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Possible New Leak at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site – NBC News.com

Possible New Leak at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site


Just two days day after the Obama administration proposed to cut millions of dollars in funding to clean up the infamous Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, the Energy Department said Thursday that one of the location’s oldest storage tanks may have sprung another leak.

The Energy Department’s contractor overseeing operations at Hanford — which houses millions of gallons of radioactive waste and is considered one of the most contaminated sites in the United States and possibly on Earth — notified its Office of River Protection of the possible leak Wednesday, the Energy Department confirmed Thursday.

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The manuscript of survival – part 402

Thank you Aisha! This helps make some sense of the ongoing oddness.

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We have come to you today to share another important piece of information, one that for many will perhaps seem to confuse them even more at first, while for others, it will seem to be obvious from the get go. Then, we would like to take some time to delve further into another topic that weighs heavy on many a heart.

So let us begin this missive by talking about the fluctuating manner you are all starting to perceive your reality, and how you seem to float in and out of different states, without any obvious reason for it. For we think many of you can report being in an almost constant state of flux now, fluctuating between extreme clarity and obfuscation, between a surge of joy and knowingness and sense of exhaustion and despair, all coming together in a soup of contrasting and perplexing ingredients. None of them seemingly…

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, March 6, 2014


Crescent Moon Phase: expand, grow, struggle, challenge, question

Moon in Taurus

The two sisters, Venus and the Black Moon join the forces of Destiny today. Events, situations, and circumstances that develop affix us to the highest course of our lives. This is a very positive thing, even if it does not appear or feel like it. Destiny works this way. As travelers on a narrow path this month, we seek illumination of our situation. This is happening like pieces of a puzzle (or signs on the trail). The characters of Venus and the Black Moon enter our personal stories today to impress upon us certain things. What these things are is different for each of us, but the common denominator involves assurance that divine forces are at work.

Other energetic signatures carry a push toward feeling like one has failed. Everyone “fails” at things as part of the process of customizing or personalizing our stories. In other words, the perceived “failures” are the things that make our stories more interesting, make them our own. “Failures” are places where the story becomes more detailed, complex, and multi-dimensional. Art like this is more interesting than art that is flat and monochromatic. We are neither flat nor monochromatic. We are faceted and prismatic. Failures and disappointment are only one stage of the process. If you experience these feelings today, take it on board and own it as a piece of your story. But it’s not the end of the story. It’s merely the arc in story – the hero and heroine’s stories.


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Spring has Sprung at The Holler~

Thank you Cindy!

At The Holler, when the poppies bloom, spring is coming , take heart, this means spring is around the corner for you too!

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed.
Robert Burns

And far and wide, in a scarlet tide,
The poppy’s bonfire spread.
Bayard Taylor
The poppy opes her scarlet purse of dreams.
Scharmel Iris
Through the dancing poppies stole
A breeze most softly lulling to my soul.
John Keats
The poppies hung
Dew-dabbled on their stalks.
John Keats
Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
Francis Thompson
May the blooming poppies cheer your day with their promise of the coming spring!

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Venezuela: Cubs of Reaction

Thank you for posting this! In America almost all that is shown about Venezuela is American Venezuelans or relatives who support the right wing ideas whining about how terrible all socialism is and how we need to topple that democratically elected government. Democracy is great here-except when the majority of voters disagree with corporations:-(

Chiapas Support Committee

Luis Hernández Navarro speaks out on Venezuela

Venezuela: cubs of reaction

Venezuela Marches on May Day 2013 Venezuela Celebrates May Day 2013

By: Luis Hernández Navarro

Lorent Saleh is a 25-year old Venezuelan youth, with flaming language, who studied foreign trade. He is one of the visible heads of the coalition that seeks to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. He directs Operación Libertad (Operation Freedom) organization, which locates Cuban Castro-communism as the principal enemy of Venezuela.

Lorent began his task against the Bolivarian Revolution in 2007. Since then he has not let up. He organizes hunger strikes that campaigns as Chávez lies. Although he abandoned the classroom years ago, he still introduces himself as a student leader. And, although he has no known employment, he travels around Latin America to try to isolate the Maduro government.

The young Saleh has good friends in diverse countries. In Colombia, for example, the Nationalist Alliance for Freedom and Third Force…

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Connecting with nature

Thank you for posting this!
 I always felt like paganism was a way to (finally!!) connect a little with humans. Because they were venturing a little ways into my world, and no longer seemed like complete and total aliens to me.  

Everyone is a unique being formed by their own unique genetic inheritance and individual experience but it seems to me that Aspie’s are even more completely their own unique world than neurotypical individuals who seem much more able to connect and clump like blood cells into group formations. 

I don’t know how it is for other Aspie’s but I grew up much more connected,  even embedded in nature and the wild than in any human culture or society.   

Science tho it can certainly be useful, has often worked from a lamentable tendency to isolate things, to create boxes, niches, categories and hierarchies rather than understanding a being -whether mouse, muon or mountain-it is content to label and categorize. 

The dense information our human senses receive as functional cells in the body of Gaia is so concentrated our language and categories are simply unable to dissect and contain it all so the non-rational,  intuitive,  flowing side of the brain is in charge of this constantly updating avalanche of data. 

Even tho I exceeded Shakespeare’s vocabulary before I left elementary school, I’ve always found language inadequate.  I live in that other realm where the song of the wind and the sea, the stories told by the rustling of birds wings, the cracking of ice and the dance of sunlight through trees are an endless untranslatable conversation. 

As a child my closest friends were more likely to be made of wind or bark and leaves, more likely to be covered in fur, feathers or scales than denim, cotton and polyester. 

I grew ever more bewildered by humans as I discovered that most of them not only took little notice of the cacophony of life all around them but they did not *feel* the life in all things and so did not respect it.

To most the lives around them weren’t “real” so trampling a flower, killing a tree in their yard, clearcutting a forest,  “euthanizing” ten thousand “unwanted” cats and dogs or factory farms torturing millions of chickens, pigs and cows were all the same unremarkable everyday life. 

I began to feel very much like a person who wakes up in a nightmare.  

To the majority winds, lightning, forests, storms,  wildlife,  *nature* were not amazing,  beautiful friends but unknown,  out of control and frightening. 

And people wonder why many autistic children don’t talk (who later prove they can). If you woke up in a dream full of half alive, murderous, apparently crazy people what would you do?!

So when I encountered pagans and decolonized  ndns outside of my family I was, I think understandably,  amazed and grateful. 

They, born into zombie culture,  wanted to be fully alive. They felt the life around them and were reaching for understanding and connection with it.

Learning nature on all levels imho is an essential part of being alive. Even Anastasia who has a highly Christianized worldview spends large portions of the Ringing Cedars series explaining how to reconnect with the land and living beings all around us. 

I believe colonization is heavily rooted in trauma-in using trauma to program and control people and the root trauma it began with was the deadening of our inborn,  inherent connection to all life and to the land of which we are each a living part.

Separation from ourselves,  our ancestors and the land was no accident and neither was the loathsome Cartesian duality that tells us we must approach all learning from a position of separation,  categorization and hierarchy. 

It is all simply a way to cripple and control. 

I have not had the pleasure of meeting many druids in person, and only a few online. But the author of this blog consistently exhibits a quality I have long associated with the master druids-teachers like Ross Nichols. 

Her writing is deceptively simple and straightforward. She appears to be stating her observations, describing her experience but the words contain a spiral structure of layered ideas that inspire thought, contemplation and understanding long after you finish reading the relatively brief essay/post.

I am delighted by her ability to inspire. I try to type a brief intro to reblog her ideas and end up with a whole post of my own.(I usually don’t feel well enough to write posts so mostly reblog interesting things I hope others will see)

With apologies to Nimue for rambling on-here’s her post:-)

Druid Life

For many people who come to Paganism as adults, connecting with nature is very much part of the point, and also a key part of the work to be done. If you’ve woken up from insulated, urban living and realised you do not have any familiarity with the seasons, the agricultural year or what the trees are doing, that re-connecting can be the essence of Paganism. The Wheel of the Year festivals become important markers as you learn your way around the seasons, and may be the one reliable time you get out ‘into nature’ to experience it firsthand.

