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V.25 No.42 | 10/20/2016
City Councilors Brad Winter and Klarissa J. Peña

Council Watch

Council Discusses Garbage, Naloxone and Stop Lights

Debate on more ART stops also featured

By Carolyn Carlson
The Albuquerque City Council debates the Edith Transfer Station, the use of Narcan by APD and one more bus stop for ART among other agenda items highlighted during a lengthy meeting this past week.
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V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016
Your City Council hard at work
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Empowerment, Fees and the Police

Council reckons with many issues

By Carolyn Carlson
The Albuquerque City Council meets to discuss bus transportation, homeowners’ fees and police plata.
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V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016

The Daily Word in The Presidential Debate, Bionic Yarn and Mars Colonization

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Sep 27 2016 10:53 AM ]
The Daily Word

One short list of falsehoods from the Clinton-Trump debate, and one much longer analysis.
And in case you missed the debate and are interested, here's a link.

Speaking of debates, here's one way to settle them.

Have a strong opinion about the presidential candidates? Today is National Voter Registration day, so make sure you register and go vote on Nov. 8!

Say hello to recycled polyester, otherwise known as Bionic Yarn, a clothing material made from used plastics. Optimistically speaking, this could make a huge positive impact on the atrocious amount of plastics currently floating in the oceans.

To be happy is to be healthy. And it's contagious.

Nearly 300 tech firms across the country are declaring Nov. 8, election day, a paid company holiday.

Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico about his plan to colonize Mars. Watch the talk live here.

In an analysis of revolutionaries vs reactionaries in modern American history, opinion writer David Brooks states, “It doesn't matter how much living standards rise or the poverty rate falls, it makes you seem smart and woke to be alarmed and hypercritical.” Read the article for more thoughtful insights about our strange yearning for an idealized past, and why “it's stupid and impossible to turn back the clock.”

V.25 No.38 | 9/22/2016
The Council

Council Watch

Narcan, Use of Force & Sunshine

Another day in the lives of our City Councilors

By Carolyn Carlson
Among many issues explored at this week’s meeting: the Albuquerque City Council discusses Narcan, Ginger’s APD Use of Force Report and solar technology in Burque.
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V.25 No.37 | 09/15/2016

The Daily Word in Shrinking Ice Caps, Jim Carrey and Eating Off The Floor

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Sep 20 2016 11:18 AM ]
The Daily Word

Arctic sea ice is melting, and is currently at the second-lowest on record.

The number of smokers in England is at a record low, with just around 17% of adults lighting up.

Obama gives his very last address to the United Nations.

Hate to break it to you, but the 5-second-rule is a myth.

Mark Burton wrongfully files lawsuit against Jim Carrey claiming the actor supplied his girlfriend with prescription drugs that she used to commit suicide.

Gas prices spike as a result of a 330,000-gallon pipeline spill in Alabama.

Professors at New Mexico Tech are working to recreate the explosion that injured dozens in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.

Since trending news is generally depressing and the Internet probably won't put a halt to the constant headlines any time soon, here is a virtual bioluminescent forest for at least some temporary relaxation.

V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
Police Chief Gorden Eden addresses a recent City Council meeting

Council Watch

ART, Waste Transfer and Schrader’s Warning

Council meets on a variety of issues

By Carolyn Carlson
Our City Council meets about ART and a proposed waste transfer center among other important agenda items.
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V.25 No.34 | 08/25/2016
Gary Johnson makes his pitch to hundreds in downtown Albuquerque.
Sam Kerwin


Gary Johnson's ABQ Rally

Low Riders and High Hopes

By Sam Kerwin [ Fri Aug 26 2016 9:32 PM ]

On Saturday August 20, Low Riders lined the walkway up to the convention center. The most popular third party candidate, Gary Johnson at 11% according to a recent four way poll by NBC News, riled up his supporters inside.

Loosely spaced in one of the convention center’s smaller rooms, over 600 people attended the rally. The turnout was a far cry from the thousands who attended Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump's rallies earlier this summer in Albuquerque. But those who did show up eagerly cheered Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, his vice presidential running mate, as they outlined their vision for a new America.

Weld took the stage and laid out the path to winning the presidency, which includes: advertising themselves and their platform over the next month to begin polling consistently over 15 percent which would qualify them to be part of the televised presidential debates. Then use the debates as a platform to reach a national audience and pitch their ideas and unique policy positions even further. Weld noted that the media will have a field day with a third party insurgency in the midst of this year’s already crazy presidential election, thus focusing the national dialogue back onto where they stand on the issues. Which will result in convincing over 50 percent of eligible voters to vote for them and winning the election.

High hopes for a third party, yet nonetheless Gary Johnson followed by summarizing what he would do differently on a range of issues as President of the United States in a refreshingly concise 25 minute speech.

“Let’s stop the military interventions that have resulted in a less safe, not more safe world.” Johnson began, “If we’re attacked we are going to attack back. But how about judicial use of our military? Let’s stop being the world’s policemen. The minute we inject ourselves into regime change there is always unintended consequences: Iraq, Syria, Libya.” Johnson’s anti-interventionist stance is in stark contrast to Clinton’s history of hawkishness and Trump’s bewildering statements saying that he may even nuke european nations in certain circumstances.

Pivoting from foreign policy, Johnson turned to the economy, stressing entrepreneurship and minimal regulation to spur job growth, “Create your own job, create jobs for others,” Johnson said, “You know, I think the model for the future is Airbnb; it’s the sharing economy...Uber everything: Uber doctor, Uber lawyer, Uber accountant, Uber electrician, Eliminating the middleman, allowing you the entrepreneur to directly provide your goods and services.” Johnson also said that he is the only candidate that supports free trade and the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

In addition, Johnson promised that he will submit a balanced budget to congress in the first 100 days of his presidency. Juxtaposed to the increased spending Clinton and Trump have planned, Johnson stressed fiscal responsibility by the government. As Weld had put it, “There is no such thing as government money, there is only tax payers money,”

Johnson enthusiastically embraced open immigration. Disagreeing with Trump, Johnson said, “We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this county and work to get a work visa.” Johnson lamented the inherent inefficiencies of immigration quotas, saying that a surplus of jobs and a demand for them is the driving cause of immigration and no quota will be able to stop the flow of migrants.

“I guess the Olympic pole vault finals are today, and Donald Trump is watching those very closely, determining how high the Mexican pole vaulters can go.” Johnson quipped, “Look building a fence across the border is crazy. That is not the country that we are.”

“I’m planning on voting for Johnson,” Jennifer Montano said as the crowd of supporters dispersed and the low riders vanished, “Everyone has chance.”

V.25 No.33 | 8/18/2016
Presidential candidate Gary Johnson
Gage Skidmore

News Interview

An Interview with Gary Johnson

Libertarian candidate talks to Weekly Alibi

By Carolyn Carlson
Alibi political correspondent Carolyn Carlson had some questions for presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Brad Winter and Klarissa Peña

Council Watch

City Councilors Buzz Through Business

Bees, boards and busses on agenda

By Carolyn Carlson
Your City Council discusses the importance of bees, boards and commissions as well as the now infamous ART project.
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V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016

The Daily Word in American Citizenship, Natural Disasters and Fragile Bones

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 16 2016 10:54 AM ]
The Daily Word

The Donald should be able to pass a naturalization test in his own country, right? It's only fair.

Over 10,000 Louisiana residents are staying in emergency shelters after enduring four days of rain and flooding, while the city of Baton Rouge struggles with water damage.

Cecile Richards fights harder than ever for abortion rights.

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th. Know what that means? Free entry into any National Park! Road trip time.

This is why Shaunae Miller's dive across the finish line in the Olympic 400 meter race was a fair way to win.

Scientists have developed a drug that stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures for people with osteoporosis.

This guy's weekend plans? Just peering over the edge of an active volcano. Nothing special.

V.25 No.31 | 8/4/2016
Albuquerque’s City Council

Council Watch

The Return of the City Council

Civic leaders return from break and get busy

By Carolyn Carlson
Civic leaders return from break and get busy.
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V.25 No.28 | 07/14/2016
Lord Voldemort

Indiana's Joyous Goodbye to Mike Pence

Anticipating greater tragedies to come

By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Jul 19 2016 1:24 PM ]

As a native Hoosier, I feel like I am in the unique position to express both sadness that the hateful, enemy-of-all-women Mike Pence will (presumably) be Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 election, but also great joy that he will be out of my home state and ceasing to make us look bad. Being saddled with the dying city of Gary is bad enough.

As Samantha Bee said, "Indiana hates Mike Pence as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes." And it's true. The Indiana Governor is so out-of-touch that in a 1999 op-ed he wrote that Disney's Mulan was a ploy to get women to enlist in the military, describing it as "mischievous liberal propaganda." About as mischievous as, say, trying to mandate funerals for aborted fetuses. Pence also claimed in a 2001 essay that "despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact, two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness." Meaning: one in three smokers does die from a smoking related illness, which seems like a pretty high number to me, but you know, I'm not in line for the presidency or anything.

In summary: Mike Pence is somehow even crazier than other notable, absolutely out-of-their-mind Indiana natives like both Michael and La Toya Jackson and Axl Rose. Hands down zanier and more of a bigot than Red Skelton.

We don't have the best legacy in Indiana, but we do have Plan-It-X records, Bloomington and Indianapolis, the Hoosier National Forest and Clifty Falls State Park, Larry Bird and Brendan Frasier.

That Mike Pence will be added to Indiana's legacy, instead of written from history as the terrible, bumbling governor he is, is a regional tragedy, and sadly,on track to become a national one.

V.25 No.25 | 6/23/2016
City Councilors Dan Lewis, Trudy E. Jones and Isaac Benton

Council Watch

Water Quality, PNM and ART

Council meets before summer recess

By Carolyn Carlson
Albuquerque’s City Council meets about water quality, PNM and ART.
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V.25 No.23 | 6/9/2016
City Councilors Diane G. Gibson and Brad Winter
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Protests and Public Funds

City Council listens to citizen concerns

By Carolyn Carlson
Solar power committment postponed, public campaign finance gets onto the ballot, money is put away for open space acquisition, a board will form to help businesses impacted by ART and more.
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V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
Totally professional Bern


Feelin' the Bern

By Robert Maestas and Courtney Foster [ Thu May 26 2016 3:38 PM ]
Rob and Courtney take to the streets and join the rally, interviewing other rally goers and volunteers about politics, ideals, and the ridiculousness of this primary season. The New Mexico primary election is June 7th—Get out and vote!
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