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The Oracle Report | Friday, March 7, 2014

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

Moon in Gemini

Today’s energy carries potential to deliver something unexpected and swift. These unexpected things come in a myriad of forms ranging from brilliant flashes of insight to dramatic rearrangement of circumstances. There is even a rather hysterical element that can blow things out of proportion. If you experience this today, remember that after the initial surprise, impact, or shock, there is likely to be a liberation from something.

We are liberated when we surrender or release, but there is an important distinction between the terms “surrender” and “release.” During Third Quarter phases, our mission is to surrender that which is no longer in alignment. Surrendering means action has ceased. We yield. During Balsamic phases, the mission is to release. Release comes when we let go. Letting go comes in many forms, two of which are ending something or beginning something. It comes from wanting to break free from what doesn’t feel good and what has become a burden. The cosmos is designed to receive whatever we release during the energetic frequencies of the Balsamic time of year. This is where we are in the natural cycle of life.

The transformative power of Balsamic phases is under-recognized because it happens in spaces where there is lightness of being. Mindspaces that become lighter receive the fullest wash of spiritual renewal today. This is achieved when we can forgive ourselves, soften, or give something up. Then the magic begins. And we remember what it feels like to be happy.

A lot is happening in the world and in our lives. We are preparing for great change with the upcoming astrological year (beginning at the Aries New Moon on March 30, 2014). Test out in your mind what would happen and how you might feel if you released something that is weighing on you. This month we are travelers on a narrow path up a mountain, seeking illumination – wisdom – about specific things. What we carry on our backs is completely our choice.

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Truthout Daily Digest March 6, 2014

William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than the Mob: The Insurance Industry Is Organized Crime

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Abandoning the concept of single-payer health care is the Original Sin of the Affordable Care Act. The insurance industry has less morality than a Mafia leg-breaker but far more power, and someone decided to keep it in charge of the process anyway.

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Danny Glover and James Counts Early | A Year After the Death of Hugo Chavez Frias

Danny Glover and James Counts Early, Truthout: A year after the death of Hugo Chávez Frías, we take time to reflect about his life, his virtues and limitations, his public promises, achievements and unfinished work. Chávez was a bold thinker, uncompromising in his goal of constructing a new, just, economically productive Venezuela.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Dallas Police 72-Hour Review Policy

Stephen Benavides, Truthout: In November 2013, a secret policy allowed Dallas police to take 72 hours to review any evidence before making an official statement. The policy was instituted in response to a police shooting report that was contradicted by a home surveillance camera.

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Profiteers Are Lining Up To Make Money Off Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, The Penguin Press: In his book Windfall: The Blooming Business of Global Warming, McKenzie Funk reports on the long line of individuals, corporations and financial investors who are betting on climate change to make a huge profit from catastrophe.

Read the Excerpt

Denton, Texas, Citizens Group Fights for Fracking Ban

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Instead of trying to get a temporary moratorium on fracking, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group plans to turn Denton into a frack-free city, making it the first in Texas to ban fracking outright.

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Hair-Trigger America

William J. Astore, Truthout: A nation that used to espouse isolationism has morphed into one poised for hair-trigger pre-emptive war, privately armed to the teeth and the leading purveyor in the global arms trade.

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The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War: How the Military Avoided Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Asked for Billions More

Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch: Despite cries of doom since sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change anytime soon.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Petroleum Politicians, Crude Money and Media Spin

Dave Saldana, PR Watch: From a purely economic standpoint, political contributions are an astonishingly good investment for oil companies. TransCanada and the American Petroleum Institute have very large bank accounts, and they’ve been willing to open their checkbooks to tell the story their way.

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President Obama Proposes 2015 Budget

Jasmine Tucker, National Priorities Project: President Obama released his sixth budget proposal, requesting $3.9 trillion in fiscal year 2015. At a time of conflict over federal spending, the president’s budget is largely a political document that shows Obama’s priorities in detail.

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Ian Haney Lopez on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López says dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests.

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Labor Anger Simmers in Cambodia

Michelle Tolson, Inter Press Service: With public gatherings banned in Cambodia and charges framed against 23 union leaders and activists, labor discontent within the garment worker sector may not be spilling onto the streets, but it is simmering.

