The Daily Word in kissing, assisted suicide, Facebook, dementia and bike tricks.
Leave it to Web MD to take the fun out of kissing.
The international movement to legalize assisted suicide has pissed off the Pope.
The Hollywood Film Awards get interesting with the help of Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart.
Here's what 200 calories looks like.
Facebook is making a Facebook for your job in addition to the current one for bitching about your job.
There's a town for people who can't remember.
The president of Turkey contends Muslims discovered America.
An old-timey lady did your bike tricks first.
The Poop Boat: exciting and new.
You may want to think twice before taking that elephant ride on your next vacation.
Miss Honduras has gone missing just days before the Miss World pageant.
If you’re up late, don’t forget to bundle up and check out tonight’s meteor shower.
Thanks for the links, Geoff Plant and Sarah Bonneau!
The Daily Word in Snowden's letter, the first "elfie" and James Boyd's autopsy
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to some California schools.
A Quincy cabdriver, who was a friend of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has been arrested for obstructing the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The NSA released a letter from Edward Snowden from 2013, in which he raises concerns about surveillance activities, though Snowden says the version they released is incomplete.
A former roommate of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger speaks out.
An Alaskan woman played dead after being attacked by a mama bear and survived to tell the tale.
The company that owns a historic Albuquerque cemetery is finally listening after years of complaints about it being unclean and unkempt.
An autopsy for James Boyd, a homeless man killed by APD in the foothills, showed that he was shot in the back and arms, and had no drugs in his system.
Independent voters of New Mexico are planning to sue for being denied the right to vote in the closed primary elections.
Latabe takes the first “elfie.” And now "elfies” are a thing.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #338: Old Colonel, New Game
The old colonel has invented a new game whereby one takes hold of some loops in the ears of a small wooden elephant and gives chase by flying in a sine wave, rising and falling, rising and falling…
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.
Resin Junior High School Reunion
Long before the local clubs would demean themselves by booking punk bands (and before “punk” became a genre and not an outlook), Albuquerque had a seething, seamy musical underbelly of garage bands that actually gigged in garages, cellars and even frat houses. These shows were sometimes promoted by hand-scrawled flyers but mostly by word of mouth. There was a DIY record label (Resin). There was a record store that sold Resin releases (Bow Wow). And there were bagels, lots of bagels, and shows in a Nob Hill basement near sweltering ovens (Fred’s Bread & Bagel). There was also a man who counted a cast of characters among his friends, acted as their attorney and confidant, and hauled in mountains of crawfish from the Gulf for band parties. This Friday, friends of New Orleans native Gary Wayne Nelson (who is seriously ill) will be on deck at the Launchpad to return his many favors with a benefit show.
Dirt City Archives
Well Worth Talking About
“ ... the exciting sounds of ... The Drags”
I still remember how I fucked up the hearing in my right ear: crushed by the crowd and pressed up against the P.A. at the Dingo Bar for the cacophonous trash ’n’ roll of The Drags.
DayBird - April 13th
1570 – Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator was hatched.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
1598 – Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots. They came to their senses and had the Edict repealed in 1685.
1796 – The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India. I trust this is accurate information.
1943 - The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war executed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, by Nazi Germany . The Soviet Union continued to deny any responsibility for the massacre until 1990. The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000.
On 10 April 2010, a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczyński with First Lady and eighty-six of Poland's highest military and civilian leaders, crashed in Smolensk, killing all aboard. They were to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. That sucks.
1953 – CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA. Experiments included administering LSD to CIA employees, military personnel, doctors, other government agents, college students, prostitutes, mentally ill patients, and members of the general public in order to study their reactions. LSD and other drugs were usually administered without the subject's knowledge or informed consent.
MKULTRA records were destroyed in 1973 by order of then CIA Director Richard Helms. So information is shotty. It is known that forty-four American colleges or universities, 12 hospitals and 3 prisons are known to have participated in MKULTRA. The consensual participants had some of the most Xtreme Xperiments.In one case, volunteers were given LSD for 77 consecutive days.
I did not know that the use of LSD was legal in the United States until October 6, 1966.
A Baby Elephant is Coming
Rosie at the Rio Grande Zoo is going to pop. She’s been with child for about two years. (Elephants are preggers for 22 to 24 months.) The baby, guaranteed to be absurdly cute, should be trundling around any day now. It could be August. It could be September.
Rosie, 16, was born at the zoo, and she’s out on exhibit now. Unless she births her calf unexpectedly, it will probably be a private affair—unlike the showy display that giraffe put on.