Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, October 1, 2014


Today’s Tarot is a contemplation of the difference between law and justice.

A man from the infamous Jessop family, who was running a child abuse mill in his home, was expecting to get 10 days and a warning, because that’s how they do it out West where they have religion and traditional family values. Instead he gets 3 months.

Nathan Jessop is a follower of Warren Jeffs, which the judge cites to explain his drastic 90 day sentence-

But Bannock County Prosecutor Steve Herzog said the judge in the case decided a three-month jail sentence was more suitable in light of Jessop’s treatment of the youths in his care.
Herzog said three of the boys have now been placed in foster care and the others returned to their parents, who are adherents of the FLDS sect led by imprisoned sex offender Warren Jeffs.
Jeffs, 58, is serving a life term plus 20 years for his 2011 sexual assault conviction stemming from what the sect called “celestial marriages” to two underage girls at a compound in Texas.

Reading this you might think that Jeffs is just a regular pedophile. In fact, he is a cult leader who raped many more children than have come forward to testify and committed acts of violence, welfare fraud and many other organized crimes, most of which he will never be held accountable for. Since he will never be released from prison, this may seem like a moot point, but it is not.

Consider this next time you hear a certain former mayor claim that he was only convicted on one count.

Read Carolyn Jessop’s book, Escape, for an inside account of life in the FLDS cult.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 30,2014


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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 29, 2014

Walking is the super-food of fitness, a study says. I like this. Walking is doable for most of us who will never run a marathon.

Today’s Tarot is the Queen of Pentacles, a practical, earthy woman, good antidote to too much time in cyberspace. Happy Monday, keep doing what’s right.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 27, 2014

Sidewalk Lippitt Park

Sidewalk Lippitt Park

Today’s Tarot theme is ‘Build it Right’. This sidewalk at Lippitt Park is almost a century old and still intact.

Today’s Providence Journal has an editorial on the evils of welfare, but without facing the obvious. We can get every person capable of working off welfare if we have a guaranteed national employment program. Way too socialistic for conservatives to even mention and way expensive. Still, the WPA saved lives and communities in the Great Depression. The Stimulus, partial and disparaged as it was, helped pull us back from the brink of a total crash.

Will anything stop the relentless transfer of wealth from workers to the 1%? History does not offer much cause for optimism. Justice doesn’t happen by itself. But democracy is historically improbable too, and here we are. We have the vote, small as it seems. It’s our tool, we must use it.

Voter registration for the statewide election closes on 10/5/14, go here if you need to register. November 4 is Election Day, don’t be Left Behind.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 25, 2014

bone clocks

It’s Thursday! And that means it’s time for a book review. Because I woke up at 4:30am worrying about my beautiful city of Providence and found some good distraction in David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’.

The reviewers praise Mitchell’s storytelling and ability to pull you in and keep the pages turning, but they think reading him is too much fun.

I’m not a vampire novel reader, but Mitchell invented a gang of immortal villains who combine the least attractive qualities of pedophiles, tapeworms and aging Republican film stars. Then, in a narrative shift he moves to Western Ireland in the 2040′s. Ordinary mortal humans with our shortsighted greed and our billions of hungry mouths have triggered the Endarkenment- the end of civilization.

I think the ironic joke here is that the vampires were small-time evil compared to the destruction wrought by ourselves, carrying on with business as usual.

That’s what I take away, anyway.

The image is from HodderScape and this links to an interview with David Mitchell.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 23, 2014


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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, Autumnal Equinox 2014

wheel of the year

Today is the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a pretty good bet that the weather patterns that brought us cool, pleasant summer days will freeze our garbanzos before long.

A study suggests that ‘comfort food’ doesn’t really change mood. I’m skeptical, my ongoing experimentation suggests otherwise.

Cooler and darker days are good for candle magic. I come up against countless problems I can do little about directly and lighting a candle makes me feel better. Not as good as comfort food, though.

I regard Seasonal Affective Disorder the same way as Mercury Retrograde- an excuse to be the same moody and messed-up person I am in all seasons. But here’s some common-sense tips for keeping equilibrium.

And, if you’ve been wondering what happens to plants on the International Space Station, here’s a detailed description of trying to grow food in microgravity.
Not like ‘Silent Running’.

Right now, I’m feeling a burst of energy as the humidity lifts and the world goes back to school. Fall is a time to turn inward, also a good time to start projects. May your Autumn be blessed.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 21, 2014

girl detective

Why do we love bullies so much? We think they will love us back and become our own pet bully, dealing out rough justice to everyone who pushed us around?

It’s the Prince Charming myth, and it’s not just for women.

What do you do when a master politician paints himself as a charming rogue? Well, sunlight burns vampires, so they say.

Your Tarot reader will be spending time reading in the library, scanning the Journal archives and other good sources, such as ‘Providence, The Renaissance City’, a book that is full of dry but important facts.

Wish me luck.

Thanks to PaperGreat
for the nifty girl detective illustration.

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Home Truth

Malcolm X

Thanks to SitsUnderCats who put this out on Twitter.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, September 20, 2014

9 of Pentacles

Countdown to the Autumnal Equinox, which comes on Monday.

Remember ‘speed reading’? That was a fad in the Sixties. Supposedly President Kennedy tried it. My whole work day is full of skimming through notes for the relevant information, so this article backs up my impression– speed reading is about as much fun as speed eating-and slow reading is good for your brain.

Slow readers list numerous benefits to a regular reading habit, saying it improves their ability to concentrate, reduces stress levels and deepens their ability to think, listen and empathize. The movement echoes a resurgence in other old-fashioned, time-consuming pursuits that offset the ever-faster pace of life, such as cooking the “slow-food” way or knitting by hand.

I felt a little guilty about all the time I spend reading, but now I consider what worse vices I would need if I didn’t have some good fiction to take the edge off.

I am experiencing the consequences of another vice- eating while blogging. My ’4′ key gets stuck and will four forever until I pry it back up.

Open Studios today and tomorrow at the Pawtucket Arts Festival. The first open studios event I ever attended was Art Beat, a benefit for fighting AIDS when the epidemic was raging with no cure in sight. Better times now, but still far better to prevent than treat.

A good year for the IgNobel Prize-

The public health prize was shared by the Czech Republic, India, Japan and the United States for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous to own a cat.

There’s a ’cause and effect’ thing happening here. Do cats make us crazy, or do crazy people collect cats? If you know anything about this study, please tell me more.

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