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  • What is a Hacker?

    Brian Harvey, University of California, Berkeley, 1985

    In one sense it’s silly to argue about the "true’’ meaning of a word. A word means whatever people use it to mean. I am not the Academie Française; I can’t force Newsweek to use the word "#hacker'' according to my official definition.

    Still, understanding the etymological history of the word "hacker’’ may help in understanding the current social situation.

    The concept of hacking entered the computer culture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1960s. Popular opinion at #MIT posited that there are two kinds of students, tools and hackers. A "tool’’ is someone who attends class regularly, is always to be found in the library when no class is meeting, and gets straight As. A "hacker’’ is the opposite: someone who never goes to class, who in fact sleeps all day, and who spends the night pursuing recreational activities rather than studying. There was thought to be no middle ground.

    What does this have to do with computers? Originally, nothing. But there are standards for success as a hacker, just as grades form a standard for success as a tool. The true hacker can’t just sit around all night; he must pursue some hobby with dedication and flair. It can be telephones, or railroads (model, real, or both), or science fiction fandom, or ham radio, or broadcast radio. It can be more than one of these. Or it can be computers. [In 1986, the word "hacker’’ is generally used among MIT students to refer not to computer hackers but to building hackers, people who explore roofs and tunnels where they’re not supposed to be.]

    A "computer hacker,’’ then, is someone who lives and breathes computers, who knows all about computers, who can get a computer to do anything. Equally important, though, is the hacker’s attitude. Computer programming must be a hobby, something done for fun, not out of a sense of duty or for the money. (It’s okay to make money, but that can’t be the reason for hacking.)

    A hacker is an aesthete.

  • Study: TSA full-body scanners failed to detect guns, explosives | TheHill

    The Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanners failed to detect a number of potential weapons, including knives, guns and explosives, according to a study released this week.

    The controversial scanners, which captured explicit images of passenger’s bodies, provided “weak protection against adaptive adversaries,” researchers from the University of California, San Diego; the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University concluded.

    “It is possible to conceal knives, guns, and explosives from detection by exploiting properties of the device’s backscatter X-ray technology,” the authors of the study wrote.

  • milosz sur simone weil - Recherche Google

    ❝Dans la lumière de Simone Weil : Milosz et l’amitié de Camus
    textyles.revues.org/1577 de S Leys - ‎2008

    *Czeslaw Milosz on Simone Weil and Albert Camus

    20 nov. 2009 - Czeslaw Milosz, "The Importance of Simone Weil" in Emperor of the Earth : Modes of Eccentric Vision (University of California Press, 1977), p.

    Simone Weil, Albert Camus, le siècle et nous - Cairn.info
    Ce qui fit l’importance soudaine de Simone Weil au lendemain de la guerre en Europe ... [1] ) dans la Pologne de Czeslaw Milosz [2] Czeslaw Milosz a consacré ...
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  • Brazil beef tax could spare forests | Climate News Network

    Scientists have come up with a new prescription to address the Amazon rainforest’s health problems: reduce deforestation more efficiently by taxing free-range beef.

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and international colleagues from Australia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, make their case in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    They argue that by taxing cattle on conventional pasture and by subsidising semi-intensive cattle rearing, Brazil could curb up to 26% of the global greenhouse gas emissions caused by the loss of forests − which in turn adds up to about one-fifth of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

    #brésil #Amazonie #déforestation #industrie_bovine via @reka

  • Brain ‘15-second delay’ shields us from hallucinogenic experience – research — RT News

    A team of vision scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) revealed this secret of the human #brain: To save us from insanity induced by a constantly changing torrent of pictures, shapes and colors – both virtual and real world – the brain filters out information, failing in most cases to notice small changes in a 15-second period of time.

    It actually means that what we do see is, in fact, a mixture of past and present. According to the research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, stability is attained at the expense of accuracy.

    “What you are seeing at the present moment is not a fresh snapshot of the world but rather an average of what you’ve seen in the past 10 to 15 seconds,” said study author Jason Fischer, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at MIT.

    #attention #perception #neuroscience

    Although it has a 15-second delay in perception, the brain can also work incredibly fast. Neuroscientists from MIT recently found that even if the eye sees an image for as little as 13 milliseconds, the brain can still successfully process it.

