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July 5, 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.




 

RETIRED RESERVE OFFICER CHUCK CROWELL
 



Badge 42A
Born Sept. 20, 2941
Appointed Feb. 6, 1967
Retired Feb. 28, 2003
Died June 30, 2012


Retired Reserve Officer Chuck Crowell had a long career with the Reserves, 20 of which were spent with the Mounted Unit.

According to information compiled by Chaplain Bridgen, Chuck was a long-time diabetic who dealt with multiple complications from the disease that resulted in numerous hospital stays. His health problems were complicated by congestive heart failure. He was quite ill in April when he was last admitted to the hospital, but seemed to be doing better and was later released. Last Friday night he told his wife, Tuyets, he was going to use his sleep apnea mask so he wouldn't make any noise and disturb her. Sometime later she heard him fall out of bed. Tuyets found him unresponsive and called an ambulance. The cause of death was later listed by his doctor as renal failure, type II diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Following is the obituary that appeared in Tuesday's Mercury News...
 

Charles Freeman Crowell, Sr.

Sept. 20, 1941 - June 30, 2012 Resident of San Jose


Charles, also known as Chuck, entered into rest on June 30, 2012 in San Jose, CA. Chuck was born in Glendale, CA. and moved to San Jose in 1957.

He graduated from Camden High School in 1959. That same year he enlisted in the US Navy. In 1967 he joined the San Jose Police Reserves until he retired in 2003. He continued to work as a security officer until April 2012. He loved spending time visiting with his family and friends, traveling to Hawaii and Viet Nam, and writing his autobiography. Chuck is survived by his wife, Duy Tuyets; his children Terry (Marty), Charles, Jr, (Marina), Todd, and Renee (Frank) and grandchildren, Christopher, Caden, Eric, Marissa, Sophia, Samantha, Sheila, Nathaniel, Skylar, Angelica, Andrew and Frankie. Also by his brothers, Dick, Russ, Glenn and Brian, sisters-in-law, cousins and many nieces and nephews.

According to information received by Chaplain Bridgen, the family will be having a viewing from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Fri.) at Darling-Fischer Mortuary-Chapel of the Hills at 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave. in Los Gatos. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the same location, followed by a graveside service at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Ave-Almaden Rd. in San Jose. A reception will follow the graveside service at 2 p.m. at the Sherwood Inn on Almaden Expressway at Foxworthy Ave. in San Jose. Anyone who would like to attend is more than welcome according to the family.


The family has designated the American Diabetes Assn. for any memorial donations. The address is P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Or you can make an on-line donation in Chuck's memory using a credit card or PayPal by clicking on this link:

<http://tinyurl.com/6q72ql6>



 

RETIRED DISPATCHER LINDA NORWOOD




I.D. 501X
Born March 9, 1958
Appointed July 2, 1990
Retired Sept. 16, 2001
Died June 27, 2012


Chaplain Bridgen advised that Linda passed away on June 27th after losing a battle with Thymus Cancer. A Google search provided this description:

"Thymus cancers are uncommon cancers that start in the thymus. This small organ is located just behind the breast bone (sternum) in the front part of the mediastinum, the space in the chest between the lungs. The thymus sits just in front of and above the heart."

All that is known is that Linda's sister is planning a memorial in Eugene, OR on July 7th. We checked the website of the major newspaper that covers Eugene for an obituary prior to press time but couldn't find one. Friends of LInda's who would like to see if one was posted after today can click on this link:

<http://www.registerguard.com/web/news/obituaries/>


Condolences are extended to Linda's family and those of you who worked with and/or otherwise knew her.



 

DON'T LET YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS GET HIJACKED


Over the past couple of months we've received e-mails from people whose names we recognized, but they were sent out by a spammer, not the owner of the e-mail address. The e-mails are easily recognized as spam because the subject line seldom contained any text, and the body of the message contained only a link or a sentence enticing you to click on the link. On these occasions we have replied by telling the real address holder, "It looks like someone has hijacked your e-mail address. If so, you will need to change your e-mail password." If you can't do so through your e-mail preferences or account settings, you may need to call your Internet Service Provider.

If you receive a similar e-mail (no subject and only a link and possible single sentence in the body of the message) it is important that you do not click on the link. If you do, you risk having your e-mail address hijacked as well, allowing the spammer(s) to send the spam link to those in your address book using your e-mail address. Simply delete the entire message and you should be OK.



 

ANTE UP BOYS AND GIRLS — OUR FINANCIAL FUTURE MAY BE AT STAKE







June 28th


Several months ago, Jim began sending out a newsletter to law enforcement organizations nationwide, dubbed "The Epicenter," educating them about the situation we are facing in San Jose. The motivation behind this was to make it clear to the law enforcement community that the pension fight occurring in San Jose is not just a local issue, it is an issue that has implications for public employees everywhere.

"The Epicenter" now has it's own page on the POA's public blog Protect San Jose. More importantly, on this page we have also started taking in donations to help fund the legal battle to protect the employment rights of public employees.

Please click on the link below to check out our Epicenter page. If you click on the "Donate Now" button you will see that we are accepting reoccurring monthly donations and one-time donations.

Forward the link to everyone you know. Even small donations of $5-10 will help if enough people participate. Donations are being taken via PayPal and individuals can use their credit cards.

<http://www.protectsanjose.com/THEEPICENTER>




 

NO CHANGE IN RETIREE BENEFITS FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS



June 29th


On June 6th, the San Jose Police Officer's Association filed a  Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief with the California Superior Court. We asked the court for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the implementation of Measure B.
     
Since our initial filing, we have reached a stipulated agreement with the City. The court document ensures that Measure B will not be implemented any sooner than January 1, 2013.  

This order will effectively keep your current benefits "Status Quo" for the next six months. During those six months, many legal arguments will be presented to various courts. As we navigate through these legal challenges we will continue to provide you with timely and accurate information as soon as it can be released.

We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during these difficult times. It is our sincere hope that this six-month stay order will allow each of you time to make decisions that will be in the best interest of yourself and your family.

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>



 

SJPD PENSION BATTLE ON THE NATIONAL NEWS (AGAIN)





July 3rd


Click the link below to see last Saturday's CBS Evening News Report on San Jose's pension fight. Be patient as it may take a few moments to load, and because it is a "flash video," it won't play on Apple iPods or iPads.
 

<http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7413540n&tag=mncol%3Blst%3B1>




 

LATEST SJPOA VANGUARD NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

—Click on the link below the image to open the July edition of the Vanguard—




<http://sjpba.net/images/july2012_Vanguard>




 

PENSION NEWS


Only the portion of this July 4th article that we underlined pertains to SJPD retirees. It confirms that the City can adjust or temporarily suspend our COLA only if the City was to declare a "fiscal emergency." To go beyond that step would put San Jose in the same category as Stockton and Mammoth Lakes, both of which have filed for bankruptcy protection. (Vallejo went bankrupt two years ago but has since worked its way out.) For San Jose to even declare a fiscal emergency is highly unlikely as it would be perceived by many both statewide and nationally that the largest city in Silicon Valley has been poorly mismanaged, which is not a legacy that the mayor and city council would like to leave. In our opinion, it seems logical to assume that our COLA will stay put for the foreseeable future. (If we were into bad puns, we might add: "But don't take that to the bank?")
 

Two Council Races are Headed for Fall Runoff

—Registrar finds no reason for recount in District 10—

By Tracy Seipel <tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — July 4, 2012


It’s official: Candidates in two San Jose City Council districts will face each other in a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election, after the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters on Tuesday certified results of the June 5 primary election.

City Council District 8 incumbent Rose Herrera will take on attorney Jimmy Nguyen, while financial adviser Johnny Khamis will challenge youth sports television producer Robert Braunstein in the race for the District 10 council seat. City Councilwoman Nancy Pyle currently holds the position, but she is termed out of office in December.

“We have checked and rechecked all the numbers, and now we can say this election is done — it’s been certified,” said Registrar Barry Garner on Tuesday.

Garner, who was hired as the county’s new election chief last November, said there were few if any problems reported to his office about the election.

“Nothing came to my attention that caused me to think this election was not valid,” he said.

Santa Clara County has 755,117 registered voters; a total of 292,713 ballots were cast in the recent election.

San Jose City Clerk Dennis Hawkins said he discussed the results of the city’s portion of the election with Garner, and by late Tuesday afternoon released a memo to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the City Council not only confirming the re-elections of incumbent Councilmen Ash Kalra, Kansen Chu and Pierluigi Oliverio, but also the passage of pension reform Measure B.

That measure, which won 69.02 percent of the vote, does not change pension benefits employees and retirees have already earned. But it limits retirement benefits for new hires and requires current employees to either pay up to 16 percent of their salary for their current pension plan or switch to one that is less generous. It also would allow the city to temporarily suspend cost-of-living pension increases for retirees in a fiscal emergency.

Despite its overwhelming passage, the reform is being challenged in court by San Jose employee unions.


In his memo, Hawkins noted that some voters have contacted him with concerns about the results of the District 10 race and have suggested that a recount may be warranted.

Khamis, who captured 19.71 percent of the vote, or 3,483 votes, has a onevote lead over Braunstein who posted 19.70 percent, or 3,482 votes. Meanwhile, Edesa Bitbadal, a San Jose Planning Commissioner, trailed in third place with 19.19 percent, or 3,392 votes — some 91 votes behind Khamis.

After consultations with Garner and the San Jose City Attorney’s office, Hawkins said he sees no reason for the city to seek a recount of any city election. The City Clerk said he is unaware of any allegations or evidence of election irregularities, such as undelivered vote by mail ballots; precincts not opening on time or closing early; lack of ballots in precincts; or any machine malfunctions in the vote-counting process. However, Hawkins said that Bitbadal or others may still request a recount — if they pay for it themselves.

Garner said a recount by machine would cost $5,700, while a recount by hand would cost $33,250.

Bitbadal did not return calls from this paper seeking comment.

The last time the registrar’s office did a recount was in 2004, when it was asked to count the write-in votes for Jerry McNerney in the 11th Congressional Democratic race.

Garner said any recount by his office must be requested by 5 p.m. July 10.




 

DID CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION?
 

While the White House as well as liberal websites like the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, MoveOn.org and several others continue to party over John Roberts' decision that saved Obamacare — at least for the time being —is it possible that the Chief Justice outsmarted the Democrats? And is it conceivable that Charles Krauthammer and other conservative columnists and TV commentators who have blasted Roberts for his decision are wrong? Before conservatives look for rocks to throw at Roberts, they should ingest this article and follow its line of reasoning that appeared on the Independent Journal website.

Why Chief Justice Roberts Made the Right Long-Term Decision with Obamacare
 


Before you look to do harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family, it’s important that you think carefully about the meaning – the true nature — of his ruling on Obama-care. The Left will shout that they won, that Obama-care was upheld and all the rest. Let them.

It will be a short-lived celebration.

Here’s what really occurred — payback. Yes, payback for Obama’s numerous, ill-advised and childish insults directed toward SCOTUS.

Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was unconstitutional. That’s how the Democrats got Obamacare going in the first place. This is critical. His ruling means Congress can’t compel American citizens to purchase anything. Ever. The notion is now officially and forever, unconstitutional. As it should be.

Next, he stated that, because Congress doesn’t have the ability to mandate, it must, to fund Obamacare, rely on its power to tax. Therefore, the mechanism that funds Obamacare is a tax. This is also critical. Recall back during the initial Obamacare battles, the Democrats called it a penalty, Republicans called it a tax. Democrats consistently soft sold it as a penalty. It went to vote as a penalty. Obama declared endlessly that it was not a tax, it was a penalty. But when the Democrats argued in front of the Supreme Court, they said ‘Hey, a penalty or a tax, either way’. So, Roberts gave them a tax. It is now the official law of the land — beyond word-play and silly shenanigans. Obamacare is funded by tax dollars. Democrats now must defend a tax increase to justify the Obamacare law.

Finally, he struck down as unconstitutional the Obamacare idea that the federal government can bully states into complying by yanking their existing Medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obamacare, basically said to the states — ‘Comply with Obamacare or we will stop existing funding.’ Roberts ruled that is a no-no. If a state takes the money, fine, the Feds can tell the state how to run a program, but if the state refuses money, the federal government can’t penalize the state by yanking other funding. Therefore, a state can decline to participate in Obamacare without penalty. This is obviously a serious problem. Are we going to have 10, 12, 25 states not participating in “national” health-care? Suddenly, it’s not national, is it?

Ultimately, Roberts supported states' rights by limiting the federal government’s coercive abilities. He ruled that the government cannot force the people to purchase products or services under the commerce clause, and he forced liberals to have to come clean and admit that Obamacare is funded by tax increases.

Although he didn’t guarantee Romney a win, he certainly did more than his part and should be applauded.

And he did this without creating a civil war or having bricks thrown threw his windshield. Oh, and he’ll be home in time for dinner.

Brilliant.

This is the link to the article above:
<http://tinyurl.com/79yqax9>




 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...





For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

For the most recent releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>




 

MAIL CALL

July 1st

Hi Bill,
 
Gail and I have been out of town for about 10 days and arrived home last night to find a phone message from Bob Bradshaw that was made on the day we left town.  We contacted Bob and he provided us with the sad news that Dixie, his wife of 52 years, had passed away on June 20th.
 
She was a great lady and an award winning teacher and principal who retired from the school district in Reno in 2002. She had been battling a deadly form of Multiple Myeloma for the last 6 years, but lost the battle on June 20 with Bob and their 3 daughters at her side. A celebration of her life was held in Reno yesterday, and Bob said it was a fitting tribute to her life.
 
I know that many of the retirees who worked with Bob over the years were close to the Bradshaw family, but I am not sure they are aware of Dixie's death. I would appreciate it if you would pass this on in the Farsider. Should anyone need an address or phone number, just drop me an email and I will be glad to provide the information. I know he receives the newsletter so you have his email address.
 
Thanks,
 
Mike
(Maehler) <MAEHLER@msn.com>

On behalf of all of Brad's friends and former coworkers, our deepest condolences are extended to the Bradshaw family.
 

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July 1st

Bill,

Is a loss of some retirement benefits compounded by a new Obamacare tax?

I have a question for anyone with tax law expertise regarding the impact that Obamacare will have on those of us who are retired. The question is in regard to the section I have included below. (The synopsis is from a recent article at Breitbart.com.) Does this section of Obamacare tax law apply to San Jose retirees? (I have not read the full Obamacare bill. Like Pelosi, I don't want to have to read it to see what is in it.)

The reason I ask is that somewhere in a previous analysis of Obamacare it was noted that government employees are exempt from this tax. Union employees are exempt until 2018, but I’m not sure that we are in or were in the “correct” union.  Also, it wasn’t clear if this exemption applied only to Federal employees or all “government” workers.

This potential tax may come as a shock to some of you who are mathematically challenged. Let me run through an example: If you are married and have Blue Shield PPO family coverage with one member in Medicare, the City’s contribution is about $1,324.00 per month, which comes to a yearly subsidy of $15,888. Your City subsidy amount is listed under the Insurance Subsidy on your monthly retirement statement. I did not include the Delta Dental subsidy which, if included, would raise the tax. If I am reading the applicable new tax section using the above example correctly, a retiree will have to pay a 40% excise tax on the subsidy which will result in an additional $6,355 being deducted from your retirement check by the IRS. (I understand that the IRS has 10,000 agent openings allegedly to collect the new Obamacare taxes.)

This tax may be a long way off in the arena of politics, but it still may make you want to carefully consider who you support in upcoming elections. Indeed, the thought of this, along with other issues, may make you want to spend a few bucks supporting some of the conservative politicians running in other states for the House and Senate. They would also be looking out for your 2nd Amendment rights.

If, however, you believe that socialism is good for the masses, then this issue should make you feel warm and joyful since you are leveling the playing field by paying this tax. Just think of all the deadbeats and bums we threw in jail who will now be getting what we worked for over our careers.

From Breitbart.com:

The seventh new tax that directly impacts the middle class, along with all citizens, is the Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans or the “Cadillac” Health Insurance Plan Tax. These are plans that provide extensive coverage and that are generally fully paid for, or largely paid for, by employers. This provision imposes a 40% excise tax on the employer-paid premium on taxpayers who are covered by such plans, beginning in 2018. The reason it begins in 2018 is because most unionized workers are covered by plans that fall under this definition and a deferral was made to spare union members from this tax for at least a period of time.

Best,

Charlie Hoehn
<contractor@mindspring.com>

P.S.  If you live in Calif. you can probably write this excise tax off your Calif. tax return if that is any consolation, and assuming you make enough to pay Calif. taxes.

Answering Charlie's question is well above my pay grade. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I have assumed that we (City retirees) shouldn't be impacted by the Obamacare tax directly since we are already covered by a health care plan, and that any tax hikes tied to Obamacare would be the City's responsibility. That's not to say the City couldn't pass some or all of any rate increase on to us and/or force us into a lower cost health care benefit plan with higher co-pays and doctor visit costs like it did as of Jan. 1st. If one is to believe the Democratic talking points now that Obamacare has been deemed constitutional, the people who will get hit hardest are those who can afford health care coverage but have refused to purchase it. But that doesn't answer the question I have had since Obamacare was first brought to the public's attention: Who pays for the millions and millions of uninsured who couldn't afford a health care plan in the first place? The answer to that rhetorical question is, of course, the taxpayer. To complicate matters, where are the doctors who will be needed to care for the additional millions come from? And the fact that initial funding for Obamacare will call for transferring $400 billion from Medicare may be some the primary reasons the polls show most people are against it.

Whatever the case, anyone who can answer Charlie's question or feels like adding their own two-cents to the issue is encouraged to write in.

 

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July 2nd

Bill,

My father, retired Sgt Ted Marfia #1886, will be turning 60 this upcoming July 5th. If you would be so kind as to place a note in the upcoming Farsider, I am sure he would be overjoyed. As his son, I cannot and will not pass up the opportunity to let others have a good laugh at his expense. As I recently told him, pretty soon he will qualify for Medicare, the “Senior” menu at Denny’s, and a front row parking stall at the local Safeway.

Thanks in advance,

Sgt. J. Marfia #3254
<john_marfia@yahoo.com>

Don't overlook a discount on haircuts and numerous other bennies your dad will soon qualify for, John. Many of the old pharts I associate with squeal with delight when they are offered a senior citizen discount. But if your dad still looks like he did in 1983, he's likely to be carded if he asks for one...
 



Happy 60th, Ted.



 

RETIREES' ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES FACEBOOK PAGE





June 29th


In an effort to keep you more up to speed on the latest developments affecting retirees in the coming months, the Association is launching a Facebook page.

The goal is to connect you with news and information relating to City activities, the current lawsuits against Measure B, and the significant amount of legislation and court battles happening elsewhere that may have an impact on what happens in San Jose. We also will post information and photos from the various social and community events we're engaged in.

To stay connected, simply visit our site —
<facebook.com/RetiredSJPoliceFire> — and click on the "Like" button. It will be self explanatory for those of you who use Facebook. For those members who do not use Facebook, we encourage you to try it out. It's a great way to stay connected with family and friends, old and new.

As useful as Facebook is, we will continue to give you information through the e-mail "FLASHES" and through the newsletter. This is just another tool we're using to stay better connected to you.   


 

 

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

• Photograph captures wildlife fleeing a fire in Bitterroot Forest, Montana.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/bitterroot.asp>

• One of the scenes in Back to the Future showed characters traveling via their time-machine car to June 27, 2012 from October 26, 1985?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/bttf.asp>

• Child's drawing depicts mom as a pole dancer when in reality she was trying to sell a shovel.
<http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/mistaken/shovel.asp>

• Was Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, allergic to carrots?
<http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/melblanc.asp>

• Did David and Victoria Beckham pay off another couple's mortgage to get the hotel room they wanted?
<http://www.snopes.com/weddings/newlywed/beckham.asp>

• The Obama Event Registry allows users celebrating special occasions to solicit campaign donations in place of gifts.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/registry.asp>

• During a 9/11 commemoration ceremony, Michelle Obama purportedly asked, 'All of this for a damned flag'?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/forflag.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

• A Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin included risqué images on its lid.
<http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/biscuittin.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.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

Remember to click on Large (or Full) Screen for YouTube video clips.




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This anti-Obama clip titled "Halftime by Clint Eastwood" is beginning to go viral, and some conservatives apparently believe it's real because they WANT to believe. But was it actually narrated by the real "Dirty Harry?" (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOS2cFagZSE>


Sorry to disappoint, but it's nothing more than a well done parody of January's Superbowl halftime ad that was sponsored by Chrysler. Snopes explains...

<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/halftime.asp>

 

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Have you ever seen a man-eating tarp? It's a little reminiscent of the 1958 movie "The Blob" and its remake in 1988. Check out this June 29th footage that was just posted on YouTube. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIx-PrntdaI>


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It is not our intention to proselytize, but this clip on the "Beauty of Mathematics" has received over 4 million views on YouTube. We felt it was exceptionally well put together and worthy of passing along. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h60r2HPsiuM>


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Did you know that if you swat a mosquito that lands on you at some point in the future it might cost you a ton of dough to replace it.


Is this a real mosquito? No. It's an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production and funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone. Not only can it land on you, it may also have the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin. It can fly through an open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you take it in your home. Given their propensity to request macro-sized drones for surveillance, one is left with little doubt that the police and military may look into these gadgets next.

For more on the subject, click on the link below...

<http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/future-drone-surveillance-swarms-cyborg-insect-drones>

 

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Is he an Alien Hybrid or a Starchild from another world? In the absence of Fox Mulder, Alice Murphy reports and you decide. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfs0R-7cS_s>


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Also from Alice was this clip that first looks like a dud, but if you stay with it for a minute or two it quickly becomes interesting, and after another minute it becomes amazing, and then it turns into a stunning magic act. Trust me, this is worth a few minutes of your time. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYRMbj6U2Ww>


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TV networks chose not to air this in-cockpit footage of the last nine minutes of the Space Shuttle Columbia before its fatal re-entry that killed the crew of seven. It's as chilling as it is tragic, and some of you may choose not to view it. (10 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIJiW8d_c68>


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Moving on to happier things, mega-kudos to whoever put this clip together. We can virtually guarantee that if you stick with it for a 45 seconds, you'll get sucked into watching the remaining 4 minutes. Click on the link below and "Let's Dance." (5 Mins.)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab9i0s4WEY0


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This British street magician could have freaked out lots of people if he had long hair, grown a beard and worn a white robe for his first of three illusions. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DbaeaFCAbU>


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As many of you are aware, we try not to run clips twice, and while we're pretty sure this is a second time for this video sent in by Dave Scannell, we were unable to find it using the Farsider Archives. So here we go again: Welcome to the Mae Klong  market in a small town in Thailand where the shopkeepers have to deal eight times a day with a train that comes close into turning their produce into one huge shredded salad. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHJ2B5qYIFw>


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The Denver Post is one of a small handful of newspapers known for posting highly-detailed photos of historical and current events on its website. The link below, sent in by Paul Salerno, will take you to numerous spectacular photos of the Colorado Springs fire, but be patient as they may take a few moments to load...



<http://tinyurl.com/6v4bsc2>


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You are no doubt aware that the Muslim population is growing in major European cities like London and Paris. But how would you like to be a citizen of the small country of Belgium and be faced with the prospect that your kids or grandkids may grow up under Shariah Law? One could argue that the Muslim issue on the other side of the Pond is equal to or outweighs Europe's financial woes. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbMnA3uO9As>


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Even though we're a day late, it's time once again for the Independence Day Quiz, which asks, "How much do you really know about our country and its government?" Every day thousands leave their homelands to settle here in the land of the free, but before they can become U.S. citizens, they are required to take a citizenship test and score at least 80 percent. Could you pass this test if you took it today? Don't be shy. Give it your best shot. Perhaps you'll do better than you did the last two times we included the test in the Farsider over the past 5 years. Or not. (If you miss less than six you did better than me.)



<http://games.toast.net/independence/>


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We thought it was fitting to leave you on this day after the Fourth of July with this presentation on "Why I Love America," narrated by John "The Duke" Wayne...



<http://sagebrushpatriot.com/america.htm>


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C'ya



Pic of the Week:

Following Chief Justice John Roberts' decision, we thought
it was a sensitive gesture for the White House to ask that
the supporters of Obamacare not "spike the football."






 
   

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