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Common Dreams Highlights September 17,2014

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News & Views | 09.17.14


‘You Are Not a Loan’: Rolling Jubilee Abolishes Millions in Student Debt


People’s Climate Has One Final Question: Are You In?

Coalition Calls for Complete Ban on Fracking

For-Profit College Chain Sued by Feds for Predatory Lending Scheme

2014 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants Laud Creatives Who ‘Improve Our Lives and Better Our World’

Despite Landmark Ruling, Canada’s Police Still Making Warrantless Demands for User Data

and more…



Naomi Klein: The People’s Climate March: Meet the Next Movement of Movements

Susan Sered: Why Can’t US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without ‘Waging War’ and ‘Sending Troops’?

Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach: Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class

John Nichols: Meet ‘the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party’

Hina Shamsi: Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances



People’s Climate March: Thousands To #WalkTheWalk Online During Historic Climate March

Public Citizen As President’s Export Council Meets, No Chance to Meet Obama’s Export Doubling Goal; Export Growth Falls Under Free Trade Agreements

Organic Consumers Association: Organic Consumers Condemns USDA Approval of Dow’s New GMO crops

and more…

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 16 September 2014

“Socially Responsible” Capitalism Still Feeds the Disease

Toshio Meronek, Truthout: Capitalism with a conscience? That’s the idea behind so-called “socially responsible” investments – buying stocks in companies that are screened against an ethical criterion. But even these socially responsible investment companies invest heavily in the stock of tech corporations, which have poor human rights records.

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Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout: Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence is less about nationalism than about the desire of those disenfranchised by neoliberalism to enjoy some measure of self-determination.

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Koch Foundation Proposal to College: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity: In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum funded must align with the libertarian philosophy of Charles Koch. Second, the foundation would control which faculty members were hired.

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Like a Dull Knife: The People’s Climate “Farce”

Quincy Saul, Truthout: As we approach global climate tipping points, we need to do more and better than the massive photo op People’s Climate March and An Invitation to Change Everything is likely to be. Here are some concrete suggestions.

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Is New Jersey Fudging Its Pension Fund Results to Defuse a Christie Scandal?

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: You cannot make stuff like this up: New Jersey, in its attempt to diffuse a pension fund scandal that implicates Gov. Chris Christie, looks to have committed the classic crisis management blunder of a cover-up worse than the original crime.

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The University of Illinois Fails on Academic Freedom and Free Speech: Why the Salaita Case Matters

David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees’ recent decision not to reinstate Steven Salaita to the faculty at its Urbana-Champaign campus may not be surprising, but it is a scandal. The facts of the case suggest their explanations are wholly specious.

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Has Kansas Found the Cure for the Reaganomics Disease?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The people of Kansas, including Republicans, are realizing that Reaganomics isn’t the answer to the United States’ economic problems. They are seeing first-hand how enacting policies that only benefit the wealthy elite can bring an entire economy to its knees.

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What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice?

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance: All of the elements required to create climate justice seem to be in place. Despite this, the climate movement is unable to move US or UN policy or force the economic system to respond adequately to the climate crisis.

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Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Reporter Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not disclosed.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: It May Take a Disaster for the US to Switch to Green Energy, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Apparently, it’s going to take a disaster in our nation to get the United States to make the switch to green energy; the “Western” diet is making people fat and sick all around the world, and processed foods are the most likely reason for that problem; workers at an Ohio coal waste landfill were told that coal ash was “safe enough to eat”; and more.

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Women Face a Catch-22 Despite Three-Decade Shift in Gender Roles

Evita March, The Conversation: As the presence of women in employment has become stable, differences in perceived masculine traits of employed men and women have disappeared. However, the disappearance of perceived masculine traits is associated with an increase in feminine traits.

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Illinois Poll Shows Strong Support for Higher Minimum Wage and Tax on Millionaires

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In President Obama’s home state, a Chicago Tribune poll indicates that voters are ready to back modest steps to start tackling income inequality.

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Jon Stewart Obliterates GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham Over ISIS Fearmongering

Watch the Video at Comedy Central

US to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

Read the Article at The New York Times

No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Read the Article at Truthdig

Climate Change Report: Prevent Damage by Overhauling Global Economy

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Demise of a US Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama’s Anti-ISIS Campaign

Read the Article at Mother Jones

I Was Beaten by Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit Contends

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

An Epidemic of Wage Theft Is Costing Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year

Read the Article at The Economic Policy Institute

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha, and everyone in this Pond. No matter what is going on out there in the world, I always feel such a positive, effervescent energy whenever I read Aisha’s messages and the comments here. Best wishes for your journey, Aisha! Your mountains are so beautiful.

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By now, the incoming energies will begin to register in many of you, as they herald the flux that will accompany next week’s portal of the Equinox. Yes, this is indeed another one of those numerous occasions when mankind get the chance to take another step up on this seemingly endless ladder of ascension. For we are well aware that for many, this process may seem to be endless, and that is indeed understandable. After all, this what you knew from the very beginning would constitute your life’s work this time around, and so, it is not by accident that you have been guided through this process in increments, seemingly minuscule at some times, while at others you truly commit yourselves to a true quantum leap. And this time, we can indeed guarantee you it will not be one of those infinitesimally small steps ahead, no this time, it will…

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I’m not sure if Laura meant to include a blank image for today’s report or if her page is being wonky.

I posted it as is but am adding my own image above it because it feels heavy and stressful to me to read about today’s potential for conflict in a totally text drenched page.

No matter what energy is in play on any given day, we are always well woven into the Mother’s web of All-that-is. If you are experiencing a difficult moment in your day remind yourself of the incredible beauty that still exists all around us even tho so much can be distressing.

The holographic nature of our universe does not mean it is a projection. That is just Plato’s cave metaphor distorted into “science”;-) What it means is that the whole is contained in each fragment no matter how tiny.

So alongside our hurt feelings, money stress or bad case of flu we each also contain towering blue glaciers, endlessly vast reaches of interstellar space, every exquisite moment that has ever existed anywhere, sunny fields of butterflies, millions of cute kittens, rainforests, unicorns, everything else you can think of and trillions of things you’ve never even imagined.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: take responsibility

Moon in Cancer

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

Skill: be thoughtful and cautious; show the love

Negative Imprint: control, anger, impulsivity, domination, showing off, unsupportive, unloving acts, fights, war

Positive Imprint: diversifying, mastery, courage, self-control, small tokens/shows of appreciation and love, respect, hope

An influx from Sabaoth the Sun continues today with an incoming coronal mass ejection from a magnetic filament that erupted near the center of the Sun four days ago. I have not been able to locate information on the time of the eruption to read the energetics of the emission, so we will focus on the energetics in place today.

Mercury (communication, messages) conjuncts the North Node (destiny) and Eris (rebirth) at the Eris Point today. People will respond to this in different ways.

The lowest octave of this energy causes verbal outbursts, arguments, miscommunications. and saying things before we know it. Usually these are things that need to be said, but light can be blinding, and people recoil. Be cautious and thoughtful. Impulsive action with forward planning is not recommended. Self-control is vital.

The highest octave of the energy brings us information that aligns us with our destiny and brings us toward wholeness. The Mahavidya Shodashi will be hard at work utilizing these energetic signatures to draw us into closer alignment with what is in the best interests of the course of our lives.

Today, renewed hope is available by giving reverance and respect to tasks and routines. Everyday activities can be a source of strength and grounding when energies are strong, as they are now and have been for a couple of weeks. Think of the mundane tasks of daily life in a different way – with gratitude for the security they bring.

There is a delicate undercurrent to the strong conflicts that can dominate today. It is found by taking loving care. Small actions reverberate along Shodashi’s waves through the field of humanity. What we do for one, we do for all. Let’s show the love today.

The primary “battle” with darkness does not take place outside the self in the external world. It takes place inside of ourselves through the inner planes of time-space. With that, it is a happy day for me to share with the parliament of wise owls across the world a magnificent act of power – a novel brought forth for the Second Renaissance, the Return of Wisdom, by wise owl Sol Luckman. In terms of what wise owls find fun, get ready for the ride of a lifetime. You won’t want to stop.

Here’s Oracle Report Facebook Administrator Andrew’s review ofSnooze: A Story of Awakening from amazon.com:

“I came across a review of Snooze posted on Facebook last Thursday, and, having nothing else in the queue, bought the e-version and started reading. 3 late nights later (sorry kids for being somewhat absent for Labor Day weekend) I am transformed.

One of the greatest parts of fiction in my world is when an author seamlessly blends the science and the story together into a new and Amazing world that I would love to enter myself. And for all of us “pseudo-scientists” for whom noetics is old hat, to see our theories brought to life warms the heart and the soul.

As a story-teller, I am so glad to meet you Sol Luckman. Your use of character dialog to explain the complexities of time-space succeeds where the academic descriptions lose 99% of the audience. What was it that Einstein said? “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Read more at amazon.com and at crowrising.com, Sol’s site:



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