after 1/15/13 here,
after 1/27/13 here
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
a card, any card."
Welles and Carl Sandburg
of Russian chemist and photographer, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii,
show Russia on the eve of World War I and the coming of the revolution.
From 1909-1912 and again in 1915, Prokudin-Gorskii travelled across
the Russian Empire, documenting life, landscapes and the work
of Russain people. His images were to be a photographic survey
of the time. He travelled in a special train car transformed into
a dark room to process his special process of creating color images,
a technology that was in its infancy in the early 1900s. Prokudin-Gorskii
left Russia in 1918, after the Russian Revolution had destroyed
the Empire he spent years documenting.
Church in Vetluga settlement
Prior to the eighteenth century, the Russian Orthodox
Church did not assign any particular symbolism to the exterior
shape of a church. Nevertheless, onion domes are popularly believed
to symbolise burning candles.
Juggler, Michael Davis performing at Ford's
Theater during the Reagan presidency. In the audience are President and Nancy Reagan,
House Speaker, Tip and Mrs O'Neal, and Senator and Mrs Howard
Baker. Very, very funny stuff!
link courtesy Cliff
Who is Michael
photo by Dorf
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him
at: Westside Café, 2570 Ninth Street , Wednesday, January
2, 2013, from 2 to 3pm
Not having looked at my website
statistics since September, I was surprised this morning to find
the average hits in Fall and early Winter were 5,000 to 6,000
per day. In late Summer, last time I looked, the average hits
per day were 3,000 to 4,000. Go figure!
"Deli Man" is
a documentary-movie about the Jewish deli*.
link courtesy Marty
Here's a MUST
WATCH trailer for it.
the Jewish deli was brought to America by the Germans--which was
long before the late 1800s' immigration of the Eastern Europeans
"Longtime Berkeley appliance reuse business
by Chris Treadway, Contra Costa Times.
"A north side sustainability
pioneer that brought warmth and comfort to many a local home is
changing its identity after 26 years, and reopening in the same
Reliance Antiques and Appliance,
a company that sold rustic farm tables from reclaimed wood and
restored classic stoves, is reopening Jan. 1 in its present location
as Reliance and Caseber Appliance. Owners Doug and Pat Harbo are
ditching the farm table part of the business and focusing on selling
reconditioned appliances and doing appliance repair.
The two entrepreneurs purchased
an existing business, Caseber Washers and Dryers, in August, and
will run that business out of their location at Gilman and Sixth
streets. The Caseber business will operate out of the back half
of the building, reconditioning washers, dryers and other appliances
that will then be offered for sale, and also doing service calls
on most appliances.
Meanwhile, the Harbos' son
Matt will continue to do service calls on classic gas stoves such
as Wedgewood and O'Keefe & Merritt.
Pat Harbo said the company's final month in its former incarnation
as Reliance Antiques and Appliance was bittersweet."
"Thomas the Tank Engine to get a marketing
push" Brooks Barnes,
New York Times at contracostatimes.com.
"One of the oldest preschool
entertainment and toy franchises, Thomas the Tank Engine, is about
to get a new marketing push."
At his recent "Coffee
with Commander," BPD Lt Dave Frankel said auto burglary has
dropped dramatically in our area largely because of Skate's new
security. And, crime generally seems to be down in our area.
In the spirit of "The
best buy in new Rolls Royces " Steven E.F. Brown of San
Francisco Business Times reports
"UC Berkeley, California schools rank high
on list of best value in public colleges."
"Atul Kapadia of battery-maker Envia Systems"
an interview by Dana
Hull at contracostatimes.com.
"The electric car industry
faces two major challenges: the high cost of batteries and their
limited range between charges. Envia Systems, a startup based
in the East Bay city of Newark, made a big splash in February
when it claimed it achieved a milestone: a rechargeable lithium-ion
battery with an energy density of 400 watt-hours per kilogram,
the highest "energy density" known.
Since then, the company has been pretty quiet and has yet to announce
any customers. Atul Kapadia, Envia's chairman and CEO, recently
talked with this newspaper. The interview has been edited for
length and clarity."
In a story of two Als, Joe
Garofoli and Carla Marinucci write at sfgate.com "Al
Jazeera faces dubious U.S. public.
"Conservative America can't get enough of the story about
liberal former Vice President Al Gore selling the Current TV network
he co-founded to Al Jazeera. Or, as Fox News commentator Ann Coulter
described it - 'a foreign company that hates America.'
Tweeted Coulter Thursday: 'Gore sold Current TV to Al Jazeera
for $500 million. Al Qaeda could only come up with $400 million.'
Some people perceive Al Jazeera's
journalistic reputation as tainted because it showed al Qaeda's
anti-American video messages in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks,
but that view is largely undeserved now. Addressing that perception
is just one of the challenges facing the new owners of San Francisco-based
Current's coveted space on the TV dial."
"Why Can't We Have Glow-in-the-Dark Highways
Like the Netherlands?" Will
Oremus at slate.com.
link courtesy Bob
"It's one thing for
the rest of the world to have way cooler trains than us. America
has chosen car culture, for better or worse. But now comes word
that the Netherlands is building way awesomer highways, while
ours are stuck in the 20th Century. The Netherlands! If this isn't
a wake-up call for the United States to invest more in infrastructure,
I don't know what is. (OK, maybe this.)
