Nevada fracking protest


Protesters gather outside Nevada’s Capitol Thursday demanding a moratorium on fracking.
Insisting Nevada is in a head-long rush to develop oil and gas through environmentally damaging hydraulic fracturing, protesters gathered outside the state Capitol Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to halt the activity until adequate safeguards are ensured.

[NEWS] The Stellar Awards is Headed to Vegas

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The biggest night in Gospel music, The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is moving to a new venue and taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary milestone. The  telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new Spring production date, shifting from January to March 28, 2015.

“I am excited about moving The Stellar Awards to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in a bigger, more elegant venue,” said Don Jackson, founder & executive producer of The Stellar Awards. “The 30th Anniversary of The Stellar Awards will mark the longest running Black awards show in television and we wanted to commemorate this historic occasion in a first class venue that we know our Gospel music stars and guests will enjoy.”

Annually the Stellar Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Gospel music icons…

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Nevada Still Heading Downhill Economically

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My son lost his job on July 18th, shortly after International Gaming Technology sold to an Italian corporation. Fortunately for Kyle, he saw it coming as his former workplaces’ largest customer had been IGT.

That same night, following his layoff, the local news outlets reported the unemployment figures for the state were down. I don’t believe the state or the local news stations or the paper as it seems they simply report whatever tripe’s handed to them, no questions asked.

With that said, I think the economic crisis will get worse for Nevada before it gets better, especially as the state-wide layoffs begin when IGT officially leaves the state. After all Nevada isn’t the business-friendly refuge it used to be.

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GOP poll puts Brian Sandoval ahead of Harry Reid

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Just as the Kentucky Senate race is the marquee contest of the 2014 cycle, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reelection campaign promises to be the premier down-ballot race in 2016. And a new automated poll shows the five-term Democrat faces an uphill battle in convincing Nevada voters to send him back to Washington for six more years.

According to a Harper Polling survey, Reid trails popular GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, who hasn’t ruled out challenging the incumbent, by 10 points, 53 percent to 43 percent. Veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston first reported the poll’s findings on his website,

Reid’s favorable/unfavorable rating in the poll is significantly underwater (41 percent/55 percent). Sandoval’s rating, on the other hand, is stellar (58/30).

Sandoval is a virtual shoo-in to win reelection this year; he leads little-known Democrat Bob Goodman in the Harper poll, 54 percent to 39 percent.

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The potential 2016…

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Tesla Says Decision On Battery Factory Months Away

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations.

In a statement, Tesla says it broke ground on the Nevada site in June, and adds that it will decide on the final location for the $5 billion factory in the next few months.

California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are also in the running for the factory. Competition is intense for the plant, which Tesla says could employ 6,500 people by 2020.

Tesla wants the factory to supply batteries for its Model 3 electric car, which is set to go on sale in 2017.

Earlier Thursday, Tesla and Panasonic Corp. announced that they will collaborate on the battery factory.

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Song of the Day: Tom Sawyer by Rush

My Life According To Me

Tom Sawyer

A modern-day warrior
Mean mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No his mind is not for rent
To any God or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent
But change is

And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is…

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The 161 Bankers Who Run the World

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How They Do It By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall In following video, Peter Phillips from Project Censored lays out exactly how the richest one-thousandth of 1% maintain iron control over the global economy and all so-called democratic governments. He cites a study Project Censored published in their Top 25 Censored Stories of 2012-2013 [?]

Vía Veterans Today

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Top 10 August Events and Summertime Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

Tahoe1Lake Tahoe, renowned for over 300 days of sunshine and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, may just be one of the best places in the world to take a summer vacation. With so much natural beauty and so many ways to do, see, and relax, there are nearly endless possibilities for how to spend your time around the lake. 

1 – Watch Shakespeare in the Park
Go to the Sand Harbor National Park and get some culture while you watch a local production of Shakespeare’s play, “As You Like It,” a charming tale about hiding away in the country that has been adapted and set during the Second Industrial Revolution. Open until August 24th, you will witness remarkable scenery, striking costumes, impressive actors, and hear the immortal words of the Bard himself. More information here:

2 – Go to the Valhalla Art, Music, and Theatre Festival
The Valhalla Festival, another great cultural experience that is right in front of Lake Tahoe, is a lively celebration of art, music, and drama. From energetic Gypsy music to improv shows to intimate art events, the festival should have something for everyone. Starting in late June and lasting through August, the events take place at the Boathouse Theatre, the Valhalla Grand Hall, and on the Grand Lawn. More information here:

3 – Dance at Live at Lakeview
Go to the Lakeview Commons and check out Live at Lakeview every Thursday night from June 26th to August 28th. It is a free summer music series in an outdoor amphitheater that features performances from both local and national music acts. There is a free bike valet, a beer garden, and plenty of local vendors. There’s a little bit of everything: Rock & Roll, Blues, and an Afro-fusion Orchestra.

