Blogging Bayport Alameda

December 20, 2016

Give a little bit

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

This is my last post for the year.  The kids are out tomorrow and I’m pretty much done with 2016 in general.  There will be no retrospective of 2016 because, seriously, this year has been quite the cluster.  So, with that note, Happy Holidays to you and your family.

But first, since this will be my last post for the year, I wanted to put a plug in for the Go Fund Me campaign for this year’s Ruby Bridges Fifth Grade Science Camp trip.   We just received word that the cost of the bus for this year will be much higher than last year because of the need for ADA wheelchair access this year.  Unfortunately not all families can afford the $310 per student cost for Science Camp, so we’re asking for help from the community to get every Fifth Grade student at Ruby Bridges to Science Camp this year.

Unfortunately we will be unable to have the annual fundraiser, Spirit Song, this year which typically generates the most money toward the trip, so we’ve been cobbling together every little bit of money possible (Spin Pizza Night fundraiser on January 11, 2017 come down between 5:30 and 8!) to make this trip a reality.

Any little bit that you can give will help immensely. Make 2016 not suck so hard by donating toward a great cause.

And thank you for all those who have already donated, your generosity is deeply appreciated.



  1. Lauren, thank you for the last year — well, years really — of your blog. It has been a great way to find out what political antics are going on in our fair island city, and it’s always fun to read the comments from the comedic peanut gallery of trolling naysayers.

    Comment by therealdanwood — December 20, 2016 @ 8:32 am

  2. Science is important especially now. In January 2017 there is a movie release touching on this subject.

    Comment by frank — December 20, 2016 @ 9:05 am

  3. Lauren, Happy Holidays and thanks again. A well-earned break until 2017 (or, rest up for next year!)

    Comment by MP — December 20, 2016 @ 9:09 am

  4. “Make 2016 not suck so hard…”

    Things That Happened In 2016

    New chemotherapy breakthroughs have increased the 5-year survival for pancreatic cancer from 16% to 27% (and is getting better)

    · Scientists figured out how to link robotic limbs with the part of the brain that deals with intent to move so people don’t have to think about how they will move the limb, it can just happen.

    · Child mortality is down everywhere and it keeps going down.

    · Thanks to the ice bucket challenge the gene responsible for ALS has been found, meaning we are closer to an effective treatment. Let me rephrase that: we are close to getting a treatment for a very bad disease because a lot of people (including really hot celebrities) got wet.

    · A solar powered plan circumnavigated the world.

    · Michael Jordan donates 2mil to try and help bridge connection between police and the community.

    · Tiger numbers are growing.

    · And manatees.

    · And pandas.

    · Pakistan has made strides toward outlawing honor killings.

    · 70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against ISIS.

    · Pokemon Go players went insane with placing lure modules near hospitals for sick kids.

    · California is now powering over 6 million homes with solar power, a record in the US (and that is the tightest shit)

    · Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours.

    · Apparently world crime as a whole has drastically declined as a whole in the last couple of decades.

    · Coffee consumption has been proved to help curtail cancer and suicide rates.

    · Speaking of coffee Starbucks figured out how to donate perishable food in a food safe way.

    · 500 elephants were relocated to a better, safer and bigger home.

    · We made massive strides in Alzheimers’ prevention (my grandmother literally told me that scares her more than getting cancer this is very good news)

    · The ozone layer is repairing itself and all the work we did to get rid of those aerosol chemicals was actually worth it.

    · A new therapy developed in Israel could cure radiation sickness.

    · The Anglican church resolved to solemnize same-sex unions the same as opposite-sex unions which required a super majority of all three orders of the church (lay, clergy, bishop).

    · The Rabbinical Assembly issued a resolution affirming the rights of transgender and non-conforming individuals.

    · Precision treatments for cancer are hitting clinical trials and WORKING (as someone who’s had relatives with cancer this is the best news)

    · Dentists are once again providing free care to veterans who need it.

    · The Orlando Shakespeare Festival showed up with angel wings to block funeral-goers for the Orlando Pulse victims, view from anti-gay protesters

    · Rise Women’s Legal Centre opened

    · Death by heart disease has decreased by 70% in the United States

    · Two brothers saw color for the first time thanks to specially-designed glasses

    • Portugal ran its entire nation solely on renewable energy for four days straight

    · A retiree is launching a project to transport 80 endangered rhinos to an Australian reservation to save the animals from poaching

    · An Afghan teacher has been delivering books via bicycle to villages that lack schools

    · Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

    · 200 strangers attended the funeral of a homeless WW2 veteran with no family

    · A teen battling cancer married his sweetheart

    · Bank firm pays for college tuition for the children of employees who died in the 9/11 attacks

    · New medicine has been shown to increase melanoma survival rate to 40%

    · Over 800 Boko Harem Hostages were rescued by Nigerian Army

    · Toys R Us is Offering Quiet Shopping Hour for kids with autism this holiday season

    · Volunteers made special tiny Halloween costumes for NICU babies

    · A 4-year old befriends a lonely man and helped him heal after losing his wife

    Comment by jack — December 20, 2016 @ 10:05 am

    • I don’t know where you got your figures on pancreatic cancer, but they are wildly optimistic. It is still a very lethal disease.
      From American Cancer Society site:
      “The 5-year survival rate for people with stage IA pancreatic cancer is about 14%. For stage IB cancer, the 5-year survival rate is about 12%.
      For stage IIA pancreatic cancer, the 5-year survival rate is about 7%. For stage IIB cancer, the 5-year survival rate is about 5%.
      The 5-year survival rate for stage III pancreatic cancer is about 3%.
      Stage IV pancreatic cancer has a 5-year survival rate of about 1%. “

      Comment by Kevis Brownson — December 20, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

  5. That is quite a list, Jack. Where did you get it? I don’t mean to rain on this parade, but some of the medical assertions don’t ring true.

    “Between 1969 and 2013, overall death rates fell nearly 68 percent for heart disease…” but
    “The death rate for heart disease declined 1.6 percent, from 169.8 in 2013 to 167 in 2014”.

    Comment by vigi — December 20, 2016 @ 11:15 am

      • OK I guess decreasing by 70% over 35 years is “plummeting”. The overriding reason is the decrease in smoking, after the tobacco ads were removed from the airwaves and smoking was no longer glamorized in TV shows and films. Maybe Trump will take this a bit farther and outlaw the sale of cigarettes entirely. You never know.

        Comment by vigi — December 20, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

      • George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds…all dead of heart ailments. I think Satan must have seen this list, Jack.

        Comment by vigi — December 30, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

        • Yeah, too busy to blog.

          Comment by jack — January 1, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  6. Even if some of it isn’t accurate, that is a great list. I just wish that the climate problem was reversible like the ozone layer. Even without Tillerson, Putin and Exxon accelerating things we are probably looking at a really gloomy situation long term. And tax cuts don’t increase anything but the wealth of the oligarchs. But the off shore banks may literally be under water before long.

    Comment by MI — December 20, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

  7. The forces of global capitalism led by fairly liberal democratic governments have done a lot of good for the world in the last several decades. Unfortunately, the backlash to that relative peace and prosperity by those who find themselves benefiting a bit less from their race and gender is going to make 2017 suck really bad. Merry Christmas.

    Comment by BMac — December 20, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

  8. Thank you Lauren, for keeping us up to date on goings on around our little city all year long. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Kevis Brownson — December 20, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

  9. Lauren,

    Did the disabled ruin your science trip? That sucks! I hate all those ramps and I could kill the person who gave all the good parking spots to the disabled . I yelled at a disabled person for parking in one of our spots. I got your back . Your so brilliant , your so cool. Your always right .

    Comment by Master B — December 20, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

  10. John took a big check to Ms. Fig for science camp today. Come on, community, we can do this!

    Comment by Kate Quick — December 20, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

  11. Thanks Kate! And thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign so far. You folks are superstars!

    Comment by Lauren Do — December 21, 2016 @ 3:59 am

  12. Donation in, Thanks for bringing this cause to our attention.

    Comment by maureen Shandobil — December 21, 2016 @ 10:56 am

  13. Other Good Things That Happened In 2016:

    Chicago Cubs won the World Series

    Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature

    Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert
    [thus putting an end to this global warming nonsense. A few years ago, snow fell in Bethlehem for the first time. Remember that for every pound of ice that melts above the Arctic Circle, a pound of snow falls at the South Pole. The ice caps aren’t disappearing; they’re just redistributing]

    Please add your own

    Comment by vigi — December 21, 2016 @ 1:54 pm

  14. Ignorant, illiterate & mean spirited comments are a good reminder of how critical it is to ensure our kids get solid educations, especially in science. Not to mention a source of inspiration – donation made. Happy Holidays to all.

