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Hillary Clinton discusses Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaida

In case you missed it, here’s a link to an interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did with Der Spiegel concerning Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaida, published November 15.

Washington’s ‘White House Reality’ is fully on view here, if you’re interested. She’s really good at this, agreed.

But American war escalation – in Afghanistan or anywhere else – remains a totally daft idea. We and our children will be sorry.


Written by Jude Cowell

November 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Obama win stokes world’s admiration for America

As I’ve flitted about the interweb this morning reading world opinions on yesterday’s historic win for…gasp!…a black man, it seems America has impressed most of our fellow earth dwellers with her powers of reinvention.

Except in Pakistan. There a man was found to plop the terrorist fly smack dab into the middle of the Obama ointment because of an answer given months ago to the question of the US acting alone within Pakistani borders if the intell warranted it.

Sullied Sovereignty! It’s such a thorny question and situation since it’s not as if the billions paid to Musharraf and friends has resulted in much action against the terroists living within Pakistan’s mountainous regions. Is someone supposing the billions might be cut off if there’s an Obama in the White House?

That Obama has “threatened” Pakistan even before becoming president so he’ll be “more dangerous than Bush” seems to be a tactical view designed to help McCain in November in similar fashion to threatening bin Laden tapes being released just before US elections. Will people fall for this manipulative jingoist claptrap again?

Osama bin Laden (if indeed he had anything to do with the timing of the tape releases–lets’ ask HoSec), retained the ones he needed to justify his jihadist campaign so that America would be sure to stay in the Middle East. Does Rove have to do EVERYthing around GOP headquarters? Sheesh, give the hair-challenged fellow a rest, why doncha?

Bush’s Second Verse: McCain Refrain

Keeping the “war on terror” going will seemingly justify at least some of the Bush Doctrine and Cheney’s shotgun-1% Gang mentality while continuing to fuel the tank of the new world government coffers as they march the world toward the abyss of totalitarian regimism.

And the pleas of the American people, while hithertofore disregarded on Capitol Hill after November 2006 and disenfranchised by a secret government ruled by the secret hand, are now apparently in play with Obama’s candidacy. Tiresomely, that McCain has Karl Rove and his minions behind him to undermine our wishes once again is a political given.

The American people have always much preferred Peace and have had to be lied into war several times through the years by larger-agenda’d presidents. Will Obama toe that line as well?

How could he not with the secret backing he’ll need to move into the Oval Office? And if a landslide vote can do it for him, he’ll be in danger if he fails to buckle under the pressure to change his enitre value system on behalf of the globalist plan for world domination.

Sadly, we’ve trusted our government in the past and this is what it’s come to. Lies and dirty dealings from the GOP–with Dem Party enabling–will continue to be on OUR agenda with McCain in the White House for sure, with Obama there…maybe not so much. And can you listen to McCain drone for four years?

Yet hope really does spring eternal in the human heart. It’s finding a beating heart in Washington that’s the problem.


Mr.A.Cat has sent me a fresh political limerick in honor of Obama’s win in Montana, so if you’re ready for a groan you’ll find it published here:



Jefferson on a free press, paying Sunnis, and CIA strikes in Pakistan

Quotes from Thomas Jefferson exalting a free press, articles on paying Sunnis, and on CIA strikes in Pakistan:

“Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.” —Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.” —Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
“To preserve the freedom of the human mind… and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.” Thomas Jefferson to William Green Munford, 1799.
“Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.” —Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart. 1799.
“Cherish… the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them.” —Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787. ME 6:58
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Neptune-Pluto, Oil, and the Betelgeuse Incident

Well, oil is in the news as usual, and my Scotch-Irish ancestry took notice of Daryl Ilbury’s article at his The BIG Breakfast Blog where he has posted a remembrance of the Betelgeuse incident–aka the Whiddy Island disaster–when the oil tanker Betelgeuse exploded while discharging its cargo on Jan 8, 1979 near Bantry Bay, Ireland:


40,000 tonnes of mixed Arabian crude went up in smoke and the remaining oil could not be pumped out for two weeks because of fumes, heat, and gas exhausts. Birds, shellfish, and fishing industry affected.

Looking at Marjorie Orr’s book, The Astrological History of the World, I found several events of 1979 which echo into 2008…and some relating directly to the Betelgeuse incident.

The 1970s as a decade was violent yet had a spiritual flavor as Neptune moved into Sagittarius, a sign concerned with searching for ultimate meaning.

Prior to the Betelgeuse explosion, 1978 was a year of several world events of note with highly-charged reformer Uranus in intense Scorpio instigating:

a death sentence is passed on Pakistan’s Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Benazir’s father); in Britain, the former Liberal Party leader is charged with conspiracy to murder; both the North and South Yemen’s presidents are assassinated; Indira Gandhi is imprisoned; two popes die in quick succession: Pole John Paul II is elected the new, improved version (first non-Italian pope); Camp David summit’s peace treaty between Egypt and Israel  signed (wonder how that holding up 2008); and violent unrest in Iran leads to military government.

Then there’s 1979 itself and “sweet” revenge continues:

On Aug 27, 1979, Lord Mountbatten, 1st cousin of the British queen, others of his family, and a 15-year-old Protestant crew member were blown to pieces by an IRA bomb in County Sligo.

