October 13, 2020 –

From the President:
The leaves are starting to turn and we are still on lockdown; as you may have gathered, the October meeting is canceled. It looks like the PBA Valentine’s Dinner/Dance may be our best chance to get back to some sense of normalcy, if things improve with the virus.A tip of the hat to the members celebrating their birthday this month and a bow of the head to those who are no longer with us. Along the same lines, it was learned that Jess Sanchez #1954, passed on October 7 th . There is no further at this time.I provided Leroy with a short list of members for whom the PBA does not have a birthday month. My apologies for not having the information. Send Leroy or me the proper month or if you know the month for a departed member and it will be updated.The photos sent in to Leroy of your breakfast or lunch gathering is much appreciated. Please continue to share for the rest of the members. It is always nice to see pictures of former PD members. I am still looking for someone to break the ice and submit a birthday photo; all it takes is one and the rest will follow.Take care all and be safe,
Ernie Alcantar


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What Is Wrong With This Woman? Not Human Behavior?


San Jose Police Union, City Leaders Denounce Officers’ Racist Facebook Group
Video HERE


Eddie Chan Candidate Statement 10-12-20

November elections are upon us and I am seeking your vote for POA President. Unlike the previous elections where the election for POA President went uncontested, I want to give you an alternative on who you would like to lead your POA. For those of you who do not know me, I have been a police officer for over 26 years. After spending 6 years in the United States Marine Corps, I attended Cal State Hayward and then was hired by the Milpitas Police Department in 1994. Wanting to move up to bigger and better things, I became a San Jose Police Officer in 2001. I promoted to sergeant in 2010. During my
career, I have been in the following assignments: Motors, SWAT, Air Support, and FTO. I was elected to the POA Board of Directors in 2013.
I am running for POA President because it’s time for a change in leadership. There is a lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of the POA. You cannot have leadership without trust. Without leadership, this association is no longer an effective organization. While relationships with command staff, elected leaders, and the community are important, I believe the most important relationship should be with you, the membership. I spoke with Vice President Sean Pritchard shortly after President Kelly’s response to the Facebook posts that were considered racist. I told Vice President Pritchard several times that President Kelly needed to step down immediately so he could step up and be POA President. This didn’t happen. This demonstrated to me a total lack of leadership on Vice President Pritchard’s part and that he was not fit to lead the POA. Vice President Pritchard would rather be appointed POA President after President Kelly retires in the middle of his term instead of running for POA President himself. The Marines have a saying: The title ‘Marine’ is earned, not given. I don’t believe that the position of POA President should be given away.
If I am elected President, I want to accomplish the following goals:
-Increased transparency and interaction with the membership.
-Consult the Board of Directors before making public statements and political endorsements.
-Mentor both Tier 1 and Tier 2 members to become more involved with the POA and prepare them to lead the POA.
-Continue to advance our interests at the local, state, and national level.
-Evaluate and critique proposed reforms and determine how they should be implemented.
Additionally, I will always push for safer working conditions and ensure that your rights areprotected. I will strive to achieve contracts that are beneficial to both Tier 1 and Tier 2officers. I will always look for solutions on how we can better serve our retirees.
In my 7 years as your POA director, I have an untarnished record of selfless service to themembership. I represented many of you in your IA interviews and Skelly hearings,addressed your grievances, and voted on contracts and political endorsements. I served onthe LDF Panel and ensured members were treated fairly and were provided legalrepresentation. I have coordinated memorial services for our fallen officers and assistedtheir families. No one at the POA can contest my integrity, commitment, work ethic, or

The POA has inundated you with membership alerts. Many are themed, “We got your back” and “We will never quit.” These are nice phrases, but the actions of President Kelly last June demonstrate otherwise. President Kelly betrayed your trust when he publicly condemned, defamed, and threatened over 800 current and retired members of the POA without any investigation whatsoever. In President Kelly’s own words:
“I am announcing tonight that I am taking swift action against any member of the SJPOA that has participated in this online ring of hate because there is zero room in our department or our profession for racists, bigots, or those that enable them.”
President Kelly further stated that he would immediately file charges to expel the officers participating in the Facebook group from the police union.
This public condemnation was released to the public without consulting the Board of Directors. President Kelly embarrassed himself, the POA, and the entire membership. I found this public condemnation unforgivable and so should you. These statements caused irreparable harm to the membership and President Kelly needs to be held accountable. On June 9, 2020, I watched KPIX CBS News coverage of a press conference where President Kelly sat alongside Chief Garcia. The Chief was addressing the actions of SJPD officers during the George Floyd protests and the police reforms that would follow.
President Kelly stated, “The representation for our people will be there, but if an officer did wrong, I support discipline.”
I had to hit the replay button because I could not believe any union president would make such a statement. These are hardly the words of someone who has your back.
I have spent my entire 26 years working on the street. I know firsthand how dangerous and challenging this profession has become. I have withstood the scrutiny that comes with policing in today’s hostile and politically charged environment. As FTO Sergeant, I have trained and mentored hundreds of Tier 2 police officers and FTOs. A great majority of these officers have gone on to become FTOs, moved on to specialized assignments, or promoted to sergeant.
I came in on my days off to work the skirmish line at the George Floyd protests. I stood on the line with you and took the rocks, bottles, and tear gas because when my brothers and sisters need help, I got your back! If elected, I intend to continue to work in a uniformed assignment whenever time allows. I believe whatever actions I take as POA President should affect me just as much as it affects you. Also, I will spare no effort to be accessible to both you and the retired members of the POA.
Whenever I disagreed with a political endorsement or position made by the POA on your behalf, I always voiced my dissent when I thought it was not in the membership’s best interests. My concerns typically went ignored. I decided that resigning as Director was the appropriate thing to do because I was not in a position where I could influence the direction of the POA. It was apparent to me that these decisions were going to be made unilaterally by the President and his executive team. I would like to  change that. The Board of Directors are there to represent you, not be a rubber stamp for the President.
Unbeknownst to the membership, the POA supported Mayor Sam Liccardo’s strong mayor initiative last summer. This disastrous initiative would have given the mayor the power to hire and fire the Chief of Police and the City Manager. In a 6-5 majority vote, the Council approved in favor of putting the mayor’s initiative on this November’s ballot. Again, this support was made on your behalf without informing the membership. How would this have affected us? The mayor recently voted to ban less lethal projectiles as a force option for crowd control. Fortunately, the mayor was the sole vote favoring the ban on less lethal
projectiles. You can imagine how things would have turned out if the city operated under a strong mayor system.
The POA has recently raised the alarm over the actions by the Santa Clara County District Attorney, yet they seem to have forgotten that they, despite my concerns, voted to endorse DA Rosen when he sought re-election.
The POA even resorted to inappropriately using the membership email alerts as their own campaign tool against me. One email states:
“We have heard recently from an individual or two, that working with local city leaders and legislators in Sacramento and Washington D.C. is not important. We believe this opinion is not only false but extremely dangerous to you. Anyone who would take this philosophy and try to lead this Association is gambling with not only your career, but you, and your family’s lives. It’s reckless.”
This statement was directed at me and references a conversation between Vice President Pritchard and me when he called me and tried to dissuade me from running for POA President. What was omitted from this statement was the part where I mentioned those relationships were not as important as the relationship with the membership. It’s my opinion that every other relationship takes a back seat to the membership. This is something the POA leadership seems to have forgotten.
On October 8, 2020, President Kelly sent out a membership email blast targeting me by name. This may have been in response to me reaching out to retired members of the POA. You can read my message to the retirees at: www.sjpba.net.
Many of the retirees are unaware that they can vote for elected officers of the POA, so I was soliciting them for their vote. President Kelly accused me of telling members to leave the POA and join the FOP. This is 100% false. In fact, I discouraged any member, and there were many, from leaving the POA. You will not find a single member of the POA who can say I told them to leave the POA. Not one. I joined the FOP and became a dual member of both associations because I lost all confidence in my union and didn’t believe my union would support me if I found myself on Admin Leave.
President Kelly goes on to insinuate that I said the POA didn’t defend the officers who were put on Admin Leave over their social media posts. Again, this is 100% false. I have never discussed what actions the POA took on these officers’ behalf. I don’t know where President Kelly gets his information, but if he is going to use the membership email blast to personally attack another member who is running for POA President, those accusations should at least be factual.
Contrary to what the POA leadership claims, I am not the one who has divided the POA. President Kelly’s actions, as well as the inaction of the rest of the POA leadership, caused this rift between the membership and themselves. As many as 50 POA members
immediately joined the FOP following President Kelly’s actions.
The union bylaws call for elections every year. Elections are held so you can hold your POA leadership accountable for their actions. President Kelly and Vice President Pritchard feel differently. Why is the POA leadership using the membership email blast to insult and attack POA members who wish to run for office? It appears they have “got your back” so long as they  maintain power and you don’t threaten the status quo.
When I represent members in Internal Affairs, I will often ask, “What’s the going rate?” This is in reference to the discipline that’s handed down in the event an allegation against an officer is sustained. Based on the harmful actions by your POA President, I believe the going rate should be dismissal from office. However, it’s not what I believe, it’s what you believe that matters in this election. This election isn’t about Paul Kelly or me. This election is about you reminding the POA leadership, present and future, that they are accountable to the membership.
Eddie Chan #3735


