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Truthout Daily Digest February 22, 2014

This Is Your Brain on Poverty: What Science Tells Us About Poverty

Christian Exoo and Calvin F. Exoo, Truthout: Poverty has been identified as a causal factor in lower IQ and psychiatric disorders. What can this tell us about public policy and the minimum wage?

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Meet Andy Shallal, DC’s Most Progressive Mayoral Candidate

Rania Khalek, Truthout: Fifty-eight-year-old Iraqi-born artist, activist and businessman Andy Shallal is running for mayor of Washington. He tells Truthout about his hopes and plans for the district: public housing and education, alleviating homelessness, limiting the role of money in politics, raising the minimum wage, and what not to call the city’s football team.

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Clearing Our Heads About Keystone

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Truthout: After environmental study, the State Department recently offered an almost apologetic justification for permitting the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, but strong pragmatic considerations and deeper reflection, lead to the possibility of a pivotal decision for a different world.

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The Senator From Oz Fights Crazy With Crazy

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Pat Roberts is dancing like a fool with right-wing ideologues who want to elect one of their own to the Senate.

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Michael Winship | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest From the Frontlines

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Wednesday’s announcement by Chairman Tom Wheeler that the FCC would write new rules to insure open access to the Internet generally was seen by consumers as a step in the right direction. But media reform advocates were concerned that it didn’t go far enough.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Over 1,000 Medical Professionals Say That Fracking Must Be Stopped, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: It looks like Progressives may be able to claim a victory; there are still massive problems at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant; more than 1,000 medical professionals say that fracking must be stopped; and more.

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Keep Your Promise: A Left-Right Coalition To Help Veterans and Cut the Debt

Robert Naiman, Truthout: There is wide political agreement that we need to do more to support our veterans and their families. A key question is how we are going to pay for increased veterans’ benefits, given broad Republican resistance to raising revenue or increasing the deficit.

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Solving California’s Water Crisis Requires A Look Beyond This Year

Melia Ungson, Next New Deal: Beyond concerns about having adequate supplies of water for drinking, industry, and agriculture, priorities to protect ecosystems and water quality are being put to the test. Even though California has managed with droughts in the past, this is a new scale.

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Schools Out: The Decimation of Public Education

Making Contact, National Radio Project: On this edition of Making Contact we explore how the privatization of public education is playing out across the country and how students and teachers are fighting back.

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Four Signs Billionaire Tom Perkins Has Lost Touch With Reality (and Why It Matters)

Kevin Mathews, Care2: American multi-billionaire Tom Perkins can’t seem to avoid controversy lately. Whether he’s comparing himself to a Holocaust victim, calling for mass disenfranchisement, or even just writing erotica, the headlines are sure to follow.

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Scott Walker’s Dopey Defenders: Beltway Hacks Think Racist Emails Are a Snooze

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The United States of Poverty and Inequality

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Comrades Say Marine Heroism Tale of Iraq Veteran Was Untrue

Read the article at The Washington Post

Ukrainian MPs Vote To Oust President Yanukovych

Read the article at BBC News

Fed Misread Crisis in 2008, Records Show

Read the article at The New York Times

Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone?

Read the article at The Nation

HHS Announces New Medicare Cuts

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The Oracle Report-Friday, February 22, 2013

Daily Energetic Analysis During the Time of Awakening

Friday, February 22, 2013

First Quarter Moon Phase – Moon in Cancer/Leo

The themes of duty, honor, and protection of higher ideals take the forefront today. We also see where or to what people are dedicated. This is heart energy and it reveals much about the truth of matters. With this, Venus has reached the degree where we are find ourselves testing, gauging, and evaluating things. Since this is Venus, we tend to test, gauge, and evaluate relationships, love, and our ideas about money and attractiveness. Insecurities have a way of cropping up. Let’s handle all of this the best way possible:

  • Avoid testing people. Gauging and evaluating are productive, but testing people as opposed to honest dialog is counterproductive.
  • Hold to the mission of serving the vision of Sophia. Keep nature close by going outside and connecting with Sophia’s creatures and landscape.
  • Provide cover for anyone who is being challenged emotionally. By this I mean just be there for him or her. We tend to think that we have to be able to fix things or provide answers, but really all we need to do is be present.
  • Focus on higher ideals. What is your highest ideal? How can you honor that?

Mercury will station retrograde tomorrow. This means we need to back-up important information today or take care of any unfinished correspondence or business. Communications, electronics, and travel go haywire the day Mercury stations retrograde, so plan ahead today. Mercury will be retrograde until St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).