The Public Eye: Overcoming George Bush’s Pottery Barn Foreign Policy

By Bob Burnett
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 09:52:00 AM

After six months as president, Barack Obama has put his own imprint on U.S. foreign policy. That’s fortunate because George Bush broke everything he touched. -more-

Undercurrents: Explosion at Port Chicago Reverberates Throughout the Years

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 09:53:00 AM

I probably first heard the term “Port Chicago” from a 1982 article by now-UC Berkeley professor Robert Allen and researcher-historian Peter Vogel about “the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny” in The Black Scholar magazine. I did not finish the article at the time. I was interested in all things African-American history in those days, and certainly would have been drawn to the subject of a Black naval mutiny. I’m sure I lost interest when I found that the “Port Chicago Mutiny” mentioned in the Allen-Vogel article was not a mutiny in the sense of the Bounty mutiny or a slave revolt-Black sailors taking over a ship from its white officers at gunpoint-but was more of a work stoppage, and, further, that it had occurred during World War II. I was born just a few years after V-J Day and grew up inundated with the subject. World War II was my parents’ war-or so I thought-and I was of a generation that sought desperately to separate ourselves from our parents and leap over them to a more distant past. -more-

Green Neighbors: Turn-of-the-(last) Century Gardening

By Ron Sullivan
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:12:00 AM

Joe gave me an antique garden book as a 36th anniversary present. A true antique, over a century old: The Garden Book of California, by Belle Sumner Angier, 1906, Paul Elder and Company. It does not have an ISBN number, nor does the publisher’s address have a ZIP code. -more-

About the House: A Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit

By Matt Cantor
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:10:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I made the dangerous trek out of Berkeley and into Contra Cost County. I took off my tie-dye, trimmed my mustache and put on dark glasses. True, the “Hate is not a family value” license plate holder was still visible but I parked far enough from the house to be safe. It was OK. We avoided politics. For all I know, they voted for Obama. Lots of people voted for Obama and, despite all my joking, they were actually very nice. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: The Carpenter, the Baker and the Classics Professor

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:09:00 AM

The sky-blue Victorian villa—part Stick-Eastlake, part Gothic Revival, and proudly holding aloft a tower and weathervane on the northeastern corner of Francisco and Milvia Streets—is a striking sight. -more-