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2014 March Equinox & April Makeover

As always, Thank you Denise! I so appreciate the clarity and understanding you bring to things. I suspect I am not the only one experiencing some difficulty with that exiting dark you mentioned-but reading it described that way makes it much less daunting. More like boisterous toddlers throwing tantrums to avoid bedtime than scary people who still *appear* to have all the power that has really been leaking away from them for quite some time.
That reminder to focus on the new-on what we want to create, be and live is so important too. I could hear it/see it ten times a day because it is SO easy to be distracted into worry, or attempts at rational logical problem solving for things that just dont seem to work that way anymore.
I’m learning to trust in this seat of the pants flying, moment to moment adjusting to the flow without trying to control anything.


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Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog : Save the Keeling Curve! | Weather Underground

Save the Keeling Curve!

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:13 PM GMT on March 11, 2014 +48

Climate change’s most iconic research project is in danger–a victim of budget cuts in an era of increased government belt-tightening. The Keeling Curve is a measurement of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, begun in 1958 by Dr. Charles Keeling. It is the longest-running such measurement in the world. The curve was instrumental in showing how human emissions of carbon dioxide were steadily accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere, and raised awareness that human-caused climate change was an ever-increasing threat to the stability of our climate. After Keeling’s death in 2005, the measurements were continued by his son, Ralph F. Keeling. Support from NSF, NOAA and NASA is being diminished or withdrawn, and Keeling has turned to crowd-funding to help raise funds to continue these important measurements. I hope you can join me in making a donation.

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Figure 1. The Keeling Curve: climate change’s most iconic image. The curve’s steady year-by-year increase in CO2 due to burning of coal, oil, and natural gas has wriggles on top of it, due to the natural seasonal cycle in CO2–plants suck in CO2 during the Northern Hemisphere growing season, then release it during the winter. Image credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USCD.

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Figure 2. Dr. Charles Keeling posing at the entrance to the Charles Keeling Building at Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Image credit:NOAA/ESRL.

CO2 Levels Hit 401 ppm
The latest data from the Keeling curve website shows that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are surging upwards in their usual late winter push, as plants return CO2 to the atmosphere before the Northern Hemisphere spring growing season hits. CO2 levels reached 401 ppm (parts per million) last week on top of Mauna Loa, setting a new record. CO2 levels were at 280 ppm in 1870, increased less than 1 ppm per year in the 1960s, then accelerated to 2 ppm per year during the 2000s. Less than 1% of the increase since 1870 has been due to natural sources, such as volcanoes. The last time carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm—between 2.5 and 5 million years ago during the Pliocene Era—the Earth was 3.5 to 9° F warmer (2 to 5° C), and sea levels were 65 to 80 feet higher.

Links
There is a hashtag #savetheKeelingCurve
Eli Rabett’s post, Shaking the Cup for Science
What Does 400 ppm Look Like? December 2013 blog post by Robert Monroe of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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Senate holds all-nighter on climate change
A group of 31 U.S. Senators pulled an all-nighter last night on the floor of the U.S. Senate, taking turns from 9 pm Monday night until 9 am Tuesday morning to promote policy actions on climate change. Many of the Senators involved issued tweets using the hashtag #Up4Climate. The all-nighter was another indication that politicians are becoming increasingly bold about speaking up on climate change.

Latest Version of our WunderMap App Now Includes WunderPhotos
Weather Underground has released today a new version of our WunderMap app for iPhone and iPad. The main new feature that we’d like to highlight is the WunderPhotos layer–now users can view, share, and submit photos all from within the app. Here are a few of the features of the new version of the WunderMap app:

◦ Improved Weather Station display, and both station size and station spacing are now adjustable (Weather Stations Layer ⇒ Settings).
◦ New WunderPhotos layer! View, share, and submit beautiful weather photos.
◦ Fixed incorrect elevation for some Personal Weather Stations.
◦ Swipe-to-delete search history items.
◦ “Terrain/Satellite” and other map options made more prominent.
◦ Bug fixes (crashes, visual glitches, and usability enhancements).
◦ Optimized performance across all devices.

The latest version is available to download for iPhone and iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/app/wundermap/id364884105?mt=8.

Jeff Masters

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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First Quarter Moon Phase: step forward, action, break away, expression

Moon in Cancer/Leo

All month long we are travelers on a narrow path seeking illumination. Illumination of truth, especially the truth behind any masks, is found on our pilgrimage today. So be aware, once again, that things may not be as they first seem.

