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History of Cabo San Lucas

Before Cabo San Lucas was known as the tourist town it is today, the beaches were inhabited by a nomadic Guaycura Amerindian group called Pericu. The Pericú were hunters and gatherers; the shores around Cabo made it easy to live off of shellfish, small game and wild plants. There is also evidence that they were skilled weavers and potters as well.

The Cabo coastline remained untouched by European explorers until 1542, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spaniard, made the first contact with the Pericu people while exploring the waters of the Pacific for the Spanish monarchy. The Spanish forces remained because of the threat of English pirates in the area. The harbor at Cabo San Lucas continued to be used by pirates until the mid-18th Century as a hiding place after attacks on Manila Galleons (you can see a ship similar to these in the harbor). The pirates also enjoyed the many coves and inlets, perfect places for stashing loot. After pirating became a thing of the past, the port was mostly ignored because of the lack of fresh water available there.

More activity came to the harbor at the end of the 19th Century. Baja-californianos began exporting bark from the local palo blanco tree, to be processed and used in leather tanning. This made Cabo San Lucas a main shipping port. With the increase of nautical traffic, the Faro Viejo lighthouse was built in 1890 by port authorities at the nearby Cabo Falso.

The abundance of tuna in Cabo was discovered in the early 20th Century, and in 1917 an American tuna cannery was moved from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas to take advantage of this new resource. This brought a new population that continued to grow even as the native population dwindled. By the 1930s, a small fishing village had developed to supply the cannery. The harbor was then occupied by about 400 people, all of whom were involved in the canning industry. This remained the driving force of the local economy until 1941, when a hurricane destroyed a large part of the factory. The damage was devastating and Cabo San Lucas was all but abandoned during World War II, when Japanese submarines patrolled the coast.

After the war, leisure travel became a popular activity and Cabo was rediscovered as a game-fish paradise. Word of mouth brought a sport-fishing craze to the cape in the 1950s and 1960s and Cabo became a hot spot for catching prize-winning marlin and other swordfish. During this time, the small village grew in size to about 1500 residents (not including the many seasonal fishermen that were brought in by plane or boat to fish the cape). The slow but steady pace of growth changed in 1973 when the Transpeninsular Highway was completed. This new link by land between the United States and Cabo San Lucas brought even more traffic to the area. The city soon became a popular destination for people traveling by car and recreational vehicle, in addition to those who already came by boat or plane.

Nowadays, the small fishing village has become a bustling tourist attraction. Cabo San Lucas has increased its numbers and now boasts a population of almost 25,000. The majority of people who call this place home make their living from the tourist industry and most of them are recent arrivals seeking work. Many small shops and boutiques line the streets with souvenirs and handcrafted Cabo clothing. Tour guides are ready to show off the spectacular coastline (and the sights under the water too). Affordable boating adventures and tours await those ready to take to the waves and are a sign that Cabo is no longer an exclusive yacht club just for the upper class sports fishermen.

Great fishing is not the only activity that brings people to the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula. First class golfing attracts sportsmen of a different kind, while the beaches bring legions of sunbathers each year. Scuba diving is also a popular draw for visitors; the beautiful waters are great for watching exotic, colorful marine life.

Despite deep roots in the past, so richly displayed at the Museo de las Californias, Cabo San Lucas has a distinctly modern feel. It is far enough away from home to be a great getaway, without feeling too foreign.

 

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Let’s Rededicate Ourselves to the Cause of Justice – SPLC Celebrates 40 Years

You’ll get in-depth briefings on SPLC‘s work from our senior staff and special guests. Learn what goes on behind the scenes of our investigations. Watch our award-winning Teaching Tolerance films.

Wall of Tolerance

At the Civil Rights Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, you’ll see the water flow over the 40 names of those who gave their lives in the struggle of equality. The simplicity and power of the Memorial will remind you of how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.

In the Civil Rights Memorial Center, you’ll feel as though you’re standing at the crossroads of history. You’ll see the names of the hundreds of thousands on the Wall of Tolerance who have taken a public stand for racial justice and tolerance. You too can affirm your dedication to the cause by adding your name to the Wall.

The struggle for civil and human rights continues. The SPLC staff and our supporters remain vigilant in our efforts to win equality and justice for victims of hate and others who have no other champion.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Event

Is there a charge?
No, but you must RSVP to the event for admittance.

Where do I stay in Montgomery?
We have a list of available hotels within 10 miles of SPLC. Additional hotel information is available from the Montgomery Visitors Bureau.

How do I get to Montgomery?
Montgomery has a regional airport serviced by Delta, US Airways and American Airlines. You can also fly into the Atlanta airport (153 miles from Montgomery) or the Birmingham, Alabama, airport (97 miles from Montgomery).

