North Korea+United States = War?

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Trump and North Korea share bad blood. If North Korea has it in for the US then equally, everything for which North Korea stands gets Trump’s metaphorical ‘goat’. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Although the US may be prone to making threats, it does not usually enjoy a taste for war. However, if ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable leader/dictator, it is now; with transiting Pluto making a seriously uncomfortable conjunction with his natal Sun, he is ‘enjoying’ a compulsive and self-destructive energy that will crescendo in late September/October 2017. Those  believing that North Korea is not ‘suicidal’, may wish to think again.

Details/Astrological Analysis:

  1. One generally accepted natal chart for North Korea is set for 9 September 1948 (noon chart) in Pyongyang. Because no time is known, the chart’s houses/angles cannot be used. Interestingly, NK’s Saturn is at 28 Leo 47 is not so very far from Mr Trump’s natal Mars at 26 Leo 47 (and Trump’s ascendant at 29 Leo 47). The combination of Mars/Saturn is ‘harmful’ and/or ‘destructive’ and accompanies a ‘tendency to get hurt or injured’. There definitely is bad blood between Trump and North Korea.North Korea.jpg
  2. The upcoming total solar eclipse (21 August 2017) will occur at 28 Leo 55. Eclipses shake things up, rearranging events already in play. With a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and just for a moment or two, irrationality (lunar) replaces rationality (solar).
  3. Worse, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) weighs in by trine. Uranus disrupts (lightning bolt) everything that it touches. The trine aspect is a ‘slippery slope’ – one step and you’re sliding – wee! The combination of Uranus, Mars, and Saturn equates to ‘sudden illness and/or sudden death’. This combination has also been associated with ‘the ability to give as well as to take under provocation’ although it is also ‘an inclination to brute force’ and ‘a test of nervous strength.’
  4. NK’s natal Uranus (0 Cancer 15) is widely conjunct Trump’s Mercury (8 Cancer 52). Let’s face it: Mr Trump is ‘hung up’ on communication and with this conjunction, NK’s very existence prompts Trump to communicate. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Trump natal.jpg
  5. NK’s natal Jupiter (19 Sagittarius 59) plugs into Trump’s natal Moon opposition Sun/Uranus (approx. 21-22 Sagittarius/Gemini) – suggesting that everything for which NK stands for gets Trump’s metaphorical goat (i.e. NK’s Jupiter = it’s national philosophy/religion). NK’s natal Pluto makes a trine (slippery slope) to NK’s Jupiter – keywords include: plutocracy, conflicts with authority, and pursuit of fanatical aims.
  6. NK/Trump configuration triggers the US natal Mars at 21 Gemini 23, and so we ought not to be surprised with the exchanged messages of war. Whether or not this manifests in an actual war, remains to be seen. But although Mars in Gemini may be quarrelsome – there nothing in the United States natal chart suggesting a fondness for war.
  7. Add in that Trump’s nodal axis straddles this entire combination suggesting some element of fate to the mix.
  8. Most interesting is that NK’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is currently undergoing a Pluto transit to his natal Sun at 17 Capricorn 15 (once in a life-time transit). Kim Jong-un’s Capricorn Sun is ruled by Saturn and Saturn and Pluto are mortal enemies. Pluto transits to one’s natal Sun suggests deep transformation of personal identity. Although this was never going to be an easy transit, for a Capricorn Sun, it is going to feel like decimation. If ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable, it is now; Pluto/Sun is a compulsive and self-destructive energy. Worse, in late September/October 2017, transiting Pluto will station Kim Jong-un’s Sun (16 Capricorn 51) – just 24 minutes of arc – that is pretty close.[1] If transiting Pluto to his natal Sun is powerful, a stationing Pluto is even more so. The energy is so intense, so focused, it cannot (and will not) be ignored.

 

[1] This is based on the 1983 birth of Kim Jong-un – there is some suggestion he was born instead in 1984, which would put his Sun at 17 Capricorn hence the distance between Pluto’s station would be 46 minutes of arc – further, but still close.

Where might Trump stand for the 2020 presidential elections?

imagesSome believe it’s smooth sailing for Mr Trump through the 2020 presidential elections.

