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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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In an unprecedented decision, a judge in Washington State has ruled in favor of a group of young people who filed a lawsuit last year asking that the state be required to develop a science-based plan for limiting carbon emissions in order to protect the climate for future generations. The lawsuit, Zoe & Stella Frazier v. Washington Department of Ecology, was brought last year by eight teens and preteens, the youngest nine years old, who filed a petition last June with the Department of Ecology, requesting that it develop a rule “to recommend to the legislature an effective emissions reduction... Continue reading
Reblogged 58 minutes ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Dylann Roof was wrong. The race war isn’t coming. It’s already here. It began the moment the very first old world (proto-European) citizen stepped on the shores of Africa and the Americas and other soon-to-be-colonized places and said, “God has given this land and these people to me. This is mine.” via religiondispatches.org Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Here is the problem with the “it’s not racist, it is a symbol of our heritage” argument. It makes assumptions about the static nature of symbols that are simply wrong. The meaning of symbols are fluid, they are never static. When a majority of people understand the symbol to point to another definition then the definition of that symbol changes. When KKK members adopted it as the symbol of their hate, it changed. When it was waved proudly as a banner for segregationists, it changed. When it became synonymous with burning crosses, white hoods and ropes thrown over magnolia trees... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
There is no vocabulary for “white crime” in America. The idea of white right-wing domestic terrorists is verboten and unacceptable to the corporate news media. Because of those delusions and decisions, the American people are made less safe and not more. White supremacy is a demon in the body politic, culture and collective consciousness of the United States. The Charleston massacre is one more reminder that it has not been exorcised from the country’s soul. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
There is no vocabulary for “white crime” in America. The idea of white right-wing domestic terrorists is verboten and unacceptable to the corporate news media. Because of those delusions and decisions, the American people are made less safe and not more. White supremacy is a demon in the body politic, culture and collective consciousness of the United States. The Charleston massacre is one more reminder that it has not been exorcised from the country’s soul. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has ruled against allowing tribal input at a hearing at the end of July that will determine whether TransCanada needs to resubmit its application to run the Keystone XL pipeline through that state. “Tribal Nations, traditional treaty council members and grassroots... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2015 at Earth and Psyche
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via thinkprogress.org From the article: In the wake of what appears to be a racist hate crime, people are simply asking the obvious: Why does a historic emblem of racial intolerance — which was clearly a beloved symbol for this alleged murderer of African Americans — still have a prominent place in front of South Carolina’s legislative halls of power? Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.wired.com [Pope Francis waves from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica, April 5, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Franco Origlia/Getty Images] From the article: The encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” makes explicit the connection between climate change and oppression of the poorest and most vulnerable. It’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2015 at Earth and Psyche
By some cosmic coincidence we are confronted with the death of Kalief Browder at exactly the moment American media is obsessing over the life of Rachel Dolezal. Coincidental as it may be, it is also instructive. Through duplicitous means, Dolezal was able to masquerade as a member of the black race. Such masquerades are neither novel nor original. What fuels the fascination is the way in which it taps into one of America’s greatest and most essential crimes—the centuries of plunder which birthed the hierarchy which we now euphemistically call “race.” Kalief Browder died, like Renisha McBride died, like Tamir... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The vote marked a profound, full-circle moment for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has spent the better part of the past six years championing a 6,000-plus page committee report that exposed the dysfunction and abuse that plagued the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. 
“It really is a great day, because it really does mean never again,” Feinstein said leaving the chamber Tuesday, flanked by several committee staffers who helped compile the report. “It was a great moment for me, yes, and for us.” via www.huffingtonpost.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The vote marked a profound, full-circle moment for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has spent the better part of the past six years championing a 6,000-plus page committee report that exposed the dysfunction and abuse that plagued the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. 
