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Truthout Daily Digest April 14,2014

The Transformative Potential of the Right to Food

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Truthout: Transitioning from an industrial model of agriculture to a system benefiting small-scale producers – a step governments must support – will not only alleviate worldwide hunger and poverty, but will reduce carbon emissions, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food concludes in a new report.

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The Hedge Fund Managers Tax Break: Because Wall Streeters Want Your Money

Dean Baker, Truthout: The hedge fund managers’ tax break, which is also known as the carried interest tax deduction, is different from other tax breaks in that it has no economic rationale. The Wall Streeters’ arguments as to why they shouldn’t have to pay the same tax rate as everyone else are basically just jokes.

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The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt: Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

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Government Secrets: Bureaucratic Wars on Who Gets Prosecuted

Dina Rasor, Truthout: Most government officials have to walk a “bureaucratic knife’s edge” day after day. So why has Leon Panetta been given a pass by the Department of Defense Inspector General, even after the former CIA director offered up highly classified material to an unsecured crowd?

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Was Marx Right?

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Marx is suddenly fashionable after many years of being The Economist Who Could Not Be Named. As income disparity has widened enormously and class mobility has eroded, his idea of class warfare seems particularly apt.

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A Primer on the Antiunion Campaign at Volkswagen

John Logan, Truthout: Given the dizzying array of antiunion forces that were involved in the campaign to undermine workers’ choice about whether to form a union at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, a who’s who of who did what in the dirty tricks campaign may come in handy.

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Six Reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders Should Run for President

Kevin Mathews, Care2: It is critical for Americans to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive views to understand the actual problems we face. Here are six political opinions that Sanders has articulated in recent months that our next leader should pursue.

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“Years of Living Dangerously”: Is This the New Trend?

Denise Robbins, Media Matters: Recent reporting treats manmade climate change as a given and features established experts on climate science – a welcome change from the contrarian “skeptics” that have been infiltrating the media with doubt and misinformation.

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American Democracy No Longer Works

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Years of corporate-friendly Supreme Court decisions, like Citizens United, have rigged and corrupted American politics so badly that average hard-working Americans have little to no influence in Washington.

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Season of Emancipation

Samantha Sarra, Truthout: During this week of Passover, one of the most sacred of Jewish observances, commemorating the deliverance of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, it behooves us to remember that captivity in many forms for many people continues.

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Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public Education

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: Charter schools take public money without being accountable to the public, and they are funded by organizations like the Walton Family Foundation of Walmart fame and hedge fund chieftains. There is no data proving that they provide superior education.

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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

Nick Turse, TomDispatch: For years, senior AFRICOM officers and spokesmen have downplayed the scope of US operations in Africa, but recent investigations have revealed that the US military is indeed pivoting to the continent.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: More Than 100 Scientists and Economists Called on the Obama Administration to Reject Keystone XL, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Last week, more than 100 scientists and economists signed on to a letter calling on the Obama administration to reject the tar sands pipeline; Vermont says that residents have a right to know what’s in their food; it’s only April, but Oklahoma has already had more than 100 earthquakes; and more.

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Just Say No to Tasering Students and Militarizing Our Schools

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The New York Times finally admits that the United States uses torture, only, as its editorial board deplores, it is in our schools.

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United States Still World’s Biggest Military Spender

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

US Air Force Conducts Pakistan Drone Target Surveillance for CIA

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Importance of Elizabeth Warren

Read the Article at The New Yorker

Long-Term Unemployment Spans All Demographic Groups

Read the Article at the Economic Policy Institute

Why Equitable Bananas Matter

Read the Article at Small Farmers, Big Change

State GOP to Vote on Affirming Wisconsin’s Right to Secede

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Suspected Jewish Center Killer in Kansas Was Violent Ex-KKK Leader

Read the Article at The New York Daily News

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The Oracle Report | Monday, April 14, 2014


Monday, April 14, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta and Kali

Skill: wise owl inside a tree peering out

Negative Imprint: pounding

Positive Imprint: grounding

Today’s energy is unprecedented! The Grand Cross of Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, and Mars is heavily re-activated with the addition of Mercury and the Moon. Pluto stations retrograde, joining fellow retrograder Mars, and sending things spinning. The energy also prefaces a Total Lunar Eclipse, the much-hyped Blood Moon. All of this is astrology speak for a massive day today.

