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7 Things Your Colorblind Racist Friend Might Say to You and How to Respond

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What they say:

“People are just people.”  ”I don’t see color.”  ”We’re all just human.”   “Character, not color, is what counts with me.”


“Colorblindness” negates the cultural values, norms, expectations and life experiences of people of color. Even if an individual white person can ignore a person’s skin color, society does not.

Claiming to be “colorblind” can also be a defense when someone is afraid to discuss racism, especially if the assumption is that all conversation about race or color is racist.  Color consciousness does not equal racism.

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Laura Flanders | The 1% Should Be Afraid: The New Norm in the Workplace Is Unstable

Laura Flanders, Truthout: Barbara Garson, author most recently of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live, talks about the unsustainable inequality we are spiraling into as capitalists forget they need redistribution to save their own system.

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John Pilger | The Accessories to War Crimes Are Those Paid To Keep the Record Straight

John Pilger, Truthout: The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq cannot be “countered” indefinitely. Neither can “our” support for the medievalists in Saudi Arabia, the nuclear-armed predators in Israel, the new military fascists in Egypt and the jihadist “liberators” of Syria. There will be a reckoning for those paid to keep the record straight.

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The Latest Attack on Public-Sector Unions: Paycheck Protection in Pennsylvania and Missouri

John Logan, Truthout: Unlike union members and nonunion employees – whose right to opt out of political spending is protected by law – employees, customers and shareholders have no legal right to opt out of paying for corporate political expenditures.

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Close the “Water’s Edge” Loophole

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Working­-class Americans shouldn’t have to face the burden of corporate tax loopholes that are letting corporations off the hook. Let’s bring those offshore trillions back home and start rebuilding the American economy.

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Outta Sight, Outta Mind: What Producers Don’t Want You To Know About How Your Clothes Are Made

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout: The often-complicated interplay between national governments and the garment industry isn’t pretty, by any means, which is why apparel manufacturers and garment-exporting countries alike often prefer that the factories are kept out of sight and out of mind.

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Dean Baker | The Good Jobs News on the Affordable Care Act

Dean Baker, Truthout: When the CBO did its analysis and said that Obamacare would lead to some reduction in work hours, it was saying the ACA would have its intended effect. It was freeing people from health-care-related job-lock. This is a feature, not a bug.

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Massive Turnout at North Carolina “Moral March” Puts Right-Wing Lawmakers on Notice

John Zangas, DC Media Group: Since gaining the upper hand in the Legislature in 2010 and securing the governorship in 2012, North Carolina’s GOP has gone on a rampage. In response, Moral Monday protests around the state have been growing in strength and numbers.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Republicans Want To Hold Our Economy Hostage Again, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Republicans want to hold our economy hostage again, but they may not get the chance; Big Oil raked in more than $93 billion of profit last year, but it’s still begging Congress for more tax breaks; it turns out that low pay and low benefits don’t mean high profits for corporations; and more.

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In the Darkness of Dick Cheney: The Smile of Secret Power

Mark Danner, TomDispatch: Even if the cast of characters from those first post-9/11 years are gone, we still live in the ruins they created and the special darkness they embraced. Cheney’s memoir, a movie about him and a book by his surgeon take us deep into that darkness.

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Turning the “Tied”? The 2014 Farm Bill and the Future of US Food Aid

Jennifer Clapp, Triple Crisis: The future may bring more “tied” food aid, rather than less. If so, we are likely to return to the familiar problems of inefficiency and lack of effectiveness that NGOs have worked so hard to root out.

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Is Hillary Clinton a Neocon-Lite?

Robert Parry, Consortium News: As a US senator and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton often followed a neocon-style foreign policy, backing the Iraq War, teaming with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on an Afghan War “surge” and staking out an even more hawkish stance than Gates on Libya.

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Is Shipping Oil by Rail as Dangerous as the Keystone Pipeline?

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Eugene Robinson | Once Again, Republicans Are Out of Step

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Nonprofit Group Sues Justice Department Over JPMorgan Deal

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Boehner Will Bring “Clean” Debt-Limit Bill for House Vote

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Predatory Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor

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Landmark Court Case on Genetically Modified Food Production Begins

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Charles P. Pierce | Freedom Industries: Another Step in the Clean Getaway

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, analyze, prepare

Moon: Cancer

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Today’s energy goes extreme and out of bounds. This requires us to be extra-grounded. Methodical, logical, slow analysis is the key. Impulses are rampant and are designed to show us something in neon lights. But impulsive reactions are not a good idea. Give thought and consideration to things or ask a trusted friend’s advice before taking big action.

The energy leaves us feeling more vulnerable than usual, which is an uncomfortable place for many. This is where Matangi comes in. Matangi is masterful at bringing calm to situations. She comes to the aid of those who need her. She provides concrete solutions and when you are feeling at loose ends and ungrounded, a slow pour of Matangi Quik-Crete is heavenly. Ask for her assistance if needed.

We continue our mission this month of taking care of details, situations, and issues that we do not want to carry with us into the new year (the astrological new year begins March 30, 2014). In other words, we want to clean the slate.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to find beauty. (The beauty in today’s picture is courtesy of wise owl Marina.)


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The problems of positive thinking

Indeed even many channeled sources are adding in the caveat that they are not saying to martyr yourself, that loving  yourself and setting healthy boundaries are essential to progress on a spiritual journey. 

I really appreciate this post and am glad you made it. I hope it will be found by many who might otherwise be sidetracked by the “its all good” crowd.

I tried following the advice of a spiritual discussion group I read when dealing with a dangerous situation once. Had  I realized sooner that unconditional love may be spiritually beneficial but is not exactly a panacea for interpersonal conflict in all cases I might have avoided a great deal of unfortunate difficulty and injury. 

It sounds ridiculous written down here but it is all too easy to believe a dangerous and horrifying situation might really be something we are personally responsible for-and thus have some actual power to change thru changing ourselves.

It is seductive to think our reality creation can include both attracting and repelling  nightmares in real life as part of our own spiritual journey. 

That perspective conveniently ignores the free will of complete asshats to BE complete asshats until such time as they personally choose to change. 

Sometimes as my cousin likes to say “hands on magic” is required. 

Whether that means a carefully wielded weapon or simply physically removing yourself from a negative situation;  taking physical action is not an “unspiritual” or unloving response to a physical threat.

I believe that the “its all good” perspective may be a misinterpretation of a real spiritual truth. 

At a certain level of enlightenment, acceptance of all that is with love is natural. It doesn’t as far as I know change what IS tho- only the awareness of the arhat that it is but a fragment of the mind of God in which all that exists is made of love.

Imho acceptance of what is does not in any way preclude common sense actions to deal with what is.

Ie awareness that the Nile floods feed the soil and are thus “good” never prevented any sane person from walking to higher ground instead of drowning.;-)

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I see a lot of pieces online about how we can improve our lives with more positive thinking. Practice gratitude. When you are angry with someone, look at how you are projecting your negativity onto them. Minimise your problems. Love everybody. Now, if the only problems in your life exist because you’re a miserable, negative sort of person who projects this onto others, feels no gratitude and has no love in their heart, this may in fact work. In some situations, it can get you killed.

The trouble with glib positive thinking prompts, is that they do not have any nuance, or any capacity for detail. They also make you wholly responsible for your life experience. Yes, you can change any experience by changing how you feel about it. If you are being bullied at work, or beaten at home, you can make this easier to bear by feeling grateful…

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Stop Obama from Removing Wolves from the Endangered Species Act

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Today the Obama administration opened a second public comment period on its proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves across the lower 48. We need you to speak out for wolf protections. During the previous round of comments, more than 1 million Americans spoke out against gutting protections for wolves — the most comments ever submitted on any endangered species issue. You’d think the right thing to do would be obvious — but apparently politicians need to hear from us again. The Fish and Wildlife Service just released the results of a scientific peer review of its delisting proposal, concluding what we’ve been saying all along: Wolves aren’t recovered yet. These iconic animals occupy a mere 5 percent of their former range in the lower 48 and eke out a living at only 1 percent of the numbers they had before Europeans arrived. Please act now —…

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The Archdruid Report: Return of the Space Bats

I’m quite fascinated with this blog so sharing another of his recent posts. The bit below is a rather tiny snippet from a much longer post-which is followed by a plethora of interesting comments.

