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Why “what’s possible” is far more important than “what is”

I love this! My headline would be “Reforestation Goals Exceeded on 6 Continents: UN Study Shows Integral Habitat Restoration Plans Ahead of Schedule Globally.:-)

Pam Grout

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem

We have a choice. We can place our attention on “what is” or we can dream of what can be. By placing our attention on new possibilities, we animate a completely different future.

Here are the headlines I’m envisioning for today:

New Ebola cases in Africa fall to zero

U.S. Democrats and Republicans hug it out on the Senate floor

The Middle East celebrate 10 years of peaceful coexistence

Snows return to Kilimanjaro

Pam Grout appears on Super Soul Sunday

Tell me in the comments section below: What’s your new headline?

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is…

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 17 November 2014

Dahr Jamail | Climate Disruption Depression and 2013 Emissions Set New Records

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: In spite of announced clean-energy policies, the world isn’t moving anywhere near fast enough to have a chance at mitigating the ever-more alarming impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption in any real way.

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I Love a Paranoid Country

Niall McLaren, Truthout: The Anglophone world has recently erupted into rage over the threat of fanatical jihadist terrorists trying to overturn our way of life. However, our tightly interwoven governments fail to see how we have contributed to the rise of Islamist fanaticism.

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Egg Freeze vs. Wage Freeze? Family Choices Complicated for Working Women

Kate Baldwin, Truthout: Some say Facebook’s and Apple’s policy of paying for egg freezing for women employees reveals an increasing submission to inflexible work structures that prioritize manhood over momhood.

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Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal: A Journey Across a City Divided

Laura Gottesdiener, TomDispatch: Detroit is really two cities. One is comprised of wealthy enclaves. The other is made up of the rest of the 139-square-mile urban expanse, populated by longtime residents who have fought for decades to survive in an environment that has become increasingly uninhabitable.

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Dean Baker | The Problem of “Stupid” in Economics

Dean Baker, Truthout: There is something grating about seeing a prominent economist refer to the US public as “stupid.” After all, the country and the world have suffered enormously because the leading lights of the economic profession were oblivious to the largest bubble in history.

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The Pentagon Wants $5 Billion for Iraq-Syria War? Three Reasons to Oppose

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Though the war is three months old, Congress still has not debated and voted to authorize use of military force in Iraq and Syria. Now, the Pentagon wants $5 billion.

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Why the Mainstream Media Is Gung-Ho on War and Silencing Antiwar Voices

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Know that when you see an ex-general on the air, or an advertisement for a company that makes weapons of war, it’s all about influencing the US public to support wars, not for the good of the country, but for the profits of the weapons industry.

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Richard D. Wolff | System Change, or There and Back Again: Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: Traditional capitalism yields recurring crises of unemployment and deepening economic inequalities, which often have provoked transitions to traditional socialism and fascism. Yet most societies that opted for the latter systems have transitioned back. Today‘s crisis capitalism moves again toward those transitions, but something different is emerging.

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Citizens Protest Fracking Permit in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: On November 13, more than 600 people filled the Lakeshore High School gym for a public hearing on a drilling permit for the first hydraulic fracturing site in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. It was the first public hearing for a drilling permit that anyone can remember.

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Finding Justice at Guantánamo: An Interview With a Former Military Lawyer

Aisha Maniar, One Small Window: Former. Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari, a remaining Kuwaiti prisoner held at Guantánamo, speaks about what the release of another Kuwaiti prisoner means and what lies ahead for Al-Kandari and the other 147 Guantánamo prisoners.

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How We’re Failing Black Girls

Sikivu Hutchinson, The Feminist Wire: The disfiguring images and messages that young black girls consume are ones that we as black women – feminist, womanist or somewhere in between – have not been vigilant enough in challenging on the ground.

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Investigation Uncovers “Culture of Impunity” for Chicago Police Department

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: A recent Truthout investigation has uncovered systemic abuse by police officers who’ve remained on the force while the city has paid out millions in settlements. Chicago police have one in a thousand chance of being held accountable for alleged abuse.

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James Risen Says He Will Not Reveal a Confidential Source Whatever Supreme Court Rules

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Risen understands that to release the name of a confidential source is to eliminate any journalistic checks and balances on the governmental abuse of power.

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Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson

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Child Homelessness Surges in the US

Read the Article at Al Jazeera

Sordid Tales of Selfishness in the Superrich

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Report: 35.8 Million People Worldwide Living in Modern-Day Slavery

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Prosecutors Troubled by Extent of US Military Fraud

Read the Article at The Associated Press

The TTIP Trade Pact Would Be Disastrous for Europe

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Day Before Vote, Activists Bring Keystone Fight to Democratic Senator’s Front Door

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Common Dreams Highlights November 17, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 11.17.14


Missouri Governor Declares Preemptive State of Emergency for Ferguson


Ahead of Senate Vote, USA Freedom Act Called ‘Major Step’ Toward Surveillance Reform

Day Before Vote, Activists Bring #NOKXL Fight to Democratic Senator’s Front Door

Study: More Homeless Children Now Than Any Point in US History

Report: How GOP Operatives Clandestinely Used Twitter to Bypass Election Laws

35.8 Million Worldwide Living in Modern-Day Slavery: Report

Greenpeace Activists Wounded After Being Rammed by Spanish Navy

and more…



Bill Quigley: Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson

Laura Gottesdiener: Separate and Unequal: A Journey Across a Divided Detroit

Paul Buchheit: The Super-Rich and Sordid Tales of Selfishness

Alexis Agathocleous: Rampant Use of Solitary Confinement in the US Constitutes Torture

Mark Jaycox: The USA Freedom Act: What’s to Come and What You Need to Know



Center for Biological Diversity: With Senate Poised to Vote on Keystone XL, New Analysis Reveals Dangerous Toll of U.S. Pipelines

Fight for the Future: Net Neutrality Supporters Throw Kickin’ Party at the FCC

Food & Water Watch: McDonald’s Rejects GMO Potatoes, Other Fast Food Chains Should Follow Suit…

and more…

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, November 18, 2014



The Oracle Report – Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Conversation with Sol Luckman – Snooze: A Blueprint for Merging Worlds

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Balsamic Moon Phase: release

Moon in Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (Goddess of Assurance)

Skill: lighten up

Negative Imprints: looking down on others, losing the message, overly serious, demanding, risky impulsivity, unreliable, unhappiness, rigidity, limitations, not thinking ahead, control, clash of dualities, too loud

Positive Imprints: thoughtful, cautious, offerings, strategizing, reliability, leadership, protection, integration, being drawn to others or drawing others, loosening up, seeing what we truly value, messages for the future

We come to the Balsamic phase, the last Moon phase of the lunar month that began with the energy of “a sight-seeing bus filled with tourists.” The journey has landed us in new territory, staking our claim.

If you think of this journey in a parallel way as a journey of the mind, the Balsamic Moon phase tells us we need to clear our new area. We need to make it habitable by removing things that don’t belong. Poisonous weeds of limiting thoughts, viperous creatures of fear of change and fear of the unknown, and barbed vines of self-doubt and hopelessness are some of the things that need to go. These are the things that obstruct us, weigh on us, or make our environments uncomfortable.

We tend to collect these sorts of things during Scorpio lunar cycles, so as we come to the end of this one, the intensity of the month’s energy may be catching up with you. Balsamic phase is the time of rest and release. It is the time of imagination; the time to let sparks of electric magic re-enter our lives. It is the time that sets the stage for the upcoming month, so it is important to release negativity, especially negative thoughts about where we feel like we fell short or what we feel we’ve lost this month.

Today’s energy is noisy and puts on a show. People can take things too far and become quite demanding. There is a tendency to want to be heard. There are also elements of things coming apart or breaking apart. In the US, this energetic could be easily exploited today with tensions rising (being manipulated) under the racial trick. The Moon is in Libra, ruled by Eris, and Eris energy is intimately entangled with this issue.

Eris’ twin brother Ares (Mars), fresh off his meeting with Pluto and contact with Uranus, turns to us today to deliver some destiny. Mars will help loosen emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual blockages that need to be cleared now. He will also help us focus our attention, which is very helpful as we are trying to integrate all that has been revealed to us over the last two lunar cycles. The last two cycles operated as a team to bring the fullest light to help us see and find what we needed to see and find. Now we are trying to understand.

Today brings us an energetic that naturally can have us thinking about protection – self protection and protection of what we hold dear. It’s almost a feeling of needing to guard or mark our territory. Stand up for yourself or defend yourself if challenged. Lead your own way.

There is also a tendency to underestimate things with today’s energetic signatures. We want to break free from any lingering ideas that we can do only what others think us capable of doing. We do not need to be caged in someone else’s ideas for us. Each of us is gifted and talented in untapped ways. Don’t underestimate yourself or others today. (This also goes for underestimating the lengths to which someone who is under heavy negative influence will go to compete with you.)

The fastest way to connect with Balsamic Moon phase energy is to become light-hearted. If we are too serious-minded, the things that need to be weeded out or released have a harder time doing so. You can instantly shift from serious-minded to light-hearted by taking a deep breath. Amp it up by envisioning sparks of electric light raining down to transform the features of your life.

Remember that this is the time of the cycle when the Sun and the Moon turn mystical. Let’s all lighten up, get a little more mystical, and clear the field today.

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