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The Most American City Isn’t New York, L.A., Or Chicago

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BY STEFAN AL 04.11.17 | 9:00 AM

Sands Hotel Las Vegas, NV [Photo: courtesy MIT Press]
Sands Hotel Las Vegas, NV [Photo: courtesy MIT Press]

The Most American City Isn’t New York, L.A., Or Chicago
Long dismissed, this one city’s design gets the credit it’s due in a new book from MIT Press.

“Editors’ Note: In The Strip, a new book from MIT Press, Stefan Al–an architect, urban designer, and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania–compares the evolution of Las Vegas to the cultural metamorphosis of the American dream. The following chapter is excerpted, with permission.”
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“The Strip began as an exception. But increasingly it has become a rule—in its holistically designed and multisensory environments, in being technologically wired and “smart,” in patterns of urban development, in financial practices, and in aesthetic tastes. For decades, Vegas marketed itself as an over-the-top series of urban stunts. But this seemingly outrageous behavior took advantage of fundamental changes in American society. The urbanistic role of Vegas has also taken a turn. The Strip began as essentially anti-urban, with inwardly oriented resorts located outside of the incorporated city of Las Vegas. Today, the Strip is a major pedestrian space with casinos that contribute to a larger urban experience. Vegas has now even become a model for 21st-century urbanism that other cities are seeking to emulate. Not only that, the city provides lessons for anyone called upon to create landmarks, attention-getters, fantasy environments, spectacular images, or memorable experiences. I personally witnessed the city’s impact as an architect when Chinese clients for the world’s largest tower, after a visit to the Strip, wanted the Bellagio’s musical fountains. They wanted Vegas.”

STEFAN AL continues:
From its inception in 1941, the Strip has mutated beyond even its own wildest dreams. In the 1940s, Strip developers dressed like cowboys, some packing real guns, built hacienda-style casinos that broke ground with moving neon displays as big as windmills. By the 1950s, casino builders replaced the wagon wheels with Cadillac tailfin forms, and pumped underwater Muzak into exotically shaped pools. The 1960s neon signs, as tall as 20-story buildings and as long as two football fields, were ripped down in the 1970s when the emphasis shifted to the buildings themselves, and chandeliers the size of trucks. By the next decade, the chandeliers had been replaced by a 10-story, laser-eyed sphinx and a fiery volcano spewing piña colada scent. Charmed by the world’s famous cities in the late 1990s, Las Vegas built replicas, including the Eiffel Tower, New York skyscrapers, and Venetian canals. But in the new millennium, a mere decade later, replicas were out and serious architectural originals, which housed museum-quality collections of authentic art, were in.

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If any city deserves the “Makeover Award” for the most drastic changes to its image, it is Las Vegas More…

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Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has officially set a grand opening date of Saturday, December 3, 2016.

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Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino
300 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102

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Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino 300 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89102
Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino

“Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has officially set a grand opening date of Saturday, December 3, 2016. The property will commemorate the opening with an extravagant series of Asian demonstrations. Among the planned festivities are a firecracker show, which typically accompanies many Asian holidays and celebrations, driving away evil spirits; a lion and dragon dance, bringing good luck and good fortune to all; and the world’s largest traditional Kung Fu tea service will run throughout the hotel & casino. “It’s a great feeling, given the work our entire team has put into bringing Lucky Dragon to Las Vegas, to be able to announce its grand opening,” said David Jacoby” read more…

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UNA STORIA SEGRETA: ITALIAN AMERICANS IN INTERNMENT CAMPS DURING WORLD WAR 2

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NEW: UPDATE NOVEMBER 18, 2016
This subject has been in the news lately so I thought I should repost it.

This post was first published on October 07, 2007 at 12:00 and republished June 9, 2008 at 3:00 and May 15, 2013 at 1:00 am. And Published again November, 18th 2016

Una Storia Segreta Logo
From the Una Storia Segreta Webpages

NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: It’s been a half-dozen years since the first publication, a number of links have been updated, some were dead. Please send comment if you find links that don’t work.

In the late 90s a buddy and I went to an exhibition at a Las Vegas Public Library. It was The Una Storia Segreta exhibit. Una Storia Segreta (the words in Italian mean both “a secret story” and “a secret history.”) The secret story is about the treatment of Italians and/or Italian-Americans in the United States just preceding and during the Second World War. You are probably aware that persons of Japanese ancestry were placed in American internment camps, but might be surprised to find that many Italians, and Germans in the US were also interned. The Italians and Germans as well as individuals from other ethnic groups were considered “Enemy Aliens.”

The government’s actions – in the 90s – (read on) shows that cooler heads can eventually prevail.
The reason for this post is to shine that light… Continue reading

Full Beaver Moon – November 14, 2016 at 5:53 A.M. Pacific Time

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Full Beaver Moon
Full Beaver Moon

From almanac.com:
The Full Moon on November 14, 2016, will appear as the largest and brightest Moon in the sky since 1948! Mark your calendars.

Full Beaver Moon Video
Each month, we explain the traditional Moon names along with some fascinating facts about the Moon. This month, learn about the Full Beaver Moon, and why you should avoid falling asleep in the moonlight.

WATCH THE SUPER SUPERMOON SHOW!
The show will start below on Sunday, November 13, 2016: 5:00 PM PST | 6:00 PM MST | 7:00 PM CST | 8:00 PM EST

Click here for the video

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This show is a partnership with between The Old Farmer’s Almanac editors and Slooh.com.

Why is the November 2016 Moon the most interesting of the year?

First, it’s a “Perigee” Moon—when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is nearest to Earth.

