My Talk in Annapolis

Gathering Storm

This is a link to my talk in Annapolis this weekend. It covers the building cardinal cross over the next several months and some thoughts about its impact in the US , both domestically and regarding foreign policy.

These are some of the charts Irussiaspringequinox14moscow used in the talk:

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107 comments

  1. will says:

    Nancy,

    Your presentation is potent and commanding. Your voice is clear and in spite of your progressive political views, you manage to present the presidential astrology with a decidedly cool and objective manner. I particularly favored how you fleshed out the feeling of the planetary transits. You offered a virtually-palpable sense of the aspects.

    Thank you and I hope you continue to give talks – lots and lots of them!

  2. alex says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Don’t know if it is because I did a Java update lately but the link to audio of your talk is simple online link for my computer to run… I usually don’t have such good performance from my computer for audio links…

    I’m listening to the link as I type; your voice is pleasant and clear and comprehensive; who is your audience?

    Jupiter Station for two months Feb 14 – April 20th 2014 square Uranus (last time this configuration and only time in 20C was during 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis)

    Pluto in Capricorn (concentration of power, ex·trem·ism)
    Uranus in Aries (countervailing opposition to the concentration of power)

    I believe one of the reasons USSR decided to put nukes in Cuba was result of Moscow’s intelligence surveillance agencies analyzing JFK; they reported to their political leaders that JFK was going to be a ‘weak’ leader; they used his presidency as an opportunity to go forward with missiles in Cuba something that had been a long held plan;

  3. alex says:

    Excerpt Email DFA: Dec 14TH

    http://www.democracyforamerica.com/

    The Virginia election is far from over. With your help we still have a chance to win the decisive legislative seat to block the Tea Party’s veto-proof supermajority.

    On Tuesday, the Circuit Court set the dates for the 86th District recount, where DFA member and endorsed candidate Jennifer Boysko trails her opponent by just 54 votes. The recount will take place next week and DFA’s campaign staff is on the ground working to ensure every Democratic vote is counted.

    Boysko’s is the closest House of Delegates election in the state, with just .26% of the vote separating the two candidates. With a razor-thin margin like that, it’s crucial we make sure every vote is counted fairly.

    DFA is on the ground recruiting election observers and fighting to ensure every vote is counted.

    DFA has stood with Jennifer Boysko from the very start, and we need your help to see this thing through to the end. You can be sure the other side will have high priced lawyers and do whatever they can to ensure their victory — but we won’t sit by and allow Republicans to use legal trickery to steal this election like they did in Florida.

    The stakes couldn’t be higher. If Boysko’s Tea Party opponent is successful, Republicans will have a veto-proof majority in the state legislature to force through their right-wing agenda.

    With just days left to determine the outcome of this election your support is critical.

    Thank you for all that you do,

    - Charles

    Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
    Democracy for America

  4. Lorrie U says:

    Bad news for whales and dolphins: Navy to expand sonar testing
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014673529

  5. Sharon says:

    Haven’t had a chance to listen to Nancy’s talk yet but wanted to stop in and post this great piece by Frank Schaeffer:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2013/12/the-slow-motion-lynching-of-president-barack-obama/#

  6. Lorrie U says:

    Sharon! Thank you for posting. It is indeed a great piece by Frank Schaeffer!

  7. barbara backus says:

    Having been born during the depth of the depression, I would like to say that the Cardinal Cross in my chart has been a challenge but far from a disaster. We are now living through a period of great opportunity and can only hope my grandchildren will embrace history as it comes to greet them.

  8. barbara backus says:

    I should also say I have since I was a teenager been far more political than more of most of the posters on this site as well as having an interest in astrology since the age of 13.

  9. Patty says:

    Nancy, Your presentation was wonderful, only wish I could have been there. It sparked my imagination…perhaps someday we all could meet-up mid-USA for a Starlight Convention!

    Rush Limbaugh described the Pope’s economics as “pure Marxism”.
    The Pope said,”The Ideology of Marxism is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended”. Defending his criticism of the ‘trickle-down’ theory of economics he added: “There was the promise that once the glass had become full it would overflow and the poor would benefit. But what happens is that when it’s full to the brim, the glass magically grows, and thus nothing ever comes out for the poor”.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/15/pope-francis-defends-criticism-of-capitalism-not-marxist

    Wow, so uplifting! Has anyone looked up Francis’ Chart?

  10. alex says:

    Nancy
    Domestically it looks like Feb March 2014 is going to be another debt limit power struggle maybe gov shut down again;

  11. Noelle says:

    Sharon, thanks. Wish he’d tell that to Chris Matthews.

  12. alex says:

    Paul Ryan and in next few days the GOP/TEAPARTY/LIBERTARIAN/NEOCON will decided WHAT THEY WANT FOR THE BUDET DEAL… the ‘hostage terms’ will be decided upon… Treasury Sec. Lew says debt limit will be reached Feb 7, 2014 with 30 day tactics to hold off default til March 7, 2014;

    first of all the ‘bipartisan deal’ is simply public image tending for GOPCO ‘they tried’ sad big tears :-( but it’s the D’s fault Obama’s fault… when the eventual hostage deal shuts down the government AGAIN…. the public image tending is being done in particular by Paul Ryan for the ‘scary clown college GOPCO primary’ for the 2016 presidentially ambitious political actors;

    Paul Ryan’s history is to appear to be working on a budget deal and then pull the rug out from under it; it’s the big stall it’s GOPCO image building/sleight-of-hand to hoodwink the public, and get the donor-dollars flowing;

    this is the season – of – political GOPCO witches to close out the year painting a happy face on their sadistic ayn rand, neocon pathology;

  13. starlight says:

    As mentioned in my talk and elsewhere, today is the last day of the Jupiter interlude for Obama (quincunx Ascendant and semisquare Moon). After today, the dominant aspect is Saturn opposed to the Inaugural Moon. The first thought that comes to my mind is the budget having trouble in the Senate after such optimism (Jupiter) last week. This is an important aspect to watch since it will come twice more, immediately followed (or preceded) by Saturn square Inaugural Mars.

    Also, Uranus is now stationary direct on Russia’s Mars through early January. This is another aspect to watch. Possible action regarding instability in Ukraine is a concern.

