Friday, July 21, 2000

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  • Intel Inside New Mexico

    Today’s front page headline in the Albuquerque Journal reads, Intel Employees Get Cash Bonuses. The article begins "It’s days like these that make some people wonder why they aren’t working for Intel." This week Intel announced second quarter profits of more than $3 billion and then told its workers in Rio Rancho, New Mexico that they would receive 16 days of bonus pay. The New Mexico plant is the largest semiconductor factory in the world. As Intel hands out cash bonuses to its Rio Rancho workers, local critics say New Mexico is paying too high a price in air pollution and other health impacts.

  • New Mexico As National Sacrifice Area

    Fires. Floods. This in the place that is the home of the world’s first atomic bomb, Los Alamos. It almost sounds biblical. In fact years after those bombs were dropped J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who headed the project that developed those bombs said, "I am become death destroyer of worlds." Today, if New Mexico were to secede from the U.S., it would hold the third largest nuclear stockpile in the world. Today we take a nuclear tour of the state of New Mexico.

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