CCA’s, Coal and Nukes

August 3, 2008

It’s really great to see that Marin is working to develop what is called Community Choice Aggregation so that the County can buy electrical power for its residents from renewable sources.   Essentially, we would all band together and purchase from a “green” source and have it delivered over PG&E lines. In this way, the County […]

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Songs of Power

July 3, 2008

One of the really strange things about today’s renewable energy market is that some utilities are complaining that there is a lack of renewables to meet their government obligations to purchase green energy, and they certainly don’t want to compete with counties like Marin who want to buy their own green power. The way they […]

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It’s in the mail

October 3, 2007

It’s just about the time to start getting Christmas cards from overseas relatives, and I started wondering about how that works.  My cousin purchases the stamp in England, so who pays the U.S. Post Office for delivering it?  Then, while standing in line at the post office behind several people purchasing money orders, it struck me […]

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July 3, 2007

Over my years in Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge,  I’ve been to some very New Age celebrations and weddings, replete with drumming, chanting, acknowledgements of the power of the four winds and other mystic forces. All in good fun, but occasionally people who took themselves too seriously made me feel that science […]

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Baudrillard and the Barn

April 3, 2007

There’s a lot of talk amongst West Marin’s latterati about preserving Giacomini’s old barn and the Park Service and some of the old-timers have weighed in on the discussion. What value does it have?  Baudrillard,  the French philosopher famed for his work in semiotics, the study of signs and symbols, assigns four levels of values […]

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From Point Reyes to Red Bluff and Back

August 7, 2006

With all the imbroglios in the community flaring back and forth about what our new editor is doing, who is truly organic/environmental, and is the community really sustainable, I found myself reflecting that I have lived in West Marin for over 30 years, almost making me a local. But rather than jump into the fray, […]

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