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The Farsider

October 10, 2013


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.



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Born July 8, 1942
Appointed Sept. 1, 1970
Retired Sept. 5, 1998
Died Oct. 4, 2013

We have little information about the passing of Mike. More information will follow.

From what we understand, Mike entered Good Sam in Sept. for a heart valve replacement. During the surgery doctors found cancer in his thyroid, and he was placed on a ventilator. It was subsequently removed and Mike was transferred to a rehab facility in San Leandro where his kidneys began to fail. He passed away on the morning of Oct. 14th.

According to Chaplain Bridgen, who spoke with Mike's wife Bonnie, a service will be held at the POA Hall in the near future. More information will be forthcoming, either in next week's Farsider or in an earlier special edition of the newsletter depending on the date of the funeral or memorial service.



Based on news we reported last week, this story from today's Mercury News comes as no surprise...

Reed is Ready to File

—S.J. mayor’s plan for state would ease pension changes—

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 10, 2013

STANFORD — San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Wednesday he hopes to file papers within days for a statewide constitutional measure that would empower governments to trim pension benefits for their workers’ remaining years on the job.

Reed, who has been building support for such a measure over the past year, made his remarks as a keynote speaker for the California Public Pension Solutions Conference at the Hoover Institution.

“The government can’t afford these benefits, and the employees can’t afford these benefits,” Reed said.

The two-term mayor said he hopes to file papers for a constitutional amendment in “a couple days,” though whether it would go on the ballot in 2014 or 2016 remains to be decided.

“I’d like to do it in 2014,” Reed said. “The sooner the better.”

Reed won nearly 70 percent approval from San Jose voters for a June 2012 ballot measure that would make city police officers, firefighters, mechanics, planners, librarians and other workers pay up to 16 percent more of their salary toward their pensions to help absorb growing costs to pay down roughly $3 billion in debt in the city’s retirement plans.

Measure B also lowered pension benefits for new hires and called for current workers to have the option of switching to a lower benefit for their remaining years on the job, though the city has yet to receive IRS approval for that.

Unions representing city workers have challenged the measure in court, and the case went to trial in July before Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Lucas. Her ruling is pending.

The state constitutional measure Reed is seeking would eliminate a “vested rights” doctrine established through a series of court rulings that effectively prevents California governments from ever reducing their workers pensions over their career, protections not afforded private employer retirement plans.

“The vested rights doctrine is being used to challenge even the most modest pension reforms,” Reed told the conference.

Unions have called his San Jose measure illegal and the proposed state constitutional measure an attempt to rob cops, teachers and other public employees of promised retirement security and say it will be bankrolled by corporate and conservative interests seeking to squeeze workers.



Silicon Valley Daily Fetch (Article)

Former cop and confessed pension double-dipper Pete Constant teams with Enron funded "experts" to teach local governments nationwide how to curtail your pension the San Jose way...



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Oct. 9th

Voting Results

The voting for the contract ratification is over. 956 of you voted which represents 94% of the membership.

954 Voted NO to accept the City's offer
(which represents 99.8% of those who voted)

2 Voted YES to accept the City's offer

We will be sending the City a correspondence later today with the results and our thoughts. We'll get that out to you when we send it. (The referenced correspondence to the City is available by clicking on the link under the next item.)

Thank you for voting and making your opinion heard.

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The membership alert above was followed by this press release to the media...

For Immediate Release — October 9, 2013

Contact: Tom Saggau — 408-209-6813

San Jose Police Officers Reject City Contract Offer

954 Voted NO

2 Voted YES

San Jose (CA) — Today the SJPOA announced that their membership, near-unanimously, rejected the latest City contract offer by a vote of

954 to 2. This vote was requested by the City as they believed that San Jose Police Officers were not united in their call to restore pay to a level that will stem the tide of veteran officers leaving the force.
"Today's vote sends a clear message to the city leadership to stop playing games and to get serious about solving the reasons behind over 275 officers leaving San Jose over the past several years", said SJPOA Director James Gonzales.

