The Cardinal Cross Begins to Emerge

The pieces are moving into place. All three corners of the Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter T-square are now within the extremely potent zone of a waxing one-degree orb and building to an exact configuration at 13 degrees 34 minutes of the cardinal signs as of April 20 and April 21. Mars is within four degrees of the fourth corner of the square where it will move into its most potent zone from April 19 through April 23. Thus, as we move further into April, even the slightest nudge can act as a spark to ignite this flammable mix.

Already we have seen minor aspects from the Moon stimulate this uber-agitated combination. When the Moon crossed 13 Leo, a 16-year-old knife-wielding student went on a slashing rampage in Pennsylvania. When the Moon reached 13 Virgo, a Fed-Ex truck crashed into a bus, causing a disastrous conflagration on California’s Highway 5 and killing ten people, including 5 high school students.

As of today, Sunday, April 13, the Moon has reached Libra, and is beginning to impact the very volatile fourth corner of the cardinal square. By 00 AM Monday, April 14, it will strongly activate this incendiary configuration through about 6 AM EDT, followed within a few hours by a conjunction with Mars. Moreover, Mercury will simultaneously move into a one-degree orb of this volatile combination for the entire day, where it is likely to dangerously stimulate the explosive Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-square.

It is very hard not to expect dangerous and uncontrollable events unfolding rapidly over the next 36 hours, followed by a highly-charged drama that continues this high-stakes situation over the next ten days. It seems likely a part of this story will take place in Ukraine, where a confrontation is already beginning to escalate between “pro-Russian military forces” and the Ukrainian military. In Vladimir Putin’s chart, Uranus putinis now in orb of an opposition to his Sun (13Libra56), while Jupiter is now in a square to it, suggesting the potential for reckless and precipitous action, as well as sudden and unanticipated events impacting him.

With Jupiter now conjunct the US Sun (13Cancer19) and Uranus in a square to it, it seems likely the US will stake out a bolder, broader, and potentially over-confident stance in relation to the rapidly escalating events over the next several days. As of April 14, Uranus will also move into a square with the Ascendant of the Spring Equinox chart drawn for Washington, DC, (14Cancer07) suggesting the additional possibility of unexpected and intense events that directly impact the nation, such as a major geological or weather event. Moreover, with the building strength of the T-square, joined by Mars as of April 19 and becoming a grand cardinal cross, disruptive and incendiary situations are likely to occur in many parts of the globe. USchart

Standing out in President Obama’s chart as he navigates these stressful days are two significant aspects. The first is the Full Moon eclipse on April 15 at 25Libra16 in a tight square to Obama’s natal Saturn (25Capricorn20). This points to a highly stressful couple of days on April 14 and April 15, and additionally to a difficult month during which his tendency to feel the sufferings and struggles of others (12th house Saturn) will be accentuated. obama

The second aspect in the president’s chart worth noting is the transit of Pluto returning to a quincunx of his Sun (12Leo33), from April 13 through June 23. This suggests the feeling of a power struggle that demands constant vigilance and focus to maintain a strong position against a determined foe or overwhelming situation.  Moreover, by late May through August, the president will be under a series of Saturn transits that springequinox14dcsuggest onerous emotional burdens and may point to one of the more difficult periods of his presidency (Saturn square the Ascendant and stationary sesquiquadrate his Venus).

I have been writing for a long time about the likely strain the coming weeks may bring to the US in one form or another. Although I often prepare charts in order to discuss other issues, I inevitably get drawn back into writing about the turmoil surrounding the cardinal cross. I am sorry if this seems repetitious, but, to me, these once-in-a-lifetime aspects describe where the world’s attention is most likely to be and so I persevere.

161 comments

  1. alex says:

    EXCERPT (thxs Bob for the heads up)

    The Naval Research Laboratory has announced that they have been able to successfully convert seawater into usable, legitimate fuel.

    In a proof of concept test, using the molecularly restructured seawater, they successfully flew a radio-controlled aircraft with an unmodified internal combustion engine.

    “This is pretty forward-thinking out there. This is present shock, not future shock,” said Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics deputy chief. He spoke with me during the Sea, Air and Space Expo last week to tell me a little about why this is so significant for the fleet, and how a technology ten years ahead of its time has been eight years in the making.

    “What is just absolutely revolutionary about [this technology] is that, if you no longer have to worry about where that oiler is, you remove so much of the vulnerability that we have at sea,” Vice Adm. Cullom points out.

    http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/04/11/energy-independence-creating-fuel-from-sea-water/

  2. alex says:

    EXCERPT

    Drop-in biofuels, are available today and have already been certified for use. Those will be commercially viable soon, and there is a plan in place which will begin delivering biofuel at less than $4 per gallon beginning in 2016.

    http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/emerging_dropin_biofuels.html

  3. alex says:

    Water in Remote Areas: EXCERPT

    Warka Water is an inexpensive, easily-assembled structure that extracts gallons of fresh water from the air.

    The invention from Arturo Vittori, an industrial designer, and his colleague Andreas Vogler doesn’t involve complicated gadgetry or feats of engineering, but instead relies on basic elements like shape and material and the ways in which they work together.

    At first glance, the 30-foot-tall, vase-shaped towers, named after a fig tree native to Ethiopia, have the look and feel of a showy art installation. But every detail, from carefully-placed curves to unique materials, has a functional purpose.

    The rigid outer housing of each tower is comprised of lightweight and elastic juncus stalks, woven in a pattern that offers stability in the face of strong wind gusts while still allowing air to flow through.

    A mesh net made of nylon or polypropylene, which calls to mind a large Chinese lantern, hangs inside, collecting droplets of dew that form along the surface. As cold air condenses, the droplets roll down into a container at the bottom of the tower. The water in the container then passes through a tube that functions as a faucet, carrying the water to those waiting on the ground.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tower-pulls-drinking-water-out-of-thin-air-180950399/?no-ist

  4. Virginia says:

    Greetings – been away a long time, and just getting caught up.
    In case you have not already seen and discussed these, here are links about the missing plane:

    http://inquiringminds.cc/malaysia-airlines-in-pakistan-rumor-russian-newspaper-says-flight-mh-370-in-kandahar-name-of-terrorist-is-hitch

    http://www.canalina.com/malaysian-plane-found-near-kandahar-passengers-alive.

  5. Su Llewellyn says:

    Not repetitious at all. In fact, I always look to your blog for further info! God bless you, Starlight!

  6. Suzy says:

    Starlight,

    I’ve wondered if you’ve been able to look at John Kerry’s chart to see how this will affect him and also Joe Biden’s chart. There was an article that he will be going to Russia in late April and that Obama seems to be wanting Biden to focus on the Russia/Ukraine situation so that Kerry can handle Syria and the other hot spots.

    I worry about something going on in Syria during this time frame since there are reports of a another chemical attack there in the past few days. Would charts show broaden the picture of the outcomes we are likely to see going forward?

    Thank you for the updates on this. The astrological world has been writing about this for so long it’s almost crucial to try to figure out what all these means going forward and your putting the pieces together during this will help us all.

  7. Suzy says:

    sorry…writing too fast. Should read:

    I worry about something going on in Syria during this time frame since there are reports of another chemical attack there in the past few days. Would their charts broaden the picture of the outcomes we are likely to see going forward what would verify what Obama’s chart is showing through this time?

  8. Eliseo says:

    Starlight,
    Your vision of the timing is right on target/See below:

    “By 00 AM Monday, April 14, it will strongly activate this incendiary configuration through about 6 AM EDT, followed within a few hours by a conjunction with Mars.”

    Ukraine gives separatists morning deadline to disarm

    “Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, acting president Oleksander Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until 0600 GMT on Monday to lay down their weapons.”

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/ukraine-gives-separatists-morning-deadline-to-disarm-1.1760638

  9. Is 00:00 GMT 7pm EST, or midnight eastern time?

    Btw, I have Mars in Pisces at 13 degrees and a Midheaven at 12 Virgo. How do I deal with this week?
    Tomorrow is jury duty.

  10. will says:

    Starlight,

    Re: “I am sorry if this seems repetitious, but, to me, these once-in-a-lifetime aspects describe where the world’s attention is most likely to be and so I persevere.”

    Dude, no worries – totally digging the updates and how you track the energy that I feel all around me and within me.

    I was studying at a public library today and the erratic behavior being acted-out even there was stunning.

    Nancy, your astrological observations and intuitions are primo. I’ve watched so many of the 12-13-degree moon activations unfold virtually on-cue, just like you called it.

    I plan on just hunkering down and not taking any big chances right now – kind of like chilling through a bad storm. One can just feel this turbulence in one’s bones if tuned in. Meditation has been very helpful.

    Sharon Katz, much gratitude again for your “Bless the mess” mantra. I’ve incorporated it into my daily spiritual work.

    This too shall pass.

  11. starlight says:

    Thanks, everyone.

    Carol – That is 00 hours Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The aspects will not be strong for you at all. Don’t worry. I was talking about triggers to the cardinal cross, when anything transits 13 degrees, seemingly of any sign, since it is so sensitive now.

    Eliseo – Yes. 0600 GMT is 2 AM Eastern Daylight time.

  12. starlight says:

    Suzy – Biden has a Sun/Venus conjunction at 27d34m and 28d33m Scorpio and is therefore getting a semisquare from Pluto and a sesquiquadrate from Uranus and Jupiter during April through the 21st. He is definitely feeling the build-up in tension and will be affected by the triggers as they come.

  13. starlight says:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27015434

    3 dead and one critical in a shooting at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City. The man yelled “Heil Hitler”.

    Also at CNN:

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/13/us/kansas-jewish-center-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  14. Teresa Hill says:

    Hi,
    I don’t know how we did it in the middle of these tense times, but my father’s funeral was yesterday, and it’s like my family has suddenly entered a really strong bubble of calm & civility. We could not have been more cooperative or supportive or unified in supporting our mother and arranging everything. I know I’ll miss him terribly. He was a wonderful father. But also really ready to go, really miserable physically, and he got his biggest wish — to die before he ever had to go to a nursing home. He was one bad fall away from it.
    So, sad as it is, we had great days in terms of laughing over all the great memories of our growing-up years and our favorite daddy stories. We had wonderful, beloved relatives show up, and that part of it was like a family reunion. He got absolutely perfect, gorgeous spring days for the visitation and funeral, 70s and sunny. (Weather rebelling now. Maybe flurries Tuesday!)
    Relatives who tend to be really talkative or interfering, inexplicably weren’t! Is this really my family? Did this really happen? I’ve dreaded it for so long, how he might linger and be miserable and want us to make it stop when we couldn’t.
    He did ask us to make it all stop, but he was already in hospice care and was gone 24 hours later, and I swear, he looked better in his casket than he had alive for years. (I sometimes see, with my eyes, energetically, so maybe that was me seeing him in spirit. But I said he looked better now to a number of people, and they agreed.)
    Now I’m here with my mom for a few days, waiting to see how she holds together. She’s been a rock so far.
    Thank you so much for all your prayers and good wishes. I suppose now we enter that period where we try to get used to him being gone.
    He had transiting Jupiter conjunct and transiting Pluto in opposition to his natal Sun in Cancer when he died. Plus transiting Jupiter sextile and transiting Pluto trine his natal Saturn & Jupiter.

  15. will says:

    Weekend Shootings Leave More Than Thirty Shot
    Eric Horng

    April 13, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — There has been a rash of shootings across Chicago this weekend, as more than 30 since Friday night, and seven shootings on Sunday alone.

    One of those victims was a mother of two who is fighting for her life after being shot multiple times.

    Twenty-five-year-old Jasmine Martinez is in critical condition. Her relatives say she is essentially on life support with two bullets still lodged in her brain. That incident is one of many keeping the Chicago Police Department very busy this weekend.

    Sunday, loved-ones of Jasmine Martinez are left in tears and disbelief.

    “It’s unexplainable,” said Joseph Irwin, Martinez’s fiancé. “We pulled up at a red light. Shots were fired. It all happened one, two, three.”

    “My daughter is suffering upstairs, and they say that she’s not going to make it,” said Michael Negron, Martinez’s father. “And whoever did this to her, you destroyed many lives. (8)

    Relatives say the 25-year-old mother of two was shot three times, including twice in the head around 12:30 Sunday morning in the 900 block of North Kedzie.

    Martinez was behind the wheel of her SUV with two others in the vehicle, including her fiance.

    “She leaned over. She was like, ‘I love you,’” Irwin said. “I went to give her a kiss, and the next thing you know, you was on my lap.”

    Martinez is just one of more than 30 people shot since Friday afternoon during a violent weekend across the city. Many of the victims are being treated at Stroger Hospital.

    “We had about eight gunshots (Saturday) night out of the 16, 17 people that we got in. And that’s a significant percentage,” said Dr. Faran Bokhari, Stroger Hospital Chief of Trauma Surgery.

    “I’ve never came here and seen ambulance after ambulance coming like they were delivering pizzas. But actually what they’re delivering is bodies that are being shot,” Negron said.

    In a statement, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said: “While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there’s obviously much more work to be done and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws. Through our police strategies, the City’s strengthened investments in youth violence prevention, and a close partnership with residents and community leaders, no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety.”

    “There’s no answers to these questions, man. I don’t know them. I wish I did know them for you guys,” Irwin said.

    Police say the shooting of Martinez may have been gang-related and her family says it may have been retaliation for a fatal car accident Friday night.

    “She didn’t deserve this,” Irwin said. “She didn’t. She really didn’t. And for those guys that did it, they’re cowards.”

    “There’s no love,” Negron said. “There’s no caring for nothing in the world no more.”

    Police have no one in custody in Martinez’s shooting. She has a nine-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, and her father says she had plans to go back to school as soon as her younger child was a little older.

  16. will says:

    Chile Fire Toll: 12 Dead; 2,000 Homes Destroyed
    VALPARAISO, Chile April 13, 2014 (AP)

  17. will says:

    Teresa Hill,

    Deeply sorry about your Dad’s passing. You and your family deserved a little bit of harmony and cooperation in whatever form it came in.

    May all all that is good, supportive and protective surround you.

  18. will says:

    Chile: Valparaiso faces “worst fire” in its history

  19. alex says:

    Terea Hill
    your narrative of your father’s passing: good symmetry family peaceful, meaningful, united – father’s natal/transit aspects – peaceful,meaningful, united

    Paul Krugman – Three Milliseconds
    EXCERPT

    Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America’s biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project, a desperately needed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Count me among those who blame his presidential ambitions, and believe that he was trying to curry favor with the government- and public-transit-hating Republican base.

    Even as one tunnel was being canceled, however, another was nearing completion, as Spread Networks finished boring its way through the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. Spread’s tunnel was not, however, intended to carry passengers, or even freight; it was for a fiber-optic cable that would shave three milliseconds — three-thousandths of a second — off communication time between the futures markets of Chicago and the stock markets of New York. And the fact that this tunnel was built while the rail tunnel wasn’t tells you a lot about what’s wrong with America today.

    EXCERPT

    Mr. Philippon starts with the familiar observation that finance has grown much faster than the economy as a whole. Specifically, the share of G.D.P. accruing to bankers, traders, and so on has nearly doubled since 1980, when we started dismantling the system of financial regulation created as a response to the Great Depression.

    What are we getting in return for all that money? Not much, as far as anyone can tell. Mr. Philippon shows that the financial industry has grown much faster than either the flow of savings it channels or the assets it manages. Defenders of modern finance like to argue that it does the economy a great service by allocating capital to its most productive uses — but that’s a hard argument to sustain after a decade in which Wall Street’s crowning achievement involved directing hundreds of billions of dollars into subprime mortgages…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/opinion/krugman-three-expensive-milliseconds.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion%C2%AEion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article&_r=0

  20. alex says:

    The numbers are in:

    Battleground Texas has reported that volunteer blockwalkers across the state exceeded this weekend’s canvassing goal of 48,000 doors in 48 hours for Wendy Davis, our Democratic candidate for Governor!

  21. Anita DC says:

    Blast rocks Nigeria’s capital and reports quoting witnesses say there are many casualties

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/world/africa/nigeria.html?hp&_r=0

  22. will says:

    Bodies of 7 Babies Found in Utah

    Huffington Post April 13, 2014

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

    Megan Huntsman, 39, is accused of killing her babies after giving birth to the children between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. She was booked Sunday into the Utah County Jailwith six counts of murder. It wasn’t immediately clear if Huntsman has an attorney or why there were six counts and not seven.

  23. alex says:

    Natal 9TH House – Transiting Saturn SD – Pres. Obama

    Saturn, Station Direct @16 Scorpio – July 20TH

    sesqui-quadrate

    Natal Venus – Natal 5TH House

    Political astroloyg: saturn – venus aspects narrate ‘reform’

    May through August series of Saturn transits (Saturn square the Ascendant and stationary sesquiquadrate to Venus)

  24. tetramorph says:

    Thanks, Nancy, for the great write up, giving us the opportunity to hopefully be aware and alert during this tense time.

    Alex, thanks for looking into the minor asteroids. With this past weekends blow-up in Nevada, it occurred to me that “Helios” is also the Greek name for the Sun — and by extension, Solar Power. I did a google search on Solar Energy Projects in Nevada, and came up with a lot tying Harry Reid to BLM land grabs to develop solar energy in his state. There are a lot of these projects being planned, not just the one tied to Bundy.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=solar+energy+projects+blm+nevada&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb

    This event (as well as Ukraine) is fast paced, (52872) Okyrhoe — fast flowing, conj. Pluto; I have to believe the actions of the militias are unwise and overly optimistic, (39) Laetitia — when involved with inharmonious aspects, may show unwise optimism.

  25. tetramorph says:

    (39) Laetitia is also conj. Pluto; (895) Helio is conj. Mars, the threat of violence coming from a group inside the homeland (militia) — with Jupiter in Cancer, I wonder if the militia’s optimism is being inflated. There will most certainly be a Federal response.

  26. alex says:

    tetramorph

    good analysis!

  27. alex says:

    good analysis! tetramorph

  28. Francis says:

    Thank you Nancy for your posts, they are deeply appreciated and looked forward to! Ditto comments from Su & Will!

  29. Sharon Katz says:

    Teresa, Sorry that you dad had to leave you and your family…he sounds like a great soul, and he obviously had a special effect on the rest of the family. As you may know, tonight is Passover, a holiday of freedom, and freedom comes in many, many forms.

    I am sorry for those who are leaving, especially in these jarring and sudden ways; especially their children, and families but hopefully they are being lovingly escorted and feel free.

    I’m so glad to hear about Wendy Davis campaign getting so much grassroots support – it would be amazing if she became governor of Texas.

  30. lisam says:

    Another tragedy unfolding in Chile (Will’s post upthead), but it’s always the poor who suffer the most.
    http://news.yahoo.com/deadly-chile-fire-rages-third-day-155845114.html

  31. Jerry says:

    Ukraine Ultimatum To Separatists Thwarted By Pro-Russia Police

    Los Angeles Times
    April 14, 2014

    MOSCOW — A threatened sweep by Ukrainian armed forces to oust pro-Russia gunmen occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine failed to materialize after local police in the besieged venues apparently refused to take part in the proclaimed “anti-terrorist operation.”

    Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, had issued an ultimatum on Sunday that gunmen holding key government facilities in Donetsk, Luhansk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other cities in the volatile eastern and southern areas of Ukraine lay down their arms Monday or face ouster at gunpoint by Ukrainian troops and police.

    Continued……

    http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-ukraine-russia-separatists-ultimatum-20140414,0,1663554.story#axzz2ytE2zCwQ

  32. Patty says:

    Dear Nancy, Thank you so much for your wise astrological interpretations during these perilous times.
    Came across this video regarding the missing Malaysian airline, it’s lengthy but most interesting.
    Leuren Moret, a national treasure, is just filled with thought-provoking information.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUgWhUkkzr4

  33. Lorrie U says:

    BAM!- Another Republican Goes Down as Rick Perry Is The FOCUS Of A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024819731

  34. Lorrie U says:

    Now if only someone would tell Darrell Issa..

    GOP House Armed Services Chair exonerates Obama, Hillary over Benghazi

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024818429

  35. Lorrie U says:

    NSA Said to Have Used Heartbleed Bug, Exposing Consumers

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014778121

  36. Lorrie U says:

    Teresa Hill – So glad to hear that your father’s passing was quick and peaceful with family by his side, just as you wished, and that the family came together in peace to support one another. We can never wish for more when the time of passing comes, and may you all be blessed with peace and acceptance in the coming days.

  37. Lorrie U says:

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    (…)
    Silver reports that Democrats must aggressively target “the lower-income demographic melting pots that turn out strongly… in presidential years, but seem to fall asleep in off-year elections.”

    That’s why we’re building an enormous voter turnout machine: Our Grassroots Victory Project, an unprecedented $60 million field operation in 10 Senate battlegrounds, is now projected to boost swing-state Democrats by one to four percentage points. With 11 races polling in single digits today, that margin will win us the Senate.

    We still need 7,000 more Democrats to step up before Friday’s funding deadline to fully fund it and turn out those key voters. If we can’t fund our Grassroots Victory Project, the Republicans will take over the Senate.

    Please pitch in $3 to the Grassroots Victory Project so that we can stop the Kochs from buying a Republican Senate.

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  38. clymela box says:

    Okay!! I admit that I have Mars rising at 3 Taurus 17 and my ascendent is 28Aries 11. I have never done this but I am asking for consideration due to my advanced age (I am giggling here-I am 66 will turn 67 5/25/2014). My sweetheart/holy partner agrees to get me up around midnight so that I don’t miss it.
    I am asking all those who are astrologers: what will this mean to me? I remember another eclipse that was on my Sun degree long ago and my life changed utterly in the next months following.
    My details are 5/25/1947;2:59AM;Long Beach, California. Really I don’t do this but doing so has been on my mind for about a week now-I tend to follow such urgings.

  39. alex says:

    for everybody – in regards to longevity if that is of interest to you: Eastern Vedic astrologers determine longevity as a matter of custom because longevity is considered one of the major elements for determining the practical success of an arranged marriage; the East Indian trained Vedic astrologer therefore are expert at this; you can find by google search

    lunar eclipse are considered to have the effect ( if it matters to your natal chart by close contact ) to daily routines… changing daily routines…

  40. alex says:

    clymela

    in the years 2007-2008 what was happening for you; your Solar Arc directed Sun was waxing then conjuncting your Natal Saturn?

