Kent England

a Bob Kubik photo from Carol and Bob's trip



"Local student has a science summer at Cal-Berkeley" from the Opelousas Louisiana Daily World.

"Laramie Lemon of Leonville has just returned after spenting her summer participating in a prestigious summer research fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley.

'The best thing about this program is that I got to focus my entire summer on a research topic I was interested in,' said Lemon, an Opelousas Catholic graduate and a biology major at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

Working at Berkeley, which she described as one of the nation's top schools for scientific research, was a dream come true."



"Omnivores' dreamworld:For the taking, grown year round, to eat or prepare: everything from the everyday to the exotic" by Patricia Borns at

" 'I didn't like organically grown health food. It just didn't taste good,'''says Alice Waters in her office as she plans her restaurant's 40th birthday. Waters says she was 'into cafes and politics and salad after dinner' when she opened Chez Panisse in 1971. Her idea was simple, and at the time, not simple at all: to bring the market culture she loved in France to her California backyard. Now her vision of the table - where the freshest local ingredients seduce the palette - is a cultural phenomenon. 'I've always had a slow food restaurant, I just didn't know it,'''she says.

   But Chez Panisse isn't the only reason north Berkeley is large on today's culinary scene. From here to Oakland, young foodies are opening restaurants and markets with the speed of latter-day dot-coms. Let the food crawl begin."




"Training Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams at the Same School" by Elizabeth Dias,

"When Jerry Campbell became president of California's renowned Claremont School of Theology four years ago, low enrollment and in-the-red books threatened to close the 125-year-old institution. But since Claremont is the only United Methodist seminary west of Denver, Campbell resolved to find a way to stay open.

Drawing from classic American entrepreneurial wisdom - when faced with extinction, innovate - and a commitment to engage today's multi-faith culture, this fall Claremont will commence a first on U.S. soil: a "theological university" to train future pastors, imams, and rabbis under one roof. The experiment to end isolated clerical training brings together Claremont, the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) and the Academy for Jewish Religion California."


"For Imam in Muslim Center Furor, a Hard Balancing Act", Craig Ruttle, Associated Press.

"Not everyone in the Cairo lecture hall last February was buying the imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's message. As he talked of reconciliation between America and Middle Eastern Muslims - his voice soft, almost New Agey - some questioners were so suspicious that he felt the need to declare that he was not an American agent."







Our Kerstin Fischer is a classically trained soprano and next Sunday, August 29th, she is giving a lieder recital.

Kerstin and her accompanist, Paul McCurdy, are performing Frauenliebe und Leben and Mignon Lieder by Robert Schumann and 7 Lieder by Clara Schumann.

Their recital will be given at the Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana Street (corner of Dana and Durant) next Sunday, August 29th at 4:00 PM.

admission is free though donations are welcome.







West-Berkeley's best-kept food-secret is the chicken soup at Gallego's Mexican Food.

Now on the south west corner of Allston and San Pablo Gallego's makes what is certainly the best chicken soup I've had. A family owned restaurant, now at its new expanded location, makes a simple old-fashioned, even rustic, chicken soup. It is a hearty dish that is dense with savory chicken-chunks, rice, carrots, potatoes and more. And not at all bland, it pops with flavor.Made with love it's delicious and is good for you and what ails you.

I've had the it to-go, in about a quart container, with hot tortillas, chips and garnish at around $8.00--good for two or three hearty servings.


" Gallego's Mexican Food Moves" writes a patron at

"My favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint has moved to more hospitable digs. Although I always enjoyed telling people it was next door to Tito's Machine Shop, Gallego's old location (also nextdoor to a discount liquor store) made it seem not so safe after dark and I believe was the motivation for closing early.

They have now moved to the SW corner of Allston and San Pablo in the spot formally occupied by a Peruvian restaurant. I visited the new location for the 1st time yesterday and Gallegos is every bit as good as before.

