Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Judiciary


And the people.

40 Comments:

Blogger Kadimiros said...

What a great music video to wake up to. :-) Thank you!

By some coincidence, I had a marvelous dream this morning about music.

I dreamed that I was getting ready for, and thinking ahead to, the hustle and bustle of the new day. I gathered some old, outgrown clothes. They were either for charity or to hand down to a child. Save electricity, I thought, remembering to turn off the lights.

I heard music. Seeking its source outside, I sat on a concrete bench to concentrate.

I heard a piano tinkling, string, wind and percussive instruments, and children singing. The hopeful happy voices tickled the heart. The threads of melody and the beat dovetailed, and emerged into sudden resonance with each other and everyone who could hear them and feel them.

The piece ended, and someone nearby began a slow solo on a wind instrument.

I opened my eyes and looked about for the musicians. There was a playground with children playing, and small clusters of people on the streets. What music was it, I wondered. From where did it come? Perhaps it could never happen in just this way again. Oh, I wished then that some of the people I knew could have heard it.

7/10/08 5:24 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Heheh...you would like it.

This gave me a tickle and a little leap of joy. I always revel in the absurdity of society. It's all politics.

I'm reminded of how much I love music and dance. It came over me like a wave last evening. Music is a great equalizer.

Oh, I wished then that some of the people I knew could have heard it.

Oooooh .... we all know that one.

7/10/08 6:14 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Ah, yes, it's lunch time and the raucous buzz of the electric saw drifts in through my office window. Gotta love it!

"It came over me like a wave last evening. Music is a great equalizer."

I wonder what a musical of the 2008 Election year thus far would sound like. The lyrics should be funny.

Time to let Larry, Moe, and Curly play again.

7/10/08 10:36 AM  
Blogger Fernmountain said...

I love This post!

Wouldn't it be fun to go all Larry, Mo & Curly on the whole darn world and lighten it up!

Thanks JM...

7/10/08 2:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I've gotta lighten up! I have my health to consider. They can hate all they want to, it's a democracy, but enough is too much!!

7/10/08 3:35 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Something's in the air!

Nashville Tennessean: "As the two men get set for their second presidential campaign debate at 8 tonight in Nashville, otherwise known as Music City, Republican nominee McCain needs to change the words and the music. Democrat Obama would just as soon sing in the same key from now until Election Day."

Toronto Star: "In Music City USA, John McCain still calls the tunes."

ABC News: "McCain brings sharper notes to Music City, but will audience tune it out?"

7/10/08 4:32 PM  
Blogger jm said...

OMG! Ha ha ha ha ha!

All we have to do is hum in the key of B sharp. I thought the choice of classical music for the closing of the mile hi nomination was beautiful.

Interesting. The economic debate with a depression coming and music. Music is what got people through the last one. Rhythm can get the group through Nov. 4th.

Spiritual values on the rise!!!!

7/10/08 4:45 PM  
Blogger jm said...

In the last couple of days I've been singing one of my favorite songs which almost every blues and country singer covers. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys (the ones in the video) do one of the best versions. It's called Sittin' on Top of the World

Interestingly, some of the singers talk about pain in this tune, others pleasure, but they all come to the same conclusion. Nashville knows this song well.

Btw, Ralph Stanley, the famed country singer, put out an Obama ad for the bumpkins and everyone else in the east. Very popular.

7/10/08 4:52 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Spiritual values on the rise!!!!"

We are in tune! :-)

Com'on, people. Let's get with it!

7/10/08 5:27 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It's just the beginning of the rise. That's what the depression is all about. Spiritual exchange doesn't cost money nor does it bleed resources. They're starting to open the conversation about this.

Pluto at 29. The big kick-off!!! Who woudda thought the USA would be leading? Out of the doghouse into the cosmos!

Certain people in this country wrote the book on economic hardship and spiritual resources. They should be teaching in the universities.

7/10/08 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Crooks and Liars is carrying several stories about the ugliness spewing from the McPalin campaign like pus from a lanced boil. I wonder if any of the drainage will spill out tonight?

7/10/08 6:02 PM  
Blogger jm said...

As hard as it is to take the pus has to come out. And the build-up goes further back than people realize. It's a genuine healing. Sagittarius is racism, xenophobia and all that.

I would think that the drainage will be confined to the private rituals of the campaign trail. It's a taboo that we really shouldn't be privy to but in this day and age, everyone is in a fishbowl.

Tonight the Moon and Jupiter are in Capricorn which should bring self control. On Obama's Saturn. Dignity and composure. He needs more than anything to be the calm, reassuring presence that he always is. Leave the hate to the haters. Pus is a private thing. And we can't and shouldn't short cut the process.

7/10/08 6:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm wondering where the Trail of Fears is going next. It could be that it's not working. Doesn't seem to be. Will they come up with something else? Maybe angelic rapturous goodness or something.

8/10/08 4:24 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

LOL Trying "angelic rapturous goodness" might result in more comedy. They have only offered superficial religious branding. On feminine leadership, they picked the ersatz model, despite that there must have been more qualified women. Palin plus McCain do not a full deck make. There's a kind of poverty in the Republican campaign and, at this point, people should ask why that is.

Their current standing and the weak last minute tactics highlight their desperation and lack of solid long-term strategy. In contrast, when Ferraro was selected as Democratic VP candidate decades ago, she had some personal experience in foreign relations, and she had months to brush up on political issues in detail while studying with Professor Madeleine Albright daily.

They can only cry wolf so many times. They'd have to produce a real wolf. Not sure they can do it in time, but we'll see.

It's uphill for them. The spirit of the times and the broad trends are, have been, against them. The Republican Party would have to undergo a much more substantive transformation. Faking it doesn't work as well with modern communications and the rapid news cycle. They are stuck partly because of their old reliance on their shrinking conservative religious base.

Here's an example. McCain's strategist Steve Schmidt told the Log Cabin Republicans, basically, to keep the faith and that the day would come for them and for his gay sister -- how pathetically behind the curve is that? During a live blogging of the VP debate, college newspaper editors commented strongly on their respective campuses' support for marriage equality.

There's excessive attachment to history, to the past, during a change election when people of Obama's age group and younger are coming into their own.

The Oregonian: "McCain, Obama perform flat duet in Nashville"

8/10/08 7:40 AM  
Blogger jm said...

LOL.

Palin plus McCain do not a full deck make.

Very well said.

There's a kind of poverty in the Republican campaign and, at this point, people should ask why that is.

I think that's going to be asked in depth, most of all by the republicans. They're out of their depth now since they aren't good at governance and that's what the times require. And they've had their time.

The culture issues that they cling too have moved on somewhat and it just became starkly revealed with the Pluto transit. It could be that a study of economic models is ahead as the failure of our system can't be ignored. I think it happens periodically going back to the original differences in our history.

You put is well -- "poverty" in the republican campaign. Interesting, with all that accumulated wealth.

8/10/08 1:58 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

The poverty of vision is a reflection on many levels. It all comes to a head. Accumulated wealth is separated -- if held too long, it symbolizes energy that has become unavailable to the rest of the system and therefore diminishes in true worth. What was supposed to be the end-game?

The social and economic policies do not make enriching the people (e.g., emotionally, intellectually, creatively, financially, etc.) a crucial priority. It is often otherwise. It is at best an afterthought, and we see how that turns out. We know from business psychology that there's no benefit to top-level management saying that something is "important". Until the management recognizes that something is crucial to the health of the organization or system, it will be underused or wasted to the detriment of the whole.

The underlying gap between expressed ideals and actions, dependency on political manipulation rather than true partnership with the people, reflects a particular notion of power. The bounty of the land is also the people. Attitudes towards the land and attitudes towards the people bear serious reexamination.

One party proclaims its advantage of being experienced -- but that is to say experienced in an aging, failing worldview which it has had not some small part in making and trumpeting.

The other party has a more open, inclusive vision, and thus intuits better that now positive collective engagement is itself the way. In more ways than not, it both expresses and places its hope in people. Now it is for the people, empowered, to respond.

8/10/08 5:12 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"I think it happens periodically going back to the original differences in our history."

That'd be pretty interesting, to trace it back that far.

8/10/08 5:22 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The social and economic policies do not make enriching the people (e.g., emotionally, intellectually, creatively, financially, etc.) a crucial priority. It is often otherwise.

And isn't this campaign the ultimate in that truth? According to the graphs, the people are consistently getting it and ready for alteration.

