The Daily Word in Unions in the South, Colin Kaepernick, and North Korean missile testing
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of a lot of media attention and a lot of jeering football fans recently. When the Niners played the Green Bay Packers on August 26th, Kaepernick outraged the crowd by remaining seated during the national anthem, later saying that he did so as a protest of racial inequality and racially motivated shootings by police in the US. The response from the public has largely been along the lines of "shut up and play football like you're paid to do." Despite public backlash, booing crowds, and local police forces threatening to stop covering 49ers' games (which, like, does nobody else see the irony in that?), Kaepernick has continued his protest. And other athletes are joining him.
Today is Labor Day. Labor unions, which have begun re-inventing themselves and are focusing on raising the minimum wage, are seeing growth in membership in the South, an area that has had little union presence in the past. But those unions are struggling, in part because there's not a single reporter dedicated to covering labor in the southern states. That's a big problem -- union organizers are less scared about employer backlash when they have the press following their fight. Read Mike Elm's call to arms for the creation of more southern labor media.
Today also would have been Freddy Mercury's 70th birthday. Astronomers have named an asteroid after him for the occasion. You're truly a shooting star now, Freddy.
The Taliban bombed the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul on Monday by way of two suicide bombers. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.
On Monday, North Korea tested three medium-range missiles that traveled 620 miles and landed in the sea near Japan. This happens during the G-20 economic summit in China. North Korea is actively developing long-range weapons capable of striking the US mainland. Yes, that is terrifying.
Make friends with somebody who has cable, because Donald Glover's show Atlanta premieres on FX tomorrow. The dramedy follows Glover as Ernest, a millennial Black man who's struggling to make ends meet and to win his ex-girlfriend back -- all while tackling issues of police brutality, gun violence, sexual identity, and mass incarceration. Everything Glover touches turns to gold, and I have no doubts that this show will follow suit.
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The Daily Word in Lobo Football, Northern Ireland, Taos expansion
Lobo Football program scores a nice first-game win beating Southern University 66-21.
What’s up with no white after Labor Day?
Conflicts between Catholics and Protestants leaves at least 13 police injured in Northern Ireland.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Washinton Times, dies at 92.
Slo-mo water balloon bouncing is just perfect for a morning like this.
U. S. Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley 's request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent.
Start stockpiling those dry goods now: Why 2013 will be a year of global crisis.
National gas prices peak for Labor Day Weekend.
Officers in Hobbes say an inmate escaped his cell by breaking a window bar with a razor blade and a Popsicle stick but changed his mind once he got outside.
The Daily Word in Labor Day history, Canada's crazy week, and more vintage sexism.
Family trio jailed in Alamogordo murder case.
Lobos lose opening game to CSU Rams 14-10.
Be sure to check your cheap laptops before you take them home just to, ya know, make sure they aren't really stacks of paper wrapped in duct tape.
Man sues his coworkers for his share of their $99 million lotto winnings.
California PhD student swears off mirrors for a year.
Jose Maldonado caught a fairy (yeah, thanks, Nick Brown).
New "demon" bat species found in Taiwan.
"So you admit it! Your coffee really is murder!" Men being rude to their wives about bad coffee in vintage commercials.
The Alibi's Weekend Hit List
Last Chance to Dance
Bummed out summer is screeching to a halt? You have one more weekend to revel in the unbearably hot madness as New Mexico State Parks have teamed up and have created some pretty nifty activities for you to enjoy on Labor Day Weekend. At Bottomless Lakes State Park in Roswell, divers can participate in "dive poker" with weighted cards. Divers have all day Saturday and Sunday to retrieve said cards and make a hand.
Check out the "Owl Prowl" at Hyde Memorial State Park Saturday night after the full moon. Take the half mile hike in the pitch black and watch some of nature's most badass predators attack rats, mice and maybe even children. For an entire list of all the state park haps, click on nmparks.com.
The annual Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm (1701 Montaño NW) is already underway, but for a unique jaunt into the impressive and massive labyrinth of corn, visit the maze this weekend for Moonlight Maze. Use the light of the full moon to find your way as the maze stays open until 10 p.m. for the special trek. The hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kiddies 4-11. Children 4-and-under are free.