Wired UK reported in October
that the Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure
management group Heijmans have come up with a 'smart highway'
concept that will replace standard road markings with photoluminescent
powder that charges in the daylight and glows through the night.
When the temperature drops below freezing, the road will automatically
light up with snowflake indicators to warn drivers of possible
ice, sort of like the Coors beer cans that turn blue when they're
"White House weighs broad gun-control agenda
in wake of Newtown shootings" Philip
"The White House is
weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing
the nation's gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban
on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to
multiple people involved in the administration's discussions.
A working group led by Vice
President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key
law enforcement leaders that would require universal background
checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons
through a national database, strengthen mental health checks,
and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving
them to minors, the sources said."
The Berkeley Bowl'a parking-lot
light replacement seems going apace--concrete has now been poured
for the new towers. The Bowl's temporary lighting, reminisiant
of temporary freeway-construction lighting, is more than refreshingly
bright, turning night into day.
Nick Despotopoulos sends
a link to Harry
Pearson's new website.
Harry Pearson (HP) is the
founder of the recorded-sound High-End Movement.
"There is a well written
article from Harry on his new site plus a lively comments section
on the linked article--Neil Young, Fremer, even a beam-in from
Mark ' I got other clients' Fisher, our former ad sales guy for
The Tracking Angle.
POST FROM THE PAST
is hidden away behind V&W
Windows, 2813 Seventh Street, 510-845-5264
cold and hot sandwiches are
served with freshly roasted coffee
(a truly superior coffee,
it is also served in the deli-section of The Bowl RP)
a favorite is Italianova-two
eggs, black forest ham, gruyere cheese and basil pesto on a sweet
END POST FROM THE
the extensive Commerical
Kitchen's remodel of the old Nexus property
continues while preserving
the property's link with the past
"New performance halls expected to change
by Richard Scheinin, contracostatimes.com.
a contracostatimes photo
It's a potential game changer
on the region's cultural scene: Two new concert halls are opening
in the Bay Area, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University and
the SFJazz Center in San Francisco. Add in Sonoma State University's
classy Weill Hall, which opened in September, 45 minutes from
the Golden Gate Bridge, and the startling total spent on new performance
venues is about $325 million -- in the middle of a recession."
POST FROM THE PAST
Lawrence Interviews Derek Sugden, builder of halls of music
"Derek, you are a hard man to describe - Training in structural
engineering, acoustical designer, builder and rebuilder of halls
of music. Tell us a little bit about yourself, so that we can
get a fix on you."
"A bit about myself, where it all began? Well, I started
structural engineering and the third job I had was with a firm
called Ove Arup and Partners, and I had been interviewed by the
great Ove Arup and I joined them in 1953, and did a lot of interesting
work, a lot of interesting buildings. Never had done anything
in music until out of the blue in 1965, I think it was October,
Arup, he was Mr. Arup then, not Sir Ove had a letter from Benjamin
Britten and the Aldeburgh Festival saying they had a malt house
in Snape, a little village near Aldeburgh, and would we look at
it and say if we could convert it into a concert hall. And that
is how it all started. Arup was very busy on a job that was really
taxing him and the firm. You may have heard of it, it is called
Sidney Opera House, and at that time the roof structure was just
about completed; but he was too busy to do anything else and he
handed me the letter and said, 'You had better go and see them,'
and I did."
full interview here
END POST FROM THE
"Want to Fight Crime? Address Economic
Buchanan at bloombergnews.com.
link courtesy of
" . . . decisive in
determining crime rates are the more invisible barriers to crime
set up by social norms and social cohesion. Indeed, one of the
most robust statistical patterns known is that crime rates tend
to go up with rising economic inequality, which itself tends to
go along with erosion of social trust. "
"What the Baltimore P.D. can teach your
office about multitasking and incentives" by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan at slate.com.
link courtesy of
"On Oct. 29, 1999, Peter Moskos sat in the office of the
acting commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department facing
a life-altering choice: sign up for training with Baltimore City
Police recruit class 99-5 or return to the Harvard sociology department
Moskos was a sociologist,
born and bred. His father, Charles, a renowned military sociologist,
was best known as the originator of President Clinton's 'Don't
Ask, Don't Tell' policy. After graduating magna cum laude from
Princeton with a degree in sociology, Peter Moskos enrolled in
Harvard's prestigious Ph.D. program (rejection rate: 95 percent)
and planned to study policing. Moskos wanted to follow in the
footsteps of other sociologists by immersing himself in the lives
of his subjects-in his case, the police officers who fought the
war on drugs.
Police departments routinely
let Boy Scouts, Junior Police Rangers, and Hollywood stars ride
along. But Moskos is no Boy Scout, and he's certainly no Matt
Damon. No one Moskos approached with his proposal would give him
the time of day. And why would they have? What commissioner would
let some potentially uber-liberal Ivy League do-gooder sociologist
into his department to pick at old scabs, dig up trash, and document
well-hidden skeletons in the department's closet?
