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Truthout Daily Digest November 28, 2013


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William Rivers Pitt | Black Thursday: Thanksgiving in the Consumer Wasteland

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “Pretty much every employee of all the companies that have chosen to steal Thanksgiving will be forced to sacrifice their holiday and smile at sweaty, aggressive lunatics who actually think shopping on Thanksgiving is a positive good.”

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The Courage of Malala: Shot for Advocating Education for Girls

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Perhaps the value of the full development of women in a non-patriarchal society, of the wisdom that they contribute to resolving world conflicts, can best be exemplified by what Malala Yousafzai recently told President Obama: “Drone attacks are fueling terrorism.”

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Art and Social Change

Michael Pirsch and Francois May: OnNovember 20, 2013, about 100 Thai artists gathered at the main protest site on Ratchadamnoen Road in Bangkok to express their feelings about the current situation in Thailand. Michael Pirsch and Francois May capture the color and passion of the scene.

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Five Ways to Support Striking Walmart Workers

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Walmart strikes are occurring around the country, but you need not be one of the company’s under-compensated employees to participate. Here are five ways you can support Walmart workers in their quest for economic justice.

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The 1961 JFK Speech That Kicked the American Dream Into High Gear

Katherine Smith, The People’s Voice: Our consumer society didn’t just happen; it was planned. And our American dream of shopping for useless toxic stuff, an environmental nightmare, went into high gear after JFK was killed in 1963.

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Senate Majority Invokes “Democracy Option”

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: The US Senate changed their rules to partially end the filibuster, invoking what some refer to as the so-called “nuclear option.” The rule change, which will permit an up-or-down majority vote on all presidential nominations for executive and judicial office, is better described as the “democracy option.”

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New Tax Return Shows Karl Rove’s Group Spent Even More on Politics Than It Said

Kim Barker, ProPublica: New tax documents indicate Karl Rove’s group Crossroads spent at least $85.7 million on political activities in 2012, not the $74.5 million reported to the Internal Revenue Service. That’s about 45 percent of its total expenditures.

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How Can We Help America’s Opportunity Youth? Five Lessons Learned in New Orleans

Nell Abernathy, Next New Deal: In New Orleans, 23 percent of young people between the ages of 18-24 are out of work and out of school, compared to a national average of 16 percent. Expert academics and practitioners weigh in on how we, as a country, can tackle this pressing challenge.

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Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs

David Swanson, War Is a Crime: In Switzerland a petition from 100,000 people, or about 1.25 percent of the population, creates a public referendum. By this means, last March, Swiss voters created strict limits on executive pay.

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Can President Obama Do More to Stop Deportations?

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: During a speech, President Obama was talking about comprehensive immigration reform. President Obama was interrupted, though, by a guest who was a part of the White House-approved backdrop. The young man shouted to the president that he should halt deportation. The Real News takes a look at what unfolded.

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Japan Eagerly Watches as a Brand New Island Forms

S.E. Smith, Care2: Japan is famous for its seismic activity, including numerous volcanoes scattered along the island nation, but sometimes those volcanoes get a bit more rambunctious than usual. South of Tokyo in the Ogasawara Islands, one such volcano is explosively giving birth to a new island.

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The Oracle Report Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Third Quarter Moon Phase: realign, revise, reorient, take responsibility

Moon: Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala, the Lotus Goddess, Goddess of Kundalini, Goddess of Assurance

AUDIO UPDATE 11/24/2013

Today is experienced very differently than it has been in the past. The “return of the kings” – the return of the sacred masculine – makes for a different type of Thanksgiving here in the US, but it provides very interesting data for everyone to observe.
Because of the enslavement of human consciousness and subsequent disconnect from nature, when families of origin are brought together, oftentimes tensions arise. Old issues surface, values differences clash, and competitiveness raises its ugliest head.

This year is not like that because the sacred masculine is dissolving those issues. Situations, things, and people that usually bother us, simply seem to not matter as much.

The main cause of this is the opening of the heart – like a lotus – providing room for everyone’s persepectives, thus defusing traditional conflicts. An open heart is rooted with the earth, so nothing is threatening. In fact, the open heart of the sacred masculineneutralizesthreats.

This is all a bit strange and foreign to us. So we allow lots of space for things to reshuffle and resettle. And we welcome the shift. This is a fabulous development in the Story of Humanity and Sophia. Her warriors have been called up and are overpowering “ugliness” by virtue of the strength of their hearts. It doesn’t involve fighting in the usual sense. It involves out-vibrating. Ugliness simply can’t stand up to it. It dissolves and then is neutralized.

The sacred masculine knows what is acceptable and unacceptable in the order of nature, and, with assurance, refuses anything otherwise. Those deviant things then fall away. All of this causes people (not just men because we all have the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine as parts of us, but it is primarily noticeable among men) to behave differently, to make different choices, and to take different perspectives. Again, we allow lots of space for things to reshuffle and resettle because all of it is building a new framework or structure for life.

