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Written by Jude Cowell

July 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

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Aug 23, 2014: Jupiter the General Returns to the Iraq War horoscope

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On March 20, 2003 at 6:35 am BGT in Baghdad, the Bush-Cheney administration began its mission to subdue Saddam Hussein and interfere with his black market in oil. Perhaps you’re familiar with the War horoscope which may be viewed  here if you wish. In the chart Jupiter the General (among his many disguises) was retrograde @8Leo25, a typical indicator in Astrology of a ‘bottomless pit’ in financial matters and you may agree that that is what the Iraq War has turned out to be.

Since transit Jupiter is now traversing early degrees of Leo and with ISIS (or, ISIL, IS, Islamic State) now attempting to take over the country of Iraq by showing its prominent assassin side and the White House and the Pentagon in process of sending what are touted as a limited number of troops into the region along with drone strikes aimed at ISIS, it behooved me to check the date of expansive Jupiter’s return to natal degree which can on one level signify a US re-engagement there.

Setting the chart for Baghdad we find that the War’s Jupiter Return occurs tomorrow, Saturday August 23, 2014 at 8:12:45 pm BAT and ‘9 Leo’ is once again triggered: “Glass Blowers Shape Beautiful Vases with Their Controlled Breathing” (Rudhyar), a Sabian Symbol which in 2003 added to my disbelief of much of what the Bush-Cheney administration (with the help of Colin Powell) was selling the American public at the time in order to start a preemptive war.

If We the People fail to believe the Obama administration about the necessity for sending US troops back into the region it may just be a Cry Wolf condition that Washington caused with its past duplicity and fear propaganda. If you wish to read more on this topic as seen through the Political Astrology lens of a common-good populist such as myself, check out today’s post at Stars Over Washington concerning the New Moon in Virgo which perfects on Monday August 25, 2014.

New Moons signify new cycles of activity beginning and Monday’s lunation @2Vir18 conjoins the Ascendant in America’s current Secondary Progressions.

Written by Jude Cowell

August 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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The Noble Families of America

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Jude Cowell:

An excellent analysis of who rules in America!

Originally posted on The Oligarch Kings:

Yesterday, today, tomorrow, and for all time coming…

TalkandPolitics asked me the other day if I could rate who were the most powerful families in the United States and who were the ruling ones now.  He also asked which I felt were the most powerful ever.   It’s a simple set of questions, and among those that originally spurred me to the research that led, eventually to this blog.

The questions, whilst perfectly understandable, are (I think) the “wrong” questions.  They assume that the Political Families which have bestrode, and still bestride, theUnited States stand separate, distinct, and individual.  The assumption in the questions is that the families must be different from each other, like chocolates in a box.

The truth is, that in large part the members of the political families of America, past and present, are not separate like chocolates, but form a mesh of interconnected families.  Less chocolates…

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July 28, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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Finally, Summer

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Jude Cowell:

Wow Julie!

Originally posted on Handmade Days:

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Grapes! Our first on this 3 year old vine.

Grapes! Our first on this 3 year old vine.

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Written by Jude Cowell

July 15, 2014 at 12:15 am

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Debt unleashed again to ravage America: out of control auto lending

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Originally posted on Fabius Maximus:

Summary: Let’s look at the small and large implications of the auto loan boom.  It’s an example of our inability to learn, resulting in our credit-driven business cycles. Corporations profit from more sales and interest charges. People suffer from excessive debt burdens, and bankruptcies. Governments run deficits from the eventual busts. So it goes cycle after cycle since the New Deal era regulations were removed. Perhaps eventually we’ll learn, and a new era will begin.

Subprime auto loans

Contents

  1. Auto lending
  2. Larger lessons
  3. For More Information

(1)  Auto Lending

Madness is the failure of bankers and regulators to learn from the bankers’ imprudent greed that caused the housing bubble — and bust. With results we see  today in auto lending.

… average automotive loan term reached an all-time high of 66 months … loans with terms 73-84 months grew to 25% of all loans originated during the quarter. …

The average amount financed…

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Written by Jude Cowell

July 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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Proseuche cover reveal and synopsis

Originally posted on Martuk ... the Holy:

Martuk … the Holy: Proseuche (release date July 22, 2014) —

And cradled in her kindness, I dove back into the blood soaked memories of this, my life.

With those words, the immortal Maruk’s tale continues.

From modern Paris, he speaks of his life in the religious chaos and pagan magic of 3rd century Antioch. Of his friends, a man haunted by grief and regret, and a woman with secrets as thick as the woolen of her constant cloak. Of days marked by the greed of Rome and the ambitions of those driven by dangerous delusion.

He remembers wandering souls who returned with their own stories to tell. Who shared their own memories of blazing deserts and a darkness with teeth. Of being imprisoned in a myth built by the lies of others. And then Martuk recalls a magic so dark it summons demons from a cloudless sky and rips…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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Worse Than We Even Imagined

Originally posted on The Baseline Scenario:

By James Kwak

I’m giving a talk at the UConn Law School reunions tomorrow, and one of my closing points is about the plethora of banking crimes/scandals/whoopsies that we’ve seen in the past few years—even those having nothing to do with the financial crisis. This is the slide I created to illustrate the point:

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I know I’m forgetting a few, but I figured that was enough. It does really take your breath away.

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 9, 2014 at 12:18 am

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Otto von Bismarck (b.Apr 01): “Laws are like sausages…”

Originally posted on Writing by Alan Annand:

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“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

~ Otto von Bismarck, b. 1 April 1815

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June 2, 2014 at 1:02 am

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