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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: Treaty 8 First Nations in British Columbia, Canada are trying to halt the $8.8 billion project BC Hydro known as the Site C Clean Energy Project, which would put a third dam on the Peace River system. In one of several court filings, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have called for a provincial supreme court review of the project, which would flood about a 52-mile reservoir along the river, making it two to three times its normal width. The British Columbia Supreme Court heard arguments in the case this past spring but... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 24, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
I certainly don’t want to tell people what to watch until they watch it. Just that we were very true to the history. This is all predicated upon a 40-year history of American government at the federal, state and local level using public money to purposefully hyper-segregate our society. Poor people didn’t end up all packed into housing projects in one square mile of Yonkers by accident. It was a plan. It was a plan in Chicago, in Baltimore, in Dallas and everywhere that took federal housing money since the 1930s. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 24, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.newyorker.com [Photo: Madison Grant is known less for his conservationist efforts than for his book “The Passing of the Great Race, or The Racial Basis of European History,” a pseudo-scientific work of white supremacism. Credit PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY NEW YORK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY] From the article: Some of the awkwardness of environmental politics since the seventies, now even more acute in the age of climate change, is that it lays claim to worldwide problems, but brings to them some of the cultural habits of a much more parochial, and sometimes nastier, movement. Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
USGS discovered insecticides known as neonicotinoids in a little more than half of both urban and agricultural streams sampled across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a study by the agency published today in Environmental Chemistry. This study, conducted from 2011 to 2014, represents the first national-scale investigation of the environmental occurrence of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural and urban settings. The research spanned 24 states and Puerto Rico and was completed as part of ongoing USGS investigations of pesticide and other contaminant levels in streams. via www.usgs.gov Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.truth-out.org From the article: Holes too big to fix were poked in TransCanada's narrative that its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built. And questions were raised about how the pipeline company's financial dealings are set up during Public Utilities Commission hearings in Pierre, South Dakota last week where state regulators are tasked to decide if the company is capable of following the rules the state set when the original Keystone pipeline permit was granted in 2010. A team of lawyers representing Native American tribes and the grassroots group Dakota Rural Action took the... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 3, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Some of the students in the program were schooled in the same inferior buildings that served black children in the days of Jim Crow. The investigation found that many of the buildings lack gyms, cafeterias, libraries, labs, playgrounds and other amenities. via www.propublica.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 30, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via thinkprogress.org From the article: Each year, around July 1, thousands of sockeye salmon pass the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam on their way to their spawning grounds in northern Washington and Canada. Centuries ago, sockeye salmon runs could be as large as three million fish. Last year — in the largest run since the construction of the Bonneville Dam in 1938 — 645,100 sockeye made the trip from the Pacific through the Columbia River. But this year — with snowpack levels throughout the Pacific Northwest historically low and temperatures historically high — sockeye salmon are in trouble. Out of the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 29, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
White power. Black submission. It’s the oldest trick in the white supremacist handbook. The officer might think he wanted Sandra Bland’s respect. But what he really wanted was her fear. And the fact is: He is entitled to neither. She did not owe him either her respect or her fear. When his white maleness and his badge didn’t elicit the first, he used the power of that badge to compel the second. Now Sandra Bland is dead. She isn’t dead because of suicide. No matter what they say, justice, reason, fairness and good damn sense compel us to believe differently.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 23, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
When Dylann Roof pulled a gun at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, his shots rang through history to the roots of the ideology of white supremacy, which justified genocide of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of black people from Africa. We deny this at our own risk. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 22, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com [Photo: Nexen Energy via CBC News Nexen Energy's Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray, where 31,500 barrels of oil spilled from a leaky pipeline.] A 1.3-million-gallon spill of emulsion—a mixture of bitumen, water and sand—south of Fort McMurray in the Alberta oil sands of Canada is one of the largest the country has ever seen, regulators admitted on Thursday July 16. Discovered on July 15, it let loose five million liters over 16,000 square meters, or 3.95 acres, from a pipeline owned by Nexen Energy at the company's Long Lake oil sands facility. Alberta Energy Regulator... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 19, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The United States has become a country that is proud of what is should be ashamed of. How else to explain the popularity of the racist and bigot, Donald Trump, among among the Republican Party's right-wing base? We celebrate violence in the name of security and violate every precept of human justice through an appeal to fear. This speaks clearly to a form of political repression and a toxic value system. Markets and power are immune to justice, and despise it. All that matters is that control - financial and political - serves soulless markets and the Darwinian culture of... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 19, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
In their very architecture, prisons are highly regimented places; the inability of prisoners with psychiatric disorders to immediately and unquestioningly respond to the endless orders and routines that dictate prison life means they are frequently at the receiving end of excessive force. via www.truth-out.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 19, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
In the midst of the recent Confederate flag fallout following the massacre in Charleston, TomDispatch regular Greg Grandin revisits this much-neglected history and so much else that came before and after. Tracing the sordid story of the Old South’s battle flag, that symbol of bitter-end racism, from its raising by Marines on Okinawa during the Second World War to more recent appearances in Iraq and Afghanistan, Grandin shines a light on a larger and more troubling military embrace of the Confederacy -- something the Pentagon would, no doubt, rather keep hidden from view. via www.tomdispatch.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 7, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
In an unprecedented decision, a judge in Washington State has ruled in favor of a group of young people who filed a lawsuit last year asking that the state be required to develop a science-based plan for limiting carbon emissions in order to protect the climate for future generations. The lawsuit, Zoe & Stella Frazier v. Washington Department of Ecology, was brought last year by eight teens and preteens, the youngest nine years old, who filed a petition last June with the Department of Ecology, requesting that it develop a rule “to recommend to the legislature an effective emissions reduction... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 30, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Dylann Roof was wrong. The race war isn’t coming. It’s already here. It began the moment the very first old world (proto-European) citizen stepped on the shores of Africa and the Americas and other soon-to-be-colonized places and said, “God has given this land and these people to me. This is mine.” via religiondispatches.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 29, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Here is the problem with the “it’s not racist, it is a symbol of our heritage” argument. It makes assumptions about the static nature of symbols that are simply wrong. The meaning of symbols are fluid, they are never static. When a majority of people understand the symbol to point to another definition then the definition of that symbol changes. When KKK members adopted it as the symbol of their hate, it changed. When it was waved proudly as a banner for segregationists, it changed. When it became synonymous with burning crosses, white hoods and ropes thrown over magnolia trees... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 28, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
There is no vocabulary for “white crime” in America. The idea of white right-wing domestic terrorists is verboten and unacceptable to the corporate news media. Because of those delusions and decisions, the American people are made less safe and not more. White supremacy is a demon in the body politic, culture and collective consciousness of the United States. The Charleston massacre is one more reminder that it has not been exorcised from the country’s soul. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
There is no vocabulary for “white crime” in America. The idea of white right-wing domestic terrorists is verboten and unacceptable to the corporate news media. Because of those delusions and decisions, the American people are made less safe and not more. White supremacy is a demon in the body politic, culture and collective consciousness of the United States. The Charleston massacre is one more reminder that it has not been exorcised from the country’s soul. via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has ruled against allowing tribal input at a hearing at the end of July that will determine whether TransCanada needs to resubmit its application to run the Keystone XL pipeline through that state. “Tribal Nations, traditional treaty council members and grassroots... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2015 at Earth and Psyche
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via thinkprogress.org From the article: In the wake of what appears to be a racist hate crime, people are simply asking the obvious: Why does a historic emblem of racial intolerance — which was clearly a beloved symbol for this alleged murderer of African Americans — still have a prominent place in front of South Carolina’s legislative halls of power? Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.wired.com [Pope Francis waves from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica, April 5, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Franco Origlia/Getty Images] From the article: The encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” makes explicit the connection between climate change and oppression of the poorest and most vulnerable. It’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2015 at Earth and Psyche
By some cosmic coincidence we are confronted with the death of Kalief Browder at exactly the moment American media is obsessing over the life of Rachel Dolezal. Coincidental as it may be, it is also instructive. Through duplicitous means, Dolezal was able to masquerade as a member of the black race. Such masquerades are neither novel nor original. What fuels the fascination is the way in which it taps into one of America’s greatest and most essential crimes—the centuries of plunder which birthed the hierarchy which we now euphemistically call “race.” Kalief Browder died, like Renisha McBride died, like Tamir... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The vote marked a profound, full-circle moment for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has spent the better part of the past six years championing a 6,000-plus page committee report that exposed the dysfunction and abuse that plagued the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. 
“It really is a great day, because it really does mean never again,” Feinstein said leaving the chamber Tuesday, flanked by several committee staffers who helped compile the report. “It was a great moment for me, yes, and for us.” via www.huffingtonpost.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The vote marked a profound, full-circle moment for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has spent the better part of the past six years championing a 6,000-plus page committee report that exposed the dysfunction and abuse that plagued the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. 
“It really is a great day, because it really does mean never again,” Feinstein said leaving the chamber Tuesday, flanked by several committee staffers who helped compile the report. “It was a great moment for me, yes, and for us.” via www.huffingtonpost.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday. In an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment, the pontiff is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that the world faces ruin without a revolution in hearts and minds. The much-anticipated message, which will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops, will be published online in five languages on Thursday and is expected to be the most... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 14, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan