V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #316: Alone in Egypt
I am alone in Egypt, riding in a cab driven by Gopardo. We are driving through a heavy snowstorm. The streets are icy and the winds are howling. We come to a stop sign and merge onto a highway with a 60 percent grade. The one-lane road climbs straight up the side of a huge, pink and orange sandstone mountain. We are soon above the storm and climbing in a line of other cars past high, billowing clouds bathed in sunset colors. I can feel we are beginning to slow down and I worry that if we slow to a stop we’ll start to slip backwards. I voice my complaint to Gopardo. We finally arrive on top in a small village. I see the Mayor and another city official fishing by the road over a cliff. They get their lines tangled together and in their struggle to get them free, they both slip off their perches and dangle in the air, clinging to their poles. Outside on firm ground, I want to go into the hotel and get a room, but looking down I see that I have bare feet. I hope that my dad was able to retrieve my stuff for me from my last hotel room. Looking down again, I see that I am now wearing my crocks. He must have been successful. I enter a small Greek restaurant and sit down at a picnic table with G and her dad. The menu, when opened, contains small packets of dates and almonds wrapped in clear plastic. I see my co-worker, M, sitting on the floor. I hand him a menu. He explains he can’t be bothered with such small orders. The owner woman emerges from the kitchen carrying a large, cloth-wrapped bundle for him containing wheels of cheese and giant rounds of bread filled with layers of butter and olives.
V.22 No.33 |
The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment
Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.
A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.
Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
This is why I don't go jogging in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming … or pretty much anywhere.
I don't care if you raised the prices. We came to see some polar bears!
UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.
It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.
Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.
V.22 No.29 |
The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers
Something royal this way comes ...
Police have identified one of three murder victims in East Cleveland, and they've charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with three counts of aggravated murder.
German roller-coaster manufacturer is sending experts to Arlington, Texas to investigate the death of a victim who died while riding the Texas Giant over the weekend.
Mohammed Morsi, recently ousted president of Egypt, has gone missing, and family claims he was "abducted by army."
Police are investigating the drowning of 19-year-old Matthew Mares in Los Lunas that happened over the weekend.
APD to testify today in court in a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres in 2011.
Carlsbad farmers could possibly receive less than half the water allotted to them from a network of wells that pump groundwater into the Pecos river.
In a nutshell: If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations from your community, then you're probably gonna go to jail.
V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy
Ancient Egyptian Space Bead
¡Viva la Science!
Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.
Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.
According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, who co-authored the study that revealed the bead's true nature, the finding offers a clue about the beginnings of the Egyptian religion. “The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” she points out. “Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”
V.22 No.1 |
The Daily Word in hand grenades, stalking, massive wall
Former Congressional candidate Gary Smith spent the night in jail with charges of stalking a former rival.
Two hand grenades have been found in checked baggage in the past week at Albuquerque's airport.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is suing the NCAA over sanctions imposed over Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Murder in Rio Arriba County appears to be payback for a stolen PlayStation.
New rule makes it easier for immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship if they have immediate family who are already citizens.
Sandy Hook students return to classes for the first time today at a new school.
Starbucks to sell reusable plastic cups at a dollar apiece and will offer discounts on coffee when customers bring them in.
Israel finally finished their ridiculously huge, nearly impenetrable wall at the border to Egypt.
I would so eat a Cool Ranch Doritos taco.
V.21 No.52 |
The Daily Word in New Year's Day.
The Senate passed a fiscal cliff deal.
People died in a deadly human stampede.
A suspected bomb builder gave birth.
Putin decided Russia has a drinking problem.
New Year's Day is a big suicide day.
Take note of celebrity air rage incidents.
A Japanese porn star got 100 of bottles if ick.
What are the most hungover cities in America?
Here's a newborn baby elephant.
APD DWI checkpoint report.
Happy birthday Frank Langella.
Thanks to Susan Petersen, Sarah Bonneau and Helenoid for the links.
V.21 No.48 |
The Daily Word in typhoons, down votes and Russian drivers
Senate Republicans voted down an
The rest of the world is pointing and laughing.
Supporters of Egypt's President Morsi confronted opponents camped outside the presidential palace, and things got violent.
Money may have been the top factor keeping House Republican women out of leadership positions.
Daniel Ellsberg calls Bradley Manning a hero.
The upcoming state legislative session could include election law changes.
Mapping drones permitted for use here in the U.S.
Your TV is listening.
NYC, buried in carbon emissions.
This month's war frontlines photo-dispatches.
"Driving in Russia." [All 13 minutes are totally worth watching.]
I think I like this band.
Missed high fives.
The year's best book lists.
Southeastern Ohio Bigfoot Investigation Society.
Aren't you also "clamoring" for Pizza Hut perfume?
V.21 No.31 |
The Daily Word in floods, Blackwater and fire
Yesterday evening's meteorological drama.
Attacks by militants prompt Egyptian military air strikes on the Sinai peninsula.
Mass displacement in Manila as torrential rains flood the city.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not watching you.
Academi LLC (a.k.a. Xe, a.k.a. Blackwater) says it will "continue to lead by example." The company agreed to a $7.5 million settlement of charges related to 17 criminal violations, including arms smuggling.
