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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

1) December Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of November 2013:

To listen to the 12/3/2013 archived show (available 12/4/2013): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/12/04/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive-1

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2)  November Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline…Click on the “*” left and next to each article link title to go to the article).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 11/5/2013 archived show (available 11/6/2013): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/11/06/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive-1

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Friday 11/1/2013 … UPTI: 93%  (see the November 5th show notes at: markpavlisin.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-radio-show-notes-for-tuesday-november-5th-2013/

Thursday 11/7/2013 … UPTI: 49%

Several sunspot regions are on the farside of the Sun and will begin rotating around the eastern limb in the next 24 hours and continue through the week and any solar activity CME (coronal mass ejections) will be Earth directed.

Struggle for Survival in Philippine City Shattered by Typhoon

By KEITH BRADSHER

Destroyed buildings lined every road of Tacloban, the city hit hardest by the typhoon, and many streets were still so clogged with debris that they were barely discernible. Typhoon Haiyan, which cut a destructive path across the Philippines on Friday, is believed by some climatologists to be the strongest storm to ever make landfall. Thousands are feared dead or missing.

De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor

By MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID W. CHEN

The election of Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate, amounted to a forceful rejection of the hard-nosed, business-minded style of governance that reigned at City Hall for the past two decades.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat, Is Elected Governor of Virginia in Tight Race

By TRIP GABRIEL

Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic fund-raiser, won by two points after outraising Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the attorney general, nearly two to one.

Apologizing, Obama Yields to Criticism of Health Law

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

President Obama offered his apologies to people who were forced off their health insurance plans by the Affordable Care Act despite “assurances from me.”

Sebelius Rejects Bipartisan Calls for Delay in Health Law

By ROBERT PEAR

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said that despite problems with the federal health insurance exchange, “people’s lives depend” on pressing ahead with the law.

U.S. Will Ease Sanctions if Iran Halts Nuclear Program, Official Says

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

An Obama administration official said that an Iranian agreement to halt nuclear activity, for six months perhaps, would buy time for negotiators to work out a more sweeping deal.

More Asteroid Strikes Are Likely, Scientists Say

By KENNETH CHANG

In new research, a team of scientists is suggesting that the Earth is vulnerable to asteroid strikes as often as every decade or two.

Twitter’s Market Valuation Suggests Wall St. Sees Huge Growth Potential

By PETER EAVIS

Investors are betting that Twitter will become wildly profitable as advertisers pay it increasing amounts of money to reach consumers who tweet.

China Wants Its Movies to Be Big in the U.S., Too

By MICHAEL CIEPLY

China’s ambitious new film entrepreneurs, dozens of whom gathered in California this week for industry events, want something that has largely eluded them: a homemade global hit

F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease.

Senate Approves Ban on Antigay Bias in Workplace

By JEREMY W. PETERS

The Senate voted 64 to 32 in a bipartisan show of support that is rare for any social issue, though the bill’s prospects in the House are uncertain.

European Central Bank Cuts Main Rate

By JACK EWING

The E.C.B. moved to stimulate the economy with an unexpected reduction of its benchmark interest rate to 0.25 percent, a record low.

Billionaires Received U.S. Farm Subsidies, Report Finds

By RON NIXON

The federal government paid $11.3 million to 50 billionaires or businesses they own over a 17-year period, the Environmental Working Group says.

Rules to Require Equal Coverage for Mental Ills

By JACKIE CALMES and ROBERT PEAR

The regulations, which the White House sees as part of a push to curb gun violence, will require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses.

F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery-clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease.

After a Break, Turkey’s Prime Minister Again Courts Controversy

By TIM ARANGO

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had tempered his often divisive public comments after protests a few months ago, stirs anger by attacking a new target: coed dormitories.

Pakistani Taliban Pick Hard-Liner as Leader, Imperiling Proposed Peace Talks

By DECLAN WALSH

The Taliban’s governing council chose Mullah Fazlullah, best known for radio broadcasts in which he has called for public beatings and executions.

Cut in Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices on Poor

By KIM SEVERSON and WINNIE HU

With reduced benefits starting this month, many recipients are buying fewer groceries and planning visits to food pantries to tide them over.

Colorado Cities’ Rejection of Fracking Poses Political Test for Natural Gas Industry

By MICHAEL WINES

Anti-drilling measures approved in the state, which has long been a major oil and gas producer, reflect growing concerns about the effect on the environment, experts said.

Wednesday 11/13/2013 … UPTI: 80% …Friday 11/15/2013 … UPTI: 64%

Between Nov. 9-13th, five X-class flares released from the Sun, some of which were Earth directed. It generally takes between 48 and 72 hours for a solar event to hit Earth’s magnetic field. Nov. 17th, across the US Midwest 81 tornadoes sighted, 358 reports of damaging winds, 40 reports of large hail, six people dead in Illinois, hundreds of homes flattened and splintered. Since 1986, there have been 194 tornado warnings issued in the month of November in Illinois: More than half of them, 101, were issued Sunday, according to the Chicago Weather Center.

Scores of Tornadoes Slam Midwest States

By EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS

Severe storms moved through the Midwest on Sunday the 17th, destroying towns in Illinois and causing thousands of power failures across the region.

Militant Leader Is Killed in Pakistan

By DECLAN WALSH and IHSANULLAH TIPU MEHSUD

Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group’s main financier, was shot dead outside Islamabad in the latest setback for terrorist groups sheltering in Pakistan.

g Data’s Little Brother

By QUENTIN HARDY

Start-ups are gathering data and analyzing it much faster than was possible even a couple of years ago, aiming to project economic trends from seemingly unconnected information.

U.S. Reaches Preliminary Deal in American-US Airways Merger Lawsuit

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and JAD MOUAWAD

The Justice Department reached agreement on its antitrust fight with American Airlines and US Airways over their proposed merger, according to a court document.

China’s Leaders Urge More Market Control of Economy

By CHRIS BUCKLEY

Chinese Communist Party leaders vowed on Tuesday to push through changes that will give market competition a “decisive role” in allocating resources, and announced the formation of a new committee to oversee national security.

Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is Not Expected to Last

By MATTHEW L. WALD

A report by the International Energy Agency predicts that so-called light tight oil will peak around 2020, then plateau.

Experts Reshape Treatment Guide For Cholesterol

By GINA KOLATA

The guidelines from the nation’s leading heart organizations will fundamentally reshape the use of cholesterol-lowering statin medicines now prescribed for a quarter of Americans over 40.

House Stalls Trade Pact Momentum

By ANNIE LOWREY

Nearly half of the members of the House of Representatives have signed letters signaling opposition to “fast track” authority for a trade pact with Pacific Rim nations.

In Europe, Thousands of Requests for Facebook Data

By JAMES KANTER

The company received 8,500 requests from the European Union affecting 10,000 user accounts during the first six months of this year, according to a Facebook director of policy.

Quebec’s Tea Party Moment

By MARTIN PATRIQUIN

By outlawing religious attire, Quebec’s legislature would present further hurdles to the province’s immigrants.

With Enrollment Slow, Some Democrats Back Change in Health Law

By ASHLEY PARKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Congressional Democrats are increasingly expressing support for allowing Americans to retain the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.

Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive

By ANNIE LOWREY

The simplest welfare program imaginable: an income for everyone, no strings attached.

Motorola to Offer Smartphone Aimed at Emerging Markets

By BRIAN X. CHEN

The company, now owned by Google, will begin selling a $180 smartphone called the Moto G in markets like Brazil, Chile and Peru, where the appeal of a low-cost device should be high.

Friday 11/22/2013 … UPTI: 54%

New findings from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) were published in the scientific journal Space Weather. As a result of Earth’s magnetic field weakening, and solar cycle 24 less active than cycle 23, the effects of charged particles have become a real concern.

Landmark Senate Vote Limits Filibusters

By JEREMY W. PETERS

The Senate voted on Thursday to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that will fundamentally alter the way the Senate functions.

A Move Years in the Making, With Lasting Ramifications

By CARL HULSE

A new willingness to alter the rules in the Senate will open a pipeline of stalled nominations and potentially alter the conservative makeup of a highly influential appeals court.

Karzai Says Security Pact With U.S. Should Be Signed Next Year

By AZAM AHMED

On a day a council of Afghan leaders had gathered to weigh the deal, President Hamid Karzai’s comments again threaten a long-term security agreement.

Panel Backs Yellen for Fed Chief to Set Up Full Senate Vote

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Janet L. Yellen on Thursday moved closer toward becoming the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve Board when the Senate Banking Committee sent her nomination to the full Senate with a 14-8 vote.

Jury Finds Samsung Owes Nearly $290 Million in Apple Patent Trial

By BRIAN X. CHEN

The jury’s decision puts an end to one chapter in the long-running patent saga between the two tech companies.

Accord Reached With Iran to Halt Nuclear Program

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

The foreign policy chief of the European Union and Iranian officials announced a landmark accord that would temporarily freeze Tehran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more sweeping deal.

Powerful Syrian Rebel Groups Merge Against Assad

By BEN HUBBARD and KARAM SHOUMALI

The new group, the Islamic Front, was announced in a video shown on Al Jazeera television on Friday and featured some of Syria’s most widely recognized rebel commanders.

Urbanites Flee China’s Smog for Blue Skies

By EDWARD WONG

China is undergoing a surprising reverse migration: As millions leave to find work in the cities, some well-educated urban dwellers are relocating to small towns.

N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power

By JAMES RISEN and LAURA POITRAS

The top-secret document described strategies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and stay ahead of adversaries in intelligence collection.

Veteran Union Activist Fasts to Support Rights for Illegal Immigrants

By JULIA PRESTON

Eliseo Medina says he wants to “touch the heart” of Speaker John A. Boehner and make him act on immigration reform.

Sylvia Browne Dies at 77; Self-Proclaimed Psychic

By WILLIAM YARDLEY

Ms. Browne, who appeared on “Larry King Live” and other shows, said she could speak to the dead and claimed to have helped police find murder suspects and their victims.

Tuesday 11/26/2013 … UPTI: 45%

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung Volcano with Indonesian authorities raised the alert status for one of the country’s most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-7.0 earthquake has hit in the South Atlantic, southwest of the Falkland Islands.

The orbit of the comet ISON brings it through the solar system.

U.S. and Saudis in Growing Rift as Power Shifts

By ROBERT F. WORTH

The United States-Saudi relationship is still close, but their interests are not as aligned as they once were.

Militia in Benghazi Flees After Deadly Gun Battle

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

The fighting followed the deaths of at least 43 people in Tripoli this month and came as rival factions flex their muscles ahead of a bid to elect a constitutional assembly.

New Clues May Change Buddha’s Date of Birth

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

At a temple in Nepal that contains a pillar documenting a homage at the Buddha’s birthplace, researchers determined that lower structures were erected as early as the sixth century B.C.

As Homeless Line Up for Food, Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions

By ADAM NAGOURNEY

A temperate climate, cuts in federal spending on the homeless and a court-ordered effort by California to shrink its prison population have contributed to a severe problem.

N.S.A. May Have Penetrated Internet Cable Links

By NICOLE PERLROTH and JOHN MARKOFF

Security experts say they believe that government spies hit the big Internet companies at a weak spot – the fiber-optic cables that connect their data centers.

New Campaign Rules Proposed for Tax-Exempt Nonprofits

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

The Obama administration’s proposals would curtail political activity by tax-exempt nonprofit groups, a significant change for one of the fastest-growing sources of campaign spending.

U.S. Flies B-52s Into China’s Expanded Air Defense Zone

By THOM SHANKER

Two long-range American bombers have conducted what Pentagon officials described as a routine training mission through international air space recently claimed by China.

Justices Take Companies’ Cases Challenging Contraception Rule

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court agreed to hear cases on whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for birth control based on the religious beliefs.

In Major Document, Pope Francis Presents His Vision

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

In the pope’s first significant piece of written work, Francis called on Christians to create a more compassionate church that champions the poor.

Friday 11/29/2013 … UPTI: 28%

Online Health Law Sign-Up Is Delayed for Small Business

By ROBERT PEAR

The delay was expected in a provision that allows small businesses to go online and get insurance for their employees through the website of the federal marketplace.

Lack of Doctors May Worsen as Millions Join Medicaid Rolls

By ABBY GOODNOUGH

Under the new health care law, a wave of additional Americans will soon be covered by Medicaid, a program that has struggled with a shortage of doctors willing to accept its low reimbursement rates and red tape.

China Sends Jets Into ‘Air Defense’ Zone After Flights by Japan and South Korea

By MARTIN FACKLER

The Chinese jet fighters were sent in after Japan and South Korea defied demands by Beijing that it be notified of all traffic entering the zone.

Secret Weapon in Mall Battle: Parking Apps

By JACLYN TROP

Smartphone apps are one way malls and shopping districts are trying to make parking easier to lure customers away from their computers and back into the realm of brick-and-mortar stores.

Mixed Legacy for Departing Pakistani Army Chief

By DECLAN WALSH

As the taciturn Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani steps down, little has changed in the American-Pakistani relationship despite years of diplomatic effort.

Law Limiting Plastic Guns Set to Expire

By JEREMY W. PETERS and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

As 3-D printing technology makes it possible to produce weapons that can avoid detection, police and members of Congress fear the consequences if the Undetectable Firearms Act is not renewed.

South Carolina Threatens Washington Over Cleanup

By MATTHEW L. WALD

The Energy Department began cleaning up the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant in 1996, and now says the work may not be finished until the 2040s.

Ukraine Backs Down

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Faced with Russia’s anger, President Yanukovich suspends trade talks with Europe.

Euro Zone Inflation Rises to 0.9% as Jobless Rate Dips to 12.1%

By JACK EWING

The data are unlikely to end the debate about whether the region remains at risk of deflation, but suggest the economy is slowly improving.

Monday 12/2/2013 … UPTI: 80%

As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In

By JACK HEALY

With the new prosperity, soaring crime rates have come to places in Montana and North Dakota, straining law enforcement resources and shattering the sense of safety.

North Korea Releases a Video of a U.S. Veteran Confessing to ‘Hostile Acts’

By JANE PERLEZ

The veteran, Merrill Newman, 85, who has been held since Oct. 26, read excerpts from the apology from several sheets of white paper.

That ‘Made in U.S.A.’ Premium

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

Retailers and manufacturers say consumers’ stated desire for clothing produced in the United States is often outweighed by a preference for the lower prices of foreign-made goods.

When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

By ANNE EISENBERG

Companies are developing software to analyze our fleeting facial expressions and to get at the emotions behind them.

Shopping for a Girl? Consider Science and Engineering Toys

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

A small group of toymakers and others are trying to break gender stereotypes by making toys to get girls excited about science and engineering.

Congress Takes on Abusive Patent Suits

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

New measures should help reduce litigation, but more substantive reforms are needed.

A Commuter Train Accident in the Bronx Kills 4 and Injures Dozens

By JAMES BARRON and J. DAVID GOODMAN

More than 60 passengers were injured after several train cars went off the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station on Sunday morning in what was believed to be the deadliest train crash in New York City in more than two decades.

Thousands Demand Resignation of Ukraine Leader

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

The largest showing of fury in 11 days over President Viktor F. Yanukovich’s refusal to sign political and trade accords with the European Union came as signs of fissure emerged within the government.

China Launches Moon Rover Mission

By CHRIS BUCKLEY

If the mission succeeds, China will be the third country to achieve a “soft” landing on the moon, one that allows a craft to operate after descending.

Iran’s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Unwilling to risk a confrontation with the supreme leader, who has backed the deal, Iranian hard-liners are waiting for a misstep to unleash criticism and huge protests

Thai Protests Turn Volatile as at Least 3 Are Shot Dead

By THOMAS FULLER

At least three deaths, and the demonstrators’ increasingly provocative moves, raised fears that the unrest could spread to other parts of Bangkok.

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution

By MICHAEL WINES

Six big-city school systems are combining their purchasing power to persuade suppliers to sell healthier and more environment-friendly products, like compostable food trays, at low prices.

In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs

By JUSTIN GILLIS

A beetle invasion of New Jersey’s Pinelands, said to be caused by global warming, has drawn little attention, and scientists say the state has been too slow in its response.

Comet, Thought Dead but Found Alive, Is Now Fading Away, Astronomers Say

By KENNETH CHANG

After surprising experts with its disappearance and subsequent reappearance last week, the Comet ISON is now thought to have met its demise.

In the East China Sea, a Far Bigger Test of Power Looms

By DAVID E. SANGER

In an era when the Obama administration has been focused on new forms of conflict, the dangerous contest suddenly erupting in the East China Sea seems almost a throwback to the Cold War.

Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

A growing movement of fast-food workers is seeking to press McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other restaurant chains to raise pay to $15 an hour.

Closing a Fear Gap So Children Can Achieve

By MICHAEL BRICK

Montserrat Garibay, a teacher, is hoping to shrink the stark achievement gap in schools disproportionately populated by the children of immigrants by addressing fears of deportation.

Amazon Floats the Notion of Delivery Drones

By DAVID STREITFELD

On “60 Minutes” Sunday night, Jeff Bezos of Amazon showed a video of a tiny helicopter seizing a package from a warehouse and airlifting it to a house.

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Single Stitch Tops $500

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

Hospital pricing is often convoluted, and hospital charges represent about a third of the total United States health care bill

Kurds’ Oil Deals With Turkey Raise Fears of Fissures in Iraq

By TIM ARANGO and CLIFFORD KRAUSS

Iraqi Kurds are selling oil and natural gas directly to Turkey, infuriating Washington, which fears a broader independence for Kurds in Iraq’s north.

Fates of Brooks and Coulson in Tabloid Hacking Case Are Diverging

By SARAH LYALL

Once friends, colleagues and lovers, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are on trial on charges of illegally intercepting voice messages at The News of the World, but she appears to be faring relatively better.

Amid Unrest, Ukrainian President Defends Choice on Accords

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

As thousands of protesters demanded his resignation, President Viktor F. Yanukovich seemed to brush aside the unrest and defended his refusal to sign agreements with the European Union.

Bishops Sued Over Policies on Abortion at Hospitals

By ERIK ECKHOLM

The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of a Michigan woman, is suing Catholic bishops, arguing that their anti-abortion guidelines to affiliated hospitals are leading to medical negligence.

