Police Navidad

I.T. Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, with Blue Santa
I.T. Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, with Blue Santa

The year is 1984 and a Houston Police Officer was tasked with arresting a man for shoplifting. The officer soon discovered that sadly the man was stealing clothing for his children’s Christmas. The officers involved were so moved by the suspect’s heartfelt story that they asked for donations from the other officers to purchase toys for the children’s Christmas.

The response was overwhelming and the officers donated so much money that the officers were able to purchase toys, not only for the man’s children, but also for an additional dozen disadvantaged children.

Since 1984 the heart of the Blue Santa has grown to over 1500 Houston Police Officers donating bi-weekly to this program. The sponsoring officers are responsible for wrapping and delivering the toys to the families that the officers have identified.

Along with community partners and the officers’ donations, the Blue Santa program currently provides toys to approximately 10,000 economically disadvantaged children every year.

Our IT Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, is very active in volunteering with law enforcement and the community. When she heard that the Blue Santa was attending a party for children and was unescorted as all his elves were busy making toys in the North Pole, she had the idea to don her Christmas Blue and see if she could audition to be one of Santa’s helpers. As you can see, Santa hired her on the spot. We hope she returns from the North Pole very soon. Police Navidad!!!!

For more information on The Houston Police Department Blue Santa Program go to http://www.houstonbluesanta.org/HoustonBluesanta.org/Blue_Santa_Houston.html

Monsanto Seeds Cause Rash, Halting Launch

Monsanto Corporation ceased the launch of a chemical designed for crop seeds in the wake of reports stating that the chemical causes rashes on people. This is the latest instance of complaints regarding the company’s product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators.

Read more here…
(Or copy/paste URL into your browser’s address bar) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-chemicals/monsanto-halts-launch-of-chemical-after-users-complain-of-rashes-idUSKBN1D202Y

Houston Astros Earn History

On November 1st, 2017, the Houston Astros played the 7th game in the final set of the World Series – and won.

As Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “We went from 51 inches of rain to a 5 to 1 clincher. WOW it doesn’t get much better than that.”

We are proud to call Houston our home, and very proud of our baseball team, the Houston Astros.

 

Congress Prevents Consumers from Suing Companies Like Equifax

The Senate voted Tuesday night to eradicate a contentious rule that would have allowed Americans to file class-action suits against banks instead of being coerced in many cases into private arbitration.

No Democrats or independents favored the move. All but two Republicans — John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — voted to revoke the rule.

George Slover, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, declared the vote “means that big financial companies can lock the courthouse doors and prevent consumers who’ve been mistreated from joining together to seek the relief they deserve under the law.”

Read more here…
(URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/business/senate-vote-wall-street-regulation.html )

Serious Vulnerability in the Protocol Securing Wi-Fi Networks

Researchers have discovered and disclosed a massive WiFi vulnerability that puts everyone’s private data at risk. According to the article, nearly every WIFI device we use is vulnerable – and may even be compromised – due to a standard industry high-security protocol WPA2. Read more here:

https://consumerist.com/2017/10/16/researchers-discover-wifi-vulnerability-affecting-basically-every-device-on-earth/

 

Free Book Giveaway to Help Grant Maniér Get Back to His Art

Our friend Grant Maniér temporarily lost his art livelihood after hurricane Harvey. So he’s running a special online holiday promotion to help get back to his art.
For a limited time only, purchase his new book and get a second one FREE!
Although Grant suffered his own loss, he got to work and rolled up his sleeves, giving back to the city that established his art and name.

Click here for more information:  http://www.jigsawgrant.com/Free-Book

All books are personally autographed by Grant Maniér!