The Moon creeps up on the Black Moon for their first conjunction of the Black Moon’s transit through Leo. The exact conjunction happens late tonight, but the energy will build all day. We will get our first glimpse of this energy’s nature and how it is affecting us. Remember that the Black Moon in Leo involves issues related to order, position, status, hierarchy, arrogance (and knowing it all), ego-centricity, and the fear of change. These sorts of themes play out today and we will get the first opportunity to practice flowing with changes. Changes to the existing order underlies the energy. With this, we are not inclined to appreciate being told what to do or being called out on something for which we are not responsible.

In my book on the Black Moon, I discuss how the Black Moon in Leo can assault one’s ego. Ego has become a bad word. But ego is a part of our nature. It is a natural thing. It directs us toward what makes us happy and what helps us actualize our potential as humans. It also helps us stand up and defend ourselves. Many believe we are supposed to “overcome” our egos, but I believe that the ego is a necessary for action in the world. Ego-centricity is the negative aspect. Being focused solely on oneself is unnatural because we are all one and no one is above another. That said, taking good care of yourself is not ego-centric unless it becomes the sole focus. We need to make friends with our ego, not try to banish it to the badlands.

Remember also that Mars is now moving retrograde (appearing to move backwards in the sky). Mars is fiery. Anytime the Moon, which is the catalyst for events, moves into the fire signs of Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius (but especially Leo since the Black Moon is there), anger will rise to the surface. Mars retrograde is changing how we use our energy, so situations where our energy is out of balance will come forward for us to see the need to change. We are clued in to this based on what we dread, procrastinate doing, and are avoiding. Take in the data that comes from today’s events. What are you being shown?

The overarching mission this month is to load the field of dreams. We are connecting to higher callings, higher purposes, higher development and infusing our thoughts and wishes with them. We’re creating a “wish list” for the universe and putting in our two cents on how we want life to be. Our desires are powerful and they use the law of resonance to order our lives. If you find yourself becoming mired in the complexity of the energy, flip out of that stream of thought and back to the notion of loading what you want to manifest. Remember that the energy is about change, so envision what you want to change. Balsamic is the magical time of year when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. Don’t forget how strong your mind is and what it can do.

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Unlocking doors with 100 year old keys

Thank you for sharing your journey and this artist and her work. Without your introduction regarding the meaning and energy of her work I might not have noticed her at all. Something about her 3 paintings reminds me deeply of the lady’s art who painted the images in the Crowley Tarot deck. My husband told me that even tho she painted according to what Crowley directed, she apparently added her own energy and meaning as well. He felt there was something very special about her images.

I’m noticing an interesting resonance almost an echo effect between the time period around 100yrs years ago and the present. I don’t fully understand what it is yet but this is one of many similar connections I have noticed recently.

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Dear friends!
The journey my sister and I have just returned from, has been what I can only describe as a vision quest, a journey that was all about furthering our own transformation through visual input, by seeing symbols, shapes and colours that would act as keys to unlock some important doors for us. I think these are keys that can be of help to many of you as well, and that is why I have been guided to share this.

For when we woke up last Monday, the morning after the Gathering, both my sister and I realized that we had been through something profound, but we also realized that it was time for us to step back from our usual work and go on a journey. We were strongly guided to book a trip to Copenhagen for that weekend, and as soon as we had booked it, a…

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Truthout Daily Digest March 11, 2014

Dahr Jamail | New Mexico: Where Polluting Groundwater Is Legal

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: New Mexicans get 90 percent of their drinking water from groundwater. Yet the governor of this drought-plagued Southwestern state has given the copper industry carte blanche to pollute what is left of that essential resource.

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Chris Hedges | Welcome to Satan’s Ball

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Our elites have established the most efficient system of mass surveillance in history. They have abolished most of our civil liberties, trashed our economy for their own personal gain, looted state treasuries and thrown working men and women aside.

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A New Form of Homicide in Canada’s Prisons: The Case of Ashley Smith

Stuart J. Murray and Dave Holmes, Truthout: What could the verdict of “homicide” mean in the coroner’s inquest into the death of Ashley Smith, a mentally-ill, 19-year-old inmate on suicide watch who strangled herself to death while in the custody of the Correctional Service of Canada. Is this a new form of anonymous killing in the name of the state?

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The Failed Libertarian Experiment in Chile

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The libertarian experiment failed, and now Chileans once-and-for-all, have said goodbye to the religion of Reaganomics. And it’s time for us here in the US to do the same.

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Whistleblower Evan Voke’s Evidence Against TransCanada Whitewashed By Regulators

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Pipeline safety regulators in North America have done nothing but write warning letters to TransCanada in the two years since former employee Evan Vokes revealed evidence indicating the company had been breaking the rules.

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Dean Baker | The New York Times Budget Reporting Looks Like RT on Ukraine

Dean Baker, Truthout: News organizations are supposed to inform readers about the world, not make stuff up. Unfortunately, much of the US media deserve comparable ridicule to RT when it comes to budget reporting.

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Welcome to Daylight Saving Time, a.k.a. Nighttime Stealing Time

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The first Monday of DST has been scientifically proven to be the most dangerous day of the entire year. The Turn of the Clocks is tantamount to mandated sleep deprivation in an already sleep-deprived society.

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How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President)

David Bromwich, TomDispatch: For some time now, observers have been saying that Barack Obama seems more like a king than a president. They say Obama takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch, despite recent approval ratings.

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Major League Soccer to Start Season With Scab Refs

Dave Zirin, The Nation: Lockouts should never be a part of union negotiations, but in sports and beyond, they have become just a part of the process. The Major League Soccer (MLS) refs lockout is devastating for MLS and terrible for all working people, whether you consider yourself a soccer fan or not.

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It’s Time for Maryland’s Factory Farms to Pay Their Fair Share

Wenonah Hauter, OtherWords: When you have 305 million chickens on the Eastern Shore, that’s a lot of poultry waste polluting the Chesapeake Bay.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Environmental Protection Agency Has Some New Standards for Vehicle Emissions, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Environmental Protection Agency has some new standards for vehicle emissions, and they could save some serious cash; almost 80 percent of the antibiotics consumed every day in our nation is going straight into our food; the United Kingdom got soaked with catastrophic floods this winter; the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has two words for BP – “pay up”; and more.

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Ecosocialism: Putting on the Brakes Before Going Over the Cliff

Michael Löwy, New Politics: There is no reason for optimism: The entrenched ruling elites of the system are incredibly powerful, and the forces of radical opposition are still small. But they are the only hope that the catastrophic course of capitalist “growth” will be halted.

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Detroit Should Become Part of Ukraine to Get US Financial Aid It Needs to Survive

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The US policy of empire is forever eager to dole out money overseas to nations who extend US hegemony. However, US cities and needy citizens could use the money on the home front. Just ask Detroit.

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Four Frightening Ways Progressive Gains Are Being Stolen From Us

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Highest Minimum-Wage State, Washington Beats US in Job Creation

Read the Article at Bloomberg

Obamacare Cited as US Uninsured Rate Drops

Read the Article at The Associated Press

Workers: Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Leaked Emails Expose NRC’s Cover-Up of Safety Concerns Days After Fukushima Disaster

Read the Article at EcoWatch

US Plans to Scan Workers With Secret Clearances to Identify Rogue Agents and Leakers

Read the Article at The Associated Press

Democrat Senators to Stage All-Night Session of Climate Change Speeches

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Weekly News and Views from Tikkun Interfaith March 10, 2014

As always, Rabbi Lerner and company get behind the rhetoric to the deeper meaning of current events-and what we as spiritual seekers, or just caring people, can do to make sense of it and help to create more positive outcomes.

At the bottom I have included the links to subscribe to Tikkun and to join the interfaith group. If they do not work for you just go to Tikkun.org and you can find everything there as well.
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Rabbi Michael Lerner: Ukraine: What is Really Going On
[ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/03/04/ukraine-what-is-really-going-on/ ]
Mar 04, 2014 03:30 pm | Rabbi Michael Lerner

One thing I’m sure of is that media accounts available in the United States are so tainted by anti-Russia and U.S. nationalist and capitalist interests that we have no idea of what is really happening in Ukraine. _________________________________________

Rabbi Michael Lerner: Tom Hayden on Venezuela’s Current Crisis
[ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/02/28/tom-hayden-on-venezuelas-current-crisis/ ]
Feb 28, 2014 02:28 am | Rabbi Michael Lerner

The losers of the Venezuelan elections have turned into Leninists of the Right, seeking to create a counter-revolutionary situation in which the government apparatus crumbles and they seize power……..Despite frequent denials by US officials, for example, the State Department’s own Inspector General found that the Pentagon and US “democracy programs” supported individuals and groups “actively involved in the brief ouster of the Chavez government” in the 2002 coup attempt.