Mar 31, 2009

Old Bush vs New Obama: as the police state turns

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE...

Change

Under the old guy:

"On Monday, March 21, at [a town hall meeting] billed as a "conversation on saving Social Security," I and two friends, Leslie Weise and Karen Bauer, decided to go down and participate in this dialogue. Unfortunately, we were evicted before the President arrived by an as yet unnamed man, because of the content on the bumper sticker of my friend’s car. That bumper sticker said, "No more blood for oil. ... We were parked in the parking lot, stood in line for a half an hour or so, went and sat down in the audience and then were forcibly ejected by a person who was posing as a secret service agent." - Alexander Young April, 2005


One of the latest incidents came when John Sachs, 18, a Johnston High School senior and Democrat, went to see Bush in Clive last week. Sachs got a ticket to the event from school and wanted to ask the president about whether there would be a draft, about the war in Iraq, Social Security and Medicare.. But when he got there, a campaign staffer pulled him aside and made him remove his button that said, "Bush-Cheney '04: Leave No Billionaire Behind." The staffer quizzed him about whether he was a Bush supporter, asked him why he was there and what questions he would be asking the president.. "Then he came back and said, 'If you protest, it won't be me taking you out. It will be a sniper,'" Sachs said. "He said it in such a serious tone it scared the crap out of me."

- Des Moines Register October, 2004


Under the new guy:

"We're going to take questions. All right...Just want to make sure my mike's working here. Here's the deal on questions. First of all, we didn't screen anybody. So there's some people who like me in the audience, some people that don't. Some people agree with me, some people who don't. It doesn't matter. We want to take questions from everybody."

- Pres. Obama, town hall meeting, Elkhart, Indiana Feb, 2009

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A shout-out of thanks goes to my friend Alex D'Atria from Modern Astrology who sent along the above information.

Sen. Ted Kennedy returns to work Mar 31, 2009!

Having just heard the news, I want to share with you that cancer patient Senator Ted Kennedy is back in the Senate saddle today!

Chomsky video on the economy + Spitzer, Afghanistan, Wall Street, and Obama

Article Round-Up March 31, 2009:


"Graveyard of Empires. Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President"

By Ray McGovern

The chickens are coming home to roost after eight years of Cheney and Bush, but there is no sign that President Obama is listening to anyone capable of fresh thinking on Afghanistan. Obama has apparently decided to stay in the chicken coop. And that can be called, well, chicken.


Putting A New Coat on a Failed Strategy

By Ron Jacobs

Washington and its NATO cohorts will stay in Afghanistan until the world is safe from Al-Qaeda. Left unsaid by Obama, just like it was unsaid by George Bush, is the reality that foreign troops killing Afghans and Pakistanis has done very little to end the supposed threat from Al-Qaeda.


It's a bird...It's a plane...No, it's Spitzer to the Rescue

By Mike Whitney

If Obama is serious about restoring confidence in the markets, he should replace current SEC chief Mary Schapiro with Eliot Spitzer. That would send a message to the world that the president is through messing around. Schapiro is another Wall Street today who believes the markets can regulate themselves.


Noam Chomsky on the Economy and Democracy: Video & Transcript

Chomsky: Plan is recycled recycled Bush-Paulson. We need nationalization and steps towards democratization.


Obama's Attack on the Middle Class

By Paul Craig Roberts

If the tax rate on a multi-million dollar annual income goes up by 5 percentage points, the cutbacks won't really affect the lifestyle.


The Absurdity of Spending US Tax Dollars on Israel

By PAUL J. BALLES

Paul J. Balles argues that if enough ordinary Americans "feel the pinch and connect the dots between their own financial losses and America's continued unbridled support of Israel's devastating war machine, Israel could be forced to make peace with the Palestinians.

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During his second term, Pres. Ronald Reagan, laboring under many difficult transits to the US natal chart in the late 80s-early 90s, declared March 21, 1989 to be "Afghanistan Day" - more than a little imperialistic and insensitive of him, I'd say.

America had done many things to undermine the Soviet Union while their troops occupied Afghanistan including the CIA working with Osama bin Laden and approving of his setting up al Qaeda.

So I took a peek at a chart for March 21, 1989, noon, Washington, DC and saw the trio of Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus (4 - 14 Cap) opposing America's natal planets in Cancer - difficult transits for US authority, aims, relationships, and values.

And since the pair of Saturn-Uranus, (fresh from their Great Conjunction/s of 1988 - Feb 13, June 26, and Oct 18 in the 27 - 30 Sagittarius range) represent, on one level, the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine), you may wish to know the midpoint picture formed by the trio marking the idealistically named, 'Afghanistan Day'...with Neptune signifying oil, gas, water, ideals, dreams, drugs including poppies, and the veils of deception (including self-deception)...

Saturn-Uranus = Neptune: a new vision fighting to be understood; feeling lost; the inability to face emotional stress; falsehood or malice caused through weakness; resigning oneself to the inevitable; abandoning resistance; weakening strength; separation; bereavement.

With the Sun in a national chart signifying the nation's leader, we may assume one situation described by these transits was Reagan's weakening health and mind - his sleepiness was harder to hide from the public than FDR's wheel chair had been.

Another midpoint picture from that day involves the pair of Jupiter and Uranus, whose synthesized energies represent optimism, lucky breaks, far-sightedness, organizers and inventors, among other things (Ebertin.)

Jupiter-Uranus = Mercury: gathering of ample knowledge (intell?); a fortunate turn in one's occupation; a person with an abundance of thoughts; planning on success; a series of fortunate breaks. (All midpoint pics from Tyl and Ebertin.)

And so we are reminded that Astrology describes the complexity of life as positive transits occur simultaneously with more negative ones. Planets retrograde (seem to move backward), then turn direct and 'hit' or contact our planets more than once which extends the length of time the transits affect us...more time to get things right, to understand, to work it out better 'this time.'

Now thuggish Pluto is making his weight felt in opposition to America's natal planets in Cancer (the same ones mentioned above in the 3 - 14 degree range) - Pluto in Capricorn, sign of authority and control - and we face difficult times once again with a president whose job it is to deal with it.

Venus, Jupiter, and Sun...luxuries and values, money, ego, the things America holds dear, are under siege. But as with personal charts we may remember the one factor that Astrology brings to the table, the element of Time.

And the wisdom to know that all good things - and bad things - must come to an end.

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Evening Update: I return to find that Juan Cole has written on Pres. Obama's apparent Domino Theory for Afghanistan as he uses the same old boogeyman rhetoric favored by his predecessor in the Oval Office.

Mar 30, 2009

Track volcanic clouds from Alaska's Mt Redoubt

Space Weather News for March 30, 2009

MT. REDOUBT: Alaska's Mt. Redoubt volcano has erupted at least 19 times since March 22, and several of the most powerful blasts have spewed clouds of ash and sulfurous gas into the lower stratosphere.

The last time an Alaskan volcano blew its top (Kasatochi in August 2008), similar clouds caused fantastic sunsets around the Northern Hemisphere.

Today's edition of SpaceWeather News features satellite maps of Mt. Redoubt's sulfur dioxide emissions. Using these maps, we can track the volcanic clouds as they drift around the globe and be alert for unusual sunsets and other phenomena when they pass nearby.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for more information and updates.

Bill Maher on the American Empire: video link

Here's a link to a video of Bill Maher concerning America as empire - yes, removing US troops from Iraq would only be the tip of the iceberg.

Is America "stuck" with an empire? Some elements of our government purposefully built it, but let Mr. Bill tell you his quirky yet truth-telling ideas.

The US has military bases in 150 countries. And Chalmers Johnson, in his NYT bestseller, The Sorrows of Empire (2005) provides a list of 'sorrows' the last one of which we seem to be in process of experiencing since 2008...bankruptcy. This a permanent war economy has wrought - with corporate greed and political corruption as the sauce ladled on top.

And so the current financial crisis is intricately linked with Pres. Obama's plans to escalate the war in Afghanistan (which I have previously stated is 'a very bad idea') and will only make matters worse as it ramps up jihad recruiting against the west and, if you care about personal and national finances, negates the possibility of ever knowing fiscal responsibility or prosperity again.

George Bush and Dick Cheney tossed our economy into the dustbin with their upping of hawkish imperialism and I hope and pray that Barack Obama is as smart as he's said to be. It simply cannot make sense to continue our nation's global dream of running the world while being the most hated nation on the globe - and retain a sovereign nation with any resemblance to a United States of America that any sane, free person would like to live in.

To quote Chalmers Johnson:

"The economic consequences of imperialism and militarism are also transforming our value system by degrading "free enterprise," which many Americans cherish and identify with liberty. Our military is by far the largest bureaucracy in our government. Militarism removes capital and resources from the free market and allocates them arbitrarily, in accordance with bureaucratic decisions uninfluenced by market forces but often quite responsive to insider influence and crony capitalism."

