Ed Roberts, first severely disabled student admitted to UC Berkeley

This is the time of the year to celebrate Ed Roberts’s birthday. Ed was admitted to UC Berkeley after one of the faculty members said, “We tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” Schoolwork wasn’t a struggle, but keeping up with everything else was a struggle. When you are disabled you can slide back downhill into the pit of homelessness within a month.


Polio paralyzed him from the neck down. His lung muscles were paralyzed. He had to sleep in an 800-lb iron lung at night. It breathed for him.

Against all odds, he was a stellar student and was admitted to UC Berkeley in 1958.

Roberts graduated in 1962, two years before the Free Speech Movement transformed Berkeley into a hotbed of student protest. When his search for housing met resistance in part because of the 800-pound iron lung that he slept in at night, the director of the campus health service offered him a room in an empty wing of the Cowell Hospital.

Roberts accepted on the condition that the area where he lived be treated as dormitory space, not a medical facility. His admission broke the ice for other students with severe disabilities, who joined him over the next few years at what evolved into the Cowell Residence Program.

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On Friday, Donald J. Trump, the embodiment, instrument and provocateur of American animus, was installed — and I use that word with purpose and displeasure — as America’s 45th president. He delivered a particularly inauspicious speech to a seemingly sparse crowd, presenting a vision for America that would best be described as aggressive atavism, a retrograde positioning of policy that threatens to drag the country back to a time of division and fear and hostility, when some stand in the light by casting others into darkness.

Charles J. Blow, New York Times, Jan 21, 2017

The speech was replete with phrases never before uttered in an Inaugural Address. Bleed, carnage, depletion and disrepair.

Read the rest of this stirring article. Talk about it with your neighbors.

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Foods to put hair on your head

Green tea

Citrus, green pepper, red pepper

Richly colored berries

Almonds and other nuts

Dark green leafy vegetables

Red meat and liver

Webb includes richly pigmented berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, in her suggested diet for fighting off hair loss. These nutritional powerhouses are known for their ample supply of vitamin C, and their rich stores of other antioxidants and phytonutrients. “Eating antioxidant-rich foods reduce the symptoms of baldness,” she says.

Almonds and other nuts are rich in healthy essential fatty acids and protein, as well as two other components that help them act as a food remedy for baldness when part of your daily diet, says Koya Webb, a certified personal trainer and holistic nutritionist. “Nuts have vitamin B6, which can help promote healthy hair growth,” she says. “Almonds also have vitamin E, which increases blood flow and can help stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth.” Add this to the heart-health benefits of nuts, and they should become key to your anti-hair-loss diet arsenal.


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5 times newspapers cut off comments too soon; the deplorable nominee parade.

I have been reading and commenting daily in our major newspapers of record for nearly 2 decades. Until this year, a typical comment thread had 2,000 or more comments.

Today, this article posted. Republican men say its a better time to be a woman than a man.  The New York Times shut down the comment section after 44 posts.

“Men underestimated the sexism felt by the women in their lives, the survey found. And while most respondents agreed it’s a better time to be a man than a woman in our society, only Republican men thought it was a better time to be a woman than a man.”

Professional victims, these Republican men. Maybe if they would stop being mad all the time people would like them better. It’s a cinch no one does now.

The other four times will be published shortly…

The Deplorable Nominee Parade

Thomas Puzden, the CEO of a fastfood megachain, current pick of the Tump administration for Secretary of Labor, is reconsidering his candidacy.

Salon said,

“He may be bailing,” an anonymous source “plugged into the Trump transition effort” told CNN. “He is not into the pounding he is taking, and the paperwork.”https://twitter.com/JohnKingCNN?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Because Puzder has yet to submit his financial holdings paperwork to the Office of Government Ethics, his confirmation hearing scheduled for this week has been put on hold “and likely will not be held until next month,” CNN’s John King wrote.

Facebook on APeel! Darn those smart people found a clean solution to a problem that has always plagued humanity, the spoilage of food before eaten.

But if they are liberals, they are the enemy, we say we don’t believe the product works as advertised just because we can never allow them to say anything that isn’t smeared or distorted beyond recognition in those evil twisted minds consumed by hate. Right? 

OL – 1/17/2017

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Autumn Connoisseur

Just as it was warmer longer this autumn, this winter chill followed rapidly. Seemed to be a short fall. I have been through a few falls now and see patterns. I don’t think my short 60 years of observations is statistically significant, but I’m sure DT would. They would have been da greatist.

