Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blasts Rock Belgium

I woke up with a start this morning at 5AM. Something somewhere was seriously wrong and I felt a rush of anxiety which I have never personally experienced before but have vicariously experienced through clients. As I am healthy and have no stress, my first instinct was to turn on the news only to discover the Belgium terrorist attacks. I watched for a few minutes then decided it was time to start blogging and I haven't stopped since. As you know humans blow things up. Something about this situation is more than just another terrorist incident. It's not about the full moon and the eclipse - it's about something far more reaching that my soul is responding to. This event will have global ramifications on many levels.

Explosions this morning at the city's main airport and a subway station left at least 13 dead, causing the authorities to shut down all public transportation in Belgium's capital. The subway station blast occurred in the suburb of Maalbeek, near the European quarter, where much of the European Union is based, according to CNN affiliate RTL. All metro stations in the city have been closed, according to the official Twitter account for the city's transportation agency. Was this an attack planned before or after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam. Security once again is being stepped up at home and abroad.

  2 explosions at Brussels airport, 1 at subway station; reports of several killed   CNN - March 22, 2016
A series of blasts throughout Brussels on Tuesday killed multiple people.

  Brussels explosions: Many dead in airport and metro terror attacks   BBC - March 22, 2016
Two blasts have struck the departures area of Zaventem airport in Brussels. The Belgian government has confirmed casualties but has given no numbers. The cause of the explosions is unknown. Another explosion has now been reported at the Maelbeek metro station close to the EU institutions. The whole metro system has been closed. The blasts come four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the jihadist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015. Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level.

ISIS goes global: Over 70 attacks in 20 countries   CNN - March 22, 2016
Since declaring its caliphate in June 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State has conducted or inspired more than 70 terrorist attacks in 20 countries other than Iraq and Syria, where its carnage has taken a much deadlier toll; those attacks outside Iraq and Syria have killed at least 1,200 people and injured more than 1,700 others.

We are in the energies of Easter and a
Full Moon 3° Libra Lunar Eclipse - March 23, 2016

US Presidential Primaries Today

Primary voters are embarrassed by their party but seem to be coming together around Donald J. Trump, despite party leaders trying to derail him, according to our new poll, conducted with CBS News. The poll also shows that growing numbers of Democratic primary voters are more excited about Bernie Sanders as their possible nominee than they are about Hillary Clinton. Arizona and Utah hold presidential primaries and caucuses for both major parties today; Idaho Democrats also vote in a caucus.

In lieu of current world events, Trump will win again today as we look for strength in a leader. Monday trunk went to Washington ...

US Election 2016: Donald Trump names foreign policy advisers   BBC - March 22, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has revealed the first members of his foreign policy team. The advisers include academics and former military officers with expertise on the Middle East and energy issues. Mr Trump told the Washington Post that he would name more advisers in the coming days. Several of his advisers have served as experts for other Republican presidential candidates such as Mitt Romney and Ben Carson. On Monday, Mr Trump named retired Lt Gen Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and retired Gen Joseph Schmitz. 'The team is led by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama who has helped shape Mr Trump's policies, most notably on immigration.

Obama's Historic Trip to Cuba

You didn't expect detente, did you? This looks like a Kinesiology Technique.

Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama sparred over human rights issues including the American prison at Guantanamo Bay and Cuba's political prisoners. At a historic news conference, Castro said if he was given a list of political prisoners, he would release them Monday night. The White House has said it has given Cuba lists of dissidents in the past. Mr Castro does not view the prisoners as dissidents, US officials said. That disagreement is central to the conflict between US and Cuban officials. More needs to be done to lift the US embargo on trade with Cuba, Mr Castro said, adding that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp must close. Mr Obama, the first serving US president to visit Cuba since 1959, said the trade embargo would be fully lifted. "Cuba's destiny will not be decided by the United States or any other nation. The future of Cuba will be decided by Cubans not by anybody else," Obama said.

President Obama will give a televised address to Cubans today offering a vision for better relations, meet with activists and end his trip by watching Cuba's national team play the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition game. At a meeting on Monday, Mr. Obama criticized Cuba over its human-rights record, while President Raul Castro said the U.S. economic embargo and the American base at Guantanamo Bay were obstacles to fully normalized ties. We have a video of their discussion.

March 22, 2016

World Water Day

World Water Day 2016: Water for people, Water by people

World Water Day occurs each year on March 22, as
designated by United Nations General Assembly resolution.

Starting today, World Water Day, Martin Strel will try to swim the entire circumference of Earth. Mr. Strel, a 61-year-old Slovene, plans to swim about 25,000 miles, passing through 107 countries, in about 450 days. That means he would finish around July 2017. That's a great deal farther than his 3,278-mile Amazon swim, which was chronicled in the 2009 documentary "Big River Man." Boats escorting him down the river poured blood over the side to distract piranhas. Mr. Strel appears to be different from other people. His team says that his body cannot develop lactic acid, which is produced during exercise and causes muscle fatigue. 'His past swims have promoted environmental awareness, and this time will be no different. Over the next 15 months, Mr. Strel hopes to draw attention to water pollution. It's an issue he'll literally jump into when he swims in waters like the Nile, the Yangtze and the Ganges.

March 23, 2016

Full Moon 3° Libra Lunar Eclipse

National Puppy Day

March 23, 2016


Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the
ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them.