LOL! @NVEnergy says their monopoly (profits) are best for Nevadans

A proposed ballot measure called the Energy Choice Initiative aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada, opening up the market to providers other than NV Energy — the sole provider in most parts of the state.

The regulated monopoly model has emerged over the past century as the state sought to make it worth companies’ while to bring expensive electrical infrastructure to Nevada, but critics say the model is outdated as it becomes cheaper to generate energy and as renewable energy sources become more mainstream.

The initiative petition would enshrine in the Nevada Constitution the right for customers to choose their energy provider and to produce their own power to sell to others.

Several major Nevada companies have tried to leave NV Energy’s network in recent years and make or find their own power. They include Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands, which consume massive amounts of electricity at their 24/7 casinos and might be able buy cheaper power on wholesale markets.

Electric car maker Tesla and data storage company Switch have publicly supported the measure, saying it fits in line with their company values and would create opportunities in renewable energy.

NV Energy is not fighting the measure. CEO Paul Caudill says the company wants what’s best for Nevada and is willing to “work in a constructive fashion” on the issue of deregulation.

That’s a joke.

Source: Las Vegas Sun News

Stuffing more of you into crowded flights means big profits for rats at @SouthwestAir

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If it seemed your Southwest Airlines flight was a little fuller than normal so far this year, you were probably right.

The Dallas-based company, the busiest commercial passenger operator at McCarran International Airport, reported record first-quarter earnings Thursday, including the highest first-quarter load factor of 80.5 percent.

Southwest, which has an average 210 daily flights in and out of Las Vegas to 61 domestic destinations, reported earnings of $511 million, 79 cents per share, on revenue of $4.83 billion, all records, for the quarter that ended March 31.

Shut-up and sit down. You’re just the customer.

Source: Review-Journal

LOL!!! #BundyWorld kooks say they’re “no danger to the community” 

What a joke!

A son of rancher Cliven Bundy wants more time to prepare to seek release from federal custody pending trial in an armed confrontation with government agents in Nevada two years ago.Ammon Bundy argues in documents filed ahead of a Wednesday detention hearing in Las Vegas that he’s no flight risk and no danger to the community.

Source: Las Vegas Sun News

Las Vegas way out front when it comes to virtual-reality porn

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Virtual Reality Bangers, a Los Angeles-based company that produces immersive, 360-degree porn, announced its intent Tuesday to bring its offerings to hotels across the globe.

Not surprisingly, the company’s first destination is Las Vegas. Its chief executive said the company is testing its system, called the “VR Bangers Hotel Experience,” with an undisclosed hotel (or possibly several hotels) near the Las Vegas Strip.

Source: Las Vegas Sun News

Harriet Tubman to go on $20 bill – Expect #BundyWorld to go berserk

A Treasury official says Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of Lew’s official announcement, says that the 19th century abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, would replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.

Source: Las Vegas Sun News

Emails could put NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich in prison

If anyone deserves jail time, it is NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich.

Nevada System of Higher Education officials actively worked to undermine the Legislature’s effort to overhaul college and university funding models in recent years, going so far as to present a false document to lawmakers and joking about it afterward, emails obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show.

The stakes were about as high as they get in Nevada higher education and a lot of money and power was on the line.

NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich said Review-Journal is “trying to misconstrue the information by selectively taking quotes out of context and these frank and honest emails, and at times some light-hearted exchanges …”

Yeah, right Dan.

For starters, Bethany Barnes at the RJ did a great job. Read her whole story below.

She may have started a process that will land the feckless Dan Klaich in prison…where he obviously belongs.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

3rd Congressional District race a referendum on @GovSandoval

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Did Governor Sandoval throw Michael Roberson under the bus?  Danny Tarkanian wants you to think so.

The battle over one of four congressional districts in Nevada is coming at a time when the electorate in the state and the nation appear hungry for a change from establishment politicians and are open to outsiders such as GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

The 3rd District, an open race because Republican Rep. Joe Heck is running for U.S. Senate, is competitive. Seven Republicans are running for the nomination in the district, which extends south from the Las Vegas metropolitan area to the state’s borders with California and Arizona.

Michael Roberson’s disadvantage — at least from the viewpoint of his conservative GOP opponents — is his support of the governor’s $1.4 billion tax increase package for public education in the 2015 session. It’s been called the biggest tax increase in state history.

Roberson, an attorney, is a key part of the moderate GOP support structure that Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval relied on to get his tax package through in 2015 and bypass the objections of more conservative lawmakers. He was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Danny Tarkanian’s campaign has set up a website labeling Roberson a “tax traitor.”

Tax traitor vs. conservative whack-job. Some choice.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bundy-kooks in court

Ammon and Ryan Bundy, the jailed brothers who led an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon, were arraigned on Friday on felony charges stemming from their family’s standoff with the federal government at their father’s ranch in rural Nevada.

Being sovereign citizens (a.k.a. whack-jobs) the men refused to enter pleas, which means the judge entered a “not guilty” plea on their behalf.

The Bundy-kooks are charged with violently conspiring against the government, assaulting and threatening law enforcement officers. They are also facing a slew of other serious felony offenses tied to the high-profile April 2014 conflict with federal agents that attracted hundreds of rightwing supporters at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, 80 miles north-east of Las Vegas.

Cliven, the 69-year-old rancher who is also in jail and was arraigned in March, had for years refused to pay fees to have his cattle graze on public lands, arguing that federal officials had no business restricting land uses. Meaning he can take whatever he wants from the American people without asking.

In addition to Cliven and his sons, more than 30 other activists are facing charges for supporting the Bundys in Oregon and Nevada.

Source: The Guardian

Amazing! #UNR sides with admitted sex perv Hufnagel — trashes woman he was convicted of harassing

President Marc Johnson is completely OK with turning a sex pervert loose on the UNR campus.

The University of Nevada, Reno selected 21 documents including hundreds of text messages between Nevada’s new assistant basketball coach and a 24-year-old reporter who accused him of sexual harassment at his last job.

UNR President Marc Johnson said additional evidence not used in the Berkeley investigation of Hufnagel made the university confident in the hire.

Of course the “evidence” wasn’t used…it was b.s. from Hufnagel’s attorneys.

Johnson bought Hufnagel’s attorneys spin completely. He’s completely OK with turning a sex pervert loose on the UNR campus.

Pathetic President Johnson….pathetic.

Source: Reno Gazette Journal

Amazing! @UNevadaReno prez says secret information clears sex-pervert coach – huh???

What kind of imbecile is UNR President Marc Johnson?

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson said information not made public (i.e. secret) vindicates the hiring of a new coach who admitted to being a sex perv.

If it’s so good, why keep it secret President Johnson?

Yann Hufnagel was hired as a men’s assistant basketball coach on April 8, a day after resigning from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was under investigation for sexual harassment.

The Berkeley investigation found Hufnagel, 33, guilty of sexually harassing a female reporter.

In a March 14 report released by investigators at Berkeley, Hufnagel admitted he made repeated sexual innuendos to the woman.

The report says that Hufnagel admitted to trying to “trick her” to going to his apartment to have sex.

Note to Wolf Pack fans: An admission of guilt means he did it. Your reaction should be “Eeeeewwwww!”

Johnson said he is not sure the additional information that made him comfortable with hiring Hufnagel can be made public.

Why not? Maybe because it’s probably bogus.

The University of Nevada is a great school, with a great staff, and great students. The entire UNR community deserves better than this. Nevadans all deserve better than this.

Source: The Reno Gazette-Journal