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Australia Is Again Stealing Its Indigenous Children | Truthout

This is outrageous. It must be stopped. Why do these damn right wing fascist monsters always behave as if indigenous people are commodities? And seriously-WHO votes these freaks into office over and over after their behavior is plainly detrimental to our countries and most individuals? Is the brainwashing really so effective?
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Australia Is Again Stealing Its Indigenous Children

Tuesday, 25 March 2014
By John Pilger, Truthout | News Analysis

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The tape is searing. There is the voice of an infant screaming as he is wrenched from his mother, who pleads, “There is nothing wrong with my baby. Why are you doing this to us? I would’ve been hung years ago, wouldn’t I? Because (as an Australian Aborigine) you’re guilty before you’re found innocent.” The child’s grandmother demands to know why “the stealing of our kids is happening all over again.” A welfare official says, “I’m gunna take him, mate.”

This happened to an Aboriginal family in outback New South Wales. It is happening across Australia in a scandalous and largely unrecognized abuse of human rights that evokes the infamous Stolen Generation of the last century. Up to the 1970s, thousands of mixed-race children were stolen from their mothers by welfare officials. The children were given to institutions as cheap or slave labor; many were abused.

Described by a chief protector of Aborigines as “breeding out the color,” the policy was known as assimilation. It was influenced by the same eugenics movement that inspired the Nazis. In 1997, a landmark report, “Bringing Them Home,” disclosed that as many 50,000 children and their mothers had endured “the humiliation, the degradation and sheer brutality of the act of forced separation … the product of the deliberate, calculated policies of the state.” The report called this genocide.

Assimilation remains Australian government policy in all but name. Euphemisms such as “reconciliation” and “Stronger Futures” cover similar social engineering and an enduring, insidious racism in the political elite, the bureaucracy and wider Australian society. When in 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized for the Stolen Generation, he added: “I want to be blunt about this. There will be no compensation.” The Sydney Morning Herald congratulated Rudd on a “shrewd maneuver” that “cleared away a piece of political wreckage that responds to some of its supporters’ emotional needs, but changes nothing.”

Today, the theft of Aboriginal children – including babies taken from the birth table – is now more widespread than at any time during the last century. As of June last year, almost 14,000 Aboriginal children had been “removed.” This is five times the number when “Bringing Them Home” was written. More than a third of all removed children are Aboriginal – from 3% of the population. At the present rate, this mass removal of Aboriginal children will result in a stolen generation of more than 3,300 children in the Northern Territory alone.

Pat (not her real name) is the mother whose anguish was secretly recorded on a phone as four Department of Child Services officials, and six police officers, descended on her home. On the tape an official claims they have come only for an “assessment.” But two of the police officers, who knew Pat, told her they saw no risk to her child and warned her to “get out of here quick.” Pat fled, cradling her infant, but the one-year-old was eventually seized without her knowing why. The next morning a police officer returned to apologize to her and said her baby should never have been taken away. Pat has no idea where her son is.

Once, she was “invited” by officials to bring her children to “neutral” offices to discuss a “care plan.” The doors were locked and officials seized the children, with one of the youngest dragging on a police officer’s gun belt. Many indigenous mothers are unaware of their legal rights. A secretive Children’s Court has become notorious for rubber-stamping removals.

Most Aboriginal families live on the edge. Their life expectancy in towns a short flight from Sydney is as low as 37. Dickensian diseases are rife; Australia is the only developed country not to have eradicated trachoma, which blinds Aboriginal children.

Pat has both complied with and struggled bravely against a punitive bureaucracy that can remove children on hearsay. She has twice been acquitted of false charges, including “kidnapping” her own children. A psychologist has described her as a capable and good mother.

Josie Crawshaw, the former director of a respected families’ support organization in Darwin, told me, “In remote areas, officials will go in with a plane in the early hours and fly the child thousands of kilometers from their community. There’ll be no explanation, no support, and the child may be gone forever.”

In 2012, Coordinator-General of Remote Services for the Northern Territory Olga Havnen was sacked when she revealed that almost $80 million was spent on the surveillance and removal of Aboriginal children, compared with only $500,000 on supporting the same impoverished families. She told me, “The primary reasons for removing children are welfare issues directly related to poverty and inequality. The impact on families is just horrendous because if they are not reunited within six months, it’s likely they won’t see each other again. If South Africa was doing this, there’d be an international outcry.”

