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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dahr Jamail | Species Extinctions, Human Chronic Disease on the Rise, as Climate Disruption Mounts

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: As we continue to learn of terrifying developments resulting from human-caused climate disruption, scientists are now predicting mass die-offs and species extinctions, and rising rates of chronic disease in humans related to air pollution.

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With Progressive Syriza’s Victory, Is a European Spring Coming?

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: In the wake of the victory of progressive party Syriza in the January Greek general election, some talk about a coming European Spring – a democratic uprising against the political status quo that has imposed brutal austerity policies in Europe. Yet, given the ease with which elites capture government, not all proposed solutions lead to a democratic outcome.

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Ten Tall Tales on Trade: Fact-Checking Obama’s Top Trade Official

Ben Beachy, Eyes on Trade: Here’s a rundown of the top 10 fibs and half-truths that US Trade Representative Michael Froman uttered before the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee in his sales pitch for the Obama administration’s bid to fast-track through Congress the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

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My Journey With Securus: Prison Phone Monopoly Punishes Loved Ones

Jennifer Long, Truthout: Securus is an exploitative monopoly, and an unfortunate part of both prisoners’ and their families’ lives. The for-profit prison phone services company charges exorbitant fees, putting financial hardships on prisoners’ loved ones, many of whom already face economic pressures.

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Dean Baker | Is Hillary Clinton in the Bottom 3 Percent? Turning the Corner on CEO Pay

Dean Baker, Truthout: One of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill required that CEO pay packages be submitted to a non-binding “Say on Pay” vote of shareholders on a regular basis. Suppose corporate directors forfeited their pay whenever a CEO pay package was voted down, a bit less than 3 percent of the time.

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The Real NFL Scandal

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Seattle’s decision to throw the ball at the goal line with 20 seconds to go in last night’s Super Bowl was a costly one. But in the long run, it won’t be nearly as costly to the rest of the United States as the National Football League itself.

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Arguments Before the Michigan Supreme Court on Right-to-Work Law Beside the Point

Cedric de Leon, Truthout: The lawsuit now before the Michigan Supreme Court is technically about whether the state’s 2012 right-to-work law applies to public employees, but it is really about the place of workers in US democracy.

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Amy Goodman | CODEPINK Attempts to “Arrest” Henry Kissinger for War Crimes in Vietnam, Laos, Chile and East Timor

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Activists from the antiwar group CODEPINK attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global security challenges at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. CODEPINK cited Kissinger’s involvement in foreign policies that led to mass slaughter.

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Holder’s Final Betraying Kiss to the People of Ferguson: The Wholesale Abandonment of Decency

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: There is no “very high bar,” as Eric Holder cynically asserted during his recent diatribe at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, that needs to be met to establish the case that Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown’s civil rights.

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Teenage Girls in Argentina – Invisible Victims of Femicide

Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighboring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide.

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In South Korea, Preaching Peace Is Now a Deportable Offense

Hyun Lee, Foreign Policy in Focus: On January 10, after detaining her for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law, South Korea deported US citizen Shin Eun-mi and barred her from returning to the country for the next five years. In this interview, she reflects on the South Korean government’s decision.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Middle Class Can’t Be Saved Unless Wall Street Is Tamed, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been talking a lot about the middle class, but that talk is cheap; legal cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the United States; Greece has had enough of austerity; and more.

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BuzzFlash

NYPD Commissioner Backs Off Idea of Police Patrolling Protests With Machine Guns

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The idea of police employing machine guns and sniper rifles to surround groups exercising their right to protest conjures memories of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

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President Obama Sends Congress Record $4 Trillion Budget Plan

Read the Article at the Associated Press

California State Regulators Let Oil Companies Taint Drinkable Water in Central Valley

Read the Article at the San Francisco Chronicle

Democrat Rahm Emanuel Puts Chicago Up for Sale

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Suppressed EU Report Could Have Banned Pesticides Worth Billions

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Pipeline Fight Pitting Native Americans Against Big Oil

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Rev. Billy Talen on His Arrest That Illustrates the Criminalizing of Dissent

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B Is for Billion: What Military Cuts?

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Clearing a Space for High-Vibrational Energies to Flow into your Life | D L Zeta

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Clearing a Space for High-Vibrational Energies to Flow into your Life

We are moving into a time when high-vibrational frequencies are bio-available and can be brought to a fuller realization in our lives. These energies hold the power to deepen our awareness of our potentials, and to expand our intuitive knowing. When we open to these energies, our experience of inner peace and divine love is more profound as is our understanding of our spiritual purpose.

In this cycle, many older souls are undergoing intense change that will transport them to timelines where the next phase of their healing is serving others. The changes you experience in 2014 will allow you to clear away all that ever dimmed your light. You will move forward brighter, stronger, more empowered, and with a greater sense of love, compassion and discernment. You will be healthier, more awake and alert, and more willing to embrace the changes needed to bring you closer to your soul and higher self.

