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Yang: How Many Data Points, How Strong The Evidence, To Win You Over?

on September 22, 2014 - 12:55pm
How Many Data Points, How Strong The Evidence, To Win You Over?
Los Alamos

It’s one thing for managers, or anyone, to insist on evidence, it’s another thing how they use this evidence.

You must have noticed that evidence in the face of skepticism only goes so far? How many of us, when being pointed out that we are wrong, even in the face of strong evidence, would immediately acknowledge our mistakes in front of others? And change our minds and behavior forever after? 

I am not referring to innocent little mistakes that we easily discharge with a light, “Sorry, sorry, my

Johnson: Tackling The Islamic State

on September 22, 2014 - 11:03am
Los Alamos
(Currently in a master's program in Nova Scotia)

I think it is safe to say that most reasonable people in the world would agree that some sort of action needs to be taken to combat the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL and then ISIS) organization in Syria and Iraq.

While the organization has existed in one form or another since at least 1999, they have become a major concern for nations around the world due to their extremism, brutality, and rapid advances in Syria and Iraq.


Hannemann's Music Corner: What Is A Musician?

on September 21, 2014 - 10:41am
Hannemann's Music Corner
What Is A Musician?
Recently on one of the Facebook guitar group pages the question was asked, "when can I say I'm a musician?" Interesting question.
There are other questions and statements I have heard or read that seem to overlap - for instance:
  • The only reason to learn an instrument is to perform;
  • I don't need to know how to read music or know music 'theory' to be a musican (by the way, it seems that only guitar players say this);
  • I just need to play with 'feeling';
  • If you know three chords you can play anything; and
  • My kid is going to be a

Classical Music World: A Revolution Is Underway

on September 20, 2014 - 1:45pm
LACA Artistic Director

Today I went to and got a real education. 

The Grammy organization gives awards to recording artists in 82 categories. I scrolled down the increasingly obscure list of winners, past four categories for rap, past Best Children’s Album, Best Regional Roots Music Album, Best New Age Album, on and on through 70 different categories. 

 At the deep, dark bottom of the list were the 10 categories for classical music. 

There was a time when every concert presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association sold out the Smith Auditorium. A friend

How the Hen House Turns—The Human Factor (Part 6)

on September 20, 2014 - 7:19am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor (Part 6): The Human Factor and Cats
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

When trying to define the Human Factor, we had better be careful to distinguish who does what when we’re dealing with dogs and cats. There may be something to be learned in the difference between these two animals.

Why do we (some humans) support and defend feral cats, when no one these days encourages packs of unlicensed dogs? And what draws us to one and not the other?

I had both as a child, and they were great pals to each other.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 18, 2014 - 12:13pm
Reel Deal Theater   

By popular demand we will again bring you Reel Deal Tuesdays starting Sept. 23.  All movies, all day are only $6.50! Holidays are excluded.

This week we are opening The Drop, Magic in the Moonlight and The Maze Runner. We will hold Dolphin Tale 2 for another week. The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay will end this Thursday.

For Woody Allen fans, Magic in the Moonlight is a must see. We will only have it for a one-week run so don’t let it slip by.

The Drop, which is a limited release with stellar reviews is a limited release, but Fox

Yang: Hourly Employees’ Plight ... Further Complicated By High Tech

on September 17, 2014 - 8:08am
Hourly Employees’ Plight…Further Complicated By High Tech
Los Alamos

First, an update: A few columns back, I wrote about the Market Basket case (here) in which the CEO was forced out by the board of directors, agitated by a cranky cousin. Thereafter, the employees had gone on strike to demand the reinstatement of their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Mr. Arthur T. recently bought out the company, at $1.5 billion price tag, and was back on his old job. The buyout brought a huge sigh of relief from the employees, and now they are rebuilding the enterprise. I wish them luck. 

