New Moon: 7 Sagittarius 43′

 

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The Sabien symbol for  7-8 deg Sagittarius:

Within The Depths Of The Earth New Elements Are Being Formed

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A new moon is the perfect time to set an intention in keeping with its purview of the space. This new moon covers 2.43′ – 12.43′ Sagittarius. Checking your wheel for which house/s of life experience this covers and coming up with a statement of intent on these matters is a wise, judicious, beneficial, faith-exercising and mind expanding thing to do. ūüôā

Tip: your level of awareness in these matters will also inform your assessments concerning value exchanges, emotional or material, with others. Intend to expand your awareness!

– weaver

 

Full Moon: 22 Gemini 26

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A 5-star Tip From Gray Crawford: The Full Moon in Gemini is a gateway into the first exact opposition between Jupiter and Uranus in their current cycle, as in the dark Moon of the forthcoming waning lunar cycle Jupiter will form an exact opposition with Uranus on 26 December 2016.  The opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries, with Saturn in Sagittarius forming a trine to Uranus and a sextile with Jupiter, is one of the dominant aspects of astrology in the year ahead.  We are only at the beginning of getting a sense of what these transits will mean for us in our lives, and although there are already signs of potential meaning there is  such an unexpected, shocking quality to Uranus that becomes strikingly catalyzed through an opposition with Jupiter, that its impossible to know fully what to expect given that experience can rapidly shift and change with sudden developments that come seemingly out of nowhere.  In the tension between the opposition between Jupiter and Uranus, it will be fruitful to make space away from relationships in order to attune within to everything being activated from external sources.  There is dynamic inventiveness found within these aspects to express into all manner of creativity that needs channels of release that will support its flow, rather than projecting it at walls of resistance that will only block and repress it.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 02/10/16

 

Galactic Seed Planting

A head full of readings from our recent new moon made me pause on¬†an article about the European Space Agency and it‚Äôs Rosetta that got so explicit about the craft‚Äôs final moments. ¬†geek.com reports that ‚ÄėRosetta executed its final maneuver at 2200GMT on September 29th, sending it down to the surface. 14 hours later, it made contact with the comet and the signal was lost. The ESA calculated that Rosetta was probably moving at roughly 2 miles per hour when it hit…The history-making probe now rests on a smooth patch of ground in the Ma‚Äôat region of 67P. It‚Äôs gone, but not forgotten.‚Äô The ESA had two choices, evidently: 1. Let the small and fragile craft sail on into space-time or 2. Execute it‚Äôs deposit. Other reports that I read relayed that the ‚Äėsmooth patch of ground‚Äô is actually surrounded by ravine-like walls that regularly spew gases and dust and the ESA wanted some of that content on Rosetta‚Äôs way down. I imagine that smooth patch is composed of ongoing sediment build-up.

I realize that not everyone thinks like me (ha!) but darned if that didn’t sound like a galactic ‚Äďscaled seed planting to me, whether it crossed their minds or not. I decided to check if astrowiki had an inception chart for the European Space Agency and it does‚Ķ but its not a very good one because it lacks a time. Still, we‚Äôll take what we can get and it isn’t really so crucial for this type of fun. The ESA data puts the new moon in Libra in conjunction to ESA‚Äôs Pluto rx, opposite it‚Äôs Mars in Aries, trine a Gemini Sun, and sextile Neptune rx in Sag. All of these aspects are tight. I find that interesting.

Bayer Buys Monsanto

Well, this story could occupy a professional journalist full time so I am only going to put¬†a primer¬†out here at this point, mostly courtesy of Bayer as a matter of fact, and some of my thoughts. When I first heard about this I was so sad. My childhood-based idea of Bayer is¬†all about aspirin = pain relief. ’nuff said! ¬†But seriously, that is really it. I’ve never used pharmaceuticals otherwise, except for antibiotics less than a handful of times. All I¬†know¬†about Monsanto is ‘seeds are intellectual property’ (huh? oh, like corporations are people, right?) and youtube is filled with farmers swearing that by the second year, all the crops succumb to one problem or another and they have no money left to buy more seeds, let alone survive; we do not know the long-term repercussions of gene or trait manipulation in seeds. In other words, I am not really qualified to critique but I am super¬†skiddish,¬†to say the least, of Monsanto and can only say, in my weak defense, that I have simply never thought of Bayer specifically when fuming about pharmaceutical companies. Further, it seems that Bayer has quite the reputation for cruising below radar.

Not.any.more.

First clue that this is stellar news is a specific website Bayer has put up about it’s buy-out that starts the reader off in a section called, ‘Social Disclaimer’ wherein they list all the reasons why we shouldn’t take this as a done deal. Included in the list is¬†‚Äėthe impact of indebtedness incurred by Bayer in connection with the transaction and the potential impact on the rating of indebtedness of Bayer; the effects of the business combination of Bayer and Monsanto, including the combined company‚Äôs future financial condition, operating results, strategy and plans‚Äô.

So, show me the money, baby.

Cyclical Upswing

And then you arrive at the rather dreamy section entitled, Compelling Strategic Rationale, and read that

Pro forma sales of the combined business amounted to EUR 23 billion in calendar year 2015. In combining Bayer and Monsanto, we are well positioned to benefit from a cyclical upswing in the Ag market and we expect to create substantial value for our shareholders. For Bayer shareholders, we expect the transaction to provide accretion to core EPS (earnings per share) in the first full year after closing and a double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year. We have confirmed sales and cost synergies assumptions in due diligence and expect annual EBITDA contributions from total synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three, plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years.

Farmers will benefit from a range of new, superior solutions aimed at helping to advance the next generation of farming and to address some of society’s most pressing challenges:

  • Integrated product portfolio across crops and indications with a comprehensive offering of Seed and Crop Protection products;

  • Creation of a leading platform in Digital Farming; and

  • Leading innovation capabilities and R&D technology platforms, with an annual pro-forma R&D budget of approximately EUR 2.5 billion.

First thing to note here, from what I understand of Digital Farming, this is really a logical and super helpful application of technology. I will look into this more. Otherwise…

More ‘show me the money, baby’ In other words, you should be so fortunate as to be well positioned for an upcoming agricultural upswing which, i guess, means hungry people..?¬†If you, who don’t worry about your next meal, can afford to buy the stock, you should. Just double check the fine print:

Bayer intends to finance the transaction with a combination of debt and equity. The equity component of approximately USD 19 billion is expected to be raised through an issuance of mandatory convertible bonds and through a rights issue with subscription rights. Bridge financing for USD 57 billion is committed by BofA, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan.

(Cash doesn’t actually mean cash, silly!)

Creating Value for All¬†is defined thus: ‘The combined agriculture business will have its global Seeds & Traits and North American commercial headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, its global Crop Protection and divisional Crop Science headquarters in Monheim, Germany, and an important presence in Durham, North Carolina, as well as many other locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Digital Farming activities for the combined business will be based in San Francisco, California.’ After all, writes Bayer on it’s own behalf, ‘We can build on an extensive track record of integrating a diverse range of international businesses…Since 2005, we have acquired and successfully integrated a number of multi-billion Euro businesses.’

I think that has been below most people’s radar…(Not.any.more.)

A Wall Street Journal online article excerpt (by Jacob Bunge and Christopher Alessi) concerning the buy-out:

Seed makers, having laid off thousands of employees and mothballed some research projects, regard mergers as a way to cut costs while more deeply integrating the development of new seeds and chemicals.

Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. are pursuing a merger, and Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta AG agreed in February to a $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp., a state-owned company that sells generic agricultural chemicals.

So it’s not an isolated event, it’s just the biggest in a global bunch. Now the phenomenon has our attention and the proverbial oxygen is being sucked up into¬†this FEAR that we must FIND some way to feed 3 or so billion more people in the coming decades. Like our own little household doesn’t overwhelm us as it is, sometimes.

A commenter on the WSJ article put out some excellent points: since EU and German public policy is to ban GMO agricultural products, how does Bayer, a German corporation, justify buying a corporation whose main line of business is GMO? And the press releases say there is very little overlap, but Bayer makes pesticides, and Monsanto’s gene modifications enable lower pesticide use, so how are the two businesses not competing with each other?

I don’t have anything else to offer on this issue at the moment so while the lawyers are frantically greasing wheels, lets focus on what we do have some control over and that is our own microcosm, our own life philosophy and some wisdom from Nassim Taleb of Black Swan fame…

On Antifragility

There is a reason the elephant is the biggest land creature nature has designed. This was the biggest that could afford to be built: if there is a scarcity of water, the elephant must ‚Äėpay up‚Äô far more than the mouse and will suffer far sooner.

I am regional, not national, in orientation.

The only way you can understand life is if you have something at risk.

When the bridge collapses, you don’t call the owner of the last truck that managed to cross the bridge, you call the engineer of the bridge.

Specialty causes you to be a lot more fragile…you are less robust to changes in your environment…organically things develop in a way to become more robust…

*****

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Sunday Surfing: Space Out Edition 21/08/16

 

Launched in 1993, the¬†DEFCON¬†Hackers Conference has grown to be a significant meet-up place for thousands of cyber wizards, a.k.a. people who are naturally really good at thinking and thus, creating,¬† in code. The Wikipedia link alone with its summary of happenings makes an (astro) blogger think it deserves its own post ‚Äď intriguing!, says this humble key pecker whose entire tiny site is in dire need of renovation ‚Äď but let‚Äôs stay timely…

In 2012, when founder Jeff Moss asked the head of the NSA, “Does the NSA really keep a file on everyone, and if so, how can I see mine?”, I think only a fool would lie to this group of people. In fact, I would bet that was simply a gracious offer to come clean before being forced to. Whadaya know‚Ķ less than a year later, programs like PRISM were undeniable and the Feds were asked to abstain from attendance.

2016 site offerings featured an essay by two bloggers; here’s a little summary:

Hackers and Healthcare: A Call To Arms

by Christian ‚Äúquaddi‚ÄĚ Dameff, MD and Jeff ‚Äúr3plicant‚ÄĚ Tully, MD

‚Äė‚ĶAs physicians, we work daily to alleviate the suffering our patients endure at the hands of diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes‚ĶAs futurists, we recognize the vast potential of computer driven drug design, genetic manipulation, and implantable medical devices to improve the lives of billions‚ĶAs hackers, we recognize the rapidly enlarging technologic foundation of health care, from electronic medical records to telemedicine‚Ķwe applaud DEF CON for allowing non-traditional hackers to voice such calls to action. Our world is beset by an ever-growing number of serious threats, and international collaboration between motivated, innovative hackers working to address these challenges may be just what the doctor ordered.‚Äô

2017 will be the 25th anniversary of DEFCON. Will you be going?

 

Quantum Private Comms

So, you’ve got two photons that are linked (entangled) from ‚Äėbirth‚Äô (stimulated into existence). This means that no matter where one of these two exists in All of Space, the other is somehow in touch/affected by/in synch. They share all that is experienced between them.

Evidently, we have managed to force a distance of 300km of space between 2 linked photons ‚Äď here on earth ‚Äď and record these phenomena to be true. But beyond that range there can be too much interference from space junk and (I think) we lose track of them. So now, great minds in China (and a few from Austria) are wondering if there will be less interference in outer space and thus, the trackable distance between the twins can be increased. If so, the possibility of passing messages between two parties in complete privacy and in real time for both parties becomes a probability. Are you seeing where this is going…?

(Source 1 and Source 2)

Billions of dollars have been spent over many years to get to this point. On the one hand, it is thrilling all that we will learn and the trickle-down effect of major science projects like this for the masses is fun to think about. On the other hand, the rule, ‚Äėfor every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction‚Äô, comes to mind like a little fluttering yellow flag (with zero basis in anything but gut, I admit) and at the risk of sounding a bit dramatic, I cannot help but wonder how much further along a select group could be than we can even imagine. Which brings us nicely to our last two segments‚Ķ

But first a mention of the

Newspace Paradigm, a term that Jeff Krukin defines (great source) as

  • Space-related products and services are sold with a fixed-price (versus the traditional space industry’s cost-plus government procurement model)
  • Customers include individual consumers, corporations, and government agencies
  • The company is funded primarily by the owner(s), angel investors, and/or venture capital
  • A significant portion of the company’s revenue is earned from non-government entities
  • When doing business with NASA it is more likely to be within the format of a Space Act Agreement rather than the more odious, costly, bureaucratic, and oversight-heavy Federal Acquisition Regulations process

 

A Permanent Moon Base

The European Space Agency thinks it can build a two story, 4 person work/live habitat using 3D printing and lunar soil, 90 days from stationing it’s bot on the surface.

The Chinese think its wiser to build underground ‚Äď which makes more sense to me, what with meteorite strikes and radiation. The Lunar Palace 1 has proven its ability to house people safely for 105 days and those people grew crops. Note: the chief architect on this project is Liu Hong, PhD

In a paper published in 2015, we learn that

‚Äė(A) workshop, titled¬†Low Cost Strategies for Lunar Settlement, brought together about 50 scientists, engineers, executives, and entrepreneurs with significant backgrounds and interests in lunar exploration and development… The group was assembled to answer the question:¬†Is it possible to have a permanent human lunar settlement of about 10 people on the Moon by 2022, for a price tag of $5 billion or less?¬†The surprising consensus answer to this question was a qualified¬†Yes, under the right organizational and funding conditions.¬†There were no technical showstoppers and a great deal of the technologies needed were either on the shelf or could be developed in a relatively short period of time using contemporary techniques.‚Äô

Digging a little deeper in offerings from this group, I quote:

America could lead a return of humans to the surface of the Moon within a period of 5-7 years from authority to proceed at an estimated total cost of about $10 Billion (+/- 30%) for two independent and competing commercial service providers, or about $5 Billion for each provider, using partnership methods. (page 4)

And of course, you could see this coming:

The Magnetic Attraction of Mars

The NextGen ELA (Evolvable Lunar Architecture) report ¬†states, ‘We evaluated an ELA concept that was designed as an incremental, low-cost and low-risk method for returning humans to the Moon in a manner that directly supports NASA‚Äôs long-term plan to send humans to Mars.’

The Mars One mission statement has a lock on the passion: ‘It is Mars One’s goal to establish a human settlement on Mars…Exploring the solar system as a united humanity will bring us all closer together.’ This is a private-sector endeavor that has no plans for a pit stop on the moon or a return trip. It’s all or nothing for Mars.

Elon Musk of SpaceX will announce plans in September of this year concerning details of their program called Mars Colonial Transporter to send humans to Mars in 2024, return them to Earth, and thereafter begin colonization of Mars.

NASA is hoping and working for the more modest goal of the mid 2030s¬†with ‘a¬†fleet of robotic spacecraft and rovers already are on and around Mars, dramatically increasing our knowledge about the Red Planet .’

As of this writing, I don’t see China planning a manned mission with any serious dateline. India, ditto. Staff writers at Mars Daily – yes, really! subheader¬†reads: ‘the discovery, exploration and application of ares’ – report, ‘[Roscosmos spokesperson]¬†Bourenkov told Russian media that “projects involving [human] flight into deep space can only be international in nature. If a trip to Mars takes place, it will be with Russia’s participation.”

Outer space venturing¬†still has that wonderful theme of cooperation amongst nations and competition as a¬†friendly catalyst firmly embedded in¬†just about every publication available to the common eye. It seems when we are forced to work together, we do so and well. The International Space Station has been a working, living proof¬†of this (as far as I can¬†tell) for¬†18 years. In fact, ‘The first rudimentary station was created in 1969 by the linking of two Russian Soyuz vehicles in space, followed by other stations and developments in space technology until construction began on the ISS in 1998…’ and ‘is the result of unprecedented scientific and engineering collaboration among five space agencies representing 15 countries.’¬†Sounds so nice, doesn’t it? So we will save the deets on mining for another post and another day.

Onward and upward, fellow heroes,

– weaver

 

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