The 20 billion dollar per year garment industry of Bangladesh cost over 300 lives and counting earlier last week when at first some of the 3,000 workers, who felt and saw their dilapidated, eight story clothing manufacturing building on the verge of collapse, attempted to flee the structure, only to be forced back in to their 13 cent per hour minimum wage post at gunpoint by building management and the bulk of the factory building did then come down killing hundreds and trapping what is reported to be several hundred more.
Since the catastrophe infants have been born in the rubble where their late term pregnant mothers had been pinned after the collapse, rescue efforts continue to uncover more of the living, and recovery of those lost will likely go on for weeks. Today the building owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana was arrested on the border of Bangladesh as he was attempting to escape to India.
Today in the United States it is Workers Memorial Day, th day “the unions of the AFL-CIO…remember those who have suffered and died on the job” and aim to renew efforts for safe workplaces.
Perhaps on this day, American consumers can make the commitment to honor the labor that drives our nation by taking a stand and making the resolve to both identify and hold accountable the businesses on our soil which may have a hand in the unfair and unsafe practices abroad that lead to devastating consequences such as those in this current tragedy.
When they are revealed will you hold the U.S. companies whose merchandise was being manufactured in this Bangladesh plant accountable for supporting these unfair and dangerous practices?
“I’m so incredibly honored to work with this organization, and to help for such a worthy cause. Please take a look at the great pieces of jewelry that they were able to make from my guitar strings. All proceeds go to help those with breast cancer.”
Elisa Guida, a two-time breast cancer survivor and jewelry designer, transforms guitar strings into one-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings. Net proceeds are used to fund the foundation’s efforts to educate, comfort and support cancer patients. The foundation focuses primarily on helping those with breast cancer.
The StringsforaCURE™ Foundation helps women and men diagnosed with cancer, primarily breast. Our mission is to provide education, comfort and support to cancer patients, focusing on the breast cancer patient. We help the patient directly by providing gas, grocery or pharmacy gift cards. We also provide educational materials, comfort baskets and medical grants. We want to ease the burden during their cancer journey. We raise awareness on how important nutrition and wellness plays a part in the recovery of the cancer patient.
National and international musicians donate their used guitar strings to StringsforaCURE™, and I transform them into one-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings. We also raise funds through our online Virtual Quilt, our Pennies2Patients Program and Pickin’ On Cancer fundraiser and also through private donations.
My dream is to recruit many nationally known musicians – including Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, among many others – to donate their strings to the foundation. We have received strings from several famous musicians, such as Jon Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Paul Rodgers, Joe Bonamassa to mention a few. -Elisa Guida, Executive Director
The StringsforaCURE foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and a Green Foundation. Their jewelry is made in the U.S.A. with net proceeds used to fund the foundation’s efforts to educate, comfort and support cancer patients.
Ever wonder why some of the twitter, facebook, instagram accounts, etc., you find suddenly have thousands and thousands of followers? Sure, sometimes a hot chick will get verbally ogled on a worldwide television broadcast, as in the case of football quarterback girlfriend/beauty queen Katherine Webb, and of course there are those of us who toil at slowly connecting with others who actually have similar interests and goals to help further a common cause, but then there’s this:
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Maybe if I had had the money to spare (yes there are times when even the low, low price of just $14.99 for 1000 twitter followers is too much to waste on fakery or anything else) at start-up or points of operation necessitating traffic spikes, I too would’ve looked down that avenue…the key words here being, “low and down”. This is not an acceptable practice – for grass roots efforts especially.
Some of you may be unwitting participants in these shenanigans, especially if you are a public figure or enterprise that utilizes an internet marketing firm or guru, who runs your social media accounts. Many such operations go ahead and purchase friends, fans, followers and even traffic, unbeknownst to you (others don’t).
If you’d like to connect with the individual friends, followers and fans of this, my little space on the www, please know that everyone connected below has painstakingly taken the time to “click” and share a little piece of their lives with me! And I’m extremely grateful for each and every one!
