here after 10/23/13, here
"3D Robotics (a company
witn an office in Potter Creek) Announces $30 Million Series B
Financing," Chris Anderson.
"3D Robotics, the leading
open Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, . . . announced a
$30 million Series B financing round. The round was co-led by
Foundry Group, a new investor, and existing investor True Ventures,
along with participation from existing investors O'Reilly AlphaTech
Ventures and SK Ventures. As part of this round, Jason Mendelson
of Foundry Group will join the 3D Robotics board of directors.
This round of funding augments
a late-2012 Series A round led by True Ventures and O'Reilly AlphaTech
Ventures. It will enable 3D Robotics to mainstream aerial robotics
and surveying, making advanced UAV technology affordable and easy
to use for its worldwide customer base of businesses and individuals.
Working with its large community of users and open source developers,
3D Robotics has created the industry's leading open UAV platform,
APM, and is now extending that to a new generation of autopilots,
software and ready-to-fly multicopter and fixed-wing UAVs.
As part of this funding round
3D Robotics will expand its development and deployment of advanced
UAV applications, with a focus on agricultural crop mapping and
other commercial aerial survey technology. 'The opportunity to
bring 'big data' to agriculture through low-cost automated aerial
crop surveys could be a game-changer for both farming and the
UAV industry alike,' said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics.
'Adding UAVs to the precision agriculture toolkit of a 21st Century
farmer gives them the power to use imaging data to not only increase
yield, but decrease water use and the chemical load in both food
Starting in 2015, AUVSI,
the UAV industry trade group, estimates that the first three years
of integration of commercial drones into the national airspace
will create more than 70,000 jobs in the United States with an
economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. International
prospects are much larger. 'We're building out a world-wide
sales, service and support model that will help us build long-term
relationships with local resellers that can in-turn support their
local community requirements for mapping and imaging,' said John
Cherbini, 3D Robotics VP of Sales.
3D Robotics also recently
announced Iris, the company's first ready-to-fly, fully-autonomous
quadcopter for the consumer market. The lightweight vehicle
can conduct hands-off missions and record high definition aerial
video, bringing pro-level UAV features at an unprecedented sub-$1,000
price. Iris is now shipping to developers, with consumer sales
to begin in November.
In conjunction with Iris, 3D Robotics has extended its exclusive
relationship with the PX4 team at the Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology (ETH), one of the world's leading UAV research institutions.
In collaboration with ETH, 3D Robotics has announced its most
powerful autopilot to date, Pixhawk, which will ship in October.
Pixhawk is a new 32-bit open autopilot platform designed
for improved ease of use and reliability while offering unprecedented
safety features compared to existing solutions.
3D Robotics' mission is to
deliver reliable, easy-to-use autonomous navigation and sensing
solutions to customers using land, sea or air based vehicles.
3D Robotics' open UAV technology, which is in use by tens
of thousands of customers already, delivers pro-level aerial robotics
features at consumer-level prices to bring UAV applications to
3D Robotics is a privately-held North American company with offices
in Berkeley, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
For more information on the
company visit: http://www.3drobotics.com"
Word on the street is that
serious financing has been given to more businesses in the West.
"In its recently launched crowdfunding
site, Promise for Education, the University of California explains
that throughout its history 'Our promise, as a public research
university, has always been to provide the brightest Californians
a world-class education at an affordable price' " nonprofitquarterly.org.
"State funding cutbacks
that began 20 years ago and have increased in the past few years,
however, have resulted in California now funding only 39 percent
of a UC student's education, where it used to cover 78 percent.
UC acknowledges that tuition, at $13,200, while "still more
affordable than other top-flight private and public research universities,
is roughly double what it was five years ago." According
to the College Board, only Arizona has had a higher rate of increase
in public four-year institutions. Against this daunting economic
backdrop, UC administrators are hoping that Jamie Foxx's promise
to rap like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Monique-and others
like it-will not only raise money for undergrads, but will also
increase awareness of the system's funding challenges with a new
According to UC Berkeley,
Promise for Education is an extension of Project You Can, an effort
to raise $1 billion for student scholarships and grants by the
end of 2014. It has already raised $700 million, and in addition
to serving as a hub for supporters to make gifts directly to any
of the ten UC campuses for undergraduate, graduate, or professional
student scholarships, the site also serves as a central news center
for scholarship information."
"Startup Weekend brings together Berkeley
"UC Berkeley third-largest producer of entrepreneurs, report
says A startup expo Thursday featured more than two dozen companies,
a speaker panel and a pitch competition. The event was organized
by the campus business fraternity Alpha Epsilon Zeta. Startup
expo attracts entrepreneurs, features forum and competition Anirudh
Gupta, Yosha Huang and Jasmine Segall, three members of Berkeley
microfinance pose with Efiya Asabi in front of her business stand
in the Ashby Flea Market. Berkeley Microfinance aids Bay Area
entrepreneurs "Fiat Lux: Redux" is a new exhibit
on display in The Bancroft Library. The gallery features photographs
Ansel Adams shot of the university in the 1960s. UC Berkeley exhibit
brings Ansel Adams photographs out of obscurity
By 7 p.m. on Friday, the
penthouse of the Chase Building in Downtown Berkeley was bustling
with more than 100 hopeful Berkeley entrepreneurs participating
in Startup Weekend, a student-run 54-hour event at which entrepreneurs
pitch ideas to peers and venture capitalist judges.
