of our cactus flower bloom
"Steamworks Baths Completes Rebranding
with New Logo, Website Design"
"Steamworks Baths, a chain of men-only bathhouses across
North America, launched its newly designed website and logo today.
The new brand identity reflects the more than 35 years Steamworks
Baths has been in business, starting from its first location opened
in 1976 in Berkeley, Calif."
" Studies uncover youths' views on privacy"
Patrice Apodaca at dailypilot.com.
"Are young people really
less concerned about privacy than the rest of us?
There's been a lot of discussion
about that question in this digital age of ours, but the debate
has intensified in recent weeks thanks to revelations by a renegade
former U.S. intelligence worker that the government has been collecting
massive amounts of digital data on pretty much everyone.
The assumption in some quarters
seems to be that today's youths, accustomed as they are to sharing
the most intimate details about themselves on social media sites,
would collectively shrug at the disclosure by the world's most
infamous asylum seeker, Edward Snowden. But just as quickly, others
posed themselves as contrarians, arguing that just because younger
folks are more comfortable with technology doesn't mean they're
any less concerned about their privacy."
"Sleep Loss Increases Anxiety - Especially
Among Worriers" Rick
Nauert PhD at psychcentral.com.
"Are you tired and grumpy
and feel on the edge? Do you catch yourself worrying more?"
"Artisanal Fast Food" by Anneli Rufus, huffingtonpost.com.
"For my parents, going to McDonald's felt like living in
outer space. So clean! So cheap! So safe! So instantaneous! Within
the time it took for Neil Diamond to sing halfway through 'Sweet
Caroline,' you could order and receive a complete meal without
exiting your car!
That was the last stage of
the first phase of fast food. After 'fast,' it really had nowhere
else to go. A few faint-hearted ventures into Diversityland and
Saladland, but classic fast-food fans still want the same menu
their forebears wanted when Superballs were new.
And classic fast-food franchises
attract only a certain sector of the populace. A big sector, but
still: For those millions who would rather starve than bite into
a Bonus Jack, 'fast food' does not exist. Their brains are wired
to block it out. Place them, desperately hungry, on a street dotted
with Taco Bells and Burger Kings and they will wander, arms flailing,
until they starve to death.
It's weird how the intersection
of food, speed and convenience went from being a high-class thing
(Wonder Bread as the pure, perfect, pre-sliced alternative to
rough, hard, rise-and-punch-for-five-hours home-baked bread) to
being a low-class thing.
But artisanal foods, too,
can be 'fast.' Advances in technology are transforming the field,
making luxuries such as small-batch coffee and forbidden rice
with sun-dried mangoes instantaneous or nearly so."
"Sixth Annual Downtown Berkeley MusicFest
Free Kick Off Celebration Concert" sanfrancisco.broadwayworld.com.
"To commence the festivities
for Downtown Berkeley Association's sixth year MusicFest, Bay
Area a cappella singers Talk of da Town (who appeared on NBC's
"The Sing-Off") perform sizzling renditions of
R&B, Motown and doo-wop hits. Their warm and joyful music
will charm your socks off :) Feet at the ready you can then(as
Clifton Chenier once said about Zydeco) "...dance, your aches
and pains will disappear" to the sounds of Grammy nominated
virtuoso accordionist Andre Thierry & his band Zydeco Magic.
Andre and the band are cooking up a soulful bubbling cauldron
of Zydeco Creole music that is stewed and imbued with hip-hop,
blues, jazz and rock mastery! Both groups are performing in a
free concert on Thursday, August 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at
the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza. "
"Berkeley lab looks to cloud for large
scale energy savings"
Lou Fancher, mercurynews.com.
"A six-month study by
the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the request of Google
has discovered a way to save 326 precious Petajoules. No, Petajoules
are not a highly-endangered species you've never heard of--they're
energy, as in electricity.
And in today's power source-hungry
Internet world, where data centers account for 1 to 2 percent
of global electricity use, a savings equivalent to 23 billion
kilowatt hours (equivalent to the amount of electricity used annually
by a city the size of Los Angeles), is significant. There's no
magic wand: all it takes is moving three simple business applications
from local computer systems from desktop to being hosted remotely
via the cloud.
Working with Northwestern
University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science,
LBNL principal investigator Lavanya Ramakrishnan and her team
evaluated the effect of moving email, productivity software (word
processing and spreadsheets), and customer relationship management
software (file sharing) to cloud-based servers. To get the big
numbers, they plugged best-estimated usage values representing
the 86.7 million United States workers using these three most-common
'We looked at the carbon
footprint, the environmental benefits of moving these business
services,' said Ramakrishnan, in an interview after the study's
findings were announced."
Another coffee roastery is
planning to open in Potter Creek, this one at 2701 8th. They've
applied to Bay Area Air Quality for permission.
And, we're not in Ocean View
any more. Time for SERIOUS parking mitigation !
A photon checks into a hotel
and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. The photon replies:
"No, I'm travelling light."
"Heart of Glass" at thestylesaloniste.com.
link courtesy Sally
The Classic Glass Designs
of Annie Morhauser
This week I'm presenting-and
applauding-the great California glass designer, Annie Morhauser,
who is celebrating thirty years of success for her tableware company,
Annieglass. She founded her privately owned glass company (with
a $200 kiln) in 1983 in Santa Cruz-and has been making glass tableware
with great success ever since.
I first met Annie at her
Santa Cruz studio ages ago-and I've been following her swift career
success every since.
Annie fell in love with glass
when she was a nineteen year old art student, and was introduced
to the art of blowing glass. She was instantly hypnotized by the
undulating half-liquid, half-solid material that seemed to be
a melding of art and dance, and decided to make it her medium.
. . .
Immediately hooked, Annie
got a scholarship to California College of the Arts in San Francisco
where she was fortunate to study under renowned glass artist Marvin
Lipofsky, one of the main catalysts of the American studio glass
movement and founder of the Glass Art Society. Lipofsky's work
is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At that time,
art glass was the focus-and fine glass tableware did not exist.
Lipofsky, a demanding teacher,
helped her to perfect a range of glass techniques, and pushed
her to explore what has become her trademark technique of slumping
when everyone else at the time was blowing glass. (With slumping,
a shaped piece of flat glass is fired at ultra-high heat over
a mold, and it takes on the shape of the mold, a bowl, a platter,
or a cone.)
'I was fascinated by way
the light passes through glass,' she recalls.' I wanted to manipulate
She once tried the slumping
process on wood and set the school's ovens on fire. Once she put
so much cobalt in her glass that she turned the furnaces blue.
On a lark she once made an entire evening gown out of glass (which
led her to receive a humorous award for 'Best Dressed Glass Artist'
by the Glass Arts Society).
Annie planned to be a fine
artist, but then a few years later decided to make an unusual
dinner plate. In a spoof of traditional fine china, she decided
to create a collection of thick glass with widely painted rims
of pure 24K gold, inspired by the Italian relics she studied in
museums. She took them to a trade show in 1983. Today, her 'Roman
Antique' collection is an industry icon."
"Radio Day by the Bay Happening this Saturday in Berkeley"
"San Francisco Bay Area radio junkies can look forward to
the California Historical Radio Society's (CHRS) annual Radio
Day by the Bay this Saturday, July 20. I attended for the first
time last year and I was amazed by all of the exciting sights
and sounds for radio fans.
This year there will be a
large auction of vintage radios, live jazz music, a live radio
drama re-enactment on stage, interviews with radio luminaries,
a KSAN reunion, a vintage electronics flea market, and more.
Taking place at the historic
KRE building in Berkeley, the event could be bittersweet as the
CHRS may have to vacate its beautiful art deco radio building
headquarters this year. Today the building houses not only the
CHRS, but also collections from the Bay Area Radio Museum and
Hall of Fame as well as amateur radio station W6CF.
Although the non-profit has
been raising funds in order to hopefully purchase the KRE building,
that plan is in doubt now that a new owner is set to acquire the
building. Home to KVTO-AM, the Berkeley site will be changing
hands shortly, as the FCC just granted the assignment of the station
license to new owner Pham Communication today. According to FCC
documents, this transaction must be consummated by August 1, 2013
(largely because California radio station license renewals are
due by this date) or else it cannot be consummated until after
KVTO-AM's license is renewed.Vintage Radio
KRE is located on Ashby Street
in Berkeley. Doors open at 9am this Saturday, July 20 for Radio
Day by the Bay, with the event starting at 10am.
