New Law Banning Use of Cell Phones While Driving Goes into Effect Oct. 1

Hey, Las Vegas tweeps! Don’t forget about this… [from the press release]

Starting Saturday, Oct. 1, Nevada becomes the 10th state in the nation to ban hand-held cell phones while driving.

The new law is designed to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving. If a police officer sees you using a hand-held phone, you can be pulled over and cited. Fines are set for $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense and $250 for third and subsequent offenses. Second and third offenses are can result in points off your license.

Local police plan to issue warnings, not citations, to drivers through Dec. 31. Motorists can use hand-free options while driving, which include wired headsets, Bluetooth devices and wireless systems built into newer automobiles.

Drivers talking on cell phones are four times as likely to crash as someone who is not on their phone, the risk climbs to a whopping 23 times as likely to be in a crash when texting behind the wheel, according to a Virginia Tech study. More than 50 percent of adults (58 percent) and 66 percent of teens admit they send and receive text messages, at least in part, while driving.

Mid-Terms 2010

Harry Reid wins (NV Sen), Berkley wins (NV CD01), Titus (NV CD03) still uncalled but doesn’t look good for Titus, Reid the Younger (NV GOV) loses, and we shed a tear for Russ Feingold and Alan Grayson.

Without a doubt, this was a rather nasty campaign. I remain an unapologetic Progressive. Leftist. Democratic Socialist. Whatever label they stick on me.

Update: Titus just conceded. Nuts.

Mmm, Chili…

Announcing a new Meetup for Chaosists of Southern Nevada!

What: 3rd Annual Pagan Pride Chili Cookoff and food drive – Live Broadcast

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010 3:00 PM

Where:
Unitarian/Universalist Congregation
3616 E Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89115

It’s the 3rd Annual Pagan Pride Chili Cook-off and food drive. Bring a non-perishable food item for people or pets and get yourself some amazing chili. Food donations go to 3Square and the Poppy Foundation.

Also Grotto Radio will be combining forces with 3 other internet radio shows (Chaos & Miracle, The Shit That Irks Me, and The Curvacious [sic] Bounty of Sin City), do broadcast live throughout the event. So come on out and have some fun. If you still want to enter a chili, you still have time as well.

Go to www.lvpaganpride.org for more details

Learn more here:
www.meetup.com/Chaosists-of-Southern-Nevada/calendar/12638259/

Free Screenings Tonight of “Capitalism” for the Jobless and Homeless in America’s Hardest Hit Cities

I have not spoken of this much (at all?), but I have been (unhappily) unemployed since February. Check out Moore’s websites, perhaps you are eligible to attend as well.

[update:] I was not one of the ‘first served,’ having arrived at 6:40. Oh well… 🙂

From: Michael Moore
Subject: Free Screenings Tonight of “Capitalism” for the Jobless and Homeless in America’s Hardest Hit Cities (plus local benefit premieres all across the country)

Free Screenings Tonight of “Capitalism” for the Jobless and Homeless in America’s Hardest Hit Cities (plus local benefit premieres all across the country)

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Friends,

We’re just one day away from the widest opening I’ve ever had for any of my movies. Tomorrow, Friday, October 2nd, “Capitalism: A Love Story” opens on over a thousand screens across the United States, a record for an independent documentary.

This follows last weekend’s limited opening in New York and L.A. where “Capitalism” set the box office record for the highest per screen average of ANY movie released so far this year. Not just any documentary — any MOVIE! It was, as the studio said, a good indicator of just how well the movie may do when it goes wide this weekend. I sincerely hope they’re right because I believe deeply in this film.

To kick off the national release of “Capitalism: A Love Story,” I’ve asked the studio to offer a number of screenings in the nation’s hardest hit cities — the ones with the highest unemployment rates and highest foreclosure rates — where those who’ve lost their jobs or who are in foreclosure (or have already been evicted) may attend my film free of charge. They’ve agreed, and so tonight (Thursday), the night before our opening day, ten cities will grant you free admission if you have fallen on hard times. The list of theaters and cities is below. You don’t need to bring any “proof” of your situation — just show up — it’s the honor system, no questions asked.

Of course, a free movie ain’t much when what you really need is a job or a place to live. And that’s not going to change until the party that controls both the Congress and the White House wakes up and realizes the American people put them in charge to fix the mess created by the previous administration. For that to happen requires the active involvement of each of us. And, as I show in this movie, it’s going to also require us to challenge some fundamental assumptions about an economic system that currently allows the wealthiest ONE PERCENT in this country to have more financial wealth than the bottom 95% combined. That concentration of money and power in the hands of so few people is, I believe, at the core of so many of our problems.

So, if you’re going through tough times and you live in one of the areas below, please be my guest tonight, on the eve of my new film’s opening. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Also, in another five cities tonight, I have made the film available to local groups to hold benefit screenings to raise money for their local organizations — organizations which are working toward a day when a filmmaker doesn’t have to offer free screenings to people who’ve been put through the wringer. If you live in any of these areas (see below for the list of benefit premieres tonight), please come out and support the good work of these grassroots groups.

So, until tomorrow, thanks for your support, and I’ll see ya at the movies!

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
http://MichaelMoore.com
http://Twitter.com/MMFlint
http://Facebook.com/MMFlint
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“CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY” FREE SCREENINGS:

Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, Oct. 1st, 7:00 p.m.
Cinemark Orleans
4600 W Tropicana Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103

My Sweetie is On Her Way Back!

Yea! She is almost on the ground at O’Hare (ORD)! Audrey in on UA #907 from Munich (MUA). Then UA #108 to Las Vegas (LAS). She was probably in MUA the same time as Frauke

She is on her way back from a month at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich doing research for her dissertation.

[Update I]: On the ground! Cha cha cha!