Entrepreneurs had a minute
to pitch their ideas to audience members, who later voted for
their favorite proposal. Out of almost 60 pitches, the 12 most
popular ones proceeded to a second round, while the entrepreneurs
whose ideas were not chosen had the opportunity to join one of
the 12 teams. These entrepreneurs could then help develop a business
plan for these ideas to present to a panel of eight venture capitalist
judges Sunday night.
At hour 54, the winners were
The Berkeley Festival of Ideas" thebolditalic.com.
"' Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas,' October 25-26,
brings together leading thinkers in the fields of the environment,
food, science and technology, public policy and social innovation
for two extraordinary days in downtown Berkeley. Festival-goers
will be engaged in conversations about robotics, the future of
food, mass extinction, the 2014 mid-term elections, creativity,
the continuing relevance of the humanities, civil rights and much,
much more. The festival is being produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley's
independent news site. Uncharted includes lively hands-on workshops
and a fabulous party at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.
Most of all, Uncharted is a festival: varied, lively, surprising,
fun. Register at BerkeleyIdeas.com. "
enthusiasts convene at Berkeley edit-a-thon"
Alison Fu, dailycal.com.
"More than a dozen from
across Northern California congregate at Central Berkeley Public
Library for the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, at which participants edited
and created new articles for the website."
Americans identifying as lower class at record rates" Chris
Yoder at dailycal.com.
prospects for employment upon graduation due to shrinking job
opportunities and more rigorous requirements for entry-level positions
are two potential causes for changing class identities.
Berkeley reports lower than average unemployment rates UC Berkeley
joins effort to increase graduation rates nationwide UC Berkeley
announces new financial aid plan for middle-income families Berkeley
ranks in top 10 most educated cities in the state Middle-class
families make sacrifices to afford UC Berkeley education
When Edy Beteran transferred
to UC Berkeley in spring 2011, he hoped a college degree would
help him find a stable job and support a middle-class lifestyle.
But since he graduated in December as an English and rhetoric
double major, Beteran has been unable to find a job on par with
his qualifications. Although attending UC Berkeley gave him a
taste of a middle-class lifestyle, he has found it difficult to
work his way out of the lower class."
"How Complex Was Neanderthal Speech?"
"So, there does seem
to be evidence that Neanderthals were not the dumb brutes we once
thought. New genetic and archaeological evidence suggests that
they may have had the capacity for language at a level of complexity
far closer to humans than to other primates.
Capacity doesn't mean actuality,
though, and much like our hypotheses on how human language evolved,
much of what is argued are educated guesses, at best. So for now,
the answer isn't clear, and hopefully future advancements in genetics
and archaeology will fill in more and more of the pieces of this
"Inequality for All" billmoyers.com.
"Bill Moyers talks with
Robert Reich about the film Inequality for All. Opening in theaters
across the country next week, it aims to be a game-changer in
our national discussion of income inequality.
This week marks both the
fifth anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the
world economy and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street,
the movement that sparked heightened public awareness of income
inequality. Yet the crisis is worse than ever in the first
three years of the recovery, 95 percent of the economic gains
have gone only to the top one percent of Americans. And the share
of working people in the U.S. who define themselves as lower class
is at its highest level in four decades."
"Mortgage-Seizing Eminent Domain Bid Gets
CU Support" David
Morrison at cutimes.com.
$103 million Cooperative Center FCU has expressed support for
Richmond, Calif., to obtain and restructure some mortgages even
if the Bay Area town has to use eminent domain.
The city's council and mayor
have approved the plan, which remains in limbo in the face of
California law governing split votes and the opposition of banks
and other lenders and regulators.
The credit union in nearby
Berkeley, Calif., contended in a press statement Tuesday that
the goals of the program outweighed its risks."
Twain: An American icon" at cbsnewsvideo.
"More than 100 years
after his death, Mark Twain is still a vital part of the American
cultural landscape. From the Twainiacs who flock to his hometown
of Hannibal, Mo., to an exclusive interview with the man himself,
Bill Geist takes a tour of all things Twain."
Monday evening our Patrick
Kennedy received an "innovation award" from the Berkeley
Chamber of Commerce.
builder, Patrick Kennedy
lunch, 900 GRAYSON
You can learn much about
Patrick and his contributions here.
and here's my Homage to Patrick
Word on the street is that
one of Scrambled Eggs and Lox's favorite personalities/people
is in line for
a Major Award
Also honored was the West's
Steven Visco of PolyPlus
on 6th north of Dwight.
PolyPlus Awarded Nearly $9 Million by Department
of Energy to Complete
Development and Scale Manufacturing of Technology
That Will Enable New Class
of High-Energy Density Batteries
"3 Charged in Killings of Berkeley Man,
8-year-old Oakland Girl" Charles
Burress at berkeleypatch.com.
"Two men and a woman
Darnell Williams, Joe Carroll, and Laquana Nuno have
been charged with murder for the apparently gang-related killings
of Anthony Medearis of Berkeley and 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine
Three people have been charged
in connection with the murder of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine,
who was shot during a sleepover at an apartment in Oakland's Dimond
District on July 17.
Alameda County District Attorney
Nancy O'Malley said at a news conference at Oakland police headquarters
this morning that prosecutors believe the shooter was 22-year-old
Williams and a second suspect,
27-year-old Oakland resident Joe Carroll, have both been charged
with murder for the killing. O'Malley said Carroll is believed
to have helped plan the shooting.
Alaysha, who was about to
enter the third grade at Fruitvale Elementary School, was killed
when shots were fired through the front door of an apartment in
the 3400 Wilson Street.
Three other people were injured
in the shooting but survived, and Williams and Carroll were also
each charged with three counts of attempted murder.
O'Malley said it appears
the shooting was an act of retaliation for a previous gang-related
shooting. She said the suspects were targeting someone inside
the apartment but she did not say whom.
A third person, Laquana Nuno,
has been charged as an accessory to Alaysha's murder. (Nuno, a
28-year-old woman, also faces a murder charge.)
Williams, Carroll and Nuno
have also all been charged with murder for the killing of 22-year-old
Anthony Medearis in Berkeley on Sept. 8.
Medearis was gunned down
in the 1400 block of Eighth Street at about 5:45 p.m. that day.
The three suspects are scheduled
to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court [Monday] afternoon."
"Berkeley Underground Films at the Tannery"
"The Berkeley Underground
Film Society (BUFS) is an all ages club for collectors, researchers,
and film enthusiasts in the East Bay and San Francisco area.
Their goal is to review and share a selective film history of
movies on film.
Every Sunday, they screen
buried, rarely projected, or otherwise obscure 8mm, Super 8, and
16mm prints from their collection.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
- 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, FREE*
The Tannery, 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710"
on 1/26/13 I
Rumor has it that Sierra
will open a tasting room
in West Berkeley.
Their Pale Ale, a favorite
of mine is reviewed
in this youtube
a regular reader writes
I agree with Brendan
Behan: "I have a total irreverence for anything connected
with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer
stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer
in the winter and happier in the summer."
"Sierra Nevada to Open Berkeley, CA 'Torpedo
Room' in November" mybeerbuzz.com.
"Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is targeting early November
to open its Berkeley, Calif., space, coined the Torpedo Room.
The intimate venue-whose name is inspired by the brewery's innovative
dry-hopping device, the Hop Torpedo-fits into a mixed-use building
on Fourth Street between University Avenue and Addison Street.
The Torpedo Room can host approximately 45 craft beer drinkers
for educational tastings of unique and limited Sierra Nevada beers,
as well as the occasional craft-centric event dedicated to beer
'Our brewers develop creative,
flavorful beers at an impressive pace,' said Ken Grossman, Sierra
Nevada's founder. 'They're usually small batches, and it's those
beers folks will find in the Torpedo Room. We think it's exciting-using
rare offerings to showcase who we are and to talk about the science
behind our beers. We really hope visitors take part in the dialogue.'
The Torpedo Room will feature
16 taps, and draught beer will be served in taster flights. Guests
will also have the option of filling growlers to go, as well as
purchasing six-packs, cases and individual specialty bottles.
Light snacks will accompany beer flights, but there is not a full
'West Berkeley fosters a
great, progressive culture,' Grossman said, 'and that includes
a lot of ambitious food and drink. We're eager to be part of the
Bay Area craft scene while still staying close to our home base
Ongoing construction on the
Torpedo Room capitalizes on Berkeley and greater Northern California
talent. West Berkeley neighbor Trachtenberg Architects, Inc.;
Ferrous Studios, Inc., in nearby Richmond, Calif.; and Chico-based
craftspeople Westgate Hardwoods are among those helping Sierra
Nevada create a rich atmosphere.
Keep an eye on the Sierra
Nevada blog in coming weeks for more Torpedo Room visual milestones."
"New York's Artichoke Basille's Pizza expands
to Berkeley" at
"Berkeley Food Institute aims to help transform
the world's food system"
by Carol Ness, newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"Where else but Berkeley - home of both Chez Panisse and
the Free Speech Movement - would the nation's top public university
launch an institute whose aim is not just better food for all
but a fundamental transformation of the world's food systems?
UC Berkeley's new Berkeley
Food Institute has nothing less as its goal. The institute deploys
the intellect, energy and influence of five colleges to connect
with farmers and environmentalists, with people struggling to
feed their families, with the food industry and with policymakers
and powerbrokers to help supercharge the push for a fair and sustainable
"Mikhail Baryshnikov to Bring Man in a
Case to Berkeley Rep"
"Today Berkeley Repertory
Theatre announces that legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov
will return to the Bay Area to star in Man in a Case, adding yet
another electrifying show to its 2013-14 season. Man in a Case
is based on two of Anton Chekov's 1898 short stories, 'Man in
a Case' and 'About Love.' In Big Dance Theater's adaptation, two
hunters trade stories both witty and haunting: one about a reclusive
man's courtship of a carefree young woman, which forces him to
closely examine his own rigid nature; the other about a man who
relives the story of lost love. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar,
the creative masterminds behind the Obie Award-winning Big Dance
Theater, bring their signature style of cutting-edge theatre to
create a high-tech performance filled with movement, music, and
video to illuminate those rare occasions when we're offered life-changing
possibilities.Baryshnikov is joined onstage by a stellar cast
of four veteran performers from Big Dance Theater including its
co-director Paul Lazar, who joins the cast for the Berkeley run.
