From “Infographic: The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name In The U.S.“
The New Navel of the Moon. It’s so poetic, isn’t it? (And sure, maybe a bit anatomically confusing.) That’s the real meaning behind the state name New Mexico, and it’s one of many etymological gems uncovered by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust while they were creating this U.S. map depicting the original, literal meanings behind the states and cities we know today.
I went to the “River of Lights” at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens for this first time this year on opening day, Nov 30th 2013. My Mom was in town otherwise I would not have gone.
I still get confused between the Botanical Gardens/Aquarium and the Zoo. I drove to the Zoo (aka BioPark) thinking thats where the event was held and instead found the park and ride to the Botanical Gardens. I then drove to the Botanical Gardens, saw the crazy traffic getting into the park and drove back to the park and ride at the zoo. We then rode a school bus from the zoo to the event.
Body fluid clean up kit by Greg Smith, on Flickr
We arrived at the Botanical Garends near opening and there was a long line to get in but it moved fast.
Long but fast moving line to get into the River of Lights by Greg Smith, on Flickr
Even with all the displays being (I assume) LED rope lights, I have to wonder how much power the displays consume.
Extension cords to power the lighting displays. by Greg Smith, on Flickr
In the center of the park there were some carolers singing in a covered area surrounded a large open area. It was dark and leaves covering the ground everywhere. There was some sort of short metal garden barrier near the carolers that my Mom and I tripped over. I informed an “official” with the park that someone is going to trip and break their leg on it.
Carolers singing in the center of the park by Greg Smith, on Flickr
Overall there were lots of people, there were lots of we made light display, it was cold. There were expensive alcoholic beverages to be had. My mom compared it favorably to the Phoenix Zoo ZooLights although she thought Albuquerque’s attempt was smaller and more expensive.
Lights all over the River of Lights by Greg Smith, on Flickr
The worse and creepiest looking parents are in Denver. From the Denver Post “Parents accused of keeping boys in filthy apartment appear in court“
The four boys — ages 2, 4, 5, and 6 — were removed from their parents’ home in early October. They were malnourished and spoke only in grunts when police removed them from the tiny apartment, according to the Denver police arrest affidavit. The apartment was littered with feces and maggots.
Bailey lost her three older children — now 7, 9 and 11 — in 2009 after her parental rights were terminated, according to court records.
This time it took place in El Paso, which technically no longer is part of New Mexico. It is the same situation as before. Law enforcement will stop at nothing to find those drugs. From KOB “NM woman comes forward with illegal probing claims“.
It may be hard to believe that this could happen to yet another New Mexican. KOB’s 4 On Your Side team found a woman who claims she was violated by federal agents and doctors.
Laura Schaur Ives, Legal Director for the New Mexico Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is representing the woman.
Schaur Ives said the woman doesn’t wish to be identified because she considers herself to be a victim of sexual assault. Schaur Ives said the woman crossed the border at a Port of Entry from Juarez, Mexico into El Paso.
A dog alerted to the woman, and Schaur Ives said federal agents stripped searched her at the facility, asked her to undress, to spread her genitalia and to cough. Female agents also allegedly pressed their fingers into her vagina looking for drugs.
The woman claims they didn’t discover anything during the on-site strip search, so they took her to University Medical Center of El Paso.
“First, medical staff observed her making a bowl movement and no drugs were found at that point,” Schaur Ives said. “They then took an X-ray, but it did not reveal any contraband. They then did a cavity search and they probed her vagina and her anus, they described in the medical records as bi-manual–two handed. Finally, they did a cat scan. Again, they found nothing.”
Deming police are showing how important it is to find those drugs. From KOB “4 On Your Side investigates traffic stop nightmare“
While there, Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures. A review of Eckert’s medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:
1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.
“If the officers in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming are seeking warrants for anal cavity searches based on how they’re standing and the warrant allows doctors at the Gila Hospital of Horrors to go in and do enemas and colonoscopies without consent, then anyone can be seized and that’s why the public needs to know about this,” Kennedy said.
Former Mayor of Albuquerque Jim Baca on his blog Only In New Mexico posts “Somebody Do Something“.
Mayor Berry and Governor Martinez. There is a new giant economic time bomb ticking for the Duke City and it will go off in one year. Next October a federal law known as the Wright amendment will sunset. This is the law that required Southwest Airlines to land their aircraft in bordering states before continuing on to any other destination. This amendment was a deal worked out decades ago to make sure that the new Dallas-Fort Worth Airport would be able to pay off their bonds by trying to force airlines to use its facilities. The amendment said any airline that flew out of the old Dallas Love field had to land in a neighboring state. Southwest stayed at Love Field. So Albuquerque became a major stop for all Southwest flights. Ever wonder why there were so many flights from here to Las Vegas? Because all flights out of Dallas Love had to stop here first.
More on the Wright Amendment from Wikipedia.
The Wright Amendment of 1979 is a federal law governing traffic at Dallas Love Field, an airport in Dallas, Texas, USA, with some provisions also applying to other airfields in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex including Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport and Addison Airport. It originally limited most non-stop flights to destinations within Texas and neighboring states. Additional states were added to the permissible area in 1997 and 2005. In 2006, the amendment was repealed but left some restrictions intact until October 16, 2014 but with an added restriction on the number of gates allowed.
The New York Times Video “Scalded by Coffee, Then News Media” looks at how the facts were misrepresented in the 1994 “Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants” lawsuit.
In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out there was more to the story.
The McDonalds restaurant is still at 5001 Gibson Boulevard S.E, Albuquerque, NM.
In March 2008 I wrote Major Fuck-Up By Local Gasoline Distributor when Western Refining delivered diesel gas to regular gas pumps. This time the gas had water mixed in. From the Albuquerque Journal “Hotline set up for cars that got contaminated gasoline“
The Giant gas station chain has set up a new claims hotline to help customers experiencing car trouble after buying bad fuel at two Albuquerque-area stations.
The Giant stores at 6570 Paradise NW and 1050 N.M. 528 in Rio Rancho each sold contaminated gas Tuesday, according to company spokesman Gary Hanson.
Drivers who bought it may notice a rough idle or have difficulty accelerating, Hanson said. The company plans to reimburse drivers for the repairs associated with the bad gas.
Hanson said officials believe a water leak into one of the Gallup refinery’s storage tanks is to blame, but the company is still investigating.
New Mexico will get another new show according to NBCnews.com “NBC teams up with Virgin Galactic for ‘Space Race’ reality TV show“
NBC says it’s reached a deal with Virgin Galactic and reality TV producer Mark Burnett to create a television series called “Space Race,” which will follow contestants as they compete to win a flight into space aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane.
SpaceShipTwo is currently in the midst of flight tests at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port, and could take passengers on suborbital space rides as early as next year. But it’s too early to say when “Space Race” will air, or when the show’s winner would fly, said Clare Anne Darragh, a spokeswoman for Burnett’s production company, One Three Media.
More than 600 customers have made their reservations for SpaceShipTwo flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico, at a current price of $250,000 per seat.
Hard to see this recent announcement in context of Intel’s other announcements. The Jerusalem Post “Intel to hire 800 Micron workers set to lose their jobs“
Intel Corp. on Sunday announced an agreement with Idaho-based Micron to take possession of a Kiryat Gat manufacturing facility it had leased to the company, which had been set to close within two years. It plans to hire the roughly 800 employees working there on a full time basis.