"Berkeley PD to hold motorcycle safety
1969 Royal Enfield "Interceptor"
"With motorcycle fatalities
an issue in California, the Berkeley Police Department is working
to reduce deaths and injuries with a special safety operation
. . . , police said.
Extra patrols will be stationed
in areas where motorcycle crashes often happen, and officers will
crack down on motorcycle and other vehicle traffic violations
that often lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and deaths,
"Horns, Harps, and Hubcaps--The classical
orchestra needs some new instruments" by J. Bryan Lowder, slate.com.
need more car partsWhen the American Composers Orchestra took
the stage at Carnegie Hall this spring, they found more than just
the typical setup of stands, chairs, and conductor's podium: Stage-left
of the double-basses, there was what looked like a roughly dissected
Ford Taurus. The ragtag collection of wheel wells, hubcaps, a
fender, metal rods, and a psychedelically painted hood sat quietly
on the stage during the first three pieces. Then, before the final
work of the concert, a group of musicians emerged from the wings
and began to carefully disassemble the heap, part by part.
Wielding a cello bow, one
musician caused a dented fender to produce sounds so piercingly
lovely that an oboe might have been jealous. Hubcaps, when drawn
over with the same implement, released a startling cry. Wheel
wells struck with padded mallets created tones deep and resonant
enough to challenge the horns for majesty, and gently scraped
brake drums transmitted-better than trembling violins-the nervous
energy of your fourth cup of coffee. "
quote of the day
I have always wished for
my computer to be as easy to use as my
telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure
how to use my telephone.
Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish
from Bob Kubik
"New life breathed into old ink factory
in Berkeley" by
George Avalos at contracostatimes.com.
"Orton Development has
breathed life into a 105-year-old former ink factory in Berkeley,
a renovation the developer says is bringing new tenants to the
Flint Ink in West Berkeley
once was one of the nation's largest producers of ink, making
everything from basic inks for print publishers and labels to
specialty items such as perfumed inks for advertising and white
ink to mark honey bees.
Now, new-century companies
have supplanted the ink-making facilities of yesteryear.
'We have an electric bike
company, we have a solar company, we have a high-performance tent
company,' said James Madsen, an executive with Emeryville-based
Flint Ink is a prime example
of the Orton development philosophy of redeveloping and rehabilitating
older mixed-use properties."
"Brothers look to help energize community" by David Morrill, Bay Area News Group.
"Daan and Inder Rottger
are not Amish. And they never fight.
So of course the two brothers
named their electrician business Fighting Amish Electric.
'The idea ... seemed hilarious
to us,' Daan said. 'But,' he added, 'we are not going to be coming
to the door in a horse and carriage.'
Instead Daan, 37, and Inder,
40, have found a niche working residential homes throughout the
East Bay. Putting in 10- to 12-hour workdays to try to stay in
business, the duo works on a wide range of electrical issues,
including replacing and installing lights, handling power upgrades
and figuring out why electricity has stopped flowing."
Last Thursday Berkeley PD
took part in a multi-agency emergency exercise. From 8 AM 'til
1PM Berkeley along with LBNL, UCPD, Alameda County Fire and other
agencies took part in an emergency training exercise at the LBNL
Strawberry Creek Campus. The exercise tested equipment, tactics
POST FROM THE PAST
Wednesday night's Dinner
and Drinks Opening
three e's please
"Berkley Conference to Advance Teaching
of Critical Thinking Skills"
is a story release at sbwire.com.
"The 31st International
Conference on Critical Thinking will be held July 25-28, 2011
at the Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa near the University of
California Berkley campus. The event is sponsored by the Center
and Foundation for Critical Thinking.
The conference features some
40 sessions designed to converge on basic critical thinking principles
and to enrich a core concept of critical thinking with practical
teaching and learning strategies."
"Global warming: Invasive grasses to thrive
in warmer world" is
a story in the Colorado Summit County Voice.
"The warmer and drier
conditions predicted across the West by most climate change models
will help invasive grasses replace native vegetation. The exotics
are better equipped to deal with warmer weather. Some of them
harbor animals that attack endangered species, while others make
lands more susceptible to wildfires."
than is good for your health
about the second LBNL campus
"LBNL's Jay Keasling explains what LBLN
(From the video of the LBNL
Alameda presentation--starts at 3:15 minute marker.)
" FAQ About Golden Gate Fields and the
Proposed Second Campus for Berkeley Lab."
[This list of frequently
asked questions includes questions about LBNL's mission.
It was compiled by the city consultant, Fern Tiger Associates.]
"About the Proposal for LBNL's Second Campus at Golden Gate
"Berkeley Lab Shares Development
Details with Advisory Group" by
Emilie Raguso at alamedapatch.com.
"Berkeley Lab officials fielded questions about its proposed
second campus at a community group meeting in Berkeley on
July 14, after a packed and positive meeting in Alameda.
Berkeley Lab Chief Operating
Officer Jim Krupnick spoke to the lab's Community Advisory
Group to give an overview of the second campus project and
answer questions. . . .
The three programs the lab
will start with when consolidating include one devoted to biofuels,
currently in Emeryville; a life sciences lab in west Berkeley;
and the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek. Together, the
labs total about 475,000 sq. ft.
The lab is looking for a
'low-vibration environment' that's compatible with surrounding
neighborhoods in a 'welcoming community.' Amenities include available
public transport, a 'world-class research environment' and proximity
to the main site in the hills. . . .
Some advisory group members
said they were concerned about the environmental impact the lab
could have. . . .
Member Michael Caplan said
a facility like the lab would bring in numerous benefits to a
community, from payroll dollars to 'people living, working and
building a sense of community.'
He also mentioned the benefits
of related nearby businesses that would grow up around the lab.
'That's a value to the city
that people should consider,' said Caplan, manager of the
Department of Economic Development, who represented the city of
Berkeley at the meeting."
"Alameda Maneuvers for Coveted Lab" is a story at wsj.com.
"After Years of Failed
Attempts at Redevelopment of Former Naval Air Base, City Puts
Forth Vision for High-Tech Campus."
"Oakland lobbies Berkeley lab" by Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune.
"With a setting sun
over the Oakland Estuary as the backdrop, city leaders made their
pitch Wednesday for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to build
its new secondary campus adjacent to Jack London Square.
Touting the location's numerous transportation links, its spectacular
views and, most importantly, its approval for development, Oakland
officials told leaders of the laboratory that their best chance
for a successful project is at Brooklyn Basin."
"Richmond looking to snag new UC laboratory" at insidebayarea.com.
Richmond has already gained
a measure of regional prestige as one of the six finalists for
a second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
but the project has the potential to bring the city so much more,
City Councilman Jeff Ritterman said.
He sees the project as a
catalyst for jobs, new business startups and educational opportunities,
not to mention the potential technologies that could emerge from
operation of a new site at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station
on the south Richmond shoreline."
"City of Richmond Gains Momentum as a Top
Finalist for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) New Research
Institute" is a
story release at prweb.com.
" 'Richmond on the Rise'
Campaign Building Unity Across Diverse Sectors
We're looking forward to
making Richmond the ideal home for LBNL's second campus and understand
the positive economic impact that it would have on the Richmond
community-- City Manager, Bill Lindsay
Anticipation is growing in the City of Richmond as the Lawrence
Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) continues to move forward with the
site selection process for its second campus. The University of
California, Berkeley-owned Richmond Field Station, one of LBNL's
remaining candidate sites, is being recognized as a shoreline
campus location that would inspire researchers to continue to
develop innovative energy solutions for the 21st century and beyond.
The University of California, Berkeley has developed a Campus
Concept Plan for this facility situated along San Francisco Bay
that "presents a vision for a new research campus that embraces
the existing unique and successful partnership between the University
of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(LBNL). An initial campus would combine an LBNL Energy and Life
Sciences research cluster, and the existing UC Berkeley Engineering
research cluster, on University-owned properties in the Richmond,
California southern waterfront area."
"Richmond Residents Welcome Berkeley Lab"
"An information session
in Richmond on Thursday about Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's
process of deciding where to build a second campus brought out
hundreds of supporters.An enthusiastic Richmond audience, which
included Richmond's mayor, chief of police, fire chief, Chamber
of Commerce president and 300 to 400 others, greeted Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory officials Thursday at City Hall
as they described their hopes for a second campus."
"UC Berkeley Selects SKS Investments as
Richmond Field Station Developer in Competition for Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab Proposed Second Campus Project" at businesswire.com.
"Let's Get Ready to Rumble (For the Lawrence
Berkeley Lab)" at eastbayexpress.com.
"This year, one item
on every East Bay city's wish list is the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory's proposed second campus.
Ah, the romance! Beyond improving
the Port of Oakland and keeping the A's stadium, Mayor Jean Quan
hopes a new lab at the Brooklyn Basin along East Oakland's waterfront
could be the big-ticket item to win Oakland's future.
Meanwhile, Alameda has an
eye on the lab for some prime property at Alameda Point, always
on the brink of development but never quite there. Albany hopes
to join the big leagues with a lab at Golden Gate Fields, which
would entail razing and relocating the horse track, while Richmond
thinks it's got a leg up with its Richmond Field Station, a bayside
plot already owned by the University of California.
But that's not all! Berkeley
has offered up."
our Councilman Darryl Moore
The proposed Second Campus
for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is an effort to
consolidate laboratory programs currently in leased spaces spread
throughout the Bay Area, provide room for future Lab growth, and
provide long-term cost savings as the Laboratory pursues its scientific
Of the six potential sites selected by the Lab, three are all
or partially in Berkeley: Berkeley Aquatic Park West, Golden Gate
Fields, and an Emeryville/West Berkeley site already home to some
Public meetings have been scheduled for each of the six sites.
The meetings will include presentations about Berkeley Lab, information
on potential site development, and comments from local officials.
Wengraf, Wozniak and I are trying to get feedback from Berkeley
residents on how they feel aboutLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(LBNL) locating its second campus at one of three potential sites
in West Berkeley? There are some obvious pros and cons to
having a second LBNL campus in our city limits and we want to
find out from you whether you think that the benefits outweigh
the impacts. While the City Council has no formal role in
the Lab's decision, we would still like to know where our citizentry
stands on the issue. Please take the time to go to Open
Town Hall and give us your feedback, http://www.opentownhall.com/749.
Registration only takes a few seconds and your information is
never shared with anyone without your permission
(full email here)
will not link on some computers
Councilmember Gordon Wozniak
LBNL Second Campus
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is running out of
space on its hill campus above UC Berkeley. To consolidate existing
off-site programs and to obtain some space to grow, LBNL is conducting
a site selection process. Six sites have been identified in the
East Bay. Three of the sites are located all or partially in Berkeley,
two of which are partnerships with Albany & Emeryville.
A recent information session
in Richmond on last Thursday, brought hundreds of supportors of
locating the 2nd campus in Richmond. Last week in Alameda five
hundred people attended a similar meeting. LBNL Director Paul
Alivisatos has indicated that public enthusiasm may play a role
in the final choice.
(full email here)
West-Berkeley LBNL presentation will be made this Thursday, August
4th, 2011 beginning at 7:00 PM in the Francis
located in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St.
Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a site competition
for its second campus, and we included details of these meetings
in the last email. There will be three meetings in August to consider
the three potential Berkeley sites, two of which are collaborative
efforts with Albany or Emeryville. My office just received word
that the Albany and Emeryville meetings have changed locations.
Please note new locations for Albany and Emeryville
August 3rd - Golden
Gate Fields, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Albany High School, 603 Key Route Blvd., Albany, 94706
August 4th - Aquatic Park West, 7 - 9 p.m.
Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St. Berkeley, 94702
August 8th - Emeryville-Berkeley proposal, 7 - 9 p.m.
Emeryville Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell Street, 14th Floor,
The meetings will include presentations about Berkeley Lab, information
on potential site development, and comments from local officials.
