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In an inexplicable move, Apple has decided to remove the RSS functionality from the latest version of its popular browser, Safari 6, as part of the Mountain Lion upgrade. As an RSS reader, it was simple, no-frills, and (for me) not Google Reader.

The online community is swift to respond. There have been numerous complaints and calls for its return, and a host of quick solutions, in the form of browser extensions, and automated workflows.

Reviewing and revising are the themes of Mercury retrograde, but it doesn’t mean remove what is useful. Fire signs can act too hastily. How are our own life-edits? Have we been throwing out the baby with the bath water?

Some of you might remember that Apple launched the iPhone during Mercury retrograde and there were a few glitches at the time.

Well, Apple just released its new operating software, Mountain Lion (Leo!), and yes, there have been a few glitches.

I’d wait till mid-August at least if you are thinking of getting it.

In the light of the metaphor I used yesterday about shouting at a rock concert and not being heard, this news article today made me laugh. 

Bruce Springsteen’s concert in Hyde Park, London had the sound turned off by over-zealous bureaucrats after going over the three-hour limit. The mischievous nature of the incident is very much in the spirit of Mercury and Uranus rules electricity… :D This description totally describes a Mercury-Uranus retrograde moment…

‘It made for a slightly bizarre, anti-climactic end to what had been a fantastic show,’ said Stephen Robb, a BBC reporter who was at the event.

Incidentally, I had a quick glance at Springsteen’s chart. Retrograde Mercury is transiting over his 3rd house Mars (which will be fuming), and transiting Uranus is opposing his 5th house Libra stellium, which may be feeling even more off balance than usual…

During a retrograde in 2008, there were reports about the disruption to the internet when several undersea cables were severed.

Yesterday, it seems a 75-year-old woman in Georgia single-handedly cut off the internet to 90% of neighbouring Armenia’s network when she sliced into a cable while digging for copper to sell for scrap…

As the Moon sails through Taurus (ruler of cash and associated with copper), this incident seems like a timely reminder of how materially dependent this magical virtual world still is.

I’ve had a crazy-intense time these past week, especially around the last Full Moon in Scorpio. Still trying to process it all.

What to say about this retrograde? What can be said?

Greece.

Wall Street.

March on Wall Street.

Dow Jones tech glitch.

Oil rig spill.

Second Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

UK Election chaos.

Image: Horse riding. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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