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Gather at your city halls tomorrow. Let’s count the votes in every town and community: The Electoral College will create catastrophe. Say No Way.

The only profoundly true thing that DT said during the campaign is,”The vote is rigged.” Indeed it was. What the heck is this about an Electoral College; the institution that has now shoved TWO deeply unqualified men into the White House in the last 16 years.

People say I’m crazy and wonder what I’m doin…well, I am demonstrating that a recount of all of the votes CAN and MUST be done.

Please be sure that I am not a partisan for Hillary Clinton. I don’t care as much about who gets the vote as how the vote was manipulated. (3)

Not many people have been able to observe a vote count. I have. I volunteered to be a witness at a vote count for the City of Half Moon Bay in November 2006. (*) We, members of the Democratic Club, and members of the public from all political viewpoints were called upon to witness the count. We traveled to the County Registrar of Voters Office in San Mateo on our own dime. We worked in shifts. Everyone in the room saw the count, and heard the arguments for and against counting that vote as for or against a person or issue.

Everyone was able to object and give the reason for their objection. It was well-documented recount.

This can happen in every town in the US. We do not need to vote again. We just need to count every vote. Neither party has been enthusiastic about a recount. I am so embarrassed that the world is seeing how corrupt Americans are. We seem to have no honor to uphold.

I am reading the newspapers of record in the USA, trying in vain to find someone who is going to stop this election theft. When Obama said, “We did not want to mess up the vote counting,” he means the vote rigging.

WASHINGTON — President Obama said for the first time on Friday that he had held back from retaliating against Russia’s meddling in the presidential race for fear of inciting further hacking “that could hamper vote counting.”

He meant vote-rigging.

But he said he was weighing a mix of public and covert actions against the Russians in his last 34 days in office, actions that would increase “the costs for them.”1

We do not care what you think you need to do to Russia. For the American people, you need to do something that will save our country.

Stop the Electoral College vote. It’s so skewed to the right that we will end up with a failed country if they are allowed to grab power.

Count all the votes. Count all of them by hand. Other countries do it. And don’t tell me that there are too many people to count by hand. We have a lot of people who can count all those ballots. Have three levels of personal verification, plus multiple video and audio backup.

It won’t cost much. People will volunteer.

No more electoral college. It is an 18th Century tool that broke a long time ago. It was developed before the Industrial Age; before universal literacy. Public schools brought us universal literacy. They are bad how remind me now?

Please save this link for reference. I will update.


Deborah Lagutaris is a political scientist. She holds degrees from UC Santa Barbara in Law and Society, J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law, and LL.M. in International Taxation and Financial Services with an emphasis in Wealth Management from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

  1. Save HMB, Smart Voter San Mateo County Ballot from Smart Voter, a nonpartisan organization. .http://www.savehmb.org/http://www.smartvoter.org/2006/11/07/ca/sm/
  2. New York Times. Obama on Russian vote-hacking. 
  3. I saw the Clinton campaign massage the message and steal votes during the primary in myriad ways. That makes it easy to spot when it happens in the General Election.

UPDATE: “We were playing this thing straight — we weren’t trying to advantage one side or the other,” Mr. Obama said. “Imagine if we had done the opposite. It would have become one more political scrum.”

Heaven forbid we offend the opposition. 

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Well, would you look at that, now? Look who’s too busy to do his job?

One of my part-Irish grandparents would say that whenever some shocking bit of news came over the radio &c.

DT ia “too busy” to go to intelligence briefings. Presidents receive a daily intelligence briefing.  Being up to the minute on new intelligenceis one of the most important tasks of the job.Trump has the attention span of a fly.  Trump is not competent and is a danger to the wellbeing of the United States of America.

I don’t like Hillary. I was a Bernie Sanders constituent from the day he announced. Hillary is literate. That’s a good start. Have read that Hillary cannot use a keyboard. That’s nearly as scary as Trump’s illiteracy, but not quite as much.

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The Chicken or the Egg; or is it just chickens coming home to roost?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Some of the world’s top hedge-fund managers are worried.

They say central bank bond buying programmes that are pumping trillions of dollars into global markets will end badly. The European Central Bank said on Thursday it would extend its asset purchase programme to the end of next year, buying bonds at a reduced rate. But prominent managers have expressed doubts about the endgame for QE.

Oh really. Say what you mean, for the love of glory. “Expressing doubt about the endgame for QE,” is more correctly phrased as, “I don’t know how much longer we can print money and pour it into buying our own governments’ bonds without having devastating inflation. Because, after all, that’s how we got to a blow-out global economic crash in 2008. Thank you for giving us another chance to steal everyone blind before we take our money and run again.”

