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August 14, 2014

 

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

 

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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.


 

PBA's ANNUAL BBQ MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY

POA Hall
Wednesday, Aug. 20th
5:00 p.m.

Next Wednesday's (Aug. 20th) PBA meeting will feature its once-a-year barbecue extravaganza. Hors d'oeuvres and snacks will precede the lavish dinner comprised of huge New York steaks prepared on the grill by Lee Wilson, Jim Polmanteer and Joe Wicker. We can't promise that Lumpy will be preparing his famous Road-Kill Chili and his dynamite Ensalada Grande as shown in the photo above, but a pot of delicious chili and a huge bowl of salad will compliment the steaks. Also included will be a more than an ample supply of Garlic Bread guaranteed to keep your family and friends a minimum distance of six feet from your breath. And a special dessert from Cake Bosses Mike Fehr and Tommy Mazzone will follow the feast while Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir will see to it that a full array of spirits along with a variety of beer and wine will be available at the bar, including some single-malt Scotch for the discriminating aficionado.

PBA members are invited to bring their appetites and enjoy this annual event, but no guests. Remember, this is for members only. Any member who shows up with someone in tow who isn't a PBA member will be turned away.


 

PENSION NEWS

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POA UPDATES



Aug. 8th 

Click on the links below to watch and/or read the latest news…

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KTVU Channel 2: Sgt. Rickel calls it quits after council fails to
fix Measure B and fails to place tax measure on fall ballot.



Click HERE 

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Daily Fetch: Did Madison sell herself to the highest bidder? 



Click HERE

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

Two columns by Scott Herhold appeared in the paper this past week that could have an impact on the future of the SJPD. This first one is about the attempt to place a city sales tax increase on the Nov. ballot that could have provided additional funding for the Dept.

A Sales Tax Can Be a Tricky Thing



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 10, 2014

I rarely find myself in agreement with Bob Brownstein, the policy and research director of the labor-oriented Working Partnerships USA. Brownstein is well on the left, while a long journalistic career has made me more skeptical about government.

But Brownstein, who served as budget director for Mayor Susan Hammer in the 1990s, knows municipal budgets. And he made a point last Tuesday that anyone in San Jose ought to remember when we consider raising the sales tax for a special purpose.

You may have heard what happened. Although 10 of the 11 council members favored putting a measure before voters to raise the sales tax by a quarter-cent, they could not agree on whether it should be for general purposes or specified for public safety. So the issue is dead for now.

When you unravel this one, you learn something about how the council was attempting to sell a sales tax bump to voters. Although I probably disagree with him about the need for a new tax, Brownstein at least stood for honesty.

In the short time allowed for public speakers, Brownstein ripped Mayor Chuck Reed’s plan for a tax reserved for public safety.

Assurances

Then he raised a salient point: Just what kind of assurance do the voters have that this council, or a future council, won’t play games with money intended for public safety?

To understand his point, you have to know that roughly half the city’s budget goes to police and fire. When you pass a sales tax for public safety, it’s really the same as boosting one-half the budget. If there is no requirement that the existing spending for police and fire remains intact, the temptation for government is to shift the old money into other wineskins — say, parks or libraries. After all, the city has a fresh stream of new public safety money to replace it.

Consider the example of a tiny city with a grand budget of $100. It spends $50 now on public safety and $50 on everything else.

A new public safety tax suddenly brings in $10 extra per year. Voters think that public safety will get $60 per year. But by shifting $5 of the original $50 for public safety into parks or libraries — a fiver slipped from one drawer to another — the city can still split its budget: $55 for public safety and $55 for all else.

Thus, the voters don’t really get what they intended. A tax intended only for public safety becomes a messier thing, a more polluted stream.

Budget crisis

The city could put shackles on itself with a “maintenance of effort” restriction on the old budget to prevent such a shell game. But city leaders are wary of handicapping themselves in dealing with future budget crises.

Brownstein’s point is that a more direct approach is to simply ask the voters for a general tax increase. It also has the advantage of a lower requirement for passage, only one-half instead of two-thirds.

The council did not choose that route. The mayor’s wording did not have any “maintenance of effort” requirement. And you have to conclude the obvious: The unsuccessful public safety idea was a way of selling a tax. It wasn’t a well conceived way of spending it.

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In his second column from two days ago, Herhold tries to inform his readers how mayoral candidates Sam Liccardo and Dave Cortese differ. Will it make a difference in Nov.? Probably not; most voters' have probably made up their minds.

