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Front Desk Success with Jerry Durham
"Well, hey Jerry, welcome to show. How are you? I'm very well. How are you doing this beautiful? All day I can't complain. It's a Friday, right? Exactly. All right. So for those who don't know who Jerry Durham the PT is why don't you give us a little background on yourself off? What do we got? We got 27 years in the as a license pts for twenty-seven years in the profession. I early on worked in just about every month in there was except for Pediatrics and neuro rehab for about the first five to six years of my career and then finally went out on my own and then partnered up and down that Journey was about twenty year journey of business running a broad. I mean back up running a practice in a clinic and then running a business and then break out of that about five years ago now. Yeah, I think it's about five years. I get I get lost in the story but about five years ago and now working on basically wage. A game for lack of anything else taking everything I learned in hindsight from those twenty years and going here's the way you here's the way I did it wrong don't do this. And as you age both know and most people listening to this Healthcare tends to focus on the providers primarily and my big takeaway where I am now is this understanding this whole experience of the team roll the team role in patients success the team role and business success, you know, patient experience patient life cycle all those things and that's what I'm doing now. So yeah, it's been a long it's been I mean, it's been a long freaking journeyman twenty-seven years a long time. Yeah. Yeah, you've got a whole bunch of experience and I think it at one point I I found out about you cuz I was listening to a podcast years ago about you've taken your practice which was in network and then pulling into cash and all that and the importance of obviously understanding your patient relationship cycle your patient life cycle, whatever whatever you want to call log. To convert those patients to get them to come in and stay. So tell me a little bit then about your company you run now, it's called the client experience company. Right? Right. So back to what you said just for context for everybody about twelve years ago where and by the way, I don't tell this story as the guy who walked up the hill and snow both ways to school and just for context and I'm not here to say it's easier now, it's harder now. It's anything I just want everybody to understand so about twelve years ago, right? I went out and network and no joke people that nobody even knew without a network box. Right? Nobody was using the word cash practice cash PT everybody, you know, if there was a cash practice it was like a dinky little office with a dinky little person who like had all their clients were judged according clients. Yeah, like 10 people, right? So we made a business decision to go out and network. It was strictly business. Can't remember who the first I think it was wage. That was our first contract that fell below our cost of doing business. So I was like it was an easy. This is what's funny. It's you know, you read all these things and people like I don't know what to do. Do I take insurance or life insurance. I'm like, it's a business decision. It's based on your client and write what you need to generate to pay your bills if Blue Cross is contract is $75 per visit and it costs you $80 to deliver care. That's a no-brainer. I can't yeah exactly at work with them. So twelve years ago, and that's really where the Where I look back and reflect where I was like hm. I gotta do something different and that's where this all patient experience thing and the front desk and then realizing which probably a lot this is the beauty every time I do this like every year that goes by more people are nodding their head going. Yeah, I get that and I'm like, that's cool because when you're ago two years ago three years ago people like I did not get it or that's not true. But this understanding that you know, if If Jerry calls your clinic that that first touch point right the front desk the journey starts there. So the patient success starts Thursday the business success. It's I call it I caught the entry point to the business everybody, you know used to be used to be everybody thought the entry point was well when when they get in the room with the provider with Brad and I'm like, yeah that first experience with the clinician, right? Yeah, and that was already goes I went through that right? Oh, yeah, and I went through that for a long time in my business. We're all I cared about was the providers right home. And so, you know just learning the value of all of a sudden wait a minute we managed and set expectations before they arrived we build trust before they arrived what I call a team Alliance instead. They're reputed client and while look at this magically here's the beauty of it patient numbers improved and buy pay sorry patient measurements patient success. So, yep. Getting better people happier all that stuff improve yet. Then my business metrics change. So I was like what's going on? Right? And that's been that last twelve thirteen years. It took me all that time to start equating. This change here was because of this right going further Upstream. It was like, wow, we changed the first phone call and we stopped getting billing complaints. It wasn't a billing issue. So things like that and that's off the company the client experience company does right we come in we look at the whole kit and caboodle. We look at your whole process, right? Do you understand who your ideal client is do you understand and it could be multiple. Do you understand what you're serving them with right? Cuz no man. Nobody wants physical therapy, right? Everybody wants a solution and then looking at the life cycle and then look up the system's you've built in to create an experience that you want your clients to help
Biden vows his unity can save country; Trump hits Midwest
"With less than a week left until election day Joe Biden has made his closing argument Biden says the nation's wounds are getting deeper but there's still time to save its soul at the heart of this nation turned to stone I don't think so billing himself as the man to help the nation heal the divide Donald Trump exploited by news so often we can too scared to be pro he does want to be president let's face by didn't was in Georgia which is not backed the democratic nominee in nearly thirty years but he's looking to expand the electoral map including a visit this week to Iowa which the president won by ten points in twenty sixteen the president mean times looking to defend states he flipped four years ago like Wisconsin and Michigan Sager mag ani Washington
Political Campaigns See Flood Of Outside Money, Often From Unknown Donors
"A record amount of outside money is flooding into Senate races across the country. Of course, control of the chamber is up for grabs in next week's election. As NPR's gyms are only reports much of the outside money comes from groups whose donors are mystery. Last March. A day before the filing deadline, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced he would challenge the Republican Senate incumbents Steve Daines, and so began the epic battle of this Steve's on the airwaves. I think that Danes had his first attack at up in I would say it was less than a week. Lee Banville teaches journalism at the University of Montana, he says many millions of dollars are being spent on the race the population of its largest city. Billings, Khun fit inside a big college football stadium. So all those millions by a lot of TV and Internet ads, whether it's the radio, or, you know, gosh knows if you're watching the nightly news or jeopardy. You just It's political out after political ad do you call a man who doesn't just accept trumps corruption? But votes for it? What do you call a man like this? You call him? Delis. That ad is paid for by the never Trumper Lincoln Project, one of the most prolific spenders this year. Montana writer Dan Brooks wonders if he sledgehammers subtle negative ads turn off voters from the perspective of people that I talked about. It just makes everyone generally angry at politics. I think that like Just seeing it everywhere is alienating. Many of these groups have bland names that obscure who they really are. Ah, bill passed by the House would force them to be more transparent about their funders. It's stuck on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is desk. The idea behind the bill is that voters should know where this outside money is coming from, even if they can't get rid of it altogether. Jim's a roly NPR
Trump, Biden frame closing appeals for sprint to election
"The final sprint to election day is on now that president trump and Joe Biden have wrapped up their final debate the two men are taking their different styles and messages on the road with eleven days left the president's billing himself as the same disruptive outsider who won four years ago it's all talk no action with these politicians Biden says characters on the ballot to you know who I am you know who he is Biden's campaigning close to home today with an event in Delaware the president's holding two rallies in his adopted state of Florida a virtual must win for his reelection chances he plans to vote fair tomorrow Sager mag ani Washington
Dominic West and wife insist 'our marriage is strong' after he was pictured with Lily James
"This dominic West scandal keeps getting weirder and Weirder I he appeared to be kissing on actress James's neck small problem though and he's married. Then he stages a photo shoot with his wife who displays a note saying their marriage is all good. This is so scandalous and juicy but I love it I'm so sorry I. You know listen I normally we'll be feeling bad for the wife but clearly, you know she's been taken by the body snatchers so she clearly doesn't give a damn. So why should I? Absolutely agree to have your. Your makeup kiss in front of your house like on that stage be so much less sexy than the one where he's going for the true when you look at the pictures, did you guys feel like the one with the wife was dislike his body language was completely off? Oh he was oh. My God he was so pulled away Nina that's the first thing I realized I was like this poor woman who looks like she's lovely such a beautiful woman he literally is like. The way you have your back away from me you bet have been that thing asked me I'm. Like make it feel intimately, I mean what about can we talk about the not for a second that they let photographers and reporters like what's Like our marriage is finding your. Team for this whole situation about billing. Why don't they let their team just deal with it? Why are they going out in front of their home taking stage pictures and then leaving a written note for anybody just to take a picture of this is the weirdest. Signal I've ever seen I think they're just weird people like if you know that the house if you know the house they live, they live in like a castle like a really cat they're like this is some. People are saying that maybe they're in open relationship. So some people are saying, maybe she knew about this girl maybe she's bothered by because she was in on it the whole time maybe she might go get yours. They're saying there's must be an element that we're not privy to because he was just kissing this other girl I would have had a piece of food. And he was just helping her grab for a whole day. Yeah. It could been real deep and.
How to Get Value from Equipment and Heavy Machinery Data - with Manuel Terranova of PEAXY
"So Manuel I know we're GONNA be talking about the value of data for expensive equipment were heavy industry defense, etc. I WANNA. Start off by talking about just what the predictive value of data in that space is broadly this is really your area of expertise. Maybe you could start us off by just talking about why it's valuable in the first place. While I see the value of predictive touching every part of the enterprise and it doesn't really matter whether it's private sector or whether we're talking defense or other government functions I do see more senior folks in private sector enterprise really focused on the big things that matter big things that matter could be, for example, inventory management and inventory staging. Big things that matter could include. Let's say getting invoices out at the right time middle managers that we meet. With a more focused on long term value that predictive can bring specifically predicting when equipment needs intervention or when equipment is about to fail, and those are challenges at take a little bit more time they are generally what I would call a face or face three type of objective whereas these broader senior level manager issues such as inventory logistics, billing revenue. These are nearer phase one in phase two objectives that we like the fold into our statements of work. Maybe, you can talk about kind of the phases with which this rolls out obviously overhauling data getting particularly predictive value from data. Is Not an overnight process obviously, there's workflows to change in maybe the four mandate etc. to to work with can you talk a little bit about what maturity looks like they're to work our way towards predictive value? Sure, we're not shop. So we believe in delivering value in one hundred and twenty day increments We run the entire company on single two week sprint that covers all our customers and. Generally. When I'm sitting at a customer location, I've got three proponents and one skeptic at the table and the challenge with a convincing the skeptics and the naysayers to put value into the roadmap as soon as you can, and generally we try to do that in one hundred twenty days if not less type of timeframe. This is an incremental approach. There is a lot of data hygiene that needs to be confronted in the first one, hundred twenty days of any machine learning type engagement, and I've stopped apologizing to investors about that. By the way, it is a high touch business, the business that we're in. These assets are large mission critical have multidex life. It doesn't matter whether you're fortune one hundred or start up. We see challenges around managing the data landscape especially when you think about managing the data landscape by a serialized thread and my big. Lesson from my days in in large rotating equipment and batteries is there's no to assets that come off the production line that are equivalent. This is true for steam turbines or gas turbines or gearboxes or wing sections of major aircraft. They are so complex and so unique that if you don't understand your data by a serial number and you don't manage that data footprint by serial number over the life of the equipment, you really have a lot of work to do on the hygiene front before you can get to advanced analytics like machine. Learning. So typically, I try to set customer expectations early around understanding data landscape, understanding the unjust points, understanding how we're going to model the data and make it a -able or give it parameters that we can than work with down the line for machine learning, and it takes a bit of time in those first one, hundred and twenty days to get it all sorted and often customers are surprised at how much work actually has to be done with their data before we get into the condition where machine learning can
Apple TV Plus extending free trial subscriptions to February 2021
"Thinking of canceling your apple TV plus subscription before the free year ends. Well. How about a few more months? CNBC. Says Abbas extending the free trials into the new year. According to the report subscribers whose trial started last November December or January will be extended through February. This means that someone who bought an iphone on the first of November and activated Apple TV plus. On the same day, we'll have access to the service through the first of February when billing starts. As people paying for the streaming service, it sounds like they're getting free time as well. CNBC has apple saying that folks already spending the five bucks a month will receive credits through February as well. The extension is automatic and users don't have to ask for it. The report doesn't say so you got to wonder whether the extension has to do with the lack of second seasoned the streamers flagship shows. It seems likely that the return of the morning show for all mankind see and Dickinson were meant to keep people around once they had to pay. Without that incentive. Apple May of worried that some people would cancel their subscriptions. If cancellations were apple's concern. Front, they simply delaying that pain. And could be or it could be the second season's will slide the extended free window. We know that will happen with at least one of those shows. I'm more says the peabody award winning series Dickinson will be back in the stream on Friday the eighth of January twenty twenty. One. Not only that, but the company is also given the go-ahead for a third season of the show. Who knows when Nadal happen but in the meantime as for the house in the second season, apple says Emily Dickenson played by Hailee Steinfeld as pulled out of her private literary life and thrust into the public eye while struggling with the sense that the pursuit of fame might be dangerous game for her to play.
Got coronavirus? You may get a surprise medical bill, too
"Know, there are federal laws that govern costs for covert 19 tests, and many insurance companies have told their subscribers that you know they're not. There will be no copays. Have you found that to be the truth? That the case? Yeah, You know, In most situations it is, but there's also a lot of people who are facing surprise medical bills due to their corona virus testing and treatment. We've worked with some data companies, and we estimate that about 2.4% of Americans face some kind of charge that they have to pay for their Corona virus test, despite the requirement that insurance companies fully cover them. And you know that number might seem small. But keep in mind. There's been 108 Million Corona virus test in the United States. So when you start doing the numbers 2.4% of that is actually millions of Americans facing some kind of bill. For Corona virus test. You know, I'm just starting to get further into understanding the cost of carnivorous treatment and again there. You're starting to see patients who are getting bills They didn't expect for you no treatment they thought was going to be covered by the insurance company. Right and sometimes going to get a test. You can also be charged for a doctor's visit. I mean, what kinds of bills are you saying among those who get them? Yes. So you definitely see one of the things I think that's pretty common in these surprise bills, a situation you mentioned where someone goes to a doctor Officer, an emergency room for Corona Virus test and the krone Virus test is covered by the insurance company, but something else that happened. Is not covered. Sometimes that's an emergency room facility fee kind of the price of going to an emergency room, which I've seen emergency rooms applying to drive through sites. People don't actually enter the emergency room, but they still received the facility V for driving through and getting their tests there. I've seen a number of providers tacking on flu tests or in some even more egregious examples as Tedy tests that patients you know, they just thought they were getting a drive Thru Corona virus tests and now they see a dozen or so different items from the lab that they were built. For some of them. The insurance is not required to cover So it's just it's really hard to know. And patients typically only find out you did what was tacked on to their bell when they get the charges in the mail. You know, health care treatment is very private and health insurance companies aren't exactly dying toe share data about this. How do you find out what people are paying for these bills? So I find out by asking readers to send me their bills. It sounds like a kind of insane way to investigate this, But, you know, I found with some previous work I did on emergency room billing. That the best way to understand what patients are being charges to actually see the billing documents themselves. Insurance companies and hospitals typically keep those numbers secret. They do not want to share them. They do not publish some list of their charges. So I get my information from what patients are willing to send me and in this case what they're willing to send me for their corona virus testing and treatment bills.
Google delays mandating Play Store payments rule in India to 2022
"Google delay enforcement of requiring APPs of the Google play store US play billing in India until April twenty, twenty, two last week we will announce that all APPS would have until September thirtieth twenty twenty one to use play billing for inapt transactions which gives Google a thirty percent cut this comes after the economic times of India reported that over fifty Indian technology entrepreneurs petitioned the government to create an Indian digital APP ecosystem Google says this is not a change in his long term business model rather designed to that businesses are not unduly stressed by the policy.
Ray Ecosystem with Ion Stoica
"So. What, other applications do you anticipate being built on top of Ray that have not been built yet? So I think that one excited I think sting is about engine that I love about. Of Platform which is general is that you can run on that platform. Wetlands, it was hard before because they for many deficiencies stems ran the same ought about. So these putting them together and I think that you know have these like. You know a lot of analogies like iphone ipad before the IPHONE smartphones you'll have different use cases or defendant capabilities which are embedded in defendant devices like UBS for getting direction as for. Maps and getting direction driving directions they will have Remember you know like a cameras digital cameras so you can have sleep. Utah this device for recording or You ambitiously ladders and seem like. Something that I on like bring goal of this guess at its go now you're an. Obligation on your device, and now you can build new obligation which can use. Like virtual reality you can put that in an indoor you know put together in in a game and UCONN. and. Some seemed like that which you are away at about was location because. Yes I. think that's one that actually did exciting in the big picture. So the example is I have in mind which I believe. Talk a little bit about Bobby was at. Embedding. Now you can have one system to runs. Hope almost the entire beckoned. And? Business logic last machine learning you can have say. Many companies don't run only one model on a number of modern Caesar backhands and then needed. To figure out which models are they're going to use how going to the request between this model. So for instance, if you look at the image and you may want to identify locates. License, plates like only have you know annual you can have a model which look at your image and Suzanne if the image. Has a kagyu identify Ikat only then you can look that. Defy. Something of that car, light? licensed. Licensed like that I if he's not a car, you don't need to do that. So that's an example, a very simple example of business logic that allows example business. each other, very useful cutting stunts. Some industries you need to provence I'm that. Relations in the you are going to make and to verify before you give an asset back that Z. Circulation Salamat. So that's you know that's another example because in. You know like like, for instance, say. One example it's about you make a decision on. Something like a mortgage. You apply for the mortgage and I'm a bank and I'm going to decide on that bondage and it turns out that if I deny you, you can ask me why denied I need to explain you the reason for that I need to make sure to tell you and to assure you that I'd be done denial because using Sam, say racial profiling what seemed like that right to check illegal. So then if I use them in and lovely model, a deep learning, they city hard explain what that is an has been made. So that's why but on the other hand if before I give you the asset I kind of. The asset to make sure that. Is. Not you know it's in. So to speak, it cannot be interpreted like being based on race or something like that which somehow the model had picked it up. then. That's one way to use a machine deep learning model, which I cannot explain in an obligation. We requires me by AG relation to met some rules and even be eight Boko explained that it was. I didn't use in my decision, some of the imports which are not against relations that. I think that's one. John Exciting sinks that I had so madding classic. settting obligation with developing D- obligation billing it on. And Platform
When in Doubt Prospect
"What to do go out and Prospect two of the greatest quotes from one of the greatest leaders, when you think about great quotes from great leaders, you might be thinking about FDR JFK MLK or maybe Gandhi and Churchill. I'm sure they all said some good things. But what the heck did they know about selling the farmer's livestock producers and agribusinesses and exactly not very much. That's why I like to reflect back on some of the great leaders and sales people. I had the privilege to be around. They provided some great inspiration this particular quote resonated stuck with me and has served me well for over twenty years and I want to share that with you. It just shows the power of what you might say as a leader and what you might take away from your next sales meeting. Well the 35 or so sales people. Eating for the first time as part of a newly merged business unit. Now this merger and acquisition brought three different business units together. The newly-appointed general manager was giving his an introductory speech on the first day of a three-day monthly sales meeting. Yes, there was a time when we had monthly sales meetings the teams were a Motley Crue some old-school some were cutting edge Tech package and there was a completely separate division that wasn't related to the group that all one of the main reasons for the merger was of course performance sales had stagnated for the old school team gross margin had slipped for the techie group in general. The three separate teams had fallen into a pattern of relying on current customers to provide their results. The struggle was that Kirk customer base was dwindling or the margins were dwindling and some cases both were joined billing. The sled of profitability was pointed down hill and picking up speed to get this units to merge. That's where we were dead. At that September morning as we gathered to hear the new manager give his rah-rah speech my thought at the time was let's get this over with as fast as we can so I can get back out there and sell something. I mean, isn't that what all of us and sales think when sitting in a meeting we don't want to be in well little did I know that this opening speech would bring a one liner to me that has helped me in many times over the years for the office new manager of this Motley Crue. This wasn't his first leadership challenge. He had been through some of the toughest business units in the company and turned them around the primary tool in all of these turnarounds was prospecting in agribusiness sales. We get busy very busy. We serve our customers well and during peak season. It's all we can do to keep our current customers in product which leaves a little time to go out Prospect for new customers the challenges that when we fail to pick back up after the busy season is over and get our prospecting back online. Well, this would all be fine if customers never quit or wage. He didn't retire or they didn't switch to competitors or they didn't die. But that's what all of them do. They do all these things and without a solid prospecting program our territory slowly kind of spiral down a little gradually just drifts away. Well after a short explanation of the most recent p&l the profit-and-loss statement the new manager began his one step process for getting us back on a track off of profitability and that included prospecting he ended his presentation with this one line when in doubt about what to do go out and Prospect now as a new sales person. I had a lot of doubt about my skills about what how I was going to be able to sell. Where do I go in my large territory? Who do I call and how do I plan my time? Well, this quote would often pop back into my mind as I tried to figure out how to spend my time as an egg sales professionals who office out of our homes. It can be a challenging task to figure out where to go each and every day when we fail to plan it out. We'd default by going to current customer. In particular we go to those closest to us or that we like the most so today as you start planning where you're going to go tomorrow next week or next month. Remember when in doubt Prospect month as Paul Harvey used to say and now the rest of the story will in little less than a year after this meeting. We went from being a moderately profitable business unit to being in the top running for business of the year. And am currently we grew sales and our margins and the impact of this growth was that it allowed for more financial resources in our business. This included new facilities upgraded equipment hiring more people in purchasing some other companies these successes required more than just new customers. It took sound financial management actively collecting on our accounts receivables and changing some of the business practices. I did. However, the one thing that was needed was a steady cash flow to finance at all prospecting and selling new accounts were the fuel for that engine of growth will join me
Google plans to crackdown on Android in-app purchases in 2021
"In some startling news, right? I did I did a double take when I saw this Google confirmed that that it plans to make some changes to the Google play store in twenty twenty one and there's GonNa. Be Some big changes folks I. Hope you're all sitting down I by September twenty, twenty one, all APPs on the play store will be required to use Google. Billing. System. Google says that ninety seven percent of APPS that sell digital goods already do this google gets a thirty percent cut through the system as they have up to up until now services like Netflix and spotify bypass this by asking for a credit card payment directly, they would be required to transition over wants this switch happens. And given everything that's happened with epic. Games. And fortnight an apple and all this stuff. This is this is a a direction I did not expect to go in. But. Then there's another piece of this Google said, the android twelve will make things easier for third party APP stores as devising revised system that allows for the install of third party APP stores without compromising the security the system. So on one hand they're gonNA make everyone used they're gonNa make all one hundred percent of APPs, use the payment system so they can get their thirty percent cut but on the other hand they're gonNA say we're GonNa make it easier for third party APP store cannot use our system. So this kind of seems like. One Hand Washing the One Hand one thing the other hand doing the other thing I don't know what do you guys think of this? This was this was this a surprise you or what do you think? A little bit. Yeah. I mean I I, think from a consumer standpoint, I I liked this move because. It just means that there's only one place have to put my credit card info. If something goes wrong like my info gets stolen somehow you know there's there's only one person to blame or one one company to blame and it just makes the whole checkout process a little easier. But of course, from a developer standpoint, like you said with everything going on with epoch lately it. It sort of raises questions as to I guess whether this is okay whether this ethical on Google's part but I mean I I, I think opening things up to other APP stores will I guess help a little bit in that regard? Is. This is this opening the door forget jar make a resurgence. Man is get your still around I'm curious jar. JAR STILL AROUND DOT COM YEP mobile phone. APP. Store founded in two thousand four. So before you know before android. Yeah I suppose. So I'm curious Google isn't Giving any specific information as far as how android twelve is going to allow for this easier. But both of these announcements really feel whether group I would say it or not feel kind of tailor made to the moment at which they're being sued by epic games for you know under the under these accusations that they're incredibly unfair to third party stores and that they required too much payment too much of a paid a a piece of the payment that's happening. Ri I understand what you're saying ron as far as feeling almost like they're doing two things that might seem to go counter to each other at the same time like the majority of of Android apps at least you know in places like the US are going to be going through the play store and. You know the. Money changing hands inside the APP through Google Services has benefit and so what I mean is it worth thirty percent cut I don't know. But that seems to be kind of the standard between what apple's doing what Google is doing whether that that means it's right I guess that's another question. I'm sure there are a lot of developers would say that's that's simply too much but also on the flip side of that, this is android and it is. Put it in air quotes open it's open earlier than other platforms, and so it makes sense that Google would still want to say, Hey, it's still okay for you to have third party APP stores that do things differently from from what we do but if you're going through hours which the majority of people are going to then you gotta pay us for it. It's also it's also interesting that ninety seven percent of the APPS are using it, which makes sense. But like in that three percent, you've got netflix's and spotify who are probably like I I'm I'm less I'm less interested in the percentage of APPs that are using Google payment system versus the percentage of revenue that is not using Google system, right so if if you imagine everybody who a and you know, it's probably you know safe to say that. Lots and lots of people have netflix's accounts who else is GONNA sign up for it and twenty, twenty one. But you know people are always coming on board the platforms and things like that. If you take the the amount of sign ups on Android, that Netflix's get that they're currently paying in and then now pay. That's a pretty decent revenue stream for for Google and it might be one that companies like Netflix end spotify don't want to lose. So I wonder if they're opening the door to another conflict similar to what happ what's happened with epic.
The Amazon Flying Security Cam - What Could Go Wrong?
"Under our rhetorically named. What Could possibly go wrong. Section we have Amazon rings announcement Thursday. Of Their Thomas Home Security Flying Webcam. The thing that surprised me when they announced this Lisa has forbidden cameras in the House for us. Rightly. So you know she doesn't know where that video is going. I said Yeah look at this. You wouldn't want this. What are we gonNA get it like? Oh It cameras hidden in the base until it takes off. Drew Right. But in order to use it, you have to map your home. You actually have to take it around say. This is the garage. This is the kitchen if the teacher the layout of your, house? Yeah. Like the first thing you do. It's named the always home cam. It will cost two hundred and fifty dollars and is slated to start shipping next year. It is self docking to allow it to recharge and it's able to fly around its owners home on preapproved paths. As you mentioned you know and it's supposed to allow homeowners to check to see if they left a window open forgot to turn the stove off. Or to check to make sure robbers are breaking in presumably. Because they're billing it as a security feature. And perhaps, not surprisingly announcement has been met with mixed feelings. It's. Rick Holland the CIS, Oh mvp of strategy at digital shadows in an interview he told threat post for privacy advocates the concept of an untethered IOT device. Sir veiling the house is a little disturbing coupled with rings controversial privacy practices. The adoption of the drone could be low. However, those that have already embraced. The concept of in-house security cameras are likely to be excited the prospect of having A. Single drone monitor your house instead of multiple individual cameras would be alluring, and this is exactly leases position is like, Hey, instead of having, you know cameras like steadily looking out into our various rooms. You know this thing gives you total coverage potentially as long as it's you who are flying around and looking at things because you know consider the idea of it getting taken over and someone in Russia. Taking a stroll around your house using this thing. Main really that's what's going to happen. ring for its part said they has it has built in privacy into the physical design noting that when the drone is docked in its charging based, the camera is physically blocked the cameras down on this. It's sort of a like a think of it as a as a big T. shape where the top of the tea is a big square. So it's square with a with a square post that drops down from the center of this, the tea and the camera is down at the bottom of that. So in this thing descends into its doc, the post is going into a into a square shaped hole bus. Preventing this thing from seeing anything. So it's clear. The camera cannot be seen. But it's funny too because they said. The device also has been designed to hum at a certain volume. So it's clear that the camera is in motion and recording and I thought wait Are you kidding me has anyone here? Ever heard drones a micro drone fly You can't hear yourself theta. Generating the lift required using four tiny designer approved props of course, has to look cute and right. That requires that they spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. At least I suppose we don't need to worry about the thing. Creeping up on anyone and surprising them. and. Then what occurred to me is what I WANNA know. No one who designs and test these things has a dog or cat at home because this thing would drive. would. Day would dive under the bed and never be seen again. This clarify down the hallway thought about that. Wow
11 Trivia Questions on Biggest Cities in States
"Biggest cities in states came. So I'm GonNa give you a state. And then you have to think about what is the most populated city in that state sometimes, it's the capital sometimes, it's not. So keep that in mind while you're trying to answer these were to jump into eleven of them right now. Here we go. All right. Guys. Here we go. Just tell me the most populated city in the state that I provide. Here's question number one Alabama. Number. One was Alabama number two is Connecticut. Number, three is Florida. What do you think is the most populated city in Florida number three. Number FOUR IS IDAHO IDAHO Number Five, we've got Kansas. Kansas. Number six is main. What is the most populated city in Maine? and. Number seven Maryland. Seven Maryland. Number Eight is Montana Lot of states that start with 'em number eight Montana. Number nine is Vermont Vermont. Number ten is Virginia Virginia. And the bonus question is tough on what is the most populated city in American Samoa what is the most populated city in American Samoa? Those are all of your states and areas that you had to try name the most populated city and will be right back in just a second with the correct answers. We are back with the answers to this round on populated cities and states. Let's see if you were able to figure all these out. Number One Alabama was Birmingham Birmingham Alabama number one Birmingham Alabama. And number two. We head Connecticut, which is Bridgeport Bridgeport Connecticut number two bridgeport. Number. Three was Florida and Jacksonville Jacksonville Jaguars down there number three Jacksonville. Number Four Idaho is Boise Boise. NUMBER FIVE KANSAS WICHITA WICHITA Number six main most populated city is Portland Portland Maine. Number Seven Maryland Baltimore Baltimore. Number. Eight most populated in Montana is billings. Montana
Trump promotes health care 'vision' but gaps remain
"Trump Trump signed signed an an executive executive order yesterday trying to fulfill healthcare promises he'd campaign back on in 2016. This executive order includes coverage for preexisting medical conditions measure Republicans have opposed for years. Most recently with a rush to appoint the conservative Supreme Court justice. Let's get more on the details from the order from CBS has Ben traces of president unveiled what he calls his vision for health care, But it's really an executive order directing Congress to pass legislation to deal with surprise medical billing. It also makes protecting preexisting conditions official U. S policy so we can put that to rest that was actually put to rest 10 years ago by President Obama when he signed the Affordable Care Act, which made covering preexisting conditions, US law President Trump's Order on Uncle. Bill's also does not carrying illegal weight unless Congress fails to pass legislation. In that case, it directs a J. Jess to issue a regulation. Now today, the White House
Virus shutdown took a toll on routine health care for kids
"Federal officials are expressing concern about a steep drop in routine medical care for low income children during the pandemic the centers for Medicare and medical services spines that vaccination screening for childhood diseases visits to the dentist and even mental health care dropped precipitously from March through may of this year federal officials are warning that sharp decline in routine care could cause long term issues calling on states pediatric providers families and schools to ensure children get caught up billing records for the chip program show early childhood vaccinations drop by twenty two percent dental visits plunged nearly seventy percent and time sensitive screenings for cognitive or developmental problems fell by forty four percent Jackie Quinn Washington
Boeing, FAA blasted by House panel over deadly crashes
"This morning an investigation by a panel of Congress about what caused the deadly MAX crash. Maxjet crashes strongly criticizes the F A. A CBS News Transportation correspondent Chris Van Cleve says the report contains new details that show Boeing engineers and pilots knew. Her potential issues years before the crash is calling it mind boggling, Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio says the report shows both the FAA and Boeing came to the conclusion. The 7 37 Max was compliant with FAA standards despite being demonstratively flawed. Crashes, the report says. We're not the result of a single failure, technical mistake or mismanaged event. They were the quote, horrific culmination of a Siri's of faulty technical assumptions, a lack of transparency and grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA. Well, billing responded to this report by saying it's made changes already and has been cooperating with the House
Apple Updates App Store Review Guidelines
"Let's talk a little more about apple updating its APP store rules to explicitly allow game streaming services. You know things like, Google, stadio Microsoft's project x cloud. Each game offered on the service just needs to be downloadable separately from the APP store. And every game update must be submitted to apple before it can stream to users. In other words, there can't be one APP that just streams the collection of games there has to be a collection of APPS for streaming each game, and then they can have a catalog APP that can link out to each game out. So let's say Google media has one hundred games they. Would need to have a hundred APPs one for each game and then a stadia catalog APP that would link out to those other APPS and don't forget services must also offer the option to pay for subscriptions with apples in purchases, which, of course gives thirty percent to apple. The game services also must offer apple sign in which is derived you're now on the APP STORE Apple also updated rules so that one to one fitness or tutoring classes do not have to be billed through the APP store one too many fitness classes do that addresses a facebook events issue and another formal exception has been made for free. APPs acting as standalone companions to a web based tool this addresses, the problem the hey, email service had if this had been the rule, then hey, wouldn't have had any problem. So that's a good one. The one to one fitness will help those people on making use the facebook events. Billing but. I don't know rob that that. Allowing streaming services doesn't seem like it's allow a lot of streaming services. It says though they don't want streaming services on. These devices because the couple have dozens if not hundreds of abstract going to go through all, that is just there's you know what is the reward for doing that amount of work for giving up thirty percent of your take? So I I, just don't see that happening I. Mean I guess you could. Just, to play devil's advocate, you can automate that every APP would be essentially the same APP providing access to the streaming service limited to to one game. Once you get the first one up, it's not that hard to do but you're right. It's extra work that you don't need to do. It's more things that can go wrong and it's really not what the service is supposed to be. The services supposed to be I access the service through my browser or an APP not there's a bunch of APPs that access as a streaming game service. If. It feels like a very apple compromise with itself not an apple compromise for the services. Absolutely.
