Westside Café

Wednesday night's Dinner and Drinks Opening

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we sure ain't in Kansas anymore and this isn't just good food, it's haut cuisine

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for just under $60.00 for dinner, drinks and dessert for two and tip, we had a well over $100.00 dining experience

review to follow

 

 

Potter Creek Block Party

photo essay here

 

"Air pollution worsens asthma symptoms in children" sify.com.

"A joint study by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley has found that exposure to dirty air is linked to decreased function of a gene that appears to increase the severity of asthma in children.

The findings come from a study of 181 children with and without asthma in the California cities of Fresno and Palo Alto."

 

 

"Couples With Daughters More Likely to Divorce" is at abcnews.com.

"Are Girls Splitting up Parents or Just Empowering Mom?

Little girls may be sugar and spice and everything nice, but having a daughter might boost a couple's risk of divorce, according to past census data.

Not only did researchers find that couples with sons are more likely to stick together, unmarried pregnant couples were more likely to have shotgun weddings if the baby was going to be a boy and divorced mothers of boys are more likely to remarry and stay remarried.

Does this mean that daughters are matrimonially risky and sons are marriage saviors? Not so fast, psychologists say.

In the original 2003 research on the topic, economists Gordon Dahl, from the University of California-San Diego, and Enrico Moretti, at UC Berkeley, found that couples with a first-born girl were about 5 percent more likely to divorce than parents of a first-born boy. When there are as many as three daughters that difference spiked to 10 percent."

 

 

 

 

"Pot shop clears first hurdle in Albany" by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"A nuclear engineer who studies judo and another martial art at the University of California, Berkeley, has appled to open a marijuana dispensary in Albany.

Bret van den Akker, who's working on his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at Cal, applied on Oct. 1 with a relative, Erik, who lives in southern California, to open VitalGen Inc. in the East Bay City. The proposal has passed an early screening by the city.

Albany's Planning & Zoning Commission will review this application next Tuesday."

 

 

 

 

 

10/8/10

from BPD

"October 6- Thieves focus on bank ATMs - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property and Fraud detectives are warning the community about a growing crime trend. In 2010, there have been approximately 23 cases in which suspects easily gain access to Bank of America (BofA) debit and credit cards at the branches' Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Community members make a transaction and forget to get their cards before walking away.

October 6 - BPD Officers to wear tutus for Special Olympics Fundraiser - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Motor Officers along with their partners from City of San Jose Police (SJPD) Department and deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) will be wearing tutus for an upcoming motorcycle ride to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California."

more here

 

There' a food tent on the northwest corner of 7th and Potter serving Bruce Aidell sausage. They're there week days for sure. Smells good.

 

Swerve is making a prototype display cart for Apple.

 

Acme sales are up nicely from last year. "We don't plan on increased business. So when it comes it's a pleasant surprise" said owner, Steve Sullivan.

 

Wednesday, Bayer received some of its new computers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/9/10

"The Minds that Listen" by Rohin Dharmakumar at forbersindia.com.

"For purists, the latest audio technology isn't necessarily the best. They often go to great lengths to experience the perfect sound

How do you describe a hardcore audiophile? A wee bit obsessive? Barking mad men (they tend to be men) with money and time to burn? Depends on where you're looking from. They will admit themselves to being manic in their perpetual quest for ever purer sound.

Most enthusiasts, be it of sound, cars or watches, wind up falling in love with older technologies at some point. For the few who choose to convert that adoration into action, the decision is at least partly a reaction against the constant assault of marketers promising newer! bigger! better! They seek to opt out of the rat race, choosing instead something known and elegantly crafted. Often, too, their choice is a personal discovery after years of searching for a higher ideal, something that isn't likely to disappear in weeks, months or even years.

Since the 1980s, Ferzaan Engineer, Jacob George and Premnath Rajagopalan have been collecting music and music equipment, upgrading every few years as they evolved beyond the limitations of earlier choices, spending more time, effort and money to hunt down the next setup that would satisfy their discerning ears.

Today, well into the third decade of their respective journeys, their choices - vinyl records, valve amplifiers, horn speakers - would, to most people, seem just plain obsolete.
Unless, that is, you were to get invited to their homes, sat in a special chair in the sweet spot between their speakers, and treated to their music. "Damn," you'll say, 'Got to get myself one of those!' . . .

Ferzaan Engineer

Over 1,000 near-mint condition LPs; 95% are 'first labels'

Ferzaan Engineer is India CEO of a $2 billion pharmaceutical services company. His home, in a secluded, tree-lined partof Bangalore, is filled with antique furniture and old Leica cameras. It also houses his impressive, immaculately maintained collection of over a thousand LPs.

He started listening to music 'seriously' - a word audiophiles like to use to describe an informed, involved, evolved devouring of music versus casual listening - over two decades ago. His parents had a fairly extensive LP collection, and he inherited their love of the record player. Hence, ignoring 'advances' like cassette- and CD-players, the turntable has been the core around which all his music systems were put together.

Then in 2007, Engineer decided to play his LPs only through valve (also known as 'vacuum tube' or 'tube') amplifiers. 'I found their sound more natural and life-like. A tube amplifier requires more of you: More space to warm up, lower availability, harder to maintain.'

His collection leans heavily towards jazz. In his antique cabinets are 40- to 50-year-old LPs. Over 95 percent of them are 'first label" records (the very first release of a particular recording), because he believes that with each subsequent recording, the music degrades slightly in quality. 'First labels, as a general thumb rule, are superior and like a gold standard. They're made with most care, the audio capture is very fresh, the way physical transfers are made is high quality. In a way it's like collecting antiquarian, first edition books.'

His desire to find purer sources of music to listen to is a constant obsession. 'I keep qualitatively refining my collection, which means sometimes having to wait many years for a good one. A truly near-perfect LP represents the best of everything: The cover art, colour saturation, no yellowing, plastic that is perfectly flat. But searching for that means, in many cases, coming to own multiple copies of the same LP. I have a stack of very expensive rejects, because sometimes buying rare LPs is like opening a bottle of wine and getting vinegar instead.'

