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Truthout Daily Digest | Friday, February 6, 2015

I hope the hullabaloo about measles and vaccination soon turns to what I consider the elephant in the room. Even though the inviolable sanctity of an individual’s physical body is a significant issue, and the conflict between that and the compelling aspect of the social contract re: the collective good/public health is unlikely to be resolved any time soon; the biggest issue we could effectively control is being ignored, possibly suppressed.

I’m not against vaccination. I don’t know anyone well who has children who is. So perhaps my perspective is skewed. But after my own review of the research, it appears to me the only medical problem with vaccination using dead organisms is the unintended effects caused by additives and preservatives used in the carrier fluid.

The studies “proving” the lack of connection between vaccination and negative effects such as neurological damage appear to have used fresh and uncontaminated vaccines.

Corporations that manufacture these things cut costs by using toxic preservatives like thimerosal which contains mercury ( I have been told this particular preservative was removed from many but not all vaccines). The carrier fluid can contain multiple substances that are well known toxins and allergens.

Instead of making a witch-hunt for the anti-vaccine people, it would seem more logical and sensible to simply regulate the manufacturing of vaccines to eliminate all nonessential substances, specifically all toxic or allergenic substances.

With a pure, “killed” vaccine the worst reactions should be minor except in extremely rare circumstances.

Instead we have hysteria and propaganda making certain “types” of people out to be villains just for being concerned for their children.

I think we need to pay attention to the purposeful division of Americans into opposing camps on everything. We need to get past this tendency to vilify and caricature those who think or feel differently than we do.

The only issue with that kind of stark import is environmental destruction. If our species goes extinct all other disputes immediately become pointless-or actually non-existent since no one will exist to disagree!

But even then hatred, nastiness, and oppositional language is counterproductive.

Until we learn to work together again measles is the least of our worries. As distressing as losing your child is (I know all too well unfortunately); it cannot compare to losing your only life sustaining planet or your entire species.

When we listen to one another and actually count all voices respectfully as in consensus governance, amazing creative solutions are frequently the result.

Laura Flanders | David Harvey: Looking Toward a Moneyless Economy and Sleeping Well at Night

Laura Flanders, Truthout: Author and professor David Harvey speaks with Laura Flanders on some of the contradictions of capitalism, the loss of meaningful jobs and possible alternatives to the current social and economic system.

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Wheeler to Take Title II Route in Net Neutrality Proposal

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to propose regulating the internet more like a public utility, a move that activists argue is the only way to establish strong net neutrality rules that will stand up to court challenges from the broadband industry.

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Jesse Hagopian: “I Was Pepper-Sprayed by Seattle Police on MLK Day”

Jesse Hagopian, The Nation: “I still don’t know how to talk to my kids about what happened. What do I have to do so that when my sons have grown up and recall the 63rd annual MLK Day celebration, it is about remembering past trials of injustice rather than endlessly reliving them?”

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Beware the Best of Times

Martin Kirk, Truthout: The UN, large corporations and NGOs want us to believe that poverty has been halved in the last 15 years and can be eradicated by 2030. Are their claims justified, and their motivations pure?

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Wildlife Conservation Efforts Are Violating Tribal Peoples’ Rights

Stephen Corry, Truthout: Conservation is failing to achieve its stated objectives, partly because it routinely violates tribal peoples’ rights. From tiger reserves in India, to ancestral forests in Cameroon, the work of conservation organizations like the World Wildlife Fund is forcing indigenous peoples off their land in the name of protecting nature.

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The Super-Rich Can’t Hide From the Rest of Us

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: The rich are getting ready to run away from the mess they’ve helped create. The wealthy hedge fund managers buying up remote retreats far from the madding crowd shouldn’t be hiding out of fear. They should be hiding out of shame.

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Amy Goodman | Amid Violence Against Journalists Worldwide, Egypt Releases One of Three Jailed Al Jazeera Reporters

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been released from an Egyptian prison after 400 days behind bars. Greste and two of his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were convicted on terrorism charges in a case widely denounced as a sham.