  41. Jerry says:

    Today is the lunar eclipse. As pro Russian separatists gain more of a stranglehold on various cities in Eastern Ukraine, Russia’s strategy is becoming increasingly clear – it’s war by attrition. Russia wants Ukraine to capitulate without Russia needing to directly step in, at least not in the immediate term. Perhaps the eclipse is just a prelude of things to come with the Grand Cross square becoming exact from the 20th to the 23rd. Russia’s progressed Sun-Neptune opposition poised at 13 Cancer-Capr. creates the illusion of success, but ultimately, it could backfire. The White House just confirmed the dates of the president’s travel itinerary to Asia. Japan: Apr 23-25/ Korea: Apr 25-26/ Malaysia: 26-28/ Philippines: Apr 28-29. It’s very critical time period to be traveling.

    Pres. Obama warns Putin there will be economic repercussions if Russia continues to stay the course……..

    Obama Warns Russia In Tense Call with Putin over Ukraine

    April 15, 2014

    (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a tense phone call on Monday that Moscow would face further costs for its actions in Ukraine and should use its influence to get separatists in the country to stand down.

    Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine earlier in the day, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

    In a call that the White House said Moscow requested, Obama told Putin that those forces were threatening to undermine and destabilize the government in Kiev.

    Continued………….

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/ukraine-crisis-obama-idINL2N0N61Q820140415

  42. starlight says:

    Jerry – You made a very important point:

    Russia’s progressed Sun-Neptune opposition poised at 13 Cancer-Capr. creates the illusion of success, but ultimately, it could backfire.

    Once that Sun/Neptune separates and the cardinal cross is no longer there to activate it, they may have hard landing when they see what they have created for themselves.

  43. Michael says:

    Well said and crafted. It is a unique period. The two options for focus are the no nonsense report of the IPCC – world scientific body that we’re headed for a tragic future due to climate change that will either be bad or unimaginably bad VERSUS the pathetic power politics that is the obsession of the current administration and Congress.

    You said that President Obama will face “onerous emotional burdens.”
    There are three but the boil down to one: Libya, Syria, Ukraine. In each instance, the president pursued a violent policy based on outright lies in our name. Libya is a shambles with the worst elements in charge after the US-NATO “humanitarian” project. Syria is attacked on all sides with the US on the same side as Al Qaeda fighters and the worst jihadist elements. Now, Ukraine with it’s US-EU favored leaders, many of whom arose out of neo Nazi movements in the Western Ukraine.

    This all boils down to a crisis for Obama if he has any sense of conscience left. He’s installed in power and following orders. But, it must be terrible at times for him to know what he’s doing and what he’s avoiding.

    The USA should lead on mitigating climate change. We create 25% of the hydrocarbons and we have outstanding scientific resources. That adds up to action. But, what are the administration and the blinded leaders in Congress doing? Talking about a new Cold War.

    I’m sorry to say this but this policy is insane and those who support the perpetrators of the policy are responsible for the outcome. In this case, the outcome of focusing on a profound negativity through war and intrigue rather than saving the species is going to be devastating beyond any devastation imaginable.

  44. Jerry says:

    If I can hazard a guess on timing; if we consider the immediate cause of unrest in Eastern Ukraine, that it is being personally directed by Putin’s ideology of restoring Russian prestige and machismo; the old style of Soviet thinking (as Fareed Zakaria vividly explains in the following 3 min video)…… Putin Is Like A Wrestler Using Fancy Moves/ CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says Russian president Vladimir Putin is seeing just how far he can push things in Ukraine: http://tiny.cc/vcicex

    … Putin’s Sun at 13 ’55 Libra bears watching. In the early morning hours of Monday April 21st Moon conjoins Pluto in square to Mars (conjunct Putin’s Sun), thus triggering the Grand Cross square.

  45. B.A. says:

    From here:

    http://www.salon.com/2014/04/14/greenwald_and_poitras_return_whats_the_real_reason_they_werent_arrested/

    This is an election year in which the Democrats already face low voter interest from longtime party members and other political activists, indicating extreme alienation from the more liberal segments of their constituency. There are many reasons for this alienation, some having to do with the shenanigans of various Obama administration officials, including the blatant deception of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who lied under oath in saying that Americans’ phones were not being wiretapped.

    The White House’s integrity was not enhanced in the slightest by its refusal to consider seriously the conclusion rendered by an independent watchdog group, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, namely that the NSA spying program was illegal. Stories continue to be churned out by Greenwald at the Intercept, the online magazine that he and Poitras founded through Internet billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s funding, and elsewhere by Barton Gellman, Ewan McAskill and others. As the public continues to hear new revelations about the U.S.’s surveillance activities, frustration surrounding the complicity of Democrats in not challenging the NSA’s scope or holding CIA and DNI officials to account could be expressed by significant losses of seats during the upcoming midterm elections.

  46. B.A. says:

    FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How ‘Insider Threat’ Program Avoids Whistleblowers

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140412/07290526888/fbi-abruptly-walks-out-senate-briefing-after-being-asked-how-insider-threat-program-avoids-whistleblowers.shtml#comments

    The reader comments as well as the article make interesting reading.

  47. will says:

    Jerry,

    “… Putin’s Sun at 13 ’55 Libra bears watching.”

    Pithy!

  48. will says:

    Michael,

    “You said that President Obama will face “onerous emotional burdens.”
    There are three but the boil down to one: Libya, Syria, Ukraine. In each instance, the president pursued a violent policy based on outright lies in our name. Libya is a shambles with the worst elements in charge after the US-NATO “humanitarian” project. Syria is attacked on all sides with the US on the same side as Al Qaeda fighters and the worst jihadist elements. Now, Ukraine with it’s US-EU favored leaders, many of whom arose out of neo Nazi movements in the Western Ukraine.

    This all boils down to a crisis for Obama if he has any sense of conscience left. He’s installed in power and following orders. But, it must be terrible at times for him to know what he’s doing and what he’s avoiding.”

    So, do you believe there is anything redemptive or salvageable about this President or the United States, for that matter? Are you American?

    If I had so little faith in any goodness or nobility of the U.S.A. I would probably call it an incarnation and eat can of Comet Cleanser.

  49. alex says:

    REWIND: special events in fracking recent history

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Chevron-Endure-our-fracking-fire-and-the-pizzas-on-us.html

    Chevron’s Guarantee: our well won’t explode or your pizza is free!

  50. will says:

    I constitutionally rebuke the notion that this republic is the very embodiment of evil incarnate. It ain’t perfect but I’ll take it over almost any other nation on the face of this earth.

  51. starlight says:

    Although it seems to have been deescalated, this Bundy story could reemerge when Mars completes the cardinal cross (~4/18 to 4/23):

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/15/nevada-rancher-calls-on-sheriffs-to-disarm-federal-agents-in-cattle-dispute/

    An official with a group that tracks extremist and hate groups said the call by Cliven Bundy to disarm federal law enforcement with agencies like the BLM is equivalent to calling for an armed rebellion against the U.S. government.

    “They are stirring a very volatile and dangerous pot,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center. “It could goad more people to do the same kind of thing.”

  52. starlight says:

    Tomorrow, April 16, the Moon will move into 13 Scorpio around noon EDT, quincunxing Uranus and impacting the rest of the cardinal planets. The second half of the day, it moves towards a conjunction with Saturn. So we can expect some upsetting drama (shooting, explosion, clash in Ukraine) unfolding in the morning, Eastern time, followed by building upset about it later in the day.

    We might also look at mid-day through about 3 PM on April 17 (again EDT) when the Moon traverses 27 -28 Scorpio in minor hard aspect to all of the cardinal planets in the T. Mars at this point is now in a two-degree orb of the T-square, beginning to be felt in that fourth corner.

  53. Salemone says:

    I am really not sure how much more of this I can take. I am ready to hide in a bunker for the rest of the month.

  54. clymela box says:

    Fog was in last night so I could only see the beginning of the eclipse but I did read that the degree was more 26 degrees of Aries so… I will let you know if anything exceptional shows up but the 3-4 degree separation should leave me free.

  55. Emmy says:

    So far for us, it seems like its all about the weather. SO far.

  56. Helen says:

    Will, please look at the headlines on this site:

    http://www.opednews.com/

    Still satisfied about the state of this nation?

  57. Helen says:

    Dutchsinse says this weather is being geoengineered; public access Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/DutchsinseOfficial

  58. will says:

    Sorry, opednews.com does not qualify for me as a primary, entirely credible news source.

    It would take much, much, much more to shake my faith as an American.

  59. rc says:

    Any body see the burgler and the Baby on the news ?

    Well let me tell you,

    With the olanets and all that,,

    What this could ” have been ,,
    Was Not ,,
    Yeah a win for the home team !!

  60. arbo says:

    Gee, Will, how can you not believe it if Ike’s great grandaughter is the source…? :)

  61. will says:

    arbo,

    I suppose I’m just an incorrigible Doubting Thomas.

  62. arbo says:

    And a fine thing it is…perhaps you take after your name.

  63. Blue Raven says:

    Will
    your expression “call it an incarnation” is simply fabulous.
    I will use it for the rest this incarnation.
    Thank you!

  64. Jerry says:

    I don’t necessarily agree with the political views expressed in this article, but the astrologer does make some salient points and interesting observations on the aspects coming up……

    All Hell (And Heaven) Breaks Loose In 2014 from Cosmic Convergence . . . by Laura Tyco

    April 14, 2014

    Not since this New Millennium began has there been a convergence of so many astrological alignments and geopolitical circumstances which will compel massive global changes. With the numerous and extraordinary astrological events taking place in April, the oft-predicted destiny of HUGE Earth changes can no longer be denied. It is now a matter of when, not if. The simple physics that undergird the political, economic and social spheres of life now dictate that real planetary transformation is on the way.

    Surely the spate of earthquakes and volcanoes has reflected the renewed will of Mother Earth to start rocking’ and rollin’. There has never been such a concentration of major earthquakes as we have already seen this year. The Ring of Fire in particular has awakened from its slumber. And there is every indication, according to numerous volcanologists and seismologists around the world, that such seismic and volcanic activity will only intensify.

    Continued…….

    http://2012indyinfo.com/2014/04/15/all-hell-and-heaven-breaks-loose-in-2014-from-cosmic-convergence-spend-some-time-with-this/

  65. Jerry says:

    Ukraine Is Not Ready For The Consequences of Taking Russia’s Military Bait

    Time
    April 15, 2014

    By sending its military to quell the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev may be setting itself up for a spectacular defeat, as neither its army nor its intelligence services are prepared for a confrontation with Russia.

    Continued…..

    http://time.com/64303/ukraine-is-not-ready-for-the-consequences-of-taking-russias-military-bait/

  66. starlight says:

    Russia has played this whole thing brilliantly. Kiev can’t act against blatant insurrection for fear of bringing in Russian troops. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

    Meanwhile, we are already an oligarchy. This rings true to me.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/14/1292085/-DINO-New-Scientific-Study-Says-Yes-But-It-s-Not-What-You-Think?detail=email

  67. Jerry says:

    The Russian strategy (allegedly to be completed by May 1st) . . . . .

