Sunset Crater and a Seismic America

Sunset Crater and a Seismic America

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Sleeping north and east of Flagstaff, Arizona, just north of I-40 is Sunset Crater, the heart of a complex of volcanos – the San Francisco volcanic field – that dot the southern section of the Colorado Plateau. With the oldest of the volcanoes dated at six million years, and the youngest, Sunset Crater, just under 1,000 years old. Northern Arizona is not what a Californian would think of as a…

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Kitty prefers microbrew over canned beer.

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A Californian in America

A Californian in America

Although The Golden West Review is a web-based magazine about California, we cannot understand or appreciate this remarkable state without reference to the other forty-nine. We have, thus far, avoided such reference, but in reading through our work so far – and what we have scheduled – I realize that we run the risk of falling prey to the worst kind of provincialism. Should we fall into that…

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Hidden Gem: A Mountain of Gold on the Deep Blue Sea

Hidden Gem: A Mountain of Gold on the Deep Blue Sea

We are spoiled for choice in California. The state is so filled with incredible things to see that the merely stunning is considered everyday, and left forgotten, if not neglected, save by a tiny few. Such is the lot of Montaña de Oro State Park.

I’ll fess up first: if my son had not become enamored with the park while on a school camping trip, I might well have permanently overlooked it. Montana…

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A Californian Hero Passes

A Californian Hero Passes

 
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As you have probably heard by now, we lost a great Californian this week. USC graduate, Olympian, airman, POW, and inspirational speaker Louis Zamperini passed away, aged 97.

Zamperini spent his life serving others. He represented the United States on the track in the 1936 Olympics, delivering a performance that even impressed Hitler. In the air as a naval aviator in the Pacific…

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I think that bubble is going to burst.

It’s inevitable at some point there will be a cap on student loan guarantees. And when that happens you’re going to see a repeat of what we saw in the housing market: when easy credit for buying or flipping a house disappeared we saw a collapse in the price housing, and we’re going to see that same collapse in the price of student tuition, and that’s going to lead to colleges going out of business.

Mark Cuban explains the huge problem with our student loan crisis (via micdotcom)

Betting the for-profit universities go first. 

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New York Ignoring California’s Lessons. Again.

New York Ignoring California’s Lessons. Again.

MTA outsources $235M Verrazano Bridge project to China – NY Daily News. Bad, bad idea. We tried this on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, and less than a year later engineers are finding cracks and rust in the welds. NYC could learn a little from us about China’s newest toxic export: tofu construction.

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Will Sharing Culture Kill the Car Culture

Will Sharing Culture Kill the Car Culture

The Cheapest Generation
Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann
The Atlantic 

This is not a particularly recent article, but one that starts a Californian wondering: what happens to our culture, our land, and our lives when the car is no longer at the heart of all of those things? How does the geography of our cities, and of the entire state change?

I know that the first reaction is “hey, it can…

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California Mysteries: 20 Out of 100 Isn’t Bad

California Mysteries: 20 Out of 100 Isn’t Bad

A promotional email from Amazon landed in my in-box. Apparently, the giant bookseller has selected the top 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to read in a lifetime. Mysteries and Thrillers aren’t my genre, so I was surprised to discover that I’d actually read twenty of the books on the list.

I shouldn’t have been. California is, one could argue, the birthplace of modern noir mysteries, thanks to Raymond…

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A Goleta Moment

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Amid all of the heartbreaking stories coming out of the senseless tragedy in Isla Vista, all of us here at The Golden West Reviewwant to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the victims, their loved ones, to our friends in and around the UCSB campus. You are all in our thoughts and our prayers. I have posted a photograph of one of the places on the grounds of UCSB that we have always found so…

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Just Beachy

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A quick hello.

Although this photo suggests otherwise, we have been hard at work and are finished with our hiatus.

Look for more from us this week!

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tamsterjoo:

Supreme Store in Fairfax, LA
April, 2014

Only in Caifornia can a skateboard be an artist’s canvas. 
Want one…

tamsterjoo:

Supreme Store in Fairfax, LA

April, 2014

Only in Caifornia can a skateboard be an artist’s canvas. 

Want one…

montereybayaquarium:

Snack for a cause! Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips donates two percent of its profits to our Children’s Education Fund, which helps us inspire the next generation of ocean stewards. Learn more

montereybayaquarium:

Snack for a cause! Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips donates two percent of its profits to our Children’s Education Fund, which helps us inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.

Learn more

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To each according to his tortilla chips.

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