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 V.15 No.50 | December 14 - 20, 2006 


On the Bright Side

Industries unite to combat greenhouse gases

It's as close to a miracle as we've seen lately in the Land of Enchantment. Take 40 people from wildly different backgrounds and viewpoints, set them a killer deadline and give them the impossible job of designing a lifeboat for New Mexico.

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Neverending Stories

The Path to Oaxaca

Local activist travels to Oaxaca to interview those embroiled in all sides of the movement

As the Mexican political climate continues to boil, Albuquerque's Rebeca Jasso-Aguilar will journey to Oaxaca on a fact-finding mission. She'll travel with the Oaxaca Solidarity Network from Dec. 16 through 22, interviewing the protesters whose May strike lasted months and gained international attention. She'll speak with human rights groups investigating claims of police abuse suffered by protesters.

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Thin Line

Pork-Induced Paralysis--I took a much deserved day off last Tuesday. I had contracted a scorching case of dysentery from eating cheap pork sausage--purchased at a massive corporate catch-all that has overtaken every small town in America like some terrifying economic Genghis Khan. It is, sadly, the only affordable food depot in my new hometown (Alamogordo) for the woefully underfinanced wordsmith.

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New Council President Debbie O’Malley sponsored two bills regulating the design, location and permits for big-box stores.
Evan Moore

Council Watch

Yes, Ma'am!

At the Dec. 4 meeting, councilors elected leaders for the coming year. District 2 Councilor Debbie O'Malley is the new president and District 7 Councilor Sally Mayer is the new vice-president, both elected unanimously. Councilors thanked each other for their service during the previous year and praised outgoing President Martin Heinrich, calling him considerate, compassionate and honorable, and noting that the Council had seen less acrimony during his term than in recent years.

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Ortiz y Pino

The Quest for Health Care Reform

How insurance companies control our heath care

Last week, as it has each year for the past decade, the Center for Policy Alternatives, a progressive think tank in our nation’s capitol, convened a meeting of state legislators, advocates, state analysts and savvy resource people from academia and the halls of Congress.

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Punch Line

The House Page Investigation Whitewash

Why Congress shouldn’t police itself

"I don’t remember ..."

--Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert in response to whether he was told about Congressman Mark Foley’s electronic messages to House pages

“I know na-thing!”

--Sergeant Shultz from "Hogan’s Heroes" in response to learning of several escape schemes from Hogan and the Boys

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Tennessee--An American Airlines flight from Washington Reagan National Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth was grounded early last Monday due to severe flatulence. American flight 1053 was forced to make an emergency landing in Nashville after passengers reported smelling struck matches, said Lynne Lowrance, a spokesperson for Nashville International Airport. The plane landed safely. Fearing terrorist activity, the FBI, Transportation Safety Administration and airport authority responded to the emergency. The passengers and crew were removed from the plane along with the luggage and sent through security screenings once again. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought onboard the aircraft and located some spent matches. The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a sudden attack of bodily odor. According to Lowrence, the woman lives near Dallas and has a medical condition. The flight eventually took off from Nashville, but the gassy woman was not allowed back on the plane. “American has banned her for a long time,” Lowrance said. While it is legal to bring as many as four books of paper safety matches onto an airplane, it is illegal to strike them.

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[RE: Newscity, “Building Boundaries,” Nov. 23-29] I really don’t think it is that big of a deal that the Four Hills residents want their kids to go to Manzano. It is only a matter of about nine students transferring from Highland. Some Highland proponents may see it as a race and class issue, but who cares? I think they would be better off without the rich kids there, anyway.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


Influential women share their expertise on topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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