Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rest In Peace Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What a great literary giant we have lost.

Murio el hijo ilustre de Macondo (+Fotos)

USPS to issue new international global stamp in 2014

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Philatelist in Chief
Photo: U.S. Postal Service


Reminiscing about the 23 y 12 movie house

This was my favorite movie house in El Vedado. It was within walking distance of my home. After the movie ended, I would walk a few steps to that very famous and historical corner and buy very tasty Cuban Fritas. Cost: 10 centavos each. Can someone tell me what is the cost of that delicacy today in my old neighborhood? LONG LIVE CUBA!

Coverage by the news media of the Pativerdes historical win

Pinar del Rio Team
53rd National Baseball Series Champions
Photo: Ricardo Lopez Hevia

The Champions and their trophy
Photo: Juan Moreno

The Pativerdes won the championship in the 50th National Baseball Series of Cuba, and they have done it again in the 53rd. It proves that Señor Urquiola is a superb baseball manager. He should be named the new manager of Team Cuba in international competitions.


Juventud Rebelde
(Video of the GRAND SLAM of Luis A. Valdés)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pinar del Rio is the NEW champion of Cuban Baseball

Final score: Pinar del Rio 9, Matanzas 6.

Game 6 Recap

The game has started and Pinar del Rio has scored one run in the top of the first inning. PRI 1 , MTZ 0.

Matanzas counters by scoring two runs in the bottom  of the second inning. PRI 1, MTZ 2. Is this game going to be a slugfest?

MTZ scores another run. PRI 1, MTZ 3.

Yosvani Torres is pitching for PRI, and Joel Suarez for Matanzas.

PRI made two errors in the botton of the first inning. Very costly errors. MTZ scored two runs.

PRI has scored one run in the top of the fourth inning. PRI 2, MTZ 3.

We are now on the top of the fifth inning. Same score.

PRI has the bases loaded on the top of the sixth inning.

GRAND SLAM by Luis Alberto Valdez. PRI 6, MTZ 3.

PRI scores one more run. PRI 7, MTZ 3.

MTZ scores two runs. PRI 7, MTZ 5.

PRI scores another run. PRI 8, MTZ 5.

MTZ scores one more run. PRI 8, MTZ 6.

The top of the eigth inning has started. 10:19 PM.

Pativerdes add an insurance run. PRI 9, MTZ 6.

Bottom of the 9th inning.  Last chance for the Cocodrilos.

The Sixth Extinction: A Conversation With Elizabeth Kolbert

There have been five comparable periods of mass extinction, 
according to the author, 
but this one is being caused by us.

Consume, Screw, Kill
The origins of today’s mass extinction

Are Latinos abandoning Obama? Results of a recent poll.

Click on this link

JG: I abandoned him in the 2012 election, because of his continuation of the Cuba blockade/embargo. He is no different that Dubbya on that important issue for this blog.

The Bad Seed

Will world-wide unbridled capitalism, promulgated and carried forward by an evil breed of human destructors be the final nail in the coffin of species that we call Homo sapiens?

Looking at the sorry state of the world today, someone could make the case to rename our species to a more appropriate Homo Stupidus.

Homo sapiens, the name that we give to the species that we all belong to has been extremely successful in “conquering” the world.

Somewhere in the evolutionary road of our own species an undetermined group of people took the wrong turn in the road ahead of them.

They chose to take the bad path. They chose war and greed. It will destroy us and it could ultimately destroy the home that we all call Earth.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Game 6 of the finals has been suspended because of rain

It will  be played  on Tuesday at 7:15 PM.

The symbol which may replace the Christian cross in coming years

Extinction Symbol

The symbol is composed of an hourly glass (the two triangles) surrounded by a circle (representing the Earth.)

Will Homo Sapiens and world-wide capitalism destroy our planet?

Daniel Smith has written an excellent book review in the May 2014 edition of Harper's Magazine. The name of the book is The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Holt, 352 pages. $28.

I have already ordered my copy.   

