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Truthout Daily Digest | Saturday, February 21, 2015

Despite Claims of Progress, Labor and Environmental Violations Continue to Plague Apple

Nicki Lisa Cole and Jenny Chan, Truthout: Though Apple claims that 2014 was “a year of progress,” reports from labor rights groups and researchers reveal troubling labor and environmental violations continue unabated.

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Fast-Track Treason and the Coming Corporate Coup

Rivera Sun, Truthout: The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement usurps federal, state and local authority and functions as a global corporate coup. Those who vote “Yes” on fast-track authority are reneging on their sworn oaths to protect this nation from all threats, both foreign and domestic.

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When Palestinians Die: Richard Falk on the Chapel Hill Shooting and the Media

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Scholar Richard Falk discusses the recent shooting of three Muslim Palestinian Americans in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the subsequent conversation about hate crimes and Islamophobia, and the mainstream media coverage of the killer and victims.

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Eric Holder Gives Prosecutors 90 Days to File Wall Street Collapse Charges

Sam Knight, The District Sentinel: Attorney General Eric Holder has given the Justice Department an opportunity to rewrite his legacy as the lead federal prosecutor who refused to take on some of the most notoriously larcenous bankers in history.

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Did the GOP Just Give Away $130 Billion of Public Property?

Alan Grayson, The Nation: A giant Anglo-Australian mining company is getting the rights to a huge copper reserve – and we don’t know what US taxpayers are getting in return. Not all is lost, however, or at least not yet.

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War Porn: Hollywood and War, From World War II to American Sniper

Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: American Sniper, now “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept US citizens on their war game. Think of them as war porn, meant to leave us perpetually hyped up.

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Conservatives’ “American Dream” and the Battle for Weed in Washington State

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When it comes to medical marijuana in Washington, the legislative choice is between a system that allows many to earn decent money through local, small co-ops, and a system where just a few people make massive amounts of money by monopolizing the marketplace.

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Egypt Makes Libya the New Front in Anti-ISIS War, Four Years After NATO Left Chaos Behind

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Libya is in a state of crisis: Two different governments claim power, each with their own parliaments and armies. A number of militant groups, including the Islamic State affiliate, are scattered in between. Will foreign governments intervene in Libya again?

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

This Chart Shows How Unions Help Redistribute Wealth Throughout US Society

Lillian Osborne, In These Times: A chart recently released by the Economic Policy Institute illustrates unions’ ability to impact not only their own members’ lives, but also the distribution of wealth in society as a whole.

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Will the Millennium Development Goals Hit Their Targets?

Anna Childs, The Conversation: Looking back over the past 15 years, what have been the achievements of one of the world’s most ambitious projects – the Millennium Development Goals – and what didn’t work so well, despite the grand aspiration?

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Dean Baker: Why We Must Oppose the Coming Fed Interest Rate Hike

Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future: The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates sometime in 2015. The problem is, as economist Dean Baker points out, there is no inflation threat on the horizon, but there is a very real threat of choking the economic recovery and driving up unemployment if interest rates rise.

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Paul Krugman | The Enduring Debate Over Debt

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Debt does not mean that we’re stealing from future generations. A rise in public debt isn’t an indication that we’re living beyond our means – one person’s debt is another person’s asset. Debt is money we owe to ourselves.

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White People Aren’t Called Terrorists Unless They Liberate Animals, Apparently

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The word “terrorism” is itself a public relations weapon. Who gets branded a terrorist and who doesn’t is a decision made within a political and cultural context.

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The Peace Symbol Celebrates Its 57th Birthday, but Still No Peace

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Matt Taibbi: A Whistleblower’s Horror Story

Read the Article at Rolling Stone

Alive and Bleeding: We Cannot Kill Our Way Out of War

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The World’s Biggest Banks Might Be Moving Money for Terrorists

Read the Article at Bloomberg News

Maimed by Conflict, Forgotten by Peace: Life Through the Eyes of the War-Disabled

Read the Article at Inter Press Service

Since 9/11, We’ve Had Four Wars in the Middle East. They’ve All Been Disasters

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Video Footage Shows Massive Explosion After West Virginia “Bomb Train” Derailment

Read the Article and Watch the Video at Vice

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Truthout Daily Digest February 21, 2014

Secret Plans and Clever Tricks: How Information About Public Contracting Is Hidden From the Public

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Evidence abounds that when private companies take over formerly public roles, the public’s right to know gets contracted away as well. The consequences can be significant.

