Transits Of May/June 2011
President Obama & Birthers:
Ideology At Its Worst
Severe Storms & La Nina's Impact
Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
~ Manly P Hall; What the Ancient Wisdom Expects of Its Disciples
In a new astrological year, the world events of late continue the theme from 2010 with the inclinations of the cardinal crisis transits of the outer planets relative to our Earth.
But in order to do this require gnosis - which is to awake from the deep sleep of the world around us so we can make positive impact on the world.
For in the end, we are what we either do, or do not do.
Planets Rising In The East
For the last two months, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter have been behind the Sun as viewed from Earth.
In May, these planets emerge from the Sun's far side. The positions of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus in tropical Aries signifies the new astrological age the world has entered.
It is a time of new starts, and promises; however the month of May features inclinations that forecast slow, steady progress for people. Promises of opportunities are evident, but these opportunities are not just yet readily available.
This is clearly financial. The pressures to make money and gain some progress after three years of recession continues to frustrate people.
The month of May signifies concerns over financial realities and the economic outlook but transits ask us to proceed carefully, as haste, impulse and frustration mount from obstacles and unwillingness of others to cooperate.
Three of the four (4) lunar phases of May are "fixed" in the Signs of Taurus, Leo and Scorpio with the last phase, that of the last quarter Moon, is mutable in Pisces by May 24.
Therefore, May's inclinations tell us there is a need to navigate carefully by controlling our desires for immediate progress with prudence and patience.
Take things steady while avoiding impulsiveness, negativity and frustrations.
Changes are coming which lead to improvements, but those who continue to block advancement stubbornly remain in their positions, but not for long. The idea for May, June and July is to take things step-by-step, rather than trying to take giant leaps with empty promises.
With a little perseverance though, you can get things done. At the May 3 New Moon in Taurus, transiting Mercury's opposition to Saturn in Libra highlights problems from negative mental outlooks with people in positions of power who are unlikely to warm to new proposals.
Venus, conjoined to Mercury in Aries is also opposed to Saturn, so the feelings of frustration from delays in progress are likely during the month.
Aries desires action, however the opposition to Saturn can make people hesitant and uncomfortable about financial limitations in light of the ongoing economic recession and unemployment.
Saturn transits in the western skies, opposing the stellium of planets in Aries, so there are the 'people' against 'old leaders' who represent the past, the status quo, against the demands of the people who desire and seek the future and positive change.
Saturn's inclinations encourages 'want' and 'economy,' while highlighting 'responsibility' which can feel unwarranted, heavy and time-consuming. This often leads to frustration.
During May, Saturn's transit in Libra wanes as it sets further west against the rising of planets in the east, so what is needed is patience while searching for signs of real support.
The month of May is not the time for public relations or for trying to impress others. Social manners under these transits lean towards conservative and reserved attitudes.
Delays in progress through poor communication and lack of cooperation are contrasted against the desire for action, movement and progress. The transits of May remain energized on a transpersonal scale worldwide.
Mars is conjoined to Jupiter in Aries in early May with both planets in fire trine aspect to the North Lunar Node in Sagittarius.
There are opportunities, but these will require faith and persistence to see one's aspirations, goals and objectives achieved in the long run.
Saturn, retrograde in Libra until June 13, performs a square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn during May. The inclinations of this square features power struggles, corporate plots and the inability to cooperate.
The economic, political and business struggles are typical of Saturn-Pluto squares. Any attempt to use dishonesty to gain advantage is bound to backfire under the transits of this spring and summer, but that will not stop those ignorant of these inclinations.
Also rising with Jupiter in tropical Aries, is the planet Mars. This planet, during 2011 makes transit through the Zodiac, and will come to a close approach to the Earth in early March 2012.
Back on February 4-5, 2011, the planet Mars emerged from the far side of the Sun at 15-Aquarius.
For several days prior, Mars was 'combust' to the Sun before emerging in the cold early dawn skies of a cold month.
Our current planetary is from that 4-5 Feb 2011 conjunction of Mars and the Sun, with Mars opposed to the Earth - this is when Mars is in the same direction as the Sun from the point of view of us on Earth.
On that same day, transiting Jupiter moved north by declination, signalling the coming conjunction of Mars and Jupiter in the month of May, in tropical Aries, rising in the pre-dawn skies.
The position of Mars rising in Aries, into Taurus, then Gemini between April and early August 2011 are bound to see spikes in demonstrations, violence and military acts. By August, transiting Mars will enter Cancer, then Leo in September.
Mars will enter tropical Virgo on November 11, 2011 and will remain in tropical Virgo for seven (7) months until early July 2012.
Mars will retrograde in Virgo by January 24, 2012 and will be close to the Earth, shining a bright red-orange as the Earth will conjoin Mars between March 3-6, 2012.
Transits of June 2011
'A Need For Speed'
The New Moon arrives June 1 at 11-degrees Gemini. The Taurian inclinations transfers into June as Jupiter enters tropical Taurus on June 4.
Today, we see people texting away, using their cellphones ad infinitum while having problems talking with people face to face. Society, seemingly obsessed with the uses of social media technology produces much quantity, but often lacks quality.
Substance lacks in June as many people are off to the races with 'a need for speed' under the Gemini skies.
This is the time of year when school comes to an end and people begin to seriously make their plans for summer in the northern hemisphere.
In the month of June, the transits from Taurus into Gemini feature a transitional month of diverse movement.
June 1 will open with a partial solar eclipse at 11 degrees Gemini. These eclipses occur over the Earth's polar regions. This one is over the north pole.
The lunar eclipse can be seen over northern Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland and portions of northeastern Asia.
The path of the partial solar eclipse will begin at sunrise in Siberia and northern China at 19:25:18 Universal Time (UT.) The shadow path will travel northeast, ending at 23:06:56 UT, just north of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean.
Greatest eclipse occurs in far northwestern Russia, near Cheshskaya Bay at 21:16:11 UT at a magnitude of 0.602. This happens two hours after the eclipse begins its path from Siberia where the eclipse's magnitude of 0.601 will be visible from the Arctic coast of western Siberia.
Observers in Iceland will see a magnitude of 0.462 just before the Sun sets. sunset while northern regions of Finland, Norway and Sweden will witness a midnight solar eclipse.
Jupiter's motion continues to be rapid in May and June. Having entered Aries on January 22, by June 4 transiting Jupiter will have entered tropical Taurus.
So Jupiter has raced through tropical Aries in just four months and by early June makes ingress into Taurus.
This is an important transit for those interested. Jupiter's transit shows that there is time to make progress, but within limits since the overall tempo involves an opposition to Saturn. More on that in a bit...
By the end of August, Jupiter will station retrograde, remaining so until Christmas Day 2011, so there is a need to try to get as much accomplished by the month of August.
Jupiter's inclinations are for progress, so the months of May, June and July are the best months to get as much done as is possible before things slow down in August.
Jupiter has begun a new 11-12 year cycle in Aries, so the inclinations are for new starts in lives, careers and projects. Expansion is on the mind of many, however the overall world transits, especially Jupiter's opposition to Saturn show how barriers and obstacles continue to frustrate.
Saturn stations to direct motion June 13 at 10-Libra after being retrograde since late January.
There are air trine aspects coming to Saturn from the transits of Mercury, Venus, then Mars in June and July 2011 which are helpful to make some progress.
On June 15, there will be a rare central lunar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius.
This is where the Moon will pass in front of the center of Earth's shadow. The last time this occurred was July 2000. The next central total lunar eclipse will occur in July 2018.
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The June 15 lunar eclipse will be seen over Africa and Central Asia. The eclipse will rise visible over South America, western Africa and Europe.
The eclipse highlights international events continuing to be major news, much of it around violence and military action. The inclinations from late June into July shows a need to diplomacy and adjustments to reduce violence worldwide.
The Moon's June 15 central eclipse will be seen setting over eastern Asia.
While over western Asia, Australia and the Philippines, the Sagittarius lunar eclipse will be visible just before sunrise.
The position of Saturn transiting tropical Libra, in opposition to Jupiter in Aries, is reflective of the tension of the times.
- Red tape & obstacles
- Poor timing
- Legal problems
- Negative overall business climate
Overwork for those who have jobs are also inclined by the Jupiter-Saturn opposition as the economic recession continues in 2011.
The great majority of people out of work in the world are under the age of 51, this reflects the populations of people between the ages of 18-49 who suffer high rates of unemployment and lack of opportunities more than the baby boomer generation, all who are over the age of 58.
The situation will soon reverse itself as it becomes crystal clear that the economy cannot improve without Generation X and Generation Y getting back into the world of work.
The Jupiter-Saturn opposition helps this to happen. The last opposition of 1989-90 preceded the baby boomer becoming the new establishment in the early 1990s.
The same is about to happen for Generation X.
The transition will not be smooth because the baby boomer generation has never faced the realities of aging, but nonetheless must.
The demands of this generation to keep the status quo, or things as they are, cannot be treated seriously since time does not stand still.