    Also this:

    http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20131216/185614387/Russia-Confirms-Tactical-Missile-Deployment-on-NATO-Borders.html

  14. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    *Starlight–wonderful instruction/annapolis talk! Have you thought of putting together a guidebook/manual/podcast/YouTube vid series on your exhaustive/eloquent astrology/psychology methods? You’ve inspired this humble student of astrology to explore further the big presence of Sirius (Dog Star) conjunct US Cancer Sun…hadn’t realized this influence before…

    More on fixed stars influencing US natal Sun, link & excerpt here:
    http://www.astrologycom.com/fixedstars.html
    “Dziban
    The Two Jackals
    Artistic, emotional but sombre; penetrating, analytical mind, much travel, many friends; danger of robbery and accidental poisoning. Craft, ingenuity, valour. A binary star in Draco, the Dragon.
    13° Can 48
    13° Can 56
    Unfortunate
    Saturn/ Mars
    ? (Psi) Draconis

    Dog Star
    the Sun of the Sun
    the prime Sun of our Galaxy

    Ambition, pride, emotionality, fame, leadership, wealth, fires, drought, danger through impetuosity. Sirius was worshipped in many cultures; its heliacal rising signalled the peak of summer, the annual flooding of the Nile and the beginning of the ancient Egyptian calendar. More on Sirius.
    14° Can 05
    14° Can 13
    Fortunate
    Jupiter/ Mars
    ? (Alpha) Canis Majoris

    Canopus *
    Ship of the Desert
    Voyages, journeys, creativity; scandal, violence; great glory, fame, wealth; changes evil to good; the Rishi (Hindu sage) Agasthya; star of St Catharine; helmsman of the Argo
    14° Can 51″

    More on Sirius:
    http://www.souledout.org/cosmology/sirius/siriusgodstar.html

    Warm aloha & blessings all!

  15. Lorrie U says:

    Venus Retrograde Dec 21-Jan 31 in Capricorn: Devil Wears Prada as the planet of love & money is driving reverse

    Once every year and a half, Venus retrogrades for 40 days and 40 nights (very biblical), making sure we know how important she is. The next retrograde motion of lovely Venus is between Dec 21st and Jan 31st (which happens to be the Chinese New year). Venus will be walking backward wearing high-heels on the steep high hills of the Capricorn mountains. To be honest, she does not like to be in Capricorn, she would rather be in Taurus or Libra or Pisces, or Cancer or Leo but she is stuck with the Goat-nation from Nov 2013 to March 2014. Capricorn rules career, ambition, fears, responsibilities, focus, and strategy. Boring! A girl, as the sages say, wants to have fun, and while in Capricorn, Venus is an unhappy girl…

    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=29caaeae0d13471b1035629c9&id=78876eb9d7

  16. Sharon K says:

    Thanks for posting the neat and somewhat upbeat article on Venus retro in Capricorn, Lorrie. It will be very interesting for me as Capricorn is my 7th house….and being aware of some of the pitfalls is half the battle (and it’s why I love astrology). I remember past episodes of venus retrograde in other signs and, although I don’t remember how they related to my chart offhand– although I think one time it affected my sun sign–it does seem that there was something of a flatness in the air, like the bubbles had gone out of the champagne, and the spark in things had dimmed.

  17. Sharon K says:

    Lorrie & Noelle, Glad you appreciate Frank Schaeffer – I LOVE the guy. I have a devout Christian friend who turned me onto Schaeffer at some point during the 2nd Bush administration – I think he is someone that people who have a conflict about Liberalism and their Christianity can turn to for reassurance & inspiration!

    Alex, what you’ve predicted (and Nancy confirmed) is so true — I am just waiting to see what the next Republican machination will be…but I think that Boehner may have been being honest when he chastised the Conservative groups the other day, but, on the other hand, that, too, could have been calculated.

    Patty, without checking, I remember that Pope Francis had mucho Sagittarius in his chart – and he certainly models the highest and best aspects of that sign.

  18. alex says:

    Sharon
    - Most Calculated!

    Everybody Happy Holidays to You & Yours

    http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_kiss_of_death_GMO_apple

    Stop Biotech’s new Kiss of Death GMO Apple

    If you haven’t heard, apples are the single most popular fruit served in school lunchrooms across the U.S. and tragically, a Canadian firm has created a new GMO apple, using a new “gene silencing” technique that could interfere with the expression of genes in humans, even silencing vital human genes, potentially causing serious health problems.

    Right now, the Obama administration is considering the approval of the world’s first genetically engineered apple, known as the ArcticApple, which has been engineered to silence the natural browning enzyme that may help apples fight disease and pests. If approved, this GMO apple will appear on shelves unlabeled and without proper regulation.

    Currently, the Canadian firm, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, is hoping its GMO apple, will be approved in Golden Delicious and Granny Smith varieties, despite the fact that it faces stiff opposition from consumers, apple growers and some of the nation’s leading apple growing associations. Legitimate concerns center on the utterly worthless cosmetic genetic alteration to the GMO apple and the untested new genetic engineering technique used to create the apple.

    Please sign the petition below: tell the USDA to reject biotech’s new cosmetic GMO apple!

  19. alex says:

    Patty
    - http://www.phinnweb.org/neuro/brainwash/

    there are many ways to ‘brainwash’ people

    right wing radio generates CULT OF HATE….

    based on FEAR….. fear based brainwashing is about frightening

    people into giving their power over to (self-empowerment) to the right wing diabolical authoritarian(ism) cult:

    John Dean (Nixon’s legal counsel – the watergate hearings) wrote a definitative book about Authoritarian (cults) Brainwashing….

    http://www.amazon.com/Conservatives-Without-Conscience-John-Dean/dp/0143038869

    Conservatives Without Conscience
    by John W. Dean

  20. alex says:

    Sharon K

    I use to read/&/write poetry in my really really younger days and I learned to appreciate precision:

    for instance: Predict

    I didn’t predict in my upthread comment…and I don’t predict with astrology either : Nancy’s overview is the lens that puts focus on the GOPCO’s next likely upsetting domestic, destructive, chaotic, debt limit soap opera that will cost everybody $$ in higher interests payments on everything;

    I simple restated what I had read, in an ordinary news media article, about what Paul Ryan offered in public interview: that the GOPCO will be deciding what ‘hostage’ they will be demanding for their votes to pass a budget; if they don’t get the ‘hostage’ from the D’s-Obama then they will leverage the next US debt limit ceiling on Feb 7th (default March 7, 2014) and shut down the government again:

  21. Jerry says:

    Alex,

    Regarding the time frame on a potential default when we reach the US debt ceiling limit in early March…. On March 2nd Mars goes stationary retrograde at 27 Libra conjoins Pres. Obama’s progressed Mars (26 Libra) square progressed Jupiter and the US Pluto (both at 27 Capr.). This is followed by the March 6th Saturn stationary retrograde at 23 Scorpio square the New York Stock Exchange Pluto (23 Aq.). There may be reason for concern.

    Here’s what Leslie Hale has to say about this period…..

    “Mars goes stationary retrograde on March 2, 2014 at 27 degrees of Libra and this is often the most important period in the cycle when energy can reverse, decisions change, situations become stalled, or in this case relationships that are troubled may change course, entirely.

    When Mars retrogrades expect new projects to stall or not move forward as expected, personal energy can be lower (Mars rules action), stress can become greater and manifest through health if bad enough, accidents can occur, anger flare, and most of all if this is aspecting an important point in your chart frustration can occur. As Mars is stationing, retrograde or direct, combative energy can occur.”

    Nancy,

    Great presentation. Very insightful and well thought out. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  22. angellight says:

    ACA leads drug maker Glaxo to end sketchy practice of paying doctors to promote their drugs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/business/glaxo-says-it-will-stop-paying-doctors-to-promote-drugs.html?pagewanted=all

  23. angellight says:

    Starlight: I will post your talk/link on my twitter page.

  24. alex says:

    Jerry

    Thanks for the notations on SRX spring 2014:

    One reason mundane astrology is simplier IMO to learn than natal astrology is because you must/can/always find the EXTREMES of every zodiac sign, element,quality,aspect being played out somewhere… now we are in a era of extremes in US/world, EXTREME INEQUITY, extreme partisanship, media and advanced command, control, communications that magnify polarity from pressure waves of “forced induced artificial synthetic Resonating mass consciousness”

    background: I use to to say ‘forced induced artificial synthetic VIBRATORY mass consciousness’

    but

    it is more accurate in regards to PHYSICS to say RESONATING mass consciousness;

    most astrologer’s have a file of natal charts to use when working on an analysis of objective events in the world in order to compare those world events in a more personal way; it is an important resource to ‘TEST’ the analysis and understand it;

    like everybody else when I go to my “friends.family.familiars” files to look at an important notation like the Mars SRX 3/2/2014 and Saturn SRX 3/6/2014 I’ll see it as through the lens of anxiety/anticipation of something negative as first reaction ( as opposed to FIRST IMPRESSION)

    but I tell you from my life experience as person who leans towards the intutitive mind that the basis function of the intuitive mind is hardwired to be a ‘red flag’ a caution sign to raise your awareness from less subconsious state to more conscious state…. the FIRST REFLEX of the intuitive function is to ‘startle’ you into becoming awake…

    that is the very reason many people can not study intuitive arts and why some of the iconic classic astrologers warn that giving intuitive right insights to clients they counsel will be more than they can sometimes handle…sometimes astrology insights create too much anxiety for folks;

    1) because it gets you in touch with the first order of hardwiring from the intuitive function of the brain….

    the’startle alert-red flag’ 6th sense was developed as an evolutionary adaptation to predatory behavior in ancient world when humans where hunted by tigers, and lions, and other big big predators who stalked human beings for FOOD….

    intuitive insights are most helpful but they are initially hard to handle because they channel in the immediate sense to the FRIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE brain response for survival….

    it takes practice not to FLINCH and see the worst in everything when you use friend/family/familars resource file to TEST for objective world events…

    the anxiety comes up emotionally first… then you have to go to work to sort out/through the potential for ill/or/good probablities/possibilities by WEIGHING the factors and ruling them in or out one by one until you have firm basis for analysis; you have to clear the emotions away to do the analysis;

    having said ALL OF THAT…

    I’ll be checking my resource file of ‘friends.family.and familiars’ with the mars srx and saturn srx events and my first knee jerk reaction will be to see the worst possible extremes THEN I WILL WORK IT THROUGH THE ENTIRE analysis process by sorting out / and weighing factors then ruling things either in or out until I get a solid basis of understanding for the SRX events….

    SRX events are important times but may very well not be important at all in most natal charts… whereas in geopolitical charts there will be an EXTREME reaction somewhere in the world … stations are important and they are regular cyclical events ;

    radiant waves from station-energy will hit some unflexible barriers and boundaries …. that will not/or/can not bend therefore there it will be a ‘breaking point’ in some mundane charts somewhere;

  25. alex says:

    oops typo

    should read – INFLEXIBLE

    (not unflexible)

  26. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    As it turns out, today is Pope Francis’ birthday. He invited a few homeless people to eat w/him and attend chapel.
    http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2013/12/17/news/buon_compleanno_papa_francesco-73801996/

    A natal chart for Pope Francis:
    http://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Pope_Francis

    Blessings all! :-)

  27. Francis says:

    Great talk, Nancy! I just listened to it on my iphone because it was not loading on my ancient lap top. Wow! I want to encourage all your readers to pray, cast spells, send out vibes, whatever folks do in order to help soothe and encourage more peaceful transformations. I know some of your readers already do this on a regular basis and I thank them and will be joining their efforts. Although it is more likely that transformational change comes with conflict, maybe even warfare, it is also possible for transformations to be guided by wisdom and compassion.
    To all of you, have a blessed holiday season!

  28. Lorrie U says:

    Can’t wait to find the quiet time to listen to your talk, Starlight! It’s on my to-do list.

    Alex – signed & shared the petition!

    Sharon K – Is Frank Schaeffer the same one whose son is gay and he’s in trouble for conducting gay marriages?

  29. lunagardener says:

    Thank you for posting your lecture Nancy. I feel much better prepared for the next season and year. Happy Holidays!

    Francis, Tom Kenyon has some sound energy work we can all do during our ride through the chaotic nodes. It is a long article, but I feel quite timely. If nothing else, it allows me to feel helpful in the situation. In his comments at the end he says, “I found this particular sound meditation to be such a profound gateway into the Devic and Angelic realms of light.”
    http://tomkenyon.com/fukushima
    I hope everyone hear has a wonderful Holiday and New Year.

  30. Lorrie U says:

    New 3.8% Federal Medicare Contribution Tax Begins in 2013

    Are you concerned about the uncertainty of what tax rates will be in 2013 and thereafter? Did you realize that there is already a tax increase that is certain unless it is repealed before 2013? Contained as part of the 2010 Health Care Bill is a new unearned income Medicare Contribution Tax of 3.8%. This could be a significant tax expansion that will impact many individuals, trusts and estates.

    http://www.plantemoran.com/perspectives/articles/2012/Pages/new-federal-medicare-contribution-tax-begins-in-2013.aspx

  31. Lorrie U says:

    This is why the GOP/TP has been obsessed with repealing Obamacare instead of creating jobs…and their lying email campaign

    One of the provisions in the reconciliation bill (HR 4872) passed in conjunction with the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health care legislation calls for high-income households to be subject to a new 3.8% Medicare tax on investment income starting in 2013.

    This is a complicated section of a complicated piece of legislation, and the 3.8% Medicare tax has been frequently misreported as amounting to a 3.8% “sales tax” on all real estate transactions. This is incorrect: the Medicare tax is not a sales tax, nor does it apply to all real estate transactions; it is a tax on investment income (income which may or not derive from the sale of property) only for persons who earn more than the amounts specified in the bill.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/realestate.asp

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/realestate.asp#4v4RuRWURW07H1Bd.99

  32. angellight says:

    Festival of Sagitaurius: Wonderful talk on Nelson Mandella’s life & work. Speaker’s voice lifts one into a higher state of consciousness!

    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?LucisTrust/6bc9ca4da2/dda1dc196c/1963e39a6e

  33. Sharon Katz says:

    Lorrie, After googling it, I found out that they are different people. The one that I’m referring to is the son of a famous evangelist, who is one of the founders of the current evangelical movement, and, quite a while ago now, he left the church and became a Liberal spokesperson—quite a difficult life transition for him. He is just such a honest, convincing, articulate guy. He really “speaks” to me.

