The Daily Word in Unions in the South, Colin Kaepernick, and North Korean missile testing
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of a lot of media attention and a lot of jeering football fans recently. When the Niners played the Green Bay Packers on August 26th, Kaepernick outraged the crowd by remaining seated during the national anthem, later saying that he did so as a protest of racial inequality and racially motivated shootings by police in the US. The response from the public has largely been along the lines of "shut up and play football like you're paid to do." Despite public backlash, booing crowds, and local police forces threatening to stop covering 49ers' games (which, like, does nobody else see the irony in that?), Kaepernick has continued his protest. And other athletes are joining him.
Today is Labor Day. Labor unions, which have begun re-inventing themselves and are focusing on raising the minimum wage, are seeing growth in membership in the South, an area that has had little union presence in the past. But those unions are struggling, in part because there's not a single reporter dedicated to covering labor in the southern states. That's a big problem -- union organizers are less scared about employer backlash when they have the press following their fight. Read Mike Elm's call to arms for the creation of more southern labor media.
Today also would have been Freddy Mercury's 70th birthday. Astronomers have named an asteroid after him for the occasion. You're truly a shooting star now, Freddy.
The Taliban bombed the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul on Monday by way of two suicide bombers. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.
On Monday, North Korea tested three medium-range missiles that traveled 620 miles and landed in the sea near Japan. This happens during the G-20 economic summit in China. North Korea is actively developing long-range weapons capable of striking the US mainland. Yes, that is terrifying.
Make friends with somebody who has cable, because Donald Glover's show Atlanta premieres on FX tomorrow. The dramedy follows Glover as Ernest, a millennial Black man who's struggling to make ends meet and to win his ex-girlfriend back -- all while tackling issues of police brutality, gun violence, sexual identity, and mass incarceration. Everything Glover touches turns to gold, and I have no doubts that this show will follow suit.
The Daily Word in Gabby Douglas, Milwaukee protests, and flooding in Louisiana
After days of fighting, the Taliban has taken a district in the northern Baghalan province of Afghanistan. The importance of Baghalan province is that the main highway linking nine other districts passes through it. Which means that if the Taliban takes over neighboring districts, they will have complete control over travel into and out of those nine districts.
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has been the target of severe social media and press attacks the last few days. She's being criticized for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem, and for not having straight enough hair. Y'all. We're better than this.
Protests began in Milwaukee on Saturday, just a few hours after police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old Black man, who was apparently armed and running away from police. The protests continued into the early hours of Monday morning, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard on Sunday. Some protestors claim that Smith was shot in the back while running away, which police deny happened. It would all be a lot clearer if the police would just release the body camera footage...
Days of heavy rain have flooded Southern Louisiana, wreaking homes and submerging roads and highways. Five have died, and 20,000 have had to be rescued. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has called it an "historic, unprecedented flooding event."
Chinese diver He Zi won a silver medal on Sunday, and got another surprise: as she was standing on the medal podium, her boyfriend of six years, fellow diver Qin Kai, pulled out a ring and proposed. The photo pretty much says everything you need to know about this. Love is cool.
The Daily Word in Fuzzy Ethics, Cat Tongues and Awful News
Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University have successfully removed HIV DNA from the cells of living animals. That's a game-changer, folks.
Every cat owner knows the pain of being unable to lick their feline buddy. Thank the stars someone was brave enough to develop a tongue-shaped cat brush that you hold in your mouth!
Obama authorized a drone-strike yesterday that apparently "took care of" the leader of the Taliban. Most of the time, real life sounds like a rap video. Blat blat, mother mother.
According to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it's actually harder to remember the unethical things you've done. That's right. When you lie, steal or cheat, your brain does its best to fudge up the details so you can still think you're a good person. Real talk: You're not.
Speaking of terrible people: Erica Garcia, a 29-year-old ABQ resident who got her 15 minutes of fame three years ago when she left her baby in a hot car, allegedly flipped her vehicle over at Mountain and Woodward yesterday. She told officers she drank 30 beers before the accident. Oh, did I mention there was a two-year-old riding with her, and that they didn't have a seat belt on? The child was critically injured and is currently fighting for their life in the hospital.
The news is foul. Put your phone down and go outside, instead. It's beautiful out there.
The Daily Word in "credibly accused clergy," mushrooms are murder and hard times befall Dickens World
Knockouts bouncers arrested over beating of patron.
Some cops in Roswell bought a dad baby formula rather than arrest him for shoplifting.
Gallup Catholic diocese has released a "credibly accused" list of clergy.
