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May 12, 1862: Robert Smalls steals a Confederate ship… 

What an amazing character! Someone needs to make a movie about this man. I’m so glad a friend shared this with me, but really disgusted that we never learned about him in school. Not only the obvious mind control and promoting racism that NOT teaching about people like him is part of-but seriously can you imagine history class full of biographies like THIS?!? No one would avoid studying due to the crushing boredom and utter irrelevance of the material!
Do you think that the structure as well as the omissions are designed to keep up bored, stupid and compliant? Maybe?

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May 12, 1862: Robert Smalls steals a Confederate ship…

It has just gotten dark on the evening of May 12, 1862. General Roswell Ripley and the other white confederate officers of the Steamer Planter have just gone ashore to attend a party in Charleston, leaving the black crew alone. This was not unusual except that the crew had planned on these events. Quickly, the black crew’s families left their hiding places on other vessels and came aboard the Planter.

Robert Smalls was the quartermaster, or wheelman of the ship. In this capacity he had become knowledgeable of all navigation channels in Charleston harbor as well as all the gun and troop positions of the confederate armies guarding the harbor. Smalls and the other slaves quietly got the ship underway and headed for the mouth of the harbor and the blockading Union fleet. Soon they would have to pass under the guns of Fort Sumter. To increase their chances of success, Smalls donned the clothing of Planter’s confederate captain. The trick apparently worked because they are not fired upon until after they are out of range.

Planter eventually approached the U.S.S. Onward, of the blockading fleet to surrender. She brought with her a 24-pound howitzer, a 32-pound pivot gun, a 7-inch rifle and 4 smooth-bore cannons. Planter had served as headquarters ship for General Ripley and was a valuable ship because she could carry as many as one thousand troops and her shallow draft gave her freedom throughout much of the coastal waters.

Robert Smalls had been born on the Sea Islands and knew the waters from Beaufort, South Carolina to Florida. Together they were important prizes for the Union. For the Benefit of Robert Smalls and Others….. Generally, any enemy ships taken in this manner are treated as prizes for the men who performed the courageous act. Commander Du Pont submitted the claim’s for these men to Washington despite his misgivings that they would be honored. Since these men had been slaves and the Dred Scott Decision said they were merely contraband, it took a special act of congress to award the ship as a prize, and even so it was valued at $9168, or 1/3 it’s true value.

Robert Smalls was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 33rd Regiment, United States Colored Troops. He was then detailed as Pilot to the Planter. Later Smalls was assigned to the ironclad Keokuk for an attack into Charleston Harbor. Things soon went awry and the order of battle was abandoned, each ship fighting for itself. Keokuk eventually suffered over 90 shell hits and was soon sent to the bottom. Smalls survived and was transferred back to Planter.

In late November of 1863, Planter saw action that prompted it’s white captain to surrender. Smalls knew he could expect extremely poor treatment from the confederates and instead urged the gunners to carry on. The captain took cover in the coal bin for the duration of the battle while the crew fought on under Smalls’ leadership. This action prompted the dismissal of the captain of record and the promotion of Robert Smalls to the position of Captain.

Immediately following the war, Smalls returned to his native Beaufort, where he purchased his former master’s house at 512 Prince St. His mother Lydia lived with him for the remainder of her life. He allowed his former master’s wife (Jane Bond McKee, who was elderly) to move back in the home prior to her death.

Robert Smalls eventually became a congressman after the Civil War. He lived in Beaufort, SC. There is a memorial bust of him in front of the African Baptist Church in Beaufort, SC.

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, May 12, 2014


Henry A. Giroux | Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Noam Chomsky reminds us that caring about other people is a dangerous idea in the United States today, and he trades in ideas that defy scholastic disciplines and intellectual boundaries.

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The Road to Ruin: Can We Afford the Anti-Tax Movement?

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The anti-tax movement leaves us without money to meet public needs, while privatization advocates promise that the market will provide. As it turns out, privatized infrastructure depends on public money – and a lot of it.

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The Race for the Future of Newark Public Schools

Owen Davis, Truthout: In the Newark mayoral race, one candidate favors corporate school takeovers while the other wants to give traditional public schools more resources.

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Early Childhood Educators Partner With Union and Workers’ Center, Score Historic Victory

Jonathan Leavitt, Truthout: Last week, historic legislation – expanding Vermont labor law and allowing previously excluded early childhood educators to form their union – was passed in a victory for grassroots organizers, the Vermont Workers’ Center and unions.

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Cornealious “Mike” Anderson and Mandatory Sentences

Raj Jayadev, Equal Voice News: The story of Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, the convicted Missouri man who, because of a state Department of Corrections error, lived free for the 13 years of his prescribed prison sentence, sparked a national debate: Should a rehabilitated man be sent to prison?

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Does Cliven Bundy Represent the Ugly American?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If the United States is to live up to the values we espouse, we must respect and embrace all cultures and societies. Our media should identify and shame “Ugly Americans” like Cliven Bundy and his ATV buddies for what they are: the American Taliban.

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The Three Faces of Drone War: Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens

Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch: Some people who have been involved in drone assassination campaigns in distant parts of the world, using the fruits of the NSA’s electronic surveillance, are hoping to draw attention to the grave costs of some of the NSA’s activities.

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Chris Hedges | The Power of Imagination

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Poetry, music, theater, dance, art, fiction and ritual move human beings toward the sacred. The prosaic world of facts, data, science, news, technology, business and the military is cut off from the mysteries of existence. We will recover this imagination, or we will vanish as a species.

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US Government’s New Plan for Internet IDs Has Scary Implications

Kevin Mathews, Care2: While internet activists are distracted with recent attacks on net neutrality, the government is quietly introducing an internet ID program in Pennsylvania and Michigan that – if eventually broadened as intended – would strip internet users of their privacy and rights.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Climate Change Isn’t a Problem of the Distant Future, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Climate change is no longer a problem of the distant future; while our lawmakers bicker over the facts of climate change, college students around our nation are getting busy working on solutions; the world’s largest solar plant is officially operational, and it’s located right here in the United States; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

Ignoring a Solution to Chronic Drug Shortages

T.J. Lewan, Remapping Debate: Since shortages of critical drugs became a fixture of the American medical landscape a decade ago, pundits have proposed an array of incentives to encourage more production. But an obvious alternative – having the government manufacture the drugs – appears not to have made it to anyone’s list.

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Peru’s Conga Mine Conflict: Cajamarca Won’t Capitulate

Lynda Sullivan, Upside Down World: The fight over the Conga mining project is one of Peru’s largest social conflicts. The situation remains tense, with an intensified sense of urgency, because, as the battles are won and lost, many feel that the conflict is nearing its conclusion.

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Big Pharma Inflates Research Costs for New Cancer Drugs by a Factor of 10, Researchers Charge

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Prohibitive prescription costs may be a matter of life and death to people with grave diseases. For Big Pharma, however, it is just a matter of price gouging based on misleading research expenses.

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Do Not Replace Honey Bees With RoboBees

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Believes It Should Be Able to Monitor All Communication

Read the Article at NPR

UN Report Backs First Nations Against Pipeline Megaprojects

Read the Article at The Vancouver Sun

Nutritionists Are in Bed With McDonald’s

Read the Article at Mother Jones

This One Quote and Who Said It Proves Capitalism Is Dying

Read the Article at MarketWatch

Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Collapse Has Already Begun, Scientists Warn

Read the Article at The Guardian

Undocumented Domestic Workers in New York City Form Cooperative to Make Money, Pay Taxes and Stay Safe

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

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Common Dreams | This Week’s Important Stories Monday, May 12, 2014


The Free-Trade Regime: Oligarchy in Action


Grassroots Outcry Pushes FCC Chair to Backpedal on Internet Rules

Feds Failing to Inspect Thousands of Oil and Gas Wells: Report

Reports of Blackwater Swarming Kiev as East Vows Independence

Despite Explosion, Gaza Freedom Flotilla to Sail Against Siege: Organizers

New Study Calls Out 17 Common Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

‘Unconscionable’: Nobel Winners Blast Development of ‘Killer Robots’

and more…



Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism

Voices of Jackson Rising




Edwin Sanders: Private Prisons Eat Our Humanity

Susan Freinkel: Why the U.S. Plastics Industry Loves the Fracking Boom

Ken Butigan: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and a World Where Everyone Matters

Pratap Chatterjee: The Three Faces of Drone War: Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens

Matt Wood: The Tweaks to Tom Wheeler’s Proposal Won’t Save the Internet

Chris Hedges: The Power of Imagination



Defense for Children International Palestine: Rising Numbers of Palestinian Children Subjected to Solitary Confinement

Center for Constitutional Rights: 2013 Stop and Frisk Numbers Underscore Need to Begin Reforms

Greenpeace: Energy [R]evolution Report Details how US can Transition to Nearly 100% Renewable Energy

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The Oracle Report | Monday, May 12, 2014



Monday, May 12, 2014

Taurus 2014 Overview May 5, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Libra/Scorpio

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhuvaneshvari (The World Nurse), Tara (The Rescuer)

Skill: transform yourself

Negative Imprint: envy, restrictions, dissatisfaction with what one has

Positive Imprint: liberation, the realization of inner gifts, appreciation

Early Sunday morning (04:18 am ET/ 08:18 UT), the Sun released two coronal mass ejections, reinforcing the symbolic energy of “a blazing fireplace in a deserted home.” (For new readers, we look at the degree of the Moon at the time of the CME, 8 Libra in this case, to determine which of the day’s energies is highlighted.) This energy brought double the power of unseen, sustaining energy that is always ready and available to us. We are reminded that we are never alone. Gaia Sophia alwaysprovides. We may desert ourselves at times, but shenever does.