Members of the public and community organizations are invited
to attend, listen, and comment. Go to the Berkeley
Lab Second Campus Website for more information on the
Berkeley Lab's proposed second campus and for details of all the
For further information
http://www.etcgroup.org/upload/Why technology assessmentNYCMarch2011_0.pdfhttp:
"Berkeley Lab Offers Smart Building Tests" is a story release by Susan DeFreitas, earthtechling.com.
"The promise of green
buildings married to super efficient smart building tech is huge,
considering the fact that buildings currently account for around
40 percent of the U.S.'s total current carbon footprint. The Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, now offers
developers of such technology a facility where systems can be
tested in a setting that simulates real world situations, offering
insights into their integrated functionality."
"New Tool in Carbon Cycle Research--Berkeley
Lab scientists test a next-gen instrument for understanding the
carbon cycle" at
"Carbon Explorer floats
follow ocean currents, yo-yoing back and forth in the first kilometer
below the surface of the sea, then resurfacing to report their
data and receive new instructions via satellite. Since the early
2000s a dozen Carbon Explorers have produced detailed information
on the carbon cycle in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans
information that would be unaffordable and in some cases
impossible to obtain from shipboard. Working 24/7 for voyages
of up to a year or more, they've compiled an average of 350 kilometers
(217 miles) of up-and-down ocean profiling per float, and they
continue to rack up impressive results.
Carbon Explorers were developed
at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) by Jim
Bishop of the Earth Sciences Division, who is also a professor
of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California
at Berkeley. "
west-Berkeley's Vintage European
13 th Annual Preview Show
"On the 'California Dawn' at dawn--It's
an early rise, but the reward is a haul of halibut and stripers"
by George deVilbiss,
Special to Gold Country News Service.
"Berkeley is about a 90-minute drive. When the alarm sounded
at 2:30 a.m., the groans were obvious. But when you want to fish
for halibut and striped bass, you have to get to bay waters early.
James Smith, skipper of the
50-foot California Dawn, said boarding time was about 5 a.m. with
a 6 a.m. departure. When I arrived at the Berkeley docks at 4:45,
there were already a handful of eager anglers aboard. Up to departure
time, there was a steady stream coming through the K-dock gates
"Free student checking may come at a price" by Sandra Bulock, usatoday.com.
"There's a reason ramen
noodles occupy a prominent position on the average college student's
food pyramid, and it's not because they're tasty and nutritious.
By the time college students
pay for tuition, activity fees, textbooks and cellphone service,
there's not much left for groceries.
Checking account fees can
put an additional dent in a starving students' finances. Fortunately,
those costs are avoidable."
"Daniel Lurie of Tipping Point does what's
May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A typical workday for
Daniel Lurie looks something like this: Check the kitchen construction
at a homeless shelter. Brainstorm with employees about his annual
charity fundraiser. Dash through the Tenderloin to meet with the
Rev. Cecil Williams at Glide Memorial Church.
But he still squeezes in
a stop at a child care center in the Tenderloin, where he pushes
a blinking glowworm - which plays 'It's a Small World' - back
and forth with an exuberant toddler.
'Oh, you found the beat!'
he says, bopping his head along with the boy, one of thousands
who benefit from Lurie's charity.
Raised in a long tradition of San Francisco philanthropy, Lurie
is the son of Rabbi Brian Lurie and Mimi Haas, and the stepson
of the late Levi Strauss & Co. executive Peter Haas. At 34,
he is emerging as a leader for a new generation that is tackling
poverty with its business expertise as well as its dollars."
LBNL Aquatic Park Campus
The proposed Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory second campus location fronting Aquatic Park
in Berkeley. The most accessible and convenient location for a
state of the art internationally recognized, science and research
facility in Berkeley.
Definitely check it out here.
"Think live blogging is hard? Try live
tweeting a novel"
"Journalist Doug Sovern is writing a novel, one tweet at
a time. Entitled TweetHeart Novel, it's the story of a young
woman living on the streets of Berkeley, California. Sovern based
the character on a woman he knew in real life, who was homeless
and struggling with substance abuse. Thinking about how social
networking may have affected her life, and her interactions with
people around her, Sovern decided to turn this into a story."
"In many cities, urban farming is in season" at miamiherald.com.
"In a dense pocket of
San Francisco's Mission Terrace neighborhood, a quiet grid of
streets near the city's southern edge, the afternoon fog rolls
in over a rare sight: nearly an acre of land sandwiched between
homes and planted with kale, exotic salad greens, bursts of flowers
and fragrant herbs.
The women who work this plot
are pioneers. Their Little City Gardens recently became the first
legal commercial farm within city borders. Thanks to them, San
Francisco leaders revised zoning laws to allow the cultivation
and sale of produce in all neighborhoods.
Other cities are following
Berkeley, Calif., soon will
take up a measure to allow residents to sell raw agricultural
products from home without a costly permit. And Oakland, Calif.,
has pledged to one-up its neighbors by tackling the raising of
backyard animals as a personal food source."
"A Berkeley tribute to a lost love" Carolyn
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
Chronicle photo, Audrey Whitmeyer-Weathers
"Every day Amber Nelson
comes to lay flowers and kiss the place on the corner of Adeline
and Emerson Street where her fiance Adolfo Celedon, or Fito to
his friends and family, was murdered in September of 2010. Nelson
painted a replica of the John Lennon 'Imagine"'Memorial that
is in New York, because it was a place that she felt modeled who
Fito was and how he lived his life in Berkeley Calif., on July
Amber Nelson placed
an orange traffic marker in the street, laid some poppies on the
pavement and then, as cars sped around her, kissed the ground.
She does this every day.
Sometimes only for a few minutes, sometimes for an hour.
'If there's anywhere on this
planet I feel connected to Fito, it's right here,' she said on
a recent weekday as she finished her daily ritual. 'I say, "I
love you and I miss you,' and whatever else is on my mind. This
keeps me sane.'
