nuclear weapons

V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016


The Daily Word in ballistic nuclear missiles, weed plants at State Fairs and raining pennies on I-95

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While our neighbors to the north are welcoming pot plants at the state fair, the New Mexico Sate Fair kicked out the lone pot plant brought for competition.

Downtown Gallup is now designated as a historic district.

Police busted an incestuous mother/son couple.

Irvin Rosenfeld is going on his 34th year of smoking US Federal Government approved and provided joints.

A truck hauling 45,000 pennies on I-95 crashed and dumped its controversial coins onto the highway blocking traffic for 13 hours.

Learn how to clean your most fried chicken'd records using Elmer's Wood Glue.

Facebook changed its mind about removing a post that including the iconic photo of a naked little Vietnamese girl running and crying and covered in napalm.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the greater Native American community lost their fight to keep an oil pipeline from running thru part of their sacred lands.

North Korea detonated their largest nuclear weapon yet, then announced they would soon have the ability to launch ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.

V.24 No.33 | 8/13/2015


The Daily Word in nuclear weapons, airplane wreckage and JonBenet Ramsey

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As Japan marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Mayor calls to end nuclear weapons globally.

The Netflix Corporation is offering unlimited maternity and paternity leave for its employees.

Seat cushions and windows from Malaysia flight MH370 have begun washing ashore.

The U.S. Coast Guard just discovered a vessel with 6 tons of cocaine, making this one of the largest cocaine busts in history.

Wanna see something gross? Watch these bed bugs bite a researcher's arm.

Jon Stewart leaves the Daily Show this week after 16 years.

An investigative piece by the New Yorker about TMZ is making Harvey Levin uncomfortable.

We're overdue for a list. Here are the top ten metal songs about the apocalypse.

JonBenet Ramsey was born on this date in 1990. She would have turned 25 today.

Elliot Smith was born on this date in 1969. He would have been 46 today.

Thanks to Mark Lopez, Carl Petersen and John Hankinson for the links!

V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013


The Daily Word in exploding whales, Nexus Brewery and aging rockers

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NASA is starting a moon garden.

The Denver Post has appointed a pot editor.

Think up a really good nuclear launch code.

Remember these G.I. Joe PSA parodies?

Dad colored in his kids’ drawings.

This exploding sperm whale is pretty much what I felt like last night.

Does your house have a creepy door?

A nearby skate park bothers Rob Zombie.

Enjoy this seemingly endless menagerie of aging rock stars.

Here’s the scary version of a Miley Cyrus song.

A local man gave a very unhappy Thanksgiving to two dogs.

There were also some very unhappy Thanksgiving car crashes.

Guy Fieri visited Nexus Brewery.

Happy birthday Kim Delaney.

V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013
Copa Room showgirl Lee Merlin poses in a cotton mushroom cloud swimsuit as she is crowned “Miss Atomic Bomb 1957.” Merlin was the last and most famous of the Miss Atomic Bomb girls.
Don English/Las Vegas News Bureau

Aural Fixation

Atomic Café

Songs in the key of Uranium-235

Distract yourself from any number of nuclear disaster scenarios with our atomic playlist.
V.22 No.3 | 1/17/2013


The Daily Word in robot bands, poop snakes and forbidden spheres.

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APD shooting declared justified.

Albuquerque is snowy.

Classified spheres!

An ambulance fell victim to a woman’s diabolical “ride home” scheme.

Robbers dug a tunnel into a bank, just like in the cartoons.

A snake made of poop.

Finally. A robot band.

Love song stories.

The Mystery of the Chinese Warehouse.

Thanks for the help Emily and Millington!

V.21 No.43 |


The Daily Word in plankton, clowns, weather, six-toed-cats, and more right wing rape garbage

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A sort-of in depth article about the looming ABQ Health Partners and Lovelace split.

Watchdog group says a LANL weapons laboratory is dangerous. LANL says it's fine.