    Russia Believed To Have Plans To Split Ukraine In Three

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp.
    April 15, 2014

    Taras Berezovets, Ukrainian political analyst and strategist and adviser to Yulia Tymoshenka during her second term as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 discusses the current situation in Ukraine and says interrogation of captured Russian intelligence officers leads the Ukraine to believe that Russia has plans to split Ukraine into three parts.

    “……. Basically the plan is that they’re not going to go any further into the western parts of Ukraine, the so called Halychyna, it’s 70 Ukrainian regions. They’re planning to occupy southern and eastern regions which probably they’re going to organise some sort of referendum which was held in Crimea three weeks ago in order to create some sort of independent Donetsk state in this regions.

    As for the central Ukraine, including Kiev, Russia has a plan to organise some sort of independent Ukraine, planning to bring former president Viktor Yanukovych again. Russia’s State Duma deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky, stated yesterday that according to the Russian plans Yanukovych is planning to be back in Kiev with Russian troops by 1st of May.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s3986396.htm

  68. Helen says:

    You must have skipped the bylines to the articles, Will. Opednews also links to articles on sites such as Truthdig and The Nation. An article from Thom Hartmann of the NYTimes is on today’s front page.

    Opednews features articles from well vetted authors/activists/columnists like Ralph Nadar, Bill Moyers, Chris Hedges, William Black, Ellen Brown…..experts who have been sidelined by major media because some truths are too uncomfortable to publish:

    Fracking, CAFOs, GMOs, NDAA…..

    Still have faith in the Supreme Court?

  69. Helen says:

    Matt Taibbi on Democracy Now:

    Bush Was Tougher On Corporate America Than Obama Is

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/15/taibbi_bush_was_tougher_on_corporate_america_than_obama_is.html

  70. will says:

    Blue Raven,

    Happy to be of service.

  71. alex says:

    Starlight: meanwhile we are already an oligarchy

    IMV we have officially been an oligarchy at the signing of the National Security Act 1947 (Pres. Truman) when the military security intelligence agencies were re-organized and given BLACK BUDGETS which means they have no oversight from US government… na da they became ‘free agents’

    part of that EXTENDED oligarchy is encompassed in the ‘THE FIVE EYES’ agreement

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Act_of_1947

    EXCERPT

    Introduced in the Senate as S. 758 by John Gurney (R–SD) on March 3, 1947

    Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947

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

    EXCERPT

    The origins of the Five Eyes alliance can be traced back to the Atlantic Charter, which was issued in August 1941 to lay out the Allied goals for the post-war world. On 17 May 1943, the British–U.S. Communication Intelligence Agreement, also known as the BRUSA Agreement, was signed by the British and U.S. governments to facilitate co-operation between the U.S. War Department and the British Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS). On 5 March 1946, the secret treaty was formalized as the UKUSA Agreement, which forms the basis for all signal intelligence cooperation between the NSA and the GCHQ to this day

  72. Michael says:

    @Will

    You seem to be saying that questioning Obama is questioning the “goodness and nobility” of the United States. That’s nonsense. Then, I’m assuming spurred by my questioning Obama, you ask what my nationality is. I’m an American and proud of it. As a citizen, I have every intention of exercising my First Amendment rights to express my opinion on what is clearly a disastrous administration, worse than the Bush administration (considering the huge stakes we face).

    The simplistic notion that Obama=good and Putin=bad is as ridiculous as Obama=America and Putin=Russia. These are leaders, selected by their respective systems. In each case, the selections are not representative since neither population wants war and neither wants wasted time when more important issues are on the table.

    Thinking of Obama as anything other than an amoral politician who will do anything to stay in power is not only wrong, it gets in the way of important understandings. Retrospectively, the same goes for Bush. They work for others, are beholden to others, can be removed from office or neutered politically by others.

  73. arbo says:

    Putin seems to be invading passive-aggressivly under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians from the evil Nazis, allowing squatters to move in and take over. What worries me is the way our far right admires Putin.

  74. will says:

    Michael,
    If you know anything about me you must know that I don’t hesitate to speak my mind about this administration’s gaffes and blunders. But I haven’t become cynical and embittered. I still have faith in this nation and in this President. I still have hope and vision for a beautiful tomorrow.

  75. tetramorph says:

    RE: weather modification — yes, humans are modifying the weather patterns, as well as our climate, but with pollution and bad land use policies, not HAARP:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2605291/Chinese-pollution-causing-dramatic-strengthening-storms-North-America.html

  76. Helen says:

    tetra: I would love to send my own pictures of these – I have tons of them:

    http://alpha411.blogspot.fr/2007/04/haarp-scalar-waves-and-how-they-affect.html

  77. Suzy says:

    Starlight,
    This article from journalist Robert Parry is and interesting and disturbing read. In this latest post where you mention Obama’s coming difficulties:

    Quote from you:

    “This suggests the feeling of a power struggle that demands constant vigilance and focus to maintain a strong position against a determined foe or overwhelming situation. Moreover, by late May through August, the president will be under a series of Saturn transits that springequinox14dcsuggest onerous emotional burdens and may point to one of the more difficult periods of his presidency..”

    After reading this article by Parry I wonder if the terrible struggle with the Neo-Cons at State Department will be what he is dealing with.
    —————–
    HERE IS THE LINK AND A SNIP:

    What’s the Matter with John Kerry?
    April 14, 2014

    Special Report: As a young warrior and senator, John Kerry stood up to politicians who spread propaganda that misled the public and got people killed. Now, as a 70-year-old Secretary of State, he has become what he once challenged, reports Robert Parry.

    By Robert Parry
    http://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/14/whats-the-matter-with-john-kerry/

    In late September, as the neocon drive for bombing Syria was petering out, neocon Carl Gershman, president of the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), penned a Washington Post op-ed that called Ukraine “the biggest prize” and expressed hope that “Putin may find himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.”

    NED was founded in 1983 essentially to carry out the sorts of activities that traditionally were done by the CIA, i.e., supporting activists, “journalists” and other operatives who would be useful in destabilization campaigns against troublesome governments, all in the name of “democracy promotion.” NED’s annual report listed a staggering 65 projects in Ukraine.

    By fall 2013, Kerry’s State Department was committed to prying Ukraine loose from Russia’s orbit, all the better to weaken Putin (and drive a wedge between him and Obama). At the forefront of this effort was Victoria Nuland, the wife of prominent neocon Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century which famously pushed the case for invading Iraq.

    The Kagans are not just neocons but neocon royalty who can place op-eds in major newspapers at the snap of a finger. I’ve known Robert Kagan since he headed the Reagan administration’s State Department propaganda office on Central America. He was the guy who told me that my skeptical reporting on the Reagan administration’s claims could lead to me being “controversialized.”

    http://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/14/whats-the-matter-with-john-kerry/

  78. starlight says:

    Suzy – Anything is possible of course. My sense as of today, always given to changing, is that we are going to push for sanctions and maybe beefing up NATO in response to Russia. With Jupiter on the US Sun right now, we are feeling our power to do these things and that they will be effective. By late May and through the summer, my guess is that this policy will be a failure and Obama will look ineffective in one of the big foreign policy challenges of his presidency. Kerry and Susan Rice will, to some degree, share the Saturn transit during that period, which suggests foreign policy as the focus.

    In a way, the neocons will play into this in that they will complain he wasn’t aggressive enough. But that path could lead to WW3 if we are not careful and I don’t think Obama wants to play Russian roulette with champion chess player Putin, no pun intended.

  79. alex says:

    Synthetic Telepathy ( & resonating artificial, collective consciousness) – GWEN TOWERS

    1974:

    “In 1974 a summit conference was held in Vladivostok,
    at which discussions on weather modification were held. President Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger (CFR), Secretary of State, represented the United States, while Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhenev and other Soviet officials represented the U.S.S.R.”

    Popular Culture late 1970′s:

    1977 – Close Encounters of a Third Kind was released, 1979
    Paul Williams wrote – The Rainbow Connection

    EXCERPT

    Who said that every wish
    Would be heard and answered
    When wished on the morning star
    Somebody thought of that
    And someone believed it
    And look what it’s done so far
    What’s so amazing
    That keeps us star gazing
    What do we think we might see

    Someday we’ll find it
    That Rainbow Connection
    The lovers the dreamers and me

    Have you been half asleep
    And have you heard voices
    I’ve heard them calling my name
    Are these the sweet sounds that called
    The young sailors
    I think they’re one and the same
    I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
    There’s something that I’m supposed to be

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIVJ8fZPoE8

    Kermit the Frog – The Rainbow Connection

  80. alex says:

    continued – GWEN TOWERS (resonating, artifical collective consciousness)

    http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/exhibits/vladivostok/varrival.asp

    The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Digital Library

    The Vladivostok Summit Meeting on Arms Control

  81. Suzy says:

    Starlight…
    Thanks for the reply about the Parry article and Susan Rice’s chart being affected along with Obama’s.

    The Parry article points out that Obama had a working relation with Putin which the NeoCon’s wanted to make sure wasn’t going to last. And, there was a suggestion by former CIA Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern (he worked in Russia) in an interview I saw this past Monday,where he felt the cooler heads would prevail and that Obama and Putin are both working to stop WW3 with more explosions in the Middle East because both are threatened by the NeoCon’s activities and alliances. I thought that was a bit hopeful. But, as you said, anything can happen and it changes daily. There are so many vying interests– including oil companies and other corporate interests who would find carving up areas to their advantage and not care much about who gets hurts in the long run.

    I’m going to try to be hopeful that Putin and Obama could work together to end-run around these forces as a step towards some better resolution than WW3. Have to hope for the “higher angels” in both men’s character to prevail.

  82. will says:

    Hundreds missing as S Korea ferry sinks – BBC
    300 students on a large ferry to the “Hawaii” of Korea
    4 dead – 300 students missing.

  83. Suzy says:

    Alex @Ford Museum Comment:

    Are you psychic? :-) Your post fits along with what I replied to Starlight hoping that Obama and Putin can get together to work out the Ukraine Problem and hopefully Syria. You had posted this article from the Ford Museum just before my reply. I just got to read it.

    Here’s a snip from the Ford Memoir that is what I hope could happen between these two world leaders.
    ——–

    The Vladivostok Summit Meeting on Arms Control

    Section 1: Arrival in Vladivostok and Okeanskaya

    Section 5: Negotiating with Brezhnev – Day Two (November 24, 1974)

    From President Gerald R. Ford’s memoir A Time to Heal (New York: Harper & Row, 1979), pages 218-219:

    [Gerald Ford] And that’s when the strangest thing happened. Brezhnev reached over and grabbed my left hand with his right hand. He began by telling me how much his people had suffered during World War II. “I do not want to inflict that upon my people again,” he said.

    “Mr. General Secretary, I believe we made very significant progress,” I said. “I hope the momentum of our meeting will continue and that next year we can finalize what we have accomplished here.”

    His grip on my hand tightened, and he turned to look me in the eye. “We have accomplished something very significant, and it’s our responsibility, yours and mine, on behalf of our countries, to achieve the finalization of the document.”

    “I am optimistic that we can,” I said. “We have made so much headway. This is a big step forward to prevent a nuclear holocaust.”

