V.25 No.49 | 12/08/2016
The Daily Word in Russian Hacks, John Glenn and the Plot From Jurassic Park
By Joshua Lee [ Sat Dec 10 2016 8:14 AM ]
Ah, yes. The Pokémon Cookbook shows you how to make your own Pokémon-shaped dishes. I have no words.
The CIA just released the results of a secret assessment, and they're saying the hacked emails provided to WikiLeaks before the election were given to them by the Russian government for the express reason of putting Trump in the White House. (Which is interesting and says some scary things about the relationship between Trump and Russia, but doesn't really change the content of the emails. So ...)
Watch the world's largest useless machine light a Christmas tree.
The very first dinosaur tail encased in amber was discovered. Check this shit out!
V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016
The Daily Word in Gotham the Hudson River whale, influential fake news and Florence Henderson
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Nov 25 2016 1:01 PM ]
Thanksgiving Day thieves robbed a church of its tabernacle.
Did Russian media outlets serve Trump's campaign by promoting particular fake-news stories?
Check out this great collection of chola portraits from the'70s and '80s.
Winter weather is adding a sinister bent to oil pipeline protests in South Dakota.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
Igor Mukhin / Creative Commons
Hooligans are in Town
Sunday, Nov 13: A Conversation with Pussy Riot
By Nina Ferrell [ Sat Nov 12 2016 12:00 PM ]
Maria Alyokhina and Alexandra Bogino discuss their feminism-based activism.
V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016
The Daily Word in Standing Rock #NoDAPL protests, Hillary Clinton's health, and Syrian ceasefire
By Robin Babb [ Mon Sep 12 2016 10:56 AM ]
Big things have been happening in North Dakota. "Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota emerged as climate change heroes when, with little political clout or media spotlight, they halted construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline." The proposed pipeline violated Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it would cross Sioux land and any potential spills would contaminate the tribe's drinking water. Read Mark Sundeen's excellent report from the camp.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he's stepping down from his seat in parliament today, citing conflict of interest. This news comes three months after he resigned as PM of the country, after his failed campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. His successor as PM, Theresa May, is overseeing the process of Brexit. Cameron's resignation is effective immediately.
After a video hit the internet of Hillary Clinton appearing to stumble -- and possibly faint -- after a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday, pundits have been quick to latch onto claims of the failing health of the Democratic presidential nominee. Several hours after the incident, Clinton's physician released a note saying that she'd been diagnosed with pneumonia. Some have said that her health could be a serious issue in the election. I think that attending a memorial service in Manhattan summer heat despite having pneumonia speaks volumes about Clinton's tenacity.
China and Russia have launched eight days of joint naval drills in the South China Sea. The sea that the UN said that China had no rights over. So, yeah.
There's a temporary ceasefire in effect in Syria, due to a deal brokered by the US and Russia. The ceasefire will ensure that Syrian government forces will stop airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in an attempt to flush out rebel forces. This time is also being used for much-needed humanitarian aid to be delivered to besieged areas like Aleppo.
The Daily Word in Renewable Energy, Sex For the Elderly and the End of Days
By Joshua Lee [ Sat Sep 10 2016 9:30 AM ]
A Michigan State University scholar has found that having sex when you're a senior is good for the ladies, but not so much for the men.
Archaeologists found some disturbing shit: Footless children buried at an ancient temple site in Peru.
Want to protect your brain from the effects of aging? Take some B12, dummy.
So, Costa Rica has gone over two months running completely on renewable energy. That's the sound of the game changing.
Rather than plead guilty to an assault charge (a move that would have let him walk away free with time served), a Texas man decided to fight his accusers (including a handful of police officers who were at the scene) and prove his innocence. He got a 40 year sentence.
A Russian river has turned blood red. It's the End of Days! The drooling idiot God, poised for all of history at the Gate of Time (where seven padlocks on seven chains have held him for a millennia) is loosed upon the earth. Goodbye, all my stuff.
