Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ruth Negga

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes


            An astronaut is sent on a mission to make contact with his father, who was presumed lost on a deep space mission. Along the way he takes time to reflect on what is truly valuable when faced with the vast nothingness of the Universe. His mission takes unexpected turns and leads him down dark paths, that he must face with only this mission and his conscience to guide him.


            Ad Astra, earns three out of five, Terrifying Space Monkeys. The story is long and punctuated with muted plot points that link loosely together to form a more emotional journey that hard science fiction. The acting is tremendous and nuanced and the cinematography is beautiful.


            Ad Astra, is not a waste of money to see on the big screen. Good science fiction is hard to find these days and especially hard science fiction that adheres to our current understanding of physics and state of our universe. If you are looking for flashy rocket ships and alien interventions then this is not the film for you. The only information you get from the story is from the point of view of the main character, so side plots are not expounded upon and leave you wanting a bit more, but the writers are as unyielding in this as the vacuum of space

Don’t look now but the so called “smart money’ is hoarding cash.


With ominous sounding economic news headlines peppering the media like “yield curve inversion” and prognostications of a coming recession, there is another not-so-publicized event happening which has might also be pointing to stormy seas ahead in the stock market ahead.


The “rich’ as they’re called are supposedly hoarding cash in significant amounts. 


CNBC reports spending by those that can have reduced their buying of real estate, jewelry, retails stores, and toys such as boats and classic cars to name a few.


Reports have the middle class still opening their wallets, but the thought is when the very rich stop buying or a least slow down their spending and start banking the cash, there is a very good reason.


For instance, luxury retailer Barney’s filed for bankruptcy and no other than the famous Nordstrom’s is seeing three straight quarterly declines in sales. (Bloomberg). Manhattan real estate priced over 1.5 million have seen their sales fall 5% during the second quarter of 2019 (Redfin).  Playgrounds for the rich and famous like Aspen and the Hamptons are seeing similar anemic results compared to past years.


Million dollar and up automobiles, another favorite toy of the super-rich are also finding the same lack of exuberance. Art auctions are down with a 10% decline at Sotheby’s and a stunning 22% at Christies from a year ago.


I would imagine few people will lose sleep or shed tears over such facts, but the recent pullback in the spending of the wealth can be an indicator of something that will have farther reaching effects than just a drop in sales figures at the exotic retailers and “toy” sellers.


The top 10% of earners amount for about half of consumer spending (Moody Analytics) and if that’s the case, when the rich stop spending, overall economic performance may start to suffer.


When the wealthy are not spending, they are stockpiling cash.


Although the middle-income people have picked up some of the overall slack, slowing job growth could affect that as well.

The rich also own the lion share of stocks with 80% attributed to this high income group. They also own the majority of large businesses and businesses that export to other countries.


With tariffs the talk of the town, a tariff war could combine with an overall business slowdown and lagging stock market, giving the superrich yet another reason to close their wallets.


Although comparatively few in numbers, the rich control a large proportion of the wealth, and when that wealth stops moving or even slows down, history shows so can the general economy and the rest of us with it.


This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and are opinions only and should not be construed or acted upon as individual investment advice. Mr. Cuniberti is an Investment Advisor Representative through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Marc can be contacted at SMC Wealth Management, 164 Maple St #1, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 559-1214. SMC and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is California Insurance License # OL34249


By Boots Johnson


My heartfelt thanks to those readers who contacted me in regard to my son Kevin’s passing and a special note to Kathy for her kind words.


The campgrounds up Hat Creek way are almost empty and will close on October 15th for the year. Fishing is still good in this stream with a chance for both rainbow and brook trout.


Salmon fishing on the Sacramento and Feather River has improved and will continue to get better with the days and weeks to come with fish coming throughout the system. Reports tell us many of the kings are holding about three or four feet off the bottom while others are just quickly moving through. We have learned from past experience that you need to be there when the salmon move through. We have spent hours on both rivers with no results when the run slows or stops. Another thing to remember is they will stop in deep holes to rest and even stick their noses into the sand against an underwater bank and hold their position using very little effort in the current, and then continue on their journey to spawn.


The cool weather recently has picked up the bite in many areas especially in streams and rivers in the high country.


The catfish bite is still on at Collins Lake near Dobbins. The beach areas are good and also anyone who goes to fish should try Elmer’s Cove.


We have reports of a large school of kokanee moving up river at Bullard’s bar Reservoir. It appears they are headed for the inlet area of the river as they prepare to spawn. The fish are starting to turn color at this time.


The bass bite at Lake Oroville is showing an increase in the bite with Fall approaching. Best bet it to fish with top water lures in the early morning and also keep to the shaded areas during the daylight hours.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife have planted Deer Creek. It might be a good idea at this time to run up and spend the night at the Potato Patch campground and enjoy a dinner or breakfast of rainbow trout, bacon and eggs. Yum!


Closing thought: “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.”



Farmers, ranchers watch outcome of legislation


Governor Newsom has until October 13 to sign or veto bills sent to him at the end of the state legislative session. Farm organizations welcomed his plan to veto a bill that would preserve California environmental and labor standards from changes initiated by the Trump administration. Other bills sent to the governor's desk include one sponsored by the California Farm Bureau, to create a rural economic advisor in the state Department of Food and Agriculture.  


