The California legislature unveiled plans last week for a new tax on the privilege of breathing.

The “Check Your Oxygen Privilege Act” will be voted on later this week. If passed into law, Californians will pay a progressive tax on inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, with wealthier residents paying as much as 40% of their income for every breath they take. The poorest tax bracket may receive a subsidy for their breaths under the new model.

“Once again, California is at the forefront of progress,” Jerry Brown said in a press conference Monday. “We’ve talked about taxing text messages, vehicle mileage, sneezing, sleeping, and your very existence, and this was the logical next step.” The government has reportedly developed special breathing meters to help implement the bill, should it pass. Californians will be forced to purchase the meters from the state and wear them at all times to ensure accurate measurement of the amount of air they’re using.

At publishing time, California had unveiled a tax on taxes, charging residents a luxury tax for the privilege of being taxed.





The jerk deemed responsible for the murder of Newman police officer Ronil Singh has been arrested in Bakersfield.

There has been a lot of social media keyboard warriors all over this and have posted different names and pictures and dramatically different stories by the media.

One example is some of the news outlets said the Dodge Pick up had paper dealers plates but watching the video of the truck being towed away showed it had two license plate on it.

My point is as emotional as this is for people, unless you saw what happened, it is more helpful let law enforcement just do their jobs and quit making it more difficult for them.

As dysfunctional as the justice system is, let it run its course.




If smart people really turn you on, you may be a sapiosexual.

What is that, exactly? A sapiosexual is someone who gets turned on by intellect.

“While it’s a neologism, it’s derived from Latin “sapiens” (wise) “sexualis” (sexes),” explains Antonia Hall, MA, a psychologist, relationship expert. sexpert and award-winning author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life.

That means that the person you’re most attracted to can stimulate you verbally, but there is also a maturity component. With wit there is wisdom, and emotional intelligence.

How do you know if you’re a sapiosexual?  “More than any other quality, you need your partner to engage and challenge you intellectually, and be able to trust in their ability to make good decisions,” says Hall.

If the person you’re dating doesn’t stimulate you mentally and feel emotionally secure, then it’s a dealbreaker for you.

“No amount of good looks, great job or financial security is going to make up for a lack of intellect. What’s great is that knowing this about yourself can help you quickly weed out potential partners because a few messages back and forth or a quick phone call will show you if they have the brains to will your heart,” says Hall.

Signs you’re a sapiosexual

You think conventionally attractive people are boring

If you look at conventionally attractive people, including celebrities, and think “meh,” then there’s a good chance you approach attraction in a different way.

“This could involve focusing more on intelligence than conventional definitions of attraction,” says Jonathan Bennett of The Popular Man.

Poor spelling and grammar anger you

One good sign you’re attracted to intelligence is your reaction to the messages you receive from potential dates.

“If you care about proper spelling and grammar and find yourself getting aggravated by errors, you could be a sapiosexual,” says Bennett.

You develop crushes on people you spend a lot of time with

Do you regularly develop unexpected crushes on your coworkers? Do you find your feelings growing when working closely on a project with a classmate? That’s a sapiosexual tendency — especially if you find yourself crushing on people you didn’t instantly find attractive when you met them.

You care more about dating profiles than photos

“If you are trying online dating and focus far more on the profiles than the pictures, this shows sapiosexual tendencies,” says Bennett. This is especially true if you get very turned on by a well-written, witty profile.

Knowledge turns you on

Have you ever developed a deep attraction to someone because of their passion for continuously learning and evolving? Sapiosexuals are not only attracted to intellect, they are attracted to qualities that relate to knowledge itself.

So if you find people who are into self-development super hot (which is very probable given that you’re reading Goalcast), you’re not alone!

Pros and cons of sapiosexuality

Relating to dating and relationships in a less conventional way may lead to misunderstandings.

For example, you could be expecting (and looking forward) to having a super deep and meaningful conversation on a first date, only to end up with an uncomfortable date trying to change the subject and keep the topic light.

On the plus side, being a sapiosexual tends to breed intimacy and help lay the foundations of a strong, long-term relationship based on mutual understanding and communication.



Former Oakland Raiders star Warren Wells dies at 76


Wide receiver had brief, spectacular career

before being derailed by prison, alcoholism


Warren Wells streaked through Raiders history like a comet, the prototypical Al Davis deep threat whose career was derailed by personal demons but whose staggering talents were unforgettable to those who saw them up close.

