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Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian

Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun, scientists warn

Two separate studies confirm loss of ice sheet is inevitable, and will cause up to 4m of additional sea-level rise

The calving front of Thwaites Ice Shelf looking at the ice below the water's surface, Western Antarctica.The study honed in on the Thwaites glacier – the soft underbelly of the Antarctic ice sheet. Photograph: Jim Yungel/NASA

Suzanne Goldenberg

Monday 12 May 2014 12.30 EDT

The collapse of the WesternAntarctica ice sheet is already under way and is unstoppable, two separate teams of scientists said on Monday.

The glaciers’ retreat is being driven by climate change and is already causing sea-level rise at a much faster rate than scientists had anticipated.

The loss of the entire western Antarctica ice sheet could eventually cause up to 4 metres (13ft) of sea-level rise, devastating low-lying and coastal areas around the world. But the researchers said that even though such a rise could not be stopped, it is still several centuries off, and potentially up to 1,000 years away.

The two studies, by Nasa and the University of Washington, looked at the ice sheets of western Antarctica over different periods of time.

The Nasa researchers focused on melting over the last 20 years, while the scientists at the University of Washington used computer modelling to look into the future of the western Antarctic ice sheet.

But both studies came to broadly similar conclusions – that the thinning and melting of the Antarctic ice sheet has begun and cannot be halted, even with drastic action to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

They also suggest that recent accumulation of ice in Antarctica was temporary.

“A large sector of the western Antarctic ice sheet has gone into a state of irreversible retreat. It has passed the point of no return,” Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at Nasa and the University of California, Irvine, told a conference call. “This retreat will have major consequences for sea level rise worldwide.”

The two studies between them suggest sea-level rise will be far greater than envisaged by the United Nations’ IPCC report earlier this year. The IPCC forecast on sea-level rise did not factor in the melting of the western Antarctica ice sheet.

The Nasa study, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, studied the retreat of six glaciers in western Antarctica that are already the major drivers of global sea-level rise.

One of those glaciers, Pine Island, retreated 31km at its centre from 1992-2011. Rignot said all six glaciers together contained enough ice to add an additional 1.2m (4ft) to sea levels around the world.

In the University of Washington study, which will be published in the journal Science, researchers used detailed topography maps, airborne radar and computer modelling to reach greater certainty about the projected timeline of the ice sheet collapse.

The study honed in on the Thwaites glacier – a broad glacier that is part of the Amundsen Sea. Scientists have known for years that the Thwaites glacier is the soft underbelly of the Antarctic ice sheet, and first found that it was unstable decades ago.

The University of Washington researchers said that the fast-moving Thwaites glacier could be lost in a matter of centuries. The loss of that glacier alone would raise global sea level by nearly 2ft.

Thwaites also acts as a dam that holds back the rest of the ice sheet. Once Thwaites goes, researchers said, the remaining ice in the sheet could cause another 10 to 13ft (3-4m) of global sea-level rise.

Satellite view of Antarctica with the Thwaites glacier marked in red. Satellite view of Antarctica with the Thwaites glacier marked in red. Photograph: UIG/Getty Images

“The thinning we are seeing is not just some temporary trend. It is really the beginning of a larger scale collapse that is likely to play out over a two to 10-century range,” Ian Joughin, a University of Washington glaciologist, told The Guardian.

He said the retreat would begin slowly, resulting in sea-level rise of less than 1mm a year for a couple of hundred years. But “then boom, it just starts to really go,” Joughin said.

Even under the worst-case scenario currently envisaged, the collapse of the entire ice sheet is about 200 years off – and the collapse could be as far away as 1,000 years, depending on future warming.

But collapse is inevitable, the scientists said. Joughin put the most likely timeframe at between 200 and 500 years.

The two teams of scientists used airborne radar and satellites to map the layers of ice down to the sea bed, and to study the rate of glacier movement. The Nasa team also drew on observations stretching back 40 years.

Even so, Rignot said he was taken aback at how fast change was occurring.

“This system, whether Greenland or Antarctica, is changing on a faster time scale than we anticipated. We are discovering that every day,” Rignot said.

Scientists are also finding that the causes of the ice loss are highly complex – and that it is not just due to warmer temperatures causing surface melting of the ice.

Both papers said the contact between the glaciers and the relatively warmer water at the ocean depths was the main driver of the slow-motion collapse.

Rignot said that even drastic action to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change could not prevent the collapse.

“We feel this is at the point where even if the ocean is not warming up, is not providing additional ocean heat, the system is in a sort of chain reaction that is unstoppable,” he told reporters on a conference call.

The only thing that could hold the glaciers back would be a large hill or big mountain that could block the retreat, Rignot said. But there is none, he said, “So we think it is not going to be stoppable.”

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Why Do Israeli Soldiers Bully Palestinians? | Tikkun


“The violent behavior of the soldier videotaped aiming his rifle at a Palestinian teen, setting off a storm in the media, especially the social media-was not exceptional.”

So says veteran Israeli reporter Amira Hass intoday‘s issue of Israel’s most respected newspaper, Haaretz. You can read her story on the Haaretz website [ http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.590048].

From Tikkun’s standpoint, we need to point out that there’s nothing unusual about this behavior: occupying armies regularly brutalize the populations they are sent to police as part of the way they justify to themselves their presence on the streets of someone else’s cities or villages. The task itself is dehumanizing not just for the occupied but also for the occupier.

Consider the situation in Hebron, a city of over 100,000 Palestinians built around the site holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah are believed to have been buried. It was around this site that Israeli settlers occupied buildings and built a small enclave, and now 18-to-22-year-old Israeli youth are sent to protect the settlers from the anger of Palestinians who are frequently blocked from approaching this holy site. The settlers themselves have been documented to attack Palestinian school children, to deface Palestinian buildings, and to harass Palestinians, under the protection of the Israel army (IDF).

Now, send a young 18-20 year old Israeli teen into this situation with the orders to “protect” the settlers, and after a while you get a dynamic in which the soldiers-to justify to themselves their presence in someone else’s city, and faced with the outrage of citizens who have been systematically harassed by settlers-start to feel outrage at those whom they are sent to police.

We at Tikkun want to insist that this is not because these soldiers are beasts-this behavior eventually emerges among any occupying army: the occupation itself elicits brutalizing and bullying behavior from the ranks of the occupiers. This happens in every occupation, from the Chinese occupation of Tibet, to the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the police occupations of America’s central cities. It’s the same behavior that prison guards exhibit in prisons around the world.

While some Jews believe that their army is an exception, human rights organizations like B’tselem: The Israeli Human Rights Organization and neutral visitors like Christian Peacemakers teams have reported on this behavior for several decades now, each week documenting the inhumane behavior of the IDF in the occupied West Bank (and previously in Gaza).

It is the Occupation, not the evil of individual Israeli youth, that is the essence of the problem, and that is one of the reasons why we at Tikkun have been challenging the legitimacy and morality of the Occupation since we began some twenty-eight years ago. Our teach-ins to the Congress and the Administration, sponsored by our Network of Spiritual Progressives, have conveyed this message to many in Congress: the Occupation is not only evil for Palestinians, it is also evil for Israelis. The Occupation dehumanizes the dehumanizers, distorts the fundamental decency of the Israeli population, and must be ended.

Yet, given the fundamental inequality of power in this situation, it is the ethical responsibility of the Israelis, and those who support them (particularly the people of the United States and Jews around the world) to do every nonviolent thing in our power to do to end this Occupation quickly.

Please read Rabbi Lerner’s book “Embracing Israel/Palestine” to further understand the psychological traumas as in the histories of both peoples that have led to this horrific situation (order it on Kindle at Amazon, or in hard copy from www.tikkun.org/EIP). We in the Network of Spiritual Progressives refuse to demonize either Israelis or Palestinians. It is precisely because we care about the well-being of both sides that we seek to end this horrific situation. You can help us by joining the Network of Spiritual Progressives [ https://org.salsalabs.com/o/525/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_ ] at http://www.spiritualprogressives.org.


Why Do Israeli Soldiers Bully Palestinians?

by Amira Hass

Published on Haaretz.com [ http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.590048 ]

May 12, 2014 

Why did his commanders send a soldier with a record of violence to bully Palestinians in Hebron? The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit chose to respond to Haaretz’s question with “no comment.” Perhaps that’s because the right answer is: Violence and bullying are what the Israel Defense Forces’ presence in Hebron and the West Bank is really all about. And another right answer: The IDF’s first mission in the West Bank is to ensure the continuation of the settlement enterprise, which means expelling the Palestinians from their land. The violence of the army and the settlers serves this mission. The proof? The hundreds of buildings in Hebron’s Old City that have been emptied of their owners and tenants. 

The violent and bullying behavior of David Adamov – the soldier who was videotaped [http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.587922 ] aiming his rifle at a Palestinian teen, setting off a storm in the media, especially the social media – was not exceptional. What was exceptional was that the Israeli public initially believed he was sent to military prison because of his violence toward Palestinians. 

By what authority did Adamov and his fellow soldiers detain several Palestinians for two hours at a military checkpoint whose entire purpose is to ensure that members of the Chosen People can march proudly down Shuhada Street and that Palestinians are kept away? This incident predated that of the now-famous video. To this question, too, the IDF Spokesperson declined to respond. In any event, soldiers (and employees of civilian contractors) detain Palestinians freely at every checkpoint and roadblock. 

The robbery of the Palestinians’ time by the Israeli authorities – at every level, both military and civilian – is an integral part of the Israeli domination regime. 

Why do soldiers bark obscenities at Palestinians? I didn’t ask the IDF Spokesperson this question. Since I first began covering the occupation, nearly a quarter-century ago, I have learned that soldiers must do so in order to overcome the cognitive dissonance in which they operate. After all, 18 and 20-year-olds can think and feel, in short, be responsible for their actions – and here I part ways with the military experts, obviously. Clearly, 18- and 20-year-olds know the Palestinians are human beings just like us. The trash talk and humiliation builds up the dehumanization, until the soldiers are convinced that the Palestinian is different. Commanders don’t want to stop this, because only then can the soldiers fully carry out their mission: to prevent the Palestinian from walking down the street where he lives, to prevent him from living on the street where he and his parents were born, to destroy the livelihoods of many thousands of people. 

Humiliation of the Palestinians by every level of the civilian and military apparatus is an inseparable part of building a nation of overlords. 

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit also chose not to respond to questions concerning the arrest of Saddam Abu Sneinah, the youth from the video [ http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.588842 ] who was holding prayer beads, and who Adamov said was holding brass knuckles and supposedly threatening him, the poor guy. Threatened? In a settler area, in front of a checkpoint manned by armed soldiers? Next to a military camp? Chief of Staff Benny Gantz – With soldiers who are so weak, insecure and delusional, you should be very worried. 

Soldiers beat Abu Sneinah when they arrested him. The IDF Spokesperson did not deny or respond to this assertion. Because it’s the norm. Soldiers beat handcuffed Palestinian detainees. It’s part of the dehumanization, of the routine violence. It’s gone on for 47 years (the occupation), for 66 years (the State of Israel), and we’re not done yet. Nor did the IDF Spokesperson issue a response when asked whether the fact that such beatings are the norm meant the commanders support the beating of detainees. The soldiers kept Abu Sneinah handcuffed and blindfolded for an entire night, on a concrete floor with no mattress. The IDF Spokesperson did not deny or respond when asked if this was torture. The IDF Spokesperson did not identify either the commander who ordered Abu Sneinah’s arrest or the commander who was responsible for the atrocious conditions in which he was kept. The IDF Spokesperson also did not respond when asked why, when Abu Sneinah was released, after 24 hours, he was rearrested by different soldiers at the checkpoint near Shuhada Street. He was held for another hour, and the heroic soldiers beat him some more. 

There was no point asking the IDF Spokesperson why the soldiers don’t speak Arabic. The center operated by Youth Against Settlements – that’s the organization that published the videos of the encounter between Adamov and Abu Sneinah – has a Hebrew class for Palestinian children from Hebron’s Old City. So they can understand what the soldiers are saying, so they’ll remember that despite their job, the soldiers are human beings, with hearts and minds. “How are you?” one of the “youths” asked a soldier in Hebrew a few days after the Adamov incident. “Praise God,” answered the soldier, leading some settler children to shout at him: “Why are you talking to an Arab?” 

“You son of a bitch, as soon as I get a chance, I’ll shoot you,” a soldier named Effi told Issa Amro, one of the founders of Youth Against Settlements. “Keep your ugly mouth shut,” another soldier told Amro. On the orders of a Russian-accented civilian – a woman – the soldiers raided the organization’s center, ostensibly in search of rock-throwers. 

One can understand the soldiers and the way they talk to the Palestinians: The curses, the derogatory language, help the armed Israelis to pretend to be superior and righteous. It’s hard for them to confront the courage, nobility, determination and restraint with which the older Palestinian activists receive them. It’s hard for them, and others like them, when they are confronted with the courage, nobility, determination and restraint with which the vast majority of Palestinians continues to bear our violent and brutal presence, in the confident knowledge that it will end.

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Common Dreams | This Week’s Important Stories Monday, May 12, 2014


The Free-Trade Regime: Oligarchy in Action


Grassroots Outcry Pushes FCC Chair to Backpedal on Internet Rules

Feds Failing to Inspect Thousands of Oil and Gas Wells: Report

Reports of Blackwater Swarming Kiev as East Vows Independence

Despite Explosion, Gaza Freedom Flotilla to Sail Against Siege: Organizers

New Study Calls Out 17 Common Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

‘Unconscionable’: Nobel Winners Blast Development of ‘Killer Robots’

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Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism

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Edwin Sanders: Private Prisons Eat Our Humanity

Susan Freinkel: Why the U.S. Plastics Industry Loves the Fracking Boom

Ken Butigan: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and a World Where Everyone Matters

Pratap Chatterjee: The Three Faces of Drone War: Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens

Matt Wood: The Tweaks to Tom Wheeler’s Proposal Won’t Save the Internet

Chris Hedges: The Power of Imagination



Defense for Children International Palestine: Rising Numbers of Palestinian Children Subjected to Solitary Confinement

Center for Constitutional Rights: 2013 Stop and Frisk Numbers Underscore Need to Begin Reforms

Greenpeace: Energy [R]evolution Report Details how US can Transition to Nearly 100% Renewable Energy

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The Next Step – Almost Uncontrollable Urges

Thank you, Brenda! I’m so grateful for those of you who have developed this clarity of vision to share with us all on this journey. Often my inner knowing will say “yes, of course, exactly! ” when I read one of these from you, Denise or Aisha but the busy-mind and mental clutter of daily life had until I read it completely obscured my own awareness.
I guess this is an affirmation of the truly collective nature of this adventure; we advance by interconnection and interdependence. Our joyful and easy baby-steps on the path to Unity:-)

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Summary of Brenda’s April 26, 2014 free, 15-minute, channeled “Creation Energies” show at http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/brenda-hoffman: Those at the forefront are shifting faster and deeper daily. An apt analogy is a pre-cell evolving into a tooth or hair cell – part of the body, but with a unique role. As you evolve in new earth, your joy path may evolve also – just as was true as you became an adult. Each of you – including those newly awakened and those yet to awaken – is an important member of the Universal choir with the perfect voice/vibration for that choir.

The next Creation Energies BlogTalkRadio.com show will be posted Friday, June 13 or Saturday, June 14.

The title of last week’s Brenda’s Blog, her channeled blog for http://www.LifeTapestryCreations.com is Your Joy is Yours Alone.

Brenda’s Blog and her Creation Energies show contain different channeled…

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, May 11, 2014


The Forgotten Mothers

Ayanna Banks Harris, Truthout: The majority of women in prison are domestic violence survivors. Most women in prison are also mothers. This Mother’s Day, Monica Simpson of SisterSong discusses the case of Marissa Alexander in the context of reproductive justice and the criminalization of survivors and mothers of color.

