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Common Dreams Highlights Friday January 9, 2015

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News & Views | 1.9.15


As Court Ruling Clears Way for Keystone XL, Groups Say: It’s Now Up to You, Obama
by Andrea Germanos
‘It’s time for President Obama to build on his veto threat and reject Keystone XL outright.’—May Boeve, 350


Suspected Gunmen Killed Amid Chaotic Scenes At French Hostage Sites
by Common Dreams staff
French police stormed a printworks warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, where two suspects for the Charlie Hebdo shootings, identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, were holding at least one hostage.
Amid Time of Soaring Inequality, Rich Say: The Poor Have It Easy
by Andrea Germanos
Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima says political leaders will ignore inequality at their own peril.
Yep, That’s Right…’Free’: Obama Plan Would Cover Community College Tuition
by Jon Queally
Proposal put forth by White House would see federal and state governments pay for two years of college for all those able to maintain 2.5 GPA.
Icy Cold and Cut Services Create Dangerous Perfect Storm for Nation’s Homeless
by Jon Queally
With number of people without permament housing rising nationwide and services for them falling, near-zero temperatures put thousands at severe risk.
Adding More Proof ‘War Is Over’ Is a Myth, NATO Commander Warns of Inevitable Deaths to Come
by Sarah Lazare
‘The war in Afghanistan has not ended.’
In ‘Epic’ Chase, Sea Shepherd Vows to Pursue Poachers to ‘Ends of the Earth’
by Deirdre Fulton
The dramatic chase, which has gone on for 22 days, is thought to be the world’s longest pursuit of an illegal fishing vessel.
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In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack, Let’s Not Sacrifice Even More Rights
by Sophia Cope, Jillian C. York
Even as we mourn the losses at Charlie Hebdo, we must be wary of any attempt to rush through new surveillance and law enforcement powers.
CIA’s Hidden Hand in ‘Democracy’ Groups
by Robert Parry
Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy stress their commitment to freedom of thought and democracy, but both cooperated with a CIA-organized propaganda operation in the 1980s.
In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
by Glenn Greenwald
Usually, defending free speech rights is much more of a lonely task.
The Right Tries (and Fails) to Justify Its Assault on Social Security
by Richard Eskow
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent?
Reproductive Sovereignty or Bust!
by Carol Downer
A woman is sovereign when she can decide her own destiny without State interference.
Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Is About Our Humanity, Not His Guilt
by Sonali Kolhatkar
Ultimately, how we treat Tsarnaev will say much more about our humanity than his guilt.
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Truthout Daily Digest January 9, 2014


Green Capitalism: The God That Failed

Richard Smith, Truthout: The results are in: no amount of “green capitalism” will be able to ensure the profound changes we must urgently make to prevent the collapse of civilization as a result of the catastrophic impacts of global warming.

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Caught in the Cold: Homelessness and the Polar Vortex

Candice Bernd, Truthout: As a deadly polar vortex moved across the United States this week, cities scrambled to shelter the homeless, who can face additional problems once in the shelter system. And the hacker collective Anonymous worked to provide additional aid networks for those in need.

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Gaming the System: The Relevance of The Hunger Games

Sarah Page, Truthout: As The Hunger Games trilogy gains popularity in bookstores and the box office, its themes of extreme class inequality, poverty, class warfare and oppression gain prominence in reality across the globe.

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Bill Moyers | North Carolina: Battleground State

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Big money has moved North Carolina far to the right politically, but citizen protesters are fighting back against “extremist policies.” The conflict unfolding in North Carolina could be a testing ground for what’s to come in every state.

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Higher Hopes for Hemp

Jill Richardson, OtherWords: The phony justification for banning hemp because someone might secretly grow pot makes even less sense than it did before Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana.

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Memo to Media: Israeli Settlement Expansion Is Not All About the United States

Justin Doolittle, Truthout: Israel’s decision to wait until Secretary of State John Kerry left the region before announcing it will pursue settlement expansion in the West Bank grabbed the headlines. It’s the existence of the settlements, not the timing of the announcement, that should concern the media.

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It’s Time for Shooter’s Insurance

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Guns, like cars, can be dangerous, and anyone who owns a gun should be required to have liability insurance, so if they injure or kill somebody, the victim or the victim’s family will receive monetary damages.

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Peak Oil Is Dead: Long Live Peak Oil!

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: The explosive development of shale oil and other unconventional fuels in the United States seemingly discredited the idea that oil production was on the decline. But before obituaries for peak oil theory pile up too high, let’s take a careful look at these assertions.

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On the Outskirts of Crypto City – the Architecture of Surveillance

Ingrid Burrington, Waging Nonviolence: Among the banal office complexes of Fort Meade, Maryland, artist Ingrid Burrington investigated many of the private contractors that feed off of the National Security Agency surveillance empire.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Two MIT Students Show How Collecting Metadata Is a Major Privacy Violation, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Two MIT students have created a program to help you understand the digital trail you leave behind every day; in a survey, 80 percent of Americans polled (including conservatives and libertarians) support progressive policies like raising the minimum wage and providing public assistance for nutrition and child care; more waves of radiation are hitting our nation from the Southwest; and more.

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Economic Update: The Trend to Inequality

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Today, major discussions of conservative inequality denials and of the significance of “productivity” statistics. Also, a response to question on the nature, origin and meaning of “profit.”

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Republican Voter Identification Falls to New Low Point as Independent Voters Surge

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Neither political party should take heart in a new Gallup poll that indicates a surge in self-identified independent voters. It still remains unclear if this presages a serious threat to the two-party national governance monopoly.

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Congress Working to Give Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority Ahead of TPP Deal

Read the Article at Bloomberg

Has the Federal Government Given Up on Solving the Jobs Crisis?

Read the Article at National Journal

A Return to Prohibition? As David Brooks Says, “Been There, Done That”

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Is Fracking Bad for Babies? New Data Suggest Yes

Read the Article at Grist

Until Republicans Stop Hating the Social Safety Net, Poverty Will Continue To Grow

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The Third Battle of Fallujah

Read the Article at The Daily Censored

DoJ Files Motion To Block Release of NSA Info

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NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center CME Arrives at 2:32pm Eastern Thursday January 9, 2014

2014-01-09 20:02 UTC CME Has Arrived


The coronal mass ejection (CME), originally expected to arrive around 0800 UTC (3:00 a.m. EST) today, January 9, was observed at the ACE spacecraft just upstream of Earth at 1932 UTC (2:32 p.m. EST). It’s too early to see much with respect to the magnetic structure of this CME, but short-term, high-confidence warnings will be issued as this event plays out. The original forecast continues to be for G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm activity on January 9 and 10. Aurora watchers may be in luck for tonight. The ongoing Solar Radiation Storm, currently at S2 (Moderate) levels, is seeing a modest enhancement with this shock passage but remains below S3 (Strong) threshold at this time. Updates here as this event unfolds.

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The Oracle Report Thursday, January 9, 2014


First Quarter Moon Phase: take action, step out, expression, growth

Moon: Taurus

Ruling Mahavidya: Kali

We continue through the brambles of the land of the Black Moon, an underworld of shifting shapes and shadows. Our companions are on high alert. They are fierce warriors, each of them. Mars is skilled in all of the arts of war. Uranus wields the strike force of lightning to shock and stun. Pluto reduces to dust and captures the essence.

Our benefactor Kali follows alongside us, empowering the band of brothers, this force of the sacred masculine.

Suddenly Kali’s head jerks to the side and we all stop cold. Her gaze is focused off in the distance. She is listening. The powerful wizard Sabaoth and the great Goddess Sophia are sending a message, she tells us.

Sabaoth, the Gnostic name for the Sun, is at peak power for its solar cycle. Today, Sabaoth and Sophia, the Gnostic name for the Earth, come to us quietly but with booming strength. A lot will happen over the next few days in the world at large and our individual lives. We are entangled in a lot of ways. From one perspective the energy looks treacherous, but from another perspective we see the myriad of connections and possibilities forming new ways of living life, new ways of doing things, new ways of thinking, and new ways of being. This is called transformation and we are deeply in the throes of one.

We maintain the warrior’s stance today with an open heart and a grounded mind. We recognize that forces not in alignment with natural order are primed to act out at this time. The chains they’ve held over the mind of humanity are dissolving. This must be remembered because it is the truth behind the fiction. Walk through emotional tornados (especially fears) that may be swirling around you today. Listen closely so you can get the message that is being sent to you from higher sources. You’ll feel it in your heart.

Check important things twice today, especially if electronics are involved in the delivery of information. Go back and check even if you think you are sure. There are screens of illusion in place to make us miss things or misinterpret things.

Wise owl Heather sends this photograph of the Sun (Sabaoth) through a maelstrom of branches, which is pretty much the way the energy is right now. We are sorting our way through a forest of transformation For the full effect of Heather’s photograph, clickhere. There is a great deal of wisdom captured in this photo and we are keen students of nature this month. Keep finding the beauty, guys, and send it this way for the rest of us.

Through the veins of branches, light clearly guides us. It may seem dark inside, but the Sun still beams out there. And it’s showing us!