I decided to forego my favorite, complex mole for a big bowl of albondigas: 4 large meatballs bound with rice and chunks of carrot, potato and cabbage. Condiments were chopped onion and cilantro and their watery but fiery red salsa. As I worked my way through the bowl, the muddling of the meat, vegetables and condiments made the broth that much better. A very satisifying lunch and I didn't regret my decision to forego the mole.

Hours have been extended from late morning (10?) to 8 PM Monday thru Saturday. There is a small parking lot and it is walkable from University Avenue."







our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)

(Funny, I'd have titled it "Let's Help Celebrate Deaf Kids". RP)

Want to Help Deaf Children? 

The Center for the Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) is an organization that has always been near and dear to my heart.  They provide an amazing and unique service to children with significant hearing loss.  CEID intervenes at a very young age, and because of this, they have a tremendous impact on early childhood development and rest of the child's life.  Each child that they take in is a life changed.  Please join me in celebrating their 30th year of bettering the lives of hearing impaired children from all over the state.
Save The Date!
CEID's 30th Anniversary Gala
October 16th, 2010
The Pavilion at Jack London Square
The Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) is celebrating our 30th Anniversary of providing early childhood educational and supportive programs for young children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have other communication disorders.  To commemorate the occasion we are hosting a gala celebration on October 16, 2010 at The Pavilion at Jack London Square.  We are thrilled that award-winning composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank will be performing at our event!
CEID provides a comprehensive and intensive program of early intervention services including home visits, parent education, morning special education nursery school classes, medical outreach and training, and all day childcare at our inclusive Sunshine Preschool and Childcare.  Our center is known across the state for its outstanding results in strengthening the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of young children who until just a few decades ago would most often have been consigned to silence and isolation.
The theme of our event is Imagine and it really speaks to the core of our work:  30 years ago, we at CEID saw babies who passed the crucial early months of language and intellectual development-and thus were handicapped for life not by a hearing impediment but by a failure in diagnosis.  We saw children whose parents could not communicate with them because they could not afford to learn how.  We saw doctors who didn't realize that over 12,000 babies are born in this country each year with a profound hearing loss, and didn't understand how easy it was to reverse the social and intellectual deficits that can needlessly result.  We imagined - and we set to work.
Today, California requires hearing tests for all newborns.  CEID has developed educational and outreach programs for doctors and other medical providers.  Our family support services include weekly sign language classes, educational resources, and advocacy training - all free of charge to our families, who are mostly low-income.
We greatly depend on the generosity of our community supporters to sustain and grow our essential programs for children with special needs.  Over the past 30 years, our community partners have helped us to positively impact the lives of well over 2,000 young children and their families.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Carrie Dern at or call 510.848.4800 ext. 330.  I hope you can join me to support CEID's wonderful work.


West Campus Summer Hours
As some of you may know, West Campus public swim hours have been expanded to the weekends for the summer months, from 1-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  The summer schedule was originally scheduled to end by August 27th, but now has been extended through Labor Day weekend, with its final day being September 5th.  After September 5th, normal fall schedulingresumes.






"Betty White scores Emmy win for `SNL' hosting gig" by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer.

"The Betty White phenomenon keeps getting bigger.

White won an Emmy Award for best guest actress in a comedy series for her turn as 'Saturday Night Live' host. The honor came Saturday at the creative arts ceremony that is precursor to the main Aug. 29 Emmy show."









Still, when all is said and done, for comfort food, urban cuisine, some originality, and more, all prepared with love and as art, it's hard to beat Potter Creek's very own, 900 GRAYSON. And of course the owners, the Saulnier brothers, and staff serve it with flare and even a little melodrama.

All-in-all, heartily recommended.



opening week, 2006

Check out their website.



"San Francisco newscaster Dave McElhatton dies" is a report at

"Dave 'Mac' McElhatton, who was the voice of major San Francisco Bay area news stories for nearly 50 years, has died."