In the past, he says, good condition LPs could be bought for single digit dollar prices, but now even mediocre ones cost that much. Well-maintained old records start at a few hundred dollars while brand new ones cost around $50.

Engineer may love music, but he doesn't listen to much of it outside of his home; he's set his standards so high, no other system can possibly match them. Even at home, when he listens, it is with full attention. 'It's insulting to a system like this to play it in the background, it's like going to a concert hall and not giving the performance your full attention.' "

 

 

Ferzaan is an old friend. I knew him when he was doing graduate work back east and after, when he was teaching in the Dakotas. "They are very nice people" he said "but it's very flat and very cold."

Later, when Ferzaan, then an executive, visited Bayer on business he would always plan a day with me for browsing and lunch. In fact, we were one of Sea Salt's first lunch customers.

Fezaan was a savvy trader and since he traveled the world over on business, would have the most gorgeous trade material. "I got these in Paris in a little jazz shop " he once said of rare jazz records that he offered for trade.

Before one trip here to speak at a conference, his colleagues read my Scrambled Eggs and found in addition to his business and scientific expertise, he loved old records and fine music. They included that in his introduction.

Well, Ok then. RP

 

 

 

"Layoffs despite Tax Breaks" in our planet.com.

"Bayer Corporation announced the laying off of 29 union workers in Berkeley/California. The factory is one of the last unionized Bayer plants in the US. About 150 workers protested in front of the plant despite Bayer's threats against those going to the rally."

 

 

 

"Now, an exoskeleton that helps the paralysed walk again" is a story at oneindia.in.

"A new exoskeleton, called eLEGS, could soon help people with spinal injuries walk with a natural gait, found a new study.

Unlike other exoskeletons, such as Raytheon's XOS-2, and Berkeley Bionics's HULC, eLEGS is not intended to augment soldiers with super-human strength, but is specifically designed as a rehabilitation device to help restore walking function to people with spinal cord injuries, as well as improving blood circulation and digestion.

The suit consists of a backpack-mounted controller connected to robotic legs."

 

 

 

"Ecosystems are overdosing on nitrogen, study finds" is a report at dw-world.de.

"Humans activities are overloading ecosystems with nitrogen, a study has found, polluting water systems and possibly contributing to climate change - but age-old sustainable practices could wind back the damage.

Nitrogen is essential to plant life and makes up more than three quarters of the Earth's atmosphere ­ but there can be too much of a good thing.

A rise in fossil fuel-burning and an increase in nitrogen-producing industrial and agricultural activities are leading to excess levels of the element in the environment, according to a study just published in the journal Science.

Researchers Donald Canfield, Alex Glazer and Paul Falkowski ­ of the University of Southern Denmark, the University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University respectively ­ found that excess nitrogen is polluting fresh waters and coastal zones and may contribute to climate change, but that ecological damage could be reduced through the adoption of centuries-old sustainable practices.

'It has a tremendous impact on both aquatic ecosystems and the atmosphere,' Falkowski told Deutsche Welle."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/12/10

"Full-scale demonstration of the latest Dutch rapid-deploy pump technology for flood and fire fighting set for Berkeley shoreline, October 21, 2010" at ereleases.com.

 "A demonstration of the first United States delivery of a complete Hytrans Fire System mobile pump and hose deployment system will take place in Berkeley, California on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Berkeley Marina. Based on its experience with the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 and the Oakland-Berkeley hills firestorm of 1991, the City of Berkeley acquired the $4.7 million system designed to deliver San Francisco Bay seawater at high pressure to the industrial and commercial areas of the city, which includes most of the residential buildings, and to steep hillsides miles from the shoreline in the event of a fire hydrant water system failure."

Kubik  "broke this story"  last month with
"David Orth, retired BFD Vice Chief was behind the purchase of 3 pumpers and miles of hose in containers plus the engines to load and transport them.  
These allow the department to pump from the bay, lakes or even swimming pools in case of emergency.  

He is pictured in front of one of the trucks.  

These have been stationed at 10th and Pardee, but are moving to a new facility in the area of our West-Berkeley BPD sub-station."

 

 

kids of

The Creek

 

 

Do we have a high cuisine guerrilla restaurant in Potter Creek? Well not really. However, there is a group of food-lovers who regularly meet here for dinner prepared by leading Bay Area chefs--donations required.

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Ashley has been promoted manager of our West Berkeley Bowl Café. 900 GRAYSON Chris' daughter, Margot, started French School this Fall. Sally and Richard are in Ireland right now "looking at houses" Sally's new interest.

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Look for new developments at West-Berkeley's Beehive Market.

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Overly over-worked Phil Kamlarz, our cracker-jack city manager, is also a volunteer mentor.

 

 

 

Questions of the day.

Which Potter Creek firm's New York office has been largely a mail drop?

Which Potter Creeker has been a fairly recent contract employee of the City of Berkeley, for what and for how much?

Which Potter Creeker has just passed both the CLASS M1 and CLASS C California drivers' tests with a score of 100 and has been riding for fifty-five years?

Which Potter Creek citizen last week removed about 1/4 inch of his thumb while working?

Why is Phil Kamlarz, even with his current hefty salary, not paid enough?

 

 

 

 

"Writer-turned-gunrunner Norton dead" is an obituary at upi.com.

"Blacklisted action movie screenwriter-turned-gunrunner William W. Norton has died in Santa Barbara, Calif., his son said."

 

 

 

 

"Seeing your favorite music from videogame soundtracks in concert isn't the hardest thing to do these days" at wired.com.

" With the constant international touring of shows like Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy and Video Games Live, odds are good you'll be able to see a symphony orchestra pluck out the theme to Super Mario Bros. somewhere close to your hometown at some point.

