after 6/13/13 here after 6/19/13 here
"A sad casualty of the Obama drug war" sfgate.com.
Davies an entrepreneur and father of two in his 30s
- has agreed to a plea bargain that will allow him to serve
five years in federal prison for operating medical marijuana facilities.
This is a horrible waste
of human capital and taxpayer funds. I know. Davies should have
known that when he opened his dispensaries that the businesses were
in violation of federal law. But as I wrote in January, Davies'
biggest mistake was believing Obama - and not understanding the
Obama Department of Justice's mixed message on medical marijuana
" 'Legalizing' pot in Portland would just
add to the confusion" at
We already have tension between
state and federal law, and don't need an ineffective local ordinance
that is at odds with both.
Medical marijuana is legal
in Maine for people who have certain medical conditions. Now an
organization wants Portland to legalize possession of small amounts
of marijuana for recreational use.
Marijuana is illegal. Unless
you live in Washington state or Colorado. Then you can smoke it
as much as you want.
Or unless you live in Maine or one of 17 other states where medical
marijuana is legal, and you suffer from a condition approved for
treatment. You can buy your medicine at a state government-approved
dispensary, and you should be safe from prosecution unless
the U.S. attorney general changes his mind and starts aggressively
enforcing the trafficking laws again. Then your dispensary could
Berkeley PD Bomb Squad determined this morning that the suspicious
item on Channing and Piedmont wasn't a bomb. Still, good experience
without mayhem, death and destruction. Berkeley Fire and other
PD backed up the bomb unit.
Quite a confluence in front
of the warehouse today. Securitas, James stopped during his break.
Gerard appeared with his 57 GMC pickup. Old neighbor Paul rolled
up looking for the "Aging Hippy." And, Steven stopped
with fresh pastries from B
Patisserie. So happened it was Gerard's birthday. Watching
a Frenchman thousands of miles from home eat authentic French
pastry is something to behold.
Discovered this week that
my site traffic-statistics are off. Seems hits per day, when you
include archived pages not just the daily page(s), are well over
10, 000--understand there are about 4,200 archived pages.
Merryll's probably right
though, just people looking for places to get good scrambled eggs
"Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox backs
marijuana legalization in US"
with video at sfgate.com.
"At a press conference
in Seattle today the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox,
backed plans in Washington and Colorado to make a legal market
for marijuana in the United States.
Citing the loss of human
life in his country due to the failed war on drugs and the black
market that grew up in its shadows to feed the massive market
for marijuana in the U.S., Fox said he hoped for an orderly and
tightly regulated marijuana market here."
Signs in the Economy Based on Wishful Thinking?" Robert
Reich at skyvalleychronicle.com.
(Robert Reich, one of the
nation's leading experts on work and the economy is currently
Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California
exist to make astrologers look good. But the recent jubilance
is enough to make even weather forecasters blush. 'Just look at
the bull market! Look at home prices! Look at consumer confidence!'
I can understand the jubilation
in the narrow sense that we've been down so long everything looks
up. Plus, professional economists tend to cheerlead because they
believe that if consumers and businesses think the future will
be great, they'll buy and invest more leading to a self-fulfilling
But prophesies can't be self-fulfilling
if they're based on wishful thinking.
The reality is we're still
in the doldrums, and the most recent data gives cause for serious
Almost all the forward movement
in the economy is now coming from consumers - whose spending
is 70 percent of economic activity. But wages are still going
nowhere, which means consumer spending will slow because consumers
just don't have the money to spend.
On Thursday the Commerce
Department reported that consumer spending rose 3.4 percent in
the first quarter of this year. But the personal savings rate
dropped to 2.3 percent - from 5.3 percent in the last quarter
of 2012. That's the lowest level of savings since before the Great
Recession. You don't have to be an economic forecaster, or an
astrologer, to see this can't go on."
Tired of negativism?
Saturday morning, members
of the Berkeley Police Bomb Squad woke to what I remember to be
a cool and sunny day. Though some had Saturday off, by mid morning
all were assembled at Channing and Piedmont facing what appeared
to be fused pipe bombs and danger. Their challenge, to determine
if these devices were active and if so, disarm or destroy them.