  • Wealth inequality: Is it worse than we thought ?

    Economists Emmanuel Saez, of the University of California–Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman, of the London School of Economics, are out with a new set of findings on American wealth inequality, and their numbers are startling. Wealth, for reference, is the value of what you own—assets like housing, stocks, and bonds, minus your debts. And while it certainly comes up from time to time, it has tended to play second fiddle to income in conversations about America’s widening class divide. In part, that’s because it’s a trickier conversation subject. Wealth has always been far more concentrated than income in the United States. Plus, research suggested that the top 1 percent of households had actually lost some of its share since the 1980s.

    That might not really have been the case.

    Forget the 1 percent. The winners of this race, according to Zucman and Saez, have been the 0.1 percent. Since the 1960s, the richest one-thousandth of U.S. households, with a minimum net worth today above $20 million, have more than doubled their share of U.S. wealth, from around 10 percent to more than 20 percent. Take a moment to process that. One-thousandth of the country owns one-fifth of the wealth. By comparison, the entire top 1 percent of households takes in about 22 percent of U.S. income, counting capital gains.


    While the super-rich have risen, the merely affluent have barely budged. As shown on this next graph from Saez and Zucman, the share of wealth belonging to the top 1 to 0.5 percent of households has remained about level. The 0.5 to 0.1 percent have tacked roughly an extra percentage point onto their piece of the pie. The relative gains have been eaten up by the elite—the 0.1 percent and even the 0.01 percent.


    This new batch of research is similar in spirit to Saez’s pioneering work quantifying income inequality, which he has published with French economist Thomas Piketty. (It’s probably no accident that this research is coming out around the same time that Piketty, Saez’s longtime collaborator, has published Capital in the Twenty-First Century, his highly touted book about capital accumulation—aka wealth.) Both projects substitute tax data analysis for older approaches that relied on government surveys, which tend to undercount the very rich. In this case, Saez and Zucman use taxes on investment income to reverse-engineer their wealth estimates. The results are still very preliminary and could change with further study.
    But they are basically in keeping with what has already been shown about income inequality. Occupy Wall Street trained Americans to frame the economic gap in terms of the 99 percent and 1 percent. But writers and economists have been pointing out for years that the biggest winners in today’s globalized, finance-heavy economy have been an even smaller band of super-rich. Tim Noah dubbed them “the stinking rich.” Chrystia Freeland went with “plutocrats.” No matter what you choose to name them, the largest economic gains have accrued to Americans at the very, very tiniest tip of the earnings pyramid. Here’s one dramatic illustration I’ve drawn from the World Top Incomes Database. The top 0.5 percent, with minimum household income of $551,000, have roughly tripled their share of the nation’s paycheck since 1978, to about 18 percent. The bottom half of the 1 percent, the work-a-day rich, have upped theirs only to around 4 percent.


    urning income into wealth takes saving and investment. And over the years, wealth compounds. That’s why wealth inequality is always more severe than the income gap: The well-to-do can save relatively more to start, and then their advantage builds on itself. It may also explain why the super-rich are sprinting ahead while the ordinary affluent are more or less standing in place. The economy has treated small-business owners, corporate lawyers, and doctors well. But in order to keep up their lifestyles, they may need to spend relatively more of their income than, say, a Fortune 500 CEO or hedge funder.

    And so an exceptionally tiny circle of Americans is not only commanding a greater and greater share of pay, but—if Saez and Zucman are right—they are successfully consolidating their fortunes far faster than 99.9 percent of the country. At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic, this is how an aristocracy gets built.

    The #Shocking #Rise of #Wealth-Inequality: Is it #Worse Than We Thought?
    #again&again !

  • BBC News - Krugman v Stiglitz on what’s holding back the recovery

    ... the top 1% has captured 95% of the income gained since the financial crisis. Since 2009, the top 1% of incomes grew by 31.4% while the bottom 99% saw their incomes rise by only 0.4%, according to a study from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • The next UC student regent - latimes.com

    Oh, for goodness’ sake, will this never stop?

    Sadia Saifuddin will be the first Muslim to serve as student representative to the University of California Board of Regents.


    When her nomination came before the regents on Wednesday, she was opposed by a number of pro-Israel groups, including StandWithUs and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and by conservative activist David Horowitz, who wrote in an open letter: “If she were confirmed, it would set a dangerous precedent to encourage anti-Semitism on campus, which is already a big problem in the UC system.”


    Oh, for goodness’ sake, will this never stop?

  • Napolitano leaving Homeland Security to head University of California | McClatchy

    Though she’s not an academic and “some may consider her to be an unconventional choice,” Sherry Lansing, a University of California regent, called her “without a doubt the right person at the right time to lead this incredible university.”

  • U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists - Bloomberg

    In a January 2012 report titled “Jihadism on the Web: A Breeding Ground for Jihad in the Modern Age,” the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service drew a convincing picture of an Islamist Web underground centered around “core forums.” These websites are part of the Deep Web, or Undernet, the multitude of online resources not indexed by commonly used search engines.

    No Data

    The Netherlands’ security service, which couldn’t find recent data on the size of the Undernet, cited a 2003 study from the University of California at Berkeley as the “latest available scientific assessment.” The study found that just 0.2 percent of the Internet could be searched. The rest remained inscrutable and has probably grown since. In 2010, Google Inc. said it had indexed just 0.004 percent of the information on the Internet.

    Websites aimed at attracting traffic do their best to get noticed, paying to tailor their content to the real or perceived requirements of search engines such as Google. Terrorists have no such ambitions. They prefer to lurk in the dark recesses of the Undernet.

    “People who radicalise under the influence of jihadist websites often go through a number of stages,” the Dutch report said. “Their virtual activities increasingly shift to the invisible Web, their security awareness increases and their activities become more conspiratorial.”

    Radicals who initially stand out on the “surface” Web quickly meet people, online or offline, who drag them deeper into the Web underground. “For many, finally finding the jihadist core forums feels like a warm bath after their virtual wanderings,” the report said.

    When information filters to the surface Web from the core forums, it’s often by accident. Organizations such as al-Qaeda use the forums to distribute propaganda videos, which careless participants or their friends might post on social networks or YouTube.

    Communication on the core forums is often encrypted. In 2012, a French court found nuclear physicist Adlene Hicheur guilty of, among other things, conspiring to commit an act of terror for distributing and using software called Asrar al-Mujahideen, or Mujahideen Secrets. The program employed various cutting-edge encryption methods, including variable stealth ciphers and RSA 2,048-bit keys.

    The NSA’s Prism, according to a classified PowerPoint presentation published by the Guardian, provides access to the systems of Microsoft Corp. (and therefore Skype), Facebook Inc., Google, Apple Inc. and other U.S. Internet giants. Either these companies have provided “master keys” to decrypt their traffic - - which they deny — or the NSA has somehow found other means.

    Traditional Means

    Even complete access to these servers brings U.S. authorities no closer to the core forums. These must be infiltrated by more traditional intelligence means, such as using agents posing as jihadists or by informants within terrorist organizations.

    Similarly, monitoring phone calls is hardly the way to catch terrorists. They’re generally not dumb enough to use Verizon. Granted, Russia’s special services managed to kill Chechen separatist leader Dzhokhar Dudayev with a missile that homed in on his satellite-phone signal. That was in 1996. Modern-day terrorists are generally more aware of the available technology.

    At best, the recent revelations concerning Prism and telephone surveillance might deter potential recruits to terrorist causes from using the most visible parts of the Internet. Beyond that, the government’s efforts are much more dangerous to civil liberties than they are to al-Qaeda and other organizations like it.

  • Lipstick study opens up concerns about carcinogen

    Testing of 32 commonly sold lipsticks and lip glosses found they contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals — some at potentially toxic levels, according to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

    #santé #maquillage #chimie #cancer

  • San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster Identified as Suspect in Ongoing Attempts to Sabotage The Leslie Brodie Network In Matters Dealing with Exposure of Corruption In Re California Energy Crisis, Money Laundering, UC System; “No Longer Just SEO”

    The Leslie Brodie Report’s technical team is looking into possibility that elements operating out San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster are also responsible for the actual damage sustained by various platforms.

    According to a knowledgeable source familiar with the situation, the recent attempts to compromise TLR “go far and beyond mere Search Engine Optimization.”

    The source stated the unlawful conduct “requires advanced capabilities and are indicative of a high level of technical sophistication.”