In part, in response to some rather scathing reviews (Slate, The New York Post) of her latest novel, “The Feminist and The Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story” (originally titled, “Learning to Submit”), bestselling New Mexico author Alisa Valdes has blogged a shocking and disturbing sequel to the book which has just recently hit retail shelves.
Today on her official blog titled, “The Diary of Author Alisa Valdes”, she writes in horrific detail just some of the heinous events she said she suffered through at the hands of her once revered “Cowboy”, post completion of the manuscript that he inspired as it was submitted for publication. The lengthy account is a drama of its own, which chronicles not only the lifeline of the novel itself, but provides an inside look at the journey to publication to where it stands today, being sold and promoted, or a lack thereof.
There are so many sad accounts in this real-life saga, from the artist’s struggle in creating an honest to herself account as a memoir for her fans, to the truths of the levels of abuse men and women will suffer at the hands of those they love and profess to love, to the scrutiny and judgment bandied-about when any aspect of one’s life is put forth for public consumption.
Valdes never fails to provide the cold hard details for her fans, whether it be after the fact or against the wishes of her publishers, her truths are on display, often in gut wrenching detail:
“There was the night we argued at my house, and he was going to leave, as he always did, stonewalling and locking me out being his favorite weapons, his silent treatments going on sometimes for weeks on end, the emails finally coming in which he said he was willing to come back as long as I changed a long list of things about myself, and me always caving in…but that night, he was brutal again, when I tried to say I was sorry, when I tried to stop the inevitable stonewalling, he glared, called me a mouthy cunt, told me to get to my side of the bed and not touch him, told me that he couldn’t stand the sight of me, told me that if I really wanted to impress him then I’d be a good girl and just shut the fuck up, and his finger poking me in the chest, and then wagged in my face, telling me that my biggest problem, the reason he would never marry me after all, was that I was a woman who just didn’t know when to shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up, and me saying I would, that I would be quiet, and turning my back to him so he wouldn’t hear me cry, and him feeling the bed shake anyway and yelling at me that I was pathetic, that if I wanted him to stay then I better stop fucking crying, and me running into my closet with my phone to fall in a heap on the floor and text myself so that in the morning I’d remember that this was NOT okay, that this was NOT love, and him pretending the next morning that nothing had happened.”
Not okay, indeed. Valdes goes on to provide a likely sought after look at the “Cowboy” himself, and even includes a brief video of what looks to be an interview she may have conducted with him herself.
ABQ Trolley Co. is excited to introduce the first ever Breaking Bad locations tour of Albuquerque on Sunday, July 15th. “The BaD Tour” is a 3.5 hour, fully-narrated tour of Breaking Bad locations. Breaking Bad is the Emmy-winning television series that is shot on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Spend 3.5 hours on a uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley as we tour Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s Albuquerque!
The tour coincides with the much-anticipated Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad. The BaD Tour begins July 15th at 4:00PM and ends at 9:00PM after a private viewing party of the Season 5 Premiere of Breaking Bad at Back Alley Brew Pub located inside JC’s New York Pizza Department (215 Central Ave. NW) in downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $60 and include dinner. Tickets go on sale on July 1st at 12:01AM. There are 34 seats available. The tour departs from 3rd St. & Tijeras NW (Convention Center [west complex] loading zone). There will be Breaking Bad trivia and great prizes from local Albuquerque businesses given out on the tour.
The New Mexico Tourism Department has unveiled this multi-media video, now airing on television in Colorado Springs, CO; Tucson, AZ; El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa and Amarillo, TX, and unleashed on NM’s Own revamped NM Tourism website, here.
In addition to the video, print ads from the campaign will be placed in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit in-flight magazine, Texas Monthly, Budget Travel and in NM Tourism’s own publication, New Mexico Magazine.
The entire project from bid to post-production has drawn criticism, including our own here, here, here, here and here.
As part of the launch of the much maligned production, New Mexico Tourism Director Monique Jacobson is back in the justification and explanation seat, offering the following translation of the campaign’s target and intent.