    Comment by Alison — December 22, 2016 @ 12:23 am

  15. I’m also making a donation so kids don’t grow up as uninformed as vigi. Happy holidays!

    Comment by notadave — December 22, 2016 @ 9:26 am

  16. #14 & #15; You should look in a mirror. There is a huge chip on your shoulders blocking your view of reality.

    Comment by vigi — December 22, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    • tell ’em your GPA, vigi!

      Comment by BC — December 22, 2016 @ 11:35 am

  17. Me too. Poor old vigi!

    Comment by BC — December 22, 2016 @ 10:34 am

  18. Alison, with your no doubt extensive science background, you are obviously more qualified than I am to judge what is SCIENCE. Please tell me what is “ignorant, illiterate, and mean-spirited” about Bob Dylan or the Chicago Cubs. Or maybe it is the World Series or the Nobel Prize you find to be offensive? How can you declare a post that mentioned 3 real events “ignorant, illiterate, and mean-spirited”.?…Maybe you approve of Jack’s list, but not mine.. based on ?

    Oh, I know. You’re madder than hell that it SNOWED on the sand dunes of the “Gateway to the Sahara Desert”…and that doesn’t fit your Global Warming hypothesis very well.

    TLI* = Everyone Belongs In Alameda. Except: Republicans, Conservatives, and anyone who voted for Donald Trump. Just read the Letters to the Editor of the Alameda Sun. I had no idea our local 12 year olds were capable of spewing such vile hatred.

    *TLI = Typical Liberal Intolerance: a new syndrome just identified by medical science during the 2016 USA election cycle. [Go ahead, Google it. I’ll wait…]
    (closely related to TLH = Typical Left-wing Hypocrisy,)

    Comment by vigi — December 22, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    • Actually, extreme weather, such as snow in areas that don’t typically have snow is one of the by-products of global warming.

      Comment by notadave — December 22, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

      • That’s what’s so funny about ‘warmers’. The earth could develop a mile thick crust of ice and the ‘true believers’ would blame it on anthropogenic forcing.

        Comment by jack — December 23, 2016 @ 10:31 am

        • scientific evidence Jack. Climate Change is bigger than warming and results in a lot of cold but the over all impact is warming. The science is overwhelming and was even posited in one of those 1950s Mr. Science programs with the grey haired scientist with the 12 year old boy who asks questions. “As a matter of fact Johnny, in theory man made carbon could eventually throw the climate into complete disarray, but of course that will never happen! Ha-ha-ha!”

          Comment by MI — January 6, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

        • Comment by jack — January 7, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

  19. How should we apply science (or art) to this: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes” – DJT

    Comment by MP — December 22, 2016 @ 1:44 pm

    • That one is not on my list. The POETUS said a lot of stupid things during his campaign, and during his life. Nuclear war is not on any list of “good things”, in any year.

      Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah everyone.

      Comment by vigi — December 22, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

      • It’s stupid if we do not maintain the number and capability of nuclear weapons. It’s simple game theory, if one side gains nuclear dominance in numbers or capability the other side loses. POETUS damned well better know that, as should anyone who knows a smidgen of history since Hiroshima/Nagasaki.

        Comment by jack — December 23, 2016 @ 10:53 am

        • NIxon and Brezhnev in a swimming pool filled with gasoline. I have three matches. I have four.

          Comment by Gerard L. — December 23, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

        • Not a good analogy, Gerard. If Nixon and Brezhnev were in a swimming pool filled with gasoline together and both had matchs, hell I’d throw a match in since I’m not in their swimming pool.

          Comment by jack — December 23, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

        • Jack and Gerard on an island with rising sea levels. I have three boats. I have four.

          Comment by Gerard L. — December 26, 2016 @ 9:58 pm

        • keep trying, Gerard. You’re slowly sinking.

          Comment by jack — December 27, 2016 @ 9:24 am

  20. Uh, Vigi… Unbunch your panties. I wasn’t referring to your or Jack’s list. Although, the Cubs probably had more to do with miracles than science. And I am a big Dylan fan.

    Looking back, I can see how you may have thought my comment referred to your post and for that I apologize.

    Peace out.

    Comment by greenefree — December 22, 2016 @ 9:58 pm

    • Oops. Signature defaulted…. #20 is from me (Alison)

      Comment by Alison — December 23, 2016 @ 1:53 pm

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