It will be a great opportunity
to tour KRE (did you know that KRE appeared in American Graffiti
too?) and connect with other radio fans. You can catch a sneak
preview of the vintage radio auction catalog (PDF) on the CHRS
Berkeley Extension Announces Fall Enrollment, New Website"
"UC Berkeley Extension
welcomes students to enroll in more than 500 fall 2013 courses.
The continuing education branch of the University of California,
Berkeley, UC Berkeley Extension offers professional development
and personal enrichment in the classroom and online for adults
in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Facilitating fall enrollment
is a redesigned website with enhanced customer service features
"UC Berkeley alumna to host new KQED program"
"Thuy Vu, a UC Berkeley
alumna, acclaimed journalist and former writer for The Daily Californian,
will be the host of a new Friday evening news program, 'KQED Newsroom,'
which premieres this October.
The show will replace 'This
Week in Northern California,' a weekly public affairs roundtable
news segment by KQED. "This Week in Northern California"
has been led by veteran Bay Area journalist Belva Davis for the
past 19 years.
'KQED Newsroom' - which honors
the KQED groundbreaking news program of the same name that aired
in 1968 - will deliver interviews with newsmakers, debate segments
and field reporting to viewers in both televised and radio formats."
is underway on Heinz in front of the Bowl entrance with the sidewalks
being widened in front of the Bowl entrance and the parking lot
across the street--and more.
Work on the 9th Street French
School campus includes making a garden in the courtyard between
the buildings, and a remodel of the office complex.
Bay Area Air Quality Management
District mailer (excerpts)
Ruby's Roast LLC, 2701 8th
Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 has applied for a permit, #25214, as
a "source of air pollution." They want "Authority
to Construct and/or Permit to Operate a Coffee Roaster"at
"There is a 30-day period for pubic response to this proposal."
"If you would like to comment on the proposed project, use
this contact information."
Ruby's Roast LLS (A/N 25214)
Public Notice Response
939 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Attn: Carol Lee
Telephone (415) 749-4907
Public comment for this project
ends on August 12, 2013.
"This District has evaluated the permit application . . .
and has made a determination that the project is expected to comply
with all applicable District, state, and federal air quality related
regulations . . ."
The complete mailer information
is available at
Community Information Alert
Berkeley Police Conducting Training
The City of Berkeley
Police and Fire Departments will be conducting several training
exercises designed to prepare first responders for a Mass
Casualty Incident (MCI).
These exercises will take place at Berkeley High School (BHS),
1980 Allston Way on July 18, 2013 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00
p.m. and again on August 15, 2013 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00
The neighborhoods surrounding BHS can expect to see police and
fire vehicles and associated crews in the area during the
We would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of the Berkeley
Unified School District for their assistance during the planning
this training exercise and the use of their facilities.
Ofc. Jennifer Coats
the Moore News
from our Councilman, Darryl Moore (excerpt)
West Berkeley Design Loop
Saturday, July 20th, 2013,
9am to 5pm, Throughout West Berkeley. Check
out the website to find out when and where specific workshops
are being held.
This alliance of more than
25 independent home improvement businesses has everything
you need for your home improvement project- unique products and
expert advice in a convenient location.
Saturday, July 20, participating
businesses will host "Get in The Loop!" This
festive day features free do-it-yourself workshops to learn skills
to tackle your own home improvement project plus a shopping spree
Free DIY Workshops
Knowledgable builders and designers will teach mini-classes, answer
questions, and share tips and tricks with you.
Get a whole host of DIY skills from a variety of workshops throughout
West Berkeley. Check out the West Berkeley Design Loop's
website for a complete schedules of all the workshops.
Shopping Spree Sweepstakes
Members of the Loop have contributed over $1500 in gift certificates
and prizes to be awarded to three lucky winners. You can enter
to win one of these three $500 shopping sprees at any participating
store on the day of the event. The more stores you visit, the
more times you can enter. There is no purchase necessary; just
come in and fill out a ticket.
Appoints Robert Janssen, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer"
Corporation DVAX -0.78% announced today the appointment of Dr.
