Alibi V.14 No.44 • Nov 3-9, 2005 

Newscity

Brewing a Controversy

A New Mexico-based case over whether a religion can legally use a hallucinogenic tea has made its way to the Supreme Court

It all began in 1999, when federal narcotics agents stormed Jeffrey Bronfman's Santa Fe church, confiscating 30 gallons of a psychoactive Brazilian tea he planned to use in religious ceremonies. Now this week, after five years of litigation, the debate over the sacramental brew has reached the nation's highest court.

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Thin Line

Albuquerque Journal Plays Matchmaker

Perhaps Albuquerque The Magazine can be forgiven for their ridiculous October feature, “The Second Annual Hot Singles of Albuquerque Issue,” because, while laughable (the expression, ’hot singles,' itself is laughable), the local periodical is a lifestyle magazine. It serves the purpose of indulging readers in this sort of entertainment. So silly questions like, “If your ideal partner were a New Mexican dish, what would she be and why?” and likewise, non sequitur answers such as, “A combination plate, classy in public and adventurous when we're alone” are within the realm of reasonable editorial content.

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Editorial

Mind the Gap

A recent study shows the U.S. gender gap isn't as small as we thought

I was dancing and sipping a caipirinha—you know, that fabulous Brazilian cocktail made with lime and sugar—when Leila nudged me to say that Nilcea Freire, the minister of women for Brazil, appointed by President Lula da Silva, was standing next to us. She wanted to introduce me. “I'd love to!” I shouted over the loud drumming.

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The Real Side

Send in the Twins ... and Chelsea, Too

An open letter to Sen. Hillary Clinton

Dear Hillary,

I've been meaning to write to you for some time. I see how you are currently the favorite among Democrats for the party's presidential nomination for 2008. You're already raising money around the country. But before you get to check what Laura Bush has changed while you've been out of the White House, if Gov. Bill Richardson gets an early Western presidential primary, you're going to have to face us lowly New Mexicans sooner rather than later.

So I thought I'd pop my big question now. Why should any Democrat support you as long as you continue to support Bush's war in Iraq?

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Canada—Mr. Floatie, a community activist who dresses in a gigantic feces-shaped costume, has withdrawn his name from the mayor's race in Victoria, British Columbia. James Skwarok, the man inside the costume, told reporters that the city has taken issue with his candidacy because only real people can run for municipal office. “Of course I'm not a real person,” Skwarok said last week. “I'm a big piece of poop.” Skwarok has been appearing in public as Mr. Floatie for some time now in an attempt to raise people's awareness about the pumping of raw sewage into the waters off British Columbia's capital. No word on what Mr. Floatie might do now that his political dreams have been dashed.

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Letters

I agree with Jim Scarantino's opinion [RE: The Real Side, "A Painful Lesson," Oct. 13-19] that the living wage proposal lost because of a handful of unnecessary words. Unfortunately, it should have lost because it was trying to solve the wrong problem. Even if the proposal had passed, the people that it aimed to help would still be making the least amount of money for their labor that the law will allow. The proposal doesn't actually address the root problem. The proposal addressed the question, "Why can't people make a living off of the minimum wage?" when it should have addressed, "Why is anyone's labor worth only the minimum wage?" In effect, the proposal would have mandated higher pay for labor rather than increasing the value of labor. There is a subtle but important difference between the two. As Jim aptly put it: "Anyone who works full time should not have to draw on public resources to keep their families from malnutrition and homelessness." Anyone with a heart would agree that it is painful to watch someone work so hard for such little return. It brings up one of the harsh realities of life: Hard work isn't enough.

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Seas the Day

Pirate Adventure Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Corrales

Enjoy 2.6 miles of trail through a corn maze, pumpkin patch picking, petting zoo, picnic area and barrel train rides. Keep a look out for the pirates.
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Have You Met Ted?

TEDxABQ Two-Day Event

An exploration of emerging ideas from New Mexicans focused on the community.
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Gimme Shelter

Build Your Refuge Day

Help build the first trail on the refuge, voice ideas for education and interpretation programs and help the design of the visitor center. Also enjoy kids' activities, tours, food trucks, music and augas frescas.
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Reefer in Reality

The Medicine in Marijuana Film Screening

The biggest thorns in the paw of medical cannabis are the lack of research available on the subject and the vast amount of misinformation bandied about by both its friends and foes. Using a National Academy of Sciences report as a starting point, Ben Daitz and Ned Judge present The Medicine in Marijuana, a documentary that tells the stories of cannabis patients and practitioners. For one time only, meet the cast and crew in person at the Guild Cinema, this Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1pm for a showing of the film and Q&A. Tickets are $7 at the door.
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

This is a completely platonic experience for adults only. Please arrive on time. Use a series of exercises to practice consensual and safe touch, as well as authentic connection.
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Ragin' Like the Pagans

Pagan Pride Festival

It's fall again and time for the 18th Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival. Through education, activism, charity and community a better understanding of Paganism can be part of the higher consciousness. For the price of a canned food item, bag of rice or sack of beans you can enjoy a day filled with activities and entertainment at beautiful Bataan Park at Lomas and Carlisle. The food donations given help to feed families across Albuquerque. All food collected is donated to the First Unitarian Church food pantry. The day's activities include vendors, kids' corner, artisan gallery, workshops, live entertainment and more. Come out to see special musical guest star, Wendy Rule. Pagan Pride day takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9am to 5pm. This is an all-day event so bring a picnic basket, but if that isn't enough to satiate the hunger, check out local food trucks, with vegan and vegetarian options provided by Street Food Institute.
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