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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 8 August 2014

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One Little Piggy Had Birth Defects: Is Monsanto’s Roundup to Blame?

Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: A chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup causes birth defects and is now associated with a dizzying array of chronic health problems. It’s high time to examine public policies around the use of this potentially deadly chemical. Should it be taken off the market?

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The War Over the War: Israel, Gaza and American Protest

Nicholas Powers, Truthout: Worldwide criticism of Israel – buoyed by large rallies in major cities and an ever-growing outcry on social media – has begun to erode Israel’s base of support in the United States. Israel has won in Gaza, but it has lost the “war over the war.”

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How Gender Changes Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Kathleen Geier, Kate Bahn, Joelle Gamble, Zillah Eisenstein and Heather Boushey, The Nation: If economic inequality continues to soar, as Thomas Piketty says it will, and inherited wealth plays a growing role in our economy, in what ways does that affect women specifically? What weaknesses arise in Piketty’s analysis due to the absence of gender and race from his book?

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The Class War Goes Retail

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Why exactly does Wall Street tank on news portending economic gains for most Americans? Don’t people with extra money in their pockets boost the economy when they spend more freely? Isn’t it something worth celebrating? Not in an economy that caters to the rich.

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From “The New Economy” to the Cooperative Commonwealth

John de Graaf, Truthout: The term “commonwealth” is as American as Massachusetts, Kentucky, Pennsylvania or Virginia. It conveys a sense of things we hold in common, including our precious natural resources, offering a broader vision for ideas like a guaranteed national income supplement from taxes on fossil fuels.

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Max Blumenthal | The Massacre of Civilians in Gaza Is Déjà Vu All Over Again

Max Blumenthal, Nation Books: This excerpt from Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel focuses on an Israel Defense Forces attack on the Gaza Strip, one of several such military campaigns known in Israel as “mowing the lawn.”

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Congress Must Keep Its Voting Rights Promise

Nicole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice: In signing the Voting Rights Act 49 years ago, Lyndon Johnson explained how the Civil War marked a promise that was never fulfilled. A generation later, our nation is in danger of reneging on that promise. It is time for Congress to act.

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More US Diplomas Come With Crushing Debts

Julia Hotz, Inter Press Service: More than 40 million Americans currently hold student debt. They are collectively responsible for $1.2 trillion of outstanding student loans in the US. As the legislative battle for refinanced student loans rages on, students, families and nonprofits are mobilizing around the issue.

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Rania Khalek | US Senator Filibusters Live Coverage of Powerful Palestinian Testimonies

Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada: Last Friday, 15 year old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July. But just as Abukhdeir started to detail the Israeli beating, C-SPAN 2 cut to the Senate floor.

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Why We Need Critical Ethnic Studies in Arizona (and Everywhere Else)

Michelle Téllez, The Feminist Wire: In Arizona and beyond, we must continue to be creative in our alliances, to dismantle our perspectives on knowledge production and, perhaps, to concentrate a bit less on individual advancement and promotion, which all too often can happen at the expense of community solidarity.

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Amy Goodman | “A Recipe for Civil War”: Journalist Matthieu Aikins on US Military Legacy and Afghanistan’s Future

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins talks about the disputed Afghan election, US-backed militias committing war crimes, and the future of the country after the US military drawdown.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

BuzzFlash

As the Rich Get Richer, 75 Percent of the Nation Expects Stagnant or Lower Incomes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Despite reassurances from the White House about the economy picking up, a recent survey by the Federal Reserve reveals a far bleaker perception among US wage earners.

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Obama’s “Limited” Mission in Iraq

Read the Article at The New Yorker

The Most Explosive Crude Oil Is in North Dakota, Transported on Trains That Are Bombs on Wheels

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Senators to Obama: Stop Censoring the Torture Report

Read the Article at The Nation

GOP Obstructionism Is Holding Up Funds to Catch Rapists

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Harry Shearer’s Letter-Perfect Satire of Nixon Preparing to Resign

Watch the Video at YouTube

World Health Organization Declares Ebola Epidemic a Global Emergency

Read the Article at Agence France-Presse

US Reports Sharp Drop in Migrant Children at Southwest Border

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

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The Oracle Report | Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saturday: Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Sunday: Full Moon Phase (2:09 pm ET/6:09 pm UT): realization

Moon in Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhairavi (The Goddess of the Heart)

Skill: embrace change and adapt; find and experience the beautiful and happy things in life

Negative Imprints: out of our depth, stuck, extreme emotions, anger, arguments, conflict

Positive Imprints: the value of life and all its richness

Saturday’s energy sets off a chain of events that Sunday’s Super Full Moon will carry forward into next week.

The Super Full Moon has several strong astrological aspects that coalesce to bring the following themes:

BRIDGING THE GAP – The Sabian symbol for this month is “rock formations tower over a deep canyon.” Venus has moved to the degree of “a violent storm in a canyon.” So we may feel like we are deeper into something than we realized and may now feel stuck or unsure of what to do. There is a turbulence of emotions and people can become very angry because we are seeing ourselves and others in the full light of a super moon. This can be hard to take, blinding, and even inciting lunacy. The solution is to go above it – tower over it – to see it from a different perspective. We can bridge the situation by not letting our emotions take control of us, understanding that the energetics push emotional whirlwinds, and listening to what our heart is telling us. If you are tempted to give something up, ask yourself if it is too soon for that. Follow what your HEART is telling you because the Wisdom Goddess who is on duty this month is Bhairavi, and one of her names is the Goddess of the Heart. So direct wisdom is coming to us through our hearts.

GROUNDING – While the world undergoes tremendous change, it is more even imperative to maintain firm grounding with the planet. The Full Moon phase energy carries a dual signature of taking things that are on solid ground and freeing them up to expand, but also taking things that are not on solid ground and “unmooring” them or breaking them apart. We see this with people, places, and things in our individual lives and the world at large. Going outside and being in nature restores emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. The group meditation planned for Saturday will help us all stay grounded during this intense Moon phase.

PREPARE FOR CHANGE – Change is the name of the game now, but we embrace this because we are allied with the forces of nature and we TRUST. In my initiation with the Mahavidyas in 2009 (described on theAbout page atwww.oraclereport.com), Kali said, “The time of change is upon the world.” That time has come. The collective consciousness of humanity is rising to new heights and with this comes growing pains. Painful things will be witnessed over this Full Moon phase. Wise owls all over the planet are working to hold the memory of the value and good in life. It is quite a task when the world is unmooring into chaos. In the midst of the destruction, we still find beauty and wonder in life. We hold the flame.

REMIX – The Full Moon phase is highly alchemical – changing things from one state to another. People and their ideas and projects are coming together to collaborate in expansive ways. The wisdom of the ancient Mystery Schools is returning to humanity en masse. It is a true Second Renaissance. Be open to mixing with new people and learning from them. Fantastic new creations will come from it.

Late yesterday I received a request from the Mahavidyas for a group meditation in advance of the Full Moon. The designated time is Saturday, August 9 at 6:23 pm ET/10:23 pm PT. If you are unavailable at that time, no problem. You can perform the meditation anytime thereafter because the wave will be in place and you can tag onto it (just do it before the Full Moon Sunday at 2:09 pm ET/ 6:09 pm UT). Sorry for the late notice, but the energy is very much in flux and messages are coming in “hot” in an unusual way. (Wise owls are adept at adapting.)

I also discussed yesterday how Saturn’s energy is prominently featured during the Full Moon phase. The minions of the “unnatural world order” will be hard at work to amp up the chaos, confusion, and destruction. A number one tactic is to confound and confuse situations so much that people become fatigued from trying to figure it out. It’s their form of alchemy. It’s weak but it has worked for a long time. Be aware. (I think I am going to stick with the term “unnatural world order” instead of “new world order” or “old world order” because it isn’t really new and it isn’t really that old relative to human history. Calling it the old world order is kind of an insult because old is actually the earth-based ways – the natural world order. But let’s not get too hung up on semantics!)

Wise owls may fly deep into a canyon this weekend, but we will fly up out of it, too. Honor your feelings and then take them to a higher level. The energy is crazy, but we can go crazy with love for life.

“Electric word, life, it means forever and that’s a mighty long time.” – Prince, Let’s Go Crazy

GROUP MEDITATION – Saturday, August 9, 2014: 6:23 pm ET/ 10:23 pm UT (or anytime thereafter). Please note that Oracle Report group meditations have a loose framework that is open for personalization. Add your own way of doing things into the mix. It makes it all the better!

1- Place personal protection in place using your preferred method. I highly recommend the Medicine Wheel of Protection (details available on theLearn page atwww.oraclereport.com). Light a candle if you are inclined and able.

2- Picture yourself as one massive stone in a giant ring of stones across the planet.

3-Close your eyes and go into your heart space. You can think of something you love (like the Earth) to get there.

4- Breathe deeply.

5- Repeat “I join Gaia Sophia and my brothers and sisters across her earth to uphold the beauty, goodness, and value of life. We are united.” Feel your heart sing. Hold the meditation for as long as you like.

See you on the field of consciousness!

Thank you for supporting the Oracle Report. Blessings to all!

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha! I am doubly glad to read this now. I’ve been unable to sleep from my physical difficulty wondering if I must call the doctor soon and now this makes it all clear!
The physical reactions to these waves of energy and change are often distressingly uncomfortable-but always stabilize to a higher level of awareness in time. So glad we have this now as a friend was just expressing despair due to the wars, violence and suffering. I felt she would have signs of hope soon, that the horrors cannot last as they once did. I see in the CC’S message that my intuition wasn’t tricking me and perhaps the hopeful changes will arrive even sooner than I thought!

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As the floodgates open, many of you will feel as if swept away by these incoming energies, and rightly so. For now, nothing will be left bobbing around listlessly in its wake, rather, all things will be reset in a very new way, and through this, new horizons will once again emerge. Again, we speak in riddles, but let us try to give you some images that will perhaps serve to lift the inner fog somewhat. You see, you are still very much wrapped within that cocoon of humanity you have been ensconced within for such a long time, and so, what is happening can be difficult to discern with the naked eye if you will. Again, we talk about the fact that you as human beings are still very much attuned to registering everything around you with the human part of you, the senses that gauge everything by way…

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