NM Tourism Director, Monique Jacobson to The Albuquerque Journal:
The campaign is designed to appeal to a “psychographic” group — “people with an adventurous spirit and thirst for authenticity”
NM Tourism Director, Monique Jacobson to The Santa Fe New Mexican:
“A hard sell wouldn’t work with this audience…This particular target tends to be higher income…They are people who will choose to spend money on travel.”
Despite assertions by Jacobson below, that “this is just the first of many spots”, Veronica Valencia, director of marketing for the Tourism Department breaks down how the bulk of $2M budget has already been spent:
Vendor Inc. cost $275,000 in fees.
Production of all the ads cost $350,000. Production is a broad term that applies to everything from scouting sites, hiring talent and filming the ads to producing the music that goes along with the ads as well as drawing up the print and billboard ads, according to Valencia.
More than $1.2 million went toward purchasing media buys on TV, print, digital and billboards in the targeted communities.
UPDATE 3/2/12: OHI has just obtained the following document, as sent out last month, requesting that state leaders consider utilizing local resources to produce the upcoming NM State Tourism multi-media campaign.
GUILTY – We’re all guilty of corporate chain store shopping and franchise restaurant dinning over the local mom & pop businesses who are struggling to survive in our community.
Does this mean we shall all remain passive in allowing our state funds, though humble by national standards, to follow the same path on a still multimillion dollar scale, by way of whatever cryptic and elusive measures may or may not be ordained?
In what looks a lot like an ever increasing tally of slights to the local film & media industry by the Roundhouse, this particular money train (aka NM State Tourism contract) starts in New Mexico, runs through Texas (to drop off the cash) and only creates local work or pays back to New Mexico what is allocated by the out of state firm.
You don’t get to be the 498,660 ranked website in America (1,411,247 worldwide, insert “lol” here) without recognizing that there IS as much passion and interest as there is talent in this great state and its epic film industry that thousands have worked and lived to embolden over lo these many years.
From those of us who watch and report, to those in the trenches who literally implore the powers that be to lend their support to growing the industry, we all want to know – If we’re truly working to bring productions home, why wouldn’t we produce a production set to represent and draw the world’s attention to us with ample local talent?
IATSE Local 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry proactively set out to offer his industry know-how and resources to the state’s Governor, Susana Martinez and her applicable cabinet members in the above letter dated Feb. 14, 2012 – which all but begs the root question here: If the industry has the support of the current administration why isn’t it being utilized by it?
YOUR “meager” 2M State Tourism dollars are at work on Job Creation, for out of state companies.
The decision to go with the small and relatively new Texas firm, Vendor Inc., may already be generating some tourism revenue, by way of maybe filling some hotel rooms and buying local meals for the out of state advertising firm and their crew*, when they visit NM to execute our new multimillion dollar marketing campaign.
Too bad factoring small business and peripheral spending locally is not taken into any meaningful account by the current administration (oh wait, that’s only when asserted by the evil film industry – Tourism gets carte blanche on claims of grandeur and bloated assertions of ROI – seeCatch the Kid). And ~again, in this case, any dollars the Texas firm spends were already New Mexico dollars to begin with.
Though beloved by many (including yours truly), even the casting co. hired by the firm to fill roles for the multi-media ad campaign being shot locally, is not New Mexico based.
At least the gig pays ~well, and so long as they pass the “bag test”, it seems a few New Mexicans will be getting paid as a part of this whole shebang right out of the shoot.
*Unconfirmed – duh, this is a blog not the NY Times
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This crazy bitch strongly recommends taking two, and not calling anyone till’ morning…but seriously any love potion brewed with helpful and caring intent sings of independence worth celebrating to me!
Help celebrate this Albuquerque based New Mexico business by casting your VOTE for them in the nationwide Independence Day contest by Entrepreneur Magazine showcasing independent business owners!!!
Go New Mexico – and calm that crazy bitch in all of us!