Now on to

Food on the Hill: Fried Halibut

on September 16, 2014 - 9:01am
This Week's Recipe: Fried Halibut
Photo by Sue York/


1 to 1½ pounds of halibut, Skin off
canola oil for frying
one egg white, beaten
½ cup beer
1/3cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/8 cup cornstarch
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
Clean your fish fillets so that most of the dark meat (gray) is trimmed off. Take out any pin bones. Rinse the fish and pat it dray with paper towels. Cut the fish into smaller pieces, about 4 “x 1 “ thick. Mix together the ingredients with a whisk.
Photo by Sue

Pain Free Athlete: Gravity and Back Pain

on September 15, 2014 - 11:11am
Pain Free Athlete
Gravity and Back Pain


Gravity: it’s a constant, unrelenting force pushing down on your body all day long. If you are not vertically aligned against this continuous pressure, not only will you fail to build your bones (Prevent Osteoporosis with Aligned Posture),but you may also suffer back pain.

As I’ve said before, if you are not in vertical alignment, the constant pull of gravity will be sent through your soft tissue instead of through your bones.

Sunday Wellness Column: Stuck in a Rut or Suffering from Chronic Pain?

on September 14, 2014 - 2:05pm
By Patricia (Trish) Wald-Hopkins MSc, DABT, LMT, RMP
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Stuck in a Rut or Suffering from Chronic Pain? Reiki Uses the Biofield Energy to Cleanse and Balance Your Body, Mind and Spirit.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is an energy therapy technique that is based upon the awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person’s health.


This Week at the Reel Deal

on September 10, 2014 - 5:19pm
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening Dolphin Tale 2, and Let’s be Cops. We will hold The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay for another week. A Most Wanted Man and Boyhood will end this Thursday.

Movie Poster for 'Dolphin Tale 2'. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Dolphin Tale 2: Warner Bros.

Fitness Column: Exercise and Psychological Disorders

on September 10, 2014 - 11:59am
Exercise and Psychological Disorders

Millions of Americans suffer, to some extent, from a psychological disorder. Most prevalent among these are depression and anxiety disorders.

For many years, therapy from psychologists and psychiatrists and medications have been used to treat these disorders. Today, exercise is increasingly being included in the treatment plans for those suffering from these problems.

Numerous studies have been done showing the benefits of exercise.

ACRR Pace Racers Take Ice Bucket Challenge

on September 10, 2014 - 7:53am
Runners Roxanna Candia, Bill Rice and Pillar Candia took the Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday evening following the Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race at Burnt Mesa. The trio took the challenge to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations for research. Courtesy photo

Food on the Hill: Apple Crisp

on September 9, 2014 - 8:24am
This Week's Recipe: Apple Crisp
Photo by Sue York/
6 firm medium apples (I like to get a mix of different ones), peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
In a large pie pan (12") slice apples and sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Photo by Sue York/
Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Photo by Sue York/
In a medium bowl mix together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking soda,

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Tadpoles and Temporary Streams

on September 9, 2014 - 7:52am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Tadpoles and Temporary Streams

An estimated 88 percent of the miles of streams in New Mexico are intermittent as shown in the hydrographic map.

Extensive permanent streams exist only in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico. The Los Alamos area is typical of this pattern. The few perennial streams are in the higher elevations toward the Valles Caldera, while many intermittent and ephemeral streams are in the lower elevations toward the Rio Grande.

National Hydrography Dataset, Courtesy/Robert Dryja

The temporary streams


Peterson: How Simply Breathing Can Become a Royal Pain in the Neck

on September 7, 2014 - 9:22am

How Simply Breathing Can Become a Royal Pain in the Neck

By Kreig Peterson
Medical Massage Therapist

Many clients suffering from neck and shoulder pain are actually creating this painful condition simply by breathing improperly, and need some convincing before they believe their chronic headaches, numb hands or debilitating neck pain can be caused by the routine act of breathing.

So what’s the connection?


How the Hen House Turns—The Human Factor (Part 5): Goose Whispering

on September 7, 2014 - 7:55am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor (Part 5): Goose Whispering
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

My strange relationship with Bobbi goose began when she grew into adolescence. I didn’t know then, that geese will establish a pecking order by mounting another goose when no gander is around. (The ducks also do that.) I thought Bobbi must be a male, and Bobbi thought I must be some kind of strange goose she needed to dominate.

Bobbi has never attacked me with a serious bite, but whenever I stay too long in the pen or herd them down the hill too early, the hackles rise along her

Solo Traveler: Held Up In Mexico

on September 5, 2014 - 9:55am
Travelers dance around their combi during the 'hold-up' for Benito Juarez’ birthday. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Held up in Mexico

In 2012, I decided to rehydrate my desiccated high school Spanish with a six-month swim in a Mexican lake. San Cristóbal de las Casas, in Chiapas, was the perfect choice as there were few English speakers living there to distract me.

