DECEMBER 2012

after 12/11/12, here after 12/14/12, here

12/1/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

As predicted in my 11/28/12 post--Look for local TV to pick up the bourgouisside "Bates/Worthington Feud" --Thursday evening's CBS local Channel 5 ran the story at about 6:05 right after the storm coverage. Boz looked a little uptight and Worthington twitched somewhat.

So Boz, . . . during the Full Moon I often throw down a few shots of Tequila--you know lick off the salt from between the thumb and first finger, throw back the Tequila, squeeze a quarter Meyer Lemon between the front teeth. And let it all warm the throat going down.

Do this over and over until you just don't give a shit.

 

 

 

Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at Café Yesterday, 1122 University Avenue, Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from 2 to 3pm.

Cafe Yesterday

coffee, food, music

 

"931 people in Berkeley may be ID theft victims", Jaxon Van Derbeken sfgate.com.

 

 

 

"Berkeley Center Sells for $20M" at globest.com.

"Berkeley Center comprises 92,000 square feet on an entire cityblock bounded by Shattuck Ave.,Allston Way, Kittredge St.and Harold Way."

 

 

 

 

"Megabus California: Low-Cost Bus Service Expands Into Golden State With $1 San Francisco To Los Angeles Service" by Aaron Sankin at huffingtonpost.com.

"Need to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles but the little George Washington in your pocket doesn't have any friends to hang out with? Well, that's no problem now that low-cost bus provider MegaBus has got you covered.

As a way of announcing the inter-city bus service's expansion into the Golden State, MegaBus is temporarily offering $1 fares between all of its California hubs--San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Riverside and Sacramento. The company also offers service to Las Vegas.

SFBay notes that this mind-bogglingly low ticket price is just a temporary offer during the company's first week of California service and prices will eventually increase into the $5-9 range, which doesn't seem exactly like it would break the bank."

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

12/26/11

" Rise of the drone: From Calif. garage to multibillion-dollar defense industry" Peter Finn at washingtonpost.com.

"In 1980, Abraham Karem, an engineer who had emigrated from Israel, retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement of his tolerant wife, began to build an aircraft.

The work eventually spilled into the guest room, and when Karem finished more than a year later, he wheeled into his driveway an odd, cigar-shaped craft that was destined to change the way the United States wages war.

The Albatross, as it was called, was transported to the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where it demonstrated the ability to stay aloft safely for up to 56 hours - a very, very long time in what was then the crash-prone world of drones.

Three iterations and more than a decade of development later, Karem's modest-looking drone became the Predator, the lethal, remotely piloted machine that can circle above the enemy for nearly a day before controllers thousands of miles away in the southwestern United States launch Hellfire missiles toward targets they are watching on video screens.

The emergence of hunter-killer and surveillance drones as revolutionary new weapons in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in counterterrorism operations in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, has spawned a multibillion-dollar industry, much of it centered in Southern California, once the engine of Cold War military aviation.

Over the next 10 years, the Pentagon plans to purchase more than 700 medium- and large-size drones at a cost of nearly $40 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office study. Thousands more mini-drones will be fitted in the backpacks of soldiers so they can hand-launch them in minutes to look over the next hill or dive-bomb opposing forces."

 

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12/2/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

our Pete Hurney is currently working on an automaton

based on this toy

Pete has completely disassembled the toy and is now rebuilding it with modern technology including microprocessors. When finished it will reside in a case at 900 GRAYSON, will move realistically, speak--possibly with Chef Eric's voice--and have brand new clothes. It will be coin operated--the coin module is in itself a beautifully complex mechanical piece.

 

 

 

 

 

"Berkeley Lab Part of Energy Department Team Selected as DOE's Batteries and Energy Storage Hub" at equities.com.

"U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was joined in Chicago today by Illinois' Senator Dick Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce that a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory, and which includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub. The Hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will combine the R&D firepower of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance."

 

 

 

"Chef Thomas Keller" has a conversation with CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose--a video feature.

"Chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller, speaking about food production on CBS This Morning, said the notion of local ingredients is hard to define. He said, 'It is geographically designed. Is "local'"25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles? I think that certainly we have to be respectful to locality whenever possible. We have to be respectful to sustainability, and that goes far beyond ingredients, that goes to communities. We have to be able to sustain communities, as well.'

Keller, a business executive and author, is owner of the restaurants The French Laundry, Per Se and Bou'hon, which have earned seven Michelin stars and worldwide raves. He was also awarded the French Legion of Honor last year, and his fifth cookbook, "Bouchon Bakery,' is now a New York Times best-seller."

 

 

Our Suze Falls from Grace in "Suze Orman Thinks You Should Consider An Acura" a story about-and-with Orman's TV commercial is at forbes.com.

"Say it ain't so, Suze Orman. Say you ain't backing up from your long-standing advice that purchasing a new car is almost always a bad idea.'

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POST FROM THE PAST

12/7/02

I had been playing the Bach Mass in b minor most of yesterday afternoon as I worked on a story about Suze Orman. By 5:30 I'd become weary after the days off-and-on effort. Then came a "thank you, thank you" in a gruff but quiet voice through my half-opened door."For what would that be?" I asked and went to the door to open it fully. "For that music, man" offered the figure outside the doorway. It was Charles, the guy who is always in front of the West Side Cafe. "Your music's great!" he said "But nobody's put up any decorations down here this year." "Well it's early yet" I apologized." Hell, it's December 6th" was his almost-disgusted-shot-back -- and you know it is. " But thanks for the music" he offered again, and walked down the drive into the dark.

Last year my friend Takane Eshima gave a copy of the book Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor. The author is ex-Oakland Tribune reporter/photographer, Robert B. Stinnett. The book's thesis is that it wasn't the Japanese who were sneaky about Pearl Harbor, it was us. Although his case that FDR knowingly let Pearl Harbor happen in order to get America into war is weak, it seems clear Roosevelt finessed us into World War II.

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12/3/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

VINTAGE EUROPEAN POSTERS

2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Holiday Hours
Open Every Tuesday from 11-5 and By Appointment
Open Weekends December 2, December 8-9, and December 15-16

More here.

The holiday sparkle is in full swing on Fourth Street. 

 

Salaries for retail salepersons in Berkeley are here.

 

"Governor opposes pay raise for UC Berkeley leader" Lisa Leff, AP.

"Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition."

 

 

 

"You can become part of the Sundar Shadi tradition in El Cerrito" by Chris Treadway, Contra Costa Times

"It takes a village to raise a village when it comes to the annual Sundar Shadi Christmas display in El Cerrito. And there are opportunities to join the small village of people dedicating free time to see that it is on display this season and for years to come.

The core group is training to take over the display, a tradition started by the late Mr. Shadi more than 60 years ago, from the El Cerrito chapter of Soroptimist International, which has maintained and funded the display since its creator's death in 2001 at age 101.

 


BPD Officer Melero emails

This year the tradition continues.

The City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments (BPD & BFD) are teaming up
with the U.S. Marine Corp Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2012, to give
back to the community. Each year toys are given to Berkeley children who
might not otherwise receive any toys during the holidays. It is expected that
members of BPD will give over 3000 new toys to youth during this year's
event.

The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to youngsters whose
families are in need and to support each of them in becoming responsible,
productive community members and future leaders.

TOYS FOR TOTS is open to all City of Berkeley families who pre-register
through Eden I & R, Inc. All registrations must be made through Eden I & R
Inc. and can be done by calling 2-1-1. The Berkeley Police Department does
not accept registrations.

Qualifying families can register anytime after November 7, 2012. Registration
ends at 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2012. Toys will be given out to registered
families on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Ronald T. Tsukamoto Public
Safety Building, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way between the hours of 8:00
a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

People wishing to support TOYS FOR TOTS are invited to drop off new
unwrapped toys at any of the City of Berkeley Fire Stations and the Ronald
Tsukamoto Public Safety Building.

