a late Fall

morning in Potter Creek

 

11/14/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Weatherford's new building site

early morning

 

 

At last Thursday's Zoning Adjustment Board, the board unanimously voted to "recommend" keeping the Berkeley Bowl parking-lot access-driveway on Heinz and to not move it around the corner on 8th. This in an understanding and appreciation of the neighborhoods' wish. The traffic department however, remains emphatic in their recommedation for the change.

 

 

 

Talk is that city council has doubts about the mutual aid contracts that our police have with other agencies.

Mutual aid, in addition to emergency back-up for internal security, is a daily part of 21st Century policing--BPD cooperates with railroad police along the tracks here is west-Berkeley, CHP handles accidents on the freeway access ramps in west-Berkeley, CHP also is responsible for handling school bus and officer involved accidents city wide, OPD and BPD cooperate in the South Berkeley/North Oakland area, East Bay Regional Park police and BPD cooperate along our access road, Alameda Sheriff department polices transit routes throughout the city, and more.

And, mutual aid is particularly important in a time of shrinking assets, both personnel and physical.

Further, in time of economic and social unrest, Berkeley, often the center of demonstrations and riots, is more likely to need and to benefit from mutual aid than other municipalities. Cut back mutual aid? Something about "cutting off your nose to spite your face?*"

*an expression used to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem

 

 

"Occupy Oakland and News Media Coexist Uneasily" at nytimes.com from The Bay Citizen.

"In the last few days, the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza has been a scene of both peace and violence.
Immediately after a man was shot to death Thursday afternoon near the Occupy Oakland encampment, Randy Davis, a cameraman for KGO-TV, turned his lens on a group of protesters helping the victim. Then part of the crowd turned on him."

 

 

"Pelosi's investments questioned in CBS report" Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau.

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the subject of a report on the stock investments of members of Congress that is to air Sunday on CBS' '60 Minutes.'

The San Francisco Democrat and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were questioned separately at their weekly news conferences Nov. 3 by reporter Steve Kroft. Neither had granted Kroft's previous requests for interviews."

 

Last week one of the Bay Area TV locals did a story on the "upper one percent," mentioning particularly that in California it includes Senators, Feinstein and Boxer as well as Representative Pelosi.

Probably going to hear a lot of stuff like that in the near future, but remember even if we weren't part of it, we all "bought into it." Believing in Neo-Liberalism* was fun even after it stopped working for all.

*Neoliberalism is a market-driven approach to economic and social policy based on neoclassical theories of economics that stresses the efficiency of private enterprise, liberalized trade and relatively open markets, and therefore seeks to maximize the role of the private sector in determining the political and economic priorities of the country.

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POSTS FROM THE PAST

11/14/08

At the moment there are 14--fourteen--building-projects in Potter Creek in progress or recently completed. They range from commercial and residential major-remodels to new multi-unit residential construction, to the very-major new grocery store, our Berkeley Bowl and our new manufacture, Swerve.

That certainly would be, change apace in Potter Creek.

 

And in the week after election, there could be found eating and drinking at our busy 900 GRAYSON, our Sally and Richard with her new-to-Potter Creek family, the Goldins, John and Suzanne, Paul Zaentz and staff, Pete Hurney, fourteen of the Tippett staff, Don Yost and John Norheim and guest, CEID's Cindy Dickeson, Mrs Meyer Sound and guests, Gene Agress of Berkeley Mills, the Kruse family, residents of our Brickside Lofts, Merryll and guest George Jones-Chronicle Berkeley reporter's Dad, Bob and Carol, and friend of 30 years David Richardson, as well as hundreds of other Potter Creek workers and residents.

 

The most significant result of our Berkeley election is the victory of young, Mr Jesse in District 4: a crack in the decades old establishment and a serious generation change.

Last issue of our Planet featured a cunning photo of Jesse, his Mom and Dad and Council member Kriss Worthington. This issue has a story about Councilwoman, Linda Maio and Patrick Kennedy. It ends with a year-by-year, sometimes day-by-day account of their interaction. Is this almost-too-much-detail driven by journalistic fervor or a Planet vendetta? Beat s#%t out of me!

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11/15/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

Elf Yourself presents the video Joe and Milos' Jingle Bells break-dance.

