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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 23 August 2014

Apologies for the late posting of this- I thought it had posted Saturday night but didn’t check the blog til just now. Another digest packed with important articles. It seems that we live in seriously “interesting times”.

Please share these, forward them, post links on social media. If enough people realize what is going on and speak out, it will-it *must* begin to change.

Defining a Federalist Approach to Immigration Reform: The Left Stands on Firmer Legal Ground

Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout: With a federal floor of protections for noncitizens at their back, immigrant and refugee-friendly local laws and tactics are defining what it means to fight for human rights from the ground up.

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“Less Lethal” Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

Abbie Nehring, ProPublica: A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about whether they use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

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It’s Not Just a Job

Jerome A. Popp, Truthout: A nation that exports its jobs to other countries depreciates its citizens as human beings by depriving them access to avenues of experience in which they discover and evaluate the significance of their own existence.

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Tractors, Ritual Baths and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion

Leah Penniman, YES! Magazine: Brutal racism resulted in maiming, lynching, burning, deportation, economic violence and legal violence, but it also divorced people of color from the land their ancestors lived on for ages. The Soul Fire Farm program seeks to repair that damage.

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A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson

Lyle Jeremy Rubin, The Nation: There’s at least one line every Marine knows: “Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.” The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received that memo.

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Will Lake Erie Turn the Tide?

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: If climate change doesn’t scare you and our failure to act doesn’t inspire despair, you’re not paying attention. At the same time, the great sin of the climate deniers is their role in delaying action, quite possibly until it’s too late.

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Health Check: Sitting Versus Standing

Bethany Howard, The Conversation: It seems the world is finally coming to terms with the fact that humans evolved to stand, not to sit, or at least, health researchers, savvy office workers and many commuters are.

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Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Congress and the American people should not accept that major decisions about the use of US military power and resources abroad be made indefinitely – behind closed doors – by executive fiat.

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All Stories Are . . .

John Steppling, John Steppling’s Blog: The faux-journalism of Vice News is an example of frat boy, pretend journalism. It is racist; it is sub-literate, and it’s so astoundingly patronizing to anyone not white and Western as to be the very definition of colonialist.

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The Powerful “Groupthink” on Ukraine

Robert Parry, Consortium News: Official Washington’s “groupthink” on Ukraine – blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin – is so dominant that even independent thinkers like Paul Krugman get sucked into the collective misinformation, reports Robert Parry.

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A Group of Ferguson Protesters Releases List of Demands, Calls for National “Walk Out”

Read the Article at St. Louis Public Radio

Los Angeles Police Failed to Heed Pleas as Man Died, Reports Say

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

Egypt Calls for Open-Ended Gaza Cease-Fire

Read the Article at USA Today

Chinese Fighter Jet “Buzzed” US Patrol Aircraft Over Pacific, Pentagon Says

Read the Article at The Guardian

Iraq Conflict: UN Warns of Possible Amerli “Massacre”

Read the Article at the BBC

Demonstrators Leave Harlem by Bus, Flooding Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death

Read the Article at the New York Daily News

Nurse Who Refused to Force-Feed Sent Home From Guantánamo

Read the Article at the Miami Herald

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The Oracle Report | Monday, August 25, 2014

HOLDING THE LINE - BURROWING OWLS. "Not all owls live in trees, as the burrowing owl can attest. This species takes up residence in old ground squirrel or prairie dog burrows. Hunting at night, it can fly as well as use its long legs to sprint and capture prey." - MotherNatureNetwork.com


NEW AUDIO REPORT August 22, 2014 –

“Holding the Line: Virgo 2014 Cycle”

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Monday, August 25, 2014

New Moon Phase (10:12 am EDT/2:12 pm UTC): begin

Moon in Virgo

Ruling Mahavidyas: Shodashi (The Goddess Who Is Beautiful) and Matangi (The Administrator)

Skill: be receptive to new directions

Negative Imprint: lost, alone, stiff, tardiness, immaturity, self-denial, distortion of truth, domination, control, anger

Positive Imprint: security, dignity, determination, self-defense, creativity, inspiration, openness to higher forces, training, achievement, endurance, form, care

Advantage: Sophia, Sabaoth, and humanity. Yesterday at 8:17 am EDT/12:17 pm UTC the Sun (Sabaoth) released an M5.6 – 5.9 (reports vary) class flare with a coronal mass ejection (CME). We look to the position of the Moon at that time to determine the nature of the solar energy being discharged to us. The Moon was located at 20 Leo with the corresponding Sabian symbol “American Indians perform a ritual to the Sun.”