With the exodus of officers, emergency response times have escalated to over 20 minutes for Priority 2 calls and residential burglaries, auto thefts and gang violence have escalated.

"Our membership is united in calling on the city to restore the pay cuts we accepted when times were tough for the city. Now there is a $100 million general fund surplus and we are asking for an immediate restoration of pay to begin to provide enough financial incentive for officers to stay", said SJPOA Director Paul Kelly.

Today, the SJPOA has sent a contract proposal to the City accompanying the membership vote total.

Click on this link to download the letter from the POA to the City regarding the vote:




This is how the no vote on a contract was covered in today's edition of the Mercury News...

Officers Say No to 3% raise

—Union: City must double figure to end protracted dispute—

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 10, 2013

SAN JOSE — San Jose’s police union Wednesday announced the officers have emphatically rejected a 3-percent raise offer and demanded the city double it to end the ongoing pay feud they blame for thinning the department’s ranks.

“Our members know their worth,” John Robb, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said in a Wednesday letter to city negotiators, “and will not accept a proposal that will not slow or stop the exodus of San Jose police officers leaving to work for other agencies.” City negotiators had complained that the officers’ association had doomed the vote on the city’s one-year, 3-percent raise offer by urging rejection, wasting time on a membership vote without tendering a counter-offer. Just two officers voted for the 3-percent raise, and 954 were against.

“We have continued our efforts to reach an agreement with the POA that includes pay raises for police officers,” Jennifer Schembri, deputy director of employee relations, wrote to Robb before the vote. “The POA’s decision to take an approach that will ensure a no vote just makes the situation worse.”

The two sides have been feuding for much of the year over a new contract. Officers, along with other city employees and elected officials, accepted 10-percent pay cuts to limit layoffs during the recent economic downturn. Now officers demand that San Jose at least restore the lost pay, which they say has held them at 2009 pay levels, if not additional raises beyond that. They note that officers have been retiring and resigning to work for other departments at unprecedented rates because San Jose’s pay and benefits are no longer competitive.

The officers and other city unions also are locked in a legal battle with the city over a 2012 ballot measure to reduce future pension benefits that the unions call illegal and city leaders say was needed to tame retirement costs that more than tripled over a decade and continue to rise. Both sides are awaiting a ruling after a trial in July.

The salary dispute went before a retired judge serving as an arbitrator, who under limits voters approved in 2010 ruled in July that he could not award any raises the officers had sought because the city’s benefit costs already had exceeded average revenue growth.

City leaders don’t dispute their pay and benefits are no longer competitive for officers but insist the city cannot afford the raises the officers want without cuts to other programs and services. Other city unions have agreed on 2-percent raises.

Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza said the officers’ 6-percent counter- offer was actually the same as a prior offer and that the city’s 3-percent was a counter-offer to that. He said that while city officials were disappointed the union leadership recommended a no vote, the city would continue to try to reach a pay agreement with the officers.

“I hope we can get there,” Gurza said.

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Is business slow at the Independent Police Auditor's office? And if so, is LaDoris Cordell trying to drum up business with these signs inside VTA buses?

Police Auditor Reaches Out to VTA Bus Riders

Mercury News — Oct. 6, 2013

If you’ve ridden a VTA bus on the East Side of San Jose over the past couple of weeks, you may be asked a provocative question when you look up at the overhead lights.

“Concerns about a San Jose Police Officer?”

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor commissioned the production of a series of placards to be inserted in bus interiors as part of an ongoing outreach effort to neighborhoods that tend to experience high levels of crime and, correspondingly, police attention.

“We hope people understand if they do have concerns, that we’re here,” said LaDoris Cordell , the police auditor and a retired judge.

The signs, which in addition to English were translated into Spanish and Vietnamese, feature a multiracial photo array of pensive faces with the question overlayed, accompanied by the independent police auditor’s phone number.

The campaign was based on the pragmatic decision that the bus system is heavily traveled in the targeted areas. The buses involved travel primarily along the East Side through downtown. It was also pragmatic as a way to multiply the reach of an office with six staffers, two of whom are dedicated to outreach.

