Too Late to Buy Gold?
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   September 17, 2020

In the World business Academy’s New Business Paradigms September 2018 podcast, we told listeners to sell whatever stocks they owned and invest their portfolio in one of two gold Exchange Traded Commodities (ETC) funds. At that time gold was trading at $1,231.91 per ounce. We explained that it was not likely that stocks or bonds […]

Wind, Wires, and Fire
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   September 10, 2020

The devastating Paradise Fire of 2018 was caused by sparking from Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) high-voltage transmission lines that run through all sorts of back country and forests in Northern California. Unfortunately, that tragedy is but one of dozens of fires started from high-voltage transmission lines which, by definition, often run through forests and […]

 

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By Montecito Journal   |   September 10, 2020

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   September 3, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was interviewed last Wednesday on CBS by Stephen Colbert and she made this provocative observation: “Mother Earth is having a fit.” It was her way of saying that the climate crisis is real, and it’s here now. Let’s put some substance to that claim. We were all mesmerized as Hurricane Laura […]

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By Montecito Journal   |   September 3, 2020

And the Award Goes To… I give the award for rude news, anger, political bias against Republican men to Nancy Freeman. No one approves of sexual misbehavior toward a woman. Let us balance the sheet. Ms. Freeman was quick to blame Republican men for sexual bad behavior. Seems to me that Bill Clinton, the Kennedy […]

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By Gwyn Lurie   |   September 3, 2020

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   August 27, 2020

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By Montecito Journal   |   August 27, 2020

Save Those Trees Walking along upper San Leandro Sunday, just west of the bridge, I noticed that many oak trees that line the road are dying. These are the beautiful trees whose canopy stretched over the road and made for a spectacular tree tunnel. But they won’t be there for long. It looks as if […]

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By Gwyn Lurie   |   August 20, 2020

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By Montecito Journal   |   August 13, 2020

Dear James During one interview with Howard Stern, Donald Trump opined that avoiding STDs was his own personal Vietnam. At that time Donald Trump claimed he dated (you do not need a definition of “dating” here) a lot of beautiful women. Remember what he said about Carly Fiorina, Megyn Kelly, or his comment about Miss […]

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By Les Firestein   |   August 13, 2020

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Property v s Humanity?
By Robert Bernstein   |   August 13, 2020

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By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   August 13, 2020

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By Mimi Degruy   |   August 6, 2020

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