Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – December 2020 – FINALE EDITION

FINALE-CENTRIC NEWS

2020 WAS A PRETTY CRAZY YEAR.  WHAT DO YOU THINK? – I’m not a fan of dragging things out, so I’ll just come out and say it.  This will be the last Simple Minded Recap-ITATION! In its current sardonic, news-regurgitating form.  The recap-ITATION! will still pop up occasionally for other recap purposes and maybe our periodic news reviews will return some day, but for now we want to take Simple Minded Entertainment in a new direction for 2021 and focus more on “entertainment”, music, movies and other forms of time-wasting.  Who knows, you might just see an expansion of our company in a year or two.  2020 was a year for the ages and the COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps the biggest black swan/dragon king/dragon swan event that most of us will ever experience and the biggest such event since World War II.  So what better time to change course than after one of the craziest years on record.  We hope you enjoy what we have to offer in 2021 and may we all have a great new year (all 4 of you who visit this website)!  (simplemindedentertainment.com)

 

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – November 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

IT’S BEEN A PRETTY BAD MONTH FOR THE REGION WHEN IT COMES TO THE PANDEMIC.  SO KUDOS TO THE STUDENTS AT JEFFERSON HIGH/SILVA MAGNET FOR COMING UP WITH THE “#STAYPOSITIVE TO #TESTNEGATIVE” CAMPAIGN TO MOTIVATE EL PASOANS TO STOP SPREADING THE DISEASE.  I WOULD HAVE JUST COME UP WITH THE “#SHUTTHEFUCKUPANDWEARADAMNMASKYOUFIDGETYFUCKSTHATCANTSTAYAWAYFROMABARFORMORETHANTHREEMONTHS CAMPAIGN – El Paso and the Greater Mogollon region suffered through the worst of the pandemic earlier this month, but things have been looking up lately and it seems we have worked hard enough to lower the infection rate.  We are still waiting to see if the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming Christmas season brings a new surge, but I’m hopeful that we – as a community – are not that stupid to let this happen again.  So kudos to everyone who worked hard to get people to comply with restrictions and for everyone, like the Jefferson-Silva students, who put on a brave face to keep things positive during the worst of the pandemic so far.  Let’s do everything we can to stop the spread and not overload our hospitals.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

AARON JONES, ALVIN JONES, KHALID, CHICO THE CHIHUAHUA AND OZZY THE BAT ARE ALL GETTING INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AND HELPING OUT PEOPLE IN NEED.  NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY – Things might be a bit bleak at the moment, but many people and anthropomorphic animals are fighting the good fight and doing great things for the community.  From giving out food to the needy and collecting toys for Christmas, El Paso celebrities are going the extra mile to help the community.  So big thanks once again to Aaron Jones (go buy his cereal, it also helps charity!), Alvin Jones, Khalid, Chico The Chihuahua, Ozzy the Bat and everyone else who is donating time and money to make our community great.  Let’s just hope that Chico and Ozzy don’t sell all the toys for cocaine money.  We all know that Chico and Ozzy are El Paso’s top party animals.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

GET WELL SOON, JUNO THE ELEPHANT – For many life-long El Pasoans, Juno the elephant has been around since they were young and is one of the earliest memories they have of the El Paso Zoo.  Juno underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor from her mammary gland earlier this month and it appears that she is doing well.  We hope that Juno wins her fight against breast cancer and gets to brighten the lives of more El Pasoans for years to come.  Don’t forget to send your prayers and well wishes to Juno to help her pull through.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

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CONGRATULATIONS, AMERICA, YOU PICKED A COMPETENT LEADER IN JOE BIDEN INSTEAD OF A CORRUPT MORON FOR PRESIDENT.  THOUGH IT’S STILL SCARY TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF THE STUPID ELECTORAL COLLEGE THE VOTE MARGIN WAS NOT AS MASSIVE AS THE NATIONAL VOTE INDICATED – Even though Donald Trump continues on his toddler-like tantrum over the results of the election, Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.  The new Biden administration is taking shape as more people are chosen for his cabinet, and other positions, and it is a breath of fresh air to see a diverse and experienced mix of individuals listed for the new administration.  After years of inexperienced white male sycophants at the head of the government, we might finally get some normalcy and efficiency back in the federal government.  We just have to survive another month and a half of Donald Trump’s tantrums and bullshit election fraud conspiracy theories.  (reuters.com)

GOOD NEWS, MULTIPLE COVID VACCINES ARE ON THE VERGE OF BEING APPROVED AND DISTRIBUTED.  BAD NEWS, THE SECOND WAVE IS UPON US AND VACCINES WILL NOT MAKE AN IMPACT UNTIL THE VIRUS NATURALLY DIES OFF SOMETIME IN THE MIDDLE OF 2021 – So the coronavirus pandemic is still raging on and the dreaded 2nd wave looks to have already begun.  After months of a steady infection rate in the US, there have been big increases seen already in multiple parts of the country this November – including in El Paso.  With winter approaching, it looks like the COVID-19 spread will get a lot worse before it gets better.  On the bright side, if we survive the upcoming spike things will get much better in 2021 and it might finally taper off if it follows the pattern of pandemics in the past.  Plus we now have fairly effective vaccines that will probably speed up the end of the pandemic.  We just have to keep holding on and then the “Roaring ‘20s:  Part 2” will be upon us!  (npr.org)

