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Archive for July 2008

August 1 Solar Eclipse and financial considerations

Here’s a link to a post I wrote on August 17, 2007 concerning tomorrow’s total Solar Eclipse along with a few other financial considerations which you may find of interest such as Neptune in Scorpio which ushered in that devil’s tool, the credit card:


As the ad so aptly says: What’s in YOUR wallet?

Me neither.

And don’t forget to visit Patrick Wood at The August Review. He’s been keeping up with these bandits for years now and sounding alarms all over the place!


August 1 Total Solar Eclipse Path

NASA has set up a site for information on the August 1 Solar Eclipse which is a “midnight Solar Eclipse” – so-called because it will be visible from the Arctic Circle among other places. Check out its path and more at:


There you will also find a link to Google Map’s tracking of this Total Eclipse.

Obama and McCain consult banking bandits

Why Robert Rubin and Jason Furman should be part of any administration’s economic team is a mystery to me. Read *Robert Scheer’s article, ‘Obama and McCain Suck Up to the Bankers’ here:


“We can’t keep on doing business the way we’ve been doing,” Obama spouts while flipping “Change Burgers.”

But how easily can Change Burgers go down our gobs with Robert Rubin adding the cheese?

Rubin is the one who promoted the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that legitimized the merger of Citibank with insurance gorilla Travelers, and who called an undersecretary of the US Treasury in fall of 2001 to encourage him to intervene with credit-rating agencies to delay downgrading ENRON’s credit rating. (Citibank is now Citigroup.) President Clinton is the doob who signed the bill.

And the Obama campaign hired Robert Rubin’s protege, Jason Furman, as its economic adviser!

Conflicts of interest on all sides yet the media, who could bring up the subject of odd choices of economic bedfellows on the campaign trail, are more interested in the catsup vs mustard question and whether old McCain is attacking new Obama. (Of course he is – it’s a US prez campaign…duh.) 

Meanwhile America’s burger is not so much well-done as raw in the middle - assuming she a burger left to fry.


* Robert Scheer is the author of ‘The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.’

Purple Pansies

purple Pansies by jude cowell

Purple Pansies by jude cowell

 These pansies are ready for their close-up and this image is part of a larger drawing, Eclipse with Pansies, created in 1996 using Prismacolor and Spectracolor oil pencils, and Rexel Derwent Watercolour pencils (dry) on black paper.

Recently I heard that painting on black velvet is “back” but not to fret – I’ll be sticking to drawing while wishing that Spectracolor pencils were still available. They were so very vibrant and cool.

IndyMac’s pressure to fudge

Top officials at IndyMac pressured bank officers to fudge incomes in order to push through as many loans as possible and devil take the hindmost:


And it all-l-l-l happened under the Bush administration. Let us never forget.

Written by Jude Cowell

July 29, 2008 at 11:13 pm

When Kyle Sampson testified

Yes, Goodling and Sampson, servers of George W. Bush, are in the news again so you may wish to check out a previous post written the day Sampson testified concerning ‘purgegate’ by clicking here:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/03/capitol-hill-mar-29-2007.html  where you’ll find some astrological details for March 29, 2007 on Capitol Hill.

Chalmers Johnson on the Military Industrial Complex

When I can read it without feeling as if my brain will explode, I pick up my copy of Chalmers Johnson’s ‘The Sorrows of Empire’ and delve into US imperialism.

A glance at the book’s cover reveals a line from a Los Angeles Times review which states that the book is, “Impressive…A powerful indictment of US military and foreign policy” and the subtitle is: ‘Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic.’

You may know Mr. Johnson as the author of another best-seller, ‘Blowback’ – another way of saying that nations, too, reap what they sow.

Open ‘The Sorrows of Empire’ and you find a Prologue which begins with the words of George W. Bush, “Our nation is the greatest force for good in history.” (August 31, 2002)

Chalmers states from the start that most Americans are ignorant of the fact, due to govenmental secrecy, that the US “garrisons the globe” and he goes on from there with an amazingly well-researched argument meant to wake us up to what’s going on – the soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors that make up our imperial empire. (Is that redundant? Aren’t all empires imperial?)

Therefore I read with interest the following article by Mr. Johnson who has been banging the wake-up gong for years now on behalf of our changing nation and you may wish to read it, too:


The Military-Industrial Complex

It’s Much Later Than You Think

By Chalmers Johnson

Successive administrations and Congresses have made no effort to alter the CIA’s
role as the president’s private army, even as we have increased its incompetence
by turning over many of its functions to the private sector. We have thereby heightened
the risks of war by accident, or by presidential whim.


Ah, yes – imperialism – one of those Pluto/Chiron -isms I keep harping on (like, terroism)…especially in, but not limited to, this post on Cheney’s Secondary Progressed chart (physical plane) set for Sept 11, 2001 – with his Sec Pluto/Chiron midpoint precisely at the Aspiration Point of his chart.

Even in black and white, it’s difficult to believe until you see it with your own peepers:


And be sure to read the midpoint pictures I wrote out for you in the chart’s center.

August 1 Eclipse brings: The Mummy

Wonder if the execs at Universal knew that the premiere date for ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ is a Solar Eclipse day?

You may have seen the August 1 Eclipse chart with details here (see Pages column) in relation to the NYSE (whose Pre-natal Eclipse Series it is) but you may not have related this Eclipse to a 2,000 year old cuss who buried his enemies under the Great Wall of China. How could you?

Probably the film’s release is timed for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Of course, the Olympics are occurring within the 10 South Series Eclipse, too. Hmmm.

Then yesterday NPR reported that Beijing’s air quality is still poor – I say Beijing is using a version of the *Twain Defence of Wagner’s Music in order to justify the city’s miserable levels of particulate matter which the government’s recent attempts at improvement haven’t seemed to help much…”The air is cleaner than it looks,” they assure the world.

Seems it’s the fog’s fault. Really. The fog did it. 

But back to Brendan Fraser and Jet Li who star in number 3 of The Mummy series. You’ll remember last time that ‘The Return of the Mummy’ chronicled…that the Mummy returned. Now things have heated up like a city under smoggy fog and the Great Wall is in jeopardy of…well, something, I know not what.

But I do know that the film’s trailer is one of the best you’ll see and you may wish to view it at:


while thinking of 10 South’s influence which is:

breaking out of a very negative situation where no hope can be seen to a more positive space containing many options; a worry will suddenly clear; the solution is shown by the cosmos and needs to be taken up without too much delay. (Brady’s ‘Predictive Astrology.’)

Well, if I’d been socked under the Great Wall of China for 2,000 years ‘more space’ would certainly be a good solution! But taking that long-awaited deep breath of Beijing air might pose a slight problem.


~:~ * Mark Twain said of Richard Wagner’s music that it’s ‘better than it sounds.’

Going to Beijing? Check it out: http://www.npr.org/

Cat limericks Obama’s overseas tour

At last! Mr. A. Cat has gotten through to us at Lim’s Limericks with a freshly scratched limerick which seems to apply to Barack Obama’s recent overseas tour of presidentiness:


~~Cat photo of Princess Grace included~cred to Maya H.~~

Got voter fraud on your mind?

Yes, November elections are just around the political corner and I’m thinking of voter fraud possibilities myself, which is why I’m glad to run across astrologer Robert Wilkinson’s article concerning the subject at his excellent Aquarius Papers site:


Wonder if the congressional-subpoena-evading Karl Rove has skulked back into the country?

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