It’s a key goal for the office: Since Cordell was appointed in 2010, she has aimed to improve the public visibility of the office, whose mission largely overlaps with the police department’s internal affairs division in fielding complaints against officers.

But Cordell says it hasn’t always been clear that her office is detached from the police, freeing citizens from the conundrum of complaining about police to the police.

Her office consulted with police, including acting Chief Larry Esquivel, on writing the language for the signs.

The introduction of the signs coincides with a new wave of rookie officers hitting the streets and a gang-suppression effort targeting many of the neighborhoods served by the buses.

“This was a good time to reach the population,” Cordell said.



Next Wednesday, Oct. 16th, is the third Wednesday of the month, which means the PBA will be holding its monthly dinner meeting at the POA Hall. The bar will be open at 5 p.m. with dinner following about an hour later. All members are encouraged to attend.



Last Week's Poll Results

For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:




The following was in response to last week's Mail Call item from Harry Mullins whose Yahoo e-mail account had been hacked...

Oct. 3rd


The Yahoo Concierge below helped me more than I can tell you when my Yahoo account was hacked a year ago. I had lost all my addresses and folders with photos that were not replaceable since many of them were of my son who passed away 6 years ago. If any of your readers have a problem with their Yahoo account, they should give Wayne a call as he is very helpful. It took me a long time to get a phone number that someone at Yahoo would answer.

Wayne Barber — Phone: 1-800-297-679

Paul (Gardner) <paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

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Bob Agerbeek had been having trouble pulling up the Farsider. The solution was simple; I just pointed him in Leroy's direction.

Oct. 3rd

Dear Bill & Leroy,
Thanks for everything. The problem is fixed, and I just brought up the new issue of the Farsider.

I worked for George Cochern as a San Jose Police Reserve and was sorry to hear of his and Roger Finton's passing. They were both great role models and good people. Roger and I became friends when he worked a pay job at McDonalds on Hwy 9, and we worked the west side as beat partners for years. He was the best.
If there is ever a section in the Farsider to thank people who have mentored other Police Officers, put me down. There are many good people who have helped me.
Bob Agerbeek

There is such a section, Bob. This (the Mail Call column) is it.

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Following is a message that Andy Trevino of PAAF posted on Facebook and was forwarded to us...

Oct. 7th

The Police Amateur Athletic Foundation (PAAF) is holding it's Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24th at the POA Hall and all retirees are cordially invited to attend. The hosted bar will open at 6:00 p.m. and be followed by dinner at 7:00. A ceremony will follow and feature this year's inductees: Chris Galios, Bill Leavy, Rene Retuta and Greg Albin.

Please join us.

Andy Trevino

Click on this link if you want to read about PAAF's former Hall of Fame inductees...


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Oct. 9th


I wonder how many of the Farsider readers can identify these fine SJPD officers who, in 1974, hiked all morning to fish Rancheria Creek in the Sierra Nevada? One of them was especially excited as he primped for what he hoped was a chance encounter with a mountain woman.


Yes, it is cold and rainy here in the Oregon mountains so I am killing time by scanning and organizing some old photos.

Harry Mullins



By Marge Thompson

The 2013 Keith Kelley Club’s Christmas Dinner Dance will be on Saturday, December 14th, at the San Jose Holiday Inn (previously the Wyndham Hotel), 1350 N. First Street, San Jose, CA  95112. The Retiree Cocktail Party will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the San Jose Room. This will be a hosted bar to include hors d’oeuvres and music.  

The general membership will begin arriving at 6:00 p.m. for a sit-down dinner in the California Room for all members. Dinner will be served starting at 7:30 p.m., and dancing will take place in both ballrooms.  

As a retired Keith Kelley Club member, you will attend this event as our guest. You are entitled to purchase one guest ticket. If you are attending solo or if you are bringing a guest, please complete the reservation form below. The guest ticket is $70 and checks are to be made to the Keith Kelley Club.

Dinner will be a dual entrée plate of filet mignon and jumbo prawns, salad, vegetables, potatoes, dessert and coffee.

