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Fri Jan 20 '17 Announcement from New Mexico Biodynamic Group
Source:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:40

Biodynamic Group Winter Meeting
February 3-4, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM

Friday, Feb 3 4PM – 8PM
(Venus Day) Sun in Capricorn, Moon in Aries, Fruit day
5 PM Social gathering
5:30 Opening circle with offerings and Blessing for the season
6:30 PM Shared community meal followed by social time, which could include star gazing, a fire circle or Music.
I can teach a few of the constellations if the sky is clear. Bring an instrument if you want to share/create music.


Saturday February 4, 2017 - 9 AM -4:30 PM
(Saturn Day) Sun in Capricorn, Moon in Aries/Taurus, Fruit/root day

8:30-9AM Morning greeting, tea coffee, light breakfast items
9 - 10 Using a Biodynamic planting calendar and working with the astrological influences in your farm or garden lead by Pat Fraizer

10:30– 12 AM Organizational meeting, Simultaneous handwork with clay

12-1:30PM LUNCH -Left overs from Potluck dinner with some additions compliments of Jeff Krisch. Feel free to add to this meal as you are inspired
2:00PM Community stir and apply Barrel compost and clay figures

Education: stirring techniques, vortex formation,
Uses of horn clay and barrel compost
Application of preps to George’s land
Finish by 4:30pm.


Please RSVP if you are planning to be part of this first winter gathering, and we can send you the logistics.





Donald Trump’s inauguration will almost certainly go better than Ulysses S. Grant’s
Source:  Vox
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:40

In 1873, Ulysses S. Grant ushered in the beginning of his second term as US president by accidentally killing hundreds of canaries on Inauguration Day.

To be fair, Grant was more a victim of bad luck than an intentional practitioner of mass avian homicide. A day before the inauguration, someone on the White House staff forgot to heat the building where the celebratory ball was scheduled to be held.

By the time the mistake became evident, it was too late. “You had this situation where all of these people were wearing their long coats and overcoats, tripping over each other in the freezing cold while trying to dance. The food was completely frozen and couldn’t be eaten. The drinks were frozen. Everyone was having a lot of difficulty,” says Jim Bendat, author of Democracy’s Big Day, a book on the history of presidential inaugurations, in an interview.

A White House staffer had a plan to bring in hundreds of canaries “to chirp for the inaugural ball guests,” who at that point were desperate for any good cheer, Bendat says.

But rather than lighten the mood, the birds froze to death in minutes — an inauspicious start to what would prove a difficult second term for Grant.

“Most inaugural addresses are not very memorable”

Inauguration Day is normally a big party day in Washington, DC — one where politicians from both parties set aside their differences from the campaign trail to heal the country’s divisions with booze, dancing, and other festivities.

The inaugural speeches, by contrast, are almost always boring and dull affairs. They traffic in platitudes about bipartisanship, elevated rhetoric about the endless magnanimity of the American people, and paeans to the greatness of its military might.

“You can pretty well assume that the president, in giving the inaugural address, will go through a checklist — he’ll mention unity, will likely mention the Constitution, possibly will mention the Founding Fathers, possibly mention tradition,” Bendat said.

Bendat points out that new presidents have no incentive to say something controversial — they’ve just won office, and so their main prerogative is to try to win as much support from the broad public as possible. The way they’ve tended to do that is with ostentatious demonstrations of their compassion for the election’s losers, Bendat said, rather than anything memorable.

Some of these speeches have stood the test of time. Thomas Jefferson famously said, “We are all Federalists; we are all Republicans,” a call to bring the country together after the election of 1800 became America’s first bitterly partisan presidential race. Abraham Lincoln appealed to “the better angels of our nature” in his first inaugural in 1861, just before the Civil War broke out. FDR said in 1933 that the only thing Americans had to fear was “fear itself.”

But in general, you can expect the inaugural address to sound like most stump speeches — dry, uncontroversial, and misleading. “There are only a few really great inaugural addresses in history. Most of them are not memorable,” Bendat says.

A brief history of inaugural mishaps

But just because the inauguration speech is often boring doesn’t mean the events surrounding it are.

In our phone call, Bendat went through a series of inaugural mishaps and misfortunes since the tradition began in Lower Manhattan with George Washington in 1789. (You can read even more in his book.)

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • John F. Kennedy’s 1969 inaugural was a bit of a mess. While a Catholic cardinal was delivering the ceremonial invocation, his podium caught fire. Later, Lyndon Johnson botched the oath of office for the vice president, and Robert Frost proved unable to read a special poem he had written due to bright sunlight. “Frost never delivered the poem, and just recited a different one he knew from memory,” Bendat says.
  • When Chief Justice William Howard Taft swore in President Herbert Hoover in 1929, a 13-year-old girl named Helen Terwilliger listening on the radio noticed that he had botched the wording — he had said “preserve, maintain, and defend” rather than “preserve, protect, and defend.” Terwilliger wrote a letter to Taft pointing it out, and he later publicly thanked her for catching the error.
  • Vice President Calvin Coolidge was visiting his father’s cottage in rural Vermont when word came in the middle of the night from letter carriers that President Warren G. Harding had died. Since the town had no electricity and few people, Coolidge had his own father — a notary public — administer the oath in August 1923.

"Taylor Swift" Pranked Nina Dobrev and It Didn't Go Well
Source:  E!
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:39

James Corden, Nina Dobrev, The Late Late ShowDo your research, folks! While filming, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose launched an epic prank war on each other. Eventually it turned so intense that neither star...

Obama Ranks High Among U.S. Presidents For Granting Clemency [Infographic]
Source:  Forbes Real Time
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:39

Earlier this week, the White House announced that Barack Obama has granted more commutations than any other president in U.S. history.

USDA Export Sales; Corn Futures Little Changed
Source:  Benzinga
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:38

The USDA reported today that corn export sales for the week ending January 12th totaled 1,367,600 tonnes. Sales were up 69 percent from the four week average. There were 12,300 tonnes sold for 2018.

March Corn is trading at 366 3/4, up 1/4 of a cent/bushel.

May Corn is trading at 373 1/4, unchanged on the day.

5 Healthcare Tips for Entrepreneurs
Source:  Axcess News
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:38

The responsibilities of small business owners are practically endless. This is why an important key skill for them is prioritization. Something that should be at the top of the list for many small business owners is securing affordable healthcare for their employees. When you enter talks with a health insurance broker you’d expect them to […]

The post 5 Healthcare Tips for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Axcess News.

Lear's Seating Division Is Primed To Grow Through Decade-End
Source:  Forbes Real Time
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:38

Lear Corporation is the leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems to automakers around the world. The company’s top line has expanded at a nearly 9% rate 2010-2015, much more than the nominal 4% growth in global vehicle production during this period, for two reasons.

Statoil finds faults after safety review
Source:  UPI
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:37

Daniel J. Graeber
Norwegian energy company Statoil revealed Friday that operational and maintenance oversight could be stronger in a review of offshore incidents last year.

Donald Trump Calls For Unity On The Eve Of His Inauguration
Source:  Newsy Headlines
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:37

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Donald Trump started his presidential inauguration weekend with another pledge of unity and change.

 "We're going to make America great for all of our people. Everybody, everybody, throughout our country," Trump said. "There's never been a movement like this, and it's something very, very special. And we're going to unify our country.

SEE MORE: How Do You Even Plan An Inauguration?

Trump made a similar pledge shortly after winning the election. But in some ways, that message doesn't seem to be reflected in the inauguration.

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers have decided to boycott the president-elect's inauguration ceremonies.

Several musicians dropped out of Trump's inaugural concert or refused to play altogether.

And across the country, thousands of people are gathering in the streets to protest his incoming administration.

Hedge Fund Expert Don Steinbrugge On Money Flows And Why Pension Funds Invest In Hedge Funds
Source:  Benzinga
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:36

Don Steinbrugge is one of the best-known experts in the hedge fund industry, with over three decades of experience in the field. He has been running Agecroft Partners, a global, award-winning hedge fund consulting and marketing firm for almost 10 years now.

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