Blair Baker, a 26-year-old sound engineer from San Jose, California, has seen a few of these shows and found them wanting."

 

 

 

"Lizards too have family values" is a story at thehindu.com.

"While lizards are known for laying their eggs and never looking back, desert night lizards are actually against this stereotype-they have family values, just like humans, found a study. They have been found investing time and energy in their young and forming families, a strategy that was thought exclusive to mammals and birds.

Alison Davis, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley noted that reptiles aren't even warm-blooded, yet here they are forming families just like their warmer cousins."

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/14/10

My review of dinner at the Westside Café--the short version "The best dinner and most fun, I've had dinning out in recent memeory."

 

 

Questions of the day

Which French-American Potter Creek brothers own a local restaurant and what restaurant is it?

Which Potter Creeker said, prophetically, "Everybody has to die of something?"

 

 

 

David Snipper ate at the sausage tent of the corner of 7th and Potter this week. "If you like sausage, it's a place to go" he said, adding "Good buns, Aidell suasage and fair prices."

 

 

 

 

sfgate.com offers this Giants play off info "There will be a day game in San Francisco. . . . Here is the schedule. All times are Pacific Daylight Time and mark the start of the Fox broadcast. First pitch is a bit later.

Game 1: Saturday at Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m.

Game 2: Sunday at Philadelphia, 5;00 p.m.

Game 3: Tuesday at San Francisco, 1:00 p.m.

Game 4: Wednesday at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m.

Game 5: Thursday at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m.

Game 6: Saturday at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.

Game 7: Sunday at Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m."

 

 

 

 

"Head Spinning About the November Ballot Measures? Get the Facts!" at prnewswire.com.

"Interactive Website Features Nonpartisan Ballot Measure Information, Endorser lists, Polling, Facts & More."

 

 

 

 

 

"Reid's Records: 65 Years Of Family-Owned Gospel" is a story at npr.org.

" 'I learned to read record labels before I learned to read books,' says David Reid, on the phone from Reid's Records in South Berkeley, California.

Reid's has been around longer than its 57-year-owner has. It was founded in 1945 by Mel and Betty Reid in the basement of a duplex on Sacramento Street.

'The African American population in the Bay area quadrupled because of the war effort. And what they call race music became popular. Jazz and blues became popular,' says David Reid. 'My parents started the first African American music store west of the Mississippi carrying all kinds of music. My parents listened to Duke Ellington, jazz, religious music, R&B, everything.'

Today, Reid's occupies a larger building next door to the basement shop where it began, but it has narrowed its focus to a single genre: Gospel. And you'll find fewer records and CDs on the shelves. Instead, the shop has become what Reid calls 'A one-stop store for the African American church experience: everything from music, print music, books, bibles, offering envelopes, choir robes, pulpit robes.' "

 

 

 

 

"Counterpoint Press Will Shutter New York Office" by Jason Boog at mediabistro.com.

"Today Publishers Weekly reported that California's Counterpoint Press will close its New York office. The office was home Soft Skull Press, editorial director Denise Oswald, and associate editor Anne Horowitz.

Here's more from the article: 'Soft Skull will continue as an imprint from Counterpoint's Berkeley office.' "

 

 


"Pacific Community Ventures Eyes Growth in Its Acquisition of Zoom Eyeworks" is a report at kansascity.com.

"Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a private equity firm focused on building small, high-growth businesses, is pleased to announce its successful participation in the acquisition of Zoom Eyeworks (Zoom), a leading designer and marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses.

Based in Berkeley, California, Zoom is one of the largest providers of nonprescription reading glasses in the United States, with a product portfolio consisting of reading glasses, sunglasses and accessories. Zoom's brands, which include Zoom, Dr. Dean Edell and ICU, sell in approximately 15,000 locations throughout the drug, food, convenience and specialty retail channels. Zoom's products emphasize fashion, style and quality and offer a wide range of alternatives to traditional reading glasses for every occasion. ICU is one of the fastest-growing brands of fashion reading eyewear in the U.S. and has received Oprah's 'O' pick multiple times."

 

 

 

"Big Utilities Can Get Reliable Power from Small Solar PV Arrays" at reuters.com.

"Massive utility-scale solar projects under development in the deserts of California and the Southwest have been in the spotlight in recent months as they win slow approval from state and federal regulators. But a study released in September by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that smaller solar photovoltaic (PV) installations may collectively offer similar promise for increasing the amount of renewable power on the grid."

 

 

"NFRC offers guided tour of LBNL" is a story in Glass Magazine.

"The National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., invites its Fall 2010 Membership Meeting attendees to visit the nearby University of California-Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a guided tour prior to the meeting, on Sunday, Nov. 7, according to an Oct. 6 release. The meeting will take place in San Francisco, Nov. 8-11.

LBNL has worked with NFRC since 1989 to help develop thermal fenestration ratings. LBNL hosts the International Glazing Database, where glass suppliers submit their spectral data for use in window energy rating calculations throughout the world. Within LBNL's IGDB, NFRC accepted spectral data are included as required for use in all NFRC certified fenestration energy ratings.

LBNL's state-of-the-art facilities include spectral data measurement equipment, thermal test chambers, experimental facilities for daylighting research, a goniophotometer, an integrating sphere, and other equipment used to conduct window and daylighting research."

 

 

 

" 'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on Web" pcmag.com.

"A feature in the Wall Street Journal . . . describes how market research companies use 'scraping"'software to read information about users on the web for their client companies.

Nielsen Co. is listed as an example, having scraped data from users on PatientsLikeMe, a community site for patients of various disorders to share their experiences. One users quoted in the article, who had listed his depression medications in a discussion, was appalled.

Smaller firms are also described, including screen-scraper.com, which lists among its clients Ikea, the University of California at Berkeley. and the US Department of Labor. Screen-scraper.com charges between $1,500 and $10,000 for most jobs. One recent job for the company: attempting to scrape Facebook for a multi-level marketing company that wanted email addresses of users who ' like' the firm's page--as well as their friends--so they all could be pitched products."

