Monthly Archives: May 2004

Git yer uranium and cobalt here!

Business is booming in the mining zone that supplied uranium for the atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki despite a decree by Congo’s president banning all mining activity here.
President Joseph Kabila ordered the zone closed three months ago amid growing concerns that unregulated nuclear materials could get into the hands of so-called rogue nations or terrorist groups. Yet 1,000 miles away from the capital, Kinshasa, thousands of diggers are still hacking away at a dark cavity of open earth in this southeastern village, filling thousands of burlap sacks a day with black soil rich in cobalt, copper and radioactive uranium.

The illegal mining provides stark evidence of how little control Africa’s third-largest nation has over its own nuclear resources, highlighting the government’s weak authority beyond the capital in the aftermath of Congo’s devastating 1998-2002 war.

“They’re digging as fast as they can dig, and everyone is buying it,” John Skinner, a mining engineer in the nearby town of Likasi, said of the illegal freelance mining at Shinkolobwe. “The problem is that nobody knows where it’s all going. There is no control.”

The raw uranium is an inadvertent addition to the miners’ real prize high-grade cobalt in lucrative concentrations and there is no evidence Congo’s uranium is being spirited away to terrorists. The United States, which pressured Kabila to close the mine out of concern over the uranium, said in March it did not believe there was any “worrisome movement” of the radioactive ore at Shinkolobwe


Ya know, you can blow cobalt up, too…

The cobalt bomb uses cobalt in the shell, and the fusion neutrons convert the cobalt into cobalt-60, a powerful long-term (5 years) emitter of gamma rays. In general this type of weapon is a salted bomb and variable fallout effects can be obtained by using different salting isotopes. Gold has been proposed for short-term fallout (days), tantalum and zinc for fallout of intermediate duration (months), and cobalt for long term contamination (years). The primary purpose of this weapon is to create extremely radioactive fallout making a large region uninhabitable. No cobalt or other salted bomb has been built or tested publicly.

Goddess Power

Astrology on the Web: Transit of Venus

The June 2004 transit of Venus
a Unique Harmony Event

The Venus Transit of June 2004 during the Venus Retrograde phase is a rare cosmic event that this year is laden with spiritual significance. Richard Giles examines this remarkable phenomenon.
This year we’ll experience a once-in-a-lifetime rare astrological and astronomical event. Approximately every 121 years, the planet Venus moves between the Sun and our line of vision so that Venus passes directly across the face of the Sun. When the Moon passes across the face of the Sun it’s called an eclipse. When a planet passes across the Sun’s face it’s more precisely known as an occultation.

On June 8th, 2004 we will be able to see the small shadow disc of Venus transit across the Sun maintaining its passage for about 6 hours. The last occultation was December 1882 and each time the occultation occurs it comes in twos, the second one being 8 years on. The previous first one was December 1874. The other transit this century will be June 6th, 2012. Following that, the next time is 2117.

Shifts in Human Consciousness
Venus transits seem to presage great shifts in human consciousness and this June promises the same. If we look back at the last several occultations: in 1518/26, 1631/39, 1761/69 and 1874/82 we can pick up patterns. They all occurred in Sun signs Gemini or Sagittarius. Looking at the events of 1519, Magellan del Cano set about the first circumnavigation of the world. The impact on European civilisation was immense, showing clearly that the world was a globe. The Reformation began in western Europe and the age of female rulers came to Europe – Mary Queen of Scots, Mary I, Elizabeth I, and Catherine de Medici and all reigned then.

The next pair of 1631/39 coincided with the beginning of the first regular mail services in Europe. Also came the rise of rationalist science, beginning to get its hold over the western mind.

The 1761 transit was the first to be observed in an international co-operative effort, by scientists from around the world setting up at 70 different locations. The American revolution had its origins in this period. In 1874/82, the Venus transit coincided with the founding of the World Postal Union and the completion of the Atlantic telegraph cable. Also in those years Alexander Graham Bell first conceived the idea of the telephone – global communications began to be a reality. In the same period, the rise of women’s suffrage eventually led to women being given the vote in NZ, the USA and Australia.

The Mayan civilisation, along with the Aztecs and Incas, which were crushed by Spanish and Portuguese expansionism after the 1518/26 transits, all place tremendous important on Venus cycles. The Mayans regard the cycles of rising and setting of Venus near the Sun (heliacal cycle) as a key timing trigger in the world. Within the Indian Vedic traditions, the 120 year Venus transit cycle is also regarded as of major importance. It’s not surprising then that the second Venus transit of this decade falls in June, 2012, just six months from the end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012.

In the finest of the early Mayan books, the Dresden Codex, the beginning of the Great Cycle in August, 3114 BC is referred to as the “Birth of Venus”. As well, several of the surviving Mayan manuscripts also refer to Venus as a Sister Planet of Earth. And Mayan prophecy states that the renewed world of new consciousness will be born on the occasion of the Venus Passage across the Sun of 6th June 2012. The Mayans had also been able to determine the exact timing between Venus passages to the number – 583.92 days. Without fine optical observation instruments, how were Mayan astrologers able to discern such an exact timing? There has to be a reason why they put so much into this cycle.

They also knew there was a link between the time Venus takes to revolve on its axis, Earth timing and the years between Venus passages across the face of the Sun. There are 243 years between a pair of passages and thus the Earth will have revolved 243 times around the Sun, while Venus has revolved on its own axis 365 times – which is the length of time in days that the Earth revolves around the Sun. The cross-links are amazing and known to the Mayans for several thousand years.

The eight years that pass between each occultation are fecund processing moments for new ideas and world change. Previous cycles show that global communications and a shift in consciousness regarding the scope and nature of the world are all part of these transits. The other focus is Venus’s role as female entity and ruler of the feminine, the creative and as an artistic channel for new breakthroughs.

Venus Transit

James Cook and the Transit of Venus

Are you feeling the goddess power yet?

Venus Alignment � June 6-10, 2004

Welcoming the Goddess Light to the Earth Plane

The popularly labeled “Venus transit” this year is nothing short of a major milestone in the Great Shift in human consciousness. Stay connected to as we continue to bring you news, updates and insights into this auspicious event.

On June 8, 2004 the planet Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, a rare astronomical event that occurs in pairs, separated exactly by 8 years minus two days (the next one occurs in 2012). While these transit events are cosmically quite close, the pairs are separated by more than a century. The last transits occurred in 1874 and 1882.

In third-dimensional terms, the Venus transit is an exciting planetary eclipse of sorts. In the realm of Master Guide Kirael, the transit of Venus is a profound alignment of energies that will forever shift our Earth realities. So what does the Venus transit have to do with Ferdinand Magellan, Mary Magdalene, the over-mastermind, the Goddess Light and the Great Shift in consciousness?

Fasten your seatbelts, everyone, and prepare for peace on Earth.

Well, it’s as good a reason as any to hope for peace.

The Quiet Man

American Prospect Online – ViewWeb

With bad news coming from all sources — security nightmares in Iraq, dissenters in the conservative ranks, and a half-dozen scandals under investigation — George W. Bush seems to be tumbling toward defeat with hardly a push from challenger John Kerry. But is this the best way for Kerry to prepare for November? Prospect writing fellow Matthew Yglesias and Paul Waldman, editor in chief of The Gadflyer, discuss the pros and cons of a low profile.

I like Kerry’s low profile right now. Bush is on the defensive already. Let Kerry save up his ammo for when Bush starts rising in the polls again (assuming Americans are still naive enough to be taken in by the lying idiot )

Portrait of a Rebellion

Portrait of a Rebellion: Shiite insurgency in Iraq bedevils U.S. — In These Times

Great backgrounder on the al-Sadr situation from Juan Cole. Well worth a read.


“In pursuing al-Sadr and the army of the Mahdi, the U.S. military has fought in close proximity to the most sacred shrines of Shiite Islam, desecrating holy cemeteries and destroying at least one historic mosque. This desecration, coming on top of the siege of Fallujah and the revelations of prison torture, has made the United States increasingly unpopular in the Shiite south, which before March had been relatively quiet. Whatever victory the United States finally achieves against al-Sadr will almost certainly be a Pyrrhic one. At best, the Americans and their allies will face an ongoing low-grade Shiite insurgency. At worst, they will be hated by a majority of the Shiites in the south and demands for an immediate U.S. withdrawal will proliferate.”