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Alamogordo, NM

Used books in Alamogordo

Thanks, Book. I'll give them a try. Information is good.  (Jun 13, 2011 | post #3)

Alamogordo, NM

Used books in Alamogordo

There are the public & UNM-A libraries, the public library Foundation used bookstore in White Sands mall, the paperback exchange, & the non profits: Goodwill, Fr. Hay, Treasures, Community Connection. I liked GOODWILL, they had an interesting collection, if spread out. Now, after reorganizing, their collection of books is much reduced. Apparently Goodwill loads up the excess & ships it off to central in El Paso. Bad enough that Alamogordo doesn't have the population base to generate more literature here - now we're shipping local donations off to Texas yet? El Paso is the major metropolitan area nearest - they have several public-library related used booksales, non-profits, etc. I'll be taking my used book business to paperback exchange or the other non-profits. I don't see any reason to subsidize a more populous metropolitan area, & I prefer to benefit our local population in any event. FYI ...  (Jun 11, 2011 | post #1)


Males of All Species Are Becoming More Female

"Manufacturer s of these chemicals, which are used in nail polish, hairspray and perfume bottles, suggested that it was unwise to jump to conclusions based on just one study. However, researchers have also found that male mice exposed to the chemical grow up to have more feminine physical traits, and have found similar results in human boys." Well, of course we shouldn't jump to conclusions. After all, why would the manufacturers of nail polish, hair spray & perfume bottles object to chems that can only increase their market share? What's next - chem feminization paid deniers? Good heavens, say it isn't so!  (Jan 8, 2011 | post #6)

Alamogordo Daily News

Stirman's talk was meant to stir hatred

Well said. Yes, Islam predates the US by a thousand years. I don't think Islam is an existential threat to us here. But our reaction to the perceived threat of Islam is a concern, just as our reaction to the spectre of Communism led to modifying the pledge of allegiance, led to loyalty oaths for all & sundry, let to McCarthyism & ugly witchhunts in the entertainment business, government, universities, arts & letters. Factual information is much preferable to a mere statement of opinion.  (Dec 2, 2010 | post #15)

Alamogordo Daily News

Recovery center founder speaks

http://urbanlegend ackobama/ss/obamas _left_handed_flag_ salute.htm Page 10 of the current issue of The Spokesmen contains the "infamous " photo of President & Mrs. Obama, saluting the flag with their left hands. See the URL for details. This is an obvious doctored photo. Of more concern is the Spokesmen's willingness to believe the worst of a sitting president. I glance at the Spokes whenever I see a new issue - but it's always the same. Whatever underlying condition causes this rabidity is wizening your heart & soul. You stand in danger of losing both. & the very least, you might consider Why you are blinded into printing every scurrilous thing you can find.  (Nov 30, 2010 | post #42)


With "Extreme Makeover" Homes, Some Get Foreclosure Inste...

Yah, EHM reminds me too much of Evita - the play - where Evita says "write down your name & your dream on a piece of paper & if I happen to pick it ..." Instead of ABC's "magic wand" for 1 lucky family out of k's, I'd rather see government put in place a safety net. Especially on the health side - 1 catastrophic illness should not force people out of their homes & to choose between heat & food. But that's not dramatic enough, I'm sure. & so we're stuck with actors & acting all around ...  (Jun 25, 2010 | post #162)


With "Extreme Makeover" Homes, Some Get Foreclosure Inste...

Ah, The Biggest Parasite! At last, a TV/"reality " show that is high-concept & probably a ratings winner. In all honesty, I assume that ABC/Disney is simply looking for shock value, & the grateful recipients crying @ the reveal. Yes, it would often be more to the point to teach the parents how to manage $ & run a budget - but not very interesting for the camera. That's why the houses have morphed into McManses, & why the health/grief/berea vement of the recipients keeps escalating off the scale. (It would be interesting to graph just the cash value of homes, scholarships, cars, furnishings, etc. Wonder if the slope exceeds 45 degress yet?) I think they're going to hit the same problem that the producers of porn have - diminishing returns.  (Apr 24, 2010 | post #159)

El Paso Times

A different kind of bicultural

Grouch - "Bi-" means "2", of course. But the economics of who works for what pay often determines who will serve, bus, cook, etc. "Bi-lingual " doesn't specify WHICH two languages are under discussion, only that there are two of them. Hope you can enjoy your meal in peace ...  (Apr 3, 2010 | post #3)

