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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 20 November 2014

Subways Are an NYPD Hotspot in de Blasio’s New York

Raven Rakia, Truthout: A boost in New York City’s subway arrests for minor violations such as dancing is putting the same people through the criminal justice system as did stop-and-frisk: young, black and Latino men.

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George Lakoff | The Strict Father Is at the Core of Conservative Ideology and Values

George Lakoff, Truthout: In this excerpt from Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, George Lakoff explains how progressives can better express values that improve the common good – through political language that appeals to people’s better selves.

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Community Corrections: Profiteering, Corruption and Widening the Net

Kay Whitlock, Critical Mass Progress: How is it that, as a society, we have endorsed the idea that people in prison or under the control of “community corrections” should be seen as commodities for private, for-profit services that often rely upon quotas guaranteed by federal or state law, or written into contracts?

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San Francisco Homeless Advocates to Public Transit Police: “Stop Criminalizing Homelessness”

Andrew Klein, Truthout: San Francisco homeless advocates are challenging a policy, implemented in July 2014, authorizing the police force of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to arrest individuals resting or sleeping against BART station walls.

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G20 and Beyond: The Future Is Watching You

Niall McLaren, Truthout: The G20 summit meeting in Brisbane has two levels: the overt grandstanding and posturing that politicians love, and a deeper, far more sinister agenda.

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The 2014 Midterm Elections, Incorporated

Ben Cohen, Truthout: In Washington, it doesn’t matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or independent: Money reigns supreme. During the last election, a number of global corporations contributed to both candidates in hotly contested Senate races. Corporations don’t really care who does their bidding.

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Black Community Crisis: Police Violence in Brazil

Christen A. Smith, Truthout: November 20 is Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day. For a group of black mothers in Bahia, this year’s action will not be about traditional black political questions like affirmative action or identity politics, but about the crisis of lethal racial profiling by police.

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PolitiFact Left the House Without Its Pants On

Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program: “Talking about the Keystone pipeline and the Koch brothers earlier this month, I said that, ‘The Kochs stand to make around $100 billion if the government approves the Keystone XL pipeline’… In all of its fact-checking and flaw detection, PolitiFact’s PunditFact missed the point that I was trying to make.”

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Wall Street Journal Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: The Bank of North Dakota’s public banking model is simply more profitable and efficient than the private model. Profits, rather than being siphoned into offshore tax havens, are recycled back into the bank, the state and the community.

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The Outpost That Doesn’t Exist in the Country You Can’t Locate

Nick Turse, TomDispatch: The United States has for more than a decade poured copious amounts of money, time and effort into making Chad a stable regional counterterrorism partner, sending troops there, training and equipping its army and looking the other way when its military employed child soldiers.

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An Embattled ALEC, Buoyed by Election Results, Lays Blueprint for 2015

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The midterm elections may have given the embattled American Legislative Exchange Council a new lease on life. With Republicans now in control of 68 out of 98 state legislative bodies, there are fewer impediments to the enactment of the corporate-friendly legislation that ALEC peddles.

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This Will Make You Think Twice About Getting That Manicure

Michelle Chen, The Nation: The materials used in salon treatments like perms and manicures are as dangerous as any industrial chemical. However, unlike industrial workplaces where protective equipment is often the norm, regulation remains a gray area in salons.

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Oil Company Tries to Shake Down California County for $1.2 Billion for Banning Fracking

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: When the votes are counted and public health and the earth’s future are “elected” over the toxic profits of one company, shouldn’t democracy prevail?

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There Have Now Been More Than 90 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook

Read the Article at Salon

Ferguson and the “Us vs. Them” Illusion

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How Police Use Military Tactics to Quash Dissent

Read the Article at AlterNet

Energy East: Big Oil’s New Keystone XL

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Elizabeth Warren Torches GOP on Trickle-Down Economics

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

“Electoral Integrity Project” Report Ranks US 26th Among World Democracies

Read the Article at The Brad Blog

Occupy Madison’s Village of Tiny Houses for the Homeless Officially Open

Read the Article at The Cap Times

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha! I love the reassurance that our feeling overwhelmed doesn’t mean we are falling behind.
It truly is becoming a case of “cognitive dissonance” trying to exist at once on two so very different planes of reality. Developing our trust in life, the Universe, and ourselves to simply be while knowing what comes will always be the best is a rather complex process. It seems simple-right up to the point someone attached to the old fear based reality singles us out for attack or harassment. I’m so grateful for this community, the ethereal pond that washes away doubts and worries with the feeling of connection and oneness. It reminds me of the parable of the bunch of straws or sticks so often told in kung fu movies. How one straw breaks easily but a thick bunch are impossible to even bend.

aisha north

We would like to take some time to delve a little bit into the expansion that is currently occurring on this planet, or rather, that is occurring in every aspect in this particular portion of the time and space continuum that you all currently constitute a small part of. In other words, this entire bubble of energetic programming that has now taken on a life of its own if you will. For it has started to act in ways that are not at odds, but rather, is starting to fall more into sync with the rest of Creation. For as so many of you are already aware of, this tiny little bubble of spacetime that you define as your universe has in many ways been separated from the rest of Creation, and so, no wonder so many of you have felt separated and at times even lost. For you have…

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