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President Barack Hussein Obama Hands Bill O’Reilly His Ass On Fox Super Bowl Interview – 2-2-2014

Thank you for sharing this Jueseppi! I love having an intelligent President! Not only does he block the toddler tantrum tactics-he ends up getting Mr HateBomb to admit that Obama is a good guy.

Perhaps no one could have stopped the Koch bros and friends creation of gridlock in government thru corrupt funding but if President Obama keeps modeling the behavior of neutralizing the stupid in public, America might just relearn how to talk to one another and solve problems together-in spite of the oligarchs endless cash flow encouraging us to destroy our nation by hating one another.:-)


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Growing Togetherness Through Decolonization

Thank you for posting this. One of the first and most essential things colonization steals from every people it overtakes is true community. When everythingbis shallow surface interaction, nothing deep or real can happen-so everyone continues feeling empty and unsatisfied.

All the better for getting us to “buy more stuff!!”.

Patience, resilience, compassion, respect- both values and skills that need to be revived in order to heal ourselves, our communities, and our planet.


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98-Year-Old Urban Activist Grace Lee Boggs: “I feel so sorry for people who don’t live in Detroit.”

Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been following this story of the slow rebirth of something far better from the ashes of corporate industrial Detroit since I read about it in the old Whole Earth Review magazine in the early 1990’s.

These innovators of post industrial community-also well represented in South America and the post industrial wreckage in Spain, are leading the way into future we all face sooner, or later.

Even though the climate vagaries of super-drought and rising seas may make some of our futures less rooted, we will all confront the reality of creating community and solutions without funding, government assistance or “the market” to help.

A funny thing about humans is that it appears tg at when life is easy many of them descend to their least positive or functional forms. Conversely, when crisis and difficulty arise humans overall tend to rise to their best selves-they reach out to help one another, they get creative in solving problems.
Perhaps the collapse of industrial society-both capitalism and communism- is the biggest blessing in disguise we’ve ever encountered.


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Beautiful Jamaica. Under Threat.

Thank you for sharing this. I hope with enough international outcry this insane plan can be stopped. Why put such a big shipping center on an island anyway? It will cause such damage and be very vulnerable to hurricanes.

One of my favorite authors Susan Cooper, bb’s write The Dark is Rising series, also write a book called The Green Boy (I think-i may have the title wrong) .
It was about these young brothers on a small island in I believe the Bahamas.

Some similarly destructive development was slated for their island but magic occurred and stopped it during the story.

Today was the worldwide meditation for healing the Leys/energy channels in the land. Perhaps someone there knows the old ways of working with the spirits of the land.
A Chinese company should know better than to destroy natural formations like that anyway. Feng shui is not an interior design fad there but a very ancient science. At least in Hong Kong the businesses who use it well are reported to be more successful. I guess like everywhere there are people who respect traditional knowledge and people who ignore it or mock it.:-/

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I am posting below a few photographs from a magnificent album by Jamaican Max Earle. They are actually stills from a three-minute video, which you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvFs1wqZrAM&feature=share

Just see for yourself. The video was made in the Portland Bight Protected Area, which includes Goat Islands – where China Harbour Engineering Company intend to build a mega-port. Most of these photos were taken in and around Goat Islands. These are Max’s words introducing his photo album on Facebook, which contains many more beautiful images:

I’ve been given the gift of imaging this area of our land that will very soon be no more…forever. The decisions that have been made in the interest of development have been done with no concern for the thousands who live and scrape a living here. As our future unfolds in this way…my heart breaks for my land, and my people.

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Truthout Daily Digest February 2, 2014

Richard D. Wolff | Political Corruption and Capitalism

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: Corruption is endemic to the capitalist system and has not been successfully regulated away. Perhaps a system change is warranted?

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Minnesota Law Substitutes Military Test for Graduation Requirement

Pat Elder, Truthout: In Minnesota, radical changes to graduation testing requirements make it easier for high school students’ personal information to be sent to military recruiters without parental consent. There are no privacy protections built into Minnesota’s new law.

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Calvin and Jobs: Why the Right Hates (but Still Needs) Social Welfare

Douglas Jamiel, Truthout: Calvinism’s embrace of wealth as a sign of divine election lives on in the red state/blue state religious and social welfare divides.

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A Fast Track to Eroding Our Rights

Wenonah Hauter, OtherWords: The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens the very essence of our democratic process by promoting the privatization of public resources and corporate self-regulation.

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Apple Meets Its Worst Nightmare: Federally Appointed Antitrust Lawyer Hell-Bent on Doing His Job

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: Why has Apple become so secretive and combative? Perhaps the company is nervous because it is actually becoming a giant, monopolistic rip-off machine and doesn’t want you to know what kind of tricks it is up to.

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Truthout Interviews Featuring William Rivers Pitt on the State of the Nation

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: In this interview, William Rivers Pitt critiques Obama’s State of the Union speech and says we’re at a point in our history where we need transformational policies and politicians.

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The Surveillance Blitz

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: Our privacy is getting hit from two sides – from corporations as well as the government.

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Rethinking Economics: From the UK, a Global Student Movement Takes Shape

Ruby Russell, Occupy.com: When the financial crisis hit in 2007, economics students around the world found that theories handed down in classrooms failed to explain the reality outside, and an international movement began to demand a change in the way economics is taught.

