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Truthout Daily Digest Friday April 25, 2014


Is the FCC Poised to Destroy Net Neutrality?

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: After a January court ruling on net neutrality that raised fears about radical changes to the internet, the Federal Communications Commission is floating new rules that are being attacked as insufficient.

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Autism Nation: America’s Chemical Brain Drain

Dr. Brian Moench, Truthout: While autism rates in Europe have remained virtually flat for the last decade, the US has seen them rise from 1 in 10,000 in 1981 to 1 in 68 in 2014. Many studies point to the prevalence of toxins in our environment as the culprit.

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Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt: Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

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Thinking Big: The Global Minimum Wage

David L. Wilson, Truthout: Let’s finally get globalization to work for people and begin – perhaps with anti-sweatshop campaigns – to organize for a global minimum wage.

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A Walkout at UPS and Labor’s Old-School Future

Danny Katch, Truthout: The successful February fight at a UPS site in Queens by Teamsters Local 807 shows that worker solidarity and innovative online tactics to win public support can be used to enhance the oldest strategy in the union playbook: shutting down production.

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Out-of-Control Transit Costs in Boston or Attack on Public Services?

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: ALEC affiliate Pioneer Institute is targeting both Massachusetts Sen. Marc Pacheco and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. They must be doing something right.

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C.L.R. James: Back in Style, Black in Style – a Review and a Comic!

Paul Buhle and Milton Knight, Truthout: C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain opens up the issue of the Third World struggle in an elegant and memorable way.

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Poverty Is Killing Us

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Study after study proves poverty has a very long list of negative effects. Thom Hartmann argues that a guaranteed minimum income works and would eliminate poverty in the United States.

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Fighting for a Legitimate Democracy, By and For the People

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: As more people awaken to the reality of the depth of corruption in our government and economy, and the mirage of US democracy, the movement will grow and the demands will get stronger.

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Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn From Teachers’ Unions

Amy B. Dean, Yes! Magazine: Across the country, teachers’ unions are fighting back against corporate reform by working to educate children holistically. This means taking into account all the factors that influence students’ chances for success: families, homes, communities and often the effects of poverty.

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An Apartheid of Dollars: Life in the New American Minimum-Wage Economy

Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: Peter Van Buren took an unlikely fall into the minimum-wage world when he lost his job in 2012. He gives us a first-hand look at what it’s like to subsist in poverty-wage America.

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From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor

Joseph M. Schwartz, Dissent: Only mass mobilization by working and poor people can prevent further cuts to the social safety net and win the type of reforms that would keep many more out of poverty. That will involve legitimizing the word “socialism” in US politics.

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Economic Update: Culture and Economics

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on public power in Nebraska; Earth Day; Coca-Cola’s misleading advertisement; and closing hospitals. Richard Wolff interviews musician and music professor John Halle about culture and the economic crisis. Responses to listener questions on B-corporations and on a Wall Street sales tax.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

GOP Rats Abandoning the Good Ship Cliven Bundy

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We Cannot Afford to Lose Another Decade, or Even Another Minute

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The New Abolitionism: Averting Planetary Disaster

Read the Article at The Nation

The Right Is Wrong: The Original Intent of the Constitution Was Progressive

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Vets Die on Secret Wait List

Read the Article at CNN

Charles P. Pierce | Things Are Not Ever What They Seem

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Vice President Biden Promotes Fracking on Ukraine Trip

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The Oracle Report Thursday, April 25, 2013

Full Moon Phase – Moon in Scorpio – Partial Lunar Eclipse

Ruling Mahavidya – Chinnamasta

Today’s energy is flavored with feelings of restriction, separation, and distance. Life may seem overwhelming today, problems may feel insurmountable, and answers may seem far away. We can bridge the gulf by remaining patient, recognizing that we are operating in new energy with brand new “wings,” and remembering that Chinnamasta has a way of blowing things out so that they can become better. We also remember that she grants wishes. The other Mahavidyas (Wisdom Goddesses who are personas of Gaia-Sophia, the divine being embodied as our planet) are not as keen to grant wishes, so we appreciate this about Chinnamasta.

Whatever we put in place (or intend) today is magically empowered.

The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is conjunct Saturn. Saturn brings in control dynamics and orderliness. It is quintessentially archontic and the Archons love Saturnian energy. (They may even “reside” on Saturn.) Full Moon phases are intimately connected to New Moon phases. Whatever is seeded or intended during the New Moon phase comes into special fruition at the Full Moon phase. Recall that the New Moon was conjunct Eris at the Eris Point of 22 Aries. Now we have Saturn conjunct the Full Moon. Eris and Saturn are not friends. They stand diametrically opposed. Energy of opposition is a favorite of these darker forces so there is heightened potential for the continuation of their dark ritual enacted at the New Moon.

Saturn is a drag. It limits, keeps time, tasks, disciplines, orders, and controls. But it also contains, so we can morph the energy to serve us by using it to contain and ground us so that we are not washed away with the strong tide of emotions that accompanies this Full Moon/eclipse. We can use it to maintain our calm.

Don’t try to control anything today. It will only lead to upset.