"Innovative project cleaning sewage the natural way" is a story by Hannah Dreier at

"While a family of ducks threads its way through the wetlands here and a green heron fishes on the banks, a furious process is churning underneath.

Plants, dirt, birds and fish have all been enlisted to clean Discovery Bay's wastewater as part of an experimental constructed wetland project.

Facing $100,000 in fines for copper contamination, the town three years ago partnered with University of California Berkeley scientists to determine whether the latest advancements in artificial wetlands could help clean the town's sewage."




"Berkeley Lab to work with Pressure BioSciences on oil spills" in the San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown.

"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will use technology from Pressure BioSciences Inc. to study deep sea oil plumes and oil reservoirs in hopes of learning how to clean them up better."





"Live Chat: UC-Berkeley MBA Admissions:Haas' Stephanie Fujii will field questions on the No. 10 B-school and strategies that will improve your chances of being accepted" at

"Guest: Stephanie Fujii, senior associate director of admissions at the UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business

The University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business (Haas Full-Time MBA Profile) accepted 11 percent of the 4,064 applications it received in 2009. If you want to be among the accepted, you don't want to miss our next live chat event on Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. EDT. Stephanie Fujii, senior associate director of admissions at Haas, will take your questions about everything from campus culture to the application essays."



"Thousands Of UC Berkeley Freshmen Move In To Dorms" is a story at

"It's an annual ritual at UC Berkeley as thousands of incoming freshmen began moving in and setting up shop in their new dorm rooms on Sunday.

Many rolled in their stuff in huge carts, excited about the start of college life.

UC's Marty Takimoto said it will be more than 4,000 freshmen, many coming from farther away than usual."










Check out our new City of Berkeley BPD website "Who are these Crooks?"



"University Head's Housing Raises Ire" Adithya Sambamurthy of The Bay Citizen.


Blake House, the traditional residence of presidents of the University of California, in Kensington.

a Bay Citizen photo by Steve Fainaru


"Five minutes before midnight on June 30, movers hauled the last boxes from a spectacular rented home in the Oakland Hills. The tenant's lease was about to expire, and in his haste to get out, he left behind thousands of dollars of damage to the hardwood floors and Venetian plastered walls.

The tenant was Mark G. Yudof, president of the University of California. His midnight move was the latest chapter in a two-year housing drama that has cost the university more than $600,000 and has drawn senior U.C. officials into an increasingly time-consuming and acrimonious ordeal over the president's private residence."




"New Microbe Discovered Eating BP . . . Oil" is a report at

"A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, led by Terry Hazen, has discovered a new oil-eating microbe in the Gulf of Mexico munching on oil from the BP . . . spill."




"CU In California: Buffs To Stampede Golden State Prior To Cal Game" is a story at

"The University of Colorado will Stampede The State of California the week leading up to the CU vs. Cal football game, with activities starting south in San Diego on Tuesday and making their way north for the game Saturday in Berkeley, Calif.

CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn will headline the tour as the stampede starts in San Diego on Tuesday, September 7, and works its way north as game time approaches with stops in Orange County, Sacramento and San Francisco.

'We are excited about the opportunity to tour California,' Bohn said. 'Obviously with the impending move to the Pac-10, we look forward to visiting all these great communities around the state. Our game at Cal this season will give us an opportunity to jump start that process and meet with all of our great constituents around California as we continue to build our support network nationwide and specifically on the West coast.'

The San Diego stop starts with a happy hour at the Proper Gastro Pub and will also include a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and L.A. Dodgers. CU fans who wear CU gear can purchase tickets in a special section for half price.

Wednesday, the tour continues with an Orange County Breakfast at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim. The tour will then get some northern momentum with a stop in Sacramento and a happy hour reception at Brew It Up! on Thursday and conclude Friday in San Francisco with a happy hour reception at the Westin San Francisco.

The Buffs will then take on the Bears at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., at 1:30 p.m. (MT/12:30 p.m. local time). The game will be televised nationally on FSN."





