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  • USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’

    07/21/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 7-21-2015 | CBS San Francisco
    (CBS SF) — The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard. The quake caused some BART delays early today while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major...
  • The Creepy Consequences of Oppression Chic

    06/19/2015 5:02:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | MIchelle Malkin
    Why was America so shocked by homegirl hoaxer Rachel Dolezal? The spray-tanned con artist, who resigned this week as head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of (Artificially) Colored People, is the inevitable outcome of academia's cult of manufactured victimhood. College campuses have been grooming a cadre of professional minority fakers and fraudsters for decades. The notorious pretendians Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren faked their Native American status to bolster their faculty credentials at the University of Colorado and Harvard, respectively. It was a mutually beneficial racket for all poseur parties involved. Churchill and Warren...
  • FBI seeks vandals who cut Bay Area fiber-optic cables

    06/17/2015 9:44:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/16/15 | Henry K. Lee
    The FBI asked for the public’s help Monday in identifying people who have severed underground fiber-optic cables throughout the Bay Area. Over the past year, vandals have used tools to intentionally cut the cables in Berkeley, Fremont, Alamo, Walnut Creek and San Jose in 10 separate incidents, most of which happened in the middle of the night, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich. The cost of the damage was not discosed. The FBI is coordinating the investigation, which involves several local law enforcement agencies, Wuthrich said. The cases are not related to a mysterious rifle attack on a Pacific Gas...
  • Apartment Balcony Collapses in Berkeley Killing 5 People, Injuring 8

    06/16/2015 7:50:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    An apartment balcony near the University of California’s Berkeley campus collapsed early Tuesday, killing five of the 13 people who fell from the fourth-floor structure, the city’s police said. All five who died in the collapse at the Library Gardens Apartments were Irish citizens and were “for the most part students,” Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said in a radio interview in his country Tuesday. At least seven others were taken to hospitals with serious injuries after the balcony gave way at about 12:40 a.m., Berkeley police Officer Byron White told CNN.
  • 5 dead, 8 injured in balcony collapse in (Berkeley) California, police say

    06/16/2015 3:55:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2015
    Authorities say five people are dead and eight others injured in a balcony collapse in Berkeley ... many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds.
  • Giggle Gene Discovered By UC Berkeley Researchers

    06/04/2015 1:38:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Are you a compulsive giggler? Blame it on your family. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University say they’ve discovered the “giggle gene” responsible for the regulation of serotonin that makes some of us more prone to bursts of laughter. The study published in the journal Emotion found that people with the short allele of gene variant known as 5-HTTLPR were more likely to smile and laugh while looking at Far Side cartoons and funny video clips. A previous study by the same research team found that people with the same gene were more impacted by...
  • How climate change makes the world more violent

    05/25/2015 10:26:49 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    Washington post ^ | May 21 | By Alex Bollfrass and Andrew Shaver
    Natural scientists agree that the climate is changing and that humans bear some of the blame. Social scientists are now attempting to assess the economic and political price societies are likely to pay for turning up our planet’s thermostat. The security policy community is especially eager for an answer. In the academy, the debate over climate change and its security implications gained momentum after researchers from Stanford, the University of California Berkeley, New York University, and Harvard observed that civil wars were more prevalent during years that experience hotter temperatures. The chief explanation for this relationship is that higher temperatures...
  • Fraudulent Gay Marriage Study Dupes the Media

    05/26/2015 7:30:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2015 | Don Irvine
    The mainstream media have some egg on their face today after being forced to retract their reports on a gay-marriage study that was found to have been based on fraudulent research. IMG_0004The study, which appeared in the December 12, 2014 edition ofScience, claimed that support for same-sex marriage among voters increased with the use of door-to-door canvassing, especially if the canvasser was gay. Supporters of gay marriage, who were excited about the results, have now been brought back to reality after one of the authors of the study, Donald Green, a Columbia University political scientist, asked Science to retract the...
  • Berkeley Radicals Want to Honor Cop-Killing Communist

    03/20/2015 7:06:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/15 | Matthew Vadum
    Cuban collaborator Assata Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, is a leftist role model Disgruntled black students at the University of California at Berkeley are demanding a campus building be named after convicted cop-killing terrorist and fugitive from justice, Assata Shakur. The reason for the demand? In the stated opinion of the school’s Black Student Union, blacks are disrespected on campus. BSU member Cori McGowens told reporters that “trying to excel academically is immensely difficult while coping with the issue of antiblackness on campus.” “It troubles me that I have already been told countless times that antiblackness is not an issue to...
  • No-Fault Divorce Deconstructed

    05/18/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 16, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    In a recent lecture at the Family Research Council (FRC), Ryan McPherson, an associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, claimed that no-fault divorces played a pivotal role in the culture wars. Even though the “dissolution revolution never quite finishes,” somehow the term “no-fault divorce” has “acquired colloquial acceptance,” McPherson pointed out in remarks at the FRC. “By 1980, thirty-seven of the fifty states had significantly altered their divorce laws toward the no-fault standard of California and the UMDA [Uniform Marriage Dissolution Act],” McPherson wrote in an essay which appeared in The Family in America: A Journal of Public...
  • Berkeley Approves "Right to Know" Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance

    05/13/2015 10:58:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Jean Elle
    The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones. The so-called "right to know ordinance" is expected to be challenged by a lawsuit from the cell phone industry. Ellie Marks with the California Brain Tumor Association wants everyone to think about where they hold their cell phone. Marks, who believes a cell phone caused her husband to have a brain tumor, has spent years fight for cell phone radiation "right to know" legislation.
  • Did Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Trigger Largest Lava Flows on Earth?

    05/11/2015 1:22:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Astrobiology ^ | May 1, 2015 | University of California, Berkeley
    The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe that may have contributed to the devastation, according to a team of University of California, Berkeley, geophysicists. Specifically, the researchers argue that the impact likely triggered most of the immense eruptions of lava in India known as the Deccan Traps, explaining the "uncomfortably close" coincidence between the Deccan Traps eruptions and the impact, which has always cast doubt on the theory that the asteroid was the sole cause of...
  • Mental health calls #1 drain on Berkeley police resources

    04/21/2015 5:30:58 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 16 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | 4/16/2015 | Frances Dinkelspiel
    Responding to people with mental health issues is the number one drain on police resources in Berkeley, a police officer who specializes in the topic said this week. Nationally, 10% of police calls are for people having a mental health crisis, according to Berkeley Police Officer Jeff Shannon. In Berkeley, that number is 35% or more. Over the past five years, police have seen a 43% increase in calls for “5150s,” or people who are a danger to themselves or others, he said. “Not only in Berkeley, but across the nation, we are experiencing a mental health crisis,” Shannon told...
  • Why I think Berkeley is the best place to live in the Bay Area

    04/21/2015 4:55:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2015 | by Katie Dowd
    I want to preface this by saying that Berkeley is not for everyone. You have to have a high tolerance for eccentricities of all types. You have to love a little chaos. And you have to accept that things will always be a bit messy. But, if you're the type of person who doesn't mind insanity, Berkeley is a wonderland. Berkeley has a well-earned reputation for its over-the-top liberalism which can sometimes mask its finest quality: diversity. From its various neighborhoods to its endless ethnic cuisine, Berkeley is as interesting and weird as its inhabitants. Dirty and scruffy on the...
  • Berkeley Students Protest "Hostility" for Minority Students,Attack Minorities Trying to Attend Class

    04/21/2015 12:48:28 PM PDT · by rightistight · 17 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/21/15 | Aurelius
    Berkeley students protesting the “hostile atmosphere” against minority students blocked passage for minority students last Tuesday, at times resorting to violence in order to prevent them from attending class. Gathering at Sather Gate, Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who started the rally, prevented passage of students. The protests were aimed at “police brutality” and the environment on campus toward minority students. Up to 50 students gathered and prevented foot traffic through the gate. On multiple occasions, students, including minorities, tried to break through so they could attend class. In response, the protesters violently attacked them. Three assaults were reported during the...
  • What happened to Robin of Berkeley?

    04/06/2015 10:51:19 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 25 replies
    vanity
    Anybody know ? The only thing I Find is a reference in a web search is a post in 2012 to this question on FR.
  • Student group demands California university rename building after convicted cop killer

    03/19/2015 5:48:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 19, 2015 | William La Jeunesse, Lee Ross, Michael Lundin
    Video at link. A black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI's Most-Wanted Terrorist List. A jury convicted Shakur of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1979. She escaped prison and fled to Cuba. The FBI calls her a domestic terrorist. In 2013, the agency added her to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, alongside several members of Al Qaeda, airline hijackers and bombers. But to the Black Student Union...
  • Berkeley Students Demand College Name Building after one of FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist

    03/18/2015 6:45:01 AM PDT · by rightistight · 14 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/18/15 | Aurelius
    African American students at UC Berkeley are demanding that their college name one of its buildings after one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists. In 2013, Assata Shakur was named as one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists. In 1977, Shakur murdered a New Jersey police officer and was convicted; she escaped from prison in 1979 and has been on the run ever since. Currently, she is staying in Cuba and New Jersey is offering a $2,000,000 award for her capture. The Black Student Union at Berkeley, however, does not see Shakur as a felon, but as a hero. So...
  • Muslim college co-founded by anti-Israel firebrand receives accreditation [student visas]

    03/13/2015 3:32:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California school co-founded by a firebrand who once called for an "intifada" in the U.S. has become the nation's first accredited Muslim college. Zaytuna College, which operates out of two rented buildings in Berkeley, Calif., and had an enrollment of 30 in 2013, was officially accredited earlier this week by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges—one of the six academic organizations responsible for authorizing public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The certification means the school can apply for various federal and private grants, issue visas to international students and allow students to transfer credits...
  • First Muslim College in US to Gain Accreditation

    03/12/2015 7:16:16 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 11, 2015 | William Bigelow
    The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has bestowed “initial accreditation” on Zaytuna College, a Muslim institution in Berkeley, California, making it the first accredited Muslim college in the nation. The association will permit the college to offer an accredited “Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law and Theology,” according to the College Fix. The president of Zaytuna College, Hamza Yusuf, celebrated the Western Association’s decision, writing on the college’s website: Five years ago, we introduced an undergraduate liberal arts program inspired by the idea of restoring the holistic education that had been offered in the great teaching centers of Islamic...
  • Berkeley Offers Lecture on "Queer Agriculture"

    02/10/2015 1:16:04 PM PST · by rightistight · 28 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/10/15 | Aurelius
    The University of California, Berkeley is offering a lecture today on "queer agriculture." Presented by Bailey Kier from the University of Maryland, the talk is officially titled, "Queering Agriculture: Food Security in the Nation's Capital and the Crises of Reproductive American Familism." The description of the talk asks, "Why queer agriculture," then answers, "This talk highlights vital ways queering and trans-ing ideas and practices of agriculture are necessary for more sustainable, sovereign, and equitable food systems for the creatures and systems involved in systemic reproductions that feed humans and other creatures. "Since agriculture is literally the backbone of economics, politics,...
  • UC Berkeley BDS Champion: Jewish Students Too Rich And Too White

    02/09/2015 10:14:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    truth revolt ^ | 2/9/15 | Akiva Nemetsky
    On Sunday, the University of California Students Association voted on divesting from companies that do business with Israel. In the time slot dedicated for UCSA representatives’ comments, UC Berkeley graduate rep. Imam Sylvain accused the pro-Israel Jewish student body of being too rich and too white: This might sound really harsh, but I really want us in the audience to check our privilege because I feel like what I saw this morning really reflects economic inequities. Just the ability to mobilize so many students with T-shirts and banners. I wish there was equal representation, and I wonder how much that...
  • Another Day in Paradise (Berkeley)

    02/07/2015 6:37:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    Robinofberkeley.com ^ | 2-4-2015 | Robin of Berkeley
    I did something last week that I rarely do: I went out after dark. I don’t like to do this. This area is too creepy crawly during the day, much less at night. But supplies were low, and I wasn’t sure when I’d get another chance to go food shopping. And I thought to myself, “Maybe you’re exaggerating all of this: the crime, the filth, the general insanity. Maybe it’s not as bad as you think.” So, like a small child testing the waters, I thought I’d stick my toe in the after-hours scene. It was about 7:30 pm when...
  • Berkeley Man Dies After #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Delay Paramedics

    02/06/2015 10:00:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    A Berkeley, California man died last December after paramedics were delayed nearly an hour because of an unruly protest against police brutality, recently released records show. Berkleyside, a self-described “independent news site” serving the Berkeley area, reports that the 62-year-old Alvin Henry Jones Jr. would have normally received treatment in minutes. However, due to a nearby #BlackLivesMatters protest, paramedics were instead ordered to go to a local fire station and await a police escort before attempting to rescue Jones. It took 52 minutes to get Jones to a hospital, after which he died two days later. Paperwork filed by the...
  • Paramedics were delayed Berkeley by protest — patient later died