The U.S. Department of the Interior named the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad a historic landmark.

Putin said something inappropriate.

Even though he's been found guilty of massive tax evasion, rest assured that Silvio Berlusconi will remain in politics.

This senate candidate said in a debate that if you get pregnant after being raped, it's because God wants it to happen.

Video of a very large group of clowns at a convention in Mexico City.

Here's a bunch of hyperbolic and cliched statements from weathermen and others about Hurricane Sandy.

This large-scale man-made plankton bloom project reminds me of James DeMeo's cloudbusting experiments.

Hot Rod Rosie died.

The descendents of Hemingway's six-toed cats live on in great numbers and sponsored by Pfizer.

Is Beck's still Beck's if it's made in America and doesn't taste like Beck's?

James Bond the Mountie.

How Facebook works now.

Here is a website listing and rating New Mexico's ghost towns.

On this day in 1988 the L.A. Times reported that Larry Flynt allegedly hired a hit man to kill Hugh Hefner, Frank Sinatra, Bob Guccione, and publisher Walter Annenberg.

V.19 No.51 |


The Daily Word 12.23.10: Warm x-mas, Obama FTW, Ozzy on Gaga

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Hot December. White x-mas.

Is it getting hotter everywhere?

Gustavo Arellano of Ask A Mexican! travels to the birthplace of Taco Bell.

Powder in the stockings. Not snow.

HuffPo slaps WaPo around about the paper's chain of for-profit colleges.

Richardson on Richardson.

North Korea threatens to use nukes.

She refused to cheer for an athlete she said raped her. The Supreme Court will decide if it's a free speech case.

9-year-old chess prodigy.

How Obama turned it around.

Ozzy Osbourne still exists, is sick of Lady Gaga.

Restaurant reviewer's anonymity destroyed as she's kicked out of an eatery.

We used to sleep with other kinds of humans.

The best and worst movies of 2010.

V.19 No.49 | 12/9/2010
Michael Spies
Ray Acheson

Talking Points

We Got the Neutron Bomb

A chat with a WMD disarmament specialist

Michael Spies never anticipated going to work for the United Nations. "It always seemed to be something of an unobtainable aspiration for someone who doesn't have the pedigree," he says. He didn't attend a university in the Northeast, and he doesn't have any political connections. Instead, Spies got his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Mexico.

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V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010

Council Watch

War and Peace

A few dozen people spoke out at the Monday, Oct. 18 Council meeting on two main issues: feeding the hungry and nukes. The Council did not reply to the citizens concerned about efforts to feed some of Albuquerque’s homeless population. But councilors commented that the city will not speak against the weapons industry, which supplies lots of jobs.

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V.19 No.39 |


John Bear gets nuked

A road trip to the Trinity Site

I went to the Trinity Site on Saturday.

The Trinity Site is the spot in the desert southeast of Socorro where scientists first demonstrated – in the beautiful desert no less – they could compress a ball of plutonium or uranium into a critical mass, causing a nuclear explosion. The United States would later demonstrate that such a device can turn people into star dust. Twice.

The site is only open to the public twice a year. I couldn't help but notice that the desert seems to have swallowed whatever was once there. There was some trinitite, greenish glass created by a fission bomb, but mostly just sand. Of course, the radiation levels are much higher than the surrounding area, but I was assured that they weren't anything to be afraid of. Still, holding radioactive glass wreaked havoc on my OCD. I am abundantly aware of my left hand as I write this.

One thing I noticed: When I travel into the desert, I am often overwhelmed with a sense of otherworldliness. The desert is a mystical place and I love to bask in it.
But it does not exist at the Trinity Site. The government nuked the mystical mysticism. I was at least expecting the feeling I got at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, the sense that something horrible happened here. But nothing. The absence of any profound feeling is scary.

So the government killed the magic and the desert ate the tourist attraction. My boots are still covered in radioactive dust and I appear to be growing a sixth toe on my left foot. Freaky.