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Fracking Industry Showdown Preceding Stricter Fugitive Emissions Ordinances in Mansfield, Texas

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: The issue of fugitive emissions is one of the reasons that the Mansfield City Council is struggling with how to handle a request from another oil and gas company, Edge Resources, to renew an expired permit. Approving the permit would allow Edge Resources to pursue fracking in a neighborhood.

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What Is the Houthi Takeover in Yemen About?

Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: In just under two weeks, Yemen has been plunged into chaos that, analysts are saying, could change the face of the nation forever. It started on January 22 when Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned amid pressure from Houthi rebel forces.

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Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: It’s not often that a city council race in a city of 100,000 draws national attention. It happened in Richmond, California, this past fall, because one big corporation was so shameless in its open attempt to buy the election.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Obama Administration Releases Plan for Offshore Drilling, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Obama administration proposes opening up new areas along our coastline to fossil fuel extraction; Maine may be stuck with Gov. Paul LePage for another four years, but at least the state’s got a coal-free university system; North Dakota’s oil industry is tired of all those pesky regulations; and more.

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Massive Deaths in Border Desert Caused by US Immigration Policy

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The situation is a full-blown humanitarian catastrophe, and US government border enforcement strategy is directly implicated in the dramatic increase in attempted Mexican border crossing deaths.

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American SniperTakes a Shot at History and Turns It Into Deadly Jingoism

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The United States’ Real National Security Budget: A Trillion Dollars a Year

Read the Article at Medium

Vaccination Debate Flares in GOP Presidential Race, Alarming Medical Experts

Read the Article at The Washington Post

How the Roberts Supreme Court Has Strengthened the Powerful and Screwed Everyone Else

Read the Article at The Nation

Leader of War Crimes Inquiry Into 2014 Gaza Conflict Resigns

Read the Article at The New York Times

Charles P. Pierce: The President Picks a Fight Over the Budget

Read the Article at Esquire

The Real Reason the US Military Was So Secretive About Afghanistan

Read the Article at Vice

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Truthout Daily Digest February 6, 2014


William Rivers Pitt | Diary of a Dying Country

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Unlike the energy policies that are filling the rivers and the air with poison, drying up the water out West while making the tap water back East flammable, speaking your mind does no harm. Who knows? They may even listen.

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Massive Coal Ash Spill Chokes North Carolina River as EPA Considers Waste Rules

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: A ruptured Duke Energy pipe in Eden, North Carolina, caused the release of up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated water into the Dan River. “The ecological disaster that is unleashed here is going to play out in the order of months, if not years,” said Matt Wasson of Appalachian Voices.

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Shocking Facts About America’s For-Profit Prison Industry

Beth Buczynski, Care2: The prison system has become a for-profit business in which inmates are the product – a system that has shocking similarities to another human-based business from America’s past: slavery.

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Vermont Students, Workers Object to Tuition Dollars Being Used to Fund Poverty Wages

Jonathan Leavitt, Truthout: Rising tuition, faculty cuts and non-living wages for janitors and food workers in Vermont institutions of higher learning are prompting student labor organizers to ask if tuition dollars should be used to exacerbate inequality.

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Keystone XL Pipeline to America: Bend Over and Take It

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We need to make it clear to Big Oil, the Obama administration and their supporters that we aren’t just going to “lie back and enjoy” the Keystone XL pipeline and the toxic, dirty and dangerous oil that it would be transporting.

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Being the Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Rodriguez, Truthout: What makes The Wolf of Wall Street so vitally important is that it illustrates the entitled, master-of-the-universe mindset that is actively mucking up the world for the rest of us. The problem isn’t that this movie encourages viewers to idolize people like Jordan Belfort – the problem is they already do.

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The Too-Appealing Wolf of Wall Street

Natasha Adams, Truthout: Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street delivers high craft and a rollicking good time. And that’s a big problem.