New York Subpoenas Websites in an Effort to Curb Payday Lenders

By RACHEL ABRAMS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

The move targeted 16 so-called lead generator websites, which sell reams of consumer data to payday lenders.

New Orleans Tables Are Ready

By SHAILA DEWAN

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the restaurant industry has become the backbone of the city, similar to what the financial industry is to Wall Street.

Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

1) November Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of November 2013:

To listen to the 11/5/2013 archived show (available 11/6/2013): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/11/06/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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2)  October Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline…Click on the “*” left and next to each article link title to go to the article).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 10/01/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/10/02/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Wednesday 10/2/2013 … UPTI: 99% to Friday 10/4/2013 … UPTI: 78%

More than 300 earthquakes have struck the Gulf of Valencia, a zone not normally known for seismic activity, over the past month, according to Spain’s National Geographic Institute. The strongest, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, hit in the early hours of Tuesday.

Typhoon Danas On Its Way Towards Northeastern Japan

Govt Shutdown

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS

The federal government will shut down for the first time in nearly two decades after last-minute moves in both chambers of Congress failed to break a bitter budget standoff over the president’s health care law.

*Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

A currency shortage, created by Western sanctions, appears worse than previously thought, increasing pressure on leaders seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal.

With Accusations of Sabotage, Venezuela Expels 3 U.S. Embassy Officials

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

Accusing the officials of supporting efforts to sabotage the nation’s electrical grid, President Nicolás Maduro announced the move on live TV.

High Demand and Technical Snags Slow Debut of Insurance Marketplaces

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, ROBERT PEAR and ABBY GOODNOUGH

The insurance exchanges at the core of President Obama’s health care law began operation, with some problems.

Justices to Weigh Key Limit on Political Donors

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging limits to the overall amount a person can contribute to all federal candidates in an election cycle.

*New York to Sue Wells Fargo Over Mortgage Settlement

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

The lawsuit, expected to be filed as early as Wednesday, accuses the bank of flouting the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement aimed at stanching foreclosure abuses.

Google Accused of Wiretapping in Gmail Scans

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

The accusations, made over several years in lawsuits that have been merged into two cases, ask whether Google went too far in collecting user data in Gmail and Street View.

Google in Deal to Settle Europe’s Antitrust Case

By JAMES KANTER and MARK SCOTT

The European Union’s top competition official accepted Google’s latest offer to settle a long-running antitrust case, but he also said the company’s rivals should have a chance to respond.

Mutiny Halts Italian Gambit by Berlusconi

By JIM YARDLEY

The former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s attempt to resuscitate his endangered political career by bringing down the government instead provoked a rebellion in his own party.

Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law

By SABRINA TAVERNISE and ROBERT GEBELOFF

State failures to expand Medicaid mean two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance will not benefit from the new health law.

Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden

By NICOLE PERLROTH and SCOTT SHANE

A federal judge unsealed documents in a case involving a tech entrepreneur who refused to give the government broad access to data on users of Lavabit, his secure e-mail service, one of whom was Edward J. Snowden.

Weapons Inspection Team Begins Work in Syria

By ANNE BARNARD

A team of weapons inspectors has begun the groundwork for destroying Syria’s chemical arms, but it is unclear how it will navigate the complex task amid a civil war.

In Test Project, N.S.A. Tracked Cellphone Locations

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The National Security Agency tested the collection of location data, but never put the program into play.

Partial Victory for BP in Dispute Over Settlement

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS

A federal appeals court ordered a lower court judge to reconsider his interpretation of a settlement with claimants who filed billions of dollars of claims against BP after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Jury Clears Promoter in Death of Michael Jackson

By BEN SISARIO

The jury’s verdict saves A.E.G. Live, the world’s second-largest concert company, from paying what could have been huge damages.

Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen

By VINDU GOEL and BRIAN STELTER

Facebook and Twitter are vying to become the nation’s digital water cooler as they woo networks and advertisers.

Why Big Ag Likes Big Data

By QUENTIN HARDY

Monsanto is paying almost $1 billion for a company that looks at weather and dirt data to predict yields, its latest effort to capitalize on productivity gains from data insights.

*Gunshots at Capitol; Lockdown Now Lifted

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS

The United States Capitol was locked down around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after shots were fired in front of the building.

*Car Chase, White House to Capitol, Has Fatal End

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

A woman with a young child was shot to death after turning her vehicle into a weapon, ramming her way through barriers at the White House and on Capitol Hill

*Boat Packed With Migrants Sinks Near Sicily, Killing Dozens

By JIM YARDLEY and ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

The deaths of at least 94 people again underscored the dangerous, desperate efforts by many in Africa and the Middle East to reach Europe.

Wall St. Fears Go Beyond Shutdown

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ and CHARLIE SAVAGE

The prospect of Congress failing to raise the nation’s debt limit has economists and investors exploring options the White House might have

Twitter Filing Opens Books on Highflier

By VINDU GOEL and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

Twitter has taken the cover off its initial public offering, making public its prospectus and setting the clock on one of the most anticipated stock sales of the year

U.S. and Japan Agree to Broaden Military Alliance

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and MARTIN FACKLER

The agreement, which includes a new missile defense system in Japan and coordination on cyberthreats, signals the United States’ increased focus on Asia

*After Fraud, Regulators Go After a Bank

By FLOYD NORRIS

A government action against TD Bank, brought in connection with a customer’s Ponzi scheme, is noteworthy because it is so rare.

With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

Governors are struggling over when and whether to step in with state funds to keep an ever-growing list of shuttered parks and programs operating.

Twitter Filing Opens Books on Company

By VINDU GOEL and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

In making public its prospectus, Twitter sets the clock on one of the most anticipated stock sales of the year and shows how important mobile is to its business.

Twitter’s I.P.O. Plan Has an International Focus

By DAVID JOLLY, MARK SCOTT and ERIC PFANNER

The social-networking service said in its stock filing that more than three-quarters of its recent users are outside the United States.

Impasse With Afghanistan Raises Prospect of Total U.S. Withdrawal in 2014

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

The United States and Afghanistan are struggling to reach a deal over the role American forces will play beyond next year, officials say, raising the possibility of total withdrawal.

*Cancellation of Trip by Obama Plays to Doubts of Asia Allies

By JANE PERLEZ

With the cancellation of President Obama’s visit to Asia, his much-promoted “pivot” to Asia was undercut, and this week China’s leader, Xi Jinping, seized the opening in some of the nations Mr. Obama would have visited.

U.S. Raids in Libya and Somalia Strike Terror Targets

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, NICHOLAS KULISH and ERIC SCHMITT

American troops assisted by the F.B.I. and C.I.A. seized a militant in Tripoli who was indicted for his role in the 1998 embassy bombings, and Navy SEALs attacked a villa in a Somali town known as a militant hub.

*Selling Secrets of Phone Users to Advertisers

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and SOMINI SENGUPTA

Advertisers and tech companies are finding new ways to track us on our smartphones and reach us with individualized ads.

Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul

By JULIA PRESTON

With the focus on the government shutdown and a battle over health care and debt funding, few in Congress are giving much thought to immigration issues.

Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data

By NATASHA SINGER

Schools across the country are looking at new online ways to integrate and analyze information about their students. But privacy advocates remain wary.

 

Monday 10/7/2013 … UPTI: 47% to Wednesday 10/9/2013 … UPTI: 34% to Friday 10/11/2013 … UPTI: 42%

On Oct. 10th the second of two M-class flares set off from sunspot regions 1847 and 1865 within 2 days of each event.

A 6.3 earthquake has hit off the northeast coast of New Zealand.

Large earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude hit west of the Greek island Crete on Saturday.

*Libya Condemns U.S. for Seizing Terror Suspect

By CARLOTTA GALL and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

A day after American commandos carried out raids in two African countries, Libya’s interim government demanded an explanation from Washington for what it called the “kidnapping” of a Libyan suspect.

*Dozens Are Killed in Street Violence Across Egypt

By MAYY EL SHEIKH and KAREEM FAHIM

A surge of violence that left 51 dead and hundreds injured raised new questions about the ability of the interim government to secure the fractured country.

*Bomber Kills 13 Children At Iraq School Playground

By DURAID ADNAN

A suicide bomber killed at least 13 schoolchildren and a headmaster and wounded 80 others, the police said. It was the first of three attacks that left at least 31 people dead.

*Ailing Midwestern Cities Extend a Welcoming Hand to Immigrants

By JULIA PRESTON

Cities like Dayton, Ohio, have started “immigrant friendly” programs in hopes of reviving their economies

*Fed Up on the Prairie, and Voting on Seceding From Colorado

By JACK HEALY

In November, 11 rural counties will hold a vote on whether to secede from the state and work to form their own – or maybe join Wyoming.

Abortion Vote Exposes Rift at a Catholic University

By IAN LOVETT

Loyola Marymount trustees will decide Monday whether to remove coverage for elective abortions from the faculty and staff health care plans.

*Swarm of Rivals Seeking Share of Social Media Pie

By JENNA WORTHAM and VINDU GOEL

Ahead of its I.P.O., Twitter must prove it can fend off a younger generation of nimble social services that offer clever new ways for people to connect and share.

Default Threat Generates Fear Around Globe

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Five years after a financial crisis in the United States helped spread a deep global recession, much of the world again fears collateral damage.

*Fight Over Genetically Altered Crops Flares in Hawaii

By ANDREW POLLACK

With the collapse of the sugar and pineapple industries, seeds have become the state’s leading agricultural commodity, but residents are concerned.

*Egyptian Attacks Are Escalating Amid Stalemate

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

The lethal conflict between Egypt’s military-backed government and its Islamist opponents grew on Monday, with an expansion of attacks against government targets.

A G.O.P. Moderate in the Middle … of a Jam

By ASHLEY PARKER

Defying the party line, Representative Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania, is urging Speaker John A. Boehner to allow a vote on a budget bill without conditions.

Many in G.O.P. Offer Theory: Default Wouldn’t Be That Bad

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner had been counting on the prospect of an economic meltdown to pull Republicans into line, but many do not think there is a threat.

*Business Groups See Loss of Sway Over House G.O.P.

By ERIC LIPTON, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Washington’s traditionally cautious and pragmatic business lobby could slip into open warfare with the Tea Party faction, which has grown in influence since the 2010 election.

*Without Services, Small Businesses Feel the Pinch

By STACY COWLEY

Owners whose companies depend on government services such as a guaranteed loan, regulatory approval or a national park’s operation worry about the toll the shut down may have on them

*For Shoppers, Next Level of Instant Gratification

By HILARY STOUT

New shopping services will allow consumers to instantly buy items they see on television, in magazines and even in their refrigerators.

Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think

By ERIC PFANNER

Fewer than one-third of young people around the world are “digital natives,” according to a report published Monday billed as a comprehensive global look at the phenomenon.

*Monitoring Your Every Move

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Businesses have figured out how to track users on multiple devices, raising even more privacy concerns.

*Obama to Pick Yellen as Leader of Fed, Officials Say

By JACKIE CALMES

Ms. Yellen, the Federal Reserve’s No. 2 official, would become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, and the first Democrat to get the job since 1987.

Energy

Experts say oil prices are now relatively predictable, thanks to profound changes in supply and demand.

*For Nobel, They Can Thank the ‘God Particle’

By DENNIS OVERBYE

François Englert of Belgium and Peter W. Higgs of Britain were honored for suggesting that an invisible ocean of energy is responsible for the mass and diversity of the universe.

8 Lawmakers Arrested at Immigration Protest

By JULIA PRESTON

The representatives, all Democrats, and more than 150 other protesters were arrested as thousands gathered on the National Mall to urge Congress to pass a broad immigration overhaul this year.

New Corporate Tax Shelter: A Merger Abroad

By DAVID GELLES

More large American corporations are reducing their tax bill by buying a foreign company and effectively renouncing their United States citizenship.

Extremist Group Gains Foothold Among Kenyans

By NICHOLAS KULISH and JOSH KRON

Among disaffected and neglected Muslims in Kenya, the Shabab are finding a source of fund-raising and recruits.

In Crackdown Response, U.S. Temporarily Freezes Some Military Aid to Egypt

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER

The Obama administration announced a modest and temporary freeze on military assistance to Egypt, even as officials emphasized a desire to avoid rupturing a three-decade-old security relationship.

By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say

By JUSTIN GILLIS

A new paper based on top climate models says that by about 2047, average temperatures across the globe will be higher than any highs recorded previously, with tropics hit earlier.

*With New Abortion Restrictions, Ohio Walks a Narrow Legal Line

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Ohio has become a laboratory for a political strategy designed to discourage women from getting abortions and hamper clinic operations, without flagrantly violating Supreme Court precedent.

California Expands Availability of Abortions

By IAN LOVETT

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimester.

Health Act Embraced in California

By JENNIFER MEDINA

California is building the country’s largest state-run health insurance exchange and has already expanded Medicaid coverage for the poor.

Kochs and Other Conservatives Split Over Strategy on Health Law

By ERIC LIPTON and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

The splintering is a sign of growing concerns, among even staunch conservatives like the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, that the strategy of taking on health care at any cost may have backfired.

G.O.P. Senators See Outline for Debt Deal After Obama Meeting

By JEREMY W. PETERS and ASHLEY PARKER

Republican senators emerged from their meeting at the White House expressing confidence that the shutdown could end in a matter of days, but cautioning that details, including the length of a debt limit extension, still needed to be resolved.

G.O.P.’s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming

By JEREMY W. PETERS

Republicans are being forced to explain why they are not to blame for the government shutdown, while Tea Party activists pose an insurgent threat.

Google to Sell Users’ Endorsements

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and VINDU GOEL

A change in its terms of service would let Google include users’ names, photos and comments in ads across the Web.

Wednesday 10/16/2013 … UPTI: 97%

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the central Philippines on Tuesday morning, collapsing roofs and buildings, cracking walls and roads and killing at least six people.  Death Toll From Philippines Quake At 144, More People Missing.

A tsunami “watch” was issued after a strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit near Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

Typhoon Wipha Hammers Japan, Causing Mudslides And Killing 17 On Island.

Once-In-A-Decade Typhoon Heads For Japan Nuclear Plant …A typhoon described as the “strongest in 10 years” closed in on Japan on Wednesday, on a path that will take it towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

**Republicans Back Down, Ending Crisis Over Shutdown and Debt Limit

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER

President Obama swiftly signed a bill funding the government through Jan. 15 and raising the debt limit through Feb. 7. after the House and Senate approved a last-minute deal.

*Gridlock Has Cost U.S. Billions, and the Meter Is Still Running

By ANNIE LOWREY, NATHANIEL POPPER and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Damage to growth, employment and interest rates has already been extensive, economists say, even without a debt default and a continuation of the government shutdown.

Senate Women Lead in Effort to Find Accord

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, frustrated with the lack of progress on the government shutdown, put together a bipartisan group to move things along.

Hands Empty but Spirit Unbowed, House Republicans Take Stock

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

While Republicans in the Senate tried to shake off the past 16 days as a bad dream, House Republicans conceded defeat but vowed to save their fight for another time.

Booker, Winning Rocky Senate Bid, Gets a Job to Fit His Profile

By KATE ZERNIKE

Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark defeated Steve Lonegan to take the New Jersey seat that Senator Frank R. Lautenberg held until he died in June.

Moscow Police Round Up Targets of Riot at Market

By ANDREW E. KRAMER

A day after migrant workers were beaten and terrorized by rioters, officers detained about 1,200 of them to check for outstanding warrants.

*In New Nuclear Talks, Technological Gains by Iran Pose Challenges to the West

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and THOMAS ERDBRINK

An American official said the United States and its partners would wait for Iran to take concrete steps to constrain the pace and scope of its nuclear program before easing any sanctions.

*Iran Presents New Nuclear Proposal to Big Powers

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and THOMAS ERDBRINK

Speaking in English and using PowerPoint, the Iranian foreign minister outlined a proposal to the big powers aimed at ending the nuclear dispute.

After Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Program, Officials Highlight the Positive

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

In a statement, Iran and six world powers described the two days of discussions in Geneva as “forward looking” but did not disclose details.

A Staff of Robots

By DIANE CARDWELL

With the price of solar panels falling, the industry is looking to labor savings to achieve its goal of make solar energy cheaper than natural gas.

How to Opt Out of Google’s Plan to Use Your Name and Comments in Ads

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Google said it made it easy for users to opt out of its new plan for using their personal information in social ads, but some readers found the opt-out process to be confusing.

*The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

By JOHN MARKOFF

Scientists and engineers are creating a world in which cars drive themselves, machines recognize people and humanoid robots travel unattended.

Afghans Fend Off Taliban Threat in Pivotal Year

By ROD NORDLAND, THOM SHANKER and MATTHEW ROSENBERG

In the face of Taliban vows to break them, Afghanistan’s security forces proved their resilience after taking charge, American officials said.

*South Dakota Ranchers Face Storm’s Toll, but U.S.’ Helping Hands Are Tied

By STEVEN YACCINO

After a blizzard, self-reliant South Dakotans feel invisible as the federal workers who would normally assist them are furloughed because of the government shutdown.

*Seeing Its Own Money at Risk, China Rails at U.S.

By MARK LANDLER

A commentary from an official news agency calls for a “de-Americanized world” as Chinese officials worry about more than a trillion dollars in American public debt their country holds.

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to E.P.A. Rules on Gas Emissions

By ADAM LIPTAK

The case is a sequel to a 2007 decision involving the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gases from motor vehicles.

*Justices Weigh Michigan Law and Race in College Admissions

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court heard arguments about whether Michigan’s voters violated the Constitution by forbidding race-conscious admissions plans at the state’s public universities.

*JPMorgan to Admit Wrongdoing and Pay Fine in Trading Loss

By BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

A rare admission of fault by JPMorgan Chase underscores the great lengths the nation’s largest bank will take to put a multibillion-dollar trading blunder behind it.

Facebook Eases Privacy Rules for Teenagers

By VINDU GOEL

Teenagers will now be able to post items that can be seen by the public, making it easier for the social network to turn a post into an ad that can be shown widely.

 

Monday 10/21/2013 … UPTI: 44%

A 6.5 magnitude Earthquake hit the Gulf of California.

A new report issued on Oct. 21st 2013, reports an outburst in brightness of comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR).