He then goes on to detail how on March 10, 2003, the US government invited 5 engineering companies to submit bids for post-war building in Iraq. You know the main offenders: KBR, Cheney's old company as a subsidiary of Halliburton, and Bechtel, which Mr. Johnson says has "half-century-old connections to the CIA and to high-ranking Republican politicians."

No wonder Congress and the Republicans in charge were so gung ho for invading Iraq. One may imagine that several Democrats in Congress held portfolios full of Bechtel and KBR shares as well. And I had thought the Bush-Cheney war was illegally perpetrated in part to interrupt Hussein's oil black market that France and Germany had been profiting by. Two birds, one stone, and topple Poppy's old nemesis, too?

As Chalmers Johnson continues, "Virtually all contracts coming from the military reflect insider trading."

He then quotes Robert Higgs, a senior fellow in political economy at the Independent Institute, summarizing the military-industrial complex as: "a vast cesspool of mismanagement, waste, and transgressions not only bordering on but often entering deeply into criminal conduct...The great arms firms have managed to slough off much of the normal risks of doing business in a genuine market, passing on many of their excessive costs to the taxpayers while realizing extraordinary rates of return on investment."

Well, there we go! And if the military-industrial complex (as wielded by the one-world-government acolytes who have coup'd our nation) isn't reformed, or better yet stopped in its hoof-tracks, any tactics, legislation, and bailouts attempting to 'repair' our broken economy will be but a drop in the militarily-siphoned bucket.

So I want to sign off with two quotes on the subject from past presidents who warned us best they could in 1796 and again in 1961. But as it turns out, the power-hungry ones with black-hearts can read, too:

"Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty."

President George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796


And here's the ignored advice you've read many times over:

"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience...In the councils of government, we must guard against the unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic process. We should take nothing for granted."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, Jan 17, 1961


Misplaced power was sought. Disaster has risen. And unless the madness is curtailed, bankruptcy is on America's menu.

Mar 29, 2009

Astrology of the G20 Summit April 2, 2009


Not knowing the time that the G20 Summit begins in London on April 2, 2009, I decided to use the sunrise chart to see if anything of use might pop out for our consideration for the day may represent the Summit itself. (Click image to enlarge.)

Sunrise occurs during an Hour of Saturn which is intercepted in 6th house of Work, Service, Servants, and Health.

Here you see the chart with Sun 12Ari37 rising, Mercury 14Ari40 just behind. Mercury's position is important here but more about that in a minute.

Given the street protests against the Summit which are already underway in London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome, let's consider the Sun/ASC's Sabian Symbol for "13Ari" using *Dane Rudhyar's version of the Symbols and quoting:

"An Unexploded Bomb Reveals An Unsuccessful Social Protest"...

Keynote: An immature evaluation of the possibility of transforming suddenly the status quo.

The symbol pictures the result of a particular attempt to resolve the conflict between two concept-feelings of order. Resolution by violence fails because the ego-power at this stage of the process of indivdualization is far too strong.

"The State" thwarts attempts at popular revolution, because these are premature expressions of a consciousness which is not free, but only can react "wildly" to constraint and to a central ruling power. It is thus a symbol of immature refusal to conform, in the name of an over-idealistic desire for harmony and peace.

(This is a stage of) a negative attempt at reconciling the spiritual ideal and the very earthly reality, denying the validity of the latter. It suggests ADOLESCENT FRUSTRATION.#


(Rudyar's quotation marks and caps, my paragraph-splitting for easier reading online.)

The oriental planet (last to rise before the Sun) is Venus - Rx at 3Ari58 in 12th house of behind-the-scenes, the unconscious, large institutions, karmic conditions, and self-undoing. The avaricious lady is going over ground she passed over during the first half of February 2009.

Venus oriental indicates a work situation where items of value are dealt with but with a personal touch; evaluation of one's work is substituted for personal evaluation (which is hard to accept or believe); public figures often are born with Venus oriental where the public persona - the screen image - takes the place of the personal self. (Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology, Dr. Noel Tyl.)


Plus, Venus is near the UK's natal MIDAS 2Ari22, the King who's always busy counting his gold.

Lady Venus is the object or focal planet in two T-square patterns in the chart, and you see them notated, upper right...

Moon-Pluto = Venus: intense feelings.

Moon-MC = Venus: significant relationships are possible.

Moon-Pluto indicates public relations but also an enraged (Pluto) public (Moon.) And Venus is near the UK's natal MIDAS 2Ari22, the King who's always busy counting his gold.

On one level, Venus, lady of our Statue of Liberty made of her favorite metal, copper - represents the US so perhaps a 'significant relationship' points to the US-UK partnership of the golden kind.

Then another T-square is formed by the Summit's Mars-Saturn opposition releasing its difficult energy at US natal ASC...

Mars-Saturn = n ASC: struggling for every step of advancement; obstacles or difficulties caused by other people; the necessity to economize; separation (see US Nodal Half-Return mentioned below); possible health threat; bereavement.

Chart-ruler Mars, busy orchestrating and participating in protests, is in 12th house 14Pis10, a position conjunct Fixed Star Achernar, keywords: crisis (especially relating to water such as flooding, or possibly, water hoses) and
risk of rapid endings (Brady's Book of Fixed Stars.)

Mars is also ruler of the 8th house of Shared Resources, Debt, etc, bwo Scorpio, sign of big business and the underworld. Secret or shadow banking systems would also be under the sway of Scorpio and we see that America's natal ASC '13Sag' is in the 8th house as the Summit's calendar begins.

One thing we always look at is the applying aspects of a chart's ruler, and in this case Mars has two to describe how the G20 Summit will proceed...

1. Mars opposite Saturn 16Vir32 Rx in 6th house (2A22);

Mars opposing Saturn indicates resentment of those in authority, projects being abandoned in frustration, and delay turning into cancellation.

Will protesters (Mars) cause cancellation of authoritarian Saturn's plans for retaining the status quo? Demonstrations against the WTO in Seattle, Washington (1999) caused cancellation! Still, I'm sure the world's 'movers and shakers' have learned a thing or two in the last 10 years, aren't you?

2. Mars trine Moon 7Can45 in 4th house (conj IC) (6A25.)

Mars trine Moon may indicate a less troubled environment with actions well-guided by intuition, and may also show plenty of energy and help available for pursuing one's aims.

Rebellious, progressive, and revolutionary Uranus 23Pis45 is in 12th house as well along with Neptune 25AQ38 (conj - or almost so - US natal Moon, we-the-people. It depends on which US natal chart you prefer); wounded healer Chiron 24AQ33 is there, too, spiritualizing some people's ideals (Neptune.)

Five planets and Chiron in 12th house! So there's a lot going on behind the scenes as one would expect for this well-secured and weighty event.

One more note about the 12th house: the transiting midpoint between Mars and Neptune is triggering the UK's natal Pluto for this Summit. The midpoint concerns power and control issues and I don't want you to miss its implications - and because the UK's natal Sun in Capricorn is at MC, and natal Moon in Cancer is in the 4th house with the Summit being held in London:

Mars-Neptune = n Pluto: selfish pursuit of one's objectives; brutality; dissolution; possibly death.

And the UK's natal Sun 10Cap11 forms a picture with the Summit's Pluto 3Cap18 and its MC, a picture which is particularly enlightening given the circumstances...

n Sun-Pluto = MC: power games with important consequences; striving for power and control; leadership qualities; physical or violent interference with emotional consequences; consciousness of purpose; vocational crises and change to adopt new perspectives.

(UK's natal placements are highlighted in reddish orange, lower left of the chart. Natal ASC 7Lib10; MC 9Can20, taken from UK's national chart of Jan 1, 1801; 00:00 am LMT, London; Full Moon phase.)

Moneybags Jupiter 19AQ20 is conj 11th cusp of Groups, Associations, Friends, Hopes & Wishes...Jupiter in 11th house but still very much affecting the 12th house. Transiting Jupiter applies to conjunction with Chiron (5A13) and conj with Neptune (6A18) with the first of three Jup-Nep conjs coming May 27.

2009 is a Jupiter-Neptune (speculations; spendthrifts; grand plans; expanded spirituality) year, and fraud is on every one's minds if not their list of things to do.

North Node 6AQ55 in 11th house tells a story since this economic Summit marks America's Nodal Half-Return. We may expect strong associations and relationships to emerge stronger (assuming the US has any left!) while others fall by the wayside of disagreement.

This is also the time when the US must lean toward Aquarian ideals of equality and stop depending on her accustomed Leonine pride and her an assumed 'divine right' to always be top dog.

So perhaps the US dollar will see its downfall at 2009's
G20 Summit although propaganda (Moon-Pluto) will be used to kick down the road whatever can the power elite want kicked - powerful, secretive Pluto at Midheaven, the Aspiration Point of the chart, and Moon (the public) at Foundation Point, aka The Drain. Well, I'm certainly feeling drained, aren't you?

