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Truthout Daily Digest February 19, 2014

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Five Reasons the 1% Do Not Want Unemployment To Decrease

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Read the mainstream media and you might think that everyone is rooting for the unemployment rate to go down. However, many of the 1% increase their grab of the nation’s wealth by betting on more people being unemployed.

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Ukraine Crisis: At Least 25 Dead; US and EU Move To Impose Sanctions

Read the Live Updates at The Guardian

Homeland Security Is Seeking a National License Plate Tracking System

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George Lakoff | Charles Fillmore, Discoverer of Frame Semantics, Dies at 84

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Nebraska Law That Allowed Keystone XL Struck Down

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Glenn Greenwald | On the UK’s Equating of Journalism With Terrorism

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Jim Hightower | The What-Abouts and Whereabouts of Sen. Pat Roberts

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Charles Pierce | West Virginia Is Open for Business

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Mike Lofgren | Art Does Not Imitate Life: TV Dramas Can’t Capture the Real World of Politics

Mike Lofgren, Truthout: Fictionalized representations of the American political system such as “House of Cards” are digestible to public understanding in a way that reality is not. A documentary of the skullduggery that went into introduction and passage of the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq or Wall Street’s efforts to buy off politicians and evade financial reform is unlikely to appeal to a similar audience.

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“Frackgate”: Ohio Regulators Planned To Subvert Eco-Groups, Promote Fracking in State Parks

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Republican Gov. John Kasich and Ohio regulators are in hot water over internal documents that environmental groups and state lawmakers say show the administration planned to collude with the oil and gas industry to publicly promote fracking in state parks. The plan included strategies for fending off criticism from a “Nixon-style enemies list.”

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Western States’ Regulation of Pot Provides Template for Rest of Nation

Paul Armentano, Truthout: Colorado lawmakers are applying the tried-and-true principles of legalization, regulation and public education to cannabis. Ultimately, only criminals benefit from the ongoing imposition of cannabis prohibition.

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How Obama Could Kill the Democratic Party

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: In the coming weeks, the president is expected to announce his new budget plan for fiscal year 2015. And while more than a year into his second term in office, when he should have the Democratic Party behind him, many progressives are worried.

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Predator Banks Enter Brave New World of Epic Scams; Public Hasn’t Got a Clue

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: Wall Street watchers have been concerned for some time about the monopolizing trend among big banks. One of the most alarming developments in recent years is a buying spree in which megabanks have been gobbling up physical assets.

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FCC Considers New Net Neutrality Rules

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The FCC says it will write new net neutrality rules to prevent telecommunications companies from discriminating against web content. But the White House issued a statement that suggested President Obama would not direct the agency to reclassify the Internet as a common carrier.

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Richard D. Wolff | A Lesson From Chattanooga

Richard D. Wolff, Moyers & Company: Many factors led to the United Auto Workers’ loss in the recent union election at the Volkswagen factory in Tennessee. Likewise, many lessons can be learned. One especially important lesson concerns how one factor – “outside influence” – works so one-sidedly in the United States.

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Holder’s Speech on Felon Disenfranchisement: A Step Forward or Just Lip Service?

Candice Bernd, Truthout: In a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder called for a ban on laws prohibiting more than 6 million felons from voting. But what is the Obama administration’s real track record on these racist disenfranchisement policies?

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Justice in a Postracial World

David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout: In the United States, perceptions of possible deadly threats are too often race-inflected. And while the assertion that “hate” factored into the murder of Jordan Davis is hard to prove convincingly, we need a way socially to express our abhorrence of such acts.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Raising Minimum Wage Could Decrease Jobs for Low-Wage Workers, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Department of Homeland Security wants to keep a record of where you drive your car; while many states around our nation are moving closer to equality, Indiana is pushing toward discrimination; raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could decrease jobs for low-wage workers; and more.

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Fed Orders Post-Crisis Crackdown at Big Banks

Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau: A long-anticipated rule will require domestic and international banks with assets above $50 billion to hold more capital in case things go bad. It was required as part of the sweeping revamp of financial regulation back in 2010 that followed the most devastating financial crisis since the Great Depression.

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US Support for Regime Change in Venezuela Is a Mistake

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: The US push to topple the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro once again pits Washington against South America.

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Banning Home Births: Next Wave of Reproductive Control?

Robin Marty, Care2: There is a growing movement to regulate midwives and home births. That’s the situation in Arizona, where an “emergency” proposal is being introduced in the Legislature to undo new advances when it comes to allowing assisted home births.

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Disseminating Moon Phase: share, communicate, express, feedback

Moon: Libra/Scorpio

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Wise owls understand that as the day progresses and the Moon moves closer and closer to Mars, the energy will become more pressured. Mars is virtually at a standstill as it prepares to move backward a week and a half from now. From a stationary position, Mars is churning the energy like a hurricane at sea, building up force.

As the day wares on, emotions become more complicated. Though it is hard to recognize it as such, feelings of vulnerability enter. Generally we either retreat or act out when we feel vulnerable or threatened. It is important to understand that response to this energy is instinctual. But wisdom enables us to respond from a centered, grounded, sane position. Instead of being battered by the Moon and Mars, we can stand in place and move the energy in and out and all around us.

But we have further intel. Wisdom teaches us that the Moon and Mars will conjunct today at 27 degrees of Libra; the Sabian symbol for this degree is “an airplane sails, high in the clear sky.” This tells us that the objective of the energy that conspires events today is to help us transcend or go beyond things. We are carried to something new. We gain the vantage point of objective observation. If you get scooped up in the energy build-up today, stop and remember. Engage the wisdom that what is happening is trying to show you something.

For sure, higher levels are involved with this today. We are in the window of time when the Sun (the divine being called Sabaoth) activates the octaves of Neptune, sending massive spiritual information and energy. We are “dialed in.” This information comes through many forms – song, symbol, story, sharing, etc. Nothing should be relegated as coincidence.

This day is a day when warriors of the heart are the steady force that is needed to maintain calm within the field of consciousness. The moment that we become aware that we are responding to the energy with aggression, fear, impatience, and frustration and then switch immediately into “wise owl observer mode” is the moment that changes the field. It is a great act of power. The moment that we become aware that we have already responded to the energy with aggression, fear, impatience, and frustration and the damage is already done is the moment that changes the field. This, too, is a great act of power. No matter what we have done, our response to it at any point is the only thing that matters.

Stay grounded in place but let your mind sail high in the clear sky.

http://www.oraclereport.com/wednesday-february-19-2014/


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Anti-Nuke Activists Get Years Behind Bars While ‘R eal Crime’ Continues | Common Dreams | 2012 Indy Info

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Common Dreams Anti-Nuke Activists Get Years Behind Bars While ‘Real Crime’ Continues Trio took part in ploughshares action in 2012 at nuclear weapons production facility – Andrea Germanos, staff writer

http://2012indyinfo.com/2014/02/19/anti-nuke-activists-get-years-behind-bars-while-real-crime-continues-common-dreams/

(Apologies for the code mess-it was a repost program that was supposed to print the text of the article since IndyInfo does not have a reblog button)


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Exhaustion, bees and depression

Thank! This is brilliant! The happiest people on Earth according to anthropologists were the Dayang (hope I spelled that right) a tribal people in the Philippines or near therewho worked about 2.5 hours per week hunting and gathering. They spent their time playing, dancing, making music, telling stories and were healthy and happy.
unfortunately I can no longer say this is true since some multinational corporations decided to turn the forest they lived in into disposable chopsticks and plant Palm oil plantations instead:-(
Colonization has to destroy all alternatives since no one would live like this voluntarily if they knew of another way.
I agree we need a culture change and Mama Nature appears ready to give us one whether the oligarchy likes it or not.
if our homosexual sapiens famed altruism that allowed us to survive ice ages and cover the planet kicks in it should be a beautiful change-if not the next turn of the spiral will surely spawn a new species to replace this one:-)

Druid Life

A total absence of energy is often taken to be a symptom of depression. Based on experience, I am inclined to think this is not a simple case of cause and effect. Exhaustion can be as much a cause of depression as a symptom of it.

Every other mammal rests. The creatures that work flat out – the busy bees and their fellows – have very short life spans. We humans have got into the idea that some of us, should be working like bees, despite the fact that our mammal bodies really don’t handle this well. We are meant to rest. If we do not rest, then eventually we fall over. Based on watching my own cycles of burnout and depression, it tends to be the case that I get depressed when I am exhausted, and not the other way round. Exhaustion is not a symptom for me, it…

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Richard Heinberg: “What if climate change is an even worse problem than most of us assume, and there is no realistic way to deal seriously with it and still have economic growth?”

Thank you for sharing this! Wonderful article!
“Endless growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell” -Edward Abbey
For those of us who already agree with Abbey, thus article just tells the plain not at all startling truth. For those deeply attached to a certain political framework or belief system it might be eye opening.
There is no way to maintain infinite growth on a finite planet but that’s not really a bad thing. We now have a generation of fat kids with lots if hi tech toys who never go outside to play.
A better world is not just possible-it is already sprouting up all around us! (See Transition Towns, permaculture, local food/ slow food movement, freecycle and hundreds of other beautiful real connected joyful things people are choosing to do instead of chase endless profit and toys at the expense of their souls and communities:-)