Crib Notes: April 10, 2014
The Daily Word in Harvard Library's human flesh collection, more police shootings and Trinity test downwinders
It's Wednesday, April 2
and there's been another police shooting in Albuquerque, although this time it was the US Marshals and not APD,
a former Albuquerque policeman who was fired in 2011 after kicking a prone suspect "repeatedly" in the head would like his job back,
and family members of civilians exposed to radiation from the Trinity test are getting ready to protest at the bomb site's annual opening.
the Supreme Court struck down even more campaign finance limitations,
and Harvard's library discovered that at least three of their books have bindings of human flesh, one of which belonged to a man who was flayed alive.
Have a good day!
The Daily Word in one-star reviews, Christopher Walken's spectacular dancing and strange plumes in the New Mexico sky
It's Wednesday morning,
and a strange plume flashed across radar near the Trinity nuclear test site and nobody knows what it means,
APD will soon elaborate on how their use of "less than lethal force" still managed to kill a man in the Sandia foothills,
Assistant city attorney Greg Wheeler advises that you not pay parking tickets issued by private parking lots, while private parking lot owners advise that you not listen to Greg Wheeler,
Albuquerque's own Supper Truck is getting national attention for responding to a negative review in an adorable way
San Francisco has rounded up a crack troop of firefighting goats,
and Christopher Walken just keeps dancing and dancing.
The Daily Word in the Bitcoin blues, WTF WIPP and lizard rampages
There's more proof that walking your dog can be good for you: a couple found $10 million in rare gold coins while taking Fido out for a stroll.
Meanwhile, in Florida, four foot long lizards are invading the swamps and eating up all the native animals because of course they are. It's Florida.
The CEO of the world's largest Bitcoin exchange asks you not to contact his employees with questions about where your money is because "they have been instructed not to give any response or information." Sounds legit.
San Francisco hates Google and San Francisco bar patrons hate Google Glass.
Oh hey, WIPP. WIPP is still leaking radioactivity, but DOE officials would like you to know everything is just fine. Really, man. They got this. You don't need to worry your pretty little head about it at all.
Former Navy Seals hired to protect a ship got so bored waiting for pirates to show up that they decided to kill themselves with heroin.
We Are All Going to Die In a Fiery Nuclear Accident
Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, his new book Command and Control and Albuquerque’s aging nuclear arsenal
Dropping a Bombshell
Thriller author explodes nuclear tourism and genre archetypes
Ortiz y Pino
Playing With Nuclear Fire
Kirtland Air Force Base
Kirtland Air Force Base is a morass of frightening stuff—namely, nuclear weapons and a massive jet fuel hemorrhage. Although Air Force head honchos neither confirm nor deny numbers, an estimated 2,000 nuclear warheads lie in underground storage at the base. If the threat of a Duke City nuclear holocaust isn’t enough, there’s also Albuquerque’s version of the BP spill. Millions of gallons of Air Force jet fuel creep closer and closer to southeastern Albuquerque neighborhoods every day. The base says the fuel seepage originated during a ’50s era pipe leak. Although it hasn’t hit drinking water wells, it has reached the monitoring wells and is nearing reserve water sources. (EK)
A Superfund site is a polluted area that the federal government has determined is harmful to public health or the environment and is in need of immediate cleanup efforts. Lucky Albuquerque has three.
LANL: Nuclear material not in danger from wildfire
UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The town of Los Alamos is being evacuated.
Lab officials assured that radioactive materials are being protected from the almost 50,000-acre Las Conchas fire.
The fire has closed in on Los Alamos National Laboratory property—within a mile—but hasn’t reached the lab yet.
Spokesperson Kevin Roark said in an interview with the Alibi that there are a variety of nuclear facilities at LANL and several metric tons of uranium, plutonium, americium and others. These materials are kept in the most secure facilities at the lab, he said—deep inside vaults within concrete and steel buildings. “There is no threat from wildland fires,” he said.
During the Cerro Grande fire eleven years ago, the blaze ate up 7,500 acres of LANL property, Roark added, and there was no release of nuclear or hazardous material.
The Cerro Grande fire raged for more than a month in 2000, burned Bandelier National Monument and left 400 people in Los Alamos without homes.
There were concerns after the fire about the airborne release of contaminants, but Roark says monitoring showed that Cerro Grande was no more or less radioactive than any forest fire. Read a full assessment of the aftermath by the Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and the Nuclear Policy Project.
The fire also caused erosion and runoff, and contaminants threatened the Rio Grande. But Roark assures: “There were not appreciable levels of radioactivity in the runoff.” After the Cerro Grande fire, LANL installed structures to prevent heavy runoff in the future, he added.
Comparing the two fires to try and predict impact is highly speculative, he pointed out. “The [Las Conchas] fire has not reached lab property.”
The Daily Word 3.26.11: No confidence vote for Stephen Harper; marionettes; The Beardpick Challenge; TMZ style Gandhi revelation
Geraldine Ferraro is dead.
Elizabeth Taylor lives on in pictures.
