Don Yost forwards a Shell/Ferrari Commercial video from friend, James Furuich

Furuich writes

"Though you might enjoy this 2 minute video. Although it says there were no computer graphics involved, hmmm
 Here's a link to a Shell commercial shown in Europe .

Ostensibly, they're selling gasoline, but the cars used in the video steal the show.

Ferrari pulled several of their race cars from various ages out of storage, flew them around the world and filmed them running through the streets of Rome , Rio , New York , Hong Kong, Honolulu and Monaco . No computer graphics these are the original cars on the original streets.

The best part is the sound from the basso-profundo notes of the early, front-engine era, each scene cuts to a later generation, ending with the wail of a modern F1 car.

The sounds alone bring a tear to the eye.

Even if you're not a gearhead, this video will stir the soul. There's just something about 3 liters and 14,000 RPM ! "



"Chocolatiers Bring Latin American Flavor to Elmwood" is a berkeleypatch.com report.

"After Southern California proved 'too hot' for chocolate, the founder of Casa De Chocolates found success in a commercial kitchen in Berkeley. The chocolatier will open a store in Elmwood mid-February."



You gotta love science when

"Liquor triggers pleasure-inducing endorphins" are the results of a new scientific study posted at seattletimes.com.

Imagine, . . . "Scientists have found evidence that liquor triggers the release of pleasure-inducing endorphins in the brain."



Right now to buy Krispy Kremes, I have to drive to Union City or Daly City. If the their city council approves, Krispy Keme will open in Concord.




The 70 applicants for Berkeley Planning Director have now been cut to under a couple dozen with a decision to be made, hopefully, by late Febuary early March.








"11 More Solyndras In Obama Energy Program" is a CBS News video report.

The liberal mediamatters.org believes that it is "a misleading segment painting a skewed picture of the Department of Energy's clean tech investments."



The Washington Post reports of "A welcome rise in manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Fairly or unfairly , President Obama gets blamed for economic disappointments on his watch. By the same token, he gets to crow when things go well - whether he deserves credit or not. So he was entitled on Wednesday to trumpet the fact that U.S. manufacturing employment grew by 334,000 jobs over the last two years - the strongest two-year growth since the late 1990s. That's good news for Mr. Obama's reelection campaign, for the people who got jobs - and for the country, which had been shedding manufacturing jobs even before the Great Recession.

But let's put the celebration in context. U.S. manufacturing is hardly as weak as it is sometimes portrayed. In 2009, U.S. manufacturing output was equal to that of Germany, Italy, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada combined, according to the United Nations. In 2010, U.S. manufacturers produced nearly $1.8 trillion in goods (in constant 2005 dollars), about $100 billion more than China did."















Vincent Lasser, Car-Classic & Classic-Motorbikes, Geneva emails

I am looking to enter in contact with Conrad Stevenson, a reknown Alfa-Romeo specialist,
Do you have his contact details?
I remain at your disposal,
kind regards,Vincent Lasser

I forwarded the email to a well-known restorer of classic cars here in Berkekey and he replied, and forwarded to Vincent

I really enjoyed that wine, [from Chtistmas time] thank you!
Conrad is in Berkeley. His shop number is (510)526-4516.

To which Vincent replied

many thanks

best regards from an Alfa Giulietta SZ 2






With years of work nearly completed, Doug Oakley writes "Employees returning to abandoned Berkeley school building" at contracostatimes.com.

"A largely abandoned and dilapidated Berkeley school district building the size of a city block is undergoing a $22 million renovation and will bring at least 100 employees to the University Avenue neighborhood in March."

Oakley can often be found at Caffe Trieste.

"Psychosocial Benefits from Gossip" is at psychcentral.com.

"A new study from the University of California, Berkeley finds that the some kinds of gossip can have positive effects such as helping to police bad behavior, prevent abuse and lower stress."




"Albany council OKs Whole Foods development near U.C. Berkeley housing" is a story at bizjournals.com.

"Albany's city council unanimously approved a University of California    development that would build a Whole Foods grocery store and senior housing near the "University Village" graduate student housing neighborhood."                  








"Wikipedia and other websites shut down to protest online piracy bill" is a particularly fine report by Patrick May at contracostatimes.com.

"As Wikipedia and other websites go dark Wednesday in what backers are calling the largest Internet protest ever, the epic battle between Silicon Valley and Hollywood over online anti-piracy legislation continues to heat up, even as many Web surfers scratch their heads over what it all means.
The fight is over the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill now stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives that's aimed at stopping the spread of pirated copies of movies and other content by "rogue" websites overseas. Heavyweight supporters of SOPA such as Time Warner and the Motion Picture Association of America are butting up against tech titans such as Wikipedia, . . ."



"Hagens Berman Announces Netflix Investigation" at sacbee.com.

"Hagens Berman today announced an investigation of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) regarding claims made in a recently filed securities class-action lawsuit, including alleged insider selling by corporate executives, and informed investors of a March 13, 2012, deadline to move for lead plaintiff."




"Documents show how Fed missed housing bust" reports cbsnews.com.

"Ben Bernanke presided over his first meeting as Federal Reserve chairman in March 2006 believing the nation's economy could pull off a "soft landing" from falling home prices. Three months later, Bernanke had begun to grasp that he and others underestimated the risk housing posed to the economy."









Patricia emails

Hi Ron

I am particularly interested in your hazardous waste info---having lived [ in Potter Creek ] 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 of upwind Richmond Refineries or so I presume but it is that kind of smell....I would like more info on this as no one seems to be paying that much attention and this is a mixed residention neighborhood with two schools withing a few blocks of me....

Patricia Dreher



















"Johnny Otis of 'Willie and the Hand Jive' dies" by Robert Jablon, AP reporter.

"Johnny Otis, the 'godfather of rhythm and blues' who wrote and recorded the R&B classic 'Willie and the Hand Jive' and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90.

Otis, who had been in poor health for several years, died at his home in the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Altadena on Tuesday, said his manager, Terry Gould.

Otis, who was white, was born John Veliotes to Greek immigrants and grew up in a black section of Berkeley, where he said he identified far more with black culture than his own. As a teenager, he changed his name because he thought Johnny Otis sounded more black."



"Saving the house of jazz legend John Coltrane" bbcnews.com.

John Coltrane's

Akiyoshi Miyashita photo

alto saxophone in his home recording studio

"Nearly 50 years ago the Jazz legend John Coltrane locked himself away in the upstairs room of his home on New York's Long Island. It was there that he wrote what many consider his masterpiece: A Love Supreme.

The house, where Coltrane also spent the last years of his life before dying from liver cancer, has been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's most-endangered list."











Don't be meek!

Make John Coltrane Park

in Potter Creek








"Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview" at rollingstone.com.

"Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the 'Times,' his stint in solitary and the future of journalism."














"Biofuel breakthrough: kelp could power cars" mongabay.com.

"Scientists have devised a new way to produce ethanol directly from seaweed, offering the potential to generate biofuels that don't compete with terrestrial food production and won't suck up scarce freshwater, reports a study published today in Science.

Researchers from the Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, California engineered E. coli bacterium to digest brown seaweed and produce ethanol as a byproduct. Kelp, which grows up to a meter a day and is abundant in temperate coastal regions, is a type of brown seaweed."


Bio Architecture Lab is a tenet of our Michael and Steven Goldin.


Elaborating on the story release is "Bio Architecture Lab sees seaweed in biofuels" by David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor.

"Scientists in a cluttered Berkeley laboratory are working a bit of biochemical wizardry to transform ordinary seaweed into biofuels that promise a new source of energy for this oil-dependent nation.

The lab's research has already fueled a startup company whose workers in southern Chile are farming nearly 200 acres of kelp offshore and building a pilot plant that aims to demonstrate it can scale up production rapidly to produce a major source of ethanol and essential chemicals in the very near future.

The raw material is the same waving kelp species that sea otters love in Monterey Bay, but its tough fronds have long proved impossible for common bacteria to digest completely and to ferment into feed stocks for the 'green' biofuels the world is seeking in an era of global warming and perilous dependence on oil from other nations.

But that problem has been solved, say the researchers at Bio Architecture Lab, a startup co-founded by its chief scientist, Yasuo Yoshikuni, a biochemist with a doctorate from UC Berkeley. The company's modest offices and laboratory are located next to the railroad tracks along the Berkeley shore where Amtrak trains roar past all day."



One of the original participants in Steven and-alls' short lived, Green Market was

Potter Creek's Elbow Grease Designs, now with a retail outlet on 9th just north of Grayson.

Jenny, one of the owners, is the daughter of Moe Moskowitiz' best friend, Don Schneker, original owner with wife Alice of The Print Mint--but all that's another story.







"The New American Divide" by Charles Murray at wsj.com.

"The ideal of an 'American way of life' is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated. Charles Murray on what's cleaving America, and why.

America is coming apart. For most of our nation's history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world-for whites, anyway. 'The more opulent citizens take great care not to stand aloof from the people,' wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, the great chronicler of American democracy, in the 1830s. 'On the contrary, they constantly keep on easy terms with the lower classes: They listen to them, they speak to them every day.'

Americans love to see themselves this way. But there's a problem: It's not true anymore, . . ."



"Bill Moyers, David Stockman on Crony Capitalism" occupyamerica.com.

"Bill Moyers and former White House budget director David Stockman on the all-too-cozy relationship between Washington and Wall Street.

This weekend, continuing its sharp multi-episode focus on the intersection of money and politics, Moyers & Company explores the tight connection between Wall Street and the White House with David Stockman ­ yes, that David Stockman - former budget director for President Reagan.

Now a businessman who says he was 'taken to the woodshed' for telling the truth about the administration's tax policies, Stockman speaks candidly with Bill Moyers about how money dominates politics, distorting free markets and endangering democracy. 'As a result,' Stockman says, 'we have neither capitalism nor democracy. We have crony capitalism.'

Stockman shares details on how the courtship of politics and high finance have turned our economy into a private club that rewards the super-rich and corporations, leaving average Americans wondering how it could happen and who's really in charge.
'We now have an entitled class of Wall Street financiers and of corporate CEOs who believe the government is there to do whatever it takes in order to keep the game going and their stock price moving upward,' Stockman tells Moyers."



"Gretchen Morgenson on Corporate Clout in Washington" at billmoyers.com.

"Moyers talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and columnist Gretchen Morgenson on how money and political clout enable industries to escape regulation and enrich executives at the top."







distributing surplus goods

photo courtesy Bob Kubik

during the Depression
















and so today

begins The Year of the Dragon, 4710






LBNL chooses 

Richmond Field Station for their second campus!














quote of the week

"I'm so bad, I make medicine sick."





Pete's Potter Creek rain guage shows almost 3 inches for the storm.


Of a story I broke just after 9 AM yesterday, Hannah Dreier of the Contra Costa Times writes

"Richmond chosen as site for Berkeley lab's second campus.

A lab that has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners, revealed the existence of dark energy and explained photosynthesis has chosen a new home.

The city of Richmond walked away Monday with perhaps the most highly sought economic development project to come to the Bay Area in a decade -- the second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory."




A pizza press release in Pizza Magazine about our Annie's reads "Annie's Expands Into Frozen Category With Certified-Organic Rising Crust Pizza.

Annie's . . . . announced its expansion into the frozen aisle with the introduction of new family-sized, certified-organic frozen pizza! Available in four flavors including Uncured Pepperoni, Four Cheese, Supreme and Spinach & Mushroom, Annie's is the first and only pizza with organic rising crust, 8 grams of whole grain in every serving and a choice of certified-organic vegetables and meats. The new pizza is available at Whole Foods Market(TM) nationwide."























"IMF report: Global economy looks grim for 2012" at washingtonpost.com.

Christine Lagarde, IMF Director

"The world economy is slowing sharply, and the euro region is headed for recession this year, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday in a bleak update of global conditions. . . .

Europe's debt crisis has caused growing concern among IMF officials that efforts to bring the continent back to economic stability are too slow and insufficient. Also Monday, the agency's managing director, Christine Lagarde, warned of a '1930s moment' for the world economy if Europe falls deeper into crisis, and she pressed Germany - the region's largest economy - to contribute more money to rescue efforts."




"City unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent " Jill Wong at dailycal.org.

"Though Berkeley's unemployment rate reached its lowest point in nearly three years in December, local employers and statewide trends suggest recovery remains precarious."


















In keeping with the Obama Administration's emphasis on involving local law enforcement in anti terrorism, Special Forces and LAPD engaged in a joint exercise last night.







Acknowledging the New Normal "J.C. Penney's to reduce prices, eliminate many sales" is a report at leader.com.

"J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.

Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an 'Every Day' pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year.

The plan, the first major move by Apple executive Ron Johnson since he became Penney's CEO in November, is different from Wal-Mart's iconic everyday low pricing. Unlike Wal-Mart, Penney's goal isn't to undercut competitors, but rather to offer customers more predictable pricing."



"A Way to Make People Buy Homes Again" at nytimes.com.



"Berkeley, California Considers Taking City Funds Out of Wells Fargo" is at huffingtonpost.com.


















Comedian Harmonists

"Wochenend Und Sonnenschein" can be seen and heard by clicking on photo

Happy Days are Here Again?









"Berkeley Rep Hosts 'Selected Shorts' With Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker"

at broadwayworld.com.




BPD Sgt. Kusmiss emails

PLAY Academy to Begin 2012 Fourth Session


Graduating Class

Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), the University of California Police Department (UCPD) and the
Berkeley Boosters/Police Activities League (PAL) are pleased to announce that the PLAY Academy will start its fourth academy on Wednesday evening, January 25, 2012.

The Police and Life Academy for Youth (PLAY) program got its start in September 2010 with the support of the University of California, Berkeley Chancellor's Partnership Fund Grant in the amount of $25,000. PLAY is a partnership between the University of
California Police Department (UCPD), the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), the Berkeley Boosters /Police Activities League and the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD). PLAY connects law enforcement agencies with teenagers from the school district. A second grant awarded by the Berkeley Chancellor's Partnership Fund in September 2011 of $20,000 kept the program alive.

Sgt. Kusmiss S6
Public Information
Officer (PIO)


Kubik reports

The catering business across Tenth Street from Meyer Sound has
moved into a 50,000 square foot building in Richmond--25,000 square
feet of which is refrigerated!
A large part of their business is making sandwiches and wraps for
Trader Joe's. Meyer Sound is taking over the space and is delighted . . .




when our Regan Bice lived in Spain

he lived in this farmhouse



















"Man on Berkeley street shot numerous times, dies", Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A man was shot and killed in Berkeley on Thursday night, police said."

The victim was Kenneth Warren, a black male, 32 of Hercules. Thursday evening, in response to multiple calls of gun shots heard, twenty five officers responded, some within two minutes. On arrival, they found Warren on the ground on the south side of Emerson Street east of Shattuck. BFD transported him to the hospital were he was pronounced dead.

Warren worked as a barber in a shop on the 3000 block of Shattuck.

The Channel 5 Morning News video showed as many as 20 cartridge casings on the ground and a house wall riddled with bullet holes.



In the pioneering spirit of Scrambled Eggs and Lox, Javier Panzar writes at dailycal.org "California should give a shit.

I fucking hate opinions.

That is not to say that I hate other people's opinions. I just always avoided giving mine. I attribute it to being the youngest of three brothers with a vocal father - to avoid fights I became a natural listener.

I just never felt confident or smart enough to go toe-to-toe with people, so instead I just listened, emphasized whatever.

But you know fuck all of that. It is worth speaking your mind when it matters."








1/19/12--5:34 AM-- 7:30 AM dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watery burning eyes, burning throat, short breath.

1/20/2012--11:31 AM--"glass manufacturing" odor in front room. Off-and-on all AM. 4:37 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, bruning eyes. mouth, over rides HEPA filter.

1/21/12--8:17 AM--dry dirty air in front room, slight mucus membrane irritation. 8:40 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes. 9:09 AM---`1:07 PM--dry dirty air in front room, slight mucus membrane irritation. 1:37 PM--irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar."

1/23/12=-strong "glass manufacturing" odor in warehouse middle, Marsha.

1/24/12--1020 AM--irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar."

1/25/12--8:00 AM--"burning gas" odor in front room. 3:37--dry dirty air in front room, slight mucus membrane irritation.

1/26/12--8:06 AM--dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, light head,nausea. 9:31 AM--HEAVEY "glass manufacturing" odor in warehouse front and front of warehouse.

1/28/12--9:48 AM--dry dirty air in front of warehouse and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation. 10:08 AM--light headwatery eyes. "Do you smell it?" I asked "No," she replies, "cough, hack, cough." "Are you sure you can't smell it?" I ask again. "No, . . . my nose is completely stuffed." 11:01 AM---irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 5:29 PM---irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 5:45 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. Marsha similar. Similar off-and -on all day.6:56 PM--dry air in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. "

1/29/12--7:43 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, watery eyes. Off-and on all day --dry dirty air in front of warehouse and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/as asbestos/hot roofing tar." Marsha, nose completely stuffed, cough attacks. Off-and-on all day---irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar."Off-and-on all PM---irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar."

1/30/12--Off-and-on all AM---irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar." 2:04 PM--SERIOUS -irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar." 3:18 PM--SERIOUS-irritant in front room, aSERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar."