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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.
 
So,
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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.

Fr. Glenn: Conscience

on March 26, 2017 - 7:17am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

We have many sayings about conscience, such as “My conscience is clear”, or “I don’t want that on my conscience.” Conscience is an interesting concept, but what is it? Merriam-Webster defines conscience as “the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.” But that definition, of course, begs the question: “What are the right and the good?”

In very broad philosophical concept, the “right and

Pastor Granillo: Serving Honorably

on March 26, 2017 - 6:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church

“Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:14-15 (NIV)

As I was driving through the National Cemetery I found myself reading many of the grave markers that were there. I read their names and the dates that they lived, and I wondered what their lives were like. As I was doing this, I noticed something that I had never noticed before. These men and women were not separated by rank.

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

on March 23, 2017 - 4:03pm
The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was

PEOPLE: Human-Machine Interface – Who or What Controls What or Whom?

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures:  What Do We Need?

The human-machine interface controls communication between the human and the machine.  Historically, it was intended to allow the human to have full control over the machine within the physical aspects of the machine’s capabilities.  As a simple example, consider the control switch on an electric range or cook-top.  

There is a knob labeled High-Medium High-Medium-Medium Low-Low-Warm-Off, or maybe the numbers 10 through 0.  

The human selects a setting that turns on (or off) a burner or heat element on

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Shack’

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm
Movie poster for 'The Shack'. Courtesy photo

 

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

Hargraves: Highlights Of Work Session 5:30 p.m. Today

on March 23, 2017 - 9:28am
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS School Board Member

Schools are important to the entire community. School Board decisions directly affect outcomes and success of our schools. For good reasons, it is difficult and time consuming to stay informed about School Board activities. These columns, planned prior to each Board Meeting and Work Session, highlight Board agenda items that might interest students, parents teachers and the community at large.

A Work Session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. today at Pinon Elementary School. Agenda item 10 is a budget presentation and discussion.

Roger This: A White House Uncomfortable With Truth

on March 23, 2017 - 7:58am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
So it’s fake news vs. alternative facts, is it?
 
Well, alternative facts are a contradiction in terms. Something is either a fact or not. Nothing is in between. There are no alternative facts.
 
We’re talking about Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States, trying to help her boss wriggle around his still-unfounded tweet that Barack Obama tapped his phone in Trump Tower. The President’s charge of fake news as a blanket statement can’t possibly apply to every case and is at the very least carelessly imprecise.

Smart Design With Suzette: Countertops – Granite vs. Quartz

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50pm

Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. Research says that for most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Two out of five homeowners choose one of these two surfaces. If you, too, have whittled it down to granite or quartz, here’s a quick way to learn all about their pros and cons.

Granite
Pro: It has longevity. Granite has had staying power. It is time-tested and has universal appeal.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Beauty And The Beast

on March 20, 2017 - 7:44am

How The Hen House Turns: The Mind Of Chickens

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50am
Cary Neeper. Courtesy photo
 
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As our girls were growing up in our ¾ acres above Walnut Canyon, we came to know many chickens.  The first hen, Peeky, hatched an only child, Peeper. He became a sensitive gentle person, a lovely gamecock whose caring behavior echoed his upbringing.
 
He also was a patient playmate for our youngest daughter. She carried him, 3-inch spurs and all, in her arms and dressed him up for the pet parade with no struggle. His quiet acceptance spoke volumes about trust between species.

Fr. Glenn: Finding The Path

on March 19, 2017 - 8:00am

By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A few Sundays ago, we read in our Sunday Mass a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) During the Lenten season we deny ourselves various things…for self-denial and penance, yes, but mostly to remind us of the temporary nature of the material. We eat, then are hungry again…we drink, but then thirst again. Yet Jesus assures us: “I am the bread of life;

Pastor Raul Granillo: Building Potential

on March 19, 2017 - 7:08am

Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

My wife and I started a basic fort in the back yard for my oldest son Kyle. It’s nothing more than a PVC frame and a camouflage roof. To look at it, you wouldn’t think much, but when Kyle saw it, his imagination exploded. He saw potential for the greatest fort ever. That vision seems to have consumed him.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

World Futures: What Do We Need? PEOPLE - Food Production And Dietary Requirements

on March 17, 2017 - 8:34am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures: What Do We Need?

The food we consume comes from two sources:  plants and animals.   If we state that animals get their food from plants, it could be argued that all food comes from plants. The food provides two things – energy and nutrients: energy to run our highly complex bio-machinery and nutrients to keep the bio-machine in good repair – maybe. But the bio-machine can abuse the system, both willingly and unwillingly.

In the article referenced under Medicine, it was noted that “…it looks as if people in the United States

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Patience

on March 16, 2017 - 9:29am
By MARYBETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
As we approach Spring Break I realize Los Alamos residents—particularly those with school-age children—are absolutely over-wrought with the anticipation of leaving the hill for a few days.
 
As we all know, travel is not what it used to be. It is an exercise in patience, patience, and patience. Did I say patience? In order to encourage you to be patient, not only with your own children, but the children (and parents) of those you will encounter on your travels, I would like to share the story of a short flight I once took, alone, with my own children.

Beware The Ides Of March: A Warning For All Republics

on March 15, 2017 - 9:52am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos GOP Chair

On this day, 2061 years ago, Roman Dictator Julius Caesar was brutally assassinated by Roman Senators in the Roman Senate.

The event was the culmination of Caesar’s victory in the Civil War with his rival Consul Pompey the Great. After the victory, Caesar contributed on to a regime change in Egypt, and returned to Rome as triumphant leader. As he concentrated his power, Caesar reportedly denied the offer to make him King of Rome. He reportedly did this three times.

Deacon O’Hara: Power Of Choice And Free Will

on March 12, 2017 - 8:26am
By Deacon Jim O’Hara
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Why did God have to put that tree in the garden?”

I think this is a great question; a question that is very appropriate to the readings heard on the First Sunday of Lent. The answer is, the tree is there because a choice had to be made. In Chapter four of his first letter, St. John tells us simply that God is love. Our Christian theology explains this statement by telling us that God is a community of three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Father gives all of Himself, in love, to the Son.

Pastor Granillo: Reasonable Disobedience

on March 12, 2017 - 7:07am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2 (NIV)

I struggle sometimes with remembering that not everything is black and white. The Christian Church has been guilty of this as well. Its message has sometimes been, “Here is the rule, there is no excuse for disobedience.”

Sometimes we treat people as if every decision in their life is simple, “Choose A, not B, and you will get C”. This, of course, is not always true. Life is complex.

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