Today, the month’s two Mahavidyas (Wisdom Goddesses who are aspects of the great goddess Gaia Sophia) will be directly involved in events. Bhuvaneshvari, the World Nurse, She Whose Body is the World, She of Magnificent Jewels, materializes a gift from within us. She helps us bring forth a talent, reward, or skill that we have forgotten or have never realized. Bhuvaneshvari transforms something deep inside of us today.

Tara, The Rescuer, The Guide Through Troubles, The Compassionate Savior, works today to help us cross into new territory or go beyond our previously-held limits and boundaries. We can call on her if things start to get in our way – emotions, obstacles, self-sabotage, beliefs, circumstances, etc. If we ask, Tara will work to liberate us from whatever prevents us from spreading our wings. She saves the day.

Other themes today are: the tendency for people to be envious; perfectionism; looking but not being able to touch; wanting more than we have; the need to take turns leading and following; pleasure in marking achievements; re-attunement to the rhythms of the planet; the tendency to feel scattered or directionless; and trying to get control of something that is out of control. Again, call on the Mahavidyas for help if needed.

Take note that Venus is moving into conjunction (the same place in the sky) as Uranus over the next few days. When planets make conjunction with Uranus, shake-ups are at hand. Uranus puts things right. Uranus does for us what we have been unable to do for ourselves. This can be surprising and shocking. Since Venus is the other planet involved, relationships, money, and values are the focus. The much-discussed Grand Cardinal Cross energy will be re-activated by this conjunction, making lasting imprints for the future. If you have a planet around 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, you are already feeling this energy. Make sure that you are taking extra precautions to turn off appliances and taking extra care while driving. Uranus brings accidents which are not accidental, but we can mitigate the drastic effects by being conscious of the potential.

Many thanks to all the wise owls capturing beauty in photographs and sending them for all of us to enjoy. It’s an explosion of beauty to open my email and see them.

Today, ask for help from the goddesses if you need it and keep this month’s mission in mind:

This month we are crossing new boundaries with a heavy load, using different lenses of perception. After we hear a wake-up call, a call to action, or a call to devotion, we observe the patterns and themes of the energy and ultimately unite with our spiritual comrades. The entire month’s energy intends a “nexusing” of people – putting people together, putting people in the places they need to be, and connecting/reconnecting people who have work to do together (including work at the level of the soul).

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The Oracle Report Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12, 2013

New Moon Phase – Moon in Gemini

Ruling Mahavidya – Tara

(Note: Friday’s report is reposted below for those who may have missed it. More information is also available in the Archives section.)

If you can attach to it, this weekend’s energy helps us transcend worries, especially those worries related to safety, assurance, loss, and abandonment. This is courtesy of the Mahavidya Tara, the Goddess Who Guides Through Troubles, working with the conjunction of the Sun, Mercury, and Pallas Athena at the degree known as “a white dove flying over troubled waters.”

Last month we had a massive “upgrade” to our energetic fields/frequencies. We are able to take ourselves into new territory because we are able to process more information (light). This month, Tara is “on duty” and she is intimately associated with the spectrum of light. She loves multiple colors. She runs the gamut. She works with all levels of awareness. Some of the Mahavidyas favor certain groups of people (as in the way Matangi prefers those who are marginalized); Tara is working to bring everyone into clearer awareness.

The Mahavidyas are the Wisdom Goddesses but they are also the Goddesses Who Slay Demons. That means the Archons. The Archons intrude upon our minds and press negativity into service. The negativity causes self-destruction and destruction of the collective. This weekend the negativity that is pressed into service involves the issues stated above – issues of safety, assurance, loss, and abandonment. If these types of thoughts begin to intrude upon you, recognize that it is an Archontic trick to deceive you and fly over it.

There is no room for the intrustion this weekend because it’s Mother’s Day weekend and we honor All Mothers, including the mother of us all, Gaia Sophia. Go outside, connect with whatever the natural world is painting in front of you and send love. This parliament of wise owls knows the deal keeps it real.

Friday, May 10, 2013

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!