The Daily Word in Local Zookeepers, Government and Education
If you haven’t already heard, Harper Lee died last night.
The NM Legislature is finally funding the 5,500 rape kits that are on backlog to be tested.
The ‘Hairy Panic’ tumbleweed has taken over an Australian town.
North and South Korea are gunna go to war any minute now.
The Mayor gets called out by a local (former) zookeeper.
In case you need reassertion that the police don’t care about black people in Florida.
This badass kickboxer is teaching Muslim women to defend themselves.
“Men are just smarter than women. It’s just a scientific fact.”
The Daily Word in Lego, Sexism, and the possible Alien mega-structure
Another police brutality case, but this time there's actual consequences.
Learn about the feud between a Chinese artist and Lego.
Pintrest made it look so easy.
Science takes a step away from sexism.
Two NASA astronauts start their first spacewalk today.
There may be new movies with the quality of Jem and the Holograms. Yay.
Scientists getting closer to learning the truth behind the possible Alien mega-structure.
Intense musical drama is tough enough to make the kids from “Glee” cry ... more than they normally do
School of Hard Knocks
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
After weeks of teasing and enticing fans, Arcade Fire have now unleashed their first single from their upcoming double LP, Reflektor (out Oct. 29). The title track is given an extended treat as it has gotten not one, but two videos. One is an interactive video where the viewer can take part in the visual experience, while the other is a traditional video (no interaction there) that contains a lot of reflective surfaces. But I'm sure you knew that.
Did you know that Elvis Costello and The Roots were collaborating? I didn't! Now that I do, this is definitely something worth looking into, and if you head over to NPR, you can hear the fruits of their labor, titled Wise Up Ghost, in its entirety. Or you can wait for it to hit stores on Sept. 17.
Just in case you were feeling that lingering spirit, that beckoning call of All Hallows Eve, that grotesque curiosity of the macabre … Franz Ferdinand's got you covered. Probably NSFW.
If you live in the Brooklyn area and have a baby that you think might be the next big DJ to hit the airwaves, contact Natalie Elizabeth Weiss. She runs a baby DJ school. No joke.
Judging from Janelle Monáe's performance on David Letterman, if she ever comes to Albuquerque, there's no way in hell I'm missing that show. Monáe's latest effort, The Electric Lady, hit the music-sphere this past week, and you can catch her performance below:
It looks like some more Beatles memorabilia can now be added to your collection in the form of their widely lauded performance/
Sky Ferreira has finally given a release date for her debut full-length effort, titled Night Time, My Time, and it'll hit the streets on Oct. 29. I became obsessed with her single “Lost In My Bedroom.” It's that sort of infectious pop that just grabs hold and can be listened to over and over again. But you don't have to take my word for it. Give it a listen.
Ty Segall is relentless. If he's not releasing multiple albums in a year or starting various projects with other musicians, he's, well … starting another project called FUZZ. They're coming out with a self-titled album on Oct. 1 via In The Red, and they've released another snippet from said upcoming album. You can hear “What's In My Head” over at Consequence of Sound.
Has it really been 14 years since TLC had a Billboard Top 10 hit? Regardless of longevity, these women (who have been performing as a duo since Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in 2002) are still working and recording. According to Billboard, we should be seeing some new material from them on Oct. 15. Speculation, people. But listen to their latest chart-topper, as they feature on J. Cole's “Crooked Smile.”
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #271: Julia Stiles makes her students shower naked together.
Julia Stiles, our drama teacher, orders us to cut a sheet of plywood into a spiral and then across to make bridge supports. She sniffs me and the other kids and decrees that we must all shower together naked.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #267: I am naked.
I am back in school. I am naked and must use an old T shirt as a wrap towel. I am supposed to propose my dissertation, which I attempt to dream up on the spot.
The Daily Word in dog cop, Hoffa and Morrisey
27-year-old Abiquiú writer wins $53,000 on “Jeopardy.”
A KRQE interview with Chris Johnson, co-ower of the Weekly Alibi who also founded The Onion.
Schools around town give Breathalyzer tests to see if students are drunk.
In Vaughn, N.M., the only member of the police force is a dog.
How to casually exit a semitruck smash.
Is the Earth trying to shake us off?
British words creeping into American English.
What’s the deal with gluten?
Samuel L. Jackson curses his way through a children’s story in the name of politics.
Hand gestures can tell you what’s really going on.
Police look for Jimmy Hoffa under a driveway in Detroit.
Romney can’t keep his lines straight on health care.
Mexican navy captures top Los Zetas guy.
A letter from teenage Morrisey about how the Ramones are rubbish.
Food for Thought
Kids and Kale Chips
Scientifically proven not to make them go, “Eeeeew.”
Kale is succeeding where spinach and other green things have consistently failed: getting swallowed by children. The key is to bake the kale into crispy chips. In a series of taste tests conducted in Montana, it was determined that kids will eagerly turn their mouths green with extra helpings.
The real truth about pink slime in N.M. schools
A couple days ago, I stumbled on a story in a Daily Word that said as of July, the state’s public schools would no longer be receiving meat products containing lean finely textured beef. (That’s pink slime.)
That begs the question: Which local districts or schools have been eating the stuff?
Turns out, the state doesn’t know because the USDA didn’t say, according to Matt Kennicott, spokesperson for the Human Services Department.
A 60-pound shipment of beef could contain between 0 and 6 pounds of pink slime. That’s all the information that’s available. The substance is safe for consumption and has no associated health risks, says Kennicott. But since articles began appearing and the term became an Internet meme, the USDA is allowing school distributors to reject pink slime starting in July. Food costs won’t increase, he adds.
No questions were raised previously with the state about what was in school lunches, he says. But it’s likely the USDA will take a closer look at ingredients given the backlash. “And we’ll monitor what we receive,” Kennicott says.
Grading schools and teachers
In this week’s issue, longtime Alibi contributor and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, wrote about the great teacher debate rampaging across the country. How do we improve our schools?
Some folks—like New Mexico’s public education secretary, Hanna Skandera—want to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. This is being explored in various school districts nationwide. In some cases, teacher pay is determined by how well students do on standardized tests.
The details of how this would work in New Mexico haven’t yet been unveiled. But Ortiz y Pino predicts we’ll hear more about it during the legislative session, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
In the meantime, the state graded all our schools. It’s not looking good. There are more Fs than As:
Look up specific schools here.
Ortiz y Pino
The Great Teacher Debate
Guv to tie schools and pay to test scores
An academic mix
Autumn is nigh, and with the turning season come books and classrooms and new ideas and pocket protectors. Much music on the topic of school has to do with the rebellion against it, lust, alienation or nostalgia. Linked below is a seasonal mix—most of the rock and roll or punk persuasion (sorry, no Van Halen)—to put you in the mood for education, be your participation willing or begrudging. Listen/watch here.
Have Fork, Will Travel
The Seeded Side of New Orleans
From garbage to garden in the Lower Ninth Ward
But despite the setbacks, Our School at Blair Gorcery in the Lower Ninth Ward is using composting and farming techniques to bolster their situation in a fragile economy.