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“He Can’t Breath” – Casey Kressin Retained By Police On Way To The Hospital – Dies

Thank you Xena! As an asthmatic myself, I find this deeply scary. When the desire for absolute control and addiction to protocol combine, the results are nearly always detrimental.
Because I live in America where poor people are disposable; I was unable to access the machine and medicine needed for my asthma as a child. At that time a simple nebulizer and compressor were $500. My Mom had been teaching me yoga for years when I was diagnosed with asthma, so I naturally thought of using yoga breathing techniques. I wish there were an easy way to teach these exercises to all asthmatics in every country-especially those like America where health care and medicine are privilege based. I know they saved my life many times.
Obviously we need a huge change in the way police officers are taught to deal with citizens if this case is considered to be doing a good job following the rules. Since even mandated change takes time to happen, I think a mass grass roots movement to share our own solutions while we push for change is also needed.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

caseykressin_featured_jpgHe was only 3 miles from the emergency room when Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin police pulled over the car for speeding through a red light. The car was driven by Leah Hryniewicki, Casey Kressin’s girlfriend. Casey was having a severe asthma attack. It was November 30, 2014, the last day of the 29-year-old Casey’s life.

A reeling Casey exited the car and kneeled to the ground and asked for his inhaler as he wheezed away, police said. Police said that Leah also jumped out and yelled to the officer that the man was having an asthma attack and that he needed to get to the emergency room.

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 15 December 2014

Dahr Jamail | Documents Show Navy’s Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and Wildlife

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: While the US Navy claims “no significant impacts” will occur to wildlife or humans from its electromagnetic war games over the Olympic National Forest, military documents and an expert on the human impact of electromagnetic radiation fields say otherwise.

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Marjorie Cohn | Torture Report Confirms Team Bush War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings in our name.”

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Ferguson Outrage Grows From Local Protests to Global Movement

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: People have let out a collective cry of frustration at the lethal force used disproportionately against people of color in the United States. When a grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, the protests became a global movement.

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Dean Baker | Economic Policy Myths of 2014: Dead and Enduring

Dean Baker, Truthout: The good news is that two economic myths that caused great confusion over the last several years are now headed to the trash bin of history. Unfortunately, many of our great national myths have survived 2014.

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John Pilger | War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

John Pilger, Truthout: The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government.” It is the government.

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It’s Not the Law – but Prosecutors – That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: It is not “the law” that stands like a brick wall of impunity for police, but the interpretation of the law by attorneys general and their subordinates, who view prosecutions of police as akin to unnatural acts that cannot be performed in public view.

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Citigroup Will Be Broken Up

Simon Johnson, The Baseline Scenario: The supposedly brilliant people who run Citigroup have, in the space of a single working week, made a series of serious political blunders with long-lasting implications. Sen. Elizabeth Warren articulated the core of the problem and what needs to be done.

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Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet

Amy Goodman, Samantha Riddell and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

US Torture: Past, Present… and Future? Beyond the Torture Report

Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch: “Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don’t be fooled. The Senate torture report, so many years and obstacles in the making, should only be the starting point for a discussion, not the final word on US torture.”

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Scalia Is Dead Wrong on Torture

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Even if torture was an effective way to get information from terrorism suspects during a ticking time bomb scenario – and there’s no evidence that it is – it would still be unconstitutional, despite what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.

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Mutated Flu Virus Could Signal More Hospitalizations, Deaths This Season

Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: This season’s flu vaccine may not be as effective against new and possibly more virulent strains of the virus that could become the nation’s dominant form of influenza in the young flu season.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Washington Passes Disastrous $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Washington passed a disastrous $1.1 trillion spending bill; activists staged a protest outside the Office of the US Trade Representative to demand that secret trade negotiations come to an end; corporations that donate to political campaigns are getting a massive return on their investment; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript


The National War on the Homeless Continues: Mass Eviction in San Jose

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It appears that a growing urban trend is to regard destitute humans as “urban blight” and to make them disappear.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Sen. Warren Warns Against Wall Street Returning to Casino Gambling