Nelson's fiance, Ignacio
'Fito' Celedon, was shot and killed during a robbery at that exact
spot - in the intersection of Emerson and Adeline streets in Berkeley
- as he and Nelson were walking home from a party on Sept. 12.
It was Celedon's 35th birthday."
perks up for Coffee and Tea Festival" is also by Carolyn
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
by Susana Bates
"Until the 1950s, Berkeley
was a very sensible, mild-mannered college town.
Then in 1957, on Telegraph
Avenue, the latte was invented. The place has been fretting and
fidgeting ever since."
"Aquatic Park West Supporters Pitch West
Berkeley Lab Campus:City officials, developers, and members of
the business community lauded a possible west Berkeley lab site
at Thursday's community meeting. Critics fear environmental degradation" writes Judith Scherr at berkeleypatch.com.
"Aquatic Park, with its spectacular views of the Bay, San
Francisco and the hills, plus access to recreation and transportation
- not to mention Fourth Street dining - would be the ideal place
for a second Lawrence Berkeley National Lab campus.
That's what developers, city
officials, folks from Berkeley's business community and other
supporters told lab representatives Thursday evening at a packed
community meeting showcasing the bid from Aquatic Park West."
(Ms Scherr formerly of the
Planet, left that paper a while back over an editorial disagreement.
It's good to read her again.)
There were about 200 at the
meeting, a gathering characterized by a professional, informative
presentation with live and video interviews and talks, as well
as power point lectures. "I've never seen the park look so
good" commented one viewer after seeing its video. (Perhaps
a glimpse of a promising future, with or without the LBNL Campus.)
Though I was not present
for public comment, I'm told by several it was characterized by
support, intelligence, and a refreshing civility.
His Honor The Mayor, Tom
Bates and Councilwoman Linda Maio on Aquatic Park LBNL Second
His Honor "Da Boz"
Councilwoman Maio here.
With the flair of the one-word
Scrambled Eggs editorial "Christina
Romer lets loose on credit downgrade" at dailycaller.com.
"University of California,
Berkeley Professor Christina Romer, the Obama administration's
first chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, appeared
on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher"'Friday night.
Romer - who resigned in 2010
after inaccurately predicting that the $800 billion stimulus would
lower the unemployment rate - said that the S&P credit downgrade
was a sign that we are ' pretty darn fucked.' "
a curious perspective
Nilda Rego reminds us of
Our Heritage in "History-driven
tour of Berkeley turns up architectural masterworks by Maybeck
and Morgan" at insidebayarea.com.
"In June, we spent three
days at the Conference of California Historical Societies' annual
meeting in my old hometown of Berkeley. It was at 8:30 a.m. on
a sunny Saturday that we boarded a bus on our third day in Berkeley
for a guided tour of a few of the city's architectural treasures."
"It was the summer of 1955" writes Paul Putignano in the style of Snoopy
"Newly minted Hart High
graduate Joe Kapp loaded into a cream-colored '39 Chevy he bought
at a used-car dealership on San Fernando Road for $95 and began
driving toward the University of California, Berkeley.
He didn't make it far.
'I never got out of town,'
Kapp laughs. 'I can show you where it threw a rod. Luckily, the
bus depot was a few blocks away, so I got on the bus and went
to Berkeley. It seems like yesterday.' "
"Fall camp kicks off for the Bears" at bearsinsider.com.
"On a sunny, clear day
in Strawberry Canyon, the University of California kicked off
fall camp on their new practice location during the renovation
of Memorial Stadium at Berkeley's Witter Field."
"Santa Clara U. Tops Berkeley: Forbes List" at nbcbatarea.com.
"For the first time,
Santa Clara University is a better place to attend college than
UC Berkeley, according to Forbes magazine. Which should know."
POSTS FROM THE
Berkeley's Michael Caplan,
fellow UW-Madison alum, and Julie Sinai
a Business Times
"Berkeley, Oakland bid to save Bayer: Enterprise
zone seen as key to keep drug firm from fleeing" is a story at San Francisco Business Times
by Blanca Torres and Ron Leuty.
"Berkeley and Oakland
have joined forces to pitch tax incentives at Bayer HealthCare
to win a $100 million manufacturing investment - or they fear
they will lose the drug maker altogether.
Bayer could decide as early
as this month to expand the Berkeley facility to make a next-generation
treatment for hemophilia patients. Or it could opt to use contract
manufacturers. The latter option, East Bay officials say they
were told by the company, would lead to Berkeley's largest private
employer slowly dismantling its East Bay manufacturing operations.
Key to Bayer's decision whether
to stay in Berkeley is whether Oakland expands its enterprise
zone to encompass the plant, company and government leaders said.
An enterprise zone could qualify Bayer for at least $13 million
in tax incentives over 10 years, according to Oakland's Community
and Economic Development Agency."
See 8/1/09 for my scoop on
the Enterprise Zone.
At the end of July, our Councilman
Darryl Moore threw a party celebrating his 50th birthday and announcing
that he plans to run again for city council. The party was held
at our Westside Cafe with food provided by Janice, the owner,
and wine by west-Berkeley's wine.com. The place was packed, the
old blues band rocked, and I drank and ate with gusto . . . as
did Marsha. Gotta say, I was at home with Darryl's people.
our Darryl Moore pensing
"NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Announces 2011 Scholarship Recipients" at syscon.com.
Oops , "The
rich are different - and not in a good way, studies suggest"
is at msnbc.com and in another and abbreviated form as
class is more than just money" at timesofindia.com.
Raised To Resume Search For Alien Life" reports waptjacksonmissippi.com.
"The SETI (Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute announced this week it
has raised enough money to bring the Allen Telescope Array, a
group of 42 large dish antennas that scan the cosmos for radio
signals, back online.
'We believe we will be back
on the air in September,' Tom Pierson, a co-founder of the SETI
Institute, told the Los Angeles Times.
The telescope array, which
SETI operates in a partnership with the Radio Astronomy Lab at
the University of California, Berkeley, had not been working since
April. A funding shortfall forced to university to put its Hat
Creek Observatory, which houses the telescope array, into hibernation,
meaning the facility was maintained by minimum staff and could
not be used for observations."