I'm wondering what challenges face Berkeley's civilian city workers
when they arrive for work, usually on a work-week morning? Perhaps,
. . . did the tech fix my computer? Will my department head appreciate
our month of day-and-night work on tomorrow's report? Does the
new intern remember I like latté not cappuccino?
Berkeley PD's Bomb Squad
owns/uses the Remotec HD-1
Their Remotec blew up one
of the pipes, a bomb squad officer, independently, another.
Eric Stackpole, one of the
founders of OpenROV an underwater
robot manufacture speaks
at the May Maker Faire.
amphibious car, Sea Lion
sets the land speed record for its class
Bonneville speed trials video
The builder writes "The water
(record) run will be shot next weekend.
It may be edited as one movie or two - not sure yet
This car will go faster - I ran out of lake bed."
And, the car's Mazda RX-7
rotary is capable of almost endless horsepower increase. After
winning Le Mans in 1991 the RX-7 racer was banned from future
Le Mans races for having "unfair advantage."
"California Shakespeare Theater today announced
it has received a world-class sound system courtesy of Meyer Sound
of Berkeley and Sound Associates of New York" at broadwayworld.com.
"The new audio upgrade
includes loudspeakers, digital audio distribution, and control
interface manufactured by Meyer Sound at its Berkeley headquarters.
In addition, Sound Associates is providing a Shure digital wireless
system with the goal to enhance the voices of the artists and
to make the productions easier to hear in the intimate Bruns Amphitheater
setting. The state-of-the-art system will debut with Cal Shakes'
opening production of the 2013 season, American Night: The Ballad
of Juan José."
"Gardens in Berkeley, California"
David Clayton at thewayofbeauty.org.
"Here are some photos
of ordinary gardens in Berkeley, California. I was visiting recently
and just took these snaps as I wandered around the town. Berkeley
has a temperate microclimate and so has a long growing season
and very little frost. It is warmer and sunnier than Britain,
which also has a temperate climate, and gets drier in summer,
but rarely very hot. If you travel just 15 miles inland the temperatures
can start to soar, especially in summer. I love to see the effort
that the householders go to here."
Tuesday, Berkeley micro news-sites
reported of five small, apparently deliberately set, grass fires
in North Berkeley--often just off roads. Expect more of these
locally and state-wide, a sort of for now, only amateur sabotage.
Some of the increase in California wild-fires I believe to be
of this kind.
"University Village issues alert citing
increase in bike thefts" by
Chase Schweitzer at dailycal.org.
"Staff members of University
Village, the UC Berkeley graduate student family housing complex
in Albany, posted an alert to their website last Thursday cautioning
residents about an increase in the number of bicycle thefts on
the premises in recent weeks.
Between May 13 to May 27,
a University Village police log linked to the alert indicates
a total of nine bicycles stolen from residents as well as one
attempted theft. Bicycle parts, including a seat, were also taken
from two other bicycles."
"Vehicle submerged in Berkeley following
SF pursuit" at abdlocal.com.
"A vehicle pursuit that
began in San Francisco came to an end when the suspect vehicle
drove into the water at Berkeley Aquatic Park late Tuesday night,
according to the California Highway Patrol.
The pursuit began at about
10:50 p.m. on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Mission Street
in San Francisco, according to the CHP.
CHP pursued the suspect vehicle onto eastbound Interstate Highway
80 across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to Emeryville.
The suspect vehicle then
took the Shellmound Street exit and continued on surface streets
to Berkeley, according to the CHP.
The suspect drove off the
roadway into the water near Ashby Avenue and into the water at
Berkeley Aquatic Park.
According to recent FBI stats,
property crime in Berkeley is up almost 20%, violent crime only
about 3%. No stats are available for stupid crime.
That Works: Swift and certain punishment reduces crime. Parolees
love it" by Sam Kornell ar slate.com.
