So what if he’s barrel-chested?

September 1st, 2014

Why do so few people share my dismissal of the value of biographical interludes, emphasizing physical body descriptions, in reporting on important public issues?

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Pool vs. Berkeley Town House et al.: documents

August 19th, 2014

Public records of a 2012–2014 lawsuit in Alameda County, California, involving senior housing cooperative Berkeley Town House.

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Progress reported in settling Berkeley co-op litigation

August 12th, 2014

Court filings have reported progress toward settling disputes involving a Berkeley housing cooperative.

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Contraception and religious liberty

July 12th, 2014

Lawyers from the Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit a year ago claiming that contraception insurance required by the U.S. government violates religious liberty. How good an argument did they make? Read the brief and decide for yourself.

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In automatic translation, bad can be perfect

July 5th, 2014

A Nigerian scam email in Esperanto illustrates that in some markets the ungrammatical output from free automatic translation doesn’t damage the efficacy of the message.

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Berkeley housing suit drags on as parties talk terms

May 18th, 2014

A lawsuit involving a Berkeley senior housing co-op, two years after it started, remains focused on procedural disputes, while the parties reportedly talk about terms of a settlement.

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Sneer words from Adrian Adams

May 4th, 2014

Attorney Adrian Adams practices greed-based fear-mongering as he cleverly exacerbates tensions within California housing communities.

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Do-it-yourself seismic screening: an update

April 17th, 2014

After using two methods of nonprofessional seismic screening on a Berkeley apartment building in 2010, I have now tried a third method. Its results seem to indicate more risk of structural damage than the other methods did. All these methods, however, when applied by laypersons like me, are of questionable value.

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Mass toilet extinction looms

April 10th, 2014

A California law that just became effective for multi-family residences such as Berkeley Town House will mandate the replacement of about 70 water-wasting toilets within 5 years. The question then arises: How should this be done?

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Police to citizens: for your safety, break the law

March 25th, 2014

Some comments given to Berkeley police officers who have dispensed advice on preventing crime, including a recommendation that we all break the law (and perhaps our necks falling down in the dark, too).

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