There is talk of studying the economic models of Jefferson vs Hamilton and probably with the Pluto return in the 2nd coming up, the model will be intellectually analyzed, especially with a more erudite administration. The Milton Friedman model is being recognized as a failure and now is an opportunity to reconstruct with logic and both parties involved. Economic collapse probably happens for that reason. But this time, conservation will have to be the foundation. Perfect timing with Pluto in Cap.

I keep stressing how important the consumer is in the game and the worldwide markets are reacting accordingly. They can't lose our buying power. So it will have to be maintained to an extent with prudence included.

Big change is frightening at first but also exciting and rewarding. The people are prepared, even anticipating the next phase.

8/10/08 5:49 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"the model will be intellectually analyzed, especially with a more erudite administration"

That would make a world of difference down the line.

"now is an opportunity to reconstruct with logic and both parties involved"

By the way, the word "credit" comes from the Latin word credere meaning "to believe". So maybe that's a reminder to examine the basis of the beliefs, now that the results are in.

Well, let's see how it goes. The advanced economies have nearly all been contracting earlier this year, so we'll likely be in this together, trying to work our way out. The question mark hangs over emerging market economies.

Hmm, I half-expected that an economic crisis would happen sooner than this. I wonder about timing. Maybe this is as deferred as it could get. There is some parallel or connection to the fortunes of the war.

8/10/08 7:46 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Interesting. Credere and believe. Beliefs and Sagittarius. Perfect timing.

Yes, the Asian markets. I was thinking about this and came up with some ideas. The global contraction is required for resource balancing and the emerging markets have yet to go through the complete cycle. So maybe their consumption will rise while the others' falls, until complete Capricorn contraction takes place, at least as far as this cycle goes.

But the Asian markets are dependent on American consumption so I'm not sure.

It looks like war is no longer as profitable as it was. If countries have massive powerful weapons wouldn't they have less need for the normal combat weapons, the bread and butter of the industry since the larger ones aren't really cost-effective? And the downturn in violence will probably reduce the demand.

If the massive weapons don't find a use, then they are really really not cost-effective.

A lot of money has been withheld lately and I was thinking they were waiting for the green bubble and whatever new industries are rising.

We could be moving from the military-industrial empires. Hard to tell yet.

It's a historical given that the human population experiments non-stop with economic models since none of them work. They coincide with evolution, so the next phase could be very interesting. Profit vs survival.

8/10/08 10:18 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I think it's a fantastic idea to replace the phrase "global depression" with "global contraction". Thanks for the word!

8/10/08 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Helena said...

"It could be that a study of economic models is ahead as the failure of our system can't be ignored."

Here's a passage from Rick Tarnas's "Cosmos and Psyche" that's right on point.

"Indeed in many fields during the 1930s we can recognize the characteristic radical changes and paradigm shifts we have seen during earlier Uranus-Pluto alignments...In the intellectual sphere, economic upheavals throughout the world during the 1930s engendered revolutionary economic theories, above all those of John Maynard Keynes, set out in his "General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money," which transformed economic decision-making for the rest of the twentieth century."

As you know, we're in a Uranus Pluto alignment along with Saturn as in the 1930s, and once again we're in the midst of a global economic upheaval.

A bit of good news is that Treasury Secretary Paulson is considering buying an equity stake in the banks (rather than just buying the shitpile), which is what Sweden did and it worked for them.

8/10/08 11:32 PM  
Blogger jm said...

That is good news. As I mentioned earlier, the Moon was in Taurus in a grand earth trine when the plot was hatched so it should work for now. The Jupiter-Saturn trine is auspicious. We need a lot of time to experiment. Wonderful input from Tarnas. It goes with my theory about a possible renaissance. I think we feel a little bit less victimized in this bout, even though that could be false confidence. But the earth problems seem manageable at this point, whereas the dust bowl and 10 years of drought were horrific and overwhelmingly oppressive. It all remains to be seen. The return of intellectuality is a fantastic sign.

9/10/08 12:29 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Interesting. Credere and believe. Beliefs and Sagittarius. Perfect timing."

Yes. Trust and belief. The financiers forgot how dependent their businesses were on mutual trust and on public trust. They eroded it all systematically, and now the mistrust among large lenders and borrowers is bringing the edifice down.

The shadow banking system, defended by Greenspan's misplaced trust, dying and brought into the light of day as the housing bubble implodes and American power abroad continues to diminish. Truly, we should remember the Bush years as the "bubble presidency" in many senses. Didn't former White House Press Secretary McClellan say that he lived in the political "bubble" swallowing the group-think kool-aid until he was shocked to his senses?

"But the Asian markets are dependent on American consumption so I'm not sure."

Yes, despite having the largest population, the Chinese consumption level can't begin to compensate for a severe drop in American consumption. Chinese consumption would have to grow by 500 percent. China can't escape the consequences of the economic woes in U.S. and Europe, so it might be facing much more social unrest and political instability.

"If the massive weapons don't find a use, then they are really really not cost-effective."

I imagine that there might still be cheaper forms of futuristic technology first introduced for military use by troops, and later in consumer products.

9/10/08 7:42 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"The Jupiter-Saturn trine is auspicious. We need a lot of time to experiment."

The note of grace will be much appreciated. Now is indeed a time of special care.

9/10/08 7:50 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Exactly right on mutual trust. Trust is really the keyword in investment, another aspect of Sagittarius and credere. The big issue of trust/faith is the point now. Interesting. I suppose trust could be keeping one's money where it is and having faith in the outcome.:-)
I'm curious to see where retirement goes. Pluto in Cap will be dealing with the aging population. Money and maturity. Ideally maturity means growth in money. Hmmmm... Safety will have to be reconsidered.

The Clinton presidency was an even bigger bubble. I think it peaked then and the landing has been long and slow, filled with illusion. Reality time has arrived.

China can't escape the consequences of the economic woes in U.S. and Europe, so it might be facing much more social unrest and political instability.

Hadn't thought of that. It indicates a fundamental weakness masked by the present facade of power. No one knows who holds the power now since the oil cartels are slipping it seems, and the new energy empire hasn't been built.

9/10/08 3:10 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The note of grace will be much appreciated. Now is indeed a time of special care.

Nice.

9/10/08 3:13 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

I think that you are right to think in terms of balancing. It's like the way that the brain works. For converging reasons, it is very right at this time that the public look to the more right-brained side of the political spectrum. I believe that it does represent an underlying shift in consciousness.

For example, we are getting into being massively interconnected through and with technology. Those with linear mindsets look on the potential of the mental landscape of the species, the emergent group consciousness, and can only see something to be carved up into marketshares to be rigidly controlled and mined for value.

It would be like compartmentalizing the brain so that clusters of neurons were distrustful of other neurons, withholding information or distorting it before relaying. This is our political condition. Imagine each brain hemisphere preferring isolation to the creative collaboration and orchestration possible together.

The central banks of U.S. and European nations are acting in concert to mitigate the crisis in credit. This is a good sign, the recognition that "united we stand, divided we fall." The East and the West, too, are confronted with their interdependency. Ultimately, there will be changes in how interconnected systems are regarded, as more cooperative than competitive, so that the flow of energy and resources are not brought into crisis by extremes of competitive self-interests. These changes in awareness are in process and will take time, effort and the renewed memory of a basic trust that is part of our natural and spiritual heritage.

10/10/08 7:44 AM  
Blogger jm said...

For converging reasons, it is very right at this time that the public look to the more right-brained side of the political spectrum. I believe that it does represent an underlying shift in consciousness.

The mutable highly mental Sagittarius validates that.

It would be like compartmentalizing the brain so that clusters of neurons were distrustful of other neurons, withholding information or distorting it before relaying. This is our political condition. Imagine each brain hemisphere preferring isolation to the creative collaboration and orchestration possible together.

This is exactly what I keep getting at with the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception forging new pathways or adjusting the existing ones. First the conflicting factions have to recognize their commonality, then the added power of convergence.
Exactly. Well put in neuronic terms.

Ultimately, there will be changes in how interconnected systems are regarded, as more cooperative than competitive, so that the flow of energy and resources are not brought into crisis by extremes of competitive self-interests. These changes in awareness are in process and will take time, effort and the renewed memory of a basic trust that is part of our natural and spiritual heritage.

I fully agree. The breakdown of the barriers is happening in earnest now and the cracked shells are revealing vulnerability. So the cooperation is the remedy. Very interesting to witness. Out of chaos comes realignment.

10/10/08 6:40 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"This is exactly what I keep getting at with the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception forging new pathways or adjusting the existing ones."

Yes! I was reminded of your mentions of the mutual reception.

It is interesting to think of the outer planets as symbolizing the movement of consciousness becoming aware of itself in relation to complex realities -- which are also itself.

