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Palin and Alaska’s violet domes

Space Weather News for Aug 31, 2008
 
Sky watchers across the USA and Europe are reporting unusually colorful sunsets and sunrises. The cause appears to be the August 7th eruption of the Kasatochi volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian islands. The volcano hurled a massive cloud of ash and sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere; high winds have since carried the aerosols over parts of the USA and Europe. “Violet domes,” long pink rays crossing the sky, campfire-red aureoles around Venus–these are just a few of the sights documented on Spaceweather.com in recent days.

When the sun goes down tonight, look west. You may be in for a treat.

Ongoing coverage of the phenomenon may be found at http://spaceweather.com 

First reports of the volcanic sunsets are documented in the Aug 27th edition of SpaceWeather.com, located in our archives at this URL:

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=27&month=08&year=2008

~:~ Cloudy ash, sulphur dioxide, violet domes and volcanic sunsets…Sara Palin isn’t all that Alaska is belching out these days – and framing planet Venus, too, like a camera-ready photo-op, she typed poetically.

So with the previously discussed transit of cloudy, veiling, ashy, diffusing Neptune to Palin’s natal Sun and Mars, her sparkliness may be dimmed awhile, as least for tomorrow’s opening of the Convention.

~UPDATE Sept 1: reading now of Palin’s ‘slo-mo meltdown’  on the web because of the question that she wasn’t well-vetted due to cloudy family and other blogospheric topics…and ‘slo-mo meltdowns’ are exactly what glamorous yet dissolving Neptune does so well.~

Is the eruption of Alaska’s Kasatochi volcano a herald for a Palin candidacy and possibly for a susequent presidency? High winds blow and the Alaskan governor’s name was announced only two days after first reports of volcanic sunsets!

Reminds me of Chavez at the UN ‘smelling sulphur’ after Bush had been at the podium: “the devil was here!” he theatrically insisted (while giving a shout-out to himself, I might add) because Hugo certainly doesn’t smell like a rose himself. Ah yes! A rose…Venus’ flower. ~:~

~:~ 5:20 pm edt: will John McCain appear tomorrow to accept the R nomination?

Gustav, now directly threatening the Gulf Coast by Monday evening, may keep him away from the sparse throng expected in Minneapolis, and NPR is reporting that headline speakers (Bush-Cheney, as you know, with Katrina drippage round their Caesar’s brows), the Roll Call vote, and basically much of the opening ceremonies and to-dos are being postponed by the RNC. Hmm. They’ve paired down to basics.

This casts into high relief the skies parting last week for Barack Obama in Denver, as each night’s program began with Uranus, the sky god and lightening bolt, on best behavior. And ‘Mile High City’ describes Uranus to a T, with change, the unusual, and the unexpected the motif.

But now it’s the GOP’s turn, and it seems massive Hurricane trumps Alaskan volcano even for the move-mountain party of the Republicans who still quake from the dredging they rightfully deserved for the Bush administration’s wimpy Katrina non-response and their oh-so-obvious lack of concern for their fellow man which was broadcast round the world in August/Sept, 2005.

This relates to Saturn’s transit to George Bush’s natal Ascendant just around that time when Saturn’s lessons of responsibility and accountability could have been demonstrated and checked off his cosmic time card.

As you know, Dubya did not heed Saturn’s clarion call, and that marked the more extreme lowering of Bush’s approval rating which has been in the doldrums ever since. And what was Bush doing as Katrina roared and decimated our nation?

Cutting cake, birthday cake, with a similarly unconcerned John McCain. Thus a public relations dilemma for the R Convention. Perhaps it’s their turn to cry because of natural disasters. And it remains to be seen when the ash clouds part whether Sara Palin will keep her rosy glow and go the distance for McCain’s benefit.

Ron Paul is said to be throwing a rally, too, an event which media-wise may take some of the high winds out of McCain’s momentum’d sails, winds which may be only the high winds blowing in from Alaska and swirling about Gov. *Sara Palin.

~:~ checking the listings for personal name asteroids and their heliocentric nodes, there is a ‘Sara’ in the 00Tau – 1 Tau range. This is known as “Hitler’s Trigger” degree area because it is the position of his natal Sun. No, I’m not saying she’s Hitler-esque. It’s just interesting, that’s all, and can often be a violence indicator…you know – like a vocanic temper?

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Thought Police in Minneapolis, RNC taking no chances

Rounding up people for contemplating a political protest, raiding US citizens with semi-automatic rifles because they dissent from government policies – no, not some convention far far away, but here, in Minneapolis, where the Republican Party apparently feels threatened by a few sign-carriers – and what those signs would say 

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/30/police_raids/index.html

‘First they come for your neighbors’ so police your own thoughts so they won’t have to be policed by Bush-Cheney-McCain!

This may be a job for…Guy Noir.

~:~

Shout-out to max for link posted in comment thread below!

Palin diverts as Bush expands presidential power

To paraphrase an earlier assertion: when politicians put on a big show in one direction, be sure to look elsewhere for what they’re really up to…and I may have found one of their shell games.