A ranking police officer,
a friend of Peter's father, whispered in the ear of Baltimore's
police commissioner, Thomas Frazier, who knew he was on his way
out. A mayoral election was just around the corner, and all the
leading candidates save one were on the record saying that the
police department needed new leadership. A commissioner who knew
he'd be gone in a matter of months didn't need to give much thought
to the wreckage Moskos's visit might leave behind. Frazier allowed
Moskos to observe recruit class 99-5 during their time at the
police academy and then to follow them out onto the streets.
Still, Frazier's replacement, Ronald L. Daniel-who would be stuck
with any fallout from Moskos' work-didn't have quite so laissez-faire
an attitude. (Daniel resigned after just a few months, but as
Moskos notes in his book Cop in the Hood-on which, together with
interviews of Moskos, we base much of this account-Moskos' ulterior
motives were lost in the shuffle when Daniel's replacement came
in.) Once informed of the situation, Daniel ordered Moskos into
his office but didn't send him packing outright. Instead, he offered
Moskos a choice. He could stay, Daniel said, only if he passed
the hiring requirements of the department and was willing to become
a real police officer. No ride-alongs, no observer status, no
sitting back while others did the work. Moskos would get an almost
unprecedented look inside the department if he took the full-time
job, but he'd also have to put his life at risk policing the city's
crime-ridden Eastern District."
I had breakfast with Mike
Korman this morning--the Korman of the Berkeley realtors, Korman
and Ng-- at 900
GRAYSON. Mike and I worked together
in the '60s, Mike at Campus Smoke Shop and I worked at Campus
Records. The shops were adjacent on the corner of Telegraph and
Bancroft. Mike also was part of the Berkeley
Barb from its very beginning. The business manager, he claims
to have gotten the first of their legendary want ads.
As a commercial realtor he
found the property for the Anne
Crowden School and more recently was involved in the sale
of the Hillside School property to the German
Great meeting of the minds
on old and new times.
EAT + is now open for dinner
in the old Sea Salt location at 2512 San Pablo Ave. Dinner is
served from 6 PM to 10 PM with lunch soon to follow. The current
dinner menu is a modified sea food offering.
The Rare Barrel has
just installed the fermenting tank at their new Potter Creek location--Parker
between 8th and 9th.
The new, to-be-permanent,
Berkeley Bowl parking-lot lights have just had their concrete
Da Boz just lost his chief-of-staff.
POST FROM THE PAST
Last week's most important
the innocence and energy
at Milo's school assembly
END POST FROM THE
"Berkeley legislator unveils bill to regulate
California ammunition sales" Josh
Richman at mercurynews.com.
sales would be regulated and tracked under a bill rolled out Monday
by an East Bay lawmaker, who anticipates a tough fight from the
gun lobby, legislative Republicans and perhaps even rural Democrats."
A Note From Councilmember
As my staff and I begin setting our legislative priorities for
the coming year (we will share those next month), I can honestly
say we are coming back to work with full hearts. I am honored
and excited to be returning to the District 5 office and tremendously
grateful to those of you who supported my re-election. Thank you
so much. For those who did not support me, I look forward to hearing
from you, to working collaboratively to address the many critical
issues facing District 5 and our great city.
As we all gingerly step back
from the fiscal cliff, and before the wrangling begins on the
next round of budget negotiations, we have a brief moment to breathe
and to sort through our personal New Year's resolutions to be
safe and healthy. OK, I will be continuing my walks in the neighborhood.
But am I prepared for the unexpected? We may have averted a man-made
economic disaster (for now), but with the images of hurricane
Sandy fresh in my memory, I worry about my own behavior and what
I would do in a similar disaster. I, like I suspect many of you,
resolve every year to prepare but never quite get there.
Here is an opportunity .
"Berkeley to review gunman-on-campus training
in wake of Newtown, Conn., shootings" by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"Berkeley's school district
will hire consultants to re-examine safety procedures and gunman-on-campus
scenarios at all 20 schools following the Dec. 14 massacre of
20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newtown, Conn., officials said Wednesday.
'What happened in Newtown
has scared every parent in the country,' said Susan Craig, director
of student services for the 9,000-student district. 'How do you
prevent an active shooter from getting on campus? And if that
happens is there some strategy to prevent death and serious injury?'
. . .
Craig rejected the National Rifle Association's suggestion to
put armed guards in all schools. But she noted Berkeley High's
school police officer is armed."
"Bank hacks were work of Iran, officials
say" by Nicole Perlroth
and Quentin Hardy , New York Times
"The attackers hit one
U.S. bank after the next. As in so many previous attacks, dozens
of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt
before recovering several minutes later.
But there was something disturbingly
different about the wave of online attacks on U.S. banks in recent
weeks. Security researchers say that instead of exploiting individual
computers, the attackers engineered networks of computers in data
centers, transforming the online equivalent of a few yapping Chihuahuas
into a pack of fire-breathing Godzillas.
The skill required to carry
out attacks on this scale has convinced U.S. government officials
and security researchers that they are the work of Iran, most
likely in retaliation for economic sanctions and online attacks
by the United States. "
"We've Already Done $2.4 Trillion in Deficit
"Washington, D.C. hasn't
gotten the grand bargain that poobahs (wrongly) think America
needs. But a very useful analysis from Michael Linden and Michael
Ettlinger shows how much deficit reduction has already been enacted
in a series of smaller deals.