Candidates Have Plenty in Common



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 12, 2014

San Jose’s mayoral election is less than three months away, and there are clear and definable differences between the two candidates, Councilman Sam Liccardo and Supervisor Dave Cortese.

But another way of looking at this race is to examine the interests or allegiances that will triumph no matter who is elected. There are more similarities than meet the eye:

LAWYERS — Let me break the obvious news first: Both men are lawyers. (Liccardo , Harvard Law School; Cortese, Lincoln Law School).

Both bring a careful, methodical way of argument to the table. And neither is averse to carrying on political battles in the courtroom, though Cortese says he’d like to end the Measure B pension reform litigation.

BELLARMINE — Both men went to San Jose’s elite Jesuit high school, though in different eras (Cortese is 58 and Liccardo is 44). The mark of a school whose motto is “men for others” is on both of them. Politically, Liccardo has probably drawn more support from traditional Bellarmine alumni, particularly those who live outside San Jose.

The last Bellarmine graduate who served as mayor was Tom McEnery, elected in 1982.

ITALIAN SURNAMES

— In the primary, the voters did not select the candidate who was 100 percent Italian by heritage, Pierluigi Oliverio. They did give the nod to two men who are at least half-Italian, which was for a long time one of the most important ethnic groups in the valley.

Both Cortese and Liccardo, incidentally, have a touch of Irish in their heritage: Cortese is the grandson of Ed Donovan, a Santa Clara council member in the middle of last century. Liccardo has served as master of ceremonies at Dublin-San Jose Sister City events.

WEALTHY, ESTABLISHED FAMILIES — Cortese and Liccardo grew up in different parts of the valley — Liccardo in Saratoga and Cortese in a more pastoral Evergreen section of San Jose. But neither comes from straightened circumstances: The Cortese family’s wealth came from land and a shopping center, while Liccardo was the youngest child of a prominent San Jose attorney. As the champion of labor, Cortese can make an argument that he is closer to the land: He grew familiar with tractors and fruit picking.

POLITICAL SPOUSES

— This is not new in San Jose: Phil Hammer, the husband of Mayor Susan Hammer, was actively involved in politics.

But this is the first time that spouses of both candidates in a runoff bring decided political acumen to the table.

Patti Cortese, Cortese’s wife, has entered the fray by publicly endorsing candidates or causes, even when her husband has stayed on the sidelines. Liccardo’s wife, Jessica Garcia-Kohl, has been an 18th-floor aide, an official with Rocketship charter schools, and perhaps her husband’s most important political adviser.

None of this means that you ought to shrug when you fill out your ballot. There are real differences between the two, particularly over the Measure B pension reform (Liccardo supports it while Cortese has been critical). But in terms of their pedigree, they are distant cousins, scions of a San Jose that offered the promise of upward mobility to generations of immigrants.

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In what the Mercury News considers the "lighter side" of the news (we should have copyrighted that phrase), last Sunday's I.A. column included these tidbits on Sam Liccardo and Pete Constant…

 

Mercury News — Aug. 10, 2014

San Jose Councilmen Victims of Crime

Is there a crime wave being directed at San Jose City Council members? On Tuesday, Councilman and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo was talking on his cellphone in the breezeway behind City Hall leading to Fourth Street. He had put his bag down with his sport coat on top of it. “I turned my head talking toward the window for a minute or two,” he told IA. “When I turned around, the bag was gone and the sport coat, too.” The bad news: Liccardo’s bag included his new Lenovo laptop. The mitigating news: Because the laptop was new, Liccardo says, it did not contain much in the way of sensitive campaign records.

He does not think there was any political motive for the theft — though he jests that if there were, mayoral rival Dave Cortese would be using the jokes Liccardo had prepared on the laptop.

That wasn’t the only incident. About three weeks ago, Councilman Pete Constant held a reception for the 100 or so neighborhood leaders in his district. Asking one of his people to go to Togo’s for sandwiches with his credit card, Constant left his wallet on a counter so the card could be returned. By the end of the reception, the wallet was gone, with various pieces of ID. Then again, some of his identification had a limited shelf life. Constant leaves office at the end of the year.