V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016
The Daily Word in Fake Guns, Poop Explosions and How to Catch a Sensitive Ghost
By Joshua Lee [ Sat Aug 20 2016 9:56 AM ]
I can die happy: here's a video of a Russian sewage truck—filled to the brim with poop—literally popping in the middle of nose-to-nose traffic.
Net neutrality apparently started in the 1920's with the Hush-A-Phone, a device that clipped over the mouthpiece of telephones and allowed the user to muffle their voice and keep their private conversations from the eavesdropping ears of their neighbors. AT&T tried to make it illegal to use third-party attachments on their phones (because monopoly) and ended up going before the FCC over the case. AT&T won, and law students still study it in reference to net neutrality.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia is trying to attract the ghost of former art photographer Thomas Eakins with nude models and robots. Really.
A gun manufacturer had their replica gun booth shut down at Wizard World, a comic book convention. Not because they did anything wrong, but because people don't like guns, I guess? Um. Obviously, they thought those "wrath of Thor" tweets were literal. Super powers don't kill people. Supervillains do.
Meanwhile, in Russia, they sell model assault rifles in airports. O strange new world, that has such people in it.
So, hundreds of these creepy little stitched up balls of ... something ... washed up on a beach in England. Turns out these horror-movie rejects are actually "sea potatoes," a common species of sea urchin. So far, no one is sure why such a big urchin dump even happened.
V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016
The Daily Word in Cyborgs, Opera and Roach Murder
By Joshua Lee [ Sat Aug 13 2016 8:20 AM ]
Russia made an entire city disappear under a dense chemical fog as part of a military test. They were supposedly trying to see if they could effectively hide bases during military attacks. "Just shoot missiles at that giant cloud," said one theoretical enemy.
Check out this video of an emerald cockroach wasp injecting a roach with a venom that disables the part of its brain that tells it to escape danger. Afterward, she leads the seemingly hypnotized roach to her den, where the whole fam gets a taste. Creepy!
Don't call it a comeback: The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were this close to declaring Africa polio-free after two years without any reported cases. This week, authorities discovered two cases in Nigeria.
Remember when that lady screwed up the restoration of a century-old fresco, turning Jesus into some kind of poorly-drawn cartoon character? Well, for those of you who don't: A comedic opera based on the debacle and the media storm that followed is slated to come out in 2017.
So, Kevin Kit Parker, head of a research team at Harvard University’s Disease Biophysics Group, decided to make a a cybernetic sting ray that uses a rat's heart muscles to power it's swimming motion ... Goodnight, everybody!
V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016
Daily Word in California Wildfires, US airstrikes in Libya, and hot air balloon crashes
By Robin Babb [ Mon Aug 1 2016 11:41 AM ]
A wildfire that broke out in central California a week ago has now grown to 40,000 acres—that's the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 40 buildings, displaced 500 people, and killed one. The severity of the fire is in large part due to California's years-long drought.
Syrian rebels shot down a Russian helicopter in Aleppo today. All 5 aboard the helicopter were killed. This comes amid deadly fighting in eastern Aleppo, where rebels are trying to break government control.
The US has launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon said today. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government.
Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, releases his book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row this week. The book examines how "zero tolerance" policing can pit those most in need of help—the poor, addicts and homeless—against each other, through the lens of Stuart's five year study on the street corners of Skid Row, one of the poorest and most policed neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
The Board of Elections and Registration in Sparta, GA., has been systematically questioning the voters' registrations of 180 of its Black residents. Those residents have been subpoenaed by deputies and asked to appear in court to prove their residence and defend their registration. This is one of many instances of voter discrimination that have caught national attention since three years ago, when the Supreme Court repealed the mandate that changes in voter registration must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016
The Daily Word in Russia, Twenty One Pilots and ART
By Megan Reneau [ Wed Jul 27 2016 12:06 PM ]
Trump isn't working with Russia? Riiiiight...
After being completely ignored by the guards, an 18 year old died after she asked for medical help when withdrawing from heroin.
Listen to this mashup song of Twenty One Pilots, Halsey, Melanie Martinez and Sivan.
Speaking of Twenty One Pilots, here's a clip of Tyler Joseph singing My Chemical Romance's song Cancer.
Global Warming is already affecting people in colder climates like Alaska.
Welcome to the Tesla Gigafactory.
Opening statements have begun in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the ART project.
All the charges have been dropped against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray trial.
V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
The Daily Word in Boko Haram, cute cats and the island of 20,000 graves
By Renee Chavez [ Wed Apr 13 2016 12:05 PM ]
FoodNetwork's "Chopped" is looking for contestants from New Mexico.
On the other hand, some people shouldn't even enter the kitchen for their own safety.
Sandia Peak owners want to ruin the serenity of the Sandias with a goddamn rollercoaster.
Here is the lapel camera video from when the recent Amber Alert ended with the discovery of 9-month-old Ariana.
Boko Haram has proved itself to be even more evil by increasing their number of child suicide bombers 10 fold.
Governor McCrory now wants to protect employee rights but still doesn't see the problem with his anti-LGBT bill.
The island of 20,000 graves is not Stephen King's newest novel.
Two Russian warplanes simulated an attack on a US guided missile ship.
Pictures of animals help improve your mood, so here ya go.
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015
The Daily Word in escalation in Syria, why Winston Brooks was under investigation by APS and a runaway anchor
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Nov 24 2015 12:06 PM ]
Local media is getting closer to finding out why, exactly, former APS Superintendent Winston Brooks was under investigation by his employer when he resigned.
A former Human Services Department worker has plead guilty to being involved in a conspiracy to defraud the SNAP/food stamps program.
Right before Thankgsgiving, New Mexico Department of Corrections is putting all 11 state prisons on a three day lockdown.
Things aren't getting better since Turkey shot down a Russian plane.
On a less serious note, here's a bestial Thanksgiving turkey story.
Here's a list of things Donald Trump believes are "true".
I could watch this video of a freighter losing control of its anchor over and over.
V.24 No.33 | 08/13/2015
The Daily Word in illegal cheese, John Hyde and a really crummy George Zimmerman painting
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Aug 18 2015 2:03 PM ]
An anonymous person or persons put up some "Guerrilla Way-Finding" signs in downtown Albuquerque.
Whole Foods is pulling Hatch Chile in favor of green chile grown in Colorado!
As a judge deliberates whether the James Boyd murder charges against two APD officers should be brought to trial, Albuquerque remembers the day ten years ago today when a mentally ill man named John Hyde went on a murder spree.
This Florida gun store owner is having a contest where the winner gets a confederate flag painting by George Zimmerman.
At Home Depot stores near the Burning Man site, rubber band sales go through the roof just before the festival.
This "bible museum" is filled with biblical characters and scenes using second-hand celebrity wax figures. Wow!
V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
The Daily Word: The Great Disconnect or the Virtue of Dullness (hint: there is none)
By Robert Maestas [ Wed Jun 3 2015 11:22 AM ]
jesus, not another blog post about robots.
can you spot the differences?
in soviet russia, mountain hikes you
dullness does not cost money, but it ain’t free
an answer you’ve always wanted
time is a flat...two dimensional illustration?
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
The Daily Word in murder trials, police brutality and devastation in Nepal
By Constance Moss [ Mon Apr 27 2015 11:00 AM ]
A devastating earthquake in Nepal has left the death toll at over 4,000 and rising.
It also sparked an avalanche on Mount Everest.
Other natural disasters around the world this weekend included a giant tornado in Texas, heavy rains and flooding in Pakistan, killing dozens, and volcanic ash blanketing the Chilean town of Ensenada.
McDonald's expects to have closed at least 700 stores by the end of 2015.
The James Holmes murder trial is set to begin today, almost three years after the mass shooting occurred in a Colorado movie theater.
In other Colorado news, mayhem erupted at a carnival in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
V.24 No.10 | 3/5/2015
Grim Russian recasting of Biblical parable is intimate, challenging
By Devin D. O’Leary
Russian realist recasts Biblical parable in dark drama Leviathan.
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