By Susan Carpenter

It isn’t often that it rains in L.A. for six days running, as it did this week. The inches Mother Nature dumped on us may not have cured the drought, but they did more than just wash our cars for free. They offered proof of what many water sustainability experts believe: that much of the water we need at home already falls from the sky and can reduce our dependence on ever-dwindling and expensive-to-import supplies.

If only we could catch it.

I have a variety of rain catchment systems at my house. I’ve written about a type of cistern fencing called a Waterwall that can hold 634 gallons, I’ve modified my parkway with a water-abosrbing mini trench called a bioswale, and I’ve installed a 3,000-gallon infiltration pit in my backyard that takes the rain from my roof and flows it into a drainage pond (not for reuse but to replenish area groundwater). Then there’s my most recent addition: rain barrels.

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This weekend I read Suzanne Somers’ new book, Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who are Curing Cancer and How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place. I could not put it down.

Somers was inspired to write Knockout after being assured by six doctors that she was terminally ill with full body cancer and then discovering that she did not have cancer at all.

Somers interviews some of the country’s top doctors who are curing cancer, teaching people about affordable, natural health options and  managing to avoid being driven offshore or destroyed. This is a fascinating book. Thank you, Suzanne!

Related videos and websites:

Today Interview With Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers From Wikipedia

Suzanne Somers Website


On this week’s Solari Report, it’s a “how to” doubleheader on Swine Flu.

Dr. Laura Thompson of the Southern California Institute of Nutrition joins us to talk about the health aspects of swine flu. I asked members of my Solari Circle how Laura could best help them sort through the swine flu health issues. They will participate in our discussion to ask Laura their questions:

~ What can we do now to build our immune systems in anticipation of flu season and/or vaccinations?

~ What natural remedies can you use if you contract swine flu?

~ What are the risks of taking the vaccination?

~ If you are vaccinated by force, what can you do protect your health?

~ What do we say to teach those around us why they should avoid the vaccination?

Then attorney Alan Phillips (see our July 23 Solari Report) returns to address legal strategies for individuals and communities to avoid forced experimental vaccinations. Watch out, he says, for flawed strategies and deliberate disinformation.

Because good health is an essential ingredient to personal and family wealth, I want to do everything I can to help you successfully navigate the risks of experimental vaccines and other forced government health policies over the coming year.

We will begin with our Money and Markets to keep you posted on the top stories in the financial world followed by some of your questions in Ask Catherine.

If you are a subscriber to The Solari Report, you can post your questions at your private panel. You can listen live on Thursday evening by phone or listen on line or by downloading the mp3 after it is posted on Friday.

The original usage of “doubleheader” is attributed to the 1900s railway industry to refer to two locomotives pulling a particularly long and heavy train. It is an appropriate word to describe the courage and strength of Dr. Thompson and Alan Phillips and their commitment to helping us find options as we manage our way through the “swine flu event.”

This will be an important and timely discussion—you will not want to miss it!

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View this week’s Money & Markets Charts.


Caroline Myss: Healing Beyond Reason


One of the greatest opportunities before us is aligning our financial system with our local living systems — with our people, our culture and our natural environment.  Currently, if you map out out and make visible our “financial ecosystems” you will find that the incentives in those systems are often at odds with what optimizes the living systems and build wealths locally. Bringing transparency to our financial systems and living systems within a place and finding opportunities to realign is an activity worth considering.

Data in your local area is typically collected by enterprises and agencies responsible for public and private operations and investment. Many years ago, I created a taxonomy of local investment categories to describe the basic areas of data collection.

Investment Categories:

1. Adult Education/Community College/College/Training
2. Agriculture and Food
3. Arts & Culture
4. Child Care
5. Courts & Judiciary
6. Economic Development
7. Energy (gas, electric, nuclear, solari, wind other)
8. Fire and Emergency Services
9. Health Care
10. Housing
11. K-12 Education
12. Land, Weather and Natural Resources
13. Libraries
14. People Who’s Who: People Who Live and Work in Our Neighborhood and Our Core Competencies
15. Military, National Guard, Troopers, Sheriff, Police, Enforcement, Prosecution & Public Safety
16. Prisons
17. Sewer and Garbage
18. Social Services
19. Sports and Recreation
20. Taxes, Time, Regulatory Powers and Assets Paid/Given to Federal, State and Local Government
21. Transportation
22. Water

Cross-Cutting Categories:

23. Jurisdictions and Boundaries: Who and What Are We a Part of?
24. Risk Issues
25. Neighborhood Balance of Trade: Imports/Exports
26. Total Debt Per Person: Federal, State, Local, Consumer, Mortgage and Other
27. Parking Lot

An introduction to some of the key economics literacy you need to understand your local economy and to make sense of all the data available, see my curriculum Economics 101.

For an example of what communities are doing to build local literacy, see the many reports in the US on Consolidated Financial Reports. Participatory budgeting is a very interesting idea that emerged from the economic problems in Latin America. Check it out here. I always thought that community questing would be a great way to learn the economic history and assets of our communities. See: Questing: A Guide to Creating Community Treasure Hunts.



The wonderful Farm Hands in Flathead Valley, Montana have just launched a web site so that on-line folks can access the amazing maps they have been making for local food lovers for years:

Here is something that any community can do that is a wonderful step to support the growth of local farming.


In response to questions from listeners about how to find a local bank, we are reproducing below Catherine’s article on this topic. The full article may also be accessed at the Solari website.

Please place any questions as a comment to this post.

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