High-Tension Holidays

The Holiday Season is upon us. Bells are ringing, carolers are singing and people are mobbing the stores. What’s not to like?

Unfortunately, lurking underneath the annual glitz, there are some very dark shadows, particularly for those already struggling. Unemployment benefits have not been renewed. Food stamps have been drastically cut. And the nation’s new health care law, although improving, continues to have some “issues”. ‘Tis not necessarily the season to be jolly.

In addition, the slender ray of hope for a new era of detente with Iran, a potential paradigm shift away from the growing imminence of war, is being threatened with a bipartisan mutiny. Moreover, an unexpected spat has developed with long-time ally India over American treatment of a diplomat who was abusing a babysitter, and with Russia, over its odious treatment of the LGTB community.

As has been mentioned in previous posts, we are now in the first crossing of Saturn opposite the Inaugural Moon (19Taurus38), exact on December 23, and partially concurrent and then followed by Saturn square to Inaugural Mars (20Aquarius13), exact on December 30. The Inaugural first house Moon, near the Ascendant, describes the administration’s strong identification with the needs of the people. The square from Mars to the Moon points to significant anger and impatience directed at the inaugural13administration over various issues, such as that encountered when healthcare.gov initially misfired or from India in the past few days.  The opposition from Saturn to the Inaugural Moon points to limits and frustrations imposed on the administration in its attempts to fulfill the needs of the people, currently manifesting in the cuts in food stamps and the refusal to renew unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. With Saturn at present opposed to the Inaugural Moon, the latter issue is very much in play this Christmas Season.

Saturn is now in orb of its square to Inaugural Mars, peaking on December 30, and limiting the administration’s options for action. This is likely to become increasingly relevant with the multitude of disruptive planetary configurations over the next 12 days. The first of these is the potentially violent and very agitating Mars/Uranus opposition on December 24 and December 25, further triggered by the Moon on Christmas Day. In addition, the Sun will be semisquare to Saturn on December 25, thereby also activating the difficult Saturn aspect to the Inaugural Moon and Mars. It seems likely from this combination that we will see at least one destructive or brutal incident (Mars/Uranus) that is very upsetting to the administration (Sun activating Saturn/Moon/Mars) during the holiday.

The next period to watch covers from December 28 through January 3, during which Mercury will square Uranus and conjunct Pluto, the Sun will square Uranus and conjunct Pluto, Mars will square Pluto, and, finally, the Sun will square Mars. This is a huge translation of the ongoing, highly volatile Uranus/Pluto square and could dangerously inflame any one of a number of high-tension situations currently simmering throughout the world in the days just before the New Year. It should also be noted that Uranus is at present in a long conjunction with Russia’s Mars (8Aries49) through early January, and these transits may imply an increase in aggression – economic, military, or domestically repressive – from the Putin government during this time.

One big question in light of these disruptive and somewhat unexpected events will be how the US responds. Initially, Saturn will be quincunx the US Mars (21Gemini23), from January 1 through January 13, suggesting caution and restraint. But on January 15, Jupiter will move into a one-degree orb of the US Sun (13Cancer19) through January 22, indicating a declaration of US power and possibly the intent to use it assertively. USchart

The Jupiter conjunction to the US Sun, from January 15 through January 22, will come during the first Pluto quincunx to Obama’s Sun (12Leo33) from January 9 through February 8, implying that the president will be struggling with how far to push in the exercise of his executive power and is in some kind of confrontation over this issue.  Moreover, the nearly four-month transit of Pluto opposite the US Sun will begin on February 1, implying the country will be involved in a very high-stakes confrontation, domestic and/or foreign, that may well evolve out of the above mentioned series of events indicated in late December and January. We will know more as the situation unfolds.

229 comments

  1. starlight says:

    US aircraft attacked in South Sudan:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/world/africa/south-sudan.html?hp&_r=0

    United States aircraft flying into a heavily contested region of South Sudan to evacuate American citizens were attacked on Saturday and forced to turn back without completing the mission, American officials said. Four service members were wounded, one seriously.

    Saturn opposite Inaugural Moon and square to Mars. The transiting Moon is square to transiting Saturn today, activating the whole configuration.

  2. SarahG says:

    Oiy!
    Thanks Starlight for a more closeup look at these transits and their potential implications. I think we all need to meditate during this week and get quiet inside, be an attentive observer rather than in reaction mode. Of course that’s a big order considering these transits.
    And Venus going retrograde too….
    I wonder if the U.S. retrograde progressed Mars is part of this unfolding equation? And if so, what does that portend about our own agression in response to whatever is going on?

  3. SarahG says:

    In thinking about this some more one scenario that comes to mind is that one of our allies makes an unconsidered move and we have to decide whether we can/should assist. Hence the caution at first. Our response could change the dynamic of that relationship considerably.

  4. Lorrie U says:

    A must read!! Pres. Obama’s speech is amazing…

    Deft Diplomacy: How a Little-Known Document May Have Just Prevented an African Genocide

    As multiple media outlets this week have bashed President Barack Obama for having a difficult year, he very well may have just had one of the greatest triumphs of his presidency.

    And, not surprisingly, nobody in the media is talking about it.
    (…)
    While the American media last week chose to ridicule our President for taking a picture with other world leaders, he very well may have helped to prevent an African genocide a mere hours beforehand. All this was accomplished with no political gamesmanship, no flashy press releases or conferences, and no public acknowledgement of what he and his administration had just done. He just did it, simply because it was the right thing to do to ensure peace among the Central African people.

    Somewhere up there, Nelson Mandela is smiling on a job well done.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/21/deft-diplomacy-little-known-document-prevented-african-genocide.html

  5. Gypsi says:

    Bill Moyers: The End of Democracy. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/19/1263894/-Bill-Moyers-The-End-of-Democracy

    Great article Nancy. I feel particularly at a crossroads right now, my Sun is at 19Taurus43, Natal nodes at 11 aries/libra…

    Great article, glad you are still here and writing

  6. Jerry says:

    An excellent analysis on the third and final Jupiter-Pluto opposition on April 20th (Moon conjunct Pluto opposite Jupiter) and its repercussions in world affairs……

    Jupiter Pluto Opposition April 2014: The Cardinal Grand Cross
    by Shane Ward

    The third and final Jupiter Pluto Opposition occurs on 20th April 2014 but it applies about a week earlier as a feature in a cardinal grand cross that will be seen in future generations as a defining moment in the world history. Pluto is anchored to the root of all national charts with a 1st January nativity, indicating that the event of the grand cross will have a profound and long term impact on the forward evolution of the people influenced by the movements of planets in this solar system. Growth is always a painful event and I expect this episode to be more painful than usual because of the potential long term benefits of getting it right.

    Continued……

    http://shaneward22.blogspot.in/2013/11/jupiter-pluto-opposition-april-2014.html

  7. will says:

    Oy vey, Nancy. Such tsuris. My keppy is draying already. Grief, Charlie Brown!

    Well, we’re all in this together. Thank goodness for a dollop of holidaze diversions.

    Better days ahead………..eventually.

    On a personal note, the last 30 or so hours have been extremely volatile, upsetting and difficult for me. I have experienced very intensely unpleasant emotions – a lot of anger, resentment and free-floating frustration. I’ve been shocked at the level of my outrage and impatience.

    Something is clearly getting heated-up.

  8. Jerry says:

    Hi Will,

    I find E. Tolle’s approach….. connecting with the ‘source’ or the ‘inner body’ invaluable whenever I find myself caught up in the maelstrom of chaotic, out of control thoughts and emotions.

    Here’s the URL link to:

    Our Pathway to the Truth
    The Inner Body by Eckhart Tolle

    If you feel disinclined to read the entire article, just scroll down to the section that reads:

    FINDING YOUR INVISIBLE AND INDESTRUCTIBLE REALITY

    http://theawakenedstate.tumblr.com/post/41545682074/the-inner-body-by-eckhart-tolle

  9. will says:

    Hi Jerry,

    Good stuff from E. Tolle. Many thanks. I think I know why I was feeling such intense turbulence in my heart, mind and body; it was probably due to the sun’s ingress into 0-degrees Capricorn on the Winter Solstice yesterday – an exact square to my 0-Aries sun. Today is much better – but Friday and Saturday I was ready to bite heads off.

    Thank you and all the best to you, Jerry.

  10. will says:

    Jerry,

    PS – I also had the Winter Solstice exactly trine my 0-degree Mars in Taurus and close to trine my 1-degree Venus in Taurus. Lots of crazy, intense pushing and pulling.

    Cheers.

  11. Kdez says:

    Yesterday WAS rough, yes? I kept hurting myself – twisting my ankle, jamming my fingers, bumping into furniture. So clumsy! Today I’m fine. Usually the winter solstice is a deeply quiet and serene pause – but not this year!

  12. starlight says:

    Remember that Obama has Jupiter and Saturn in his 12th house. A lot of what he accomplishes is hidden or secret while it is happening, and only comes out later.

    Mars opposite Uranus begins with an ice storm:

    http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/News/2013-12-21/article-3553396/UPDATE%3A-Ice-storm-creates-power-outages-in-U.S.,-southern-Ontario/1

  13. Gypsi says:

    yesterday I got through ok, but my feelings have been rough, I have Venus zero cancer. I showed up for the family dinner, but not early, and was one of the first to leave, no sense inflicting my irritation on anyone. I feel quite sad, been following the taiji cove too much, and elephants/ivory, local animal shelters, etc. Yes broadcasting via social media may help end bad stuff, but it does hurt to read..

    Venus has just gone retrograde at 28 Capricorn, cusp of my 2nd house, hoping that will improve my house economy but I’ll bet it has to do with Target’s problems.

  14. B.A. says:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could have a “meltdown” and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.

    Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work.

    “If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Manchin told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

    “It falls of its own weight, if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely.”

  15. Sharon Katz says:

    Tried to read the long Shane Ward article, Jerry. Very well written but, due to small letters and limited attention, I skipped much of it. It seems targeted at Britain but, of course, it will affect us globally. He seems to things might get worse than the 1930s Depression from 2014 on. Interested to hear if Starlight has any thoughts on this analysis.

  16. will says:

    B.A.,

    Manchin is a DIMO.

    When the ACA finally works out the bugs and starts to deliver, Manchin will be left to gargle his own diarrhea.

  17. Patty says:

    Thank you Nancy.
    When the Nov 20 Eclipse was hitting my natal Sun and Moon, several people here wisely said, “Don’t forget to breath deeply”…during these high-tension holidays this is such good advice, breath deeply!

    I came across something I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere: The coming “Four Blood Moons”. I stumbled across the ‘crazy’ John Hagee talking about it. What blew my mind was his mention of the 4BloodMoons that occurred in the year I was born 1948 (as I’ve mentioned, my chart is very similar to that of Israel-1948).

    Here’s Hagee video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrjjSOWQAeo
    He touches on it as the video begins…or you can skip to approx 21:00 for the full explanation.
    And another FOX News interview re: The Four Blood Moons: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2746895256001/is-the-cosmos-telling-us-the-end-is-near/
    Has anyone here come across this Israeli connection to The Four Blood Moon phenomenon?

  18. alex says:

    B.A.
    Senator Joe Manchin has been working for the other side criticizing (talking out of school) about Obamacare since day one, the media go to him to get quotes to make Obama look bad…

  19. ox the cat says:

    Patty that is interesting. I have not seen anything about four blood moons.

  20. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    A story of oligarchs, democracy, heroes, villains, politics, publicity, power…Pluto/Capricorn

    Some cultural themes never seem to change. A politically relevant movie in our day, made in 1941 by Frank Capra…Enjoy:
    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22meet+john+doe%22&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=A99E1A904A9A3E9E8E27A99E1A904A9A3E9E8E27

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meet_John_Doe

    Blessings all!

  21. Jerry says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Shane Ward primarily attributes the Jupiter Pluto opposition aspect to financial crisis of some kind or another. What surprised me is that he completely missed mentioning the Venus station conjunct Pluto in its opposition to Jupiter (a reinforcement of the notion that this indeed may be a financial crisis brewing).

  22. Jerry says:

    * the Venus station conjunct Pluto-Jupiter opposition – JAN 31, 2014.

  23. will says:

    Re: Joe Manchin – Democrat (DINO) of West Virginia:

    Check out his picture – he looks so inbred that he could be his own father.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Manchin

    C

  24. Virginia says:

    Will

    Um, just a thought regarding Manchin and gargling – UGH!
    You have a good command of language, perhaps you would consider less ‘colorful’ images in future. Please – I’m trying to scrub that one out of my imagination!

    Regarding the Winter Solstice, my Venus is at 0-degrees in Taurus and I’m a double Taurus. This could be a long winter!

  25. will says:

    Virginia,

    I write what I feel about people – Manchin evokes gross stuff from me. Color me coarse; I work blue.

    I hope the winter brings something good to your 0-degree Venus. I started feeling a decidedly riotous, raucous and agitated shift in my body-mind pretty much from about December 12 or so. I usually have a decent grip on my feelings and impulses – but I have been at uncharacteristically-loose ends for the past two weeks. Its like someone went in my psyche and ripped open all of these archaic wounds and is throwing salt, lime juice and Tobasco sauce on them. I have almost no patience and I feel like a peeled grape – like CNS over-load. I am better when I settle down and meditate – but not for long. Presently, I am deeply resentful of the brevity of my days – like tempus fugit on meth and steroids; the days seem to literally flying past me and I resent having to retire to my bed, turn on the C-PAK machine and sleep until morning for purposes of rest. Its not mania – just being pissed that I don’t seem to have enough time in the day.

    May Venus surprise your sun and your Venus with all of the wonders and delights of the Earth.

  26. alex says:

    Yesterday front page dailykos : Powell Memorandum –

    I have wondered since BuschCO 2000 ( uncle Prescott’s business base is in China and connected to US Chamber of Commerce )

    about the US Chamber of Commerce’s high profile with the political Bush Dynasty….

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2002/02/19/usat-prescott-bush.htm

    George W. Bush 1974 ambassador to China nominated by Nixon
    uncle Prescott Bush goes back to 1981 business (as far as I know) with China

    http://www.usccc.org/#!history/c11r5

    History

    Founded in 1993 in St. Louis by a group of Chinese and American businessmen led by Prescott S. Bush, Jr. and with initial funding from several major corporations and its Directors, the United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce has evolved and grown into a well recognized non-profit, bi-national membership organization with representation in major cities both in the U.S. and China.