Robert Janssen, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer and Vice President,
Clinical Development. Dr. Janssen most recently served as Dynavax's
Vice President, Medical Affairs since November 2012 and was previously
Senior Director, Clinical Development at Dynavax from 2010 through
2012, during which time he was extensively involved with Phase
3 clinical development of HEPLISAV(TM) and its US and European
licensing applications. "
Councilman Capitelli emails
District 5 News
In this issue:
A Note from Councilmember Capitelli
New Plastics Recycling
Sundays on Telegraph
National Night Out August 6
Sunday Streets is Back
The Hayward Fault: Lessons from 1868
Do Not Feed the Wild Turkeys
City Contacts and Resources
"Pilot Program for 'Parklets' in Berkeley
"The Berkeley City Council
has approved a new pilot "parklets" program, intended
to follow the paths of San Francisco and Oakland in transforming
a limited number of parking spaces into privately constructed
"Berkeley council wants Alta Bates charity
care numbers" by
Judith Scherr, mercurynews.com.
"Alta Bates Summit Medical
Center, a nonprofit corporation, is exempt from millions of dollars
in property, income and sales taxes.
In exchange, the hospital
is obligated to provide benefits to the community.
But at its July 16 meeting,
the City Council expressed frustration at not knowing precisely
what those benefits are. How much of the community benefits reported
by the hospital goes to charity care, and how much of that is
targeted to low-income Berkeley residents, council members asked.
'Community benefits can be
anything they decide,' Dan Johnston, a researcher with the Institute
for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, the research arm of the
California Nurses Association, told to the council.
The council voted 7-1, with
Mayor Tom Bates absent and Councilman Gordon Wozniak voting in
opposition, to ask the hospital for an annual report detailing
its delivery of charity care to Berkeley residents and to hold
a workshop with Alta Bates and the city's Health Commission in
September to get answers."
students fork over $60K for UC Berkeley's new online master's
degree in data science?" by Ki Mae Heussner, gigaom.com.
"The University of California
at Berkeley is the latest institution to offer a masters degree
in data science but, along with education technology company 2U,
it will offer the entire program online."
"Best Marijuana Strains: Tangelo Kush (CRAFT
Collective Berkeley)" sfgate.com.
"These THC levels are
too damn high!" complain many new medical cannabis patients
in California. And they're right.
Weed bred solely for maximum
stoniness as measured by its levels of active ingredient,
delta-9-THC is too strong for occasional users. One of the
chief benefits of a legal, regulated marketplace is lower-THC
strains that smell, taste and feel better than maximum potency
CRAFT Collective in Berkeley's
Tangelo Kush is the perfect example of this next wave of legal
weed. Keeping with new East Bay delivery service's "clean,
elite, organic" motto our sample of greenhouse-grown
Tangelo Kush looked divine and smelled incredible, yet its medium-strength
effects were akin to three glasses of wine. Think: chatty, and
relaxed as opposed to crawling up the wall."
youths trace Vivekanada footsteps in US" business-standard.com.
"A group of Indian American
youths including students and young professionals are marking
the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda by visiting places
in US that is associated with the spiritual leader.
According to a statement
by the Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh (HSS) of US that is facilitating
the trips under a project named 'Vivekananda Express,'will take
the group of nearly 100 youths to the First Unitarian Church of
Oakland where Swami Vivekananda delivered a speech in the year
The speech is known to have
brought many residents of Berkeley in contact with his message
and later led to the establishment of the Vedanta Society at Berkeley. "
A Look Back: Lions Club chapters hold gala convention in 1938"
by Steven Finacom, mercurynews.com.
"Lions roared 75 years
ago at Edwards Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus July 21, 1938,
reported the Berkeley Daily Gazette. Well, not real lions, the
An estimated 10,000 "Lions from eight countries and their
wives" were attending a convention in Oakland, and came to
Berkeley for their "outdoor musical festival, band contest
and drum and bugle corps exhibition." Bands came from as
far away as Utah and Arkansas."
"Albany: Occupy the Farm returns to the
Gill Tract -- legally" Judith
"Occupy the Farm activists
grabbed headlines last year -- and earlier this year too -- when
they forced their way onto University of California-owned land
here known as the Gill Tract to set up community farmland.