But based on his 2019 and 2020 Solar Return (SR) charts (both suggesting lack of energy), I suggest that he won’t get that far. Trump SR 2019

Although in his 2019 SR chart, Mr Trump  has no angular planets (or planets making tight Ptolemaic aspects to the angles), he does have Saturn, Mars, and Neptune in his (exact) nodal degree. The combination of these planets is not favourable. According to Ebertin, Saturn/Neptune suggests suffering, insecurity and renunciation. Add Mars (chart ruler) to the equation and we have ‘inactivity through emotional depression’.

This theme is echoed with Moon/Pluto to Neptune – the only tight 2019 SR midpoint. According to Ebertin, this combination suggests hypersensitivity, depression, and lack of will-power. Not  good for the period coming up to a presidential election, I would imagine.

The 2019 SR Moon conjunct the fixed star Zuben Elgenubi (now in Scorpio) also suggests trouble. Associations with this star include malevolence, violence, disease, lying, and ill-health. Ptolemy stated that because this star is in the ‘middle of the claws’ (of Scorpio), it functions much like Saturn with a bit of Mars – and the principle behind this combination is one of harmful or destructive energy as well as inhibited vitality.

Trump SR 2016When Mr Trump won the 2016 election, his SR Pluto was not only in the nodal degree but also square to the SR Midheaven. Ebertin suggests the combination of Pluto/MC/Nodes is the ‘desire to gain leadership by force’ and ‘power of influence over others’.

But his SR for 2020 (operative during the period of the electionTrump SR 2020) doesn’t carry the same energy. Whilst it is true that Pluto is operative (being conjunct the 7th house cusp) and that Jupiter is also involved (suggesting the desire for power – plutocracy), no aspect is made to the MC. Without something plugging into the MC, it’s unlikely Trump’s desire for power will manifest, at least not in regards to his career/public status. However, because SR Pluto opposes the SR Ascendant, we might expect (as Ebertin suggests)  a ‘drastic or radical change’ of his life circumstances. This theme is echoed by Midpoints activated in 2020 SR chart – Sun/Uranus to Saturn (sudden separations/loss) and Sun/Moon to Uranus (sudden conflicts, separations and divorce).

Star lore confirms trouble for Mr Trump as the result of the up-coming total solar eclipse

Yesterday I blogged about the effects of the upcoming solar eclipse using the Leo ingress chart set for Washington, DC. I would like to add two points based on associated star lore. Might you recall that flashy, dramatic Mercury that was too close for comfort with Mr Trump’s natal Mars? Well, the fixed stars associated with that Mercury (and Mars) not only confirm trouble but also flesh out some details:

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  • Ingress Mercury is conjunct the fixed star, Alderamin – in the constellation Cepheus, The King. Because of this, the ingress Mercury is infused with Alderamin’s energy – which, at best, is out of step with the laws of nature. Bottom line – Alderamin is a destructive influence – a negative statement about the impact made when male sovereignty teams up with aggression.
  • Ingress Mercury is also conjunct the fixed star, Alpheratz, Alpherarzwhich is both the navel of Pegasus and head of Andromeda. According to star lore, Alpheratz is not at home in Andromeda. Instead, it sits more comfortably in the constellation of Pegasus, where it is associated with freedom and speed – i.e. the sheer joy of feeling the wind in your hair. When linked with the planet Mercury, Apheratz imparts free- thinking, novel ideas, and headstrong stubbornness. This fits nicely with what’s already been said about Mercury and the grand fire trine with Uranus and Saturn – i.e. think unique, ground-breaking, and earth-shattering. But it also adds the notion of rashly pushing forward without due consideration – a behaviour unfortunately oft associated with Mr Trump.