"Angela Hawken is a
criminal justice researcher, and the subject of her daily toil
is one of America's most intractable problems: its bloated prison
population. In the spring of 2006, she flew to Hawaii to investigate
the latest in a long line of miracle cures; it would, she had
no doubt, fail to live up to expectations, like the others.
Five years after receiving
her doctorate in policy analysis, Hawken felt uncertain that the
American penal system could be reformed-much less that it ever
would be. The United States, with 5 percent of the world's population,
accounts for 25 percent of the world's prisoners. Extraordinarily
long sentences and a high recidivism rate have put more than 2
million people behind bars in the United States, with 4.5 million
on probation or parole.
Over the years, one innovative
reform program after another has materialized and then quickly
receded from memory. So Hawken was skeptical when she heard that
participants in a yearlong pilot program in Hawaii were 50 percent
less likely to be arrested for a new crime and 70 percent less
likely to use drugs. 'In this line of work, when you hear something
that sounds too good be true,' she said, 'it's because it is too
good to be true.'
Hawken's first inkling that
she might be wrong came when an official from the judiciary picked
her up at the Honolulu airport and drove her directly to the local
"What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Get Wrong:
7 Lessons From The Rest Of The Ecosystem" Noah Kagan, forbes.com.
"If you want to build a $1B company, the valley is a great
place. The people there are ridiculously smart. They push you
to be better.
However, I now love not being
in the valley. I don't want to talk about startups all day. I
can have a life and enjoy it here in Austin. The thing that's
missed in the valley is solving basic problems that people outside
of the Valley experience. Many just create another site like Pinterest,
Vine, or whatever the fad is at that given time."
On one hand, some of the
fastest growing, impactful companies in human history including
Google, Apple, Intel, Facebook, and Oracle have been built in
On the other hand, new research from the Kauffman Foundation suggests
that Silicon Valley might be recognized too much for its positive
impact in the ecosystem . ." ."
Potter Creek's Meyer
Sound EVP Named Influential Woman by San Francisco Business Times"
"San Francisco Business
Times has named Helen Meyer, co-founder and executive vice president
of Meyer Sound, as one of this year's Most Influential Women in
An annual special edition
of the respected business journal honors women leaders who have
risen to the highest positions in corporations, nonprofit organizations,
and government agencies. The honorees' achievements will be celebrated
on June 6, 2013 at the Most Influential Women in Business Awards
Ceremony at the Hilton San Francisco."
Moe Moskowitz, happy
pretty much what you saw
is what you got
Books:A shape-shifting buy-sell-trade bookstore, born to Beatnik
Era spirit" at atlasobscura.com.
"Located on the equally
enigmatic Telegraph Avenue in a town whose culture shaped the
international '60s zeitgeist, Moe's Books, founded in 1959 by
Moe and Barbara Moskowitz, moved from its original location on
Shattuck Avenue to Telegraph just as the Free Speech Movement
and anti-war demonstrations were exploding all around it."
Potter Creek's "Colorflow
Applies Theatrical Treatment to Concert Film 'Electric Ascension'
Colorflow gave the concert
film 'Electric Ascension' a studio quality finish.
Colorflow recently provided
color grading and other post production services for Electric
Ascension, a full-length concert film documenting the Rova Saxophone
Quartet's remarkable reimagining of John Coltrane's legendary
1965 free jazz recording Ascension. Lead Colorist Kent Pritchett
applied the final grade, working alongside veteran documentary
filmmaker John Rogers to give the piece a sparkling, feature-caliber
look. Electric Ascension is slated to screen at film festivals
and music events prior to its theatrical and home theater release
later this year.
Electric Ascension was shot
at the 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival in Ontario, Canada. Rova members
Bruce Acklely, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin and Steve Adams were joined
onstage by eight other jazz heavyweights for a rare performance
of the group's critically-acclaimed, electrified arrangement of
Coltrane's seminal work. John Rogers and Jim Mayer of the Berkeley
production company, Ideas In Motion) and Associate Producer, Starr
Sutherland (A Typical Project), worked with a crew from Toronto
based SIM Digital to record the performance with 5 cameras."
rank Mel Brooks movies"
"Although he's devoted
his efforts to the Broadway stage for the past decade-and-a-half,
legendary funnyman and filmmaker Mel Brooks is getting one of
the ultimate movie honors: The American Film Institute's Lifetime
our Councilman Darryl Moore
West Berkeley Outdoor Movie
For the last nine years,
one of our generous West Berkeley neighbors has hosted a monthly
outdoor movie event. 10th street between Addison and Allston
is closed off and 100-200 chairs are setup in the street and a
family movie is projected onto a screen in front of his house
across from the 10th Street (George Florence) park.
This should be a fun, local community event. You are invited
to any or all of the following: come hang out at the 10th Street
park beforehand, help set up at 6:30, watch the movie at sunset,
indulge in free popcorn and lemonade (or any other snack a neighbor
might drop off) and just have fun.
June's movie: Pixar's Brave, Saturday, June 8th at Sunset; i.e.
when it gets dark enough, 2124 10th Street, Free
Dress warmly as Berkeley
weather is Berkeley weather. Bring warm clothes, coats,
and blankets. Feel free to bring a camping chair as our
events are get bigger each year.
Upcoming Outdoor Movie Nights are July 13th and August 10th.
"Miniature Quadruped Robot Is Blazingly
Fast" by Evan Ackerman,
"We took at look at
some little legged robots from UC Berkeley. They're very clever,
and very quick. This little legged robot from Johns Hopkins (pictured
above) is quicker. Much quicker. It can travel at over 30 body
lengths every second, which works out to over two meters per second,
or four and a half miles an hour. If you were travelling at 30
body lengths every second, you'd be going 122 miles an hour. Whoa."
"Ag drones: UC Davis tests unmanned copters
for crop spraying" Larry
"Researchers at the
University of California, Davis are testing the use of small unmanned
helicopters for pesticide spraying at farms and vineyards."
"Five myths about legalizing marijuana"washingtonpost.com.
"With 16 states
having decriminalized or legalized cannabis for non-medical use
and eight more heading toward some kind of legalization, federal
prohibition's days seem numbered. You might wonder what America
will look like when marijuana is in the corner store and at the
farmers market. In three years spent researching that question,
I found some ideas about the plant that just don't hold up."
"Berkeley gives pot club the boot"
Doug Oakley, Oakland
"Acting on complaints
that customers of a medical marijuana outlet blighted a Dwight
Way neighborhood with trash, urine and the smell of weed wafting
over children's heads, the City Council voted Tuesday night to
declare it a nuisance and shut it down."
"Berkeley, A Look Back: City manager lauds
government efficiency in 1938"
Steven Finacom, Berkeley Historical Society.
"It was 75 years ago,
June 8, 1938, that City Manager Hollis Thompson described, 'how
the City of Berkeley has attained the enviable reputation of being
'one of the two best governed municipalities in America' to the
Berkeley Rotary Club.
Thompson noted that during
the 10 fiscal years ending with 1936-37 Berkeley 'had a gradually
diminishing cost per capita for its local government.' Berkeley,
in 1936-37, spent only $12.70 per resident for city services and
carried a bond debt of only $906,525, or $9.54 per resident.
During the same 10 years
the population of the city had increased by 24,134 people. Berkeley
also had a low fire loss rate, and was on track to resurface all
the streets in the city in five years. 'Democracy depends on the
interest of the people in local government matters,' Thompson
"Berkeley woman held on suspicion of unlicensed
export of guns to Thailand"
Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"Federal agents arrested
a Berkeley woman holding Thai citizenship over the weekend for
allegedly exporting firearms parts from the U.S. to Thailand without
Supanee Saenguthai, 35, was
taken into custody in Berkeley at the same time five others --
four men and another woman -- were arrested in the Seattle area,
Los Angeles and Las Vegas, said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for
the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to an indictment,
the six conspired to violate the Arms Control Export Act with
240 shipments from 2011 until their arrests. It says they used
fake names and fake invoices and packed the parts in specific
ways to avoid x-ray detection of parts that included .45 caliber
handgun ammunition magazines and rifle and handgun barrels."
"Court Rejects Suit Challenging UC Development
at University Village"
"An Alameda County Superior
Court judge has rejected a lawsuit filed in August, Larsen v.
City of Albany, challenging Albany's approval of the environmental
impact report for UC Berkeley's development plans at University
Village in Albany."
The printed media catch up
with "Scrambled Eggs and Lox" in a big way with
"3-D printing predicted to mold our tomorrows" by Eric Adler, Kansas City Star
lives and breathes now, but the mind of the 42-year-old Eudora,
Kan., man often floats to the future, to what one might call the
It is a time -- with tangible signs popping up with increasing
frequency around the globe -- when nearly any product one needs
is created by simply pushing a button and printing it out in usable
A pair of glasses? Print it."
Seems a natural for niche
ceramic and glass manufacture. In glass making, gases, heat, bulky
equipment, years of employee training can be replaced by a computer
model, an operator, resin, and a materializer. And, all in an
area of hundreds of square feet, not thousands.*
The speed of materialization
will increase with new materializer design.
And among the more exciting
swarms of nanobots materializing
lalique-like glass the way worker-bees construct a hive
will evolve with the speed of "computer era time" NOT
"steam locomotive era time." So expect dramatic change
*This efficient use of space
compared to traditional, out of date manufacturing provides one
of the many reasons for investment in materializing technology.
"The Delta's Chinese town of Locke reflects
a rich past" Nilda
"A couple of months
ago, a book showed up in my mailbox: 'Locke and the Sacramento
Delta Chinatowns,' one of Arcadia Publishing Co.'s local history
series, 'Images of America.'
Since I am a native Californian
interested in local history, you'd think I would have known more
about Locke. I knew Chinese immigrants started it, but I had never
So a few weeks ago, we traveled
through the Delta on the River Road Scenic Byway (Highway 160)
and found Locke.
Locke is tiny, 10 acres big with three streets, the most important
called Main Street.
At the Visitors' Center,
we bought the Locke Walking Tour brochure. The Southern Pacific
Railway built the building in 1909 to house workers for its River
Road packing shed.
The Delta probably has the
best farmland in the country and produces gorgeous vegetables
and fruit. In 1912, three Chinese businessmen realized the potential
of providing services for their fellow countrymen working in the
fields and orchards. The three -- Tin Sin Chan, Wing Chong Owyang
and Yuen Lai Sin -- rented a piece of George Locke's pear orchard
and built a saloon, a boardinghouse and a gambling hall. The place
was called Lockeport."
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" 3D printing" at wikipedia.org.
"3D printing is
a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three
dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers
of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable
and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies.
3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts
and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical
and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D
printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.
A 3D printer works by taking
a 3D computer file and constructing from it a series of cross-sectional
slices. Each slice is then printed one on top of the other to
create the 3D object.
Since 2003 there has been
large growth in the sale of 3D printers. Additionally, the cost
of 3D printers has declined. The technology also finds
use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture,
engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental
and medical industries, among others."
Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller
sends a link to a youtube
video of 3D printing.
"Nanomagnet memories approach low-power
"Tiny magnetic memory
and logic devices that consume very little energy have been developed
by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. With
further improvements, the devices could operate close to the "Landauer
limit" of minimum energy consumption because they require
no moving electrons to work something that could revolutionize
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"MOOC madness reflection: a student's view
from inside UC Berkeley"
"After attending the
Madness event last Monday, I found myself both excited about
the potential MOOCs have to expand the reach of higher education,
as well as slightly sore about some of the assumptions that were
made about online learning, Technapex reports. The main presumption
that irked me was the argument that the best learning takes place
inside a physical classroom. I understand that the intention behind
this position is that personal interaction and collaboration between
students will inspire the most creativity and therefore maximize
understanding; however, I have issues with the connections made
between this interaction and the classroom environment, specifically
within higher ed institutions. Most of the material presented
in a university course does not necessitate a physical classroom,
and is even observed to be the less-preferred option among students.
