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June 2008 (updated 6/6/08)
Readers commentaries week of June 6, 2008
Gas prices in China, Ambient induced investing, Agenda for the new President, and more
Readers commentaries week of June 14, 2008
commentaries week of June 20, 2008
The Power of Eight and Three (Reinventing our Native Cuisine)
(Noah Cicero, June 23, 2008)
There is a revolution taking place. A revolution without guns, without ideology,
without rules and regulations. Without spies, gulags, power-hungry rich people
verses power-hungry poor people. This is a revolution involving the elderly,
middle-aged, young, and even child soldiers. This revolution has upper class
office workers, professors, factory workers, restaurant workers, rednecks, and
poor people in the ghetto. This is the Permaculture Revolution.
Trading principles are easy to understand but difficult to implement because our mind, the great trickster, betrays us. But those who are successful are usually successful in all parts of their lives because they have embraced these principles as a way of life and by doing so avoid a multitude of troubles.
So what are some of these principles and how can they help us? I have outlined my thoughts below. While nothing is perfect, they have worked for me in all aspects of my life.
The Mainstream Media, Reuters, is reporting that "Housing Price Decreases Means a
$4 Trillion Capital Loss."
Ok, what is that about and is it even true? I donít think so! Letís define some terms:
price and capital:
Then you come to the crux of the matter. You ask: "Guess what happens to housing
. . . when global interest rates double or triple." Well, Iíll guess: plummet.
A house can be bought from past savings, that is all cash, or from the promise
of future savings, debt service. Since we have established that there are
insufficient current savings to bring badly needed alternative energy sources
into being, we are talking about not only raising the level of savings but
also where to invest those savings.
I work at Culver City City Hall in California. For the last several
years we have bought many buses and refuse trucks running on CNG
(compressed natural gas) that replaced the diesel or gasoline vehicles.
Our goal is to be 100% running on CNG in the next few years. We have a
slogan, "Go Green" and are trying to promote clean air and energy at
reduced cost. With tax breaks, we pay about $1.50 an equivalent gallon
for natural gas rather than $4.50 for regular gasoline. We have saved
$100K's last few years. This is happening in many cities in the Los
Angeles region. Clean Energy fuels is helping agencies like ourselves
to convert to CNG fueling stations at the city transportation yard.
The old man sat on the porch
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