"Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure," Michaela Schiessl, spiegel.de.

"Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation."

link courtesy a reader from Germany








 "American Glassblowing with Revere Glass in Berkeley," Will May , marijuana.com.

The American glassblowing scene is hotter than ever. In recent weeks, a number of high profile artists' solo gallery shows have managed to sell out of hundreds of thousands of dollars of glass art within hours.

WeedmapsTV headed up to Berkeley, CA to check out the Revere Glass School and hang with Dustin Revere who has been instrumental in the industry's growth.
Dustin and his wife Rita opened up the school in 2006 to bring the artform of pipemaking to the forefront of glass art.





"More than fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state this fall"

"This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue."




"Badminton birdies take flight at UC Berkeley" dailycal.org.

"Shuttlecock, a middle schooler's favorite word, tends to raise eyebrows and provoke giggles among those who are unfamiliar with badminton. The shuttlecock, also called a birdie, is the only nonspherical ball used in a racket sport - its feathers and weighted head cause the birdie to fly in an unusual trajectory that's difficult to predict.

Badminton players combine speed, agility and strength to outmaneuver their opponents on the court. Calculated net shots tumble the birdie end over end, making it impossible to return, while explosive jump-smashes blaze a trail past your opponent's racket at more than 200 miles per hour

When compared to other intense racket sports, badminton combines the best of both worlds of ping pong and tennis. Similar to ping pong, badminton draws on reflexes and muscle memory during a fast-paced rally that leaves no time to relax."








"GrubHub Data Shows that Cal Isn't as Vegetarian as You Think" cal.spoonuniversity.com.

"California, especially Berkeley, is often known to cater to the vegetarians, the vegans and the health-conscious of the world. With so many organic only, locally grown produce and vegetarian restaurants."        




"Berkeley Bagels, 1281 Gilman St Berkeley" mapquest.com.

"Since 1974, Berkeley Bagels has sold fresh-baked traditional bagels on a sweet little strip of Gilman Street on the border of Albany and Berkeley. Although there are only a few tables inside, there's a lovely outdoor courtyard with a dolphin fountain and flowering shrubs outside. The shop's bagels are 'completely natural, made without artificial ingredients or refined sugars. A seemingly endless chalkboard menu towering over the counter lists all of the shop's offerings, from a variety of fresh fish toppings to sandwiches and bagel dogs. In addition to fresh bagels of all kinds, the shop has a huge case of cream cheese varieties for your take-out pleasure." 

















air quality

Monday 8/19/14--12:16 PM damp dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, horse with hacking cough. overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 12:17 PM--same. All afternoon off-and-on, similar.





"Qi Gong Class at The Empress Garden" villagecraft.org.

"Join us Sunday, August 31st at 10am, with a Qi Gong class led by Marie-Christine Cornet,SEP,CMT, in the Empress Garden! This class is $10-12 sliding scale You are welcome to pay more if feeling generous. All proceeds after teacher payment go to the beautification of The Empress Garden in making it a gorgeous functional community space! Sunday Aug 3,11:00am; 1757 Alcatraz Avenue,South Berkeley."









Learn about "Psychological Astrology "  at yelp.com. Or not. 





There is "Berkeley Film & Media Seminar" information at berkeley.edu.









"Bring In-N-Out to UC Berkeley!" change.org.

"In-N-Out is, as many students would agree, a staple of West coast foods, as it is a family-owned business that started in California. As we are the University of California, many students have grown up with In-N-Out over the years and would consider it the best burger you could have in California. It is for this reason that it has spread to many places and opened up locations anywhere from beside busy interstate freeways to just across the street from other UC campuses."






"Save Berkeley School Garden and Cooking Programs!" change.org.

"Berkeley's vibrant school gardening and cooking programs are in danger of losing their federal funding for next year. This program shows children how the food grown in the garden helps their bodies grow and also teaches them about science, math and many other subjects at the same time. For 15 years the program has served as a model for the rest of the country, helping kids and families fight obesity while improving learning readiness, academic performances, and engagement."










"Thousands move in to UC Berkeley dorms" Hamed Aleaziz, sfgate.com.

"Berkeley welcomed thousands of new residents Saturday as college freshmen and their parents loaded boxes, bikes, bins and clothes into the UC Berkeley dorms.

This year, the school is welcoming over 6,000 students from across the nation and world into university housing. The first group - students with suites or in triple roommate rooms - came Saturday, with the rest arriving Sunday."









"UC Berkeley Study Shows Cops in Riot Gear May Incite Violence" huffingtonpost.com.

Armored cars. Riot gear. Gas masks. Heavy artillery. The scenes coming out of Ferguson, Missouri show a city under siege with local and state police officers in full metal jackets; ramrod straight ordered to keep the peace after the police shooting death of an unarmed black man.

But does police in full combat regalia help control the situation or escalate it?

That's the topic of a major study being researched right now by the University of California, Berkeley. Called 'The Deciding Force Project,"'the study is reviewing 200 police versus protester incidents across the United States to try to determine what factors cause a demonstration to escalate into violence.

Nick Adams is the lead researcher of the project. He told my Sacramento, CA news radio station KFBK he was moved to conduct the research by the events of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movements of 2011 which both produced major clashes between protesters and police.

"We're finding police have a lot of capacity to set a tone. When police show up in riot gear you get a different kind of interaction than when they show up in their regular uniforms,' Adams said."

Interesting if true.





A Potted History of Balls

A ball is a round, usually spherical but sometimes ovoid, object with various uses. It is used in ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players. In the context of sports, "ball" need not refer to a spherical object, as is the case in American football. Balls can also be used for simpler activities, such as catch, marbles and juggling. Balls made from hard-wearing materials are used in engineering applications to provide very low friction bearings, known as ball bearings. Black-powder weapons use stone and metal balls as projectiles.














eternally useful links

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

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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.



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.




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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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