"Brilliant essay on the state of California" is at

"Vast treatises have been written about the California mess and how we got where we are today. But a professor at UC Berkeley's school of public policy sums the whole thing up in one brilliant, short letter to his students. You can read the whole thing here (thanks, Calitics), but the gist is that today's generation of California kids is the collective victim of a massive swindle:

Swindle­what happened?"





"Riveting update of 'Macbeth'" Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic.











In the 1960s in addition civilian policing, Berkeley PD found itself more and more involved in internal security.

Of this period Alfred E. Parker writes in the 1971,The Berkeley Police Story. "The Fourth Platoon was the Berkeley Police Department's answer to the city manager's directive. . . . On October 1, 1966, the designation Fourth Platoon came into being. . . . Duties of the Fourth Patrol (in part) include: handling problems the beat officers are unable to cope with; provide a crowd control unit, especially for racial riots or civil disturbance, provide undercover surveillance, . . . " RP



"Campus, city police form joint safety patrol" by Caleb Dardick, UCB Government and Community Relations.

"A new joint police patrol by the University of California Police Department and the Berkeley Police Department will target improving public safety at night in the city's Southside neighborhoods as well as after UC Berkeley home football games.

The patrol is unique because it teams up in each of two squad cars one city and one campus police officer who will patrol neighborhoods near campus. Starting this semester, the patrols will take place Thursday through Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Additional joint teams will be deployed before and after home football games.

Like all patrols city and campuswide, the new joint patrol's main charge will be to suppress violent and other crimes and to keep the peace."



Check out today's update at our BPD website "Who are these Crooks?"






Dave Kruse forwards an email from Lisa Kruse "from my favorite food blog"

The duo behind Lalime's, Sea Salt, T-Rex Barbecue, Fonda, and Jimmy Beans, Haig Krikorian and Cindy Lalime, have just opened "Paisan" a pizzeria on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. Look for thin-crust pizzas from the Earthstone wood-fired oven with California toppings (like pesto, rocket salad, Sausalito springs watercress, and Grana Padano, $15.50). The menu is rounded out with rustic Cal-Ital items like eggplant caponata, romano beans, and arancini, and larger dishes, like porchetta, half a roasted chicken (only $11.75), and roast pork belly and pork loin with balsamic onions and plum mostarda. The large 18-seat bar will feature variety of both classic and original cocktails, 10 beers on tap, and a wine list put together by Stephen Singer. According to an SFoodie post, the pizzaiolo is Francesco Pece, from Naples. Additional details: there's a rear patio and full bar. Dinner will be served Wed-Sun. 2514 San Pablo Ave. at Dwight



"A Lutheran turned vegetarian" by Linda Kernohan at

"I once tried for the holy grail of veganism. My husband's depression made me reexamine my relationship with meat.

I became a vegetarian when I was 15. It was health-related at first; I had begun to notice an unpleasant, heavy feeling in my stomach after eating meat, and when I didn't eat it, I felt better. But while researching vegetarian nutrition in order prove to my worried mother that I could get enough protein without meat, I encountered the ethical arguments for not eating animals, and the first seeds of bleeding-heart liberalism took root. In the space of one short year, I went from making meatloaf whimsically sculpted into the shape of a pig, to pestering my high school classmates at lunchtime with such charming questions as 'How can you make your stomach a graveyard for innocent animals?'

My parents were surprised and dismayed; I came from a typical American meat-and-potatoes family -- we were Lutheran, after all. Some of my favorite foods growing up included Spam, sliced ham slathered in barbecue sauce, and hamburgers without the bun. As for vegetables? I mostly hated them, . . . "





"Violamania at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley" Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic.

"What do you get if you pack dozens of violists into a single performance space? Well, maybe a bit of overdue respect.

That, anyway, is the hope lurking behind Violamania, a celebration of the most maligned - or at least overlooked - member of the orchestral world.