Man in a Case plays only
20 performances at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre. It previews on
January 25, opens on January 26, and plays through February 16,
2014. Tickets are on sale now to Berkeley Rep donors and subscribers
to its 2013-14 season; the general public can access seats beginning
on October 13, 2013."
"A Hilarious Opener for Berkeley Rep: Christopher
Durang's Antic Vanya"
"Standard View of 'Beautiful Women' in
Chinese Art Challenged by Berkeley Exhibit" berkeley.patch.com.
"The new 'Beauty Revealed'
exhibit at the UC Berkeley Art Museum asserts that the 'beautiful
women' paintings of the Qing Dynasty in China do not portray high-class
ladies as previously assumed. The figures are actually courtesans,
the exhibit says."
"Creative Nonfiction Workshop" offered by UC Extension.
"Learn to apply the
techniques of storytelling to nonfiction prose pieces, including
personal essays, features, commentaries, reviews, reports, journal
entries and memoirs. Together, the instructor and other participants
form your audience, offering support and critical feedback about
your pieces. Weekly class discussions and writing assignments
focus on story principles-such as plot, tension, scene and dialogue-that
increase the readability of your work and form your material into
"Visit Nine University of California College
Campuses for Just $0.00 a Day"
"You are quite interested
in one of the nine University of California campuses, whether
it is UC Berkeley, UC Merced or UC San Diego, and are thinking
about applying early before November 1st. The problem is, you're
neck-deep in senior year classes, and the cost of weekend airfare
to the west coast may not be in your parents' budget. How can
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Login to CollegeWeekLive University of California System Day on
Tuesday October 1st between 12 and 10 p.m. Eastern Time and visit
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CollegeWeekLive, the world's
leading website that connects students with colleges, provides
a convenient and cost-free way for students to learn more about
in a college without the cost of travel to visit a campus in-person.
At CollegeWeekLive University of California System Day, students
can browse information on each campus, text or video chat with
admissions representatives and current students at any one of
the University of California campuses and ask questions about
such topics as student life, what majors are offered, college
classes, and even cafeteria food and campus housing."
"Berkeley Unified School District reviewing
preliminary report on campus safety" Nico Correia at dailycal.com.
"Berkeley Unified School District reassesses school safety
protocol in Sandy Hook aftermath Local school district establishes
heightened safety measures.
Committee releases gun control
and safety report Safety committee to present report to school
In the coming months, Berkeley
Unified School District plans to release a report regarding an
issue that has come to the forefront of national concern: school
High School Pool Closed After Students Reportedly Start Losing
Body Hair" by Robin Wilkey, huffingtonpost.com.
"A California high
school pool was closed by the city after students reported symptoms
including burning eyes, bleached hair and a loss of body hair."
On 9/16/13 I posted
"Word on the street continues that
this year's Berkeley's homicides, mostly in the west, are all
the result of the conflict between a west Berkeley group and a
north Oakland group, one might say gang [conflict] warfare."
our BPD Ofc Jennifer Coats
The City of Berkeley
Department (BPD) is announcing the arrest and charging of two
the murder of Anthony Medearis.
On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at approximately 5:43 p.m., BPD patrol
officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 1400
block of 8th
Street. Responding officers quickly located a victim, Anthony
the intersection of 8th St. and Page St. Medearis had been shot
transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
During the initial area search for the suspect, an officer spotted
matching the suspect description, and attempted to stop him. The
subsequently identified as 22 year old Darnell Williams of Oakland,
the officer and got into an awaiting car. The suspect was driven
distance and then fled on foot out of the vehicle. Officers conducted
search and located and arrested Williams as he was hiding in a
yard in the
1200 block of Kains.
Williams was held on a no-bail parole violation as the investigation
that evening, and has been in custody since his arrest on September
During the investigation of the Medearis homicide, Berkeley Police
learned Williams was also a suspect in the July 17 Oakland murder
old Alaysha Carradine. Detectives immediately began working closely
Oakland Police detectives on investigations of both homicides.
Investigators determined that a second suspect, Laquana Nuno,
28 years old,
of Stockton, had acted as an accessory to Williams in the Medearis
by attempting to drive Williams away from the scene. Nuno was
September 28 by Berkeley Police Detectives at a motel in Oakland.
Investigation into the Alaysha Carradine homicide revealed that
appeared to be in retaliation for the July 17, 2013 murder of
which occurred several hours earlier, in the 1800 block of Derby
Berkeley. The investigation into the Davis homicide is active
This morning, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed
charges against Williams, Nuno, and other suspects as a result
of this complex
investigation. Williams is charged with the murders of Alaysha
Anthony Medearis. Nuno is charged as an accessory to the murder
Medearis. Other individuals have been charged in connection with
of offenses investigated by the Oakland Police Department.
The Berkeley Police Department greatly appreciates the opportunity
worked so closely and successfully with members of the Oakland
Department, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, and
California Department of Justice to make arrests in these cases.
Ofc Jennifer Coats
One of our micro sites recently
and members of community and religious organizations will walk
through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against
violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier
Councilwoman Linda Maio's
office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good
Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized
for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone
The Berkeley Ceasefire
Walk Against Violence aims to gives residents a chance to remember
the victims, with a moment of silence planned at each location
noted in the map above as part of a procession through the neighborhood.