It's quite a bit of deficit
reduction, about $2.4 trillion worth, and just a hair over a quarter
of it via higher taxes with the rest coming from lower spending.
It would be great to do more if people have more examples of genuinely
wasteful spending or of revenue ideas like a carbon tax or slightly
higher alcohol taxes that have other social benefits. But don't
let anyone convince you that nothing's being done. The economic
recovery is reducing the deficit, and measures already enacted
are bringing further deficit reductions."
POSTS FROM THE
this photo is of
the Avon Lady here from Walnut
"I'm much too young
to be this old" Milo F
END POSTS FROM
Berkeley Bowl neighbors report
that the new Bowl parking-lot-lights are great with a quiet diffused
light that illuminates the lot as well as its surroundings.
Though Berkeley' s west now
displays a greater variety of commercial for sale and for lease
signs, Norhien and Yost continue to set the turn-over tone.
Damn, misspelled Norhiem
Mark Numainville, Acting
City Clerk emails
Invitation to Community Meeting
About Berkeley City Council Redistricting
The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany & Emeryville
invites the public to a
community meeting to learn about the City's upcoming redistricting
Redistricting is the redrawing of City Council district boundaries
every ten years to
ensure that districts are balanced with the same number of residents.
applies only to City Council districts and is not part of the
state redistricting process for
congressional and state legislative districts.
According to the 2010 Census, Berkeley's population is 112,580,
an increase of almost
10,000 people from the 2000 Census. The population shifts within
district require revisions to City Council district boundaries
to ensure equal
representation of residents.
The public is a critical part of the redistricting process. The
League of Women Voters
will be moderating this meeting to introduce the community to
the purpose of
redistricting, the City Charter's criteria for Council districts,
and the timeline and
Community Meeting on City Redistricting in Berkeley , Thursday,
January 24, 2013
6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. , South Berkeley Senior Center Multi-Purpose
2339 Ellis Street, Berkeley.
For more information about this process, visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/redistricting.
Ole friend Josh Denton, John
Denton's son, emails
I am way up here in great
frozen Canada, but I read from time to time about Berkeley, my
old home town. Did Juan's family sell the restaurant?
(I was just searching around the net, and it seemed like the place
has changed.) What is the new Brenan's like? I can not imagine
that it is the same. All those good old working class places,
now all yuppified.... It seems like a different town.
How is Ron? Got any
be well, yours, Josh
(changed), much the same,
. . . , same but different, Good, yes.
POST FROM THE PAST
"Making furniture the old-fashioned way" is a report about Potter Creek's Berkeley Mills
by Janis Mara of our Times.
a Times photo
"The door of the bamboo
kitchen cabinet glides open smoothly as customer Rick Unvarsky
pulls the knob at the Berkeley Mills furniture showroom here.
'The hinges are durable,'
said Unvarsky. 'That's a sign of quality.'
In a field notorious for
shoddy work and fly-by-night operations, it's unusual to find
a 21-year-old shop of 40 employees making handcrafted furniture
to the highest design and environmental standards. And though
the economy isn't making it any easier for Berkeley Mills, its
cofounders are determined to maintain their commitment to quality.
'We don't use particle board.
None of our panels are manufactured with formaldehyde,' said Gene
Agress, co-founder of the company. The bamboo, jarrah and other
woods he uses are sustainably harvested and certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council, Agress said.
Late afternoon sunlight floods
into the room through a red stained-glass window, throwing a patch
of umber across the hardwood floor and a $2,090 cherry and birdseye
maple harp dining chair. Not surprisingly, the company's goods
'Everything's about labor
and craftmanship and materials. Our average sale is probably around
$12,000,' said Agress.
So far, the economic tsunami
sweeping over the country hasn't pulled Berkeley Mills off its
mooring, the cofounder said.
'We did borrow some money
for the first time on our credit line. But we are still busy,'
Agress said. 'It's just that
things are moving a little slower.' Though he wouldn't say how
much the privately held company made this year, Agress said it
was on a par with 2007."
END POST FROM THE
sales overtake Europe in 2012" Li Fangfang, chinadaily.com.
"China overtook Europe
in vehicle sales in 2012 and is now in pole position after passing
the United States in 2009.
China overtook Europe in
vehicle sales in 2012 and is now in pole position after passing
the United States in 2009. Sales of passenger vehicles increased
6.8 percent, from the previous year to 14.68 million units the
China Passenger Car Association said on Wednesday. In December
alone, passenger vehicle sales jumped 8.6 percent year-on-year
to 1.56 million units. European passenger vehicle sales reached
12.5 million units, 1.1 million fewer than a year earlier.
The US registered the best
sales growth since 2008, 13 percent year-on-year, but it still
lagged just behind the Chinese mainland market after selling 14.5
Analysts said China's vehicle
market will continue to grow."
POST FROM THE PAST
CIA analyst, John
T. Whitman at SALT II
Carol Whitman's Dad--Carol
of Potter Creek's Carol and Bob--was a CIA Soviet analyst during
the Cold War. In his role
as a Soviet analyst John was a CIA representative at the SALT
II talks. This month, some of his memories
From John T. Whitman's privately-published
memoirs--John was a CIA Soviet analyst during the Cold War.
