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.
*The Death and Life of Great American Cities
is a 1961 book by writer and activist Jane Jacobs. The book is
a critique of 20th century urban planning policy, which it says
was responsible for the decline of many city neighborhoods in
the United States. Going against the common wisdom of the age,
deemed a combination of the Radiant City, Garden city, and City
Beautiful movements, it proposes new ideas that it says would
ensure organic vibrancy in urban America.
In a recent month, we received
visits from all 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."
is now open
"Movies now playing in Berkeley" at movieclock.com.
"Students campaign for fossil fuel divestment" Andrea Guzman at dailycal.org.
"UC Berkeley students
are calling for the university to divest from fossil fuel companies
as part of a nationwide environmental campaign to stop climate
Environmental student groups have partnered with organizations
such as 350.org in asking the campus administration to freeze
any new investments in fossil fuel companies and to divest within
five years from direct ownership of funds that include fossil
fuel public equities and corporate bonds."
Aw jeez, "Nazi
Goebbels' Step-Grandchildren Are Hidden Billionaires" David
de Jong at bloomberg.com.
link courtesy Bob
"In the spring of 1945,
Harald Quandt, a 23-year-old officer in the German Luftwaffe,
was being held as a prisoner of war by Allied forces in the Libyan
port city of Benghazi when he received a farewell letter from
his mother, Magda Goebbels -- the wife of Nazi propaganda minister
The hand-written note confirmed
the devastating news he had heard weeks earlier: His mother had
committed suicide with her husband on May 1, after slipping their
six children cyanide capsules in Adolf Hitler's underground bunker
'My dear son! By now we've
been in the Fuehrerbunker for six days already, Daddy, your six
little siblings and I, to give our national socialistic lives
the only possible, honorable ending,' she wrote. 'Harald, dear
son, I want to give you what I learned in life: Be loyal! Loyal
to yourself, loyal to the people and loyal to your country!'
Quandt was released from
captivity in 1947. Seven years later, he and his half-brother
Herbert -- Harald was the only remaining child from Magda Goebbels'
first marriage -- would inherit the industrial empire built by
their father, Guenther Quandt, which had produced Mauser firearms
and anti-aircraft missiles for the Third Reich's war machine.
Among their most valuable assets at the time was a stake in car
manufacturer Daimler AG. (DAI) They bought a part of Bayerische
Motoren Werke AG (BMW) a few years later.
While the half-brothers passed
away decades ago, their legacy has endured. "
"Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain
from storing memories"
by Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations UC Berkeley.
"The connection between poor sleep, memory loss and brain
deterioration as we grow older has been elusive. But for
the first time, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,
have found a link between these hallmark maladies of old age.
Their discovery opens the door to boosting the quality of sleep
in elderly people to improve memory."
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"Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force" Ellen Nakashima, washingtonpost.com.
"The Pentagon has approved
a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several
years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation's
ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive
computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to
The move, requested by the
head of the Defense Department's Cyber Command, is part of an
effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on defensive
measures into the equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force.
The command, made up of about 900 personnel, will expand to include
4,900 troops and civilians."
"U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Amgen's Sweet
Senate Deal" is
a video conversation with Bill Moyers.
"A recent article in The New York
Times reported on a cost-control exception provided to Amgen,
the world's largest biotechnology firm. According to the report,
the sweetheart deal - hidden in the Senate's final "fiscal
cliff" bill - will cost taxpayers half a billion dollars.
Bill talks to U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) about the
bi-partisan bill he recently sponsored to repeal that giveaway,
and the political factors that allow such crony capitalism to
'When there is this back
room dealing that comes at enormous expense to taxpayers and enormous
benefit to a private, well-connected, for-profit company, we've
got to call it out,' Welch tells Bill. 'Those members of Congress
who are concerned about the institution, about our lack of credibility,
about the necessity of us doing things that are in the public
good as opposed to private gain, we've got to call it out.'
"Costa Concordia: Salvaging a shipwreck"
with Lesley Stahl in
a CBS 60 Minutes video report.
link courtesy Cliff
Not about the Marin traffic
circle but about our west Berkeley roundabouts*
In west-Berkeley, when traffic
roundabouts first appeared, one of the more enterprising dealers
observed that now he could sell from the middle of the street,
traffic coming from all four directions. Never happened by the
way. Something about a Berkeley PD reluctance.