"billings" Discussed on Hauntingly Yours: A Podcast for the Paranormal
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"billings" Discussed on Hauntingly Yours: A Podcast for the Paranormal
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"billings" Discussed on QUEERY with Cameron Esposito
"Teachers and friends and your lover's in your relatives. We are just as you said, we are absolutely everywhere in your neighborhood, you you might not see us. But we're absolutely everywhere your neighborhood single because I really think some of the responsibility means to lie in our laps meaning the older LGBTQ. I generation we need to be responsible not only for leaving leaving a historic footprint. But for creating safe. Spaces for this new generation to come out in because that's part of the problem. Don't say oh transpeople their only point three of the population. You don't know that you have no idea how many VR because we don't know. How many we are true terrified come out? Absolutely. We're not standing up and being counted are you out of your tree? So my job I feel in my tiny little pea brain job. Is to to the best of my ability as much as I possibly can keep myself loud and vocal and continued open in every possible way a space for LGBT people to land. Absolutely. Really? Yes. The responsibility. And I think that's the reason for the creation of social media, quite frankly. Oh one hundred percent. I mean, I feel I feel the same way that you do. And I and I lose a lot of subscribe to the same ideals, which is just small examples of lived of life lived are huge. There really are because I didn't I didn't have a ton of that. I mean, you know, whatever folks could talk about you know, who might have been. Like, I guess Ellen had already been on a magazine or some I wasn't allowed to watch that my house. But that's also not a person that that wasn't acceptable. You know, that's like not that wasn't an accessible. I mean, she had to go to hiding first of all and second of all like, no, it's not like I got to see like you're saying snippets of of a funeral or of a breakfast. You know, like I didn't get to see any of that stuff. And and so it it is those moments that make you think that you that there is a reason to stay on this planet. You know in that there is a reason to be connected to other people. I completely agree with you on that. And I live the same way. So we have that we have that in common, and I respect I respect that so much. It's what I'm trying to do all the time. And I also think you know, when we talk about this current administration. I don't know this is just me. I'm curious what you think about this. I don't know that this is just me. But I'm curious what you think about this because you're clearly this person. I just feel like another thing that that is so disappointing to me is. As I mean. So so clearly this person that is in the White House is setting themselves up for personal financial gain. Like that's just so clear in clearly woven into every bit of policy. It's it's it's mostly the White House right now is mostly so that like. The fake president and his family can like whatever set up their future hotel, the expand their hotel empire or whatever. I mean, I really think that that's most of what's happening in. So these small. These huge things in our lives, or these huge social changes to me are six it. It hurts a little bit more because I know like you said he doesn't care, and yes, I think that can come from fear. But I also think it can come from distraction. Like, that's not why he's there. You know? Like, I don't think he's he's not like a Mike Pence who's motivated by some internal compass on anything. Not that my parents is. Okay. But I think he's just motivated financially. So we're fighting apathy as much as anything, you know. It's it's not just that. He doesn't care because of fear. Although I think that's true. I think he also doesn't care because his endgame is bottom line. Yes. I think you're absolutely right. I think absolutely right. I think that it it. It says I said, it's he is not that he doesn't understand foreign policy is that it's it doesn't enter. Into him with the exception of how he does his his pretend business, right? You know, Donald Trump didn't have a lot of money. Right..
"billings" Discussed on QUEERY with Cameron Esposito
"Do you mind? My asking about you spending. You saying you you got arrested and spent time again, it's like, oh, man. I just feel like. I mean, I know these are these are true things. I'm so glad you're writing a book. And I'm so glad that you are willing to talk to me that we're chatting with each other right now. And like, this is all it's not like this is even our history because this is all still happening. But that hasn't happened to me that particular thing hasn't happened to me. And I if you are if you feel comfortable talking about it, I I'd really like to hear your experience of. You know, being stopped. What that would have been like or being arrested? Like that was happening. The very first time it happened. I was walking. I was walking literally a block away from my house, and I was going to get a pack of cigarettes. And I was supporting across the street, and this police car passed me made a u-turn came back and pulled up next to me and a policeman got out and grabbed me by both hands and put me up against the car and began to read me, my rights, and I and I had no idea what was going on. I knew that you could be arrested. But this was just shocking to me. And I said, what do you what's going on with happening? And he said your not allow this is exactly what he said. To me, your not allowed to walk around the streets of Chicago like this unless you are wearing two articles of male clothing. And I said. You mean like tube socks? What the fuck you? So that didn't go over. Well, so he had puffed in put you in jail. And he put me in what they called. I don't know if they have these anymore, but they call them a holding cell and back then a whole I mean, I haven't been a jail for really long time. But a holding cell it kinda where they put people who have a parking tickets or speeding or nothing. You're not a murderer or a, you know, a you didn't just beat somebody up or something like that. Right. However, it was men and women and all kinds of I mean, there was no like female holding cell and male holding cell and trans holding cell. There was no such thing as everybody was. So I was put in with a bunch of people. I'd say like ten or eleven other people and that did not go well at all they were very cool, very violent in their language. One of them came at me physically and I yelled for help. And luckily, the bailiff came I don't know if they're called bailiffs anymore. I mean bailiffs in the might be called something else somebody came and split us up. And but it was bad. And I was there for they can only hold me for twenty four hours. And then somebody bail me out. I don't remember who. But say had to bail me out actually bail me out. Right. I mean, it's not like the moment that you got. It's only there's any safety in this story that you're telling me, there's no there's no moment where then like public opinion and the law or the person in power is than on your side look at at this time. I think well, that's really smart. What you just said. Because then I think is the is the big difference between because things are still bad. But that is the big difference between now, and and before is that there are more people not enough, but more people in this country that are for us than there are against us back in the eighties. No one was for us. No one and the people that did come because I slept with everyone. You're the only person. I haven't had I so Ed yet. Yes. Not operative word being yet. So and I had I slept with men and women. I find everyone attractive. I don't discriminate when it comes to bat. I find everyone attractive so I flipped with everybody. And the men that I slept with were so ashamed of themselves, and the shame of the kind of sex that we had and even our friendship if we had one if it was, you know, sex. And friendship that they wouldn't take me out during the day. It wouldn't be seen with me in the daylight..
