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Outside of Comedy Central, Black Humor doesn't often make its way into polite company. It's saved for the battlefield and soldiers, hospitals and the medical personnel and morticians to name a few.
Colbert truly delivered up a "smashing" routine, black humor at it's finest. Comedy Central's newest star doing his shtick. Stephen Colbert bombed in the room and rocked the audience in the world.
Bush's routine was pretty funny too, more of a "I want you to know that I know what you're talking about." Colbert was a black humor spot that said "Mr. President and press corps, we are living in pain over what you're doing, we are dying out here everyday."
Colbert was born May 13, 1964 in Charleston, SC and last night Saturn was squaring his Mars, in fact Saturn has been squaring Colbert Taurus planets off and on for several months. He is a comedian, he knew what he was delivering, he didn't expect to get laughs, that was no surprise to him. If he didn't know it, the people he ran the skit by knew it was too acerbic for laughs in that room and would have warned him. He played to his audiance and his audiance was not sitting in that room.
He was sitting with people who like to deliver what "they want us to know" and they deliver it with less than the truth if they deliver the truth at all, and they don't like the truth coming back. I expect he also figured this might be his only shot to stand face to face with this group and carry the message of the anger and frustration out here in America who don't own a tux and cannot get in to be heard.
He made sure we were we were at the "table" in that room of self styled plutocrats and with Saturn squaring his Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, Stephen might pay a short term price for his acerbic wit, but not for long as his "base" is not part of the "backwash" left for Mr. Bush. I would suggest Stephen dot his i' and cross his t's on his tax return for a very long time.
If you haven't seen the clip of his performance try to do so. Was it rude? Yes it was rude and not the kind of conversation polite people would bring to a dinner. It was something akin to telling a mother what all could see "your child is a brat and is ruining the day for the rest of us." We don't do that in America, we are polite, we don't like stating the obvious, we are politically correct and because we are, we as a country are dying.
We are losing our civil liberties, hundreds of thousands are losing their lives, we are torturing innocent people, our justice system is in a shambles and serves only the rich, our economy is tanking, the middle class disappearing, the oil companies are scamming us, our taxes are going through the roof to pay for the rich, we have no healthcare, money is being taken away from first responder services, our country has been sold to China and selected Arabs,
hate crimes are accepted, and we are routinely lied to by our so called leaders and we are paying them to lie to us.
But, we are polite, Dear God in Heaven, we are polite. Last night Stephen was not polite, he was rude and I stood and cheered. Thank you Stephen Colbert you were great and the word was "truthiness."
Sally Cheyne McDonald on Apr 30 | Link
Colbert made himself a giant. He is a giat.
Steven Colbert made himself a giant last night. He is a giant.
I'm horribly confused. What did Stephen Colbert say? Which video clip do I watch? I missed Thursday's show.
The Associated Press has already written Colbert out of the news. Articles about this event barely mention him while they highlight the fact that Bush lampooned himself by standing with a look-alike that cracked bon mots, such as the oh-so-witty comment about Laura: "She's hot."
MSM isn't running any of Colbert, CNN has shown micro-seconds. Clooney the other Taurus boy has got the lions share of the limelight. Might be our voices should be adding to Clooney's we've plenty of voice to spread around. Clooney and Colbert looks like those bulls in the arena, el toro en la corrida, Colbert being the bloodier of the two. I think he can take it and dish it much better.
Terrific article Sally.
Suprisingly the CA dem's are backing Angelides, so much for Willy Brown's "hell no" there won't be an endorsement. Too bad Clooney isn't running.
Great article, Cap'n Sally, and God bless Stephen Colbert for speaking the truth to the chimperor--he needs to hear it everyday, but I'll setlle for any occasion like this.
Found an interesting take on WW2, via Rense.com, here:
note this paragraph:
"You can bet that whenever a country is ostracized as a pariah state, its real crime is asserting its independence from the NWO. It's no coincidence that the "axis of evil," Iraq, Iran and North Korea do/did not have Rothschild-run central banks." How about that?
it's up at Crooks and Liars http://www.crooksandliars.com/
and at You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIRXur61II
I was mesmerized watching him last night. It was amazing, it was painful. He was so raw.
You really hit the nail on the head Sally, by GOD, we are polite. Stephen Colbert did what every person on this planet wants to do: tear into Bush. RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE!!! Absolutely incredible performance.
This [patriarchal] nation is like all the others that have been spewed upon the earth--ready to shout for any cause that will tickle its vanity or fill its pocket. What a hell of a heaven it will be when they get all these hypocrites assembled there!
- Letter to JH Twichell, 1/29/1901 - [Sag] MARK TWAIN
* Mystery of the planets: It's in the stars. Really
A study of 15,000 people claims there is no scientific basis for astrology. The faith of horoscope fans, tho, is unshakeable. Terry Kirby explains why they may just be right, after all
There is one very simple answer that those who accept the principles of astrology give to sceptics who condemn it as a load of mumbo-jumbo: don't look at the stars for an explanation, go to the coast & look at the sea. The massive power of waves & the tides that cause them are, it is universally accepted, a direct consequence of the gravitational influences of the Moon & the Sun upon Earth. We also know that the Moon sometimes determines animal behaviour & has long been linked with aspects of our lives as diverse as a women's menstrual cycle & mental disturbance, hence the word lunatic.
Is it, astrologists argue, therefore completely impossible that the other planets also exert influences on our lives & personalities, to greater or lesser degrees & in varying combinations? And that, having been around in various forms since the ancient Babylonians first began to describe celestial omens 4,000 years ago, astrology deserves more respect than the derision commonly accorded it by the rational scientists & the established churches. ... http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article360644.ece
Steven Colbert is an intense searchlight in a dark reality. He effortlessly sees the truth and tells it. Can anyone claim he made anything up last night, or that he skewerd the truth? Laura and George had no recourse but to leave while Colbert was being high-fived many and hugged by Helen Thomas. They had another rock to go scuttle under since Colbert had just lifted the one they were under. The light always shines into the dark corners and always exposes the truth. Always
TaHA!! bushaholic stinkbugs... lookin' for the next rock... lookin' for the next Dark Place... runnin' out of Dark Places... to stink
Thanks, Pat C. for the link. Colbert showed an amazing amount of courage.
This is a post from Claudia Dikinis and I wanted to post it here. If you can help him, please do. He is a brilliant mind, and with so many "lights" going out in the world, we need all the "Authur's" we can find.
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Arthur is BRILLIANT and lives so frugally and still manages to blog, write and create brilliantly. A person like him deserves our support. Besides that, Arthur told me about how much he loves cats and his cats keen him SANE in an insane world. You gotta love a guy that loves cats and blogs from the heart! Progressives, Let's Help Arthur!
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"A Nation of Sheep breeds a Government of Wolves." -- Edward R. Murrow
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis (1935)
"By words the mind is winged." - Aristophanes
"Maybe this world is another planet's Hell." - Aldous Huxley
I knew you'd respond to Colbert in a big way, Sally. Right up your ally.
This country has always been wonderful at political satire. We have a great sense of humor and this outlet has never stopped. Dictators execute people for this.
For any of you who are still afraid of dictatorship, please look clearly at the situation. Harry Taylor spoke directly to the President in shocking accusation at a public meeting, and Colbert humiliated the President of the United States in an incredibly outrageous fashion, to his face, and in front of the whole world.
Hallelujah! This is cause for celebration. This freedom that we have.
Absolutely, Golden s. Light shines in dark places just as darkness sometimes passes over the light ones. Laws of physics. Everything is here at once.
This is also why my Sagittarius faith is constantly renewed. That this even happened is proof. People knew about him beforehand. Some protective force is always available, and last night it was unleashed.
Power to the people.
Power to humor.
Power to truth without violence.
Power to a coming change of direction.
This has yet to sink in. Sheep we are not.
Oh how I pray that this country can go into the future with enthusiasm.
Sally and All,
Here's a link if you want to send Stephen Colbert a message.
Here's the message I sent him:
Dear Stephen Colbert,
Thanks for serving up the Roasted Gibbering Turkeys, Smashed Pattuties, Creamed Sitting Duck, Smoking Rumps, Pigs on a Spit, Pate du Goosed, and for dessert, the Crapped on a Frozen Stick!
How wonderful, Goldensilence. Humor begets humor. A veritable New Moon in Taurus banquet with some Jupiter in Scorpio retaliation from the chef. And a pesky Mars in Cancer to provide the indigestion for some.
The Mars in Cancer in a sextile to Bush's Mars in Virgo might have been a saving grace for Colbert,except for the fact that Chiron set up a yod for Mr. Bush, promising a wound and he received one. More than he knows. Oh the press will gasp and moan and shake their head in dismay for a few days and then slowly the Colbert irrevence will creep into their speech. They could pass over the blogs as left wing nuts, and the serious journalists as old and bitter, they can pass over the negative emails, but they are having a problem passing over the Comedy Central duo in Jon Stewart and Colbert. The inner sanctum has been penetrated and now they know they are being watched and recorded. It isn't a joke anymore and they know it. Stephen Colbert didn't deliver it in a joking manner, just like Jon Stewart slammed them in all honesty on Crossfire, it isn't a joke and MSM knows it. That's what made it an extremely important presentation, that little transiting Chiron in Aquarius at 9 degrees.
Pardon my French (Spanish) but- Sally, would you say that Saturn squaring Mercury, Mars and Jupiter gives a person cajones the size of Texas?
Thank you so much Golden!
So MANY of us were thrilled beyond words with your brilliant performance at the Correspondent's dinner! I watched it on C-Span and I could neither move nor take a deep breath for fear I would miss one single word. You had the chance to speak truth to power, and you took it. I love you for every single word. I love you for your courage, and I love you for your grace under what must have been unbelievable pressure. You really ARE heroic.
Saturn transits can bring very intense focus. I'd say Colbert was totally focused. Like a steamroller easily doing it's job. Nothing was going to stop him. Saturn at its best when used properly
I'm beginning to believe in that little Chiron guy. I do agree this is a wound that's not going to heal any time too soon. But it's been a long time in the making.
I also see this as part of the Jup in Scorpio, Pluto in Sag mutual reception and revenge coming. The Moon was in Gemini. The Press secretary is newly gone and Karl Rove is I don't know exactly where. For all the horrible ugly brutal smears of people we have supported, we sent an emissary to smear his guy, and not some marginal figure. The difference is, we told the truth.
I love the idea of irreverance creeping into the national fabric. And of the possibility of winning the battle through words. I find the Republican discourse lacking in humor most of the time, so this could be a great weapon, tinged with the seriousness that you mentioned Sally. Humor is famous for healing so maybe we're ultimately on the right track as we buffer our medicines with it.
You're right about Saturn, GS. The important thing to keep in mind is that it's not really about Colbert. It's about we the people sending in the right man to do the necessary job. This could translate into better elected officials gradually, as Saturn shows his serious administrative head.
Hmm..., I just had a thought flit through my mind at light speed. What if Chiron's transits tend to open old wounds that never healed. Some people heal the wound as best they can and use it to move on and incorporate it into their lives. The wound is always a opening to higher spirituality which is why Chiron is also described as the key to the Superconscious.
But many others don't ever heal their wound. They push it away, or they go into denial or they drink it into numbness or they hide behind bravado and strutting behavior.
Speaking symbolically Bush's strut itself was undercut severly last night, which is like a blow to his enthrenched false persona. There's a very good reason why he lives in such a carefully constructed bubble. His false ego is fragile and it can't stand up to the truth. Last night may have been the first time he has heard the truth since before he was selected. All this time he's thought himself a popular guy and now he gets skewered quite unexpectedly.
I know that's a lot for a thought that rushes by that fast, but it was a complex thought.
From Columbian Supreme over on Salon:
April 30, 2006
Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77
By Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D
No Arabs on Flight 77: Part II -The Passengers
I am an ex Naval line officer and a psychiatrist in private practice in New Orleans, a Christian and homeschool dad. It troubled me a great deal that we rushed off to war on the flimsiest of evidence. I considered various ways to provide a smoking gun of who and why Sept 11th happened. Astute observers noticed right away that there were no Arabic sounding names on any of the flight manifests of the planes that “crashed” on that day.
A list of names on a piece of paper is not evidence, but an autopsy by a pathologist, is. I undertook by FOIA request, to obtain that autopsy list and you are invited to view it below. Guess what? Still no Arabs on the list. It is my opinion that the monsters who planned this crime made a mistake by not including Arabic names on the original list to make the ruse seem more believable.
When airline disasters occur, airlines will routinely provide a manifest list for anxious families. You may have noticed that even before Sep 11th, that airlines are pretty meticulous about getting an accurate headcount before takeoff. It seems very unlikely to me, that five Arabs sneaked onto a flight with weapons. This is the list provided by American of the 56 passengers:
On September 27th, the FBI published photos of the “hijackers” of Flight 77:
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), does a miraculous job and identified nearly all the bodies on November 16th 2001.
The AFIP suggest these numbers; 189 killed, 125 worked at the Pentagon and 64 were “passengers” on the plane. The AA list only had 56 and the list just obtained has 58. They did not explain how they were able to tell “victims” bodies from “hijacker” bodies. In fact, from the beginning NO explanation has been given for the extra five suggested in news reports except that the FBI showed us the pictures to make up the difference, and that makes it so.
In Leak Cases, New Pressure on Journalists
Earlier administrations have fired and prosecuted government officials who provided classified information to the press. They have also tried to force reporters to identify their sources. Now, the Bush administration is seeking to use espionage laws against reporters
I laughed out loud so hard I got tears in my eyes, at the
end when Helen Thomas played the stalker!
CBS gave Colbert the proper respect in their interview!
I just saw the video and I was shocked to find that it was top billing, coming on last. This adds so much to the power, since it was left reverberating with nothing to obliterate it. I heard all kinds of strange sounds from the audience. Real laughter. Fear. Laughter that wanted to erupt but couldn't. People wondering where their allegiance really is. An overall confusion as if the event suddenly entered an unknown dimension. The unpredictable. Very very interesting.
It seem to leave a sensation all the way around that the future is highly uncertain right now and the script has been abandoned. That precious on message script. Burned in the fires of Hades.
Pat C for the record the terrorists on Flight 77 were:
Khalid al-Mihdhar (Saudi Arabian)
Majed Moqed (Saudi Arabian)
Nawaf al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian)
Salem al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian)
Hani Hanjour (Saudi Arabian)
By the way I'm not even sure is "Thomas R. Olmsted" is a real person. If you google his name you come across several dozen copies of the same article from 2003, but nothing else.
Sept, 11th played a major role in killing my Manhattan-based business - the economy here was hurt pretty badly for a good year or two after the attacks (I learned back then that FEMA was useless).
However I think of myself as lucky as I wasn't one of those killed that day. However a lady that lived on my block was killed, as were several poor souls from my local police and fire dept. - people who make their living from helping other people.
I realize to the rest of the nation and the world 9/11 was some sort "movie of the week" but to the people here it was very real. The one thing I've taken away from 9/11 is NEVER to trust people who wrap themselves up in a flag or religion. I don't know who Thomas R. Olmsted is, but he is he strikes me as one of those people.
Another amazing thing to witness was this man's need to take this on. He was so nervous, of course, facing power head on, but the way he handled his own emotion was phenomenal. He does have a grand water trine so the flow is there. I think that a feeling of mission made him face his own fear, as we all should do.
Stephen Colbert has a South Node in Capricorn and no one knows the abuse of authority better than he. He was the perfect choice. I wonder who was behind this.
Greetings, Michael from NYC... thank you for relating your personal experience. We grow very strong connecting our stories of realities... shared tears & shared laughter... very strong.
welcome MichaelfromNYC --
you state: "for the record the terrorists on Flight 77 were:
Khalid al-Mihdhar (Saudi Arabian)
Majed Moqed (Saudi Arabian)
Nawaf al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian)
Salem al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabian)
Hani Hanjour (Saudi Arabian)"
I must ask you the source of your info... I suspect it is from the FBI list provided the day after the events of 9/11...
that does not prove they were on the plane... the passenger list does not list them...
in fact, they are among the names of those the Saudis claim are still ALIVE... (this is referred to by intelligence agents as a 'false flag operation')
if you google the names you will find numerous sites which affirm these men are alive...
* May Day In Puerto Rico http://planetwaves.net/
A microcosm of what is to be the next phase of life for the peoples of mainland US? The US, too, is cut off from other world govts d/t its "govt anglo-boyz" refusing to play nice n' fair in the world community sandbox.
* Immigrants' Rights, the New Revolution
by Maya del Mar
Immigrants have been demonstrating by the hundreds of thousands all over the US ever since the huge pro-immigrant march in Chicago on Mar 10. And they are still marching. ... http://www.daykeeperjournal.com/feature.shtml
Today's crawl at cloakanddager.de :
"Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy Mel Sembler aka Mossad agent, linked directly now to Florida EmailGate 2000 and British WMD Yellowcake fraud. U.S. Military has had it. Prepare the Handcuffs."
oops, that should be cloakanddagger.de
Garry, do you think this will cause the voter fraud that took place in 2000 (and 2005) will be revealed/reviled? (I hope, I hope, I hope)
my edits didn't mesh -
do you think this will cause the voter fraud to be revealed/reviled?
A Galbraith Revival - James K. Galbraith
Editors' Note: To mark the recent passing of John Kenneth Galbraith, we are reprinting these remarks by James Galbraith delivered on behalf of his father, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the Take Back America Conference.
First, my father's response:
"I am delighted, as who would not be, by the invitation of April 6 from the Campaign for America's Future. Of course I accept with all appropriate pride and pleasure, but health is a major barrier. I am banned by the full force of the medical profession from both travel and events such as this. Thus my proposal: Have the award made on my behalf to James K. Galbraith [and here, I repeat, these are my father's words] a distinguished economist, well steeped in my views..."
You may have seen my father's brief appearance on the News Hour last week, at the end of a segment devoted to Richard Parker's magnificent book. He was asked whether there would be a revival of his ideas and values. He said he was not so optimistic as to think it would come in his lifetime. That might seem discouraging, until you think a bit, and realize it was a typically Galbraithian remark. When you're 96, after all, the phrase "not in my lifetime" doesn't preclude very much.
It's therefore not too early to give a blueprint for a Galbraith revival.
Mine rests simply on three themes.
As I rush off to yet another dental appointment, I have to post this: The NYT totally IGNORED Colbert's incredible bravery....http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/New_York_Times_omits_Colbert_0501.html
And going back to the last thread, the item about oil reserves offshore in barges (by the barge worker) is being back traced...inquiries going to the Sierra Club, Greenpeace....
My mind turns to official formal contact for all Gaians with ETs when thinking of Chiron in aquarius. That'd be good.
* ...Chiron turns retro at 10 Aquarius on May 15, just after Full Moon. It’s noteworthy that Chiron relates to outer space, & this is just when Comet 73P is passing closest to Earth. Also, Chiron is in the same part of the sky as the radiant of the Eta Aquarid Meteor shower, which is visible for most of the month of May (peaking on May 5). We have a big sky show honoring Chiron in Aquarius, the sign of the night sky.
When planets are stationery, about to turn, their energy is amplified. Look for Chirotic events around this time. Wounds & healing are both likely. In Aquarius, social movements, energy, inventions, & space ventures are emphasized. ... http://www.daykeeperjournal.com/retrogrades.shtml
Sally, I love ya! Totally tickled you zeroed in on how important Colbert's biting satire with his routine was, he left so many marks he broke skin down to the bone. We watched it live streaming while live blogging then caught the immediate replay on TV where it was even more devastating the second time around in technicolor. He fearlessly filleted them open and threw them on an open grill. Brilliant. I said he dropped a Depth Charge on them that left stunned floaters everywhere.
Haven't read a certain post yet on Colbert out of the many excellent ones out there on this dinner, (like Digby and Billmon, sweeeet) but someone put up this comment:
"Shakespeare’s Sister said it best: Colbert must have two Liberty Bells knocking together down there, and each time they knock together, I bet they chime: “F*ck. Bush. F*ck. Bush.” "
We've been reading reports about how rightwingnutworld blogs finally figured out Colbert is satire and NOT on their side as they assumed, they're shrieking and wailing and keening with all the embarrassed froth they can pitifully muster. Crooks and Liars has a great clip of how he flummoxed and filleted Bill Kristol & PNAC last week that's not to be missed either.
A friend made me a great graphic suitable for a bumper sticker that I need to resize and post that says:
"Reality has a well known liberal bias" -- Stephen Colbert
Indeed, I love it.
Jeralyn has pics at Talk Left:
Monday :: May 01, 2006
"We Are America" Day in Photos
Here's downtown Denver this morning, taken by 5280's Jeff Panis. Larger version here. Update: Police estimate the crowd at 75,000 and stretched for a mile. That's huge for a city the size of Denver.
