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Common Dreams Highlights Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Plan B? What Happened to Plan A?
by Pat Mooney
Precisely at the moment when climate denial is losing steam, it’s crucial to prevent it from being replaced with unicorn-like fantasies of magical technologies that allow the status quo to continue.

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Big Backers of Clinton Foundation Found in Leaked Swiss Bank Files: Report
by Jon Queally
With Hillary Clinton now considered the Democratic Party frontrunner for 2016, the revelations may once again cast a special shadow over such dealings.
Federal Campaign to Save Monarch Fails to Address Root Cause of Decline
by Deirdre Fulton
The butterfly’s decline has been linked to the proliferation of glyphosate, a primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and one of the very few herbicides that kills milkweed. The monarch exclusively lays its eggs on plants in the milkweed family.
‘Deeply Unsettling’: Allegation of Translator Link to CIA Torture Site Halts 9/11 Hearing
by Andrea Germanos
Amnesty International said the incident marked “just the latest in a string of serious incidents that have marked the inherently unfair military commission process at Guantánamo Bay.”
13-Year-Old Boy Who Lived In Fear of US Drones, Killed by CIA Strike in Yemen
by Jon Queally
“In their eyes, we don’t deserve to live like people in the rest of the world,” said the victim ahead of his ultimate death, “and we don’t have feelings or emotions or cry or feel pain like all the other humans around the world.”
New Report on Lynching Reveals Sinister Legacy of ‘Racial Terrorism’ in America
by Lauren McCauley
The report further suggests that the decline of lynching was tied to the rise of capital punishment—”a more palatable form of violence.”
Lawsuits Launched to Target Missouri ‘Debtors’ Prisons’ Scheme
by Nadia Prupis
Filed Sunday, the lawsuits charge that Ferguson and Jennings routinely jail people for being unable to pay traffic tickets, court fees, and other fines, housing them in “deplorable conditions” and locking them into a cycle of “increased fees, debts, extortion, and cruel jailings.”
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Saying No to Torture: A Gallery of American Heroes
by Rebecca Gordon
Some of those who rejected torture, like CIA official John Kiriakou and an as-yet-unnamed Navy nurse, directly refused to practice it. Some risked reputations and careers to let the people of this country know what their government was doing. Sometimes an entire agency, like the FBI, refused to be involved in torture.
The Shift: A Note from Lexington Federal Prison
by Kathy Kelly
Our society barely recognizes the futility of imprisoning people for onerously long sentences. I think of Mukherjee and wonder whether U.S. people invested as much money in cancer research as they did in Super Bowl celebrations this year.
Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine
by Robert Parry
With very few exceptions, the mainstream U.S. media has simply regurgitated the propaganda from the U.S. State Department and other entities favoring western Ukrainians. There has been little effort to view the worsening crisis through the eyes of ethnic Russian Ukrainians living in the east or the Russians witnessing a political and humanitarian crisis on their border.
Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
by Ellen Brown
To truly eliminate unfair competition, the giant monopolistic multinational corporations should be broken up, since they have an obvious unfair trade advantage over small farmers and small businesses. But that outcome is liable to be long in coming.
The Debt Slavery Must End to Prevent Environmental Catastrophes: Will Greece Kick Start a Paradigm Shift?
by Stefano Balbi
A not-so-subtle fil rouge, contingent upon both resource consumption and waste production, exists between economic and ecological debts. Society, blinded by the paradigm of growth, has long lost this connection. This may be the time when a wider public can reconnect the dots.
An Arms Race Won’t Help Ukraine
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
In every respect, sending more weapons to Ukraine would be recklessly counterproductive. It defies common sense that the United States is considering such a move, especially when the principal victims of continued violence in the region will be innocent civilians in eastern Ukraine.
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Truthout Daily Digest February 10, 2014

Henry A. Giroux | Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: The NSA and other intelligence agencies work hard to create an authoritarian state in which the “electronic self” becomes public property. At the same time, the right to privacy is eagerly given up by millions of people for the wonders of social networking or the varied seductions inspired by consumer fantasies.

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Dark Money and the US Chamber of Commerce: Majority of Donations Given by Just 64 Entities

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A report by Public Citizen analyzes the Chamber’s 2012 tax forms and finds that despite its claims of representing millions of small businesses and mom-and-pop shops around the nation, the US Chamber of Commerce is swimming in large donations from the top 1%.

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Evidence Mounting That Walker Campaign Is at Center of Criminal Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during the state’s contentious recall elections.

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What American Taxpayers Should Really Be Outraged About

The Daily Take, Truthout: If the average American has to pay $6,000 in taxes, should that money go to oil companies, defense contractors, and the low-wage retail and fast food industries? Or should it go to fund a strong social safety net, including an extension of long-term unemployment benefits?

