sooner than later
our City Council
et al will be back in full swing
"Blondie's and Rasputin's Owner Plans New
Restaurant on Telegraph Avenue" berkeley.patch.com.
"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
"UC Police Arrest Fleeing Suspect in Campus
Building Graffiti" berkeley.patch.com.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"UC Berkeley hires new chief information
E.F. Brown, San 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."
"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."
"Oracle updates Java, but security experts
say bugs remain"
by Jim Finkle, Reuters at contracostatimes.com.
"Oracle released an
emergency update to its Java software for surfing the Web on Sunday,
but security experts said the update fails to protect PCs from
attack by hackers intent on committing cyber crimes.
The software maker released
the update just days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
urged PC users to disable the program because of bugs in the software
that were being exploited to commit identity theft and other crimes."
"Apple drops to new lows after reports
of weak iPhone demand--HP and Dell gain" Jeremy C. Owens, contracostatimes.com.
Reports of production cutbacks
due to weak demand send Apple (AAPL) stock diving to lowest point
in nearly a year. Also, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell both gain,
though for different reasons, and Facebook's rise ends ahead of
"401(k) breaches undermining retirement
security for millions"
Michael A. Fletcher, contracostatimes.com.
"A large and growing
share of American workers are tapping their retirement savings
accounts for non-retirement needs, raising broad questions about
the effectiveness of one of the most important savings vehicles
for old age."
Councilman Moore emails
2000 San Pablo Ave. 7-11
Project - Zoning Adjustments Board Meeting
The new 7-11 convenience
store proposal has garnered much controversy since they announced
their intention to move into 2000 San Pablo Ave (the southwest
corner of San Pablo and University. With that in mind, I
wanted to let you know that there will be an upcoming meeting
at the Zoning Adjustments Board to discuss the proposal for the
new store on January 24th at 7PM in City Council Chambers in Old
City Hall/The Maudelle Shirek Building, 2134 Martin Luther King
Jr Way. The packet for the January 24th Zoning
Adjustments Board meeting will be available atwww.cityofberkeley.info/zoningadjustmentboard/ this
Friday evening, Jan 18th, after 5pm.
full email here
Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Station Pilot Program" at ci.berkeley.ca.us.
"Would your business
like to install electric vehicle charging stations?
Driving an electric car in
the Bay Area reduces about 70% of the greenhouse gases produced
by a conventional car and eliminates toxic air pollutants from
the tailpipe. Supporting electric vehicles, and other low-carbon
vehicles and fuels, advance our community's Climate Action Plan.
If your Berkeley business
would like to encourage electric vehicle adoption in our area
by installing charging stations in your parking lot, please contact
Sarah Moore in the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development,
at 510-981-7494, about participating in our new Pilot Program. "
"UC Berkeley Extension Spring Event Series
Spotlights Obama, Health Care, Sustainability and More" at marketwatch.com.
"Free lectures and panels are open to all Bay Area residents."
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our Bicycle Bridge
a Bob Kubik photo
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"War brewing on the latest front line against
terrorism in Mali" by
Sudarsan Raghavan and Edward Cody, washingtonpost.com.
"The next war against
terrorism is taking shape in this West African country, as African
nations backed by the United States and France are readying a
force to recapture Mali's north from extremists linked to al-Qaeda
and prevent another haven for jihadists from taking root on the
But whether a military intervention
can defuse such a complex crisis remains in doubt. Mali's transitional
government, installed after a military coup earlier this year,
is weak and lacks legitimacy. Its poorly equipped army is in disarray.
African and Western powers
are already in disagreement over the timing and goals of a military
strike. Also unclear is whether regional African forces are strong
enough to defeat well-armed militants in desert terrain the size
of Texas without help on the ground from Western armies.
Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant
Secretary of State for African Affairs, said this week that "the
military concept proposes an Africa-led effort, but several key
questions must be answered to ensure that this effort is also
well-planned and well-resourced."
Nevertheless, after months
of hesitation, the momentum for a military intervention has surged
in the region and among Western powers, as the radical Islamists
and al-Qaeda militants have deepened their grip over the north.
Analysts and U.N. officials
say that any military strike is still months away, but the United
States and France are playing an active diplomatic role in it
and encouraging African nations to take the lead - a model used
most recently in Somalia, where Islamist radicals also seized
much of the country. Last month, the Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS) approved a 3,300-member force for northern
Thousands of Malians have
fled to this capital to escape the Islamists' brutal rule, and
many say military action is the only way to liberate the north.
"It's the only solution," said Aziz Maiga, a 27-year-old
rapper who recently left the north. 'Negotiating with the Islamists
will not work.'
he American role has intensified
since U.S. officials implicated al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
- the terrorism network's North and West Africa affiliate known
as AQIM - in the September assault on a U.S. mission?in Libya
that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other
Americans. AQIM is one of the three major groups that now control
"U.S. weighs military support for France's
campaign against Mali militants" Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung and Craig Whitlock,
"The Obama administration
is considering significant military backing for France's drive
against al-Qaeda-linked militants in Mali, but its support for
a major ally could test U.S. legal boundaries and stretch counterterrorism
resources in a murky new conflict.
The United States is already
providing surveillance and other intelligence help to France and
may soon offer military support such as transport or refueling
planes, according to U.S. officials, who stressed that any assistance
would stop short of sending American combat forces to the volatile
West African nation."
"Progress report good for China" by Zhang Yuwei at chinadaily.com.
will see greater progress in economic recovery, led by China and
Brazil, as high-income countries continue to 'struggle' for four
years after the global financial crisis, according to a World
Bank report. "
Z 102 BS 3.2 Competition Touring Spyder
This is one of three produced cars. After crashing
at Le Mans in 1953, it was repaired at the factory and then participated
in races until 1955. In 1963 it was sent to America.
more photos of this car here
history of Pegaso automoblies
This Pegaso Z 102 BS 3.2 was carefully restored
by an oft-times West Berkeleyean.
"ArtPlantae Today--Connecting artists,
naturalists, and educators" at
"4th Annual 'Plants Illustrated' Exhibition Opens This Weekend
at UC Berkeley
On Saturday, the University of California Botanical Garden at
Berkeley will open the fourth annual Plants Illustrated exhibition.