4 – Take in the Music at the Tahoe SummerFest
Founded in 2011, Tahoe SummerFest hosts a series of classical music concerts. There are performances by well-known soloists as well as the musicians of the Lake Tahoe SummerFest Orchestra, who hail from renowned ensembles such as the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This event starts in the Incline Village on August 1st and ends on the 17th.

5 – Observe the Concours D’elegance 
The Concours D’elegance, founded in 1972 by boat enthusiasts, is one of the most respected wooden boat shows in the world. This August 8th and 9th, see historic and restored wooden boats, hang out by the lake, and try to predict which vessel will win the coveted Most Elegant Boat of Show award.

6 – Paddleboard in Tahoe-Nalu
Take a trip to North Lake Tahoe and watch or take part in the oldest stand up paddleboard festival in the world. Taking place between August 9th and 11th, the three day event is expected at draw 4000 spectators who will watch as elite athletes from Europe, Australia, and Hawaii paddle through the serene Big Blue. If you’re not a choice athlete, don’t panic. There are events for all ages and all skill levels.

7 – Bike the Forest Bicycle Trail
There is nothing in this world like zipping through the pine-scented air in the midst of nature, and there’s no better place to do that than on the Forest Bicycle Trail. The paved paths bend through the lush forest for ten miles and connect to Pope Beach and Baldwin Beach. Don’t have a bike? Anderson’s Bicycle Rental, an established family-owned business, is located at the head of the trail.

If you’re looking for more of an adventure use Wanna Ride — a company that shuttles mountain bikers to where they need to go, and is the easiest and most affordable way to get to hard to find mountain bike spots. Get dropped off at perfect mountain bike locations, such as Christmas Valley Downhill and Hawley Grade Downhill, for as little as $20 per person.

8 – Float Above Tahoe with Hang Gliding Tahoe
See the lake like you never have before. Book an instructor from Hang Gliding Tahoe and take an extraordinary glide over the lake in a micro-light powered trike. Hang Gliding Tahoe is open year round, but the view of the summer lake is said to be unforgettable. There’s no boring class, either. They suit you up, give you a quick safety briefing, and then let you go flying. You fly as much as you would like, except for take-offs and landings. It even counts toward a pilot’s license!

9 – Take a Scenic Helicopter Flight
Take the Lakewide Sunset Tour for an hour long ride over Tahoe with Reno Tahoe Helicopters. Departing from the South Lake Tahoe Airport, you’ll fly over the Emerald Bay and continue along the western shore until you turn east to fly over Kings Beach and Incline Village. You’ll be afforded magnificent twilight views of Zephyr Cove, Cave Rock, and the casinos at Stateline.

10 – Relax at BioSpirit Day Spa
After a long day of adventuring, why not treat yourself to a massage at BioSpirit? A Eucalyptus steam room is included with any of your services and there are optional sauna rooms and light therapy. Information about BioSpirit Day Spa here.

Bonus – Hiking with Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Everyone knows hiking is a must while on vacation in Lake Tahoe (especially with beautiful summer weather), and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association makes it easy with guided hikes, backcountry camps, and trail building workdays. Camp out under the stars on August 1-3 and again August 16-17 with the Tahoe Rim Trail. Register for backcountry camps here, it’s free! The event is in Nevada State Park, and campers have fun meeting new people, working on trails, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Or enjoy free guided day hikes, going on throughout August — full list of Tahoe Rim Trail guided hikes here.

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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Baby During Random Ax Attack

CBS Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 38-year-old Las Vegas man has been ordered to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a 4-month-old baby with a medieval-style battle ax and critically wounding the child’s mother in a random attack on a sidewalk.

Harold Eugene Montague was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty but mentally ill in May to first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and battery on a police officer.

Damian Avila Castro was killed, and his mother, Sandra Castro, was gravely injured in the random, February 2010 sidewalk attack. The mother had been pushing her baby in a stroller and headed to the store.

Montague also stabbed his disabled sister-in-law, Monica O’Dazier, multiple times inside their home before bursting outside.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Montague offered a brief apology at Wednesday’s hearing.

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A Gun Sense Commercial that will Drive Progressives BONKERS!

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Within days of the release of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety video, which ties guns to domestic violence, the video has been topped by two factors, (a) the Second Amendment, (b) defending oneself and family in life and death situations.

I can see Progressives beginning with Michael Bloomberg going over the edge of a cliff on this one. H/t Guns Saves Lives.


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Governor Sandoval weighs in on Martinez situation

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Governor Brian Sandoval is weighing in regarding the ongoing saga between ousted Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez and the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees.

News 4 caught up with Governor Sandoval on Thursday at an event. “Well we’re watching it very closely. Education is a big priority for me. I have 2 kids that are in the Washoe County School District so, it affects us just like it affects over 60,000 students and their families. I’m hoping that they can get this taken care of as soon as possible. I’m very proud of my wife and really she has my full support.”

It’s the first time Governor Sandoval has spoken publicly on the situation.

RGJ asks for Open Meeting Law investigation to continue

The Reno Gazette-Journal on Wednesday asked the Nevada Attorney General’s Office to continue its investigation into Nevada Open Meeting Law violations by the Washoe County School Board of Trustees who relieved Superintendent Pedro Martinez of his duties on July 22.

The request comes a day after the school board’s attorney, Randy Drake, asked the AG’s office to stay its investigation for 30 days while the school board takes “corrective action” into any violations of the Open Meeting Law.

“The Board of Trustees actions must be investigated,” said Kelly Ann Scott, the executive editor of RGJ Media. “The public, which was left out of the Trustees discussion, deserves a full account of what happened. Allowing for a stay and the Trustees to take corrective action leaves the public in the dark for a second time. Only with a proper investigation — and if warranted, a prosecution — will the public be able to fully trust this process. This is essential to restoring the broken public trust and ensuring that our elected officials follow the state’s Open Meeting Laws.”

The RGJ filed a complaint against the school board last week after six of the seven members of the board met behind closed doors and decided to dismiss Martinez. No agenda was posted for the meeting. After the decision was made, Martinez’s ousting was announced by the Washoe County School District on Twitter.

According to Nevada’s Open Meeting Law, as cited under NRS 241.031, “a public body shall not hold a closed meeting to consider the character, misconduct or competence” of certain public officers, including “a superintendent of a county school district.”

Board president Barbara Clark and Drake did not return calls or emails for comment on Wednesday.

In the letter to the Attorney General’s Office, Drake said Nevada law allows public bodies to take corrective action for violations of the Open Meeting Law, “without fear of confounding themselves with an investigation or prosecution.” As a result, Drake wrote, the investigation into Open Meeting Law violations should be stayed.

But Barry Smith, the executive director of the Nevada Press Association, said the intent of that 2013 provision is for minor infractions of the Open Meeting Law. That would include mistakes such as listing the wrong date on an agenda, questions about quorum during a vote or a public body adjourning before asking for public comment.

Smith said the intent was not to protect a blatant violation or to correct something to avoid litigation.

In his letter to Deputy Attorney General George Taylor, RGJ attorney Scott Glogovac said the Attorney General’s Office should deny the requested 30-day stay. Meanwhile, Glogovac wrote, the AG must send a strong message to the public that it will not allow government boards or commissions to violate the law.

“Without such a signal in this matter, public trust in the Board will remain undermined, and the Board’s credibility in future actions will be substantially impaired,” Glogovac wrote.

Is Tesla really coming to Nevada or not?

Is Tesla really coming to Nevada or not?

Nevadans on Thursday could finally hear — officially — whether the state is in line for the electric car maker’s much-anticipated and mega-sized lithium ion battery-manufacturing plant.

Then again, maybe not.

Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors, Inc. will report its second quarter earnings report Thursday after the stock markets close, and shortly thereafter, Tesla executives have scheduled a conference call with Wall Street analysts in which further details of the gigafactory is expected to be addressed.



Work halted at rumored possible Tesla site; more to come


Fast permits draw giant companies to tiny Storey County


Tesla: The appeal of lithium-ion batteries

But it’s not certain that Tesla CEO Elon Musk, tight-lipped so far, will open up on Nevada or any of a handful of other states vying for the $5 billion factory and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will create when it’s operational, as planned, in 2017.

“We’re going to decline comment,” was all Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said in response to a Reno Gazette-Journal query earlier this week on whether the announcement would come Thursday.

The anticipation and anxiety in the local economic development community have been building since last winter.

In February, Tesla said Nevada was among four states the company was considering for the battery gigafactory it estimates could be as big as 10 million square feet in size.

Then in May, Tesla said it would select, starting in June, two or three finalist states to begin construction simultaneously as a way to maximize speed and minimize risk of delays before a winning site is selected by year’s end. It also noted that California could be a possible contender.

But June and nearly all of July have come and gone and still no word on which sites from the original four semifinalists would advance to the finalist stage. And in fact, Tesla’s home state of California, once considered a long shot, is now seriously in the running, Tesla says, and reports last week in Tech Times and the Los Angeles Times say Stockton south of Sacramento is the favored locale.

On the Nevada front, speculation has pointed to grading work started in late May on a 600-acre site, dubbed “Project Tiger” and closed to curious onlookers, at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center 17 miles east of Sparks.

When grading stopped abruptly last week, the rumors revved up: It meant a no-go for a gigafactory in Nevada. No, it was merely a pause in the prep work. No, the site has gone dark and silent.

“It wasn’t unplanned. They’re at a stopping point, a natural pause, with a different starting element to come,” Lance Gilman, TRIC developer, said Wednesday.

Citing a nondisclosure agreement, he refused to identify the business targeted for the grading work. But he said, “The building got bigger by several million square feet. Some plans have changed. To my knowledge, it’s still an open book. There will be more to come.”

At the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, uncertainty, to some degree, has surfaced.

Two months ago, CEO Mike Kazmierski said, “I’m confident we’re on the short list.”

On Wednesday, he was more elaborative and appeared to be hedging his bets as he awaited Thursday’s events.

