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In a continued effort to show support for the men and women who defend our freedom, GameWorks Las Vegas is now hosting a Military Appreciation Night on the last Friday of every month. GameWorks will kick off “Military Night” on Friday, April 30th between the hours of 7-10pm by offering a free 3-hour game card to anyone who shows their active or retired military identification. “We are honored and very appreciative of the support GameWorks is showing to our men and women in the armed services” says Cate Berry, Director of Marketing for Nellis Air Force Base. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this great offer”.
GameWorks is a full-service restaurant, bar and arcade, featuring the most advanced video game technology provided by parent company, Sega Entertainment. The variety of game genres include combat, racing, music and dance, simulators, billiards and more. GameWorks Director of Sales, Mark Wiley, says “Nothing builds camaraderie better than a couple hours of showing off your shooting or driving skills. I’m sure the competition level will be high on Friday night.” With the lowest happy-hour prices on The Strip and deeply discounted party packages, GameWorks Las Vegas is considered fun and affordable entertainment that appeals to just about everyone.
Free game cards will be available for all active and retired military and a guest from 7pm – 10pm on Friday, April 30th. GameWorks Las Vegas is located at 3785 Las Vegas Blvd South in the Showcase Mall. Parking is available at the Showcase Mall or at surrounding hotels. Fore more information about Military Night, contact the GameWorks sales office at 702.895.7626 ext. 203.
In 1978, when Newspapers were riding high, "The Futurist" magazine predicted a device like an iPad or Kindle. GPS involved big boxes and a global positioning service in cartoons from the Chicago Tribune. Flat screen televisions were shown in the late 1970's and early 80's with wall screens in movies including "Total Recall". Even the old black and white movie theater "Flash Gordon" serials had Ming the Merciless watching his minions on cameras and talking to them on two way televisions.
One man show performed the fall of 2009 as part of the Boulder City 31ers celebration. This is a small part of a show that varied in length and was performed for 31ers, civic groups, schools and general audiences. Researched and written by my wife Laura and myself.
American college students, particularly male students, have been slower and slower to finish college over the past 30 years. A new working paper by John Bound, Michael F. Lovenheim, and Sarah Turner suggests the trend is due to rising costs of education. Demographics and academic preparedness don’t explain the trend, but the authors found evidence in support of the increasing cost hypothesis: both increasing student-faculty ratios and cohort size are linked to increasing time-to-degree, particularly in “non-top 50 public sector” schools. The authors also found that students are working more hours in response to rising costs. Low-income students and students at less-selective institutions are particularly vulnerable to the trend.
At this time of high stakes for all workers, ten percent unemployment nationally, top heavy home mortgages and sharp political divides in Congress, it may be good to step back and think about the bigger picture of who we are as we do out jobs and go to work.
Consider the role performed by the American Labor Movement.
In the last decade, public radio stations could not get rid of classical music fast enough, as station after station abandoned the format for news and talk, alienating classical fans.
Just 19 commercial classical stations remain on the air nationwide, by one count, down from about 50 in the early 1990s. But as ad-supported programmers also decide that the classical format is no longer practical, the music has started to find a new savior. And, to the surprise of many, it is public broadcasting.
In New York, WNYC did not win fans in the classical world when, in April 2002, it dropped music from its day hours on the FM station, substituting public affairs talk shows.
So there was some trepidation among classical radio listeners when WNYC bought the commercial classical station WQXR from The New York Times Company last year.
Ted Mikels' Grindhouse Reunion: Double Feature World Premiere Free Admission!
On April 26, veteran Hollywood filmmaker Ted V. Mikels will unleash his latest gang of demented mutants on a new generation of grindhouse movie fans in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Where better to have a world premiere for ASTRO ZOMBIES M3:Cloned than in one of the most glamorous locations in the world?" asked Mikels. "The mutant clones are going totally first class this time! Plus, admission will be free to the public." The iconic horror movie-maker is best known for his 1971 film, The Corpse-Grinders. He also filmed the first zombie movie ever shot in color – the original ASTRO ZOMBIES in 1969, starring John Carradine and Wendell Corey. Mikels is also well-known for creating unusual promotional activity surrounding the release of his films, and this event will prove to be no exception. TVM Global Entertainment has announced that the premiere is being billed as the Ted V. Mikels' Grindhouse Reunion.