Forty artists of the Northern California Society of Botanical
Artists (NCSBA) are participating in the show. Giclee prints and
notecards by NCSBA members will be for sale in The Garden Shop."
"Online education is in UC's future, but
how it'll look is anyone's guess" by Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune.
"The University of California
has $10 million to expand online education in the governor's budget
proposal. But no one knows what the programs will look like or
how much money they will save the university, if any.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who attended
a UC Regents meeting Wednesday, stressed the potential of online
coursework for cost savings, saying the university can't afford
to continue operating as it has -- at least, not without raising
tuition, which he has discouraged.
Brown also said the new educational
offerings, harnessing the latest technology, would be stronger,
not just less expensive. As he put it to reporters after the discussion,
'What is being talked about is better, cheaper.' "
My understanding is tht Stanford's
online courses are successful, and are free.
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of the old Nexus building
readying for remodel
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"Four youngsters arrested after fight outside
Berkeley High School" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
four juveniles following a roving fight involving a 'large crowd'
outside Berkeley High School and in the downtown area Wednesday
afternoon, spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said."
Chariot of the Sun at 7th and Grayson
from 900 GRAYSON
PD Area Coordinator, Cesar Melero has been promoted to Sgt.
"Is discipline a Problem at Berkeley High
School? asks berkeleypatch.com.
is promoting Sunday Streets--Sunday Streets is one of Councilman
Capitelli's better/best ideas. (By the way, a story yet to be
told is Capitelli's beautifully thought out, well organized and
well promoted campaign for council reelection. Staffed by hard
working and dedicated volunteers it is, perhaps, the most important
story of our last election.)
from a Buy Local email (excerpt)
If you want Sunday Streets
to happen again in Berkeley
Tell the Berkeley Mayor & City Council:
Vote Yes for Sunday Streets Berkeley!
The future of Sunday Streets Berkeley
depends on a very important decision by the Berkeley City
Council on Tuesday, January 22 whether or not to support
regular Sunday Streets in Berkeley as a partner.
This commitment of city partnership
has led to the success of Open Streets around the country. Sunday
Streets San Francisco has been ongoing for 5 years now.
How does Sunday Streets
Berkeley benefit local, independent businesses?
On October 14, 2012, more
than 40,000 people came to Shattuck Ave to cycle, stroll,
skate, shop, dance, play in the street, slow down and rediscover
their local commercial districts with a new pedestrian, relaxed
People came from all over the Bay Area to experience Berkeley
anew. Local Berkeley businesses reported a 30-50% increase in
sales on the day of the event. Here is a map of the
sorts of activities taking place in the street (that enticed people
to spend all day in our neighborhoods and shop at local businesses!)
Unlike a traditional street
fair, you don't have to spend money at vendors in the street
to participate. Shopping at mobile vendors does not define
the experience. Open Streets are not overtly commercial
- there are no sales in the streets - this is about active, accessible
fun for all. At the same time, however, local businesses tend
to do very well because of so many people outside their doors
in the mood to explore!
"Berkeley pizzeria opens with eye toward
"Like most good stories,
the one about the opening this week of Sliver goes far deeper
than filling a vacant commercial space on Center Street."
Caffe Venezia, University
and Grant, is being sold and I'm told that the IRS may close Giavonni's,
Shattuck Avenue in our Downtown.
West Berkeley "sausage
company" Fra' Mani is a finalist for its Salame
Toscano in a salami/food contest. It is owned by Paul Bertolli.
Not only has West-Berkeley
been involved in the restoration of the beautiful Pegaso Z 102
BS 3.2 Competition Touring Spyder--see above-- but it has long
been known as a center of world-renowned classic car restorers.
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One of the cars at the Concorso D'Eleganza
Villa D'Este 2011 was restored by a west-Berkeley firm--it
is the fifth car down the page. The 1953 Siata 208 S Motto Spider
was restored by a world-famous shop in northwest-Berkeley. Our
Berkeley shop owner says that in the Concorso
D'Eleganza it came in second in its class. The website gives
it "Mention of Honor" and further comments, "Another car, using the V8-2.0-liter engine
from the Fiat 8V. Only 35 of the Motto-bodied Spider were built,
and most of them were delivered to owners in the USA." Before
the concorso it ran the Mille
Another shop restoration,
1955 Siata 208S Motto Spyder, appeared at Pebble Beach and
a third, a red spyder entered in auction at Pebble, broke all
Siata auction records at USD 1.6 million.
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"Pentagon bolsters US training in Mexico's
drug fight" Kimberly
Dozier , Associated Press at elpasotimes.com.
"The Pentagon is stepping
up aid for Mexico's bloody drug war with a new U.S.-based special
operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to
hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaida,
according to documents and interviews with multiple U.S. officials."
Over a year ago, this story
was first hinted at in a Spanish language magazine published in
Mexico--something about a Pentagon plan to use Seals in a Ben
Laden type operation against the leadership of Mexican drug cartels.
At the time, I linked a version of this.
Michael Tilson Thomas
"Hamming it up"
at NPR's Prairie
in Segment 2 starting at
Alisa Clancy is, among others,
a KCMS DJ
here with Berkeley's Al
stream KCSM jazz here.
"Wynton Marsalis Tickets Berkeley CA Zellerbach
Auditorium Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra" information at eastbay.backpage.com.
Yo-Yo Ma, cello and Kathryn
Scott, piano, perform at Zellerbach on January 24th--information
"Honey Bees Are More Effective at Pollinating
Almonds When Other Species of Bees Are Present" at entomology.ucdavis.edu.
"Honey bees are more
effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are
present, says an international research team in ground-breaking
research just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society."
"Spouses and other romantic partners often
complain about feeling unappreciated, and a new study from UC
Berkeley suggests poor sleep may play a hidden role" Yasmin Anwar, U.C. Media Relations.
"A study looking into
how sleep habits impact gratitude found that sleep deprivation
can leave couples 'too tired to say thanks' and can make one or
theother partner feel taken for granted."
WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH AND LIFE
OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
our Merryll will be showing
in the "Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood Sculpture"
on January 27-May 5 at the
Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
Merryll will speak on Sunday February 17
Bob and Carol's "old
house," 1028 Pardee, is for rent at
$1,100.00 a month.
"1028 Pardee is not
for rent and certainly not for $1100!
We are in contract to sell it to a very nice couple and the papers
are to be
signed on Wednesday. They will actually take possession on Monday
Their realtor writes
"That [ the rental listing]
is a common scam.
As of 10:06 PM Monday the
listing was still up and the link still hot at
There is a water main leak
under the gutter at the Berkeley Bowl drive on Heinz across from
the Bowl restaurant.
our Councilman Darryl Moore
Grand Opening of the Dona
Spring Animal Shelter and East Touchdown Plaza
12noon-2:30pm, Saturday, Feb 2, 2013
1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley
Meet & Greet Shelter Animals
These two projects provide
vitality to the north end of Aquatic Park and greatly enhance
the user experience of the Park.
The beautiful new Dona Spring Animal Shelter is two stories and
has many improved features, including a medical suite for on-site
spay and neutering; expanded facilities for protecting healthy
animals and caring for sick ones; fenced-in play areas; indoor-outdoor
kennels, and more.
The East Touchdown Plaza
provides bicycle access to the Berkeley Bike Bridge and the San
Francisco Bay Trail, a public plaza with an embedded bicycle map
of Berkeley and seatwalls, a pedestrian promenade, art panels
and new Bay-Friendly landscaping.
Auditions, University Chorus
and UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus
January 21 22, 2013,
4-9 p.m. 124 Morrison Hall
Audition to participate in
Department of Music Choruses spring 2013. Marika Kuzma, director
Monday, January 21 from 4-6
pm in 124 Morrison.
Monday, January 21 from 7-9 pm in 124 Morrison.
Tuesday, January 22 from 3-4:30 pm in the Hertz Hall Green Room.
See website for details
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
UC Berkeley Chamber
Monday, January 21 from 4-6
pm in 124 Morrison.
Monday, January 21 from 7-9 pm in 124 Morrison.
Tuesday, January 22 from 3-4:30 pm in the Hertz Hall Green Room.
You should be prepared to sing an artsong/aria of your choice
and sight-read several examples.
We may invite you to a call-back audition after you pass the initial
See website for details
Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment and
specify that you are auditioning for Chamber Chorus.
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VIK's new Chat House opens
Bob Kubik photo
very nice, new spiffy digs
for their grocery and restaurant
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Charles Krug raises its prices!
At two-bucks-four-bits, "Two
Buck Chuck" is no more. Still their Shiraz is a "Best
Buzz for the Buck," full bodied with just a hint of euphoria
and little or no hangover, it's a wonderfully cheap yet pleasing
"Reno artist's obsession with Twinkies
spans 4 decades" Martin
Griffith, AP at contracostatimes.com.
'The Last Snack,' modeled after Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last
Supper,' one of thedozens of pieces of art Nancy Peppin has created
over the years using Twinkies and other Hostess products. A graphic
artist by day for slot machine-maker International Game Technology,
Peppin doesn't like to eat Twinkies.
"No, she doesn't have
a sweet tooth for them.
But she has featured Twinkies
in hundreds of pieces of quirky, satirical artwork because of
an obsession with what she calls the 'ultimate American food icon.'
The prolific Reno artist
says she was first influenced to focus on Twinkies in 1975 by
Andy Warhol, who demonstrated that even a Campbell's soup can
could be an object of art'
'He showed you a new way
of looking at a familiar object,' said Peppin, who has sold and
exhibited her artwork. 'That's what I'm doing with Twinkies. I'm
having people look at Twinkies in a brand new way and in an entertaining
Shortly after Hostess Brands
Inc. announced plans to go out of business last year, Peppin was
among those who joined the rush to stores to fill shopping carts
with boxes of the spongy cakes.
But unlike others, she didn't
buy 12 boxes with 10 Twinkies each to turn a profit on eBay or
'I needed art supplies,'
said Peppin, who uses Twinkies and their packaging to create some
of her pieces. She also features renderings of the snack cakes
in watercolor paintings, mixed media, prints and artwork.
Her works include her 'Twinkies
in history series,' which portrays how scientists such as John
James Audubon, Charles Darwin and Leonardo daVinci would have
sketched and written about Twinkies in journals or books. "
"Crime in the city of Berkeley" is a self-serving report/advertisement at guardnow.com.
"By most standards,
Berkeley is not considered a very safe city. According to Neighborhood
Scout, a website that provides crime statistics and rankings for
cities across the country, Berkeley's Crime Index is 6, which
means that it is safer than only 6% of cities in the US (or, in
other words, that 94% of cities are safer than Berkeley). There
are about 6,700 crimes committed annually in Berkeley, with about
500 of them violent crimes and 6,200 of them property crimes.
If you want to consider crime density, there are about 40 crimes
committed, on average, per square mile nationally (median); that
number in Berkeley is over 380!
It is safe to say that Berkeley
has a crime problem and that it is important to pay close attention
to your security to keep yourself from becoming a victim of a
property crime, violent crime, or both.
If you're a student at UC
Berkeley, there is probably a fair amount of security on the campus,
most likely in the form of a specially-assigned police force for
"City Council to Discuss $60K for
Open Streets. The proposal calls for two more car-free days on
"Back in October, more
than 40,000 people came out to enjoy 17 blocks of a car-free Shattuck
Avenue during Berkeley's first ever Sunday Streets event. On Tuesday,
Berkeley City Council will consider making Sunday Streets a city-sponsored
institution by committing nearly $60,000 for two future automobile-free
If the city puts up $60,000,
Sunday Streets organizer Livable Berkeley and other partners will
pay an additional $120,000 to publicize and manage Sunday Streets
in October and April 2014, according to a report from City
Councilwoman Laurie Capitelli. "
Nothing like having a micro-site
with their "Fingers on the pulse", eh Councilman?
Recently both Berkeley Side
and the Daily Planet have had stories about Warehams's new plans
for their Potter Creek 740 Heinz building. Though both seem to
be news, in fact they are not. The news is simply, Wareham gets
what they want.
"Berkeley presentation to look at activist
who wrote film's best-known song" by Laura Casey at contracostatimes.com.
"E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg, the man who penned the lyrics for 'Over
the Rainbow,' named the most famous song in movie history, was
a deeply committed social activist who was once blacklisted from
Hollywood moviemaking over accusations of being a communist.