LOOKS LIKE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS GOOD FOR A LOT MORE THAN JUST BEATING AUTISTIC CHESS MASTERS AND SERVING AS A CONVENIENT MOVIE VILLAIN – Researchers at DeepMind have used AI to predict the shape of proteins formed by amino acid chains.  This is one of the keystones of all life and scientists have spent years in the past trying to figure out the shape of different proteins.  Now with AI, the results can be predicted by powerful computers in a fraction of the time.  The results were announced as part of a protein folding competition – and yes, it is amazingly cool and nerdy that a protein folding competition exists.  The information is too complex to be explained by a smart-ass blurb on sarcastic website, so please read the full article and any other info you can get on this.  This is very, very interesting and groundbreaking stuff!  (sciencemag.org)

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – October 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

NICE BAIT AND SWITCH, EL PASO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM.  WHERE’S MY JETSON’S BUILDING WITH THE AIRPLANE ON THE ROOF? – The El Paso Children’s Museum had its groundbreaking ceremony this month and the building is on track to be completed by 2022.  The architects at Snohetta did a great job with the design, given the footprint and the issues with the nearby railroad track pit of doom.  I’m still disappointed that they didn’t go with the original futuristic Jetson-like design, but it looks like the kids will like it and that’s what matters for a children’s museum.  Now if Max Grossman and his butt buddy in Houston can just shove their heads up each other’s asses, we can finally get started with the downtown arena.  (kvia.com)

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, SCENIC DRIVE!  IF IT WASN’T FOR THE DAMN PANDEMIC, MANY EL PASOANS WOULD BE CELEBRATING THIS WONDERFUL OCCASION BY DRIVING UP, GETTING DRUNK, DOING DRUGS AND HAVING SEX – Scenic Drive celebrated it’s centennial this month and the City of El Paso marked the occasion with a special Scenic Sunday that included a sunrise watch on the observation area at the top of the road.  For those that don’t know, Scenic Sundays is a weekly event where they close down Scenic Drive to vehicle traffic and allow people to walk and ride their bicycles on the road every Sunday morning.  So, if you’ve never done Scenic Sundays, now you know and have something new to do on Sundays.  To think that this wonderful road started it’s life a hundred years ago when El Paso powerbrokers of the early 20th century wanted a secluded place they could drive up to and have sex with their mistresses who were impressed by the view.  100 years later, the original purpose still thrives.  Here’s to 100 more years of our beloved Scenic Drive!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

NMSU HAS A WINE NOW!  WHAT BETTER WAY TO NOT DRAW ATTENTION TO A DRUNK LOOKING MASCOT THAN BY NAMING A WINE AFTER HIM – Southern New Mexico, New Mexico State University and the surrounding region have a long history with vineyards and wine-making.  In honor of this connection, the university has partnered with Lescombes Winery to create a Cabernet Sauvignon known as Pistol Pete’s Crimson Legacy.  The wine is available at all Lescombes locations and other sites around the state – with hopefully wider distribution in the future.  The first batch of Crimson Legacy had 1,888 bottles in honor of NMSU’s founding in 1888 and Pistol Pete has already drunken half of the batch along with his good friend from UTEP – Paydirt Pete.  So go get your bottle now before they’re all gone.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

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IF A PANDEMIC WASN’T ENOUGH, NOW WE HAVE MORE EARTHQUAKES AND HURRICANES TO DEAL WITH.  MOTHER NATURE MIGHT BE A LITTLE PISSED AT HUMANITY – Natural disasters hit with a vengeance this month as not only did we have the usual hurricanes and typhoons lurking about, but we also had a major earthquake hit Turkey and Greece.  The 7.0 earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on October 30, with the worst hit area being Izmir in Turkey.  Multiple buildings are reported to have collapsed and the damage and casualties are projected to be quite high.  There are also multiple tropical storms churning in the Atlantic and Pacific, with record breaking Hurricane Zeta having made landfall in Louisiana this month.  There is still a month or so of hurricane-friendly conditions in the Atlantic, so we might be getting even more Greek-Alphabet storms in the coming weeks.  On the bright side, thanks to climate change more people will learn the Greek Alphabet.  (npr.org)

RIOTS TO THE LEFT OF ME, RIOTS TO THE RIGHT OF ME, RIOTS EVERYWHERE – Conditions are ripe for social upheaval throughout the world and we have protests and riots occurring in many countries.  Not since, perhaps, 1968 has the world seen such motivation to change society through people power – with varying results.  The biggest upheaval this past month occurred in Nigeria where nationwide protests and riots, sparked by government corruption and police brutality, crippled the country and brought fear to the powers that be.  The protests were so successful that the government conceded on many demands and dissolved some controversial police units.  Elsewhere, electoral protests continue to gain momentum in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan over unfair and possibly fixed voting results.  And (in what seems like a broken record scenario) another American city protested over a police killing that should have never occurred.  This time the protests and unrest rocked Philadelphia.  2020 has been a wild ride and we still have a few weeks left.  (bbc.com)

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC UPDATE:  AS PREDICTED BY EVERYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN, THE SECOND WAVE IS HERE – Like clockwork, the cold weather has caused people to go indoors and thus increase the spread of COVID-19.  The predicted second wave of the pandemic has begun to hit most of the Northern Hemisphere and it seems the Paso Del Norte region is at the forefront of this second wave.  Hospitals continue to fill up and the specter of lockdowns rise as more and more people continue to get sick.  The spread of COVID-19 doesn’t seem like it will stop anytime soon and more cities and regions will soon start to feel the brunt of this viral storm.  But let’s ease restrictions and help muhkonamy.  Everyone knows that small businesses are the “lifeblood” of the economy.  Small businesses are in no way glorified hobbies that amount to the insects of the financial world – no, they are VERY important.  So let everyone die so that we can have MORE irreplaceable crossfit gyms, bars and restaurants.  As we all know, human life is secondary to places that sell Bud Light Lime and White Claws.  Have a safe winter, everyone.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

