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Everyday Beauty~

Thank you Cindy! Sometimes slowing down and paying attention to the exquisite beauty all around us is more amazing than anything. I’ve never seen creatures like that blue anemone in Tampa Bay. I wonder what similar to it lives here? It must be awesome to see such magical creatures while wandering the shore!


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New Year’s surprise: a comet you can see with the naked eye – CSMonitor.com

New Year’s surprise: a comet you can see with the naked eye

Skywatchers are getting an unexpected treat: Comet Lovejoy, which was discovered in August, has brightened, making it visible without a telescope. By Jan. 7, the comet, which is rising in the northern sky, will be appearing to the right of the bottom half of Orion’s bow.

By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / December 30, 2014

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Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is framed like a cosmic Christmas tree with starry decorations in this colorful telescopic portrait, snapped on December 16th. Its lovely coma is tinted green by diatomic C2 gas fluorescing in sunlight. Discovered in August of this year, this Comet Lovejoy (not to be confused with past Comet Lovejoys) is currently sweeping north through the constellation Columba, heading for Lepus south of Orion and bright enough to offer good binocular views. Not its first time through the inner Solar System, this Comet Lovejoy will pass closest to planet Earth on January 7 and then closest to the sun on January 30. A long period comet, this Comet Lovejoy should return again … in about 8,000 years.

Damian Peach/SEN/NASA

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 1 January 2015

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William Rivers Pitt | Planting a Seed for 2015

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “This is the time for New Year’s resolutions, and I have a request of you: plant the seeds of goodness wherever you find fertile soil. Be that better person. Help to gentle the cold brutality of this hard world within reach of your arm.”

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Democracy and Its Discontents

Thomas J. Scott, Truthout: Globalization and rising inequality are contributing to the growing lack of confidence in democratic institutions in the United States and other Western democracies.

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California: Waking Up Is Hard to Do

Craig Collins PhD, Truthout: Today, California is part of a profit-driven global system that must plunder and pollute the planet on an ever-grander scale to survive. Major sectors of the economy like agribusiness, tourism and construction depend on cheap labor drawn from outside the state.

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Ten Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. It was a violent year, but no worse than other years. What was different was the emergence of new movements of resistance – and with them new possibilities for change.

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A View on Cuba’s Opening From the De Facto US Colony of Puerto Rico

Ed Morales, North American Congress on Latin America: If Cuba were to take a deep breath and look at what’s happened to an island it has shared such a deep history with, and if Cuba were to see Puerto Rico as the beginning of the free-trade economic era we’re living in now, it would have to ask itself, is it the end game?

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Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

David Swanson, War Is a Crime: The US-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they’ve decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they’re just sure you’re going to love.

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The Democrats’ Last Defense: Obama’s Pen

Kevin Mathews, Care2: With a Republican majority taking over the Senate in addition to the House this January, right-wing ideology is sure to dominate Congressional votes for the next two years. Nevertheless, hope is not entirely lost for the left.

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What’s Luck Got to Do With It? Everything, if You Are a Banking Whistleblower

Kate Kenny, The Conversation: Think whistleblowing is a matter of telling the truth? Think again. “Successful” whistleblowing, where the protagonist actually manages to make themselves heard in the media and get the support of the public, is a matter of luck.

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Paul Krugman | Vladimir Putin’s Unraveling Russia

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: It’s impressive just how quickly and convincingly the wheels have come off the Russian economy. Obviously the plunge in oil prices is the big driver, but the ruble has actually fallen more than Brent crude – oil is down 40 percent since the start of the year, but the ruble is down by half.

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BuzzFlash

The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

No One Here Should Be Turning His Back

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Harvard Settles Title IX Case With Administration, Agrees to Revise Sexual Assault Policies

Read the Article at The Washington Post

$14 Million an Hour: The “War on Terror” Has Cost $1.6 Trillion

Read the Article at AlterNet

Budget War Looms for Obama, New Republican Congress

Read the Article at The Hill

Democrats’ Middle-Class Hypocrisy: Why Omnibus Will Haunt Them

Read the Article at Salon

Jeb Bush Quits Board Posts Ahead of Possible White House Run

Read the Article at The Guardian

Steve Scalise’s Problem Is the Republican Party’s Problem

Read the Article at The Nation