*A roundabout is a type of circular intersection
or junction in which road traffic is slowed and flows almost continuously
in one direction around a central island to several exits onto
the various intersecting roads.In a modern roundabout, entering
traffic must always yield to traffic already in the circle, and
roundabouts have additional restrictions on the junction layout
to give high safety.
A regular reader sent me
these stories about finding a "buried" vintage car in
England and then "perfectly" restoring it .
"Rare 84-year-old 'race car' found buried
under shed wins award after painstaking rebuild" at dailymail.co.uk and
"1929 MG 14/40 Mk IV wins award" at motorauthority.com.
Which brings to mind the
vintage car "buried" right here in Potter Creek. A early
1954 Austin Healey BN1 roadster has been here for decades. Virtually
complete and with enough spare-parts to maybe build a second car.
Probably worth writing about.
The television media have
given a good deal of coverage to the French invasion of Mali,
most stories showing French regular troops disembarking from transport
aircraft. But in one of these network news programs I saw for
an instant a close up of a French soldier's shoulder-patch. All
that could be seen below the partial Tricolour was "rangere." This, the last
part of "legion etrangere" or Foreign Legion.
A old friend of mine, an
ex French Army parachutist now a US citizen, said that French
armed forces including the Legion have long trained in Djibouti
country at the horn of Africa, and said also that US forces are
*The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas
became Djibouti in 1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian
one-party state and proceeded to serve as president until 1999.
Unrest among the Afars minority during the 1990s led to a civil
war that ended in 2001 following the conclusion of a peace accord
between Afar rebels and the Issa-dominated government. Djibouti's
first multi-party presidential elections in 1999 resulted in the
election of Ismail Omar GUELLEH. Djibouti occupies a very strategic
geographic location at the mouth of the Red Sea and serves as
an important transshipment location for goods entering and leaving
the east African highlands. The present leadership favors close
ties to France, which maintains a significant military presence
in the country, but has also developed increasingly stronger ties
with the United States in recent years. Djibouti currently hosts
the only United States military base in sub-Saharan Africa and
is a front-line state in the global war on terrorism.
The OrderAhead Berkeley app
here. "OrderAhead is the most convenient and elegant
way to order from great local restaurants. Simply order and pay
from your iPhone so that your food is ready when you arrive."
our Cameron Woo emails
There's a new restaurant
in the 'hood, sort of across from the Post Office and down a ways
towards University Ave. It's only been open a few weeks, but shows
promise. More of a fusion approach to Vietnamese staples like
pho (noodle soup), chicken salad, spring rolls and grilled meats
over rice. They have a daily "Pho 20" special ... from
4:205:00 pm each day, they offer a medium sized bowl of pho
for just $4.20. Gimmicks aside, it's worth checking out.The people
who run it are very nice. yelp café-v-berkeley here.
Cameron Woo, Publisher, The
"Berkeley moves to save downtown Post Office"
Peggy Reskin at examiner.com.
"City of Berkeley will
host a meeting to save the Main Post Office in downtown Berkeley
January 29th at 6:45 at 2133 Shattuck. The effort to save the
historic landmark and services of the downtown post office has
taken form not only to save the site, but to remind people that
the mail is the last free communication service that goes to every
house in the City."
"Berkeley Symphony unveils a world premiere
and hosts renowned cellist Lynn Harrell" Cheryl North, correspondent, mercurynews.com."
You have to love the wit
and relevance of the descriptive motto Berkeley Symphony used
to begin its 2013 season: 'Defiantly Original!' I can't think
of a more pithy phrase to fit this plucky, mind-expanding ensemble."
"U.S. Weighs Base for Spy Drones in North
Africa" Eric Schmitt,
"The United States military is preparing to establish a drone
base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance
missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist
extremist groups that American and other Western officials say
pose a growing menace to the region.
For now, officials say they
envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base,
though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some
point if the threat worsens. "
has long been a favored SF Bayview bar. Now it's
a historic landmark.
Channel 7 reports
"It's easy to pass Sam Jordan's on Third
Street without noticing it, but the bar has been a vibrant spot
in the Bayview community for decades. 'Sam Jordan originally wanted
a place where African-American people come, feel welcome, and
be at home,' customer Barbara Duty said.
Back in the day, it was called Sam Jordan's Personality
Club because the owner was larger than life. He was a longshoreman,
a Golden Gloves boxing champ, and an entrepreneur who opened his
nightclub in 1959. 'Artists like Sammy Davis Jr. and artists of
that era would come to San Francisco. They' d hang out downtown,
but they wanted to come here and really lounge,' said Sam Jordan's
granddaughter Shannon Lacy. "
Early last year, I broke
the story of Potter Creek's new sour beer brewery. Here now is
the sf.eater.com version "Meet
The Rare Barrel, Berkeley's Newest Brewery."
And, . . . new gas lines
are now being put in to the adjacent building, the 2600 8th Street
"Berkeley Lab Featured in Cool Pavement
Technologies Video" at
"On sweltering days
you can fry an egg on them. But, now, Berkeley Lab and UC Davis
researchers are testing surfaces designed to make them cooler
and safer. The video features Ben Mandel of the EETD's Heat Island
Aw jeez, "Man
stabs two people inside home, then sets house on fire" Doug
Oakley and Kristin J. Bender, Oakand Tribune.
"A man was arrested
Tuesday after police said he stabbed two people in a south Berkeley
home, then set the house on fire after police arrived."
"UC Berkeley police create special unit
to patrol area near campus" Steven
E.F. Brown at bizjournals.com.
The first 2013 Berkeley PD
Newsletter can be viewed and/or downloaded at
the BPD site.
Autoweek has picked their
favorite videos of 2012.
Of those, my favoite is the
story of the creation of the Bugatti 64. A fantasy car, really,
of collector Peter Mullin. Also worth watching is Concours d'Lemons.
"How Harley-Davidson explains the U.S.
economy" by Neil
Irwin at washingtonpost.com.
more than just an iconic American brand. It is also a surprisingly
good reflection of the forces shaping the U.S. economy as a whole.
The motorcycle company reported its fourth quarter earnings Tuesday,
and the details show a firm that is as typically American as the
roaring sound of a hog on the highway.
Here are the five ways the
company's financial results explain the forces shaping the U.S.
Coming back-but not all the
way. Harley-Davidson shipped 247,625 motorcycles in 2012, up 6.2
percent from 2011 (that's an extra 14,508 motorcycles shipped
out the door). The company forecasts a similar gain in 2013. That
is up handily from the recent past; the company shipped only 223,023
motorcycles in 2009, as the steep global downturn meant consumers
were in no shape to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a motorcycle.
But while the gains since then have been decent, it's worth remembering
that Harley-and the U.S. economy as a whole, isn't anywhere near
back to its potential. In 2006, the company shipped a whopping
349,196 motorcycles. In other words, it would take much stronger
growth for Harley-Davidson's production to return to the track
it was on before the recession. The same is true of the U.S. economy
as a whole; economic output in 2012 was something close to $1
trillion below the level that the Congressional Budget Office
estimates is the U.S. economy's potential. The missing motorcycles
are part of that 'output gap.' "
"It's time to revive a British financial innovation
from the 18th century: perpetual bonds" Matthew Yglesias at slate.com.
link courtesy bob
"Britain and France
were the superpowers of the 18th century, clashing repeatedly
over the succession to the Spanish and Austrian thrones, overseas
colonies, and eventually American independence. Britain's most
famous advantage in these struggles was its naval strength, but
another important edge was its more sophisticated financial system.
Advanced finance allowed the country to maximize the quantity
of resources it was able to bring to bear during the acute crisis
of war without crushing the underlying sources of economic growth
through excessive taxation. Modern-day finance, of course, is
generally much more sophisticated than even the cutting edge of
the 18th century. But our former colonial masters did have one
good idea that's since been abandoned and deserves revival: perpetual
February 2013 here
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.
in front room and in warehouse front and immediately in front
of warehouse, dry acrid air, mucus membrane irritation, nausea,
Marsha similar with headache. 11:45 PM--irritant in front room
with acrid odor of "hot metal." Similar, off-and-on
and burning gas odor in front room, mucus membrane irritation.
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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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