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Because You Don’t Have Time To Scour The Internet, Here’s How Messed Up It Is Out There

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

A Mexican drug ring pretended to be UberEats to sell pot, giving everyone the UberMunchies.

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UberEats is usually what people resort to when they’re too high to go out and get their own food. Nothing says convenience like having fast food delivered to your front step. Unfortunately for UberEats, a drug ring saw an opportunity and began using the very recognizable Uber delivery bags to store pot. Authorities weren’t having it, however, and what could have been a quick payday for the drug ring ended up being a 660-pound marijuana drug bust.

MORE: FOX NEWS – Mexican drug ring disguised as UberEats distributed pot, police say

Cuba holds the secret to a long life?


More than 2,000 of Cuba’s 11 million residents are currently over the age of 100, a recent study from the country’s Ministry of Public Health shows. Not only are there thousands of hundred-year-olds, the majority of them are living productive lives thanks to many factors, including the country’s health care system. Equally impressive, experts point out, more than 87 percent of Cuba’s residents are expected to live past the age of 60.

MORE: TeleSur – Cuba Is Home to Some 2,000 People over 100

Vampire bats send Brazilian city into panic mode.


There’s nightmare fuel and then there’s this. Real-life vampire bats are creating a panic among citizens of Salvador, a city located on the eastern coast Brazil. As many as 40 people have been treated for rabies after waking up in blood-soaked sheets. In March, a 46-year-old resident died from rabies he contracted after accidentally stepping on a bat. Officials have warned residents of Salvador to close their windows at night.

MORE: Telegraph – Vampire bats terrorise Brazilian city as one man dies of rabies

They used to work in the fields, now these Mexican-American families are running their own wineries.

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Some joined the workforce as migrant workers and struggled through years of harsh working conditions in vineyards. Others worked their way through school, learning the craft through education and hands-on experience. Either way, these five Mexican-American families used their ingenuity and a little bit of luck to earn their rightful spot in the world respected winemakers. They are now being honored by the Smithsonian for their contributions, and the Washington Post has their stories.

MORE: The Washington Post – Mexican migrant workers came to California to pick grapes. Now they own wineries.

Chalino’s legacy lives on well after his murder.

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If you’ve never had the chance to get familiar with Chalino Sanchez, you’ve been missing out. Luckily, the OC Weekly just gave a thoroughly exhaustive overview of the man, the myth, the legend: Chalino. From the time he got into a gunfight on stage, to the legendary middle finger he gave to Mexico’s recording industry, it’s a story worth diving into.

MORE: OC Weekly – Twenty-Five Years After His Murder, Chalino Sánchez Remains As Influential As Ever

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In Cuba, Where Food Is Unreliable, Savvy Cooks Have Turned to Facebook to Share Recipes

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In Cuba, Where Food Is Unreliable, Savvy Cooks Have Turned to Facebook to Share Recipes

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COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for Cubans. Not only have Cubans been physically affected by the virus like the rest of the world, but the drop in the island’s gross domestic product has stymied local economic productivity. The island can no longer look to tourism to add to their GDP.

Because of this drop in GDP, food shortages on the island have become more severe than in recent memory. And Cuban cooks are feeling the effects.

Cubans must stand in line for hours at markets with no guarantees that the ingredients that they want will be available.

This way of living is especially hard for Cuban cooks, like 39-year-old Yuliet Colón. For Colón, cooking is both a creative expression and a stress reliever. “The kitchen is my happy place, where I am calmer and I feel better,” she recently revealed to the Associated Press.

Yuliet Colón is one of the creators of a Facebook page called Recetas del Corazón that has changed the cooking game for thousands of Cubans.

Now, thanks to Colón and other curious and generous Cuban cooks like her, Recipes from the Heart is now 12,000 members strong.

The goal of the page is to help struggling Cuban cooks cope with food shortages. Members of the page share creative recipes, tips, and food substitutions. Launched in June of 2020, the page was an instant success. Its success proves that Cubans have been desperate to find ways to adapt their cooking to the post-COVID-era.

To AP News, Yuliet Colón laments about the lack of rice, beans, cheese, fruit, and, most of all, eggs. “What I like the most is making desserts, but now it’s hard to get eggs, milk or flour,” she revealed.

The brightside is, however, that Cuban cooks are finally able to share food-related tips and tricks with each other on a much larger scale than they were before the internet became more widespread in the country.

Now that many Cubans have access to communication apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, they can now connect with one another and make the most of what they have–however little that may be.

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This Is How Cuba Is Developing Its Own COVID Vaccine When It Can Barely Get Daily Necessities To The Island

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This Is How Cuba Is Developing Its Own COVID Vaccine When It Can Barely Get Daily Necessities To The Island

Cuba has long been a biotech juggernaut in the Caribbean. When health crises emerge around the globe or there’s a medical disaster, Cuba is often one of the first nation’s to send medical staff and emergency workers to help. Its medical team has become part of the country’s diplomacy.

But the Coronavirus pandemic has brought economic devastation to a country already facing severe economic issues. Many on the island struggle to even find daily necessities like Tylenol or Band-Aids yet the Cuban government is just steps away from developing its own vaccine against COVID-19. How is this possible?

Cuban researches are making their own Coronavirus vaccine and seeing great results.

Currently on the island, there are five vaccine candidates in development, with two already in late-stage trials. Cuban officials say they’re developing cheap and easy-to-store serums. They are able to last at room temperature for weeks, and in long-term storage as high as 46.4 degrees, potentially making them a viable option for low-income, tropical countries that have been pushed aside by bigger, wealthier nations in the international race for coronavirus vaccines.

If they’re successful and developing and rolling out the vaccine, Cuba – a country where the average scientific researcher earns about $250 a month — could be among the first nations in the world to reach herd immunity, putting it in a position to lure vaccine tourists and to export surpluses of what officials claim could reach 100 million doses by year’s end.

If they pull this off, it would be a big win for the communist government.

Achieving success would be an against-the-odds feat of medical science and a public relations win for the isolated country of 11 million people. Cuba was just added back to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in the final days of the Trump administration.

It could also make Cuba the pharmacist for nations lumped by Washington into the so-called “Axis of Evil.” Countries like Iran and Venezuela have already inked vaccine deals with Havana. Iran has even agreed to host a Phase 3 trial of one of Cuba’s most promising candidates — Soberana 2 — as part of a technology transfer agreement that could see millions of doses manufactured in Iran.

“We have great confidence in Cuban medical science and biotechnology,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told The Washington Post this week. “It will not only be fundamental for Venezuela, but for the Americas. It will be the true solution for our people.”

So how is Cuba managing to pull this off despite all the challenges they face?

Cuba is an authoritarian, one-party state with strict controls on everything from free speech and political activism to social media and LGBTQ rights. But the island has always invested heavily in education and healthcare, which has led to an unusually sophisticated biotechnology industry for a small developing country, with at least 31 research companies and 62 factories with over 20,000 workers.

Should Cuba’s vaccines succeed, its researchers will have overcome even more hurdles than their peers in Western labs — including shortages of equipment, spare parts and other supplies, due in part to U.S. sanctions

A successful vaccine could also become a vital new source of revenue for Cuba, which has been suffering a brutal economic crisis that has citizens waiting hours in line to buy scarce food, soap and toothpaste. The economy worsened under Trump-era sanctions that tightened the long-standing U.S. economic embargo of Cuba by curbing remittances, scaling back U.S. flights, ending cruise ship passenger traffic and further complicating Cuba’s access to the global financial system. President Biden has called for a possible return to Obama-era policies, but he has made no such moves yet.

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