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The lasting legacy of Breaking Bad

Posted by on September 29, 2013 | 5 comments

UPDATE 9/30/2013: 10.3 million viewers tuned in for the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night – EW

Br Ba State of Mourning Final

Today is the first Super Bowl Sunday in New Mexico Film Production history, and from The New York Times to The Daily Mail UK, the globe is focused on the broadcast finale for the most famous chemist since Marie Curie.

Tonight Walter White will meet his fate, and his story will be closed in this first chapter of the full legacy of New Mexico’s own Breaking Bad.

If anyone doubts the certainty of the lasting impact the Emmy winning series will have on our state, you should look to the heavens and recall the outer galactic frenzies that swirl around traveling conventions, and expos for the nearly half a century old series Star-Trek, and the unrivaled veracity of Star Wars film fans. And these, for the most part, showcase theoretical places and people – unlike the Breaking Bad experiences of Albuquerque location and studio tours.

From Taco Sal’s to To’hajiilee, the people and places of this five season epic-saga will play on and on, and on, on television, and streaming online into the foreseeable future.

Even the white water rapid rivers, deep in the hills of Georgia – which until 1972 went largely unknown, today draw millions of tourist dollars, over 40 years after the area gained popularity and infamy for its part in the hit movie Deliverance.

So, whether you’re team Bad or team “Woodall”, the final score won’t be evident even in tomorrow’s sure to be record setting ratings for tonight’s series finale, but will be measured in the years, decades and perhaps even centuries to come.

Here’s to NM’s film futures, with a salute to all those who’ve worked for decades past to build the championship team of today.

New Mexico Film, you just won the Super Bowl! What are you gonna do now?


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More NM Dollars hit the trail

Posted by on June 6, 2012 | One comment

Is there a wager somewhere within the sitting administration, or a race between gov. agencies on how fast New Mexico dollars can be sent out of state?

Unfortunately, as we’ve already told you here, here, and here…Indigenous services from Film Production to Web Design and all those creative links inbetween continue to receive the proverbial SMACK DOWN from government agencies sending New Mexico Monies anywhere but here!

This time, your tax dollars are being outsourced to the far Northeast all the way to the land of the Cunucks, for the production of state anti-smoking ads. Fed-up filmmakers say:

“They’re at it Again…Much to our exasperation the State is again spending money on out of state production companies.

I don’t get it, wasn’t a front page story in the ABQ Journal enough to get them to spend our money locally? There is an anti-smoking commercial for the Depart of Health being shot this weekend with a minimal crew because they “can’t afford” to hire people on their budget. Really? They can afford to use a NY/Canadian production company. There is no reason why this money is not being spent locally.

We’re perfectly capable of doing our own spots. What’s it going to take before the Martinez administration stops shipping our money out of state?

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The Ways of the R̶i̶c̶h̶ Wall

Posted by on October 1, 2011 | Comments Off on The Ways of the R̶i̶c̶h̶ Wall

UPDATE 10/02/11: Join the “Virtual March on Wall Street” here.

“Join us on Wednesday to create a huge show of support for anti-Wall Street actions nationwide. Together, we’ll add hundreds of thousands of voices expressing our solidarity with the protests at Occupy Wall Street and across the country targeting the bankers who wrecked our economy.”

Photo by Michael Palombo

In 17th century “New York” settlers built a wall to protect themselves from Indians, pirates, and other dangers…the poor, the sick…

Daily Mail UK, Occupy Wall St. Org., New York Daily News, Hollywood Reporter, We Are the 99 Percent, Occupy Together, WBUR Boston, KOAT, KOB-TV, KRQE

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QOTD: If Only Edition

Posted by on June 24, 2011 | Comments Off on QOTD: If Only Edition

“What I have learned in these months after the election is that my lifelong love affair with New Mexico, her people, her needs, and her politics won’t end. I promised to stick around and fight for our families and I intend to do so.”
-Diane Denish

Former Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, Diane Denish reflects on where she’s been, what lies ahead and the issues facing our great state as she sees them since she’s been charting a course outside the Governor’s seat where she and many of us were passionately compelled to see her – if only.

Chief among her current concerns for the overall health & well being of New Mexico, just as during her 2010 campaign for Governor, is job creation naming, “technology, arts, culture, film, Labs, and human capitol” as a few of our most valuable assets in achieving sustainable employment for New Mexicans.

Read the full article here.

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Video of the Day: Politics on the Bias Edition

Posted by on October 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Video of the Day: Politics on the Bias Edition

TODAY-ay-ay…We at ©Sindication officially declare our support for Diane Denish in the HOTLY contested race to be the first Governess of our great state! SURPRISE!

FOR equality, FOR renewable energy and high tech jobs, FOR NM Film, FOR public education…For NEW MEXICO!

WE can’t win if we don’t vote…Your early voting sites can be found here (Bernalillo County) and here (Statewide).

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Blowing in the Windfall

Posted by on December 10, 2009 | Comments Off on Blowing in the Windfall

Thirsty Rock

Back in the mid-nineties Linda Katz was learnin’ how to use the internets under the tutelage of her young son, when creating a basic web page they came up with a little something that looked like this, and it still does.

Shortly after going online, the hypothetical farm started generating orders from all over the world and within the first year the Katz’ were pulling in $40,000 in revenue – not too shabby for a found product that ships for the same cost as AIR.

India, Japan, Global Film & Television Production Companies and Interior Designers are some of the most insatiable weed collectors.

Locally NM Tumbleweed of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho meets some of the current tumbleweed demand. There are sites o’plenty out there now, so maybe boxing las rusos isn’t going to be the bag for you, but obviously there’s always something out there.

Lesson Learned: If not now, when? If not you, who?

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Introducing Groupon ABQ

Posted by on December 4, 2009 | Comments Off on Introducing Groupon ABQ

Currently boasting Total Dollars Saved $39,281,088, Total Groupons Bought 904,646!!

Get on the Groupon train by clicking here to start your national savings now!

Each day Groupon features different deals: steep discounts, two-fers, specials, etc. the masses are offered the chance to buy into to the deal with a minimum number of participants set to activate the discount. If/when the minimum number of buyers is reached the deal is released to them. If the min. goal is not met the deal expires.

Albuquerque businesses need to load this train by putting their deals out there. Put your business on Groupon here.

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Trade Your Greens for Green

Posted by on September 20, 2009 | Comments Off on Trade Your Greens for Green

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Not unlike the glorious Village Harvest above, the new website Veggie Trader strives to eliminate the waste of the natural or home grown vegetation all around us.

Veggie Trader allows registered users to tap local resources to buy, sell and trade area fruits and vegetables. In “these tough economic times” you have to ask yourself, “got fruit?”

There’s hardly a neighborhood in the Q where you can walk a block without passing the decay of apple, apricot or even grape yard “crops”.

We’ve done the leg work for you and found that within 100 miles of the metro there are in fact currently a total of 7 listings for herbs, flowers, fruits and veggies – more than we expected.

So if you need a little green or just strive to be so, harvest the crops around you to spare them from becoming waste and you can donate, sell or trade ’em. We wish you good farming!

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Ichiban – Recession Succession by Commercial Movie Stars

Posted by on September 3, 2009 | Comments Off on Ichiban – Recession Succession by Commercial Movie Stars

Originally posted Friday, June 5th, 2009

What was once reserved for foreign soil has reached the shores of the good ol’ U.S. of A. Where we have Jennifer Connelly lending her dead eyes and blank stare to Revlon, Little Pony Parker has been ahead of the curve for years with Garnier, Hathaway for Lancome, Goopy pimped Estee Lauder, Sedwick thrusts and pushes O.J. etc., etc.

Now more boys than ever are edging in on the action. You may not see their bedroom eyes but you can hear those silky voices as they cash in on the spokeswhore ticket.

The Dude does Hyundai, Gene Hackman is your Lowe’s man, David-afflicted-Duchuvoney aptly sells dog food, you can hear Quaid in Capital One, Keifer Sutherland B of A, Pony Parker’s Aiden for Applebees, Magnum P.I. does/did Chrysler, and many more if you listen closely. The latest is lil’ lady lover Milo Ventimiglia in the introductory ads that were for Bing.com.

Hey, if it pays and it’s legal…There’s no such thing as ‘Extra Money

Maybe a certain local Newscaster should quit her ~public b’ching and be grateful to be working, as Grandpa would say, “No whining!”

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Recession Succession by Oxford Word of the Year 2008

Posted by on July 18, 2009 | 2 comments

Jeffrey Hill

Hypermiling is the art of fuel conservation practices in any type of vehicle. Hypermiler extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes takes the practice to extremes to prove its effectiveness, achieving record breaking MPGs in regular ol’ cars, such as a purported 59 mpg in a Honda Accord.

To combat the “pain at the pump” (overused phrase of the lustrum) during these “tough economic times” (overused phrase of the decade) anyone behind the wheel can practice these ~simple steps to increase fuel economy:

  1. Know Your Gas Milage
  2. Be a “Courteous Driver”
  3. Manage Red Lights
  4. Practice “Anti-Traffic” Methods
  5. Pace Yourself After Stops
  6. Utilize Accel on Your Cruise Control


Thanks Paulo

More Recession Succession

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SAP – Poker Face? I Hardly Knew ‘er…

Posted by on July 8, 2009 | Comments Off on SAP – Poker Face? I Hardly Knew ‘er…


In a new segment called, SAP of the Day, we bring you the great expense whores hordes of lady birds are plunking down for the Lady Gag-a makeover.

The sensitive songstress makes headlines regularly with over-the-top garb and sculpted hair “styles”.

The Sun reports on the trend poking British pocketbooks starting at the top with wigs ranging from £93 – £499 ($130 – $699). The piece goes on to detail the prices and the places for acquiring the paint, shellac and apliques to achieve the Gag-a.

Here is a list of 10 ways to better spin your dime or your Euro:

10. Feed a village – Heifer.org

9. Thank a Veteran – VA Voluntary Services

8. Support needed change in your Government – e.g. Local Mayoral Race

7. Save an animal – National Humane Society

6. Give a birthday gift for those who have none – Birthday Wishes

5. Give just a little of your valuable time – All for Good

4. Buy a Pamper with Salma Hayek – Pampers Village

3. Help Brad Pitt – MakingitRightNOLA.org

2. Fill your Food Pantry

1. If you insist on dressing like a fame-whore, copy Paris Hilton – no look is cheaper.

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Post 8 – Free Glimpse into Absurdity

Posted by on May 23, 2009 | Comments Off on Post 8 – Free Glimpse into Absurdity


When I first started ~researching this post I found this atrocious purple sack of dead animal skins adorned with surely synthetic stones – which I found dumb enough, being that a cheap (but stylish microfiber or canvas) bag works just as great – but the true sickness of it all (opening the perverbial bag can of worms) is that this lil’ clutch retails for…wait for it…SEVENTHOUSANDTWOHUNDRED dollars, cash money! Present day! American dollars + tax and probably some other fees for being pretentious enough to click, Color: “Viola-10717248 $7200” and “Add to Cart”!!!

I showed this atrocity to the very thrifty Spousal Equivalent, who squinted and said, “What is that?” “It’a a BAG,” I shouted holding up the remote control, “a bag THIS BIG! Look at the price. A BAG, not the wall of an apartment complex!”

It’s just so wrong. I know Mr. Cillian Grail would approve – therein lies the criteria for the stamp of rejection that ought be applied to all extravagances that should have never germinated into the current state of moral and economic ruin this nation is in.

I mean even Little Pony Parker herself admitted (from her movie set in New Mexico) that Carrie Bradshaw will finally be affected by the nation’s financial disrepair in the forthcoming SNC – ten years in (yes I watch AND I saw the movie, I even accidently watched part of the special features once – which if you have you should watch RIGHT NOW, just to finish off this rant with a fine polish of bile portrayed as the major importance of stupid swaths of cloth and accessories four one slutty character wears in a film).

Point: I simply beg of you to recycle your old stuff, donate your old stuff, buy from local vendors, second hand, off eBay or etsy. And find out exactly who-the-hell Jada Loveless is!

While you’re at it maybe research your local government officials – just for kicks, e.g. who’s running who shouldn’t so you are armed with some info. when you go to the poles sans a $7,000.00 accessory like the upstanding citizen you are.

