Partisan Position: The Volcano Beneath

By Georgia Wright
Thursday January 28, 2010 - 08:26:00 AM

Most people do not know that the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is almost entirely sited on a caldeara, a collapsed volcano. Below this caldera there is the Hayward Fault, which cuts through Memorial Stadium and across the bottom of the hills. The Hayward Fault is due for a magnitude 6.5 to 7.0 earthquake anytime within the next 30 years. Still, LBNL plans to build up to a million square feet of research facilities on its steep and unstable hills above the city and UC campus. -more-

Undercurrents: Brown’s Record on Public Records Speaks Volumes

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday January 28, 2010 - 08:32:00 AM

We have long recognized California Attorney General Jerry Brown as the great artful dodger of our time, more skilled than most at being able to avoid the political consequences of his various positions and official actions. -more-

The Public Eye: Financial Terrorism

By Bob Burnett
Thursday January 28, 2010 - 08:33:00 AM

The Wall Street meltdown in the fall of 2008 had striking parallels to the destruction of the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. In both cases there were unheeded warnings, a traumatic event, a problematic initial response, and a failure to punish the perpetrators. Will financial terrorism flourish, as has jihadi terrorism? -more-

About the House: Soundproofing Against the Garage Band Next Door

By Matt Cantor
Thursday January 28, 2010 - 08:56:00 AM

I think of myself as one who lives to revel in the sounds of the world, much of—if not all—the time. I don’t want to live in an anechoic chamber, devoid of sound, devoid of the joyful noises of NPR and of Dexter. Screaming is good. I like screaming. -more-

Wild Neighbors: It’s a Bird’s Life

By Joe Eaton
Thursday January 28, 2010 - 08:58:00 AM

How long do birds live? That question is surprisingly hard to answer, in part because of the range of lifespans involved and in part because of data limitations. Apart from captive birds, what we know about avian longevity is based on recovery of wild individuals that have been banded. And recovery of banded birds is so rare that there’s not really enough information to calculate meaningful averages. What we have to work with are the extremes. -more-