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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, 29 January 2015

From the Concorde to Sci-Fi Climate Solutions

Almuth Ernsting, Truthout: Touting “sci-fi climate solutions” – untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis – dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Remembering the Paris Commune: When Workers and Women Rose Up Against the Oligarchy

John Merriman, Basic Books: Many historians regard the Paris Commune as the precedent for subsequent uprisings against the plutocracy and ruling elite. Who were the Parisians who revolted against the ruling class ensconced in Versailles and suffered deadly retribution as a result?

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First Anti-Islam March by Pegida Movement Fizzles in Denmark

Linda Pershing, Truthout: On January 19, 2015, supporters of the Pegida movement participated in their first Copenhagen rally, following earlier anti-Islam events in Dresden. In response, four times as many people showed up for an anti-Pegida rally to oppose their efforts.

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Seeking Accountability: Palestine’s Recourse to the ICC

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: Impunity for Israeli war crimes encourages more gross violations of international law. Palestine’s application to the International Criminal Court is a welcome step toward accountability.

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The Attack on Human Rights in Haiti: An Interview With Jackson Doliscar, Part II

Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks of the efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights, land rights and housing rights. The Haitian government is becoming increasingly autocratic, ruling by decree.

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Billionaires Won’t Be Happy Until the US Becomes Austerity-Ravaged Greece

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Billionaires don’t need a social safety net, and they don’t care if working-class people are thrown onto the streets to starve. If anything, doing that provides them with cheaper and more desperate labor. The rich don’t want their not-so-hard earned money going to help others.

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The Hunting Ground: Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Two recent court cases mark a rare example where students accused of sexual assault have actually faced punishment. The Hunting Groundshows how colleges and universities across the nation are covering up sexual assaults and failing to protect students from repeat offenders.

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After Four Decades With Roe, US Women Still Need Abortion Access and So Much More

Andrea Flynn and Shulie Eisen, Next New Deal: As economic inequality takes center stage in politics, it’s important to remember that reproductive justice and bodily autonomy are just as essential for secure lives.

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Cuba and US Skirt Obstacles to Normalization of Ties

Patricia Grogg and Ivet González, Inter Press Service: The biggest discrepancies in the first meeting to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States, after more than half a century, were over the issue of human rights. What stood out in the talks, however, was a keen interest in forging ahead, in a process led by two women.

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Jim Hightower | Not Lovin’ It

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: McDonald’s is in the hot seat and now faces upward of 100 federal charges of labor law violations for retaliating against workers seeking higher wages and the freedom to unionize without corporate retaliation.

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Learning From American Sniper

Rory Fanning, Jacobin: As Vietnam taught us, if we want to build a successful antiwar movement, we have to engage the soldiers fighting the wars. American Sniper, if we take it seriously, might help us do just that.

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Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries: In (Modest) Praise of a Comforting Mediocrity

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch: As Obama and his team muddle toward their finish line, their achievements negligible, we might even express a modicum of gratitude. At least they managed to steer clear of truly epic disasters on the foreign policy front.

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Disproportionate Emphasis on European and US Victimhood Is Racist

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is an injustice to confine the outpouring of public mourning for victims of violence to those of white European identity.

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US Incarceration System Facilitates Breakdown of Society

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Will the Obama Administration Finally Bring the CIA Torturers to Justice?

Read the Article at The Guardian

French Government Creates Bizarre Checklist That Is Islamophobic

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Something Really Really Terrible Is About to Happen to Our Coral

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit as Senate Debates Keystone XL

Read the Article at DeSmogBlog

The Strange Case of Darren Wilson’s Mysterious Disappearing Duty Belt

Read the Article at Vice

Why This Baby’s Mom Is So Angry at the Anti-Vaxxers

Read the Article at The Washington Post

(I haven’t read this last article yet but I am disappointed in Truthout for joining the mainstream media in this latest crusade against the anti-vaccine movement. Personally, I don’t understand why we don’t use an oral homeopathic preparation for vaccination. The problem with vaccines in my opinion is not the germs but the poisonous additives and preservatives like mercury-a well known cumulative neurotoxin. I like the idea of vaccinations which most people do not know originated with homeopathic doctors and researchers. I do not appreciate the corporations making public health a cash cow at the expense of innocent children. This should not be a partisan issue with liberals joining the corporations side in mocking the anti-vaccine movement. That shows a disgusting lack of awareness and Orwellian mind programming.

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The Oracle Report | Friday, January 30, 2015

FROm WISE OWL CHALOTTE IN DENMARK

FROM WISE OWL CHALOTTE IN DENMARK

The Oracle Report – Friday, January 30, 2015

“Outposts” – Aquarius Lunar Cycle: January 20 – February 17, 2015

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“The Black Moon Transit of Virgo: November 27, 2014 – August 25, 2015″

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust in a higher power and order

Moon in Gemini

Ruling Wisdom Goddess: Matangi (Goddess of the Margins and Those Who Are Marginalized) with special guest Shodashi (Goddess of Beauty and Goddess Who Fulfills Our Highest and Best)

Skill: slow your pace; be watchful of signs and patterns

Negative Imprint: excluding others, insecurities, noise, carelessness, rushing, slacking off and expecting others to take up the slack, undervaluing, unappreciative, seeking approval from others or externals, self-centered

Positive Imprint: inner strength, safety, creativity, the desire for a feeling of being at home, sharing, exchanges of knowledge and experience, cooperation, spiritual guidance, expansion

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: “an old adobe mission” (outreaching and outposting to the future, spiritual retreat)

Multiple strong astrological aspects are in effect today to bring us inspiration, wisdom, or an experience that may change our lives. The Universe breathes out so we can breathe it in; we then breathe out so the Universe can breathe us in. These powerful energies blow through with gale force winds today.

If I had posted a report yesterday, I would have highlighted the severe upswing in mental and emotional confusion, and an overall racking of the brain trying to figure something out or create something. If you experienced that, some sort of insight or resolution should come your way today. This is related to the theme that things can change our lives.

As Winds of Change come through, they may wipe things out. The Wisdom Goddess “on call” this month, Matangi, has a way of doing this. If a sudden feeling and mantle of power overtakes you to take a stand today, this is Matangi’s hand. She strives to make everyone feel safer and more secure. She brings anyone who has felt disempowered or victimized (especially by society at large) back into the group. She has a tender heart for anyone who feels like they belong in the “land of misfit toys.” A lingering signature of this today brings special blessing to any group efforts. What we do or give in support to others is multiplied under the multiplicity of astrological aspects today in combination with the multitude of Matangi’s energies. We aren’t interested in getting something back by giving, we are interested in applying our energy and resources at opportune times for the maximum benefit for all. It multiples.

Matangi often works in close association with the Mahavidya (Wisdom Goddess ) Shodashi, Goddess of Beauty, who makes an appearance today. This is fitting for “astrological beauty week” that is courtesy of the conjunction of Venus and Neptune (exact conjunction Sunday). This ought to be interesting. It looks to me like the goddesses are gearing up for the Full Moon, but today Shodashi adds her energy for the potentially life-changing effects. Shodashi moves the lines of our lives into proper course. She makes marks.

Shodashi is using the energy of Uranus, the Planet of Changes, in tight conjunction with the South Node and therefore tight opposition to the North Node, which represent the past and the future respectively. It’s all geared toward out-posting and outreaching ourselves into the future. Everyone should be giving ample thought to where they have been and where they want to go. The future we want is happening right now at a marking point in the future. It’s happening now and we will experience it then. The Wisdom Goddesses help us get there.

If you doubt this, the energy of the Gibbous Moon phase offers seemingly magical signs, symbols, and synchronicities that help us trust in the future and hold hope.

To handle the gale force today, slow down. Slow your pace and quiet your mind for a moment. Open up time and space for a message to find you. It just might change your life.

(P.S. Mercury is retrograde and will make a conjunction with the Sun once again today. This is excellent energy for re-working things, but it often comes as a result of malfunction, error, miscommunication, interference, and the fact that the time needs to be right. Electronics, interpersonal communications, and travel may present challenges. Remember to slow down. Mars is moving into conjunction with Chiron, bringing sweeping healing, but I will discuss that more tomorrow. Venus makes a square with Saturn today. We will let the Mahavidyas take that one.)

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Jim Willie: US Dollar Will Not Survive 2015!

ohnwentsya:

Thank you for pointing this out. I’m a scholar but not an investment or wall street scholar so this article confused me in parts. I often learn some of what I’m missing in the comments.
If we look to the long scale of history when governments and economies collapse the safest investments are both land and community. The more local grown food and medicine, and the more stable and resilient the local community; the more likely is the survival of the residents.
Transition Towns movement has been working on exactly this for some years. Ideally every single town, village and city neighborhood would have a Transition initiative group but luckily enough are around and farther into the process for many areas to ramp up quite quickly by learning from the experience of other towns.
Imho, gold and silver will never be able to solve our coming difficulties. Working together, solidarity, altruism and all their cousin emotions and actions are like Obi Wan Kenobi to Princess Leia-our only hope.
greed has always been a killer hence it’s negative reputation for thousands of years. When war, famine and other large scale disasters strike it becomes overwhelmingly evident what it is that allows humans to dominate so much of Earth’s surface. Our ability to think of others ahead of ourselves and work as a team for the good of all.
I’m guessing that as things get worse at least this time, people will get better. Like after a hurricane we will share and help one another survive. I don’t have money to invest but if I did I would buy land, and things like seeds or chickens, fruit bearing plants etc that **directly** aid in survival. Warm clothes for when heaters are no longer guaranteed. Building or buying box beds as in Finland/Norway etc would be smart for people up north. I don’t trust the large cache of stored dried/canned food thing but it could be useful too. Building community is of much larger importance than loading up on guns and ammo though for many reasons but the mist obvious being that we are likely to lose economic stability and cheap food-oil-etc long before we lose policemen and armies.
My grandparents generation survived a dollar crash. I think people then had more skills and less electronic addiction. But then it could be a good thing if it ends American isolation and polarization!:-)

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Posted on January 28, 2015
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The forecast for fast acceleration of events into the January month has occurred on schedule.  Normally a very big event occurs every several weeks, or every few months.  In just the last three weeks, ten have taken place of significance.
The pace has quickened in an alarming fashion. The Great Quickening has commenced.
Something big, ugly, and nasty this way comes.

The disruptive events and pace of systemic breakdown are surely going to continue.  The year will go down in history as extremely messy, extremely chaotic, and extremely important in the demise of the USDollar.

Check the 7-year cycle for an amazing sequence that goes back to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the 1980 Gold & Silver Hunt Brothers peak, the 1987 Black Monday, the 1994 Irrational Exuberance with ensuing Asian Meltdown, the 2001 Inside 9/11 Job, and the 2008 Lehman failure.|

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Truthout Daily Digest | Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Can Bolivia Chart a Sustainable Path Away From Capitalism?

Chris Williams and Marcela Olivera, Truthout: While the achievements of Evo Morales’ government in Bolivia are significant, so are the processes by which change has been enacted, and the trajectory of government attitudes and behavior with respect to the social movements and labor unions that made his government possible.

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Department of Education Sides Against Students to Feather Its Own Bed in For-Profit Corinthian Colleges Debacle

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Corinthian Colleges seemed to be on its way to a well-deserved demise as a result of government interventions. Sadly, it turns out this is the United States, where debtors routinely get the short end of the stick even when the lender engaged in fraud.

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Tar Sands Pipeline Planned for Dane County Eclipses Keystone XL

Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch: Whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline will transport tar sands oil from Canada through the United States is a critical decision affecting our future as a planet. The tripling in capacity of Line 61, which already carries tar sands crude oil from Alberta to Illinois, will make it a third larger than the projected Keystone XL.

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FBI: Give Me Back My Email to WikiLeaks

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the NSA has been trying to vacuum up everything. But it’s a different thing to read that the FBI has your stuff specifically.

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Syriza’s Victory: Hold the Champagne

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: Syriza’s electoral victory on January 25 has been viewed as a historic turning point for Greece and Europe. Here is another perspective on what the Greek electoral results really tell us, tempering some of the hype following Syriza’s victory.

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Selma: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens

Kate Aronoff, YES! Magazine: It’s rare to see a film explore the complex inner workings of popular movements from the perspective of those driving them. Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building the civil rights movement.

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The Kochs Will Spend Nearly $1 Billion on the 2016 Elections, but Deny It

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The political network organized by Charles and David Koch plans to spend a whopping $900 million to win the White House in 2016 and deepen the Koch party’s bench in Congress. But that’s not what they’ll tell federal regulators.

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Doomsday Clock Creeps Toward Midnight

s.e. smith, Care2: Once a harbinger of coming nuclear disaster, the “Doomsday Clock” now includes environmental factors and climate change in its countdown to midnight. This month, researchers pushed the clock ahead. It is now three minutes till midnight.

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Revealed: Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Boiled Earth’s Atmosphere

Claire Belcher and Rory Hadden, The Conversation: Scientists have demonstrated that the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs set off an intense heat wave that briefly boiled the Earth’s atmosphere. This heat pulse has widely been suggested to have ignited global wildfires and has been cited as a cause of the mass extinction.

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BPA Exposure Linked to Changes in Stem Cells, Lower Sperm Production

Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News: Research shows BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men.

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The Woman Who Died From the Lethality of Economic Inequality

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: She was killed by a financial system that values the profit margin on donuts and coffee over a livable wage.

