Updates: LAMMP, The Hispanic Atheist, and Mythology Monday’s.

Hey! So some updates. First of all, prepare yourself for link, after link, after link.

I run The Hispanic Atheist on Facebook and Free Thought Blogs. Both of these are developments that have occurred between my last post and now. I also do Mythology Monday’s and you can check out my newest one (the Cocollona from Girona Spain) by clicking here.

My YouTube channel is a thing as well. I want to try and make videos regularly, but I am someone who has trouble with videos. Although I do lots of stuff online, which is text/blogging based.

I’m a senior in college. And to many people my age and older that alone will be enough of an explanation for my absence. But I truly love WordPress (so much so that both Free Thought Blogs and Postize where you can find my writing either are or have been WordPress powered sites.) and I want to get back into the habit of posting here more often.

I’m focused on The Hispanic Atheist, and LAMMP when it comes to original content creation. I really want to work to ensure that Latin American myths and Spanish myths get greater prominence in terms of being seen on “Fantasy”-media (shows like Supernatural, Being Human, Teen Wolf, and American Horror Story. Books like The Mortal Instruments saga, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson. Video games like Ninja Gaiden, and Devil May Cry.) Which is part of why my Mythology Monday’s focus on Latin America and the Spanish speaking world. The LAMMP is a project by myself and a few other Latinos/Latinas who want to see Latin American mythology become more common in media of all types and especially in fantasy type content. It’s the Latin American Mythology Media Project.

Honest Honduran News still exists but has been renamed and is now known as The Honduras Report. We also have a Weebly!

I plan on doing at least one original post here weekly, and I also plan on sharing stuff like my Fallacy Friday posts where I talk about fallacies, how to avoid them, what they look like, and how to overcome them. These are usually in the context of religion though, so be careful and make sure you read those posts fully!

I’ll be writing a post tomorrow talking specifically about what I will be including on this site. Until then, see you later! Let me know how you’ve been down in the comments section!

Updates: LAMMP, The Hispanic Atheist, and Mythology Monday’s.

I have a goal

I have a goal for 2016. I intend to use technology to increase my success. I used technology throughout 2015 and I was able to become far more relevant and far more able to taste success due to my nonstop work. I have a small inner circle. But my inner circle is made up of people I can see being very important in the future. I am one of those people. I believe in myself and that is one of the things that will help me succeed. Because I am not afraid. But I need to learn how to use technology more effectively. This Christmas I gained a bunch of new tech which I need to use to accelerate my success and the success of others around me.

My name is Luciano. And you’ll be hearing a lot about me in the days to come. And not just from my sites. 2016 will be my year. I hope you’re ready.

I have a goal

Big Updates

1: Honest Honduran News has hit 600 members, as of yesterday. I’m super excited to see what the future holds as I continue developing an excellent community of people who truly want to see what Honduras is actually like, and not just read what big English publications think matters the most, or would make the most money.

2: I am now a leader at Honduras News, which isn’t the same as Honest Honduran News. I write daily and am their youngest writer!

3: Honduras Weekly is now pretty fairly known and acknowledged to be dead. The editor has basically retired from the “Honduras” scene, especially as it relates to journalism.

What this really signals, that both Honduras News and Honduras Weekly fundamentally changed over the course of the past few weeks, is that it is time for another leader to step up and step into the spotlight. I don’t know if that’s me or not, but because of my role in making sure there was constant coverage of events in Honduras, in English, I was able to get a group to 600 in the space of 5 months. With this my group has gotten more than 25% of the audience of Honduras Weekly’s Facebook group. It’s awesome that the group has grown so much in such a short time. I believe by the time a year rolls around, we might well be bigger than Honduras Weekly, which would be a tremendous achievement.

My mission is to ensure that as many people as possible have access to information about Honduras. And that means promoting Honduras in languages that aren’t Spanish. I want to work to make what goes in Honduras part of the “common knowledge” that people living in the same country all collectively know. I wanna make conversations about Honduras a common occurrence.

I’ve suddenly become a leader with actual “authority”, and a bit of influence, and it feels odd. It feels odd to suddenly realize how few competitors there are. And just how many (because it is many. At least two thousand.) people want to know what is going on.

Just like Honduras This Week, Honduras News, and Honduras Weekly, Honest Honduran News will become successful. I’ve no doubt that I can be successful in this task, even if it is extremely challenging to do so.

From Honduras This Week, to Honduras News, to Honduras Weekly, to Honest Honduran News, in the past 16 years the men and women responsible for providing consistent coverage of events in Honduras, in English have constantly changed. But for now, I hope you’ll join me as I strive to become a reasonable and rational leader, and someone who works tirelessly to  make sure the place I greatly admire has accurate coverage in the media.

