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Fr. Glenn: Pinhead Vs. Universe

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, we hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! May God give you ever greater blessings in the coming Advent and Christmas seasons this month. With the delicious Thanksgiving meal arriving at the table, one could be tempted to check for one more hole left on his shortening belt and think:

“Sure seems like an awful waste of space.”

You might recognize that line from the movie “Contact”, when Jodie Foster’s character conjectures to some students that other life and civilizations certainly must exist beyond our own little planet life raft.

Sometimes people ask: “How would


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Posts From The Road: Tyler State Park In Texas

Mist Fog: On the afternoon of our arrival, the weather was misty and foggy. It was not conducive to many outdoor activities but did create some interesting photos around the lake. Fortunately for us the weather cleared overnight and we woke up to sunny skies the next morning. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos 
 
Tyler State Park is a state park in Texas located about 100 miles east of Dallas near the town of Tyler.
 
The centerpiece of the park is a small lake, which provides fishing and many other water activities.

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Tales Of Our Times: Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers

Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

 
Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers 
 
Politics is lightning quick in using social media. Still, politics lags years behind in using smart tools for efficient regulation. Up till now, talking fast has not helped politics be more businesslike in putting digital devices to their best uses.

People at work in other fields prize the latest tools that work wonders, saving time and money all around. Smart tools are common in homes, schools, commerce and industry. Yet, the urge to be efficient


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Amateur Naturalist: Ice Crystals Of The Valle Grande

Cold air, moving water and ice sheets together provide the setting for growing ice crystals. The arrow points to where Individual ice crystal balls are developing on a sheet of ice that is close to the moving water. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Short or long ice crystals grow on the plant stems depending on how high they are above the ice sheet. Small lines of ice grow across the ice sheet after water molecules change directly from a vapor to solid. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Somewhat unexpectedly, the Valle Grande with its broad grasslands can be a good place to see

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Life After 50: Thankful For Seniors, Community, Staff

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
 
This week, I want to tell you how thankful we are for our seniors, our community partners and members.
 
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization staffs both the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers. Our employees love our seniors and we become quite attached to them.
 
Quite often, we’re small communities of families. There are many people making sure folks are taken care of every day. Our Head Chefs and their Sous Chefs cook and clean many hours each day, following strict rules and guidelines from

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Cinema Cindy Reviews: Knives Out

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Knives Out” seems at first a simple ‘whodunit’ murder mystery. But, over its 2 hours and 10 minutes, the initial, simple explanation of who is to blame gets increasingly complex.

An ensemble cast of many familiar faces (and a few new ones) adds fun to the drama. Happily, this story about a mysterious death turns into a dark comedy with laugh out loud twists.

The story opens with an old gothic mansion, set above a lake, somewhere in a New England autumn. Black dogs run from the house and a tray is carried to an upper study. The study door opens to reveal an old man lying on


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World Futures: Education Part Four

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Part Three of this series we examined what students need to learn about Earth as they are progressing through primary and secondary school.

Secondary school seems to be the ending point of societal and governmental supported education for everyone and finishes after grade 12.

While one might argue that government and society should support post-secondary education fully, perhaps through grade 14, one can argue that we merely need to alter the 12-year curriculum.

Of course this becomes a major challenge with the rapid evolution of knowledge


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Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 28, 2019

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather is forecast to be unseasonably cold this week. High temperatures just in the 30’s and lows below freezing for several days are what’s coming.
 
At temperatures like this, it won’t be long before some of the lakes in Northern New Mexico start to freeze.
 
Smaller lakes at high elevations like the Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and Hopewell Lake are likely already frozen over and will soon be inaccessible due to snow.
 
Anglers should remember that Clayton Lake, Maxwell Lake 13 and the Charette

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McQuiston: Shop But Don’t Drop (Your Coverages) – How To Avoid Black Friday Claims

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Every year, my family and I look forward to our Thanksgiving traditions. We eat Thanksgiving dinner, watch TV, eat more Thanksgiving dinner, and then start making our Black Friday plans.

However, as much fun as the Black Friday bonanza can be, it can also be a bit dangerous. According to nerdwallet.com, parking lot accidents can increase as much as 25 percent on Black Friday compared to any other Friday of the year. There is also an increase in theft, identify theft, and liability claims.

Here are some tips to keep in mind this Black Friday:

  • Don’t drive drowsy.

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Boutwell: In Anticipation Of 75th Anniversary…

By JEFFREY BOUTWELL, Ph.D.
Los Alamos
 
I had the privilege to give a talk on Nov. 12 to the Los Alamos Historical Society focusing on the Polish physicist Josef Rotblat and his decision to leave Los Alamos and end his participation in the Manhattan Project in December of 1944 when it became clear that Nazi Germany was nowhere close to acquiring atomic weapons.
 
Often called the “Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience”, Rotblat was much criticized for “deserting” the atomic bomb project, yet he did so for fundamental reasons of personal conscience and fears that development of the “Gadge

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