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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 9 August 2014


Flipping Schools: The Hidden Forces Behind New Jersey Education Reform

Owen Davis, Truthout: In New Jersey, free-market education reformers like Chris Christie justify charter school growth on the basis of fair competition and parent demand. But behind the scenes, budget austerity and little-known development incentives have together loaded the dice for charter schools.

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What Does the Census Count; What Should It Count?

Alicia Criado, Truthout: Census data helps identify racial and ethnic disparities in not only wealth-building, but also in education, employment and health. Lumping all Latinos together as a monolithic group isn’t the solution to identifying socioeconomic injustice.

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Lessons From Social Movements: Six Notes on the Radical Imagination

Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish, Truthout: The imagination can be the catalyst for collective liberation, but only if we embrace radical ideas and radical practices, open ourselves to the possibility that our world could be radically different and refuse to be conscripted to the reproduction of injustice.

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First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada’s Dystopian Tar Sands

Liana Lopez, Yes! Magazine: In this final year of the Tar Sands Healing Walk, organizers of the indigenous-led movement were quick to point out that their fight is not yet won. Far from it, as tar sands extraction is ramping up in Canada.

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Despite Danger, Iraqis Unite to Protest Religious Persecution by IS

Mariam Elba, Waging Nonviolence: Protests against Islamic State persecution of Iraqi Christians have swept the streets, with Muslims and Christians participating together in marches and mobilizations.

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US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Marjorie Cohn, Jurist: By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, US lawmakers have aided and abetted the commission of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by Israeli officials and commanders in Gaza.

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Recuperating Marcuse Against a Culture of Cruelty

James Anderson, ROAR Magazine: Berlin-born theorist Herbert Marcuse provided a critique of modern domination that inspired student-worker uprisings in May 1968 and influenced the New Left, including students at the University of California.

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How We Scapegoat Children From Gaza to the US-Mexico Borderlands

Todd Miller, NACLA: The defense of Palestinian and immigrant children converged at a recent Los Angeles march, in response to the similar strategies of dehumanization used to justify violence against them.

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Tax Dodger Running for Governor in Illinois

Ruth Conniff, PRWatch: If elected governor of Illinois, tax-dodging one-percenter Bruce Rauner may well support legislation to loosen the rules and help other wealthy investors and corporations avoid taxes by parking their assets abroad.

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Regenerative Agriculture: Sowing Health, Sustainability and Climate Stability

Sarah Streat and Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association: Destruction of land and soil by unsustainable farming isn’t inevitable. We can change it in large part through “regenerative agriculture,” in combination with reducing fossil fuel emissions and reversing global deforestation.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

It Is a War Crime to Target Densely Packed Gaza Homes

Read the Article at The Irish Times

Desperate Iraqi Yazidis Flee Into Syria After Kurdish Forces Secure Escape Route

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Rockets, Airstrikes After Gaza War Truce Collapses

Read the Article at USA Today

Into the Wilderness

Read the Article at Texas Observer

New Israeli Vision: Where Palestinians Are Equal and Not Separate

Read the Article at Haaretz

FCC Doesn’t Buy Verizon’s Throttling Rationale, Wants All Carriers to Explain Themselves

Read the Article at PCWorld

Obama Sets Ambitious Goals for Iraq Intervention

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal August 11 to 17, 2014 Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, August 10, 2014
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
August 11 to 17, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Photo: Today‘s super Full Moon as seen from Gilroy, California, USA (credit: Marcella, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

PERHAPS in response to the intensity oftoday‘s supersized Full Moon, our planetary aspects for the week ahead seem to mostly call for attitude adjustments and a reconfiguration of old thought patterns.

Today‘s lunation is called a “supermoon” because it occurs while the Moon is at its closest proximity to the Earth (at perigee). So it is not an optical illusion that this Full Moon looks larger than most — it actually is, according to SpaceWeather.com, “as much as 14% closer and 30% brighter than other Full Moons of the year.”

FULL MOONS are always times of great potential, as we have greater access to the treasures that lie hidden in our unconscious and subconscious minds when the Moon is at the peak of its cycle. Light shines into the darkness, and we become more aware of what is within us, as well as what aspects of ourselves are asking to be expressed more fully in the outer world.

Today‘s Full Moon is especially strong, not only because it is a supermoon, but because Saturn is very closely squaring (90 degrees away from) both the Sun and the Moon. Saturn’s involvement in this lunation brings a serious element to the game, and requires us to be clear about our motivations and desires as we decide what our next steps should be.

On top of that, Mercury and the Sun are aligned in Leo in the Full Moon chart. Since Mercury represents our conscious mind, this alignment increases the potential for new, creative ideas to come into our awareness. At the same time, the Saturn square will make sure we maintain our awareness of what is possible, and that we integrate those insights in a practical way into our daily lives.

THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the coming week is a quincunx between Neptune and Jupiter, exact on Thursday. A quincunx occurs when two planets are separated by 150 degrees. According to astrologer Bil Tierney, a quincunx helps with “breaking down and removing those non-effectual attitudes that interfere with our ongoing growth.”

This Neptune-Jupiter quincunx requires that we interrupt those old patterns of thought and belief that get in the way of our accessing the deeper wisdom that lies within us. As long as we hold onto the old perceptions and interpretations of reality, we will remain in the realms of confusion, disillusion, and frustration.

But, when we consciously recognize how old thought patterns have controlled us — instead of us directing and being in command of our thoughts — we start to move beyond those places of discomfort and disharmony. We realize we can think in new ways, that we are not at the mercy of unwanted (and seemingly unbidden) thought forms and streams of consciousness.

ONCE WE TAKE this leap into new consciousness and self-awareness, we can start to take advantage of the positive energies of both Neptune and Jupiter, rather than feeling at odds with what these planets offer.

Instead of feeling disillusioned and fearful, we can start to access greater trust, faith, and receptivity (Neptune in Pisces). And, instead of feeling overwhelmed and over-reactive, we can start to live with greater joy, spontaneity, and confidence (Jupiter in Leo).

WE WRAP UP the week with a Jupiter-Venus alignment in Leo next Sunday. It’s good that this alignment occurs on a weekend — its influence enhances our playful and carefree natures, which means it would be very hard to sit behind a desk and work. (My apologies to those who have weekend jobs!)

That being said, we usually have only one Jupiter-Venus conjunction a year, and their alignment in Leo occurs only once or twice every 12 years, so if you can, plan to take advantage of the joining of these two planets. Allow yourself the freedom to do what you want to do, to be spontaneous, to enjoy the moment, and let go of needing to get work done or be serious — even if just for a few hours…



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TUE: Venus enters Leo; WED:Chiron sesquisquare Venus, Pluto sesquisquare Mercury; THU: Neptune quincunx Jupiter; FRI: Pluto sextile Mars, Mercury enters Virgo; SAT:Uranus sesquisquare Mercury, Neptune trine Vesta; SUN:Neptune quincunx Venus, Jupiter conjunct Venus
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Merging With Peace and Oneness | D L Zeta


Merging with Peace and Oneness in Dimensions beyond Words and Time

“Ego is no more than this: identification with form, which primarily means thoughtforms.” — Eckhart Tolle

As we move further into the new time, more souls are stepping past limiting identities that previously held them to lower-vibrational timelines. The transformative energies of the new time have the power to carry us into deeper waters of consciousness beyond realms of thought. These inner dimensions exist beyond thought-based constructs such as time. Inside these dimensions we experience ourselves as more than an endless stream of words flowing through our minds. Here, our awareness expands beyond the world of form, allowing us to step past limiting identities, beliefs and thoughtforms.

Merging with the Peace, Oneness and Wisdom of our Soul

Inside this dimension we experience oneness and communion with source energies. Here we gain awareness of the multidimensional nature of our soul. Immersing ourselves in these energies helps bring awareness of our parallel lives occurring simultaneously. This immersion allows us to see the interconnectedness of all things and the spiritual intelligence underlying all physical realities. Here we are able to receive intuitive guidance about any question or issue we are working with. In this state of direct communion, we exist in a peaceful, joyful state. By daily entering this dimension, we merge our physical world with the peace, oneness and wisdom of our soul.

The Dimension beyond Thoughts is our Natural State

This dimension beyond thoughts is a natural state for us. Old programming and thought viruses have separated human consciousness from this natural state at times. This state of inner separation is the wellspring of all separation we see in the outer world. A house/mind divided against itself fosters realities steeped in separation that lead to violence and war. The frequencies of the new time are moving consciousness past this separation and toward reunification with our natural state.Those who heal the separation within themselves are able to help heal the destructive divisiveness that exists in the world.

Releasing Over-Identification with our Thoughts

Regularly immersing ourselves in the dimension beyond thought liberates us from over-involvement with the physical world. It keeps us from being over-identified with our stream of thought. Over-identifying with our thoughts gives way to compulsive and addictive thinking. We may identify with our thoughts to the point that we lose the sense of who we are apart from them. We may not know who we are apart from thought-based aspects of identity.

If one loses touch with their natural state, they begin to derive identity solely from relationships, the physical body, thoughts and memories, race, religion, gender and other roles. When we move away from such strongholds of identity, we are able to shift to a new identity that incorporates the infinite, limitless nature of our being. This new identity is derived from the awareness that exists in the background our minds.

Time Disappears in the Space beyond Words

When we enter this place beyond words, time and other constructs of thought disappear. Since there are no thoughts here, we are beyond the grasping tentacles of thought viruses. Inside this realm we experience the real love we are seeking behind every third-dimensional reality we construct. There’s no need to look further.

Inside this space, we are aware that we are one with all-that-is. We are aware that we are infinite, limitless and loved. Each time we enter this space we energize and activate these frequencies within our energy field. These frequencies are always within us; they are always a part of us. When we bring our focus to them, we strengthen our experience of them. This allows us to manifest physical realities infused with the energies of the space beyond words.

Connecting with the Essence of what we Seek to Manifest

Inside this space we can connect with the essence of whatever we seek to energize in our physical reality. We can enter this dimension beyond words and time with the intention to connect with subtle energies that contain the essence of that which we seek to manifest.

An example might be the essence of a book, a work of art, a relationship, body of knowledge, or an invention. There are an infinite number of potentials. Many creations, inventions and gifts to the world have arrived through the doorway of someone’s soul travels beyond words and time.

Re-Centering Daily in the Dimension beyond Words

While the dimension beyond words is a part of us, your experience of this inner space may at times be hindered if you have been strongly embedded in thought and physical-based realities. It is helpful to make a daily practice of re-centering yourself in your eternal and timeless nature.

You may find it helpful to use some simple techniques to energize your experience of the dimension beyond time. Our vehicle might be transcendental meditation, binaural beat technology, relaxation training, dream work, automatic writing, channeling, or candle gazing. The possibilities are infinite. Whatever carries you into this space is your perfect vehicle to strengthen your experience of the space beyond words and time.

©2010-2014 DL Zeta, Celestial Vision, All Rights Reservedwww.celestialvision.org These messages are intended to be shared. You are welcome to share and distribute this message with others as you feel guided to do so. Please be sure to include the author & source website link.

For more on timeline and identity shifts, see Timeline and Identity Shifts: the New Science of Reality Creation
For more on accessing the fifth dimension, see The Future is Here Now: Steps to Accessing Fifth-Dimensional Consciousness By DL Zeta
For more on working with your future self, see Messages from the Future: Adopting Your Future Self as Guide and Mentor by DL Zeta

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