEVE BANNON SUCKS HIS OWN COCK – This week Donald Trump continued to be a complete, fucking cunt and failed miserably in regards to ending Obamacare, fell deeper into the Russia pit as well as saying many stupid ass things as usual.  But nothing sums the incompetence of the Donald Trump team more than the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci who then proceeded to talk to a reporter and go on the record with a profanity-laced rant against “leakers” and the White House staff that included the horrible mental image of Steve Bannon engaging in self-fellatio.  Donald Trump is a true role model for the country and the evangelicals in the red states should be proud that they voted for him.  Some people say that the Scaramucci hire and rant was part of an elaborate distraction campaign to cover up the Obamacare fiasco and the additional Russia news that came out this week, but that’s giving these idiots wayyyyyyyy too much credit.  (bbc.com)

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 07/23/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

IT’S MONSOONAGEDDON 2017!  EVERYBODY RUN FOR YOUR LIVES – The yearly monsoon has taken up residence in the western part of North America and that means vital rain has come to Paso del Norte and the surrounding Mogollon region.  While the rain is a welcome sign in the desert, sometimes too much of it can cause problems for some people that bought houses that were built on top of arroyos or flood plains.  Naturally, the local media lives for making mountains out of mole hills and decided to turn a sinkhole on the Westside and the yearly flooding in Socorro into end of the world front page news.  Though hats off to KDBC for going beyond the absurd and turning some random resident’s idiotic suggestion to bring in the National Guard to protect 5 houses into the main scope of the story.  This is the equivalent of a child asking for Superman’s help because he dropped his ice cream on the floor and then KDBC running a headline that reads, “Superman Expected To Help Children In El Paso Soon!  How Will Duranguito React?”.  So enjoy the rain and never buy a house that was built on land that used to be an arroyo or a flood plain.  Just because you can bulldoze over an arroyo, doesn’t mean that it should be bulldozed.  (kvia.com / cbs4local.com)

ONE DAY EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WORLD WILL HAVE A LAWSUIT OR SOME SORT OF LEGAL PROCEEDING PENDING AGAINST BILLY ABRAHAM – Billy Abraham continues to be his old skeevy self and nothing will ever change him.  Billy Abraham literally killed someone and went to prison and he’s back with crazy business transactions and conflicts with the government within months of his release.  The latest instance of Billy Abraham being Billy Abraham has a state judge accusing Billy of perjury and other things for allegedly trying to get one of his friends to lie to the court over the exact date the elevator at the Toltec Building was shut down.  The elevator in his building was never going to be repaired, so a normal person would have just shut down the elevator on the date ordered by the government and try to make any necessary changes to keep at least part of the building habitable.  Or better yet, just sell the damn building if you can’t afford to fix it.  That’s not the Billy Abraham way, so instead he kept the elevator running and tried to get his elevator repairman friend to lie about the dates and the working status of the elevator in a court setting.  And just to make things wackier, he involved his mom in the entire communication chain that got him in trouble with the judge.  Needless to say, Billy Abraham will just get off with a slap on the wrist and continue being Billy Abraham.  Nothing can stop Billy Abraham.  (elpasoinc.com)

FOR YOUR EDUCATIONAL MORSEL OF THE DAY, WE SUGGEST YOU READ STEVEN COTTINGHAM’S HERALD POST PIECE ON ST. ALBAN’S CHURCH IN CENTRAL EL PASO – St. Alban’s is the latest church to be highlighted as part of Steven Cottingham’s excellent series on the history of El Paso’s religious landmarks.  As always, the article is very informative and includes a beautiful photo essay to compliment the article.  So go check out the El Paso Herald Post and support this and their other excellent historical articles.  It really is a breath of fresh air to have someone do historical research on a building and then publish all the facts in an easily accessible article.  Maybe Max Grossman and the other so-called historians in Union Plaza can use this as a template and actually publish the history of the buildings in Union Plaza instead of using anecdotal evidence to create their mythical Duranguito Neighborhood.  At least one person is doing good historical writing in El Paso.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

CHECKING UP ON VENEZUELA, IT’S STILL NOT IN A FULL BLOWN CIVIL WAR BUT IT IS PRETTY DAMN CLOSE – Tensions continue to rise in Venezuela as the majority opposition National Assembly appointed 33 judges to the Supreme Court much to the chagrin of President Nicolas Maduro.  Although the National Assembly is within their right to appoint the judges, Maduro is desperate to cling to power and this will weaken his control over the courts.  Not to be outdone, Maduro is trying to re-write the constitution to give himself more power and possibly make himself God-Emperor of Venezuela.  Let’s hope Donald Trump doesn’t read this and gets ideas from Maduro.  So both sides in Venezuela are as far away from compromise as humanly possible and something’s gotta give sooner or later as the crisis continues.  At this point, anything that doesn’t end in a civil war would be considered a success in Venezuela.  (bbc.com)

NOW IF SOMEONE CAN JUST WRITE A SCIENTIFIC PAPER ON THE “ANAKIN EFFECT” AMONG YOUNG ACTORS – Peer reviewed scientific journals are the most up to date and accurate sources of information in the world, but due to the growth in global communication and the internet some low tier “scientific” journals have popped up over the years that have threatened the sanctity of the entire peer-reviewed journal process.  Thankfully, we have scientists and science aficionados that are keeping the ever growing journal industry honest by exposing the charlatans in the community.  One of the more humorous attempts to expose these quack journals is highlighted on the Discover Magazine blog and is based on the much derided Midichlorians mentioned in the Star Wars prequels that supposedly give Jedi’s their force powers.  You might not hear a peep about Midichlorians in the new trilogy, but at least they live on in scientific papers!  Do yourself a favor and read the entire absurd paper that was submitted and actually published by a few “journals”.  Star Wars prequel references have never made more sense.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

