The Daily Word in the Electoral College, assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey, and other terrible things
Today the embers of the electoral college cast their votes for President of the United States. You can follow the status of electoral votes here.
A lone gunman has shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The shooter said "Don't forget Syria" before he was shot and killed by police.
HB2, the archaic legislation made to prevent transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, is set to be repealed in North Carolina today. The decision comes after the state lost millions in revenue when several companies canceled plans to bring jobs to the state because of the law.
At least nine are dead after a truck drove through a Christmas market in Berlin today. German authorities have not described the incident as an attack.
Researchers are getting closer to making prosthetic limbs feel real to their owners.
Watch Chance the Rapper perform on SNL. Everything else sucks.
The Daily Word in Aleppo, the FBI and ART
Are you familiar with this real-life national treasure?
Read about diabetic women who skip taking their insulin just to lose weight.
Trump needs to give up ownership of the Old Post Office Pavilion—a luxury hotel leased to him by the US government—according to the General Services Administration.
Did the FBI conspire against Clinton during the election?
A surrender and cease-fire for the area of Eastern Aleppo collapsed between Turkey and Russia earlier this week and the results are terrifyingly bloody.
Here's why you should care about the encryption of cameras.
The case of a woman who disappeared in Socorro County over seven years ago have disappeared forcing the police force to completely renew the investigation.
The Appeals Court gave the go-ahead to A.R.T.
I Know What You're Doing This Evening
“Oh hello. I'm coming to you live, before the final results of the election. Here in the Capitol. The election results are coming in as we speak. I've just been handed a sticky note that reads 'No one voted,' is that right, Jerry? Heh, I voted, that's for sure. I sure did. Don't question me on that.
Oh no. Jerry's left the studio. I hear screaming outside. One moment, I'm going to look out the window. Oh, no. Jerry doused himself in gasoline. Well, he was kind of an imbecile, anyway. Still.
Too bad everyone assumed that someone else would vote, it seems we now live in a dystopia.
Signing off for the last time,
Don't let this become reality. Vote today.
The Daily Word in elections, fact-checking, and a very boozy deserted island
Janet Reno died this morning. Reno was the first woman to serve as the attorney general. Her two terms at the White House were tumultuous, defined by several shocking events including a federal raid on a cult in Waco, TX, and in 2000, the government’s seizing of Elián González, a young Cuban refugee who was at the center of an international custody battle and a political tug of war.
Tomorrow is election day. If you haven't done so already, VOTE.
I know we're all going to be glad when this election season is over. But one thing I'll miss? The fact-checking.
In a year full of frightening political threats from China and Russia, it's refreshing to hear of an international dispute done the civil way: with booze. Since 1984, Canada and Denmark have been fighting over the ownership of a small island off the coast of Greenland by regularly placing their country's flag and a bottle of whiskey and schnapps, respectively.
Whatever goes down on election day, the nightmare of Trump will linger for some. He has successfully whipped the nation into a fever-pitch of racist anger and violence, especially against Latinos. And that anger and violence will not go away, even if Trump isn't elected.
The Daily Word in dams, birthdays and dam birthdays
VP hopeful Mike Pence visited the Duke City today. Then, he split.
Isleta Pueblo and the Federal Government have resolved a long standing dispute over a dam on pueblo land.
Happy Birthday ... Elephant Butte Dam! The dam was the largest concrete structure in the world when completed in 1916.
A major hack affected users of Twitter, Netflix and other popular websites.
Donald Trump cannot tell a joke. Probably can't dance, act or sing either so there go his vaudeville dreams.
The Daily Word in "locker room talk," Hurricane Matthew, and the Standing Rock camp
The second presidential debate of the year was last night. It was town hall-style debate, where voters were present to ask the two candidates questions. Today, the internet seems to have decided who won the debate after all: Ken Bone, the man in the red sweater.
Last week, some recordings of Trump making lewd comments about women were released, to nobody's surprise. Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, denounced these comments but said that he won't drop out of the campaign. He called getting tapped for the VP spot the "greatest honor" of his life.
Oh, and by the way -- professional athletes are pissed that Trump keeps defending/
Fuck Columbus Day. Happy Indigenous People's Day.
The indigenous protectors camped at Sacred Stone in North Dakota protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are now being watched and patrolled by the Morton County Sheriff's Office. The peaceful protestors have already met the brunt of North Dakota's private and state-funded security forces. If this doesn't look like exactly history repeating itself, I don't know what does.
The death toll in Haiti and the southeast US is climbing due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Urgent rescue efforts are underway in North Carolina, after severe flooding forced people to their rooftops.
