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Truthout Daily Digest Friday March 6, 2015

What Trickle-Down Economics Has Done to the US: The Rich Get All the Money

Dan Riker, Truthout: The majority of Americans are not experiencing the recovery from the Great Recession. Wealth is being redistributed from the poor and the middle class to the rich. Trickle-down economics doesn’t work for anyone except the wealthy.

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Greenland Reels: Climate-Disrupting Feedbacks Have Begun

Bruce Melton, Truthout: Greenland is warmer than it has been in more than 100,000 years, and climate-disrupting feedback loops have begun. Since 2000, ice loss has increased over 600 percent, and liquid water now exists inside the ice sheet year-round, no longer refreezing during winter.

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Violence Against Women Won’t Become History Until Mass Incarceration Is

Sheila A. Bedi, Truthout: To many, the phrase “violence against women” connotes person-on-person violence – things like spousal abuse or sexual violence on college campuses. However, the state is also very much involved in perpetuating violence against women, especially in the form of mass incarceration.

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Petraeus and Snowden: Both Leakers of Classified Material, Same Punishment?

William J. Astore, The Contrary Perspective: A general with powerful friends gets a slap on the wrist for leaking highly classified material, and a young patriot who acts to shed light on the growing power of governmental agencies to spy on the people is hounded into exile.

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Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of one man – Sheldon Adelson.

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Our Planet’s Lungs Are Dying

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: As more and more tropical rainforests are wiped out from natural causes like drought or manmade causes like deforestation, we’re losing a key ally in the climate change fight. We need to start protecting our planet’s forests, so that they can in turn protect us.

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Showdown in Chicago: Harold Washington Loyalist vs. “Mayor 1%”

Robert Naiman, Truthout: If the upcoming Chicago election is really going to be a referendum on where the Democratic Party is headed, with national implications, then we should all easily agree that every available Chicagoan older than 18 should participate.

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Millions Could Lose Obamacare Coverage as Supreme Court Weighs Dubious Koch-Backed Case

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: The US Supreme Court has heard arguments in a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute, backed by the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, sued the government over an aspect of the law dealing with tax subsidies.

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White House Struggles to Explain Clinton Email Flap

Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers: As Republican lawmakers criticized Hillary Clinton Tuesday for using her personal email account to conduct government business at the State Department, the White House would not say whether the former Cabinet secretary violated federal law.

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“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote

Kayla Schultz, YES! Magazine: The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard. He is a cofounder of the anti-violence group One Hood and the 1Hood Academy, which teaches media awareness to African-American boys.

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What We Lose With a Privatized Postal Service

Katherine McFate, OtherWords: The Postal Service can reach all 150 million US households because it’s a public system that we’ve been investing in for more than 200 years. Our Constitution tasked the federal government with creating a national postal system.

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When Capitalism Becomes an Act of War

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: Novelist Rana Dasgupta recently turned to nonfiction to explore the explosive social and economic changes in Delhi starting in 1991, when India launched a series of transformative economic reforms. In his book, he describes a city where the epic hopes of globalization have dimmed.

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NYPD Commissioner Stricken With Giuliani Syndrome, Blames Marijuana for Increased New York City Murder Rate

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is clear that the top New York City cop​ suffers from a chronic case of Giuliani Syndrome. It’s not just a personal ailment; it’s a threat to public health and safety.

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Computerized Vote Counting: The Hole in United States’ Political Bucket

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US Ambassador to South Korea Slashed With Razor by Political Extremist

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The Blue Wall of Silence Among Police Enables Cop Brutality

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Georgia “License to Discriminate” Bill Forced Through Committee During Bathroom Break

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In Ferguson, Walking While Black Was a Crime

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Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success With SIM Cards

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Everglades to Be Killed This October by Florida’s Own Koch Brothers

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Truthout Daily Digest March 6, 2014

William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than the Mob: The Insurance Industry Is Organized Crime

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Abandoning the concept of single-payer health care is the Original Sin of the Affordable Care Act. The insurance industry has less morality than a Mafia leg-breaker but far more power, and someone decided to keep it in charge of the process anyway.