While his best-known work
includes all the songs for 'The Wizard of Oz,' which earned him
an Oscar in 1940 for 'Over the Rainbow,' Harburg also wrote about
the women's movement, racism, poverty and social justice for movies
and Broadway. His words and works will be celebrated at a program
led by music historian Bonnie Weiss at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Jewish
Community Center, East Bay, 1414 Walnut St. "
YET AGAIN, TWINKIE
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I've always loved Twinkies
and in the '80s when Kimar, Moe and a bunch of us few to London
on Pan Am, as we got right over the Pole the hostess served me
theTwinkies and milk that Kimar had slipped her on boarding. But
"maybe Twinkies don't last forever after all. The manufacturer
of the iconic American treat, Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate
Bakeries Corp., declared bankruptcy last year and announced plans
last week to shutter two San Francisco factories. As it teeters
on the brink of solvency, many local consumers bemoan the possible
loss of the ladyfinger-shaped sponge cake" reports James
Temple of the West County Times.The sad story is here.
"Writer strips the Twinkie of all its secrets:Man
overcomes nature, 'vice president of cake' to learn snack's origins"
reports Suzanne Bohan in our Times.
"When Steve Ettlinger
donned a hard hat, a head lamp and emergency breathing equipment
before his alarming descent 1,600 feet into Wyoming mine shaft,
he wondered whether his quest to find the natural sources of all
39 ingredients in Hostess Twinkies'had gone too far.
'As a food writer, I'd really
gone astray," he told a crowd of about 100 Google employees
earlier this month at the company's Mountain View headquarters.
To complement the author's
talk, chefs at Google prepared organic versions of Twinkies for
the event, using locally-raised or procured products to make the
almond-flavored, cream-filled pastries.
Ettlinger traversed the country
and hopped the globe, touring plants, mines and refineries to
find the actual origins of the almost unpronounceable ingredients
used to make Twinkies. His young daughter's puzzlement over a
strange-sounding one called polysorbate 60 listed on her ice cream
bar label inspired his quest, which led to the publication of
his book, 'Twinkie, Deconstructed.' The hardcover version was
released last year, and the softcover book is due out on Feb.
'This is a terrific book
that really opened my eyes, and I don't know of another book quite
like it,' said Michael Pollan, the Berkeley-based best-selling
food and nature author, most recently of 'In Defense of Food:
An Eater's Manifesto.'
Although Ettlinger chose
Twinkies for his in-depth exploration on food additives, he's
quick to point out that the book is a treatise on processed foods
Hostess Twinkie's ingredient
Enriched bleached wheat flour
[flour, ferrous sulfate, "b" vitamins
(niacin, thiamine, mononitrate (b1), riboflavin (b2) folic acid)],
sugar, corn syrup, water, high fructose corn syrup, partially
hydrogenated vegetable shortening (contains one or more of: soybean,
canola or palm oil), dextrose, whole eggs, contains 2 percent
of: modified cornstarch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium
pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch,
corn flour, corn dextrins, mono and digylcerides, polysorbate
lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, soy protein isolate,
stearoyl lactylate, sodium and calcium caseinate, calcium sulfate,
sorbic acid (to retain freshness), color added (yellow 5, red
May contain peanuts or traces of peanuts.
Google alternative recipe:
Organic cake flour, sugar,
organic cream, organic butter, organic
eggs, organic milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract,
extract, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt.
Healthy alternative recipe?
Maybe Richard of Eight Street's
thought in some way applies to original Twinkies. "You gonna
die of somethin'."
POSTS FROM THE PAST
"When mom is the CEO at home, workplace
ambitions take a back seat"
Yasmin Anwar, UC Media Relations.
"It's often said that
women can have it all motherhood and a successful career.
But a new UC Berkeley study suggests that women who rule the household
have less energy for or interest in being a rising star in the
Moms who run the household
are less interested in workplace power, study suggests
While household decision-making
power was highly valued by both men and women who participated
in the study, women reported that running the home made them less
likely to pursue promotions and other career advancement steps
at the office. This was not the case for men, whose work goals
were unchanged by their domestic role, according to the study."
of the Drones
"Meet a new breed of
flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.
Airing Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9 pm on PBS, Channel 9
Drones. These unmanned flying
robotssome as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birdsdo
things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes
to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained
secret. But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those
who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies
that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted
drone strike looks and feels from inside the command center. From
cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance
to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own to giant
air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing
our relationship to war, surveillance, and each other. And it's
just the beginning. Discover the cutting edge technologies that
are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history as
NOVA gets ready for 'Rise of the Drones.' "
For those who don't want
to watch, here's a review of the program from an Australian newspaper
where, apparently, it's already aired.
"Rapid rise of the drones" Rob Lowman at the Sydney Morning Herald.
"Unmanned flying robots
pose big privacy issues.
In television station PBS SoCal's Nova: Rise of the Drones - a
look at the rapid evolution of unmanned flying robots - an ominous
note is quickly sounded. Are we in danger of becoming a sci-fi
world like the one in The Terminator, where machines run us rather
than the other way around?
With drones now moving from the battlefield to homeland use, an
even more ominous note is being struck. As the head of one paparazzi
agency reportedly said about the possibility of using a drone
to spy on stars, 'It will strike fear into the heart of any celebrity
thinking about having an outdoor birthday party.'
'That's the world we're going
into,' 'joked Dr Peter W. Singer, senior fellow and director of
the 21st Century Defence Initiative at the Brookings Institution,
at a panel on the program at the recent Television Critics Association
meeting in Pasadena.
OK, you may not care about
celebs, but we are entering a new age, whether you like it or
not. The 2012 FAA Reauthorisation Act orders the agency to develop
regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones
by 2015. It is projected that 30,000 drones could be crisscrossing
the nation's skies by 2020.
Most people are now aware of the CIA's armed Predator drone program,
which has targeted al-Qaida leaders and is a key component of
US counterterrorism efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and
other places. One of the panelists was Abe Karem, an aeronautics
pioneer known as the 'father of the Predator', who began to build
the prototype for his drone or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in
his garage during the 1980s.
Much of Rise of the Drones
is a well-paced explanation on how UAVs were developed and are
changing warfare. Some people may find the rapidly growing sophistication
of these robots alarming."
"Golden Gate Fields in its Golden Age" is a video at berkeleypatch.com.
"This 1950s newsreel
footage shows Willie Shoemaker at a packed track in Albany breaking
the course's record for wins."
Golden Gate Fields had a
cameo role in 1941 film
Shadow of the Thin Man* showed Nick and Nora Charles pulling into the
Golden Gate Fields' parking lot. There is also a scene with the
Charles "driving to the track" in their Packard convertible.
But it's shot on the Golden Gate Bridge.
and Nora's hopes for a pleasant afternoon at the local race track
are dashed when a jockey is found shot dead in the locker room.
Nick's friend Lt. Abrams wants him to help out but Nick is enjoying
the good life too much to get involved. However, he is subsequently
approached by Major Scully to look into corruption and the role
of organized crime in gambling. Others are killed but in the end,
Nick gathers all of the suspects into a room and identifies the
At the Tuesday night council
meeting, the BPD benefits package passed, the Wareham Potter Creek
740 Heinz revisions passed and the Sunday Streets Berkeley was
sent to committee but provisions were made--the Mayor and Council
members Weingraf and Wozniak contributed funds from their budgets--
so planning could begin for a February event.
"Berkeley Japan Prize to be given to musician/activist
Ida Torres at japandailypress.com.
composer, producer, and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto has been chosen
as the recipient of third Berkeley Japan Prize award to be given
at an invitation-only event at the university campus in February,
according to the Center for Japanese Studies at the University
of California, Berkeley."
congregation honored for its Torah commentary" at
"Paths of Torah,' a
commentary written by members of Congregation Netivot Shalom in
Berkeley, was a finalist for a national award from the Jewish
Book Council. The awards were announced Jan. 15."
"In tradition of Ed Roberts, youth with
disabilities urged to think big"
Cathy Cockrell, newscenter.berkeley.edu.
Zona Roberts, 92
mother of Ed Roberts
" 'Never let anyone
tell you you can't do something,' undergrad Hamza Jaka, co-president
of the campus's Disabled Students Union, told a crowd of local
high-school students Tuesday morning in Alumni House. 'That's
what Ed fought for.'
The Ed in question, Ed Roberts,
'insisted that UC Berkeley let him in' back in the 1960s, added
state Sen. Loni Hancock. His activism first on campus
and then beyond helped launch a worldwide movement, she
Held on the eve of California's
annual Ed Roberts Day, Jan. 23, which Hancock helped to establish,
the event was designed to urge young people with disabilities
to think big about their futures, and to showcase what UC Berkeley
has to offer them.
'Your presence is going to
matter to the university and world,' said Susan Schweik, an associate
professor of English and co-director of the campus's Disability
Berkeley student Judith Lung,
a second-year English major, was in the audience with her service
dog, Van Dyke. The Disabled Students Program, she said, is 'helping
me translate my books into Braille,' adding that Berkeley has
'one of the top' such programs in the nation."
"Berkeley charter school fosters creativity and
innovation" by Marta
"Realm Charter School,
the city's only public charter school, opened its doors in fall
2011 to provide students in grades 6 through 12 with a program
centered on project-based learning, with an emphasis on technology,
research and action.
The program is designed to
increase student achievement and social responsibility, and Victor
Diaz, Realm's principal and executive director behind the idea,
described 'Love, Grit and Action,' the three principles on which
the school is built.
'Love allows us to engage
in students' personal development, and that's critical to their
intellectual development,' he said. 'Grit is the academic component
that gives them problem-solving skills that they don't give up.
And Action is for students to go beyond these walls to give what
we're learning a greater purpose.'
With an eye toward broadening
the school's universe and sharing Realm's story, the school is
hosting its annual 'In Conversation' fundraiser Feb. 2, when Pulitzer
Prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz will read
from their latest books and hold an unscripted conversation about
writing, creativity and education, subjects integral to the school's
As a charter school, Realm
has no residence requirements and functions like any other public
school as far as standards and testing.
Operationally, it is more
like a private school, with decisions made by its board and executive
director. At present, the school at Eighth and Browning streets
in West Berkeley has 100 students each in grades six, seven, nine
and 10, building the school one year at a time. If all goes as
planned, it will eventually serve 700 students on each of two
campuses -- a middle school and a high school."
"Berkeley Public Library Launches Communications
Study" at berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
"One of the goals of the Berkeley Public Library Board-approved
Library Strategic Plan: 2011-2013 is to cultivate a broader base
of Berkeley residents into regular library users. One of the initiatives
of this goal is the development of a Communications Plan. The
San Francisco-based public relations firm BergDavis Public Affairs
has been engaged to assist the library with gathering valuable
feedback from the community and stakeholders through a detailed,
The Berkeley Ecology Center
"brags on its website that they 'provide good, green-collar
jobs.' " But . . .
"Brothers and sisters from the Industrial Workers of the
World (IWW) put in a lot of legwork on the Hotel Frank picket
line, so it was only natural that I responded to their call to
join an IWW picket line at the Berkeley Ecology Center last Thursday,
January 10. The Ecology Center brags on its website that
they 'provide good, green-collar jobs.' Try telling that
to the thirty workers and supporters who were on the picket line
Full story at the International
Workers of the World Website.
213 TERRIFIC, and even not-so-terrific, things
to do in Berkeley!
"Annie's recalls rising-crust frozen pizza"
company Annie's is voluntarily recalling its homegrown frozen
pizza after tiny pieces of metal mesh were found in the dough
Foods CEO finds the conversation quickly turns to his politics"
by Heather Somerville San Jose Mercury News.
"Whole Foods CEO John
Mackey doesn't like to mix business with his private life, but
after the release of his new book got lost in a heated political
debate about health care, things got more personal than Mackey
says he ever intended.
Mackey was in San Francisco
and Cupertino this week on a national tour to promote his just
published book, 'Conscious Capitalism,' which argues for the inherent
good of business and capitalism".
"Netflix turns an unexpected profit, stock
Liedtke, Associated Press at contracostatimes.com.
"Netflix has re-emerged
as a stock-market star after a fourth-quarter performance that
demonstrated its success in broadening the appeal of its Internet
video service amid stiffer competition."
"Amazon to build huge distribution center
in Tracy" George
Avalos, Oakland Tribune.
"Amazon said Tuesday
it will employ hundreds of full-time workers at a new million-square-foot
distribution center it will develop in Tracy, part of its quest
to provide next-day and same-day deliveries.
'It's great to be getting
these jobs,' said Michael Ammann, CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership.
'This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility. It is not just
going to be a few people with forklifts in a warehouse. It is
going to be a very sophisticated operation for Amazon.'
Potentially 500 or more full-time
Amazon employees could work at the Tracy site."
Rumor has it that Sierra
will open a tasting room
in West Berkeley
Their Pale Ale, a favorite
of mine is reviewed
in this youtube
"Record Collectors in Their Natural Habitats:
Eilon Paz Photographs Vinyl Addicts in the Wild"
Oliver Wang at kcet.org.
link courtesy Nick
"Power to the people: Berkeley couple brings
light to clinics in developing nations" by dan pine at jw.com.
"After the lights went
out, a light bulb turned on in Laura Stachel's mind.
The Berkeley obstetrician
was touring Nigeria as part of a 2008 maternal mortality research
project. Her hosts took her to a dilapidated, poorly equipped
hospital, where electric power routinely fizzled out.
Mothers coming to the hospital
often delivered babies by kerosene lantern or candlelight. Some
C-sections were delayed. Some pregnant women were turned away.
Others died from complications rarely seen in the West, such as
In Malawi, women in labor
are required to bring their own candles when they arrive at clinics.
In Uganda, midwives sometimes illuminate nighttime deliveries
by holding a cellphone between their teeth.
'There was one night I saw
a woman fighting for her life in darkness,' Stachel recalls. 'I
felt like I was in a chamber of horrors, and I thought 'Why am
I here right now bearing witness?' I thought maybe I could be
a voice for this woman and others.'
Then it hit her: What if
these clinics had a reliable 24/7 source of electricity to illuminate
delivery rooms, keep blood supplies refrigerated, and recharge
cellphones and two-way radios so doctors could be located quickly?
A source like the African
After Stachel described the
conditions she witnessed in Africa to her husband, solar energy
educator Hal Aronson, the two conceived an impossibly simple idea:
an easy-to-install, easy-to-use solar power unit small enough
to fit in a suitcase. And powerful enough to change the world."
from Our Town's Berkeley
Fire Department page
"Commendations, Praise & Recognition
from Community Members & Colleagues
Congratulations to Lieutenant Scott Hall, Apparatus Operator John
Forney, and Apparatus Operator John Snell for their 20 years of
dedicated service and commitment to the Berkeley community! "
Councilman Capitelli emails
Coffee and Community Discussion
with Councilmember Capitelli
Saturday, January 26, 2013. 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thousand Oaks School picnic area, near Tacoma and Ensenada
Please join me for a casual discussion about community issues
and City Council actions. Bring your questions and concerns. I
will bring coffee and snacks. Rain will cancel.
full email here
"Berkeley school safety estimate: $500,000"
Doug Oakley, Oakland
"School officials here
are estimating a half-million dollars for new school safety measures,
including classroom door locks, pending a report from two consultants
who will analyze needs for all 20 schools.
The district decided to beef
up security after the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults
The school board Wednesday
night approved contracts worth $70,000 for Edu-Safe Associates
and Dimensions Unlimited."
"Do You Feel Safe on the Ohlone Greenway" at berkeleypatch.com. "A shooting
in El Cerrito Wednesday has residents asking if the trail is becoming
On Wednesday afternoon, two students from Albany High School were
shot while sitting near the BART line on the Ohlone Greenway in
El Cerrito. One teen was shot in the face, but suffered only a
minor injury. The second teen went to the hospital in critical
condition, but was in stable condition Thursday morning, according
to his mother."
"Calif. pot dispensary owner gets 8 years
from feds" at sfgate.com.
"A San Diego medical
marijuana dispensary owner was sentenced Thursday to more than
eight years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and
other crimes, according to federal prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy
called Joshua Hester the 'poster boy' for the types of marijuana
dispensary operators the federal government is targeting for criminal investigation.
'He was a convicted drug
trafficker making millions of dollars selling high-quality marijuana
to recreational users and exploiting state laws that were meant
to help the seriously ill,' Duffy said after Hester was sentenced."
"Rolls-Royce Radicals" at Stanford Social Innovation Review.
a Boston-based nonprofit, is convincing many affluent Americans
to challenge the very rules that made them rich. Far from mere
check writers or 'limousine liberals,' these wealthy activists
work against their self-interest to stamp out inequality at its
source: unfair laws and policies. Their unique strategy of using
privilege to contest privilege not only has attracted the rich
and famous to their ranks, but also has bent the ears of senators
"Responsible Wealth is a network of
business leaders, investors, and inheritors in the richest five
percent of wealth and/or income in the U.S. who believe that growing
inequality is not in their best interest, nor in the best interest
of society" at faireconomy.org.
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Bob Portnoy emails
Came across your e-mail address
on one of your web pages. Do you still run your record store or
have you retired to motorcycle racing? It would be fun to run
into you one of these days. I
hear from the Braver girls occasionally.
Along with Mike Korman, Bob
Portnoy worked at Al Braver's Campus Smoke Shop at the same time
I worked at Al's Campus
Records. We all worked nights as I remember.
just what is it that Albert's smoking in that pipe?
I had breakfast with Mike
Korman recently--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
adjacent on the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft. Mike also was
part of the Berkeley
Barb from its very beginning. As the business manager he claims
to have hustled the first of their legendary want ads.
Now a 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.
Spray Robbery at Thousand Oaks School" at berkeleypatch.com.
"A staff member at Thousand
Oaks School was sprayed in the face with pepper spray and had
her purse stolen as she walked to her car after school on Tuesday,
the principal said in a message to school families."
Youtube video of last week's
High School fight-aftermath.
"36 Hours in Marin County, Calif" at nytimes.com will help Bob and Carol
link courtesy Merryll
"Choreographer Anna Halprin's iconic 'Parades
and Changes' returns to Berkeley after 43 years" by Andrew Gilbert, contracostatimes.com.
"When the UC Berkeley's University Art Museum (now known
as the Berkeley Art Museum, or BAM) first opened its doors in
November of 1970, the new institution's director Peter Selz wanted
to make a big splash, but not too big. He invited Anna Halprin,
already a storied figure as the conceptual matriarch of post-modern
dance, to present her signature piece, "Parades and Changes"
as part of the building's inauguration. But as Halprin recalls,
Selz was nervous about her use of nudity in the dance and suggested
several remedies for potential controv'rsy.
'We were very avant garde,
as everything in the Bay Area was, and we were introducing nudity
and thought nothing of it,' Halprin said in a recent phone conversation
from her home in Marin. 'Peter asked, do you think you can put
leotards on, or at least dim the lights? As brave as he was, he
was worried about his board.'
The dancers disrobed as planned,
and no scandal ensued. These days, nudity in dance rarely raises
an eyebrow, but . . . "
"Berkeley landmark 48 Shattuck Square sold"
Blanca Torres, bizjournals.com.
"Churn Creek LLC, a Peninsula-based investor, has paid $3.8
million for 48 Shattuck Square. The seller was Fairhill Enterprises,
which had owned the property for 35 years. 'It's the historic
center of downtown Berkeley and right across the street from where
Equity Residential is putting 205 units,' said Taylor Flynn of
Marcus & Millichap, who represented both sides of the deal
with Jason Hernandez."
a Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
Please join Government Affairs
Chairperson Mark Rhoades, AICP, John Caner, CEO of the Downtown
Berkeley Association, and Michael Caplan, Manager of the City
of Berkeley's Office of Economic Development, at the Chamber of
Commerce's Government Affairs Committee on Monday, February 4th,
2013, for a discussion and update on Downtown Berkeley.
Our first discussion of the
year will be held in the Chamber's brand new Board room and will
provide an overview of the tremendous positive change that is
occurring in the Downtown as well as the continuing challenges
from a business and development perspective.
Three major changes in circumstances are converging that have
the potential to reshape the downtown and to create a more vibrant,
welcoming, and prosperous community 'living room.'
First, after nearly eight
years of public process for the Downtown Area Plan, new zoning
has been implemented. Second, is the tremendous work that has
been done by the Downtown Berkeley Association to establish the
Downtown's Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID).
Third, is the recovering economy. The Urban Land Institute's projections
for 2013 show the San Francisco Bay Area as the number one real
estate investment economy in the United States for the next year
What this means for Downtown
Berkeley is investment in new projects, both large and small.
A number of new businesses have opened in the last few months
with more on the way. There are also currently six major development
projects in the pipeline that will create nearly 800 new dwelling
units and approximately 35,000 square feet of new retail space.
The new housing will generate approximately 1,600 or more new
Downtown residents. As a start, the Zoning Adjustments Board approved
the 205-unit Acheson Commons project and the 99-unit project at
Dwight and Shattuck on December 20, 2012. Keeping this momentum
going will take a concerted effort on the part of the Chamber
of Commerce, Downtown Berkeley Association and groups such as
Berkeley Design Advocates, Livable Berkeley and others. We look
forward to seeing you!
Monday, February 4, 2013
~ 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Berkeley
Chamber of Commerce, 1834 University Avenue, Second Floor
They want attendees to bring
our own lunch.
our Planning Commission emails
"As a result of the
Failure of Measure T 2012 (Master Use Permit legislation),
the Planning Commission will consider a recommendation to the
City Council, to rescind changes made (in 2011) to the West Berkeley
Plan, Large Site Development Process."
Rules that were changed in
the WB Plan--the MUP part--have to be changed back. This
is necessary for settlement of the WB lawsuit.
Of course, all this additional
meeting time, staff time and paper work costs money.
"Hitting the Sweet Spot for Advanced Biofuel
"Earth's atmosphere and the American economy would greatly
benefit from the commercial development of clean, green and renewable
domestic biofuels. Advanced biofuels, capable of a gallon-for-gallon
replacement of petroleum-based fuels, are by definition, capable
of exploiting common engine designs and using today's fuel distribution
infrastructures. Studies show advanced biofuels have a carbon
life cycle that produces low or net-zero green house gases. Helping
to commercialize advanced biofuels is the primary mission of Berkeley
Lab's Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), the
West Coast's only state-of-the-art facility providing industry-scale
test beds for laboratory discoveries in advanced biofuels research.'
At ABPDU we can fill an important
niche when it comes to the commercialization of advanced biofuel
technologies,' says James Gardner, the ABPDU's Operations Manager.
'There's a term in the fuels world called the "Valley of
Death," where something that looks fantastic at the research
scale, fails to pass through the gauntlet of scale-up testing
that allows it to go on to the commercial scale. We can help nascent
technologies navigate this valley and lower the barriers to market
entry by providing a pilot plant that is very flexible and open-ended.'
Housed in a state-of-the
art facility in Emeryville, California, about five miles south
of Berkeley Lab's main campus, the ABPDU was started in 2011 under
a $20 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act. It is now funded through the U.S. Department of Energy's
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Under the leadership
of Gardner, a biochemist and molecular biologist, the ABPDU's
scientific and support staff works with a variety of bioreactors
to produce sugars and co-products, ferment the sugars into advanced
biofuels, extract these fuels, and analyze the process. Capabilities
are also provided for the production of downstream feedstocks,
enzymes and fuels."
"UC Berkeley economist: Euro crisis could
erupt again this year" Associated
Press report at thereporter.com.
"Is the euro crisis
over? A leading U.S. economist says not by a long shot.
Even as the head of the European
Central Bank talked Friday of 'positive contagion' in the markets
and predicted an economic recovery for the recession-hit eurozone
later this year, economist Barry Eichengreen warned that the debt
crisis that has shaken Europe to its core could easily erupt again
this year unless European leaders move faster to solve their problems.
While European governments
and markets have been breathing easier in recent months after
years of turmoil, it's no time for complacency, said Eichengreen,
a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has
chronicled the Great Depression and explored the consequences
of a breakup of the euro currency used by 17 nations.
"Nothing has been resolved
in the eurozone, where markets have swung from undue pessimism
to undue optimism," Eichengreen said at the World Economic
Forum. "They said all the right things last year ... and
they've been backtracking ever since."
He warns that the crisis
over too much debt burdening governments and banks in the 17-country
currency group ' is going to heat up again in 2013.'
