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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Henry A. Giroux | Academic Madness and the Politics of Exile

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Academic exile seems like more than a reprieve. Instead it’s a kind of public space where a new language, understanding of politics and new forms of solidarity can at least be nurtured among the displaced.

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It’s Time for an Honest Conversation About Why People Don’t Vote

Joe Brewer, Truthout: People understand that voting alone will not magically change a system that has been decades in the making. The system must be dismantled and evolve into new configurations of civic participation and collective action.

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John Pilger | The Siege of Julian Assange Is a Farce

John Pilger, Truthout: The United States is pursuing Julian Assange, with the help of the UK and Swedish governments, because WikiLeaks exposed US crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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A Plea for Reconciliation and Healing of the Nation

Mildred Pitts Walter, Truthout: Some may say they had nothing to do with slavery, that they are not racist and not guilty. However, we have all participated in or observed and allowed institutions and other individuals to perpetuate racism in this nation. There must be acknowledgement of wrong to another human being, admission of racism and willingness to change to achieve reconciliation.

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Private Equity Now Looking to Even Bigger Chumps, Namely 401(k)s and Retail

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: One of the reasons that private equity has managed to flourish is that its biggest investor group is what is traditionally referred to as dumb money: public pension funds, which account for 25 percent of industry assets.

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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely “drill-baby-drill” administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves.

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Now That the Senate Has Picked New Leaders, Will We Get New Policies?

Robin Marty, Care2: With a short lame-duck session to finish first, 2015 already looks like a legislative session that will be full of butting heads, dueling policies and outside action groups hoping to see politicians represent their demands. Will anything actually get accomplished, though?

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Is Obama’s Immigration Plan Too Modest? Proposals Cover Less Than Half of Nation’s Undocumented

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: President Obama is considering issuing an executive action that could protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama’s executive actions will not provide any formal, lasting immigration status, but many immigrants will receive work permits.

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“Dude Needs a Vacation”: A Net Neutrality Update

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Since President Obama made a strong statement in support of net neutrality, opposition from the telecom and cable companies and their supporters in Congress has countered the initial, intense burst of enthusiasm from the media reform community.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: A Texas Oil Regulator Won’t Respect the Will of Voters, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Neuroscience may understand how another round of new climate deniers got elected to Congress; next time you visit a salon, your hairstyle may come with a side of toxic chemicals; a Texas oil regulator says she won’t respect the will of the voters; and more.

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It Should Be Illegal for Corporations to Pay CEOs More Than the Companies Pay in Income Taxes, but They Do

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: A report released todayindicates, “Of America’s 30 largest corporations, seven (23 percent) paid their CEOs more than they paid in federal income taxes last year.”

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Ferguson: There Is No Way That This Ends Well

Read the Article at Esquire

Fracking to Be Permitted in Largest National Forest on the East Coast

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Comet Landing 2014: Rosetta Probe Philae Discovers Organic Molecules on Comet

Read the Article at International Business Times

Bill Cosby Loses Control: Comedian No Longer Dictating the Narrative – and It’s About Time

Read the Article at Salon

Why Republicans Can’t Quit the Government Shutdown Game

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Here’s What’s Happening With the Big Keystone Pipeline Vote

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Do Wars Really Defend the United States’ Freedom?

Read the Article at History News Network

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, November 19, 2014



The Oracle Report – Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“Homecoming” – Sagittarius 2014 Lunar Month Overview – November 18, 2014

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Balsamic Moon Phase: transformation

Moon in Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala (Goddess of Assurance)

Skill: return frequently to the inner place of calm and completion

Negative Imprints: relying on too little experience, putting ourselves at risk, not taking initiative, overload, growing up too fast, feeling responsible for everything, denying self-expression, minimizing self-worth and accepting the minimum

Positive Imprints: balance, renewed interest, combining skills with others, imagination, creativity, peace, moving into a new level of learning, progress, reward, deep understanding of what is possible in situations and relationships

The veils between the worlds are particularly thin today, as the Sun reaches the degree of “the King of the Fairies approaching his domain.” His domain is a place of inner calm and completion.

The King’s Domain is a world we may want to visit regularly today because there are strong energetic signatures with themes of being overburdened, having too much responsibility, and being pushed beyond what is reasonable. Expectations tend to be unrealistic to the point of absurdity or even insanity. If you start to notice these themes developing in your world today, slow down and rethink what is happening. Slip into the domain of inner calm and completion for a moment and consider where you want things to go. Take command to balance the situation. We don’t have to be driven to brink with anything. We don’t have to take on more than what is natural.

The inner place of calm and completion is a place of wisdom. It provides guidance and composure so that we do not overreact. We see the true nature or personal value of things so that choices can be made for all the right reasons. Renewal, when it looks like all opportunities or chances have passed us, is what results from the inner place of calm and completion.

The Wisdom Goddess Kamala, who is quite familiar with the domain of the King of the Fairies, has attempted to awaken or re-awaken something deep inside each of us this month. She wants us to experience more satisfaction – more happiness. She has worked on opening us up inside like a lotus blossom. Since she never leaves anyone or anything behind, she has tried to help us find what has been missing. Her efforts will continue through Friday. Tell her your situation and be assured that you are being heard.

The veils between the worlds are always thinnest during Balsamic Moon phases, but today this is especially true with the Sun as the King of the Fairies approaching his domain. Balsamic phases bring messages, insight, and information from spiritual sources, but we need to be in a “Balsamic” or dreamy state of mind to receive them. It’s possible to maintain a sense of dreaminess while simultaneously engaged with tasks and work. It takes the skill of a wise owl who performs functions with one level of the brain while flying into the cosmos with the other level. In other words, we do our work but we also have our attention open to the world of spirit. This is easier to do on days like today. It’s a merging of worlds.

The audio recording entitled “Homecoming” of the overview for the next lunar month, the Sagittarius cycle which begins Saturday, is posted on the homepage ofwww.oraclereport.com. We have some very nice things in store with that energy and I hope you find it helpful going into the New Moon.

Thank you for supporting the Oracle Report. Blessings to all!

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Congress Commits an Act of War Against the Great Sioux Nation


Please click the link below the article to read the comments on Daily Kos site.

Most people may be unaware that Native Nations are Sovereign nations-just like the United States, France, China, Venezuela, Holland etc.

The United States has for many years promoted a legal fiction of “domestic dependent nations”, but this has no meaning in international law, and is only a way to dodge international law and sworn treaty obligations to Native Nations.

Imagine if Canada planned the Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the United States-but did not ask the U.S. permission for the construction?

This is precisely what congressional Republicans have currently voted to do to another country.

On the positive side, the Powers that Were/NWO/Oil Barons Running the U.S. and Canada have frequently underestimated the power and determination of Native Nations resistance to their world despoiling plans.

It would be wonderful if American citizens who recognize the problems with continued “carbon culture” could actively support Native Nations, and join together in our resistance.


Congress Commits an Act of War Against the Great Sioux Nation
Nov 17, 2014 4:18pm PST by Doctor Jazz

When Congress voted to approve the Keystone Pipeline they committed an act of war against the Great Sioux Nation. Apparently they completely forgot to check with the Sioux who live on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, who in February adopted tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project. Or maybe Congress didn’t forget but rather chose to ignore them.

Of course the U.S. government has hardly ever taken Native American concerns seriously, so it would be a surprise if that happened now, but Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) Tribal President Scott said his nation has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through tribal land. Concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed, he said in a statement.


Congress apparently also neglected to consider possible legal issues like, I don’t know, maybe a treaty or two.

The proposed route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline crosses directly through Great Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) Treaty lands as defined by both the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties and within the current exterior boundaries of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Tribal president Scott articulated the position of his people quite clearly.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren,” Scott said. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people,” he said


Oh, snap!

But wait! The borders of a sovereign nation have never really been an impediment to the ambitions of oil companies and their bought and paid for U.S. government representatives. Until, perhaps, now. This seems like a problem that won’t be going away anytime soon. It gives President Obama all the more moral and legal authority to veto the project if and when it is approved by both houses. And if there happen to be enough turncoat Democrats to override a veto then surely the issue will be taken up in court, probably all the way to the SCOTUS, where it would be hard to imagine Roberts wanting to soil his legacy any further by breaking a treaty with a sovereign nation. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.

I end this diary with the words of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate Tribal President Scott of the Great Sioux Nation.

“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land. We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to tribal members but to non-tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water, and our grandchildren’s future.”

Tue Nov 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM PT: Thank you all for so many recommends and all the great comments. There are a couple dozen that add valuable content to this debate. Please read the comments.