Stephen was full on shock and AweSome! Jupiter trine Uranus...cool, crisp waterfall of truth!
Michael, are you Michael James Pinto? Are you the photographer? I've always liked black and white photography. There is something intense and timeless and in your face about black and white photos that narrows your focus so you appreciate the essentials.
* May 2, 2006 | World on the Edge of Time
DO YOU EVER just wish there was a big psychic umbrella you could get underneath & get some shelter from the intensity of the world? I sure do. As much as I enjoy & feel privileged to participate in the discussion, to be aware & alert & writing in this time of enormous change... to share ideas with so many people who want the best for the world... well... man, it's intense. And I've never felt the world in such a state as it's in now.
Maybe it's just the sweet little Moon/Mars conjunction that's brewing in Cancer (visible now, wherever you can see the Moon), exact early Tue in most time zones. That's an apt enough symbol of the emotionally edgy quality of existence, but not the only one. Protests have been erupting everywhere, incl many pro-immigration demonstrations in the USA (& in regards to yesterday's edition by Paloma, I've just had a new report from Puerto Rico--it's quite an astonishing scene there)... situations in many govts seeming incredibly & truly precarious, balanced on a knife edge... & the feeling that I'm hearing from many places that something, something big, is UP.
Yeah, something is definitely up. It's not quite Beltane now--the Sun is not at the Taurus midpoint for a couple of more days, which will I think be telling & start to tip the balance of feelings & events in a more stable direction for a little while. However, I've just finished writing the Inner Space horoscope for June & had a long look at the summer solstice chart, on which I based the column. The solstice is connected with the 3/29 eclipse because both involve the change of seasons & 00 Aries being so electrified. In the solstice chart, this has the lunar nodes coming within a tiny fraction of a deg of the Aries Pt exactly on the solstice, so the Sun squares the nodes to 1/15th of a deg as it changes signs. This sets off a whole sequence of extremely sensitive previous charts like a kind of domino effect.
And I don't mean just any charts. I mean charts from the summers of (pre 9/11) 2001 & (pre Katrina-Rita) 2005, awa a very interesting (non eclipse) New Moon exactly on the Aries Pt the first day of spring 2004. I have no doubt that there's something brewing in the ethers, & that it's going to affect a lot of people. If you read conspiracy-type websites (a satisfying project because it gives at least half a glimpse behind the veil of the mainstream media, if you don't mind the paranoia backlash) you'll see discussions of unreported troop movements & other events I am pretty sure have some basis in fact.
Personally, I am getting the feeling from the astrology & from the news that there's a flea wagging the dog episode in the works. But my intuition says this: there's no telling which way this cookie is going to crumble, or what the little fortune inside says. I don't care what's being proposed, planned, plotted or schemed right now. It's not quite what's going to happen.
Even the probability field of a worst-case scenario '2nd 9/11' type event is skewed because too many people are expecting it, or feel it would be a logical diversion at this stage. Anyway, the other shoe has yet to fall regarding whoever was responsible for that day in Sept 2001 & I for one have no doubt at all who it was.
Speaking from the best of my spiritual training that I can offer you, what's most likely to screw up any such plan is that there are too many light workers on the case. There are too many people with genuinely strong connections to Source who are tracking, in truth, stalking every move of the black T-shirts & I'm sure the boys feel about as safe as if they were wading across the Rio Grande with 25,000-watt halogen lamps blazing in their squinty eyes. (Hahahahaaaaa!!!)
Meantime, we don't have to wait for the solstice to feel those points get hot, & the smaller transits sometimes offer clues as to the bigger ones that are coming. For one thing, right now the Moon is in early Cancer, just having squared its own nodes; it's about to square the 3/29 eclipse & then make a conjunction to Mars--& today, on this very day, the People are vibrating out a message of peace & tolerance. For another, Venus is just in the last 2 deg of Pisces, finishing her long trip around the zodiac & about to move into Aries & walk over the N Node, & we can study her Aries Pt/node transit for clues.
Remember that the Aries Pt exaggerates that sense of one's personal presence in the world. It amplifies the sense of the world's presence in one's inner life, & makes events seem so important. Everything feels so personal. Is it really? Is it a kind of grand illusion? Ah, are we really here, & where is here?
Mm, maybe here is the Hyperspeed Digital 60s without the Beatles reminding us that love is all you need. Quick, somebody write a song. http://planetwaves.net/
I completely agree about black and white photography. I'm great Henri Cartier-Bresson fan who mixed photojournalism with art seamlessly.
Black and white uses different parts of the eye and brain and stimulates perception of value, and as you say, Goldensilence, a narrowed focus. Nuance and subtlety. It's a completely different experience from color photography, and I love it. Light also looks entirely different. I feel as though there is too much badly reproduced color in film, photography, and most of all television, and it's created a certain laziness in our perceptual ability. Black and white is more challenging, I think. And more intellectual.
Michael, the design on the Bowery series is really good. Well cropped if they are.
In keeping up with my reading between the lines I got some verification of my theory. I heard some clips of an interview with Condoleezza Rice, and she interrupted at least three times to get started on her little clipped mouthed justification. This is more proof of their lack of confidence and bad timing. Jumping the gun never flies. I'm heartened.
Remember, the election cycle is swinging in and the Republicans are going to try and spook you continually. Don't let them do it. Head'em off at the pass. There is a lot of current against them. We can plug into it.
Another thought just came to mind. Maybe black and white is akin to the subtlety of moonlight. Maybe it stimulates the subconscious mind and imagination.
Goldensilence: Yes those were mine, thanks for the kind comments! To me the black and white allows you to focus better on the subject. It also harkens to the idea of the past - that in a way you are looking at your great grand parents who faced the same issues back in their day. It also makes you realize that you are seeing history - and to that end it's always important to think of how history will judge our actions.
On my radio station...an interesting and disturbing interview with Michael Maxwell, a former immigration official that shed some light on the immigration issue.
He's speaking out, and filing a law suit, about the entrance into the country of possible terrorists and the compliance of the the FBI and Homeland Security. Of the rampant corruption in the whole system. They're giving him a lot of trouble. Chertoff is involved.
The amnesty Act, he says, would be a huge threat. These people are coming in unimpeded.
I have to give it some thought. A lot of bribery is involved, and of course, the possibility of another staged attack. Or the continuation of the Iran Contra bunch's funding of terrorists.
Some of the people in Washington are working with him. It's the administration that is trying to stop him.
The thing that gets me, is why isn't he dead? If something is cooking, he wouldn't be allowed to speak.
The whole country heard it last night and it was spelled out clearly and very believably.
Meanwhile Frist is moving on from cats to bigger & better game; "Alaskan wildlife."
There's just heaps & gobs of oil immediately available as soon as we start drilling in Anwar!!!!!! "If we drill there all our problems will be over & life will be beautiful!"
( paraphrasing") interview with Couric on "Today"
If we'd "played nice' with Castro instead of trying to killl him off for 47 years because he stole Uncle Herbie Walker's sugar plantation in '59, we couldd have oil wells off the coast there where now China will have oil rigs!
Better still if we were all driving diesel cars & trucks like Tseka & Me, on biodiesel fuel there wouldn't be a problem................
Now that spring is here..............there is a garden to create and a portrait of 2 beautiful little girls as mermaids, to be painted, I am mostly lurking and appreciating the contributions of all of you.
I didn't look at your photos yet, Michael, but I will. I have a masters degree in film and know that black & white is a whole other world, which I, too, love. When color came into being in the movie world, a small circle of intellectual film theorists protested it, because they felt it would take the art out of film (everything became homogeneous and glaring). Then came film noir which seemed to bring a new appreciation to the subtleties and nuances of chiascura and the many patterns possible, as well as the post WWII Italian Realism and the later French New Wave films. Some film artists did rise to the challenge, though, and learned how to create texture and chiascura with color. I find b & w relaxing and soothing without a whole bunch of competing colors jumping out at me. You can find your subject easier in b & w, and, oddly, it seems closer to realty because color films, unless done with awareness, can heighten reality too much (part of its purpose and sometime, fittingly). I guess you could say, though, everything being relative, that without color film we could not appreciate b & w in this way.
My stepson saw "United 93" and feels it's a propaganda film preparing us for the attack of Iran. I hope he's wrong. My first reaction was, no, not the movie industry, they wouldn't participate in something like that. I believe the distributers are Time Warner - is that Murdock?
Pat, I'd love to see your whimsical mermaid portrait! (Will it be whimsical?)
Another page from "Voice of the White House", which may be of dubious origin, but still continues to say that the rethugs are intent on a "terra-ist attack" on a cruise ship before the November midterms.....
"... that love is all you need. Quick, somebody write a song."
Hey seesta, luv the piece you posted... reminded of the wonderful Bill Moyers' quote:
"America is a broken promise, and we are called to do what we can to fix it - to get America back on the track. St. Augustine shows us how: 'One loving soul sets another on fire.'
But to move beyond sentimentality, what begins in love must lead on to justice. We are called to the fight of our lives."
-Bill Moyers, August 2004
and to all...
the protest marches on immigration... they are marching against the proposed Repug legislation, they are marching for justice... they are not all illegal... many marching with them are natural born citizens, marching in solidarity...
Justice... we could all do with a little of that... but I do see any middle class white Americans marching for justice, for our Bill of Rights which has 'Gone with the Wind' --- I don't see any of them marching to impeach Dubya... I don't see them marching for justice ---
perhaps that is what drives so many middle class white Americans to thrust their anger and hostility against BushCO - which is rapidly eliminating the middle class of America --- at the feet of immigrants...
Immigration is a problem --- a complex one --- we need reform, but not the kind the Rethugs suggest... we need justice... we need justice for all Americans... and those aspiring to become Americans...
As Moyers says, we are indeed called to the fight of our lives --- and let me tell ya, it is not with each other... it is against BushCO... it is against injustice...
oops, let a 'not' out above... should have 'previewed' sorry... well you know what I meant - doncha... :-)
Hhmmm, I don't have a penis ... do I need this?
...do penis enlargement work for you?
Being a woman, I'd rather not have a giant penis. Aside from that, I hope this happens for all the supremacist malebots... I hope they grow penises soooo big that they have to have a wheelbarrow to hoist it in front of them... I hope it gets soooo big that it needs its own casket when the carrier kicks the bucket from chemical overload in their stupid systems... I hope it gets soooo giant that it becomes a new meat-packing industry after pickeling... I hope it gets soooo mega that it whacks 'em upside the other narcissistic haid with a bare chance that it'll slap some un-common sense into 'em... but probably not. ;O) (Something for comedy central)
Sorry, Miss Sally... can't help but have a bit of fun. TaHA!
Good thoughts. I almost became a film maker, headed to NYU film school, because of B&W art films. But my first love became animation.
I can see why intellectuals were threatened by the advent of color. I've studied Film Noir as many of them are an excellent example of B&W technique. The drama of them rested on shapes, light, patterns, and psychological investigation. Light and dark as it relates to the psyche.
I completely agree with you about the relaxation factor. I am particularly entranced by the way it captures curling smoke through the air and stimulates philosophical discourse.
That's a good point about color imitating reality. I think the problem is that it falls short of this goal and also shortchanges fantasy so the experience is less than fulfilling. I've noticed in studying DVDs that even with all the bright colors, in the background there is a sort of dull. depressing, grayish haze over the light.
Film has always been used for propaganda since it has such a powerful effect on people. What started in Hollywood as creative and imaginative became madly commercial and repetetively gargage producing. Almost everyone has a price and power and money have replaced human inspiration, the predictable pattern. But art always re-emerges and I think film will be renewed as independent financing increases. More B&W films are being made as well.
The Republicans are trying every desperate measure to sustain power but it seems to be escaping their grip. What once came to them easily is becoming more and more illusive. It's impossible to know what decisions are being made by the puppeteers. The inescapable battle between good and evil is a fact of life. I think we the people have been doing a good job in this battle in trying to become aware and applying relentless pressure for improvement. I think these efforts will be rewarded. We will see.
Here is a good reason for controlling the stress. A study reveals that high levels of corticotropin-releasing factor experienced by stressed out people incite a strong sugar craving. For those battling weight gain, breathing well, developing some calm, realizing our control over outside circumstance is limited, and remembering to pursue pleasure, could be of benefit in this struggle.
I certainly won't allow a Republican to make me fat(ter)!
Damn Joanna, you really do hate men...
What if men started to say, " Why don't we sow the bch's up".
Knock off the hate.
I'm rather fond of my large penis.
Sorry Sally, but damn...If a man said some negative things about women, he'd be in deep poop.
There are some bad women in the world as well.
Ohgosh, Cybear... you'd have a more interesting time of it by asking your male cohorts those questions I would think. Which ones are GreenMen & which ones... well, are not. My opinions won't change the present course of matri-omnicide. ;O)
Joanna's not expressing 'hate' --- she's expressing the hope that the men who rule this world (and it is men)... that they get their wish - to the fullest... that their greed innundate them...
there's not a particle of hate in Joanna's body... or psyche, in my observation... but if I thought there were, I would keep that opinion to myself...
Actually, I thought Joanna was helping us to a heaping dose of black humor ... and (sorry Cybear) it was funny! Well, I thought it was ...
Don't be a rethug and lose your sense of humor ... :) Leave that to the Bushistas.
Speaking of love...
my grands give me hope that the young people will have resolution for the pain we see everywhere in our world... most of it caused by us...
bhakti has for a long time been telling us about the Indigo children (Pat Sharp also)
today I ran across this piece - an interview with Rebecca Walker, who was named recently by Time Magazine as one of fifty future leaders of America. Her book, BLACK, WHITE and JEWISH: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, is an intimate portrait of growing up biracial in a racially divided world.
Here's the first part of the interview, and I highly recommend you read it all:
P.O.V.: In your work, you consider the notion of 'borders.' What is a border to you?
Rebecca: A border is a line drawn in the earth or in the psyche that beckons to be crossed. A border is an invitation to wholeness, as it marks a place of separation, a wound in need of attention and repair. A border represents the illusion of separateness. A teacher once said, "When you look at the earth from space, do you see streets, cities, states, or countries? No. With the right perspective, there are no lines, there is no separation." There are no borders.
P.O.V.: What's an important border that you've crossed in your life?
Rebecca: As a mixed race person, I have often felt like a bridge between worlds, a walking frontier. For much of my life I felt pressured to respect and respond to the external borders, to choose which side of the fence I was on — the racial fence, the spiritual fence, the ideological fence. The day I stopped choosing sides and accepted and embraced all of my complex and complicated self was the day I became a real human being. I let the internal borders completely dissolve and began to see the external ones as illusions. That practice, of accepting and embracing all sides, even the parts I don't like, is a challenge I try to meet in small ways each day. Sometimes I fail, especially in these times of war and fear, but I know my goal.
Con't http://tinyurl.com/hmpnj PBS.org
from a guy I work with about another guy he works with...I was a men's fashion illustrator my self for 25 years, so I really appreciated this piece....which actually h as nothing TO DO with this piece...anyway, from Charilie Griak:
I normally try to avoid sending mass emails, but I just got into this online film festival and if I can get enough people to vote on my film it increases my chances of winning. Hope you all are well...and thanks for your support,
A Friend Wants You to See Moviefone Shorts http://movies.aol.com/short_film_festival?defaultItem=1638092
Joanna...Straight men would go crazy and a lot of Gay men would have a good laugh, because we've all had run ins with the hardcore man hating dykes out there. As many times as you post such things it make's me wonder. Nothing more, nothing less.
And yes, it was funny.
Marta...Me a rethug...no f ing way....I have a very sick and twisted sense of humor, but I think Joannas has me beat.
The GreenMen will return one day, the others will rot.
Cybear ... I didn't say you were a rethug, my dear ... I simply pointed out that they (the rethugs) are currently not in the mood for humor aka not a smile cracked during Colbert's piece the other day ...:) and I was wondrin' why you didn't get that JoannaO was hooting it up!
Great point made by Rebecca, Jo... there ARE NO boundaries. Gaia runs right along underneath fences, walls, barbed wire, ck-points, "official papers," laws & other rules/regs, dams, & our psyches. Boundaries are a mental conceited concept into which peoples mistakening "buy into" in order to amass for ego-self vain glory... fight & die & murder for an ego concept. Not a pretty picture, yes?
Oh Noooo Marta I didn't take it that way.
Dearest Cybear... since you recently received your very fine job, I've noticed that you haven't expressed anger with "illegal aliens." Astonishing how those dynamics work, is it not? The bushaholics et al know that dynamic of "boundary," too.
Joanna, thanks for the link to Cosmos&Psyche - listened to and enjoyed the interview... wish I had a transcript... lots of good stuff there.
oops... didn't notice the 2nd link you provided until now... text! great... thanks again
Have not had time lately to do much of anything. I still think the immigration issue is a hot topic that needs to be fixed, but opening our borders so to speak will only cause more problems for the poor in this country. Eventually borders will be erased and everyone will be free to move about, but now is not the right time, especially with the idiots in control. They have made enough mistakes. And certainly forcing the issue in one direction or the other will cause a mutitude of problems. If everyone compromises, we'll all be better for it.
The anger was not with the illegals, but the issue at hand and the absolute freaking morons that run this country and what they are up to.
It's not about freedom, it's about cheap labor.
Just like Iraq isn't about freedom, it's about oil.
More fun from Bill Maher
Bill Maher, host of the HBO program "Real Time," threw a thought for George W. Bush against the wall during his closing monologue the other night. "You govern like Billy Joel drives," said Maher to Bush. "You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a s****y president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes. On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon, and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side."
I have been seeing the results of the moon/Mars conjunction yesterday...today...my granddauther (5 yrs on 5/24) who has Cap 6 rising and Cancer Moon 5 had a meltdown in a store with my daughter yesterday....screaming, crying, throwing things, full on.....
Her Grandfather who is a Cap sun had taken the day off on Monday (being the son of immigrants, you'd think it was for that reason, but wasn't...friends in town) when he got back to work (this is NYC) he told everyone exactly what they were doing to annoy the hell out of him. Michael from NYC, I sent the links to your photos to him, as my Ex also is B&W photographer....all thoughbeing a Luddite extra strength, NOT with a cell phone camera!
I did the key frames for the ads several years ago for Sprint PCS for their contest for video via camera phone contest, which was then set up on the walls of a contemporary art space in NYC....with mini projectors on mini shelves projecting the results on the walls. They gave the Sprint phones to various 'artists' (like Spike Lee) and said go for it....
Here's one of the more coldly calculated and cynical actions ever! This is how the unpopular Mexican government tries to get a bump in their sinking polls. We get bought off for $100 but the Mexicans get to take drugs!
By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer Tue May 2, 4:19 PM ET
MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign into law a measure that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs for personal use, his spokesman said Tuesday.
Spokesman Ruben Aguilar defended the law, which was approved Friday by Mexico's Senate, despite criticism in the United States that it could increase casual drug use.
"The president is going to sign this law," said Aguilar, who called the legislation "a better tool ... that allows better action and better coordination in the fight against drug dealing."
The above story about Mexico legalizing drugs will do one more thing. It'll boost their tourism trade substantially. I bet Americans travel there in droves!
If they're allowed to grow the drugs we'll be the illegals then!
Someone please tell me that the man who gave Ohio to Bush in 2004 is not about to become our next governor...
Blackwell, Strickland win nominations for governor in Ohio
5/2/2006, 11:38 p.m. ET
By JULIE CARR SMYTH
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Kenneth Blackwell, who gained fame in 2004 as the Bush-backing chief elections official in bellwether Ohio, won the GOP nomination for governor after campaigning as the best man to deliver his party from political scandal.
He will face U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland in the fall, who easily won the Democratic nomination against an underdog challenger.
With 77 percent of precincts reporting, Blackwell led Attorney General Jim Petro 56 percent to 44 percent, or 335,859 votes to 267,694 votes.
Strickland led former state Rep. Bryan Flannery 79 percent to 21 percent, or 426,772 votes to 112,956 votes.
The fall campaign will pit Blackwell, a darling of the religious right who gave "all the glory" to God Tuesday, against a former minister and prison psychologist in Strickland. They will compete for the job of term-limited GOP Gov. Bob Taft, in the state that decided the last presidential election.
"To brother Strickland," Blackwell said, "you can run but you can't hide. We're coming right atcha. We represent change, we represent the future, and there is no retreat in our bones."
Strickland called Blackwell's conservative views "far outside the mainstream," and said a majority of Ohioans will not support him.
As the first black nominated as Ohio governor, Blackwell is expected to have some cross-over appeal with black voters often counted on to help elect Democrats. Another black Republican, former NFL football star Lynn Swann, was headed toward the same distinction in neighboring Pennsylvania.
But Strickland is expected to capitalize on the scandal that has swept Ohio's GOP-led state government in his bid to take the state's helm from Republicans for the first time in more than a decade.
I certainly hope so.
Well, that's something to think about, Cybear... hoards of illegal dykes & gay-guys inhabiting the USian vast stretches of "property," AND also heading govts century after century, terrorizing whole populations, torturing, nuking, mowing down children, robbing whole national treasuries, cutting off heads, raping, century after century... particularly them mean dykes. They are AWFUL! They certainly are a problem. Hmmm... I wonder how they got to be such "man-haters." ;O)
You know, of course, that gays are technically illegal aliens in male-ordered patriarchy... I believe that most if not all states still have laws on the books that would prosecute/persecute to the fullest extent allowed by those laws, AND, tho these laws are not especially enforced AT THE MOMENT, there are those who can hardly wait to do so... the moment the US becomes a theocratic fascism in their hopes. During the european & USian Burning Times, the gays were also burned at the bottom of the stake as... faggots. Course you know that, right?
AND, no doubt, with the chemically enhanced HUGE penises, they would make bundles of faggots all by theyselves... after being separated from their addled owners. ;O)
Nope... no jobs for them either.
First of all I have no beefs with dykes or lesbians or anybody for that matter. Diesel dykes who think they have a penis, but really hate men are what I was talking about. Don't misconstrue what was posted. It was an observation. When we can't see or hear each other's tone of voice things can be taken out of context.
Actually your observations and rants are right on and crack me up most of the time, sometimes it causes a groan.
And I just found out this morning that a friend of mine has breast cancer and has to have a radical masectomy. So I'm not in the greatest of moods.
(((Cybear))) and (((Friend))). Blessings.
Thanks Pat C., My friends name is Michelle, a 46 year grandmother of 2. It's horrible, devastating news to here at 7:30 in the morning.
May she be given and may she recieve profound comfort and guidance to her healing place.
I know you will be healing to her Cybear.
Many warm blessings to you all.
Let me guess... haliburton will "do" the moving?
And... why do they have to move? ;O)
States that the US Marines will spend $10.27 bn (as in 10,000 million US dollars) to relocate 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. This works out to over one million dollars per Marine.
Yea, verily... let me add my caring to your friend, Cybear.
Eric Francis - May 3 | Kite Pattern, Venus into Aries
... I'll be posting the charts for Beltane & then the Cancer ingress of the Sun (solstice) with a brief explanation of the aspects.
One of them looks like a grand trine, & includes a grand trine in the water signs: Mars trine Jupiter trine Uranus. I have not measured how tight the aspect is, & I haven't seen the exact chart ... it's pretty tight in the Beltane chart.
But the Sun is in mid-Taurus & it's aspecting all the watery planets from an earthy sign, so that you get a triangle with an extra point at one end, making it look like a kite. This provides the ease & flow of a grand trine without the Bermuda Triangle feeling; you get all the water, but with the Sun grounding the experience in an the earthy element.
Today we also have Venus transiting into Aries. I touched on this briefly yesterday, but we get Venus beginning a new cycle of the zodiac as well as an Aries Pt event that brings in the N Node of the Moon. The Aries Pt normally has strong momentum; the node is exaggerating this effect. This will be a very good day to watch the news, & our lives, with an intuitive mirror & see what we notice. http://planetwaves.net/
More on grand trines: http://www.planetwaves.net/cainer/archive/001600.php
In a natal chart: http://www.planetwaves.net/cainer/archive/001500.php
NeoBuckeye, the people of Ohio probably don't want Blackwell, but the voting machines of Ohio do.
JoannaOregon, I believe Okinawa is a Japanese territory. We are probably there by treaty. And I'll have to check on this, but I think Guam is a US territory.
Garry, I have to ask this... if you're not sure of the 'truthiness' of the article... why post it? Jes askin...
You see, although this is the so-called 'Info Age' we live in... much of what is out there is garbage... disinformation... we get it everyday from BushCO... and else where... fundies... the trick is to be discriminating...
My Virgo Rising cringes when it reads disinformation... while my Sun in Gemini sees it as more fodder to wade through, my Pallas Athene in Leo lifts up her sword (words) and sails forth to combat same... entiendo?
"dyke" is a derogatory term... esp when used by heteros...
for someone who has 'no beef' with 'them' --- you appear to know alot about 'them' --- 'diesel dyke'?
I did volunteer work with Hospice during the 80s --- worked with Patients with Aids... came to know alot of gay people and their community... lesbians don't hate men, they simply prefer women.
The word 'hate' has strong connotation... you use it often.
Jo...I'm a gay man and I don't hate. We call each other faggots and dykes, dizzy queens, bitches, c*ts just like black people call each other by that n word. It's an inside thing. For the record there are those on both sides that really can't stand the other, but I'm not one of those. My next door neighbors on both sides are black and they use the n word all the time.
I get called faggot all the time by the heteros and it rolls off. They yell f ing faggot and I yell f ing breeder. I have a thick skin as most of us do.
When lesbians tape down their breast, put a sock in there crotch, and work construction they are dubbed diesel. And they can kick just about any man butt in a conflict. But, I use to work for one and I wsa shocked how some are very negative towards gay men.
And not I DO NOT USE THE WORD HATE all of the time. But there are people who hate in all walks of life and there are men who hate women and women who hate men. I am not one of those. So lets chill out on the attack.
I think I will go back to lurking. To much is being read into the post.
And yes, the lesbians and drag queens have been very helpful in the war on aids, but I have met lesbians that would like to see a planet without men. They are mean and full of anger.
I just find that stuff interesting, that's all. I daresay we can't prove more than 50% posted on here to be "real" or "truthful", and reality is subjective anyway, isn't it? I can't tell you or anyone what to believe nowadays nor should we believe everything we read. I enjoy that type of reading and wanted to share it without calling it 'gospel', so to speak.
It's unfortunate that some men throughout the ages have taken advantage of women, but I look at this way....You hate men in this life, your next life you'll be a man and see a different perspective. Same for men who hate women. Or maybe women that are abused have been men who abused in a past life... It's a little thing called Karma and everyone pays a price somewhere and sometime.
What goes around comes around, so that's why I try to be fair to everyone. You do not know me in person and if you did, you and everyone else here would know what I am all about.
Love the world and it'll love you back.
Cybear, my words were not attacking... they were intended to get you to shift your expression a little... I had no way of knowing you are gay, but frankly, that's not the point. This is cyberspace and words/expression are not always clear. What was coming across to me from your words was a harshness toward gays... at least gay women.
I wish you would not go away... I wish you would talk to me...
What you said about karma and past lives, etc... has merit, in my opinion...
The Women's Lib movement of the 70s was wonderful for females... but pretty difficult for males... many of whom felt a great deal of 'male bashing'
I'm in my mid sixties... and find myself frequently referring to 'men do this and men do that' --- thinking that others know I am referring to behavior, not 'men' in general... on the other hand, I am sensitive to women being accused of hating men, when in fact they are simply trying to call attention to the behavior of those in power and assert themselves as human beings...
I recognize there are people --- both men and women --- both gay and straight --- who are hostile toward the opposite sex...
You see, you and I agree about more than we disagree...
I'm just suggesting that you consider that sometimes folks who do not know where you are coming from read your words at face value...
and btw, each of us 'Beings' is yin yang (female male), the most beneficial thing we can do is honor both parts, right?
Garry and Cybear, my Virgo Moon and Scorpio Sun enjoy your posts. My Leo stellium wants you to continue to be just who you are and resist controlled at all costs.
American Progress Report
Strategic Redeployment 2.0
This morning, the Center for American Progress released Strategic Redeployment 2.0, a detailed plan on how to responsibly withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. (The new plan builds on the original Strategic Redeployment, released by American Progress last September.) In the latest version, American Progress's Lawrence Korb and Brian Katulis again call for the reduction of troop levels from 130,000 to 60,000 by the end of the year, and to virtually zero by the end of 2007. (Now, sixty-four percent of Americans want the U.S. to withdraw some or all of our troops out of Iraq.) The plan would move the National Guard out of Iraq and would leave behind an expeditionary force in the region to deal with future threats. Troop levels in Afghanistan would be doubled. In addition, the updated version calls for greater emphasis on international and regional diplomacy and the need for an Iraqi-led political solution to the fighting. Redeploying our troops would not only strengthen the military and our national security, it would also benefit the Iraqi people and their efforts to build a stable and peaceful democracy.
OUR TROOPS SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A POLITICAL CRUTCH: Two weeks ago, the Shiite alliance nominated Jawad al-Maliki to replace Ibrahim al-Jaafari as Iraq's prime minister. The move broke a "long impasse over forming a new government" that had "lasted months as the country's security crisis worsened." The recent surprise visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did nothing to help the political process along, with one Kurdish legislator saying, "It would be more appropriate if they would leave us alone. Let us solve our problems by ourselves." President Bush immediately seized on the progress as a "turning point" for Iraq. (He has said this before.) But much work remains to be done. Al-Maliki will still have to undertake the "complex business of naming a unity government that can stem violence among Iraq's competing ethnic and sectarian groups." The best way to let this happen is not to engage in heavy-handed meddling, but instead to set a "defined limit to our large military presence" that will "provide the political space for Iraqi leaders to take charge and reach a power-sharing agreement."
REDEPLOYMENT SHOULD GO ALONG WITH MORE INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL DIPLOMACY: U.N. special envoys have twice helped kickstart the Iraqi political process. The turmoil over the prime minister was finally resolved after U.N. representative Ashraf Qazi met with Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. The cleric "refuses to talk to U.S. officials," but a meeting with Qazi "may have prompted [Sistani] to act out of concern over growing sectarian violence." One Kurdish lawmaker said Qazi's meetings "were the chief reason that untied the knot." In 2004, the formation of an interim Iraqi government "was largely the task of Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations envoy invited by the Bush administration and Iraqi leaders to bestow greater legitimacy on what had been a mostly American enterprise." More international and regional diplomacy -- similar to the Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia or the Bonn Conference in Afghanistan -- is needed if the Iraqi people are to succeed. Strategic Redeployment 2.0 calls for a "high-level special envoy for Iraq's transition, to work with the United Nations and key regional leaders to help forge a political solution to Iraq's conflict." "The redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq requires that Iraq's neighbors play a more active role in supporting Iraq's stability and reconstruction," wrote Katulis. "Iraq's neighbors have a better chance of persuading recalcitrant Iraqis to compromise than we do."
More....links within text
Television Host Louis Rukeyser Dies
May 03 6:49 AM US/Eastern
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By DAVE COLLINS
Associated Press Writer
email@example.com Louis Rukeyser, a best-selling author, columnist, lecturer and television host who delivered pun-filled, commonsense commentary on complicated business and economic news, died Tuesday. He was 73.
Rukeyser died at his home in Greenwich after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a rare bone marrow cancer, said his brother, Bud Rukeyser.
As host of "Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser" on public TV from 1970 until 2002, Rukeyser took a wry approach to the ups and downs in the marketplace and urged guests to avoid jargon. He brought finance and economics to ordinary viewers and investors, and was rewarded with the largest audience in the history of financial journalism.
"He brings to the tube a blend of warmth, wit, irreverence, thrusting intellect and large doses of charm, plus the credibility of a Walter Cronkite," Money magazine wrote in a cover story.
Joanna, re the Channelnews link you posted above:
"The roadmap will see Japan shouldering a greater responsibility in Asia-Pacific security and the alliance is seen as a counter balance to China’s growing military build-up."
If you google up Japan and military 'in the news' and you get quite a bit of information re US and assistance from Japan http://tinyurl.com/ftlmj
this from 2003 news article:
"At $US49 billion per year, Japan’s military spending is now the second-largest in the world—far outstripping Britain’s $36 billion—even though it is less than one percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Military analysts already rank the Japanese air force and navy as among the world’s top three or four in terms of modernity and sophistication. The SDF, in cooperation with the US, is expanding its offensive capabilities through the acquisition of helicopter carriers, long-range refueling aircraft and land and sea-based missile defence systems."
A few Japanese citizens are unhappy with this move toward aggression...
A chart on Japan might be interesting.
The Japanese are also natural enemies of the Chinese, and are very worried about the rise they see in China.
I'm no fan of the "karmic" belief, or if one is abused, then one learns not to abuse "in the school called Earth." Just the opposite happens. In the first place, "learning lessons" from one incarnation to another is a glib dysfunctional belief at present, not fact. In the second, abused persons become abusive or abused persons. Children growing up in a warm, loving, nuturing family grow up to be warm, loving, nuturing adults. Those that learn violence to get their way, continue the pattern unless they undergo extensive therapy & even then it's iffy. The child who abhores the alcoholic parents' behavior, grows up to be an alcohlic parent... all the while astonished that such a thing should happen to them. It seems to me that we have an imminent "Now"... that's where the learning & healing occurs... hopefully.
Well... & there's been consistent & chronic complaints over the years by the Okinawan people of sexual assaults (where've we heard THAT lately) by USian marines... & Okinawan consistent & chronic calls to get said marines out of Okinawa. I don't imagine that it's much different in Guam &, who knows, Guamian people may not want the marines either for the very same reasons. bushaholic has simply kicked the whole matter over the edge... people have had it past tolerance.
Nice post Joanna. So true.
7.8 earthquake in the ocean in the ocean near Tongna and Fiji.
Keep the mermaids coming Pat C . Told you a while back that was my next book idea and I'm signing the contract tomorrow. I shall take credit for the idea? ;)
My book is based on a gay parade. Where I hang out everyone hangs with everyone, yuppies and artists, straights and gay, come to Brooklyn an end the prejudice. I am painitng men with miniskirts and bras.....for kids. My editor rocks!
Joanna, just to claify, I was referring to your "karmic thought" post.
I would only add that there are examples of children who grew up in warm loving homes who went in a completely different direction along with those who grew up in disfunctional homes.
I guess nothing can really be absolute.
bhakti, as much as I love mermaids, it was Pat QOP who deserves you smile. She is a lovely artist.
Great luck on your book!
Good points Jo...We're fine. And I do have lesbian friends that are very, very cool. Namaste!
Joanna, as someone who has practiced various forms of Magick over the last 30 years or so I believe there is validity in Karma. Blast the crap out of someone that screws you over and trust me it will come back in some form or fashion. Also, having done some extensive past life work I am also aware of what we do now has an effect somewhere in the future. But, I honor your opinion.
((((Pat C)))) You are a sweetheart!
I've always loved mermaids, Pat C... I hope there's some way we can all see your painting of them... mebbe on a photo site like flickr?
If chronically reincarnating human becomings are chronically "learning their karmic lessons," then after thousands of centuries, we should be living in a wonderful heavenly man's world, in general, instead of one on the brink of omnicide.
Woops! Pat Q is who I meant.
The ocean of conciousness is too large for schmeggies like *Co. Glub! Glub! Wash over them, send em off to another shore all purified. Cya. It's already happening, the cosmic mother is rooted and the paradigm shifted. Ride the wave all yee of goddess loving nature :) Now the kids are gonna catch the wave too. Went back to Ocean Hill Brownsville inner city Brooklyn today in a public school and these K's were so elegant and well
mannered. Pleasure. Indigos rule. Was the only white on the bus and train and felt at one with all, all was peaceful in the ocean of conciousness we all share.
WhaddaHOOT!!! Now... if I go with my Beliefs, I'm right there with you in great joy, bhakti. Blessed Be!!
just jumping in here.....no one really knows for sure what karma in past and future lives consists of...but I sure have seen that when I say or do something 'out of order' it appears to initiate an almost immediate experience of learning the 'physical' lesson....it is almost laughable now....I KNOW I'll see what it is about by experience, sometimes within a few hours.
But reading the NDE web pages and the experiences of the people who have had NDEs makes me think that there is just something we haven't quite tapped for sure yet.....for instance, 2 weeks before I had the message (pendulum) that I would have a "major fall on Monday" I did....but wasn't expecting it. I stayed home the Monday after the message and didn't fall, so 'wrote it off' only to fall down a hill and hurt my shoulder while feeding the feral cats I feed on the following Monday (and my daughter fell and hurt her shoulder the following day). Now how could I have known that, if time wasn't a factor, ahead of time?
As for man hating women (and vice versa)....usually the 'hating' part comes from an experience, or years of experiences like molestation, humiliations, beatings, etc....some of which are suppressed, but makes the person distrustful. I hate (!) the fact that people use 'manhating' or 'womanhating' as an easy handle to label people. Biology has as much to do with a diesel dyke as it does with a transvestite or with a gay person.....not all of it is behaviorable, and possibly (as no one really knows yet) biology is all of it...
Joanna, new souls are incarnating at a rapid rate now. My guides say it is because they want to experience the earth before it is gone.
Also, because humans tend to not learn lessons until they experience suffering in it's worst forms. Kind of like children who burn themselves with fire after being repeatedly told to not play with it.
But, I hear you. It can become an endless circle that makes you question if there is something to it all. I have questioned it myself only to have something come up that makes me go wow, it really does exist. It's cause and effect.
What about the Karma of this country? The powers that be have created war all over the world for years and now we are hated and paying a price for it. That's karma.
Here we go, Jo!!
Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?
It's so fine, It's sunshine
It's the word, love
In the beginning I misunderstood
But now I've got it, the word is good
Spread the word and you'll be free
Spread the word and be like be
Spread the work I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?
It's so fine, It's sunshine
It's the word, love
Every where I go I hear it said
In the good and bad books that I have read
Give the word a chance to say
That the word is just the way
It's the word I'm thinking of
And the only word is love
It's so fine, It's sunshine
It's the word, love
Now that I know what I feel must be right
I'm here to show everybody the light
Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?
It's so fine, It's sunshine
It's the word, love
The Word, Lennon & McCartney
Brilliant JudiG! Good point!
Thanks for that Joanna...
congrats on the new book bhakti...
Catch the Wave of Shakti! Ride the Wild Surf!
Be a Go-Go Bootist! Become a Born Again: Teenager!
GWB: blip on the screen of conciousness. Conciousness in the form of an idiot.
'The world is as you see it' ---yoga aphorism
You are absolutely correct and this is a fascinating area of study. Abused children sometimes grow up to be warm, loving, tolerant, understanding adults. More often than expected. And vice versa This perplexes the experts, but not me. It just further verifies my belief in uniqueness and the infinite number of ways to cope with adversity. All the more reason I study astrology.
Like some Cancers are funny, protective, forgiving, sympathetic and some are tribal, fearful, and even murderous as the protective instinct goes foul.
The problem with hate is that for every expression of it, you will receive one, so you should take this into account. Of course, hate just erupts and people act on impulse, but so very very often they give no consideration to the many people who get injected with it, especially in public expressions. Hate is potent and is like a volatile potential poison in the hands of a scientist in the chem lab. Caution is advisable. It is fascinating and bears study, since we all carry it around for our lifetimes. What to do with it is the ongoing question.
I think you are also right, Judi, about the power of biology as motivation in human behavior. I would add chemistry and physics. An unbelievably complex route goes through the body and mind when stimulus comes in, travels through the Mercury ruled connective matrix, and then through the convoluted pathways in the brain, back through the matrix to become speech, laced with ideas and emotions in a confused, and confusing to others, mix. I think our expressions of hate are often not at all what they appear to be, and self hatred is always a factor.
So I watch with horror as the festival of hate in the political arena continues to where it escalates beyond any logical understanding. Hatred of a group(men, women, Republicans, etc.) perplexes me, given the incredible variation. And the cheering squad continues. Very much like the Roman colosseum with the nightly recitation of atrocities on television and the competition for the gold star in brutal insults.
I am experimenting right now with vreative ways to deal with adversity.
jm, your interesting comments trigger a number of thoughts.
Remember that great line from "Paint Your Wagon"? As Lee Marvin (in the movie) said, "Back East you have to love your neighbor. But out here you can hate the bastard."
My husband used to say, "Anger is the easiest emotion." I think that is why the neoCons have been able to utilize anger with such success (until recently. And why all would-be dictators start with a hated enemy.)
Almost everyday in the newspaper here there is a letter about how "liberals" would do this or that outrageous thing. (Because that's what liberals do. Damn those straw men!)
Re Sun signs: When I was first trying to get a grasp of Astrology I made up some images of the elements.
Fire: Aires is a flaming arrow and/or a prairie fire. Leo is a blazing fire in a baronial fireplace in a castle. Sag is the fire in the Olympic torch--but can also be the fire that burns heretics.
Earth: Taurus is a fertile wooded meadow. Virgo is a Japanese Zen garden. Capricorn is a fortified peak.
Air: Gemini is a busy wind blowing newspapers and memos down the street. Libra is a pleasant breeze in a scented garden. Aquarius is the cold still air on a frozen winter night--and sometimes it is the Northern Lights.
Water: Cancer is a broad river like the Mississippi--changeable and flowing passed old family homes. Scorpio is Niagra Falls. Pisces is a great swamp like the Cherokee's "trembling earth" of the Okefeenokee. It is also the primordal sea that spawned life.
Barbara, what lovely images! thank you...
Barbara, I'm stunned. I've read so many descriptions of signs, but never any like yours. They are wonderful. Really something. They are going immediately through my printer.
I can't describe the extent of my pleasure at newly discovered talent.
And this wise man words..."Anger is the easiest emotion".
That's going right into my thinking cap.
Barbara those are the best descriptions I've heard of the Sun signs and so captures their essence. Thank you for sharing them! Rah!!
Barbara, those are absolutely beautiful visuals of the signs. I love them and find the energy to feel so very appropriate.
Thank your so mcuh for sharing those with us....just beautiful.
Barbara, those are absolutely beautiful visuals of the signs. I love them and find the energy to feel so very appropriate.
Thank your so mcuh for sharing those with us....just beautiful.
State of the Parties:
[necro]s: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman met with [necroporn] members of Congress this wk to impress upon them just how bad the opinion polls are looking for them, & warning that they face a possible catastrophe in Nov.
1) This warning contributed to GOP determination to pass a tax reconciliation bill that will extend the 2001 & 2003 tax cuts beyond their current expiration dates at the end of the decade.
2) On Tue, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) & House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) were supposed to meet with [booosh] in the Oval office to discuss the tax bill, which, if passed, will be one of the most important [necro] accomplishments of 2006 leading into the midterm elections. But Grassley bowed out, giving the excuse that he had constituents in town from IA. Even in the face of disaster, [necro]s seem unable to get their act together.
3) Despite all the media coverage given to the issues of immigration & "corruption," polls show that the issue currently concerning voters the most--even more than immigration--is the wasteful spending by the Congress. With its vote on Thur in favor of the rule for the lobby reform bill, the House has taken its first step toward patching up damaged [necro] credibility.
4) [necro]s will focus in their campaign on the danger of electing Dems to a majority in Congress. Their catch-word is "dangerous," a word taken from an ill-considered appearance by Sen Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) on the Senate floor next to a sign (color-coded to match her outfit) stating "Dangerously Incompetent" in large letters. The Stabenow appearance was meant to highlight [regime]'s incompetence. http://www.humaneventsonline.com/enpr/current_enpr.html#1
Got to admit, Gang--I am a sucker for praise. Thanks for the kind words re sun sign descriptions. That makes my day and night!
Been looking back at the early comments on this link and am thinking maybe, of all people on the 'net, this might be the most likely bunch-- We all know our Republic has been taken over--a quiet coup-- How to respond? How to stop dictator Bushie?
Am looking for better ideas-- the only thing I've come up with is to send mucho letters (the same letter) to WH, House of Reps, Senate, MSM, listing the on-going destruction of the Constitution and our outrage.
Seems kinds of feeble, really.
Just in case the pen isn't mighter than the sword--Where's my musket?
I'm assuming you are serious in your request for information about what to do. If you send your letters know that there are millions being sent and that anything that has been stopped has been because of public pressure on the Congressional reps. The reason we've been able to reverse a few things, like the Dubai management of our ports, like stopping them from destroying Social Security, and like killing Frist's idiotic bill to send each of us $100 is because over time the people who are making demands of their representatives has increased. So write those letters!
Another way is to subscribe to the online organizations that are politically active, like MoveOn and others that are about human rights, or environmental watchdogs. They will send you petitions to sign which you can do online so it isn't only about donations which you don't have to give if you can't. The more people do this the more the impact. As election time gets closer you can see which progressive candidates are struggling (you will get messages about this from the organizations you subscribe to) and send them some money. Even $5 goes a long way when thousands of people give that amount.
Every time a Congressperson or Senator does something you disagree with, look up their website and send them a message. Don't expect an answer, but rest assured that they get the messages. It also helps to encourage those who stand up against Bush. A quick thank you in the subject line is more than enough.
We all have a voice on the internet and the power comes as more and more people use it. The poll numbers are a reflection of the number of people who are active online. If 65% of the people disaprove of Bush that's millions of people letting them know online.
The internet does a great job of leveling the power field for all of us. Every voice counts.
Last night on my talk radio station there was a guest named Antonia Juhasz who's written a book called the Bush Agenda. She spelled out the situaion in excrutiating detail and my spirits started suffering. So I called in and asked her if they could be stopped, and she answered, "They already are"... by the public".
I think that's all we can do right now. Apply pressure on every front we can.
The power of public opinion is what we have.
An old fashioned gal.
Remember, this is their rutting season. Election time. The only time thay find it in their little hearts to pay attention to us, and mate with their public.
Payback time for all the lurking I've been doing over the months, no make that years.
A link to what I consider to be the best to date article on the life and times of Lady Diana
I just noticed it was Pat C, not Judi G, who mentioned the loving people emerging from abusive backgrounds. Thanks Pat. The second judi g part was correct, though. So many trains of thought keep a girl traveling.
Thank you so much, Stan for chiming in after all these years. I always wonder what triggers this.
Goldensilence, good advice, and I do all that stuff, except emailing congresscritters outside my district. I figure they only pay attention to people in their own districts--but maybe some of them have national aspirations, so guess I should start writing them too.
jm, I hope the lady on the talk radio show is right.
What worries me most is that the majority of Americans can't really vote anymore. Here in Georgia every single precinct is equiped with
no-paper-trail, no-audit-capability Diebold machines. I always vote by absentee ballot, which is on paper. But what does that matter against the millions of electronic votes?
The people who really decide Georgia election outcomes are Diebold management.
In Florida, every county that is a Democratic stronghold is equipped with no-paper-trail, no-audit-capability electronic voting machines.
There is a good reason why Nevada is the only state (so far) that has banned such machines. They know how easy it is to program the odds.
Election districts all over the country are so gerrymandered that a minority of good liberal leaders (like John Lewis, of Georgia) are in safe seats and they are allowed to have their votes--it gives the appearance of honest elections and does not challenge the Conservative majority in congress.
Electioneering and voting will continue in this country, of course. It is a great money-making enterprise. Also, voting--though only ceremonial now--pacifies the people. The act of voting gives us the facade of a republic.
With the voting process captured and controlled by Republican Bush Rangers, what recourse do we citizens have? That's why I mentioned muskets. I'm feeling very Seventeen-SeventySixish, but don't know what to do about it.
Barbara, this is from Dennis Wright who is working really hard in Georgia.
He has said: They have so many walls between them and the public. I just talked to Mark Taylor's campaign manager, Clay Anthony, about my article, but it felt like talking to a brick. They NEED to nail Cathy Cox on this Diebold shit but I feel like they won't.
Will you consider calling?
Ask for Clay Anthony.
Tell him you want them to call Cathy Cox on her illegal antics and without any waffling. She broke state and federal law with her dealings with Diebold. Her staff has lied at the drop of a hat over her disgusting marriage with Diebold. SHE MUST BE STOPPED.
Right now she's splitting the vote between her and Mark Taylor, which means four more years of "Sonny" Purdue.
Here is Dennis's letter.
The Money Pit: Diebold vs. America
by Denis Wright
Georgia was the first state in the nation to go 100% with electronic voting, thanks to Secretary of State Cathy Cox. This was a mantle she carried, and continues to carry, proudly. In fact, she's using it to bolster her run for Governor in 2006, and indeed she is currently the front runner.
But when you look at the facts Cathy Cox should be ashamed. She has failed the voters of Georgia; she has ensured that our elections are subject to fraud; she has wasted huge amounts of taxpayer funds on an election system that is proven to be ineffective at best, a downright scam at worst. And she has hidden or lied about these problems not only to the voters of Georgia but also to the state Legislature.
A trail of Amendments
In May of 2002 the state signed a contract with Diebold to provide DRE (Direct Record Electronic) voting machines for the entire state at a cost of $52 million dollars. In July of the same year the first amendment to that contract was signed. It stated that
• Diebold is to redesign the pre-election training for Georgia officials.
• Diebold is to create and prepare all election ballots for every county in Georgia.
• Diebold is to deliver and install the election database and memory card in every county on or before October 25, 2002.
Right away we can see that elections in Georgia have been entirely turned over to a private corporation, one with strong ties to the Republican Party. But it really gets interesting when we turn to future amendments. Amendments that were signed by Cathy Cox without any legislative oversight whatsoever.
Very soon after Diebold bought Georgia's voting rights, a rather disturbing series of amendments to the contract were signed which basically granted Diebold, a privately-owned and partisan firm, full responsibility for Georgia's elections.
Amendment One gave Diebold the authority to a) train state elections officials, b) create and prepare the ballots for each county, and c) deliver and install the election database and the memory cards on or before October 25, 2002.
Despite this written contract, during the November elections there was massive failure of the voting machines which was later documented -- and admitted to, quietly -- by Cathy Cox herself. This information came to light in internal documents obtained through FOIA requests. To the press Ms. Cox consistently praised Diebold and admitted nothing.
The second Amendment in December 2002 granted Diebold authority to test the GEMS software with Wylie Labs certification due in January 2003.
Third ammendment: Certification has still not been accomplished. Paragraph three states that Federal Certification has not been received but a $1 million dollar payment is demanded.
August 25, 2003, Amendment Four: The state of Georgia requests three more GEMS servers at a cost of $51.459 which have not been certified and an additional $23,700 for Kennesaw State testing labs.
Amendment Five. Amendment Five is for a "Security Adjustment" for uncertified software, to be obtained by April 29, 2005. Installation of the patch is not to be completed until after the November 2005 election.
Amendment Six: The state bought an additional 955 AccuVote machines from Diebold costing $2.6 million dollars. They also extended their warranty with Diebold through December 2005 at a cost of $1.5495.00.
No one in the Georgia congress knew about any of these amendments. There was no congressional oversight whatsoever.
A trail of money
Georgia has been told by Diebold that our 3 year old machines cannot be upgraded to produce a voter verified paper ballot. They recommend that Georgia "toss and buy new" machines if paper ballots are required. At a huge additional cost, of course. Additionally, our "pilot program" to have paper ballots has dropped from 3 counties to merely 3 precincts, and even those will have only one machine.
Georgia has been told by Diebold that our 3 year old machines cannot be upgraded to produce a voter verified paper ballot. They recommend that Georgia "toss and buy new" machines if paper ballots are required. At a huge additional cost, of course. Additionally, our "pilot program" to have paper ballots has dropped from 3 counties to merely 3 precincts, and even those will have only one machine with a printer. So three machines state-wide that can produce a paper ballot. And Diebold is making the state rent these machines at astronomical costs.
We Georgians have already spent over $100 million on a voting system that has been proven over and over to be faulty yet they want us to spent more. The $54 million dollar figure cited by Cathy Cox office is a lie. Given the costs of programming, ballot creation and new purchases the cost to Georgia voters exceeds $116 million dollars (???)). And there is NO Congressional oversite. Any public forums are shut down as soon as the questions start.
Who does Cathy Cox work for? The citizens of Georgia or the shareholders of Diebold? I personally think the answer is quite obvious.
"When the lights go down in Georgia!" It's going to be a real mess to untangle, the voting system period everywhere will be a mess to untangle because it's all be based on corruption, lies and cover-ups to the lies.My hope is we will just keep pushing for the truth.
SAVE THE INTERNET
Let's make sure we still have an internet on which to express our voices.
"We all have a voice on the internet and the power comes as more and more people use it. The poll numbers are a reflection of the number of people who are active online. If 65% of the people disaprove of Bush that's millions of people letting them know online.
The internet does a great job of leveling the power field for all of us. Every voice counts."
THE THREAT IS REAL
Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.
Net Neutrality allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and is the reason that the Internet is a force for economic innovation, civic participation and free speech. If the public doesn't speak up now, Congress will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you watch online.
This isn’t just speculation -- we've already seen what happens elsewhere when the Internet's gatekeepers get too much control. Last year, Telus -- Canada's version of AT&T -- blocked their Internet customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to workers with whom the company was having a labor dispute. And Madison River, a North Carolina ISP, blocked its customers from using any competing Internet phone service.
HOW WOULD THE GUTTING OF NETWORK NEUTRALITY AFFECT YOU?
• Google users—Another search engine could pay dominant Internet providers like AT&T to guarantee the competing search engine opens faster than Google on your computer.
• Innovators with the "next big idea"—Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay Internet providers for dominant placing on the Web. The little guy will be left in the "slow lane" with inferior Internet service, unable to compete.
• Ipod listeners—A company like Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you to a higher-priced music service that it owned.
• Political groups—Political organizing could be slowed by a handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay "protection money" for their websites and online features to work correctly.
• Nonprofits—A charity's website could open at snail-speed, and online contributions could grind to a halt, if nonprofits can't pay dominant Internet providers for access to "the fast lane" of Internet service.
• Online purchasers—Companies could pay Internet providers to guarantee their online sales process faster than competitors with lower prices—distorting your choice as a consumer.
• Small businesses and tele-commuters—When Internet companies like AT&T favor their own services, you won't be able to choose more affordable providers for online video, teleconferencing, Internet phone calls, and software that connects your home computer to your office.
• Parents and retirees—Your choices as a consumer could be controlled by your Internet provider, steering you to their preferred services for online banking, health care information, sending photos, planning vacations, etc.
• Bloggers—Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips—silencing citizen journalists and putting more power in the hands of a few corporate-owned media outlets.
• Blocking Innovation
Corporate control of the Web would reduce your choices and stifle the spread of innovative and independent ideas that we've come to expect online. It would throw the digital revolution into reverse. Internet gatekeepers are already discriminating against Web sites and services they don't like:
• In 2004, North Carolina ISP Madison River blocked their DSL customers from using any rival Web-based phone service.
• In 2005, Canada's telephone giant Telus blocked customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to the Telecommunications Workers Union during a contentious labor dispute.
• Shaw, a major Canadian cable, internet, and telephone service company, intentionally downgrades the "quality and reliability" of competing Internet-phone services that their customers might choose -- driving customers to their own phone services not through better services, but by rigging the marketplace.
• In April, Time Warner's AOL blocked all emails that mentioned www.dearaol.com -- an advocacy campaign opposing the company's pay-to-send e-mail scheme.
This is just the beginning. Cable and telco giants want to eliminate the Internet's open road in favor of a tollway that protects their status quo while stifling new ideas and innovation. If they get their way, they'll shut down the free flow of information and dictate how you use the Internet.
THE FIGHT FOR NETWORK NEUTRALITY CONTINUES
By Rep. Ed Markey 5/03/06
“Last week, those on the side of saving the Internet as we know it - those who revere its open architecture, and respect its powerful ability to promote innovation - scored a moral victory of sorts by improving our vote in a key House Energy and Commerce Committee markup. For certain, we closed the gap considerably on the Network Neutrality amendment that I offered along with Representatives Boucher (D-VA), Eshoo (D-CA), and Inslee (D-WA) from the time it was first offered in the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee at the beginning of April.
While the amendment lost thanks to all Republican members save one voting against it, we clearly now have the momentum swinging to our side. Sometime in the coming two weeks, the House leadership will bring the so-called "COPE Act" (HR 5252) to the House floor, where I will again attempt to attach real net neutrality protections to the legislation.
The COPE Act is woefully deficient in protecting the Internet. Its provisions essentially bless the broadband designs of a few large companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, over those of thousands of web-based businesses, entrepreneurs, and individual citizens.
It is vital that we enact meaningful network neutrality provisions as soon as possible, because the threat facing the Internet is very real. Recent decisions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and court interpretations clearly put these aspects of broadband networks and the Internet in jeopardy. The replacement of historic policies of nondiscrimination with the imposition of bottleneck taxes by broadband network owners endangers economic growth, innovation, job creation, and First Amendment freedom of expression on such networks. Broadband network owners should not be able to determine who can and who cannot offer services over broadband networks or over the Internet. The detrimental effect to the digital economy would be quite severe if such conduct were permitted and became widespread . . .
Yesterday, I introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 (HR 5273) as a standalone bill. The Network Neutrality Act of 2006 offers Members a clear choice. It is a choice between broadband barons and average-joe cyber-surfers, between the pre-chosen voices favored by those in the executive suite and the wonderfully chaotic nature of the net, where a chorus or a cacophony of voices can emerge on any and every issue. At its heart, this issue is about safeguarding the Internet as a low-barrier-to-entry platform for innovation.
In short, this legislation is designed to save the Internet and thwart those who seek to fundamentally and detrimentally alter the Internet as we know it, and it is my belief that the unbelievable grassroots uprising that we have seen on this issue over the past few weeks will help propel us to victory and secure the future of the Internet for all of us.”
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AT&T, Verizon, Comcast Want To Control The Internet...
A Tale of Two Americas
We are living in two Americas now.
There is the Madison Avenue/Hollywood propaganda production of a presidency transmitted to Americans through transcribers (aka reporters) working for the corporate media that is in the tank with the White House.
Then there is the famous "reality-based" world of the people who are supposed to be running America: us.
In the reality-based world, the latest poll shows that only 30% of Americans approve of Bush's Iraqmire debacle. But the mainstream media still covers Iraq as if it could turn positive any minute, just as the White House and Don "Dementia" Rumsfeld dictate to them.
That's quite a gap between the fantasy world of the Busheviks and the "reality-based" world of the citizens who elect the American government.
The mainstream media is supposed to serve the interests of the national and local communities of America. But they don't. They represent the White House perspective, because the White House is the hand that feeds the financial interests of the corporate conglomerates. It's a business relationship.
The mainstream media giants use the same "K" Street lobbyists that Exxon/Mobil do. These so-called providers of news know that their bottom line is threatened with every truthful story about the Busheviks, because as the White House has shown many a time, they take no prisoners, just revenge.
Meanwhile, the Busheviks are marching us toward a partisan, politically-driven war with Iran, in which nuclear weapons may be used, using the same game plan as they did for Iraq. And the media plays deaf, dumb and mute for a second time.
Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld continue to act as if polls and public opinion don't matter. Bush has hit a record rock bottom in approval ratings, and he's off smirking and bike riding. It's as if the Busheviks feel the referees have been paid off (as in Bushevik judges sitting on the federal bench ready to rule in their favor on most issues) and the game is fixed. It doesn't matter what we think; they've got the power and they are not giving it up.
Of course, they can only keep their power by cranking up the fear, a rally around the Commander-in-Chief war cry, stealing elections, and continuing to control Congress and the courts. And they've shown that they can accomplish this without any strong show of opposition from the Democrats on the Hill. So they have a right to be confident.
They are still in office, still making disastrous decisions, aren't they?
They look and act like people who plan to do just what they've been doing -- with the confidence that no one is going to try or is able to stop them.
Bush Drag on GOP Among Latinos; Latino Policy Coalition Poll Shows President Poorly Regarded by Hispanic Voters
(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US Newswire)--May 4, 2006--A new national survey released today by the Latino Policy Coalition finds that President George W. Bush has dramatically less support among Latino voters than popularly believed. He has even less support among Latinos than the Republican Party has.
"These findings debunk the conventionally held notion that Bush enjoys better than average affection among Latino voters," said Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, who conducted the poll. "In fact, Bush's unpopularity among Latino voters has the potential to cause serious damage to Republicans as they head into the 2006 midterm elections."
The national poll found that Bush's positive job performance rating among Latino voters is a staggeringly low 23 percent. In contrast, 75 percent of Latino voters have a negative view of the job the president is doing.
"This survey reveals the failure of Karl Rove's strategy to grow the Republican share of Latino voters to a consistent forty-plus," said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, and a member of the Latino Policy Coalition. "President Bush's approval rating is down to 23 percent and falling, with the Republican-led Congress' rating even worse."
On a personal level, Bush fares even worse among Latino voters in terms of his personal popularity than his own party. Bush is perceived positively by only 30 percent of Latino voters, while the Republicans in Congress are perceived positively by 33 percent of Latino voters.
SportsIllustrated.Com: The truth about New Orleans
I know you come to this column to read about football, sports and other things. I'll get to the regular Tuesday fare, your e-mails, in a few paragraphs. First, there's something a little more significant to discuss.
I sense that we in this country have Katrina fatigue. The New York Times reported as much recently, saying that people in some of the areas that welcomed Katrina evacuees last September are sick of hearing about the hurricane, the flooding and the aftermath.
Well, my wife and I were in a car last Wednesday that toured the hardest-hit area of New Orleans, the Lower Ninth Ward. We worked a day at a nearby Habitat for Humanity site on Thursday, and we toured the Biloxi/Gulfport/Long Beach/Pass Christian gulf shore area last Friday. And let me just say this: I can absolutely guarantee you that if you'd been in the car with us, no matter how much you'd been hit over the head with the effects of this disaster, you would not have Katrina fatigue.
