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For the Love of Money

Thank you for posting this. I have long imagined a world based on somother Ghandi err than money, like love, creativity, caring, service, compassion.
Those who believe we couldn’t live without capitalism tell me no one would be motivated then but I don’t believe it. Who has ever truly *deeply* been motivated by money ?
Little dirty often smelly pieces of paper or invisible digital bits-not exciting at all!
Capitalism is rooted in power over others-money is just the tool used to achieve that.
In societies based on family, kinship and obligation insteadof power over/money people still get things done.
Creativity is rampant, everyone eats, dances, laughs, makes love. What’s missing?
Toxic waste, radiation, poverty, and 37 flavors of toothpaste. I can easily live without those-and without skyscrapers, paved everything, factory farms, mindless entertainment and endless wars. How about you all? Would you really miss those things?

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This NY Times article by Sam Polk is the best article I’ve read to date about Wall Street. It begins:

“IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted.”

The article goes on to reveal an inside look into perhaps the most pervasive and unchecked addiction in our culture … one with enormous ripple effects but so lauded by so many people that not a single support group exists for it. Yet. Please click here to read this insightful and eventually inspiring article by a former hedge-fund trader and the founder of the nonprofit Groceryships.

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Truthout Daily Digest February 3, 2014

Is Freeing a Duck Terrorism?

Ryan Shapiro, Truthout: A lawsuit filed today seeks to strike down the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Politicians, industry and law enforcement too long employed the rhetoric and apparatus of national security to counter effective animal advocacy, labeling those who exercise constitutionally protected rights “terrorists.”

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Nordheim: A Texas Town Facing a Toxic Future

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Nordheim, Texas, may soon have a 200-plus acre waste disposal plant as its neighbor despite the protests of the city’s mayor, Kathy Payne. The small town is located in the Eagle Ford Shale region of southern Texas, where vast oil deposits have only recently become accessible through fracking.

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Dean Baker | The Attack of the Robots: Economists’ Silly Fantasies

Dean Baker, Truthout: If we adjust patent laws to better serve the economy we can ensure that robots make most of the world richer not poorer. The economists might tell us that the problem of inequality is just the natural progress of technology and the economy, but we should know better.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn’t Have to Die

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Fighting heroin addiction and drug addiction in general should be dealt with in the most practical fashion possible. That’s why the United States should start its own heroin prescription program as soon as possible.

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Shale Stories: Obama’s Clean Energy Future Is a Fracking Nightmare for Rural America

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: In his State of the Union address, President Obama once again touted natural gas as the “bridge fuel” that will help the American economy reduce its carbon emissions and dependency on foreign oil. But West Virginia resident Marilyn Hunt has some choice words for Obama.

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Chris Hedges | Military Metaphysics: How Militarism Mangles the Mind

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: The US military has won the ideological war. The nation sees human and social problems as military problems. To fight terrorists Americans have become terrorists. Peace is for the weak. War is for the strong. Hypermasculinity has triumphed over empathy.

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John Pilger | It’s the Other Oscars – and Yet Again the Winner Slips Away

John Pilger, Truthout: Most movies are made for the highest return, fueled by money, marketing and something called celebrity, which is different from fame or talent. On the red carpet of celebrity, these Oscars go to those whose ubiquitous promotion demands recognition.

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Why Common Core Isn’t the Answer

Marion Brady, Truthout: “As far as I know, no one has asked the general public’s opinion about the Common Core State Standards for school subjects. My guess would be that if polled, most people – including most educators – would say they just make good sense. But not everyone is a fan.”

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Argentine Activists Win First Round Against Monsanto Plant

Fabiana Frayssinet, IPS News: Residents of a town in Argentina have won the first victory in their fight against biotech giant Monsanto, but they are still at battle stations, aware that winning the war is still a long way off.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: 25 States Have Refused to Expand Medicaid, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Millions of Americans are now realizing that they’re too poor to afford Obamacare; the National Resources Defense Council has released a new report alleging that the FDA knowingly allowed the use of “high-risk” antibiotics in meat; it looks like Chris Christie is hiding something; and more.

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They Can’t Tell the Truth

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: In the last week there were two high profile events that highlighted the inability of those in power to reflect reality and put forward solutions to the urgent problems faced by the United States and the world: the State of the Union and the World Economic Forum at Davos.

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Staples Plucks Postal Jobs

Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes: Staples’ latest ad slogan is “What the L?” That sounds like what postal workers said when they found out the retail chain planned to steal their work. The Long Island local of the American Postal Workers Union didn’t waste any time after the news broke in November.

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The 1% Blowback: Walmart Says Food Stamp Cuts Lowered Its Revenue

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It’s hard to pity the heirs of Sam Walton, but their mega-corporation is experiencing reduced sales due to a cutback in food stamps. Should we pass a hat for them?

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Four Examples of America’s Inequality

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Hundreds of Actions Are Planned to Protest Keystone XL

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David Sirota | Don’t Pity the Billionaire

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Fuzzy Math: How Chris Christie Divvied Up Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Money

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Fundraising by GOP Rebels Outpaces Party Establishment

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How the US Exports Global Warming

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Missouri Pushes for State’s Rights Beyond Guns

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The Oracle Report | Monday, February 3, 2014


Crescent Moon Phase – Moon in Aries – Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Yesterday the Sun produced seven M-class solar flares and three coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The Sun is a divine being. When it releases a flare, it is a conscious action. Flares enhance the intensity or strength of whatever frequency of energy is in place for the day. Yesterday’s energy provided a unique opportunity for clarity and strength to face obstacles. Yesterday’s energy was empowering, to say the least.

But, during the duration and in the immediate aftermath of seven M-class flares and three CMEs, the side-effects can be harsh. Solar activity perturbs energetic “fields” of all kinds. Aches can occur, particularly headaches, earaches, stomachaches, and backaches. Issues with interpersonal communications can also arise. We need to take special care of ourselves and take care in how we related with others.

The sunspot responsible for the flares, number 1967, is growing. Forecasters estimate a 50% chance of X-flares today. Sunspot 1967 is also directly facing Earth. Time after time, the Sun refrains from releasing flares strong enough to do massive damage on Earth. At all times, the Sun maintains a specific energetic conditions to ensure not only that we don’t get fried, but also to ensure that we bloom in a hospitable environment. All of this is conscious and it speaks to the inherent foundation of support for humanity.

Supports, grounding, and stability is what the Sun conspires to bring us this month. We know this because the Sabian symbol for the degree of the New Moon in Aquarius (which could just as easily be called the New Sun in Aquarius, because the new cycle begins when the Sun AND Moon conjunct) is “people on a vast staircase graduated upward.” This tells us that we are in on our place, our own spot, and supported by the weight of a staircase vast enough to reach the heavens. In other words, this month our feet are on the ground while our minds reach heights. Wise owls know that this is the position of power.

This month we are all re-evaluating and revising our position (our stance) on all kinds of things. This month’s ruling Mahavidya, Matangi, facilitates the process. She is an easy companion, but don’t mistake her sturdiness and hardiness. Matangi teaches us how to take care of details, especially the details of things that are not pleasant. She helps us have courage to deal with things we have not wanted to see. Nothing is too ugly, dirty, or shameful for her.

Today’s energy bring strong cravings for happiness. If we are far from happy, we see what we need to revise or change in order to get happy. If we have been “on the fence” or unsure about something, the message we need is there today if we are willing to admit it. Things that have boxed us in, impinged on who we really are, and tried to control us are easily visible. So, though the energy leans us toward happiness, sometimes this is demonstrated through unhappiness. Choices involve risk and feelings of separation, but the prevailing energies are supporting all of this. Take steps now to make any changes you know you need to make. It’s better to do it for ourselves now than wait for Uranus to do it for us in April. Uranus acts swiftly and decisively, causing our heads to spin.

Remember that we are getting stronger and stronger and are rooted more and more firmly with the planet. Give thanks to the Sun for all of the strength and support it is delivering. Take your place on the vast staircase of humanity.


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We Made New Cancer Drug For Rich White People Not (Ick) Poor Indian People, Pharma Giant CEO Actually Says Out Loud

Corporations are legal fiction. They are only existing because we allow it.

Perhaps we should stop. NOW.

What would our world look like with no pointlessly large and powerful entities like corporations or governments?

Imagine if we all chose to refuse to play the game of hierarchy for one more day.

No armies. No war. No poisons. No crushing some to elevate others.

I hope humanity chooses to change voluntarily for I cannot imagine a planet not writhing in disgust at the constant horror crawling on her skin.

And when one storm, one earthquake or one volcano means huge emergency for us-what will hundreds of each in rapid succession mean?

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Jon Rappoport – Monsanto’s Roundup: New Deadly Scam Exposed – 2 February 2014

Thank you for sharing this. Not only GMO foods but also people in their own yards being poisoned by neighbors too clueless to even follow the minimal precautions advised on the bottle.

I feel all herbicides should be banned. If you can’t treat the soil well enough to grow crops organically then you should not be destroying our soils to make a profit. Period.

Think about it-humanity grew food and ate for hundreds of thousands of years without these poisons. We’ve used them for under a century and destroyed soils, poisoned waters, made animals and insects extinct and increased the cancer rate.

We waste more food in America many times over than we add to our food resources by using toxics in farming. So ban poisoning the land and atop wasting food-problems solved!

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Dylan Farrow

Thank you for posting this. Too often people are all too willing to ignore the abused and idolize abusers because the abuser is rich, powerful, talented etc.

I recall being horrified at the time and have never watched another of his movies. He certainly had enough money to get effective therapy for whatever was wrong with him.

Our culture in America needs to start hearing the truth and stop automatically forgiving rich old white guys no matter what they do and automatically condemning poor black, ndn and hispanic young men and women no matter what they do.

It would be a start at least!