The Holiday Inn is offering room rates at a special price of $89 plus tax per night. The price includes two buffet breakfasts. For hotel reservations, call (408) 453-6200 and mention the Keith Kelley party.

DINNER TICKETS — Margie Thompson will be handling the retiree’s dinner ticket reservations. Follow the instructions in this letter and if you have further questions, e-mail her at
<sssq@aol.com> or call (408) 891-3760. Tickets will be limited to 125 for Retired Keith Kelley Club members. Be sure to mail in your reservation early.

TABLE RESERVATIONS — To reserve a table you will need to have purchased your dinner tickets and have the names of the eight people who will be seated at your table. Ted Vasquez will be handling the table reservations, and you can reach him at
<vasquezted@yahoo.com> or his cell of (408) 772-1909.

Ed. — The reservation form below is a .jpeg photo. To print it without printing any other portion of the Farsider, place your cursor on it, then right-click your mouse and save it to your desktop. You can then double-click the icon and send the photo of the form to your printer.



To download the Vanguard to your desktop, click on the link below, then click on the image of the Vanguard...




The flyer below came from Brian Simuro, the editor of the SJPD Insider. Speaking of same, if you would like to subscribe to the official in-house SJPD newsletter, you can do so by sending your request to Brian at <BRIAN.SIMURO@sanjoseca.gov>. Unlike the Farsider that is posted on the PBA website, the Insider is sent to subscribers as a .pdf document that you can easily download to your desktop and view with a simple double-click of your mouse, just like the POA's Vanguard and the Retirees' Assn. Billy & Spanner. Brian said he has been receiving bounce-backs from some retirees, so if you were a subscriber but haven't been receiving the Insider lately, try subscribing again...



The Street Crimes Unit 

In the late '70s to mid 1980s downtown San Jose was in virtual decline. Older buildings were being abandoned and street crimes were on the rise. The Pussy Cat theater was showing big screen porn movies like Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat. The downtown Mission provided free food for the bums and homeless, and there was always a line of people waiting to get in. The railroad tracks and the banks of the Guadalupe River provided a refuge and sleeping quarters for many of the winos and bums. Prostitution and strong-armed robberies were prevalent between South First and Second streets. When a couple of new bars and another porn theater opened, downtown merchants demanded that something be done.

As the commander of the Drunk Wagon I saw the decline first-hand. I would pick up the same winos day after day and transport most of them to the Detox Center at Valley Medical Center. Once I released them to the nurse at VMC, they were free to leave at any time. Sometimes they would make it back to the downtown area before me, possibly because I had to wash my hands at the local donut shop before I headed back.

Driving the Drunk Wagon was a dirty job, but someone had to do it. And besides I was secure in my job because it was never challenged by other officers.

There were no outdoor restroom facilities for the drunks to use, so most of them relieved themselves in the clothes they were wearing. The skid marks in the back of the wagon were proof of the lack of facilities. I can't remember so much as one shift where I didn't have to hose out the back of the wagon.

There was an elite group of officers at the time who were designated to walk the downtown area. They would detain the drunks and call for the wagon. Because these officers would seldom touch, much less search, the drunks for weapons and contraband, the job was left to me. All I had for protection was a bottle of wood alcohol to disinfect my hands.

Original Joe's was one of the most popular restaurants in the downtown. The food was Italian with an open style grill and counter in addition to tables and booths. Most people chose to eat at OJ's when in the downtown area. Because of its popularity, the restaurant put a great deal of pressure on the SJPD to clean up the downtown area. Thus was born the Street Crimes Unit. After months of driving the Drunk Wagon, I felt I should become part of the unit since no one knew the downtown as well as I did. So off went the uniform and on went the civilian clothes. Our main object was to put a stop to the curbside prostitution and prevent strong-armed robberies.

A radical newspaper called the "Berkley Barb" — published in the city then known as the "People's Republic of Berkeley" — got wind of what was going on and provided running advice to the local prostitutes on how to avoid arrest.

