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Use of white phosphorous controversial

Today I’m attempting to catch up with the news of the world such as it is:

Israel Bombs Main UN HQ / Compound With White ‘White Phosphorus’


By Sheera Frenkel, Jerusalem, and Philippe Naughton – Video and Text


The main UN compound in Gaza was left in flames today after being struck by Israeli artillery fire, and a spokesman said that the building had been hit by shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21776.htm  #

White phosphorous and its controversial use against civilians have been around for decades:


US position on Georgia-Russia moderating

Is reality peeking in on Capitol Hill concerning Georgia’s attack on Russian troops and who bullied first?


Seems Dan Fried of the US Department of State is backpedaling on previous statements as the US-Russia relationship hangs in the balance and the *US Progressed Full Moon in December says, ‘you’ve reached your limit – moderate!’


* see US Progressed Full Moon in Virgo chart on Pages list in sidebar~

Noam Chomsky on Ossetia-Russia-Georgia


Noam Chomsky

In August 2008 during the Russia-Georgia-Ossetia war. George Bush,
Condoleezza Rica and other dignitaries solemnly invoked the sanctity of the
United Nations, warning that Russia could be excluded from international
institutions “by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with” their
principles. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations must be
rigorously honored, they intoned – “all nations,” that is, apart from those
that the US chooses to attack: Iraq, Serbia, perhaps Iran, and a list of
others too long and familiar to mention.


Did Putin walk into a trap?

Putin Walks into a Trap

By Mike Whitney

The Georgian army had no chance of winning a war with Russia or
any intention of occupying the territory they captured. The real aim was to lure
the Russian army into a trap.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20508.htm  #

Did he now? Must be a very big bear trap.

Russia, Georgia, and the US: top news

‘Bodies Are Lying Everywhere. It’s Hell’

By Mark Franchetti, Moscow

A wave of shock and apprehension gripped the region as survivors asked themselves
whether Georgia was about to follow Chechnya into another Caucasian war.

Petraeus: US is flying Georgian troops into battle zone

Exclusive: Deborah Haynes, Baghdad

US aircraft have started to fly some of Georgia’s 2,000 troops in Iraq back home
to join the fight in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, General David Petraeus,
the top US commander in Iraq said today.


The Pipeline War: Russian Bear Goes for West’s Jugular

By Svetlana Skarbo and Jonathan Petre

The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly
bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20476.htm #


Chris Floyd at Empire Burlesque once worked at The Moscow Times. Be sure to read his take on things:



A little Astrology:

You know I’d been wondering for some time if Russia would make its presence felt on the world stage during the time that oil-and-gas-rich Neptune was lingering at “23AQ”…Sabian Symbol: “A Big Bear Sitting Down and Waving All Its Paws.”

And no one would volunteer for being the one sat upon, that’s for sure.

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones gives this Symbol as APTITUDE…manifesting as…

positive: a consistent desire for genuinely significant experience and a willingness to dramatize the self’s potentials to any necessary extent; (even war, apparently.)

negative/shadow side: frantic efforts to gain and hold attention.

The opposite Symbol is often instructive for gaining more information and is considered the Illumination Point due to its unconscious quality which is about to be displayed here…

“23Leo”…”A Bareback Rider”….AUDACITY…

pos: uncompromising courage in the everyday business of living, and a carefree assurance in meeting the problems of a modern society;

neg/shadow side: idle self-display and intemperant desire for applause. #

Let’s see…dramatic, frantic, attention-grabbing, audacious, assured, problem-solving, and intemperant – and undermining of an already weakened US force.

It’s plagued me all along that since the US worked against the Soviets during their ill-fated invasion and occupation of Afghanistan – with its soldiers’ nightmarish retreat – what are the chances that the favor is being- and has been pre-March 2003 – returned in kind? Just a thought on Russian-US relations.

Hiroshima: 63rd anniversary of abomination of desolation

Heads-up on a fresh Page posted in honor of today’s 63rd anniversary of America’s obscene bombing of Hiroshima, Japan:


Seems Washington is still feeding us the “bombs bring peace” fantasy, preemptively and for no true justification, imho.

You may not agree with me on the subject or with John Pilger’s article which I’ve linked to, so you’re invited to leave a pertinent comment here, if you wish, agreement or no. Please be respectful, of course, or I’ll moderate it away…swear words are not esp appreciated around here either…I do have to live in this litter box, y’know.

