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Truthout Daily Digest March 2, 2014

A Very Small Satisfaction”: Oscar-Nominated Rithy Panh on Cambodia’s Missing Pictures

Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout: Academy award nominee Rithy Panh talks about Cambodian memory and history, finding other survivors of Khmer Rouge genocide for his film,The Missing Picture, the country’s relationship with Vietnam, and his dream of building a film industry and archive.

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Modeling the Education They Want To Be: The Great Chicago Teachers Union Transformation

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Micah Uetricht’s book Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity relates the stirring transformation of the Chicago Teachers Union into a democratically organized force for social justice.

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Lyndon Johnson’s Ambivalent Legacy

Peter Dreier, Truthout: While considered by many a warmonger, President Lyndon Johnson deserves inclusion in his book celebrating heroes and heroines of social justice, says author Peter Dreier, because in terms of alleviating suffering, addressing racial injustice and promoting public welfare, his domestic reforms were almost unrivaled.

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Truthout Interviews Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout reporter Dahr Jamail describes the stakes involved in anthropogenic climate disruption and says the evidence that human activity plays a significant role in climate change is scientifically indisputable.

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Libya: The Revolution That Never Was?

Harrison Samphir, Truthout: So far, the “Libyan revolution” has created dramatically increased physical and economic insecurity for the mass of Libyan civilians, a weak state and the continuing activity of shadowy militias.

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While Duke Energy Dodges Taxes, Its Pollution Costs the Public Dearly

Sue Sturgis, Facing South: At the same time Duke Energy is facing scrutiny for a coal ash spill from one of its North Carolina power plants that’s polluted the Dan River and Kerr Lake, the company is getting attention for avoiding federal taxes.

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Proposed Florida Law Would Allow Warning Shots

Henry Pierson Curtis, McClatchy Newspapers: An NRA-backed bill that would let people fire warning shots when attacked would broaden the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows anyone in fear of death or serious injury to use deadly force against a suspected attacker.

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Why Won’t the FCC Appeal the Court Ruling Striking Down Net Neutrality?

Gaius Publius, America Blog: The Federal Communications Commission could have sought Supreme Court review in the latest net neutrality case, but Publius says the FCC needs to reclassify the Internet, with misclassification being the ultimate cause of the current problem.

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Organizers Worth Their Salt

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: Bosses hate a salt – a pro-union worker who’s taken a job with the intent to organize. Unions are reluctant to talk about salting, not wanting to alert management to look out for suspicious characters.

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Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

Kathy Kelly, Dissident Voice: Barefoot College is a renowned initiative in India that uses village wisdom, local knowledge and practical skills available in the rural areas to improve villagers’ lives. Kathy Kelly shares her experience as a guest.

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This week in Speakout:

Marilyn Vogt-Downey charts the economic devastation that would face Ukraine as a member of the European Union and references Trotsky’s arguments for Ukrainian independence; Donna Schatz recounts how she is turning an Iraqi student’s personal history as a translator for the coalition of the willing into an animated film; Tish O’Dell laments the corruption of government-promoted drilling in her home state of Ohio; Victoria M. Young takes a look at the possible ramifications of privatization in the name of education reform; Andrew Smolski suggests the capture of one of the most feared drug cartel leaders changes nothing in Mexico’s drug war; the Brennan Center announces a fact sheet detailing the Supreme Court’s shift toward favoring big money interests at the expense of average Americans; Mark Faulk decries the Oklahoma Legislature’s “declaration of war” against the working poor and their children; poet Gabriella Callender considers “Horse of a Different Color;” and more.

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The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Why Are the Advocates Trying to Save the Planet Prosecuted While the Plunderers Walk Free?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Ukraine Mobilizes Troops After Russia’s “Declaration of War”

Read the Article at CNN

#XLDissent: Students Overtake DC to Demand Climate Action

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Charles Koch Says He’s Trying “To Save the Country”

Read the Article at Salon

A Home for Every Homeless Vet: Los Angeles Goal Is Homes for All by 2015

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Renting Judges for Secret Rulings

Read the Article at The New York Times

Los Angeles City Council Approves Ban on Fracking

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Interview: Coup in Ukraine

Thank you for posting this. So many are still unaware of how the geopolitical games are played-and thus far too easily made into pawns. I hope everyone realizes who really benefits from all this disruption and violence and why they keep pushing it. In a world based on love instead of greed no one has to die for others to be free, or fed, sheltered etc.

