November 28, 2013
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For the past three months we have been training three "supremely"
luscious birds to perform a little song and dance number to celebrate today's
Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, we did such a "supreme" job that it looks
like we will be dining on tofu birds shaped like a turkey this evening. We hope
you enjoy your "supremely" traditional real bird with all the fixin's, and that
you will enjoy this "supreme" performance by our meals that got away...
Has Mayor Reed bitten off more than he can chew with his proposed
ballot initiative to reel in pubic pensions? Check out this article from
yesterday's paper and decide for yourself...
Pension Initiative Opposed
mayors ask S.J. counterpart to quit statewide push—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Nov. 27, 2013
After announcing a 2014
statewide pension ballot initiative with fellow mayors from around California,
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has run into some opposition — from other mayors.
Nineteen mayors — along with two vice mayors, two county board of supervisors
presidents and five additional council members — signed a letter to Reed on
Tuesday urging him to abandon his effort that would see public employees pay
more for their retirement. Many of the opponents are labor-backed Democrats from
small towns, and several of them are relying on donations and support from
public employee unions as they run for re-election or higher office.
Leading the list are Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and San Francisco Board of
Supervisors President David Chiu. They were joined by top officials from three
cities neighboring San Jose: Campbell Mayor Evan Low, Sunnyvale Mayor Tony
Spitaleri and Cupertino Vice Mayor Gilbert Wong. Mayors from San Mateo,
Millbrae, Richmond, Alameda and Santa Rosa also opposed Reed’s measure.
It comes after Reed proposed the initiative last month with the help of four
other California mayors, including Anaheim’s Tom Tait. One of the supporters,
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, has since dropped out as a formal supporter and
been replaced by Vallejo Vice Mayor Stephanie Gomes. In the middle are mayors
from more than 400 other California cities who have not voiced their opinion on
Tentatively set for the November 2014 ballot, Reed’s initiative would give
California cities and other public agencies power to negotiate changes to
existing employees’ retirement benefits. Employees would keep the benefits they
had earned up until their contract changes but could see reduced benefits going
forward. Reed and other supporters say the changes are needed to stop the sharp
rise of pension costs that have crippled taxpayer-funded public budgets. Last
year, Reed won overwhelming San Jose voter support for Measure B, to trim city
workers’ future retirement benefits, but employee unions sued to block it.
They argue that California court decisions suggest that once employees are
hired, their pension benefits can never be reduced, even in future years,
something Reed’s statewide initiative would change. The Legislature also
approved pension reforms last year, though mostly for new hires.
But critics led by public employee unions say cities and the state of California
have already done plenty to cut back pensions and that voters should not get
involved in an issue best decided at the bargaining table.
“We believe that engaging our public servants in construction (sic) dialogue
rather than political battles is a more effective way of achieving balancing
(sic) budgets,” read the opponents’ letter, which contained several typos.
Reed disagreed with the opponents’ characterization of the measure and said he’d
“be happy to sit down with these leaders to explain exactly what our initiative
“I wholeheartedly agree that pension matters should be decided locally — and
that’s exactly what our initiative would empower local governments to do,” Reed
said in a statement.
Protect San Jose website (article):
Supervisor Dave Cortese Statement on POA Tentative Agreement
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Reed asks court to delay Measure B implementation
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
The City does the math and says that when the bennies are added
to a San Jose cop's salary, he or she is near the top in the Bay Area, but in
the middle when only the salary is considered. What's up with that?
How Police Tab Adds Up
benefits rank high, but many leaving for more pay elsewhere—
By Mike Rosenberg and Daniel J. Willis — Staff writers
Mercury News — Nov. 24, 2013
SAN JOSE — The toughest
case to crack at the San Jose Police Department may be figuring out how to hire
more cops when taxpayers already are paying more for their officers than nearly
any Bay Area city — even as officers are fleeing for bigger paychecks elsewhere.
From pay and overtime to city contributions toward their pension and medical
benefits, San Jose police officers in 2012 cost taxpayers an average of $189,621
each, this newspaper’s review of payroll data found. That total ranked fifth out
of 79 Bay Area cities that supplied raw payroll data in response to public
records requests — and that’s before a pay raise the officers won last week.