 

MAIL CALL

There was no mail this week, but at our Monday Lunch Bunch get-together of a half-dozen retirees earlier this week Doug Zwemke provided us with a list of what he considers the top "Problem Areas of the World," along with a number representing how serious of a threat he felt each area was. Thinking it might make for a topic of discussion for this column, this is the list Doug came up with:

Legend:

1 = Threat to the U.S.
2 = Almost a threat
3 = No immediate threat 

Mexico-Central America 1
Afghanistan 1
Iraq/ISIS 1
Gaza/Hamas 1
Russia 1
North Korea 1

Iran 2
Eastern Ukraine 2
Syria 2
Libya 2

Africa (Ebola) 3
Crimea 3
Kurdistan (issue only) 3
China 3

Anyone disagree with Doug's threat assessment, or is there a problem area that should be added to the list? Let us know and we'll pass along your opinion next week. Use "Threat Assessment" for the subject and send your email to <bilmat@comcast.net>. For starters, I would move Iran and its goal to procure The Bomb to No. 1 and drop Afghanistan, Russia and North Korea to No. 2. What say you?


 

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

BILL IS…

Our in-house NFL referee will be on the sideline at this coming Saturday's (Aug. 16th) Baltimore at Dallas pre-season game while a potential NFL Ref works the field. On Friday, Aug. 22nd, Bill will work the Chicago at Seattle game, and Aug. 28th (Thursday), will find him at the St. Louis at Miami match-up. As soon as Bill learns the start of his regular season schedule he will pass it on to us.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Aug. 6th thru Aug. 12th

While speaking at an African leadership summit yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden accidentally referred to Africa as a country instead of a continent. To be fair, most of what he knows about Africa is based on “The Lion King.”

A new poll found that President Obama's approval rating has hit a new low of just 40 percent. Or as Obama put it, "60 under par!"

LeBron James reportedly lost a lot of weight since he announced he was returning to Cleveland. When asked how much he dropped, he said, "How much do Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh weigh?"

Police in Ohio are looking for two women who tried to rob a bakery but left with only two glazed donuts because there was no money in the register. The cops are offering a small reward for information on the women, and a huge reward for info on those doughnuts.

The Russian government said Edward Snowden can stay for three more years. Or as Obama put it, "Eh, that was gonna be his prison sentence, anyway."

TMZ has released the transcript from Kanye West's deposition for an assault charge he's facing, and apparently he referred to himself as "the smartest celebrity." And that was after the lawyer said, "Please state your name."

It seems like every day Kanye says something weird, and every day I end up talking about it and — you know what? He IS the smartest celebrity! We keep talking about him!

Pope Francis is calling on young people to get off the Internet and start doing something productive with their lives. Teens were like, "Uh, how do you think we saw you say that? We watched it on YouTube, dude!"

President Obama is planning to break up his vacation in Martha's Vineyard by returning to D.C. for two days for meetings. Yeah, two days away from his family vacation — or as that's also known, a "vacation." If you’ve been on vacation, then you know.

CNN is being sued after one of its correspondents got drunk and bit two paramedics. The good news is, CNN finally has a story worth talking about. Sometimes you gotta make your own news. "Tequila on the house! Tequila! On! The! House!"

Timex announced that it's creating a new smart watch that can track your speed, distance, and GPS. People said, "Does it tell time?" And Timex was like, "I knew we forgot something!"

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back. He’s opening a new restaurant that will specialize in healthy local food. It's the first restaurant with a sign on the door that reads: "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Pants, No Underwear, No Hats . . ." It just keeps going. It’s a long list.

Over the weekend, the Angels beat the Red Sox in the longest Major League game of the year after playing 19 innings. You can tell the game went way too long when the vendors were yelling, “Get your lukewarm beer over here. Ice cold hot dogs here.”

The game was so long, even Ken Burns said, “This is just too much baseball.”

The network TV Land just launched a new version of the classic show “Candid Camera.” Or as most young people put it, "I can't believe they ripped off ‘Punk'd.’ People can’t think of anything original anymore."

President Obama went to the beach yesterday while he’s vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. Which got weird when he took out his metal detector to search for $16 trillion in quarters.

During a fundraiser last night, President Obama suggested that one or more Supreme Court justices may retire soon. Which got awkward when Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “You can have this gavel when you pry it out of my even colder, deader fingers.”

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said that he is still sober and he'll never be caught doing anything illegal ever again. Then he said, “Unless someone's taping me. Then I'll probably get caught.”

Rob Ford also said that he is committed to living a healthier life, and his days of going to the liquor store are over. Which would be great, if he weren't addicted to crack.

A company has announced a new service where you carpool with strangers. It's a new cutting-edge technology called "taking the bus."

Yesterday photos were leaked of the Dallas Cowboys owner, 71-year-old Jerry Jones, with two much younger women. The photos were leaked by Jerry Jones.

