Exploring the relationship between the RIAA and the attorney general; record store workers respond
The New Mexico Attorney General's Office has a new partner in fighting crime: the Recording Industry Association of America.
A lawsuit is settled, but the use of medical cannabis remains in a legal gray area
The first case challenging the state's new medical marijuana policy closed with a settlement.
Answer Me This
What did a Denver court decide about protesters in Albuquerque? What was found under the Atrisco land grant? How many voters in one N.M. county refuse party affiliation? What's going on at Bennigan's?
Jesus for President
Christians in full rebellion
You wouldn’t peg Chris Haw and Shane Claiborne as monks. Haw carries himself like a rock climber. Claiborne sports dreadlocks and quotes St. Francis and Gandhi with a hillbilly twang.
Work the Polls
Big projected turnout means it’s all hands on deck for the general election
On Election Day, Bernalillo County usually needs 2,500 poll workers—a one-day, 14-hour job that could arguably be among the most important in the democratic process. This year, the county will need 3,000, minimum.
The Real Side
The Carrot in the Wind
Wind customers shouldn’t pay for other energy costs
Like the current state of technology for electric car batteries, altruism can take us only so far in moving our economy to new forms of energy. Economic carrots and sticks have more control over our energy future than good intentions.
The Radford Files
A common myth about Bigfoot—the huge, hairy, unknown beast reported by many but rarely if ever photographed—is that there’s only one of them. But, of course, if it’s a real animal, the creatures must have a large enough breeding population to survive through generations. There’s gotta be a boy Bigfoot and a girl Bigfoot, and after some sort of ritualized courtship (possibly involving gift-giving and/or a handful of warm poo), they do the Horizontal Bigfoot Love Dance and then we have a Bigfoot baby.
Odds & Ends
DATELINE: New Zealand—Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cameras and equipment were lost by media members after a boat sank at a ceremony designed to send off the country’s Olympic rowing team. No one died or was seriously injured in the incident, and the seven journalists and boat pilot—all wearing lifejackets—were plucked from the frigid water of Lake Karapiro. New Zealand Herald photographer Sarah Ivey told the story in her own newspaper: “There was just water gushing in over the front like something out of Titanic and all of a sudden I was up to my knees in it,” she reported. “Everyone was screaming and swearing ... but mostly everyone was shouting, Oh hell, I’ve lost my lens or Oh hell, I’ve got to get my camera out of the water.” A New Zealand spokesperson has promised an investigation into the incident, as the boat employed in transporting the media members should have been capable of holding 12 without fear of capsizing, and stated that divers would attempt to retrieve the missing equipment. Said Ivey, “It would have been the World Press Photo of the Year—all the photographers trying to keep their gear up in the air—but no one could take the picture.”
[Warning: spoiler alert] I thoroughly enjoyed 2005’s Batman Begins. But I’m bewildered by the apparent love affair with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. This new film is truly a Batman for the Bush/Cheney era. One minute our Caped Crusader is flying off to Hong Kong to perform extraordinary sedition, the next he’s dropping a man off a high rise and breaking his ankles to interrogate him.