These Jimmy Kimmell-John Krasinski Christmas pranks are pretty funny.
"I'd like a cup of coffee and your most feral adoptable cat please."
Theme park "Dicken's World" has, ironically, fallen on hard times. Something Billy Childish can tell us about.
In true Jesus fashion, a naked man burned down a church.
Hollywood producer Aaron Sorkin is pissed at the media reporting on the Sony hack.
My favorite cocktail party factoid, that mushrooms are more animal than plant, just got bolstered.
The Daily Word in an Edward Snowden film, the latest APD protest and van Gogh's ear
13 protesters were arrested after forcing their way into the mayor's office yesterday.
The family of lawyer Mary Han, who died under suspicious circumstances in 2010, is suing her former partner, lawyer Paul Kennedy.
Ride share company Lyft continues its operations despite a PRC order to cease and desist.
The United States made a prisoner exchange with the Taliban.
Mother Jones put together a spreadsheet detailing all the mass shootings in the US from 1982-2012.
The Russian troll army.
There was a precedent-setting judgement against a patent troll in California.
Read about the Satyrs, America's oldest gay motorcycle club.
An Edward Snowden film is in the works and is to be directed by Oliver Stone.
George Jung, the cocaine cowboy portrayed by Johnny Depp in Blow, is out of prison.
The Daily Word in $3 gas, dirty veggies and peaceful Iceland
Firefighters gain the upper hand in the Bosque.
Taliban attacks a hotel in Kabul.
Gas might go back down to $3 per gallon.
The Sandusky jury deliberates without hearing accusations from his foster son.
The highest temperatures on record in the U.S.
Dirty dozen list shows fruits and veggies with the most pesticides.
Police officers in Santa Fe who lie or participate in sexual misconduct can be fired immediately under a new policy.
What has come true from Blade Runner?
Find out where the rich keep their private islands.
Denham Fouts inspired his lovers and benefactors with cool disinterest.
Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world.
Cat shreds despite earthquake.
Science. It's a girl thing. Like sexiness and makeup.
The British Monarchy is hiring.
The Daily Word in Afghanistan fallout, March Madness, Jocko the Bull
And by the way, Lobos tip off at 2:10 on cable, Aggies at 7:45 on regular TV.
It’s much easier dealing with DWIs in this state if you’re a former cop.
Ex Illinois guv heads to federal lockup in Colorado.
Company getting rich through “patent trolling” on cities hurting from the economic strain.
Aldous Snow turns on the paparazzi.
The Daily Word in marijuana lungs, human zoo, Twinkies
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?"
The Daily Word in a new Woolly Rhino, 30 kidnapped Pakistani boys, Cosby clothes reviews and crime fighting!
Plus a massive NM pot farm
A new species of woolly rhino discovered through fossils. (And an artist's cool rendering of said woolly creature.)
Gigantic pot farm found in the Jemez mountains.
A UK study says suicide bombers in Iraq have killed 12,000 civilians since the war began.
A self-identified clothing expert reviews the outfit choices of "The Cosby Show" characters. One episode at a time.
On a picnic near the Afghanistan border, 30 Pakistani boys were kidnapped by Taliban.
India is creating the world's largest biometric data base that will record their 1.2 billion citizens.
A fascinating article on palindromes and a self-knighted master palindromist: here.
"He's an otherworldly crooked senator who knows the secret of the alien invasion. She's a mentally unstable wisecracking soap star descended from a line of powerful witches. They fight crime!" Create your own wacky crime-fighting pair here.
Local DWI lawyer charged with DWI.
The world's only turbine-powered Batmobile. It's pretty loud.
The Daily Word 8.12.11: debate over Republican debate, blanket octopus and the fluctuating Dow Jones.
Plus, kid spends a long time under water and doesn't drown.
Dow Jones sets a record by moving at least 400 points for four consecutive days.
The Pentagon releases names of the 38 people who were in the military transport helicopter shot down by the Taliban last Saturday.
Cleveland serial killer sentenced to the death penalty.
A twelve-year-old rescued off the coast of Washington spent approximately 15 minutes under water and is alive and speaking.
Why we don't stand up and fight back in the U.S.
London teen who predicted riots predicts more.
Security forces open fire on Syrian protestors; killed 11 earlier.
Hawaiian boy catches rare and weird-looking blanket octopus.
The Oatmeal's Minor Differences Part 4, including how American accents sound to the British.
The Daily Word: Killer Clown For President, Baby Jumping, UFO over London
Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez will run for congress.
