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Smoking cannabis became a regular form of medication for me when I was 15 years old. That was in 1977. Back then the U.S.A. was still reeling from the Vietnam War, Watergate and something the media referred to as “The Generation Gap” (we called it arguing with our parents).

These were trying, confusing times (much like now), and for a teenaged Chicano in East L.A. who had to deal with the added effects of institutionalized rascism (big white cops called us “Pancho” and beat us with gusto) it was sometimes overwhelming. Getting numb helped me cope.

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Deb and Maria are the same age, each has two kids, and they live just a few miles apart. Deb, however, will live, on average, 15 years longer than Maria. This public service video from The California Endowment — narrated by George Takei — explains the discrepancy:

What determines how long we live? The surprising thing to us was that adjacent communities can have a 15 year-difference in life expectancy. [Mas…]

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[Historical magazine advertisement scanned at Scarfolk Council.]

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La Tuta to cops: I was the leader of a group of pendejos (video)

by Bronco del Camino March 6, 2015 El Now
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“Do you know why you were arrested?” the Mexican cops asked just-busted Knights Templar narco gangster jefe La Tuta. “I was the leader of a bunch of pendejos,” he replied.

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Hello, ‘I’m from Colombia,’ and I am not a cocaine mule (video)

by TONY MONTANA November 24, 2014 Cultura
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When Yeimi Salazar came to New York City from Colombia, everyone assumed she was involved with cocaine. So she became a nose.

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But Central America is just lovely this time of year! (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA September 25, 2014 Cartoons
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El Chapo Chronicles: Too many Guzmans confuse New Jersey Jews’ news

by Comic Saenz March 10, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from LAKEWOOD, NJ) The story was confusing for the few Ultra-Orthodox Jews who get their world news from The Lakewood Shopper, a free “penny saver” community weekly newspaper published here. The Shopper mistakenly included a photo of actor Luis Guzman in a story about Mexico’s arrest of drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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Breaking: Drugs disappear from Texas after El Chapo’s arrest

by THE VALLEY LEMON March 5, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from McALLEN, TX) Police departments throughout the Rio Grande Valley delivered pink slips en masse this week following news that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán had been captured by Mexican authorities in the resort town of Mazatlan. “It’s kind of a mixed bag for us,” Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said. “On the one […]

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Take that, El Chapo! (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA March 5, 2014 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON EL CHAPO:

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¡Hasta luego, El Chapo! (toon)

by Comic Saenz February 26, 2014 Cartoons
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(Based on a stunning World War II American government propaganda poster, Americanos Todos, by Luis Helguera. Click on the image for the full-sized hi-res version.)

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Jesus Trejo’s combed-over hair is blowin’ in the wind (video)

by VIDAL BUFFOON January 14, 2014 Cultura
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Long Beach homeboy Jesus Trejo started losing his hair early, so now he has a combover.

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Niños Incómodos/Uncomfortable Kids: ‘Mexico must change’ (videos)

by EDUARDO BURRO November 19, 2013 Cultura
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“If this is the future that awaits me, I don’t want it,” said the girl in this commercial that ran before last year’s Mexican presidential elections. “Enough of working for your political parties instead of working for us. Enough of cosmetic changes.” Almost everyone said they agreed. How’s that working out for you, Mexico?

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Breaking: Congress to probe ‘illegal immigrant sneaker code’

by Comic Saenz May 17, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) Rep. Randolph Snopes (R-AL) plans committee hearings next week to investigate reports that “illegal immigrants” from Mexico are encoding secret messages in sneakers hanging over telephone wires — messages about how to avoid police, sell drugs and promote terrorism, PNS has learned. Snopes, chairman of the Unamerican Activities Committee, maintains […]

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The Day After the Mayan Apocalypse (totally NSFW video)

by MITT HED December 22, 2012 Doomsday Countdown
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It’s bad enough if you have to come into work on a Saturday, and even worse when it’s the day after the Mayan Apocalypse! (Totally NSFW.)

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La Cucaracha: Lindsay Lohan – probation violator, job creator (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz December 13, 2012 Cartoons
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Just another death in Mexico (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA December 11, 2012 Cultura
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Guns, drugs, a plane – three men on ‘La Cañada (The Cliff)’ [video]

by Comic Saenz August 18, 2012 Cultura
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La Cañada (The Cliff) A film by Carlo Corea. Spanish with English subtitles (Spanish dialog NSFW if people at work don’t like Spanish adult language.) Emilio and Nicolás, two drug dealers, are filling up their private plane with packages of cocaine in the Mexican mountains when a peasant stumbles into their operation. The Indio asks […]

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Drug cartel shoot-out recycling means big business for one border town

by EDUARDO BURRO April 26, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from BAJA NALGAS) The narcotraficante shoot-outs in this border town typically take 30 or 40 seconds. A discerning listener might notice — amid the screams, the pop-pop-pop of semiautomatic pistol fire and the distinctive rat-a-tat-tat of submachineguns — the jingle-jangle-jingle of spent brass cartridges hitting the street. When the smoke clears, survivors, if […]

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4/20 Video: Lawrence Welk is ‘One Toke Over the Line’

by Comic Saenz April 20, 2012 Cultura
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In one of the most bizarre episodes ever run on the super square Lawrence Welk TV variety show, the ensemble presents their feel-good version of Brewer & Shipleys’ One Toke Over the Line. I know, right? What were they thinking? Why is the under-conductor coughing like he sparked a harsh nug? Is the band giggling […]

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