Candidate’s Statement for POA Board of Directors – Sgt. John Cary #2989

In a few weeks, I’ll reach my 28th anniversary as a member of the San Jose Police Department. Until recently, I never had any interest in being involved with the POA beyond going to meetings for the free breakfast and voting during elections. That
changed last June 26th. While most of you are probably aware of the events that unfolded that day and in the days that followed, I’m going to recap them here because they are the reason I decided to submit my name for consideration in this year’s election
for the POA Board of Directors. On that day, an article entitled “Racism and Hate behind the Blue Wall: Exposing Secret
Law Enforcement Facebook Groups” was posted on an internet blog site

(https://blog.usejournal.com/racism-and-hate-behind-the-blue-wall-exposing-secret-law- enforecment-gacebook-groups-6cf23a596a98). The article, purportedly written under a pseudonym by the partner of an active Bay Area police officer, discussed posts which had allegedly been made on a Facebook page entitled “10-7ODSJ” by active and retired San Jose Police Department members. The article identified several officers by name and attempted to use the posts it highlighted to claim they were racists. The author further alleged the posts demonstrated that San Jose Police Department Chief of Police Eddie Garcia and POA President Paul Kelly had failed to address the issue of racism, stating “that they have remained silent about their officers’ and sergeant’s (sic)
Facebook posts, we should question their complicity as well as their sincerity in reforming the SJPD.”

Later in the day, the article was cited and expanded upon in a story published on local website “sanjoseinside” (https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/sjpd-officers-mock-muslims-blm-protesters-on-facebook/). This story, entitled “SJPD Officers Mock Muslims, BLM Protestors on Facebook,” cited many of the same posts contained in the original article and included condemnations of the officers by Mayor Sam Liccardo and Chief Garcia. Mayor Liccardo called for “swift action” and Chief Garcia was quoted as saying he had launched an investigation and “I will be recommending termination.”

