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Truthout Daily Digest | Friday, January 23 2015

The Chilling First Amendment Implications of Journalist Barrett Brown’s Five-Year Sentence

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Concluding a case which has lasted more than two years, and which has frightening implications for journalists and researchers of all stripes, a federal judge in Dallas sentenced journalist and transparency activist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison on Thursday.

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The New “Oppressed Peoples’ Movement”: Can the Tide of Resistance Continue?

James Kilgore, Truthout: What are some of the possibilities and tensions in the mass uprisings and new social movements that have appeared in the wake of the murder of Michael Brown?

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Sundarbans Oil Spill: An Urgent Wake-Up Call for the Bangladeshi Government

Iara Lee, Truthout: The catastrophic oil spill in Sundarbans tidal mangrove forest has mobilized activists to work even harder to prevent construction of a planned coal plant nearby.

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Is Reinvestment a Good Strategy for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement?

Carlos Davidson and Cynthia Kaufman, Truthout: Fossil fuel divestment is emerging as a powerful strategy in the fight against climate change. It is crucial that activists focus on the political impact of divestment, and not get distracted by the economics.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders | Roads and Bridges Need $1 Trillion. It Is Time to Rebuild the US

Bernie Sanders, Campaign for America’s Future: “For many years we have underfunded the maintenance of our nation’s physical infrastructure. That has to change. It is time to rebuild America. I will soon be introducing legislation for a $1 trillion investment, over five years, to modernize our country’s physical infrastructure.”

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Dissing DuVernay and the Lessons of Selma

Sikivu Hutchinson, The Feminist Wire: The lessons of Selma itself are relevant to DuVernay’s “omission” from the Academy Awards nomination for Best Director. True to Frederick Douglass’ assertion that “power concedes nothing without demand,” the snub of DuVernay is criminal, but of course, not unprecedented.

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The 2015 State of the Union Address: A Major Omission

David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: In President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, the only mention of nuclear weapons was in relation to the agreement the Obama administration is seeking to negotiate with Iran.

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Do the United States’ Hungry Children Matter?

Mariana Chilton, Moyers & Company: This is supposed to be the year when the US ends its child hunger crisis. That was the promise then-president-elect Obama made during his first campaign. At that time some 12.4 million children lived in homes that self-reported as food insecure. Today there are 15.8 million such children.

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The 1% Are Bad for Your Health – It’s Time to Tax Them More

Kate Pickett, The Conversation: The evidence that large income differences have damaging health and social consequences is very strong, and in many countries inequality is increasing. Narrowing the gap is vital to improve our health and well-being.

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“American Propagander”: Six Ways Paul Reickhoff’s American Sniper Column Deeply Bothers This US Veteran

Emily Yates, Emily Yates Does Everything: “When I first laid eyes on the guest column Paul Rieckhoff wrote about American Sniper, I thought I’d read the byline wrong. This has to have been written by the Department of Defense, I thought.”

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Richard D. Wolff | Economic Update: Spinning Out of Control

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode provides updates on Obama’s State of the Union speech, the European Central Bank pumping up the money supply to stimulate Europe, forgiving Greece’s debts and housing extremes in the US. We also respond to questions on global wealth inequality and Switzerland’s currency maneuvers. Finally, we interview Dr. Harriet Fraad on the US economy’s disastrous impact on children.

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US House Passes Stringent Abortion Restrictions

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Joni Ernst’s Family Received Nearly $500,000 in Farm Subsidies

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Obama Says Treating Drug Use as a Criminal Problem Is “Counterproductive”

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Advocates Call for State Investigation Into Shooting of Black Man in Traffic Stop

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US Militarization and the “War on Terror” Create a Tinderbox of Violence

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Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar in France

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King Dies, New Tyrannical Leader for Saudi Arabia

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Common Dreams Highlights | Friday 23 January 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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On Verge of Victory, Europe’s Ascendant Left Declares ‘Subservience is Over’
by Jon Queally
In relatively short time, both Syriza and Podemos went from being non-existent political entities to standing on the doorstep of taking power.