The corruption, greed, hegemony, cynicism, sarcasm and rampant ideology of the present era is reflective of the inclinations of Jupiter-Saturn on those who should know better.
I remind those who would listen that in order to gain the future one must embrace it - even if this means being left behind.
For we all get older but must not break the intragenerational contract purely on selfish interest, as has already been done by the baby boomer generation.
Viewing the world transits to come in the Twenty-Tens, the baby boomers who have come to realize that their generation is now past its prime, will do better than those who want to deny it.
Have no doubt - the next two decades are for the new generational establishment and Generation X is that establishment.
Transits show that members of this new establishment should being to walk, talk and behave as the new leaders that they are.
The era just ahead call for leadership, creativity, command and practicality for society to improve and it will fall on the shoulders of Generation X to make a reality.
Still, the world opposition of Jupiter and Saturn inclines unfavorably when it comes to making significant progress in 2011, so pace yourself well going into early 2012.
We also look at the extent of Japan's nuclear crisis; at the incredible violence in Mexico and we ask, what's next with the global economy?
I had to remind them that other than the Obama's birth certificate that there was also the 1961 newspaper announcements of Obama's birth.
"Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4."
The identical birth announcement ran the following day in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper.
This is where it gets weird.
Birthers wave off those birth announcements, saying that Obama family members 48 years ago could have phoned in false information to both newspapers.
But I know from direct professional experience that such vital statistics are not sent to the newspapers by the general public, but by the Health Department and they receive birth and death information directly from hospitals.
This was common procedure. As a reporter, I would always confirm the birth announcement by calling the hospital and the health department which sent the information in the first place.
The same is done regarding obituaries, and death announcements from hospitals and coroner's departments.
Wedding and birth announcements from the public ran elsewhere in both papers and usually included information such as the newborn's name, weight and time of birth.
Anyone who has had a problem with the president's "birth" should do more soul-searching within themselves rather than projecting their bias, racism and stupidity onto others.
Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured - 600 in Tuscaloosa alone.
"And I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover and we will stand with you as you rebuild."
La Nina will continue to have impact as it wanes; as it was the mix of cold and warm air masses across the American South and Midwest produced the super cell tornado super cells to strike and La Nina fueled that.
As La Nina wanes approaching the winter season in the southern hemisphere, I expect the atmosphere to become colder than normal as chilly masses from the south pole gain intensity.
This colder atmosphere will extend to the center south region of Brazil, one of the biggest producers of arabica beans - or coffee. I expect coffee prices to rise this year and next.
Bloomberg news reported April 29 that:
The Earth's climate is always changing, always highly variable. What I like to remind people is the fact that we live in a hydrosphere with three-fourths of the world covered in water.
The configurations of the Sun, Moon and planets cause and regulate the Earth's climate. We are currently in the 30-31st year of solar-forced global warming in my astrological estimation.
There are six (6) years left of climate warming, so we are on the downward phase of global warming and heading to a new world climate cycle - global cooling - again, forced by the Sun.
- Michel Nostradamus, mundane Astrolog.S
We head south, to Mexico, where vicious drug cartels continue their lawless onslaught on society's innocent with horrid acts and shocking abuses of human rights that surely will send the perpetrators to the very depths of Hades itself in eternal punishment for all their evil and unspeakable acts.
The Cardinal Crisis
Several gang kingpins have been brought down, leading to the splintering of several of Mexico's cartels. Drug gang violence has since surged, claiming more than more than 34,600 lives.~
The cardinal transits of the planets into the early to mid-Twenty Tens shows us that unless this serious problem is solved that we haven't seen anything yet when it comes to the troubles in Mexico and Central America.
Meanwhile, cartels with access to military-grade U.S.-made weapons seem to find it easy to ambush Mexican military forces struggling to contain and then end the rampant murders.
The transpersonal world transits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto during the Twenty-Tens indicates that unless Mexico's problem is resolved within a few years that the situation will cause other nations to deal with the drug wars directly.
Saturn's coming transit in tropical Scorpio from autumn 2012 to summer 2015 is a warning of even more malefic acts to come.
This transit of Saturn in Scorpio clearly shows an intense rise in violence that could eclipse the tens of thousands of horrendous murders that have already taken place in Mexico.
- January 4, 2011 - Monterrey, Mexico: Female kidnapping suspect Gabriela Muniz, also known as 'The Redhead' was found tortured and hanging by the neck from a pedestrian overpass in Mexico's wealthiest city, Monterrey.
As Mexico's industrial and commercial hub, Monterrey had long been immune to the drug-trafficking warfare plaguing Mexico.
