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Truthout Daily Digest November 24, 2013

US is Faced With a Feverish Populism of Anger and Hatred

Michael Kimmel, Nation Books: In an excerpt from his book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, Michael Kimmell examines the angry white male as a major force in the ferocious efforts to return the United States to a patriarchal society.

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Land to be Usurped and Votes to be Bought: The Pre-Election Honduran Landscape

Andalusia Knoll, Truthout: Ahead of Honduras’ first legitimate election since 2005, Andalusia Knoll takes a look at the country embroiled in violence – particularly against indigenous people – since a 2008 coup.

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Paradise Lost: Truthout Interviews Mike Ludwig on Hawaii’s Fight Against GMOs

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Mike Ludwig discusses his latest article on genetically modified organisms and how Hawaii is fighting against being a laboratory for the biotech industry.

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Obama Hails Geneva Accord as First in Decade to Roll Back Iran’s Nuclear Program

Anita Kumar and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers: Iran and six world powers announced they had reached an interim agreement that would for the first time roll back portions of Iran’s nuclear program on the promise that some economic sanctions against Iran would be eased.

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ALEC’s “Nuclear Option” to Kill the Affordable Care Act

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing a new “Obamacare kill bill” to thwart implementation of the Affordable Care Act on the state level by threatening to strip insurers of their licenses if they accept the federal subsidies to which they are entitled.

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Why African Farmers Do Not Want GMOs

Million Belay and Bern Guri, Truthout: Agribusinesses and allies call for spreading GMOs in Africa to address hunger. The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa opposes this false solution, calling for a farmer-led movement to spread proven sustainable farming practices.

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Fact Check: Social Security Does Not Increase the Deficit

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: While the American people have stood their ground against Social Security cuts, Washington has still not gotten the message. Lynne Paramore debunks the so called “facts” about Social Security’s affect on our national debt.

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School of Assassins Faces Protest, Congressional De-Funding

John LaForge, Huntington News: Thousands gather for a massive rally at Ft. Benning in the ongoing campaign to shut down the US Army School of the Americas which serves as a notorious training operation for Latin American officers and soldiers.

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Learning to Live in the Anthropocene

Peter Rugh,Occupy.com: “Movements that push for an alternative, more just, sustainable and democratic future are needed…The Anthropocene Epoch demands that we learn to live without killing and exploiting each other…It also demands that the voices of billions of poor and working peoples who stand on the front lines of climate change be heard,” writes Rugh on the future of the Environmental movement.

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This week in SpeakOut:

Warren Reed discusses how widening inequality in the US has hindered growth since the economic downturn; David Swanson details how citizens can fight drone warfare – which affects us all here and abroad – at the state and local level; Brad Parker writes that that Israel must acknowledge its “military occupation where systemic discrimination and persistent human rights violations are deeply entrenched and impunity reigns;” Paul N. Avakian gives a satirical look at the mass genocide case against Efraín Ríos Mont in Guatemala; and more.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Calls Iran Deal “Historic Mistake”

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Filibuster Change Clears Path for Obama Climate Regs Crackdown

Read the Article at The Hill

Stop Whining, Centrists: Bipartisanship is a Myth That’s Never Existed

Read the Article at Salon

In Immigration Battle, Advocates for Overhaul Single Out Republicans

Read the Article at The New York Times

Honduras Presidential Campaign Shakes Up the Status Quo

Read the Article at The LA Times

City, State Seek to Shut Down Petcoke Pile

Read the Article at The Chicago Tribune

Seniors Are Getting Systematically Screwed By How We Pay Social Security — And It’s Been Happening For Years

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WTF is happening in Warsaw?

Thank you for sharing this. I just started reading a book called Cows Save the Planet about how our climbing ppm of atmospheric carbon, our increasing temperatures and our depleted soils and all they affect re human health and global hunger problems are all different facets of the problem which is better described as a human caused disruption of the natural carbon cycle.
Carbon in soils is great-in the atmosphere not so great.
Turns out nature has ways of returning our carbon mess to the soil where it belongs and we can stop blocking and start working with and assisting those methods in order to prevent the catastrophe we are barreling toward (oil pun intended:-)
We don’t have to wait for governments and corporations to do the right thing. We can start creating and enacting solutions while we keep pushing them to get on board:-)

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North Point Astrology Journal November 25 toDecember 1, 2013 Pam Younghans

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Today’s photo: Auroras fill the sky over Arjeplog, Lapland, Northern Sweden on November 15, 2013 (photo by Nenne Åman, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

IF YOU are working with a strong Chiron transit this year, you may be experiencing a healing crisis in some form. Chiron just went direct last week (on Nov 19), and so is moving very slowly right now, focusing its energy on very specific areas of our charts and our lives.
For those who may not know what ahealing crisis is, a medical definition of the term reads: “A temporary worsening of symptoms before the patient improves.” Although specifically referring to physical conditions, we can also experience a healing crisis on emotional, mental or spiritual levels.
CHIRON is an interesting mythological character. His physical form is that of a centaur — half man, half horse. And yet, he is also an immortal, which means he is much more than “just” a man.
As we work with any Chiron transit, we are working with themes represented by this paradoxical amalgam of creature, human, and spirit. We are asked to use our self-awareness (human) to elevate our instinctive, fear-based reactions (beast) and transform them to their higher vibration (spirit), so that we may experience healing and renewal. We may be especially aware of what is needed in this regard next Saturday, when Chiron squares the Sun.
THIS IS THE WEEK that comet ISON will be closest to the Sun (it will be at perihelion on Thursday, November 28). Its anticipated path takes it so close to the Sun that the comet will be under extreme pressure. Astronomers do not know if it will survive and continue on its journey, or if it will perish in the high temperatures (think Icarus).
If ISON does survive its fly-by, astronomers say that it will “whip around” the Sun and be flung back into space at a different angle. It will then pass closest to the Earth on December 26, leaving a trail of debris that our planet will pass through in mid-January. This passage through the debris field will bring us up-close and personal with the wild-card energies that ISON represents. But only, of course, if it survives that close encounter with the Sun this week.
To keep in touch with what’s happening with ISON in the days ahead, I recommend visiting Karl Battam’s blog. He writes clearly and with humor — nice traits, especially for an astrophysicist!
SATURN AND MERCURY align in Scorpio on Monday, the third time the two planets have aligned in the past seven weeks, due to Mercury’s retrograde (backward-motion) phase. This three-time transit implies that our thoughts have been very focused on one particular issue for this time period, as we’ve tried to search out causes, purposes, and solutions.
Along the way, we may have been dealing with our own shadow in some form — the fears and patterns that are ready to be transmuted. As Saturn and Mercury complete their tango this week, we may find that we are also able to complete and move on from some issue that has had us feeling stuck.
FOR THOSE in the U.S. (or elsewhere) who celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, we have a nice Jupiter-Venus opposition in effect that morning. Any time these two “benefic” planets get together, even in opposition to each other, they do their best to create ease and a celebrative environment. It’s a good thing it’s a holiday for many, since we wouldn’t feel much like working anyway.
The main issues to be aware of, especially with Jupiter in Cancer (which rules the stomach and family) are twofold: overeating, a common malady already for this holiday; and over-defensiveness, a (sad-but-true) common reaction at family get-togethers.
NEXT WEEKEND has some contradictory influences. On the one hand, we have a Uranus-Sun trine, which encourages adventures and generosity. This aspect will get us out the door and help us shake off some of the holiday hangover, if needed.
On the other hand, we have that Chiron-Sun square mentioned earlier, and a couple of challenging (but relatively minor) aspects to Mercury. Taking all of this into account, we definitely want to take advantage of the inspiration and energy that are available — but at the same time, we will want to watch our words (and the road we’re driving on), since it could be easy to get into a fender-bender, literally or figuratively.
THANK YOU to everyone who responded to my request last week for meditations to connect with our future selves! I received so many emails on the subject that after adding information about two sources as a comment on my blog, I had to decide not to add any more — only so much time available, and I always want to check out every suggestion thoroughly before recommending them to you.
My apologies to those who don’t see their suggestion listed, and my gratitude for your offer.
And, while I’m thinking about it –THANK YOU to everyone who reads this journal. Each of you is part of my larger family, and I appreciate your trust and your support, and the community we create together.
Many blessings,


NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read my recent blog posting, “ISON synchronicities,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!

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Balance and Harmony in Male – Female Relationships is Needed SaLuSa and Sananda 24 Nov. 2013 by Multidimensional

Thank you Laura!

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  1. Balance and Harmony in Male – Female Relationships is Needed SaLuSa and Sananda 24 Nov. 2013 by Multidimensional
    Dear ones, we come again after a long pause through this channel to speak of the worldly events and heart events on the horizon and that which needs to be considered in the times ahead of you now.
    We wish to remind you that there is much need for love and compassion on your Earth, espe…cially around this time of the year. Have generous and gracious thoughts towards those in needs, especially towards the children in deprived areas, in war zones, and those suffering malnutrition and disease. We would ask you to send them your love and financial support when possible. The smallest thing would make a difference, even if it is only buying a nice toy for your neighbour’s child or the child of a friend who is in need.

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October 2013 Sunspots: Huge Jump!

Thank you for posting this. It will be interesting to see what happens with the strange ‘quadrapole’ effect as the sun shifts polarity that was reported a few months ago, and the potential repeat of the Maunder Minimum that could possibly mitigate some of the global temperature increase.

Inform The Pundits!

The monthly International Sunspot Number from the Solar Information Data Center (SIDC) of the Royal Observatory of Belgium is out.

It shot way, way up to 85.6 from last month’s lowly 36.9! It’s the largest single monthly change in spots this cycle. Monthly sunspot numbers go up and down like a yo-yo.

The big news is that the southern hemisphere sunspot average – 55.6 – hit its highest level yet this cycle. The northern hemisphere count is an expected 30 spots.

Only one scientist comes close to predicting the sun’s current behavior. He is Dr. Leif Svalgaard. This month’s giant leap in sunspot activity was anticipated by Svalgaard who compares current behavior to similar behavior during Cycle 14 a hundred years ago.

But Svalgaard knows more… MUCH more.

The sun is undergoing a fundamental transformation that will affect Earth’s near-term future. Just how much is a matter of…

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Mount Sinabung volcano erupts eight times in a few hours sending thousands fleeing from fallen rocks | News.com.au

Mount Sinabung volcano erupts eight times in a few hours sending thousands fleeing from fallen rocks

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  • November 24, 2013 8:09PM

Mount Sinabung spews smoke above Tigapancur village in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Picture: Ulet Ifansasti

Mount Sinabung spews smoke above Tigapancur village in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Picture: Ulet Ifansasti

A VOLCANO in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, “raining down rocks” over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

Mount Sinabung has been erupting on and off since September, but went into overdrive late on Saturday and early Sunday, repeatedly spewing out red-hot ash and rocks up to eight kilometres into the air.

Several thousand people left their homes overnight, taking the total number of those who have fled since the volcano rumbled to life to around 12,300, said the national disaster agency on Sunday.

Farmers ride their motorcycle along a road after Mount Sinabung erupted. Picture: Kharisma Tarigan

Farmers ride their motorcycle along a road after Mount Sinabung erupted. Picture: Kharisma Tarigan”People panicked last night as the eruption was accompanied by a loud thunderous sound and vibrations. Then it started raining down rocks,” said local government official Robert Peranginangin.

“They ran helter-skelter out of their homes and cried for help.”

He added there were no known casualties from the latest eruptions.

Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash into the air in Karo, "raining down rocks" over a large area and forcing thousands to flee t

Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash into the air in Karo, “raining down rocks” over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes. Picture: Ivan Damanik

The volcanology agency raised the alert level for the volcano, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, to the highest point on a four-stage scale, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent or under way.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the government was calling for people living within five kilometres of the volcano to leave their homes.

An ash covered man works at a coffee plantation in Guru Kinayan village, located less than 3km from Mount Sinabung. Picture: Ule

An ash covered man works at a coffee plantation in Guru Kinayan village, located less than 3km from Mount Sinabung. Picture: Ulet Ifansasti

Sinabung, one of dozens of active volcanoes in Indonesia which straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire”, erupted in September for the first time since 2010.

In August five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted.

The country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010.

People look as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke above Tigapancur village. Picture: Ulet Ifansasti

People look as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke above Tigapancur village. Picture: Ulet Ifansasti


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Truthout Daily Digest November 23, 2013

My Charmed Life in the Tax Wars

Gerald E Scorse, Truthout: Scorse describes how one private citizen succeeded in effecting a major change in the law for capital gains reporting.

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Military Aid Gets A Partial Pass on Foreign Assistance Transparency Push

Cora Currier, ProPublica: While the Senate still fights for transparency from the US military on the subject of foreign military contributions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently approved a compromise: A bill that requires the administration to develop standards for all aid, but allows for more flexibility on military aid.

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Running Off to War

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: John Feffer explains the “messy origins of the Israel,” saying that historically “terrorists and other extremists helped create the modern state of Israel and continued to operate even after that state came into existence.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Majority Rule Finally Returns to the US Senate as Democrats, and More

On today‘s On the News segment: According to a new report by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, shale drilling has produced far fewer jobs than industry supporters claimed; A new law in Hawaii bans biotech companies and farmers from growing genetically modified organisms; Senator Rand Paul says he’s trying to make amends with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and More.

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New Senate Rules Won’t Cure All the Delay and Disharmony

Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers: While some believe the diminished filibuster will encourage presidents to nominate more controversial candidates, Michael Doyle argues that Senate rules provide other ways beyond the now-curtailed filibuster to obstruct nominees.

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A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: Young activists in Switzerland have plutocrats hyperventilating – and spending a fortune – to beat back a ballot initiative that would establish a legal limit on the pay gap between top execs and their workers.

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Blocking NATO to Stop Drones

Ashfaq Yusufzai, Inter Press Service: Upping the ante against US drone attacks in Pakistan, celebrated cricketer-turned-political leader Imran Khan has threatened to block NATO supplies to Afghanistan through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where his party leads a coalition government.

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Jews Show Solidarity with Immigrants in the Fight for Immigration Reform

Amy B Dean, Tikkun: Jewish activists around the country have mobilized to push Congress to pass an immigration reform package that would put an end to families being separated by deportation and establish a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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South Koreans on Jeju Island and the Afghan Peace Volunteers Say “No!” to US Military Bases

Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and Hakim, Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Peace activists in the US and South Korea discuss their shared solidarity in saying ‘No!’ to the US war apparatus in Afghanistan and South Korea.

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Atomic States of America: The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Energy

Staff, Making Contact National Radio Project: While countries like Japan, Italy and Germany begin to phase out their use of nuclear energy, the US aims to build the first new nuclear power plant in nearly thirty years. New film The Atomic States of America, chronicles the rise of nuclear energy, the high price some communities have paid for it, and how the US is pushing to redefine nuclear as green to meet our energy demand.

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Rush Limbaugh: Filibuster Reform is Like Rape

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Healthcare Is So Horrible Here that Thousands Rely on Free Clinics-And You’re Fined if You Don’t Use Prescription Drugs

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White House, Allies Weigh Nomination Strategy Under New Senate Rules

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Elizabeth Warren on Social Security: “It’s Values, Not Math”

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Joins Troubling US Trend: Too Many Empty Freshman Seats

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The Walmartization of Aerospace & the Race to the Bottom

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Multi-Millionaire CEOs Hatch Plans to Cut Social Security While Compiling Massive Nest Eggs of Their Own

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Easy Peach and Vanilla Jam Recipe

This sounds so good. Thank you for sharing it. I wonder if it would work with carambola instead of peaches? I am ecstatic about your jar prep and sealing as the thing preventing jam making has been lack if a stove to put a giant pot to boil the full jars in (I have a portable hotplate/burner). Jam size jars will fit in a toaster oven tho so this is a jam-piphany!:-)

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“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.”

“It must come sometime to jam today,” Alice objected.

“No it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every other day. Today isn’t any other day, you know.”

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Have you ever made jam? Most people seem to think it’s some kind of messy and terrifying endeavour, but honestly, if you follow a few simple steps jam making is easy and satisfying, even for beginner cooks!

Today’s recipe is for a delicious peach and vanilla jam. The vanilla gives a lovely smoothness to the flavour, and the end result is like sunshine in a jar.

I have been kept in an abundance of peaches and nectarines this season from all of my friends with orchards. Our own orchard is predominantly citrus, so when citrus season comes the favour is returned with boxes of oranges, mandarins and…

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