New Mexico Has No Jobs

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From the Wall Street Journal “New Mexico Looks to Diversify Employer Mix

Bordered by states with rapidly expanding economies, New Mexico remains unable to improve much on an anemic recovery and officials trace it to one root cause: an overreliance on government jobs.

New Mexico posted nonfarm job growth of 0.2% from October 2012 to October 2013, compared with 2.4% in Texas, 1.9% in Colorado, and 1.7% in Arizona, according to a December report by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. New Mexico is still down about 40,000 nonfarm jobs compared with late 2007.

The article goes on to give some examples on how the state government is trying to bring in business such as tax cuts. It seems to be too little too late and I’m afraid the worse is to come for New Mexico.

Random Gunfire

From the azcentral article “Phoenix sees decrease in New Year’s Eve random gunfire“. It’s sad that such a thing is measured.

Phoenix police reported an 11 percent decrease in shots fired reports this New Year’s Eve and arrested three men on suspicion of unlawful discharge of a firearm, according to officials.

According to police, there were 264 reports of shots fired Monday evening into early Tuesday morning, a 65 percent drop from the 2002-03 New Year’s Eve, on which there were 759 reports of random gunfire.

Apparently Scorpions Can Get People High

First scorpion of 2013

A Suburra.com article titled “Getting High on Scorpions: The Afghan Drug War” notes from David Macdonald, Drugs in Afghanistan, book:

As an example, Macdonald notes that in Afghanistan even the ubiquitous scorpions can be used for intoxication. Tartars in Bamiyan province prepare scorpions by smashing them between stones and letting them dry. The main part of the tail, with the sting, is then crushed into a powder and smoked with tobacco and/or hashish (marijuana).

A friend of Macdonald’s who witnessed a man smoke scorpion in the Afghan town of Peshawar described the reaction:

The effect was instantaneous with the man’s face and eyes becoming very red, “much more than a hashish smoker” …. He also seemed very intoxicated but awake and alert, although he stumbled and fell over when he tried to rise from a sitting position …. the smoke tasted “sweeter” than that of hashish, although … it smelled foul, and the intoxicating effect lasted much longer. (1, p. 247)

As with most drugs, anecdotal reports of scorpion’s effects vary widely. It is likely that the numerous Afghan scorpion species have divergent psychoactive properties. Scorpion has been reported to keep one awake, cause severe headaches, and rival the effects of a “strong mescaline trip.” (1, p. 248) One Kabul man who had smoked between 20 and 30 times reported the effects to last three days. During these periods he had difficulty opening his eyes, his head spun, and he had constant visual hallucinations.

The Confederate Flag Is Pretty, The Mexican Flag Is For Illegals

Janie Maders owner of AJ’s Cycles in Phoenix AZ took down a Confederate Flag when the Arizona Republic asked about it, according to the azcentral article “Phoenix business owner takes down Confederate flag“. She only had it up because she thought it was “pretty”. She had other flags up too like one of Puerto Rico. She’s not Racist.

But she said she wouldn’t put up a Mexican flag. “I wouldn’t want illegals of any nationality coming to my store,” she said.

Corrales Doesn't Want Intel To Expand

Another approaching storm photo from the Intel parking lot

The Alibi summarizes the conflict between some who live in Corrales, NM and Intel in Rio Rancho, where Intel is asking for changes to it’s air permit.

It was standing room only at an Intel-facilitated meeting Monday, March 28. More than 75 people crowded into the Corrales Senior Center.

For years, residents have been saying emissions from the 4-million square-foot facility cause respiratory problems. The computer chip manufacturer’s neighbors have reported acrid-smelling air, burning eyes and noses, and what Lynne Kinis called the “Intel cough.” She and other Corrales residents are circulating a petition asking the state’s Environmental Department to deny the permit.

Intel has no immediate plans to expand, but Environmental Engineer Sarah Chavez said it’s not out of the question.

Intel's Parties Aren't Like Your Parties

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I like Intel’s new Sponsors Of Tomorrow commercial campaign, at least more than the dumb dancing people meant to demonstrate the multi-core processors. My favorite so far is the “Our parties aren’t like your parties” if not becasue it’s very close to reality.