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Truthout Daily Digest February 24, 2014

I think the story about private equity firms snapping farmland, coming on the heels of banks heavily taking on private homes for rental investment should raise BIG red flags.

When corporations not only control the government, the water, the money system, the media, the internet, medical care, housing and food production as well as the majority of the land and resources other than the pomp and fancy hats what precisely will the difference be between this fascist oligarchy and a feudal state?

Other, of course, than astronomically more toxic pollution and its resultant illness and suffering?

We have come to a stark crossroads as a species. Will we allow and participate in our own extinction on the outside possibility that all the harm we are causing might allow some if us as individuals to join the pampered oligarchs?

Or will we choose to return to a world in which ALL life is sacred, every living being is worth respect and consideration: in which we choose to make our team foot spoons functional by feeding one another?

Even those of us too old or ill to take to the streets get a vote. So make your choice and vote with your heart, vote with your prayers and with your moment to moment choices.

Choose love, compassion, caring. Choose to support one another and your local community. Choose to question any authority that claims “it has to be this way”.


Dahr Jamail | The March of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: For those paying attention, the signs of advanced Anthropogenic Climate Disruption are all around us, with first-time phenomena, such as the extreme heat killing Magellanic penguin chicks, and confirmatory studies from the past six weeks sounding the alarm.

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The Myth Behind Public School Failure

Dean Paton, Yes! Magazine: In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.

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Dean Baker | Is Obamacare Bad News for the “It’s Hard to Find Good Help” Crowd?

Dean Baker, Truthout: Obamacare might be the best news on the wage front that most workers have seen for some time. The reduction in the supply of labor from Obamacare will lead to an increase in wages; this could help explain the outrage coming from Republican quarters following the release of the CBO report.

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Our Military: Fighting To Keep Its Culture of Abuse

Sarah L. Blum, Truthout: Our military commanders should show courage and let go of authority over sexual assault cases, end retaliation for reporting and eliminate the abuse culture, says Vietnam veteran Sarah L. Blum.

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A Fate Worse Than Guantanamo?

Aisha Maniar, Truthout: Rasul Kudaev, released from Guantanamo Bay for lack of any evidence, remains a prisoner in Russia, where he provides an expedient scapegoat for the dubious antiterrorism policies of both the United States and Russia.

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Chris Hedges | Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Moral courage is always defined by the state as treason. It is the courage to act and to speak the truth. Daniel Ellsberg had it. Martin Luther King had it. What those in authority once said about them, they say today about Edward Snowden.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery

Greg Grandin, TomDispatch: “How would we calculate the value of what we today would call the intellectual property generated by slavery’s suffering? I’m not sure. But a revival of efforts to do so would be a step toward reckoning with slavery’s true legacy: our modern world.”

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Net Neutrality Died With the Comcast/Netflix Deal

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: If its massive $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable goes through – Comcast will become the number one cable provider for almost 40 percent of American homes. With the rise of borderline monopolies like Comcast and Verizon, the internet is rapidly becoming the new kingdom of the robber barons.

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Half of US Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity

Carey L. Biron, IPS News: An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire; new evidence indicates this land is being strongly pursued by private equity investors.

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Trial Courts Update: Vacancies Higher After Filibuster Reform

Alicia Bannon, Brennan Center for Justice: Three months after Senate Democrats reformed the filibuster rules for executive and judicial nominees, Senate obstruction continues in new forms, and courts and litigants are paying the price.

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A Coup or a Revolution? Ukraine Seeks Arrest of Ousted President Following Deadly Street Protests

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Ukraine is in a state of crisis two days after the country’s democratically elected president was ousted following months of street protests that left at least 82 people dead. Amy Goodman speaks to Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University.

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Texas Size Hypocrisy: ExxonMobil CEO Opposes Fracking-Related Water Tower Near His Home

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Yes, the rich are different than you and me. The ExxonMobil CEO once again proves that we get the toxic pollution and they get the profit.

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Hypocrisies of the Super-Rich

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Pentagon Plans To Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

Read the Article at The New York Times

Oil Spill Shuts Down Part of Mississippi River Near New Orleans

Read the Article at The Associated Press

Glenn Greenwald | Inside the Mind of James Clapper

Read the Article at The Intercept

Eugene Robinson | I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Supreme Court to Look at EPA’s Authority and Obama’s Use of Power

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

On Michael Dunn and Raising Black Sons: Jordan Davis’ Mother Speaks

Read the Interview at Salon

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The Oracle Report | Monday, February 24, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, realign, take responsibility

Moon in Capricorn

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangicats

The Moon moves into Capricorn for the last time while the Black Moon is in Cancer, so this is the last “rebirth” stage for Cancers and Capricorns and those with the Black Moon in Cancer or Capricorn. Issues related to support, appreciation, and recognition strongly flavor today and tomorrow’s energy.

Today is also effectively the last day of the 2013 astrological year that began on April 10. Tomorrow we enter the Balsamic phase of the Moon, when we prepare the soil or field of our minds for the next lunar month. The next lunar month, the New Moon in Pisces cycle, is like a month-long Balsamic phase. We will working very hard in preparation for the next astrological new year (which begins on March 30, 2013, and is going to be a big one. I am not even going to attempt talking about it until Mercury goes direct in a few days. But when I do, I am going to take us back to the point when we launched from the Rainbow Bridge in last month’s story with the band of brothers.). So today we know what we need to finally clean up and close out. Let it go. Let it end. We can make a great impression on our subconscious mind by undertaking action to represent a release. For example you can write the issue/feeling/belief that is limiting you and rip it up or safely burn it. There are myriad versions of this type of thing, so if you are inclined toward it, do it however it suits you.