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Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: This week, Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to Big Oil.

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The Zeitgeist of Tahrir and Occupy

Ahmed R. Teleb, Truthout: Both the Tahrir Square Revolution and Occupy Wall Street movements manifested a zeitgeist, related to technology and a global information culture, of citizen intelligence and leaderless association.

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Could We Make Bill de Blasio Meet With J Street?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Since New York Mayor de Blasio supports Iran diplomacy and agrees with J Street’s position and opposes AIPAC’s position, let’s help him take the first step to recovery – and meet with J Street.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: More than 80,000 People Marched Against Right-Wing Policies in North Carolina, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Once again, the corporate media virtually ignored a massive protest over the weekend; Florida Republicans don’t want everyone to vote; last week, another child was killed in a fatal gun accident, and it prompted one city to launch its own plan to reduce senseless shootings; and more.

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Death by Metadata: Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Assassinations Overseas

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: In the first expose for their new venture, First Look Media’s digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald reveal the National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes.

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Laura Flanders | AOL’s CEO Is Not the Only One Who Should Be Shamed

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: This week saw AOL’s chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong announce a stingy plan to shrink employee benefits that would have saved his shareholders millions even as the company’s financial reports showed healthy growth and profits. Armstrong blamed it all on rising health care costs.

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Illinois Department of Corrections and Attorney Staughton Lynd Respond to Ongoing Menard Prison Hunger Strike

James Anderson, Truthout: The Illinois Department of Corrections’ response to Truthout’s story last week about hunger strikers at the Menard Correctional Center may represent an opening for resolution of the strike.

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People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses While Mass Media Remains Silent

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: If we continue to build the independent, people-powered media, greater numbers of people will build up immunity to the destructive misinformation of corporate media.

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Where Risk and Resilience Meet: Elaine Enarson Talks Gender Disaster

Josephine Ferorelli, Occupy.com: Disasters disproportionately affect women, people of color, and the poor, posing both immediate dangers and long-term challenges. Pre-existing problems like gender-based violence, custody conflicts and insecure work or housing are exacerbated, while the resources and organizations that usually offer support become undermined in times of crisis.

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How Entitlements for the Rich Cheat the Rest of Us

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Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill | The NSA’s Secret Role in the US Assassination Program

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David Sirota | The Persistence of Selective Deficit Disorder

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US Suspect Possibly Targeted for Drone Attack

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Oil Firms May Get Secret Cleanup Payments

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The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

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Scott Walker Says He Voted for Reagan – But He Wasn’t Old Enough

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The Oracle Report | Monday, February 10, 2014

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Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, analyze, process
Moon: Cancer

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Good news for our dear Cancers and Capricorns and Black Moon in Cancer or Capricorn: the Moon is moving through Cancer for the last time while the Black Moon is in Cancer. A process of rebirth that began on June 9, 2013, is coming to completion. The Black Moon will enter Leo on March 4, 2014, beginning this process for Leos and Aquarius and those with the Black Moon in Leo or Aquarius. Whereas the Black Moon in Cancer relates to issues of support, the Black Moon in Leo relates to issues related to change and order. These themes touch everyone in some way, not just those with these signs.

Today’s energy brings the need to integrate our emotions with our will, heart, spirit, and body. To do this, stand in place and bring these things together. Call them back to you if they are far away. We are in command of ourselves, not demanding of ourselves. Think of this like the mountains in today’s photo calling in the clouds in the background. (Special thanks to Anya for sending this sunrise photo from Guatemala and special thanks to everyone who sent photos this past weekend. What a joy to receive them! Watch as they are featured in the future for everyone to enjoy.)

So today there is a lot swirling around emotionally and we will let it flow in and out while we stand firmly in place. This isn’t about controlling; it’s about receiving and releasing. We have our feet on the ground, but we are not locked in place emotionally or mentally. We are fluid. Experience things as they come up, but don’t hold onto them. This energy will move up and down, in and out, back and forth very quickly. Don’t get “stuck” or “settle” on anything too tightly because it will most likely morph again before the day is complete.

It is difficult to stand in place if we view it as being in idle. Standing in place means maintaining sure and stable footing, but it does not mean not moving. We are moving about in consciousness. We are taking great leaps in consciousness, in fact. Sometimes when we move our consciousness out of the bounds of what we previously thought or believed, a physical relocation is necessary. But this is still done from the stance of inner, personal grounding and centeredness.

Allow space for things to rearrange and integrate today. Watch it swirl.

(Thanks to everyone who joined in yesterday’s meditation. It’s a pleasure to stand alongside.)

http://www.oraclereport.com/monday-february-10-2014/