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Truthout Daily Digest December 26, 2013



New Revelation that AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC From Criminal Investigation

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Eric Holder is holding true to his congressional testimony last year that prosecuting banks too big to fail could hurt the economy. The reality is that not holding them criminally responsible destroys financial integrity and ends up in taxpayer bailouts.

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The Best of Jon Stewart’s Battle Against Fox’s Imaginary “War on Christmas”

Read the Article at Truthdig

A Very Adult Social Security Tantrum

Read the Article at In These Times

From Fast Food Strikes to Walmart: 2013 and the Year in Labor

Read the Article at Salon

The Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Politics of the Knights of Columbus

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

For 1.3 Million Long-Term Jobless, Another Step Closer to the Edge

Read the Article at The Washington Post

The Battle Within the Democratic Party

Read the Article at The Atlantic

“Osama bin Laden Is Our President Obama”: The Year on the Fringe

Read the Article at Media Matters for America

Climate Change 2013: Where We Are Now – Not What You Think

Bruce Melton, Truthout: To prevent increasingly dangerous climate change, the public and our leaders must be convinced to act decisively and robustly. As the latest data show, changes are occurring more quickly than scientists have ever predicted, and simple emissions reductions are no longer the answer.

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Year-End Legislation Could Close National Security Loophole, Protect Government Whistleblowers

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A Senate bill that restores due process rights of appeal for those fired federal employees whose jobs are deemed “sensitive” to national security is seen as the return of a longtime protection for potential whistleblowers.

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Dirtiest Oil: Why In Situ Bitumen Extraction Is Dangerous for Canada, the World

Harrison Samphir, Truthout: The Primrose leak contamination of wetlands, forests and the traditional lands of the Beaver Lake Cree and Cold Lake First Nations demonstrates the dangers of in situ bitumen extraction, but also of Canada’s current abusive energy and First Nations policies.

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Pioneers of Media Diversity

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Devorah Heitner’s new book, Black Power TV, describes the pioneering journalists who attempted to provide adequate media representation of African-Americans and made inroads in transforming television from a site of oppression and exclusion to a site for liberation.

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Edward Snowden, Person of the Year

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and a whistleblowing fugitive from American justice have just one thing in common: impact.

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Economic Update: There Are Alternatives

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update/Truthout: Updates on dangers in anti-bacterial soap, South African union starting socialist party, Germans retiring abroad, billionaires’ whims shaping health care. Major discussions of Obamacare and alternatives to capitalist bank scandals. Responses to emails on worker coops in US and on “regulated capitalism.”

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Joo-Hyun Kang: Ending the Stop-and-Frisk Regime

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Joo-Hyun Kang, director of Communities United for Police Reform, says, “Safety doesn’t have to be at the cost of respect and dignity. Our job as activists is to make sure that (Bill de Blasio’s promise of change) doesn’t turn into just something for a campaign.”

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How Do You End Homelessness? If You’re This State, You Offer People Homes

Robin Marty, Care2: For years, Utah has addressed its homeless problem simply by offering apartments to those who lack a home, worrying about the details of the exchange later. The plan, called Housing First, was launched by then Gov. Jon Huntsman and started providing apartments to the homeless in 2005.

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Why Charter Schools Are Foolish Investments for States Facing Economic Challenges

Paul Thomas, AlterNet: A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the state’s investment in charter schools comes as the state struggles to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards.

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California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters, Featuring Erin Brockovich

Emerson Urry, EnviroNews: While speaking with Erin Brokovich, the topic of the worst environmental disasters in California history came up. The following list of the top 10 man-made environmental disasters that California has ever experienced contains some disturbing information.

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Realizations From Killing and Eating an Animal We Raised Ourselves

Aaron and Susan von Frank, Tyrant Farms Blog: “The way we used to source our meat had the same desensitizing effect that many people in our society have developed toward violence. Those aren’t ‘real’ animals we’re buying and eating; they’re cheap chunks of protein.”

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The Oracle Report Thursday, December 26, 2013


Third Quarter Moon Phase: realign, revise, take responsibility

Moon in Libra

Diamond Sky Dakinis Rule This Lunar Month, Not The Mahavidyas

Today’s energy provides us with the raw form of whatever we need. It is up to us to take the raw form and use it wisely. In order to do this, we have to know what we need

For example, a tree provides the raw material – wood – for a variety of things: fuel for heat and light, structures, instruments, etc.

If you need emotional or mental reinforcement right now, you would use your “wood” to support yourself. In other words, you would do things today that are supportive of yourself, your ideas, and your hopes and dreams. In your mind’s eye you could erect supports or beams within your body or outside of your body propping you up.

You may be in need of fuel to keep going. This time of year can be exhausting if we have many commitments. Your wood could be used for a slow burn that keeps the fire going without burning itself out.

You may feel like you are surrounded by darkness. In many ways, this follows the natural order of life right now, at least in the northern hemisphere, where the nights are long. It’s the time when the inner world alights. Your wood could stoke your inner fire – the light that sees us through the darkness.

You may feel the need to build or construct. If so, there is ample material for this.

Over time, fear (particularly fear of the future) and helplessness have been deeply imprinted into today’s energy signature. The gift of raw energy today is to help us repair and rectify ourselves and our course. It’s there to help us transform. What will you do with it?