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The Daily Word in porn, asteroids, death stars, and Lil Wayne loves Hunter S. Thompson

Sunday afternoon I should be doing laundry edition

Earth is probably not going to be hit by an asteroid.

Research study about porn cancelled because there is no control group.

NM YAFL president removed, wife on paid leave from job at Monzano.

Aaron Swartz killed himself.

Lil Waynes's new video is a predictably weird and nonsensical seeming ode to Hunter S. Thompson.

IKEA monkey update.

America will not build a Death Star.

Bob Dylan's exciting new album.

Church of Scientology is scary.

Tour of a fucking cruise ship.

More "Swedish heavy metal man."

I had plans to make a hat out of my dog Nyake's fur, but these people actually did make sweaters and stuff out of their pet's fur....

On this day in 1979, YMCA sued the Village People. Or did they?

Music

Fiona Apple cancels tour to take care of dying dog

Still from Apple’s music video for “Every Single Night.”
Fiona Apple
Still from Apple’s music video for “Every Single Night.”

Fiona Apple isn’t exactly known for her most well-grounded moments. You can look at her meltdown at Roseland Ballroom in 2000, or her ever-famous speech at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards where she stated, “This world is bullshit,” or most recently, her marijuana bust that landed her in jail in West Texas during her most recent tour.

Regardless, the singer-songwriter has garnered a massive, cult following, and the release of her latest record, The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do, has further cemented a fanbase that remains loyal and somewhat protective.

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Fiona Apple - Every Single Night

In recent news, Apple has postponed a South American tour that was scheduled to kick off on Nov. 27, and before fans can shout with fury or start sending heinous letters to her press rep, they should know that Apple is cancelling the tour to nurse her soon-to-be-no-longer-with-us pit bull, Janet.

Apple posted a heart-wrenching letter to her Facebook page that notes the loving relationship she’s fostered toward her canine pal over 14 years, and points out the necessity to choose love and hope over vanity.

In the letter Apple writes, “If I go away again, I’m afraid she’ll die and I won’t have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed.

“But this decision is instant. These are the choices we make, which define us. I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.”

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The Daily Word in APD probe, Miley's pig and milk for inmates

U.S. Justice Department announces it will investigate APD.

APD officer accused of encouraging neighbors to brawl to settle a dispute.

Smoking is dumb for you.

Best prank ever. By which we mean freaking scariest.

Napping baby art.

San Juan County inmates nearly riot over lack of milk at breakfast.

That Facebook privacy notice everyone's posting won't help you at all.

Bigfoot DNA results. Finally.

Albuquerque Authorities name their baby rhino Chopper rather than Bonbornio.

Scared red panda.

PETA gave Miley Cyrus a pig for her birthday. She didn't get it.

Fiona Apple cancels a tour to spend time with her dying pit bull, Janet.

L.A. might ban circuses from having pachyderms. (Also, best Primus song.)

Worst logos ever.

Happy birthday, Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix.

News

The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong

BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.

The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.

Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.

Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.

Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.

Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.

FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.

The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."

Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.

5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.

Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.

Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.

Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.

How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)

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Trap Neuter Return spurs debate

Every month, a volunteer force traps feral felines, fixes them and then puts them back where they came from. This method is practiced nationwide and is meant to replace the standard municipal strategy: trap and kill.

TNR proponents I spoke with for my news article “Claws Out” argue that returning fixed cats to their colonies decreases feral populations. The feline resumes its position in the neighborhood without birthing more kittens. If it were simply killed, another unfixed cat would take its place.

But I also spoke with a former city shelter veterinarian, who said TNR is unethical and inhumane. She argues without disease testing, the volunteers are just dooming the cats to long, slow deaths on the street.

There are no easy answers, but here’s what you can do:

Residents can help slow the rise of feral colonies by having their pets fixed, says Jayne Sage of New Mexico Animal Friends. She also recommends that if you start feeding feral cats, you should have them spayed or neutered. "Don't wait until there's kittens."

If you meet low-income requirements, take your animal to the shelter for free or low-cost sterilization.