One of the driving themes of my scholarly research, my fiction and my life in general has been the essential fact that worldview, or more prosaically the stories you believe in and live by, create your world.

This is abundantly evident in the astonishing mess and destruction over most of our beautiful planet wherever colonization and its ridiculous stories hold sway.

I would love to submit a story to the contest in this post-I will surely write one- but one of the requirements excludes all of my tales, written and unwritten.

The world I live in NOW contains magic and magical elements. I can no more create a story lacking such an integral part of reality than I could buy Monsanto stock tomorrow; -)

One reason I fell in love immediately with the stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez was that magical realism truly is both.

One essential problem with the colonized worldview in my opinion is that which they do not understand, they attempt to erase, ignore and declare impossible and unreal.

Which is very like claiming that international trucking and ship transport cannot possibly exist because you do not personally understand how to build and service a diesel engine.

I believe the post-industrial, post peak oil descent will find a rapid widespread return to the awareness of the rest of reality that colonized industrial society tried so hard to erase, eradicate and ignore.

The spirits of the land have never been silenced-it was always our ears that were plugged.

I would love to read your comments about the stories that have moved you, that have helped build your personal view of the world.

I’ve just finished rereading Patricia McKillip’s Riddle Master of Hed trilogy-one of my personal all time favourite stories.

“Most of what’s kept people in today’s industrial world from coming to grips with the shape and scale of our predicament is precisely the inability to imagine a future that’s actually different from the present. Francis Fukuyama’s proclamation of the end of history may have been a masterpiece of unintentional comedy—I certainly read it in that light—but it spoke for an attitude that has deep roots all through contemporary culture. Nor is that attitude limited to the cornucopians who can’t imagine any future that isn’t a linear continuation of the present; what is it that gives the contemporary cult of apocalypse fandom its popularity, after all, but a conviction that the only alternative to a future just like the present is quite precisely no future at all?

It would be pleasant if human beings were so constituted that this odd myopia of the imagination could be overcome by the simple expedient of pointing out all the reasons why it makes no sense, or by noting how consistently predictions made on that basis turn out to be abject flops. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen to be the case. My regular readers will long since have noticed how easily believers in a business-as-usual future brush aside such issues as though nobody ever mentioned them at all, and keep on insisting that of course we can keep an industrial system running indefinitely because, well, because we can, just you watch! The only thing I can think of that compares with this is the acrobatic ingenuity with which believers in imminent apocalypse keep on coming up with new reasons why this week’s prediction of mass death must be true when all previous examples have turned out dead wrong.

What underlies both of these curious phenomena, and a great many other oddities of contemporary culture, is simply that the basic building blocks of human thinking aren’t facts or logical relationships, but stories. The narratives we know are the patterns by which we make sense of the world; when the facts or the testimony of logic don’t fit one narrative, and we have a selection of other narratives to hand, we can compare one story to another and find the one that’s the best fit to experience. That process of comparison is at the heart of logic and science, and provides a necessary check on the normal tendency of the human mind to get stuck on a single story even when it stops making sense.

As I pointed out here in the earliest days of this blog, though, that check doesn’t work if you only have one story handy—if, for example, the story of onward and upward progress forever is the only story about the future you know. Then it doesn’t matter how badly the story explains the facts on the ground, or how many gross violations of logic are needed to explain away the mismatches: given a choice between a failed narrative and no narrative at all, most people will cling to the one they have no matter how badly it fits. That’s the game in which both the cornucopians and the apocalypse fans are engaged; the only difference between them, really, is that believers in apocalypse have decided that the way to make the story of progress make sense is to insist that we’re about to reach the part of it that says “The End.”

The one way out of that trap is to learn more stories—not simply rehashes of the same plot with different names slapped on the characters, mind you, but completely different narrative structures that, applied to the same facts and logical relationships, yield different predictions. That’s what I got from the three novels I’ve discussed in this post. All three were fictions, to be sure, but all three were about that nebulous place we call the future, and all three gave me narratives I could compare with the narrative of progress to see which made the better fit to the facts. I’ve met enough other people who’ve had similar experiences that I’ve come to think of fiction about the future as a powerful tool for getting outside the trap of knowing just one story, and thus coming to grips with the failure of that story and the need to understand the future ahead of us in very different ways.”