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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 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 10 hours ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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This was a great year for DTV1 and for me: it was the first time I recall catching all of its phenophases, from leaves up to seeds out. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at HollerPhenology
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I find dragonflies and damselflies to be among the most magical insects in the holler. My close encounters with them are usually unexpected, and when I'm close enough to see details that will help identify them -- or better yet, to get a photo -- it just makes my day.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at HollerPhenology
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via culturestrike.net [Photo: Eric Castro via Flickr CC] From the article: The beatification is a vindication of sorts—a long overdue recognition by a Vatican that has historically been reluctant to embrace anything that smacks of political radicalism. But the ceremony this weekend is just an affirmation of what his followers... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at LOGOS
Last week, dozens of senior Buddhist teachers and leaders converged on Washington, D.C. for an historic first meeting with U.S. government leaders. The gathering offered the assembled a chance to explore ways to encourage greater civic engagement and political action on the part of the few-million Buddhists in America. via religiondispatches.org Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
In his opinion, Judge Richard Posner rebuffed Notre Dame’s theological objections to the accommodation and said its legal maneuverings showed its real objective was to prevent women from accessing contraception through their insurance period: We now have (we think) a clearer idea of what the university wants. It wants us to enjoin the government from forbidding Notre Dame to bar Aetna and Meritain from providing contraceptive coverage to any of the university’s students or employees. Because of its contractual relations with the two companies…Notre Dame claims to be complicit in the sin of contraception. It wants to dissolve that complicity... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
President Barack Obama plans to put in place new restrictions on the use of military equipment by police departments, following unrest in U.S. cities over the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, the White House said on Monday. Obama will ban police use of equipment such as explosive-resistant vehicles with tracked wheels like those seen on army tanks, the White House said in a fact sheet. For other types of equipment, such as MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected) vehicles and riot shields, departments will have to provide added justification for their use. via www.reuters.com Continue reading
Reblogged May 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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After I saw the rare and local Golden-banded Skipper on May 6th, I wondered what I could see here in the holler that could be anymore exciting. This week I found out that the joy of rarity can be topped by multiple unusualnesses. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at HollerPhenology
The current U.S. Congress is trying desperately to brush science they don’t agree with under the rug. It’s a dangerous game where they are willing to risk the safety of the country because of their misguided ideological views on climate change (backed by powerful and wealthy donors) and end up putting the future of the country in danger by not only cutting funding to the Geosciences, but by portraying the field as outside the “core” and “hard” sciences. This Cold War against the study of the Earth has to be stopped if we want to secure a future for the... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.latimes.com Photo: In this Feb. 5, 2014, photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows wet coal ash from the Dan River in Danville, Va. On Thursday, Duke Energy pleaded guilty to polluting rivers with spills of coal ash. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press) From the article: Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electrical utility, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers for several years with toxic coal ash from five power plants in North Carolina. The $50.5-billion company was fined $102 million and... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.davidsuzuki.org Photo: In my home province, after a long struggle by elders and families of the Tahltan Klabona Keepers, the B.C. government bought 61 coal licences from Fortune Minerals and Posco Canada in the Klappan and Sacred Headwaters, putting a halt to controversial development in an ecologically and culturally significant area that is home to the Tahltan people and forms the headwaters of the Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers. (Credit: Bruce McKay via Flickr) From the article: Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.davidsuzuki.org Photo: In my home province, after a long struggle by elders and families of the Tahltan Klabona Keepers, the B.C. government bought 61 coal licences from Fortune Minerals and Posco Canada in the Klappan and Sacred Headwaters, putting a halt to controversial development in an ecologically and culturally significant area that is home to the Tahltan people and forms the headwaters of the Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers. (Credit: Bruce McKay via Flickr) From the article: Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.davidsuzuki.org Photo: In my home province, after a long struggle by elders and families of the Tahltan Klabona Keepers, the B.C. government bought 61 coal licences from Fortune Minerals and Posco Canada in the Klappan and Sacred Headwaters, putting a halt to controversial development in an ecologically and culturally significant area that is home to the Tahltan people and forms the headwaters of the Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers. (Credit: Bruce McKay via Flickr) From the article: Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.upi.com Photo: Four quasars, all in a row. Photo by Joseph Hennawi/Fabrizio Arrigoni-Battaia From the article: SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- Quasars -- the bursts of glowing gas that surround black holes as they swallow everything around them -- aren't usually found right next to each other. But researchers recently found four in a row, a quasar quartet. Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Scientized writing treats science as a singular source of truth regarding nature, without acknowledging its human-made character. But science does not spring from the earth objective and value-free. Scientific knowledge — including scientific knowledge about uncertainty — is shot through with social relationships. It's shaped by human agency and cognition, cultural habits, social norms, and political power. What type of research gets funded (and what doesn’t)? How are questions asked? Whose evaluations count? What seems to be 'natural' and 'objective' science often emerges as a set of path-dependent processes, in which history matters, and science is a political dance. These... Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.truth-out.org From the article: In the 1970s, when I first read Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, one of the elements of his writing that most struck me and that would become a cornerstone of my own scholarship was an unabashed focus on love as key to our vocation as human beings. I note this because for Freire, all forms of oppression constituted acts of lovelessness. Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.davidsuzuki.org Photo credit: Mount Rainier National Park via Flickr For a number of years now I have identified myself (at least one aspect of my self!) as a citizen scientist. I had formal undergraduate training in science, with a major in Parks and Recreation Administration and a focus on... Continue reading
Reblogged May 8, 2015 at HollerPhenology
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via www.thenation.com Photo: The oil rich tar sands of Alberta (Reuters/Todd Korol) From the article: It would be a big deal politically, a very big deal, if Texas or Wyoming suddenly veered left and elected a super-progressive state legislature and governor. It would be a bigger deal if the progressives who swept to power did so with a promise to implement a social-democratic agenda of new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to fund healthcare, improve education, maintain public services and protect the environment. It would be an even bigger deal if the new governing party was prepared to implement... Continue reading
Reblogged May 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.commondreams.org Photo: During the city council hearing, Alderman Joe Moreno read out the names of the survivors who were present for the vote, saying the victims were "courageous leaders for justice." (Photo: @bullhorngirl/Twitter) From the article: Recognizing the horrific legacy of the Chicago Police Department and the widespread use of torture under former police commander Jon Burge, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday passed a landmark reparations package for the victims of that violence. The first of its kind to be given in the United States—at a time when local forces have come under fire for discriminatory and often... Continue reading
Reblogged May 7, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.commondreams.org Photo: Emergency crews report 10 cars on fire. (Photo: Jennifer Willis) From the article: Valley News Live reports that BNSF spokesperson Amy McBeth "says the tank cars involved in the incident are the unjacketed CPC-1232 models." These newer tank cars are supposedly safer than older DOT-111 models, but environmentalists note that four oil train accidents in the first three months of 2015 all involved the newer CPC-1232 cars. Just last week, groups warned that the U.S. Department of Transportation's new oil-by-train safety standards "leave communities at risk of catastrophe." Continue reading
Reblogged May 7, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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Last month I shared some unexpected sightings of species I happened to see while looking at a different species. Today I can add two more to that list: a Golden-banded Skipper and a Silvery Checkerspot. Golden-banded skipper (Autochton cellus), May 6, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird] This skipper has two populations,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at HollerPhenology
Social anthropologist Janine Wedel, author, most recently, of Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt Our Finances, Freedom, and Security, has spent decades getting to the bottom of how powerful people wield influence. In her view, old ways of talking about formal systems of power and corruption don't begin to capture new realities. Truth and transparency, she warns, have devolved into performance art. The buck stops nowhere. Could women be particularly suited to disrupt the unaccountability structured into the DNA of many of today's financial, corporate and governmental organizations? Wedel weighs in. (Accountability is a key topic in a May 5-6... Continue reading
Reblogged May 6, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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At Montana's Nkwusm Salish Language School, teacher Echo Brown works with a student learning Salish words. Luk means "wood" or "stick." Picct means "leaf" and solsi translates to "fire." Courtesy of Nkwusm Salish Language School On April 23rd a bill that would provide funds for Native language immersion programs in... Continue reading
Reblogged May 3, 2015 at LOGOS
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Klamath Basin Tribes and allies from the commercial fishing and conservation organizations stage a rally at the bi-annual meeting of the international hydropower industry- Hydrovision 2006. [Photo credit: Patrick McCulley] Good news for rivers: dam removal works pretty well. A paper published yesterday in Science reports findings that rivers recover... Continue reading
Reblogged May 2, 2015 at Earthbytes
There is a crisis facing campesinos in rural Guatemala, as tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have traveled to the United States over the last year in search of work. Yet the same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement... Continue reading
Reblogged May 2, 2015 at Earth and Psyche