According to a new survey, 50 percent of people believe that robots will actually create more jobs in the long run. When they heard this, robots said, "Oh, good, they're buying it. They will serve us soon, those fools."

The San Antonio Spurs have made history by becoming the first team in the NBA to hire a female assistant coach. She is the first woman to get that close to that many NBA players without being a Kardashian.

A bear was attacking a Russian man, and he was able to repel the attack by playing his Justin Bieber ringtone. The man is OK, and no, the bear is NOT a Belieber.

You know that button on your cable remote that gives you information about what you're watching? I was watching "Crossfire," hit the button, and it said, "Congratulations, you're our first viewer tonight!"

I hit the info button on "America's Got Talent" and it said, "America's got talent, but we hide it and present this instead."

Hillary Clinton has been calling President Obama's foreign policy a failure. She either wants to be a president or a Fox News anchor. We're not sure.

The U.S. Postal service has lost $2 billion this spring. Postal officials are busy emailing each other wondering how this could happen.

This weekend New York hosted the 25th annual Scrabble Championship. The Scrabble champion gets his choice of $100,000 or the touch of another human being.

Yesterday Bruce Jenner was pulled over for speeding here in L.A. The cops gave Jenner a ticket because his current face doesn't match his driver's license.

Since January, Colorado has made nearly $30 million in taxes from marijuana sales. That's in addition to the $40 million they made taxing Doritos. It goes hand-in-hand.

Smokey Bear just celebrated his 70th birthday. Smokey bear is 70. Can you believe he's that old? Smoky says he puts out fires by waking up seven times a night and peeing on them.

Scientists have figured out how to suppress the appetites of mice. They bring them to a Long John Silver's.

Tonight was the premiere of "Top Chef Duels." I think they're running out of ideas for cooking shows. It turns out that "Top Chef Duels" is just two chefs slapping each other with spatulas.

Let's play TV shows that are chef shows. There's "How I Minced Your Mother." "Murder She Roast." "Real Hamhocks of New Jersey." "Game of Scones."

Today is Jamaican Independence Day. Today in Jamaica, everyone spent the day smoking, drinking, and having a great time. Then they remembered it was Independence Day.

People think everyone in Jamaica smokes marijuana. That's just not true. Some of them eat it.

Today's the start of the Boston Comic-Con. It starts with a man riding a horse across cobblestone streets shouting "The nerds are coming! The nerds are coming!"

People dress up and dump the "Star Wars" prequels in the harbor. Hah! A man can dream!

A bunch of movies came out today. They cover many genres, but they have one interesting thing in common: They'll get their butts kicked by the new "Ninja Turtles" movie that opens today.

I don't know a lot about ninja turtles. I know they're named after artistic Italian men: Michelangelo, Donatello, Madonna.

And ninja turtles live in the sewers of New York City. If they want to hide out somewhere that New Yorkers never go to, they should try a Mets game.

I had a pet turtle when I was a kid. He taught me a lot. For instance, he taught me I love the taste of turtle soup.

A Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user names and password combinations, which I'm pretty sure is all of them.

The crime ring stole the information from hundreds of thousands of websites. Experts recommend that you change all your passwords just to be safe. I have to say I would almost rather have all my information stolen than to have to change all my passwords.

Here's what I've never understood. Why do leakers expose national security information? Why not leak stuff like the Colonel's fried chicken recipe? I would like to have that.

Last week it was revealed the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is the committee that's supposed to supervise the CIA. Who do these people think they are? Facebook?

Welcome to those who are visiting LA. We're going to have a good time in beautiful Los Angeles, which has just been named the 16th coolest city in America by Forbes magazine. We finally tied San Jose.

You know what city Forbes says is the coolest? The No. 1 coolest city in America is Washington, D.C. How did that happen? Did Obama start smoking again?

Forbes bases its rankings on factors like how many entertainment options a city has. Makes sense. In Washington, between Joe Biden and John Boehner alone, it's like a nonstop Burning Man festival.

I like that Forbes magazine is deciding which city is the coolest. That's like Good Housekeeping naming the snowboarder of the year.

President Obama's approval rating is now at an all-time low. It's so bad that last night he gave his daughter Sasha a ride to a friend's house and she asked him to drop her off two blocks away.

A 44-year-old mother in New York was arrested after she left her 7-year-old unattended at a Long Island Lego store. Luckily by the time the police found the child, he had already built a better mother.

Dunkin' Donuts announced they have created their first-ever coffee-flavored doughnut. First ever? Your name is Dunkin' Donuts. They're all coffee flavored! Your name is a recipe for coffee-flavored doughnuts.