 

 

 

 

"Across the U.S., Long Recovery Looks Like Recession" is a report by Michael Powell and Motoko Rich at nytimes.com.

"In Atlanta, the Bank of America tower, the tallest in the Southeast, is nearly a fifth vacant, and bank officials just wrestled a rent cut from the developer. In Cherry Hill, N.J., 10 percent of the houses on the market are so-called short sales, in which sellers ask for less than they owe lenders. And in Arizona, in sun-blasted desert subdivisions, owners speak of hours cut, jobs lost and meals at soup kitchens.

Less than a month before November elections, the United States is mired in a grim New Normal that could last for years."

Oh Dear! RP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/15/10

 

Questions of the day

What was the original proposed use for the now Acme Bread 8th and Pardee parking lot ?

Which Potter Creeker drove a fire-engine red Series 6 BMW four-door sedan?

Which Potter Creeker is an unrepentant Navy Brat?

What was the previous use of Kruse' property?

Which Potter Creeker is an only "slightly reconstructed" Trotskyite?

Which Potter Creeker has forgotten more about trains than I ever knew?

 

 

 

 

 

Berkeley Bowl checker, Yesenia is expecting a baby boy in December. "He kicks hard!" she said.

 

The Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to send all proposed West-Berkeley changes to City Council. They'll probably hear them in January.

 

Work at the secret movie studio is a bit down right now possibly explaining the more available street parking in Potter Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Morning Benders Uncover Culinary Gems in Strip Malls All Across America" by Jessica Amason, eater.com.

"Welcome to Sound Cheque, where we sit down with one of our favorite bands to get the scoop on their city-by-city dining picks.

Don't be fooled by The Morning Benders' lanky frames - these Berkeley natives boast a big sound and big appetites. Their orchestral pop and 'Wall of Sound' intensity made their debut album iTunes' Indie/Alternative Album of the Year in 2008. Flash forward to 2010, and the Cali boys have moved to New York City, toured the world with major acts including MGMT, Grizzly Bear, and Yo La Tengo, and released their latest album on the UK's seminal Rough Trade Records. I caught up with frontman Chris Chu to discuss everything from Asian strip malls to tapas nirvana."

 

 

 

 

" 'Mad Men' explored in new UC Berkeley course" by Andrea Hicklin, berkeley.edu.

"The wildly popular TV show 'Mad Men' is the subject of a new course this fall at the University of California, Berkeley.

The two-unit English course in the campus's DeCal program focuses on the "thematically, symbolically, and historically rich television series," which focuses on Madison Avenue advertising executive Don Draper and his life in New York City during the 1960s. The class is being taught by two students who are huge fans of the show. "

 

 

 

"Non-profit Berkeley Film Foundation BFF fundraiser celebration" by Supratim-Sanyal washingtonbanglaradio.com.

"Riding on the huge success of its inaugural fundraising event last fall, the Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) will host its second annual fundraiser and celebration on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.

The BFF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, will also recognize the twelve 2010 winners, who share $120,000 in grants including the first annual Saul Zaentz Award. The BFF, funded to support local filmmakers and inspire a new generation of emerging East Bay filmmakers, has distributed $220,000 ingrants to date.

The Berkeley FILM Foundation fundraiser has grown into one of the Bay Area's more important annual entertainment industry gatherings."

 

 

 

 

 

"California to Let Voters Decide on Marijuana Legalization" a report with video by Judy Muller at pbs.org.

"Judy Muller of KCET reports from California on the a ballot initiative in the state to legalize marijuana.

Lehrer: Next tonight: to campaign politics in California, where voters face contentious fights for governor and senator and a controversial measure that could legalize marijuana in the nation's most populous state.

Recent polling shows voters are closely divided on that proposition. Our report is part of our Vote 2010 coverage. It comes from correspondent Judy Muller of KCET Los Angeles."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to mess with your mind? Read "Ants and Us" by J.M. Ledgard at moreintelligentlife.com.

"They work together, share food and send their elders into battle to protect the young. And the world authority on them thinks they have a lot to teach us. J.M. Ledgard goes to Harvard to discuss ants, and more, with E.O. Wilson . . . .

Wilson is clear about his starting point: all living things are subject to the same laws of physics and biology; there is no metaphysics. 'All entities and processes in life come to life through natural selection. The law is all-encompassing.' He smiles mischievously. 'Darwin is infuriatingly almost always right.' On top of his Pulitzers, he has won many teaching awards. His idea about teaching is to begin with a big thought, then work down to the facts. He has shown generations of students that the ant is lungless, so its muscles get their oxygen through fine holes in its exoskeleton. He has backed up earlier findings of the prodigious strength of the ant, which can lift many times its body weight above its head, not with its legs, which end in hooked claws, but with its mandibles. And he has asserted that, despite its small brain, the ant teaches its young, with foragers taking novices along in 'tandem running'.

His biggest thought is sociobiology, which he has defined as 'the extension of population biology and evolutionary theory to social organisations'. This is the idea that eusocial insects-that is, those 20 or so species of ants, termites and bees that have developed complex civilisations-can teach us something about how humans interact with each other. Wilson says that in the eusocial species he has studied, the caste systems are supported by acts of seeming charity.

He has joked that Karl Marx had it right about socialism, he just got the wrong species. In his writings he is wont to emphasise the beneficence of ants, how an ant with a full stomach will regurgitate liquid food for those without, and how the old will venture into battle so that the young can survive. That may confirm some of the findings of "Mutual Aid", the pioneering 1902 study of altruism in animals by the Russian anarchist Prince Pyotr Kropotkin. But is this really socialism? To the casual observer the ant colony looks more like a Nazi ideal, where the weak are shed and fed upon, and those who have the slightest scent of another colony are sprayed with a chemical marking them out for death. It makes one glad to be human.. . .