    ArtsCulturePeace, thanks for Pope Francis’ chart link – he is not as Sagittarian as I thought but the sun in Sag and moon in Aquarius does explain a lot. Astrotheme offers a GREAT chart evaluation and it’s free, I think. I just registered and will play with it.

    Alex, thanks for the elaborating on what you meant.

  34. Sharon Katz says:

    OK, checked out Astrotheme a little further and the fully fleshed out chart that was done for Pope Francis is not free, but there are a lot of more simplistic free applications based on personsl birth data and that of others that you register, similar to astro.com

  35. Professor Marc Bertonasco says:

    Nancy, A blogger named Bob many weeks ago posted valuable information about the charts of PBO and ACA in early January and early February of 2014. Both charts will experience wonderful Jupiter blessings. Would you please review this information for us? (Five years ago Wolfstar observed that he had underestimated the effects of Jupiter on PBO.) Professor Marc B.

  36. Professor Marc Bertonasco says:

    Nancy, I have read some Vedic astrologers lately who have long proved quite accurate concerning PBO. They maintain that for PBO Saturn is a very positive planet, providing discipline, structure and focus that he might otherwise lack. Incidentally I notice that in my own chart all my most productive periods were marked by what most mundane astrologers would term an adverse Saturn aspect (e.g. Saturn squaring or opposing natal sun or moon). My Saturn periods are not much fun, mind you, but the jobs get done!

  37. Lorrie U says:

    A Radical Shift in Perception – Gemini Full Moon Activates the Galactic Center, Uranus Stations Direct

    http://virgomagic.com/2013/12/16/gemini-full-moon/

  38. Lorrie U says:

    Gaza Need Not Be a Sewer

    Since the Israeli and Egyptian blockade, Gaza has not had sufficient fuel to sustain its electricity supply and keep its 290 water and sewage facilities running. The Hamas government refuses to buy alternative fuels, because taxes on these would go to the rival Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority. As a result, pumping stations ceased operation in November, and many streets in southern Gaza City are now inundated with human excrement.

    Residents must sandbag their homes so they won’t be flooded by raw sewage. The stench is intolerable. With the pumping stations out of action, fresh water will soon cease to reach taps at all.

    The health impact is already apparent. According to a recent Unicef survey, 20 percent of Gazan children suffer from waterborne diseases. Without remedial action, the situation will only get worse.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/opinion/gaza-need-not-be-a-sewer.html?_r=1&

  39. will says:

    So according to the birth chart for Francis, he was pretty much born on the Galactic Center?

  40. Aglo says:

    Nancy

    That was a great talk!!, your voice is clear and well modulated I enjoyed it immensely.

    Thank you for sharing all that you know!!

  41. alex says:

    at apx 29 years old the first Saturn Return:

    it brings rewards and life responsibilities that you want
    or it reveals how you are not ready/come up short for more options in life

    saturn brings rewards/goals – that you have earned

  42. alex says:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303949504579264663288440856

    EXCERPT

    Rep. Paul Ryan, last year’s GOP vice-presidential nominee, is setting his sights on a new challenge: He plans to be the next chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee starting in 2015, a move that would give him a high-profile platform for advancing conservative policy ideas.

    Fresh off a bipartisan budget deal that restores some certainty to the way Congress spends money, Mr. Ryan is making a push to help the current Ways and Means chairman, Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, rewrite the tax code, an ambitious undertaking that presents major political hurdles.

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

    EXCERPT

    The Committee of Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Members of the Ways and Means Committee are not allowed to serve on any other House Committees unless they apply for a waiver from their party’s congressional leadership. The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including:

    Social Security

    Unemployment benefits

    Medicare

    Enforcement of child support laws

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal welfare program

    Foster care and adoption programs

    The U.S. Constitution requires that all bills regarding taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. Since House procedure is that all bills regarding taxation must go through this committee, the committee is very influential, as is its Senate counterpart, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

    Recent chairs have been Charlie Rangel, Pete Stark (acting), Sander Levin and Dave Camp.

  43. alex says:

    http://politicalastrologyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/paul-ryan-natal.jpg

    Natal Sun @09 Aquarius, Natal Venus @10 Aquarius

    one of the signature degrees for chart analysis during BushCO era was TEN DEGREE AQUARIUS because:

    Natal Dick Cheney Sun @10 Aquarius
    cnj
    George W. Bush Natal Ceres @10 Aquarius

    hence I called 10 Aquarius the symbolic degree for NEOCONS… since Paul Ryan is a dedicated Neocon with Natal SUN-VENUS 9-10 Aquarius – it continues to be a good NEOCON symbol THEIR POLICIES/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS significant for chart analysis:

    Paul Ryan Natal Chart, DOB 1/29/1970, 2:37Am, Janesville WI

    2015 Solar Arc Sun @24Pisces, Solar Arc Venus@25 Pisces
    The year he hopes to take over the chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee;

    wherever he goes, whatever he does the year of Paul Ryan causing trouble rises to another dimension in year 2020 when he is 50 years old….

    2020 Solar Arc Sun, Paul Ryan @29 Pisces,
    Paul Ryan Solar Arc, Venus @00 Aries

    29 degrees Pisces has significant history for US – regarding 9/11 ( additionally it is fixed star degree ) and it is emphasized above all things critically associated with the 29TH degree because it is in waxing cnj to the Zero Aries Point;

    PLUS by Solar Arc and his ambitions for more power, in order to turn the US into an Ayn Rand’s vision of anti-social hatred for community, common good and comity, 2020 is Paul Ryan’s Trajectory this is his potential that he projects by astrology direction peaking in 2020 and an inflection point in probablity analysis for the US, the year 2020, and Paul Ryan – whether he amasses more power by then, at the moment it is a good year for Probabilty of his VIRTUAL POTENTIAL

    COMITY: Legal Context, and dictionary definition

    Comity – legal definition:

    In law, comity specifically refers to legal reciprocity—the principle that one jurisdiction will extend certain courtesies to other nations…

    Comity – dictionary definition:
    friendly social atmosphere : social harmony <group activities promoting comity – a loose widespread community based on common social institutions

  44. alex says:

    One Significant Military Method for Analyzing The Future is called the SEAS Program: it is one of their more interesting probability studies called ‘sentient world simulation’:

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

    Sentient World Simulation SWS aka SEAS

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/23/sentient_worlds/

    Perhaps your real life is so rich you don’t have time for another.

    Even so, the US Department of Defense (DOD) may already be creating a copy of you in an alternate reality to see how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda.

    The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual “nodes” to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR. Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a “synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information”, according to a concept paper for the project.

    SWS also replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, its developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors.

