V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
From the Foxhole
Benjamin Colton Barnes
Another broken soldier
The only reason the death of this Iraq War veteran has attracted such attention is that he did not go alone. Had Barnes simply headed off into the frozen wilderness to die, his story would have been unexceptional. After all, scores of returning veterans, traumatized and afflicted, have committed suicide over the last decade.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
From the Foxhole
The Detention of Americans
How the quest for absolute security is compromising our democracy
Columnist and war veteran Alex Limkin takes on the National Defense Authorization Act.
V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
The soldiers who’ve died in Afghanistan
Wars are often reduced to their numbers—the amount spent, the casualties both military and civilian.
But it’s hard to visualize those numbers. After they climb high enough, my brain reverts to the vague idea of “many” or “a lot.”
When I got the list of troops who’ve died from the Department of Defense, I spent a good while looking at the names. “A lot” became concrete.
In remembrance of 10 years in Afghanistan, we published the names, ages and home states of all U.S. casualties reported before Oct. 3. It’s interesting to note how the lists for each year grow exponentially.
The war in Afghanistan is the longest in U.S. history.
V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
The Longest War
American soldiers killed in Afghanistan
This month marks 10 years of war in Afghanistan—the longest military conflict in U.S. history—and the list of our fallen soldiers grows ever longer.
V.20 No.38 |
The Daily Word in neutrino jokes, marijuana law and SPAM
Brought to you by the letter G.
Borders employees leave a list of grievances.
A woman was decapitated by the Zeta gang in Mexico for posting comments on facebook about the Zetas.
Faster-than-light-neutrino jokes (scroll down to the comments for more.)
Read this excellent Santa Fe New Mexican overview of how the NM Medical Marijuana program is faring.
Part of this woman's job was to prevent people from doing anything illegal on Cook County Forest Preserve land....
Canada's Conservative government is likely to pass minimum sentencing laws for marijuana cultivation.
Pyramiden, Soviet ghost town.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
August was still deadly for Iraqis and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
As I reported in today’s Daily Word, August was the first month without the death of a U.S. troop in Iraq.
But it was still grim for Iraqis. From the last paragraph of this CNN story:
For Iraqis, August saw the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months. On August 15, for example, a barrage of attacks across the country killed at least 84 people and wounded more than 200.
And August was not easy for U.S. service members in Afghanistan, either. It was the deadliest month in that part of the Middle East, with 66 casualties.
"Hundreds of thousands have deployed again and again, year after year," he said. "Never before has our nation asked so much of our all-volunteer force — that 1 percent of Americans who wears the uniform."
The war in Afghanistan is the longest in U.S. history.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey
Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.
Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.
Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.
Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.
Carlsbad is running out of water.
Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.
More people are getting their tattoos removed.
The secrets of hand hearts revealed.
Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.
Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.
American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?
An investigative report on the use of drones.
The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.
V.20 No.31 |
The Daily Word with an upcoming Anonymous attack, Ted Bundy's blood and a Chinese landlord scorpion attack
Anonymous is gearing up to attack Facebook this November.
The Congressional Supercommittee has been chosen.
North and South Korea exchange fire.
President Obama can't catch a break.
FBI agent discusses the West Mesa buried bodies case.
Missouri high school bans Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5.
America is not ready for President Rick Perry.
Recently discovered vial of Ted Bundy's blood may help uncover more murders.
The Onion is starting a paywall.
Probably not a good idea to heckle Aziz Ansari.
Chinese landlord releases thousands of scorpions to chase away his tenants.
Thomas the Imperialist Tank Engine.
Tim Heidicker (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) saw a UFO.
Six things that were probably built by aliens.
V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
Courtesy of Adam Jarrell
Soldier files a racism complaint about his superiors
Adam Jarrell has wanted to be in the military since he was a kid. So his treatment in Afghanistan came as quite a shock, he says. During his yearlong deployment, he was subject to racial slurs and threats of physical violence, according to a complaint. Jarrell says someone even hung a noose outside his sleeping quarters.
V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011
From the Foxhole
Adams on bin Laden
What if, instead of celebrating the news, President Adams sat in the darkness of his study, amid his books and papers, and considered that despite the news, the military occupations would continue unabated?
V.20 No.17 |
U.S. celebrates news of bin Laden's death
President Obama announced tonight that al Qaeda's former leader was killed after a firefight with Navy Seals. He confirmed Internet rumors that Osama bin Laden's body was in U.S. possession. Many Americans are rejoicing, especially at Ground Zero.
The president said killing bin Laden was among his first directives:
" ... Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat his network."
And he reminded viewers that the United States is not at war with Islam:
"I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own."
If you missed it, the full text of the president's speech is online.
Meet the man who may be in charge: Bin Laden's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri, is a surgeon who was born in Egypt.
President Bush, other Republican politicians and notables from around the world react.
V.19 No.38 |
The Daily Word 09.23.10: Bedbugs, rich people, Joaquin Phoenix
Rescue crews can't find a man pulled into a turbulent arroyo.
A meteor above Burque.
Some health care reform starts today.
Santa Fe's got bedbugs. And so does Albuquerque.
Sure. Blame it on a mockumentary, Joaquin Phoenix.
Blockbuster is dying. Netflix wins.
Ay. "The party of stop."
Obama asks Arab nations for peace.
Fancy people put booze in their fruit, too. (Not so much Everclear, though.)
A new dinosaur. Maybe even better than stegosaurus.
The richest people got 8 percent richer this year. What recession? Oh wait ...
V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
Estimates suggest the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will produce more than 1 million veterans.
In this week’s news section, I highlighted the lack of media coverage on veteran’s issues. I spoke with local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War in January after Kenneth Ellis III, who was being treated at the VA Medical Center for PTSD, was killed by Albuquerque police. He was pulled over for bad plates, and stepped out of the car with a gun to his head.
Romeo Rocha, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, said he hoped Ellis’ death would give PTSD more media attention. "It's still showing up, but it's not making headlines anymore,” he told the Alibi in January.
Even if American media isn’t focused on the issue right now, an Italian documentary at the Venice Film Festival follows three veterans who served in Iraq and how they were treated by the military. It’s called Ward 54, so named for the psychiatric ward of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2005, Mark Benjamin penned a piece for Salon.com that shined a light on the hospital’s neglect of PTSD patients.
Benjamin spoke of the substandard care for mental disorders caused by the war in a “Democracy Now!” interview:
“... the entire time that they’re at Walter Reed, the Army seems to be more bent on trying to determine that their problems were not, in fact, caused by the war and that, in fact, these soldiers were just crazy of their own accord.”
Though, as the AP story on Ward 54 points out, a report to Congress last month shows that these wars have produced significantly high rates of suicides for the U.S. military. More than 1,100 service members killed themselves between 2005 and 2009. The suicide rate is only going up in 2010.
V.19 No.35 |
The Daily Word 09.02.10: Another Gulf rig explodes, chain-smoking 2-year-old, no creator
Another offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded.
Hurricane Earl is growing and heading for North Carolina.
Stephen Hawking says God didn't create the universe.
Woman's body found on a NE Heights sidewalk. She was 30.
Pipe bomb in a Rio Rancho apartment complex.
Privately owned prisons in N.M. haven't paid fines for understaffing.
More people in N.M. don't like the boosted war effort in Afghanistan.
LANL OK'd to build a staging facility for nuclear waste.
Families say Santa Fe police threatened them with deportation when they wouldn't cooperate in an investigation.
Chain-smoking 2-year-old quits.
Look how much BP spent trying to clean up … its image.
Stop the press! Some women like having small breasts.
Have a DIY drink.
A Christmas Story (1983) at KiMo Theatre
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