Air quality alert issued for Albuquerque, so don't breathe between 4 and 8 tonight.
Taliban attack luxury hotel in Kabul.
Hackers expose Arizona police officers personal info.
Albuquerque named one of America's most sedentary cities.
Michelle Bachmann and John Wayne Gacy have a lot in common.
The company behind FarmVille and Mafia Wars is preparing for an IPO.
Some sort of devil jumping over babies party in Spain.
Read all about the first meteorite recorded in Egypt.
This Princess Diana issue of Newsweek is not at all weird.
Bill Clinton: Brony.
The Daily Beast could only think of eight appalling things about The Bachelorette.
Finally, a combination elliptical machine/office desk chair, and it's only $8,000!
Do gay bars make money?
Florida fishermen catch a 23-foot squid.
Your 4th of July menu.
Hipster Lord of The Rings is awesome.
One hundred mummies from the 16th century found buried in an Italian church.
Should we dig up Shakespeare to see if he smoked pot?
The mothership is in London.
The Daily Word 10.21.10: R.I.P. Penthouse founder, last guv debate, prop. 19
The last gubernatorial debate is tonight at 7 p.m. on KOB channel 4.
LGBT college students at UNM talked bullying and wore purple yesterday.
ICE detainees treated like criminals, though immigration charges are civil.
Nurse impostor steals IDs, police say.
New Mexico's attorney general and state auditor: Locked in silent struggle.
Woman scammed buying a jeep on Craigslist.
Keith Richards says Mick Jagger is unbearable.
NPR fired analyst Juan Williams, who said on Fox News that he's afraid of being on planes with Muslims.
Taliban on the run.
Penthouse founder Bob Guccione died. R.I.P. scary little porn man.
What if you didn't owe anyone money?
Prop. 19, which would legalize marijuana in California, is slipping in the polls.
Alec Baldwin's LOL ad in favor of gay NY marriage.
Sexy "Glee" photos make parents mad.
On behalf of Comic Sans.
This guy turned his shed into a recording studio and made the news in the U.K.
This Week In Games 8.29.10
How awesome is this Dragon Age 2 trailer?
University of Florida adds a StarCraft studies honors course to teach resource management.
FTC slaps PR firm over fake iTunes store game reviews.
Portland bike lanes now have Mario Kart powerups. Automobile commuters better watch out for that blue shell.
Virtual photographer squeezes unintended art out of game glitches.
Here's another entry in the ever growing realm of game generated machinima. This time it's Mirror's Edge meets the Half-Life universe.
EA isn't going to back down on including Taliban fighters in Medal of Honor multiplayer.
Mega Man Online trailer - more like Akira than NES.
Ever look back on your gaming life and think, "I should sue ..."?
Zynga sued over Mafia Wars name.
The Daily Word 7.26.10: Wikileaks, Love Parade and Comic-Con Pen Stabbing.
A Love Parade turned into a Death Parade.
Wikileaks founder explains the leaking of thousands of military documents.
Everyone’s a critic: birdshit halted a Kings of Leon concert.
See the face of the face transplant.
Tiny houses are fun.
Learn to draw a yeti. So life-like.
I sure do hope they find the yeti.
Body modification has a long and profitable history for carnival staff.
A Comic-Con pen stabbing hints at over-crowding and poor self control.
See the longest tongue in the country.
Louisiana is the laziest state in the union. I say fine, let them have their title.
Police captured the “Wiggy, Fake-Boobed, Clown Pants Robber.” As he came to be known.
It’s been raining in Albuquerque.
We’re sure killing a lot of bears around here
Police say Rhonda Estrada ran over her boyfriend’s leg then fled.
Here’s another New Mexico meltdown story.
Bernalillo County Jim Goff is an atheist.
The Daily Word 07.12.10: Barefoot Bandit, Roman Polanski, Monkeys with Guns
The Barefoot Bandit is captured.
Is the Taliban training monkeys to shoot Americans?
Three bombs in Uganda killed 74 people.
BP says they’re close to capping the oil spill.
The story of humans turning into goats turned out to be a hoax.
Has King Arthur’s Round Table been found?
The Oregon Bigfoot Blog strives to show you the face of Enoch.
Porn sites might get .xxx on the web.
Suspects in a 100 mph chase on I-40 are on the loose.
Rio Rancho is one of the top 100 small towns.
Free baby bunnies exist in Albuquerque.
New Mexico now has 11 medical marijuana dispensaries.
It’s Richard Simmons’ birthday. If he’s told you once, he’s told you a thousand times.