So! Plutocrats will still be stomping on and lording it over the common man and woman as the G20 meet in secret conference, and oaths of secrecy may be sworn. Public relations will be used to gloss over the negative.

And what of Mercury 14Ari50?

Ah, yes, Mercury is now opposing US natal Saturn in Libra, a period of time when US views, ideas, opinions, and positions are diametrically opposed by others.

In fact, American attendees at the G20, including Pres. Obama, may depend on other attendees not saying what we want to hear - bad news may be announced, and any organization or structures we have carefully built are squashed, perhaps flat as flitters.

This transit indicates dissent against US authority (which also applies to the protesters on the streets) so being as philosophical as possible is the only way to deal.

And if there is a fortunate factor in the entire situation, it's that we now have a president with a philosophical turn of mind, and one who can put more than two understandable words together to express it.


*An Astrological Mandala, Dane Rudhyar.
Midpoint pictures: Tyl and Ebertin.

Mar 28, 2009

Krugman and the too-small economic plan

Update 8:46 pm edt: seems Paul Krugman is fulfilling a useful role on behalf of the left and if economic and political improvements ensue, we can say, well played!

Plus, astrologers will notice references to 'ice breaking' and the old vs new order such as the ongoing Saturn (old) - Uranus (new) opposition has brought into everyone's lives. Saturn and Uranus began their present cycle in 1988 so it's 1988 to 2008...20 years from inception to culmination with those who prefer the status quo of Saturn (banking system) clinging to it for all it's worth...which may be nothing, as it turns out.

And which side is the president on? Paul Krugman is accusing him of being too status quo - and Mr. Obama does have Saturn Rx in its own sign of staid Capricorn.

Let's hope BHO's progress-loving Aquarian Jupiter pulls him forward in the monetary department so the weasels of Wall Street and in the musty dusty banking houses can be put out to pasture. They're way too anti-society for me!

Original post begins here:

Today I've been catching up with Paul Krugman's blog entries and wondering if he's been correct all along - Pres. Obama's economic plan in its current form is too small to be effective as more job loss woes plague us into 2010.

Actually my intuition on the subject agreed with Dr. Krugman from the start and I do wish the party-serving critics of Obama and the Democrats would hush up their pie holes and let America heal her wounds, many of which were inflicted or enabled by politicians such as themselves.

And in case you missed it, here's a video of the presentation Dr. Krugman gave to the World Affairs Council of Oregon on The Global Economy, given Jan 29, 2009, with audience questions following.

The video is 1 hour 34 minutes long with questions beginning at the last 30 minute mark.

Astrology of Mar 27 - 29, 2009 with Asteroids!

Astrologer Julie Demboski has done it again showing how the Big Picture informs the Little Picture of life on Earth!

Beginning Friday (3.27.09) and running through the weekend, she provides the astrological details on the love and power vibes permeating the air right now.

This weekend's energies have been distilled to their essences for you - and I love the way Julie includes the major asteroids (Juno, Ceres, Pallas, and Vesta) to help fill out the As Above, So Below picture for us mortals!

Mar 27, 2009

Rush and the GOP: Blaming Obama

From Rush Limbaugh to Republicans on Capitol Hill, they're falling all over themselves in a mad race to blame Pres. Obama for the current 'recession.'

And the worse their media lapdogs can make the economy sound, the more traction they think they're gaining against Democrats and a White House now placed in Dem paws.

Plus, the old 'divide and conquer' tactic keeps we-the-people at one another's throats, so they hope - and less attentive to their pocket-lining and other sins.

As Joe Conason points out, facts are inconvenient for propaganda and the cardboard cut-out of their idol Ronald Reagan doesn't stand up well in the light of economic reality as the Blame-Carter-Clinton-Obama ploy proceeds apace.

Of course it's all propaganda to you and me - the fantasy that the financial meltdown was 'unforeseeable' and the fact that it's a script that Washington has used before would be laughable if it weren't ruining our children's futures, our nation, and the rest of the world with it.

But that's their one-world-government aims peeking through and saying Gotcha, m'peops!

Yet a few people warned Washington and Wall Street years ago (they didn't really need warning, they were busy creating massive wealth from thin air) about the fancy financial 'instruments' undermining the entire capitalist system.

Well, if you missed this week's Fresh Air interview with former derivatives trader Frank Partnoy, author of FIASCO (a new edition now published), check out the text or audio concerning Derivatives Dangers.

And here's a smidge of Astrology info on Mr. Limbaugh, written during the days of his oxycontin fiasco which turned out quite dandily for the Unsexiest Man Alive...a well-deserved award, imho.

Besides, if you'd done all the druggie stuff he did, I'd still be sending care packages to your cell, now wouldn't I?

Mar 26, 2009

Robert Reich on Politics and the Top Tier

"During the last few years, politics has worked perversely: taxes on the wealthy have been cut, and so have programs directed at the poor. The reason isn't difficult to explain. Many Americans -- especially those who have been losing ground have given up on politics. As their incomes have shrunk,they've lost confidence that the "system" will work in their interest. That cynicism has generated a self-fulfilling prophecy. Politicians stop paying attention to people who don't vote, who don't work the phone banks or walk the precincts, who have opted out. And the political inattention seems to justify the cynicism.

Meanwhile, the top tier has experienced precisely the opposite -- a virtuous cycle in which campaign contributions have attracted the rapt attention of politicians, the attention has elicited even more money, which in turn has given the top tier even greater influence." Robert Reich - Former Secretary of Labor


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The following is a small astrological snapshot of Mr. Reich:

Robert Reich (see his blog feed in sidebar) was born June 24, 1946, Scanton, PA - 12 days before George Bush. Therefore, he has the same Uranus-North Node conjunction in Gemini, the 'political reformers' pair (Ebertin.)

His natal Moon (reigning need) is in Aries or as late as 7Tau14 if born at midnight, with Sun in very early Cancer (conj US natal Venus.)

In politics, the emotionally volatile Moon in fiery Aries may say, 'I AM the people,' while Moon in Earthy Taurus is more laid back with an emotional need for financial security in order to feel emotional well-being (Bill Clinton has natal Moon in Taurus, one of the money signs.)

Since emotions are more stable in Taurus than in Aries, and because Reich works with finances, I vote for Sun Cancer-Moon Taurus for Mr. Reich's natal Sun-Moon personality blend.

The Images for Integration for the Can-Tau business and money oriented combo of shrewd perceptions are:

'A family photo album...A painter captures the taste and smell of a landscape...A flourishing family business.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)


His closest applying aspect to natal Sun is a sextile (60 degr) to Mars which gives him a talent for purposeful action and a tendency toward micro-managing which may cause conflict. Yet he can surprise people with the swiftness and directness of his responses and I appreciate seeing him do this on TV's Sunday political shows.

I only wish he had time to update his blog more frequently!

Mar 25, 2009

Sleuthing into Dec 21, 2012 and the Shift



Well, I hemmed and hawed about posting this disturbing audio presentation of scientific findings relating to polar ice caps, Sunspot Cycle 24, the earth's already-changing magnetic pole measurements, ocean liners reporting larger tidal waves, and the mysterious 2012.

As you know, December 21, 2012 is the end date of the Mayan Calendar which some say marks the magnetic pole shift when north becomes south, east becomes west and all that cataclysmic jazz.

So if you're a nervous type you may wish to give this video (audio) a pass.

But since I returned today to reading Patrick Geryl's
The World Cataclysm in 2012 during a work break, I moseyed home and did a search on YouTube - and you see above the result of my nosy sleuthing.

Geryl's book is full of math demonstrating how he broke the Dresden Code and others, informs on Sunspot Cycle theory (on which modern scientists seem to be behind the ancients), and gives much info on Venus, the main culprit in the 2012 mystery. She's caused this sort of trouble before, you see, in eras past, and apparently her synodic cycle gives her the right.

Geryl gives Herodotus' description of The Labyrinth, too, so if you're interested in Atlantis, this book is for you.

(Speaking of labyrinths, did you know the entire 30 degrees of Capricorn is a labyrinth? Not sure where I heard that, but not from Geryl's book.)

Then synchronistically I ran across a new book on the subject of 2012 whilst visiting Amazon dot com this evening, one promoting hope over despair and written by Gregg Braden who has the technical background to write such a book on scientific subjects.

It's called Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age and was published a week ago on March 17, 2009.

Perhaps Braden's book doesn't mention the role of Venus in 2012's coming melee (of whatever sort it may be - an imposed New World Order politically and economically or a physical pole shift causing the Sun to rise in the west, set in the east...a pole shift would make the NWO moot!) But considering the effects a pole shift could bring - worsening storms, flooding, major freezes, searing heat, etc - his book is more positive than any other with its 'crisis as opportunity' theme.

And being fresh off the press (as yet in Hardcover - my overflowing bookshelves tend to wait for paperback versions), Braden's take on a weighty, disturbing subject like 2012 may be just what the concerned New Ager ordered!

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A big shout-out of thanks to bacalove who clued me into David Wilcock's work on 2012, polar shifting, political synchronicities, and much more...check out this page on earth and space changes from his website.

(I am not recommending his reincarnation info, however. Sorry, but that I simply cannot do as a Saturnian astrologer - and one Edgar Cayce was gracious plenty! Yet i do agree with Cayce that drinking milk in coffee is a very very bad combination for your tum tum.)

Hooray! Here's a second shout-out of thanks to Sherri D. for mentioning a book on the subject: The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities, a collection of essays from the world's greatest thinkers and futurists including Gregg Braden. Sherri highly recommends it!

Pres Obama's presser 3.24.09: full text link

Here's the full text of last evening's press conference, the second of Pres. Obama's presidency, which mostly concerned our economic issues.

Twitterers seemed to have gotten their feathers ruffled about 35 minutes in when CNN's Ed Henry asked why the president didn't express outrage over AIG bonus payments sooner than he did - why did he wait several days?

"Because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak," says his nibs with a so-called 'icy stare.'

Sounds reasonable and mature to me, something Washington has become unaccustomed to in recent years. Yet I do think phony outrage was the order of the day relating to the AIG bonuses and that having 'who knew what when' become a huge and diverting story was Washington's main political problem with it.

No one likes to be blamed, especially when your re-election to a cushy pocket-lining job may depend upon it.

False outrage to fuel criticism of your opponent - how very tiresome (and predictable. If we-the-people get truth out of Washington, it's because it accidentally escapes at moments when someone's guard is down. Then everyone goes into 'damage control' mode....also tiresome.)

Astrologically, I see nothing unusual at 8:35 pm last evening to account for the question or the 'icy stare' although nebulous Neptune 26AQ moved from 5th house into 4th house appr one minute earlier. Neptune is one significator for mass media - and deception.

Most of the questions seemed to be set-ups to me - well-rehearsed, for the most part, so that the president could say what he wanted to say, and I'd have been just as happy, if not happier, if he'd simply spoken for the hour rather than for the 7 minutes of his opening statement.

When Pres. Obama ended the presser (8:57 pm edt), America's natal Pluto '28Cap' was at IC, the Foundation, or HOW? Point of the chart which aims directly at the transiting midpoint of Pluto-Chiron, the pair of plutocracy, now conjunct US natal Pluto - Pluto of power and vast riches fame.

And the Sabian Symbol for '28Cap'? "A Large Aviary"! Tweet tweet!!

Mar 24, 2009

Stiglitz disses Geithner Plan - Obama on TV 3.24.09

Geithner Plan Will Rob US Taxpayers

By Reuters

The US government plan to rid banks of toxic assets will rob American taxpayers by exposing them to too much risk and is unlikely to work as long as the economy remains weak, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Tuesday.

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And the Geithner Plan is only one of the latest things to rob American taxpayers. Financial collapse is the name and the aim of their game, folks. So as you can tell, things are going quite swimmingly in their exalted bubble world.

But you know I'll be setting up SolarFire's real-time animated chart feature in a few minutes to catch each planet as it crosses an angle, enters a new house, or makes a new aspect while Pres. Obama speaks tonight, 8:00 pm edt.

Then I take notes and keep a time stamp on the TV screen as it records so I can go back and double-check what planetary action was happening as a particular subject or comment came up.

Yes, it's quite a bit of trouble but it's invaluable for figuring out what the As Above Is So Belowing in real time. Or vice versa.

Did I hear correctly on MarketPlace just now? That Geithner and the US Fed are endorsing the idea of an international currency today in line with China's wishes? If so, I guess the amero or something akin to it isn't just a fairy tale after all.

Check out The August Review for info on the amero and other anti-sovereign subjects.

Purposes of the G20 Summit April 2009

The New American has an article by William F. Jasper concerning the upcoming G20 Summit in London which declares its intent.

The G20 Push to 'Supersize' the IMF contains links to several recent articles about the many shout-outs for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to become an international Federal Reserve System - such as UK PM Gordon Brown's call before a joint session of the US Congress on March 4, 2009 to inflate the power of the IMF.

This is the global economy 'solution' they want the world to plead for based on their manufactured econo-crisis of 2008-09 and beyond.

And in case you missed it, here's a post from Sept 2008 on the 13-step pyramid of power shown on the back of America's Great Seal with the all-seeing-eye at apex (viewable on the back of a dollar bill) representing the IMF which has its baleful eye on you, me, and our bank accounts.

If the G20 power-mongers have their way, the IMF's transcendence over all may signify the obverse of the Great Seal becoming our guide into the rest of the 21st century...the better to see you with, m'dear, for it will be 'unconscious' no more.

Gandhi on man's greed and Sen Pettigrew on plutocracy

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need -- but not for man's greed." Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was born Oct 2, 1869 (NS) in Porbandar, India with a 12th house Sun in Libra and a 10th house Moon in Leo. (Rodden Rating: A.)

Images for Integration for this Air-Fire blend:

'A performance of The Importance of Being Earnest...A political idealist is crowned leader by adoring followers.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

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"This great and powerful force - the accumulated wealth of the United States - has taken over all the functions of Government, Congress, the issue of money, and banking and the army and navy in order to have a band of mercenaries to do their bidding and protect their stolen property. Senator Richard Pettigrew - Triumphant Plutocracy
(published, January 1, 1922.)

Triumphant Plutocracy now appears in Amazon's Legacy Reprint Series and is available in hardcover or paperback. The above link is to the paperback version and has one reader review which you may find of interest.

In his 50 years of public service, Sen. Richard F. Pettigrew knew them all - politicians, bankers, ambassadors - all the wealthy and important men of his day.

His book covers the period from 1870 to 1920, and he opens with this:

"The American people should know the truth about American public life. They have been lied to so much and hoodwinked so often that it would seem only fair for them to have at least one straight-from-the-shoulder statement concerning this government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' about whose inner workings the people know almost nothing."

The book's title, Triumphant Plutocracy, is an ironic play upon steel magnate Andrew Carnegie's earlier book, Triumphant Democracy. Pettigrew names names and busts myths including the one about Teddy Roosevelt 'charging up San Juan Hill' during the Spanish-American War.

And they're still selling us the same old tripe and pulling the same old imperialist strings to tug at our patriotic American hearts.

So is Pres. Barack Obama any different?

Well, sad to say, my intuition says that he couldn't be too different or the president-installers wouldn't have him in the White House. And if he dares stray from their plutocratic script, he can be, as Pettigrew informed us, unmade.

Mar 23, 2009

Midpoint pictures of the New Millennium Chart 2001

Horoscope of the New Millennium has been published if you care to have a peek at the chart (Jan 1, 2001 12:00 am est, Washington DC) and its details.

But here are a few more New Millennium details since the post there was getting mighty long - here are the midpoint pictures from the chart and the houses in which they fall, but they won't mean much to ya unless you view the chart itself...

6th house - Sun-Jupiter = Moon: harmonious feelings; wealthy people; fine relationships; good health.

5th house - Moon-Mercury = Uranus: sudden innovative thoughts and plans; irritability about progress; getting on with things hastily; independent thinking; nervousness; acting rashly; a constructional fault.

4th house - Mercury-Venus = Neptune (and US natal South Node): a lack of tact; undermining of relationships; fantasy; seeing everything in clear pictures or through a special dimension; delusions about reality. (With SN's Saturnian influence = adjusting to realism.)

3rd house - Uranus-ASC = Pluto: use of force; commanding success even under the most difficult circumstances.

And last but definitely not least...an Air Grand Trine with the Ascendant as one of the trine's points for manifestation - this gives three pictures for your consideration:

Jupiter-Neptune = ASC: speculations; appearing to live in a world lighted by personal imagination and an emotionally rationalized agenda; sharing great hopes with others.

Jupiter-ASC = Neptune: living with hope and expectation; disappointments; losses; speculations.

Neptune-ASC = Jupiter: losing one's good name, fortune, and/or possessions through others; the urge to cheat others or to be cheated; one's good fortune is assumed. (Tyl; Ebertin.)

The Pre-Natal Eclipse Series of the New Millennium is the 2 South which manifested at 4Cap15 on Dec 25, 2000. This Series has a flavor of becoming involved with unusual groups and feeling that one will gain a great deal through such involvement. (Brady's Predictive Astrology.)

2S will next manifest on Jan 6, 2019 at '15Cap.'

In her book, 'Your Prenatal Eclipse', Rose Lineman gives a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn as advising a serious approach that stresses conservative, conscientious expression. In order to achieve karmic progress, we must overcome self-indulgence and master the self-discipline of the sign and its ruler, Saturn.

Ms. Lineman states that an Eclipse in Capricorn should be regarded as an opportunity to gain substantial karmic advances but the price is hard work and dedication at the expense of personal pleasure and worldly prestige.

People who share a Prenatal Eclipse in Cap tend to join business and professional organizations and show interest in political affairs. This obviously refers to mankind in general.

You may find of interest the Sun Capricorn-Moon Pisces blend of the New Millennium especially since this chart is 'good' for a hundred years!

Sun Cap-Moon Pisc is an Earth-Water blend of two Yin elements. This is one of the most nourishing and supportive combinations to have, and it mixes a capacity for sympathy for others with practical considerations.

There is an innate wisdom to know what's important and what is not; practical and emotional needs are well-balanced in this blend. Both material and emotional security needs are wanted and possible to achieve as long as one doesn't become a stick-in-the-mud and swamped by duty.

Yet a limited viewpoint is a caution and may interfere with goals, so we must watch for that.

This is a tough-tender humanitarian combo of energies - a scientist and poet, a practical dreamer. Personal courage results from self-reflection and moral precepts and there's a gift for quietly bringing order out of chaos. (Good! We could all use that.)

On the shadow side there is a tendency to fear the unknown and carry the burdens of others - even to the breaking point; negative thinking may cause loss of confidence.

Images for Integration: A child builds a sandcastle of reinforced concrete...A wine collector uncorks a rare vintage to celebrate a success...'Bilbo' in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings...Bathers in a Landscape by Paul Cezanne...Elvis Presley's Blue Suede Shoes. ('Sun Sign-Moon Sign' by Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

Did Ronald Reagan destroy Main Street?

Here's an average American who thinks he did and several commenters who agree.

With the 1980s nicknamed the Decade of Greed, it would seem that Republicans who now yearn for a return to 'Reaganism' are treading the same old (wrong) track to Trickledownville, but that train left the station years ago.

Plus, the greed we already got. The 'voodoo economics' we've been saddled with for far too long and we can blame rather than revere the president who presided over exploding deficits, out-of-control spending, outsourced jobs, and fiscal fraud which are at the root of today's economic problems.

So thanks, Gipper. You were little more than an empty suit following orders but some folks think you deserve to share the credit for the mess we're now in along with self-serving world bankers, monarchists, and their CEO pals.

And of course, let's not forget the roles played by the enabling shills on The Hill.

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If Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announces the details of his rescue plan tomorrow as I've heard he's to do, it will be a day of Sun Aries-Moon Aquarius, a blend with an interesting Image for Integration under the circumstances...

'A gallant crusader turns his sword into a computer chip and broadcasts New Age philosophy.' ('Sun Sign-Moon Sign,' Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

Hmmm...at its worst it sounds like a Templar promoting the New World Economic Order to me, and I don't know about you but I don't like it in the least. In fact, it considerably grumps me up but I will give him a chance to explain in his halting way.

Mar 22, 2009

TARP funds now campaign donations for Congress

Have you heard?

After a tiny respite for public relations effect, the US Congress is once gain accepting campaign donations from bailed-out banks which are again their personal piggybanks at taxpayers' expense - and even corporate-welfared GM and Chrysler are donating big bucks to keep our crooked politicians wallowing in the fatcat clover of Washington.

This is the sort of news that makes anyone (who continues to claim that there is no class warfare against the common man and woman) aware at last of Pluto-Chiron's game of oppression which keeps the disenfranchised down. And please - anyone still under the influence of the 'Rs vs Ds' myth - fuggeddabowdit!

Notice who is in we-the-people's corner - it isn't the US Congress with their Capitol Hill Theater productions that amount to little or nothing of merit, their secret meetings to plot against us, or their freakish 'crowning' of Sun Myung Moon (among many other things we would disapprove of if we knew about them. It's difficult to believe they did it, but you can view the video of the crazy ceremony!)

No, I never forget the Sabian Symbol for America's natal Jupiter, planet of money and ideals: "Gamebirds Feathering Their Nests" ('6 Cancer') - in case I'm ever tempted to doubt what Congress' deeply-held "ideals" really are and where their true loyalties lie.

Capitalism's ticket to slavery

Pining for things to return to 'normal' in the US financial and banking system? Want to get onboard the capitalist train for yet another ride?

Capitalism, one of Pluto-Chiron's many oppressive -isms, is designed for the rich to get richer...what did you think it was for?

Mar 21, 2009

Got 'resolution authority'?

Pres. Obama and his team have an idea for stepping in with large financial institutions ahead of crises.

It's being labeled 'resolution authority' which has, we may suspect, an Orwellian flavor which might show its true colors at any moment if the increased governmental authority goes through as planned.

Seems to me it shouldn't be too difficult to intervene ahead of financial crises - especially when they're designed, manufactured, and delivered by the power elite - which will make 'resolution authority' a win-win for the rich and powerful once again.

Yet perhaps the masses will gather a few crumbs from Midas' table just to 'keep hope alive.'

Guess the plutocratic duo of wounded, disenfranchised Chiron and powerful, secretive Pluto - or more specifically their midpoint, an oppressive blending of their energies - at the Goal/Aspiration Point of the Inauguration 2009 chart (Midheaven) is working its 'magic' as more and more control is given to the Fed and to other elected and non-elected entities.

Yes, America's natal Pluto (27Cap33 Rx) is currently being stimulated by the transiting Chiron-Pluto midpoint which makes the timing of the much-touted economic collapse even more suspect to this reluctant astrologer.

So because US natal Pluto is retrograde, I got to wondering when America had her early Pluto Return to 27Cap33 and found that July 4, 1776 was actually the second pass Pluto made to that exact degree - the Rx pass.

The first time Pluto reached that degree was Feb 25, 1776 (*NS); July 4, 1776 makes #2; the third time qualifies in my book as a Pluto Return: Jan 1, 1777.

These additional dates may mean more to history buffs than to anyone else, but there's more Astrology to consider...

Our nation's Pluto Return of Jan 1, 1777 falls into the 13 North Solar Eclipse Series which was, in fact, the Initial Eclipse in the 13N Series at '23Leo' (conjunct Venus.) This Series will next manifest at '14Cap' opposite US natal Sun on Jan 4, 2011.

Sun opposite Sun is a time when priorities and plans should be reviewed and revamped, if necessary, to be certain that goals are being targeted correctly.

On this blog or on Jude's Threshold I have previously commented that the 13N Series seems to describe the founding of America better than the actual Series into which 'July 4, 1776' falls, the **12 South - and the Declaration of Independence was missing some signatures until August, 1776. Eclipses are 'wild cards' and may influence events for two weeks prior or after their actual date of occurrence.)

See if this sound like the birth of America to you:

13N's flavor is one of large, ambitious group enterprises that require the breaking of an existing bond; separation then joint achievement (Brady's Predictive Astrology.)

'Existing bond'? England. 'Joint achievement'? America and the New World of Sir Francis Bacon's and Adam Weishaupt's illuminated dreams.

So as America looks ahead to her Pluto Return in 2021-22, we may want to look back and consider that technically it will not be our nation's first Pluto Return at all for plodding Pluto has been there, done that before - way back in 1777.

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*NS = New Style which refers to the Gregorian Calendar - minus 10 days from the OS, or Julian Calendar.

**USA's Pre-Natal Eclipse Series 12South: successful outcomes to long-term worries or illness; draining issues will at first seem worse then clear (Brady, as above.) Next 12S Eclipse: '19Can' on July 11, 2010.

New solar wings for ISS + Jupiter's Moons conjunct the Sun

Space Weather News for March 21, 2009

ISS GETS NEW WINGS: The International Space Station's solar arrays are the largest deployable space assemblies ever built. Yesterday, astronauts unfurled a pair on the starboard side of the outpost, adding more than 8000 sq. feet of light-collecting surface area to the station's profile.

Hours after the new wings were deployed, the ISS flew over Europe where amateur astronomers photographed the changes. Their movies and photos are featured on today's edition of SpaceWeather News.

SOLAR CONJUNCTION OF JUPITER'S MOONS: Another must-see movie comes from NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft. On March 15 and 16, the solar observatory watched Jupiter and its moons converge on the sun just as a coronal mass ejection was exploding "overhead." Visit SpaceWeather.com for footage.

Ron Paul video on AIG bonuses, Congress, and the Econo-Crisis



Here's the video of Rep. Ron Paul from his March 20 CNN interview concerning the econo-crisis and the (diversionary) AIG bonus pay-out flap which turns out was millions more than AIG first admitted paying.

As usual with the US Congress, it's all about passing their responsibilites on to the executive branch and to the bill-writing lobbyists - bills the majority of our "representatives" vote on by secret instruction from behind the curtain but never actually read - while America's real problems are ignored and made much worse than they have to be...by design of the NWO promoters.

Mar 20, 2009

Spring Equinox 2009 Astrology Chart

The horoscope for 2009's Aries Ingress - aka Spring Equinox 2009 - with chart details has been published but I'm republishing the chart image here because it can be clicked to enlarge for easier viewing.

The chart is set for the White House, March 20, 2009 7:43:34 am edt:



The Sun Aries-Moon Capricorn combination of the chart is a Fire-Earth blend of tough-mindedness and ambition. It's sensible, persistent, and a good organizer and has these Images for Integration:

'A young soldier is rewarded by the King for exceptional bravery in the cause of freedom and individual rights...Columbus discovers America and a new world order is born.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)


And if you've ever read any of my grousings before, you probably know that I consider the second image to be a doozy especially considering how the power elite's plans are steamrolling along these days...over you, me, our children, and our formerly decent social fabric now tattered and torn by politicians and the warmongers and social engineers they enable.

Mar 19, 2009

Bush-Paulson Bailout Bill a scam

Yes yes yes! A mega-heist has been perpetrated, as I keep complaining, and here Paul Craig Roberts asks if the Bush-Paulson Bailout Bill was a scam...yes!

NPR is reporting as I type that the deficit is 'far worse' than was expected...$2 trillion, as we'll hear tomorrow when the report is released. Can't wait.

So as Mr. Roberts mentions in the article linked above, there is no money for social programs (only for war.) They're getting ready to turn the screws on the ill, the elderly, orphans, and on anyone else thinking the US government has the integrity to honor its agreements with we-the-people.

Nice crowd. The renting of our social fabric is going well - for the power elite, thanks.

When are the heisters of Capitol Hill and their lawyers and ritzy friends going to return what they've embezzled for decades? Puh!

Of course, stirring up our emotions and indignation and sending us out onto the streets is part of the plan so being the meanie that I am, I refuse to give them the satisfaction!

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Btw: did you ever read FDR's test of our progress from 1937?

Obama Stimulus Bill ok'd AIG bonuses

Thanks to Jax, a reader at Jude's Threshold, I have a link for you to a Fox News video and article concerning the fact that Obama'a Stimulus Bill explicitly grants AIG bonuses as inserted by Sen. Chris Dodd.

Be sure to scroll down for the mocked-up active pic of the primary recipients of AIG campaign donations riding in what favors a dune buggy, sodas in hand...it'd be hilarious if the circumstances weren't so undermining for America.

You know the Inauguration 2009 chart wasn't so marvelous with its Mercury Rx under the Sun's rays, etc...now that Venus in Aries is Rx, money is being requested to be returned (Rx = re-this and re-that) and Venus, one of the money planets, was in confusing Pisces on Inauguration Day...near quirky, willful Uranus.

The Venus-Uranus pair often indicates being erratic, extravagant, or wasteful with money.

And with May 27 being the first of 2009's three conjunctions of Jupiter (large amounts of money) with inflationary, veiling Neptune, planet of excess liquidity, the entire year will be about speculations and large promises not so easily kept.

Once again, here's the midpoint picture of the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction which lands all three times on US natal Moon (we-the-people in our national chart):

Jup-Nep = Moon: going with the wind; dreaminess; little sense of reality; losing oneself in plans; becoming involved in speculation, instability, wastefulness.

And so far, 2009 is panning out exactly as the above midpoint pic describes, don't you think?

Destructuring America

Here's Joe Brewer explaining How to Destroy the Government in 3 Easy Steps but with some good ideas for how we can rescue our nation.

It took years for America to come to this pass - purposefully done by a certain few, as I always grouse - and Brewer lays it out clearly for those who don't believe that there is a larger agenda being followed.

You, lone reader, may be someone who doesn't believe there's a one-world-government plan but you can't deny the events of the last several years - and the results we must now endure because of our past apathy toward the power elite's totalitarian designs which have been greatly 'upped' since the New Millennium.

So do you still want your MTV?

Mar 18, 2009

AIG's CEO Liddy on Capitol Hill 3.18.09

As Congress revs up for Wednesday's performance at the Capitol Hill Theater today, AIG's CEO Edward Liddy makes ready to participate in a shadow play 'duel' with our erstwhile representatives.

Since the out-of-bounds Moon will remain in the adventurous sign of Sagittarius today until 5:18 pm edt, I thought to look at the Sun Pisces-Moon Sag blend to see what's afoot on the political stage - and if anything interesting is peeking out from the frilly undergarments of political thespianism.

Will all actors manage to save their bacon and cover their culpable patooties? Will thongs get themselves in a twist before the curtain lowers? It promises to be an emotionally volatile day, so read on...

Sun Pisc-Moon Sag is a steamy Water-Fire blend that can cleanse, sterilize - and scald. Known for moodiness and passionate emotions, this blend can be courageous and vulnerable at the same time.

The ability to step back and take an impersonal view is lacking and volatility of fanatic proportions makes cool reasoning capacity next to impossible to achieve.

This results in instability and impracticality, two traits the American people often witness coming from Capitol Hill, much to our dismay. Today's congressional sessions may not run smoothly, m'peops with much drama in the script and out own outrage fueling the proceedings.

Yet with Sun in Pisces, Moon in Sagittarius, there exists social awareness and generosity, but perhaps the generosity has already gone into the wrong coffers, many of them in the UK.

Yet today's show must go on so that Congress can look as if it's making efforts on behalf of US taxpayers. The natives are restless and so is the Sun Pisc-Moon Sag combo of energies.

This is a humble and noble blend that judges others' weaknesses generously to the point of being a real sucker for a sob story, so we'll see what justifications Mr. Liddy comes up with.

Sun Pisc-Moon Sag needs to pin itself down to dealing with manageable-sized problems and must pay attention to details so that something productive may result. It's a very creative, poetic blend but when dealing with crooks, embezzlers, and syndicate types, naivete must be avoided.

This blend is shared natally by several notables: Copernicus, Billy Crystal, Jackie Gleason, Victor Hugo, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rupert Murdoch, and...

Albert Einstein, who said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning."

Quite appropriate for today's Capitol Hill Theater performance, Albert, thanks!

Images for Integration: 'Einstein's Theory of Relativity...A black woman priest in the confessional hears a tale of woe from a white converted scientist and they fall in love.' Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey.)


A virtual lovefest isn't on my menu for today's questions and answers, is it on yours?

Now given that in recent days Congress tends to go into evening hours, we see that the Moon reaches World Point 00Cap00 at 5:18 pm edt which changes the atmosphere into Sun Pisc-Moon Cap, a Water-Earth blend...the day goes from steam to mud!

Sun Pisc-Moon Cap's Images for Integration: 'An old freighter chugs toward the port, bringing in the goods...A famous actress leaves her estate to the Actors' Pension Fund.'

(It's very sad for me to note that Natasha Richardson's catastrophic skiing accident could be indicated here and my heart goes out to her and her family at this difficult time.)

Sun Pisc-Moon Cap is shared natally by: George Washington, Samuel Pepys, Percival Lowell, Anais Nin, Philip Roth, Walter Schirra, and Dinah Shore.

Well, the 'goods' have already been distributed by the Bush administration's 'Bailout' heist so whether Congress can call AIG bonuses back to port is doubtful. That Congress can invent some other method of calming the natives remains to be seen.


Peek from the Jungle, a drawing imported from Secret Moon Art for restless natives everywhere.

Mar 17, 2009

Ben Bernanke: firefighter or arsonist?

Economic propaganda is on the loose and distorting realities of the 'financial crisis' for the consumption of the American voter.

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On a somewhat lighter note, a new limerick has been published in honor of the Jack Bauer character on 24: That Kitten Named Bauer - plus, you'll inadvertently view a photo of Princess Grace the Cat if you click the link to Lim's Limericks.

When Jupiter met Saturn: May 28, 2000 and the econo-crisis

On May 28, 2000 at 12:02 pm edt at the White House, Jupiter expansion and Saturn restriction, aka in Political or Mundane Astrology as Republicans (Jup) and Democrats (Sat), met for a strategy session for ushering in the New Millennium of even deeper pocket-lining.

The chart's final dispositor (the planet upon which all depends) is dualistic Mercury which represents such things as commerce, trade, communications, messages, speeches, & more...Mercury resides at '28Gemini' a degree of Bankruptcy in the Sabian Symbols.

Check out this ancient post of mine from 2007, if you prefer, for it contains a paragraph from Gore Vidal's The Decline and Fall of the American Empire in which Mr. Vidal asserts that Henry Adams had figured out that America has "...a single system, and in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold the bread and circuses."

Also involved in my Jupiter-Saturn article is what I believe are the most comprehensive definitions of such minor bodies (however theoretical or 'Uranian' as they may be) as: SIGMA, Nemesis, and Cupido.

