Category Archives: WTF?!

Chaco: A World Heritage site faces fracking | Albuquerque Journal News

The profiteers will sell anything for a buck. They only see money. They are broken people and they break everything they touch. And the rest of us let them have their way every time.

Chaco: A World Heritage site faces fracking | Albuquerque Journal News By Andy Gulliford / Writers On The Range PUBLISHED: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:05 am

We are preparing to ravage a place before we know all its archaeological secrets. Every decade, more is revealed about Chaco’s complex culture. In the 1970s, for example, low-flying reconnaissance flights gave us the first hints of a vast Chaco road system, with well-made roads about 30 feet wide and laid out in straight lines for miles. And yet the Chacoans had no draft animals or wheeled carts. In the 1980s, scientists proved that one of the world’s only lunar calendars set to the 18.6-year cycle of the moon had been etched on boulders near the top of Chaco’s Fajada Butte.

In the 1990s, Anna Sofaer and the Solstice Project verified that Chaco’s buildings had been constructed to align with solstices and equinoxes of the sun, as well as to lunar cycles. In the past decade, using electron microscopes to analyze smashed pottery sherds from drinking vessels, scientists determined that, during ceremonies, Chacoans drank chocolate from cacao beans traded on foot north from Meso-America.

Who knows what else we might learn about one of the world’s great cultures? Unfortunately, our modern addiction to oil is damaging the landscape faster than it can be studied. Sofaer is creating a new film about these ecological threats. She says, “We filmed on the ground the ravages of many newly constructed roads, pipelines and well pads transforming the landscape east and north of Chaco Canyon. Some sites were within 15 miles of the canyon, where we found archaeological artifacts. On overcast nights, the skies above this area are invaded by an eerie reddish glow from the fracking rigs.”

With oil and gas revenues falling, this is a good time for Congress to draw a protective boundary around Chaco, and agree to full mineral withdrawal of adjacent oil and gas leases on BLM and Navajo allotment lands.

Chaco: A World Heritage site faces fracking | Albuquerque Journal News

Two brilliant right-wingers

Speak Up! | Albuquerque Journal News

IF IT WASN’T for low information voters, there would not be a Democrat Party! – J.K.A. …

THE PROBLEM WITH the wacky left – i.e. environmentalists and evolutionists – is that they are obviously educated above their intelligence. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools – Bible. – J.C.

Speak Up! | Albuquerque Journal News

A key part of the Conservative Lie is self-deception: to believe Fox and Lush Limbaugh (is he still alive?), ad nauseum, that the lies they repeat endlessly are facts and no other source is to be trusted. Well, except for the Bible. Here are two stars who have swallowed the lies and washed them down with the kook-aid. God save us.

Kill the killing contests

If you take pleasure in killing any animal other than for food, you’re sick. It’s that simple.

The shame of killing contests mars humankind | Albuquerque Journal News By Kevin Bixby / Writers On The Range

We all know that humans are a violent species. The real mystery is why we allow people to engage in behavior that in any other context would be considered inappropriate, criminal or even borderline psychopathic.

Are these people bloodthirsty? I can’t say I know many personally but, judging from their presence on Facebook, many clearly take an unhealthy pleasure in watching their living targets suffer and die. The cavalier way they dispatch living creatures and the glibness with which they joke about it is disturbing, especially since we know that these same people are armed and living among us.

But sadism alone doesn’t explain their behavior. Many of these shooters have another life as well; they are also dutiful parents and responsible citizens. Many undoubtedly enjoy the challenge of “outsmarting” their quarry, even if they use enough high-tech advantages, such as electronic calling devices and sophisticated weaponry, to cancel all possibility of a “fair chase.”

But if they do not intend to eat their victims (or utilize the pelts, in most cases), why kill them? Why not settle for a camera shot?

I’ve spent enough time on their websites to think I know at least one reason. Through all the self-congratulatory photos, defiant rhetoric about hunting rights and general bashing of “libtards” runs a similar narrative: Their victims are labeled undesirable – varmints and pests – and the shooters are simply doing the world a favor by getting rid of them.