What I saw was a national disgrace. An inexcusable, irresponsible, borderline criminal national disgrace. I am ashamed of this country for the inaction I saw everywhere.
On Saturday, at the Saints' headquarters for the draft, I watched the day unfold with a friend of the team, New Orleans businessman and president Michael Whelan. I told him what I'd seen, and asked him what he thought.
"We spend all this money on the war in Iraq and we can't take care of our own cities?" he said. "You get out of downtown, and it's like a war zone in a lot of neighborhoods still. The government has been a huge letdown. I've heard billions of dollars are going to be sent here. Where are they? Nothing is taking place. I certainly think that now it's back-page news; the government is sweeping it under the rug.''
From Wayne Medsen, about Colbert:
May 4, 2006 -- What you didn't hear at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Comedian Stephen Colbert's slam on George W. Bush at last Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner was met with thunderous laughter but not from representatives of the Bush administration and many members of the media. The microphone used at the dais was a "noise canceling" microphone -- the same type used in Howard Dean's campaign rally hall in Iowa in 2004. The microphones cancel out all other ambient noise except for the speaker. With 2700 attendees and hundreds of hotel staff gathering plates and utensils from tables, C-SPAN viewers could only hear Colbert and what sounded like dead silence. However, according to people in attendance, Colbert's remarks were met with laughter and applause, none of which was picked up by the sound system installed at the dais. Members of the media were more concerned about irritating some of the corporate media moguls present if they laughed at Colbert's remarks. The penalty for such indiscretions might include being dis-invited from the such after-banquet chi chi events like the Bloomberg party held near the Hinckley Hilton.
Is anyone else not surprised?
oops, that should say Wayne Madsen.
May 8, 2006 Issue
Copyright © 2006 The American Conservative
Big Brother Watches Britain
The rights of Englishmen make way for litres and ID cards.
By Peter Hitchens (brother of Christopher)
One of the oddest and most eerily prophetic passages in 1984 finds Winston Smith, unwisely searching for a key to the lost past, entering a sordid alehouse in a proletarian quarter. There he sees an old man, a survivor of former times, trying to order a pint of beer, once the standard English measure. The barman either does not understand him or pretends not to do so. “What in hell’s name is a pint? Litre and half-litre, that’s all we serve,” he says.
England, likewise, has ceased to exist, and its sophisticated currency has been replaced by the standardized decimal dollars and cents of Oceania. In Brave New World, the dystopia is different in almost every way, but the drug soma is prescribed in metric grams, and England has also disappeared, this time into a globalized Fordist state, governed by ten world controllers. Mass production and advertising have brought into being the borderless, godless world dreamed of by Karl Marx, in which German and French are dead languages and Trotsky a common surname.
Here's a good website about global warming that includes activism as well as information, education, facts and science as well as what you can do to join in the fight against global warming easily and things you can do at home to be part of the solution.
Cool trailer for An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore.
Barbara, your perfect descriptions of the astro signs are still reverberating and won't leave my mind. It got me to thinking about your Aquarius Sun and Capricorn Moon, if I remember correctly. The Aquarius accounts for the uniqueness and the Cap, the essence, as Morgana said...the emotional bone.
Maybe when Pluto transits Capricorn and Neptune continues in Aquarius some of this elegance will be beamed down to the people, at least in artistic expression.
I think the gerrymandering is the biggest problem but it can be overcome. Elections have been rigged for longer than your expansive minds can even grasp. But still I think that the right government for the time is always in place for whatever learning needs to occur.
The difference now is that the truth Sally mentioned has stuck it's little head out of the sand, and is in the air. There's a new discomfort about the whole system. Elections can be stolen outright only if they are reasonably close. Their beloved polls are now going against them. It looks like some of the races are going beyond that spectrum of theft.
Another thing Sally mentioned was how Colbert's routine would have a powerful after-effect and this is exactly what's happening. The panic and attempt to shove it immediately under the rug are not working. The shock was like a geophysical event. People are feeling it in the viscera.
So many combined factors will contribute to this downfall.
The absolute truth about power is that corruption always comes and the powers fall. When the corruption makes the system's functioning impossible. Sometimes I think that this is written into the dynamic to ensure that no one ever gets too much for too long. The only question now is how far along the corruption is in this case. It does seem to be pretty deep. And the other question people ask is if the whole system needs to collapse. Maybe, but probably not yet. A thorough housecleaning, maybe even wrapping the house and exterminating the gnawing Neobeasts will do.
I noticed something interesting. The president of our country is an empty vessel into which the society is projecting it's fantasy. When Saturn was in Cancer, the people reached into the past to compare him to Hitler and the prophesied anti-christ. In Leo, he has become a king. I wonder what Saturn in Virgo will bring. A humble servant?
I also am awaiting the picture that appears when Saturn opposes Neptune. I've always believed that George Bush is no one in particular and the people have created him in their image. A good deal actually, since in the end, he's powerless. I guarantee that no one knows who holds the power, most of all, the ones who think they do.
Having been married to a Virgo who manifested all the most negative traits I can tell you that saturn in Virgo will bring out the worst kind of self professed right to criticize you can imagine. Bush as an unhappy Cancer is a secetive underhanded self-protective stab-you-in-the-back despot. As a Leo he's an arrogant conceited and insufferable despot sucking all the attention like a vampire sucks the life out of its victims. As a Virgo he will be a sneering superiority complexed self proclaimed perfect human being who has to suffer the indignity of being on the same planet with the rest of us imperfect peons. As a Virgo he will feel obligated to fix what isn't broken because that's what he does.
I like that one, GS. Fix what isn't broken. Somebody's gonna fix something broken, though.
The Saturn will be crossing his Mars in Virgo, ruler of his MC. I kind of trust saturn. Have to.
The more I look at it..... The USA has that Virgo MC where his Mars is. His Mars is in the 3rd and all this hullabaloo goes on around his inane speeches. Saturn casts a serious shadow and resides in his natal 12th. I'll be watching with interest. Maybe the lonesome orator will be speaking to the walls in his 12th house prison cell, if only figuratively. I can't help but think as Saturn crosses his ASC and proceeds down to his fourth that he will shrink from sight progressively. While USA Saturn prepares for its return in the 10th and some serious administrating. Saturn can dim the stage lights when he so chooses.
Pat C, thank you, thank you, thank you for the Georgia Diebold info. I had to be away from home most of today, but will call at the start of business tomorrow (Friday).
Got some info emailed to me today re the no-audit voting machines:
jm, thanks again, and your president as "empty vessel" comment is very interesting--more than one blogger has referred to Bush as Hans Christian Anderson's emperor without clothes--but I think Bush is more accurately described as an empty suit.
Goldensilence, a negative Virgo? You must have some good strong elements in your chart. BTW, have you ever seen the TV show Monk? The only thing that makes Monk bearable is the sweetness of his character. A mean Monk would be impossible.
Even so, he makes me nervous--got a family member with the same traits. It took me a long time to realize that for her, a fraction of an inch off was the same as an offensive smell is to me.
Every sign has a negative side which is the opposite of what its positive side is. Most superficial astrology only lists the positive side, so it's a surprise that a negative Leo (I will use a Leo as an example) is the most arrogant and cruel kind of person. Think of a king. He can be the person who sacrifices having a normal and private life to lead his people well, or he can be the most childish and self-centered and self-indulgent leader who thinks that he's simply god because he's a leo and thinks that the people owe him everything simply because they're lucky he/she exists.
A positive Leo firmly believes in the glory and magnificence of him/herself, but only in a realm of magnificent and glorious individuals who are his/her equals. An evolved Leo loves the spotlight, whether it shines on him/her or on someone else. But a truly positive Leo firmly believes that without a spotlight life is misery itself. For everybody.
Barbara, I've sent you some information, so be sure to check your mail.
Gosh GS.....my daughter is a double Leo (Sun/Rising conj. 17 &15 Leo respectively)...hates the spot light, and is neither a believer in her own manificance (just the opposite) and eschewing the spotlight, wants none of it for herself.
Can you tell she has a Cancer moon and Venus?
But loved your negative rant on Bush...applause, applause....! (Oh, and I have 3 planets in Leo, the North Node and mulitple asteroids, and I will say, it applies more to me...)
I have this Saturn/Pluto conjunction operating...since last August, when I suddenly said...I'd better retire early....or I will be in BIG trouble paying the rent. I was right....all my work stopped. Even when a little of it restarted, I have had trouble getting paid, so I am now flat broke. And today the IRS sent me a bill for 1996 taxes for almost 16K. Pay up in 10 days or they will attach my 'assets'....yeh, the $200 I have in the bank?
So I checked out the free astrodientist reading on this transit (which thankfully is over at the end of May) and it said:
Valid during many months: During this time you may have fewer resources available for doing what you want, and you may have to focus the available resources on more restricted and concentrated objectives. The effects of this influence are several. First, structure in your life will change significantly, but not suddenly or without warning. The changes brought about during this time are inherent in what is being changed, if you look carefully. It is rather like an inevitable conclusion of a situation. During this period some things will come to an end or an old order of life will cease. On a metaphysical level, this influence means that factors are now being incorporated into the structure of your life that will later bring about evolution and growth. This process involves getting rid of old structures. What happens now will have great consequences in fourteen years.
On a material level, this influence often causes financial problems or other kinds of shortages. Sometimes government or other officials will impose heavy burdens that greatly restrict your freedom of movement. It is also possible that some incident or accident may affect your health and thereby restrict your freedom of movement.
Does this stuff work, or what!!!!!!
Judi, is t. Saturn conjuncting your Pluto or is t. Pluto conjuncting your Saturn? Do I remember correctly that you have Saturn in Leo?
BTW, jm, I'm the one who went to film school and wrote about the attributes of black & white :-)
Enjoying all the articles and posts, everyone. I really liked Barbara's graphic and poetic images of each of the signs.
4 May - Moon conj Saturn all day, the day of the local elections in the UK. Moon conj Saturn indicates a difficult time for the party in power, so expect some serious shake ups in the coming few days in the Labour party. Blair has run out of friends, perhaps his time is up? At the personal level, not a great day for expansion & growth, more a time of consolidation & restructure. **Very soon now**
5 May - We buried our cat today. These days, it’s fashionably acceptable to consider Pluto as the planet of death & rebirth, with its Scorpio roots. But until the discovery of Pluto, the transfer of spirit (otherwise known as death) was in Saturn’s domain. After all, Saturn is often represented as the grim reaper, complete with scythe. Be sure that anything that ended yesterday concluded at just the right time. Saturn does not encourage bravado or expansion, so any new job started or announced yesterday will come to either nothing or failure. And the Grand Cross in the heavens at 10 pm last night, when the polls closed in the local elections, is likely to be one of the last & final nails in Blair’s political coffin, it seems as if he has finally overreached himself. This Grand Cross lasts until 2 pm UK time today, so expect this morning to be a bit hectic, mad even. If you’re sensible, you’ll stay beneath the radar screen. **Imminent, even**
"If you believe in reincarnation, you always want to come back as a bad idea because it never dies." - Sen Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Sharon! I'm so glad you told me that was you. It was a great post. That's a new side of you that interests me very much.
Judi, isn't it something? That's what I love about the science. How it helps me understand what is happening while it's happening. This relaxes me and encourages me to participate in the experience with enthusiasm. Seize the opportunity. Part of the overall game plan, n'est-ce pas?
I think Saturn/Pluto consolidates power and sometimes restricted money flow helps this process. We so easily fritter away energy spending money and this configuration wants to internalize force and circulate it until ready to be released in an effective way. A patience thing.
But of course, I can rationalize any problem and make it seem good for me!
I had a long long relationship with A sun/Venus/Neptune in Leo and Leo rising. He exhibited every aspect of Leo, positive and negative. I agree about the arrogant negative and he could express more contempt than anyone I know.
Everyone adored him and if he thought we were lucky to be around him, we all agreed that we were. He performed in the spotlight his entire life. The imitations as a child of his Southern Baptist preacher even brought his hard believing mother to her knees.
"Father, Gother, unto to thee", he would say, and proceed from there making his six siblings shriek with hysterical glee.
To this day, everyone still talks about him and how he made us laugh. He also sang, danced, painted, cartooned, and spoke with great wisdom. His contempt, however, I still remember as well, although the others don't.
They are the spotlight and it's true. Without them there is a certain cold misery. Although with them, there can be a burning misery.
They radiate, and if they don't express their huge significance (it can be subtle), there's got to be an affliction holding it back.
My Leo taught me about my own magnificence. He radiated so much light that some couldn't help but spill on me.
Bill Herbst, who read my chart last summer before he moved to Washington state, has some interesting things to say about the month of May. The May essay/newsletter is a PDF.
*Tony Blair to reshuffle government to after “very tough” election night
*Labour on course for only 25 per cent of the vote
*Conservatives projected to take 41 per cent share of vote
TONY Blair’s troubles deepened last night as the English local elections concluded with the revelation that a man accused of terrorism in Britain was not deported after serving a jail sentence.
Rawstory is reporting that Fitz is meeting with the judge at 1:30 ET today. Anyone care to check out transits to Rove's chart?
Monthly Global Predictions for May 2006
Date Posted: April 30, 2006
In May undesirable world events are likely to be due to manifestations of Pluto-Saturn ninefold opposition (May 17-23), Uranus-Rahu ninefold quincunx (May 22-31), and Pluto-Mars and Neptune-Mars direct quincunxes. However, the first half of the month is likely to enjoy positive energy of Uranus-Jupiter, Jupiter-Mars, and Uranus-Mars auspicious trines and Pluto-Neptune ninefold trines. While the positive news will be reflected in world economic expansion, continued research and technological advances in high-tech, bio-tech, and medicine fields, and in world political stability, the negative world events, especially during the latter half of the month, will include natural and man-made calamities, political tensions among world leaders, suicide bombings and escalated activities of terrorism in Middle East (Iraq, Israel and Palestine) and a possible skirmish between India and Pakistan on security related issues.
The countries that are likely to make headline news are: Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and USA.
United States of America:
President Bush and his administration:
On April 24 president Bush began his next major cycle, the seventeen year cycle of Mercury. During this cycle he will be predominantly influenced by Mercury, Venus, Pluto, and Ketu as they fall in the constellation of Mercury at the time of his birth.
During the first three weeks of May, the transit of Mars in the eighth house of his ninefold chart means he will continue to face obstacles and get frustrated as he realizes his inadequacy to effectively govern the country. Also, during the second half of the month Mercury will transit through the seventh house of his ninefold chart. As a result, he will have difficulty in dealing with his subordinates as well as political leaders of the international community. During the last week, Jupiter squares his natal Pluto, and therefore, during that week he should stay low key as he is likely to make mistakes in making policy decisions on domestic issues.
While Uranus-Mars (May 6 -10) regular trine is positive for the country from international reputation, prestige, economy and technological progress standpoint, the Uranus-Rahu ninefold quincunx will certainly dominate the news about friction between European countries and USA, national security, mismanagement of domestic programs, and government's inability to govern the nation.
For republicans, Pluto-Saturn ninefold opposition (May 17-23) will not bode well in maintaining distance between the party and the Bush White House. Direct confrontation between the White House and senior party leaders is likely.
In general, for democrats, the entire month is favorable. Especially the second week of the month may prove to be real positive.
· Russia: The third week of the month is likely to be very challenging for Russia and for the Putin administration in particular. During May 15-19 period a possibility of eruption of new crisis situation and/or a man-made or natural calamity is very high. However, the favorable influence of Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine and Neptune-Saturn ninefold sextile will reflect in country's economic growth and success in international politics during the month except the third week.
· Europe: While the positive influence of Neptune-Saturn ninefold trine (May 21-28) will be reflected in political stability and economic expansion, Saturn-Jupiter (May 15-17) and Uranus-Rahu (May 24-31) ninefold quincunxes are likely to become responsible for social crisis and for increased disagreement with USA on several economy and security related issues respectively.
· China, Japan, and Pacific-rim countries: Except for the third week of the month the month looks to be positive for China from economical and social progress standpoint. During the third week either natural or man-made calamity or social crisis is likely. The economic growth for China, Japan and the entire pacific-rim region will continue to grow at an enviable pace.
· Middle East: Violence and suicide bombings in Iraq and in Palestine-Israel regions will continue to dominate the news during May 15-31 period.
· Religion: The first half of the month seems positive for religious activities all around the world. It's during the second half some of the religious authorities will come under pressure to deliver the promises they have made or deal with a sudden and unexpected religion or morality based crisis.
· Natural and Man-made Calamities: Neptune-Mars and Pluto-Mars direct quincunxes, Pluto-Saturn ninefold opposition, and Uranus-Rahu ninefold quincunx will be responsible for both the natural and man-made disasters during May. The notable events will likely to occur during May 15 - 31.
Earthquakes: Although it's a low probability month for earthquakes to occur, based on our evolving earthquake prediction model, the possibility of occurrence(s) of an earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher during May 2-4, May 7-8, and on May 18 can not be ruled out.
While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires.
The Smarmies of the Night
Washington, a Town Without Wit or Pity, Finds Persona of Daily Show Guy a Political Hairball—Right Retches, as Lefties Hug Poor Bastard
By Chris Lehmann
Stephen Colbert was asked, just after the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 29, how the President and First Lady received his evening’s routine. He launched into an account of the pre-party they hosted before the dinner, the highlight of which was his opportunity to introduce one of his right-wing brothers to the President. The brother then turned to the Comedy Central star and said, “You’re the family martyr.”
Right, but how did Mr. Bush react, you know, after the performance? “Oh, he was very gracious,” Mr. Colbert said. He clasped a stranger’s elbow in a Bush impersonation and said, in a C.E.O.-style drawl, “Nice job.”
Does he think it difficult to offend a Washington crowd? “You know, I can’t gauge when people are offended and when they’re not getting the joke.” Then would it not help, he was asked, to break character just a bit?
“Never,” he said. Mr. Colbert laughed. “My character loves the President.”
Wow, also a developing story on Raw--Gannon comes out!!!(Shylurker where are ya? I'm popping more popcorn!!!)
Wonder if he'll 'out' anyone else?
Porter Goss. Didn't see that one coming but should have.
Poeter Goss has resigned.
Goss was actually scheduled for afternoon meetings, so this was sudden. It's Fitz I'll bet.
jm, re. leo: How's this for summing up the goal of leo?
"To learn how to shine without burning up oneself and everyone else in the process."
(I have Sun, Uranus, Mars and Pluto in Leo).
“Tony Blair Fires Foreign Secretary”
LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair fired his law and order chief Friday and chose a new foreign secretary in a wide-ranging Cabinet shuffle a day after his party took a pounding in local elections.
the story is that goss is going back to fla to run against katherine harris for repub nomination for senator. Great, just great. . .
Hi Sharon, glad you identified who was the film school person....my ex went to UCLA film school....
And, I am part of the millions born while Plauto was in Leo, so it is Saturn at 5 Leo on my natal Pluto that is operating. Sally said this was going to be a long haul in 2004....so I was warned! The thing is, despite the horrid upsets and return of the same sencario in 1990-95, this time I am going with the flow. Nothing like having something happen to you and you recognize it....I gained much guidance in 1991, or I should say, I RECOGNIZED my guidance this time....and went with it.
Well, the crap keeps hitting the fan doesn't it? Having dated a lot of Republican men, I can tell you....booze and prostitutes and strippers seem to be their modus operandi as opposed to the demo boys...who liked music and drugs ....they were a lot more fun....their just weren't many of them that were sane....having mostly been in Vietnam.
timothy....hey....that Uranus and Mars in Leo keeps you pretty fire-y....so that is a really good phrase for you (me-midheaven, conj. Venus/Plauto and the moon plus north node. I just like the easy leo stuff...vanity, show, beauty .... of course, I was a fashion illustrator....
what's wrong with RAw Story? when I went to it it just says "Currently awaiting resolution...."
JM...you really amaze me....quite a lot of super memory and all the accoutrements to it...thanks for all the insights.
I heard very briefly this afternoon that Patrick Kennedy is going into rehab.....I wonder if his problem isn't genetic Joan Kennedy died of her alcohol addiction, or at least the effects of it. But the rightwing frenzy about this will seem even more hypocritical compared with Rush Poobah's ....
It is so wonderful to see the return of the hecklers into Rummy's world...
From Flo on Starlight News:
LDS joins N-storage foes
One of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential forces added its voice Thursday to the campaign to block trainloads of radioactive waste from coming to Utah. But it remains unclear if even the powerful word of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can truly help stop those trains.
In a rare statement on public policy, church President Gordon B. Hinckley and his two counselors said moving and storing high-level nuclear waste creates ‘substantial and legitimate public health, safety, and environmental concerns.” The statement went Thursday to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as an official comment on a right-of-way request.
“It is not reasonable to suggest that any one area bear a disproportionate burden of the transportation and concentration of nuclear waste,’ the statement continues. ‘We ask the federal government to harness the technological and creative power of the country to develop options for the disposal of nuclear waste.’
But PFS spokeswoman Sue Martin questioned whether the First Presidency statement would have much practical impact. The BLM, she noted, can only consider technical issues, such as whether it meets the bureau regulations and whether granting the license would go against the public interest........I made a comment here about this being the making of a potential disaster if someone traveled through the Rocky Mountains who didn’t know how to properly maneuver through those mountains and then someone replied with the following.......
Person’s reply: It’s already happening under the cover of darkness, waste shipments from all over are on the interstates headed to INL in Idaho...... The shipments I’m referring to have never been made public and are illegal and I guess are supposed to be a secret. I learned of this first hand a few months ago. Unfortunately the guy I know has no interest in becoming a whistleblower. I’ve tipped off a couple of the watchdog groups and AP reporter but without him to speak up, they can’t do much.
I guess all the nuke waste right now is loaded onto large trailers disguised as trailers from retailers, like walmart, target, etc. They only travel at night with Blackhawk escorts overhead. There’s a good chance that they are traveling through Denver and the Rockies as they would eventually need to get on I84 to reach Southern Idaho.
Thought you might like to know..
Thanks, jm & judi for appreciating my b & w film post. B & W is a wonderful mode of expression. Looking forward to seeing more work from all you artists, including Michael from NYC.
Judi, I have a moon/Pluto conj. at 18 Leo on the cusp of my 2nd-3rd houses, opposite my mercury in Aquarius placement at 17 degrees. t. Neptune is also involved now.
I can see part of what's coming up: my sister-in-laws are pressuring me to help them buy and lease real estate and they are VERY assertive women, my Leo stepson is living with us and we are paying him to do some work (which we take out in rent), my husband wrecked his Prius which may end up totalled or take a long while to fix, and his son's car minimally works, so we're a ONE car family right now - - my car! (Saturn will be in my 3rd house by Aug/Sept).
So far, it's nothing that I can't live with. But it should heat up as we get closer to Aug/Sept ---- Prime Hurricane Season!
I had worried about Neptunen transiting my 8th house conj. Mercury thinking there would be deceipt involving money, but, so far, there's is an emphasis on money and a little confusion here and there, but nothing major.
On the positive side, Saturn transits seem to give me strength and focus, especially when my Leo is involved. I have started sticking to a healthier diet and am exercising again. Let's just see.
Just saying "hi" and wishin' ALL of you a great Friday evening and weekend.
Lord. Mercy me, Timothy. Your setup leaves me speechless. Almost.
"To learn how to shine without burning up oneself and everyone else in the process."
That's it in a nutshell.
I don't normally wear shades, but if I happen to meet you, I'd better carry a pair in my purse.
I'm very very curious as to what you do with this mega super battery of power.
Thank you, Judi. You have a way of stimulating my synapses.
This Colbert thing is a kicker. With Mars transiting in Cancer, his NN there, and his grand water trine, I think he opened the emotional floodgates for all of us. The open heckling is a relief.
BTW, Rummy's Sun/Pluto in Cancer is getting a prick from Mars.
Bad Cancer! Bad! Bad!
Thanks Sharon. I haven't decided whether or not to party tonight. I might.
Accidents are something I always look at closely. Wrecking the car is supposed to be an issue with authority, and a car can represent the search for status and the confines of achievemnet in other's eyes. Anger at authority figures. Other things, too. Mobility, so maybe the question of moving is up. Clues are there as to how the wreck occurred...others involved? male/female?
Moon/Pluto attracts powerful dominating women. With Saturn transiting, control time is here. Usually the mother in the psyche need to be talked to and straightened out. Put in her proper place.
The Saturn in Leo is just getting on it's feet and we all have our egos to protect, defend, discipline, use well, deflate if necessary, inflate if too weak, and all that effort to get it to work in our favor. The ego is such a odd invention. It goes up like a blowfish and can pop and flatten with the tiniest prick.
Unless of course, you have Mars Pluto, and Uranus helping out.
BTW, Joe. I agree with Bill Herbst on the coming downsizing. The contraction of Saturn. We have so much Saturn/Pluto ahead, but we can be ahead of the game and use if for that consolidation and self control. Tighten up, focus, and trim the excess. The more we control ourselves, the less the authorities will have to do it. Even one person's self discipline will help. The whips and chains land on select individuals. People can stay free if they want to. It's logistically impossible to enslave the masses. Thousands of years have failed to achieve it. Nothing wiggles more than living creatures and they always manage to escape.
And a little added Fri nite morsel.
"Republican strategists predict that the GOP stands to lose control of Congress unless the “environment changes unexpectedly.”
According to one concerned American:
“I think he’s the dumbest president we’ve ever had,” said Mark Rauzi, a conservative voter from Gillespie, Ill. “I disapprove of a lot of the stuff he’s doing. This war was a big boo-boo and he won’t admit he did wrong.”
One more thing about accidents since they come to so many of us. The point of impact is a clue.
Getting hit from the front is being pushed back. Head on with someone else is a confrontation issue. Rear end is being pushed ahead. And from the side is being shoved out of the way. Who's hitting whom or what will tell a story.
When Uranus conjoined my Moon (separation from mother/women), I was watching diligently for the accident, using extreme caution, but I couldn't beat it. A woman came out from a parked position in front of me so fast I didn't even have time to feal fear. She got folded in behind the driver's seat. I was on my way to meet with a woman in my life I knew wasn't good for me. She was blocking me. I ended the relationship. And made $660. $20 repair to the headlight.
Anyone checked out Raw Story yet? I cannot get on, it just keeps saying "currently awaiting resolution"....do you think it was hacked?
Hey JudiG I just accessed raw story no problem.
Hi I fell and broke my right arm. wHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS ACCIDENT?
Sorry to hear that, Betsy, what a bummer. Hope you have access to some good Chinese herbologists. There are certain herbs that help the bone knit together and heal well...
Thanks for the input, jm. Myron was at a major intersection going into New Orleans East, the area most devastated. There was a one-way sign that was bent so it was pointing in the wrong direction! In addition, he was trying to find his destination so was reading his GPS screen. Myron is a bit cavelier when he's driving (aren't we all) and does have something of an attention deficit problem. A woman ran into his side but she had the right of way even though the one-way sign was misleading. Myron now pays better attention (I hope this lasts) and has decided to curtail cell phone use and use of his GPS if he ever gets his car fixed.
Have a beautiful night whatever you do.
Lastly, he was very troubled because he was trying to advise his brother & sister on how to buy and install the best windows for their budget for some buildings they own jointly and both his siblings really didn't respect his opinions. Myron was troubled and driving to the home of someone to consult with on these issues....hence, the main reason he wasn't attentive - he was emotionally wrecked, so to speak.
Looks like sassing the President has taken off. Will it become the latest trend?
"A U.S. appeals panel sharply challenged the Bush administration Friday over new rules making it easier for police and the FBI to wiretap Internet phone calls. A judge said the government's courtroom arguments were "gobbledygook."
"Your argument makes no sense," U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission, Jacob Lewis. "When you go back to the office, have a big chuckle. I'm not missing this. This is ridiculous. Counsel!"
"Also note that Janice Rogers Brown is on this panel, and according to AP, didn't say a word."
The dictatorship has become a comedy show. Life is unpredictable. Maybe I'll pop some Illinois corn and laugh to my heart's content.
Goldensilence I read your post on the negative Leo and you are right all signs have the positive and negative. We rarely operate exclusively in one or the other all the time, however we can use one or the other predominately. We can't have it both ways, all aspects have and up and a down side and the more conscious a person is and the more honest they are with themselves they will be more inclined to accept the negative responses (or even laugh at them) and to make mostly positive choices with their energies. The oddest thing about energy, the more one is afraid of their shadow side and refuses to see it or acknowledge it, the more it is likely to attack them. I will also say this Saturn makes it a struggle to utilize the positive when it's transiting in your sign or a sign where you have a ton of planets. I think the Fire signs however are more capable of laughing at themselves, and of course Gemini.
"Olberman: have we seen the FEMAizing of the CIA?"
Yes, all government agencies. Nothing to oppose them is the goal.
Gore Vidal video
Bush Clears the Way for Corporate Domination
When George W. Bush says that he wants to spread freedom to every corner of the earth, he means it.
But of course the president that turned Soviet-era gulags into secret CIA prisons in order to do God-knows-what to God-knows-whom isn't talking about individual freedom. He means corporate freedom -- freedom for the great multinationals to extract everything they can from the world's resources and labor without the hindrance of public interest laws, environmental regulations or worker protections.
Bush's vision of a free world actually looks just like the corporate globalization agenda pushed by a succession of American presidents in institutions like the World Trade Organization.
But this administration yearns for freedom too much to leave it up to trade negotiators. Unlike his predecessors, Bush isn't content to use carrots and sticks and a liberal dose of arm twisting to advance that agenda. His administration has made the neoliberal policies euphemistically referred to as "free-trade" a centerpiece of its national security policy.
Bush is willing to use the awesome force of the United States military to guarantee the freedom of the world's largest multinationals.
Immigration Flood Unleashed by NAFTA's Disastrous Impact on Mexican Economy
The recent ferment on immigration policy has been so narrow that it has excluded the real issue: family-sustaining wages for workers both north and south of the border. The role of the North American Free Trade Agreement and misnamed 'free trade' has been scarcely mentioned in the increasingly bitter debate over the fate of America's 11 to 12 million illegal aliens.
NAFTA was sold to the American public as the magic formula that would improve the American economy at the same time it would raise up the impoverished Mexican economy. The time has come to look at the failures of this type of trade agreement before we engage in more and lower the economic prospects of all workers affected.
While there has been some media coverage of NAFTA's ruinous impact on US industrial communities, there has been even less media attention paid to its catastrophic effects in Mexico:
The Corporate Control Of Society and Human Life
By Stephen Lendman
04/25/06 "ICH" -- -- Large transnational corporations are clearly the dominant institution of our time. They're preeminent throughout the world but especially in the Global North and its epicenter in the US. They control or greatly influence what we eat and drink, where we live, what we wear, how we get most of our essential services like health care and even what we're taught in schools up to the highest levels. They create and control our sources of information and greatly influence how we think and our view of the world and them. They even now own patents on our genetic code, the most basic elements of human life, and are likely planning to manipulate and control them as just another commodity to exploit for profit in their brave new world that should concern everyone. They also carefully craft their image and use catchy slogans to convince us of their benefit to society and the world, like: "better things for better living through chemistry" (if you don't mind toxic air, water and soil), "we bring good things to life" (for them, not us), and "all the news that's fit to print" (only if you love state and corporate friendly disinformation and propaganda). The slogans are clever, but the truth is ugly.
Money is not free speech, and corporations are not people. Can we correct the laws that created this atrocity?
NAFTA + CAFTA = HAFTA relocate in order to work.
Last night I found this story but didn't post it, and then saw on the news that the 'market' had had some irrational exhurerance....
The wall of worry has returned
(MarketWatch) -- The consensus among investment newsletter editors has taken a surprising turn over the last couple of weeks, with potentially bullish consequences for the stock market as a whole.
in actuality, this opening paragraph reflects what happened in the market, but does NOT predict a continuing bull market, but a BEARish one....right in line with the Sept predictions?
Morgana....I tried again to access Raw Story this morning, and couldn't .....I tried also using FireFox browser, and still couldn't. I wonder if there is anyone else on a MAC who has this problem? Either I did an upgrade which is locking out Raw Story (the only one so far) or they did an upgrade which doesn't include access for Macs...
Morgana....I tried again to access Raw Story this morning, and couldn't .....I tried also using FireFox browser, and still couldn't. I wonder if there is anyone else on a MAC who has this problem? Either I did an upgrade which is locking out Raw Story (the only one so far) or they did an upgrade which doesn't include access for Macs...
Morgana....I tried again to access Raw Story this morning, and couldn't .....I tried also using FireFox browser, and still couldn't. I wonder if there is anyone else on a MAC who has this problem? Either I did an upgrade which is locking out Raw Story (the only one so far) or they did an upgrade which doesn't include access for Macs...
wow...triple post....each time I tried to post, it said I had to enter a new code...which I did...3 times.
Heya JudiG, I'm running Firefox accessing Raw Story. But I'm on a pc not a mac. I got the Firefox upgrade yesterday.
Raw Story was replacing a server judi, it's back up.
Here's my thinking on Goss: he steps down to be replaced with a general, Negroponte is already in place, they want to disband FEMA, and I'd bet good money that Chertoff is relieved soon too. Could they be setting the stage for martial law?
I've been thinking all along that we would not have a shooting style revolution in this country for various reasons. Except in the case of the government declaring martial law. I think lots of people would immediately go underground and take their weapons with them. The government would be forced to enforce martial law which means they would have to send troops into cities and towns all over the US. The military simply doesn't have those troops.
I should add that I think martial law would fail because it would be impossible to enforce it. I don't think that was clear in my last post.
Morgana, thanks, I've just downloaded the new Firefox version but didn't have time to deal with it...went off to yoga...and now I've got Raw up....Peg, thanks for letting me know it wasn't my problem, but a new server....
GS....it would literally be impossible, wouldn't it, to declare martial law thruout the USA....however, I remember when the Watts riots in 1965 happened, and south central LA was locked off....boy, was that spook-ey in LA....with nat'l guard troops patroling the street, young guys in fatiques with AK47's everywhere....I saw it because I worked in the heart of downtown LA...
Nancy Pelosi (who will be Speaker after the Nov elections when the dems retake congress, did a conference call in which she explained WHY we didn't hear anything from the dems after 2004 (or even before): http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/
According to the Congresswoman, even liberal papers often refused space for Democrats out of fear of losing access to Republicans, who controlled both houses of congress and the presidency. "It was across the board," the Congresswoman said. "We couldn't get the established media to really tell the tale,."
which is why the bloggers and town meetings were the only way of getting the message out....
I am really glad to see Pelosi address this issue, which I consider outrageous and which I became aware of when I was dealing with my mother's Part D drug plan stuff...I thought at the time, holy crap, now they will be making $$$$ off seniors who are addled, too....those sob's should be tried for cruelty and inhumane treatment of people, let alone animals....
In the coming days, Democrats plan to spolight the fight against a penalty seniors late to sign up for a prescription drug plan will have to pay. The penalty, Pelosi explained, is a 1% increase for each month late--and continues for the rest of the recipients' lives. The Congresswoman cited a GAO report that stated 60% of confused seniors who called in to inquire about which plan best suited them received the wrong information from Medicare operators. "Handmaidens of the pharmaceutical industry put together a corrupt plan," she blasted. "And [seniors] are expected to pay for it the rest of their lives."
JudiG, ya know what, we can fix it. Bush and his goons may legislate away and come January 2007 the laws will get undone, ping ping ping. I'm sure Waxman has a spreadsheet somewhere. To mangle a phrase, "hell hath no fury like an American peoples scorned". If I recall several states have inacted stop gap measures to aid the senior members of their populations, it is unjustifiable to make the elderly suffer.
Morgana, it is true....all these 'prez' directives will undoubtedly be undone (as B** undid Clinton's)....and hopefully the Medicare act will be repaired....
What do we look at astrologically now? Or should we just keep a spreadsheet ourselves on all the stuff 'coming down'?
There is a wake going on for a guy who lived across the street from me....an ABC news camerman who died 2 weekends ago....man, they are having a GOOD time over there!!!! Hopefully, that is what he wanted....I sure would....
The B Admin. Mon, released projections that entitlement prorams will be " INSOLVANT" sooner than earlier predicted! "SS by 2040, MEDICARE BY 2018."
Gee! Just when I'm 79 years old and really need it!
BUT,.......the more crucial date is the point which the cost of the programs exceed annual revenues from taxes and premiums.
SS -2017, Medicare,........!!!!!!!!!!!!
from TThe Seattle Post Intelligencer ( May 3) reprinted in The Bangor Daily News ( weekend edition.)
The Kentucky Derby Winner was a Taurus horse. April 29 2004!
Bush CIA Pick, Domestic Spying Proponent
General Michael V. Hayden, who senior administration officials said Friday was the likely choice of President Bush to head the Central Intelligence Agency, has a stellar resume for leading NSA warrantless spying and has long been admired at the White House.
Ping ping ping! I hear that clearly. Kind of a snapping sound with a bell like after tone.
Zing zing zing went my heartstrings!
Ding ding ding, doobie doo! The sound of laws undoing.
Judi, that's interesting about Pelosi and access to the media. That's why I always read between the lines. It's pregnant with valuable information.
Shy! Are you under the bed? Do you need anything? Cheetos? A banana? A book? You can send a message telepathically. We'll get it.
I understand he just declared World War III. A down news cycle I guess.
"Democratic leaders, increasingly confident they will seize control of the House in November, are laying plans for a legislative blitz during their first week in power that would raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in an interview last week that a Democratic House would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House’s first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, “You never know where it leads to.”
The US Government is now too impotent to enforce anything on a broad scale anymore. Just recall FEMA in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, if you will. Bush and the NeoCons have guaranteed a similar outcome in any broad/large-scale effort, with their reckless spending, woeful mismanagement and abuse of power.
Let them now try and enforce Martial Law for the entire country. Even if they suddenly brought all of the troops home (they won't), there wouldn't be enough of them to lock down every single major city in the US, 24/7/365. They might get away with D.C. and possibly New York and maybe perhaps Los Angeles, but there is a lot of land in between, and there are far, far too many people in the U.S. now to micromanage all of us. Such a plan will ultimately fail, and fail catastrophically, as too many people will test their boundaries and find them rather simple to navagate around, or to entirely break through.
The danger for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and co. is that people are finally beginning to wake up and realize just how useless, incompetent and destructive they are -- and will want them GONE. As I have stated on this site in the past, the people in power, politicians, corporate executives -- wannabe kings all -- will try very hard over the next few years to tighten their grip around and consolidate whatever illusions of that power they believe they hold (or deserve to hold) over us. Pluto in Capricorn virtually guarantees a period of time in which we will be dealing with this.
But as I said, the power seized by the Bush family, friends and Corporatists is just an illusion. When enough people realize this fact and act to confront the pretenders, Bush's and/or the ongoing Corporatist tyranny will be brought to a decisive and final end. And I do believe that the ICC at The Hague will be busy with the trials of these men for many years.
Sally said something upthread that sent my mind into advanced gymnastics, ran off with my sleep, and even brought on that migrainy thing I sometimes get when a new song comes in. This time, wild thoughts poured in.
"The oddest thing about energy, the more one is afraid of their shadow side and refuses to see it or acknowledge it, the more it is likely to attack them."
I think that's exactly where we are now in this country. Facing our shadow Cancer President and ourselves. The reason I've been optimistic is because we seem to have been newly ready to acknowledge some of it. This is better than sickness, assassination, or impeachment at the moment. We have this tremendous opportunity and we've taken it, albeit not consciously. Strange things are going on in Republicanland. Even if change comes in the tiniest increments, it's worth it.
The more I look at it, the more I think the Sagittarius ascendant is right for the USA. And the combo with all the Cancer planets now activated by transiting Mars in Cancer.
When we get insecure, we get into our sturdy SUV's and head for the hills. Or climb into a jet and fly off to some exotic port for a week-end. Being a Cancer with a Moon in Sag, I know this one well. I've burned a lot of rubber on the road for comfort. But now on my artist's budget I've turned to those trains of thought for travel. That's why the gas prices hit home so much, and why we might have to find new ways to journey in the future, as Pluto through our first house radically transforms our persona and MO.
With Sagittarius on the first house, Scorpio rules the 12th, indicating a deep past connection with bondage, Maybe this is why Sag seeks so much freedom. Maybe a large part of our population was slaves in Egypt, or other places, in past lives. Maybe we slaved to build the great Wall in China. Even the brief venture into slavery in our own history ended with one of the biggest freedom fights known....Free at last, Free at last. Always declaring independence. The Pluto ruling this 12th is now finishing the Sag transit, a time to complete the lesson for this go round. Maybe this is why we are feeling such an overwhelming desire to be free now and why we attracted this oppressive regime.
The bondage we are leaving behind is shown by our Pluto placement in the 2nd house...our slavery to materialism and our lust for cheap goods. This is what I think we will face when Pluto crosses Capricorn.
I don't think it's the government at all that is oppressing us, nor the corporations per se, but our own Plutonian need. The corps will feed us as long as we demand it. And feed on us. Keep us in bondage. We'll see if some symbiosis can develop in the coming years or not, but I can already see our pattern being disrupted.