“While we are on the short list, there may be other offers that will be hard for (Tesla) to refuse. We are a small region and state competing with others that have significantly more to offer,” Kamierski wrote in an email to the Reno Gazette-Journal. “We will win regardless of the outcome as we are now considered a viable option for business and manufacturing in the West as a result of the national media associated with this project.”

At one point, there was doubt whether Tesla would proceed with such a massive undertaking, in size and cost, as the gigafactory.

On Wednesday, Tesla and battery maker Panasonic Corp. announced they had signed an agreement on the battery-making venture. Zacks Equity Research had reported that Tesla will invest at least $2 billion and Panasonic anywhere from $290 million to $1 billion. The rest would come from other as-yet-unknown partners.

But well before that, the competing states, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, began wooing Tesla. Those states — and now California — have formulated plans for millions in incentives, including tax relief. Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry even visited Sacramento on June 10, arriving at the Capitol in a Tesla Type S, to push his state’s cause.

In Nevada, officials have cited standing policy not to discuss economic incentives for prospective businesses, including what they’re offering Tesla.

Tahoe-Reno Industrial and Reno Stead Airport in Nevada had been considered potential targets for the gigafactory. But TRIC is thought to be the favored choice given the business park’s size, more than 100,000 acres, and rail and highway access directly to the San Francisco Bay Area and Tesla’s car-manufacturing plant in Fremont.

Gilman said his center, located in Storey County, offers prospective businesses a “high-priority” schedule with minimal risk, meaning as few time-consuming impediments as possible from permitting to operation.

“We can deliver a building permit in 30 days or less. That’s almost unheard of in the U.S.,” he said. “We can fast-track building, pouring slab at one end while finishing permitting at the other. It gives a company a lot of confidence in moving forward with a project.”

In the case of “Project Tiger,” Storey County records show a “clear and grub” permit for 2641 Portofino Drive, where a guardpost turned away onlookers, was pulled on May 22 with work to conclude in November.

“There’s a pad out there for somebody,” Gilman said of the business he refused to identify. “Millions of cubic yards have been moved. From start to finish, (grading) took three and a half weeks. That’s unprecedented.”


$11.7 BILLION: The net worth of South Africa native Elon Musk, Tesla CEO/co-founder and largest shareholder, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

$4 BILLION$5 BILLION: Tesla Motors’ stated investment in the gigafactory, including $2 billion to build the facility.

$49.8 MILLION: How much Tesla Motors Inc. lost in earnings in the January-March period compared with an $11.2 million profit a year earlier.

10 MILLION: The maximum square footage Tesla estimates it needs for the gigafactory. That’s nearly 10 times the size of’s distribution center in Fernley.

500,000: The number of lithium-ion batteries the gigafactory is expected to manufacture a year by 2020.

6,500: The number of employees to work at the gigafactory that, if built in Northern Nevada, would make Tesla one of the region’s top five biggest employers and bigger than International Game Technology.

500-1,000: Total acreage Tesla estimates it will need to house its gigafactory.

1856-1943: The lifespan of company namesake Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer and pioneer in the use of electricity who has a museum in his name in Belgrade, Serbia.

2003: The year Tesla Motors Inc., was founded in Palo Alto, Calif.

2017: The year Tesla expects to have the gigafactory open and operating.


WHERE: Storey County, 17 miles east of Sparks south of Interstate 80

SIZE: 106,000 acres (30,000 developable); lot sizes 5 to 5,000 acres

OPENED: In 2000 on former Asamera Ranch property

OWNER/PRINCIPAL DEVELOPERS: Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center LLC; Lance Gilman, Roger Norman

BUSINESS PROFILE: Industrial, manufacturing

TENANTS: 164 under 14 million-plus square feet of roof.

MAJOR TENANTS: Zulily; Wal-Mart;; Schluter Systems; Food Bank of Northern Nevada; ITS Logistics; James Hardie; PetSmart; PPG-Pittsburgh Paint; Tire Rack

BUSINESS ACCESS: Interchange with Interstate 80 via four-lane USA Parkway and Union Pacific/Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad line north of park.

AMENITIES: 30,000-square-foot Store County emergency services center; 300 lane-miles of paved road, sewer, water, power and fiber-optic network; five generating power plants on site with 900+ megawatts of electricity available to park tenants; 100-acre lake that treats water to recirculate.


Reno Gazette-Journal business reporter Bill O’Driscoll will be listening to the Tesla analyst call Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Follow him on and on Twitter with @RGJBusiness.

Fact Checker: Is Pedro Martinez a CPA?

s Pedro Martinez a certified public accountant?

That is the crucial question after the Washoe County School District superintendent was relieved of his duties last week.

In a lawsuit filed by Martinez against the district’s board of trustees, which ousted him, the situation is described this way:

“During a recess in the July 22 public work session meeting, Board President (Barbara) Clark told the plaintiff Martinez that she wanted to speak with him in his office. In that meeting, Mrs. Clark informed the plaintiff Martinez that the District had received a report from an anonymous source that the plaintiff Martinez had held himself out to be, or was holding himself out to be, a certified public accountant, that the Board had investigated the matter, and that the Board had concluded that he was not a licensed certified public accountant.”

CPA vs. licensed CPA

Careful readers will note an important word inserted in that last part: “licensed.” The sentence starts with Martinez supposedly claiming to be a CPA and ends with the board finding that he was not a licensed CPA. Those are two different things.



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Washoe school board takes beating over Martinez turmoil


Read Washoe schools’ response to Martinez lawsuits

A licensed CPA has a higher standard of requirements to meet that allow him or her to attest to the reliability of financial statements. Non-licensed CPAs can engage in public accounting but cannot provide attestation services, at least in Illinois, where Martinez got his CPA certificate.

In a legal response to Martinez’s suit filed on behalf of the board, it says, “Plaintiff (Martinez) repeatedly represented himself in print on the District website and verbally confirmed in public settings that he is a CPA. The Board of Trustees, District staff and the public were led to believe that Plaintiff was a CPA in good standing. … The representation, suggestion or innuendo that Plaintiff is or has been a registered or licensed CPA is inaccurate and untrue.”

Note that here, too, the word “licensed” is slipped in at the end after discussion of Martinez reportedly claiming to be a CPA without any words qualifying that designation.

Fact Checker could find no references to Martinez ever calling himself, or being called by others, a licensed CPA. Because the simple designation of “certified public accountant” is accepted by both sides as something Martinez claimed to be — and because one side finds it problematic — this story will focus on that angle.

The board’s legal filings mention three pieces of evidence that Martinez misrepresented himself. They mention Martinez’s 2009 interview with the board when he was applying for the superintendent’s job, which eventually went to Heath Morrison. (Martinez got the job when Morrison left.)

They say, “Plaintiff expressly represented to the Board that he was a CPA. To qualify as a CPA in the State of Illinois, one must be registered or licensed by the State of Illinois, regardless of what credentials the applicant possesses.”

Not listed

If you do a “license look-up” at the Department of Finance and Professional Regulation’s website — it’s the Illinois agency that governs licensed CPAs — Martinez is not listed.

Susan Hofer, the department’s spokesperson, said that at one time, Martinez could’ve called himself a CPA in Illinois, but the law changed in the past few years — the exact date is ambiguous because of a lengthy transition period — and “as far as the state of Illinois is concerned, he cannot call himself a certified public accountant anymore.”

A central repository of data about licensed CPAs and public accounting firms maintained by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy does not list Martinez.

These two things would seem to mean Martinez should not call himself a certified public accountant, but there’s a problem with that conclusion: Both of those sources are concerned only with licensed CPAs. Martinez — as mentioned in the board’s filings — represented himself in the 2009 interview merely as a CPA, not a licensed CPA.

Good forever

The two other pieces of evidence cited in the board’s filings on this topic involve a biography of Martinez that was posted in two places on the school district’s website. The postings say, “He is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree with highest honors in business administration from DePaul University.”

Hofer suggested that Fact Checker contact the previous licensing board in Illinois to see if Martinez’s original certificate to be a CPA “was good forever.”

The certificate she is referring to is one he received in 1992. It says, “By authority of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and on recommendation of the Board of Examiners, Pedro Martinez, having passed the examination and fulfilled all requirements prescribed by the Illinois public accounting act in the state of Illinois, is registered by the university as a certified public accountant.”

Fact Checker asked the university if the certificates were good forever.

Robin Kaler, the university’s associate chancellor for public affairs, responded by email: “Yes, when certificates were issued in 1992, recipients would have reason to assume that they were receiving a lifetime designation, and they should also have understood that the certificate was not a license to perform public accounting.”

The government agency that approved the 1992 certificate and that still is in charge of testing CPAs in Illinois — but no longer oversees them once licensed — is the Illinois Board of Examiners.

If you go to its website right now at and do a “public certification search” for Pedro Martinez, he comes up. Under the heading of certificate type, it says “Certified Public Accountant.” And under the heading of “status,” it says “Certified.”

The Board of Examiners’ executive director, Russ Friedewald, said this search result just means that Martinez got his CPA certificate in Illinois.

But does it also mean he can call himself a CPA as far as the state of Illinois is concerned?

“Yes, he can call himself a certified public accountant,” Friedewald said.

A two-tiered system

Illinois was unique in this way, having a two-tiered system where people who were not licensed could call themselves certified public accountants. Other states gave different names to CPAs like Martinez, such as “registered public accountant” or “accounting practitioner.” Illinois has phased out the two tiers but things are still confusing there.

In fact, the data Illinois supplies to was specifically discussed this week at the Accountancy Licensing Committee meeting in Nashville.

Viki Windfeldt — a member of the national committee and executive director of the Nevada State Board of Accountancy, which licenses CPAs in Nevada — attended. She said the committee is reviewing the information being provided from Illinois.

More importantly for the purposes of this story, Windfeldt was asked about Martinez.

