Don Yost forwards a Shell/Ferrari
Commercial video from friend, James Furuich
"Though you might enjoy
this 2 minute video. Although it says there were no computer graphics
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
"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."
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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....
END POST FROM THE PAST
"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
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.
alto saxophone in his home
"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
POST FROM THE PAST
John Coltrane Park
END POST FROM THE
"Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview"
"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
"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
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
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.
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
"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,
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"
"Bill Moyers and former White House budget director David
Stockman on the all-too-cozy relationship between Washington and
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
"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."
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distributing surplus goods
photo courtesy Bob Kubik
during the Depression
END POST FROM THE
and so today
begins The Year of the Dragon,
Richmond Field Station for
their second campus!
quote of the week
"I'm so bad, I make
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
"Richmond chosen as site for Berkeley lab's
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
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
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
Acknowledging the New Normal
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
POSTS FROM THE
"Wochenend Und Sonnenschein" can be seen
and heard by clicking on photo
Happy Days are Here Again?
END POSTS FROM
THE REAL PAST
Rep Hosts 'Selected Shorts' With Jill Eikenberry & Michael
BPD Sgt. Kusmiss emails
PLAY Academy to Begin 2012
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
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
Trader Joe's. Meyer Sound is taking over the space and is delighted
. . .
when our Regan Bice lived
he lived in this farmhouse
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
"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
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.
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."
manufacturing" odor in warehouse middle, Marsha.
in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot
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."