Archive for the ‘A Point of View’

  • LVWAC USA-China Military Relations
    By guest contributor Dr. Jesper Nielsen Last night Ben Duchek, the force behind the Las Vegas World Affairs Council (LVWAC), put together another powerful program to support his vision of connecting Las Vegans interested in foreign affairs with knowledgeable speakers and creating a forum of vibrant and relevant dialogue. The guest commentator was Dr. Phillip C. Saunders,...
    by at June 1st, 2007 at 08:06 am
  • FDA and Drugs That Kill
    I took a lot of flack about my article on the FDA and drugs. The book I recommended by Kevin Trudeau, I was told, was written by a charlatan with no credentials other than he had made bucketsful of money selling himself as one of the gurus of the self-improvement age. Having made lots of dough promoting yourself, to my mind, demonstrates having a real good sense of what...
    by at May 27th, 2007 at 10:05 am
  • Memorial Day Services
    For those of you looking for a traditional and meaningful way to spend Memorial Day, there are three services being held Monday May 28 in the morning. Bunkers Mortuaries and Cemeteries is holding Memorial Day Service at two locations: Memory Gardens Memorial Park 7251 Lone Vegas Blvd North with VFW Post 10047 at 8:00 am. Woodlawn Cemetary 1500 Las Vegas Blvd North with...
    by at May 24th, 2007 at 05:05 pm
  • Ice: Direct from Russia @ the Riviera
    Dramatic, energetic and personal describe the experience of "Ice: Direct from Russia" at the Riviera Versailles Theatre. Because of the small size of the venue, the atmosphere is intimate and contact with the performers up close and personal. What an amazing array of talent – so young, so vibrant, so beautiful – there is a certain naivete that...
    by at May 18th, 2007 at 08:05 am
  • Fox’s “24” Finale Night
    The Las Vegas World Affairs Council schedules many events with serious international portent, but they also know how to have fun. “24” & Terrorism: A Discussion” is one of those occasions that the LVWAC combines head with heart for an evening of discussion on the popular Fox TV Show “24” and international terrorism. The two-hour season...
    by at May 17th, 2007 at 10:05 am
  • “Open Cup” Coffee with Mayor Goodman
    Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be at Starbucks from 7:30a-9:00a on Fri May 18 to talk with any constituents who want to share their thoughts. This is a casual setting designed to give you the chance to meet the mayor in an every day kind of way, without the formality of protocol. For more info call the mayor’s office 702-229-6241. The Starbucks is located at...
    by at May 16th, 2007 at 07:05 am
  • Gas prices too high? Don’t pump on May 15
    There’s an internet action in the works to boycott gas pumps on May 15 in protest over high gas prices. The claim is a national “gas out” in April 1997 in protest of those gas prices (look cheap today) caused gasoline prices to drop 30 cents/gallon overnight. The program goes like this: There are 73,000,000 American users on the internet. It takes...
    by at May 15th, 2007 at 02:05 am
  • The Power of Internet Politics
    The Natural Solutions Foundation is claiming victory over the Big Pharmaceutical Companies (“Big Pharma“) and FDA assault on natural health care and supplements. 435,005 people used their site to submit comments to the FDA about the draft CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) Guidance. The FDA apparently first denied the request to extend the comment...
    by at May 5th, 2007 at 02:05 pm
  • China Town Hall: US-China Military Relations
    This May 31 program sponsored by the Las Vegas World Affairs Council is a two-part exploration of US-China Military Relations in the 21st Century. A webconference with Ass’t Sec Christopher Hill, US State Dept Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs will take place from 4p-5p. Ass’t Sec Hill will give a 10 minute talk and follow with 35 minutes of Q&A...
    by at May 3rd, 2007 at 08:05 am
  • Update on FDA & Natural Health
    As I get more info, I am updating previous articles. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Apr 28 – This link takes you to an important guest blog by Ralph Fucetola, JD on the real nature of the complex multiple assaults on Health Freedom. www.healthfreedomusa.org +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Apr...
    by at April 29th, 2007 at 07:04 am
  • Israeli Independence Day
    The United Jewish Community/Jewish Federation of Las Vegas hosts a community Israel Independence Day celebration concert Sun Apr 29 1:30p-3:30p. Visions, a trio performing traditonal and modern Jewish inspirational music will entertain. Guest speaker, US Congressman and Holocaust survivor, Tom Lantos, D-CA will share insights on Israel. Tickets are $5. For more info...
    by at April 27th, 2007 at 07:04 pm
  • John McCain & myspace
    Looks like John McCain is getting with the program. He has posted on myspace.com with personal interests, details of his life including the fact he is a Virgo. I think it’s interesting that he’s reaching out through this media. If you want to check it out, go to http://www.myspace.com/johnmccain. Related Terry McAuliffe, Hillary and the LV World Affairs...
    by at April 26th, 2007 at 09:04 am
  • FDA assault on natural health choices
    The FDA is a powerful government organization that controls our access to prescription and non-prescription drugs. The FDA wants to control access to natural health products like vitamins, minerals and herbs – along with natural health therapies of all sorts. If you do your research, I think you will find that the FDA is too closely involved with the pharmaceutical...
    by at April 25th, 2007 at 06:04 am
  • The Art of Politics Art Show
    Exhibiting thru April 27 at the Left of Center Art Gallery in North Las Vegas is a show called “The Art of Politics.” A group of artists “explore the political and humantarian issues the impact our lives.” The gallery also displays a collection of African art. The hours are Tues-Fri 1p-6p, Sat 10a-2p. Call 702-647-7378 for more info. 2207 W...
    by at April 19th, 2007 at 10:04 am
  • Speaking of Dependency on Oil
    There is an email circulating that warns of the strategic name change of CITGO to PETRO EXPRESS and that we should all be aware that CITGO-PETRO EXPRESS are one in the same Venezuelan oil company. Just in case you didn’t know, President Chavez of Venezuela is pretty unfriendly to the USA, but not unfriendly enough to ignore loss of sales revenues stateside. Apparently...
    by at March 24th, 2007 at 08:03 pm
  • Democrat Presidential Hopefuls Speak Out on Healthcare
    UNLV will host one of the most important political forums on healthcare to date. The Democratic Presidential candidates are all invited; present for the discussion will be Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson. Sen Edwards announced today that he will stay in the race in spite of the news that his wife Elizabeth...
    by at March 23rd, 2007 at 11:03 am
  • Vietnam vs Iraq
    If you have ever had to write one of those essays about compare and contrast, you will get the gist of the Black Mountain Institute Panel Discussion on The Vietnam War in Light of Iraq. The panel of six scholars and authors contributed their personal insights into the two conflicts; similarities easier to expound than differences. Both qualify as huge political, military...
    by at March 23rd, 2007 at 10:03 am
  • NOW meeting
    The National Organization for Women (NOW), Southern Nevada Branch, meets the 4th Thursday of every month. This group is dedicated to those issues which advance equality between genders. The usual venue is the Clark County Library at 6:30 pm. Call for more info: 702-387-7552. Library 1401 E Flamingo Las Vegas NV. Related Clubs & Associations, Free Mammograms, Health...
    by at March 18th, 2007 at 06:03 pm
  • Tickets for So African de Klerk
    The Barrick Lecture Series will be featuring former South African President and promoter of peace and democracy, Frederik Willem de Klerk at the next event of this season. De Klerk will speak on “Bridging the Gap: Globalization without Isolation” on April 17 @ 7:30 pm. De Klerk was president of South Africa from 1982 until the inauguration of President Nelson...
    by at March 18th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • Democrat Presidential Candidates on Health Care
    I received a comment from the SEIU clarifying some incomplete information published in the R-J. The moderator for the event will be Karen Tumulty, political correspondent for Time magazine. The priviliged audience for the Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum on Health Care will consist of UNLV (I am assuming faculty, staff and students), members of the SEIU, and...
    by at March 14th, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • Las Vegas needs an Art House movie theater
    I just happened to check out the website for ShoWest, the film industry trade show that caters to cinema exhibition and distribution, and saw that they are offering a feature called ShoWest University. ShoWest U is an educational program geared toward the regional and independent theatre owner. What a yearning I developed for the no-frills little Palm Theatre in San...
    by at March 13th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
  • Terry McAuliffe, Hillary & the Las Vegas World Affairs Council
    Benjamin Duchek of the Las Vegas World Affairs Council has done it again. Guest speaker Terry McAuliffe, chair of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign, sharing political war stories with 30 lucky members of the LVWAC at the Steak House, Four Seasons Hotel. What a coup! McAuliffe is a guy usually found speaking to groups of 100’s or 1000’s. We...
    by at March 7th, 2007 at 05:03 pm
  • An Evening with The Lost Boys of Sudan
    The screening last night of the The Lost Boys of Sudan was not as well attended as one would like, but that’s easy to understand. This ugly thing happening in Africa makes us all uncomfortable. We know it’s tragic and feel helpless about doing anything to change things. There are so many places in the world that are a mess, so much suffering, for reasons...
    by at February 22nd, 2007 at 04:02 pm
  • LV World Affairs Council Int’l Trivia
    Just to give you an update on some interesting events sponsored by the LV World Affairs Council: Tonight Feb 21: Screening of “The Lost Boys of Sudan: An Understanding of the Sudan and the Situation in Darfur.” The award-winning filmmaker, Jon Shenk, Professors Drs. Ted Gurr and Barbara Harff and Sudanese refugees from the “Lost Boys” will be...
    by at February 21st, 2007 at 11:02 am
  • Time Share Trivia
    When you live in Las Vegas, sooner or later you are going to get that invitation to listen to a sales pitch for timeshares, vacation condos, hotel condominiums etc etc etc. With promises of free plane tickets, free gambling, free dinners for two, who can resist giving up 90 minutes of free time in exchange for such free goodies? We spent one such morning with the Starpoint...
    by at February 3rd, 2007 at 03:02 pm