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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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via www.commondreams.org [Image: NY Against Fracking] From the article: Where to even begin? Let’s start with the headline speakers. Not even one person was invited to represent the affected communities from around the country, nor was one of the hundreds of members of Americans Against Fracking invited to discuss why a ban on fracking is crucial. Instead, the GOP invited the Environmental Defense Fund, a group that has decried efforts to ban fracking, claiming that if “best practices” are used, it can be done safely. EDF is a “strategic partner” of the pro-fracking Center for Sustainable Shale Development alongside corporate... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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Eastern-tailed Blue (Everes comyntas) top view, April 21, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Eastern-tailed Blue (Everes comyntas) side view, April18, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View From Frog Pond Holler
In Brazil, the disturbing impact of a "Chega Freire" or Enough with Freire" reactionary movement appears to be gaining momentum, bolstered by the interests of right wing activists and their sympathizers who seek to advance a staunchly instrumental and prescribed form of education across the country. Critical opponents of "Chega Freire" point to the barbarism of a banking educational approach that functions to censor open dialogue and critical reflection within education, by way of a curriculum that disembodies students from their own learning. via www.truth-out.org Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via ecowatch.com From the article on April 22, 2015: Congressmembers Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, both Democrats, have made no secret of their strong opposition to fracking. Last December, for instance, as new rules were being formulated on the opening new areas of public lands to energy exploration and extraction, they introduced a bill to ban fracking entirely on public lands...Today they upped the ante with the reintroduction of the Protect Our Public Lands Act, which they announced at a press conference in Washington DC. H.R. 1902 would prohibit fracking, the use of fracking fluid and... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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Spring Azure (Celastrin ladon), form violacea, April 20, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View From Frog Pond Holler
A Rainbow Trout Rests Among Cobble Substrate in Panther Creek. Photo credit: Christopher Mebane/USGS Okay, here’s a pre-Earth Day success story from Idaho! Panther Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, “has mostly recovered” from severe damage caused by toxic runoff from the former Blackbird Mine, an inactive mine west... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Earthbytes
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'Appalachian' Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) on April 11, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Gray Tree Frog, either Hyla chrisoscelis or Hyla versicolor, April 11, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Virginia Springbeauty (Claytonia virginica), April 11, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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So far this has been a great flower year in Frogpond Hollow. I'm sure the frequent rain falls are a factor. Members of the violet family are among the first to appear, especially at the forest edges just behind the house. I decided to be a little more energetic this... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at HollerPhenology
A quick reading of the leaked chapter makes it clear why TPP sponsors have gone to great lengths to keep their negotiations secret. The document substantiates claims by opponents that the TPP is a corporate-rights agreement designed to facilitate the export of U.S. jobs, allow corporations to sue governments for enacting labor and environmental protections, make it illegal for governments to favor local businesses, and advance the colonization of national economies by global corporations and financiers. via www.yesmagazine.org Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.cbc.ca From the article: Just weeks before the Fox Creek quake, British Columbia's oil and gas commission drew a definitive link between fracking and 231 seismic events in the northeast of the province, at a natural gas field known as the Montney Trend. Honn Kao, a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Victoria, B.C., has no doubt that human activities triggered the earthquakes. "The key issue is how big is the induced earthquake and when is the biggest induced earthquake to happen. I think that is the remaining question," said Kao, who is among a group... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor or Hyla chrysoscelis) on April 11, 2015. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Sometimes while I'm observing one species, I'm surprised -- and delighted -- by the unexpected discovery of another. That happened three times last week. The little Gray Tree Frog above hopped out of a patch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at HollerPhenology
New Mexico took a big step toward protecting children’s and parents’ rights when, last week, Governor Susana Martinez signed into law a bill ensuring that a parent’s decision not to administer psychotropic drugs to a child is not grounds for a child being removed from parental custody by Child Protective Services (CPS). via www.cchrint.org Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com From the article: The International Indian Treaty Council has issued a statement calling for international support to stop the desecration of Native Hawaiians’ sacred Mauna Kea Mountain. The statement also calls on the United States to abide by its international obligation to protect human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ sacred sites. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com//2015/04/15/treaty-council-calls-us-and-international-support-mauna-kea-160010 Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 16, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Well, I think it’s the culture, right? So, again, we want to either talk about rotten apples, in the case of Mr. Bates, who is the shooter, but we ignore, as you just pointed out, that the space in which policing happens is a space that looks much more like how we treat enemy combatants. If you’re an occupying army, then the rules of engagement are such that any perceived threat is a legitimate response for execution. We have police officers who not only are judge, jury and executioner, but also celebrate victory in the annihilation of people who have... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 16, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via ecowatch.com Photo: After months of campaigning, a bill that prohibits fracking for two and a half years passed overwhelmingly in the Maryland legislature. Photo credit: Don’t Frack Maryland Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation, that would prohibit fracking permits in the state until October 2017. According to the article, Governor Hogan’s position on the bill is unknown, but the Senate and House passed the bill with a veto-proof majority. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
We’re kidding ourselves if we assume those “A” grades being hung on American schools based on scores on standardized tests mean that the students who attend them are being taught to think. We’re kidding ourselves if we assume the high test scores of students in Finland or Poland or South Korea mean they’re being taught to think. Standardized tests are sideshows on the periphery of effective schooling because they can’t evaluate original thought, without which humankind can’t adapt to continuous change and survive. What matters is our individual and collective ability to make sense of the world as it was,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.southernstudies.org From the article by Chris Kromm: The newest batch of RFRA laws go further than their predecessors. As Think Progress and others have noted, while the federal and early state RFRA laws focused on blocking state actions that supposedly put a "substantial burden" on religious beliefs, measures like the one passed in Indiana are rare in extending the law's purview to disputes between private parties, such as a business and a customer. But another reason for the strong public backlash to the Indiana bill and other recent measures is evolving attitudes. Part of this changing sentiment is being... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The issue in Bender arises in cases involving disabled miners with at least 15 years of qualifying coal-mine employment. For these claims, the Affordable Care Act revived a presumption that shifts the burden to the coal company opposing the miner’s claim of benefits to disprove the existence of pneumoconiosis or show that it did not contribute to his respiratory disability. This major change affects thousands of claims, making it easier for disabled miners and their families to receive federal black lung benefits. The issue is what standard of causation coal operators must meet to rebut the presumption that a miner’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.ctvnews.ca From the article: A one-kilometre-long oil slick believed to have leaked from a bulk carrier ship is fouling the waters and beaches of Vancouver's scenic English Bay. It is still not clear what type of type of oil has spilled into the bay, which is surrounded by the city's downtown, the world renowned Stanley Park and numerous popular beaches. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Gerald Hankerson, the President of the Seattle/King County NAACP and Rita Green, the Education Chair of the Seattle/King County NAACP, began our press conference with a powerful idea and a call for action that holds the potential to help produce a tremendous social transformation. Together their opening remarks at the press conference—a gathering of parents, teachers, and community leaders that I helped to organize in opposition to the Common Core “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium” (SBAC) tests—represent a clarion call to both education advocates and social justice activists across the country. Their simple, yet mighty, proposition... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.businessinsider.com [Photo: Students at Harlem Success Academy, a free, public elementary charter school in New York. Chris Hondros/Getty Images] From the article: "Former staff members described students in third grade and above wetting themselves during practice tests, either because teachers did not allow them to go to the restroom ... or because the students themselves felt so much pressure that they did not want to lose time on the test," The Times reports. One former teacher told The Times that she heard a Success Academy vice principal from another school "praise the dedication of a child who had wet... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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Many things trouble me about the dark era of lynching, but several features in particular blow my mind: Lynching was still going on in the United States until I was 8 years old, if not longer. Some of the lynchings drew huge crowds of white Americans, sometimes as many as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Raising Cain...
Three and a half years later, the case is still open. But just last week, a judge ruled against the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. “There is little in the record to support the belief that Juan posed a threat, and the defendants provide no articulable reason to believe that Juan was an immediate danger to anyone,” Judge Lesley Wells wrote. “Juan had stopped running, and he was, in the officer’s own words, ‘surrendering.'” via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 3, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan