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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Right’s New Strategy on Climate: Criticizing Billionaires’ Spending

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A report from the Republican minority on the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works asserts that a few billionaires and environmental foundations are conspiring to “spread propaganda” against the use of fossil fuels. But the minority’s contributions from the oil and gas industry reveal the duplicity of their claims.

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What Happens to a Society When It Turns Against Many of Its Children and Imprisons Them?

Nell Bernstein, The New Press: Abuse of the young inside state-run juvenile prisons is both rampant and extreme. A federal survey published in 2010 found widespread abuse and maltreatment in US youth corrections facilities. More than one-third of youth in secure corrections facilities or camp programs reported that staff used force unnecessarily.

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A Dangerous Mixture in “Poison Valley”: Neoliberalism, Pesticides and the Kaua’i Anti-GMO Movement

David Mitchell, Truthout: For the first time in history, County Council in the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i blocked a citizen-led petition to stop further GMO development until corporations could prove the safety of their practices on the island.

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In a Profession Plagued by Homogeneity, a Philosophy Conference Delivers Diversity

Danielle M. LaSusa, Truthout: Although professional philosophy has long suffered a lack of racial, gender and intellectual diversity, the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism Conference offers a model for inclusion and growth of the discipline and its community.

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The Scary Economic Trend Making Americans More Job-Insecure Than Ever

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Like a dismal cloud spreading over the sky to blot out the sun, the gray economy is trapping millions of Americans in a dark world of haphazard and insecure jobs, few or no benefits, nonexistent chances for advancement, and little recourse if they get screwed.

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Back in Iraq: We Only Want to Save You

Danny Schechter, War Is A Crime: Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and our military agenda. After denials that troops would be sent back, US boots are back on the ground in Iraq.

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California Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Personhood “Advisory Measure” From November Ballot

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: The “Overturn Citizens United Act,” or Prop 49, will not appear on California’s ballot this November after all. The state Supreme Court in California has intervened to remove the measure from this year’s general election ballot.

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Ya Basta: How Zapatismo Has Influenced the US

Making Contact, National Radio Project: The indigenous-led Zapatista movement is a group in Chiapas, Mexico working to bring democracy to their country and their local communities. Twenty years after their founding, the group’s influence has spread far beyond Mexico’s border through music and art.

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Panicking Over Deficits Is Not a Solution

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Saying the United States is bankrupt is hyperbole; more important, it’s not helpful. You can argue that it’s better to avoid abrupt changes and put things on a glide path to sustainability, but efforts are afoot to scare people into preemptively dismantling the welfare state.

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Fundamentalist Christian Leader Blames Me for Air Force Academy Rape Epidemic

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation hits back at fundamentalist Christians attacking his efforts to keep bullying by the religious right out of the Air Force.

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The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening and Who Is Responsible

Truthout writers William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail have collaborated on a new e-book that examines the history behind the chaos in Iraq. From PNAC to Bush, with vivid reporting from the scene, this book definitively explains why this is happening. Order The Mass Destruction of Iraq for Kindle now!

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Ferguson Shooting: Police Under Pressure After Linking Michael Brown to Robbery

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Dante Parker’s Family Hires Attorney

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Obama’s Message to Netanyahu: Weapons With Strings Attached

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Paper Boys

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The Day More Than 800 Egyptian Protesters Died: One Year Later, Remembering the Horrific Raba’a Massacre

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“This Is Our Home”

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Pro-Peace Rally Held in Tel Aviv Amid Gaza Truce Talks

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The Oracle Report | Sunday, August 17, 2014

FROM WISE OWL HELEN

FROM WISE OWL HELEN

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, realign

Moon in Taurus

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhairavi (The Fierce One)

Skill: be aware of the strong tendency for things to be distorted and act wisely

Negative Imprint: fatigue, unprepared, dependent, imbalance, racism, separation, not adjusting to changes, mutation

Positive Imprint: inventiveness, solution-focused, self-reliant, endurance, transformation, confidence, signs

On Friday, August 15, 2014, a magnetic filament on the Sun erupted and produced a coronal mass ejection (CME) at 2:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm UTC.

Spaceweather.com reports the magnetic filament was “snaking down the middle of the solar disc…and split the Sun’s atmosphere, hurling a CME toward Earth, and creating a ‘canyon of fire.'”

This is interesting for many reasons, but what immediately echoes for wise owls who have been reading the Oracle Report since the New Moon in Leo on July 26 is this choice of words and the symbol for the energy of this entire lunar month – “rock formations towering over a deep canyon.”

The Sun has been quite quiet since August 1, with a M1.5 solar flare and CME. The timing of CMEs is highly informative. For the most accurate read of the divine energetics that the Sun (Sabaoth to the Gnostics) wanted to empower, we look at the Sabian symbol of the position of the Moon at the time of the CME. The Sun empowers all of the energetics the planets are disseminating. The Moon was located at 2 Taurus with the corresponding symbol of “an electrical storm.” This symbol discusses energy that brings tensions and brings things to the point of breaking apart. A force of nature takes over. The air is charged to bring forth a deluge of cleansing.

It should be noted that at the time of the CME, the Moon was in tight conjunction with the Chiron Point, reinforcing a theme of deep healing.

To gain an even broader picture of the Sun’s empowering intentions, we can look at the degrees of the Sun and the Earth at the time of the CME. We do this because the Gnostic texts teach us that the Sun (Sabaoth), the Earth (Gaia Sophia), and the Moon (a portion of Gaia Sophia) are divinely allied in their efforts to ensure the proper conditions for the growth of humanity. They are coordinated.

The Sun was located at the degree of “a bareback rider in a circus displays her dangerous skill.” This symbol speaks to defying gravity, taking risks, and masterful control. The daredevil fools around with nature’s forces.

The Earth was located at the degree of “a big bear sitting down waving all of its paws.” This signature is about going above and beyond normal expectations and about the development of skills. The image implies gaining attention and also implies defying authority. The symbol is a show of the force of nature.

In combination, the CME is producing a dramatic show of the forces of nature to bridge us over a chasm and masterfully empower deep healing. The full impact of the energy is in effect through Monday, when the CME reaches Earth.

I believe this energy also is serving to disempower forces that stand against nature.

In addition to the CME wave of energy, we also have today’s specific energetic conditions that prompt a need for endurance. Patterns and synchronicities foreshadow the future and show what types of preparations (mental, physical, spiritual) that will be needed. Keep in mind that today’s energy has the tendency to highly distort all kinds of things. It may be necessary to rise above something and take the high road.

Venus and Jupiter are on approach to exact conjunction overnight at 1:17 am EDT/5:17 am UTC. The conjunction is visible under clear skies. This combination of energies has us reaching for the sky. We gain wisdom about the bigger picture of our lives and the world at large. Connections are made and solutions are discovered. The smallest details become evident.

All in all, it’s a stellar Sunday!

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