But Occupy the Farm doesn't
have to mean confronting police to take hold of underused land
said David Grefrath, an organizer for the group. Grefrath and
around 30 other would-be urban farmers, most of them veterans
of Occupy the Farm actions, gathered July 13 at Urban Adamah,
a one-acre nonprofit farm on San Pablo Avenue in southwest Berkeley,
to talk about farming on the Gill Tract -- this time, with the
They will be part of a research
project directed by UC Berkeley Professor Miguel Altierri, a staunch
supporter of the Occupy the Farm movement.
Seated on straw bales and benches, sheltered from the noonday
sun by a large canopy erected near lush rows of kale, squash,
tomatoes and more, Tiffany Chung explained the project: Participants
will form 10 teams of four people; each team will be given a plot
of 15 six-yard rows to plant. Teams decide which crops to plant,
what companion crops, if any, to plant in order to increase yield,
and whether to keep or remove the bean plants already planted
by Altierri's graduate students. Planting begins in August."
"Man killed in Berkeley's 2nd homicide
of 2013" Henry K.
"A man was shot and killed in Berkeley on Thursday [Wednesday]
night, police said.
The victim, whose name wasn't
immediately released, was shot on the sidewalk on Derby Street
near Martin Luther King Jr. Way about 6:52 p.m."
This week Comedians
in Cars Getting Coffee features Chris Rock talking with Seinfeld.
The car is the
Fab" fraud trial: Wall Street villain or scapegoat?"
"Former Goldman Sachs
banker Fabrice Tourre has been charged with civil fraud, accused
of selling subprime mortgage securities he knew were doomed to
fail but some say he may be a low-level scapegoat. Bethany McClean,
a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, discusses the case with
the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts."
POSTS FROM THE
the author, along with Joe
"All the Devils are Here."
You can mess with your mind
or just get some insight into our ruling class by carefully watching
Rose converstion with authors Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean,
They talk about their new book "All the Devils are Here:The
Hidden History of the Financial Crisis" and more.
Rose is curiously ill-at-ease.
Maybe because as he hints, McLean knows more than he does, or
more darkly, because some of "the devils" are his friends
"Following are links
to Bethany McLean's Miller
Center Forum and her 2001 Fortune article 'Is
Enron Overpriced?' that helped bring Eron down.
'Is Enron Overpriced? In
March 2001, Fortune pointed out that Enron's financial statements
were nearly impenetrable.
(Editors note--Remember when
it seemed outrageous to suggest that Enron shouldn't be the golden
child of Wall Street? Before the congressional hearings, before
Arthur Andersen was indicted, before the SEC and the DOJ got involved,
Fortune's Bethany McLean asked whether a company that traded at
55 times earnings should be so opaque. Here is what she wrote.)
"Is Enron Overpriced?
It's in a bunch of complex
businesses. Its financial statements are nearly impenetrable.
So why is Enron trading at such a huge multiple?
In Hollywood parlance, the
'It Girl' is someone who commands the spotlight at any given moment
-- you know, like Jennifer Lopez or Kate Hudson. Wall Street is
a far less glitzy place, but there's still such a thing as an
'It Stock.' Right now, that title belongs to Enron, the Houston
energy giant." ' "
Paul Solman gives a hard-hitting
interview, largely a product of tight editing, with Joe Nocera
and Bethany McLean on the PBS News Hour. Brief and succinct, it
END POSTS FROM
I just received an email
from old friend Nick Despotopoulos that his father has died. "My
Father passed away in the Hospital in Kalamata, Greece. He was
75" Nick wrote. His Dad died of Emphysema.
our Berkeley Bowl Heinz Street
The outcroppings are the
width of a parking space. This construction plus the parking lot
landscaping will cost the Yasudas over 100K.
It'd be nice if Acme planted
trees along their 8th and Pardee parking lot. Blossoming fruit
"Creator Of Sustainable 'Dumpster Home'
To Display New Works At The Wooden Duck" at digitaljournal.com.
"The Wooden Duck is
pleased to announce that Berkeley-based artist Gregory Kloehn
will be displaying his unique 'Dumpster Home"'creations during
the annual summer sale. Kloehn's most recent creations will be
on display at East Bay furniture store The Wooden Duck in Berkeley,
CA starting during the retailer's annual summer sale July 19-21.