Sabaoth the Sun winked at us with this CME. In the audio recording posted on the homepage atwww.oraclereport.com I discussed the lunar month in store for us, highlighting two astrological aspects with energy that favors humanity – Venus’ conjunction with the Black Moon and the South Node’s conjunction with Eris. The coronal mass was ejected yesterday when the Moon was conjunct the Black Moon while both were making a trine to the South Node and a square to Mars and Saturn. That’s astro-speak for good stuff for the Return of the Mysteries – the Second Renaissance.

The Sabian symbol of “American Indians perform a ritual to the Sun” portrays joining with others of like mind and returning to nature. In essence, the Sun empowered the energetics in place with the New Moon today that favor natural world order.

For eons of time, American Indians have performed daily rituals to the Sun. Many wise owls now do the same thing with the ritual of theMedicine Wheel of Protection, which honors the Sun, Earth, heavens, and humanity. It is a link that has been imprinted and reinforced over and over again through time. The acknowledgement and appreciation of the Sun is one of humanity’s greatest advantages in the effort to free our minds of archontic controls. American Indians, along with other indigenous people across the planet, have held the line – the connection – with our spiritual allies Gaia Sophia and Saboth the Sun while most of the people of the planet fell under the archontic spell.

The Sun returned that wave to us yesterday. The old ways are returning.

This comes in the nick of time. Just as we are beginning a two-month period when those that stand against humanity will make big moves to attempt global control, our allies Sophia and Sabaoth stand up. As I mentioned in the audio recording, the Sabian symbol for the Virgo cycle of “two guardian angels bringing protection” implies that a need for protection exists.

The confluence comes as the Wisdom Goddess Shodashi comes on duty with the assistance of Matangi. (If Shodashi was Batman, Matangi would be Alfred, not Robin.) Shodashi and Matangi are the only two Mahavidyas who consistently work in tandem. Matangi does not always join in on Shodashi’s month – only when needed. The scope of Shodashi’s efforts often requires the administrative and technical assistance of Matangi.

Shodashi paints broad strokes to not only open opportunities to fulfill the highest desire of our souls, but she has a primary mission to destroy the Demiurge, the “chief Archon” Yaldabaoth. She is a tectonic force of sonic power and yesterday’s earthquakes are demonstrative. Shodashi is coming…

The New Moon in Virgo enters at 10:12 am EDT/2:12 pm UTC. Mars and Saturn will make exact conjunction a few hours later at 3:09 pm EDT/7:09 pm UTC. Theelectric universe theory talks about the potential for geologic effects when planets are conjunct around New and Full Moons. Mars and Saturn have been pushing anger and control issues into the collective of humanity for a week now, but today they reach apex, and then that energy will begin to dissipate.

The totality of the energy for the month is a dramatic preparation for change – change to the order of humanity. This month’s energy opens paths, brings opportunities, and sets us on the proper course of our soul’s development. All of it leads to the next cycle, the Libra cycle, where we have the energy for “the light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh.”

For now, we hold the line – the line of light – that indigenous people have maintained for so long. We align with the Goddess of Form and Symmetry herself as she re-enchants the world. All month long, we find beauty as chaos swirls around us.

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizarre Inequality Theory

Adam Bessie and Dan Carino, Truthout: Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, wants you to believe that the biggest cause of inequality is “the failures of public education,” and in particular, “bad teachers.” In this graphic, interactive investigation, take a look under the hood of the Gates Foundation’s multimillion dollar public relations machine designed to turn you into a reformer.

