Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight’s hitting something
That’s been known to change the weather
We’ll kill the fatted calf tonight
So stick around
You’re gonna hear electric music
Solid walls of sound
– Bernie Taupin
The ringleader of the September 11th attacks, Mohammed Atta, and at least four of the other 19 hijackers made six visits to Las Vegas between late-May and mid-August. Atta, who piloted the first plane into the World Trade Center, flew to Las Vegas on June 28, 2001, rented a car, and then spent 90 minutes online at an internet cafe across from UNLV. He then checked in at the Econo Lodge on Las Vegas Boulevard, within shouting distance of the FBI office, put a “do not disturb” sign on his door and stayed two nights in a room that faced the Stratosphere Tower…..
The hijackers weren’t the only visitors of note that summer. On 9/11 itself, more than 100 members of the Saudi royal family and their friends, the Bin Laden’s, were staying in Las Vegas, mostly at Caesars Palace and the Four Seasons. Osama Bin Laden’s sister was well known at the Bellagio….
Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and Western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports….
For those who do not know about the Bellagio Fountains, I’ve come across some very interesting facts about why it is the world’s best fountain display. Unlike most fountains that have music attached, the display at Bellagio took the premise in reverse and tailored the fountain behavior to the theme of the song. That is, every piece of the 3 dozen or so songs has special fountain sequences to go along with the music. To make the movements more unique, there are four unique fountain nozzles (1,200 total) that are found in the 9 acre lake, including:
Oarsmen – Jets set with full 360 degree motion
Shooters – Upward shooting jets
Super Shooters – Upward shooting jets to 240 feet
Extreme Shooters – Upward shooting jets to an impressive 460 feet
Putting together the combination of the 1,200 jets, 4,500+ lights, and 3 dozen songs, and you can imagine the possibilities for the beautiful scenes. Want to see them all? It might be hard in one trip, but to get the most out of the fountains it is best to know the show times like the back of your hand. Monday to Friday the fountains play every 30 minutes from 3pm until 8pm and every 15 minutes until midnight. Saturday and Sunday the fountains play every 30 minutes from noon until 8pm and every 15 minutes until midnight. The first and last show of the day is always the “Star Spangled Banner”, however immediately following the opening performance is a second show chosen at random from their play list……
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