The connection between comprehensive learning and a typical classroom
environment was that presented and supported by the panel; however,
my own personal experiences as a student have led to my support
of a very contrary stance. I find that the majority of the time
I spend in class (the time spent in lecture) is less of a wholesome
and enriching environment filled with collaboration and idea-swapping
and rather more a big hollow room where I sit for 50-minute time
slots and someone shares his or her own thoughts and opinions."
Councilman Worthington emails
of coming events
Union Potluck, June 12th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Grassroots House 2022
Blake Berkeley between Milvia and Shattuck
RSVP: info @ berkeleytenants.org
Berkeley World Music Festival, June 22nd, 12-9pm, Telegraph Ave.
at Haste St., Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Pride 365, First comes love, then comes marriage, June
24th, 5-9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St
Berkeley CA, Free Food Admission and Open to all, Comedy Clowns
Drag and Burlesque, Children's activities including a bounce house!
Berkeley's largest LGBT event is timed to celebrate all of our
great victories this year including the much anticipated Supreme
900 GRAYSON is being repainted outside.
"Berkeley 8th Grader Wins State History
Honor" at berkeleypatch.com.
"An eighth grader at
Ecole Bilingue school in Berkeley, Brianna Bourne, won third place
honors in the middle-school history paper category in the 2013
California History Day contest."
From FDA Meeting Regarding Biologic License Application"
for Potter Creek's Dynavax at marketwatch.com.
Corporation Dynavax Technologies Corporation . . . reported that
it recently concluded a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
regarding its Biologic License Application . . . , an investigational
adult hepatitis B vaccine. The meeting followed recommendations
expressed in November 2012 by the Vaccines and Related Biological
Products Advisory Committee . . . regarding the size of Dynavax's
"Berkeley Origin of First Dog Park Highlighted
in NY Times Magazine" berkeleypatch.com.
"A special 'Innovations'
issue of the New York Times Magazine on Sunday credited Berkeley
as the origin of the dog park.
The magazine noted that an
impromptu dog park sprang up on space cleared in the 1970s to
build the BART system underground.
Led by the late Doris Richards, neighbors who were bringing their
dogs to the space were encouraged to create a dog park. It began
as an experiment in 1979 and was officially established in 1986,
the Times said."
I was living at close by at the time and wondered what all those
dogs were doing there.
Planning Department Wins 2013 'Best Practices' Award"
"For its extensive work
on the downtown plan, the City of Berkeley's Planning Department
has been named this year's winner of the "Best Practices"
award from the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning
"Court ruling boosts low-cost housing laws" Bob Egelko, sfgate.com.
"A state appeals court
has strengthened the legal case for "inclusionary housing"
laws in more than 150 California cities and counties - including
San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond and San Jose - that require
a certain number of low-cost units in each new housing project.
Home builders challenged
the requirement and won a ruling in July from a Santa Clara County
judge, who barred enforcement of a San Jose ordinance because
the city failed to show that new residential development increased
the need for low-cost housing.
That decision was overturned
Thursday by the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose, which
said such ordinances are valid if they serve the "legitimate
public purpose of ensuring an adequate supply of affordable housing."
"An evening with 'George Gershwin Alone'" by Karen D'Souza at mercurynews.com.
"Hershey Felder has
been tickling the ivories in homage to the great American composer
in 'George Gershwin Alone' for the past 13 years. He's got rhythm,
and he's got music as he channels the genius of Gershwin for almost
two hours. Who could ask for anything more?
While this chatty one-man
show doesn't illuminate much about the artist's life and inspiration
that you don't already know, it's a heartfelt valentine to the
American songbook that goes down as smoothly as a bourbon Manhattan
with a bright red cherry on top (one of the specialty cocktails
at the show). As a tuneful antidote to a weary world, 'George
Gershwin Alone,' which runs through June 23 at Berkeley Rep, is
pretty darn close to s'wonderful.