She and others with long experience I have interviewed have echoed the “Bringing them Home” report, which described an official “attitude” in Australia that regarded all Aboriginal people as “morally deficient.” A Department of Families and Community Services spokesman said that the majority of removed indigenous children in New South Wales were placed with indigenous caregivers. According to indigenous support networks, this is a smokescreen; it does not mean families and it is control by divisiveness that is the bureaucracy’s real achievement.

I met a group of Aboriginal grandmothers, all survivors of the first stolen generation, all now with stolen grandchildren. “We live in a state of fear, again,” they said. David Shoebridge, a State Greens MP, told me, “The truth is, there is a market among whites for these kids, especially babies.”

The New South Wales parliament is soon to debate legislation that introduces forced adoption and “guardianship.” Children under two will be liable – without the mother’s consent – if “removed” for more than six months. For many Aboriginal mothers like Pat, it can take six months merely to make contact with their children. “It’s setting up Aboriginal families to fail,” said Shoebridge.

I asked Josie Crawshaw why. “The willful ignorance in Australia about its first people has now become the kind of intolerance that gets to the point where you can smash an entire group of humanity and there is no fuss.”

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John Pilger is an Australian-born, London-based journalist, filmmaker and author. For his foreign and war reporting, ranging from Vietnam and Cambodia to the Middle East, he has twice won Britain’s highest award for journalism. For his documentary films, he won a British Academy Award and an American Emmy. In 2009, he was awarded Australia’s human rights prize, the Sydney Peace Prize. John Pilger’s films can be viewed on his website.

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, March 26, 2015

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The Oracle Report – Thursday, March 26, 2015

“Ideals of Greatness” Pisces (2) 2015 Overview of the Lunar Month March 20 – April 17, 2015

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crescent Moon Phase: persevere, challenge

Moon in Gemini/Cancer (3:47 pm ET/7:47 pm UT)

Ruling Wisdom Goddess: Kali (The Destroyer of Time)

Skill: see through dualities

Positive Imprints: taking care, following heart’s desires, planning for the future, heightened spiritual awareness, enlightenment, authenticity, believing that something is possible, new ideas about things, sensitivity

Catalysts for Change: feeling stuck or bound or feeling scattered all around, people-pleasing in order to gain popularity or for approval, confusion, trying to do or have it all, jealousy, self-worth equated only with material success, increased difficulties coping with emotions or problems, feeling sorry for oneself

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: “a majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it up as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it”

Today’s energy brings the ability to remain firmly focused in the present but also see far into the future for a look ahead. This special combination presents new opportunities. Even opportunities that seemed lost have the chance to return or be regained.

We find things that once may have seemed beyond reach are perhaps not that far away after all today. Today’s ability to see into the future brings ideas about how we can adjust or adapt to changing circumstances. Versatility is highly valued.

Dualities are strongly in force today, dividing things in two. “Second” things – like second chances or second glances – are important. It’s also important to see where attempts to “divide and conquer” are in effect. Is someone or something splitting off or splitting apart? Is this coming from an outside source? We are “wise” to divide and conquer tactics and maintain our alignment with the ideals of greatness of the human collective, which are the ideals of the Second Renaissance.

All lunar month, anything that is stuck is trying to be freed. We can work with this by recognizing that things are taking direction toward a more balanced, unified, happier experience of life. Anything that is unbalanced, separated, and unsatisfying is undergoing deep transformation and change. This energetic signature continues through April 17. Trust the process.

The Sabian symbol for the position of the Sun today is “a man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once.” This goes right along with the energy of the Sabian symbol for the lunar month. It’s about bringing heaven to Earth, merging the worlds of space and time, and co-creating within the dream of Gaia Sophia. How can you express yourself in two realms today? Aim for the ideals of greatness because wherever attention goes right now, a tremendous amount of energy flows.

