The Daily Word in Amazon bookstores, more VW fraud and Bad Brains' Dr. Know is on life support
New Mexico may resolve its impending driver's license problem by offering undocumented immigrants "driving privilege cards".
Uber isn't always cheaper than a taxi, this Halloween reveler discovered.
Stu Walker, the announcer at UNM Lobo basketball and Albuquerque Isotopes games, passed away yesterday.
After destroying locally owned bookstores around the planet, dastardly Amazon begins opening their own brick and mortar stores.
Despite claims by VW that they had come clean about the scope of their emissions fraud, previously unimplicated Porsche and Audi vehicles are discovered to be running the illegal software.
Check out this nifty site that shows where your surname is most prevalent, how many people you share it with and where it originated.
The popular movie in Germany right now is a very funny Hitler comedy.
The IRS is using "Stingray" location software to build cases against its suspects.
The Daily Word in ebola, Ello and Pantone beer packaging
In Liberia and Sierra Leone, the ebola death toll is at least 2,917. Liberian capital Monrovia faces an epidemic, as infections outpace access to health care.
The skull of a new species of dino, Ankylousaur, is now on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. BLM paleontologist Phil Gensler said, "It looks vaguely like an armored alligator."
The IRS raided Downtown business BigByte, a data center, this morning.
What is new anti-Facebook social network Ello's story?
This Pantone beer packaging reminds me of those what-
The Daily Word in a handsome mug shot, Lance Armstrong and "The Visor"
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency doesn't have to apologize following accusations of a cover-up.
All it takes is a good-looking mug shot to spark a lot of “likes.”
Judge Robert Wilkins rules against Lance Armstrong; therefore, he'll most likely have to pay some mad cash to the U.S. Postal Service.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he “stepped right in it” after making comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism, but he offered no apology.
The Obamas want their daughters to work minimum wage to see “what it's like to do that real hard work.”
RIP Stephanie Kwolek: the chemist who invented the tough fibers used in Kevlar body armor.
Take a tour of Downtown's Anasazi building before its Monday grand opening.
A female bicyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a garbage truck.
Anders Hsi wants to give “The Visor” to the homeless.
The Daily Word in Amanda Bynes' twitter rant, Navajos saying no to uranium and Buffalo man screwing the IRS
Okay ... would not have wanted to be on Flight 132 this morning ...
Shootings in Chicago over the weekend leave six people dead.
Amanda Bynes wants to sue NYPD, and hopefully get a new hair stylist.
Is that uranium? Sorry, we can't do it ...
So, I know you've passed, but do you still need someone to file your taxes for you? The IRS won't know what's up.
"Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul got married this weekend.
The Daily Word: Bosque Closure, Sarah Palin Quits Something Else, TSA's Mobil Groping Teams
Rio Rancho police are cracking down on tailgaters.
Police arrest La Familia cartel boss.
UNM scientists prove that men are funnier than women.
Stephen Colbert finds the one Republican candidate who can beat Obama.
Sarah Palin quits her bus tour halfway through.
Watch out for the TSA Mobile Groping Squads.
The Supreme Court will review the patentability of medical diagnostic tests.
Man arrested after IRS accidently deposits $110,000 into his bank account.
Wimbledon officials wants female tennis players to stop grunting so loudly.
Iran wants to send a monkey into space.
Bronies are real, and they're in Albuquerque.
Coming soon to a restaurant near you: horse-semen shots.
This giant chicken-deboning machine is terrifying, awesome.
Man ships himself across country in a crate equipped to play a MMO as part of an art project.
Oh yeah, they remade Footloose.
New iPhone rumor #32.
Pray for a Destiny's Child reunion.
The seven types of friends everyone needs.
Nonprofits! Don’t Lose Your Tax-Exempt Status
According to United Way of Central New Mexico, Congress passed a law that requires all nonprofits to file a form with the IRS. And 2,290 New Mexico nonprofits haven’t done it yet. The deadline is Friday, May 15.