When Wilson unveiled sociobiology in 1975, it met with an angry response. Feminists, Marxists and Christians were opposed; so was Stephen Jay Gould, another Harvard biologist. But Wilson's belief in sociobiology has not wavered. He leans forward and folds his hands together. 'History is almost certainly colony against individual and colony against colony. If group selection is correct, what you would expect to find is an intense human desire to form groups that attack other groups; bands of brothers, teams.' Then comes the rider. 'As shortages in oil and other energy sources increase, we will see insect traits. Group conflict is so deeply endemic that we will never diminish it until we confront it.'

This is more than a little alarming. Ants, after all, fight enormous battles to the death. If Wilson is right, regardless of political science, the future will be both more structured and remorseless in its violence. 'With leafcutter ants', he adds, 'there is a 1-in-10,000 chance a queen will succeed in colonising a new colony. So there is an intense pressure to stick to the rules of an organisation.' He emphasises how an ant colony 'insists upon absolute sovereignty' and demands 'constant population growth and ever-rising productivity', traits which seem to shared by humans.

A defini'g factor of ants is the speed at which they communicate through chemical cues. These pheromonal messages are simple-'Look, this is my caste, this my condition,' or, 'Raise more soldiers'-but in the context of the super-organism they create a common intelligence capable of dealing with complicated problems. There are specialist jobs: many ant colonies have cemeteries. The cemetery workers live at the edge of the city, where their sole responsibility is to arrange the dead, and parts of limbs, and rubbish, and to bury it. They dispose of the dead both as a service and to protect the nest from pathogens.

These vivid details sound like fiction, and that is what Wilson has turned them into. Not content with his other roles, he is now a debutant novelist, author of 'Anthill ', published this year, excerpted in the New Yorker [3], and a bestseller. The novel takes place in three parallel worlds: human, ant and the biosphere that contains them. 'They rise together,' it begins, 'they fall, they rise again, but in cycles so different in magnitude that each is virtually invisible to the others. The smallest are the ants, who build civilisations in the dirt. Their histories are epics that unfold on picnic grounds.'
The central section of the novel, 'The Anthill Chronicles', concerns the rise and fall of an ant colony in the same woods that the human characters walk through. In putting into a narrative form some of what he has learned from ants, his tendency is towards the classical. The colonies stand in for Troy and Ithaca, the warrior ants are influenced by the Myrmidons who fought alongside Achilles, and when in one remarkable sequence an ant queen is carried from one nest to another, sluggish, swollen, her egg-filled abdomen dragging along the ground, a 'praetorian guard' of nurse workers hides her from view. The choice of the word 'chronicle' is deliberate, bringing with it an echo of the heroic epic, whether Hellenic or Anglo-Saxon, or even of Ray Bradbury's 'Martian Chronicles', and indeed there is something Martian about the description of the queen's mate: 'When the transformation was complete, the outer layer was stripped away and eaten by the workers, and the adult male stepped out, complete with wings, large eyes, massive genitalia, rudimentary jaws, tiny brain, and the one big purpose programmed in his tiny brain followed by a quick deathHis life's work would be a single ejaculation.'

Wilson's questions about the carrying capacity of the planet are as powerful as anything in the environmental canon. On the record, he is optimistic. In his otherwise disturbing 2002 book 'The Future of Life', Wilson signed off on a positive note: 'I believe we will choose wisely. A civilisation able to envision God and to embark on the colonisation of space will surely find the way to save the integrity of this planet and the magnificent life it harbours.'

It is not clear if Wilson really believes this. His body language suggests a deeper pessimism, decently held back."

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/16/10

"This Week Susie Writes About the Opening of the Very First Muslim Four-Year College in the United States" is a prnewswire link to sys-con.com.

"Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Zaytuna College opened its doors to students in Berkeley, California, this fall. You can read more about this first of its kind institution and about Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, one of the school's charismatic visionaries, on Susie's Big Adventure."

 

 

 

Kubik emails about dinner at the Westside Café

We ate at the Westside Thursday night. Good dinner, reasonable, good service. . . . Phil Kamlarz, the City Manager, was there with his daughter   He introduced himself and his daughter to us both-- a nice touch.

 

 

 

 

 

posts from the past

5/05

Asked what (Trieste's) Papa Gianni's secret was for a long and a good life, Papa replied "Don't give up!"

 

Club 58 closed when it was sold some years ago after owner Sam "Spoons" Paddoni died. (It's zoned for residential development and the buyer obtained a permit for a multi-unit use.) Potter Creek lore has it that many years ago Sam was held up in his parking lot, shot in the leg and his bag of daily-receipts taken. The police were unable to find the robber but some time later a body was found in Tilden with two spoons in its pocket.

 

Attacks on Guardians are worrisome

"A convicted felon shot and wounded a Berkeley police officer early Tuesday during a foot chase in West Berkeley, authorities said. The gunman shot Officer Darren Kacalek, 29, once in the chest. The bullet pierced Kacalek's badge, but his bullet-resistant vest protected him from major injuries, authorities said. Kacalek, a three-year veteran of the department, remained in fair condition Tuesday at Highland Hospital in Oakland " reports Henry K Lee in "Felon shoots, wounds officer during chase." More at sfgate.com

We wish Officer Kacalek a speedy and full recovery.

 

Uncle Don -- An Appreciation

In a time when tall men were 5'10" my Uncle Don was over six-feet. My Mom's oldest brother, Uncle John was a Milwaukee policeman. But not just any policeman, he was a member of the Mounted Patrol--horse mounted police used downtown for traffic control. (Uncle Don had learned how to handle horses working for my Grandpa delivering ice and coal in horse-drawn wagons.) But that evening during the Christmas rush, when my Mom took me shopping with her at Gimbel's, I didn't know that he was in the Mounted Patrol. Gimbel's was on the busiest corner Downtown, and that night, a corner so filled with people that as a small boy all I could see were shoes, legs, pants, and skirts. My Mom pulled me through the crowd as we crossed the street, and as we reached the opposite curb, a dark figure appeared towering above not only those shoes, legs, pants, and skirts, but above all the people they belonged to. In a huge Great Coat, there was a man who seemed to be a policeman sitting atop a big brown horse. I stood there in awe. We stopped at the side of the horse and its rider, and my Mom asked "Do you know who this is"? Looking up not at all sure, I struggled for an answer. Uncle Don was big and was a policeman. Yet at first, no matter how hard I looked, all I saw was the big coat and the dark horse. But slowly the face above the coat became familiar. "It's Uncle Dom" I said with some relief. I don't remember if he said hello, but I know he said that it was all right to touch his horse. After he and my Mom talked a little, we left --a lot of other kids, moms and dads wanted to pet his horse, too. Uncle Don moved to California some years later and I didn't see him for a long time. Then, one Summer afternoon as my cousin MaryAnn and I were sitting on our front steps, a tall man in a raincoat came up to the front of our house and asked. "Do you know who I am?" "You're my Uncle Don" I said. RP

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/17/10

"The Last Hippies - Forty Years Ago" by TRB at capecodtoday.com.

"Berkeley California was still a sort of hippie capitol back in 1970. There were concerts in People's Park, and sometimes the Dead would show up but not as often as they used to. On the corner of Telegraph and Haste Streets, three floors up I was living with a mathematics major who was attending U.C. which was just across the street from us. My friend Richard was on the same floor, living with a Japanese girl, he would eventually marry.

I had been an exchange student in Osaka Japan years before. All that advanced placement, PSAT, SAT, find a good college garbage had been in the air around the family home for years, so I just naturally headed towards that direction, and that is how I wound up in Berkeley."

 

Actually there are still some "but only slightly reconstructed" Hippies in Potter Creek. And you can still find some philosophical descendants at City Hall.

Myself, I was never a Hippie. Not for any deep reason but something vain and shallow. I didn't think they dressed very well. Coming from the Working Class, where overalls and jeans were workcloths, often dirty, to be quickly changed-out-of when you got home and then washed up and always in the basement--Mom didn't like working-dirt in the bathroom--I didn't understand why any one would wear them as day-off attire.

Though I admit I did like the "Peace, Love Thing" and of course, the bra-less young women. RP

 

"Time, like all good things, may come to an end, study says" at google.com.

"(The end of the world as we know it cannot be avoided, but it can be predicted, according to a group of astrophysicists who see a 50 percent chance of the final countdown ending in 3.7 billion years.)

'Time is unlikely to end in our lifetime, but there is a 50 percent chance that time will end within the next 3.7 billion years,' according to the team of US and Japanese scientists, who are challenging a long-standing theory of the universe."

 

 

Saw Da Boz Friday morning on his way to work, walking sprightly down the street in khakis, with safari hat, and knapsack on his back. A snappy dresser still.

 

 

 

"Marijuana in California: Prop. 19 won't stop federal drug enforcement" at csmonitor.com.

"Even if voters pass Proposition 19 on Nov. 2, which would legalize use of marijuana in California, the Justice Department will continue to enforce federal drug laws there, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday."

 

 

 

"Volume is definitive work on Mark Twain" by Dana M. Nichols, Record Staff Writer.

"A century before hip-hoppers coined the phrase 'keepin' it real,' Samuel Clemens was doing it.

But under the fake name of Mark Twain, of course.

And now anyone willing to tackle a 760-page tome titled 'Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1' can find out a whole lot about how Twain kept it real, said a panel of Twain scholars who gathered in Angels Camp on Saturday for a symposium on the autobiography."

 

 

 

"Scientist Study Noise in Graphene" by Tudor Vieru at softpedia.com.

"This image of a single suspended sheet of graphene shows individual carbon atoms (yellow) on the honeycomb lattice
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A group of investigators from the United States announces that new data have been collected on how a phenomenon known as noise develops in the carbon compound graphene.

The material, which is heralded as one of the most significant discoveries of the 21st century, will soon be used on a wide scale in numerous electronic applications."

 

 

Update to BPD's "Who are these Crooks " is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/18/10

Will Friday Nights at the Bowl turn into Every Night at the Bowl? Prolly.

Look for dinners and a cutback in breakfast.

 

Can 900 by far behind? I hope not!

And whose' s going to lease the Café Cacao location?

Stay tuned.

 

 

Questions of the day

Which Potter Creeker is an unrepentant "Army Brat?"

What Potter Creek now-a-parking-lot-property was once the home of a corrugated metal building reported to house anthrax experiments?

Which Potter Creeker exclaimed at a project presentation, and I paraphrase, "What's his girlfirend doing here? She doesn't know anything!"

 

 

 

 

"Aardman & Nokia Make 'Dot,' The World's Smallest Film" by David M Ewalt with film video at forbes.com.

"The new Nokia N8 smart phone boasts a really nice camera, with a 12 megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss optics. That's so powerful that University of California Berkeley professor Daniel Fletcher was able to put the phone to work saving lives: He built a portable microscope which attaches to the phone, allowing doctors in remote areas of the developing world to snap pictures of cell samples, and then send them around the world for analysis.

The medical news was a nice little publicity coup for Nokia, so they went back to the well and asked Aardman Animations, the company that produced the Wallace & Gromit films, to shoot an original film using the microscope and phone. The completed short, called Dot, is now in the Guinness Book of World Records as "the world's smallest stop motion character animation."

It's a great film, but what really got my attention was the making-of-video. The amount of work that went into putting together 97 seconds of animation together is staggering ­and I love all the nerdy details, like how they produced the Dot models on a 3D printer."

 

 

 

 

"Berkeley candymaker faces off against Barbara Lee" by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.

"Congress' fragile balance of power won't swing on California's 9th Congressional District, no matter how strong this year's anti-incumbent sentiments might be.

The district -- including Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont and Albany plus most of the Castro Valley, Ashland, Cherryland and Fairview unincorporated areas -- is 65.1 percent Democrat and 8.6 percent Republican. The Cook Partisan Voting Index rated it the nation's sixth most-Democratic leaning district, behind one in Philadelphia and four in New York City.

It's little wonder that Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, has never had less than 80 percent support in a regular general election; her GOP challengers have received declining percentages in each election since 2002.

Gerald Hashimoto knows all this, but has no regrets about having run unopposed in June's Republican primary to face Lee next month.

'I believe in what I'm doing. I had one of those 'Network'"moments '".. when you say, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore," ' Hashimoto said, referencing the 1976 movie's catchphrase. 'What I'm trying to do is show my conservative colors as clearly and unabashedly as I can.'

Hashimoto, a Berkeley candymaker, believes 'big, fat, juicy tax cuts = more jobs,' as his campaign's website says. He would eliminate the minimum wage, corporate income taxes and capital gains taxes while making permanent all the Bush-era tax cuts and temporarily eliminating all import
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duties. On education, he calls for 'radical change that will totally change our perception of what a proper education should be for our children,' with elements including magnet and charter schools, vouchers, home schooling and year-round school."

 

 

"Bigfoot a no-show at day in his honor" by Jory John, Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"Skeptics need not apply.

The Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and the Bigfoot Discovery Project presented the annual Bigfoot Discovery Day on Saturday, staged at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum. The all-day gathering began in 2006.

From local investigators to interested families with children, more than 50 people attended the outdoor lunch and roundtable discussion, where purported Bigfoot sightings and evidence were presented, and numerous stories were told with an emphasis on Santa Cruz County."

 

 

 

"Berkshire Billionaire Munger's Son Battles Soros on California Initiative" by Christopher Palmeri at bloomberg.com.

"Charles Munger Jr., son of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Charles Munger, is battling billionaire George Soros, unions and Democratic Party leaders to strip congressional redistricting powers from California lawmakers.

The younger Munger, 53, and his wife have spent $10 million to win support on Nov. 2 for an initiative that puts the task of reshaping California's 53 U.S. representative districts into the hands of the Citizens Redistricting Commission. A competing measure backed by Soros and labor groups would erase the panel.

'I'm doing this to try to ensure voters have fair districts where representatives will compete for offices,' Munger said yesterday in a telephone interview from Palo Alto. 'Elected politicians are picking the voters, voters aren't picking their representatives.' "

 

 

 

 

"Why Companies Keep Pay a Secret" by Jack Hough at online.wsj.com.

"If 'Jackass 3D' is anything like prior triumphs in the franchise, its band of raunchy, anarchic daredevils will make high art of low humor and leave no mishap private ­ especially if it involves someone's privates. But just try to get Johnny Knoxville and his gang to talk about how much each is paid. In America, money is the last conversational taboo.

That's probably a good thing for workplace morale. A new study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University suggests that if all of our salaries were made known tomorrow, half of us would be made miserable and the other half would be made no happier."

 

 

 

"Medical marijuana for the masses" by John Woolfolk and Sean Webby at contracostatimes.com.

"In the year since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced federal drug agents would stop targeting medicinal marijuana use where state law sanctioned it, Santa Clara County -- like other parts of California -- has become the Wild West.

But suddenly, the sheriff has ridden into town."

 

 

 

"More students use community college to launch their UC education" by Harry Mok at canadaviews.ca.

"Getting accepted at UC Berkeley was a dream come true for Tyrone Botelho, but when he started classes there, it seemed like a nightmare."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/19/10

Kubik's quote of the week

In America, anyone can be President. That's one of the risks you take.

 

Questions of the day

Way before Parker Center, what was Parker Center?

What Potter Creek street is most commonly mispronounced?

Which Potter Creeker recently struggled to take-out-of/put-in-to the back seat of a compact-car an over five foot gas cylinder ?

What Potter Creek business-past routinely kept Dobermans on their roof?

 

 

 

BPD emails

October 14 - City of Berkeley Police to begin special traffic enforcement / education program - In a new effort to save lives and prevent injuries on City of Berkeley streets, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is expanding their regular traffic enforcement with special projects.

more here

 

 

 

"2 sides of pot debate" is at pressdemocrat.com.

"Would Prop. 19 cut crime and boost economy, or harm public safety, health?"

 

 

Katie McBain emails

Ron

You might remember my husband, Jim Nevitt, from visits at 900 GRAYSON.  He had a studio in ActivSpace a few years ago and continued to rotate his glass pieces in Grayson's window.  He was an avid reader of your blog and I thought you might want to read his obit and perhaps mention it for West Berkeley folks who have not heard yet.  Here's the obituary.


Katie McBain

Jim's website is here. (bio is there, too)

 

 

 

"The Grandest Duke" by Geoffrey O'Brien is about Ellington, his life, his music at nybooks.com.

"On more than one occasion Duke Ellington described his childhood in Washington, D.C., as a sort of paradise, at least for him and those around him in the family circle. In the song "My Mother, My Father" (written for his 1963 musical show My People) he wrote:

My mother-the greatest-and the prettiest
My father-just handsome-but the wittiest
I was raised in the palm of the hand
By the very best people in this land
From sun to sun
Their hearts beat as one
My mother-my father-and love "

 

 

 

 

"Mark Twain wrote his biography a century ago. Finally released, it's stirring plenty of interest" at csmonitor.com.

Mark Twain completed his autobiography ­ which he called 'a complete and purposed jumble' ­ more than a century ago. But he told his publishers that they would not be able to publish it till 100 years after his death ­ which happens to be this year.

Why the delay? 'Mark Twain had a very tender heart,' Robert Hirst, curator of the Mark Twain Papers at UC Berkeley, told 'CBS Sunday Morning.' 'He liked to say nasty things ­ he's really good at it ­ but he didn't like the idea of being there when the person heard them, and was hurt by them!'

