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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Camillo Mac Bica | On This 11th Day

Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout: Parades and displays of poppies accomplish nothing, save to allow the multitudes – those who make war easily or ignore completely its insanity and horror – to feign support and appreciation for the sacrifices of the few: those who do the killing and the dying.

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With Thumbs-Up From Obama, Net Neutrality Advocates See Victory in Sight

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: President Obama’s statement in support of net neutrality brought cheers from progressives and internet freedom advocates, who have organized a massive movement to pressure the FCC to reclassify the internet as a Title II “common carrier” service and prevent paid prioritization deals.

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Laura Flanders | Grassroots Activists Say Climate Change Demands System Change

Laura Flanders, Truthout: Gopal Dayaneni and Cindy Wiesner of Climate Justice Alliance and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance argue that the global justice, antiwar and climate movements are now part of a larger, systemic movement that sees the interrelationships between these systems and climate destruction.

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Traversing the Military’s Favorite Secret Spot – and Mine

Rory Fanning, Truthout: In this excerpt from Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America, Rory Fanning – who walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation following deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion – traverses part of New Mexico.

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Taibbi: Ex-JPMorgan Lawyer With Smoking Gun on Mortgage Fraud Stymied by Holder Cover-Up

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Matt Taibbi has pulled the curtain back on an offensive and obvious bit of Obama administration bank cronyism that disappeared too quickly from public attention. Taibbi surmises that the administration agreed informally not to take the prosecution of JPMorgan Chase further.

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Veterans Day, 2014: Propaganda for Militarism

Daniel N. White, The Contrary Perspective: This Veterans Day, we should ignore the usual patriotic hokum about thanking US veterans for their “service,” and instead reflect on the infinite value and vast potential for greatness, of all human beings. And remember how infinitely little war contributes to any of that.

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North Carolina Tells Charter School Chain It Can’t Keep Administrator Salaries Secret

Marian Wang, ProPublica: The schools’ management company, which receives millions in public funds each year from the schools, says that the salaries paid to school administrators should be considered a trade secret.

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California Nurses Plan Walkout Over Ebola Protections

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: The California Nurses Association, an affiliate of the 185,000-member National Nurses United, is planning to go on strike for two days next week across Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern and Central California. Nurses want adequate training and protective equipment for workers who may deal with Ebola.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Scientists Say Climate Change Threatens Our Survival, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The world’s leading scientists say that global warming is threatening our very survival; obesity in the United States is changing the way our car manufacturers test vehicle safety; it’s big news when any city stands up to the fossil fuel industry, but it’s really big news when that town is in Texas; and more.

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Veterans, We’re Sorry for How Our Country Treated You

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: On the battlefields, our veterans have gone to hell and back. On the home front, they’re still struggling to survive. We need to recognize those struggles, and apologize for putting our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines into them.

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Enough Talk About Grit: It’s Time to Talk About Privilege

Paul Thomas, AlterNet: When it comes to academic success, what matters most: effort, or something altogether different? Without equal opportunity, individual talent and effort pale against the advantages of class and racial privilege. Lessons that promote “effort” are a mask for privilege.

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Amy Goodman | “This Is Crazy”: Ex-State Department Official Matthew Hoh Blasts Obama’s Doubling of US Troops in Iraq

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: As the nation commemorates Veterans Day, President Obama has authorized the deployment of an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq. The plan will more than double the current US force in Iraq and will reportedly cost $5.6 billion.

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Who Won in 2014 Elections? Those Who Received the Most Campaign Money

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The buying of democracy by those who profit from the public purse is increasing at a frenzied pace.

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William Rivers Pitt: I Hate That I Hate Veterans Day

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A Tale of Two Countries: The Haves and the Leftovers

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George W. Bush: “No Regrets” Over Decision to Invade Iraq

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Republicans Vow to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline and Fight EPA

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Swift-Boating Obama: A Conservative Obsession

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Landmark 20-Year Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Depression in Farmers

Read the Article at Modern Farmer

Groundbreaking Maps Detail Acidity of the Earth’s Oceans

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 10 November 2014

Dahr Jamail | Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park in Washington State

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The US Navy is planning to hold its Northwest Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare training program over Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest in Washington State, despite concerns over potentially severe impacts on human health, wildlife and the environment.