I’d love to know what you think! Remember to stay informed and to stay positive.

Big Updates

Feels Good Man.

Intriguing title right? Well it is an honest one. Today my newsgroup surpassed 350 members. Nearly as many people as there are in a year. And closer, and closer, to 400. It surpassed the 350 threshold, which was one it was stepping on for about 2 days, which to me, the administrator, is a lengthy amount of time, because of someone who added his friends. I sent this person a thank you message, and his response reminds me of why I do what it is that I do.

He is an Islander. A man who lives outside of mainland Honduras, but still is a Honduran citizen, he was born and raised on Roatan, one of the most visited vacation islands in the world. I messaged him, thanking him for adding his friends which is something I try to do whenever someone invites their friends to my group, and his response really made me happy.

He said he barely knows any Spanish. There’s a stereotype that everyone in Honduras knows Spanish, which plenty of people know is untrue. Islanders, especially those who live on Roatan, do not particularly need to know Spanish, in their day to day lives. Some schools even teach in English, or in very rare cases in the Indigenous language belonging to the people who live near the school. I created Honest Honduran News for people in Honduras who don’t know Spanish, or aren’t fluent in it. I’d like for Honest Honduran News to potentially become the Honduran version of Telemundo or Univision. But obviously in English.

He even said that he’s learned a lot through my translations and the fact that I use Honduran sources as well as English ones which happen to post about Honduras. He enjoys the things that I post, and my opinion articles, because I’ve taken time out of my day to create accessible, and normally reliable (I once posted a story that was entirely fictional, created on purpose to stir up anger, by another country, about a protest in Honduras that in the untrue story went awry when police came and fired tear gas. To be fair, reports occurred in the next two weeks of “controlled” opposition that went into the protests and almost set off tear gas, and then the week later, some rogue individuals beat up protesters who were on a hunger strike, and then a month later police got violent with protesters in the capital, who were trying to get “to close” to the presidential house), content. That right there… is why I do what I do. I aim to educate. I aim to inform people about things going on throughout the country.

Yesterday I posted an original article I wrote for Journalister, about coverage of Honduran events in English media, and I got compliments. This has been a fantastic past 48 hours. Thanks to the efforts of people who enjoy Honest Honduran News, we’ve managed to add 6 people in the past 45 minutes. At this rate we might just hit 365 before classes start on Monday. And that is… nothing short of amazing.

My motivation is the creation of a legitimate multimedia group that reliably, and consistently produces news related content in English, in Honduras. And tiny achievements like this, keep me going. They are a gigantic motivator for me to push harder, translate better, recruit more, and do even better each day I can. I am… feeling great guys.

Feels Good Man.

A Military Child Responds to Mike Huckabee

Is the purpose of the military to kill people and break things? Because Mike Huckabee seems to think so.

The Military is far from perfect, but in my experiences as a child of the military with two parents who are veterans, I’d say that the purpose of the military is to protect people. I’d say the purpose of the military is to help people. The military helps ensure that veterans have access to health care, and the opportunity to get an education. The military is a family.

The purpose of the military is not to “kill people and break things”. The Military, in an ideal world would exist as a defensive shield against threats both foreign and domestic. Our world might not be ideal, but I’ll actively argue against ANYONE who says that the military exists solely to kill people and break things. All Huckabee did in that statement is reveal his own nature as an imperialist, who views soldiers as tools of destruction and beings who foster hate, not heroes who risk their lives to ensure that I and all of my friends can go to school, that we are protected against anyone who’d otherwise happily slaughter us, and destroy our way of life. The Military has the potential to become the embodiment of the perfect union, a place where people are not defined by their birth, gender, religion, nationality, sexuality, or anything other than their desire to protect freedom and democracy.

The military could actually be the perfect “social experiment”, because the military is an existence like the United States should be, a place where everyone who surrounds you has a common goal. In the U.S. it is to have a good, and happy life, in the military that common goal is to ensure that OTHERS can have a good and happy life. In the military equality should be the order of the day, it shouldn’t matter if you’re cis or trans, what should matter is that you are filled with a patriotic duty, and love for your country and that has nothing to do with your gender.