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Bigger Fish Smaller Pond, Audio New Mexico

Posted by on April 28, 2009 | 4 comments

Big Fish

The New Mexico audio landscape is being touched by the pandemic of job losses – maybe due to some job hog$.

It seems our BIG broadcast media outlet is wielding the axe. One of our fave. afternoon, Adult Contempo. jocks is off the air today. It’s a shame…

Maybe he can be the spokesperson for Accent Windows following the retiring Howard Morgan or do the promos for Bob Turner’s Ford.

We raise a glass to those of you affected.

UPDATE: More news of Deep Cuts, some of their most loved talent :(

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Hard Times Driving Up the Value of the Pew

Posted by on December 15, 2008 | Comments Off on Hard Times Driving Up the Value of the Pew

“When people are shaken to the core, it can open doors.” – Rev. A. R. Bernard, founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Evangelical churches in particular are noting the increases in attendance and the accommodations this calls for. You may find sermons geared toward the current economic crisis and preserving faith in hopelessness.
Last year’s study by David Beckworth, assistant professor of economics at Texas State University confirms that during times of economic down-turns it is in fact the evangelical church that swells, marking that during each recession between 1968 – 2004 the church’s growth rate was up to 50%. – New York Times
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Buy, Sell, Trade – Smith, Pitt, Cruise

Posted by on December 15, 2008 | One comment

Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial services firm is in the process of creating the Cantor Exchange whose first trade commodity is set to be domestic box office receipts, beginning in March ’09, pending regulatory approval by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. – Market Watch

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Moratorium on Moon Walks

Posted by on December 12, 2008 | 3 comments

A huff and a puff and a bit of a bustle is brewing between the president elect’s transition team and the top man at NASA. Seems that peeps are getting heated over whether or not moon missions and such will have the support of the new administration.
Ya’ ask me – fund the economy here on earth before rocketing more millions into space. – TIME

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So-Cal Boy Has 50 Jobs

Posted by on December 12, 2008 | Comments Off on So-Cal Boy Has 50 Jobs

Industrious boy/man Daniel Seddiqui is traveling across the country on his expedition to showcase “50 Jobs in 50 States”

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Canadian Birds Flock to New Mexico

Posted by on December 11, 2008 | Comments Off on Canadian Birds Flock to New Mexico

Citing the ~balmy temperatures, art, culture, vineyards, cuisine and outdoor recreation the Canadian Press encourages ‘snowbirds‘ to head to Las Cruces, NM. The news outlet boasts about surrounding attractions such as White Sands National Monument, the AWESOMENESS that is Carlsbad Caverns, and even gives a little nod to good ol’ Abq.

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NFL Downsizing in NYC, NJ, and LA

Posted by on December 10, 2008 | Comments Off on NFL Downsizing in NYC, NJ, and LA

Following NBA, NASCAR, and MLB-Internet layoffs NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces job cuts in several divisions leaving approx. 150 people out of work.

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Czar Schmar

Posted by on December 10, 2008 | 2 comments

Has anyone done the math? I can’t do math for shiz but I’m sure a “Czar” can. I’d like to submit the following questions for calculation:
How many new cars sit on car lots right now? How many people are likely to buy a brand new vehicle within the next 12 months (Per Gallup polls, Arbitron, and/or Census statistics)? Is there a surplus of new cars?
If so…why would we want to add to the surplus?
How many 10+ year old cars are on the road? How many emission violating vehicles are currently in use?
Why doesn’t the car Czar hire Jay Leno to determine a criteria for which old cars are suitable to stay on the road, set-up state by state vehicle testing and recycling centers – staffed by all the soon-to-be laid off auto line workers +, give credits and tax exemptions to those who recycle their beaters, gas guzzlers and polluters to buy the existing surplus of new cars.
Thereby creating jobs for the forthcoming displaced auto industry employees, their suppliers, etc., improving quality of life for consumers, and air quality for all.
Elementary? Maybe, but I bet this 10 min. “brainstorm” may make more sense, or least head in a better direction than whatever car Czar is gonna come up with…unless…Nominate Leno for Czar!
Your ideas…

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