Animal Humane New Mexico also offers low-income spay and neuter services.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012

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Claws Out

Program for street cats stirs controversy

The city’s facing a problem: What to do with an immeasurable number of feral felines? Trap, neuter and return (TNR) efforts are the latest answer, but a veterinarian is calling the process unethical and inhumane.

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The Daily Word in awesome Canada, Opposite Day and the sinking ghost ship

Thousands pilgrimage to Chimayó today.

Las Vegas, N.M., fights fracking and bans oil and gas drilling.

Why Canada should be cheered for ditching the penny.

Menacing Easter bunnies.

Kid sells his kidney for an iPhone.

Marine Corps pilot says he played tag with a UFO in the ’70s.

Guy gets naked for Opposite Day.

Jesus appears in duct tape in Albuquerque.

Coast Guard sinks a ghost ship with a cannon.

Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson says making Gov. Susana Martinez the veep pick would be Sarah Palin, Part Deux.

Smallest town in the States sells for only $900,000.

Why Catholics really eat fish on Fridays.

Pit bull takes a bullet for his owner.

Chevy Chase is an asshole.

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The Daily Word in Angry Birds, hacktivists and arty nip slips

21 states—not N.M.— have stand-your-ground laws. In Florida, that law prevents the man who killed a teen from being arrested.

Islamic extremist shot in the head by French police after a gunfight.

President Obama stops in Lea County to talk about how he digs oil companies.

Timsanity

Survey says Americans think politicians are talking about religion too much.

Our own Rep. Steve Pearce pushes a national bill that would require drug testing for everyone receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits.

Three supermarket chains say no to pink slime.

Hacktivists steal more data than criminals.

Chase results in APD-involved shooting on Laguna land.

Romney's campaign is like an Etch A Sketch.

NASA helps Angry Birds developers understand space physics.

A regularly updated database of all the nipples on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Being bilingual makes you smarter.

Pianist covers all of Mastodon's metal concept album Leviathan.

Freestyle dough acrobatics at the World Pizza Games.

Why are there loud booms every night in Clintonville?

Doctor Who's next companion.

Never mind a dog. Get yourself a fox.

news

The Daily Word in sword dancing, polar bears and Twitter

Virginia Tech shooter yesterday killed a police officer and then himself, according to police.

Man says he was stabbed 24 times after giving two kids a ride home.

The woman who authorities say left her dogs without food or water for months will not face felony charges.

World's oldest dog dies at 26.

The new Twitter.

APD costs the city—and taxpayers—$7 million in settlements.

Thai court sentences an American to more than two years in jail for insulting the king.

Missing FBI agent's family releases a hostage video.

Female immigrants are the nation's entrepreneurs, according to a study.

Gingrich is using his campaign to get more rich.

Is Pulp Fiction as good in chronological order?

What is Jian Sword Dancing?

Polar bear cannibalism. No kidding.

"Millionaire surtax" not such a big deal to millionaires.

Appeals court unlikely to overturn a ruling against the gay-marriage-banning Prop. 8.

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The Daily Word in tester city, drunk elk and Schweddy Balls

City Council fails to override the mayor's veto of a measure that called for the feds to look into APD. Citizens at the meeting are outraged.

Company schemes to build a vacant tester city in New Mexico.

Ice cream man pulls a knife, according to family.

Meteorologist found asleep in a bathtub with a dead guy wearing a dog collar.

Guv pushes to merge state departments to save money.

Drunk elk stranded in apple tree.

9/11 by the numbers.

Vinyl faces.

Hamlet goes homophobe.

Dick Cheney is honored when people say he's like Darth Vader.

It's National Honey Month. Did you know it can clean your wounds and fix your scratchy elbows?

Stop CHEWING like that.

The future of Grateful Dead marketing endeavors, man.

Ben and Jerry's latest flavor: Schweddy Balls.

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Chained to a cause

Babes and Bullies members are chaining themselves to dog houses for 11 hours on Saturday at UNM. The group is participating in Chain Off 2011. This national event is held every year on Fourth of July weekend to highlight the plight of dogs that spend their whole lives on chains.