But police cost so much in San Jose mainly because their benefits are so
expensive. Looking just at regular wages, San Jose officers’ average gross pay
of $111,185 ranks only in the middle of the pack in the Bay Area and near the
bottom in Silicon Valley, the data reviewed by this newspaper showed. As a
result, many officers have been hitting the road for better-paying cities,
creating a shortage so bad that some detectives are being pulled off their
investigations to roam the streets on patrol.
“Our take-home pay is, like, at the bottom,” said Sgt. Jim Unland, president of
the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “We know that because we’ve had
nearly 200 officers resign and go to other places, and these guys are comparing
On Tuesday, facing the officer exodus and concerns over rising crime in one of
the nation’s safest big cities, city leaders agreed to give officers a much
bigger raise than they had initially offered, totaling nearly 11 percent over
the next two years. But don’t expect that to end the bitter feud between the
officers and City Hall. City leaders say the only way they reasonably can afford
the additional $20 million in raises without gutting other programs is by
shrinking benefit costs. They already are asking new recruits to work longer for
a smaller pension to keep costs in check. And the police union is leading
employee efforts in court to fight voter-approved retirement benefit cuts that
would make veteran officers either pay more for their pensions or reduce them.
From 2010 to 2012, San Jose police saw their average gross pay fall by about
$14,000 following a 10 percent pay cut, dropping the city way down on the list
of the Bay Area’s best-paid cops, from near the top to No. 32. But the cost of
the officers’ benefits shot up so dramatically during that span that the total
bill for taxpayers to employ each officer still increased nearly $20,000
“Total cost is a problem,” said Mayor Chuck Reed, who led the effort to shrink
pension benefits and costs. He argues that “young officers are more interested
in pay” now than a big pension down the road. The average officers’ gross pay
would rise to about $123,460 in 2015 under the new raises — an increase of about
$12,000 per cop. They’d also get a one-time bonus of about 2 percent of their
pay. Union members and the full City Council still must ratify the contract. San
Jose pays about 69 percent more than the Bay Area average for officer benefits —
$78,436 per officer for things such as medical insurance and pensions, the
newspaper’s review found. Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza says officials from
other cities “fall off their chair” when they hear how high their pension costs
By some measures, San Jose has been quite generous to its retired officers
thanks to pension increases since the 1990s. A Stanford Institute for Economic
Policy Research study last year found that San Jose had the highest average
police and firefighter pension — $90,612 a year — among California’s 20 largest
municipalities with their own retirement plans, rather than a state-managed
But San Jose’s high pension costs may stem in part from how it manages its
finances. Many other cities participate in a state retirement system that
critics say has been too slow to pay down its debts and eventually will be
forced to pass along huge costs to member cities — costs San Jose already is
taking care of.
Reed argues that the city’s officers cannot afford the hefty pension benefits
any more than City Hall can. Officers already contribute toward their benefits
and now are seeing bigger bites out of their paychecks to cover retirement fund
shortfalls and rising health premiums.
Health care contributions for single officers have tripled over the past decade,
to $80 per month this year. If the city wins its pension reforms in court,
officers will see a fifth of their gross salary shaved off for pensions and
retiree health care if they don’t agree to less expensive benefits. Unland
argues that taxpayers already “are getting a hell of a deal from their police
force,” which patrols a city of nearly 1 million with barely 1,000 officers, one
of the nation’s leanest big-city departments. But the bottom line, he says, is
that officers compare what they can get in pay and benefits from San Jose with
“They look at it as a straight business decision,” Unland said. When you add it
all up, Councilman Pete Constant — a former San Jose police union board member
in his days as an officer, who supports the city’s pension reforms — said the
recent raises will keep the city near the top of the pack in total
cost-per-officer and near the middle in terms of pay. “Because of the pay, we’ve
had difficulties both in recruiting and retaining police officers,” Constant
said. “We have to stem the tide of departures in the city, and pay is a critical
component of that.”
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Will the South
SJPD Substation open before the Obamacare website is fixed? Place your bets...
Planned Opening of Police
Substation Is Put on Hold
to be certain staffing levels are stable—
By Carol Rosen — Correspondent
Mercury News — Nov. 24, 2013
SAN JOSE — Though the San
Jose City Council had approved the opening of a new police substation in the
southern part of the city by July 1, the police chief wants to wait until
staffing is more stable.
Police Chief Larry Esquivel doesn’t recommend a move before July 1 because the
department may have “potential impacts of decentralizing with the current
low-filled staffing levels,” he wrote in a memo. Instead, the administration
will reevaluate the potential impact before deciding a good time to open the
substation in South San Jose.
