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WXYC Friday, July 4, 2008 6-9pm

Hey, here’s the set list:

4/7/8 18:00-21:00

In honor of our nation’s birthday, I played Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”—the entire thing, with full orchestration and five part harmony—also, Neil Young’s “Ohio,” and The Merry Macs’ “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition.” I thought about playing some righteous Buffy Sainte-Marie after my show was over, which was obviously too damned late.

I feel bad that I failed to present listeners with a reminder that those people of European descent who seem to think they own this country are actually here by virtue of their uninvited barbarian ancestors who came and took this land by treachery, deceit, and militaristic force, incorporating terroristic methods such as biological warfare, in addition to outright murder, to drive the surviving handful of people—who were the natural inhabitants and citizens of this land-mass—into the tiniest corners, hundreds of miles from their natural homes… Is it any wonder these fuckers are so god damned freaked out about “illegal aliens,” given what they know about how *they* acquired this land-mass? They’ve got plenty reason to be scared when they start thinking about things like “what goes around comes around.”

When *I* hear people say “They should all be put on boats and sent back to where they came from,” I assume they’re talking about all those Western European descendants, especially the British-looking ones… and it always strikes me as perverse that the people who say such things, for some damned reason think *those* are the people who “belong” here.

 

Currently listening:
Smoke Signals
By: B.C. Smith
Release Date: June 23, 1998

 

 

The astrological “weather” report:

I totally can’t remember what I personally had to say about the applying aspects, but here’s what was on-deck, as per our friends at alabe.com :

Applying Sun Opposite Jupiter (July 9, 2008 03:39 EDT)
This is a time of confrontations, debates, and decisions based on morality and law. Legal battles and important court cases may make news now, and leaders may face challenges from their opposition. Negatively, this transit inclines toward over-growth, distortions of the truth, and indulgence.

Applying Mercury Square Uranus
(July 5, 2008 07:07 EDT)
Communications are interrupted and subject to breakdown. Transportation matters are unstable. Shocking news, attacks on authority figures, controversy, innovation, and protests may occur now.

Applying Venus Trine Uranus
(July 6, 2008 14:31 EDT)
Unusual events and “firsts” occur under this interesting transit. Protests could begin or end abruptly, and group activities may appear to be erratic and unstable, but may prove productive.

Applying Mars Conjunct Saturn (July 10, 2008 14:10 EDT)
Pressures are building. Diplomatic efforts are needed at this time to control and structure rising tensions. It’s a good time to follow the guidelines. Positively, this is a time for formal cooperation in construction projects or competitive situations.

/alabe.com’s Astro-Weather

/astrological “weather” report

 

Astrology — How It Works, How It Doesn’t — Week 6:  A Highly Stylized Statistical Calculation

We’re now to the math portion of how astrology works, and last week if you were listening, hopefully the math we did has led you to the conclusion that relegating a person to one of 12 specifically defined boxes based on the day of a month that person was born doesn’t work as a means of defining who that person is, how that person thinks, or what that person is capable of doing.

If you weren’t around last week, you can check the blog for that radio show—the url is eternalreturnradio dot wordpress dot com. That’s my blog.  (Obviously if you’re reading this, you already know that; this is the text of what I said on-the-air!)

Last week it was just simple simple-math. We divided the current population by 12 and saw that means there are more than 500 million people in each sign. In each given set of 500 million, the ages range from infant to over 100; some people are born into poverty and live in areas of extreme famine, others are wealthy. I asked you to think about what that means in terms of being an Aquarius or Scorpio or whatever sign you choose.

There are more than 12 types of human beings.

If I achieve nothing else, I hope to educate my listeners so they understand that just because someone was born November 16, this does *not* make that person more likely to be possessive than someone born November 28; or being born June 28 does not make one more emotionally sensitive than one born June 10.

No legitimate astrologer will *ever* tell you something like,
“Aries people are self-centered and they get along well with Leo, but they rub Virgos the wrong way and they’re a bad match for Pisces.”

Why? Because legitimate astrologers know that the zodiac sign which people learn they “are” is only where the sun was on the day they were born, and that’s a rather small part of who a person is. In order to get an idea about a person or an event through astrology, one must look at more than this one thing.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time—nor the last time—it’s happened, but judging someone astrologically by his or her sun sign is akin to judging someone based on the shade of color of his or her skin—and it’s not even like seeing the whole person.

Imagine, if you will, being presented with a photograph of a one inch square area of skin, let’s say on the forearm just below the elbow, or some other place exposed to the sun, but devoid of artificial dyes and not subject to the effects of one’s work or lifestyle. Consider the idea that you—or anyone—could say how smart, or what kind of personality, or what talents a person has based on the shade of this 1″ square patch of skin. Now I’m sure someone out there probably *does* think a meaningful judgment can be made using this criteria, but it is exceedingly easy to demonstrate the flaws of such a system.

The point is, no *real* astrology looks at a single heavenly body in isolation and claims to find anything meaningful.

There are different schools of astrology, like any discipline, and I only talk specifically about the type I’ve learned and understand, so for me, this involves the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, *and* where each of these bodies lay on a circle of 360 degrees, divided equally into 12 signs (30 degrees each), *then* this circle is rotated through 12 “houses,” each of which are *not* equal divisions of 360 degrees… So at a minimum, for a full astrological chart, I consider ten bodies which are each in one of 12 signs.

Mathematically this means we have not 12 options, but 12 options *raised to the power of 11*, as a starting point.

That’s

12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 = 7.43 x 10^11

or if you prefer it U.S. longhand style:

743,008,370,688

The way this works is first one body is in one of 12 signs, let’s say the sun; then the moon falls into one of the 12 signs…

Now, I *can* make some comments about someone or some event if I know at least 2 elements, which allows 144 options (12 x 12), but before I can say anything with any degree of confidence, I need to know at least *3* elements, and I still feel the results are tentative, given 1728 options (12 x 12 x 12).

Next week we’ll learn what “the ecliptic” is…

/astrology report’s supporting commentary


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