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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 indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com From the article: With a community swirling in grief and questions – what would compel a seemingly happy, popular, culturally active Tulalip boy, identified as 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, to shoot five classmates and kill himself? -- people did the only thing they could do. They prayed. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com//2014/10/25/wake-school-shooting-tulalip-and-area-communities-unite-grief-and-prayer-157527 Continue reading
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"Modern telecommunications and broadband access is now as essential to the businesses and residents of rural America as electricity was in the 1930s," Vilsack said. "USDA is committed to ensuring that rural Americans have robust broadband and telecommunications systems. The investments we are announcing today will provide broadband in areas that lack it, help rural-serving public television stations begin using digital broadcasts, and support other telecommunications infrastructure improvements." USDA is providing assistance through the Community Connect Grant program, the Public Television Digital Transition Grant program and the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan program. via www.usda.gov Continue reading
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via www.cbsnews.com From the article: For major West Coast cities, the eclipse will begin in the afternoon -- 1:35 p.m. local time in Seattle, 1:52 p.m. in San Francisco and 2:08 p.m. in Los Angeles -- and last about two and a half hours. It reaches Phoenix by 2:21 p.m. local time, Denver at 3:18 p.m., Chicago at 4:36 p.m. and Dallas at 4:48 p.m. Farther east, the eclipse begins between 5:45 and 6 p.m. local time in Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta and ends at sunset. Continue reading
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On the whole, is American exceptionalism a force for good? The question shouldn’t be hard to answer. To make an exception of yourself is as immoral a proceeding for a nation as it is for an individual. When we say of a person (usually someone who has gone off the rails), “He thinks the rules don’t apply to him,” we mean that he is a danger to others and perhaps to himself. People who act on such a belief don’t as a rule examine themselves deeply or write a history of the self to justify their understanding that they are... Continue reading
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via www.southerncoalition.org From the article: Civil rights movement had the Big Six – Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Whitney Young, and other visionaries – advocating for the end of discriminatory treatment toward black and brown people. On Monday, October 20th we saw the emergence of the Big Eight – formerly incarcerated leaders at the forefront of a new civil and human rights movement – ending the structural discrimination faced by people with criminal records. These leaders include Daryl Atkinson, Susan Burton, Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, Norris Henderson, Manuel LaFontaine, Glenn Martin, Vivian Nixon, and Dorsey Nunn. In the first meeting... Continue reading
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via thinkprogress.org From the article: In peer-reviewed research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology on Monday, the researchers say their new forensic tool can distinguish fracking wastewater pollution from other contamination that results from other industrial processes — such as conventional oil and gas drilling. Fracking is a controversial oil and gas well stimulation technique that uses a great deal of water, mixed with chemicals, to extract oil and gas from miles deep underground. Once the rock is fractured by the high pressure fluid, fossil fuels follow the fracking fluid to the surface. The disposal of this often-radioactive... Continue reading
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via www.alternet.org From the article: Cold air will surge into the Northeast in late November, but the brunt of the season will hold off until January and February. The polar vortex, the culprit responsible for several days of below-zero temperatures last year, will slip down into the region from time to time, delivering blasts of arctic air. Continue reading
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via www.alternet.org From the article: "We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.” This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org From the article: Earlier this month, one hundred people gathered at a church in Jamaica Plain, MA, to consider this question: Can New England Feed Itself? The answer is yes, New England can feed itself – at least halfway. Food Solutions New England’s Food Vision (pdf), a rigorous analysis of New England’s history and natural resources, claims that our region could produce at least half of our own food if we farm three times as much land (up from 5% to 15% of our landmass) and shift from a “Business as Usual” diet to the “Omnivore’s Delight.” In... Continue reading
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Employees of a Raleigh County laboratory falsified water quality samples under pressure from their coal company clients, a laboratory technician and supervisor who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act told a federal judge earlier this month. John W. Shelton told U.S. District Judge Irene Berger that he and others at Appalachian Laboratories Inc. faked the samples so “that we could maintain the business with the coal companies that we were working for.” “The coal companies put a lot of pressure on the [laboratory] companies, smaller companies, to get good water data, and that was it,” Shelton... Continue reading
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via www.alternet.org From the article: It is not the only voting rights litigation that will affect who can vote in the midterm elections this fall. There is Georgia’s refusal to process more than 50,000 voter registrations from a minority voter drive. But as Ginsburg’s blistering 7-page dissent made clear, the fight over Texas’s voter ID law is in a class by itself. That’s because a lower federal court held a trial and found that the law’s intent was to discriminate and disenfranchise, calling it a “poll tax,” and then that record was ignored by higher federal appeals courts—including the Supreme... Continue reading
