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Politics on the Stairmaster?

Politics on the Stairmaster?A workout gym is one of those “third places” that sociologists talk about—not work, not home, a kind of familiar refuge from daily realities. But it’s different from, say, a favorite coffee shop or bar— mostly because you perspire a lot and, when the workout’s over, you get naked and shower in front of strangers.

It also differs from the neighborhood tavern in that discussion is not the main activity. It’s a refuge from all that talking that we have to do in other gathering spots.

Especially politics. Nothing is worse than listening to a political harangue while gasping for air on the Stairmaster.  Just put in your ear buds, stare straight ahead and you’re blessedly in your own world.

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Astrology

Saturn in Libra

Saturn in LibraSaturn, the Dweller on the Threshold (Gates of Initiation), enters Libra (till Oct. 5, 2012) Thursday at 10:09 a.m. (west coast). The Dweller (like St. Peter at the Gates of Heaven) can be likened to a Halloween character, at times looking like a gargoyle—creatures carved to protect sacred sites. The Dweller has a partner, the Angel of the Presence, appearing when the disciple has passed tests and completed the preparatory stages that build in the aspirant the strength and wisdom needed to enter the Holy of Holies. Saturn (Ray 3, Divine Intelligence & the Law of Economy) is The Teacher who disciplines and restructures our relationships with each other and with money (the state of the dollar and the world economy). Saturn & Libra concentrate on fairness (in the light of unfairness), justice, diplomacy and cooperation. The Dweller on the Threshold informs us that through experiencing relationships we will learn to work within and then beyond these restrictions, growing into a new, more worthy and valued self. As Saturn is structure and Libra is relationships (intimates, lovers, marriage and business partners, our connection to money and resources) new information (Ray 3) will transform of the next three years all our ways of being.
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Editors Note

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Plus Letters to Good Times...
Aftershocks
Shaken Up
Big Issue
Smoke Signals

Last week, we chronicled the late-’80s, featuring the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. This week, we work our way back to the 21st century. But first, we make a creative pitstop in the ’90s to look at a local band that had everything going for it until fate stepped in and altered the course of what could have been stardom. The band is World Entertainment War, who, as writer Damon Orion points out, were poised for perfect success on a national level. Now, in 2009, that local band has resurfaced in what could be the most provocative comeback of the season. The facts and details as to why the group’s sudden re-emergance is noteworthy is chronicled in a captivating cover story tale.

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Local Talk

What Holds the Most Value For You?

What Holds the Most Value For You?

Spiritual life is the most important thing. It's all we really have.
David Baker
Santa Cruz | Retired

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Opinion

Universal Health (S)care

Universal Health (S)care

Have you heard? President Obama wants to hand over your paycheck to illegal immigrants, indoctrinate your kids, and pull the plug on Granny. Most heinous of all (and you might want to cover the eyes of impressionable children for this one): he wants to guarantee you lifetime health care you can afford.

Oh, the humanity!

Can anything be more loony than the current “debate” over health care reform? Health should not be held hostage to politics. Basic health care  should be a right of every American, not a bargaining chip in political maneuvering. So, along comes Obama with a plan (not even a plan, just the radical idea that a plan needs to be made), and all he gets is grief from the very citizens—working class, non-rich—he’s trying to help.

 

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Astrology

United Nations Day

United Nations Day    Sun and Mercury enter Scorpio this week. Scorpio is the sign of in-depth thinking, the Ancient Mysteries, of Persephone and Pluto and the underworld  – psychological and spiritual, hidden and sheltered. Scorpio is the “flaming  sword” protecting the Tree of Knowledge (of Desire), from which the serpent  plucked the apple offered to Eve (feminine mental plane). Scorpio is the  sign and color of pomegranates, the orange of persimmons and Halloween, the  latter informing us soon “something wicked our way comes. It’s the UN’s  birthday (Friday), Catholic feast days of Saints Jude and Simon (Wednesday)  and Saturday, in Santa Cruz, there’s a United Nations Association birthday  party/dinner honoring United Nations Day at United Methodist Church, 250 California St., 5:30 social, 6:30 dinner with music, silent auction and  Joseph Schultz catering. Guest speaker is Denise Scotto who has worked on  the Committee to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW – proceeds  support ratification). See unasantacruz.org .  See you at the dinner, everyone!    

The UNA, supported by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1953, attempts to  build understanding (which brings revelation) and support for the ideals and  work of the United Nations (Scorpio Sun & Mercury). Its educational and  humanitarian are teaches students in urban schools, clears minefields,  provides school-based support for children harmed by poverty, illness, and  war. UNA also has a Model UN, Global Classrooms and a Student Alliance,  which educate and inspire young people to engage in global issues and the  work of the UN through scholarship and critical thinking. See  sunausa.org/education . The UN, in its  reconstruction work, is a deeply Scorpio endeavor.    Next week Saturn (Ray 3, Divine Intelligence, economics), Dweller on the  Threshold, enters Libra (Ray 3). Relationships learn new lessons and news  emerges on the fate and destiny of the American dollar.   
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Local Talk

What Good Came Out of the 1989 Quake?

