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Truthout Daily Digest December 26, 2013



New Revelation that AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC From Criminal Investigation

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Eric Holder is holding true to his congressional testimony last year that prosecuting banks too big to fail could hurt the economy. The reality is that not holding them criminally responsible destroys financial integrity and ends up in taxpayer bailouts.

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The Best of Jon Stewart’s Battle Against Fox’s Imaginary “War on Christmas”

Read the Article at Truthdig

A Very Adult Social Security Tantrum

Read the Article at In These Times

From Fast Food Strikes to Walmart: 2013 and the Year in Labor

Read the Article at Salon

The Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Politics of the Knights of Columbus

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

For 1.3 Million Long-Term Jobless, Another Step Closer to the Edge

Read the Article at The Washington Post

The Battle Within the Democratic Party

Read the Article at The Atlantic

“Osama bin Laden Is Our President Obama”: The Year on the Fringe

Read the Article at Media Matters for America

Climate Change 2013: Where We Are Now – Not What You Think

Bruce Melton, Truthout: To prevent increasingly dangerous climate change, the public and our leaders must be convinced to act decisively and robustly. As the latest data show, changes are occurring more quickly than scientists have ever predicted, and simple emissions reductions are no longer the answer.

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Year-End Legislation Could Close National Security Loophole, Protect Government Whistleblowers

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A Senate bill that restores due process rights of appeal for those fired federal employees whose jobs are deemed “sensitive” to national security is seen as the return of a longtime protection for potential whistleblowers.

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Dirtiest Oil: Why In Situ Bitumen Extraction Is Dangerous for Canada, the World

Harrison Samphir, Truthout: The Primrose leak contamination of wetlands, forests and the traditional lands of the Beaver Lake Cree and Cold Lake First Nations demonstrates the dangers of in situ bitumen extraction, but also of Canada’s current abusive energy and First Nations policies.

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Pioneers of Media Diversity

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Devorah Heitner’s new book, Black Power TV, describes the pioneering journalists who attempted to provide adequate media representation of African-Americans and made inroads in transforming television from a site of oppression and exclusion to a site for liberation.

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Edward Snowden, Person of the Year

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and a whistleblowing fugitive from American justice have just one thing in common: impact.

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Economic Update: There Are Alternatives

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update/Truthout: Updates on dangers in anti-bacterial soap, South African union starting socialist party, Germans retiring abroad, billionaires’ whims shaping health care. Major discussions of Obamacare and alternatives to capitalist bank scandals. Responses to emails on worker coops in US and on “regulated capitalism.”

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Joo-Hyun Kang: Ending the Stop-and-Frisk Regime

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Joo-Hyun Kang, director of Communities United for Police Reform, says, “Safety doesn’t have to be at the cost of respect and dignity. Our job as activists is to make sure that (Bill de Blasio’s promise of change) doesn’t turn into just something for a campaign.”

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How Do You End Homelessness? If You’re This State, You Offer People Homes

Robin Marty, Care2: For years, Utah has addressed its homeless problem simply by offering apartments to those who lack a home, worrying about the details of the exchange later. The plan, called Housing First, was launched by then Gov. Jon Huntsman and started providing apartments to the homeless in 2005.

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Why Charter Schools Are Foolish Investments for States Facing Economic Challenges

Paul Thomas, AlterNet: A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the state’s investment in charter schools comes as the state struggles to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards.

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California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters, Featuring Erin Brockovich

Emerson Urry, EnviroNews: While speaking with Erin Brokovich, the topic of the worst environmental disasters in California history came up. The following list of the top 10 man-made environmental disasters that California has ever experienced contains some disturbing information.

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Realizations From Killing and Eating an Animal We Raised Ourselves

Aaron and Susan von Frank, Tyrant Farms Blog: “The way we used to source our meat had the same desensitizing effect that many people in our society have developed toward violence. Those aren’t ‘real’ animals we’re buying and eating; they’re cheap chunks of protein.”

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The Oracle Report Thursday, December 26, 2013


Third Quarter Moon Phase: realign, revise, take responsibility

Moon in Libra

Diamond Sky Dakinis Rule This Lunar Month, Not The Mahavidyas

Today’s energy provides us with the raw form of whatever we need. It is up to us to take the raw form and use it wisely. In order to do this, we have to know what we need

For example, a tree provides the raw material – wood – for a variety of things: fuel for heat and light, structures, instruments, etc.

If you need emotional or mental reinforcement right now, you would use your “wood” to support yourself. In other words, you would do things today that are supportive of yourself, your ideas, and your hopes and dreams. In your mind’s eye you could erect supports or beams within your body or outside of your body propping you up.

You may be in need of fuel to keep going. This time of year can be exhausting if we have many commitments. Your wood could be used for a slow burn that keeps the fire going without burning itself out.

You may feel like you are surrounded by darkness. In many ways, this follows the natural order of life right now, at least in the northern hemisphere, where the nights are long. It’s the time when the inner world alights. Your wood could stoke your inner fire – the light that sees us through the darkness.

You may feel the need to build or construct. If so, there is ample material for this.

Over time, fear (particularly fear of the future) and helplessness have been deeply imprinted into today’s energy signature. The gift of raw energy today is to help us repair and rectify ourselves and our course. It’s there to help us transform. What will you do with it?


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2013 Recap: Oh what a year it was!

Thank you Denise!
As always Denise clarifies things many of us have experienced and helps us find the information and lessons.
I really miss the wonderful conversations in the comments on Denise’s posts! If any of you also miss them please feel very free to start discussions here. I may not be as adept a facilitator as Denise but I would love to try. I completely understand why Denise chose to close comments I just miss the wisdom and community that was shared. If it has just moved and you know where could you please post a comment here with a link?
I hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday season!

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Truthout Daily Digest December 25,2013



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Budweiser Buys Naming Rights to Christmas as Drones Hover Over Creche

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GOP Rep. Cites “Pluralism” to Push “Save Christmas” Bill That Excludes All Other Religions

Read the Article at The Raw Story

Santa Claus Acquired by Koch Brothers in Hostile Takeover, Sleigh Runs on Tar Sands Oil

Read the Poem at BuzzFlash

Home for the Holidays Is a DC Shelter

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Bell Ringers: The Salvation Army’s Lowest-Paid, Most-Needed Employees

Read the Article at In These Times

Seinfeld Writer Suggests Rand Paul’s Festivus Rant Made Holiday Uncool

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Christmas in Community

Read the Article at Waging Nonviolence

William Rivers Pitt | Laney’s Christmas

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Seven months ago, Laney Brown was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Recently, she told her family that her last Christmas wish was to hear carolers at her door. On Friday night, a few people arrived outside her door, and then a few thousand.

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Holiday Greeting: No Peace Without Justice

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: At least five areas of blatant injustice warrant the urgent attention of people of good will: poverty wages, immigrant detention, harsh sentencing, Guantanamo and Palestinian oppression.

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Ninety-Nine Years Ago: A Pause in the War on Christmas

David Swanson, War Is a Crime: Frank Richards remembers how officers of both sides of a war came to an unofficial truce during trench warfare on Christmas.

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Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

Amy Fallon, Inter Press Service: It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars.

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On the Front Lines of Class War: Why the Fight for a Livable Wage Is Everyone’s Fight

Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute: Recent developments stemming from ”solidarity unionism,” low-wage worker revolts, and a backlash against neoliberal policies have shown that American workers are beginning to ”rise like lions after slumber.”

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Last Chance for Peace in Syria: Will Obama Sabotage the Geneva II Syria peace talks?

Shamus Cooke, CounterPunch: The “Geneva II” Syrian peace talks have been discussed for months, but there always seems to be an endlessly complicated barrier. Contrary to what the media and politicians say, stopping the mass carnage is sadly easy.

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Imagine if Every Day Were 9/11. For One Community in the US, It Is

Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence: Seven years ago on a crisp December morning, 1,300 undocumented people were arrested in the biggest immigration raid in the history of the US. On the day of the Swift raids, more than 300 US-born children came home to find at least one of their parents gone.

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In Post-Election Honduras, Challenges and Opportunities for the Resistance

Emily Achtenberg, North American Congress on Latin America: With a coordinated oppositional strategy both in the ”halls of power” and in the streets, the anti-coup resistance in Honduras may have an opportunity to curtail the most egregious abuses of economic and political power, and even to advance its own agenda.

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Former Prosecutor Gets Arrested to See the Other Side of US Criminal Justice System

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: The scales of justice guarantee equal protection under the law – at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. In May 2012, a former prosecutor and public defender set out to test that theory for himself, and what he experienced was very instructive.

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Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji: “The History of Materiality Remounts the Time of the History of Matter”

Jérôme Skalski, l’Humanité: Some days before the official presentation of the Nobel Prize in Physics to François Englert and to Peter Higgs for the theory of the so-called Higgs boson, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji, physicist and philosopher, explains what is involved in this discovery and in this human adventure.

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Beyond Plan Colombia: Covert CIA Program Reveals Critical US Role in Killings of Rebel Leaders

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new report has exposed a secret CIA program in Colombia that has helped kill at least two dozen rebel leaders. According to The Washington Post, the program relies on key help from the National Security Agency and is funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget.

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