Rural roads remain in poor shape

Nearly one-third of California rural roads rate in poor condition--the second-highest percentage in the nation--according to an annual report from a transportation group. For farmers and ranchers, that can mean delays and danger in moving crops and livestock to market. Californians began paying higher gas taxes last year to fund transportation projects, but observers say it's too early to see what impact that will have on rural road conditions.


Biological control may slow watershed weed

A tiny wasp shows promise in controlling a giant weed along California riverbanks. Biologists say the wasp can help reduce stands of the Arundo reed that has invaded watersheds. The wasp is native to the Mediterranean region and lays its eggs on the reed, ultimately reducing its growth. Researchers introduced the wasps near Orland and Madera, and say they have had some effect on the reeds. The wasps do not harm humans, crops or native plants.


Orange crop to be a bit smaller

The coming season's navel orange harvest will be slightly smaller, according to a preseason crop forecast. Estimators say California farmers will harvest enough navel oranges to fill 76 million 40-pound cartons, down 7 percent from the previous season. The vast majority of the oranges will come from the San Joaquin Valley. California leads the nation in orange production.    

Those who love to knit might consider joining the knitting workshops, led by Pennie Goodwin on Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. She meets at Books & More from 10 to 12, helping beginners as well as offering pattern ideas for those who already

know how to knit. There are several other craft workshops held on Saturday mornings so come by and look at the schedule.


            We know fall is here when we see the liquid amber leaves start to turn. The Chinese Pistache trees at Books & More are just starting to show color and we are waiting for the ones at Amber Lane to turn. Soon the dogwoods will be showing pink, the oaks will turn yellow, and we will be putting firewood on our porches. A blanket is beginning to feel good in the middle of the night.


            Next Step and the Farmer's Market crew are planning to operate a van-taxi service. If all goes as planned there will be a van operating on “the hill” and will offer rides around locally as well as to the valley. Ride will have to be organized ahead of time, not an emergency run. The van will hold up to seven people. There will be a set route and will include Stone Soup and Farmer's Market, shopping locally, and even be available for field trips. Watch for more details as the plan gets worked out.


            The 18th Annual Warm September Nights Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Loma Rica Lions Club. Pre-registration for vehicles is $20.00 or $25.00 day of the show. Breakfast will start at 7:30 am and lunch will start at 10:30 am. There will be a raffle table and live music. This is a fantastic event and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The event will take place rain or shine. The Lions Club is located at 5667 Fruitland Rd., in Loma Rica. Don’t miss out.


            Each Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm, the Forbestown Community Center will be open for games, free WIFI, library use, snacks and just some good old fashion getting together. Stop on by, say hello, get a boardgame going and have some fun. The Forbestown Community Center is located on New York Flat Rd., in Forbestown (of course).


            Loretta will be at Books & More, with her delicious soups, on Saturday, October 5. It is first come first serve, so don’t miss out on this treat. Her soups are not only great as soup but they can be used as a sauce base for other dishes. They are frozen so you can use them at your leisure. Books & More is located on Willow Glen Rd. in beautiful “downtown” Brownsville.


            Look Back in Time – In 1926 many gathered in the famous old bar at Woodleaf Hotel. They were fans waiting to hear the Dempsey-Tunney fight over a radio (now it’s all in our own living rooms on television).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

Featuring: Phil from Chico, Jerm Leather, and Cami Oh.

Hosted by Randy Warner

Rated: R

Runtime: 2 Hours


            This event was held at the Seven Mile House, surprisingly, located seven miles west of Marysville. For ten dollars you are treated to a perfectly cooked tri-tip sandwich, salad, baked beans, and a yummy peanut butter dessert.


            Roughly fifty people attended. Three comedians put on a show that made us laugh then cringe then cringe laugh. Comedy is a subjective activity. Sometimes the comics use forums such as this to work out new material so the jokes aren’t as good as they will be four or five shows down the road. So, it is not fair to critique an unfinished product.


            I enjoyed my time there and support the idea of live entertainment in our community. So often it is music, which is fun, but to find something different such a comedy or live theater is a benefit to the cultural landscape and life of our community.

Books & More is planning their annual vacation closing starting October 23 and running for two weeks, reopening Nov. 6. Yvonne and crew will be taking a much-needed change of venue. We will be observing Halloween, however, with our annual book give-away as our “Treat” Halloween evening.


            The Brownsville Farmer's Market has almost completed its first year at Ponderosa Park. It was a big move and the organizers wondered how the move in location would work. It has been going now since May and all is going well. There are only three more market sessions left for this year, though. If you have not made it to the market yet, or even if you have, please come on by and get some locally grown produce, check out the home baked goods, take a look at the crafts and more. There are melons, peaches, tomatoes, blueberries and many more foods to choose from. A hot lunch is available and often there is some music in the afternoon. There are children's activities planned. The last day is October 5, so plan on stopping by.


            Monday, September 23, is the first day of Autumn. At last the hot days of summer will slowly be replaced with the cool, crisp days of Autumn. The scent of early morning woodstove fires, leaves gently drifting to the ground, dew on the grass and the honk of geese making their way south. I’m already pulling out my jeans, sweatshirts, flannels and boots.


