admiring Gary Cooper's Duesenburg.
"Where to find free or discounted movie
screenings in Berkeley" dailycal.org.
"10 potentially embarrassing moments at
UC Berkeley" Sujin
"It's inevitable that we, at one point, will experience those
little moments in life that make us want to crawl in a hole. Maybe
you experience them so often you got used to it, or maybe they
haunt you for the rest of the day (or week). Most of us are at
least a little self-conscious about our behavior, and sometimes
life can play a cruel hand and trip us up - sometimes literally.
Here are some of those embarrassing moments you might experience
at UC Berkeley . . . "
Field Guide to Libertarianism" huffingtonpost.com.
"Last week Rand Paul
spoke to students at UC Berkeley. On the face of it, the event
might have had a Daniel in the lion's den flavor to it: Tea Party
darling goes to the most liberal campus in America to be heckled
and scorned. But when Paul started to denounce the NSA's omnipresent
surveillance regime, he was greeted with cheers and applause.
Privacy, he said, was the central issue for the coming generation."
Adult School Emphasizes 'Soft Skills' " cbslocal.com.
At Berkeley Adult School, teachers are concentrating on their
students' 'soft skills' -- skills necessary for life but which
don't usually show up on exams. "
Tools for Startups BUS ADM X419.4" extension.berkeley.edu.
"Do you have an app,
product or service to sell that you eventually want to turn into
a company? Learn how to develop a face and voice for your startup;
assess benefits to define target markets; and use visual design,
copywriting and content creation in combination with social networking
strategies to launch your new venture. In this practical, hands-on
class, learn how to define your product or service; find your
target audience; assess your competition; and then develop and
produce a company identity (branding), website and collateral
marketing tools to sell your ideas to the marketplace or to venture
our Councilman Darryl Moore
I recently became aware of
a plan Phillips 66 has to ship highly hazardous crude oil by rail,
in large volume, along our Union Pacific tracks, to San Luis Obispo.
These are the very tracks Amtrak uses, adjoining residences, industries,
shopping areas. The record of accidents and explosions of this
material is frightening, as you can see in the
piece KPIX aired last week:
The Council will consider a host of recommendations I've
submitted with my Council colleague, Vice Mayor Maio, for
our meeting next week on March 25:
Historically, the railroads
are exempt from local and state laws as interstate operators,
but that must not stop us from fiercely opposing their plans and
demanding intervention. We will be adding additional actions to
the Council item, gleaned from recent actions taken by other cities
and public officials in California and elsewhere.
In the meantime... Make Your Voice Heard, urging intervention
and protective action, using the following email addresses:
Berkeley City Council:
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Loni Hancock: http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact
Governor Jerry Brown: http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
Congresswoman Barbara Lee: https://lee.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: https://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
"Slain Oakland officers remembered on fifth
anniversary of deadliest day in the department's history" Oakland Tribune.
"Local law enforcement
officers and their families marked the five-year anniversary Friday
of the deadliest day in Oakland Police Department history.
A commemorative service was held at the Cathedral of Christ the
Light in Oakland for the four officers who were killed in the
line of duty March, 21, 2009.
The slain officers were Sgts.
Mark Dunakin, Ervin Roman and Daniel Sakai and officer John Hege."
and her 1940 Lincoln Continental
"Why Air Pollution Is So Much Worse Than
You Thought, Causing 1 In 8 Global Deaths" Chris Tognotti at bustle.com.
SF Bay Area smog
"The World Health Organization
has said that seven million people died from air pollution
in 2012, a terrible death toll linked to what they call 'the world's
single largest environmental health risk.' A slew of recent studies
have found links between air pollution and forms of cancer,
as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; WHO
linked about one-eighth of all global deaths in 2012 to
air pollution. The worst of it was felt in South East Asia, and
the WHO's Western Pacific region, which includes China, Malaysia,
Japan and the Philippines.
It's been a pretty harrowing
2014 so far for those concerned with the health implications
of air pollution. A number of recent studies have presented compelling
potential understandings of the toll that dirty air can have
on the human body. One such study found that traffic pollution
could cause electrical and physical changes to your heart's structure.
Another suggested a potential link between pollution and autism,
by way of measuring heightened autism rates among young children
with genital malformations, which themselves have been linked
to environmental pollutants and toxins.
