Bad Clowns Investigated at Page One
Benjamin Radford, writer and skeptical investigator, will be at Page One Books at 4pm on Saturday, April 23, to talk about and sign his non-fiction effort, Bad Clowns.
The book is described as such: "Bad clowns—those malicious misfits of the midway who terrorize, haunt, and threaten us—have long been a cultural icon. This book describes the history of bad clowns, why clowns go bad and why many people fear them. Going beyond familiar clowns such as the Joker, Krusty, John Wayne Gacy and Stephen King's Pennywise, it also features bizarre, lesser-known stories of weird clown antics including Bozo obscenity, Ronald McDonald haters, killer clowns, phantom-clown abductors, evil-clown panics, sex clowns, carnival clowns, troll clowns and much more. Bad Clowns blends humor, investigation and scholarship to reveal what is behind the clown's dark smile."
Radford is a writer, investigator and columnist for Discovery News. He is the author of eight books, most recently Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment and Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore, both published by the University of New Mexico Press. Radford lives in Corrales.
Sunday, Feb 21: Albuquerque March and Rally to Unite Against Hate! Stand up to Trump & Bigotry
Alibi columnist and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino penned an article for us last week on the fear-inducing campaigns of Republican presidential candidates. OyP calls it “conjured fear.”
Bill Maher seems to agree in his review of last night’s debate. He says the candidates yammer on about issues people don’t have time to worry about, such as immigration, abortion and how social services lead to tyranny.
President George W. Bush came up a lot during the debate as Mitt Romney tried to chip away at Rick Santorum’s popularity. Bush was also heavily criticized for fueling his campaigns with fear and hot-button social issues, such as same-sex marriage.
Primitive fright, writes Democrat Ortiz y Pino, is effective:
Only the dulling influence of repeated terror can explain why so many Americans consistently vote against their own economic interests.
Santorum might be experiencing a bit of nerves today as he’s questioned about one particular statement during the debates. He said that though No Child Left Behind didn’t align with his fiscal conservatism, he voted for it because sometimes you have to “take one for the team.”
Ortiz y Pino
Don’t Be Scared. Be Angry.
The Daily Word 12.25.10: Christmas edition
Let's get this out of the way.
Horribly trippy Christmas: How can he be saved?
Don Cherry visited Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
Whadya mean "who's Don Cherry?"
Of course Santa didn't rob the local bar!
This model said she "would really like to do beer advertising." She was found dead at the Busch mansion last weekend.
Suspected wikileaker Bradley Manning is fucked.
Frank Bessac died earlier this month.
147 year old message from Confederate commander to Confederate general finally decoded: "I can't help you...."
Round up of the ten stupidest fast food inventions this year. Well, nine. I don't think the McRib counts.
What Are You Playing This Weekend?
Ok, so last weekend it turned out I lied a little. I meant to play more Cave Story, but what I did instead was put a capstone on F.E.A.R. 2. It had been on my PC for almost a year, but I never quite managed to slog through to the end. Don't get me wrong, it's super creeped-out, extremely impressive visually (whips Wolfenstein's ASS), and the controls are very satisfying. It just seemed to be missing some indefinite something, which kept me from gobbling it up. I finally found my motivation, though - my hard drive is so choked with games that I can't fit any more. I got a little program to tell me which are the biggest, and F.E.A.R. 2 clocked in near the top at 10GB. Since I was pretty close to the end, it was the first to fall. This is why, despite any promises to myself that I'll try something new, like the oh-so-intriguing Minecraft, I'll probably spend my gaming time revving up ye olde 15GB Dragon Age: Origins. After that, maybe Crysis?