Alibi V.15 No.32 • Aug 10-16, 2006 

Thin Line

Bat Boy Eats Writers—Where the heck are the wacko conspiracy theorists behind Trust No One News? The Rio Rancho tabloid-style monthly hasn't put out an issue since its third at the beginning of June as best I can tell. Given its content, I'm thinking alien abduction.

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Newscity

More Nukes?

Is the plan to increase production of nuclear bomb materials at Los Alamos National Labs something to worry about or are some activists just being nuclear ninnies?

New Mexico nuclear watchdog groups are concerned that Los Alamos is moving one step further in becoming the nation’s permanent site for nuclear bomb pit production.

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News Bite

Wage Wars

Bill to raise the nation's minimum wage passes in the House but dies in the Senate

A measure that would have propelled the federal minimum wage up to $7.25 an hour failed in the Senate on Thursday, Aug. 3, with New Mexico's senators split strangely on the issue. Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman voted against it, while Republican Sen. Pete Domenici voted in favor of it.

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Letters

Gustavo Arellano has lost all credibility. He seems to think that being offensive and vulgar is entertaining. His tripe does nothing to improve relations between races. Anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of Mexicans or Mexican culture would do better by asking some other Mexican.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: India--If you’re Indian, you fight fire with fire and monkeys with monkeys. In an effort to keep marauding monkeys off the nation’s trains, India’s Delhi Metro has started up its own monkey squad. On June 9, a monkey boarded a subway at the underground Chawri Bazaar station and reportedly scared passengers by scowling at them for three stops. The monkey disembarked at Civil Lines station. In the wake of that most recent incident, officials at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation have hired a langurwallah--a man who trains and controls langur monkeys--to patrol the train cars in an effort to scare off freeloading primates. “It started working about a month ago, and since then we’ve not had a single incident,” Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal told the Hindustan Times. The langur handler is being paid a retainer of 6,900 rupees ($160) a month and “will be called whenever there is a monkey problem.” Langur monkeys are already employed around the grounds of parliament and some government buildings in New Delhi.

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Punch Line

Friends Don’t Let Friends Bomb Civilians

There's a tired old adage in American politics often attributed to former Democratic House Speaker Tip O Neil: “All politics are local.” It means that even for members of Congress engaged in making decisions about American foreign policy, what folks and donors at home think is often more important than what is in the national interest of America.

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Wes Naman

Talking Points

Reaching Raja

Michelle Cheney on her son's return from autism

Michelle Cheney is a busy woman.

Trained 10 years ago as a massage therapist, Cheney was thrust into the position of researcher when her son Raja was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. A seemingly normal child until about a year and a half into life, aside from inexplicably intense colic, Raja began to withdraw. He didn’t speak and was highly destructive.

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Ortiz y Pino

In the Balance

Weighing the Quality of Life tax

To hear some voices on the subject, raising the county Gross Receipts Tax 3/16 of a cent for “quality of life” projects is the moral equivalent of invasion, treason or both.

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EVENT HORIZON ()

Chúc mừng năm mới!

Vietnamese New Year Festival

Celebrate Lunar New Year, a time to celebrate family, renewal and prosperity with a traditional ceremony, music, dance performances, traditional Vietnamese dishes and much more.
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EVENT HORIZON ()

Let''s Rise Up in 2020

NM Women's March

Women Rising, the 2020 New Mexico Women's March, happens on Sunday, Jan. 19 at noon. This year's rally, highlighting immigration rights, climate justice and reproductive rights happens in the middle of Downtown, at Albuquerque Civic Plaza. Besides a protest march, powerful speakers are scheduled to bring an affirmative and empowering message to an event that also features crafts and informational booths, food trucks and live music. For more info and a printable flyer about this free, all-ages victory march, visit nmwomensmarch.org.

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