 

Jim

and his family

are leaving Potter Creek for a "house in the hills"

Jim now has a little sister

Marie Malin born at 4AM yesterday and weighing 6lbs 14 oz.

 

 

Tavis Smiley talks with cellist Yo-Yo Ma here.

The 16-time Grammy-winning cellist explains what traveling has done for his music and performs a track from his new bluegrass album "The Goat Rodeo Sessions."

Considered the world's greatest living cellist, Yo-Yo Ma has a discography of more than 75 albums and numerous awards and honors, including 16 Grammys and, as of this year, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Beyond the classics, he's known for his versatility, ranging from Baroque pieces and tangos to traditional Asian melodies and bluegrass, which is the style of his newest project, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions." His music can also be heard in several feature films.  The Harvard grad founded and is artistic director for the non-profit Silk Road Project.

 

 

And Bob kubik sends the video link

"Astonishing Views of a Luminous, Bustling Planet."

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

12/12/10

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Holiday decorations are beginning to light up Our Town.

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11/16/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

looking west

from our city hall roof

 

Yesterday I was given a tour of City Hall. A 1930s WPA building, it has recently been remodeled--in fact gutted and given a new a "bauhaus-like" interior

the simple corridors and office walls hung-full with donated art.

 

Its fifth floor was filled with activity and there I met Councilman Capitelli among others and saw Aide Ryan Lau. I spoke briefly with the Councilman.

After the half hour or so tour, I had lunch at the filled-to-overflowing Gecko-Gecko where my Peanut Curry was delicious with avacado slices a "California touch."

The best part of my visit?

The Berkeley High kids filling the grass around City Hall and Berkeley High eating lunch. A photo would have been "worth a thousand words" but a snap seemed intrusive.

The "new downtown" is wonderful with an upbeat bustle and hustle, thanks largely to the efforts of, among others, Da Boz.

 

 

Yesterday toward evening between 3,000 and 10,000 people--depending on the source-- filled the plaza in front of Spourl Hall to overflowing. Largely peacefull, they listened to among others, Robert Reich. Earlier in the afternoon some hundreds left the Oakland Frank Ogawa Plaza and marched five miles to the UC campus and were among the thousands that filled the plaza. During the demonstation some tents were set up and a Cal Occupy announced.

This morning the man shot yesterday afternoon at the Haas School died of his wounds.

 

"Which Side Are They On? How cops really feel about the Occupy Wall Street protests" by Peter Moskos at slate.com.

"As to the protesters, I have sympathy. I can only hope they will direct their anger not toward the men and women following orders (lawful orders, mind you), but to those with the power and means to actually affect change.

As to the police, I also have sympathy. You are stuck in the middle, as usual. But you must exercise professionalism and restraint. The whole world really is watching. And the good job of many can easily be undone by the out-of-control action of few.

But to those who may be intent on provoking and hurting police, I can offer no better warning than one told to my friend years ago by his father: 'Don't get into fights with police; they're not in the habit of losing.'

There's a dirty old joke about two men watching three other men go at it, in bed. One observer, a bit naïve, asks the other about the man on the left. The second observer, more knowledgeable, describes his role. The naïve one then asks about the man on the right and, after receiving a detailed answer, finally asks about the third man, the man in the middle. The cognoscente says, somewhat longingly, 'The man in the middle? Why that's Lucky Pierre!' "

courtesy Bob Kubik

 

"Beyond Seizing Parks, New Paths to Influence" at nytimes.com. "The question is whether the Occupy Wall Street movement will
die without a place to occupy."

 

 

"ABC7 News looks at a computer hacker's plan to hijack radio and TV stations and the panic it could cause" a video report at abclocal.com.

Time to view

"V for Vendetta?"

 

 

"FBI says wanted Calif. Activist may be in Mass." an AP report at sacbee.com.

"The FBI says an animal rights activist wanted in the 2003 bombings at two corporate offices in northern California may be in western Massachusetts."

 

 

 

"Ionized Plasma Tapped as Cheap Water Sterilizer for Third World" by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar at ibtimes.com.

"Can ionized plasma, likes the one in neon lights and plasma televisions, sterilize water?

Scientists at the University of Berkeley, California, have now shown that devices capable of producing such ionized plasmas can not only sterilize water but also make it antimicrobial, by killing bacteria. In addition, the antimicrobial effect can be sustained for as long as a week. "

 

"Berkeley Reveals Plan for Academic Center in China" at nytimes.com.