I suggest that we collectively let go of our harsh judgment and criticism of ourselves and others? Can we agree to at least take it down a notch? These are Archontic mind screens that interfere with our creativity and our full participation in Gaia Sophia’s dreaming. They only keep the illusion of separation in place and working against the full actualization of potential.

This day carries the energy of endings. It feels like churning chaos at times. This is an uncomfortable feeling when we aren’t recognizing that the universe is not static. It grinds and tumbles. On this last day of finding and getting in place (on the vast staircase that is graduating into the cosmos) let’s remember that we are firmly grounded and have absorbed a great deal of energy. Energetically, we have become a great deal more resilient. Our psyches are primed.

Find a way today to celebrate the passing of “chapter 2013″ in the story of humanity and turn your face toward the horizon.


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The Astrology of March 2014 – Realignment

Thank you for sharing this!

Illuminations Now!!


Published on Feb 21, 2014
Thanks to D.

Transformative forces now specifically target the structures, patterns and attitudes that define our identity and all of our relationship, at home, at work, in the world at large. Social, political, economic and cultural alliances and alignments go into flux. The psychological disorientation many are experiencing deepens. People work overtime to keep their personal and social affairs in order.

Accelerating transformation at the individual level psychological level supports accelerate change at the macro level.

Somehow it all adds up to progress as the demolition of old structures clears the way for progress.

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha!

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You have by now perhaps settled a little bit more into these unsettled energies, and as such, you will have become a little bit more familiar with all of these fluctuating patterns that in turn will begin to fire up some rather interesting affinities within you. You see, these buttons that are being pushed throughout all of these energetic missives that keep on showering down on you are indeed buttons that have been waiting to be reactivated again for such a long time, and so, they will begin slowly but surely to gain momentum as the days and indeed nights continue to add more energy to this process. And so, little by little, clarity will appear where before there were only murkiness, and a sense of solidity and empowerment will emerge from what has previously felt like an ocean of exhaustion, despair and frustration. But together with all of this…

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My ‘Sunday Markets’ Outing

Thank you for posting this! So glad you were
able to get out and have
such beautiful experiences. Being shut
in is like being invisible a
bit where you miss
everyone and all the
colour and life that exist
out there where the
people are. Being aspie
I’ve never been very good
at social stuff.
Consequently now that
I’m shut-in there aren’t
really visitors or outings
unless I am strong
enough to drive myself.
But today I was able to
see the garden and chat
with some adorable
neighborhood children
who were wrangling their
wayward cat. So I am sharing your joy from a distance:-) There is something so luscious about local hand made soap! Your picture reminded me of that lovely smell. We have a local market here on Saturday except in summer when its too hot to be outside for long. Its the best thing in the city, so many people come out every week it blocks the traffic downtown. The last time I went 2 years ago I bought fresh vegetables from the best salesman I’ve ever met. He was 11 or 12 years old and so full of charm and enthusiasm. With lines like”that eggplant is so beautiful like your eyes!” It was no wonder he was selling so much food:-)

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” 
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

When my Nana was alive and I would visit her, she invariably wanted me to drive her somewhere. Nana never ever got her driver’s license and though she was very independent, walking and catching public transport everywhere, she just loved being driven someplace new, or to a favourite haunt or happening.

Not being able to drive myself right now and leaving the house far less often, I finally understand the appeal of an ‘outing’. To simply sit in the car and watch the world roll…

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Being difficult

Thank you, as always Nimue’s, fir sharing your personal journey so clearly. Being Asperger as well as living in a bed for now I can only recall and miss those possible better methods you illustrate but someday:-) I will put this wisdom to good use.
I hope my readers note it too-even if you are young, healthy and strong perhaps this will help you make another friend more comfortable and joyful in their life around you.

Druid Life

In the last year or so I’ve found myself in all kinds of new situations, dealing with people who do not know me well. I wanted to be able to jump back into the world after my hermit period, bringing all the energy, enthusiasm and stamina I used to have. The trouble is, I do not reliably have all of those things all the time anymore. I have to be careful around getting enough sleep, or I get ill. I don’t handle conflict, aggression or controlling behaviour well, either.

Admitting that I am a flawed and fragile thing, and flagging up in advance where I am likely to struggle, has not been easy. At first I hated how useless it made me feel. Arty, bohemian types often keep late hours, and trying to say that really I can’t start working in a thinky way at nine at night, felt really…

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ASALH*Association for the Study of African-American Life and HISTORY*Black History Month Salute

Thank you Berna! I read about this group long ago but I was unaware that they were still around.

It is literally a crime that so many children grow up feeling”less than” because their heritage and history is ignored or suppressed.

The major media are owned by just a few corporations so we see for the most part only what benefits them for us to see-which rarely benefits us!

Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT....

Little known Black History fact is that ASALH still exists..It IS a totally different organization from NACCP..Although the founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was involved in both organizations..Did you know that Woodson’s dream was that there would NOT always be a need for a Negro History Week(the father of Black History Month)? Well, if you didn’t know please don’t feel too bad. I didn’t know either! As I’ve said before Black History Month is still mandatory; for all Americans can stand to learn more. Including moi>>

ASALH was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson..Its mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public..The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History was created in direct response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of African – Americans..Much of which HAS either…

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