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Albuquerque, NM

Family dog dies after rattlesnake bite

It's simple. Reptiles cannot be infected with rabies, hantavirus, bubonic plague, etc. When they eat an infected animal, that instance of the disease is gone. Want to increase the disease in your area? Kill the snakes and enjoy the disease.  (Saturday Jul 19 | post #6)

Albuquerque, NM

Ebay Social Media Backlash Gains Momentum

I love the "they raised the fees by a minuscule percentage, so no I can't afford to make my living selling crap on an auction website!" complaints. Here's a hint: IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A SOLE SOURCE OF INCOME.  (Wednesday Jul 16 | post #9)

Albuquerque, NM

Student: Expelled From College After Gay Marriage

However, if the school rules violate legal rights, then I could see where a conflict could begin.  (Monday Jul 14 | post #6)

Albuquerque, NM

Family blames City of Rio Rancho busted pipes

I would disagree. There have been plenty of reports of copper leaking in the middle of spans due to pitting/deteriorat ion causing pinhole leaks. The dirtier the water supply, the worse and/or faster the corrosion. Here in the desert, that is a real problem. PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene) is reliable, expands and contracts under pressure/temperatu re, flexible (so, less need for joints), etc. It's been used for decades overseas. Really, it's only downside is that it can't be used in direct sunlight, as UV exposure can make it brittle.  (Sunday Jul 13 | post #66)

Albuquerque, NM

Family blames City of Rio Rancho busted pipes

Because AMREP *literally* started Rio Rancho. They retain mineral rights over all of the land, and while they got out of the home building business, they still own and sell a huge portion of business/industria l land up here. I'm sorry, but this is not exactly new. Time Magazine published an article on November 10, 1975 titled "Justice at Rio Rancho," in which they covered the deceptive tactics AMREP used back then. I'm not on AMREP's "side," but it is still a responsibility of any potential home buyer to exercise their due diligence when considering *any* property.  (Saturday Jul 12 | post #64)

Albuquerque, NM

Family dog dies after rattlesnake bite

If it was indeed Crotalus scutulatus, chances are high it was transported there, as it is a good distance from their natural range. Also, I hope this doesn't lead to a witch hunt like people did with stingrays after Steve Irwin died.  (Saturday Jul 12 | post #4)

Albuquerque, NM

Doctor visit means hundreds of miles for some vets

As a matter of fact, I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, minoring in Sociology, with a heavy emphasis on post traumatic stress disorder. And the onus for treatment is still on the individual You can either choose to treat it, or withdraw and refuse to treat it. But bear in mind that the VA cannot force doctors to live in the middle of nowhere, so if you want to treat it, chances are pretty good that you'll need to be willing to go where the doctors are.  (Tuesday Jul 8 | post #18)

Albuquerque, NM

Study: NM internet speed among slowest in U.S.

I refuse to get cable for my internet. Yes, the hypothetical top-end speeds are faster than DSL, but the way the nodes are set up where I am, it's a single node for an entire neighborhood, which means you are sharing "your" bandwidth with that entire neighborhood. DSL is a single link to the service provider, over the phone line. Plus, cable companies can legally monitor everything you do, whereas DSL can't (yet, at least).  (Tuesday Jul 8 | post #2)

Albuquerque, NM

Doctor visit means hundreds of miles for some vets

Not to absolve the VA from the pathetic job it has been doing for our vets, but there is something to be said for opting to live closer to medical services if you know you are likely to need them. Look, I'm a 34 year old high school special education teacher, and I have chosen to live near (ten minutes) a hospital because I'm a two-time cancer survivor. It's taking some responsibility for myself.  (Tuesday Jul 8 | post #11)

Albuquerque, NM

Driver who killed bicyclist drives through building

Not sure where you are getting that from...  (Friday Jul 4 | post #8)

Albuquerque, NM

Driver who killed bicyclist drives through building

In court, yes. But not at arrest. When a cop pulls you over, they look up your history and ticket/warn based on your history.  (Friday Jul 4 | post #7)

Albuquerque, NM

Driver who killed bicyclist drives through building

Yes, she is. As is the cop for this most recent incident because he had to know about her past when he arrested her (since they generally have to look up priors), and his inaction very much led to this incident.  (Friday Jul 4 | post #4)

Albuquerque, NM

Driver who killed bicyclist drives through building

She got out because the cop didn't show. That cop needs to be immediately fired, and barred from working in law enforcement, for life.  (Friday Jul 4 | post #2)

Albuquerque, NM

Free Form Chat

God. The cattiness is why I more or less gave up on this place. I've better things to do than wage in pointless e-peen waggling contests on the internet.  (Jun 25, 2014 | post #35705)

Albuquerque, NM

Free Form Chat

My A65V camera body came in yesterday, and I have to say, it is great. If you have olde Minolta AF lenses (all of mine are first gen from c.1985), then this is an excellent body to have, and a great deal at ~$500 The in-body optical image stabilization is great, and it makes any lens you put on the body image stabilizing (take notes, Canon and Nikon). Overall very pleased with the purchase. Given my collection of lenses, I have a 28-85 mm f/3.5-4.5; a 35-105 mm f/3.5-4.5; a 35-70 mm f/4; a 70-210 mm f/4 (the legendary Minolta "beer can"); and a 50 mm prime f/1.7. All of which will work on the Sony body. About all I really want now are a 35 mm prime because the image sensor is an APS-C sized sensor, so it has a 1.5x crop factor, so 35 mm would give me the closest to an effective 50 mm lens, and 50 mm is approximately what the eye sees. That, and a 500 mm reflector lens for fun. You can go longer, but focusing them becomes very difficult.  (Jun 25, 2014 | post #35702)

Q & A with Silk_the_Absent1

Headline:

I ain't afraid of no ghosts.

Hometown:

Dear old mucky Drasnia

Neighborhood:

Rio Rancho

Local Favorites:

94 Rock

I Belong To:

The company store.

When I'm Not on Topix:

Working, working, and working. Or playing with my birds.

Read This Book:

Belgariad

Favorite Things:

My rescued Moluccan cockatoo, Kiah.

On My Mind:

You were always.

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