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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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Sessional lecturer at The University of Toronto and Greenpeace Canada campaigner Keith Stewart says the scenario could have been worse. "It shows just how fast these things can happen, because I think it only spilled for a few minutes and yet out came 1300 barrels,” he said. “Fortunately, we had a pumping station where it’s relatively easily to contain, but if it happened at a more rural location it probably would have taken a lot longer to detect, and the damage would have been a lot worse." He added, “every one of these spills is a challenge to the oil... Continue reading
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via www.thenation.com About the article by Dave Zirin: The St. Louis Rams, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, the women’s hoops teams at Notre Dame and Berkeley… none of these folks can say that they were the first athlete to bring the #BlackLivesMatter movement into the world of sports. That was Knox College’s Ariyana Smith. On Saturday, November 29, before a game against Fontbonne University in Clayton, Missouri, Ms. Smith made the now iconic “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture during the national anthem before walking toward the American flag. She then went prone on the floor for four and a... Continue reading
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Some of the highest employment rates in the advanced world are in places with the highest taxes and most generous welfare systems, namely Scandinavian countries. The United States and many other nations with relatively low taxes and a smaller social safety net actually have substantially lower rates of employment. via www.nytimes.com Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org From the article: Climate change is a crisis, and crises alter morality. Climate change is on track to cause the extinction of half the species on earth and, through a combination of droughts, famines, displaced people, and failed states and pandemics, the collapse of civilization within this century. If this horrific destructive force is to be abated, it will be due to the efforts of people who are currently alive. The future of humanity falls to us. This is an unprecedented moral responsibility, and we are by and large failing to meet it. Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org Photo: Acuña de Chaupe at her property in front of the Blue Lagoon (Photo: Jorge Chávez Ortiz) From the article: For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into an open-pit gold mine, withstanding multiple violent eviction attempts by corporate and state agents. On Wednesday, Acuña de Chaupe finally saw victory when a Peruvian appeals court struck down a lawsuit levied by the Yanacocha mine—which is 51 percent owned by Colorado's Newmont Mining Corporation—that had sought to expel and imprison the family for... Continue reading
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via www.huffingtonpost.com From the article: NOAA's researchers looked at the anticipated frequency of what the National Weather Service considers nuisance flooding, which are floods that are 1 to 2 feet over the regular local high tide and are enough to cause problems but not pose active threats to human life. Some areas of the U.S. are already seeing increased flooding, the researchers said, and it's only going to get worse. Continue reading
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via www.huffingtonpost.com From the article: The rules don't regulate coal ash disposal as tightly as environmental and community groups had wanted. They put coal ash into the same disposal category as household trash and non-hazardous industrial solid waste, and leave the enforcement largely up to states and local governments. Continue reading
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via www.thenation.com Photo: Demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, November 25 (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) From the article: As the countless protests, tear gas, National Guard deployments and looting proved, police brutality provokes more anger than other outrages because it’s the supreme violation of our individual rights in a democracy. It is the state actor, as another person, violently snatching our breath away “under color of law.” That the state’s victims throughout our history have been overwhelmingly African-American stamps it as an indelible “badge of slavery,” which means that nothing makes you feel more black in America than experiencing police mistreatment.... Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org From the article: Five years ago it wasn’t a question of if fracking would come to New York but when. Yesterday’s decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state is a measure of how much things have changed in a relatively short period of time. New York is the first state, other than Vermont (which has little or no proven shale deposits) to ban the controversial drilling technique. New York’s decision is particularly striking given that it sits atop the mother of all gas reserves: the Marcellus Shale. In no uncertain terms... Continue reading
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via truth-out.org Photo: December 6, 2014: A march is held for the 43 abducted students. (Photo: Somos El Medio) From the article: Professor of law and political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, John Ackerman explores the sources of growing dissatisfaction in Mexico and sheds light on how the US connection perpetuates Mexico's social inequalities, endemic violence and authoritarian government. Continue reading
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Both the street-beat cops and the blue helmets are themselves predominantly low-income and Black or brown. They are pawns in a globalized system of political and physical violence, underpaid proxies helping to maintain dominance of the world's elite nations and classes. On the streets, they mirror on a micro-scale the unjust global relations, endowed as they are with personal power that allows them to be protected perpetrators of crimes on those more vulnerable than they. via truth-out.org Continue reading
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The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2013, and 2011 to 2013. “The measurements made from 2011 to 2013 represent a large decline,” said Virginia McGuire, USGS scientist and lead author of the study. “This amount of aquifer depletion over a 2-year period is substantial and likely related to increased groundwater pumping.” via www.usgs.gov Continue reading
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PBI: Why is it important to protect HRDs? MF: Defenders, who carry out concrete actions to promote and defend human rights, are often threatened. Those who promote human rights and public liberties in certain States are perceived as agitators, political opponents, disturbers of established order, both institutional order and order established by non-state agents. I think for example that businesses sometimes see their plans disrupted by HRDs. In these situations, States, secret services, armed forces or armed militias in the service of private corporations intervene to undermine the grassroots work that defenders carry out. via www.pbi-mexico.org Continue reading
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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is making good on warnings he issued earlier this year over New York City’s handling of the city jail Rikers Island. Today, federal prosecutors announced that they will sue the city for violating the civil rights of its juvenile inmates, the New York Times reported. via colorlines.com There are some great background material links in the article. Continue reading
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via colorlines.com From the article: Los Angeles area lawyers, law students, legal aids and allies gathered on the steps of the Los Angeles County Superior Court for a die-in Tuesday to protest police brutality that disproportionately targets black people. The participants, clad in business suits with briefcases, weathered rain for about fifteen minutes Tuesday morning. Continue reading
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via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com From the article: The charge of this collection of photos, which began as a class assignment in 2011, is twofold: First, present the modern Native American. Second, defeat the antiquated stereotype of Native Americans who don only traditional attire, like the hackneyed stereotypes one sees in Hollywood western cinema. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com:81/2014/12/17/real-life-indian-photo-project-geared-defeat-all-those-stereotypes-158330 Continue reading
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via www.wvgazette.com From the article: U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, surrounded by other officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announces Wednesday that he has filed criminal charges against six former Freedom Industries officials, and the company itself, for their roles in last January’s chemical leak that contaminated the Kanawha Valley’s drinking water. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141217/GZ01/141219335/1419#sthash.fNfPN7VJ.dpuf Continue reading
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via earthobservatory.nasa.gov Such an awesome view of the Rocky Mountain Trench, one of my favorite regions of North America. From the article: While geologists still debate the circumstances that created the trench, the section seen here likely formed due to underlying normal faults that emerged in the aftermath of tectonic... Continue reading
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via www.truth-out.org From the article: The United States is addicted to torture. Not only does this savage addiction run through its history like an overheated electric current, but it has become intensified as part of a broader national psychosis of fear, war and violence. A post 9/11 obsession with security and revenge has buttressed a militarized culture in which violence becomes a first principle, an essential need, whether in the guise of a national sport, mode of entertainment or celebrated ideal. Continue reading
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To date, eighteen states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states are able to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. In 2014, three states, Colorado, Kentucky, and Vermont, planted hemp research crops. via votehemp.com Continue reading
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via www.theguardian.com From the article: The events of the past few months, now simply referred to as Ferguson, have touched off nationwide protests of a scale not seen in a half-century. From billboards to T-shirts, protest banners and news headlines – all emblazoned with the words #BlackLivesMatter – we are witnessing the makings of a social movement of the 21st century kind. The revolution that Gil Scot Heron famously said, “would not be televised”, is today, in fact, recorded and tweeted. Continue reading
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The Cold War is over. Cuba's government is communist, but so are the governments of China and Vietnam, both of which have deep ties to the U.S. The 11 million people of Cuba, as well as all of us in the U.S., deserve an open connection as neighbours, based on equality, grounded in peace. via rabble.ca Continue reading
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According to Portland Rising Tide organizer, Meredith Cocks, “We are here to show Kinder Morgan that we stand in solidarity with the Burnaby residents and first nations people resisting this project. In light of the climate negotiations in Peru, continuing to allow expansion of tar sands extraction, and fossil fuel infrastructure in general, is fundamentally a disastrous route to take.” via www.commondreams.org Continue reading
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ALBANY — The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. via www.nytimes.com Continue reading
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via truth-out.org From the article: "Hysteria" does not arise from groundless causes, but from a guilty and conflicted id seeking to displace blame from itself onto others. The reaction to the senate study is as significant as the facts that the study uncovered in providing a window on the psychology and methods of those who run the Deep State - the hybrid association of key elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States with limited reference only to the consent of the governed as it is normally expressed through... Continue reading
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