Alibi Volume 29, Number 28
July 9, 2020
News & Opinion
What happens when you rage against the wrong machine
Americans came out en masse to yell out against police brutality towards our BIPOC community members and have been met with even more brutality instead. Tear gas is being fired on our citizens by the very force that was supposed to protect them. Our soldiers had bounties placed on their heads, and the President did nothing to stop it. Yet here we are, watching a small group gather on a Saturday morning to say that we’re living in a dictatorship because someone told them they have to wear a piece of cloth on their face.
Local charity asks who your organization stands for
Is the idea of human services not somehow inherently “political?” The existence of nonprofit work is such to fill gaps where critical needs are not being sufficiently met (or not being met at all) by our governmental institutions. Those employed and emboldened to help others are filling the holes in the system, and thus, believe in leaning into the raw reality of those who are disenfranchised, traumatized or abandoned.
Generational gaps show disparity between party, young voters
If Democrats continue to stay in the middle with the counterparty moving right, all compromises will just continue sitting in Republican territory. Democrats will eventually be pulled in the same direction in order to continue their compromise, and before we know it, the DNC will look like the Republican party of the ’80s. How do we make a change?
Wide open spaces, body cameras and mental health accolades were on the docket
State and county move toward cop cameras; July proclaimed Open Space Month; Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Department wins national accolades.
Grants Mayor Martin Hicks led the city's 4th of July parade last weekend, despite Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order to forego celebrations; New Mexico State Police are issuing citations to individuals and businesses for failing to comply with the most recent public health order; the suicide rate in New Mexico reached record levels in 2018—the highest in the nation at the time.
Mayor, City Council reserve cash for One Albuquerque Fund initiative
At a special session City Council meeting, the council passed an amendment to a bill that will provide $1 million in city funding for the Albuquerque Black community.
Funny because COVID parties happen to someone else.
Film & TV
NBC streaming shows its feathers
On July 15 broadcast network NBC’s first foray into the world of streaming begins with Peacock. Yes, like CBS All Access, you’ll soon have the privilege of paying for all those sitcoms you used to watch for free on a broadcast network. NBC proper won’t be going away (for now), but this is definitely a glimpse into the future of Hollywood.
Shows come and go on the popular streaming services.
Arts & Lit
Justine Andrews on a slower way to see art
What exactly are we trying to get out of this art thing, anyway? UNM art history professor and meditation practitioner Justine Andrews suggests that there is a mindful way to experience a work of art.
NM-born writer Gina Rae La Cerva writes about our obsession with—and destruction of—wild foods
It is slightly ironic, given the state of our wildlands, that we are seeing a recent cultural fascination with foraging and wild foods. One of the things Gina Rae La Cerva touches on often in her new book, Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food, is why the trend has entrenched itself in the cultural subconscious now, when true wilderness is all but nonexistent.
La Placita Dining Rooms offers comfort and nostalgia
Dining in the time of corona means social distancing, which is something La Placita Dining Rooms pulls off with ease. The amount of space they have means that you could have 50 people dining in the same building and you might not ever see them.
Fighting scurvy one drink at a time
During the Age of Sail, scurvy took the lives of many a sailor. Fortunately, British cocktail ingenuity among officers in the Royal Navy was brought to bear on the problem of the scurvy sailor by adding a lime cordial to the sailor’s daily allotment of gin.
Cannabis can relieve depression symptoms in minutes
Researchers say cannabis can have a positive effect on symptoms of depression within minutes of consumption; a new study is questioning whether THC is the only psychoactive cannabinoid; nonresidents who can show proof that they belong to another state’s medical cannabis program are now allowed to purchase their meds from New Mexico dispensaries.
Twelve pieces of creative advice. If you only have time to read one, maybe pick based on your birthday.
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