Listen to the Interview at NPR

Gun Nuts’ Racial Duplicity

Read the Article at Salon

Anti-Nuke Activists Fight to Close Diablo Canyon

Read the Article at EcoWatch

US Marine Charged With Killing Filipino Transgender Woman

Read the Article at The Guardian

Oil Spill in Bangladesh Threatens World’s Largest Mangrove System

Read the Article at Global Voices

These Seven Men Owned the Company Linked to CIA Torture

Read the Article at Business Insider

The Devalued US Worker

Read the Article at The Washington Post

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The Oracle Report | Monday, December 15, 2014



The Oracle Report – Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: reorientation

Moon in Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhairavi (Goddess of Arts)

Skill: respond with high hope

Negative Imprint: hierarchy, denying happiness, consciously manipulating others, immaturity, projection of negativity, militaristic aggression

Positive Imprint: devotion, good fortune, common good, power for good, calm, rewards, reverence, independence, integration

For the first time since November 15, yesterday the Sun released a solar flare with coronal mass ejection. The M1.6 flare and resulting CME occurred at 2:33 pm ET/7:33 pm UT.

Solar flares shoot packets of light (information) to us with specific intentions in mind. The specific intention or mission of a CME can be discovered by looking at the Sabian symbol, or energetic description, of the degree of the Moon at the time of the CME. The Moon was located at 26 Virgo, in exact square to the Galactic Center, at the symbol of ” a boy with a censer (covered incense burner that swings from chains) serves near the priest at the altar.”

When the Sabian symbols “returned” to consciousness in the 1920’s, the symbol of a boy at an altar with a priest had a different connotation than it does today. A deeply negative imprint has twisted into this symbol. But at the highest level, this symbol is about renewed hope.

This CME happened as powerhouses Uranus and Pluto were moving into exact square once again this year. They came into exact astrological aspect at 7:46 pm ET/00:46 am UT, but the effects were being felt for days in advance (and will continue to be felt for a few days as the planets move off from their dance).

Perhaps another intention of the renewed hope that comes from this energy is for the priest at the altar to return to the original idea of serving the highest interests of the boy – of all children? Perhaps the boy has now grown into a man and stands in front of the priest, holding him accountable to the Laws of Life? Perhaps the waves of sea change that are coming ashore with the Sacred Masculine are beginning to rectify wickedness and return sanity?

This symbol also images the idea of the simplest elements being vital. Burning incense shifts the time-space/space-time of the altar and anyone focused on what’s going on at the altar. In this way, the incense, and the boy who is swinging the incense burner, are the simple but necessary parts. In kind, we may feel like we are one small part of the big picture, playing our role in the divine dream, but wisdom tells us that all are parts are necessary. Without each of them there would not be a collective. Sabaoth the Sun reminds us that we are all important and that the smallest elements are critical to the overall purpose.

Additionally today, our friend the bluebird of happiness returns to stand at the door of our inner house with the Sun reaching the degree of this Sabian symbol. If you have been following the Oracle Report this month, you know that the bluebird of happiness has been flying in from time to time. Today the bluebird is serious about bringing good fortune and magnetically drawing us toward people of like mind, heart, and spirit. The energy helps us make progress and move forward with less resistance, enabling us to continue “nexusing” with others and implementing plans for the future that were made eons ago. This month is a homecoming of soul families to reorient the world and bring the Second Renaissance.

This month has been a spiritually-busy one, with the Full Moon pouring down cosmic rain to uplift consciousness. Tangible, external representations of hopes, wishes, dreams, and plans become visible as consciousness is expanding. The things that we’ve projected from our minds begin to manifest in the grand dream we are all dreaming. The dream is getting bigger and becoming even more alive.

All of this brings a new sense of being, an enlarged perspective about our lives, and an enhanced journey through deeper spiritual levels. Today is about reorienting – shifting from one state of mind or being to a higher one. Respond to the energy with high hopes for the promise of happiness.

(Audio report on the Black Moon in Virgo is on its way…)

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal December 15 to 21, 2014 | Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, December 14, 2014
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
December 15 to 21, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Photo: Auroras over Tromsø, North Norway on December 13, 2014 (credit: Truls Tiller, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

AT FIRST GLANCE, the first few days of the coming week appear fairly quiet. On Tuesday, Mercury enters Capricorn to help us focus on what needs to get done, and Jupiter makes a minor aspect with Venus that could correspond with overspending. But we see no major aspects on Monday, nor on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, which could leave us with the impression that not much is going on.

But looks can be deceiving! The effects of tonight‘s Pluto-Uranus square (exact Sunday, Dec 14 at 9:13pm PST) continue in full strength throughout the week ahead. Transformation and liberation are the keywords throughout this time.

And, if we look at next weekend’s aspects, we realize that any lull in the planetary action is merely the universe pausing for a breath before pushing through another wave of changes. The image of a pregnant woman in labor comes to mind, each wave of energy another contraction that ultimately enables new birth to occur.

TWO HEADLINES share the top of the page next weekend. The first headline emphasizes the core Pluto-Uranus themes of transformation that are so familiar to us by now: Venus will align with Pluto and square Uranus on Saturday, drawing our attention to the need for change in our relationships and in how and where we invest our energy and our resources.

These aspects may mark a particularly potent time with regards to how we manage these areas of our lives. This is partly because Venus is stepping into the energy field of the Pluto-Uranus square so close to the date of their exact aspect. But, the potentials for change are also increased because Uranus changes directions next Sunday.

IF YOU’VE BEEN READING this journal for a while, you’re already familiar with my “train in the station” analogy with regards to the effects of a planet when it changes direction. Basically, when a planet comes to a standstill, either preparing to go retrograde (backward) or direct (forward), we can imagine ourselves standing on the platform at a train station.

As the train comes into view, we can feel the platform begin to vibrate and we can hear the engine’s roar. The vibration and noise get stronger as the train gets closer. When the train finally comes to a stop right in front of us, we are feeling the effects most powerfully. Then, when the train reverses direction and pulls out of the station, our awareness of the vibration starts to gradually diminish as the train moves off and gains speed in the new direction.

NOW, imagine that train is Uranus, the planet of rebellion and change, and that the vibration we feel as Uranus enters the station is triggering a similar energy in us — namely our need for freedom and independence in some area of our lives. We may feel more easily irritated when Uranus is so strong, and can take actions that we might have once considered too radical.

We can use this energy in positive ways, of course — to break free from situations and relationships that no longer serve us, that have become too limiting to our growth. And yet, we can overdo the rebelliousness and create havoc unnecessarily.

SELF-KNOWLEDGE and self-awareness are key here. We need to know ourselves well enough to realize what irritations are short-term and what issues have really come to a crisis point, where change is long overdue. With that awareness, we can choose the changes we make, rather than being driven by the heightened emotions of the moment.

And, there’s always the unknown factor with strong Uranus energies. It may be the other person who suddenly states their need for change, or we may experience situations that shift our lives in unexpected ways. Our best response to whatever happens with this influence is to be flexible, and to accept that there are usually benefits associated with all changes, even those that appear less positive at first.

is also the December Solstice, as the Sun enters Capricorn and we change seasons, going from fall to winter in the Northern Hemisphere and from spring to summer in the Southern Realms.

While the solstice always marks a time of beginnings, this one is even more important in that regard, since it occurs so close to the other major turning-point events on Sunday: the New Moon and Uranus’ station. (Uranus stations at 2:44pm PST, the solstice is at 3:03pm PST, and the New Moon is at 5:35pm PST.)

In astrological tradition, the chart drawn for the solstice shows themes that will carry through the coming three months. It appears that this solstice — and therefore the next three months — is a powerful time to set new intentions, to break free from restrictions, and to allow the winds of change to do their work.

THREE WEEKS and counting until our teleclass on January 8! I’m calling this class “At the Door of a New Age” — and I’m excited to talk with you about the possibilities that lie ahead of us in the new year.

To help you get the most from the class, your registration confirmation email will include a pdf of monthly calendars I’ll be using during the class. If you’d like to print the calendars before the class airs, you can then take notes directly on the calendars as you listen to the class, either live or by replay.

The full class description is below, so please read on if you would like more information. Or, if you’re ready to sign up for the class, here’s the link:


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 transformational 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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Highlighted Aspects for This Week .
TUE: Jupiter sesquisquare Venus, Mercury enters Capricorn; SAT:Neptune sextile Mercury, Uranus square Venus, Pluto conjunct Venus, Jupiter trine Ceres, Uranus sextile Mars; SUN: Chiron sextile Venus, Jupiter sesquisquare Mercury, Uranus goes direct, Sun enters Capricorn (Solstice), New Moon5:35pm
About the Journal

Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and guidance received. Her hope is to offer perspectives and insights that will assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.

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Everything you could ever want is present in this now moment.

I wasn’t going to repost this but when I shared it on Facebook a friend had just shared something that blew me away.  

(You have to click thru to Pam’s blog and read the whole post especially the comments-the constant amazing verification everyone is getting will blow you away too!) 

A few days ago the news was really depressing to me.  After an amazing E Squared verification of my own just a few days before involving the Universe sending me mittens,  I mentioned to a friend how even though I love the mittens and their magical appearance,  my apparent helplessness in the face of the big stuff is still overwhelming.  

I said, sure the Universe can send me mittens and my hands are warm but my friends are still fighting huge multinational corporations who are turning their ancestral lands into horrible blackened moonscapes with tar sands mining and clearcuts for pipelines.  Why won’t the Universe stop the bad guys that are destroying everything? 

So like three or four days pass and just now I saw an article one of those friends just shared. It basically says oil prices are crashing,  likely to stay low for long enough to disrupt the profits of the corporations my friends are fighting.  

Yay Universe! 🙂   Lost profits can accomplish in one year what 20 years of protests have yet to achieve.  (Tar sands oil and fracked gas are both more expensive in energy used to mine than they produce in energy to use, so they are no good except as a government subsidized profit stream for multinationals.  So when profits fall low enough they become unviable investments. ) 

Thank you Universe!  Thank you Pam! 

Can you all imagine how amazing and wonderful things will be when more people are doing this?  

How many of us have wished we could help others in bad situations far away (or nearby)? 

What if trillions of dollars of American bombs and soldiers are not needed to stop ISIL, and help the people suffering in all these wars? What if our love and compassion, and the Universe abundant nature are enough? 

What if (insert your own most worried about seemingly intractable problems here)? 

What if this is the Christmas when everyone  wishes for Peace on Earth – and it really happens?

Pam Grout

“If you can’t be present right now, nothing new is ever going to happen to you.”—Richard Rohr

Had a great time with the penguins at 21C Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Got back just in time to attend an Ugly Christmas sweater party and, of course, my Sunday power posse.

We were talking this morning about thoughts, about where they come from (does anyone really know?) and the importance of being in the present moment. Frank made the observation that when he was busy fretting about something that happened yesterday or worrying about a bill coming due tomorrow, Jesus could walk by, glowing and everything, and he’d never even notice.

I also got a kick out of a couple manifestation stories shared by members. Especially in light of the fact that we’re fast approaching the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge with, yes, lots of cool prizes. All three of these manifestations happened in…

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OPEC is finished and the oil crash will continue, warns Bank of America | Financial Post

An engineer walks in the Barjisiya oil fields in Iraq. Bank of America says the OPEC cartel is dead and free markets now control the global cost of oil.Getty ImagesAn engineer walks in the Barjisiya oil fields in Iraq. Bank of America says the OPEC cartel is dead and free markets now control the global cost of oil.

The OPEC oil cartel no longer exists in any meaningful sense and crude prices will slump to $50 a barrel over coming months as market forces shake out the weakest producers, Bank of America has warned.


Revolutionary changes sweeping the world’s energy industry will drive down the price of liquefied natural gas (LNG), creating a “multi-year” glut and a much cheaper source for Europe’s gas needs.

Francisco Blanch, the bank’s commodity chief, said OPEC is “effectively dissolved” after it failed to stabilize prices at its last meeting. “The consequences are profound and long-lasting,” he added.

The free market will now set the global cost of oil, leading to a new era of wild price swings and disorderly trading that benefits only Middle East petro-states with the deepest pockets, such as Saudi Arabia.

BoA said in its year-end report that at least 15 per cent of US shale producers are losing money at current prices, and more than half will be under water if US crude falls below $55. The high-cost producers in the Permian basin will be the first to “feel the pain” and may have to cut back on production soon.

The claims pit BoA against its arch-rival Citigroup, which claims the US shale industry is far more resilient than widely supposed, with marginal costs for existing rigs nearer $40, and much of its output hedged on the futures markets.

BoA said the current slump will choke off shale projects in Argentina and Mexico, and force retrenchment in Canadian oil sands and some of Russia’s remote fields. The major oil companies will have to cut back on projects with a break-even cost below $80 for Brent crude.

David Rosenberg: Why the bottom falling out of oil isn’t all bad

Gluskin Sheff’s top economist looks at who wins and who loses in a world where crude could soon go to $60. Read on

It will take six months or so to whittle away the 1 million barrels a day of excess oil on the market — with Brent falling below $60 and US crude reaching $50 — given that supply and demand are both “inelastic” in the short-run. That will create the start of the next shortage.

“We expect a pretty sharp rebound to the high $80s or even $90 in the second half of next year,” said Sabine Schels, the bank’s energy expert.

We expect a pretty sharp rebound to the high $80s or even $90 in the second half of next year


Ms. Schels said the global market for LNG will “change drastically” in 2015, going into a “bear market” lasting years as a surge of supply from Australia compounds the global effects of the US gas saga.

If the forecast is correct, the LNG flood could have powerful political effects, giving Europe a source of mass supply that can undercut pipeline gas from Russia. The EU already has enough LNG terminals to cover most of its gas needs but has not been able to use this asset as a geostrategic bargaining chip with the Kremlin because LNG has been in scarce supply, mostly diverted to Japan and Korea. Much of Europe may not need Russian gas within a couple of years.

BoA said the oil price crash is worth $1-trillion of stimulus for the global economy, equal to a $730-billion “tax cut” in 2015. Yet the effects are complex, with winners and losers and diminishing benefits the further it falls. Academic studies suggest that oil crashes can turn negative if they trigger systemic financial crises in commodity states.

Barnaby Martin, BoA’s European credit chief, said world asset markets may face a rough patch as the U.S. Federal Reserve starts to tighten afters year of largesse.

He flagged warnings by William Dudley, head of the New York Fed, that US authorities tightened too gently in 2004 and might do better to adopt the strategy of 1994, when they raised rates fast and hard, sending tremors through global bond markets.

BoA said quantitative easing in Europe and Japan will cover just 35 per cent of the global stimulus lost as the Fed pulls back, creating a treacherous hiatus for markets. It warned that the full effect of Fed tapering had yet to be felt. From now on the markets cannot be expected to be rescued every time there is a squall.

What is clear is that the world has become addicted to central bank stimulus. BoA said 56 per cent of global GDP is supported by zero interest rates, and so are 83 per cent of the free-floating equities on global bourses. Half of all government bonds in the world yield less than 1 per cent. Roughly 1.4 billion people are experiencing negative rates in one form or another.

These are astonishing figures, evidence of a 1930s-style depression, albeit one that is still contained. Nobody knows what will happen as the Fed tries break out of the stimulus trap, including Fed officials themselves.