Nonprofits that take in more than $25,000 a year have to file a 990 or 990-EZ. Those that take in less than that can file an electronic version of 990-N.
Find out if your organization needs to file its annual return at the National Center for Charitable Statistics site.
Amy Duggan, director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, says groups would have to come up with $750 to reinstate their tax status if they miss the deadline.
So pass it on.
The Daily Word 3.16.10: Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Erin Andrews
Tiger Woods is returning to golf next month at the Masters.
A U.S. Consulate employee and her husband were gunned down by Juárez drug gangs.
The late Michael Jackson somehow inks a recording deal worth more than $200 million.
They’re coming to get you; the IRS visits a car wash owing 4 cents in delinquent taxes.
Thousands of Thai residents donate blood to be dumped on government offices in protest.
The winner of the HGTV Dream Home in Sandia Park was announced, and it wasn’t you.
The runaway Toyota Prius incident on a California highway may have been a hoax.
The video voyeur who taped ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews in the nude gets 2 1/2 years in the pen.
Don’t drink and drive; free taxis in Bernalillo County on Saint Patrick’s Day!
Could You At Least Buy Me Dinner First?
I think it was when the Wal-Mart manager said, “I just can’t help you, because I have no idea how that works”, and then walked away from me, that I really started to get ticked off. Bad customer service has been the theme for several of my blogs. I am pretty good at turning the other cheek, picking my battles and so on when it comes to a horrifying experience with a corporate giant. Westley Trellis, well, not so much. Trellis took a baseball bat and smashed to bits twenty-nine flat screen televisions, causing over $22,000 in damages in a Wal-mart electronics department. One commentator opined that perhaps Trellis was “simply slashing prices?”
Another time I wanted to lash out at corporate America, government agencies, was the Summer I was, well, nabbed for not being “entirely” forthcoming on some tax information. I had “forgotten” to report something, and well, I got in trouble with the IRS. They sent letters, of course I didn’t respond to them, and eventually received a default judgment and was ordered to pay some money back to the IRS. Well, I didn’t, and so they garnished wages from me that fall. I basically worked at this job I had for free in order to pay back my debt. I wanted to get angry, and I wanted to tell them off, ask them if they would consider dinner first before just jamming their you know what in my you know where, but I didn’t.
Joe Stack had a different approach to his IRS experience. He took his Piper Cherokee airplane and flew it right into the Echelon Building in Austin, TX. An online article tears Stack apart, calling him a man “with a serious grudge”, and “left a lot of innocent people in his wake”. Well I don’t know if I would put IRS and innocent in the same sentence, and while I am saddened for the injured parties, I share some empathy for Stack’s ordeal. Eventually people succumb to the rage in their heads when they are not listened to, or treated badly, and they end up doing things like Trellis, and Stack did. Wal-mart and the IRS may consider taking some responsibility themselves instead of writing off Stack, a software engineer and musician, who was handled badly, ignored, and stuck in a Web of poorly handled consumer relationships by corporations and government agencies. Stack has a 6-page, 3000 word manifesto online that you can draw your own conclusions from.
How do we communicate to these corporate bears, and government gorillas in a way that gets our point across without crashing planes, and busting up televisions? Is it possible? There are many ways to handle bad service, and avoid the caveat emptor mind-set; I don’t know if one is better than another. I have managed to avoid suicidal tendencies from bad service, and batting practice in the Wal-mart electronics department, but there are times when I cheer silently for the ones that make such grand gestures. I don’t think they actually believe their cries of injustice will be heard, but their actions will not be forgotten.
When are we going to demand that they put customer relationships at the front of the line again, and keep the “bottom line” from towing the whole ship down to the bottom of the ocean? Now we just have to find the middle line between bats, and planes; and the ability to make changes, and communicate just a little bit better with each other, perhaps even listen a little more. I have hope, even if while I write this, phone pressed desperately to my ear, my expected hold time is 32 minutes. Don’t worry I don’t even like baseball and flying makes me nauseous.