Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Color Code of Mental Awareness

| February 12th, 2013 | No Comments »

The following information was distributed by Deputy Jeffery Reed, Firearms Instructor, ACSO.  Although the content is intended for active and/or retired officers.  It is my belief people from all walks of life can benefit greatly when they read this article and start to incorporate these values into their daily lives. *With the exception of the opening and closing of this article, the following is copied verbatim from the Sheriff’s handout. The Color Code How aware are you of your surroundings and what is taking place around you as you pass through life?  Having a weapon, lethal or non-lethal and knowing how to use it effectively is important.  Although, not as important as the ability to see a fight coming and being mentally prepared to defend yourself or your love ones.  You may be the fastest and most accurate shooter in the group, but if you are not aware of what

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Human Trafficking

| February 11th, 2013 | No Comments »

An article written by Chris Metinko, a staff writer for the Bay Area News Groups, appeared recently in the Valley Times Newspaper.  The article named “Walking To Stop Human Trafficking” reads as follows: San Leandro – An East Bay nonprofit will host walkathons across the state this weekend to help raise awareness and money for the problem of human trafficking. Fremont-based California Against Slavery is organizing walks throughout California in the following cities San Leandro, Orange County, and San Diego. Their goal is to not only spotlight the issue, but to raise funds for a proposed 2012 State Ballot initiative that would set harsher penalties, including longer jail/prison time for those convicted for human trafficking. Those of us who call the San Francisco/Bay Area home, it may be hard to accept that San Francisco is listed as one of the top ten hubs for human trafficking in the United States

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Bank Technicians Discover Scanning Devices on ATMs

| February 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

An article written by Rick Hurd, featured in the Valley Times Newspaper, dated Tuesday, September 27, 2011, focused on the ongoing problem of people “Stealing” customer’s PIN and ATM card numbers.  The article will follow in it’s entirety, but the underlying message is that it is the consumers’ responsibility to “Protect and Serve” their personal information.  There is no doubt, if you let your guard down, there are plenty of people that will take advantage of this void in your personal information protection, thus wrecking havoc within your personal finances. Pleasant Hill, California – A routine ATM check at a bank on Contra Costa Boulevard turned up a reminder that you can never be quite sure who’s watching when money is pulled out of the machines.  Police are investigating how scanning devices became attached to two ATMs at Chase Bank, Pleasant Hill police Sergeant Lisa Hugdahl said.  Workers “Saw something

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Front Door

| February 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

I would like to update a blog entry I wrote a couple of months ago about home security. The update is based on a newspaper article I read recently in the Tri-Valley Times, dated Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  The article illustrates how complacent and vulnerable we become in the “Safety” of our own homes. For those of you who are not familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area, San Ramon, where this attack occurred, is nestled into the southern most tip of Contra Costa County in the East Bay.  Residents, mostly middle to upper class, comprise the demographics of this city.  As with neighboring communities, San Ramon is regarded as a safe place to live, raise your family, great schools, no gang graffiti, the city is virtually a model of stability. Our homes, where we feel safe and secure, provide us with the protection and privacy that we all seek. 

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Sometimes Bad Things Happen To Good People

| February 8th, 2013 | No Comments »

With the exception of the sports and comic section of the two newspapers I receive daily, I merely glance through the news sections seeking articles to quote and/or comment about.  A few weeks ago, a short article in Dear Abby caught my eye simply by the title.  Although I cannot remember the title verbatim, it focused on a mother’s guilt. The mother wrote she was in a horrible auto accident with her two children.  All were hospitalized, the mother being released that day, shortly after her seven-year-old daughter, but her four-year-old son remained in intensive care.  She questioned why she was the least injured, with her children, especially her young son, receiving the brunt of the injuries. What struck me the most about this “Guilt,” was the fact that the majority of us feel guilt when bad things happen to us.  Many years ago, I dated a young woman named

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Most Passwords FALL SHORT

| February 7th, 2013 | No Comments »

A survey of 1,000 adults in the United States found a variety of shortcomings in the passwords these adults used on-line.  For this survey, a strong password was at least eight characters long, combining upper and lower case letters, one numeral, and one special character.  Their findings were:   75% do not use a strong password 32% used a personal reference 29% used insecure or unsure storage 29% used seven or fewer characters 19% used the same password for multiple sites * This article first appeared in the Oracle Magazine, dated March/April 2012, MashUp Section, Page 14.  Source: Consumer Reports, consumerreports.org Just a Thought ID Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.  In many instances, a secure password, one that is complicated for a thief to”Crack,” but simple enough for you to remember, may prevent you from becoming a victim.  Protect your password, do not share

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Legitimate Rape as defined by Congressman Todd Akin

| February 6th, 2013 | No Comments »

To my knowledge, we are the only animals on this planet, that have this insatiable craving concerning our personal sexual needs.  Other species that cohabit with us mate solely for reproduction, but the human animal is much more complex.  We as a populist are defined as straight, gay, bi-sexual, A-sexual. We are further categorized by much harsher terminology, that serves as a warning, of the sexual predators who live among us.  Sexual deviates; rapists, child molesters, incest participants, people who get their “Rocks” off by threatening, forcing, physically punishing their victims into submission.  Can you imagine the fear, the humiliation a child or adult, male or female, must endure as these savage acts begin, then mercifully end. The following excerpt is from a blog I wrote a few months ago titled “The Color Code of Mental Awareness.”  You are under attack.  You have become excited, confused, and are in a

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Southwest Airlines

| February 5th, 2013 | No Comments »

Southwest Airlines, which prides itself on low fares, being “On-time” for departures and arrivals, and peanuts, lots of bags of peanuts for their customers.  In fact, they are so popular, they have their own terminal at the Oakland, California International Airport.  Recently, they were in the “News” for a much different reason. A young couple decided to take a three day “Mini” vacation to Las Vegas, Nevada, departing and returning to Oakland.  They booked their fight directly through Southwest, using their Debit Card for payment.  Their round-trip fare was roughly $450.00. The couple had a great time, but their experience with Southwest would have a disastrous ending, or beginning, depending on your point of view.  Southwest called it a “Glitch” in their system, the couple termed in a “Nightmare.”  By authorizing Southwest access to their bank account through the use of their debt card, the unassuming couple had no idea

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Pepper Spray

| December 23rd, 2011 | No Comments »

As the Wall Street Occupation has spread across the States, police involvement has increased.  Public Parks located near targeted establishments have turned into tent cities as the 99%ers’ have turned their frustrations towards the 1%ers’.  Sympathies, support, and admiration for the protesters has waned as local businesses have been affected in a negative way, a direct result of the “Squatters.” This afternoon, Friday, December 2, 2011, protesters have began marching in the streets of San Francisco around 3PM, creating havoc with the normally horrendous afternoon commute.  Recently, the Occupation protesters have been joined with students protesting the ever increasing tuition to attend college.  The University of California, Davis campus, located near our Sacramento capital, was the scene of students passively protesting increased costs. Protesters sat on the ground, locked arm-in-arm, as police stood nearby at-the-ready. For whatever reason, a police lieutenant, armed with a large cannister of pepper spray, walked up and

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Dear Abby*

| December 7th, 2011 | No Comments »

Her Heroes Come From Everywhere   Dear Abby: A while back you asked your readers to name their heroes.  May I contribute? My heroes are nameless, often faceless and in most cases unsung.  They will never have their 15 minutes of fame.  Their deeds will not be recorded in history books, but their kindness inspires and their deeds will forever affect the lives of others, though they may not realize it. My heroes are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, foster parents, teachers, playground monitors, and crossing guards who teach others to have values, common sense, and to be ethical in their treatment of others.  My heroes are young girls who spend a year grooming and conditioning their hair, then cut it off so it may be given to a child who has none; those who pick-up trash along the highways and byways to keep America clean; police officers who stop

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