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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Laura Flanders | The 1% Should Be Afraid: The New Norm in the Workplace Is Unstable

Laura Flanders, Truthout: Barbara Garson, author most recently of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live, talks about the unsustainable inequality we are spiraling into as capitalists forget they need redistribution to save their own system.

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John Pilger | The Accessories to War Crimes Are Those Paid To Keep the Record Straight

John Pilger, Truthout: The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq cannot be “countered” indefinitely. Neither can “our” support for the medievalists in Saudi Arabia, the nuclear-armed predators in Israel, the new military fascists in Egypt and the jihadist “liberators” of Syria. There will be a reckoning for those paid to keep the record straight.

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The Latest Attack on Public-Sector Unions: Paycheck Protection in Pennsylvania and Missouri

John Logan, Truthout: Unlike union members and nonunion employees – whose right to opt out of political spending is protected by law – employees, customers and shareholders have no legal right to opt out of paying for corporate political expenditures.

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Close the “Water’s Edge” Loophole

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Working­-class Americans shouldn’t have to face the burden of corporate tax loopholes that are letting corporations off the hook. Let’s bring those offshore trillions back home and start rebuilding the American economy.

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Outta Sight, Outta Mind: What Producers Don’t Want You To Know About How Your Clothes Are Made

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout: The often-complicated interplay between national governments and the garment industry isn’t pretty, by any means, which is why apparel manufacturers and garment-exporting countries alike often prefer that the factories are kept out of sight and out of mind.

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Dean Baker | The Good Jobs News on the Affordable Care Act

Dean Baker, Truthout: When the CBO did its analysis and said that Obamacare would lead to some reduction in work hours, it was saying the ACA would have its intended effect. It was freeing people from health-care-related job-lock. This is a feature, not a bug.

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Massive Turnout at North Carolina “Moral March” Puts Right-Wing Lawmakers on Notice

John Zangas, DC Media Group: Since gaining the upper hand in the Legislature in 2010 and securing the governorship in 2012, North Carolina’s GOP has gone on a rampage. In response, Moral Monday protests around the state have been growing in strength and numbers.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Republicans Want To Hold Our Economy Hostage Again, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Republicans want to hold our economy hostage again, but they may not get the chance; Big Oil raked in more than $93 billion of profit last year, but it’s still begging Congress for more tax breaks; it turns out that low pay and low benefits don’t mean high profits for corporations; and more.

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In the Darkness of Dick Cheney: The Smile of Secret Power

Mark Danner, TomDispatch: Even if the cast of characters from those first post-9/11 years are gone, we still live in the ruins they created and the special darkness they embraced. Cheney’s memoir, a movie about him and a book by his surgeon take us deep into that darkness.

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Turning the “Tied”? The 2014 Farm Bill and the Future of US Food Aid

Jennifer Clapp, Triple Crisis: The future may bring more “tied” food aid, rather than less. If so, we are likely to return to the familiar problems of inefficiency and lack of effectiveness that NGOs have worked so hard to root out.

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Is Hillary Clinton a Neocon-Lite?

Robert Parry, Consortium News: As a US senator and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton often followed a neocon-style foreign policy, backing the Iraq War, teaming with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on an Afghan War “surge” and staking out an even more hawkish stance than Gates on Libya.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Is Shipping Oil by Rail as Dangerous as the Keystone Pipeline?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Eugene Robinson | Once Again, Republicans Are Out of Step

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Nonprofit Group Sues Justice Department Over JPMorgan Deal

Read the Article at Reuters

Boehner Will Bring “Clean” Debt-Limit Bill for House Vote

Read the Article at The New York Times

Predatory Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Landmark Court Case on Genetically Modified Food Production Begins

Read the Article at The Australian Broadcasting Commission

Charles P. Pierce | Freedom Industries: Another Step in the Clean Getaway

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, analyze, prepare

Moon: Cancer

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Today’s energy goes extreme and out of bounds. This requires us to be extra-grounded. Methodical, logical, slow analysis is the key. Impulses are rampant and are designed to show us something in neon lights. But impulsive reactions are not a good idea. Give thought and consideration to things or ask a trusted friend’s advice before taking big action.

The energy leaves us feeling more vulnerable than usual, which is an uncomfortable place for many. This is where Matangi comes in. Matangi is masterful at bringing calm to situations. She comes to the aid of those who need her. She provides concrete solutions and when you are feeling at loose ends and ungrounded, a slow pour of Matangi Quik-Crete is heavenly. Ask for her assistance if needed.

We continue our mission this month of taking care of details, situations, and issues that we do not want to carry with us into the new year (the astrological new year begins March 30, 2014). In other words, we want to clean the slate.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to find beauty. (The beauty in today’s picture is courtesy of wise owl Marina.)