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Rabe Announces SECOND "Red Book" of Carl Jung

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(Carl Jung's "Other Red Book," in its usual place, next to "Schott's Miscellany" and the NYT Almanac.)

I, for one, was not surprised at all when I read the NY Times Magazine story this weekend about the forthcoming publication of Carl Jung's "Red Book," his illustrated account of a torturous break with reality that, Jung said, formed the basis for "all my works, all my creative activity."

Not surprised, because the Rabe family has owned Jung's "Second Red Book" for almost fifty years.

"You might find this mildly amusing," Jung told my father when he gave him this thick volume back in 1950, during one of Jung's frequent visits to my father's house in Detroit. The two would talk long into the night about the subconscious, Freud, and professional hockey, which was one of Jung's secret fascinations. ("Disaster will fall on America if the league expands," was one of his stock pronouncements.)

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Sutton Who? Or, Amateur Finds Dark Ages Anglo Saxon Treasure

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A member of a treasure hunting club, armed only with a metal detector and an incantation, found treasure that beats the pants off Sutton Hoo.

AP: "The cache of gold and silver pieces was discovered in what was once Mercia, one of five main Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and is thought to date to between 675 and 725. The gold alone in the collection weighs 11 pounds and suggests that early medieval England was a far wealthier place than previously believed, according to Leslie Webster, the former curator of Anglo-Saxon archaeology at the British Museum."

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Sustainable Seafood Movie

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I served as a D-Level Celebrity judge Tuesday when the Aquarium of the Pacific held a sustainable fish (halibut) cookoff. The movie's below (WARNING: Edible Flowers!), and we've posted my interview with a bunch of the chefs on getting sustainable fish into their restaurants (as food, not customers). It also airs this weekend on Off-Ramp - Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 7pm.

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Councilmember says, "It's Okay to Break Laws"

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Cool!

LA City Councilman Greig Smith says if you don't like a law, feel free to violate it, as long as you offer a rationale. The Daily News, says, "In a direct challenge to the Department of Water and Power, Smith announced Wednesday he is violating the twice-weekly watering limitations -- and believes he is saving more water by doing so."

-- If I sweep the street in front of my house every week myself, may I not pay the ticket I'll get for breaking the streetsweeping parking restrictions?

-- The cops aren't doing enough to stop people from using their cellphones while driving, constituting a public hazard. My solution: shoot paintballs at their cars for easy identification by police later. It doesn't hurt anyone, and it aids public safety.

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