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The Leap to Biosphere Consciousness and Collaboration: An Interview With Author Jeremy Rifkin

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, The Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, describes a world where privatized monopolies yield to collaborative commons.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign to Tackle Student Debt and the Privatization of Education

Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company: Nelini Stamp, the youth outreach director for Working Families, says the “Higher Ed, Not Debt” campaign – which Sen. Elizabeth Warren helped launch – is part of a larger battle over education in the US from pre-kindergarten up.

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Major Report Urges Reform of US Capital Punishment System

Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: Since 1973, more than 140 people have been exonerated from death row, but critics say it is impossible to tell how many of the 1,400 who have been executed may have been innocent.

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Louisiana Residents Gear Up for Fracking Fight Just Outside New Orleans

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: In April, Louisiana residents packed a meeting, expressing fear and outrage about proposed drilling in their community. Right away, they learned two things: firstly, that they’re up against Louisiana’s strong laws protecting the oil and gas industry. And secondly, that there’s no time to waste.

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Truthout Interviews Adam Hudson on Gentrification and Suburban Poverty

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Adam Hudson and Ted Asregadoo discuss the ways in which “tech capitalism” is turning San Francisco into a playground for the very rich – as those who are not wealthy get pushed out to the suburbs.

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Paul Krugman | An American Road to Nowhere

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: President Obama’s modest proposal for road repairs and transit upgrades appears to be going nowhere, thanks to a fight over how to pay for it. Asking how we will pay for infrastructure may seem prudent, but it is in fact deeply foolish.

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Putin’s Latest Target: Free Speech on the Internet

Steve Williams, Care2: Opponents of the Putin administration have all been frozen out of state-controlled media and, protesters say, the last place they have to speak out is the internet – and now even that is being encroached upon.

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Keith Ellison Warns Democrats: Focus on People, Not Fundraising

Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has a sharp warning for Democrats: Focus less on fundraising and more on people and their need for progressive, populist solutions to their concerns about the economy.

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In Mexico, the Corner Belongs to Those Who Work on It

Marta Molina, Waging Nonviolence: On May Day, for the sixth year in a row, sex workers in Mexico City marched to demand their labor rights and celebrate the fact that, after two years of struggle, the city government recognized them as non-salaried workers this past February.

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The Last Lie of an Air Force Academy Cadet

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: To be branded as a “not-Christian enough” troublemaker before one even reports to his first duty assignment can have an enormously disheartening impact on a new graduate of the US Air Force Academy.

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This week on Speakout:

Benita Coffey pushes for an end to the torture that is solitary confinement; Lawrence Davidson and Janet Amighi expose how the United States propaganda system works; Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai argues for self-determination in Kashmir; Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute urges consumers to act to maintain organic food standards; CityTownInfo.comoffers an infographic illustrating growing inequality in the United States; Steven Reisner, president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, writes a letter to President Obama demanding accountability for torture; William Patrick Martin recommends reading lists for people of all ages; Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity call for an Obama-Putin summit on Ukraine; and more.

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The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

The US Failed to Inspect Thousands of Potentially Risky Oil and Gas Wells, Report Finds

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Rebels Talk of Splitting Ukraine as East Votes on Self-Rule

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New York Police Recruit Muslims to Be Informers

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Arkansas to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Food Industry Giants to Wage Legal Battle to Defeat Vermont’s Landmark GMO Labeling Law

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Protesters in Utah Drive ATVs Onto Federal Land, but Find No Showdown

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

Glenn Greenwald: The Explosive Day We Revealed Edward Snowden’s Identity to the World

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The Oracle Report | Monday, May 12, 2014



Monday, May 12, 2014

Taurus 2014 Overview May 5, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Libra/Scorpio

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhuvaneshvari (The World Nurse), Tara (The Rescuer)

Skill: transform yourself

Negative Imprint: envy, restrictions, dissatisfaction with what one has

Positive Imprint: liberation, the realization of inner gifts, appreciation

Early Sunday morning (04:18 am ET/ 08:18 UT), the Sun released two coronal mass ejections, reinforcing the symbolic energy of “a blazing fireplace in a deserted home.” (For new readers, we look at the degree of the Moon at the time of the CME, 8 Libra in this case, to determine which of the day’s energies is highlighted.) This energy brought double the power of unseen, sustaining energy that is always ready and available to us. We are reminded that we are never alone. Gaia Sophia alwaysprovides. We may desert ourselves at times, but shenever does.

Today, the month’s two Mahavidyas (Wisdom Goddesses who are aspects of the great goddess Gaia Sophia) will be directly involved in events. Bhuvaneshvari, the World Nurse, She Whose Body is the World, She of Magnificent Jewels, materializes a gift from within us. She helps us bring forth a talent, reward, or skill that we have forgotten or have never realized. Bhuvaneshvari transforms something deep inside of us today.

Tara, The Rescuer, The Guide Through Troubles, The Compassionate Savior, works today to help us cross into new territory or go beyond our previously-held limits and boundaries. We can call on her if things start to get in our way – emotions, obstacles, self-sabotage, beliefs, circumstances, etc. If we ask, Tara will work to liberate us from whatever prevents us from spreading our wings. She saves the day.

Other themes today are: the tendency for people to be envious; perfectionism; looking but not being able to touch; wanting more than we have; the need to take turns leading and following; pleasure in marking achievements; re-attunement to the rhythms of the planet; the tendency to feel scattered or directionless; and trying to get control of something that is out of control. Again, call on the Mahavidyas for help if needed.

Take note that Venus is moving into conjunction (the same place in the sky) as Uranus over the next few days. When planets make conjunction with Uranus, shake-ups are at hand. Uranus puts things right. Uranus does for us what we have been unable to do for ourselves. This can be surprising and shocking. Since Venus is the other planet involved, relationships, money, and values are the focus. The much-discussed Grand Cardinal Cross energy will be re-activated by this conjunction, making lasting imprints for the future. If you have a planet around 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, you are already feeling this energy. Make sure that you are taking extra precautions to turn off appliances and taking extra care while driving. Uranus brings accidents which are not accidental, but we can mitigate the drastic effects by being conscious of the potential.

Many thanks to all the wise owls capturing beauty in photographs and sending them for all of us to enjoy. It’s an explosion of beauty to open my email and see them.

Today, ask for help from the goddesses if you need it and keep this month’s mission in mind:

This month we are crossing new boundaries with a heavy load, using different lenses of perception. After we hear a wake-up call, a call to action, or a call to devotion, we observe the patterns and themes of the energy and ultimately unite with our spiritual comrades. The entire month’s energy intends a “nexusing” of people – putting people together, putting people in the places they need to be, and connecting/reconnecting people who have work to do together (including work at the level of the soul).

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, May 10, 2014


Reproductive Justice and Women’s Equality: There Is Some Good News!

Eleanor Bader, Truthout: In spite of the continuing onslaught against reproductive justice and women’s equality, legislators in 17 states introduced 64 measures to expand reproductive options during the first quarter of 2014, the largest such number in 25 years.

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Mothers Behind Bars

Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Our children’s futures demand that we work against the political economies and patriarchal violence that are the root causes of women’s incarceration. Mother’s Day needs to become a call to arms against the continued oppression and trauma of incarceration experienced by both mothers and children.

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Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?

Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence: Sociologist Frances Fox Piven says every once in a while there are outbreaks of mass protest, periods of peak activity when the accepted rules of political affairs seem to be suspended. These are extraordinary moments when ordinary people “rise up in anger and hope, defy the rules that ordinarily govern their lives, and, by doing so, disrupt the workings of the institutions in which they are enmeshed.”

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How God May Replace the US Constitution in Just Three Easy Steps

Robin Marty, Care2: Those uncomfortable with the separation of church and state are fighting for the right to convert the country to the Biblical theocracy that they envision our founding fathers wanted.

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The Big Money in Tax Breaks Continues

Becky Sweger, National Priorities Project: From the perspective of the government, tax breaks are no different from any other kind of government spending. Last year, tax breaks equaled the entire discretionary US spending budget.

