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V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016

The Daily Word in Unions in the South, Colin Kaepernick, and North Korean missile testing

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of a lot of media attention and a lot of jeering football fans recently. When the Niners played the Green Bay Packers on August 26th, Kaepernick outraged the crowd by remaining seated during the national anthem, later saying that he did so as a protest of racial inequality and racially motivated shootings by police in the US. The response from the public has largely been along the lines of "shut up and play football like you're paid to do." Despite public backlash, booing crowds, and local police forces threatening to stop covering 49ers' games (which, like, does nobody else see the irony in that?), Kaepernick has continued his protest. And other athletes are joining him.

Today is Labor Day. Labor unions, which have begun re-inventing themselves and are focusing on raising the minimum wage, are seeing growth in membership in the South, an area that has had little union presence in the past. But those unions are struggling, in part because there's not a single reporter dedicated to covering labor in the southern states. That's a big problem -- union organizers are less scared about employer backlash when they have the press following their fight. Read Mike Elm's call to arms for the creation of more southern labor media.

Today also would have been Freddy Mercury's 70th birthday. Astronomers have named an asteroid after him for the occasion. You're truly a shooting star now, Freddy.

The Taliban bombed the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul on Monday by way of two suicide bombers. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.

On Monday, North Korea tested three medium-range missiles that traveled 620 miles and landed in the sea near Japan. This happens during the G-20 economic summit in China. North Korea is actively developing long-range weapons capable of striking the US mainland. Yes, that is terrifying.

Make friends with somebody who has cable, because Donald Glover's show Atlanta premieres on FX tomorrow. The dramedy follows Glover as Ernest, a millennial Black man who's struggling to make ends meet and to win his ex-girlfriend back -- all while tackling issues of police brutality, gun violence, sexual identity, and mass incarceration. Everything Glover touches turns to gold, and I have no doubts that this show will follow suit.

V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016

The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms

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Swimwear company Speedo is dropping their sponsorship of US Olympic swimmer and national embarrassment Ryan Lochte after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then made up some lie about getting mugged at gunpoint. The company is also donating $50,000 to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.

The US-South Korean 12-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian Games began today in South Korea. The 'games,' which are intended to enhance the "readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," have further increased the tension between North and South Korea. KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, has said that if the games show the slightest sign of aggression towards North Korea, they would turn the South into a 'heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike.'" Sounds like fun games.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made statements about immigration today that seem at odds with his previous promises to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. When asked about his new immigration policies on Fox News, he said “We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer.” This apparent flip-flopping on immigration comes as Trump brings on a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway and attempts to sway more moderate republican voters.

The Philippines and communist rebels are opening up peace talks in Norway this week. These talks come after nearly five decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Negotiators have declared that they hope to reach a peace deal within a year.

US District Judge Reed O'Connor has blocked the White House's injunction that schools allow their students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity. This injunction is filed several months after a dozen states sued the federal government over this injunction. This means that the federal government's guidelines for school restrooms won't go into effect—for now.

V.25 No.7 | 02/18/2016

The Daily Word in Local Zookeepers, Government and Education

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If you haven’t already heard, Harper Lee died last night.

The NM Legislature is finally funding the 5,500 rape kits that are on backlog to be tested.

The ‘Hairy Panic’ tumbleweed has taken over an Australian town.

North and South Korea are gunna go to war any minute now.

The Mayor gets called out by a local (former) zookeeper.

In case you need reassertion that the police don’t care about black people in Florida.

This badass kickboxer is teaching Muslim women to defend themselves.

The methane leak has been "permanently" capped.

“Men are just smarter than women. It’s just a scientific fact.”

V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015


The Daily Word in Alexander Hamilton, Star Wars and funerals at work

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Hamilton to remain on the ten dollar bill, at least for a little bit longer.

Children crying in their pictures with Santa. Merry Christmas!

In South Korea you can plan your own funeral and even lay in a coffin, right alongside the whole office.

Not into Star Wars? Here's a list of ways to avoid it.

Most awkward part of White House December holiday shindigs? The small chit chat the president and first lady endure while taking pictures with esteemed guests.

Hoverboards are the hot new item this Christmas. Literally. They are catching on fire.

A list and history of a few of the many racist monuments Americans are proud to display.

V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

From South Korea to Wisconsin, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.
V.23 No.46 | 11/13/2014
Odds and Ends
From France to Kentucky, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.
V.23 No.17 |


The Daily Word in a Yonkers cat graveyard, the "gypsy paver" and plastic selfies

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All it takes is a few racist comments to get 'em running for the hills.

A drunk Australian passenger caused a “hijack” alert. Probably shouldn't have what he's having.

President Obama and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye warn North Korea if they follow through with nuclear threats, they could face some hefty sanctions.

A pet cemetery in Yonkers.

Apparently a Connecticut high school student was stabbed for turning down a prom date proposal.

For New Mexico residents: If you wanna get your driveways re-paved, this guy probably wouldn't work out.

Police are investigating the discovery of a decomposing body on the desert mesa northwest of Rio Rancho.

Steve Casaus, the stepfather of Omaree Varela (a child who was beaten to death in December, allegedly by his mother), has been “segregated” from other inmates because of the “high-profile” case.

Governor Susana Martinez' chief of staff used government credit cards for personal purchases, but he insists that since he reimbursed the state, he wasn't trying rob tax payers.

A woman underwent plastic surgery to look better in her selfies. Let's use internet jargon for this one: SMH.

V.23 No.2 |


The Daily Word in assisted suicide, an APD shooting settlement and Third Reich space aliens are running the United States

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The third season of "Longmire" will commence shooting this spring in and around Santa Fe.

"Human Waste Disposal" APD cop Economidy cost the city about $300,000 by justifiably shooting a man three times in the back.

A New Mexico District Judge's decision paves the way for changes to the state's assisted suicide law.

Farmington has Blue Meth. It's real, but of low quality apparently.

An Iranian news agency is reporting that a new Snowden leak proves that since 1945 the US has been run by the same space aliens that comprised the Third Reich.

Here are some laughably misogynistic ads of yore.

Meet the "Swiss Cheese Pervert."

There was an argument over texting in a theater that ended in a fatal shooting.

Vice Magazine headlines are inherently fake-sounding.

Not "doing all right" in South Korea.

Ford is going to start making aluminum trucks.

-Look! A woolly pig.

Swamp pizza.

Another Juggalo lawsuit against the FBI. And DOJ.

It appears that the DEA has been backhandedly assisting the importation of muchas drogas into the US.

Kanye West punched a guy in Kim Kardashian's chiropractor's office.

V.21 No.51 | 12/20/2012


The Daily Word in a female president, Japan gun laws, APS suspensions

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South Korea elects first female president, conservative Park Geun-hye.

The sky (of The Pit) is falling!

Penn State scandal voted top sports story of the year (again).

APD officer arrested and accused of theft.

Tebow’s sad, sad story.

American pastor imprisoned in Iran while visiting family.

Rumors of school violence lead to 7 suspensions at Manzano High School.

Those darn foxes getting their heads stuck in everything.

A menagerie of adorable things that happened in 2012.

Viral videos.

How gun control works for Japan.

V.21 No.37 |


The Daily Word in Occupations, Constitutionalism and other sundry protests

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It's Occupy Wall Street's one-year anniversary.

(For some additional context, step into the Bureau of Public Secrets.)

Also, Happy Constitution Day!

Banking giants are in the crosshairs of a major money laundering investigation.

U.S. executive branch files trade complaints against China as Romney tries to go on the offensive.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel files a court injunction in an attempt to end teachers' strike.

Americans warned to avoid Lebanon today as anti-U.S. protests spread.

An Albuquerque woman is raising funds to help a vet who lost his guide dog.

Puzzling kidney disease affects farmers worldwide.

Aging nuclear bombs get costly upgrades here in town.

Rebels attack energy infrastructure in Colombia.

Obama's "Pop" drank Seagram's, neat.

South Korea is apparently the "male makeup capital of the world."

Miles Davis, pugilist.

V.21 No.25 |


The Daily Word in Nora Ephron, drought and community relations

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R.I.P., Nora Ephron. The multi-talented writer and filmmaker died Tuesday of leukemia.

More than 32,000 residents were evacuated as a wildfire grows near Colorado Springs.

U.S. West isn't the only region suffering from severe drought and heat.

Unclear affiliations of gunmen who attacked a pro-regime TV station in Damascus. Syrian leader Assad said last night that the country is "at war."

A boat full of asylum-seekers capsized.

Significant handshake in Belfast.

Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic could be on the verge of closure.

APD chief says new recruitment measures are helping address the department's high-stakes community relations problems.

Meanwhile, a new charity solicits funds for an officer battling cancer and a SWAT standoff with a man who committed suicide "is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting."

Hungry for the 4th best burger in the country?

What tomorrow's possible Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act could mean to you.

"Male chimpanzees are well known for violence … and the human encroachment on chimpanzee territory, such as in zoo environments, may exacerbate them."

Ye olde Tyne faire.

V.20 No.49 |


The Daily Word in England turning into a pygmy, Bill Richardson grand jury investigation, ridiculous bank fees and another pumping party tragedy

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Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is in hot water again.

Sandia Peak Ski Area is open.

Teen with $4.85 in his savings account ends up with more than 200.00 worth of fees in less than two weeks.

Three giant men of fifties advertising.

Police say this fake woman doctor caused a man's death after a New Jersey pumping party. The man died of an embolism one day after she injected his penis with silicone.

This may be the most insane fast food restaurant ad ever. AND it's Russian. AND it's nearly two minutes long. AND there's a unicorn.

British PM David Cameron is really pissing off the rest of Europe and some Brits.

The teacher in this commercial is feeling great! Just great!
(commercial starts at 3:12.)

Check out these super-sexy rotary telephones pictured on

Here's a 24 hours long loop of the sound the star ship Enterprise makes on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

North Korea has warned South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if it lights up a Christmas tree-shaped tower near their tense border.

"Who among us doesn't wager $10K at a time?"

This lady went to some lengths in faking her own rape. Find out why.

Meth lab in a bag.

On this day in 1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the The United States.

V.20 No.29 |


The Daily Word where the GOP Says "We’re Going to hurt some people" and Rep. David Wu Resigns

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Latest debt ceiling BS links here, here and here.

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was spotted at a pro-Qaddafi rally.

Landslide in South Korea kills 32.

Embattled Oregon Rep. and tiger enthusiast, David Wu resigns.

Fourteen-year-old Mexican hitman sentenced to three years in prison.

RIP Elliot Handler, creator of Hot Wheels.

3,700 post offices set to close.

Netfix acquires 3,000 hours of Televisa telenovelas.

Philadelphia reporter attacked during live report on animal cruelty.

Don't fall for the black money scam.

Olympic skier Jeret Peterson dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Afghanistan is getting it's own version of The Office?

New study shows that people from polar regions have larger brains and eyeballs.

Park Rangers rescue same hiker twice this month.

Frank Darabont steps down as showrunner for the Walking Dead.

John Goodman joins the cast of Community.

Two British teens visit Wal-Mart for the first time, hilarious commentary ensues.

Check out the Navy's new laser/gun death machine.

George Lucas loses copyright lawsuit against the prop designer who designed the original Stormtrooper helmets.

Happy Birthday Donnie Yen!!!

V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010


The Daily Word 11.23.10: North Korea fires, no to full-body scans, HIV-reducing pill

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North Korea launches a strike against a South Korean island, killing two. Ruh-roh.

Get ready for National Opt-Out Day during Thanksgiving travel in protest of airline full-body scans.

There’s a new pill that greatly reduces the chance of men contracting HIV.

This actor of “Ugly Betty” fame killed his mother with a samurai sword.

Staten Island is overrun with wild turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Half of Americans are projected to have diabetes (or be prediabetic) by the year 2020.

Charlie Sheen sues porn star Capri Anderson for extortion.

The FCC may soon allow texting to 911.

A Santa Fe woman wins a $1 million Powerball prize.

Thieves hold up a pizza shop and get away with ... pizza dough.

An NYU arts professor gets a camera implanted on the back of his head.

V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): Mother, Oldboy

Notable South Korean titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world


Directed by Joon-ho Bong

Cast: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mun-hee Na, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Sae-Beauk Song, Woo-hee Chun, Byoung-Soon Kim

Bong Joon-ho—who gave us the incredible, genre-scrambling giant-monster movie The Host—returns with this 100 percent gripping thriller. Kim Hye-ja plays a doting mother whose mentally challenged son is charged in a horrific murder. Convinced that her son was framed, mom will stop at nothing (and I mean nothing) to find the real killer. Like so many South Korean filmmakers, Bong juggles shocking violence, surprising black humor and utter visual beauty with the skill of a master. The tone is slippery, but the film is pure post-Hitchcock genius. In Korean with English subtitles.

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