  45. alex says:

    Sentient World Simulation SWS

    SEAS – Alternative Futures

    Background on how US Psychological Operations are used domestically. Covers Rumsfeld’s Information Operations Roadmap and current Pentagon plans to create a digital “parallel universe” to test PSYOP.

    US Military Psychological Operations Video Link

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVGwGB0-i-o

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_operations_%28United_States%29

    EXCERPT

    To anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners.

    Sentient World Simulation (SWS) is a computer-based project designed to “generate alternative futures” and no surprise, the US Defense Department is actively involved.

    According to one of the project’s developers, Purdue University professor Alok Chaturvedi, “SWS will consist of a synthetic environment that mirrors the real world in all it key aspects – Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information, and Infrastructure.”

    The goal is to copy each person on earth into the SWS parallel universe, and then see how they respond to external events such as natural disasters or political upheavals.

    The concept paper Chaturvedi co-authored additionally notes, “SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP),” to help the military “develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners.”

  46. alex says:

    continued: YOU ARE A NODE – Sentient World Simulation

    http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/12/3126

    Welcome to the Jungle: US Military Psychological Operations and You

  47. alex says:

    continued Natal Paul Ryan

    Natal Sun @09 Aquarius
    Natal Venus @10 Aquarius
    NATAL SISYPHUS @10 Aquarius

  48. Bob says:

    The grandmaster already knows he will win the game, he has an idea of how it will play out – just not the particulars or the exact dates.

    He knows that whatever demands the Republicans make, in the end they will want to avert another shutdown to avoid being seen as costing the country a reduced credit rating resulting in billions of dollars being added to the deficit (more debt on the taxpayers backs and money being used to pay for increased credit payments instead of beneficial programs) or they will cause one but eventually it will have to come to an end (after causing enormous financial damage to the country) – nothing lasts forever . The result of either tactic will be that they do harm to Republicans running for office in the immediate future and possibly for years to come, perhaps decades, like after the 1929 crash.

    Knowing this, President Obama can stand firm giving very little, if anything when they make their threats. He has won his limit in political terms and will be playing for the good of the country and to influence the public’s preference for Democratic policies rather than Republican ones. The public knows bullies when they see them and they do not like them.

    Republican politicians are caught between a rock and a hard place – the Tea Party and the rest of the voting public.

  49. Bob says:

    REPOST

    Obama Signs Healthcare Bill – Natal Chart
    Mar 23 2010, 11:55 am, EDT +4:00
    White House Dist of Columbia, 38°N53’50”, 077°W02’13”

    Transit Jupiter trines to the ACA

    Jupiter Retrograde Nov 7 2013 20°Cn31?

    Jupiter Trine Jupiter Jan 6 2014 – Getting the bugs out
    Jupiter Trine MC Feb 11 2014 – All Better

    Jupiter Direct Mar 6 2014 10°Cn27? D

    Jupiter Trine MC Mar 29 2014 – 3 weeks before the Grand Square, 7 months before the election
    Jupiter Trine Jupiter May 3 2014 – Campaign
    Jupiter Trine Uranus Jul 2 2014 – Campaign
    Jupiter Trine Sun Jul 29 2014 – Campaign
    Jupiter Trine Mercury Sep 9 2014 – Campaign
    Jupiter Trine Venus Oct 28 2014 – 1 week before the election

    Midterms 2014 – house cleaning begins, 2016 house cleaning continues, 2018 the 2012 TPs are removed. House is Spic and Span. No offense meant by the use of any term.

    From a prior post of Jupiter trines to the ACA:

    Jupiter Trine MC Feb 11 2014 – All Better

    Jupiter Direct Mar 6 2014 10°Cn27? D

    Jupiter Trine MC Mar 29 2014 – 3 weeks before the Grand Square, 7 months before the election

    After looking at more charts It seems that the trine of the MC of the ACA chart on Mar 29 by Jupiter after it has gone direct is more potent than the trine on Feb 11 when it is retrograde.

    On the 29th the progressed chart MC will be at 352°51′. Transit Jupiter will be on the progressed ascendant and progressed Jupiter-Uranus midpoint will be on the progressed MC with transit Moon-Mercury midpoint on the MC on that day also. That all adds up to a lot of Jupiter activating the ACA chart. It may be a reporting of very good numbers for the healthcare law.

  50. Bob says:

    Are there similar stations in other parts of the country?

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  51. Jerry says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Regarding the April 23rd cardinal grand cross square impacting Israel’s natal Mars (28 Leo – by semi-square), it’s also important to note that North Korea’s natal Saturn stands at the 28 Leo degree as well. Late in the evening on April 23rd (EST), the moon arrives at 28 Aquarius in opposition to those natal degrees and in perfect hard aspect to the cardinal grand cross square. If ever there was the danger of war erupting in the middle east and on the Korean peninsula – this could be it.

  52. Squallo says:

    Starlight: in your talk you mention the resemblance of the coming Jupiter Uranus square with the 1962 Jupiter Uranus opposition, but in that time it didn’t culminated in a grand cross style of conjunction, so, can we expect some building tension from february through the end of march, start of april, culminating in some fireworks in april?, perhaps we find out that Asad isn’t cooperating with the destruction of his chemical arsenal in February and then the US strikes in April.

  53. Noelle says:

    Bob, I tend to agree with you and hope you are right.

  54. Bob says:

    Worth watching and the one that automatically follows it (Tribute to Teachers). At the top of the page click on “Watch” and a menu listing of left wing shows drops down. Click on ones you would like to watch.

    http://www.msnbc.com/now-with-alex-wagner/watch/the-importance-of-girls-education-in-malawi-94274115627

  55. Squallo says:

    The two NASA astronauts among ISS Expedition 38′s six-person crew, Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, are scheduled to spend around 6 1/2 hours in space over the course of three separate excursions on Dec. 21, 23 and 25.

    http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2343298_nasa-says-spacewalks-needed-to-fix-space-station-pump.html

  56. Squallo says:

    Should all else fail, Buck confirmed that there are two Soyuz spacecraft attached to the space station for an evacuation.

    “Each [spacecraft] carries three people to and from the space station. There is always one Soyuz for every three crew members at the space station, and there are always enough seats to ensure that everyone aboard the station has a way home.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/12/12/astronauts-may-need-to-rely-on-russians-soyuz-spacecraft-should/

  57. Francis says:

    Bob! Thank you for the Repost!

  58. Aglo says:

    Maryanne Williamson is running for Congress!

    This is Uranus in action.

  59. alex says:

    Rob Zerban will run against Paul Ryan in 2014: ( Zerban ran against him in 2012, Ryan got 55% of vote the least votes when he stood for election before)

    Rob Zerban DOB
    June 27, 1968
    Belleville Illinois

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/campaign-2012/candidates/robert-rob-zerban-62383/

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

  60. Professor Marc Bertonasco says:

    Bob, Thank you for the repost–very valuable!

