Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Corporations looking to make allies on state courts are pouring millions into judicial campaigns, forcing candidates to behave more like politicians than judges.
Betty Medsger, The Nation / Vintage Books: After the seven other burglars went public, Judi Feingold decided to come forward with the secret she thought she’d take to her grave.
Ben Agger, Truthout: Dominion over nature and uneven development produce illness, both communicable and noncommunicable, while our involvement in new wars prevents us from addressing the desperate demography and ecology of poor regions that see eco-illness go viral.
Jean Franco, Histories of Violence: Drawing upon her extensive understanding and personal experience of Latin America, Jean Franco maps out the history of state violence as perpetrated against “disposable populations,” notably indigenous, onto the privatization of atrocity in more contemporary times.
Annie Hylton, Truthout: While Canadians mourn the nation’s loss of “innocence” from two attacks that occurred in Quebec and Ottawa in late October, calling them “Canada’s 9/11,” the Harper government is capitalizing on these “terrorist” threats to curtail Canadians’ civil rights.
James Trimarco and Marc J. Palm, YES! Magazine: Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections – these policy monsters are way scarier.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: One of the most interesting and significant elections in the country is happening not at the state or federal level but in the small city of Richmond, California, with a population of just more than 100,000. What makes Richmond such a big deal is the enormous influence of Chevron.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode looks at how public higher education is being destroyed; workers are not taking days off; labor actions; and Vermont labeling of GMO food. We also discuss municipal bonds and how profits drive capitalism. Finally, we respond to listeners’ questions on post office banks and the history of economic systems.
Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: An unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing the town of Añelo, Argentina, to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a “sustainable city of the future” is still only on paper.
Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News: The South’s country ham industry is undergoing a transformation. Often served with grits and gravy, country ham has become increasingly popular. The fate of the Southern delicacy, however, lies not on the fickle tongues of foodies, but with environmental regulators and an international treaty.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Republican operative Grover Norquist used to quip about shrinking government to the point where it would get small enough to drown in the bathtub. You probably thought he was kidding, but his joke could be on us all soon enough.
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FROM WISE OWL DAVE
The Oracle Report – Saturday, November 1 – Sunday, November 2, 2014
“To Boldly Go…” Scorpio Lunar Cycle Overview – October 22, 2014
Saturday, November 1 – Sunday, November 2, 2014
First Quarter Moon Phase: take action
Moon in Aquarius/Pisces
Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (Goddess of Assurance) with appearances by Tara and Bhuvaneshvari
Skill: take care of yourself and others
Negative Imprint: intimidation, fussy, playing games, panic, immature attention-seeking behavior, pretending to not need help, not accepting help, shallow, afraid to make a move, not taking care of oneself
Positive Imprint: assistance, nurturance, beauty, blooming, compassion, renewal, inventiveness, possibilities, destiny
This weekend is a time of breaking down boundaries that separate us from others, assisting others, and nurturing our own mental and physical bodies. It’s about taking care.
Saturday’s energy brings us into closer resonance with people who are kindred or like-minded – soul families. What I’ve been calling the “nexusing” (or linking up in space and time with people, all planned prior to incarnation) is accelerating. The attention of Gaia Sophia, now fully awakened and fully engaged with humanity, is the reason for the acceleration.
When you declare yourself aligned and participating in the co-dreaming of humanity and Sophia, life becomes what some would call magical.
Some will struggle with this over the weekend, not wanting to boldly go where no one has gone before because of fear of the unknown. This will cause emotional spirals, especially on Sunday, leaving some unable to cope. You may be called upon to help someone out of a dark emotional state, but you may have to cross over into that place to do so. Wise owls are quite adept at seeing in the dark and helping others find their way to light. We do it for each other all the time. This is no different, but you may not have expected to be helping who you are helping. We are all human and everyone needs help at one time or another. If someone is offering it to you, it comes from a place of great love, so accept it graciously.
The Mahavidyas Tara and Bhuvaneshvari return this weekend as the Earth, Gaia Sophia, reaches the degree of the Taurus New Moon and the Sabian symbol of “a red cross nurse.” Do you remember the Taurus lunar cycle – most of May 2014? We were lucky enough to have two red cross nurses on duty that month. Look back to that time. What was developing for you then? What did you seed or intend for the future?
Tara and Bhuvaneshvari will help us get our physical, mental, and emotional bodies in better shape for the rest of this month’s journey. This week, the Moon will build toward Full and Mars is on approach to Pluto. The look and shape of things is likely to get even more nutty, as one wise owl put it. So we will prepare ourselves for this and build up our energetic reserves.
This whole month, once again, is like a long Full Moon. Full Moons bring things to their heights. Sensations, emotions, and passions run deep. We come fully alive under Full Moons. There is tremendous power for manifestation under Full lunar cycles. Don’t be afraid to go for what you want. The whole month is like a long Full Moon, but this weekend we are in the last days of the First Quarter phase of it. First Quarter is when we step out. We go out on branches doing dances. Leave your emotional comfort zone. Break a boundary of fear that has held you back. Embrace the opportunities for growth.
With strong sensations, emotions, and passions, aggression and conflict can emerge. Again, this is clarity coming from the fullest amount of light. Maintain alignment with the light, even if this means that what you see from others means you have to take action. Do not be intimidated or manipulated by someone trying to overpower you.
The Mahavidyas are sprinkling flowers along the path this weekend, waiting for us to pick them up. This means we have to know what we are looking at when we see it. Do you see external evidence of internal beauty? It takes wise eyes.
Step out, break out, reach out, go out. Take a chance. Do a dance.
(Note: Let’s watch closely who stands out in global “leadership” over the next 10 days. The person who emerges as dominant during this time span will wield power to sway the future.)
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