Yet, sfgate offers
Tomatoes are wonderfully
versatile, and they are at their peak at farmers' markets right
now. Take advantage of flavorful summer tomatoes with this collection
of tasty recipes. We start with [a] recipe for Spaghetti with
Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella & Basil."
Food and Wine Events -- 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. through August.
Spenger's will give away a $10 dining certificate in exchange
for every new backpack dropped off at the restaurant. This gift
certificate is good toward lunch or dinner at Spenger's. The backpacks
will be donated to the Berkeley Boosters/Police Activities League.
1919 Fourth St., Berkeley. 510-845-7771."
POSTS FROM THE
More about Officer
444 a 1920s movie serial with our first Berkeley police chief,
AugustVollmer, playing himself-- with much more.
This is a ten part cliff
hanger with episodes lasting about twenty minutes. The first episode,
The Flying Squadron can be viewed here,free.
(Check out the nifty Flying Squadron shoulder patches.) The full
ten episodes are available on DVD from Amazon
for $19.95 plus shipping. Used copies are available on eBay
Buy Now for $7.95 or best offer.
(Filmed in Berkeley, see
if you can recognize the locations. I think some of the first
episode scenes are in here west-Berkeley.)
Of the movie, critic Hans
J. Wollstein writes at answers.com.
"The popular silent
screen action team of Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber star in this
rare surviving serial, released in 10 chapters by Goodwill Pictures
in 1926. Officer '444' (Wilson) and his comrade-in-arms, Officer
Casey (Jack Mower), go up against The Frog, an apparently disfigured
master criminal out to steal the formula for Haverlyite, a secret
and deadly gas invented by James J. Haverly (Arthur Bickel). The
latter is killed along the way and his young heir (Phil Ford)
disappears with the formula. Aided by The Vulture (Ruth Royce),
The Frog will leave no stone unturned to get his hands on the
secret ingredients but he is at all times opposed by Officer '444'
and his legendary boss, Berkeley Police Chief August Vollmer,
who use the latest in police detection to track him down. There
are sundry other interested parties lurking about, including the
obviously disguised figure of "Professor Kalium," who
heads The Amalgamated Society of Scientists; the mysterious and
sinister Dr. Blakley (Al Ferguson; Dago Frank (Frank Baker), another
associate of The Frog; and Snoopy (Harry McDonald), a newspaperman
who, a title proclaims, "didn't know what the word 'news'
meant as he left school before they came to the 'Ns'." Officer
444 was the last of nine serials to star Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber,
the latter a Chicago socialite. A tenth chapterplay, the talkie
The Voice From the Sky (1930), has been rumored to exist but may
actually never have been made.
Directed by Francis Ford, the older brother of John Ford, and
produced by its star, Ben Wilson, Officer 444 is a great deal
better than its tattered reputation. Although seemingly made up
as the filmmakers went along, this action serial has everything
a silent melodrama should have: a dashing hero, a beautiful and
intrepid heroine, a bumbling sidekick, a femme fatale and a mystery
master villain. The latter, complete with hideous glass eye and
hunchback, is in the fine tradition of Lon Chaney and the actor
behind the disguise -- whose identity shall remain a secret --
actually manages to give this legendary star a run for his money.
And if all that weren't enough -- and it certainly ought to be!
-- Officer 444 also features a Keystone Kop-like police force
and a guest appearance by a true legend of American crime detecting,
August Vollmer, the real-life Berkeley, California, Chief of Police
from 1909-1932. Granted, Mr. Vollmer's scenes appear to have
been filmed in one brief session but his presence added to the
serial's topicality in 1926. The action is plentiful -- and as
absurd as one has come to expect from such fare -- and if the
fisticuffs aren't quite up to par with more polished later donnybrooks,
well, they certainly are plentiful." (underlining mine)
Understand that as a kid
I looked forward to the Saturday afternoon movie matinee at the
Fern, a local theater that charged 10 to 25 cents for an afternoon
of westerns, cartoons and cliffhangers.RP
Uncooked Pasta Sauce
This is best made at the
peak of the season when the tomatoes are juicy and ripe.
6 medium tomatoes(preferably heirloom)
2 cloves garlic crushed
10 or 12 basil leaves finely sliced or torn
10 T good quality olive oil (extra virgin) 1/4 C plus 2 T
Place tomatoes in a bowl. Boil a few cups of water and pour over.
Let sit for 2 min or so. Pour off and fill bowl with cold water.
(This makes it easier to peel the tomatoes.)
Peel tomatoes, slice in half horizontally and squeeze out the
seeds. Place tomatoes on a cutting board and dice.
Place diced tomatoes into a glass bowl.
Press garlic into bowl with tomatoes
Heat olive oil in microwave for 1 minute
Pour over tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and let sit on counter for 1 or 2 hours.
Boil 1 pound of vermicelli pasta.
Drain and place in pasta bowls or 1 big bowl.
Put basil in sauce and pour sauce over vermicelli.
(For a spicy sauce as served in southern Italy and Sicily add
Another way to savor the tomato flavor out of season is to roast
and freeze them. Kimar
Makes about 24 slices
These tomatoes make wonderful
additions to sandwiches and pasta sauces, or can be
served on their own as a side dish with fsh or chicken.
8 large tomatoes 4 tablespoons
coarse or sea salt 3 tablespoons freshly ground black Pepper 1/4
cup sugar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh herbs, such as
thyme, rosemary, chervil, sage (optional)
1. Heat oven to 250°.
Slice tomatoes thickly, to yield about three slices per tomato.
Eat or discard the ends. Place silces on a parchment-covered baking
2. Mix together salt, pepper,
and sugar. Brush tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle a large
pinch of salt mixture on each tomato. Sprinkle on herbs, if using.
3. Roast the tomatoes for
3 hours. Or roast for 2 hours, turn off oven, and leave overnight.
