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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 [Photo: From left: Blackfeet tribal member Lita Pepion, of Indian People's Action, which sued to ensure the emails are safeguarded for potential future use; Montana's former chief federal judge Richard Cebull, who sent hundreds of derogatory emails; U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who ruled that the Ninth Circuit, which includes Montana, must preserve them.] From the article: “Thank God for Judge Gonzales Rogers,” said Blackfeet tribal member Lita Pepion, who sits on the board of Indian People’s Action. Last year, the advocacy group and three more Native plaintiffs sued to... Continue reading
Reblogged 14 hours ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Executive Director Corky DeMarco of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) said here last evening that it is not God’s will that West Virginians be farmers. Instead, he said, it is God’s will that the natural gas industry extract all it can out of the Marcellus shale. via appalachianchronicle.com Continue reading
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Unlike previous market crashes that were relatively short- lived, the combination of persistent oversupplies and weakening demand are dealing a severe setback to what’s been one of the biggest growth stories in global energy markets. Oilsands companies such as Suncor Energy Inc. already have been rethinking major developments that can require more than $10 billion in investment. Now even existing projects are barely covering costs or in a losing position. via business.financialpost.com Continue reading
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Fish exposed to the endocrine-disrupting chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) or 17a-ethinylestradiol (EE2) in a laboratory have been found to pass adverse reproductive effects onto their offspring up to three generations later, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Missouri. Aquatic environments are the ultimate reservoirs for many contaminants, including chemicals that mimic the functions of natural hormones. Fish and other aquatic organisms often have the greatest exposures to such chemicals during critical periods in development or even entire life cycles. Scientists exposed fish to either BPA or EE2 for one week during embryonic... Continue reading
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via truth-out.org [Photo: A honey store in the community of Degredo, Linhares, Espirito Santo, Brazil. December 18, 2014. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.)] From the article: In the Degredo community, in the municipality of Linhares, on the coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil, the intense yellow of the oil and gas pipes contrasts with the vegetation, which is made up of coconut palms, and the soft colors of the rustic houses built with sheets of metal and wood; others are made of concrete. Like arteries, the pipelines are dispersed throughout the community. In this place, once again a discourse of development and... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: Protestors block the road in Washington, D.C., during a protest after two grand juries decided against indicting police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)] From the article: When 28-year-old George Zimmerman killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a residential Sanford, Florida, street in February 2012, after trailing the hoodie-clad, iced tea-carrying youth through the neighborhood because he looked “suspicious,” it became clear that America’s Millennial generation had not, in fact, disentangled itself from the nation’s sordid, bloody and lamentable history of racial... Continue reading
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via www.truth-out.org [Photo: "Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico. (Photo: Charlotte Maria Sáenz)] From the article: Resistance and strength manifest like weeds through cracks in Chiapas, Mexico and transnational Kurdistan where the respective Zapatista and Kurdish resistance movements are creating new gender relations as a primary part of their struggle and process for building a better world. In both places, women's participation in the armed forces has been an entry-point for a new social construction of gender relations based on equity. Continue reading
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via www.truth-out.org [Photo: 14 April, 2008- An interior photo of one of the rooms at Station 40, an affordable housing complex in San Francisco's mission district. Station 40's residents were served with an eviction notice, which they are protesting. (Photo: Pete Boyd)] From the article: As San Francisco rents continue to rise and gentrification spreads, unscrupulous landlords are using new tactics to evict tenants from affordable housing, including bullying residents, going "out of business" and misusing zoning laws. Continue reading
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For people who don't speak English as their first language, language barriers can be a significant hurdle to voting. Difficulty understanding registration forms, ballots and other voting materials for LEP voters such as recently-naturalized citizens may discourage them from turning out to the polls. via www.southernstudies.org Continue reading
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via www.vice.com [Photo: Fracking operation in progress. Photo via Wikimedia Commons] From the article: It's the first lawsuit in the province—and one of a rare few ongoing in Canada—to challenge a breach of treaty on the basis of cumulative impacts, or the total adverse environmental effects resulting from decades of industrial activity in the area, rather than legally attacking development on a project-by-project basis. Continue reading
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American culture is imbued with fears that African Americans will someday repay the violence and oppression that has marred their history in this country, according to linguist and cultural critic Noam Chomsky. Speaking with philosopher George Yancy about the roots of American racism, from Native American genocide to anti-black discrimination, Chomsky emphasized the ongoing impact of black enslavement and subjugation in the U.S., saying “fears that the victims might rise up and take revenge are deeply rooted in American culture, with reverberations to the present.” via www.alternet.org Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. And here’s what I find strange: the evidence of this, however inchoate, is all around us and yet it’s as if we can’t bear to take it in or make... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
EPA's study has been largely shaped and re-shaped by the very industry it is supposed to investigate, as energy company officials were allowed to edit planning documents, insisted on vetting agency contractors, and demanded to review federal scientist's field notes, photographs and laboratory results prior to publication, according to a review by DeSmog of over 3,000 pages of previously undisclosed emails, confidential draft study plans and other internal documents obtained through open records requests. via truth-out.org Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Public spheres that once offered at least the glimmer of progressive ideas, enlightened social policies, noncommodified values, and critical dialogue and exchange have been increasingly commercialized - or replaced by private spaces and corporate settings whose ultimate fidelity is to increasing profit margins. For example, higher education is defined more and more as simply another core element of corporate power and culture, viewed mostly as a waste of taxpayers' money, and denied its value as a democratic public sphere and guardian of public values. What has become clear is that the attack on the social state, workers and unions is... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 18, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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I can't believe that a little more than two weeks ago I was hacking through thick ice with a hatchet to clear two tracks wide enough for my car to get safely up and down the driveway. Now there are daffodils and day lilies coming up, and it looks like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at HollerPhenology
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: Fast-food workers striking in New York City in July of 2013. (Photo: Annette Bernhardt)] From the article: The yawning racial wealth gap in the United States is no accident, but rather, driven by unjust public policy decisions—from the re-segregation of education to the redlining of home ownership to poverty wages, according to a new analysis by Brandeis University and the public policy organization Demos. Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 13, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Abstract Conventional modes of environmental governance, which typically exclude those stakeholders that are most directly linked to the specific place, frequently fail to have the desired impact. Using the example of lake water management in Loweswater, a small hamlet within the English Lake District, we consider the ways in which new “collectives” for local, bottom-up governance of water bodies can reframe problems in ways which both bind lay and professional people to place, and also recast the meaning of “solutions” in thought-provoking ways. via journals.plos.org Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via www.commondreams.org [Photo: Image from action in Oakland, California highlighting injustice in the prison industrial complex in April 2012. (Photo: Daniel Arauz/flickr/cc)] From the article: A United Nations human rights expert strongly condemned the U.S. on Tuesday for being the "only State in the world that still sentences children to life imprisonment without the opportunity for parole," thereby imposing cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. Juan Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture, made the comments in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva—building from his previous censure of cruel incarceration practices in a nation that locks up more... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via davidsuzuki.org [Photo:Members picking up seafood shares at Granville Island docks (Credit: Clare Wheeler] From the article: Skipper Otto's is a Community Supported Fishery — same idea as Community Supported Agriculture, (where people pay to become members and, in exchange, regularly receive fresh fruits and vegetables from local, sustainable farms) — only with seafood. This CSF goes beyond the call of many other community supported models. Members get wild, local, seafood, caught using low-impact practices passed down for generations in the Strobel family. Skipper Otto's is also boat-to-fork transparent — they can tell you how your fish was caught, who... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 10, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
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via wagingnonviolence.org [Photo: Yolanda Oquelí stands in between the Guatemalan National Police and the entrance of the mine as the mining firm KCA arrives with machinery for the El Tambor mine on May 23, 2014. (Guatemalan Human Rights Commission)] From the article: The community has dedicated themselves to resisting the construction of the mine nonviolently. Due to their nonviolent discipline, a state of emergency has not been declared, the military has not been deployed, and no one has been killed. Though the community has only received a few trainings in nonviolence, they are quick to point out that their reasoning... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 9, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Traditional fascism is defined as a right-wing political system run by a dictator who prohibits dissent and relies on repression. But some analysts believe a new form of fascism has arisen that has a democratic façade and is based on relentless propaganda and endless war, as journalist John Pilger describes. via www.nationofchange.org Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The science fiction - or speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism etc. - we humans create doesn't appear out of the ether. Whether it's Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, these fantastical worlds end up exploring issues like war, racism, gender oppression, power, privilege and injustice. That is why our social justice movements desperately need science fiction. via truth-out.org Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The EPA said it couldn’t estimate how much oil was spilled, but that the 21 cars of the 105-car BNSF Railway train that derailed contained 630,000 gallons of Bakken crude from North Dakota. Small fires from the wreckage continued to burn Saturday. Earlier Saturday, another oil train derailed and caught fire near Gogama, Ontario, bringing to five the total number of fiery derailments in the U.S. and Canada in as many weeks. via www.mcclatchydc.com Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
A federal court has ruled that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot open a fishery in Haida Gwaii this year. An injunction was given to the Haida Nation, against the federal government, to prevent the re-opening of a commercial herring fishery on the nation’s north coast. “This win is another step to building herring stocks, and in doing so, contributes to an economy that will provide a reasonable living for our people, and the path of reconciliation with Canada,” said Haida Nation President Peter Lantin in a statement. via globalnews.ca Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency is mandating cuts in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But dozens of environmental scientists from Princeton to Baton Rouge to Berkeley warned last month that the way the agency is writing the rules threatens to sharply increase forest clearing, undermining the EPA effort. The culprit is a familiar obstacle to good policymaking in Washington: bioenergy. via www.washingtonpost.com Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2015 at MicroHawk's NewsScan