The event, which will inaugurate the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's new classical concert series at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, is designed to bring together the Bay Area's far-flung violists and viola aficionados for one single-instrument blowout. Even the 'orchestra' assembled for the evening is a viola-only affair."




"Passions that drove couple chronicling Dust Bowl migrants examined in new book" is a book review at

"Dorothea Lange and her husband Paul Taylor chronicled Dust Bowl migrants in California more the 70 years ago.

Lange did it in photographs - women keeping house in ragged tents, men at the wheel of cars packed with all they owned.

Taylor, a lesser-known labor economist, did it in writings and speeches that appealed to a nation's compassion amid the Depression.

Their work is the subject of a new book by Jan Goggans, an assistant professor of literature at the University of California, Merced, published by the University of California Press."





"Westerners vs. the World: We are the WEIRD ones" opines Adam McDowell, National Post.

"The Ultimatum Game works like this: You are given $100 and asked to share it with someone else. You can offer that person any amount and if he accepts the offer, you each get to keep your share. If he rejects your offer, you both walk away empty-handed.

How much would you offer? If it's close to half the loot, you're a typical North American. Studies show educated Americans will make an average offer of $48, whether in the interest of fairness or in the knowledge that too low an offer to their counterpart could be rejected as unfair. If you're on the other side of the table, you're likely to reject offers right up to $40.

It seems most of humanity would play the game differently. Joseph Henrich of the University of British Columbia took the Ultimatum Game into the Peruvian Amazon as part of his work on understanding human co-operation in the mid-1990s and found that the Machiguenga considered the idea of offering half your money downright weird - and rejecting an insultingly low offer even weirder.

"I was inclined to believe that rejection in the Ultimatum Game would be widespread. With the Machiguenga, they felt rejecting was absurd, which is really what economists think about rejection," Dr. Henrich says. "It's completely irrational to turn down free money. Why would you do that?"

It turns out the Machiguenga - whose number system goes: one, two, three, many - are not alone in their thinking. Most people from non-Western cultures introduced to the Ultimatum Game play differently than Westerners. And that is one clue that the Western mind differs in fundamental ways from the rest of humanity, according to Dr. Henrich."






"Deep-Sea Oil Plume Goes Missing" by Janet Raloff, Science News.

"In May, researchers began reporting that the massive jets of crude emanating from BP's damaged Deepwater Horizon well were creating deep, diffuse plumes of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, chemical oceanographers have been probing the plumes for indirect clues about how quickly native bacteria might be gobbling up the oil.

Microbial ecologist Terry Hazen of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California now thinks he has a surprising answer: very quickly.

He's part of a broad team of scientists from two Department of Energy national labs and two universities that has been collecting plume samples continually for months. In a paper posted online August 24 in Science, the team reports data from late May to early June showing that those deep-sea plumes enticed a hitherto unknown cold-water­adapted bacterium to rapidly chow down on the oil."




"Solar Power: Brighter Long-Term Investment Outlook" at

"Energy standards requiring U.S. utilities to use solar power could drive growth for companies ranging from inverter makers to installation financiers.

With utilities adopting standards to increase the amount of solar-generated electricity in coming years, the U.S. could bolster its presence in the global solar-power market. The quickening growth pace could present attractive opportunities for investors, according to some professionals. "





Kubik emails a good news excerpt

Average Credit Card Debt Falls Below $5,000, Lowest Level in 8 Years

The average combined debt for bank-issued credit cards for American consumers fell below $5,000 in the three months that ended June 30. That amount is down more than 13 percent from just a year ago and it marks the lowest level in more than eight years as consumers continue to pay off debt during the down economy. "Credit card debt remained the highest in Alaska, but slid 7 percent there to $7,148," the Associated Press reported. "A total of 22 states recorded debt higher than the national average." Alabama residents paid off the most debt over the past year, dropping their average balance by 27 percent. During the same period, the number of cardholders who were 90 days or most past due on their accounts fell to 0.92 percent, the first time it has been below 1 percent since 2007, showing that consumers are more concerned with making sure they maintain a good credit score. "That concern reflects several economic factors, from the fear of unemployment to the fact that the collapsed housing market means it's harder to cash in on home equity when money gets tight," according to the Associated Press. The delinquency rate was highest in the states hardest hit by the housing crisis: Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and California.