Colorado ranchers are freaked out after animal mutilations.
New image of home, sweet home.
"Failing" schools will still get some cash.
Winston Churchill, proto-tween.
Pilgrims in Mexico City.
V.21 No.27 |
The Daily Word in lighting fires, daring explorations and bad P.R.
Aerial footage of this morning's derailed freight train fire in Columbus, Ohio.
Newfound marine creature named after Bob Marley.
Egypt's military leadership caught in power battle with Muslim Brotherhood.
Fresh grief at the site of the Srebrenica massacre.
The Spaceport should see first tourist takeoffs by the end of next year.
Upcoming International AIDS Conference highlights health issue in the U.S., where African-American community suffers disproportionately.
Greg Jackson interviewed after high-profile feature on Jackson-Winklejohn Gym.
Racial profiling claims leveled at San Juan County law enforcement.
The state attorney general's image problem.
Astonishing images from an undersea photo studio.
Dude, don't pull a "Harry Reid."
Free Slurpees for all! 'Til the cups run out.
V.21 No.25 |
The Daily Word in Egypt, genetic attraction and the chocolate city
The ugliest dog of the year.
Cutest baby dwarf bunny of the year.
D.C. is no longer a chocolate city.
Beyond the Thunderdome in Alamogordo.
Motorists in Massachusetts must pay a fee in order to contest a ticket.
Ever heard of "genetic attraction?"
A billionaire's unprecedented land donation may result in more protected areas in New Mexico.
Sandusky may appeal guilty verdict.
Sandusky's conviction could spell trouble for Penn State University.
New technology allows someone (read: "some government agency") to identify your fingerprint from twenty feet away.
Mary Jane, the musical.
On this day in 1944 Jeff Beck was born.
V.21 No.24 |
The Daily Word in hot water, Vegas odds and animals gone wild
A House of Representatives committee could vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over Operation Fast and Furious documents.
Ecuador's embassy in London may now be the only thing standing between Wikileaks leader Julian Assange and extradition to Sweden.
Egypt seizes with new political and constitutional upheaval as conflicting reports over ousted President Mubarak's failing health circulate.
China's reserves of rare earth minerals—essential to production of high-tech devices—are dwindling due to "excessive mining," says report.
Interactive map of West Africa's devastating drought conditions.
Vegas roulette wheel beats 114 billion to one odds.
New state department study counts 20.9 million worldwide victims of modern slavery.
Charter schools may be underperforming when it comes to serving disabled students.
Former inmate now exonerated testifies before Senate subcommittee that solitary confinement in prisons "by its design is driving men insane."
Wildlife conservation group says black bears around the Duke City are being egregiously eliminated from the area.
Charlie Sheen's surge of "tiger blood" was in fact a "psychotic break."
Handy tip: If you're squeamish about squid sperm ruining your calamari dinner, remove the internal organs before cooking it.
Water tanks in NYC as public art.
Amorous prehistoric turtles immortalized.
The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes
Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.
Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.
APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.
"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.
When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?
Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.
State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.
Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.
After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.
We're going to spy on Africa more.
Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.
Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.
Burger King's bacon sundae.
Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.
V.21 No.21 |
The Daily Word in Mi Vida Loca, close calls and deep sea treasure
Egypt’s polarized runoff election continues to heat up.
A damaging earthquake in Italy is the second to hit the country in 10 days.
Western countries increase diplomatic pressure on Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the wake of civilian massacre.
Johnny Tapia’s New York Times obituary.
Miguel Abeyta, 72, thwarts his wife’s would-be purse snatcher.
The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire is still zero percent contained, and growing.
The Trust for America’s Health named New Mexico the
A new poll shows Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson leading the race for Jeff Bingaman’s vacant senate seat, while Eric Griego and Michelle Lujan-Grisham appear to be in a dead heat for the 1st Congressional District.
Zombie-averse residents in Miami witnessed a “growling cannibal” on an overpass before he was fatally shot by police.
The virus infecting Iranian computers is called “Flame,” and it’s part of a sophisticated cyberespionage project.
Ancient Roman shipwrecks were discovered in deep waters.
It won’t be long before you, too, can assemble your own underwater robot.
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.20 |
The Daily Word in sizable leaks, fiscal cliff-diving and Betty White 4 Prez
Today Egyptians vote in the first competitive presidential election in the Arab world.
The Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia may not be an isolated incident.
The Kirtland jet fuel leak could be larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Huge drop in the number of metro area meth lab busts linked to law enforcement budget cuts.
A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Bin Laden was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Yesterday’s commercial rocket launch could signify a new era of private sector space travel.
Morgan Stanley is investigated for sharing insider Facebook IPO information with a select group of investors.
Democratic Congress members think Governor Scott Walker may have lied under oath about his motives for pursuing an anti-union agenda in Wisconsin.
Arizona white supremacist gets a 40-year federal sentence for a 2004 Phoenix bombing.
Fox News' Roger Ailes says Jon Stewart “basically admitted” to him that he’s a socialist.
Obama and Romney are neck and neck in the polls, but the prez gets Betty White’s vote.
James Whiton at Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse
Redefining Happy at Hotel Andaluz
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