    Operating under the auspices of Diversity while hiding behind Asians and Africans, Morrison & Foerster and partner James Brosnahan were identified as potential wrongdoers in matters dealing with California Energy Crisis, Voice of OC, CaliforniaALL, as well as events surrounding various outfits maintained by the University of California.

    For further reading about Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan, please see @:


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  • URGENT- BREAKING NEWS: CleanTECH San Diego Removes Name of Deposed UC Scripps’s Tony Haymet From Website Amid Exposure on The Leslie Brodie Report; Red Flags Over Latham & Watkins, Lucas, Africa, Brosnahan;YR:Remain Calm - I’m on the Case


    Following on the heels of exposure on The Leslie Brodie Report, San Diego-based CleanTECH quicly moved to redact the name of deposed Tony Haymet from its web-site.

    Yesterday, The Leslie Brodie Report published a profile of CleanTECH, including the names of Leadership / Board of Directors See@:



    Our mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the greater San Diego region. We accomplish this through a series of programs including education and outreach, policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Our membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutes, and government and non-profit organizations.


    Tony Haymet, Interim Chairman & Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Kelley Gale, Vice Chairman & Partner, Latham & Watkins
    Julian Parra, Vice Chairman & Senior Vice President, Bank of America

    However, as of today, the name of Haymet is nowhere to be found.

    Jim Waring, Executive Chairman
    Kelley Gale, Vice Chairman & Partner, Latham & Watkins
    Julian Parra, Vice Chairman & Senior Vice President, Bank of America
    Clark Crawford, Vice Chaiman & VP Sales & Business Development USA, Soitec


    Jim Avery, San Diego Gas & Electric
    Bryan Bjorndal, Assure Controls
    Michael Kempa, Honeywell International
    Joe Mahler, Synthetic Genomics
    Bill Sahnd, GE
    Daniel Sullivan, Sullivan Solar Power
    Jared Quient, AMSOLAR

    Business & Financial

    Julia Brown, Forestview Advisors
    Mike Elconin, Tech Coast Angels
    Peter Fisher, LightSource Renewables, LLC
    Josh Lampl, EcoElectron Ventures
    Glenn Mosier, UBS Financial Services

    Professional Services

    Lee Barken, Haskell & White, LLP
    Ed Bryant, KPMG
    Ben Haddad, California Strategies
    Patrick Hanson, Barney & Barney
    John Lormon, Procopio
    Darren Morgan, Cushman & Wakefield
    Doug Regnier, Ernst & Young
    Steven Rowles, Morrison & Foerster
    Seth Stein, Green Talent Staffing

    Non-governmental Organizations

    Ruben Barrales, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Timothy Kelley, Imperial Valley EDC
    Joe Panetta, BIOCOM
    Duane Roth, CONNECT
    Lisa Easterly, San Diego Regional EDC
    Bill Walton, Sports & Entertainment Innovation


    Scott Anders, University of San Diego
    Sandra Brown, UC San Diego
    Alan Sweedler, San Diego State University
    Stephen Welter, San Diego State University


    Eric Engelman, Office of Mayor Sanders, City of San Diego
    Gabe Gutierrez, Office of Ron Roberts, County of San Diego
    Jim Madaffer, City of San Diego
    Scott Peters, Port of San Diego
    Craig Ruiz, City of Chula Vista
    Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Southwest

    See @: http://www.cleantechsandiego.org/board-of-directors.html

    Current List of Regents of the University of California(Note: According to YR Circumstances Surrounding UCI Foundation-Joe Dunn;UC Berkeley Foundation-Freada Kapor;Scripps-Tony Haymet-CleanTECH; If Money is Laundered is with Consent of Regents)

    Appointed Regents:

    Richard C. Blum
    Appointed March 12, 2002 to a term expiring March 1, 2014 (by Davis); B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.B.A, University of California, Berkeley; Chairman of Blum Capital Partners, L.P.; Co-Chairman of Newbridge Capital, LLC.

    William De La Peña, M.D.
    Appointed August 18, 2006 to a term expiring March 1, 2018 (by Schwarzenegger); Ophthalmologist and medical director of the De La Pena Eye Clinic; B.S., American School Foundation; M.D., Autonomous University of Guadalajara.

