Under Currents: The Battle Over the Oakland City Council Presidency

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday November 24, 2006

One of the more persistent guessing games in Oakland politics these days is who will be the next president of the Oakland City Council. -more-

Dispatches From The Edge: The Democratic Majority and Iran

By Conn Hallinan
Friday November 24, 2006

As the dust begins to settle from the mid-term elections, popular thinking is that, over the next two years, the Democrats will force the Bush administration to edge away from the unilateral militarism that has entrapped the nation in two open-ended wars. -more-

First Person: What I Learned in China

Friday November 24, 2006

Although travel is educational not much can be learned from short, packaged tours. You learn more from longer than from shorter tours especially if you’re on your own. I was in the Air Force in the 1950s and stationed on Guam for two years. I learned a little bit there but in two short trips to Japan I learned next to nothing. Not so when I earned my living in China for two years doing the same job Chinese did. -more-

First Person: What Time Is It?

By Harry Weininger
Friday November 24, 2006

It is not yet light, but the day has started, led by a conspiracy of gizmos throughout the house, each doing its assigned duty. These devices are awake already and, untouched by human hands, start to organize my day. The heat is on. The coffee is brewing. NPR lulls me awake with overnight news, weather, and traffic reports. -more-

Are The Newly Elected Democrats India’s Friends?

By Sandip Roy, New America Media
Friday November 24, 2006

For Indian-Americans it seems there is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. By and large they vote Democrat, and the Democrats have regained control of the House and the Senate. And the U.S.-Indian nuclear cooperation agreement just cleared the Senate by a whopping 85-12 margin. “Cold War blinkers have finally come off in India-U.S. ties,” rejoiced an editorial in The Times of India, remembering the days when no matter what the issue, the United States reflexively cold-shouldered India because it was perceived to be in the Soviet bloc. -more-

Garden Variety: In the Garden and the Wild, Ends Are Also Beginnings

By Ron Sullivan
Friday November 24, 2006

I suppose it’s the season that’s pulling my thoughts toward the organisms and processes of decay: molds, mildews, earthworms, compost in general. Certainly I’m encountering them a lot lately, in the garden and in the wilds. We’ve had just enough rain to encourage little brown mushrooms to pop up, and the more annoying fungi and their companions on plants and walls and books and shower curtains are getting bolder too. Our winter companions, fungi are often such agents of destruction that we can just plain hate them. -more-

Ask Matt: Questions About Insurance and Shingles

By Matt Cantor
Friday November 24, 2006

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Quake Tip of the Week

Friday November 24, 2006

Have You Met Your Neighbors? -more-

Property Perspectives: What’s Really Happening in The Local Real Estate Market?

Friday November 24, 2006

The news headlines resound of doom and gloom for the real estate market; but what is the back story? Most of these articles refer to the national scene, and to certain parts of the country that are the hardest hit. “18 percent drop here, 16 percent drop there, no relief in sight.” -more-

Column: A Phoenix, Rising from the Ashes

By Susan Parker
Tuesday November 21, 2006

An old friend sent me a free plane ticket to Phoenix, Arizona, and I went. Pam lives in Lexington, Kentucky, but she was attending a veterinary-chiropractic meeting at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites, located not on the chaparral but along a six-lane boulevard lined with imported palm trees and newly constructed strip malls. -more-

Do Woodpeckers Get Headaches? If Not, Why Not?

By Joe Eaton, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 21, 2006

You may have noticed last month that the Ig Nobel laureates for 2006 included Ivan Schwab, a professor of ophthalmology at UC Davis, recognized for his explanation of why woodpeckers don’t get headaches. -more-