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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 23 November 2014

The “Urbee” 3D-Printed Car: Coast to Coast on 10 Gallons?

Max Eternity, Truthout: With the advancement of 3D printing in sight, an environmentally sustainable revolution in design and manufacturing is poised to take center stage.

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George Lakoff: In Politics, Progressives Need to Frame Their Values

Mark Karlin, Truthout: George Lakoff talks about his latest effort to convince progressives to “frame” their political language and appeals based on deep-seated and active values.

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A Day With Jesse Jackson and a Look at the Failures of American Capitalism

David Masciotra, Truthout: At age 73, Jesse Jackson is still pushing to level the playing field and create a society of equal opportunity for all Americans.

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Scholarship, Mentor Program Helps Children of Incarcerated Parents Go to College

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Yasmine Arrington, the 21-year-old founder of Scholar Children of Incarcerated Parents, or ScholarCHIPS, was 3 years old when her father went to prison and a high school student when she founded the philanthropic program that helps children of incarcerated parents go to college.

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How Did We Get Here? Reflections on the 2014 Midterms

Donald Kaul, OtherWords: The 2014 midterms were a disaster for the Democratic Party: They lost every election that was possible to lose and a few that weren’t. The election was an even greater disaster for the people of the United States.

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Truthout Interviews Dahr Jamail on Electromagnetic Radiation War Games in Washington State

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Dahr Jamail talks about the Navy’s plan to conduct war games involving electromagnetic radiation in a protected park and forest in the state of Washington.

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Seven Ways the Military Wastes Our Money

Laura Gottesdiener, AlterNet: From scandals to military golf, here are seven absurd ways the military wastes our money – and none of them have anything to do with national defense.

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Is the Grass-Fed Really Greener? Beef Production in the Americas

Maria Alicia Nuñez, Council on Hemispheric Affairs: Most people are not aware that beef production is directly responsible for producing vast levels of greenhouse gases and expanding deforestation, especially in the Amazon forest region.

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Efforts to Curb Destructive Palm Oil Plantations Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

Richard Schiffman, Earth Island Journal: Will corporations and activists join forces to end deforestation in Indonesia? Some environmental groups remain wary of corporate motives, and plan to carefully monitor the developments on the ground in Indonesia.

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Eight Main Street Job Creators Who Are Rebooting the Economy, Starting With Those Who Need It Most

Mary Hansen, YES! Magazine: From the Deep South to the West Coast, these entrepreneurs are making sure jobs and dollars grow – and stay – in places hardest hit by hurricanes, poverty and gentrification.

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This week in Speakout:

David Ragland, Wayne Adams, Mahdis Azarmandi and Mark Lance describe how the militarization of Ferguson creates a self-fulfilling prophesy of violence; Ed Kinane offers pointers for social justice activists; the Center for Constitutional Rights hails the release of five men from Guantánamo; David Swanson writes on why the film Watchers of the Sky is beloved by the US corporate media because it opposes genocide, not war; Swanson also speaks with Truthout’s Maya Schenwar about her new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better; Susan Sered describes how Long Island’s geographic separation from the mainland has made it a prime location for isolating social outcasts over the years; Lawrence Wittner looks at how the historical record doesn’t bear out the contention that the United States’ wars have defended the US public’s freedom; the Government Accountability Project announces Rep. Jim Moran’s call for the pardon of CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou; Bill Blunden explains to Forbes magazine that NSA spying is not about stopping terrorism; Nathan Fuller suggests your conspiracy theorist friend isn’t looking so paranoid anymore; Blair Koch details how an oil company vice president and former Halliburton fracking lobbyist assaulted an EnviroNews chief outside of a public meeting; Victor Menotti explains why the Keystone XL pipeline topped the agenda of what he calls the new “Koch Congress”; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Republicans Renew Push for Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge

Read the Article at The Hill

Ohio Republicans Want to Ban Abortion Before Many Women Even Know They’re Pregnant

Read the Article at Salon

Ferguson Announcement Does Not Appear Imminent

Read the Article at the Associated Press

How a Strange, Secretive, Cult-Like Company Is Waging Legal War Against Journalists

Read the Article at The Nation

Hazards of Open Pits for Storing Wastewater From Fracking Is Focus of New Study

Read the Article at InsideClimate News

Senate Keystone “Yea” Votes Took Six Times More Money From Oil and Gas Industry Than Opponents

Read the Article at Open Secrets Blog

Court Rules Michigan Has No Responsibility to Provide Quality Public Education

Read the Article at The Michigan Citizen

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Tune in to the frequency of gratitude each morning so the mothership can find you

Thank you for posting this on your blog Pam! My Mom and I have been talking about this and how great it is that every day you start out saying “Something wonderful is going to happen today!”- it always does. In fact, because we are paying attention to things, lots of wonderful things happen; -)

Pam Grout

“What good are all the courses, initiations and headstands if, in the end, the ego does the leading.”—Tosha Silver
amazingly awesome

You wouldn’t go on a date without brushing your teeth.

Or write a resume without adding your phone number.

So why do we persist in starting our days without tuning into the Divine Buzz?

This Divine Buzz, F.P. (take your pick) is a loving force, folks, that wants nothing but to connect with us, to guide us, to bestow upon us every blessing we could possibly think up and a bunch we haven’t even come up with yet.

But instead of tuning in to this ocean of awesomeness, we’re tuned into this other frequency that limits the transmission. Anne Lamott recently wrote about a book signing in Wichita, Kansas where she was, as she describes it, “in whiny baby mode.”

On that transmission, the mothership couldn’t locate her. Couldn’t help her…

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The Oracle Report | Monday, November 24, 2014



The Oracle Report – Monday, November 24, 2014

“Living Astrology” – The Black Moon in Virgo

EmpowerYOU Radio

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

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Moon Phase: new or renewed

Moon in Sagittarius/Capricorn

Skill: set intentions/make marks

Ruling Mahavidyas: Shodashi (Goddess Who Fulfills Highest Desires, Goddess of Symmetry of Form) and Matangi (Goddess Who Renews, The Administrator)

Negative Imprint: overly competitive, propaganda, rejecting intuition, false appearances, elitism, controlling behavior

Positive Imprint: linking things or putting pieces together, shows of appreciation, see through, symmetry, orderliness, self-confidence and authority, stories, opportunities, connecting spirit and body

Multiple themes follow along multiple lines today, and we are accompanied along the way by two of the faces of Gaia Sophia: the goddess who lines things up, Shodashi; and the goddess who cleans up issues and makes sure that things are supported, Matangi.

Shodashi is adept at multi-tasking; her skills facilitate lining up all the circumstances and setting things straight. Matangi sweeps away what is no longer needed as things are being set straight. She relishes in getting rid of anything that was hurting us. She puts it down with glee.

The day’s complex energies bring the impulse to be impulsive when other energies suggest that we use caution and forward planning. So, action that has been planned and carefully thought out is supported, while leaps or risks that are uncalculated are not.

A wider and clearer picture of the truth of various things – people, places, things, ideas, circumstances, motivations – tries to come to us. The catalyst for this may be something someone says or something that we hear or learn. This lunar month is like a long Disseminating Moon phase, the time when we are naturally inclined to share. Spirit tries to enhance our experiences during Disseminating lunar months. It wants to make things better and will seek out ways to tell us what will make things better. Most of the time this happens directly through interaction with other people, but it also happens with sightings or encounters with animals and the repetition of patterns (synchronicities). When we are open to this feedback, without self-judgment, we naturally come into alignment with the highest and best track.

Chiron stationed direct overnight, completing a journey to heal and remove wounds and trauma that keep us from fully engaging our inner spiritual warrior and fully unleashing our inner sacred masculine. Chiron rules past lives, and it stations direct at the degree of “a sword used in many battles in a museum,” bringing back the memories of the past. Chiron is in Pisces, ruled by Neptune, the key energy that the sacred masculine has been using to return to the stage.

With the return of the sacred masculine comes the return of our will.

We engage our will when we make intentions, goals, and wishes. To make intentions, goals, and wishes, we need desire.

Desire has become a longer than four letter word in religious and spiritual movements. The Gnostic texts that have been recovered tell us human nature is a combination of wisdom and desire. What happens to a species that has one half of their nature removed?

A species that has one half of their nature removed is only half alive. (And thus, I might add, expresses it through a morbid, mass obsession with zombies.) We are a traumatized species overcoming the trauma reaction of not allowing ourselves to want anything because when we want something, we open ourselves up to the potential for pain. To avoid pain, we avoid wanting. It’s classic trauma syndrome. But in the process, we stop living.

It’s time to bring back desire.

This month’s influence of desire via the sacred masculine and the energetic theme of “retired army veterans gathering to awaken old memories,” which is the Sabian symbol of the degree of this month’s New Moon, is served today by Mars, the God of War. Mars is located at the degree of “a soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat.” Perhaps the soldier’s bravery came from a combination of wisdom of battle and desire to uphold what is loved.

Perhaps we should follow suit today. We are still in the New Moon phase. Light a candle and set your wish, your intention, your desire for the month and let the heavens work on it with you. Open up to receiving what’s needed to awaken the memories of why you are here and what you are doing.