The largest flare of Cycle 24 was produced today measuring an M9.3 from sunspot region 1877 which is located at the Sun’s meridian and is Earth directed. The remaining 5 M-class flares have set off in the last 24 hours from sunspot region 1875 which is also centered and solar events are Earth directed.

Tentative Deal Hands JPMorgan Chase a Record Penalty

By BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

The penalty would cap weeks of heated negotiating and underscore the extent of the JPMorgan Chase’s legal woes, people briefed on the talks said.

Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in G.O.P.’s ‘Civil War’

By JONATHAN MARTIN, JIM RUTENBERG and JEREMY W. PETERS

The confrontation between Tea Party conservatives and establishment Republicans will play out in the coming Congressional and presidential primaries in 2014 and 2016.

*Policing Village Moral Codes as Women Stream to India’s Cities

By ELLEN BARRY

As young Indian women leave rural homes to finish their education in cities, they balance their new freedom against the social norms of their villages back home.

Gun Sentiments and Guns on Display at Alamo Rally

By MANNY FERNANDEZ

Hundreds carrying shotguns, hunting rifles, AR-15s and AK-47s as if they were purses or backpacks staged a peaceful, but loud, demonstration advocating the right to bear arms.

*Seeking Online Refuge From Spying Eyes

By JENNA WORTHAM

For some entrepreneurs, a new goal: offering online interaction without a chance of surveillance.

*China’s Arms Industry Makes Global Inroads

By EDWARD WONG and NICOLA CLARK

From drones to frigates to fighter jets, Chinese companies are aggressively pushing sales of high-tech hardware, mostly in the developing world.

*Bomber Tied to Al Qaeda Kills Dozens in Syrian City

By BEN HUBBARD

A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with explosives killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens on a busy road on the outskirts of Hama.

Vigilantes Defeat Boko Haram in Its Nigerian Base

By ADAM NOSSITER

Fed up with the attacks by homegrown Islamist extremists, young informer-vigilantes have driven the group from Maiduguri, the city from where the group sprung.

Breast Milk Donated or Sold Online Is Often Tainted, Study Says

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

A report found that breast milk bought from two popular Web sites was often contaminated with high levels of bacteria, including salmonella.

Some Wary as Lobstermen Unite

By JESS BIDGOOD

While hundreds have embraced a new union, others have questioned whether a local organized by a machinists’ association could, or should, unite lobstermen.

What’s That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast

By ANDREW POLLACK

Genetic engineering to produce products that now come from rare plants holds great promise, but critics warn of harm to small farmers, among others.

Tablet Makers Gear Up for Latest Skirmish

By BRIAN X. CHEN

The intense competition in the market for tablets will be highlighted on Tuesday, as Apple, Nokia and Microsoft each introduce new devices.

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

By BEN SISARIO

Total digital sales are down almost 1 percent so far this year, and some in the industry cite the rise of streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora.

Silicon Valley Makes Its Next Stop the Kitchen

By NICK BILTON

A number of food start-ups see a big, slow-moving market begging to be invaded by someone with new ideas and a new way of building a business.

New Report of N.S.A. Spying Angers France

By ALISSA J. RUBIN

The National Security Agency has carried out extensive electronic surveillance in France, a French newspaper reported, drawing an angry condemnation from an important American ally.

*Student Kills Teacher, Then Himself, at Middle School

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

Two other students were wounded in the attack, which took place at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., before it opened for the day.

*E.U. Panel Backs Plan to Shield Online Data

By JAMES KANTER

The rules, if approved, could require American companies like Google and Yahoo to seek clearance before complying with United States warrants seeking private data.

*22 Under Investigation in Libor Case in Britain

By CHAD BRAY

The individuals were notified last week by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office that they were being investigated.

*In Syria, Doctors Risk Life and Juggle Ethics

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ANNE BARNARD

As Syria moves toward destroying its chemical stockpile, some say the credit lies with doctors who risked their lives – and confronted questions of medical ethics – to expose the weapons’ use.

*Qaeda-Linked Group Is Seen Complicating the Drive for Peace in Syria

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and BEN HUBBARD

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could make extracting concessions from the government more difficult at a peace conference in Geneva, an American official said.

Medicaid Expansion Is Set for Ohioans

By TRIP GABRIEL

Defying the Republican majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican, pushed through the expansion under the health care law.

Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

By MOTOKO RICH

A Stanford psychologist found that affluent children had learned 30 percent more words from 18 months to 2 years of age than children from low-income homes.

*Deal Is Reached to End Bay Area Transit Strike

By ERICA GOODE

Commuter trains in the San Francisco area were set to begin running again Tuesday after unions and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system came to an agreement.

*Special PACs Spent Money at Resorts, Book Says

By JEREMY W. PETERS

A new book, highlighting huge sums spent on meals and resorts, calls for reform of the committees, which allow politicians to raise and use money with fewer restrictions.

*Justices Return to a Death Penalty Issue

By ADAM LIPTAK

After the Supreme Court banned the execution of the “mentally retarded” in 2002, there has been no consensus among the states on a definition.

Asia, Where Mobile Games Flowered, Extends Its Reach

By ERIC PFANNER

The $1.5 billion deal by SoftBank of Japan for a majority stake in the Finnish game developer Supercell shows that Asian companies are still building positions in the industry.

Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

By NICK BILTON

Superpedestrian announced Monday that it will being selling the Copenhagen Wheel, which can make any bicycle into a motorized hybrid e-bike.

Weak Job Data May Weigh on Fed’s Decision on Stimulus

By CATHERINE RAMPELL

A Labor Department report showing lackluster hiring in September – 148,000 jobs – is expected to further put off the Federal Reserve’s decision to reduce its stimulus efforts.

*With New Apple iPads, Tablets Move Closer to Passing PCs in Sales

By BRIAN X. CHEN

At a company event, Mac computers took a back seat as Apple unveiled tablets with faster processors and Internet connections.

 

Thursday 10/24/2013 … UPTI: 52%

Three more M-class flares have set off from the Sun. Two of the flares come from sunspot region 1875 – the first measured as M2.5 followed 20 minutes later with a second M3.5. Region 1875 has rotated west of central meridian avoiding a direct hit; however, it will provide a glancing blow to Earth.  Sunspot region 1882 has been every active producing an X2.1 and X1.7 flare peaking around 15:03 UT on Oct. 25th.  Three CMEs (coronal mass ejections) accompanied these flares, with the 3rd CME producing a powerful ‘full halo’ event….continued extreme Earth weather events over the next 72 hours such as escalation of tropical storms to hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and unusual shifts in wind and temperatures.

Friday Oct. 25th 2013, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred with its epicenter sitting right on top of the ‘Japan Trench’ where mantle plumes and shifting tectonic plates regularly occur.

*Russia Putting a Strong Arm on Neighbors

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

As Moldova and other former Soviet republics move to align themselves closer to Europe, Russia is pushing to retain its influence.

Koch Brother Wages 12-Year Fight Over Wind Farm

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

The billionaire industrialist William I. Koch has donated about $5 million fighting Cape Wind, a vast wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound.

*As Drug Costs Rise, Bending the Law Is One Remedy

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

More Americans are buying medicine from foreign pharmacies, even though the Food and Drug Administration considers such imports illegal in most cases.

Sebelius Thrust Into Firestorm on Exchanges

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s health secretary, is facing criticism over the health care law’s problem-plagued insurance exchange.

*China Tries to Clean Up Toxic Legacy of Its Rare Earth Riches

By KEITH BRADSHER

Export restrictions have done little to slow the devastation resulting from rare earth mining, including contamination that threatens the water supply of millions.

Obama’s Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed

By MARK MAZZETTI, ROBERT F. WORTH and MICHAEL R. GORDON

President Obama’s effort to reconcile his conflicting impulses on Syria has been reflected in a far more contentious debate among his advisers than previously known.

*Vatican Suspends German Bishop Known for Spending

By ALISON SMALE

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the bishop of Limburg, has outraged Germans over his lavish spending on a personal residence.

*Fracking Fight Focuses on a New York Town’s Ban

By JESSE McKINLEY

Dryden, N.Y., effectively banned hydraulic fracturing, prompting a lawsuit that is now being mulled by New York State’s highest court.

*Bank of America Loses Fraud Trial Over Mortgages

By REUTERS

Bank of America was found liable for fraud on claims related to defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit, a major win for the government in one of the few big trials stemming from the financial crisis.

2 Commercial Property Giants to Combine in $7.2 Billion Deal

By DAVID GELLES

The combination of American Realty Capital Properties and Cole Real Estate Investments would form one of the largest commercial landlords in the country.

*E.C.B. Vows Thorough Review of Banks at Risk

By JACK EWING

A yearlong examination of 130 euro zone banks is intended to force weak ones to deal with problems such as bad loans and insufficient capital.

Bipartisan Dismay Over Health Plan Woes at House Hearing

By ROBERT PEAR

Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger at the performance of contractors hired to build the online health insurance marketplace.

*Coalition of States Seeks to Spur Use of Electric Cars

By MATTHEW L. WALD

California, New York and six other states said Thursday they would work jointly to adopt a range of measures to make it easier to own an electric car.

*F.D.A. Urging a Tighter Rein on Painkillers

By BARRY MEIER

The Food and Drug Administration recommended new restrictions on prescriptions for drugs like Vicodin, which combine the narcotic hydrocodone with over-the-counter pain medication.

Hardships Mounting for Refugees Inside Syria

By ANNE BARNARD

The humanitarian crisis inside Syria threatens to set the country’s development back decades and dwarfs not only the current inadequate global response but traditional aid efforts

Tuesday 10/29/2013 … UPTI: 64%

X-class flare fires off Oct.28th from sunspot region 1875.

Yellowstone’s massive mantle plume is getting bigger. This reservoir of super heated viscose rock is at least two and a half times larger than previously thought. A new study disclosed on Oct. 27th at the Geological Society of America annual conference, stated a huge earthquake measuring 9.0 mag. or larger as a result of Yellowstone’s massive mantle plume expansion may be a higher risk in the near future, than a eventual volcanic eruption.

*Caught Between Sudans, Region Tries to Pick Side

By ISMA’IL KUSHKUSH and NICHOLAS KULISH

Residents of the Abyei region, on the border of Sudan and South Sudan, voted on which country to be a part of, a move that could have real consequences if tensions are raised.

*New Milestone Emerges: Baby’s First iPhone App

By TAMAR LEWIN

As adults turn increasingly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, so do their children, a survey shows.

Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise

By ARIEL KAMINER

Purists might regard it as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education, but dollars-and-cents tabulations are the fastest growing sector of the college rankings industry.

*Wikipedia China Becomes Front Line for Views on Language and Culture

By GRACE TSOI

Even innocuous topics have become controversial for Wikipedia editors from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and compounding the issue are language differences.

*Disruptions: Are Eager Investors Overvaluing Tech Start-Ups?

By NICK BILTON

A sign that enthusiasm might be getting ahead of reality: the number of Internet companies valued at more than $1 billion even though they have no profits.

*Penn State to Pay $59.7 Million to 26 Sandusky Victims

By JOE DRAPE

The settlements in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case have been unfolding since mid-August, but Penn State waited until Monday to announce them all at once

Too Big to Sail? Cruise Ships Face Scrutiny

By JAD MOUAWAD

After a string of disasters at sea, lawmakers and regulators push for more accountability and question the size of the newest ships.

*Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States

By MARK LANDLER and DAVID E. SANGER

President Obama was poised to order the ban in response to a deepening diplomatic crisis over reports that the National Security Agency had for years targeted the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack on Militants

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

The seizure of a Pakistan Taliban leader from Afghan custody has led to a tactical dispute between the United States and Afghanistan.

*Beijing Crash May Be Tied to Unrest in Xinjiang

By ANDREW JACOBS

A vehicle that careered along a crowded sidewalk in the capital and burst into flames killed and injured several people, and witness accounts suggested the driver had acted deliberately.

*Pentagon Says Shabab Bomb Specialist Is Killed in Missile Strike in Somalia

By ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI

The strike is the latest evidence that the Obama administration has escalated operations against the Shabab after the bloody siege at a shopping mall in Kenya.

*Judge in Texas Partly Rejects Abortion Law

By ERIK ECKHOLM

The ruling in Federal District Court rejected a provision requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

*Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net

By TRIP GABRIEL

Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio has critiqued his party’s views on poverty programs and moved to expand Medicaid in his state.

*Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

New ways to monitor students around the clock raise questions about whether educators can or should legally discipline children for online outbursts.

*G.O.P. Urged to Act on Immigration by Coalition of Its Allies

By ASHLEY PARKER

A group of more than 600 leaders from roughly 40 states descended on the Capitol, taking aim at House Republicans who they think could support broad legislation.

Ousted General in Egypt Is Back, as Islamists’ Foe

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Gen. Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy’s swift and silent rehabilitation from corruption charges, critics say, signals a restoration of the old order after the military takeover.

*Spying Known at Top Levels, Officials Say

By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

The White House has long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping, the nation’s top spymaster told a House hearing on Tuesday

Nextdoor, a Start-Up, Raises $60 Million

By DAVID GELLES

New investments in a social network for neighbors are bound to set off questions about whether venture capitalists are inflating another technology bubble.

Sebelius Apologizes for Health Site’s Malfunctions

By ROBERT PEAR

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said she was responsible for the HealthCare.gov “debacle.”

 

Thursday 10/31/2013 to Friday 11/1/2013… UPTI: 95%

On October 30, 2013, a strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile’s southern coast.

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck eastern Taiwan, shaking buildings in the capital and prompting the island’s biggest chipmaker to temporarily evacuate factory workers.

Significant Solar activity

*No U.S. Action, So States Move on Privacy Law

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Lawmakers in 10 states have passed more than two dozen privacy laws this year as support for the bills has grown among constituents.

F.D.A. Finds 12% of U.S. Spice Imports Contaminated

By GARDINER HARRIS

The imports, from countries like Mexico and India, are said to be tainted with insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things.

Bitcoin Pursues the Mainstream

By NICK WINGFIELD

Advocates of the digital currency bitcoin say it is ready to emerge from its fringe status and become a common method of retail payment.

*Chemical Arms Inspectors Say Syria Has Destroyed All Declared Sites

By ALAN COWELL

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria had met an important deadline. But the government still has 1,290 metric tons of chemical weapons it must destroy by mid-2014.

*Senate Republicans Block 2 Obama Nominees

By JEREMY W. PETERS

Voting on the nominees, one to a powerful appeals court and another to a housing lending oversight post, fell short of the 60 votes required to break the Republican filibuster.

*After Fraud, the Fog Around Libor Hasn’t Cleared

By FLOYD NORRIS

Regulators who wanted to change Libor have been outmaneuvered by those who did not want to risk damaging one of the biggest and most lucrative markets around.

When Insurers Drop Policies: Three Stories

By KATIE THOMAS and REED ABELSON

Now that new insurance marketplaces are opening under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are canceling millions of individual plans that fail to meet minimum standards.

*Tunnel for Smuggling Found Under U.S.-Mexico Border; Tons of Drugs Seized

By LIAM DILLON and IAN LOVETT

The sophisticated underground passageway featured electricity, ventilation and an electronic rail system and took about a year to build, officials said.

*In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on Abortion

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Days after a federal judge blocked a Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, an appeals court said the rule should take effect while the case goes forward.

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

What began as a public relations predicament for the companies has evolved into a moral and business crisis that threatens their businesses.

*In Alabama Race, a Test of Business Efforts to Derail Tea Party

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and ERIC LIPTON

Business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pouring money into a special House primary runoff that is seen as a test case for the fight over the Republican Party’s future

*Major Pakistani Taliban Leader Died in Drone Strike

By DECLAN WALSH, IHSANULLAH TIPU MEHSUD and ISMAIL KHAN

An American strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, according to Pakistani intelligence officials and militant commanders.

*As Cuts to Food Stamps Take Effect, More Trims to Benefits Are Expected

By CATHERINE RAMPELL

Cuts to food stamps reflect the lapse of a temporary increase in benefits created by the Obama administration’s stimulus program, and are likely to deepen.

*Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies

By JUSTIN GILLIS

A leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that climate change could reduce output and send prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar.

Republican Rivalry Simmers as Paths and Styles Diverge

By JONATHAN MARTIN

The strategies pursued by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could help determine whether the Tea Party remains at war with the G.O.P. establishment or is eventually integrated.

Ex-Governor of Florida Seeks Old Job in New Party

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

The governor’s race will no doubt be one of next year’s most expensive and rancorous, offering a contrast between Charlie Crist, a centrist, and Gov. Rick Scott, a Tea Party conservative.


Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

1) September Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of September 2013:

To listen to the 9/03/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/09/04/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

upti09012013

 

2)  August Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 8/06/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/08/07/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

   upti08062013

Thursday 8/1/2013 … UPTI: 80% – covered in August’s show

Wednesday 8/7/2013 … UPTI: 99%

New Tropical Storm, Henriette, Forms in Pacific

Pakistan And Afghanistan Monsoon Floods Kill Dozens

Russian Volcano Spews Ash To An Altitude Of 3 Miles

Wind Storm Hits Bolivia

Amazon’s Founder to Buy The Washington Post

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY

Jeffrey P. Bezos will pay $250 million for the newspaper and some other businesses of The Washington Post Company.

Chicago Sees Pension Crisis Drawing Near

By MONICA DAVEY and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

Beneath the signs of recovery is one of the most poorly funded pension systems in the nation, threatening to challenge the city’s finances for years to come.

Qaeda Leader’s Edict to Yemen Affiliate Is Said to Prompt Alert

By ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI

American officials said the decision to close nearly two dozen diplomatic missions and issue a global travel alert resulted from intercepted messages in which the leader of a Qaeda branch in Yemen was told to carry out an attack.

Yemen, on Alert for Terrorism, Claims It Foiled a Qaeda Plot

By NASSER ARRABYEE and ALAN COWELL

Yemeni security officials said that they had thwarted a plot to kidnap or kill foreigners working at an oil terminal, but the claim aroused skepticism among terrorism analysts.

Turkish Court Hands Down Prison Sentences in Coup Plot

By SEBNEM ARSU and TIM ARANGO

A local court sentenced dozens of defendants, including a former military chief of staff, to long prison terms for their role in plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Groundwork Laid, Growers Turn to Hemp in Colorado

By JACK HEALY

When voters legalized marijuana, they also laid a path for farmers to grow hemp, and Colorado agencies are working to create new rules to regulate cultivation.

Violent and Chaotic, Central African Republic Lurches Toward a Crisis

By ADAM NOSSITER

Humanitarian groups are warning of a looming disaster in the former French colony, where Seleka rebels have been looting, raping and killing, and coups have outnumbered fair elections.

Kremlin Critic Goes From Jail to Trail

By STEVEN LEE MYERS

Aleksei A. Navalny, who was freed pending an appeal of his embezzlement conviction, has returned to a quixotic campaign to challenge the political system established by President Vladimir V. Putin.

Obama Cancels Putin Meeting as Snowden Adds to Strains

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

The move reflects frustration with the Russian government for refusing to send Edward J. Snowden to the United States to face charges of leaking national security secrets.

JPMorgan Reveals It Faces Civil and Criminal Inquiries

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and BEN PROTESS

The bank is under investigation in Philadelphia and California and is accused of flouting federal laws with its sale of subprime mortgage securities.

N.S.A. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.S.

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The National Security Agency is hunting for Americans’ messages that mention foreigners under surveillance, not just communications with the targeted individuals themselves, officials said.

 

Friday 8/9/2013 … UPTI: 72% thru Sunday 8/11/2013 … UPTI: 57%

Perseid meteor shower to light up night sky this weekend

Colombia Struck by Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake, No Damage Reported

6.0 Earthquake Jolted 112 km Nw of L’esperance Rock New Zealand

As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven

By ANNE BARNARD and ERIC SCHMITT

Extremists are carving out pockets of territory for Islamist militants, posing what intelligence officials say may become the greatest security threat in the world today.

‘Like’ This Article Online? Your Friends Will Probably Approve, Too, Scientists Say

By KENNETH CHANG

A positive nudge can set off a bandwagon of approval, researchers found, but negative reaction does not spur others to “dislike.”

President Moves to Ease Worries on Surveillance

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

President Obama sought to take control of the surveillance debate, releasing a legal justification for domestic spying and calling for more scrutiny of National Security Agency programs.

U.S. Said to Plan to Arrest Pair in Big Bank Loss

By BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

Government authorities plan to arrest two former employees suspected of masking the size of a multibillion-dollar trading loss.

In Cairo Camps, Protesters Dig in and Live On

By BEN HUBBARD

Two camps in Cairo set up by supporters of the ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, have become the front lines in a dangerous stalemate with the military-installed government.

Zimbabwe Opposition Files Legal Challenge to Nullify Presidential Results

By LYDIA POLGREEN

The Movement for Democratic Change contends that the party of President Robert G. Mugabe rigged the election in order to claim a landslide victory.

Lawless Sinai Shows Risks Rising in Fractured Egypt

By ROBERT F. WORTH

In the five weeks since Egypt’s military ousted the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, the endemic violence here has spiraled into something like an insurgency

Car Bombings Kill Scores Across Iraq

By TIM ARANGO

As Iraqis on Saturday celebrated Id al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, a string of car bombs struck in mostly Shiite neighborhoods, killing more than 60 people, officials said.

Microsatellites: What Big Eyes They Have

By ANNE EISENBERG

By expanding Earth imaging, low-cost satellites could help many businesses keep track of their operations. But frequent updating of those images may also raise privacy questions.

Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will announce new steps intended to curb soaring taxpayer spending on prisons and help correct what he regards as unfairness in the justice system.

New Israeli Housing Bids Raise Tensions Before Peace Talks

By ISABEL KERSHNER

A plan to build houses in contested East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements intensifies the already charged atmosphere, three days before the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

New Israeli Housing Bids Raise Tensions Before Peace Talks

By ISABEL KERSHNER

A plan to build houses in contested East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements intensifies the already charged atmosphere, three days before the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Curfews Imposed in Indian-Held Kashmir

By GARDINER HARRIS

Indian forces and local authorities enforced the curfews after rioting on Friday left two civilians dead.

Florida Sit-In Against ‘Stand Your Ground’

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

A group formed after the death of Trayvon Martin remained ensconced in the state’s Old Capitol building, demanding changes to the Stand Your Ground provision of Florida law

New Targets for Hackers: Your Car and Your House

By NICK BILTON

Hackers and security researchers are exploring vulnerabilities to break through the high-tech security of homes or cause car accidents.

 

Wednesday 8/14/2013 … UPTI: 63%

Remote Alaska Volcano Emits Lava Flow, Ash Plume

158,000 Evacuated In Southern China Due to typhoon’s arrival

Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

The federal judge planned to designate a monitor for the New York Police Department after she found that police officers routinely stopped people without any objective reason to suspect them of wrongdoing.

Russia Steps Up Raids Against Migrants

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and ANDREW ROTH

The raids have reportedly ensnared nearly 1,500 foreigners, including detainees being held in a Moscow tent camp under conditions that Human Rights Watch called inhuman.

Two Powerful Signals of a Major Shift on Crime

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and ERICA GOODE

The announcement on mandatory minimum sentence laws and a ruling by a judge on stop-and-frisk practices were signals that the pendulum has swung away from tough-on-crime policies.

A Former Engine of the G.O.P., the Town Hall Meeting, Cools Down

By JEREMY W. PETERS

Though Republicans in recent years have harnessed the power of these open mic, face-the-music sessions, people from both parties say they are noticing a decline in the number of meetings

Clinton Calls for Action to Protect Voter Rights

By AMY CHOZICK

Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking to the American Bar Association, condemned the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

Elon Musk Unveils Plans for Hyperloop High-Speed Train

By NICK BILTON

The hypothetical project is called the Hyperloop, a high-speed train that would be able to take people to San Francisco from Los Angeles in 30 minutes. That’s a speed of almost 800 miles an hour.

Justice Dept. Files Antitrust Suit to Block Airline Merger

By JAD MOUAWAD

The complaint said the proposed deal between American Airlines and US Airways, which would create the nation’s biggest airline, would threaten competition and drive up ticket costs.

Egyptian Forces Move to Clear Out Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins in Cairo

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and ALAN COWELL

The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday used armored vehicles and fired tear gas to clear two camps in Cairo occupied by supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

Hundreds Die as Egyptian Forces Attack Islamist Protesters

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

The scale and brutality of the attack on supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, was the clearest sign yet that the old Egyptian police state was re-emerging in full force.

New York and U.S. Begin Investigations Into Bitcoins

By NATHANIEL POPPER

The Senate’s committee on homeland security and New York State’s top financial regulator, Benjamin M. Lawsky, are investigating gaps in the oversight of upstart virtual currencies like bitcoin.

Government Charges Two Former JPMorgan Chase Employees

By BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

Federal authorities announced criminal charges against Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, who are accused of disguising losses on a trade.

 

Saturday 8/17/2013 … UPTI: 68%

A powerful 6.8 earthquake shook major cities across New Zealand on Friday

Idaho Wildfire Forces Evacuations Near Sun Valley

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hit Southwest Indian Ridge

Deadly Blast Rocks a Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon

By BEN HUBBARD and HWAIDA SAAD

The blast wounded hundreds of people in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital and might have been aimed at Hezbollah.

Easy Credit Dries Up, Choking Growth in China

By KEITH BRADSHER

Growth has slowed, causing an increase in defaults on unconventional loans, chronic overcapacity in many industries and other problems

India Seeks to Overhaul a Corporate World Rife With Fraud

By JEN SWANSON

Sweeping legislation in India aims at auditing reform, with stiffer penalties for fraud and more government oversight of businesses.

Blood and Chaos Prevail in Egypt, Testing Control

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Egypt erupted into chaos on Friday, raising doubts about the authorities’ capacity to maintain order, as opponents of the military takeover fought security forces and civilians in the street.

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

By TAMAR LEWIN

The master’s degree offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology through massive open online courses has the potential to disrupt higher education.

Sectarian Attacks Return With a Roar to Iraq, Rattling a Capital Already on Edge

By TIM ARANGO

The drastic surge in violence from car bombs and security sweeps has a lent a new sense of Balkanization to Baghdad

Prominent Advocate Held in Southern China

By CHRIS BUCKLEY

Yang Maodong, better known by his pen name, Guo Feixiong, is the second well-known member of China’s “rights defense” movement to be arrested in recent weeks.

Shipping Continued After Computer Inspection System Failed at Meat Plants

By RON NIXON

A new computer system for meatpacking and processing plants shut down for two days in August, leading to the shipment of millions of pounds of meat that had not been tested for contaminants.

Some Worry Over a Law to Increase DNA Testing

By BRANDI GRISSOM

A Texas law requiring DNA analysis of all biological evidence in death penalty cases could add to an existing backlog of test results, prosecutors say.

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell

By PAUL TULLIS

The United States Army will be the first to test a system by Sierra Energy to turn waste – whether banana peels, used syringes, old iPods, even raw sewage – into fuel.

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About

By JACK HITT

In college, Meredith Perry wondered why wireless devices needed wires for recharging. That question has led to her work on a way to transmit electrical power via sound waves.

Monday 8/26/2013 … UPTI: 73% thru Wednesday 8/28/2013 … UPTI: 60%

California’s Rim Fire Swells To Nearly 180,000 Acres …Raging Yosemite Fire Spreads Fear, Frustration … Swallowing Everything In Its Path

Russia’s Far East Braces For Peak Of Floods, Builds 9-Meter-High Dams

Tropical Storm Ivo Moves West in Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Fernand Forms Off Mexico’s Coast

Volcanic ‘geyser’ erupts close to Rome airport

Floods, Landslides Triggered By Tropical Depression Fernand Kill 13 Across Mexico

Japan Sea Warning Issued For Tropical Storm Kong-Rey

Tropical Storm Toraji Threatens Japan With More Flooding

Strong Quake Hits Indonesia; No Tsunami Threat

A Proud Nation Ponders How to Halt Its Slow Decline

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Europe is talking about “the French question”: whether the country’s Socialist government can prevent it from slipping permanently into Europe’s second tier.

Where Sand Is Gold, the Reserves Are Running Dry

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

Storms, tides and a rising sea level are swallowing up chunks of beach along Florida’s coastline, but there is almost no sand left offshore to replenish the beaches.

Risk at Coast From Fire at Yosemite

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

A state of emergency was declared for San Francisco, because a fire at Yosemite threatened reservoirs and hydroelectric dams.

Court Is ‘One of Most Activist,’ Ginsburg Says, Vowing to Stay

By ADAM LIPTAK

Amid calls from some liberals that she step down in time for President Obama to name her successor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she was fully engaged in her work.

Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

While most Republicans are focusing on attacking the budget and the Affordable Care Act, a few are weighing impeachment proceedings against President Obama.

Confident Syria Used Chemicals, U.S. Mulls Action

By SCOTT SHANE and BEN HUBBARD

An Obama aide’s statement that Syria’s promise to allow United Nations inspectors access to the site of a possible chemical attack was “too late” appeared to move the United States closer to potential military action.

Surveillance Revelations Shake U.S.-German Ties

By ALISON SMALE

The issue is prompting not just a debate about privacy and data protection, but also demands from German officials that the Berlin-Washington security partnership be put on a new footing.

South Carolina City Takes Steps to Evict Homeless From Downtown

By ALAN BLINDER

Concerned that the presence of homeless people was hurting businesses during an economic revival, leaders in Columbia approved a plan giving the homeless three options: accept help at a shelter, go to jail or leave.

Making Choice to Halt at Door of Citizenship

By KIRK SEMPLE

Many green card holders have everything needed for citizenship except the desire – some don’t feel American; some dislike American policies; some don’t care.

Canadian Documents Suggest Shift on Pipeline

By IAN AUSTEN

Papers released to an environmental group say Canada’s government once viewed Keystone XL as important to oil sands development, in contrast to a United States assessment.

At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice

By MOTOKO RICH

Charter networks are developing what amounts to a youth movement in which teaching for two to five years is seen as acceptable, even desirable.

In Chicago, Campaign to Provide Safe Passage on Way to School

By MONICA DAVEY

With concern that children would have to traverse crime-ridden blocks after the closing of 47 schools, the city deployed about 1,200 workers to watch over them.

Treasury Prods Lawmakers on Raising Debt Ceiling

By ANNIE LOWREY

The Treasury Department said that the government would lose the ability to pay all its bills in mid-October if Congress failed to act.

How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study

By STEVE LOHR

A new study of employee monitoring software in restaurants suggests that when employees know they’re being watched, it can significantly alter behavior – and increase sales

Obama Weighs ‘Limited’ Strikes Against Syrian Forces

By THOM SHANKER, C. J. CHIVERS and MICHAEL R. GORDON

President Obama is exploring a range of military actions against Syria designed to “deter and degrade” the ability of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to launch chemical weapons, officials said.

U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syria

By MARK MAZZETTI and MARK LANDLER

The Obama administration says the information it will make public will show proof of a large-scale chemical attack by Syrian forces.

Spices’ Link to Food Ills Prompts Changes in Farming

By GARDINER HARRIS

Prompted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, India, a major producer of spices, is taking steps to change how they are grown and harvested.

Medicaid Expansion Battle in Michigan Ends in Passage

By MONICA DAVEY

Gov. Rick Snyder narrowly won the fight over making Medicaid available to more low-income people in a state where some Republicans did not want to seem to be backing the new health care law.

Boehner Sees Showdown Over Raising Debt Limit

By ASHLEY PARKER

Speaker John A. Boehner said he planned to use the need to raise the debt ceiling to demand “cuts and reforms,” but the White House says it will not negotiate over spending obligations.

Regulators Prepare Penalties for JPMorgan

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and BEN PROTESS

Federal regulators are preparing separate enforcement actions and fines against JPMorgan Chase stemming from the way it collected overdue bills from consumers during the recession.

Former JPMorgan Employee Surrenders in Spain in ‘London Whale’ Case

By BEN PROTESS and RAPHAEL MINDER

Javier Martin-Artajo was released soon after his arrest on Tuesday morning, beginning what could be a lengthy extradition process over charges that he hid billions in trading losses.

Times Site Is Disrupted in Attack by Hackers

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY and NICOLE PERLROTH

The site was unavailable to readers Tuesday afternoon, the result of “a malicious external attack.”

Gun Bill in Missouri Would Test Limits in Nullifying U.S. Law

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

The Republican-controlled legislature is expected to enact a statute nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them there.

 

Saturday 8/31/2013 … UPTI: 50%

Support Slipping, U.S. Defends Plan for Syria Attack

By MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL R. GORDON

Facing faltering support in foreign capitals and Congress, the Obama administration made an aggressive push to justify military intervention in Syria on the grounds that American credibility was at stake.

Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria

By PETER BAKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN

President Obama abruptly changed course by asking lawmakers, who are not due to return to town for more than a week, to give him authorization before he launches a limited military strike against Syria

JPMorgan Hiring Put China’s Elite on an Easy Track

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and BEN PROTESS

A hiring program intended to weed out nepotism in the bank’s China operations instead has led to a federal bribery investigation in the United States, interviews and a government document show.

U.S. Won’t Sue to Reverse States’ Legalization of Marijuana

By ASHLEY SOUTHALL and JACK HEALY

The Obama administration said it would monitor operations in 20 states to make sure they do not run afoul of several enforcement priorities.

Taylor Farms, Big Food Supplier, Grapples With Frequent Recalls

By STEPHANIE STROM

Taylor Farms, a giant supplier of produce and other food products, has conducted four recalls this year, a number that industry experts call high.

U.S. Soldiers Find Surprise on Returning to Afghan Valley: Peace

By AZAM AHMED

American soldiers who returned to the Pech Valley two years after leaving it were surprised to find the Afghan Army comfortably in control.

Signs of a Shift Among Egyptian Protesters to Antigovernment, From Pro-Morsi

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and KAREEM FAHIM

At protests on Friday, there was less talk of restoring the ousted president and more denunciation of tactics used against Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Making the Safety Net More Visible in Philadelphia

By JON HURDLE

Philadelphia has initiated an effort called Shared Prosperity that offers “one-stop shopping” in local outreach centers to help poor people get all the assistance they need.

G.O.P. Senators Fail to Head Off Primary Challenges by Tea Party Rivals

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Despite careful efforts, some of the best-known and most influential Republicans in the Senate have attracted rivals who portray them as a central part of the problem in Washington.

Silver Lining in China’s Smog as It Puts Focus on Emissions

By CHRIS BUCKLEY

A plan would swiftly limit the carbon dioxide China produces from fossil fuels, which constitute over a quarter of the world’s total such emissions.

Facing Fire Over Challenge to Louisiana’s Oil Industry

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

A panel created after Hurricane Katrina as an apolitical force for flood control filed a lawsuit against nearly 100 oil and gas companies, arguing that they neglected to fix damage to wetlands

A Data Broker Offers a Peek Behind the Curtain

By NATASHA SINGER

The Acxiom Corporation is to open a Web site that will allow individual consumers to see some of the information that the company has collected about them.

 

Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, August 6th 2013

1) August Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of August 2013:

upti08062013

To listen to the 8/06/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/08/07/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

2) July Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 7/04/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/07/05/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

   upti07022013

Thursday 7/4/2013 … UPTI: 96%

Sun Unleashes Solar Fireworks Preview for July Fourth

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hit 81km SSE of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Strong Earthquake Hits western Indonesia

Heat Wave Persists in West as Flooding Threatens East

Brewing Cyclone Spotted Off Palawan

Floods Hit Northeast India, Washing Away Over 300 Villages

Tropical Storm Erick Approaches Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Strengthens

Freak Weather Across The States: Hail Storm In New Mexico To Oppressive Humidity In The North East

Boeing 777 Crash Lands, Spins, Burns At San Francisco Airport

Record Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps US

Crucial Rule Is Delayed a Year for Obama’s Health Law

By JACKIE CALMES and ROBERT PEAR

The administration abruptly announced a delay in the mandate that larger employers cover their workers, postponing the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections.

Morsi Defies Egypt Army’s Ultimatum to Bend to Protest

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and BEN HUBBARD

With his political isolation deepening, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt demanded late Tuesday that the military rescind its ultimatum against him.

Army Ousts Egypt’s President

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, BEN HUBBARD and ALAN COWELL

Egypt’s military moved forcefully to seize power from President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, deploying tanks and troops in Cairo and moving to devise an interim government.

Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

Prescription painkiller addiction, long seen as mainly a man’s problem, is rising at a far faster rate among women, a federal analysis of data found.

Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power

By RON NIXON

Although a number of factors contributed to the defeat of the bill, analysts said the vote also illustrated the shift in the American population and political power to more urban areas.

Barring of Bolivian Plane Infuriates Latin America as Snowden Case Widens

By WILLIAM NEUMAN and ALISON SMALE

Latin American leaders condemned the refusal to let Bolivia’s president fly over European nations over what Bolivian officials said were suspicions that Edward J. Snowden was on board.

F.D.A. Rule Could Open Generic Drug Makers to Suits

By KATIE THOMAS

A rule expected from the Food and Drug Administration would allow generic drug makers to update safety labels, a step that could pave the way for the companies to be sued if their drugs harmed users.

I.M.F. and Pakistan Agree to $5.3 Billion Bailout

By DECLAN WALSH and SALMAN MASOOD

The two sides reached a provisional agreement on the rescue package, which aims to bolster Pakistan’s flagging economy.

A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN

Valley fever has been labeled “a silent epidemic,” with over 20,000 cases reported each year, but each case is different, and doctors have yet to find a cure.

Despite Exit of Militants, Violence Continues to Grip Somali City and Raises Worries

By NICHOLAS KULISH

In recent clashes, at least 71 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

To Fight Religious Monuments, Atheists Plan Their Own Symbols

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Starting with a bench in Florida, the group American Atheists intends to install 50 more secular totems near displays of the Ten Commandments nationwide.

2 Central Banks Promise to Keep Rates Low

By JACK EWING and JULIA WERDIGIER

Neither the European Central Bank nor the Bank of England had made such a move before. The bid to reassure investors brought them into closer alignment with the Federal Reserve.

Software as a Monthly Rental

By DAVID POGUE

Photoshop is now the biggest-name software that you can’t actually buy, as the new version costs $30 a month, or $240 a year.

Rediscovering Radio Through Apps

By JENNA WORTHAM

Despite the popularity of listening to music on services like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora, radio suddenly becomes more appealing for its human element.

Friday 7/12/2013 … UPTI: 71% thru Sunday 7/14/2013 … UPTI: 71%

US Southwest Heatwave Set To Reach World Record Levels

Tropical Storm Dalila Forms in Pacific off Mexico

Maryland’s Path to an Accord in Abortion Fight

By ERIK ECKHOLM

As a new flash point in the abortion debate focuses on regulating clinics, Maryland’s stricter oversight, spurred by the troubled practice of one doctor, has won rare praise.

Hunger Strike by California Inmates, Already Large, Is Expected to Be Long

By JENNIFER MEDINA

A hunger strike over solitary confinement and other conditions that continued for a third day Wednesday could become the largest in state history.

In New York City Schools, Students Find Access to Morning-After Pill

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS and MICHAELLE BOND

Through a patchwork of nurses’ offices and independent clinics at city schools, girls can get free emergency contraceptives in more than 50 high school buildings.

Saying Senate Is ‘Broken,’ Reid Vows to Limit Filibuster

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS

Senator Harry Reid suggested on Monday that Republicans had one way to avoid new curbs on the delaying tactic: give Democrats an up-or-down vote on seven executive branch nominations.

Holder Tightens Rules on Getting Reporters’ Data

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The new guidelines announced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain calling records from telephone companies without giving news organizations notice.

Napolitano Stepping Down as Homeland Security Chief

By PETER BAKER

Janet Napolitano, who has overseen an expansive portfolio as President Obama’s secretary of homeland security, plans to become president of the University of California system.

Snowden Is Said to Renew Plea for Asylum in Russia

By ELLEN BARRY and ANDREW ROTH

Edward J. Snowden met with representatives of human rights organizations at his temporary Moscow airport refuge on Friday and appealed for their help in seeking asylum status.

Texas Senate Vote Puts Bill Restricting Abortion Over Final Hurdle

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign the bill, one of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country. Democrats had previously blocked the measure with a filibuster that rallied abortion-rights supporters.

Hardening Split in Egypt as Islamists Stage Huge Demonstrations

By BEN HUBBARD

The size of the protests underlined the large section of society that has rejected the military intervention that deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

Ideas to Bolster Power Grid Run Up Against the System’s Many Owners

By MATTHEW L. WALD

A fragmented system, with conflicting interests, poses hurdles for improvements that the past three presidents have called a priority.

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and CARA BUCKLEY

A six-woman jury accepted self-defense as justification for the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, by George Zimmerman in a Florida shooting that ignited a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights.

In Mexican Pill, a Texas Option for an Abortion

By ERIK ECKHOLM

With requirements that may shut down most abortion clinics in Texas, advocates say women may turn to “abortion pills” without medical supervision.

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and QUENTIN HARDY

Using video surveillance, and signals from shoppers’ cellphones and apps, retailers are tracking customers’ behavior and moods.

Sunday 7/21/2013 … UPTI: 83%

Lightning Strikes Injure at Least 15 in 3 States

Strong 6.5 Quake Shakes New Zealand

Scorching Northeast Heat Wave Eases As Storms Blow Through

President Offers a Personal Take on Race in U.S.

By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

In his most extensive remarks on race since 2008, President Obama spoke in personal terms about the experience of being a black man in the United States.

Kerry Achieves Deal to Revive Mideast Talks

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and JODI RUDOREN

Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to join him in Washington in hopes of resuming formal talks for the first time since 2010.

G-20 Backs Plan to Curb Tax Avoidance by Large Corporations

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and FLOYD NORRIS

The plan aims at corporations only and, if widely adopted, would shift some of the global tax burden away from small businesses and individuals.

Election Win by Ruling Party Signals Change in Japan

By MARTIN FACKLER

By securing control of both houses of parliament for up to three years, Sunday’s win offers Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the chance to be the most transformative leader in a decade.

British Royal Family Announces Birth of a Son

By ELISABETH GOODRIDGE and ROBERT MACKEY

The British royal family announced that the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son at 4:24 p.m. local time in London on Monday.

Saturday 7/27/2013 … UPTI:99%

Flash Floods Kill 21 People In Northwest China

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hit 203km NE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Tropical Storm Dorian Continues Moving West

Flood Alerts Issued As Tropical Storm Flossie Heads Toward Hawaii

U.S. Asks Court to Limit Texas on Ballot Rules

By ADAM LIPTAK and CHARLIE SAVAGE

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. indicated that the move is likely just the beginning of a federal effort to reimpose a safeguard against discrimination that was effectively gutted by the Supreme Court.

Second Opposition Leader Assassinated in Tunisia

By CARLOTTA GALL

The killing of Mohamed Brahmi, leader of the People’s Party, incited protests blaming the moderate Islamic party that leads the government in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring.

U.S. Says Ring Stole 160 Million Credit Card Numbers

By NATHANIEL POPPER and SOMINI SENGUPTA

The scheme ran from 2005 until last year and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, prosecutors said.

Under Code, Apps Would Disclose Collection of Data

By NATASHA SINGER

Some app developers and consumer advocates have agreed to test a voluntary code that would require participating developers to tell consumers whether their apps are collecting personal information.

Morsi’s Friends and Foes Stage Mass Rallies Across Egypt

By KAREEM FAHIM and ROBERT F. WORTH

Supporters and opponents of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, turned out across Egypt on Friday, with reports of violence in Alexandria.

Roberts’s Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has filled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court with Republican appointees, critics have voiced concern about their deference to the government on spying.

Iran Is Said to Want Direct Talks With U.S. on Nuclear Program

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

The Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, told the Obama administration of Iran’s interest and offered to facilitate the discussions, Western officials said.

President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Hassan Rouhani is concerned about his country’s growing economic troubles and is determined to change policies that have cut off relations with most of the developed world.

F.D.A. Says Importers Must Audit Food Safety

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

If the rules are made final, they would shift the responsibility for ensuring that food is safe from the F.D.A. to companies like Walmart and Cargill.

Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric

By JACKIE CALMES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Widening income inequality and the weak recovery have undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity, President Obama said in an interview.

Crackdown in Egypt Kills Islamists as They Protest

By KAREEM FAHIM and MAYY EL SHEIKH

The Egyptian authorities unleashed a ferocious attack on Islamist protesters, killing at least 72 people in the second mass killing of demonstrators in three weeks.

Thousands Gather to Bury a Slain Tunisian Politician

By CARLOTTA GALL

Demonstrators gathered for the funeral of Mohamed Brahmi in a show of force against the government, which many blame for the assassination.

Amid Protests, Inmates Escape From Libyan Prison

By SULIMAN ALI ZWAY

Protesters attacked the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood of Libya and the liberal National Forces Alliance party, after demonstrations set off by killings turned violent, witnesses said.

Netanyahu Agrees to Free 104 Palestinians

By ISABEL KERSHNER

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced on Saturday that he had agreed to release the prisoners to pave the way for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Washington.

Some Chiefs Chafing as Justice Department Keeps Closer Eye on Policing

By ERICA GOODE

The civil rights division of the Justice Department is looking into a wider area of local law enforcement actions, like the handling of sexual assault cases.

Thursday 8/1/2013 … UPTI: 80% 

‘Massive’ Dust Storm To Temper Tropics – At Least For A Week

Gil Becomes Hurricane In Eastern Pacific

Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Sees Rare Eruption

Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act for leaking documents to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, but was found not guilty of the more serious charge of “aiding the enemy.”

U.S. Outlines N.S.A.’s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The formerly classified papers outline a program that is collecting records of all domestic calls in the United States. Their release comes as top officials are testifying before the Senate.

House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 Million From Program

By RON NIXON

A new report finds that a proposal would increase poverty and illness, resulting in billions of dollars in federal and state health care costs.

Obama Proposes Deal Over Taxes and Jobs

By MARK LANDLER and JACKIE CALMES

President Obama said Tuesday that he would support cutting corporate tax rates in return for a pledge from Republicans to invest in more programs to generate middle-class jobs.

Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

The ruling is the first to address the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored by cellphone service providers.

Banks Find S.&P. More Favorable in Bond Ratings

By NATHANIEL POPPER

Standard and Poor’s has been giving higher ratings than its big rivals to certain mortgage-backed securities, according to an analysis conducted for The Times.

A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

From New York to several Midwestern cities, thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes during peak mealtimes, drawing attention to their demands for much higher wages.

New Habits Transform Software

By QUENTIN HARDY

An increasing focus on office collaboration is creating opportunities for software giants like Microsoft and Google and start-ups like Quip.

Russia Grants Snowden 1-Year Asylum

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and ANDREW E. KRAMER

The refugee status in Russia was the first formal support from another government for Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor wanted for leaking details of surveillance programs.

Former Goldman Trader Is Found Liable in Mortgage Deal

By BEN PROTESS, SUSANNE CRAIG and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader at the center of a toxic mortgage deal sold to investors on the eve of the financial crisis, was found liable on six of the seven civil charges against him.

Case Against SAC Is Aided by Hiring of Fired Trader

By BEN PROTESS and PETER LATTMAN

The former trader, Richard S. Lee, was said to have told authorities of other incidents of insider trading by SAC Capital Advisors, the hedge fund run by Steven A. Cohen  Richard S. Lee landed a job at SAC Capital Advisors despite a warning from his previous employer, and his cooperation in a federal inquiry was said to yield evidence of insider trading at the embattled fund.

Kidnapper in Cleveland Is Sentenced by Judge and Condemned by Victim

By TRIP GABRIEL

Ariel Castro was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without possibility of parole, and 1,000 years.

G.O.P. Rifts Lead Congress to Spending Impasse

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JACKIE CALMES

The collapse of spending measures increased the prospects of a government shutdown in the fall and added new urgency to fiscal negotiations between the White House and a bloc of Senate Republicans.

Court Rulings Blur the Line Between a Spy and a Leaker

By ADAM LIPTAK

Disclosures made possible by digital media, government surveillance and unorthodox publishers have unsettled understandings of mass media’s place in American democracy.

State Department Issues Global Travel Alert

By MARK MAZZETTI

The alert warned American citizens abroad of the potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, August 6th 2013

1) August Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of August 2013:

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To listen to the 8/06/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/08/07/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

2) July Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 7/04/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/07/05/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Thursday 7/4/2013 … UPTI: 96%

Sun Unleashes Solar Fireworks Preview for July Fourth

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hit 81km SSE of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Strong Earthquake Hits western Indonesia

Heat Wave Persists in West as Flooding Threatens East

Brewing Cyclone Spotted Off Palawan

Floods Hit Northeast India, Washing Away Over 300 Villages

Tropical Storm Erick Approaches Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Strengthens

Freak Weather Across The States: Hail Storm In New Mexico To Oppressive Humidity In The North East

Boeing 777 Crash Lands, Spins, Burns At San Francisco Airport

Record Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps US

Crucial Rule Is Delayed a Year for Obama’s Health Law

By JACKIE CALMES and ROBERT PEAR

The administration abruptly announced a delay in the mandate that larger employers cover their workers, postponing the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections.

Morsi Defies Egypt Army’s Ultimatum to Bend to Protest

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and BEN HUBBARD

With his political isolation deepening, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt demanded late Tuesday that the military rescind its ultimatum against him.

Army Ousts Egypt’s President

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, BEN HUBBARD and ALAN COWELL

Egypt’s military moved forcefully to seize power from President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, deploying tanks and troops in Cairo and moving to devise an interim government.

Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

Prescription painkiller addiction, long seen as mainly a man’s problem, is rising at a far faster rate among women, a federal analysis of data found.

Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power

By RON NIXON

Although a number of factors contributed to the defeat of the bill, analysts said the vote also illustrated the shift in the American population and political power to more urban areas.

Barring of Bolivian Plane Infuriates Latin America as Snowden Case Widens

By WILLIAM NEUMAN and ALISON SMALE

Latin American leaders condemned the refusal to let Bolivia’s president fly over European nations over what Bolivian officials said were suspicions that Edward J. Snowden was on board.

F.D.A. Rule Could Open Generic Drug Makers to Suits

By KATIE THOMAS

A rule expected from the Food and Drug Administration would allow generic drug makers to update safety labels, a step that could pave the way for the companies to be sued if their drugs harmed users.

I.M.F. and Pakistan Agree to $5.3 Billion Bailout

By DECLAN WALSH and SALMAN MASOOD

The two sides reached a provisional agreement on the rescue package, which aims to bolster Pakistan’s flagging economy.

A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN

Valley fever has been labeled “a silent epidemic,” with over 20,000 cases reported each year, but each case is different, and doctors have yet to find a cure.

Despite Exit of Militants, Violence Continues to Grip Somali City and Raises Worries

By NICHOLAS KULISH

In recent clashes, at least 71 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

To Fight Religious Monuments, Atheists Plan Their Own Symbols

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Starting with a bench in Florida, the group American Atheists intends to install 50 more secular totems near displays of the Ten Commandments nationwide.

2 Central Banks Promise to Keep Rates Low

By JACK EWING and JULIA WERDIGIER

Neither the European Central Bank nor the Bank of England had made such a move before. The bid to reassure investors brought them into closer alignment with the Federal Reserve.

Software as a Monthly Rental

By DAVID POGUE

Photoshop is now the biggest-name software that you can’t actually buy, as the new version costs $30 a month, or $240 a year.

Rediscovering Radio Through Apps

By JENNA WORTHAM

Despite the popularity of listening to music on services like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora, radio suddenly becomes more appealing for its human element.

Friday 7/12/2013 … UPTI: 71% thru Sunday 7/14/2013 … UPTI: 71%

US Southwest Heatwave Set To Reach World Record Levels

Tropical Storm Dalila Forms in Pacific off Mexico

Maryland’s Path to an Accord in Abortion Fight

By ERIK ECKHOLM

As a new flash point in the abortion debate focuses on regulating clinics, Maryland’s stricter oversight, spurred by the troubled practice of one doctor, has won rare praise.

Hunger Strike by California Inmates, Already Large, Is Expected to Be Long

By JENNIFER MEDINA

A hunger strike over solitary confinement and other conditions that continued for a third day Wednesday could become the largest in state history.

In New York City Schools, Students Find Access to Morning-After Pill

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS and MICHAELLE BOND

Through a patchwork of nurses’ offices and independent clinics at city schools, girls can get free emergency contraceptives in more than 50 high school buildings.

Saying Senate Is ‘Broken,’ Reid Vows to Limit Filibuster

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS

Senator Harry Reid suggested on Monday that Republicans had one way to avoid new curbs on the delaying tactic: give Democrats an up-or-down vote on seven executive branch nominations.

Holder Tightens Rules on Getting Reporters’ Data

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The new guidelines announced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain calling records from telephone companies without giving news organizations notice.

Napolitano Stepping Down as Homeland Security Chief

By PETER BAKER

Janet Napolitano, who has overseen an expansive portfolio as President Obama’s secretary of homeland security, plans to become president of the University of California system.

Snowden Is Said to Renew Plea for Asylum in Russia

By ELLEN BARRY and ANDREW ROTH

Edward J. Snowden met with representatives of human rights organizations at his temporary Moscow airport refuge on Friday and appealed for their help in seeking asylum status.

Texas Senate Vote Puts Bill Restricting Abortion Over Final Hurdle

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign the bill, one of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country. Democrats had previously blocked the measure with a filibuster that rallied abortion-rights supporters.

Hardening Split in Egypt as Islamists Stage Huge Demonstrations

By BEN HUBBARD

The size of the protests underlined the large section of society that has rejected the military intervention that deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

Ideas to Bolster Power Grid Run Up Against the System’s Many Owners

By MATTHEW L. WALD

A fragmented system, with conflicting interests, poses hurdles for improvements that the past three presidents have called a priority.

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and CARA BUCKLEY

A six-woman jury accepted self-defense as justification for the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, by George Zimmerman in a Florida shooting that ignited a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights.

In Mexican Pill, a Texas Option for an Abortion

By ERIK ECKHOLM

With requirements that may shut down most abortion clinics in Texas, advocates say women may turn to “abortion pills” without medical supervision.

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and QUENTIN HARDY

Using video surveillance, and signals from shoppers’ cellphones and apps, retailers are tracking customers’ behavior and moods.

Sunday 7/21/2013 … UPTI: 83%

Lightning Strikes Injure at Least 15 in 3 States

Strong 6.5 Quake Shakes New Zealand

Scorching Northeast Heat Wave Eases As Storms Blow Through

President Offers a Personal Take on Race in U.S.

By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

In his most extensive remarks on race since 2008, President Obama spoke in personal terms about the experience of being a black man in the United States.

Kerry Achieves Deal to Revive Mideast Talks

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and JODI RUDOREN

Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to join him in Washington in hopes of resuming formal talks for the first time since 2010.

G-20 Backs Plan to Curb Tax Avoidance by Large Corporations

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and FLOYD NORRIS

The plan aims at corporations only and, if widely adopted, would shift some of the global tax burden away from small businesses and individuals.

Election Win by Ruling Party Signals Change in Japan

By MARTIN FACKLER

By securing control of both houses of parliament for up to three years, Sunday’s win offers Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the chance to be the most transformative leader in a decade.

British Royal Family Announces Birth of a Son

By ELISABETH GOODRIDGE and ROBERT MACKEY

The British royal family announced that the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son at 4:24 p.m. local time in London on Monday.

Saturday 7/27/2013 … UPTI:99%

Flash Floods Kill 21 People In Northwest China

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hit 203km NE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Tropical Storm Dorian Continues Moving West

Flood Alerts Issued As Tropical Storm Flossie Heads Toward Hawaii

U.S. Asks Court to Limit Texas on Ballot Rules

By ADAM LIPTAK and CHARLIE SAVAGE

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. indicated that the move is likely just the beginning of a federal effort to reimpose a safeguard against discrimination that was effectively gutted by the Supreme Court.

Second Opposition Leader Assassinated in Tunisia

By CARLOTTA GALL

The killing of Mohamed Brahmi, leader of the People’s Party, incited protests blaming the moderate Islamic party that leads the government in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring.

U.S. Says Ring Stole 160 Million Credit Card Numbers

By NATHANIEL POPPER and SOMINI SENGUPTA

The scheme ran from 2005 until last year and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, prosecutors said.

Under Code, Apps Would Disclose Collection of Data

By NATASHA SINGER

Some app developers and consumer advocates have agreed to test a voluntary code that would require participating developers to tell consumers whether their apps are collecting personal information.

Morsi’s Friends and Foes Stage Mass Rallies Across Egypt

By KAREEM FAHIM and ROBERT F. WORTH

Supporters and opponents of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, turned out across Egypt on Friday, with reports of violence in Alexandria.

Roberts’s Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has filled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court with Republican appointees, critics have voiced concern about their deference to the government on spying.

Iran Is Said to Want Direct Talks With U.S. on Nuclear Program

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

The Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, told the Obama administration of Iran’s interest and offered to facilitate the discussions, Western officials said.

President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Hassan Rouhani is concerned about his country’s growing economic troubles and is determined to change policies that have cut off relations with most of the developed world.

F.D.A. Says Importers Must Audit Food Safety

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

If the rules are made final, they would shift the responsibility for ensuring that food is safe from the F.D.A. to companies like Walmart and Cargill.

Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric

By JACKIE CALMES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Widening income inequality and the weak recovery have undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity, President Obama said in an interview.

Crackdown in Egypt Kills Islamists as They Protest

By KAREEM FAHIM and MAYY EL SHEIKH

The Egyptian authorities unleashed a ferocious attack on Islamist protesters, killing at least 72 people in the second mass killing of demonstrators in three weeks.

Thousands Gather to Bury a Slain Tunisian Politician

By CARLOTTA GALL

Demonstrators gathered for the funeral of Mohamed Brahmi in a show of force against the government, which many blame for the assassination.

Amid Protests, Inmates Escape From Libyan Prison

By SULIMAN ALI ZWAY

Protesters attacked the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood of Libya and the liberal National Forces Alliance party, after demonstrations set off by killings turned violent, witnesses said.

Netanyahu Agrees to Free 104 Palestinians

By ISABEL KERSHNER

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced on Saturday that he had agreed to release the prisoners to pave the way for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Washington.

Some Chiefs Chafing as Justice Department Keeps Closer Eye on Policing

By ERICA GOODE

The civil rights division of the Justice Department is looking into a wider area of local law enforcement actions, like the handling of sexual assault cases.

Thursday 8/1/2013 … UPTI: 80% 

‘Massive’ Dust Storm To Temper Tropics – At Least For A Week

Gil Becomes Hurricane In Eastern Pacific

Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Sees Rare Eruption

Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act for leaking documents to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, but was found not guilty of the more serious charge of “aiding the enemy.”

U.S. Outlines N.S.A.’s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The formerly classified papers outline a program that is collecting records of all domestic calls in the United States. Their release comes as top officials are testifying before the Senate.

House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 Million From Program

By RON NIXON

A new report finds that a proposal would increase poverty and illness, resulting in billions of dollars in federal and state health care costs.

Obama Proposes Deal Over Taxes and Jobs

By MARK LANDLER and JACKIE CALMES

President Obama said Tuesday that he would support cutting corporate tax rates in return for a pledge from Republicans to invest in more programs to generate middle-class jobs.

Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

The ruling is the first to address the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored by cellphone service providers.

Banks Find S.&P. More Favorable in Bond Ratings

By NATHANIEL POPPER

Standard and Poor’s has been giving higher ratings than its big rivals to certain mortgage-backed securities, according to an analysis conducted for The Times.

A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

From New York to several Midwestern cities, thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes during peak mealtimes, drawing attention to their demands for much higher wages.

New Habits Transform Software

By QUENTIN HARDY

An increasing focus on office collaboration is creating opportunities for software giants like Microsoft and Google and start-ups like Quip.

Russia Grants Snowden 1-Year Asylum

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and ANDREW E. KRAMER

The refugee status in Russia was the first formal support from another government for Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor wanted for leaking details of surveillance programs.

Former Goldman Trader Is Found Liable in Mortgage Deal

By BEN PROTESS, SUSANNE CRAIG and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader at the center of a toxic mortgage deal sold to investors on the eve of the financial crisis, was found liable on six of the seven civil charges against him.

Case Against SAC Is Aided by Hiring of Fired Trader

By BEN PROTESS and PETER LATTMAN

The former trader, Richard S. Lee, was said to have told authorities of other incidents of insider trading by SAC Capital Advisors, the hedge fund run by Steven A. Cohen  Richard S. Lee landed a job at SAC Capital Advisors despite a warning from his previous employer, and his cooperation in a federal inquiry was said to yield evidence of insider trading at the embattled fund.

Kidnapper in Cleveland Is Sentenced by Judge and Condemned by Victim

By TRIP GABRIEL

Ariel Castro was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without possibility of parole, and 1,000 years.

G.O.P. Rifts Lead Congress to Spending Impasse

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JACKIE CALMES

The collapse of spending measures increased the prospects of a government shutdown in the fall and added new urgency to fiscal negotiations between the White House and a bloc of Senate Republicans.

Court Rulings Blur the Line Between a Spy and a Leaker

By ADAM LIPTAK

Disclosures made possible by digital media, government surveillance and unorthodox publishers have unsettled understandings of mass media’s place in American democracy.

State Department Issues Global Travel Alert

By MARK MAZZETTI

The alert warned American citizens abroad of the potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, October 1st 2013

1) October Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of October 2013:

To listen to the 10/1/2013 archived show (available 10/1/2013 or later): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/10/02/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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2)  September Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 9/03/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/09/04/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Wednesday 9/4/2013 … UPTI: 99%

Tropical Storm Toraji Threatens Japan With More Flooding

Strong Quake Hits Indonesia; No Tsunami Threat

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Hit 50km West Of Sardinal, Costa Rica

Strong Earthquake In Southern Japan Reported

Tropical Storm Gabrielle Lashes Puerto Rico With Heavy Rains

Sakurajima Volcano : Large Explosion Damages Cars

Drawing a Line on Syria, U.S. Eyes Iran Talks

By ROBERT F. WORTH

Two recent diplomatic ventures have raised speculation about a possible back channel between Washington and Tehran.

Brazil Angered Over Report N.S.A. Spied on President

By SIMON ROMERO and RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD

Brazil’s government summoned the United States ambassador on Monday to respond to new revelations of American surveillance of President Dilma Rousseff and her top aides.

*Allies’ Intelligence Differs on Details, but Still Points to Assad Forces

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT

The United States and its allies differ on some intelligence estimates when it comes to chemical weapons use in Syria, but all agree that only the Assad government had the means to launch attacks.

Divided Senate Panel Approves Resolution on Syria Strike

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

The 10-to-7 vote in the Foreign Relations Committee sets up a showdown next week in the full Senate on whether President Obama should be given the authority to strike Syria

Vote on Syria Sets Up Foreign Policy Clash Between 2 Wings of G.O.P.

By JONATHAN MARTIN

The Congressional vote will offer the best insight yet on which wing of the Republican Party – the party’s traditional hawks, or a growing bloc of noninterventionists – has the advantage.

House Speaker Backs Obama’s Call for Strike Against Syria

By MARK LANDLER, MICHAEL R. GORDON and JACKIE CALMES

Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday said he would support President Obama’s “call to action,” giving him a crucial ally in the quest for votes in the House of Representatives.

Microsoft Gets Nokia Units, and Leader

By NICK WINGFIELD

Microsoft reached an agreement to acquire the handset and services business of Nokia for more than $7.1 billion in an all-cash deal, and Stephen Elop, the chief executive of Nokia and a former Microsoft executive, will rejoin Microsoft.

CBS Returns, Triumphant, to Cable Box

By BILL CARTER

An agreement with Time Warner Cable restores CBS and its related channels, like Showtime, to millions of cable subscribers largely in three major cities, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

A Bet on the Environment

By DIANE CARDWELL

The company Mosaic functions as an online renewable energy bank, soliciting investments for solar projects and making loans for them.

Verizon to Pay $130 Billion to Fully Own Wireless Unit

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and MARK SCOTT

In buying out Vodafone of Britain, Verizon is striking a deal more than a decade in the making, taking advantage of receptive debt markets and its own strong stock.

*Errors Cast Doubt on Japan’s Cleanup of Nuclear Accident Site

By MARTIN FACKLER

Analysts are questioning whether Japan’s government and the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have the expertise and ability to manage the crisis

Man Who Held Ohio Women Captive Is Found Dead

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for a decade, was found hanging in his prison cell, officials said.

Falling Economic Tide in India Is Exposing Its Chronic Troubles

By KEITH BRADSHER

As its boom ends, India suffers from a weak currency, soaring prices, neglected infrastructure and red tape.

F.T.C. Says Webcam’s Flaw Put Users’ Lives on Display

By EDWARD WYATT

The Federal Trade Commission said TRENDnet, which makes digitally connected devices, had advertised its webcams as secure, but last year some users found out otherwise.

Acxiom Lets Consumers See Data It Collects

By NATASHA SINGER

Visitors to the site can review many seemingly innocuous facts about themselves, but critics say it provides a sanitized view of the information mining behind data-driven marketing.

 

Saturday 9/7/2013 … UPTI: 35%

6.5-Magnitude Quake Strikes off Guatemala’s Coast

Massive Storm Hits Western Washington; Mudslides, Flooding Reported

UPDATE : 6.5 Quake Hits Guatemala, Kills 1 and Injures at Least 11

Britain is Hit By Extreme Weather

Mt. Lokon Active Volcano Erupts

Tropical Storm Humberto Forms in the Atlantic

N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web

By NICOLE PERLROTH, JEFF LARSON and SCOTT SHANE

The National Security Agency has secretly circumvented or cracked much of the digital scrambling that protects global commerce, e-mails, phone calls, medical records and Web searches.

Egypt’s Interior Minister Survives Assassination Attempt

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAYY EL SHEIKH

Security officials said a powerful bomb ripped through a convoy of cars carrying the minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, raising fears of a turn toward terrorist violence.

San Antonio Passes Far-Reaching Antidiscrimination Measure

By MANNY FERNANDEZ

The City Council’s vote capped weeks of debate that exposed racial, religious and gay-and-straight divisions and drew the scorn of the state’s Republican leaders and candidates.

In Gut Research’s Latest Advance, Bacteria From Thin Humans Can Slim Mice Down

By GINA KOLATA

Mice exposed to gut bacteria of overweight humans become overweight, while those exposed to the microbiomes of thin humans lose weight, a new study found.

Plan at G-20 Is to Tighten Global Rules on Taxes

By ANDREW E. KRAMER

The Group of 20 summit meeting is expected to enact new laws that would tighten rules on multinational companies that use subsidiaries to legally avoid paying taxes.

Americans Go to Great Lengths to Mask Web Travels, Survey Finds

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Ordinary Americans seem to be going to great lengths to keep some of their online behavior to themselves, challenging the “if you’ve got nothing to hide” conventional wisdom.

Obama Stymied in Bid to Rally World Leaders on Syria Strike

By PETER BAKER and STEVEN LEE MYERS

President Obama emerged from the Group of 20 summit meeting with a few international supporters, but other leaders urged him not to attack without United Nations backing

A.F.L.-C.I.O. Has Plan to Add Millions of Nonunion Members

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Richard Trumka, the labor federation’s president, says a broad coalition could help restore the labor movement’s clout.

Vote Ends Australian Labor Party’s Six-Year Run in Power

By MATT SIEGEL

The election ends six tumultuous years of leadership and ushers into power a strong conservative Liberal-National coalition.

 

Thursday 9/12/2013 … UPTI: 45% thru Saturday 9/14/2013 … UPTI: 46%

Tropical Storm Gabrielle Re-Forms; Humberto To Become Hurricane

Large Fireball Streaks Over US Southeast

Baseball-sized Meteor Blows Up Over Alabama

2 dead in Colorado floods, Boulder slammed with 3 days of rain

Tropical Storm Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico

*Colorado Towns Are Left Stranded in Deadly Floods

By DAN FROSCH and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

The flooding killed at least three people and cut off major highways, isolated towns and forced the closing of the main campus of the University of Colorado.

Colorado Floodwaters Force Thousands to Flee

By DAN FROSCH and JACK HEALY

Many residents marveled at how swiftly the rains had swamped their homes and carved up the mountainsides, transforming picturesque towns and vacation communities into scenes of devastation.

Obama Delays Syria Strike to Focus on a Russian Plan

By MARK LANDLER and JONATHAN WEISMAN

President Obama said he would pursue a “diplomatic path” on the Syria crisis even while making the moral case for punishing the country for its deadly use of chemical weapons.

*U.S. and Russia Reach Deal to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Arms

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

The announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, set the stage for one of the most challenging undertakings in the history of arms control

Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law

By JACK HEALY

A hotly contested vote connected to gun control became a proxy battle, attracting money and support from around the nation.

Answers Sought for When Marijuana Laws Collide

By ASHLEY SOUTHALL

Federal officials are exploring how to deal with banks and other businesses that serve marijuana dispensaries and growers in states that have legalized the drug.

*The Rich Get Richer Through the Recovery

By ANNIE LOWREY

A study shows that the top 1 percent of earners took more than one-fifth of the country’s total income in 2012, one of the highest levels recorded.

Court Says Privacy Case Can Proceed vs. Google

By DAVID STREITFELD

A unanimous decision found little merit in Google’s legal maneuverings, stating at one critical point that the company was basically inventing meanings in an effort to declare its actions legal.

*North Korea Appears to Restart Plutonium Reactor

By DAVID E. SANGER, WILLIAM J. BROAD and CHOE SANG-HUN

New satellite images show steam emerging from a nuclear reactor in North Korea, suggesting that the country may be making good on its promise to resume the production of plutonium for its small nuclear arsenal.

Missouri Republicans Fail to Block Vetoes on 2 Bills

By JOHN ELIGON

State lawmakers lacked the votes to overturn the governor’s vetoes of a sweeping tax cut and a bill preventing enforcement of federal gun laws

Middle-Aged Men, Too, Can Blame Estrogen for That Waistline

By GINA KOLATA

New research has found that estrogen, the female sex hormone, plays a much bigger role in the aging male body than previously thought.

Tea Party Extends Focus to Include Rallying Against a Syria Strike

By TRIP GABRIEL

The organizing of conservatives against American military action suggests a new political development: the emergence of a grass-roots faction bucking the Republican establishment.

Facebook Privacy Change Is Subject of F.T.C. Inquiry

By VINDU GOEL and EDWARD WYATT

After a storm of negative comments from users, the Federal Trade Commission has begun an inquiry into Facebook’s latest privacy policies.

China’s Plan to Curb Air Pollution Sets Limits on Coal Use and Vehicles

By EDWARD WONG

The plan represents the most concrete response yet to growing criticism for allowing the country’s air, soil and water to degrade to abysmal levels.

*Tax Filings Hint at Extent of Koch Brothers’ Reach

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

Tax returns show that a nonprofit group linked to Charles G. and David H. Koch, billionaire industrialists who support Republican causes, has given away a staggering amount of money in recent years

Women’s Groups Rally for Immigration Reform

By JULIA PRESTON

More than 100 women were arrested on Capitol Hill after they blocked an intersection to press the House of Representatives to move on immigration legislation.

Reaction on Twitter to Twitter’s I.P.O. Plans

By ASHWIN SESHAGIRI

The microblogging service posted a development of its upcoming initial public offering on its platform, leading to a flurry of reactions from its users.

Fed Prepares for Change in Policy and in Policy Makers

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

The Federal Reserve is trying to reassure investors about its effort to stimulate the economy as it prepares a shake-up of its policy-making committee.

Senator Asks Cellphone Carriers: What Exactly Do You Share With Government?

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Senator Edward J. Markey sent a letter to carriers asking what kind of information law enforcement officials seek from them, including location data and the content of text messages.

Many Doubt Death Sentences Will Stem India Sexual Attacks

By ELLEN BARRY and BETWA SHARMA

Four men convicted of brutally raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman were sentenced to die by hanging, a sentence that drew cheers from some but skepticism from others

*Water, Now Fire, and Shore Nightmare Goes On

By KATE ZERNIKE

The day after a beachfront blaze destroyed dozens of businesses on the Jersey Shore, owners struggled to summon what it would take to start over so soon after starting over.

California Inland Empire Still in Housing Tailspin

By NATHANIEL POPPER

Five years after Lehman Brothers’s collapse, California’s Inland Empire region, where real estate markets soared with credit from Lehman and others, is far from recovery.

Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike

By GRETCHEN MORGENSON and ROBERT GEBELOFF

A little known market in ethanol credits arose after financial institutions amassed millions of them – just as refiners were looking to buy more credits to meet an expanding federal requirement

Summers Pulls Name From Consideration for Fed Chief

By ANNIE LOWREY and BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

Facing growing opposition in Congress, Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary and a top contender for Federal Reserve chairman, told President Obama that he didn’t want to be considered for the job.

*Rebel Rifts on Island Confound Philippines

By FLOYD WHALEY

Despite a 2012 deal with the largest group of Muslim insurgents, factionalism complicates peace efforts on Mindanao, experts say.

*In Gun Debate, Divide Grows as Both Sides Dig In for Battle

By ERICA GOODE

Losses have tempered the gains supporters of tougher gun laws have made, and now those on both sides of the debate are focusing on potential battles in at least six states

Newcomers Challenge Leadership in the House

By ASHLEY PARKER

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan is among the cadre of young, libertarian-leaning Republican House members who have repeatedly hijacked the party’s agenda.

Minecraft, a Child’s Obsession, Finds Use as an Educational Tool

By NICK BILTON

Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a popular video game, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.

On Campus, a Faculty Uprising Over Personal Data

By NATASHA SINGER

Faculty members at Penn State University are objecting to an employee wellness plan that asks them to disclose medical and other personal information.

 

Tuesday 9/17/2013 … UPTI: 52%

*New Research Indicates Warming Oceans Cause of Melting Ice

Fifth Fatality Feared In Colorado Floods As Towns Evacuated

*Gunman and 12 Victims Killed in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

A former Navy reservist killed at least 12 people on Monday in a mass shooting at a naval office building in Washington, and then was killed by the police, officials said.

U.N. Report Confirms Rockets Loaded With Sarin in Aug. 21 Attack

By RICK GLADSTONE and NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

The report by weapons investigators was the first confirmation by independent scientific experts that chemical weapons were used in the attack outside Damascus.

U.S. and Allies Push for Strong U.N. Measure on Syria’s Arms

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

France and Britain joined Secretary of State John Kerry in warning Damascus of “consequences” if it delays disarmament.

JPMorgan Chase Is Said to Admit Fault in Settlement of Trade Loss

By BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

Global authorities are preparing to levy more than $700 million in fines against JPMorgan Chase over the bank’s huge trading loss in London last year.

F.D.A. Halts Drugs From Indian Drugmaker’s Plant

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. regulators have banned imported drugs from a factory operated by India’s largest pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy Laboratories, citing manufacturing and quality control problems.

Afghan Policewomen Say Sexual Harassment Is Rife

By ALISSA J. RUBIN

An unpublished United Nations report found that 70 percent of the policewomen interviewed had personally experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence.

*Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths a Year, C.D.C. Finds

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

At least two million people also fall ill each year, officials found in research that was the first to quantify a growing public health problem.

Brazil’s Leader Postpones State Visit to Washington Over Spying

By SIMON ROMERO

President Dilma Rousseff, angered over revelations of N.S.A. spying on her and her aides, delivered a sharp rebuke to the Obama administration.

Extended Ruling by Secret Court Backs Collection of Phone Data

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court released a previously classified opinion in which it said the National Security Agency’s call-log program was constitutional and did not violate Americans’ privacy rights.

*Budget Office Warns That Deficits Will Rise Again Because Cuts Are Misdirected

By JACKIE CALMES

The nonpartisan office says that lawmakers are focused on the wrong kind of spending and that annual deficits will begin rising in 2016 as baby boomers age.

A Magazine for Farm-to-Table

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY

Modern Farmer seeks to take advantage of a food movement that has fueled growth in farmer’s markets and community-supported agriculture.

Content Creators Use Piracy to Gauge Consumer Interest

By NICK BILTON

Both Netflix and HBO have expressed a more forgiving stance toward online piracy Web sites.

*In Surprise, Fed Decides Not to Curtail Stimulus Effort

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

The Federal Reserve said that it would continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds to encourage job creation and economic growth.

 

Friday 9/20/2013 … UPTI: 47%

CME occurred during a prominence eruption towards earth geomagnetic storm likley .

*Iran’s Leaders Signal Effort at New Thaw

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

President Hassan Rouhani capped a series of gestures from Iran’s ruling establishment by saying the country would never “seek weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.”

Sharing, With a Safety Net 

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

A privacy bill for young people passed by California’s Legislature has put the state in the middle of a debate over how to protect those who share without thinking.

Sectarian Violence Reignites in an Iraqi Town

By TIM ARANGO

Villagers in Diyala Province saw much death during the worst of Iraq’s carnage over the past decade, but they say what is happening now is far worse.

*Mental Health Again an Issue in Gun Debate

By JEREMY W. PETERS and MICHAEL LUO

Efforts to improve the country’s fraying mental health system to help prevent mass shootings have stalled on Capitol Hill, tied up in the broader fight on gun control.

Pressed From His Right, Speaker Yields on a Budget Showdown

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Speaker John A. Boehner surrendered to demands that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing.

Court Gives a Victory to Pandora Over Licensing Streaming Music

By BEN SISARIO

A federal judge ruled against Ascap, saying it must make its entire publishing catalog available for licensing by Pandora.

*Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

“We have to find a new balance,” Pope Francis said in the first extensive interview of his papacy, in which he sought to set a new tone for the church.

Hedge Funds Gain Foothold in China

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON

In the next few months, six hedge funds will each be able to raise $50 million from institutions in China to invest around the world as part of a pilot program in Shanghai.

*Iran Said to Seek a Nuclear Accord to End Sanctions

By THOMAS ERDBRINK and MARK LANDLER

Seizing on a perceived flexibility in a letter from President Obama to President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s leaders are focused on getting quick relief from crippling sanctions, a top adviser to the Iranian leadership said.

Administration Presses Ahead With Limits on Emissions From Power Plants

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

The limits, to be announced Friday, are an aggressive move to bypass Congress on climate change, and a sign that the White House is not backing down from a confrontation on emissions.

House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps

By RON NIXON

House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Thursday that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over Democrats’ objections.

*House Bill Links Health Care Law and Budget Plan

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Without a resolution, large swaths of the government could shut down Oct. 1, and a first-ever default on federal debt could follow weeks later.

U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

Textile factories are bustling again in the United States, but the savior was automation, meaning few of the jobs lost since the ’90s came back with the plants.

California Gives Expanded Rights to Noncitizens

By JENNIFER MEDINA

California is challenging the status of citizenship with measures to let noncitizens sit on juries, monitor polls for elections and practice law.

Hacking U.S. Secrets, China Pushes for Drones

By EDWARD WONG

A two-year hacking operation by a group linked to China’s army is the latest sign of Beijing’s ambitious plans to be at the forefront of drone manufacturing.

Turnabout at Traditionally White Sororities, in Nine Days at Alabama

By ALAN BLINDER

After a campus newspaper’s report on discrimination, the president of the University of Alabama said that traditionally white sororities have accepted six minority students.

Santa Monica Bets on Electric Cars, but Consumers Are Slow to Switch

By JACLYN TROP

For automakers, reluctance in Santa Monica, Calif., underscores how difficult it will be for them to meet strict federal and state mandates on fuel efficiency and pollution.

 

Monday 9/23/2013 … UPTI: 33%

*A powerful earthquake of 7.8-magnitude has struck a remote area in south-west Pakistan … toll in Pakistani Earthquake Rises Past 300

The arrival of Sept. 20/21st CMEs are expected to generate active geomagnetic conditions within the next 24- 48 hours

Two simultaneous earthquake swarms around the Yellowstone Caldera”. Tremblers from the three quake swarms mostly hit in three areas: Lewis Lake, the Lower Geyser Basin and the northwest part of Norris Geyser Basin.

*Gunmen Kill Dozens in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and NICHOLAS KULISH

Two squads stormed into a Nairobi mall Saturday, killing at least 39 people. Hours later, police officers dashed through corpse-strewn corridors, trying to find the assailants. A Somali militant group is suspected in the attack.

Kenyan Forces Push Assault as Mall Standoff Continues

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and NICHOLAS KULISH

Gunshots and explosions emanated from the beleaguered Westgate mall in Nairobi on Monday morning after Kenyan forces moved in for a major assault against heavily armed Islamist militants.

*Scores Are Killed by Suicide Bomb Attack at Historic Church in Pakistan

By ISMAIL KHAN and SALMAN MASOOD

A suicide attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 78 people on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan for years

Once Suicidal and Shipped Off, Now Battling Nevada Over Care

By RICK LYMAN

A lawsuit on behalf of a group of homeless and mentally ill people claims they were bused out of Nevada and left on the streets of San Francisco with little or no medication.

Once Suicidal and Shipped Off, Now Battling Nevada Over Care

By RICK LYMAN

A lawsuit on behalf of a group of homeless and mentally ill people claims they were bused out of Nevada and left on the streets of San Francisco with little or no medication.

*Merkel Re-elected in Show of Strong Support for Party

By ALISON SMALE

The surprising show of strength for the chancellor and her center-right Christian Democrats might just translate into an absolute parliamentary majority, highly unusual in Germany.

Lawmakers Point Fingers Over Budget Deadlock

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

With days left to avert a possible government shutdown, Congressional leaders from both parties on Sunday passed around blame and resorted to name-calling.

Chinese Titan Takes Aim at Hollywood

By KEITH BRADSHER

Wang Jianlin, reputed to be China’s richest man, announced plans to build a movie-themed real estate development in what he billed as China’s effort to become the world leader in filmmaking.

Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You

By DAVID STREITFELD

A yearlong investigation by New York regulators has resulted in the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet.

Law Opens Financing of Start-Ups to Crowds

By JENNA WORTHAM

On Monday, federal legislation goes into effect to allow small start-ups to ask for equity investments publicly without having to register the shares for public trading

Gawker Wants to Encourage More Voices Online, but With Less Yelling

By NICK BILTON

A site that will promote comments on Gawker Media sites wants to elevate the role of commenters while trying to keep needless vitriol at bay.

Former F.B.I. Agent to Plead Guilty in Press Leak

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb technician, agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified details about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen, the Justice Department announced.

China Gains New Friends in Its Quest for Energy

By JANE PERLEZ and BREE FENG

A Chinese presence at a vast new oil field in Kazakhstan is another indication that China’s influence has eclipsed even Russia’s across the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

*Victims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts

By ERICA GOODE

Posting explicit images of former sexual partners can ruin lives, yet mostly goes unpunished. But the law may be catching up with technology.

*Speedy Trains Transform China

By KEITH BRADSHER

Just five years after the high-speed rail system opened, it is carrying nearly twice as many passengers as the country’s domestic airline industry.

*Obama Says He Will Pursue Diplomacy on Iran and Syria

By MARK LANDLER

At the United Nations, President Obama said the United States wanted to resolve the Iran nuclear issue peacefully but was determined to prevent it from developing a nuclear

As World Leaders Speak at United Nations, Iran Sends More Friendly Signals

By RICK GLADSTONE

A Twitter message by the new foreign minister of Iran spoke of a “historic opportunity” to resolve the nuclear issue.

*Senate Democratic Leader Sets Stage for Budget Showdown

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Senator Harry Reid, vowing, “We will not bow to Tea Party anarchists,” paved the way for a vote to strip the House spending bill of language that would defund President Obama’s health care law.

 

Friday 9/27/2013 … UPTI: 35%

A tsunami warning was issued after a 7.2 earthquake struck just off Peru’s southern coast. The impact caused buildings in the Peruvian capital, Lima, to shake

Nicaraguan On Alert After Volcano Blast

*Key Nations at U.N. Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but there will be no automatic penalties if the Syrians fail to comply.

A Surge in Growth for a New Kind of Online Course

By ALAN FINDER

Three major sites have emerged in the last couple of years to offer massive open online courses, greatly expanding the opportunity to take college classes.

2 More Militant Attacks Unsettle Kenya

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and NICHOLAS KULISH

Three people were killed in attacks on police officers near the border with Somalia. The Kenyan authorities blamed the Shabab militant group that has taken responsibility for the mall siege.

*House G.O.P. Leaders List Conditions for Raising Debt Ceiling

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER

Their demands include a one-year delay on the president’s health care law, fast-track authority to overhaul the tax code and blocking new E.P.A. rules on greenhouse gases, among other things.

Republicans Facing a Test of Unity

By ASHLEY PARKER

As the Congressional showdown over the health care law threatens to shut down the government, conservative advocacy groups have emerged as central players, pitting Republicans against one another.

50-Year Sentence Upheld for Ex-President of Liberia

By MARLISE SIMONS and ALAN COWELL

Charles G. Taylor, the former president of Liberia, had appealed a sentence imposed last year in a case seen as a watershed for modern human rights law.

After the Floods in Colorado, a Deluge of Worry About Leaking Oil

By JACK HEALY

As waters recede from Colorado’s drilling epicenter, the sight of drowning oil wells has inflamed the debate over the environment.

Google Alters Search to Handle More Complex Queries

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Google made one of the biggest ever changes to its search engine, as part of a shift away from matching keywords on Web pages to understanding the meaning of search queries

Developing Countries Surge in Mobile Broadband, U.N. Finds

By ERIC PFANNER

By the end of this year, the number of mobile broadband connections worldwide will rise to 2.1 billion, nearly three times the total of fixed-line subscriptions.

Obama Says He Spoke to Iran’s President by Phone

By MARK LANDLER

The conversation on Friday afternoon was the first between the leaders of the United States and Iran in more than three decades.

U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions

By JUSTIN GILLIS

Top climate scientists on Friday embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases while warning that it is likely to be exceeded within decades if efforts to curb emissions are not rapidly accelerated.

Shutdown Looms as Senate Passes Budget Bill

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER

After a series of Senate votes that sent the stopgap spending measure back to the House, fissures appeared in the badly divided Republican ranks.

Swift Movement Is Seen on Syria After U.N. Action

By RICK GLADSTONE and SOMINI SENGUPTA

The full Security Council approved a resolution to ensure Syrian compliance on chemical weapons, and the organization responsible for destroying those weapons announced a timetable that starts on Tuesday.

*Rights Groups and Clinics Sue Texas Over Provisions in Its New Abortion Law

By ERIK ECKHOLM

The plaintiffs are seeking to block two provisions: one would require doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and the other requires a different drug protocol for medical abortions.


Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

1) July Future Forecast: Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) for the upcoming month of July 2013:

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To listen to the 7/02/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/07/03/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

2) June Past Forecast: The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 6/04/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/06/05/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Saturday 6/1/2013 … UPTI: 58%

Wave Of Tornadoes, Violent Storms Rake Oklahoma City; Many Dead

At least three tornadoes hit Oklahoma City and the metro area Friday night, as a series of violent storms slashed across several counties and trapped commuters on clogged interstates.

Flash floods Prompt Evacuations On Both Sides Of Missouri-Kansas State Line

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nearly 30 homes and about 20 businesses were evacuated because of flash flooding Friday morning near 103rd Street at the Missouri-Kansas state line.

Magnitude 7.0 Slow Release Earthquake Under Wellington

To the west of Wellington, the equivalent of a magnitude 7 earthquake is happening right now, 40 km below ground. This would be Wellington’s largest earthquake in 150 years, yet nothing is felt at the surface.

Large Asteroid Safely Zips Past Earth, Dragging Its Moon Along

An asteroid dubbed 1998 QE2 whizzed past Earth on Friday

Central Europe Hit By Major Floods

Authorities in parts of Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defences as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks.

California Wildfire Chases Thousands From Homes

LOS ANGELES — Firefighters worked to protect hundreds of homes threatened by a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest after shifting winds and extreme heat more than doubled its size Sunday to nearly 40 square miles.

Damaging Storms Moving Through East, South

PORTLAND, Maine – Damaging winds flattened trees and utility wires and knocked out power in parts of northern New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City and a tornado touched down in South Carolina as the East Coast weathered the remnants of violent storms that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma.

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hit Buli, Taiwan

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hit Buli, Taiwan on Sunday June 6, 2013

Giant Asteroid To Sail Past Earth

A huge asteroid is set to cruise by Earth Friday afternoon, making its closest approach to our planet for at least the next two centuries. Asteroid 1998 QE2

Major Solar Geomagnetic Storm

CME Earth directed

Oklahoma Death Toll Rises to 9 After Tornadoes Hit Region

At least nine people are dead, including two children, after severe tonadoes tore through the Oklahoma City area for the second time in 11 days

Arkansas Tornadoes 2013 Cause Injuries, Storm Turns Deadly

 Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms and floods

Magnitude 7.0 Slow Release Earthquake Under Wellington

To the west of Wellington, the equivalent of a magnitude 7 earthquake is happening right now, 40 km below ground.

Pacaya Volcano Erupts In Guatemala

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano has erupted

Assad Warns Israel, Claiming a Stockpile of Russian Weapons

By ANNE BARNARD and NEIL MacFARQUHAR

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria spoke confidently in an interview with Hezbollah-owned television as his opposition appeared to be fracturing further.

Income-Based Diversity Lags at Some Universities

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

Because of the high cost, some colleges do a lot more than others to find and enroll low-income students, which critics of race-based affirmative action see as a way to encourage diversity.

Japan and South Korea Bar Imports of U.S. Wheat

By VICTORIA SHANNON

The actions followed the disclosure this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in Oregon.

*Protest Over Istanbul Park Turns Violent as Police Crack Down

By TIM ARANGO and CEYLAN YEGINSU

The police action, with water cannons and tear gas, was the latest crackdown by Turkey’s government against a movement challenging plans to redevelop a park.

Police Retreat as Protests Expand Through Turkey

By TIM ARANGO

The police pulled out of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, sparking jubilation and destruction as protests continued against the government’s plan to redevelop a park.

Protests in Turkey Reveal a Larger Fight Over Identity

By TIM ARANGO

For many Turks, the development of urban spaces is not so much progress as a reflection of growing autocratic ambitions by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

By NORIMITSU ONISHI

Hydraulic fracturing is creating competition for water and threatening its contamination in a part of the state where oilmen and farmers have coexisted peacefully for decades.

Deadly Storms in Oklahoma Bring Flooding and More Tornadoes

By MANNY FERNANDEZ and MARC SANTORA

A storm set off tornadoes and severe flooding, causing widespread damage around the region and claiming at least nine victims, including two children.

Inquiry Into Obama and Bloomberg Ricin Letters Leads to Search of a Texas House

By MANNY FERNANDEZ

Federal investigators have questioned a man about letters laced with ricin that were mailed to President Obama and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, but no arrest has been made.

