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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Henry A. Giroux: Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

Victoria Harper, Truthout: Public Intellectual Henry Giroux speaks with Truthout about his new book and its exploration of how neoliberalism makes it harder for poor children to attend college, and forces debt-ridden students into an intellectual and moral dead zone devoid of imagination.

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Government Is Now a Protection Racket for the 1%

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Inequality is what has turned Washington DC into a protection racket for the 1%. It buys all those goodies from government: tax breaks, tax havens, loopholes, favors like carried interest, and so on.

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Rania Khalek | Jersey City Man Shot in the Face and Blinded by Police Faces 30 Years in Prison

Rania Khalek, Truthout: The story of 18-year-old Kwadir Felton, shot in the face and blinded by Jersey City, New Jersey, Police Sergeant Thomas McVicar, then convicted of aggravated assault of an officer, repeats a too-familiar pattern: Victims of police violence are further punished by the criminal justice system.

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Climate Change Messaging: Avoid the Truth

Steve Breyman, Truthout: The question of how to best frame climate change to generate sufficient societal response, so as to avoid catastrophe, is an important one, but first we must admit that climate change is an unavoidable outcome of an unsustainable political economy, and techno-fixes will not save us.

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Conservatives Are Scared Straight by a Frenchman

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: French economist Thomas Piketty, in his newest book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, warns that if we don’t address our wealth inequality epidemic quickly, the United States could end up with the most top-heavy society it’s ever seen, one that’s even worse than the Gilded Age.

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Paul Krugman | The Pain of Austerity, Remedied by Keynesian Policy

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: There’s now a full-court press of the usual suspects claiming that the recovery in Britain proves that fiscal austerity isn’t contractionary after all, that the International Monetary Fund had it all wrong.

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Sixteen for ’16 – Number 9: A Living Minimum Wage

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: Does the president’s $10.10 an hour represent a fair wage? Maybe. A living wage? Hardly. No one can really support a family on minimum wage employment, even if the minimum is raised to $10.10 an hour. The problem isn’t just the low wage.

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Intergovernmental Climate Report Leaves Hopes Hanging on Fantasy Technology

Rachel Smolker, Truthout: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmation that the planet is warming at a much more alarming rate than it originally thought was accompanied by a chapter on mitigation strategies that are problematic at best.

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Amy Goodman | Four Years After BP Disaster, Ousted Drilling Chief Warns US at Risk of Another Oil Spill

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service in the Interior Department at the time of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, warns the risk of another offshore oil drilling blowout is real.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Republicans Block the Paycheck Fairness Act, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Earlier this month, Senate Republicans unanimously blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act; parents and teachers in New York city don’t want product placements in student testing; the federal budget deficit is falling faster than at any time since the end of World War II; and more.

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They Are Watching You: The National Security State and the US-Mexican Border

Todd Miller, TomDispatch: You may not be able to watch them at the Border Security Expo, but in the borderlands, the Department of Homeland Security – with its tripartite missions of drug interdiction, immigration enforcement, and the war on terror – is watching you, whoever you are.

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Oligarchy USA

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: At long last, we have irrefutable proof that the one indispensable nation has been subsumed by a bona fide oligarchy, leading to regressive tax policies, cuts in social programs, and capture of the mass media by corporate interests.

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Bundy’s Sedition: Armed Militia Members Aiming Guns at Law Enforcement Officials in Nevada Are Domestic Terrorists

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The United States is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on fighting terrorism abroad. Our greatest security threat, however, may be white male insurrectionists with guns, as we recently witnessed in Nevada.

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Charles P. Pierce | Elizabeth Warren Is the Teacher

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Katrina vanden Heuvel | Earth Day’s Founding Father

Read the Article at The Nation

Put the Move in the Movement

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Four Years After the BP Oil Disaster, a Look Back in Photographs

Read the Article at DeSmogBlog

The Latest “Cosmos” Explains How Corporations Fund Science Denial

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Republicans Ignore Earth Day

Read the Article at National Journal

Mother Earth Day 2014: Time for a Paradigm Change

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Aim Higher, Dream Bigger, Open Your High Heart Wider


Thank you Denise!

Originally posted on HighHeartLife:

Over the years I’ve repeatedly said that we all need to aim higher, dream bigger, expect so much more etc. in regards to the incomprehensible changes—improvements—that this natural but rare evolutionary Ascension Process is causing. A child cannot comprehend what marvels and creativity adulthood will bring, and we certainly cannot adequately comprehend what marvels and creativity our ongoing spiritual evolutionary ascension process will bring either. We think we know, we believe we know, but really all we of this moment do is speculate, intend and hope from our still very limited awareness’. We need to get out of our own ways now like never before and let the Divine do what It is to each of us. Open your High Heart as wide as you can and just let the Divine rest happen… and don’t restrict the creative vastness of any of it with lower mind thinking and limited…

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, realign, personal responsibility

Moon in Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta and Kali

Skill: stay open about the future; look for signs

Negative Imprint: hopelessness

Positive Imprint: hopefulness

Happy Earth Day!