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Call This Election What It Was: A Fossil Fuel Coup

Ben Ptashnik, Truthout: Let’s not hesitate to say what is obvious: This was an entirely corrupt and rigged election. The Senate takeover was a bald-faced, outright abrogation of democracy that felt and smelled like a political coup d’état.

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Dean Baker | Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts

Dean Baker, Truthout: The turn of both parties’ leadership and the centers of elite opinion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact shows the incredible contempt they have for the general public and the political process.

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Telling Their Own Stories Illuminates Life Under Israeli Occupation

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Sixteen evocative and detailed oral histories reveal the brutality of everyday life for the men, women and children living in the West Bank and Gaza inPalestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation.

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Parliament Election in Ukraine Confirms Right-Wing Government and Its Civil War Course

Roger Annis, Truthout: The recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine were another step in the country’s wealthy power brokers’ consolidation of their pro-Europe, pro-austerity economic course and related war against the rebellious population in eastern Ukraine. The elections also confirmed right extremists in power positions.

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Time to Say Goodbye to Judicial Overreach

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s time to reel in our runaway Supreme Court, and that starts by making it accountable to “We the People.” Congress should use their Article 3, Section 2 power to regulate the Supreme Court, and to make sure it stays within its boundaries.

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Performance-Based Education Budgeting Fails the Test

Ramin Farahmandpur, Truthout: Oregon’s statutes say higher education’s tasks are to deliver high-quality education, prepare students for a democratic society and contribute to the economic, cultural and civic advancement of the state. Performance or outcomes-based budgeting will not advance those goals.

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The Case for Closing Down Women’s Prisons

Patricia O’Brien, The Conversation: Women make up just 7 percent of the total prison population. This means that these women are disproportionately affected by a system designed for men. Could women’s prisons actually be eliminated in the United States, where the women’s incarceration rate has risen?

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Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agriculture Giant’s Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: In a victory for food safety advocates, Hawaii’s Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to 1. The moratorium calls for a complete suspension of GMO crops until studies prove they are safe.

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What the Midterms Mean for the Climate Movement

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: The 2014 midterm elections weren’t all bad news for the climate movement. However, there needs to be some real talk about what the results of the November 4 elections mean for climate organizers, especially in light of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

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When Bullies Win: How Do Weary US Citizens Face the Post-Election Trauma?

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: After an ugly, protracted fight sucking up more money than any Senate race in the country, Republican Thom Tillis beat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan by a slim margin. A consummate bully, Tillis is the kind of man who allegedly shot paintballs at his neighbor’s barn.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Midterm Elections Most Expensive in History, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Last week’s elections were the most expensive midterms in history; the Federal Communications Commission is trying to split the baby on net neutrality; when many people in the United States wake up to cook Thanksgiving turkeys later this month, Kmart workers will be at work; and more.

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Bush Family Hijacked US and Got Away With It, Even if George W. Loves His Dad

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The Bush family’s most profound legacy is having provided the United States with a false narrative of its history, conducting wars and stealing elections.

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The Billion Dollar a Month Club: A Runaway Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich

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Obama Urges Net Neutrality; Cruz Calls It “Obamacare for the Internet”

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Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize

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Pesticide Levels on Food Unknown Due to Poor Government Testing

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Obama Is Doubling Down on an ISIS War With No End in Sight – Why Does He Get a Free Pass?

Read the Article at The Guardian

Ferguson Police’s Other Sin: Why Grand Jury Must Probe Brown Shooting’s Aftermath

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Peace as a Human Right

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Common Dreams Highlights Monday, November 10, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 11.10.14


In Response to ‘Unprecedented’ Public Outcry, Obama Goes Big on Net Neutrality


Despite Outcry of Opposition, Obama Pushes “Horrific” Trade Deal in Asia

‘A Crime’: Groups Say Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Benefits Rich, Attacks Working People

Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty in ‘Travesty of Justice’

Sanders Calls for Voting Holiday to ‘Fix’ Failed Democracy

Catalonia Overwhelmingly Voices Desire for Independence

Environmental Groups Challenge ‘Double Jeopardy’ for Arctic Walruses

and more…



Sam Pizzigati: The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks

Corynne McSherry: The White House Gets It Right On Net Neutrality. Will the FCC?

