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Truthout Daily Digest March 29, 2014

Regarding the article at the top of Buzzflash today on climate, please also see the video I posted recently on runaway warming.

That video needs to be seen by as many people as possible. I don’t know if the physical activities that sequester carbon can counter it fast enough but after reading The Intention Experiment and The Field I feel that a large enough group with focused intentions *could very possibly* have a useful result.

This may be the “trigger” that ignites humanity into seeking and achieving the Unity consciousness predicted in many religious traditions.

I mean “unity or extinction” does appear to be a rather strong motivation IF enough.humans become AWARE of the necessity.

If nothing else that video reminds you of how very precious and beautiful our Earth and all that we love and care for really are-right now in this precious moment that will soon be gone.

Bless you all for all that you do each day! Just like the butterfly’s wingbeats and the hurricane used to illustrate chaos theory, who knows what action or intention we may flutter out that results in the storm of change we are all seeking?

Sheppard Air Force Base: Uncounted Costs of Privatizing Government Services

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Presidents Clinton and Bush avidly supported the privatization of public services, including the privatization of military base functions – even when there was no credible evidence that the private sector cost less or delivered superior quality.

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How a 12-Year-Old Homeless Girl Helped More Than 400 Children Find Safer Shelter

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: The idea of having to navigate cockroaches, mice, no heat and sexual predators before you even leave for school is not something any child should go through. Yet, this is the daily life for hundreds of children living in two shelters in New York City and Brooklyn. But 12-year-old Dasani helped change that.

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The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Truthout: The debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party is taking center stage. Is this a chance to put a genuinely progressive agenda on the party platform?

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Retrieving a Moral Comportment in an Age of Violence and Bullying

Fred Guerin, Truthout: In a recent report on the issue, the Canadian government expressed the desire to address cyber-bullying through criminal code reform. It would be more effective to retrieve a more potent sense of moral accountability in our ongoing relations with one another.

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Paul Krugman | A Panicked Press Turns Economics Into a Morality Play

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The ever-changing reasons for a never-changing interest rate policy suggest that we aren’t really talking about policy analysis. Instead we’re talking about some mix of class interest and desire to see economics as a morality play.

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Turning the Tide: Inside a Texas City’s Struggle To Stop Deportations

Andrew Willis Garces, Waging Nonviolence: Carmen Zuvieta’s husband, Roman, was deported February 19, 2013, a few months after he had been booked for a non-immigration offense at the Travis County jail. The day he was deported, Zuvieta became an activist. Activists in Austin, Texas are struggling for immigration reform.

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Executions on the Upswing Globally

Samuel Oakford, Inter Press Service: The number of recorded executions carried out worldwide rose 14 percent last year, as anti-terrorism measures in Iraq and hardline drug polices in Iran accounted for more than half of all reported government-sanctioned killings in 2013.

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A Tortured Twist on Ethics

Yosef Brody, OtherWords: What will be done about doctors who helped create US torture programs and participated in their implementation? What does it mean for our society to allow health professionals who have been involved with torture to subsequently practice with impunity?

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Reviewing The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

Robert Jensen, Texas Observer: The failure of Dean Starkman’s The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism – and of mainstream journalism more generally – is hidden in plain sight in the title’s metaphor. Starkman explains why journalists often aren’t alert watchdogs, but he can’t see why limiting the profession to the role of a barking dog is a dead end.

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Brown Is the New Black

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: The far right is expected to do well in the upcoming European Parliament elections in late May. The influence that the far right has right now on the interim government in Kiev is indeed worrisome. What hasn’t received much attention, however, is the influence of the far right in Russia itself. It makes Ukrainian fascism look like child’s play.

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Stuck in the Bluff: The Controversy of Needle Exchange Programs

Jim Burress, The National Radio Project: Countless lives have been saved by providing IV drug users with clean needles. But even now, with hundreds of programs across the US and throughout the world, some states still view distributing needles as illegal.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, March 31.

Climate Change Already Felt “on All Continents and Across the Oceans,” IPCC Finds

Read the Article at The Guardian

Corporate Tax Cuts: Profiteers Thrive as Local Budgets Dive

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Newt Gingrich Says Wealthy Donors Like Sheldon Adelson Have Too Much Influence

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Drone Technology Way Ahead of FAA as It Tries To Set Rules for Use

Read the article at the Witchita Eagle

NSA Chief Keith Alexander Avoids Snowden in Retirement Speech

Read the Article at The Guardian

GOP Candidate With Ties to White Supremacy “Didn’t Think Things All the Way Through,” Drops Out

Read the Article at The Political Carnival

The 10 Weirdest Things the Christian Right Thinks Will Turn Your Kids Gay

Read the Article at AlterNet

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha!

