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Unsafe Beaches

Unsafe BeachesFRESH DIRT > Warning issued by county’s health services department
Last week county health officials posted warning signs at three Santa Cruz beaches notifying people to stay out of the water. The water at the three beaches, which is tested for bacteria levels each week, is unsafe to swim in due to the high levels of bacteria. Cowell Beach, Main Beach, and Rio del Mar Beach received the warning signs, which were mainly ignored by beach-goers.
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Stow Family Up Against Suspects and Dodgers

Stow Family Up Against Suspects and Dodgers

FRESH DIRT > Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz resident and father of two, was severely beaten by two men on March 31, 2011, in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot in Los Angeles. Since then, the Stow family has sued the Dodgers and 13 of the team’s related entities while the two suspects charged in the beating remain behind bars.

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UCSC Welcomes New Police Chief

UCSC Welcomes New Police Chief

SLUG REPORT > There’s a new chief on campus. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Nader Oweis was officially sworn in as UC Santa Cruz’s new chief of police, at a ceremony attended by many colleagues, family members, and Chancellor George Blumenthal.

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Modern Alchemy

Local nonprofit The Clean Oceans Project (TCOP) is working to convert plastic waste (the sort that clogs up our precious ocean waters) into liquid fuels, including gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. This plastic-to-fuel conversion will come in handy while the nonprofit executes their mission—to clean up plastic pollution from the oceans. Theoretically, they could then use the plastic waste they collect at sea to fuel their voyage home. The group has partnered with E-N-ergy, the U.S. Distributor for Japan-based Blest Company, which manufactures the portable plastic-to-fuel conversion units, to give demonstrations of this technology for the Santa Cruz community. Read about their latest demo in GT’s news blog, Fresh Dirt, at goodtimessantacruz.com. Learn more about TCOP at thecleanoceansproject.org.

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UCSC Eliminates Admin Position

UCSC Eliminates Admin Position

Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty laid off with budget cuts

In yet another sign of the troubling financial times, UC Santa Cruz will be eliminating the position of vice chancellor of student affairs, effective Sept. 1.

This means that Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty will be laid off, saving the school about $200,000 a year.

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Money Talks

The threat of a U.S. government default may be behind us (and what a mess that was), but the future of the U.S. economy is still unknown. But UC Santa Cruz lecturer Benjamin Lozano has hope for it, and believes there are still some good qualities in modern finance. He shares some of these reasons with GT in this week’s Slug Report blog explaining some findings from his research on derivatives financial technologies (yes, that’s English) and delving into the intricate possibilities and pitfalls of synthetic finance. You can read the interview with Lozano and check out our other blogs while you’re there.

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The Future of Finance

The Future of Finance

SLUG REPORT > A Q&A with UCSC lecturer Benjamin Lozano

The threat of a U.S. government default may be behind us, but the future of the U.S. economy remains uncertain. UC Santa Cruz lecturer Benjamin Lozano remains optimistic, however. Lozano recently sat down with Good Times to share some of the positive qualities of modern finance that he has discovered in his research of derivatives financial technologies, and speculate on what the future of finance might look like.

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The Lunar Lowdown

The Lunar Lowdown

 

SLUG REPORT > UCSC researchers unveil new theory about the moon

Pink Floyd may have sung about the dark side of the moon, but UC Santa Cruz planetary scientists have made an important new insight into the far side of the moon.

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Water Issues Loom Over City Council Meeting

Water Issues Loom Over City Council Meeting

FRESH DIRT > Desal plant and water swaps discussed at Tuesday’s meeting

Proponents and opponents of the proposed desalination plant dominated the discussion at the Tuesday, July 26, city council meeting.

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UCSC Gets Up Close and Personal With Microscopes

UCSC Gets Up Close and Personal With Microscopes

SLUG REPORT > From vast outer space to the smallest components in the human body, researchers at UC Santa Cruz are striving to see life on a closer level. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, they are nearing their goal.

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Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
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Nut Kreations

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Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay