Saturday, January 31, 2009

Addison St., Berkeley

Deemed the Downtown Berkeley Arts District in recent years, this lively, revitalized area bustles with university students, businesspeople and visitors. Distinguished by a cluster of low-rise 19th and 20th century buildings, it's centered on Addison Street. With live theater, music and more, there's plenty to keep one engaged.

Monday, January 19, 2009

al-Zaidi seeks political asylum in Geneva

According to an exclusive of Tribune de Geneve

The Tribune de Genève just learned that the Iraqi journalist Al-Zaidi Mountaz is seeking political asylum in Switzerland and wanrts to move to Geneva. Imprisoned in Baghdad, he fears for his safety.
Since last week, his lawyer in Switzerland, Mr. Mauro Poggia, intensifying its activities towards this. "Earlier this month, his family got in touch with me via the ICRC, and I'll write this week to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to encourage Switzerland to grant him political asylum. Once installed at Geneva, this man, unmarried and without children, may very well work as a journalist at the United Nations. "

Iowa City

I found the following information about Iowa City (a city a have a soft spot for).

In 2008 Forbes ranked Iowa City #10 America's Smartest City. In 2007 Sperling's ranked Iowa City #5 Best Places to Live in the nation, and Outdoor Magazine ranked Iowa City the #1 Best Midwestern Town. In 2006 Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine ranked Iowa City the #10 Smartest Places to Live in the nation. Iowa City is located within 300 miles of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. The regional airport isserved by 5 airlines. For more information on Iowa City, please visit:

Monday, January 12, 2009

How science works

A nice image on how science works.
The flowchart represents the process of scientific inquiry. Most ideas take a circuitous path through the process, shaped by unique people and events.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Let people know what happens there in Gaza

I received the following e-mail, will a request to circulate it.




Making sure they get to school.

Helping Ladies across the street..



Providing childcare.


Allowing them a place to rest (permanently)



Access to Health care.
Construction projects (demolition)



Respecting American and British pacifist resisters (such as American Rachel Corrie)




And others.


And if you are not satisfied, now, with the truth the following pictures are war crimes as defined by the UN, The Hague and the Geneva Convention

Using images of your enemy dead or alive (violation)


Human shields (violation)


Live Burial Torture (violation)


And as a last resort, Execution (violation)


These IDF soldiers have faces... I can clearly see them...Cant you? Why are they not being prosecuted? Because it is systematic process that is driven by the government designed to force the people of Palestine into exile so Israel can claim all the land and resources.

This where my American tax dollars are going, do you know where your tax dollars are at? TAKE THE TIME TO FIND THE TRUTH. So many lives depend on it I, like so many Americans, am Caucasian, non-Arab, and religious. I can no longer sit back with good conscience and do nothing while my government is supporting the types of terrorist actions that we have condemned Muslim Fundamentalist for. Call your Congressman and Senator, send an email to the White House and demand that our government negotiate FAIRLY with both sides and bring a fair and just solution to Palestine and Israel .


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Panetta in the CIA

Most of the criticism towards B. Obama for his choice of Leon Panetta to head the CIA refers to Panetas' inexperience in intelligence matters and that, at 70, he will be the oldest CIA director ever.

No mention is made to the fact that this last remaining appointment will make the Obama presidency look more like a continuation of the Clinton one.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Berkeley vs Stanford: AAAS fellows 2008

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is the world's largest general scientific society. This year it has nominated 486 new fellows. The honor, bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, recognizes distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Eleven faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, have been named 2008 Fellows.
Four scientists at the School of Medicine and the university librarian of Stanford University have been named fellows.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Hamas and Israel

I don't think that the following is widely known.

Hamas, the Islamist armed group and political party was launched in 1987 with the backing of Israel, which hoped it would draw support from Yasser Arafat's Fatah.