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TYPHOON HAIYAN | The White House

TYPHOON HAIYAN

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.

According to USAID, the storm affected an estimated 9.7 million people, and damaged or destroyed approximately 23,200 houses, as well as public infrastructure and agricultural land. Those numbers are expected to increase in the coming days as more information becomes available.

How You Can Help

The best way to help those affected by disasters is to make a cash donation to reputable relief and charitable organizations working in the disaster zone.

Contact the Center for International Disaster Information to learn where to donate

On the web: www.cidi.org

By phone: 202-821-1999

Visit the following sites for lists of organizations responding to Typhoon Haiyan.

DISASTER RESPONSE UPDATES

As President Obama said in a statement this weekend, the U.S. government is providing $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to benefit typhoon-affected populations, including the provision of emergency shelter, food assistance, relief commodities, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team and a corresponding Washington, D.C.- based Response Management Team, and other humanitarian groups including the International Red Cross and the United Nations have also deployed response teams.

There are more links, highlights and a video of President Obama speaking about the aid the US government has sent and also referring people to the site linked below to find ways to personally send help.

I am, and I know many of you are also, praying for everyone involved including family members in other parts of the world who are worried or grieving. I thought the info and links the white house staff provided might be useful to share here.

Blessings,

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http://m.whitehouse.gov/typhoon?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email261-video&utm_campaign=typhoon


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Truthout Daily Digest November 16, 2013

The “Golden State’s” Brutal Past Through Native Eyes

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: While indigenous people around the planet battle poverty and capitalist intrusions on their land and into their culture, in California, the most basic hurdle in self-determination – federal recognition – is blocked. Specifics of California history make it impossible for many to meet federal criteria.

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Obama Gets More Time for Iran Nuclear Deal

Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service: The Obama administration appears to have succeeded in preventing Congress from enacting new sanctions against Iran before the next round of nuclear-related talks between the US and other great powers and Tehran scheduled for Geneva Nov. 20.

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Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here’s 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive

Kathleen Ann Bradley, Yes! Magazine: Two years ago today, when Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccotti Park, many wondered what was next for the movement. Two years later, we profile five projects that got their starts in the encampments and are still making change today.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: More than 3000 Americans Are Facing Life in Prison for Nonviolent Offenses, and More

On today‘s On the News segment: Wikileaks published a complete draft of the “intellectual property rights” chapter of the TPP, and it poses a serious risk to free speech and information access; Republican lawmakers want to balance the federal budget on the backs of poor and middle class Americans; The Harrisburg Patriot & Union Newspaper has finally issued an apology for an editorial dismissing the importance of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; and More.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

Lyme Disease Community Blows the Whistle on Corruption Within the CDC

Jessica Bernstein, Truthout: The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that Lyme disease statistics are 10 times higher than previously thought, at the same time as development of a Lyme disease vaccine from which CDC staffers will profit. The Lyme community has banded together to expose the CDC and their corrupt mistreatment of those suffering from the disease.

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The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Dissident Voice: With two major blows to the TPP this week, Zeese and Flowers are urging activists to come together and “stand in solidarity [to] defeat these agreements and end the era of rigged corporate trade.”

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Racially Engineering the Pseudo-White Barbie

Sean Posey, The Hampton Institute: While the late 1980’s and 1990’s was a time in hip hop that praised the afro-centric black female,today‘s music scene has given way to a new crop of racially ambiguous performers representing the rise of the Pseudo-White Barbie.

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Trading Women for Profit

Graham Peebles, Redress Information & Analysis: While the act of buying and selling is at the heart of the American economy, the painful reality of modern capitalism can be found in the massive inequality that leaves people vulnerable to exploitation, exemplified by modern slavery, better known as human trafficking.

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Greatest Hits-Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Youth Speakin’ for Themselves

Staff, Making Contact National Radio Project: Spoken word, the love child of hip-hop and poetry, is the chosen form of expression for many oftoday‘s urban youth. Making contact talks to the poets and students of Youth Speaks, from their annual event in honor of another master orator, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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ALEC Considering Law to Weaken 17th Amendment

Read the Article at Salon

California Protects Wage-Theft Whistleblowers

Read the Article at In These Times

Vulnerable Dems Revolt on ObamaCare Vote

Watch the Video at The Hill

Chomsky’s Right: The New York Times’ Latest Big Lie

Read the Article at Salon

Trans-Pacific Partnership Opponents Score Major Victory

Read the Article at In These Times

Jeremy Hammond: FBI Directed My Attacks on Foreign Government Sites

Read the Article at The Guardian

Central African Republic Needs Aid Not Weapons

Read the Article at Mint Press News


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The Oracle Report Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Saturday: Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, analyze, prepare, digest, cleanse

Sunday: Full Moon Phase: realization, illumination, shadow, fulfillment, experience

Moon: Taurus/Gemini

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala

Saturday’s energy gifts us with the power of penetrating insight. As we approach Sunday’s Full Moon, we have full light to gain clarity with matters. It’s a rich lux, not a cold, stark one. It envelopes us rather than blinds us.
We are in a lunar month that is considered to be like a long Full Moon. This means we come under double Full Moon energy this weekend. The best part of this is that it takes us into new territory. It will be nice to shift out of the intense Venus-Pluto energy that has dominated the past week and has shaken relationships to their core. We can sweep that all behind us. To facilitate this, shift focus from the material world of the matrix, which feeds consumerism, to the material world of nature, which feeds harmony. Consumerism reinforces feelings of lack while nature reinforces feelings of abundance. Nature makes us whole.

Gaia-Sophia has many faces and this month she wears the face of Kamala, the Lotus Goddess and the Goddess of Limitlessness. When we enter new mental and emotional territory, the possibilities are limitless. Like the petals of the lotus, we open to possibilities. We allow space to enter and weave through our lives. We carry hope.

Gaia-Sophia beckons us to join her in her grand vision for humanity by falling back in love with the experience of life. Do you want to? This means that you accept your plight as it is, operating from a higher perspective that it is all a dream within a dream. Can you release yourself to find beauty, regardless of where it’s mired? The lotus grows from the mud uncontaminated. It aims for fulfillment – for beauty. We do as well.

A thing of beautywas created by wise owl Szabi. It is the new Oracle Report logo. But it is much more than that. It’s a mandala that weaves its own magic. Print it off, color it, and dream a dream…

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MESSAGES FROM ANN & THE ANGELS November 16, 2013

MESSAGE FROM ANN

Hi Everyone, 
By normal human standards, the day I channeled this newsletter could easily have been labeled a “bad” day. I had planned to do my newsletter, run errands, and have a few repairmen over for simple repairs. Instead I couldn’t get the angels to give me their half of the newsletter at all. Nothing came when I sat down to channel, so I gave up and did some long-needed work around the house. An hour before the repair guys came, I went to run errands and discovered my car had a totally flat tire. While inflating it as best I could, I called the repairmen, who kindly re-scheduled, then drove to the tire repair place, praying for safety all the way. The tire guys were completely sweet and accommodating, and fixed the flat in record time. I was pretty happy with how I’d handled the situation. I thought I was done with the day’s surprises until one of the repairmen came in to give me his estimate. “I have bad news,” he said. “Just news,” I told myself, resolving to handle even this with grace. He proceeded to list all the things wrong and quoted me a price for repairs that in the past would have made me pass out or at least have serious heart palpitations. I dropped into my heart, felt the guidance, and simply said, “OK, lets schedule the repair.” He looked at me, “Are you sure?” he asked. “Yes I replied. God will provide. I just asked Him.” “OK,” he replied, then continued. “You know I don’t do many service calls anymore but you’ve been a good, positive client, and I’m going to come out and repair it myself. All the younger guys come to me to ask questions and since this is such a complicated repair I want it done right.” “Thank you,” I replied with great sincerity. Inwardly I prayed, “Thank you God.” Had I hesitated to schedule the repair for fear of how I’d pay for it, someone less experienced would have been sent to do the work. Once again I felt the love of God – not the stress usually associated with big bills and less-than-desirable surprises.I was still praying with gratitude when suddenly incredible warmth and streams of blissful energy started flowing through my heart and then through my entire body. I felt as if a river of love was pouring through and around every cell. As I opened my heart even further, the flow got so strong that I was nearly dizzy. It was blissful, breathtaking, and pleasurable beyond any energy I have ever felt. It flowed through me from the inside out and made me feel intensely alive. It felt like love, but way more than the love we human beings associate with love. It was part of my being, flowing through my being, and yet I felt I was also flowing through it. I have very few words to accurately describe the beauty of the experience. This continued for over four hours . At times I thought I would burst, but instead I surrendered more deeply, felt more flow, more warmth, and more bliss. After awhile I didn’t even feel as if my body was solid. I felt myself as pure light. At long last I begged God to slow it down. I was hungry and needed to cook dinner. I had forgotten all about the newsletter until the angels started dictating it to me so quickly I had to leave dinner in the oven and run to the computer to type it all in.All this occurred because I have been choosing – over and over again – to interpret life in the light of truth. In recent months, I’ve fallen badly twice, had accidents, needed repairs, had flat tires, been the target of people’s upsets, and more. In every case I’ve chosen, using free will to focus on the fact that God’s love is present and available in any given situation, just waiting to be seen, recognized, and felt. Focusing on the love helped me heal my body, hear my guidance, handle the challenges, and best of all feel this love in ways I never dreamed or imagined. When I wrote Love is the River, I had no idea I’d feel the River of Love quite like this!In my Magical Self Love class we do some powerful exercises that illustrate the point of today’s newsletter – life happens and we are the ones who decide how it will be interpreted. I choose these days, to interpret reality through the filters of God’s love, provision, and care. You can too!This week, try to focus on the love that is and always has been there for all of us. Look for it, imagine it if you must, and affirm it every where you see it. Living this way allows you to hear your heart, handle difficult situations more easily, and avoid attracting further negativity. It helps you see the proverbial “silver lining” in the clouds, because the sunshine of God’s love is always there, just waiting to burn off the darkness when we choose to focus on the light.Life happens…. Why not interpret it in a way that makes you feel amazing!Have a beautiful week!I love you all,Ann 

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Life just is… we interpret it.

Do you see the thorns or the flowers? If we choose powerful and positive interpretation of life, we are happier.

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MESSAGE FROM THE ANGELS
AngelsMy dear friends, we love you so very much.

Life just “is” and you get to choose how you experience and label it. You get to label life as “good” or “bad,” “right” or “wrong,” “desirable” or “deplorable.” Through the way you choose to interpret the simple facts of life, you get to create a happy or a sad experience of reality.

Most of your labels were programmed into you in early childhood. You can choose to change them. What if, for example, every time you spilled the milk, your parents said to you, “Oh how pretty! Look at all that white liquid running all over! I wonder if we can mop it up quickly! Here let us see who can clean this up faster! Ready, set, go!” What if every time you made a so-called mistake, those around you said, “Congratulations! You made a mistake! You have taken a risk! You are learning! We are so proud of you!” What if everytime someone was angry at you, those around said to you, “Oh I’m so sorry that this person is hurting so much that they had to take their anger out on you. Let us join our hands and hearts and pray that they feel better soon.” We offer these suggestions, dear ones, to help you see that most of your interpretations of life were given to you in childhood. Now, you as adults, get to choose whether or not they make you happy.

Next time something upsets you, ask yourself, “What are the facts of the situation? Can I choose an interpretation that makes me feel better? Can I choose to label this situation in such a way that it empowers me, rather than steals my God given right to feel love in this moment? Can I look at my normal conditioning and decide if that is what I want to keep… or would I rather create a different interpretation of reality?”

The sun rises every morning. You get to choose if that is a positive experience or not. “Oh look, that horrible blinding light is coming through my windows shining into my eye and waking me up,” or “Oh how beautiful that warm sun feels on my face, bringing life, awakening my spirit into this new day, a brand new chance to create a brand new reality.”

A loving interpretation of reality, dear ones, is the best interpretation of all.

God Bless You! We love you so very much.


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Ronnie Cummins ~ Did the Anti-GMO Movement Really Lose in Washington?

Thank you Laura! I love it that people are learning to work together against mutual problems even if they do not all agree on everything. Whether the points of disagreement are tactics or separate issues, the only way we can overcome the corruption and control of fascism is to come together transcending differences.

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Thanks to Mitch for sending me the link to the excellent article copied below my initial comments. I appreciate the way Ronnie Cummins evaluates GMO labeling from a multi-tiered perspective that also recognizes these corporations’ attempts to circumvent all local and state labeling or banning laws. As I have mentioned many times before, I view GMO’s as one of the most pressing issues facing us today, with threats to health, to ecology, food security via genetic drift of inferior, corrupted genes … and with challenges to addressing these threats like: cognitive dissonance, Stockholm Syndrome, denial, public ignorance, and the outmatched funds, lobbyists and thug forces of evil corporations like Monsanto. With all that complexity, we need multiple, simultaneous strategies.

But we also need to be smart, because the corporate fascists would love to give certain factions of government an excuse to declare Martial Law. Executive orders and international treaties…

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The manuscript of survival – part 370

Thank you Aisha! Good to know it’s not just me. 🙂

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As you have perhaps already ascertained, this quickening comes in many shapes and forms, and for some of you, it has been almost overpowering at times. Again, we hasten to remind you all that even if you at times may feel like you are down on your knees, unable to even think about getting up again, you are not being driven further down by these energetic shifts that keep battering you ceaselessly. No, you are simply being elevated further in vibration with every single blast of these energetic missiles, but still, it might not be as easy to remind yourself of this selfsame truth. For many will be struggling with themselves now, and so, it can be hard not to look into the seeming abyss in front of you and think that you are heading ever deeper into it. But this is not an abyss dear ones, no matter how…

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Plants of The Mojave II: The Anneberg Gardens~

Thank you Cindy! I had no idea there were gardens in America based on Van Gogh. I love the way you captured the vividness of the colors.

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There are reflecting ponds everywhere.

Sunnylands, the former Annenberg estate in Palm Springs California, is now open for public tours. The 200 acre desert estate consists of 9 acres of formally designed desert landscape, with 53,000 drought tolerant plants. Join me for a tour.

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Sunnylands was designed by landscape architect James Burnett at the behest of Leonore Annenberg. It was modeled after Van Gogh’s 1889 painting, Olive Trees.

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The gardens are laid out in a precise geometric grid and are completely flat. This would not be my choice for a desert garden, as I prefer the rolling, random-look, of natural desert landscapes, but the effect are sometimes striking.

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The garden was designed with plants selected so that something would be blooming year round.

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An amazing variety of of desert plants are growing here.

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And despite the geometric-grid design, there is the peaceful feel of the Impressionists here.

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Cheers to you…

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