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Gessing: No Need For New Permanent Fund

on September 16, 2019 - 9:17am
Rio Grande Foundation

Budget analysts in New Mexico expect the Legislature will have an incredible $907 million of so-called “new money” when they convene in January. A vast majority of that money comes from the boom in oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.

With nearly $8 billion available in 2020, the general fund budget will be up nearly 27 percent over just two years. Even fans of bigger government have to be concerned about the rapid rate of government expansion in such a short period of time.

What should be done to solve this very nice problem to have? 

DerbyCon 2019: Finish Line – ‘Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened’

on September 15, 2019 - 3:32pm
Opening ceremony at DerbyCon, the InfoSec conference Sept. 6-8 in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Becky Rutherford
DerbyCon panel on ‘DerbyCon Story Time’. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Los Alamos

I’ve been in cybersecurity for a little over a year, and I decided it was about time I went to an InfoSec conference.

Defcon/Black Hat in Vegas sounded intimidatingly huge; I wanted something less terrifying. A friend suggested DerbyCon.

Posts From The Road: Badlands National Park

on September 15, 2019 - 2:44pm
Overview: We entered the Badlands National Park at the eastern entrance, which is about 70 miles east of Rapid City, S.D. and just a short drive off of I-90. The Ben Reifel Visitors Center is near the entrance and is a good place to get park information and maps. Shown is a view near the visitors center as you begin the 39-mile loop drive through the park. Photo by Gary Warren/
Vivid Colors: In the late spring the grasses are still a lush green giving a pleasing contrast to the rugged rock pinnacles, buttes and mounds, which make up the park.

Fr. Glenn: Please … Affirm Me!

on September 15, 2019 - 10:14am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Was looking at Facebook this morning (yes, kids; old Fr. Glenn knows about Facebook), and noted that the number of “If you believe/agree with this, share!” or the guilt-attempting: “I bet I won’t get even 1 share!” posts. And, of course, who has not received myriad requests to “like” this or that, or to become “friends” with people of whose identity you have no clue—a “friend” of a friend of a friend of...” …in their attempt to “collect” as many “friends” as possible.

The trend is rather disturbing, actually—the persons posting such things seeming to be pleading: “Please

How The Hen House Turns: Communication Between Animals

on September 15, 2019 - 8:22am
Wild California turkeys ‘communicating’. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

We humans are so focused on our verbal ways of communicating, it is easy to overlook the more subtle methods used by plants and animals.

However, that topic has appeared in some excellent books (The Hidden Life Of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals: What They Feel by Peter Wohlben )

Communication between living beings, and between themselves and their environments, is not limited to sound. Smell and taste play large roles in animal and plant communication.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 15, 2019

on September 15, 2019 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

After a week of unseasonably warm weather for late August and early September the weather turned noticeably cooler today. It felt more like September.

The streamflows have held up well throughout the summer and the trout have come through  in good shape. Fall angling, with its cooler temperatures and beautiful colors, promises to be excellent.

One spot I would like to point anglers to is Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos. This little lake received a stocking Sept. 4 of 120 big rainbow trout that averaged 18.7 inches in size.

Fuselier: The Seeking Emotional System

on September 12, 2019 - 3:56pm
Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

In an earlier essay, I touched on the choice that we share with all animals: either to go forward towards resources that sustain us or to draw away from that which can cause us harm. The emotional system that controls our forward motion has been labeled the Seeking emotional system by the noted neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. While it’s needed for life, this emotional system can lead us into a lot of trouble.