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April 20, 2009 - Mexico's Narco-Traffickers, an empowered EPA, and Susan Boyle

April 27, 2009 - Torture memos, Top Five Astro-Events for May, and Susan Boyle's makeover

May 4, 2009 - Joseph Luter III, Hygeian, the Goddess of health, and American Idol Adam Lambert

May 11, 2009 - the Fed's stress tests, Pakistan Pres. Zardari, and Miss California Carrie Prejean

May 18, 2009 - The New Foundation, automakers and the U.S. Mars, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard
May 25, 2009 - June's Top Five Astro-Events, Neptune and Marijuana, and the Eye of Medusa and Lucy Gordon

June 1, 2009 - North Korea tests the world, Sonio Sotomayor, and Conan O'Brien on Tonight Show

June 8, 2009 - Netan-yahu's Mars, Ted Kennedy's Last Cause, and David Carradine's suicide

June 15, 2009 - Iran's shaking foundation, Laura Ling in North Korea, and Marina Orlova, youtube guru

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August 3, 2009 - A day in the Life of Henry Gates, excessive executive pay, and Dr. Conrad Murray

August 10, 2009 - Obama's prospects, Mars in the danger zone, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child

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NewsScope for January 18, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Haiti's Earthquake

The scale of the disaster so overwhelmed Haiti that government officials and national police simply abandoned their posts. The Red Cross estimated some 50,000 had died, while relief efforts were stymied by widespread transportation and telecommunication failures. President Obama sent the U.S. military in to manage the security and relief issues and the hundreds of millions of dollars pledged by world leaders.

Haiti's horoscope (January 1, 1804; Gonaives, Haiti; noon) reflects the long and difficult history of the country, as well as the current devastation. The Capricorn Sun attended by six other placements in Capricorn shows the tendency for strong, patriarchal government. But
with a Mars-Chiron conjunction squaring Saturn, the government has often been ruled by corrupt dictators supported by a brutal and oppressive military.

At the moment of the 7.0 earthquake (January 12, 2010; 21:53 UTC), transiting Saturn and Pluto were squaring each other while aligned with Haiti's Mars-Chiron square Saturn. If we think of the transiting Saturn-Pluto square as a crisis of authority (as described here last week), we can see how this incident left Haiti without a functioning central government.

Natally, the Moon opposes Pluto in the Virgo-Pisces polarity, which describes a population that has been victimized politically, socially and economically. Challenging transits and/or progressions to planets in the Virgo-Pisces axis often lead to disaster. In Haiti's case, the progressed Moon and Pluto were conjunct in Pisces while being squared by progressed Mars. Here we have the indications for violence and chaos that could have been seen beforehand had any astrologers been tracking Haiti's national horoscope.
The Eclipse, Mars and Neptune Hit the U.S. Horoscope
Google Fights Censorship in China

On January 12, Google announced that it would no longer censor search results in China, a stunning reversal in policy that could result in Google closing down its China operation. Google said its decision was based a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" aimed at gathering information on human rights dissidents. Although several other corporations were attacked, only Google had the moral impulse to resist.

Google was founded* when the Sun was in analytical Virgo (September 4, 1998; 12 pm; Mountain View, CA). Mercury, the
A NewsScope reader noted the fascinating connection between last week's New Moon eclipse and the rise and fall of numerous broadcast personalities. NBC's cast of stand-up comics has become a joke in its own right, with Conan O'Brien threatening to go to FOX as Jay Leno returns to the 11:35 pm slot. And over at FOX, Sarah Palin began her stint as a political commentator.
Why the eclipse should affect U.S. media personalities becomes clear when considering the U.S. Scorpio Rising horoscope (July 4, 2:21 pm; Philadelphia). This chart's ruling planet is Pluto, found in the third house of news and information. Pluto here symbolizes the fascinating, charismatic media personalities that shape public opinion and perceptions. The eclipse took place at 25º Capricorn, only 2º from the U.S. Pluto.

Also last week, transiting Mars was conjunct the U.S. Midheaven when Obama ordered the Pentagon to send troops into Haiti. The U.S. military achieved some honor (Midheaven) by being the only force in the region with the power and agility to take over. Mars also rules sports, and with Neptune (the planet of scandal) near the U.S. Moon, Mark McGwire admitted to using steroids. The last time Mars was on the Midheaven was when Tiger Woods' star fell.

And speaking of Neptunian scandals, last Friday, as Neptune came within 1/4 degree of the U.S. Moon, Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall of Tylenol and related over-the-counter drugs because of a smelly mold in the product. Neptune, the natural ruler of drugs, is also the unseen force behind J&J's bribing of Omnicare pharmacists to over-recommend Risperdal to their many elderly patients, a story just now emerging.
natural ruler of information, is conjunct the Midheaven, where it's financially enhanced by a conjunction with Venus, and given a moral compass by the close quincunx to Jupiter in Pisces. Mercury here has helped make Google the wealthiest, most recognized search engine in the world.

On July 19, 2005, Google announced that it was opening in China. At the time, transiting Uranus was opposing Google's Sun, signifying the breakthrough into a vast market area generally closed to outsiders. Transiting Pluto favorably trine natal Mercury suggested the successful expansion of its information enterprise. However, Pluto was also squaring natal Jupiter, and many observers criticized Google for not obeying its primary objective to "Do
* Google's incorporation date can be found at
The Google IPO took place on August 19, 2004.
No Evil", which is the company slogan.

After four years, Google finally put its cyber foot down. Transiting Uranus was applying to Google's Jupiter (as P2 Sun opposed P2 Jupiter), implying an awakening of its primary objective. However, transiting Neptune was exactly opposite Google's Mercury (orb 0º01'), indicating its uncertain status in China. From a purely business perspective, transiting Pluto trine Google's Saturn in Taurus indicates a solid financial future.
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