So with our current econo-crisis~financial collapse (which I continue to assert is manufactured by one-world-government types) we may wish to consider the hook-up of our solar system's two societal planets which relate to financial cycles (due to their basic principles mentioned above: expansion vs restriction) as being apt for today's pay-off for the mega-wealthy, monarchy-adoring banking class - to ascertain whether their meeting of May 28, 2000 (when the cosmic clock began running on another of Jupiter-Saturn's 20-year cycles) has merit worthy of your attention.

One of the 'clues' Astrology gives into an astrological window of understanding is the word picture, or Sabian Symbol, for their Great Conjunction at '23 Taurus'.

Taurus is one of the money signs with a shadow side that attempts to hide gold-loving King Midas' greed while practicing Taurus the Bull's stubborn intolerance and prejudice such as seen with the elite class' contempt for the poor whom they imagine to be beneath them.

And Taurus, a practical Earth sign, likes to get things done in the manifest world. Ruled by Venus, a planet retrograde in Aries as I type, Taurean energy must be sparking this post, a self-inflicted replay from 2007's financial concerns! (My natal North Node is in Taurus, but no natal planets - in my Secondary Progressions, Moon is near mid-Taurus in natal 9th house and in Secondary 7th house.)


'23Tau'..."A Jewelry Shop Filled with the Most Magnificent Gems"...

positive: a happy gift for shaping all vision to larger dimensions and directing all aspiration to more than trivial ends;

negative/unconscious/shadow side: a greediness which betrays the soul with trifles.


(The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Dr. Marc Edmund Jones.)


Yes, 2008 saw the world's high-fallutin' social tinkerers and chaos-creators move their plans into "larger dimensions" all right, and I suppose their pocket-lining (USA's natal Jupiter degree of 1776:

'6 Cancer'..."Gamebirds Feathering Their Nests") must be nearing completion - because anything of real value has now been heisted and spirited away to certain lairs while the US Treasury's printing presses have orders to churn out stacks and stacks of worthless paper for the masses to crave.


Voulez-vous a dry biscuit with your circus?

Mar 16, 2009

In This Corner: the stars of Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer

Master astrologer Mary Plumb has written an enlightening article on the natal charts and personalities of The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and on his recent TV interview meal, financial commentator Jim Cramer.

The article is published exactly where you'll usually find Ms. Plumb: on the website of America's premiere Astrology magazine, The Mountain Astrologer.

Read Two Free Spirits for more details on the Sagittarian Mr. Stewart and the Aquarian Mr. Cramer.


Jon Stewart
Nov 28, 1962 NY
(time unknown)

Jim Cramer
Feb 10, 1955
Wyndmoor, PA
(time unknown)

Sunrise is used for both natal charts, aka a Solar chart.

Obama approval rating falls 5 pts 3.16.09

Pew Research Center has reported today that Pres. Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen 5 pts from 64% to 59% for the first time in his young presidency.

Quite an understandable eventuality, I'd say. But to me, poll numbers and reports are basically done and publicized for manipulation's sake (from all or any side.)

Oh, and I've returned from a few days in Raleigh, NC, with spurs still a-jinglin' yet refreshed from having no laptop or pc in sight for 3 1/2 days.

Lunched on great Indian food after which we enjoyed our first viewing of the engrossing Slumdog Millionaire...didn't quite dance out of theater but definitely considered it...hope all is well with you!

Mar 12, 2009

Cheney's assassination squads exposed

Exposed: Cheney Assassination Squads

By Eric Black

MSNBC reported that Seymour Hersh has uncovered evidence that Vice President Cheney operated secret assassination squads out of the White House by using military personnel without the knowledge of the CIA.

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Well, we knew he up to a lot but this is too much. I'd be interested to see his hit list - some of the names might surprise.

Bernie Madoff to court: Uranus rises with Sun 3.12.09

Noon Update: NPR is reporting that Madoff's cushy penthouse arrangement has ended, he pled guilty to 11 charges as expected and has been led away to jail to await his June 16 sentencing.

Original post begins here:

Madoff in court - Uranus rising has just been published at Jude's Threshold, if you're interested in taking a peek.

You'll find a link there to my brief post on Madoff's natal chart.

Sun-conjunct-Uranus indicates one who is difficult to control and who is intolerant of tradition and the social limitations arising from it. (He seems to have tossed those off years ago!)

Enduring restraints is a particular challenge to Sun-Uranus blends and it will be interesting to hear what results from the Bernie Madoff court proceedings.

Mar 11, 2009

Joseph Stiglitz says econo-reform too slow

For years I have thought that the work of Nobel-Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was as sensible as some and better than most.

Today I find that Mr. Stiglitz 'chairs the commission of experts charged by the UN to investigate possible reforms to the international monetary and financial system' and that the financial crisis is 'an opportunity to to turn his proposals into reality.' (Saturn - reality - to US natal Neptune - ideals = giving form to ideas or ideals.)

At the Davos Forum in early February, Germany's Angela Merkel proposed a world economic council which, along with the UN, would and could 'push through necessary measures...' which sounds much like the one-world-government agenda that the United Nations is believed by some to be in process of implementing.

The current econo-crisis certainly is proving useful for fast-tracking New Economic Order plans with its much-touted sense of urgency, isn't it? Almost as if it were part of a script...

Read more...

And here's a post from December 2008 concerning '5 Key Mistakes' written by Mr. Stiglitz and the current Saturn-to-US-natal-Neptune, if you're game.

Mar 10, 2009

Worm Moon Full Tonight Mar 10, 2009

Space Weather News for March 10, 2009

SATELLITE DEBRIS UPDATE: The first catalogued fragments of shattered satellite Cosmos 2251 are about to reenter Earth's atmosphere. According to US Strategic Command tracking data, reentries will occur on March 12, 28 and 30, followed by more in April.

Radar cross sections are not available for all of the reentering pieces; they are probably centimeter-class fragments that pose no threat to people on the ground.

Visit SpaceWeather for more information.

WORM MOON: Tonight's full Moon has a special name - the Worm Moon. It signals the coming of northern spring, a thawing of the soil, and the first stirrings of earthworms in long-dormant gardens.

Step outside tonight and behold the wakening landscape. "Worm moonlight" is prettier than it sounds." #

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It'd better be.

Well, here are a few brief astrological notes on tonight's Worm Moon in Virgo as it culminates (perfects its fullness) over the White House.


Three Trees in Moonlight

Drawing by Jude Cowell 2009+

Image imported from Secret Moon Art.

Fraud, debt relief, and righting the Reagan tilt

Here are two articles which may be of interest:

Debt Relief and Regulation

By Mike Whitney

Confidence is not built on inspiring oratory or personal charisma, but concrete actions to reestablish a rules-based system that penalizes crooks and fraudsters. Recovery isn't possible without a strong commitment to these basic changes.



Middle-class Values - Righting the Reagan Tilt

By MarketWatch

There is not a single individual in the middle class - and that includes most of us - who has not benefited from the achievements of labor unions in setting standards for wages, hours, and fringe benefits and in general protecting the rights of workers.

Mar 9, 2009

Bush's torture memo authors can't fnd jobs

If the tale of how a former Cheney chief-of-staff can't find a job elicits a collective 'ahhh-h-h-h..h...h....h...' moment, I'll eat my tortured chapeau.

More like a tut tut especially since you'd think they'd have thought of that. Even eight l o n g years don't last forever.

Sheesh. Hope they weren't expecting awards and rewards for their fascist efforts!

Mar 8, 2009

USA: 545 People in charge and culpable

Now here's a bunch of what I've been grousing about on this blog for years - Washington politics as mass con game, and it's put in plainer words than mine usually are, even if you include my contention that the US has, alas, only a one-party system of government:

545 PEOPLE

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party.
She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

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Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it...is up to you.

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Well, this blogger is publishing '545 People' on this blog and hopefully its author, Mr. Reese, will approve.

His words remind me that the US and world banking systems have been based on a mass and massive con game, too...and now that the smarmy underpinnings are showing, the thieves can't trust one another to deal!

Astrology of Pres Obama and the Pharoah

If you have an interest on the question of who Pres. Barack Obama may be 'channeling' read this concerning the Nodal Axis of Destiny and other natal chart synchronicities for our 44th president.

Is Mr. Obama the personification of a famous Egyptian pharaoh? Is he Abraham Lincoln 'returned' to finish the job, perhaps?

Or: fill_in_the_reincarnation_blank for Pres. Obama who is certainly being asked to carry past life tasks forward (SN), based on circumstances most of which were not of his making.

To a Saturnian astrologer such as myself, this is enough to cause a world o'trouble even without Joan D'Arc and her warring Mars lurking behind Neptune's veils of unconsciousness and past-life theories.

This implies much South Node (unconscious; inherited) behavior and more than a little helping of projection onto others for what we should take responsibility for ourselves. No US president was ever handed the Oval Office reins with so few resources and umph to effect improvement.

Yes, I do want to believe that this isn't all part of a NWO script meant to herald riots across the globe. Many are already occurring and are often instigated by Mars and his short fuse of political bombs. Paid for by...someone...there's testy Mars, with Pluto's secret backing, continuing through the centuries to foment chaos in order to force change.

"Is it altogether a Utopian dream, that once in history a ruling class might be willing to make the great surrender, and permit social change to come about without hatred, turmoil, and waste of human life?"

-Upton Sinclair Sept 20, 1878; Sun Virgo-Moon Cancer's Images for Integration which melds the Sun's Virgo traits with the unconscious Moon in Luna's own sign of Cancer:

'A nutritionist serves his family organically grown chicken soup...The working mother...Two old Chinese women gossip about family problems as they work rhythmically in the rice paddies.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

Maybe the above Sinclair quote is a cup of steaming chicken soup, eh? Thing is, 'hatred, turmoil, and waste of human life' (aka, population control) are key parts of the restructuring agenda.

Now in my formative years, I was as happy a reader as anyone of such classics as Atlas Shrugged, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1984, Animal Farm - you know the list.

Brilliant authors provided literary ideas of horrible futures of totalitarianism and other nasty, anti-social -isms which may have resulted in quite explicit blueprints for those who needed such ideas to follow and mould to their requirements.

We may guess this, because they can read, too. And it was Edward Bernays' cynical use of his Uncle Sigmund Freud's work on mental/emotional control through the unconscious (1920s) that started the control-the-masses ball rolling in earnest and made possible our consumerism society which has now had the bubbled rug snatched out from under.

Since I recently posted a link to the BBC's excellent video series on Edward Bernays' work which enabled business and political use of public relations techniques (spark a 'need' unconsciously then fulfill it for a price) I will simply advise you to scroll below for the skinny on that thing we call consumerism and how it's been used against us by way of our unconscious desires.

You know, political candidates are merely products in the exalted world of manipulation and propaganda. We-the-people bought the poked pig the media and pundits kept pointing out to us - which is not to belittle Pres. Obama's talents - and now he must perform in lieu of all the swine before him who have led us to this sorry pass.

Lincoln's Sun is conjunct Mr. Obama's natal South Node, and vice versa. That's a large imperative imposed by the times which says that unconsciously, Pres. Obama will strive toward Lincoln's Solar goals, to be the best Aquarian he can be. The Sun in any chart, however, is not considered a karmic planet, but the Nodal Axis is.

That the current president may be aware of the links between them and their times can only aid Pres. Obama's journey on the path of balancing and re-righting as many of the wrongs of this Solar-based nation as he, in his presidency, has time to accomplish.

Otherwise, he may be 'channeling' in the dark.

Too bad so many bad actors insist upon standing in the president's way to the detriment of the common good. For with that, they obviously are not concerned, and they have their own plans, thanks.

Mar 7, 2009

War is all hell

Here's a famous quote that merits repeating:

"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. Some of these young men think that war is all glory but let me say war is all hell."

William Tecumseh Sherman

Quote compliments of Information Clearing House

Christina Romer, mother figure + Neptune of the Veils


Yeah, I like this interview with 'mother figure' Christina Romer on the economy as she tosses buckets of cold water from Old Man (or Woman in charge) Saturn, the Teacher and Lesson-Bringer, who continues to tangle with America's natal Neptune, planet of dreams, ideals, illusions, the masses, and mass media, in Virgo, sign of the dedicated worker...the same worker who is now getting a pink slip for often obscure reasons.

But Neptune of the Veils is comfortable with 'obscure'...it's Saturn's grim reality that's numbing the sensibilities and tamping down confidence, however illusory confidence may have been in the past.

And thus closeth (Saturn) another newspaper (Neptune) - unless they're very savvy and do what they do best, then link to the rest.

A benchmark? That Mark Twain would approve, I suspect.

Mar 6, 2009

Pollution Photo Gallery: China

Here's a small collection of 8 photos showing pollution in China which pains me to see no matter where on the globe it's allowed to harm the populace while enriching the greedy and powerful.

Particulate matter from a belching smokestack eventually affects us all!

Mar 5, 2009

Truth to be probed on Capitol Hill!

In an ironic and hilarious turn of events, political thespians on Capitol Hill are discussing the setting up of a truth commission to probe law-breakers in the Bush-Cheney administration...as long as Bush and Cheney are kept safe.

"Truth" commissions, like the Warren Commission set up to obfuscate the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy, tend to find only truths they can hide. And Sen. Arlen Spector, of Warren Commission fame, is on the "truth" case again and making sure that Bush won't be harmed by Sen. Patrick Leahy's grandstanding on behalf of truth, the concept.

Wonder what will result from a 'truth probe' in Washington DC? Lots of talking done on our dime, no doubt, with no guarantees that anything of note will actually occur other than the uncovering of legal inconveniences and the smoothing of the populace's ruffled feathers.

Bulldozing the District swamp and starting from scratch might do the trick if you can get the grandfathered-in, wealth-addicted politicians shoveled on down the road to an ordinary life.

Then they might learn to truly appreciate what their sell-out of our nation has meant to and for...

Controlling Wall Street

Corruption-US gives account of how the US Congress slowly sold out to Wall Street.

The results we know. And the culprits still walk free.

Mar 4, 2009

Origins of Public Relations and Consumerism: video link

Zeeks! Propaganda Galore! Our Brains on Propaganda! Pluto-Chiron's consumerism yet another -ism!

This four part BBC series captured on video, The Century of the Self, concerns the rise of consumerism, the business and political uses of it, and reveals its guru, Edward Bernays, and his role in inventing public relations in the 1920s based on his Uncle Sigmund Freud's work on the Unconscious.

Turns out...funny story...in America, the very foundations of democracy were cracking fissures while Dr. Freud was spouting on and on about the irrational, dangerous desires and fears lurking just underneath Average Joe's calm surface - a threat which totally crumbles the concept of democracy as run by rational people making well-considered choices.

Freud's unleashed monsters had been seen expressed in street riots and in the barbarism of Nazi Germany, and they were definitely not invited to tea in a status quo society of button-down types and their quiet little wives making apple pies and brewing Maxwell House at every opportunity.

Now if you haven't time to view all four parts of this BBC-produced series, my recommendation is to watch Part Four at the very least.

The series is a fascinating view of public relations and the manipulation it is based on and has old film footage interspersed - including some cheesecake of Dr. Freud himself (just kidding about the cheesecake.)

Also revealed is the tight team effort of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, whose similar ruling styles were not as coincidental as they may have appeared at the time. Yet one thing I must disagree with the BBC on - I assert that Clinton and Blair knew very well that the manipulative Freudian techniques had been developed by people in order to control the masses, not to "liberate" them. I mean, puh! give me a break on that one.

So given my fascination with propaganda, its methods and supposed justifications, it seemed a good idea to make this video report available here in case someone else has a similar fascination...and so I can find it again quite handily.

You know, I published the first-ever US Inauguration chart with hour verified by historical record (George Washington's Inauguration, of course), and I remember writing on the chart image that changing we-the-people's mentality was a goal because of its 10th house Chiron in (mental) Gemini...if you wish to view the chart and read my notes, try American Presidency Apr 30, 1789 which, being the first, is the archetype of all US presidencies following.

Now I must mosey because my favorite new show comes on at 9 pm...Tim Roth in Lie to Me.

I love how they divilge what various gestures mean, including politicians' rhetoric tricks, flourishes, and avoidances which the show drops in by way of tapes of modern day political thespians - at podium or elswhere - because Lie to Me is all about reading faces and gestures, and with great acting, too.

Just my style - steamy Lie to Me Tea served with crusty Propaganda Biscuits nestled on one of the dessert plates Madison Avenue told me I had to have to make my life complete.

So as we-the-dupes know, completing-the-set in this manner simply never works. But it will send you a snowballing credit card balance from h*ll - as enabled by the politicial thespians of Capitol Hill.

Of bailout schemes and ugly things

Michel Chossudovsky says the 2010 budget which the president submitted to Congress on Feb 26, 2009 is a war budget and that's not all he says.

The Bush-Obama bailout schemes are serving the interests of mystery financiers - deliberately, says Chossudovsky.

And as David Letterman keeps asking, where'd the money go?

The market is 'poised to open higher after 5 straight days of selling," says NPR this morning.

Yeah well, it's another Wednesday at NY's gaming tables. But who's being gamed?

Mar 1, 2009

Pres Obama's Weekly Address video 2.28.09


You've seen Pres. Obama's Weekly Address everywhere else so you may as well see it here, too.

Video: Saturday, February 29, 2009, when the spirit of "Bring It On" was apparently left to haunt a teleprompter from one of Bush's gigs.

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