            If you’re expecting out of town visitors or just looking for something fun to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, try the North Sierra Wine Trail. There are fourteen exceptional wineries along the trail that weaves its way through Live Oak, Oroville, Bangor, Oregon House and Dobbins. Pack your picnic basket, load up the gang and head out for a beautiful drive and a day of wine tasting. For winery locations, hours of operation, etc. check out Please remember to bring along a designated driver.


            Look Back in Time – In 1898 F. G. Kelly was conducting evening classes in German and Latin at New York Flat (people from around the world were there).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader

Rated: R

Runtime: 2 Hours 49 Minutes


            A group of adults are reminded of an oath they swore as children, to come back to their home town and fight a recurring evil that preys on innocent victims. Feeding on their fears as well as their flesh.


            It Chapter Two, earns three out of five, Cheeky Knife Monkeys. The story meanders along at a measured pace and echoes, It Chapter One, in several ways except with more finality. The acting is well done with the kids coming back to add to their performance value. The special effects fit perfectly with psionic attacks and psychotic slashers.


            This is not a great movie, but it is an entertaining one. Not a waste of money if you catch the early showing for $6.75. Stephen King, fans will not be disappointed or maybe they will, who knows what goes on in their twisted minds?

Starring: Gerard Butler, Frederick Schmidt, and Danny Huston

Rated: R 

Runtime: 2 Hour 1 minute



            After the fall of Olympus and London it was only natural that the target should shift from the President of the United States to his lead security officer. Well, Mike Banning isn’t going to stand for that. He might get shot for it or blown up for it stabbed a few times, but he will certainly not stand for it.


            Angel has Fallen, earns three out of five, Dad Finding Monkeys. The story is the standard bureaucracy failing in the face of a shadow attacker with the lone hero seeing the truth of things and fighting for justice while proving his own innocence. The acting is about as good as can be expected and the production value is very well done. The intent of this film is to give you eight dollars worth of entertainment. You get a solid eight seventy-five with this movie. There is a good chance another Fallen movie will be made, all depending on the box office totals of this episode. One thing Hollywood can do is recycle a story until the sun swallows the earth. Heaven forbid an original story see the flickering light of a dark movie house.

They say first impressions are the most important. I have to admit what I expected to see when Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara showed up at the local town hall meeting on fire insurance and what I saw did not exactly mesh, at least for me.


What I expected was a seasoned insurance man, in the know about the insurance business hardened by years of experience. What I saw was a handsome, strapping younger gentlemen, dressed in peg-legged jeans, cowboy boots and a Nehru type shirt, tight fitting around rather impressive biceps, all indicating this man spent at least some of his waking hours in the gym. Not exactly the fat old guy in a tie and suit that I expected.


Lara’s background as it turns out has little to do with experience in the insurance industry. Born in Commerce, California, Lara is the son of a formerly undocumented factory worker and seamstress from Mexico. Lara attended Los Angeles Unified School District schools and graduated from San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and served as student body president. He is currently pursuing a master's degree from the University of Southern California.


A longtime Assembly staffer, Lara worked as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Marco Antonio Firebaugh (D–South Gate) when Firebaugh served as Majority Leader. Lara later served as Fabian Nuñez's district director during Nuñez's time as Speaker. He then served as communications director for Assemblyman Kevin de León (D–Los Angeles). (Wikipedia).

All this has to tell you something and you got the feeling he was to be protected and isolated the entire time he was there and he was.


From the onset, a celebrity like aura engulfed the building. Photo ops and handshakes occupied the first 15 minutes and after the obligatory thanks you and introductions from those that do such things, Lara took to the stage in front of a video screen that I imagined would act as a security blanket and guide all in one.

After all, it’s easier for the speaker and audience-distracting if they, the audience, have a TV to watch instead of focusing their entire attention on a speaker. It’ the reason I use no such visual complements when I speak. I WANT the complete attention of the audience.


Not one to jump to conclusions however, I let the cameras and microphones roll and sat back to see what nuggets of wisdom and subsequent action Lara was to bequeath to the room full of anxious homeowners and insurance professionals, dignitaries and wannabes that were in the packed house that was the Foothill Event Center on August 22, 2019.


He started out by what I perceived as a prepping us for a watered down presentation what was to follow by saying the department somewhat has its hands tied and “is trying” to get the insurance companies to do this and that.

Oh boy. Starting with the “poor us” theme didn’t instill a lot of confidence, at least in my mind, and probably a few others in the room as well.


Flipping from slide to slide, Lara attempted to instill some sort of rebound by illustrating some of the problems homeowners were having obtaining, keeping and paying for fire insurance.


Tell us something all of us in the room don’t know sir.


I have to admit I was somewhat taken in by his charm and good looks, as I’m sure others were, and gave him the benefit of the doubt that this was a sincere and caring man in front of me. That said, I caught myself shaking my head thinking “if this is our main defense against the huge conglomerates that are the insurance companies, we’re all screwed.

I kept thinking as the slides slipped by illustrating little but visual lip service, this vegetarian type of presentation resembled the Beyond Meat phenomenon. Beyond Meat is a company that makes vegetarian hamburgers that look and taste like meat but have no real meat in them.


