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Common Dreams Highlights September 2, 2014

News & Views | 09.02.14

Featured…Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

How America Made ISIS


NATO’s “Military Hysteria” Undermines Hope for Peace in Ukraine, says Russia

Dumping Plan Scrapped, But Coal Terminal’s Threat to Great Barrier Reef Remains

Challenge to Sweeping NSA Dragnet Reaches Highest Court Yet

‘No Escape’: Alarming Cancer Rates at Prison Built Next to Toxic Coal Dump

As Expected, Big Money Flood Grows Bigger in Wake of McCutcheon Ruling

and more…



Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Robin Hiller and Anthony Cody: Common Core: A Poison Pill for Learning

Alice Slater: With Nukes on All Sides, We Demand a Peaceful Settlement in Ukraine

Richard Heinberg: Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die

Gary Engler: Ten Ways We Can Build a Better Economic System



Strike Fast Food: Fast Food Workers to Strike Thursday as Fight for $15 and Union Rights Intensifies

Brennan Center for Justice: Texas Photo ID Trial Begins: Groups Argue Law Violates Voting Rights Act, Constitution

and more…

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At Sea~

Thank you Cindy! The water there is so dark and deep. Imagine it must be near autumn so far north-which is wonderful to imagine here where it is still over 90 every day! I love the colorful houses and So many trees!

Off the coast of Norway.
So pristine and lovely in the fall sunshine.
There are scores of islands off the coasts of Norway and Sweden, all reachable only by boat.

The patrol boats are impressive and fast.
Our boat leaves quite a wake!
Smaller boats need to be careful not to get too close to the wake!
The coast of Sweden is remarkable too!
Internet service is few and far between. Please excuse me for not being able to follow your blogs and cheers to you today from the coast of Germany!

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 31 August 2014

$15 and Change: How Seattle Led the Country’s Wage Revolution

David “Goldy” Goldstein, YES! Magazine: Seattle’s path to a $15 minimum wage is a winding tale of effective organizing, smart messaging and luck. It is also a roadmap for bypassing partisan gridlock one city at a time.

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Students Should Be Creative Innovators, Not Force-Fed Consumers of Status-Quo Knowledge

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Unless students are empowered to help shape their own educations, and use their skills and energy to fight for justice and make their neighborhoods better places , there will be little progress in solving the nation’s most pressing problems, Mark Naison, author of Bad Ass Teachers Unite, tells Truthout.

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“Badhoneywell” Makes Its Nationwide Debut

Mathias Quackenbush, Truthout: The US government’s complicity in the Israeli siege of Gaza is no secret, but what remains in the shadows, however, is the alarming extent to which United States corporations like Honeywell profit from the Israeli war machine.

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The Plague

John Feffer, Foreign Police In Focus: Ebola is bad news, but it hasn’t generated the same kind of fury as that other fast-spreading scourge, namely the Islamic State. The recent beheading of US journalist James Foley has ratcheted up the outrage of American observers.

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Artesia, New Mexico: Locking up Children From Cold War to War on Immigrants

Betsy Hartmann, Truthout: It is perhaps not surprising that Homeland Security set up its immigrant detention center for children and families crossing the border in Artesia, New Mexico, where children went to school in an underground shelter in the ’60s, amid the bleak nuclear landscape.

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Truthout Interviews Featuring Adam Bessie and Dan Carino on Bill Gates, Graphic Journalism, and the Education Reform Hype Machine

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Ted Asregadoo speaks to English Professor Adam Bessie and Graphic Journalist Dan Carino about Bill Gates’ free-market education reform movement that emphasizes a more technocratic and quantitatively rigid curriculum.

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Nine Extraordinary Ways to Use the Tools of Your Trade in Protest

Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence: Farmers, janitors, musicians and fire fighters have found ways to wield their ordinary tools in extraordinary protests. Here are examples of some of the most iconic forms of activism.

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Van Jones and Charles Blow Absolve White America

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: The people of Ferguson had no power brokers dissuading protest, claiming to speak for them or cutting deals behind their backs. So they took to the streets day after day and worldwide media attention soon followed.

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Trans Women of Color Speaking Truth to Power

Tanisha C. Ford, The Feminist Wire: Trans women of color are fighting to gain greater visibility for trans issues while also creating safe spaces for themselves. Far too often the voices of women at the vanguard of the movement who do not have a global platform are pushed to the margins of our social and political consciousness.

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This week in Speakout:

Anis Shivani raises doubts about the utopian promises laid out by technology enthusiasts and scientists; Joe Uehlein draws parallels between the Great Depression and conditions in the current recession and suggests a revitalized green Labor movement; The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation says the tiny Marshall Islands nation will continue in its quest to force the US to comply with its commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty;Fran Shor discusses the racism that remains embedded in American football; the Rev. Samuel Weddington notes apartheid roots of the crackdown in Ferguson; Laura Finleyasks us to reconsider shelters for housing domestic violence victims; Dean Baker points out the New York Times missed the mark in its criticism of French economic policy and excoriates public funding for inflated university president pay; Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier report on the activism surrounding the resumption of water shut-offs in Detroit;Reprieve criticizes Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for refusing to release video tapes of Guantanamo detainees being force fed; Emily Homrok raises concerns over the racial composition of wrongful convictions; Gabriel San Roman interviews Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad Magazine on discussing radical politics with children; Kathy Kelly illustrates the hardship of gaining even a basic education in Afghanistan; Roger Annis points to fascist participation in fundraising by Ukrainian activists in Canada and details misconceptions about the roots of conflict in Ukraine; Guerry Hoddersen reviews Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree, a book about racial pain and healing in the United States; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Ferguson Isn’t About Black Rage Against Cops, It’s White Rage Against Progress

Read the Article at the Washington Post

Charles Koch Personally Founded a Group Protecting Oil Industry Handouts

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This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Impending Casino Closures Foreground Atlantic City’s Great Divide

Read the Article on MSNBC

Six Other Excessive Force Complaints Filed Against Ferguson PD

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

Beijing Rules Out Open Elections in Hong Kong

Read the Article at The New York Times

Colorado Town to Ask Higher Court to Uphold Its Fracking Ban

Read the Article at Inside Climate News

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, September 2, 2014



NEW AUDIO REPORT August 22, 2014 –

“Holding the Line: Virgo 2014 Cycle”

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: take action

Moon in Sagittarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Shodashi (Goddess Who Fulfills Highest Desire) and Matangi (Goddess of the Wind)

Skill: hold the line of what you know to be true

Negative Imprint: conformity, projection of personal feelings onto others, propaganda, impotent, fearful of new experiences, denial

Positive Imprint: divine direction, realization of talents, improvement of conditions, perseverance, form and symmetry, new opportunities

Welcome back to the daily report. It has been an interesting week of “holding the line,” hasn’t it?

Yesterday, Sabaoth the Sun released what spaceweather.com believes was a strong M-class or an X-class flare with a CME (coronal mass ejection). The sunspot which released the flare is on the far side of the Sun, where instruments cannot accurately read. The flare occurred Monday, September 1 at 7:05 am ET/11:05 am UT.

The Sabian symbol for the position of the Moon at that time (the most precise indicator of the energy that is reinforced by the flare) is “an Indian woman pleading to the chief for the lives of her children.” The symbol discusses the need to stand up for things we care about – projects, ideals, values, information, people, the planet, natural law. In this way we don’t back down. We hold the line of what we hold to be true.

You may recall the Sabian symbol of the August 24th solar flare disseminating the energy of “American Indians performing a ritual to the Sun.” The Sun is empowering not only the efforts but also the unification of those who are devoted to nature – Gaia Sophia’s “tribe” so to speak.

Given that a “divide and conquer” tactic is being seduced from the R-complex of the human brain by the parasitic infection of the Archons, it is easy to see why the Sun would empower energy of “the tribe.”

Who knew with this lunar cycle’s theme of “two guardian angels bringing protection” would mean we might need “protection” from those with whom we felt most closely aligned? The Mahavidyas gave us some indication of this. This is the “Trojan Horse” element of this month’s energy that I discussed in my August 22 recording. The need to be watchful for Trojan Horses – destructive things that come from something/someone that appears as something different – is in effect all month long. Once again, we “hold the line” with what we know to be true in our hearts and we stand up for that when needed.

Doing so changes the future.

Today’s energy is heavily concerned with expectations -living up to other’s expectations, our own expectations, society’s expectations, and so on. But we can cut through all of that by focusing on the real story today: opening up to being directed by a divine hand that is drawing us toward our own destiny. Like a fine calligrapher, the Mahavidya Shodashi pens the strokes needed to fulfill the highest desire – the expectations – of our souls. She gets us on track.

For this to happen, we must surrender control and follow the beat of her drum. Her beat may be a radical change for you, but rest assured it is divinely guided. New opportunities, new possibilities, and new doors are being revealed all month long. We persevere toward these things.

The emptiness of the past is also revealed today, which is where the Mahavidya Matangi comes in. Like the wind, she sweeps through to clear away what has spoiled (what no longer serves us).

The negative polarity of today’s energy attempts to stifle us and to trick us into feeling unworthy or weak. It also pushes issues of rejection and feelings of wanting to give up. If these things surface for you today, remember that what is actually happening is a correction of our own personal course in life. Adapt to what is changing by honoring your feelings and integrating them into your bigger picture.

The mission of wise owls is to find beauty and keep it real every day. We are holding the line, guided by two angels, as a palpable change in the story of humanity unfolds. Today we will open to where the universe takes us.

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