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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 30 October 2014

Top 10 Epic Reasons Why Americans Should Give a Sh*t About Voting

Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout: Voting – or not voting – in some way impacts almost every aspect of our lives, including whom we can love, our bodies, our food, our air and water. Voting is important in spite of our fundamentally corrupt political system.

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Tom Engelhardt: The National Security State Has Filled Us With Fear but Has Not Improved Our Well-Being

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch discusses his new book, Shadow Government, about whether the surveillance state actually makes the United States more secure and how Washington exists in a post-legal world.

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Smoke and Mirrors: Essential Questions About “Prison Reform”

Kay Whitlock and Nancy A. Heitzeg, Critical Mass Progress: We’re hearing that we’ve entered a new era of “bipartisan prison reform.” Don’t celebrate just yet, though. There is a “reform” agenda, to be sure, but what are the elements of that reform?

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‘Tis the Season to Be Frightened

Brian Moench, Truthout: Ebola, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, valley fever, Lyme disease, hantavirus: Republican ideology created some of these threats in the first place, or managed to make others worse. The climate crisis, which Republicans dismiss en masse, is a key ingredient in all of them.

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The 0.01 Percent’s “I Reap All” Accounts

Bob Lord, OtherWords: Multimillionaires and billionaires are shielding vast fortunes from taxation with monstrously huge IRAs. While the government sets limits on IRA contributions to curb this abuse, there are still more loopholes than restrictions.

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What Would Republicans Do With a Senate Majority?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Election fatigue can often foster election cynicism. Perhaps it would be useful for progressives to eavesdrop a bit on what Republicans are saying to other Republicans about what they should do with a majority in the Senate.

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Green World Rising: A Call to Save the Earth From Climate Change

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The threat of climate change is very real, but we have the solutions, knowledge and ingenuity needed to save our planet; a new video talks about how we can put those solutions and that knowledge into action right now.

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Arming the Warrior Cop: From Guns to Drones, Inside the Booming Business of Police Militarization

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer goes inside the corporations and government departments involved in enabling police departments to acquire anything from bayonets to semiautomatic rifles and drones.

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US Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East

David Swanson, War Is A Crime: Depleted Uranium (DU) is classed as a Group 1 Carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and evidence of health damage produced by its use is extensive. Yet the US Air Force says it is not halting its use of DU weapons, it has recently sent them to the Middle East and it is prepared to use them.

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Voters Turned Away Because of Texas Photo ID Law

Staff, Brennan Center for Justice: Actual voters tell of the difficulties they’ve encountered at the polls. Texas failed these voters twice – first, by requiring identification they did not have, and second, by not training election officials to help them navigate the rules.

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US Energy Policies Based on Inflated Fracking Predictions: Post Carbon Institute Report

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: A new report from the Post Carbon Institute shatters the government’s estimate of the potential productivity of shale regions in the United States. Four out of seven of the top shale regions have peaked and are now in a decline.

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The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law, Prevails

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: The disconnect between Washington’s much-advertised support for women’s rights and its actual disdain for women was not lost on canny Afghans. From early on, they recognized that the Americans were hypocrites at heart.

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Dean Baker | Defense Spending and Net Exports Spur Higher Than Expected Third-Quarter Growth

Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy and Research: GDP grew at a higher than expected: 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter. Although there was a 16 percent increase in defense spending, health spending continues its slower path.

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Christ Gets Kidnapped by Prosperity Theology

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In an age when 95 percent of the nation’s economic gains since 2008 have gone to the top 1%, what could be more appropriate than a revisionist view of Christ as a promoter of greed?

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The Act of Voting vs. the Controlling Interests of the US Empire

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How Police Brutality Changed Me: “He Crushed His Knee Into My Neck. I Could Hardly Breathe”

Read the Article at Salon

50,000 Missing Georgia Voter-Registration Applications? Nothing to See Here

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Lindsey Graham: White Men Will “Do Great” Under My Presidency

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

These Maps of California’s Water Shortage Are Terrifying

Read the Article at Mother Jones

When Did Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo Go to Medical School?