The event begins at Good Shepherd, 1823 Ninth St., at 6:30
p.m., and the walk starts at 7 p.m."
UC Berkeley explosion
will Berkeley be back to normal? at csmonitor.com.
"Berkeley Boots Smoke Out of Multi-Unit
Housing" C. Denney
[Carol Denney is a longtime
"The Berkeley City Council
mustered five votes to protect tenants in multi-unit housing from
their neighbors' secondhand smoke at the October 1, 2013 city
council meeting. The ordinance would go into effect in early 2014.
Mayor Tom Bates' motion for
a strong law was seconded by Councilmember Capitelli, and supported
by Councilmember Susan Wengraf, Councilmember Gordon Wozniak,
and Councilmember Linda Maio.
Councilmember Jesse Arreguin
opposed the ordinance after it was strengthened to include a designation
of secondhand smoke as a nuisance, which ensures city enforcement
as opposed to the original proposal's "right of private action"
enforcement mechanism, which speakers pointed out is both burdensome
and ineffective for tenants seeking secondhand smoke protection.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
abstained, and Councilmember Worthington was absent for the vote
and the discussion, which focused on alternative methods of enforcement.
Councilmember Capitelli's questions to staff at one point included
an entertaining hypothetical situation where he decided he "didn't
like" Councilmember Wengraf and made false complaints about
Every councilmember who spoke
favored protecting tenants from secondhand smoke. The measure
had no opposition at public comment, which featured among others
Serena Chen of the American Lung Association, Leslie Zeller of
the Tobacco Legal Consortium, and Liz Williams of Americans for
lies UC Berkeley students tell" Sujin Shin, dailycal.org.
"We've always been told to tell the truth, but sometimes
a little white lie goes a long way. And, sadly, we students lie
a lot more than you might think. Do you instinctively tell your
GSI, 'Yes, I did do all the reading,' even though you only skimmed
the first and last pages? Do you automatically defer to lies when
faced with tough questions like, 'Why didn't you reply to my text?'
or, 'Do I look fat in these jeans?'
We at the Clog have compiled
a list of six of the most common lies students tell."
"The best among 4 tea houses in Berkeley"
"Berkeley Exhibition 2014" earlymusic.org.
"Early Music America,
once again, presents the Berkeley Festival Exhibition June 5,
6, and 7, 2014. The Exhibition will take place in the Large and
Small Assembly Halls at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley.
The Exhibition is where the general public can meet publishers,
instrument builders, service organizations and other early music
practitioners. Free and open to the public.
For more information on 2014
Berkeley Festival main stage concerts and fringe performances, visit
the Berkeley Festival web site."
That's our John Philips in
"Brush Fire Scorches Berkeley Waterfront,
Homeless Camp May Be Cause" berkeley.patch.com.
"A widely visible two-acre
brush fire at the Berkeley waterfront late this afternoon, Wednesday,
may have been caused by a homeless encampment, authorities said.
About 30 firefighters snuffed it out in about 45 minutes with
Berkeley will go car-free and carefree at Sunday Streets event"
Marta Yamamoto, insidebayarea.com.
"A two-mile stretch
of Shattuck Avenue between Haste and Rose streets will be closed
to motor traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 for the second
Sunday Streets Berkeley celebration.
On that day, the roadway
between downtown and North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto will be open
to all forms of walking, cycling, skating, dancing, playing and
other recreational and social activities. This is not your average
street festival. The event will celebrate local businesses and
eateries along the route rather than hosting outside vendors and
The day is inspired by the
Open Streets model that has grown worldwide in an effort to transform
streets into public car-free spaces."
reporter accosted, guard opens fire" Henry K. Lee, sfgate.com.
"A security guard accompanying a KRON4 reporter
fired shots at assailants trying to rob them in San Francisco
Friday night, police said.
The incident happened at
about 8 p.m. on the 1500 block of La Salle Avenue in the Bayview.
In a story on its website,
KRON4 said reporter Jeff Bush and a security guard were accosted
by two armed men who demanded Bush's equipment. Bush surrendered
the equipment and "took cover" as the security guard
opened fire, the station said.
A black Audi showed up at
San Francisco General Hospital with two men, one of whom was suffering
from a gunshot wound, authorities said. The occupants told police
that they had been fired upon near Third Street and La Salle Avenue,
not far from where Bush was being accosted, police said.
Bush, a 12-year KRON4 veteran, and the guard weren't hurt, the
The episode is the latest
in a spate of holdups or confrontations targeting the media."
Yesterday' s yellowish smoke
over west-Berkeley was from a fire in Solano County, just northwest
of Fairfield about 30 mile distance. There was also a small brush
fire east of the Clark Kerr Campus-apparently this fire did not
contribute to the smokey air.
Word on the street is that
Patrick Kennedy is again interested in building in Berkeley though
not here in the west.
grade for political "sense," B+.
grade for common sense, A .
email from Jill A. Martinucci,
aide to Laurie Capitelli
"The language Council
is requesting from staff does not include marijuana" in the
And Ms Martinuccii writes"There
has been no discussion about other herbal mixtures."
grade for political "sense," B
grade for common sense, D+/C- .
"Downtown Berkeley Association
CEO John Caner Investigated for Campaign Violations" Carol
Denney in Street
Spirit; American Friends Service
Committee, Quaker values in action.
"The Fair Campaign Practices
Commission will investigate the Yes On S campaign 'because John
Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election
day to campaign against themselves." Caner handed out more
than $5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to homeless and formerly
homeless 'poll workers.'
John Caner, the director of the Downtown Berkeley Association
(DBA) and Measure S campaign manager, acknowledged in a letter
dated Sept. 19, 2013, to Berkeley's Fair Campaign Practices Commission
that shortly before last year's election, he handed out more than
$5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to more than 50 'poll workers,'
many of them homeless and formerly homeless clients of Options
Recovery Services, to distribute misleading slate fliers near
Caner also acknowledged neglecting to report some campaign expenditures
as required under Berkeley election law, which says campaign expenditures
be made by check or credit card so that they can be traced.
Patricia Wall, executive
director of the Homeless Action Center in Berkeley, explained
that the Fair Campaign Practices Commission decided to conduct
an investigation into the Yes On S campaign "because John
Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election
day to campaign against themselves."
The Fair Campaign Practices Commission unanimously voted to investigate
the Measure S campaign at their meeting at the North Berkeley
Senior Center on Sept. 19, 2013."
Road was an online black market on the Deep Web. It was operated
as a Tor hidden service, such that online users could browse it
anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring.
The website launched in February 2011; development began six months
prior. Silk Road was an underground website sometimes
called the "Amazon.com of illegal drugs" or the "eBay
Buyers could register on
Silk Road for free, but there was a limit to the number of new
seller accounts available, and new sellers had to purchase an
account via an auction. This policy was purportedly implemented
to mitigate the possibility of malicious individuals distributing
On 2 October 2013, the FBI
shut down Silk Road and arrested Ross William Ulbricht, who they
accused of being the site's founder and chief operator.
A good part of the alleged
billion dollars of Silk Road sales was done with Bit-coin,
In Spring this year I posted
"Bitcoin: A guide to the future of currency"
Bitcoin could just become
the virtual equivalent of gold. Now worth considerably more than
the USD, it may be worth your time to learn about this new form
of global currency.
You have undoubtedly seen
this word as of late, but what is it? Where did it come from and
why is 't all the rage in the news right now? How does it work,
why is it so complex to understand for the average person, and
how is it that 1 BTC (shorthand for 'bitcoin") is currently
worth considerably more than the USD and Euro? Why should anyone
care about Bitcoin? Well, if the U.S. Government cares enough
such that the Principal of Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen, was asked
to give a presentation to the CIA about Bitcoin this week, then
there is plenty of reason for care and concern. Additionally,
many people see Bitcoin as a huge money-making opportunity and
the next big thing to shape the world of currency. And I when
I say many people see it as "the next big thing," I
mean as in what Microsoft was to computers or like what Google
was to search engines. All of the aforementioned and more will
be addressed throughout this definitive guide about Bitcoin: the
world's first global currency that may just stand a chance to
succeed and thrive.
Simple Explanation: Bitcoin
is a new form of currency that was once worthless, yet now has
grown to be worth considerably more than the U.S. dollar. One
bitcoin is currently worth ~$15 USD at the time/date of this post.
Rather than a replacement for the U.S. dollar, the Euro, or other
government currencies, bitcoins should be thought of like gold
or silver where 1 oz. is equivalent to X amount of dollars. In
that sense, Bitcoin is more like a commodity than a currency.
Granular Explanation: Bitcoin is a global, decentralized virtual
currency that first began in 2009 by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.
It operates on a vast P2P network which is currently comprised
of thousands of systems. Its aim is quite ambitious: to solve
many of the issues with currency today, such as providing near-cash
anonymity with online transactions, governments being able to
create their own money whenever they want, transfer fees associated
with transactions, and more. No banks, no fees, and no traces.
As a currency, Bitcoins are currently divisible down to 8 decimal
places. What this means is that products or services that accept
bitcoins as payment may accept .025 BTC, .00000643 BTC, etc. Once
again, the comparison to gold and silver are applicable here.
As opposed to a currency, bitcoins operate more like a commodity."
"About bitcoin and its mysterious creator" at newyorker.com.
"There are lots of ways
to make money: You can earn it, find it, counterfeit it, steal
it. Or, if you're Satoshi Nakamoto, you can invent it. That's
what he did on the evening of January 3, 2009, when he pressed
a button on his keyboard and created a new currency called Bitcoin.
It was all bit, and no coin. There was no paper, copper, or silver-just
thirty-one thousand lines of code and an announcement on the Internet.
Nakamoto wanted to create a currency immune to the predations
of bankers and politicians. The currency was controlled entirely
by software. Every ten minutes or so, coins would be distributed
through a process that resembled a lottery. This way, the bitcoin
software would release a total of twenty-one million bitcoins,
most all of them over the next twenty years. Interest in Nakamoto's
invention built steadily. More and more people dedicated their
computers to the lottery, and forty-four exchanges popped up,
allowing anyone with bitcoins to trade them for dollars, euros,
or other currencies. At first, a single bitcoin was valued at
less than a penny. But merchants gradually began to accept bitcoin,
and at the end of 2010 the value began to appreciate rapidly.
By June of 2011, a bitcoin was worth more than twenty-nine dollars.
