after 6/16/11, here
POSTS FROM THE
"I'm on Scrambled Eggs!"
a steve smith photo
Potter Creek definitions
of popular acronyms
WEBIAC: a small furry creature
WBBA: a web-footed animal
of South America, not unlike the platipus.
In the "first action?
of his 2012 mayoral campaign?" our Councilman Laurie Cappitelli
makes "a 'deal' about the West-Berkeley Project with WEBIACERs."
"The 'deal' is that
a maximum of 270,000 square feet of protected warehouse/wholesale
space in the MM and MULI can be converted to "R & D.'
Of that, a maximum of 150000 sq ft can be currently in use."
And about the same time issues
the press release
"The results of a survey
of over 1800 UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff indicate
that they would shop and visit the Downtown Berkeley and Telegraph
Avenue shopping districts more if there were a better selection
of stores and if those districts were safer and more welcoming.
Following a student government
initiated City-University Forum with city leaders in March, Councilmember
Laurie Capitelli suggested that students conduct a survey to advise
the City of Berkeley on how to improve the quality of life, shopping
and recreation in the Downtown and on the Telegraph Ave. corridor.
More than 90% of the respondents were UC Berkeley undergraduate
and graduate students."
Again, without random sampling
you CANNOT get representative results--see any Soc 101 text. In
this case you have 1800 self-selected respondents. (And it is
probable that those filling out the survey are those who want
And further, to make conclusions
about student body opinion based on 1800 self selected respondents--90%
of whom say they are students--out of a student population of
over 30,000 is not social science but simply a leap of faith.
The survey results may be
representative or they may not--bad sociology, good Berkeley politics.
"You see 'The People' want change we're just following 'Their
Mr Laurie emails
Ron, You must have some information
I don't have.
Potter Creek's David Hyman,
owner of MOG "Says Mog to Offer On-Demand Music Service for
Cars." dailymotion.com video
MOG is a tenant of the Goldins.
"World Music Artists Reunite in California
For The 8th Annual Berkeley Music Festival On June 4th" is a story release at theopenpress.com.
"Formed from the vision
of gathering people from different perspectives to rock the world,
the Annual Berkeley World Music Festival is set to gather a an
amazing collection of musical geniuses on Saturday, June 4th,
2011. Now on its 8th year, the Berkeley World Music Festival started
out as a block party. Currently, this artist-run community festival
is constantly growing due to feedback, support, help and networking.
The 8th Annual Berkeley World
Music Festival showcases a mix of mainly café performances
in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, as well as
the featured concert in People's Park from 1:00 to 6:00 PM, sponsored
by Amoeba Music. The Festival Epicenter with information booth
is on Telegraph Avenue at Haste Street."
"Publication leads consumers to fresh Valley
produce" at recordnet.com.
" A new regional guide
to healthy, affordable foods has been published, raising awareness
of the importance of buying products that are locally grown and
raised in one of the richest agricultural regions in the world.
The 'Buy Fresh Buy Local
San Joaquin Valley Eater's Guide' is a free publication primarily
available online at ccropp.org, with limited printed copies made
available through its joint developers, the Fresno-based Central
California Regional Obesity Prevention Program and Berkeley-based
California Alliance With Family Farmers."
"Three Students Awarded $20,000 California
I'm told and it has been
confirmed that our Planning Department is moving from its present
location, 2018 Milvia to another building down the street. I'm
also told that the city will be paying for any improvements to
the new location and during this construction will of course be
paying rent on the old site. All will be moving from the old building
including the Permit Center.
Our Councilman, Darryl Moore
is having a real townhall meeting, not just a virtual one!
He writes "We will have
a representative from the Parks and Recreation Department to discuss
some upcoming improvements to San Pablo Park. The Berkeley
Police Department will be discussing various crime prevention
in preparation for our summer
months, and will be available to field questions regarding
crime issues that the community would like to discuss. Teresa
Berkeley will be attending from the City's Budget Office to discuss Berkeley's
budget and the various ways the city is managing these difficult
It will be at 6PM on Thursday,
in the Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park, 2800
Park Street between Russell and Ward.
Darryl also invites all to
the Urban Farm Grand Opening Celebration here in Potter Creek
it is Sunday, June 19, 10:00 - 1:30
at The Urban Adamah Farm
1050 Parker St.
Our Town's Berkeley News
"Dona Spring Animal
Shelter Under Construction
The City of Berkeley is in
the process of building a beautiful new animal shelter at the
north end of Aquatic Park. The new location will be highly visible
from the freeway and more accessible for shelter visitors and
volunteers. The new building is two stories and has many improved
features, including: a medical suite for on-site spay and neutering;
expanded facilities for protecting healthy animals and caring
for sick ones; on-site, fenced-in play areas; indoor-outdoor kennels,
The Californai Historical
Radio Society has events here at the KRE studio at the south end
of Aquatic Park. This Saturday is a vintage radio swap meet. More
about this, and more is here.
" Calif. bill targets unreported online
sales taxes" at
The California state Assembly
on Wednesday passed the second of two bills targeting uncollected
taxes on Internet sales like those made on Amazon.com Inc.
The bill specifies that online
companies have a taxable presence in the state if the affiliates
that refer shoppers to their sites are in California. The bill
passed Wednesday on a party-line vote of 44-11, with Democrats
in support. . . .
Nancy Skinner of Berkeley sponsored the bill. It accompanies one
approved Tuesday requiring online companies to collect taxes if
they work with California businesses."
More detail including Loni's
senate bill are at sfgate.com "Assembly
OKs e-fairness legislation."
Last night, Friday, at 10:01
Berkeley PD received a 911 callof shots fired at Fairview and
California in South Berkeley. Radio cars arrived at the scene
within minutes to find two adult males, one with non-threatening
multiple gunshot wounds, the other pistol whipped. They were taken
to a local hospital for treatment.
The investigation is on-going.
details from Sgt Mary Kusmiss,
On June 3, 2011
at about 10:00 p.m., a group of young men were socializing in
front of an apartment building in the 1500 block of Fairview Street
in South Berkeley. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) dispatchers
received 911 calls from community members reporting hearing possible
gunshots and a shooting.
When BPD officers arrived, they found two men that were injured.
One man, a 26 year old from Oakland sustained wounds from gunfire.
The other man, a 24 year old from Berkeley had been struck in
the face with an object. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD)
paramedics transported the victims, each to a local ER for medical
assessment and treatment. The injuries were deemed by medical
staff as non life threatening.
A large compliment of BPD officers and a Crime Scene Investigator
(CSI) worked in and around the scene. According to information
garnered during a preliminary investigation, the victims were
confronted by a group of young male suspects and words were exchanged
between them. The incident escalated quickly when one of the suspects
produced a gun and started shooting, striking one victim. The
suspects fled on foot.
It is very early
in this investigation, and yet, BPD is confident that this shooting
is not random. So as not to risk compromise of this ongoing investigation,
these details are the total of what BPD is sharing today.
BPD Crimes Against Persons, Homicide Detail detectives will conduct
the follow up investigation.
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about these crimes
to please call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the
24 hour BPD non emergency number of
(510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous,
he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS)
at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving
this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant
detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in
Our Viva Barrows sent a video-teaser
of her upcoming documentary film, Graze. It's about Goats
Years ago, when Berkeley
Bowl West was just an over-grown field and before excavation,
the Yasudas hired Goats R Us to trim the brush.
Sarah Klise photo
more of Sarah's and my photos
Potter Creek Billy Goat Page
"It's not just a cup of joe, say the world's
best baristas" at
washingtonpost.com is about the "baristas olympics."
Recently the media have been
filled with stories of rising food prices, increasing unemployment
and falling home prices. But that's really not the news. The news
is that our fears have inflated their importance, that behind
these reports is a widespread loss of confidence is our nations'
social, political and economic systems. And more important a fear
for our nation's future.
