Anchorage & Jolly Pumpkin’s Calabaza Boreal Collaboration (Picked up at Cask on College in Berkeley). A 4 of 4. Wonderfully tart and fruity - the grapefruit peel, juice, and peppercorns are all there in a clean and not overpowering way. Smells of fruit and dry tart saison notes, as well as some more powerful spice on the palate. Not too oak-y but some nice wood notes in the body. Not too dry or tart though - this drinks very easily and delivers quite a complex and delicious package. Anchorage and Jolly Pumpkin both make excellent stuff - and it’s no surprise their collaboration is great.


Undercover Cop Attempts to Instigate Looting, Pulls Gun When Outed as Police | AmericaWakieWakie 

December 11th, 2014

During the ongoing protests in Berkeley and Oakland, on Dec 10th 2014, two undercover police were outed by the crowd after allegedly attempting to instigate looting, a tactic of entrapment often used by state infiltrators to neutralize and discredit protests. After being discovered one police officer, pictured above, pulled out his gun and began pointing it at protestors. In the scuffle only a black protestor was singled out and arrested.  


Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as soon as I know more information.

Update: KTVU has a related report via BoingBoing:

"Two officers, both dressed as civilians and wearing bandanas over their faces, were walking with the group when the demonstrators started pointing at them yelling, "Hey, they’re undercover, they’re cops!"

Oakland police Lt. Chris Bolton wrote on Twitter Thursday morning that the officer was not an Oakland police officer. Bolton said Oakland police were the first to respond to the scene on a report from another agency.

Bolton wrote, “That outside agency has been notified to provide details and address concerns” regarding the officers’ behavior at the protest.

One Berkeley resident, Dylan, who declined to give his last name, said he pulled off the officer’s bandana.

The two policemen started to walk away, but the protesters persisted, screaming at the two undercover cops. One of the officers pushed a protester aside. The man responded by pushing back and then the officer tackled him to the ground, handcuffing him.

The crowd, incensed, began to gather around them. The second officer pulled out his gun and pointed it at the crowd. More officers quickly arrived and dispersed the crowd.”

SF Gate reports:

"Avery Browne, chief of CHP’s Golden Gate Division, said the agency and other police departments have had plainclothes officers dressed in protester attire walking in these marches since the first demonstration Nov. 24, and he said they will continue to employ this tactic despite Tuesday’s incident."

As of now both officers remain unidentified. 


Empathy & Compassion in the brain

Empathy is a complicated task for the brain.

Reptiles probably can’t do it and it’s going to occur in pretty simple forms for most mammals. But in humans, it really engages the frontal lobes: these newer regions of the brain that are involved in more complex symbolic processes like language, considering alternatives and imagining the future. Empathy requires that you think: there’s someone else out there who has feelings and thoughts that may be different from mine.  That’s a complicated cognitive achievement!

Compassion —the caring instinct— is located down in the center of the brain, near the top of the spinal cord where a lot of our basic instincts are regulated. It’s a very old part of the brain called the periaqueductal gray, which is common to mammals when they take care of their young.

So that’s striking: there’s one kind of thing —empathy— that’s really about understanding people (very complicated!) in the frontal lobes. But caring is is really old in the nervous system.

Learn about the evolutionary roots of compassion & empathy  →

Last night I joined hundreds of UC Berkeley students in a peaceful protest over the recent acts of Police Brutality (Ferguson, Eric Garner…)#We stood in an interstection one block from campus, Telegraph and Channing, At first the police just stood in a straight line, maintaining order over the peaceful protest. Sadly as the night progressed things became scary. While walking to join the protest, I encountered tear gas right next to one of the Berkeley’s dorms. Students were screaming and running trying to shield their eyes. They rallied people inside dorm lobbies, most of them elderly, to protect them from the police.

Later when I met up with the official protest things were calm. But it only took about an hour for things to turn for the worst. The police began to march forward and push us back. They did so without force, just walked forward with an intimidating grasp on their batons. Later, when they decided to move forward, things weren’t so peaceful. The second time I was moved by the Oakland PD (I have pictures of names), and I told them I lived in a building they blocked off, but they disregarded this and told me to go around the block (which was impossible because they had cornered us). Then next thing you  know they are pushing us, not with batons, but with their hands. I was filming an officer and at first he hit my phone so I couldn’t record, then he hit my stomach, and smacked my breast. 

For about three minutes later things were calm. We stood and demanded answers from the police. Why were they moving us forward? What had we done? Then the scariest moment of my life occurred. The battle line of officers began marching forward and jabbing their batons at us. They swung and stepped forward, swung stepped forward…The awful part was that, due to the crowd, it was impossible to escape their blows. For a second they backed off, during that time I stepped closer to video tape some abuse happening to my left and to get names of officers. At that moment they started to run forward and hit me. I fell to the ground but luckily these kind men grabbed me and saved me from being badly injured. (THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE IN THE VIDEO) 

What happened next is why I can’t sleep anymore. After I was standing I was recording the police or at least trying to while they hit me and kept hitting me and my peers. We screamed and they just hit. When I was about to record an officer beating up this man in a blue striped shirt, my phone was knocked out of my hand by a baton. I immediately lunged for my phone (there was good footage and I am a poor college student okay). The moment i reached for it many cops, i cant recall exact numbers but at least three, started hitting me. Then one grabbed me and pulled me across the police line while hitting me. A female officer joined and started beating me. During this time I saw my friends quickly being beaten away. I cried out and begged the officers who were beating me to let me live. I cried “dont kill me” more times than i can count. Before I know it my hands are forced into the ziptie handcuffs and they are still beating me. 

After their temper cooled off they walked me, alone except for hundreds of police officers to a secluded corner. There the police officer tried going through my phone to delete my photos and videos. I immediately told him he was not allowed to do that and he stopped. Then he took my name, age, weight, address and said that I deserved jail. Luckily the bus the takes all the protestors to prison didn’t make it to that area so he let me go. 

I just want this story to be told. When I was being beat, no new crews were there. NBC only showed videos of vandalism, but they didn’t show the cops beating up college students for a peaceful protest.