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Truthout Daily Digest April 18, 2014

Arundhati Roy: Another World Is Not Only Possible, She Is on Her Way

Arundhati Roy, Haymarket Books: Roy offers an eloquent tribute to the Occupy movement after it was evicted from Zucotti Park. Despite Roy’s scathing analysis of the injustices and ravages of capitalism and its political puppets, she is filled with hope.

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John Pilger | The Strangelove Effect – or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Fighting a New Cold War

John Pilger, Truthout: While President Obama seeks more money for nuclear weapons than at the peak of the Cold War, the era of the comedy movie, Dr. Strangelove, it’s no joke that the United States is seeking to dominate the Eurasian landmass, stretching from China to Europe.

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Jesus Is an Economic Engine: Dismantling the Metaphoric Mechanization of Everything

Adam Bessie, Truthout: While it may be part of common usage, “economic engine” is a profoundly misleading metaphor. And while our economy currently runs on machines, it is not a machine itself – no, the economy consists of actual human beings working, people doing things for other people.

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The Code of Crisis and Disaster

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: To respond to a week of triple catastrophe – a UN climate change report, the Ryan budget, the McCutcheon decision – it is crucial to confront and decode our own “reptilian” desires.

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Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy Will Halt Nation’s Transportation Projects

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funding has been allocated for various public works projects, including repairs to the nation’s ailing highways and bridges. Today, all of those projects risk being halted before completion.

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The Resegregation of American Schools

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation’s success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education.

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Eugene Robinson | On Climate, Business as Usual

Eugene Robinson, Truthout: Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades. We’re doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk, appearing to move ahead while actually sliding backward – toward what scientists fear is an abyss.

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Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty

Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality.

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The Business Interests Behind America’s Costly Medical Care

Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: The United States spends far more on medical care than other wealthy countries, due mostly to higher prices for health care goods and services. There is a reason for this. In US politics, social progress comes at a high price if it threatens business interests.

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We Don’t Want You to Swim in the River

Kathy Kelly, Truthout: These weapons we tout aren’t futuristic; they announce our lack of a future. But everywhere around us, we can spot people who are volunteering to live simply so that others can simply live. And that choice is, in reality, open to each of us.

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“We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We Are Well Into It”: Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: “We are not at the beginning of a new Cold War, we are well into it,” says Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University, “which alerts us to the fact ‘hot war’ is imaginable now. It’s unlikely, but it’s conceivable – and if it’s conceivable, something has to be done about it.”

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Banking Industry Shamelessly Fleeces Even the Paltry Savings of Ex-Prisoners

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: After incarceration, prisoners often have a small savings account that has accrued from work – and money provided by family and friends. Now, in some states, they are being forced to accept a fee-gouging debit card to access their funds upon release.

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Sen. Reid Calls Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists”

Read the Article at The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Climate Change Is Here – It’s Too Late for Pessimism

Read the Article at The Nation

A John Hagee Fairytale: “Blood Moons” and The End of Times

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Elizabeth Warren’s New Book Skewers the White House Boys Club

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Paul Krugman | Salvation Gets Cheap

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Guantanamo Judge to CIA: Disclose “Black Site” Details to USS Cole Defense Lawyers

Read the Article at The Miami Herald

Oklahoma School District OK’s “Bible Curriculum” Created by Hobby Lobby President

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The Oracle Report | Friday, April 18, 2014


Friday, April 18, 2014

Disseminating Moon Phase: share, communicate, teach

Moon in Sagittarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta and Kali

Skill: think before speaking

Negative Imprint: attacking

Positive Imprint: supporting

Mercury moves to the Eris Point today, bringing the tendency to say things before thinking. Usually these are things that have been bubbling under the surface and need to be said or they are things that we can no longer tolerate. The energy prompts us to think about freeing ourselves from something. Eris energy gets to the core of what’s wrong and attempts to rectify the matter. It can get rather dramatic. The best guidance is to keep respect and dignity in mind. Are you attacking or defending? Keep in mind that we are easily annoyed today, and give things space before acting out.

People will use the power of words to dominate others. These people feel challenged and threatened by other people’s talents, skills, and strengths.

There is a tendency to feel older than one’s years today. We can tempted to question our relevance. The wisdom gained from experience is a very important element that is needed during these times.

Also, concern with outer appearances and image are heightened today. What’s important is what is beyond the surface.

The theme of the safety and comfort of home (and the lack of those things) is strong today. We are seeking the feeling of home. In reality, it does not matter where we are, we are always home because we are always attached to Gaia Sophia. Keep it real and keep your heart focused on nature. This is how we maintain sanity.

(The effects of Venus’ conjunction with Chiron begin in earnest tomorrow and build toward Monday, so be sure to check back for the weekend report.)


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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday April 17th, 2014

Autumnwood: A Community Living in Toxic Fear and Uncertainty

Daniel Ross, Truthout: The Autumnwood community of Wildomar, California, is riven by competing fears of toxic contamination and falling property values, while the one agency that should have provided swift answers, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control, provides slow, inconclusive and suspect findings.

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Want to See Where Your Taxes Go?

Robin Claremont, OtherWords: The National Priorities Project has done the work for you. Using a customized tax receipt calculator, you can find out exactly how the federal government spent each penny of your 2013 taxes.

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Why I Stand With Monica Jones: My Liberation Is Bound Up With Yours

Laura Campagna, Truthout: If black skin and gender non-conformity when walking in the neighborhood where you live are allowed as proof of manifestation of prostitution, no one’s identity is safe.

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The Pay’s the Thing: How America’s CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers

Susan Holmberg, Next New Deal: Income inequality will continue to rise unless we close the performance pay loophole and curb the growth of executive compensation. Nevertheless, there is potential for getting it done.

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US Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: Did Congress Approve?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Tell Congress not to be a “potted plant” and weigh in on the US sending dangerous anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels that could easily fall into the hands of anti-United States terrorists.

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Paul Krugman | America’s Thin-Skinned Billionaires

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The United States’ embattled billionaires are demanding, as their birthright, freedom from criticism. But when people with fragile egos have great power, seriously bad things can happen.

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Each One of Us Is a Toxic Superfund Site

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Thanks to weak regulations and safety standards, Big Chem has turned the United States into one giant science experiment, and we are all the lab rats, forced without our consent or knowledge to deal with the side effects.

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Scott Walker Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has asked the state Supreme Court to review the legal basis for the John Doe campaign finance probe looking at coordination between his campaign and third-party groups, but some members of the court have potential conflicts of interest in the case.

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How US Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal and Bloody

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Like their civilian counterparts, a significant number of veterans evidently have yet to come to grips with the wars they brought home in their baggage – and in too many grim cases, they, their loved ones, their fellow soldiers and sometimes random strangers are paying the price.

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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and “Natural” Food Fight

Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: With the passage of the Vermont GMO labeling law, after 20 years of struggle, it’s time to celebrate our common victory. But as we all know, the battle for a new food and farming system, and a sustainable future, has just begun.

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Amy Goodman | Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new reports finds the killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled over the past decade. The death rate is now an average of two per week, and almost none of the killers have faced charges.

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Economic Update: “Tax Injustices”

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on how inequality persists across generations; the nonsense of “taxes are job killers”; governor uses tax revenues to prevent unionization in a private enterprise. Major discussion of state and local taxes in the US; the economics of paying executives very high incomes; and the privatization of public services. Response to listener’s question on recent Medicare report on oversized payouts to doctors.

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Military-­Industrial­-Surveillance Industry Profits as the More Lethal Threat of Climate Change Is Ignored

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The military-­industrial-­surveillance complex is continuing to expand at great profit to many. However, it is hardly defending national security when it ignores global warming.

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The Deepwater Horizon Threat

Read the Article at The New York Times

Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like

Read the Article at Wired

OK, Humanity, It’s Time to Grow Up

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Hottest Conservative Campaign Gimmick of 2014: Free Guns

Read the Article at Mother Jones

What’s Next in Gay Marriage’s Legal Odyssey?

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Harvey Wasserman | UN Report: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

Read the Article at The Progressive

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The Oracle Report Thursday, April 18, 2013


First Quarter Moon Phase – Moon in Leo

Today is about voices. We are tuning in to our inner voice and are engaged in aligning with our paths. Looking at what is going on with you, it may not appear that you are aligning with your path, but things are not what they appear to be today. What’s important is that we are tuned in to the inner self. There is a message for each of us in the air today. To facilitate this, “drop out” as much as possible. Dampen the outer chaos and practice the skill of the wise owl going inside the tree to peer out and listen. Detach and do your own thing. Of course, this doesn’t mean we ignore our responsibilities, but we alter our focus to take in the full message that Sophia is delivering through her emissary Chinnamasta. Chinnamasta loves music so make sure you play some today.