John Byrne at Raw Story has it: ‘Bush quietly seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war’:

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Bush_seeks_to_institutionalize_war_powers_0830.html

Byrne begins: “As the nation focuses on Senator John McCain’s choice of a running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America stays in a state of permanent war.”

Did you think the Bush years were almost over? Improvements on the way? Saturn is approaching US natal Neptune, a depressive influence on dreams and ideals when reality comes to call.

This behind-the-Palin-diversion story tells me that whoever takes the White House in Jan 2009 (assuming it’s someone other than George Bush), is in cahoots with the program. You would hardly make such sweeping revisions of a nation’s very character and purpose only to hand it to the other faction’s top egos to wield as they desire, would you?

But possibly you would if there weren’t a puppytail’s worth of difference between factions in the ultimate goal department. Because that’s what we have in America: factions, not the much-advertised parties. “Left, right, center.”

And sometimes left and right gang up on center. Squoosh!

GOP Convention 2008: will Sara draw a crowd?

Well, someone’s going to have to do it!

The Republican National Convention 2008 is to begin Monday dependent upon weather, scheduling conflicts such as European vacations, governors caught in storms, and Washington politicians about to be relieved of their duties such as Senator Larry Craig.

‘No-shows’ seem to be crowding the Got Better Things to Do List so even if the RNC kicks off as originally scheduled, perhaps Sara Palin’s attendance (she DID mail that RSVP, right?) will go a long way Baby toward attracting a bevy of admirers, political mentors and colleagues, and a few voters, too.

Now here’s a somewhat centered approach to a write-up on Gov. Palin – check it out if you haven’t:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-noshows31-2008aug31,0,4256477.story

It touts her being absolutely stone-cold LOVED all over the beautiful state of in Alaska but that’s not what you hear everywhere. Guess you’d expect past opponents to grouse, but what if they’re right?

The L.A. Times does some sort of job on her reputation in the artcle, burnishing it carefully. If Palin were Goldilocks she’d be eating your porridge by now and asking, please suh, may I have s’more?

And McCain would comply, bestowing another growly bear hug when he gets a chance. The jury’s still out on the lady, so we’ll see how next week goes – Palin is politically talented (which hopefully, is not an insult in this day and age.)

But LAT?

Yes I do so love to read propaganda of all stripes. It feeds my awareness of this ‘system of organized hatreds’ we laughingly call Politics. Now just because you don’t care about Politics, doesn’t mean Politics doesn’t care about you.

After all, government can’t rule righteous men who possess inner qualities such as those *Albert Camus referenced when he said:

“Integrity is in no need of rules.”

That’s why government purports itself to always be about ‘the peoples’ business of law-making, -passing, and -parsing, for they must actually keep laws flowing from the hive to manipulate and control you and me, Sista – and to justify their careers and the big money we pay them, with benefits. 

Power is an aphrodesiac of legendary proportions. It attracts butterflies and bees to the chambers and halls of Washington for all sorts of friskiness even with the bald, the bald-faced, and the married.

Sadistic sophistication and heartless ruthlessness are given valuable brownie points in Columbia, District of. So it’s, Crush the opposition! Girondists and Jacobins, to arms! Avenge our side! Terror rides again!

And da*n the ones in our way, we’ll make up a high-flying label for them to trivialize the very lives we took or ruined – how about ‘collateral damage’ ?

Toss in a generous helping of ‘plausible deniability’ and you’ve got yourself an administration that’s good to go!

I think it was ~Sun Gem-Moon Gem~ John Maynard Keynes who spilled some beans when he said:

“Ideas shape the course of history.”

Once I admired the grand sweep of these words. Now after years of watching politicians, their backers, and trolls march the world toward totalitarian build-up, I think, “Yeah and thanks for not keeping your ideas to yourselves, all you  a**es that bray.” (jc: Sun Cap-Moon Pis.)

~:~

Here are some early neoconservative tidbits, natal chart included, if you should be up for it:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2006/03/leo-strauss-sep-20-1899.html

* natal Sun Sco/Moon AQ…Image for Integration: ‘A hovering hawk surveys the world, at one with nature.’ (‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzy Harvey.)

There’s a difference between Palin and Dan Quayle

Well, it’s been hours now, and McCain’s pick of Alaska Governor Sara Palin on Friday is apparently no joke after all.

Robert J. Elisberg has written an insightful article on Sara Palin’s qualifications for national office and on John McCain’s choice of ‘The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History’:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-elisberg/the-worst-vice-presidenti_b_122491.html

As Elisberg notes, Dan Quayle was a sitting senator when tapped. And Gov. Palin voted against polar bears and supports oil drilling in ANWR.

But fascinating as Sara Palin as VP may seem, there’s one thing I’ve always noted to myself (since nothing in politics happens by accident):

when they divert all eyes toward one direction, we should pay more attention to where they’re NOT pointing. For that may just be where the real shell game is being played.

~:~

Here’s a limerick scratched in the litter box of Mr.A.Cat from July 2006, ‘Alaska’:

http://limslimericks.blogspot.com/2006/07/alaska.html

Mr.A. doesn’t think well of corrupt political thespians so it’s a wonder he follows Politics at all!

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