    “I agree with you,” he said. “This is an opportunity to protect not only the people of our two countries but, really, all mankind. We have to do something.”

    I don’t remember what else was said. I do remember that he held on to my hand until the car pulled up in front of my dacha at Okeanskaya.

    ——

    Shortly after ten o’clock, I returned to the conference hall for our second session. This meeting was devoted to the situation in the Middle East and the progress that both sides hoped to make in reducing our military forces in Europe. Although our discussions were candid, there were no breakthroughs. But our meeting the night before had far exceeded my expectations, and I was euphoric. As soon as technicians had ironed out the few remaining problems, we would sign a SALT II accord.

    http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/exhibits/vladivostok/vdaytwo.asp

  84. alex says:

    1968 Dr. Gordon J. F. MacDonald, science advisor to President Lyndon Johnson, wrote, “Perturbation of the environment can produce changes in behavioral patterns.”

    He was referring to low frequency EM waves in the ionosphere affecting human brain wave patterns. (From his book, Unless Peace Comes, a Scientific Forecast of New Weapons)

    1970 Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Director, said in his book, Between Two Ages, weather control was a new weapon that would be the key element of strategy.

    “Technology will make available to leaders of major nations a variety of techniques for conducting secret warfare…”

    He also wrote “Accurately timed, artificially excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the Earth … one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of a very large population in selected regions over an extended period.”

  85. will says:

    About the only thing we are actually capable of doing with regard to “controlling weather” (other than seeding rain clouds) is to dramatically reduce our consumption of fossil fuels.

    Once one examines the actual science of HAARP, it will become clear that the motives have nothing to do with controlling weather; nor is there any credibility to it “controlling thoughts.”

    Any scientist worth her/his salt working with such as malevolent intentions of creating a radar system that fucks with the weather would know that such an ill-conceived technology would morpoh into yet another instrument of mutually-assured destruction – weather systems are too profoundly interconnected; create a drought for your enemy and bring a deadly flood on yourself. It would be like “The Butterfly Effect” on meth and steroids.

  86. will says:

    Christ, after over a month, we can’t find a fucking missing Boeing airliner with all of the advance radar frequencies available to man – and you think we can control weather cycles, subdue nations and control the thoughts of nations with radar frequencies? The closest we have to that is what we pick up and and hear on television and radio broadcasts – now THAT’S mind-control!

  87. will says:

    On another note:

    I relish Bill O’Reilly’s psychological melt-down over Stephen Colbert capturing Letterman’s much-coveted scepter. Bill-O is visibly green with contempt and jealousy. He’s all but crucifying Stephen before he assumes the throne in 2015. True to his “Fear-Factor” brand, big bully Bill is afraid Colbert will be pushing a dangerous “far-left agenda” to the many-more millions of his new television audience. “The Worst Person-in-the-World” may already be penning KILLING COLBERT.
    I’m so O’Delighted that O’Reilly is so totally O’Freaking.

    Imagine the fun!

  88. barbk says:

    will,

    About that missing airliner; comments over the years about how little we know about the oceans compared to how much we explore outer space makes me think that this multi-million dollar exercise (aka search) is designed to balance that imbalance.

    It’s part of the design of the Cardinal Cross (CC) which is part of the series of Seven Squares (SS) between Uranus and Pluto I believe. Using the chart of the 1st (of the 7) square as a diagram of The Plan (much like a solstice diagrams the following 3 months), aspects in that chart (6/24/12) appear to say that the feminine symbols have a strategy for leveling the playing field (through the CC primarily).

    To start with, in that 1st square Uranus is in the same degree of Aries as asteroid Pallas (the Strategist) and they both square Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter, a future participant in the now active CC was, at that time, in Gemini and conjunct (and between) Ceres and Venus in the 12th house in a chart set for Washington, D.C. Asteroids Vesta (23+ Taurus) opposite Juno (22+ Scorpio) drew attention to the year 2000′s conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (22+ Taurus), which started a new 20 year cycle of cultural/societal progress (or lack of).

    Not only that but Vesta and Juno were making aspects to Mars (the future 4th leg of the CC) in Virgo AND Pluto in Capricorn. Vesta was trine Mars and sesquiquadrate Pluto, while Juno was sexile Mars and semisquare Pluto. All the players in the CC were being aspected by (primary) goddesses, one might even say influenced by them. Even Venus, in addition to being conjunct Jupiter was also quincunx Pluto and sextile Uranus.

    To rise above any fears related to these SS, especially the CC, we need to understand their purpose(s) and my heart tells me that eliminating polarization and attaining balance is the goal that tops the goddess’ agenda. In recent months asteroids Ceres (Earth) and Vesta (invest) have kept close company with Mars (action) as well as the north node (NN) of the Moon which represents opportunities to evolve. They have been able to do this because they were all retrograde. They have also kept in a sextile with asteroid Pallas, presently in in Leo, who stationed direct last week. Over time these goddesses + Mars + NN have combined efforts with other planets through squares, sextiles and even a yod or two that has had the effect of raising consciousness regarding their intentions. I believe their intention is to imbue Mars (his persona) with enough feminine strength to dilute his normal aggressiveness; even Venus has partaken of this mission as Mars transits her sign of Libra.

    Mars, in turn, rules the sign that Uranus calls home these days, Aries. Knowing that the only personal planet in the CC is Mars (Jupiter is a symbol primarily of society while Uranus and Pluto are universal in character), this feminine influence on the Warrior gives him a receptivity (being in Libra, relating to Uranus, Pluto his higher octave, and all those goddesses) that I think we are seeing in the search for the missing plane. No exasperated display of temper, cooperation with others (countries), pacing himself to the whims of nature, and more.

    Two (oh make it 3) small observations gleaned from the 1st square chart of 2012 that relates to the present astrology is of Saturn (control) in Libra who opposed Eris (discord) in Aries, and from the 5th house of creativity, he rules the 8th house of shared resources. Neptune (compassion) at the top of the chart at 3 Pisces trines the Sun (consciousness) at 3 Cancer in the 1st house. There has been a minimum of discord in the hunt for Flight 370 and the elusive (Neptune in Pisces) plane’s remains have not deterred the sense of we-are-all-one family (Sun in Cancer).

    Finally, the Moon in the 1st square chart at 28+ Leo in the 3rd house opposed the centaur Nessus at 26 Aquarius in the 9th. It is the job of Nessus to make us aware of wrong thinking and behavior (really, really wrong) handed down to us from previous generations and the 9th house symbolizes what is foreign. As Moon symbolizes all the People, and she is in the 3rd house of communication including television sets, she is absorbing this phenomena of multi-national cooperation – lasting for weeks and weeks – in a combined effort to assist a very few (by comparison). This is how Americans are experiencing the astrology of the series of 7 squares between Pluto and Uranus.

    The final outcome of the search (whatever it turns out to be) will not overshadow the knowledge that we (the world) are getting from this close inspection of the sea, so long in coming.. . . .

  89. alex says:

    Excerpt Email – Food Democracy Now

    Millions of American’s have innocently profited from Monsanto’s toxic chemicals, GMOs and corruption of our democracy through investments in major mutual funds like Fidelity, Vanguard and State Street. Combined Fidelity, Vanguard and State Street own 15% of Monsanto’s, totaling $9.6 Billion in stock.

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  90. thrasybulus says:

    Will,

    This link might change your mind.

    http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=674

    From Sec. Defense Cohen’s answer to 4th question (capitals added);

    “There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an ECO- TYPE OF TERRORISM WHEREBY THEY CAN ALTER THE CLIMATE, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.

    So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important.”

  91. will says:

    No doubt there are all kinds of Nogoodniks out there in our world, capable of all kinds of dark motives and awfulness.

    The big problem with all of these horrid dark operations is that they are virtually impossible to contain; we all breathe the same air, eat much of the same food, drink much of the same water, frolic under the same sun, sing in the same rain and fly-kites in the same wind. How could race-specific viruses even be contained now that there are so many thousands of cross-mutations of race in the collective human population? Bearing in mind that genetics are telling us that we all share ancestry with about seven different mothers throughout Eurasia and Africa, how could the Dark Ops not do themselves in as well?

    Unless the offending nation was committed to a kind of mutually-assured destruction, these nasty notions for waging war seem pointless; like shooting oneself in the foot.

    I am sure I am naive about some things – but I choose not to freak myself out about these horrible possibilities too much. Don’t we have enough on our collective plates without entertaining so much woo-hoo? I don’t mean to offend anyone, but we’ve got nuclear waste, climate change, a horrible economy, Russia creating a war (and no doubt, its Putin and his henchmen doing this covertly and overtly), rashes of urban homicides, a faltering educational system, a rotted-to-the-core infrastructure, a deeply-partisan-divided congress, massive hunger and deadly epidemics killing thousands of babies every day.

    Who needs to speculate about things we really cannot contend with until we grapple with all of the other problems that are here and throbbingly present now?

  92. arbo says:

    will, you may remember that Vonnegut speculated about this long before he was famous. It’s called “Cat’s Cradle.” It’s a riff on the ultimate futility of that kind of secret weapon, among other things. It should be required reading.

  93. will says:

    arbo,

    Merci beaucoup for the reading recommendation Shame on me for not having read Vonnegut yet; he taught writing at my alma mater while I was an undergrad.

  94. will says:

    Thrasybulus – thank you for the link; what I gleaned mostly from the reading is that these were ‘possibilities.’

    barbk,

    No doubt we will be learning all kinds of things from this closely-scrutinized deep-sea search.

  95. Lorrie U says:

    Aflatoxins, Melamine, and Cyanuric Acid found in US Made Pet Food

    EXCERPT:
    Veterinarians they consulted stated “since aflatoxin B1 is a known carcinogen, it should best be avoided; long-term exposure to aflatoxin B1 could increase the risk of liver impairment, tumors in liver, and suppressed immune system.”

    The U.S. manufactured pet foods the Consumer Council found to contain aflatoxin B1 are:
    •Purina One Smart Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dog Food
    •Hill’s Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Cat Food
    •AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Herring Meal Formula Adult Cat Food

    Purina told the South China Morning Post the carcinogen was an “unavoidable natural contaminant” found in grains such as corn, barley and rice. AvoDerm, stated “it had since replaced the corn in its formula that was believed to be the source of the carcinogen.”

    And then the bad news continues. The Consumer Council reported their testing found melamine in:
    •Solid Gold Adult Dog Food
    •Iams Chicken Cat Food

    And cyanuric acid was found in:
    •Purina Pro Plan Salmon Cat Food
    Melamine and cyanuric acid were found to be the deadly cause of the largest pet food recall in history in 2007.

    The food/feed that is allowed to be fed to our animals (pets and livestock) in the U.S. is unforgivable. Poultry litter (yes, poultry poop) is an allowed ingredient in cattle feed. Almost any type of food waste – contaminated with anything from pesticides to rodent filth – is welcome to be included into all pet foods and animal feeds in the U.S. While China certainly must own their responsibility of melamine laced vegetable proteins pet food ingredients and illegal drug residues in jerky treats – here in the U.S. our animal food/feed system is a horrendous mess.

    I’ve been told by regulatory authorities at both a state and federal level that their budget is often the challenge – specifically lacking a budget to do any type of proper testing for pet food contaminants. State governments provide very little funding to their pet food regulatory divisions, and the FDA is financially strapped by Congress.

    But here we (consumers) are…trying our best to safely feed our pets (and ourselves). We just paid our taxes – which becomes the salaries of those regulatory authorities. Aren’t we due some regulatory protection with our pet foods and treats? I’m not sure what the fix is. But low levels of aflatoxins and melamine/cyanuric acid found in pet foods is not it. Instead, it is history repeating itself…again and again and again. How sick do our pets and us have to become until someone of authority realizes that the food system needs a major overhaul?

    http://truthaboutpetfood.com/aflatoxins-melamine-and-cyanuric-acid-found-in-us-made-pet-food

  96. arbo says:

    will — a Vonnegut virgin, that’s wonderful. Start with Cat’s Cradle. I read it at sixteen, when it was new, and I’m very glad I did. Of course, hardly anyone knew about him yet. On the back of the book he’s wearing a crew cut. He was thought to be a science fiction writer…

  97. Jerry says:

    Excerpts from:

    Grand Cross April 2014: Astral Insights
    by Mystic Mamma

    “….…the internet is filled with articles concentrating on the possible negative effects of such an astrological formation. Without taking away from some of the not so happy connotations that a Grand Cross of this magnitude can bring about, I do not see much value in trying to predict the possibility of negative events. There is definitely more meaning in trying to concentrate on the deeper cues hidden behind the war-like feeling enticed by this astrological pattern. Every ‘war’ – real or metaphorical – carries with it a yearning for ‘peace.’ Every ‘death’ (transformation/change) carries with it the potential for a new and profound ‘rebirth.’

    “The ‘squareness’ of a Grand Cross can awaken our ability to conceive its opposite: harmonious flow. Every hindrance (each squared aspect) has the potential to lift the curtains of focused intent and perseverance. Every obstacle (Grand Crosses are sure to bring some) has the innate tendency to awaken our higher self in order to appreciate challenges and to show us how strong we really are.

    http://www.mysticmamma.com/grand-cross-april-2014-astral-insights/

  98. TJ says:

    5.1 earthquake close to Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday afternoon. Posting because I didn’t hear it in the news, but from a friend who lives there.

  99. Helen says:

    Smart Meters: chances are you have one attached to your house or apartment complex – hopefully your bedroom isn’t by it:

    “British families at risk from smart meters, campaigners tell MPs
    Smart energy meters offered to every British home could be as dangerous as a “bullet from a rifle” because of the radiation they emit, campaigners have told MPs.
    ……..
    In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their homes.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/10015679/British-families-at-risk-from-smart-meters-campaigners-tell-MPs.html

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/health-impacts-of-rf-radiation-us-media-blackout-on-smart-meter-dangers/5365598

  100. Helen says:

    Dane Wigington of Geoengineering Watch gives THE TALK on the subject – highest marks on
    delivery and content:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yZhh2leRJA

    http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/

    If only the first 5 minutes….intriguing.

  101. Helen says:

    Yellowstone news – posted yesterday:

    “The USGS is now installing multiple new seismometers to monitor this situation developing in the Western portion of the magma chamber of the Yellowstone supervolcano.

    The new earthquake monitors are being installed due to the HUNDREDS of earthquakes occurring in East Central Idaho.

    Professionals are warning people to prepare now. Be aware this is happening currently.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SsAJZCU4qc

  102. tetramorph says:

    http://www.seis.utah.edu/req2webdir/recenteqs/Maps/Yellowstone.html

    17 earthquakes in the Yellowstone region over the past week, all less than 2 mag.

    This site is excellent:

    http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/yellowstone/yellowstone_monitoring_47.html

    There is a “Show Available Earthquakes” toggle that allows you to see up to 190 days of archive. On that 190 day archive, there are 900 small magnitude earthquakes. Nothing new over the past 600,000 years.

    In terms of HAARP, NEXRAD, Doppler, ELF, mind control with cell phone towers, ect. — I’m willing to accept that there are unstudied and unintended consequences associated with these technologies, but not some over-arching conspiracy for world domination — as Will pointed out, the television (and all the other forms of entertainment) are plenty enough to win the hearts and minds of the masses, allowing the oligarchs to party on…

  103. Gina says:

    Nancy, for me, you can’t repeat this once-in-a-lifetime situation enough. This 13 degree Cardinal Cross directly affects me! The good news, such that it is, is that Jupiter is on my 13 Cancer 27 Natal Sun, but then there’s everything else also square at 13 degrees. Plus I have a natal Saturn at 15 Capricorn 15.

    I’ve been working hard with my music of late, making progress, and making some new fans, but boy, am I tired today! I had a great day yesterday, but a full weekend, and a full next week on tap.

    In the last few weeks, I’ve dealt with a cold, a stomach virus, and my back trying to go out. And having to say goodbye to a couple friends. So far, I’m managing. I just wish I had a little more energy right now.

    Teresa–my sincerest condolences for the loss of your father. May your memories of him carry you through this time.

  104. alex says:

    NSA: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/16-3

    EXCERPT

    — The three billion phone calls made in the U.S. each day are snatched up by the agency, which stores each call’s metadata (phone numbers of the parties, date and time, length of call, etc.) for five years.

    — Each day telecom giants turn over metadata on every call they have processed.

    — Every out-of-country call and email from (or to) a U.S. citizen is grabbed by NSA computers, and agents are authorized to listen to or read any of them.

    — The agency searches for and seizes nearly everything we do on the Internet. Without bothering with the constitutional nicety of obtaining a warrant, its XKeyscore program scoops up some 40 billion Internet records every month and adds them to its digital storehouse, including our emails, Google searches, websites visited, Microsoft Word documents sent, etc. NSA’s annual budget includes a quarter-billion dollars for “corporate-partner access” — i.e., payments to obtain this mass of material from corporate computers.

    — Snowden says that in his days as an analyst, he could sit at his computer and tap into any American’s Internet activity — even the President’s. A blowhard congress critter called that a ridiculous lie, but Snowden was proven right. In 2005, another analyst did tap into ex-President Bill Clinton’s personal email account.

    — Asked at a senate hearing whether his agency collects data “on millions or (even) hundreds of millions of Americans,” NSA Director James Clapper said: “No.” He later apologized, claiming he was confused by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s question. But when asked by Wyden to correct his erroneous answer in the hearing record, Clapper refused.

    — The sheer volume of information sucked up by the agency is so large that as of 2008, it maintained 150 data processing sites around the world.

    — NSA’s budget is an official secret, but a Snowden document shows that it gets about $11 billion a year in direct appropriations, with more support funneled through the Pentagon and other agencies.

  105. starlight says:

    So on Putin’s side, Jews are being asked to register and gays are being harassed, but it is the government of Kiev that are the Nazis????

    This agreement they came to in Geneva will count for nothing over the coming week. I still think all hell will break loose, likely on some nonsensical pretext from Putin.

    The story of Jews asked to register is spreading fast in the media.

    http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Flyers-call-for-Jews-to-register-with-pro-Russians-in-Ukrainian-city-348695

  106. Apple says:

    RE: the flyers in Ukraine. Looks like more mischief to me. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger_uranium_forgeries The media will flog this for days.

  107. alex says:

    Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

    EXCERPT

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/who-are-the-koch-brothers_b_5165995.html?utm_hp_ref=homepage

    It is not widely known that David Koch was the Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate in 1980. He believed that Ronald Reagan was much too liberal. Despite Mr. Koch putting a substantial sum of money into the campaign, his ticket only received 1 percent of the vote. Most Americans thought the Libertarian Party platform of 1980 was extremist and way out of touch with what the American people wanted and needed.

    Fast-forward 34 years and the most significant reality of modern politics is how successful David Koch and like-minded billionaires have been in moving the Republican Party to the extreme right.

  108. Tanklv says:

    tetramorph: What you’re claiming regarding Our Good Congressman Harry Reid is bullshit. There is nothing going on regarding a “land grab” for a solar project – especially as concerns Harry.

    Stop watching FUX Snooze…

    Regarding the Ukraine: Russia is the imperial gangster here, as are the so called “Russians” that have been living in the Ukraine, whose Russian grandparents/parents were pushed into the Ukraine to force the native Ukrainians out in a despicable Russian Colonialization move – as it had done to Poland, and the Baltic countries, Romania, etc. To think these “Russians” are in any way shape or form in any way “right” in their naked power grab using terrorist techniques, is laughable at best. The Russians have occupied Ukraine,forbade the speaking of Ukrainian Language, and the Ukrainian culture.

    The Ukrainian People have finally sought and won Independence from the Oppressive Russian dirtbags who have literally killed MILLIONS of Ukrainians in just the last century alone. It is only logical and fair that Ukrainians have instituted Ukrainian as the national language – it is crazy and laughable to think that this is somehow wrong – but yet too many do.

    My grandmother was forced to pick sticks at the side of the road to survive during the winters because of the Russians. My grandfather’s parents had their horses and cattle stolen every year to feed first the Tzar and then the communists regime in Moscow. Imagine if Britain had succeeded in populating India or other colonies, and the indigenous people were oppressed as the Russians had oppressed the Ukrainian People as they have – would you be cheering and supporting those English who stole their way into the country? Russia is no more than a defeated Colonial Power seeking to forceable reclaim its “lost” territory.

    The fact that these colonists are raising the flag of Russia ON UKRAINIAN SOVERIGN LAND would make me as justifiably mad if some yahoo southerner tried to raise the Confederate flag somewhere.

    It’s a sad situation, and don’t think for a moment that the Ukrainians won’t fight to retain their long and hard sought for and won independence. This won’t end well for puttipute and his henchmen – and justifiably so.

  109. Tanklv says:

    Almost forgot – thank you Nancy for your insight – This is my first post – have been reading for years, and over the years your insights have proven correct time and again. I miss it when you don’t post for weeks at a time – but even you deserve time off!

  110. Tanklv says:

    Will: The reason that the search for the plane has been so difficult, is that the airline was too cheap to spend the few hundred bucks to have ALL the proper “black boxes” installed. They only had the old “pingers”. Almost every other airline has the whole package. So, no, they don’t have the latest technology on the plane at all to help in the search…it’s not “woo” or “climate tinkering” or anything like that…sorry to burst your bubble…

  111. will says:

    Tanklv,

    There was no “bubble” to burst.

    I don’t mind strong feedback if its on-point. Your’s isn’t.

    Finding the Malaysian plane is absolutely NOT what I consider woo-hoo; its real and is causing the families and loved ones untold horror and grief. I was referring mostly to HAARP and weather manipulation and other fringe concerns that may or may not be real.

    Regarding the Malaysian airliner: Although I agree that it is an outrage that there wasn’t enough money spent on the proper “pinging” devices, it is not at all necessarily the case that this is the reason why the plane has not been found. All kinds of pings have been detected over the last week but evidently none are are those of the Malaysian plane. No site of flotsom or anything relevant to the missing jet.

    Although I share your frustration and outrage over the lost souls on that flight, you are confused or misguided in calling me out.

    Capice?