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Wisconsin Federal Court Decision Could Mark Beginning of End for GOP Photo ID Restrictions

Ernest A. Canning, The Brad Blog: This week’s federal court decision to strike down Wisconsin’s polling place photo ID law has national significance and does not bode well for Republicans who have been attempting to advance such electoral schemes in recent years.

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Community Electricity Lights Up Spain

Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: Until recently it was inconceivable for small groups of organized citizens in fully electrified industrialized countries like Spain to generate their own power from clean sources of energy. But now anyone can be a co-owner of community projects that promote renewable energy.

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Derailing the High-Speed Trading Bullet Train Before It Crashes Our Economy

Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: High-frequency traders, relying on computers programmed to make trades at speeds measured in the millionths of seconds, accelerated a stock freefall by withdrawing from the market en masse. Four years after they caused the “Flash Crash,” those speed demons still rule our financial markets.

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New Jersey Allowed to Require “Justifiable Need” to Carry a Firearm in Public

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment includes the right to bear arms in self defense, guns rights advocates, led by the NRA, have challenged laws that have put restrictions on carrying guns in public.

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Solar Panels Finally Arrive Atop the White House

Lesley Clark, McClatchy DC: The White House is finally on the solar grid, in response to prodding by environmentalists and nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the historic building’s roof.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, May 12.

Albuquerque Residents Attempt Citizen’s Arrest of Police Chief

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Libertarians’ Scary New Star: Meet Bryan Caplan, the Right’s Next “Great” Philosopher

Read the Article at Salon

Alternative Economic Models: What Do Food Co-Ops and Fair Trade Have in Common?

Read the Article at Small Farmers. Big Change.

FAA Official: Drone, Jetliner Nearly Collided Over Florida

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Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Benefit 4.7 Million Moms

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Confusion on Aisle Four: Making Sense of Fair Trade Food Labeling

Read the Article at the Seattle Globalist

Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline

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Live Voting Now! Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics Independence Referendum

Thank you Lada! I was feeling very sad today because so many in America seem determined to be both clueless and aggressive to others even when those others predominantly agree with them. Not a good sign for positive future! But this is beautiful. When the people come together to overcome violence, oppression and oligarchy despite such intimidation and interference, it renews my hope.
I hope we will see a peaceful transformation of our world from oligarchy, violence and lies to a just, sustainable and joyful future. When the people come together as they are in these videos, it feels present and possible!

Futurist Trendcast

This is a living post! It is being expanded when new interesting videos and information arrive. Check back again so you don’t miss important developments, which are happening now!

Breaking news! There was bloodshed in the city of Krasnoarmeysk as Kiev junta attacked polling stations. Scroll down for new updates and very interesting interviews/eye-witness reports! Also, results of the referendum will be posted at the bottom. 

Live now! Referendum re. status of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Donetsk (eastern Ukraine). (Референдум о статусе Донецкой народной республики (Трансляция из Донецка).

On May 11, 2014 Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic (both in Dondass) are voting to secede from Ukraine. The referendum is taking place despite Kiev junta’s military operation, bloodshed and attacks by the Ukraine nazis against the peaceful people of Donbass.

During his visit to Switzerland, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the people of Donbass to postpone referendum so negotiations to…

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The April 2014 Explosion of Change

Thank you Denise! As ever, your sharing of wisdom comes at perfect divine timing!
I have just experienced the choice part of that separation of frequencies/timelines-again. Tho as often lately the intensity of the new is taking me some time and practice to adapt to.
I have almost always experienced confusion and distress when dealing with lower frequency behavior and attitudes. But now it is so obviously like putting two magnets together with common polarities facing-the huge push away from anyone or anything lower frequency is amazing.
Attempts to share new insights and awareness with those not ready are definitely hazardous to emotional health and stability!
Until I read this was still pondering what I was doing “wrong” in communicating. This reminded me-what I am doing wrong is trying to communicate at a frequency that radio doesn’t receive yet. Ouch!
So, back to work:-) I hope everyone is weathering the changes or even better joyfully surfing the incoming waves: tho I think many of us are just grateful to be dog paddling with our heads above water at this point:-)