The Daily Word in Silencers, Credit Card Skimmers and the Supreme Court
What happens when schizophrenics embrace the voices they hear?
There's been a shooting outside of the UK's Parliament in London.
Legislation is in the works to relax the long-standing federal regulation to make silencers easier to buy.
Google has created a new way to share your location with your contacts.
There are still potentially 19 credit card skimmers out and about in town.
Today is the third day of Neil Gorsuch's supreme court confirmation hearing.
Another person from the Trump Campaign is connected to Russia … he was paid by “a Putin ally.”
The Daily Word in Gonorrhea, Evacuations and a New Earth[ Wed Aug 31 2016 11:17 AM ]
An “anti-wrinkle” vibrator cause a plane to be evacuated at the Sunport yesterday.
NPR's newest documentary Noteworthy follows musician Miguel in-depth to learn about his creative process and influences.
Soooo, gonorrhea is nearly untreatable now.
An invisible epidemic has been sweeping across the nation affecting kids.
Do you love the '70s?
Tired of Earth and all the shit we have to deal with? Well, pack your bags, because it looks like you have an option to leave.
The Daily Word in Rembrandt, Junkies and Smash Mouth
Look at this “new” Rembrandt painting.
Hillary just got Berned allll sick, huh?
This interview is FLAWLESS.
This Italian documentary about addiction looks super intense (and great).
Do extreme videos online really affect children?
This local man told the police the dead man found in his apartment had just told him, “he wanted to kill some people.”
How to make a Philosopher’s stone, by Isaac Newton.
The Daily Word in recognizing your privilege, a Peyton Manning impersonator and murder
In a surprising turn of events, the teen convicted of killing his five family members will be sentenced as a juvenile and could be released by the the age of 21.
83-year-old ex-priest arrested in connection with the death of a young woman in 1960.
Introducing Equipay, an app that divides the bill based on privilege.
Misty Copeland recreates famous Degas paintings, is flawless.
For only $10, you can have a printout of your very own gif.
OK Go's latest music video was shot in zero gravity, seriously.
Jimmy Fallon talks to... Peyton Manning?
Cutting a Budget from 1.2% to 19%?
Well, that escalated quickly.
Soon there may be a deep budget cut for Behavioral Health Services, an $8 million cut. Governor Martinez wants a 1.2% cut but the Legislature wants to cut 19% of the Behavioral Health Services budget. You read that right: 19%. Martinez has previously stated that she wants more money going towards Behavioral Health Services, though she could have been referencing that in regards to children’s services.
What about in 2013 when Martinez’ office accused 15 behavioral health providers of fraud? Because of these investigations, some of these providers had to close. Around that time in 2013, 85% of Medicaid customers in the state went to these providers. And guess what? 13 out of 15 were cleared of any wrong-doing today.
The Legislature wants to shift most of the costs over to Medicaid, but it’s been noted that that definitely won’t cover training police/response teams that deal mainly with people behavioral health issues and substance abuse issues. This will also affect 25 programs and over 20,000 people in the state. This would especially affect Rio Arriba County which has been getting $500,000/year for the last 5 years. Rio Arriba has one of the highest heroin overdose rates in the US; 10 times more than the national average.
How can New Mexicans dealing with behavioral health issues, particularly with substance abuse issues, get help without the necessary resources? When essential health programs are cut back or taken away, the problem doesn't go away, it gets worse. If you’re disturbed by this issue like I am, here’s a resource for you so you can email your legislators, senators, representatives, governor and other local officials.
Let’s do better, New Mexico.
It’s that time of year, people! We’re smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season. A lot of emotions surface right now because it’s the end of the year and people are going over everything that’s happened to them: the radical things, bogus things, and the icky, dumb grody shit. I’ve noticed a lot of people are having a really hard time right now, and that’s totally okay. It’s okay to not be okay! And it’s definitely okay to be okay! I got you, fam. But here are my super extra special, personal (and, like, serious) self-care tips for how to deal with the Holiday Blues.
-Don’t be so hard on yourself. Would you criticize the person you love the most for doing these things? Um, no. So take a chill pill, dude. You’re just, like, dust floating in the wind or something.
-Stop hanging around lame, shitty people. I don’t care if they’re friends or family, you don’t deserve that. If someone makes you gag, then don’t fuck with that shit. And also if that means being alone on a dumb, consumerist holiday, who cares! You totally deserve to feel safe and not miserable.
-Keep in mind that everyone is going through a lot right now (and also always, I guess). So like, you don’t need to be nice to everyone but you definitely don’t need to be mean or rude, either.
-Drink some water and have a snack! If you think you’ll feel better eating something healthy, then do that. But, like, if you think you’ll feel better eating junk then you should totally do that! If that doesn’t work, try a drink like water or juice or tea. Don’t overthink calories or anything, ‘cause you need to eat and drink to live! My favorites are cinnamon vanilla tea, dried seaweed and dark chocolate covered toffee sprinkled with pistachio bits. Yum!
-Things will get shitty before they improve, you’ll be a-okay. As someone who has had bouts of severe depression since I was 11, I pinky promise, it definitely gets better. It’s just like, a lot of things suck right now. But whatever!
-TREAT YO’SELF, boo, ‘cause you are a bitchin’, beautiful Mx and you totally, totally, deserve the best from and for yourself!
-I love you!
The Daily Word in depression, explosion, combustion and Bugs Bunny
Another movie theater shooting took place, this time in Louisiana.
After her teeange murder for hire accidentally killed her brother-in-law instead of her spouse, a South Carolina woman was sentenced to life in prison.
Here's a guide to understanding depression through colorful charts.
Two people were airlifted to UNM after an explosion occurred at the medical marijuana clinic in Santa Fe.
Vegan? You can still eat like crap with these junk foods.