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Complaint at World Court Alleges NATO Members Complicit in War Crimes

Candice Bernd, Truthout: British human rights lawyers’ complaint at the International Criminal Court documents Pakistani civilian drone victims’ accounts and accuses NATO member-states of war crimes by helping to facilitate the US covert drone program.

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Why Drone Strikes Harm America

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: Despite global outrage, the Obama administration is debating whether to expand the drone program to target American citizens living abroad, proof that the termination of the CIA’s drone program is long overdue.

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Local Resistance to the NDAA Amps Up, Spans Political Spectrum

Britney Schultz, Truthout: A recent decision by the Obama administration to consider a drone strike against a US citizen and perceived “terrorist” brings the conflict of executive authority and civil and constitutional rights back in the spotlight as local resistance to the NDAA is spreading across the country.

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The Shadow Lobbying Complex

Lee Fang, The Nation: On paper, the lobbying industry is quickly disappearing. In January, records indicated that for a third straight year, overall spending on lobbying decreased. Lobbyists themselves continue to deregister. But experts say that lobbying isn’t dying; instead, it’s simply going underground.

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Our Vision Is More Than a DREAM: What’s Next for Immigrant Youth?

Neidi Dominguez, Truthout: “Immigrant youth have been the engine behind immigrant rights organizing in recent years. We’ve been lifted up and saddled with the title of dreamers, but we’ve always been so much more. Where we go next is something we must define for ourselves.”

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UIC Faculty Rekindle Fight for Public Education With Historic Strike

Rebecca Burns, In These Times: Tuesday marked the start of an unprecedented two-day walkout staged by University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty, the union that represents more than 1,100 tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty members at the state university. Strikes by university professors are a rare occurrence.

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“Sky Raper”: Drones Are Tools of the Patriarchy

Allison Kilkenny, Unreported: “Here we have a bunch of joystick jockeys not only responsible for killing nameless, faceless brown people thousands of miles away, but as if that wasn’t enough of a violation, they decided to sprinkle a dash of rape culture onto their acts of horrific violence,” says Kilkenny.

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ALEC’s Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: The American Legislative Exchange Council’s model bill for disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground during the controversial hydraulic fracturing process is back for a sequel in the Sunshine State’s legislature.

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Biblical Medicine: How Religious Authorities Can Have Power Over Your Life and Death Decisions

Valerie Tarico, AlterNet: Religious belief is on the decline in the US, and medical knowledge is on the increase. This makes it particularly ironic that so much of our health care system is accountable at the highest levels, not to science or patient preference, but to the dictates of faith and theology.

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A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests US Was Plotting Coup

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: While President Obama has vowed to “continue to engage all sides,” a recently leaked audio recording between two top US officials reveals the Obama administration has been secretly plotting with the opposition.

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Rick “Man-on-Dog” Santorum Plans 2016 Run on “Save the Unborn, Damn the Living Poor” Platform

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Rick Santorum doesn’t just want to control women’s bodies; he wants to dictate how we live. He doesn’t just believe in Jesus Christ; he thinks that he is Jesus Christ.

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In Parched States, Fracking’s Thirst Grows

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Bush-Appointed Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying, Argues Associated Press Caused Muslims to Suffer

Read the Article at Firedoglake

With 2015 Budget Request, Obama Will Call for an End to Era of Austerity

Read the Article at The Washington Post

“Son of God” Coming to a Theater Near You

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

This Utah Lawmaker Might Be the Most Delusional Climate Skeptic Ever

Read the Article at Grist

My Life Behind Kiev’s Barricades

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

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SaLuSa Friday February 21, 2014 Mike Quinsey

SaLuSa 21 February 2014

You are present on Earth at a most important time, and as Lightworkers many of you have specific roles to play to help manifest the changes. Each of you volunteered to serve the Light at such an important time, and be assured that every contribution is essential to the whole. Providing you can stay focused on your task, you will be doing your bit to help bring about the changes that are essential to manifest the Light. It is a fact that because so many individuals are helping in this way, that the dark Ones are losing their battle to maintain their rule. Although they concentrate on the larger picture, we have them under total observation and are fully aware of their plans. Our combined efforts will eventually result in a bloodless coup that will force the dark Ones to accept their defeat. They will be totally overwhelmed by the progress made by us, and we know exactly when to play our hand.