    Russell Gould
    Appointed September 13, 2005 to a term expiring March 1, 2017 (by Schwarzenegger); B.A., University of California, Berkeley.

    Eddie Island
    Appointed June 6, 2005 to a term expiring March 1, 2017 (by Schwarzenegger); retired attorney and executive; J.D., Harvard Law School.

    George Kieffer
    Appointed May 6, 2009 (by Schwarzenegger) to term expiring March 1, 2021; Partner and member of the Executive Committee of the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Bachelor’s degree, University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D. degree from UCLA.

    Sherry L. Lansing
    Appointed March 11, 1999 to a term expiring March 1, 2010 (by Davis);re-appointed in 2010 (by Schwarzenegger) to a term expiring March 1, 2022. Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation and former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group; B.S., Northwestern University. Ms. Lansing is the current Chairman of the Board.

    Monica Lozano
    Appointed September 21, 2001 to term expiring March 1, 2013 (by Davis); Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of La Opinión Newspaper

    Hadi Makarechian
    Appointed October 24, 2008 to term expiring March 1, 2020 (by Schwarzenegger); B.S. (Civil Engineering), B.A. (Economics), State University of New York; Chairman of Makar Properties Board of Directors and Banning Lewis Ranch Management Company Board of Directors.

    Norman J. Pattiz
    Appointed September 21, 2001 to a term expiring March 1, 2004 (by Davis); appointed September 4, 2003 to a term expiring March 1, 2014 (by Davis); Founder and Chairman of the Board of Westwood One.

    Bonnie Reiss
    Appointed March 27, 2008 to a term expiring March 1, 2020 (by Schwarzenegger); Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors; BBA, University of Miami; J.D., Antioch Law School.

    Fred Ruiz
    Appointed July 2, 2004 to a term expiring March 1, 2016 (by Schwarzenegger); Co-founder and Chairman, Ruiz Foods.

    Leslie Tang Schilling
    Appointed September 13, 2005 to a term expiring March 1, 2013 (by Schwarzenegger); B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A, American Graduate School of International Management; Director of Union Square Investments, Inc.

    Jonathan Stein
    Student Regent, July 13, 2012- June 30, 2013; B.A., Harvard University (English); UC Berkeley student at Berkeley Law School and Goldman School of Public Policy.

    Bruce D. Varner
    Appointed August 18, 2006 to a term expiring March 1, 2018 (by Schwarzenegger); Partner in the law firm Varner & Brandt; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D., Hastings Law School. Mr. Varner is the current Vice Chair of the Board.

    Paul Wachter
    Appointed July 2, 2004 (by Schwarzenegger) to a term expiring March 1, 2016; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Columbia School of Law;Founder, President and CEO, Main Street Advisors.

    Charlene Zettel
    Appointed May 6, 2009 to term expiring March 1, 2021 (by Schwarzenegger); Board member, San Diego Regional Airport Authority; B.S., University of Southern California.

    Ex Officio Regents

    Jerry Brown
    Governor of California and ex-officio Regent, January 3, 2011 – present.

    Gavin Newsom
    Lieutenant Governor and ex officio Regent, effective January 10, 2011 – present.

    John A. Pérez
    Speaker of the Assembly and ex officio Regent, effective March 1, 2010 – present; Assemblymember from the 46th district.

    Tom Torlakson
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction and ex officio Regent, January 3, 2011 – present.

    Mark G. Yudof
    President of the University and ex officio Regent, effective June 16, 2008; B.A., University of Pennsylvania; LL.B, Law School, University of Pennsylvania.

    Alan Mendelson
    Alumni Regent from July 1, 2012- June 30, 2013 and Vice President of the Alumni Associations of the University of Calfornia; B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Harvard University.

    Ronald Rubenstein
    Alumni Regent from July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013, and President of the Alumni Associations of the University of California; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (Economics); J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law.


    Ken Feingold
    Regent-designate, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013, and Secretary, Alumni Associations of the University of California; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz (History); J.D., University of San Francisco.

    Van Schultz
    Regent-designate, July 1, 2012- June 30, 2013 and Treasurer, Alumni Associations of the University of Calfornia; B.S., University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., University of California, Los Angeles.