Claudia Lefko: Modern War: A True Global Health Emergency

Randall Amster: Peace Ecology: Deep Solutions in an Age of Water Scarcity and War

Paul Buchheit: The Billion Dollar a Month Club: A Runaway Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich



National Nurses United: RN Strikes, Pickets Headline Actions in 16 States Nov. 12 for Improved Ebola and Patient Safety Standards

Center for Biological Diversity: Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Struggling Walruses from Arctic Drilling

President Obama Calls for Title II as the Best Way to Protect Real Net Neutrality

and more…


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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 9 November 2014

Apologies for posting these all in a row. I’ve had several days where I was unable to keep up with email or the blog.

Maya Schenwar | Prison Destroys Families and Communities at Society’s Expense

Maya Schenwar, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: In this excerpt from Locked Down, Locked Out, Maya Schenwar delves into the damage wrought by prison on families, whole communities and society at large.

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Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout: For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

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Gar Alperovitz | Playing the Long Game

Gar Alperovitz, Truthout: The 2014 midterms did not change the dominant reality we face – one of substantial ongoing political stalemate and decay – and this sets the terms of reference for those serious about long-term fundamental change.

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Congress Utilizes Myth of “Human Shields” to Justify War Crimes

Stephen Zunes, Truthout: No Gaza eyewitnesses found evidence of Hamas using human shields during the last conflict. Israel’s murder of civilians would have been a crime anyway, yet Congress seeks to undermine international law while ignoring inconvenient facts.

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Net Neutrality: Can You Hear Us Now?

Mary Alice Crim and Candace Clement, OtherWords: Given the unprecedented public interest in net neutrality, many groups have urged the FCC to get out of Washington and host public hearings. So far, however, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has ignored this call.

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Truthout Interviews Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik on Voting and Election Integrity

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout contributors Victoria Collier and former Vermont State Sen. Ben-Zion Ptashnik talk about the Republican agenda to rig voting systems and suppress democracy.

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Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers’ Rights

Lisa Graves, PR Watch: Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements, including on efforts to increase the minimum wage for workers.

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Rebuilding Gaza Needs Freedom and Normality, Not Just Aid

Sara Roy, The Conversation: What is at issue is the terms on which that assistance will be provided, and what political ends it will serve. Gaza does not just need aid; it needs freedom and the right to interact normally with the world. Anything short of this is unsustainable.

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On the Front Lines of Fighting Police Terror in Washington DC

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report: Kenny Nero, Jr. is a librarian at the Howard University Health Sciences Library and a community organizer by night. In this interview, he provides insights into a broad array of issues, including the philosophy and framework for the #DCFerguson Movement.

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Economic Update: Elections but No Democracy

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode looks at election results, Ebola, mortgage rules, China limiting executives’ pay and who has the wealth. We also discuss election economics, child poverty, capitalism and democracy. Finally, we respond to listeners’ questions on changes at Costco, so-called “nonprofits,” why there are ever more billionaires and Piketty’s problem.

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This week in Speakout:

John La Forge criticizes the EPA for plans to increase standards for safe human radiation exposure; Glen Brown says public pension “reforms” actually breach contracts; Marcy Wheeler juxtaposes President Obama’s lip service to the need for a free press with his record of persecuting journalists; Musa al-Gharbi writes an open letter to set the record straight after the right-wing talk machine deliberately misrepresented an original op-ed published at Truthout, titled: “How Much Moral High Ground Does the US Have Over ISIS?”;Paul Brown points out that while Elizabeth Warren is the darling of the left, her foreign policy viewpoints are imperialist; Celeste Larkin and Martin Xavi Macias describe a new solidarity between Colombia’s black population and African-Americans; Rebecca Boylesquestions the role of companies in society and culture; and more.

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Can We Walk Away From Our Cars to Save the Earth?

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Belying “No Boots on Ground” Promises, Number of US Troops in Iraq Set to Double

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Protesters Set Fire to Mexican Palace as Anger Over Missing Students Grows

Read the Article at The Guardian

Creditors Use New Devices to Put Squeeze on Debtors

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

New York City Adult Home Residents Asked to Repay FEMA Aid

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Report: Israel Wants to Confiscate More Than 3,000 Acres in West Bank “for Military Purposes”

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How Big Business Uses “Yellow-Dog Contracts” to Crush Basic Rights

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, November 12, 2014



The Oracle Report – Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Oracle Report – SPECIAL REPORT Monday, November 10, 2014

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Disseminating Moon Phase: communicate

Moon in Cancer/Leo

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (The Goddess of Assurance)

Skill: respond to your heart

Negative Imprints: anxiety, unease, invasion, impinging on boundaries and personal space/mind space, difficulty moving on, domination, robotic, monotony, impulsivity, selfishness, frozen, unresponsive

Positive Imprints: impressing, willingness, formal acknowledgment, new frameworks, self-discipline, discernment of what is truly valuable, being shown where to look, sovereignty, longing, adaptation and adjustment, relaxation

We continue the week of intense astrological energies today with two major events: 1) Venus meeting up with Saturn and 2) Mars making an exact square to Uranus. The two events will happen within ten minutes of each other this evening, but the energies will build all day.

Venus will make exact conjunction with Saturn at 7:50 pm ET/00:50 am UT and Mars will make a square to Uranus at 8:00 pm ET/1:00 am UT.

On one level, these energies bring headaches, heartaches, insomnia, accidents, shocks, control issues, and relationship issues. We can be hyper-focused on our own needs. The mind tends to devise ways of getting those needs met. It can get down and dirty.

But on another level, a grander level, something more is happening. This is the equation:

Uranus in Aries wants to change and free us for new and better things + Mars in Capricorn wants to ground things firmly + Venus and Saturn in Scorpio want to create new frameworks and relationships that transform = The Return of Wisdom or The Second Renaissance or The Re-Enchantment of the World.

Call it whatever you like, but a sea change is occurring. It is the return to the old, old way. Natural world order is being remembered and re-imprinted. It is an alignment of the dreaming of Gaia Sophia and the dreaming of humanity to actualize the potential of humanity. The potential of humanity is a special thing.

The hidden aspect within the energies is the Moon’s entry into Leo at 1:45 pm ET/6:45 pm UT – joining the Black Moon in Leo. This means it is a “Black Moon day” and shadow sides are triggered. People tend to project their own fears and feelings onto others. Today and tomorrow are the last full Black Moon days of the Black Moon’s transit through Leo. This means it is the final stage of rebirth for those with the Sun or Black Moon in Leo or Aquarius! So in this way they are happy days. But the Moon’s placement adds fuel to an already volatile energetic dynamic today. Emotions will whirl.

The best way to navigate this energy is to move it. It is detrimental to hold it in our bodies – we need to move it through and out. The energy is trying to spur us to action – to respond – in bold ways. Uranus feels like lightning in the body. It’s our “inner Thor.” We interpret it as anxiety, jitteriness, and an overall unsettled feeling. But it is the same thing as the feeling of excitement minus most of the fear. And there is nothing to fear from the changes that are underway in our lives and in our world. Uranus puts us where we need to be when we can’t do it for ourselves. We can trust it.

We can also trust in the spiritual force of the Wisdom Goddess Kamala, who is on duty to assure us. Kamala is uniquely interested in the mundane affairs of humanity – much more than any of the other Mahavidyas. Her consciousness is in closer range with ours. She values and enhances our natural instincts. And she never leaves anyone behind. She will scoop you up and carry you along if you are struggling.

Within the swirl of issues that result from such strong energies today, wise owls twist it all another way because we understand what is really happening. One paradigm is falling while the remnants of another paradigm is forming anew. Go outside, take a walk, stretch your body. But most of all respond to your heart today and be a part of the equation. Be a part of the re-enchantment of the world.

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