A few hours later, “sanjoseinside” published a second story on the situation entitled ‘DA to Investigate Bigoted Online Posts; POA Promises to Hold SJPD Officers Accountable” (https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/da-to-investigate-officers-bigoted-social-media-posts/). In this story, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen added his name to the chorus of powerful figures condemning the officers before any investigation had even begun, saying he was “sickened” and that his office would “immediately begin a comprehensive review of every case in which these officers, active or retired, played a role. Anyone who writes this kind of trash has no role in our criminal justice system.”
Given the nature of politics and politicians, Rosen’s response was hardly surprising. What followed, however, was stunning. In the same story, POA President Paul Kelly joined Mayor Liccardo, Chief Garcia and DA Rosen in pre-judging and condemning the
named officers and then went even further, stating “I am announcing tonight that I am taking swift action against any member of the SJPOA that has participated in this online ring of hate because there is zero room in our department or our profession for racists,
bigots or those that enable them.” Kelly listed “initial steps” he was taking, which included filing charges against and expelling POA members who had participated in the Facebook group. He concluded by saying “to the community we serve, we are sincerely
sorry and our actions must rise to meet this terrible stain on our profession.”
Still later the same day, President Kelly amplified his views in a YouTube video entitled “SJPOA VIDEO RELEASE June 26th, 2020.” In the video, which has since been taken down, he stated “participating in an online ring of hate makes me sick and I say this to
anyone who participated: the San Jose Police Officers Association will provide you no shelter, no protection. We will not represent you because you do not represent us and you do not represent our community.” He went on to explain he would be contacting
“experts in racism, bias and hate “ in order to establish required and ongoing training for all board members “to ensure that our leadership is grounded in the principle that every single member of our community must be treated with respect and dignity.” He ended by saying he was “saddened” and would “work to restore trust with our community.”
The next day, Kelly sent out an email to Association members in which he called the Facebook posts “reprehensible” and said he was moving to “eradicate those who participated.” He described those he was taking action against as “hateful and dishonorable.” He told members “we must all look in our souls and confront the demons of racism, bias and hate that permeate our society.” He implied there were Association members who were guilty of this type of thinking and said that they needed to change or “go to Chief Garcia and turn in your badge.”
In all my time here, I had never before seen any elected POA representative, much less the President, attack Association members in this way. At no time during any of these statements did Kelly even suggest that any of the members who had been named in the
story might have been falsely accused or deserve due process before any conclusions were drawn. This was despite the fact at least some of the allegations were obviously ridiculous. One member was condemned for using the phrase “Stinkin’ Lincoln.” Does anyone really believe that phrase has anything to do with race? Another member was attacked for comparing Islamic terrorists to Nazis. The writer absurdly claimed the comparison meant the member believed all Muslims are terrorists, which was an
obviously untrue characterization.
I couldn’t believe what I was reading and hearing and thought it likely that in an attempt to defend himself from the accusation that he had failed to take action, Kelly had willingly thrown the people he was supposed to represent under the wheels of a speeding bus. I imagined what those named in the article were feeling, especially those who had clearly done nothing wrong. Not only were they being vilified in the press and by the most powerful figures in San Jose, but also, unbelievably, by their own POA President. In response, I sent Kelly the following email:
You publicly sold out POA members before an investigation was even conducted. In other words, you did the same thing the press, politicians and some so-called police “leaders” have done to officers across the country, repeatedly, over these past few
weeks. The denial of fairness and due process for officers is hard to take whenever and wherever it occurs, but it is inexcusable when it comes from someone like you, whose position exists to ensure that fairness.
No one wants to work with a racist and I doubt anyone would oppose the removal of an officer who professed racist beliefs, but I also believe, and I’m sure many members agree with me, that any officer accused of such beliefs is entitled to a fair process. What
you have done, as our elected representative, is acted as judge and jury before any process at all has taken place. You’re not a king, entitled to do and say whatever you please. You were elected to serve the membership and, for the reasons I’ve stated in this email, you have failed at one of your most important duties. With your words and actions over the past few days, you’ve proven you’re no longer up to the job. You should resign.”
As it turned out, many members did feel the same way I did, which resulted in the apology tour President Kelly eventually took throughout the department. When my unit’s turn came, I asked him directly whether he’d been trying to save himself at the expense
of the members. He told us that he hadn’t even been aware he’d been attacked. I would have thought a POA President would read a story like that one very carefully before making any comment at all, but I guess that detail somehow slipped by him.
We’ve recently been bombarded with POA email blasts describing how hard President Kelly is working to protect us, but given his words and actions this past June, I have to wonder how much of what’s being said now is simply an effort to hang on to his
position. I can’t see how anyone who truly believes in the importance of protecting the rights of members could have said what he said back then.