The department’s budget for this year includes 1,109 sworn staff, but has only
988 street-ready officers. That includes 70 sworn staff on leave or modified
duty, with 39 officers currently in the field training program and 53 recruits
that started in the academy last fall. The department is recruiting for a spring
However, department trends indicate that about 10 percent of recruits don’t
graduate and another 10 percent don’t pass field training. The department
typically averages two to three retirements and five to six resignations
The substation also won’t open
until it’s able to manage a change in deployment, the chief said Its opening was
included in the $20 million general fund contingency plan in the current city
budget. But that is based on the city winning a legal decision regarding the
supplemental retiree benefit reserve from the passage of 2012’s Measure B. If
and when the city can implement the two-tier health care plan changes, the
facility can be opened, Esquivel said.
In addition, there is more work to be completed to ensure the building and its
infrastructure are working properly. The building lacks furniture and equipment.
The structure, which was built several years ago, is designed to accommodate
patrol, pre-processing, records, investigations and various other units.
Esquivel expects it to open in stages. The first stage includes the southern
patrol division, some non-patrol units, funding for 14 positions and $2.3
million to support the police, public works and parks, recreation and
neighborhood services. Another $3.2 million includes grants for furniture,
fixtures and equipment for an alternate emergency communications system.
Initial staff will include officers primarily assigned to the southern division,
including detective divisions, civilian communications staff and civilian
operations support services division personnel as well as civilian service
“This is not all inclusive, but it is a start,” Esquivel said.
Councilman Johnny Khamis, whose District 10 would be served by the substation,
said he would like the station to open earlier, but he doesn’t expect it.
“The money is in place to finish the building,” Khamis said. “Once there are
more officers — there are 200 less than we need and want — I expect it will
“The SJPD has been working with everyone at City Hall as we re-evaluate the
operational impacts and efficiencies to determine when the appropriate time is
to move into the facility,” Esquivel said.
The four council districts closest to the substation are Districts 2, 8, 9 and
10, but patrol officers assigned to the station will be used based on
departmental needs. The number of officers assigned will be determined later.
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John Carr Jr. of the SJPD Historical Society is trying to
identify the officer standing next to the '57 Chevy in the photo below. If you
can help, Please send John an e-mail at
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Please remind the readers that the Keith Kelley Club Christmas Dinner Dance is
sold out, and for those attending to be sure to bring their dinner tickets for
admittance. Parking will be validated. They should also bring their appetites
and dancing shoes.
Hard copies of the Dec. edition of the POA Vanguard are in the
mail. It can also be read on-line by clicking on the POA link below. When the
page comes up, click on the image of the Vanguard…
They're back. Some of you undoubtedly remember the City's consultants on
pension board governance, Cortex of Canada.
Several years ago, Cortex made recommendations to dramatically change the face
of our retirement boards with a strong effort to have active and retired
employees removed from the Boards.
Back then, this Association led the charge to fight to preserve and expand our
role in ensuring our pension funds are effectively managed. As you probably
know, the Board structure changed by removing City Councilmembers and City staff
from the Board and replacing them with "independent" members with specialized
qualifications to help oversee the fund. At the same time, the Board changed to
allow both a police and fire retiree on the Board (previously we rotated between
a police rep and a fire rep).
In Cortex's latest report to the Retirement Boards and the City Council, they
advocate for reducing the number of retired and active members on the board
(from 4 down to 2) and replacing those two members with
non-employee/non-retirees elected by employees and retirees to represent their
interests. Further, Cortex recommends combining the Police & Fire Board with
the Federated Board. The final major recommendation is to allow the respective
boards to hire and fire retirement department staff. This is a position we
strongly agree with Cortex on.
Just as we did in 2009 and
2010, this Association is working to ensure that the information promoted by
Cortex (and their supporters) is factual, within context and is part of a larger
dialogue on governance issues with a larger group of stakeholders (specifically
retirees) than is typically performed by the City Administration. To that end,
we submitted to the Police & Fire Retirement Board and the City Council this
letter analyzing the Cortex report and its conclusions. You can view the letter
The City will continue to
explore the ideas presented by Cortex. We will keep you updated on how this
develops over the next several months and will keep working to ensure the City's
consultants are kept honest as they do their work.
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Sometimes we find ourselves
at the keyboard without rhyme or reason. It has been a rainy day here in
Escondido, and I brought up the Farsider to stay inside and dry. Reflecting on
the history of the PD I find it remarkable that no one has discussed the pay
jobs we enjoyed in the past. They made most of us a few extra bucks so we could
enjoy some amenities that our regular salaries could not provide for. Regarding
these off-duty jobs, I'm not sure if the following is Farsider material. If it
isn't, feel free to dump it in the round file.
I enjoyed Mike Ross's article as it put me back inside a patrol car on the
Eastside which, in hindsight, seems like a lifetime ago. They were the days of
H-cars and A-cars, and Green, Blue and the special White radio channels. There
was no academy, no handpack radios and no hand-written reports; they were
recorded by phone and transcribed by clerks at the station at the end of shift,
usually in the Report Writing Room. The 3- by 6-inch white cards filled out by
officers during the shift were kept for future information and safety. We bought
our own uniforms, gun and leather, our own flashlight and in my case, a leather
sap back in those days, and we all carried a knife of some type; a gravity
knife, switch blade,whatever we desired. Most officers carried a back-up firearm
as well. My choice was a Browning 9mm back-up tucked tightly in my leather belt
under my shift. Most officers worked one-man cars back then. It was, to coin a
phrase, the best of times and the worst of times.
What has seldom been discussed and is almost forgotten about is the Pay Job. In
1968, a pay job paid $5 an hour. Most of them were in uniform with full police
authority. I was in charge of security at the-then Plaza Lanes bowling alley on
the Eastside. The bar inside was called "The Monkey Bar." In today's world that
name would generate controversy. Ditto with Sambo's Restaurant. Today those
names are only a vague memory.
Every Saturday night the Monkey Bar catered to a very active group of
African-Americans from all over the Bay Area, and what went on inside the bar
stayed inside the bar. Our main activity was to secure the bowling alley and the
parking lot. It was not uncommon to see a black Cadillac with strange smelling
smoke seeping out of the windows, but we knew that trying to make an arrest was
a suicide mission, so we took the attitude of no harm, no foul. Besides, due to
the heavy activity on the Eastside in general, a call for back-up would have
been an exercise in futility, so we adhered to the concept that intelligence
would win over a stupid arrest.
Inside the Monkey Bar was live entertainment and alcohol that flowed freely.
Very seldom was I called to enter the bar, and when I was called, it was
immediately apparent that I was not welcome. Uniformed officers were never
welcomed inside the Monkey Bar. It was a refuge and a safe haven for those in
attendance while those of us in uniform viewed it as containment without a
fence. Very few arrests were made during the two years that I and others were
the security officers at Plaza Lanes. We were, for the most part, paid to
perform escort service from the bowling alley to the cars in the parking lot,
which suited us fine.
There were several other pay jobs available on the Eastside: Alexian Bros.
Hospital, several high schools, and one of an unpaid security officer at
Winchell's Donuts. (I don't mind admitting that it was difficult to eat five
dollars worth of donuts in one sitting.) Other pay jobs throughout the city
included the LeBaron Hotel which had the Jabawalkie (sic) Bar and the downtown
and Fourth Street Holiday Inns. These pay jobs for active officers often
supplemented those normally worked by Reserve officers. On Friday and Saturday
nights it wasn't unusual to see a ten to twenty percent increase in the number
of uniformed officers present.
Back in those days Sgt. Hans Gerdts headed up security at the Westgate Shopping
Mall, Sgt. Dennis Sorahan was chief of security at several large hotels, Sgt.
Bobby Burroughs was in charge of security at the downtown Fairmont, and the list
goes on and on. Pay jobs allowed officers to earn extra money while providing an
invaluable service to both the merchants as well as the SJPD as it helped with
the department's staffing.
There was no conflict whatsoever between an officer working a pay job and an
on-duty officer who was simply working his regular shift. Both were cops with
equal responsibilities. We were a proud group of dedicated San Jose police
officers who considered ourselves on duty 24/7.
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Bill, as an Eastsider, you may relate to the Plaza Lanes more than others. James
Lick, where you said you attended high school, was within walking distance from
Plaza Lanes. I'm sure you bowled now and then.