Read the Article at The Nation

Charles P. Pierce | The Democrats’ Hillary Clinton Problem

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The Oracle Report | Friday, October 31, 2014



The Oracle Report – Friday, October 31, 2014

“To Boldly Go…” Scorpio Lunar Cycle Overview – October 22, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: step out

Moon in Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (Goddess of the Lotus)

Skill: honor great change and then open to the future

Negative Imprint: frozen in the past, attempts to dramatically display (false) happiness and success, chest pounding or grandstanding, too much information, scattered, disappointed

Positive Imprint: fellowship, renewal, connecting with others, stability, giving and receiving, uplifting others, fixing things, courage, big breakthroughs in seeing through illusions

Sometimes it is important to step back and take in the scope of things. Today is one of those days.

When we step back, the magnitude of the times in which we are living is revealed. We understand that we are in the midst of a living process of great change. This is an honor.

2014 is all about change. Are you resisting it? Are you accepting it? Are youembracing it?

There are pools of energy that tempt us into wallowing in disappointment, disillusionment, and emptiness (particularly about a perceived loss or failure) today. These things are part of the past, and as such, are not part of embracing the future.

Embracing the future is the second element to today’s “mission.” First we step back and try to really integrate the full-blown changes in consciousness that are happening, and then we open up to the effects this will produce. Real change is happening and the future is bright.

This may be hard to see today because the Moon will be moving toward opposition first with Jupiter (8:30 pm ET/00:30 am UT) and then opposition with the Black Moon (Saturday at 7:38 am ET/11:38 am UT). We want to work the positive imprint as best we can by welcoming change. If you find yourself struggling under these aspects, the best medicine is always to go outside. Reconnect with the natural world. Ask for guidance.

The ancient imprint for today’s energy involves fellowship, joy, and celebration of life itself. This has been horrendously twisted, but we retain the spark of it. Let’s spin these things back into the web of reality today, wise owls.

Here’s my kind of Halloween visual for the day: From our view on the shore, we take in the spectacle of the monstrosity of the matrix collapsing into the ocean, tentacles flailing. Lightning is flashing in stormy skies. The horror is sinking away. We are shocked and awed. To the side, something else flashes. It’s the Sun, breaking through the clouds. We turn to it and follow.

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The embodiment of the New World

Apologies for sharing this a few days late. I have been too ill to keep up with email but reading this now on the midst of the three days “out of time” after the old year ends and before the new begins is so perfect for me.  The sense of the release and renewal that are the deepest energies associated with Samhain is so strong in this post. And,  it seems to me this time between the worlds of Samhain right now is a message or a reflection of a larger reality. 

Just as Samhain represents the liminal state between the years, so too our current experience post December 21,2012 and before the obvious beginning or manifestation of the new world this Shift is bringing about.

Liminal states are both difficult and powerful.  Adolescence is the example most often given to explain the word liminal.  

A time pregnant with potential but devoid of all certainty. 

I am so grateful for Aisha’s ability to take each step so positively in shaping the direction of the Shift while being so connected with us all making the collective awareness and experience a natural part of her moment to moment reality. 

Thank you Aisha, and everyone who is sharing this great journey.  What an amazing time to be alive! 

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Dear brothers and sisters of the light!

During that amazing week in Crete, I was fortunate enough to see some of you literally stepping into your divine powers in front of my very eyes, and it was such a wonderful thing to be allowed to witness. Over these last few days, you have been joined by so many others here at the Pond, and to those of you who have been waiting – seemingly forever – for us to catch up with you: thank you for blazing a trail and holding the space so the journey could be a little bit easier for us all.

I just wanted to share a little bit more about the ceremony we did at the sacred spring close to the Church of the Five Virgins last Thursday, for there, we met a man who made such a huge impression on us all. The…

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Common Dreams Highlights Thursday, 30 October 2014

I love the good news in this edition of Common Dreams! When people band together to oppose abuses, and wrongs-we DO make a difference and these things can and do change. Nice seeing palpable reminders of this on this final day of the old year (by Old European standards since today is Samhain, the three days out of time that end one year and begin the new).

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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On Proposed Mega-Pipeline, Tar Sands Opponents Vow: ‘It’s Not Going to Happen’


Nobel Laureate Malala Donates $50,000 to Gaza

Progressive Caucus to Obama: End Veil of Secrecy over Guantanamo Abuses

Targeted by Global Boycott, SodaStream to Close Factory in Occupied West Bank

Amid Fiery Protests, Burkina Faso Halts Bill to Extend Presidency

France Investigating Mysterious Drones Over Its Nuclear Plants

and more…



Ann Jones: The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law

Ronnie Cummins: All Out for November 4th: Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads

Winnie Byanyima: Inequality Is Not Inevitable: It’s Time to Even It Up!

Robert C. Koehler: Democracy’s Most Cherished Act

Mohammed Mesbahi: Rise Up America, Rise Up!



Huu-ay-aht First Nations: Leading the Way by Adopting Living Wage Policy

Oceana: Study Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood

Senator Bernie Sanders: U.S. Headed Toward Becoming Third World Country

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 29 October 2014


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Mandatory Rehab Is Just the Newest Front in the War on Drugs

Maya Schenwar, The Guardian: If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn’t ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory treatment centers an acceptable alternative?

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Can Chevron Buy Richmond?

Peter Dreier, Truthout: The current Battle of Richmond pits Big Oil and Wall Street against the citizens of the working-class city of Richmond, California. The weapons are corporate cash against the votes of ordinary citizens. What’s at stake is the future of our democracy.

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Citizenfour Directly Confronts the Intelligence Apparatus’ Subversion of Democracy

Geoff Gilbert, Truthout: Laura Poitras’ new documentaryCitizenfour identifies mass, suspicionless surveillance as it is defined by internal NSA documents, while telling the story of how we, the people, are lucky to have even learned the limited information we have to date.

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Dear White People (and Black and Brown People, Too), Please Go See This Film

Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Truthout: Justin Simien’s just-released movie, Dear White People, explores a multiplicity of identities and the afro-surreal experience of being black and submerged in whiteness.

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We Demand Radical Bail Reform!

Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, Truthout: The presumption of innocence should be respected for all citizens, not just the rich. Setting bail out of the financial reach of ordinary citizens assures that jails are full of people not convicted of any crime.

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After Horror, Change? Taking Stock of Conditions in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories

John Miller, Dollars & Sense: While the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh was in one sense an accident, the policies that led to it surely were not. Since the tragedy that took 1,138 lives, an international effort has taken on deadly conditions at the plant.

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Dark Money in Coal Country

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a “nonprofit” group, has spent at least $14 million since the beginning of 2013, just one example of a dark money group pouring funds into elections. The group keeps a lot of secrets, including donors, but their goal is to help re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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Unbelievable GOP Statements on Voter Suppression

Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company: You would think that making it easier for citizens to vote would be something for everyone in a democracy to celebrate. Not the GOP, and you’ll be shocked by Republican candidates’ remarks.

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Stop Telling Women to Smile

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Visual Therapy: A Brooklyn-based artist created a series of posters pasted in public places, with the aim of stopping street harassment. The posters imply that harassers are not entitled to women’s smiles or any other part of them.

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It’s 2014, Why Do We Still Need Laws Banning Coerced Sterilization?

Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Reproductive justice advocates and prisoner rights organizers won an important victory when California Gov. Jerry Brown outlawed forced sterilization in women’s prisons. It’s preposterous that any state needs a law making that illegal.

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Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: A new report that calculates fracking production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the United States concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.

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Medea Benjamin: Bold and Loud Moves

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Activist and author Medea Benjamin talks about Ferguson, the militarization of police, US education, Obama versus the neocons and more.

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A National Disgrace: Number of Homeless Students Reaches Record Levels

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There are now more than 1.25 million students in the United States who meet the definition of being homeless.