Sgt. Terry Boone was in charge of the Street Crimes Unit. He jokingly referred to us as the "Slim Crime Unit" and even had T-shirts made up bearing the name. We never wore them, of course, but they helped boost morale. Terry was a pleasure to work for and with.

Following Terry came Sgt. Tim Skalland. He too was a go-getter and, like Boone, was down and dirty with the unit. Between Boone and Skalland we made so many arrests that the Berkeley Barb advised prostitutes to avoid San Jose altogether. One of the strongest backers of the Street Crimes Unit was Lt. Dennis Sorahan. He backed his troops to the hilt and participated in many arrests. In short, he was a great commander and a great guy.

Although robbery and prostitution arrests were our main goal, he also responded to any other crime in progress. We took our jobs seriously and felt a special obligation to help clean up downtown San Jose.

The wino and bum problem continued, but most of them stayed clear of downtown. Detox stayed busy and the Wagon continued to roll, which proves that some things cannot be solved solely by arrests and detentions. While many of the bums eventually left for greener pastures, the number of winos was reduced through liver problems, hepatitis, infection and a myriad of other problems as a result of a lack of sanitation.

Eventually, old buildings in the downtown were torn down and replaced with new construction projects like the Federal building and the Fairmont Hotel, and prostitution and robberies became far less of a problem. Thanks to Sgt. Terry Boone, Sgt. Tim Skalland, Lt. Dennis Sorahan and the other members of the Street Crimes Unit, the heart of San Jose became a much safer and pleasant part of the City.



The facts behind the legends, information and
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Most of you are aware that Don Hale's wife, Gloria, has been waging a battle against ALS for years. (We included a clip several months ago of her on a skydiving adventure.) This video tells the story about Steve Gleason, another ALS victim who was a defensive back for the New Orleans Saints from 2000 through 2006. According to Don, "We know Steve because he and Gloria share doctors who are treating them for ALS. We are all working to spread awareness like the breast cancer groups are doing. This is a short video about Steve that is both powerful and inspirational." (9 Mins.)


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If you would like to hear an amazing rendition of "Amazing Grace" played on the panflute instead of the typical bagpipes, all you have to do is click on the link below. Trust us, it's worth a few minutes of your time. (3 Mins.)


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Have people been calling you a "Smart Ass" most of your life? If so, here's a pill that can permanently lower your IQ so you will be more like the majority of the population. (If this ad comes across as a social comment, perhaps it is.) (2 Mins.)


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Dan Bullock said he had an embarrassing thing happen to him when he recently went to Cabela's Sporting Goods to pick up some gun accessories. When he approached the cashier she said, "Strip down, facing me."

Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control whackos running amok, he did as she instructed. When the hysterical screaming finally subsided, Dan discovered she was referring to how he should place his credit card in the card-reader.

"They need to make their instructions clearer for seniors," muttered Dan as he zipped up his trousers on his way out of the store.


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Here's another one of those Just for Laughs Gags that have become popular on the Internet. This one is about an invisible tiger. (2 Mins.)


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This contribution from Tom Macris is a kick and goes far beyond the clip we recently ran that was dubbed the World's Best Prank after beer flowed from every spigot in the house.

Remember the movie "Carrie?" If you do, you will enjoy and appreciate this elaborate stunt designed to promote a remake of the movie. But you will need to read the set-up first...

So, we all know the premise of Carrie is a bit outlandish. Girl has religious fanatic mother, girl gets teased at school, girl discovers telekinetic powers, girl wreaks havoc on classmates. But, what would you do if you came across someone with real-life evil talents? In an elaborate stunt to promote the film's upcoming remake, marketers turned a NYC coffee shop into the scene of a horror movie...kind of.

To customers' dismay, after a spill-induced altercation, a seemingly normal woman lifts an unwitting man off the ground and against a wall, all using the power of her mind. Not surprisingly, the coffee shop's patrons reacted with shock and horror, which only magnifies after the woman knocks all the shop's furniture over again using only her mind (or so they thought!). In reality, the scene was carried out by an actress and a stuntman, and the coffee shop was cleverly rigged with remote controls and wires. Not that that's providing any comfort for the terrified New Yorkers who were just trying to get a cup of coffee. Watch it all unfold below.


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What do you get when you have 12 pianists and one piano? This TedMed video sent in by Don Hale will show you. (5 Mins.)


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If the subject of UFO's piques your interest, here is a website you may want to explore. It provides what it calls "The Best Available Evidence."


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The Outhouse Needs Fixin'

From Bruce Morton

Ma had just returned to the kitchen when she hollered out, "Pa, you need to fix the outhouse!"

Pa replied, "There ain't nuthin' wrong with the outhouse."

Ma yelled back, "Yes there is, now git out there and fix it."

So Pa mosied out to the outhouse, looked around and yelled back, "There ain't nuthin' wrong with the outhouse!"

"Ma replied, "Stick yur head in the hole!"

Pa yelled back, "I ain't stickin' my head in that hole!"

"Ma said, "Ya have to stick yur head in the hole to see what to fix."

So Pa stuck his head in the hole, looked around and yelled back, "I'm tellin' ya, there ain't nuthin' wrong with this outhouse!"

Ma hollered back, "Now take your head out of the hole!"

Pa proceeded to pull his head out of the hole and immediately began yelling, "Owww...my beard is stuck in the cracks in the toilet seat!"

Ma replied,"Hurts, don't it?"

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Roller coasters have come a long way since I was a kid and thought the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was a scary and exciting ride. (Sidebar: It took 47 days to build at a cost of $50K and opened on May 17, 1924.) If you can find a seat, hop aboard this state-of-the-art coaster at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. (3 Mins.)


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Have you ever seen a Scottie Pinwheel? Watch this short clip and you'll be able to say you have. (1 Min.)


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Take a couple of minutes and watch this video from Tom Macris about the end of Ramadan rush-hour in Bangladesh and you will never complain about crowded transportation facilities in the Bay Area again, even if a BART strike does materialize. (2 Mins.)


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At one time or another you have all seen examples of those sidewalk illustrations made with either paint or chalk that look like 3-D optical illusion renderings when viewed from the correct angle. This video not only shows you some of the latest examples of that artwork, at the end of the clip it also shows you how the renderings were made. (P.S. The letters you are asked to focus on at the beginning spell out a sentence.) (6 Mins.)


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This young Dutch lady playing I"Il Silenzio" on the trumpet at an Andre Rieu concert a few years ago is one amazing talent. Her name is Melissa Venema, and she was 13 years old when this performance was taped in Holland in 2009. The fun comes at 5:50 into the clip when she is accompanied by two of Andre's musicians. (7 Mins.)


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This footage of what is believed to be the largest glacier calving ever filmed doesn't seem to be all that impressive until you are told that the glacier is the size of Manhattan as superimposed in the photo below. (5 Mins.)


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Most of you should know what a roundabout is, especially if you have traveled on the other side of the Pond. So here's a pop quiz: Which is more efficient at moving traffic, a typical four-way intersection with stop signs, or a roundabout? The Mythbusters conducted an experiment to prove which one works better at moving the most cars. (10 Mins.)


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If this radio-controlled jet was a little larger, the "pilot" could stuff a kid in the cockpit and take him on one hell of a wild ride. (5 Mins.)


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It appears there are different individuals competing to see who can post the best "People are Awesome 2013" videos on YouTube. We included one of the same title in last week's Farsider, but after watching this one, we are inclined to give it an 8 compared to last week's 6. Whatever the rating, most of the people you are about to see are nuts. (8 Mins.)


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Our closer this week is about Col. George "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent five years and seven months as a POW after his F-100 Super Sabre was shot down over Vietnam. The Collings Foundation magically resurrected "Misty 1" and honored the colonel with this Vietnam Memorial Flight. Examples of other aircraft that saw duty in Vietnam can be seen at the end of the video that was sent in by Larry Reuter. (6 Mins.)


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Pic of the Week

Don't knock it if you never tried it...

Now all you need to do is add is add some Marinara sauce.


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