El Paso Times

Pope celebrates Easter Vigil amid abuse scandal

Pope Benedict has apparently actually been trying to move the RC hierarchy agains sexual abuse of children. Probably not fast enough, but the Church moves in sacred time, not secular. Too bad. History's judment of the RC hierarchy will probably be that they circled the wagons when they should have denounced & cast out the predators among them. In so doing, they betrayed the founder (Who Would Jesus Rape?), & extinguished in blood & sin what was to have been "The light of the World." We're left in darkness, to find our own way. This millstone around the neck of the World will pass, & so will an unrepentent Church ...  (Apr 3, 2010 | post #4)

El Paso Times

Palin takes on 'language police'

Palin is fun to watch - she's kind of a ginned-up version of poor Dan Quayle, VP under G. H. W. Bush. Quayle also got a lot of undeserved heat for taking on TV personalities & being a low-charisma kinda guy. Palin's style is better, but I think she suffers in a direct comparison w/ Quayle. I always thought he had to be smarter than the public gaffes he got into. With Palin - it seems to me that she invites the press, & loves to play "chicken " with them. But that's a losing game, when your competitors buy ink by the barrel ...  (Mar 29, 2010 | post #4)


Documentary Presents New Bee Disappearance Theory

John, Not @ all. Kudos to you for being able to spot the differences. Clearly, quality control broke down in the case of matching the picture to the article. We can hope that your prodding will make a difference further down the line. & yes, we (humanity) need the honeybees a lot. Probably more than the bees need us - after all, flowers do grow wild still. More than can be said for most of our over-domesticated food crops & animals too, for that matter. & don't get me started on GMOs ... God help us all  (Oct 20, 2009 | post #9)


Documentary Presents New Bee Disappearance Theory

The experts likely didn't select the photo to illustrate the story. That's who you're upset at - the poor sod who had to take the bee story & find art to go with it. He/she apparently (I can't tell the difference either) couldn't distinguish between bee & hover fly - & didn't bother to show the selection to anyone who could. That's a page composition problem, not a bee expertise problem. If it's any consolation, he probably doesn't speak Strine, either.  (Oct 13, 2009 | post #6)

El Paso Times

Texas police: 2 teens killed in attempted break-in

See http://urbanlegend y/weekly/aa091900a .htm - Apparently this one's been floating around since 2000. & there's lots of problems w/ the e-mail quoted above. But see for yourself ...  (Oct 2, 2009 | post #119)

Alamogordo Daily News

Recovery center founder speaks

"Where are the liberals? - Oct. '09 - The Spokesmen "by West Bush, Publisher - (excerpt) "Where oh where did they go? "After making it clear in every issue of The Spokesmen that all are invited to submit articles concerning their likes, dislikes, politics, recipes, poems, jokes, inspirational stories, testimonies, and on and on, it seems that most folks in Alamogordo and the surrounding area are simply mute, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE POLITILICALLY (sic) LIBERAL! "WHY WON'T YOU LIBERALS SEND US YOUR ARTICLES? Is it that you are too illiterate to write your viewpoints? Or, is it that you are ashamed for your neighbors to know where you stand politically? Or, are you simply too lazy and wait for someone else to do it for you? the government, perhaps? Well, who could resist such a pretty invitation? Apparently quite a few of us. I pick up The Spokesmen whenever it looks like a new issue (it's hard to tell when it's new, they don't put the date of publication in the masthead.) Then again, I read a lot. I think of myself as politically moderate. But I'm not interested in being screened by Mr. Bush, however much he denies it would happen. No, I prefer to submit my stuff directly to the public here on Topix. Which is the point of the Internet - we don't need anyone's approval to address the public. That's one of the drawbacks to the old model of bulletin. Maybe if you printed directly on the Internet, & opened the Letters section to the Internet, you'd get more varied contributions? Just a suggestion. But good luck with your publication. & get your editor to run his spellchecker a little more often. We'll be in touch.  (Oct 1, 2009 | post #3)

US Politics

The problem with Obama's CIA probe

Lukas @ #7 - There's too many memos in re. Can you provide the date of the particular memo? Or some way of IDing the particular memo we're talking about here?  (Sep 21, 2009 | post #8)

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