    ….having read up on the Powell Memorandum 8/23/1971 now I know US Chanmber of Commerce’s historic inflection point with extreme right wing politics… Powell was nominated by Richard Nixon for SCOTUS two weeks after the Memorandum;

    Powell Memorandum (corporate lawyer 8/23/1971) “The Attack on American Enterprise System”

    continued

  27. alex says:

    continued – Powell Memorandum

    Powell wrote letter/memorandum to US Chamber of Commerce from Richmond Virginia (his law offices) 8/23/1971 ( have to delineate this chart) then the publication of the memorandum by Jack Anderson, nationally syndicated investigative journalist (1000 newspapers estimated 40 million readership), in his column “Washington Merry Go Round” 9/28-29/1972

    The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto)

    http://reclaimdemocracy.org/powell_memo_lewis/

    http://billmoyers.com/content/the-powell-memo-a-call-to-arms-for-corporations/

  28. alex says:

    Powell Manifesto 8/23/1971 Extreme Right Wing Inflection Point
    Noon Chart, Richmond Virginia

    First Impression:

    Out-of-Sign Mutable Grand Trine

    Pholus @01 Pisces
    trine
    Neptune @00 Sagittarius
    trine
    Sun @29 Leo

    Mutable Grand Cross

    Saturn @05 Gemini (fixed stars, Prima Hyadum, Sceptrum)

    http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Stars_in_longitude_order.htm

    square
    Mercury @05 Virgo
    square
    Neptune @00 Sagittarius
    square
    Pholus @01 Pisces

    Moon Nodes

    South Nodes (politics) @14 Leo
    cnj
    Juno @28 Leo
    cnj
    Venus @28 Leo
    cnj
    Sun @29 Leo
    cnj
    Mercury @05 Virgo

    opposite

    North Node @14 Aquarius
    cnj
    Mars @13 Aquarius

  29. alex says:

    continued, Powell Manifesto – legacy

    Right wing hands-off policy – public “you’re on your own” ideology

    Reagan’s hands-off attitude toward government oversight contributed to the deepening culture of corruption in our nation’s capital.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/158321/reagans-real-legacy

  30. Jerry says:

    Hi Will,

    Just a quick follow up regarding the “insane” energy we all experience from time to time. It can be summed up in one sentence; a quote I read on Facebook the other day:

    “There is something beautiful and magical in everything …
    you just have to look at it with the eyes of your heart.”

  31. alex says:

    Dichotomy: Community, Common Good, Comity – OR

    Extreme Right Wing:

    During the past few decades, it has become clear that those who wield corporate, political and financial power in the United States thrive on the misery of others (symbolic violence) ~ Henry A. Giroux

    What Americans are witnessing is a politics that celebrates a form of domestic terrorism, a kind of soft militarism and a hyper-masculine posturing in which communities are organized around resentment, racism and symbolic violence.

  32. angellight says:

    “Every Solstice brings “new light”. Every Age is a New Day. The Aquarian Cross is not the Piscean Cross of old depicted as a heavy weighted burden. The (Aquarina) Cross of Light is joyous in It’s outpouring and carries with it angelic powers and the strength and support of the Risen Christ – As or What He Is today – the Christ Who leads Humanity charged with Dynamic Courage, Love, Strength and Wisdom Teachings for a New Age.

    The idea of “sacrifice” now takes on new meaning. It is not the giving up of some cherished ideals or things that would cause pain, suffering or death. Rather, sacrifice is taken to mean giving. The living powers and qualities that pour through us when we give ourselves in Love, heal and make Whole, and make sacred the ways of the earth. The powers of “forgiveness” or “giving love” to all is the power of Universal Love, and all is made whole. The phrase ‘my yoke is easy and my burden is Light’ takes on new and higher meaning. When we are yoked or at-one with Christ, we have Christ power and the burden or cares of the world are no longer heavy. Indeed they are lightened because everything is lifted into higher vibratory levels and simplified. And we see with a lighted mind – the mind of Christ.”

  33. angellight says:

    “Listening to music is most important these days. The Sun’s activity has been accelerated with solar flares.

    Let us not be overstimulated and thus oversensitive.
    In the last three days we’ve had M flares from the Sun. They continue today. We can be sensitized, feel confusion, pain, upset. Let us know the Sun is helping to radiate Light to us this season as we prepare for the New Light of the World to manifest…love, Risa

    From: Risa’sEsotericAstrology Facebook, Page

  34. ox the cat says:

    Alex the Powell memo is interesting. I had never seen or heard about him before today.

  35. Camille says:

    Important world healing (short) video…One person can make All the difference…click on English:

    http://2012portal.blogspot.com

  36. SarahG says:

    Angellight,
    Interesting you should mention music and the sun flares. I’ve been listening almost non-stop to my Libana cd entitled Fire Within which I’ve found comforting and enriching this week. Have a listen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcyNNl_v16s

    This has actually been a breakthrough week for some important relationships in my life…surprising, healing, positive. I have to share just a piece of one story with you. I have a niece who is 19 and has been in a very dark place for a few years. She’s been mean spirited, defensive, anxiety prone, and all with an perplexing sense of entitlement. I hadn’t responded to this behavior but continued to love her as I always have. Anyway, I got an unexpected visit from her a few days ago. I was preparing dinner prior to her arrival and I just said to spirit…”…I want my niece back. I want a compassionate, whole person capable of a loving relationship”. She arrived and sat by me as I cooked and began expressing how she had recently had an epiphany about her attitude, her lack of feelings in general and compassion for others, her sense of entitlement and lack of joy…” She went on for quite some time about all this and I could barely believe I was receiving, almost verbatim, what I had asked spirit for! She had made it through this dark time and was emerging anew. BTW – natally she has chiron on her ascendent which is part of a grand cross. And lately she has had transiting Saturn squaring her Asc. and tr. Pluto squaring her Venus.

  37. fierywoman says:

    dear Sarah G — thanks for the Libana: ah! gorgeous! xoxo

  38. SarahG says:

    fierywoman…. :’)

  39. Helen says:

    Wondering why the TTP negotiations are being carried out in secret when the impact on Americans will be so comprehensive? Very good explanation of what TTP is about on RT:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPIsjH25GHo#t=227

  40. Helen says:

    Pardon: TPP

  41. alex says:

    ox the cat

    Powell was THE corporate lawyer for Big Tobacco… among other corporate clients; before he was nominated by Nixon for SCOTUS;
    I wonder how it is the Democrats let him be confirmed since he had nothing but corporate law experience to offer;

  42. SarahG says:

    I admit I haven’t been following the whole healthcare sign up issue ever since trying and failing to get anywhere with it in October. But I think the January 1 deadline for something as complicated as this, even if everything WAS working perfectly, is just adding stress upon stress considering December holiday stuff. And now they are pressuring people to complete it by the day before Christmas????? HUH???? I don’t know what they were thinking.

  43. will says:

    Sarah,

    We’re thinking along the same lines. There seems to be a death wish or at least some unbearably poor judgement with this administration. In astrological-ease we can blame it on Saturn, Neptune and Venus retrograde effects. Nonetheless, if they hold to this hair-brained one-day extension, the fault will not be in their stars. This has “Stupid” written all over it.

  44. SarahG says:

    Will…agreed. Hmmmm…. I wonder if “stupid” qualifies as a pre-existing condition?

  45. SarahG says:

    Does anyone know the exact time of the Mars/Uranus opposition on Christmas day? Uranus has a tendency of manifesting at the moment it is ‘struck’ by another transiting planet.

  46. will says:

    Sarah

    “Hmmmm…. I wonder if “stupid” qualifies as a pre-existing condition?”

    HA!!!

  47. Sharon Katz says:

    SarahG–great story about your niece!

  48. SarahG says:

    Sharon Katz – Thank you. I’m so full with gratitude. There is no greater gift. It also reminds me to hold onto faith in and respect for our own and the other’s process toward spiritual growth. Patience, love, faith and looking through the superficial ego stuff to the spirit within.

  49. alex says:

    Public Pedagogy – Spectacle (mass media) & Broadcasting

    EXCERPTS

    The Truman Show by Ray Grasse

    In this ingenious 1998 film, directed by Peter Weir and scripted by Andrew Niccol, the lead character, Truman Burbank, is depicted as the star (or victim) of a mass media show that he doesn’t realize he’s part of.

    As a result, every move Truman makes is carefully captured by a constellation of TV cameras and broadcast to a worldwide audience who follows his daily life as though it were a soap opera.

    Over the course of the film, he gradually awakens to the nature of his predicament and struggles to break out of this media-saturated virtual realm, to forge his own life, free from the domination of the God-like powers manipulating his world.

    Further underscoring this symbolism is the fact that the God-like “creator” controlling Truman’s world is called “Christof” while Christof’s boss is named Moses.

  50. Gypsi says:

    Thank you for sharing about your niece Sarah G. I have no opinion on the ACA – I will not pay a fine, so I’m, ahem, covered so to speak…

  51. Squallo says:

    Escalation on the border || Israel strikes Gaza after Defense Ministry employee killed in border shooting

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.565158

    Just in time for the holidays.

  52. starlight says:

    Sarah – The exact Mars/Uranus opposition is around 3 AM EST, on Christmas Day. The Moon will conjunct Mars later in the day, in the afternoon around 5 or 6, with the opposition still in effect but waning.

  53. starlight says:

    Besides on the Gaza border (thank you, Squallo), fighting is continuing to erupt in South Sudan.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25509910

  54. Aglo says:

    ArtCulturePeace

    Thank you for posting “Meet John Doe”it is the first time I have seen the movie.

    May the John Does of this Country and the World unite!!

    Blessings to all.

  55. Sharon Katz says:

    @ SarahG—it’s not an easy thing to let someone just be, and to accept them as they are, having the faith that they are growing at their own rate, on their own timetable :-) I think we would be much happier and less stressed if we did just that. (This doesn’t we have to take or condone abuse or violence.)

  56. Squallo says:

    Indeed High tensions start to appear

    Seoul: Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making “wide-ranging, extensive” efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think tank said today, in line with Pyongyang’s vows to strengthen its weapons programme.

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/images-show-north-korea-efforts-to-restart-nuclear-complex_899058.html

  57. alex says:

    Counting Blessings: ( it is no longer a pre-existing condition to be female, the insurance companies can no longer deny coverage in the middle of an illness crisis, nor are their lifetime caps on coverage which had been standard practice inflicted on many parents of children with chronic conditions – but there’s more !

    Excerpt

    The Kaiser Family Foundation reported a couple of years ago, for example, that between 2001 and 2011, average premiums for family coverage increased 113 percent. Not only did premiums increase steadily in the years before the law was passed, but employers also shifted more of the cost of the premiums to their workers and increased deductibles every year.

    The average annual increase for employer-sponsored family coverage last year was just four percent, the foundation said, much lower than the average increase in the decade before ACA became law.

    “We are in a prolonged period of moderation in premiums, which should create some breathing room for the private sector to try to reduce costs without cutting back benefits for workers,” Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman said in August when his organization released the most recent health insurance numbers.

    Chances are you missed that news. Here are some other numbers you might also have missed:

    An estimated 3.1 million young adults have been added to the insurance rolls since the provision of the law allowing young people to stay on their parent’s policy until age 26 went into effect in 2010.

    Policyholders received $1.2 billion in rebates in 2011 and $2.1 billion in 2012 as a result of a provision in the law that requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of our premium dollars on actual medical care, rather than overhead. If they don’t, they have to issue rebate checks.

    Medicare beneficiaries have saved an estimated $7 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the provision of the law that closes the gap — known as the “doughnut hole” — in the Medicare Part D drug program. That number will increase substantially in years to come as the doughnut hole closes a bit more. It will be closed completely in 2020.

    More than 25.4 million people covered by the original Medicare program received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during just the first eleven months of 2013, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, people in the original Medicare program had to pay for preventive services. As a consequence, many did not get the care they needed.

    Millions of Americans who have not been able to afford coverage will finally have it in just a few days. Although signup for health coverage was slow during October and much of November because of problems associated with the federally operated health insurance market place (www.Healthcare.gov), enrollment has surged since most of the problems were fixed.

    By the end of November, an estimated 1.2 million people had enrolled in new health plans. The numbers increased dramatically this month as the Dec. 23 deadline for signing up for coverage approached. In California, for example, 53,510 enrolled in coverage during the first three days of last week, including 20,000 in one day. And President Obama said Friday that another 1 million had signed up for coverage nationwide during the first three weeks of December.

    Many of the newly insured have not been able to purchase insurance at any price in the past because insurers refused to sell coverage to millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. Insurers can no longer do that, nor can they charge people more than others simply because of a current or previous illness.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendell-potter/obamacare-whats-in-it-for_b_4493440.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

  58. Lorrie U says:

    And every day we hope for
    What we still can’t see

    It’s up to us to be the change
    And even though we all can still do more
    There’s so much to be thankful for

    Even with our differences
    There is a place we’re all connected
    Each of us can find each others love

    So for tonight we pray for
    What we know can be
    And on this day we hope for
    What we still can’t see

    It’s up to us to be the change
    And even though this world needs so much more
    There’s so much to be thankful for

  59. Lorrie U says:

    Let’s try this again, computer jumped in the middle of my above post…

    This is so beautiful and expresses my feelings at this time of mixed hope and despair. May all be blessed with a peaceful holiday filled with joyful memories!

    Josh Groban – Thankful Lyrics
    http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=DWD6L7NX

    Some days we forget to look around us
    Some days we can’t see the joy that surrounds us
    So caught up inside ourselves
    We take when we should give

    So for tonight we pray for
    What we know can be
    And on this day we hope for
    What we still can’t see

    It’s up to us to be the change
    And even though we all can still do more
    There’s so much to be thankful for

    Look beyond ourselves, there’s so much sorrow
    It’s way too late to say, I’ll cry tomorrow
    Each of us must find our truth
    We’re so long overdue

    So for tonight we pray for
    What we know can be
    And every day we hope for
    What we still can’t see

    It’s up to us to be the change
    And even though we all can still do more
    There’s so much to be thankful for

    Even with our differences
    There is a place we’re all connected
    Each of us can find each others love

    So for tonight we pray for
    What we know can be
    And on this day we hope for
    What we still can’t see

    It’s up to us to be the change
    And even though this world needs so much more
    There’s so much to be thankful for

  60. Lorrie U says:

    Obama’s New DOJ Voting Rights Advocate has Texas and North Carolina In Her Crosshairs

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/24/meet-dojs-advocate-voting-rights.html

  61. alex says:

    Venus Retro Charts – JUNO

    12/21/2013 Venus retrograde @28 Capricorn

    the chart marks peak time in mundane charts when patterns of abuse, network/foundations of abuse for bad conditions of American population are visible:

    12/21/2013 Juno @25 Aquarius (USA Moon 25-27 AQ 7/4/1776)
    12/21/2013 Nessus @25 Aquarius (underlying causes network of abuse)

    3/4/2014
    Venus goes station direct @28 Capricorn
    JUNO @00 Aries

    I’d suggest that this Juno @00 Aries on 3/4/2014 will be attitude reset time for public healthcare, sign up deadline is 3/31/2014, public should have better understanding of Obamacare consumer protections, and it’s benefits; it might also be time when the draw down of US troops in Afghanistan becomes current issue;

  62. SarahG says:

    Thank you Starlight. I guess most of us will sleep through the initial trigger. Or at least lets hope we aren’t jolted from slumber by some big event!

  63. SarahG says:

    Sharon Katz – no not easy…practice practice. But I think if we learn how to create that loving space for ourselves and our own growth it is inevitable that it becomes easier to provide that for others.

  64. alex says:

    Excerpt Email: from Alison Lundergan Grimes’ (D. KY) U.S. Senate campaign regarding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) and the debt ceiling

    http://action.alisonforkentucky.com/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=8848

    Last fall Mitch McConnell’s selfish political agenda caused a government shutdown that cost our economy $24 billion.

    Most people would stop after digging a hole like that. But not Senator Gridlock. My opponent just recently announced that he isn’t going to allow the government to pay its bills going forward unless he is able to start implementing his rigid ideological agenda – one that includes drastic cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

    He is threatening to do serious damage to the US economy to score political points with the Tea Party.

    The fact that this type of behavior has become typical of how my opponent operates in the Senate doesn’t make it any less irresponsible.

    If we default on our obligations, we’ll usher in a new financial crisis that will cost countless jobs and effectively level a tax hike on every single American.

    Tell Congress: don’t play politics with the full faith and credit of the United States. Our government must pay its bills.

  65. alex says:

    Gov. Brian Schweitzer D-MT
    Natal Chart

    http://astrovips.org/astro/en/person/35670/3.html

  66. Sharon Katz says:

    Thanks, Sarah G…a very beautiful concept with which to start a new year.

  67. SarahG says:

    Tonight as I lay me down to sleep:
    RECENT TOP NEWS From Reuters –
    http://www.reuters.com/news

    Turkey vows no cover-up despite purge of graft investigators
    4:47pm EST
    Egypt arrests Mursi’s ex-prime minister on his way to Sudan
    3:34pm EST
    Amid Nepal’s chaos, royalists spy chance for a comeback
    4:05pm EST
    The painful path to Obamacare deadline
    1:56pm EST

    U.N. sends more peacekeepers to South Sudan as violence spreads
    JUBA/UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan in an effort to protect civilians as reports of mass graves fueled fears of a worsening of ethnic bloodletting in the world’s newest state.

    Analysis: In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

    Politics, Tech, Media, Japan 1:42pm EST
    Israeli civilian, Palestinian girl killed in Gaza flare-up
    GAZA – A Gaza sniper shot dead an Israeli civilian over the border on Tuesday and Israel hit back with air strikes on two Hamas training camps which hospital officials said killed a Palestinian girl near one of the targets.

    1:52pm EST
    U.S. manufacturing, housing data buoy economic outlook
    WASHINGTON – Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods surged in November and a gauge of planned business spending on capital goods recorded its largest increase in nearly a year, pointing to sustained strength in the economy.

    12:04pm EST
    Suicide car bomb kills 15 at Egyptian police compound
    CAIRO – A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at a police compound in Egypt’s Nile Delta on Tuesday, killing 15 people, the interior ministry said, in one of the deadliest attacks since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi in July. | Video

    World, Egypt 11:48am EST
    Storms wreak havoc in Britain, France on Christmas Eve
    LONDON/PARIS – Hurricane-force winds and torrential rain disrupted transport networks and cut power supplies in Britain and France on Tuesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year just before Christmas, pushing the death toll to at least six people. | Video

  68. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha Dear Friends!

    Mele Kalikimaka! Merry Christmas!
    May this day find you each/everyone safely, happily enjoying memorable experiences of deep peace and congruency in spirit, for today and everyday.

    Blessings all! E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

  69. alex says:

    Natal Ayn Rand
    Cardinal Water Chart, Fire Singleton Element, Jupiter @24 Aries (galvanization point, polarization point)

    http://famous-relationships.topsynergy.com/Ayn_Rand/AstroData.asp

    Birthday: February 2, 1905

    Time of birth: 15:30

    Place of birth: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

  70. alex says:

    FYI: Minute Physics

    Relativity and Magnets

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TKSfAkWWN0

    How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work

  71. Gypsi says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! Pleased that this time when Saturn opposed my Sun issues were minor. (the first time, in 1984, was a lulu)

  72. alex says:

    THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:

    The Pursuit of Happines (natural right of) …. is under attack by GOP/TEAPARTY/LIBERTARIANS/NEOCONS … they want to rollback
    to pre-Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution to when ‘the natural rights’ as the then policial philosophy that emboidied the idea that government’s main task was to protect ‘The Natural Rights” which were known as the right to life, liberty and property.

    (John Locke, age of enlightenment, the right to life liberty and property)

    The ‘Natural Rights’ were re-assigned by the Declaration of Independence to be, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    The Natural Rights’ were incorporated the political philosophy throught the United States Declaration of Independence into the body of American case law on a level with the United States Constitution.

    John Locke FRS (29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704) one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers.

    His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy i.e. Natural rights, life, liberty and property.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vKGU3aEGss

    History Crash Course – The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening (also known as ‘The First World War’)

    (then end of the ‘Seven Years War’ set the re-assignment of world territories including the American colonies, with new political policies, and consolidated economic powers set forth in the “Treaty of Paris 1763″ which set up the American Revolution)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

    EXCERPT wiki ‘Natural and Legal Rights’

    Natural and legal rights are two types of rights: legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system, while natural rights are those not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable.

    The theory of natural law is closely related to the theory of natural rights. During the Age of Enlightenment, natural law theory challenged the divine right of kings, and became an alternative justification for the establishment of a social contract, positive law, and government — and thus legal rights — in the form of ‘classical republicianism’.

  73. starlight says:

    To summarize part one of this multiple agitation of the Uranus/Pluto square: Egypt is erupting from multiple, lethal attacks and has labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization; South Sudan is erupting in new violence and the potential for a new civil war; and Israel has attacked Gaza for the first time since November 2012. I may have left something out, but that is what I can come up with. The next period is from 12/28 to 1/1/14.

  74. angellight says:

    Today starts the 12 Holy Days of Christmas! Light a votive or tealight candle to stregthen the Christ light & love in you and within the world.

  75. angellight says:

    For the 12 Holy Days, one should light a votive or tealight each day for 12 days.

  76. angellight says:

    Thank you Lorrie U, for the beautiful poem and the reminder that there is so much to be thankful for.

  77. angellight says:

    SarahG, thank you for sharing your beautiful & heartwarming experience. Continued blesses for you and your neice.

  78. angellight says:

    “Men may scorn the idea that there is an influx of spiritual Life and Light at this time of the year, nevertheless the fact remains whether we believe it or not. Every one in the whole world at this time feels lighter, feels different, feels as if a load were lifted off his shoulders. The spirit of peace on earth and good will towards man prevails; the spirit that WE ALSO WOULD GIVE something expresses itself in Christmas gifts. This spirit is not to be denied, as is apparent to anyone who is at all observant; and this is a reflex of the great divine wave of giving. God so loved the world that He gave His only or alone begotten Son. Christmas is the time of the giving!”

    Now the 12 HolyDays begin — light a Candle for the next 12 days & re-dedicate yourself to the Christ life and light that you may be come a worthy vessel & to strengthen the Christ love & light within the world. A tealight candle is fine.

  79. angellight says:

    SarahG, listened to the Fire within me, very provacative piece of music as it reminds one of the fire or Divine Christ life/fire within in us.

  80. Lorrie U says:

    Thank you, angellight, for reminding us of the 12 Holy Days and candle lighting. Should it stay lit all day?

  81. alex says:

    http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Getman-Move-to-prevent-class-action-suits-is-a-5079432.php

    EXCERPT

    Class actions are the only practical way for ordinary Americans to challenge corporate wrongdoing, since corporate theft – up to many thousands of dollars per person – will rarely justify the expense of an individual lawsuit.

    Yet, it has become increasingly common for companies to write clauses in their contracts with consumers and employees that purport to forbid them making class action claims against the company. These clauses are often buried in the fine print of “take it or leave it contracts” such as those dealing with cell-phone service, banking, or job applications.

    This language, if enforced by the courts, has the effect of protecting corporate wrongdoing from any realistic legal redress by ordinary citizens.

    In 2011, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court upheld the use of class action waivers to prevent consumer class actions against corporate fraud. The decision was widely and justly criticized. Now a recent 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the Supreme Court’s consumer class action ruling to the rights of workers.

    This ruling threatens to take U.S. labor law back to pre-New Deal days of corporate dominion. The case, Fort Worth-based D.R. Horton Inc. v. The National Labor Relations Board, decided this month, allows companies to ban class actions by employees. Employee class actions typically are brought to address minimum wage and overtime violations, discrimination or theft of pensions.

    The 5th Circuit’s opinion subverted two federal laws that have been the backbone of national labor policy for over 75 years. These laws – the National Labor Relations Act and the Norris LaGuardia Act – were enacted specifically to ensure that workers had the right to engage in concerted activities for “mutual aid or protection.”

    These laws benefitted all workers, not just those in unions. They were based on widespread public recognition of the fact that unfettered free enterprise had led to an impoverished, overworked citizenry. It is generally agreed that these statutes have played a significant role in upgrading the economic status and dignity of American workers.

    In the D.R. Horton case, the National Labor Relations Board issued in 2012 a persuasive opinion reaffirming that class waivers in arbitration agreements violate workers’ rights under the law. The labor board’s position was firmly rooted in the language of the National Labor Relations Act and the Norris LaGuardia Act, which specifically declare the right of workers to act in concert.

  82. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Really appreciated the Natural Rights info, as well as the move to prevent class action suits post. They really are making us have to keep on our toes in order to survive, aren’t they? Thanks for keeping us on our toes!

  83. SarahG says:

    Angellight, so glad you enjoyed the Fire Within music and thank you for your blessings. I must say, considering the characteristics of the current astrological transits, this whole month, and particularly this week, have been very peaceful, quiet and warm with good cheer. And these transits are definitely in a challenging aspect in my chart so not sure what to make of it although perhaps the healing events that have been happening in my life, also not high drama, have deflated the tensions. Not sure what to make of it but I feel a great deal of contentment. Of course the week is not over yet….

  84. alex says:

    Lorrie – you’re right!

    class action continued:

    US 5TH Circuit Court of Appeals, New Lorleans LA – D.R. Horton Vs. The National Labor Relations Board

    12/4/2013 finding

    SCOTUS ATT Mobility vs. Concepcion
    finding 4/27/2011

    Scotus, Cyllarus @02 Cancer (security restored after an incident – transneptune astrology) (USA Venus @02 Cancer, old money)

    165 degrees, QD quindecile
    (burning point of focus, place of extreme concern, point of obsessive mania)

    Scotus Hylonome @17 Sagittarius (sense of self worth)

    Threatens to take U.S. labor law back to pre-New Deal days of corporate dominion

    Scotus N. Node @24 Sagittarius
    conjunct
    5TH Circuit Appeals, Hylonome @24 Sagittarius

    http://www.zanestein.com/hylonome_cyllarus.htm

    EXCERPT

    EXCERPT
    Mark Andrew Holmes writes: hylonome, self-opinion of unworthiness
    Phil Sedgewick writes: “Sense of value, self worth

    EXCERPT
    Mark Andrew Holmes writes: Cyllarus, assert one’s needs, having motive, method and opportunity

  85. alex says:

    Excerpt Email , Food Democracy for America

    5 years ago this month, we launched Food Democracy Now! because we recognized there were serious problems with our food and we needed to stand up to protect family farmers, the land and our food for future generations.

    In the past 5 years, with your help, Food Democracy Now! members have taken more than 5 million actions and grown to a community of more than 650,000.

    When we started, no one thought it was possible to take on Monsanto, but we knew if we stood up, others would too. Because of you and your commitment, we’ve got Monsanto on the run!

    Thank you for being a part of this amazing journey

  86. Noelle says:

    SarahG, I, too found the energy to be very loving. Our family is large. Not everyone was there last night but we had 30 seated at tables and 2 infants and two toddlers. The energy was more loving than I ever remember. It was exceptional. I’m not an asrologer but something good is going on, I believe.

  87. Sharon Katz says:

    Have had similar experiences with Saturn both opposing and conjuncting my sun, Gypsi…I think it may have something to do with our ability to embrace responsibilities as we “mature.” Glad to hear that your Saturn opposition sun transit did not stress you (very much).

  88. alex says:

    New Years Day Capricorn New Moon : Posted at Planet Waves

    That’s a lot of energy — and a lot of potential to feel overwhelmed or like life is rumbling by at an astonishing, incomprehensible pace. As Eric wrote a few weeks ago, “Pay attention and you will find your opening. Don’t judge your role — just live it out.”

  89. B.A. says:

    Obamacare mandates you buy this…

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/12/high-deductable-health-plans-are-still-too-expensive-for-many-uninsured.html

    “I don’t smoke, I’m relatively healthy, so I was pretty insulted when I saw this [price],” she says. “I was extremely angry actually. I felt hoodwinked by the insurance companies: ‘Oh here’s this wonderful insurance plan but by the way you need to come up with $6,000 out-of-pocket first before we pay for anything.'”

    That reaction is typical, says Caroline Pearson, an analyst and expert on the new health insurance marketplaces for the consulting firm Avalere Health.

    “A lot of people aren’t ever going to get out of that deductible,” says Pearson. “Only if you have a catastrophic health event or you’re really chronically ill will you ever hit your out-of-pocket cap. People are left, I think, feeling like ‘I spent a lot of money this year on premium and I didn’t get any meaningful coverage from my insurance.'”

    ———–
    Nevertheless, Pearson points out that the plans sold on the exchange are not as generous as employer-sponsored insurance. The plans have a range of deductibles, depending on which level — bronze, silver, gold or platinum – the consumer picks.

    “We think most people are going to be enrolled either in silver or bronze plans, which will cover 60 to 70 percent of a person’s health care costs, and a typical employer plan covers 80,” Peason says. “So when the law was passed, by definition we knew these plans would be less generous than employer coverage. And that has definitely played out.”

  90. B.A. says:

    In 2009 and 2010, Obama, Pelosi and their fellow Democrats sold Obamacare as a kind of miracle. It would give health insurance to 30 million previously uncovered people and cut the federal deficit by more than a trillion dollars at the same time. And the only taxes needed to pay for it all would fall on the very wealthy. It seemed impossible, but that’s what they claimed.

    Now, millions of middle-income Americans who probably felt safe from Obamacare’s taxes are learning that they will pay for the program after all, in the form of higher premiums. Democrats constructed a system in which insurance companies would be forced to cover more people and then spread the cost around among those who had coverage all along, meaning many middle-income Americans will have to pay more for what they already had. Taxpayer-paid subsidies would go to lower-income Americans.

    “The Affordable Care Act was not designed to reduce costs or, the law’s name notwithstanding, to make health insurance coverage affordable for the vast majority of Americans,” health care consultant Kip Piper told USA Today. “The law uses taxpayer dollars to lower costs for the low-income uninsured but it also increases costs overall and shifts costs within the marketplace.”

    It was a clever strategy, allowing Democrats to sell their bill as a deficit cutter that wouldn’t raise taxes on the vast majority of Americans. But the public had to find out eventually. “ACA taxes were imposed only on high-income people,” the conservative writer David Frum noted recently in a series of tweets. “But large costs fall on the middle class, too, in the hidden, kludgy form of rate hikes. ‘Obamacare is deficit neutral’ wasn’t technically a lie, but it was highly misleading. The middle class will pay and is paying.”

    Did most Americans understand that when Obamacare was passed and signed into law? Unlikely. But 2014 will be the year they find out.

    And they are unlikely to be kind to the people who sold them that bill of goods. Democrats can comfort themselves by noting that the public disapproves of Republicans, too. But if Obamacare is a major political issue in November 2014 — and indications are that it will be — then Democrats will be the party that pays. And all their optimism of 2013 will seem like it was a long, long time ago.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-will-pay-political-price-for-obamacare-in-2014/article/2541228

  91. alex says:

    Carbon is Kind:

    #1 Biology Crash Course…. and thus begins the most revolutionary biology course in history. Come and learn about covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. What about electron orbitals, the octet rule, and what does it all have to do with a mad man name Gilbert Lewis?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnQe0xW_JY4

    That’s Why Carbon Is A Tramp: Crash Course Biology #1

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_N._Lewis

    DOB October 23, 1875, Weymouth, Massachusetts

  92. alex says:

    B.A. the examiner is a very extreme conservative right wing newspaper… and front page dailykos….. red states are already where people are the sickest…. and since red states won’t expand medicaid ….. which will compound the downward trajectory you could say that the red states are conducting genocide of the poor;

  93. alex says:

    continued Medicaid expansion:

    Red States and the future of the Medicaid Expansion

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_12/red_states_and_the_future_of_t048324.php

    EXCERPT

    There is something qualitatively different about today’s Republicans. Measurements show that this is the most conservative the Republican Party has ever been, and there is a note of commitment in the way they demand cuts to food stamps or unemployment benefits. They do seem to really believe in the poor kicking agenda, in a way that might last into another Republican administration.

    Historically, if there’s one thing that has consistently challenged poor-kicking for the top of the Republican agenda, it’s directing subsidies to the top of the income ladder.

    So overall, if I had to guess, I’d say that the Medicaid expansion will eventually go through in red states, in some form or another—but probably mediated by as many layers of private-sector grifting as Republicans can possibly dream up. Come 2017, we may find this out first-hand.

    What Americans are witnessing is politics that celebrates resentment and racism and those who wield corporate, political and financial power in the United States that thrive on the misery of others (symbolic violence) ~ Henry A. Giroux

  94. alex says:

    B.A.

    America Joins the Developed World, Thanks to Obamacare

    EXCERPT

    In 19 countries, 100 percent of the population is covered via public insurance. In 11 more, more than 95 percent are covered the same way. So all but four countries basically provide universal or near-universal public coverage. In Turkey, Mexico, and Chile, between 70 and 80 percent are covered—also publicly.

    In the United States, that number is 26.4 percent. That’s the seniors, the veterans, and the very poor who get direct public health care. We then add 54.9 percent who get private coverage.

    No other country even bothers with private coverage at all, except Germany a little bit (10.8 percent). Our two numbers add up to 81.3 percent, ranking us 31st out of the 34. The rest of the advanced world, in other words, with not all that much fuss and contention, has come around to the idea that health coverage is a right.

    As I think back over 2013, in my sunnier moments, I try to think of it as the year that future historians will point to as the time when the United States finally and grudgingly started joining this world consensus.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/26/america-joins-the-developed-world-thanks-to-obamacare.html

  95. B.A. says:

    A swing of 13 points since October:

    A new poll shows Republicans have increased their edge in the race for control of Congress, overturning an eight-point lead Democrats held two months ago in a generic ballot.

    A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday finds the GOP leading Democrats by 49 percent to 44 percent among registered voters asked to pick between unnamed candidates from each party in their district.

    The poll, which found Republicans with a two-point edge last month, marks a continued shift in the generic ballot following the flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act sign-up website, and controversy surrounding insurance plans canceled to comply with the new law.

    In October, Democrats led Republicans by 50 percent to 42 percent — an advantage that followed the government shutdown and fight over the debt ceiling and reflected the Republicans’ damaged brand nationwide. In November, the GOP picked up some steam in the generic ballot, edging Democrats by 49 percent to 47 percent over a month into the implementation of the health care law.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/12/26/poll_republicans_widen_lead_in_generic_ballot.html#ixzz2ogFfiCNY

  96. B.A. says:

    It’s pretty obvious when you force folks to buy a product hat costs more and covers less, that they are not going to like it… And will vote against it when they figure it out.

    This was pure stupidity on the part of he deems.

    The danger here is a rep majority then kills or cripples soc sec and Medicare.

  97. alex says:

    realclearpolitics is another right wing ‘thingy’

    repeating right wing media seems to have the effect/creates self defeating loop

  98. virgo says:

    B.A.
    You did say you are currently on Medicare. Did you know that the repeal of Obamacare would cost you by eliminating the doughnut hole for prescription drug coverage. “ObamaCare closes the “donut hole” that was causing seniors not to be able to afford their prescriptions. (The Medicare “donut hole” is the Part D drug coverage limit where seniors must start paying out of pocket for their prescriptions.) In 2012, seniors got a 50 percent discount when buying brand name drugs and 14 percent discount on generic drugs covered by Medicare Part D. This reform gets stronger every year, increasing coverage and closing the doughnut hole until it disappears in 2020. From that point on, seniors will only pay usual drug co-pays.”
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/report/2010/07/30/8140/the-affordable-care-acts-repeal-would-leave-the-doughnut-hole-open/
    http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-medicare.php

  99. Asta says:

    My son currently is unemployed and has a COBRA policy with a very high monthly premium and a ridiculous deductible. He went to check to see if he could do better with Obamacare. The monthly premium is about the same except the yearly deductible is a $1000.00 MORE per year than his COBRA. He’ll stay with COBRA until it runs about before signing to Obamacare or hopefully he’ll be employed with company sponsored group healthcare plan. So, um yea, if you are relatively young, you are merely paying for catastrophic coverage.

  100. alex says:

    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/20872-what-america-would-look-like-if-libertarians-got-their-way

    If Libertarians Got Their Way

    EXCERPT

    What if you cut all benefits?

    You’ve heard it from Sen. Rand Paul and other conservatives this winter: unemployment benefits increase unemployment. It’s an enormously destructive idea, though absurd on its face. It’s like the argument that hospitals create sick people; after all, there are so many of them there.

    We usually consider such thinking “primitive” in modern societies.

    Yet that’s exactly what libertarian/conservatives are arguing when they say that unemployment benefits increased or extend unemployment. There is no credible evidence to suggest that this is true. There is overwhelming evidence suggesting that unemployment is caused by other factors, including poor consumer demand and lack of business confidence.

    Right now there are nearly three job seekers for every job opening. That means there are no jobs available for two out of the three. They will not “go out and find work” once their unemployment benefits stop. They will simply plunge into deeper economic misery. They will become like accident victims who are denied hospital care because it would “foster an attitude of dependency.”

    But, as absurd and unkind as this thinking is, there’s something even more frightening about it: This kind of thinking never ends. If you believe that unemployment benefits cause unemployment, you’ll cut those benefits off. That could throw millions of people onto the welfare rolls. But if you believe that welfare causes dependency, you’ll cut those benefits off, too.

  101. virgo says:

    Asta:
    Obamacare does not replace all of the advantages of some employer discounted insurance (and I emphasize the word, “some” because I, like many, don’t get much of a discount for the employer). If your son does not qualify for a subsidy under the law, of course he is better off with his Cobra. It is not true that youth only qualify for disaster insurance. Obamacare offers levels of coverage that the customer chooses.

    Would you like to repeal the law and go back to no coverage for preexisting conditions, no prescription drug coverage etc.? All of this was a negotiation with the insurance companies. Would you like single payer? Good luck getting it passed nationally because the Dems barely passed Obamacare. However, Obamacare is making single payor a reality in the state of Vermont. http://www.occupydemocrats.com/vermont-makes-promise-people-video/

  102. angellight says:

    Lorrie U: Yes, candle should stay lit all day; that is why I use the little white tea lights; The fisrt day was Aries, today is the day of Taurus.

  103. angellight says:

    SarahG, We are taught that each year at Christmas the Christ light gets stronger at this time of the year — is able to strengthen the link between Earth’s Soul & personality — until the Soul of earth will be compltely in control. As each of us respond to the Christ light we become lightbearers, as you probably know, helping earth to become like heaven.

  104. Clymela says:

    I wonder how long we will go until we decide on Medicare For All?
    Yes Medicare tax would increase-a lot- and we would have a period of confusion when we get everyone going and the enrollment figured out.
    What Obama has attempted is to cover those without coverage without causing the insurance companies any sense of loss. I don’t think that this is working out however I don’t know what is really happening-the RW noise machine is sooooo loud and constant.

  105. Lorrie U says:

    I’ll bet B.A. also follows Fox News…

    Bears repeating, the ACA/Obamacare is a law. It is not health insurance. It is the health care companies which decide what plans to offer. If you don’t like the high costs and the high deductibles, don’t blame the ACA, blame the insurance companies. As long as our health care system is based on treating sickness/illness instead of preventive/wellness, it will remain expensive. It is a for-profit business, not a we-care-for-you business!

  106. Clymela says:

    Finally caught u[ on reading the comments. WOW!! I love this group of thinkers even when I disagree.
    Best wishes to everyone. May the season of light fill us all with clear thinking and free feeling and health and prosperity. For those in the Mid-west and East may you be warm and safe-hmmm? Pluto in Capricorn demanding that we deal in the physical,down -to-earth reality??
    Love to all. I treasure my moments in your company.

  107. will says:

    I don’t think its out of order or unfair for someone to be upset about still-high or higher insurance rates when the entire raison d’etre of the Affordable Healthcare Act is to make healthcare affordable. Now its the Feds (the President and his Attorney General to go after and punish the insurance companies. There are big problems with this part of the ACA because ironically, penalties for non-compliance were readily laid out for individuals but not for the offending insurance companies. Lets not blame it on the policy-holder…they are the ones who are supposed to benefit from the ACA. Unfortunately, there are a lot of murky, ambiguous and rather gaping loopholes in the ACA that benefit the insurance companies. They have to be closed up.

  108. SarahG says:

    Noelle,
    Now THAT’S a gathering of the clan! Sounds lovely. I probably know more about astrology than you so am aware of my own chart and those of my loved ones. I haven’t looked beyond transits so there may be some significant progressed transits and other stuff going on that I’m not aware of. It seems to me that even my young niece is responding to the challenging transits in her chart in positive ways, gathering the courage to take steps toward changing old patterns and ways of interacting, etc. As a result the tensions of these transits may have been released by these bold steps of taking responsibility for creating the changes and cooperating with spirit’s urgings. That seems the highest use of challenging energies to me. Courageous, loving and healing. I know I’ve been working on my own stuff and it’s very encouraging to eventually begin to see the positive effects. :’)

  109. SarahG says:

    Angellight,
    I’m not sure I was taught that story, but do indeed feel a warm glow. Can’t say that was always true in my life at this time of year, but am definitely feeling it this year.

  110. virgo says:

    Dear Dr. Will: According to you, “There are a lot of murky, ambiguous and rather gaping loopholes in the ACA.” I wonder why Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post and MSNBC are reporting tonight that 5.75 million people have signed up for the ACA, as of today, either through private plans or Medicaid. That’s a big jump from the 1 million at the end of November and very close to the 7 million needed to keep rates as low as they are or lower. But never mind. You’re right… It’s so murky and ambiguous. What do I know?

  111. virgo says:

    Correction: 7 million was the goal to keep rates low or lower by the end of March.

  112. Francis says:

    please, please sign the petition and tell the Dem Senators who are pushing sanctions against Iran to back off and give our President’s diplomacy a chance.

    http://act.credoaction.com/sign/dont_sabotage_obama/%20and%20J%20Street%20http://jstreet.org/blog/post/j-street-strongly-opposes-introduction-of-senate-iran-sanctions-bill_1

  113. virgo says:

    Happy to do so.

  114. alex says:

    Culture and the art of persuasion:

    As long as the GOP/Tea/Libertarian/Neocon’s are exercising ‘artistic license’ in the ADVERTISING-world we shouldn’t forget to compare the 2003 lyrical designs of their ideological-parents Bush/Cheney/Rumfeld/Wolfowitz who gave the global culture their image-eering style and poetic efforts to persuade US(a) of the wonder of ‘shock & awe';

    but we must contemplate which right wing cabal has the best literary Haiku; then BushCo or now Boehner-McConnell et al?

    can the post Sandy Hook GOP surpass their own high mark of professing everyone having a gun will make us safer but everyone having health care will destroy u….

    doesn’t the language arts crowd for savaging Afforable Care Act 2014 designers have the harder task of sublime persuasion?

    You may want to sit down before reading this: Republicans aren’t being totally truthful about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the 2014 midterm elections approach, conservative groups are beginning to hit the airwaves with spots targeting vulnerable Democrats and their support for the health law — and the ads are playing fast and loose with the facts.

    Lying about Obamacare continues as campaign season begins

    EXCERPT

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/12/27/lying-about-obamacare-continues-as-campaign-season-begins/

    Americans for Prosperity, the tax-exempt conservative action group created by brothers Charles and David Koch, took out two ads against vulnerable Democrats: Rick Nolan of Minnesota’s 8th District and Ann Kuster of New Hampshire’s 2nd District.

    Both focus on the health-care law, and they are important to dissect because they are the first trickles of what is sure to be a torrent of anti-ACA advertising.

  115. alex says:

    oops, should read

    can the post Sandy Hook GOP surpass their own high mark of professing everyone having a gun will make us safer but everyone having health care will destroy us…..

  116. Gypsi says:

    Alas, the typical turnout at a Texas job fair are no applicants under age 47 and no interviewers older than 35. Unemployment insurance is keeping a lot of over 50 job seekers afloat, and there are no jobs except 7-11, greeters at walmart or fast food, no matter what their degrees are. I love being self employed right now, no I don’t make a lot, but I live a lot better than I could making minimum wage, and those jobs don’t offer health insurance anyway. Not to mention, I still couldn’t get a subsidy for ACA…

    Lots and lots of Texans coasting along on federal benefits, Mr Perry seems unaware in his wonderful jobcreating right to work state.

  117. will says:

    virgo,

    I’m thinking the “deadlines” recently imposed did plenty to motivate the surge in sign-ups. And there are goverment waivers and subsidized policies for impoverished and critically financially-challenged American. But its the elevated rates of most other American’s policies that seem to be souring the program for many. And then its crucial that the Millennials and gen Xers not only sign up but who are actually able to contribute to the premium pools.

    We can certainly be hopeful
    …but there are big adjustments needed before this law can do what it is supposed to do. Hopefully the President will exert his powers to bend the will of Big Insurance. Higher policy rates and higher co-pays are, prima facie, counter-intuitive to the very heart of this bistoric legislation.

    Please pardon all typos as this Smartphone has a will of its own.