And another, conducted on
young children born in coal pollution-suffused Tongliang
county in China, found that the exposure had caused genetic changes
which hurt their learning and memory skills."
and his mid-1930s Plymouth
our Alice Waters shares advice
to her younger self
Chef Alice Waters, owner
of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., since 1971, shares
note to her younger self in the "CBS This Morning" ongoing
series, "Note to Self." Waters writes about evolving
from a picky eater to a professional chef famous for organic,
"Finding Berkeley in books" dailycal.org.
"Living in Berkeley,
we are blessed with an abundance of pop-culture resources - just
walk down Telegraph Avenue and you'll pass Rasputin and Amoeba
music stores as well as Moe's Books and Shakespeare & Co.
But whether or not you're a bibliophile at heart, there's no denying
that literature and Berkeley have a special connection. Over the
years, many authors have come to either reside in Berkeley or
write about its charms, and every one of them has something different
to say about the city.
Recent literature focuses
on diversity as one of Berkeley's unique attributes. In 'Maya's
Notebook,' written by Isabelle Allende, a young Chilean American
teenager is raised in Berkeley by her grandparents. When they
die, she is left alone and spirals into a life of drugs and crime,
traveling to other cities in the United States. To Allende, Berkeley
is a complicated multicultural environment. Jonathan Lethem plays
tribute to this idea in his book 'The Fortress of Solitude,' comparing
Berkeley to Camden: 'The school was Camden's reverse - an
Asian, Mexican, black, and white sea of students, a bayside city
in place of Camden's evergreen art-school hothouse.'
Post-World War II, a group
of four writers, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, William S. Burroughs
and Allen Ginsberg came to prominence, calling themselves the 'Beats.'
Their writing heavily emphasized rejection of writing standards,
free expression and explicit depictions of the human condition."
"Berkeley Council votes to oppose rail
shipments of crude oil" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"The City Council is poised to fight plans by big oil companies
to ship millions of gallons of highly flammable Bakken crude oil
by rail through the city after a unanimous vote Tuesday night.
The council voted 9-0 to
pass a resolution directing the city attorney to join anticipated
lawsuits over the plans to transport oil from the Bakken oil fields
in North Dakota and Canada through the area to refineries in the
Bay Area and Southern California. The resolution also says the
city will formally oppose any permits or environmental impact
reports filed with local agencies where oil refineries plan to
expand or begin oil shipments by rail."
I had a friend who told a
story of ferrying Gary Cooper's Duesenberg cross country shortly
after getting out of the Army in 1946. He said it handled like
a tank. . . . maybe a truck.
state Sen. Leland Yee arrested in corruption case" at
"State Sen. Leland Yee
was arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning in
a federal investigation that also targeted Raymond 'Shrimp Boy'
Chow, a notorious former San Francisco gangster, officials said.
The arrest of Yee, who represents
San Francisco and a part of San Mateo County and is a candidate
for California Secretary of State, came amid searches of his office
in Sacramento and his home on 24th Avenue in San Francisco's Sunset District.
. . .
San Francisco police and
the FBI were also searching the Ghee Kung Tong Supreme Lodge belonging
the Chinese Freemasons on Spofford Street in San Francisco's
Chinatown. Chow has served as head of the group.
not my Ole Man's (Max Penndorf)
1950 Packard convertible
but one just like it
Way above Max's pay grade,
he was a Filling Station mechanic, but he couldn't pass this one
up. So he sold his green, brush-painted '37 Dodge Four Door Sedan
and bought it.
"Pacifica Radio in turmoil as ousted executive
stages sit-in" Laila
"The fired executive
director of the Pacifica Radio network says she is not leaving
the left-leaning organization's California headquarters, and equipped
with an inflatable air mattress at her office, she is settling
in for a fight.
Summer Reese, 40, was fired
by the non-profit foundation's board in an 11-7 vote on March
13 and locked out of the headquarters in Berkeley, California,
both sides said.
After cutting the padlock
to get into the building, Reese has hunkered down for nine days
with a team of supporters in the headquarters of Pacifica Foundation
Radio, which oversees a five-station radio network serving New
York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Houston and Washington, D.C.