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Economic Update: Subsidizing Corporations

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on International Women’s Day; the long-term unemployed; rich/poor cities; subsidies for the biggest corporations; Google’s hiring policies; Chrysler subsidies and Canada; the defeat of Arizona’s discrimination law; and more.

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Why Should Laboring Americans Work Hard and Play by the Rules When the Rich Don’t?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The 1% and their bought politicians love to lecture the 99% about working hard and playing by the rules. Then how come they don’t?

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Predictable Backlash: Pentagon Now Fears Drones Being Used Against US

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Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights

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The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

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The Predatory Consensus of the “Deep State”

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How Steve Stockman Pioneered the Uncampaign

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USDA To Allow Chickens From US to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to US for Consumption

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Four Same-Sex Couples Challenge Wyoming’s Marriage Ban

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Crystals ripple in response to light: First propagating surface phonon polaritons in a van der Waals crystal — ScienceDaily

Crystals ripple in response to light: First propagating surface phonon polaritons in a van der Waals crystal

Date:
March 6, 2014
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Source:
University of California – San Diego

Summary:
Minuscule waves that propagate across atom — thin layers of crystal could carry information, light, and heat in nanoscale devices. For the first time, the frequency and amplitude of these waves, called surface phonon polaritons, can be tuned by altering the number of layers of crystals, and they travel far making practical applications for these signals feasible.

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Crystals ripple in response to light: First propagating surface phonon polaritons in a van der Waals crystal

Date:

March 6, 2014

Source:

University of California – San Diego

Summary:

Minuscule waves that propagate across atom — thin layers of crystal could carry information, light, and heat in nanoscale devices. For the first time, the frequency and amplitude of these waves, called surface phonon polaritons, can be tuned by altering the number of layers of crystals, and they travel far making practical applications for these signals feasible.

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This image shows surface phonon polaritons launched by infrared light propagate across layers of hexagonal boron nitride, a van der Waals crystal.

Credit: Siyuan Dai

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Light can trigger coordinated, wavelike motions of atoms in atom-thin layers of crystal, scientists have shown. The waves, called phonon polaritons, are far shorter than light waves and can be “tuned” to particular frequencies and amplitudes by varying the number of layers of crystal, they report in the early online edition of Science March 7.

These properties — observed in this class of material for the first time — open the possibility of using polaritons to convey information in tight spaces, create images at far finer resolution than is possible with light, and manage the flow of heat in nanoscale devices.

“A wave on the surface of water is the closest analogy,” said Dimitri Basov, professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, who led the project. “You throw a stone and you launch concentric waves that move outward. This is similar. Atoms are moving. The triggering event is illumination with light.”

The team used infrared light to launch phonon polaritons across a material called hexagonal boron nitride — crystals that form sheet-like layers held together by the weakest of chemical bonds.

Siyuan Dai, a graduate student in Basov’s research group who was responsible for much of the experimental work and is the first author of the report, focused an infrared laser on the tip of an atomic-force microscope as it scanned across this material, registering motions in the crystalline lattice.

The measurements revealed interference patterns created as the traveling waves reached edges of the material and reflected back. The amplitude and frequency of the waves depended on the number of layers in the crystal. Both properties will prove useful in the design of nanodevices.

“You can bounce these waves off edges. You can bounce them off defects. You can play all sorts of cool tricks with them. And of course, you can design the wavelength and amplitude of these oscillations in a way that suits your purpose,” Basov said.

The finding was something of a surprise. Boron nitride is an insulator used as a support structure for other materials, like graphene, which this group recently showed could support waves of electron densities called plasmon polaritons. Although similarly compact, plasmon polaritons rapidly dissipate.

“Because these materials are insulators, there is no electronic dissipation. So these waves travel further,” Basov said. “We didn’t expect them to be long-lived, but we are pleased that they are. It’s becoming kind of practical.”

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of California – San Diego. The original article was written by Susan Brown. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

S. Dai, Z. Fei, Q. Ma, A. S. Rodin, M. Wagner, A. S. Mcleod, M. K. Liu, W. Gannett, W. Regan, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, M. Thiemens, G. Dominguez, A. H. Castro Neto, A. Zettl, F. Keilmann, P. Jarillo-Herrero, M. M. Fogler, D. N. Basov. Tunable Phonon Polaritons in Atomically Thin van der Waals Crystals of Boron Nitride. Science, 2014 DOI: 10.1126/science.1246833

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