"The University of California, Berkeley announced this week that it plans to open a large research and teaching facility here as part of a broader plan to bolster its presence in China."  

 

 

 

 

"Why Wood Smoke May not Be Good for You" at enn.com.

"Some people enjoy the scent of a wood fire. Still smoke is full of particulate matter and exotic trace chemicals. Two new studies led by University of California, Berkeley, researchers spotlight the human health effects of exposure to smoke from open fires and dirty cook stoves, the primary source of cooking and heating for 43 percent, or some 3 billion members, of the world's population. Women and young children in poverty are particularly vulnerable. "

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11/17/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Though it has long been known that the new city manger will be Christine Daniels, word is that her replacement as assistant City Manager will be William Rogers, now head of Parks and Rec.

 email from mayor's Chief of Staff, Julie Sinai

I wanted to let you all know that I've accepted the position of UC Berkeley's Director of Local Government and Community Relations. 
As you are likely aware, I left the Berkeley Unified School District in 2002 to work with Mayor Bates on his top agenda issue of youth and education. Now, with all levels of education massively under siege from multiple fronts, I've decided that this is where I need to refocus my professional efforts. This position gives me the opportunity to work for accessible and quality education by strengthening the partnerships between the University and Berkeley, the East Bay, the greater Bay Area, and the private sector.

I want to extend the warmest of heartfelt thanks to Mayor Bates for letting me have the honor of serving him and the City of Berkeley for these past nine years.  These have truly been the some of the most fulfilling years of my career. Mayor Bates is a visionary leader who has the rare ability to transform his values and ideas into actions and results. 

I also want to thank the wonderful team we've had in the Mayor's Office ­ Calvin, Sbeydeh, Nils and Cisco ­ for sharing their commitment, expertise, and good humor.  It has been a joy to work with this dynamic people over the years.

I look forward working in my new capacity with the City Council, City staff, 2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth, the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership, and all our community partners to make Berkeley, Cal and the East Bay the best place in the world.

My last day in the Mayor's Office will be November 30th.  After a relaxing month of December, I will begin my new position at UC Berkeley on January 2, 2012. 

Julie Sinai

 

 

Steve Smith emails the video

"Transparent VW manufacturing facility."

Definitely, check it out!



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POST FROM THE PAST

3/17/09

our Kruse's solar array

with Acme's, bleacher-like, in the background

 

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11/18/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

our Janine emails

I offered to help a friend sell his grand piano. 

It is a 6'5 Bechstein grand, built in 1881, serial number 13177. (The same vintage as Liszt's Bechstein.)

The action was professionally restored and recently regulated by Israel Stein. It has new Abel hammers appropriate to the instrument. Lovely tone, excellent condition. Stable tuning. Asking $16,000. If interested please email David Cates at pluck3@hotmail.com. The piano is in Berkeley, CA.

 

 

 

 

"French horn players gather at UC Davis in quest to master difficult instrument" by Edward Ortiz at sacbee.com.

sacbee photo

"Some call it a musical dance that always tempts disaster.

Such is the way musicians describe the devilish undertaking of playing the French horn.

A tiny mistake on the instrument?

That can lead to a blown, or 'cracked,' note so self evident it is the equivalent of instant stage nakedness."

 

 

 

 

"In a California Vineyard, Bluebirds Earn Their Keep" at nytimes.com.

"In an innovative study, nest boxes installed at a California vineyard attracted hundreds of birds that picked the farmers' crops clean of pests in exchange for the free housing. The experiment is heartening news for conservationists amid reports of shrinking habitats and population declines for so many species.

'Placing songbird nesting boxes in agricultural landscapes can provide suitable nesting sites for a lot of birds that used to be plentiful 100 or 200 years ago but lost their natural landscapes,' said Julie Jedlicka, an ornithologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Jedlicka set out to study whether installing the nest boxes would help attract the birds and reduce pests. Her research, published last week in the journal PLoS One, confirmed her hunch.

In an innovative study, nest boxes installed at a California vineyard attracted hundreds of birds that picked the farmers' crops clean of pests in exchange for the free housing. The experiment is heartening news for conservationists amid reports of shrinking habitats and population declines for so many species.