Predators, especially, are held in disdain for engaging in a variety of real and imagined behaviors deemed objectionable: consuming game animals that rightfully belong to human hunters, attacking livestock and pets, killing for fun (yes, the irony is lost on human hunters), menacing little children – you get the idea. The fact that these views are illogical and inconsistent with a modern scientific understanding of the importance of predators matters little.

Maybe this anti-predator fervor is what drives them, or maybe it’s just a convenient excuse for their gratuitous killing. But what ought we to do in response? Should “wildlife cleansing” continue to be permitted by state wildlife departments?

The shame of killing contests mars humankind | Albuquerque Journal News

17-year-old Kristiana Coignard shot and killed by three police officers after brandishing knife

17-year-old Kristiana Coignard shot and killed by three police officers after brandishing knife Daily KOS

In London, a depressed man struggling with mental illness got two large knives and pulled them out in front of Buckingham Palace, but the police, trained on how to surround and subdue a man like him with nonlethal force, did so in less than a minute.

In the United States, though, eight officers and a police dog, surrounded a mentally ill man with a knife, and, instead of subduing him, shot at him 46 times until he bled out and died there in the parking lot.

It’s ridiculous.….

In an Economist article entitled “Trigger Happy,” the true story of just how quickly American police are willing to shoot and kill people is made frighteningly clear:

Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

17-year-old Kristiana Coignard shot and killed by three police officers after brandishing knife

Fox ‘News’ “is the chief global distributor of unfact and untruth” — amen

Europe stands up to the bullies. Read the whole column. Interesting that I heard nothing of this on the “news”.

Fox retraction tells us a lot | Albuquerque Journal News By Leonard Pitts / Syndicated Columnist PUBLISHED: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:05 am

Fox is, after all, the network of death panels, terrorist fist jabs, birtherism, anchor babies, victory mosques, wars on Christmas and Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. It’s not just that it is the chief global distributor of unfact and untruth but that it distributes unfact and untruth with a bluster, an arrogance, a gonad-grabbing swagger, that implicitly and intentionally dares you to believe fact and truth matter.

Many of us have gotten used to this. We don’t even bother to protest Fox being Fox. Might as well protest a sewer for stinking.

But the French and the British, being French and British, see it differently. And that’s what produced the scenario that recently floored many of us.

Fox retraction tells us a lot | Albuquerque Journal News

“a statistic that has profound implications for the nation”

Majority of U.S. public school students are living in poverty | Albuquerque Journal News By Lyndsey Layton / The Washington Post PUBLISHED: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 12:05 am

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.

Majority of U.S. public school students are living in poverty | Albuquerque Journal News

Our system caters to the rich at the expense of all others.

How a society of light fell into the darkness | Albuquerque Journal News

How a society of light fell into the darkness | Albuquerque Journal News By Dennis Byrne / Chicago Tribune

Islam’s Golden Age, extending from the 7th century to the 13th century, flourished while Europe and Christendom wallowed in the Dark Ages. Western society was considered a backwater, if considered at all.

Islam generated impressive advances in medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, optics and philosophy. It created cities, observatories and libraries, and it engaged in far-flung commerce well before Christopher Columbus set sail.

Credit Islamic genius for the magnetic compass and navigational innovation, for algebra and the refinement of the numbering system that originated in India, for papermaking and the scientific method. While Greek and Roman learning faded in the medieval West, Islamic scholars were preserving and enlarging it – long before the European Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment.

All this and more will be spotlighted during the International Year, which is scheduled to open Jan. 19 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and will aim to raise awareness of light science and its importance to mankind.

And by doing that, it necessarily will have to highlight Islamic achievements. For example, the opening event will focus on the multiple accomplishments of the 11th century polymath Ibn al-Haytham in optics, mathematics and astronomy. The Golden Age will get more attention Sept. 14 during a conference on its impact on “knowledge-based society.”

So, what went wrong? How did Islamic society fall from one so open and inquisitive to the repressive and closed one that has produced few scientific advances and staggering intolerance?

How a society of light fell into the darkness | Albuquerque Journal News

Our own conservative Christians disbelieve evolution and global climate change, if not science in general, and take a translation of the bible as literal truth.