GO VOTE! – The elections are coming up and we just want to remind everyone to go vote.  But only if you are voting for Joe Biden.  Donald Trump and his fascist backers can all go fuck themselves and take their racist rhetoric to /pol, twitter or a truck stop bathroom.  I think I speak for most of society when I say that Donald Trump is a complete, fucking cunt and all his supporters should stay home on election day and post their racist dog whistle bullshit on Facebook.  You make more of a difference by arguing with other stupid people on Facebook than voting, it’s a Biblical fact.  (simplemindedentertainment.com)

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – September 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

DON’T FORGET TO BUY LOCAL.  IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES, BUT IT’S ESSENTIAL TO DO IT NOW DURING THE PANDEMIC – The Better Business Bureau Paso Del Norte has started a “Buy El Paso” campaign and we would just like to echo the sentiment and make sure as many people as possible take up the cause.  The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on some businesses and it is times like these that we must support local businesses.  The pandemic and shutdowns won’t destroy strong businesses, but it’s important to make sure that our locally-owned businesses are strong through these tough times.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, TONS OF CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ARE SHUT DOWN.  BUT THAT’S NOT STOPPING LAS CRUCES’ TOP MUSEUM FROM BRING CULTURE AND HISTORY TO THE MASSES – The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is a jewel in the Las Cruces cultural landscape and everyone should visit it when they get the chance and they feel safe.  But if you are wisely hunkering down due to the pandemic, the museum is posting most of its collection online for the public to view.  So if you can’t (or don’t) want to go out, you can visit the virtual version of the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and learn something in the process.  Also, don’t forget to donate to the museum and other cultural organizations in the region.  The pandemic is hitting many industries pretty hard and we don’t want to lose any art and culture in the process.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

EVEN COVID-19 CAN’T STOP THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT – The 16th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta went virtual this year as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.  The festival is normally held at Franklin Mountains State Park near the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, but this year the even went online with tons of great presentations on our native Chihuahuan Desert.  One of the highlights was a virtual tour of the El Paso Zoo’s Chihuahuan Desert exhibit and all the neat stuff they have to offer.  We should all respect and know more about our native land, and the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is encouraging that with the fiesta and all the outreach they do.  So please add them to your list of things to support during the pandemic.  We all need to help each other out during these tough times.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

HAPPY TRAILS TO OUR GREATER MOGOLLON FRIENDS LOST IN SEPTEMBER – This hasn’t been a good year for big cats at the El Paso Zoo.  Ivan the Amur Leopard passed away this month at the zoo after living for over 21 years, which is very old by leopard standards.  His medical conditions were exacerbated by his old age and the zoo medical staff decided to euthanize him to spare his suffering.  He is survived by a widow leopard and leopard children he sired while at the zoo.  Rest in peace, Ivan.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

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FREEDOM FOR THE REPUBLIC OF ARTSAKH – Because greed and land-grabbing know no bounds, Azerbaijan has once again decided to invade and attack the Republic of Artsakh (which should have already been recognized as an independent nation by now).  Armenia has been drawn into the conflict to protect the people – because Artsakh is mainly ethnic Armenians – and this decades long conflict sees no sign of ending peacefully.  The region is known as Nagorno-Karabakh by politically correct entities that want to sound neutral and by the Azerbaijanis who (obsessed like a creepy ex-boyfriend who just can’t let things go) want to keep the entire thing for themselves.  Artsakh should have been an independent nation after the fall of the Soviet Union in the ’90s, but a greedy neighbor just couldn’t’ resist stealing land and subjugating smaller minorities around them.  FREEDOM FOR ARTSAKH!  (bbc.com)

FUN WITH MONEY LAUNDERING!  TURNS OUT BIG BANKS NEVER GET PROPERLY PUNISHED FOR BREAKING THE LAW – Thousands of FinCEN files have been leaked to Buzzfeed and other journalists and the information that has been ascertained from the documents paint a picture of complicity by major banks to help drug lords, oligarchs, terrorists and other criminals in laundering money.  Banks around the world are required to submit financial documents to U.S. authorities when suspicious transactions of large amounts of money go through their system.  This is where the bulk of the FinCEN documents come from and they show that trillions of dollars (trillions with a ‘T’) have moved between banks and sketchy hands over the last two decades.  You’d think they would be able to catch criminals with this sort of information, but what’s good for the banks is good for the government apparently.  The information released is massive and requires quite a bit of reading, so please go out and read all the information you can about this massive story.  We can’t let a story like this go under the radar.  (bbc.com)

PEOPLE LAUGHED AT ME WHEN IS SAID THE VENUTIANS WERE THE ONES THAT WOULD GET US AND NOT THE MARTIANS.  WHO’S LAUGHING NOW? – Scientists have discovered that the chemical compound Phosphine is found in the clouds of Venus.  Phosphine is made up of one atom of phosphorus and three atoms of hydrogen and is important because it has only been found on Jupiter, Saturn, Earth and Venus.  So either Venus has secretly been a gas giant all this time or it might harbor life like on Earth.  The information and analysis is still fresh, but this might be a sign that Venus has microbes on it.  We’ll know more once Elon Musk reads the headlines and decides that he now wants to go to Venus instead of Mars like some unsupervised kid with ADD.  Onward to Venus!  (space.com)

COVID-19 UPDATE – Yup, the coronavirus is still around and no one seems to care about precautions.  More than likely, it’s going to get a lot worse this coming winter.  Stay tuned.

