Shakira live tonight in the Zócalo, check her out with “Hips Don’t Lie” on tour last year w/ Wyclef.  Great!

check out the lyrics:

Ladies up in here tonight
No fighting, no fighting
We got the refugees up in here
No fighting, no fighting

Shakira, Shakira

I never really knew that she could dance like this
She makes a man want to speak Spanish,
Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa
Shakira, Shakira

Oh baby when you talk like that
You make a woman go mad
So be wise and keep on
Reading the signs of my body

And I’m on tonight
You know my hips don’t lie
And I’m starting to feel it’s right
All the attraction, the tension
Don’t you see baby, this is perfection



From the Mexico Solidarity Network: The Immigration Debate

This is a special report from this weeks MSN weekly news & analysis. The report outlines the current political debate over immigration in the United States.


President Bush reached a tentative agreement this week with leading Democratic and Republican Senators on immigration reform. The surprise Thursday announcement capped months of reportedly difficult negotiations that produced a reform package supported by strange bedfellows – liberal Democrats and some conservative Republicans (read the near right and far right of the US political spectrum). The agreement apparently offers something for everyone, but also something that almost everyone can hate. What does the agreement contain? Is there any possibility of immigration reform this year? And what would genuine comprehensive reform look like?

The compromise agreement represents a Bush retreat from last year’s White House proposal that would have offered a modified amnesty program. This year’s proposal leaves legal status a distant dream for the majority of the 12 million undocumented workers currently contributing to the US economy. Their below poverty wages in fruit and vegetable harvesting, meatpacking, hotels and restaurants, domestic work, and seasonal construction would be rewarded with hefty fines of at least US$5,000 in exchange for a “Z” visa (non-immigrant residency). In addition, immigrants would suffer through an apparently interminable process that would likely leave families divided as the heads of households are forced to return to their home countries to wait as the immigration bureaucracy processes residency papers. With back taxes and processing fees, a typical immigrant could easily pay more than US$10,000, and perhaps in excess of US$20,000, for legal status that could ultimately take eight years or longer to sort out. From the perspective of the immigrant community, this is the best part of the pending legislation. These expensive and exclusionary means to legal status would not kick in until the Border Patrol increases its staff to 18,000 from the current 12,000, and at least half of the planned 700-mile border wall is completed. The plan also includes a dramatic change in immigration law, instituting a complicated merit system that would give future preference to educated and skilled workers over family unification. This would not affect spouses or minor children, but every other family member would likely be excluded from the possibility of legal migration, representing a dramatic change in decades of US immigration law which has always shown some preference for family reunification. The plan also introduces a complicated guest worker program that will create a second class work force. Temporary workers could come to the US on a two-year visa, renewable for two additional two-year terms, but with at least a year between renewals in which workers would have to return to their native countries. In a plan that resembles in many ways the post World War II Bracero program, family members could not accompany temporary workers, and visas would be attached to employment, with unemployed workers exposed to immediate expulsion. The proposal calls for 400,000 to 600,000 guest workers per year, which in a few years would likely create another generation of undocumented workers as many immigrants overstay their visas rather than risk leaving the US for uncertain or nonexistent economic opportunities in their home countries. Supposedly, the expensive normalization strategy is pro-immigrant, while the rest of the proposal is a sop to right wing nativists who want increased border security and big business owners who want a cheap, pliable workforce.


wOW ! ! What an incredible performance!  Great camera work, too.

Check out the lyrics:

 There is a house in New Orleans
They call it the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor girl
And me, oh God, I’m one

If I had only listened of what my mama said
I’d be at home today
But bein’ so young and foolish, my Lord
Let a gambler lead me astray

Now, my mother is a tailor
She sews those new blue jeans
And my sweetheart is a drunkard, Lord
Drinks down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a drunken man needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Lord, is when he’s on the drunk

Somebody go get my baby sister
Tell her to do, not to do what I have done
But shun that house in New Orleans
They call it the Rising Sun

Well, I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
My race is almost run
Yes, I’m goin’ back to spend my life
Beneath, beneath, the rising sun


World of Food and Wine: fascinating information for food and wine lovers

This is a really extensive and exciting website to find vocabulary for describing the flavors and the experiences of eating food. The organization of the vocabulary is nicely arranged, too.

Check it out: Describing tastes and flavors

Describing food is not as easy as it would seem. How many ways can you say something was really tasty? Not enough to keep you interested in what you are writing. That is why we have to borrow words from other areas to describe the food and the effect it has on us.

You can compare a dish to a picture, a sports game, a musical performance or give it personality. Describe its sunny or somber mood, shyness, assertiveness, or contradiction of flavors. Knowing the words for describing tastes and flavors will help you to find the right adjective in other areas.

TECHNOLOGY: Study maps network of 7 million cell phone users

Scientists have constructed a map of a societal communication network based on the mobile phone usage of 7 million individuals during a span of 18 weeks. As the first study to have access to a large amount of direct data of cell phone calls, the results show a counterintuitive requirement of weak ties rather than strong ties to maintain the integrity of a global network. In fact, the scientists found that removing these fragile weak ties can cause a global network to collapse.


more stories of interest…

MEDICINE & HEALTH: Pills or papayas? Survey finds Americans want healthful foods, not more medicines

PHYSICS: Numbers follow a surprising law of digits, and scientists can’t explain why

PHYSICS: A Two-Time Universe? Physicist Explores How Second Dimension of Time Could Unify Physics Laws

EARTH SCIENCE: Colorado River streamflow history reveals megadrought before 1490

SPACE & EARTH SCIENCE: Astronaut Readjusts to Life on Earth

SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Tool Lets the Masses Create Apps, Web Pages

MEDICINE & HEALTH: FDA Set to OK Period Suppression Pill

roots.jpgWow! This website, the English vocabulary word directory with links to various thematic units of Words for Our Modern Age, is an incredible resource, mostly for linking Latin and Greek roots to the use of modern English.

The word directory also has a lot of interesting features, such as:

list of units

self-scoring quizzes

search page for information about English words

Writing in the Health and Social Sciences: a comprehensive guide

This website offers some EXCELLENT writing guides for writing in the Health and Social Sciences, but a lot of this writing advice applies to the most general aspects of professional and academic writing, also. Check out the first couple of links– HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Transitional Words And Phrases That Create Logic In Writing

Really Useful Style Tips

A Guide To Verb Tense, Voice And Mood In Scientific Writing

A Brief Guide To Verb Tense And Voice In Scientific Writing