Kloehn creates fully equipped
studio apartments built inside of a dumpster and bicycles that
clean and dry dishes. New works will include a shopping cart mobile
home and a rolling walker with a functioning grill. These may
seem like the fantasies of the active urban imagination, and they
were, until Kloehn brought them to life."
Going though our archive
stats, I found that the page containing July 21, 2012 now has
just over 18,400 hits. I wondered why so
I clicked and browsed. I'd recommend this to all.
Ordinarily I wouldn't post
Yelp reviews but they do seem to capture Nina's.
"Nina loves to cook
for her customers. She will not hesitate to take control of the
situation and convince you of what you would most likely enjoy.
I've not been disappointed in two visits.
It probably doesn't matter
anyway, because everything she makes is delicious and fresh.
From the curry burrito or
bowl, to lentil soup and chicken & artichoke panini, she can
do no wrong.
2703 7th St, Ste 159-160,
(between Pardee St & Carleton St), Berkeley, CA 94710, (510)
Most mornings we see Nina
walking past with the day's to-be-prepared groceries after shopping
There is a Planning
Commission meeting this Wednesday, July 24th. West Berkeley
zoning is on the agenda with action to-be-taken.
Interestingly, the West's
business community is taking more interest in these meetings==organizing,
attending and expressing. The west-Berkeley home improvement retailers
have also organinzed. See West
"Appeals denied, Berkeley Post Office for
sale" Judith Scherr,
"Despite appeals from
a united City Council, state legislators, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee
and dozens of community groups and individuals, the United States
Postal Service announced July 18 that it will sell the historic
downtown Berkeley Post Office."
"Q&A: A Year After Refinery Fire, No
'Culture of Safety' at Chevron"
"Last August, an explosion
and fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. sent a vaporized
plume into the sky and into surrounding communities that reportedly
sent 15,000 people to emergency rooms. The fire and toxic release
sparked both state and federal investigations that traced the
root-cause to corroded pipes, and found that the company failed
to fix the problem. A state working group on refinery safety that
formed after the Chevron fire released its recommendations yesterday
on how to increase public and worker safety and strengthen emergency
preparedness in the event of a future disaster. One state policy
currently being debated in Sacramento is Senate Bill 691, authored
by State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland). The bill would raise
civil penalties for one-day air quality violations, such as the
Aug. 6 Chevron refinery fire. NAM's Nicole Hudley spoke with Senator
Hancock about the status of safety reforms."
cyber-attacks take national spotlight" Tanya Jansen,
across the nation are noticing a rising trend of cyber-attacks.
According to the New York Times article, Universities Face a Rising
Barrage of Cyberattacks, 'Campuses are being forced to tighten
security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine
what has been stolen.' "
"Smartphones Become Even Smarter" nsf.gov.
"The world's 900 million
Android devices may now contribute to world-class research and
With funding from the National
Science Foundation (NSF), the University of California, Berkeley
(UC Berkeley) recently developed software that provides new opportunities
for Android-based smartphone users to participate in citizen science
"Yes, this ceramic fruit bowl came out
of a 3D printer" Scott
"This ceramic fruit bowl showed up at the Globe recently,
addressed to me. It's a product sample sent by Figulo, a
South Boston company. And it's the first 3D printed item I've
seen that I could imagine using in my daily life... as opposed
to chalky, fragile prototypes or 'toys' that only last if they're
kept on a shelf."
"Is 3D printing an environmental win?"
by Jeremy Faludi, greenbiz.com.
including myself, tout the 3D printing revolution as a boon
that could eliminate waste in manufacturing. But is that
really true? Even if it is true, does it matter compared to
the extra energy used? And what about toxins - does
it release more, or less?
No one has done this comparison
before in a comprehensive, quantitative way, so some
colleagues and I in the UC Berkeley mechanical engineering
department set out to find the answers. The results were
tricky and surprising. "
"Upward Mobility Across U.S. Metropolitan
Reihan Salam, nationalreview.com.
"David Leonhardt reports the
findings of an ambitious new study of upward mobility across
U.S. metropolitan regions. The results resonate with my ideological
priors, and so I'll be very interested to see how they'll be interpreted
in the weeks and months to come.
The team, led by Raj Chetty
and Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard and Patrick Klein and Emmanuel
Saez of UC Berkeley, sought to assess the impact of tax policy
across regions. They began by analyzing earnings data with an
eye towards assessing the impact of tax policy on intergenerational
mobility. They found that the level of upward mobility for children
raised in households in the bottom fifth of the income distribution
varies considerably across regions, and there is even wide variation
among regions with similar average incomes.
Yet while Chetty et al. found
that larger tax credits for poor households and higher taxes on
affluent households have a somewhat beneficial impact on upward
The researchers concluded that larger tax credits for the poor
and higher taxes on the affluent seemed to improve income mobility
only slightly. The economists also found only modest or no correlation
between mobility and the number of local colleges and their tuition
rates or between mobility and the amount of extreme wealth in
They identified several other
factors that appeared to matter a great deal. . ."
Diamorphine, also known as
heroin, was first synthesized for commercial use in 1897. The
men who discovered it, Felix Hoffman and Arthur Eichengrun, had
also, a couple of weeks earlier, invented aspirin; for some years,
heroin could be bought over the counter and aspirin required a
prescription. . . .
Kite Festival" ktvu.com.
"The skies over the
Berkeley Marina will fill with kites big and small during this
weekend's 28th annual Berkeley Kite Festival. With some of the
larger, more elaborate contraptions resembling the giant inflatables
found at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, there will be a veritable
menagerie of airborne creatures at the event organized by East
Bay shop Highline Kites."
"Astronomer uses Kepler telescope's data
in hunt for spacecraft from other worlds" Peter Brannen, washingtonpost.com.
"In the field of planet
hunting, Geoff Marcy is a star. After all, the astronomer at the
University of California at Berkeley found nearly three-quarters
of the first 100 planets discovered outside our solar system.
But with the hobbled planet-hunting Kepler telescope having just
about reached the end of its useful life and reams of data from
the mission still left uninvestigated, Marcy began looking in
June for more than just new planets. He's sifting through the
data to find alien spacecraft passing in front of distant stars."
"Helping Robots Become More Touchy-Feely" english.farsnews.com.
"A new milestone by
engineers at UC Berkeley can help robots become more touchy-feely,
A research team led by Ali
Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering
and computer sciences, has created the first user-interactive
sensor network on flexible plastic. The new electronic skin, or
e-skin, responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense
the pressure, the brighter the light it emits."
This is a link to an Iranian
site and is not always live.
$15,000 reward offered for information in fatal hit-and-run"
by Erin Ivie at mercurynews.com.
"A $15,000 reward is
being offered by the city for information leading to the driver
in a July 15 hit-and-run crash that killed 46-year-old John Patrick
Berkeley police discovered Miller's body at 5:10 a.m. on the University
Avenue overpass near 6th Street and determined he had been hit
by a car, Officer Jennifer Coats said. Miller was pronounced dead
at the scene after firefighters were unable to revive him. "
Landscaping crew are now
planting the border of the Berkeley Bowl Heinz Street parking
"Why Is the United States So Sick? The
director of a massive new study says, 'It's almost everything'
" Laudan Aron at
"In the wake of a startling
report highlighting the United States' poor health compared with
other wealthy nations, the report's director searches for answers.
Americans die younger and
experience more injury and illness than people in other rich nations,
despite spending almost twice as much per person on health care.
That was the startling conclusion of a major report released earlier
this year by the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute
It received widespread attention.
The New York Times concluded: 'It is now shockingly clear that
poor health is a much broader and deeper problem than past studies
have suggested.' "
"Homeless pay for haircuts with hugs in
Conn. town" a video
report at cbsnews.com.
"Every Wednesday afternoon,
82-year-old Joe Cymerys gives haircuts to the homeless in Hartford,
Conn. free of charge. Steve Hartman reports."
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry dirty burning air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, light
head, nausea, burning eyes, wear respirator.
irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, SERIOUS mucus
membrane irritation, burning eyes, wear respirator. 11:28 PM--similar.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 12:20 PM--Marsha, similar.
12:35 PM--Acme worker in adjacent lot, similar SERIOUS!
in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane irritation,
wear respirator. Similar off-and-on all AM. 1:02 PM--similar.
in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane irritation,
cough, short breath, wear respirator.Marsha,similar. Similar off-and
in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane irritation,
cough attack, short breath, wear respirator. 8:10 AM--similar.
Similar off-and on 24/7.
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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