Windfeldt said the Board of Accountancy has received no information to indicate any violation has occurred in Nevada regarding Martinez referring to himself as a certified public accountant.

“The CPA designation is a credential that Mr. Martinez received from Illinois and he is allowed to use it in his bio,” she said, but added he shouldn’t refer to himself as a CPA in correspondence or use “comma CPA” after his name.

The verdict

One government agency in Illinois does not recognize Martinez as a certified public accountant. This is because, for the purposes of its authority, it only “sees” CPAs who have been licensed. Martinez was never a licensed CPA so it cannot recognize him.

Another government agency in Illinois — the one that actually certifies CPAs — does recognize Martinez as a CPA, just not one who is licensed. And it says he can call himself a certified public accountant.

The university that issued Martinez a certificate calling him a “certified public accountant” says this designation was intended to last a lifetime.

And the Nevada agency in charge of CPAs says Martinez can call himself a “certified public accountant” in a job biography or resume but that in any other context, he should be careful using it to avoid giving the impression he is licensed.

Pedro Martinez is a certified public accountant who is not licensed — and was never licensed — in any state.


The Internet of Things…

Video featuring, from IBM: Mike Wing, Andy Stanford-Clark and John Tolva.

Over the past century but accelerating over the past couple of decades, we have seen the emergence of a kind of global data field. The planet itself – natural systems, human systems, physical objects – have always generated an enormous amount of data, but we didnt used to be able to hear it, to see it, to capture it. Now we can because all of this stuff is now instrumented. And its all interconnected, so now we can actually have access to it. So, in effect, the planet has grown a central nervous system.

Look at that complex set of relationships among all of these complex systems. If we can actually begin to see the patterns in the data, then we have a much better chance of getting our arms around this. Thats where societies become more efficient, thats where more innovation is sparked.

When we talk about a smarter planet, you can say that it has two dimensions. One is to be more efficient, be less destructive, to connect different aspects of life which do affect each other in more conscience and deliberate and intelligent ways. But the other is also to generate fundamentally new insights, new activity, new forms of social relations. So you could look at the planet as an information, creation and transmission system, and the universe was hearing its information but we werent. But increasingly now we can, early days, baby steps days, but we can actually begin to hear the planet talking to us.

Alex Jones on How Matt Drudge Changed The World

When Matt Drudge launched the The Drudge Report he single handedly changed the way we get our news and who we get it from. He saved the news business by turning everyone into their own network and their own editor. As the gatekeeping dinosaur media makes a last gasp of breath from their self created, self censored, establishment narrative tar pits, they will see the face of their dragon slayer and it will be the citizen journalist.…

Coolio and PornHub, a match made in heaven?

 Coolio A lot of conversations about artistic collaboration result in nothing, but when PornHub’s head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, and the rapper Coolio began chatting at the porn industry’s annual AVN Awards, a lascivious creative partnership was struck.

“We threw a party at a strip club during the AVN Awards, and we invited Coolio,” said Blake. “We had some drinks, and I pitched him the idea of coming out with new music on PornHub. He loved it.”

The result of that meeting is “Take It to the Hub,” a song and forthcoming music video featuring Coolio and the pornstars Alexa Aimes (as a twerking dinosaur), Phoenix Marie, Jessica Bangkok, Missy Martinez and Skin Diamond. The video is set to be released in the following weeks.

While TMZ broke the news, some of the details they put forward were inaccurate. As Coolio said to Rolling Stone: “I let them into the video shoot willingly and then the first thing they do is talk bullshit about me and try to make me look bad. They were trying to say it was my comeback. Man, I ain’t trying to make no f–kin’ comeback off some porn.”

“The way TMZ spun it,” Blake said, “they made it seem like we have the exclusive forever [on his music], which isn’t true — him and I have spoken about this, at the end of the day it’s all about money. It would depend how much exposure it generates. If it works, we’ll go forward. We love Coolio, he was a great sport. If he wants to do again, we’ll be more than happy to set it up.”

To the outside observer, PornHub may not be the most natural selection for an artist to distribute their work. But consider that PornHub draws 40 million visitors a day and is ranked the 47th most-visited site in the U.S. according to Alexa, and to an artist it starts to look pretty enticing.

While financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed, Blake said that it included some money upfront for Coolio, with Coolio agreeing to include some branding in his lyrics (they’re right there in the title, after all). PornHub will, instead of monetizing the video for advertisements as they do with the other content on the site, will direct viewers to wherever Coolio wishes — his website, his iTunes page. The contract was not a record deal, akin to a label.


As for the production value of the video? There’ll be no shaky, low-budget (let’s just say it, porno-y) look for this one. “TMZ made us look really low budget, but wait ’till you see it. The crew was all mainstream Hollywood people. We put together a crazy crew, and the video come out amazing.”

The move is part of a broader strategy for PornHub, which is looking to branch out from its smut-based roots in the hopes of penetrating mainstream culture. “We’re changing the way that people see PornHub, that we’re more than just porn,” said Blake. “Obviously, we do porn… but combining music with sexy naked ladies can’t be a bad thing!”


By Mitchell Sunderland

Photo and graphs courtesy of Pornhub

Do you jack off to creampie porn? Do you spend your evenings busting nuts as you watch fellas slide slimy wet ones up ladies’ and/or other fellas’ backsides? Does the thought of an anal prolapse make you hard like a 13-year-old witnessing Britney Spears’s “… Baby One More Time” music video for the first time?

According to Pornhub, for many people the answer to these questions is a resounding yes.

Pornhub Insights, the smut giant’s data department, recently conducted a study about Americans’ anal porn consumption. For several weeks, the team examined Pornhub users’ searches. The research unearthed important facts, like which state’s users likes asses the most and how much American Pornhub viewers like ass in comparison with other countries (only Russians likes butts more than we do). For funsies, Pornhub also looked into how much countries that America has invaded—like Iraq and Afghanistan—use Pornhub to watch booty sex.

Afterwards, the Nate Silver of porn created these exclusive graphs for VICE to reveal the findings. (All terms in the graphs were found in users’ search results.) The results may surprise you—and also get you very, very hard.

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Carson’s City Most Capital Restaurant

Stephen Travels

Adele's Restaurant and Lounge, Carson City, NevadaAlthough Las Vegas rakes in the lion’s share of visitors to Nevada, Carson City captures a number of those who want to see the state capitol, a superior train museum, and a pleasant historic district. And for a fantastic lunch, the smart ones head over to Adele’s Restaurant and Lounge, where the chef-owner and his wife continue a 40-year-old family business that makes magic out of mostly local ingredients. And they do it all in a historic house built in 1875 for a Nevada attorney general and Supreme Court justice. Read more >

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Why I’m Returning to Burning Man

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BRC from the Air Looking down on Black Rock City from a plane that I watched skydivers jump out of. NO BIG DEAL.

What is Burning Man like?

When I’d agreed last year to go and perform on the Playa with the burlesque troupe I’m in, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I was thrilled to perform there, but other than that I had basically no knowledge about what Burning Man was (and is). I’d only ever just heard of it when I moved to San Francisco about three years ago, and all I really understood was that it was people camping in the desert.

As the months until the Burn whittled down, and then suddenly there were only weeks, and then days, I was actually dreading the trip there. I couldn’t admit it at the time, but I was pretty scared about going. 

Why? Because I had no idea what Burning…

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{las vegas} dancing bellagio fountain

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While on the inside of the Bellagio you’ll find amazing flowers and a 27-foot chocolate fountain, it’s what’s outside this beautiful building that draws the most attention. It’s the beautiful fountain and lights that dances to both popular and otherwise famous tunes that really pulls a crowd every 15 to 30 minutes. If you’ve seen it before, you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, well, you really should get yourself over there. If not, YouTube it, because I’m sure people have captured better videos than my pictures!

A Las Vegas-style fountain photo adventure:


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{las vegas} caesar’s palace

through our eyes

Happy Birthday Erjie!

Caesars Palace is one of the casinos that you can walk into on the strip and not only be transported to another place, but another time. Granted nobody living now has ever walked around in Caesar’s palace, but isn’t it great to have the chance to pretend? I mean, I can only imagine that his palace was probably also filled with Roman statues, fountains, and flowers. Like the casino and resort, I bet the real palace was also ginormous and took forever to walk through as well. Similarly, it was probably filled with people milling around just like our modern Las Vegas version, too.

When I’m in Las Vegas, I never want to shell out a ton of money to see the pricey though famous shows so I like to at least take advantage of the free ones. Caesars Palace offers the Fall if Atlantis show featuring…

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Nevada Man Arrested for Arson After Texting Pictures to Friend

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AMES, Iowa — Ames police tracked down a Nevada man on a warrant for fires he allegedly set awhile back.

Ames firefighters were called to a small fire at 2039 Country Club Boulevard, September 24, 2012.  They found a trash can on fire, and quickly put it out before it spread.

Investigators later found out that Grant Whitaker, 21, sent a picture of the fire to a friend through text, claiming he set the fire.

Whitaker is charged with third degree arson, an aggravated misdemeanor for that fire.

Then, on November 3, 2013, firefighters put out a truck that was on fire.

In this incident, police say Whitaker again sent a picture text to a friend, claiming he lit some materials on fire under the truck, causing it to catch fire.

For the vehicle fire, Whitaker is charged with second degree arson, a class c felony.

Whitaker was arrested on…

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Watch As Russell Brand Exposes The Fox News Propaganda Machine Perfectly

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John Mayer once said ?If you trust the Television then what you get is what you got, cause when they own the information they can bend it all they want.? This is precisely what is happening in the video below where Russel Brand breaks down how Sean Hannity and FOX news pushes a pro-war stance on what is taking place between Israel and Gaza.

We hear it quite often don?t we? When we say we like to stay informed with what is going on with the world so we watch the news and read the newspaper. But are we really staying up to date with what?s happening? Or are we simply hearing planned rhetoric with an agenda making it very difficult to know what is actually happening if you don?t do further research?

Russell Exposes FOX?s Agenda

Russell picks apart a recent show on FOX where Sean Hannity asks…

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Nevadans saddled with large amount of debt

nevadaBy Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Money

NEW YORK — Americans have a debt problem.

An estimated 1 in 3 adults with a credit history — or 77 million people — are so far behind on some of their debt payments that their account has been put “in collections.”

That’s a key finding from an Urban Institute study.

It examined non-mortgage debt, including credit card bills, car loans, medical bills, child support payments and even parking tickets.

The debt in collections ranged from as little as $25 to a whopping $125,000. But the average amount owed was $5,200.

Geographically, no area of the country is untouched.

Among the states, Nevada had the highest percentage of residents with debt in collections — 47 percent — as well as the highest average amount owed — $7,198. That was helped in part by the Las Vegas metro area, where 49 percent of residents had debt in collections.

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Sunscreen on my shoulder is not the FDA’s business

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On Monday, Congress passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act (HR 4250). This act is designed to reduce the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?s backlog of applications for approval of new sunscreen ingredients. The bill requires the FDA to make a final decision on the existing sunscreen applications within 8 months, and imposes an 11 month deadline on future applications for approval of new sunscreen ingredients.

Of course this assumes that agencies will meet the new deadlines or that Congress will have the will to impose serious consequences on the agency?such as restrictions on their funding? if they do not meet the deadlines.

Still it is nice to see Congress take to ease the regulatory burden. However, the fact that Congress is spending time worrying about the FDA?s approval of various types of sunscreen shows how out of control the federal bureaucracy has become. It would be nice if instead of debating ways to ?improve?…

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Amazon employee may have crashed his drone into Seattle’s Space Needle

An Amazon employee has created a stir after capturing stunning aerial footage of theSeattle Space Needle with his personal drone. And no, he wasn’t testing Prime Air, the company’s plan to deliver packages to your front door by way of drone.

Several witnesses saw the drone buzzing around the top of the tourist attraction and called security Tuesday night, which resulted in the man getting a slap on the wrist and lecture from Seattle Police Department.

Space Needle security guards called police to report several sightings of a small white drone fitted with a camera grazing the top of the famous tourist attraction, according to Seattle Police Department’s blog. Witnesses told security officers the drone crashed into an observation deck window, but police didn’t find any evidence of damage. The drone then flew back to its owner on the fifth floor of a hotel a couple blocks east of the Space Needle, the report states.

BuzzFeed posted some of the drone’s footage on its Vine page:

The man who owned the drone told officers he was an Amazon employee, visiting from another city, according to the report. He showed officers the drone’s footage of its flight around the Needle, and there were no signs of a crash.

Amazon is based in Seattle, a city that’s been dealing with a lot of drone drama lately and recently even grounded a police drone program.

Seattle police seemed to have a sense of humor about the incident:

Amazon made headlines late last year when CEO Jeff Bezos told CBS’s “60 Minutes”that it was developing “octocopter” mini-drones that would deliver packages to doorsteps in less than 30 minutes. The company recently formally requested permission from the FAA to begin testing drone prototypes.

On Friday, it was making headlines for spooking investors with a disappointing quarterly report that revealed a big increase in spending.

Amazon shares AMZN +0.18% were sliding Friday and off roughly 20% for the year so far. Amazon shares finished 2013 with a 59% gain.

—Michelle Coffey

More on drones:

13 cutting-edge drone companies you should know

Are drones illegal in your state? This map can tell you

Interactive: A field guide to drones 

NASA Sounds Red Alert over Solar Flare that Nearly Wiped out Human Civilization

Starship Earth: The Big Picture

THAT sun, up in THAT sky? Attacking us?  LOL  Whose side are you on, Mike?

I don’t think Mike Adams has researched this topic fully, or he wouldn’t be sharing information like this.

If you believe anything NASA says, I have a splendid piece of ocean-front property here in the Arizona desert to sell you.

“According to shocking new research published by NASA”.  They just discovered this, eh?

The DRAMA! Can you STAND it? They just never give up, do they?

In case anyone lands here who isn’t aware of what’s REALLY going on…

Any ‘pulse’ that hits us is not from that sun; it’s either from the cabal’s secret space weapons—or it’s the pulse sent by Source that launches “The Event”—the end of the New World Order and Humanity’s liberation.

NASA is a lying, fear-mongering, government agency that is acting out of fear itself, because they are doomed

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New Rand Paul book to debut in 2015

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(CNN) — In another sign that Sen. Rand Paul is taking steps toward a presidential campaign, the Kentucky Republican will come out with a new book early next year, the Courier-Journal in Louisville reported Tuesday.

That’s about the same time frame Paul has said he’ll make a decision about a White House bid.

“Just coincidence, probably just coincidence, yeah,” Paul told the Courier-Journal, regarding the timing.

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