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – August 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE BRIDGE OF THE AMERICAS/PUENTE LIBRE MIGHT GET FUNDING FOR EXPANSION AND MODERNIZATION.  WHO SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY INCOMPETENT? – In a bit of good news for the local economy, the house passed the appropriations bill H.R. 7617 that includes $700 million for improvements on the Bridge of the Americas/Puente Libre that connects central El Paso with central Juarez.  Increasing trade traffic would be great for the area and pump much needed money into the economy.  The news was announced by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and now the bill will go to the Senate where it will hopefully be passed and not bogged down by the majority Republican idiots in that chamber.  Maybe if we tell the Senate that the bill likes to drink beer and molest women they’ll pass it in record time.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

TURNS OUT ALL OF SOCORRO AND THE LOWER VALLEY IS A FLOOD ZONE.  WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN BY LOOKING AT THE FLAT LAND ALL ALONG THE RIVER THAT IT WAS PRONE TO FLOODING?  I’M GLAD THAT FEMA IS HERE TO MAKE NON-OBVIOUS MAPS – FEMA has just created a new preliminary flood map for El Paso and a bunch of the region is now in the flood zone.  This will have an impact on property values and development costs, but no real changes will occur in the areas that flood.  The valley will just keep on flooding like it always does, it’s a mystery that flat land next to the river floods.  When will the mystery be unraveled?  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

FIRST THEY START MAKING TORTILLAS, THEN THEY KILL US ALL.  THIS IS HOW TERMINATOR SHOULD HAVE REALLY STARTED – New Mexico State University has partnered with Minerva Robotics via the university’s Arrowhead Center to create a tortilla making robot.  The robot will use artificial intelligence and improved efficiencies to automate the corn tortilla production process and create gourmet tortillas that rival the homemade variety.  First the robots will replace the tortilla makers, then the robots will replace all of humanity – and it all started at NMSU!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

HAPPY TRAILS TO OUR GREATER MOGOLLON FRIENDS LOST IN AUGUST – Rudo the Lion passed away this month.  The 7 year old lion at the El Paso Zoo suffered from a neurological issue and was put down after paralysis set in.  Rest in peace, young lion.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

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THAT’S AN EXPLOSION FOR THE RECORD BOOKS.  IT’S PERHAPS THE LARGEST EXPLOSION EVER CAUSED BY GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE AND CORRUPTION – Earlier this month, a massive explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon and killed over 200 people and caused thousands of injuries.  The explosion was caused when a fire ignited 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the port for over six years.  Apparently, the government was so incompetent that they kept tons of highly explosive material in an unsafe environment because they couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  The outrage has been high in the country and now it looks like most of the government will step down in disgrace over this failure of basic governance.  Hopefully, Beirut bounces back from this and Lebanon improves its government by not electing corrupt morons.  (bbc.com)

THE ELECTION SYSTEM IN BELARUS IS LIKE DONALD TRUMP’S WET DREAM.  THEY DON’T EVEN BOTHER COUNTING VOTES, THE GOVERNMENT JUST MAKES UP WHATEVER RESULTS THEY WANT – After widespread voting irregularities and the government’s insistence on declaring dictator Alexander Lukashenko the victor of the presidential election, the people of Belarus have taken to the streets to protest.  Tens of thousands of people have gone to the streets to fight back against the corruption and obvious voter fraud that has kept the corrupt government in power for decades.  The protests keep on growing but the ruling government is steadfast in staying in power.  Fight the good fight, people of Belarus.  (npr.org)

MALI JUST HAD A COUP AND THE CLUSTERFUCK IN THAT COUNTRY JUST KEEPS GROWING – After months of opposition protests, a faction of the Mali armed forces have “arrested” President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and forced him to resign.  The coup d’etat leaders have vowed to proceed with “democratic elections”, but nothing is off the table in bonkers African politics.  Even “democratically-elected dictators” are a possibility once the coup d’etats start up around here.  It’s like a slightly warmer Belarus.  (aljazeera.com)

AND THE COVID PANDEMIC STILL KEEPS ON GOING – While some countries have taken the health crisis seriously, some countries care more about money and the fictional muhkonamy than human lives.  So as it stands, hundreds of thousands are dead and millions are infected and the numbers keep growing.  And we still haven’t reached the second wave.  (simplemindedentertainment.com)

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – July 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE EL PASO DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY’S WORST KEPT SECRET IS FINALLY OFFICIAL.  AMAZON IS BUILDING A BIG ASS BUILDING IN EL PASO – Amazon officially announced this month that they are building a large fulfillment warehouse on the eastern edge of the city.  The project is quite large and is going up on that large lot that is bordered by Rojas, Eastlake and I-10/Gateway West.  Construction crews can currently be seen in the area almost 24/7, so Amazon means business when they say they want it up and running by 2021.  So now El Pasoans will get the chance to work a warehouse job for slightly-above menial wages as Jeff Bezos becomes the world’s first meeleeon-beeleeonaire.  Hooray!  (kvia.com)