  61. starlight says:

    Squallo – You are right that the planets are far more intense this time around due to the grand cross in addition to the protracted Jupiter/Uranus square, plus the multiple aspects impacting the US Sun including the four-month Pluto opposition. There are many layers happening at once, seemingly crescendoing in April. Some will be interconnected situations and some will be parallel.

  62. kiwi says:

    Great talk Nancy! Makes me want to hide under the bed for a while though, LOL. Ahhh change, makes life interesting!

    On another note, a while back there was discussion about vaccines etc etc. Just got this link from my cousin, I agree with the article, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/growing-up-unvaccinated/

    Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year everyone! xxx

  63. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    Waaaay Off-topic, but sensing somebody here may see a use for this for personal or nonprofit use:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/09/nyregion/for-rent-fixer-uppers-in-a-national-park.html?_r=0

    Blessings all!

  64. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    re: matters of looming US Pluto Return. Pluto trans. Opposite US Sun. US Prog. Mars Rx

    A probing, serious exploration of violence, American culture, and survival from Henry Giroux…worth exploring, thought provoking, imv:
    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/20669radical-democracy-against-cultures-of-violence

    Blessings all!

    “Fox is the new Pravda, only dumber…”~Henry Giroux

  65. Jerry says:

    Leading up to the cardinal grand cross square of April 23rd, a pre-cursor as one astrologer suggests, would most likely be the exact day of the Uranus Pluto square. It falls on a Monday. Indications are when markets open on Monday, April 21st the potential is there for a precipitous fall on the world stock markets……

    21 April 2014 the U.S.A. meets with Nemesis
    by carlosjii 10/20/2013

    Astrological details:

    21-Apr-2014 Uranus = 13 Aries 34 Pluto = 13 Capricorn 34

    Abstract: The most powerful astrological aspect to the USA’s horoscope since 1776 occurs 21 April 2014 and combines energies of sudden, unexpected, overwhelming transformation especially in the areas of the US’s relationship with partnerships, authority, personal finances and other people’s money.

    …… On 21 April 2014 the transiting square of Pluto to Uranus in the sky exactly interacts with the US’s natal Sun-Saturn square forming a Grand Cross [X pattern] WITH transiting Mars conjunct the US’s natal Saturn AND transiting Jupiter conjoining the US natal Sun in Cancer in the 8th house of transformation and other people’s money.

    Jupiter transiting the US Sun in the 8th house?—?“This is primarily a house of crisis and refers to those points in life where the emotional ties to others force a man to the realization of some vital area of his own feeling nature which must be recognized, examined and purified. Here money becomes the symbol of emotional dependence or freedom…” thus, a crisis of TOO MUCH. Saturn, Liz Greene, pg. 24

    Saturn in the tenth house is generally considered to symbolize ambition, a slow climb to power with many setbacks and delays, and, if he is afflicted, a subsequent fall from power. Saturn, Liz Greene, pg. 49 [The US’s Sun is “afflicted” by Saturn.]

    Pluto redresses imbalance. The US has severely overreacted to threats such as Pearl Harbor and 9/11 by compulsively lashing out internationally. The strong destructive/recreative energy of Pluto will force the US to confront its fears of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and destruction in its own lands where we have for many years foisted these same problems on others.

    “The only way we find out we have the capacity to survive our own ego-death is to go through our own ego-death. When everything we thought we were is taken away, we discover a part of ourselves that is still there-that aspect of our being which is eternal and indestructible.” The Gods of Change?—?Pain, Crisis, and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, Howard Sasportas, Arkana [Penguin], 1989, pg. 241

    https://medium.com/p/5b47a579ac9c

  66. SarahG says:

    Starlight, thanks so much for sharing your well constructed insights. Fascinating to hear your talk on the upcoming transits. I think with all this wild Uranian energy it will be imperative for Obama, Kerry, etc. to keep cool heads and prevent knee jerk reactions to provocations of any kind. That is not generally how Americans roll when provoked, but if we want to have an effective role at the global table we are going to have to grow up. This more dispassionate approach is certainly not a popular one. And we need to teach our population how to mature in the area of mediation and conflict resolution. In fact learning these skills should be a priority in every curriculum of our education system. No small task when there is so much divisiveness within our own country.

    By the way a really excellent discussion on Charlie Rose tonight with Friedman of the NYTimes. They touch on all the players and how things are currently unfolding which is particularly of interest in light of Nancy’s talk on the areas of tension that might become triggered by the powerful alignment of planets this spring.
    http://www.charlierose.com/search

  67. SarahG says:

    BTW – one thing that Friedman mentions about our relationship with Russia is that the source of tensions with Russia and their neighbors in Europe was in large part as a result of Nato expansion that put us on their doorstep. I had mentioned in an earlier response to the historic connections Starlight saw in this spring’s transits to the Cuban Missile Crisis that our own missile placements in Europe at that time, in close proximity to the USSR, were very much a factor in that crisis….and that issue is still very much alive and may once again be a factor in any developing tensions this spring.

  68. alex says:

    artspeaceandculture

    democracy against cultures of violence ( truthout) says it all.. thxs for posting

  69. starlight says:

    For the moment, Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine has been economic, but it is enmeshing the Ukraine in Russia’s economy and keeping it from integrating into the European one. given Russia’s and Putin’s charts, I think this is one conflict to keep watching.

  70. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,
    *Sharon Katz–yes, Pope has some big knowledge he is transmitting to the world these days!
    *alex–happy you found the article of interest. Deep-thinking there.
    *will–you ask if Pope Sun is on GC? Looks that way. Regardless, he is definately expressing wisdom, humility, higher teachings in a world in dire need of all :-)

    Been exploring the meanings of Galactic Center and how it relates to a natal Chiron conjunct. Ideas?

    E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua. Blessings all!

  71. SarahG says:

    How funny….the battle of the alleged ‘brainwashed masses’. So I’ve been to some gatherings with friends and acquaintances this December and twice, as I was leaving, wished them all a happy holiday. Twice I was corrected with “you mean Merry Christmas” It wasn’t just “Merry Christmas!” but an attempt to correct my greeting. Both times this came from new acquaintances who I discovered were hard right on the political scale, and I could just assume this was the latest talking point…valiantly reclaiming Christmas from the poor sheep in the “politically correct” left leaning crowd. The first time a person responded in this way I was surprised and didn’t say anything. Just waved my hand to express a tolerant “whatever works for ya” response. But the second time I responded to this correction with….”Oh you must be a Christian. Then by all means have a Merry Christmas!”. Geesh.

  72. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha Starlight,

    Other possible big issues brewing:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/18/us-china-usa-ships-idUSBRE9BH03M20131218

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-12-17/india/45294474_1_delegation-speaker-meira-kumar-sujatha-singh

    And then there’s the entire radioactive debacle at Fukushima still unraveling and damaging environs near and far for generations to come.

    Never boring, never dull, eh? :-) Blessings.

  73. angellight says:

    The NFL hasn’t paid taxes since 1966! The most popular sport in America with revenues North of 9 Billion Dollars!

    http://bit.ly/19arEm1

  74. Jerry says:

    The January 1, 2014 New Moon 10 ’57 Capricorn conjunct Pluto (11 ’16 Capricorn) square Mars (11 ’51 Libra). This powerful configuration t squares the Iranian natal Sun – 11 ’6 Aries.

    One has to wonder if the astrological aspects outlined above have any direct bearing on the current unraveling of negotiations between the US and Iran…….

    U.S. Pessimism Sets In Over Iran Nuclear Talks

    Gloom over U.S.-Iran talks stems from a growing realization of what each side much give up.
    By Paul Richter

    Los Angeles Times
    December 18, 2013

    WASHINGTON — Three weeks after President Obama hailed a landmark deal to suspend most of Iran’s nuclear program for the next six months, the mood among U.S. officials about the next round of negotiations has shifted from elated to somber, even gloomy.

    “I wouldn’t say [chances of success are] more than 50-50,” Obama said last week. U.S. officials are “very skeptical” that Iran will accept Western demands, said his lead negotiator, Wendy R. Sherman.

    The shift, officials say, is the result of a growing recognition of the compromises each side must make to resolve the decade-old impasse over Western suspicion that Iran will someday try to build nuclear weapons and the Iranian demand that the sanctions crippling its economy be lifted.

    Problems already have emerged. Technical talks in Vienna aimed at implementing the initial deal stopped Thursday when Iranian negotiators unexpectedly flew back to Tehran, reportedly in response to the Obama administration’s decision to expand its blacklist of foreign companies and individuals who have done business with Iran in violation of sanctions.

    Continued….

    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-iran-deal-20131218,0,7670834.story#axzz2nwimgtyc

  75. alex says:

    artsculturepeace

    the same writer: 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.

    let’s make it simple…… ayn rand, neocons, suppy side right wingism, reaganism, thatcherism, libertarian-teaparty-GOP, conservative evangelicals…..

    have something in common – sadism!

  76. alex says:

    continued: I don’t see any reason to be polite about it….

    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19428-the-ghost-of-authoritarianism-in-the-age-of-the-shutdown

    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……… engineered by the extremists driving the Republican Party, the amount of human suffering, violence and hardships that many individuals and families are experiencing border on catastrophic and open up a whole new act in the theater of cruelty, state violence, human misery and the exercise of raw and savage power.

    The assassins now in power are cultivating a culture of fear, vengeance and hatred not only directed at disposable populations such as the poor, low-income minority youths, whistleblowers, immigrants and those who are disabled, uninsured and unemployed – but also at civil liberties, labor unions, women’s reproductive rights and voting rights.

  77. Francis says:

    I can not find any petitions against the bipartisian Senate’s new sanctions against Iran. Do any of you know of any I could sign? Thanks!

  78. Jerry says:

    Another potential US budget battle looming in congress seems to coincide with the March 1st Mars retrograde station (27 Libra) square tr. Mercury and the US Pluto (27 Capr.), the March 2nd Saturn retrograde station at 23 Scorpio (square the NYSE Pluto at 23 AQ) and the March 6th Jupiter station (direct) square Uranus at 10 Cancer-Aries. This last aspect will be in semi-square to President Obama’s natal Uranus (25 Leo). I wonder if Jupiter going stationary direct on March 6th will avert a last minute US default. The reasoning is simple – Republican’s want to be heard but I don’t think they are insane enough to actually tip the US into default…

    Treasury: Next Debt Limit Deadline Weeks Away
    by Gregory Korte,

    USA TODAY
    December 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew restarted the debt limit countdown clock Thursday, warning Congress that it has seven weeks to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and “put an end to governing by crisis.”

    This time, Lew said, he won’t have as much room to maneuver to avoid hitting the limit.

    The law that reopened the government in October after a 16-day shutdown suspended the debt limit until Feb. 7. Once that deadline comes, the Treasury secretary said, he won’t have as much room to maneuver as in previous debt limit crises.

    This year, Lew was able to use “extraordinary measures” to keep from borrowing money for six months after the debt limit took effect. Next year, those measures would work only until late February or early March.

    “While this forecast is subject to inherent variability, we do not foresee any reasonable scenario in which the extraordinary measures would last for an extended period of time — principally because the government experiences large net cash outflows in February and March due to tax refunds,” Lew wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

    Continued…….

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/12/19/treasury-next-debt-limit-deadline-just-weeks-away/4131613/

  79. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    Re: Pluto/Capricorn Power/Integrity/Transformation
    Potentially big deal event. Not mere conspiracy, but criminal case that was never prosecuted properly. Case re-opened on lawsuit against Kingdom of Saudi Arabia based their documented assistance/participation with numerous Saudi national 9.11.01 perpetrators in Cal. and Florida for starters:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-19/saudi-arabia-ordered-to-face-claims-over-sept-11-attacks.html

    Also, war whore Netanyahu is looking for a new sugar-daddy “perfect partner” China in the wings before a serious jilt/split between US/Israel occurs, imv:
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017165672

    Fascinating world movements/events! Blessings all!

  80. starlight says:

    Francis – I just sent out an email to some local friends asking them to call Ben Cardin to stop sabotaging Obama’s diplomacy with increased sanctions on Iran. Rachel did a great job tonight basically saying it was a choice between giving this diplomacy a try and war. Period. I hope she keeps pounding away on this issue.

  81. Lorrie U says:

    Nancy Pelosi Turns the Tables on Darrell Issa and He Could Be In Big Trouble

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is calling for a high level security briefing on the operations of Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in which he would have to be forthcoming about what information he has released and to whom after he got his hands on sensitive documents surrounding HealthCare.Gov. It would then be up to the Department of Justice to make a determination.

    Issa finally got his hands on sensitive information about HealthCare.Gov that were it to be leaked, panelist E.J. Dionne pointed out, would make the site vulnerable to a cyber attack and would endanger national security. The release of the information could jeopardize the security of websites across the government, according to cyber security experts from across the administration IT departments.

    It’s also the kind of information that someone who had it out for President Obama and the entire Democratic administration could really use, if they had no scruples and maybe had a penchant for criminal activity. Darrell Issa just so happens to qualify.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/19/nancy-pelosi-turns-tables-darrell-issa-trouble.html

  82. Francis says:

    Thank you Nancy. Although I live in California I also emailed Senator Cardin and this is what I wrote and I new realize I misspelled a word (grrr):

    Dear Senator,
    Although I am out of your district I need to express to you as a fellow Democrat that I am deeply upset with your sponsor of the bill that seeks to punish Iran with more sanction during this time of fragile diplomacy. Clearly you trust Israel’s Prim Minister more than you trust your own President and I find this terribly disturbing. Please, please back off and as a wise man once said, “give peace a chance.”

  83. starlight says:

    Clearly you trust Israel’s Prim Minister more than you trust your own President and I find this terribly disturbing.

    Francis – Brilliant!!!

