Sacramento offers gang members up to $9,000 not to shoot each other.

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SACRAMENTO CITY COUNCILNearly a hundred years ago, Will Rogers said, “Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.”  But even Will would have been at a loss for words to describe a recent decision by the Sacramento City Council to pay the 50 most well-known, trigger-happy gang members up to $500 a month, for up to 18 months, not to nine each other. Continue reading

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Policy wonks invade your recycling bin

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Or else.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips are everywhere, mostly being used for good. Since they are only 1/8”  long and cost 15 cents each, these tiny little receivers can be sewn into your shirt tail to guarantee your dry cleaner never loses another Facconable. They can be inserted into your cat, so you can learn exactly where Fluffy got flattened by an Escalade. In some circles, this is called closure.

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The Weenie Police

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Be the first in your gym to make a political statement that’s noticed outside the shower.

In San Francisco, there’s a ballot proposal that comes from so far out of left field that even Anthony Weiner wouldn’t support it. In fact, judging from recent photographs, the Big Dog might be one of its most vocal opponents if he didn’t otherwise have his hands full. Continue reading

Special on Tiger Salamander: $13,636/lb.

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hcp_newsMost people are familiar with the concept of a snipe hunt, but few of us have ever actually rummaged about the weeds in a campground, armed with only a flashlight and a paper sack, attempting to nab one of the elusive little critters. Continue reading