Market gyrations followed, and by September the exchange rate
had fallen to five dollars. Still, with more than seven million
bitcoins in circulation, Nakamoto had created thirty-five million
dollars of value. And yet Nakamoto was a cipher."
"The End of the `Silk Road': Who's the Next to
Fall?" video panel
discussion at bloomberg.com.
"Bloomberg's Max Raskin,
Berkeley Varitronics Systems CEO Scott Schober and FBI National
Academy's Gene West discuss what the 'Silk Road' bust means for
Bitcoin and other possible online drug marketplaces on Bloomberg
Television's 'Street Smart.' "
With much about Bit-coin
and its future--it very much has one!
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Check out Trailer
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POSTS FROM THE
has just moved a block south with new tenants filling the retail
spaces at 4th & U--the 2000 block of Fourth, this side of
at Waterfront Conservatory
These spaces are now occupied
by Sketch, Haltha Yoga Shala East Bay, and the Waterfront Conservatory
acting school. Soon to open are Ei-wear, Keter Hair Salon and
the The Fourth Street Studio, an artist studio.
END POSTS FROM
"Oakland cracks down on illegal dumping" by Matthew Artz, Chris DeBenedetti, Rebecca
Parr and Doug Oakley, Bay Area News Group.
"The City Council unanimously
approved a law criminalizing illegal dumping and setting up additional
civil measures to punish those who dispose of furniture, construction
material and other large amounts of trash on city streets.
The new law, proposed by
Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney and City Attorney Barbara
Parker makes it a misdemeanor to illegally dispose of large quantities
of trash. Those caught dumping could be fined and forced to pay
the city's cost for enforcing the law.
The law comes in response
to the increased practice of people dumping large amounts of waste
on city streets -- especially in poorer, semi-industrial sections
of East and West Oakland -- rather than pay to properly dispose
the items. Last year, the city received about 17,000 reports of
illegal dumping -- a roughly 34 percent increase from 2011, according
The law won't go into effect
until after the council approves it a second time later this month."
copper thefts part of larger campus and city trend" by
Chase Schweitzer at dailycal.org.
"University Village issues alert citing increase in bike
thefts UCPD arrests three suspects in cellphone theft spree Despite
increase in Alameda County auto theft rates, Berkeley bucks trend
$23,000 in computer equipment stolen from North Gate Hall
An electrical wire theft,
which UC Berkeley officials believe may be linked to the on-campus
explosion, is part of a larger trend of copper thefts on campus
and in the city.
Although UCPD is conducting
an ongoing investigation of Monday's theft of high-voltage copper
wiring from a campus electrical facility, multiple instances of
copper theft - from construction materials, decorative plaques
and even toilet flushers - have occurred on campus.
The copper wiring was taken
from a facility near the Big C trail, according to a UCPD Daily
Activity Bulletin. The incident, however, highlights a prevalence
of copper theft at UC Berkeley that, while sporadic, is costly
to the campus.
Police are actively investigating
the theft but do not have any suspects at this time, UCPD spokesperson
Lt. Eric Tejada said.'
'We have some leads in the
case - there was evidence left behind,' Tejada said. 'We are hoping
to get some fingerprint or DNA evidence off of it."
to draft restrictions for civic center property use" Judith
Scherr at contracostatimes.com.
"Should the City Council
set new guidelines on eventual reuse of the downtown post office
and nearby historic buildings, or should the future development
of the civic center be left to a buyer and current regulations?
Some 90 people attended Wednesday
evening's Planning Commission public hearing to weigh in on the
At issue was Councilman Jesse
Arreguin's proposal to craft an ordinance restricting reuse of
historic buildings in the civic center to community-serving purposes.
The 'overlay zoning' would include the post office, Veterans Building,
Old City Hall, the YMCA and several other historic civic center
sites. Current private uses, such as the YMCA health club, would
likely be grandfathered in.
After listening to the public
-- 30 speakers in favor of new restrictions and three opposed
-- commissioners voted unanimously to have the city planning staff
draft a zoning overlay ordinance. The commission will discuss
the draft at its Nov. 6 meeting and could send it to the City
Council for approval at that time."
Montreal Smoke Meat to America" Renee Ghert-at jewishdaily.com.
"Some people will go
to amazing lengths to enjoy Montreal smoke meat, a sort of cross
between pastrami and corned beef.
Alexei (Lex) Gopnik-Lewinski
used to smuggle vacuum-packed smoke meat (also known as smoked
meat) across the border every time he would come home to Berkeley,
California after visiting family in Montreal. Then, one time two
years ago, he was busted by customs as he tried to cross the border
with 15 pounds of the'stuff.
'They confiscated $150 worth
of smoke meat!' Gopnik-Lewisnki exclaimed. 'That was it. It was
at that moment that I decided I had to learn how to make it myself.'
"Chanterelles and Chardonnay like cream
and butter" Lynne
Char Bennett, sfgate.com.
"I love mushrooms, whether
hedgehog, trumpet, hen-of-the-woods, morels or chanterelles.
I was recently in Berkeley
Bowl East when I spied golden chanterelle mushrooms that were
reasonably priced, relatively speaking, so I indulged in a pound. "
"St. Mary's 63, Berean Christian 13"
Wes Goldberg, contracostatimes.com.
