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World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 9, 2017 - 6:49am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Use Resources

on November 9, 2017 - 6:25am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Do you know about Petfinder.com? It is like eHarmony or Tinder, only it matches a human up with a pet. The website includes fish, reptiles, barnyard animals, and rodents as well as cats and dogs. I am a dog person so when I browse the website I look at the dogs.

In my head I match up my friends and family with their next ideal dog-love. Sometimes I will send an email with an enticing photo of the lonely pup.

So far, no one has actually taken advantage of the leads I offer.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Battle Of The Sexes

on November 9, 2017 - 6:14am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Battle of the Sexes” was released at the end of September, but only recently came to our local theater, thus this late review… The film tells the story of the public battle for equal pay and recognition for female athletes, championed by tennis great Billie Jean King, and culminating in what was deemed “the Battle of the Sexes”, the September 1973 tennis match between the 29 year old women’s tennis great King and the 55-year-old former men’s champ, Bobby Riggs.

Significant steps along the way are covered in the film, but not in much detail.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Thor: Ragnarok

on November 8, 2017 - 7:29am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third Marvel Comics movie to come out in recent years featuring Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Throughout the series Thor is played by the studly Aussie actor, Chris Hemsworth, who truly is “easy on the eyes”.
 
All three Thor films depend on Marvel plotlines and Norse characters, but these lines do get blurred. So don’t expect the plot to make perfect sense; instead, you may find that the film will delight, surprise and entertain you if you don’t take it too seriously.
 
Working alongside Thor (most of the time) in this film

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 7

on November 7, 2017 - 3:41pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There have been a lot of birds of prey migrating down the Rio Grande recently. I’ve seen several large raptors like red-tailed hawks and northern harriers circling the bosque. A sharp-shinned hawk actually killed a bird in our back yard. Eagles should start to show up around Abiquiu Lake soon and thre are usually some that spend the winter along the Rio Grande. Keep an eye out for them.

Last week I took a cue from one of our readers and fished the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The fishing was excellent.

Inspirational People: Former Postdoc Honors Mentor

on November 7, 2017 - 5:31am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The profound impact one individual has on another is truly inspiring. A strong example of this was evident in a recent exchange between two men having lunch at a restaurant on Trinity Drive. One appeared to be a scientist in middle age and the other perhaps in his 90s.

When they first entered the restaurant, and made their way slowly across the crowded dining room, I noticed the older man was connected to a small oxygen tank, which when seated he parked next to his chair.

Being a typical reporter, I found myself listening in

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Fr. Glenn: ‘What Is Truth?’

on November 5, 2017 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

One thing very all too evident in our day is the impatience and incivility manifested in so much of our public (and likely, private) discussion. I often lament to hear of persons walking out on talks, lectures, sermons/homilies etc., simply because some (even perhaps all) of the speaker’s points do not coincide with the “walker’s” own ideas.

One wonders how the walker will understand accurately the speaker’s views and ideas if exiting the moment he hears something “offensive” or not in accord with his own?

Pastor Raul: The Liturgy Of Life

on November 5, 2017 - 5:45am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. Exodus 12:17
 
One of my tasks, as a parent, is to help my kids develop good habits. My wife and I realized, early on, that children will typically develop poor habits if good habits are not encouraged.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 4

on November 3, 2017 - 7:33am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous articles of this series we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the creation of tokens used for correspondence counting as well as making impressions in clay tablets. It was related to trade. A city of 50 to 80 thousand people, the inhabitants did different things and had to exchange goods – trade. 

Then we jumped forward to 1394 A.D. and saw banks and the exchange of goods and services over much greater distances.

BOUMAN: What To Do About My Old 401(K)?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:49pm

By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

Changing jobs can be a tumultuous experience. Even under the best of circumstances, making a career move requires a series of tough decisions, not the least of which is what to do with the funds in your old employer-sponsored retirement plan.

Some people choose to roll over these funds into an Individual Retirement Account, and for good reason. About 42 percent of all retirement assets in the U.S. are held in IRAs, and 85 percent of traditional IRA owners funded all or part of their IRAs with a rollover.

Generally, you have four choices when it comes

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 2, 2017 - 5:06pm

County Manager Shares Code Enforcement Data

on November 2, 2017 - 8:52am
By HARRY BURGESS
Los Alamos County Manager

The Los Alamos County Council has scheduled a discussion regarding the current nuisance code for its Nov. 7 work session. In preparation for that discussion, Council requested that County staff provide detailed information regarding its efforts during the past several months - in order that the conversation next week can be based on the best data.

During the past two Council meetings I have presented such information, and since there has been active conversation regarding the nuisance code within the community, the County Council requested that I

McQuiston: What’s Mine Is Yours ... For A Fee

on November 1, 2017 - 11:25am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The sharing economy is a term that describes the peer-to-peer economic model in which individuals can rent or borrow assets (goods and services) owned by someone else.
 
Other names include the gig economy and access economy. While the practice is not new, due to the rise of internet commerce, it has rapidly expanded in the last decade and is estimated to grow to a $335 billion business by 2025. Such rapid growth is understandable considering anyone with reliable internet access can partake.
 
Companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are leading
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Home Country: Dud All Grins

on November 1, 2017 - 11:06am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Dud came in the Mule Barn truck stop all grins. Aha! thought the other members of the world dilemma think tank, Dud’s been up the road in deer camp three days now.
 
We know what that happy look means. Or maybe not …
 
“You fellas have GOT to come out to the camp with me and see what I’ve got!” Dud said. “You won’t believe it!”
 
“Got a nice buck did you, Dud?” Doc said.
 
“You just have to see for yourself,” he said.
 
So after another round of refills, the guys went out and got in two cars and headed off to camp.

Martinez: Honored To Serve Community Through United Way Of Northern New Mexico

on October 31, 2017 - 5:17pm
By LIDDIE F. MARTINEZ
2017 Campaign Chair
Member, United Way of Northern New Mexico Board

It Starts With Me and, because of that I am honored to serve our community through the United Way of Northern New Mexico, as one of the 2017 Campaign Chairs. I serve in this capacity because I sincerely believe in our United Way of Northern New Mexico and the critical services they help make possible in our community.

In addition, I also volunteer my time as a member of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board and this year had the privilege of serving as the Site Visit Chair.

Tales Of Our Times: Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

on October 31, 2017 - 1:42pm

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

By all accounts, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a splendidly successful government program launched amid the dire straits of the 1930s. A look back shows the CCC met many needs of the kinds being argued over in today’s different times.

Think of populations that are short of schooling and the skills to do needed work. Think of family units that are fractured by the need to find productive work. Think of lacking healthcare and basic food enough to work steadily.

Fr. Glenn: I Have Sinned

on October 29, 2017 - 8:36am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

As most know, we Catholics have the sacramental rite of penance, or “confession”, of sins, asking God for the forgiveness of sins through the mediation of priests. The rite begins with the words, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…”

And so … bless me, my brothers and sisters, for I have sinned...

Well … now that I have your attention! Isn’t it strange how we are drawn to scandal and controversy so strongly?

Ledoux: The Best Of Agatha Christie In Film

on October 27, 2017 - 9:49am
By MILES LEDOUX
​Los Alamos
 
Mystery author Dame Agatha Christie published her first novel in 1920. The first film adaptation of her fiction appeared eight years later, with the silent movie, “The Passing of Mr. Quin.” The movie is based on the first short story featuring Christie’s recurring character, Harley Quin— not to be confused with the Batman villain of the same name. Since then there have been countless adaptations of her work from all over the world, in many different languages.
 
The most recent English-speaking Agatha Christie movie to hit the silver screen was one of the

Home Country: Halloween Fun

on October 27, 2017 - 9:05am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
To look at Herb Collins, you wouldn’t think he was like that. A nicer, kinder guy you never met. But for one evening each year … one little slice of time … he’s downright diabolical.
 
Every small town has one, of course. There is always that one person who takes Halloween to its extremes of horror and fantasy. We have Herb.
 
Everyone knows about his penchant for decoration.

McQuiston: Prepare Your Home For Winter

on October 26, 2017 - 6:00am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
November is approaching and along with it comes the familiar reminders that winter is quickly approaching.
 
Turn on the radio and holiday music will be playing, go to the store and see decorations and lights lining the shelves. It’s also that time of year again when you have to prepare your home for freezing temperatures. Here are a few items that you can start with to help winterize your home this season.
 
Cover patio furniture—patio furniture wears easily in climate change. If possible, I recommend storing patio furniture in a shed or garage.
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Weekly Fishing Report Oct. 24

on October 24, 2017 - 2:52pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rio Chama below Heron Dam was my destination last week. The fishing conditions were noticeably different from the last time I had been there a month ago. The streamflow was much lower and they were no longer releasing water from beneath Heron Dam. Surprisingly, there were other anglers on the water.

I hiked downstream a ways from the dam. The fishing was kind of slow, so I went a little farther downstream than usual. Still, no fish.

A pool behind a large boulder in the middle of the river looked promising and there were some

Home Country: Hunting Season

on October 24, 2017 - 1:50pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Old Jasper Blankenship bought a deer license again this year, just as he’s done every year since Eisenhower was President. He sticks nickels and dimes in a jar all year long and smiles each time he contributes. By Fall, he’s saved up enough for a deer tag.
 
Jasper lives full-time out at the diggin’s with his dog, Arthur, of course, so he has only to walk about 100 feet from the cabin to do his hunting. That’s one of the marvels of it.
 
If he sees a nice buck, he might shoot it. Hey, he enjoys venison like everyone else, of course.

Shin: If Sanctuary Schools, Then Why Citizenship?

on October 24, 2017 - 7:09am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Los Alamos Public School Board passed an immigration resolution, under which the immigration status of students would not be recorded or reported to federal immigration officials. The resolution would be the first step in creating a policy aimed at supporting our students.

I applaud efforts to welcome and not alienate, those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. When I was in grade school, there were no such efforts to protect me from the ridicule of classmates or the mockery of a teacher.

How The Hen House Turns: Some Thoughts On The Anthropocene

on October 23, 2017 - 4:52am
DeeDee and Scooter. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns
By CARY NEEPER
 
Have we arrived in the new Anthropocene Age for Mother Earth? Have we humans left an indelible mark on our planet, one that has changed the planet for all time?
 
I think of the huge rafts of plastic waste on Earth’s oceans, the threat to giraffes and so many other beings close to extinction. Then I read about New Mexico’s former Gov. Bill Richardson and his work with The Humane society to “…end all experiments on chimps … to outlaw cockfighting, and to end all horse slaughter in North America.”
 

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