You bet I was familiar with Plaza Lanes, Bill. It
was where I learned to bowl (once shot a 279 in junior league play) and
sharpened my pool eye (I used to gamble my lunch money on 9-ball). I had a
newspaper route in the late '50s when the bowling alley was built. Before it was
named Plaza Lanes it was called the Bowl-Larium. (That's how it sounds
phonetically; I'm not sure of the spelling these days.) I walked or rode my bike
to James Lick during my freshman and sophomore years at James Lick in '58 and
'59. By 1960 I had earned enough dough working at Roger Eshelman's Shell Station
at Story and White since I was a freshman to put a down payment on my first car:
a brand spanking new 1961 Corvair Monza with "four on the floor." My dad had
driven me to Courtesy Chevrolet on Stevens Creek Blvd. and dropped me off on the
day the car was to arrive. As I watched it come off the truck I thought my heart
was going to pop out of my chest and rip open my shirt it was beating so fast.
Thank you, Mr. Yarbrough, for contributing to the History of the SJPD that shall
not be forgotten.
What more can be said?
Cop Booked on
officer accused of issuing phony tickets to foe in 2008 lawsuit—
By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — November 28, 2013
SAN JOSE — After a veteran
San Jose police officer got in a car accident five years ago, he sued the other
driver, ultimately settling out of court. But perhaps not to his liking.
And he apparently couldn’t let it go, say prosecutors who charged him with
writing phony citations last month targeting the driver, and in a strange twist,
the attorney he hired to handle his case.
George Chavez, 51, faces three felony counts of false personation exposing the
victim to liability, and three felony counts of filing a false police report.
The 23-year police veteran surrendered to authorities Tuesday night, and was
freed after posting $60,000 bail.
Authorities say that on Oct. 28, Chavez used his police computer to look up a
Texas man he sued in 2008 after a local car accident, as well as the attorney
from the Sacramento area he hired to file the corresponding civil suit. The case
was settled out of court, but apparently not to the officer’s liking.
He then purportedly used that data to write up one traffic ticket and two
tickets for illegally parking in a handicapped zone, forging the signatures of
the Texas man, the attorney and two other police officers on the citations.
“It’s surprising and unfortunate because we put a lot of responsibility on
police officers and give them a lot of power,” deputy district attorney Daniel
Rothbach said. “Besides using his police computer, he went even further,
exposing the victims to liabilities and abusing the trust of other police
The purported scheme unraveled when the officer whose signature appeared on the
traffic ticket was notified after an administrative review of the citation, and
alerted a supervisor. The motorist listed on the ticket was in Texas when the
documented violation supposedly occurred. Further investigation turned up the
phony parking tickets.
San Jose police officials expressed concern about the allegations against one of
“In these cases, we respect the criminal process and monitor the criminal
proceedings, which will be followed by an administrative review,” Sgt. Heather
Randol, a police spokeswoman, said. “We hold our officers accountable.”
Randol deferred additional questions to the District Attorney’s Office.
The charges carry a penalty of up to six years and four months in prison. Chavez
was placed on administrative leave. His next court date is Dec. 10.
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 23, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Is this an intimate photo of President
Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe?
• Photograph shows John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe sharing an intimate
• Are the coincidences between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations really
• Did Sophia Stewart win a large judgment in her
copyright infringement suit regarding authorship of the film 'The Matrix'?
• Photographs show a Ford Mustang ad campaign utilizing semi-transparent
• Is the United States returning the Statue of Liberty to France?
• Claim that some food products sold by Aldi stores contained horse meat.
• Another "shunned serviceman" business tale, this one
involving the Posh Bagel store in Davis, California.
• Helpful tip advises that spraying a mixture of vinegar and water on your
car's windshield will de-ice it but may also create pits in the glass.
• Are Ugg boots made from sheepskin?
• Did McDonald's do away with their spoon-shaped coffee
stirrers because people were using them as cocaine spoons?
• Photographs show a bridge that collapsed when movers tried to pull a house
• Constitutional law professor quips on the difference between the Bible and
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Did President John F. Kennedy call himself a jelly donut in his famous 1963
speech in Berlin?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
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Russ Jones says instrument
landings where the pilot relies on his instruments to guide him to the ground
don't get much better than this one. Toss in the beautiful scenery from the
cockpit as this pilot prepares to land in Queenstown, New Zealand and you wind
up with a spectacular video clip. (4 Mins.)