7:15 PM tonight. Will the Pativerdes defeat the squad directed by Mr. YO?

"It ain't over till its over"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rare Vintage Photos of Cuba Before the Revolution

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See Rare Vintage Photos of Cuba Before the Revolution

President Carter: 'U.S. Is the No. 1 Warmonger on Earth'


April 10, 2014.

The Democrat criticized President Obama for not taking a more hands-on role in working toward Middle East peace in his first term.

“I know from experience that the best way to have the United States be a mediator is for the President himself to be deeply involved,” Carter said. “In this occasion, when Secretary Clinton was Secretary of State, she took very little action to bring about peace.”

The magazine also asked Carter about a recent quote attributed to him that “the U.S. is the No. 1 warmonger on Earth.”

The Nobel laureate replied, “Yes it is. It has been. You can look at the record, ever since the United Nations was formed after the Second World War, the United States has almost constantly been at war somewhere. There are about 30 countries where we have initiated armed conflict.”

Complete Article

Che Guevara Discurso Revolucionario

New Video Game Features Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

Published on Nov 29, 2013

A new video game that immortalises Cuba's revolution and a guerilla revolt led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara has become a hit in Havana's computer game parlours, with the mission of gamers to topple the 1950's dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Titled "Gesta Final", roughly translated to "Final Feat", the game lets you become one of the original 82 rebels who sailed from Mexico to Cuba aboard the Granma to lead a popular rebellion.

Divided into five levels named after historic battles, gamers fight their way through lush forests and mangrove swamps to take out Batista's soldiers using vintage rifles in a 3D first-person shooter set up.

"Gesta Final" developer Jorge Luis Rosell told Reuters the game hopes to connect with the country's revolutionary consciousness.

"We want to connect with historical consciousness with something more practical that can be played today. (Video) games play an important role in youth today and now we can take advantage of this so that they can have fun and learn about our history," he said.

Gamers have three profiles to choose from, one wearing a Guevara-style beret, another a soldier wearing a helmet similar to Camilo Cienfuegos and the last profile of a soldier in a olive-coloured hat similar to Castro's.

Game developer Rosell said the ambiguity of the profiles is intentional so gamers can feel a part of the action.

"The characters are rebels, as I tell everyone. It could be Fidel (Castro), it could be Che (Guevara), it could be Camilo (Ciengfuegos), it could be another person whose name is not known. Everyone is represented in these three profiles which one can choose and start to play the game," he said.

The 3D game is a hit with gamers at Cuba's state-run Youth Computing Club with plans for it to be the island's first commercially-produced game to sell on the market.

"I like the meaning this war has. It's very beautiful, it's like a story, almost like what happened here in Cuba," said student, Alejandro Tamayo.

Others say they are learning about Cuba's revolutionary origins from the game.

"It's a very beautiful game and it teaches a lot about about what happened at that time (Cuban revolution). (Reporter: What did you learn?) That Cubans always, how do you say, always had each other's backs," said young gamer, Dario Torres.

The game is not the first time Fidel Castro has been immortalised in a video game. In 2010, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" stirred controversy in Cuba due to its plot to assassinate then President Castro.

"Gesta Final" is also expected to be divisive with the Cuban community in the United States who fled Castro's Communist revolution.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pativerdes make cocodrilo barbecue for DINNER!

Osniel Madera sits at home plate to enjoy
his home run which decided the game.
Photo: Ismael Francisco 

Pinar del Rio defeated Matanzas 9-8 in a marathon game that lasted eleven innings.


Pinar del Rio now only needs one more win to capture the championship trophy of the 53rd National Baseball Series.

Good photos of the game from Cubadebate

Next game is on Tuesday.

Two good videos of the end of Game 5 at
(Watch Osniel Madera game-ending home run in inning 11)

PRI scores one run. 6-5 in favor of the Cocodrilos

Bottom of the seventh inning.

Cocodrilos strike back 6-4 in their favor

Bottom of the seventh inning. Stay tuned.

Pinar del Rio has scored a go-ahead run!