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It’s Not About The Nail.

If a man says something in the forest and no woman is there to hear him, is he still wrong?



Are Humans More Valuable Than Animals?

From the “Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm…..” department.

If you saw your dog and a stranger both drowning in the ocean, which would you save first? Your answer says, well, everything about how you see the world. Dennis Prager explains.




Menorah Technion Rube Goldberg Machine.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began at sunset on December 24, 2016.

According to Wikipedia:

Each night throughout the 8 day holiday, a candle or oil-based light is lit. As a universally practiced “beautification” (hiddur mitzvah) of the mitzvah, the number of lights lit is increased by one each night. An extra light called a shamash, meaning “attendant” or “sexton,” is also lit each night, and is given a distinct location, usually higher, lower, or to the side of the others.

Back in 2012, two students of the Technion school decided that if you are going to light a menorah, do it in a spectacular way that combines the holiday, the meaning of the holiday, and a love for your chosen field of study.

Thus was born the “Rube Goldberg device” of Menorah lighting.

Technion students Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management take on the challenge to build a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the Chanukah menorah. Hanukkah is the holiday of miracles and here is another one.




I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby.

Bing Crosby.

‘Nuff said.





Cocoa Beach: The Cost Of The Can Went Up.

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Editor’s Note: This is one of those posts we are somewhat leery of because in our minds, people may get the wrong idea as to what we are saying. While we are going to talk about money and costs, we don’t think (at least we aren’t sure) that should be the focus of what is wrong and where this subject jumped the rails.

A few weeks ago we posted an article on how Mayor Tumulty and others didn’t seem to care about the rules of meetings. One of our constant themes has been the lack of the City Commission, the Staff, and contracted workers seem to have little regard for the rules, regulations and laws they should be following.

As we said, during the discussion on the budget the following two exchanges took place:

COMMISSIONER SKIP WILLIAMS: Charles, are you prepared to discuss this (document) that you handed out to all of the commissioners?

ACTING CITY MANAGER CHARLES HOLLAND: I would say not as a part ….this is about the budget. I would have to say that the Mayor, of course, would be the, uh, but I would recommend that we not discuss that because I want to have some one on ones with the Commissioners next week so I would recommend that we not discuss that tonight because it does not have anything to do with this budget.

MAYOR TIM TUMULTY: Okay, thank you very much.

TUMULTY: Interesting Skip, so you don’t know what the budget is going to be for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 so we can’t close on this budget?

WILLIAMS: This budget has a number in it….

TUMULTY: Sure it does.

WILLIAMS: … that is based on $15,300 projected….

TUMULTY: Fifteen, fifteen.

WILLIAMS: Fifteen million five hundred thousand…

TUMULTY: Right.

WILLIAMS: That is right there in the line item and its kind of like that same number throughout the [INAUDIBLE]….

TUMULTY: Okay.

WILLIAMS: We know, based on this information that that is not a good number. We are going to pass a budget that doesn’t have a good number in it.

TUMULTY: I don’t know if we know if that’s a good or bad number, but I do know that debt service, we won’t start paying on that debt service this fiscal year. In the upcoming fiscal year.

WILLIAMS: I’ll refrain any further comments until we get to Item F-2.

What caught our eye was this mysterious paper that was distributed to the Commission members by Acting City Manager Charles Holland.

We wanted to know what that document was, so we asked for it under the Florida Sunshine Laws.

The document (embedded below and available for download here) is a letter from the Architect Design Group on concerning the cost of the planned City Hall, Police Station and Parking Garage.

The lead paragraph summarizes the contents of the document:
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VA Fails To Report Quality Of Care.

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The health care of veterans should not be a partisan issue. The men and women who serve in the military should not be political pawns or bargaining chips.

It is fairly well known and established that the Veterans Administration (VA) is a disaster that has been going on for decades. Scandals at the VA became fodder for the press a few years ago when it became public that VA hospitals were lying about statistics and quality of care. Unfortunately, the people that were at the center of that mess were not fired or held accountable in any manner. That alone should show the average person that the system itself is broken and in the cases where people lied about the health care of the vets, morally bankrupt.

Now a new wrinkle in this saga has popped up:

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs over the summer quietly stopped sharing data on the quality of care at its facilities with a national database for consumers, despite a 2014 law requiring the agency to report more comprehensive statistics to the site so veterans can make informed decisions about where to seek care.

For years, the VA provided data on a number of criteria to the Hospital Compare web site run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Department of Health and Human Services. The site includes death and readmission rates and other measures of quality for public and private hospitals around the country, as well as national averages.

After the VA scandal, Congress passed the law mandating the VA to submit even more data. But the VA confirmed to USA TODAY last week that it stopped reporting its information July 1.

Joe Francis, director of clinical analytics and reporting at the Veterans Health Administration, said lawyers at HHS advised the VA to pull the plug until the two agencies could work out a new deal governing the sharing of information.

In short, it appears that the VA was in cahoots with the Health and Human Services (HHS) to avoid complying with the law of the land.

This is the type of stuff that angers us to no end.
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Hosting Maintenance: Update!

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Following up on our post concerning maintenance on the servers at Hostwinds, we got confirmation that the work was successfully completed on the servers that affect this site.

Hopefully the down time didn’t bother too many readers.

Thanks for your understanding.




BREAKING NEWS: Cocoa Beach Postpones Height Variance For Ocean Dunes.

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The City Commission voted to postpone voting on the Ocean Dunes due to the observation by Commissioner Williams that the City Staff and the applicant had not met notice requirements for meetings.

Unbelievably, Zach Montgomery tried to say that he felt the Building Department had met the “intent” of the regulations but not the actual regulations.

We wonder if the Building inspectors would allow that for wiring or plumbing that the owner had made the effort or the “intent” to comply with the building regulations.

This is not the first time we have noticed that the Building Department has played fast and loose with the rules they are empowered to enforce.

The motion to “table” (it is not “tabling,” but that is another story) was passed 4 – 1.



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