Archive for October 21st, 2010

October 21, 2010

Did you buy a lemon? A few tips to fight back

by Carlos Macías

I remember when I was a child, my parents had almost every appliance needed in a normal middle class home. I never saw them replacing the blender, the home stereo or even the refrigerator. I left my house when I was 18 years old and those same appliances stayed with them for many years. Today, it seems that if you buy a fancy LCD or Plasma TV it will fail within a few years of use, and your washing machine as well as your car will need repairs before you finish paying for them. If you haven’t noticed, the quality of most household products and cars in America has declined considerably. 

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October 21, 2010

Testing positive for pleasure

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by Nicolle Morales Kern

As you may have heard, Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment, two major porn studios, have postponed filming this past week because one actor tested positive for HIV. This is not the first time. Since the major outbreak in 2004 involving Darren James, a reported nine actors are being treated for HIV.

One of the responses from those in the industry was that the viewers do not want to see sex with condoms because it destroys the fantasy. Such statements and beliefs are a reflection of the laissez-faire attitude toward HIV. If porn stars are going raw (having sex without a condom) without any visible ramifications, then those who watch them will believe that they too can get away with no protection and try to emulate such behavior. 

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October 21, 2010

Are you speaking Spanglish?

by Eric Cortes

So you’re heading out to meet friends at the club and there’s no where to park. You’re in the predominately Latino neighborhood where pretty much no one speaks English. You’re now fed up and want to ask where to park; you see someone and ask, “Nunca hay donde parquear.” The stranger gives you a look. What did you just do wrong? You just made up a word and killed the Spanish language. Are you a victim of criticism from your family? Does your brain translate things in both English and Spanish? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one because it’s happening more and more to “our” generation.

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October 21, 2010

A Drug Lord’s Tool…?

by Keyla Cedano

I was just reading an article about the newly selected police chief in the northern section of Mexico’s Chihuahua; Marisol Valles Garcia. The criminology student, who happens to be a 20 year old from another small town in Mexico and the only individual to accept the job, was sworn in the crime-stricken town fully strapped with prevencion, solidaridad, y educacion.

These are her weapons to bring out safety in the town where the drug cartels are responsible for an alleged over 28,000 deaths in the past four years alone. Yes, TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND BODIES. Garcia was quoted as saying she will not intervene with matters involving the drug cartel because that falls under the responsibility of another branch of authority.

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October 21, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Janid

by Lance Rios

We at Being Latino embrace diversity, we look to break stereotypes and are striving to show the world that we are not a group of people that can be placed in one box.

This artist is doing just that!

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October 21, 2010

Why Latinos live Longer

by Adriana Villavicencio

Last week, the CDC reported that Hispanics in the United States outlive non-Hispanic whites by more than two years and Blacks by more than seven. Some offered the “healthy migrant effect” as an explanation: healthy people are more likely to emigrate. But David Hayes-Bautista, the Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture observed that if it were, “we would see it in all immigrant groups” (USA Today). In other words, it must be something Latinos are doing.

So what is it then? Until Dr. Arias and her team can produce more research on causal factors, I provide here my very non-scientific theories on why we live longer:

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