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Why so easily deceived?

Three quotes for you tonight spurred by thoughts of our US natal Mars/Neptune square and its inclinations toward glamorous men, inspired actions, deceptive activities, weakened military, and/or misdirected motivations:

“It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noel Coward – (1899-1973) British playwright

“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” – Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian Statesman and Political Philosopher

“The world wishes to be deceived.” – Sebastian Franck-(1499-c.1543) German preacher, author, humanist reformer


Quotes are compliments of the excellent Information Clearing House which publishes articles the government doesn’t want us to know about on topics the government doesn’t want us to think about.

Hypocrisy now a theme in the news

Speaking of Washington politicians, have you noticed of late an uptick in the use of the word ‘hypocrisy’ in the news with the charge being leveled against both Republicans and Democrats – and a little in between?

That must be why this quote, which turned up in an Information Clearing House Newsletter today, sounds so….informative…and apt to me, I must suppose…

“What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”

– Hannah Arendt, political philosopher, born in Hanover, Germany, 1906

Yep. Even outside of Politics there’s a crock full of it going around like a case of mumps, and we may all look in the mirror when it comes to admitting negative behaviors, of course.

It’s just a saving grace that mainstream media is always on the righteous side, isn’t it? (puh!)

Written by Jude Cowell

April 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Abe Lincoln vs Joe Goebbels

Pardon my fancy post title, it’s my way of saying that here are two famous quotes that demonstrate two very different belief systems and two opposing world views:

“The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels (1897 – 1945; Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda)

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” Abraham Lincoln (US President and martyr)


Quotes are complimentary from the alternative news source Information Clearing House.

Written by Jude Cowell

March 18, 2010 at 3:24 am

Edward Abbey on the industrial way of life

This is being filed under the category of Jude’s Threshold’s ‘US government: fools rush in’…

“The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death. From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses.”

– Edward Abbey

This complimentary and pertinent quote for our warring times is brought to you by Information Clearing House.

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Solar Return 2009 chart of President Obama

Would you like a gander at President Obama’s Solar Return 2009 chart with details?

My Political Astrology blog seems to display chart images more clearly (in my browser at least) so I’ve published it there for you.

What I neglected to include in my post is the Sun-Moon blend for the president’s Solar Year which begins August 4, 2009 (at 3:33:46 pm edt in Washington, DC, though he may be elsewhere on his birthday – but it won’t affect the SR Moon’s sign) so I will add a few details here:

Sun Leo-Moon Capricorn, Fire/Earth:

proud of achievements; ambitious; a practical visionary; organized and purposeful; the authoritative leader; hermit and socialite; has a deep respect for traditional values; devoted to loved ones; courageous; independent; impatient with imperfections; a need to be in control.

With the Sun as conscious mind and Moon as the unconscious, this blend’s ‘Images for Integration’ are:

‘A prince organizes his father the King’s weekly schedule…An orphan rummages in the attic and finds an old genealogy book which maps out the family tree of her long-lost, forgotten royal ancestors.’

(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles and Suzi Harvey.)

Hmm…wonder if the president will produce (if he can) a credible birth certificate during the year in an attempt to finally silence his critics on the issue of his possibly unAmerican birthplace?

You may wish to check this out from The Washington Independent.

This blend in his 2009 Solar Return chart gives Mr. Obama certain traits to work with for the upcoming year, and is shared natally by:

Lucille Ball, Yves Saint Laurent, Napoleon Bonaparte, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

And here are two quotes which may very well flavor August 2009 to August 2010 for the president and for America through him, both from the Emperor Napoleon:

“We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.”


“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.”

Napoleon: Money has no motherland

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes…Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”

Napoleon Bonaparte, 1815

Audit the Fed! says Rep. Ron Paul, and j’agree!

Here’s a link to two ‘audit the Fed’ videos, one of Rep. Ron Paul speaking on the need for it.

US Economy and the 2009 Inaugural Moon

Among other things, the slowness of the Obama stimulus package’s implementation and good effects may be attributed to the Void-of-Course Moon at a crisis-ridden, impatient 29th degree of Scorpio on Jan 20, 2009.

Most common folk know that the wrong end of the street was ‘bailed out’ which is leading to a leaden feeling in the bottom of checking accounts all over the country.