From "Martha 'Nelson
Mandela went to jail too, you know' Stewart" Kimar
"Bloggers, Not Parasites" by Jack Shafer at slate.com.
"An academic finds local
public-affairs bloggers who pull their weight, thank you very
"The next time you catch
a full-of-himself newspaper journalist bitching about bloggers
ripping him off or a publisher bellyaching about his intellectual-property
rights being violated by pajamaed parasites, wave a printout of
this column in his face and knee him in the groin."
Scrambled Eggs is regularly mined by "legitimate reporters"
for tips like "word on the street is that our Loni Hancock
will soon announce she's running for reelection."
"Insiders Buy Stocks at Highest Rate Since
Gammeltoft and Lu Wang, bloomberg.com.
"More executives at
Standard & Poor's 500 Index companies are buying their stock
than any time since the depths of the credit crisis after valuations
plunged 25 percent below their five-decade average."
"College Football 2011: California Golden
Bears and BCS Predictions"
by Doc Moseman at bleacherreport.com.
"Even though Cal's Golden
Bears hadn't broken through with a Pac-10 Championship or a big-time
bowl, they had run off a streak of eight straight winning seasons
and seven consecutive bowl appearances.
Until last year, that is,
when a late-season collapse meant the end of both those streaks.
This year Cal will try to
use a new offense, a new quarterback, and a decent defense to
get back on the winning track in the newly-named and expanded
"Berkeley Theater Keeps an Open Mind" by Vauhini vara at wsj.com.
"Susan Medak has a front-row
seat as the impact of the weak economy on Bay Area arts organizations
As managing director of Berkeley
Repertory Theatre, Ms. Medak has nurtured the company's reputation
for taking risks on new productions. Among its successes: the
debut of "American Idiot," a musical adaptation of the
album by the rock group Green Day that later won two Tony Awards
Ms. Medak was raised in the
suburbs of Chicago and studied acting at Lawrence University in
Wisconsin before turning to theater management and overseeing
companies in the Midwest."
POSTS FROM THE
a west-Berkeley Sunday bike-ride.
Bay Area's News Station," broadcast
the sign on the side of the Channel 4 mobile-unit at the Marina--must
be a different Channel 4.
Thinking. Produces. Winning. Achievements. 63 Degrees." flashed a sign, word-by-word,
in Bayer's Northgate parking lot.
by the beauty of the bayscape just south of Skate's, I'm perversely
reminded of a friend's comment as we drove through the Redwoods
up at Kary Mullis'. "You see one tree, you've seen em all!"
(Of course, his idea of nature was the grass-strip between his
apartment building and the street.)
a crab sandwich with everything, and a Steward's--Since 1924--Root
Beer at the Sea Breeze.
"Indian American connections to 2012 US
"Indian Americans are
emerging as a fundraising force in the 2012 campaign season, a
move that is widely viewed as an initiative to expand the community's
political influence in the country. "
first of several historic photos of Potter Creek
Gene Agress' house building 1912
9th Street residents
With my focus on west-Berkeley
land issues in the last few weeks, I've not kept up with the work
of one of my favorite newswomen, Meredeth May. So from my mornings
reads, here's a Mini May Festival.
"Virginia Ramos, the Tamale Lady, on the
town" Meredith May,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Few San Franciscans
have their name on a street sign. Fewer have that sign gracing
the entrance to one of the most beloved local bars in the city.
Virginia Ramos, a.k.a. the Tamale Lady, has both.
Lines were out the door last
month at the Zeitgeist bar, where Ramos celebrated her 58th birthday
by serving hundreds of chicken mole, pork and cheese tamales she
made the way the church ladies taught her in her hometown of Nayarit,
"Presidio gems: Wine Bunkers" Meredith May.
"If 2012 truly is the
end of the world, San Franciscans can lift their glasses and toast
the occasion inside the Presidio Wine Bunkers, where nothing,
not even a plague of locusts, can penetrate the 3-foot-thick concrete
Built in the late 1800s beneath
25 feet of dirt to house cannon fodder to protect the Bay Area
from enemy attack, the bunkers now safeguard another coastal resource:
"Bay Club's Dawn Patrol pals exercise social
May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The first giveaway
that the sport of squash has a social side is the chairs.
At the Bay Club in San Francisco,
brown leather armchairs clustered outside the glass squash courts
provide a comfortable perch from which members of the Dawn Patrol
cheer and make wisecracks with equal gusto.
Named for its 6:30 a.m. start
time, the Dawn Patrol is a collection of guys and a few gals who
began meeting regularly to exercise before work in the late 1970s,
shortly after the Bay Club opened."
"Meredith May finds out if she's fat or
fit" Meredith May.
"I did it for science.
I stripped down to a bikini,
stuffed my hair into a red swim cap and sealed myself into an
egg-shaped chamber called a Bod Pod.
Hooked up to a computer and
a breathing tube, I prayed for good numbers with the desperation
of a gambler losing at craps.
Originally designed to study
what happens to an astronaut's body in space, the Bod Pod was
measuring my body fat. It operates on the same principles as the
dunk tank, except it bases its readings on air displacement, not
"A confession: My experiment
had nothing to do with furthering science.
"Beekeepers playing chess against nature" Meredith May.
"And then there were
As readers of Honeybee Chronicles
may remember, last month we discovered that one of our two rooftop
hives was preparing to swarm. We discovered the colony was building
queen birthing cells, which is problematic because the hive already
had a queen. Two queens means the original lady of the house will
flee, taking half the hive with her.
We tried to deal with it
by removing the queen cups. But it wasn't an ideal solution. It's
straight-up murder - at cross-purposes with our mission to provide
sanctuary for the disappearing honeybee. It's also a bit futile;
colonies that begin raising new leaders will just replace destroyed
queen cups with new ones. Once a colony gets 'swarm-brain,' it
is likely to keep trying."
Honeybee Chronicles here.
Mini May Festival
J. Schwartz's love of film fueled his push for preservation of
old movies" by David Montgomery at washingtonpost.com.