The demonstration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. will and raise money for Kaya—a pit bull rescued from starvation in late May by New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better. Babes and Bullies will have a booth out there on Saturday and will sell merch. All proceeds will benefit Kaya.

Pit bulls tote around quite a reputation–from bad-ass guard dogs to evil attack hounds—and in keeping with the bad boy tradition, they are irresistible to babes.

Nearly 25 percent of the dogs placed in Albuquerque animal shelters are pit bulls, according to Babes and Bullies. The group started a couple years to fundraise, raise awareness and act as a resource for pit bulls and their owners.

Babes and Bullies is one of many groups across the country that challenges the premise that all pit bulls act aggressively. The group isn't a rescue service, but many of the women act as foster guardians for abandoned dogs.

While pit bull advocacy groups cite the breed's loving and loyal disposition, their history in dog fighting is hard to ignore. Over the past 160 years, pit bulls have been bred to obey humans, but their behavior against other dogs is another matter, according to the Pit Bull Rescue Central. Traditionally used as fighters, the dogs are trained not to back down in confrontations.

Megan Cooley, president and treasurer of Babes and Bullies says that the perceptions of pit bulls acting aggressively comes from their loyal disposition.

“They're so loyal to their owner, they'll do anything,” she says. “People take advantage of that.”

While many cities banned pit bulls entirely, the Albuquerque City Council ruled instead to place dogs of all breeds in three categories: “potentially dangerous,” “dangerous” and “irresponsible owners.”

Owners that fail to restrain their dogs are civilly liable for any harm caused. Of the 27 instances reported on the city’s website, 20 involve pits.

Kirtland Air Force# base is the only area of the city that bans the dogs, a move that Babes and Bullies spoke out against in March.

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Las Conchas fire update: Cochiti evacuation, boycott fireworks, pet haven

Cochiti is prepping for a mandatory evacuation. Los Alamos was evacuated this afternoon.

A Facebook event is circulating that invites people to “boycott fireworks of any kind this year in New Mexico!” The guest list has grown exponentially throughout the day. As of right now, almost 6,000 people are attending and about 400 are not.

The Española Valley Humane Society is taking in animal evacuees from the fire. From the news release:

We are accepting dogs, cats and caged pets from evacuees and serving as a staging location for poultry, horses, donkeys, goats and sheep in small numbers. If you or someone you know is evacuating, please have them call us, so we can give them important information about the evacuation process for pets. Call 505-753-8662 or 470-1278.

Donations of cash, dry food, non-clumping cat litter, paper bowls, crates, cat litter boxes and towels are appreciated. The shelter is seeking people who may be able to temporarily house an animal. If you’re willing, send an email to EVHSNina@gmail.com.

Updates from the shelter are also available on Facebook.

Animals

Red Dragon Invades Downtown

Monster possibly about to make a trip to Knockouts

Looks little...
Looks little...

I love this weird city. A crowd of shrieking and pointing passersby attracted me to the front entrance of Knockouts on my way back from lunch this afternoon. It was not a dancer doing something outrageous. It was the biggest four-legged reptile I’ve ever encountered outside of a zoo. It was rough and reddish, with a long white band on its tail and enormous jowls. Unlike the speedy Godzilla, or a Komodo dragon, it was crawling along like cold honey. And it was moving steadily towards the Knockouts door. His owner stood calmly minding him, answering questions from rubberneckers like me.

Me: “Holy shit!”

But it’s big!
But it’s big!

Owner: “ ... “

Me: “What is that?”

Owner: “Red tegu.”

Me: “Where’s it from?”

Owner: “Argentina.”

Me: “Oh my god, what does it eat?”

Owner: “Meat. He’s a carnivore.”

Me: “Holy shit!”

The nice man explained, however, that he has this particular red tegu on a diet of wet dog food. Still, I wouldn’t try to pet it, as they are known for eating anything that can fit between their jaws.

Is that a goiter?
Is that a goiter?
Just takin my lizard to the strip club.
Just takin my lizard to the strip club.
Red Tegu
Tuesday, 1:45 p.m. to until it crawls away, which could be awhile
Central Avenue, in front of the strip club
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