The Cuban flag was raised in Washington this morning, signifying restored relations.
The Ashley Madison site has been hacked, putting the personal information of cheaters at risk of being publicly exposed.
Banks in Greece have opened for the first time in three weeks.
In local news, an employee at a 7-Eleven on Kathryn Ave. was shot early this morning while trying to break up a fight.
The confederate flag still flies in Old Town, but lawmakers are calling for its removal.
Brazil hosted the Rubik's Cube World Championship over the weekend.
After three decades of loyal service, a toll booth operator was canned for paying someone's toll.
A shark attack interrupted a surfing championship in South Africa.
New Mexico to consider legalizing assisted suicide.
Sandia Peak Ski Area is opening early this Friday.
City of Albuquerque spends a lot of money settling lawsuits and now some settlement details are available to public online.
Denver City Council amended the weed law so it is OK to blaze on your front lawn, balcony, etc.
Obama shook hands with Raul Castro at Mandela's memorial.
In other Cuba news, Russia plans to forgive 29 billion dollars owed to her by the tiny communist country.
Yet another way the NSA is spying on everybody all the time.
Previously unknown Johnny Cash record to be released.
Great collection of (NSFW) ancient Pompeii graffiti.
Learn what a "sun dog" is.
Joan Jett demanding Sea World stop blasting her music at Shamu.
Christiane F. has a new book, says she's dying.
New Mexico is now a federally funded "Solar Energy Zone."
Everybody loves a great art-forgery story.
Nifty pictures of Space Shuttle Endeavour's passage through Los Angeles.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston is in hot water over his choice of words when referring to women.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn says lust is not a crime.
Did you know that some competitive horses are clones?
John Rogers owns A LOT of photographs.
"Million Muppet March" planned.
The Cuban Missile Crisis wasn't over when the U.S. thought it was over.
Why does the McRib appear around Christmas?
Man claims discrimination after being kicked out of a Perth bar because he has a mullet.
"Americans" is a short film about American politics starring Sean Penn and Kid Rock. They hug and buy a Prius, as well as some other weird shit.
I really don't know what to think of Duncan Trussell.
On this day in 1894, E.E. Cummings was born.
Bjork's new album has Tesla coils in it!
Occupy Las Cruces protesters given eviction notice from police.
Girls Scouts can earn locavore merit badges now.
Herman Cain says this is all Rick Perry's fault.
Cubans will be allowed to own property.
China and Russia have been spying on us.
Severely creepy old-tyme photographs.
Grand Theft Auto V will look like this.
Beware of frogs in your bagged salad.
Sarcastic responses to well-meaning signs. (Thanks Carl!)
Your grandpa could be a prostitute.
Thanks, Smashing Magazine: Free calendar wallpaper downloads for the month of November. I like the "The Most Productive Month."
The Alibi is throwing a totally amazing Pride party at Casa Esencia, and some of my mysterious friends are playing. Three of the best (and most fun, and good looking) musicians around have formed the band La Jaula, and they're going to sex it up on Wednesday, June 8. The group is hard to catch, often playing underground cabarets or house parties, but the members have agreed to appear at the Alibi Pride event in all their full glory.
They perform Cuban boleros, Argentinian tangos, Mexican ballads and more, while playing characters that are sultry and funny.
La Jaula goes on pretty early—around 7:30 p.m. or 8—and you want to eat the delicious food from Standard Diner and Rodeo Grill before it's gone anyway, so come at the beginning of the party.
Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00pm - June 9 at 12:00am
DJ Nicolatron, DJ Tahnee, DJ Mello and the Alibi's own music editor, DJ Cassyle, all spinning glam rock, disco and electro. Sweet!
40 new plant and animal species discovered off the coast of Indonesia. Think: giant sea spiders and carnivorous flower sponges.
Where did the stimulus money go?
Glenn Beck to host a rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the speech's anniversary.
Ex-RNC chair and Bush's campaign manager reveals that he's gay.
Women of Wal-Mart join together in a class-action discrimination suit.
German singer won't do jail time for exposing two men to HIV.
Cigarettes will no longer be free for those over 54 in Cuba.
Uranium drilling starts near Grants.
Old man in Santa Fe says the 15-year-old girl was teasing him.
Federal money will help New Mexicans buy food from farmer's markets.
President Obama will be in El Paso on Tuesday.
Rio Rancho may outlaw selling cats and dogs in pet stores.
Journal apologizes to Juarez, which is not the murder capital of the world.
Burger King's 2,500-calorie pizza burger.
1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
1846 – The United States declares war on Mexico. Mexico, claiming that the official boundary was the Nueces River, considered the advance of Taylor's army an act of aggression (which it was) and in April sent troops across the Rio Grande. Polk, in turn, declared the Mexican advance to be an invasion of U.S. soil, he asked Congress to declare war on Mexico, which they did.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848, ended the war. The Rio Grande was made the southern boundary of Texas, and California and New Mexico were ceded to the United States. In return, the United States paid Mexico the sum of $15 million.
1917 – Ten year old Lúcia Santos and her younger cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto report the first apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal. She appeared for six consecutive months on the 13th of each month. According to Lúcia's account, the woman imparted sacred secrets to the children.
Two of the children died, Spanish Flu. Both children had their remains exhumed in 1935 and again in 1951. Jacinta's face was found incorrupt, fresh as a daisy; where as her brother’s body had decomposed. Who decided to dig them up? We should do that again. That left Lucia as the only shitty secret keeper. The Vatican made her tell, therefore negating all of existence.
Nazi/Emperor Pope said of the third secret and final secret:
"A careful reading of the text of the so-called third 'secret' of Fatima ... will probably prove disappointing or surprising after all the speculation it has stirred. No great mystery is revealed; nor is the future unveiled."
I'm swayed more by, Father Malachi Martin, who wrote the 3rd was all about the satanic infiltration of the Catholic Church, and the approach of apocalyptic events. Dude, the Emperor is in charge!
1933 - Roger Zelazny, American author, is born.
1940 - Winston Churchill gave his first speech to the British Parliament:
I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.
You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs — Victory in spite of all terror — Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.
1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor, begotten by the father.
1994 – Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
Trombonist, percussionist, composer and arranger César Bauvallet spent his childhood immersed in the sones, danzones, boleros and cha-cha-chas of Cuba’s Golden Era of Music—a veritable explosion of traditional music whose romance and rhythms found their way into jazz and popular music around the world. Bauvallet’s father, Daniel, was at the heart of that era, and his performances as a singer in Havana nightclubs helped to define the essence of the music for generations. The tradition continues with César Bauvallet y Tradiciones—Steve Figueroa (piano), Paul Gonzales (trumpet), Janet Harman (bass), Victor Rodriguez (congas, bongos and vocals) and Tomás White (timbale)—who savor the heart, soul and intoxicating romance of the Afro-Cuban legacy. Tonight they perform at Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and students and $15 for general admission. Call (505) 268-0044 for more information.
In this week’s music section, Mel Minter writes, “Cuban pianist, marimbist and composer Omar Sosa plays up and down the tree of music, sounding its deepest African roots and the greenest buds in its ever-spreading canopy. Every note summons listeners to a joyful ceremony of communion.” Read the rest of the story here. Omar Sosa’s Afreecanos perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). For Tickets, $30 to $25 for members and students, call 268-0044.