"Placing songbird nesting boxes in agricultural landscapes can provide suitable nesting sites for a lot of birds that used to be plentiful 100 or 200 years ago but lost their natural landscapes," said Julie Jedlicka, an ornithologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Jedlicka set out to study whether installing the nest boxes would help attract the birds and reduce pests. Her research, published last week in the journal PLoS One, confirmed her hunch."

 

 

"The Pollinator Crisis: What's Best for Bees?"

"Pollinating insects are in crisis. Understanding bees' relationships with introduced species could help."

 

 

 

 

"Is a stranger genetically wired to be trustworthy? You'll know in 20 seconds" Yasmin Anwar, UC Media Relations.

"There's definitely something to be said for first impressions. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests it can take just 20 seconds to detect whether a stranger is genetically inclined to being trustworthy, kind or compassionate.

The findings reinforce that healthy humans are wired to recognize strangers who may help them out in a tough situation."

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

11/10/08

Bob Kubik emails

Street Art on 4th south of University

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11/19/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

a usually level-headed reader emails about my visit to City Hall

the unstoppable DORF

Looks like you've been to the inner sanctum and come back out alive!  Did you challenge Da'Bos to a mayoral race?

 

 

Charlie Rose conversation about the New York High Line development must be viewed.

"A Conversation about the NYC High Line with Amanda Burden, director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Diane von Furstenberg, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line and Joshua David,Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line."

Amanda Burden's "You can measure the health of a city by its public spaces" would leave west-Berkeley a little anemic.

 

Don't be meek!

Make John Coltrane Park

in Potter Creek.

 

 

And Tavis Smiley's conversation with Chris Isaak is seriously beyond entertaining.

"The singer-songwriter, whose new CD is 'Beyond the Sun,' discusses the music of Elvis Presley and, with his guitar, demonstrates why he thinks Presley's music is 'just so damn pretty.'

Watch it here.

 

 

Finally, Rose conversation "A discussion about College Sports" is disturbingly honest. It's with Joe Nocera, Taylor Branch and Jon Wertheim.

 

 

 

"IBM Watson Visits Stanford and UC Berkeley to Engage the Next Generation of Leaders" at finchannel.com.

 

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

11/18/10

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Around Six yesterday morning Berkeley police talked a man down from a tree on Shattuck Avenue. He came down, was not injured and was wearing what appeared to be a dress--an attractive print. The street was reopened after the man was taken into custody.

 

 

Merryll's, when women rule

absolutely

 

Also yesterday morning, our city street-cleaner was thoroughly cleaning the streets in Potter Creek. However our many over-night parked cars interfere with perfect cleaning.

 

Tuesday the head of our Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the national deficit is our number one national security issue, so I'd watch and listen real close to Charlie Rose conversation with"Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, Co-chairs, US Deficit Commission" of which one viewer wrote "This show concerning our country's deficit was right on. Difficult decisions must be made and our elected officials must listen and act now."

 

If you find Rose, Bowles and Simpson on the our deficit too heavy, then let stand-up Dennis Miller mess wtih your mind on the Tavis Smiley Show. Miller is one beautifully deranged man.

 

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11/21/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"A five-alarm fire in Berkeley destroyed a four-story building on Friday night Nov. 18, 2011, closing pubs and cafes and leaving residents of its 39 apartment units without a home. No injuries were reported but a pet Chihuahua was reported missing" a photo report at mercurynews.com.

The photos truely give a sense of the fire's scope.

And because of the scale of the disaster, in addition to Berkeley FD and Berkeley PD, other city resources became involved including those of the Office of Economic Development and the City Managers Office.

As of6:30 PM, 11/20/11 becasue of the fire, the interesection of Telegraph and Haste remained closed and the cause of the fire was undetermined.

 

 

"Occupy protests spread to US college campuses"Christine Armario at seattlepi.com.

 

"Mellower Occupy movement grows in the suburbs" writes Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff .

"And there is, unbeknownst to many, a lot of occupying being done beyond big city borders. At least 30 Occupy movements exist from Santa Cruz north through Alameda and Concord to Vacaville, Napa and Santa Rosa.

The message is the same as in the big cities."

 

 

 

 

"Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says" Ellen Nakashima at washingtonpost.com.

"Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report. Experts said the cyber-attack, if confirmed, would be the first known to have damaged one of the systems that supply Americans with water, electricity and other essentials of modern life."

 

 

"IBM reveals secrets of Watson's Jeopardy triumph:Too many rules can spoil the bouillon bisque broth" by Iain Thomson at register.com.

"IBM has explained the principles behind how its Watson machine bested the world's finest Jeopardy players, even if it can't handle Siri.

In a lecture at the University of California at Berkeley, IBM research scientist Eric Brown outlined the history of the project, and provided some details about how Watson was able to sort through a variety of structured and unstructured data in the fastest time possible. His team of 30 engineers spent four years designing the current system, and believe it has great potential for non-gimmicky purposes."

 

 

 

"A piece of World War II history discovered in the Delta" by Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times.

83 ft Cutter class

"When U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 83525 was commissioned in 1944 -- the newest addition to the American war fleet -- it was 83 feet of compact maneuverability, ideal for convoy, search-and-rescue and submarine-busting missions. . . .

It looked like a waterlogged eyesore, not a piece of World War II history, when its bow was pulled from Delta waters Wednesday near Fishermans Cut, where the ship had been scuttled 10 years before. . . .

About the same time, Gianni LaRosa, one of the ship's former owners, learned of its storied past when his daughter Sophia unearthed recent research by a naval historian. LaRosa had lived aboard the ship. . .

Once funding was acquired, the recovery mission began in earnest.

The bow that was raised from the water Wednesday will be used to build a monument at the Rio Vista Coast Guard station. The intact shaft, propeller and rudder will be donated to a museum.

No one is more thrilled than LaRosa, who proudly displayed a binder filled with official documentation of the ship's honored place in history. He conceded that it was sad to see its condition today, 'but it pleases us to no end that it will not be forgotten as it has been for 60 years.' "

 

An ex-cop, in the mid-90s after retirering, Gianni worked for Wells Fargo as security at the Wells Potter Creek Business Center. At that time he regularly contributed to Scrambled Eggs and Lox.

 

 

"During World War II, the Japanese maintained a garrison on Aguijan. This garrison is noteworthy because of its surrender to U.S. forces September 4, 1945, two days after the surrender on the USS Missouri. The surrender is unique because it was the only surrender hosted by a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, USCG 83525." 



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POST FROM THEPAST

5/23/06

Recently Gianni LaRosa spent three weeks in his Sicily and Italy.

 

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11/24/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

HAPPY

THANKSGIVING!

 

 

"Time magazine names Santa Cruz predictive policing program one of the year's top inventions" Jessica Pasko, Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"The city police department's predictive policing program has garnered yet another accolade. The program is being named as one of the 50 best inventions of 2011 by none other than Time magazine."

 

 

Perhaps the best conversation of the year is Charlie Rose with Conservative NY Times columnist David Brooks. Filled with insights of our times, Brooks simply out does himself.

 

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POST FROM PAST

8/18/11

"Predictive Policing: The Future of Law Enforcement?" by Beth Pearsall at nij.gov.

"Law enforcement explores ways to anticipate and prevent crime.

For years, businesses have used data analysis to anticipate market conditions or industry trends and drive sales strategies.
Walmart, for example, learned through analysis that when a major weather event is in the forecast, demand for three items rises: duct tape, bottled water and strawberry Pop-Tarts. Armed with this information, stores in the affected areas can ensure their shelves are fully stocked to meet customer needs.

Police can use a similar data analysis to help make their work more efficient. The idea is being called 'predictive policing,"'and some in the field believe it has the potential to transform law enforcement by enabling police to anticipate and prevent crime instead of simply responding to it.
In November 2009, the National Institute of Justice, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Los Angeles Police Department, held a Predictive Policing Symposium to discuss this emerging idea and its impact on the future of policing. Researchers, law enforcement officers, crime analysts and scientists gathered in Los Angeles for three days to explore the policy implications, privacy issues and technology of predictive policing.

What Is Predictive Policing?

Predictive policing, in essence, is taking data from disparate sources, analyzing them and then using the results to anticipate, prevent and respond more effectively to future crime.

Predictive policing entails becoming less reactive. 'The predictive vision moves law enforcement from focusing on what happened to focusing on what will happen and how to effectively deploy resources in front of crime, thereby changing outcomes,' writes Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department."