Note: The recording of last night’s interview on Phoenix Rising Radio will be up on Phoenix’s archive later this morning. We persevered through initial technical difficulties to have a full show. We covered a wide spectrum of topics, including more on the energetics of this month and how it is leading into the new astrological year in April, and signaling a reset of energetics to restore the ideals of love, freedom, and truth:

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Activism: Destroy/Create (“Occupy These Photos” preview)

ohnwentsya:

Thank you Mickey Z! That so needed saying…

Originally posted on Mickey Z. says:

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The global “problems” being exposed by activists are not merely flaws within a basically fixable configuration.

Economic inequality isn’t a hiccup.

Epidemics of preventable diseases are not an anomaly.

Institutional privilege and the oppression it creates are not systemic glitches.

Capitalism—hell, all of industrial civilization—cannot be tenderly reformed into sustainability.

Let’s not waste resources trying to tweak the dominant culture.

Let’s instead connect as broadly as possible to cultivate the coalitions we’ll need to navigate the looming collapse.

Let’s unite…to create a softer place to land.

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FROM WISE OWL KAHLIL

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The Oracle Report – Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Ideals of Greatness” Pisces (2) 2015 Overview of the Lunar Month March 20 – April 17, 2015

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Crescent Moon Phase: perseverance, challenge

Moon in Gemini

Wisdom Goddess: Dhumavati (Goddess Who Winnows) and Matangi (Goddess of the Wind)

Skill: execute a mental shift to move awareness

Positive Imprints: focusing in a new way, nursing something back to health or life (possibly something inside ourselves), seeing ourselves clearly, keeping it simple, breaking down illusions, compassion

Catalysts for Change: dramatic confrontations, incompatibility, over-working, difficulties maintaining focus or attention, one-sided, feeling boxed in, overwhelmed (especially by emotions or the number of choices or the amount of stress)

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: “a majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it up as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it”

I often say that Oracle Report readers are martial artists of the mind. Acrobatically, we shift from one mindset to another while projecting hopes, wishes, and dreams into the future.

Those skills are tested each month during the Crescent Moon phase, the current phase of the Moon. The energy of the Crescent Moon often pins us up against strong odds. Sometimes, the positions of other planets reinforces this dynamic. Today is one of those days. You may feel “tested” by something, become frustrated, or face resistance, but an answer to something that has been on your mind will come about in the process of it all.

The purpose of all of this is release, freedom, and cleansing.

Our goal is to smoothly execute a mental shift from engaging the test, resistance, or frustration by first recognizing that it is happening, and then twisting to move around it to see it from another perspective. There is no need to engage the wave that is sweeping through today. We can step aside by slowing down and generating patience.

The wave that is sweeping through today will make things that are aligned with restoring heaven on Earth (i.e. returning to balance) much stronger. In the image of the Sabian symbol for the lunar month, more of the face in the rock formation is revealed through a gentle sandblast today.

Crescent Moon phases challenge our fortitude or commitment to an intention, wish, or dream we have set in motion. It’s the Universe’s way of sorting through what is not truly desired, so energy can be sent to the things that are truly desired. We don’t ever give up, but it’s essential to not give up during Crescent Moon phases. We persevere.

So we will use acrobatic skills to move around any situations that the wave of resistance, testing, or frustration that develops today. We understand that it is designed to sweep through and clear the imprints of the past so that something new can enter or grow. Answers are revealed in the process.

Note: Tonight I will be Phoenix’s guest on Phoenix Rising Radio at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT:

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FROM WISE OWL MARIE

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The Oracle Report – Tuesday, March 24, 2015

“Ideals of Greatness” Pisces (2) 2015 Overview of the Lunar Month March 20 – April 17, 2015

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crescent Moon Phase: perseverance, challenge

Moon in Gemini

Wisdom Goddess: Kamala (Goddess Who Uplifts)

Skill: lift yourself above the situation

Positive Imprints: looking for inner wisdom, going above and beyond the ordinary or what was expected, transfers, joy and joyful celebrations, visions, having choices, going wild in a good way, excitement and enthusiasm

Catalysts for Change: not paying attention to our own needs or the needs of others, indecision, zealots, not listening, believing one’s way is the right or only way, superficially addressing things, communication issues, interfering with others, ruining the party

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: “a majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it up as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up, begins to look like it”

Today we find that we may need to lift ourselves above a situation. This may be to elevate our perspective to gain wider insight or it may be because the situation does not suit us – it doesn’t fit. The energy to do this comes from the location of the Sun today at the degree of the Sabian symbol “a triangle with wings.”

When we lift ourselves above situations, we remove ourselves from them to some degree. This brings us into unknown territory, which is often frightening because we are generally “tribal” or “pack-oriented” by nature and do not like the idea of being separated or ostracized. Solitary confinement is death for a human. So, even breaking away just a little from something that has provided stability, security, common links, identity, and reliability can be hard to do.

It is important today to remember that we are taking a look at things from a different perspective, not necessarily permanently detaching. Sometimes we need to step higher, go above, or take the high road just to get a better sense of where were are going. Don’t become overwhelmed with how much you see or how much effort it is going to take. It won’t be as hard as you think because certain stellar dynamics are changing beginning April 18, 2015 (the New Moon in Aries) and things are going to begin operating in a new way.

But, more than the ability to lift ourselves above situations and circumstances today, is the opportunity to learn something very valuable. Many things may be learned! This is due to the Earth at the degree of “a man teaching the true inner knowledge of the new world to his students” and Mercury making conjunction with Chiron at the degree of “a master instructing a disciple.” In the astrological pantheon, Chiron is THE Master Teacher. He is the Teacher of Teachers. He is also the Healer of Healers. Mercury, the Messenger, meeting up with Chiron at this degree brings us the gift of knowledge. We may cut ourselves on the paper while opening it, but that’s just how it goes with Chiron. The paper cut is worth it.

Trees are also highlighted today with Venus at the degree of “a Christmas tree decorated” and the Black Moon moving to the degree of “a family tree.” Ancestry is one of the signatures running through this entire lunar month. The purpose of this is to help us gain equilibrium. Remembering that you are part of something that has sustained throughtime is very “grounding” during changeable times.

So, to recap: This month we are considering our ideals of greatness and projecting those images as what we want to attain. We consider the ideals of the greatness of humanity as a whole and our personal ideals of greatness. We are seeing these things as set in stone, as in they WILL happen. The extraneous is falling away so that the true form or aspiration or ideal can be revealed.

Today specifically, we lift ourselves above things for a higher view. We open to receiving a gift of knowledge, even if our emotions are wrapped up with it. And, most importantly, we are deeply rooted and centered with the planet, Mother Nature, carrying on the dream for humanity that was set in motion a very, very long time ago.

A good day, for sure.

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A short update on the energies

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Thank you Aisha!

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As you have perhaps already noticed, this ongoing redistribution of the energetic masses is not about to subside anytime soon. For this is not something temporary, this is a permanent shift away from the old and into the very new spheres, the ones that are far more lofty than what you have experienced so far. And so, this shift will make the very ground beneath your feet appear as impermanent as everything else, and rightly so, for this is not about changing merely the appearance of something, but a transformation that goes all the way to the core.

For this is a dramatic shift that is under way in your entire energetic environment, and that is something that is far more profound than anything you can see from an outward perspective. And as such, it will be as if the very ground upon which you walk will feel less secure…

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5 Ft. Lauderdale Cops No Longer On Force Due To Racist Text Messages

ohnwentsya:

I’m glad these individuals are not in positions of power any more. But the culture that produces such idiocy is alive and well in America. We are all responsible for ending it.

Originally posted on Blackbutterfly7:

Hat tip to Gronda.

ALERT: This article contains racial and other slurs that were used in text messages

Priscilla Perez was engaged to 22-year old Alex Alvarez. Alvarez was a police officer in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They are no longer engaged. Priscilla and Alex had an agreement to check each others cell phones to make sure that neither were behaving badly. Priscilla wanted out of the relationship and in October 2014, she called the police for a domestic disturbance. Alex put on his police uniform. Priscilla was afraid of retribution, so she acted first, sending an email to Police Chief Frank Adderly saying there were racists in his outfit.   That prompted an internal affairs investigation.

In late January, Alvarez resigned before the investigation was completed and before he had to make a sworn statement about the allegations. The investigation also involved 3 other officers who last week, were terminated from…

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