V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Occupy the Alibi
Don’t Believe the Hype
By Andrew Beale
The image of veterans flinging their medals in the direction of McCormick Place, where the summit was held, provided an incredibly strong statement that our columnist will never forget. As powerful as that was, the act was far overshadowed by the violence immediately afterward, he writes.
V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
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Live Smiling Girls!
Behind the photographs of Angeles City bar girls
By Margaret Wright
The controversy over Commissioner Michael Wiener’s photo scandal died down. But Fields Avenue, the red-light district of Angeles City in the Philippines, remains a dark place.
V.21 No.21 |
The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard
African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.
Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.
Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.
Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?
KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.
George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.
Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.
Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.
There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.
The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.
Egypt is voting for president for the first time.
Can the human race tell aliens from gods?
MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.
V.21 No.2 |
The Daily Word in marijuana lungs, human zoo, Twinkies
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jan 12 2012 9:58 AM ]
Workplace violence at Albuquerque Parks and Rec.
UNM's chess club is stone cold killin' it.
Marijuana smoking not linked to lung problems.
Taliban says video of marines pissing on dead Taliban members won't affect peace talks.
The biggest polluters in the state.
Human zoo allows tourists to throw food at Jarawa people.
Class conflict is the conflict, say Americans.
Liz Lemon's flashbacks. All of them.
Pittsburgh mayor cops a Tebow.
The maker of Twinkies is filing for bankruptcy. To honor the mighty Twinkie, explore its many alternate uses.
Whiney Beethoven letter discovered.
Oakland Tribune sends a cease-and-desist order to Occupy Oakland Tribune.
Ohio landlord says her pool is whites only because African-American hair products cloud the water.
Sinead O'Connor is not in a good way.
Americans are eating less meat.
They Might Be Giants: "When Will You Die?"
V.20 No.46 |
The Daily Word in football, ScarJo and the Vatican
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 17 2011 9:01 AM ]
UNM hires ex-Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to be Lobo football's new boss.
APD fires belly-bumping officers who kicked a suspect in the head on video.
The toast sandwich is two pieces of bread around a slice of toast. It's the 150-year-old brainchild of Victorian food writer Mrs. Beeton.
Art? Or stalking 14-year-old girls?
Avoid penile cancer by abstaining from bestiality.
Sexuality as a force for good.
Mom of Sandusky's adopted son has concerns.
Clothing company folds under Vatican pressure and removes an ad showing the pope kissing an imam.
Google's getting into the music store biz. But there's no Prince. And no Zeppelin.
Katy Perry's Milli Vanilli flute fail.
Norwegians raise a viking ship using viking tools.
Is ScarJo a beard?
Some places in the world remain untouched by Facebook.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
May the Media Remind Us Lest We Forget.
By Lynn Ambrosino [ Tue Sep 13 2011 4:55 PM ]
During Sunday’s somber coverage of the 9/11 memorial service at ground zero, Anderson Cooper noted that the “images still shock, the heartbreak still hurts.” This could not be a more blatant understatement in the service of dramatic effect. Of course they still hurt, and of course they still shock, Anderson. It's not as if we've forgotten. And, in fact, the suggestion that we may have only serves as a sort of insult to our national and personal integrity.
As an American who was an eye-witness to the attack, to the 22.2 million inhabitants of the NYC metro area, and to the rest of the nation who watched with horror and fear on the internet and television as the unspeakable and far-off threat became a blatant nightmare reality, this phrase cannot help but take on a hollow ring. It has only been 10 years since the singular terrorist attack of that magnitude on American soil in our country's long history. Honestly, who does the media think is forgetting?
This blogger for one will never forget how it felt to be awoken by call from a friend in Brooklyn who saw both planes hit, dashing dazed from her apartment on the Jersey side of Lincoln Harbor to see both towers spitting flames. She'll never forget rushing down to the ferry dock and standing numb with a small gaggle of onlookers in collective disbelief; or when she heard on the portable radio one of them carried as a beacon of information that we all clung to in that time and space, so suspended and surreal, that The Pentagon had been targeted as well. And, you can be damn sure, Anderson Cooper, that nothing will ever erase the image in my brain of that first tower as it fell in impossible and interminable slow motion, as the window glass fluttered, lazily glittering in agonizing descent long after the building rubble collapsed into the cloud of dust that consumed it from below as from the depths of hell; not to mention the weeks focused on an attempted return to normalcy replete with the ever-present foreboding fear that the events of that morning were the harbinger of a full-scale assault that would rear its head in myriad other unsuspected forms. It turned the world upside-down, made terror real, literally haunted my dreams, and all but gave birth to the notion that we as Americans are not immune to acts of war on our own soil.
In this media-
On that note, I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to DirectTV for making fast forwarding through advertisements possible. God bless this military/
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Turning the Page
University-area stalwart closes up shop
By Elise Kaplan
“What do I owe you?” an older man asks, placing the New York Times on the counter. “$25,000,” Newsland owner Roger Walsh replies, only half joking, “or I'm closing the shop.” Most of the browsers scanning the shelves have already heard of the closure, but it hits home when Walsh says the Newsland's last day is Sunday, July 24.
FCC taps local media justice group for committee
By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Jul 26 2011 3:51 PM ]
FCC boss Julius Genachowski has invited New Mexico’s Media Literacy Project to join a committee that weighs in on consumer issues.
The Federal Communications Commission regulates radio, TV, Internet and telephone service, among other things. The FCC is powerful, and its mission is to make communication channels available to everyone in the United States without discrimination, according to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Such services should be provided for reasonable fees, too, the act states.
Andrea Quijada, executive director for the group, says in a news release that she is encouraged that New Mexico was “invited to participate in this important national dialogue, and we are extremely honored that we were identified as the best advocate for the diverse consumer needs in our community.” With the Media Literacy Project’s participation, the FCC will get more perspective on Hispanic, Native American and rural communities, she adds.
The committee will evaluate topics such as consumer protection, education, access and the impact of emerging tech. The Media Literacy Project will serve for two years, and its first meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Washington, D.C.
V.20 No.13 |
The Daily Word: 3-Year-Old Found Safe, Pornwikileaks, Perfect Prehistoric Pickled Brain
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Apr 6 2011 9:55 AM ]
Police find missing 3-year-old Ismyella Rodriguez safe.
A government shutdown is looming.
Daytona Beach newspaper publisher is offering bonuses to reporters who sell advertisements and subscriptions.
Espanola man delivers decomposing body to the ER, says his friend was sick.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Koch brothers.
Security company HBGary's latest terrible idea is a paranoia meter.
One dead after attempted Apple Store burglary.
Read all about the war of words between Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Lost creator Damon Lindelof.
Prehistoric human brain found pickled in bog.
Mental disorders represented as minimalist posters.
Watch these fresh frog legs twitch when salt is added.
Scientists genetically modify cows to produce more human milk.
That's hardcore! Website pornwikileaks reveals porn stars real names and home addresses.
Listen to the world's most nonchalant crash landing.
Netflix announced it obtained exclusive rights to stream all seasons of Mad Men.
New study says biology grad students are the most unhappy.
Keanu Reeves confirms that Bill and Ted 3 is on the way.
Six of the most bizarre medical hoaxes people actually believed.
Watch the intro to the Russian version of How I Met Your Mother.
Burger King introduces the Meat Monster Whopper.
Mall-pizza chain Sbarro is planning on filing for bankruptcy.
V.20 No.7 | 2/17/2011
Public broadcasting is on the chopping block
By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Feb 15 2011 9:56 AM ]
Republicans in Congress have moved six bills that would ax all money for public media, including NPR, PBS and others. Conservatives have argued that those news outlets lean toward the left.
A letter to the editor from Polly Anderson, general manager of KNME, says the station has been valuable resource for 52 years and that it reaches 650,000 households. “Public Television is the largest provider of preschool education in New Mexico,” she wrote. (Dude. Sesame Street.)
An online campaign, 170millionamericans.org was launched to highlight the importance of public media. Americans each pay about $1.35 per year for public media, according to the site. And every month, 170 million make use of public television stations and radio stations. The site includes suggestions for how you can help. Fill out a message that can be sent to your congresspeople, or call Congress at (202) 224-3121.
V.20 No.5 |
The Daily Word 02.03.11: Freaking cold, Cairo, Mona Lisa
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 3 2011 10:23 AM ]
The animals at the zoo are cold.
Lots of broken furnaces.
And plenty of people are without gas.
