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Truthout Daily Digest December 25,2013



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Budweiser Buys Naming Rights to Christmas as Drones Hover Over Creche

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GOP Rep. Cites “Pluralism” to Push “Save Christmas” Bill That Excludes All Other Religions

Read the Article at The Raw Story

Santa Claus Acquired by Koch Brothers in Hostile Takeover, Sleigh Runs on Tar Sands Oil

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Home for the Holidays Is a DC Shelter

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Bell Ringers: The Salvation Army’s Lowest-Paid, Most-Needed Employees

Read the Article at In These Times

Seinfeld Writer Suggests Rand Paul’s Festivus Rant Made Holiday Uncool

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Christmas in Community

Read the Article at Waging Nonviolence

William Rivers Pitt | Laney’s Christmas

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Seven months ago, Laney Brown was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Recently, she told her family that her last Christmas wish was to hear carolers at her door. On Friday night, a few people arrived outside her door, and then a few thousand.

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Holiday Greeting: No Peace Without Justice

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: At least five areas of blatant injustice warrant the urgent attention of people of good will: poverty wages, immigrant detention, harsh sentencing, Guantanamo and Palestinian oppression.

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Ninety-Nine Years Ago: A Pause in the War on Christmas

David Swanson, War Is a Crime: Frank Richards remembers how officers of both sides of a war came to an unofficial truce during trench warfare on Christmas.

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Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

Amy Fallon, Inter Press Service: It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars.

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On the Front Lines of Class War: Why the Fight for a Livable Wage Is Everyone’s Fight

Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute: Recent developments stemming from ”solidarity unionism,” low-wage worker revolts, and a backlash against neoliberal policies have shown that American workers are beginning to ”rise like lions after slumber.”

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Last Chance for Peace in Syria: Will Obama Sabotage the Geneva II Syria peace talks?

Shamus Cooke, CounterPunch: The “Geneva II” Syrian peace talks have been discussed for months, but there always seems to be an endlessly complicated barrier. Contrary to what the media and politicians say, stopping the mass carnage is sadly easy.

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Imagine if Every Day Were 9/11. For One Community in the US, It Is

Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence: Seven years ago on a crisp December morning, 1,300 undocumented people were arrested in the biggest immigration raid in the history of the US. On the day of the Swift raids, more than 300 US-born children came home to find at least one of their parents gone.

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In Post-Election Honduras, Challenges and Opportunities for the Resistance

Emily Achtenberg, North American Congress on Latin America: With a coordinated oppositional strategy both in the ”halls of power” and in the streets, the anti-coup resistance in Honduras may have an opportunity to curtail the most egregious abuses of economic and political power, and even to advance its own agenda.

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Former Prosecutor Gets Arrested to See the Other Side of US Criminal Justice System

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: The scales of justice guarantee equal protection under the law – at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. In May 2012, a former prosecutor and public defender set out to test that theory for himself, and what he experienced was very instructive.

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Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji: “The History of Materiality Remounts the Time of the History of Matter”

Jérôme Skalski, l’Humanité: Some days before the official presentation of the Nobel Prize in Physics to François Englert and to Peter Higgs for the theory of the so-called Higgs boson, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji, physicist and philosopher, explains what is involved in this discovery and in this human adventure.

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Beyond Plan Colombia: Covert CIA Program Reveals Critical US Role in Killings of Rebel Leaders

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new report has exposed a secret CIA program in Colombia that has helped kill at least two dozen rebel leaders. According to The Washington Post, the program relies on key help from the National Security Agency and is funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget.

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The Oracle Report Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Tuesday: Disseminating Moon Phase: sharing, demonstration, distribution: Moon in Virgo

Wednesday: Third Quarter Moon Phase: realign, revise, take responsibility: Moon in Libra

Diamond Sky Dakinis Rule This Lunar Month, Not The Mahavidyas

On Tuesday, we complete the Disseminating phase of the Disseminating time of year – the optimum time for sharing, expressing, giving, and receiving. Messages, information, inspiration, solutions, feedback, and insights fall like snowflakes.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s energy works in tandem. Whatever is imprinted or built into Tuesday’s energy (through mindsets, emotional states, intentions, events) finds its way into Wednesday’s energy. A “splitting” or “divergence” results on Wednesday, creating divisions. We see how some are controlled and controlling (intimidating) and some are free and freeing (loving).

If you find yourself involved in the controlled/controlling/intimidating experience, don’t engage the aggression, but if it comes to defending yourself or your position in some way, do so from the stance of the spiritual warrior. Consider if this is something you really want to put energy and effort into. If so, remain in your heart center, firmly grounded in place. Be respectful and recognize that nothing need take you off that stance. The outcome is not measured by success in changing someone’s mind; it is measured by whether or not you were swayed off center and ground by relying on others’ reactions. Stay true to yourself. Remember that old values are dissolving and that the return of the sacred masculine is rebalancing and rectifying things. We are witnessing this right before our eyes. Massive transformation and change is happening in the world.

The intense astrological energies I’ve been highlighting over the last several days drive anger, fear of change, fear of the unknown, relationship issues, accidents, and aggression into situations. We want to opeate above all of that. To do this, we strive for peace of heart that comes from watching falling snowflakes. Watching snowflakes transports us to another mindscape where we are still and the heart and mind can unite. The inner masculine and feminine merge here.

So as we walk through our lives and are engaged in whatever activities the next couple of days holds, we will be like the deer in this photograph, standing amidst the falling flakes, accruing the wisdom on our antlers, immersed in the scene yet somehow offset from it and somewhat invisible. We stand in the middle of power. Via frequency resonation, we come together through this endeavor and through our numbers, imprint and infuse peace and harmony into the energy. It’s a worthy endeavor.

The full version of today’s picture is here.