For the reasons I’ve stated, I think change is needed within the POA and I’d like to be a part of that change. The current leadership will argue that their political contacts and connections are vital to advancing our goals, but I’ve been around long enough to know
that politicians serve only themselves and will ultimately do whatever they believe is in their best interests, regardless of how it impacts us or how much we attempt to dissuade them. When he thought it would help his political profile, Sam Liccardo did all
he could to try to destroy SJPD. When the political winds shifted, he was suddenly in favor of re-building the Department. In short, it was always all about him. That is who politicians are and will always be. They come and go, but what needs to remain
constant is that the elected representatives of the POA must never forget that they serve to ensure fairness, regardless of political considerations.
Ultimately, no one has our backs but us. That got lost this year, which is why I’m running for the Board and why I’ll be voting for Eddie Chan for President. I think change is most needed at the top of the organization and Eddie was the only board member I’m
aware of who immediately and publicly objected to Paul Kelly’s actions. I also like Eddie’s commitment to consulting with POA Board members before making public statements and endorsements. If Paul Kelly had shared this philosophy, its likely none
of this would have happened. The POA isn’t the one person who sits in the President’s chair; it’s all of us. If I’m elected, you’ll get someone who isn’t afraid to say what they think or speak out when they see something that isn’t right, and who will never forget
that the POA exists for the sole purpose of serving its members.

Sgt. John Cary #2989

Racism and Hate behind the Blue Wall: Exposing Secret Law Enforcement Facebook Groups


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George Graham RIP
George worked for San Jose PD for 27 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2012

Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Bailey, Rich
Bell, Mark
Bennett, Nate
Biederman, Margie
Boyles, John
Brahm, BobCripe, Rodger
Dominguez, Robert
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Hollars, Bob
Hyland, Brian
Kensit, John
Kneis, Brian
Madison, Gary
Marcotte, Steve
Nunes, Les
Papenfuhs, Steve
Russel, Russ
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie
Weesner, Steve (Deceased)
Yuhas, Dick
Zwemke, Doug

This  following list of members who definitely have Birthdays
We Just don’t know the months. Please help!

Pat Alvarez
Betty Cunningham (Deceased
Ed Flosi
Wil Givin (Deceased)
Earl Lewis
Steve McEwan
John Nunes
Jeremy Martinez
Don Parks
Wil Smoke (Deceased)
Paul Spagnoli


Another shaggy dog story that only a cop can appreciate!

For some time many of us have wondered just who is Jack Schitt?

We find ourselves at a loss when someone says, ‘You don’t know Jack Schitt!’

Well, thanks to genealogy efforts, you can now respond in an intellectual way.

Jack Schitt is the son of Awe Schitt.

Awe Schitt was married to O. Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, and owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc. They had one son, Jack.

In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt. The couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Giva Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Bull Schitt, and the twins Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt.

Against her parents’ objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout.

After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock.

Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt, and they produced a son with a rather nervous disposition who was nick-named Chicken Schitt.

Two of the other six children, Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt, were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony.

The wedding announcement in the newspaper announced the “Schitt-Happens nuptials”.

The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Horse.

Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world.

He later returned from Italy with his new Italian bride, Pisa Schitt.

Now when someone says, ‘You don’t know Jack Schitt,’ you can correct them.

Crock O. Schitt

Why you don’t Mess with Police K-9s


When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.
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To me, “drink responsibly” means don’t spill it.
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Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight.
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It’s the start of a brand new day, and I’m off like a herd of turtles.
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The older I get, the earlier it gets late.
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When I say, “The other day,” I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago.
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I remember being able to get up without making sound effects.
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I had my patience tested. I’m negative.
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Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn’t fit any of your containers.
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If you’re sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, “Did you bring the money?”
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When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say “nothing,” it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.
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I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever.
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I run like the winded.
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I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don’t know whose side I’m on.
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When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, “Why, what did you hear?”
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When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?
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I don’t mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.
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When I ask for directions, please don’t use words like “east.”
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Don’t bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring Spend 30 seconds in my head. That’ll freak you right out.
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Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people cops
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During the Pandemic period during which we are all bored to the bone, staying at home with little to do other than
communicate by email, let me encourage you to use the time to to do you part in recruiting new members to the PBA.