Iraq War 2003 + March 28, 2008: composite chart with 3 YODs

Bush’s smirk 

With Iraq in eruption and crisis, and US airstrikes in progress, I have written an article on the Composite Davison chart (C/D) which averages two charts bwo time, date, and place and results in a third chart representing the blending of events/entities into a relationship chart.

A C/D chart is a good way to see how the present is affecting the past (or to see whatever time frame you wish to study blended with a chart of your choice) and some astrologers view them as having a karmic component. ‘Past affecting present’ definitely seems to apply to this ongoing struggle, so in this case, I’ve blended March 19, 2003 (at the White House where the order to invade was hatched) with March 28, 2008 in Baghdad:


And don’t fret if you’re not familiar with composite relationships charts–the midpoint pictures and the crisis-ridden YOD patterns formed are written out in English for anyone to read and recoil from.

As far as transits to the 2003 chart, the one that really stands out now esp since Mars is the ‘god of war’ is that Mars is opposite his position of March 2003, a time of constant attempts to cope with people whose purposes and actions are diametrically opposed to one’s own.

Physical efforts are of the “hitting one’s head against a brick wall” variety, and little or no ‘headway’ is made until this transit is out of orb. Many Mars folk–males between 25–36 years old, the military, police, etc–will wonder why this energy was expended in the first place and will feel it’s been wasted or misdirected (which it has. And with an opposition being a culmination or fulfillment point, will this attitude finally prevail over Dick Cheney’s “So?”)

~~And yes, transit Mars is still out-of-bounds–anti-socially lighting matches, setting fires, and hiding IEDs by roadsides, among other violent things~~

Shows of strength and aggression are met with equally determined force from others so that the focus should be on routine tasks quietly carried out–but somehow airstrikes don’t fall under this description, do they?

Sustaining controlled or stable physical efforts is difficult under a Mars–Mars opposition and so my prayers are with the people of Iraq and with the US soldiers who have been put unfairly and fraudulently into harm’s way–all for the sake of US imperialism and greed.

links to new articles by Juan Cole, Eric Walberg, Bruce Ramsey, and others

It’s Time to Dump the Federal Reserve
The system is self-destructing.

By Mike Whitney
Many of the banks are technically insolvent already, hopelessly mired in their own red ink. Public confidence in the nations’ financial institutions has never been lower. Monetary policy and deregulation have failed. The system is self-destructing.
How Labour Used The Law To Keep Criticism Of Israel Secret
By Richard Norton-Taylor
Exclusive: Concern over nuclear arsenal removed from Iraq dossier.
What Would It Take to Launch a War With Iran?
By Bruce Ramsey
“A struggle is under way in Washington, D.C. Those opposed to an attack include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those wanting an attack, he says, are the deputy national-security adviser for global democracy strategy, Elliott Abrams; Vice President Dick Cheney, “and the hard-line Israel lobby.”
Pakistan Turns Scary For Bush’s War On Terror
By Juan Cole
The unraveling of Pervez Musharraf’s presidency has dealt a severe blow to Bush’s fatally flawed policy in the region.
Balkan Intrigues
By Eric Walberg
The latest country to find its place on the map is sending shockwaves around the world.
Inside The World Of War Profiteers
By David Jackson and Jason Grotto
From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S.

Albert Einstein on “the cloak of war”

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, science for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignorable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” Albert Einstein

He had a right to his personal opinion, of course, and these days it seems that politicians have many of us believing that perhaps there can be extenuating circumstances which make war “necessary.”


Unfortunately for America and for our courageous armed service members who trusted the US government not to lead them astray, the NECESSARINESS of the Bush-Cheney Iraq invasion was an elaborate charade–which confirms it for anyone with a brain in his/her head…that it wasn’t. 

Written by Jude Cowell

February 20, 2008 at 1:38 am

will Bush bomb Iran before he leaves White House?

We the People

Not if enough of us pile on against it. Here you can sign the Stop Bush from Bombing Iran petition if, like me, you think that bombing Iran is a really really really really bad idea–not to mention anti-humanity:


Will Congress listen–or ignore the will of the people once again?

Now I know that the title of this post implies that Bush actually IS leaving the White House come Jan 20, 2009. But considering how his comrades-in-arms in Russia, Pakistan, Venezuela, and elsewhere are lenthening their regimes, it remains to be seen whether we’ll be able to shed this Napoleon wanna-be or not.

His policies, bad decisions, and underminings will linger, but perhaps his holier-than-thou smirk and lion’s crossed eyes finally, after eight long long years, will fade from our tv screens–if not from our national nightmares.


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