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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
Recent Activity
via From the article by Erik Klemetti: It seems like every year about now, the media decides it is time for yet another Yellowstone scare-mongering session. Over the past few weeks, a number of articles and interviews have made some outlandish claims about the chances of a massive Yellowstone... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 17, 2016 at Earthbytes
via From the article: The sacredness of the Second Amendment has to be seen as part of the culty sacredness of the Constitution itself, which maintains a colonial structure. It’s absolutely essential that at some point there has to be a different form of government than one founded upon chattel slavery and Indian killing. That it’s worshipped as such is mind-boggling. With the locked-in argument about the second amendment, even liberals who argue against it adhere to this sacredness, but they just argue that the second amendment doesn’t mean what it says, or that it’s obsolete and should be... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 14, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Our environmental impact is indeed profound - there is little debate about that - but is it significant on a geological timescale, measured over millions of years? And will humans leave a distinctive mark upon the layers of rocks that geologists of 100,000,000AD might use to investigate the present day? Together with other members of the Anthropocene Working Group we've just published a study in Science that pulls much of the evidence together. via Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 12, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: For the fourth time in as many decades, the last wild-running river in the state is threatened by the re-emergence of a giant river diversion and water storage plan. Despite intense and growing local opposition, that plan took an ominous step forward on November 23. On that day, the US Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the Central Arizona Project Entity to study options to further evaluate potential water projects related to the Gila River, one of which is the proposed diversion and storage plan. The proposed diversion project, if enacted, will radically... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
On Wednesday, TransCanada Corporation filed a lawsuit in US federal court alleging President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the US Constitution. TransCanada also filed legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, claiming the pipeline permit denial was "arbitrary and unjustified." It's seeking $15 billion as part of its NAFTA claim. TransCanada's lawsuit comes just days before President Obama's final State of the Union address, where he's anticipated to tout his controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, deal. The secretive trade pact between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations could... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
While it might not sound like much for scientists to declare that many nonhuman animals possess conscious states, it's the open acknowledgement that's the big news here. The body of scientific evidence is increasingly showing that most animals are conscious in the same way that we are, and it's no... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 16, 2015 at Earth and Psyche
The global Paris agreement struck by nearly 200 countries on December 12 is heralded as the first climate agreement to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions. But when it comes to key points that the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) came to Paris to negotiate, it falls far short of their goals. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Some people in the news business are having second thoughts this week about their campaign strategy. They're wondering if they created a monster in Donald Trump. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 14, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced last week that the global average carbon dioxide (CO2) levels reached the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone in the spring of 2015. via Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first genetically engineered food animal, AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, despite insufficient safety testing and widespread opposition. This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition. via Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
A team of academic, USGS, and private-sector researchers computed potential stream vulnerability to unconventional oil and gas development in six shale plays, including the Bakken, Barnett, Fayetteville, Hilliard-Baxter-Mancos, Marcellus and Utica, and Niobrara-Mowry. The newly developed vulnerability index shows that streams with the highest sensitivity and exposure to stressors may be most vulnerable to unconventional oil and gas development. via Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 4, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
By ignoring extremism from non-Muslims and treating classrooms as counter-terrorism vehicles, the FBI appears to be singling out a religious minority and going about its anti-extremism efforts in all the wrong ways. via Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 3, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: Despite the design and logistical advantages of Better Shelter, Currion ended up penning an article in May for the humanitarian news site IRIN titled, “Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can’t solve global shelter crisis.” Shelter, he argued, echoing a long-held tenet in humanitarian aid, is not a product but a process. IKEA may have a better product, but the process for getting refugees permanent shelter is still broken. And with the conflict in the Middle East displacing millions of people, that process is all the more important to get right. Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 3, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
It worth considering what manner of America Comey’s creationism would have us build. On Monday a black student in Columbia, South Carolina, refused to move out of her seat. She was then assaulted by a police officer. The officer then told the other students in the class, “I’ll put you in jail next.” The officer has been the subject of two civil-rights suits. In James Comey’s America, the actions of this officer are not recorded, and not scrutinized. The creationist style of crime control renders the beating of Marlene Pinnock invisible. Policing on a hunch allows that Walter Scott was... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 28, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: The Associated Press provided new evidence Monday that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was an active medical facility before they bombed it, bolstering the aid agency's charge that the attack—which killed at least 30 people—amounted to a war crime. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 27, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
So what really needs to be discussed is, what is the role of military power in the making of foreign policy? Why does Hillary Clinton think that Libya is not a disaster? And why was Hillary Clinton pushing for the military role in Libya in the first place? These are important issues. As far as the hearings were concerned, she testified off and on for nearly 11 hours. She handled herself extremely well, and she essentially exposed the fact that these were a group of Republican troglodytes doing their best to marginalize her and humiliate her. And they totally failed.... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 24, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
With America’s most notorious coal boss standing trial on conspiracy and securities fraud charges, the industry should be asking itself just who is to blame for its woes. The overlooked irony of this federal case is that the sector should be looking closely at itself, and undergoing a thorough self-evaluation. The coal industry, however, will continue to blame President Obama and his “radical” Environmental Protection Agency that has sought to ensure a cleaner environment while also using the public levers to advance green energies. What it refuses to acknowledge, though, is its own role — that its own strong-armed tactics... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 23, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: The animals that carry plague in the US are mostly rodents—rats, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs—and their fleas can pass plague bacteria to humans if they decide to bite us. Good news, though: The adorable little owls that live in burrows alongside those plaguey rodents... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 22, 2015 at Earthbytes
While Snyder maintains the EM laws are necessary to save financially-insolvent municipalities from themselves, it's worth noting that Snyder only enforces the laws in Democratic-voting, predominantly-black communities, even though some white, Republican-leaning cities and towns are in equally dire financial straits. The 2010 Census data shows that just 14.2 percent of Michigan's residents are black - yet 80 percent of Michigan's black residents have lived under an EM while Snyder has been governor. via Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: Research conducted by Widener University Commonwealth Law School and the University of Auckland concludes that national debates about climate change policies and the press coverage of these issues are for the most part ignoring the obvious ethical and moral problems both with how nations are justifying climate change commitments and the arguments of climate change policy opponents at the national level. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The United States is a racial state. We are the inheritors of systems and institutions that enable the denial of basic human rights to Indigenous and Black and Brown communities, from colonization to slavery, from Jim Crow segregation to Japanese American internment. The post-9/11 treatment of South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities by the US government continues this shameful legacy. via Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 13, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The FCC not only faces a challenge to its authority to make the net neutrality rules. But both sides in the case are also citing First Amendment rights to free speech, potentially setting up a legal showdown on the issue. via Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via I have loved maps just about as long as I can remember anything. I collected them. They showed up in my dreams. I spent significant chunks of time looking at them, reflecting on their meaning, appreciating their beauty, connecting with the hearts and minds of their makers. I... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 6, 2015 at Earthbytes
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Sep 26, 2015
My final post in a series on plate tectonics, Earth changes, and the connections I've experienced with interdimensional partners for the spiritual evolution of Earth. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at The Daily R-r-r-ibbit