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Home Country: Epithets

on July 27, 2019 - 8:33am
Home Country
“Sanctimonious siphons, it’s hot!” said Dud, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for action with a single smooth move. Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck stop’s legendary world dilemma think tank.
“Epithet time again, Dudley?” Doc said.
“Epithets and heat time, Doc. When that heat comes along, the only thing that can really change an attitude is a properly tuned epithet. It’s man’s emotional release valve, but of course you know that, being a doctor and all.”
Dud doctored his coffee and took a sip.

Tales Of Our Times: Tipping Points Bring Problems And Block Ways To Solve Them

on July 26, 2019 - 12:17pm
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Tipping Points Bring Problems And Block Ways To Solve Them
“Tipping point” is a popular term that raises the specter of a big change coming. Dictionaries tell us a “tipping point” is “a critical moment in a complex situation in which a small influence or development produces a sudden large or irreversible change.”

Tipping points are found in the natural world, in social behaviors and in mathematics that describe such nature. Tipping points in the news are mostly, but not always, bad.

McQuiston: Can You Afford An Unexpected Sewer Line Replacement?

on July 26, 2019 - 11:26am
The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

The drains and toilets in your house start to back up. Nothing seems to be draining so you call the plumber. When the plumber arrives, he inserts a snake with a camera on the end, into your main sewer line from the basement to the city street to see what is going on.

The plumber has bad news. The camera shows that your main sewer pipe has collapsed in several places, has tree root invasions, and the entire line needs to be replaced.  The main sewer pipe is buried very deep in the front yard.

Catch Of The Week: Data Privacy And App Usage

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Los Alamos

It’s July, and it’s hot. So hot that … your friends are all prematurely aging? Surely by now you’ve seen Facebook friends posting images of themselves in 50 years, all thanks to a fun app called FaceApp.

FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to “age” uploaded photos by 50 years. So far, the app has been downloaded by around 80 million users.

Aside from the existential horror of seeing yourself in 50 years, it’s all fun and games until researchers start reading though the user and privacy agreements: by using this app, you

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 26, 2019 - 9:20am

World Futures: Monopoly – Part Two

on July 25, 2019 - 9:48am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Part One of this series dealt with an unrealistic example of a total drinking water monopoly.
While completely unworkable because the distribution of water in the world cannot really be controlled, it does illustrate the potential value of a true monopoly, and economic condition where a single entity controls an absolutely essential thing needed by human beings for survival and existence. It is based on money, another artificial or created concept of trading amongst members of a society.

Wiemann: Life Events Can Lead To Seeking Guidance Of A Financial Advisor

on July 24, 2019 - 9:59am
Edward Jones
Financial Advisor
Over the years, you’ll experience many personal and professional milestones. Each of these can be satisfying, but they may also bring challenges – especially financial ones.
That’s why you may want to seek the guidance of a financial professional. Here are some of the key life events you may encounter, along with the help a financial advisor can provide: 
New job – When you start a new job, especially if it’s your first “career-type” one, you may find that you have several questions about planning for your financial future,

Weekly Fishing Report: July 24

on July 24, 2019 - 8:50am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

After a period of hot temperatures, the weather has fallen into a typical monsoon season pattern with clouds building over the mountains during the day and forming thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evenings. Some of these storms will move down into the valleys.

Storms at lower elevations can be hit-or-miss, with heavy rain falling in some spots while not too far away it can still be hot and dry.

Be sure to pack some rain gear with you when you head outdoors on fishing and hiking trips.

Streamflows have dropped throughout

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... CEO Carolyn Moore Of Nurses With Heart

on July 23, 2019 - 9:34am
CEO Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart. Courtesy photo
Executive Director
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is happy to connect with another community partner, for an educational event.
Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart asked us to work together to host a Parkinson & Movement Disorder organizational meeting July 29. The meeting is a chance to collect some feedback and provide direction for future gatherings.
The meeting is 2-3 p.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Karen St. Clair will facilitate the inaugural event. St.

Home Country: 60 Years Of Farming

on July 22, 2019 - 8:03am
Home Country
When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc.
Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7 farmer. Ol’ Harley can make hair grow on a bald head and wheat grow on rocks.
When he’d been thumped and bumped and listened to and pumped up and partially drained, Harley asked Doc for the verdict.
“Not bad at all for someone your age, Harley,” Doc said, grinning. “But you look tired. Take some time off and go fishing or take Gladys to the beach.”
“Can’t right now, Doc,” Harley

Fr. Glenn: The Class Of Humility

on July 21, 2019 - 9:05am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

An edifying article in the news this weekend: “Anonymous Donor Gives $25 Million To Children’s Hospital In Los Angeles”. Wow … 25 million smack-olas—not chump change by anyone’s reckoning. And, in what seemingly befits Christian teaching very well, the donor seeks no acclaim, just as Jesus Himself exhorted us: “…when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

McQuiston: Are You Taking Full Advantage Of Your Premium Discounts?

on July 19, 2019 - 7:43am

The Jemez Agency

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s hard to watch any sort of television program without seeing an insurance advertisement at some point. I also have already expressed my views on the commercials that attempt to be cute, so we won’t go there.

However, while some of the commercials bring up legitimate points regarding discounts that are available, I’ve yet to see one that really explores the breadth of available discounts that are available on homeowner insurance policies. So, let’s go there instead.

For starters, almost every insurance company offers a package

World Futures: Monopoly – Part One

on July 19, 2019 - 6:35am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Monopoly refers to a condition or circumstance when a specific person or entity is the only supplier of something that people need, require or want.
It deals with controlling something in a society defined as a group of people. And it is also a board game.

To get a better feel for what a monopoly is, consider a totally unrealistic example called drinking water and evaluate it in the context of U.S. currency (dollars) and the world population of 7.7 billion people.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater July 18

on July 18, 2019 - 10:04am

An Open Book: Science And Humanity

on July 18, 2019 - 9:17am
Los Alamos
Last Saturday was ScienceFest Discovery Day, and it was certainly a discovery Saturday for me. I missed the prior Friday night concert (more about that later), but I wanted to make sure to walk around on Saturday and get a feel for what this ever-improving Los Alamos signature event was all about. I saw loads of kids doing hands-on science experiments or safely peering through telescopes at the Sun.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 17

on July 17, 2019 - 5:49am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has entered what we like to call “monsoon season” here in the Southwest.
Mornings may start out warm and clear. In the afternoon, thunderstorms develop over the mountains due to the heating of the air, which causes it to rise. Once it cools down enough, the moisture in the clouds starts to condense and fall as rain (even sometimes hail).
These storms generate a lot of energy with frequent lightning strikes.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... The Incredible Ken Hendricks

on July 16, 2019 - 7:12am


Executive Director
This week, I will highlight another community partner. This time, I have selected Home Instead. When picking any type of provider, obviously you must pick the best for you, your family and your situation. My opinions today are based on a number of years of working with Home Instead, on community committees, as a recipient of services, as a viewer from afar, and now as a senior serving agency.
Caution, personal opinions just ahead! The reason Home Instead is successful, in our community is as simple as two words, Ken Hendricks.

Home Country: Ladder To Success

on July 15, 2019 - 6:53am
Home Country
You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods.
Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience.
They hadn’t gotten through old business when Windy stood, smiled, and spoke.

Posts From The Road: Tent Rocks Near Cochiti Pueblo

on July 14, 2019 - 7:31am

Cone-shaped rock formations at Kasha-Katuwe National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. Photo by Gary Warren/

A view from the trail in the slot canyon looking directly up through the rock formations as the sun hides behind the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos

Having lived in Los Alamos for 30 years, I had heard about the tent rocks near Cochiti Pueblo but had never been to see the rock formations.

Fr. Glenn: Dogged Determination

on July 14, 2019 - 7:30am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A happy La Fête Nationale for all you French folk out there, or “Bastille Day” for we non-French speakers. Americans have camaraderie with you in having our independence day so near your own, as we benefited the early assistance of the likes of the Marquis de Lafayette in our own struggle for independence. Viva la France! … y’all. Let Le Marseillaise ring all around.

In recalling these days of independence, one cannot help but admire that dogged determination and self-sacrifice offered by those who were in the midst of those landmark historical times and events.

How The Hen House Turns: Dogs Blur The Line

on July 13, 2019 - 6:48am
Willy the dog. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
“The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior” by veterinarian Bruce Fogle (New York, Howell Book House, 1990), given all the recent studies on animal behavior, I’m amazed at the insights this author made THIRTY years ago.
In his Introduction, he claims that we “draw a clear line” between ourselves and other animals, including cats, but “…we blur the line with dogs.”
Recent studies now challenge that clear line between humans and all other animals, but that will have to wait for another Hen House

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on July 11, 2019 - 2:36pm

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing & Statistics – Part Four

on July 11, 2019 - 7:27am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In part three of this series we looked at polling and voting generally about political contests and elections. We can look at the results and ignore them, get excited, and even get angry. Consider the 2016 presidential race and election. For the most part we as individuals are insulated from them. The polls and the voting are about someone else. But what if the data gathered are about us? What if data are being used to target us, our way of thinking, our choices, and our way of life?

When my wife and I owned and operated an art and

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behavior And Contingencies

on July 10, 2019 - 6:10pm

A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

Since the causes of behavior are cast in terms of “contingencies,” the time has come to make some sense of the term “contingency.”

This term stands in generically for the range of “causes” of behavior the way other terms cannot, such as “stars” in astrology, or “selves” in psychology.

In a contingency, as an if-then relationship, if one variable happens, then the other variable happens. Each contingent relationship involves a dependency between variables.