Returning to your Natural State of Inner Unification

The jolting energies of the last few years were designed to shake you loose from old ways of being. The energies moving forward will help you find a new vision and identity more aligned with your spiritual purpose. For many, this year of service will involve serving as the higher self for your repertoire of past selves within this lifetime. This is a process of clearing and refocusing your energy and returning to your natural state of inner unification. With all aspects of yourself existing in a state of love and harmony, you will be able to extend this outward to assist others. This assistance can take many different forms according to individual gifts, preferences and divine timing.

In order to make the most of this time, we need to undertake clearing of a greater magnitude than what we may have undertaken in the past. Clearing is essential at this time to make room for the abundance of higher energies available. This window of opportunity cannot fully open to us when our lives are filled with unresolved emotions and unhealed wounds. We can’t fully embrace these energies when our minds are held prisoner by thought viruses or when our lives are filled with people and situations that drain our energy. Releasing the things that hold us back is a matter of bringing awareness to them, and a willingness to apply radical discernment to all our circumstances and relationships.

Healing Emotional Wounds opens a Space for Greater Love

Emotional wounds that have never fully healed pose a barrier to the flow of higher energies into our lives. Everyone has a sacred wound that dates to childhood but we don’t have to delve into the archives of the past to discover it. A sacred wound that remains unhealed is very much alive in our present moment. If you are currently experiencing emotional upheaval, the form and nature of this upheaval offers insights into your sacred wound. If you grew up in a family where there was dysfunction, the feeling states accompanying these memories drive your sacred wound and are likely influencing your present-moment relationships. Energies during this window of time are the best they have been in a while for clearing stuck emotions. It’s easy to become used to old feeling states that anchor you to lower-vibrational realities and tether you to old ways of being. As you bring awareness to these trapped emotions and clear them, you open a space for the energies of greater peace and love to flow into your consciousness and transform your life.

Meditation and Journaling as Tools to Clear Trapped Emotions and Free your Spirit

Meditation raises your vibration and over time, can help break loose stuck emotions, allowing them to bubble to the surface of your consciousness to be released. If you don’t currently have a meditation practice, begin now. Sit for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day, releasing all thoughts and relaxing and stilling your mind. This sounds simple and it is. Complications may be posed by the mind and its various forms of resistance but with intention and persistence this can be overcome. It is well worth the effort. A daily meditation practice will transform your life. There are different ways to approach meditation. Some choose to sit in complete silence, while others prefer to meditate to relaxing music. Just before meditation, you can bring your focus to questions for which you are seeking answers; or you can choose to meditate on love or some other topic. There is no right or wrong way. Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed for a period of time and begin. Allow whatever happens to be perfect for you within the moment. Once you become comfortable with daily meditation, you may find meditation a useful tool for connecting with another soul in consciousness or traveling in time to meet a past or future self.

Daily journaling is another technique that will help you bring awareness to stuck emotions and clear them. When you journal, give yourself the freedom to write whatever flows into your mind. Just keep writing even if the voice of your inner critic tells you that what you are writing is worthless and you are wasting your time. Sooner or later, your conscious mind will become bored and stop paying attention. This is when rich material from the subconscious makes its way onto your page. It may take some time for you to get used to this form of writing but if you persist, you will find journaling is an excellent housecleaning tool to assist you in processing emotions and bringing awareness to the landscape of your mental and emotional bodies.

Once you become comfortable with daily journaling, you can begin to incorporate automatic writing. One way to begin automatic writing is to write out questions on one side of your notebook and on the other side, allow answers to flow onto the page. Keep your pen moving; don’t lift it from the page. Automatic writing works best when you write faster than your mind can keep up with. In a sense, you “outrun” the mind with your pen, making it impossible for your mind to micromanage what ends up on the page. When you begin writing things you don’t consciously know, you have tapped into the deep well of your subconscious.

Express Gratitude for your Most Difficult Teachers and the Lessons they bring

Gratitude is another tool that will help you release the past. True healing involves holding gratitude for everyone and everything in your life. It’s understandable if you find there are some things from the past you are still holding energy around. Old resentments and regrets can linger in your energy field throughout your life, taking up energy and space that could be utilized by your present-moment passions and goals. Over time you may have lost touch with these old energies. This makes it hard to access and clear them. Meditation and journaling can help you gain access to them. Whatever comes up in your meditation or journaling practice, embrace it and express gratitude for the insight and healing it offers.

It may be difficult to feel genuine gratitude for the people in your life who have helped you with your most difficult lessons. This is especially true of those you feel have deceived you, lied to you, used you, abandoned you or worse. Bless those who played a role in the most painful scenarios in your life for they have helped you become the wise and spiritually aware being that you are.

Love Yourself by Practicing Radical Discernment and Setting Healthy Boundaries

Forgiving and releasing the past does not mean we wish to repeat painful events. Once we receive the message of a situation, we can bless those who played a role and move on to create new realities based on our new understandings. If there is someone in your life who is treating you with un-love or disrespect, or harming you in any way, now is the time to release that connection with gratitude and love. This is one of the most painful lessons we face in human form – summoning the courage to release a close connection that does not honor the glorious being that you are. Always approach these situations with love and gratitude for what has been and embrace the lessons learned. Once you accept the lesson, you are able to move forward to new visions and new timelines where you’re loved, honored, and appreciated. If a person continues to try and remain in your life, you will need to practice radical discernment by setting and enforcing healthy boundaries and walking away from those who do not honor and respect your choices.

Undertaking this “housecleaning” at all levels helps free your energy and opens a space for new, high-vibrational frequencies to flow into your life. The energies of this time contain powerful frequencies designed to heal and assist you as you move toward the next phase of your spiritual evolution.

For more on timeline and identity shifts, see Timeline and Identity Shifts: the New Science of Reality Creation
For more on accessing the fifth dimension, see The Future is Here Now: Steps to Accessing Fifth-Dimensional Consciousness By DL Zeta


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Truthout Daily Digest February 5, 2014

Noam Chomsky | Prerogatives of Power

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: Recently the BBC reported on the results of the WIN/Gallup International poll on the question: “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” The United States was the champion by a substantial margin, winning three times the votes of second-place Pakistan.

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How Eviction Resisters Are Using Stand-Your-Ground Laws To Challenge Fannie Mae

Anna Simonton, Truthout: Stand Your Ground laws and the national foreclosure crisis have sparked intense debate and nationwide grass-roots mobilization in the past few years. Thus far, the two issues have not overlapped, but that’s about to change.

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Whose Radical Jesus? The Story of a Literary Success

Paul Buhle, Truthout: Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth looks at issues of class and colonialism, oppression and rebellion in first-century Judea in a way that resonates for 21st-century readers.

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Job Creationism: The Myth of the Entrepreneur as God

David Gespass, Truthout: The joint emphasis on owners of capitalist enterprises as the source of jobs reflects both political parties’ dependence on contributions from rich donors and turns the relationship of employees and employers on its head.

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Is the TPP Dead? Have We Won?

Dennis Trainor Jr., Popular Resistance: Given that NAFTA has contributed to a world that is a negative image of what was sold to us, it is no surprise that the global elite and the Obama administration have been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership in secret.

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CVS Shows That Big Government Is Working

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Big government is working! Today, CVS Caremark, the second-largest drugstore chain in the country, announced that it will stop selling all tobacco products – cigarettes and chewing tobacco – by October 1.

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Residents and Fishermen Fight Cove Point LNG Export Plans That Threaten Area’s Future

Caroline Selle, DeSmogBlog: The entire LNG export process, the coalition says, would release more greenhouse gases than Maryland’s seven coal-fired power plants combined, and local government officials have not been receptive to homeowners’ concerns.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Living Close to Nature Improves Our Mental Health, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The mortgage industry is still breaking the law; we’ve already had two rivers destroyed by the fossil fuel industry; the state of Washington thinks that everyone should have the right to a vacation; and more.

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Paul Krugman | Economic Exaggerations in Europe

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Allies of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government are now taunting French President François Hollande for having run the French economy “into the sand,” according to The Financial Times – presumably in contrast with Britain’s triumph.

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As Trans-Pacific Partnership Falters, Opponents Go After Fence-Sitting Pols

James Trimarco, Yes! Magazine: Opponents say the TPP would roll back the gains of almost every people’s movement, especially those concerned with labor and the environment. As many frequently point out, the deal isn’t just about trade.

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The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will Be the Future of Medicine

T. Colin Campbell and Jacob Gould Schurman, Independent Science News: Few issues have become so intensely debated and politically charged as the need to reform the health care system. This has resulted in the Affordable Care Act, which aims to expand and improve health care and reduce health care costs.

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Taking the Mic: Why Structural and Environmental Racism Matter

Staff, Peaceful Uprising: We at Peaceful Uprising threw our support behind the Clean Air, No Excuses rally, because air quality in the Salt Lake valley is the worst in the nation – and has at times this year surpassed pollution in Beijing.

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Take Roots Action:

A State Department report has just declared that the environmental impact of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be acceptable. This clears a path for Secretary of State John Kerry to give his approval to the pipeline.

Tell Kerry and President Obama we will not stand for this project moving forward

BuzzFlash

Elizabeth Warren: End Usurious Payday Loan Exploitation by Making Post Offices Mini-Banks

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Once again, Elizabeth Warren makes an innovative win-win proposal. Both working poor consumers and the Postal Service would benefit from her idea.

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An Enlightened US Drug Policy Would Reduce Heroin Deaths

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House GOP Abandons Plans to Tie Debt Ceiling to Obamacare, Keystone

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Making Iowa Into a War Zone: National Guard Poised To Attack From Des Moines Airport

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First Congressman to Battle NSA Is Dead; No One Noticed, No One Cares

Read the Article at PandoDaily

UN: Vatican “Must Immediately Remove” Child Abusers

Read the Article at BBC

Farm Bill Promotes Hemp as Legal Crop; Obama Expected to Sign

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference – Read It Here

Read the Article at Mother Jones