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Truthout Daily Digest February 23,2014


Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Truthout: Trying to “prove” the historical foundations of family histories with a DNA test takes Eisa Ulen deep down the rabbit hole into communal histories rarely explored.

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A Call to Develop a Worker Cooperative Sector in New York City: How the City Can Create Jobs and Address Inequality at Its Roots

John W. Lawrence, Truthout: Co-op business development pioneers in New York City recently shared their successes and discussed their needs in building infrastructure and planting the seeds of a democratic work movement.

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Frances Fox Piven | Extreme Poverty Has Been Used to Divide and Terrify Working People for Centuries

Frances Fox Piven, HarperCollins: One of more than 30 top progressive thinkers who contributed to the new book,Imagine Living in a Socialist USA, Frances Fox Piven argues that the guarantee of a universal income would facilitate a new economic fairness and stability to a financial system careening out of control.

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Truthout Interviews Featuring Tony Kashani on Bob Dylan and Market Fascism

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Tony Kashani discusses our pre-conceived notions of “America” and how that lends itself to an exclusionary ideology; an ideology that Bob Dylan has apparently opposed – but in which he participates, in a starring role as a pitchman for Chrysler.

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Violent Protests in Venezuela Fit a Pattern

Dan Beeton, Center for Economic Policy and Research: While some in Washington foreign policy circles may attempt to portray the leaders of this new wave of protests in Venezuela as persecuted pro-democracy heroes, they in fact have histories of supporting anti-democratic and unconstitutional efforts to oust the government.

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Why Amazon’s Collaboration With the CIA Is So Ominous – and Vulnerable

Norman Solomon, Norman Solomon’s Blog: Amazon is hosting a huge computing cloud for the CIA’s secrets – a digital place where data for mass surveillance and perpetual war are converging. The company now has the means, motive and opportunity to provide huge amounts of customer information to its new business partner.

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LAPD Goes to Israel, Falls in Love With Drones and Mass Surveillance

Rania Khalek, Electronic Antifada: Earlier this month, eight of the LAPD’s highest ranking officers toured Israel’s private security firms and drone manufacturers. It’s likely that the grant that paid for the trip came from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Keystone XL “at a Standstill” After Nebraska Ruling

Kristin Moe, Yes! Magazine: Local landowners and environmentalists who have long opposed the pipeline project are celebrating the decision.

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Afraid, Apathetic, Indifferent and Hypocritical

Max Eternity, The Eternity Group: How wise is it to continue squandering the immeasurable power of speaking truth to power – denying one’s individual and collective power in order to prop up the Obama socio-political illusion?

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Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On

Erika Lundahl, Yes! Magazine: A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages – and housing officials are taking notice.

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This week in Speakout:

Carolina Drake talks about the continuing legacy for her generation of growing up in Argentina during the economic crisis; Public Citizen reports NSA and DHS have finally acknowledged the right to sell parody merchandise using their images; New Partners reveals the Obama administration’s TPP trade officials received hefty bonuses from big banks; the staff at the Center for Economic Policy Research skewer Thomas Friedman’s enthusiasm for “free trade” and ignorance of economics; Libi Uremovic talks about the difficulty of obtaining government records in spite of sunshine and transparency laws; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Ukraine Leadership Points West as US Warns Russia Against Force

Read the Article at Reuters

Gun Production in US Sets New Record With 30 Percent Increase

Read the Article at RT News

How ALEC Helped Duke Energy Block Stricter Coal Ash Rules

Read the Article at Facing South

Report: NSA Is Bugging German Ministers Instead of the Merkel Circle

Read the Article at Reuters

BP Gets Slick in Trying to Undermine Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

You Still Need to Care About Sky-High Wall Street CEO Pay

Read the Article at US News

Meet the Olympic Workers Still Waiting for Payday

Watch the Video at Mother Jones

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The Oracle Report – Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gibbous Moon Phase – Moon in Leo

As mentioned, Mercury stations retrograde Saturday, causing potential issues with travel, electronics, and communications. The energy borders on chaos and we may find ourselves questioning if something is worth it or wondering if we have misplaced our trust or loyalty, especially if we are sacrificing something else. It may seem like all effort has come to nothing. It is hard to fully judge this until Mercury stations direct on March 17 so bear this in mind.

Sunday’s energy jars or jolts us into clarity about something that is bogged down, giving us a wake up call. Mercury is headed back for another conjunction with Mars and the energy will build throughout the day and into Monday when the exact conjunction is made. A lesson is being taught. Monday is charged with emotional energy, so let’s ground ourselves firmly with the planet today in preparation.