After yesterday’s emotional storms, like a rainbow, today offers signs of hope. Reassurance from higher sources comes to help us see promises for the future. For this we take in the spectrum of the colors of our lives – the brighter ones and the dimmer ones. They aren’t all bold and they aren’t all dull.

But it can be a challenge, in these times, to see a rainbow – to see hope. It can be challenging to dwell in a joyous mindspace. Our emotions can carry us off, ungrounding us. We can become battered.

Today’s energy, Earth Day/Sophia Day, offers the opportunity to strengthen our roots so that we are not powerless to the storms of the times. This is not woo woo. It’s about anchoring our consciousness with the planet so we don’t fly off into insanity. People who are not connected in some way to the planet lose their minds under the force of the times. Earth = sanity = healing.

Over the last few days, energy has been in place to bring back elements of the past – lost parts of ourselves. Today, the energy turns toward past lives. Memories, preferences, situations, and people seep through from past lives today. So consider today’s circumstances from the point of view of it being related to past lives.

Rainbows, past lives, and healing are all themes related to our friend Chiron, which is no surprise since the Sun has moved into Taurus and reaches the Chiron Point tomorrow (the degree of Chiron when it was discovered).

Be on the lookout for signs from nature. Keep your copy of Animal Speak by Ted Andrews handy. (I carry theAnimal Speak pocket guide with me all the time.) Messages also come in dreams. Keep your owl eyes peeled.

The bottom line today is to stay open about the future. Destiny is revealing itself.

(Note: I will be Janet Hickox’s guest this Thursday night, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm ET/ 4:00 pm PT on her show “Living Astrology.” Click here for more information. We will discuss what the Black Moon’s movement into Leo has in store for us through November. I hope you can join us! Also, if you have emailed me or submitted the Reading Request Form, please check your junk mail folder for my reply. Apparently, the gods of the internet like to send me there. That’s a joke, by the way.)


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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, April 21, 2014


Dahr Jamail | BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: For large numbers of fishermen and coastal residents living in the impact zone of BP’s 2010 oil spill, encompassing Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the disaster has never ended. Along with marine life and the broader ecosystem, they continue to show clear signs of the chronic impact of the largest marine oil disaster in US history.

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Dean Baker | Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World

Dean Baker, Truthout: Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the 21st Century, has done a remarkable job of focusing public attention on the growth of inequality in the last three decades and the risk that it will grow further in the decades ahead. This raises the obvious question of what can be done to offset this tendency toward rising inequality?

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Rancher-Indigenous Alliance Stands the Line in DC Against Keystone XL

Anne Meador and John Zangas: On Earth Day, April 22, ranchers and members of native communities along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline will arrive in Washington DC to reject the pipeline and protect their land. The coalition, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will set up an encampment on the National Mall through April 27 to oppose the pipeline.

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“He Gave Us Back Our History”: Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: In this interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel One Hundred Years of Solitude and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world.

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Knowledge Is Crime in Washington: Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination and Perjury Are Not

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: There is but a single crime that can be committed within the national security state for which our leaders now believe jail time is appropriate. In Washington today, knowledge is the only crime. That’s a political reality of the 21st century. But how wide is the category, and is knowledge always a crime when it ends up in the wrong brains?

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Chris Hedges | The Rhetoric of Violence

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Chauvinism, violent retribution, a perverted Christianity and the celebration of a mythic Anglo-Saxon history will sever sections of the population from reality, enticing them into an American fascism. This is what is coming. It cannot be fought with counter-violence. It can be fought only with ideas. We better prepare.

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Conflict Fuels Child Labor in India

Stella Paul, Inter Press Service: Sumari Varda is one of thousands of children trafficked out of central India’s Chhattisgarh state every year. According to a 2013 study published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, more than 3,000 children are trafficked from the state each year.

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BP Gets an Anniversary Gift From the Obama Administration

Richard Schiffman, Care2: You wouldn’t think that BP would get an anniversary gift from the federal government. But the Environmental Protection Agency has just given BP a big one, ruling that the corporation could start bidding on lucrative new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico after having been suspended since the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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Five Things to Know About How Corporations Block Access to Everything From Miracle Drugs to Science Research

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Should a company be able to patent a breast cancer gene? What about a species of soybean? How about a tool for basic scientific research? Or even a patent for acquiring patents. There’s increasing concern that intellectual property rights may be keeping us from getting the things we need.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Coastal Regions Are Still Dealing With the Effects of the BP Oil Spill, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Despite what we’ve heard from BP, the wildlife, the environment and the residents of the Gulf are still dealing with the effects of that massive oil spill; according to the latest IPCC report, we can afford to make the switch to renewable energy; there’s been another dangerous mistake at Japan’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant at Fukushima; and more.

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Bolivian Vice President: “Bolivia Marked the Start of a Major Indigenous Awakening”

Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: In this interview, Bolivian Vice President García Linera said Bolivia has taught Latin America a lesson by recognizing, in its 2009 constitution, that it is a “plurinational” state.

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Five Ways the 1% Are Killing Us

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: You cannot smell carbon monoxide, but it is lethal in a closed space. In the same manner, the top 1% are putting all our lives at risk for their greed.

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The Meritocracy Myth: How the Super-Rich Really Make Their Money

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Obama Seeks Wider Authority to Release Drug Offenders

Read the Article at NPR

Federal Court Orders US to Release Memo Describing Legal Justification for Anwar al-Awlaki Drone Killing

Read the Article at The Guardian

US Promotes Alternative “Mesh” Network to Foil Digital Spying

Read the Article at The New York Times

David Sirota | Will the Government Use Its New Leverage Over the Financial Industry?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Fifteen Years After Columbine, How “Never Again” Became “Oh Well”

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Oregon and Tennessee Have a Bold Plan That Could Radically Change Higher Education

Read the Article at PolicyMic

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The Oracle Report | Monday, April 21, 2014


Monday, April 21, 2014

Disseminating Moon Phase: share

Moon in Capricorn

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta and Kali

Skill: remember that you are not your emotions

Negative Imprint: projecting emotions onto others

Positive Imprint: handling our own emotional storms

Emotional storms, outbursts, and breaks tend to result from today’s energy, as things are in need of release. Our emotions may come upon us abruptly and the tendency is to feel out of control. But cool heads can prevail to keep things in moderation. If something is welling up inside of you, take steps to move those emotions through your body. Tension and anxiety build with the astrological energies that are in effect today. We are mindful of this and recognize if emotional waves begin to build. If a storm is swirling inside of you, don’t project it onto others. Deal with the emotions. What is the truth, the heart, of what you feel? Is there something that you need to do or say?

A sub-theme of this energy involves feeling like the best is over and nothing will ever be as good as it was (at some individually designated time in the past). We may feel like something has been forever lost to us. In fact, the energy continues to support bringing back elements of the past that were very happy or invigorating. A re-enchantment can take place.

Since we are in the Disseminating phase of the Moon, sharing, expressing, and communicating helps us keep us flowing according to natural cycles. This energy is impulsive, with things tending to break and spill out, so try to confine your sharing to people you trust.

Venus is still in tight conjunction with Chiron, bringing tendencies to self-sabotage and self-criticize. Negative thoughts and opinions are exaggerated while we dismiss the overwhelmingly positive majority opinion. Try to keep things in perspective.

There is only so much we are ever in control of, but especially today. The sooner we recognize this, the easier the day will go. As emotions storm, we remain firmly grounded with our planet and in awe of the show.


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Raúl Zibechi on Community Self-Defense


Thank you for posting this. I had not seen this analysis of the reasons for these seemingly endless empire instigated civil wars. It makes perfect sense tho.

Originally posted on Compañero Manuel:


By: Raúl Zibechi

The Grim Reaper joins protest against the Conga Mine

The Grim Reaper joins protest against the Conga Mine

The world situation is very grave. When the flames of civil war in Syria have still not been put out, the crisis underway in Ukraine threatens to elevate the tension, expecting that new fronts will open in the global conflict. The South American region postponed, for now, a greater escalation in Venezuela thanks to the dissuading presence of the Unasur.

Nevertheless, we must look at ourselves in the Syrian mirror, or perhaps in the Mexican mirror, to comprehend that none of those options can be discarded in the most acute period of the hegemonic transition. Permanent war substitutes for State coups, since the imperial think tanks seem to have comprehended that the peoples come out strengthened from the dictatorial regimes, like the ones imposed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Now they…

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A short update on the energies


Thank you Aisha!

Originally posted on aisha north:

For now, it is as if you are holding your breaths, suspended in a stillness of heaven and Earth, anticipation running high, the nerve endings tingling ever so slightly as they sense the incoming tides of benevolent beams approaching. For you are once again awaiting the imminent arrival of emissaries from beyond your skies, emissaries that will uplift you all in manners you have yet to witness. And so we say, go within your heart, the better to witness what will develop. For what you are awaiting, is something that will touch you deeply, and it will do so no matter where you are. For it will be a limitless and borderless event, and it will be one that will be taking place far from the prying eyes of anyone less inclined to welcome these shining beams of brilliant light. For this will once again be a thing of the…

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