The Cuban Missle Crisis
The Bay of Pigs invasion
in 1961 took me and my colleagues completely by surprise. As a
Soviet expert, the CIA operators of this project had scant reason
to bring me into the planning. But my fellow political analysts
who specialized in Cuban affairs were kept equally in the dark.
It was the rule in those times -- and remained the usual custom
for a long time even after the rules were changed -- not to expand
the chance of leaks by consulting analysts from the analytic side
of the Agency. Nor was it a time when potential nay-sayers were
gladly sought out. Thus we shall never know whether those analysts,
freed of operational responsibilities, would have given emphatic
warnings that little support for the invasion could be expected
from the Cuban populace or armed forces. Given the operators'
commitment to the project:, it seems unlikely that, were such
warnings given, they would have been heeded. At any rate, I knew
nothing more about the Bay of Pigs than the average newspaper
reader and nothing more thereafter, save for an early indication,
from an enraged planner, about John Kennedy's crucial perfidy
in withholding air support from the stranded exile brigade.
Not so with the Cuban missile
crisis in October of the following year, which posed entirely
analytic tasks. The first reconnaissance photos of missile bases
under construction came in on a Sunday, and I was summoned to
an urgent meeting on Monday to look at them. We were all astonished,
including myself. In fact, two of my senior colleagues, older
and more experienced, spent the entire day arguing the photo interpreters
conclusions. It seemed beyond belief that Khrushchev could hope
to ship these missiles across the Atlantic, on open decks, construct
their Cuban launch sites, and deploy them against the US Bay of
Pigs fiasco and Kennedy's willingness to endure some bullying
at their Vienna summit earlier in the year to mean that Washington
would stand by powerless.
In fact, we were right to
be astonished. Khrushchev's venture was in fact foolhardy and
ended disastrously. Within two years it had entered the category
of "hare-brained schemes" which the Soviet press used
to explain and justify his ouster.But in the heat of the moment
we could only surmise that the Soviet missile deployment be-spoke
not only an extreme aggressiveness but also a dangerous contempt
for the Americans.
That first meeting broke
up with an agreement- -with two abstentions --that strategic missile
deployments were in fact occurring in Cuba and a decision to produce
a daily report on the progress-- locations of missile-carrying
ships at sea, state of construction of their launch sites in Cuba,
indicators of the presence of nuclear warheads, operational readiness.
This report would include the most sensitive categories of intelligence
and would be restricted to members of the ExCom, an ad hoc group
of the President's most trusted advisors, set up to manage the
crisis. Upon returning to my office, I check out a faint memory.
Sure enough, I found in an editorial published some three weeks
earlier in Pravda a long diatribe about Berlin, filled with dire
threats if the West did not recognize East German sovereignty
and allow it to regulate access to West Berlin. At the very end
was a short paragraph, also couched in the blustering tones of
Soviet propaganda, demanding that the United States keep its hands
Neither the tone nor the
content of this editorial was unusual. What was odd was the mixture
of two subjects, the abrupt swerve from a routine piece on Berlin
to the topic of Cuba. It was this which had caught my eye at the
time, but when no explanation offered itself I simply dismissed
it and went on. Now its significance became clear. We had been
given, inadvertently or not, a glimpse of an overall strategy.
Since Khrushchev lacked the power and, confidence to confront
us directly in Berlin, at the heart of Europe, he meant first
to cow us in Cuba, bring new nuclear firepower to bear on the
US itself, and in these dramatically changed circumstances, force
his will upon us in Berlin as the first application of the new
correlation of forces. This may well sound arcane to many, but
it was an established method of analysis by Western Sovietologists.
The extreme secrecy practiced by Moscow forced outsiders, and
ordinary Russians as well, to search for seemingly far-fetched
clues to Soviet policy between the lines, not only in Pravda and
Izvestiya, but in many other more obscure publications as well.
Allen Dulles was able to
make a great impression on President Eisenhower in 1953 when he
reported that the name of Beriya, the secret police chief, was
missing from a long list of Politburo members who had attended
the opera; Dulles could not predict Beryia's fate, but it did
not look good for him. Within a week Pravada announced that the
traitor Beriya had been unmasked and shot.
This, of course, was a useless
tour de force; there was nothing the US could do with Dulles'
information, though it did contribute to his reputation within
Pravda's Berlin-Cuba linkage,
on the other hand, was freighted with grave policy significance,
and I cursed myself for not having seen this at the time, though
I would have been unable to convince others of anything on such
sparse evidence. Such are the frustrations of Sovietology.
A better opportunity arrived
on the second day of the crisis when Pravda gave the first Soviet
public response to Kennedy's challenge to the Soviet deployments.
The United States was excoriated for concocting a crisis, for
fabricating evidence and dragging the world to the brink of nuclear
war. Toward the end came the key: in the face of this dastardly
scheme, "The Soviet Union will not be provoked. Instead,
as always, it will fight to expose the plots of the imperialists
and struggle to preserve world peace."
"The Soviet-Union will
not be provoked." I recognized this as a time honored formula
employed when the Soviet Union, having itself provoked, found
itself over-extended and forced to draw back. It was guidance
to the Party elite and foreign Communists that a retreat would
be necessary and should be portrayed as a contribution to peace,
with Moscow's opponents branded as warmongers restrained by the
wise policy of the USSR. From that moment I never doubted that
the crisis would be contained, that Khrushchev knew he was outmatched
and would find some way to satisfy US demands.