  118. angellight says:

    SarahG: I have always noticed that people are happier/jollier more giving & loving during this time of the year; and sometimes we also feel loneliness & sadness. Here is a link regarding the energies during this time of the year – “Does the Sun & Son Bathe the Earth with Light at Christmas Time? http://www.mysticlivingtoday.com/view_page.php?ID=692

  119. angellight says:

    “Venus Retrograde, Humanity Turned Inward
    At winter solstice (December 21st), Venus (values, resources, relationships) entered a 41-day retrograde phase, along with two extra months of its pre & post shadow. Venus questions what we value, what has real worth, and the values we receive and offer in relationships. Venus is also money, finances and resources. In the U.S. chart Venus retrograde is on the U.S. Pluto, planet of transformation, complete change, bringing to light what’s hidden. If something’s wrong, Pluto makes it right. There are no compromises. Venus retrograde is a time of deep evaluation. Some of us may realize, with shock, how much we spent on the holidays! Venus retrograde begins a long four months of continued retrogrades. Humanity has turned inward.”

    http://www.nightlightnews.com

  120. virgo says:

    Will: *First, the individual mandate and prohibition against substandard policies has been suspended for one year for individuals who had policies that were cancelled, and these individuals can purchase nothing or comparable insurance. (http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/17243-cancelled-insurance-now-exempts-people-from-individual-mandate and http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/opinion/krugman-the-obamacare-shock.html?_r=0). *Next, many of these individuals will qualify for federal subsidies, even if they don’t qualify for Medicaid. This may partially account for the recent rise in enrollment. I believe the ratio of Medicaid enrollment to private plans was 4 to 2 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/27/wonkbook-this-quote-shows-why-obamacare-is-here-to-stay/?tid=pm_pop). *Health insurance rates have not increased. Health care insurance rates have slowed overall due to the recession, but individual employers may have reduced their contributions to employee insurance in order to increase their profits. This is not being examined but could be in the future. Additionally, Obamacare has contributed to the decrease in health insurance rates (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/healthcostreport_final_noembargo_v2.pdf and (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/29/opinion/krugman-obamacares-secret-success.html) * Finally, the decrease in popularity among millenials – I don’t believe this will stop their enrollment because even in the famous Harvard Poll, a high, relative percentage of students planned to enroll. Also, with a family income of $150,000 and over, they likely did not qualify for Medicaid or subsidies. (http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/12/23/why-millennials-will-enroll-in-obamacare. Finally, it is “murky and ambiguous” because it is complex, but it can evolve and eventually succeed for most. I especially love its focus on prevention because I think this focus can improve health outcomes.

  121. will says:

    The details of ACA change almost daily. It certainly seems Byzantine. Think Tower of Babel

    I accept the fact that change is hard and often painful. I remain hopeful that in time, the bugs and deeper, structural problems will abate.

    Time, clarification and a great deal of patience will turn the tide.

  122. virgo says:

    “How Obamacare is holding down costs: The healthcare industry responds to threat”
    http://kff.org/health-reform/perspective/how-obamacare-may-be-holding-down-costs/

  123. alex says:

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  124. Gypsi says:

    Angellight, thank you for posting the Venus Retrograde piece, very enlightening.

    Sharon I have never had an easier Saturn to sun transit. The first round I lost a child to death. This round, my grown children have been helping me out, (I have a 5th house Taurus Sun)

  125. starlight says:

    Today is the Sun/Mercury conjunction square Uranus.

    Suicide bombing at a Russian train station:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/3-killed-by-blast-at-station-in-russias-south/2013/12/29/6a22cdce-706d-11e3-bc6b-712d770c3715_story.html?hpid=z1

    Remember, Uranus is currently conjunct Russia’s Mars, for about another 12 days, and today is a big trigger. The question is what will Putin do in response.

  126. Lorrie U says:

    Darrell Issa Hid The Truth About Benghazi For a Year While Attacking President Obama

    The current scandal in Washington is that slimy crook Darrell Issa who has had the same information the New York Times reported for over a year and sat on his ass wasting taxpayer time and money pursuing Barack Obama. Republicans owe Susan Rice a humble apology, the American people tens-of-millions of dollars, and have once again exposed themselves as America’s biggest scandal.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/29/darrell-issa-hid-truth-benghazi-year-attacking-president-obama.html

  127. alex says:

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-nsa-uses-powerful-toolbox-in-effort-to-spy-on-global-networks-a-940969.html

    EXCERPT

    In January 2010, numerous homeowners in San Antonio, Texas, stood baffled in front of their closed garage doors. They wanted to drive to work or head off to do their grocery shopping, but their garage door openers had gone dead, leaving them stranded. No matter how many times they pressed the buttons, the doors didn’t budge. The problem primarily affected residents in the western part of the city, around Military Drive and the interstate highway known as Loop 410.

    In the United States, a country of cars and commuters, the mysterious garage door problem quickly became an issue for local politicians. Ultimately, the municipal government solved the riddle.

    Fault for the error lay with the United States’ foreign intelligence service, the National Security Agency, which has offices in San Antonio. Officials at the agency were forced to admit that one of the NSA’s radio antennas was broadcasting at the same frequency as the garage door openers. Embarrassed officials at the intelligence agency promised to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, and soon the doors began opening again.

    It was thanks to the garage door opener episode that Texans learned just how far the NSA’s work had encroached upon their daily lives. For quite some time now, the intelligence agency has maintained a branch with around 2,000 employees at Lackland Air Force Base, also in San Antonio.

    In 2005, the agency took over a former Sony computer chip plant in the western part of the city. A brisk pace of construction commenced inside this enormous compound. The acquisition of the former chip factory at Sony Place was part of a massive expansion the agency began after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

  128. alex says:

    TX; Wendy Davis vs. Greg Abbott

    The Dallas Morning News explains just how aligned Abbott is with the Koch brothers’ positions:

    Abbott repeatedly has sued the Environmental Protection Agency to stop regulation of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. He has joined other Republicans fighting the health care law.

    And he has lamented delays in the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas. A Koch subsidiary has intervened in the project, which opponents describe as a pollution risk.

    The invitation-only gathering in New Mexico offered wealthy donors a chance to meet and mingle with GOP elected officials and leaders of conservative groups linked to the Kochs.

    Abbott’s refusal to talk about his Koch ties shows a lack of pride in them. He knows how terrible the Kochs’ reputation is, but he has no problem taking their money – or their plane. Koch Industries has gifted Abbott use of a plane worth $7,500 of travel. As of September, the Koch Brothers have given Abbott $45,000 through their political action committee.

    The Koch brothers operate in secrecy as much as possible, so it’s not known who else was at the ritzy affair. But it’s not hard to guess whether they’re Abbott supporters. The problem is that Abbott — from poisoning Texas’ environment to creating an economy tilted towards the rich — supports them to the exclusion of Texans.

    We need a governor whose only priority is Texas.

    http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14576/greg-abbott-doesnt-want-to-talk-about-his-koch-problem

  129. arbo says:

    Alex — My first thought was to wonder why the good people of San Antonio didn’t just go into their garages, most of which probably have an entrance other than the big door that the opener controls, reach up and pull on that little rope that the installer tells the owner about, pull on it and open the door manually and get themselves to work. Maybe it was more fun to pretend they were in a Twilight Zone episode. Sort of like a snow day.

    My second thought was that these particular good people of Texas should maybe consider that they live near “Military Drive.” What other clues do they need? I hope it didn’t take too long for these good Texans to call the garage door opener installers and complain that theirs all seemed to be operating on the same frequency, which is a security problem that can’t be blamed on the Gubmint.

    My guess is that they all called friends and family about the indignity of it all, either on cell phones or the wireless phones they’ve replaced their corded phones with — because it’s so convenient to wander around while talking on the phone — knowingly or (probably) unknowingly broadcasting their conversations to anyone with the ability to pick up their phone frequencies, quite possibly the neighborhood delinquent who happens to be a whiz at that sort of thing.

    Then they probably told everybody on their email address list about what happened, probably alerting the carriers of their free email service that they all might need new garage door openers. Or security systems. Then the offended parties probably posted it on Facebook. And then the carriers or Facebook or who knows who else they’ve handed personal information over to so willingly — or unknowingly — could flood them with emails and FB ads that offer to solve their problem. Because after all, they don’t mind handing personal information over to commercial enterprises, just governmental ones that are trying to keep their country as secure as is possible.

    I’m not going to follow the link and read the story because I’ve pretty much had it reading about the adventures of the fine people of Texass — which as far as I can tell is a state of mind. I don’t mean you, Gypsi… :)

  130. alex says:

    Tx: Wendy Davis vs Greg Abbott

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5k14GOWT0o

    A Texas Story – Wendy Davis for Governor

  131. will says:

    In my estimation, Darrell Issa is a very dangerous threat to our Democracy. He ate David Gregory for breakfast even though he was on the hot seat for leading the charge on the faux Bengahzi charges. I also think he sees himself as a Republican presidential candidate. Evil incarnate.

  132. virgo says:

    Darrell Issa- Elected official with 2 arrests, but no convictions. Moreover, the media, other than Rachel Maddow, will not talk about it.
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/not-so-grand-behind-rep-darrell-issas-three-auto-theft-accusations/
    http://mediamatters.org/research/2011/01/11/report-media-ignore-rep-issas-alleged-criminal/174997

  133. Asta says:

    Virgo, the only reason I am behind Obamacare is because of it’s coverage of pre-existing conditions AND the provision that prevents insurance companies from imposing monetary limits on coverage of catastrophic illnesses.

  134. will says:

    Virgo,

    Nice dirt find on Darrellect Issa. After the nasty trouble he stirred up on the non-issue of Benghazi, its probably a good time to start dismantling his influence, once and for all.

  135. virgo says:

    Asta:
    I think your views are wise, and I profoundly apologize if you found me critical of you or your son’s situation. When Obamacare was being passed by reconciliation, I remember talk of the disruptive impact Obamacare would have, which was countered by the solution of subsidies. The law could never be refined in the Senate because reconciliation was the only way it could pass. Then, I knew that there would be inequity in implementation because not everyone would qualify for subsidies. In fact, I am an Obamacare loser too. I can tell you that Obamacare is not the Republican plan cooked up by the Heritage Foundation. Yes, Romney chose a free market solution which Obamacare represents. But the Democrats added the no pre-existing conditions, hospitalization requirement, and all of the other quality controls now present in Obamacare. Romney and Heritage would have given everyone disaster insurance only, if that was all Massachusetts wanted to pay for. Traditionally, government has intervened with the health insurance industry with more of a carrot than a stick (Although Deval Patrick threatened price controls). As a result, the health insurance industry was exploitative, with every company doing its own thing, as in HMO’s. In my opinion, continued Obamacare enrollment will give the insurance companies a big carrot (that they will fear losing), but the people will grab a big stick to use on the government, health insurance industries, and possibly employers (as Obamacare will mean portability) if changes for fairness are not implemented. For the first time in my life, I am beginning to like the Republicans. While many of their critiques are fabricated, a few are quite valid. Obamacare is forced to adapt and evolve if it is to survive, as in the President’s temporary suspension of the individual mandate. Again, I do respect your views.

  136. arbo says:

    Nancy Pelosi is calling for a high-level security meeting on the operations of Darrell Issa in which he would have to be forthcoming about what information he’s released and to whom he released it after he got his hands on sensitive documents surrounding HealthCare.gov. It would then be up to the Justice Department to make a determination.

    He’s leaked a lot of sensitive material about a variety of things, including Benghazi. It makes his car theft activities look like penny ante crime. He’ll probably say that Justice has it in for him, and on that point I would agree. But it’s justified. They had it in for Al Capone, too.

    And Will, every Republican has David Gregory for breakfast, lunch AND dinner…

  137. starlight says:

    Another suicide bombing in Russia, with the Sun (8Cap39) exactly square Uranus, to the minute, and the Sun on the horizon.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/russia_bombings_30_dead

  138. Jerry says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Re: Russia’s chart. I assume you are using the chart when the Russian parliament declared sovereignty (June 12, 1990 1:45 pm Moscow). What do you make of Russia’s natal Neptune (13 Capricorn) located in the 4th house? Tr.Pluto will be conjoining natal Neptune, whilest simultaneously caught in the draconian web of that Cardinal Grand Cross Square in the early Spring. Do you get the sense they will become a failed state by the time the transits are over?

    An interesting article appeared in the Pravda news tabloid several years ago. With uncanny foresight they seemed to have intuited something. It’s quite startling……

    Third World War To Begin During Winter Games In 2014
    25 March, 2011

    On March 24, well-known Russian astrologists, shamans and parapsychologists gathered to discuss forecasts for near and distant future. -snipped-

    ……According to Globa, this year can be compared to 1939 – the year preceding WWII, from the point of view of astrological data.

    The participants of the meeting also unveiled the date for the beginning of Third World War. The new war is said to begin in March of 2014, during the Olympic Games in Sochi. It is also possible that the war may start five days after the Games end. Globa did not say in which country exactly the war would begin. He only said that the African revolutions would slowly be moving towards Russia. Massive protests will eventually spark in Central Asia, the astrologist said. According to Globa, such events are happening because of the Black Moon. NATO attacked Libya the day when the Black Moon allied itself with the sun. When the Black Moon allied itself with Uranus, the Japanese earthquake occurred.

    Continued……….

    http://english.pravda.ru/society/anomal/25-03-2011/117328-third_world_war-0/

  139. Lorrie U says:

    Obama Open to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    May 07,2009

    President Obama recently expressed his openness to including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into our health care system during his April 29th Town Hall meeting in Arnold, Missouri. “My attitude is that we should do what works,” President Obama said. “So I think it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments — or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions.” The President added that “Unfortunately, the hardest thing to do in politics — and certainly in health care reform — has been to get policymakers to make investments early that will have long-term payoffs.” He elaborated that elected officials and those in the private insurance system make the same, short-term calculations on health care and that the current thinking in our health care system is going to have to change to a priority on prevention.

    http://www.free-press-release.com/news-obama-open-to-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-1241727586.html

  140. Lorrie U says:

    ACA: Will it cover complementary and alternative medicine?

    Evidence-based vs. complementary and alternative medicine

    Is acupuncture covered under the Affordable Care Act?

    The Affordable Care Act mentions complementary and alternative medicine and integrative health care a total of seven times.

    One section specifically prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against alternative health care providers.

    So, in theory, insurance companies under ACA would reimburse “doctors of chiropractic, licensed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners,” and this would reduce health costs.

    However, how to overcome the strong and organized opposition from the traditional medical establishment?

    For years, underfunded research has kept complementary and alternative medicine marginal to the so-called “evidence-based” practices. However, people seek CAM practitioners in ever-increasing numbers. It’s been a catch-22 situation.

    People who argue in favor of “evidence-based” medicine have defied the introduction of any complementary and alternative medicine in the mandated “essential health benefits (EHBs)” packages.

    But alternative practitioners’ hopes are based on the fact that the EHBs items and services listed include “rehabilitative and habilitative services” and “preventive and wellness services.” However, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued recommendations that are allegedly aimed at “eliminating pseudoscience” from insurance coverage.

    According to the IOM, “only medically necessary services should be covered,” and the EHB package “needs to be based on credible evidence of effectiveness.”

    It’s understandable that insurance leans toward low risk, well-proven, effective medical care.

    http://voxxi.com/2013/01/11/complementary-alternative-medicine/

  141. Lorrie U says:

    President Obama is the Most Admired Man in the World for 6th Year in a Row

    A new Gallup poll will be more bitter medicine for the Right. After a solid year of harping on Benghazi lies in an attempt to bring down both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new Gallup poll finds both ranked as the number one man and woman Americans most admire.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/30/president-obama-americans-admired-man-world-6th-year-row.html

  142. alex says:

    http://www.edtamplin.com/images/GAIA%20OBSERVATORY%20LAUNCHED.jpg

    by Ed Tamplin

    GAIA EARTH MOTHERSHIP

    On December 19 2013 at precisely 09 hours 12 minutes and 14 seconds universal time, the world’s most sophisticated space telescope departed the planet from its Kourou launch pad. Gaia, ESA’s space observatory, is on a five-year mission to provide a 3D map of more than one billion stars. And that’s only 1% of the Milky Way.

    Gaia is a far cry from the Sumerian stargazers atop the ziggurats of Ur in the 21st century BC. But it was they who initiated the study Professor Francesca Rochberg rightly dubbed as, ‘the longest continuous scientific experiment of all time’ – our relationship with the heavens.

    Such was the skill developed by the ancient Babylonian astrologers that they could accurately calculate New Moons to within seconds, forecast the exact location of solar eclipses and laid the groundwork for a complete mythology and meaning of the sky.

    Today, we take the time for granted. Yet it was these ancient pioneers who provided the circular clock face of twelve hours, and the measured the calendar of twelve months. Cycles of time corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs. And the ancient astrologers would have applauded the launch date of Gaia – possibly even selected it. Click here for the launch horoscope.

    THE GALACTIC CENTER

    The launch of this modern observatory was not planned for December 19. It was originally scheduled to lift off in October. But fate stepped in. The date was changed due to the replacement of two transponders. When Gaia eventually blasted through earth’s stratosphere at the rescheduled December 19 from 9.12 am UT the Sun had moved to 27 of Sagittarius.

    The 27th Sagittarian degree is the position of the Galactic Centre – the rotational pivot of the Milky Way. The Galactic Centre is a massive black hole surrounded by rich star fields birthing new worlds.

    Is it uncanny astrological coincidence, or by intelligent design, that the machine designed to gather information on the origins of our existence is launched precisely on the day that the Sun comes to the horoscopic degree of the Galactic Center?

    At the minute of the launch, an appropriately out of bounds Mercury in Sagittarius was rising at the Guiana Space Centre location. From ancient times Mercury has been renowned as the transmitter of information, the emissary and scribe.

    Gaia’s data archive will eventually exceed one million Gigabytes, equivalent to about 200,000 DVD’s. Sagittarius is the sign pertaining to distant travel, faith and higher knowledge. Think Sagittarius the Archer – forever aiming skyward.

    GALACTIC CENTER AND FIRST FLIGHT

    At Kitty Hawk when Wilbur and Orville Wright defied gravity for the first mechanical flight of 10.30 am December 17 1903, both the Sun and Moon were in Sagittarius. Perhaps by divine coincidence the Sun was positioned at 25 degrees of Sagittarius aligned with Uranus the sky god and both were pointing at the Galactic Centre.

    The airplane would usher in a new method of global transportation. It’s hard to imagine that 110 years later, virtually to the day, humanity would be set to explore the infinity of deep space to such an unprecedented degree. The eye of Gaia has a billion pixels. It can pick out a human hair at 1000-kilometer distance. As digital cameras go, it carries a billion dollar price tag.

    “Make no mistake, we are at the dawn of revolutionizing our understanding of the history of the Milky Way.” were the words of Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration. The lift off occurred with the planet of rocketry, Mars and the planet of technology, Uranus, at the geocentric midpoint of the Sun and the Moon with expansive Jupiter. The ancients would surely marvel.

  143. will says:

    The President is correct about acupuncture: it IS an evidence-based healing art. Chiropractic is not.

  144. will says:

    Starlight,

    Stunning call on the Uranian influence wrt/Russian bombings.

  145. will says:

    Re: Tamplin piece on Gaia and the Galactic:
    It would appear that God knows what she/he is doing.

    Astrology rocks!

  146. Blue Raven says:

    Alex, Thank you for the information on Gaia and the Galactic center. Makes me feel good.

  147. alex says:

    Senate Election 2014 : GOP have targets on Kay Hagan NC and Mary Landrieu – LA

    These women are going to have $$GOP/KOCH money thrown into the election cycle… but as far as Dems go their seat seats are must have/must keep;

    Kay Hagan defeated Elizabeth Dole in 2008 ( 52% ) assumed office 1/3/2009

    Kay Hagan will need lots of support her state has gone deep red in recent years and she has a GOP target on her for 2014;

    Natal Sun @05 Gemini

    2014 Solar Arc Sun @06 Leo
    conjunct
    Natal South Node @05 Leo (politics)

    T/Nessus late 2013 (network(s) of abuse, bad conditions, trouble) has been @25 Aquarius… conjuncting her Natal Vesta @25 Aquarius

    we want and need to keep this Senator…. everybody pitch in and consider helping her win in 2014

    Mary Langrieu ( 52% ) in 2008, assumed office 1/3/1997

    Natal Sun @00 Sagittarius
    2014 Solar Arc Sun @29 Capricorn

    we want and need to keep this Senator…. everybody pitch in and consider helping her win in 2014

  148. Gypsi says:

    Arbo, thanks for excluding me. I have lived in Texas since October 1976 but I think I am more of an observer than a Texan.

    I will echo Will – Acupuncture is proven science, chiropractic is NOT. Given a choice between seeing a chiropractor or seeing no one I own a heating pad and epsom salts, but usually go to my DOM trained massage therapist (Doctor Oriental Medicine – but Texas decided not to license acupuncturists the year he graduated so he is a licensed massage therapist, lol, he was treating me at the college when still in school)

    Watching this New Moon Pile onto Pluto and crossing fingers. My mood today is Irritable, mercury’s position near Pluto doubtless helping me out, with my nodes tied in and where Venus went retrograde and my north node about to back up on my Neptune, yup, having trouble following Obama transits.

    However, did you see about the train derailment today? http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/north-dakota-freight-train-explodes-derailment-21374459

  149. arbo says:

    Lorrie, both acupuncture and chiropractic have always been covered by the insurance I’ve had for going on 30 years now. Both policies, which come from unions, which undoubedly makes a difference. Knock wood… The number of visits has always been limited to 12 to 15 per year. And my doctors have always been open to both of them.

  150. arbo says:

    Gypsi, it depends on what you’re expecting to get from chiropractic. The field has its share of quacks, just like there are among those who many years ago were barbers…now known as surgeons. There are also fervent evangelistic ones who might offer to cure your cancer. An OD isn’t going to cure cancer either, but one is useful when one needs glasses or certain eye tests.

    I was introduced to chiropractic by a principal dancer from a well-known NY ballet company. You know how careless they are with their bodies… With 30+ years experience with three excellent chiropractors, I’ll put that up against anyone who thinks the practice has been debunked by a website.

    Like with astrology, those who think chiropractic is unproven also tend to know very little about it. :)

  151. alex says:

    Excerpt Email, Food Democracy Now: Fundraising

    We’re suing Monsanto in court to protect family farmers from unwanted genetic contamination of their crops and from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits.

    As an Iowa-based organization, we understand the threats and challenges that family farmers face every day. We don’t fight these battles from comfortable offices in Washington DC, but from the Heartland in rural Iowa where we see the harms from industrial agriculture firsthand. We know the risks that farmers face and we know what’s at stake if we don’t win.

    Food Democracy Now! is on the front lines of the battle for the heart and soul of agriculture and a healthy food system, but we can only continue this work with your help.

    Every year Monsanto investigates more than 500 family farmers for alleged patent “infringement” by sneaking onto their land. At Food Democracy Now! we find this outrageous and believe that it needs to stop immediately.

    That’s why in March 2011, Food Democracy Now! joined the lawsuit Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto during the first round of plaintiffs, in what could be an historic lawsuit to protect family farmers and challenge the legitimacy of Monsanto’s patents on their genetically engineered (GMO) seeds and their right to sue farmers indiscriminately.

    In the past 16 years Monsanto has sued 150 farmers and filed charges against more than another 700 farmers who settled out of court rather than face a brutal and expensive lawsuit versus Monsanto, who has a team of aggressive lawyers and endless resources.

    Earlier this month, our case was filed with the Supreme Court as family farmers are waiting to have their day in court.

    Like most Americans, we believe that farmers have the right to farm how they choose, and that any inadvertent genetic contamination that they experience through no fault of their own should not open them up to frivolous patent infringement lawsuits by biotech bully Monsanto.

    It’s an outrage that this can happen, but right now in America that’s just the case. Every year biotech chemical and seed giant Monsanto sends its “seed police” out into the fields of unsuspecting farmers, where they steal farmer’s plants to have them tested in their labs to see if they contain Monsanto’s patented genes.

    It sounds crazy, that Monsanto’s seed police could sneak onto a farmers’ field without permission, but that’s exactly what they do.

    Earlier this year, we traveled to Washington, DC with family farmers to face Monsanto in Appeals Court. Unfortunately, the court dismissed our case, agreeing with Judge Naomi Buchwald who ruled last year that we overestimated the threat Monsanto poses to farmers with their abusive lawsuits and the risk that farmers face from unwanted genetic contamination of their crops.

    It’s outrageous that American farmers are still bullied by Monsanto, which is why we joined to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect family farmers and our food supply!

    Thank you for participating in food democracy,

    Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

  152. Rebeccad says:

    JAMA Suggests Chiropractic for Low Back Pain

    Chiropractic Physicians Provide Natural Alternatives for Pain Treatment, Injury Prevention

    Arlington, Va.—An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests patients try chiropractic services for the treatment of low back pain. According to the article, surgery is not usually needed and should only be considered if more conservative therapies fail. The information in JAMA reinforces the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) position that conservative care options should serve as a first line of defense against pain.

    The article, part of JAMA’s Patient Page public education series, explains that the back is made up of bones, nerves, muscles and other soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons that support posture and give the body flexibility. Back pain can be caused by problems with any of the structures in the back.

    As neuromusculoskeletal experts, chiropractic physicians are particularly well suited to manage and help prevent low back pain.

    “We are encouraged to see JAMA suggest patients try chiropractic and other more conservative types of treatment for their back pain. In many cases pain can be alleviated without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery, so it makes sense to exhaust conservative options first,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC.

    “Research confirms that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low back pain can also potentially save both patients and the health care system money down the line,” he added.

    For those who are currently pain-free, the exercise tips, posture recommendations and guidance on injury prevention routinely provided by chiropractic physicians can help people maintain a healthy back throughout their lives. To learn more, visit http://www.acatoday.org/backpain.

  153. Lorrie U says:

    Arbo – I too believe in chiropractic and for me, it is fact-based, as it has helped me. People think it doesn’t work because it’s an ongoing therapy, at least for me. I can’t imagine how badly aligned I’d be without it. It’s like having a car, it needs an alignment from time to time because the road’s too hard.

  154. Gypsi says:

    Guilty as charged, I’ve seen a chiropractor 2 or 3 times in my life and my results were less than astonishing, my bones are small and I prefer not to have them “popped” which I gather rounds off those nice pointy corners that hold them in place around the spine, so I go for deep tissue massage and when I get off the computer, will be using a tens unit for my computer ergonomic neck issue.

    I also gather that chiropractic has probably improved a LOT since the last time I saw a chiropractor in around 1989. I don’t much care what insurance covers as I have probably had health insurance for less than 5 of my 54 years of life.

    I pay for health care, over charge and prescribe stuff I am allergic to, and you will never see me again. That is true for a hospital, couple of doctors, etc.. There is a chiropractor around the corner, no idea what he charges but I’m sticking with my oriental trained massage therapist

  155. will says:

    arbo,

    I received chiropractic treatment at three different intervals in my life; I had fleeting relief at best (although never a bad or painful experience. I have two good friends and a cousin who are licensed practitioners. I don’t judge it; if it makes you feel better, do it. But there is no real “science” in it at all except for having an understanding of anatomy and kinesiology – The “adjustments” are nothing more than the sound of gas being released in the joints – and they offer no lasting relief or reduction of vertebral subluxation. And when they show you how you are out-of-alignment by demonstrating one leg or arm being “longer” – know that virtually all of us have one leg/arm slightly longer than the other at birth; its not an indication of poor posture or structural support unless we are talking about dramatic difference.

    Regular practice of Hatha yoga will do more for most of us than a chiropractic adjustment. Its all about remaining flexible and supple in range of motion.

  156. will says:

    Terrific piece by Tom Nichols on the prevailing contempt for real expertise in our world today. Kind of says it all about the crowd at Fox News, most of the Tea Party peeps and many, many on the stubborn, recalcitrant Right.

    “There’s also something called the Dunning-Kruger effect, which says, in sum, that the dumber you are, the more confident you are that you’re not actually dumb. And when you get invested in being aggressively dumb…well, the last thing you want to believe is that there are “experts” who disagree with you, and so you dismiss them in order to maintain your unreasonably high opinion of your own nitwittery. (I think there’s a lot of that loose on social media, for sure.)”

    http://tomnichols.net/blog/2013/12/11/the-death-of-expertise/

  157. alex says:

    Walgreens seizes the day of opportunity to create loyal customers and does a lot of people good:

    EXCERPT

    Walgreen Co said on Monday it will provide a month’s supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to U.S. participants who have not yet received a plan identification number under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    The offering comes as U.S. government officials struggle to roll out the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Myriad enrollment problems have dogged the site’s website, HealthCare.gov, since its October launch and many insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate enrollee information to be able to process required forms.

    Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the United States, said customers who have enrolled in Obamacare, but don’t have an ID yet from an insurer, can bring proof of their enrollment from now through the end of January to a Walgreen’s pharmacy.

  158. Sharon Katz says:

    Happy New Year to all of my companeros on Starlightnews, and a special thank you to Nancy for providing this site and writing very mentally stimulating & informative mundane astrology articles, and for nailing many issues and predictions. Visualize goodness, perfect health, peace & prosperity for all.

  159. Francis says:

    my cousin sent me this on F/B and after watching the video I’ve become alarmed and have not read any coverage of this in the news so ???? I live in San Francisco and it shows a man with a geiger counter measuring radiation on the coast.

    http://topinfopost.com/2013/12/26/fukushima-radiation-hits-san-francisco

  160. alex says:

    Francis
    thxs for posting the fukushima radiation video

  161. alex says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wise_Men_(book)

    The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made is a 1986 book by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas

    It describes the actions of a group of United States government officials and members of the East Coast foreign policy establishment who, beginning in the 1940s, developed the containment policy of dealing with the Communist bloc, and crafted institutions and initiatives such as NATO, the World Bank, and the Marshall Plan.

    review excerpt

    An intriguing part of the authors’ approach is that they examine the social and class connections of these men as well as their foreign policy concerns. All of their subjects went to private preparatory schools, two (Harriman and Acheson) to Groton. These two, plus Lovett, went to Yale College, Bohlen to Harvard, Kennan to Princeton and McCloy to Amherst. Although the authors do not mention it, the six were all Episcopalians or Presbyterians. Their Establishment ties were knotted at the New York banks, New York and Washington law firms and New York’s Council on Foreign Relations.

    The six “wise men” of the title are:

    Dean Acheson, Secretary of State under President Harry Truman

    Charles E. Bohlen, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, the Philippines, and France

    W. Averell Harriman, special envoy for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    George F. Kennan, ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia

    Robert A. Lovett, Truman’s Secretary of Defense

    John J. McCloy, a War Department official and later U.S. High Commissioner for Germany.

    These six friends — two lawyers, two bankers, and two diplomats, five of whom were from the Georgetown Set — were important foreign policy advisors to U.S. presidents from Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson. Acheson, Harriman and Lovett had known each other since their days at prep school or college and on Wall Street. Bohlen, Kennan and McCloy were younger and did not know the others well until their public lives brought them into close contact.

  162. SarahG says:

    Re: chiropractic work, yoga, etc. Whatever works. I’ve done it all and have found the most relief from chronic pain, joint or back pain from yoga, acupuncture, hot tubs/swimming and other water exercise, and
    last but not least, inversion (I use a “yoga hammock” for this).
    I wonder if difficult Mars/Saturn aspects in the natal chart are indicators of bone-related problems like back issues?

  163. SarahG says:

    Thanks Sharon! Ditto!

  164. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,
    As the page turns to a new year 2014, may each/everyone participating here on Starlight’s wonderful astro platform find within a place of peace regardless of the externals of the world…

    Francis, not to panic, but here is a good source for historic & breaking news/Fukushima information, which is by corporate/Japanese governmental design, indeed very hard to come by…
    http://www.enenews.com

    Looks like there is volcanic activity happening even today. How I wish Caroline Kennedy wasn’t posted as ambassador to Tokyo!

    http://enenews.com/9-quakes-hit-same-area-near-fukushima-border-in-past-few-hours-new-island-along-ring-of-fire-south-of-tokyo-now-15-times-larger-than-last-month-professor-massive-volcanic-eruption-we-s

    Blessings all. E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

  165. SarahG says:

    ArtCulturePeace – Aloha and E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua!
    Thanks for enenews.com link. Read one story there about how the bald eagles were dying from radiation poisoning. But just tonight the news reported that the ‘mystery’ of their deaths have been solved and that the culprit is the West Nile Virus. Coverup or truth? Hmmmmmm…..
    This seems to be a particularly active volcanic/earthquake period, not just in Japan which has been quite dramatic with the island formations and around Fukushima, but also stories out of Italy (earthquakes near Vesuvius/southern Italy and eruptions from Etna), South America, and Mexico’s west coast to name a few I know of.

  166. ox the cat says:

    Happy New Year and thanks Nancy for all the hard work you do to provide such excellent information.

  167. starlight says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!! :-)

    I hope you all have a wonderful and joyful year!!

  168. Anita says:

    Happy New Year everyone! Peace and Blessings in 2014!

  169. alex says:

    http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/12/31/Free-preventive-services-for-25-million-on-Medicare/UPI-19241388507324/

    EXCERPT

    A report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said more than 25.4 million people covered by original Medicare received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first 11 months of 2013, because of the Affordable Care Act.

    In the first 11 months of this year, more than 3.5 million beneficiaries with original Medicare took advantage of the annual wellness visit established by the Affordable Care Act — a significant increase from the 2.8 million who used this service by this point in the year in 2012.

    Before the Affordable Care Act, Medicare recipients had to pay part of the cost for many preventive health services. Studies showed these out-of-pocket costs made it difficult for many to get preventive care. For example, before the Affordable Care Act, a person with Medicare could pay as much as $160 for a colorectal cancer screening — today this important screening and many others are covered at no cost to beneficiaries with no deductible or co-pay, Tavenner said.

  170. anita says:

    Interesting about Medicare coverage of “preventive health services”. Yet, I just checked their 2014 booklet & no coverage still for Acupuncture, TCM or Massage. I consider those modalities vital for my health. I also have muscle/joint issues and Western Med simply does nothing for me. Except Physical Therapy and TENS units. Water therapy, Chiro and walking/stretching also. It’s a constant upkeep, with stress/anxiety and diet needing continual management. I, too, thought Pres Obama was supportive of Alternative & Preventive Med. I saw no mention of it after he met with Insurance Co.

  171. anita says:

    About the Saturn/Mars and bone/back problems. I’ve wondered, too, SarahG. I have Mars trine Saturn (2 degree orb). The ruler of my 6th is Venus & she is opposite Saturn (5 approaching orb).

    Hi, “the other Anita”. I don’t know how to tell us apart :) Happy New Year too!

  172. alex says:

    EXCERPT

    Over the last seven months, we have learned an incredible amount about the government’s post-9/11 surveillance efforts. But there is a crucial gap in our basic understanding.

    We now know, for example, a good deal about how the government conducts surveillance that targets Americans, and about surveillance of foreigners that sweeps up Americans’ international communications when the actual surveillance takes place on U.S. soil (for example, from a Google facility in the United States).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_12333

    But we still know very little about Executive Order 12,333, which governs the NSA’s surveillance abroad — even when that surveillance sweeps up Americans’ communications.

    To fill that gap, the ACLU, along with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School, today filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding that the government release basic information about its use of Executive Order 12,333 to conduct surveillance of Americans’ international communications.

    Why is Executive Order 12,333 so important? Here is how we explained it in our complaint (filed today in federal court in New York):

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/31

  173. alex says:

    https://www.aclu.org/

    In the wake of the recent revelations about the NSA’s unprecedented mass surveillance of phone calls, the ACLU filed a lawsuit charging that the program violates Americans’ constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.

  174. alex says:

    Excerpt Email – Courage Campaign

    Did you know that California will be a key battleground to take back the House of Representatives in 2014?

    This is our chance to show courage, make history, and get rid of four vulnerable Tea Party Republicans.

    Radical Republicans in Congress have proven themselves to be more destructive than we ever could have imagined. They pride themselves on delusional brinkmanship that has done irreparable harm to millions and damaged America’s economic recovery. A short list of the Tea Party’s “accomplishments,” includes:

    a 16-day government shutdown that cost our economy $24 billion dollars and 120,000 jobs;

    repeated attempts to force America to default on its debt;
    drastic cuts to food stamps for our country’s poorest children and families;

    a potentially historic immigration reform bill that was never even brought up for debate in the House of Representatives;
    blockage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to protect LGBT workers from job discrimination;

    and countless taxpayer dollars wasted by holding 47 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act;

    Courage Campaign is putting together plans RIGHT NOW to take down Tea Party Republicans in four key races in California.

    We only need to take 14 seats from Republicans to make Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House again. We can do our part in California by ousting four vulnerable Republicans. President Obama actually won three of these districts in both 2008 and 2012!

    Here are the targets:

    Rep. Gary Miller (CA-31) is a member of the Tea Party Caucus, voted to slash food stamps, and supported the government shutdown, even though his district voted 56% for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. His job approval rating was at 27% in a recent poll.

    Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39) is also a member of the Tea Party Caucus who voted against the deal to end the government shutdown and in favor of the US government defaulting on its debt obligations. He also voted to slash food stamps and deny aid for Hurricane Sandy relief. New surveys show Royce behind in the general election by 10 points to a generic Democratic opponent.

    Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) voted in favor of the US government defaulting on its debt obligations and against the deal to end the government shutdown, while also slashing food stamps. President Obama won his district in 2008 and 2012. Recent polling shows him trailing by 4 points in the general election to a generic Democratic opponent.

    Rep. David Valadao (CA-21) voted to slash food stamps. President Obama won his district in 2008 and 2012.

    We can win this fight, but we can only do it with your help.

    Thank you for your courage,

  175. alex says:

    TAKE BACK FOURTEEN CAMPAIGN 2014 – House of Representatives

    CALIFORNIA FOUR

    CA-31 Gary Miller DOB 10/16/1948, Huntsville AR

    CA-39 Ed Royce DOB 10/21/1951, Los Angeles CA

    CA-10 Jeff Denham DOB 7/29/1967, Hawthorne CA

    CA-21 David Valadao DOB 4/14/1977, Hawthorne CA

  176. Helen says:

    Happy New Year, Starlight and thanks for the excellent work you’ve done this past year, as well as to everybody who posts here: always enjoy checking in.

    Real time radiation levels from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center:
    http://www.netc.com/

    New Years Eve had elevated levels off certain areas of the West Coast. Today it’s calmed down except for one area continuing to show high levels.

    Major media has this story:
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/us-sailors-sue-radiation-poisoning-21307774

  177. connimac says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Starlight! Thank you for all your wise words and insights over the past twelve months, and for your generosity in giving others a forum to add their thoughts. I truly appreciate all the wisdom offered here. May your future be bright!

  178. Jerry says:

    Today’s New Moon conjunct Pluto (11 Cap.) square Mars (11 Libra) is triggering the Health Care Reform Act natal Mercury (3/23/10 at 11 Aries – in the 10th house). That could be significant in light of the perplexing problems facing the implementation of the nationwide health care program due to go in effect today…..

    Obamacare Goes Live Today: Here Is The Next Big Problem
    by Tyler Durden

    Zero Hedge
    01/01/2014

    Obamacare officially went live at midnight. This means that 2.1 million Americans (the latest enrollment number provided by the administration) will be given a chance to exercise their new plans at hospitals and clinics across the country (it was unclear what the latest number of Americans kicked off their existing plans was most recently: the tally was 4.0 million as of mid-November and it is fair to assume it has risen since then). And then the real glitches will begin.

    We reported two weeks ago that navigating the healthcare.gov labyrinth successfully and “signing up” for Obamacare is one thing; actually activating coverage by making a payment is something totally different. We added that “if people don’t pay by Dec. 31, insurers may end up stuck with a disproportionate number of sicker and costlier customers.”

    It is this “shock” realization that one’s Obamacare plan is not active until after the healthcare service has been rendered, that may hit as many as 50% of all enrollees, which means that of the 2+ million Americans who believe they have coverage, up to 1 million is about to be served with a bill which they can’t afford. This also happens to be the main story across various media outlets today.

    Continued……

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-01/obamacare-goes-live-today-here-next-big-problem

  179. angellight says:

    Happy New Years to this extraordinary group and many blessings!

    This is alos Happy Divine Mother’s Day, January 1st so Happy Divine Mother’s Day to the sisters in this group.

  180. angellight says:

    For back pain there is DVD/Tape called Stretch for Life by Doreen Rivera. Have used it successfully for years to help with back pain. I have Saturn in Libra. Does that count?

  181. Lorrie U says:

    Mysterious Calif. crop circle plowed over

    Crop circles appeared in a field in Salinas, Calif., but no one knows where they came from.

    A mysterious crop circle in the Salinas Valley in central California attracted so much attention that the land-owner hired armed security guards to keep people off the property. But the crop circle is gone. On Tuesday, the landlord ordered a crew to plow over the entire field.

    Aerial photographer Julie Belanger spotted the crop circle as she was flying over the valley Monday morning. “It was beautiful. Quite beautiful,” Belanger told NBC affiliate KSBW. “I believe it’s possible that aliens exist, but I don’t know if they would bother making a crop circle to give us a message.”

    Braille experts said in the center of the design is a braille inscription that has the number 192 over-and-over. Why that number? That is still a mystery.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/01/22134100-mysterious-calif-crop-circle-plowed-over?lite

    As a numerologist (and open to the possibility of alien messages), this really caught my eye. I cannot, however, figure out the significance of “192” so if anyone has any ideas?

  182. fierywoman says:

    192 — January 9, 2 p.m. or a.m.

  183. Lorrie U says:

    That’s a great possibility, fierywoman! Let’s watch and see…

    As I was writing my assessment for 2014, I thought I’d break the numbers down. The #1 represents New Beginnings, #9 represents humankind, and #2 represents cooperation = #3 which represents creativity and expression. So maybe 2014, a #7 year of introspection and spiritual growth, will mean a new beginning for humanity in which cooperation will lead to creative ways of expressing our humanity.

  184. Lorrie U says:

    What Harry Reid did today at 5:03pm will make your day

    “Harry Reid, who every day does much more than most people in the news media realize, and definitely accomplishes much more than the news media ever reports, pushed through pages and pages of nominations for President Obama yesterday when everyone was focused on what the House would do on the fiscal cliff vote. And Harry Reid did that with the active but invisible help of Mitch McConnell who did his part to make sure that no Republicans would vote against any of those nominations. And what did the United States Senate do today, that dysfunctional United States Senate? According to the news media, absolutely nothing.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/03/1175907/-Lawrence-O-Donnell-Segment-about-what-Harry-Reid-just-did?detail=email#

  185. Lorrie U says:

    Chief Justice Warns Sequestration Cuts Already Threatening Public Safety

    ROBERTS: Sequestration cuts have affected court operations across the spectrum. There are fewer court clerks to process new civil and bankruptcy cases, slowing the intake procedure and propagating delays throughout the litigation process. There are fewer probation and pretrial services officers to protect the public from defendants awaiting trial and from offenders following their incarceration and release into the community. There are fewer public defenders available to vindicate the Constitution’s guarantee of counsel to indigent criminal defendants, which leads to postponed trials and delayed justice for the innocent and guilty alike. There is less funding for security guards at federal courthouses, placing judges, court personnel, and the public at greater risk of harm.

    While last month’s Ryan-Murray budget deal will mitigate the sequestration cuts somewhat, Roberts warns that without more restored funding to the federal courts, the future “would be bleak” for America’s judiciary — which “undermines the public’s confidence in all three branches of government.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/01/01/3109311/john-roberts-sequestration/

  186. SarahG says:

    Magma on the move…
    An interesting site for updated volcanic events. Lots of intensity building up everywhere.

    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/erupting_volcanoes.html

  187. SarahG says:

    How did “Auld Lang Syne” become THE anthem to ring in the New Year?

    (NEWSER) – It’s New Year’s Eve, which means there are a bunch of articles out there regarding that most perplexing of traditions, the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Today I Found Out explains how it became a New Year’s Eve staple: In 1929, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band performed at a New York hotel on New Year’s Eve, with the performance being broadcast on the radio twice. Between broadcasts, they played Scottish folk song “Auld Lang Syne,” which Lombardo had learned from Scottish immigrants in Ontario, as a transition between shows—right around midnight.

    There were other instances of the song being sung on New Year’s Eve, as far back as the mid-19th century, but this is the point at which it started being played at midnight every year on the radio and then TV. So what does the song mean? The title translates literally to “old long since,” or figuratively to “times gone by” or “times long past.” Dave Tomar attempts to explain its meaning on the Huffington Post: It’s “about the endurance of friendship, about cherishing the past even as we look to the future, and quite honestly, about knocking back a few drinks.” (Some of the lines: “And surely you’ll buy your pint-jug! / And surely I’ll buy mine! / And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, / For long, long ago.”)

  188. fierywoman says:

    Lorrie U — I like your 192!
    Sarah G — Mt Etna moves often and is considered almost safe because it moves slowly so often. I had heard an old prediction that when Mt Vesuvius (the one by Naples) moves, that that would signal The Big One was about to happen in Southern California.

  189. alex says:

    Lorrie, fierywoman

    First Impression:

    Luminaries interation, form relationship – Sun Moon

    8TH House Sun-Pluto
    12TH House Moon

    Crop circle: 1/9/2014 2PM, Salinas CA

    Asc @06 Gemini, MC @15 Aquarius – Air Cross

    a)
    Aspect – 2 sextiles, 2 trines

    Sun @19 Capricorn, Pluto @11 Capricorn
    wax trine
    Moon @10 Taurus

    sextile
    Cyllarus @11 Cancer (promotes physical healing within the concept of creating positive, physical feelings of wellness per lunnar planner, restores stability, security after chaotic incidences per transneptune astrology)

    and
    Jupiter @14 Cancer

    wan trine
    Saturn @21 Scorpio

    sextile
    Sun-Pluto Capricorn

    b) Cardinal Grand Square

    Pluto @11 Capricorn (Sun @19 Capricorn)
    opposite
    Cyllarus @11 Cancer

    wax square Uranus @08 Aries
    wan square Mars @15 Libra

  190. alex says:

    crop cricle continued:

    2AM Asc @08 Scorpio, MC @14 Leo

    3RD House Sun-Pluto
    6TH House Moon @04 Taurus conjunct South Node @04 Taurus

    2PM Asc @06 Gemini, MC @15 Aquarius

    8TH House Sun-Pluto
    12TH House Moon

  191. alex says:

    We the Geeks Google + Hangout on Asteroids

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJq91w3sqvk

  192. alex says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentinel_1

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentinel_2

    Space Telescope

    For ESA’s earth monitoring satellite series, see Sentinel (satellite). … is dedicated to the protection of Earth from asteroid strikes:

  193. Jerry says:

    New Year 2014 and Astrology Forecast December 28- January 4
    by Leo Knighton Tallarico

    We move into 2014 this week on Wednesday January 1. This year there will also be a New Moon in Capricorn that day also – at 6:14 AM EST. So both a new year and new moon together tell us there are new beginnings. Since the New Moon is in Capricorn the usual new year theme of making resolutions, making commitments for more discipline or stopping unhealthy habits is quite aligned now.

    Capricorn is about making a plan, making a step by step advancement toward that plan, using self disciplined action to implement that plan. So the new beginnings seem to be quite straight forward as Capricorn does not like drama or excuses or any reasons that interfere with “the plan” or the project or the intention or what is to be built.

    What is connected to the New Moon in Capricorn this year, however, is a quite complicated formation that makes straight forward motion to the goal more challenging.

    There is a Cardinal Grand Cross formation: The Sun and Moon in Capricorn is what forms the new moon, and that new moon will be conjunct Mercury and very intense Pluto. In addition, all those Capricorn planets will be opposed by Jupiter in Cancer, squared by Mars in Libra and also squared by Uranus in Aries. So the straight forward intentions and plans for the day, for the new moon cycle and for New Year 2014 will need your flexibility and open mind. Intentions may be challenged to go according to plan.

    This Grand Cross is beginning to form today Saturday December 28, and will intensify on Monday/Tuesday as the Sun makes exact square to Uranus and Mars makes exact square to Pluto. Then on Wednesday the 1st at the New Moon in Capricorn there will be a strong sense of new beginnings.

    You may feel conflicted by varied motivations pulling on you in different directions. You may not know what you really want, what direction to move in or what to do about future endeavors. And if you do know what to do and make the plans, events this day and this lunar cycle and this year may get you to change those plans, or at least reconsider what you want to do.

    This formation will move in and out much of the 1st half of the year, as Mars will stay in Libra till the summer, Jupiter will stay in Cancer into the summer, Pluto will stay in Capricorn all year and Uranus will be in Aries all year. Those four will stay within fairly close degrees of one another much of that time- and Venus in Capricorn will join the fray during much of that time also.

    Unforseen events, emotional upsets, and conflicts between various motivations will tend to shake up the original plans, break down the agenda, and shift the orientation.

    March through May 2014 will tend to be the most intense and changeable, with the Grand Cross being exact, and two strong eclipses will be exact in April also.

    2014 should be a very powerful year of transformation, with huge world events changing how we view life on Earth.

    Continued…….

    http://spiritualtherapy.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/new-year-2014-and-astrology-forecast-december-28-january-4/

  194. alex says:

    Citizen Science Project

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zooniverse_(citizen_science_project)

    EXCErPT

    Zooniverse is a citizen science web portal owned and operated by the Citizen Science Alliance.

    The organization grew from the original Galaxy Zoo project and now hosts more than a dozen projects which allow volunteers to participate in scientific research.

    Unlike many early internet-based citizen science projects (such as SETI@home) which used spare computer processing power to analyse data, known as volunteer computing, Zooniverse projects require the active participation of human volunteers to complete research tasks.

    Projects have been drawn from disciplines including astronomy, ecology, cell biology, humanities, and climate science

  195. alex says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonaceous_chondrite

    Carbonaceous Chondrites

    EXCERPT

    Organic matter

    Murchison meteorite

    Ehrenfreund et al. (2001) found that amino acids in Ivuna and Orgueil were present at much lower concentrations than in CM chondrites (~30%), and that they had a distinct composition high in ?-alanine, glycine, ?-ABA, and ?-ABA but low in ?-aminoisobutyric acid (AIB) and isovaline.

    This implies that they had formed by a different synthetic pathway, and on a different parent body from the CM chondrites.

    Most of the organic carbon in CI and CM carbonaceous chondrites is an insoluble complex material. That is similar to the description for kerogen. A kerogen-like material is also in the ALH84001 Martian meteorite (an achondrite).

    The CM meteorite Murchison has over 70 extraterrestrial amino acids and other compounds including carboxylic acids, hydroxy carboxylic acids, sulphonic and phosphonic acids, aliphatic, aromatic and polar hydrocarbons, fullerenes, heterocycles, carbonyl compounds, alcohols, amines and amides.

  196. alex says:

    Partial Take Away From We-Are-The-Geeks, White House you tube:

    slew space telescope
    minor planet center
    space genertion advisory council
    planetary society
    planetaryresources.com
    asteroidwatch.com
    B612 Foundation
    WISE wide field infrared survey explorer

  197. Lorrie U says:

    “What on earth is happening in the hearts of men? What on earth is happening in the heart of humanity?

    “It’s time to stop! Everyone must be committed to building a society that is truly just and caring.”

    Pope Francis 01/01/2014

  198. Lorrie U says:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders: “The Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country…. Clearly, if we are going to save the middle class and protect our planet, we need to change the political dynamics of the nation.”

    http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18392-bernie-sanders-congress-is-dysfunctional-and-putting-the-us-at-risk

  199. will says:

    Moore nails it: BADA-BING!!!

    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
    The Obamacare We Deserve
    By MICHAEL MOORE
    Published: December 31, 2013

    TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.

    That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies, at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get. Unfortunately, this meant that instead of blaming companies like Novartis, which charges leukemia patients $90,000 annually for the drug Gleevec, or health insurance chief executives like Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group, who made nearly $102 million in 2009, for the sky-high price of American health care, the president’s Democratic supporters bought into the myth that it was all those people going to get free colonoscopies and chemotherapy for the fun of it.

    I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth…”

    much more:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/opinion/moore-the-obamacare-we-deserve.html

  200. Jerry says:

    Hi Will,

    Michael Moore’s commentary on the origins of the Affordable Care Act program, if true, sheds light on a little known fact and a possible talking point that the Obama administration can refer to if somewhere down the line the ACA program fails:

    “…What we now call Obamacare was conceived at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor. The president took Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and just improved some of its provisions. In effect, the president was simply trying to put lipstick on the dog in the carrier on top of Mitt Romney’s car. And we knew it.”

  201. will says:

    Happy New Year, Jerry.

    Moore, a seasoned provocateur, is no stranger to hyperbole. But I’d wager he’s hit the bull’s eye fairly square with this NY Times editorial. Sure there’s a bit more to it – but I think the part that is particularly spot-on is that “We” need to fix this cobbled and now rather hobbled piece of legislation. After all is said and done, the ACA may out of necessity, morph into a single-payer system.

    I laud Michael Moore for speaking truth to power at the risk of offending or even enraging the ever-hyper-vigilant coterie of President Obama defenders. I also do not believe this critique was born of ill-will or of an attempt to bash President Obama.

    If the president is too weak to do it, we need to do it.

  202. Lorrie U says:

    “The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth…”

    We all know the implemented ACA was not what Pres. Obama wanted or envisions. It was the only way to get the advantages it does have. When dealing with lobbyists and a party of opposition, we don’t always get what we want (as Pres. Obama points out quite frequently), so we make sacrifices to get something done. The goal is to elect people who will help implement the changes that we would like to see. That means progressives can’t have hissy fits and stay home this time like they did in 2010.

    And, Will, if that makes me an ever-hyper-vigilant coterie of President Obama defender in your eyes, so be it.

  203. Lorrie U says:

    As pointed out in my 2014 writeup:

    “The blending of the #7 and the #8 indicates to me that we will see a more spiritual use of power and resources controlled by representatives who have the welfare of those they represent as their intent rather than personal gain. I’m hoping that all that introspection and new truths based on reality and revealed secrets will bring people to the polls in record numbers, especially for a mid-term election, since it is imperative that we start getting this country back on track to a society of equality and justice for all, not just for some.

    I am truly hopeful that these emerging energies will help transform our world to one based in reality since all the deception and spin have been making us dizzy for some time now. Interestingly, there did seem to be a shift beginning in the Fall as the #6 energy began leaving. The #6 is the number of compassion, having concern for the weak and the downtrodden, and seeks to be of service to others. The Affordable Care Act was threatened by those who wanted to repeal what was intended to help people, and the incoming #7 aided in uncovering the deceptive lies about “Obamacare.” As more people became aware of the benefits of the new law, even though things were still a little murky, they began to see how it was helpful to those with pre-existing conditions and getting affordable health premiums for those on the lower end of the economical scale. I believe that as the #7 year unfolds and moves to the #8, we will see people elected who will find innovative, practical solutions for the problems which still exist within our health care system!”

    I’d like to point out that it’s necessary not to push things in a #7 year (similar to a retrograde) but allow spirit to bring things to us. It is a year where our faith will be tested, but as we move towards the end of the year, we will see what our faith has brought.

  204. Lorrie U says:

    President Obama’s Approval Rating Jumps 5 Points as Millions Sign Up for Obamacare

    The Gallup Obama approval daily tracking poll reveals that the president’s approval rating has jumped five points since the days before Christmas from 39%-44%. Disapproval of the president has fallen from 54%-49%. President Obama’s approval numbers shift wildly based on the tone of the media coverage that he is receiving, but media’s negativity was hiding a convergence of positive things.

    Now that the ACA website is repaired, and millions of Americans are signing up, the media’s endless drumbeat of negativity has temporarily stopped. Without the Republican fueled Obama bashing from the corporate media, the president’s approval rating has gone up, and his disapproval rating has gone down.

    Obama’s improved poll numbers also reflect the fact that Obamacare is working. Enrollment surged in December, and yesterday HHS announced that 6 million people now have healthcare coverage thanks to the ACA. The negative stories about a glitchy website have been replaced with millions of Americans getting access to affordable healthcare.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/01/president-obamas-approval-rating-jumps-5-points-millions-sign-obamacare.html

  205. will says:

    Lorrie,

    Maybe you will come to understand that its not about you. Its about a piece of legislation and an elected official.

    You might want to examine why insist on personalizing anyone who has an opinion or a view that differs or threatens your idealized imago of this president.

    Its not about you, Lorrie. Its about the ACA and politics and astrology. Why

  206. arbo says:

    Hi, Lorrie. You’re right about the president’s original intention, which was to include the public option, which Lieberman killed, I believe. But it’s hard to work with the powerful Medical Insurance Industry, especially when you don’t have a magic wand. Then there’s the Tea Party Congress and the simply conservative ones that came before it. And that Neptune problem.

    A number of us have been pointing out for years that the ACA — which is unpopular with the right only when it’s called Obamacare — was hugely flawed, came from the Heritage Foundation, favored the insurance companies and included the individual mandate, which was supposed to be a way to ensure personal responsibility. The individual mandate was real popular with the Republicans even before Obama entered politics.

    I probably mentioned these things on this site over the years. This was no dirty little secret, but I guess it took someone with a Name, like Michael Moore, to finally draw people’s attention to it if they didn’t already remember the thing from the Clinton years.

    My personal hope has always been that the ACA would prove so unwieldy that it would pave the way for Medicare expansion. Now that the public is being educated about Big Medical Insurance, maybe it’ll happen.

  207. Lorrie U says:

    Thank you, Alex, we both get it. And, Will, no it’s not personal and it’s not about me, I know that. What it is is an understanding of the realities, which some people haven’t grasped yet. Alex perhaps stated it better than I?

  208. Helen says:

    This editorial is featured in the NYTimes:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/opinion/pesticides-in-french-wine.html?_r=0

    “Organic wine producers in the Burgundy region of France are facing prosecution for refusing to use pesticides. This move is perplexing given the Ministry of Agriculture’s support for the organic wine industry and growing public alarm over pesticides in French wine.

    One organic producer in Burgundy has now been charged with breaking the law for refusing to use Pyrevert, a pyrethrin pesticide. He says there is no evidence that his vines, cultivated organically since 1970, are infected, and argues that Pyrevert, a neurotoxin, is nonspecific to leafhoppers and kills beneficial insects as well. He faces six months of prison time and a fine of 30,000 euros, or about $41,000. Another organic grower was fined 1 euro after he agreed to use pesticides.”

  209. Helen says:

    I talked to a friend tonight whose husband is an oncologist. At this point in time, things are ‘stuck': some of his patients don’t know for certain yet if they can continue under his care, and the doctor can’t get any firm information about his reimbursement.

  210. Asta says:

    I am late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL STARLIGHTERS!!!!

    I agree with SarahG, different strokes for different folks(Sly is one of my favorites!). Acupuncture has not given me relief, however, my husband swears by it. My chiropractor was a godsend while he had is practice. Be Open, to what works for you.

  211. Jerry says:

    Re: Obamacare

    I’m not sure if we have even a basic grasp of the enormity of the problem. As with all political decisions, President Obama may have entered into this venture out of political expediency without fully understanding the potential negative ramifications….

    CBS News: Obamacare’s Entire Financial Model is In Danger of Collapsing
    by Guy Benson

    Town Hall.com
    Oct 25, 2013

    With so much of the media’s attention fixated on Obamacare’s technological meltdown, some important storylines have gone under-explored. CBS news, to its credit delved into one of them today, noting that of the people who have successfully obtained coverage under the new law, it appears that the vast majority of them are new Medicaid enrollees. And that poses a mortal threat to the entire structure of the law.

    Continued…..

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/10/25/cbs-news-obamacares-financial-model-is-in-danger-of-collapsing-n1732009

  212. SarahG says:

    Helen, thanks for posting that totally bizarre story. Wow….it’s a mad mad world. I hope there is a huge protest and continued refusal to use pesticides.

  213. SarahG says:

    Speaking of bizarre…

    Over a thousand candidates shortlisted for life on Mars

    Reuters) – A mission to put humans on Mars that drew 200,000 applicants has selected more than a thousand candidates who will now be tested to come up with a final list of 24 would-be Mars-dwellers.

    Mars One was set up in 2011 by two Dutch men with the goal of establishing permanent human life on Mars in 2025. They hope the project will be funded by investors and the rights from the documentary-cum-reality TV broadcasting of the tests, training and final selection.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/02/us-mars-humans-idUSBREA010N620140102

  214. starlight says:

    At last, a new post. I was going to write about Egypt and maybe Russia, but it got to be too much. Probably next time, I will look at Egypt again.

    http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2014/01/january-unleashed/