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Common Dreams Highlights September 25, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 09.25.14


Broken Dreams: Amidst Economic Insecurity, Americans Can’t Get Ahead


Civilian Deaths Mount as US Bombing of Syria Expands

Despite Video Evidence, Grand Jury Refuses to Indict on Ohio Walmart Killing

Study: Natural Gas Expansion Will Raise Emissions, Worsen Climate

US to Pay Navajo Nation Over $550 Million in Landmark Settlement

‘Ebola Is Winning’: Sierra Leone Quarantines 1.2 Million People

With No Freedom in Sight, Illegally Jailed Inmates in Mississippi Demand Answers

and more…



Nick Turse: American “Success” and the Rise of West African Piracy

Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu: The Time Has Come for Agroecology

Paul Pillar: Hoping Bombs Will Fix Mess That Bombs Created in Iraq and Syria

Joeva Rock: Militarizing the Ebola Crisis

Glenn Greenwald: Inside the Shadowy Manipulation of American Journalists by Former Treasury Officials on the UAE’s Payroll



Reprieve: UK Government Claims in Rendition Case ‘Highly Unlikely,” Says Ex- US Ambassador…

US PIRG: Statement in Response to the Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder

Sharing Cities Network: #MapJam Returns for a Second Year to Put the New Economy on the Map!

and more…

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Naomi Klein on Cause of Climate Crisis: “Capitalism Is Stupid”

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: In this exclusive interview, Naomi Klein talks about her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, extractivism, activism and the way to change hearts and minds around climate change.

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What the Movement Against Mass Incarceration Can Learn From the Struggle for Climate Justice

James Kilgore, Truthout: Environmental justice activists’ engagement with governments, global organizations and corporations holds many lessons in fighting for justice in the criminal legal system.

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Ten Business Lessons for Higher Education

William Bradley and Christian Exoo, Truthout: Neoliberal reformers suggest that universities need to act more like businesses, yet their suggestions undermine the purpose of higher education. Instead, what if universities learned the lessons of responsible businesses?

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New Yorkers Call Lyme Disease the New Plague

Jessica Bernstein, Truthout: Celebrities like Howard Stern and Daryl Hall speak out, while Lyme patients crippled by the disease took to the streets in front of The New York Times building on September 17 to call for greater news coverage of the condition. More than 150 people including 30 wheelchair users lined the sidewalks.

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Sixteen for ’16 – Number 13: Let People Vote

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: Voter suppression has re-emerged as a strategy for winning elections and is so widespread in the United States that it criminally undermines the integrity of our democracy. We must let the people vote.

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For-Profit Insanity Is Killing Americans

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Everywhere you look, there’s good news to be found about health care reform. Even so, for-profit insurance companies and for-profit hospitals are still finding new ways to screw people over.

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Global Drug Report: Don’t Just Decriminalize, Demilitarize

Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR English: A report released earlier this month by global political leaders made headlines across the world for calling the US drug war a failure and for its endorsement of the decriminalization of drugs. But the report’s critique of the militarization of the drug war was largely neglected by the media.

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From One North Carolina Prison, Reports of an Eight-Month Lockdown

Lisa Dawson, Solitary Watch: Across the country, even prisoners who have not been formally placed in solitary confinement or any form of “segregation” can be subjected to a “lockdown” in which they may be held in solitary-like conditions, confined to their cells nearly round-the-clock.

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In a Warming World We Can’t Keep Depending on the Same Few Crops

Sayed Azam-Ali, The Conversation: What should we do for agriculture in hotter, drier climates? A good start would be to explore the many hundreds of underutilized crops that have survived, yielded and fed people for millennia despite, not because of, agricultural science.

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Tens of Thousands of Wisconsin Students Face New Voting Hurdles

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Thanks to a last-minute reinstatement of Wisconsin voter ID restrictions, tens of thousands of students will have to go through additional hurdles before Election Day if they want to exercise their right to vote.

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Meet the Activist Group That’s Making Student Loan Debt Disappear

Jessica Ramos, Care2: Activists with the Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee movement believe that we all deserve to see an end to student loans. So in a radical twist, these activists are doing what Wall Street and the government can’t seem to figure out – they’re canceling student loan debt.