Later that day I was named
as the CIA member of a small group of Soviet specialists, drawn
from State and the Pentagon, to provide a daily intelligence analysis
of Soviet intentions. There were five or six of us, and we all
read Pravda the same way. Our conclusion was delivered to the
ExCom by our chairman, who worked for Walt Rostow in the NSC Staff.
I never knew how seriously it was taken--a common frustration
for intelligence analysts-- but when, a day or two later, the
Soviet missile ships stopped dead in the water, the meaning of
"the Soviet Union will not be provoked" became clearer.
That evening I came home,
tired and snappish, to discover that my childrens' school had
conducted an air raid drill. Carol, Stephen. and Davie had all
spent five minutes, with their classmates, crouched under their
desks. They wanted to know why. I was furious. Why should all
these children be frightened and bewildered? What sort of overreaction
was this? Didn't everyone know that Khrushchev was going to back
down, that there would he no war? It took me a while to realize
that our school administrators didn't read Pravda. But more generally,
I have never been able to shake the feeling that the Administration's
stance on the crisis was partly intended to magnify the danger
in order to heighten the President's credit in meeting and winning
it. Granted that these were rattled men, confronted initially
with a challenge that seemed both mortal and inexplicable. But
the subsequent memoir-writing of Kennedy's associates has done
little to curb this excess.
Finally, the role of Ted
Walker deserves to be memorialized. Ted was the funniest man I
ever knew, with an inexhaustible fund of down-home stories about
the eccentric inhabitants of Cepawlpa, Oklahoma, where he was
raised. Ted was assigned to the team which produced the daily
intelligence report on the status of the deployments. Each issue
contained a map of the United States, across which arcs were drawn
to indicate the range of each missile site as it became operational
in Cuba. For reference purposes, a few cities were indicated on
this map--New York, Washington, St. Louis, New Orleans. On about
the fifth day yet another arc appeared. It ran directly through
a small circle identified as Cepawlpa, Oklahoma.
Years later, Ted Walker met
a strange and sad end. He was working on the annual estimate of
Soviet military strength, a complicated and hotly contested document
which directly affected the size of the military budget that the
Pentagon would recommend. It was a grueling process; one of the
military participants regularly took a month's leave after its
completion because, as he confided to a colleague, "all that
Iying he had to do tore him up real bad." One afternoon,
during a particularly fierce argument, Ted suddenly dropped dead
of a heart attack at the table.
END POST FROM THE
"The Real Cuban Missile Crisis" Sheldon M. Stern at theatlantic.com.
link courtesy Bob
"Everything you think
you know about those 13 days is wrong.
On October 16, 1962, John
F. Kennedy and his advisers were stunned to learn that the
Soviet Union was, without provocation, installing nuclear-armed
medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in Cuba. With
these offensive weapons, which represented a new and existential
threat to America, Moscow significantly raised the ante in the
nuclear rivalry between the superpowers-a gambit that forced the
United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear Armageddon.
On October 22, the president, with no other recourse, proclaimed
in a televised address that his administration knew of the illegal
missiles, and delivered an ultimatum insisting on their removal,
announcing an American "quarantine" of Cuba to force
compliance with his demands. While carefully avoiding provocative
action and coolly calibrating each Soviet countermeasure, Kennedy
and his lieutenants brooked no compromise; they held firm, despite
Moscow's efforts to link a resolution to extrinsic issues and
despite predictable Soviet blustering about American aggression
and violation of international law. In the tense 13?day crisis,
the Americans and Soviets went eyeball-to-eyeball. Thanks to the
Kennedy administration's placid resolve and prudent crisis management-thanks
to what Kennedy's special assistant Arthur Schlesinger Jr. characterized
as the president's "combination of toughness and restraint,
of will, nerve, and wisdom, so brilliantly controlled, so matchlessly
calibrated, that [it] dazzled the world"-the Soviet leadership
blinked: Moscow dismantled the missiles, and a cataclysm was averted.
Every sentence in the above paragraph describing the Cuban missile
crisis is misleading or erroneous. But this was the rendition
of events that the Kennedy administration fed to a credulous press;
this was the history that the participants in Washington promulgated
in their memoirs; and this is the story that has insinuated itself
into the national memory-as the pundits' commentaries and media
coverage marking the 50th anniversary of the crisis attested."
Seems Da Boz and Ms Boz went
to Cuba over the holidays.
"Senator Hancock and
I recently returned from an amazing and educational trip to Cuba
co-sponsored by the Chez Panisse Foundation and Green
Cities Fund. The program's goal was to link chefs in the Bay Area
with chefs in Cuba. While there we had the opportunity to meet
with a wide range of the Cuban community, including artists, students,
doctors, poets and political leaders.
While in Cuba we decided to add a visit to Palma Soriano, one
of Berkeley's sister cities at the tail end of the trip. We were
able to distribute soccer balls from Berkeley-based OneWorld Futbol.
We also had a private dinner with President Raul Castro's daughter
Mariela, her husband, and Ricardo Alcaron, the outgoing president
of the National Assembly and the third most powerful man in Cuba.
We discussed the possibility of getting the United States
to lift its trade embargo and consider importing new drugs developed
by Cuban pharmaceutical companies to help with Parkinson's and
diabetes. We will discuss this issue with Barbara Lee next week. "
Da Boz' full email here.
Boy what a nifty idea! Next
our First Family could check out the "foods" of Venezuela,
Algeria, and maybe even Red China. Beyond that they could go,
. . . . . mmmm? ! . . . . But Gus* already went to . . . .
A former mayor who, by
some accounts, was the originator of our foreign policy.
Operating V-12 diesel engine that fits in the
palm of your hand is
a 9 minute video that Kubik sent.
Took 1,220 hours to make the 261 pieces. Note the
end-loaded crankshaft into the block (like an Offy)*, 12
individual cylinder heads, TINY rods and pistons, dual "underhead"
cams with pushrods to rockers in the heads.
And, he did break-in runs using an electric drill driving the
"Spanish engineer crafts 'world's smallest'
V-12 engine" is
the story at gizmag.com.
ago in the 1930s/40s, Offy (Offenhauser)
racing engine-blocks were cast in Potter Creek's Macaulay
"New Cars With The Highest Theft Rates"
Jim Gorzenaly, at forbes.com.
"Is your car popular
for the wrong reasons? It could be if you drive a Dodge Charger,
which tops the latest list of most stolen new cars from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Autos continue to be hot
properties among thieves, with 379,677 of them pilfered last year
according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fortunately,
NHTSA says increased use of parts marking, anti-theft devices
and technology like coded keys, along with heighted public awareness
and improved law enforcement have helped reduce this number steadily
since 2001, with vehicle thefts now at their lowest rate since
Bob' and Carol's old house
According to the realtor's
listing, the property sold on the first day of showing, the asking
"Predictive Policing" Charlie Beck, Chief of Detectives, Los Angeles
Police Department, and Colleen McCue, President and Chief Executive
Officer, MC2 Solutions, LLC, Midlothian, Virginia at policechiefmagazine.org.
"In the current economic
climate, police departments are being asked to do more with less.
In some localities, significant budget reductions are requiring
police managers and command staff to consider reductions in the
retention of sworn personnel. Personnel costs represent the single
largest budget line item in most public safety organizations.
The ability to use this resource more efficiently has become absolutely
essential to police managers under current budgetary restrictions.
Now, new tools designed to increase the effective use of police
resources could make every agency more efficient, regardless of
the availability of resources.
As these new budgetary restraints
and limitations are faced, the question to ask with more urgency
is 'Why just count crime when you can anticipate, prevent, and
respond more effectively?' Predictive policing allows command
staff and police managers to leverage advanced analytics in support
of meaningful, information-based tactics, strategy, and policy
decisions in the applied public safety environment. As the law
enforcement community increasingly is asked to do more with less,
predictive policing represents an opportunity to prevent crime
and respond more effectively, while optimizing increasingly scarce
or limited resources, including personnel.
Reporting, collecting, and
compiling data are necessary but not sufficient to increase public
safety. The public safety community relies heavily on reporting
what has happened already. Annual crime reports, monthly summary
reports, and year-to-date reports all focus on events in the past.
Even alerts focus almost exclusively on incidents that occurred
in the past, albeit with increasing speed and efficiency. The
predictive-policing 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.
The law enforcement community
is noteworthy for its openness to innovation. As a direct result
of this openness to change, four distinct eras have emerged in
policing over the last 40 years."
The New York Times
reports "French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist
strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of
international hesitation about storming the region after every
other effort by the United States and its allies to thwart the
extremists had failed.
For years, the United States
tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by
conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across
these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara.
But as insurgents swept through
the desert last year, commanders of this nation's elite army units,
the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when
they were needed most - taking troops, guns, trucks and their
newfound skills to the enemy in the heat of battle, according
to senior Malian military officials."
Full story here.
POST FROM THE PAST
END POST FROM THE
"Bicyclist traffic school now in East Bay" Renee Rivera at sfgate.com.
"The East Bay Bicycle
Coalition is teaming with the city of Alameda and UC Berkeley
to lead the way in a new kind of traffic school - for bicyclists.
People ticketed in Alameda
or on the Berkeley campus while riding their bikes have a new
option to reduce their fine by taking a two-hour safety class
taught by certified bicycle safety instructors. The East Bay Bicycle
Coalition will partner with the police departments in Alameda
and on the Berkeley campus to offer these free classes, and is
working to bring Bicycle Traffic School to more cities in the
"Health Care and Profits, a Poor Mix" at nytimes.com.
link courtesy Kibik
"Thirty years ago, Bonnie
Svarstad and Chester Bond of the School of Pharmacy at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison discovered an interesting pattern in the
use of sedatives at nursing homes in the south of the state.
Patients entering church-affiliated
nonprofit homes were prescribed drugs roughly as often as those
entering profit-making "proprietary" institutions. But
patients in proprietary homes received, on average, more than
four times the dose of patients at nonprofits.
Writing about his colleagues'
research in his 1988 book 'The Nonprofit Economy,' the economist
Burton Weisbrod provided a straightforward explanation: 'differences
in the pursuit of profit.' Sedatives are cheap, Mr. Weisbrod noted.
'Less expensive than, say, giving special attention to more active
patients who need to be kept busy.'
