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From The Editor

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You survived the Ides of March. You got through St. Patrick’s Day with ease. Now, it’s all about the beginning of spring. Fortunately, we’re not digging our way out of the snow, like some of our family members have been back east, so that’s a good thing. But take note: In case you have not grabbed a copy, be sure to pick up GT’s Spring Home & Garden magazine (at kiosks).
In it, you’ll find an abundance of features and factoids on the latest and greatest our area has to offer on the subject. Enjoy.


Update/reminder: Last week’s cover story on local humanitarian/photojournalist Alekz Londos generated attention, but be sure to head to, where you’ll find even more photos from Londos’ experience in the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Add some coments and become part of the conversation.

Fans of director-writer Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and other films) may appreciate his new outing, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Learn more about that, as well as a review of the new Muppets romp, in this week’s film section.

In the meantime, in this ever-changing world, where communication is always on the forefront of everybody’s mind—and, in many ways, right at our fingertips—this week’s cover story takes a broader look at how two generations—Gen Xers and Millennials—relate to one another. Or, if they really do. Writer Ted Rall explores the subject to winning ends. Send us your thoughts on the matter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or comment on the article online.
What’s left? A great week ahead. Be sure to have one.
Thanks for reading. Onward ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief



Healthcare and You
We have a fascist nazi police state takeover of our campus now in progress. Janet Napolitano (the former head of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security) and now "president" of the University of California system, has been specifically brought in to  militarize and enslave our campuses and its students.

Here at UC Santa Cruz, we have an attempted takeover of our library Internet system with the establishment of their new "Cruz ID" log-in protocols—literally forcing students to have to log-in with their identity in order to use the computers or to print. (NO, you shouldn't be forced to have to log-in in order to access the Internet or to print anywhere on this campus!). Log-ins are specifically designed to track, monitor, record and identify the user in complete violation of the user’s 4th Amendment right to privacy as guaranteed by law in the U.S. Constitution.

The justification used for this breach is the so-called "cyber-security" threat, manufactured by Napolitano and her DHS agents who are now scattered throughout the entire UC campus system.
There are no terrorists and there is no cybersecurity threat. This is only a manufactured justification used by Napolitano, the DHS and the NSA.

The alternative to their cyber-enslavement takeover is to say “no” to their "Cruz ID" log-in here at UC Santa Cruz, and boycott its use.  We must call not only for the removal of the surveillance camera recently installed in the McHenry Library Lobby, but also for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for installing and operating this illegal surveillance system at our campus libraries.

The buck stops here. There will be no police state takeover of our campus if UC students refuse to cooperate with their new "Cruz ID" log-in enslavement and surveillance protocols here at UC Santa Cruz.  If the surveillance cameras are not removed as demanded, then the UCSC community has the obligation and the duty to remove them ourselves. Our privacy and the law protecting us from unreasonable and unwarranted government surveillance, searches and seizures (of data)  comes first.
It’s time to take back the campus from the Nazi Homeland Security fascists who are now attempting to take it over. Our cyber-enslavement is not an option. Our freedom is non-negotiable. As the campus motto proclaims: "Let there be light" and not darkness upon this City on a Hill.
Rogue Comet | UCSC Alumni

Online Comments
On ‘Hope Amidst Ruins ...’ 
Love this story! It is everything that I already knew he was, but to have him recognized by the community, means so much. Keep doing the things that move you. You have grit.

On ‘Sugar ...’
Recent evidence suggests that sugar is a higher risk factor in heart disease than other more well known causes. A Big Gulp cola has about 91 grams of sugar. Fructose is especially dangerous.
Sugar is more dangerous to children's long-term health than almost any drug. We must wean ourselves and our children from our societal addiction to sugar.
—John Colby

On ‘Riding Smart ...’
I like the idea of bike commuting, but as a disabled person I've never been able to get onto, much less ride, a bike. I always wanted to, and believe me, I tried. I know the young woman in the photo means well, but her bike appears to be cluttering up a disabled parking spot, which someone like me might really need.
—Christie Maurer

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photo contest


IF THEY GATHER ...  An anti-fracking rally on Saturday, March 15 in Sacramento draws 3,000 people telling Gov. Jerry Brown to halt support of fracking. photo//gary gibbs. Submit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information (location, etc.) and your name. Photos may be cropped. Preferably, photos should be 4 inches by 4 inches and minimum 250 dpi.

In Memoriam
Buz Bezore
Back in the early ’70s, Buz Bezore became the founding editor of the Santa Cruz Weekly (unrelated to the newspaper that bears its name today), which later morphed into Good Times. He was one of GT’s prominent writers and, over time, established himself as one of the area’s more prolific alternative journalists—the Santa Cruz Independent, Santa Cruz Express and Metro Santa Cruz were fueled, in part, by Bezore’s ambitious spirit. Bezore died on March 6, at age 68. This week at, revisit Lisa Jensen’s tribute to Bezore. He will be missed.

good idea

Catalyst Radio
News of the new streaming station hosted on the homepage of The Catalyst (, Santa Cruz’s iconic music venue, has sent a positive ripple effect through the community. The new station will allow Santa Cruz's live music seekers to tune-in for free and listen to artists who have upcoming shows. Made possible by DeliRadio, the unique feature is that it allows listeners to hear artists with upcoming gigs at local clubs (; free). Added bonus: You can filter music by genre. Catch the fun—on the web, your smartphone and other devices.

Leters wayne dyer

“If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.”—Wayne Dyer

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