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal November 24 to 30, 2014 Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, November 23, 2014
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
November 24 to 30, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Photo: Auroras over Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway on November 16, 2014 (credit: Alex Conu, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

IT’S THANKSGIVING WEEK in the United States. The timing is appropriate astrologically, since the Sun always enters Sagittarius right before the holiday, and Sag is known for a generally more positive outlook than many of the other signs of the zodiac.

Every year, starting around November 21, we have four weeks of the Sun in Sagittarius, supporting greater idealism, good humor, and generosity. Then, right before Christmas, the Sun enters serious-minded Capricorn and we start to feel the pressure of seasonal and year-end obligations.

Funny how that works, year after year, even when we promise ourselves that we will schedule less and relax more! Somehow that Capricorn busy-ness just seems to become part of the air that we breathe in late December.

WE ARE GETTING a bit of a preview of that more serious side of the holiday season this week, in spite of yesterday’s New Moon being in Sagittarius. The underlying theme comes from the Pluto-Saturn semisquare this Thursday, like a persistent drumbeat beneath the other tunes being played during the week.

When Pluto and Saturn form a challenging aspect, as they are this week, we can feel the restrictions of our lives as being heavier than usual, at the same time that the inner urge to transform and change the status quo is heightened. The challenge is to learn a new level of maturity that can cope with situations that are outside of our conscious control, without becoming overwhelmed or derailed.

The gift of meeting the challenge is greater self-respect, and a knowing that we are capable of managing all aspects of our lives, not just when everything is going according to how we wish it would go.

THAT FEELING of heaviness, if we’re not already aware of it, is likely to start building on Tuesday, when Saturn and Mercury align in Scorpio. This could be a good time to look more seriously at important issues, especially with regard to finding out our deeper motivations and desires for the future.

This combination can tend to be pessimistic, however, so it’s important not to let fears or doubts over-run the positive potentials of this alignment. Instead, try to use the energies to do some soul-searching, to analyze the emotions that have arisen, and to set a plan into place that will move you beyond where you’re feeling stuck.

WEDNESDAY looks like it provides some breaks in the heavy cloud cover, with a Uranus-Venus trine bringing opportunities for interesting new activities and interactions. And, the Venus-Ceres alignment in Sagittarius can strengthen our belief in the greater meaning of our lives, and encourages us to take care of ourselves and others as a part of fulfilling our sense of higher purpose.

The Neptune-Sun square on Wednesday may also provide some relief. Usually, we might curse the lack of initiative that can accompany this transit — but with the heavy Saturn-Pluto energies so strong, a little bit of fogginess may be just what we need to let go and realize we don’t have to have everything figured out and in control.

ON THURSDAY, after the Pluto-Saturn energy has peaked (at 8:46am PST), the heavy feeling should slowly start to lighten — especially once Mercury enters Sagittarius (at 6:25pm PST). It will take a few days for that heaviness to fully dissipate, but with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Ceres all in Sag by the weekend, our good humor and ability to take life more lightly is more supported.

Neptune steps in again on Sunday, this time with a square aspect to Mercury. A lack of mental clarity and initiative may rule the day once again — but I, for one, could use a day sitting by the woodstove, gazing idly into the fire while I sip my tea, and letting the world go by…

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that in just a month, we’ll be starting 2015 — which means that my January 8 teleclass is just six weeks away! I’ll include a full description of the class below, or you can just click here to register:


At the Door of a New Age
Your astrology guide for January to June 2015

A 90-minute teleclass with Astrologer Pam Younghans and Wellness Educator Elsie Kerns

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Live broadcast: 4pm PST | 5pm MST | 6pm CST | 7pm EST

Also available by download after class airs | Fee: $25

THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF 2015 hold enormous potential for spiritual growth and creative change, as the planets challenge each of us to make a quantum leap in some area of our lives.

We’ve been working with the transformative energies of the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square for 3 years now. By the end of 2014, we will have experienced the exact aspect 6 times. But in each of those exact aspects, either Pluto or Uranus has been retrograde, leaving us to balance the need to resolve issues from the past with a strong desire to leap into the future.

March 16, 2015 is the date of the 7th and final exact square between Pluto and Uranus – and on that date, both planets will be in forward motion. In other words, it’s all systems go, full speed ahead!

In this 90-minute teleclass, I’ll explain more about what this final Pluto-Uranus square means, and how it relates to the title of the class, “At the Door of a New Age.” I’ll also talk about other exciting and potentially life-changing events in the first 6 months of 2015:

  • The highly-energized line-up of planets in mid-March, which sees Mars aligning with Uranus and both planets trine Jupiter, right before the final Pluto-Uranus square – and just days before an eclipse and the solstice
  • The Total Solar Eclipse on March 20 in the very last degree of the zodiac (29 degrees of Pisces), indicating a time of completion and the need to release old definitions of spirituality
  • The Total Lunar Eclipse on April 4 that activates more events related to the Pluto-Uranus-Mars-Jupiter line-up in March
  • The first months of Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius, and its return to Scorpio on June 14

I’ll also cover the significance of the New and Full Moons for each month, as well as Mercury’s retrograde phases, and other highlights of the first half of 2015. As before, the slideshow will include monthly calendars showing the most important planetary aspects.

I hope you can join us, either “live” as the class airs, or by download afterward!

To register: http://pam2015.eventbrite.com


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MON: Jupiter quincunx Mars; TUE: Saturn conjunct Mercury, Pluto semisquare Mercury; WED: Venus conjunct Ceres, Uranus sesquisquare Mercury, Uranus trine Venus, Neptune square Sun, Chiron square Venus; THU: Pluto semisquare Saturn, Uranus trine Ceres, Mercury enters Sagittarius;SUN: Neptune square Mercury
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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha!

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And so it is that we once again would like to take the opportunity to connect with you all in this more formal manner if you will, or rather, by way of words, in addition to the countless less visual ways of information that we utilize to connect with each and every one of you. For by now, you are all becoming quite well versed in the ability to tune into the more “silent ” ways of communication, the ones that are merely vibrations instead of going by way of a human’s head, hands and eyes and in through your eyes, mind and heart by way of your electronic equipment. Again, merely trying to explain all of the details that are necessary for us to convey our messages in this kind of fashion takes time, and yes, words, and so, we would like to delve a little bit into the…

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 22 November 2014 (Warning-Triggering top headline)

Tortured and Raped by Israel, Persecuted and Imprisoned by the United States

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The conviction of leading Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh, 67, could set a troublesome precedent if evidence from a military court in a foreign country, in this case Israel, is allowed to stand in a US court.

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The History of a Dangerous Idea: Mark Blyth Talks Austerity, Greece and the Global Economic Crisis

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: The economist and author Mark Blyth discusses the historical origins of austerity as an economic idea and the catastrophe of previous attempts to enforce austerity policies.

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The Moral Trauma of “21st Century Warriors”

Edward Tick, Truthout: Though physically not in danger, US drone operators are not safe and are in harm’s way. They have severe difficulties in their service, are in deep pain and break down with post-traumatic stress disorder to significant degrees as a direct result of their physical immunity.

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Building a Racially Just Society: Psychological Insights

Roy Eidelson, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Kathie Malley-Morrison, Psychology Today: Michael Brown’s tragic death, the anguish of his family and the turmoil within his community are all salient reminders that the United States is still far from being a racially just and equitable society.

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Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Look instead to cities, where new energy is transforming them into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.

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The Poor Suffer From Hunger – Not the Munchies

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: Drug testing for food stamps wastes taxpayer money and stigmatizes economic hardship. Very few people facing poverty have the luxury to dabble in drugs. If you’re poor enough to qualify for food stamps, you’re really poor.

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A Textbook Example of an Employer’s Campaign to Destroy a Union

Moshe Z. Marvit, In These Times: If you’d like a sense of what an employer’s campaign to try to destroy a union looks like in the 21st century, take a look at a recent National Labor Relations Board decision against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where it was ruled the hospital engaged in a series of discriminatory practices against workers who have been trying to organize a union since 2012.

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Arts Students Are Motivated More by Love of Subject Than Money or Future Careers

Anya Skatova, The Conversation: Universities should provide arts and humanities students with more focus in their undergraduate courses that can make them more structured in achieving their career goals.

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Women Rising 26: A Ride on the People’s Climate Train

Making Contact, National Radio Project: In September 2014, Women Rising radio rode the People’s Climate train coast to coast, with over 200 activists heading to New York City to join the largest climate change march in history.

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The BuzzFlash Commentary will return soon.

Don’t Expect an Aztec Spring With Mexico Protests, Analysts Warn

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

In a Shift, Obama Extends US Role in Afghan Combat

Read the Article at The New York Times

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Has Mastered a Disappearing Act Since Shooting

Read the Article at The Washington Post

The White House Will Focus on Women and Girls of Color; Here’s How to Make It Count

Read the Article at The Nation

GOP-Controlled Intelligence Committee Debunks Benghazi Conspiracies

Read the Article at Slate

Hottest October on Record Puts Planet on Track for Hottest Year Ever

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Five Guantánamo Inmates Are Sent to Eastern Europe

Read the Article at The New York Times