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Neeper: What Drives A Culture Insane?

on June 22, 2017 - 8:11am
By DON NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif.
Former Los Alamos resident
 
In the Los Alamos Daily Post of June 20, V. B. Price asks whether a national culture can go insane. Price sees recent mass shootings as evidence of a developing mad culture within a fear-laden population that could tip into a disguised civil war or dictatorship. I suggest that Nazi Germany of 1939 and ISIS of 2017 provide examples of insane cultures that answer Price's question. However, I also suggest that the crucial question is not whether a culture can go insane, but rather what drives it crazy.

Price cites studies on

JOLLEY II: How To Succeed At A Job Interview Part II

on June 22, 2017 - 5:04am
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos
 
Now that you had time to think over how to answer the three questions the hiring manager is trying to find out about you through Direct questions, let’s explore SBO questions.
 
In Situation, Behavior, and Outcome questions, you will be asked questions like: Tell about a time you did not get along with a boss or co-worker.

Jolley II: How To Succeed At A Job Interview Part I

on June 21, 2017 - 7:54am
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos
 
You applied for a Job and were called to come in for an interview, what do you do now?
 
Relax, as an experienced hiring manager, I can help you get through this and leave a good impression about yourself. First, the hiring manager will tell you about their company and the job they are trying to fill. Take mental notes to answer questions geared to what they mention in this part of the interview. Second, you need to know that the hiring manager(s) is trying to answer three questions they will never ask you directly.
 
  • Can you do the job?

Highly Anticipated 2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Los Alamos Ranch School

on June 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun.
 
This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.
 
The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres
 
By V.B. PRICE
Albuquerque
vbprice.com

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to massshootingtracker.com, over 196 mass shootings have

McQuiston: When – And Why – You May Need Umbrella Insurance

on June 20, 2017 - 7:17am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Living in a busy world, our lives constantly intersect with the people around us, and some interactions can have surprising consequences.
 
It is increasingly important to make careful insurance choices to protect yourself from the unexpected. Because, even if you carry excellent coverage with high limits, situations can still arise that leave you liable for costly damages exceeding what any single policy can cover.
 
This is where an umbrella  insurance policy protects you, by sitting over other policies, such as home insurance, auto, boat, etc.,

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed

 

By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
 
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
 
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
 
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

Fr. Glenn: A Fiery Fathers’ Day

on June 18, 2017 - 7:45am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Dang … another fire. At the time of this writing, the El Cajete Fire is still going strong; hopefully it will be under control by the time you read this. As you know, one of the greatest tragedies of most wildfires is that they are so often caused simply by persons careless in watching and/or dousing campfires.

Perhaps it is because people in our modern culture have so little experience with open fires in general that keeps such things happening so frequently—the unintended consequences of neglect.

Pastor Granillo: My First Beer

on June 18, 2017 - 6:46am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
“Who did you drink your first beer with?”

I was caught off guard when someone asked me this the other day.
The truth was that there was never a time when alcohol was not a part of my childhood experience. My father was an alcoholic, as were many of his relatives and friends.  My brothers and I would make a game out of seeing who could get dad to give them the most sips of his beer.
 
I was around 12 when I convinced him to let me have my own.

McQuiston: What’s Driving My Personal Auto Insurance Rates?

on June 15, 2017 - 7:39am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I have been getting quite a few calls lately about car insurance rates on the rise. Why are rates going up, even if I am not having accidents?

To start with , you need to understand the function of insurance is to accept the risk from many people to pay for the losses of the few. Personal auto insurance protects car owners from having to personally pay for all the damages they are responsible for, resulting from an auto accident.

Consider this recent claim for one of my clients.  We began insuring him and his family about 2 years ago.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman’

on June 15, 2017 - 7:32am

By CYNTHIA Z. BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Wonder Woman”, the much anticipated DC comics movie, has arrived to cheering audiences. The film provides a backstory for Diana Prince, princess of the Amazons, later nicknamed “Wonder Woman” as she joins the DC pantheon of superheroes.

Gal Gadot, the sensually super-buff Israeli actress, debuted as Wonder Woman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie just last year, starting a noisy buzz about Gadot getting her own movie.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 15, 2017 - 7:11am

Fishing Report June 15

on June 15, 2017 - 6:57am
The Cimarron River below Eagle Nest Dam was stocked with more than 2,400 rainbow trout last week and the fishing is good. Courtesy photo
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
I’m always telling anglers to check on the streamflows below El Vado Dam and Abiquiu Dam on the Chama River.
 
The flow below El Vado Dam Monday was 198 cubic feet per second. This is a great time to fish in this location with the flows being much lower than before. Already a couple of 20 - inchers have been caught here.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Choose Thoughtfully

on June 15, 2017 - 6:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My mother prepared three meals a day. It was almost always bacon and eggs in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, and a meat and potatoes dinner complete with an iceberg lettuce salad, and homemade baking soda biscuits. She made this every night. Then the family sat around the table and ate.

Breakfast cereal was seldom seen in her house until long after I graduated from high school. The same with soda. She never had soda in the house unless it was there as a special treat or a guest brought it.

Smart Design With Suzette: Backyard Theater

on June 15, 2017 - 6:41am
Outdoor home theater. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Although around 350 still exist across the United States, the drive-in survives on a smaller scale thanks to a growing number of people who have taken the concept to the backyard.

Can it be done without spending a fortune? Not only is it possible, it is an amazing amount of fun as long as you follow some common sense rules.

Don’t be That Neighbor…
Depending on where you live, the concept of a backyard home theater may be a non-starter due to noise restrictions, safety regulations, or because you live in an apartment and it is

World Futures: The List Of 18

on June 15, 2017 - 6:32am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 19 columns, each item in the List of 18 has been presented with, hopefully, enough background to better define each item and hint at the challenges in each area. Before moving on, a summary of the list is useful for contemplating the interaction between each item in affecting the future of earth and humanity. 

In scanning the list, keep in mind Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and that the lowest or basic level includes air, water, food, clothing, shelter and reproduction.

How The Hen House Turns: What Do Heron’s Taste?

on June 14, 2017 - 7:18am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week, during our morning walk, we saw something that kept us fascinated for 20 minutes.
 
Instead of circling the campus, we had turned down toward the Windy Hill Open Space Reserve parking lot. There, near the fence bordering a huge meadow of
wild grass, we saw a heron.
 
He (or she) stood at least 4 feet tall, its long beak clamped tightly on a ball of brown fur. A quick dip of the bird’s head, and the gopher slipped down into his neck. What we were seeing was real, not a Nature program on TV.
 
The gopher ball was

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 11 And Final

on June 13, 2017 - 12:42pm

Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea with his gold medal and the Van Cliburn trophy. Courtesy photo

Americans Daniel Hsu (bronze medalist) and Kenneth Broberg (silver medalist) share their excitement with gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. Courtesy photo

Gold medalist Yekown Sunwoo hugs his host mom. Courtesy photo

 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Fort Worth, proudly known as Cow Town, has been Piano Town for three weeks. The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition came to a close there Saturday and what a close it was!

Bass Performance Hall was sold out

Fr. Glenn: Letting Go

on June 11, 2017 - 6:41am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Letting go” … a phrase that has many contexts. “Letting go” may be literal, such as “Let go of the rope” or “He was arrested, but let go”, but very often we use it in one of many analogous senses. Negatively, we sometimes hear “He let himself go”, meaning a loss of care of one’s appearance. Certainly you may be able to think of more, but one of the most common uses of the term is, of course, the release of an obsession or grudge.

That ol’ forgiveness—that wonderful and magnanimous movement of kindness and love which

Pastor Granillo: Tapout

on June 11, 2017 - 6:24am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. (NIV Galatians 6:15)

In 1997 Charles Lewis Jr. and Gary Fields founded Tapout, a mixed martial arts (MMA) focused sportswear company. By 2007, Tapout was the largest distributer of MMA merchandise in the world.

I wasn’t very surprised to learn this since, around that time, I recall seeing a lot of people wearing shirts or hats with “Tapout” written across them.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 9

on June 9, 2017 - 5:45pm
Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea and the Brentano String Quartet play as one. Courtesy photo
American Kenneth Broberg enjoys the final moment of his performance with the Brentano String Quartet. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

The “plays-well-with-others” round of the Cliburn Competition has begun.

First, Cliburn competitors are required to choose one of five piano quintets to play with the Brentano String Quartet.

Smart Design With Suzette - Outdoor Living

on June 9, 2017 - 7:44am
Outdoor kitchen. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s my favorite time of year to be outdoors – it’s not too hot, the evenings are cool and lets face it, our sunsets are the very best in the United States. Why not create a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space? It will greatly increase the appeal and value of your home while providing an oasis for friends and family to enjoy.

Purpose. How are you going to use your outdoor space? You most likely will need an entertainment area, cooking area and dining area.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Turn On The Light

on June 9, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Father’s Day is just around the corner. This year we celebrate the occasion Sunday, June 18.

There are a wide variety of gifts that make every Dad feel loved and cherished. This would include anything having to do with fire- grills, smokers, and endless selection of accoutrements; anything sharp or pointy such as knives and tools; and anything powered by electricity or batteries that would ideally shoot flames while cutting.

If all the items on the wish list have been fulfilled, then there is always the option of alcohol…which will just make every other gift

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 8, 2017 - 4:28pm

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 8

on June 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Los Alamos Concert Association Board member and friend Dorothy Amsden asked me what happens to the competitors in the Cliburn Competition who are eliminated at the end of each round. “Do they remain for the rest of the competition or do they return home, tail between the legs, poor things?” she wondered.

While there must certainly be some tremendous disappointment, these pianists are not neophytes.

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