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Truthout Daily Digest February 10, 2014

Henry A. Giroux | Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: The NSA and other intelligence agencies work hard to create an authoritarian state in which the “electronic self” becomes public property. At the same time, the right to privacy is eagerly given up by millions of people for the wonders of social networking or the varied seductions inspired by consumer fantasies.

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Dark Money and the US Chamber of Commerce: Majority of Donations Given by Just 64 Entities

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A report by Public Citizen analyzes the Chamber’s 2012 tax forms and finds that despite its claims of representing millions of small businesses and mom-and-pop shops around the nation, the US Chamber of Commerce is swimming in large donations from the top 1%.

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Evidence Mounting That Walker Campaign Is at Center of Criminal Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during the state’s contentious recall elections.

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What American Taxpayers Should Really Be Outraged About

The Daily Take, Truthout: If the average American has to pay $6,000 in taxes, should that money go to oil companies, defense contractors, and the low-wage retail and fast food industries? Or should it go to fund a strong social safety net, including an extension of long-term unemployment benefits?

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Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: This week, Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to Big Oil.

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The Zeitgeist of Tahrir and Occupy

Ahmed R. Teleb, Truthout: Both the Tahrir Square Revolution and Occupy Wall Street movements manifested a zeitgeist, related to technology and a global information culture, of citizen intelligence and leaderless association.

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Could We Make Bill de Blasio Meet With J Street?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Since New York Mayor de Blasio supports Iran diplomacy and agrees with J Street’s position and opposes AIPAC’s position, let’s help him take the first step to recovery – and meet with J Street.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: More than 80,000 People Marched Against Right-Wing Policies in North Carolina, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Once again, the corporate media virtually ignored a massive protest over the weekend; Florida Republicans don’t want everyone to vote; last week, another child was killed in a fatal gun accident, and it prompted one city to launch its own plan to reduce senseless shootings; and more.

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Death by Metadata: Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Assassinations Overseas

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: In the first expose for their new venture, First Look Media’s digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald reveal the National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes.

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Laura Flanders | AOL’s CEO Is Not the Only One Who Should Be Shamed

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: This week saw AOL’s chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong announce a stingy plan to shrink employee benefits that would have saved his shareholders millions even as the company’s financial reports showed healthy growth and profits. Armstrong blamed it all on rising health care costs.

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Illinois Department of Corrections and Attorney Staughton Lynd Respond to Ongoing Menard Prison Hunger Strike

James Anderson, Truthout: The Illinois Department of Corrections’ response to Truthout’s story last week about hunger strikers at the Menard Correctional Center may represent an opening for resolution of the strike.

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People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses While Mass Media Remains Silent

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: If we continue to build the independent, people-powered media, greater numbers of people will build up immunity to the destructive misinformation of corporate media.

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Where Risk and Resilience Meet: Elaine Enarson Talks Gender Disaster

Josephine Ferorelli, Occupy.com: Disasters disproportionately affect women, people of color, and the poor, posing both immediate dangers and long-term challenges. Pre-existing problems like gender-based violence, custody conflicts and insecure work or housing are exacerbated, while the resources and organizations that usually offer support become undermined in times of crisis.

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How Entitlements for the Rich Cheat the Rest of Us

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Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill | The NSA’s Secret Role in the US Assassination Program

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David Sirota | The Persistence of Selective Deficit Disorder

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US Suspect Possibly Targeted for Drone Attack

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Oil Firms May Get Secret Cleanup Payments

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The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

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Scott Walker Says He Voted for Reagan – But He Wasn’t Old Enough

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Sophia Love ~ Love Quest: Day 2 – The Cabin

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Thanks to Sophia Love for this beautiful description of recent energies. I’ve heard from a lot of people of late who’ve needed to make a choice between the old, inadequate, outgrown misery vs. the new, unformed yet palpable “I want to live” and “I have so much more to offer!”

