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June 2
8, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 

PENSION NEWS


The following June 20th NBC Bay Area news report puts context to last week's POA Membership Alert about the Long Beach POA President stating in a letter, "There is no way in good conscience that I could recommend your department to anyone."



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2WWafl5GZk&feature=youtu.be>

 

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This story from the S.F. Chronicle arrived too late for last Thursday's Farsider, but it's worth a read anyway. Keep in mind that San Diego's pension measure that passed by a 2 to 1 margin (ours was more like 3 to 1), and the means in which it made it onto the June 5 ballot, wasn't exactly like San Jose's, but there are similarities.
 

San Diego Pension Measure Under Review

By Bob Egelko <begelko@sfchronicle.com>
San Francisco Chronicle June 20, 2012


A state appeals court on Tuesday called into question the validity of cutbacks in San Diego employee pensions approved by the city's voters two weeks ago, ordering a hearing before a state labor board on whether the initiative was a collusive city-engineered effort designed to avoid union negotiations.

State law requires local governments to meet and confer with labor unions before enacting measures that affect union members' rights. San Diego officials conducted no such negotiations before the passage of the pension measure, Proposition B, because it was placed on the ballot as an initiative, with 116,000 signatures.

But unions contended the measure was actually the brainchild of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who, with the help of other city officials, allegedly used private citizens as fronts to dodge the city's obligations to its workers.

Tuesday's ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal allows the state Public Employment Relations Board to hold a hearing on that question and potentially invalidate Prop. B. Any such decision would be subject to court review.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, who supported Prop. B and defended it in court, said the ruling could be destructive to the initiative process.

If the courts ultimately decide that Sanders' support converted Prop. B into a city-sponsored ballot measure, Goldsmith said, the same rationale could be used to invalidate other initiatives endorsed by public officials - for example, the November state tax initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown is sponsoring because he can't get the two-thirds legislative vote required for a tax increase.

Union attorney Ann Smith disagreed. A city's duty to negotiate over laws affecting workers' rights have "no comparison" to the two-thirds vote requirement for tax legislation, said Smith, who represents the 3,500-member San Diego Municipal Employees Association.

Prop. B, approved by a 2-to-1 margin June 5, places a five-year freeze on pay levels used to determine pension benefits and shifts newly hired workers, except for police, into 401(k) retirement plans, in which benefit levels are not guaranteed and city contributions may be limited.

Also on June 5, and by an even wider margin, San Jose voters approved a differently drafted but equally far-reaching pension-reduction measure. That measure, however, was placed on the ballot by the City Council after negotiations with unions, which opposed it.

Business and anti-tax groups hailed the two votes as models for the state and the nation.

The appeals court did not decide whether San Diego's Prop. B was a city-sponsored measure, but said a union had presented "some evidence" for that allegation.

Smith, the union's lawyer, said Sanders announced the proposal in a January 2011 speech, put it together with the help of City Council members, the city attorney and conservative groups, and recruited three private citizens to put their names on it. It was "a very precise subversion" of the law requiring a city to negotiate with unions on measures affecting workers' rights, she said.

Goldsmith, the city's lawyer, derided the accusation as a "new theory ... concocted" by the labor board to justify its preordained decision to overturn Prop. B.
 

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Should the Mercury News and Chuck Reed get a room? We thought that was a legitimate question given this article from the front page of last Sunday's paper that comes close to canonizing the Mayor...
 

Mayor Makes His Mark with Pension Reform

—Reed puts San Jose in spotlight by placing budget before unions—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 24, 2012


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s phone has been ringing a lot lately: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Fox, Vanity Fair and mayors from Los Angeles to Louisville.

Reed ran for mayor in 2006 with an unremarkable budget-balancing agenda for a city perhaps best known in song as a city you might not know the way to, even if it is the nation’s 10th largest.

Now his sweeping pension reform measure has put San Jose on the national map with its overwhelming voter approval this month, drawing interest from city officials across the country who see Reed as a leader in grappling with a national epidemic of employee retirement bills that outpace revenues.

“It’s being watched closely,” said Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, Ky. He leads a U.S. Conference of Mayors committee looking at pension problems, and called going to voters for pension cuts that unions refused a bold but “realistic” move. “You’ve got to change something here, or you’re going to go out of business,” he said.
 



San Jose City Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension reform

plan has angered many of the city’s unionized workers.


National publications touted Reed’s measure, a similar one in San Diego and the failed recall of Wisconsin’s governor as signs of voter backlash against unions resisting cuts to generous government perks. A Vanity Fair piece featured Reed with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the fire chief in bankrupted Vallejo as leaders struggling with governments that promised more than they can now afford.

Reed, 63, with 2½ years left in office, admits the eye-glazing matter of pension reform wasn’t his top choice for leaving a political mark. Politicians like to leave things for people to admire, like his predecessor who built the new City Hall with its landmark glass rotunda.

Reed opposed the new building because of its high cost.

But when asked why he’s taking point on efforts to pare back public employee pensions, Reed hearkens back to his Vietnam War-era military career in the Air Force, something that has shaped his persona.

“Duty, honor, country,” he said in his top-floor office, where the Air Force theme resonates.

“I didn’t pick this as a reason to get involved in government,” Reed continued. “But it landed on my desk, and I have to deal with it. I want to hand off a City Hall that’s fiscally sound and solid to the next mayor.”

Reed’s critics include the city’s unionized workers, retirees and fellow Democrats who have long linked arms with organized labor and see Reed as a Republican in donkey drag. To current and retired city workers, he’s like the government leaders who broke treaties with tribal chiefs.

“It takes a certain mayor and City Council to say we’re just going to renege on what we promised people,” said Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “They don’t have a whole lot of honor.”

But Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray, who had read about Reed in Vanity Fair and called him for advice after the Measure B vote, sees Reed as an inspiration.

“He’s had the courage and determination to hang in there for years and wrestle a bear of a problem to the ground,” Gray said.

Other cities have taken on pension reform, but Reed’s Measure B went further and still was approved by nearly 70 percent of voters June 5.

San Francisco passed a measure last year that enjoyed labor and business backing. Unland said that San Francisco’s cooperative problem-solving is in stark contrast to Reed’s “my way or the highway” approach.

“Arrogant is the word that comes to mind,” Unland said. “We wanted to tackle these issues, as long as it was collaborative. But that word isn’t in the mayor’s vocabulary.”

But critics dismiss San Francisco’s pension measure as token reform.

Reed’s measure challenges assumptions rooted in California court decisions that government employee pensions are untouchable for the remainder of their careers. Unions sued the morning after it passed, and Reed concedes its ultimate success is up to the courts. As a lawyer, he’s convinced the city’s case is sound.

Reed’s willingness to risk a legal fight others have avoided reflects a righteousness evident since childhood. Born in 1948, Charles Rufus Reed is the son of a heavy-equipment operator from Mississippi with an eighth-grade education who settled in Kansas after World War II. The family struggled financially and lived in public housing, with young Reed working jobs digging ditches, shoveling gravel, and driving bulldozers and big rigs. Christianity became a lifelong foundation.

Reed drew inspiration from the civil rights movement and never shied away from taking a stand. He’s told of fighting a kid in second grade for “calling my friend the N-word.” The civil-rights struggles, he has said, made him skeptical of those who like the segregationists were “absolutely convinced they were right.” In high school, Reed was an “A” student, class president and played on a championship basketball team. He chose the Air Force Academy because it was the toughest challenge he could find.

He met his wife, Paula, a nursing student, on a blind date in 1968, and has called her work with cancer patients tougher than his. Reed earned graduate degrees at Princeton and Stanford universities, then settled in San Jose, where he practiced environmental and land-use law.

Reed won a City Council seat in 2000 representing San Jose’s northern district and became the council’s fiscal and ethical scold, clashing with then-Mayor Ron Gonzales over spending and lobbyist influence.

As a mayoral candidate, Reed promised honesty, fiscal responsibility and open government, campaigning as the anti-Gonzales whose administration was caught up in a trash-contracting scandal. Reed was elected overwhelmingly over the vice mayor, Cindy Chavez, who was endorsed by nearly all of Reed’s council colleagues and is now a labor leader.

Four years later, despite championing tax hikes, cutting services and clashing with unions over concessions to close budget deficits, Reed cruised to re-election over token opponents.

His overwhelming success in repeated citywide elections — from tax measures to an arbitration rights battle with police and firefighters — is notable for a man seen as lacking a politician’s easy charm. He’s said to have told staffers after a dashing San Francisco mayor was caught up in a sex scandal that his lack of charisma has its upsides. Other observers say it’s part of his appeal.

“Whatever you want to say about Chuck Reed, he’s a no-nonsense guy,” said San Jose State political science professor Larry Gerston. “There’s an unusual candor that comes out of Reed. Sometimes you don’t like what he says or the way he says it because it’s not polished and blunt. But you don’t feel like he’s holding back much. Reed’s meat-and- potatoes approach to solving the spending problem is one that people heard.”

 

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Then there was this piece about a former POA president from the weekly "Internal Affairs" column in last Sunday's paper...


 

FOP Newsletter Takes Aim at San Jose Police Chief


Ever since he left his post as the head of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and formed a competing local of the Fraternal Order of Police, San Jose Police Sgt. Bobby Lopez has been searching for a bully pulpit.

In a recent FOP newsletter, Lopez wrote a scathing evaluation of Police Chief Chris Moore, saying “the day to day operations of the San Jose Police Department are in shambles.”

Lopez accused Moore of following a “good old boy system” in promotions, putting undue emphasis on monitoring officers for misconduct, and not standing up for cops who work off-duty “pay jobs” on top of their police work to boost their income.

“Your actions do not show a loyalty to the officers you command,” Lopez wrote.

What Lopez didn’t say is that Moore has one of the toughest jobs in town. Amid a fiscal crisis at City Hall, the chief has to navigate a tricky path between community demands and his troops’ interests.

Moore says he has hired a diverse top command staff and tried to speed up internal investigations, which languished under his predecessor. And he explains that he has sought to preserve pay jobs for young officers laid off.

“Consider the source,” Moore told IA when we showed him the letter. “I appreciate the feedback, but the view is a little different from the top.”


Ed. — A  Google search for the FOP newsletter in question was unsuccessful.




 

A FEW WORDS ABOUT OUR WEEKLY POLL


Over the years we've been running a weekly poll we have often wondered why only 20-25 percent of our 800+ readers choose to participate. We are aware that there are a number of readers who pull up the Farsider only to check and see if someone has died or is seriously ill, but we would like to think that most readers go beyond the top of the newsletter and scroll down to check out other columns such as Mail Call, the Snopes Update, the Lighter Side, etc.

For the security conscious, it is not possible to identify anyone who has participated in the poll, so there is no possibility of winding up on a spam list or having your privacy invaded. And those who do vote for a particular choice immediately see that the poll changes to reflect the running tally of the poll up to that point.

What's not to like about offering your opinion?

Because a larger number of participants will reflect more accurately how you, the readers, feel about the topics covered by the weekly poll, we are hoping that those of you who haven't participated consider doing so.

And if you have a question you would like to see in a poll, send it to us and we'll try to make it happen.

Thanks,

Bill & Leroy


 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




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<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

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MAIL CALL
 

June 22nd

Hi Bill,

As I read the Farsider, I notice that some retirees continue to write in regarding the annual 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment. Several issues ago I wrote in explaining the history of the COLA. If it helps, let's go through it again.

During the 2000 negotiations, the City, POA and Local 230 (Fire) met with the Actuary for the Retirement Fund. We discovered at that meeting that we (police and fire) had been paying a full 3 percent as part of our contribution rate in exchange for a full 3 percent COLA upon retirement. This created a real battle with the City, but ultimately the Council gave in and voted for its approval. And yes then-Councilman Chuck Reed was part of the 'Yes' vote.

Prior to that vote, as many are aware, retirees had received a percentage of the COLA based on the annual Bay Area cost of living index. It is my opinion that through this banking system, many retirees were short-changed prior to the 2000 contract that resulted in the automatic 3 percent COLA.

Aside from that, I also believe that in the on-going fight with the City over our benefits, our Retirees' Association made a mistake by going along with the City's potential 5-year window of withholding the automatic 3 percent COLA if economic circumstances called for it. The City's language allows it to claim a "fiscal emergency" which, in effect, could bring our COLA to halt. Although I respect the hard work our Retirees' Assn. has put into this fight, we should not accept a potential change in benefits which ultimately impacts active members. Should the City freeze the COLA for 5 years, active members of the Dept. who retire within that window would be similarly impacted.

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability as retirees to "meet and confer" with the City over our benefits, and I do not feel it is wise to suggest a change in benefits to the POA membership that does have the ability to vote and alter benefits we enjoy as retirees.

Prior to former POA President George Beattie's retirement I wrote him to explain my opinion that any benefit currently enjoyed by the retirees is the responsibility of the POA to defend. I still believe this is the case. Currently, the Retirees' Assn. is asking for a dues increase to cover the cost of a possible legal challenge against the City should an attempt be made to alter our benefits. This is no doubt a noble gesture; however, I am disturbed that far less than half of our current retirees pay dues.

I believe that all of our labor organizations should be protecting any and all benefits that affect both current members and retirees.

Jim Tomaino
<ltomaino@sbcglobal.net>
SJPOA President, 1994-2001

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June 24th

Hi Bill.

It truly pains me to read what is happening to our department. My prayers and thoughts are with you all as you are staying in the good fight.

Larry retired 3 years ago with the City of Rapid City Airport, made the Rule of 85; years of age plus service equals 85. I made the Rule with the State retirement two years ago and will have 30 years this October. Retirement is this year. We called Larry’s parents in Hollister and they advised NOT to move back home. We are taking their advice. Like the old saying goes “You can never go home again.”

South Dakota is a right to work state, therefore they can’t bust the unions out here because they are pretty much non-existent. Police and Fire are Teamsters while other city employees are AFSCME. If it wasn’t for the union conducting a nationwide airport cost comparison Larry wouldn’t retire with a $17/hour wage, which is what he earned as a rough framer in 1982. Unfortunately for me, when DCI cut my position in 1999 and moved it to Pierre, there were no PD jobs available, so I hired on at South Dakota's School of Mines at $8.01/hr. In 1982 when we moved to SD I $9/hr.

Bottom line: After 30 years of working in this state Larry retires with the same wage he earned in 1982, and I’ll increase my wage by a couple dollars. Disgusting, but we need to look at the bright side of things — we each have a full state retirement and, coupled with early Social Security, we’ll be able to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. My heart goes out to all the young families that are trying to survive in this economy.

Annie was diagnosed with a cancerous liver tumor through a C-scan; she traveled to Sioux Falls, SD and an MRI proved the tumor to be benign. She is still on the Mayo liver transplant list.

Give my best to Leroy. Hopefully some day we can attend the Keith Kelley BBQ, perhaps next year when we make a trip out to Hollister. And, of course, we always stop by the Egan Ranch in Morgan Hill.

All my best,

Marie
(Romano)
<larboy@rap.midco.net>

Good hearing from you, Marie. It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since you left the SJPD. We'll say a silent prayer that a donor match can be found for Annie.
 

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June 24th

Bill,
 
Rex Newburn was, by any standard, by any measure, the hardest working and dedicated Police Sergeant that San Jose PD ever had or will have. He came in early, went home late, reviewed every report his officers wrote, and looked after them like a hen looking after its chicks. He suffered no fools.
 
Regards,
 
Craig Shuey
<cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

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June 25th


Dear Bill, Fellow Vets and Brothers and Sisters of the SJPD,
 
On June 22-23, I was asked to pilot a restored UH-1H Huey Helicopter, previously of the US Army's 25th Battalion. This particular helicopter was deployed to Vietnam in the '60s and '70s before moving on to fly in Korea. From Korea she came back to the states and was assigned to various Nat'l. Guard Units until she was transferred to the Anderson County Sheriff''s Department in South Carolina. When the S/O sold her to a private party she wound up here in California.
 
