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V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
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Letters

Wherein the readers write ... about nepotism in New Mexico and the Tesla gigafactory and legalizing marijuana.

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The Daily Word in funny drug news and other things.

Did Flight MH370 disintigrate in midair?

A smoldering body was found in San Diego.

A Decatur woman with Alzheimer’s was living with her husband’s dead body for a month.

In Greeley, stoners can’t get haircuts at Hugo’s Barber Shop. LSD is probably okay, though.

There was an election and everyone voted for Kim Jong Un. Dennis Rodman won’t go visit him again, though.

Hipsters like obscure bands, then stop liking them when they achieve commercial success.

Mercury, the cat with no arms, amuses humans by walking upright.

Drug users are reportedly being extorted by people posing as DEA agents. Drug users who are approached by these fake agents should, um, contact the DEA immediately.

An Albuquerque man is in custody after police learned he had been holding his wife hostage in their home for the past four days. The wife escaped and called police from a neighbor’s house when the man went to get cigarettes. The man then hid from police in his mother’s house. Drugs may have been involved.

Tesla’s new battery factory might be in New Mexico. Deja vu.

Happy birthday, Chuck Norris.

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The Daily Word in the Albuquerque mayoral election, copper mining, a negative assesment of NSA data-collecting and the Devil and Antonin Scalia

It's time for Albuquerque voters to elect a mayor, select city councilors and approve (or not approve) city bonds. Here be a map to voting locations, yar.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is overwhelmed by claims from workers furloughed during the government shutdown.

A bunch of truckers are planning to congest DC beltway traffic on Friday in protest of the government shutdown.

The one nay-saying member of a panel charged with passing weaker regulations for copper mining has stepped down, which is a victory for Susana Martinez.

A redesigned U.S. $100.00 bill goes into circulation today.

A new report concludes that NSA data collection is a really, really bad idea for many, many reasons.

It is 300 years after the Age of Reason and an American Supreme Court Justice believes the Devil exists.

Ohio is considering banning "gay conversion therapy."

The Tesla electric car is big in Norway.

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded today.

There's an app for controlling cockroaches in this day of nightmare-producing technological advancements.

V.22 No.16 | 4/18/2013
Andrew Stone

Feature

Tesla Model S vs. Status Quo

Luxury green machines and the trickle-down effect

In April of 2009, Stone received a Tweet from the Tesla company solicitng orders for its latest model, the Tesla Model S, a sleek, high-end luxury zero-emissions electric car that retails around $69,000 for a basic model, to over $105,000 for a totally tricked-out version. The deposit required for this high-end hot rod was no less than $5,000 but Stone immediately clicked in his order. By the time he logged into PayPal to plunk down five Gs for the deposit, the Tweet was less than an hour old—and Stone was buyer #217.

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The Daily Word in MacAfee, Pabst, Twinkies and WTF am I going to do with all these Coyote Pelts?

Owner of the Los Lunas gun store sponsoring coyote hunt may give the resulting pelts to the homeless.

This Truchas Penitente has a purpose in life.

The Rio Grande Sun actually used the headline "Man Shot in Drug deal Gone Bad."

The Ten Commandments monument finally unveiled in OK City has spelling errors.

The Albuquerque Hostess Outlet Stores shelves were nearly empty on Saturday, a widespread phenomenon as Twinkies panic peaks.

Pabst and Twinkies.

You have virtually no digital privacy/rights.

BBC pedophile libel Twitter.

This woman died because Irish law allows NO abortion.

These Israeli soldiers look like they're on a Banana Republic catalog shoot.

D-bag bar promotion.

Tesla was kind of a Nazi.

Earth to Major MacAfee.

More on Facebook's page reach limiting.

IKEA furniture was made by East German forced Labor.

There's a Bond exhibit going up at the D.C. spy Museum.

On this day in 1938, Gordon Lightfoot was born, ensuring that he would be around to write the song Canada's grocery stores play every minute of every hour of the day forever and ever.


News

The Daily Word in murder, a medical spa, primary election predictions and Tesla

The victim of a 1996 beating by newly accused murderer Brian Pulliam speaks out.

Albuquerque's new spa-like medical resort.

Congressman Steve Pearce thinks Romney will take New Mexico in November.

Shooting at the Empire State Building in New York.

A cartoonist and a retired librarian team up to save Nikola Tesla's Long Island laboratory and turn it into a museum.

Journalism-related offenses are no longer jailable in Egypt.

Eeew. A debate over privacy and publishing naked Prince Harry photos.

Tattoo ink may be a health hazard, CDC calls for increased regulations.

All about the 2012 West Nile virus outbreak.

100 year-old package to be opened today, plus read about other time capsules.

Missing teen escapes alleged captors in East St. Louis.

Men who father children later in life may pass genetic mutations on to their offspring.

An update on Tropical Storm Isaac.

Weather: Highs reach 90 degrees over the weekend; 20 percent chance of rain today and throughout the weekend.

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The Daily Word in popular zoos, record heat and internet madness

It’s official; the last 12 months have been the hottest ever recorded in the United States.

Fans in Kansas City endlessly boo New York Yankee Robinson Cano during the Home Run Derby.

Spain’s banks are next in line for a bailout by the European Union.

Who is the mystery woman routinely appearing with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un?

The ABQ BioPark Zoo is New Mexico’s most visited attraction, beating out White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns.

A law in Indiana that could have prevented low-income women from using Medicaid for reproductive care is declared illegal.

Apple drops its “green” electronics certification from its products.

The internet could be creating forms of mental illness.

Some Muslim clerics are calling for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids.

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
The Scorpions rock you like a geriatric hurricane
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

Aural Fixation

The Final Sting

Germany’s foremost rock export performs one last high kick

For more than 40 years, Scorpions' career has spanned a vast breadth over rockin' rock’s subgenres. The band pioneered or played deftly through proto-metal, ’70s anthem rock, regrettable ’80s hair metal and the urgent whisper that is the power ballad. Now, after taking other bands to school for decades, the Scorpions makes one last pass across the world before calling it quits. The “Final Sting Tour” will be filling face holes in Albuquerque on Thursday at the Hard Rock Pavilion.

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Music

The City Kidds are alright!!

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The Tesla show sold out last-minute at the Hard Rock on Saturday night. I was sulking alone with my Stoli & Tonic at the smoke-filled Center Bar when a middle-aged, long-haired rocker dressed in camo and white sneakers tried to scalp me a ticket. He wanted $50 but I talked him down to $20, and I was in!

There were no expectations: Just another band I had never seen live that I needed to cross off my list. Little did I know I was in for an ass-kicking surprise.

In 1986, after two years together, the band changed its name from City Kidd to Tesla and took the “Headbangers Ball” viewers by storm.

Tesla was lumped in with glam metal bands despite its lack of spandex, hair spray or makeup. Like many talented bands of the era, they went down with the rock ship as it collided with a glacier known as grunge in 1991. After a brief hiatus, the band was resurrected in the early oughts, and is proudly on tour in celebration of 25 years together.

With four out of five original members, Tesla sounded tight, looked amazing and had a vibrant stage presence. Say what you will about metal, but a live metal show will always deliver if there’s a solid drummer, lightning-fast guitarists, a vocalist with a vast range, and a sound engineer that can bring out the best in the music.

Tesla’s older, harder songs were surprisingly face-melting, while the newer stuff was refreshing—reminiscent but not redundant. Though "Love Song" tempted us all to hug our drunken neighbor, the real shining star was "Paradise," an epic tear-jerker of a power ballad that brought out the lighters and filled a small chasm in my cold, bitter heart.

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