Mikels will treat his grindhouse fans to two pre-release director's cuts, offering them a double feature on premiere night. The world premiere of Astro Zombies M3: Cloned will open the show, followed by Mikels' 2009 film Demon Haunt.
"Overturn Obama Care" is troubling as a slogan to small insurance companies, who have already spent billions (cumulatively) preparing for health care reforms, and will need to spend even more if they need to change into reverse. They also see the advantages for smaller insurers of the new law as it levels the playing field, adds a new pool or relatively healthy citizens to the pool, and provides protections for insurance companies if the new laws provide too much of a short term hardship.
Larger companies can afford to shift gears and see the short term advantage of raising rates and bringing in huge profits in the time between the bills passage and dates when various provisions of the bill take effect. The are in a win-win situation, profiting and operating no matter which way the wind blows.
Those with pre-existing conditions (including simply being a woman or of a certain age) fear that they will lose the hard fought "must carry" and "no limit on life time coverage",
Many doctors groups, including the AMA, favor the new health care plans, but individual doctors and for-profit corporations oppose it, as it will limit what they can charge and require coverage of those who in the past they could deny services to or pass on to government run or subsidized hospitals.
Small hospitals benefit from "Obamacare" while large hospital corporations see losses in revenue.
Obama care is not national health care of the government taking over health care but regulation and legal guidelines imposed to ensure health care to the overall pool or Americans rather than just those who can afford it. That said, there is red tape and may be even more added where some feel there should be none.
Can the marketplace ensure everyone evenly and fairly?
Should the wealth or employed have a right to far better health care and therefore a better survival rate/
Should the poor or unemployed put a higher priority on health care and if so how would you have them pay for it given the need for food, shelter and basic living standards?
So...should it be overturned, as was the banner for so may who voted in this month's election?
-Sources: PRI's Marketplace, National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Nation. Atlantic.
"I find myself happy the public library system already exist. Imagine how hard it would be to get that one past congress."
"Man on the moon, troops in Afghanistan, instant messaging, why no universal health?"
"If socialism is wrong, then don't drive on roads, use public bathrooms or accept social security."
"The attack on Acorn strike me as funny, two offices out of 70, 4 people out of thousands and wham!"
"One man's opinion is another man's spam."
"Keep and open mind in an uncertain world"
"Do not equate negotiation and compromise with weakness"
"One thing about being a baby boomer is you are never alone, got a problem, a million others have it."
"If the answer is tax cuts, then why have taxes?"
A few tweets from NPR listeners.
The first three has me relate back to how hit teams are creating news, news given greater attentions and value then they deserve...in other words people want negative, hate and things that get them fired up in confirmation of what they already believe: Story Behind the Story
Of course the entire issue of Tweeting as a communication media comes into real focus for this course and for COM 102, the Interpersonal Communication course.
"Avatar" is already the number on DVD release of the year, four days after its Earth Day release, and without any special extra material or 3D. That's according to the Hollywood Reporter, which reports:
Consumers snapped up 6.7 million copies of the first "Avatar" DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, which are 2D versions of the action fantasy offering no bonus features. "Avatar" sales quickly have outpaced the 6.5 million units sold of Summit/Universal's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which had been 2010's hottest disc release to date.
Fox Home Entertainment began selling the "Avatar" discs Thursday to coincide with Earth Day. The James Cameron epic marked a format record by moving 1.5 million Blu-ray copies in its first day on store shelves.
FHE will release special edition versions of the James Cameron epic in the fourth quarter, with those versions set to include special features of the sort normally included on home entertainment discs. A 3D Blu-ray version of "Avatar" will be released early next year.