Two businessmen in Concord ended up buying the ship and sending her off to Washington State for a refit to its original Army configuration. She now flies around the Bay Area supporting various veteran events. This is where I come in.

Since my retirement from the PD back in '05 I've been very active in the aviation community. Earlier this month I received a telephone call from a retired FAA buddy and was asked to pilot the ship to the Annual Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association gathering in Reno. I jumped at the chance, of course, and immediately started to study the Army -10 Operations Manual. A few days later my check-out ride went smooth and I was ready.
 
I arrived at Buchanan Field in Concord at 0700 for the 0900 launch to Reno. I met Dave, the current Crew Chief, and Pancho Salazar the former Crew Chief. In fact, Pancho was the Crew Chief of this helicopter in Vietnam from 15 December 1967 to 22 August 1969. The owners were able to track him down in Dallas, Texas, and  Pancho flew in to crew on the helicopter for the reunion.
 

 
During the pre-flight inspection I didn't realize that Pancho hadn't seen this helicopter since leaving Vietnam back in '69. He assisted me for the hour long pre-flight as if he did it on a daily basis. As we readied the ship for departure, Pancho made sure all my straps were secure, double checked my door latches, cleared the left side of the ship for me and said, "Crew is ready for departure, Sir." I was impressed!
 
As we touched down at Reno-Stead Airport one hour and 50 minutes later I noted that Pancho left the ship as soon as I went 'flat-pitch' for the two-minute cool down of the turbine. I thought this was odd as he was so efficient up to that point.  There were about 150 people on the ramp waiting for us when I saw Pancho embrace a 60+ year-old man standing in front of the crowd. It was at that point that the owner of the helicopter, who was seated behind me, told me that Pancho flew in for this event from Dallas and that he was meeting the crew chief of his sister ship whom he hadn't seen since being 'in-country' in 1969. Those two fellows hugged and cried in each others arms for at least 5 full minutes. I could hardly see the gauges on the instrument panel due to my flooded eyes. When I finally exited the ship there was not a dry eye on the ramp.
 
We refueled the ship and flew 4 sorties giving rides to vets. I can't explain in words what I saw in the eyes of those ride-alongs as they entered before and exited after the flight. The best explanation I can offer is that I saw old men get onto the aircraft, and later saw a bunch of 19- and 20-year-olds exit.
 
At the banquet that night we all had a great time. The Army guys treated this old Air Force weenie as if I was one of them.
 
The next morning our intent was to depart Reno-Stead and fly to a private strip in Yuba County where we would meet a group of Desert Storm/Iraq/Afghan vets. The weather was horrible across the Sierra, so we had to wait it out for 3 hours before we could depart. During that three hour period Pancho and his old partner sat in the back of the Huey by themselves. The rest of us sat in the pilot's lounge and gave them the alone time that they needed.
 



Siller Bros. Field

 
We finally made it to Yuba County and landed on the Siller Bros. Sky Crane helicopter pad(s). Nearby is a Duck Club that donates time at its facility to vets. This was an outreach program for Vietnam vets to counsel the younger troops of the later campaigns. We had a great lunch, after which the vets were bussed to the Huey. One of the senior vets is also a local crop-duster who uses a Huey to spray rice fields in the Sutter-Butte areas. I moved over to the SIC (second in command) seat and Jim, the vet Duster-Pilot, took the controls. I never knew that a Huey was capable of such maneuvers. One is called 'return-to-target," which is basically a crop-duster turn to evenly spray the farm field. Jim gave the young vets a glimpse into what it was like to fly low over the wet fields of Vietnam's deltas.
 
We said goodbye to the young vets and departed for Concord. Once on the deck, Pancho helped us secure the ship. I ended the day by giving everyone a hug and thanking them for allowing me to share the experience with them.
 
Respectfully,
 
John P. Quayle,
<quaylepi@aol.com>
SJPD 1977-2005 — USAF 1968-1972
John Quayle Aviation Services Co.
333 West Jack London Blvd, Hangar 289
Livermore, CA  94551

Good story, John. If former SJPD Officer Russ Jones wasn't present at the reunion, he should have been. His story about becoming an Army helicopter pilot and serving in Vietnam in the first half of his book — "Honorable Intentions" — is as compelling as the last half that details his work as an SJPD undercover narcotics officer in the '70s. (The book is available on Amazon.)



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JUNE 23, 2012

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Have people died laughing?
<http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/laughing.asp>

• Rumor claims Barack Obama's mother was born a man.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/stanley.asp>

• Was an air show at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony held up because President Obama left early?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/airforcegrad.asp>

• Did a Rite Aid store post a sign prohibiting "same-sex activity"?
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/riteaid.asp>

• Did musician Miles Davis make a crude remark upon meeting Nancy Reagan?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/milesdavis.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a black lion.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/blacklion.asp>

• Did the White House obtain its name when it was repainted white after the British burned it in 1814?
<http://www.snopes.com/language/colors/whitehouse.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Was a message from God revealed on a billboard in the aftermath of a hurricane?
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/charley.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

   
* Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS


Remember to click on the "Large Player" icon on the YouTube control panel in the lower right-hand corner of the video when you watch the first clip. If you do, all other YouTube videos should default to the same setting throughout the rest of your session at the computer. If your Internet connection is fast enough, you can click on the Full Screen icon instead.

 

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Similar to the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds, the British Red Arrows flight demonstration team has thrilled our cousins across the Pond with their amazing aerial performances. Unfortunately, the cost of aviation fuel coupled with the downturn in the economy has forced the British government to make severe cuts to the program. As a result, the Red Arrows were recently replaced by the Hampshire Fire Brigade's Red Sparrows. Click on the link below to see the group's latest performance. God save the Queen. (4 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_lXqMmevog>

 

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If you are a history buff and grew up seeing the graphic film footage of the Hindenburg bursting into flames near Lakehurst, New Jersey that killed 35 people on board and one ground crew member, you should find the 34 highly-detailed photos on this website fascinating. It includes a link to the film footage of the disaster as well as other aspects about the massive air ship. Also of interest are the responses by viewers that follow the series of detailed pictures. The number and size of the photos on the website may take a few moments to load, but they are well worth the short wait.



<http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/05/75-years-since-the-hindenburg-disaster/100292/>

 

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Remember those full-screen panorama photos of various venues from previous Farsiders that gave you the capability of rotating the view 360 degrees by using your mouse? We were pleasantly surprised this week to receive from Bill Yarbrough an email with links to numerous sites from around the world. What better way to see the world if you want to travel on the cheap? You don't even have to pack a bag.

Pick out any interesting location around the  world from the list below and click on the link underneath. A page will come up with a photo, the center of which includes a triangle, and clicking on it should give you a full image of the site. Now you can use your mouse to drag the picture in any direction you want: left, right, up, down, slow or stop. You can also use the tools on the lower left to zoom in and out.

Have fun and enjoy the trip.


 

Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Egypt-Cairo-Pyramids>

Victoria Falls, Zambia
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Victoria-Falls-Zambia-Zimbabwe>

Angel Waterfall of Venezuela - The World's Highest Waterfall
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Angel-Waterfall-Venezuela>

Kalyan Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=bukhara>

Miami, Florida, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Miami>

Las Vegas at Dusk and Night
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Las-Vegas-USA-at-Night>

Lake Powell, Utah-Arizona, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Lake-Powell-Utah-USA>

New York. Remembering 9/11
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Ground-Zero>

New York, Manhattan, Night
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Millennium-UN-Plaza-Hotel-New-York-Night>

Helicopter Journey over Manhattan
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Manhattan-New-York-USA>

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Statue-of-Liberty-New-York-USA>

Chicago, Illinois, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Chicago-Illinois-USA>

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=San-Francisco-California-USA>

San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=San-Francisco-Golden-Gate-USA>

Los Angeles at Dusk, CA, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Los-Angeles-California-USA>

Hollywood, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Hollywood-California-USA>

Mono Lake, California, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Mono-Lake-California-USA>

San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Utah, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=San-Juan-Colorado-Rivers-Utah-USA>

San Juan River, Goose Necks, Utah, USA
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Goosenecks-Utah-USA>

Hawaii, Oahu Island Virtual Tour
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Hawaii-USA>

