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Truthout Daily Digest December 20, 2013


So many of these articles are unhappy so I’m adding this joyful green forest image as a counterbalance (in case anyone wonders how the picture relates to the news!:-)

Obama Pursues “Occupation-Lite” in Afghanistan

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthout: While the US and Afghan governments fail to reach a deal on the future of foreign troops in Afghanistan, no one expects anything but continuing US occupation of the impoverished country, along with its toll of civilian deaths and vanishing rights for women.

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Setback for Scalia in Attempt to Curtail Labor Rights

Amy B. Dean, Truthout: The US Supreme Court’s decision to pass on a review of UNITE HERE Local 355 v. Mulhall leaves the neutrality agreement – one of the few effective tactics unions have for organizing traditional workplaces – intact for now in 47 states.

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The War on Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor in America

Ruth Rosen, openDemocracy: The US Congress is fighting over how much to cut food assistance to needy families. Everyone knows that women and their children are the poorest people in America, but strangely, the faces of women have disappeared from the debate and have been absorbed into abstract “needy families.”

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Fifteen Things That We Relearned About the Prison Industrial Complex in 2013

Mariame Kaba, Prison Culture: The engine of the prison industrial complex unfortunately kept on chugging in 2013. The author highlights some of the key developments within the US prison industrial complex during this year.

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Let the Sun Shine in

Isaiah J. Poole, OtherWords: “My solar panels are the envy of my block and I wish more of my neighbors will be able to make the same choice I did. But they won’t if fossil fuel dinosaurs like the Koch brothers and right-wing organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council keep casting their dark clouds on efforts to build a clean energy future.”

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Missile Launching in the Dark

David Krieger, Truthout: The Air Force’s December 17 ICBM launch was supposed to provide “data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.” But no one can assure that nuclear deterrence will be safe, secure or effective.

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Paul Krugman | Learning to Speak Economese

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Confusion can arise from the way economists use words. Fairly often, a term that is pretty deeply embedded in the professional discourse either sounds strange to outsiders or can be misinterpreted.

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Jim Hightower | A Ploy to Dilute the Democratic Party’s Message

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Why would a group wanting you to believe that it has genuine Democratic genes be an advocate for further enriching Wall Street’s Republican elite at the expense of America’s middle class and the poor?

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Yet Another Reason Internet Voting Is a Terrible Idea: Targeted Attacks Hijacked “Vast Amounts of Data” to Foreign Countries Earlier This Year

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: A “huge security hole” was found to have been used earlier this year to reroute “vast amounts” of US internet data all the way out to Belarus and Iceland, where it was intercepted in a classic “man-in-the-middle” fashion, before being sent on to its intended receiver.

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Ahmed R. TelebaIf Crowds Are Wise, Why Isn’t Congress?

Ahmed R. Teleb, Fila Sophia: Group wisdom flourishes under certain conditions, diversity of thought and independence of judgment, virtually impossible under our current plurality voting and single-seat, winner-takes-all (often gerrymandered) Congressional districts.

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Vindication for Snowden? Obama Panel Backs Major Curbs on NSA Surveillance, Phone Record Data Mining

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: A White House-appointed task force has proposed a series of curbs on key National Security Agency surveillance operations exposed by Edward Snowden. On Thursday, the panel recommended the NSA halt its bulk collection of billions of US phone call records.

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Pope Francis Has Antonin “Opus Dei” Scalia’s Undies in a Bunch

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Whether Pope Francis will bring fundamental change to the ossified male Catholic Church hierarchy remains to be seen. However, he has used his unique pulpit to verbally take on capitalism and economic injustice. This is not good news for Antonin Scalia.

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Eugene Robinson | Ending the 9/11 Panic Mentality at the NSA Once and For All

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Release the Torture Reports

Read the Article at The New York Times

The Nine Worst Things Said About Women, Abortion, and Rape in 2013

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Charles P. Pierce | The Tyranny of the Brand

Read the Article at Esquire

Barack Obama Is Not George W. Bush

Read the Article at New York Magazine

Rebel Smell: In the Deep South, Dirty Energy and Disenfranchisement Go Hand in Hand

Read the Article at Grist

GOP’s New Filibuster Strategy: A Giant Temper Tantrum

Read the Article at Salon

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SaLuSa  20-December-2013 Mike Quinsey

SaLuSa 20-December-2013.

The turmoil of the year is being set aside as many people prepare to celebrate in accordance with their beliefs. It has become a tradition that is also accepted by those who have no special affiliation with religious beliefs. The result is that all kinds of people find that they can come together, and set aside their different beliefs and understanding to celebrate the unity of all Mankind. The energies rise up and a feeling of love to all people brings out the best in them. Suddenly there is particular concern for all those who are poor or destitute, often in a society that is otherwise fully able to support all of them.

These situations repeatedly come up and slowly but surely people realise that they are their brothers keeper. Those who have travelled far ahead with their understanding can also see that all life is One, and that it is inextricably linked and the actions of each individual effects the whole. This is when people take responsibility for their actions and help raise the vibrations upon Earth. If only you keep the goodwill going that arises from times like you are experiencing now, the sooner you would move away from the lower vibrations that could not exist in your higher state. As the changes continue so they help raise up those souls who are just emerging from the darkness. They need a helping hand to get on the road to success, and find it easier once others have created the pathway.

Through many lives you have experienced a myriad of situations that have helped your progress. They have been arranged as all lives are, to help you surmount the problems you are likely to face. There is absolutely nothing that happens without good cause, although to the human mind it is difficult to see beyond what happens in your physical realm. Each of you have numerous helpers whose sole interest is to ensure you progress through your experiences. It is why the key events in your life are orchestrated to gradually advance you along the path of evolution. Yet in many instances you are propelled into chaotic conditions that do not seem to have any real purpose. Believe us Dear Ones, nothing happens by chance and whatever you become involved in has some measure of gain, not just for you but every soul involved.

Do not worry if you get caught up in what is clearly coming from a negative source, as your presence may be needed to hold the vibrations in check. Often you can provide sufficient Light to soften or remove some of the negative energies. Be assured you will be used for your experience and dedication to spreading the Light, and will never be called upon to handle more than you can manage. Obviously you will also find yourselves on the receiving end, but this is often a test to ensure you know how to handle yourself. We repeat, that “nothing happens by chance” so always look for the lesson that may accompany your experience.

Be assured that you do get breaks throughout your lifetime, and

you are not expected to serve the Light without them. It is certain

that you will know where you stand when you are going with the

flow, and fulfilling your life plan. However, remember that at times

you will so to say, catch up on outstanding karma and it will

present itself when you are known to be able to cope with it. So

do not be alarmed in such circumstances and accept your

experience with good heart, and most importantly ensure you

learn from it.

At this time in your evolution you are progressing at a faster rate

than ever, and each soul is on the last lap of its life plan for this

incarnation. This may seem improbable as all of you are at different

points in your evolution, and remember that not every soul is

ready to ascend, or desires to do so. The end of an Solar Cycle

draws nigh and it is special inasmuch that the end times have

already been decided, and regardless of any attempts by the dark

Ones to foil the plan, they will not be successful. Ascension is

assured and is to be expected at the end of a Solar Cycle.

In the meantime help your fellow traveller where needed, but at

the same time do not pressurise them by forcing advice upon

them. Sometimes lessons can only be learnt through direct

experience, although group experience is not uncommon. Try not

to be too rigid in your thinking and be flexible, although many of

you are now sufficiently intuitive to know when to move in a

different direction. Take things in your stride and try not to force a

situation, unless you can be sure of the outcome. You should

know that when matters flow in harmony, there is little for you to


You have been preparing for this period for millennia of time, as

you have always known that it would arrive to lift you out of the

lower vibrations. Many of you have awoken to the fact, and now

joyfully make your way forward with great expectations. Even if

you do not fully understand what a great time is opening up for all

of you, there is a sense of excitement knowing that a new era is

about to open. It allows you to contemplate what life

would be like once the dark Ones were removed. Such freedom

from interference is something new, and very hard to conceive

when you are lifting out from the lower vibrations.

For millennia of time you have experienced duality of such high

levels, that it is hard to conceive of the dramatic and far reaching

changes that are almost upon you. However, they are near to

manifestation, and will bring the most wonderful surprises and far

reaching changes much to your amazement and delight.

I leave you now in what is hopefully a feeling of joy, knowing that

your travels in the lower dimensions are about to end. Keep your

calm and continue to spread love and peace wherever you are.

Thank you SaLuSa,

Mike Quinsey.

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The Oracle Report Friday, December 20, 2013


Full Moon Phase: illumination, fulfillment, realization, shadow, experiences

Moon: Leo

Diamond Sky Dakinis Rule This Lunar Month, Not The Mahavidyas

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Phantasmic projections of shadow sides are launched into the consciousness of humanity today. On the micro-level of our lives, the tendency is for people to project what they do not like about themselves onto others. We are not interested in these types of assaults.
Yesterday’s report gave a comprehensive overview of the astrological effects at work right now. The nature and intensity of these effects is building, especially the Mars-Uranus-Pluto aspect, which adds volativity. Wise owls work to push “vitality” instead of volativity into the energy. This means we handle our own feelings and use them constructively. To do so we must remain in the mindset of respect. Respect is key today; it keeps us on the right path. We stay on course with love for life, not the path that finds only chores, dread, duties, and drudgery in life today. That’s a drag, so we aren’t going there.

Our auditory senses are heightened to the extreme. We are sensitive to loud, shrill, congested, or droning voices, finding them intolerable. Things can really get on our nerves. So we will walk away from these. But we use the window of time where we are attuned to hearing messages from sources “on high.” We take the cacophony and morph it into symphony. This means we block or reject the projections of fear and the mindless chatter and instead tune into a harmonic that is pleasing. This requires that we silence the outer chaos by turning inward and warming ourselves beside our inner fires. The noise melts as we begin to resonate with and vibrate out a more harmonic frequency of energy. This procedure enables us to get in range of messages and intentions that are meant to free our minds and elevate consciousness.

Today we are tuning out of the fear and tuning in to the love. We are holding ourselves to a higher standard, a higher level. Keep this in mind as the day progresses.