If you are communicating with sworn personnel from ours or any agency, invite them to join is in the SJPBA. Sweeten
the  pot with the promise of an open bar and dinner once a week! That oughta do it if they’ve been a cop for more
than 3 weeks 🙂
On the first meeting night after the pandemic restrictions are lifted,

TAKE NOTE: Membership to the PBA is open to all sworn members of the Police Dept., active or retired.
Associate membership is open to all sworn officers of other agencies — active or retired — of any local, state or federal agency.

Invite them as a guest or just point them to



With Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights canceled for the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, HHN executive producer John Murdy (pictured in an attraction based on the “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” television series in 2017)
offers tips on how to get safely creative a spooky experience at home this haunting season.

San Jose to give $5,000 grants to help restaurants survive this winter

The collapse of the Hotel Vendome Annex in 1906.
“Title: Collapse of the Hotel Vendome Annex, 1906. Date: 1906. Black-and-white photograph of the collapsed
north wing of the Vendome Hotel in San Jose. The hotel was built in 1904. There was one death i

Glass Fire: 8 more Napa Valley wineries damaged or
destroyed by worst fire in region’s history

n the hotel
as a result of the 1906 earthquake.” Source: SJPL, CA Room

How wine country became the epicenter for fires in California

Perhaps no part of California has felt more threatened by fire in recent years than the vast expanse
of wine country and the Redwood Empire north of San Francisco.

More than 9,000 structures were lost and dozens of people were killed in 2017, when fires swept through
Santa Rosa and surrounding communities. Last year, the Kincade fire menaced the region for weeks,
putting nearly 100,000 people under evacuation orders. More than 50% of Lake County to the north of
Santa Rosa has burned in the last decade.

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Why Do Chimpanzees Throw Poop?

This article will prove that the Farsider will become a legend in the world of education!

It may be something that’s never crossed your mind, but it’s one of life’s mysteries, why do chimpanzees throw poop?

The rather smelly act can be seen as quite funny… if you aren’t the target, but a messy ordeal if you are.

You may wonder why they have to throw poop and why at people.

Here are some facts about why chimpanzees act in this way.

Do chimpanzees throw poop because it’s funny?

In the wild, chimps react to situations in similar ways to humans.

We have certain methods of communicating our feelings and emotions and one of them is to throw objects.

Like humans, when chimps are angry they stand up and wave their arms around violently to release their anger.

They sometimes feel the need to throw objects too. This release of emotions and energy is very similar to how we act as humans when we just need to let it all out.

Throwing objects has been a natural way of reacting when chimpanzees are agitated or angry so there is no suggestion that they are throwing poop for entertainment.

Why throw poop and not other objects?

There are a few reasons why chimps throw mainly poop and no other items.

The main theory is that it is readily available for chimps that are in captivity and in cages.

In the heat of the moment when a chimpanzee is feeling agitated, it will grab the first object it sees to throw, so there isn’t much thought as to the choice of object to launch.

In most zoos, they lack loose natural objects around them so poop has become their only weapon.

Chimpanzees in the wild have access to a variety of objects, such as branches, rocks, and stones they can throw.

So in a natural habitat, a chimpanzee will throw anything, but in captivity, they have had to get creative with the limited supplies within their environment.

Do chimpanzees only throw objects to release anger?

Not only is throwing poop or objects an emotional release for chimps but it is a form of communication.

The better the chimp is at hitting the target, the better their communication is amongst the group.

The chimps that hit the targets more consistently and accurately show higher development in the left side of their brain.

This is where processing communication between the chimpanzees happens.

By target practice, they are improving their skills to become better communicators within the group.

When a chimpanzee throws poop at a human, does it recognize its actions?

In some ways yes!

Over the years researchers have analyzed the chimps in captivity and their poop throwing activity.