"Thanking everyone who
had a hand in uncovering that mysterious, lost 1923 Alfred Hitchcock
silent film 'The White Shadow' - whose miraculous rediscovery
in New Zealand was announced Aug. 3 - would make for a long and
boring Oscar speech.
But if you wanted to single
out one member of the cast of dozens, and you wanted to say something
nice about Washington for a change, you could focus on a relatively
obscure copyright lawyer named Eric Schwartz.
Then you would have a story
about a kid who grows up on Long Island in the 1970s with a passion
for movies and music, but who realizes he lacks the talent to
create either. He goes to the District and masters the folkways
of the Hill, all the while yearning for a way to indulge his passion.
He finds one. He designs a way to finance the rescue of American
"Which offends? Her short dress or critic's
narrow view?" asks
Anne Midgette at washingtonpost.com.
young Chinese pianist
is soloist in Rachmaninoff's
Third Piano Concerto, at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 02, 2011.
"On the one hand, appearance
has no bearing on how an artist sounds.
On the other hand, appearance
sends a message. Christoph Eschenbach's Nehru-style jackets are
a deliberate step away from the tradition-bound formality of a
conductor's tails, and lots of younger conductors have followed
suit, and it's certainly fair to comment on that when it seems
And plenty of classical artists
are now playing around, more and more deliberately, with the way
POST FROM THE PAST
"Are the Poor More Charitable Than the
Rich?" by Robert
Frank at wsj.com.
"During a phone call
with reporters last week to announce the billionaire Giving Pledgers,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg . . . spoke about the generosity of the
'I've always believed there's
a connection between being generous and being successful,' Mr.
Bloomberg said. He said the more you donate the more business
opportunities come your waynot to mention that giving is
the right thing to do.
It is a comforting idea,
especially at a time of populist ire and envy over the wealthy.
And it certainly has been true for Mr. Bloomberg and other top
But is it true for the broader
population of wealthy?
A new academic study published
in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology suggests
the poor are more more inclined to charity than the rich."
Our Acme Bread is testing
a truck with a backlift in the hope that it will make large deliveries
easier and more efficient. Seems to be working out and tentative
plans are being made to install them on some few trucks of their
a Berkeley Potter
of the '20s
A story about ex Berkeleyan
Tanis's New York supper club" is at guardian.co.uk.
"David Tanis doesn't
much care for restaurant food despite being head chef at
the celebrated Chez Panisse. He'd much rather have friends round."
And our Barry Eichengreen
can replace the dollar?" at businessworld.com
"For more than a half
century, the US dollar has been not only America's currency, but
the world's as well. It has been the dominant unit used in cross-border
transactions and the principal asset held as reserves by central
banks and governments."
"Squelching social media after riots a
dangerous idea" Rebecca
MacKinnon, Special to CNN.
"In an emergency session
of Parliament on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron
said that the violence, looting and arson sweeping his country
'were organized via social media.' He said his government is now
considering how and whether to 'stop people communicating via
these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence,
disorder and criminality.' "
POST FROM THE PAST
Potter Creek of the '70s
more of Margret's photos here
Was it the Soviet's declaration
of war that caused Japan to surrender in World War Ii and not
our dropping the A-bombs?
did Japan surrender?" at bostonglobe.com.
"Sixty-six years ago,
we dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Now, some historians say
that's not what ended the war."
at our Potter Creek Urban
"Baked Salmon With Green Aioli and Romano
Beans:The first of four easy-enough recipes by Alice Waters"
Kitty Greenwald at wsj.com.
"When Alice Waters opened
Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., on Aug. 28, 1971, she served
a prix fixe menu of pâté en croute, duck with olives
and plum tart for $3.95 to a packed house. Each dish was made
with the freshest ingredients she could find.
Forty years later, evidence
of her prescience-and influence-is everywhere. Ms. Water's success
at Chez Panisse gave rise to California cuisine and farm-to-table
dining. Grocery chains now sell mesclun and arugula, 'local' and
'organic' are everyday terms and farmers markets and community
gardens exist in the most unlikely places. At 67, she has been
the subject of countless articles and television interviews, authored
12 books and led influential food initiatives, including Slow
Food International and the Edible School Yard. She began advocating
for a vegetable garden on the White House lawn in 1992. More than
a restaurateur, Ms. Waters is a cultural force."
The Mintleaf, a new Vietnamese
restaurant, is opening "soon" in the old Cacao/Crema
space--7th and Heinz. Their "menu" is posted in the
our Cameron Woo emails
I've been waiting for a good
Vietnamese restaurant to open up in West Berkeley - I hope Mintleaf
fits the bill. I checked with their restaurant in Alameda, and
they are opening the Heniz St. place tomorrow (Tues 8.16) for
lunch and dinner.
Mintleaf is on the southeast
corner of 7th and Heinz--the former Cacao/Crema location
Our Weatherford BMW is upgrading
their end-of-Ashby Ave facility. The back building, housing repair,
detailing, auto storage is being redone. BMW has long sought an
upgraded facitiy for Weatherford.
Kava's old office space on
9th just north of the Bowl is also being upgraded and will be
available for lease sometime next month--8000 sq feet at $1.25
a sq ft. Comes with 25 parking spaces. Good for an "office
Javier and crew are readying
the French School campus for the fall semester.
Berkeley News Page is here.
"Marijuana group's deal to be delivered
to state" by Michael
Sheperd, Kennebec Journal at Maine's pressherald.com.
scales back income expectations but says its first dispensary
is just a few weeks away.
An attorney for Maine's largest
medical marijuana nonprofit group says it will formally deliver
to state officials today its deal securing $1.6 million in financing.
If approved, the deal will
enable Northeast Patients Group to open its first dispensary within
a month, according to Daniel Walker, a Portland lawyer who represents
the struggling dispensary group. . .
Northeast's deal with the
Wellness and Pain Management Connection has been questioned by
several interests, including Berkeley Patients Group, Northeast's
former backer, which sued Northeast in Cumberland County Superior
Court in July for repayment of more than $632,000 in loans.
