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V.20 No.35 |

News

The Daily Word in newspapers, cop-sex, and JSOC

The Daily Word

Vote for the best animated T.V. theme.

"Alcohol doesn't make you behave badly, it just stops you from caring...."

Two major Beijing newspapers suddenly have a new "publisher:" the Propaganda Bureau.

There is no safer place to invest your money than print media, according to... The Onion.

Commander of Libyan rebel forces says he was tortured by the C.I.A. who, documents prove, worked with Ghaddafi.

Ten enduring myths about the U.S. space program.

New Mexico State Police cop caught copulating on car in front of canine has been fired.

Update on the New Mexico based Lone Ranger film shoot that is on hold.

Excellent Washington Post article about the recent exponential growth of JSOC, the United States' "secret army."

Berlusconi calls Italy "Shitaly." OK, he only said "shitty," but that's his cross to bear.

Self-powered cyborg beetles.

Utah Bigfoot sighting (thank you, Nick Brown.)

On this day in 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right.

V.20 No.28 |

news

Newsland is closing

Saddest thing I've heard all week

When I heard Newsland is closing on July 24, part of me died inside. The fight for print media will lose a valuable asset.

Newsland, across from UNM, opened in 1972 in a very different world. It was a world before the Internet, Kindle, iPads or smart phones. Owner Roger Walsh says business dropped off after the popularization of online media and declined even more in the past two years as the economy suffered. Walsh bought the store 29 years ago.

Sales no longer generate enough money to keep the store afloat, Walsh says. The most popular magazines he sells are Scientific American and Albuquerque the Magazine. I go for Harper's Magazine orJuxtapoz. Or to peruse the shelves looking for an obscure poetry journal to bring to Winnings and leaf through over a cup of coffee.

Newland's closure comes on the heels of the national liquidation of Borders by the end of September due to a lack of interested buyers. It's hard not to feel a little doomed.

Walsh says the store will receive credit from the publishers for any magazines they do not sell in the next couple days. He doesn't know what his next step will be, he says, but it would be nice to work for someone else and skip the long hours and responsibility of owning a business.

My next step will be to head on over, load up my arms with magazines and search for another venue half as good as Newsland.

V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010

Bear With Me

I, Fired

A small-town reporter goes for broke

I’m a tumbleweed; you’re a micromanaging fascist.

In a case of irony invading my life, I was fired from my newspaper job for writing.

I had been working as a crime reporter for a twice-weekly paper, which means I was broke but also working as feature writer, city council writer, question-of-the-week writer, parade correspondent, photographer and Lunch Boy.

Lunch Boy (one who fetches the editor’s lunch) wasn’t offered as a class in college, so I learned on the job. Actually, I have no journalism degree, either, and learned how to be a reporter by being a reporter.

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