Mis cachorros

“Mis cachorros”. My puppies. That’s how my dad called us when we were little.

Some of my favorite memories of him was of watching TV with him in bed, him shirtless, belly down and us little and getting all over him. We all (well, my dad, my brother and I) liked those old b&w historical movies – Bible tales, Greek myths, medieval fantasies, all of them combined (I swear there were movies that included both Hercules and Samson).

My kids refuse to watch anything that’s b&w, they would recoil at movies like this. Maybe I can find them and force Mike to watch them with me.

My dad with the four of us, circa early 1990s

Recommendations for Movies to Watch during the Quarantine

I asked my friends in FB which movies to watch during our forced quarantine, based on my like for thrillers, horror and dystopian movies, and these are the suggestions I’ve gotten. Posted here, so I can find them later:



  • Duel by Steven Spielberg, $4 on Amazon Prime
  • Andromeda Strain
  • House of Games
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • Manchurian Candidate
  • Lathe of Heaven

Coronavirus Blackmail Scam

If you ever look through your spam folder, chances are you’ve come across messages from wannabe blackmailers. These usually include some password you’ve used in the past, and than an ominous message threatening all sorts of things if you don’t send them some money in bitcoin or another virtual currency. The blackmailers/scammers usually purchase lists of passwords that have been compromised when some big site was hacked (one reason you should use different passwords for all your accounts). They don’t actually have any dirt on you, they don’t control your computer, and they can’t carry out their threats – indeed, most of them are probably in Nigeria or another scam-central country. So you can safely ignore these e-mails.

In the latest version of this blackmail spam, blackmailers are going all in on coronavirus, threatening it to give it to you and your family if you don’t send them money. I guess it’s a sign of the times.

This is the last e-mail I got from them. What’s funny, is that if they do follow me on social media, they probably are aware of everything they claim (except my passwords). How fun for them!

Mar 20, 2020, 1:03 AM (4 days ago)

 to marga

Ι kηοw every dιrτy lιttle secret αbοuτ your life. Tο ρrove my poιnτ, τell me, dοes "xxxxx" riηg αηy bell το yοu? Iτ was οne οf yοur ρasswοrds.

Whατ dο I kηow abouτ yοu?
Tο sταrτ wiτh, Ι kηοw αll οf your pαsswords. Ι am αwαre οf your whereabοuts, whαt you eat, wιth whοm you tαlκ, every lιtτle τhiηg you do in a day.

Whατ am Ι cαpable of doιng?
If Ι wαητ, I cοuld even infect yοur whοle famιly wιth τhe CοronaVιrus, reνeαl all οf yοur secreτs. There αre cοuητless τhιηgs Ι cαη dο.

Whaτ shοuld yοu dο?
You ηeed το pay me $4000. Yοu'll maκe τhe ρayment vιa Βitcoiη to τhe belοw-mentioηed αddress. Ιf yοu doη't knοw how to dο this, search "how τo buy bitcοin" ιη Goοgle.

Βitcοιη Address:
(Ιτ ιs cAsE seηsitιve, so cορy αηd paste ιτ)

You haνe 24 hοurs το mακe the ραyment. I haνe a unique ριxel wiτhιn thιs emαil messαge, and rιghτ ηow, I knοw thaτ yοu hαve reαd this emαil.

Ιf Ι do not get τhe paymeητ:
I will infect every member οf your fαmily wiτh τhe CοroηαVιrus. Nο mαττer how smαrt yοu are, belieνe me, if Ι wαnτ το αffecτ, Ι cαη. Ι will αlso gο αheαd aηd reveal your secrets. I will comρletely ruin yοur life.

Noηeτheless, if I dο get ρaιd, I will erase eνery liττle iηformaτιon I hαve αbοut you ιmmedιαtely. You wιll ηever hear from me αgαiη. Ιτ ιs α ηοn-ηegοtiable οffer, sο dοn't wαsτe my time and yours by reρlyιng tο thιs emαιl.


For Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley, the life of Latina teens is worth $10,000 – payable to her

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(En español a continuación)

The first photo is that of my daughter.  She is a bright and happy 16-year old Latina girl who is the light of my life.

The second photo is Elena Mondragon, a bright and happy 16 yo Latina girl who was shot to death by Fremont police, while she was riding as a passenger in a car they were pursuing.

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Fremont police gave Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley a $10,000 campaign contribution and O’Malley promptly decided that Elena’s killing was justified. That, for O’Malley, is how much the life of a Latina girl is worth, payable to her.

Who will be next? With a DA who will not prosecute police killings as she fills her pockets with campaign contributions from killer cops, are any of our children safe? Over a hundred community members have been killed by law enforcement officers in Alameda County since O’Malley has been DA. Not a single one was prosecuted.

Please, if you live in Alameda County, vote for Pamela Price​ for DA. I don’t care if it’s the only vote you cast. For our children’s sake, don’t let a racist, human rights violating DA stay in office!

(Note: if you want other voting recommendations, check out this guide for Alameda County and this guide for elsewhere in California – but whatever you do, please vote for Pamela Price and ask your friends in Alameda County to do the same)

La primera foto es la de mi hija, Michaela.  Tiene 16 años, muchos sueños y muchas esperanzas.  Es la luz de mi vida.

La segunda foto es la de Elena Mondragon, quien tenía también 16 años, muchos sueños y esperanzas el año pasado, cuando fue acribillada por la policía de la ciudad de Fremont.  Iba como pasajera en un auto que la policía decidió perseguir.

Los policías de Fremont le dieron una contribución de $10,000 a la campaña de Nancy O’Malley, la fiscal del condado de Alameda.  Poco después, O’Malley decidió que el asesinato de Elena estaba justificado.  Diez mil dólares en su bolsillo es lo que la vida de una jovencita Latina le vale a Nancy O’Malley.

Cual de nuestras hijas o hijos será el próximo? O’Malley no ha perseguido a ninguno de los policías que mató a miembros de nuestra comunidad – sin embargo ha tomado decenas de miles de dólares en contribuciones de los sindicatos de policías.

Si Ud. vive en el condado de Alameda, por favor vótele a  Pamela Price​ para Fiscal del Distrito.  Por la vida de nuestros hijos e hijas, no deje que una fiscal racista y violadora de los derechos humanos siga en su puesto.

Y por favor comparta esta nota con todos sus amigos.