This is what I think happened. The Sagittarius Kerry came and offered to take us on a journey. We wanted to go, but Saturn was in Cancer in the '04 election, and we opted for the safety of the nest and the familiar. We really had to. Now we see. Our shadow Cancer. Clinging too much to this can prevent going on to new dimensions and as the transit ends, we might get closer. Pluto will be at 29 degrees Sagittarius in the '08 election. Will we be ready to take the journey then? And not to the hills and the shopping malls, but to unknown dimensions?
NEWLY DISCOVERED DIEBOLD THREAT DESCRIBED AS 'MAJOR NATIONAL SECURITY RISK'!
Voting Systems in Question Were Used Last Week in Ohio Primary, Soon in Pennsylvania, So 'Serious' Few Details Are Being Released
All Diebold Touch-Screen Machines, In All States, Said to be Affected by 'Horrifying' Vulnerability, Systems 'Sequestered' in PA
Voting Systems in Question Were Used Last Week in Ohio Primary, Soon in Pennsylvania, So 'Serious' Few Details Are Being Released
All Diebold Touch-Screen Machines, In All States, Said to be Affected by 'Horrifying' Vulnerability, Systems 'Sequestered' in PA
We've now been able to gather a great deal of additional information concerning details about the story we first posted yesterday on the official Pennsylvania state warning issued about the...
We've now been able to gather a great deal of additional information concerning details about the story we first posted yesterday on the official Pennsylvania state warning issued about the new "security vulnerability" discovered in all Diebold touch-screen electronic voting machines.
That warning, which has now brought a lock-down on all Diebold systems in PA, where early absentee (non-machine) voting is about to begin prior to their upcoming May 16th primary election, was reported by the Morning Call yesterday. The warning says the serious security vulnerability could allow ''unauthorized software to be loaded on to the system."
I was so enjoying the conversation because the strand of thoughts and news so agree with my own insights. I started to check in last night but family night got sarted early. This morning I attempted to access rawstory.com through the site someone provided and got error:403 blacking me out and telling me that I should not attempt to enter again. I am a Mac user but I don't have one of the new Intel machines. Has anyone with a Mac been able to access rawstory.com?
Back to the important stuff: Rove's orientation and inclinations have always been screaming at me and anyone else who has developed intuition. I have always shuddered thinking about his self-hatred and unhealed wounds-he has been able to make a lot of people suffer in an attempt to balance his psychic books.
What we are facing now is how to get this gang out of office and out of Washington. Or perhaps life will do it by turning the tables on us. China calling in the markers? Many more hurricanes and earthquakes? Drought?
Brazil joins world's nuclear club
By Steve Kingstone
BBC News, Sao Paulo
Brazil says its technology is some of the most advanced in the world
Brazil has joined the select group of countries with the capability of enriching uranium as a means of generating energy.
A new centrifuge facility was formally opened on Friday at the Resende nuclear plant in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian government says its technology is some of the most advanced in the world.
The official opening follows lengthy negotiations with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.
Brazil has some of the largest reserves of uranium in the world but until now the ore has had to be shipped abroad for enrichment - the process which produces nuclear fuel.
In future some of that enrichment will take place in Brazil.
Jm, your talk on Sagittarius journeys and us having to travel other than physically.
The Internet is ruled not only by Uranus/Aquarius,but Jupiter/Sagittarius.
Uranus brings the freedom, Sagittarius makes it the World Wide Web. We've never before had such an easy way to communicate with people from out of town, out of state, out of the country.
911, Pluto in Sagittarius was crossing the U.S. Ascendant. That day, the Internet truly came into its own. The World could simultaneously mourn and discuss what happened. The newcasters blathered, but the real action was on th e net. People text-messaged and e-mailed
inquiries, created online memorials and discussed what had happened on boards.
The first also rules physical appearance: some things are obvious. Internet cafes and a whole new set of businesses to cater to the internet crowd. But I also have seen the decline of independent bookstores, especially specialty ones. Two metaphysical bookstores closed in my town, both of years standing. The wifi places in town.
Now that cheap gas is gone, the Information Superhighway where the mind can travel where the body can't is going to free minds in the same way that books did right after the advent of mass printing did.
Part of a post on Brad Blog on May5.
RAW STORY Down, Server Change Takes System Temporarily Offline
As several folks have asked me about this, perhaps I should let everyone know that I spoke to RAW STORY's Editor-in-Chief, John Byrne this morning about the site having gone down today not long after the Goss announcement. Apparently, due to circumstances out of his hands, their server got moved today, and it may take from 24 to 48 hours to propigate the new IP address.
My last post makes it look like it was my post on Brad Blog. It was not. Just meant to sign my post here.
Full Moon in Scorpio
Friday May 12, 2006
This is the Full Moon to honor the transformative power of truth-telling. This Full Moon is the final piece of the New Moon in Taurus ritual you performed two weeks ago. This is the night to freely release the goals you set at the New Moon, and let the universe support your hard work with its magic. Since this Full Moon falls in a water sign, releasing your intentions near a stream, river, lake, or ocean is particularly powerful. But before you let go, have one last look at your goals. Whom do they truly serve? What will they bring to the world? Since Scorpio demands depth and fearlessness, this last look will have to be brutally honest. If your goals require a change of mind, of heart, and/or of action, this is the night to successfully tackle fears that could impede the ability to fully embrace change. Scorpio seeks deep truth by peeling back layers of lies and half-truths-within us and without us. With Jupiter traveling retrograde and joining the Moon in Scorpio, you can have ready access to the dark recesses of your internal world. This is a Full Moon to see things as they truly are, not as you wish them to be.
Wonderful post. Thank you so so much. I always knew 9/11 was a watershed moment for us and would eventually reveal the lessons. There is so much said about the power to humanity that the printing press brought. Factor in our recent transit of Pluto opposite out natal Mars in Gemini and we have a real story. I do believe the power of the word has been renewed.
Thank you again.
Military man running the CIA? Not a good thing.
WASHINGTON - Even before President Bush has named his choice to take over the CIA, the Air Force general who is the front-runner drew fire Sunday from lawmakers who say a military man should not lead the civilian spy agency. The criticism of the expected choice of Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA is not just coming from Bush's political foes, but also from some influential members of his own party
Did Bush Force British Minister Out?
May 7, 2006
(CBS/AP) Two London papers have speculated this weekend that complaints by President George W. Bush forced a British minister from his post because of his opposition to the use of nuclear force against Iran.
The Independent suggests that a phone call from the U.S. president to British Prime Minister Tony Blair led to the removal of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Friday.
The newspaper reports that friends of Straw believe Mr. Bush was extremely upset when Straw pronounced any use of nuclear weapons against Iran "nuts."
Both The Independent and the Guardian write that Straw's "fate was sealed" after a White House phone call to Blair.
Straw played a key role in more than two years of talks between Tehran and the European trio of Britain, France and Germany aimed at resolving the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. Negotiations broke down earlier this year when Iran said it was resuming its uranium enrichment activities.
With the confrontation likely to grind on, Straw appeared more reluctant than Blair to consider military action and may have been unwilling to put aside such differences a second time.
Blair and Straw denied they disagreed on Iran, both said no one was talking about an attack on Iran.
The neocons strike again
The treatment of Jack Straw throws new and alarming light on the dismissal of Robin Cook
Monday May 8, 2006
It wouldn't be the first time that the Bush administration has played an important role in persuading Tony Blair to sack his foreign secretary. It was little discussed at the time, but Robin Cook's demotion in 2001 also followed hostile representations from Washington and private expressions of doubt in Downing Street about his ability to work with a Republican administration. Again, there may have been other factors, but of those suggested at the time, none seems convincing. Last week's reshuffle helps to put the episode in a new, revealing context.
The first signs of what lay ahead came in the run-up to the 2000 presidential elections, when telegrams from the British embassy in Washington started to report an attitude of suspicion towards the Blair government on the part of those likely to fill senior positions in an incoming Bush administration. People such as Dick Cheney and Richard Perle were expressing scepticism about Labour's reliability, citing the presence at senior level of ministers who had supported nuclear disarmament and criticised US foreign policy in the cold war.
The last days of limpet Blair are already upon us
Regardless of what the prime mininster does now, he can't stop the party's centre of gravity moving away from him
Monday May 8, 2006
Smooth and orderly. "We'd like a smooth'n'orderly, please." That's what they all say publicly, Brownies, Blairites, hard left, soft right, the lot. It sounds like something you order from Starbucks as summer starts, and it's about as frothy. In fact Labour is already well into a bitter, Machiavellian, relentless and increasingly disorderly power struggle, which is now likely to get worse, not better.
By yesterday afternoon, allies of the prime minister were gleefully talking of a Brownite coup that had failed, while the chancellor's men were talking of a botched Blair strike that had hastened his own demise. What is really going on? In all the flurry of alleged letters calling on Tony Blair to name the date of his
Jimmy Carter: Punishing The Innocent Is A Crime
By Jimmy Carter
Innocent Palestinian people are being treated like animals, with the presumption that they are guilty of some crime. Because they voted for candidates who are members of Hamas, the United States government has become the driving force behind an apparently effective scheme of depriving the general public of income, access to the outside world and the necessities of life.
The Last Gasp of the Dollar?
Iran bourse opens next week
By Mike Whitney
Overnight the story of Iran's proposed oil bourse has slipped into the mainstream press exposing the real reasons behind Washington's ongoing hostility towards Tehran.
wv posted this above about the coming Scorpio full Moon:
"With Jupiter traveling retrograde and joining the Moon in Scorpio, you can have ready access to the dark recesses of your internal world. This is a Full Moon to see things as they truly are, not as you wish them to be."
Of course I always hope for the best, but it seems that the eerie spooky part of Scorpio is about, mainly in regards to Cheney, like some dark monster darting out from the stinking recesses with his latest threat of endless blood scrifice. I hate to see people fall for it. It only encourages him. I don't know what it is exactly that has created this repeating pattern with him, and the mythological power people give him to scare them.
I'll attribute it to the Moon and the need to exorcise the emotion. Remember, he's just a man. A sick one. And with his Moon in Pisces, he is the one who can't see the world as it truly is as the Scorpio Moon suggests.
Reading what our bodies do is a great way to navigate, I find. There is a book called, "Who's the Matter With Me", by Alice Steadman. It's a wonderful little guide to the symbolism of our ailments. Louise Hay's "You can Heal Your Life", also has a few good ideas. Each dilemma is unique but if you get some ideas and think about it for awhile, the answer often comes. The library is a good place to research too. Mind/body connection books in the health and medicine section. It's very interesting.
The President's New Helicopter ($6.1 Billion)
By Jonathon Keats
posted: 07 May 2006
09:12 pm ET
After decades of upgrades to a fleet of notoriously cramped Sikorsky VH-3 Sea Kings, the White House has tasked Lockheed Martin with a dramatic, $6.1-billion makeover of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, starting this summer. The goal: to fit a mobile Oval Office into the tight quarters of a chopper. The new fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft, each of which will have 200 square feet of cabin space, nearly double the Sea King’s 116.
Aside from the legroom, the copter will incorporate major upgrades to the old defense and communications systems. Equally important is that the aircraft is flight-proven—the $110-million bird is derived from a European-built AgustaWestland EH101, currently doing military service for Canada and the U.K. Here, an inside look at the revamped Marine One, set to gradually go into service between 2009 and 2014.
Fuselage: Made of high-strength reinforced aluminum alloy, it can withstand crash impacts in excess of 15 Gs.
Engine: The VH-71 can shift from three 3,000-horsepower turboshaft engines to two, whereas the twin-engine Sea King must land if one engine fails.
Rotor: Five flared rotor blades increase the craft’s efficiency by up to 30 percent over conventional designs when flying at 150-knot cruising speed.
Defense System: The VH-71s, like the EH101s they are modeled on, will probably feature radar-warning receiv-ers, laser detectors and flare dispensers to deflect anti-aircraft missiles.
Cabin: Measuring eight feet wide and 25 feet long, the cabin will include a lavatory and a galley kitchen. The fold-down stair spares the president from ducking during photogenic entrances and exits.
Communications: More room for communications hardware means the president will have secure and continuous access to all White House and Pentagon computer systems and data streams.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050806Z.shtml Bush Setting up Attack on Iran
By Marjorie Cohn
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 08 May 2006
Now that the mission - whatever it was - has not been accomplished in Iraq, Bush is setting up a potentially bigger disaster in Iran.
Last month, Seymour Hersh revealed that the US military is making preparations for an attack on Iran. Recent events confirm Hersh's report.
The Bush administration is stepping up the pressure on the Security Council to pass a resolution that the US will use to justify an invasion. John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, is pushing Council members to vote on a resolution next week.
Hersh wrote, "There is a growing concern among members of the United States military, and in the international community, that President Bush's ultimate goal in the nuclear confrontation with Iran is regime change."
Betsy....so sorry to read about your accident....what was happening with your Mars?
from Bob Fertik:
Matt Stoller discovered the GOP's secret plan in the Austin American Statesman:
The House and Senate are preparing to vote on telecommunications legislation that could affect every American who surfs the Internet, watches cable TV or uses a phone.
But no one should waste much time watching the floor debates on C-SPAN. The lawmakers admit their goal is not to pass definitive legislation in public in the coming weeks.
Instead, they want to pass separate bills, regardless of how different they may be. The final version would be negotiated, largely in private, by about a dozen senators and representatives on a conference committee.
The Senate just needs to pass "anything to get us into conference," where the real decisions will be made, House telecommunications subcommittee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said Tuesday at a telecom forum hosted by National Journal's Technology Daily.
As Matt notes:
The conference committee is where House and Senate bills are reconciled, and differences are ironed out. What Upton is saying is that this process will be abused for the benefit of telecom interests. Usually lawmakers keep that kind of stuff secret. Pretty brazen, I have to say.
So what are we going to do about it? Visit SaveTheInternet.com
To: Rep. Nancy Pelosi
From: Bob Fertik
Re: How to Discuss Impeachment
As the Democratic Leader in the House, you are the chief spokesperson on whether Democrats will impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney.
Of course, you know better than anyone that Bush and Cheney have committed innumerable impeachable offenses. But if you say that out loud, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy will promote you to Conservative Witch #1, which you would rather leave in Hillary's hands.
On the other hand, if you say impeachment will never happen, the progressive blogosphere will promote you to Democratic Traitor #1, which you would rather leave in Lieberman's hands.
So you are carefully dancing around the issue. When Tim Russert grilled you, you did a marvelous four-step:
"I said we'd be having hearings on the war, we'd have hearings. But I don't see us going to a place of impeachment."
"Investigation does not equate to impeachment. Investigation is the requirement of Congress. It is about checks and balances."
"John Conyers is an enthusiastic advocate. I am the leader. Our caucus will decide where we go."
"You never know where the facts take you ... but that is not what we are about. We will have subpoena power and that's why the Republicans are so afraid that we will be able to show the public how they arrived at a prescription drug bill that is born of corruption. The cost of corruption is huge to the consumer, whether it is low income seniors paying more at the pharmacy, whether it is all American consumers paying more at the pump or home heating oil. How did we get to this place? That is worthy of scrutiny."
This was a great performance, because you didn't energize the Republican base and you didn't antagonize the Democratic base.
more....(on better answers, which we could all take note of...)
ps...on the last post, that page also has the expose of the demonizing by the GOP of John Conyers, aided and abetted by the Russert potato himsef...
The next time Russert and Matthews start quaking in their shoes at the thought of Democrats with subpoena power, I think it’s time to remember that it’s not their beloved Republicans they fear for, and given their ecstatic participation in the Cliniton hunt it sure isn’t the public. Could it be their own sorry asses they fear being exposed? Is that why they’re working overtime to spread GOP narratives and attempting to strike fear in the hearts of their viewers at the specter of impeachment?
You know, I think it just might be.
Any thoughts on Gore running in 2008?
Personally I think Gore should run....he would be a massive favorite. Especially since now people realize that the election was STOLEN from him....(well, at least we didn't get Lieberman!)
Too true JudiGem...and I think AG's '08 campaign slogan song should be "Who's Sorry Now?" by Connie Francis....
Migrating Birds Not Early Enough
Some pied flycatchers, a common migratory bird slightly smaller than a sparrow, are missing their spring meals and dying as a result of climate change, a team of scientists reported this week. The discovery is one of the most sophisticated showing the domino effect of shifting seasons and their impact on predators and prey.
The migratory birds fly thousands of kilometers each spring from wintering grounds in Africa to Europe, where they breed. In 2001, scientists with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology found that the flycatchers' reproduction suffered because they arrived in Europe too late to have much time to breed. Now, University of Groningen evolutionary ecologist Christiaan Both worked with scientists from the institute and measured how many caterpillars were available for the birds to eat by weighing the insects' droppings. Caterpillars, they learned, have responded to an earlier spring by moving up their peak emergence by 16 days.
But some of the birds are only breeding a week earlier than they used to--and their young are consequently missing out on many meals. "It's impossible for them to predict when the spring starts in Europe," says Both. That's had a profound impact, the team reported in the 4 May Nature. Among nine flycatcher populations they studied over 2 decades, the researchers found that those that mistimed their arrival declined in number by a stunning 90%, compared to better-synchronized groups that suffered only a 10% drop. Both hopes that genetics will help explain why some pied flycatchers are leaving Africa sooner. Both is also hoping to begin tracking birds to see if they are adapting by migrating to European areas further north.
"It's a really important piece of the puzzle," says Cornell University ornithologist David Winkler, who reviewed the paper for Nature. "He's adding detail to the avian response to climate change that we don't have elsewhere." Scientists are only beginning to learn how climate change alters the timing of ecological interactions, but many suspect the cross-species impacts are going to be great. Both's work, Winkler says, suggests that other studies may be missing the fact that even when the birds migrate sooner, they might still be missing food or other ecological needs.
And oif course, there is also, Garry, the Who and 'Won't Get Fooled Again'....hahahahah
judiGem - I agree 100%. We need a leader and I can't think of anybody else that would fit that description.
Garry - Unfortunately we all have been and are going to be until around 2009.
A thought on Gore:
Do you think that because the current govt system is so disfunctional, that he perhaps can effect more real change in his current role of being outside looking in? Perhaps his job is to awaken the collective public to actually become aware of the disfunction and expanding public pressure will indeed create the change needed. I think if he is elected this next time around, his hands may be too tied by his handlers and the entrenched powers within today's system. Its not necessarily the figurehead (salesman) that decides how things play out, its the courtiers. If those dark creatures can create this shadow govt that we have, perhaps Gore can lead a parallel but opposing movement but without getting totally sucked into their energy?
I don't see my humming birds yet??????????
The flowering quince buds are openinhg up, & the peach tree bloomed for the first time. ( On my birthday! Appropriate since my daughter gave it to me for my birthday 4 years ago!)
Humming birds have arrived earlier than the quince in past years. They hover outside my door and peer in until I "get it" and make up a bottle of nector.
The ecologicalkly challenged sewer builder boyz, eliminated the trees where I think they nested, but there are many good substitutes on the property. Do they return to the same nests like eagles?
I love Al Gore the intellectual, but he is "owned" too.
Apparently Rove has also declared that the Dems will 'never win' in 06...
I disagree wtih you. I believe Gore is really our only hope. He's been knocked down by this group and has gotten back up to fight another day. I believe he has his destiny and that's to be president and to lead this great nation into the 21st century. He is a true visionary.
A Nation of Waitresses and Bartenders
By Paul Craig Roberts
Social Security and Medicare are in financial trouble, as are many company pension plans. Decide for yourself--is this the economic picture of a superpower that can dictate to the world, or is it the picture of a second-rate country dependent on foreigners to finance its consumption and the operation of its government?
Can anyone imagine a more suitable Jupiter in Scorpio event than the Warren Jeffs polygamy brouhaha?!
* [bushadruggie]'s approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his [rezy] & a warning sign for [necroporn]s in the Nov elections. The survey of 1,013 adults, taken Fri thru Sun, shows bush's standing down by 3 percentage pts in a single week. His disapproval rating also reached a record: 65%. ... http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-08-bush-approval_x.htm
Iraq: Dodging Blame, or Truly Insane?
Put aside outrage & be strictly mercenary & you can say w/o fear of contradiction that our Iraqi adventure is not cost-justified. In fact, it is so impossible to justify from a financial, legal, military, security, or moral perspective that defending our Iraq policy is irrational. This leads to a disturbing question: Is gwbush at this moment a sane man trying to avoid culpability or does he believe in his fairy castle existence?