At least on a day-to-day
level, Reese still claims to be running the network."
'open-source' strategy would drop college textbook costs to zero"
In the last
few weeks readership has doubled, . . . probably the result of
a bunch of new links.
"New plaque honors Berkeley's beloved Moe's
It's not the booming economy that keeps Moe's Books alive. It's
not a sudden surge of book readers. It's certainly not the shopping
climate on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue, where Moe's has been a
fixture for five decades.
What keeps Moe's afloat is
dog-eared, ink-stained love. Love, that is, for Moe Moskowitz,
a rumpled, cranky, cigar-smoking New Yorker who believed that
everyone, no matter how rich or poor, should be able to own a
'He was a wonderful guy and
I really loved him. ... I think it's loyalty, really. That's why
we're still here,' said Moskowitz's daughter, Doris Moskowitz,
'ho has run the store since Moe died in 1997. 'I love the books,
but I think it's the spirit of the place, the spirit of my dad,
that keeps us all coming back."
Berkeley returned some of
that love last week when the historical society installed a plaque
outside the store honoring Moe and his contributions to the city's
intellectual life. Moe probably would have rolled his eyes, irked
that Berkeley took so long to acknowledge him and bemused at those
who care in the first place, Doris said."
you alone . . . by Ron Penndorf
in Berkeley is what you would call an institution. Moe prided
himself in the '60s on being one of the few Telegraph Avenue merchants
that didn't have his window broken by The Demonstrators. In the
'70s, however, I think some drunk fell through it. Anyway, in
the '60s, not to have your windows broken by the demonstrators
was an achievement. At the very least it meant that Moe was skillfully
and politically in tune with the times, and at the most it meant
that he was a mensch. Most certainly it meant that he had
been put to, and survived, a test of character.
was an institution, Moe was its leading inmate. I worked for him
in the '70s and like to think that I built a few tables of old
records into a serious used record department. Then the store
was still called Moe's Books and Records. Though Moe was a bookman,
he wisely saw used records as a natural addition to his store.
He also loved music, claiming to have been the world's most committed
and worst violin student. He probably was.
Moe has always
said that he had only one good idea. That was to pay a customer
a decent price or give him a decent amount of trade for used books.
In a business that was characterized by dealers who paid almost
nothing, that was revolutionary. In fairness, he also paid his
people extremely well. And he left you alone . . . sometimes.
his one good idea to used records and it worked. Moe's basement,The
Pit, filled with old records. New bins were built, filled
up with used records, and more were built. Used book tables were
taken down or pushed aside. We even displaced Moe's friend who
sold used comics there on Saturday morning. More and more records
came in, and went out.
that at least one copy of every record ever made showed up at
that store. With the volume we did, this must have been true.
Sometimes on a Saturday, and with two or three people working,
we would still fall behind in buying and would literally become
surrounded by old records. They would be stacked on the floor,
on the counter, next to the counter and under the counter, and
still people would stand in line five or six deep offering us
arms full of old records.
So many records
came in, that the ones we couldn't use were given to the L'Chaim
School for Dropouts (another Berkeley institution), or were
put in a free box, or were thrown out. I remember, when Fantasy
Records reissued some of the Prestige Catalogue on Two-fers,
a customer came in with some originals for trade, convinced that
the reissues were better. The ones that we couldn't use he threw
out; among them an original Tenor Madness, with John Coltrane
and Sonny Rollins. With classical records, we seldom discriminated
between different issues and I remember pricing first label RCA
stereo records at $3.00, and receiving complaints when I suggested
raising the price to $4.00 or $5.00. The classical collectibles
of the time were the old monos from the early '50s, these commanding
the hefty price of $10.00 to $15.00. They sold, the RCAs sold,
the old jazz sold, the rock sold. Everything sold.
sales, and more importantly the book sales, became greater, Moe
talked more and more about building his own building and about
having the biggest used store on the West Coast.
And he began
not leaving me alone. But that's another story.
Records on Berkeley's Telegrph Avenue: Mrs. Overholzer answered
the door and Thank you Mr. Overholtzer
by Ron Penndorf and Richard Brown.
"Moe the Mayor of Telegraph
Avenue" is another story and to my knowledge, one that has
yet to be written.Then there's the yet to be written "Moe
the Radical Leftist who Lived His Politics Each and Every Day."
"Berkeley Buries Plan to Kill Park's Squirrel
"A pilot squirrel extermination
program has been shelved after wildlife advocates triggered an
Don't want to poison squirrels?
There are always varmint
"Varmint rifle is an
American English term for a small-caliber firearm or high-powered
air gun primarily used for varmint hunting - killing non-native
or non-game animals such as rats, house sparrows, starling, crows,
ground squirrels, gophers, jackrabbits, nutria, marmots, groundhogs,
porcupine, opossum, coyote, skunks, weasels, or feral cats, dogs,
goats, pigs and other animals considered to be nuisance vermin
destructive to native or domestic plants and animals."
But remember, . . . Crows
are our firends.
of the urban vine: City winery goes back to basics" Eric
Asimov the New York Times.
"Broc Cellars fits hardly
anybody's idea of a California winery. You won't see any cellars,
for one thing, or anything remotely pastoral, like a vineyard.
The cellars are a warehouse, on a corner in an industrial district
here in Berkeley. Across one street is a cement plant. Across
another is a motorcycle-repair shop. The melody of passing freight
trains plays every once in a while.
But despite the asphalt vista,
Broc, in business less than a decade, produces some of the most
invigorating, interesting wines in California today. Some are
from familiar grapes: zinfandel, grenache and cabernet franc.
Others seem tauntingly obscure: picpoul, valdigué and counoise.
Each demonstrates that California, better known for wines of power
and amplitude, can also do fresh, thirst-quenching and intriguing
Broc is a tiny operation.
The proprietor, Chris Brockway, works with one assistant, Sam
Baron, and gets occasional help from his girlfriend, Bridget Leary
(when she is not busy buying Broc for her mother's wine bar, Four2Nine).
pick, King Pin Donuts" thedailymeal.com.
It's Friday night in Berkeley,
and the air has an uncanny feel to it. Midterms season has taken
its toll, and anxious students walk home to study for exams. During
these times, all a tired student craves is a symbol of solace.
As I walk down Durant, a comforting aroma reaches my nostrils:
donuts. To my satisfaction, my nose leads me to the grandeur of
King Pin donuts, 2521 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-6688,
a mecca of glazed treats."
Free Downloads, Economics
172, 001 - Spring 2014 by Edward Andrew Miguel.
"One lap at the Isle of Man TT" hans-wurst.net
" A Return to a World Marx Would Have Known"
Doug Henwood, nytimes.com.
(Doug Henwood is editor of
Left Business Observer, host of a weekly radio show originating
on KPFA, Berkeley, and is author of several books, including "Wall
Street: How It Works and For Whom" and "After the New
"I don't see how you can understand our current unhappy economic
state without some sort of Marx-inspired analysis.
Here we are, almost five
years into an officially designated recovery from the worst downturn
in 80 years, and average household incomes are more than 8 percent
below where they were when the Great Recession began, and employment
still 650,000 short of its pre-recession high.
For years, excessive consumer
borrowing muted the effects of stagnant wages. But low demand
is stifling the economy, with no end in sight.
Though elites are prospering, for millions of Americans, it's
as if the recession never ended.
How can this all be explained?
The best way to start is by going back to the 1970s. Corporate
profitability - which, as every Marxist schoolchild knows, is
the motor of the system - had fallen sharply off its mid-1960s
highs. Stock and bond markets were performing miserably. Inflation
seemed to be rising without limit. After three decades of seemingly
endless prosperity, workers had developed a terrible attitude
problem, slacking off and, quaintly, even going out on strike.
It's no accident that Johnny Paycheck scored a No. 1 country hit
with "Take This Job and Shove It" in 1977 - utterly
impossible to imagine today.
This is where Marx begins
to come in. At the root of these problems was a breakdown in class
relations: workers no longer feared the boss. A crackdown was
And it came, hard. In October
1979, the Federal Reserve began driving interest rates toward
20 percent, to kill inflation and restrict borrowing, creating
the deepest recession since the 1930s. (It was a record we only
broke in 2008/2009). A little over a year later, Ronald Reagan
came into office, fired the striking air-traffic controllers,
setting the stage for decades of union busting to follow. Five
years after Johnny Paycheck's hit, workers were desperate to hold
and/or get jobs. No more attitude problem.
