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Cathie Bird
Pioneer, TN
I'm a citizen scientist, writer, researcher, conscious evolutionary, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Tennessee.
Interests: writing, psychoanalysis, the intersection of science and spirit, spiritual transformation, conscious evolution, my dogs and my cat, earth and life sciences, Qi Gong, listening to music (jazz, blues, classical and bluegrass), other life in this solar system
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A group of Guatemalan musicians is on a mission to breathe life into a pre-Columbian language and heritage through a thoroughly modern genre: hip-hop. Calling themselves Balam Ajpu, which means Jaguar Warrior or Warrior of Light, they rap in the ancient Mayan Tz’utujil language with the goal of making it cool for kids and teaching them their ancestors’ stories and ways. Their debut album, “Tribute to the 20 Nawuales,” or spirits, is set to be released to coincide with the March 20 spring equinox. The musicians rap in both Tz’utujil and Spanish, blending a hip-hop beat... Continue reading
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Our country’s bloody history of lynching, slavery and racism cannot be tackled from the top-down. Change has to be initiated organically - from the people. via portside.org Continue reading
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via www.huffingtonpost.com From the article: The AP reports parade organizers are allowing one group to march in this year's parade with an LGBT-themed banner, but for de Blasio, that's not enough. "We need something more for it to really feel like we've turned the corner," de Blasio said Sunday. "A lot of people feel -- I think, rightfully -- that that is too small a change to merit a lot of us participating." Continue reading
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We at AlterNet feel our society is overrun with a destructive and growing social preoccupation with fear. This fear factor breeds more violence, mental illness and trauma, social disintegration, job failure, loss of workers’ rights, and much more. Pervasive fear ultimately paves the way for an accelerating authoritarian society with increased police power, legally codified oppression, invasion of privacy, social controls, social anxiety and PTSD. Over the next few months we will be looking at most aspects of society through a “fear lens,” examining how fear operates, what motivates the purveyors, and how we can better challenge the fearmongers. At... Continue reading
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Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World's Most Wanted Man, edited by Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait, is an exploration of the iconic status of Osama bin Laden achieved through global media coverage and government propaganda. He became a prism through which one's views on the "war on terror" could be viewed. via truth-out.org Continue reading
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On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) released its groundbreaking report, "Black Girls Matter." Ahmad Greene-Hayes, a guest writer for The Feminist Wire, interviews Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw and Dr. Luke Harris, from AAPF, about this report's impact on the Black Lives Matter movement. The report, executive summary, and social media guide are also available online for viewing. via truth-out.org Continue reading
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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The quotation from Santayana would seem appropriate here, except that it does not appear to simply be a matter of being unable to remember the past. It is more about wanting to erase any recollection of the more troublesome aspects of our past, so that some of the solutions to those past abuses and usurpations can be undone with a lesser amount of complaint. That this is argued under the cloak of wanting to somehow prevent the reputation of the nation from being sullied is what makes this recent... Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: Immigration reform protesters take part in a Moral Monday March in February 2014. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)] From the article: Our society has targeted immigrants, and by extension Latinos in general, through mob violence and lynchings, criminalization of their legal status, racist bigotry, cultural oppression and police violence. Solalinde opined, “You don’t have to kill an immigrant with a bullet. You also kill an immigrant with discrimination, with injustice, to not recognize them, to deny them citizenship. They’re human beings.” Continue reading
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[This is the sixth post in a series on plate tectonics and an interdimensional Earth change network. See previous posts in the series: Close Encounters; The Holler's Seismic Neighborhood; My Seismic Awakening to Plate Tectonics; Connecting the Interdimensional Dots; Growing... Continue reading
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via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com From the article: Residents of Poplar River First Nation in Manitoba, Canada are being credited with spearheading a sovereignty movement that in effect combats global warming by preserving their boreal forest homelands. Rich with mineral and other resources that are coveted by major industry, traditional lands in some cases have no more than the environmental stewardship ideals protecting them from massive development. Key to implementing those is reconnecting to the land, which they are doing through sovereignty initiatives. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com//2015/02/26/first-nations-are-slowing-global-warming-protecting-boreal-forest-natgeo-159390 Continue reading
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I was wandering around the art gallery during my lunch break when the message buzzed through on my phone. I saw that it was from my friend Audra, and expected it to be a continuation of an earlier discussion about bullying. Instead, it said: "Oh no Leonard Nimoy died!" via rabble.ca Great post by Anne Theriault, imo. Continue reading
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via www.sciencedaily.com [Photo: Systems integration means taking a holistic look at all interactions between human and natural systems across the world. Credit: Michigan State University] From the article: A group of scientists -- each of them experts -- makes a compelling case in this week's Science Magazine that the growing global challenges has rendered sharply segregated expertise obsolete. Disciplinary approaches to crises like air pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change, food insecurity, and energy and water shortages, are not only ineffective, but also making many of these crises worse because of counterproductive interactions and unintended consequences, said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, lead... Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: An open and fair Internet is an equalizing force – one that must be guarded and protected if we wish to harness its true potential. (Image: Kurt Griffins)] From the article: Media and communications technology has always been an important factor in activism, because it mediates how activists can communicate with each other and to the world. During the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, organizers used phone trees and mimeographed pamphlets to distribute information and coordinate collective action. Black radio stations served as community bulletin boards and disseminated information about marches, police roadblocks, and... Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: At this year's 25th Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver, held on February 14. (Photo: Caelie_Frampton/flickr/cc)] From the article: Over the course of two decades, dozens of human rights groups, First Nations advocates, and women's organizations have issued more than 700 recommendations on how to stem the Canadian crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls. But an "alarming" study (pdf) released Thursday shows that governments in Canada have repeatedly ignored those recommendations, lending credence to the claim that federal and provincial officials are dismissive of the risks Indigenous women face today. Continue reading
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In both the feminist and Black liberation movements of the 1960s and ’70s, the need for Black women to remain behind the scenes was crucial to courting public favor with white America. In both movements, Black women were told they would have to wait until the goals of the movement were reached before their specific needs would be addressed. This history still influences the dynamics of Black women’s interactions with the current movement against police brutality. Police violence against Black women is a specific manifestation of sexism and misogyny underscored by racism. Black women are disproportionately targeted by police and... Continue reading
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Abstract Few old-growth stands remain in the matrix of secondary forests that dominates the eastern North American landscape. These remnant stands offer insight on the potential carbon (C) storage capacity of now-recovering secondary forests. We surveyed the remaining old-growth forests on sites characteristic of the general Mid-Atlantic United States and estimated the size of multiple components of forest C storage. Within and between old-growth stands, variability in C density is high and related to overstory tree species composition. The sites contain 219 ± 46 Mg C/ha (mean ± SD), including live and dead aboveground biomass, leaf litter, and the soil... Continue reading
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via www.cbc.ca Enbridge reports 2014 earnings with little mention of the pipeline Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: A satellite captured a 2001 dust storm swirling over China. The storm eventually crossed the Pacific and reached the United States. (Photo: NASA)] From the article: "We are pushing against the limits of land that can be plowed and the land available for grazing and there are two areas of the world in which we are in serious trouble now," said Brown, who founded both the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute, in an interview with the Guardian's environment correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg. “One is the Sahel region of Africa, from Senegal to Somalia," explained [Lester] Brown.... Continue reading
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The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. via www.theguardian.com Continue reading
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At long last, President Barack Obama and other top officials are beginning to back away from this absurd position. This much overdue development may not last, however. Extravagant alarmism about the pathological but self-destructive Islamic State (Isis) in areas of Syria and Iraq may cause us to backslide. via www.theguardian.com Continue reading
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via www.nationofchange.org [Photo: Kelsey Juliana is one of the young plaintiffs in the Oregon case that is asking her state government to bring down carbon emissions in compliance with what scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. Photo credit: Generation RYSE] From the article: Many young people feel they have too much at stake to wait for our leaders to get their act together and take meaningful action on climate change. In the words of one young climate activist, Alec Loorz, we need to demand our political leaders “govern as if our future matters.” With their future at... Continue reading
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via www.thenation.com [Photo: Reuters/Joshua Lott] From the article: Could this be the year that lawmakers really begin to dismantle the system of mass incarceration that they have been building for decades? It seems conceivable, thanks to a surge in interest from elected officials at the state and federal level, as well as an “unlikely” coalition of left- and right-wing groups that announced its formation on Thursday. The Coalition for Public Safety, as the group is called, includes organizations like the Center for American Progress and the American Civil Liberties Union along with Tea Party-aligned FreedomWorks and Grover Norquist’s Americans for... Continue reading
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Adding to the already lengthy list of reasons to be concerned about the disposal of oil industry wastewater in California, the Center for Biological Diversity says it has found dangerous levels of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene and toluene in fracking flowback. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
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via commondreams.org [Photo: This is not the first time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has testified to Congress in a bid to influence policy. In 2002, he strongly urged U.S. lawmakers to launch the now-discredited invasion of Iraq, declaring, "if you take out Saddam's regime, I guarantee you it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region." (Photo: DoD/Public Domain)] From the article: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement last month that, at the invitation of the Republican Party, he will side-step the White House and directly address Congress on Iran has kicked up a storm of opposition—from within Washington,... Continue reading
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Part of me is very hesitant to attack an actor I deeply respect for having the courage to say anything about the important issue of equal pay for women, and to judge her views on the basis of what surely must have been an adrenaline-spiked high backstage at an awards show. I’m also hesitant as a man to say something when a woman—or anyone—actually has the courage to even raise these issues on such a profoundly elevated public space. But something really does need to be said about this. To quote Prof. Brittany Cooper’s Twitter feed, it is wrong to... Continue reading
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