  112. Lorrie U says:

    Justice Stevens: Supreme Court has Misinterpreted the Second Amendment

    The Washington Post has published an opinion piece from Justice John Paul Stevens in which he analyzes the history of the second amendment…

    Stevens’ solution (given the recent court decisions) is to actually amend the language of the second amendment to bring it back to the original intent. His proposed change to the second amendment would read as follows:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/11/1291429/-Justice-Stevens-Supreme-Court-has-Misinterpreted-the-Second-Amendment?detail=facebook

  113. starlight says:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/fatal-clashes-ukrainian-military-base

    At least one pro-Russian protester was killed and 15 injured during clashes at a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol on Wednesday night, raising the fatality count in eastern Ukraine to at least three.

    Around 500 protesters – many of them wearing the St George’s ribbons used as a symbol of the anti-Kiev movement – reportedly attempted to storm a national guard base starting at 8.30pm,

    The Moon at the time this began to unfold wat 27Scorpio35, moving into exact, minor hard aspect to jupiter, uranus and Pluto at 13 cardinal.

  114. Squallo says:

    Mr Obama added: “They are not interested in any kind of military confrontation with us, understanding that our conventional forces are significantly superior to the Russians.”

    video

    http://news.sky.com/story/1244459/obama-raises-spectre-of-war-with-russia

  115. alex says:

    What Is It You Want Mr. Koch?

    - to defund Obamacare
    - to cut Social Security
    - to cut Medicare
    - to oppose increase in the minimum wage
    - to cut federal funding for education
    - to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!

  116. Suzay says:

    Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register

    Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”

    The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. “I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”

    Why? The Russian government has been playing up the (real but small) role of fascists and neo-Nazis in the victory of the EuroMaidan in Kiev. The Ukrainian government, utterly powerless to fight off the Russians and their local stooges, have had to rely on other methods, like leaking taped phone calls of allegedly local separatists getting their commands from Moscow. This may be just another tactic to smear the so-called anti-Maidan in the east of Ukraine: you think we’re fascists? Well, take a look at these guys.

    Indeed, the Russian web chatter has sniffed the hand of the Dnipropetrovsk city government. (Dnipropetrovsk is another eastern Ukrainian city, but one that has been spared this chaos, in part because of the firm hand of its new regional governor, Jewish businessman Ihor Kolomoisky. One (Jewish) blogger said he received a similar looking flier from an official in the Dnipropetrovsk city administration.

    On the other hand, says Vladimir Fedorin, an independent Russian journalist working in Ukraine, we shouldn’t totally dismiss these fliers. “I think the fliers are fake, but the anti-Maidan crowd is a collection of the hardcore ‘alternative’ variety and criminals, so it’s possible some of them are capable of this.” To wit, there were also reports of teenagers distributing these fliers.

    So, in conclusion: the Jews of Donetsk and eastern Ukraine may have been asked by a leaflet to register, but it has not been enforced nor are any Ukrainian Jews registering themselves. If that changes, I’ll be all over it, but so far, you can breathe easy. No Holocaust 2.0 just yet.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117415/ukraine-not-ordering-its-jews-register

  117. alex says:

    Koch Then & GOP Now

    - THEN: In 1980, Libertarian vice-presidential candidate David Koch ran on a platform that called for abolishing the minimum wage. Thirty-four years ago, that was an extreme view of a fringe party that had the support of 1 percent of the American people

    NOW: Today, not only does virtually every Republican in Congress oppose raising the $7.25 an hour minimum wage, many of them, including Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell and John McCain, are on record for abolishing the concept of the federal minimum wage.

    - THEN: In 1980, the platform of David Koch’s Libertarian Party favored “the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.

    NOW: Today, the mainstream view of the Republican Party, as seen in the recently passed Ryan budget, is to end Medicare as we know it, cut Medicaid by more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade, and repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Under the Ryan plan, at least 40 million people — 1 in 8 Americans — would lose health insurance or fail to obtain insurance by 2024. Most of them would be people with low or moderate incomes.”

    - THEN: In 1980, the platform of David Koch’s Libertarian Party called for “the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system.”

    NOW: Today, the mainstream view of the Republican Party is that “entitlement reform” is absolutely necessary. For some, this means major cuts in Social Security. For others who believe Social Security is unconstitutional or a Ponzi scheme this means the privatization of Social Security or abolishing this program completely for those who are under 60 years of age.

    -THEN: In 1980, David Koch’s Libertarian Party platform stated “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes … We support the eventual repeal of all taxation … As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”

    NOW: Today, 75 Republicans in the House have co-sponsored a bill that Paul Ryan has said “would eliminate taxes on wages, corporations, self-employment, capital gains, and gift and death taxes in favor of a personal-consumption tax.”

  118. Suzay says:

    Typo…I’m “Suzy” not “Suzay” in my above post.

  119. Apple says:

    Another informative interview this morning with Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton:
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/17/we_are_not_beginning_a_new

  120. lisam says:

    Jose Feliciano died? Haven’t heard or seen anything on the news. Only of the nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who also passed yesterday or today.

  121. Suzay says:

    alex

    Thanks for the latest about Monsanto. Good to know Mutual Fund Investors want that stock out of their Fund. Hopefully it’s a new movement of folks calling their Investments Accountable to THEM and not the Corporations they Invest In holding all the cards.

    April 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Excerpt Email – Food Democracy Now

  122. lisam says:

    Starlight, it wasn’t THE Jose Feliciano who died. I guess there’s another well known Puerto Rican Jose “Cheo” Feliciano of whom I wasn’t aware, who died.

  123. alex says:

    Suzay

    going to stockholders is good strategy: follow the yellow brick road to the wizard/shareholders…. I luv Food Democracy Now they are based in Iowa and they “bring it” don’t they :-)

  124. starlight says:

    lisam – Thanks for the correction. I thought it was the one we all know and remember. Well, enjoy the music I posted anyway.

  125. alex says:

    During the time of America’s highest income and inheritance taxes, we also had the strongest economy in our history. And when trust-busters from Teddy Roosevelt to Nixon and Carter broke up Standard Oil and AT&T, the result was an explosion of innovation, competition, and an actual increase in shareholder wealth.

    It’s time to give the real job creators – working and middle class Americans – a chance to invest in the economy. And the only way to do that is by banning billionaires.

    http://www.nobillionaires.com/

  126. Suzy says:

    (It all changes Again….Uranus?
    ——-

    Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register

    Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”

    The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. “I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”

    Why? The Russian government has been playing up the (real but small) role of fascists and neo-Nazis in the victory of the EuroMaidan in Kiev. The Ukrainian government, utterly powerless to fight off the Russians and their local stooges, have had to rely on other methods, like leaking taped phone calls of allegedly local separatists getting their commands from Moscow. This may be just another tactic to smear the so-called anti-Maidan in the east of Ukraine: you think we’re fascists? Well, take a look at these guys.

    Indeed, the Russian web chatter has sniffed the hand of the Dnipropetrovsk city government. (Dnipropetrovsk is another eastern Ukrainian city, but one that has been spared this chaos, in part because of the firm hand of its new regional governor, Jewish businessman Ihor Kolomoisky. One (Jewish) blogger said he received a similar looking flier from an official in the Dnipropetrovsk city administration.

    On the other hand, says Vladimir Fedorin, an independent Russian journalist working in Ukraine, we shouldn’t totally dismiss these fliers. “I think the fliers are fake, but the anti-Maidan crowd is a collection of the hardcore ‘alternative’ variety and criminals, so it’s possible some of them are capable of this.” To wit, there were also reports of teenagers distributing these fliers.

    So, in conclusion: the Jews of Donetsk and eastern Ukraine may have been asked by a leaflet to register, but it has not been enforced nor are any Ukrainian Jews registering themselves. If that changes, I’ll be all over it, but so far, you can breathe easy. No Holocaust 2.0 just yet.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117415/ukraine-not-ordering-its-jews-register

  127. Sharon Katz says:

    Tanklv, thank you for the personal story regarding the Ukraine…it is interesting to hear what the people have gone through (e.g.your grandmother)as there is so much hype attached to news these days. Starlight, I shared your consternation regarding the news of Jose Feliciano, too, and, although I am sorry for the loss of the other Jose F. (a salsa star), I am relieved that the Jose of “California Dreamin’ and “Feliz Navidad” is fine as far as we know, as I am a huge fan of his soulful music. The story about the Jews of Donetsk is yet another example of news going viral before it’s verified, one of the joys we have to deal with. At the same time, I’m not surprised that anti-semitism is strong there. My grandparents are from that general area or not too far — and left at the turn of the 20th century due to pogroms.

  128. barbk says:

    The cardinal cross is emerging through recent headline stories though not clearly enough to see how they connect yet. I see the Jupiter in Cancer expressing as groups of grieving families (today’s group from South Korea, earlier from China re: lost plane and of course the children lost in the California bus crash), and no doubt it is Mars in Libra that stands behind Putin’s (Sun 13+ Libra) belligerent defense of the Russian occupation of east Ukraine. Today’s announcement of an unexpected discovery of a new earth-like planet 500 light year away from Earth could qualify as Uranus (unexpected) in Aries (new), as could the surprising and unexpected sign-up totals for the new national healthcare initiative (Obamacare). The examples of Pluto in Capricorn are, of course, too numerous to list here, but I see how some of them relate to the tragedies that have triggered the grieving families (Jupiter in Cancer), Obamacare (Uranus in Aries), and the dissatisfaction of Ukraine citizens (Mars in Libra).

    As time goes on we should be able to look back at the astrology of Now and see the connections quite clearly. However, there is a small asteroid that could be a clue to making some connections to some stories even now. In the lunar eclipse chart where Ceres (grieving parent) is conjunct the eclipsed (hidden) Moon in Libra, the asteroid Siwa in Pisces begs to be heard.

    Martha Lang-Wescott’s (treehouse mountain.com) key words for Siwa include “The Far East”, as well as “catabolic process preceding insight”. Siwa was travelling with a group himself; asteroids Astraea, Borasisi, Hebe, Pandora and Arachne were all between 16-18 Pisces and this group squared Chaos (16 Gemini) and Demeter (the Greek counterpart of Rome’s Ceres) at 17+ Gemini. The Siwa group was also quincunx (adjustment) to Mars at 16+ Libra retrograde in the eclipse chart. The coincidence of the grieving families of China and now South Korea point to (1) Ceres (aka Demeter) conjunct eclipse Moon in Libra as well as the eclipse chart Mars in Libra, (2) the cardinal cross’s Jupiter in Cancer and (3) Mars in Libra. As the now hidden (eclipsed) facts regarding the plane crash and the ferry crash (both “far east” related) become known, it will – I’m quite sure – lead to further connections to the Uranus square Pluto event.

    It is likely that the rest of the month will herald events, some of which could relate to one or more of that group of minor bodies travelling with Siwa in some way. If you notice news of enduring faith (Astraea), something fake or imitating (Borasisi), something regarding service (Hebe), epidemics (Pandora), webs or patterns (Arachne), it could relate back to the lunar eclipse and/or the cardinal cross emerging.

  129. Jerry says:

    Ukraine: A brief reprieve

    Apr 17, 2014 9:19 PM (EST) Venus trine Jupiter 13 ’13 Cancer-Pisces

    Ukraine Talks Yield An Unexpected Agreement

    Los Angeles Times
    April 17, 2014

    In Geneva, Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU agree to a de-escalation in eastern Ukraine, averting more sanctions on Russia for now.