The situation upon Earth is demanding a lot from you, but bear in mind that there are immense changes taking place. You may rest assured that the outcome is known by us and indeed often set up with our help. So do not be distracted by what is happening around you, knowing that a successful outcome has already been planned. We are obviously aware that the dark Ones will fight to the bitter end, but we have matters under control and we will not allow them to get out of hand. For karmic reasons we cannot interfere in some matters that have to play themselves out to clear outstanding responsibilities.

As the vibrations begin to lift upon Earth some of you will find that your psychic powers increase, and that generally you are becoming more intuitive. It will help you to decide what to do when faced with a number of choices, and you will be able to go forward with confidence. Remember that we are also on hand and never far away if you require some help. However, do not try to anticipate exactly how it would be given or when, simply accept that we will do what is best for you. We have the advantage of being able to see the larger picture and act accordingly. Sometimes for example we need to introduce changes in your life, and getting them into place can be difficult. Humans seem to have a strong mindset and do not always welcome change.

Time is still speeding up but you are now getting used to coping with it. It means being better organized and making full use of it. In the future you will live in an entirely different time, where the day to day chores that you now experience will no longer be necessary. Most of your needs will simply be provided by pure thought and it will be instantaneous. Even now you often unknowingly project powerful ones that do bring you the results you desire. That is why we already advise you to carefully watch your thoughts, as you have more power than you presently realise. In time you will be able to control them, and at a certain high level of vibration nothing less that positive ones would enter your mind. Already those souls on the path of Light are subconsciously or consciously working towards a condition which excludes anything of a negative nature.

If what is expected of you sounds difficult or demanding, be assured that all changes will manifest when you are ready. No one will rush you into phases of upliftment until you are, and much help is always available to you. The fact that you are here at this most important time, is in itself a sufficient indication of your ability to make adequate progress Needless to say, every contribution is helping the Light to manifest and spread the knowledge that will establish the truth of your history and the future that awaits you. We have told you many times that nothing happens by chance that impacts upon your life. All happens for a reason and is intended to further your progress towards the Light.

We will confirm once again that President Obama is playing a major role in bringing the Light to Earth, and in a holding position that will ensure the truth comes out. More importantly he is also playing a balancing game between the dark and Light, until the time is right for the next great step to be taken. As you must realise from past experience, we have inexhaustible patience and no move is made until the outcome can be assured. After such a long time working to turn the tide, we are not going to make any errors now that the finishing line is in sight. Your patience has worn thin at times, but we have been overjoyed at the rising levels of understanding that you have achieved.

I am SaLuSa from Sirius, and pleased to tell you that we have tight control over the activities of the dark Ones. If you get the impression that we do not, be aware that by seemingly allowing them to proceed with their plan, we are setting them a trap. By the time they realise how they have been fooled, it will be too late for them to recover. Then at last we shall have the stage to ourselves and rapidly proceed with the changes that have been long awaited. It will be a most exhilarating time with great happiness and joy.

Thank you SaLuSa,

Mike Quinsey

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Truthout Daily Digest February 21,2014

Dahr Jamail | Toxic Legacy: Uranium Mining in New Mexico

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The third-largest nuclear disaster in world history occurred in New Mexico in 1979, but the devastating consequences of uranium mining and processing continue to unfold.

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William Rivers Pitt | Not The Onion

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: A fracking well exploded in a town in Pennsylvania, and Chevron compensated the neighbors who were affected with free pizza. Reality has reached such a level of absurdity that satire could easily be mistaken for reality.

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New Report Exposes America’s Highest-Paid Government Workers

Staff, PR Watch: A new report shows that America’s highest-paid “government” workers are not your local teachers, nurses or sanitation workers. Rather, they are corporate executives who sign lucrative contracts to take over public services and pay themselves and other executives eye-popping salaries.