Also, said Hirst, the century-long embargo freed Twain 'to say exactly what he [thought], and so in a way he doesn't have anyone looking over h's shoulder.'

It would appear, however, that waiting 100 years has done nothing to dampen interest in the life of the author of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." On the contrary, the book ­ which has an official publication date of Nov. 15 ­ is already high on the bestseller lists of both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

There is nothing dainty about Twain's project. The 760-page book now being released is just the first volume of the complete 'Autobiography of Mark Twain.'

Within five years, two more volumes will appear from the University of California Press. The entire work will eventually also be available online."

 

 

 

 

 

"Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science" by David H. Freedman at theatlantic.com.

"Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors-to a striking extent-still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.

In 2001, rumors were circulating in Greek hospitals that surgery residents, eager to rack up scalpel time, were falsely diagnosing hapless Albanian immigrants with appendicitis. At the University of Ioannina medical school's teaching hospital, a newly minted doctor named Athina Tatsioni was discussing the rumors with colleagues when a professor who had overheard asked her if she'd like to try to prove whether they were true-he seemed to be almost daring her. She accepted the challenge and, with the professor's and other colleagues' help, eventually produced a formal study showing that, for whatever reason, the appendices removed from patients with Albanian names in six Greek hospitals were more than three times as likely to be perfectly healthy as those removed from patients with Greek names. 'It was hard to find a journal willing to publish it, but we did,' recalls Tatsioni. 'I also discovered that I really liked research.' Good thing, because the study had actually been a sort of audition. The professor, it turned out, had been putting together a team of exceptionally brash and curious young clinicians and Ph.D.s to join him in tackling an unusual and controversial agenda."

 

 

 

 

 

"The AK-47: 'The Gun' That Changed The Battlefield" is at npr.org with audio.

The AK-47 was designed after World War II by the Soviets, who issued the guns to the communist army's conscripted forces. In the past few decades, the AK-47 has become one of the weapons of choice for many groups - and one of the most commonly smuggled weapons in the world.

One of the first true assault rifles, the AK-47, or Kalashnikov, was designed for soldiers who have to endure terrible conditions on the battlefield: It's light, it can carry a lot of ammunition, and it can withstand harsh weather and poor handling. The gun's design and ubiquity also have made it popular among small-arms dealers - as well as insurgents, terrorists and child soldiers.

C.J. Chivers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent for The New York Times, has encountered the Kalashnikov while reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq. His new book, The Gun, traces the migration of the AK-47 across the world, detailing the consequences of its spread."

The AK-47 also changed the world. It was one of the 20th Century's most effective political tools.RP

 

 

 

 

 

Let me be perfectly clear.

Our environment issues--irritants and toxins-- are NOT TYPICAL of Potter Creek or west-Berkeley as a whole. Ours is a "special "case.

Our environment problems IN NO WAY should be interpreted as an indictment of "radical mixed use," including dense housing.

Rather, it should put us ON GUARD for "cowboy" behavior of all sorts.

As to the cause, . . . it is probably the result of close-by facilities' inefficiency, incompetence or ignorance and arrogance.

10/1/10--4:09 PM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, light head, nausea, "melting plastic" odor. 5:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, head ache, light head, ringing ears, leave. 5:44 PM--similar. 6:57PM--SERIOUS irritant in wareous front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, similar symptoms and "clhorine bleach" odor.

10/2/10--7:01 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, mucus membrane irritant, burning eyes, mouth, over rides, three HEAPA filters and air conditioner.

10/3/10--8:11 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, nasal congestion, wear respirator. Off-and-on all afternoon, similar, wear respirators. 1:11 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery eyes, nasal irritation, Marsha similar, wear respirators. 7:00 PM--similar.

10/4/10--off-and-on all day, irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, watery eyes, nasal irritation. 8:00PM-same.

10/7/10--off-and-on all day irritatioin in front room, dry dirty air. 11:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse plus slight ganja smell, headache, light head, nausea. Marsha similar, leave.

10/8/10--6:30 AM, similar to above. -off-and-on all day irritatioin in front room, dry dirty air. 6:32: PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, nasal congestion. Marsha,nasal congestion. 6:46 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, nasal congestion. Marsha, SERIOUS nasal congestion, coughing attack.

10/8/10--7:!2 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air watery eyes, itchy skin, dry mouth.

10/9/10 5:35 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air , burning watery eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough.

10/10/10--12:36 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, light head, watery eyes, ringing ears. 6:12 PM--SERIOUS irritant warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, light head, nausea, watery eyes. 7:31 PM--SERIOUS irritant warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, light head, nausea, watery eyes.

10/11/10--~5:31 PM--lights flicker. 5:42 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery eyes, ears blocked, nasal congestion, leave.

10/13/10--11:55 AM---dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery eyes, leave.

10/15/10--off-and-on all afternoon, dirty heavy air, cough, nasal congestion, Marsha similar, neighbor has headache. Several people passing cough. 8:41 PM--dry heavy air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, burnning throat.

10/16/10--3:00 PM--dirty heavy air, cough, nasal congestion plus "warm food" odor.

10/17/10 8:55 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heay air, watery eyes, nasal congestion, wear respirator.

10/17/10--7:00PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy air, watery eyes, nausea, leave.

10/18/10--6:16 AM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy air, watery eyes, nausea, headache, leave. Similar off-and-on all AM, wear respirator. 1:27 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with "chlorine bleach" odor. Earlier irritant in warehouse back with whining sound.
1:56 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, itchy skin.


With these past few Spare the Air Days I've become specially curious about ozone and its toxic effects and so googled "ozone poisoning" and got (excerpted)

PAN Database - Chemicals

Ozone - Identification, toxicity, use, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

Exposure

Symptoms/First Aid
Inhalation: Cough. Headache. Shortness of breath. Sore throat/Fresh air rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.

Also mentioned is eye irritation, redness. RP

 

 


 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.

 

Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.

 

Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Crooks."

 

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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