Friday, May 20, 2016

Mutable Madness!


The Sun slipped into Gemini this morning and immediately we move to a Full Moon conjunct Mars retrograde tonight.

(The Full Moon is exact tomorrow, May 21, at 3:14 p.m. CST at 1 degree Sagittarius.)

This is the first of two Full Moons in Sagittarius - one at 1 degree on May 21, one at 29 degrees on June 20 - that will illuminate the wisdom (or the folly) of our actions, goals, and trajectories up to this point.

These book-end Sagittarius Full Moons ripen the faith, the understanding, and the sage wisdom we've been gathering - sometimes via the School of Hard Knocks - since Saturn first entered Sagittarius in December 2014. Under these Full Moons, we will have opportunities to apply what we now know, producing preferred outcomes even as our emotional cups runneth over...

The Sun moved into the mutable sign of the twins just ahead of ruling planet Mercury stationing direct at 14 degrees Taurus on May 22 (7:20 a.m.), as well.

This indicates some relieving "completion energy" for this Full Moon weekend and that, as of the start of the upcoming week, the show is officially on the road.

We've gained some new perspective and accomplished a whole lot under Grand Earth Trine aspects this spring that involved stationing Jupiter in Virgo as well as the North Node in Virgo.

Let's just put it this way: with Jupiter stationing direct in Virgo May 9, there was a lot (Jupiter) of work to do (Virgo). Add the personal planets transiting work horse Taurus, and spring 2016 has been a bit of an endurance test to complete all the things we had to complete.

For all intents and purposes, though, as the Sun moves into social butterfly Gemini, as we experience the first of two Sagittarius Full Moons, and as communication planet Mercury goes direct, we've accomplished much of what we needed to accomplish - via sustained effort, endurance, stubbornness, and maybe even a touch of brute force.

Now, as the Sun gets settled in Gemini (conjunct asteroid Vesta) and we experience the Mercury direct station, the circulation, communication, and connection wheels are being greased. Necessary information and perspective are rolling in. Mental tensions start to ease a little as we move through the last stretch of May. The things that have been stuck, fixed, cemented onto our minds during the Mercury retrograde through Taurus (April 28 - May 22) start to shift, ease, dissipate, spread out a little. As Mercury picks up speed, these seemingly fixed mental stresses start to resolve themselves, and we start to reap the rewards of our long haul through the sign of the farmer.

At times this spring, we may not have felt we could do it on our own. But we did. We persevered. And now we find ourselves on a new - or at least a more secure - foundation.

The Sun's ingress of Gemini, followed almost immediately by the Full Moon in Sagittarius, also throws us head-long into a highly mutable (changeable, transitional, fluid) span of time.

The Gemini Sun leads the charge - with Venus and Mercury following - into mutable Grand Cross formations that will be very active throughout the month of June.

These mutable Grand Cross formations will involve the Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Gemini, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. The bodies form four squares or two oppositions - a cross - in the mutable signs.

This combination of bodies and themes indicates that some divinely-inspired change or transition is afoot. There is some fairly grand movement coming - even in areas we had feared were lost causes.

We must stay flexible, adaptable, and cheerful as we move through this busy and transitional month of June. Like water rolling off a duck's back...

With Jupiter and the North Node transiting Virgo, we must continue with clean-up duty. We must continue rolling up our sleeves and setting things right. We must continue to create order and simplicity and health and function, no matter how many monkey wrenches the universe throws our way, no matter how many slack-asses we come across who choose, instead, to slough things off.

With Virgo, there is a right way to do things. There may be many right ways to do a thing, this is true, but there are ways that are right and proper, and there are ways that are...less than that. We aren't looking for utter perfection. (Where does that truly exist on this wacky planet?) But we are looking for correct, proper, simplified, streamlined, sensible. This is what keeps us grounded as we move through the "mutable madness."

Under these mutable Grand Cross formations, if we've worked diligently - and continue to do so - we may very well see solid progress toward some of our most precious hopes and dreams. With Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, work is key, though. This doesn't just fall in our laps. Don't let up, don't slack off, don't let things slide - no matter how hard the Pisces South Node conjunct wounded healer Chiron is trying to pull you into the helpless chaos abyss.

Yes, there will be some siren songs, some illusions, some blind spots, and some dead ends nipping at us, tempting us to go in the wrong direction, tempting us to just give up.

With this much mutable energy in the astro atmosphere, there is a possibility of chaos, confusion, ineffectiveness, and the dissipation of physical and mental energy.

But we can outsmart it all.

We must tame these energies, riding the waves successfully as we continue to move toward our cherished goals.

Keep rocking it, keep clearing it, keep streamlining and purifying it. Keep working hard, and these aspects can carry us into some very interesting and inspiring connections as we head into summer in the northern hemisphere.

The connections we make and the networking we do this Gemini season and throughout the month of June will be "of the spirit" in many ways. Connections made, conversations engaged in, and perspectives shared can validate our faith, bringing us back to the inspiring and loving bigger picture for our own lives and for the planet at large.

Phew. We needed that.

There is certainly some stress possible with all these mutable oppositions and squares. There is some pressure here. There are some moments of being a little flustered, a little overwhelmed, maybe with too many possibilities that we must filter through and pare down.

Our faith and our spiritual perspectives may be tested here - perhaps on all sides. We may have moments when our heart drops, when it seems silly to have had faith in the good in people, in things, or in this planet at all.

These are temporary stresses, though, indicated by these transitory squares and oppositions. Stay fluid and move through it. Don't get stuck seeing things through the desolate, heart-hollowing lens of the now-dissolving astrological Piscean era.

No matter what the circumstances, there is inspiration to be had on the path that is now laid before us.

Love, relationship, money, and aesthetics planet Venus enters Gemini on May 24 (3:44 a.m.) just as Jupiter in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius for the final time (exact May 26 at 6:28 a.m.). We're officially on the move in one way or another - and maybe in many ways all at the same time!

Both the Sun and Venus in Gemini will activate the mutable Grand Cross (with Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune) from June 1 - 4 as we move to a New Moon at 14 degrees Gemini on June 4 (9:00 p.m.).

The Gemini New Moon is followed by the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction at 16 degrees Gemini on June 6 (3:49 p.m.).

This conjunction of the Sun and Venus picks up some beautiful threads that began under the Venus Transits of June 2012 and June 2004. The historic Venus Transits were an especially close alignment of the Sun, Venus, and Earth whereby Venus could be seen transiting across the face of the Sun during the Sun-Venus interior conjunctions.

The Venus Transits of 2004 and 2012 occurred in mid-Gemini, which is the same area of the zodiac where the Sun and Venus will conjoin on June 6, 2016.

So again, beautiful threads are being picked up, fortuitous connections are being made, and things are being drawn together in simply magical ways, often related to the events and experiences of those Venus Transits.

To illustrate: it was under the Venus Transit of June 2004 that I first became fully immersed in the study of astrology. That immersion has certainly not let up much to this day, but I can say that I was first brought into the study and practise of astrology in an epic way, body, mind, and spirit, at that time as Venus in Gemini traversed the face of the Sun. I remember that day, and I even remember having the particular realization that a major change had just occurred for me regarding astrology under the influence of the Venus Transit. I was being communicated with by the universe at that time, and I was also learning how to communicate via the language of astrology. An entirely new intellectual framework opened to me under that Venus Transit. All Gemini themes.

During the Venus Transit of 2012, building on the themes and connecting the threads that began in 2004, I was fortunate enough to visit California thanks to a very generous offer by a fabulous lady (and reader of WWA) who lives there by the sea. Other than short trips across the border to North Dakota, that was my very first trip out of Canada. On that same trip, I met fellow astrologer Matt Savinar in person and appeared on his radio show. The show was recorded for YouTube, making it my first YouTube foray. Matt and I also organized a little get together with other local astrologers at a nearby restaurant. So that Venus Transit certainly opened up some major avenues related to short trips, communication, media, and networking (Gemini), building on the themes initiated during the 2004 Venus Transit.

Now, as the Sun and Venus move to their exterior conjunction in mid-Gemini on June 6, we have the release of the third issue of Matt Savinar's Hexagon Astrology Magazine (June 8), a magazine that has drawn a number of astrological perspectives - and astrologers - together in new and potent ways.

Publications like Hexagon are information-based, Gemini-related endeavours, and there is something quite momentous-feeling about this third issue being released under the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction in Gemini. Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac and rules the third house (communication, interaction, networks, local society). With the release of this third issue, Hexagon has officially established a new astrological society along with a new network of astrology-related connections and interactions. This is no small feat, as astrology is often quite a solitary endeavour.

Hexagon has quite literally changed astrological discourse forever, bringing together astrological writing and astrological voices that are generally considered "niche" or outside the astrological establishment, giving them a broader platform and reach. Very influential.

The influence of Sun-Venus in Gemini in mutable Grand Cross formation at the time of its release indicates that this issue of Hexagon may very well be a conduit for the divinely-inspired connections and networking I wrote about earlier. Your anarchist astro-reporter has two articles appearing in this issue of Hexagon, one on the astrology of the punk movement and one on iatrogenic (doctor-caused) illnesses, Big Pharma, and the development of the Plutonic Sociological Imagination (PSI).

Things don't always happen in such textbook ways, but check back to what was going on in your life in June 2004 and June 2012 to get the flavour of the current Sun-Venus conjunction in Gemini on June 6, 2016. As this conjunction takes place within mutable Grand Cross formation, there is something fairly major being activated. Threads are being drawn together, connections are being made, and ideas are being communicated that have quite a massive scope. This formation draws in our faith and our hopes and dreams, as well as the sustained hard work we have put in thus far.

Winged messenger planet Mercury will enter its own sign of Gemini on June 12, activating the mutable Grand Cross yet again at solstice, from June 20 - 22. Saturn Rx in Sagittarius will also be square Neptune in Pisces at that time (exact June 17 at 12 degrees). This Mercury activation occurs as the Moon grows full on the anaretic (29th) degree of Sagittarius June 20, making for a very potent solstice time.

We can expect a very busy period of time June 20 - 22 when those lovely Venusian threads are picked up and activated yet again by Mercury, providing new context, new interactions, and perhaps new societies in which to participate. Short trips and circulation within our local societies and neighbourhoods will be potent. Attending or throwing a solstice party/bonfire may prove fruitful on the networking front.

There is some very necessary cross-flow coming around solstice time as Mercury in Gemini activates the mutable Grand Cross, a new co-mingling and interplay of perspectives and information.

And all this requires a little adjustment on our parts - maybe a lot of adjustment.

Again, some degree of mental stress is to be expected (though not guaranteed). Too many options, too many choices, too many irons in the fire, perhaps. Keep participating in the creation of order (Virgo North Node). Keep working your way through it.

We find new personal context within our societies via this Mercurial activation at solstice, learning new angles and picking up new perspective about our places in the world so that we can define these places and live them precisely. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WWA Article Featured on the Aloe Cadabra Blog

My recent article, "Saturn in Sagittarius, Dispositor Jupiter in Virgo, and Puncturing Corporate Spin on GMOs" has been featured in its entirety on the Aloe Cadabra blog. (Yep, they even included "corporate dicks.")

Organic lube ftw!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

GMO Labeling is Not Fully Effective: Puncturing Corporate (and Activist) Spin on GMOs

Photo: Saskatchewanian

Taurus season is still in full swing with the Sun, Mercury Rx, and Venus currently in a woolly bully conjunction. Asteroid Vesta is also in late Taurus at this time. As we open out of the Taurus New Moon May 6 (16 degrees) and into the following 28-day lunar cycle, farming, ranching, agriculture, and food issues are highly pertinent.

These issues are certain to heat up even more as Ceres, the dwarf planet associated with agriculture, grains, and the fertility of the Earth, transits warrior sign Aries until July 17, triggering the Uranus-Pluto square.

Ceres in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn on May 31 at 17 degrees of the signs. It then moves to a conjunction to Uranus at 23 degrees Aries on June 23. This creates a very potent window of time between late May and late June that involves battles (Aries) around food and agriculture (Ceres), especially as they relate to biotechnology, chemicals, and the bloated institutional spin coming from both corporations/governments and pseudo-alternative scenes like some of the big anti-GMO and organic organizations.

As a complement to my recent article, I've done a YouTube video explaining why the unintentional and unknowing contamination by genetically modified crops - especially alfalfa - has made GMO labeling only partially effective, if not almost entirely null and void:



YouTube Video: GMO Labeling is Not Fully Effective: Puncturing Corporate (and Activist) Spin on GMOs 



This video includes information about the real situation. It is the potent truth - a truth that much of the organics industry and many of the big anti-GMO organizations are not fully admitting or working with in their own messages.

Despite the rhetoric, labeling foods produced with genetically modified organisms is not fully effective. Foods can be labeled non-GMO while still including genetically modified material. The video outlines how this is happening.

The message I'm putting out has been shunted aside and sloughed off by major farming groups, government officials, and anti-GMO organizations in Canada for years now. I have been ignored by newsrooms across this country. I have had a person held up as a leader for anti-GMO discourse in Canada attempt to censor my message, telling me not to use the term "Franken-hay" because her group didn't like it. At the time that I spoke with this woman three+ years ago, she did not understand what alfalfa really was, believing it was only alfalfa sprouts, and said she had a hard time explaining to the public why they should care. This was a woman considered by many to be one of the leading voices of opposition to GMOs in Canada! After I sent her my own Stop GM Alfalfa literature, she co-opted the information and then offered a watered-down version - and a watered-down response - from her own substantial platform.

Most recently, a major Canadian anti-GMO Facebook group removed the link I posted to this video.

I share these delightful anecdotes to illustrate the ineffectiveness of the "people behind the curtains" at many of the large anti-GMO organizations.

The reality of the matter is: these groups are most often not putting the full truth out to the public. Major anti-GMO organizations have dropped the ball on GM alfalfa, and they continue to drop the ball. They are far too late to the game and continue to put forth a much weaker effort on the subject than they should, especially considering their substantial platforms and public followings. These institutions are not our leaders. Instead, they stifle, censor, and attempt to control grassroots activists like me who do not come under their umbrella. 

As long-term readers here know, I've been writing about genetically modified alfalfa and doing extensive independent activist work since it first came onto my radar screen in 2011 (writing articles for other publications and newspapers as well as for my own blog, multiple letters-to-the-editor campaigns in newspapers across Canada, writing and distributing literature, creating and distributing bumper stickers, old school protesting with poster board signs on my body, contacting provincial and federal governments, contacting newsrooms across the country, etc.). You can read past WWA articles on GM alfalfa here.

Two thousand eleven was the year genetically modified alfalfa was first approved unconditionally in the United States, amidst huge opposition.

A study done on GM alfalfa by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2005 found substantial contamination of the natural alfalfa crop by transgenic varieties. "The study surveyed 4,580 fields in California, Idaho, and Washington state where conventional alfalfa seed was being grown. About 10 per cent of fields had feral or rogue varieties, and in 27 per cent of those cases, the rogue varieties were transgenic." Source: "GM Alfalfa May Already Be in Alberta" by Alexis Kienlen and Glenn Cheater.

Despite those findings, the USDA approved GM alfalfa unconditionally in 2011. The results of that study - showing the obvious danger posed by the spread of GM alfalfa - were just released to the public in late 2015.

Frighteningly, when the study was done in 2005, only 1% of alfalfa acres in the United States were genetically modified. Today, 30% of U.S. alfalfa acres are (knowingly) genetically modified.

The only logical conclusion at this point, eleven years later, is that cross-contamination of the natural alfalfa crop in the U.S. is widespread. And as a foundation stone of the organic agriculture system, this means that organic food products produced using alfalfa cannot be guaranteed GMO-free. As alfalfa is used as livestock feed and as fertilizer for fields, this touches many, many food products.

In Canada, GM alfalfa has not been approved for commercial sale. However, it has been planted in test plots in Ontario and Quebec since at least 2014. This ensures that GM alfalfa has been released into the natural crop in Canada to at least a certain extent.

In fact, in 2012, before GM alfalfa was even being planted on Canadian soil, an Alberta farmer discovered that his alfalfa seed had been contaminated by a GM variety. The farmer applied Roundup to a failed alfalfa crop in order to kill it, discovering that about 100 plants survived the application of the potent chemical herbicide. Those plants had been genetically modified to withstand Roundup. So although the farmer did not knowingly or willingly order, purchase, or sow GM alfalfa seed, he got it anyway. One would have to be highly naive to believe that this contamination was an isolated event. Source: "GM Alfalfa May Already Be in Alberta" by Alexis Kienlen and Glenn Cheater.

This echoes the case of Percy Schmeiser, the Saskatchewan farmer who spent years battling Monsanto in court. The corporation sued Schmeiser after its GM canola plants were found contaminating his organic crop in much the same way as the GM alfalfa was discovered in Alberta.

Please educate yourselves, and speak your own message and your own mind - on any subject, not just on GMOs. Do not look to paid, institutional activists to speak for you. Do not give up your own responsibility on these issues, believing these organizations "have it covered."

From what I have seen, they do not.

From a previous article in April 2013:

"Anti-GM alfalfa rallies were held across Canada on April 9, spearheaded by the National Farmers Union and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

These rallies got the issue of GM alfalfa on the public map to a certain extent, but only for a split second. Only for a minute-long news story or via a weak, poorly-researched newspaper article.

The cross-Canada rallies were a failure as far as making GM alfalfa an issue for all citizens, rather than strictly a "farm issue." They were a failure as far as catalyzing new leadership and providing a platform for new voices and new information within the anti-GMO movement.

The issue of genetic modification of our food is being funneled, in Canada, through an establishment-template communications framework called CBAN or the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

Under this framework, information is carefully controlled to include only the least incendiary and most widely-palatable bits. Instead of a diverse group of well-educated people speaking out on this issue across the country, media are directed to a single communications person or a small handful of carefully-vetted farmers whose livelihoods are directly affected.

...We need many voices, many perspectives being heard publicly through media. Making the issue broader, hitting people at the fridge and at the fork, is a necessity.

But what we have is a single lobbyist and a handful of farmers sending the same messages over and over again through media. These messages do not make the leap. They don't make the necessary connections among alfalfa, hay, animals, fertilizer, soil, farmers, food, supermarkets, and citizens cooking and eating their daily meals. They do not facilitate the cross-over we need as far as catalyzing the entire eating public on this issue...

We need leadership and bold, immediate, new direction in the fight against genetic contamination of our food supply, but much of this is coming from the same templates and structures we are attempting to change. Much of it plays by the rules of establishment structures.

The old protest techniques and the standard channels for protest aren't going to get the job done now. We need to go beyond them, to complement them, as well as revamp and reinvigorate them.

The vast majority of people on this planet opposes the insidious genetic modification that is going on with our food, but those voices are not gaining the traction they need. We're butting up against politically-charged and often tongue-tied communications structures - outdated, corporate, and hierarchical.

This will not do, and it will not get the job done.

We need every voice raised on this issue in an immediate, undeniable, irrefutable global cacophony, and we need to keep these voices raised. We don't need public relations flaks controlling the flow of information or watering down the messages sent to the public. We don't need figureheads - farmer or otherwise - to legitimize this issue.

We need raw, messy, real, potent, effective, and undeniable.

We need to dig and dig and dig some more, repeatedly offering our findings on a silver platter to the consuming public.

And that's not what we get from a cleansed communications network following the template of establishment communications.

We get communications figureheads controlling who can say what and when. We get "official spokespeople" who keep the issue far too narrow to be truly effective. We get people jockeying for position politically within the protest movement, with paid lobbyists motivated, above all else, to keep their jobs.

You can see the complexity of these times and the challenges with which we're faced.

All hierarchical structures are failing us, and this includes hierarchical structures within protest movements. All established structures have poisonous power dynamics inherent within them that can keep us from reaching mutual goals. Most of our established structures are about control, and this includes established communications structures.

We need to bust out of this follow-the-leader Pluto in Capricorn template, but we have to understand how far and how deep the icy fingers of the control structures really go in order to do that.

No one controls my voice. No one controls your voice. And anyone who tries is working from a pitifully outdated set of rules..."

Use the energy of this Ceres transit through Aries to speak your own mind, make your own choices, and fight your own fight for a safe and non-toxic food supply. 

Educate yourself, and puncture the corporate and institutional activist spin on GMOs.

Apply your own critical thinking skills when reading or hearing anything about GMOs, especially if it is coming from a major organization or a food corporation itself. 

We must stop the growth and spread of genetically modified alfalfa if we are to halt the contamination of our food supply.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Saturn in Sagittarius, Dispositor Jupiter in Virgo, and Puncturing Corporate Spin on GMOs

Recent announcements by several major processed food corporations - including Kellogg's, General Mills, and Campbell's - that they will start labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products bring up some issues that are highly pertinent during the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius (December 2014 to December 2017).

What follows is an excerpt from an article I wrote on the transit, which appears in Issue #2 of Hexagon Astrology Magazine.

"During this Saturn transit, we will be working with a number of suppressed (Saturn) truths (Sagittarius) within our cultures. This involves some of the knowledge we absolutely must master in order to be successful from here on in...

The spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the continued infiltration of the food supply are major "suppressed truth" subjects on which we must get a strong handle during the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius.

Damage to animal health has been shown in multiple scientific feeding trials of GMO diets published since 2012. The Seralini study, the Carman study, the Kruger study, the Italian study on GM soybeans and goats: all indicated animal health damage from GM diets. Reproductive damage, digestive damage, liver and kidney damage, tumors, DNA changes, immunity issues, low weights, and premature death were just some of the problems observed.

If animals are exhibiting this GMO-related health damage, it is almost certain that the humans eating the animals, animal products, and GM crops will eventually experience similar problems.

Despite bans on genetically modified seeds and crops, genetically modified canola has been found growing wild at four sites in Switzerland. (These represent four “scientifically documented” cases, not the full extent of the problem.)

Conventional canola is now so contaminated by genetically modified versions that GM canola plants are spreading wherever canola is transported or planted. This means that even nation-wide or continent-wide bans cannot stop the spread of genetically modified seeds and plants.

Here, we see the challenges of living in a world of global trade where decisions made in one country can negatively affect other countries halfway across the world (a Saturn in Sagittarius theme).

The labeling of foods containing GMOs, often touted as a solution, is also not fully effective. The truly insidious problem is the unintentional and undesired spread of GMOs into natural crops. Labels would cover only those foods knowingly produced with GMOs. Unintentional contamination – a widespread problem – would continue to fly under the radar.

These are examples where the anti-GMO rhetoric (“labeling will solve the problem,” “banning GMOs from our country will solve the problem,”) is not the full truth. The solutions being proposed and accepted at a mass level are not fully effective.

We will be confronted with many instances during Saturn’s transit of Sagittarius when the accepted rhetoric, including in alternative scenes, is not fully effective or truthful. It will be up to us to call these out."


A SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS CASE STUDY


The largest processed food corporation in the world, Nestle, announced on April 20, 2016 that it is removing genetically modified ingredients from six of its top ice cream brands - Edy's, Haagen Daaz, Skinny Cow, Outshine, Nestle Ice Cream, and Nestle Drumstick.

"With a focus on simplifying ingredient lists while maintaining the same great tastes consumers have grown to love, the newest changes vary across more than 100 products, with examples including the removal of artificial colors and flavors, high fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients,” the press release states.

This move by Nestle is being applauded by many.

However, this is a perfect example of the accepted rhetoric - and the corporate public relations spin machines - not being fully truthful about the situation.

Please allow me to call this one out...

Ice cream is made from milk (or "milk ingredients" if we are talking corporate ice cream, as we are in this case). Milk comes from dairy cattle. Dairy cattle, and most livestock across the board, are being fed genetically modified feed in the mainstream (non-organic) agricultural systems.

Corn is one of the largest genetically modified crops in the world, and it is routinely used as livestock feed. Alfalfa is another common feed for livestock, either in plant form or in dried hay form. Genetically modified alfalfa was unleashed in North America in 2011 and has since widely contaminated the natural alfalfa crop. (Alfalfa is a feral, perennial plant, meaning it comes back year-after-year without being sown again, and it grows and spreads like a weed.)

So Nestle can win big public praise and enjoy mucho corporate spin from its announcement that it is "removing GMO ingredients" from its products.

But what Nestle really means is that it is removing ingredients that are knowingly genetically modified, such as high fructose corn syrup, which is made directly from genetically modified corn.

Nestle knows the high fructose corn syrup it uses is genetically modified. This would be provable in a court of law should Nestle label its products free of GMO ingredients and continue to use this corn syrup.

However, the milk Nestle uses for its ice cream is also genetically modified - just in a more roundabout and less easily proven way. It may not be directly considered a genetically modified ingredient, but the milk Nestle uses in its ice cream products is almost certainly contaminated with genetically modified organisms - either through feeding the dairy cattle a known GM crop (corn) or through feeding the cattle a crop that has become unintentionally and unknowingly contaminated with GMOs (alfalfa).

The same is true for any conventionally produced animal product, including meat and eggs. Almost across the board, the conventional agricultural system feeds livestock genetically modified feed (corn, alfalfa, soy, etc.), and this practise contaminates the food.

From the Nestle U.S.A. website:

"Q. Do you consider ingredients derived from animals fed with GMO feed to be GMO ingredients?

We do not consider ingredients derived from animals fed with GMO feed to be GMO ingredients...

Q. Are GMO ingredients safe?

Foods made with GMO ingredients are as safe as foods made with ingredients from conventional crops." 

Now, every time a corporation releases a statement about labeling GMOs or removing GM ingredients, it suddenly gets a big, shiny gold star from some of the less shrewd (though I'm sure well-meaning) members of the anti-GMO movement.

Nestle gets to look like a big hero by announcing its plans, even though these plans amount to little more than a half-assed gimmick that will not, in actuality, rid its products of GMOs.

There was a very interesting YouTube video making the rounds a few years ago of an old interview of then-Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck. Brabeck has since risen up the ranks and sits as Chairman of the Board of Nestle. The interview quite clearly exposed the eugenicist beliefs of this man and the eugenicist roots of this food corporation (and I use the term "food" very loosely here).

In the interview, Brabeck sings the praises of genetically modified foods, attempting to convince the public that they are perfectly safe to eat:

"But organic is not best. After 15 years of eating GM food products in the U.S.A., not one single case of illness has occurred from eating them to date."

Brabeck also shares his profound wisdom that water should not be free to the general population and that the idea that water is a basic human right is "extreme."

Yes, you read that correctly. Brabeck believes that the people of Earth should have to pay for the privilege of water to drink:

"There's that lovely old Austrian folk song, 'The dear cattle need water, hollera, holleri,' if you remember. Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world. It's a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion which I think is extreme is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being, you should have a right to water. That's an extreme solution. And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other, and like any other foodstuff, it should have a market value. Personally, I believe it's better to give a foodstuff a value so that we're all aware that it has its price."

(Shall we also commodify the very air that we breathe for corporate profit? If people like Brabeck could, they would.)

Now, Brabeck doesn't believe in water as a basic human right, nor does he believe that water should be free for the populace.

He does, however, believe that water should be free to his corporation.

For many years, Nestle has extracted groundwater in bulk from multiple locations around the world for nothing or next-to-nothing, bottling it and then selling it back to the public at huge mark-ups.

In just one of those locations - Hope, British Columbia - Nestle was extracting hundreds of millions of litres of water per year without paying a cent. "Nestle Bottles Millions of Litres of Canadian Water - and Pays Nothing" by Dan Fumano

Amidst public pressure to crack down on this free corporate extraction of groundwater, the British Columbia provincial government now requires Nestle to pay.

Yes, Nestle extracts an estimated 319.5 million litres (71 million gallons) of water every single year from the Hope, B.C. area alone and is now required to pay the British Columbia government $265 per year to do so.

Two hundred and sixty five dollars per year.

Nestle then bottles that water and sells it back to us at $2 a pop for a 500 millilitre bottle.

Nestle even continued to extract water from a California native tribe's water basin as the state was crippled by the 500-year drought.

Kunkeltown, Pennsylvania is Nestle Corp.'s latest target for this morally criminal bulk water extraction. Residents of the town are fighting back after a 2014 zoning change left them open to Nestle pillaging their water supply.

The cattle need their (bottled) water, don't you know?

With the North Node of the Moon and Jupiter transiting Virgo (with Jupiter a major influencing placement as dispositor of Saturn in Sagittarius), there are fine distinctions that must be made, clarified, and hammered home as the corrupt Pluto in Capricorn-era corporate culture rolls out its grand pronouncements and shiny publicity stunts.

Truly eradicating the devastating contamination of our food supply by genetically modified organisms - grown without restriction for decades now - will take far more effort, far more diligence, and far more desire than these corporations are willing to put forth.

These are surface-level gimmicks designed to placate and fool the public.

To truly root out the evil of these nefarious corporations, we need to get out of the stream of corporate press releases and public relations spin.

And we need to eliminate processed foods from our diets altogether.

Instead of adding to corporate coffers, spend your money at Farmer's Markets or on locally-sourced foods in the supermarket that are produced ethically, without GMOs, excessive chemicals, or poisonous additives.

Bring the soul back into food - something of which mass-produced corporate food products are almost entirely devoid. 

Buy organic or "up to organic standards" whenever you can.

If you have the means and the physical ability, grow your own garden. Or buy a share in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) initiative.

Break the habit of eating convenience foods that are not good for us. Break the addiction to processed foods and refined sugar altogether.

And call these corporations dicks out for their lies and half-truths every chance you get. 

This is how we give the old "eff you" to corporations that do not give a damn about human health, safety, or wellness.

A new YouTube video I did on the subject: GMO Labeling is Not Fully Effective: Puncturing Corporate (and Activist) Spin on GMOs

All GM Alfalfa articles from Willow's Web Astrology, dating back to 2011: GM Alfalfa 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Grand Earth Trines and a Solid Dose of Bovinian Energy Provide Us With a Breather


 Moo.
 
There is currently a very strong grounding influence in the zodiac with the Sun, Mercury, and soon Venus (in its own sign as of April 29) transiting fixed earth sign Taurus. This is farmer-ly energy. Sensual energy. Earthy energy. It follows a natural and routine course. It's matter-of-fact and sturdy in a nurturing and comforting way. It is fairly unshakeable, fairly unflappable.

This Taurus energy, which will include Lesser Benefic Venus in its domicile, slows things down to real time in the physical world, and this is something most of us need in the days of constant technology and artificially sped-up nervous systems.

This Taurus has a nice feeling of putting one foot in front of the other in very basic and simple ways, anchoring us in the physical world and in the five senses.

Taurus doesn't get too worried about what lies beneath. It isn't all that interested in research or psychological context or the unseen realms. It's more than content to work with what's right in front of it, with what it can see, feel, taste, hear, and smell. It's more than happy to work with the magic of concrete, physical, Earthly reality.  

All this Taurus is highly welcome after a month of (potentially) frayed nerves, emotional breaking points, and/or Plutonic meltdowns, outlined in earlier articles.

We've been through some stuff, folks. The astrology shows it. A heavily karmic Pisces eclipse season, followed by the jingly-jangly, overloaded synapses of strong Uranus energy with multiple activations of the Uranus-Pluto square by the personal planets in Aries.


This is an excerpt from the article, "Grand Earth Trines and a Solid Dose of Bovinian Energy Provide Us With a Breather." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Frictional Growing Pains and Emotional Catharsis As the Moon Grows Full in Scorpio

I’ve written on the blog about the upheaval, sudden changes, and emotional shocks we may experience as we navigate the current lunar cycle, kicked off by the 18-degree Aries New Moon conjunct Uranus in Aries and square Pluto in Capricorn on April 7. 

The Moon is now in Cancer and will square the Sun in Aries, marking the First Quarter Moon phase of the lunar cycle on April 13 (10:00 p.m. CST). The Moon in Cancer also triggers the Uranus-Pluto square at this time, drawing those themes into the First Quarter Moon phase and into the surge of necessary action that this phase indicates. 

Suffice it to say, we have opened into a month of quite unstable energies and now head to another over-the-top point at the Full Moon. 

The April 7 Aries New Moon opened a 28-day lunar cycle characterized by a series of changes (some startling) and emotional shocks that must be metabolized and used as fuel to propel us beyond standard rhythms and patterns that will no longer get us where we need to go 

(Please see the April 5 article “New Moon in Aries Conjunct Uranus - Emotional Shocksand Experiences of Structural Bullshit Bust Things Loose” published on the blog or the March 29 article “Sun-Mercury in Aries Stirs the Uranus-Pluto Square:Calling Out the Nuclear Gatekeepers, Shills, and Establishment Schmucks” to pick up more on the themes we are experiencing now.) 

But there are some old attachments, sticking points, frictions, and fears that must be purged before we're free to go. 

There is a strong desire to move into new territory now. There is a desire for fresh energy and for re-invigoration along our paths. In fact, these things are full-on emotional needs at this point. 

The raw and blazing potential of the Aries New Moon builds to a potentially cacophonous crescendo at the Scorpio Full Moon (2 degrees) on April 21 (11:24 p.m.)


This is an excerpt from the article, "Frictional Growing Pains and Emotional Catharsis As the Moon Grows Full in Scorpio." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Moon in Aries Conjunct Uranus - Emotional Shocks and Experiences of Structural Bullshit Bust Things Loose

We have a strongly Uranian New Moon in Aries busting things loose on April 7 (5:24 a.m. CST), with a shake-up of standard rhythms and patterns continuing for the following 28-day lunar cycle.

This New Moon officially propels us out of winter 2016 in the northern hemisphere and beyond the sticky, clinging tendrils of the massive Pisces stellium we've been treading water through throughout March and early April.

Love, values, and relationship planet Venus has just moved into fresh-and-fiery Aries, as well (April 5), with Mercury setting up shop for a transit through earthy Taurus this evening.

So as the Sun and Moon come together at 18 degrees Aries in New Moon phase on April 7, all the personal planets have moved on from late Pisces and their conjunctions to Ceres, Chiron, and the South Node.

The transit of communication planet Mercury through Taurus is particularly protective now, indicating helpful mental grounding and reinforced mental boundaries as we move through the rollicking and up-and-down energies of the month ahead.

We actually get an extra dose of this pragmatic and mentally-grounding Mercury in Taurus energy, as we also experience our next Mercury retrograde in the sign (April 28 - May 22 from 23 degrees to 14 degrees Taurus). This transit works to insulate us from the raw and over-excited synapses associated with strong Uranus energy. Mercury enters its retrograde shadow on April 14 and will not exit the sign of the bull until June 12.

So as of April 7 and the New Moon, we've officially waded out of the swampy-swirly-weepy-dreamy mist of winter 2016, and the Arien blaze is drying us, warming us, and revving us up for whatever it is that comes next.

This New Moon indicates a string of emotional shocks and electric realizations throughout the following lunar month that must be metabolized as we move beyond old stepping stones and comfort zones in ways we may not have previously imagined.

We're initiating some pretty radical changes over the next 28 days that will rattle some cages and break down some old barriers - including our own. Surge onward! Forge ahead!

This Uranian New Moon in Aries is the official entrance into new life, new energy, and new vigour - and this may come from unexpected sources over the next 28 days.

The Uranian influence indicates the possibility of some radical growth, changes, and re-direction as we come into contact with structural deficits that simply cannot be tolerated or shouldered any longer. This Aries New Moon triggers the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square, just as Mercury in Aries did March 30 - 31, and the insights we gain as we move through the New Moon portal indicate that there's no going back to old forms, old structures, or old ways. These have simply had their day.

For those who do not know astrology (and even for many who do), the upcoming lunar month could kick off identity crises as well as a certain degree of anxiety as old forms, old desires, old directions, and old versions of self break down and start to shift. 

Change is required - quite radical change in many cases - and with the personal planets in Aries, it's coming from us personally. There is no pattern to follow or leader to emulate. We are the driving force, no one else. It is our personal direction and re-direction that spur the necessary changes within the collective scene.

The Aries New Moon is disposited (strongly influenced) by Mars, which is currently stationing retrograde at 8 degrees Sagittarius (April 17). You can read more about the Mars retrograde in this patron article: Mars Retrograde 2016: A Re-Direction of Passions

We are entering a fresh, new two-year goal cycle. A new personal direction is about to unfold - aligned more closely with our own personal truth - and this new direction strongly colours the next two years of our lives, at the very least.

This Aries New Moon is the very, very beginning of this new chapter, of these new goals and drives. It's the gateway, and we're about to take our first steps on new ground.

Take these new steps with courage and boldness. Put a little swagger in your step. Ooze a little machismo (sure, both men and women!). Don't look back, and don't second guess the need for change. It's right there in the astrology. This Uranus and Pluto-charged New Moon is dripping with potency and potential. Blaze on, friends!

There is an electric immediacy to the proceedings for the following 28-day lunar cycle. We're very much in the current moment, responding to any surprises, shocks, changes, or general upheavals with warrior-like focus and bravery.

It's time to forge into new territory on multiple fronts. The iron is hot, so strike away!

Look to the house where 18 Aries falls and the house where 8 Sagittarius falls in your natal chart to get a feel for this powerful "fresh start portal" that is opening in your life. The activities and themes of those two houses are connected now. You are looking to align those areas a little more closely with your own personal identity, with who you really are right now, right in this unfolding moment. You're looking to make those areas a little more "you."

The Sun in Aries forms a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius on April 5 (10:09 a.m.), as Venus ingresses Aries and Mercury ingresses Taurus.

The Sun will then square Pluto at 17 degrees Capricorn on April 6 (2:13 pm.), indicating the potential for experiences with hierarchical, structural hell that force us to make new moves.

The Sun and Moon come together in conjunction at 18 degrees Aries on April 7, marking the New Moon at 5:24 a.m., which triggers the Uranus-Pluto square. Shake, rattle, and roll!

The Sun forms the exact conjunction to Uranus at 20 degrees Aries on April 9 (3:27 p.m.).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sun-Mercury in Aries Stirs the Uranus-Pluto Square: Calling Out the Nuclear Gatekeepers, Shills, and Establishment Schmucks

I recently came across a great video from Dana Durnford, the Fukushima researcher who has been documenting the collapse of sea life along the British Columbia, Canada coastline for years now.

Dana has been put through the ringer for his good work, including being hauled into Canada's courts by establishment scientists whose faulty research is being promoted in mainstream media to assure the public that Fukushima fallout is really no big deal. 

I wrote about this, along with Canada's ties to the nuclear/uranium industry, in a November 11, 2015 article titled: Canada's Vested Interest in the Protection of the Nuclear Industry Via Continued Lies About Fukushima

The article was my own personal anti-war effort, published on Remembrance Day, the day of the year set aside for Canadians to remember the war dead and wounded.

The wars against humanity and against all life on this planet continue unabated, of course, and uranium is a major resource for all those who desire to continue war and depopulation on Earth.

Our bodies, our cells, our DNA are under attack due to the continuation of nuclear energy and nuclear weaponry, including depleted uranium munitions and bombs.

In his March 4, 2016 video, Dana calls out establishment scientist David Suzuki - a "science star" on Canada's state news channel, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - for downplaying the real situation as far as the triple nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan. You can view Dana's YouTube video here: Fukushima: David Suzuki Fall From Grace

You may recall that your anarchist astro-reporter called Suzuki out for very similar reasons in December 2013! 

As Mercury and the Sun in bold and blazing Aries activate the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square (March 30 - 31) in a trine aspect to Saturn in truth-telling Sagittarius, it is imperative that we fight, fight, fight for the full truth and for non-manipulated information.

It is imperative that we expose the dirty roots of these establishment figureheads who lie and deceive while millions of lives are at stake. 

It is imperative that we fight (Aries) for non-polluted mental space (Mercury), free from the lies and the watered-down official lines coming from the Pluto in Capricorn oligarchy. 

You won't get any of that non-manipulated information from establishment channels or establishment figureheads. We're on our own. Uranus in Aries. And it's better that way.

What follows is a re-post of my article from December 31, 2013 titled: New Moon in Capricorn: Fukushima, Gatekeepers, and the Big Responsibility of Thinking For Yourself

Stay on the trail...
Photos: Willow

"We open into 2014 with a Plutonic-Mercurial New Moon in Capricorn on January 1.
The Sun and Moon come together in New Moon conjunction at 10 degrees Capricorn at 5:14 a.m. CST, taking us on a trip through the deep, dark, thorny underworld as we start the new year.

This New Moon falls closely conjunct both Mercury (mind, communication, information) and Pluto (hidden, power, poison), indicating that a major theme for the new year involves breaking the hold of mainstream media and its "official sources" in order to get to a clearer understanding of our reality on the planet.
As we start the new year, information (Mercury) is power (Pluto), and we have to take a much closer look at the power dynamics hidden amongst the messages coming to the populace through media and corporate communications. 
With the planet in its current state of ongoing orchestrated collapse, many people are looking to "authority figures" to tell them what to think. A good, old, strong and stern and responsible Daddy Dearest to tell them what to do and what to pay attention to.
And this practice could not be more dangerous to the future of life on this planet.
The problem is, the "authority figures" are playing the game within rotten-to-the-core Pluto in Capricorn hierarchies. The "official sources" are mostly bought and paid for at this point, looking to cover their own asses and protect their own  positions within the rotten power hierarchies. These authority figures are passing bad information around on heavy rotation, looking to further their own interests while manipulating and placating the public. 
This practice is deadly (Pluto), make no bones about it, and nowhere is this more so the case than with the information, analysis, and discourse surrounding the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster
In Canada, we have a go-to scientist for the masses by the name of David Suzuki. Suzuki travels around Canada and the world via carbon-spewing airplane to paid speaking gigs (usually on climate change) where he pockets up to $40,000 a pop.

You'll see him in a photo to the left (Holger Motzkau 2010, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons) accepting his "Right Livelihood Award" in 2009. (barf) In 2004, a poll taken by the state broadcaster here named him the Greatest Living Canadian. (barf again)
I noticed some previously uninterested ears started perking up in late 2013 when Suzuki released information on Fukushima. All of a sudden, with David Suzuki weighing in, people started to take a bit of notice.
Suzuki really got people's attention when he said that we could potentially be facing the evacuation of the West Coast of Canada and the United States due to the radioactive fallout from the Daiichi nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan.
The problem there is that we've known what Suzuki was stating - and much more - for almost three years now. He was not producing any new information or analysis (though it may have been news to most of the mainstream public). He was not producing any crucial research of his own - though he has the means and resources to produce it.

Instead, he was using an "old news," sensationalized angle on Fukushima to get the public's attention - and to hold it.
And here we have an illustration of the "gatekeeper" effect.

People start looking to Suzuki as "the authority figure" on this issue. They look to him for information, analysis, and guidance. They look to what he is saying in order to determine what to think about the situation themselves. They put their trust in this nationally-known scientist who has been given a large public platform via his long-term role with the state broadcaster (Canadian Broadcast Corporation or CBC).
Suzuki is paid by the state broadcaster, has been made a "science star" by the state broadcaster, in a country that is the number two exporter of uranium worldwide. He is the national, mainstream scientific voice in a country that exports Candu nuclear reactors around the globe.

He is not going to threaten that position.
The information this gatekeeper is releasing is partial, watered-down, incorrect, manipulative, dangerous, and deadly.
From the beginning, Suzuki has downplayed the severe threat the radioactive fallout from Fukushima poses to life on this planet.
In a written column released in October 2013 (way past the point when he should know better), Suzuki makes various false claims that are also being spread by other "official sources" through the mainstream media. His column reads like a propaganda press release from the federal government or United Nations. (Link: http://www.straight.com/news/499616/david-suzuki-despite-fukushima-scientists-say-eating-west-coast-fish-safe)
- Suzuki declares Pacific Ocean seafood safe to eat. The arrogance of this statement alone is astonishing, considering we are experiencing an unprecedented nuclear disaster involving the ongoing contamination of the Pacific Ocean. Suzuki makes this declaration despite thousands of reports over the past three years of heightened radioactivity in foods along the West Coast - produce and seafood. California prunes and almonds have been found to contain Cesium-134, a signature of the Fukushima disaster. Cesium was found in topsoil along the West Coast. Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California was tested and all samples tested showed radioactive Cesium present. Reports of starfish being wiped out, turning to mush, all along the West Coast don't bother Suzuki. Reports of sea life crowding around the shores along the coast in ways no one has ever seen before don't bother Suzuki. There are unprecedented declines in king salmon in Alaska this year (also referred to as Chinook salmon). Unlike other varieties of salmon, these fish like cold, deep waters and will travel further into the ocean to find them. They also eat other fish. These characteristics make this breed of salmon more likely to come into contact with radioactive fallout from the Daiichi nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan. But none of this impresses Suzuki.
 

- Suzuki, like many other scientists, claims the ocean has "diluted" much of the radioactivity released (and still being released day-and-night) by the spewing Daiichi nuclear reactors. The truth is: it's impossible to dilute radioactively-charged isotopes. The ocean is simply spreading them around, not diluting them. This is an unprecedented situation, and scientists simply do not know how the ocean will distribute the radioactivity. There is no decrease in the overall level of radioactivity by spreading the particles around. Radioactively contaminated water is being released into the Pacific Ocean regularly and has been since the disaster began.
- Suzuki likens the radioactive risk from eating Pacific Ocean seafood to the amount of radioactivity you would be exposed to in an airplane ride or two. This is false. The major threat now is with ingestible radioactive particles. These particles can register a relatively low background radiation level, but ingesting even one particle could be deadly. These radioactive particles attach to the human body, especially to the lungs, irradiating the tissues surrounding them. Background radiation levels have very little to do with it.
- Suzuki doesn't once mention the Plutonium that was released from the explosion at the Unit 3 reactor or any of the other radioactive isotopes released. Like most nuclear shills, he focuses on Cesium-134 - a radioactive isotope that decays fairly rapidly - so as to assuage public concerns.
You will see this tactic yet again in a Scientific American article on radioactivity found in kelp off the coast of California in March 2011. The article focuses on the elevated levels of radioactive iodine that were found in kelp after the initial nuclear disaster, in some cases, 250 times the usual levels. 
But again, the article downplays the radioactive threat by focusing on something that will quickly be removed from the environment (radioactive iodine). Additional tests would have to have been done for each radioactive isotope (Uranium, Plutonium, Strontium, Cesium, etc.) in order to determine contamination by them. Instead, the scientists tested only for radioactive iodine.
The Scientific American article falsely claims there is no public health threat from the radioactivity from Fukushima. It also downplays Fukushima, claiming that Chernobyl was worse (wrong again). And again, just like with Suzuki, we have meaningless comparisons to "natural" background radiation that exists in the ocean so as to assure us that everything is just hunky dory.
Nowhere do Suzuki or the Scientific American article mention the other isotopes such as Uranium-234, Uranium-235, or Plutonium-239 which have half-lives in the thousands, tens of thousands, or millions of years. All these isotopes and more have been released - are still being released - from the Daiichi reactors. The fuel from the reactors has been aerosolized by the explosions and is now circling the globe in the atmosphere, coming down via precipitation. The isotopes are contaminating the Pacific Ocean, more every day, producing radioactivity levels that cannot sustain life.
- Suzuki touts the World Health Organization and the United Nations as reliable sources - yet more illegitimate "authorities" on the subject. The WHO claims radioactive particles that make their way to North America’s waters will have a limited effect on human health. It also predicts concentrations to be below its own declared safety levels. Again, there is absolutely no way the World Health Organization can make such outlandish claims with an unprecedented disaster like this.
- Suzuki also mentions radioactivity testing of food by Health Canada, which has been criminally lax since the disaster occurred. Health Canada, like most of the world governments, is not testing food, milk, or water for radioactive contamination in any meaningful or ongoing way. In May 2011, Health Canada reluctantly tested 24 samples of milk from British Columbia. It did not release the levels it was using as "allowable amounts," and it also did not release the exact amounts of radioactivity found, making the tests almost meaningless. Despite the fact that radioactive Strontium 90 was found in small amounts in nine of the milk samples, Canada's milk was declared completely safe and within normal range by Health Canada in 2011.
Independent tests ordered and paid for by private citizens ($400 per milk sample) were required to uncover the Strontium contamination. (This independent testing of milk also ripped the lid off Strontium contamination in Canadian milk that has been present since United States nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s.)

The "official sources" claim the people of Japan are safe from radioactivity. But we have private citizens taking their own Geiger counter readings in Tokyo that are twice the level at which Chernobyl was evacuated.
We have a "state secrets" law forced through Japanese Parliament designed to criminalize journalists, activists, doctors, scientists, and citizens speaking out about the effects of the nuclear disaster. Any health effects or deaths related to the disaster will be swiftly covered up and hushed up.
The "official sources" claim that the West Coast of Canada and the United States is safe from radioactive fallout. But we have private citizens taking Geiger counter readings on the beach outside San Francisco, California that are reaching alert levels multiple times without even touching the sand. 
Medical officials are stumped when it comes to a jump in babies being born with anencephaly in Washington state.
Anencephaly is a terrible birth defect affecting the brain and skull where babies are born blind, deaf, and unable to feel pain. The prognosis for these babies is death.
The usual rate of anencephaly is 1 or 2 per 10,000 births. In three Washington counties, Yakima, Benton, and Franklin, the rate for anencephaly is now 8 in 10,000 births.
Not one "official" can seem to pinpoint a cause. But A Green Road blog pointed us in the right direction.
Benton county in Washington state is the home of the Hanford nuclear site, declared the most contaminated nuclear site in America. Residents of Hanford, Washington were given 30-day eviction notices in 1943 so that the area could be set up as part of the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project brought together some of the brightest scientific minds with the intention of developing the atomic bomb for its abilities of mass destruction.
Hanford was a plutonium-producing site, producing the most deadly substance on Earth.
Nuclear waste products from the Hanford site were disposed of by burial in the surrounding desert. Leaks from the containment vessels have been a problem for decades.
With radioactive fallout now coming from Fukushima, blanketing the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada as well as the entire northern hemisphere, we are reaching radioactive tipping points where the layered contamination is too much for biological organisms such as ourselves to withstand, and symptoms and birth defects are starting to show.

A study released in 2013 found a 28% increase in infant hyperthyroidism in babies born in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska in the months following Fukushima. Around 40% of children examined in the Fukushima area were found to have thyroid abnormalities. Thyroid problems are associated with exposure to radioactive iodine following a nuclear release.
Yet, nary an "official" can come up with any of these connections.

Gatekeepers like Suzuki are complicit in mass murder. Harsh words, but these are harsh times.

Japanese-Canadian Suzuki is also complicit in the mass murder of his own countrymen and women. He's complicit in the mass murder and destruction of the children of his home country, all while soaking up the awards and accolades in this country, shilling for the propaganda-pushers at the state broadcaster, funded by the federal government, which is funded in part by massive worldwide uranium and nuclear reactor sales.  
Place the responsibility for this complicity firmly with the scientists, the journalists, the government officials, the financiers, and the nuclear industry who are lying to the public, who are diverting the public, who are keeping crucially necessary information and education from the public.
Coyote tracks
This Plutonic-Mercurial New Moon opening the year is a prime and shining portal into: thinking for yourself. Doing your own research. Putting two and two together on your own. Making the connections that are intentionally being hidden from you. Proving the case to yourself in an irrefutable way. Debunking the puffed-up authorities and official sources who are diverting and manipulating and lying. Using your whip-smart intuition to tell you the real story, to help you read between the official lines.
Pluto involves a process of unceremoniously ripping off the blinders. With Mercury in Capricorn conjunct Pluto, we're penetrating the influence on our minds and on consensus reality of illegitimate and fibbing "official sources."
One very potent layer of ongoing information warfare involves the use of gatekeepers. And one very potent layer of this New Moon in Capricorn involves bringing our personal minds out from under the influence of these gatekeepers and of the corporate communications agenda, in general.
The term gatekeeper refers to an "official source" who works to control the information and public discourse on a particular issue. Gatekeepers are often insiders of sorts and, as a result, have insider information at their disposal that is not readily available to the public. Gatekeepers carefully craft, shape, and release this information according to an overall message conducive to the official line coming from the establishment. A tone is set via the gatekeeper.
Often this tone involves a "carry on, no big deal, nothing to see here" theme. This would be the case with Mr. Suzuki.
Other times, the gatekeeper is releasing information that would be damaging to the establishment if it were allowed to spread freely through the populace. When the informational levy will no longer hold, so to speak, and the public is catching on in a big way (as is the case with Fukushima), these individuals are put in place to mind the gate and to shape the public discourse.
Gatekeepers release information at strategic times in order to hold and mould the public's attention on a certain issue. Because the information released is often insider information, it can be very provocative to the public.
Gatekeepers always have some real information to work with, some insider information, and this keeps people on the hook, feeling that the individual has to be legitimate. ("If he's telling us about x, y, and z, he MUST be for real.")
The problem here isn't necessarily that the information is false (though it certainly can be). The problem is with the gatekeeper dynamic itself. This dynamic keeps people looking to a gatekeeper for information and guidance as the "authority" rather than thinking for themselves and doing their own research.
Information released by a gatekeeper is often important to include in our research, but it does not tell the whole story. This is also the case with the stories coming out of mainstream media.
People need to be digging, researching, following leads, and sourcing information on their own, sussing out the real deal sources from the manipulations and joining with others who are doing the same. But the gatekeeper framework keeps people in passive "following" mode, looking to be spoon fed information rather than getting anywhere on their own.
Gatekeepers will never get to the roots. They will never go as deeply as they need to go. They will never finger the parties truly responsible. To do so would be to threaten their own positions, and this is particularly the case for anyone who has been allowed a large public platform from which to operate. 
Arnie Gundersen is (in my mind) a nuclear gatekeeper of the latter variety speaking out on Fukushima and consistently pointing the finger at the Tokyo Electric Power Company. His information is good, but again, he is controlling the public discourse.

What about the entire worldwide nuclear scam? This goes far beyond Tepco, far beyond Japan as a nation. What about the nuclear programme the government of his country, the U.S.A., has participated in and furthered for decades? What about the continued use of depleted uranium munitions by his country's military? What about the store of atomic weapons in the United States, also allowed to its allies? What about the governmental officials and nuclear industry proponents that have made Canada the number two exporter of uranium worldwide? What about the glut of uranium mines held by the Queen of England? What about all the people benefitting financially from the nuclear industry via stock markets? What about the journalists, media, and public relations firms lying to people, omitting crucial information, and perpetrating the massive media blackout?
Tepco is the tip of the nuclear criminal iceberg! But you will rarely see someone like Arnie Gundersen getting any deeper, touching any of the real threads.

You have to be able to sense what these gatekeepers aren't telling you because it's generally more important than what they are telling you.

You have to be willing to go the extra mile yourself - none of the so-called official sources is going to take you.
Gatekeepers will not go to the roots, and this is, in fact, what they are designed for - to keep people away from the real Plutonic roots, the real power structures that are doing damage on this planet. It's a smoke and mirrors show that uses real information to divert from the bigger picture. It diverts from the extent of the problem, from the extent of the responsibility, and from the extent of the criminality.
If you really unravel Fukushima and follow the threads right down to the roots, the entire power structure of this planet is proven corrupt - governments, industry, financiers, media, everything. But gatekeepers don't encourage the public to unravel those threads. They don't encourage people to hold responsible the parties who are truly responsible.
The false claim that "humanity brought this on itself" is also making the rounds regarding Fukushima. The truth is, it's a very small group of people that has put nuclear in place, that has allowed it to take root. We hold them responsible. Most people on this planet don't want nuclear energy or nuclear weapons, and they never did.
In order to get to the real story, we have to dig through information, find sources, and pour through bits and pieces in order to scrap together an irrefutable case. We have to be proving things to ourselves and doing the independent, critical thinking required, rather than blindly accepting the analysis of official sources. 
It is private, independent citizens who are doing the real work, who are creating the real resistance to the worldwide media blackouts.

And it is we who hold the real power.

From the beginning, we have had every official source lying to us, manipulating information, omitting information, and making outlandishly false claims from positions on high.

And from the very beginning, we have spit that back in their faces.

People, we are truly awesome! The power of loving, thinking, feeling human beings coming together in a common cause is awesome. The power of truth and legitimacy always towers over lies and illegitimacy, no matter how much firepower and might they may have. Don't lose sight of that.

It's members of the public - private citizens with no special training - who have been on top of this event since the beginning, who are still covering this event, who are educating people about this event, who are hitting the tipping points.

We knew every step of the way what was really going on. Every false angle was debunked, chewed up, spat back as garbage. We knew we were being lied to. We know we are still being lied to. And we refuse to swallow the false, watered-down information being produced and spread about by these "official sources."

Understand that we are the most powerful substance on this planet - more powerful that Plutonium because we have Pluto on our side. It's the people still willing to think who have the power with this one. It's the people still willing to trust their intuitive hunches and to follow those intuitive hunches to the sources.

And if you are reading this blog, this is you.

It's very easy to debunk the official lines. It's very easy to prove the official sources liars or, at best, ignorant, misguided, and manipulative. I could discredit Mr. Suzuki's bland pablum columns on Fukushima in my sleep.

What it's not easy to debunk is the truth, the reality being scrapped together, bit-by-bit, by thinking, feeling, loving human beings who do not wish to see the continuation of the current course on this planet.

Understand the power we hold now. Understand the power of the freely operating human mind, coming to its own conclusions, making it's own connections, compiling its own valid sources.

Release the jumble of confusing, contradicting "official information" at this Capricorn New Moon and come up with something better. Liberate your mind into its full power this January 1. We need you.


Some Things You Can Do to Avoid Radiation:


- eliminate foods from the Pacific Ocean - or from any ocean if you want to be very careful
- eliminate foods imported from Japan
- limit dairy and meat intake, where radioactivity bio-accumulates
- eat foods from greenhouses
- eliminate or limit West Coast produce, if possible
- stay out of the rain, snow, and dirt whenever possible, as fallout is coming down in precipitation
- buy a personal Geiger counter to monitor background levels. Stay indoors when levels are high. Keep in mind that radioactive particles can still be harmful even when background levels are low.
- look into air filtration systems for your home
- have "outside clothes" and "inside clothes." Don't bring outside clothes or shoes into your home. Leave them in a porch, mudroom, or in a sealed plastic bag.
- take baths in water with baking soda
- bentonite clay and activated charcoal have been suggested as de-toxifiers
- boost your immune system naturally with things like turmeric, garlic, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, dandelion, curry powder, vitamins and minerals. Raw honey, oil of oregano, and colloidal silver all have natural antibiotic properties. Research natural remedies first and use your intuition, as they are not "one size fits all" and can cause unwanted side effects. Use a variety of immune system boosters.
- Vitamin C has been found to reverse damage from radiation exposure, with liposomal Vitamin C being particularly effective (though expensive).
- eat a clean diet - no GMOs, additives, chemicals, preservatives, or processed food. This helps your immune system, as there is less crap to process.
- eat more raw vegetables and fruits
- eliminate or limit sugar, which feeds cancer cells
- alkalize your system to protect against cancer. Eat more alkalizing foods (veggies & some fruits) & less acidic ones (bread, flour, meat, dairy, sugar).
- research the use of baking soda to alkalize your body.
- drink lots of clean, non-chemically treated water. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
- remember that many recommended remedies for radiation exposure come from the sea (kelp, seaweed, etc.). Go to the sources before purchase. Certain mushroom varieties are said to be protective for radiation, but mushrooms also soak radioactivity up like crazy. Some definite Catch-22s.


For information and analysis on Fukushima:

Other Willow's Web articles on Fukushima
Energy News
BeautifulGirlByDana on YouTube
The Food Lab - scroll down to your country"