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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 9 June 2014

Dahr Jamail | Will Fracking Cause Our Next Nuclear Disaster?

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The idea of storing radioactive nuclear waste inside a hollowed-out salt cavern might look good on paper. Salt-cavern storage was the plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeastern New Mexico, constructed to dispose of radioactive waste, but serious problems could result if there is fracking nearby.

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Marjorie Cohn | Daniel Ellsberg: United States Nearly Used Nukes During Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: At the annual meeting of Stanford’s anti-Vietnam War group, the April Third Movement, Daniel Ellsberg, Terry Karl and H. Bruce Franklin emphasized the relevance of that war’s history, legacy and distorted cultural memory to the burning issues of now.

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One Year After Closings, How Are Chicago’s Public Schools Now?

Yana Kunichoff, In These Times: Last year, Chicago officials vowed that students and teachers would not feel an impact from what amounted to the largest school closure in history. It’s been one year since then, and a new report finds that few of those promises were kept.

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European Elections 2014: New Developments or Back to Business as Usual?

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The far right is taking advantage of growing bitterness and resentment across the European continent toward the “New Rome,” and citizens’ lost faith in the ability or willingness of mainstream political parties to secure a better tomorrow, let alone protect the common good.

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Dean Baker | Why Do Coal Mining Jobs Matter So Much More Than Jobs Lost to Trade?

Dean Baker, Truthout: When President Obama announced plans to curtail the use of coal over the next 15 years, major news outlets rushed to do pieces on the prospective loss of jobs in coal mining areas. While it is good to see the media paying attention to this, this concern is a departure from normal practice.

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Fox News Has Finally Yelled Fire in a Crowded Theater

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Right-wing extremist and militia groups aren’t the fringe groups they used to be. Now Fox so-called News makes members of these groups, like the ones who showed up at the Bundy Ranch, into media stars and heroes. It’s time for the media to start calling these attacks what they are: right-wing terrorist attacks.

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Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief.

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Rich Getting Richer as the Poor Crawl Slowly Out of Poverty

Diana Cariboni, Inter Press Service: Latin America is the region where tax revenue has grown the fastest in recent years, and that growth has translated into social spending to curb inequality. After having won the inequality championship for so long, Latin America could become a trendsetter.

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At the Feet of a Master: What Georgette Seabrooke Powell Taught Me About Art, Activism and the Creative Sisterhood

Michelle Black Smith, The Hampton Institute: “Now, in the three years since her passing, I look at all the great and valuable things she taught me – some by word and some by deed. She started out for me as the subject of an exhibition; in turn, she became a teacher, role model, mentor and, most importantly, a dear and trusted friend.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: President Announces Plans to Cut Emissions by 30 Percent by 2030, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The president announces plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030; despite silence from the corporate media, Fukushima is still a disaster; according to the National Institute of Health, most Americans spend about eight hours a day sitting down; and more.

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Dark Money, Dirty War: The Corporate Crusade Against Low-Wage Workers

Mariya Strauss, Political Research Associates: A resurgence in low-wage worker organizing, sparked by growing inequality in the United States, promises to help defend the rights – and paychecks – of vulnerable workers. But corporations and their paid shills aim to snuff out the movement before it catches fire.

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The Private Equity Limited Partnership Agreement Release: The Industry’s Snowden Moment

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: It is hard to overstate the significance of Pennsylvania’s release of private equity limited partnership agreements. Even a superficial reading of the documents shows that investors and policy makers were naive to treat private equity general partners as deserving of blind trust.

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Fracking Drives Farmers From Land in Illinois: Can We Live on Fossil Fuel Instead of Food?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is not just fracking that is assaulting the earth. Illinois has one of the largest deposits of frac sand needed for the fracking process. As a result, farmers are being squeezed off their land, and a section of the US heartland is becoming pock-marked with open excavation pits.

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Vermont’s New GMO Law May Upend Food Industry Nationwide

Read the article at The Los Angeles Times

A State Border Decides Who Has Health Insurance and Who Does Not in Texarkana

Read the Article at The New York Times

Florida Extends In-State Tuition to Undocumented Students

Read the Article at Reuters

NRA Population Control Continues: Las Vegas Gun Rampage Leaves Five Dead

Read the Article at NBC News

Chaos of Injustice: Not Enough Supplies for Mass Detention of Undocumented Children

Read the Article at The Guardian

High Times for Hemp in Senate Vote

Read the Article at McClatchy DC

Peggy Noonan Channels Alex Jones

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

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The Second-Largest Religion in Each State by Alvin Ward

The Second-Largest Religion in Each State
by Alvin Ward

Today’s map, from the Washington Post’s Reid Wilson, uses data from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies to pinpoint the second-most practiced religion in each state. (Christianity is first in each state.)

If you’d like to see it broken down by all denominations, here’s another map that goes county-by-county:

Here’s a larger view of the key:

See Also: 25 Maps and Charts That Explain America Today (Washington Post)

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to Reid Wilson for sharing this one.

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Gemini New Moon 2014 May 30, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Scorpio

Ruling Mahavidya: Bagalamukhi (The Storm-Calmer)

Today’s report is abbreviated because I sustained a back injury and am “down for the count” right now. But it’s important to get a message out today. You don’t need me to tell you that the energy is super-intense and causing a lot of upset and conflict. Last Saturday’s Mercury retrograde at the degree of “a cat arguing with a mouse” is a main part of the issue, causing tension and trouble within relationships. Another contributor is the Sun’s square to Chiron, which causes self-sabotage and wounding before the healing aspects of Chiron kick in. Venus is moving into opposition with Saturn, causing all kinds of issues within professional and personal relationships, particularly power struggles. Neptune stationed retrograde yesterday, beginning a tour of bringing to light long-standing, erroneous or limiting beliefs. And finally, Mars, the Planet of War and aggression, is moving into opposition with Uranus, the Planet of Changes. These are the reasons for the intensity. To navigate all of this archontic mayhem, reinforce your protective measures – seal yourself with a cylinder of light, invoke the Medicine Wheel of Protection, or whatever your preference. Practice the skill of being like the wise old owl in the tree – step out of the fray and observe. Ask the aspect of Gaia-Sophia on duty this month (Bagalamukhi) to calm any storms that are raging for you. The most important thing is to connect with nature to maintain sanity and to promote healing. The Earth is ALWAYS the go-to, guys. We are the parliament of owls and we are on watch.