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World Futures: What Do We Need?

on April 14, 2017 - 7:19am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

At the basic level, a computer is a system of switches that can be either on or off or perhaps somewhere in between.

In the off or on case, it uses binary mathematics to solve a mathematical problem. It receives input data, manipulates the switches, and outputs other data. Today the term refers to doing this process electronically even though it could be done mechanically. For an interesting side light, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Babbage#Difference_engine.

The key concept here is that the computer is an electromechanical

Izraelevitz: Passover, Glazed Donuts, And Graduate School

on April 14, 2017 - 7:10am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Passover, glazed donuts, and graduate school do not mix well. This is a fact that I encountered, for five consecutive years, when I was a graduate student working on my doctoral degree. Full appreciation of this physical law requires some background, so please bear with me for a paragraph or two.

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is the Jewish week-long holiday celebrating the Biblical Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. This year it started this past Monday evening.

McQuiston: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

on April 13, 2017 - 8:50am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Did you know roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires that occur when most people are asleep – between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.?
 
Smoke spreads quickly, and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!  Simply put, smoke alarms save lives.
 
A general rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time ends and begins. Did you remember to do this with the recent time change?

Op-ed: Vetoes Raise Concerns

on April 13, 2017 - 8:46am
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval & Rio Arriba

This week I had planned to provide my next installment of post legislative wrap up, however recent events have prompted a change in topic.

This past legislative session, amidst ever shrinking revenue forecasts and mounting needs in the state budget, legislators—House and Senate, Democrat and Republican—decided to take action by crafting a budget with no additional cuts and an accompanying revenue package that raised $350 million in new dollars for the state with such targeted, moderate revenue increases as: 

Fr. Glenn: Love And Self-Sacrifice

on April 9, 2017 - 6:49am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

As we come to Holy Week—the week which precedes Easter Sunday—there are many events upon which Christians focus: the Last Supper of Jesus with His apostles on Holy Thursday, His Passion (from the Latin “passio”, meaning “suffering”), His death from crucifixion, His entombment, and His resurrection early on Easter Sunday morning. Christians, of course, believe these events to be quite literal and quite historical, and Jesus’ resurrection is the very basis of our hope in life after physical death.

Of course, many don’t

Pastor Raul Granillo: Save Us, Our King!

on April 9, 2017 - 6:42am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
La Vista Church
Los Alamos

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” (NIV Matthew 21:8-11)

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.

McQuiston: Man’s Best Friend Or A Liability?

on April 6, 2017 - 5:10pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I am an animal lover, but dogs are my personal favorite. They are great company and it’s in their nature to seek your approval and love. Dogs are said to be “man’s best friend”, but have you ever thought about how your insurance could be affected by the type of dog you decide to own?

An insurer has the right to non-renew or even refuse to write your homeowner’s policy based on the breed of dog you own. There are specific breeds of dogs that have a negative connotation due to their aggressive reputation.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on April 6, 2017 - 5:09pm

‘Stress Busters’ For The Sandwich Generation

on April 6, 2017 - 5:08pm

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

You may be too busy to realize it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Health Resource Network, a nonprofit health education group, Stress Awareness Month is designed to promote awareness about ways to reduce stress in our lives. And if you’re a member of the so-called “Sandwich Generation,” you may well have plenty of stress to deal with — especially financial stress. And that’s why you may want to look at this month as an opportunity to explore ways of “de-stressing” yourself.

To understand the scope

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Do Your Own Research

on April 6, 2017 - 5:04pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

It has been a few months since I have written about healthy eating choices, so I thought I would revisit the topic. It’s a tricky subject. What is touted as healthy one month turns out to be bad for you the next month. Eating choices that work well and result in better health for one person don’t necessarily work well or lead to better health for someone else.

There are a few recommendations that are undisputed and so those are things I almost always stick to: drink more water and consume less sugar.

Legislative Review: A Post-Legislative Series – Part 1

on April 6, 2017 - 10:10am
By STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba

It always amazes me when I raise my head up for a breath of fresh air after a legislative session to see what varying impressions of the legislature there are in the constituency I represent.  

I had an opportunity to sit down with a man from White Rock at Pig and Fig last weekend for an informed chat about education and economic development.

Library Screens 'In The Mood For Love'

on April 5, 2017 - 4:05pm
Movie poster for 'In the Mood for Love'
 
Review by KELLY DOLEJSI
 
Fidelity and appearances take center stage in “In the Mood for Love” (2000, rated PG, subtitled), showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting room theater. The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.
 
Writer/director Kar-Wai Wong’s internationally award-winning film — including Best Actor (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and Technical Grand Prize at Cannes — delights in the styles and cultural shifts of 1962 Hong Kong, and delights in fomenting questions about loyalty,

LAVNS: Bereavement Support Services

on April 5, 2017 - 7:06am
Bereavement Support Services
By LAVNS
 
Almost all of us have experienced grief in some form. The loss of a loved one is a universally shared experience, yet we live in a culture that does not encourage an open expression of grief.
 
The common misconceptions surrounding grief include the idea that we will, over time, “move on”, “carry on” and “get over it.” The underlying message with these expressions of condolence is that grief is a process which has a beginning, middle and end and that a particular period of time will cure that condition. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Griggs: Chihuahua Part 3 - Wooly Mammoths & The Train ‘El Chepe’

on April 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut). Photo by David H. Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut)
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

On arriving in Chihuahua, I discovered with great joy that the city hosted “El Museo de Mamut” – the Museum of the Mammoth. I did not realize that mammoths had lived as far south as Mexico.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with those big wooly mammoths, the iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Age.

