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Press Release: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Opposes Debt Ceiling Deal

Monday August 01, 2011 - 09:49:00 AM

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement in opposition to the debt ceiling deal released on Sunday night: -more-


U.C. Berkeley Graduates to Be Tried in Iran on Sunday

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BCN
Friday July 29, 2011 - 04:26:00 PM

Two University of California at Berkeley graduates are scheduled to stand trial in Iran on Sunday on charges of espionage and entering the country illegally. -more-


Three More Meetings on Siting Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (News Analysis)

By Zelda Bronstein
Wednesday July 27, 2011 - 10:03:00 AM

Between August 3 and August 8, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will hold three public meetings about possibly locating its second campus in or partly in Berkeley. Each meeting will deal with one of the six finalist venues for the new facility; the other three contenders are in Alameda, Richmond and Oakland, respectively. If the three Berkeley meetings have the same format as the initial gathering, in Alameda, members of the public will be given two minutes apiece to speak. -more-


Press Release: Major Environmental Groups Oppose Albany City Effort to Bar Non-Resident Comment on Proposal to Combine Lawrence Berkeley Labs and Shopping Mall on Golden Gate Fields Site

From Norman LaForce
Monday July 25, 2011 - 05:20:00 PM

The City of Albany is restricting public debate on a major Golden Gate Fields development proposal involving Lawrence Berkeley Lab's proposed campus, according to a group of organizations and community leaders who say the public is being excluded from debate at City workshops paid for by the developer. -more-


The Oslo Bomber's Manifesto (News Analysis)

by John R. Hall,Professor of Sociology, UC Davis
Tuesday July 26, 2011 - 02:14:00 PM

I have just completed a very preliminary examination of the Norwegian manifesto posted just before the Oslo bombings. It is an astonishing and significant document, far from the incoherent ravings of a mad person, as I would wish it to be. And it is incredibly chilling in its ruthless rationality and relative coherence. Here, I offer some initial reflections. I have concentrated on the portions from page 717 forward, where the author details ideology, revolutionary strategy, and utopian vision of a future, federated Europe. Beginning on p. 1388, the author offers an autobiography and c.v. of Breivik, which presumably will be checked out by investigators and the media, plus a quite detailed account of his actions over the past several years. A number of important comparisons already have been made -- to al Qaida and the Oklahoma City bombing, for example. But in many ways, if the perpetrator indeed acted alone, he is something of a piece with the Unabomber, who similarly combined ruthless action with a carefully elaborated manifesto. There are important difference, to be sure. In particular, the Unabomber worked to conceal his identity so that he could carry out multiple actions, and he operated out of an environmental left ideology rather than a Christian nationalism. -more-


Where is Nuclear Energy Going? A Debate

By Gar Smith
Wednesday July 27, 2011 - 02:30:00 PM
Mark Hertsgaard, Winona LaDuke and Stewart Brand at the Brower Center.

Three Green Luminaries squared off at Berkeley’s David Brower Center on July 21 during a contentious debate over the future of nuclear energy. The so-called “Fix It or Nix It” debate pitted Native American activist (and two-time Green Party vice-presidential candidate) Winona LaDuke against Stewart Brand, legendary founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue and, more recently, a vocal advocate for nuclear energy. The debate was moderated by Mark Hertzgaard and co-sponsored by the Earth Island Institute and The Nation magazine. -more-


California Wages War on Single Family Homes (News Analysis)

By Joel Kotkin
Wednesday July 27, 2011 - 01:24:00 PM

In recent years, homeowners have been made to feel a bit like villains rather than the victims of hard times, Wall Street shenanigans and inept regulators. Instead of being praised for braving the elements, suburban homeowners have been made to feel responsible for everything from the Great Recession to obesity to global warming.

In California, the assault on the house has gained official sanction. Once the heartland of the American dream, the Golden State has begun implementing new planning laws designed to combat global warming. These draconian measures could lead to a ban on the construction of private residences, particularly on the suburban fringe. The new legislation’s goal is to cram future generations of Californians into multi-family apartment buildings, turning them from car-driving suburbanites into strap-hanging urbanistas. -more-


Cops 'N Robbers—Berkeley-Style

By Ted Friedman
Wednesday July 27, 2011 - 11:14:00 AM
This officer was having a nice day until a man calling himself the Urban-Strider got in the 
                  officer's face, a common occurrence on Teley. It all started with some street kids sprawling
                  on the walks with lots of gear. and then the Urban-Strider intervened, on behalf of whom?
                  Ask not for whom the Urban-Strider strides; he strides for thee.

This Berkeley crime reporter sucks up to Berkeley police (university and city). It's more than a bias; it's abject fear. For most of us—whether for or against cops—our biases stem from fear of authority, according to Alfred Hitchcock. -more-