    Cinthia Flores
    Student Regent-designate, July 1, 2012- June 30, 2013; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles.

    Faculty Representatives to The Regents

    Robert Powell
    Faculty Representative to The Regents, September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2013, and current Chair of the Universitywide Academic Senate of the University of California.

    William Jacob
    Faculty Representative to The Regents, September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2014, and current Vice Chair of the Universitywide Academic Senate of the University of California.

    Staff Advisors to The Regents

    Kathy Barton
    Staff Advisor Designate, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.

    Kevin Smith
    Staff Advisor, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.

    Source: http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regbios

  • The Leslie Brodie Report Launched Journalistic Inquiry Into Events Surrounding Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tony Haymet, CleanTECH, Donna Lucas, Marty Africa

    Amid conflicting reports and unanswered questions, The Leslie Brodie Report has launched a journalistic inquiry into events surrounding San Diego-based Scripps Institution of Oceanography (“SIO”), and directors Tony Haymet, Donna Lucas, and Marty Africa.

    Haymet, 56, is “the tenth director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Haymet also serves as UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine sciences and dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences, and is a professor of oceanography at Scripps. He joined Scripps in 2006,” according to SIO. (Image: courtesy)

    According to incomplete and misleading infomation issued by the University of California “Scripps Director Tony Haymet is taking a sabbatical and will continue his research program, accept an excellence award as Visiting Professor of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, (http://www.geomar.de/en) and chair the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Council (http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-oceans-2012-0). The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

    The Leslie Brodie Report has managed to confirm that Hayment is taking a sabbatical from October 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

    The Leslie Brodie Report also managed to confirm that Haymet is presently employed at Los Angeles-based Phillips & Associates — a financial planning and fundraising counsel for not-for-profit institutions and organizations.

    According to Phillips & Associates, “Tony’ principal responsibilities focus on our firm’s assignment in the development of a new non-profit organization at the Port of Los Angeles.”

    The Leslie Brodie Report also managed to confirm that Hayment is also employed at Pegasus Capital Advisors — a private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to companies across a variety of industries.

    It was not immidietly clear what, if any, are Haymet’s plans as far as CleanTECH — a private, non-profit member organization he launched in 2007.

    Please continue @:

  • Study: Kids Are All Right With Gay or Straight Parents « MasterAdrian’s Weblog

    Study: Kids Are All Right With Gay or Straight Parents
    A new UCLA study of children adopted after being in foster care further confirms that gay parents are as good for them as straight ones.
    BY Trudy Ring
    October 22 2012 3:40 PM ET

    Children who are adopted after being in foster care do equally well whether the adoptive parents are gay, lesbian, or straight, according to a new study.

    Psychologists from the University of California, Los Angeles, evaluated 82 high-risk children adopted from foster care in Los Angeles County, of whom 60 were placed with heterosexual parents and 22 with gay or lesbian parents. The researchers assessed the children at three points after their placement with the families: two months, one year, and two years.

    “On average, children in both household types showed significant gains in cognitive development and maintained similar levels of behavior problems over time, despite gay and lesbian parents raising children with higher levels of biological and environmental risks prior to adoptive placement,” the psychologists wrote in the study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. “Results demonstrated that high-risk children show similar patterns of development over time in heterosexual and gay and lesbian adoptive households.” On average, the children’s IQ scores increased by 10 points.

    The message of the study, said coauthor Letitia Anne Peplau, is that “there is no scientific basis to discriminate against gay and lesbian parents.” Read more here and here.

  • TIMELINE — SUMMER 2010 : DLA Piper Which Housed CaliforniaALL Partnered with CaliforniaALL’s Freada Klein Kapor’s Level Playing Field Institute to Provide Internships for Minority Undergraduates in DLA Piper’s San Francisco (TLR Note: Video Dated 2009)

    Throughout the summer, we again partnered with the Level Playing Field’s IDEAL Scholars program and the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars program to provide summer internships for minority undergraduates in our San Francisco Office.

    The Level Playing Field Institute’s IDEAL Scholars program is a six-week internship for low-income, under-represented students of color attending the University of California-Berkeley who are interested in pursuing law school. The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) provides four-year college scholarships to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and develop their leadership potential. DLA Piper’s close relationship with the JRF, including our providing office space and resources to JRF’s West Coast operations in Los Angeles, came about through Los Angeles Managing Partner Michael Meyer, who is on the JRF board and is a longtime supporter of its scholarship program.

