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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, May 10, 2014


Reproductive Justice and Women’s Equality: There Is Some Good News!

Eleanor Bader, Truthout: In spite of the continuing onslaught against reproductive justice and women’s equality, legislators in 17 states introduced 64 measures to expand reproductive options during the first quarter of 2014, the largest such number in 25 years.

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Mothers Behind Bars

Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Our children’s futures demand that we work against the political economies and patriarchal violence that are the root causes of women’s incarceration. Mother’s Day needs to become a call to arms against the continued oppression and trauma of incarceration experienced by both mothers and children.

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Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?

Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence: Sociologist Frances Fox Piven says every once in a while there are outbreaks of mass protest, periods of peak activity when the accepted rules of political affairs seem to be suspended. These are extraordinary moments when ordinary people “rise up in anger and hope, defy the rules that ordinarily govern their lives, and, by doing so, disrupt the workings of the institutions in which they are enmeshed.”

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How God May Replace the US Constitution in Just Three Easy Steps

Robin Marty, Care2: Those uncomfortable with the separation of church and state are fighting for the right to convert the country to the Biblical theocracy that they envision our founding fathers wanted.

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The Big Money in Tax Breaks Continues

Becky Sweger, National Priorities Project: From the perspective of the government, tax breaks are no different from any other kind of government spending. Last year, tax breaks equaled the entire discretionary US spending budget.

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Wisconsin Federal Court Decision Could Mark Beginning of End for GOP Photo ID Restrictions

Ernest A. Canning, The Brad Blog: This week’s federal court decision to strike down Wisconsin’s polling place photo ID law has national significance and does not bode well for Republicans who have been attempting to advance such electoral schemes in recent years.

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Community Electricity Lights Up Spain

Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: Until recently it was inconceivable for small groups of organized citizens in fully electrified industrialized countries like Spain to generate their own power from clean sources of energy. But now anyone can be a co-owner of community projects that promote renewable energy.

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Derailing the High-Speed Trading Bullet Train Before It Crashes Our Economy

Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: High-frequency traders, relying on computers programmed to make trades at speeds measured in the millionths of seconds, accelerated a stock freefall by withdrawing from the market en masse. Four years after they caused the “Flash Crash,” those speed demons still rule our financial markets.

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New Jersey Allowed to Require “Justifiable Need” to Carry a Firearm in Public

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment includes the right to bear arms in self defense, guns rights advocates, led by the NRA, have challenged laws that have put restrictions on carrying guns in public.

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Solar Panels Finally Arrive Atop the White House

Lesley Clark, McClatchy DC: The White House is finally on the solar grid, in response to prodding by environmentalists and nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the historic building’s roof.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, May 12.

Albuquerque Residents Attempt Citizen’s Arrest of Police Chief

Read the Article at The Guardian

Libertarians’ Scary New Star: Meet Bryan Caplan, the Right’s Next “Great” Philosopher

Read the Article at Salon

Alternative Economic Models: What Do Food Co-Ops and Fair Trade Have in Common?

Read the Article at Small Farmers. Big Change.

FAA Official: Drone, Jetliner Nearly Collided Over Florida

Read the Article at CNN

Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Benefit 4.7 Million Moms

Read the Article at Economic Policy Institute

Confusion on Aisle Four: Making Sense of Fair Trade Food Labeling

Read the Article at the Seattle Globalist

Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline

Read the Article at FAIR

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The Oracle Report Friday, May 10, 2013

New Moon Phase – Moon in Taurus/Gemini

Ruling Mahavidya – Tara

Today’s picture was taken J. Schoeppmeyer by of the Solar Eclipse over Australia and posted on spaceweather.com.

We pick up even more speed as the Moon moves into fast and airy Gemini today. The tendency is toward carelessness, superficiality, impulsivity, derelection, and a know-it-all attitude. We don’t want to get swept up with any sort of mindset that hints of hopelessness. So we will counter with closer attention to details, patience, and a general slowing of the pace.

The Mahavidya Tara comes on scene later today. I would like to remind everyone that most of what you read about the Mahavidyas in “ancient” Hindu texts or on the internet is patriarchal/control-oriented distortions of the truth. The Mahavidyas are not Hindu. Hindu religion assimilated them, just as all religions subjugate indigenious deities when people are conquered. The Mahavidyas pre-date Hinduism by a long, long shot. We can, however, distill their essential natures through very loose association with prevailing ideas and engaging in direct communication or instruction with them. The Ten Mahavidyas: Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine by David Kinsley is a scholarly (albeit patriarchal) collection of Mahavidya information, but is the best I have read.

The goddess embodied as the planet, Sophia, communicates with each of us in different ways. She communicates directly, but her preferred method for general instruction and communication is through a “step down” process. She steps down into the persona of the goddess Kali, and then in turn through the personae of Kali – the other Mahavidyas.

Of all the Mahavidyas, Tara is said to be most akin to Kali. In my interactions, Kali has very dark skin and Tara very light skin. Kali is intense at all times; Tara has an almost genteel quality until she is pushed to activate her ferocity. To me, Tara is very “Scarlet O’Hara-ish” – without the damsel in distress aspect. None of the Mahavidyas is a damsel in distress, by any means. Tara is playful, flirtatious, and wily and she loves beautiful things, but she will engage in a flash and strike down darkness.

There is a Tibetan version of Tara and a Hindu version of Tara, so if you research you will see that the versions are diametrically opposed. We immediately see the schism of patriarchy.

Tara is known as the “Goddess Who Guides Through Troubles.” Isn’t this exactly the energy we need right now?

I will be joining the Zany Mystic himself, Lance White, tomorrow night on “A Fireside Chat” at 10 pm ET/ 7 pm CT. All are invited!