Felder, who has orchestrated
similar tributes to maestros from Beethoven to Bernstein, hinted
around at Sunday's opening night that this might be his swan song
to Gershwin after 3,000 performances. He's clearly in awe of the
man he portrays, and his commitment to the material is part of
the show's allure. If it's hard not to wish for a little more
depth to this biography, it's also hard to resist the glories
of a songbook that includes 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Summertime,' 'Someone
to Watch Over Me,' 'Embraceable You' and 'They Can't Take That
Away from Me.'
The mind-boggling depth and
breadth of Gershwin's catalog is reverently showcased here."
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Perhaps the most important
story I've ever linked, as Wall Street Journal catches up with
Scrambled Eggs, is "A
Revolution in the Making" at, of course, wsj.com.
link courtesy Bob
is transforming manufacturing, making it leaner and smarter-and
raising the prospect of an American industrial revival
On a dark and stormy night
two weeks ago in Schenectady, N.Y., Ken Hislop was relaxing at
home when his cellphone suddenly began buzzing in his pocket.
It was an urgent text message-from the General Electric Co. factory
where he works.
Soon, a second message arrived.
And then another, and another. The texts were being sent by tiny
sensors embedded inside a series of machines, some of which look
like enormous upside-down cement mixers. A violent thunderstorm
passing through the area had caused something to go wrong.
'I knew right away we'd lost
power at the plant,' says Mr. Hislop, a manufacturing engineer.
He quickly switched on his iPad and accessed animated schematic
maps that signaled everything happening at the $170 million facility,
which makes massive batteries for things like cellphone towers
and power plants. Though the outage had been momentary, much of
the equipment at the factory had to, in effect, reboot, and any
blip could mean costly lost production time.
'I was getting a first-person,
real-time account,' says Mr. Hislop, who also could watch video
of the storm from the plant's roof. The information allowed him
to ensure that the machinery restarted in proper sequence and
that the sensitive battery material hadn't been damaged.
Welcome to the New Industrial
Revolution-a wave of technologies and ideas that are creating
a computer-driven manufacturing environment that bears little
resemblance to the gritty and grimy shop floors of the past. The
revolution threatens to shatter long-standing business models,
upend global trade patterns and revive American industry."
16:01 HRS--Berkeley PD involved
in search for suspect along waterfront including East Bay Park
and Aquatic Park. Mutual aid helo was involved.
"UC Revises Development Plan at University
"A newly revised version
of the UC Berkeley plan for development next to University Village
in Albany returns to Albany's planning commission Wednesday night.
The proposed Sprouts Farmers Market has moved, and a public art
mural is added."
The Bark's Cameron Woo emails
"Green Skies Vertical
Farm Stand, 5th and Channing, Wednesday June 12, 3:00-7:00
Green Skies Vertical Farm
will begin selling produce this Wednesday. They will be selling
lettuce, frisee, wheatgrass, daikon sprouts, vegetable starts--egplant,
About the vertical farm movement,
Contrary to the nytimes.com
story I'm told on good authority that the first dog park in
the East Bay was established at Point Isabel not on BART Right
of Way on Hearst in Berkeley.
However, I'm assured that
Berkeley's The Bark is the first
literary dog magazine.
The École Bilingue
Bon Marche videos; Zumba
at the Marche 2013, Ping
Pong Presentation Marche 2013, And
parent band "Crisis" for those of you who missed it.
Given to UC Berkeley Startups for Expansion" at rightstartups.com.
"This week $100,000
was given to two UC Berkeley startups from the site Founder.org
upon the conclusion of a national search for startups with the
most potential for growth.
In total there were 500 student-run
companies who applied for the grant from various universities
however, Eko and Pristine were two of the 10 finalists picked
to win the grant. In addition to the money the prize also included
a year of mentorship for the winners.
One of the winners, Pristine
monitors the kind of environment that wine has been in and the
other winner; Eko assists doctors in analyzing patient heart conditions.
Skydeck housed both corporations and was a Berkeley funded business
"Marina Searched After Sex Assault On Child
Reported" with video
"Authorities said a
boy was sexually assaulted inside this bathroom at the Berkeley
Marina on June 11, 2013."Police in Berkeley continued to
search for a man
Tuesday after a mother reported
her young child had possibly been sexually assaulted in a public
bathroom at the Berkeley Marina.
Berkeley Police Spokeswoman
Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said police responded immediately with help
from the East Bay Regional Park District's helicopter as well
as Department of Fish and Game officers."
"Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist
Knows Why" at moneynews.com.
"Despite the 6.5% stock
market rally over the last three months, a handful of billionaires
are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast.
Warren Buffett, who has been
a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping
shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of "disappointing
performance" in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like
Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.
In the latest filing for
Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett has been
drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer
purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of
Johnson & Johnson, and reduced his overall stake in "consumer
product stocks" by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its
entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier Intel.
With 70% of the U.S. economy
dependent on consumer spending, Buffett's apparent lack of faith
in these companies' future prospects is worrisome.
Unfortunately Buffett isn't
Fellow billionaire John Paulson,
who made a fortune betting on the subprime mortgage meltdown,
is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. During the second quarter
of the year, Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., dumped 14
million shares of JPMorgan Chase. The fund also dumped its entire
position in discount retailer Family Dollar and consumer-goods
maker Sara Lee.
Finally, billionaire George
Soros recently sold nearly all of his bank stocks, including shares
of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Between the three
banks, Soros sold more than a million shares.
So why are these billionaires
dumping their shares of U.S. companies?"
Kubik feels this has little
effect on the small, for-the-long-run investor, and believes moneynews.com
trades on fear.
Last night around 9 PM shots
were fired on Potter between 7th and 9th Street. The Street was
closed by BPD with a heavy presence of radio cars. Some shots
damaged the Potter Street Wells Fargo and shell casings were found
on the street.
"Tuesday fire at downtown Berkeley hotel
causes at least $200,000 in damage" Kristin J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"Police and fire investigators
are still trying to determine what sparked a three-alarm fire
that caused at least $200,000 damage to the Nash Hotel and residents'
belongings Tuesday morning, a fire official said Wednesday.
Firefighters rescued 12 people
from the three-story historic hotel about a block from UC Berkeley
in the city's downtown. Four people were treated for minor injuries
at the scene, said Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb.
Designed by San Francisco
architect August G. Headman, the Nash Hotel was built in 1924
and has maintained much of its original architecture. It is considered
a historical landmark in Berkeley and is used by travelers, students
and visiting professors alike. "
profit soars on strong demand" at nbcloca.com.
"Annie's Inc. reported
Monday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income soared on improved
sales, a lower tax rate and the absence of a frozen pizza recall
that weighed down results last year.
The natural and organic food
maker said it earned $4.2 million, or 24 cents per share, for
the quarter that ended March 31."
"Nuff said: Humans get the gist of complex
sounds" at berkeleyedu.com.
"New research by neuroscientists
at UC Berkeley, suggests that the human brain is not detail-oriented,
but opts for the big picture when it comes to hearing.
When faced with many different
sounds, the human brain summarizes what they hear to get the gist,
according to a new UC Berkeley study.
Researchers found that when
faced with many different sounds, such as notes in a violin melody,
the brain doesn't bother processing every individual pitch, but
instead quickly summarizes them to get an overall gist of what
is being heard.
The study, published Wednesday
in the journal Psychological Science, could potentially improve
the ability of hearing aids to help people tune into one conversation
when multiple people are talking in the background, something
people with normal hearing do effortlessly. Also, if speech recognition
software programs could emulate the information compression that
takes place in the human brain, they could represent a speaker's
words with less processing power and memory."
from our log
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty air, dry itchy skin, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator,
apparent activity worker at neighboring manufacturing facility.
7:55 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry burning dirty air, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes.
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
watery eyes, light head.
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This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
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this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
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Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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