He urged eurozone leaders
follow up on its proposals to steady its banking system and keep
failed banks from adding to government debt through expensive
Patrick Kennedy emails
Thought you might be interested
to know that San F rancisco Planning Commission unanimously approved
our first high rise on a 6-0 voted yesterday.
Project is car-free, with
120 micro-apartments, and 40 suites. Half the building will be
leased by California College of the Arts.
to add convenience, intensity and cheer in cities . . . are limitless"
Jane Jacobs, The
Death and Life of Great American Cities
Here is what the new project
1321 Mission - at 9th and Mission, 1 block from Twitter HDQ -
will look like
When you have time, I'd love
to show you SMARTSPACE 2.0, which is now completed at 38 Harriet.
In a recent month, we received
visits from these countries--listed in order of volume from most
visits to least.
United States, China, France,
Ukraine, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Russian Federation,
Japan, Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Viet Nam, Peru,
United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Saudi
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain, Macedonia,
Dominican Republic, Morocco, Trinidad
and Tobago, Mongolia,
Palestinian Territory, Nigeria, Bangladesh,
Faso, Saint Lucia,
Costa Rica, Iceland,
Notice that after the United
States, most visits came from China. Note also that we had visits
from over half the counties of the world.
"FBI is increasing pressure on suspects
in Stuxnet inquiry"
Peter Finn, washingtonpost.com.
looking into disclosures of classified information about a cyberoperation
that targeted Iran's nuclear program have increased pressure on
current and former senior government officials suspected of involvement,
according to people familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry, which was started
by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. last June, is examining
leaks about a computer virus developed jointly by the United States
and Israel that damaged nuclear centrifuges at Iran's primary
uranium enrichment plant. The U.S. code name for the operation
was Olympic Games, but the wider world knew the mysterious computer
worm as Stuxnet."
"US 'launched Flame cyber attack on Sarkozy's
BBC News, 11/21/12.
"A French news magazine has accused the US government of
hacking into the office of Nicolas Sarkozy in the final weeks
of his presidency of France.
L'Express said a cyber war
agency whose job it is to detect and prevent hacking had found
a 'powerful worm' in the computers of the Elysee Palace.
The palace has since confirmed
a big cyber attack did take place.
The US embassy in Paris 'categorically
denied' the US had been involved in any cyber attack on the French
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, for her part,
refused to confirm or deny the allegation, telling L'Express the
US had no more important partner nor greater ally than France.
The malware the French authorities are said to have discovered
is called Flame.
Hugely sophisticated, it
can collect files on a machine, take screen shots, and even activate
the microphone on a computer to record conversations.
According to L'Express, even the computer of Mr Sarkozy's chief
of staff, Xavier Musca, was hacked.
The worm was probably introduced to the Elysee network through
Facebook, L'Express says."
"Asia has fastest internet, launches most
Neil McAllister, theregister.co.uk.
"Not only is Asia home
to the world's fastest internet connections, but it's also the
source of the most internet attack traffic, according to new data
from content delivery provider Akamai.
The latest edition of the
company's quarterly 'State of the Internet' report once again
crowns Hong Kong as home of the fastest broadband available.
During the third quarter of 2012, the Chinese special administrative
region boasted an average peak connection rate of a head-spinning
Onetime leader South Korea
came in second with an average peak connection rate of 48.8Mbps.
By way of comparison, you'd be hard pressed to find anything similar
in the US or UK, where peak connection speeds averaged 29.6Mbps
and 28.1Mbps during the quarter, respectively.
It's easy to get fast broadband
in Asia, too. South Korean internet users enjoyed an overall
average connection speed of 14.7Mbps during the third quarter
of 2012, while Japan's national average was 10.5Mbps and Hong
Kong's was 9Mbps.
By comparison, the UK average
was just 6.3Mbps, and connections averaged 7.2Mbps across the
entire US although speeds there varied widely by region.
Delaware offered the fastest connections in the US at 10.9Mbps,
with the District of Columbia coming in second at 10.7Mbps, and
New Hampshire and Vermont tied for third at 10.4Mbps.
Those rates are hardly the
norm, however. In South Korea, 52 per cent of internet users have
access to broadband speeds faster than 10Mbps. Only 18 per cent
of Americans can make the same claim, and a mere 11 per cent of
In general, Asian countries
led the pack in all of the broadband performance metrics Akamai
studied, with South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong all showing strong
But Asia came out tops in another, less laudable statistic, too.
It was also the source of more traffic from DDoS attacks, botnets,
and other cyber-nuisances than any other region, with China being
the main culprit."
"Web War II: What a future cyberwar will
look like" by Michael
Gallagher, BBC World Service, 4/30/12.
"How might the blitzkrieg
of the future arrive? By air strike? An invading army? In a terrorist's
suitcase? In fact it could be coming down the line to a computer
Operation Locked Shields,
an international military exercise held last month, was not exactly
your usual game of soldiers. It involves no loud bangs or bullets,
no tanks, aircraft or camouflage face-paint. Its troops rarely
even left their control room, deep within a high security military
base in Estonia.
These people represent a
new kind of combatant - the cyber warrior.
One team of IT specialists
taking part in Locked Shields, were detailed to attack nine other
teams, located all over Europe. At their terminals in the Nato
Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, they cooked up
viruses, worms, Trojan Horses and other internet attacks, to hijack
and extract data from the computers of their pretend enemies.
The idea was to learn valuable lessons in how to forestall such
attacks on military and commercial networks. The cyber threat
is one that the Western alliance is taking seriously.
It's no coincidence that
Nato established its defence centre in Estonia. In 2007, the country's
banking, media and government websites were bombarded with Distributed
Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks over a three week period, in
what's since become known as Web War I. The culprits are thought
to have been pro-Russian hacktivists, angered by the removal of
a Soviet-era statue from the centre of the capital, Tallinn."
in front room, dry burning air, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha
has headache, overirdes 3 HEPA filters.
in front room and in warehouse front and immediately in front
of warehouse, dry burning air, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha
in front room, dry burning air, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha
has headache. Similatr off=and=on all day , with irritant over
riding 3 HEPA filters and with respitrator use. 7:41 PM--irritant
in front room with acrid odor of "hot metal," wear respirator.
7:49 PM--similar IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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