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Henry A. Giroux | The New Authoritarianism in an Age of Manufactured Crises

Henry A. Giroux, City Lights: Important issues are buried in the fog of “manufactured crises,” designed to stir popular sentiment but actually legitimizing policies that benefit the wealthy and hurt working- and middle-class communities, says Henry Giroux in this excerpt from his latest book.

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Envisioning Where We Want to Go: An Interview With Evolutionary Reconstructionist Gar Alperovitz

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Longtime activist, historian and political-economic theorist Gar Alperovitz conducted an email interview with us on the occasion of the creation of his new website, the Pluralist Commonwealth.

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Blood on All Our Hands: Don’t Thank Me for My Service Redux

Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout: Years after writing the much-read and controversial piece “Don’t Thank Me for My Service,” Camillo (Mac) Bica reflects on the same theme, responding to readers who were taken aback by his approach and veterans who found comfort in his words.

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Historically, Black Leaders Supported Palestinians; Why Less So Now?

Bryan K. Bullock, Truthout: Today‘s silence by mainstream black leaders in the face of Israeli aggression against Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip stands in stark contrast to the historic support of the Palestinians by African and African-American leaders.

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Truthout Interviews William I. Robinson on the Israel Lobby Attacking Academic Freedom

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Professor William I. Robinson talks about his six-month ordeal defending his right to academic freedom and free speech against a coalition of groups that comprise part of the Israel lobby in the US.

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American Terror Lives On

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: Wearing hoodies for Trayvon Martin or shouting, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” in memory of Michael Brown may galvanize popular anger but they aren’t substitutes for revolutionary change. That is the only way to undo centuries of injustice.

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Paul Krugman | Republicans Are Devoted to Protecting the Reagan Myth, No Matter What

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Did you know that over the course of the Carter administration – January 1977 to January 1981 – the economy actually added jobs faster than it did under Ronald Reagan? But don’t expect the Reaganolators to acknowledge that. Their whole sense of identity is bound up with their faith.

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What Chicago’s Upcoming Mayoral Race Says About the Power of Movements

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: If the recent elections of Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson, Mississippi, and Kshama Sawant in Seattle are any indication, teachers and other forces on the left can actually build and consolidate power in the realm of electoral politics.

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Four Things You Probably Don’t Know About the Ferguson Protests

Robin Marty, Care2: In Ferguson, Missouri, much of the focus has been on protests, media suppression and danger on the streets at night. Lost in all of that are a few key stories you may not be aware of.

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This week in Speakout:

Laura Finley takes a stand against urine sample drug testing at schools and work places;Svetlana Tsiberganova warns of fascist leanings in Ukraine’s “Left”; Max Eternity describes the appropriation of the “official” story about Ferguson and the Michael Brown shooting by white reporters; Kathy Kelly visits the extraordinary Borderfree Community Center in Afghanistan; Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy writes about the dehumanization and killing of black men in the United States; Rory Fanning calls out CNN for a biased and inaccurate report on how police became militarized; Calvin F. Exoo considers the troubling politics behind illegal marijuana and legal alcohol; the Center for Constitutional Rightsannounces that a pivotal ruling in the first Guantánamo Bay conviction has been overturned; Reprieve reveals findings that a US citizen has been turned over to a secretive, US-funded court in Yemen; the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees is gearing up to halt the global distribution of genetically modified eucalyptus trees; the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy says trade rules encourage gutting human rights to facilitate corporate profits; and more.

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Obama Orders Review of Military Equipment Supplied to Police

Read the Article at The New York Times

ACLU: Heavily Redacted Ferguson Police Report on Michael Brown’s Death Violates Law, Omits Key Public Information

Read the Article at Yahoo News

London Rapper-Turned-Jihadist Believed to Be Under Investigation for the Murder of Journalist James Foley

Read the Article at The Independent

Cash Raised for Officer Darren Wilson Surpasses Donations to Michael Brown’s Family

Read the Article at USA Today

Canada’s First Nations People Seek to “Evict” Energy Companies From Land

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Texas Court Decides Companies Can Legally Lie to Their Employees

Read the Article at Addicting Info

Rick Perry’s Indictment Will Curb His Gun-Toting Ways

Read the Article at Reuters