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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 1 July 2014

William Rivers Pitt | Iraq, Two Bullets and the Long Arc of History

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: One hundred years ago, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. The archduke was struck by two bullets and died within minutes. Those two bullets in Sarajevo unleashed 100 years of carnage. Some facile lies from a few US politicians may well have unleashed another 100 years of the same.

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Dahr Jamail: What’s Happening in Iraq Is the Legacy of the US Invasion and Occupation

Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola, Dispatches From the Underclass: In this interview, Dahr Jamail explains that there is more to Iraq’s current woes than the US media is letting on – from US-designed sectarianism to the US-trained death squads used during the occupation.

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Noam Chomsky | Whose Security? How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch: There is a “standard version,” common to government pronouncements and public discourse, holding that the prime commitment of governments is to ensure security, and that the primary concern of the US since 1945 was the Russian threat. But one obvious question to ask is: What happened when the Russian threat disappeared in 1989?

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In Banking World, Fraud Is an Epidemic

Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: Faced with systemic fraud in the financial and non-financial institutions that it regulates, the Treasury Department will discourage the Justice Department from prosecuting banks. If cases of corruption and fraud had been marginal or isolated, they could have been addressed and corrected, but this was not an isolated occurrence.

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Piketty’s New Class

Charles Derber, Truthout: Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century could ignite a new political conversation on the intertwining of caste and class, creating new kinds of movements against today‘s inheritance-based “Gilded Age.”

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The Giant Methane Monster Lurking

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: There’s something lurking deep under the frozen Arctic Ocean, and if it gets released, it could spell disaster for our planet. That something is methane. Methane is one of the strongest of the natural greenhouse gases, about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

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Cutting Off Sex Work Advertising Sites Disrupts Communities, Not Trafficking

Alana Massey, Truthout: Shutting down advertising sites used by sex workers silences peer-to-peer harm reduction channels that help sex workers in the absence of formal services and does little to address trafficking.

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Gustavo Esteva With Brad Evans | Violence and Hope in Chiapas: Pedagogies by the Globally Oppressed

Brad Evans, Truthout: The Zapatista “struggle is our struggle, everywhere, in every city, in every country of the world. We are in a very difficult moment, in a terrible moment of humankind, but there is hope,” says Mexican activist Gustavo Esteva.

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Will Supremes Apply Cell Phone Privacy to Metadata Collection?

Marjorie Cohn, JURIST: If the court is consistent in its analysis, it will determine that the collection by the government of all of our electronic records implicates the same privacy concerns as the inspection of the data on our cell phones. It remains to be seen if and when the metadata collection issue will come before the court.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Supreme Court Eliminates President’s Power to Make Recess Appointments, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Supreme Court virtually eliminates the president’s power to make recess appointments; more Americans think that being stuck in poverty is not simply the result of “character flaws”; California lawmakers want to get money out of politics; and more.

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Mexico Rape Victims Face Prison Time for Self-Defense

Daniela Pastrana, Inter Press Service: “I just want all this to be over,” laments Yakiri Rubí Rubio, a young Mexican woman facing trial for killing the man who raped her in December 2013. The 21-year-old Rubio lives in the bustling neighborhood of Tepito, one of the most dangerous areas of Mexico City.

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A Climate of Extra Credit

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Researchers now credit Brazil with reducing its carbon emissions more than any other country by cutting the rate of Amazon deforestation by an impressive 70 percent. But how valid is that praise? After all, is it really fair to consider not cutting down big swathes of rainforest as a positive action?

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Gutless: SEC Can Require Corporations to Disclose Big Political Contributions, but Won’t

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The SEC, Supreme Court, White House and Congress support a secret society of campaign funding for businesses with the big bucks. It’s legalized bribery – and those who are paying off our elected officials for tacit favors are protected from public scrutiny.

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Why the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Is the New Bush v. Gore

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Sixty-Five Million Left Out of July 4th Celebration

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Brian Richter’sChasing Water: Smarter Solutions for the Coming Water Scarcity

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US Sends 300 More Troops, Drones, Helicopters to Iraq

Read the Article at Reuters

Georgia “Guns Everywhere” Bill Takes Effect

Read the Article at MSNBC

Christian Right Secession Fantasy: Spooky Neo-Confederate Talk Grows Louder at the Fringes

Read the Article at Salon

After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, July 2, 2014



NEW AUDIO UPDATE June 18, 2014:

Cancer Cycle June 27, 2014: Shift in the Game

Shift in the Game: Cancer Cycle 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Crescent Moon Phase: expand

Moon in Virgo

Ruling Mahavidya: Dhumavati (Goddess of Mirrors) and Kali (The Destroyer)

Skill: be open to changes and opportunities

Negative Imprint: exaggerated need for attention, masking, foolishness

Positive Imprint: enjoyment of life, ambition, sense of humor

Today is a day for casting lines. We cast off from people, places, things, beliefs, habits, thoughts that have run dry. We cast toward new opportunities, new ways of thinking, and new ways of being. This is part of the shifting/changing that is underway this month.

We can already see aggression and conflict intensifying as we build toward the July 3 – 6 window of time when Mars contacts the Eris Point (favored degree for insertion of chaos) and the Sun contacts Pluto. These contacts are happening at 180 degrees apart, when these electromagnetic and archetypal energies reach fullest expression. These energies combine to make dramatic events, aggressive and even warlike behavior, conflict, and anger turned inward in the form of depression.

However, they also bring deep and lasting transformation, revelation of truth, energy for repairing or rectifying things, unification of our inner masculine and feminine, and re-acquisition of personal power that has eluded us.

People are responding and reacting to these energies in various ways. Resistance to change makes it harder to handle. The way to open to changes is to recognize that they just may, in fact, liberate you from what is causing distress or dissatisfaction in the first place.

Many things are on display today. They stand out. We can easily see the brilliance in others. We see where abundance may lie. We see where we want to aim. These are things we want to focus on. We want to turn away from things from the past that haunt us – especially perceived mistakes. Along with this, there is a strong push to cover up, mask, or hide what we do not want others to see.

Everything casts us in a new direction today as a shift in consciousness takes place. Be open to those opportunities. Be on the lookout for them. As a reminder, today’s photo from wise owl Marie is from Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.

(Note: Click here and scroll down to listen to yesterday’s “Galactic Connection” radio show where I was Alexandra Meadors’ guest. We take an in-depth look at what’s happening right now and how we can navigate it.)


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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 30 June 2014

Dahr Jamail | Former NASA Chief Scientist: “We’re Effectively Taking a Sledgehammer to the Climate System”

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: In this interview, former NASA chief scientist Dr. Waleed Abdalati tells Truthout about the melting Greenland ice sheet, indisputable evidence supporting anthropomorphic climate disruption, and the urgent need for an honest, open conversation about climate change and earth’s future.

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Supreme Court Backs Hobby Lobby – and Corporate Personhood

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government may not require certain businesses to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraception, if doing so offends the owner’s religious beliefs. This move deals a significant blow to the Obama administration, women’s health advocates and critics of “corporate personhood.”

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Dean Baker | Will India Be the Uber of the Pharmaceutical Industry?

Dean Baker, Truthout: In normal times it is difficult to imagine Congress or the president ever heading down the path of public financing for drug research. However, if the Indian drug industry makes the current patent system unviable, we may finally adopt a 21st century system for financing the development of new drugs.

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In the Valley of the Shadow of DACA for Immigrant Youth

Claudia Anguiano, Truthout: “Where do I go from here?” asks a beneficiary of Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals on graduation from college. Undocumented college students benefit temporarily from the new program protecting them from deportation, but a more permanent solution is needed – for all migrants.

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World Leaders Honor Chico Mendes’ Fight for Environmental and Land Rights

Raven Rakia, Truthout: Environmental activist leaders from around the world and their supporters met in Washington, DC, to discuss land grabs and other issues, continuing the work of assassinated activist Chico Mendes’ fight for environmental justice.

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Ethnopolitics in Myanmar Destabilize the State

James Fennell, Truthout: The violence against Muslims – which has continued since 2012 – has created a new and disturbing reality for Muslims in Rakhine state and Myanmar more widely, one in which hundreds have been killed and the majority of the urban Muslim population driven out of the cities and into rural ghettos.

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The Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People but Women Aren’t

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The most damning thing of all about today‘s ruling is that it shows that one branch of our government, the Supreme Court, believes that the “rights” of non-breathing, definitely-not-alive corporations trump the rights of the 51 percent of the population who have a uterus.

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The Arab Millennials Will Be Back: Three Ways Youth Rebellions Are Still Shaping the Middle East

Juan Cole, TomDispatch: Many of the millennial activists who briefly turned the Arab world upside down and provoked so many changes are putting their energies into nongovernmental organizations, thousands of which have flowered, barely noticed, in countries that once suffered from one-party rule.

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US Reaction to New Immigrant Influx Could Violate International Law

Michelle Tullo, Inter Press Service: Rights advocates and lawmakers are expressing increased concern over the United States’ handling of the sudden influx of tens of thousands of undocumented child and female migrants from Central America.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Former Bush Administration Official Favors Carbon Tax, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for a tax on carbon; if you’ve ever found an injured animal or a bird with a broken wing and didn’t know how to help – now there’s an app for that; physicist Christopher Keating announced that he will give $10,000 to anyone who can disprove the accepted science of climate change; and more.

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Fairfield’s Public School Cafeterias GMO Free in Connecticut

Kendra Wingate, Organic Consumers Association: The cutting edge Fairfield Public School System leads the way by transforming their food services. After years of parental advocacy, the board of education and superintendent agreed to outsource their food products to ensure healthy food options and high-food quality.

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Mexican Shale Industry Hoist on NAFTA-Induced Gang Violence Petard

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: There’s perilous little recognition in the United States of how much of the rise in gang violence and drug wars is the direct result of NAFTA. While the toll has fallen hardest on Mexicans, American businesses may see collateral damage in the form of not getting much access to Mexico’s shale gas.

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Unpatriotic US Corporations Increasingly Move Headquarters Overseas to Decrease Taxes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Among the many hypocritical ironies, given this trend of US companies becoming technically non-US companies, are the implications for theCitizens UnitedSupreme Court ruling. How can a non-US company have the rights of the US citizen if it is incorporated in another country?

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Supreme Court Ruling in Harris v. Quinn Will Undermine Gains Made by Low-Wage Home Healthcare Workers

Read the Article at The Nation

Blackwater Iraqi Chief Threatened to Kill US Government Inspector Before Nisour Square Massacre

Read the Article at The New York Times

Privatized Education Steals From the Poor, Gives to the Rich

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Workplace Secrecy Agreements Appear to Violate Federal Whistleblower Laws

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Peru Now Has a “License to Kill” Environmental Protesters

Read the Article at The Guardian

Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill

Read the Article at the ACLU Blog of Rights

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Inequality Is Not Inevitable

Read the Article at The New York Times