Bill Maher has found the perfect anti-Obama GOP presidential candidate and his name is Karab Amabo.
The FBI still doesn't know who was behind the anthrax-letters in 2001.
Police in Texas took a woman into custody for driving without a license. The cops left her two year old kid behind in the car.
Brett Michaels claims his stroke was caused by a Spinal Tap styled stage mishap. AND he's suing over it. W/ video!
"Where there's smoke, there's fried chicken." Latest Rio Grande Sun Police Blotter.
Get a %25 discount at a Santa Fe smoke shop if your pic... uh, mugshot, appears in the "Jailbyrd" free newspaper.
On this day in 1885, the Second Louis Riel Rebellion began at Duck Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Daily Word: God's Wife, Red Light Cameras, RIP Elizabeth Taylor, Strip Search
Howard Dean defends Obama's decision to attack
Lybia Libya: This time our government isn't lying to us.
South Dakota now requires a three day wait before an abortion.
Albuquerque is losing money on red light cameras.
Homeland Security says they could strip search every airline passenger if they wanted to.
13 illegal immigrants arrested in California wearing US Marine uniforms.
Seven black men shot and killed so far this year in Miami.
Another thing to worry about: the status of US nuclear spent-fuel storage.
Fox News is sending security guards do its war reporting.
The town of Bernalillo files suit against NM Gas Company to recover damages from last month's gas outages.
Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler is resigning from his position.
Maybe you should help James O'Keefe pay off his credit card debt.
Should you give money to homeless people?
Was God's wife edited from the Bible?
Finish those episodes of Dexter and Weeds quickly, Showtime won't be renewing it's contract with Netflix to stream them instantly.
Iran unveils its flying saucer to the world.
Elderly man stoned to death for making gay advance.
Beloved old-timey actress Elizabeth Taylor is dead at 79.
Whatever you do, don't take a picture of this guy's mohawk.
Someone found a 50-million-year old piece of lizard skin.
I'm not sure what to think about the costume for the new Wonder Woman TV show.
Barella redesigns its spaghetti box to announce it is redisgning its spaghetti box.
Is your blog among the 100 web sites the movie and music industry want shut down?
I guess yesterday's rumors of Charlie Sheen coming back to Two And A Half Men weren't true.
The Lord of the Rings is finally being released on Blu-Ray this summer (not that I have a Blu-Ray player).
For some reason I really identify with Paranoid Parrot.
Coming soon: Koala burgers.
Twenty-five police officer fails.
Seven supermarket rip-offs.
I haven't watched the Masters of the Universe in a long time, but I don't remember He-Man being all sweary.
The Daily Word 3.12.11: Japanese exploding reactor; experts agree Gaddafi can't win in the long-term due to probable Central America-
in- the- 80's- tinged military support of rebels; Iron Maiden birthday
Newt Gingrich says he cheated on his wife because he was working too hard for America.
Intellectual property law and American world hegemony.
Super cool Australian mugshots from the early 1920's.
Amnesty International is on Robert Gates' ass over Wikileaker Bradley Manning's living conditions/torture which involves "forced prolonged nudity."
A Texas state representative has introduced a bill making non-medically necessary abortion illegal.
Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. Reminder.
South by Southwest. The meat market badge.
On this day in 1957, Steve Harris, Bassist and chief songwriter for Iron Maiden was born.
The Daily Word 12.22.10: DADT signed, WTF, Lakers
Sgt. Torry Chambers arrested and accused of raping female inmates at MDC.
Guv-elect pulls a secretary of education from Florida.
President Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.
Toys that cause lasting psychological problems.
A nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia may pass today.
World's ugliest cat?
CIA launches WikiLeaks Task Force (WTF).
There's not an ap for WikiLeaks.
9/11 first responders pissed at Republicans.
What happened to the Lakers?
Teens not having as many babies these days.
Is America the sick kid?
50 rad things from 2010
The Daily Word 11.29.10: Nielsen and Kirchner die, Johson and Finnegan fight, Picasso art, scientist bombs and Wikileaks.
Watch the Johnson / Finnegan football fight.
There were bomb attacks on two Iranian nuclear scientists.
A French electrician has come forward with 271 never-before-seen works by Picasso.
Maybe the vikings visited the new world and brought back a beautiful native bride.
Wikileaks strikes again. Hard.
Michael Brea: Demon Hunter.
A deadly otter attacked a college kid.
Angeles Duran owns the sun. She is not stupid. She knows the law.
Spiderman on Broadway: the cure for liking Spiderman.
Dr. Laura has taken her racist rants to satellite radio.
“Cyber Monday” is a term that was first kicked around in 2005.
Experts maintain the biggest enchilada now lives in Mexico, though it’s not necessarily the most delicious.
The perfect Albuquerque crime involving a Toys 'R' Us and a garbage bag goes hideously wrong.
54 people's lives were ruined in a joint effort between APD and themselves.
Johnny Mango talks about renaming.
Happy birthday, C. S. Lewis. Here, he explains the wardrobe with a nice chianti.