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The “Skills Gap” Is a Convenient Myth

Toni Gilpin, Labor Notes: When skilled slots do go unfilled, it’s because employers seek high-value workers at discount rates. It’s hypocritical for employers to bemoan the shortage of skilled labor while they lay off workers and pay less to those they retain.

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New Study: Anti-Homophobic School Policy Reduces Suicide Risk – for All Students

Aaron Cantu, AlterNet: Heterosexual males were half as likely to attempt suicide in schools with gay-straight alliances.

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Left Out of Obama’s Commission on Elections? Race

Brentin Mock, Demos: “I’m not sure how you can talk and walk around race, when in North Carolina right now, it’s easier for a black teenager to go to jail than it is for him to vote.”

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Haiti: Billions in Aid, Pennies in Progress Since Earthquake

Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy in Focus: Four years since its devastating earthquake, progress in Haiti is slow and reconstruction efforts are lacking at best.

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This week in Speakout:

Nick Malinowski laments the political exploitation of the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.; a stunning infographic from Best Psychology Degrees shows the psychological effects of poverty in the US; documentary film maker Carolyn Brown sheds a light on the struggle of migrant workers and their children; David Amram shares the late Pete Seeger’s final hours; Rudy Avizius takes a look at how the financing of public works projects enriches Wall Street; Lee Camp interviews Richard Wolff; Joseph Boutilier looks at how media coverage of the “Honor the Treaties Tour” focused on celebrity Neil Young; Jim Cullen looks at our failures to protect the population from corporate toxins; Paul Thomas considers Paul Sherman and the “thug” label; Dennis Trainor Jr. delivers a SOTU minus the corporate influence; and more.

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Stealing, Silence and Savagery Were at the Core of the Slavery System and Still Live on in US DNA

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Obama Admits Clapper Gave “Untruthful” Testimony

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Fifty Reasons Why We Should Fear the Worst From Fukushima

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Homeland Security Redacts Drone Info It Already Released Publicly in Report to Congress

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How Edward Snowden Went From Loyal NSA Contractor to Whistleblower

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Law Doesn’t End the Revolving Door on Capitol Hill

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Charles P. Pierce | More Water Woes in West Virginia, This Time With Formaldehyde

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North Point Astrology Journal February 3 to 9, 2014  By Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Auroras over Andøya Island, Norway (photo by Frank Olsen, posted onSpaceweather.com)

THE MOON is in Aries as we begin the week, and so interacts with each of the planets in our Cardinal Grand Cross on Monday and Tuesday (see exact times in the Highlighted Aspects list). The most noticeable effects are likely to be Monday afternoon and evening (Pacific Standard Time), when the Moon aligns with Uranus and then squares both Jupiter and Pluto.

Although the Moon’s aspects are generally fleeting in their effects, lasting two to three hours at most, once again we should get some insights into the larger influence of the Cardinal Grand Cross while these aspects are at work. If we pay attention to how we’re feeling, and what situations attract our attention during these times, we may get some clarity on what we’re being asked to work on, and how we’re being asked to change during these first six months of 2014.

ON WEDNESDAY, a flowing trine aspect between Jupiter and Chiron is exact. As these two planets interact throughout this week, we are supported in strengthening our hope in the future and our trust in the universe — very important tools to have in our pockets during times of change.

This is the second of three Jupiter-Chiron trines in a nine-month period. The first occurred on August 21, 2013. The third will be part of a Grand Water Trine between Jupiter, Chiron and Saturn, which is strongest around May 15 of this year.

Trines do not push us in the way that the “hard” aspects do. This means it is entirely up to us to take advantage of this supportive energy this week — but every time we choose to take a step in the direction of greater hope, optimism and trust, we have a gentle wind at our backs, encouraging our progress.

MERCURY goes retrograde (backward) on Thursday, beginning a 21-day period of review and introspection. It is said to be wise to wait until Mercury is again moving direct (forward) before signing important papers, making major decisions, or finalizing communications. But, if circumstances require you to do any of these things before February 28, just be sure you completely understand all the instructions and double check all your facts before taking important steps. Speaking from experience, I know that life can get pretty complicated if we ignore Mercury retrograde’s directives.

Those potential frustrations aside, Mercury’s retrograde phase has a lot of positive possibility. It’s a time when we are encouraged to go within, to review where we’ve been, and to pause a bit before embarking on new journeys. It’s also a great time to review plans we’ve been working on, to make sure we’ve considered all perspectives before going forward. And, it is good for meditation and other practices where we turn our attention inward and still our ever-active minds for a while.

Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read this week’s posts, “The Sun’s magnetic field shift” and “Testing a theory,” please visit http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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New report shows record decline in Monarch Butterflies: Monsanto a major culprit

Thank you for posting this. I wish we could just ban all toxic poisoning-from the stuff recently spilled in WV to the herbicides and pesticides killing bees, butterflies and people like me.
I seriously would not mind dying if it meant future generations could live in a healthy beautiful world like the one God/Goddess gave us before we decided we coukd “improve” it with poisons and radiation, paving over every living thing and destroying forests, oceans and every other ecosystem the colonized portion of our species gets near 😦