Violence in Cairo.
Was Mona Lisa da Vinci's boyfriend?
A former first lady or a pop singer will probably be Haiti's next president.
How meditation alters your brain.
Obama talks about his faith.
Keeping little girls extra clean makes them sick.
V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010
Not Just Net Neutral
FCC commissioner rallies New Mexicans around Internet freedom but remains silent on plans
By Sam Adams
Michael Copps of the Federal Communications Commission had a lot to say about the importance of access to information and the Internet. But he remained tight-lipped on how and when the FCC would protect it.
V.19 No.22 |
Papers on a Train
By Patricia Sauthoff [ Thu Jun 3 2010 11:52 AM ]
In every major metropolitan center I've ever ridden public transportation, newspapers have always been available. Not so much on the Rail Runner though. At the Santa Fe Depot there's nary a newspaper stand to be found. At South Capitol you can buy the dailies but not get a copy of any free papers (cough, such as this one). Same for Downtown Albuquerque and, I think, Bernalillo.
While this makes life on Rail Runner workers easier--no newspapers to clean up after riders depart--it kinda takes away from the ambiance of the whole train thing. Also, as we all know, newspapers aren't doing so hot right now with the whole internet, news from around the world for free thing. Wouldn't it be nice to maybe support those things and make them easier to get ahold of?
Enter the Santa Fe New Mexican's Xpress, a quarterly publication that is chock full of absolutely no information whatsoever! Um, whee?
I first learned about this magazine on Tuesday night, while waiting outside of a liquor store (god, that makes me sound skeeeetchy, quick justification, I was waiting for someone to buy beer but was smoking a cigarette so I couldn't go in), reading the headlines through the box. (Second aside/justification: I am not a hypocrite. I read the paper, on paper, all the time.) Yesterday, when it was supposed to come out, I checked every copy of the New Mex I could find to see what it was. No dice. Not a single issue to be found.
That is, until today. I boarded the train, took my spot and there she was, on every seat. So, what do we have?
First thing that stood out was a table of contents. Except it wasn't, it was an ad for the upcoming SITE Santa Fe Biennial. Oops. Next page, toc. Schedules...um, I'm already on the train, and the schedules are also on the train, and easier to deal with because they're smaller, on better paper and can easily be folded and put in the pocket.
The articles are pretty cheerleader-y, including one about the expansion of mass transit along the i-25 corridor. Interesting, since just last week the New Mexican reported ridership on the Rail Runner dropping.
Not that I expected news out of this thing, but maybe not pretend news that contradicted reporting by the same publication.
Here's the thing, I have beef with this new magazine for a couple of reasons. 1) It purports to write "about how the Rail Runner is changing lives up and down the Interstate 25 commuter corridor," but really doesn't focus on anything except how awesome the train is. 2) Albuquerque barely exists as far as Xpress is concerned. So, it's not really about commuters as it's focused on tourists.
So, New Mexican. You get an editorial fail, but an advertising A+. This 42 page glossy covered, newsprint publication is packed with ads. If you guys figure out that there are businesses in Albuquerque who might want to advertise, you'll go glossy in no time.
V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010
By John Bear
Burning Love: Covering Fire and the People Who Start It
It’s been three years since I started beat reporting, and in that time I suppose I’ve covered 100 fires. Probably more.
V.19 No.11 |
We've Been in Iraq Seven Years
By Marisa Demarco [ Sat Mar 20 2010 10:16 AM ]
Each anniversary passes with less flourish, and less media weight is given to our lengthy occupation of Iraq. In Baghdad, the day passed.
Iraqis gathered to watch a bootleg copy of The Hurt Locker. The Oscar-winner, for them, is not abstract and far away as it was for audiences in other parts of the world.
Civilians can't possibly know what it's like. But we can hear the stories of those who've been there.
The writer behind the column Miss Diagnosis, Whitny Doyle, interviewed a local nurse who spent time in Abu Ghraib attending to prisoners. And Alex Limkin, who served in Iraq from 2004-2005, vigorously satirized the notion of a draft and shined a light on the economic status of our volunteer forces.
And across the country, protesters are gathering. Today at 11 a.m., demonstrators will rally at Civic Plaza to urge the United States to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. If you know of related events, feel free to add them as comments to this blog.
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