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Danny Glover and James Counts Early | A Year After the Death of Hugo Chavez Frias

Danny Glover and James Counts Early, Truthout: A year after the death of Hugo Chávez Frías, we take time to reflect about his life, his virtues and limitations, his public promises, achievements and unfinished work. Chávez was a bold thinker, uncompromising in his goal of constructing a new, just, economically productive Venezuela.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Dallas Police 72-Hour Review Policy

Stephen Benavides, Truthout: In November 2013, a secret policy allowed Dallas police to take 72 hours to review any evidence before making an official statement. The policy was instituted in response to a police shooting report that was contradicted by a home surveillance camera.

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Profiteers Are Lining Up To Make Money Off Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, The Penguin Press: In his book Windfall: The Blooming Business of Global Warming, McKenzie Funk reports on the long line of individuals, corporations and financial investors who are betting on climate change to make a huge profit from catastrophe.

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Denton, Texas, Citizens Group Fights for Fracking Ban

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Instead of trying to get a temporary moratorium on fracking, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group plans to turn Denton into a frack-free city, making it the first in Texas to ban fracking outright.

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Hair-Trigger America

William J. Astore, Truthout: A nation that used to espouse isolationism has morphed into one poised for hair-trigger pre-emptive war, privately armed to the teeth and the leading purveyor in the global arms trade.

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The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War: How the Military Avoided Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Asked for Billions More

Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch: Despite cries of doom since sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change anytime soon.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Petroleum Politicians, Crude Money and Media Spin

Dave Saldana, PR Watch: From a purely economic standpoint, political contributions are an astonishingly good investment for oil companies. TransCanada and the American Petroleum Institute have very large bank accounts, and they’ve been willing to open their checkbooks to tell the story their way.

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President Obama Proposes 2015 Budget

Jasmine Tucker, National Priorities Project: President Obama released his sixth budget proposal, requesting $3.9 trillion in fiscal year 2015. At a time of conflict over federal spending, the president’s budget is largely a political document that shows Obama’s priorities in detail.

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Ian Haney Lopez on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López says dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests.

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Labor Anger Simmers in Cambodia

Michelle Tolson, Inter Press Service: With public gatherings banned in Cambodia and charges framed against 23 union leaders and activists, labor discontent within the garment worker sector may not be spilling onto the streets, but it is simmering.

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Economic Update: Subsidizing Corporations

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on International Women’s Day; the long-term unemployed; rich/poor cities; subsidies for the biggest corporations; Google’s hiring policies; Chrysler subsidies and Canada; the defeat of Arizona’s discrimination law; and more.

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Why Should Laboring Americans Work Hard and Play by the Rules When the Rich Don’t?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The 1% and their bought politicians love to lecture the 99% about working hard and playing by the rules. Then how come they don’t?

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Predictable Backlash: Pentagon Now Fears Drones Being Used Against US

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Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights

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The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

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The Predatory Consensus of the “Deep State”

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How Steve Stockman Pioneered the Uncampaign

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USDA To Allow Chickens From US to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to US for Consumption

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Four Same-Sex Couples Challenge Wyoming’s Marriage Ban

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, March 6, 2014


Crescent Moon Phase: expand, grow, struggle, challenge, question

Moon in Taurus

The two sisters, Venus and the Black Moon join the forces of Destiny today. Events, situations, and circumstances that develop affix us to the highest course of our lives. This is a very positive thing, even if it does not appear or feel like it. Destiny works this way. As travelers on a narrow path this month, we seek illumination of our situation. This is happening like pieces of a puzzle (or signs on the trail). The characters of Venus and the Black Moon enter our personal stories today to impress upon us certain things. What these things are is different for each of us, but the common denominator involves assurance that divine forces are at work.