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Laws Seek To Punish Use of Time-Honored Tool for Pushing Social Change

Pam Bailey, Truthout: Professors in cultures everywhere should challenge, explore, investigate and critique. Boycotts have an honorable history as a vehicle to promote citizen participation. Academics are rightly concerned that bills seeking to punish academic organizations boycotting Israeli institutions will impose a political test on faculty members.

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William Ayers: Teach Freedom!

William Ayers, HarperCollins: In Imagine Living in a Socialist USA, retired education professor William Ayers writes about knowledge as an inherently public good. The development of free people is the central goal of teaching toward the free society of the future, he says, and the fullest development of all is the condition for the full development of each.

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The Limits of Non-Cooperation as a Strategy for Social Change

Stephanie Van Hook, Open Democracy: Civil disobedience is vital, but it is insufficient to transform society. A new science of cooperation illuminates the path ahead.

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Human Footprints to a Harrowing Future

Evaggelos Vallianatos, Truthout: Nature photographer and photojournalist Peter Essick, who worked for most of his life for National Geographic, has produced a beautiful, horrifying mirror of our Earth in his new book, Our Beautiful, Fragile World.

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Time for White Americans To Wake the Hell Up!

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The result of media and popular culture portraying blacks as more likely to be criminals is that they’re far more likely to be treated as criminals, even when they aren’t. It’s time for white Americans to wake up and help heal this country of 400 years of self-inflicted wounds.

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Progress With Iran as Negotiations Continue in Vienna

Laicie Heeley, Truthout: While negotiations between the US and its P5+1 partners on Iran nuclear inspections go smoothly, a wide gap remains to be bridged.

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Documenting Darkness: How a Thug State Operates

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: The inhabitants of our secret state have been moving in dark and disturbing ways. What we know is already disturbing enough. What we don’t know would surely unnerve us far more.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Denton, Texas Is Taking on the Fracking Industry, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Denton, Texas is taking on the fracking industry; the Federal Communications Commission won’t stand up for internet freedom; nearly 100,000 people are about to lose their healthcare in Arkansas; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

Economic Update: This System Does Not Work

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on the Olympics; Chicago university faculty strike; Chevron’s contempt; Gallup poll on unemployment; consumer debt rising again; Europeans opposing the privatization of water; US adults marrying less to cope with the economy; and more.

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In Plundering the Earth With Rash Excess, the Oligarchy Has Dug the World’s Largest Mass Grave

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The biblical fable that Jesus multiplied a few fish and loaves of bread to feed 5,000 people is the stuff of faith. In reality, however, the Earth is well on its way to a population of 8 billion individuals. The profiteers are extracting a finite amount of natural resources, exacerbating climate change and creating a toxic carcass of the environment.

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Judge Sides With Landowners, Strikes Down Eminent Domain Law Allowing Keystone XL

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Celebrate World Social Justice Day – February 20

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Living in Poverty Is Like Being Punched in the Face Over and Over on a Daily Basis

Read the Article at Poor as Folk

Seeking Reverence for Planetary Balance

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Scott Walker, Eyeing 2016, Faces Fallout From Probes as Ex-Aide’s Emails Are Released

Read the Article at The Washington Post

What Happens When the Man Standing His Ground Isn’t White?

Read the Article at The Washington Spectator

After Five Banker Deaths in January, a Sixth: JPMorgan Exec Jumps

Read the Article at Raw Story

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The Oracle Report Thursday, February 21, 2013

Daily Energetic Analysis During the Time of Awakening

Thursday, February 21, 2013

First Quarter Moon Phase – Moon in Cancer

Today is the day of the “giveaway.” We want to give away some of our time, energy, resources, or attention for the benefit of another or others. Anything that is undertaken through collaboration with others will yield much better results today.

Mutations or imbalances tend to show up under this energy also. We see what areas of our lives are out of balance in proportion to other areas. When this happens, distortions arise. Use the energy of the giveaway to remove any distortion that has manifested in your life (and in your body). The Sun has developed magnetic fields that harbor potential for M and X class flares. This will make mutations or distortions more evident or visible. It shows up most readily with the physical body, but mental and emotional mutations/distortions are noticeable also.

The Sun and Neptune remain in close conjunction, helping us to see things more clearly. It takes a brave heart to look sometimes, but it is worth it. Have a wonderful day, everyone. Let’s give away the love.

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