In 2010, as two cartels battled for dominance of Monterrey, this city also suffered the same kinds of broad-daylight shootouts, kidnappings and abuse by traffickers, who seized control of parts of the city.
The murder rate rose tenfold in just a single year - from 2009 to 2010.
- January 8, 2011 - Acapulco, Mexico: Fifteen of 25 bodies found in Acapulco decapitated: The bodies of at least 25 people, 15 of them with their heads cut off, were found in the resort city of Acapulco, authorities said.
Nancy Davis was bleeding from a head wound in the passenger seat.
But he prays for them.
Image: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images
Then they killed her brother.
Then they burned down her mother's house.
Gunmen dressed in black kidnapped Reyes' sister, sister-in-law and another brother. On Feb. 22, 2011, their bodies were discovered, shot and dumped on the side of a windswept road in Chihuahua state.
- March 7, 2011 - Thousands of people have vanished without a trace – some caught up in violence, others for no reason anyone can fathom. Relatives remain in agonized limbo.
Police, bus companies failed to act as graves filled in Tamaulipa
There were clues but nothing was done, and now at least 177 bodies have been unearthed. Demand grows for dismissing the state's elected but apparently ineffective officials.
That should have been an early clue.
Then the bodies started piling up, pulled by forensic workers from two dozen hidden graves in the scruffy brush-covered ravines around the town of San Fernando, 80 miles south of this city that borders Brownsville, Texas.
At least 177 corpses have been recovered in the last few weeks, most of them, officials now say, passengers snatched from interstate buses, tortured and slaughtered.
Women were raped before being killed, and some victims were burned alive, according to accounts from survivors who eventually overcame their fears and came forward.
The slayings have horrified a Mexican public already awash in violence and led commentators to call them "our Auschwitz" and a "Mexican genocide."
Worse yet is the realization that the killing in Tamaulipas state has been going on for months - including the brutal slayings of bus passengers - and no one, not the bus companies, nor the police, nor the officials in charge, acted to stop it.
Elida Martinez, a gray-haired woman in her 60s, was one of dozens of mothers, fathers and siblings of the missing who were waiting in the morgue here the other day to offer blood samples for DNA testing.
Two of her daughters disappeared in February, one kidnapped from the hotel in San Fernando where she worked and the other seized from her home in the middle of the night a short time later. Between them they left behind four children.
"You pray to God you won't find them here," she said. Yet the gut-wrenching uncertainty tears her apart. "You don't sleep. You can't work. You live in anguish."
After the massacre last year of 72 mostly Central American immigrants near San Fernando, the government of President Felipe Calderon promised the world, including angry Central American authorities, that justice would be done and the popular routes through northern Mexico toward the United States would be guarded.
It now appears, however, that the killings continued, and not just of immigrants but Mexican citizens and, perhaps, a handful of Americans.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 authorities said they rescued a group of 68 Mexicans and Central Americans who had been seized by gangsters from buses or from bus stations in the same area.
The motives behind the bus kidnappings remain unclear. Gangs may seize the passengers hoping to extort money from them, to forcibly recruit them or because they are searching for rivals.
The killings have galvanized an unusual if belated consensus, even among conservative commentators and politicians, that parts of Mexico have indeed been lost to criminal gangs such as the Zetas and the Gulf cartel that control (and are battling each other to dominate) the northeast.
What does it mean, they ask, when the federal government cannot keep the nation's highways safe from brazen predators?
Even worse is the near-certainty that the police who are meant to be protectors have been involved.
Among the more than 50 people arrested in connection with the latest killings are 17 local police officers accused of providing protection to the cartel gunmen believed responsible.
There is growing demand for a new government strategy and that the national Senate take the highly unusual step of dismissing the state's elected but apparently ineffective officials, a move that would also involve Calderon suspending civil rights in the region.
"If Tamaulipas is not a failed state, or a narco-state, it sure looks like one," political analyst Alfonso Zarate said. "The institutional powers are incapable of upholding the law."
Calderon has steadfastly resisted that characterization.
The top official in Tamaulipas is something of an accidental governor. Egidio Torre Cantu was elected last year, standing in at the last minute after his brother, a shoo-in for the job, was assassinated by a drug gang.
"We are prisoners in towns that we cannot leave," said Mario Alberto Alejandro, 43, who came to the morgue looking for his brother, Rigoberto, a U.S. citizen who vanished Feb. 23 on the road to Matamoros. "In whose hands are we?"
Alejandro echoed other families in saying authorities were giving them the runaround, sending relatives from the morgue to one government office after another and even in some cases to Mexico City, where most of the bodies have been taken, in part because the Matamoros morgue was full.
Alejandro said his brother Rigoberto has lived for 13 years in Texas, where he works as a forklift operator. He was in Tamaulipas to visit family, a trip he makes often.
"He never thought it would be this dangerous," Alejandro said. "There is no security."
So many families have shown up at the Matamoros morgue that locals set up a tent with chairs and a table offering coffee and water. Doors have been plastered with dozens of pictures of missing people.
Francisco Garcia's nephew Jose was on his way to Chicago from central Mexico when last heard from in early March. He was traveling with two friends, who are also missing, and all were going to join family in the U.S.
"We have not received any information, no phone call asking for ransom, nothing," said Garcia, a farmer. Too terrified to travel to Matamoros, Garcia was among scores of people who instead went to the morgue in Mexico City.
"Jose is just gone."
The Times reported in early March that several thousand people have disappeared since Calderon launched the crackdown on drug gangs in December 2006.
Most vanished without a trace. Families nurse the hope that their loved ones were taken as forced laborers on marijuana farms or in meth labs.
But the mass graves, here in Tamaulipas and in other parts of the country, are slowly destroying those hopes. At least 58 bodies were recovered last week from clandestine graves in Durango state.
The main bus companies that run through Tamaulipas have altered their schedules and eliminated nighttime trips through San Fernando. But they have not spoken publicly about the killings.
One manager, speaking through a representative but insisting on anonymity, confirmed the existence of unclaimed suitcases but would not discuss why authorities were not informed about them.
"Maybe it's fear, or they didn't want to lose the business," said Jose Javier Saldana, a regional human rights official. "Maybe the drivers didn't report it up the chain [of management], either."
Although some of the families said the bus companies' failure to sound the alarm was unconscionable, most put the blame on authorities. Several families said authorities tried to pressure them not to speak to reporters.
Furthermore, officials in three central states, Guanajuato, Queretaro and San Luis Potosi, say they have been asking the Tamaulipas government about numerous missing citizens as far back as 2009.
In the San Fernando case, in addition to the police officers, the arrested include Martin Omar Estrada, a.k.a. "El Kilo," whom authorities describe as a ringleader responsible for the latest dead as well as last summer's migrant massacre.
If true, that means Estrada, who was arrested this month, and his gang continued to operate with impunity for months.
Calderon recently promised to take back Tamaulipas and flood the zone with troops. It was virtually the same promise he made five months ago.
The pool is believed to have been damaged, leading to loss of cooling water and partial exposure of the fuel rods.
There are clearly no easy long term solutions.
"The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it had found radioactive iodine at 7.5 million times the legal limit in a seawater sample taken near the facility, and government officials imposed a new health limit for radioactivity in fish.
The reading of iodine-131 was recorded Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. Another sample taken Monday found the level to be 5 million times the legal limit.
The Monday samples also were found to contain radioactive cesium at 1.1 million times the legal limit."
Regarding the release of radiation contaminated water into the ocean from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, the South Korean government conveyed its worries to Japan's Foreign Ministry through its Embassy in Japan at night of April 4 [when TEPCO started dumping], that "this may cause problems in international law."
Seafood is likely to be the most affected.
The Japanese authorities are still saying this is safe, although they have imposed new standards:
The plant operator insisted that the radiation will rapidly disperse and that it poses no immediate danger, but an expert said exposure to the highly concentrated levels near the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could cause immediate injury and that the leaks could result in residual contamination of the sea in the area.
The new levels coupled with reports that radiation was building up in fish led the government to create an acceptable radiation standard for fish for the first time, and officials said it could change depending on circumstances.
Some fish caught on Friday off Japan's coastal waters would have exceeded the new limit.Nuclear analyst Arnie Gundersen more recently identifies Unit 2 as the reactor of most concern. There is a combination of temperature above boiling point and no additional pressure inside the reactor.
The implication is that Unit 2 is not currently water cooled and likely contains hot air or hydrogen instead.
There is also not pressure in the containment system at Unit 2.
A containment breach in the bottom of Unit 2 would be consistent with these observations.
Unit 1 has both high temperature and elevated pressure inside the reactor, indicating perhaps a water/steam combination. Unit 3 has low pressure and a temperature at boiling point, indicating relative stability.
Both these units have somewhat elevated pressure inside the containment structures.
Operators at Fukushima have sent robots (see two photos below) into the damaged units to assess the radiation currently present:
The data released by TEPCO for Units 1 and 3 are translated as follows:
Reactor Unit 1 building:
Date and time: 4:40PM to 5:30PM, April 17, 2011
Radiation (1st floor, through the north door): 10 to 49 milli-sievert/hr
Reactor Unit 3 building:
Date and time: 11:30AM to 1:30PM, April 17, 2011
Radiation: 28 to 57 milli-sievert/hr.
According to TEPCO, there were a lot of debris inside the Reactor 3 building, and the robots had a hard time moving forward and didn't go much beyond the door.
Part of the reason why they had the robots enter through the north door was because of the high radiation level at the south door.
On April 16, the radiation level at the south door to the Reactor 1 building was measured at 270 milli-sievert/hr.
The distance between the north door and the south door is about 30 meters, according to TEPCO. The radiation right outside the north door was also measured on April 16, and it was 20 milli-sievert/hr.
Apparently, the Unit 2 building was too steamy for the robots to record readings. This is also the location where readings are most urgently needed.
Official Japanese radiation data have shown some disturbing values over the last couple of weeks. See for instance this screen shot for Unit 1 taken April 9th:
On April 17th the same site had the following radiation levels recorded for units 1-3:
Dry Well: 121.4 Sv/hr
Suppression chamber: 97.5 Sv/hr
Dry Well: N/A
Suppression Chamber: 131 Sv/hr
Dry Well: 253.2 Sv/hr
Suppression Chamber: 103.9 Sv/hr
A single dose of about 5Sv would be fatal in about 50% of cases according to the IAEA.
The allowable emergency dose for nuclear workers has been climbing recently.
It was originally 100 mSv/yr, was raised to 250 mSv/yr and is now to be raised again, likely to 500mSv/yr.
Translated from Nihon Television News 24 on April 18, 2011:
"The radiation exposure limit for workers at nuclear power plants is 100 milli-sievert/year, but the limit has been raised to 250 milli-sievert/year to deal with the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident.
According to the government sources, the higher limit is being considered because it is getting increasingly difficult to have enough workers to work on the plant.
Also, the radiation inside the Reactor buildings is high, and the annual limit of 250 milli-sieverts may not be high enough to achieve the goals laid out by the TEPCO road map.
The international standard allows 500 milli-sievert/year in an emergency work, but it hasn't been decided how high the new limit will be.
The government will carefully assess the timing of announcement, keeping in consideration the health concerns of the workers and the public opinion."
It continues to be difficult to secure skilled and experienced workers at Fukushima, likely because they know what happened to their counterparts at Chernobyl.
In my view the Japanese government is being far too sanguine about the risks in the neighborhood of the stricken plant, while risks far from the plant are often overstated.
The evacuation zone may be extended in light of continuing aftershocks, but probably not by enough, for logistical reasons:
One reason for the reluctance of the Japanese government to widen the evacuation from 20km to 40 km is because it will need to relocate another 130,000 people from the affected zone on top of the 70,000 people who are already evacuated from the 20km zone.
So where are they going to resettle this 200,000 people as they can never return to their homes for the next few hundred years.
If the evacuation zone be enlarged to 80 km as recommended by the IAEA, it is estimated that they need to evacuate another 1.8 million people or making the total of 2 million residents out from the danger zone.
Where are they going to put those 2 million refugees?
Another reason for the reluctance to widen the evacuation zone is due to logistics.
The Tohoku expressway is a national expressway in Japan and links Tohoku region in the northernmost region in the Honshu Island with the Kanto region and Greater Tokyo.
So if the government decided to entomb the Fukushima reactors, it will need to cordoned off an area with a radius of 50km from Fukushima.
Hence the cost of not being able to move people and goods from Tokyo to Northern Honshu will be staggering.
Moreover it will also prohibit traveling using train services as the main train track passes through the region in Sendai-Fukushima-Iwate and runs parallel to the coast.
The risk of further adverse events at the unstable plant will remain high for months, if not years, to come, and the reactors at Onagawa and Fukushima II may also be vulnerable.
Many other locations should urgently review their safety standards and design-basis accident scenarios in light of the catastrophe that is unfolding in Japan.
One of the major problems associated with planetary transits are that often, people and policymakers make things worse by clinging to outworn and outdated views and methodologies, which often emerge in the world through dysfunction and neglect.
We can observe this in North Africa, where geopolitics plays out inclined by the cardinal crisis transits.
Since January 2011, the world has witnessed massive uprisings in Bahrain, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
The uprisings signify the inability of one generation to step aside from the halls of power in their failure to feed, shelter and provide jobs to younger generations who say they want to direct their own future.