Just for a moment put all politics/emotion to the side, & be completely mercenary. After 3 yrs in Iraq, this is what we have spent:
Nearly 2500 US Armed Forces lives, 100s of British, Polish, Italian & other countries' armed forces lives, tens of 1000s, maybe 100,000 Iraqi lives, scores of international workers, reporters & private contractors' lives, countless wounds/injuries of all types to all kinds of people, almost every scrap of our diplomatic capital or global goodwill, any natl unity we had &, when all is finally said & done, $1 trillion from (ameriCO) taxpayers.
This is what we achieved: Iraq has no functioning system of govt & the closest thing it has to a govt is likely a potent ally to the Iranian theocracy. The country is now a terrorist breeding/training ground & supplies the grandest continuing propaganda victory radical Islam ever enjoyed. Iraq, where civilization likely began, has lost much of our irreplaceable collective store of human history/culture to violence/looting. Iraqis have little food, insufficient medicine, few jobs, not much power, scare water, far less oil production & in general a worse day-to-day life than under Hussein's dictatorship. By various reliable accts, an Iraqi can be imprisoned, maimed, tortured or killed for being gay or lesbian, for being the wrong religion, for having the wrong name, for being in the wrong place, for having the wrong relatives, for saying the wrong thing, for even trying to join the police force, for working for Westerners, for driving too fast near an (ameriCO) convoy, or for just being stupid enough to be nearby when a bomb goes off, crossfire erupts or an (ameriCO) missile falls from the sky. From 35-50 bodies end up in the Baghdad morgue every day mainly due to violent deaths. This might be the best Iraq we see for yrs & it could easily & quickly become worse.
On what the WH would see as the plus side, Iraqis can vote, there is potential for a central govt, Saddam is on trial & we have a forward military presence in the Mid East--except that the (necroporn) US Senate does not want it. Nor can the WH truthfully take credit for victories against Al Qaida in Iraq since Al Qaida came to Iraq as a result of the (ameriCO)-lead invasion.
We all know what is happening in Iraq s/b intolerable, no cogent plan has been put forward by anyone to make it better & such a plan may be impossible. (ameriCO)s can debate whether gwbush is moral or immoral, ethical or crooked, decisive or stubborn, a visionary or a fool, & debate the same questions about his underlings until the cows come home.
On the question, however, of whether Iraq was "worth it" in all honesty/objectivity, the answer has to be a loud, clear & unqualified "NO." In fact, it was so not worth it, so indefensible so immoral, & yet (rude-rez) is so unwavering in his defense of his Iraq policy contrary to all available evidence, I have started to ask myself a different question:
Is (bushaAddict) of the US sane? ... http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/5/7/31353/37804
I saw Madeline Albright on the Jon Stewart show....at the very end, when discussing her book and meeting the chimp at the White House, she said about his being the 'decider' that he 'was gong to do it again'....meaning...IRAN....
She said he was scary because he was absolutely CERTAIN of his religion and that God had sent him to do this....
Think. Why did Al Gore pick Joe Lieberman as his vice-presidential candidate/partner? I remember Gore mentioning that he and Lieberman were so tight that they even went to the movies together. Why was Al Gore so enamoured of this warmonger neocon Lieberman? Could it be because they shared the same ideology? Birds of a feather...
I also remember Gore being the official NAFTA chearleader. Gore even went on CNN to debate Ross Perot; Gore came out the "winner," according to the MSM. Perot warned that NAFTA would be a disaster for our economy, and he was correct. But Perot did not anticipate that even Mexico would suffer job losses under NAFTA. Yet Gore was all for it, enthusiastically.
Do you really think that the Iraq invasion would not have happened if Al Gore had become president? Please, even Bill Clinton took his turn at bombing Iraq, and Madelyn Albright thought it was all worth it. I voted for Gore, that's before I knew better. Alright, let the firing begin.
Boy, Little Moon, do I ever agree with you about Gore. And I will never forget Madelyn Albright's preening coyness as she considered during that 60 Minutes interview if the death of the Iraqi children during the Clinton years was "worth it".
AND NOW!!! Rubert Murdoch is reportedly financing a Hillary Clinton fund raiser.
The neocons and the neoliberals all share cruelty and avariscious consciousness.. I am horrified by the consciousness that is expressed by any of our current leaders. I wonder why when Kenneth Starr was investigationg the Clintons ( a ridiculous witch-hunt by lying hypocrites) he never came up with anything regarding the Mina, Arkansas airport, the failed bank BCCI and on and on.
I am praying that there is a change of consciousness through an increase in conscious awareness of the activity of those who are motivated only by the desire to control fortunes. Neocon or neoliberal, these people work only for the private capital banks and other major players and they are destroying the earth and societies while hypnotizing us to buy things we don't need.
clymela: you left out fearmongering us to drug ourselves into oblivion :)
There are no politicians being mentioned who are of the people, people. Are we going to allow ourselves to continue to be suckered? We have our progressed moon conjunct our natal Nnode in the 8th on election day. Could that mean potential that we collectively decide we've had enough, Sally?
Little Moon. I think Gore is completely outraged by what has been done. I think it would be a differnt world had Gore been awarded the victory he had in 2000.
The greedy truth about media consultants
Think you know where your campaign dollars go? Think again, sucker. Political image-makers skim off sums that would make Exxon execs envious -- and the public never knows about it.
Psst! You with your checkbook in one hand and a political fundraising letter in the other. Are you sure you're being shrewd instead of being screwed when you send your money to this particular campaign?
OK, you've studied the issues so intently that you can recite from memory the candidate's nine-part plan for graduated, phased "victory with honor" withdrawal from Iraq. And you've crunched enough polling data to create a black hole and can prove through regression analysis that your candidate can knock off the incumbent merely by picking up 11 percentage points among male voters over the age of 37 who watch the Cooking Channel.
But have you scrutinized the financial arrangements and consultant contracts of this campaign the way you would skeptically analyze the balance sheet of your favorite charity? Would you feel ripped off if you discovered that about 15 percent of everything you donate goes right into the pockets of the media-consulting firm?
What we are talking about is one of the biggest secrets in politics, right up there with debate briefing books and sealed divorce decrees. In this fate-of-the-nation political year when more than $1 billion will be given to Senate and House candidates, there is just one certainty about the outcome -- the true winners in November will be the leading media consultants in both parties.
For more than a quarter-century, media consultants have been paid not in fixed dollar terms, but as a percentage of the campaign's television buy. The more often a candidate goes on television, the more the media consultant makes, even though the actual cookie-cutter commercials may have all the originality of a Harvard undergraduate's coming-of-age novel. Small wonder that in virtually every free-spending political race in both parties, the campaign manager (who is paid a salary, which is publicly disclosed) and the pollster (who is usually compensated by a flat rate per poll) start gazing enviously at the media consultant as they conclude, "We're in the wrong business." Remember, we're not dealing with chump change here like FedEx charges or gassing up the campaign van. We're talking about an off-the-top rake-off of campaign funds that might make Exxon executives envious. As Leslie Kerman, a Democratic campaign lawyer and a leading behind-the-scenes crusader against the inflated fees paid to media firms, puts it, "These same consultants love to run ads about out-of-control compensation for CEOs, but they don't think about their own compensation."
Peg, thanks for the insight about our progressed moon conjunct n node on election day. Even if it doesn't show at first (thinking of The Moon in the Tarot) we sill intime come to realize that that is exactly what happened.
Off to work now but love to everyone at this lively and loving site.
Say what you will about Gore but I still think he's the best we have right now. Believe or not, some people actually learn from their mistake and become better for it. I'm a firm believer in "I may not believe everything you say but I'll believe everything you do." At least Gore has done something. If you want to trash him - go ahead but I won't be part of it.
Pat C and Abilene...I am with you on Gore. And I would assume that people will disagree, but I agree with Abilene...people do change....and Gore has come down on a different side than Joe L. Much has been disclosed about the results of things that happened in the 1990's...and I am sure the divided camps are still divided. Who knew Joe L. was such a hawk then? I just saw him as more conservative and applauded the fact that a Jewish man would be elected (since I remember how long it took for a Catholic to reach that office)....not that Joe L. was a shill for Israel.
About the comment on Madeline Albright....I have noticed how people become divorced from humanity by being in high positions OR, it seems, just being conservative....where people become numbers. My accountant was telling me yesterday that he would nuke Iran in a minute with nuke bunker busters, because they go down 100 feet or so and the fallout is minimal. For once I didn't say anything or react...he obviously will support bush when he does this to Iran, probably September, don't you think? My accountant believes fervently that Muslims are here only to kill or convert all Christians....
My accountant is a devout church going Presbyterian.....and I guess he's never asked himself (as Gore has) ....What Would Jesus Do?
If I decide to vote in 08 big Al would be my choice. I'd rather see him in office instead of Hillary.
I think that in the beginning he was a sideline observer to the neocons and realized what they were up to then began distancing himself from the Clintons and the rest of the neocon bunch. That is why they turned on him. He probably knows more then most and would bring their agenda to a halt or at least slow them down. Joe L would have been a buffer or placed as a compromise position.
And we all know that he would be a better choice then what the repugs will throw at us. That's if Jr does not declare himself the all knowing supreme being of the world. Which he's pretty damn close to doing.
Cybear....and Allbright is also certain that chimp 'will do it again'....unfortunately, that was the last word she got in....Jon Stewart cut her off because of time...I'm not sure he even realized what she said.....he was trying to keep on time.....
So I think no matter what WE do (se the people) druggie prez will do what he (God) damned pleases, as he is the 'decider'....meglomaniac is another good word for him.
Boy howdy... Al Gore must be a threat to the Bushista's, Karl Rove's boy toy Chris Matthews is working hard already to undermine Al. That's the best sign I've seen that Gore may actually run in 2008.
Chris Matthews Went Over The Line Regarding Al Gore
My impression was that Gore did not want to win the 2000 election when the DLC literally attached to him the Lieberman. The final split with the DLC occurred then... that's what I think.
My vote goes to whoever steps up with a plan to save the planet. As far as I can see Gore is the only one who has ever done that. He stands alone. And interestingly enough you can't save the planet by doing business as usual. Which means that things that were acceptable before like massive poverty (which leads to the depletion of the rainforests in most of the world) and war which leads to depletion of natural resources as well as to massive poverty are issues that have to be addressed if the planet is to be saved.
So where do we start? I say starting with Al Gore is our best bet right now. Because in order to save our planet we will have to change our lifestyles on a global level forever. That means that it will take decades. We have to start somewhere.
If someone comes along that I think is better than Gore about this issue then he/she will get my vote. That's my litmus test.
Regarding Al Gore, I have forgiven but not forgotten his failure to cast a vote in support of the black caucus motion to challenge the 2000 Florida vote results where blacks were disenfranchised during that crucial life-changing election. Senate Democrats failed to push for an investigation of the Florida vote debacle and the rest is history. Should he be front and center challenging this administration, yes. I respect his championing of the environment. I just don't trust him as president.
I am looking at Al Gore's chart right now....he has 4 Leo rising....so in a sense, he had his Saturn to the 1st house transit BEFORE bushdruggie....and Gore was also born with the Leo 12 Pluto/16 Saturn/18 Mars rolling conjunction in the first house....Saturn by transit hasn't started to aspect his Pluto, but it has just gone back to within one degree of his Rising ....(I think I relate to Al because my 8 Aries Mars is conj. his 10 Aries Sun. ) His natal Mercury is 16 Pisces in the 8th....which may account for his consideration of the corporations....and Uranus is due soon to shake up his thinking, I 'd say, in a big way....I don't think this is about corpoorations as much is it about Corporations which are lethal...with the Pisces Merc, he'd be tuned to a Christ consciousness more easily than not, and perhaps the transformational aspects of corporate structures. Not every person is bought off so easily as his compatriots have been. And I, too, believe Al Gore knew what happened in Fl in 2000 and knew he was going to get buried by the neocons. He was 'warned' I would bet....just like bushdruggie SR did Clinton.
Well... some folks determined that bushaAddict was REEEAAAAAL trustworthy, yes? bushaholic & buddies are the excellent alternative to bad old Gore ohgoody-goody? Hahahaaa.
Some folks STILL have no idea just how crazy an addict/alcoholic is... even in their recovery.
I, too, believe that Al Gore has gone through a great inner change (even though he was a staunch environmentalist all along), and he has put himself in a position similar to Howard Dean's - a non-office runner who has no alliances or handlers to confuse him and take him off track. I believe that he really doesn't want to put himself in a political position again, but he may change if enough people do want him to run.
Hey JudiG, since Feinstein is pro Hayden and she has two opponents in the upcoming June 6 primary wondering if you have heard about them (Martin Church Colleen Fernald). I'm all for dumping Dem lite's ala Lieberman.
It always struck me funny that Al and Prez have the Leo rising, and people said there wasn't any 'difference' in them....but there is. In preznit's chart, the conj is 7 Leo rising, 9 Merc (I am the DECIDER) and Venus at 21 Leo....which has trines to Uranus/North node and Jupiter/Moon, giving him that smarmy 'charm' factor, and a kind of 'forgiveability' factor-or plain old LUCK. There is a huge difference in them, since Al has Saturn there, which is anything BUT luck....but certainly the transits will affect them in a similar way. What is even more interesting is the preznit has no 8th house planets...in fact NO planets from the IC thru the MC/10th house....totally barren...but Al's are spread out pretty well. Narrow focus prez/wide focus shoulda been prez?
Who knows maybe Gore would tell them to take a hike this time. Might be he learned a very hard lesson and he see's it everyday in the destruction of the country he loves.
...and whatever else he is or is not, Gore is not an addict/alcoholic. Gracious... that's terrible stuff... he should start sloshin' it right away... you know, to be in with the in-crowd &, therefore, electable. ;O)
Morgana, Feinstein has all the seniority positions though, and a great deal of power......I wouldn't let her go until these cons are gone....after 2008, I'd say....she has not done as much damage as she could have. But she certainly is a power. Anyone replacing her will be back at square one a LONG time...I wouldn't want that to happen NOW.
I took this from Astrodatabank....(in the prez's section of what do you think?)
Tuesday, November 7, 2006.
Polls Open : Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
Time : 12:01 AM
In that chart, the Moon is at 7 degrees and 22 minutes in
Gemini, while Uranus is at 10 degrees and 53 minutes,Retrograde in Pisces. Uranus goes Stationary Direct
at 10 degrees and 49 minutes on November 20.
In the above chart, there is a tight applying square from the Moon to Uranus, which becomes exact a few hours later
Someone else on this page said that the Dems might not win back the congress with these aspects...what do you think?
You are so wise Judi. I really admire your clarity of thought.
If the last 5 years haven't been transformative for Al Gore then he's beyond hope. Does anyone here think he didn't hit rock bottom in 2000? I've tried to imagine how the totally illegal and stinging defeat he suffered would be to live through, with the heartbreaking knowledge that he didn't lose, and how it would change me. It had to have been the Dark Night of The Soul for him. From what he's shown us so far it has created a deep strength in him and a clear vision of what he must devote his life to. It was the best thing and probably one of the most painful thing that have happened to him in his life. I believe he's been through a soul level initiation.
There is no way he could possibly be the same man he was before. His initiation wasn't isolated either. We are all involved in it. Those of us who have awakened into global consciousness and realize we have a task to do in creating a future that's different from the status quo are also initiates. If you feel the urgency of the crisis we're in on a planetry level, then you're a soul level initiate. The past ways are no longer acceptable. Business as usual politics and politicians are obsolete and unhealthy for the planet. If you know this without a shadow of a doubt then you are conscious on a planetary level, if not on a galactic level. Initiations are always a beginning of something, not a 'diploma' for the past.
I think that for those who "think" druggie sexually acting-out criminal necroporns will retain "power" are in for a surprising disappointment... surprising for them.
GoldenSilence: "Initiations are always a beginning of something, not a 'diploma' for the past."
The problem with drug addicts
and alcoholics that find Jesus is the fact that they do nothing to stablize their emotions or insane thoughts that arise with withdrawal. I mean Dumbass thinks god talks to him!!???!!
What if Jr's god tells him that he will remain in power if he 1) fakes another terrist attack or 2) set off the nukes and flatten the middle east? Having worked with both good and bad spirits/entities I have found that anytime one is given directions it has to be taken with a grain of salt and you have to be rational about it. We have a pRez that has proven himself to be irrational. If he is hearing voices it is possible that the man is suffering from schizophrenia (sp?). A common occurance of people who are alcoholics and cocaine users.
As Joanna stated, some of those ex alcoholics and drug addicts are crazy.
I didn't say "some"... ;O)
The most baffling thing that I cannot wrap my mind around is the fact that they have not sent in the men in white with their net and strait jacket to haul this obviously insane man away.
How did our country lose it's sense of reality, reasoning, common sense and rationality?
Joanna, you're right they are crazy. Especially the ones that substitute Jesus for drugs and drink.
Regarding Al Gore, I have forgiven but not forgotten his failure to cast a vote in support of the black caucus motion to challenge the 2000 Florida vote results where blacks were disenfranchised during that crucial life-changing election.
Again, I'm looking at the man now not then. Think of presidents that you most admire - the men they were when they entered office were not the same as when they left. Case in point would be our current leader who hasn't changed one itoa since he entered office - other than maybe alittle wealthier!
Nor did Lord Buddha or Jesus say take lots n' lots n' lots of drugs for of such pickeled & addled brains & neurons does the Kingdom of Heaven cometh. They didn't say "kill" either.
And for all you secret, or semi-secret, druggies & drinkies posting on this thread, who mebbe squirm deep inside when talking about bushaholic's major problem... I don't want you in the white house either. Otherwise, cary on! ;O)
Joanna....you are too funny.....I don't want them behind the wheel of a car, either...
I'd prefer them in therapy!
I am still realing from my accountant (the good republican cloth coat guy and church goer' saying he'd nuke Iran in a heartbeat. Well...he IS a Capricorn.
I don't 'spose you could change accountants, eh Miss Judi? Out of hundreds & thousands of cappy accountants, he's the only one entitled to your bidness? Haha
Oh yeah...Lately I have become super, super sensitive to those who abuse drugs and drink. It's hard for me to be around them even when they are sober. They have such a heavy down vibe. The speed/meth heads are the worst. I can feel them vibrating when they are around. Very unnerving at first, but lots of healing energy and lots of protection techniques keep them at bay. The heroin addcts are just plain sad ghost like creatures.
Judi, Joanna...I'm with ya! Keep them off the roads and outta office!
Joanna said: "Some folks STILL have no idea just how crazy an addict/alcoholic is... even in their recovery.
And for all you secret, or semi-secret, druggies & drinkies posting on this thread, who mebbe squirm deep inside when talking about bushaholic's major problem... I don't want you in the white house either. Otherwise, cary on! ;O)"
I have no idea what the current alcoholic resident of the WH has to do with Gore's being the right(not perfect) leader to direct this country out of the mess it's currently in. Is Gore pure gold compared to the dross that is bush, absolutely. I have trust issues with Gore and I have deep reservations about his connections(money) to corporate interests. I stand behind my opinions of him. During the last election when Kerry was 'our man', I subscribed to the "anybody but bush" philosophy and it wasn't enough. We needed more. Yes, they stole the election again; but the margin of victory should have been so great that no Diebold shinnanigans should have been able to turn back the tide of victory. I didn't campaign for Kerry; I gave money. I'm looking for someone who I can really get behind and WORK TO PUT IN OFFICE. I respect the opinions of the posters on this board, I just don't agree in this case.
Joanna...he hates the IRS and enjoys the game of out manuvering them....so one side balances the other. I don't care that he thinks this way, personally...it just makes me wonder about all the Christian types as a whole, who don't see the disconnect between those thoughts and their religion....
He is a nice guy in everyway....it is politically that we disagree, and that is ok....he has been very supportive of me. It is a form of cognitive dissonance for me!
Well, then, judi... guess you've got a pretty good one in the balancing.
There's no one for whom to vote... which is probably why you tag yourself with "armchairSpectator." ;O)
I used to have a friend who I thought was genuinely a loving and sympathetic person until Bush did his 'Shock and Awe' bombing and pictures of children blown to bits started coming out. Until that time she had listened to me when I spoke against the Iraqi war. Then one day she stopped me when I was talking about the children always being the innocent victims of war and said, "Frankly they are all the same to me. I say we should kill them all."
We're not friends anymore because that was a barrier that I could never cross with anyone. It's one thing to speak of terrorists being killed or some vague human somewhere on the other side of the planet, but to say such things about children is just not acceptable.
But to this day I have always wondered if she would have really condoned such actions if she had seen the photos I saw.
Interesting, isn't it Golden... Brit astrologer, Liz Greene, addresses those kinds of issues in her "Astrology of Fate"... one of my faves. She says the light n' bright-only split religions, such as xianity, create a huge dark Shadow that light n' brights invariably project on The Other. Of course they do... And may they receive back what they project onto others, pressed down & running over. They still won't get it. ;O)
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