(TMU Op-Ed) — Alejandrina Guzman, daughter of the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been distributing boxes of food, masks, soaps, sanitizers, and other essential supplies to parts of Mexico where the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
She utilized the resources and staff from her clothing brand “El Chapo 701” to put together care packages that include essential pandemic items. In addition to masks and soaps, each box contains toilet paper, cornstarch, seasoning, noodles, soups, crackers, oil, sugar, beans, and rice. Many of the items included labels with images of the imprisoned El Chapo, including the masks and the boxes that they were shipped in.
Guzman and her employees sought out sick and elderly people who were having trouble finding or affording supplies.
An announcement about the project was made on the clothing brand’s Facebook page, but the page was quickly deleted after the story started making international headlines.
It is not clear why the Facebook page was deleted as Guzman’s company is entirely legal and only sells clothing and liquor.
“We want to ask you to please refer us to people who really need help, who do not have basic government support, neither from family nor grandchildren. That they are lonely or low-income people who really need it,” Guzman said in a video that is now deleted from Facebook.
The company called the care packages “El Chapo’s provisions.”
According to Reuters, other Mexican cartels were giving away similar care packages. Alleged members of the Gulf Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel posted videos and photos to social media showing food and necessities handed out to low-income communities in Mexico.
Black market syndicates all over the world have been getting involved in pandemic relief effort. As the Mind Unleashed reported last week, the mafia has been distributing food and supplies to low-income areas in Italy where many families have run out of both money and food.
Politicians who have had their effort reliefs upstaged by cartels and gangs during the crisis have voiced concerns that these groups are seeking to gain credibility and influence among the people.
Falko Ernst, an analyst with the International Crisis Group think tank, told Reuters, “They’re trying to leverage the perceived absence of the state for their own good and to become deeper entrenched in local communities.”
However, many activists have found these types of assessments ironic considering that governments use similar tactics to win over their citizens.
It may be true that criminal organizations use philanthropy as a way to gain influence and win public opinion. After all, Al Capone was famous for running soup kitchens in Chicago at the height of his criminal empire, and other notorious gangsters like Pablo Escobar were also known for the charitable activities that they provided for their local communities.
However, it is also true that corporations use these same tactics to win over customers with philanthropy and public relations schemes. And the government is no different—many government programs that assist people in need were only put into place to appease the public and keep people from rioting or protesting against the corruption, violence, and criminal activity that the government is involved in.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.