“It really is a great day, because it really does mean never again,” Feinstein said leaving the chamber Tuesday, flanked by several committee staffers who helped compile the report. “It was a great moment for me, yes, and for us.” via www.huffingtonpost.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday. In an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment, the pontiff is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that the world faces ruin without a revolution in hearts and minds. The much-anticipated message, which will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops, will be published online in five languages on Thursday and is expected to be the most... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 14, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself. In 2010, at the age of 16, he was arrested after being accused of stealing a backpack. He would spend three years in New York City's Rikers Island prison, more than two of those years in solitary confinement. He was beaten by prison guards and inmates alike. He was not serving a sentence; he was in pre-trial detention. He declined all plea bargains. He wanted his day in court, to prove his innocence. A judge finally dismissed the case against him.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Louisiana has delayed the release of former Black Panther Albert Woodfox, the longest-serving U.S. prisoner in solitary confinement, after appealing a judge’s order for his freedom. Earlier this year a Louisiana grand jury re-indicted Woodfox for the 1972 murder of a prison guard, a crime for which he and his late, fellow Angola 3 member Herman Wallace maintained they were framed for their political activism. Wallace died on October 1, 2013 just three days after he was released from prison. On Monday, Federal Judge James Brady not only called for Woodfox’s release, but also barred a retrial. Woodfox’s two previous... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Is a 100% renewable energy future possible? According to Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, the answer is yes. Jacobson has developed plans for all 50 states to transform their power infrastructure to rely on wind, water and solar power. This comes as California lawmakers have approved a dozen ambitious environmental and energy bills creating new standards for energy efficiency. Dubbed the California climate leadership package, the 12 bills set high benchmarks for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use. We speak with Jacobson and Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford University Associate Professor and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) has issued a major decision indicating that the Chickasaw Nation can operate outside the confines of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because it is a sovereign Indian nation with solid treaty protections. via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The intersection of issues addressed by All-Options could become a model for underserved areas across the country. While doctors are definitely irreplaceable, a hub for providers, advocates and community members that is not beholden to the slate of TRAP laws would be a life-saving resource that fills the gaps for LGBTQ people, the poor, youth and those who fear state feticide laws that imprison people for addiction, mental health issues and miscarriage. via www.truth-out.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 4, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
New statistics from Missouri show that the racial disparity in police stops, searches and arrests of drivers was higher, last year, than at any time since the year 2000, when Missouri started keeping records. Black drivers in 2014 were 75 percent more likely than whites to be stopped by police, and 73 percent more likely to be searched. In 2013, the year before a Ferguson, Missouri, cop killed Michael Brown, setting off the Black Lives Matter movement, Missouri was stopping Blacks 66 percent more often than they stopped whites. So, in Missouri, at least, the statistics tend to confirm the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 4, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Liberation theology is for the liberation of all creation and all people but not in a way that erases concrete injustices, inequalities, and power differentials in society. Cone says that oppressors “never recognize that the struggle of freedom is for all, including themselves.” Everyone needs to be set free. But all lives cannot truly matter unless black lives matter, or as Cone puts it: “if the bottom matters then everyone matters.” Given our nation’s ongoing history, the burden of proof does not lie with black liberation theology; the indictment is upon U.S. Christianity and its traditional theologies which have rendered... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 3, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.wired.com From the article: If anyone knows what’s going on at the bottom of the ocean, it’s the Navy. Understanding the contours of the seafloor is critical to the United States’ defense strategy—hiding submarines in huge crevices, screwing with enemies’ radar. Too bad our deep-submersible defenders can’t share any of their classified data with geologists, because the information could be crucial to understanding the risk of serious earthquakes on the country’s coastlines. Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 1, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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Celastrina species, probably Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) or Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta). May 28, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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A little brown bat with White Nose Syndrome hangs in the Greeley Mine in Vermont. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Bloomberg Maybe some good news for bats? Chris Cornelison, a wildlife researcher at Georgia State University wonders if Rhodococcus rhodochrous -- a common bacteria found in soil and known to inhibit... Continue reading
Reblogged May 29, 2015 at Earthbytes
As negotiations continue, WikiLeaks has published leaked chapters of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership — a global trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries. The TPP would cover 40 percent of the global economy, but details have been concealed from the public. A recently disclosed "Investment Chapter" highlights the intent of U.S.-led negotiators to create a tribunal where corporations can sue governments if their laws interfere with a company’s claimed future profits. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warns the plan could chill the adoption of health and environmental regulations. via www.democracynow.org Continue reading
Reblogged May 29, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At a Raleigh County pain clinic earlier this year, state inspectors interviewed a medical director who said he tried to change pain-pill prescribing practices at the facility, but the clinic’s practice manager nixed the idea and issued a directive: “Give patients what they want.” The state Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification later cited Hope Clinic in Beaver with dozens of deficiencies that put patients’ health and safety at risk. The state’s 136-page report shows that the pain clinic operated mostly without medical professionals, except for a doctor who had no say over how the facility... Continue reading
Reblogged May 28, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
In a real “bargaining process,” those who bear the consequences of the deal have some say-so on the terms, the deal-makers have to represent themselves honestly (or the deal is off and the negotiating ends), and there are measures in place to ensure everyone involved is held accountable after the deal has been struck. But that’s not what’s happening in the great charter industry rollout transpiring across the country. Rather than a negotiation over terms, charters are being imposed on communities – either by legislative fiat or well-engineered public policy campaigns. Many charter school operators keep their practices hidden or... Continue reading
Reblogged May 27, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan