here after 2/23/12, here
Judi Quan emails
astronaut Douglas Wheelock photo
Greek islands on a clear night---Athens
shines brightly along the Mediterranean Sea
"John Reed on Big Banks' Power and Influence"
is a video conversation
"Bill Moyers talks with
former Citigroup Chairman John Reed about his role in bringing
down the Glass-Steagall Act."
"How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules
of our Economy" is
a video conversation at billmoyers.com.
"Bill Moyers talks with
former Senator Byron Dorgan to explore how our political and financial
class shift economic benefits to the very top."
"What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind?"
Alison Gopnik on how
we might readjust adolescence at wsj.com.
" 'What was he thinking?'
It's the familiar cry of bewildered parents trying to understand
why their teenagers act the way they do.
How does the boy who can
thoughtfully explain the reasons never to drink and drive end
up in a drunken crash?"
In "the spirit"
of Scrambled Eggs and Lox, Javier Panzar writes at dailycal.org
should give a shit.
I fucking hate opinions.
That is not to say that I
hate other people's opinions. I just always avoided giving mine.
I attribute it to being the youngest of three brothers with a
vocal father - to avoid fights I became a natural listener.
I just never felt confident
or smart enough to go toe-to-toe with people, so instead I just
listened, emphasized whatever.
But you know fuck all of
that. It is worth speaking your mind when it matters."
"Mind-reading breakthrough hailed by US
"You may idly wish you
could hear what others are thinking yet write off telepathy as
science fiction. But one day, the ability to read people's minds
may not be a talent reserved for psychics and the X-Men.
A group of neuroscientists
at the University of California, Berkeley, reported they may have
come up with a scientific way to read people's minds."
"Meeting on student-police clashes sees
low turnout" is
an AP report at mercurynews.com.
"Police at the University
of California, Berkeley received heaps of criticism in November
when they used batons on protesters attempting to erect tents
as part of the national Occupy Wall Street Movement. But hardly
anyone turned out for a public meeting aimed at soliciting ideas
for preventing such clashes in the future."
"Green Home Remodeling Workshop to Help
Lower Energy Bills"
by John M. Zukoski at arounddublin.com.
"An upcoming workshop
held by the experts from GreenPoint Rated will educate . . . in
the Greater Bay Area about how to green their homes through easy,
do-it-yourself techniques. Open to the general public, this workshop
will be held on February 2nd at 5:30PM at Truitt & White in
"Once again, Oakland is barreling into
the pot frontier on its own"
is a sfgate.com report.
"Federal officials have
forced the shutdown of more than 200 medical marijuana dispensaries
throughout California since fall, and the state Supreme Court
agreed last week to hear a case that could throw the industry
into chaos - but is that discouraging the city of Oaksterdam?
"Bay Area Air board hits the road to see
business pollution up close"
is a story in the Contra Costa Times.
"The Bay Area's air
pollution board will soon hit the road, holding some of its meetings
at businesses it regulates to give members more insight into the
board's job of protecting clean air."
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is a LEED "green"
certified project in west-Berkeley at 1331 Seventh St--its builder
is Adam Block. This is the first LEED private-new-building in
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February is Black History
Geralyn Hurney photo
MLK Memorial, Washington DC
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Sophie Gross shares
If I remember correctly,
Tuesday the 8th was His Honor Mayor Bates' 73th Birthday.
Zo, . . .
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New Time and Date for 1st Coffee with Constituents
Grab a cup of coffee, or another refreshing beverage, with
your District 2 Councilmember.
Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict arose that
requires me to change the time and date of my first "Coffee
with Constituents," originally scheduled for the afternoon
of Saturday, February 11th.
6:30pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 21st, 2012,
Nina's Cafe, 2703 Seventh St. between Carleton and Pardee
the ActivSpace Building)
San Valentino Menu 2012
Massi's made the Valentine's Day menu with extra love this year.
In honor of the holiday's rich tradition of chocolate, we'll be
once again making our cocoa pappardelle with Bellwether Farms
crescenza, toasted walnuts, butter and sage. More savory
than sweet, this dish still provides that all important fix. Other
favorites include the dungeness crab tower, roasted quail with
Italian sausage stuffing, and lobster zuppetta. Enjoy the
West Berkeley is home to
the small indipendent record producer, 9th
Street OPUS. Located on 9th Street north of Gilman,
it opened in 2008.
Among the groups they have
produced and recorded are Blame
Nasty, and Diego's
Indie Rock producer, worthy west-Berkelians.
"An Insanely Intense Look At The World's
Cheapest Car" jalopnik.com.
