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V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Adrian Esparza, Superstructure, from installation Vitrina de Colonias, 2013, serape, plywood, nails, 18 x 16 feet

Culture Shock

The fine unline

This week in Culture Shock, grab your straight razors, climb a mountain and confront your fluid borders.

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Food

I’ll Take My Hot Sauce Unleaded, Thanks

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¡Ay, no! A study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health found evidence that four chile-based hot sauces imported from Mexico may contain unsafe levels of lead.

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas bought 25 bottles of hot sauce from local venues (grocery stores, ethnic markets and the swap meet). Each bottle was shaken for 60 seconds and then checked for lead concentrations, reports the UNLV News Center.

The FDA hasn’t set a standard for the amount of lead that can be in hot sauce. However, there’s no known safe level of lead exposure, and children are particularly vulnerable to lead’s damaging effects. For candy, the FDA has set a standard for lead concentrations at 0.1 parts per million (ppm). According to Shawn Gerstenberger, one of the study’s authors, the same level should be applied toward hot sauces. He adds, “Without enforceable standards for hot sauces and condiments, manufacturers will not be encouraged to improve quality control measures designed to reduce the amounts of lead and other toxic elements before exporting.”

The four culprits in this pilot study reported to exceed the 0.1 ppm FDA standard for lead in candy are: Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero, manufactured by El Yucateco; El Pato Salsa Picante, manufactured by Walker Foods; Salsa Habanera, manufactured by Salsas Castillo and Bufalo Salsa Clasica, manufactured by Herdez.

Walker Foods has released a statement on its website pointing out that only one of seven samples used in the UNLV study contained a significant level of lead (0.23 ppm), while the other six samples were well below the study’s suggested threshold of 0.1 ppm. They are, however, discontinuing their El Pato Red Salsa Picante. So far, the other salsa manufacturers remain mum.

Though hot sauce is typically consumed in small quantities, if it’s a regular part of your or your child’s diet, you might want to be careful. It could contribute to unsafe levels of exposure to lead, especially when combined with other sources of exposure such as soil or paint manufactured before 1978.

video games

Webgame Wednesday: Atomic Gringo

In Atomic Gringo, you play a hard-drinking, hard-fighting robot stuck South of the Border. Battle hordes of angry attackers descending on your metallic, serape-draped form in this "rhythm fighting" game. What are you waiting for? Fight!

V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

News Feature

Horse Slaughter Raises Hackles

Valley Meat faces backlash from animal activists and politicians

Barron Jones reports on the furor over the likely approval of Valley Meat’s equine inspection application.

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news

The Daily Word in dog cop, Hoffa and Morrisey

27-year-old Abiquiú writer wins $53,000 on “Jeopardy.”

A KRQE interview with Chris Johnson, co-ower of the Weekly Alibi who also founded The Onion.

Schools around town give Breathalyzer tests to see if students are drunk.

In Vaughn, N.M., the only member of the police force is a dog.

How to casually exit a semitruck smash.

Is the Earth trying to shake us off?

British words creeping into American English.

What’s the deal with gluten?

Samuel L. Jackson curses his way through a children’s story in the name of politics.

Hand gestures can tell you what’s really going on.

Police look for Jimmy Hoffa under a driveway in Detroit.

Romney can’t keep his lines straight on health care.

Mexican navy captures top Los Zetas guy.

Controversial Morrisey stances.

A letter from teenage Morrisey about how the Ramones are rubbish.

Honey Boo Boo nickname generator.

The worst children’s toys ever.

news

The Daily Word in Fred Willard, gold bars and stolen yorkies.

130 Mexican prisoners are on the loose.

Face slasher takes the Metro.

It’s a great time to run a newspaper. Not really.

A balding man with a ponytail is accused of beating a woman with a dog.

“They’ll never find my gold bars.”

Oh, the funny pictures.

Taylor Swift broke up with me swiftly.

Try these Photoshop brain teasers.

You are feeling very sleepy.

I have too many coffee mugs. Stop thinking up them.

What's the quickest way to the Quickie Mart?

Here’s the story of the burnt bigfoot.

There's a new monkey that looks like somebody you know.

Now you can monitor clean-up efforts in Los Alamos.

Stolen yorkies!

Some hunters had an herb farm adventure.

Black widow.

Happy birthday Fred Willard.

V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012
Andy Lutz, Steve Hammond and Noah Wolters

Spotlight

Leeches of Lore R.I.P. It Up

Hammond ventures to Old Mexico

It’s the end of an era for this twang-and-thrash trio. The Alibi chatted by phone with frontman Steve Hammond in his Nob Hill home before he rushed off to Leeches of Lorchestra practice.
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V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012

Occupy the Alibi

La Lucha, Unida

Mexican peace movement crosses the border

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity traveled from the top to the bottom of Mexico in a "caravan of consolation" to demand an end to the drug war and the violence it entails. On Saturday, Aug. 18, it comes to Albuquerque.

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Feature

Deming Gun Trial Ends but Larger Closure Remains Elusive

brian.ch / [url ]http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ CC BY-SA 2.0

Less than a day after we went to press with this week’s feature profiling the Reese family of Deming and their trial for conspiracy, false statements and gun smuggling, the jury returned with a verdict.

Three of the family members were found guilty of making false statements on federal ATF forms. U.S. government prosecutors insisted throughout the trial that the Reeses knowingly sold weapons to so-called straw buyers, or middlemen, who were purchasing guns on behalf of dangerous Mexican drug cartels. Apparently the jury agreed, to a limited extent.

Yet with the possible exception of 20-year-old Remington (acquitted of all charges), it’s still hard to find the clear winner in this case.

The Reeses’ lives will certainly never be the same. Three of them are now convicted felons facing more jail time. While they may be able to petition for the restoration of their gun ownership rights, I doubt the ATF (which launched the undercover investigation of the family) will let them return to their longtime livelihoods of gun dealing.

The agency itself has been raked over the coals for losing track of guns that were purchased out of Arizona by known “straw buyers,” or middlemen. Many of those guns were subsequently trafficked into Mexico and used to deadly effect.

And the trial opened on the heels of a successful (and largely partisan) effort to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over Operation Fast and Furious. Supporters of the family that I spoke to outside of the courtroom were convinced that the U.S. government was trying to use the case to deflect attention away from their own malfeasance.

Meanwhile, violent bloodletting in Mexico (not to mention here in the U.S.) continues unabated.

News

In Mexico: an election or an imposition?

Following a hotly contested and seemingly fraudulent round of elections, a new president will soon take power in Mexico, representing the party that oppressed the Mexican people for more than 70 years. As the opposition to presumptive President Enrique Peña Nieto grows stronger, an enthusiastic student protest movement takes to the streets. But will they be able to save Mexico?

V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

Occupy the Alibi

Election or Imposition?

The dinosaurs rule Mexico once again.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, held power in Mexico from 1929 to 2000, using strategies of intimidation, corruption and outright voter fraud to maintain its position as the country's leader. After the opposition party PAN took the presidency in 2000, the PRI became known as "the dinosaurs," representing the antiquated, undemocratic system of the past.

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Today's Events

We Are Together at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Paul Taylor's moving film tells the story of young singers in a South African orphanage's Agape Choir who use music to overcome hardships.

¡Globalquerque!: Oumar Konaté • The Cowboy Way • Lo'Jo • Golem • Gaby Moreno and more at National Hispanic Cultural Center

7th Annual Albuquerque Hopfest at Isleta Resort & Casino

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