The 'cure' worked for about
30 years. Corporate profits skyrocketed and financial markets
thrived. The underlying mechanism, as Marx would explain it, is
simple: workers produce more in value than they are paid, and
the difference is the root of profit. If worker productivity rises
while pay remains stagnant or declines, profits increase. This
is precisely what has happened over the last 30 years. According
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity rose 93 percent
between 1980 and 2013, while pay rose 38 percent (all inflation-adjusted).
The 1 percent got ever-richer
and more powerful. But there was a problem: a system dependent
on high levels of mass consumption has a hard time coping with
the stagnation or decline in mass incomes.The development of a
mass consumer market after Marx died, with the eager participation
of a growing middle class, caused a lot of people to say his analysis
was obsolete. But now, with the hollowing out of the middle class
and the erosion of mass purchasing power, the whole 20th century
model of mass consumption is starting to look obsolete.
Borrowing sustained the mass
consumption model for a few decades. Non-rich households borrowed
to buy cars, buy food, pay medical bills, buy ever-more-expensive
houses, and so on. Conveniently, rich households had plenty of
spare cash to lend them.
That model broke apart in
2008 and has not - and cannot - be revived. Without the juice
provided by spirited borrowing, demand remains constricted and
growth rates, low. (See also: Europe.)
Raising the incomes of the
bottom 90 percent of the population through higher wages and public
spending initiatives - stifled since Reagan starting putting the
squeeze on them - could change that. But the stockholding class
has resisted that, and they have a lot of political power.
And an extraordinarily lopsided
economy is the result. We didn't expect that the 21st century
would bring about a return of the 19th century's vast disparities,
but it's looking like that's just what's happened."
"Berkeley's Cheese Board collective supports
Inkworks in hard times" Judith
hard times are often on their own to face cutthroat marketplace
But that wasn't the case
when Inkworks Press, a 40-year-old collective print shop, found
itself unable to rebound from the recession. Facing an uncertain
future, Inkworks got support from the Cheese Board, itself a Berkeley
collective since 1971.
In early March, the Cheese
Board finalized the purchase of Inkworks' building on Seventh
Street in southwest Berkeley and leased the building back to the
print shop for two years, allowing the printers time to plot out
Getting help from the Cheese
Board 'feels so right,' said founding Inkworks member Erica Braun,
noting 'ommitments of both collectives to workplace democracy
and the 'stewardship of community resources."
'To me, the supportive energy
and shared sense of values is kind of similar to our beginnings,'
Inkworks' founders didn't
see themselves primarily as printers entering a joint business
venture, but as activists who learned the printing trade in order
to create newsletters, pamphlets and posters for community and
progressive causes. The collective likewise believes in a unionized
and worker-controlled workplace.
These ideals are evidenced today in the lobby at Inkworks, where
pamphlets on reproductive 'ights and green values are displayed
near some of Inkworks' celebrated posters, one proclaiming 'No
human being is illegal," and another, 'I am Trayvon.'
especially on complex issues such as addressing the downturn in
business, can be 'a long and arduous process,' said Nobuo Nishi,
a collective member since 1981. Such decisions are made by a supermajority
of the 11 members, with dissenters coming to accept the decision.
Decisions are not 'ramrodded through,' Nishi said.
The decision to sell the
building they'd owned since 1987 came after several years of losses.
The recession "was probably the dramatic turning point for
us," Nishi said. 'We weren't ready when the bottom fell out
The recession hit Inkworks' nonprofit clients at the same time
that technology made it easy for them to switch from printed materials
to websites and online newsletters."
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3/24/14--6:40 PM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with "Spare
the AIr Day , air".
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all AM and PM intermittent STRONG PERIODS of irritant at regular
intervals--10 to 20 minutes, nausea, chills, VERY SERIOUS hacking
cough. Marsha, difficult breathing with clogged nasal passages,
head ache, hacking cough. Overrides 4 HEPA filters and respirator.
6:49 PM--"Spare the AIr Day , air IMMEDIATELY in front of
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the AIr Day , air. with "glass manufacturing" odor.
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