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As many of you have already noticed, this brand new grid of energetic filaments that are criss-crossing your globe has certainly lit up more than a few power points all over the place. This can in many ways be likened to what many of you refer to as acupuncture points, set into energetic pathways at junctures that serve not only to anchor these energies, but also to magnify them.

Let us explain. What we are talking about now, is in fact some of the properties of that brand new energetic system of pathways that many of you have been instrumental in setting up, and as such, what we share now, will come as a surprise to some of you, while for others, it will serve to confirm what they have already intuited is the case. For as you all connected during these last few days and weeks of energetic upgradings…

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Heavenletter #4872 Everything Comes from Within You, March 28, 2014

Thank you!

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God said:

Despair is not to follow you. Shrug it off. You may feel that there is nothing you can do when darkness of soul overcomes you, yet it is for you to part with darkness. Be happy anyway. The world does not end. It’s like you tripped and fell. That’s when you pick yourself up, rub off whatever has stuck to your clothes, and then you walk forward again. This is what to do in life. Pick yourself up, and keep walking.

Don’t squeeze every drop of anguish from whatever tripped you. It’s done. Now make it be over. Get on.

When you literally fall in mud, let’s say, you don’t stay there wallowing. And when you get up, you don’t keep the mud on you. You scrape it off and take a shower and change your clothes.

If you fell and cut your knee, the cuts will heal…

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The Oracle Report | Saturday, March 29, 2014


Balsamic Moon Phase: transformation

Moon in Pisces



Today is the last day of a natural and astrological year. A new year begins tomorrow.

Today’s energy teaches us something. The tendency is to reject events, situations, circumstances, or ideas or to feel rejected by events, situations, circumstances, or ideas. This is especially true if the past or “old” things are involved. Instead of taking this route, reinterpret the event, situation, circumstance, or idea. What should be salvaged or reformed? Which elements should be left behind and which elements should be carried forward? How can the situation be reinterpreted? Is there another meaning or use? How can it be transformed? What can rise from the old to the new? How does it look from another perspective?

The Moon will move into Aries at 9:54 pm ET/ 1:54 am UT (Sunday), so the Piscean energy is in effect most of the day. But we will be drawing into the Aries energy, and the new year’s energy, as well. As the energy shifts, we will begin to not only feel the Aries energy, but also the Uranus energy (since Uranus is in Aries and tomorrow’s New Moon conjuncts Uranus). We can expect the unexpected to begin. If you are feeling the “lightning” that Uranus brings to the body, just know that it is part of the energetics. Uranus has definite personal effects (insomnia, anxiety, headaches, kundalini surges). You are feeling the “perfect storm” that I discussed in my last article. Don’t get carried away with it; maintain sure-footing and emotional grounding. It may help to think of yourself as permeable, as in the energy washes right through you. We can be permeable while at the same time being grounded.

With all of this incoming Aries energy, we have to remember Mars, because Mars rules Aries. Mars is retrograde right now. Mars’ energy bursts forth. Anger and aggression can accompany. So people’s emotions may be amped up today, leaning toward anger and depression. Mars is also in opposition to Eris right now, bringing tendencies to fight.

That said, it’s a good day to create (if only in your mind) a “Treasure Map.” A Treasure Map is a representation of our ideas for the upcoming year. A Treasure Map can be a poem, a collage, a song, a vision, a symbol. It can take whatever form you like. The idea is to give thought. The map can include representations for goals, projects, feelings, situations – anything you’d like to experience this year. Include not just your ideas for your life, but your ideas for the world at large. Be sure to put a wise owl in there somewhere!

The New Moon in Aries, the astrological new year, begins tomorrow, Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm ET/ 6:44 pm UT. All are invited to greet the new year with a group meditation at that time. As always, there are no strict rules or dogma here; your own personal touch adds more to the meditation. It should fit in to your personal beliefs and spirituality. Smudging the area is recommended, but don’t let it stop you if you can’t do it at that time.

Here is the common denominator for the meditation:

Situate yourself outdoors if possible. Face the East.
Breathe in and exhale deeply. Release the old air and embrace the new air.
In your mind’s eye, picture your protective shaft of light, field around you, or whatever practice you use for sovereignty.
With closed eyes, picture points of light blinking on all over the globe. See lines begin to connect the dots and bring the grid to life. Take note of any images you might see coming up on the horizon.
Build up a wave of love in your body. Bring it from the depth of your being. Engage the planet by feeling your connection to her.
When you can hold the wave no longer, release it from your heart area. (There are words to speak at this point in the meditation, but I will not have those until tomorrow morning.)
Usually I write one report for the weekend, but it will be my honor to write a Sunday post tomorrow to usher in the New Year.

