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Everyone probably has a David Bowie story, and I have a little one. I was going to meetings — you know the ones you’re not supposed to talk about with my girlfriend who was a groupie. I was sort of her groupie. Anyway we went to the Log Cabin (famous Beverly Hills meeting) because she believed David Bowie would be there. We were late, of course. And there was only one chair left. She told me to take it because she was with her boyfriend. Well, guess what? It was empty because David Bowie was sitting next to it. I didn’t see him. Until I sat down and he moved as far away from me as he could and still sit in his seat. Then I noticed him. That was sort of unflattering. But I sucked it up.

Later in the meeting, when I guess he realized I was not there to bother him, he not only sat back in his folding chair, he sat back on my shoulder — leaning against it. I had no idea what to do so we sat the remainder of the meeting in that position.

David Bowie is a Capricorn with his Mars and Mercury there. His Moon is in the show business sign of Leo. His Venus in Sagittarius. They want their partners to be their friends. And his Mars is in Capricorn. Aquarius was his rising sign. What made him so special? Nothing. No astrology chart makes you special. It’s what you’re given growing up — the support you get and the choices you make. That’s all. You can be a super star with an easy chart or a hard chart.

At his death, David had predictive Mars conjunct Mercury. It isn’t reported yet what kind of cancer killed him. But because transiting Pluto was conjunct his Mars (that nasty little aspect plagued me for 2 1/2 years and also almost killed me in a car accident) and his natal Mercury, I’m wondering what Mercury had to do with it. Pluto is death and Mars (besides being cars) just messes with his life. It will be curious to see if Mercury has some meaning for him in the end.

Good night Iggy Stardust.

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Miranda Lambert is a Scorpio, and, seriously, don’t mess with Scorpios! That tail will sting you. Actually she has four planets in Scorpio so she has a stellium. But her Moon is in nasty old Capricorn (The Moon doesn’t like Capricorn). And here’s a Sandra Bullock move and how it could get nasty. Capricorn, likely, she won’t do it in public. But behind the scenes, Blake Shelton, her now husband, will feel the pain. With this Scorpio/Capricorn combo, she won’t go down easily. In a lot of ways, she’s too much for him to handle. Cheating men often are weak men. Kick them to the corner.

And then there’s the fact, she’s in positive Jupiter. Notice all those awards she’s been getting? This is her time and no one is going to get in her way.

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For me, I still can’t believe the “Vanity Fair” cover was only four months after Kim Howe’s death. And I’ve seen previews of Caitlyn’s reality show where she seems to be in very high spirits. There is no doubt in my mind that Bruce Jenner with a trailer behind his Escalade was following too close. Xtrology has examined this, and is predicting there will be consequences.

Under “Beauty In & Out” in this same magazine is another article where a physician at Johns Hopkins says that a man cannot become a woman. It’s not physically possible.

From “The Daily Beast.” Michael Daly.

Away from the glamour of the Vanity Fair cover, an investigation and two lawsuits haven’t stopped probing Caitlyn’s (then Bruce’s) role in a deadly February crash. In the accident reports, Caitlyn is still Bruce.

“This is still his legal name on the day of the accident,” says an investigator with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, which continues to compile its final report on the fatal chain collision back in February.

Caitlyn is also still Bruce in the wrongful death suit that was filed by the stepchildren of 69-year-old Kim Howe, who was killed when Jenner’s Escalade rear-ended her Lexus, propelling it into the path of an oncoming Hummer.

But in a second suit—filed by a young woman named Jessica Steindorf, whose Prius also seems to have been hit by the Escalade but who escaped serious injury—the world’s most famous transgender individual is called “Bruce Jenner a/k/a Caitlyn Jenner.”

This second suit charges that Jenner drove “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and wantonly.”

The first suit contends that Jenner was “careless, negligent and reckless.”

The similarity of the language suggests that it is standard lawyerese.

And such negligence is not a judgment that the sheriff’s investigation has yet to formally reach, though it still could.

The official findings will be based on the facts as presented by reports from everybody who was involved in the investigation, from the sheriff’s office to the California Highway Patrol, as well as the medical people.

The conclusions will be the same regardless of whether it is Bruce or Caitlyn on the paperwork. The determining factors will be whether Jenner was driving too fast (perhaps) or following too close (some reports suggest yes) or texting (reportedly no) or intoxicated (also reportedly no).

And if the Vanity Fair cover showed a Bruce transformed to a Caitlyn, the findings being prepared by the Lost Hills L.A. County Sheriff’s station will offer a picture of Jenner that has nothing to do with gender.

All that will matter is what precisely Jenner did at a specific moment at a specific place under specific circumstances.

The impact involved will not be upon the culture, but upon the Lexus.

The primary concern will not be the belated birth of a woman now named Caitlyn, but the sudden death of a woman named Kim.

And the question will be how responsible Caitlyn is—or is not—for Kim’s violent demise.

By outward appearances, Caitlyn seems to have already found herself not guilty. She pronounced the collision a great tragedy immediately after the incident but seemed to portray herself as blameless.

What was most remarkable about that Vanity Fair cover was not what you saw, but what you did not see.

Jenner certainly did not seem haunted by the demise of a fellow woman four years older than herself, who lived not far from the Kardashian girls in a gorgeous residence that already had been shadowed by a terrible loss a dozen years ago.

Kim Howe and her husband had found a perfect house in a 6,300-square-foot Mediterranean villa that previously belonged to ace baseball pitcher Bret Saberhagen. It came complete with a pool, spa, and a “cave waterfall.”

“It was their dream home,” says real estate agent Jim Pascucci.

Just two days after the Howes closed on the place, and just as they were to embark on a European holiday, Robert suffered a fatal heart attack.

Kim moved in nonetheless along with her rescue pooch, Daisy.

“She lived there all those years by herself with the dog,” Pascucci says.

The agent recalls that Kim Howe kept herself perpetually busy with various charitable endeavors.

“She was always buzzing around doing something,” Pascucci says.

As has been reported by the New York Daily News, Howe had been active long before her widowhood in supporting the efforts of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to find alternatives to experimentation on animals.

Howe had never come closer to film stardom in Tinseltown than bit parts in two Elvis movies. But to the founder and president of the Physicians Committee, she was a star of the heart, an aristocrat of the spirit.

“Supporting and giving and kind,” Dr. Neal Barnard tells The Daily Beast.

She was the very best kind of passionate advocate, touching what was decent in others rather than badgering them.

“She had strong feelings, strong beliefs, but a very quiet, soft-spoken person,” Barnard says.

Barnard had first met Howe, along with her husband, in 1989, when the couple became early supporters of the fledging committee. She had remained stoic after her husband’s unexpected death in 2003.

“She was devastated by losing him,” Barnard recalls. “But that was not something she would share with other people very much. She was always on a very even keel.”

The primary concern will not be the belated birth of a woman now named Caitlyn, but the sudden death of a woman named Kim. Rather than shrink back in her grief, she championed her chosen cause, volunteering and raising funds, and contacting her representatives in Washington. “She had a real heart for animals,” Barnard says.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident in February, a Physicians Committee staffer was watching the morning TV news.

“It talked about Bruce Jenner having rear-ended this car and there was this woman who was killed, and they didn’t know who she was at first,” Barnard says.

The TV news then obtained a name, and an online search led to the Physicians Committee. A photo flashed on the screen.

“[The] staffer saw it and said, ‘There’s Kim Howe!’” Barnard reports. The staffer informed Barnard.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Barnard remembers. “Losing her was a horrible thing. It was tragic for us to lose our longtime friend and to imagine what her last moments were like.”

Barnard knew Howe to have always been sensitive and careful. He says he was certain of one thing. “She wouldn’t in a million years have caused an accident,” he says.

He is horrified by the thought of her stopping for a car ahead of her and then suddenly being struck from behind and sent into oncoming traffic. “Can you imagine how terrifying that would be?” he asks.

Maybe such imagining does torment the world-famous personage who was driving the car that triggered the horror. Or maybe Jenner has been too busy of late imagining herself as the woman she knew herself to be. But what kind of woman is she? What kind of person?

The person we should all wish ourselves to be is a kindred spirit to the person who perished in that accident. “We miss her terribly,” Barnard reports. “She had a lovely heart.” He speaks of her as a true celebrity. “They don’t make many folks like that,” he says.

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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.

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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.




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“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.”

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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.”

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Deena Stryker
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 nationalized, 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 neo-liberal 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’s no longer in the news. You won’t be hearing about it unless you read it here.

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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.


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