The Daily Word in Kim Kardashian and an ice cream named Hitler
There’s a brand of ice cream named Hitler.
This bridge in Paris is being set free.
Illuminating your neurons can retrieve lost memories.
During a concert in TJ over the weekend, Enrique Iglesias foolishly underestimated the power of a drone.
An ex-FIFA official cited an article in The Onion as part of his defense strategy.
A man obsessed with Mila Kunis has escaped a mental facility.
The Daily Word in mental health taxes, a house thief and true love
Eight people died last night in a series of shootings in south-central Missouri.
Jim Inhofe provided a little show-and-tell on the Senate floor.
A California couple who'd been married for 67 years died on the same day while holding hands. That's love, y'all.
Porn lovers can rejoice, as Google has lifted the “explicit sexual content” ban on Blogger.
Season 3 of “House of Cards” is now live on Netflix, y'all! Note: SPOILERS in the following link.
A Rio Rancho mother is “disturbed” by a pornographic book her son checked out of his high school library.
Bernalillo County commissioners approved a tax hike that'll go to mental health services.
Snap! APS has decided to close schools today. Snow day!
Apparently, a thief in Oregon stole an entire house. No, really.
Letter from Tent City
The camps may move, but the problem of homelessness remains
The Daily Word In Throwing Yourself Out Of Windows, Geniuses and Niagara Falls Is Frozen
It's Wednesday, it's sunny and the world is a strange place.
Two Bernalillo county commissioners are allegedly backing away slowly from a tax proposal to raise $42 million dollars, half of which would be used for mental health services.
It’s only going to get hotter in New York, according to this recent report.
A Rio Rancho woman, her infant son and her nephew all went missing Tuesday night.
Gun rights activists claim that allowing students to carry weapons on campus will help reduce sexual assaults.
If you’re visiting Niagara Falls right now, it looks like a different planet, thanks to heavy snowfall and ice.
Hey, kehd, quit jumpin’ ouddaya windows into snowbanks! The Mayor of Boston politely asks residents to stop leaping out of their windows and decks into snowbanks, because it’s “a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself.”
A man leaving a Karaoke bar was mugged, suffered a severe concussion and became a genius. No, seriously.
The Obvious, the Important and the Inscrutable
The Alibi’s guide to amendments and advisory questions
Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears
In a stunning blow to governance by partisan paternalism, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Friday, Sept. 19, that the Secretary of State does not have authority to remove advisory initiatives approved by county commissions from the general election ballot. This high court ruling means that citizens of Bernalillo County will get to vote on two nonbinding polling questions regarding decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana and raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent to fund mental health services.
In an oral presentation of the Court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil said New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran failed to perform a mandatory duty of her office by refusing to include county-approved initiatives on the general election ballot; the Court ordered her to do so.
If you haven't already, you'll hear more about Duran in the weeks to come. Her unsuccessful attempt to quash Bernalillo and Santa Fe County advisory initiatives via unilateral memorandum and petititions of both federal and state courts is only part of the coming Duran-centric news cycle. As the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State, Duran may already be familiar to you.
In the wake of the Court's decision, Duran issued a written statement: “We of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.” How can the opinion of voters—some of whom obviously voted for her—now seem meaningless to Duran?
Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Striking—and very Alarming—Contrasts," Duran calls herself the "target" of "extreme far-left activists of the Democratic Party." She goes on to contrast herself with Toulouse Oliver using all-caps and underlined keywords like "DARK MONEY," "political consultant" and "left-wing activism and partisanship" in reference to Toulouse Oliver.
In contrast, Toulouse Oliver's minimalist campaign website, maggietoulouseoliver.com, focuses on endorsements, and finding criticism of Duran is more challenging. (On the landing page of Duran's website, an arrow guides you straight to the aforementioned "Contrasts" page.) After clicking through Toulouse Oliver's bio and thoughts on the job, the news section of her site reveals her official statement on the Supreme Court decision. And it is critical of Duran, but phrases like "overtly partisan and activist interference in the ballot creation process" and "blatant disrespect for the separation of powers in our government" pale in comparison to Duran's chart that lists Toulouse Oliver's background and experience as "Campaign Manager for Dark Money Orgs."
But don't take my word for it. Visit their respective websites, linked above, and form your own opinion. For even more insight into their educational, professional and political backgrounds, news, endorsements and campaign contribution disclosures, visit the Ballotpedia pages for Dianna Duran and Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
The Alibi encourages our readership to remain politically informed. To that end, please keep your eyes peeled for websclusive and print-edition political news and election coverage as the 2014 general election nears. And be sure to pick up a copy of the Alibi Election Guide, which hits stands on Thursday, Oct. 30. On a personal note, I've always appreciated the way Halloween and elections coincide. After all, there's really nothing scarier than citizen apathy, low voter turnout and resulting ineffective, subpar leadership and representation.
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The highs and lows of an Albuquerque legend
The Daily Word in nuclear secrets, Subway's dick bread and nightmare visions of Miley Cyrus
A Los Alamos vault that nobody "knew about" (but lots of people knew about) has been opened.
A private audit of New Mexico's mental health providers is apparently quite critical. So nobody's allowed to look at it.
Based on this report that nobody's allowed to look at, the State is cutting back on funding for behavioral health services. Got a problem with that? Go to this meeting and do something about it.
A Subway employee learned a valuable lesson: don't put your dong on sandwich bread, take a picture of it and then post it on Instagram for the world to see.
Everyone else also learned a valuable lesson: don't eat at the Subway at 5350 Tuttle Crossing in Columbus Ohio.
Florida's fountain of youth: on the one hand, it just might work. On the other, it's radioactive.
And the best way to enjoy Miley Cyrus's music is, well, without the music.