"Like lots of car guys,
I have a very specific weakness for one particular class of automobile.
For many, that weakness is for fast, powerful, luxurious, high-end
exotics; for me, as a side effect of a condition known medically
as 'being a bit of a moron,' it's at the extreme low end
of the spectrum."
"Will Bajaj Auto's ultra-low-cost four
wheeler, RE60, become a Nano (the small car launched by Tata Motors)
"Rajiv Bajaj, managing
director of Bajaj Auto, would probably cringe at that question.
'As a marketing position, we are an anti-car company,' he told
a press conference in New Delhi on Monday, a fews days before
the Auto Expo. "This vehicle was born out of the costs and
skills of a two-wheeler market. There must be a starting point
for a strategy, which, in our case, was a brand.
The RE60 represents the culmination of a four-year project to
introduce an ultra-low-cost four-wheel vehicle for Bajaj Auto."
Bajaj also makes motorcycles
Isle of Man TT
"All your questions about the new 2012
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS answered at one place!" at zigwheels.com, India's car/bike mag.
Telegraph Avenue, Hit by Hard Times, Needs a Makeover"
from The Bay Citizen at nytimes.com, Frances Dinkelspeil
writes of our Ken Sarachan.
I remember throwing Ken out
of Moe's when among other things he tried to buy records in the
store from our customers for his Raspuitin's -- then a carousel
on the sidewalk. Moe himself thought little of Ken's social conscience,
years ago spending the majority of his acceptance speech for a
city award riffing on the subject. Moe pretty much agreed with
our Kriss Worthington's "You can't say that everything that
is wrong with Telegraph is because of this one site, but it's
a blight." Moe went a litte further.
As to Ms D's "Telegraph Avenue has long been considered the
spiritual center of Berkeley." Al Braver, a fellow cigar
smoking friend of Moe and owner in The Day of Campus Records at
Telegraph and Bancroft, felt it was the Campanile
which he also promoted it as The Center of the Universe. Probably
a minority opinion.
Claudia and Cameron's
newly adopted, Charlie, a
Border Terrier mix and a fox hunter.
of The Daily Show called
The Bark recently expressing
an interest in being interviewed. Claudia, an admirer of Stewart
was thrilled at the prospect as was Stewart, an admirer of The
Bark. Stewart's wife is a veterinarian, dogs run freely on the
set, and guests are often evaluated by animals' response.
Claudia is flying to New
York for the interview on February 25th.
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Cameron emails about The
Bark's new book, Howl
is a collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit published by
Crown. Its our follow-up to our New York Times bestseller Dog
Is My Co-Pilot. Howl
is composed canine-inspired writing from a variety of contemporary
humorists, literary authors, and comedians including Al Franken,
Dave Barry, Margaret Cho, Kinky Friedman, Haven Kimmel and Roy
Blount Jr. Nearly 70 contributors in all.
Best regards, Cameron
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Lighting is coming to Fourth Street.
The retail outlet for their newly manufactured antique
and vintage light fixtures will be just across the street from
California Closets at 1717 Fourth. They plan to open around June
1st, possibly sooner.
Also new to Fourth Street
Rachel Adler's acting studio
at 2020 FourthStreet
Though February 7th is Charles
Dickens' birthday, February 9th is His Honor Da Boz's.
4th Street Studio, an art collective, is moving from its old
Fourth Street location to its new one at 2000 Fourth.
Among the more-than-several-stories
about Our Town changing banks, Carolyn Jones "Berkeley
considers new banks to replace Wells Fargo" is the best.
saying adios to the stagecoach.
Saying they're fed up with
Wells Fargo's corporate ethics, the Berkeley City Council this
week took steps toward cutting ties with the banking giant and
investing instead with smaller, local institutions."
Seems it was "our Darryl
Late yesterday, an Berkeley
PD undercover officer was injured while attempting an arrest in
Castro Valley. The officer was pinned between the suspect's and
his vehicle as the suspect backed into the officer. Other officers
at the scene opened fire wounding the suspect. Both were taken
to the hospital.
Berkeley PD Officer Cesar
Coffee with Area 4 Commander, BPD, Lt Dave Frankel
Friday, February 10, 2012, from 2 to 3 PM, Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Lieutenant Dave Frankel is the Area 4 Commander for the Berkeley Police Department.
He will be having coffee at Caffe Trieste and would like to invite anyone who wishes to discuss any issues, concerns, or just want to have coffee with him.
Officer Cesar Melero #95
Area 4 Coordinator
"Berkeley BART Stations Among Top for Bike
Theft" at berkeleypatch.com.
