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 Dec 11 - 17, 2008 

Tech

How Slow Can You Go?

New Mexico has the most sluggish Internet browsing speed in the country

By Simon McCormack

In the race for fast Internet, our state is way behind.

That’s according to a report in this month’s PC Magazine, which says New Mexico has the slowest average Internet surfing speed in the country.

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Answer Me This

By Simon McCormack

Why is the leader of a suspected cult going to trial? Who is UNM’s next football coach? The city is selling what surplus items online? And teachers are asked to do what because the Rio Rancho Public Schools system is broke?

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Thin Line

By Simon McCormack

Huffington Post Pummels Newspapers

Let me get this straight: It's becoming less and less profitable to own a newspaper, but a website that talks about newspapers is a cash cow.

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Narrative

Beyond the War Zone

By Alex E. Limkin

Although it has been three years since my return from Iraq, I am not free of the shadows of war. The memories are insinuated into my life like falling leaves in an endless November, swirling about my feet, catching at my heels, crackling underfoot like small bones. I wake up in silence, a suggestion of desperation and exhaustion hanging in the air like the breath of a hunted animal. I blink to ward off the silence, listening for the sounds of destruction to startle me into wakefulness. But there is only the leaves rustling, swirling, like the edge of a poncho disturbed by rotor wash, revealing an arm, a leg.

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Ortiz y Pino

Re-Reform

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

You may have noticed that school administrators, their teacher employees and their contract lobbyists were in Santa Fe in early November. They were demonstrating in support of the proposed “reforms” in the public school funding formula, a “reform” now calculated to come with a price tag in excess of $320 million.

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An army of Buddhas, part of the Playing Gods Limited Edition, waits to be sent off to gamers across the country. The figurines are made in Albuquerque at Firewheel Casting.
Courtesey of Ben Radford

Pop Culture

Be a God

Local board game invokes the sacred to be profaned

By Marisa Demarco

There could be hate mail. There could be death threats.

Ben Radford knew that going in. What else could he expect after joshing the world's most popular religions?

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: England—Santa and three of his elves were attacked by disgruntled customers at a holiday theme park. Lapland New Forest, located on the Dorset Hampshire border, promises a magical festive experience. According to the Daily Telegraph, however, the park has received more than 1,300 complaints for its Nativity scene crudely painted on a billboard, its broken ice skating rink and its collection of bored Huskies chained up in a muddy field. Adrian Wood, 49, a worker who resigned from the park, told the newspaper, “Santa was punched by a furious father who had been waiting in line for four hours. He had got to the front only to be told he couldn’t take a picture of his children and that they weren’t allowed to sit on Santa’s lap.” Henry Mears, from Lapland New Forest Limited, admitted his staff has been attacked. “So far about six of our staff—three elves and three security—have been assaulted and all have been verbally abused.” Ivan Hancock, from Dorset County Council’s trading standards department, said, “I’ve never known anything to spark so many complaints in my 20 years of working with three different authorities.” Despite customers attacking Santa and dubbing his theme park “Crapland,” Mr. Mears insisted, “I would like to point out that 95 percent of the people who come to Lapland New Forest are extremely happy with it.”

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Letters

On page 20 of the Dec. 4-10 issue there is an ad for a game called Playing Gods, featuring a green-faced Santa Claus firing a machine gun in our direction with glee. Please do not print these extremely offensive and low-class ads. Of course I am worried about the children who may glance at this, but also the deep-seated cynicism and hopelessness behind the image. Ultimately, it has been conceived of by someone who finds violence "cool." I know it's "cool" to not care about anything and to shove that nihilism into everyone's face, but you are not doing anyone a service with accepting these images from companies that are eager to make money off of anything that sells: violence, misogyny, racism, greed, revenge, cruelty and despair. I don't know what the game itself involves, but I do know that the majority of video games are all about kill, kill, kill. Think twice about buying into the corporate sponsorship of violence. It affects all of us.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 6)

Con-con-con-con COOOON

Sabaku Con

By Devin O'Leary
An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Nature, Man

Herbfest 2016

By Joshua Lee
Herbs, wildflowers, native plants and arts and crafts for sale, guided bird and nature walks, live music, crafts for kids, a raffle and refreshments.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

By Renee Chavez
Sample Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, arts and crafts and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Oh, wow-o!

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival

By Taylor Grabowsky
Featuring over 35 local artists, music by Alpha Blue and Mariachi Amor Eternal, and Wild Fiesta Apron Contest hosted by Cherie and Pamela Montoya.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Say 'Chubby Bunny' Five Times Fast

Rabbit Adoption Event

By Renee Chavez
The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is adopting out rabbits seeking their forever homes. Free nail trims for those who bring their pet rabbits.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

What's New Pussycat?

Feline Fiesta Cat Show

By Taylor Grabowsky
Purebred cats and kittens compete for Best of Show. On-site adoptions and shopping also part of the fun. The proceeds benefit feline rescue groups.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 14)

Bee There, Honey

Bee Walk and Native Bee House Tour

By Monica Schmitt
Learn about all the native bees and the urgent issues of habitat loss, lack of nutritional resources, and pesticide use with the resulting environmental and human impact with Dr. Olivia Carril.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 15)

Feline Fiesta Cat Show

Purebred cats and kittens compete for Best of Show. On-site adoptions and shopping also part of the fun. The proceeds benefit feline rescue groups.
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