 

Cliff Miller sends a link to a magic show

Le plus grand cabaret du monde sur son 31

 

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POST FROM THE REALLY PAST

Marlene Dietrich

and Charlie Chaplin

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"Tesla bumps up the price of the Model S by $2,500" by Dana Hullat mercurynews.com.

"Tesla Motors announced Thursday it is raising the price on all versions of its Model S sedan by $2,500 effective Jan. 1 for new reservation holders. That will lift the base price from $57,400 to $59,900 before federal tax credits."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/5/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

In 2011 there were just under 200 separate countries in the world. As of 2011 US special forces had or had had operations in about 70 countries.

 

 

Tuesday night a woman was shot and killed while riding her bicycle in southwest-Berkeley. She was found lying on the ground in the 1300 block of Derby around Longfellow School at 11:30 PM and died at the scene. She is believed to be in here 40s or 50s. BPD responded quickly to the call for service that a bicycist had "been hit by a car" and on arriving found that she had been shot.

 

And alsoTuesday night in west-Berkeley an out of control car smashed thru the front window of a liquor store on San Pabo Avenue--one woman was injured.

 

Monday morning early several computers were stolen in a "smash and grab" from an office complex on Addison west of San Pablo in west-Berkeley.

 

 

Autoweek's Rory Carroll has been held hostage by an uncooperative Tesla Model S sedan charger for nearly two days. A Tesla technician is on the scene, and repairs are ongoing.

 

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12/2/11

VW's new spot for South Africa

Volkswagen "Motorcycle Ad"

"Riding a motorcycle isn't for everyone. Aside from the requisite blatant disregard for personal safety, there are a host of inconveniences to deal with. Bugs, heat, dirt, dust, grime and the stench of road kill can all put a kink in an otherwise enjoyable afternoon of riding. . . . Volkswagen South Africa has released a new ad for the company's Jetta featuring a duo of would-be motorcycle heroes as they endure the slings of motorcycling on a pair of beautiful Kawasaki steeds."

 

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"California's N2O emissions may be nearly triple current estimates" at sciencecodex.com.

"Using a new method for estimating greenhouse gases that combines atmospheric measurements with model predictions, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have found that the level of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, in California may be 2.5 to 3 times greater than the current inventory.

At that level, total N2O emissions-which are believed to come primarily from nitrogen fertilizers used in agricultural production-would account for about 8 percent of California's total greenhouse gas emissions. The findings were recently published in a paper titled "Seasonal variations in N2O emissions from central California" in Geophysical Research Letters. Earlier this year, using the same methodology, the researchers found that levels of methane, another potent greenhouse gas, in California may be up to 1.8 times greater than previous estimates.

'If our results are accurate, then it suggests that N2O makes up not 3 percent of California's total effective greenhouse gases but closer to 10 percent,' said Marc Fischer, lead researcher on both studies."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/6/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Councilman Capitelli emails his extraordinarily informative newsletter

(excerpt)

Parklets in Berkeley?

"Parklets" ­ a recent urban phenomenon whereby one or two parking spaces are converted to pedestrian use - increase public gathering space adjacent to the sidewalk. Popular in San Francisco (pictured above) and now popping up in Oakland, parklets can expand public sidewalk seating, provide added bike parking, make room for urban "greening" and showcase local art and design.

In September 2011, after several temporary parklets were created along Shattuck Ave. for Park-ing Day and the Spice of Life Festival, the North Shattuck Association (NSA ­ the business improvement association) began to work with interested businesses in the district to develop ideas for semi-permanent parklets which could provide additional seating and bike facilities at high traffic areas in the district. The goal is to have the projects designed and completed as community projects using donated material and labor, with the NSA handling permitting and insurance. Three sites were identified where there was a high level of merchant support and pedestrian activity: in front of Guerilla Cafe/Philz Coffee; Masse's Pastries/Saul's Deli; and the Cheeseboard Bakery/Pizzeria.

Draft designs have been done for these sites. NSA invites residents to comment about the proposed parklet designs through an online survey.

 

 

"Cal picks Louisiana Tech's Dykes as coach" John Crumpacker at sfgate.com.

"Sonny Dykes, head coach of the nation's highest-scoring football team and the worst defense while at Louisiana Tech, will be Cal's next head coach, the university announced Wednesday."

 

 

 

"Man arrested after plowing car into Berkeley liquor store, injuring patron" by Kristin J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"An 46-year-old Albany man was arrested Tuesday after police said he plowed his car through a Berkeley liquor store and struck a woman inside."

 

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Meeting the Wizard: Inside Google's Data Centers

a photo essay by Christopher Jobson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/7/12

Sally and Suzanna had a garden party on Sunday afternoon in January--sort of the celebration "My dinning pavilion was featured in House Beautiful." And by mid-afternoon, Sally's pavilion and backyard over-flowed with guests, among them movers-and-shakers of west-Berkeley and dressed-to-the-tens Bay Area interior decorators and designers. Champagne flowed and La Farine desserts dazzled on the dinning-room table.

But in the midst of all this sat the demure Dorothy Mitchell-Irwin, now 91. Sally's cousin, she was up from Redlands for the party. A Redlands native, Dorothy went to school there from kindergarten to college, graduating from the University of Redlands in 1938. After meeting her first husband-to-be on a Hawiian cruise they married and shortly after moved to Honolulu. But they divorced within a year. "I thought I was so smart, but I was so naive" she said.

 

Dorothy remained in Hawaii and got a job working for a civilian contractor to the military. And so on December 7, 1941 she was there and remembers.

"When I think of December 7th, 1941 I usually also remember the Thanksgiving before. My boyfriend at the time, Hilbert Crosthwaite was a young Lieutenant on the submarine, ARGONAUT. He had duty on Thanksgiving night and invited me to join him and another officer on board for dinner. (I don't remember what we had, but the Navy was famous for good food.) While we were eating the teletype started clacking and we could hear it. The other officer took the communique and read it. The sense of the message, from Washington I think, was that the United States had lost track of the Japanese fleet but that it was still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

December 7 was on a Sunday. When the telephone rang early that morning I ran downstairs to answer it. (Later on one of our boyfriends put an extension upstairs, but I was the one awakened and ran downstairs to answer it.) It was a roomate's boyfriend, Warren Gardner, and he said: 'The Japs have bombed Pearl Harbor!' We had not been out with him the night before, and anyhow he was inclined to play jokes on us, so I said: 'Stop yer kidding-and go back to bed.' 'No,' he said, 'it's true, If you don't believe me turn on the radio.' So I did and this is what I heard Webbley Edwards say: 'And if you do not live throughout this day, happy landings. The radio station is now going off air.`' All the radios were off air so no enemy planes could follow the beam into Honolulu.

Well! That got my attention. I ran upstairs to waken my roommates and met with the same unacceptance until out our upstairs window which overlooked the Ala Wai Canal and the golf course beyond, we-saw a small white plane flying low over the canal with a big red circle under the wing!

You can imagine we got dressed in a hurry. In order to calm my nerves and keep busy I decided to wash clothes in the kitchen sink. We did not have a washing machine and as a rule we took our laundry to a Japanese mamasan every week. I remember thinking: if I'm going to be a Japanese prisoner, at least I'll have clean clothes. Later we were advised to pack a bag and what we should put in it. We still had it at the end of the war but we hadn't used it.

When we heard what we thought was a bomb explode a block from our apartment we all ran out to see what had happened and while we were gone the sink overflowed and flooded the kitchen floor. That kept me busy too. Now I'd have clean clothes and a clean floor.

Some Japanese bombs did fall farther away from our apartment, but the one in question was an anti aircraft shell which misfired from Fort de Russey's Battery B anti aircraft Coast Defense gun. This was an Army Fort to protect Honolulu shoreline from Diamond Head to Fort Armstrong down town. Well fortunately that shell fell on an inter section of Aloha Drive and Lewers Ave. It made a hole in the pavement that was quickly repaired.

The Japanese bomb wiped out a low income area of mostly Japanese residents and we thought it was ironic they bombed their own people.