    During their internship with us, the students shadow DLA Piper lawyers and staff; at the culmination of their internship, they deliver a presentation on the functions and synergies of the departments with which they worked. The goal of the internship is to give the students some perspective of what it is like to work in a large law firm and to develop an appreciation for all jobs performed. Hear from past IDEAL scholars in a YouTube presentation provided by the Level Playing Field Institute.







  • Pepper-spraying campus police won’t face charges - Yahoo! News

    DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Davis police officers who doused students and alumni with pepper spray during a campus protest last November won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    But the Yolo County District Attorney’s office said in a statement that there was insufficient evidence to prove the use of force was illegal.

    A task force appointed by the university concluded in April that the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying was “objectively unreasonable” and could have been prevented.

  • Hacks of Valor | Yochai Benkler - Foreign Affairs

    Many of these cases, however, are ambiguous: Last November, for example, #Anonymous activists released the personal details of a police officer who had pepper-sprayed protesters at the University of California, Davis. Similar personal disclosures were a mainstay of the hacks against Arizona law-enforcement officers in 2011. In those cases, there are fewer easy answers to the questions of who is a valid target, what of that target’s information can rightfully be exposed, and who gets to answer these very questions.

    We are left, then, with the task of assessing threats in a state of moral ambiguity. In more naïve times, one might naturally prefer a law-bound state deciding which power abuses should be reined in and which information exposed. But these are no longer naïve times. A decade that saw the normalization in U.S. policy of lawless detentions, torture, and targeted assassinations; a persistent refusal to bring those now or formerly in power, in both the public and private sectors, to account for their failures; and a political system that increasingly favors the rich have eroded that certitude. Perhaps that is the greatest challenge that Anonymous poses: It both embodies and expresses a growing doubt that actors with formal authority will make decisions of greater legitimacy than individuals acting collectively in newly powerful networks and guided by their own consciences.

    Anonymous demonstrates one of the new core aspects of power in a networked, democratic society: Individuals are vastly more effective and less susceptible to manipulation, control, and suppression by traditional sources of power than they were even a decade ago.

  • The Leslie Brodie Report Mulls Filing Amicus Curiae Media Brief in Support of Plaintiff Abigail Fisher in Matter of Fisher v. University of Texas seeking to declare affirmative action programs unconstitutional

    Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California at Irvine calls the case “potentially momentous.” He counts four likely votes to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld a law school admissions policy that used race as just one factor in the admissions decision. The outcome will probably depend on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

    The case is Fisher v. University of Texas. Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself from the case, the New York Times reports.

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  • Why Do Police Officers Use Pepper Spray ? (Wired Science)

    When pepper spray became a mainstream law enforcement tool in the 1990s, it was hailed as a relatively peaceful alternative to harsh physical violence. But as demonstrated by the routine spraying of Occupy Wall Street activists, culminating in the horrific assault at the University of California, Davis, pepper spray can too easily become a tool of first and excessive resort. (...) Source: Wired Science

  • Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis - Boing Boing

    At the University of California at Davis this afternoon, police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested.


  • $50,000 to Solve the Most Complicated Puzzle Ever Attempted

    According to Dr. Cebrian — who is now a research scientist at the University of California, San Diego — instead of just looking for 10 balloons, the new DARPA Shredder Challenge’s ultimate puzzle involves piecing together roughly 10,000 pieces of different documents that have been shredded. “This is almost certainly the most challenging puzzle ever created,” said Cebrian. “A combinatorial number of possibilities makes the problem intractable by computer algorithms alone. A combination of crowd-sourcing and advanced computer-vision algorithms is necessary. This is exactly our approach.”

    Les iraniens avaient déjà fait ça en 1979 :

    Durant la révolution iranienne de 1979, des étudiants et des militants, après avoir pénétré l’ambassade américaine de Téhéran, s’étaient tournés vers des tisserands locaux afin de reconstituer des documents classifiés par la CIA trouvés détruits.

    À vos broyeurs ...

    • un copain égyptologue devait reconstituer une fresque effondrée… mais l’égyptologie a moins de fonds de l’armée