The Editor's Back Fence

This is It, At Last

Tuesday April 10, 2012 - 08:42:00 PM

Oops. Too much excitement over the spring break, I guess. I seem to have neglected to convert this issue into the "current issue", the one with last Friday's date, until today. The remedy is that I'll just leave everything online as it is now until the new issue comes out next Friday, simply adding new stories to it daily as they arrive. But don't bother to try to understand what's happening—if you're reading this you're in the right place. -more-


Friday April 06, 2012 - 12:57:00 PM

The editor is taking a couple of days off, so there are no new sententious musings for today’s issue. Last week's are still posted, in case you missed them.

If you’re looking for seasonal inspiration in a quasi-spiritual vein, you might want to take a look at Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Passover Seder Haggadah, which he says might also be useful for Christians and other spiritual traditions.

And here's a holiday treat from Berkeley's own Magnatune.

Commusicare by Commusicare


Odd Bodkins: Fried Polecat (Cartoon)

By Dan O'Neill
Friday April 06, 2012 - 12:23:00 PM

Bounce: Jr's Lieberry (Cartoon)

By Joseph Young
Friday April 06, 2012 - 12:28:00 PM

Public Comment

Berkeley Iceland Initiative Petitioners Seek Signatures

By Tom Killilea / Save Berkeley Iceland
Monday April 09, 2012 - 04:43:00 PM

Because the current leadership of the City has failed to address the need for its restoration as a community recreation center, an initiative targeted for the November Ballot has been launched through which the Citizens of Berkeley would establish the restoration of Berkeley Iceland as a public community recreation center the official policy of the City of Berkeley. A drive to qualify the initiative kicked off on the fifth anniversary of Berkeley Iceland's closing in 2007 with the goal of getting the signatures of 3,000 Berkeley voters by May 10. The full text of the initiative is available at http://www.berkeleyiceland.org/advocacy/ballot_2012/resolution. -more-

Three for History: Andy, Anthony and Sydney

By Councilmember Kriss Worthington
Friday April 06, 2012 - 03:01:00 PM

In fifteen years as a City Council member, I have never seen three ASUC Senators do so much work on so many issues that affect so many people. Although I have never endorsed a team of candidates in ASUC elections, this year is a very unique chance to get three officers who have been effective advocates all year long, not just at election time. I expect this talented team to make history as one of the most successful student governments in history.

I hereby ENDORSE Andy Albright, Anthony Galace, and Sydney Fang. -more-

April Pepper Spray Times

By Grace Underpressure
Friday April 06, 2012 - 12:34:00 PM

Editor's Note: The latest issue of the Pepper Spray Times is now available.

You can view it absolutely free of charge by clicking here . You can print it out to give to your friends.

Grace Underpressure has been producing it for many years now, even before the Berkeley Daily Planet started distributing it, most of the time without being paid, and now we'd like you to show your appreciation by using the button below to send her money. -more-

Meet the Real 1%: OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE This July

By Haig Patigian
Tuesday April 03, 2012 - 07:06:00 PM

In solidarity with a number of Occupations, as well as long-running protest group Bohemian Grove Action Network, the call for peaceful protests against The Bohemian Club this July in Monte Rio (CA) are hereby announced. Since Bohemian Grove is on private land, we respect those legal boundaries. Therefore, this communique only endorses peaceful, non-violent protests on the public land existing outside Bohemian Grove. -more-