Sophia Love ~ Love Quest: Day 2 – The Cabin

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You’ve reached a critical moment for yourself. There are parts of you eating away at your core. You’ve been unaware of them until now. Why now? Because you’ve upgraded and improved. In order for the new stuff to stand strong and to last, anything that doesn’t support it – works to dismantle it.

Our family owns property in the mountains and on it has always stood what we affectionately called “the cabin”. It was little more than a tar paper shack with an outhouse. Five years ago we tore it…

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The Oracle Report | Monday, February 10, 2014

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Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, analyze, process
Moon: Cancer

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Good news for our dear Cancers and Capricorns and Black Moon in Cancer or Capricorn: the Moon is moving through Cancer for the last time while the Black Moon is in Cancer. A process of rebirth that began on June 9, 2013, is coming to completion. The Black Moon will enter Leo on March 4, 2014, beginning this process for Leos and Aquarius and those with the Black Moon in Leo or Aquarius. Whereas the Black Moon in Cancer relates to issues of support, the Black Moon in Leo relates to issues related to change and order. These themes touch everyone in some way, not just those with these signs.

Today’s energy brings the need to integrate our emotions with our will, heart, spirit, and body. To do this, stand in place and bring these things together. Call them back to you if they are far away. We are in command of ourselves, not demanding of ourselves. Think of this like the mountains in today’s photo calling in the clouds in the background. (Special thanks to Anya for sending this sunrise photo from Guatemala and special thanks to everyone who sent photos this past weekend. What a joy to receive them! Watch as they are featured in the future for everyone to enjoy.)

So today there is a lot swirling around emotionally and we will let it flow in and out while we stand firmly in place. This isn’t about controlling; it’s about receiving and releasing. We have our feet on the ground, but we are not locked in place emotionally or mentally. We are fluid. Experience things as they come up, but don’t hold onto them. This energy will move up and down, in and out, back and forth very quickly. Don’t get “stuck” or “settle” on anything too tightly because it will most likely morph again before the day is complete.

It is difficult to stand in place if we view it as being in idle. Standing in place means maintaining sure and stable footing, but it does not mean not moving. We are moving about in consciousness. We are taking great leaps in consciousness, in fact. Sometimes when we move our consciousness out of the bounds of what we previously thought or believed, a physical relocation is necessary. But this is still done from the stance of inner, personal grounding and centeredness.

Allow space for things to rearrange and integrate today. Watch it swirl.

(Thanks to everyone who joined in yesterday’s meditation. It’s a pleasure to stand alongside.)

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha!

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By now, much has started to churn around because of these incoming energies, and we are of course referring to attributes that cover a wide spectrum, from both the physical planes to the more esoteric ones. Indeed, there is perhaps not a single source of information that has not reported a lot of disturbances, and we do mean this in the very best way. You see, all of these so-called disturbances are tangible proofs of the great shift you are entering, and as such, nothing will be left untouched as this phase of the operation starts to unfold in earnest.

Yes, this is it indeed, you are about to be taken on the greatest ride of your existence, and when we say ride, we mean that in the sense of being shifted from the old and rudimentary existence of being a human and into that brand new, wide open version…

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Black History Month 2014: Alice Walker

Thank you for sharing this. I am so grateful for all the elders, like Alice Walker, who have brought us so much wisdom and understanding. Women who refused to be “put in their place” but instead spoke out and shared their truth.

Social Justice For All

Alice WalkerWhat better day to honor and pay tribute to Alice Walker than today, her 70th birthday?  Happy Birthday, Ms. Walker! She was born in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia — between Atlanta and Augusta. Walker attended Spelman College in Atlanta, where she had the amazing Howard Zinn as one of her professors.  Walker reports that Zinn helped influence her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Walker’s support and admiration of Zinn also meant she, like Zinn, would have to leave Spelman. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965.

I fell in love with Alice Walker in 1983, when I read The Color Purple, a novel that has such amazing pain, grace, humility, and forgiveness.  The movie version was released in 1985 and — while different from the book — was also a wonderful experience that I love. On a side note, I have to say that I was crushed when

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