EVERYBODY KNOWS THE HOTTEST PART OF EL PASO IS BUTT TOWN (THE STRIPTASTICAL STRETCH OF GATEWAY WEST BETWEEN RED PARROT AND JAGUARS).  WE DON’T NEED A FANCY SCIENTIFIC STUDY TO KNOW THAT – The city of El Paso has announced that it is collaborating with multiple local and national organizations to create a heat map of El Paso.  The group will collect data this summer to determine where the highest temperatures are found throughout the city in order to understand where people are more at risk from dangerously high temperatures.  I think the recent heatwave has shown that 100% of El Paso is really, really fucking hot in the summer – study complete!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE!  YOU’RE OUR FAVORITE MILITARY TESTING GROUND (AND OUR FAVORITE NON-SECRET NON-ALIEN TECHNOLOGY NON-RESEARCH CENTER WINK WINK) – White Sands base celebrated it’s 75th Anniversary this month and we salute it for the great economic and military impact it has had on the region in that time.  The military complex started as the White Sands Proving Ground on July 9, 1945 and has expanded substantially since then.  Happy Birthday!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL ISN’T GOING TO LET A PANDEMIC STOP THE MOVIES.  LIKE CLONED DINOSAURS, THEY FIND A WAY – Don’t forget to support the Plaza Classic Film Festival this summer.  They will keep the yearly fest going this year with drive-in movies and online screenings.  I’ll miss the experience of watching a classic movie in a wonderful theatre, but classic movies on drive-in screens isn’t too shabby.  As an added bonus, the movies will now be playing in different locations all around the city so you don’t have to travel far to watch some great films  That’s such a good idea that I hope they keep the traveling drive-in portion of the festival even after the pandemic is over.  (theprospectordaily.com)

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THE PANDEMIC IS STILL GOING STRONG AND NOW WE  HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LONG TERM DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE VIRUS –  Despite some people trying to downplay the current situation for petty political reasons, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a very serious and dangerous issue for the world.  On top of the hospitalizations straining the system and the tragic deaths; we keep on getting word that for those that survive the virus there might be some long term ailments to look out for.  Recent studies and observations have found that the impact of the coronavirus includes memory loss, chronic fatigue, cognitive issues as well as organ damage.  It almost seems like the virus keeps on getting more powers the more we find out about it.  And yet some people still refuse to wear a face mask because it’s the devil or some other stupid reason of that nature.  (sciencemag.org)

LOOK EVERYBODY, DONALD TRUMP NOW HAS A SECRET POLICE THAT ABDUCTS PEOPLE FOR NO REASON.  BUT HE’S NOT A FASCIST, HE JUST DOES FASCIST THINGS BECAUSE HE LOVES AMERICA SO MUCH – Because the Justice Department is now just filled with sycophants that want to suck Donald Trump’s dick, federal agents are going around Portland and abducting people illegally on Donald Trump’s command.  The excuse is because Antifa is some sort of super terrorist group and they are “destroying” Portland.  But the real reason is because Donald Trump is a thin-skinned pussy and he just wants to act like a dictator to impress the racist morons who support him.  And now he’s even threatening to send his secret police to other cities.  So this is how freedom dies in America.  (npr.org)

REMEMBER WHEN TURKEY WAS THE MODEL OF PROGRESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST?  PRESIDENT ERDOGAN REALLY DID AN AMAZING JOB OF RUNNING HIS COUNTRY TO THE GROUND – In a largely political gesture to appease his idiot Islamist followers, Erdogan has converted the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque after serving as a museum and a symbol of Turkey’s secular triumph in the 20th century.  The building is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and was originally built as a cathedral in 537 and eventually became a mosque in 1453 after the Fall Of Constantinople.  So now we wait until Erdogan gets more desperate as the economy and society continues to implode and he finally makes Turkey a full-blown Islamist country.  At that point it will become Iraq 2.0 and the world will just shrug its shoulders after the country explodes.  Good job, Erdogan.  (bbc.com)

WE POUR ONE OUT TO THOSE WE LOST IN JULYJohn Lewis was a key figure in the civil rights movement in the ‘60s and his subsequent work as a congressman had a profound impact on equal rights in this country.  He passed away at the age of 80 and his legacy is evident with the sheer number of memorials around the country.  Carl Reiner was one of the leading comedians of the ‘50s who worked as a writer, director and actor in the early days of television and who had a great influence on comedy in the decades to come.  He passed away this month at the age of 98.  Olivia De Havilland was the last living main cast member from Gone With The Wind, but her acting career went far beyond one movie.  She was regarded as a great beauty and an amazing talent and had a successful career in Hollywood before retiring to France.  She passed away this month a the age of 104.  Regis Philbin had a very long career in television, but to people my age he will always be remembered for his hosting duties on Live With Regis And Kathie Lee and for being Mr. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.  He passed away at the age of 89.  I remember Hugh Downs from his work on 20/20 and for appearing in practically every news special on TV when I was growing up.  He retired decades ago but his memory will live on for anyone who ever watched copious amounts of TV growing up in the ‘80s.  He passed away this month at the age of 99.  Rest in peace.  (apnews.com / deadline.com)

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – June 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

SUPER ARROYOS HAVE ARRIVED TO SAVE THE DAY! – El Paso Water is showing some vision and intelligence by going forward with its new “aquifer recharge project”.  The project seeks to use excess treated water from the river and other sources to replenish our main aquifer.  One of the main highlights of the project will be an enhanced arroyo (super arroyo) that will not only filter water down to the aquifer but will also provide beautiful landscaping and trails for people to enjoy the outdoors.  Kudos, El Paso Water.  And all hail Super Arroyo, our new overlord.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

WHO EVER THOUGHT THE PLAZA HOTEL WOULD FINISH ITS RENOVATION FASTER THAN THE NEXT-DOOR PASO DEL NORTE HOTEL.  AND THE PASO DEL NORTE HOTEL GOT SWEET, SWEET GOVERNMENT HELP.  I’M SURE THEY’LL JUST BLAME CORONAVIRUS – It’s official, the Plaza Hotel at Pioneer Park is now open for business.  The hotel opened on June 17 after an extensive multi-million dollar renovation done by owner – and Paso Del Norte’s very own Mr. Burns – Paul Foster.  The hotel was originally scheduled to open earlier this year, but COVID-19 sort of delayed plans a little bit.  The hotel was designed by Henry C. Trost and was built by Conrad Hilton during the Great Depression, so the hotel is used to grand openings during major global events.  Overall, the over $70 million renovation project looks great and the restaurants and meeting spaces look to make this one of the best hotels in the city and surrounding greater Mogollon region.  (kvia.com)

IF WE PLAY OUR CARDS RIGHT, WE CAN HAVE A TOMMY LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN EL PASO.  COMPLETE WITH ANACONDA MASCOTS AND METHODS OF MAYHEM PLAYING AT THE ASSEMBLIES – The El Paso Independent School District just realized that naming a school after a traitor who fought to keep people enslaved is probably not a very progressive idea.  Thus, Robert E. Lee Elementary in Northeast El Paso will now get a name change.  If they want to save money, they can just keep the Lee Elementary Name and find someone else to honor who has ‘Lee’ as a surname.  I suggest Bruce Lee Elementary, Stan Lee Elementary, Christopher Lee Elementary, Geddy Lee Elementary, Jason Lee Elementary, Spike Lee Elementary or, most awesomely, TOMMY LEE ELEMENTARY AND MOTLEY CRUE MIDDLE SCHOOL!  Make this happen, El Paso.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

REMEMBER WHEN THEY SAID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WAS DYING DOWN AND THAT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO REOPEN?  YEAH, IT WASN’T TRUE – Coronavirus continues to run rampant around the world and no matter how hard some people try to minimize the virus in order to “reopen muh konomy”, things are still pretty bad.  Recently the pandemic has exploded in big states like Texas and Florida and reopening plans have obviously stalled as a result.  Things can only get better though … right?  (bbc.com)

LOOKS LIKE IT IS ALREADY 2047 IN HONG KONG – China has just passed a tough national security law that aims to declaw Hong Kong and make any political dissent illegal in the territory.  Hong Kong came back under Chinese rule in 1997 under the “One Country, Two Systems” plan that saw the transfer of the territory from British rule.  The idea was that Hong Kong would have a sort of semi-independence from China until 2047 in order to lessen any sudden shock from the political and economic shift that would occur in the territory.  Due to recent protests and general unrest, it looks like China wants to cash-in its chips early and just bring in Hong Kong as soon as possible.  At this point it seems like Hong Kong will never be able to return to its past version and must now adapt to being a part of China.  If it doesn’t happen now, it will eventually happen in 2047.  (npr.org)

KIM JONG UN THREW A TEMPER TANTRUM AND BLEW UP A BUILDING THIS MONTH.  I GUESS HE WANTED ATTENTION BECAUSE THE WORLD IS FOCUSED ON OTHER MORE IMPORTANT THINGS AND HAS BEEN IGNORING NORTH KOREA RECENTLY – A joint liaison building has been blown up by the North Korean government near the town of Kaesong.  The building was destroyed for no apparent reason and the action is part of North Korea’s recent sabre rattling to try and gain some attention.  It seems like most governments around the world are run by overgrown children who throw tantrums and are getting cranky because COVID-19 just won’t go away.  Join us next time to see what random object North Korea will blow up next.  (bbc.com)

WE POUR ONE OUT TO THOSE WE LOST IN JUNE – Back To School is one of the most underrated comedies of all time and is one of the quintessential ‘80s comedies.  Alan Metter was the director of that film and he also directed a few other great comedies along the way.  Although he is not regarded as highly as some other comedy directors of the era, he had a great career and retired from directing to lead a comfortable life.  He passed away this month at the age of 77 and we will always be grateful for his help in bringing the awesometastic Back To School to life   (hollywoodreporter.com)

 

Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – May 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

DID YOU KNOW EL PASO HAS AN EXTREME WEATHER TASK FORCE?  THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOME SORT OF HARDCORE SUPERHERO TEAM! – Summer is here and that means the Greater Mogollon region will now be bombarded by intense soul-scorching heat.  Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic and social unrest, we should not forget that the harsh desert summers can be deadly and that some people need help keeping cool in the summer.  Enter El Paso’s Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF).  The organization is limited in their distribution and fundraising because of current events, but they are still doing their best to distribute fans to those in need and providing information on how to keep cool in the summer.  So if you need a fan this summer or want to help the community with a donation, contact thew EWTF.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS REACH EL PASO – The protests that started in Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd by police have now reached El Paso.  Police reform is a very important topic and people in El Paso have come together to peacefully protest against police brutality and other related issues.  There were some small skirmishes between police and protesters in Memorial Park after the event ended, but nothing major compared to other cities.  The El Paso Police Department is nowhere near as bad as the New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Austin or Seattle police departments; but there is always room for improvement.  Let’s keep these protests peaceful and push for meaningful change in El Paso and beyond.  (cbs4local.com)

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP FOR THE EL PASO MEXICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER.  I HOPE PEOPLE CAME IN WITH GREAT IDEAS LIKE ‘BUILDING A CHICO’S TACOS INSIDE THE CENTER’ AND ‘A STATUE CELEBRATING SELENA’S LUSCIOUS ASS’ – El Paso’s planned Mexican-American Cultural Center is still a thing and the city held a virtual workshop in early May to allow random people the opportunity to complain and make stupid suggestions via Zoom (it’s the El Paso way).  All in all, the project will improve the downtown library and the surrounding area so it will be nice to see more daytime activity in that area – along with the children’s museum once that is completed as well.  There are still some reservations about building a Mexican-American center in a city that is over 80% Hispanic – which is like building a white pride museum in the middle of Buttfuck, Alabama.  But if they build a classy and well thought out center it should all be worth it.  (ktsm.com)

HAPPY TRAILS TO OUR GREATER MOGOLLON FRIENDS LOST IN MAY – UTEP football legend Fred Wendt passed away this month at the age of 95.  He is regarded as one of the best running backs to ever play at UTEP and his playing career in the ‘40s produced many records that still stand to this day.  Rest in peace, Mr. Wendt.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IF YOU THOUGHT 2020 COULDN’T GET ANY CRAZIER, WELL IT JUST GOT CRAZIER – George Floyd was murdered while being ‘restrained’ by Minneapolis police and the resulting protests grew into riots and looting after the Minneapolis government failed to act in a timely manner against the police.  The situation reached a tipping point when rioters burned down a police precinct in the city and the protests spread throughout the country and the world.  The protests have only grown in recent days and people of all colors and backgrounds have joined in calling for change.  It feels like this has grown larger than just a protest against the Minneapolis police and has become a call to arms against racism, poverty and police brutality worldwide.  This has all been exasperated by the current COVID-19 pandemic which has shut down sports, movies, concerts and other forms of ‘bread and circuses’ that normally distract people from what’s happening around them.  Now the blinders are off and people are not distracted by trivial pursuits and can focus on what is really important.  2020 has been a crazy year but at least it can’t get any more wild, right?  Wait, hurricane season just started.  Of course it’s only going to get crazier.  Rest in peace, George Floyd.  Like Mohamed Bouazizi, George Floyd will go down in history as those whose abuse and death at the hands of corrupt authorities will not be in vain.    (bbc.com)

OH RIGHT, CORONAVIRUS IS STILL AROUND.  ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND – The COVID-19 pandemic is still going strong around the world and now America has passed the 100,000 death mark.  The coronavirus has now spread around most of the world and places like Brazil and India are starting to feel the most dire effects of the virus.  No matter how hard they try to frame this, this is only the beginning and it looks like the worst is yet to come.  Add in millions of people protesting and a new spike in cases is almost assured in the coming weeks.  But at least the bars get to open up again and the rich get richer after trillions are pumped into the stock market by the government.  It’s almost as if the powers that be want us sedated while they fix the system so that only the rich come out unscathed.  (bbc.com)

LOOK AT CHINA OVER THERE, SECRETLY TRYING TO MOVE THE CLOCK FORWARD TO 2047 WHILE EVERYONE IS DISTRACTED – The Chinese government has imposed national security laws on Hong Kong without their full consent and now there are complaints that Hong Kong is losing their sovereignty.  The ‘One Country, Two Systems’ agreement that governs Hong Kong was set to expire in 2047 and now it seems like that deadline will be symbolic as China seeks to fast forward their obvious ‘unification’ plans.  No matter how hard they protest, it seems like there will be no help for the Hong Kong protestors as the rest of the world struggles with their own issues.  Hell, even the U.S. government wants to strip Hong Kong of its special trade status in order to hurt China economically.  It seems like no one will fight for Hong Kong and that 2047 is just an eventuality that will come sooner rather than later.  (reuters.com)

WE POUR ONE OUT TO THOSE WE LOST IN MAYLittle Richard is perhaps one of the most underappreciated rock stars in history.  He was one of the first over-the-top pop music performers – when he started out in the ‘50s – who not only focused on the music but the visual elements of a live performance.  His on-stage persona influenced many musicians for decades to come.  He passed away in May at the age of 87 and his influence still lives on and will continue to exist as long as pop music lives on.  Fred Willard had an impressive career in comedy that spanned decades and included several movies and TV shows including Best In Show and Modern Family.  He passed away last month at the age of 86 and will be remembered as a comedy legend.  Few actors are able to create a truly iconic character, but Ken Osmond did just that when he brought Eddie Haskell to life on Leave It To Beaver.  In addition to creating such an iconic role, he continued acting on various projects afterwards and even became a police officer in Los Angeles.  Ken died last month at the age of 76 but will live on forever as the manipulative-yet-likable Eddie Haskell.  Rest in peace.  (deadline.com)

 

 

Simple Minded Recap-ITATION! – Top 100 Songs Of 2019 And Analysis

Top 100 Songs 2019 / Songs, Album, Language & Geography Analysis

Here’s our full recap of the Simple Minded Entertainment Top 100 Songs of 2019 including breakdowns by album, geography and language. Enjoy.