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Those of you who have
ridden and/or still ride a motorcycle should enjoy this clip that documents in
nine minutes a 503-day, 82,459-mile trip through 22 countries from Alaska to
Argentina. It's an epic motorcycle diary of one man, one motorcycle, and a GoPro
video camera that is sometimes mounted on the handlebars, sometimes on his
helmet, and sometimes on a long pole so he can capture his own image.
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You auto enthusiasts and
NASCAR fans should recognize the driver of Sprint car No. 99 in this video as
Carl Edwards receives an up close and personal tour of a 1901 Ford named
"Sweepstakes." He even gets to take it for a spin near the end of the clip.
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Pop quiz for you history
buffs: What was the "Bonus Army," and what did President Herbert Hoover, Douglas
McArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Patton have in common? This
seldom-seen series of old news clips answers the question, and it was not one of
America's proudest moments. (7 Mins.)
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Looks like R. Lee "Gunny"
Ermey has found himself a gig as a spokesman for Glock, and this appears to be
one of the company's most recent internet ads. (2 Mins.)
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Unless you are part of the
Hollywood crowd — a/k/a "The Swells" — it's highly unlikely you got to see this
Cirque Du Soleil performance that was part of this year's Academy Awards
Ceremony. Why? Because it wasn't televised, or so we were told. Whatever the
case, it is truly something to behold, so have a look.
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In response to President
Obama often blaming the Republicans for the ills of government — and
specifically Fox News on occasion — Bob Moir sent in this short video of Fox's
Neil Cavuto presenting a rebuttal. (3 Mins.)
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Imagine that you don't yet
qualify for Medicare and have to go to HealthCare.gov and sign up for one of the
exchanges for a health care plan, but you only want to browse. A couple of
Silicon Valley software wiz-kids have replicated the choices on the government's
site that allows people to see what's available and the pricing. It's really
quite simple; all you have to do is type in your zip code and age, then click on
a few choices on the left side of the screen. The plans and the pricing will
then appear on the right. The most difficult part of the exercise is trying to
get a grip on the sticker shock if you are under the age of 65 and don't have
access to Medicare.
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Have a son, daughter,
grandson or granddaughter who wants to become an air traffic controller? Tip:
Suggest that they apply for the job in Australia as opposed to the USA if stress
is an issue. Both of the images below were snapped at 10:10 a.m. (Australian
time) on Friday, Aug. 2nd. They represent the live radar sites showing the USA
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After watching this video
I'm closer than ever to making sure that Santa brings me one of these
remote-controlled quadcopter drones with a GoPro video camera mounted on the
bottom. I already priced the drone itself on Amazon at $469. Have a look at this
footage of the drone hovering over Niagara Falls. (5
This is a video review of the DJI Phantom Aerial UAF Drone
Quadcopter for GoPro
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Is it a safe bet that the
way they swing in Russia is totally different from the way they swing in
Hollywood? You bet. Watch how this young lady (I think it's a female)
does it in the former Soviet Union. (2 Mins.)
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Speaking of the Russians,
check out the ingenious way these guys pull a car out from a frozen lake. One
might suspect this isn't the first time they did this.
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Some store owners believe
in making their own local TV ads so they can get their exact message across to
the viewers. Here's a good ol' boy who adheres to that philosophy.
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Place your bets: Leroy and I have a ten-spot that says this
little otter was a dog in a prior life. Any takers? (4
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Not only has British
Airways hired a kid to appear in a billboard in London and point at arriving and
departing jets, the billboard also tells viewers the flight number of the jet
and where it's coming from or going to. Have a look. (1 Min.)
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Listen to talk show host
Jimmy Kimmel as he describes the biblical rainstorm that recently hit La La Land
in this clip we received from Dirk Parsons. The gag comes at the end of the
short clip with the sequence you see in the pic below.
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Meet Sam, who was rescued
from a dog fighting ring. Not coincidentally, that also happens to be the title
of this video. He may not be the best looking dog in the world, but his rescuers
found him beautiful in many other ways. (3 Mins.)
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This is another dog rescue
story with a happy ending. In this case it was a pit bull that had been
abandoned on a beach. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
would be complete without a funny cat compilation video. Here's one of the
latest that was posted on YouTube not long ago. (9 Mins.)
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This week's closer is short
and sweet where nary a word is spoken, yet it speaks volumes.
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Pic of the Week