Four Winds Report for Oct. 1, 2016

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Hebrew date is 28 Elul
Islamic date is 29 Dhul Hijjah

Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 6
Mayan Long Count is 13.0.3.15.
Julian Day is 2457663

Today’s Birthdays: Annie Besant (1847-1933), Jimmy Carter Jr. (1924), Richard Harris (1930-2002), Julie Andrews (1935), Zach Galifianakis (1969).

“Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.”
— Annie Besant: feminist, secularist and Theosophist

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How the Hell is This Even Happening?

Posted by Eric Francis

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“In conclusion, there is no conclusion. Things will go on as they always have, getting weirder all the time.”
— Robert Anton Wilson

Dear Friend and Reader:

Here’s what I’ve been wondering all week: how can a presidential candidate tell the nation that he doesn’t pay federal taxes and nobody seems to care? There were many impressive moments in Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but that took first prize.

The issue involved why Trump has not disclosed his income taxes, which is a basic though unofficial requirement of all presidential candidates in our era. Clinton said that in the few tax returns that had been disclosed over the decades (mainly in gambling license applications), Trump had paid no federal taxes, to which he responded by saying that means he’s a smart guy. He had many options; that was the answer he chose.

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Donald Trump spreading his wings to fly.

In any other time of history, there would have been mass outrage. Imagine if Ronald Reagan or George H. W. Bush had said such a thing. People would have stormed the stage. The logic is plain: I pay taxes; so should you, big man.

Today it just seems like one more fleeting detail in the chaos, or one more feel-good moment. It’s true: most of us are angry about taxes and how little we get for them.

Yet the president is the nation’s top law-enforcement official. His example, and his integrity, actually matter. Or rather they used to. Now, a leading presidential candidate is honored as a rebel. The obvious problem is that he’s not one. Rather, he’s spent his life working the system for all it’s worth, enriching himself. He’s worked the banks and the Clintons and the Russians and the media and all the rest of it. In truth, Donald Trump is the biggest conformist of all.

Trump’s support comes mostly from working Caucasian men (formerly called blue-collar), which is to say, the little guy: factory workers, truck drivers and laborers among them; that is, the guys Bruce Springsteen sings about. You know, Joe Hardhat. Trump claims to be a billionaire and meanwhile regular folk scratching out a living are paying for his party, working two days a week for the federal government while he pays nothing.

Does anyone really think that he’s going to look out for their best interests? I realize that Trump’s supporters think he’s going to shake the tree. What they don’t seem to understand is that he’s more likely to chop it down and burn it for firewood.

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Now is a Long Time

Posted by Len Wallick

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The astrology of today’s New Moon in Libra indicates that this is a special moment. No less special is your ability to make this a day you’ll always remember. In this offering, Len Wallick serves you with a modest proposal for how to get it done.

Democracy Now! — Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

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“We are under attack from climate change — and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII,” says Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, in an extended interview in Democracy Now!’s New York studio. “It’s not that we need to go to war with climate change, it’s that we are under siege.” This comes as 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever on record.

Four Winds Report for Sept. 30, 2016

Posted by Planet Waves

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Libra is the sign of relationships. In our era, relationships are under profound strain, largely due to living under digital conditions. While all these tools we use seem innocent enough, they are all robotic devices, and they are teaching us to act, and think, like robots. If you’re experiencing alienation and wondering what it’s about, you might look there first.

Democracy Now! — Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

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Protests continue in the San Diego, California, suburb of El Cajon, where police shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Tuesday after his sister called 911 to report her brother was having a mental health emergency.

Rebalancing Relationships, New Moon to Full Moon

Posted by Amanda Painter

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Friday, Sept. 30 (into Oct. 1), there’s a New Moon in Libra. Looking ahead, this lunation plants the seed for a Full Moon conjunct the Uranus-Eris square, a ‘sign of the times’ regarding modern identity via technology. Amanda Painter notes that the Libra New Moon suggests some questions about how you renegotiate your relationships in that environment.