I, as a military child who is in college thanks to the sacrifices of my family, by virtue of my own existence, prove how just wrong Huckabee is when he makes his idiotic statement about the “purpose” of the military. Do not believe Huckabee. Do not fall for his lies. The military exists to protect freedom, at the very least at its core, even if politicians revel in using it for malicious reasons. I believe the military and that the soldiers who’ve given so much for this country should all universally condemn his statements. None of the soldiers I know joined the military to “kill people and break things”. Even if they let their hate get the worst of them, they don’t see themselves as destroyers, but rather as protectors. If Huckabee got his way, the veterans of our nation could well be turned into tools used by an imperialist, to sow chaos and hatred around the world. Do not let him do what he wants. It’s time that all of us who can vote come together, and show Huckabee that the lives of our veterans matter more than whatever he wants from the Middle East, and from the world.

Mike Huckabee got it wrong. I hope that the results of the Republican Primary show him how bad he screwed up.

A Military Child Responds to Mike Huckabee

Access to College and Politics

The Democrats are not perfect. Not even remotely. But they are better than the alternative. Especially on the issue of student debt.

We, as students in college, cannot afford to forget that Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley have come up with approaches too making colleges affordable. But it isn’t just those individuals and it isn’t just student debt from tuition and housing, it’s also Richard Durbin. Richard Durbin, of Illinois, and Franken of Minnesota, with the Affordable College Textbook Act, which was shot down in Congress in late 2013. Another, similar bill, was introduced in the House, by Democrats Ruben Hinojosa of Texas, and George Miller of California. They didn’t pass.

Researching the Affordable College Textbook act reveals that ALL of it’s cosponsors were democrats. The bill in the House of Representatives had 47 Democratic Co-Sponsors. To be fair, the E-Book Access Act, introduced in March of 2014, by Suzan DelBene had a Republican Cosponsor, Richard Hanna, but also died in Congress. But the College Access Act, by Al Franken had no Cosponsors and died in Congress.

The reality is, the group that cares about improving the accessibility of college is the Democrats. Not just the Presidential Candidates, but MANY Democrats in the House and the Senate. We, the students in college need to remember who is really on our side.

Chris Christie said that debt is a part of the college experience, and that we who want a college degree should “earn it” which apparently entitles us to… debt, because you know, studying and earning the grades isn’t enough for him apparently. It’d be nice if we applied that logic to big businesses, given that he himself has given plenty of tax cuts to the wealthy. What Christie, and undoubtedly many of the modern Republican party want is the students to finance the wealthy, because the more tax cuts they get, the more we have to pay.

Students should be able to go to college, and not sweat about debt, or at the very least not debt because we’re pursuing an education. Don’t forget who wants to make our lives a bit easier.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/07/clinton-to-propose-college-debt-plan-monday-answering-key-demand-of-liberals-and-young-voters/

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/11/the-bill-that-could-save-college-students-1-200-a-year/281891/

https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1704

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/27/college-textbooks-free-congress-legislation_n_4349843.html

http://www.uspirg.org/media/usp/congressman-rub%C3%A9n-hinojosa-introduces-legislation-help-make-college-textbooks-more

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2518is/content-detail.html

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/06/11/chris-christie-comes-out-against-free-college

http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2012/feb/05/paul-sarlo/chris-christies-proposed-income-tax-cuts-blasted-d/

Access to College and Politics

Progressivism

Why am I progressive?

If I’m being brief and to the point: as a historian I have at least some knowledge of how things were. And I believe they could be better in the future, which is exactly why I don’t want things to remain the way they’ve been traditionally.

If I have more time, and can explain in detail why I think the way I do, I’d say this: I believe in a far more perfect union than the one that currently exists. I believe in liberty, and equality, and I believe that those things can be obtained with assistance from the government. I agree with Jon Stewart and what he said at the rally to restore sanity that these are “hard times but not end times”. I believe in a future where citizens of both the United States and Honduras can come to trust their government representatives. I believe that an alliance between the government and civil society is absolutely crucial to success, and that a government can be just, honest, and genuinely earn the pride that some people have in government, and in their nation, whatever that nation might be.

I believe in a government that understands its citizens and supports them. And I believe in a society where people look to the government and see friends, see their peers, individuals who are looking out for them. I am a progressive. I am an individual who admires the ideals of government, a government that works for the people, to keep them safe from external and internal foes, physical enemies like criminals and corrupt politicians, concepts that cause us fear such as poverty, and conditions which hurt us such as hunger, homelessness, thirst. I want to work with the government, whenever I am, to help reestablish trust and respect between ordinary people and representatives of the government. I want to work to change the way people view their elected officials from the “lesser of two evils” too the “genuinely the best option”.

I’m a progressive. I believe in the government. And I believe that governments can afford accountability. I believe that we as a society can hold politicians accountable. I believe that we as citizens can work with the government to make our nations great, once again, both the United States, and Honduras.

Progressivism