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Yes! Magazine This Week September 5, 2014

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Farmers Connect to Save Family Farming

Portrait of Liz Pleasant Our country’s small-scale family farms, once the core of many communities, are in jeopardy. Older farmers are retiring, but the high cost of land makes it tough for young ones to take their place.This week, we explore intergenerational projects providing help through apprenticeships and succession planning so that farmers—old and new—can connect with each other. Cooperation across the generations may be the key to keeping family farms prosperous for years to come.
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To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation

In the next 20 years, many American family farmers are likely to retire—putting enormous amounts of land on the market. Here’s how they’re connecting with young farmers to make sure the family farm survives. READ MORE »

Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer

You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too. READ MORE »

Pills poured out across twenty dollar bills. Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M

The savings from 2013 alone could pay for dental care for 262,000 Americans for an entire year. READ MORE »

The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Friendship and Chocolate Cake

Sure, life goes on even if it is devoid of buttercream. But when it is there, life just seems so perfect—even if you only get to eat buttercream once or twice in a year. READ MORE »

Thom Hartmann. Money, Politics, and Saving Our Democracy. Sept 12. Tickets >>
The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015

A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate—and other states are already following suit. READ MORE »

Woman listening to a man. The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It

Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work. READ MORE »

Woman on bicycle. For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives

Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here’s how they did it. READ MORE »

Kid and computer. 6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet

We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here’s what they said. READ MORE »

McDonald's workers speak out during a strike.
More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested on Thursday amid a nationwide wave of walkouts and demonstrations. WATCH »

Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First

Reader Cindy Kudlik writes, “Yeah, mob rule … scary! Unlike corporate rule, right? Mob rule, as you have defined it, is what gave women and freed slaves the vote. It’s what this country was founded on!” READ MORE »

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Veterans Open Mike This Sunday in Tampa, Florida

I know this is a relatively small local event, but I want to share in case anyone is local and interested. Also because I am so inspired by this project and I think it would be wonderful if people in other places-even other countries-created something similar.

War is a horrible thing, it leaves scars both visible and invisible. I feel that these kind of supportive community based events can be a catalyst for both healing and building stronger community connections.

Governments tend to use soldiers as disposable commodities-forgetting about their needs as soon as they are no longer useful. But veterans are our loved ones, our classmates, friends and family. They are not disposable!

I think too that non-soldier survivors of war and conflict can also benefit from this sort of supportive and creative outlet for emotion and healing.

So if you live nowhere near Tampa, consider creating something like this in your hometown. All you need is a coffeehouse-or anywhere people can comfortably gather and a bit of determination:-)

If you don’t do Facebook, Meetup.com is also useful for creating public events.

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

The monthly VETERANS & Community Open Mic is this Sunday, September 7th @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House!

We’re very excited to offer a FREE Creative Writing Workshop just before the event, facilitated by local Slam poet, Dennis Amadeus! Open to all veterans, family members, caregivers, friends, local artists & community members who want to support veterans’ voices. Whether you’re interested in learning new skills for self-expression, or looking to break writer’s block, or working on lifting a piece from the page to the stage, this workshop is for you! No admission, just one drink minimum (coffee/tea/smoothie/etc). Come explore your creativity, and stay for the Open Mic!

5-6:15 PM FREE Creative Writing Workshop

6:30-9 PM Veterans & Community OpenMic

Also, this week’s Open Mic will feature aSPECIAL GUEST ARTIST, musician & singer Aida Shahghasemi! She’s incredible, you definitely don’t want to miss Aida … Hope you can join us!

Please help us spread the word … Flyer attached – please forward & post! Here’s the FB event page (join for updates & invite friends!):


Hope to see you at Sacred Grounds Coffee House this Sunday!

In Solidarity,



Andrea Assaf

Artistic Director

Art2Action Inc.