A man in New Zealand whose pregnant girlfriend threw a knife at him so hard that it became lodged in his skull told reporters he was confident their relationship would continue. I guess it's true what they say: Some people never learn because there's a knife lodged in their skull.

President Obama announced last Thursday night that the U.S. would begin air strikes in Iraq. So in a way, it was the ultimate throwback Thursday.

Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is planning to open a new farm-to-table restaurant in Queens. So, whatever you do, don't ask to see the special.

A 25-year-old California woman wants the state to let her marry Charles Manson. If you ask me, you would have to be crazy to get married at 25. You have your whole life ahead of you. Married at 25? Wait five years. He's not going anywhere.

Health officials in Colorado are warning residents to stay away from sick or dead rabbits due to a risk of rabbit fever. It's a tough one because most people's first instincts when they see a dead rabbit is to get as close as possible.

Today is National Middle Child Day. And appropriately, it won't get any attention.

Customers at a Georgia subway restaurant located inside a Walmart started throwing things at the workers because the store's lettuce looked brown. Because there is no customer with more discriminating taste than one who eats at a Georgia subway in a Walmart.

According to a new study, men over 5'10" are twice as likely to cheat on their partners. And men under 5'10" are twice as likely to cheat on forms where you have to enter your height.

1980s' rock star Bret Michaels is holding a motivational seminar at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando this September called "Life Rocks." So if you're going, yours doesn't.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF AUG. 9, 2014

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

New Articles

• Photograph shows a honeymooner taking an underwater selfie moments before he was killed by a shark.

• A viral picture appearing to show a cute coincidence with 'Share A Coke' campaign bottles tricked the Internet.

• Did a NYPD police officer kill a baby following a breastfeeding dispute with the child's mother?

• Celebrity death hoax: Wrestler Hulk Hogan has not died from being shot in the head.

• Should you leave a house window open slightly during a hurricane to equalize pressure and lessen damage?

• Photographs illustrate a trip to San Francisco in 1940 as described in a letter by Henry Ford.

• Is Apple co-founder Steve Jobs alive and in hiding in Rio de Janeiro?

• Did a brief Facebook outage prompt social media users to call 911?

• Photographs purportedly show a dead mermaid found in Bulgaria's Vladaya River.

• Did former New York Mets outfielder Kevin Mitchell cut the head off his girlfriend's cat with a knife? Teammate Darryl Strawberry's "confirmation" of this legend is less than convincing.

• Customer buys up all the apple pies at a Burger King to thwart a misbehaving child.

• Video clip shows a car with color-changing "paramagnetic paint."

• Why does Charles Shaw wine (commonly known as "Two Buck Chuck") sell so cheaply? Various rumors attempt to explain the phenomenon.

• Did filmmakers stage lemming death scenes for the Disney nature documentary 'White Wilderness'?

• Will the planet Mars make a once-in-our-lifetimes, remarkably close approach to Earth on 27 August 2014?

• Did a school of killer whales attack and kill 16 crew members of a whaling boat?

• Did singer 'Mama' Cass Elliot experience an increase in her vocal range after she was hit in the head by a pipe?

• Does use of the
Facebook Messenger app require user acceptance of many privacy-violating conditions?

• Thieves steal what they believe to be cocaine but what is in reality the
cremated remains of the householder's relative.

• A restaurant server declined to wait on customers who made
derogatory comments about a child with Down syndrome.

• Is a can of
wasp spray a preferable alternative to pepper spray for protection against assailants?

• Video clip shows a
wind turbine exploding during high winds.

• Distress scam involves an
impersonator who pretends to be relative in urgent need of money.

• Is
Google Earth conducting a vote over whether to identify Israel or Palestine on its maps?

• Did comedian
Dennis Miller author an essay detailing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?

• Is Coca-Cola recalling millions of bottles of
Coke with the name Michael on the label?

• Don't forget to visit our
Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• An airline passenger's
in-flight comments describe the disadvantages of being seated across from the aircraft's lavatory.


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25
Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• 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



Large or Full Screen preferred for YouTube videos


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So where were you in 1951? If you were in San Jose the city would have looked like this, including SJPD's motorcycle squad which would later become the Traffic Enforcement Unit. Click HERE to take a trip back in time and watch this historical film received from Joan Lockwood. (10 Mins.)