"Suspect arrested in police officer's shooting" Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"As a Fremont police officer clung to life Saturday, the suspect in his shooting was captured in San Diego just one block away from the U.S.-Mexico border by a sharp-eyed police officer."




"Berkeley Police Awarded Grant To Fight Alcohol-Related Crime" by Alisha Azevedo,

"For the seventh year running, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control awarded the Berkeley Police Department with a grant to combat alcohol-related crime throughout the city, beginning July 1.

The department originally applied for $93,000 and received $78,000 - $3,000 more than it did last year. Over 200 law enforcement agencies statewide submitted grant proposals to the ABC in March and 32 were selected, including the San Francisco Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's Office and Oakland Police Department."



"Judge pans Calif.'s mentally disabled inmate care" by Don Thompson, Associated Press Writer at

"A federal judge says in a sharply worded tentative ruling that California's prison system still does a poor job of identifying and caring for developmentally disabled inmates nine years after the state agreed to improve services."



"CA's Juvenile Justice System Ill-Equipped to Care for Girls" at

"California has been unable to meet the needs of the rising number of girls in the juvenile justice detention system, found a new report, "Gender Responsiveness and Equity in California's Juvenile Justice System." Findings by researchers at the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice include: gender-specific programs for girls were one of the least available program types, the nature of girls' violence is more often relational and that girls are more often referred to court on prostitution charges than boys.





"Regulators Give Green Light To Solar, Wind" is a story with audio at

"Construction is now under way on the world's biggest wind farm in California's Mojave Desert. Federal and state regulators have given the green light to several large solar thermal projects in the Mojave as well. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the future of clean energy in the U.S."



"Grant to Pay for Research Into Solar Power Projects' Effects on Desert Plants" a report at

"A research study intended to provide more information about the effects of renewable energy projects on desert plants has been awarded a grant from the California Energy Commission."




"North American continent is a layer cake" at

"A new study by seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley, has revealed that the North American continent is not one thick, rigid slab, but a layer cake of ancient, 3 billion-year-old rock on top of much newer material probably less than 1 billion years old."

Geez, and I thought we were a pizza. RP





post from the past


the foodnet

yesterday, setting up for the taping of "Diners, Dives and Drive-ins" at 900 GRAYSON

photo essay here






return to 8/29

"Livescribe updates smartpen with new Echo" by Jefferson Graham,

"Mark Hunter, a doctoral student here at the University of California, uses a new kind of pen to take notes in class. His Livescribe Pulse digital pen writes on special paper, records lectures with audio at the same time, and transfers it all to his computer as a digital copy."







Richmond Ramblers MC member Cliff Miller emails

Prayer  for  Grandpa   

Dear God,

Please send clothes
for all those poor ladies on 
grandpa's computer.    



"Will tech always be a boys 'n' toys club?" by Chris Matyszczyk,

"I hear wailing, screeching, and the sound of a Zimmer frame scratching on an old wooden floor.

I hear the downhearted and downtrodden banging hard on the door of the inner temple, begging to be invited inside. I hear the dark accusations of sexism, ageism and even, it seems, dumb-and-dumberism echoing around the halls of the Web.

Yes, it is time to examine tech's navel and wonder why it is that navel is smooth, male, and full of Special K and croissant crumbs.

You see, this week, important sectors of society have been expressing their pain at being shut out from the start-uppy, uppity world of tech.

First, there was Vivek Wadhwa, a University of California at Berkeley academic, who was so pained and appalled that he produced both words and charts to offer the view that older, more experienced engineers are being tossed onto Silicon Valley's large (but, no doubt, green) scrapheap in favor of the young, the cheap and the unwashed.