Berkeley also alleges Northeast
Patients Group CEO Rebecca DeKeuster used proprietary information
to negotiate the deal with Mobley while still employed as Berkeley's
New England expansion director.
She quit that job days after
signing the deal with the Farmacy Institute for Wellness. Berkeley
is also asking the court to remove DeKeuster from her job with
POST FROM THE PAST
Let English Ole Fart, Freeman
Dyson mess with your mind, here
with Charlie Rose.
"Freeman John Dyson
FRS is a British-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician,
famous for his work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics,
and nuclear engineering. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors
of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dyson lives in Princeton,
New Jersey, as he has for over fifty years."
"Potential job losses shift history for
by Melanie Eversley, washingtonpost.com.
"Thanks to less mail, the U.S. Postal Service could be losing
20% of its workforce, The Washington Post is
reporting, and with that shift could come the end of an era.
The average Postal Service
salary is $55,000 and society has long considered such jobs a
stable road to the middle class, the Postreports.
The Postal Service employs about 560,000 people.
"For generations of
Americans, it was the route to sending their kids to college,
to having a decent life," Harley Shaiken, a professor who
specializes in labor issues at the University of California at
Berkeley, tells the Post.
Over the years, the jobs became sought after, particularly after
workers were guaranteed a job even if their position was eliminated,
the Post reports. The jobs became especially
important to African Americans, many of whom became postmasters
after Reconstruction, the Post reports."
"Fourth Street Apple Store to open this
week" at macrumor.com.
"Apple's blitz of retail
store openings continues this week, with ifoAppleStore reporting
that the company is set to open three new stores in three different
countries this Saturday. The openings come after Apple opened
five new stores this past weekend as part of a push to open over
30 new stores between July and September.
The stores opening this week
include a new location in Berkeley, California, as well as locations
in Leganés, Spain near Madrid and Basingstoke, United Kingdom. "
"Land of the Free, Home of the Poor" at pbs.org.
"Financial gains over
the last decade in the United States have been mostly made at
the 'tippy-top' of the economic food chain as more people fall
out of the middle class. The top 20 percent of Americans now holds
84 percent of U.S. wealth, as Paul Solman found out as part of
a Making Sen$e series on economic inequality."
Washington Post Series: Breakaway
How the rich are pulling away from the rest of America
"Government dollars fuel wealth: D.C. enclaves
reap rewards of contracting boom" by Annie Gowen, washingtonpost.com.
"Millions of dollars
worth of federal contracts transformed Anita Talwar from a government
accounting clerk into a wealthy woman - one who can afford a $2.8 million
home in the Washington suburbs with its own elevator, wine cellar
and Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
Talwar, a 59-year-old immigrant
from India, had no idea that she and her husband would amass a
small fortune when she launched a company providing tech support
to the federal government in 1987. But she shrewdly took advantage
of programs for minority-owned small businesses and rode a boom
in federal contracting.
By the time Talwar sold Advanced
Management Technology in 2004, it had grown from a one-woman shop
to a company with more than 350 employees and $100 million
in annual revenue - all of it from government contracts.
Talwar's success - and that
of hundreds of other contractors like her - is a key factor driving
the explosion of the region's wealth over the last two decades."
"Advocacy groups urge Amazon boycott" Jan Norman, orangecountyregister.com.
"A coalition of groups
that advocate for the elderly and poor are urging California online
shoppers to boycott Amazon.com because of its refusal to collect
state sales tax on purchases made through the website.
Organizations including California
Alliance for Retired Americans, the Health and Human Services
Network of California, Health Access, the Western Center on Law
and Poverty, the California Immigration Policy Center, the California
Partnership held a Sacramento press conference on Aug. 15 to announce
the creation of the Think Before You Click website. They urged
people to cancel their Amazon accounts.
Amazon has so far refused
to collect state sales tax on Californians' purchases from its
website. The Seattle-based retailer has ended its financial relationship
with affiliate websites based in California and has contributed
to a referendum to repeal the online sales tax law. . . .
The groups were joined at
the press conference by state Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and
Assembly members Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Charles Calderon
"Warren Buffett discusses his New York
Times Op-Ed piece 'Stop Coddling the Super-Rich' which calls on
Congress to increase taxes on the Super-Rich like himself" at charlierose.com.
after 8/17/11 here
from my log
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane
irritation, light head, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator.
in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery
eyes, mucus membrane irritation. Similar off-and=on all 8/4/11
and 8/5/11, usual symptoms, vary in severity, sometimes over ride
HEPA filters and require respirator. PMs similar.
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, "asbestos" odor,
watery eyes, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 7:23 PM--similar.
8/8/11--Off-and-on all AM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, usual symptoms, wear respirator.
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane
irritation, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator. 7:34 PM--similar.
irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, usual symptoms
and like "being in swimming pool with too much chlorine."
8/12/11--mid to late afternoon,
SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, mucus
membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filter. 7:12 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry dirty air, watery
eyes, itchy skin, Marsha has coughh attack. 8:17 PM--irritant
in front room "burning" odor.
irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front. 11:49 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, "asbestos"
odor, dry dirty air, watery eyes. 12:38 PM--similar, guest's eyes
8/14/11--10:44 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, burning dry
dirty air. 10:56 AM--similar with mucus irritation itchy skin.
12:09PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery
eyes, mucus membrane irritation, light head. Early evening, similar.
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, SERIOUS mucus
membrane irritation, short breath. Marsha the same. 10:16 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, light head, leave. 3:17
PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, stinging dirty dry air,
VERY STRONG "hot plastic" odor, burning eyes, throat,
LEAVE. 7:21 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes.
8/17/11--6:44 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse and warehouse front, nausea,
headache, light head. 10:12 AM-- irritant IMMEDIATELY front of
warehouse and warehouse front, stinging dirty dry air. 10:29 AM--irritant
in front room, stinging dirty dry air, burning eyes, throat, wear
respirator. 8:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry
air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation.
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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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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