 

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We have included a few public service announcements over the past couple of months from Thailand about issues the U.S. tends to shy away from in terms of PSAs. This one sponsored by a Thai Insurance company addresses something with which many of us are familiar as a result of a friend or family member: Alzheimer's. WATCH how this husband deals with the illness. (3 Mins.)

 

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Simply put, there is no way to describe this guy other than to say he is certifiably nuts. Click HERE and see if you agree. (1 Min.)

 

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Neither Lumpy or I have any idea what THIS YouTube video is about or the meaning behind it. All we know is that it features one of our retired motor sergeants who most of you should recognize. If you don't, his last name appears near the end of the 48-second video.



 

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This stunning time lapse video was shot at Singapore's Changi Airport, according to Dirk Parsons. The effect makes the departing and arriving aircraft look like shooting stars. Have a LOOK. (3 Mins.)



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We haven't visited Ravenstoke, Alaska since we highlighted it in the Farsider in Aug. of 2008. It's the town that had a serious shortage of women and came up with a unique way of attracting them to the community by spraying the town with the scent of man. Let's see if the RECRUITING of the fairer sex is still going on. (2 Mins.)

 

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Last week we included a clip that showed how an operator was able to load a 'tracked excavator' onto the back of a truck without assistance. We would argue that the operator of this 'wheeled' excavator is just as talented, if not more so. Note how he has to swivel in his seat to operate all the necessary controls. (2 Mins.)

 

Click HERE to view the new clip

Click
HERE to view last week's

 

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Have you ever seen a fully-functional MOTORCYCLE made from wood? Given its uniqueness, it might very well have been worth the $3K the builder wanted for it. (1 Min.)

 

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Do you shop at Trader Joe's? Click HERE if you want to learn about 18 incredible things you didn't know about the unique grocery store, but give the site a few moments to load.




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Coring a head of iceberg lettuce in five seconds is our tip of the week and something you will want to try next time someone in your household is about to make a salad or tacos. Watch THIS. (30 Secs.)

 


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Can you imagine an archer firing ten arrows and hitting his target in under 5 seconds. I couldn't, until I saw this demonstration by Danish archer Lars Andersen. I'd be hard pressed to fire 10 rounds from my Glock and hit the same target in under five seconds. Watch THIS. (5 Mins.)




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Curious about IRON DOME and how the system is protecting Israel from most of the rockets launched by Hamas? This clip received from Steve Postier will show you. (3 Mins.)




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Those of you who have an interest in WW II's War in the Pacific might want to have a look at THIS contribution received from Jim Silvers as it includes over four dozen full-size photos of what was, for a short period of time, the world's largest naval facility. To quote from the lead paragraph:

In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106 destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base." What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous, but it was unknown. Few civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese homeland, and the press was not printing ancient history about Ulithi.

 

Murderer's Row the carriers Wasp (CV 18), Yorktown (CV 10), Hornet
(CV 12), and Hancock (CV 19) anchored in Ulithi Atoll, Dec 1944

 

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Here are some CANINES who are going to be sorry to see summer end and their joyriding season come to a close. (1 Min.)




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If it's rush hour and not practical to take your mutt for a ride in the car, you can always head over to the neighborhood park if there's a SWING SET. (2 Mins.)




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It makes no difference whether it's water, snow, sand or any other surface that can accommodate a board, no one can compete with this fella. Have a LOOK. (2 Mins.)




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If you can spare 30 seconds, check out this CAT wearing a sombrero and note that it's holding on to its own set of handlebars.




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Some would argue that THIS CLIP of a cat cuddling with a baby is so cute that it's over the top, as in sickeningly sweet. Be that as it may, do not try this with your pet Python or Boa Constrictor.) (1 Min.)




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If handicapped dogs and cats can have wheelchairs, can baby goats? You bet they can. Check out THIS short clip from Australia. (2 Mins.)




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Question: How do you rescue a dozen ducklings from a swimming pool so they can reunite with their mom? Watch this short CLIP and find out. (2 Min.)




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Watch this final large screen video provided by Bert Kelsey and you will be amply rewarded as Tom Brokaw describes the "greatest generation and the candy bomber." It's a moving story about the
BERLIN AIRLIFT that you've not heard before. (13 Mins.)



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Pic of the Week


 

An elderly husband and wife were at home watching TV. Phil had the remote
and was switching back and forth between a fishing channel and a porn
channel. Sally became more and more annoyed and finally said, "For God's
sake, Phil, leave it on the porn channel. You already know how to fish!"

(Any resemblance between Phil and Rollie Miller is purely coincidental.)

 
   

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