Also recently, David
Brooks, not a wide eyed radical but a Conservative New York
Times columnist, observed that if this trend continues it could
have "unforeseen consequences." At that time he didn't
spell out those consequence but at other times I've heard him
speak of deep and broad social unrest. I'd go further.
Henry Kissinger, long a member of the slow talkers
club, appeared on Charlie Rose for a full hour last week talking about his new book "On China."
At 88 his mind is still steely cold and brightly analytical and
his China insights remain brilliant. Though his conversation with
Rose alone is worth watching for his "schmoozing with Mao"
"Peter Delacorte reissues 'The Book of
Terns' " Meredith
May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Like many writers, Peter Delacorte finds certain
words hysterical. Like 'tern,' a slender seagull of Scandinavian
origin. So funny, in fact, that he and his Princeton classmate
created an imaginary quiz show in which extremely intelligent
sea birds from all over the world are asked questions: 'Ask the
World's Terns.' "
People Talk About AIDS" at
"Teens and 20-somethings
have grown up knowing about HIV/AIDS. Thirty years after AIDS
was first diagnosed, young adults discuss their feelings and attitudes
toward the syndrome."
"Fil-Am football star bags West Point scholarship"
Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN.
"To say that 17-year
old Jalen Rosales is an achiever - is an understatement. This
6' 3, 235 lbs.Filipino-American linebacker started playing football
at age 6.
Since then, Jalen said he's
been passionate about this team sport. 'I like working with guys.
I don't like being by myself. It makes everything more fun.'
Jalen has been awarded Most
Valuable Player in every level at Berkeley High School. He was
also captain of the football team all the years he played.
Fred Sims, coach of the Berkeley
High football team said, 'He's just an inspiration to the guys.
Once you lead by example, others can really follow. He's one of
those guys who lead by example.'"
"Alameda County students learn about genealogy
in Berkeley" by
Thomas Peele, Oakland Tribune.
"Who are you? Who came
before you? Are you sure?
More than 50 Alameda County
students spent the past several months digging into their family
histories and participated Saturday morning in a presentation
on genealogies at the Malcolm X Elementary School called 'Who
Am I? Family Journeys.' "
"Cal, the gold standard at rugby sevens
tourney, routs Penn State"
by Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer.
POST FROM THE PAST
is my all-time favorite Italian pizza restaurant, mostly because
it's oak-fired-oven pizza is like the kind I have in Italy. A
few weeks ago, I went there with my friends Velma, and Sylvia.
Now run by Augustino and Carmen, it's a family owned place I've
gone to since the '60s. Tomaso's is long and narrow with booths
along either wall and a long table between, and is really comfortable.
Velma, Sylvia and I got there early on a week night--Tomaso's
is always crowded--and sat in one of their booths. We looked forward
to an evening of talk and food. But before our pizza we had another
of my favorites, a plate of assorted vegetables--lightly blanched
broccoli, green beans, asparagus and roasted red and yellow bell
peppers marinated in lemon, garlic and olive oil--a delicious
and gorgeous dish. Just as we finished, our pizza arrived. It
was a large, with roasted garlic and fresh clams on one half and
Italian sausage and mushrooms on the other, beautifully presented
with clams in their shells placed around the outer border. I had
a house Chablis filled almost to the top of the glass for only
$4.50. Talking between bites and sips we had a fun evening. Finally,
full and caught up on "current-events," we left. By
then there was a line out the door and up the steps--people waiting
and talking, often as not with a glass of wine in hand. Kimar
Oh,. . .
our pizza was $18.00 and Tomaso's is in San Francisco, down Kearny
POST FROM THE PAST
"Berkeley's bohemia" by Lis Taggert of Sunset Magazine offers
"Change your home (and yourself) along the city's now-thriving
San Pablo Avenue."
Well my Aunt Mae was Bohemian,
actually I'm Bavarian. And the photo captioned Omega Salvage is
actually Caffé Trieste.
Pete and I recorded my public
service announcement Tuesday at the KALX studios. Adolph, my kindly
old German professor has his roots in 1930s American film where
a German male was often depicted as a slightly-off but always
lovable professor, music teacher or shop owner. (This stereotype
changed dramatically during WWII.) Pete's music, taken from 1940s
Warner Bros cartoons, fits perfectly.
Sgt Mary Kusmiss PIO, BPD
"Car Found Submerged
in Water in South Aquatic
Park on the Morning of Tuesday, June 7, 2011.
On Tuesday, June
7, 2011 at about 7:33 a.m. a man had pulled over his car to make
a phone call in the south end of South Aquatic Park in the City
of Berkeley. He noticed a car that was submerged in the water
just north of the roadway. . . .
City of Berkeley
Police (BPD) and Fire Department (BFD) personnel responded to
the location and discovered that there was a dark colored sedan
(later identified as a 1995 dark blue Nissan Maxima) under the
water. The teams' greatest concern was that there may be a person
or people inside the car. Members of BPD began an area search
on foot for any witnesses, anything of evidentiary value or injured
individuals. An officer spoke with a man who had been in his car
in the parking area within close proximity to the water. He told
the officer that he had been parked there for approximately 45
minutes before 7:30 a.m., and had not noticed the car.
BFD used their
tools and expertise to devise a plan to gain access to the car
and were able to check the passenger compartments. Those areas
were free of any victims.
BPD ordered tow
trucks whose drivers were able to winch the car from the water.
The trunk was pried open immediately and no victim(s) or bodies(s)
were found inside.
BPD completed research
on the car's CA. license plate and learned that the Nissan was
registered in the City of San Francisco. BPD enlisted the support
of the City of San Francisco Police department who sent an officer
to the registered owner's address in the Potrero District of SF.
The woman was not aware that her car was missing thus is was an
unreported stolen car. The car was towed to a storage lot and
was examined by BPD Crime Scene Investigator.
At the time of
this update, BPD has not received any information as to the Nissan
being involved in any other crime(s). BPD has not been able to
locate any witness who saw the car entering the water or a suspect
or suspect parked in the car in that area.
BPD is urging anyone
who may know anything about this stolen Nissan and the suspicious
circumstances surrounding it to call the BPD Auto Theft Detail
at (510) 981-5737 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510)
981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she
is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS
(8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime.
Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be
the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime."
Sergeant Mary C. Kusmiss
BPD Public Information Officer
The dumping cars in the Aquatic
Park lagoon is not good. Another example of the effect of city
Potter Creek's "MOG
Partners with Leading IP Connected Telematics Platform Providers"
is a story release at prnewswire.com. "Airbiquity
and Tweddle Group Tap Into MOG API's for Widespread Distribution.
MOG, the Web's best on-demand
music listening service, today announced partnerships with two
major IP connected telematics platform providers including Airbiquity,
a global leader in connected vehicle services, and Tweddle Group,
provider of the Entune Multimedia System that will launch on select
Toyota vehicles later this year. As part of the MOG Fusion program
(http://fusion.mog.com/), MOG is working with these companies
to build access to MOG into their platforms, enabling auto manufacturers
to easily offer the ultimate in-car listening experience to their
And of Potter Creek's Xoma,
tradershuddle.com writes "XOMA
Appoints Paul Rubin, M.D. as Vice President and Chief Medical
XOMA Ltd., a leader in the discovery and development of antibody
therapeutics, announced that it has appointed Paul Rubin, M.D.,
as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. A senior biopharmaceutical
executive with expertise in antibodies, small molecules and inflammatory
diseases, during his career Dr. Rubin was responsible for clinical
development and approval of several products while at Sepracor,
Inc. and Abott Laboratories. Patrick J. Scannon, M.D., Ph.D.,
a XOMA founder who had been Executive Vice President and Chief
Medical Officer since March of 2009, will now serve as Executive
Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer."
"UC Berkeley Relights Campus with Sentry
Electric's LED Retrofit Solution" at thomasnet.com.
"Sentry Electric, one
of North America's most experienced and knowledgeable manufacturers
of outdoor lighting luminaires, has provided the University of
California at Berkeley with 1000 LED retrofit kits for its decorative
post top luminaires. When fully deployed, UC Berkeley will have
reduced their annual electrical demands by 744,600 kW, and the
environment will have been spared 568 metric tons of CO2."
offers "U.S. Supreme Court Allows Tuition Break for
"The high court left
in place a California law that allows undocumented immigrants
who attend state high schools to pay in-state tuition at public
universities like UC Berkeley."
Of course, the "same
story" is at
Obama is coming to the East Bay and Alice Waters hosts"
by Frances Dinkelspiel is at hyperlocal berkeleyside.com,
"Alice Waters is going
to be doing a lot of cooking when First Lady Michelle Obama comes
to the East Bay next week."
(Jeez Ms Frances, "How
yu do dat?")
In the spirit of our POSTS
FROM THE PAST, the Fresno Bee offers "Preserving
the past in interesting tidbits."
"99% invisible: Berkeley's invisible monument
to free speech"
by Roman Mars is at kalwnews.org.
"In 1989, a group called
the Berkeley Art Project decided to hold a national public art
competition to create a monument that would commemorate the 25th
anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, which began on the University
of California, Berkeley campus in 1964. The winning design, created
by Mark Brest van Kempen (who was then a graduate student at the
San Francisco Art Institute), is an invisible sculpture that creates
a small space completely free from laws or jurisdiction. The six-inch
circle of soil, and the 'free' column of airspace above it, is
framed by a six-foot granite circle. The inscription on the granite
reads, 'This soil and the air space extending above it shall not
be a part of any nation and shall not be subject to any entity's
The six-inch free space acts
as a beacon for speakers and political events. When you stand
next to it today, 20 years after it was installed, you'd never
suspect the contentious battle and the ironic compromise that
finally led to its placement in Sproul Plaza. Roman Mars has this
"Dawn Upshaw, Yuja Wang settle in for extended
stays in the Bay Area"
by Sue Gilmore, Contra Costa Times.
"Ojai North!, the exclamatory
title of Upshaw's Bay Area sojourn, launches a multiyear residency
Cal Performances intends to share with the Southern California
festival, which installs a well-known artist as music director
each year to shape the programming. (Renowned British composer
George Benjamin was Upshaw's immediate predecessor.) Upshaw's
choices reflect some of her most prominent collaborations of the
past, especially with the extravagantly gifted theater and opera
director Peter Sellars, whose staging, for her, of Gyorgy Kurtag's
song cycle 'Kafka Fragments,' was a well-received part of Cal
Performances theater series in 2008.. . .
This year, Upshaw will take
the spotlight in Sellars' new staging of George Crumb's 'Winds
of Destiny (American Songbook IV),' which will receive its Bay
Area premiere in 8 p.m. performances Thursday and June 18 at the
Zellerbach Playhouse on the Berkeley campus. She will play a veteran
returning from the war in Afghanistan in Sellars' re-imagining
of this 2004 work for soprano, percussion quartet and amplified
piano, which reinterprets some classic Civil War songs such as
'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' and 'Shenandoah.'
Joining her on stage will
be pianist Gilbert Kalish and the California percussion ensemble
red fish blue fish with Steven Schick."
How good is Dawn Upshaw?
I'd listen to her sing the phone book.
"Fears Rise Over S.F. Circumcision Bill:Ballot
measure could spread to other cities, spur anti-Semitism, experts
say" Steve Lipman
"Rabbi Gil Leeds, who
runs the Chabad Jewish Student Center at the University of California
at Berkeley and has served as a mohel for six years, says he and
fellow performers of circumcisions in the San Francisco area talk
about doing a bris on the steps of City Hall next November.
If, that is, a referendum
banning circumcisions in the city passes on Election Day."
This tsuris is pretty much
the result of Lisa Moss Braver's "The Measure of His Grief."
Lisa, the daughter of my Mentor, Al Braver--see Selling
Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave.
On 10/25/10 I posted "Piedmont
woman pens book on circumcision" is a review of Lisa's
book by Marta Yamamoto at contracostatimes.com.
"Authors use novels
to tell stories of fact, fiction and combinations of the two.
In the case of Lisa Braver Moss, her novel 'The Measure of His
Grief' (Notim Press, $14.95) serves as a conduit for the author
to deal with her deep feelings about the practice of circumcision
as part of her Jewish faith."
"Do bad times produce bad people?" asks Richard Cohen at washingtonpost.com.
" 'Counter to the prevailing
expectation that crime would increase during a recession,' it
actually dropped last year and violent crime is now at nearly
a 40-year low. So said the New York Times last week. But
what the Times did not report is precisely why it was so surprised
to learn, yet again and probably not for the last time, how the
'prevailing expectation' may be limited to people who think as
did Marx (Karl maybe, Groucho for sure) that money is the root
of all evil. On the contrary, evil is.
I pick on the Times out of
tough love. The paper's evident surprise at the falling crime
rate shows a remarkable tenacity in clinging to shopworn and disproved
dogma. Crime is not committed by good people who lose their jobs.
It is committed by criminals who never had real jobs in the first
Organic Matresses is
moving into 1799 D 4th Street.
"GU Moving Into New Headquarters" at bicycleretailer.com details a story
I broke months ago.
"GU Energy Labs, will
move its corporate operations to a new facility on June 13, offering
50 percent greater square footage.
And while the new digs significantly
expand the sports nutrition company's capabilities, it doesn't
mean abandoning their Berkeley roots.
The new office, located on
the busy 4th Street shopping area of Berkeley, California, is
the former headquarters of Clif Bar, Inc., another sports nutrition
company with Berkeley roots. Along with the increase in space,
GU is expanding production capacity by 50 percent, with room to
accommodate significant additional growth.
Architectural details and
the site layout help to create an energetic, interesting and functional
space. GU employees will not only enjoy a safer bike commute route,
but will also benefit from a company gym, ping-pong tables and
For the past several years,
GU has run its operations, shipping and marketing from multiple
buildings throughout Berkeley. Sustained growth and a downturn
in the commercial real estate market led GU to pursue the goal
of getting all employees and the manufacturing operation under
"Hyatt expands in East Bay" by George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.
"Hyatt Hotels has bought
the Woodfin Suites complex in Emeryville and has re-branded the
prominent hotel under the Hyatt Summerfield Suites flag, company
officials said Tuesday.
The purchase of the East
Bay hotel was part of a $76.5 million deal by Hyatt to snap up
three Woodfin Suites hotels in Emeryville, Orange County and the
San Diego area.
The 234-room Emeryville hotel
was bought for an estimated $31.4 million. That's based on a price-per-room
of $134,000 for the three hotels combined. Hyatt didn't officially
disclose a separate price for the East Bay hotel, which is 11
"'Beginners' director Mike Mills mixes
fact, fiction to create portrait of his dad" by Randy Myers, Contra Costa Times.
"As a former director
for the Oakland Museum of California, the late Paul Chadbourne
Mills dedicated much of his life to celebrating art and the various
forms it can take. Given his background, which included creating
the museum's landmark California collection, it's only fitting
that his son's new film takes'an artful storytelling approach.
Mike Mills, who wrote and
directed 'Beginners,' threw much of his own personal life and
grief onto that cinematic canvas, then added splashes of creative
color, drawing impressionist portraits of two relationships: one
between a gay father and his son, and another between the son
and his new girlfriend. Names were changed and some situations
and characters fictionalized, but key themes about fresh beginnings
and generational differences remained true.
A Berkeley native who made
a name for himself with his first film 'Thumbsucker,' Mills, 45,
penned the sometimes-autobiographical, sometimes-not screenplay
just five months after his father died of cancer. And an interesting
story it is: Five years before his death, at the age of 75, the
senior Mills boldly leapt out of the closet."
"Alice Walker: Fresh eggs hatch 'Chicken
Chronicles' " Meredith
May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The neighbor's gift
reminded the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of paying for her childhood
music lessons with her family's eggs in rural Georgia.
It prompted Walker to look more closely at her own flock of chickens
at her Mendocino County home'
Several years later, her
chicken-inspired observations about nature, family history and
spirituality are collected into her latest memoir, "The Chicken
Chronicles,' published by the New Press.
Walker recently talked to
The Chronicle from her summer home in Jalisco, Mexico."
POST FROM THE PAST
"Sometimes Berserkeley isn't so berserk
after all" reports
Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Many ideas spawned
in Berkeley - and roundly mocked by the rest of the country -
have taken root and have been adopted by cities everywhere. Among
them: police radios, a ban on Styrofoam, health benefits for domestic
partners and a switch to biodiesel for city cars.These and other
Berkeley firsts are part of a painstakingly researched show at
the Berkeley History Center that chronicles the city's long history
of civic innovation."
Hmmm,. . . biodiesel for
city cars? So that would mean we are in the forefront of a possible
world food crisis?
Ms Jones and our Historical
Society have missed several firsts.
Sometime in 1962, Al Braver,
the owner of Campus SmokeShop and Campus Records at Bancroft and
Telegraph, declared the Campanile to be the Center of the Universe--many
professors agreed. Some of our early feminists took exception.
In the 1970s, Moe developed
the used bookstore--it becoming not just a play-thing of otherwise
unemployable intellectuals--and so Moe's Books and Records becomes
a real business.
At Moe's in the 1980s, I
invent the collectible LP. I figure, if Baldock and Wong can sell
collectible books, I can sell collectible records. Customers protest
at prices of $4 and $5.
Also in the 1980s, Mike and
Richards Haley invent the California breakfast at The Buttercup.
They also develop croissants, proving Americans will eat, even
enjoy, foreign food.
Aesop's THE CAT AND THE FOX
Once a Cat and a Fox were traveling together. As
they went along, picking up provisions on the way--a stray mouse
here, a fat chicken there--they began an argument to while away
the time between bites. And, as usually happens when comrades
argue, the talk began to get personal.
"You think you are extremely clever, don't
you?" said the Fox. "Do you pretend to know more than
I? Why, I know a whole lot of tricks!" "Well,"
retorted the Cat. "I admit I know one trick only, but that
one, let me tell you, is worth a thousand of yours!"
Just then, close by, they heard a hunter's horn
and the yelping of a pack of hounds. In an instant the Cat was
up a tree, hiding among the leaves.
"This is my trick," he called to the Fox.
"Now let me see what yours are worth."
But the Fox had so many plans for escape he could
not decide which one to try first. He dodged here and there with
the hounds at his heels. He doubled on his tracks, he ran at top
speed, he entered a dozen burrows, --but all in vain. The hounds
caught him, and soon put an end to the boaster and all his tricks.
Common sense is always worth more than cunning.
"Prestigious Berkeley school delves into
Mormon studies" by
Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune.
"For the first time,
students at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.,
can enroll in a Mormon studies course and get credit for it.
Last month, GTU, one of the
nation's premier theological schools, awarded a doctorate in theology
to Sheila Taylor, believed to be the school's first Mormon to
earn one. "
"Intel tips second university research
"Intel Corp. said Tuesday (June 7) that the second Intel
Science and Technology Center (ISTC)-part of a commitment by the
company to pump $100 million into U.S. university research over
the next five years-will focus on secure computing and will be
hosted at the University of California- Berkeley in collaboration
with several other universities. "
"CERN group traps antihydrogen atoms for
more than 16 minutes:ALPHA collaboration readying experiments
to probe antihydrogen energy levels" at
atoms at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
has become so routine that physicists are confident that they
can soon begin experiments on this rare antimatter equivalent
of the hydrogen atom, according to researchers at the University
of California, Berkeley."
"Astronomers Nab $500,000 Prize for Hunting
Elusive Dark Matter"
"Dark matter is thought
to be all around us, yet scientists can't see it, touch it, or
even figure out what it is.
Now four astronomers who
helped befuddle the world by discovering evidence for dark matter
have won a prestigious cosmology prize."
"New website makes California climate change
science available to all"
is a UC story release by Ann Brody Guy at berkeley.edu.
"Extensive climate change
research being conducted at California universities and research
centers is now openly available through a public website developed
at the University of California, Berkeley."
"Berkeley Lab report shows how California
can meet aggressive emissions reduction target" at solarserver.com.
"On May 24th, 2011,
the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(Berkeley, California, U.S.) announced the release of a report
which states that California is capable of reaching its target
of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels
by 2050. "
"LBNL Announces Community Meetings on Second
Campus at Berkeley Chamber Forum" is a fairly balanced report of the current
status of the LBNL second campus proposal. It is by Zelda Bronstein
in our Planet.
"Speaking at a June
6 lunchtime forum hosted by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Committee
on Governmental Affairs at the Chamber's office, Sam Chapman,
Manager for State and Community Relations of the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, offered an informative overview of the Lab's
ongoing search for the site of its second campus that included
times and dates of community meetings to be held later this summer."
"Rich folks dominate the Internet, too" is by Steven E.F. Brown in the San Francisco
"Far from being a 'digital
democracy,' the Internet is dominated by the opinions of rich,
powerful people, according to a study from the University of California,
Many early Internet champions,
and people who pushed for universal broadband access, believed
the Internet would give the poor and disenfranchised a voice.
But although hot social media sites like Facebook Inc. and Twitter
Inc. are helping revolutionaries organize in the Middle East,
and challenging wealthy footballers' privacy in the United Kingdom,
most of the influence online belongs to richer, better educated
"Why Can't More Poor People Escape Poverty?
A radical new explanation from psychologists" Jamie Holmes at tnr.com.
"Flannery O'Connor once
described the contradictory desires that afflict all of us with
characteristic simplicity. 'Free will does not mean one will,'
she wrote, ' but many wills conflicting in one man.' The existence
of appealing alternatives, after all, is what makes free will
free: What would choice be without inner debate? We're torn between
staying faithful and that alluring man or woman across the room.
We can't resist the red velvet cake despite having sworn to keep
our calories down. We buy a leather jacket on impulse, even though
we know we'll need the money for other things. Everyone is aware
of such inner conflicts. But how, exactly, do we choose among
them? As it turns out, science has recently shed light on the
way our minds reconcile these conflicts, and the result has surprising
implications for the way we think about one of society's most
intractable problems: poverty.
In the 1990s, social psychologists
developed a theory of 'depletable' self-control. The idea was
that an individual's capacity for exerting willpower was finite-that
exerting willpower in one area makes us less able to exert it
in other areas. In 1998, researchers at Case Western Reserve University
published some of the young movement's first returns. Roy Baumeister,
Ellen Bratslavsky, Mark Muraven, and Dianne Tice set up a simple
experiment. They had food-deprived subjects sit at a table with
two types of food on it: cookies and chocolates; and radishes.
Some of the subjects were instructed to eat radishes and resist
the sweets, and afterwards all were put to work on unsolvable
geometric puzzles. Resisting the sweets, independent of mood,
made participants give up more than twice as quickly on the geometric
puzzles. Resisting temptation, the researchers found, seemed to
have 'produced a 'psychic cost.' Over the intervening 13 years,
these results have been corroborated in more than 100 experiments."
our Councilman Darryl Moore
The Berkeley Juneteenth Festival is a street festival extending
the 5-block South Berkeley Adeline-Alcatraz corridor that is free
and open to the public. Family entertainment is the focus of all
Berkeley Juneteenth Festivals, and no alcohol and tobacco sales
or sponsorships are allowed.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
10 am to 6 pm
Main Stage Entertainment is the "heart" of Juneteenth-in-Berkeley.
The music incorporates the best of the African American experience:
African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues,
and reggae. Local talents, like John Handy, Faye Carol and Pharoah
Sanders have graced our stage, but BJF is a vehicle for showcasing
up and coming acts, providing them with an opportunity to show
Community Stage features performances directed towards novice
entertainers. Auditions are held 60 days prior to the Festival.
Health Fair- Alameda County health agencies offer informational
workshops and health screenings. Two on Two Basketball Tourney
provides wholesome, physical competition on event day. Historical
Exhibits includes an indoor exhibit hall featuring a collaboration
of presenters. Art for Children programs and for-fun activities
are coordinated by practicing artists. The Vision Magazine is
a BJF souvenir publication sold on Festival day which features
the day's activities.
For more information, please visit www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org
4th of July at Berkeley Marina
The 4th of July
is a great day to have a lot of fun. The biggest party is at the
Berkeley Marina from noon-10PM. There's all kinds of free fun!
Adventure Playground, always a favorite, is open 11am-8pm. Get
your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water
at the beach!
There's live entertainment from noon until 9:30PM on the main
stage including Downtown Rhythm, Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente,
The Hipwader's Children's Music, Tin Sandwich Harmonica Trio,
The Ian Franklin Band, Foxtails Brigaide, & Steel Pans. Tucked
around the marina are Afro Cuban Rumba Drumming, Circus Art performers,
and on The Buddy Club Stage in Shorebird Park you'll find jugglers
and magicians. There's art & crafts, yummy food, massages,
free dragon boat rowing from 2-6pm, pony rides, a dunk tank, and
much more including the grand fireworks off the end of the Berkeley
Pier at 9:30pm.
Let's hear it for the red, white, and blue...but keep it green,
too. The party shouldn't leave the environment trashed. If you
can, bring your own dishes -- Frisbees double as plates! A bandana
is your cloth napkin to use at all of the international food booths.
With water stations located around the event, you can refill your
own reusable bottle and keep a lot of plastic out of the landfill.
Be sure to use the recycling stations located throughout the marina
for your disposables.
Free admission. Alcohol-free event. No cars after 7pm.
POST FROM THE PAST
years, Kimar and I have had a running discussion about problems
in Berkeley that always ends with "The problem with Berkeley
is . . . !" We've explored our radical past, nepotism, alienation,
and even self-hatred. But yesterday we had an epiphany.
simply lacks sufficient adult supervision."
"Behind the furor over 'Great Soul', Joseph
Lelyveld's biography of Mahatma Gandhi" at csmonitor.com.
"Lelyveld says he principally
intended to explore India's resistance to many of Gandhi's central
teachings not suggestions of Gandhi's sexual orientation.
Joseph Lelyveld, a former
executive editor of the world's most influential newspaper, is
certainly no stranger to controversy. But he didn't expect his
new book about Mahatma Gandhi to draw the reaction it
'Great Soul,' he thought, might raise eyebrows because of
the way it explores the conflict between Gandhi's ideals and the
country that venerates him. But when it was published in March,
much of the world's attention focused on just a few paragraphs
in which he discusses Gandhi's possible physical relationship
with a male architect."
Gordon Wozniak, Berkeley
City Councilman emails (excerpts)
At its June 14th meeting
the Berkeley City Council will consider a number of important
issues for which I am seeking input from residents.
In 2009, refuse
collection rates were increased for the first time since 2006,
following the process required by Proposition 218, which included
a rate study, and conducting both a public hearing and a majority
protest ballot. To address future cost increases, the proceedings
also authorized an annual inflator tied to the Bay Area Consumer
Price Index (CPI), not to exceed 3% per year. This CPI increase
in basic collection rates and fees is projected to generate an
additional $670,000 to help meet the significant increased costs
for the Refuse Fund in FY2012.
Increase the Residential and Commercial Refuse Collection Fees
by the increase in the Bay Area Consumer Price Index?
to Encourage Economic Development
The proposed amendments
reduce the level of permit review required for certain commercial
uses and activities, thereby making it easier for new businesses
to open or existing business to expand their service or product
offerings. The amendments were prepared in response to Council
direction to develop ways to address declining sales tax and business
activity in October and December, 2010. The Planning Commission
recommended adoption of these amendments on April 27, 2011.
Should the City
Council adopt the first reading of an ordinance to streamline
zoning permit requirements for certain business activities likely
to encourage economic activity?
To help address
the budget shortfall in the Refuse Fund, the City has renegotiated
its contract, for residential recycling pickup, with the Ecology
Center. This contract amendments reduces the ten-year contract
by about 6% or $2.4 million.
Should the City
Council adopt a Resolution amending Contract No. 8219-A with the
Ecology Center, reducing the contract amount by $2,416,938 for
a new, not to exceed, amount of $34,718,739 for the term January
1, 2010 through June 30, 2020?
for Domestic Workers
This item was carried
over from the May 31, 2011 Council Meeting Agenda. It requests
that the Council support State Assembly bill, AB 889, which would
grant most domestic care workers the same rights as workers employed
by commercial or industrial employers.
This bill would
require an employer of a domestic care worker to provide a number
of specified benefits; including overtime, paid sick days &
vacation benefits, annual wage increases, meals & rest periods,
21 days written notice of termination, and food choices or food
preparation access. In addition, the employer would be required
to provide Workers Compensation Insurance coverage.
(Councilman Wozniak's email
"Where the jobs are: Top U.S. cities hiring
Despite dreary reports on
the lagging economy, certain American cities are in fact hiring.
Hiring a lot, it seems. For while our national unemployment rate
increased, major metropolitan areas report an increase in private-sector
hiring. In fact, according to data from US Department of Labor,
more than 90 percent of the country's largest metro areas experienced
a drop in unemployment in April.
Don't get too excited yet.
Or...okay, maybe little bit excited.
Marketwatch reported on this
data too, quoting Charles Purdy, Senior Editor for Internet job
board giant Monster.com. He points out that one reason for the
uptick "is likely seasonal summer hiring."
The Labor Department reports
that regions that see a large influx of tourists during the summer
showed the steepest month-over-month declines in unemployment.
However, seasonal jobs don't
account for all of the improvement Monster.com data
combined with US Bureau of Labor Statistics show a vast number
of job postings in cities on both coasts (typical tourist destinations)
as well as in the heartland (where tourists are less an integral
part of the economy). And jobs are not just tourism based, nor
are they all high-tech related. Using their job growth survey
analysis, Monster has designated the following cities as the best
for jobs (all kinds of them!) right now- and yes, once again,
the San Francisco Bay Area made the list, and pretty high up it
Top 10 metro areas for jobs:
2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
Industries to Watch: Private-sector hiring is robust, with especially
positive trends in management, IT, business/financial and architecture/
engineering, among other industries."
"Senior Power: World Elder Abuse Awareness
Day" by Helen Rippier
Wheeler at our Planet.com.
"[WEAAD] will be observed
on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. This week's column is the first of
two on the subject of elder abuse, o
"Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito Police to
Take Part in Torch Run for Special Olympics" is a report at berkeleypatch.com.
"Later this month, local
law enforcement officers will participate in a run geared toward
raising money and public awareness about the Special Olympics.
The Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run takes place
And Berkeley Patch also reports"CAL
Prep Celebrates Its First Graduation.
A charter school co-founded by UC
Berkeleyand Aspire Public Schools will graduate its
first class of seniors tomorrow all 17 of them. TheCalifornia
College Preparatory Academy, or CAL Prep as many like to call
it, was founded in 2005 and the first graduating class is small.
But what distinguishes the 17 students who wear a cap and gown
tomorrow is that every single one was accepted into a four-year
"Bay Area Reporter: 40 years at hub of
gay culture" Meredith
May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"In a row of hotel rooms
atop the Stud gay club South of Market, reporters are clacking
swiftly at computer desks where beds used to be."
"Experts provide advice on turning schools
into multi-use facilities"
by Claire Theobald, Edmonton Sun.
"Two experts from the
University of California, Berkeley have a suggestion for revitalizing
mature Edmonton neighbourhoods: Turn schools into multi-use facilities,
rather then close them."
"NNSA Awards $25M For Developing Nuclear
Security Expertise" globalsecuritynewswire.org.
"The U.S. National Nuclear
Security Administration on Thursday announced it would give $25
million to a consortium of universities to provide hands-on training
and research opportunities to the nation's next generation of
nuclear security specialists.
The University of California
(Berkeley) was selected to lead a group of universities in several
states in the creation of the National Science and Security Consortium."
"Sarah Palin e-mails released on Friday" at washingtonpost.com.
"A cache of e-mails
released Friday add vivid new color and fresh details to the complicated
public portrait of Sarah Palin, who displayed many of the same
strengths, and shortcomings, as Alaska governor that she would
later bring to the national political stage.
Often blunt and frequently
impatient, Palin derided 'old school' politicians and bureaucrats
and acted as a champion of populist interests on issues ranging
from energy policy to women's rights, the e-mails show. Her relations
with fellow politicians, including many Republicans, were often
strained, and she relied heavily on her husband, Todd, and a close-knit
group of aides to help cope with crises and shape policies."
Charlie Rose conversation
with Conservative New York Times columnist and reporter, David
Brooks is on Brooks', not-at-all-political, book "The
Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement."
Of the book Walter Isaacson
writes "David Brooks has written an absolutely fascinating
book about how we form our emotions and character. Standing at
the intersection of brain science and sociology, and writing with
the wry wit of a James Thurber, he explores the unconscious mind
and how it shapes the way we eat, love, live, vacation, and relate
to other people. In The Social Animal, he makes the recent revolution
in neuroscience understandable, and he applies it to those things
we have the most trouble knowing how to teach: What is the best
way to build true relationships? How do we instill imaginative
thinking? How do we develop our moral intuitions and wisdom and
character? Brooks has always been a keen observer of the way we
live. Now he takes us one layer down, to why we live that way."
And David Brooks himself
writes "Several years ago I did some reporting on why so
many kids drop out of high school, despite all rational incentives.
That took me quickly to studies of early childhood and research
on brain formation. Once I started poking around that realm, I
found that people who study the mind are giving us an entirely
new perspective on who we are and what it takes to flourish.
We're used to a certain story
of success, one that emphasizes getting good grades, getting the
right job skills and making the right decisions. But these scientists
were peering into the innermost mind and shedding light on the
process one level down, in the realm of emotions, intuitions,
perceptions, genetic dispositions and unconscious longings.
I've spent several years
with their work now, and it's changed my perspective on everything.
In this book, I try to take their various findings and weave them
together into one story.
This is not a science book.
I don't answer how the brain does things. I try to answer what
it all means. I try to explain how these findings about the deepest
recesses of our minds should change the way we see ourselves,
raise our kids, conduct business, teach, manage our relationships
and practice politics. This story is based on scientific research,
but it is really about emotion, character, virtue and love. We're
not rational animals, or laboring animals; we're social animals.
We emerge out of relationships and live to bond with each other
and connect to larger ideas."
Brooks offers some pretty
mind bending stuff--for instance that in the near future we will
no longer accept "a division" between intellect and
An interesting aside
When on 6/1/11 I posted "In
the 'first action? of his 2012 mayoral campaign?' our Councilman
Laurie Cappitelli makes "a 'deal' about the West-Berkeley
Project with WEBIACERs."
Our Councilman replied "You
must have some information I don't have." To which I replied,
but did not post "I have highly paid sources inside your
subconscious?" And he rejoined in part "most of my brain
power is in the subconscious."
Perhaps the world as he knows
it is ending after all.
"Harold Camping 'Doing Very Well' After
Stroke, Says Wife"
by Katherine T. Phan, Christian Post.
"Doomsday preacher Harold Camping is 'doing very well' days
after he was admitted to a hospital for a stroke, his wife said
When The Christian Post visited
Camping's home in Alameda, Calif., Sunday, a woman claiming to
be Camping's wife, Shirley, answered the door but never revealed
Asked about Camping's condition,
the presumed Mrs. Camping reported to CP, 'He is doing very well
not a serious stroke at all!' "
reader Miltiades Mandros
is up to it again with ". . . it was just better to leave
bad enough alone"
This morning I went downtown
to the courthouse to pick up some legal forms. As a joke
(natually), I bought some doughnuts to leave with the sheriff's
deputies who man the security station at the front entrance. After
I passed through the scanner, I told them that as a token of appreciation
for all their hard work, I wanted to present them with the doughnuts.
They replied that they were not allowed to accept gifts from the
public, so I responded that they should give the doughnuts to
needy children. Of course, they wouldn't accept them and even
prevented me from leaving them on their x-ray machine.
After that, I walked over to the (unmanned) information counter
and left the bag there. I then went off to obtain the forms I
came for. On my way out, I saw a circle of deputies staring at
the bag trying to decide whether it constituted a "suspicious
package." For a moment I thought about walking over to retrieve
the sack, but I decided . . .
"San Francisco's Circumcision Ban: An Attack
on Religious Freedom?"
asks Adam Cohen at time.com.
The Berkeley News Page,
City of Berkeley
"June 18 Teens Cruisin'
on the Boardwalk , Teens will take a trip to Santa Cruz Beach
Boardwalk. Have fun on the beach, video arcade and enjoy an all-day
pass to carnival rides. Bring extra spending money. For more info
call 981-6674. Must be a Teen program participant."
"Berkeley Lab expands energy exchanges
with India" is a
story at rdmag.com.
"With the Indian economy growing by leaps and bounds yet
hampered by regular power shortages and blackouts, Indian electricity
regulators are in a tough spot. How to wring more electricity
from very limited infrastructure? The answer lies in energy efficiency.
Through collaborations with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
India is hoping to learn from California's successes in implementing
energy efficiency and demand-side management to meet energy demand.
The past week (June 10, 2011)
a delegation of 20 electricity regulators from 16 Indian states
visited Berkeley Lab for a study tour that included visits to
Sacramento to hear from the grid operator and a utility and to
Bakersfield to tour a solar power facility. The trip also featured
presentations by the California Energy Commission and the California
Public Utilities Commission, which, along with Berkeley Lab, signed
a Memorandum of Understanding with India's Forum of Regulators
in 2009 to consult on best practices in utility-based energy-efficiency
"Lockheed attack highlights rise in cyber
espionage" is an
AP story at sfgate.com
"This cyber attack didn't go after people playing war games
on their PlayStations. It targeted a company that helps the U.S.
military do the real thing."
Damn, . . . Emma Brown writes
at washingtonpost.com "Model
airplane history-maker Maynard Hill dies at the age of 85."
Maynard Hill, a designer of model airplanes who secured a spot
in aviation history in 2003 when one of his creations flew 1,882
miles across the Atlantic Ocean on less than a gallon of fuel,
died June 7 of prostate cancer at his home in Silver Spring. He
A balsa-and-glue virtuoso,
Mr. Hill was a legend in the model-aircraft world even before
his first-of-its-kind transatlantic feat. Beginning in the 1960s,
he set 25 world records for speed, duration and altitude, flying
his radio-controlled aircraft as high as 26,990 feet, as long
as 38 hours and as fast as 151 mph."
POST FROM THE PAST
"Retailer celebrates 110th year" reports Martin Snapp of the West County
"In 1895, the year Berkeley Hardware was founded, Grover
Cleveland was president of the United States. There were no planes,
radio, TV, movies or computers."
Over the years, I've bought
a lot of model airplane kits from Berkeley Hardware's basement.
Here's one I finished a year-or-so ago.
Dassault Super Etendard
"Cal Opens College World Series Sunday
at 11 a.m. PT Bears to Face UC Irvine-Virginia Winner" at calbears.com.
"California will open
play at the College World Series at 11 a.m. PT Sunday at TD Ameritrade
Park in Omaha, Neb., in a game that will be televised on ESPN
and be available live online at ESPN3.com. The Golden Bears will
face the winner of Monday's Super Regional contest between UC
Irvine and Virginia."
A Vietnamese restaurant is
moving into the space vacated by Crema--the old chocolate factory
corner-space on 7th and Heinz.
"In a world of political
correctness gone wild, Canadian Comedian Russell Peters makes
up his own rules" at bbcnews.co,uk.
"He is South Asian but
calls himself 'brown' and instead of shying away from cracking
jokes about race, Peters uses it as the punchline.
He has been performing comedy for more than 20 years, but after
the invention of YouTube in 2005 Peters' comedy went viral and
he now performs to sell-out audiences all over the world.
The BBC caught up with Peters
to find out more about a man who is not afraid to push limits
and make people squirm in their seats."
BBC video here
If you can't view the BBC
video, check out Peter's other videos here.
"Greatest Person Of The Day: Kushal Chakrabarti
And Vittana Revolutionize Student Loans" at huffingtonpost.com.
"When L.A. native and
Vittana founder Kushal Chakrabarti speaks, he tries to jam his
many big thoughts into very short sentences. A computer science
class he took at the University of California, Berkeley was 'intoxicating,'
the potential for worldwide optimism is 'endless,' and he describes
education as his 'life's calling.' But this is all part of what
makes this young idea-maker tick.
He was only a few years out
of Berkeley and working in tech development at Amazon -- a company
he credits for sparking his entrepreneurial drive -- when a New
York Times article about a rickshaw driver in India caught his
eye and set him off on a mission."
"Art Without Labels" by Lou Fancher is at berkeleypatch.com.
"Combining the spectacular
work of artists from Richmond's National Institute of Art and
Disabilities (NIAD), Oakland's Creative Growth Center, and San
Francisco's Creativity Explored, the show includes over 135 works
by twenty artists."
POST FROM THE PAST
is the art of labels
"India's new face as Asia's car industry
hub" by Sanjoy Majumder,
BBC News, Chennai.
M V Modern Peak steams into the newly commissioned Ennore Port,
just north of Chennai on India's south-eastern coast.
It is a Korean freighter that has just arrived from Chittagong
in Bangladesh, empty.
At the dock, rows of gleaming,
brand new Nissan Micra cars are waiting to be loaded on board
and shipped to Singapore.
"From there they'll go on to Lebanon, Israel and parts of
north Africa," the ship's Korean captain says.
The cars may be a product
of the Japanese giant auto maker but they are manufactured about
60kms away, at Nissan's Indian factory.
Less than a year old, the sprawling 600-acre plant is one of the
company's largest worldwide."
"Warren Buffett takes charge" at cnn.com.
"Warren Buffett hasn't
just seen the car of the future, he's sitting in the driver's
seat. Why he's banking on an obscure Chinese electric car company
. . . "
"Warren Buffett's BYD seeks Shenzhen listing" is a video report at bbc.co.uk.
"BYD, the Asian car
company invested in by Warren Buffett, is seeking a listing in
mainland China. But rather than go for the more staple Shanghai,
it is instead looking to the smaller Shenzhen stock exchange."
about the curious, the inane,
the insane, the bizarre, the unexpected, the touching, and the
funny . . . but not necessarily in that order
Early this morning Gene Agress,
owner of Berkeley Mills, was called at his home by Berkeley FD
informing him that the water at Berkeley Mills had been turned
off temporarily as a result of a fire at his neighbor, DSM
The fire started in a trash
receptacle setting off the sprinkler which dowsed the fire and
cause water damage. DSM is closed today to evaluate the damage
and make repairs.
"Michelle Obama fund-raising in Berkeley:
Alice Waters menu. Malia, Sasha on swing" is detailed even intimate look at the Obama's
Berkeley visit by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun
"First Lady Michelle
Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha continue Tuesday on a California
fund-raising swing. Mrs. Obama headlined a breakfast at the Claremont
Hotel in Berkeley, a wonderful old-style grand hotel tucked in
the lower Berkeley Hills (and a few blocks from where I lived
while attending the University of California at Berkeley, . .
. but I digress.)
Famed Berkeley chef Alice
Waters crafted the Claremont Hotel menu . . .
from the pool report. . .
"the menu, prepared
by the staff of famed chef Alice Waters, included blood orange
and tangerine juice, organic coffees and black tea; cherries,
strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with yogurt and honey;
baked farm eggs with fresh morels, asparagus vinaigrette and grilled
whole wheat toast; and wild fennel biscotti, jam thumbprints and
lemon verbena tisane."
About 250 attended the event
at the Claremont Hotel, having paid anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000
to get in. The menu, prepared by the staff of famed chef Alice
Waters, included blood orange and tangerine juice, organic coffees
and black tea; cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
with yogurt and honey; baked farm eggs with fresh morels, asparagus
vinaigrette and grilled whole wheat toast; and wild fennel biscotti,
jam thumbprints and lemon verbena tisane.
The First Lady was introduced
by Rep. Bar bara Lee, D-Calif., in whose district the event was
held. Lee noted her 9th Congressional District gave President
Obama his best returns of any California district in the 2008
primary and general, and is 'fired up to lead the way again in
The First Lady entered to
a standing ovation at 10:21 a.m., wearing a short, cream-colored
sweater over a white dress and pearls."
"Thinking Inside the Box:Why some of America's
most prominent minds fell for the wildly eccentric ideas of Wilhelm
Reich" by Henry
Allen is an excerpt from what's really a very long article about
"This maddening, saddening
account of Wilhelm Reich's crash-and-burn life leaves you yearning
for a poet or philosopher who understands a fundamental truth:
Nothing explains everything. (I recommend Shakespeare.)
Reich did not understand
this truth. He was a disciple of Freud (who later excommunicated
him). He was a world-famous psychoanalyst back when psychoanalysts
could be world-famous, a crusader for sexual freedom back when
that cause belonged to intellectuals, not Hugh Hefner or Lady
Gaga. He was a prophet of salvation through perfection of the
orgasm, sometimes referred to as the 'apocalyptic orgasm.'
The spiritual hysteria that
Reich inspired in the America of the 1940s and early '50s is as
hard to explain now as the madness that 1920s crowds felt hearing
Bix Beiderbecke play the cornet, especially when you consider
that most Reichians were supposed to be educated skeptics and
cultural critics. Even-or especially-intellectuals are not immune
to America's chronic and recurring religious revivals in their
Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer,
Dwight Macdonald, J.D. Salinger, Paul Goodman, William Burroughs
and other bohemian culture heroes were among his followers: examples
of what Lionel Trilling unsettlingly called 'the moral urgency,
the sense of crisis and the concern with personal salvation that
mark the existence of American intellectuals.' Reich won a particular
following among intellectuals, artists and cultural spokesmen
who were looking for a new revolution after becoming disillusioned
They had retained their credulity,
however-they saw little suspicious in Reich's claim to have explained
everything with his discovery of the very ur-stuff of the universe,
called 'orgone,' in a pot of beef stew, among other places.
He said he could trap it
in boxes that he sold, called 'accumulators.' People sat in them
and absorbed orgone, thereby curing everything from cancer to
the common cold. The process provided William Burroughs with a
'spontaneous orgasm-no hands.' Reich had so much fame and scientific
respect that, shortly after his arrival in America in 1939, he
could get Albert Einstein to test an orgone box. Einstein's response
When Reich tried to patent
the box, a patent officer wrote back to him: 'Do you think I want
to go out on a limb and to make myself look ridiculous?'
Yet there would come to be
countless adherents less well known-professors, medical doctors,
disgruntled seekers 'burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo of night,' in the famous formulation of Allen
Ginsberg, who himself underwent Reichian therapy in 1948. And
they're still out there, with their magazines and websites.
America has long been a land
of opportunity for spiritually inclined theorists, especially
if they have foreign accents, along the lines of G.I. Gurdjieff,
with his magnetic treatments in the first half of the 20th century,
or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with his mantras in the second half.
Working in Reich's favor
was his timing. The 1940s and '50s in America were the age of
the Kinsey Reports and wife-swapping. Of women worried about 'frigidity'
and of their men, who worried about it even more.
Near the end of his life,
Mailer spoke with Christopher Turner about his quest for the apocalyptic
orgasm, confessing that he'd never attained it, adding: 'Intellectuals
never had good orgasms.' Yet in Mailer's youth, Mr. Turner writes,
'the orgasm became a battleground: was the 'apocalyptic orgasm'
the key to revolution, as Reich and Mailer claimed, or a false
aim that camouflaged the hipster's narcissistic and hedonistic
The title of Mr. Turner's
book-'Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution
Came to America'-is misleading."
"She did want to get married - to a girl" Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"When I was in a college,
a classmate studying psychology asked me to draw three things:
a self-portrait, a tree and a house.
I drew myself standing with
outstretched arms, smiling, wearing only a hat.
She found it amusing that
I was her first test subject to omit clothing, but she analyzed
it, along with my 'give me a hug' pose, to mean I was an open
and accepting person.
Next, the tree. A sturdy
trunk with hundreds of individual leaves, covering the entire
piece of paper. This, she explained, was supposed to represent
my social needs. So many leaves meant I liked having many friends
I was really proud of my
house, a two-story Italian villa. The two-car garage was open,
revealing a Jeep and a rowing shell. On the roof, I drew myself
waving from a hot tub.
'Hmm,' my classmate said.
She'd already learned to emulate that awful therapist silence.
'What? What does that mean? Isn't it cool?'
I had failed the test, apparently.
I hadn't drawn a family. I'd sketched a solo future me, yet from
the looks of it I was having quite a ball in the roomy whirlpool.
'I guess you don't see a future with a husband,' she said."
I'm used to Populist views
coming from from the Left and yet Andrew Leonard wrties about
a right of center study in"Why
do liberals hate freedom so much?
. . . and other mysteries from a Koch-funded study that ranks
the 50 states according to how 'free' they are" at salon.com.
"On June 7, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University,
a libertarian think tank founded and funded by the Koch brothers,
released its latest snapshot of liberty in the U.S.A: 'Freedom
in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom.'
As is usually the case in
studies of this sort, high-population blue states inevitably end
up ranking last. The metrics used by the authors of the study
penalize high taxes, regulations and, in general, just about anything
that restricts the freedom of individuals and corporations to
do as they please, from gun control laws and healthcare mandates
to rules requiring seat belts and motorcycle helmets. Befitting
libertarian sensibilities, the ideological biases in the Mercatus
report do not purely jibe with conservative Republican priorities
-- states get points for decriminalizing marijuana and allowing
same sex marriage or civil unions, for example -- but nevertheless,
the political gist is hard to ignore. Blue states cluster at the
bottom, while red states are at the top.
But here's the brutal truth,
apart from the politics: Most Americans are not free. A telling
example: In the Mercatus rankings the two states blessed by the
highest freedom quotient boast a combined population of a little
over 2 million -- South Dakota and New Hampshire (the latter of
which, admittedly, went for Obama in 2008). The bottom three states
were New York, New Jersey and California, which have a combined
population of over 65 million."
Vintage President Reagan
tells a joke about Democrats, youtube.com.
Racists got it wrong from
the very beginning. White people are really pink, black folks
more often are brown, brown folks are tan, yellow people are really
white and red folks certainly aren't.
No wonder Racism sucks as
"Unusual gamma-ray flash may have come
from star being eaten by massive black hole" at physorg.com.
"What researchers think
the star may have looked like at the start of its disruption by
a black hole at the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light years
distant resulting in the outburst known as Sw 1644+57. Credit:
University of Warwick / Mark A. Garlick
A bright flash of gamma rays
observed March 28 by the Swift satellite may have been the death
rattle of a star falling into a massive black hole and being ripped
apart, according to a team of astronomers led by the University
of California, Berkeley. "
Also at physorg.com
carpet cloak can hide objects from visible light.
The researchers, led by Prof.
Xiang Zhang at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, have published their study in a
recent issue of Nano Letters.
As the researchers explain,
most previous invisibility cloaks have used metallic metamaterials
for cloaking at microwave frequencies. But at optical frequencies,
the metal absorbs too much light and leads to significant metallic
loss, and Berkeley and other groups have had to design dielectric
cloaks at infrared frequencies. More recently, researchers at
University of Birmingham (UK) have experimented with using uniaxial
crystals as the cloak material, which can enable cloaking in visible
frequencies, but only for a certain polarization of light.
In the current study, the
researchers used a technique called quasi conformal mapping (QCM)
to conceal an object with a height of 300 nm and a width of 6
µm underneath a reflective "carpet cloak." The
carpet itself has the appearance of a smooth optical mirror, so
that the object and the bump that the object makes underneath
the carpet are undetectable by visible light."
after 6/16/11, here
from my log
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty air, watery burning eyes, light head--NOT allergies. 7:46
AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery burning eyes, light head--NOT
allergies. 10:40 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry
dirty air, watery burning eyes, light head, overrides HEPA filter,
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, light head,
overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator, Marsha has coughing attack.
irritant in front room, VERY dry dirty air, watery eyes, light
head, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator.
in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes. 10:50 AM--SERIOUS-irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, VERY
dry dirty air. 11:52 AM-- SERIOUS rritant in front room, VERY
dry dirty air, overrides HEPA filters, leave. 8:10 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, VERY dry dirty air. 11:51PM--VERY, VERY
SERIOUS irritant in front room, VERY VERY dry dirty air, watery
burning eyes, burning throat, overrides four HEPA filters, wear
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, light head.
6/9/11--3:11 PM--lights dim,
HEPA motors rpms drop. 3:42 PM--irritant in front room.
6/11/11--8:55 AM--VERY SEROUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, dry skin, short breath.
in front room, dry dirty air. 4:34 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in
front room, dry dirty air, light head, nausea. 5:07 PM--VERY,
VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, light head,
nausea, cough attack, headache, overrides three HEPA filters,
8/13/11--off-and-on all day
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, light head, nausea, cough
attack, headache, overrides three HEPA filters.
morning irritant in front room, dry dirty air, light head, nausea,
cough attack, headache, overrides three HEPA filters. 7:01 PM--irritant
in front room. 7:42 PM--irritant in front room, usual symptoms.
in front room, dry dirty air. 8:07 PM---irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
8/17/11--3:14 PM--VERY VERY
SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, dry dirty air, watery burning eyes, light head, disoriented,
overrides HEPA filter, leave. 3:47 PM---irritant IMMEDIATELY in
front of warehouse.
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