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via www.huffingtonpost.com From the article: VANCOUVER, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion. Continue reading
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via www.commondreams.org From the article: When the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to water and sanitation, the human race took a giant evolutionary step forward. In a world of declining water sources and growing inequality, we had better get this right before millions more "legally" have their water services removed. Continue reading
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Honoring the complaints of a small group of beekeepers in the state of Yucatán, who complained that Monsanto’s planned planting of thousands of hectares of GM soybeans made to withstand RoundUp would demolish their honey industry by decimating bees – a judge in Mexico has removed Monsanto’s planting permit. Monsanto can install Clarence Thomas on the U.S.00 Federal Judge circuit after working for their corporation, an obvious conflict of interest, but it looks like a Mexican judge won’t be bought off by biotech. via www.nationofchange.org Continue reading
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via www.dailykos.com From the article: What are the reasons people most often give for not voting? A. The parties are all the same B. What happens in DC does not affect me. C. Voting will not make a difference. But here is the thing: trying to answer or argue against these reasons is a trap. As cognitive science clearly shows, arguing will simply reinforce your listener's strongly held beliefs. What we need to do is change the ground of the conversation completely, to something that has personal emotional resonance. Here are some suggestions for doing that job. Continue reading
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Strong, savvy opponents turned back a pipeline. Now they turn to help their neighbors do the same. via insideclimatenews.org Continue reading
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Despite all the reasons to keep tar sands in the ground, the refining equipment tax credit has helped put tar sands development in the US on the rise, accelerating climate change at the expense - in every sense of the word - of American taxpayers. via www.truth-out.org Continue reading
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Juan Pablo Perez Alfonso, one of the founders of OPEC, once compared the world’s fossil-fuel use to “drowning in the devil’s excrement.” There is certainly plenty of evidence supporting his prediction that the fossil-fuel industry, with its powerful corrupting influence, will “bring us ruin.” Indeed, coal-related corruption stories are breaking worldwide, shining a light on the murky space between “illegal” and “improper” where the extractive industries work. via www.nationofchange.org Continue reading
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On the one hand, the nation-state appears more and more a desperate anachronism as the real powers behind the thrones -transnational corporations - have captured them, policies and policy makers all. On the other hand, the commensurate power in potentia of our common humanity, found as it is plentifully everywhere and every when, has not yet found the tools necessary to retake the commons of the earth for its common-sense vision of sharing and sustaining. But it will. The multiple climate change and failed ideology induced paroxysms cascading around the planet at present can be the birth cries of all... Continue reading
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via appvoices.org From the article: For years, Appalachian Voices has been combating misleading claims about reclamation used by the industry and pro-coal politicians — especially the myth that mountaintop removal is necessary because it creates flat land for economic development. In a 2010 survey of mountaintop removal sites, we found that, of the 1.2 million acres of leveled Appalachian mountains, around 90 percent of reclaimed mine sites are not being used for economic development. In fact, most are just rocky grasslands not being used for anything at all. - See more at: http://appvoices.org/2014/10/14/the-reclamation-myth-is-still-happening-too/#sthash.G1P7lPSb.dpuf Continue reading
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via www.alternet.org From the article: The field of social science has long considered indecision as a problem to be treated or remedied. But what if indecision had a silver lining? What if it plays an important role in shaping who we are? Swimming upstream against the tradition of indecision-as-pathology, Newark’s tables-turning paper suggests just that. Continue reading
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Those who want to privatize public services and destroy unions have made some successful incursions into the once union-friendly state. Whether Michiganders can mount an effective resistance remains to be seen. via www.truth-out.org Continue reading
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One of the insidious things about neoliberalism is how it has managed to absorb our vibrant, multifaceted liberation struggles into itself and spit them back out to us as monotone (dollar-bill-green) self-actualization narratives. The way this has happened to feminism is particularly instructive. As I wrote in Dissent last winter, the so-called “second wave” of feminism fought for women to gain access to work outside of the home and outside of the “pink-collar” fields. Yet in doing so, as Barbara Ehrenreich has written, some feminists wound up abandoning the fight for better conditions in what had always been considered women’s... Continue reading
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Throughout the nation the issue of police brutality, including killings of unarmed people, is a common problem. It is part of a criminal enforcement system that has pitted police against people in ways that are very destructive to the fabric of the nation. DOJ is taking or has taken action involving three dozen law enforcement agencies during the Obama era. To turn this moment of awareness and activism into an effective movement, we need an agenda to transform policing so police play a constructive role in the community. via www.nationofchange.org Continue reading
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If your language was on the brink of extinction, what would you do? As the last speaker of the Wukchumni language, Marie Wilcox began remembering the native tongue she had abandoned after the death of her grandmother. As the words came back to her one at a time, she scribbled... Continue reading
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