August 2, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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NEXT WEEK'S FARSIDER
There may be no Farsider next Thursday,
Aug. 9th. If there isn't, PBA members are reminded that the general membership
meeting for August will be held at the POA Hall at the regular time on
Wednesday, Aug. 15th. It will feature the annual BBQ feed, so bring your
Click on the link below to
watch a KTVU Channel 2 news report that aired on Monday of this week about the
record number of officers leaving and/or retiring from the Dept...
POA President Jim Unland
addressed the issue in an article titled "The Dismantling of SJPD is Well
Underway." It was posted on the Protect San Jose website...
"Last one to
leave turn out the lights!" may soon be echoing through the hallways of the SJPD.
This NBC Bay Area news report about the possible elimination of the Burglary
Unit aired yesterday.
NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
The latest Billy & Spanner
newsletter of the Retirees' Assn. is available on-line. It includes an important
update from President Jim Spence regarding Pension Reform and the passage of
Measure B. Clicking on the link below should download a .pdf file to your
desktop. Then click or double-click the icon to open and view the newsletter.
Results from last week's poll...
For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on
For the most recent releases, click here:
The Protect San Jose website
has a link for making donations directly to the POA general fund, which is used
to pay legal fees approved by the Board of Directors. There is a recurring
donation link that can be used to make monthly donations. The donor chooses the
amount to be paid each month, and there is no minimum dollar amount anyone can
donate. There also is a link to make lump sum donations.
The POA's legal actions to date have been crafted to protect retirees'
interests. Making donations to the POA's general fund is likely to be the best
way to ensure you are doing your part to share in the burden of financing
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JULY 28, 2012
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
List collects snappy answers to dumb questions posed by tourists visiting
the Olympic Games.
Did Thomas Jefferson tout using a gun as a good form of physical and mental
Warning cautions that voters who select a 'straight ticket' may not end up
voting for a presidential candidate.
Glurge: Bill Gates explains to a waiter why he left a much smaller tip than
his son did.
Are Social Security retirement payments classified as 'federal benefit
Video purportedly shows the gymnast granddaughter of Olympic champion Nadia
Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
Was a customer at a fast food outlet served a batter-fried rat or chicken
Still Haunting the Inbox
Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Using info from the black
box and the audio between the plane and the tower, this is arguably the best
animation yet of the "Miracle on the Hudson." The air speed indicator and
altimeter are in the upper right corner, and the boxes in the lower right
provide the text of what is spoken. While the audio between Sully and his
co-pilot cannot be heard, the blue box shows what is said.
I'm not fluent in
Portuguese, so I'm going to take a wild guess at what's going on here:
Apparently the guys in the white shirts and black hats are this bull's owners or
custodians. At least it appears that way since they are holding onto the rope
that is tied to the bull. Watch this clip and see what happens when they take El
Toro out for its daily, stress-relieving romp through town. And if you want to
cheer for the bull, go for it! (6 Mins.)
You are no doubt familiar
with the clichι "Don't judge a book by its cover." This clip from Britain's Got
Talent is a prime example of how true it is. Say hi to Charlotte and Jonathan.
If you wear bifocals or
progressive lens eyeglasses or just a simple pair of "cheaters" for reading
and close-up work you might want to watch this clip sent in by Alice Murphy.
Those of you who have
toured France should be familiar with some of these aerial views of Normandy.
Those of you who haven't visited the country may want to do so after watching
this video also sent in by the wife of former Chief Bob Murphy.
Animal lovers rejoice.
Bruce Morton sent in this clip that shows one of the most simple yet amazing
ladder rescues you are likely to see. (1 Min.)
Some dogs are more
musically inclined than others, says Dave Scannell, and it might have something
to do with its genes and size as you are unlikely to see a St. Bernard or a
Rottweiler do this: (1 Min.)
Dave also sent in this clip
that's as far removed from a dancing dog as one can get. It's titled "Our Story
in Two Minutes" and well worth a click if you are into the history of us and our
planet. (2 Mins.)
This 2009 award winning
cabaret magic act received from Dewey Moore is one of the best we've seen in a
long time. Was it because of the eye candy? We report, you guys decide.
Remember your Lionel or
American Flyer train that ran around the Christmas tree when you were a kid?
This clip shows that while some of the kids from that era haven't grown up,
their trains have. What you are about to see are commonly described as "toys for
big boys." (4 Mins.)
There are several great
stories about our national bird on the Web, and this one from Chuck Blackmore
about a bald eagle in northern Idaho that was fitted for a prosthesis as a
result of a missing beak has to be near the top of the list.
Question: What are the odds
you will hear a commercial like this one air on KGO or any other radio station
in the Bay Area?
Answer: About the same as a huge asteroid striking the earth and wiping out all
life on our planet within the next seven days.
Have a listen all the way to the end. (1 Min.)
If the Hollywood elites had
no fitness coaches or stylists, stayed away from botox, and instead drank beer
and ate junk food, what would they look like? In other words, how would the
Hollywood swells look as ordinary people? Dirk Parsons says this website will
give you a pretty good idea. (Give the page a few
moments to load the photos.)
John Travolta as one of us?
Seems that it doesn't take
much more than cute animal or funny baby video to entertain our retired police
artist these days. Of the latter, here's a clip titled "Top 10 Funny Baby
Videos!" we received from Tom Macris. (3 Mins.)
Our grand finalι and top
clip of the week also came from Tom. We see it as an adult version of the
children's book, "Where's Waldo?" Your job is to find Matt Harding in every
dance clip. Some are ridiculously easy, others not so much. Good luck. (5
(Matt. who co-produced the video, traveled through many nations for the purpose
of dancing with the locals and filming the results. The video below is a
dramatic example of how humans from all over the planet have a common bond as
part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious, and few people are
reportedly able to watch this video without smiling.)
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