Ken Cheetham is an animal residing on a tiny planet hurtling through space. He has existed for the last 57 of the universe's several billion years. Ken's current goals are to work to increase corporate profits for another decade or two, see the important movies on the weekends, and then be dead forever.
Ken also maintains A Bay Area Progressive Directory on this web site, and is the author of The Nose Cover and other random cruft.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org postal mail: POBox 11232, Berkeley CA 94712 USA
For wonderful hiking right on the edge of town, you may want to check out the open space in Strawberry Canyon, Hamilton Gulch, and Claremont Canyon in Oakland on the East side of Berkeley. The mouth of Strawberry Canyon is only a little over a mile east of downtown Berkeley, within walking distance of BART. Here's my shorter sequence of some favorite photos, a longer sequence, and even a ridiculously complete sequence of many of the canyon photos that I've kept.
This Mature Ecosystem is Threatened by a Major UC Berkeley / FEMA Tree Cut
UC Berkeley is planning a major tree cut and ongoing herbicide applications here. Groups opposing the plan include Save the East Bay Hills, Death of a Million Trees, the Hills Conservation Network, the TreeSpirit Project, East Bay Pesticide Alert, and CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead). See also FEMA's web pages, especially the FAQ, and a critical analysis by former FEMA consultant URS. My photos of some of the threatened trees are at bapd.org/treestalk.html. For an outline of arguments against the cuts, see bapd.org/treenotes.html.
Here are my photos of reclaiming the Gill Tract in 2012, and some more photos from 2013.
And now there is a 1.3-acre Gill Tract Community Farm that is open to all.
The following six videos cover some large protest demonstrations in San Francisco and Oakland, California, shortly before and just after the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Parts 1 through 3 are planned permitted marches before the invasion, while parts 4 through 6 are impromptu protest just after the invasion, on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 2003. Part 4 covers a mass arrest for walking in the street without a permit. Parts 5 and 6 feature interesting interplay with police attempting to keep the protesters out of the streets. This is raw video heavily edited down into short clips to keep it moving along. The footage focuses on drumming and other music in the streets.
For busy people, here are super-compressed versions (about 48 seconds each):
Parts 1 & 2 (2003-02-15, pre-invasion) View on YouTube or Download for keeps (36 mb)
Parts 5 & 6 (2003-03-21, post-invasion) View on YouTube or Download for keeps (39 mb)
And here are the full-length versions (about 55 minutes total):
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OskTW3VPlT4
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkhfdxWyqsA
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQFTOhXv7HE
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs7uqK6Vg2k
Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKrKXb2zPzs
Part 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8M7ifYEm4c
One product makes you stylish And one product makes you score But the ones that we keep buying Quickly turn into a bore Go ask Darwin Why we thirst for More And if you go chasing status Well you know you're going to fail Cause a cigar-smoking corporate feller Is holding a phantom grail Call Darwin Or send him email When the men in the boardroom Get up and tell you what you need And you've just been watching television And the Joneses look in the lead Go ask Darwin I think he'll know When your genes only want to pass themselves on After you've fallen sloppy dead And they've tricked you into an endless rat race Though like the Red Queen you can't get ahead Remember What your gut once said Ease your dread Ease your dread