Daily Word in Corpse Flowers, Homeless Haircuts and Vampire Kangaroos
According to Harvard professor and researcher Howard Gardner, Donald Trump is a “textbook” narcissist. That means he's self-obsessed, arrogant and overly-sensitive. Obviously, the kind of person I want to see in office.
Around 20 prehistoric animal species were discovered during a recent two-week dig in Australia. The coolest one: a fanged kangaroo that ate meat and climbed trees. Those bastards are scary enough as it is. Just think long and hard about that gutting claw they have and how powerful their legs are if you want to keep yourself up at night. Here are some rules for protecting yourself if you ever come into contact with one of these wretched beasts.
In a third hack attack (the first two were committed against the DNC and the DCCC), the groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear have now apparently hacked Hilary Clinton's campaign directly. It is believed the attacks are coming from Russia.
The corpse flower (Latin name Amorphophallus titanum, meaning “giant misshapen penis”)is one of the largest and rarest flowering plants in the world. It takes 10 years to go from seed to flower and gets its common name from the godawful smell it produces. There are at least five of them currently blooming, which has botanists confused.
Salvage Supperclub, an event where San Francisco diners get to enjoy gourmet food prepared from the leftover foodstuffs most of us would throw away ... at high-dining prices ... in a dumpster. New Yorker Josh Treuhaft, the mind behind the project says he wants people to rethink the food we throw out, but it sounds suspiciously like the ultimate slumming-it gimmick to me.
Josh Coombes, a hair stylist living in London, is getting props from the internet for walking the streets and offering free haircuts to the homeless. What a nice guy.
The Daily Word in Drones, Democracy and Roach Milk
The first government-approved drone delivery happened Friday. A 7-11 delivered a chicken sandwich, donuts and hot coffee by way of drone. That's one small step ...
Wikileaks has been releasing the controversial Clinton emails, and the newest batch seems to be evidence that the Democratic National Convention was already looking for ways to discredit Sanders before any votes had even come in. Democracy in action!
The only adolescent detox clinic in New Mexico is shutting down, showing once again just how little we care about the youth in this state.
My new favorite song, "Smarty Pants," by First Choice.
Apparently, cockroaches produce protein and nutrient-rich crystals to feed their young. And now we can eat it, too! Cockroach milk, here we come!
The Daily Word in women, Macedonia and the reinvention of the wheel
International Women's Day was yesterday but check out these badass ladies.
This video is all you need to know about the presidential election.
Macedonia will no longer let migrants through its border with Greece.
New Mexico is not allowed to require proof of work for food benefits.
Rearranging letters is fun!
Lilly Wachowski has come out as trans.
One of the people running for president makes bacon by shooting a gun.
Someone reinvented the wheel.
Why So Stupid?
On Justin Bieber and the lost youth culture
News publications went haywire over the news that Justin Bieber (you know that Bieber fever is an actual sickness) peed in a bucket before cursing former president, Bill Clinton. It was a landmark day in the career of the former tween pop star who made his mark offering slick rhymes over processed beats and landed straight in the hearts of young girls worldwide, like a wayward arrow from Cupid himself. Now I should admit here and now, before I continue further, that I've never listened to a full Justin Bieber song. I've heard snippets here and there, said “That's enough!” and changed the station without a moment's hesitation. But if you like his music, more power to you. Maybe you can explain it to me. I'd love to hear it.
Moving along … after hearing this story, I became even more intrigued with the idea of youth culture. Granted my generation was only a decade ago, I find myself sympathizing and coming up with excuses for our nation's youth all the time. And I think that's just an adult mentality in general. You witness people like Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan and the like, and find yourself either not paying attention (like me) or you find yourself constantly perusing the headlines, trying to see what trainwreck has blow-torched its carcass across the fine print of the day. And for those that don't pay attention, you simply say “Where the hell are the parents?” Because back in our day … they were the answer, if not the reason. So I ask, where are the parents? Where are those people that protect their children against the tyranny and selfishness of the world and raise them to be little warriors that think and feel and make good decisions?
People act as if this lapse in youth judgment is a recent tip of the scale. Has the trainwreck/stupid phenomena not been going on for generations? Was the late Corey Haim not going to clubs and bars, getting loaded and having his image splashed in every tabloid that had enough space to welcome it? So, why are people so critical of today's pop stars and young actors? What makes them so special in regard to past generations in terms of who did it worse? By the time I was a teenager, Macaulay Culkin (who I revered as the coolest, loudest, weirdest child to fend off burglars) was already having his mug shot taken. I didn't fret because I figured if you're going to be interested in celebrity, you should read the tell-tale signs, if not follow the comebacks. Robert Downey Jr. anyone?