When should I arrive?
SPLC anniversary events will take place most of the day on Saturday, April 30. There will be special SPLC and Civil Rights Memorial Center tours and other opportunities to meet SPLC staff on Friday, April 29, and Sunday morning, May 1.

Is transportation provided?
The downtown Montgomery hotels are within walking distance of SPLC. Taxi service and public transportation are limited in Montgomery. Please plan your transportation needs accordingly.

What else can I see in Montgomery?
Montgomery boasts a wealth of historic attractions, and the city’s Visitors Bureau has developed a suggested itinerary for those who wish to explore the Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, Selma, Alabama, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge – the site of Bloody Sunday – are approximately 45 miles from Montgomery.

Individuals requesting more than five tickets:
If you need more than five tickets, please write your request in the comments section of the RSVP page or call 334-956-8269.

What is the appropriate attire?
The entire weekend will be casual. Average high temperature in April is 78 degrees.



 

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Songify This: Winning – a Song by Charlie Sheen

CLICK THE LINK BELOW IF YOU WANT A GREAT LAUGH (OR CRY),  THANKS KAYLA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QS0q3mGPGg

Help our videos get some love from famous people who don’t understand the internet! Vote for Bed Intruder Song for the 2011 Comedy Awards: http://www.thecomedyawards.com/categories/viewers-choice/best-viral-video TOUR! …we’re going on tour with some of our youtube heroes – http://thedigitour.com

 

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You Have Me ALL WRONG!

You might, by now, have the impression that I will do virtually anything to get out of work.  You might think that I fabricate excuses to avoid long walks, heavy lifting, any event precipitating a line, shopping, listening to really long explanations of mundane things, etc.   (You get the idea.)

You might get the idea that I have little tolerance for fools (in my eyes of course) , controlling people (other than myself),  religions of any kind, lack of patience in others, and that I go overboard expressing my love for my children and my wife.

You might think that I have little patience for the likes of Rush Limbow, Bill O’Reily, and Howard Stern.  That I find their bombastic oratory inane and pedestrian.  Might even think that I enjoyed seeing our Black Irish president O’Bama verbally castrate O’Reily on national TV.

You might think that I feel that everybody deserves to love who the freek ever they want to. I don’t necessarily need to hear about how, where, and how often, but I also don’t feel the need to share that part of MY personal life either.

You might feel that I have an opinion that the Internet is both the best and worst thing to ever happen to mankind.

You might think that I cried when I thought the reactor in Japan had melted down.

You have me ALL WRONG!

I don’t go overboard expressing my love for my children and my wife.  They deserve every bit of it.

 

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If You Have Had Trouble Accessing a WordPress Blog…

Alexia Tsotsis Mar 3, 2011

You have no idea how hard it was to get this post up, as WordPress.com, our blog host, is currently under a denial of service attack. It’s been almost impossible to access the TechCrunch backend for the past 10 minutes (everything seems to be stable now) and users have been receiving a “Writes to the service have been disabled, we will be bringing everything back online ASAP” error message.

From the VIP blog post:

WordPress.com is currently being targeted by a extremely large Distributed Denial of Service attack which is affecting connectivity in some cases. The size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second.

We are working to mitigate the attack, but because of the extreme size, it is proving rather difficult. At this time, everything should be back to normal as the attack has subsided, but we are actively working with our upstream providers on measures to prevent such attacks from affecting connectivity going forward.

We will be making our VIP sites a priority in this endeavor, and as always, you can contact us via xxxxx@wordpress.com for the latest update. We will also update this post with more information as it becomes available

WordPress did not mention the origin of the attack (DDoS =! Anonymous) and I have contacted founder Matt Mullenweg for more information. WordPress.com currently serves 30 million publishers, including VIPs TED, CBS and TechCrunch, and is responsible for 10% of all websites in the world. WordPress.com itself sees about 300 million unique visits monthly.

Update: Automattic and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg tells us that this is the largest attack WordPress.com has ever seen, and is likely to be politically motivated:

“There’s an ongoing DDoS attack that was large enough to impact all three of our datacenters in Chicago, San Antonio, and Dallas — it’s currently been neutralized but it’s possible it could flare up again later, which we’re taking proactive steps to implement.

This is the largest and most sustained attack we’ve seen in our 6 year history. We suspect it may have been politically motivated against one of our non-English blogs but we’re still investigating and have no definitive evidence yet.”

You can check here for the latest status updates.

Image via: blogohblog

Update 2: Looks like everything’s back to normal.

 

Monday morning wisdom

An old man once said …There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living!!! Thanks Doug for this!

 

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Top 10 Shockers from the Republican War on Women

pol.moveon.org
From redefining rape to drastic cuts for health care, food assistance, child care, and more, Republicans are waging an all-out war on women. Check out the top 10 list and share widely today.
 
 
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