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‘Nauseating’ Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics
by Deirdre Fulton
Under the dictator’s reign, Saudi authorities sought to halt political dissent through intimidation, arrests, prosecutions, and lengthy prison sentences.
And the Lifetime Award for Shameful Corporate Behavior Goes to… Chevron
by Sarah Lazare
The race was close, with Glencore and Walmart coming in a close second, but voters ultimately determined that Chevron deserves the top distinction.
US May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty
by Thalif Deen
Ironically, the United States was a leading contributor to the drafting of the treaty and in fact shaped a significant number of provisions.
Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Big Win for Teachers’ Union
by Deirdre Fulton
Today‘s decision is a victory for collective bargaining and the notion that contracts between parties should be negotiated, not imposed.”
NRC: We’re Keeping Fukushima-Style Nuclear Reactors Going
by Andrea Germanos
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected an appeal to halt operations at the nearly two dozen reactors in the nation that have the same containment system as those at the ill-fated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors.
Fossil Fuel Industry Gives California Communities a Breath of Toxic Air: Report
by Nadia Prupis
There is a “disturbing lack of data on health effects of oil and gas production in California,” author Jhon Arbelaez said on Thursday.
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Message to the UK: The Fracking Bridge is Already Burning
by Naomi Klein
In rushing to exploit the UK’s shale gas reserves, the industry has spent millions on public relations and brazenly overridden the democratic will of British citizens by overturning laws that had prevented drilling under homes.
Saudi Arabia’s Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace
by Murtaza Hussain
It’s not often that the unelected leader of a country which publicly flogs dissidents and beheads people for sorcery wins such glowing praise from American officials.
My Future in Prison
by Kathy Kelly
‘I will be free in three months, but our collective future is most assuredly shackled to a wrongheaded criminal justice system.’
Hearings Highlight Congressional Efforts to Undermine Net Neutrality
by Sandra Fulton
The right choice was as clear after the hearings as it was before: Congress should back off and let the FCC do its job.
Drones and the New Ethics of War
by Neve Gordon
Drone wars are wars without losses or defeats, but they are also wars without victory.
How We Banned Fracking in New York
by Sandra Steingraber
Every rally. Every march. Every jug of Dimock water. Every public comment. Every local ban. Every letter to the editor. Every letter to the Governor. Every concert. Every expert testimony at every hearing. Thank you.
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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The New Face of US Health Care: $1,000 per Pill

Peter S. Arno and Michael H. Davis, Truthout: Federal law says that drugs like Sovaldi, the hepatitis C drug priced at $1,000 per pill, are subject to price regulation – but that regulation isn’t taking place. It is time for the government to defend our right to affordable health care.

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Marjorie Cohn on Drone Warfare: Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Law professor, writer and social critic Marjorie Cohn discusses the just-published book she edited, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

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The Price of Private Prison

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Private prison corporations use their massive profits to lobby for legislation that expands incarceration. Because they’re profit driven, companies outsource prison services, like health care and food, to for-profit contractors, so every basic need is an opportunity to cut corners and make a buck.

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Jimmy John’s Foreshadows a Union-Free Future – and Unions May Be to Blame

William C. Anderson, Truthout: Jimmy John’s is facing a one-of-a-kind lawsuit over its noncompete agreements for employees. The attacks faced by Jimmy John’s workers illustrate a much larger problem: a weakened labor movement.

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Spanish Government Strips Away Protesting Rights

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Spain is showing signs of fascism with its new anti-protest legislation, nicknamed the “gag law.” Last week, the country’s lower parliament approved the law. If it is implemented, peaceful protests could be shut down if police fear they will “turn disorderly.”

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NYPD Police Union Accuses Mayor, Protesters of Being Responsible for Cops’ Murder

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: New York City is grappling with the aftermath of the first targeted killings of police officers in years. The head of the city’s biggest police union has faulted the recent anti-police brutality protests and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has expressed sympathy for the movement’s concerns.

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The United States Is Committing Brutal Acts of Torture Right Now

Nafeez Ahmed, AlterNet: The grisly details of CIA torture have finally been at least partly aired. But much of the media coverage of this issue is missing the crucial bigger picture: the rehabilitation of torture under the Obama administration, and its systematic use to manufacture false intelligence to justify endless war.

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Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish. Public outcry against fracking there was not enough to sway the state agency.

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This Moment Must Be About Black-Ness

Lisa Gray-Garcia, POOR Magazine: If you do not walk in a Black-identified body, this is a moment to practice humility: a value never taught in this stolen, colonizer-run world. We are all pawns in the game of non-humility – the cult of independence and the nation of separation.

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A Lump of Coal for Fossil Fuels

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: The fossil-fuel divestment movement got the perfect holiday gift in 2014: tumbling stocks. Founded only two years ago by experts and students fed up with the glacial pace of climate action, the global divestment effort is already liquidating more than $50 billion of oil, gas and coal assets.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Most Americans Don’t Realize How Climate Change Impacts Health, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Most Americans don’t realize the ways that climate change impacts their personal health; scientists recently figured out why animals’ appearances change along with their temperament; the world’s oceans are virtually overflowing with plastic; and more.

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Irony of Christmas: Obama Is Santa Claus to the Rich, and They Call Him Marxist

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The plutocrats should be hailing Obama as Santa for the oligarchy, instead of portraying him as some sort of cross between Lenin and the Antichrist.

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Charles P. Pierce: The CIA and NYPD’s Perilous Insubordination in Our Democracy

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Joe Conason: Ending a Cuba Policy That’s Failed for 50 Years

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Report: New Congress Dumping Budget Office Chief to Clear Way for Special GOP Math

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Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama … Bush? Here We Go Again

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Warming Oceans Are Bleaching Coral Reefs, Putting Ecosystems at Risk

Read the Article at Common Dreams

The GOP Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

After Major Stroke, Gordie Howe’s Stem Cell Treatment Brings “Miraculous” Results

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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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Republicans Renew Push for Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge

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

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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

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Court Rules Michigan Has No Responsibility to Provide Quality Public Education

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Truthout Daily Digest Friday 23 May 2014

William Rivers Pitt | Sick of Secrets

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The state fathers of the North Carolina General Assembly, it seems, do not want you or anyone else to know the precise composition of the poisons being injected into the ground to lap up whatever mouthfuls of gas and oil there are to be had.

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Hearing the *Ping* of Poverty – or Not

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: Steeped now as we are in a plutarchic imaginary, poverty is a ping that if you hear, you do not want to pursue. It is a ping coming from a black box you do not want to open because it not only contains what we have lost, but what we have destroyed.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren | The New Populism Is a Fight for America’s Values

Elizabeth Warren, Campaign for America’s Future: “The game is rigged. The rich and the powerful have lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. Everyone else, not so much. Now we can whine about it. We can whimper. Or we can fight back. Me? I’m fighting back.”

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The Florida Everglades: A New Frontline for Fracking?

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Pamela and Jamie Duran of Naples, Fla., had not spent much time worrying about fracking. Like most Floridians, they’d been repeatedly told it couldn’t happen there. Until it did.

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Meet Six Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting

Staff, Yes! Magazine: Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.

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Poverty Is a “Foreign Country” on the American Screen

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: TV and film both influence and shape public perception, and the go-to explanation for economic hardship is still the idea of a “culture of poverty,” which says that people are poor because their families are messed up, and they don’t want to work.

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Oil Giant Citgo Gets Off Easy in Criminal Case

Priscila Mosqueda, The Center for Public Integrity: A foreign oil company convicted of polluting a Texas community’s air with dangerous chemicals has gotten off easy in a criminal case that could undercut the prosecution of environmental crimes in the United States.

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The Cloud Is Not the Territory

Ingrid Burrington, Waging Nonviolence: The opacity of internet infrastructure and policy – and the insistence that ideally users shouldn’t need to see or understand either – conceals data, the institutions that hold it, and the power they exercise with it.

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Chilean Robin Hood? Artist Known as “Papas Fritas” on Burning $500 Million Worth of Student Debt

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Francisco Tapia, known as Francisco “Papas Fritas,” or French fries, says he burned $500 million worth of debt papers from the private Universidad del Mar. Chilean authorities are in the process of shutting down the university over financial irregularities.

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Single Payer Advocates: How Do We Defeat Health Care for Profit?

Anne Meador, DC Media Group: At a panel hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders on Capitol Hill, advocates for single-payer health care criticized the current system in the United States as inefficient, expensive and delivering poor results in comparison to wealthy nations who offer universal health coverage to their citizens.

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Bulgaria, No Country for Syrian Refugees

Claudia Ciobanu, Inter Press Service: Since November of last year, Bulgaria has virtually closed its borders to an inflow of Syrian asylum seekers and other migrants trying to enter the country from Turkey, while the EU institutions involved appear to have acquiesced to this.

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Protesting McDonald’s Workers Give Shareholders a Big Mac Attack

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The fantasy world of Ronald McDonald being a playful friend of children and families is under siege. After all, the balloons that he hands out to children can’t feed them.

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Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan’s Pre-Sentencing Statement to the Judge

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Eugene Robinson | The GOP Establishment Didn’t Win, They Just Swallowed the Tea

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This Ice Sheet Will Unleash a Global Superstorm Sandy That Never Ends

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Tobacco, the Fossil Fuel Industry and Capitalist “Morality”

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FCC Incest: Meet the Cable Cronies Who Control Net Neutrality’s Future

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UN Decries Water as Weapon of War in Military Conflicts

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Koch Brothers’ Detroit Abomination: Stunning Avarice and Cruelty Reaches New Low

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Messages from Ann and the Angels November 23, 2013

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Peace…As greater light comes into the planet so much is stirred up, and yet we can choose peace…Photo taken in Sedona, AZ©Ann Albers, All Rights Reserved
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MESSAGE FROM THE ANGELS

My dear friends, we love you so very much. 

Celebrate! There is great light coming into your planet now. The veils between the heavens and earth are thinner, there is great opportunity for manifestation, healing, and stepping into an even deeper awareness of who you really are. And yet, with great light always comes a great stirring up of the darkness that has been dormant for quite some time.Think of it this way. Imagine you have moved into a very large and lovely old home. In this house, there is a room in your home that has been sealed off for decades. The windows and curtains have been closed. The contents are shrouded in darkness and the dust and cobwebs have gathered. The air is stagnant and unmoving. Suddenly, you open that door that has been shut for so long. You fling open the windows, draw back the curtains and allow fresh air and light to stream in. Suddenly there is a great influx of light, but along with it, a stirring up of the dust, cobwebs, and stale air. As the new comes in, the old must go, and for a short time, you may cough, sneeze, and even say to yourself, “My goodness! What a mess!” However, when the dust settles, the light streams into the room and you have an opportunity to clean out the old, this room is filled with new life, new hope, and perhaps even new decor that better suits the life you are living now. This is exactly what is going on now upon your earth, in your lives, and in your very consciousness. The light was always there. The dark was always there. However right now, great light is penetrating the darkness, stirring everything up. Thus you see monumental storms upon your planet, in your lives, and in your hearts. You see people suddenly acting out in ways that seem unthinkable. You feel, at times, an incredible sense of urgency to get things done. And yet, dear ones, our advice to you would be to relax, focus on the small simple pleasures of life, and let the dust settle! Allow the challenges in life simply to be dealt with – without drama, without wondering what you have done “wrong” (for indeed there is no wrong in our book, just lessons), and without adding to the chaos.Choose, using the beautiful gift of your free will, to say, “My goodness things are stirred up! People are stirred up! A great light must be rising up in the world and in my life. I will choose to be kind and loving to myself, and to the best of my ability, to others as well. I will choose to turn away from drama, and to embrace peace. I will handle the things that require attention in my life, knowing that I have done nothing wrong, and that at any moment I can turn my attention to the light and away from the darkness.”Let the dust settle dear ones, and celebrate the influx of beautiful light, even amidst the storms, the chaos, and the trials you are experiencing. You are, after all, made of this very same light.God Bless You! We love you so very much. — The AngelsPeace…As greater light comes into the planet so much is stirred up, and yet we can choose peace…Photo taken in Sedona, AZ©Ann Albers, All Rights Reserved
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MESSAGE FROM ANN