The new cycle of Uranus in Aries has ended the last vestiges of the old order of the late 20th century, but many of the oligarcy and outgoing establishment continue to refuse to accept their failures over the last 42 years.
Nonetheless, as Uranus moves closer within orb of its first series of cardinal world squares to Pluto in Capricorn, we can expect to witness ever more battles between the 'old' and the 'new' - with the 'new' being young people who are killed simply for demanding the right to determine their own futures.
We go to Syria, another North African nation inclined powerfully by world transits.
Syrian Security Forces Kill Their Own Civilians In Bloody Crackdown
By Bassen Mroue & Diaa Hadid
As he spoke on the phone, gunfire popped in the background.
"We are waiting to find another place to bury them."
Snipers also targeted water tanks on rooftops in Daraa — the last source of clean water for many desperate residents of the parched region of 300,000 people, Abdullah said.
Soldiers at sandbagged checkpoints also held men deemed suspicious. Phone service was cut off, a resident said.
Security was heavy, with agents at checkpoints asking people for their identity cards.
A distressed man prays for the life of his wounded brother in Syria
No reason was given for the closure, and three doctors there were detained, the resident said.
U.S. officials said Washington has begun drawing up targeted sanctions against him, his family and his inner circle to boost pressure on them to halt the repression.
The U.N. says they will discuss Syria.
Sarkozy said the current situation was "unacceptable."
Turkey's ambassador met Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar to express "deep concern and sorrow" over the many lives lost, the prime minister's office and the Turkish media reported.
He also said that figure did not include those killed in the raids on Daraa and the Damascus suburb of Douma.
Last week, Assad fulfilled a key demand by abolishing nearly 50-year-old emergency laws that had given the regime a free hand to arrest people without cause.
Image: Misam Saleh, AFP/Getty Images
by Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
The 35th parallel north is a circle of latitude located 35 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane beginning at the Prime Meridian.
It includes the same countries in North Africa at this latitude experiencing major accidents, violence and uprisings - among them:
Overall, the cardinal crisis transits ensures that the transition from the era of the late 20th century into the early 21st century will take wisdom and careful navigation to avoid the historic mistakes of the past.
And yes, the blame can be placed on both generations. They screwed up - big time - and cannot expect to be rewarded for their neglect and failure, nor should they.
Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun once.
The erratic orbit of Pluto has the planet spending 32 years in one Zodiacal Sign: Taurus; yet Pluto spends 12 to 14 years in the signs of Libra and Scorpio.
A generation is the aggregate total of all persons, born over roughly the span of a phase of life, who share a common location in history and common collective persona.
So all generations surely feel the same historical urgency individuals feel in their personal lives. This dynamic of aging and dying enables society to replenish its memory so as to evolve over time.
Every time a younger generation replaces an older generation, the societal life cycle changes and becomes something new and this fundamentally changes the behavior, outlook and mood of the entire society.
People ask me what is the future?
So, if you are out work and under the age of 50, then believe it or not, you are in the best possible position you can be in.
Yes, a surprising comment. How, with double-digit unemployment and anemic economic news, just how can this be good news?
The new era we've emerged into may not be yet apparent to everyone, but will be in a few short years.
The transits of the outer planets show that the corruption, greed, lies and rampant theft of trillions in money and resources must be seen in light of the forced austerity and revolts against it that follows.
How the generational transition plays out by the passage of time, will also depend on the ability of the incoming establishment of Generation X to break free of the ignorance and blind adherence to materialism and back to the principles and truths of the Founding Fathers which are not bent by mere opinion, ideology, nor the thirst for power.
For we know that absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
The Cardinal Crisis
Concentrated Wealth In The Hands Of A Few?
Wealth, Income and Power
By G. William Domhoff
|Total Net Worth|
|Top 1 percent||Next 19 percent||Bottom 80 percent|
|Top 1 percent||Next 19 percent||Bottom 80 percent|
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In terms of types of financial wealth, the top one percent of households have 38.3% of all privately held stock, 60.6% of financial securities, and 62.4% of business equity.
The top 10% have 80% to 90% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and over 75% of non-home real estate.
Since financial wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets, we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America.
Table 2: Wealth distribution by type of asset, 2007
|Top 1 percent||Next 9 percent||Bottom 90 percent|
|Stocks and mutual funds||38.3%||42.9%||18.8%|
|Non-home real estate||28.3%||48.6%||23.1%|
|TOTAL investment assets||49.7%||38.1%||12.2%|
|Housing, Liquid Assets, Pension Assets, and Debt|
|Top 1 percent||Next 9 percent||Bottom 90 percent|
|TOTAL other assets||12.0%||33.8%||54.2%|
|From Wolff (2010)|
Figure 2a: Wealth distribution by type of asset, 2007:
Figure 2b: Wealth distribution by type of asset, 2007:
Inheritance and Estate taxes
Home ownership & wealth
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Do Americans know their country's wealth distribution?
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Note: In the "Actual" line, the bottom two quintiles are not visible because the lowest quintile owns just 0.1% of all wealth, and the second-lowest quintile owns 0.2%.
|Source: Norton & Ariely, 2010. David Cay Johnston, a retired tax reporter for the New York Times, published an excellent summary of Norton & Ariely's findings (Johnston, 2010b; you can download the article from Johnston's Web site).|
Table 3 - Share of wealth held by the Bottom 99% and Top 1% in the
|Bottom 99 percent||Top 1 percent|
Source: 1922-1989 data from Wolff (1996).
1992-2007 data from Wolff (2010).
Figure 5 -
Share of wealth held by the Bottom 99% and Top 1% in the
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The Rest of the World
Table 4: Percentage of wealth held in 2000 by the Top 10% of the adult population
by top 10%
The Relationship Between Wealth and Power
Table 5a: Concentration of stock ownership in the
|Percent of all stock owned:|
|Table 5b: Amount of stock owned by various wealth classes in the |
|Percent of households owning stocks worth:|
|Wealth class||$0 (no stocks)||$1-$10,000||More than $10,000|
|Both tables' data from Wolff (2007 & 2010). Includes direct ownership of stock shares and indirect ownership through mutual funds, trusts, and IRAs, Keogh plans, 401(k) plans, and other retirement accounts. All figures are in 2007 dollars.|
|Top 1 percent||Next 19 percent||Bottom 80 percent|
|Source: Wolff (2010).|
Do Taxes Redistribute Income?
We also can look at this information on income and taxes in another way by asking what percentage of all taxes various income levels pay. (This is not the same as the previous question, which asked what percentage of their incomes went to taxes for people at various income levels.)
And the answer to this new question can be found in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Share of all income earned and all taxes paid, by quintile
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Income inequality in other countries
Table 7: Income equality in selected countries
|Country/Overall Rank||Gini Coefficient|
|43. United Kingdom||34.0|
|93. United States||45.0|
|133. South Africa||65.0|
|Note: These figures reflect family/household income, not individual income.|
Impact of "transfer payments"
Table 8: Re-distributive effect of taxes and transfer payments
|Income definition||Gini index|
|Before taxes and transfers||0.5116|
|After taxes, before transfers||0.4774|
|After taxes and transfers||0.4284|
|Source: Congressional Research Service, adapted from Hungerford (2009)|
Income Ratios and Power: Executives vs. Laborers
Figure 8: CEOs' pay as a multiple of the average
It's even more revealing to compare the actual rates of increase of the salaries of CEOs and ordinary workers; from 1990 to 2005, CEOs' pay increased almost 300% (adjusted for inflation), while production workers gained a scant 4.3%.
The purchasing power of the federal minimum wage actually declined by 9.3%, when inflation is taken into account.
These startling results are illustrated in Figure 9.
Figure 9: CEOs' average pay, production workers' average pay, the
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The compensation committee [of the board of directors] talks to an outside consultant who has surveys you could drive a truck through and pay anything you want to pay, to be perfectly honest.
The outside consultant talks to the human resources vice president, who talks to the CEO. The CEO says what he'd like to receive.
It gets to the human resources person who tells the outside consultant. And it pretty well works out that the CEO gets what he's implied he thinks he deserves, so he will be respected by his peers.
The board of directors buys into what the CEO asks for because the outside consultant is an "expert" on such matters.
Furthermore, handing out only modest salary increases might give the wrong impression about how highly the board values the CEO.
And if someone on the board should object, there are the three or four CEOs from other companies who will make sure it happens. It is a process with a built-in escalator.
As for why the consultants go along with this scam, they know which side their bread is buttered on. They realize the CEO has a big say-so on whether or not they are hired again.
So they suggest a package of salaries, stock options and other goodies that they think will please the CEO, and they, too, get rich in the process. And certainly the top executives just below the CEO don't mind hearing about the boss's raise.
They know it will mean pay increases for them, too. (For an excellent detailed article on the main consulting firm that helps CEOs and other corporate executives raise their pay, check out the New York Times article entitled"America's Corporate Pay Pal", which supports everything Woolard of DuPont claims and adds new information.)