Medicare Outlook Has Improved a Bit, U.S. Estimates

By ROBERT PEAR

A stronger economy and slower growth in health spending have helped strengthen the financial outlook for the federal insurance program, the Obama administration said.

Surpluses Help, but Fiscal Woes for States Go On

By MICHAEL COOPER and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

The surpluses that many states are expecting this year are not as robust as they appear because of costs put off during the recession, like funding for Medicaid and pension systems.

U.S. and China Agree to Hold Regular Talks on Hacking

By DAVID E. SANGER and MARK LANDLER

The United States hopes the dialogue can help set norms and end what it says is a daily barrage of computer break-ins and theft of corporate and government secrets by Chinese hackers.

Hezbollah and Rebels of Syria in Border Fight

By HWAIDA SAAD and HALA DROUBI

The clashes, if confirmed, would represent some of the worst direct spillover fighting in Lebanon since Syria’s uprising began more than two years ago.

Justices Allow Police to Take DNA Samples After Arrests

By ADAM LIPTAK

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said DNA samples were similar to the photographs and fingerprints taken while booking criminal suspects.

Friday 6/7/2013 … UPTI: 86%

Tropical Storm Andrea zipping up the East Coast

MIAMI (AP) — After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea moved quickly across south Georgia and was speeding through the Carolinas early Friday, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.

Solar Activity

On June 7, 2011, our Sun erupted, blasting tons of hot plasma into space. Some of that plasma splashed back down onto the Sun’s surface, sparking bright flashes of ultraviolet light. This dramatic event may provide new insights into how young stars grow by sucking up nearby gas.

Verizon Case Offers Glimpse of Vast N.S.A. Surveillance

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and EDWARD WYATT

An Obama administration official said on Thursday that information gathered in the domestic surveillance program was “a critical tool” in preventing terrorist threats to the United States.

U.S. Says It Gathers Online Data Abroad

By CHARLIE SAVAGE, EDWARD WYATT and PETER BAKER

The federal government has secretly taken information on foreigners overseas for years from companies like Google, Facebook and Apple in search of security threats, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.

In Syrian Victory, Hezbollah Risks Broader Fight

By ANNE BARNARD

Hezbollah’s role has further antagonized sectarian divisions in Syria and beyond, creating new risks for both the Syrian government and the militia even in their moment of victory.

China Seen in Push to Gain Technology Insights

By EDWARD WONG and DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW

As China seeks to become more competitive, scientists on the job in the United States are being asked to share technology data.

Financial Fears Gain Credence as Unrest Shakes Turkey

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.

While Turkey’s economy has grown swiftly over the past decade, the recent protests in Taksim Square are signaling that economic trouble could be approaching.

In Nigeria, ‘Killing People Without Asking Who They Are’

By ADAM NOSSITER

Nigerian soldiers in a broad assault against the Boko Haram insurgency are making little effort to spare the innocent, refugees say.

Judge Orders All Restrictions Lifted on Some ‘Morning-After’ Pills

By PAM BELLUCK and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

A federal appeals court ordered that some types of emergency contraceptives be made available to women of all ages without a prescription.

Workers Seek Survivors in Philadelphia Collapse

By JON HURDLE

At least six people died and 14 others were injured when a building that was being demolished collapsed on a Salvation Army store.

Remember All Those Passwords? No Need

By DAVID POGUE

Dashlane is a dedicated password memorization program stuffed with features, and it’s free.

As Syrian Fighting Nears Border, Israel Considers Its Options

By JODI RUDOREN

Syrian rebels briefly took control of a border crossing as scores of Israeli soldiers engaged in a combat exercise, confronting the country with the complex reality of a civil war nearby.

Europe Continues Wrestling With Online Privacy Rules

By JAMES KANTER and SOMINI SENGUPTA

European justice ministers agreed Thursday to a business-friendly proposal, an early signal that lobbying efforts from the technology industry are gaining some traction.

Even as Wars Fade, Obama Maintains Bush’s Data Mining

By PETER BAKER

Rather than dismantling George W. Bush’s approach to guarding national security, President Obama has to some extent validated it and put it on a more sustainable footing.

Many Rival Nations Surge Past the U.S. in Adding New Jobs

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

While the United States economy is performing relatively well, the nation has fared worse than six of the nine countries surveyed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in job gains.

Shooting Rampage Leaves 5 Dead in California

By IAN LOVETT and ADAM NAGOURNEY

A gunman strode across Santa Monica firing at people, cars, a public bus and buildings before being shot and killed by the police.

Woman From Texas Is Charged in Ricin Case

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

Shannon Guess Richardson, who accused her husband last week of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and other figures, was arrested and charged in the case.

U.S. Helps Allies Trying to Battle Iranian Hackers

By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER

The administration has begun helping Middle Eastern allies build their defenses against Iran’s cyberweapons and will do the same in Asia to contain attacks from North Korea.

U.S. and China Move Closer on Climate, but Not on Cyberespionage

By JACKIE CALMES and STEVEN LEE MYERS

President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China ended two days of informal meetings, moving closer on pressuring a nuclear North Korea and addressing climate change, but remaining divided over cyberespionage.

How the U.S. Uses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly

By JAMES RISEN and ERIC LICHTBLAU

A revolution in software technology has transformed the National Security Agency by proving automated and instantaneous analysis of volumes of digital information.

Moscow Trial Sends Warning to Rank-and-File Putin Foes

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ANDREW ROTH

Russia’s prosecution of low-level participants at protests seems to be a message to other ordinary Russians about taking part.

Ex-Worker at C.I.A. Says He Leaked Data on Surveillance

By MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

A British newspaper identified its source as Edward Snowden, a former C.I.A. employee who has worked at the National Security Agency as a contractor.

Monday 6/17/2013 … UPTI: 49%

Popocatépetl Volcano: Relatively Strong Ash Emissions

Activity has picked up during the past 2 days

Syria Used Sarin On Rebels At Least Twice, Says Cameron

David Cameron has provided fresh detail from the joint intelligence committee setting out the credible evidence the UK has gathered showing that the Assad regime in Syria has used the “abhorrent agent sarin” to attack the opposition at least twice

Atlantic Season’s Second Tropical Depression Forms

Tropical Depression #2 has officially formed in the western Caribbean.

Turkish Riot Police Pursue Protesters On Sidelines Of Labor-Led Action In Downtown Istanbul

ISTANBUL — Riot police in Istanbul fired water cannon and tear gas Monday to disperse pockets of protesters on the sidelines of a demonstration called by labor groups

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

By IAN JOHNSON

A 12-year plan to move hundreds of millions of rural residents into cities is intended to spur economic growth, but could have unintended consequences, skeptics warn.

Iran Moderate Wins Presidency by a Large Margin

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Hassan Rowhani, who advocates greater personal freedoms and a more conciliatory approach to the world, avoided a runoff in the election to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Police Storm Park in Istanbul, Setting Off a Night of Chaos

By TIM ARANGO, SEBNEM ARSU and CEYLAN YEGINSU

After 18 days of protests, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered his riot police to storm Gezi Park. As people fled the tear gas and water cannons, the police pursued them in the streets.

Turkey Expands Violent Reaction to Street Unrest

By TIM ARANGO, SEBNEM ARSU and CEYLAN YEGINSU

Turkish authorities took aim not just at the demonstrators in Taksim Square, but also at the medics who treated their injuries and the business owners who sheltered them.

Goal of Broader Protection for Chimpanzees Emerges From Changing Perspectives

By JAMES GORMAN

Wild chimpanzees have been listed as endangered since 1990, but a new proposal covers all chimps, including nearly 2,000 captive in the United States today.

Fears of National ID With Immigration Bill

By ERIC LIPTON

Drivers’ license information of most Americans would be accessible through a nationwide computer network if the immigration legislation pending before the Senate becomes law.

Budget Cuts Reach Bone for Philadelphia Schools

By TRIP GABRIEL

Deep budget cuts have Philadelphia school officials worrying about how to make do without aides, secretaries, counselors, monitors, coaches or money for new books or paper.

Smartphone Battles Shift to Software

By NICK BILTON

From the outside, most smartphones look the same, and technology companies seem to be making a bigger effort to distinguish themselves by the interface experience.

Justices Block Law Requiring Voters to Prove Citizenship

By ADAM LIPTAK

In a 7-to-2 ruling Monday, the Supreme Court said an Arizona law requiring prospective voters to give proof of their citizenship was displaced by legislation at the federal level.

G.O.P. Pushes New Abortion Limits to Appease Vocal Base

By JEREMY W. PETERS

Instead of focusing on the economy, as an internal party document suggested, House Republicans are pushing the most restrictive abortion bill to come to a vote in a decade.

Supreme Court Lets Regulators Sue Over Generic Drug Deals

By EDWARD WYATT

The justices ruled on Monday that brand-name drug makers could face antitrust charges for paying generic competitors to keep cheaper copies of a drug off the market.

Taliban Step Toward Afghan Peace Talks Is Hailed by U.S.

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ALISSA J. RUBIN

The Taliban announced the opening of a political office in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday and said they were prepared to talk, raising hopes for a break in long-stalled peace efforts.

Brazilian Leaders Brace for New Round of Protests

By SIMON ROMERO

An aide to President Dilma Rousseff said officials were hoping to start a dialogue with an increasingly powerful protest movement set off by complaints about bus fares.

Friday 6/21/2013 … UPTI: 68%

Anchorage sets heat record

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A heat wave hitting Alaska

Grand Isle Residents Say Waterspout The Biggest They’ve Ever Seen

NEW ORLEANS — Eyewitness described it as frightening and awe inspiring, and many snapped photos and video.

Tropical Storm Barry Makes Landfall In Mexico

VERACRUZ, Mexico – Tropical Storm Barry hit Mexico’s Gulf Coast

Cyclone Fabian To Bring More Rains

MANILA, Philippines – A cyclone formed over the West Philippine Sea

SARS-like virus has high mortality rate in Saudi Arabia, specialists say

A new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness in the Middle East may be more deadly than SARS

‘The Roar Of The River Is Terrifying,’ Alberta’s Premier Says After Flood Tour

Rivers fed by torrential mountain rains spilled across the prairies of southern Alberta

Markets Slump Over Fed Exit Plan and China Credit Squeeze

By DAVID JOLLY

The S.&P. 500 ended down 2.5 percent and the Dow fell 2.3 percent over concern about a credit crunch in China and the Federal Reserve’s plans for winding down its stimulus efforts.

China Facing Cash Squeeze as Rising Rates Crimp Lending

By NEIL GOUGH and DAVID BARBOZA

The interest rates that Chinese banks must pay to borrow money from each other surged to a record high of 13.44 percent, freezing up credit markets.

Global Sell-off Shows Fed Reach Beyond the U.S.

By NATHANIEL POPPER

Tumbling stock, bond and commodity prices around the world in recent weeks are demonstrating just how reliant the global economy has become on the policies of the Federal Reserve

House Rejects Farm Bill as Food Stamp Cuts Prove Divisive

By RON NIXON

Opposition by Democrats to huge cuts in the food stamp program helped lead to the bill’s defeat, which raised questions about financing for the nation’s farm and nutrition programs.

Farmers Say Bill’s Defeat Complicates Planning for Planting Season

By RON NIXON

The failure of the House to pass a new five-year farm bill has blindsided the agriculture industry, leaving it facing uncertainty, “the one thing you can’t have in this business.”

Farm Bill’s Fate in House Bodes Ill for Overhaul of Immigration

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

The Senate and House are set on disparate trajectories that may well linger beyond this Congress, and may be a dark harbinger for immigration legislation.

Sweeping Protests in Brazil Pull In an Array of Grievances

By SIMON ROMERO and WILLIAM NEUMAN

A country once viewed as a stellar example of an ascendant democratic power has been upended by an uprising with one theme: an angry rejection of politics as usual.

Extremism Rises Among Myanmar Buddhists

By THOMAS FULLER

Amid hate-filled speeches and violence, a nationwide fundamentalist movement has grown with an agenda that now includes boycotts of Muslim-made goods

Two Economies in Turmoil, for Different Reasons

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

Fed officials are convinced they have done enough stimulus, but some critics see evidence in the persistence of high unemployment and low inflation that the Fed should do even more.

In a Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons

By C. J. CHIVERS, ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI

Weapons formerly in Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s stockpile are making their way to antigovernment forces in Syria, courtesy of Qatar, which has strong ties with Libyan rebel groups.

Sunday 6/23/2013 … UPTI: 99%

Supermoon Rises In Weekend Night Sky

The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye.

On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT, the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit its orbit bringing it closest to Earth)

Flood Toll Reaches 1,000 in India as Thousands More Await Rescue

NEW DELHI — Flash floods and landslides in northern India have killed at least 1,000 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand

Another Canadian City At Risk Of River Burst As Floods Ravage Area

As waters receded in some parts of southern Alberta

Thursday 6/27/2013 … UPTI: 65%

Erupting Volcano Blankets Kamchatka Villages in Ash

An ash cloud from the erupting Shiveluch volcano is spreading over the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East covering several local villages in ash

Storms, Floods Threaten Vast Swath Of US

Flash flood and wildfire warnings were issued

Mexico Storm Upgraded To Hurricane: Forecasters

MIAMI: Tropical Storm Cosme was upgraded to a hurricane

Sydney Flooding Follows Coastal Storm

Flood warnings have been posted for some Sydney area rivers after a strong winter storm lashed Australia’s southeast coast.

Justices Send Affirmative Action Case to Lower Court

By ADAM LIPTAK

The 7-to-1 ruling was both modest and significant, and its recalibration of how courts review the programs is likely to give rise to a wave of challenges to college admissions decisions.

Justices Agree to Hear Case on President’s Recess Appointments

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether President Obama violated the Constitution last year when he bypassed the Senate in making three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court split along ideological lines with its ruling that Congress had not provided adequate justification for subjecting the states, mostly in the South, to federal oversight.

Sunday 6/30/2013 … UPTI: 63%

Geomagnetic Storm

Two CMEs followed which are Earth directed and have caused a spike in the Kp index.

US Southwest Heatwave Set to Reach World Record Levels

The southwest of the United States sizzled Saturday as a heat wave baked the region amid predictions that temperatures in some areas could approach all-time record highs.

Tropical Storm Gorio Spares Manila But Strands Many

MANILA, Philippines — A tropical storm shifted and spared the Philippine capital Sunday but stranded thousands of commuters, toppled trees and knocked out power in outlying provinces.

Cleric Arrested in $26 Million Plot, Leaving New Blot on Vatican Bank

By RACHEL DONADIO and ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

A monsignor, a broker and a Secret Service agent are accused of trying to repatriate millions of euros from Switzerland.

3 Die in Egypt as Unrest Spreads Across Country

By KAREEM FAHIM and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Hundreds of people were injured as protesters targeted Muslim Brotherhood offices, with deadly clashes in the city of Alexandria.

After Rulings, Same-Sex Couples Grapple With Diverging State Laws

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

Thousands of couples, married in one state but living in another, are caught in a web of laws and regulations when states, not the federal government, dictate who is married.

From America’s Busiest Death Chamber, a Catalog of Last Rants, Pleas and Apologies

By MANNY FERNANDEZ

Texas has executed 500 inmates since 1982 and posts the final statements of those men and women on a public Web site, revealing a glimmer of humanity behind the numbers.

By the Millions, Egyptians Seek Morsi’s Ouster

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, KAREEM FAHIM and BEN HUBBARD

In an outpouring of rage against President Mohamed Morsi, a core of protesters set fire to the headquarters of Mr. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement in Cairo.

Egypt’s Army Issues Ultimatum to Morsi

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, KAREEM FAHIM and BEN HUBBARD

The warning followed an outpouring of rage against Egypt’s president as protesters stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Blasts Kill Dozens in Pakistan During British Leader’s Visit

By SALMAN MASOOD and ISMAIL KHAN

A visit by the British prime minister is overshadowed by attacks that killed at least 20, including 16 civilians, in northwestern Pakistan.

Violent Episodes Grow in Tanzania, an African Haven

By NICHOLAS KULISH

Human rights groups and the largest opposition party say episodes of intimidation and suppression are growing in the country, an island of stability in an often-chaotic region.

Fast-Moving Blaze Kills 19 Firefighters in Central Arizona

By FERNANDA SANTOS

A wildfire that began Friday with a lightning strike killed an entire team of specialist wildfire fighters on Sunday and left the town of Yarnell, Ariz., decimated

Deadly Heat Wave in the West Brings Fires and Travel Delays

By FERNANDA SANTOS

Amid punishing temperatures and canceled flights, forecasters called for a high of 130 degrees in Death Valley National Park, which hit a record 134 degrees a century ago.

Social Media Images Form a New Language Online

By NICK BILTON

Photos, once slices of a moment in the past – sunsets, cappuccinos, the family vacation – are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue.

From Texas Statehouse to YouTube, a Filibuster Is a Hit

By BRIAN STELTER

A live stream on YouTube provided by the nonprofit news organization The Texas Tribune went viral and gave the Texas state senator Wendy Davis a national platform.

As Bond Market Tumbles, Pimco Seeks to Reassure Investors

By NATHANIEL POPPER

Interest rates have surged in the last two months, and the company, the fifth-largest asset manager in the world, is showing signs of stress.

Loan Practices of China’s Banks Raising Concern

By DAVID BARBOZA

Regulators say banks have been profiting by offering wealthy Chinese high returns on loans, with banks lending the cash to companies unqualified for loans otherwise.

Outrage in Europe Grows Over Spying Disclosures

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Damage from the disclosures of United States spying on its allies spread, with President François Hollande of France suggesting that free trade negotiations be delayed.

Experts See New Normal as a Hotter, Drier West Faces More Huge Fires

By FELICITY BARRINGER and KENNETH CHANG

Scientists said the deadly Arizona blaze and 15 others that remained uncontained from New Mexico to California were part of a warmer trend in the West that would bring more catastrophic fires.

Chaos in Middle East Grows as the U.S. Focuses on Israel

By MARK LANDLER and JODI RUDOREN

As protests roil the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry’s focus on talks between the Israelis and Palestinians has raised questions about the administration’s priorities.

A Soaring Condo Market in Toronto Ignites Fears of a Crash

By IAN AUSTEN

Toronto’s effort to create a livable city through densely populated neighborhoods is a roaring success, but to what end?

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