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The Great Battle of Self-interest

The Great Battle of Self-interest

CNBC has been showing a promo video lately featuring the late Milton Friedman, the free-market, laissez-faire economist. Friedman was hardly your Santa Cruz kind of guy as he argued bookishly against government regulation and what he saw as unreasonable intrusion into free enterprise.

In the video, circa 1980, Friedman asks a question of host Phil Donahue that resonates today, while governments at all levels face grinding debt and the likelihood of cutbacks.

His question: “Is it true that political self-interest is somehow nobler than economic self-interest?”

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Astrology

Aries Festival – Love & the Forces of Restoration

Aries Festival – Love & the Forces of RestorationSunday (Palm Sunday), April 17, 7:44 p.m. (West Coast), the Aries (Rays 1 & 7) solar full moon Festival occurs. On this day, the Love of God streams into the Earth. Esoterically, it is the great western Resurrection (of Life) festival when the Spirit of Resurrection is called forth to release the Forces of Restoration. Active during spring, these are the Forces that renew the Earth. Emanating from the Mind of God, and the Intelligence principle in nature, they stimulate, broaden and awaken the human mind (Mercury) so that intelligent thinking and appropriate action comes forth. During this time of transition and world emergency, the Forces of Restoration are active in every land. Initially they produce increased destruction leading to a reorganization of national life worldwide.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

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American Idol: The Durb Watch


It still baffles me that my mother and father nabbed our sweet little home in Elmhust, Illinois, for under $40,000. Imagine that! That was back in the ’70s. The house was paid off long ago, but I can’t help but think of how different times were back then and how challenging they seem to be now, especially when it comes to the issue of home buying—and home “keeping.” This week, we dive into the housing crisis, specifically foreclosures. Have they hit a peak? Beginning in News, we illuminate the issue, talking to locals who have been affected by the crisis. Then, in this week’s cover story, writer Patrick Dwire goes in-depth on the matter, highlighting the fact that foreclosures in Santa Cruz hit an all-time high in 2010. Dwire also talks to locals who’ve manuevered through what seems like a sea of paperwork with banks to prevent a foreclosure. (One woman’s tale is particularly interesting to note.)

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Local Talk

What is Your Definition of Anarchy?

What is Your Definition  of Anarchy?

Anarchy is conduct through self motive rather than governed or conventional motive.
Celeste Sazani
Santa Cruz | Math Student
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Opinion

The Birthday Industrial Complex

The Birthday Industrial Complex

Happy birthday to you..." You know the song, it's one of the most widely known songs in the English language, translated and widely used in 18 more.

"Happy birthday to youuu..."

At a typical party, everybody starts singing the song at the same time, but in 12 different keys. By the second line, dominant voices have begun to define a common melody, and other voices are shifting to match it. It's still too early to say whether everybody will be on the same note by the end. Third line:

"Happy birthday dear Richard..."

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Astrology

We are the Builders

We are the BuildersWe are preparing for the first of three Spring Festivals, Aries, where we invoke from the Spirit of Resurrection, the Forces of Restoration (not of things old, used, retrogressive or completed, but the restoration of the Plan on Earth). We see the need for restoration in our world. Especially the “restoration” of humanity understanding its spiritual task. Our world is in turmoil. East and west—from wars, to protests (humanity seeking freedom), to earthquakes to radiation now circling the earth, entering our oceans, air, soil, food chain, water and milk.
We are in the heart of unprecedented transformation (Pluto in Capricorn). It is important to remind ourselves the inner reality (reason and purpose) of these happenings. We are in transition, equi-poised between the withdrawing past Age (Ray 6, Pisces) and the incoming new Age (Aquarius, Rays 5 & 7).
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor &

American Idol: The Durb Watch

Sometimes, it seems as if so much is happening—and all at once—that it’s a bit stressful to keep track and integrate all the details. On one end of the world, there’s the tragedy in Japan (see Letters this week.) And on the other, take your pick: Libya? Syria? Egypt? How do you stay balanced when the world around is in turmoil. Well, that’s a good question. For today—for this week—maybe it’s best to focus on the good happening in our backyard. Writer Sven Davis does just that in his intriguing cover story (page 14) in which he explores the inner workings of a nonprofit that we may know about but may not really know  much about—the California Grey Bears. Learn why this organization caught his attention and what the Greys are doing on the Green front.

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Local Talk

Are you ready for the big one?

Are you ready for the big one?


I'm probably not prepared for it because I dont think it's going to happen soon. I try to be optimistic like that.

Nancy Morgan

Soquel | Lab Worker

 

 

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Opinion

Newspapers Fight For Survival in the Digital World

Newspapers Fight For Survival in the Digital World

As poor old newspapers struggle to keep their relevance in an increasingly digital world, I’m reminded of author Jon Katz and his description of online newspapers: they’re like watching Lawrence Welk breakdancing.”

Which reminds of a debate I once saw at a meeting of California editors. On one side was Tom Selleck, who was trying to convince editors to adopt a written code of ethics. On the other side was a team of fat, bald editors who might have won the debate—but they didn’t, because they looked tired, old and far less convincing than the tanned movie star sitting with them on the stage.

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Astrology

Reviewing All Things New

Reviewing All Things NewSwirling around Sunday’s new moon (13:30 Aries) are six planets in Aries (Sun, Moon, Mercury retro, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus). Running close behind are three planets in Pisces (Venus, Chiron, Neptune). The chart looks like a bucket (Aries/Pisces bundle) with a handle (Saturn in Libra opposite Aries). Creating a square to Aries/Libra is Pluto in Capricorn (7 degrees). And off to the side, like sidekicks, are the nodes (direction) in Sag/Gemini. It’s a potent chart for the week, month, year and times, filled with cardinal energies (Aries, Libra, Capricorn) and new direction (Aries/Sag). As Pluto in Capricorn calls for release of all things hidden, Uranus and the other four in Aries create all things new no matter outer risks or consequences.
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Mountain Mystic

When Cora Evans died in Boulder Creek in 1957, her thousands of pages of religious writings hadn’t yet been published. More than a half a century later, Evans’ fiery visions and spiritual devotion have inspired a crusade within Catholicism to make her the Santa Cruz Mountains’ first saint

 

Wesak (Water) Taurus Solar Festival, Buddha Blesses the Earth

A most important celebration occurs Sunday, May 3—the Wesak Taurus Buddha Solar Festival/full moon. At the moment of the full moon the Buddha’s presence enters the Earth plane for eight minutes. He brings the Will-to-Good from the Father, which, when reaching humanity becomes goodwill (Mother Principle). Held yearly in a valley hidden deep within the Himalayas, the Wesak festival is prepared for for months in advance (beginning at Winter Solstice). On festival day, amidst pilgrims, disciples and Holy Ones gathered in the valley, the Buddha is invoked through movement, symbols and mantrams. At the moment of the full moon, hearing the words, “We are ready, Buddha, come,” the Lord of Illumination (brother of the Christ) appears in the clouds above the altar to emanate forth the will and purpose of God to earth. The blessing of the father is then held in safekeeping for distribution at the June full moon Goodwill Festival. The day of Wesak (May 3, 8:42 p.m. West Coast) all disciples (east and west) place crystal vessels filled with pure water outside (in gardens, on rooftops, porches and steps) under the heavens. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters, including waters within our bodies, are blessed. The Buddha is accompanied by the Forces of Enlightenment to illuminate humanity’s minds. Humanity then begins to express new constructive, productive and beneficial ways of the Art of Livingness. Wesak covers five days—two days (before) of dedicated preparation, the actual festival “Day of Safeguarding,” and two days (after) distributing goodwill (the NGWS to humanity). Join us in the Valley by reciting the Great Invocation, mantra of direction for humanity.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of May 1

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Hole in the Wall

Popular Aptos spot opens for dinner

 

How do you connect with the natural world?

My connection to the natural world is through my art. I totally feel it there very physically in nature and even right here on the street. Jonathan Rosen, Felton, Pastor

 

Hess Collection Winery

My friend Emma from London came to visit for a few days in early March, so I took her wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains—a rare treat for her, as there aren’t too many vineyards in the middle of London. Her visit reminded me how fortunate we are to live in this paradise of ultra-fresh produce, with grapes growing in wild profusion.

 

Springtime Walkabout

May Day Flower Festival, free tours of the UCSC Farm, and a nondairy chocolate indulgence