Hi Everyone,

 I see patterns due to my work. When I get hundreds of emails from people telling me others in their lives are going crazy, hear about historical typhoons and devastating tornadoes, and start to experience uncharacteristic chaos attempting to infiltrate my life, I know something really big and good must be going on in terms of the light coming onto the planet.I joke with friends that “Satan is on Viagra” again! And while I know that a lost and lonely fallen angel called Satan has no power over God’s goodness, what I really mean is that the energies that do not know their connection with God’s love, and therefore seek to create chaos and disruption, are being stirred up. People are being forced to face all that has been pushed down, ignored, and set aside. Situations in our world, our homes, and our lives that were dormant for a time are now things we must deal with. And in the end, great good will come of this.Every time I move into a space of truth and higher light, these energies attempt to drag me back into old patterns and behaviors. Lately I have a humorous little mantra when chaos presents itself, “I’m not going down!” I go to the mirror, look for the light and love of God in my eyes and remind myself that God’s love is the ONLY truth. Quickly, I am put back into a space of peace. I choose interpretations of life that are more powerful than the ones I was taught. I refuse to let the darkness possess me and ruin my joy.When the car tire went flat I handled it. When the a/c broke, I called the great repair guys. When the outdoor plumping and pump leaked all over my back yard, I chose faith that God would provide and scheduled repairs. When the tile in the kitchen cracked, I did the same. When the glass bowl shattered all over my feet, I gave thanks that there was not one cut! When someone I care about wrote me in disappointment that I could not do what they wanted, I acknowledged their feelings and sent them love. When someone whose behaviors had been excruciatingly painful in my life years ago contacted me out of the blue, I sent them love and decided not to go back for more. In the past this would have inspired great fear, pain, and guilt. Now the angels simply said, “Its done,” and I embraced that truth and let go. Filled once again with the love of God and a great passion for life I decided to put up my Christmas decorations. When the lights burnt out after putting up all the ornaments on the Christmas tree at midnight, I patiently undecorated the tree and restrung lights that worked. I give thanks that I have a house that is standing, and pray for those who do not. I send love to those whose desires I cannot fulfill and yet finally feel no guilt whatsoever for living the life I am called to embrace. And as a result of looking for the light, choosing positive interpretations of life, and refusing to be sucked into the fear and chaos that do attempt to drag us down, the energy of God’s love continues to flow through my heart in more positive and miraculous ways. We can be a much bigger contribution to this planet if we refuse to let the darkness drag us down.Practically speaking, when you are weary, rest. When you feel so-called negative emotions, have a healthy rant in private, a deep cleansing cry, or find a positive outlet to release the pent up feelings. Then in the very next moment, remind yourself, there is SO much good! These emotions are coming up and out! Better out than in. Better to release anger in a healthy way than to have it eat at you and cause cancer when you are older. Better to cry the tears rather than to stuff them and have them pop out in thyroid problems or other tensions. Better to nurture and pamper your weary soul when it is weary than to push yourself to the point of burnout and upset.So no matter what is being thrown at you lately, take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself. And realize that you have the almighty, God-given power of choice in each moment to either succumb to the darkness or to bring more light into your life and your heart. I love you all. I am sending you all huge doses of love and light with this message, and asking God to please help this light rise up within you so strongly that you feel it in every area of your life. And if you are already there, pass it on to someone else in need of this love!Have a beautiful week!
Love and hugs,
Ann 

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