"Your bike is safer
at an Oakland BART station than one in Berkeley or Walnut Creek,
according to an analysis of BART crime data by California Watch."
from our Councilman Darryl
Moore's monthly email
Make less than $49,000/year?
Come get your taxes done for free!
If you make less than $49,000/year
you can get your taxes prepared for free. Even if you
don't need to file a tax return, you may qualify for cash back.
These IRS-certified tax preparers will see if you qualify for
over $5,000 cash back from the Earned Income Tax Credit!
In Berkeley there are 7 locations where you can take advantage
of this service.
For more information or questions, call 2-1-1 or Assemblymember
Nancy Skinner's District Office at (510) 286-1400
"Following the signs in Berkeley" Samar Halarnkar at livemint.com.
"The gnarly senior citizen
with the white beard stands impassively on the pavement outside
my window with a sign that reads, "Only 119 days left to
judgement day." On a walk downtown yesterday, I saw a panhandler
with a sign propped against his begging bowl. It said: 'Need money
to fight aliens and impress girls.' A little further, I see poems
carved into the pavement. Walking through the campus of the University
of California, Berkeley (or 'Cal', for short)-where I am presently
on sabbatical, teaching for a semester-I stop to read one of many
steel-bronze plates embedded in the ground; this one proclaims
that the air above this plaque is "subject to the jurisdiction
of no nation".
"Center for Investigative Reporting, The
Bay Citizen Announce a Joint Memorandum of Understanding to Pursue
"Combination will provide
highest quality nonprofit journalism and investigative reporting
locally, regionally, and globally."
Berners-Lee Takes the Stand to Keep the Web Free" at
"The inventor of the
World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, testified in a courtroom Tuesday
for the first time in his life. The web pioneer flew down from
Boston, near where he teaches at MIT, to an eastern Texas federal
court to speak to a jury of two men and six women about the early
days of the web.
His trip is part of an effort
by a group of internet companies and retailers trying to defeat
two patents - patents that a patent-licensing company called Eolas
and the University of California are saying entitle them to royalty
payments from just about anyone running a website with "interactive"
features, like rotating pictures or streaming video."
Just under a dozen people
had coffee with our BPD Lt Dave Frankel at Caffe Trieste yesterday
afternoon. Dave, our Area Commnder, listened to concerns of west
Berkeley residents, many from the north-of-Dwight neighborhood.
Ryan, a five or six year
old boy wanted to know what Dave' job was. "I help officers
keep you safe" he replied. Among those present were our Michael
Goldin and our Tak Nakamoto. Close to the hour's end, Dave and
the department were given a touching tribute and hearfelt praise
from an African-American west Berkeley resident.
Lt Frankel intends to hold
these coffee sessions regularly every couple of weeks at different
locations in his Area.
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Black History Month
Winter Sunset in Old Potter Creek by Rick Auerbach [copyright]
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"Man shot by police in Castro Valley is
well-known to authorities" Kristin
J. Bender and Doug Oakley Oakland Tribune.
"A man shot by
police in Castro Valley on Wednesday night after he rammed an
officer with his car is on federal parole for drug and weapons
violations and has ties to a notorious drug house that was boarded
up in 2009 after a decades-long battle with neighbors."
"Pew survey: Weak economy hitting young
adults hard" Samantha
Stainburn at globalpost.com.
"The weak economy is
hitting Americans ages 18 to 34 particularly hard, according to
a study released today by the Pew Research Center."
The Millennials are
the first generation of Americans who cannot count on doing better
than their parents. On Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks
McGhee, a Millennial who has dedicated herself to tackling
In the same broadcast, Moyers
talks with conservative
economist Bruce Bartlett, who worked for the Reagan Revolution.
And a list of many Moyers
& Company videos is here.
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Did you see those turkeys walking down the sidewalk in front of
your place yesterday about 12:50 pm? Yes, I mean real feathered
turkeys, 4-5 of them taking a stroll down 8th St. Ask David Rowinski,
he saw them too! Where'd they come from? Where were they going?
Anyone with more information
please email me.
Yes we saw them. Have no
idea from whence they came. I just hope that they arrived "safe"
to where they were going. Poor dears.
Steve Smith emails
Ron, I see turkeys in Potter
Creek all the time. In fact, our city is riddled with them.
In fact, people have mistaken me for a turkey . . .
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2/4/12--12:16 AM--dry dirty
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irritant in front room, dry dirty air. Off-and on all AM. 3:19
PM--irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot
in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot
roofing tar." 6:36 AM-- mucus membrane irritation, light
head, headache, overrides three HEPA filters, use respirator.
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2/11/12--7:26 AM---dry dirty
air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.