    02/06/2015 7:27:25 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 5, 2015 | Henry Lee
    Paramedics took nearly a half hour to reach a stricken 62-year-old man, who later died, because they were told to wait for a police escort as a result of a protest over police brutality in downtown Berkeley, city records show. It would have taken just a couple of minutes for Berkeley firefighters to drive from Station No. 2 on Berkeley Way to Alvin Henry Jones Jr., who had collapsed near an elevator at an apartment complex at 2175 Kittredge St. on the evening of Dec. 7. But hundreds of people had gathered downtown to protest against police killings of unarmed...
  • Comedian W. Kamau Bell decries racist treatment at Berkeley cafe

    01/30/2015 6:06:37 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/30/2015 | David DeBolt
    Bay Area comedian W. Kamau Bell, a national figure on race and progressive politics, says a Berkeley cafe employee's order for him to 'scram' was likely racially motivated, prompting a strong online backlash against the business.
  • Berkeley students outraged course reading includes Plato, Aristotle but nothing from transgenders

    01/22/2015 12:58:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 22, 2015 | Maggie Lit
    Two students at the University of California, Berkeley are calling for students to “Occupy the syllabus,” or consider dropping a course if it only includes the works of white men as class material. Students Rodrigo Kazuo and Margaret “Meg” Perret wrote an op-ed in The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, titled “Occupy the syllabus” where they called for a student-wide occupation of all social science and humanities classes after they found their upper-division course on classical social theory lacked the works of women, trans people, and people of color. “The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that...
  • HATE HOAXES

    01/14/2015 10:54:09 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies
    2014: UMSL student reports being forced into car and raped on campus, police say Police investigating UMSL rape 2015: UMSL says reported rape on campus did not happen She probably just changed her mind 2014: Sexual Assault Claim at Columbia Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled Columbia University Vigilantes Are Naming ‘Rapists on Campus’ in Bathroom Graffiti Frustrated by Columbia’s inaction, student reports sexual assault to police Columbia charges rape protesters $471 to clean the mattresses they carried to shame the university for ‘failing to investigate one student’s sexual assault’ Columbia University Sexual...
  • Protester who advocates peace charged with setting fire at Berkeley QT

    12/27/2014 2:15:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 12/27/14 | Christine Byers
    One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store earlier this week. St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road early Wednesday. Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview, according to court documents.
  • Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

    12/25/2014 9:24:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 24, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael Brown and Eric Garner stories that preceded it, obviously. But what made them worldwide news? Or, to go back in time, what made the Trayvon Martin case a cause célčbre,...
  • Keanna Brown, Antonio Martin's Girlfriend, Grieves: 'He Didn't Deserve To Die'

    12/25/2014 4:06:58 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 120 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/25/14 | Anonymous
    The girlfriend of Antonio Martin says she hasn’t been able to sleep since a police officer fatally shot her boyfriend, a black male teenager, at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri on Tuesday. Keanna Brown, 19, revisited the site of the killing on Wednesday, where she expressed her grief in an outcry of mourning. “He didn’t deserve to die,” Brown told The Huffington Post outside the Mobil gas station where Martin was shot. “He was so scared, I’m telling you, he was so scared. He looked at me like ‘Baby, please jump in between and say something to save me.’”
  • Was St. Louis cop AMBUSHED?

    12/24/2014 6:24:37 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 December 2014 | By Michael Zennie and Lydia Warren For Dailymail.com
    The lawyer for the St. Louis-area cop who shot dead Antonio Martin on Tuesday night has suggested his client may have been set up and ambushed by Antonio Martin, who police say pulled a loaded 9mm pistol on the officer without warning. The Berkeley, Missouri, officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible theft from a Mobil gas station about 11.15pm on Tuesday. Brian Millikan, the lawyer for the unnamed 34-year-old Berkeley officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the cop may have been walking into a deadly trap set by Martin and his friend. 'Their behavior is...
  • StL County Police Attorney: Berkeley Shooting May Have Been a SET-UP TO KILL COPS

    12/24/2014 9:50:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    18 year-old Antonio Martin had a criminal record, with charges including three assaults, armed robbery, armed criminal action and multiple uses of weapons… since he was 17. On Tuesday night Antonio Martin drew a gun from his pocket and pointed it at police. He was shot dead by the officer. The attorney for the Berkeley police officer said this bizarre scenario may have been a set-up at the store to kill police. ** Antonio Martin and his companion stole from the store before the shooting. Attorney Brian Millikensays it may have been a set-up. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported: “This...
  • Police Officer in Missouri shot, killed man who pulled gun