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With AIPAC’s Power in Doubt, Is Peace With Israel Now Possible?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: President Obama has raised questions about the effectiveness of AIPAC’s tactics and even its role as the unchallenged voice of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. If AIPAC can lose on Syria and lose on Iran, could it also lose on Israel-Palestine?

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Selling Your Secrets: The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters

Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch: The world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.

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California’s Water Wars: 2014-2030

Craig Collins PhD, Truthout: What happens after California drought, peak oil, climate chaos, economic depression and water privatization finally get to the population of the Golden State? Those who hope to keep water in public hands are at odds with those who connive to gain private control of this vital resource.

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In the Name of Love

Miya Tokumitsu, Jacobin: The “Do What You Love” mantra distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment.

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It’s Not “All Psychological”: How the Medical Establishment Fails Transgender Patients

Molly Knefel, RH Reality Check: For transgender and gender nonconforming people, just going to the doctor means risking mistreatment, misdiagnosis, hostility or aggression.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Alaska Could Be the Third State To Legalize Recreational Pot, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Organizers in Alaska have obtained enough signatures to put recreational marijuana up for a vote in August; Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has introduced a proposal to guarantee every high school senior in his state can go to a community college or technical school for free; there’s new legislation aimed at putting government back in the hands of the people; and more.

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Economic Update: Public vs. Private Enterprise

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on economic democracy from Jackson, Mississippi, to Marseilles, France; credit card scandals; phony labels for chicken; and overcharging inmates for calls. Major discussions of re-municipalization of water and electric utilities; post office banking; and new book on capitalism’s inequalities. Response to audience questions on TPP, corporate tax breaks and minimum wage.

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Barclays Bonuses Rise to Nearly $4 Billion: Where Is the Outrage?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: At a time when banks too big to fail are continuing to admit to illegal activity and pay huge fines, Barclays is flush enough to pass out billions of dollars in bonuses. Meanwhile, in the second economy, most Americans struggle to get by.

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Indigenous Groups: “No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands”

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Bullying Is Bad, Except When We Do It

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Some in Congress See Just One Option for NSA Spying: Scrap the NSA

Read the Article by McClatchy News

New Electronic “Eyes” Can Track Your Every Move

Read the Article at The Washington Post

House Republicans Attempt To Take Control of California Water

Read the Article at Daily Kos

Climate Change Not at Standstill; Warming on Course To Continue for Generations

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Racing To Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi

Read the Article at The New York Times

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, February 6, 2014


First Quarter Moon Phase: step out, break away, grow

Moon: Taurus

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Mercury the Messenger goes retrograde today, but the news is good! Mercury will be retrograde (appear to move backwards in the sky) until February 27, 2014. During this time, things that need to be revealed, exposed, uncovered, discovered, and unmasked will come to light. We will see what needs to be repaired or rebuilt. We will also become more resilient.

As mentioned earlier this week, this round of Mercury retrograde is perfectly aligned with the mission of being “in place” – strongly grounded with the earth – mentally, emotionally, and physically this month. We are “in stillness” with the earth. This is the position of power and as we practice holding in place, power builds. The events of Mercury retrograde will make things stronger (mainly us.) Keep in mind that this is a state of mind. We are not paralyzed from taking action and living life while a planet is retrograde. It requires that we be more flexible.

Mercury will be retrograde for most of the remainder of this lunar cycle. The next lunar cycle, the New Moon in Pisces, begins March 1. The trifecta of words for effectively navigating the remainder of this lunar cycle is revelation, reparation, and resilience.

The day a planet stations retrograde usually wreaks a certain degree of havoc. With Mercury the havoc comes through communications, telecommunications, travel, and electronics. Don’t get frustrated with the havoc. Slow down. Turn around if you have to; it’s ok if you have to do something again. Invoke patience. Find the place of stillness inside and become a witness to the outer.

If your attention is turned toward something else today, you are right in line with the energy. Heads are turning because there are better, more interesting, more appropriate things happening off of the normal or the usual. Looking at anything from a side view reveals more of the story or picture. Mercury retrograde says, “Hey, what about this?”

Remember…revelation, reparation, and resilience.