"billings" Discussed on QUEERY with Cameron Esposito
"And I looked at these humans, and I saw how happy and joyful and three and how much fun. They were having. And I said I saw my family. Oh, man that was the beginning of my that was the beginning of my transition might there that was club, Victoria. That was the first place. They ended up hiring me, and I ended up working there. Wow. They hired you off of that. Like just utterly killer performance. Well, yeah. Because it was a travesty. No. What happened was afterwards? I went to Bard like the next day because then it took a while for it to sink in. And like just be in me, and my inner space and I woke up the next day. And I said to Barbara said, you know, what I'm gonna go next week for talent night, and I'm gonna lip sync. And she without batting. An I was like that's a great idea. I have a dress. You could wear seeing literally the first time I listened I lip synching to the very first one. I ever listening to was Barbara Streisand thinking how lucky can you get from funny lady, not funny, girl and a white sundress with yellow wedgies? That was my first constant my God. Yeah. They hired me. I know they hired me off of that. Also ask 'cause I'm trying to get the timeline. Right. But would that have also been like one of the first times that you maybe were address in front of other human beings like getting up there for for that performance? Or were you already wearing dresses in your human walking around non-professional life? Oh, no. No. No. No. No. Yeah. That was the very first time was up on stage. Yeah. No. And it took me a while to say to myself that I was transitioning because the only time I I I wore any kind of women's clothes. I mean, you say that now, and it's sort of like ridiculous thing to say, no women's clothes, but back then what we deemed to be women's clothes was on stage. I never get that in my life in public ever. It was a job for like, I think about a year. It was a job. It was The a. job until my best friend ginger spice said to me as we were driving home. She had these weird sort of pinnacle moments in my life strange like she said. We were in the car. And she said when you're gonna make a decision, and I said, what do you mean? We were coming home from show. I said what do you mean? She said, you know, what I mean? What are you going to make a decision? She goes. And she pointed at my body's she said because this is ridiculous. It doesn't make any sense. I knew exactly what she meant. And I said, I it was pretty profound. And I said I'm terrified because remember we were still being arrested at that time, which I did spend many times in jail for walking around for what they called in drag. So we were being systematically hunted in very very specific way by police. And I said, I'm just afraid that I'm I'm gonna you know, be I'm not going to be passable. I'm just I'm just afraid that that's going to be true. And she said that's not the point the point is when are you going to make this decision? Well, so the next day I got up and I put on a dress. I think and I put on my red, my favorite read poems. I put on a little bit of makeup. I did my hair. I went up in the middle of the day. And I said to myself or maybe to God or to the universe. I said out loud. If anything I'm gonna walk around the neighborhood. If anything happens to me anything. I know that that's a sign that I cannot live this way. It anything happens to me. This was high noon on the north side of Chicago in like nineteen eighty one eighty two any kind of transportation walking around with fair game not just for being arrested at the police, but I mean for. Violence of any kind. Just wade. And I watched around that neighborhood for probably a half an hour and nothing happened..
"billings" Discussed on QUEERY with Cameron Esposito
"You do that. You're not doing a concert. So shut it. That's right. So I was like oh Kano that I'm bizarre. And I know there's something wrong with me, and it's terribly shameful. And I shouldn't do it out in public. But I don't know what it is. So I also was on the proud to be an actor. So I we my friend. Barb who still my friend is nineteen eighty and I we go to Chicago. We take a drive into the big city, and we go into the big city, and we stop it as bar like three o'clock in the afternoon. Go into this bar. We're having a couple of drinks because I'm a raging alcoholic. And so I have a drink, and there's this woman behind the bar, and she's very tall. Beautiful and sounds like Lauren Bacall and behind her is the sign and it says Thursday night tell at night. So I'm like, oh my God. I have talent talent I should totally be here for so I turned to the one I go skinny I would like to be your pin. What can I do anything for talent mine? She said yes, you can do absoulutely than she literally sounded like Laura goal the. Yes. Absolutely. I was like I totally coming where do I thought it? So I'm right here. So I signed they name we go back home Barbara night. Finish our drinks. Go back home. I'm home. And I'm like, oh my God. What am I so much talent? Which I should I sing should I dance? Should I tell jokes? 'cause I so like, I don't even know where to start and barb goes, you know, it's a nightclub. So you should remind you were twenty. She goes notes, a nightclub usually something. Usage. Just something really sexy. It's like, okay 'cause you should strip. And I'm like, yes. I can totally strip istrict every night. I know how to do. Perfect. Right. Come on. Yeah. That I mean talent. So I get well. So I get my albums number albums back in the day with their big for those kids that are listening. Those are big fear. Gold things with little holes in the middle of it. So I got my out my Flashdance album and remember the scene and Flashdance the movie you can look it up on the YouTube kids Flashdance muddy and she's in her chair, and she Yanks the chain and splashy with the water. Remember that only indelibly right? Of course, because you're amazing. So I thought well that is perfect. I will take off my clothes and at the right time. Barb will be standing. And then flashy, and it'll be naked. I'll be in. It'll people it'll be crazy. I'll win talent night and he discovered and everything's gonna be great. So I finally taking off my clothes. And I the only thing I had was even remotely sexy was because I was taking dance class at the time. I was a terrible dancer, but I was taking dance class. 'cause I thought I was brilliant was a dance belt if you've ever seen a dance belt I have seen in the eighties. Okay. Like back in the eighties. They were like big v. They look like diapers. Big v in the front, and then little thing on the crack of your who on the bat, just horrible not sexy at all, but to me to professionally. So that's what I was going to strip down to strip down to the dance belt because that's awesome. So we get the routine together we come back on Thursday night. I go to the club. I go downstairs because the the dressing rooms were downstairs, a an on the main level was the stage. So the stage was directly above the dressing rooms. So I go downstairs, and they're all these women..
"billings" Discussed on QUEERY with Cameron Esposito
"I was about eleven to when I was about nineteen, and then I moved into city north side of the city when I began my transition right after high school while I'm very familiar with Schoenberg, I'm from western springs, which is not that far away. That's where I grew up. I grew up that is it's a little bit do a little bit due south, maybe Schaumburg, but but a similar out west of the city. And. That's first of all, it's that's amazing that that's where you were up. And then you move to the north side. I bet also similar places that I've lived in my life. You you started transitioning said right right after nineteen you start your transition like in your early late nineteen hundred I yeah, I was sin if I got out of high school because my parents said well, you need to go to college. Because that's what people do we're all going to die. I was like, well, the thing is if I go to college, I probably will die because I couldn't tell them this because this is a very long time ago. Remember when I started my transition, it was only ten years a decade after stonewall. So, you know, gay, you know, homosexuals were still looked at it sort of this dangerous. Very, you know, this lethal plague that was infesting America. It was really just awful. So to be transgender. We didn't have that word back then. But to be transgender was just didn't make any sense. It was sort of like if somebody came up to you and said, you know, I really think I'm Anne. Octopus like deep down. What making what are you talking about? How weird it was. People were like, I don't know what that means. So I told my parents I said I because I have a brother who went to college who became sort of the golden boy and did everything great. And I didn't. And I said I can't go to college. And I said why don't I said, well, I wanna be an actor. And my dad who was in the business who was musical director and the teacher strangely. Both. My parents were teachers my dad said, we'd you should go to college. Then because it's perfect. You could take acting listens and study acting, and I and in my head, my inner voice said yes. But then I would be in this vessel. And I would still have to pretend that I'm bored, and then I would probably die because I tried to kill myself twice. And the next time. It's it's going to work. So I and I don't wanna die. But what I told them was you know, what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna try and actually be an actor money. Go do that. And then if to the were if in like five years left how actors give each other five years, we're always give five years for everything in five years. I'll be married in five years I'll have to feet, but I I had five years. And if it doesn't happen, then I'll go to college. And then actually never went weirdly did it because it will later because within five years where you work as an actor, which well, I was working how he I was working. I was I was working at in drag..