Yea, the evening was kind of like that.


Lara dived into what I perceived as a less than critical “honey do’ list of things the department was trying to implement such as longer notification times for cancellations and such. I’m thinking “we all came tonight because insurance is so damned expensive, not because a 45 days’ notice is too difficult to understand.

You get what I’m saying here?


After an hour or so, and without questions, the commissioner left the stage and ended what was obviously a very well prepared presentation. In the old days it was known as the proverbial “dog and pony show”.


Hearing him speak and in speaking with him, I perceived mostly lip service, generalities and prepared responses to the same old questions he was hearing in the green rooms of the many such presentations he was giving on this road show.

After a few more smiling photo ops with those waiting in line to shake the hand of this handsome gent, Lara was whisked away in a waiting black SUV (yea I know) and in his place two topic knowledgeable non-politicians fielded handwritten and prepared questions taken earlier from the audience by staffers.


If there was meat in this dish, we got a taste of it from these two. For more than an hour, they answered honestly and diligently every question handed them, and it was here that we learned at a bit more about the department and its machinations that are taking place addressing this very serious issue.


I have to at least give the Department of Insurance (DOI) some credit for making the effort to address the fire insurance issue in California by these ongoing roadshows, if not really making a lot of real headway on the main issue of insurance costs, but holding the hands of nervous and concerned homeowners. In the final end however, when I think of whom I saw from the DOI at this town hall meeting, then picturing them going up against armies of Ivy League educated CEOs and VPs of huge and powerful conglomerate insurance companies, in reality these DOI folks don’t stand a snowballs chance in hell, or should I say our house’s chance of survival in an out of control wildfire.


Marc Cuniberti hosts “Money Matters” on KVMR FM aired on 66 radio stations nationwide. He is a financial columnist for a variety of publications. Marc holds a BA in Economics from SDU with honors 1979. His website is and he can be reached at (530) 559-1214. Visit him on Facebook (FB) under Marc Cuniberti and also on the "Money Matters” and “Money Matters Investing in Community" FB pages and You Tube. The views expressed are opinions only.

By Don Rae

  • * Humans eating meat is destroying the planet. So says a brain-dead snowflake Democrat.  For more than a million years man has eaten meat. And for millions of years in the past, animals have killed other animals and eaten meat.  Guess what?  The earth isn’t dead yet.
  • * DiBlasio is considering deleting gifted and talented programs in the New York City Schools. Brilliant. Hopefully this type of thinking is not going on in any California school district, although
  • * Many California schools are already on the wrong track in some areas. The powers that be in many districts are teaching kids that being White is racist. Further, they espouse that capitalism is the problem in the USA and that killing jobs and prosperity is what is required to “save the earth.” Going even further, the so-called educators want kids to disregard DNA and pretend there are dozens of genders and that school curriculum should include pretending you are the opposite sex. Now educators want $15 billion in new taxes to assure public schools can continue to teach these crazy theories and add more junk to the indoctrination.
  • * Hurricane Dorian is a bummer. But think through the weather forecasts which were trotted out every hour since the hurricane began forming. First it was to go one way, then another and finally the “forecasters really didn’t know where it was going or how large it would become.” Think about that fact, AOC and your snowflake followers. If forecasters have that much trouble with their “models” day to day and hour to hour, what makes you think that they can forecast accurately what is going to happen with climate and weather 10 to 50 years from now?
  • * Consider this also. Scientists studying evidence preserved in cave formations found that global sea levels were as much as 52 feet higher more than 3 million years ago than they are today. The findings, based on a scientific analysis of deposits from Arta’ Cave on the island of Mallorca, show a time when Earth was two to three degrees Celsius warmer than in the pre-industrial era. Let’s see how these findings match (or not) the study of current-day sea-level rise. What sea level rise? Where?
  • * Further, there is good reason to believe that US temperatures have not warmed at all since the dust bowl days of the 1930s. All the so-called warming is due to “adjustments” made to raw data. In other words, we are being lied to in order that devious people can make huge amounts to money.
  • * Stephen Franks hits the nail on the head. But he should hit the legislators on the head. Unfortunately by so doing he would only find sawdust in most heads. One reason that California taxpayers are forced to finance the Hollywood super-rich, is to keep them from going to other States?  Seriously, isn’t it time to tell MGM, Sony, and the rest of the hate America super-rich in Hollywood to put their own money at risk?
  • * CalPERS is supposed to be a fiduciary looking out for the best interests of its members. The reality is the members of the CalPERS board are nothing more than puppets dangling on strings held by ideological fools who encourage corruption, incompetence and mismanagement.  Asset assignment is based on ideology and politics, not fiduciary needs for the members.  They invest in social justice/environmental instruments, knowing they will lose money.  They lost more dollars than we can count by selling off tobacco and oil stock.  How are they going to make that up? And local agencies continue to negotiate higher and higher pensions for public employees to be paid by what? "If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter." ~ George Washington.
  • "If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter." ~ George Washington. "If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter." ~ George Washington.
  • * Catherine Stephani, a San Francisco Board of Supervisors member put forth a resolution, passed unanimously by the Board, declaring the NRA as a Domestic Terrorist Organization. This document thus makes some 5 million Americans, who are members of the NRA, terrorists. What a stupid thing to do. Think of what needs to be done in San Francisco – homelessness, people sleeping on the streets, homeless living in the portable toilets at the waterfront, cleanup crews paid to clean up human waste on the streets and sidewalks, rent higher than gross wages for many. But don’t take any actions about these and other horrid conditions in the city. Blame everything on the NRA.
  • * A note to AOC, one of the most illiterate person’s ever to serve in Congress: If the oceans are risng, then why are the Bahamas still above water after being hit by one of the strongest storms in history? Why don’t you and your followers go back to a real school and get some education?
  • * The Amazon rainforest covers parts of nine countries in South America. But the current forest fire is only in Brazil. And these fires are usually set by humans who live in the forest for cleaning out the brush for gardening purposes. This practice has gone on for thousands of years. Guess what snowflakes, the forest grows back eventually. It is instructive to note that pictures you are getting on the internet are not of the current fire, but fires of some years past. Propaganda and lies. Too bad we have folks who are stuck in a low level of human development. Grow up snowflakes. Use critical thinking. Don’t always believe what the mainstream media and social media blat off about.
  • * Have you noticed that Shifty Schiff and brain-dead Swalwell have popped back into their holes over the Mueller Report. There’s nothing there and it cost us millions to discover that simple fact. Remember how often and loudly these creeps claimed to have the evidence. Well, snowflakes, where is the evidence? Produce it. Since you both have lied through your eye teeth for so long, you should both resign immediately.
  • * Poor Prince Charles. He’s been crying about plastics since 1970. But we don’t find mounds of plastic containers blocking our doorways, as he suggested.

By Boots Johnson


Catchable trout were planted last week in the following waters: DeSabla Reservoir in Butte Creek; Plaskett Pond in Glenn County; Lower Susan River in Lassen County; Fuller Lake in Nevada County; North Fork of the Feather River in Plumas County; Nora Lake in Shasta County and Deer Creek in Tehama County.


The great kokanee bite at Bullard’s Bar Reservoir appears to be finally slowing down and should stay that way as we go into September. At Collins Lake above Marysville the fishing has been good for trout, bass and catfish. Most of the fish are being caught in deeper water. The Dam area, as usual, is a good bet.


Englebright Reservoir, also known as The Narrows, is currently in the good day, bad day phase of summer. By that I mean one day the fish are on the bite and the next day is a wash. Best bet is to fish this reservoir during the week early in the morning due to boat traffic and recreational use.


Hell Hole Reservoir has been dropping but is still available by boat from ramps. Word is still the same in regard to work on the Dam. It has not shown any action at this time.


Jigs are the answer at Lake Oroville for bass. The fish are holding deep at around forty feet. The salmon bite has slowed but fish are still available if you know where to fish and have the patience.


The Sacramento River is producing some salmon action. On the Feather River the action is slow and most anglers are on the Sacramento River. Expect things to pick up soon on both rivers.


If you go up to Lake Almanor we advise to fish deep and troll real slow. The trout fishing here is slow and not very productive.


A report from Hat Creek tells us the trout fishing has been outstanding. Anglers are reporting a mixed bag of rainbow and brook trout.


The kokanee salmon at Whiskeytown Reservoir are in the prespawn mode at this time and fishing is slow for the kokanee as well as bass. The fish are deep due to the hot weather.


The trout are cooperating at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. The fish are reported to be holding around 40 feet down. Word is the deeper you find the fish the bigger the size.


We have reports of the same problem at Lake Davis near Portola. The trout are deep due to the hot weather and are not cooperating at this time.


Closing thought: “A small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

Starring: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, and Mark O'Brien

Rated: R

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes


            A young couple in love head back to the groom’s estranged family’s estate for their wedding. Little does the bride know that family traditions can be deadly, and little does the groom know that traditions are hard to break. After a night of intense family bonding the sun rises over a changed world.

            Ready or Not, earns three out of five, Goat Pit Monkeys. The story runs at a moderate pace with a nice balance of laughs and cringe. The acting is good, and the special effects are gruesome and very well done. This is an entertaining movie for its genre and not a complete waste of time or money to see on the big screen.

One of the fastest growing sports in the nation is video gaming. Called E-sports, some might debate whether it’s really a sport at all, but what isn’t in debate is the explosive growth both by players and spectators. E- sports is competition between players where they play a virtual game of some sort on TV screens. You can play with friends in the same room or compete with someone in another country via electronic connection. Think internet of course.


Although E-sports runs the gamut from car racing to all the real sports like soccer and basketball, the war type games are the most lucrative. And when I say lucrative, I mean to both the companies that make the games and to the players that play it.


E-sports is fast gaining in overall revenue on the real sports. Not the cost of waging war mind you but in revenue generated. The MLB (professional baseball) generated in excess of 10 billion in 2017. The NFL garnered 13 billion, and although revenue last year from E-sports was a paltry 850 million in comparison, it is projected to explode to 1.5 billion next year. Given all the other sports in the real world attracting the public’s money, it not a far stretch to envision E-sports in the multi-billions in 2020 or beyond.


Just last month, one of the most news worthy competitions were held in a popular game platform called Fortnite, a shooting type game where up to 100 players all battle in various landscapes where the last man standing wins. The grand prize for the player who wins ‘Fortnight World Cup?”


A cool 3 million.


It doesn’t stop there. Fourth place will take home over a mil and every “finalist” earns 50 grand.

Somebodies watching, and playing.

Next month Shanghai will host another similar competition called “Dota 2”. What is the total prize money tossed this pot? 30 mil.




As money pours into the industry, the companies that make and support such things will also grow.  Already rife with video gaming companies, developers and other supporting cast members, Wall Street seldom sleeps on huge conduits of money opening up, and the list of publically traded companies only continues to grow. There is even baskets of E-sport companies offered up for investors not willing to take a chance on only one company.


But don’t just hit your stock controller button to buy any and all video gaming stocks just yet. With oodles of money don’t necessarily come oodles of profits. As in all potentially explosive investing areas to play with your money, they’ll likely be big time winners and others that will blow up just like the ongoing explosions in their games.


Video stocks can be volatile. Just google up the last 12 months price action to sober up your enthusiasm. As in all investments, it best to consult a qualified financial professional before making any investment decisions and order up the prospectus on any security you are considering.


Remember, although E-sports is all about playing, when it comes to investing your hard earned money, playing around is the last thing you should do.


This is not a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and are opinions only and should not be construed or acted upon as individual investment advice. Mr. Cuniberti is an Investment Advisor Representative through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Marc can be contacted at SMC Wealth Management, 164 Maple St #1, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 559-1214. SMC and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is California Insurance License # OL34249

By Don Rae


  • * Here is something for my readers to ponder. The Democrat Icon John Kennedy stated clearly: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That was 1961. Today the Democrats yell “Free stuff from the government to you.” When did the focus change? And Why?
  • * “People of color” seems to be the Democrats’ favorite descriptive phrase these days. All they are trying to do is to create a schism leading to another Civil War. You would think they would have had enough of that kind of horror. A curse on their souls.
  • * We’ve said this before in a number of ways. Let’s try again. The Bill of Rights, Including the 2nd Amendment, exists to delineate what the Government(s) is not allowed to touch. As of this moment, we now have over 2,000 Unconstitutional Gun Laws in this country that ARE - NOT - WORKING.
  • * A host of recycling plants in California are shutting down or have already gone out of business. Why? Low reimbursement for the purchase of cans, bottles and newspapers. The real cause however, is the proliferation of laws passed in Sacramento making certain that a recycling business will fail.
  • * According to “experts” the ice caps on Mars are shrinking and have been for some time. Maybe we should send Gore and a few of his Hollywood friends to Mars to see how man-made conditions are warming the Red planet.
  • * Eleven teens a day die from texting while driving. It is time to ban their cell phones and also their cars. They are not mature enough to be responsible for their bad behavior. And beyond that, they kill innocent people.
  • * The desperation of Democrats is shown by a recent event. The nut-cases trotted out a retired college professor, who, unfortunately, appears to have lost most –if not all –of his marbles. He said in a recent news article that Trump is trying to reverse the results of the Civil War. That’s the best “expert” the Democrats can come up with? Pathetic.
  • * Many photos of the current Amazon fires shown all over the TV and internet are fakes. They are shots of prior fires.
  • * Bernie wants $16 trillion to combat climate change. He obviously is not intelligent enough to understand that the climate religion is a gigantic fraud – much like “Russia, Russia, Russia”. Unfortunately Bernie is past his prime.
  • * A random thought. Having driven by the Bernie rally in Sacramento the other day, it makes us wonder where the “crowd of thousands” hung out.
  • * Congressman Elijah Cummings believes that his district in West Baltimore doesn’t stink. But it does. Cummings, while being obsessed with Russia, seems utterly bewildered that anyone could dare question why so many billions of federal dollars flow to West Baltimore when they are obviously doing no good.
  • * AOC needs a reprimand. She hates Jews and Israel.  She clearly wants violence against Israel by terrorists.  Where are Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of the Democrats?  Their silence shows support of AOC’s bigotry and hatred.
  • * A little history sometimes goes a long way to understanding current events and possible future occurrences. In late August 1883, Krakatoa—an uninhabited island near Indonesia—let loose one of the most destructive volcanic eruptions seen and heard in modern times. The blast was ten times more powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 in Southwestern Washington. Krakatoa obliterated two thirds of the island and triggered massive tsunamis. Its largest blast could be heard 3,000 miles away. It was the largest loudest sound ever recorded even to this day. More than 36,000 people lost their lives. The explosions impacted the entire world for years dropping global temperatures. The sky darkened everywhere causing huge crop failures. “Sunsets turned a vivid red and the moon often appeared blue or green after the event due to the volcanic debris circling in the atmosphere.” And, folks, guess what? Not a single drop of gasoline was used or contributed to the disaster.
  • * Think this one over tonight. There are 2-300 million guns in private hands in the USA. And there must be trillions of rounds of ammunition stored away. Do you really think we are the problem? If we were you’d know it just before you went to meet your maker. The 2nd amendment is designed to keep the citizenry armed against whom? The government, folks, the government.
  • * A reprint from California News and Review by Stephen Frank: “Family incomes will take a severe hit and household electricity prices will jump rapidly if policymakers use the “social cost of carbon” to justify new environmental regulations”, a Heritage Foundation statistician warned during a climate change conference in Washington.
  • * Since computer climate models are grounded in assumptions about the impact of carbon dioxide emissions, the results “can be all over the map,” Kevin Dayaratna said at the Heartland Institute’s conference. These results then can be “rigged by policymakers” to achieve their desired results, Dayaratna said during his presentation.
  • * Who is helped by the AOC/Socialist Democrat Party Green Dream?  The major benefactor is the socialist/totalitarian nation of China.  This is a nation AOC has never opposed or spoken out against.  Now we know why—her political plan is for the Chinese to control the buses and trains sold in this country—even if they are mediocre and do not work.
  • * As it turns out (and as sadly, few people seem aware of) the Chinese have been providing electric buses to American urban centers desperate to wean themselves off fossil fuels. The problem? The buses don’t work.
  • * We may be myopically focused on Russia right now, but Chinese interference in American national security has been an ongoing problem. The Democrats know it and that’s why they’ve been deliberately shielding Joe Biden from having to answer for his shady Chinese deals and ties. Congress knows it, and that’s why they’ve unceremoniously been working on a bill to ban taxpayer funding for transportation components.
  • * Just wait. California is following this model. Sweden’s introduction of a tax aimed at phasing out the nation’s last remaining coal and gas plants to curb global warming comes with an unintended consequence for some of its biggest cities. Hiking threefold a levy on fossil fuels used at local power plants will make such facilities unprofitable and utilities from Stockholm Exergi have said they will halt or cut power production. Given the consequences, do you think we ought to head in this direction? How about it Garamendi?

