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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 20 June 2014


William Rivers Pitt | They Belong in Prison, Not on TV

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “I spent the first decade of the 21st century dealing with these blood-sodden bastards from the Bush administration. Now, it appears, I will spend a chunk of a second decade watching them run around trying desperately to wash that blood from their hands… and the “news” media, is all too happy to help them do it.”

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The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

Robert Naiman, Truthout: At this writing, President Obama has neither the legal nor the political mandate to conduct airstrikes in Iraq or Syria. Before using military force, the President should come to Congress with a specific plan and get explicit Congressional approval for it.

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The Grim Reality of Unaccompanied Migrant Children


Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout: Unaccompanied, undocumented minors experience extreme trauma and hardships. The recent surge in children apprehended at the border draws attention to the poverty and violence ravaging Latin America and the lack of resources available to this vulnerable population.

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Tackling Debtors’ Prisons: Reflecting on the Death of Eileen DiNino

James Kilgore, Truthout: The death of a Pennsylvania mother in jail last week has once again highlighted the punitive cycle of criminal justice, debt and the depth of social change needed to reverse this trend.

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Dear Defense Contractor CEOs: Why Is the Pentagon Buying Weapons With Chinese Parts Instead of US Parts?

Victoria Bruce, Truthout: The National Rare Earth Cooperative Act of 2014 would begin to address Pentagon dependence on Chinese components for essential US defense material: so why don’t defense contractors and the Department of Defense back it?

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Protest in Venezuela: The Difference Between the Violent and Nonviolent Right Is Smaller Than You May Think

Steve Ellner, North American Congress on Latin America: The insurgent tactics employed by the opposition belie its central argument that the errors of the government on economic policies and the inherent failings of socialism on the economic front have led Venezuela down a disastrous path with no hope in sight.

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Take a Walk on a Leaky Uintah Basin Oil Well With a Whistleblowing Oil and Gas CEO

Heather Murdock and Emerson Urry, EnviroNews: In response to national news in late May that pointed to a potential cluster of stillborn births in the heavily drilled and fracked Uintah Basin, the hosts take you inside a leaky and sadly typical oil well in this vastly exploited area.

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Bradley Foundation Bankrolled Groups Pushing Back on Scott Walker John Doe Criminal Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The campaign against Wisconsin’s John Doe criminal probe is being led by groups bankrolled by the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, which has $600 million in assets and is led by Scott Walker’s campaign chair, according to a new analysis.

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Meet the Navajo Activist Who Got the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Revoked: Amanda Blackhorse

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The growing movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins football team has scored a surprising victory. The US Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the team’s trademark registration after concluding its name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans.

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Among Doctors With Unusual Billing Patterns, Disciplinary Actions Common

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica: Over the past couple of months, media organizations have been busy dissecting data released by Medicare on payments made to health professionals in 2012. Unusual billing patterns have been uncovered such as doctors who only bill for the most complicated and high-priced office visits.

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Soccer Is Democratic. The World Cup Is Oligarchy

Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy In Focus: Soccer is a democratic sport. Anyone anywhere can pick up a ball, kick it around, and learn to play. But what’s happening in Brazil is not representative of that sentiment.

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Bike Share: Safe or Not Safe? A New Study on Brain Trauma Raises Questions

Anna Brones, Care2: As more and more cities add bike share programs, it’s important that we talk about safety, and for a lot of people that discussion comes down to helmets. Rentals through bike share don’t usually offer bike helmets along with the bike.

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Fracking Train Shipments Allegedly Delay Amtrak Trains and Passengers for Hours

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Add Amtrak getting fracked to your list of reasons to oppose the process that injects toxic chemicals into the earth, releases methane (that is estimated to be 34 times more potent than carbon emissions, according to the EPA) and generally is destructive to life as we know it.

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Chuck Todd, Ed Henry Caught Mocking John McCain on Hot Mic

Watch the Video at BuzzFlash

Here Comes Climate Change: Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

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Global Refugee Figure Passes 50 Million for First Time Since Second World War

Read the Article at The Guardian

Princeton Study: Up to 900,000 Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Pollute Pennsylvania’s Air

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Doctors Without Borders: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Is “Out of Control”

Read the Article at the Associated Press

“Politically Explosive” Documents Show How NSA Wiretaps Earth

Read the Article at Common Dreams

NYC to Settle With Wrongly-Convicted “Central Park Five” for $40 Million

Read the Article at The Washington Post

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The Oracle Report | Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, June 22, 2014



NEW AUDIO UPDATE June 18, 2014:

Cancer Cycle June 27, 2014: Shift in the Game

Shift in the Game: Cancer Cycle 2014 (Please click the link below to go to The Oracle Report site and listen to the audio recording.)

Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, June 22, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: complete

Moon in Aries

Ruling Mahavidya: Bagalamukhi (The Paralyzer, The Storm-Calmer)

Skill: accept personal responsibility

Negative Imprint: recklessness, carelessness

Positive Imprint: attention, renewal

Saturday brings the energy of the entire cycle to a head. We accept or assume personal responsibility for where we are in the process of our growth and development. It’s the Solstice, the longest or shortest day, depending where on Gaia Sophia you are, and we reach a turning point in how we see and understand things – particularly ourselves.

This energy enables us to take charge and rise to the occasion. What have you wanted to stand up and change, like an aroused striker around a factory? What is your standard now? What is being reborn in you? What have you wanted to find?

All of the newness and change sometimes has us overlooking or rejecting “the old” too quickly. We build the new from the old, so honor the contribution of what has been meaningful in the past as it morphs into the future.

Power issues and power struggles are inherent in this energy. This happens when there are dramatic shifts and turning points. When people feel like they are losing their place, losing their value, or losing the familiar, they can become fearful and reactionary. Anger ensures.

If the struggle is within yourself, accept responsibility for it. See it for what it is and then stand up to it. The power to end the internal struggle is strong today, and you can call on this month’s Wisdom Goddess, Bagala, to paralyze or end the struggle.

Sunday brings the ability to get “unstuck” or out of limbo. We rise above the challenges we’ve faced over the past month with a larger perspective. This energy is intense. It can feel relentless with one thing after another. The pummeling of energy serves to strengthen us on the last day of this lunar cycle. (Sunday is the last full day of the Third Quarter Moon phase, the energetic ending of the cycle.) Whatever has been welling up inside us has a strong push on Sunday.

Enjoy the Solstice and I will see you back on Monday as we move in between the veils of the worlds for the Balsamic Moon phase.


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A short update on the Solstice energies

Thank you Aisha! Today indeed feels different and new already. I’m looking forward to reading others experiences in the comments later on and tomorrow. Wishing you all a beautiful and joyful solstice-summer or winter wherever you are!

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Here we are again, at one of those power nodes that serves to enlighten you all even further. For as you continue to move across the firmament as passengers on this blue sphere that goes by the name of Planet Earth, you also pass through regions of heightened energetic presence at certain intervals, and one of them occurs today. For today you will mark the occasion of the Solstice, when the length of the day or the length of the night – according to where you reside on this celestial sphere – will mark its high point.

This day marks another high point in your calendar, but also in your energetic cycle, for this day is unlike any others, and as such, you will all be given a reason to take some time to mark the occasion. Again, the date defined in your calendars is not the important one, but…

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