    Diplomats from the East and West had an unexpected meeting of the minds Thursday and drafted a plan for tamping down hostilities in eastern Ukraine by disarming rogue gunmen and restoring government sites seized by pro-Russia militants to their “legitimate owners.” The agreement, signed by the top diplomats of Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, at least temporarily staved off sanctions against Moscow, although U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that no one had left the meeting in Geneva “with a sense that the job is done because of words on a paper.”

    Russia will have to demonstrate its commitment to de-escalating the Ukraine crisis within days or face stepped-up sanctions, Kerry warned.

    Continued……

    http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukraine-talks-20140418,0,3443577.story#axzz2zCMcIjoI

  130. alex says:

    OOPS upthread 6:23AM : astronomy post 6:23AM has the wrong URL attached to it; the url is a very biased view of what is going on in Ukraine… I apoligize for the error it was misplaced when I posted astronomy:

    here is the astronomy post ( I’m hoping Nancy will delete the first attempt 6:23AM ) the information on Kepler 186f is interesting )

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2014/04/17/nasa-has-discovered-the-first-potentially-habitable-earth-sized-planet/

    “Kepler-186f can be thought of as an Earth-cousin rather than an Earth-twin. It has many properties that resemble Earth.”

    EXCERPT

    “The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth,” NASA’s Paul Hertz said in a statement.

    The star Kepler 186 is a “red dwarf” star, about half the size and mass of our own Sun. It’s about 500 light years away from Earth, near the constellation Cygnus in the night sky. The planet itself orbits its sun once every 130 days.

    If life does exist there, it exists in a rather darker place than Earth. It only gets about one-third of the energy from its star that the Earth gets, and at high noon it’s only about as bright as the Earth is at sunset. Which might pose some interesting questions as to whether plant life could have arisen in the same way as Earth.

    “Being in the habitable zone does not mean we know this planet is habitable. The temperature on the planet is strongly dependent on what kind of atmosphere the planet has,” said researcher Thomas Barclay in a press release.

  131. alex says:

    rats … second posting error ( here is correction )

    the following url is information not circulating much in corporate media; it is not the biased journalism article that it was attached to and where I first found the url; this url is Ukraine events unfolding;

    http://secure.netsolhost.com/cryptome.org/2014/04/clark-karber-14-0408.pdf

  132. alex says:

    Benjamin Lawsky is noted for targeting individuals within the financial sector who commit wrongdoing, and not merely handing out fines to the companies they work for, an approach he explains as follows: “Corporations are a legal fiction. You have to deter bad individual conduct within corporations. People who did the conduct are going to be held accountable.

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

    EXCERPT

    DOB April 14,1970 is an American attorney and New York State’s first Superintendent of Financial Services

    http://www.dfs.ny.gov/about/staff_bios/blawsky.htm

  133. Emmy says:

    Looks like this Grand Cross brought a lot of earth changes this week~avalanche and earthquakes:

    Today: 7.5 near Mexico City

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000pq41#summary

  134. Emmy says:

    Avalanche Mt Everest:

    Everest accident ‘most deadly in mountain’s history’ as death toll in avalanche rises to 9 – @AFP

  135. starlight says:

    Emmy – Thanks for helping us keep track. Mars is on the move (15Libra07 R by 8 PM EDT)and we will see more of these freak accidents, earth changes, explosions, and, of course, the likely eruption of Ukraine over the next few days. Watch Sunday in particular as the Moon will join the other four planets in the grand cross.

    More on the Mexican earthquake:

    http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-mexico-city-earthquake-20140418,0,3724191.story

  136. Emmy says:

    Thanks Nancy. I am focused on weather/earth changes/astrology. I depend on your for people/politics.

    Do you believe that Ukraine will be divided up into a federation of sorts with the East going to Russia? Is that part of the Grand Cross changes??? Just thinking this all thru with the craziness over there.

  137. andre says:

    The Ukraine invasion is just the beginning. Sooner or later, China will get the idea. The Chinese and Russian governments will need more and more to resort to external agression to maintain internal control. Marjorie Orr did the charts of some British and US aircraft carriers a few months ago. It’s obvious they will be in big trouble in 2018-2020. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2020 falls near the degree of the US Pluto return. The President elected that year (probably a Republican and probably the 46th since I expect Hillary to do a single term) will have a major conflict on his hands that the US can’t win because of Mars retrograde, but outside assistance can be provided.

  138. Lorrie U says:

    On Rachel Maddow tonight, as the President threatens more sanctions, we are paying Russian almost $500 Billion for transporting our astronauts to the space station since we can no do so for some reason or another. I really think this country is NUTS!

  139. Eliseo says:

    Lorrie,
    Of course we’re NUTS but that’s beside the question. The reason we have to pay the freakin’ Russians so much is because we imprudently discontinued our shuttle program without a back-up plan.

  140. Jerry says:

    With US Vice President Joe Biden’s impending visit to Kiev, Ukraine scheduled April 21 – 22: http://tiny.cc/x7ojex , following in the footsteps of the CIA director’s visit the previous week (see related article below), the specter of renewed Ukraine anti-terrorist operations to begin immediately after the Sunday April 20th Easter holidays has the appearance of US complicity written all over it.

    In the event of renewed hostilities will Russia retaliate against US economic interests as they had threatened to do? Joe Biden’s natal Sun/Venus conj. (27/28 Scorpio) in square to his n. Chiron/No. Node conj. (28/29 Leo) is unenviably placed right in the middle of that April 22nd Cardinal Grand Cross square by semi-sesquisquare.

    Why CIA Director Brennan Visited Kiev: In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

    Forbes
    April 16, 2014

    Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev, nobody knows exactly why, but some speculate that he intends to open US intelligence resources to Ukrainian leaders about real-time Russian military maneuvers. The US has, thus far, refrained from sharing such knowledge because Moscow is believed to have penetrated much of Ukraine’s communications systems – and Washington isn’t about to hand over its surveillance secrets to the Russians.

    If you have any doubts that the battle is raging on the ‘covert ops’ front just consider today’s events in Pcholkino where Ukrainian soldiers from the 25th Airborn Division handed over their weapons and APC’s to pro-Russian militiamen and pretty much surrendered. The Ukrainian commander was quoted as saying “they’ve captured us and are using dirty tricks”. This is the kind of morale-busting incident that can spread quickly. It doesn’t happen spontaneously and it often begins with mixed messages, literally – messages purporting to come from the chain of command but actually originate from the enemy’s dirty tricks department.

    Continued…..

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2014/04/16/why-cia-director-brennan-visited-kiev-in-ukraine-the-covert-war-has-begun/

  141. Helen says:

    Guardian Article:

    Nato’s action plan in Ukraine is right out of Dr Strangelove

    “From China to Ukraine, the US is pursuing its longstanding ambition to dominate the Eurasian landmass.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/17/nato-ukraine-dr-strangelove-china-us

  142. Helen says:

    According to this BLM Whistleblower, suspicious land activity in the Bundy ranch area started in the mid-80′s:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNGJXDuLkdI&feature=youtu.be#aid=P6tbahMGUpA

  143. Suzy says:

    Longer-Term Thoughts/Ray Merriman

    http://www.mmacycles.com/weekly-preview/mma-comments-for-the-week/mma-comments-for-the-week-beginning-april-21,-2014/

    That’s right. One more week to go until the most intense 4-week time band of the year, perhaps even the decade, arguably even a lifetime, is completed. It’s the Grand Cardinal Cross, where Mars retrograde, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto all fall in 13 degrees of cardinal signs, conjunct Vladimir Putin’s natal Sun as well as the natal Sun-Saturn square of the United States founding chart (July 4, 1776).

    The most obvious correspondence between this rare planetary configuration and world events is the tension between Russia and the USA, which is at its highest peak since…. well, maybe since 1968, shortly after the Uranus-Pluto cycle began in the mid-1960’s. Now we are in the first quarter phase of that cycle, typically a time when the issues of the conjunction are revisited and found to be fraught with problems that were never resolved when the cycle began. The Cold War of the 20th century may have technically ended in 1988-89, but it wasn’t emotionally resolved for many who opposed the demise of the Soviet Union, or the switch to the USA as the sole military superpower of the universe. That change of status is up for challenge now, concurrent with the middle part of this 33-month Uranus-Pluto waxing square, which is the first quarter phase of this 122-147 year Uranus-Pluto cycle.

    How will the leaders of the world handle this issue of potential military conflict between the most powerful nations on earth? I am not sure, for no one in the USA wants to even think about it, let alone do something about it (they seem more interested in racial and gender issues and allegations, now that we are heading into the mid-term elections). Talk of international tensions is not part of the election-year script. It’s too inconvenient to think of “bad guys” other than the opposition party. Europe seems equally paralyzed about what actions to take in regards to the prospect of military confrontations brewing between Russia and Ukraine, and possibly other places soon as well. Yet with Uranus so highlighted now, there are apt to be more unexpected surprises and bold actions taken by…. somebody. With Mars, there may be an urge to act too hastily. With Pluto, a rash decision can carry powerful and lasting consequences if there is not a consensus. To say that this is a time of a serious dilemma between the path of world peace or war (cold war or otherwise) is an understatement, given the nature of Uranus, Mars, and Pluto.

    This is the Easter and Passover holiday season, a time for renewal and rebirth, which are also symbols of Pluto. Maybe the leaders will agree that this is the time to “Give Peace a Chance.” Almost everyone on the planet wants it. And, as former President Jimmy Carter once said, the only impediment to this wish for world peace are the leaders of the world. Here, in the midst of the most potent planetary gathering of a lifetime, is the chance for world leaders to step up and work together as part of a truly connected world body. There is a “line in the sand” now for all of us. Whichever way we cross, I think that will be the direction of the next 40+ years. Peace or war? The empowerment of the individual, or the final grab for power by central government leaders?

  144. Lorrie U says:

    Good article, Suzy, thanks for posting!

  145. Lorrie U says:

    On Facebook:
    “My prayer for today is for the grace of healing to pour abundantly upon the wounds of nature and all Her creatures. There was a time long ago when human beings knew that the forests were aware when humans set foot under the tapestry of the great arms of huge oaks and maples and elms and other forest dwellers. Humans walked with humility on the Earth. It would never occur to them to have plans to control weather and water and air and soil and seeds….My prayer today is to help heal the damage being done by the hubris of humanity.”

  146. tanklv says:

    Will: I was responding to those that think there is something not easily explained by everyday circumstances – like the conspiracy that there is something “woo woo” causing the lack of finding the plane so far. My facts stand. The airlines ARE too cheep to pay for the latest tech regarding “pingers” and “blackboxs”. Sorry if you don’t like FACTS.

    This IS very much the fault of the “pingers” used on the planes. The newest technology – that has been available for over a DECADE now, is a magnitude greater in power, distance, and longevity. The existing “pingers” are only lucky they were found at all. Period. Read up on the latest information concerning the issue.

    Weather control – really? REALLY? Nope, you’re not at all pushing “woo” bullshit.

    And of course, it’s the families we are all concerned about. Too assume incorrectly that I am not shows what kind of person you are…

  147. will says:

    Mmmm mmmm mmmm; I think someone needs a suppository, a few hours in the loo, a fifth of Jamison and a most excellent blunt.