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One million adults to lose Food Stamps this year

One million adults to lose Food Stamps this year
Jan 05, 2015 4:16pm PST by gjohnsitComment_large104 135

Here are the first 1 million casualties of the GOP take-over.

Roughly 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) over the course of 2016, due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. These individuals will lose their food assistance benefits after three months regardless of how hard they are looking for work.

That sounds pretty bad, but the real knee-to-the-groin is a couple paragraphs below.

The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $200 per person per month for this group, will likely cause serious hardship among many. Agriculture Department (USDA) data show that the individuals subject to the three-month limit have average monthly income of approximately 19 percent of the poverty line, and they typically qualify for no other income support.

That’s not 19% below the poverty line.
That’s 19% of the poverty line, or 81%below the poverty line.
These people will go hungry. Period.

Under the 1996 welfare law, adults aged 18-49 who are not physically or mentally unfit for work or caring for a minor child are ineligible for SNAP if they have received three months of SNAP benefits while unemployed during the previous 36 months. Months of SNAP receipt don’t count toward the limit if the individual is working at least half-time, participating in qualifying work or training program activities for at least 20 hours a week, or living in an area with high unemployment where the three-month limit is temporarily waived. When signing the welfare law in 1996, President Clinton singled out this as one of the bill’s most harmful provisions and called for it to be substantially changed.

The reason for so many people losing food stamps is because most states were granted federal waivers during the Great Recession. Those waivers are now expiring.
Kansas and Oklahoma were so eager to cut off food for the poor that they’ve moved to the head of the line. We can see what that did.

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, January 6, 2015



The Oracle Report – Tuesday, January 6, 2015

“The Mass Turn” – Capricorn 2014 Lunar Cycle: December 21, 2014 – January 19, 2015


“The Black Moon Transit of Virgo: November 27, 2014 – August 25, 2015”


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Full Moon Phase: illumination, realization, fulfillment

Moon in Leo

Ruling Wisdom Goddess: Kali

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: “an Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe” (self-empowerment, personal sovereignty)

Skill: release yourself from trying to control time

Negative Imprint: over-analysis, ignoring rules or laws, things that are unbearable, restraints, rushing, missing key things, forcing, suppression of rebellion, false claims of power and change, clandestine

Positive Imprint: objectivity, inventiveness, identifying issues, focus, practice, disinhibited, slow and steady, observation, potent healing, confidence

Full light continues to be thrown off and also throw things off this Full Moon phase. We are coming to new understandings about ourselves and this is rippling out into the field, changing it. This is how the world changes.

What is trying to be revealed to you? It may be having a harder time getting through because, even though it is a Full Moon phase right now, the Black Moon and Neptune are in opposition. The Black Moon and Neptune together tend to shroud and mystify. So if you are trying to understand, fix, improve, and integrate something and it isn’t coming quite happening, don’t try to rush or force it. Relax the tension. Take a breath. Wait for the fog to clear.

With this, it is important to understand that we may attempt to blame the hold-up or lack of clarity on ourselves. We are clearly seeing our “major malfunctions.” The solutions are what aren’t easily visible right now. We personalize this, but the nature of this energy is one of “veiling.”

The reason solutions aren’t clear is because there is re-arrangement of “the field” happening this lunar cycle – Kali the Destroyer’s cycle. Using the energetics of Uranus/Pluto and Mercury/Venus, she is putting everything in spin. Consciousness is taking a mass turn. She is refreshing the dream, re-commanding it by calling forth our inner chief to claim our power and our place.

Our inner sacred masculine continues to rise. The inner rise and outer manifestation of the sacred masculine within all of us is what is healing us and restoring us to sanity. This energy is very, very strong now because we are in the Full Moon phase (the fullest expression) of the energy that was imprinted back at the New Moon. The energy that was infused then to be time-released throughout the month is the energy that would cause an Indian chief to assume his role, his mantle of power, within his tribe. It causes him to come forward to lead.