For today, find beauty. Celebrate life. There are sad things and happy things; worries and hopes. All of it is the totality of experiencing life at the dawn of the Second Renaissance – the year when everything begins to change, the year that humanity and Gaia Sophia begin to serve their destiny. Are you ready for that? What could be better?

(Note: If you have a question about the upcoming New Moon in Aries or a question about something I wrote in my last article, email it to me or send it to Andrew if you are on the Facebook community. We will be recording a question and answer session.)


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Truthout Daily Digest March 28, 2014

Retaliation Measures Taken at Texas Detention Facility as Detainees Resume Hunger Strike in Tacoma

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Detainees’ family members claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have retaliated against hunger strikers at a private detention center in Conroe, Texas, as detainees at a similar facility in Tacoma, Washington, resume their hunger strike this week.

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Do Humans Have a Madness Gene That Will Ensure the End of the Planet as We Know It?

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert explores in detail the likely extinction of a massive number of species – because of the destructive practices of humans – in the book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

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Sarah Jaffe | Teachers’ Strikes, Catching Fire

Sarah Jaffe, In These Times: The so-called “age of austerity” has seen teachers’ unions and other public-sector employees accept cut after cut. Yet in spite of that, teachers are beginning to win some battles – by winning over hearts and minds in the communities they serve.

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A Revolution Unraveled: Abdullah al-Arian on Egypt After Morsi

Paul Gottinger, Truthout: Abdullah al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. His research includes Islamic social movements, globalization and the Muslim world and US policy toward the Middle East. Paul Gottinger speaks with him about the political situation in Egypt and Gaza.

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Anatomy of a Kleptocracy: State Capture in Tunisia

Yasmine Ryan, Truthout: There is a logical relationship between kleptomania and revolution. When the ruling elite’s desire to rule is mostly motivated by the pursuit of its own economic interests and citizens are neglected, at a certain point, people get fed up. This happened with Tunisia’s 2010-11 uprising.

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Why Are So Many Migrants Here in the First Place?

Henia Belalia, Waging Nonviolence: As the migrant justice movement gets away from the divisive notion of “who deserves to stay,” we must also tackle the question of why people are migrating in the first place. The stories we tell must expose the neoliberal policies and practices.

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Targeted by Firebombing, Legislation, and Now Vandalism, Montana Abortion Provider Shutters Clinic

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: A Montana medical office that provided abortions has been forced to close after a vandal broke or slashed practically every object and surface inside. The accused vandal, Zachary Klundt, is the son of a former board member of an anti-choice group. The hosts speak with All Families Healthcare owner Susan Cahill.

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The Last Link Between America’s Plutocratic Past and Present Has Left Us

Sam Pizzigati, OtherWords: One obituary describes Bunny Mellon as “the last standing true American aristocrat.” Bunny’s life actually holds a deeper historical significance. At her passing, she represented the last link between America’s original plutocrats and our contemporary plutocrats, the crew that gave us the Great Recession.

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California Report: Don’t Spend New Education Money on Campus Police

Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity: A policy brief released this month urges California school districts to reject beefing up campus police forces and security when they start receiving substantial funding aimed at improving education for needy kids.

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On Climate Impasse: Appetite and Substitutes

Subhankar Banerjee, Climate Story Tellers: The prospect of deep ocean industrialization forces us to think about varieties of “new frontiers.” To satisfy the promise of progress, nation states are continuously looking for substitutes. But progress is intimately connected to climate impasse.

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The Iraq War’s Real Legacy

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Though President Obama attempted to justify Iraq’s invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the US occupation still being felt today.

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Congress Uses Ukraine as “Shock Doctrine” Excuse To Expand Dangerous and Polluting Gas (LNG) Exports

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As Naomi Klein has taught us, for every geopolitical shock, there are those who use it to their advantage. That is true of the fossil fuel industry, which is now claiming the Ukraine political standoff requires rapid expansion of perilous liquid natural gas shipments.

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Eugene Robinson | Tilting at Windbags: The GOP Pines for the Cold War Era

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Obama: Forget Russian Gas, Just Frack Europe

Read the Article at Common Dreams

How a Toxic Leak Made One Town the Subjects of a Live Human Experiment

Read the Article at National Journal

Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land: The Consequences of Climate Change

Read the Article at The New York Times

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Read the Article at DeSmogBlog

Judge Rules Goldman Sachs Must Face Lawsuit Over Mortgage Securities

Read the Article at NBC News

80 Percent of US Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment, Survey Finds

Read the Article at CBS News