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Thursday, March 3, 2011

You and your family are invited to a 'Save Education" protest on the Strip Sunday

Raise your voice and let tourist and media know our cry for help! Save higher education in Nevada

Information meeting tonight at UNLV....
Protest on the Strip on Sunday...

To Whom It May Concern (students, parents, faculty, staff, community members, everyone):

If you want to fight to keep education alive, help us send a loud and clear message to Carson City by joining us:

Date- Sunday, March 6th
Time- 12pm
Location- In front of Bellagio Fountains on the Las Vegas Boulevard sidewalk
Background Information- The legislature is preparing to vote on a budget that could drastically cut education in Nevada. What does this mean for us?

1.    Our higher education system will be losing several additional programs, many highly-qualified faculty and numerous current and potential students. 
2.    For K-12 education, we will have one of the lowest national per pupil spending in a state that is already 48th in the nation for education.
3.    Businesses will stop developing in Nevada without an educated workforce or a decent education system for their families. 

It’s embarrassing and shameful.  No service is more fundamental to the development and maintenance of a vibrant community than public education.   The time has come to mobilize and show the state that we are not willing to make any more sacrifices to education. 
·      For more complete details on Shut Down The Strip, join us for a meeting on Thursday, March 3rd from 7:00pm-7:30pm in the Student Union food court.

If you have any questions, please contact us at
Follow us on twitter: shutdownstrip.
Join the Facebook Group:  Shut Down the Strip for Education

As a coalition, we need to tell our elected officials to STOP MESSING WITH THE FUTURE OF OUR STATE!

In Unity,
Alfonso Ayala III

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From a student:

This video is worth checking out..

Governor takes even more from eduction in budget proposals revealed today

Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget has a $106 million hole, but the administration does not plan to submit a budget adjustment until May, budget director Andrew Clinger told a committee today.

The administration offered a new plan today to take school district construction money that would eventually leave districts with only 30 days of reserves for emergency repairs.

Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, said some schools in his district were already using portable classrooms, some of which were "rat holes."

"My message to the governor's staff is find some other way to balance the budget," Schneider said.

Democrats criticized both the delay and the substance behind the new proposal during a Revenue Committee meeting this afternoon. Horsford said, "We're using a creative financing approach to meet basic functions of government."

School districts testified that if the governor's assumptions on rate increases were wrong, they could be left without the money to fix broken boilers.

"I'm hearing Senator (Bill) Raggio in my head, saying we have to think ahead," Horsford said, bringing up the recently retired Republican senator who had the longest tenure in the senate of anyone in state history, a well versed legislator and arbitrator forced out by term limits.

Copy from, source and for more information: The Las Vegas Sun...

Public Television and Radio battle for survival on Capitol Hill

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) says it's time for public broadcasting to "stand on its own two feet."
Republicans on Capitol Hill have called for sharp cuts in spending to reduce the deficit, including legislation to eliminate all federal funding for public radio and public television.
In a party-line vote earlier this winter, the House voted to do just that. The Senate is controlled by Democrats who are protective of public broadcasting, but public radio and public television officials are taking nothing for granted.
Along with unions, public radio and television are high on the target list of Tea Party and Fiscal Conservatives, who call see it a "liberal" or "National Democrat Radio," despite strong audits by educational and political organizations that found NPR and PBS to lean conservative in their overall coverage and balanced in the broad base of topics not covered by commercial radio.
Republicans see the world as commercial and a free marketplace, where if something is not covered it means that it does not have merit. Supporters have to ask, "merit to whom."
The loss of endowment dollars in the stock market crash and housing market bubble, sharp increases in cost of production and the reality that "listener supported" stations are hit hardest by a drop in income by those who voluntarily mail in pledges of $20, $30, $50 or $100 to support "their" stations. 
KCRW in Los Angeles would lose well over one million dollars in government support, a difficult number to recoup from listener donations. Nevada Public Radio would lose $400,000 a year, a major blow to stations already operating close to the belt with little overhead that can be cut.
"If you take away the federal funding, many of these smaller stations just would not be able to survive," says Pat Butler, head of the Association of Public Television Stations, who is leading the unified lobbying effort of public media outfits. "Cutting us a thousand times is not going to have any material effect on the federal budget deficit — and yet it's going to have a devastating effect on the system we've built over 40 years."
Asked to quantify how bad the damage could be to the public radio system, Stacey Karp, a spokeswoman for the coalition of public media organizations, said, "We believe the fiscal solvency of up to 100 public radio stations will be put in serious jeopardy immediately if federal funding for CPB is eliminated." More will be severely hurt, she said.
In 1995, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich led efforts to cut federal funding for public broadcasting, but it backfired in the face of a huge outcry. This time around, with bigger deficits, conservatives see a new opening. They are seeking to slay their own dragon of union activism, alternative radio and television, and anything that may question their actions. Meanwhile NPR has reported on the ills and errors of Democrats more often then Republicans, again according to audited reports by neutral studies.
It's all about perception.