On the same day, the IRA killed 18 British soldiers near Newry, County Down by planting a bomb, opening sniper fire on the survivors thereby driving them toward a nearby gate where a 2nd bomb exploded.

Also in 1979: 

in Britain it’s the “winter of discontent” with serial strikes, and Margaret Thatcher is elected prime minister; the Shah of Iran flees for his life, Khomeini’s Islamic Revolutionary Council takes over the government; and Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq.

Plus, the IRA kills more Brits besides Mountbatten in separate incidents: Conservative MP Airey Neave, and the British ambassador to the Netherlands.

Now back to the Betelgeuse:

The horoscope for the Betelgeuse incident (Jan 8, 1979, using 12:55 am since it happened “around 1:00 am” and the rising degree’s Sabian Symbol at 12:55 am is: “17Lib”: “A retired sea captain”) has the two planets associated with oil and gas, deceptive Neptune 19Sag05 and saboteur Pluto 19Lib10, at Nodal or fated degree (indicating to me past causes which may or not be unconscious.) North Node (NN) is at 19Vir51, near US natal Neptune (July 4, 1776.)

This disaster, caused by a bomb planted on the vessel, took 51 lives including one Dutch diver during the salvaging operations. (Although the Betelgeuse was a French vessel,  the salvage operations were perfomed by a Dutch firm, L. Smit & Co. and took over one year to complete.)

The oppressive, corporate, plutocratic Pluto-Chiron midpoint was nearing the top of the chart (MC) at the explosion, and Mars 20Cap08 (a crisis or critical degree) opposes the heliocentric NN of Pluto 19Can+, a point often prominent during explosive events. Pluto is linked, of course, to atomic issues, and Mars opposing Pluto = extreme force; violence; zeal. 

Our current late-Gemini Mars Rx period is doing an on-and-off dance with transit Pluto as I type…zealousness and fanaticism on all sides predominates the news.

Jan 8, 1979’s Mercury 28Sag43 is being conjoined by tr Pluto bwo synchronicity, also as I type about the subject and others make mention of this tragedy of 29 years ago.

Another interesting Sabian Symbol in the Betelgeuse incident chart is rebellious, disruptive Uranus, associated with dynamite and such, positioned at “21Sco”…

“A soldier derelict in his duty.” The negative/unconscious/shadow side of this degree is: faithlessness to the common welfare (Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Dr.Marc Edmund Jones. )

Explosions perpetrated for any reason are definitely that–common welfare be da*ned.  Now let’s see what Adriano Carelli’s The 360 Degrees of the Zodiac says about “21Sco”:

“A steppe of northern America at the beginning of the eighteenth century”…a savage or primitive nature longing for freedom and champing at the bit of restraint. A great but undisciplined moral force, a courage ready to stand any test. Fondness for horseracing.

A hard destiny: acts of self-denial and heroic struggles in defense of one’s independence, with a constant threat to this and to freedom itself.”

Carelli speaks of America, yet as an American of Scotch-Irish-English descent, I feel quite fair in saying his details for “21Sco” suggest Ireland and Britain’s struggles as well.

Neptune-Pluto’s Oil and the Robber Baron Class

Now we know that Neptune has association with oil and gas, and that Pluto describes hidden treasures such as oil and is linked to pipelines, tunnels, caves, and anything underground that’s secreted and hidden.

The Great Conjunction of Neptune and Pluto marks the natal chart of the Robber Barons, aka the Generation of Materialism, April 30, 1892 (7Gem42).

This conjunction occurred near the Solar Eclipse at “8Taurus” which gives us our Modern Humanity chart–and transiting Midas is in the 7-8 Gemini area of the zodiac these days! Hoarding still, is King Midas, extracting oil and natural gas wherever he can find it.

The combo of the two and their angular relationship (aspect) which are now in and out of septile (51 degrees 26 minutes) mark our current peak oil and its consequences–wars fought to grab the goodies.

But whether you think peak oil has been reached or is coming up in the next year or two, the West is in a pickle, made worse by the fossil fuel industry’s duplicity and Midas-esque greed.

Superwealthy OPEC can’t do much more than it’s doing now, and getting to remaining deposits has become too expensive to produce including the Caspian Sea area some thought would be a big producer–turns out, it won’t be.

Crisis looms especially since US political leaders have not been honest about the shortages we’re facing and are not selfless enough to make the necessary changes in the industry–notice the barely helpful cafe fuel standards which now lily-liver their way around the halls of Congress.

Guess this post combined a lot which was triggered by today’s 29th anniversary of the Betelgeuse incident, and I want to include the keywords for the great Fixed Star, Betelgeuse in the shoulder of Orion:

unbridled success without complications; may contain an element of rashness and changeability; everlasting fame; martial honor (Brady’s Fixed Stars.)

So there’s a peek at the chart for the Betelgeuse incident which seemed a small way to honor the families who were–and are still–directly affected by the sabotage of the Betelgeuse oil tanker 29 years ago today.

Condi hearts Pervez

Here’s a freshly written romantic scene between two strange bedfellows:


Eavesdropping: a sign of the times.  A little night music? Priceless.


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