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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, April 26, 2014


Henry A. Giroux | Neoliberalism’s War on Democracy

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: In an excerpt from his new book, Giroux explains how four decades of neoliberal policies have resulted in an economic Darwinism that promotes privatization, commodification, free trade, and deregulation.

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The NSA Comes Home: Police Departments Conceal Phone Tracking Equipment From Courts

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Police departments across the nation are concealing their use of cellphone tracking equipment from local courts because of nondisclosure agreements which allow the departments to use the devices on loan – as long as they promise the manufacturer to keep it a secret.

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Prophecy Delivered! Martin Luther King Jr. and the Death of Democracy

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Truthout: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prophesied: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” One year later, he was martyred.

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The Story the Government Doesn’t Want You to Hear

Rivera Sun, Truthout: The stories from the frontlines of nonviolent struggle are not the ones shown on the evening news; they are human stories of hope and determination.

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Act Now to Keep Students Safe

Bill Lichtenstein, Truthout: Seclusion or restraint for students is much more widely used in schools than you’d think, and it’s endangering student health. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would outlaw the practice, but its passage in Congress is threatened because both of its sponsors are retiring.

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Three Things Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Doesn’t Do

Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica: Obama’s commutation reforms have been cheered by prisoners’ rights advocates who call them necessary. But the new initiatives don’t address other problems with presidential clemency, like racial disparity in pardons and covering every prisoner serving an outdated sentence.

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Will Climate Change Wash Away One of Louisiana’s Last Remaining Indigenous Tribes?

Tom Finn and Sam Kimball, System Change Not Climate Change: The way of life on the Isle de Jean Charles for the Biloxi-Chitimacha, the small Native American tribe who first settled on the isle in the 1840s and carved out an existence amongst its swamps and marshes, is now in jeopardy due to climate change.

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Five Ways American Policies Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

Lynn Parramore, Campaign For America’s Future: Our society is increasingly designed by politicians indebted to the 1% for the express purpose of enhancing and maintaining the power of the very top rung. The rest of us are left to cope with a rocky, competitive life path that leaves us isolated and exhausted.

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Paying for the Climate Change Pivot

Emily Schwartz Greco and John Feffer, OtherWords: Fortunately, there’s a big pot of money available to avert a climate catastrophe. Accessing that money, however, requires cutting back on a different set of pollutants; the huge cache of weapons the world continues to produce.

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Judge Tosses Retaliation Lawsuit by Fired NY Fed Examiner

Jake Bernstein, ProPublica: A federal judge dismissed the claims of a former bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York who says she was fired for refusing to change her finding that Goldman Sachs lacked a firm-wide conflict-of-interest policy.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, April 28.

The New Gilded Age: A Bigger Con Job Than the First One

Read the Article at Salon

The NRA Meets Its Potent New Foe: Moms

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Proof the Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand Racism at All

Read the Article at Slate

A New Turn in the War on Whistleblowers and Journalism?

Read the Article at FAIR

Federal Prisons Throw Inmates in ‘Little Guantanamo’ and Don’t Have to Say Why

Read the Article at Think Progress

Legislative Committee Investigating Bridgegate Subpoenaed by NJ US Attorney

Read the Article at The Political Carnival

When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won

Read the Article at Yes! Magazine

‘NATO 3’ Sentenced to More Jail Time After Prosecutors Rabidly Invoke Boston Bombing

Read the Article at The Dissenter

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The Oracle Report Friday, April 26, 2013

Full Moon Phase – Moon in Scorpio – Partial Lunar Eclipse

Ruling Mahavidya – Chinnamasta

Mercury conjuncts (comes to the same degree in the sky as) Eris today. so by all means be sure to think before you speak. The conjunction of Mercury and Eris is at the Eris Point – the degree of this month’s New Moon. Watch as events and feelings from that phase are revisited today.

Aspects between Mercury and Eris inflame our thinking and have us voicing our feelings in impulsive ways. We tend to get spun up easily. Because Mercury also rules travel, road rage easily comes out. Eris was the goddess who threw the Apple of Discord (no doubt something she thought of on the spur of the moment) at Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. We don’t tolerate superficial or trifling behavior under this astrological aspect. If something is stuck in your craw, it will want to break loose today, so temper communications with patience and thoughtfulness. Oftentimes, this astrological aspect brings out things that need to be said, so don’t suppress yourself, but don’t go off like a banshee.

So much is happening this month. We are being energetically upgraded and pushed into new areas while simultaneously taking a journey through the underworld with the transit of the Black Moon to the Galactic Center. We are in deep emotional territory and our shadow sides are right in front of our faces today. If you haven’t uncovered your shadow side (and thus, your primary fear in life that holds you back or causes downfall), you will want to go the “Books” tab above and look at the Appendix of my free e-book on the Black Moon. You can find your natal Black Moon and then look up the information for that sign. Recognizing and integrating our shadow sides is required work for anyone on a spiritual path.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to find beauty.