I hope people are taking notes or journaling during all of this. The chronicle of how this happened for us will be of intense interest in the future and will be the source of creative projects. Believe me when I say these are momentous times.


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Thanksgiving Prayer, Native America, and gratitude.

I am reblogging this for Thanksgiving:-) Also because despite it being true and necessary to deal with, I’d rather not have the harsh and sadbe the headline of the day. In spite of all the negative things in the past and present, there is always more to be grateful for. That is something our ancestors who lived through so much horror took great efforts to teach us. We should not forget, nor allow the violations to stand but neither should any of us of any race, culture or nation internalize or become the horror, grief or guilt. Truth and Reconciliation much like ho’oopono and circle justice, is about healing all involved; restoring wholeness to the circle of life. We must tell the truth, accept the truth and move into healing and renewal of our world. The old world of violence, power over and genocide is ending. We are in the fires of death and rebirth of worlds.
Let us today pray for healing and give thanks for all the blessings and joy now present or coming into our lives.
We can focus on what we Do want-a beautiful loving, joyful and abundant future for All living beings and give thanks to our ancestors who gave so much so that we could be alive in this magical time of rebirth and renewal when so many hidden truths are revealed and structures of domination destroyed.

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I received this is email from NARF (Native American Rights Fund). The last part is one version of something I grew up hearing called the Thanksgiving Prayer, tho here it is an “address”.

They also mentioned that November is American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month. If you have an interest in Native Culture many nations and tribes have web sites with lots of info on culture and history, as well as locations and times for things like local museums, cultural fairs, pow wows etc.

I have lots of links to sites on language and culture, will create a page for reference here and hope everyone will post and share any interesting sites they find in the comments;-)

That is something I am personally very thankful for-the internet is a wonderful resource for sharing and learning about one’s own and others cultures, arts, music, food and best of all meeting…

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The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicing

Thank you for sharing this. Very disturbing article, but it contains a great deal of suppressed and hidden history. For those interested in behind tge scenes, insider info this is packed with facts on how we got to where we are now. The elites/1% have always used the people against one another by manipulating fear and desire. And in many cases by using religion falsely. Beware your own fears, hates and prejudices-they are like the metal ring in the nose of the bull to lead you to work for your unseen masters.

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Thank you for sharing this. It is beautiful, both the poem and your words after. I too am grateful for so much. I give thanks to the Mother for all that is, all the wonders of nature, of life and love and all the wonderful beings we share our lives with. I thank each of you who shares your lives and blogs with me so despite living in a bed I feel part of community and society. I am able to learn something new each day.
I thank you all who read my blog and share your time, attention and life with me even tho we are all so far apart in physical space. So many miracles go into making each day!
I wish you all a joyful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT....

**Still I Rise** By the Infamous 1 & Only>> Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still…

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Love is the key to spiritual awareness.

Thank you!

Jesus through John

As Thanksgiving approaches please give thanks for all that is good in your lives. There are truly none among you who do not have something to be thankful for, so go within, to that quiet safe place where you can, if you choose, access your spiritual guides and mentors and ask them to bring to your attention an event or an aspect of your life for which you are eternally grateful.  Then say “Thank you” for it. Just saying thank you is uplifting for you even if you are not feeling very thankful, because it opens you to receive the Love that surrounds you, awaiting your acceptance of Its constantly proffered embrace.

Love is the key to spiritual awareness because all that is spiritual, all that exists, rests in Love.  Love is gentle, kind, compassionate, accepting, forgiving, and yet It is the most powerful energy, the most powerful Will because…

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Elsipogtog Update with Ossie Michelin; Plus First Nations Education in Toronto from Martha Troian

Thank you for posting this!
Everyone please read and share widely. The more people become aware of what is going on with fracking resistance ( and sovereignty violations!) the safer the people on the front lines will be. We cannot let the corporations and the Canadian government get away with these violations.


Journalist Ossie Michelin joined Indigenous Waves this week to update and report on the situation happening in unceded, Mi’kMaq territory of Elsipogtog, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents are protesting Texas based SWN Resources shale gas exploration due to the detrimental impacts to the land and water. Ossie gives us his first hand accounts of some of the RCMP abuses and arrests, the injunctions and the situation on the ground.

We also have our first contribution from segment producer Martha Troian, a short radio documentary on First Nations Education in Toronto.

Ossie Michelin is of mixed Inuit heritage from North West River, Labrador. He has been working for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for about four years. For the last six months he has been covering the Mi’kmaq lead anti fracking movement in New Brunswick and was present last month when RCMP raided the anti fracking barricade in Rexton.

Martha Troian

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