When the next new planet is discovered and named, what might it signify, I wonder.

11/10/08 9:42 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Good question. What hasn't been covered yet?

11/10/08 10:35 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

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12/10/08 8:35 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

A fifth emerging meta-trend?

Well, if we look at the rulerships of the zodiac and the pattern of new assignments, the remaining rulerships in question are Mercury and Venus, each ruling both an Earth sign and an Air sign.

Jupiter classically rules a Fire sign and a Water sign, Saturn rules an Earth and an Air sign; Mars rules a Fire and a Water sign; Mercury rules an Air and an Earth sign; Venus rules an Earth and an Air sign. Each pairing of elements is high contrast. Each planet losing a rulership has a diminishing association with the less compatible element. So, perhaps the next new major planet will have either an Earth or an Air emphasis. If we continue the order of change following the circle of the zodiac, Venus should come into question before Mercury.

Uranus mixed some of the words associated with Mars and Mercury; Neptune gained words from the Moon (which was the governor of dreams and the Water sign Cancer the Crab); and, finally, Pluto absorbed some of the words associated with Saturn. It could be that some of the attributes at present subsumed under one or more of the inner planets will become more transpersonally significant.

Maybe something Venusian. Or perhaps we'll have a break, small or big, in the pattern.

12/10/08 12:09 PM  
Blogger jm said...

There is more of an emphasis on air coming up.

12/10/08 7:47 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Interesting. Venus is regarded as feminine or yin and thus arguably a better match to Taurus, but I've heard it argued the other way, too. If it's to be Air, maybe Libra is next up for a new ruler.

Historically, the second sign associated with a planet receives the new rulership. Thus, Aquarius gets Uranus, Pisces gets Neptune, Scorpio gets Pluto. If that pattern holds, then Libra and Virgo whould be expected to receive new rulers in time.

12/10/08 10:43 PM  
Blogger jm said...

That makes sense. But the planets seem to be discovered already.

13/10/08 12:43 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Perhaps, if astrologers and astronomers demonstrate a lasting consensus. Or there could be a new discovery of a major planet, maybe hiding towards the outer edge of the Kuiper Belt.

For those who are cautious, this can all be taken as a thought experiment rather than a prediction. It's perfectly fine for it to be wrong, especially as we all know that star gazers as a group are predominantly an unpredictable, tradition-breaking, non-Saturnian lot. ;-)

Regardless, the train of thought does lead me to be curious about generational and lifestyle changes where social adaptation, collaboration, and complex negotiation come into the fore as never before, in the conscious skill set, particularly among the young.

With an emphasis on Air (however one arrives at that), business shifts emphasis from competing vertically integrated structures to distributed and lateral ones and alliances. Hmm, that might somehow tie into the reconsideration of the balance between the Jefferson vs. Hamilton economic models that you mentioned earlier.

13/10/08 9:28 AM  
Blogger jm said...

There is definitely going to be a restructuring.

Regardless, the train of thought does lead me to be curious about generational and lifestyle changes where social adaptation, collaboration, and complex negotiation come into the fore as never before, in the conscious skill set, particularly among the young.

Yes, especially since they will be coming into the legislature. The lateral formation sounds good. Whatever works will be adopted. The emergence of the intellectual-creative class is the key. The good part of having both paries and philosophies involved is the blend of the Hamilton-Jefferson models instead of one or the other which suggests your lateral structure. The Uranus-Pluto square will also involve US Saturn in Libra, with a return coming, plus progressed Mars.

13/10/08 2:49 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"The good part of having both paries and philosophies involved is the blend of the Hamilton-Jefferson models instead of one or the other which suggests your lateral structure."

Yes, so this is the beginning, the inflection point where things are re-weighed and re-balanced.

"The emergence of the intellectual-creative class is the key."

I'm looking forward to seeing what develops creatively!

"The Uranus-Pluto square will also involve US Saturn in Libra, with a return coming, plus progressed Mars."

Hmm...And I'm thinking that the period when the Moon's North Node has traversed Libra will be like a marker, a good developed snapshot. That would be by 2014-2015 or so, about two presidential terms away. Quite clearly, there will be no going back.

13/10/08 3:52 PM  
Blogger jm said...

A lot should be accomplished by then. The Saturn return is next and then Scorpio setting off Obama's MC and all of Biden's planets there.

13/10/08 4:48 PM  

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