For peace, against war: literary selections

Taylor Report
February 24, 2014

Coup in Ukraine
“Weimar Triangle” emerges
February 24th, 2014
Featured Guest: RICK ROZOFF


Rick Rozoff returns to the program to follow-up on his previous interview about the possibility of a coup in Ukraine.

Rozoff’s most dire predictions have come to fruition. The events in Ukraine “have been long in the making” and “methodically planned out.”

The only thing that isn’t materializing is EU aid to Ukraine. “If you’ve pledged yourself unconditionally, why would they buy you?”

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Current planetary energies have reversed direction…

Thank you!

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eireport_logo_thumb_1 Current planetary energies have reversed direction, following a period of fluctuations, then stillness.

Reversal of direction is “temporary” and is required for next steps in the planetary “liberation” process.

Fibrous energetic “streams of entanglement” currently accompany planetary energies, intended to collect all those encountered of “lower than necessary for planetary ‘liberation'” vibration.

All is in readiness for the resultant chaotic “Node of Planetary Transformation”.

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Thank you for sharing this! Many of us have suspected this for years but having the solid proof is so helpful. Months after tge main bulk of Occupy action was over the story leaked about the very real program to assassinate “leaders ” of Occupy groups. I put leaders in quotes because Occupy is a horizontalist movement in which everyone is a leader and hierarchy is not highly respected. Those of us who spoke to the media, created web sites and facebook pages or otherwise became “known” knew we were targeted. It was discussed online and in local groups especially after several Occupiers were seriously injured. But as anyone in activism long knows paranoia is used against us and is all too easy to fall into so we tried to ignore it. But when the mainstream news reported the leaked reports it was both vindicating and disturbing.
The entrenched power structure is desperate and they have never had qualms about ANY level or kind of harm or murder done to eliminate those who oppose them. The good thing is there are so many of us mow that short of nukes or bioweapons they literally cannot get rid of us all:-) So the old COINTELPRO tactics of disinformation, threats, smears, and entrapment are common.
when we love and accept everyone who is working for change even when theur methods or ideas differ from ours (ie my Occupy group welcomed Tea Party and tried to get beyond ideological differences) then we take away their strongest weapon against us-divide and conquer.
Love is always stronger than hate and this is one reason why. Love has no fear of the other.

Hopegirl Blog Archives 2012-2015

This post is dedicated to every fellow blogger and positive change agent pioneering the new paradigm.  The position we are in is not always an easy path to walk. It takes courage and bravery to publish the truth when others will not, or to pioneer a new product that can help free humanity. In this process we receive tons of correspondence from the public. The love and support of our fellow humanity gives us the strength to persevere and continue doing the great work. However, not all correspondence is positive. Anger, hatred, fear and threats on one’s life are attacks that every change agent endures.

We all deal with these attacks differently. Most of us just ignore them, some of us can’t deal with the negativity, retreat into isolation and stop doing the work.


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NorthPoint Astrology Journal March 3 to 9, 2014 Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Aurora “flame” over Straumfjord, Norway onFebruary 22, 2014 (photo by Micha, posted onSpaceweather.com)

WE MAY need to make some adjustments in our expectations this week, as we get used to having both Mars and Saturn retrograde (moving backward). These two planets are usually focused on external manifestations, so it can take a while for us to adapt to their shift in focus, as we learn to follow their trail inward.

But, not only is it true that “resistance is futile,” we can also benefit greatly from taking advantage of these retrograde phases, by doing the inner work they support. After all, Saturn will be retrograde until July 20, and Mars until May 19. It would be exhausting — and a waste of energy — to spend that many months fighting the flow of the river.

(Please see last week’s issue of this Journal for an overview of the meanings of these two retrograde phases. The most recent past issue is always available on the InnerSelf website.)

AS IF to make up for Saturn and Mars, the largest planet in our solar system completes its retrograde phase and goes direct this week. Starting on Thursday, Jupiter will once again be moving forward through our skies.

Jupiter went retrograde on November 6. For the past four months, Jupiter has supported us every time we turned inward for guidance, and every time we stumbled upon an old, outdated belief and realized we were ready to broaden our vision of what is possible.

Now that Jupiter is turning direct, we are ready to build upon the insights and guidance we’ve received. Here’s what Bil Tierney writes about Jupiter’s change of direction in his book Dynamics of Aspect Analysis:

“When Jupiter finally turns direct again, we adopt fresh, new attitudes, separating ourselves from social standards that have been blindly followed, that have been stifling for our inner growth.”

SINCE JUPITER is one of the planets in the Cardinal Grand Cross that is building in influence now, we can expect that our need to challenge old social standards will also grow in the weeks ahead.

Jupiter is currently in Cancer, the sign that represents home and emotional security, traditions and the past, and our capacity for nurturing. These are some of the areas where we are likely to experience a growing need to break free from old standards.

CHIRON and the Sun align in Pisces on Monday this week. Chiron is known as “the wounded healer” in astrology, which means we both experience a wound and are supported in the healing of that wound when Chiron is emphasized.

This is a short-lived alignment, which means its effects will last just a couple of days (as compared to the Pluto-Uranus square, which is in effect for three years). Even so, the Chiron-Sun alignment is an opportunity for us to see where we may still seesaw between the polarities of control and surrender, individuality and oneness, dealing with practical reality and escaping into alternative worlds.

WE’RE JUST seven weeks away from the strongest effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross. We can continue to watch the Moon’s aspects each week for clues and insights into how the configuration will play out in our individual lives.

Here are the Moon aspects to the four grand cross planets for the coming week (all times listed are Pacific Standard Time):

As you can see, most of these occur in the overnight or early morning hours in my part of the world. For those of us who will be asleep for these aspects, it may be a very good time to pay attention to any dreams that come forward.



NorthPoint Astrology Blog: Please visit my blog during the week at http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!

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Carl Boudreau’s Astrology Blog: The Astrology of March 2014 – Realignment

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

The Astrology of March 2014 – Realignment


The Astrology of March 2014

February Recap

February’s analysis focused on a triangle, an exact, potent, powerfully placed influence, acting on the individual and community levels. It transformed personal and community values and then gave these values transformative force.

As members of a community, we were powerfully motivated to rethink our values and their effects in the community and then to project our new, more idealistic expectations into our community and out into the wider world.


In the US, on February 10th, the NAACP kicked off Moral Mondays for 2014 in Raleigh, NC. It was joined by reform groups from around the country. Moral Monday protests were established to protest the extreme right wing agenda being advanced by North Carolina’s GOP dominated government.
With 80-100,000 people present, it was the largest such gathering since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Created to protest the extreme right wing agenda being advanced by NC’s GOP government.
There was a general, broad-based outcry against a blatantly discriminatory, anti-gay bill awaiting the signature of Governor of Arizona, which she vetoed.
Prolonged and violent confrontation between the grassroots and the government in the Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand gave more intense, violent expression of this energy.


March 2014

March’s chart is a reflection of February’s in important respects. It is also especially intense; for the third month in a row, three Moons occur within 30 days.

New Moon – March 01

Full Moon – March 16

New Moon – March 30
In February, the focus of the transformative energies was on the individual acting as a member of the community. In March, the focus of transformative energies is the patterns that govern our relationships, at home, in the community, at work and in just about every area of our lives.

We live in an ocean of mental and emotional patterns, stereotypes, biases, habits and fixed attitudes, and so on. These are created by our minds and shape our culture. Culture, in turn shapes our personal, professional, political and economic relationships.

In March, these mental and emotional patterns are in rapid flux and so are the patterns in society.

The Moon governs the structure and continuity of our personality; it integrates present and past experiences and coordinates conscious and unconscious thought processes. With three Moons in a short space of time for the third month in a row, our psyches will, again, work unusually hard to sustain the processes that maintain our personality. Our personalities will, again, evolve at an even faster rate.

Many of us will continue to feel the strain, succumbing to periods of disorientation and confusion. We might have to step in consciously to keep normally unconscious, smooth-running cognitive processes on track.

We might, for example, have to consciously choose between competing, conflicting responses to events, each derived from a different points in our psychological development or drawn from conflicts and contradictions in our attitudes.

All the World’s a Stage
This month’s analysis focuses on several placements that complement the Moon’s transformative work. Each acts in its own way to disrupt and transform existing patterns of thought and behavior.


  • Pallas is retrograding in Leo in the 1st house.

Pallas governs the perception, creation, maintenance and destruction of patterns. While retrograde, Pallas loosens the grip and eases the pressure exerted by existing patterns. It also makes them easier to transform or destroy.

Pallas is in the playful and demonstrative sign of Leo in the 1st: individuals see and change their own patterns and patterns in the world around them. Under Leo’s influence, we will do this publicly, in very visible ways.


  • Retrograde Mars, retrograde Vesta, the North Node and retrograde Ceres are all in Libra in the 3rd house. Retrograde Vesta conjoins the North Node precisely.

This mixture of influences supports an intense, proactive commitment (Mars and Vesta) to reform (Libra and the North Node) of nurturance practices (Ceres) at the community level (the 3rd house).

The retrograde motion brings a long, hard look at past practices and at plans still on the drawing board. We experience a driving need to make our community a more just, loving, nurturing place.


  • Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio in the 4th house. The Arabic Lot of Accusation is in Sagittarius in the 4th.

We are motivated to take a sober look at our attitudes and let go of those that are hurting ourselves or others. Feelings of guilt about the harm our attitudes might have caused in the past rise to the surface.

Saturn retrograde in Scorpio in the 4th house is alongside the Arabic Lot of Accusation. The fourth house governs the deeper levels of our personality. This influence motivates and empowers us to clear out our psychological and attic, or basement. We change the rules we live by, making ourselves more responsive and responsible.


  • Ixion, Pholus and Quaoar are closely conjunct in Sagittarius in the 5th.

Each of these bodies governs some aspect of the processes that govern social behavior. They are all trine Pallas in the sign of Leo in the 1st house.

Ixion governs our ability to overcome our own passions so that we can fairly carry out our social duties and obligations. Ixion is often associated with gross misbehavior in high places.

Pholus rules our ability to uphold the highest values of our community in the face of pressure to to do otherwise. It is frequently associated with cronyism, corruption, codependency and enabling.

Quaoar, governs transformational chaos, our willingness to modify or destroy old patterns and create new ones. It is also associated with stagnation and rigidity, the refusal to change outdated patterns.

In combination with Pallas in Leo in the 1st house, this influence empowers and motivates us to actively explore new and better ways of governing ourselves.

We are preparing ourselves to change the rules that govern society. We are already trying out new things in our day-to-day interactions with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and public officials.


Relationship Realignments

  • The Part of Fortune is precisely conjunct the descendant and also conjunct Venus in Aquarius in the 7th house. Venus is strongly placed near the Descendant in its own house.

This influence brings us recognition and friendship for creating relationships that support tolerance and inclusiveness.

  • Nessus in Aquarius and Mercury and Neptune in Pisces are loosely conjunct in the 7th house.

This grouping lets us transform, or idealize, our thinking about relationships (Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces). Meanwhile, Nessus could trigger physical and emotional discomfort if we let ourselves be pressured into intolerance and exclusiveness.

Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces in the 7th house near the cusp of the 8th house. Hence, this particular transformative influence not only affects relationships, but the distribution of wealth and power, also.

This 7th house stellium, like those already discussed, also foretells deep changes in the patterns that shape our lives.


Turn Ahead

This phase of transformations and, thus, decision-making will be closed out in April.

In April there are two eclipses and a Grand Cross in Cardinal signs combined with a Kite.

  • On April 15, there is a total eclipse of the Full Moon in Libra.
  • On April 29th, there is an annular eclipse of the Sun in Taurus.
  • Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus form a Grand Cross in cardinal signs. It will be in force pretty much all month.
  • The Grand Cross is imbedded in a Kite that will also be in force for much of April.

I will discuss these aspects in greater detail next month. Suffice it to say, that eclipses are cut-off points. Old options are taken off the table. New options are adopted.

A Grand Cross in cardinal signs will require hard, irreversible choices about how to move forward. But the Kite will insure that these decisions will be made carefully and with much thought and discussion. Kites do not allow snap decisions. So April will bring irreversible changes and hard but carefully made choices.

The combination of Grand Cross and Kite make it unlikely that conflicts will have a catastrophic outcome.

Carl Boudreau at 9:58 AM

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SPECIAL NEWS ALERT from Benjamin Fulford 3-1-14… “Russian special forces engaged US ground troops in the Ukraine”… (Hold the Light for all of this…)

Thank you! I join Kauilapele in calling for whatever form of prayer, intention or meditation anyone chooses to encourage the most peaceful, just and loving outcome to this crisis.
It appears the neocons strategies have been continued under President Obama’s administration whether he personally agrees or not-leaving him the thankless task of justifying the insanity. It makes no sense that he would choose the path of antagonistic subterfuge in Ukraine as there is absolutely no way it could benefit the US.

In 1984 I worried about nuclear war between us and Russia-I live within blast range of an important target military base. But I really thought that idiocy was over two decades ago.