Read more about “Creative Arts Reintegration” with The Carpetbag Theatre, the PRRC “Voices of Recovery” Veterans Drama Troupe, and Art2Action @ http://art2action.org/veterans-in-tampa

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 4 September 2014

Twelve Theses on Education’s Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Henry A. Giroux, Kenneth J. Saltman and Sophia A. McClennen, Paradigm Publishers: The profit-driven goals of neoliberal education policies are antithetical to the progressive goals of educating productive participants in democratic culture and creating active, critical, autonomous citizens who take joy in learning.

Read the Book Excerpt

How US Intelligence Distorted Its Own Data on Child Migration

David L. Wilson, Truthout: “Misperceptions of US Policy Key Driver in Central American Migrant Surge,” a federal El Paso Intelligence Center report, refutes claims that violence and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are the main forces behind the rise in border crossings, but its assertions are contradicted by the center’s own data.

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Standing in Solidarity Against Racial Exhaustion

J. Mijin Cha, Truthout: While Asians are widely seen as “model minorities,” and many Asian Americans may not see themselves as people of color, the world does. Americans need to figure out how to be allies against racism when the struggle on the surface doesn’t appear to be our own.

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Laura Flanders | Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jennifer Taub on the Housing Crisis: What’s Changed?

Laura Flanders, Truthout: More than five years after the housing market collapsed, the crisis continues, its sources still disputed. Is Americans’ inability to acquire a home of their own in a neighborhood that feels safe a personal or a political problem? Apparently, it’s a matter of public policy.

Watch the Video and Read the Interview

The Color of Infant Mortality

Monica J. Casper, The Feminist Wire: Infant mortality is about race, poverty, and geography and the ways that the lives of some women and children in the United States are made to matter more than others. It is also about the multitude of ways we foster life for some people and not others.

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Economic Terrorism by Paid Goons

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s now harder than ever before to join a union, thanks to the decades-long War on Labor that conservatives have been waging ever since Ronald Reagan came to Washington. Conservatives have been waging that war with help from “right to work laws.”

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Oil Is Back! A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill United States

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. We should be witnessing progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite is occurring.

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Will Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Stand With J Street Against Illegal Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Here is a pointy question right now for members of Congress: Where do you stand on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank? Do you Stand With J Street, or do you stand with Netanyahu?

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Nestlé Has Expanded Its Water Empire to Include Colorado

Judy Molland, Care2: Not content with bottling water in drought-stricken California, Nestlé has added Colorado to its water empire: The world’s largest food and beverage company has been draining millions of gallons of water from the Arkansas River out of a pipeline near Buena Vista.

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Playing Toxic Whack-a-Mole

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Getting burned up in a fire is scary. But many flame retardants are toxic. In fact, many flame retardants used in textiles and electronics are chemically related to pesticides like DDT or chlorpyrifos. Some cause cancer, and many persist in the environment for decades.

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Amy Goodman | Former US Ambassador: To Resolve Ukraine Crisis, Address Internal Divisions and Russian Fears of NATO

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Ukraine has retracted an earlier claim to have reached a cease-fire with Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko initially said he agreed with Vladimir Putin on steps toward a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, but the Kremlin then denied a cease-fire agreement.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

Economic Update: Big Changes Coming

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers food insecurity, oil disaster economics, politicos going to Wall Street, billionaires buying homes, education in the UK and how the US sustains elites. We also address an employers’ movement for a four-day work week and the history of socialism vs. capitalism. We respond to many listeners’ questions.

Listen to the Radio Segment


The Koch Brothers Fundamentally Believe in Disposable People

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The reality – and the Kochs know this in their pocketbooks – is that a laissez-faire theory of capitalism only leads in one direction: financial benefits gushing up to the top 1%, erupting like a geyser into the hands of the gilded few.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

College Rape Survivor Will Carry Her Mattress Around Campus Until Her Rapist Is Expelled

Read the Article at Salon

Justice Dept. Will Investigate Practices of the Ferguson Police

Read the Article at The New York Times

We Need an Option to Vote for “None of the Above”

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Fast Food Strikes Hit 150 US Cities

Read the Article at MSNBC

Dr. Ben Carson, African-American Conservative, Hits All the Tea Party’s Wacky High Notes

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

How to Handle the ISIS Threat

Read the Article at Consortium News

To Recline Your Airline Seat or Not? Stop Arguing. Capitalism Already Won This Stupid War

Read the Article at The Guardian

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Personal Update | HighHeartLife

For everyone who has been concerned about Denise and her Mom, this update is a wonderful relief:-) I’m SO glad to read these positive words from Denise. I pray you are all doing well and staying grounded despite the “bumpy” energetic ride lately!

Personal Update


My Mom was moved from the hospital (entered August 28th around 4:00 AM) to a care facility (intense physical rehab orbypass boot camp as I like to call it) September 3rd around 5:00 PM.

(Please click the link below to read this update on Denise’s page)


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The Oracle Report | Friday, September 5, 2014



NEW AUDIO REPORT August 22, 2014 –

“Holding the Line: Virgo 2014 Cycle”

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Capricorn/Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Shodashi (The Goddess Who Creates Form) and Matangi (Goddess of the Wind)

Skill: ask for the fulfillment of your highest desire

Negative Imprint: false fronts, dissatisfaction, disappointment, unfair compromise, disconnection, vanity, denial

Positive Imprint: receptivity, peace, vivid experience, heritage, tradition, manifestation, purity, ensconced, strength, imagination

We have a day of high magical potential on tap today, so we want to take full advantage of the energy.

The magical time of the cycle begins today with the Gibbous Moon phase. We have double-Gibbous (double magical) energy because overall this month is like a month-long Gibbous phase. The Gibbous Moon phase of a Gibbous cycle is doubly potent for manifesting intention. Our powers of visualization are heightened during Gibbous phases. So today we will envision (picture with our mind’s eye) what we want to experience. Visualize this in a personal way and in a global way. If you made a “Wish Board” back at the New Moon in Aries (March/April 2014), revisit it today. Change it up, add to it, or keep it the same.

The point is to focus some energy on stating or impressing intention. What do you want to tell the universe?

Three themes repeat in the Sabian symbols for the degrees of the planets’ locations today: idealization, inner knowledge, and truth.

With the theme of idealization, we tend to become preoccupied with absolutes. Few things are truly absolute. One of the greatest traits of humanity is our imagination. It is easy for us to create in our minds what we think would be ideal. We just as easily delude ourselves into seeing things the way we want to see them. We get hung up on chasing an ideal and ignore all signs to the contrary. We lock in. The key is to understand that there are many variations of what is ideal, and these variations evolve through time.

So it is good to have definite intentions to state to the universe today, but unwise to assume that the result will appear in the exact way we want. Shodashi teaches us this. She works very hard to bring us into closer alignment with our true course – our destiny. It’s a complex undertaking because the trajectories of everyone are involved. Moving one person’s “line” affects everyone else’s line. Her job becomes easier as more and more people align with nature and natural world order. There is less to untangle.

The theme of inner knowing repeats throughout the energy of the symbols today. Calling upon inner knowledge is the way to handle anything that crops up today. Consult sources that always provide what you need (certain books, cards, oracles, divination tools, letters, poems, songs, nature, etc.). Inner knowledge is passed from generation to generation and humanity has a long history from which to draw. The knowledge of our ancestors is alive in our cells. Everything we need to know is inside and corroborated by sources on the outside.

The third theme, truth, underlies our motivations today. Truth crystallizes right before our eyes. It may come in the form of a wild confrontation with the true self or the true self of another. Everyone will see what they are capable of seeing/what they want to see. Minds that are deeply infected will rise toward lunacy as the Full Moon approaches.

What do you want to do with all of your magical powers today?

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