Kiev. Its Cathedrals and Monasteries
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Kiev>

Virtual Tour of Dubai City, UAE
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=UAE-Dubai-City-Virtual-Tour>

Virtual Tour over Artificial Islands in Dubai, UAE
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=UAE-Dubai-Islands-Virtual-Tour>

Bangkok, Thailand
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Bangkok>

St.Moritz, Swiss Alps
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Sankt-Moritz-Switzerland-Resort>

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The Most South-Western Point of Africa
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Cape-Good-Hope-RSA>

Moscow City View, Stereo Panorama
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Moscow-City-Stereo>

Moscow. The view from 300 meters above. Gigapanorama
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualGigaTour.php?3D=giga---gorod-stolits_800mm>

Moscow City View from the Highest Tower In Europe
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Moscow-City>

St-Petersburg, Ultra-High Resolution panoramas
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Saint-Petersburg-HiRes>

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Moeraki-Boulders-New-Zealand>

New Zealand, Fiordland
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=fiordland-new-zealand>

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas tower
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia>

Iceland, on the Edge of the Grimsvotn Volcano Crater
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Grimsvotn-Iceland>

Virtual Tour Over Amsterdam and Holland
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Holland>

Hong Kong - the City Where Dreams Come True
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Honkong>

The Twelve Apostles, Australia
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=the-twelve-apostles-australia>

Special: Unreal Aircraft of Ivan Roslyakov
<http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Nepal-Airlines>

 

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Remember "The Typewriter Song?" Sure you do. But if you can't remember how it goes, this clip from Bruce Morton will refresh your memory. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4nX0Xrn-wo>


And if you are the same approximate age as Leroy and me, you may have first been exposed to the song back in the '50s while you and your family were watching Martin and Lewis on the Colgate Comedy Hour. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQM-0kaxgmE>


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Speaking of comedians from the past, if you're not old enough to remember those highlighted in this clip of Ol' Blue Eyes singing "Send in the Clowns," you missed out on a hell of a lot. Hop into our community time machine and take a short trip back to the 1950s by clicking on the link below. But be patient because it might take a few moments to get the engines started. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.yourememberthat.com/media/10939/Send_In_The_Clowns/>


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From Phil Norton comes a series of incredibly detailed color photos circa 1942-43 that were shot on large format (4x5) Kodachrome transparencies, then transferred to print. Some of you were alive when these photos were shot; those of you born after 1943 were not.



October 1942. "Noontime rest for an assembly
worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of
Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for
a heavy bomber form the background."

<http://pavel-kosenko.livejournal.com/303194.html?thread=22669914>

 

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As everyone knows, humor is often based on male and female stereotypes. This clip sent in by Bob Hedgpeth is an excellent example. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOjT3Fi7Srs>


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Speaking of stereotypes, have a look at this clip about the belief by some Brits that golf is not a game for the fairer sex. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.everland.co.uk/_work/beautifulperformance2.html>


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Some of the wives who read the Farsider might find this short video about "The Real Golden Girls" inspiring. Or not. (3 Mins.)



<http://vimeo.com/7489699>


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Don Hale says he would not want to sit down and play a game of chess with this crow. Ditto. Then again, I wouldn't want to sit down and play chess with a typical parakeet either. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEgPOKBC4sI>


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Our illustrious PBA president, Dave Wysuph, wrote to say, "I've seen this with the letters out of order before, but this is the first time I've seen it with numbers." The original author of the email noted that you have a strong mind if you can read the following out loud, and that Dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a long, long way down the road. Good luck!

7H15 M3554G3
53RV35 7O PR0V3
H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N
D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
Y0UR M1ND 1S
R34D1NG 17
4U70M471C4LLY
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
B3 PROUD! 0NLY
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F
U C4N R34D 7H15.
 


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And finally, this must-see clip from Paul Salerno is an extraordinary story about an American fighter pilot who lost his life over France on July 17, 1944 and his now elderly widow who had no idea what happened to him until recently. For some of you, this might be a 3-Kleenex story. (6 Mins.)
 



<http://www.wimp.com/missinghusband/>


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