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2010 was full of movie rumors, one of which was the prospect of Hugh Jack putting on his “Avon Calling” hat and starring in and as, The Avon Man!
As far as Hollywood rumor goes this one remains bumbling round and round in the mill – he’s in, he’s out, it’s on, it’s off…But what is more fact than fiction is that N. Mex DOES have its own Avon Man!
Mr. Milton Sanchez of Santa Domingo Pueblo, NM is at your service with Avon — the company for women and a few good men.
Milton’s joined the ranks of time honored cosmetics sales company delivering the goods and know-how of the world leader in direct to you beauty products!
Get with this fella to get your Avon…well, ON! Find Milton’s online store grand opening here including all the quick contact info. you’ll need to have all your personalized beauty needs met, by our own, friendly, local, Avon Man, NM!
It’s a New Year and everybody will be bombarded with “new you” images – Well we don’t subscribe to that, but we do subscribe to THIS!
Fitness Model Robin Decker can whip your a** into shapes that will mystify, train your mentality towards a healthier lifestyle and/or you can just be dazzled and inspired by her rockin’ physic for the next 12 months (that’s what we’re doin’).
“Robin Decker is a mother, figure & bikini competitor, model, writer, and a martial arts student. For most of her life she suffered from eating disorders, but is now recovered & striving to help others use her methods to get and stay healthy.
Robin is a Fitness & Nutrition Coach, Certified in Personal Training & Sports Nutrition, and is currently a student in Psychology & Nutrition/Dietetics.
Her goal is to be a role model to many around the world and to help one person at a time reach their health and fitness goals, beat their disorder, if they have one- whatever it may be, and to find peace through exercise and a healthful relationship with food.
Robin is very dedicated to helping each person with their goals, addressing their needs like no other!
Robin provides her clients with personalized meal plan & vitamin regimens, as well as individualized exercise plans- based on their goals & physical needs.
In today’s OneHeadlightInkbook club suggestions we bring you a collection of actual New Mexico authored novels and a compilation book of anecdotes that we think ought be on store shelves.
Local Attorney Jonathan Miller has not one but five thrillers now available on Amazon.com.
Pick-up one or all five today to get a taste of what the Albuquerque Journal calls “…the next John Grisham.”
Keep-up with the New Mexican Author/Attorney at Law on Facebook here and most of all seek out local talent at every turn – you will find it.
As we did find local wife, mommy and communications conglomerate exec. Lisa Paz. Lisa is every woman, nay every parent. We fell in love with her on a rare night out for the working mom. We found her spectacular, charming and funny – a true inspiration.
Most of us know it yet not all of us talk about it – parenting is hard, especially if you’re doing it right. In the web log of Lisa’s subtly mind-blowing realizations she chronicles all the nutty haps that turn a world upside down at the drop of potty bucket. We’ll go ahead and dub her the next Dave Barry.
Along with her humorous take she reminds us of two very important things:
1. This stuff is hilarious and not for sissies – amateurs need not apply.
2. Other parents can rest assured that they are not alone in their daily absurdities – and it’s all so worth it.
In summation, if you’ve got the luxury of carving out a little time to cuddle-up with a thriller by the fire we say go New Mexican and check out Miller.
And if you find yourself too frazzled to follow several sentences in a row just hit send, send, send on every publishers inbox requesting that our home-town sister gets herself a book deal – because that’s a read you need!
UPDATE 10/15/11: SOLD For a low cool $18.5M – Val Kilmer sold all but 141 acres of his 5,328-acre River Ranch in Pecos, NM to a Texas oil and gas executive and his wife for $18.5 million. The ranch originally was put on the market in 2009 for $33 million. It is not known whether Kilmer will maintain a residence in New Mexico.
But now in what is a dream come true for every high-falutin, bargain shopping voyeur of craigslist the mighty ranch of none-other than Val Kilmer can be YOURS for the (just in time for Halloween) slashed price of just $23M! Woot!
Unfortunately ma’ Huckelberry‘s former estate is up for grabs amidst ugliness aimed squarely at the Iceman via his No. N. Mex. neighbors.
So as the great prophet Val may be gettin’ ready to hightail it out of his NM diggs Microsoft style, here’s to hoping the resort style property falls into the peace & love lifestyle it so richly deserves…or at least all the peace & love that $23M can buy…and here’s a glimpse what ya’ ‘git for that sum…
UPDATE 7/6/11: Apparently this is happening and people care, Chipotle “Mexican” Grill has announced they will be opening two locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Y’all know how I feel about this…
“TWO Chipotle Mexican Grill locations are opening this Fall in Albuquerque!!! Paseo del Norte/San Pedro (Near 5 Guys) and Menaul/Lousiana (Uptown)!!!” – Erin, Beautiful Facebooker & Local Chipotle Enthusiast
“Yep, first one should open around the end of October, if all goes well.” – Joe, Chipotle Guy via Facebook
American ingenuity at its finest – in a series of (bring-on-the-yawns) segments GMA gives us a behind the scenes look at the geniuses behind some successful U.S. businesses. Above, Bianna Golodryga takes a look in my grandma’s pantry, I mean at the astoundingly simple success of Chipotle Mexican Grill (heave).
Bianna needs to eat more and be mystified less, girl used to be so purdy now she’s looking like a flea market, parts bin, Brats doll knockoff, with her giant head and spaghetti stick limbs.
P.S. that’s called a WIC approved list of food items; block cheese, onions, beans, rice, tortillas – HELLO! Damn I hate when gringos steal from Mexicans and make bank on it.
This high-lariously gross crap that’s in your makeup story was much more entertaining! How can you not smile at dried whale vomit?
and p.p.s. I guess I can’t complain about the gringos too much. They take their own white-trash stuff and call it Messican too!
!hola! – cheese whiz, potted meat, canned bean dip, cheetos with cinnamon instead of cheese dust for dessert and gallons of Mountain Dew – !Horale run for the hills border (press play on the Deliverance theme song in your head in 3-2-1)!
It’s been a long time since Demi Moore was a but a child from Roswell New Mexico. She’s experienced quite the trajectile ride from Area 51 to center stage/screen, global dogooding, to gyrating on rappers and her youthful hubs.
But something the Dems ain’t done es una película de Nuevo México. Yes, from the time she absconded to and conquered La, la land, to her infamous purchases of small town America and commendable humanitarian efforts…N. Mex hasn’t seen much of ‘er.
Let’s git’ wit Mrs. Kutcher (@mrskutcher) and ask her when she’s coming home, who does she want for her home state’s first Governess, when she’s gonna make a flick here, etc., etc.
Because we is good people – from So. Nem. to N. 25 and everywhere in-between, whose booming film industry could really use a boost from her wattage – a little love from the Roswellian could result in more j-o-b-s which she could help parlay in to more philanthropic ways from we her neglected homies.
Before you hate on me (y’all didn’t even know she did half this stuff till I tol’ you) for bein’ hater I ain’t hatin’ I’m just callin’ a sister back home.
The Dems is currently betwixt Chi-town, Motor City and Gay Paree shooting the sure to be cinematic gold LOL: Laughing Out Loud with Miley Cyrus (who filmed her BIG Hannah Montana movie in her home state of Tennessee…hmmmm).
Maybe Dems, Kutch and the affable Willis can star in the sure to be remade Threesome, N. Mex Style…a.k.a. two slabs of beef with extra cheese!
And p.s. if Moore has any trouble finding us…NPH can show her the way ;)
…back from seeing ‘The Switch’ I give it 3 outta 4 stars. It was good, kinda reminded me of ‘The Object of My Affection’ w/out the gay.
The story line was pretty good. Jen did a good job & Jason did a great job.
The middle of the movie lacked something, kinda got slow. Jeff G. scared me playing the sidekick/father figure/d…irty old man – couldn’t figure it out. It is a semi romantic comedy, so see it if you have the time (and if it’s free).