This imprint of energy is pounding things. People can feel pounded, situations in our lives can feel like they are pounding us down. It’s heavy, heavy energy. It’s full of transformation and change, but it presses things into existence. It can feel forced. In many ways it is forced upon us.

The energy also brings out the exaggeration of masculine archetypal themes. This runs from hyper-aggressive to hyper-protective. Interactions between males prove insightful today, as the sacred masculine overrules. (This is evident also from the victory of the “sacred masculine” in Nevada at the cattle ranch Look what happens when we peacefully empower ourselves.)

Days when planets station retrograde are crazy. Pluto is a powerhouse planet in that it delivers palpable celestial mechanics. It works at the deepest levels to promote transformation. It takes us down, down, down.

To work with this, we facilitate change instead of resisting change. We follow what is being called forth from within us. The stirrings in our hearts are loud. They come from an ancient place inside. This is what we anchor ourselves to while strong energy prevails. Like wise old owls, we are nestled deep in trees peering out.

The only thing I’d like to mention about tonight’s Full Moon/total lunar eclipse is that it is the fullest expression of the energy in place at the New Moon in Aries on March 30. What is “seeded” at the New Moon comes to “full” expression at the Full Moon. There is unprecedented hype with this eclipse. This is the time of year (Easter) when the more esoteric of the new world order cabal’s members become active. Potential for dramatic shows and false flags is high. Conditions are ripe for ugliness, so that means we amp up loveliness.

We are maintaining grounding (connection) with the planet in the midst of this pounding. This is as simple as putting focus on nature. When the energy gets heavy, turn away and turn toward nature. Let the changes swirl. Remember that you are a part of something much greater than yourself, playing your own part.


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The Oracle Report Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 2013


Saturday: New Moon Phase Sunday: Crescent Moon Phase – Moon in Gemini

This weekend the Moon moves into Gemini, joining the Black Moon in opposition to the Galactic Center. The transit of the Black Moon to the GC brings face to face encounters with shadow sides – others’ and our own. When we face shadow sides, we are staring directly at fear – nothing else.

We can stare at fear. We can stare it down actually. There is nothing we cannot face because we are cradled in the protection of the planet herself – a divine being embodied in physicality. We have direct interface with Sophia to face whatever comes our way. Sophia’s emissary, the aspect of her personality known as Chinnamasta blesses us with strength to see what we don’t want to see as the energy of the Black Moon works on us.

It is a good idea to learn about the core fear encapsulated by your natal Black Moon. You can look up your birthday in the Index of my book on the Black Moon (free on the “Books” tab) to see which sign your Black Moon is located in and then read the section about the Black Moon in that sign. This will unveil your shadow so that it can be integrated into consciousness.

I talk a lot about the personal power/resources that are tied up in our shadows. If we are unaware of the nature of our shadows, the slightest touch to it causes us to react very, very strongly, usually by projecting onto to other people. So knowing how much power is there tells us how intense situations can become this weekend. Things can go far out of bounds far too quickly.

To counter the intensity, keep things as simple and clear as possible. Communicate very specifically. If something triggers a strong emotional response in you, take time to sit with a while and let it marinate before you engage it. It is hard to do this under Black Moon transits, but it is the wise thing to do.

This transit will last one month. When we come to the other side of it, the metamorphosis/upgrade that ensued with the New Moon will be complete. Until then, we need to recognize that we are in transition and are adjusting to new levels of awareness, sensitivity, and wisdom.

How much light can we hold? We’re going to find out.