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 V.18 No.49 | December 3 - 9, 2009 
The men’s sleeping area at the old Westside jail, used as a homeless shelter during the winter months.
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Newscity

Sleeping in the Old Jail

Is Albuquerque’s winter haven for the homeless up to code?

The western slope of the Petroglyphs falls dark early, except for an aisle of towering floodlights in front of a lone building. Men in winter coats file out of an old school bus carrying bedrolls. Then they wait. Before the men may go inside, the women who have ridden in the back of the bus must first clear through to their separate wing. Here, in the old Westside jail, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission has been sheltering people from the cold for about five winters.

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Thin Line

This week’s theme is: Stuff You Should Know. Don’t let Lady Justice keep her secrets.

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Miss Diagnosis

H1N1 and Other Diseases of Civilization

One of the greatest tragedies of my life is that the crabby robot dude in The Matrix compared human beings to viruses before I was able to publish my doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled Infectious Intelligence: The World’s First Bipedal Disease. Sadly, The Matrix totally stole my thunder, because my dissertation explained how human beings have overrun the planet in the same way that a virulent infectious organism overruns its host. I demonstrated how we’ve colonized the Earth via senseless reproduction (Don’t believe me? Go stand in line at the mall next Black Friday.), and excreted our toxins into the environment while squandering resources and jeopardizing the health of our host planet. And just as infection by a microorganism would cause you to spike a fever, human activity has resulted in global warming.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Germany—The long-standing editorial feud between two newspapers came to a head (so to speak) recently when German newspaper Die Tageszeitung unveiled a three-dimensional mural on its building facade depicting the editor-in-chief of rival right-wing paper Bild naked and sporting a 50-foot phallus. The unflattering portrait was erected (so to speak) in November by artist Peter Lenk. The plastic bas-relief features Bild boss Kai Diekmann spreading his legs and showing off a penis that stretches across five stories of Die Tageszeitung’s headquarters. The artwork also includes sensationalist, reproductive organ-based headlines from Bild’s history, such as “Federal Court of Justice: Now Everyone Can Say Pecker.” The unsubtle work of art is the latest round in the brutal editorial brawl between leftist-leaning Die Tageszeitung and Diekmann’s conservative paper. The row started some seven years ago after editors at the liberal paper ran a satirical article claiming their colleague at Bild had undergone a failed penis extension operation. Although the spoof was meant to highlight how Germany’s best-selling daily thrives by reporting on the misfortunes of others, Diekmann was understandably not amused. He sued and Die Tageszeitung was forced to expunge the piece from its archive. Since then, the two sides have expended considerable effort to outdo one another. Diekmann scored a major coup earlier this year by landing a seat on the cooperative that funds Die Tageszeitung’s endowment. “The penis row from 2002 is slowly becoming the stuff of legend,” Diekmann told Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel two week ago. Diekmann said he does not plan to take legal action over the gigantic penis portrait. “Apparently the artist got a free yearly subscription for it,” Diekmann was quoted in Der Tagesspiegel as saying. “As a member of the cooperative, I’m naturally not happy about wasting a subscription. But I’ll certainly ask about the financing at the next co-op meeting.”

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Letters

What shocked me most reading Christie Chisholm’s report on health care in rural Kenya [Re: News, “Aid From Afar,” Nov. 26-Dec. 2] is the absence of doctors in even overnight facilities that sick patients walk many miles to get to.

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J. Grisham

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 30)

Probees Anonymous

Roswell UFO Festival

Light parade, 10k, alien costume contest and intergalactic carnival to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Hotline Freedom

Freedom 4th

See the biggest firework show in the state to celebrate the 240th birthday of the USA along with a car show. Nationally known band Lonestar performs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Steaming Pool of Freedom

4th of July Fireworks Hot Spring Soak

View a fireworks show from the home of the Giggling Springs. Reservations required.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Boom Town

24th Annual 4th of July Celebration

The annual festival for family entertainment, with a lineup of New Mexico’s favorite bands, water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jul 7)

Not your Mama's Show and Tell

Toy Party: A Sex Toy Tour

Self Serve Owner Matie teaches about the world of sex toys, lubricants, sensation play and creative loving. Matie will provide a safe, comfortable space to have intimate questions answered.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 9)

Water Under the Bridge

Centennial Nights: A River Thirsting for Itself

Learn about the history of water, agriculture, environment and politics surrounding the Rio Grande.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jul 12)

Raise Your Voice

UNM Seal Forum

The first of a series of discussions with the public about the meaning and future of the seal of UNM.
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Tomorrow's Events

Roswell UFO Festival at International UFO Museum

J. Grisham

Light parade, 10k, alien costume contest and intergalactic carnival to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.

Storytime with Artie Bennett at Bookworks

Junior Zookeeper Day Camp at Wildlife West

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