Having spent a while running assorted gatherings, I’ve seen a lot of this. People for whom time under trees was not normal. People whose lives had not allowed them to spend time wandering in urban parks getting to know the songbirds. Folk for whom the agricultural year was an arcane mystery…

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Truthout Daily Digest March 5, 2014

Political Prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway Released From Prison After 44 Years

Susie Day, Truthout: Former Black Panther Marshall Edward Conway, who has spent nearly 44 of his 67 years in maximum security prisons, was released Tuesday, his conviction overturned. Scores of former Black Panthers continue to serve virtual life sentences in prison.

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Rola Nashef: Redefining Arab-American Narratives Through Romantic Comedy

Anna Lekas Miller, Truthout: Rola Nashef – writer, director and producer of the film Detroit Unleaded – discusses the Arab-American community in Detroit, Arab-American identity and the politics of challenging media stereotypes of Arabs and Arab-Americans through romantic comedy.

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Nuclear Weapons – Hope at Last

Jim McCluskey, Truthout: In spite of their obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France are rebuilding or upgrading their arsenals of nuclear weapons. The rest of the world is responding to this threat to all human life.

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The Case of Oscar Pistorius: Life and Death in the Rainbow Nation

James Kilgore, Truthout: The global media feasts on the spectacle of Oscar Pistorius as South Africa’s O.J. Simpson, ignoring the tragic persistence of gender-based violence, inequality and punitive criminal justice that form the context of his violent act.

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Why Hospitals Are Failing Civilians Who Get PTSD

Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder is having a major impact on injured civilians, particularly those with violent injuries. But many hospitals still have no systematic approach to identifying patients with PTSD or helping them get treatment.

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Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways – But Can It Change?

Bruce E. Levine, Truthout: Even as the intellectual foundation for our drug-based paradigm of mental health care – starting with the diagnostics – is collapsing, society’s use of these medications is increasing. It is likely that the psychiatric profession will not change until it sees the financial benefit in doing so.

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US Readies for Modi Ahead of 2014 India Elections as Indian Media Becomes Campaign Focus

Papri Sri Raman, Truthout: While the United States appears to be preparing for a Bharatiya Janata Party victory and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India’s April parliamentary elections, Indian political parties have avoided substantive issues in favor of finger-pointing at the media.

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How a CBS Video About a Cancer Victim Misled Millions About Obamacare

Maggie Mahar, Health Beat: A CBS report misled the public about Obamacare coverage. Maggie Mahar of Health Beat called them on it and they pulled the video – but by then the damage was done.

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Venezuela Is Not Ukraine

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as part of an attempt to overthrow the elected government.

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Is Russian-Ukraine Intervention Illegal?

Paul Jay, The Real News Network: Jeffrey Sommers, associate professor and Senior Fellow of the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and John Quigley, professor of International Law and Comparative Law at Ohio State University analyze the role of Russia and the United States in the Ukraine crisis.

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Today we’re giving a major boost to a pair of petitions in support of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Please add your name to one or both.

Tell Secretary of State Kerry: Give Snowden back his passport!

Tell the Obama administration: Hands off Snowden!


The Grave Injustice of Overturning Chevron’s $9.5 Billion Responsibility for Toxic Pollution in Ecuador

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Yesterday, a New York federal judge let Chevron off the hook for toxic oil pollution that is still causing death, illness and pollution in Ecuador. It is another example of how multibillion-dollar corporations can afford to shop around for courts and judges who side with the 1%.

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Did the CIA Spy on Senate Investigators?

Read the Article at The New York Times

How the Rich Became Dependent on Government Welfare

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Washington, DC, Council Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Jim Hightower | A Financial Transaction Tax on High-Frequency Traders

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Meet North Carolina’s Environmental “Regulator” Who Hates Science

Read the Article at Salon

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Cut Food Stamp Spending by $4.6 Billion a Year

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Media Matters Launches “Mythopedia” Fact Check Tool Ahead of CPAC

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo