This post predicting Whitney Houston’s death was first blogged September 15th, 2009.
With all those negative progressions I’m always talking about, you might think, considering Whitney’s fall from grace, that she would have run into a really bad cycle. But no. Whitney Houston had it all, and an addictive personality brought her down (Pisces rising). What happened to her was a result of her own bad decisions.
Is she clean and sober now? There is no way of knowing since she has a proclivity for lying (natal Sun square natal Neptune — think Sarah Palin). Although, her chart still has very little activity. She has no reason to fall back into her old habits.
So this post is a warning to Whitney. Your bad cycles are ahead of you and not that far away. As soon as March 2012 (2 1/2 years), you will experience what so many others have, negative conditions beyond your control (progressed Mars square). Like all people who have great fame and fortune before getting a cycle such as this, it’s very difficult to be prepared for things going terribly wrong.
Whitney has time to get herself together in a manner that won’t allow another fall from grace. She needs to stabilize her life, create a strong support system, give up all her wild ways and keep her faith. The party is effectively over. Time to grow up.
Once these negative cycles start, they continue, off and on, for fifteen years.
If you have passworded accounts on the Internet, once a year you need to change the password. If you get hacked, the consequences can be dire. THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY wrote an article in the November 2011 issue called “Hacked!.” Most of the following information is from that article:
- Different types of accounts should have different passwords. Your password is only as good as the site with the lowest security
- If a password can be found in a dictionary, that password is not safe
- Choose a sequence of ordinary words since hackers cannot differentiate spaces from letters such as, “Aunt Phoebe is losing her memory.”
- Choose a sentence that includes words that are not really words such as “I live on Umbiugo Lane in the city of Pyfte.”
- Choose a word that is entirely made up “nQp964nnn4″ and keep a copy in your wallet — just not under passwords
- How about a made up word that includes a name with meaning to you but still not a word, one or two capital letters and one or two numbers?
I had an experience where an email account I deleted came back to haunt my email address list. Luckily I found the password for the deleted account, went back in and changed the password again. So also keep a list of all email accounts and all the passwords connected to them.
A friend of mine swears that it is impossible to delete any information on the Internet, although THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY article disputes that. He says that the Internet was built by the military, and they specifically constructed it for non-deletion. If you watch any legal shows, you’ve probably heard them SAY something along those lines. I’m going with the theory, it’s out there somewhere. And from experience, I can tell you, you’re friends will not take it well when an email comes saying you’re stranded in Tanzania and need money — unless you really are and really do.
“Cannot be secured and cannot be sustained,” Clair McCaskill referring to construction in Afghanistan.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today introduced a measure that aims to use funds for large-scale construction projects in Afghanistan on the construction of roads and bridges in America. McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered a floor speech today in which she explained her plan to limit U.S. Defense Department spending on unsustainable infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. The limits would not affect any resources directly supporting U.S. troops. The savings that result from the limits would be redirected from infrastructure projects in Afghanistan to road and bridge projects in the United States where there is currently an $2 trillion backlog in road, bridge, and infrastructure needs.
“This is a very small percentage of the money we’re spending in Afghanistan,” McCaskill said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “The majority of the money we’re spending is to support our troops on the ground, to train the Afghan army and to integrate and train the Afghan police so that there can be rule of law and stability in these communities. Taking this money away doesn’t have any impact on any of those activities. It’s just saying, we probably … need to take that money and build some roads in the United States, where we don’t have to hire security to keep people from getting shot who are building them.”
Elizabeth Warren speaking on a walking tour, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.
Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
August 28, 2011
Five years of a pure neo-liberal regime had made Iceland, (population 320 thousand, no army), one of the richest countries in the world. In 2003 all the country’s banks were privatized, and in an effort to attract foreign investors, they offered on-line banking whose minimal costs allowed them to offer relatively high rates of return. The accounts, called IceSave, attracted many UK and Dutch small investors. But as investments grew, so did the banks’ foreign debt. In 2003 Iceland’s debt was equal to 200 times its GNP, but in 2007, it was 900 percent. The 2008 world financial crisis was the coup de grace. The three main Icelandic banks, Landbanki, Kapthing and Glitnir, went belly up and were nationalised, while the Kroner lost 85% of its value with respect to the Euro. At the end of the year Iceland declared bankruptcy.
Contrary to what could be expected, the crisis resulted in Icelanders recovering their sovereign rights, through a process of direct participatory democracy that eventually led to a new Constitution. But only after much pain.
Geir Haarde, the Prime Minister of a Social Democratic coalition government, negotiated a two million one hundred thousand dollar loan, to which the Nordic countries added another two and a half million. But the foreign financial community pressured Iceland to impose drastic measures. The FMI and the European Union wanted to take over its debt, claiming this was the only way for the country to pay back Holland and Great Britain, who had promised to reimburse their citizens.
Protests and riots continued, eventually forcing the government to resign. Elections were brought forward to April 2009, resulting in a left-wing coalition which condemned the neoliberal economic system, but immediately gave in to its demands that Iceland pay off a total of three and a half million Euros. This required each Icelandic citizen to pay 100 Euros a month (or about $130) for fifteen years, at 5.5% interest, to pay off a debt incurred by private parties vis a vis other private parties. It was the straw that broke the reindeer’s back.