They conclude that when there are visitors that get hit by poop, they react to the situation.

This drama causes commotion which the chimp has come to recognize and this reinforces their behavior.

Scientists have noticed that chimps are able to recognize the reaction that is caused if they throw poop at a human, and therefore they will repeat the action even if they aren’t angry.

This has changed their behavior, as in the wild they would only throw poop to release anger, whereas now in zoos it is becoming more of an activity as the chimps known there will be a reaction.

Is it just chimpanzees in captivity that throw poop?

Belize Howler monkey

Research shows that chimpanzees in the wild are less likely to throw poop because they have an abundance of other objects to throw and throwing poop is not natural.

However, the wild howler monkeys in Belize are known for throwing their poop.

This is the only primate that is known to do this in the wild and outside of captivity.

Scientists suggest that the howler monkey in the wild will throw its poop when it feels threatened or unsafe. It is used as a defense mechanism.

Next time you head to a zoo, make sure you study this funny but disgusting activity that chimpanzees have developed due to captivity.

Analyze how they choose a target and release their anger, just make sure the target isn’t you!



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  You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this.     For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on…

  If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, ‘Who’s on First?’ might have turned out something like this:  
   ABBOTT:  Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

  COSTELLO:  Thanks. I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer. 

  ABBOTT:  Mac?

  COSTELLO:  No, the name’s Lou.

  ABBOTT:  Your computer?

  COSTELLO : I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.

  ABBOTT:  Mac?

  COSTELLO:  I told you, my name’s Lou.

  ABBOTT:  What about Windows? 

  COSTELLO:  Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

  ABBOTT:  Do you want a computer with Windows?

  COSTELLO:  I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

  ABBOTT:  Wallpaper.

  COSTELLO:  Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.  

  ABBOTT:  Software for Windows?

  COSTELLO:  No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

  ABBOTT:  Office.

  COSTELLO:  Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?  

  ABBOTT:  I just did.

  COSTELLO:  You just did what?

  ABBOTT:  Recommend something.

  COSTELLO:  You recommended something?

  ABBOTT:  Yes.

  COSTELLO:  For my office?

  ABBOTT:  Yes.

  COSTELLO:  OK, what did you recommend for my office?

  ABBOTT:  Office.

  COSTELLO:  Yes, for my office!

  ABBOTT:  I recommend Office with Windows.

  COSTELLO:  I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need? 

  ABBOTT:  Word.

  COSTELLO:  What word?

  ABBOTT:  Word in Office.

  COSTELLO:  The only word in office is office.

  ABBOTT:  The Word in Office for Windows.

  COSTELLO:  Which word in office for windows?  

  ABBOTT:  The Word you get when you click the blue ‘W.’

  COSTELLO:  I’m going to click your blue ‘w’ if you don’t start with some straight answers.  What about financial bookkeeping?  You have anything I can track my money with?  

  ABBOTT:  Money.

  COSTELLO:  That’s right. What do you have?

  ABBOTT:  Money.

  COSTELLO:  I need money to track my money?

  ABBOTT:  It comes bundled with your computer.

  COSTELLO:  What’s bundled with my computer?  

  ABBOTT:  Money.

  COSTELLO:  Money comes with my computer?

  ABBOTT:  Yes, no extra charge.

  COSTELLO:  I get a bundle of money with my computer?   How much?

  ABBOTT:  One copy.

  COSTELLO:  Isn’t it illegal to copy money?  

  ABBOTT:  Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

  COSTELLO:  They can give you a license to copy money?

  ABBOTT:  Why not? THEY OWN IT!

  (A few days later)

  ABBOTT:  Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?  

  COSTELLO:  How do I turn my computer off?

  ABBOTT:  Click on ‘START’….

About the Author

Joseph D. McNamara , retired police chief of San Jose, Calif., started his career as a beat cop in Harlem,
New York City. He was the only police chief in the United States to hold a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
McNamara has been profiled in Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is
the author of five other novels, The First Directive, Fatal Command, The Blue Mirage, Code 211 Blue, and
Love and Death in Silicon Valley
. He was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.



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