SFO Museum

Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s

Exhibitions - San Francisco International Airport
Galleries A1 and G1, International Terminal Main Hall
November 5th 2011 -April 2012

The Italian propensity for artistic design, historically demonstrated in a wide range of manufactured goods, has perhaps never been better exemplified than in the beautiful motorcycles that graced Italy's racetracks and roadways in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the course of two decades, an unprecedented number of Italian firms, many of them lost to history, produced a dizzying array of small-sized motorcycles for a country with a desperate need for mobility after World War II. These machines were created at a time of impoverished resources, but consistent with a characteristically Italian insistence on producing, and demanding, objects of extraordinary design and beauty.




Our early Cyber War battles, their background and setting are detailed in the five page "Cyber-intruder sparks massive federal response" by Ellen Nakashima at washington post.com.

"The first sign of trouble was a mysterious signal emanating from deep within the U.S. military's classified computer network. Like a human spy, a piece of covert software in the supposedly secure system was 'beaconing' - trying to send coded messages back to its creator.

An elite team working in a windowless room at the National Security Agency soon determined that a rogue program had infected a classified network, kept separate from the public Internet, that harbored some of the military's most important secrets, including battle plans used by commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The government's top cyberwarriors couldn't immediately tell who created the program or why, although they would come to suspect the Russian intelligence service. Nor could they tell how long it had been there, but they soon deduced the ingeniously simple means of transmission, according to several current and former U.S. officials. The malicious software, or malware, caught a ride on an everyday thumb drive that allowed it to enter the secret system and begin looking for documents to steal. Then it spread by copying itself onto other thumb drives.

Pentagon officials consider the incident, discovered in October 2008, to be the most serious breach of the U.S. military's classified computer systems. The response, over the past three years, transformed the government's approach to cybersecurity, galvanizing the creation of a new military command charged with bolstering the military's computer defenses and preparing for eventual offensive operations. The efforts to neutralize the malware, through an operation code-named Buckshot Yankee, also demonstrated the importance of computer espionage in devising effective responses to cyber threats."



A reader emails "Berkeley High school pool used by special needs program forced to close" is a KTVU video. John Sasaki reports that the warm pool was forced to close. Our reader's son is "the little blonde boy they're 'circling' in the end of the clip."



Sgt Mary Kusmiss BPD emails (excerpt)

Since 2010, the number
of juvenile prostitution cases investigated by the Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) throughout the City of Berkeley has fallen from seven in 2010 to four in
2011, a decline of over 40%. The population of Berkeley is approximately

In 2010, of the seven cases investigated by BPD's Special Victims Unit, three
involved Berkeley High School (BHS) students. So far this year, BPD has
investigated four cases, and two of those cases involved BHS students. None
of these investigations involved prostitution on the BHS campus.

Sgt. Kusmiss S6
Public Information
Officer (PIO)







my 1973 Laverda 750 SF














"Motorcycle show rolls across country with hopes for upturn" by Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times.

"After several bumpy years, the motorcycle industry is hoping for smoother roads ahead as the International Motorcycle Shows tour rolls into Long Beach, this weekend.

Since the economy began significantly losing ground in 2008, annual new-motorcycle sales in the United States have plunged by about half to some 300,000 units, as money-conscious consumers chose not to make the often-discretionary purchases.

After falling 41 percent in 2009 and 14 percent last year, sales of new motorcycles are mostly flat this year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, and are likely to remain there as long as the economy remains stagnant. Still, there are glimmers of hope."


Last I checked scooter sales are up and used motorcycle sales are solid. Motorcycle tire sales are also up indicating increased use of owned motors.

Then there's the antique and vintage collectors market, which has finally begun to mature with prices for the most sought--after now commanding hundreds of thousands--the finest Vincents and Crockers come to mind.

And, . . . though they have not yet, expect price increases to trickle down-market.


my 1974 Norton 850 Commando Roadster

but, . . . then there's









Breaking story 12/10/11 12:04 PM "Diesel spill on UC Campus"

"Over 1000 of gallons" of diesel fuel have leaked from a Stanley Hall storage facility on the UC Berkeley Campus and some has flowed into Strawberry Creek.
US Coast Guard, BFD and other agencies have responded and are on scene.















"Diesel fuel spill closes Stanley Hall" Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.

"Emergency crews were on the scene Sunday morning cleaning up a diesel fuel spill that occurred Saturday evening at Stanley Hall after what appears to be a pump valve failure. The incident forced the closure of the building after spilling gallons of fuel into the basement of the building and out through pumps to Strawberry Creek. Odors were reported Saturday evening and cleanup began overnight and will continue throughout the day. 

A number of agencies including UCPD, Berkeley Fire Department, the Coast Guard, campus Environmental Health and Safety and Physical Plant, are on the scene, assessing the damage and addressing the spill. 

"Plans call for the restoration of normal access to Stanley Hall by Monday at 7:30 a.m. so that finals may take place as scheduled."

"Crews clean diesel spill at UC Berkeley" is an ABC 7 video follow up to the story I broke yesterdat afternoon.



"Berkeley's Occupy camp thrives, unthreatened" reports our Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The 2-month-old encampment in Civic Center Park - until recently a smattering of tents in the corner - is now a booming megalopolis of tents, banners, dogs and teach-ins. It fills most of the park and has become the largest Occupy protest in the Bay Area.

'I love it here. It's a rich, multifaceted experience,' said Brian Lipson, 44, a preschool teacher who moved into the camp shortly after it was established. 'A structure is blossoming here.' . . .

The protest violates a host of park rules, including bans on overnight camping, smoking, unleashed dogs and hijacking of city electricity.

City officials have several times asked protesters to remove propane stoves, clear pathways and take other safety precautions, and protesters have complied, city spokeswoman Mary Kay Clunies-Ross said.

To help the protesters, the city has increased the number of garbage cans, cleaned the portable toilets more often and kept in regular contact with organizers.

The camp has not been free of crime, however, particularly since the arrival of Occupiers from Oakland and San Francisco. Police have responded to several fights, dog bites and drug- and weapon-related incidents. On one occasion, a woman called police when a man with a dagger entered her tent, masturbated and prevented her from leaving.

In all, police have responded to 23 calls from Occupy Berkeley, 15 of which are classified as crimes, according to Berkeley police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss."

Hopefully this will progress well. Though our history of indulgence then/or reaction lead otherwise.




"Auctions America Explores Classic Motorcycle Market Trends at Las Vegas Auction" by Richard Backus
at motorcycleclassics.com.

Lee Hartung's unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel sold for $201,250 at Auctions America's Hartung Collection auction Nov. 3-5, 2011.

Auctions America Explores Classic Motorcycle Market Trends at Las Vegas Auction

A group of the world's leading experts in collectible motorcycles, including two members of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, will share their wisdom at an exclusive market seminar presented by Auctions America by RM its debut Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle event, Jan. 12­14, 2012.

Hosted by well-known motorcycle guru and SPEED commentator Dave Despain, the one-hour seminar will be held in the main auction arena at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. PDT. A continuing part of Auctions America's educational series, the panel discussion will focus on the passion that drives the motorcycle hobby, including the continuing popularity of motorcycles as collectibles, as well as explore market trends and predictions for the 2012 auction season. The session will conclude with an interactive Q&A with the audience. "

Unlike antique car collectors, the antique motorcycle collectors value unrestored originals over restored machines.












Best of Show at the prestigious 2011 Villa D'Este Concours

an original, unrestored 1910 Pierce Four



The first Potter Creek Radio Controlled Truck Race took place Sunday just after noon.

Organized by our Sarah Klise and run on her course laid out around Potter Creek, it featured two Hummers, a curious red & green vehicle and a Ford 4X4. Milo and his Hummer--left in the photo--won two out of three heats--the afternoon's clear winner.



Earth Networks, which operates WeatherBug, a real-time weather app for mobile devices and desktops

has just announced a collaboration to create greenhouse gas monitoring stations throughout California
















"Alexander Graham Bell recordings played from 1880s" Brett Zongker, Associated Press

"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Scientists Carl Haber shows the frequencies of the sound recorded in 1885 by Alexander Graham Bell at Volta Laboratory, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, during a news conference at Library of Congress in Washington. Early sound recordings by telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and others that had been packed way at the Smithsonian Institution for more than a century were played publicly for the first time Tuesday using new technology. The recordings revealed a portion of Hamlet's Soliloquy, a trill of the tongue and someone reciting numbers starting with 1-2-3.

Early sound recordings by Alexander Graham Bell that were packed away at the Smithsonian Institution for more than a century were played publicly for the first time Tuesday using new technology that reads the sound with light and a 3D camera."



"Bob Seger brings 'Old Time Rock' to Oakland" by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.

"Bob Seger's classic 1976 tune 'Rock and Roll Never Forgets' opens with the memorable line, 'So, you're a little bit older and a lot less bolder than you used to be.'

The song's author, now 66, certainly qualifies for the first part of that lyrical equation. But how about the latter?
'I like to think I'm bolder now -- I really do,' the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter says during a recent telephone news conference. 'When I try to write, I try to write something really different every time, if I can. That's the challenge. I'm really fortunate to still be working at this age. I'm not i the mood to repeat myself.'

Still, he could probably get away with penning 'Against the Wind Part 2,' 'More Night Moves' or 'Still Still the Same.' Seger's millions of fans just can't seem to get enough of his distinct brand of 'Old Time Rock and Roll,' a blend of rock and Detroit-style R&B bolstered by his poetic observations of life's passions and pitfalls. It's what compels so many people to buy tickets to his shows -- which includes a Dec. 21 gig at Oakland's Oracle Arena -- and explains why Seger, who's been in the business since the early '60s, is now arguably in his commercial prime."

Still my favorite!




Kubik sends

Depression photos from Farm Bureau files



"Walton family wealth put in perspective" is at upi.com.

"Six U.S. citizens, all of them tied to retail giant Walmart, are wealthier than the bottom 30 percent of U.S. families, an economist said."



"Berkeley to Increase Aid to Middle-Class Students" Rebecaa Ruiz at nytimes.com.

"In Thursday's Times, Jennifer Medina reported that the University of California, Berkeley, will expand its financial aid to middle-class students next fall, seeking to combat economic stratification on campus.

Under the new program, which is projected to cost Berkeley around $12 million each year, families earning up to $140,000 will be expected to contribute no more than 15 percent of their annual income to financing a student's education.

As Ms. Medina noted, Berkeley's decision is a landmark one . . ."



"The Right Way to Put Kids to Work" opines Samuel J Redman at nytimes.com.

"Newt Gingrich caused controversy recently with his unusual suggestion that schools 'ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they'd have pride in the schools, they'd begin the process of rising.'

While the notion that unionized school janitors are draining our economy is woefully misguided, Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, is onto something when he says we should find ways to hire unemployed young people to maintain our educational infrastructure. And we can - by reviving the National Youth Administration. "




Often in the spirit of "Any port in a storm," Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times writes "U.C. Berkeley's Big Ideas for Job Creation"

"The University of California, Berkeley, put forward 13 'big ideas' for creating millions of jobs in the United States. Proposals ranged from investment in infrastructure and tax breaks for entrepreneurs to retrofitting homes and public buildings or reviving manufacturing.

Cal unveiled the ideas, gathered from experts around the country, on Monday morning at its center in Washington, D.C.

Karen Chapple, a city and regional planning professor at U.C. Berkeley, directed the project, paid for with help from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Annie E. Casey Foundation Latest from The Business Journals Meals on Wheels TV is seeking to capture Thanksgiving spiritStudy finds tax preparers near Indian Country unpreparedOakland recruits San Francisco's redevelopment director Follow this company and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

'The traditional policies are not working as expected,' said Chapple. 'We asked for ideas for turning the economy around, and we found a number worth of consideration and potential investment.'

To make the list, proposals had to be quick to implement, be aimed at state and local governments, provide jobs for unskilled workers and create jobs fast -- within one to three years."


And in the spirit of" Always higher a lazy man, he'll do the job in the easiest and often the most efficient way" Kubik and I thought that "The Boycott" would be a specially effective tool of mass protest. Essentially, you can be make a statement and/or be effective by doing nothing.




"Research could help people with declining sense of smell" by Robert Sanders, UC Media Relations.

"University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists have discovered a genetic trigger that makes the nose renew its smell sensors, providing hope for new therapies for people who have lost their sense of smell . . . "
















Though written by the Medieval scholar, Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed is relevant today.




"Occupy meets Open Carry in the East Bay" Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times.

"Occupy protesters and open-carry advocates came together peacefully, and a little awkwardly, at a rally Saturday in Concord.

Around 35 to 40 protesters gathered at noon at Todos Santos Plaza to address issues such as government reform, cuts to education and the sagging U.S. postal system, as well as to hear a talk by guest speaker and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.
The mother of a fallen soldier railed against military spending and said people deserve meaningful jobs that 'pay not a minimum wage, but a human wage.'

They were joined by one open-carry advocate displaying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle across his back and carrying two semi-automatic pistols, and another with a handgun."



Here is "Hallelujah Corporations," a "celebrative song" in the style of Handel's Messiah.


Yet Conservative, John McCain has a video "This System Is Broken."

And Neomarxist David Harvey's video lecture about "the system" is "A Brief History of Neoliberalism" and it is here.

More specifically, Sandy Kleffman of the Contra Costa Times writes of "the system" in "Health insurance premiums rising faster than incomes for California families, study reveals"

"Everyone knows health insurance costs are rising rapidly, but a new study reveals just how heavy a toll that takes on businesses, families and single people."


Oops forgot about . . . . "Christopher Hitchens: The Moral Necessity of Atheism"








school kids

singing, late Depression







"Days Gone By: The early Berkeley Gazette gets (almost) all the news" by Nilda Rego at contracostatimes.com.

"When Will A. Nash lost his job as editor of the Herald, he decided to start a competing newspaper in Berkeley and call it the Gazette. In the first issue of the Gazette, Nov. 20, 1894, he explained what happened.

'During the past year the editor of the Gazette was the editor of the Herald, and during that time he built up a large circulation, and the Herald was a welcome visitor to all parts of Berkeley.

'A few weeks ago a gentleman who thinks that he can manage all kinds of business, bethought himself that he could run the Herald much better than the writer, and so in the short space of twenty-two days he had carried its bones to the journalistic bone yard and there were but few who mourned its demise.' Nash said he was begged by local businessmen to start another paper.

'And it is because of this flattering testimonial to our talents that we launch the Gazette upon the sea of journalism.' Nash promised the paper would be "independent in all things and proposes to call a spade a spade and a heart a heart. 'The paper was small. It had a five-column format and had only four pages. However, those four pages turned out to be pretty entertaining.

On Nov. 22, 1894, readers were treated to this front page story: 'Whoa Thar! Is what Butcher Hann said to his horse this morning, but the pesky critter run and wrecked the cart. "


World's Oldest Running Car

Fetches $4.62M

courtesy Bob Kubik




"U.C. Berkeley creates first online degree program" Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"The University of California, Berkeley, has created its first online degree program -- a master's degree in public health.

The University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley Latest from The Business Journals Warren Hellman: Ecclesiastes in the elevatorU.C. Berkeley aims financial aid at middle classTaking AIM: Andre Mayer relishes path that took him to current post Follow this company , has created its first online degree program -- a master's degree in public health.

Earning a degree will cost about $52,000 to $59,000.

Students, starting in spring 2012, will be able to earn an M.P.H. degree in two and a half years by doing 85 percent of their coursework online and going to three sessions on campus that total 15 days."




"Reinventing the American justice system" Marty Nemko at washingtonpost.com.

"Our justice system is adversarial, based on the belief that the clash of ideas helps the important points emerge. But the adversarial system is also expensive, time-consuming and subject to ethical excesses by lawyers who are rewarded not for furthering justice but for winning. Often, attorney game-playing and court system backups can mean years-long disputes.

The process's variable length makes the cost hard to predict and subsequently makes it difficult to decide whether a case is worth litigating. Perhaps worst of all, litigation's outcome too often depends on whether you hired a better attorney than your opponent did, which, on average, hurts middle- and low-income people.

The status quo is always difficult to change, however, especially when it is as long-standing and foundational as our adversary-based legal system is. But is it not time to at least pilot-test a new path to justice?

Dispute Resolution Centers would be one-stop shops at which plaintiffs and defendants could choose the most cost-effective legal pathway: counseling, mediation, arbitration, traditional adversarial trial, or non-adversarial trial."



"Cap Income of One Percenters When Inequality Reeaches 'Tipping Point' " Debra Cassens Weiss at abajournal.com.

"Two law professors are proposing a way to stop the growth in income inequality with a tax that would cap the income of the one percenters when inequities grow too large.

Law professors Ian Ayres of Yale and Aaron Edlin of the University of California at Berkeley outline their plan in a New York Times op-ed. 'Specifically, we propose an automatic extra tax on the income of the top 1 percent of earners-a tax that would limit the after-tax incomes of this club to 36 times the median household income,' they write.

In 1980, the average one percenter made 12.5 times the median income, they say. In 2006, the average one percenter made 36 times the median income. Ayres and Edlin believe the ratio has reached the 'tipping point' where democracy may be undermined. They cite Justice Louis Brandeis, who warned of concentrated wealth when he joined the Supreme Court in 1916. 'We believe that we have reached the Brandeis tipping point,' they say."




"India should cut wasteful expenditure on subsidies" at indiatimes.com.

"India should cut wasteful expenditure on subsidies to maintain the momentum of social sector spending in India, says Pranab Bardhan , professor of economics in the University of California, Berkeley. An expert in rural instituitions and developmental economics, Bardhan says opposition to retail FDI is misguided and will hinder development in the country."












from Richmond Rambler Motorcycle Club's, Cliff Miller

Enjoy Life - It Has An Expiration Date


I just received an email from an old friend who I thought had passed, "As Mark Twain said, 'The report of my death was an exaggeration.Yes, I am alive and, if not exactly kicking, walking about . . ."

When my friend hit Berkeley in the'60s with all his belongings in a Ford van, on his first night he wound up at a party in my Parker Street apartment and then stayed the night "on a pallet on the floor". Over the years we've become great friends.



Around Our Town

"Berkeley's ex-city manager retires with windfall" reports our Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

We now have an "interim" city manager and word is that she mostly "says what she means and means what she says" and that what she says has "all the 'Ts' crossed" and "all the 'Is' dotted."

Occupy Berkeley have received eviction notices effective at 10PM tonight.

Our new assistant city manager has long been known in Potter Creek as a good friend or as a valued colleague.


Working well into the early evening, two of Potter Creek's more-than-several architects seem quite busy, and our 900 GRAYSON just had the best Saturday ever. Also what seems like increased delivery truck traffic just could signal an increase in Potter Creek business.

Of course our Bowl keeps on keeping on.

Half dozen or so female BPD officers had a "ladies lunch" at 900 earlier this week. On leaving, one officer was heard to say "Excellent, . . . as usual."


Where are the over 1200 gallons diesel oil that spilled into Strawberry Creek? Well, if the Strawberry Creek culverts have broken up as have the Potter Creek ones, some of it's seeped into the ground.

Just how much are 1200 galons of fuel? A small tanker truck like the ones used to transport fuel to filling stations holds between 2000 and 2500 gallons.


yesterday, what eventually turned out to be a false alarm

prompted an immediate and massive response from Berkeley FD and Berkeley PD, including two pumpers, a hook and ladder, an ambulance, a BFD command vehicle, and BPD radio cars.

They're good!

"The best of the finest" said one Potter Creek businessman.


Aw s#%t, "Poor top wealthy in detecting suffering" is a story at upi.com.

"Ebenezer Scrooge's lack of compassion in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is a common trait among those in the upper classes, U.S. researchers say.

Lead author Jennifer Stellar, a social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, found people in the lower socioeconomic classes are more physiologically attuned to suffering, and quicker to express compassion, than the more affluent.

The study, published in the journal Emotion, found individuals in the upper middle and upper classes were less able to detect and respond to the distress signals of others."











excerpt from His Honor Da Boz' email

Peaceful Park Evacuation 

I believe the Occupy Movement has done this country a great service, by pointing out the disparity between the very rich and the rest of us, and that the people of Berkeley largely support its message.  However, the encampment in Civic Center Park has lately become a health and safety problem.  There has been an attempted rape, arrests for having knives and a gun, and numerous fights, including an assault with a 2x4.  In addition, 3 cases of food poisoning have occurred.   

Recently, the City has told the campers that the City needs to enforce our regulations pertaining to the park health and safety.  We thank the majority of the people who have voluntarily left and hope the handful of others will follow their lead. It would be great to declare victory and move on together to realizing the important goals of equity, and of making government work for all of us.
I would like to thank everyone for making this a largely peaceful process and also thank our City of Berkeley staff for handling this delicate situation so very well.

Sincerely, Tom Bates


As I emailed early Wednesday evening

"Berkeley PD is removing tents from the Berkeley Occupy at MLK and Allston Way--the police are not in riot gear. 

The city believes safety and health concerns make this necessary."

Removal continued throughout the night and the morning with some scuffles, but all-in-all Da Boz' "Peaceful Park Evacuation" is accurate.



after 12/22/11 here




from my log

12/8/11--PM through 12/9/11AM--Off-and-on, dry dirty air dirty dry air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, ends about 6:00AM. About 7.00 AM--irritant in front room, nausea, headache, light head. 11:42 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 2:30 PM--similar.

12/10/11--2:05 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.

12/11/11--3:13 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, nausea light head, Marsha similar"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. Off-and-on all afternoon. Only apparent surrounding activity, worker next door. 6:07 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.

12/12/11--2:47 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 3:13 PM--nausea, light head.6:59 PM---dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.

12/13/11--6:06 AM-- "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 6:17 AM dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 7:00 PM-- dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation.8:02 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 8:46 PM--dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 10:24 PM-- SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters, wear respirator, leave. 3:02 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters.

12/14/11--6:52 PM-dirty dry air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.7:07 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters. 8:10 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters.

12/15/11--12:32 AM--dirty dry air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 8:53 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters, leave. 4:01 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room dry burning air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.

12/16/11--8:36 PM--dry burning air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters. Similar, off-and-on all day around the hour, half hour and quarter hour.

12/18/11--1:26 PM-- irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar". 5:13 PM--dry burning air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters. 8:00 PM--similar.

12/19/11--11:39 AM---dry burning air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, over rides HEPA filters, wear respirator. Similar off-and-on all morning

12/20/11--7:34 AM--STRONG buning gas odor in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritant, overrides HEPA filters. 7:51 AM--headache, nausea.

12/21/11--11:00 AM---dry burning air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 11:41 AM--similar, nausea, light head. 1:07 PM---similar, nausea, light head. Spare the Air Day.

12/22/11--7:33 AM--dry burning air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 11:03 AM---dry air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 11:14 AM--similar, light head, headache. 6:45 PM--dry burning air in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.



Understand, length of exposure to irritant is critical, just walking past warehouse is not sufficient; "IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse" means just that--a few feet or less, and for some time; the irritant is often odorless--understand even some lethal gases are; irritant is experienced only "now and then"; and irritant has after life.








eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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.


Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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