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The Prosecutor Who Filed Murder Charges Against the Cops Is Becoming a Police Target

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Subprime Bonds Are Back With a Different Name Seven Years After US Crisis

Read the Article at Bloomberg

More Prisoners Were Found Wrongfully Convicted in 2014 Than Ever Before

Read the Article at Mic

Parents, Teachers and Students Ask School Districts to Transition to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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Report: Intervention in Civil Wars “Far More Likely in Oil-Rich Nations”

Read the Article at The Independent

European Counter-Terror Plan Involves Blanket Collection of Passengers’ Data

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Son of Billy Graham Is a Mean-Spirited, Islamophobic, Hate Opportunist

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, January 29, 2015

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“Outposts” – Aquarius Lunar Cycle: January 20 – February 17, 2015

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“The Black Moon Transit of Virgo: November 27, 2014 – August 25, 2015″

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Oracle Report will return tomorrow, as I finish up The Kali Chronicles: Return of the Band of Brothersbook. Have a great day, everyone!

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Common Dreams Highlights | Wednesday January 28, 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn
by Bill Bigelow
Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what Howard would say about something—the growth of the climate justice movement, #BlackLivesMatter, the new Selma film, the killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices.

News…

US Drone Kills Sixth Grade Boy in Yemen, says Human Rights Group
by Lauren McCauley
Mohammed Saleh Qayed Taeiman, described as ‘a normal kid,’ killed four years after father and brother were both killed in 2011 drone strike.
US Engaged in Massive Car Spying Program
by Andrea Germanos
Documents obtained by ACLU reveal vast expansion of DEA’s license plate reader database.
The Oligarch Party: Koch Bros Vow Nearly $1 Billion for 2016 Elections
by Deirdre Fulton
The Koch Brothers announced the historic budget to donors and elected officials at an annual winter meeting.
Scientists Are Clear: Big Winter Storms Influenced by Warming Planet
by Lauren McCauley
Warmer oceans and atmosphere likely contributing to the two to three feet of snowfall expected to blanket much of the Northeast.
Guilty Verdict for CIA Agent Called ‘New Low’ in War on Whistleblowers
by Jon Queally
As case grounded ‘largely on circumstantial evidence’ results in guilty verdict, advocates for Jeffrey Sterling say government has gone too far.
NSA Began Warrantless Surveillance Without Congressional Approval
by Nadia Prupis
Newly declassified documents show intelligence agency spied on emails, phone calls before passage of surveillance act.
more news…

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The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower
by Norman Solomon
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.
A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt
by Richard Eskow, Mary Green Swig, and Steven Swig
A student debt “jubilee” would reflect both the values upon which this nation was founded, and the economic principles which have sustained it through its greatest periods of growth and prosperity.
The Heat is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism
by Salena Tramel
A growing movements of those on the frontlines of climate disruption argue that the high-level political remedies touted at venues such as the COP amount to false promises and leave out marginalized voices.
Media Take On Greek Elections: Mad Leftists Win in Protest
by Laura Flanders
Alexis Tsipras’s victory was generally described as a protest vote, or a vote against austerity. Which it certainly was, but there’s a bit more to it, and it’s interesting stuff.
Not So Fast, Net Neutrality…
by Michael Winship
Together, the ISP companies and Congress have come up with a plan to legislatively derail Net neutrality that would bring a smile to the lips of Machiavelli.
The Collapse of Europe?
by John Feffer
The European Union may be on the verge of regime collapse.
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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Home to The Holler We Go!

ohnwentsya:

Thank you Cindy! I love the way you find beauty everywhere and share it with all of us!

Living most of my life in the subtropical climate, I have often thought that it’s easier to keep warm than to get cool but it all depends on how cold or hot. My theory is that more trees, less concrete makes any climate easier to work with. Earth sheltered houses in cold climates and designs like the Polynesian canoe house here help keep the comfort level despite the climate. I’m amazed at the myriad adaptations and designs that work WITH the local conditions to create comfort. I’m looking forward to seeing the new rennaissance in architecture as we shift to more realistic power use. I imagine we will see wildly creative versions of Tolkien’s Elven cities adapted to local conditions all over the world; -)

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Back to The Holler expecting hum-drum….but no, The Holler hates hum-drum, so look who chaired the welcoming committee!
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Isn’t he a beaut! He’s been hanging around here. His wingspan clocks in at almost exactly 5 inches.
He’s a Ceanothus Silk Moth. His larvae feeds on the wild lilacs (ceanothus) that grow all over Hollerdom.
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The adults fly at The Holler in January and do not feed. This is the first one I have ever seen.
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If you’re feeling winter weary, here’s a couple of clicks of the tropics to warm you up!
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This traditional Polynesian Canoe House is built to catch the tropical breezes and is amazingly cool even on morbidly hot tropical days. Remember Frost saying, if the world ended in fire or ice, he’d “go with those who favor fire?” He is one of my favorite poets, but he must not have spent much time in the tropics…

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