Now there's a beautiful hotel for service people at Fort de Russey and a museum on the site of Battery B, as it was called.

We kept ourselves busy all day. Early in the afternoon one of the room mate's boyfriends who lived in Manoa Valley came to see if we were OK. I think 3 or 4 fellows lived in the house. So we all piled in Fred Barnett's open air convertible and he took the 3 of us home. We were driving down Beretania Blvd. between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and Thomas Square when we heard a terrible racket that sounded like machtne gun fire, and we all DUCKED. A big PBY was flying overhead and we were thankful it was OUR plane. But the noise was caused by a flat tire. Auwe! We all piled out of the car while the tire was fixed.

Those fine fellows opened cans and fixed a tuna casserole that tasted mighty good. My two roommates worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and one was a Home Economist, so I'm sure we must have helped. I'm not sure where everyone else slept, but I slept on the floor in my clothes.

I might add that we expected the Japanese would come ashore at Waikiki.

Next morning one fellow drove me to the Navy Recruiting office on Ala Moana Blvd . and I got a ride to the Submarine Base Gate at Pearl Harbor. Then I started walking to Kuahua Island (as it was called) where the Pacific Naval Airbase office was where I worked, when a Press Photographer picked me up and took me to the office. I'm sorry I can't remember his name because he became a famous photographer.

The PNAB office was across from Ford Island which actually blocks the entrance to Pearl Harbor. The scene was horrendous - water was burning because oil from the battleships had caught fire. They were still bringing in bodies, both dead and alive. All of our battleships had been destroyed, as they intended, but we still had aircraft carriers!

W. T. Owen was the manager of the PNAB Purchasing Department where I worked. There were 8 or 10 purchasing agents buying materials needed to build the Pacific Naval Airbases. There were 5 big engineering firms constructing these bases. Oleta Stevens was in charge of all the girls (20 or 30?) who typed the purchase orders for Midway, Wake and Johnson Islands. I called Oleta and she reminded me that on the 8th our wastebaskets were filled with sand in case there was a fire when the Japs returned. She said she urged us to work hard and fast to accomplish as-much as possible in case it was our last chance.

She remembered that the OKLAHOMA had capsized and by Tuesday the ship had been righted and all the officers and crew were rescued. The ARIZONA was never brought up from its watery grave.

The YORKTOWN aircraft carrier was badly damaged during the Battle of Coral Sea in May of 1942, and it was sunk during the Battle of Midway the following month. The ENTERPRISE was badly damaged too. More about that later.

On Monday I saw a Destroyer going out to sea that maneuvered back and forth like a car emerging from a tight place. They'd had word the Japs were attacking Hilo and were going out to protect the harbor.

The next day our friends gathered to help us black out our our apartment. It stayed that way till the end of the war.

The air raid wardens were very demanding - not one glimmer of light was allowed to show through.

Naturally we were all afraid. We really expected the Japanese to invade Oahu by walking in over the reefs to Waikiki. Now we know they planned to start with the Philippines and work their way across the Pacific. They made a good start to this plan. Lucky for us they didn't know how easy it would have been to invade Oahu.

Just before the Battle of Midway it was very impressive to be aware of bombers flying out from Hickam Airfield, next to Pearl Harbor, every few minutes. We knew something Big was happening. It was the Battle of Midway. At that Battle the Japanese lost 3,500 of their finest and best trained men.

Shortly after in June, 1942, the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE, which had been badly damaged in the Battle of Midway, returned to Pearl Harbor with a GREAT hole in its side. Still, it was a magnificent sight to see this huge ship badly crippled come back home to Pearl Harbor - the crew and officers standing at attention on deck. It was thrilling, and we were very proud. Until then I don't believe we'd been confident about winning the war. But that was the beginning of the end of what had been started for us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 194L Although it took 3 more years of fierce fighting and a terrible loss of life to come to a successful conclusion."



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12/8/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Berkeley's Sea Salt changing hands" at sfgate.com

"After Haig and Cindy Krikorian's K2 Restaurants sold T-Rex BBQ, it looks like more moves are in the process. . . . the liquor license applications bring word of a transfer to new owners at K2?s Berkeley seafood standby, Sea Salt.

Sea Salt opened in 2005, when Michael Bauer said the Krikorians 'continue to deliver high quality without a lot of self-promotion.' Earlier this year, the restaurant made headlines when it split with longtime chef Anthony Paone. If the new deal goes through, records indicate the new owner would be Sung Su Han. No word yet on further details; we're still awaiting a call back for more info.

Haig Krikorian confirms that they're in the process of selling Sea Salt, but they're still waiting for it to be finalized. It remains open as usual for the time being."

 

Grayson is now open between 7th and 8th with some street parking available also flashing amber lights have been installed at the crosswalk at 7th and Anthony.

A few weeks ago while our John Victor was walking along 7th in front of the Wareham science buildings he noticed the usually tidy landscaping wasn't, which he mention to a man walking up the building steps. "I'll see if we can do something" the man replied. John says that a couple days later it had been tidied up. Whatever you think, . . . Wareham takes care of business.

 

 

"$12 million animal shelter opens" by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"Ten years after voters here approved a $7.2 million property tax bond measure for a new animal shelter, the new building is open at Aquatic Park with more space, less noise and happier animals.

The Dona Spring Animal Shelter, nestled in a corner between Interstate 80 and the University Avenue overpass, is named after the former City Councilwoman who died in 2008. The 12,000-square-foot, two-story shelter cost $12 million with the city kicking in an extra $5 million over what taxpayers approved." 

our Margret Elliot sends a photo

her Penny and Ginko

A "history of pot" slide show is at sfgate.com.

 

 

And a video of an extraordinary working model of a modern airport is here-- see the scale-model jet airliners even take off!

 

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"The Earth Spins in the Black of Space" a video report by Phil Plait, slate.com.

"Suomi NPP is an Earth-observing satellite equipped with a camera that can see from the visible light spectrum out into the infrared. Far more sensitive than its predecessors, this camera can spot fires, the aurora, city lights, and even moonlit clouds at night. Twenty-two days of data from April and October 2012 were used to create this animation of Earth, showing a stunning and eerie view of our planet spinning in the dark of night."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12/9/11

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."

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12/9/12

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Maimonides

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/10/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Woke up this morning to the delicious smell of Acme's baking bread.

 

" Berkeley Food Pantry lends helping hand in lean times" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"Tamela Hopson's job as an aide teaching special-education students in Oakland just doesn't cut it. Curtis Green's in-home care gig for an elderly man doesn't, either, and he has two boys, 7 and 9, to feed.

Both Berkeley residents rely on the Berkeley Food Pantry to supplement what's on the table at mealtime about once a month.

'It's the economy,' Hopson, 27, said as she loaded up on groceries at the Sacramento Street pantry recently as a line snaked out the door, around a corner and into the parking lot. 'I can't afford to go shopping like I used to. This stuff really helps complete my meals.'

During Hopson's latest trip to the pantry -- each resident is allowed one visit per month -- she brought her grandmother, two nephews and a niece."

 

 

 

"Snow in Berkeley evokes nostalgic winters" Matthai Kuruvila at sfgate.com.

"The forecast called for snow in North Berkeley on Sunday, and hundreds came to frolic in it."

Why do the residents of Councilman Capitelli's district seem to have more fun?

 

And, . . . why does Acme throw away dumpsters full of bread? It's painful to watch the bakers and drivers dump tray after tray of bread into the dumpsters on Sunday mornings.

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POST FROM THE REALLY PAST

Salvador Dali

and Walt Disney

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Dali photo--and others-- by Mary Lawrence is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/11/12

"Lighting the menorah at Israel's Technion" jewishjournal.com.

"Technion students Eyal Cohen, Tomer Wassermann, Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan tackle the challenge of lighting the menorah in classic Rube Goldberg fashion using helium balloons, dominos, nitroglycerine, a robot and a number of other gadgets. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Most used word(s) in 2012 according the Merriam Webster website is(are) Capitalism/Socialism.

 

BPD Ofc Melero emails

Holiday Safety Tops

Berkeley, California (December 4, 2012) ­The holiday season is always
a special time of year. Unfortunately, many communities experience
some increases in crimes during the holiday season. The Berkeley
Police Department would like to offer a few holiday safety tips to
ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Driving
Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of
your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.
Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in
the area.
Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
Park as close as you can to your destination.
Park in well lit areas.

Shopping
Try to shop during daylight hours when possible. If you must shop
at night, go with a friend or family member.
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
Stay alert to your surroundings.
Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
Walk with a sense of purpose ­ show you are calm, confident and
know where you are going.
Don't store packages in your vehicle while you continue to shop,
thieves watch for this kind of activity.

At Home
Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you
leave, even if it is for a few minutes.
Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the
windows/doors of your home.
If you leave for an extended period of time, have a friend or
family member watch your house and pick up newspaper and mail.
Consider having packages delivered to a trusted neighbor if you
are not home to receive them. Packages left on door steps can be
easily stolen.
Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds
occupied.

Ofc Jennifer Coats
Public Information
Officer (PIO)
(510) 981-5780

"Alameda County's Most Stolen Vehicles for October 2012" at acratt.org.

"The 1992- 2000 Honda Civic once again claims the number one spot as the most stolen vehicle in Alameda County . . ."

 

 

 

 

"Day of reckoning near for Oakland Police Department" by Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune.

"When Oakland agreed to reform the city's police department and accept federal monitoring following the Riders police brutality scandal, it joined a list of cities long enough to start a sports league.

But after a decade of delay and resistance, Oakland stands alone as the first city to fail in its reform effort and the first to agree to go from federal monitoring of its police department to federal control."

 

 

 

Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller emails "Try to sit still during this."

 

 

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"U.S. Intelligence Agencies See a Different World in 2030" Nicole Gaouette at bloombergnews.com.

 

 

"New technologies, dwindling resources and explosive population growth in the next 18 years will alter the global balance of power and trigger radical economic and political changes at a speed unprecedented in modern history, says a new report by the U.S. intelligence community.

The 140-page report released today by the National Intelligence Council lays out dangers and opportunities for nations, economies, investors, political systems and leaders due to four 'megatrends' that government intelligence analysts say are transforming the world.

Those major trends are the end of U.S. global dominance, the rising power of individuals against states, a rising middle class whose demands challenge governments, and a Gordian knot of water, food and energy shortages, according to the analysts.

'We are at a critical juncture in human history, which could lead to widely contrasting futures,' Council Chairman Christopher Kojm writes in the report.

Leading the list of the 'game-changers' -- factors the report says will shape the impact of the megatrends -- is the 'crisis-prone' global economy, which is vulnerable to international shocks and to disparities among national economies moving at significantly different speeds.

The future is 'malleable,' according to Kojm. 'Our effort is to encourage decision-makers, whether in government or outside, to think and plan for the long term so that negative futures do not occur and positive ones have a better chance of unfolding.' "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM OUR LOG

12/5/12--1:56 PM--dry dirty air in front room, nausea, light head, dry lips, mucus membrane irritation. Off and on all AM and PM, similar.

12/6/12--8:06 AM--dry dirty air in front room, VERY SERIOUS nausea, light head, dry lips, VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 8:41 AM--similar. 7:43 PM--dry dirty air in front room, VERY SERIOUS nausea, light head, dry lips, VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides three HEPA filters.

12/7/12--7:19 AM--dry dirty air in front room, nausea, light head, dry lips,mucus membrane irritation. 8:14 AM--SEVERE nausea.

12/9/12--9:17 AM--dry dirty air in front room, nausea, light head, dry lips, mucus membrane irritation. 8:07 PM--irritant in front room, "hot metal" odor, mucus membrane irritation. 9:07 PM--same. 11:03 PM--similar, "chlorine" odor, nausea, wear respirator.

12/10/12--7:11 AM--dry dirty air in front room, nausea, light head, dry lips, mucus membrane irritation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eternally useful links

 

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.

 

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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