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Things are not as they seem

Thank you Denise! I’ve been feeling so much of what you describe here. Physically just awful but with an unusual level of peace about even the frustrating things. I feel that despite all the craziness and difficulty, the good is increasing.
I also recently”got” something Denise and others have mentioned in the past. I no longer feel like struggling to fix certain societal things are my job. I’ve been working for some time to build bridges and open channels between the divided opposition political beliefs among people I know online-even though it’s been really hard on me. I finally reached a point where I recognize that if it is so hard on me, so stressful and struggle filled-it’s not helping anyone for *me* to do it.
It still needs doing. I get that too-but destroying me, my health and my joy is NOT the way it gets done in the NEW.
I recently took a drastic step of removing myself from my primary spiritual community online even tho I love and respect the people and miss them.
I could no longer live with the feeling of being dragged downward vibrationally by reading so much negativity and service to self focused articles cheering for selfish reasoning, for hateful people as heroes and for violence as a solution. I understand now that if people want to choose violence it’s not up to me to either convince them of its nature as essentially part of the power-over worldview that doesn’t fit the new ( “you can’t tear down the master’s house using the master’s tools”) or accept it and “suck up” the cognitive dissonance and discomfort of seeing that associated with spiritual community. It’s okay for me to take care of and respect myself. It’s okay now to follow my own joy rather than grinding my soul away pathfinding and pathcutting for the collective. Since I have always been driven by my mission and duty over anything else this is a good but confusing new open space.
I’m looking forward to feeling well enough to explore it and create a new, more joyful path in the confidence that capable hands are already taking up the jobs that are no longer mine.
I’m only sharing this because some of you may be experiencing something similar of this unmooring from the old without a single channel marker anywhere in sight on this wide sea of the New.
I am so grateful for all of you who, like Denise, share your wisdom and understanding and for all who are sharing this journey. It’s so much better now knowing I’m neither alone nor defective for living this difference of awareness.

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, April 28, 2014

Dahr Jamail | On Bringing War Criminals to Justice

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: A grocery store owner burned to death in his car; a pregnant woman was beaten; a man was left comatose after severe head trauma. These are among the accusations against US forces made recently at the Iraq Commission hearing in Belgium, which explored ways to bring justice to those responsible for war crimes in the catastrophic invasion of Iraq.

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Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, “Cowboys and Indians” Heal Old Wounds

Kristin Moe, Yes! Magazine: As indigenous tribes and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they’re also learning to understand each other’s history, culture and relationship with the land.

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Dean Baker | What Problem Is Privatizing Fannie and Freddie Meant to Solve?

Dean Baker, Truthout: Many of those who were opposed to privatizing Social Security have taken the side of the financial industry in the battle over Fannie and Freddie. At the least, it should be possible to block Wall Street’s efforts to get a government guarantee for their new foray into the mortgage-backed securities market.

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Chris Hedges | The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Being an activist in peaceful mass protest is the only real “crime” Cecily McMillan has committed because the corporate state is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years.

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Abu Ghraib 10 Years Later: Challenging Corporate Impunity for Torture

Vincent Warren, Truthout: Suhail Al Shimari was beaten, starved, threatened with death, electrically shocked and subjected to other torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq without any justice while war-profiteering contractors like CACI continue to earn millions without carrying any legal risks for actions outside of the United States – even when they lead to torture.

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How George W. Bush Screwed This Generation of College Students

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Instead of spending trillions of dollars on prolonging the Bush legacy of unjust wars, we should be spending those trillions by giving every eligible student in the United States a free public college education.

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Amy Goodman | Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power and the “Unstoppable” Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader discusses his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.

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What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing

Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica: The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite Internal Revenue Service rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.

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American Abu Ghraib Prisoner “Disappears”

Aisha Maniar, Truthout: Shawki Ahmed Omar, an American-Jordanian prisoner, held without due process in Iraq for almost 10 years, “disappeared” around the time 2,400 other prisoners of Abu Ghraib were reported to have been transferred to other prisons.

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Sushi Summit Bottoms Out

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: There’s suddenly a reason to be cautiously optimistic: In the neoliberal death match euphemistically known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the little guy just won an important round against the steroid-fueled defending champions of Team Corporate Elite.

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The Road From Abu Ghraib: A Torture Story Without a Hero or an Ending

Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch: As long as those who perpetrated torture policies are considered beyond the law, there will be no safe landing for this national fall from grace that began with the revelations at Abu Ghraib.

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Neo-Nazi Claimed Sean Hannity Supported Many of His Views

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Much of FOX’s appeal to elderly white males is based on a simmering – but coded – racism. So it should have been of no surprise to Sean Hannity that Cliven Bundy is as bigoted as a pre-Civil War plantation owner.

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The Economic Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage Jobs Than Better-Paid Ones

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Conservative Supporters of Cliven Bundy Head for the Hills After Rancher’s Racist Remarks

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Preparing for War in Indianapolis: Inside the NRA Plot to Terrify America

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Supreme Court Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones

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Déjà Vu: US Incites Civil Unrest in Venezuela for Its Oil

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Big Food: Michael Pollan Thinks Wall Street Has Way Too Much Influence Over What We Eat

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Vancouver: Fracking Comes to the World’s “Greenest City”

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America