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Friday, October 29, 2010


Early Vote Ends Today!
Early voting ends today--make your voice heard NOW! Click here to find your early voting polling location, or call 1-888-525-VOTE (8683). Nevada needs Senator Reid, and he needs your vote.

Short films being accepted 

for Dam Short Film Fest in BC 

(12/1 deadline)



2011 Call for Entries open!

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Captain Kangaroo Actor and Stage Manager RIP

Mr. Baxter, the neighbor on Kangaroo, and one of the first African Americans on "regular" television, passed away this week at the age of 92.  In his life he was a sailor, bootlegger, USO producer and performer, stage managed the US Open for over 40 years, and gave stage cues to the likes of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather as floor manager for network newscast. His deep voice has been heard in newsrooms and over the air as an announcer.

Read more: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118026545.html?categoryid=14&cs=1#ixzz13lfRG3tc
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Nevada Day Celebration at Lonnie Hammergrin's Cancelled (again)


Happy Hammergrin Halloween

Sharks, subs, Apollo text capsule, bikes, shrunken heads, musical instruments, a working planetarium, an authentic gondola, neon Las Vegas history, the desks from the old state legislature and a world of other surprises are to be had when touring this "back yard" overlooking Sandhill. The Liberace staircase, his traveling piano, the dome from the old Dunes, a roller coaster from the Stratosphere, a scale model of Leonardo daVinci's flying machine, the Nevada Brothel Bar, a plane owned by Howard Hughes and much much more...

Will there be an annual Halloween at Lt. Governor Lonnie Hammegrin's house?

Cancelled for the second year in a row for "political" and "practical" reasons, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal (click here).

Or to be more truthful: Hammergrin Nevada Day Celebration.

A vintage Nevada Day 2008 interview on KNPR with Dr. Hammergrin may be heard by clicking here.

I remember live elephants, tigers and pony rides for the children.

The RJ wrote "you are not an official Nevadan until you have taken a tour of the Hammergrin Paradise Palace."

While it is a Las Vegas tradition I have not received or seen any information for this year. For some quick looks at the three home spread that is Hammergrin's Nevada History Museum and general life long artifact collection, click here. Photo above form Eric West's collection on Facebook.

My wife and I were among the team who worked with Lonnie when his dark horse, underfunded, come from behind campaign earned him the Lt. Governor race in 1984. We won.  No one can claim the victory but Lonnie. What we did do was coordinate PR and Marketing, including advertising, and all media planning and placement. His campaign manager Bob McCaffrey (a scholar on Howard Hughes) worked closely with him, but it was Lonnie who ran and won that campaign. My wife Laura ran Lonnie's southern Las Vegas office as Lt Governor, under the direction of Hammergrin's first Chief of Staff Bob McCaffery.

The ride that year included riding in a balloon in Reno, riding a camel at the annual Virginia City Camel Races, and an historic dual steam engine ride across the state and to Southern California on the last ever such trip over the Union Pacific (pulling the luxury of the City of Los Angeles passenger cars).

I also recall SAG Council Member Karen LaVonne's "unwedding" on the outdoor stage that is part of "Lonnie World," SAG local awards honors and many other events at his "homes".

What a ride, what a trip.

Too bad there are those who do not want us to enjoy Lonnie's back yard.


Similarities and differences: understanding homology and analogy
by the Understanding Evolution team
In everyday life, people look like one another for different reasons. Two sisters, for example, might look alike because they both inherited brown eyes and black hair from their father. On the other hand, two people attending an Elvis impersonators' convention may look alike because they are both wearing rhinestone studded suits and long sideburns. The similarity between the sisters is inherited, but the similarity between the Elvis impersonators is not.
Elvis impersonators do not inherit their similarities
Biological similarity
It works the same way in biology. Some traits shared by two living things were inherited from their ancestor, and some similarities evolved in other ways. These are called homologies and analogies.
homology
traits inherited by two different organisms from a common ancestor


analogy
similarity due to convergent evolution, not common ancestry

For more go to http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/similarity_hs_01

Oh Canada...I will drink no wine before its time...

The RJ Reports that Dan Aykroyd will sign bottles of his Crystal Head Vodka from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon (Oct. 29) at Total Wine & More at 730 S. Rampart Blvd. ...

And for a list of "American celebrities" who are, like Aykroyd, actually Canadian click here.

TODAY TO SUNDAY: Fun Fest at CSN


Don't miss CSN's first-ever Fall Fun Fest

There'll be rides and trick-or-treating for the kids, arts and crafts, famous local authors and bands, a beer and wine garden and much more. Check out the Fall Fun Fest website at http://sites.csn.edu/foundation/fff-index.html for dates and times of specific events.
Entrance:
College Drive (off of Oakey or Charleston)
Entrance fee: None
Parking Fee: $5.00 
Valet Fee: $10.00

Oh No Mr. Bill! Immigration law penned by Prison Company?

The American Legislative Exchange Council is responsible for much of the legislation introduced in state legislatures. It pushed and lobbied for Arizona's tough on integration laws and is doing the same in 11 states. Turns out that effort was suggested, crafted, and pushed for by professional private prison, jail and law enforcement corporations, one in particular. The largest prison company in the country, the Corrections Corporation of America, had a hand in drafting and pushing the immigration law, calculated to result in increased law enforcement and arrests across a wide spectrum. There is no money trail or disclosure by the involved legislators and corporations To read a portion of this story, or listen to the full audio story, go to NPR's Morning Edition by clicking here.