This is why things are welling up in relationships. Power and control dynamics are responding to this shift, this mass turn, and changing things dramatically. All things are in relationship, so this weaves through everything. Kali is the master at this and her reach is great. The changes are creating strong, permanent foundations for the future.

Kali doesn’t just destroy. She re-creates.

Today, be aware of the tendency to be extra hard on ourselves and become mired in our perceived failures. This energy can create harsh confrontations with ourselves which can all too easily become projected onto others. This commonly occurs with Full Moon phases, but is intensified today.

Kali is in control of the hands of time right now, not us. There is no reason to rush or force anything. It is much more fun to release the controls and watch what happens.

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

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Common Dreams Highlights Monday January 5, 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 1.5.15


‘Incomprehensible’ Secrecy: Sanders Demands Release of Trade Agreement Text
by Deirdre Fulton
“It is incomprehensible to me that the leaders of major corporate interests are actively involved in the writing of the TPP, while the elected officials of this country have little or no knowledge as to what is in it,” says senator.


Enforcing the ‘Will of the People,’ Dozens of Pipeline Protesters Halt Operations in Pennsylvania
by Andrea Germanos
“The people of Conestoga Township are stopping this drilling today and any day in the future that Williams attempts it,” says protester.
With Call to ‘End the Drone Wars,’ Activists Cut Their Way into UK Air Force Base
by Jon Queally
Four people arrested for aggravated trespass after entering RAF Waddington armed with banners and reports of civilian deaths.
Fear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide
by Lauren McCauley
“If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.”
Defending Press Freedom, NYT Reporter Refuses to Reveal Key Details in Whistleblower Case
by Deirdre Fulton
“In my stories or my book, where I say I had unidentified sources, I had unidentified sources,” James Risen told prosecutors in court Monday.
Retaliatory Response to Palestinian Authority’s ICC Bid Underscores Injustice of U.S. and Israeli Policies: Critics
by Sarah Lazare
Following PA’s application to join global court, Israel responded with swift punitive measures, including withholding of tax revenue.
Fighting Court Secrecy, Ferguson Juror Sues to Break Gag-Order
by Lauren McCauley
Suit alleges that evidence presented to grand jury “with the insinuation that Brown, not Wilson, was the wrongdoer.”
more news…


2015: Tough Times Ahead for Big Oil
by Hannah McKinnon
Let’s make 2015 the year that puts an end once and for all to the myth that fossil fuels are an inevitable centerpiece of our future.
Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower
by Norman Solomon
Risen’s unwavering stand for the confidentiality of sources is admirable. At the same time, Sterling—who faces 10 felony counts that include seven under the Espionage Act—is no less deserving of support.
Cheating the Schoolkids: Corporations Don’t Pay Their State Taxes, Either
by Paul Buchheit
With the help of failed government, corporations are doing whatever they can to avoid the responsibility of sustaining our public school system. They are starving the children instead.
When Will Palestinians Learn? Turning to International Law Isn’t the Answer — Just Ask America and Israel
by Robert Fisk
If Palestine’s request is “entirely counterproductive,” what does that make Israel’s slaughtering of civilians last summer?
Austerity Killing You? How About a Trade Deal?
by Robert Kuttner
The corporations and bankers on both sides of the Atlantic make more money when they are subject to fewer social constraints, even when the economy is flat and tens of millions of people are jobless.
The Battle of Our Time: Breaking the Spell of the Corporate State
by Nozomi Hayase
Illegitimate corporate personhood has duped us with false promises and pushed us to the edges, but this pathology has not defeated us and cannot destroy the human spirit.
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Truthout Daily Digest | Monday, 5 January 2015

Henry A. Giroux | Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Austerity measures under neoliberal governments represent the undercurrent of a new form of authoritarianism that has no allegiances except to power and capital. Still, hope can mobilize people to think beyond the neoliberal austerity machine and advance forms of egalitarian community and a living, radical democracy.

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Dean Baker | Does the University of Michigan’s New Football Coach Need Food Stamps?

Dean Baker, Truthout: Jim Harbaugh is leaving the San Francisco 49ers to become head football coach at the University of Michigan. Reportedly, his salary will be $7 million for the first year. If that doesn’t sound like the income of a food stamp beneficiary, you better look more closely.

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New York City Activists Mobilize for Right to Counsel in Eviction

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Activists and legal groups are mobilizing in support of Intro 214, legislation that will make New York the first place in the United States to provide free legal representation to indigent and low-income tenants facing eviction.

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When the Teenager Is the Breadwinner

Yana Kunichoff, In These Times: Iris Sebastian’s parents, Luis and Josefa, have long played a precarious financial balancing game. Luis had long suffered from diabetes, and fluid retention in his legs made it increasingly difficult to work on his feet all day. Iris, an 18-year-old high school junior, felt it was her responsibility to keep the family afloat.

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Maryland Governor Ends Death Penalty Immediately

Kevin Mathews, Care2: In an ironic twist, Maryland has killed the death penalty a little sooner than anticipated. Just two years ago, state legislators decided to put an end to the controversial form of punishment. However, that still left four death-row inmates lingering in a strange legal limbo.

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How Outraged Is the Obama Administration About Torture?

Julio Sharp-Wasserman, Truthout: Since the Bush era, there has been no fundamental change in the policy of torturing for intelligence in the face of imminent threats. Suspects have merely been tortured in different locations and through a slightly altered bureaucratic process.

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The Republicans Didn’t Really Win the Senate

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: According to FairVote, the 44 Democratic Senators and their two independent allies received 67.8 million votes over the course of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections. The 54 Republican Senators, on the other hand, received only 47.1 million votes during that same time period.

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Joseph Stiglitz: Economics Has to Come to Terms With Wealth and Income Inequality

Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking: In this interview, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explores the themes of his paper on distribution of income, the work of Thomas Piketty and the need for the field of economics to come to terms with the growing gulf between haves and have-nots.

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Something That Changed My Perspective: Karl Polanyi’sThe Great Transformation

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: “Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation is listed in one economics book as one of the four most important economics books in history. They are probably right. Unlike my 2008 examples, The Great Transformation focuses on the tension between economic ‘progress’ and its often-negative social impact.”

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Panama Canal Rival: Work Starts in Nicaragua Amid Fears Over Environment and Role of China

Maya Collombon, The Conversation: Work has begun on a new canal route in the Panama region, in what is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects of our time. The Interoceanic Grand Canal of Nicaragua will take five years to build over some 278 miles, traversing several major rivers and Lake Nicaragua.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Half of US States Have a Minimum Wage Higher Than Minimum, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: As of January 1, 2015, more than half of all the states in our nation now have a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum; home health workers should have gotten a raise this month, but US District Court Judge Richard Leon made sure that didn’t happen; there’s an easy way that President Obama can help us stick it to the 1%; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

Richard D. Wolff | Economic Update: Economics of Denial

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This week’s episode provides updates on Apple, French socialism, the Greek election, Vermont dropping single-payer health care, oil and Russia, as well as the latest National Labor Relations Board rulings. We also discuss welfare economics, meritocracy and what 5 percent GDP growth means for this country – without the hype..

Listen to the Radio Segment


“What Would Jesus Do?” Organization Defies City to Feed the Homeless

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout:Unfortunately, the last days of 2014 indicate that the war against the homeless will continue into 2015.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

St. Louis County Grand Juror Challenges Lifetime Gag Order, Sues Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

Read the Article at St. Louis Public Radio

Cheating the School Kids: Corporations Don’t Pay Their State Taxes, Either

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda

Read the Article at The New York Times

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sets Sights on Payday Loans

Read the Article at Reuters

That College Football Coaches Are Paid Millions of Dollars Is an Insult to Laborers

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Can’t Pay Your Fines? Your Driver’s License Could Be Taken

Read the Article at NPR

How Inequality Made These Western Countries Poorer

Read the Article at The Washington Post