It seems that older engineers have families, carpal tunnel, and varicose veins, all attributes that seem a little too cumbersome for our thrusting, dynamic tech companies that value dynamism and lissomness above all else."

Before one could even organize a chauffeur to take us to the wake of tech's over-40s, along came members of the female population, young and old."



"Pluots pack the best of both plum and apricot" is a story by Rebekah Denn at

While many still don't know what a pluot is, those who have discovered the sweet luxury of this hybrid of a plum and apricot clamor for more. While they make good crisps, they're really good all by themselves, eaten at the summer peak of their season.

Unadorned, a pluot is as good a fruit as it gets, offering sweet flavor without some of the astringent aftertaste a plain plum can have.

In the Beinning, not much was as basic as fruit. Eve ate an apple in the Garden of Eden. The sundae had a cherry on top. Good things were peachy-keen.

Now, it's more complicated for growers of one sweet summer bite. 'I'm amazed when I mention them to people in passing, how few people still know what a pluot is,' says Mike Miller of Goosetail Orchard, who farms four acres of the plum-apricot hybrid."




"Policy Options Dwindle as Economic Fears Grow" opines Peter S Goodman at

"The American economy is once again tilting toward danger. Despite an aggressive regimen of treatments from the conventional to the exotic - more than $800 billion in federal spending, and trillions of dollars worth of credit from the Federal Reserve - fears of a second recession are growing, along with worries that the country may face several more years of lean prospects."

Merryll sent this link. RP




"Fremont officer critical after 2nd surgery" Benny Evangelista, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A Fremont police officer who was shot and critically wounded while attempting to arrest a man in Oakland was improving Sunday after undergoing a successful second round of surgery to repair his bladder.

But Officer Todd Young, 39, remained under heavy sedation and in critical condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, and will probably need more surgery this week, said Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler."

KTVU reports that Officer Young's condition has been up graded from critical to serious.



KTVU news also reported this morning that violence has increased recently in People's Park with confrontations and beatings including an incident when a young woman was attacked by twenty-some people.





8/27/10--11:45 AM--irritant in front room dry eyes, itchy skin. 12:00 Noon--similar but worse. 12:45 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, eyes water, sinus irritation, nose runs, eyes plugged and ringing, nausea, light head., LEAVE. 6:48 PM--SERIOUS irritation in front of warehouse, cough nasal congestion, Marsha same. 8:27PM SERIOUS irritant in front room, similar symptoms. 8:49 PM--similar. 9:17 PM--similar, with asbestos odor, over rides three HEPA filters.

8/28/10--late afternoon, SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, burning eyes,burning throat, short breath.

8/29/10--8:43 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room and in front of warehouse, dirty air, dry eyes, itchy skin, nasal congestion, ringing ears, light head, headache, over rides two HEPA filters, leave.






from my log

8/18/10--7:48 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, SERIOUS nasal congestion, sneeze regularly. Marsha similar,leave.

8/20/10--12:31 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.

8/27/10--11:45 AM--irritant in front room dry eyes, itchy skin. 12:00 Noon--similar but worse. 12:45 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, eyes water, sinus irritation, nose runs, eyes plugged and ringing, nausea, light head., LEAVE. 6:48 PM--SERIOUS irritation in front of warehouse, cough nasal congestion, Marsha same. 8:27:: SERIOUS irritant in front room, similar symptoms. 8:49 PM--similar. 9:17 PM--similar, with asbestos odor, over rides three HEAPA filters..

8/28/10--late afternoon, SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, burning eyes,burning throat, short breath.





The irritants sometimes experienced cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional short breath; occasional nausea.

Though the irritants we experience sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all" the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

I am left to conclude that possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience, those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter, are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.

Though the respirator-filters largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through the skin.

"I feel like ants are crawling on me" said Marsha.


I've noticed recently some neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.






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Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at

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.


Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.


Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Crooks."


Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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