So it’s no big surprise that greed for outsized returns on investments is gumming up the works on the bank capitalization front as we await the start of the lending (the sharing of our own money with us!) to begin.

VOC Moons indicate that things won’t work out as planned or will have unexpected results if they do.

It may even be considered ‘too late’ for actions to make much if any difference (late Scorpio) by the people (Moon), highlighting the sheep being at the mercy of the wolves, in this political case.

There may even be something sinister about the situation especially at ’29 degrees’ of ‘Scorpio’ a sign of Fixed (rigid) energy.

And there’s the next degree after Scorpio ends, ‘1 Sagittarius’…the “A Grand Army of the Republic Campfire” degree which tells me that Uncle Sam Wants YOU, the unemployed.

Yet if bailed out banks chose to act as if they understood from whom the gifted billions cameth, would they then lend out said money to the very people who would actually put loaned funds to good use thereby stimulating the economy?

Like a micro-loan, loanees would be idiots not to pay up on a fairly written and negotiated loan based on real income. This assumes that banks will begin to settle for returns on paid-off deals rather than outrageous profits issuing in part from thin and fraudulent air.

How beggared do rich aristos and their minions have to make the populations of each nation before we say, that’s my money, hands off. You’ve got yours and then some. In fact, you’ve got a piece of every action, oh global crime syndicates now joining forces more than ever before.

(Okay, I confess – that’s what I saw this week when Presidents Obama and Medvedev shook hands – crime syndicates putting aside their petty differences long enough to embrace joint achievement – and underneath an Apollo sun-god sunburst symbol, too! So I ask myself: why would Russia want the US to be successful in Afghanistan after the Soviet army’s humiliating defeat years ago? Charity? Kindness of their hearts? Puh!)

Well, if you or someone you love have paid taxes in the US any of these last decades, you must know that you’ve paid for war, more war, building of a worldwide network (system) of military bases in order to police the world.

Of course you know that!

So I figure the global power players must have most of the gold and other commodities all saved up since they don’t need our tax dollars much longer (massive unemployment numbers; devalued dollar.)

The starvation of city and state governments is part of the charade, too. Break ’em down after the coffers are pilfered, trickle in fewer taxes due to unemployment and lack of retail sales, and you won’t long need a state coffer. And of course – you simply can’t do Anything for the people because you’re broke.

Then sell the emptied coffer for its metal content and we’ll all enter Utopia together where it’s pass the loincloths, hold the civilization – centralization rules!

For as Barry Goldwater once said, “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

Senator Goldwater’s pronouncement was meant as a warning to a more sinister extent that a majority of we Americans ever believed about ‘our’ government, touted as the fairest in the world and the best the world has ever known.

Which tells you how others through the centuries have sucked.

So that’s what they’re in process of doing now with bail outs for the rich who then socialize their costs and losses and stick us with the bill.

They’re beggaring America.

Quotes + Notes: Albert Einstein

Including two of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein in a post along with a few basic details on his natal chart’s Sun Pisces-Moon Sagittarius blend was fun and I am glad to promote a poor fellow who’s had so little publicity all these years!

Yes, I was but a mite when A.E. was on TV in the US a good deal, and I remember feeling very sad the day he passed from the earthly plane…”Albert Einstein has died” and I didn’t feel so good myself.

Perhaps sneaking to play with my brother’s chemistry set had inspired me to take note of Einstein’s scientific brilliance and he looked rather attractive and elfin with his mane of silvery hair and twinkly eyes.

But why do you think Einstein was so charmingly charismatic with the ladies?

Click the above link which will lead you helpfully to my post concerning his birth chart which links to a photo of Albert in his younger days where you can appreciate his pre-silver mane – for behind every white-haired genius must lurk the black-haired genius of his youth!

War summed up in one sentence

And the jackals should be ashamed:

“War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other.”

Paul Valery (French poet, essayist and critic, 1871-1945)


Quote brought to you by the Information Clearing House Newsletter.

Written by Jude Cowell

June 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

The ultimate measure of a man

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)


Quote compliments of the Information Clearing House Newsletter:


Written by Jude Cowell

March 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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