"On a sunny Saturday
afternoon, The host St. Mary's High football team started hot
and didn't cool down, beating Berean Christian 63-13 in a Tri-County
Athletic League-Rock Division game to extend its win streak to
four games. Berean Christian (2-4, 0-2 TCAL-Rock) has dropped
After scoring the first 28
points of the game in the first quarter, St. Mary's opened up
a 49-7 lead before half. The third quarter started with a running
clock and a 91-yard kickoff return by the Panthers."
"Green lands at Cal" Douglas Benton at notredame.rivals.com.
"Spending the summer in the Canary Islands, Lithuania and
Indonesia, St. Mary's-Berkeley guard Gabby Green is ready to stay
home for college basketball. She committed to Cal last month in
a major pickup for head coach Lindsey Gottlieb.
The 6-foot-1 Green chose
Cal over a final list of Rutgers, Ohio State and Tennessee. She
has previously taken an official visit to Rutgers and visited
Cal the weekend before leaving for Indonesia for USA Basketball
U18 3x3 World Championship.
'I took my official visit
the week before I left to go to Indonesia. I just kind of knew
once I got on campus, I pretty much fell in love with Cal,' Green
Green's commitment to Cal,
which made a run to the Final Four last season, comes on the heels
of two gold medals with USA Basketball in the U18 3x3'World'Championship
and the U19 World Championship.
"This summer has been
one of the best summers of my life,' Green said. 'Playing with
USA after being turned down twice was a big honor.'
A big guard who handles it
well, Green can get to the basket and compliments it with a developed
mid-range jumper. She can have a big defensive impact with versatility
to play both guard spots depending on the circumstances. She is
a major commit for Cal as it continues to load up on local talent.
Green is just the second top prospect in the last five years to
stay on the West Coast.
Green is entering her fourth
year on varsity at St. Mary's-Berkeley, which includes a trip
to the state title game in 2011, the NorCal championship game
in 2012 and reaching the Open Division semi-finals in 2013. As
a junior, she averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists
and four steals per game in being named the NorCalPreps.com Division
IV Player of the Year."
student debt sinks American youth" Justin Tombolesi,
the Daily Cal.
"Student debt is a growing economic and moral crisis. The
average U.S. college student today graduates with more than $25,000
in debt, and nationally, unpaid tuition debt approaches $1.2 trillion.
That's trillion with a T.
Here at UC Berkeley, our
tuition has increased 300 percent since 2002, and the average
debt burden per student is $20,000."
Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab open new energy nanoscience center"
Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.
"The University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory got $10 million from the Kavli Foundation
to support a new energy nanosciences research center.
UC Berkeley will raise another
$10 million in matching funds for the institute's endowment.
Berkeley Lab boss Paul Alivisatos
will run the new center along with Omar Yaghi and Peidong Yang.
All three are chemistry professors at UC Berkeley, as well as
a hatter" at wikipedia.org.
"Although the name 'Mad Hatter' was clearly inspired by the
phrase 'as mad as a hatter', there is some uncertainty as to the
origins of this phrase. Mercury was used in the process of curing
felt used in some hats, making it impossible for hatters to avoid
inhaling the mercury fumes given off during the hat making process;
hatters and mill workers thus often suffered mad hatter disease,
mercury poisoning causing neurological damage including confused
speech and distorted vision.
Hat making was the main trade
in Stockport, near where Carroll grew up, and it was not unusual
then for hatters to appear disturbed or confused; many died early
as a result of mercury poisoning. However, the Hatter does not
exhibit the symptoms of mercury poisoning, which include 'excessive
timidity, diffidence, increasing shyness, loss of self-confidence,
anxiety, and a desire to remain unobserved and unobtrusive.' The
Hatter and the March Hare are initially referred to ' as 'both
mad' by the Cheshire Cat, and both first appear in the seventh
chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which is titled 'A
I wonder if something like
this doesn't apply to some Potter Creek manufacturers. I mean
like "Manu Mad" . . . naw!
Still . . ." diffidence,
increasing shyness, loss of self-confidence, anxiety, and a desire
to remain unobserved and unobtrusive."
"Man on tracks in North Berkeley delays
BART trains Monday morning" Natalie
Neysa Alund, Oakland Tribune.
"A man who threatened
to harm himself and who police say crawled onto a set of BART
tracks at the North Berkeley station delayed trains by about 25
minutes on Monday morning.
Officers were notified at
7:52 a.m. by a station agent who said that a man threatened to
harm himself then got into the tracks in the path of a train,
said Lt. Aaron Ledford."
"Eastbound lanes reopened on Bay Bridge
after fire" sfgate.com.
"A brush fire on Yerba
Buena Island disrupted traffic on October 6, 2013. Photo: Brandon
WatsonAll eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge were reopened Sunday
night after a brush fire on Yerba Buena Island caused traffic
to back up into San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol."
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if you're interested.
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in front room, mucus membrane irritation, light head, wear respirator.
irriitant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, light head,
irriitant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
light head, wear respirator. Air similar to a spare the air day.
I trust the Potter Creek manufacture that was making ozone as
part of their production process is not the aource of this.1:30
PM--similar. 3:00 PM--similar.
in front warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, dry
dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. Air similar to a spare the
10/7/13--12:22 PM--dry dirty
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hot metal odor, overrides HEAPA filters wear respirtor.
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