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Eric Holder Basically Tells Wall Street to Beware of Moles, Really

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Why isn’t Holder held accountable for warning Wall Street of potential informers, and therefore, by implication, alerting financial firms to take more secure measures not to get caught?

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“All Hands on Deck” Declares Ban Ki-moon at UN Climate Summit

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

FBI Gags State and Local Police on Capabilities of Cellphone Spy Gear

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Syrians Say Civilians Killed in US Airstrikes

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

We Have Met the Existential Threat, and It Is Us

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Reporters Say White House Sometimes Demands Changes to Press-Pool Reports

Read the Article at The Washington Post

How a Giant US Economic Gimmick Has Wages and Jobs Hanging by a Thread

Read the Article at Salon

FEC Complaint Accuses Walmart of Breaking Campaign Finance Law

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, September 25, 2014



NEW AUDIO: September 22, 2014

Libra 2014 Cycle: “Time to Respond”

Libra 2014 Cycle – Time to Respond


Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Moon Phase: beginnings

Moon in Libra

Skill: stalk wisdom and respond to whatever crosses your path

Negative Imprint: “know it alls,” avoiding personal responsibility, blinded, obligations that drain, refusing to believe anything positive, limitations

Positive Imprint: awakening, clarity, power of believing, make believe, inner child, assistance, imprints, observation, reverence for small/simple things

Today we are runnin’ down a dream as new possibilities, opportunities, and alternatives are emerging. We’re working on a mystery and going wherever it leads.

I’m semi-ripping off a Tom Petty song, but the sentiment fits today, as we are stalking wisdom and ready to respond to what crosses our path.

The Sabian symbol of the position of Sabaoth the Sun today is “the dawn of a new day reveals everything changed.” This is the energy of new beginnings, perfectly timed within the New Moon phase. We see things are different in the light of a new day. We gain new perspectives, insights, and “Aha!” moments. Darkness lifts.

Holding on to the past will diminish the highest potential of today’s energy.

The energy also brings us a growing understanding of who we really are and how we are playing our role in the grand drama of the story of Gaia Sophia and humanity. Today’s energy tends to have us concerned about how we want to make our mark or, in more practical terms, what we are doing with our lives. This may produce feelings of failure, limitation, and lack – all Archontic (Rcontick) tricks of the mind. If these feelings begin to come over or dawn on you, go outside. Have a conversation with Mother Nature. Tell her your troubles. Then listen and watch and feel the stirring inside the heart that happens when we connect with her. Let down your guard and let her in.

The tendency to over-identify oneself with materiality and the values of the matrix is heightened today. Externals like social status and prestige, appearance, material wealth, and material possessions are overly highlighted. Don’t get caught in the trap of comparing yourself to others with all of this. Focus on your own values and what you hold dear.

Venus issues (relationships, love, beauty, money) are pressed to the surface today also. This comes more in the form of the loss of these things. Again, following down this path is the wrong way to go because it holds us in the past. If you are in the past and not willing to change with the road, you will miss opportunities.

As I discussed yesterday, this month will present situations where we are in need of assistance or are providing assistance to someone else. This may show up today in either form. Your wisdom can help someone to cope with, understand, or learn something. What you say can bring the return of hope to someone for whom the truth of matters is clouded. Reach out. Your knowledge plus your experience is your wisdom.

On Monday, September 23, an M2.3-class solar fare erupted and a coronal mass was ejected. This occurred at 7:16 pm ET/11:16 pm UT, seven hours before the New Moon. The Moon was located at 28 Virgo with the Sabian symbol of “a bald-headed man who has seized power.” This image discusses rushing forward and domination, but the highest octave of the energy is about firmly grounding ourselves with decisions and intentions. It is an empowering energy that can be used for power in either manner – positive or negative. I have always wondered about the significance of the “bald-headed man” in this image and my notions of it continue to evolve. Perhaps there is a message for you within this symbol.

As we are runnin’ down our dreams today, let’s maintain vigilant awareness that a mystery is unfolding. Libra is ruled by Eris (and secondarily by Venus) and Eris was called the Goddess of Chaos and Strife. We see this in abundance with the collective at large and to a different degree within our individual lives right now. But another one of Eris’ names from a different epoch is Isis, the Mistress of Magic. There is chaos and strife but there is also magic and mystery. Wise owls are aware of both and respond befittingly as we see new things dawning.

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