I found a teacher and some other Americans whose language skills were similar to mine. We met twice a week for a couple of hours at my casita. Once in a while we would walk to the market or a nearby

'Motorcycle Diaries' Story of Young Che Guevara

on September 3, 2014 - 4:26am

Movie Poster for 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

Why do some of us only think or want, while others do and make? How do the seeds of true revolution first begin?

Walter Salles’s “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, examines a young Che Guevara’s journey across South America, where the aspiring doctor witnesses continent-wide poverty, disparity and injustice, the magnitude of which might have been enough to inspire his future.

Toward the end of 1951, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his

How the Hen House Turns—The Human Factor: Calm Persuasion (Part Three)

on September 3, 2014 - 4:07am
How the Hen House Turns
Calm Persuasion: (Part Three)
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

It’s amazing what a low, quiet tone in a human voice will do to influence an animal’s reaction. The skunk that lived under the Hen House for a while didn’t even raise a threatening tail when I crooned, “Oh, hello, sweetie.”

I had run into him when coming out the back door and when I caught him stealing eggs. Of course, backing off also gave him the clear message that I wasn’t going to trap him there in the nest box.

During early mornings on the front porch, a soft noise gives the scrub jays

Food on the Hill: Goat Cheese and Cranberry Appetizers

on September 2, 2014 - 7:21am
This Week's Recipe: Goat Cheese and Cranberry Appetizers
Puff pastry, thawed
Goat cheese
Can of whole cranberry sauce (like the sauce your mom would serve at Thanksgiving)
1 egg, beaten
Cut the puff pastry sheets into 1/3’s  and then again into squares. Take a few spoonful’s of the cranberry sauce and put it into a sieve. Rinse it under running water until most of the sauce is rinsed away.
Photo by Sue York/
Place some of the goat cheese and some of the cranberry’s in the center of each square of puff pastry.  Fold

Harkey: Outrunning Modern Tigers

on August 31, 2014 - 8:21am
Body-Connection Coach & LMT
You've probably all heard of the fight-flight-freeze response, which the body and mind employ to survive stressful or life-threatening situations. That rush of adrenaline, which made it possible for our early ancestors to flee from saber tooth tigers or fight bands of marauders still shows up in our modern lives but what we do with it is much different.

The complex combination of chemicals released by a stress response inhibits digestion and immune response and increases blood pressure, respiration and blood to the limbs.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Hundred Foot Journey'

on August 31, 2014 - 7:43am
Los Alamos

“The Hundred Foot Journey” is a sweet, visually pleasing film that will make you wish you could enjoy aromas and flavors in movies.

The story is about the Kadam family from Mumbai, India, coming to Europe to escape the political turmoil in which they lost their restaurant as well as the wife and mother of the family. The family consists of Papa, played by Om Puri (The Ghost and the Darkness; Charlie Wilson’s War), Hassan played by Manish Dayal (90210; The Good Wife), Mansur; Mahira,Mukthar and Aisha.

Movie poster for 'The Hundred Foot Journey.'

Herbal Wisdom: Boost Your Immunity For The Change Of Season

on August 30, 2014 - 8:06am
Herbal Wisdom
Boost Your Immunity For The Change Of Season

The start of the school year reminds us that cold and flu season is not too far away. There are many ways that medicinal herbs and foods and lifestyle choices can help to boost immune function. Your daily habits, including the foods you eat and your exercise and sleep routines, have a significant effect on your immune strength. Even if your lifestyle choices are exemplary, environmental toxins, chronic or extreme stress, and the wear and tear of aging can all weaken immunity.

The immune system includes the thymus

Solo Traveler: Habits

on August 29, 2014 - 12:17pm
Solo Traveler: Habits

We all have valuable habits, like brushing and flossing our teeth, or putting things back where they belong after using them.

Habits are quite valuable while traveling, too, though it’s easy to forget all habits when you’re outside of a comfortable routine. 

I experienced a couple of disorganized trips before discovering that I needed to come up with some habits, practice them so they would actually BE habits, and then use them all the time at home as well as on the road. Life got a lot easier when there was a system in place.

I used to take