What happened next was extraordinary. The belief that citizens had to pay for the mistakes of a financial monopoly, that an entire nation must be taxed to pay off private debts was shattered, transforming the relationship between citizens and their political institutions and eventually driving Iceland’s leaders to the side of their constituents. The Head of State, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, refused to ratify the law that would have made Iceland’s citizens responsible for its bankers’ debts, and accepted calls for a referendum.
Of course the international community only increased the pressure on Iceland. Great Britain and Holland threatened dire reprisals that would isolate the country. As Icelanders went to vote, foreign bankers threatened to block any aid from the IMF. The British government threatened to freeze Icelander savings and checking accounts. As Grimsson said: “We were told that if we refused the international community’s conditions, we would become the Cuba of the North. But if we had accepted, we would have become the Haiti of the North.” (How many times have I written that when Cubans see the dire state of their neighbor, Haiti, they count themselves lucky.)
In the March 2010 referendum, 93% voted against repayment of the debt. The IMF immediately froze its loan. But the revolution (though not televised in the United States), would not be intimidated. With the support of a furious citizenry, the government launched civil and penal investigations into those responsible for the financial crisis. Interpol put out an international arrest warrant for the ex-president of Kaupthing, Sigurdur Einarsson, as the other bankers implicated in the crash fled the country.
But Icelanders didn’t stop there: they decided to draft a new constitution that would free the country from the exaggerated power of international finance and virtual money. (The one in use had been written when Iceland gained its independence from Denmark, in 1918, the only difference with the Danish constitution being that the word ‘president’ replaced the word ‘king’.)
To write the new constitution, the people of Iceland elected twenty-five citizens from among 522 adults not belonging to any political party but recommended by at least thirty citizens. This document was not the work of a handful of politicians, but was written on the internet. The constituent’s meetings are streamed on-line, and citizens can send their comments and suggestions, witnessing the document as it takes shape. The constitution that eventually emerges from this participatory democratic process will be submitted to parliament for approval after the next elections.
Some readers will remember that Iceland’s ninth century agrarian collapse was featured in Jared Diamond’s book by the same name. Today, that country is recovering from its financial collapse in ways just the opposite of those generally considered unavoidable, as confirmed yesterday by the new head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde to Fareed Zakaria. The people of Greece have been told that the privatization of their public sector is the only solution. And those of Italy, Spain and Portugal are facing the same threat.
They should look to Iceland. Refusing to bow to foreign interests, that small country stated loud and clear that the people are sovereign.
That’s why it is not in the news anymore.
Normally Congress passes a budget and then raises the debt ceiling to accommodate it. George Bush did it seven times. But this time, the Republicans, spurred on by the religious right, are refusing to raise it unless they get certain concessions. They are holding the debt ceiling, and the ability of the government to function, hostage.
Without raising the debt ceiling, the government cannot pay it’s bills and the U.S. will lose its triple A credit rating. So why would anyone contemplate not raising it?
There is a movement on the extremist right which has an underlying belief that government is a bad thing. They hate the government. These groups, one of which is The Tea Party, have become more active in the face of a black president and gay rights. And they don’t care about reason since they are driven by faith. They actually want to bring the hated government down. They believe that this is what Jesus wanted — no government — everything run for profit. They also don’t care much for evolution and global warming. The latter is considered to be a left-wing plot to take away our freedom despite every scientist’s opposite opinion.
The religious evangelical right wants to overthrow our government. And they have enough power in Congress to allow the debt ceiling and our country to fail. This is such an absurd concept that the stock market hasn’t even responded to it yet, but if it happens, Wall Street will plummet.
Most intelligent people believe it can’t happen — it’s that insane. But as we get closer, the country is wondering. Has our economy been hijacked by religion — which many people believe should have nothing to do with politics? Remember the separation of church and state? This is why it’s is a bad combination. This type of religious belief doesn’t care about your social security check, treasury bonds, military salaries — all federal government workers for that matter. If you are not a member of this crazed movement, call the White House (202 456-1111) or your representatives in Congress. This is about you. And if this happens, your life will change on August 2nd.
If you’re unhappy with our government, support Campaign Finance Reform and allow ordinary citizens to run for office.
I’m writing a book, YOUR BODY IS YOUR BILLBOARD, about how astrology and dieting can work together. We all have a message. And the way we look tells people something about how we want to be perceived. And if we quit caring about how we look, have we quit caring about people? Are we isolating ourselves from society? Are we giving up? Is this the real end of civilization? Are fat Americans epidemic of a culture that doesn’t care about each other or themselves?
When you view this amazing video, think about your message and if it says what you want it to say. Oprah was talking about this yesterday on her last show. You have a purpose. You have a mission.
While shooting the devastation in the Arahama area of Japan, a film crew’s attention was caught by a dog who led them to his injured friend. The dog stood guard and protected his down-and-out dog friend until they were rescued and taken to a local shelter.
Stick with the film till the end, it’s worth it.
Jen Desmond reporting.