Santa Cruz PD is on the predictive policing cutting edge--my memory is that their mayor is a Socialist.

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11/25/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

a Potter Creek

Thanksgiving

 

Last week as I was leaving City Hall after my tour and lunch, I said to the company "If you ever hear that I'm running for mayor, call the men with the butterfly nets in the white coats 'cause for sure I've lost it." "That may not be a bad quality for a Berkeley mayor" replied my host.

 

our Patricia emails

(excerpt)

Hi Ron

I am particularly interested in your hazardous waste info---having lived [ here ] for 22 years now I have seen (or smelled) the neighbourhood change. I try to corroborate this with others in my building but they don't seem to have as sensitive sniffers. I often smell the sulphurous night releases . . . . I would like more info on this as no one seems to be paying that much attention and this is a mixed residential neighborhood with two schools withing a few blocks of me . . . .

Patricia

 

This Fall I've started regularly smelling "coal smoke" in Potter Creek. How do I know it's "coal smoke"? I grew up next to a railroad freight yard.RP

 

 

 

on 11/6/11 I posted

"I'm told LBNL will be announcing their decision on the location of the second campus not as scheduled in November but at the end of January 2012.."

Earlier this year, at the time of the the Aquatic Psrk LBNL presentation, I'd heard that the decidion would be annouced in late February. RP

 

"Berkeley Lab Decision Delayed to 2012" alamedapatch.com.

"The decision on the site for Berkeley Lab's second campus originally expected in late November will now be announced in early 2012" alamedapatch.com

 

 

"UC Starts Inquiry on Rally Violence" Patrick Kulp, dailynexus.com.

"UC President Mark Yudof and the California State Legislature announced yesterday that they will launch separate investigations into recent university "police violence"* against student protesters at UC Berkeley and UC Davis."

*quotes mine

 

 

 

"What is it like being a professor of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business when the Occupy movement takes the campus by storm?" asks huffingtonpost.com.

"For one thing, it makes for some great teachable moments."

 

 

"Dreaming helps ease painful memories" timesofindia.com

"Dreaming acts as a soothing balm to heal our wounds, according to a new research from the University of California, Berkeley."

 

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Merryll's ps

supremely funny

Happy Thanksgiving! From the Gobbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/26/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Andronico's closing its Telegraph Avenue store" Jason W. Lloren, Chronicle Staff Writer. "Andronico's is closing one of its three remaining stores in Berkeley, the 82-year-old supermarket chain announced . . . ."

 

Potter Creek residents

in front of "Potter Creek worker" van

 

 

"Occupy movement inspires rise in U.S. campus activism" at uk.reuters.com. "Violent confrontations between police and protesters at two University of California campuses have drawn a new cadre of students into the Occupy Wall Street movement and unleashed what some historians call the biggest surge in campus activism since the 1960s."

 

 

Conservative, Robert Weidemer outlines a dire future but gives some survival strategies in "The Unthinkable Is Poised to Happen, Economist Warns" moneynews.com.

"The Aftershock Survival Summit is a gripping, no-nonsense presentation that's quickly becoming a financial beacon in an economic tsunami."

 

 

"Europe's darkness at noon" Barry Eichengreen at cnn.com. "It may be hard to imagine that Europe's crisis could worsen, but it just has."

 

 

Still, . . . remember . . . the"Internet 'has same weight as a strawberry"

. . . a report at digitaljournal.com.

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11/27/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

A Jerry Victor conclusion of some years past that "Californians must make big shift to electric power to meet long-term energy goals" has become a miamiherald.com story by Mike Taugher of the Contra Costa Times.

"California must be fully electrified 40 years from now with residents driving only electric cars and plugging them into a grid powered by carbon-free power plants if the state is to meet its most far-reaching climate goals, according to a new study."

 

 

And again years ago, Jerry reported that his firefighter friends were concerned about the safety of the then new hybrid cars because of their "untested batteries."

AP reports "New fires involving the lithium-ion batteries in General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt have prompted an investigation to assess the risk of fire in the electric car after a serious crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday."

 

 

and Steve Smith suggests that in these hard times

"Estonian Army" photo via Steve Smith

defense cutbacks will be more severe in some countries than others

 

 

Perhaps unknowingly, in keeping with exploring the "contradictions of capitalism," AP's Chris Hawley asks at sfgate.com

"How much crazier can Black Friday get?"