 

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The eclipse chart itself involves two significant fixed stars – both of which confirm that the energy released with the eclipse will have a negative impact on Trump and America:

  • The eclipse point (23 Leo 55) is conjunct the fixed star Regulus, one of the four Royal Stars of Persia, and heart of the lion in the constellation Leo. Regulus is linked to King Feridun, who, according to Persian mythology, was a great and good king. Hence Regulus imparts success but only to those who avoid taking revenge. If under the influence of Regulus, one gives in to temptations of retribution and reprisal, he/she will fall from grace and all that which he/she has gained will be lost. Keeping in mind that (a) Trump’s natal Mars (26 Leo 47) and Ascendant (29 Leo 58) are energised by the eclipse and (b) Trump is, by and large, prone to taking revenge, then might we not expect the proverbial Humpy Dumpty to have a great fall (off the wall)? I won’t say that I’m hopeful, but I will say that because Regulus is involved it would only serve him right. For what it’s worth, I’m still putting my money on some frenzied, ego-driven ‘communication’ causing oodles of trouble not just for Trump but for Americans in general.hydra_figure_st_sbkiqd
  • The eclipse point is also conjunct the fixed star, Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra. When considering the impact that this ‘difficult star’ might make, keep in mind that Trump’s natal Mars and Ascendant are also linked with Alphard. Symbolism associated with this star include death by poisoning, hatred of women, perpetrators of violent crimes, and untamed, and emotional outbursts. The good news is that Alphard has associations with religious fervour which, given all its negative potential, might be a good way to use it. The bad news is that because religious passion is generally not Trump’s thing, we can expect Alphard to contribute mightily to the overall unpleasantness of the situation.

Leo Ingress spells ‘communication’ problems for the USA?

Summary – During the next few weeks expect a flashy, hostile communication involving (or instigated by) Mr Trump which will cause serious concern to the US court system and/or Congress. Could this mean war?

ingress into LeoAstrologers love making predictions about how the upcoming total solar eclipse will affect the USA. There are many ways to look at this but today I’ll do something different – taking a look at the Leo ingress chart (i.e. prediction technique involving chart drawn for the moment that the Sun will enter 0 Leo) set for Washington, DC. This forecast should be good from 22 July until after the eclipse, when the Sun moves into Virgo (22 August).

Because Libra is rising, Venus is the chart ruler and its position and aspects are key to the situation.  Each planet in this chart symbolises a function that binds Americans into a nation-state and with Venus, that function relates to all that is pleasantly shared –  i.e. art, culture, and entertainment.

Because this Venus is in Gemini, there is emphasis on the media – communication(s) of all sorts are highlighted. Given all the controversy regarding ‘fake-news’ and the way in which the president and his administration are presented by the media, might we not expect combative issues arising as the result of this? Because Venus is applying for an opposition to Saturn (social order, regulations, and controls) – I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that someone gets sanctioned regarding a combative communication.

Further, because Venus is leaving a T Square (difficult aspect) involving both Neptune and Jupiter, we might surmise that someone (prominent) has already been duped (or otherwise taken advantage of) and that this subterfuge might form the basis of some controversy that is still yet to blossom.

Another reason to suspect that communication will be a key issue for the US during this period is that Mercury – the Lord of Communication –  is in the same degree as the nodal axis. Because of this, some might suggest that whatever transpires regarding this ‘communicaton’ was fated. Maybe, maybe not! But I will point out that this Mercury is involved in a grand fire trine with Uranus and Saturn and so I’ll suggest that whatever happens, it will not be conventional – think unique, ground-breaking, and/or earth-shattering.

At this point, it’s not too much of a leap of faith to further suggest that this ‘communication’ is likely to be highly aggressive and, as the result, could be seen by others as an act of war. This is because Venus at 19 Gemini 42 is close to the US natal chart’s Mars (fighting/military action) at 21 Gemini 23.trump-tweet-sources-said.png

Finally, it is more likely than not that Mr Trump will be implicated in all this. The flashy, dramatic Mercury (at 25 Leo 58  – Leo is always dramatic) is awfully close to Trump’s natal mars at 26 Leo 47. If that weren’t enough, consider that the total solar eclipse at the end of August will occur at 28 Leo 55 – again too close for comfort. Might it not be too unreasonable to suggest that some flashy, dramatic communication by Mr Trump will land him in big trouble (eclipses are like a power surge – for good or evil!) and that this will require congressional/court sanctions (Mercury is in this ingress 11th house which is associated with legislature and parliament)?

Will his Russian Intrigue bring Trump Down?