$40,000 for a lock of Bieber's hair!

A lock of Justin Bieber's hair sold for more than $40,000 at auction on E-Bay. The winner was an on-line gambling casino "goldenpalace,com".  Bieber donated his hair to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who put the clippings on eBay. The proceeds will benefit the animal rescue charity The Gentle Barn.To put Bieber into pop-culture perspective, a lock of Elvis Presley's hair sold on line recently for $15,000.  The story can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition (click here).

Battle for Union Security...

Since Republicans and Tea Party candidates made strong gains in the US House and in state houses across the nation, what is the rush to take on unions? Why not govern in the traditional leader-compromise people's best interests in mind? Why spend so much political capital on one obvious politically self-serving action....ending unionism in America?

The move by Republican governors to get rid of public sector unions' collective bargaining rights isn't just a response to runaway pension obligations on the part of state governments. In many cases there would be no savings or it would be a drop in the bucket compared to the state budget deficits. Wisconsin is among the most solvent states in the nation, although it does have a recession related debt.  Cutting off unions is also a way to de-fund one of the Democratic parties most important interest groups. Strategist, a recorded discussion with Wisconsin's Governor Walker and national advertising begun yesterday by the Republican Party are all clear of a goal to end "special interests", by which they mean unions. It's George Orwell's 1984 come true. If someone or a group gives money to you or your candidate it is "patriotic" or "constituencies", but those who give to the other party or candidate are "special interests."

Which is why unions are in the fight of their life against a push for the end of collective bargaining for most state workers in three states and national Right-to-Work legislation. The actual result of either could be terminal for many smaller unions, and cripple the larger ones. 

The method is heavy handed and obvious, which is why an estimated six out of ten Americans now feel that Wisconsin is wrong and should give up on taking away worker's rights, while only about a third believe in unions and even fewer actually belong to unions.

The move to disfranchise unions is well financed. The National "Right-to-work" Foundation (fire at will) is the single highest funded lobbying group in America, with large international corporate donors and strong support from high profile billionaires who are active in Republican politics.

For more on the effect on the Democratic Party, listen to the story on this morning's Morning Edition from NPR (click here).

NFL contract expires tonight, Direct TV First Run Movie Service, FOX suspends Gingrich and Santorum, and movie theaters lose in battle to keep Hollywood from offering same day on-line release of movies..

Hollywood to theater owners: Drop dead. In yet another move aimed at giving people more reasons not to go to movie theaters, several major studio owners -- including 20th Century Fox and Disney -- are in advanced talks with satellite broadcaster DirecTV to offer movies by way of video-on-demand just 60 days after their theatrical debut. The price tag would be $30. Though that may seem prohibitive, if there is any consumer interest, the studios no doubt will lower the price to encourage more consumers. It's all part of Hollywood's plan to lower interest in what is its most expensive and popular movie window -- theaters -- for gravy from ancillary streams. More from the Los Angeles Times.
Green light for News Corp. Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for culture, olympics, media and sport in the U.K., said approval for News Corp.'s proposed deal to take control of British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) is likely. As part of the deal, Sky News, the news operations of the satellite service, would be spun off into a separate publicly traded company in which News Corp. would have a 39% stake. Bloomberg reports that News Corp. may have to raise its bid to get BSkyB.
Starr falling. Ken Starr, an accountant who counted many Hollywood players among his clients, including Uma Thurman, Martin Scorsese and Sylvester Stallone, was sentenced to 7 1/2 years for running a Ponzi scheme. Wonder if his trophy wife will wait for him. Details from the New York Daily News.
Looking for trends. Every pilot season, poor reporters are stuck trying to find trends in the various pilots that are being ordered. Variety says this season is seeing lots of TV stars returning to their roots. Well, if they are TV stars, did they ever leave their roots? And can we really call Jenna Elfman a TV star? She had one small success and some flops since then. Also, it is misleading to cite only "Miami Vice" as a TV credit for Don Johnson since he was star of "Nash Bridges" not too long ago. In other words, it's not like it is 20 years since his unshaven mug has graced the small screen. Sorry, guess I'm grumpy this morning.
Sitting out. Fox News has suspended Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum until they decide whether they are running for president. Details from the New York Times.
Everyone wants to be a player. Having just acquired the Huffington Post, AOL is eying Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter looks at what the company's Tinseltown plans are. All I can tell you is their strategy somehow includes Heidi Klum.
I remember having to get up to a change a channel. Back in the day, some of us had to get up to change the channel. Of course, there were only three channels to choose from, so it wasn't that big a deal. Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg reviews the remote-control application from Peel that can make your iPhone or iTouch into a remote control. Too much work for me.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: It's fourth and long for the NFL and its players as the current contract expires at midnight and a lockout looms. This was supposed to be the year "American Idol" crumbled, but new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are keeping the show strong. Topher Grace had to wait years to get "Take Me Home Tonight," his homage to the 1980s, on screen. I won't be seeing it. Been there, done that.