Fr. Glenn: To Judge Or Not To Judge ... That Is The Question

on April 2, 2017 - 6:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos
 
As I re-read my column from last week, it sounded a bit pompous. Sorry about that; judgment weakens when you procrastinate and then frantically try to meet a deadline.

Speaking of “judgment”, isn’t that one of our favorite pastimes—to make snap judgments of people … whether it be because of their clothing, their demeanor, their opinions or whatever, thus setting ourselves up as the supreme authority of what is acceptable? We disdain those of lower socio-economic status.

Pastor Granillo: Seeing Light

on April 2, 2017 - 6:05am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:39 (NIV)

Eigengrau is the color that the human brain “sees” when we are in complete darkness. Apparently, it’s a shade of gray instead of black, as I would have expected. Even though no light actually exists, the brain still tells us that we “see” some light.

In a similar manner, cognitive scientists have shown that, in the absence of light, many people actually believe that they can still see their

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Let It Be

on March 31, 2017 - 4:07pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I meditate daily. Usually twice.

I began practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) when I was 16 years old. My older sister took me to hear the message of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and I was hooked. Prior to this event I had not given a thought to inner peace, and quite frankly I was not all that enamored with the benefits of TM. But the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was guru to the Beatles and the Beach Boys and I thought that was very cool.

At the end of my coursework a former DJ from Hawaii conferred my specially chosen mantra, and I was on my own.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘Kedi’

on March 31, 2017 - 10:09am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

Editor's note: Kedi is showing at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Visit https://www.ccasantafe.org/ for showtimes.

“Kedi” is a film for anyone who loves animals, especially people with an affinity for domestic cats. We are challenged by the film to extend that same fondness and respect to the street cats of Istanbul.

Turkish-born director Ceyda Torun has taken a close look at a unique feature of urban living in her home city of Istanbul, the high prevalence of stray cats and their acceptance in the daily life of the humans around them.

Open Book: And God Said...

on March 31, 2017 - 9:56am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

 
The Humanities class at our high school includes a unit about world religions, and it’s been fun to participate as one of the invited speakers who speak about their religious tradition.

Each year, the students are very polite and inquisitive about my lecture on Judaism, and I am totally exhausted by the end of the day. I have no idea how a teacher can do this, five days a week, month after month.

I try to start my lecture with two apologies: Judaism accommodates a spectrum of observance and philosophies so I can’t help but color the presentation by my own

World Futures: PEOPLE ... Sustainable Long Term Encapsulation – Including Mental

on March 31, 2017 - 9:51am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

In the domain of science fiction (e.g., Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek…) we see space vehicles zooming around the universe with human beings on board seemingly doing well pursuing a mission, discovering new worlds, finding new life forms, and engaging in combat.

Many aspects of the voyage, however, are taken for granted since it is a fictional universe. Perhaps most important in the “for-granted” category are energy, mass, time, and the sanity of the humans.

The space vehicle is a capsule

Tales Of Our Times: When Poisons Move, Risks Evolve

on March 31, 2017 - 6:53am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

When Poisons Move, Risks Evolve

 
Toxic materials in nature are like a stack of ball bearings on a subway platform. They pose little risk until they start to move.

Follow the trail of the Earth’s store of hazardous materials and the shuffling that moves them through the air and water. The forces are geologic history, weather, time, and inexorably man. Without man’s doings, toxic substances are widely found in nature, in some places more than others.

Wiemann: Teach Your Children Well … About Finances And Investing

on March 31, 2017 - 6:51am

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Save for a goal. In our highly commercialized culture, it’s almost inevitable that your children will eventually become somewhat acquisitive. Obviously, it’s important to teach them that they can’t have everything – and they certainly can’t have everything right now. So, once they are old enough to receive an allowance or to earn money in some fashion, encourage them to set a goal for something they want, such as a toy or video game, and to put money aside every week for that goal.

McQuiston: Burglary Prevention ... Should You Leave The Lights On?

on March 31, 2017 - 6:25am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
How to Use Outdoor Lighting Effectively for Home Security
 
It seems like a no-brainer to leave the lights on outside your home to deter burglars while you’re away (or even while you’re asleep). But, does that really work? Or, is it just a waste of electricity?
 
Those answers can differ depending on a number of factors. However, one thing is clear: With more than 1.5 million residential burglaries in the U.S. in 2015, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report, it takes more than flipping a switch to prevent property crime.
 
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McQuiston: Car Insurance Rates Are Going Up. Why?

on March 27, 2017 - 7:50pm
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I get a few calls a week from our clients wondering why their car insurance rates are increasing even though they have not had an accident. 
 
It's a good question, but the answer can't be summed up in a statement or two. I have written before how car insurance rates are impacted not only by your specific driving habits, but by others as well. I have written about how your insurance company and the claims they pay out in your city, county, state and nationally impact your insurance rates.
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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Shack’

on March 27, 2017 - 8:41am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Shack” is the long-awaited film version of the 2007 novel of the same name, written by Canadian author William P. Young. If you have read the book, you will know to bring plenty of tissues to the film. This is a story of bad things happening to good people and of the Holy Trinity intervening to teach love and forgiveness. As a result, the IMDB website categorizes the film as “drama/fantasy.”
 
The Shack in question is where hard evidence was found that Mackenzie Philip’s youngest daughter was indeed murdered.

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