Will the current ‘intrigue’ regarding Trump and Russia ‘bring him down’?images

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SUMMARY

YES & NO – although clearly Mr Trump has ‘enemies’ (secret or otherwise) in regards to this ‘intrigue’ –  enemies who are far stronger than is he – it remains unclear whether they will (or even whether they will try to) damage his reputation enough to ‘bring him down’.

Having said that, Mr Trump is most definitely on a collision course of some sort vis a vis his relationship with Russia. Expect ‘conflict’ (could even be an outright war) within approximately five months and that such conflict could lead to Trump’s ‘self-undoing’ and/or resignation.

Despite not being a fan of Mr Trump, after working with this chart I believe that in regards to his dealings with Russia, Trump is probably acting from strong personal conviction that he is doing the right thing. This is the case regardless whether his behaviour in the matter is appropriate, much less moral. Trump feels that he has the ‘divine’ right to ‘reform’ or ‘correct’ certain situations.

In addition, as unsavoury as some of the reports have suggested might be this ‘intrigue’, it is difficult to argue that somehow it will not turn out for the best (albeit whether or not it all turns out well for Trump, personally, remains to be seen).

Finally, expect that when all is said and done, Trump’s Russian intrigue will have had something to do with women.

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ANALYSIS:

  1. 10th house represents the president – and because Taurus is on the cusp, its ruler, russian-intrigueVenus, represents Trump.
  2. 9th house is Trump’s 12th house of ‘undoing’, ‘secret enemies’, and ‘resignation’. It is also the chart’s house representing foreign lands and their affairs. Because Aries is on the cusp of this house, its ruler, Mars, represents not only Russia, but also all matters of serious affliction for Trump.
  3. NOTE also that because Trump’s 7th house (the 4th house of this chart) has Scorpio on its cusp, Mars also represents Trump’s ‘open’ enemies.
  4. Venus (Trump) is quite weak in detriment (Aries), cadent, and out of SECT.
  5. Mars is stronger in its sign of ruler-ship, Aries, although it too is cadent and out of SECT.
  6. Not only is Venus (Trump) already in the 12th house of ‘undoing’ (and also in Russia’s back pocket), but it is make an applying (5 degree) aspect to conjunct with Mars. This conjunction brings Trump and the path of his ‘undoing’ together in such a way that suggests complete cooperation (whether for ill or gain).
  7. Russia, Trump, and and Trump’s enemies (secret or not) are hence coming together in what promises to be an explosive and fiery ‘conflict’ – Aries (cardinal fire) is a most martial sign. However, based on the movements of the Moon (see point 11, below), it is likely this conflict will somehow all work out for the best in the end (the final aspect made by the Moon is a comfortable Trine with the Sun).
  8. Several fixed stars making close aspect to this chart’s Venus (Trump) reinforce this martial theme:
    • Facies (constellation of Sagittarius) – is the ‘eye of the archer’ and itself associated with warriors, wars, and violent death. It also suggests that Trump is so driven in regards to this situation that he is ‘blind’ to its dangers. Note that in his natal chart, Trump’s Mercury is also in opposition with Facies. A near-sighted archer is not good news.
    • Mirzam (constellation of Canis Major) – carries an important message of some sort. Note that in his natal chart, Trump’s Mercury is also conjunct Mirzam. This message is of great personal importance to Trump.
    • Alhena (constellation of Gemini) – is associated with winning at all costs (arrogance implied) – Trump feels that he has the ‘divine’ right to ‘reform’ or ‘correct’ a certain situation.
    • North & South Asellus (constellation of Cancer) – again associations with ‘blindness’ as well as piled up corpses and wars.
    • Aldebaran (constellation of Taurus) – a great royal star connected with warrior kings (MARS) greatness is a real possibility but only if certain moral challenges are met re: integrity and purity of thoughts and dealings. HONOUR that can’t last.
  9. Several Arabic Parts also make close aspects to this chart’s Venus (Trump) that reinforce this theme of conflict leading to danger & destruction.
    • Ability, Abundance, Commerce, Danger, Debt, Fate, Divorce, Destruction, Genius, Fascination, Imprisonment, Luck, Secret Enemies, and Victory.
  10. Several Arabic Parts also make close aspect to Trump’s natal planets further reinforcing this theme:
    • Mars – Bad Luck, Catastrophe, Destiny, Fortune, Unusual Events
    • Venus – Secret Enemies, Accidents, Armies, Catastrophe, Destiny, Divorce
    • Sun – Lovers, Fame, Eccentricity, Beneficial Change
    • Mercury – Benevolence, Corruptness, Damage, Fascination
    • Moon – Beneficial Change, Controversy, Eccentricity, Lovers
    • Jupiter – Action, Administrators, Bankruptcy, Success, Suicide, Victory
    • Saturn – Catastrophe, Divorce
  11. As the Moon is the overall symbol of how events play out (past, present, future), we look to the Moon (10 Libra) in this chart and the aspects that it has and will make:
    • Last aspect made – opposition to Venus – unfavourable – all women/love concerns s/b approached with caution
    • Next – Quincunx to Neptune – confusion and unrealistic dreams
    • Next – Trine to Mercury – messages and communication – good for business but NOT for signing contracts/agreements
    • Next aspect – Opposition to Mars – unfavourable for all new ventures including friendships and dealings with women.
    • Next – Square with Pluto – dirty dealings, manipulation.
    • Next – Conjunction with Jupiter – lawyers and professionals – a little bit of luck especially with foreign persons?!
    • Next – Opposition with Uranus – emotional anxiety – breaks, accidents, separations, sudden/unpredictable awakenings – possible divorce.
    • Next – Sextile with Saturn – bad for love affairs and friendships with women, obstacles, limitations, loss, and restrictions.
    • FINAL – Trine with Sun – good for new ventures, influencing important people and seeking advancement, life force, health, and last but not least, success.

Trump and this summer’s Solar Eclipse

eclipseOn 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse (28 Leo 52) darkens the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.unknown

What might we expect to happen?

Star lore associated with Leo offers interesting clues:

  • Heroes (Gilgamesh, Oedipus, Orion) wrestling with lions,
  • Courage, invincibility, command and power,
  • Kings and leaders,
  • Fire – hot/dry – fingers get burnt,
  • Dramatic, craves attention,
  • Quick anger, spare diplomacy.

It that’s not enough, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) is also closely tied in with this. Uranus disrupts everything that it touches. It is a lightening bolt from the blue. Serious change in any direction and on a major scale.

Both the eclipse and transiting Uranus will make close aspects to Mr Trump’s natal Mars (26 Leo 47). This will be a power surge – provoking a crisis of some sort. Whether for good or evil, we can’t know in advance. But we do know that the effect of the eclipse can be felt for as long as six months prior and one year afterwards.trump

We also know that with his natal Mars in Leo, Trump’s ego is tied up with action such that anything he undertakes becomes a source of great personal pride; when all goes well with such undertakings, the world is bright. When all does not go well….  let’s just say things might get difficult.

Mars operates like a personal guard dog – protecting Trump’s home, reputation, family, defining his personal boundaries. When an eclipse makes an aspect to natal Mars, the watchdog is stirred up and straining at his leash; advice for Trump, take what’s yours, but just make sure no one gets hurt.

Will anyone get hurt?

Both this eclipse and transiting Uranus will also closely aspect the Moon (27 Aquarius 10) in the natal chart of the United States of America.us-natal-chart

For a national chart, the Moon denotes the common people, women generally, crowds, and all matters of a common or public nature. The position of the Moon in a mundane chart will show where the public’s attention falls.

For the United States, this will be the 3rd house –effects inland transit, communication, such as railways, road and river traffic, cars, etc. All means of disseminating news and information – i.e. communication networks, Internet, newspapers. The 3rd house also rules neighboring nations.

No one can tell in advance what will happen. This is the nature of both eclipses and Uranus transits. But for what it’s worth, I’m putting my money on some sort of frenzied, angry, ego-driven communication made by Trump that will seriously disrupt /alter the position of the United States re: its neighbours, Mexico and/or Canada.

Spare the diplomacy.

Public attention guaranteed.

Determination of the constitutionality of Trump’s Travel Ban

Will Trump’s executive order re: recent travel ban be declared (by the courts) as unconstitutional?

unknownNO – although clearly the constitution is in serious conflict with the President and his executive order, some readjustment between the order and the constitution will occur (within 17 hours or possibly 17 days) that will prevent the courts from deciding on the issue. In the meantime, expect some high voltage conflict.

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Analysis:

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  1. 4th house represents the constitution – it is the house of our forefathers – their patriotism, their ‘law of the land’.
  2. Because Cancer is on the 4th house cusp, the Moon (ruler of Cancer) represents the constitution. It is very strong in this chart – not only in Cancer (sign of ruler-ship) itself, but also angular (on the 4th house cusp itself). In other words, in regards to this issue, the Constitution is astrologically in a ‘seat of power’.
  3. 10th house represents the president and his executive order – this is traditionally the house of leadership and authority.
  4. Because Capricorn is on the 10th house cusp, then Saturn represents both President Trump and his executive order. This Saturn (in Sagittarius) is not particularly powerful – certainly much less so than the Constitution. Although dignified by face, term, and triplicity, this Saturn is cadent (in the 9th house) and as such is as if one fallen from a position in power to one of weakness – i.e. weakened – fallen from grace.
  5. The Moon and Saturn make no applying major aspects within orb – this suggests that the president’s executive order will never meet up with the constitution in the courts – i.e. there is no action between the two. If anything, such action has already occurred because the Moon has formed an opposition aspect to Saturn within the last 5-6 days. But because this is a separating (and not applying) aspect, it can tell us nothing about the future of the president and his executive order vis a vis the constitution.
  6. As the Moon is the overall symbol of how events play out – past, present, and future – we look to the Moon in this chart, which we know is on the 4th house cusp in Cancer.
  7. As noted above, this Moon has already formed an opposition to the President and his executive order. Note that it has already just formed an opposition to the MC or midheaven of this chart – the constitutional challenge has been highly visible – the MC representing this highest and most visible point in the chart. These (now separating ) aspects tell us much about how our current situation came to be but as noted above, tell us nothing about how it will play out in the future.
  8. unknown-1The next aspect to be made by the Moon will be to square Venus. Venus – quite possibly signifying attempts at a diplomatic solution – is damaged in dignity ( in detriment) but strong by placement (cardinal/angular) suggesting that key attempts at a diplomatic solution to this clash between the constitution and the president and his executive order will fail – spectacularly – within one hour or one day. I use the term spectacularly because shortly after (within 5 hours or  possibly 5 days) its square with Venus, the Moon makes another square (more conflict) with a very, very strong Mars (dignified by ruler-ship, face, and triplicity and cadent) – expect HUGE (and highly publicised) FALLOUT.
  9. The next aspect the Moon makes is a Quincunx with the Sun – representing President Trump and his Cabinet. This Sun is in Aquarius – neither weak nor strong – and succedent (i.e. in the 11th house). Although the Sun is not damaged per se, the Constitution clearly has the upper hand. But the Quincunx aspect is at best a highly uncomfortable one – suggesting some rearrangement or significant change to the president’s position (and his executive order). This will occur within either 17 hours or 17 days.
  10. The Moon next makes a square aspect with Jupiter, representing the judiciary. Certainly the square suggests conflict and because Jupiter is in retrograde (going backwards) there is the suggestion that judiciary is not fully functional in regards to this issue. To my mind, Jupiter’s comfortable sextile with Saturn and trine with the Sun (both Saturn and the Sun represent the president and his executive order) is troubling. This suggests that the judiciary may well be in the president’s back pocket (so to speak). Note that Jupiter (judiciary) is not strong in this chart. It is dignified only by face, which basically is considered worse than no dignity at all – indeed this suggests that while once the judiciary had dignity in regards to this issue, it is about to loose it.
  11. Finally, the Moon makes an opposition to Mercury – which might be taken to represent trade and commerce. This suggests that American (indeed global) businesses may be left with a bad taste in their mouth regarding this issue – indeed it is also likely that news and other communication networks will have similar (unpleasant/conflicting) experiences. On a positive note, however, it also suggests that this might all force the ‘truth’ out into the public domain. Expect this within 28 hours or 28 days.news-media
  12. That is the end of the matter.