after 12/11/12, here
after 12/14/12, here
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
coffee, food, music
"931 people in Berkeley may be ID theft
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
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."
POST FROM THE PAST
" 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."
END POST FROM THE
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
"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
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.'
POST FROM THE PAST
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.
END POST FROM THE
2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley,
Open Every Tuesday from 11-5 and By Appointment
Open Weekends December 2, December 8-9, and December 15-16
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,
"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
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,
back to the community. Each year toys are given to Berkeley children
might not otherwise receive any toys during the holidays. It is
members of BPD will give over 3000 new toys to youth during this
The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to youngsters
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
not accept registrations.
Qualifying families can register anytime after November 7, 2012.
ends at 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2012. Toys will be given out
families on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Ronald T. Tsukamoto
Safety Building, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way between the hours
a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
People wishing to support TOYS FOR TOTS are invited to drop off
unwrapped toys at any of the City of Berkeley Fire Stations and
Tsukamoto Public Safety Building.
Cliff Miller sends a link
to a magic show
Le plus grand cabaret du monde sur son 31
POST FROM THE REALLY
END POST FROM THE
"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
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
POST FROM THE PAST
VW's new spot for South Africa
"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."
END POST FROM THE
"California's N2O emissions may be nearly
triple current estimates" at
"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
'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."
Councilman Capitelli emails
extraordinarily informative newsletter
Parklets in Berkeley?
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
"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."
Meeting the Wizard: Inside Google's Data Centers
a photo essay by Christopher
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
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
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
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
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."
"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
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
our Margret Elliot sends
her Penny and Ginko
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!
"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."
POST FROM THE PAST
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
"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."
END POST FROM THE
Medieval scholar, Maimonides' Guide
for the Perplexed
is relevant today.
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
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.
POST FROM THE REALLY
and Walt Disney
END POST FROM THE
Dali photo--and others--
by Mary Lawrence is here!
"Lighting the menorah at Israel's Technion"
"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. "
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
ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season.
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
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.
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
know where you are going.
Don't store packages in your vehicle while you continue to shop,
thieves watch for this kind of activity.
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
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
Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds
Ofc Jennifer Coats
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."
"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.
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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
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
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about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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