SIMPLE MINDED TOP 100 SONGS OF 2019

1. “Hypersonic Missiles” – Sam Fender – (Hypersonic Missiles)
2. “Make Art Not Friends” – Sturgill Simpson – (Sound & Fury)
3. “Daisy” – Pond – (Tasmania)
4. “Lost” – Dermot Kennedy – (Without Fear)
5. “Not” – Big Thief – (Two Hands)
6. “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” – Caroline Polachek – (Pang)
7. “Mercury In Retrograde” – Sturgill Simpson – (Sound & Fury)
8. “Hot Girl Bummer” – Blackbear
9. “bmbmbm” – black midi – (Schlagenheim)
10. “Faraway Look” – Yola – (Walk Through Fire)

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Simple Minded Monthly Recap-ITATION! – April 2020

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

EVEN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC CAN’T KEEP SAN ELIZARIO DOWN – The City of San Elizario has been ahead of the curve when it comes to urban agriculture and their City-To-Table program was one of the best urban garden programs in the region before the pandemic hit us all.  Not to be deterred, San Elizario has launched the City-In-A-Box program that will give every household in the city the opportunity to have their own mini-garden at home to grow desert-friendly vegetables.  The kits they are giving out for free include a 2×2 raised bed, soil, seeds and instructions.  So if you live in San Elizario, make sure to contact the city’s Urban Agriculture Department and start your own little farm.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

TONY THE TIGER IS IN EL PASO TO HELP FEED THE HUNGRY.  WE ARE SAVED! – Among the many issues the pandemic and lockdown have brought to the region, food scarcity is one of the bigger ones.  Fortunately, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger has been doing all they can to make sure everyone that needs help can get food for their family.  And now they have the combined might of Tony The Tiger and the National Guard to make sure even more food is distributed to the community!  I was a bit disappointed to see that Tony The Tiger was not wearing a face mask while giving out food, but I assume cartoon tigers are immune to this virus.  I still love you, Mr. Tiger.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

MINOR LEAGUE SPORTS MAY BE OFF THE MENU FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, BUT OUR LOCAL SPORTS TEAMS HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN ABOUT US – In an effort to boost morale and show solidarity with the community, local professional sports teams have come together to showcase a message of hope for the region.  The Bravos De Juarez, El Paso Locomotive and El Paso Chihuahuas have joined forces and will be lighting up their stadiums and showing positive messages on their video boards in a show of solidarity between communities on both sides of the border.  The first event was livestreamed on April 29 and the next one will occur on May 6 and will also be shown on the team’s respective internet outlets.  We miss you too, Chico The Chihuahua.  (cbs4local.com)

HAPPY TRAILS TO OUR GREATER MOGOLLON FRIENDS LOST IN APRIL – Butterfield Trail Golf Club is officially closing as the City of El Paso tries to find ways to NOT lose money.  Municipal golf courses aren’t that profitable during times of prosperity and are a giant albatross around the neck during borderline economic recessions.  The course was out in the desert and never really made any money for the city, so its closing was sort of predictable.  But fret not, the course is very good and there is hope that a developer will end up buying it for pennies on the dollar and finally develop the area around Butterfield Trail.  The airport has a bunch of land it doesn’t need and maybe this will lead to more sales and development on these vacant lands.  (cbs4local.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

PROBLEM SOLVED, EVERYONE!  IF WE JUST DRINK LYSOL WE CAN KILL THE CORONAVIRUS.  WE ALSO DIE IN THE PROCESS, BUT AT LEAST THE VIRUS IS KILLED AND WE CAN “REOPEN THE ECONOMY” – The COVID-19 Pandemic is still raging across the globe and Donald Trump is still babbling on like a dementia-riddled old man.  This month, Dr. Donald Trump gave us his ideas on using disinfectants and UV rays in fighting the virus in a rant that was incoherent and stupid even by Trump’s standards.  The only reason he is so desperate to “cure” the disease is because his entire re-election hinges on the strength of the economy – Donald Trump could care less if average people live or die.  Amazingly, the idiot has managed to turn “reopen the economy” as a campaign slogan even though the economy is already open and is just limiting non-essential businesses.  As long as Wal-Mart and Amazon are open, THE ECONOMY IS FUCKING OPEN.  Hell, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s are hiring at this moment!  If you are a shuttered business owner and you need cash you can go there.  But at least we now have a scapegoat for the overinflated economy’s collapse.  Now every shitty business that goes under can claim the coronavirus.  (bbc.com)

FOR IT’S NEXT TRICK, OIL WILL NOW GO TO A NEGATIVE VALUE AND PEOPLE WILL STILL THINK THAT IT IS A GREAT INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE – They finally did it.  Oil producers have kept putting product on the market despite low demand and now we are at a point where they will pay people to take the oil due to storage issues.  This unprecedented phenomenon occurred this month when WTI oil contracts for April were about to be closed and traders were scrambling to sell them off.  Unlike stocks, when you buy commodity contracts on the market you have to either sell them off or actually pick up the product or pay a fee when the contract comes to term.  Oil prices have stabilized now, but the roller coaster will continue until the middle of May when the contracts start hitting the month’s deadline and all hell breaks loose when they realize that the storage and demand isn’t there for the oil they keep pumping.  Though rest assured, the Fed is working overtime to figure out a way to use their magic money printing machine to inflate this commodity as well.  (Bloomberg.com)

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BIG TO BE TOUGH.  MEET THE HERO SHREW, THE ANIMAL WITH THE WORLD’S STRONGEST BACKBONE – Scientists have begun to unravel the secrets of the interlocked vertebrae of the hero shrew that allows it to withstand an amazing amount of pressure for an animal of its size.  A new study has come out that sheds more light onto the inner workings of this amazing animal.  The hero shrew is so tough that there are stories of full grown men stepping on them with no damage to the little shrew.  Thankfully, that experiment was not repeated for these studies.  So grow a backbone and be strong like the hero shrew.  It might be small, but the hero shrew is tougher than most.  Go read the full report for more detailed info on this fascinating little mammal.  (sciencenews.org)