Other energetic signatures carry a push toward feeling like one has failed. Everyone “fails” at things as part of the process of customizing or personalizing our stories. In other words, the perceived “failures” are the things that make our stories more interesting, make them our own. “Failures” are places where the story becomes more detailed, complex, and multi-dimensional. Art like this is more interesting than art that is flat and monochromatic. We are neither flat nor monochromatic. We are faceted and prismatic. Failures and disappointment are only one stage of the process. If you experience these feelings today, take it on board and own it as a piece of your story. But it’s not the end of the story. It’s merely the arc in story – the hero and heroine’s stories.


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The Oracle Report Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Third Quarter Moon Phase – Moon in Capricorn

Greetings from inside “Winter Storm Saturn.” If you think this report is going to be US- or Northern Hemisphere-focused, bear with me. It will tie together.

Did you know that the reason winter storms are now given names (like hurricanes) is to enable insurance companies to extract higher deductibles? Deductibles are higher during these “extreme” events. The thing is some of the named storms are extreme and some aren’t.

But the Illuminati are never ones to let a good astrological aspect paired with a good name go to waste. As Saturn (which is retrograde or appearing to move backwards through the sky and manifesting energetically to allow all sorts of things in life go out of bounds) makes a precise sextile to Pluto with the Moon transiting Pluto, lo and behold: Winter Storm Saturn.

Most readers here are familiar with the Illuminati’s use of hyper-dimensional geometry to steer weather systems. They use math but the math also has energetic effects on life – and they know this. It looks like occult magic and in many respects it is, but it is actually an amalgm of math and the laws of spiritual science. It’s gives the power to destroy through the use of weather.

Saturn and Pluto come now from the land of ice and snow from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. They are overlords who rule by power and control and also by the destruction of power and control in order to transform it into something else – something desired. Their alliance is a powerful spell because it specifically captures the archetypal energies of both destruction and transformation. Order out of chaos.

I say it a lot lately, but the transparency of these so-called Illuminati’s actions and intentions is boring. They are annoying gnats. From their recent track record we can even predict (although predict is sorely inaccurate because it’s just a repeating pattern and requires no powers of prediction) that whatever major motion picture release is being hyped in the media/advertising/news conglomerate will also have these motifs encoded in it (The Great and Powerful Oz translate The Great and Power Saturn translate the Great and Power Illuminati translate the Great and Powerful Supreme Archon). Boring. And it is something of a distraction to even discuss it.

There’s a counter to all of this and her name is The Great and Powerful Kali. She is aware and engaged, let me assure you. She may even have hijacked the Illuminati’s plan for Winter Storm Saturn et al and infusing some magic of her own in it. Perhaps she is sending a message about her own targets. She is the Mistress of Magic after all. They don’t stand a chance.

Here is what all of this filters down to for us: The energy is already heavy from the astrological effects of Chiron (discussed yesterday) and the alliance of Saturn and Pluto adds considerable weight. You may feel like you are battling something. This is where what we also discussed yesterday – butterfly medicine – comes into play. The energy of Saturn and Pluto is about the breakdown and transformation of structures. But any ideas about what needs to be broken down and transformed can be inserted into the energy to produce it.

We must state what we want to be broken down and what we want that broken down energy to be transformed into.

You can take this as far as you like but we are conscious co-creators now, communicating directly with the goddess Sophia who is embodied as the Earth. One of her personas, Kali (who in turn has many personas of her own – the Mahavidyas) is working directly to shape things according to our communication. We are on the playground with a Divine Being who is asking us what we want to play (see reports in Archives just before and after December 21, 2012 for more information about being on the playground).

Thoughts are powerful right now. Mind where they take you. And if you do see the Oz movie this weekend, view it with amazement about the power of humanity to create such beautiful works of art. Put up a mental shield and recognize that it is a spell being played out at higher levels of normal awareness and this will suspend your participation in the spell. It can be just a beautiful work of art.

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