Wells died Thursday of congestive heart failure at age 76 in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, a story first reported by NBC Sports Bay Area.

“When you think about the vertical game and the AFL, he was a big part of that,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a phone interview.

The Raiders mourn the passing of Warren Wells, who was an integral part of the Raiders’ vaunted vertical passing game. He will forever be a part of Raiders lore.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire #RaiderNation are with the Wells family at this time.

Wells has spent most of his later life in Beaumont in declining health, struggling with alcohol abuse and dementia. His post-NFL life included convictions for aggravated assault with prison time as well as stints in psychiatric hospitals and halfway houses.

He was in Oakland as recently as Dec. 20, 2015, accompanied by family at the behest of Davis and lit the memorial torch in honor of late owner Al Davis.

The numbers Wells put up from 1967 through 1970 with the Raiders look like something out of a video game, in particular a 1969 season where he caught 47 passes for 1,260 yards and 14 touchdowns — a staggering average of 26.8 yards per catch.

In other words, every time Wells caught a pass, the Raiders covered more than a quarter of the field.

“Warren was way ahead of his time,” said former Raiders safety George Atkinson, who broke in as a rookie cornerback practicing against Wells every day in practice. “With today’s rules, he’d catch a hundred balls in five games. Warren was an attacker. If he found you were soft, he’d wear you out. It’s not even fair to players today to compare them to Warren Wells.”

Wells was paired with Fred Biletnikoff, an eventual Hall of Famer, at wide receiver. He excelled at the deep routes Al Davis loved and together with quarterback Daryle “The Mad Bomber” Lamonica, helped strike fear into opposing defenses.

He would end up catching 156 passes for 3,364 yards and 42 touchdowns with the Raiders. His 23.1 yards per catch for his career was an NFL record for years, until the criteria was changed to a minimum of 200 career receptions.

“You could compare him to anyone who played the game. He was that good,” Biletnikoff said in a phone interview. “Some of the things I saw him do, the catches I saw him make, were amazing. He was a great friend. Could be tough to get a smile out of sometimes, but he still had a great sense of humor. It’s sad to see another one of our friends pass away.”

Despite the issues that followed his career, teammates remembered Wells as soft-spoken and dedicated to his craft.

“Warren was a team player in every aspect,” Atkinson said. “He just ran into personal issues. If this was a perfect world, we’d have perfect people. The world isn’t perfect and neither are the people living in it.”

Former Raiders defensive tackle Art Thoms wore No. 80, so he had his locker next to Wells, who was No. 81, in 1969-70. He recalls Wells as someone who mostly kept to himself.

Typical to the era, Thoms said, “He’d bum cigarettes off me . . . I don’t know that we ever had any long, serious conversations. He was quiet, he didn’t really say a lot. He’d go out there and produce and kind of jog around and then when game time came, he would just go deep.”

After the 1970 season, Wells was arrested and handcuffed in the locker room after the Pro Bowl in Los Angeles on a probation violation from a conviction two years earlier for aggravated assault. He had originally been charged with rape.

Following a 10-month prison term, Wells made a brief attempt to get back into football, but never played again.

“I remember when he came out of prison and wanted to get back into his career, he wasn’t talking to very many people but for some reason he was talking to me,” Mark Davis said. He told me they took his soul while he was in prison.”

A string of legal troubles followed, mostly having to do with Wells’ alcoholism. Consetta Wells, Warren’s sister-in-law, told the Daily Review in 1996 Warren had begun to get his life in order with the help of his brother Oscar. But when Oscar died suddenly, followed in short order by the deaths of both of his parents, “it was like he wanted to give up,” Consetta said.

When Wells appeared at a card and memorabilia show in Fremont in 1996 and was asked what advice he had for athletes, he said, “Stay off the alcohol and the weed, stay off drugs. Don’t ruin your life and your career like I did mine.”

When Mark Davis learned that Wells no longer had possession of his 1967 AFL championship ring, he attempted to order a replacement. The idea was to present it to Wells before a game in front of Coliseum fans. However, Davis said the ring company replicated the 1976 Super Bowl championship ring instead.

Wells made the visit, but Davis was never able to get him the replacement ring.

“It’s a big loss for the Raiders organization to lose Warren Wells,” Davis said.