"billings" Discussed on QUEERY with Cameron Esposito
"I was folks introduced themselves, would you mind? Introducing yourself. Now now. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. We've already started. It's happening. It's happening. Holy crap. Don't you love it? When it just. Hi, I'm Alexandra billings. And I'm talking to you. And that nice. Yeah. Yes. I'm I'm Cameron. It's nice to say to meet you Alexandra. And we'll do do you want to say anything else about yourself? You don't have to. But I'm curious sometimes as to like what people talk about when they introduce themselves. I don't know. What should I say about myself like an introduction? Like my God. What did I say? I am married. And I am a professor of acting at USC, and I'm an actor. I didn't know to those things. Which didn't what didn't you know? What I didn't know your professor, I know you're married just because I didn't I don't really look into my guess personal life. Of course, I'm familiar with you because an actor. But I didn't know those two things your professor Helen how long have you been teaching? I oh how long have been teaching? I've been teaching since nine to noon. Twenty don't nice teen nine ninety something early nineties like so that's a lot of students that you've shaped. I have talk millions and millions of students, and you know, I I really believe that they have shaped me much more than I could possibly ever ever since I've been just teaching a class actually strangely a couple of days ago. And it was a class of transgender queer and binary actors specifically for them. I was a guest teacher. This is a class that was developed by an actor producer name rain fell Dez she's amazing and she made up this class, and it's been going on since August. But anyway, she, and we know each other from transparent, and she actually come and guest. Teach. So I was teaching and they were just fantastic was just great. It was just it was beautiful. And and you know, when you get a bunch of us in a room, especially if artists transpeople in everybody, the fifth round of the umbrella when you get a bunch of us in a room the history just in and of itself is enough to shake the building. But so we finished the class, and we were talking one of the actors said. While you have a lot of energy. And I said, yes, I do I have a lot of energy. And they said where does it come from? And I said, well, you all meaning students any students saved my life because when I began to transition I was also a young teacher. And I started my transition in nineteen eighty and I was acting, but I was also teaching part time. And you guys were the only humans that were not sitting in judgment of me, you accepted me. Holy completely. And totally and don't know that I could ever live long enough on the planet to repay that kindness. So when you say that I have shaped them really it's the other way around we were you teaching at the time. Back when I first started. Yeah. In the eighties when that was happening, and you felt so accepted by your students. Where were you teaching at the time? Chicago, illinois. Oh, that's where I'm from. I'm from Chicago out of here. No. Yes. That's true. Yeah. I'm from Chicago where where were you teaching in Chicago? I was teaching at Jane Brody Jane Brody studio. You know, Jane? I am familiar with her name. I don't know that we know each other. But I I know that I think she might know my sibling, actually. But yeah. That's amazing. You were you were will. I mean, just that. I'm vaguely familiar with some eloquent paths intersect. You know, Malia we have context for each other's lives. So you you were living in Chicago is that where are you from? I'm actually from California. I was born here where I am right now. And I I was born in Inglewood, California. And then we lived all over southern California until I was about ten when my parents, divorced. And then my mother remarried and her mind news stepdad got transferred back in the day. When you actually worked for a company, and they told you what to do it doesn't. I don't think happen so much anymore, and we moved to Illinois, and then we moved to a small suburb called Schaumburg, and I lived I lived there when I was about from when.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"A case of a killing the wrong guy or is this a lover who is jealous dial now the also pointed out the defence also pointed out that there was dna found at the crime scene of a second unidentifiable person so just there there's a lot more going on here then in my opinion there's more questions here brought up at trial than there are answers presented at trial basically we come full circle to basically say we know nothing yet well it the the the jury they deliberated for four hours after the trial was over the trial only took three days now as probably not a good sign when the trial only takes three days basically they called about ten witnesses and only one that being tammy simone well i mean you could debate it you could debate it but it looks as as far as reeves goes he's the guy on trial we talked a lot about harper but reeve's is actually the guy on trial and other than tammy none of these ten witnesses make any connection between this suspect and brand and billings they deliberated for four hours and reeves was found not guilty now he he will not be released he will now go free he will actually return to federal prison because he was serving a 15year sentence at the time for drug trafficking charges from back in two thousand and five the weird thing here though is we do have harper the is called to testify in reeves's um trial yeah and he was asked were you present the night brandon billings was murdered his answer was i refuse to answer undergrounds that i may incriminate myself he was then asked do you know who killed brand in billings and again refused to answer the question then asked did you kill brand in billings to which harper replied no sir after the trial of chad reeves we have harper george albert harper the third he was charged with perjury because he had to give testimony under oath multiple times sometimes in front of the grand jury sometimes in front of the jury at this trial.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"The prosecution opened up the trouser early on early testimony showed that reeves in harper were both drug dealers although no direct connection between the two defendants was establish early in the trial the prosecutor this is this is kind of a kick in the gut ray here for everybody while bear than kicking the ball prosecutor stated there's no compelling physical evidence pointing at reeves you'll see that none of it points to the defended but none of it points to anyone else he also acknowledged that the crime scene photos in the odd topseed did not fully explained what had happened oh you got that right he opened they opened up the trial basically saying there's no evidence directly connecting the defendant demand that we are trying for this murder we have no evidence directly connecting him to this murder okay well first of all if there is no direct evidence don'ts have your opening be that brought hey buy them eight that's like going into the locker room at you with your football team saying hey guys are just going to let you know there's no way we can win today you know what i mean like that that's basically what they said they they basically lost the argument right away hey dyslexia no there is no evidence yeah i i question that move to might my thought is it they must have been sitting around for hours going there's when we once we get done presenting our case the jury is going to go while there was no evidence directly connecting this guy so i think they thought maybe their best plan of attack was two point that out in state the you know it is not going to point to anybody else either so we need you to make a couple leaps for us connecting him to the case the problem with that is we have a situation where you have to you have to convict him beyond reasonable doubt yeah wall maybe don't try the case until you have enough evidence yes so let's let's talk about some things that were brought up at the trial nothing they they they basically they stood up and said we have nothing and then they set down okay well the investigations 'timeline we were right captain suggested that the slaying likely occurred soon after billings had arrived at the scene where he was found the time line was based on video showing him having left the gala.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"Who found the body and another officer who's one of the first people on the scene saying that i saw what looked to be bullet gunshots bullet wounds in behind the ear right but you could have the shirt over two says face mmhmm and then i wonder you know as far as a rookie stewart goes like did did he happened to pull the shirt over his face for whatever reason like his you know that he passed on i i don't know like two seems little sketchy to me well here's here's the thing the rumor mill was going so ramp it they in two thousand eight it made the papers to the point where they had to interview the commonwealth attorney the grason commonwealth's attorney because there was rumors going around that they had finally had a person of interest in the case had been named a person of interest in the cold case but they is ex years later they address the rumor stating that the investigation into brand in billings murder is continuing although no persons of interest have been identified both the commonwealth attorney's office and the sheriff's office continue to extend their support to the billings family and i'm going to jump ahead two more years here captain this takes us to two thousand and ten where so far there's been no suspects or persons of interest named in the brain of billings case no one has been arrested obviously while there seems to be almost no movement on this thing at all for many years while we finally are you ready here are you ready for a break in the case captain yeah.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"While the billings family held an event at a at a local park there and brandon's mom sherry called this her son's birthday in heaven celebration this of course was a very nice to do but the other thing here is the billings family is also using this moment to point out some things that have bothered them regarding the investigation into their son's death okay and the years since brendan's death his parents hope that the case would be solved you know where their hope was had now turned to frustration with the sheriff's department and its handling of the investigation at the event sherry pointed out that she would endorse the man running against the current sheriff and the upcoming election talking to the local newspaper sherry was quick to point out her endorsement and talking to the crowd there she said something's not right folks we have to suffer it every day maybe because of mistakes that the sheriff's department has made responding to this the sheriff told the local media that his department had investigated the killing to the best of its ability pointing out that they had to investigators all of the sheriff's office three special agents from the state police and all agencies in surrounding cities and counties assisting in the case early on so there was no shortage of people working this case as far as the sheriff's concern ribot than the rumor mills start in the small town because you have no leads basically you have uh your asharq department that you fila's inadequate were or wire and they solve this and this has kinda one the small town starts talking about the conspiracy of may be brandon stumbled upon something he wasn't supposed to and maybe this was a uh done by the hands of the law well sherry billings felt that the fbi should have been called in to help with the case uh in response to this the sheriff.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"Well the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on brand and billings stated that buildings had sustained two bullet wounds on the left side of his head in one on the right side as well as a shock to the neck three that doesn't make any sense three of these shots were from an indeterminate range she estimated that one that the one on the right side of brandon's head was fired from a distance of about six to twelve inches so we have we have four bullet wounds we have three that they cannot determine the distance from which the the bullets were fired may in one that appears to have been shot at close range six to twelve inches the back of his left why and which one was the six to twelve inches that was the one on the bright side of his roads head so he's in the driver's seat six to twelve inches you there have a pretty long arm because this is a ford ranger joe it's is not a huge truck so you could actually in with your arm and shoot somebody and b six to twelve inches away un reach in through the passenger side window right so that my question would be is at window was opener shot and determined on how much his his face was turned his head was turned the shot could have come from the driver's side window or remember he was found partially outside of the the vehicle door right dan him being partially outside of the vehicle door may explain why there was no bullet damage to the truck that's the problem i have your i can't i look at this crime scene and i go through the autopsy and we got plenty more to get to here i can't determine if he was in or outside of the truck at the time that the shots took place yeah because he could have been shot by now.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"Had called the cops yeah he told them he the he saw agani soul lights from what appeared to be a vehicle they asked him if he could described the vehicle he said that all he could say is that he saw lights he couldn't tell you what it was he thought that it might be a truck but he wasn't he couldn't say for certain now albert barkley in his wife they said that later that morning day left to go visit some friends in the elk creek area when they came back by this time it was the afternoon and this is by then they had already stumbled upon the crime scene so the crime scene was being investigated at that point and that's when he reported having heard the shots in the wake of brendan's death the police pursued leads and interviewed more than one hundred people looking for clues while they awaited for the autopsy report investigators met daily to discuss their findings stating that we we answered all the tips that were coming in at the time anytime any one calls they went out and checked out the tip yep meanwhile friends and family began raising money for the funeral turkey knob church where sherry billings was a member held a bake sale to raise money family friends sherry bear began another fund dr setting up donation jars at businesses to collect money her daughter holly was a classmate of brandon's at galaxy highschool the dumps studio this is one of those a photo studios and donated a sixteen by 20 portrait of brand into the billings family and the owner provided photos of brandon to all members of the galaxy football team and the senior class let's get into some of the evidence captain so brand in billings was found shot to death shot to death from multiple gunshots but his truck had no bullet damage noory the truck was in a small creek near the new river on rock house road off of patten mel room by a quick 'cause we keep say.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"Got to keep in mind captain we have a truck with with a body in it it's down in the creek basically it could have potentially been a traffic accident or traffic fatality we don't see any signs of a wreckage on the vehicle break and well and but we also don't sienese bullet holes in the vehicle either there was some damage to the truck my guess is that it wasn't until after this officer anders arrived the officer barnett would have been sent off to interview people up and down the street who what kind of damage or we're talking about see i don't know that all i know that there was damage to the vehicle there's normal wear and tear damage i mean uh trucks are notorious we know anybody that owns a truck knows that people like to hit you league no normally when somebody's backing out like in a parking lot or something though hit the bed of the truck v you'll see a lot of trucks that have little things and stuff on the bed because some i wasn't paying attention and didn't see the bed well some of the first observations that this officer anders makes the driver was wearing a teeshirt the deceased was wearing a tshirt in a had been pulled up over his head the seat belt on the driver's side appear to have been cut he saw what appeared to him to be two gunshot wounds behind the deceased here the truck itself he figures out that it's registered to a kyle and sherry bilic's so i'm assuming the officers are going to call the billings house well let's go to the billings house so we have we have sherry and kyle billings who they're concerned because they've discovered that their son had not come home from that saturday night right sherry billings she started to call around two brandon's friends the morning after the find out where he was they're probably pretty worried but not sprawling super word because it was his birthday so you got gotta kinda take that into account is sounds like.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"These would have less than twenty thousand people so october iv is a friday and just like most or all of the fall friday night's brandon played on the varsity football team so brandon had a football game that night the next day is saturday october fifth this is brandon's birthday brennan billings turn eighteen years old on this day so a miles a milestone birthday yeah well on that saturday brandon let his father kyle borrow his pickup truck that morning there was something called the galaxy lord's acres sale um some type of community event kyle billings had a funnel cakes stand so brandon lent his father the truck so he could pull the stand to this event later that day once brand and got his truck back he loaded up the bed of his truck any delivered a bunch of firewood to his grandmother's house so i probably exchanged like a liver this firewood i'll give you the truck so i think just you know looking at that friday and saturday we get a pretty decent idea of what kind of dude we have here in brand and billings a dedicated football player and someone that could have you'll he could have been out running around with his friends or just doing whatever on that saturday however we have him helping out his father and then later helping out graham all yeah and normally when it is pure eighteen th birthday i mean he might have party the little bit on friday night after the game on there was normally always somewhere to go after the games um and my town anyways and then uh but we see him that he wakes up at a decent timing starts doing some jordan whatever he needs to do because he he does want to hang out for his birthday that night while after delivering the fire would to his grandmother's place uh he came home brennan came home and he took a nap apparently according to brandon's parents brandon must have overslept because when he woke up he was he was in a hurry to leave the house.
"billings" Discussed on True Crime Garage
"It was a day that was supposed to bring joy and happiness and only left brandon's family and friends part broke this is the case of brandon bill child brandon billings was born october fifth 1984 he lived with his mother and dad this is sherry in kyle billings and his sister angie in virginia we have to kyle's in our story captain we have kyle buildings the father and his son kyle brandon billings ryan that's why everybody caused the sun brandon billions and not kyle brand in billings mmhmm now our story starts in two thousand and two and two thousand into to the billings family was living in the galaxy area full disclosure here captain the newspaper articles on this case names several small cities and two or three counties and i'm not super familiar with that area so forgive me if i sound like a nit weight here but uh where we are saying that the billings family lived in the galaxy area but the key thing here is brandon attended galaxy high school brandon is a star on the football team we're we're going to say store because that seems to be one if not the most important thing to brandon and a brand new was a big dude that big boy over three hundred pounds he played i believe it was on the offensive line uh he also played a little bit of linebacker yeah as weird seems like uh some reports would say he's a linebacker some people would say is the lineman obviously there's you know there's a big difference but i mean three hundred twenty pound linebacker coming at cia that's uh that's a scary sight yeah and i tend to lean with the thought here that he might have been all offensive line because of hit one his size and to his numbered number seventy nine s typical offensive line number but brandon's dad kyle he never missed one of brandon's games he was at all of the games and he was also one of those fathers that would attend a lot of the practices whenever he could the billings family they sat in the stands at galaxy highschool countless nights watching brand intake to the football field the schools team is called the maroon tied and this is a very small area i mean the couch.