Alibi Volume 29, Number 34
August 20, 2020
Crimemapping.com makes knowing your neighbor easier than ever
The places we call home can go through growth spurts, seeing new developments bring an increase of homeowners to the area and changing or shifting the demographic of the neighborhood completely. Do you know your neighborhood as well as you think you do?
News & Opinion
County wants citizen eyes on sheriff, better gun safety
Free money, gun safety and eyes on the sheriff met Bernalillo County Commissioners when they faced down a dense agenda upon their return Aug. 11 to the Zoom government table.
Navajo Nations’ warriors won’t surrender to COVID-19
The Navajo Nation’s fight against COVID-19 embodies all the red "flag of defiance” represents. They will not surrender to the monstrous pandemic enemy. The Navajo Nation’s success in flattening the curve has been primarily due to an aggressive testing regimen, widespread adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing, as well as one of the strictest stay-at-home curfews in the country.
The constitutionality of Albuquerque’s ban on weapons at city parks is being questioned; a Bernalillo County district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state over indoor dining the pandemic; the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository continues to operate despite an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Support for police; keep the military bling
Rhetoric swirled through a long agenda at the more-than-six-hour Aug. 17 Albuquerque City Council meeting. Support for police and its military-style equipment, controversial development and adding more diversity on city boards and commissions brought out political posturing and lip service.
Funny because the neighborhood shoe thief strikes someone else.
Film & TV
“Lovecraft Country” on HBO
With the mass of talent in front of and behind the camera, “Lovecraft Country” makes for smartly crafted, occasionally heart-pounding thrills—a monstrously entertaining genre reimagination underscored by horrors both real and imagined.
Shows come and go on the popular streaming services.
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
Arts & Lit
An Orwellian satire about the revolution that’s already here
Joni Murphy’s novel Talking Animals is a modern-day political satire that cuts almost too close to the bone, with echoes of Orwell’s Animal Farm that reverberate throughout the subways and endless numbered streets of her not-so-fictional New York City.
Laura Paskus’ At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate
For two decades Laura Paskus has been sounding the alarm about the devastating effects that our massive input of carbon into the atmosphere will have on the Land of Enchantment. Weekly Alibi sat down with Paskus to talk about the changing climate, the changing public perception of climate change and her new book that deals with both.
Big Feelings by Gigi Bella
Gigi Bella’s new collection Big Feelings is not a narrative work, but its poems flow like a drive through the streets, stopping at lights to check your phone for a text message and maybe pulling into the Golden Pride drive-thru for a number nine breakfast burrito.
The Old Fashioned
This week’s cocktail lacks creativity in naming, but makes up for it by being really tasty. Its name is more of a description like “Old Town,” indicating that’s where the town once was, not that it was once called “Town.”
Governor asks for comments on cannabis
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appears to be revving up for legalization in New Mexico; Biden's VP pick bodes poorly for federal cannabis law reform; USDA is denying coronavirus relief to hemp farmers.
Twelve pieces of creative advice. If you only have time to read one, maybe pick based on your birthday.
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