 

 

But whoa . . . Tony Burchyns of Vallejo Times-Herald reports "Technically, online shoppers throughout California owe sales tax on purchases."

 

 

Again at sfgate is story about the tension between food trucks and restaurants. Worth reading, but a student reporter at Washington DCs abclocal.com cuts to the chase in a minute or so video report that is simpler, tightly informative, and fresh . . . and I enjoy the straight ahead "DC Perspective."

 

Also in Washington, the Post asks "Why African Americans aren't embracing Occupy Wall Street" . . . and answers it here.

 

 

Finally, Kubik sends a link to to Bloomberg's "U.S. Workers' Sliding Share of Pay Poses Spending Risk.

Income gains in the U.S. are slowing and workers' slice of the earnings pie is shrinking, raising the risk that consumer spending slackens next year."

 

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December 2011 here

 

 

 

from my log

11/12/11--9:52 AM---dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 6:06 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 6:51 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, blurred vison. 8:25 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, overrides HEAP filters, wear respirator.

11/13/11---12:59 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, blurred vison.

11/14/11--11:02 AM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 5:28 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation.

11/15/11--10:31 AM---dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 7:17 PM---dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"*odor, mucus membrane irritation.

11/16/11-- 10:13 AM--dry dirty air in front room, "glass manufacturing" odor. 11:11 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 11:25 AM--nausea. 1:06 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos" * odor, mucus membrane irritation. 9:15 PM--irritant in front room, burning dry air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes.10:01 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos" * odor, mucus membrane irritation. Most probably these odors and irritants are a product of manufacturing, which of course is prohibited in our MUR zone after 10:00 PM.

11/17/11--12:04 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos" * odor, mucus membrane irritation. 2:35 PM--similar. 2:50 PM--nausea, light head. 4:17 PM--similar.

11/18/11-- ~1:00PM---dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 5:03 PM---dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 6:45 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 7:24 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant and dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation.

11/19/11--6:02 AM--irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 6:36 AM--similar. 4:11 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse.

11/20/117:51 AM--irritation in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha same. 2:34 PM--dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 3:44 PM-- irritant and dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, nausea, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA fitlers. Only appartent surrounding activity, worker at Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass. 6:31 PM-- irritant and dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA fitlers. 8:17 PM:irritant and dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation.

11/21/11--4:50 PM==SERIOUS irritation in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. Off-and-on, evening, night, morning, dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

11/22/11--3:17 PM---dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritation. 5:10PM--similar, off-and-on since 3:17 PM.

11/24//11--12:32 AM--irritation in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. 1:41 AM--similar. 1:04 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, blurred vision. 1:25 PM--similar. 1:48 PM similar and light head, headache, overrides HEPA filters. 6:00 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, overides HEPA filters. Off-and-on all day.

11/25/11--1:26 PM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.~3:45 PM---dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.4:12 PM--"gas odor" in warehouse front. 4:51 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, running nose, etc. Marsha similar. 5:52 PM--dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar, overides three HEPA filters. Only appartent surrounding activity, Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass.8:27 PM-- irritant and dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, nausea, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA fitlers.

11/26/11--1:365 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, running nose, nausea, etc. Marsha similar. Off-and-on all AM. 2:07 PM--similar, nausea and overrides three HEPA filter, wear respirator. 2:56 PM--similar, "high end" odor, chills. 6:00 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.

11/27/11 11:01 AM-- dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 4)5 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. similar off-and-on all day.

11/28/11 ~5:00PM till ~9:00 PM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehosue, dirty dty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.

11/29/11--8:06 PM-- dry dirty air in front room, "asbestos"* odor, mucus membrane irritationdry dirty air in front room. Similar off-and-on all day.

11/30/11--7:33 AM--mucus membrane irritation. 7:57 AM--similar. 7:01 PM, dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

 

* actually the odor is EXACTLY like that coming from a freshly opened tube of EPOXY.

 

Understand, length of exposure to irritant is critical, just walking past warehouse is not sufficient; "IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse" means just that--a few feet or less, and for some time; the irritant is often odorless--understand even some lethal gases are; irritant is experienced only "now and then"; and irritant has after life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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