And the only sane words of advice I've heard being given to these young Hollywood dilettantes were from Helen Mirren, who simply said, “Don't be up your own bum.” Simple as that. Get your heads out of your asses, get to work, cash your checks, rank up those vacation days and go about your business in a calm, leisurely manner. Unless it is your ultimate goal to look like a buffoon every time the cameras are rolling and there's a tartini to sip. Or maybe it's just a teen angst-inspired rhythm that keeps them dancing the dance of dangerous paths only to find solace in the American courtroom while hearing a judge tell them they've had it all wrong. To them, maybe authority is the answer—but also the cause. One can only wonder. But it's like that saying goes … youth is wasted on the young. Maybe there is some truth to it.
But like any grown-up just barely skimming the headlines, you can't help but feel some sort of pity for these lost Barbies and Kens who think convertibles, clothes and coke make for one hefty recipe of a good time. Don't get me wrong, clothes are nice (and essential at times), but where's the weight of such extravagances? And who does it fall on? Everyone else, unless these celebs get better tax people to straighten out the numbers. But as long as these youngsters keep doling out good tabloid headlines, selling issues of papers that usually get the facts wrong, and still make time for red carpet appearances to promote that B-movie that almost went straight to video but managed to find decent distribution, then I'm sure we have even more spicy headlines coming our way. Who knows? Justin Bieber may poop on Mt. Rushmore and say he did it all for the nookie. Or was it the cookie?
The Daily Word in the incredible story of the Cleveland hostages, pink dolphins and hairy visors
Reported cases of HIV infection are on the increase on the Navajo Reservation.
Colorado pot legalization involves some new taxes that may not have the support of pro-marijuana groups.
KOAT reports a rash of bike thefts downtown.
Are some of our contemporary English words identical to words from a 15,000 year old "proto-Eurasiatic" Ice Age language?
The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.
The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.
The ABBA museum in Stockholm is now open!
This article explains the origins the conservative Islamist movement in Bangladesh.
There's only enough room in this world for one manufacturer of "visors with simulated hair," AKA hairy-hats.
The Daily Word in Syria, Tumblr takeover, text message birthday
Clinton warns Syria not to cross the "red line."
Tumblr is currently being bombarded by a massive worm that spreads hateful anti-Tumblr messages.
ENMU toilet paper bandit repents and apologizes for his misconduct by sending the school 80 new rolls of two-ply.
Suspect on his way to jail for drug trafficking tried to hide evidence in deputy's car.
Obama's stimulus spending plan has Republicans "flabbergasted."
20 years ago today, the first text message was sent.
The iPhone 5 is headed out to 50 more countries.
According to former Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli, APD's problems can be blamed on Mayor Berry.
North Korea's at it again with the whole trying-
William and Kate are expecting a wee one.
Canadian woman says she survived a shooting by her ex-boyfriend because of her breast implants.
The Daily Word in yard sales, Jeb Bush and Mr. Rogers
Take the Central bus out of Downtown until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Fatal shooting last night.
Commissioner Wiener says he’s going after the photographer who took the snap of him in a notorious red-light district in the Philippines. (He lost Tuesday’s election bad.)
Why is the weather in Westeros so crazy?
Political reporter Haussamen comes out against LGBT discrimination.
City comes out against unending yard sales.
Republicans in Florida outlaw voting on Sunday to suppress the African-American vote.
Jeb Bush says something nice about President Obama.
And ex-Prez Clinton says nice things about Mitt Romney.
Mr. Rogers remixed.
A forest-themed nightclub in Seattle.
Flaming Lips post naked pictures of Erykah Badu and her sister, angering Badu.
Parents’ blood and spit can reveal fetus’ DNA.
The Daily Word: 5.27.11- Fake fish, Patriot Act, no drivin' ladies allowed
Extra school days and expensive coffee. Yuck.
Just in the nick of time, four more years of the Patriot Act.
Hilary Clinton makes surprise visit to Pakistan
Your shark meat could be perch! A study shows that a large percentage of commercial fish is fraudulently labeled.
Saudi woman jailed for driving her car and posting a video of it on Youtube.
A new drug of choice on the prison scene.
Officials concerned that turning red light cameras off may increase red light running. Hmm.
Drought forces NM cattle to graze on federal land.
Russia offers to help Gadhafi exit; France wants heavier attack.
APS trying to force students to come to one last day.
Oh no, cost of coffee going up worldwide!
The Daily Word is late because I couldn't stop looking at XKCD.