Good morning! It’s April 15, 2015
And it is Tax Day!
The Hugo Awards for science-fiction literature have become yet another cultural battleground as an organization called the “Sad Puppies” attempt to game the system away from rewarding “literary” works and those that portray “minority or victim groups,”
Getting a divorce can give you a heart attack, especially if you’re a woman,
UNM’s student government will be eliminating all gender specific pronouns from their constitution,
A pharmacist at a Georgia Walmart declined to fill a woman’s miscarriage medication because she “couldn’t think of a valid reason why you would need this prescription”
Arkansas police are installing spyware on lawyers’ computers,
And a man with a degenerative disease is “excited” to be first in line for a head transplant.
Have a great day!
There's a new security measure in the Albuquerque mayor's office: a second door.
New security measures coming to Pat Hurley park in NW Albuquerque.
Charges are being dropped in the case of three UNM football players accused of raping a female student.
Check out this photo gallery of Barstow's many kitschy motels.
Here is a national map of military and civilian drone crashes as well as airports that are or will be hosting drone traffic.
How much are Bob Dylan's lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone" worth?
Vancouver school board approves the use of genderless pronouns.
Learn the true meaning of "my two cents" and other business jargon that should be used sparingly.
Watch Japanese folks master the use of the English-speaker's favorite curse word.
Excellent short film set to Tiny Tim's "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight".
Sexism in the music industry is alive and well. But it’s almost 2013, you might say. We’re more than a half-century removed from the height of ’50s paternalism. Sadly, we’re not quite as distanced from the weaker-sex mentality as we’d like to think. Whether exploring industrial music, producing or music-related subcultures, misogyny still patiently waits to be acknowledged and abolished. We chatted with Burqueña noisemakers and aural curators about their experiences with sexism in our burg. Read all about it in Burqueñas Talk Musical Misogyny.
Don McIver reviews a poet’s ruminations on masculinity.
Last week, I sat down with Yvette McClelland, a veteran who served in the Air Force for a decade. She worked as a telecommunications maintenance specialist. Her time in the military was fraught with sexism, harassment and assault. McClelland was raped three times by fellow service members, she says.
Many years later, she’s still working on handling the fallout. As part of an effort to draw attention to this systemic problem, she’s brought a movie to town. The Invisible War will screen at Guild Cinema today at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
The 8 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday screenings feature guest speakers Ariana and Ben Klay. They are suing the military after Ariana was assaulted while in the Marines.
The numbers are staggering. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta estimates that 19,000 people serving in the military were sexually assaulted last year, though only about 3,000 people reported it.
Though the Department of Defense is attempting to address the issue, McClelland points out what she thinks is the real problem: Sexual assault cases remain entirely within the military. The Stop Act, introduced in November, aims to create an independent body of civilian and military experts to investigate and prosecute those cases. McClelland says she hopes people will encourage their political representatives in Washington to support the bill.
Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.
President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.
There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.
Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.
Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.
With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.
Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.
A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.
Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.
What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.
Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.
Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.
South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.
This dog is ready to play.
Double-face white shark coffee table.
Hack your triggers.
Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.
Today is International Women’s Day, which coincides with Women’s History Month, observed in the U.S. in March. The theme this year, as declared by the United Nations, is “Empower Rural Women—End Hunger and Poverty.” But regional groups develop their own focal points.
In Albuquerque, there’s the Women & Creativity series, which unfolds over the course of the month. Tonight, Instituto Cervantes is presenting They Count, a documentary about women of African descent living in Brazil. It will screen at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre at 7 p.m.
International Women’s Day has been celebrated for 101 years, beginning in 1911 after German activist Clara Zetkin called for it at the International Conference of Working Women.
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Apple's Steve Jobs dies at age 56.
A commencement speech Jobs gave.
The good folks at Westboro plan to protest his funeral.
Occupy Albuquerque protesters still at UNM.
Man says he tried to withdraw his money from Bank of America in St. Louis and was prevented by police.
Snarky writer charges that Occupy Wall Street was started by Adbusters (which, he says, owns the URL).
Guy charged in Sunflower Market's yogurtgate is going to court.
Dr. Barry Ramo on foods that make your skin healthy.
Men as pinups.
Why do we love stories about people with too many cats?
Santa Fe orders cleanup of "Hobo Hill."
This Swede won the Nobel Prize for literature.
Quadruple rainbow all the way.
Palin says she's not running for president.
Judy Jetson is boy crazy.
Speech pathologist eats school lunches for a year.
Cafeterias in France ban ketchup.
Hear all of Björk's new album Biophilia.
Meet the police officer who showed up to the car accident of Darren White's wife. The officer says his police report was rejected for grammatical errors.
Spelling errors cost millions.
Preschool kids playing with hypodermic needles.
Yogurt guy facing federal charges, three to five years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.
Mayor of Columbus, N.M., pleas guilty to gun smuggling for Mexican drug gangs. Town's police department shut down earlier this week, too.
The last Harry Potter movie is pretty good, says this reviewer.
Research uncovers a daily pill that protects people from HIV.
Marijuana can be even greener.
Pastafarian wins legal battle to wear pasta strainer on his head for his driver's license picture. (May His Noodly Appendage bless you, good sir.)
Du … Du Hast … Du Hast Mich as interpreted by a choir in Belgrade.
Reuse an Altoids tin without losing your masculinity.
The behaviors of state flags. (Sometimes state flags honor murderous severed limbs.)
North Dakota might not be a state.