  84. barbk says:

    ACP, my guess would be a teacher of universal wisdom, truth and advice for a natal Chiron conjunct the GC

  85. Noelle says:

    Lorrie, what Issa does between now and any hearings is what’s frightening to me.

  86. kiwi says:

    Francis, great letter – and the typo was perfect – Prim as in primitive.

    Bob, interesting growth numbers – I wonder if the pending shutdown affected 3rd qtr spending behaviour at all – since that started Oct 1. It will be interesting to see 4th qtr numbers.

  87. Marcia says:

    I’m a Maryland resident and emailed Cardin and Mikulski asking them to support Obama’s negotiations with Iran and not set up more sanctions. I said I didn’t want our foreign policy in the Middle East to be directed by Netanyahu, Likud party, Cantor, or AIPAC. Today I got a reply from Cardin’s office.

    He said this is an initial, 6-month agreement that limits “Iran’s enrichment capabilities, reduces existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, halts plutonium production and provides for unprecedented access and monitoring of Iranian nuclear facilities. In return, the P5+1 have agreed to ‘limited, temporary, targeted and reversible’ sanction relief.” He goes into detail about what he says is not sanctioned anymore and what still is, and says “the bulk of international sanctions, including banking, oil and financial sanctions will remain in place.” Cardin also says if Iran doesn’t “uphold its commitments” during the 6-month agreement, the agreement ends and the new, tougher sanctions go into effect. This, he says, reflects Obama’s statements that if Iran does not negotiate in good faith, new sanctions will be swiftly implemented.

    That’s what he says anyway.

  88. Francis says:

    Marriage equality comes to Utah! My mind is blown. A federal judge declared Utah’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional and did not stay his decision so marriages can begin immediately. Stunning and I am stunned (in a happy way)!

  89. Francis says:

    I sent NJ Senator Menendez an email similar to the one I sent Senator Cardin asking him to listen to our President and back off on more sanctions on Iran. Frankly, I am very surprised there are no national petitions circulating against this legislation.

  90. Wennye' says:

    Stopped by to wish all a Blessed Holiday and safe New Year!Blessings always, Wennye’

  91. starlight says:

    Marcia – Cardin is talking out of both sides of his mouth, so to speak. He is a co-sponsor of Menendez’ legislation. I hope Reid just prevents a vote on it. There is no need to set up further sanctions as a threat until it is proven Iran is not complying. Otherwise, it is just provocative in an already fragile situation.

  92. will says:

    Francis
    I’m fairly certain that anyone can visit Whitehouse.gov and initiate their very own government petition. Good for you!

  93. Todd Bennett says:

    Jerry I can’t stand astrologers who tell me what planets mean. They don’t all mean the same things at all times, a lot of it is how we have prepared for the energy and react to it. But April will not be the debt ceiling. It will not be economic. North Korea may take a run at the DMZ or one of our bases however, and Obama will not react quickly. This will probably lead to a drop in the polls. As far as why we are Jupiterian patriotic beforehand? The Olympics.

    If NK makes a run at the DMZ, the global economy will be shaken. If Obama does not satisfy our blood lust our pride will be shaken. Our ego will deflate and we will have to be content with being a contemplative not reactionary nation. In time this will be a good thing but for now it will divide the country.

    We have to become a people content to love ourselves more than we hate our enemies. The U.S. foreign policy is that of an alcoholic Dad. We need rehab. Whenever a wet behind the ears kid whacks the wise old man look out. The doggie is off his leash and has a mean streak.

  94. Todd Bennett says:

    My actual prediction is that in the event of NK aggression we drive them back but stop short of regime change, thus incurring wrath AND at the same time revamping our doctrine on a dime so to speak.

  95. alex says:

    EXCERPT 2014

    The pace accelerates as Jupiter enters Leo in mid July. The parade of Retrograde planets stops.

    Payoffs are certain for many by next September as Jupiter trines Uranus in the heavens and an entirely new set of conditions and challenges set up in the Skywatch. Times change.

    http://skywatchastrology.com/looking-ahead-january-2014/

  96. Kdez says:

    Todd – I would have predicted North Korea as the big player in the coming storm, but I looked at their chart and I cannot make an astrological case for it. Can you?

  97. alex says:

    2014 Cardinal Grand Cross (PLUTO IN CAPRICORN – INTENSE)

    Real Violence – Symbolic Violence:

    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

    planetwaves:

    We are alive in a momentous era in history, and events of 2014 are going to ramp this up by a few order of magnitude. Astrology describes this scenario in a long term aspect called the Uranus-Pluto square, part of a cycle that you can trace back through history and observe the upheavals, revolutions, and transformations of society.

    Pluto in Capricorn (those holding consolidated powers)

    Uranus in Aries (opposition to consolidated,concentrated, consuming authoritarian powers)

    Excerpts:

    The police state thrives in a culture of infantilization, in the midst of real violent spectacles, when aesthetic and economic criteria displace moral considerations and the search for intense pleasure and profits replaces the search for justice.

    For instance, why are parents and others not up in arms when states such as Mississippi impose “felony charges on school children for ‘crimes’ like throwing peanuts on a bus” These types of violence (symbolic violence) become rampant.

  98. alex says:

    oops – should read

    Authoritarian Violence:

    For instance, why are parents and others not up in arms when states such as Mississippi impose felony charges on school children for ‘crimes’ like throwing peanuts on a bus?

  99. alex says:

    Infantilization (not held responsible, not held accountable)

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/19/the-affluenza-defense

    DUI vehicular homicide aka vehicular manslaughter – AFFLUENZA DEFENSE

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/19/the-affluenza-defense

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

  100. alex says:

    Infantilization (not held responsible, not held accountable)

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/19/the-affluenza-defense

    DUI vehicular homicide aka vehicular manslaughter – AFFLUENZA DEFENSE

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

  101. Gypsi says:

    I signed a petition against new Iran sanctions yesterday but can’t remember where – I sign a lot.

    And Gazprom plans to start drilling today:
    ACT NOW >>> http://www.greenpeace.org/first-arctic-oil/?fbgpi20dec1 Russian oil giant Gazprom announced today it has started oil production on the Prirazlomnaya. This is a dark day for the Arctic. Greenpeace protested at the Prirazlomnaya in September, which led to the arrest and imprisonment of 28 activists and two freelance journalists. Gazprom has signed a deal with Shell that will provide it with new capital and much-needed expertise in offshore drilling, even though Shell’s own attempts to drill in the Alaskan Arctic were hit by repeated accidents and embarrassing safety blunders SIGN now and demand Shell pulls out of the deal with Gazprom: >>> http://www.greenpeace.org/first-arctic-oil/?fbgpi20dec1

  102. starlight says:

    New post up:

    http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2013/12/high-tension-holidays/

    Much of this is covered in the talk, but the focus is on the next month.

    I will try and write something again next weekend, but I will be having a house full and may not have much time. I will let you know.