Dark States – Heroin Town
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Dark States – Heroin Town


The Dark States Heroin Town |  The opioid epidemic or opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada in the 2010s. Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a very strong painkiller, fentanyl, which is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin. The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them popular both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression, and may cause respiratory failure and death. (more…)

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How To Make Expensive Cities <p>Affordable for Everyone Again

How To Make Expensive Cities

Affordable for Everyone Again

Recently, we wrote about a new report from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office that found that poorer neighborhoods that have added more market-rate housing in the Bay Area since 2000 have been less likely to experience displacement. The idea is counterintuitive but consistent with what many economists theorize: Build more housing, and the cost of it goes down. Restrict housing, and the cost of it rises. If you’re a struggling renter, you’re better off if there’s more housing for everyone.

Many readers responded by saying “of course! supply and demand!” as if we’d just uncovered the obvious. Many others responded “of course! supply and demand!” — by which they meant, facetiously, that market dynamics clearly don’t work this way in neighborhoods like the Mission in San Francisco, where poor residents feel pushed out by tech workers moving in.

This question — how do we make room in highly desirable cities for everyone — gets at a defining problem of our times. And even experts (economists, sociologists and land-use scholars) don’t agree on the best answer. So we asked several of them to hash out the debate further for us here: What happens to housing affordability when we build more housing that’s not subsidized? Do the laws of supply and demand really apply here?

More market-rate units won’t protect low-income renters

Alex Karner, assistant professor, Georgia Tech School of City and Regional Planning, and Chris Benner, professor, University of California, Santa Cruz Environmental Studies Department (more…)

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“The Fat Fish” in South Berkeley

“The Fat Fish” in South Berkeley

Hyun Kang is an entrepreneur who has made Berkeley his home territory for his restaurant, the Fat Fish. Walk in and see what this entrepreneur has done for a small business in a small town. He serves the freshest fish and seafood. He has reviews on Yelp! and now, he has a new article to showcase his business.

The Fat Fish started out something different from it is today. At one time, about three years ago, Bong changed his menu, the name, and the way he did business. Now, his business is booming, thanks to the fish of the day and the hard work he puts in. There are three employees plus him and his wife. Whether you enjoy prawns, catfish, red snapper or oysters;  customers say “perfectly cooked”, OMG the coleslaw is incredible, crispy and southern seasoned.

Hyun Kang is the owner, the cook, as well as serving and hosting the people who visit. He has many opportunities to grow in the business for someone willing to work. There are many advancement opportunities for employees who work for Bong. Finding the right person to hire at The Fat Fish  who is willing to work hard, work long hours and train at small business wages is challenging.

Kang has a heartfelt appreciation for  Berkeley and when asked why, he answered “I love Berkeley. I love the history of South Berkeley, the community for Asian & African-Americans living and working side by side. And there is not much competition for the restaurant.” So much so that he could pay off his ten-year loan because of the ten years he has been in business.

He enjoys the area and uses local suppliers to supply most of his goods he uses. He would like to give back to the community but has no idea how to do so. If someone was to come to him with an idea, he would love to support ideas good for the community. (more…)

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Ten Habits of Incredibly Happy People

Ten Habits of Incredibly Happy People

The mistaken notion that major life events dictate your happiness and sadness is so prevalent that psychologists have a name for it: impact bias. The reality is, event-based happiness is fleeting.

Happiness is synthetic—you create it, or you don’t. Happiness that lasts is earned through your habits. Supremely happy people have honed habits that maintain their happiness day in, day out. Try out their habits, and see what they do for you:

  1. They slow down to appreciate life’s little pleasures.

By nature, we fall into routines. In some ways, this is a good thing. It saves precious brainpower and creates comfort. However, sometimes you get so caught up in your routine that you fail to appreciate the little things in life. Happy people know how important it is to savor the taste of their meal, revel in the amazing conversation they just had, or even just step outside to take a deep breath of fresh air.

  1. They exercise.

Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Happy people schedule regular exercise and follow through on it because they know it pays huge dividends for their mood.

  1. They spend money on other people.

Research shows that spending money on other people makes you much happier than spending it on yourself. This is especially true of small things that demonstrate effort, such as going out of your way to buy your friend a book that you know they will like.

  1. They surround themselves with the right people.

Happiness spreads through people. Surrounding yourself with happy people builds confidence, stimulates creativity, and it’s flat-out fun. Hanging around negative people has the opposite effect. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves. Think of it this way: If a person were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You would distance yourself, and you should do the same with negative people. (more…)

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