26 03 2008

One Sunday afternoon we found this wonderful animated show called Pocoyo. 


 Pocoyo is a show for preschoolers, it is the cutest thing I have ever seen. We could not stop watching. This show is very well made, it is currently all over the world and translated to many different languages. What I liked the best was that it is incredibly innocent and enjoyable.

The show is about Pocoyo a 3 year old (dressed in blue) and his friends and their little adventures. His friends are Pato (duck in Spanish), Eli a Pink elephant, Lula a dog, and even an octopus.

Here is a link to their website and their official blog

For a taste of Pocoyo, I have a video here, and you can find them in different languages in Youtube.


Race-Ethnicity, can you tell who is who?

25 03 2008

These are from the Secret Asian Man…great comic strip.

Click on the image to see it larger.



Immigration Nation

24 03 2008

Caption: Immigration nation. They speak funny. They look different. They don’t behave like us. Excellent! New Zealand need immigrants more than ever.

This is a different take on immigration from Idealog a business magazine from New Zealand you can find their article here  


23 03 2008

I grew up in a homophobic culture, I have never considered myself that, but after living here for a while I can say I was a homo-ignorant.

I have always thought that I had an open mind, but since I moved to the US I have realized how much more it has and could open. I can really appreciate the openness that I perceive here toward the LGBT community.

Not too long ago I was at a diversity summit and I was talking with the man that was heading the LGBT display. He needed to go and ask me to stand there for a while until his replacement came. While I was waiting an Alien, like me, came by and started reading the display. He was from a different part of the world, but just like me Alien. He looked at me and asked “what is Homophobia?” I tried to explain the best I could and then I thought of the meaning of the word, homophobia = fear of homosexuality.

Fear that is the fuel for hate. I came to the realization that some people hate homosexuality and gender difference and all of it, because they are afraid. Most people on the LGBT community may say now DUUUH… It was an epiphany for me, okay?! LGBT people are Aliens in their own planet, for some people.

I believe that this culture, US culture, is a lot more open than the one I come from and I know that information and keeping and open mind is the only way of tearing down those barriers that still exist. I am a information/knowledge junky, so I safezone.jpgsafezone.jpgwatch shows on discovery channel about LGBT, issues I watch the Logo channel to learn about the culture, I ask questions when I feel it is appropriate and I even signed up for a training so that I can be a safe person for them to turn if they need a friendly face.

Some people think that homosexuality is contagious, that it can be brought upon by your parents attitude, or that it is a choice. I know that there is a lot of judgment from all sides and I pity those that miss having wonderful friends and meeting exceptional people for fear of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

I can say I am not LGBT-literate, but I am a little less ignorant and my mind has opened a lot. I still have a lot to learn. I truly believe that we are all the same, and I act accordingly…Do you?


Immigration Raids in Michigan

22 03 2008

I attended a meeting this morning at a local church where people told their personal stories about their recent encounters with Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE. In the past couple of weeks there have been several raids in Washtenaw County, aided by Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township police departments. It is heartbreaking to hear their stories.

I understand the sentiment that people have against illegal or undocumented immigration, but there has been a campaign to dehumanize those people that feel the need to risk their lives coming here to work and try to make a better life for their families.

There were stories of areas targeted because of large Latino populations. There is an apartment complex where a lot of Latinos live; all of the people that I have met that lived there were college students. Well they raided there, just for their looks. I think that is called racial profiling.

I also heard the story of a 20 year old woman that was detained, after the verified that she had no criminal record she was told she could be let free on bail the following day…That did not happened. She was detained in Detroit and spent two weeks being shuffled to different detention center all over the country, living among convicted murderers and dangerous criminals. Each time she was moved she was subjected to strip-searches and other humiliating practices. I thought that law enforcement officials were trained to be able to distinguish between dangerous criminals and people that are not a risk to anybody. She was finally released two weeks later in the US Southwest. She is now awaiting deportation.

I also heard stories of abuse, interrogation techniques that border in torture, women separated from their children who are latter released and cannot find the whereabouts of their children.

There were stories about employers’ mistreatment, unpaid wages, and even banks that would open savings accounts to latter deny access to their money for lack of documents.

I know… Why do they come in the first place?

Well  I also learned about how US foreign policies and agreements have contributed to increase the impoverishment of other countries; and about the way in which these foreign workers contribute to the US economy. I want to learn more about these two issues, I don’t know enough to form an opinion.

My point here is not whether it is right or not for them to be here. My point is the subhuman treatment some of these people receive. I would like for people to put a human face to this issue and not see them as disposable labor, unwanted “Brown” people, pests invading our cities.

If your family was facing starvation, wouldn’t you do whatever you can for your parents, siblings, and children?  Some people are born with all odds against them, with little or no choices. We can’t compare a person born here to a disadvantaged family, to somebody born in some of those countries. Even most pets have a better live than some of those people, there is even a special police to protect them.

A lot of people in this country have a better regard and treatment for their pets… Does this make any sense??

Alien Invasion

20 03 2008

This video shows the view from the Alien side… It is an interesting prespective, and an even better message


12 Steps to raise a juvenile delinquent

19 03 2008

These comes from a leaflet from the Houston Police Department. It is apparently very old, there has been a little update. I believe it still applies.

  1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he/she wants. In thins way he/she will grow up to believe that the world owes him/her a living.
  2. When he/she picks up bad words, laugh at him/her. This will make him/her think that it is cute.
  3. Never give him/her any spiritual training. Wait until he/she is is twenty-one and then they can decide for themselves.
  4. Avoid the use of the word “wrong”. He/she may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him/her to believe later, when he/she is arrested , that society is against him/her and he/her is being persecuted.
  5. Pick up everything he/she leaves lying around. Do everything for him/her so that he/she will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
  6. Take his/her side against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
  7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won’t  be so shocked when the home is broken up later.
  8. Give the child all the spending money he/she wants. Never let them earn their own.
  9. Satisfy his/her every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that his/her every sensual desire is gratified.
  10. Let him/her read any printed material, what any movie or TV show, and listen to any music he/she can get his/her hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let their mind feast on garbage.
  11. When he/she gets into real trouble, apologize to yourself by saying, “I could never do anything with him/her.”
  12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will likely have it.