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V.21 No.31 |

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Will the real one percent please stand up

By Geoffrey Plant [ Mon Aug 6 2012 6:54 PM ]

Last Wednesday I was congratulating my friend Jim from The Independent on his fine column explaining how to determine whether or not it is appropriate to use either an air conditioner or a swamp cooler. He has neither. From past experience however, he determined that an air conditioner works most efficiently when humidity is over 60%, while a swamp cooler works best with humidity being below 40%. In the East Mountains, by the way, you may sometimes determine this by listening for the sounds of frogs which are present (or not) depending on weather conditions.

As mentioned, Jim had already given up on both air conditioners and swamp coolers, something he joked made him a "ten percenter." I immediately associated his joke with the "one percent" of society that live without rules. Outlaws. The "deviants." Turns out he was talking about the "one percent" that has all the money.

Funny how a descriptive cultural term can flip from one end of our social strata to the other and still hold the same meaning. Unless you're the Osmonds.

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V.20 No.44 |

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The Daily Word in Bjork, Girl Scout badges, zombie arrests and Grand Theft Auto

By Laura Marrich [ Thu Nov 3 2011 9:58 AM ]
The Daily Word

Bjork's new album has Tesla coils in it!

Occupy Las Cruces protesters given eviction notice from police.

Girls Scouts can earn locavore merit badges now.

Herman Cain says this is all Rick Perry's fault.

Cubans will be allowed to own property.

China and Russia have been spying on us.

"Zombie march ends in arrests."

Severely creepy old-tyme photographs.

Grand Theft Auto V will look like this.

Beware of frogs in your bagged salad.

Sarcastic responses to well-meaning signs. (Thanks Carl!)

Your grandpa could be a prostitute.

Thanks, Smashing Magazine: Free calendar wallpaper downloads for the month of November. I like the "The Most Productive Month."

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V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010

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The Daily Word 11.08.10: Tasmanian tiger pelt, Obama in India and turning skin to blood.

By Nick Brown [ Mon Nov 8 2010 9:29 AM ]
The Daily Word

A blue UFO was filmed above Centreville, VA.

Do you want to try the RockMelt browser, or are you happy as you are?

Obama’s in India, doing things.

The Twinkie Diet works.

All your climate change questions will soon be answered.

Iran gives its rappers something to rap about.

An old man disguise almost fooled the airlines.

Would you pay $30 to watch a newly released movie at home?

Scientists have turned skin into blood. (Daddy, what’s your job? I turn skin into blood.)

A realtor kept a dead woman in her car.

A guy bought a Tasmanian tiger pelt at a garage sale for $5.

What’s causing the frog mutations in Los Lunas?

Coal is closed and Lead is a two-way for the next 10 months starting today.

The Lobos beat Wyoming. Just barely.

UNM is searching for the Roswell aliens.

Happy birthday, Bram Stoker.

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