THE ANNUAL SAN DIEGO WAITING-IN-LINE CONVENTION WAS A BLAST! – If you like waiting in a line in order to get the opportunity to wait in another line that leads to another line, then San Diego Comic Con is the place for you.  Simple Minded Entertainment is a comic-centric entertainment site and, as such, we made our yearly trek to San Diego for Comic Con.  We had a great time observing what’s new and important in all things comic books, movies, science fiction, video games and more.  So basically we just walked around, waited in lines, watched panels and partied all under the guise of “working”.  Bless you, San Diego Comic Con.  We’ll be back next year.  (comic-con.org)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 07/14/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

TOM DIAMOND IS DEAD.  LONG LIVE TOM DIAMOND – Thomas “Tom” Mulford Diamond was a local lawyer who was a great force in the local Democratic party and who is best remembered as being the person who was most instrumental in getting federal recognition for the Tigua Tribe and helping them secure their lands.  Tom Diamond passed away on July 8 and he will be greatly missed.  He led an amazing life and did incredible things for El Paso and the surrounding region.  Tom Diamond was one of the most significant figures in the Paso del Norte region during the 20th Century, yet the local media spent more time covering the cheese at Chico’s Tacos than they did covering this great man and his life.  But we won’t forget his legacy.  Rest in peace, Mr. Diamond.  (legacy.com)

JUST A SAD REMINDER THAT EL PASO COULD HAVE HAD A COMPETITIVE UTILITY MARKET, BUT LONG AGO CITY COUNCIL VOTED IDIOTICALLY TO STICK WITH A MONOPOLY FOR ELECTRICITY AND ALL OTHER UTILITIES – Yup, El Paso could have had competition for electricity but instead chose to let a monopoly control everything.  El Paso Electric isn’t even a public utility and the city still allowed them to be the only game in town.  There is still a chance for El Paso to have a logical competitive market, but all levels in the government would have to competently come together and work towards one unified goal.  So basically El Paso is getting a competitive market once hell freezes over.  (elpasoproud.com)

IF THE CHUCK DEBRODER BURGER DOESN’T COME WITH A RANDOM SHOT OF ALCOHOL I’M GOING TO BE SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED – Chuck DeBroder is a local celebrity and one of El Paso’s most legendary weathermen.  Now the KTSM meteorologist will be cemented in history with his own burger at Downtown’s International Bar/Club/Bistro/Café/Thingy.  The burger is a vegetarian creation complete with a veggie patty and a Portobello mushroom.  I’m not a vegetarian, but the burger sounds good and it seems like it’s worth a try.  Now if they can also create a Chuck DeBroder cocktail we’re all set.  (elpasoproud.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IT’S ALMOST AS IF PHILADELPHIA SAW CENTRAL AMERICA’S SEVERE DRUG CRIME EPIDEMIC  AND WANTED TO SHOW THEM THEY COULD DO BETTER – A spoiled brat, rich boy in Philadelphia decided to play the role of “bad ass drug kingpin” and ended up murdering 4 of his acquaintances while spectacularly failing in trying to hide the bodies.  So just a typical weekday afternoon in Philadelphia.  After a week long search for 4 missing men, Cosmo DiNardo confessed to killing them because of some stupid reason involving a drug deal gone bad.  The story is equal parts creepy, sad and pathetic and is a tragic reflection on this idiot’s family and the perverse sense of entitlement they fostered in him.  For one week, Philadelphia made most of the cities in Mexico look nice and peaceful.  Yet Philadelphia still looked calm compared to Chicago.  (philly.com)

DARPA IS LOOKING INTO CYBORGS NOW.  SO EXPECT FULL CYBORG CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY TO START HITTING THE SHELVES IN 30 YEARS FOLLOWED BY A MASSIVE UPRISING OF HALF-HUMAN/HALF-MACHINE HIPSTER APPLE ZOMBIES – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is a government organization that has influenced research and had a massive impact on most major computer, communication, defense and transportation innovations that have occurred over the past few decades.  From the internet to GPS to cellular communication – DARPA has pretty much had a hand in anything even remotely related to technology.  DARPA recently gave out $65 million to multiple teams to advance the field of neural engineering and create neural implants that can be used to control technology, among other things.  When DARPA starts something it doesn’t dick around, so expect low cost cyborgs to become a reality sometime in the middle of the 21st century.  Assimilate into the manmachine movement or die!  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

IT TURNS OUT DONALD TRUMP JR. IS JUST AS STUPID AND INCOMPETENT AS HIS FATHER – Much like a cartoon character who repeatedly steps on a rake to hilarious results, Donald Trump Jr. has been strung along hilariously by the media this week as he continues to back track and change his story over meetings he had with Russian officials during the campaign.  First Donald Trump Jr. denied ever meeting with any Russians, then after the media offered proof, he said he only met with non-government affiliated Russians, then after the media offered proof, he said that they didn’t talk about Hillary Clinton, then the media offered proof and the cycle repeated itself for the better part of the week.  So either Donald Trump Jr. is hiding something or he’s just a complete, fucking moron like his father – or maybe it’s both!  Working with a foreign government to undermine American rules is tantamount to treason but that doesn’t seem to bother the Donald Trump team one bit as long as they can accomplish their goal of running the country into the ground.  (bbc.com)