Amassing wealth takes some smarts. Whether learned in school or just on the street of hard knocks, how to amass wealth can run the gamut from going to college for a vocational degree to learning how to cut wood from your father. Not all wealth will be equal of course, and how much wealth you garner may have to do with how much education you have.

But not all wealth gathering strategies center around collecting wealth in order to amass it. Some wealth building ideas have more to do with not being careless with what money you have already.

A common theme among many I meet who struggle for wealth is the careless spending of it. Obviously the more you spend, the less you retain. And since building wealth means stockpiling a bigger and bigger pile of cash and assets and then letting it compound, spending it depletes that pile.

I am not talking about an extra Starbucks a week. Those tiny dollars add up yes, and saving even a few dollars once a week can add up to real money. Where I see people really act stupidly is the spending of money they may get as a windfall or lump sum, or spending it on things they shouldn’t be buying in the first place. I know it sounds like I’m about to cast a judgment on what people should and shouldn’t buy, but it’s more like how they buy what they buy.

Money is more effective in chunks, meaning it’s better to get a thousand bucks in one lump sum then a dollar a week for a thousand weeks.

One the biggest mistakes I see folks struggling for funds make, and indeed those who have even a moderate amount of funds,  is to buy a new car. Heck, I see waitresses, masseuses, housemaids and similar low paid service workers buying a new car under the auspices they deserve it, or perhaps telling themselves they want a car that won’t break down.

In the old days the car ads used to show the sale price. Now it’s all about the payments. Buffered by ridiculous low rates from the Feds, car companies can afford to offer super low payments for terms that last next to eternity. Keep the client paying interest for years does two things: racks up the interest and makes the payments lower.

That’s good for the car companies and those that provide the financing but not so good for that low income consumer. They end up paying a lot more for a car and the low payments mask the real damage a new car decision has on a person’s financial health.

In my opinion, unless you’re making at least 4 times poverty level for how many family members you have, you shouldn’t be buying a new car. In fact, I have never bought a new car because the decision is so financially stupid I can’t bring myself to do it.

When you drive a new car off the lot you immediately lose about 10-15% of the value of the car because once it’s used, you can’t ask a new car price for it.

Buy a car a year old or so however and you get a car at its market value and usually one that still looks brand new. You also still get a factory warranty and pay a lot less for the car to boot.

Not so once you drive a new car off the lot.

If someone buys a $25,000 car (a modest price by today’s standards), if you add in the interest, you are robbing your future self of at least the price of the new car, and probably many times that in financing and lost opportunity cost.

Spend $ 25,000 on a new car.  At 6% interest for 5 years you’ll end up paying close to paying $35,000.

Now let’s flip it over and pay $10,000 for a used car and look at the opportunity cost of the funds you saved.

Assuming a 6.6% return on stocks, run that out 25 years and $25,000.00 you didn’t pay is now worth $129,000.00.

Looking at it simply, your new car cost you $129,000.00 in lost money. . Even if the market returns less, you will make a relative bundle.

New cars? Worth the money?

In my opinion, absolutely not. And why I’ve never bought one.

And now you know why you’re still broke.

Marc Cuniberti hosts “Money Matters” on KVMR FM aired on 65 radio stations nationwide. He is a financial columnist for a variety of publications. Marc holds a BA in Economics from SDU with honors 1979. His website is and he can be reached at (530) 559-1214. Visit him on Facebook (FB) under Marc Cuniberti and also on the "Money Matters” and “Money Matters Investing in Community" FB pages. The views expressed are opinions only.

By Boots Johnson


The buzz around town is just about the same everywhere you run into an angler. “Where are the salmon?” Well folks, the salmon are here, yes they are in the Sacramento and Feather Rivers at this time. While there might not be a big run there is a run and the fish are coming through moving fast, hardly resting, on their way to cooler water. That water can be found above Corning and Red Bluff. Down here in the valley the rivers are not only low but warm and I mean real warm. Salmon do not like warm water and will avoid it whenever possible and they are doing just that by moving swiftly through the valley until they find what they are looking for. It is there where you will catch a fish and it is there where you will find most of the fishing guides. So in a nutshell……………..don’t expect lots of action here until the water cools.

We hear from Lake Almanor at Chester. The fish in this reservoir are not cooperating with anglers at this time due to the hot weather and the full moon. The full moon does not seem to be improving the bite. Reports tell us the fish are scattered all over the lake with the only action worth mentioning is at the Hamilton Branch area where the water is flowing into the lake.

Congratulations go out to Charlie who lives in Oregon House. He caught two catfish at Collins Lake. The biggest fish weighed in at 24 pounds with the second fish at 21 pounds. Not only did Charlie disclose his name but he did not offer any information on bait or location of the catch. That is O.K. Charlie because if I caught catfish of that size I probably would not tell either.

It is that time of year and the kokanee salmon are getting ready to spawn and have started to change color. Where ever they live in lakes or reservoirs the fish will be running up a stream soon to spawn. These landlocked salmon spawn the same as their bigger cousins which die afterwards.

Closing thought: “Be as concerned for others as you are for yourself.”

Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, and Gabriel Rush

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes 4/5


            With Halloween coming to Mill Valley a group of friends come together to celebrate their last year of dressing up and going trick or treating. There last chance to stand up for themselves against bullies. Little do they know that their foray into the battle for justice will lead to their worst nightmares coming true and their battles more desperate as they struggle their fears to see the mechanisms behind their torment.

            Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, earns four out of five, Wendigo Monkeys. The story is laid out in a manner that builds tension without belittling the intelligence of the audience. The acting is well performed and the production value is nicely done. This movie is set in the late sixties, however the dialog has more modern phrases that shine a contrasting light on the intended suspension of disbelief required to fully immerse into the story being told. All in all a well crafted scary movie that leaves you more fulfilled than the usual despondency associated with this genre.


By Boots Johnson


Success results from the opener of the Upper Sacramento River at the Barge Hole were less than hoped for. Salmon were a hit and miss situation there as well as both the Feather and Sacramento Rivers downstream to Sacramento. Expect to see the action pickup as the fish move from the ocean up the Sacramento and then into the Feather. A key to this is the weather.

A report from Lake Tahoe tells us the Mackinaw lake trout fishing has slowed and the kokanee salmon bite is a best bet at this time.

Boca Reservoir and Donner Lake both received trout plants last week along with the weekly drop at Deer Creek in Tehama County.

Back to the kokanee salmon………….Lake Berryessa is putting out limits with no end on the bite in sight. The fish are running from 17 to 20 inches and can be found down at 50 feet in the morning and about a hundred feet later in the day.

We are told the trout are back on the bite at Collins Lake with some large trout up to six or seven pounds. The catfish are also cooperating in the reservoir located above Marysville near Browns Valley.

We advise anglers who fish from a boat to be legal at this time. When the upcoming salmon run hits the Sacramento Valley Rivers and all the boat traffic gets heavy expect officials to start checking boats which will includes fishing licenses.

The bass bite at Lake Oroville has slowed down to a crawl at this time. We are told all arms of the huge reservoir are not producing much action.


Closing thought:  “the body achieves what the mind believes.”

Effects of Chinese trade action remain uncertain

After China announced it had suspended purchases of U.S. farm products, California agricultural exporters say they continue to assess how the action may affect them. China directed its state-owned enterprises to stop buying American farm goods as part of ongoing trade disputes. But exporters say it's still unclear how or whether that will affect private Chinese firms that buy California-grown nuts, wine and other products.

Farmers describe progress of coastal vegetable harvest

California's long, intense winter continues to affect vegetable production on and near the Central Coast. The wet winter delayed vegetable planting and harvest, but Salinas Valley farmers are rotating into their third crops, planting new fields of lettuce, spinach and other vegetables. Farmers report good demand for their crops, though that often dips in the summer due to local and homegrown production in other parts of the country.


Forecasters expect increased fruit production

More California-grown peaches, pears, apples and olives should be reaching shelves this summer and fall. Crop estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show California peach production up 6 percent, pears up 15 percent and apples up 20 percent. The same report estimates the total grape crop to be nearly the same size as last year. In a separate report, forecasters predicted the canning-olive crop would be much larger than a year ago.


Estimates show mixed outlook for field, grain crops

Production will be down for California's most widely planted field and grain crops, according to federal forecasters. Estimates released this week show alfalfa and rice production off slightly, and the California cotton crop down by one-third. Bean production will also decrease. The report forecast higher production for other California field and grain crops, including oats, barley, wheat and corn.