Even better, this Moon will be nearer to Earth than it’s been in 70 years. While the Moon won’t technically be getting any bigger, it will appear up to 14% larger than when it is at its furthest point.

Further, the full Moon of November 14 is not only the closest full Moon of 2016 but also the closest full Moon in the 21st century and it won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. Besides appearing large and bright in the sky, this extra-close Perigee Moon (or, Supermoon) will also have a more dramatic effect on the tides.

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Full Hunter’s Moon: October, 15 at 9:25 P.M. Pacific Time

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Full Hunter's Moon
Full Hunter’s Moon

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Some Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”

This is the first Full Moon following September’s Harvest Moon. It rises just after sunset and sets around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.

FULL HUNTERS MOON VIDEO

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Hunter’s Moon. Click below to watch the video.

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MOON FACTS AND FOLKLORE
The Moon passes above Venus on October 3, to the right of Saturn on the 5th, and above Mars on the 7th and 8th.
Corn planted under a waning Moon grows slower but yields larger ears.
Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
A new Moon in your dreams promises increased wealth or a happy marriage.

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Full Harvest Moon For September, 2016: Friday, September 16, at 9:45 AM PDT

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Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
For Moon fans, September, 2016 will provide plenty of Moon action! The month begins and ends with a New Moon, with the Full Moon precisely sandwiched in between, on the 16th day.

The Full Moon nearest the autumn equinox is named the Harvest Moon since, during this month, the Moon helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than other Full Moons do.

Witness the Full Harvest Moon Eclipse Friday! Watch as the Moon Moves into Earth’s Shadow.

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In years when the Harvest Moon falls in October, the September full Moon is usually known as the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley.

September’s Full Moon Video featuring Amy Nieskens

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LIVE HARVEST MOON SHOW!
On Friday, September 16, at 9:45 AM PDT | 12:45 PM EDT | 16:45 UTC, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is partnering with Slooh to host a broadcast of the Harvest Moon. Watch the live feed below!

Slooh will be teaming up with global feed partners in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Western Australia, where the eclipse is will be visible, to bring viewers the live lunar show from start to finish.

Learn what causes a Lunar Eclipse and the differences between a Total Lunar Eclipse and this week’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Bob Berman, Slooh Astronomer and Astronomy Editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will also be on hand to discuss the odd ways the Moon moves around our home planet, leading to these different eclipses throughout the year. He and Paul will also explore recent headlines that suggest our nearest neighbor’s origins were more violent than previously thought.

Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will offer insights into the history and folklore surrounding the Harvest Moon. They’ll discuss the different names the September Moon has been given by different cultures, and delve into some of the cultural stories and traditions surrounding the Harvest Moon, and the annual harvests associated with it.

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Watch the live stream [ CLICK HERE ] on FRIDAY, September 16, 12:45 PM (EDT)
Live Stream starts: 9:45 AM PDT ¦ 12:45 PM EDT ¦ 16:45UTC
Live Stream ends: 2:00 PM PDT ¦ 5:00 PM EDT ¦ 21:00UTC

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The Full Sturgeon Moon rises on Thursday, August 18

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The Full Sturgeon Moon will be 100% full on Thursday, August 18 at 2:29 A.M. Pacific Time.

AUGUST FULL MOON NAMES
Some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.”

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See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

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The Full Strawberry Moon will be on Monday – June 20, 2016 at 4:04 A.M. Pacific Time

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June Strawberry Moon
June Strawberry Moon

The Full Strawberry Moon will be on Monday – June 20, 2016 at 4:04 A.M. Pacific Time

From Almanac.com

The month of June’s Full Moon’s name is the Full Strawberry Moon. June’s Full Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit. It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe (where strawberries aren’t native) and the Honey Moon. See ALL Full Moon names and their meanings.From Almanac.com

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Watch Almanac.Com Video on June’s Full Strawberry Moon
With Amy Nieskens

FULL MOON FOR JUNE RISES ON THE SUMMER SOLSTICE!
“This June, 2016, the solstice and full Moon coincide—a rare event, indeed, that hasn’t happened in nearly 70 years. The event will be broadcast LIVE from Slooh’s observatory in the Canary Islands, and Almanac editors will co-host the event. Click here to see the Full Moon Summer Solstice show for free.”

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Riviera implosion goes off without a hitch — VIDEO

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By JAMIE MUNKS and KIMBERLY DE LA CRUZ
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted June 13, 2016 – 8:21pm Updated June 15, 2016 – 8:48pm

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Riviera implosion - June 12 @2:35 a.m.
Riviera implosion – June 12 @2:35 a.m.

Las Vegas bid a bittersweet goodbye to the Riviera early Tuesday, as the historic hotel’s Monaco tower came crashing down to pave the way for expanded convention facilities.

The 24-story tower was imploded around 2:35 a.m., preceded by a fireworks show and a countdown. A rumbling began, and the easternmost part of the tower began to fall first. The entire building ceased to exist in under a minute, and in the minutes that followed, the dust cleared, leaving a void on the northern end of the Strip.

“As we say goodbye to the Riviera, we look forward to our future,” Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter said at a lively viewing party in an adjacent convention center parking lot.

The Riviera on Tuesday joined other resorts such as the Stardust, the Aladdin and the Dunes when it was reduced to rubble by 18 delayed detonations. But those hotels “are the foundation of where we are today,” Ralenkotter said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority acquired the property for $190 million in February 2015 and plans to expand convention facilities there.

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Full Snow Moon: February 22 at 10:20 A.M. Las Vegas Time

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Information from Almanac.com

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

See more about the month’s Full Moon names and their meanings.

http://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-february

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