    12/24/2014 3:46:35 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 60 replies
    MSN/AP ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jim Shur
    <p>BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said.</p> <p>A crowd of about 100 people were gathered early Wednesday at the scene in Berkeley, Missouri, a few miles from Ferguson, where a white police officer fatally shot black 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.</p>
  • Teenager is fatally shot at gas station in Berkeley

    12/24/2014 1:04:12 AM PST · by fluorescence · 14 replies
    BERKELEY • A teenager was fatally shot late Tuesday at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road here. The victim was identified as Antonio Martin, 18, by his mother, Toni Martin. Toni Martin and others at the scene said Antonio was shot by a police officer. The body remained on the parking lot just in front of the Mobil gas station at 6800 North Hanley Road at about 1 a.m. Berkeley police cars were on either side.
  • Berkeley Man Dies After Pro-Michael Brown Protesters Delay Paramedics

    12/23/2014 8:47:58 AM PST · by rightistight · 50 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/23/14 | Aurelius
    A Berkeley man has died thanks to protesters who claim they are protesting against unnecessary deaths. The man, who lived in a Kittredge Street apartment complex, collapsed several days ago while protests were going on in the streets around his home. Paramedics attempted to rush to his aid, but were slowed and sometimes stopped by protesters. The protesters were demonstrating in favor of Michael Brown, an African American teen who was shot and killed after he assaulted and charged at a white police officer. The protesters claimed they were in the streets to bring attention to unnecessary deaths caused by...
  • Bill Maher Speech at UC Berkeley Unaffected by Small Protests

    12/21/2014 7:16:04 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/20/2014 | Zombie
    Comedian and pundit Bill Maher is this year’s commencement speaker at the University of California-Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony. While Maher’s original invitation to address today’s event was uncontroversial, after an on-air argument he subsequently had with Ben Affleck about the nature of Islam, campus Muslim groups at Berkeley demanded that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks retract Maher’s invitation to speak.
  • Maher to Berkeley Grads: Avoid Groupthink! Fight Climate Change!

    12/21/2014 6:32:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Comedian Bill Maher delivered his long-anticipated and controversial speech at the University of California Berkeley winter commencement on Saturday–and it turned out to be a rather conventional liberal address. Though much debate surrounded Maher’s views on Islam, he largely avoided the subject, instead telling students to make climate change their generation’s priority. “I hope all of you here today consider the environment to be paramount among the many challenges we face.” Ironically, Maher would later tell students to think for themselves. “Be a free thinker. One reason our politics is so screwed up is that everyone has become so tribal....
  • ART PROJECT: Group calling themselves 'queer, black and people of color' claim they hung effigies

    12/16/2014 1:00:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Kieran Corcoran and Michael Zennie
    A group of artists have claimed responsibility for hanging three effigies of lynching victims around the University of California-Berkeley campus this weekend. The artists, who say they are a 'collective of queer black and (people of color) artists, posted a message on a campus bulletin board today saying that the images - which many students and faculty found deeply offices - were part of an art project. The statement said the perpetrators are from the San Francisco Bay area - but does not state whether the people behind it are students. The artists did not identify themselves, but said that...
  • Berkeley’s Vast Anarchist Conspiracy? (Robin of Berkeley)

    12/15/2014 9:27:54 AM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    robinofberkeley.com ^ | 12-14-2014 | Robin
    If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’d think that Berkeley is the national hub for anarchism. You can see photos of ski-masked anarchists all over the place. Masked bandits are breaking windows, starting bonfires, and robbing and looting banks, stores, restaurants, and the like. (1)But there is one problem with this narrative. There aren’t any anarchists in Berkeley. OK, maybe there are a few UC Berkeley professors who call themselves anarchists. But while they talk the talk, they don’t walk the walk. This elite group only gets their hands dirty when they are in their leafy backyards, composting.But after...
  • Black figures hanged in effigy on UC Berkeley campus

    12/13/2014 10:23:34 PM PST · by Huntress · 40 replies
    fusion.net ^ | 12/13/14 | Unattributed
    Three cardboard cutouts of black people were reportedly found hanged in effigy from nooses on the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday morning. The incident follows a week of protests on the streets of Berkeley, California, to denounce the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men in St. Louis and New York. Local pastor Michael McBride was the first to share the image on Twitter. One of the hanged figures, which appears to be a cardboard cutout of a lynched woman identified as Laura Nelson from 1911. The cutout includes the...
  • BERKELEY PROTESTS SHUT DOWN PETER THIEL SPEECH

    12/11/2014 11:58:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 11 2104 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    On Wednesday evening, in the very hall where the University of California at Berkeley had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, demonstrators shut down a speech by billionaire tech guru--and noted libertarian--Peter Thiel. The activists who broke into Wheeler Hall were protesting the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY for the fifth straight evening.
  • UC Berkeley Lecturer Threatened For Offering Injured Student Protesters Extra Time On Papers

    12/10/2014 7:22:38 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 16 replies
    CBS SF ^ | December 9, 2014
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley who posted a tweet offering extra time on an assignment to students injured during anti-police brutality protests has received numerous threats, prompting her to delete her Twitter account. Kaya Oakes, an author who teaches writing at the university, tweeted Sunday, “If any of my #Berkeley students were teargassed, batoned or shot w/rubber bullets last night, you can have an extension on your essay.” Since then, Oakes and her colleagues at the university have received complaints and threats.
  • Berkeley Cancels Council Meeting Amid Protests

    12/09/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    kqed.org ^ | December 9, 2014 | KQED News Staff
    Update, 4 p.m. Tuesday: The latest fallout from a series of Berkeley protests against police violence: The Berkeley City Council has canceled its Tuesday night meeting. The decision was made as activists from Occupy Oakland called for a shutdown of the meeting. A statement from Mayor Tom Bates suggested the meeting was scratched because of capacity issues:
  • Berkeley Protesters Block Themselves From Getting Home

    12/09/2014 4:25:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | december 9, 2014 | christopher agee
    The widespread demonstrations led to the arrest of about 160 individuals, some of whom pelted police with rocks as they attempted to reopen Interstate 80. In the end, it appears the protesters experienced the inconvenience they had inflicted on others, resulting in what many are calling an ironic twist. Twitchy reported a number of those who took part in the demonstration were heard complaining that they were forced to walk back to their homes due to the shutdowns their actions caused.
  • Berkeley mayor: Some protesters "cowards and thugs"

    12/09/2014 8:05:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. Demonstrators blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood on and sat on train tracks, forcing an Amtrak train to stop Monday night. At one point, a woman in a vehicle stuck in the traffic jam caused by the I-80 blockage went into labor, and the local...
  • Berkeley protest swells to more than 1,000, closes I-80

    12/08/2014 9:15:14 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 49 replies
    SFGate ^ | Monday, December 8, 2014 | ian Ho, Evan Sernoffsky and Kale Williams
    Hundreds of protesters marched through Berkeley for hours Monday night, confronting police outside their headquarters before heading west and intermittently shutting down Interstate 80 in both directions near University Avenue. The rally, the third in as many nights, began on Telegraph Avenue near UC Berkeley around 5 p.m. as hundreds gathered to denounce police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Now-familiar chants of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Out of the houses! Into the streets!” rang out as the march moved up Durant Avenue and protesters called for students to leave their dormitories and join the...
  • Bay Area Protests Turn Violent For Second Night In A Row

    12/08/2014 7:42:38 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    kenw PBS New Mexico ^ | 12-8-2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Protests over police killings in Missouri and New York turned violent in Berkeley, Calif., for the second night in a row as demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked traffic on a freeway. "I did a few things that, you know, I'm not too proud of but, you know, I felt like it was all for a good cause at the time," protester Gary Leroy told KRON TV. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police who responded with tear gas. The protests came in the wake of a grand jury's decision last week not to indict a New York police officer involved...
  • More Berkeley Protests Sunday Night: "Jesus Can't Breathe"

    12/08/2014 4:12:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Demonstrators have gathered in Berkeley and Oakland, California for another night of protests against the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York.
  • More protests: Highway 24 blocked; vandalism, looting in Berkeley

    12/08/2014 12:59:30 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12-8-2014 | Kale Williams, Erin Allday and Evan Sernoffsky
    Hundreds of protesters returned to East Bay streets on Sunday for a second night of raucous demonstrations against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Sunday’s protest started out largely peaceful in Berkeley, but by 9 p.m. crowds had climbed past lines of California Highway Patrol officers onto Highway 24 in Oakland, where they blocked multiple lanes of eastbound traffic. Even as the crowd chanted “peaceful protest,” a group of people jumped on top of two law enforcement vehicles and kicked at the sirens, and several set small fires nearby. Police eventually moved protesters away from...