What Good Came Out of the 1989 Quake?It showed that things can change very fast and that we are not in control of things that we think were in control of.
Aimee Page
Santa Cruz | Musician/Baker





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Editors Note

Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

Plus Letters to the Good Times Editor...
Thoughts on Mardi
Exploring Racial Issues


Where were you when it happened? At 5:04 p.m. Oct. 17, 1989 I was sitting at my desk in an old brick building on the corner of Market Street and Second in San Francisco. When Loma hit, everybody in the PR office I was working in scrambled to the doorways and held on for dear life. You could hear the guts of the building buckle from the jolt. It was as if the Gods picked up the structure and shook it—and shook it really well—like a ketchup bottle. Fifteen seconds later, shocked and filled with apprehension, we looked around for signs of what to do next. I’ll never forget the vibe when I stepped out onto Market Street. There had been a mass exodus with hundreds of people walking from their offices and nothing but ... dead silence. Tragedy has a way of doing that to you, for a while anyway. I recall heading to Santa Cruz some weeks later, about the time the tents had been erected for many of the downtown businesses affected by the quake. I was struck with how valiant the spirit of Santa Cruz was back then.

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Astrology

Facilitating the Great ReSkilling

Facilitating the Great ReSkilling

During Libra (Sun) and with Saturn entering Libra (Oct. 29), we contemplate and assess what we know, don’t know and need to know. Libra distributes Ray 3 (intelligence). Having intelligence allows us to choose the two paths Libra offers. Libra skillfully prepares us for the great tests in Scorpio (the times to come). In Libra we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not) and we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful and to teach each other what we are skilled in.

And so, on Saturday (Libra new moon), Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Transition Town Santa Cruz, there will be a ReSkilling Expo (many small workshops) at United Methodist Church, 250 California Street, Santa Cruz. ReSkilling is a term used in Transition Towns describing a process of (re)learning skills we haven’t learned, forgot to learn or don’t remember we learned from parents, grandparents or great-grandparents on how to maintain, preserve, uphold, sustain (and create resiliency in) our lives on practical levels. ReSkilling helps us respond successfully and practically to the uncertain coming times. (Saturn opposite Uranus transit is still to come. The Great Revolution.) It provides a sense of empowerment through the practical solving of problems, and a sense of belonging (community) by working alongside others. (read more about Transition Town, Reskilling, new moon, Celestial Events at nightlightnews.com).

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Local Talk

What’s your solution to the zombie's on Pacific Avenue?

What’s your solution to  the zombie's on Pacific Avenue?

A lot of the people have certain needs that aren't being met and they go to Pacific Avenue either for attention or perhaps to get money. If we could find another way to meet those needs, it would be good. It is a problem, but I don't know if we could have a simple sound bite solution.
Richard Snow
Santa Cruz | Substitute Teacher

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Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Wednesday is Christmas Eve, Hanukkah ends and the Moon is in Aquarius, calling for the new world to take shape at midnight. Thursday morning, the sun, at the Tropic of Capricorn, begins moving northward. The desire currents are stilled. A great benediction of spiritual force (Capricorn’s Rays 1, 3, 7) streams into Earth. Temple bells ring out. The heavens bend low; the Earth is lifted up to the Light. Angels and Archangels chant, “On Earth, peace, goodwill to all.” As these forces stream into the Earth they assume long swirling lines of light, in the likeness of the Madonna and Child. The holy child is born. Let our hearts be “impressed” with and hold this picture, especially because Christmas may be difficult this year. Christmas Day is void of course moon (v/c moon), which means we may feel somewhat disconnected from one another. It’s difficult to connect in a v/c moon. Try anyway. Mercury joins Pluto in Capricorn. Uh oh … we don’t bring up the past containing any dark and difficult issues. We are to attempt new ways of communicating—expressing aspirations and love for one another, replacing wounding, sadness, lostness, and hurts of the past. Play soothing music, pray together, have the intention for peace, harmony and goodwill. Don’t be surprised if things feel out of control and/or arguments arise. We remember, before a new harmony emerges, chaos and crisis come first to clear the air. We are to be the harmonizers. Christmas evening is more harmonious, less difficult, more of what Christmas should be— radiations of love, sharing, kindness, compassion and care. Sunday, Feast Day of the Holy Family, is surprising. Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2014. Taurus moon, a stabilizing energy, ushers in the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! Peace to everyone. Let us realize we are gifts radiating diamond light to one another. Living sacrificial flames!

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Let My People Go

There’s a lot to like in Ridley Scott’s maligned ‘Exodus’
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What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz. Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

 

Vino Tabi Winery

One of Santa Cruz’s most happening areas to go wine tasting is in the westside’s Swift Street Courtyard complex. Ever since a group of about a dozen wineries got together and formed Surf City Vintners (SCV), the place has been a hive of activity, and a wine-tasting mecca. Adding to the mix is the lively Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing beer company—making Swift Street Courtyard a perfect spot for a glass of wine or a pitcher of ale.

 

Betty’s Eat Inn

Yes, she’s a real person; no, this isn’t her