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Developing Countries Invest in Renewables at Twice the Pace of Industrialized Nations

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Money Koch Brothers Stole From Tribes Could Swing Midterm Elections

Read the Article at Indian Country Today

Shell Wants Five More Years to Carry Out Arctic Plunder

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Five Things That Are Still Broken Two Years After Superstorm Sandy

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Could Bhopal Happen Here? The Shortcomings of Chemical Safety in the US

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Report: 90 Percent of Journalists’ Murderers Across the World Get Away With It

Read the Article at The Guardian

Edward Snowden Taught Me to Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger, Now I Teach You

Read the Article at The Intercept

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Earthbag Dome Workshop in Chiang Dao

Wonderful pictorial post on an earthbag building workshop. There are so many natural technologies that solve real world problems inexpensively and sustainably;the information just needs to spread to more people so we can take collective advantage of these things to literally build a better world.


One of our recent workshops was on making an Earthbag Dome.  This was taught by Paulina Wojciechowska of Earth Hands & Houses (EarthHandsAndHouses.org).  Paulina was one of the first people to bring the techniques of earthbag building to Europe, and in fact she wrote the first book on the topic: Building with Earth (Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2001).

I met Paulina in 2011 when I attended one of her Earthbag Dome workshops in a wood in southern England.  I was so impressed and inspired by Paulina and the art and science of earthbag building!  I used many of the skills and ideas from that workshop to create the design of my own rice-husk-bag buildings.

Paulina and I corresponded and met a few times over the next few years, and coming to Thailand to run a workshop was high on our agenda.  Finally, in 2014, everything came together and the workshop…

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, October 30, 2014



The Oracle Report – Thursday, October 30, 2014

“To Boldly Go…” Scorpio Lunar Cycle Overview – October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: branch out

Moon in Capricorn/Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (Goddess of the Lotus Blossom)

Skill: integrate the aspects of yourself that are revealed

Negative Imprint: causing damage, forcing, unsupportive and unsupported, feeling abandoned or lost, mood swings, feeling unable to cope, dividing and conquering

Positive Imprint: repairing damage, transcending conditions, improvisation, reflections, facing truth through the fall of illusions, people of like mind and mission coming together

If the energy of this lunar month is like being on a sight-seeing bus filled with bold tourists going where no one has gone before, today the bus stops for gas and repairs.

An opportunity to explore presents itself.

In keeping with the energy of “pausing” and taking a departure, let me tell you a story of the day instead of giving a report.

Many of us on the bus wish the driver would’ve stopped in a better part of town, so to speak. Everything looks ominous. Symbols of death abound. Do the people that inhabit this place worship death?

Shadows seem to stalk us, only to flee when we catch a moment’s glimpse of them. The light of the Full Moon casts their reflection off of a calm river.

One of us notices a large canoe along the bank of the river. It is big enough for all who decide to take a side trip, but who will go? What possible type of phantoms could lie deeper in this realm?

Another of us thinks to check the map. It indicates that a place called Shadow Springs is a short distance by water. The map says it is a hot spring.

Can we trust it?

Some of us decide to find out. Grabbing a few torches, we ease into the canoe, setting out in the direction of these Shadow Springs.

We soon discover the map did not tell us we would be paddling through caves. Because we are bold, we continue on, not looking back, trusting our ability to take care of ourselves no matter what we encounter.

A strange thing happens when the firelight of our torches reflects off the cave walls. Some of us see ourselves and our fears reflected. Monsters of our own making thrash about and we are captivated by the scene. We see what holds us back. We see what we do not want to face.

Just when our fears seem like they will overtake us, a warmth fills the air and our melts away the shadows of Shadow Springs. It is indeed a hot spring – a place where the hearth of the Goddess heals our souls.

We all jump in, immersing ourselves with Oneness, with all the lost parts of us that linger in shadow. They are not phantoms; they are lost parts of our own power.

We take them back with us, integrated and back home inside of us where they belong.

In case the message gets lost in translation: It’s a Black Moon day, one of the last during the Black Moon’s jaunt through Leo, and one of the last of the rebirth stages that those with the Black Moon or Sun in Aquarius or Leo. The energy brings out people’s core fears. People project those fears onto others. Analyze what people are telling you about yourself from this perspective. They are probably talking about themselves but don’t know it. We project what we cannot face about ourselves.

Black Moon days try to trick us into feeling separated from Spirit by giving us illusions of fear. New readers can look up their own Black Moon and the core fear identified by it in the Appendix of my book on the Black Moon – free on the Books tab atwww.oraclereport.com. This is information all wise owls need to know about themselves. Know yourself, know the universe.

Face what you see about yourself today – the good and the not-yet-so-good. Remember that the not so good is based in an illusion of fear – of a false belief in separation from Spirit. Let the gentle warmth of the Goddess bring you back to where you need to be.

Crescent Moon Phase: persevere

Moon in Capricorn

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (The Lotus Goddess)

Skill: be the wise owl in inner contemplation and outer observance

Negative Imprint: demanding one’s way, prejudice, projection of one’s own feelings onto others, moody, denial

Positive Imprint: integration of aspects of ourselves, openness, expansion, self-respect, clearing of emotions, drawing on inner resources, heritage

This month’s journey on the “sight-seeing bus filled with tourists” takes us along the water’s edge today.

The energetic signatures that most of the planets are delivering today involve water. Water is symbolic of emotions, cleansing, the unconscious mind, and mutability (things being changed by outer forces). Water can be placid or it can be whipped up into white caps. Since we will likely see and/or experience the variety of these “watery” states today, we will invoke the shamanic skill of being like the wise owl in a tree in inner contemplation and outer observance.

This means we quiet our minds. We direct (command) the swirling energies to whirl away from us by not engaging anything that tries to draw us into a power struggle, a dramatic conflict, an emotional tailspin, or lower-level vibrations. We go to the inner spaces and we do this while we are fully active in our everyday lives. We carry themindset of the wise owl in the tree. This is why it is called a skill. It requires practice. The goal is to be able to maintain it all day.

It’s easier to do when you remember the “observe” element. We aren’t in stasis in our inner contemplation. We are also alert to the liveliness of the world around us and the way Spirit wields the collective dream to impart messages, information, and wisdom to us. So we are open to direct interaction from Spirit, but neutral to the matrix.

This month’s ruling Wisdom Goddess is Kamala, who is also known as the Lotus Goddess because she brings passions back to life for blooming. She is especially good at helping us make admissions to ourselves about our shadow sides. When we integrate more of our shadow side, we become stronger. Today she will attempt to mutate or change patterns of behavior that keep us from actualizing the brilliant light codes of our souls. She draws something out of us, possibly something very deep, and then blesses us.

Regardless of what situations, feelings, and conditions are today, they are undergoing a transmutation into something else. When we get to the Full Moon phase of this cycle, we will have gained more clarity and insight about these things. Today is an important connecting piece on the journey.

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Common Dreams Highlights Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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Election 2014: Ballot Issues to Watch


British Spy Agency: We Don’t Need Warrant for Americans’ Data. We Have ‘Arrangements’

Tar Sands Resistance Blowing Huge Hole in Oil Industry’s Bottom Line: Report

“Chickenshit”: Public Feud Erupts Between Named (and Unnamed) US-Israeli Officials

Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto’s Millions Bankroll Opposition

A Dozen Wisconsin Communities Challenge Corporate Personhood With Vote to Overturn Citizens United

Media Outlets ‘Outraged’ After FBI Caught Falsifying AP Story to Target Suspect

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Karl Nerenberg: Do Canada’s Police and Spies Need More Power?

Jay Stanley: Ebola: Travel Bans, Quarantines, and Political Courage

Evan Walker-Wells: Blocking the Youth Vote in the South

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Justice for Edward Snowden

Mark Morford: Don’t Believe Women Are Endlessly Harassed? Watch This

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Public Citizen: Report: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dominates Undisclosed Spending in Congressional Races

Center for Reproductive Rights: Oklahoma Women At Risk of Losing Access to Non-Surgical Abortion on November 1

Environmental Defence: TransCanada Vastly Exaggerating Energy East’s Ability to Reduce Overseas Oil Imports

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the New Brutalism

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: The crisis of higher education is about much more than a lack of funding, an assault on dissent, the emergence of a deep-seated anti-intellectualism or its service to the financial elite; it is also about a crisis of memory, agency and politics.

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William Rivers Pitt | This Nation of Cowards

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Kaci Hickox’s quarantine is but one example of a nation that has entirely surrendered to its fears, both real and imagined, because those fears are a facile way for TV networks to get ratings, and for politicians to get coverage by stoking those fears.

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Victoria Law | What Do Private Prisons Have to Do With the Upcoming Election?

Victoria Law, Truthout: As Election Day draws near, what are some of the ways that private prison corporations support their candidates? What do they receive in return? Why should voters care?

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Judith Butler: On Israel, Palestine and Unacceptable Dimensions of the Status Quo

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Critical theorist and activist Judith Butler talks about Israel, Palestine, Gaza, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, US education, anti-Semitism, radical democracy, activism, inequality, solidarity and more.

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Does Crying Terrorism Trump Free Speech?

Chip Gibbons, Truthout: The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the appeal of Tarek Mehanna marks another step in the US government’s long history of attempts to curtail the free speech rights of dissidents.

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What Has Greed Cost the United States?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Virtually every societal problem in the US today can trace its roots back to the overwhelming levels of greed that have taken over our economy and society. While greed is destroying the US, other countries are saying, “Not so fast,” and are putting people ahead of profits.

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Concerned About ISIS, but Also About Endless War? Back Limits on the Use of Force

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Members of Congress can show that they back the public’s desire for a Congressional debate by supporting a new resolution setting limits on use of force. You can urge your representative to back the resolution.

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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms.

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E-Votes Flip D to R in Texas, R to D in Illinois: More Trouble With Touch Screens

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: “As early voting is now under way in much of the country, we are, predictably, beginning to receive our first reports from voters seeing their votes flipped before their eyes on touch-screen voting systems.”

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Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of Us Are Queer

Darnell L. Moore, The Feminist Wire: “Not all of the freedom fighters are black men with masculine swag and pedigree. Not all of them are cisgender and straight and able-bodied. Some of us are women. Some of us are queer. Some of us are trans. Some of us are poor. Some of us are disabled.”

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“You Got Into My Heart Violently, but You’re There”

Studs Terkel, TomDispatch: “I can see myself dying. I think the process would be messy, the actual dying, death. But I don’t think I would be particularly bothered by the fact that death is inevitable. I’m not embracing death, but I’m not afraid of it.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: NPR’s Climate Coverage Has Declined Over the Years, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: NPR is supposed to be our national public radio, but it’s barely covering climate issues that are in the public’s interest; the World Trade Organization says you don’t need to know where your meat comes from; more than 24,000 Texans want climate denial removed from their children’s textbooks; and more.

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Paying for Cheap Chocolate

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: What if US consumers kept spending $20 billion a year on chocolate and bought a smaller quantity of higher quality? We might hand out smaller morsels too good to throw away. Here’s the best reason for higher prices: child labor.

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The Surveillance Security State Is a Cancer Spreading Through the Body of the United States

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: This cancer will continue to grow upon the US body politic until it is disinfected by sunlight.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

BP Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily “Bathtub Ring” on Sea Floor, Study Finds

Read the Article at The Associated Press

In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Report Reveals Wider Government Tracking of Mail in US

Read the Article at The New York Times

How Dark Money Is Taking Over Judicial Elections

Read the Article at Mother Jones

The Blundering Rise and Epic Fall of the Christie-Cuomo Ebola Quarantine

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Texas Election Judge Forced to Bar 93-Year-Old Veteran From Voting

Read the Article at Crooks & Liars

A Catastrophe of Disenfranchisement

Read the Article at The New Yorker