This behavior was hardly
surprising. Hospitals run for profit are also less likely than
nonprofit and government-run institutions to offer services like
home health care and psychiatric emergency care, which are not
as profitable as open-heart surgery.
A shareholder might even
applaud the creativity with which profit-seeking institutions
go about seeking profit. But the consequences of this pursuit
might not be so great for other stakeholders in the system - patients,
fatal crash offers rare look at U.S. commando presence in Mali"
Craig Whitlock, july2012washingtonpost.com.
"In pre-dawn darkness,
a Toyota Land Cruiser skidded off a bridge in North Africa in
the spring, plunging into the Niger River. When rescuers arrived,
they found the bodies of three U.S. Army commandos - alongside
three dead women.
What the men were doing in
the impoverished country of Mali, and why they were still there
a month after the United States suspended military relations with
its government, is at the crux of a mystery that officials have
not fully explained even 10 weeks later.
At the very least, the April
20 accident exposed a team of Special Operations forces that had
been working for months in Mali, a Saharan country racked by civil
war and a rising Islamist insurgency. More broadly, the crash
has provided a rare glimpse of elite U.S. commando units in North
Africa, where they have been secretly engaged in counterterrorism
actions against al-Qaeda affiliates."
Blondie's and Rasputin's Owner Plans New Restaurant
on Telegraph Avenue
Biondi's Cafe is slated for the old Wet Seal location.
· By Berkeley Patch Staff
The owner of Blondie's Pizza
and Rasputin's Music, wants to open a restaurant on Telegraph
Avenue. The new place would have a seating capacity of 150 and
would serve salads, pizza, and pasta.
Ken Sarachen's plans also call for serving beer and wine until
1 a.m. It will be called Biondi's Cafe.
UC Berkeley hires new chief information officer
Steven E.F. Brown
an Francisco Business Times
Larry Conrad will start work as chief information officer at the
University of California, Berkeley, in February.
The university has been looking for a new CIO for some time --
at least eight months -- and during that period Lyle Nevels has
been doing the job on a temporary basis. Nevels will stick around
as deputy CIO in a "redefined" job, UC Berkeley said.
UC Police Arrest Fleeing
Suspect in Campus Building Graffiti
A 23-year-old man suspected of spraying "hate crime"
graffiti on campus was captured Saturday after he fell and cut
his forehead while fleeing from UC Berkeley police, police said
Monday. A suspected accomplice escaped.
Luxury apartments planned for downtown Berkeley
By Judith Scherr Oakland Tribune Correspondent
A developer has proposed an upscale 355-unit apartment project
downtown with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, community rooms
with Wi-Fi, a fitness center and rooftop gardens.
HSR Berkeley Investments,
managed by Los Angeles-based Hill Street Realty, is calling the
$200 million project The Residences at Berkeley Plaza.
The developer already bought
the buildings for the project bordered by Shattuck Avenue, Kittredge
Street, Harold Way and Allston Way for $20 million. If approved
the project would be the first of three 180-foot buildings allowed
downtown under the 2010 voter-approved Measure R.
"Some New Faces and Names on Berkeley Patch" at berkeley.patch.com.
"Starting this week
you will see some new faces and names on Berkeley Patch.
Charles Burress, Analisa
Harangozo and Dixie Jordan will be working as a team to manage
Berkeley Patch and some other nearby Patch community websites.
Charles worked many years
as a staff writer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle before
joining Patch as the editor of El Cerrito Patch.
"Colorflow Debuts New Facility in Berkeley,
CA" right here in
Potter Creek, a story Jennifer Wolfe, awn.com.
"Colorflow has opened
an all-new, state-of-the-art facility in the historic Saul Zaentz
Media Center in Berkeley, California. The 7500-square foot facility
features three color grading and finishing suites, and a DCI-compliant
DI grading theater. Colorflow has recently provided color grading
and finishing services for a number of films, including Heatstroke,
a suspense thriller from Bold Films; and A River Changes Course,
a documentary set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival."
from our log
1/2/13--6:00 AM and following,
SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.
7:17 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane
irritation. 7:47 PM--similar, wear respirator, watery eyes, itchy
skin.Marsha has SERIOUS hacking cough, symptoms similar to those
in AM 11: 50 PM--similar, wear respirator, Marsha has SERIOUS
1/3/13--2:13 PM--7:17 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides
three HEPA filters. 7:47 PM--similar, wear respirator, watery
eyes, itchy skin.Marsha has SERIOUS hacking cough, overrides three
HEPA filters. 10:52 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation, Marsha has VERY SERIOUS hacking cough,
SERIOUS difficulty breathing, had to leave warehouse area for
air. Worst incident in recent memory! Someone is dumping SERIOUS,
in warehouse front and in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation,
in front room, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator. 3:35
irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator.
Off-and-on all afternoon, irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator,
only apparent immediate activity worker at neighbors. 8:09 PM--irritant
in front room, dry burning air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy
skin. 9:38 PM--similar.
in front room, dry burning air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy
skin, overirdes 3 HEPA filters. 5:36 AM--similar. 9:38 PM--similar.
10:30 PM similar.
in front room, dry burning air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy
skin, overirdes 3 HEPA filters.
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Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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