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Las Vegas Cougars Pimp PUMA’s

In this uncertain and perilous economy we live, companies grab on to any glimmering ray of hope, no matter how dim.  Companies are pushed to the brink, gearing up to an unprecedented creative overdrive.  Just look at General Motors and Segway.  With GM trembling on the brink of bankruptcy, having already grabbed $13 billion in their government bailout, and now faced with the challenge of producing substantial results – people want to buy their cars – in about 50 days to the Feds or die trying. 

GM has reinvented themselves in warp speed, entering into a new partnership with Segway to produce a new 300-pound urban assault car– a vehicle not showing the characteristic smiling metal or plastic grille. It’s General Motors’ latest effort to lend its expertise in car manufacturing and exterior design and recast itself, hopefully, as a viable, environmentally friendly automaker.

The zero emissions, green power electric prototype vehicle was demonstrated in New York on April 7.  The joint GM and Segway project, coined “Project P.U.M.A.” (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), consists of a lithium-ion battery powered two-seater that is canopied in a roll cage and has two wheels.  Having a top speed of 35 m.p.h., the PUMA can travel up to 35 miles between recharges.  About half the length of a Smart car, it basically consists of two Segway PTs (Personal Transporters) joined in a chassis with a transparent shield covering the top and front, and an electric drive and batteries from GM. 

But that’s not the half of it.    Despite not having airbags, the vehicle has other lifesaving and stress reduction advantages.   The cars sport automatic vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems — they can drive and park themselves, automatically detecting other moving vehicles and people in their path, while continuously synchronizing with each other to ease the flow of traffic.    The OnStar wireless communication system will enable people to communicate and locate each other in a city. 

What does this have to do with Las Vegas?  We should join in on the GM partnership, of course.  Squash those sugarplum fairy ideas of building a Las Vegas mob shrine or building that new Taj Mahal city hall.  Think American; invest in GM.  Help turn their dream into a reality. 

For GM and Las Vegas leaders, the challenge and incentive is now to show the government and the public that they’re capable of forward thinking when it comes to implementing programs that save people money, relieve city congestion and curb our urban driving rage syndrome. 

The City of Las Vegas should take part of the pent up budgeted money and use it to promote the new idea and commercialization of it all by building the requisite city electric-powered infrastructure.   Since many Las Vegas homes don’t have garages to house and charge electric vehicles, develop electric-charged depots that are conveniently dispersed throughout the city. 

Further, facing a heated Las Vegas unemployment rate over 10 percent, twice as much as a year ago, the city should part with their budgeted money to hire pick-wielding laborers to expand Las Vegas’ deplorable bike lane network.  That way the environmentally friendly PUMAS won’t be pounced on by competing gas guzzlers as they rapidly fade into dinosaur la-la land. 

Though GM says it would cost only 25 to 30 percent as much to own and operate PUMA as a conventional car, our city could be at least socially gracious enough to self-fund their own economic stimulus bailout program, so Las Vegas down and out people faced with ever shrinking incomes could purchase a PUMA to call their own. 

The thought of having no more driving stress is surreal. Not whiling away time in endless traffic jams that have become a continuous part of Las Vegas life?  Can it happen? 

And imagine all the positive Las Vegas nightlife by-products:  Pimp a PUMA and safely drive AND drink all night long on the Strip.  Gone are all those drunken driving cases that clog our already taxed court system.  Drivers just program in their entire fave peep list and automatically travel incognito throughout the evening- safely, without texting and tweeting.  

Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan would no doubt be in her tenth heaven. 

Just pray the automatic pilot doesn’t fail.

Check out the PUMA in action.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Prove Life Exists After Football

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit ModelsThe NFL football season is history.  But that doesn’t mean excitement needs to be put on hold. Oh my gosh, no.  The folks over at Sports Illustrated were creatively up to the challenge, responding by providing the ultimate in eye-popping candy when 19 swimsuit models arrived in stunning fashion at LAX nightclub in the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 12, to launch their new promotion for the much awaited 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.  

The event marks the first time the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model team decided to make Las Vegas their destination promotion site.  Earlier in the week they were in New York.  The models arrived in grand style aboard “SI One,” a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, which was completely wrapped in Sports Illustrated swimsuit imagery- something unique to no doubt soothe weary pilots’ eyes as they fly the airways.  This is also the first time that Southwest Airlines has wrapped a plane in virtually nose-to-tail imagery. sportsillusplane

Although the Sports Illustrated 46th swimsuit edition is now available on newsstands, Las Vegas Backstage Access thought you might want to see a quick teaser flash slideshow of the 19 models arriving on the red carpet at LAX. (please click on underlined words to view show; view their names by clicking on captions button in lower right).  Our professional photographers have assembled a quick exclusive glimpse of the beauties.  Included is cover girl Bar Refaeli (pictured in this article), the girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brooklyn Decker, fiancée to Andy Roddick.  Six-time Grammy award-winning recording artist John Legend performed at LAX for attendees. 

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit franchise reaches more than 66 million satisfied adults annually in over 10 countries including China, Czech Republic, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan.  

Approximately one in three Americans over the age of 18 “read” the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model edition.

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