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Richard G. Strauch: Aging in place (The Democratic leadership)

Wherein Mr. Strauch reminds us that the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives are in their mid-to-late 70s. Aging in Place, very clever.

I always thought well of Barbara Boxer. She spoke at a gathering of progressive lawyers and law students, a three-day weekend called the Grillo Retreat. I felt like she was in my corner, an inspired politician.

I found out how wrong I was when I saw the same Barbara Boxer flip off Nevada delegates who supported Bernie when they protested the breach of procedure that silenced them. Boxer performed not just a flip-off, but a double two-handed flip off with a squat. They stole our voices, then pretended nothing had happened. They think we didn’t notice. But we saw what they did. The press was paid to look away but even so the word got out.

Funny, just a few moments ago I saw a picture of Nancy Pelosi. I swear she has had cheek implants. People were starting to say she looked too old to be on the Hill.

Boxer retires at the end of this term. Maybe she had been wanting to flip us off for quite a while.

We don’t need the fossilized thinking of the corporate Democratic or Republican Parties. Neither one of them are worth a damn. Dianne Feinstein, our other Senator, is in her mid 80s; a serious millionaire, among the top 5 wealthiest Senators. Time for them to go!

It’s not like they are running an exclusive club. Wait! They are. And your vote does not count. Not at all. They can make the election look any way they want now and expect us to quietly come along.

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Stop Trump: This is our only chance…with the Electoral College

Your State electors have choice! Don’t let anyone tell you differently. If they won’t listen to you via phone and letter, go to your Representative’s or Senator’s office and stand up or sit in.

Once he is sworn in, he will have to be impeached in the House of Representatives, and tried and convicted in the Senate  for us to stop him. With our Republicans not as ethical as in the days of Watergate, we will be stuck with all the horrors his administration will create.

He is now threatening Hillary with criminal charges if she continues to participate in the vote count in three states. What more do you want, Trump voters? Blackmailing the losing candidate? Is this enough?

The Electoral College can stop this nightmare before more damage is done.

Trump: Living Justification for the Electoral College
Trump: Living Justification for the Electoral College

Here’s a list of a few of the offenses he has committed against American civilization already.

*Invited America-hating, murderous Philippines President Duterte to visit him in the White House. 2 Why this is important: The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees citizens Due Process. This means that if you are charged with a crime, you have the right to defend yourself under the Constitution. The government cannot just go around making up the rules as they go along. Which means they can’t go around murdering “drug dealers” with impunity.
*Appointed a general as Secretary of Defense who says, “I like shooting people,” and who presides over mass murder.

* Appointed as Secretary of State a man who thinks that birth control should be made illegal.
Why this is important: 1) Families like to control the number of children they have; and 2) We don’t want our teenagers having babies while they are still children themselves.

*Does not care how much terrible trouble he and his family cause for our largest city, New York City, by requiring that he lives in his penthouse.
Why this is important: 1) The City will end up paying for all the costs of each of Trump’s trips home; and 2) How many other expenses will DT cause the taxpayers to assume?

*Do you want to look at that stupid face for another 4 years?
Why this is important: He was triggering PTSD nightmares that were so bad I fell out of bed trying to escape and bruised myself badly. And generally, EWWWWWWWWW to seeing a sexual predator on TV and all over the Internet every day.

*I will add to this page as time permits.


  1. http://theweek.com/speedreads/664367/trump-allies-are-now-threatening-hillary-clinton-prosecution-over-recount. “On Monday, Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone said on The Steve Malzberg Show that by participating in the recount, “Hillary, I think, increases her chances of prosecution by acting this way.” He alleged, without offering any proof, that Clinton or George Soros must be secretly financing Stein’s recount. Trump, during the presidential campaign, had repeatedly said he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s alleged “crimes,” but has suggested since the election that he is not interested in hurting the Clintons.” “Bill Schuette, the attorney general of Michigan, said that the recount, initiated by Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, put Michigan voters at risk of “paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”  “This court cannot allow a dilatory and frivolous request for a recount by an aggrieved party to silence all Michigan votes for president,” Mr. Schuette, a Republican, said in a court filing.”
  2. http://theweek.com/speedreads/665166/donald-trump-reportedly-just-invited-philippines-americahating-president-white-house. President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte — the man who told President Obama to “go to hell” and threatened to “break up” with America — for a meeting at the White House next year,
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