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Truthout Daily Digest Friday May 9, 2014


William Rivers Pitt | Mother’s Day at the End of the World

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “I stand with every mother who has heard that bell toll as their child is lowered into the ground because of a gun. There are almost 4,000 such mothers so far this year, with many more to come, because the year is still young, and we still love our guns more than we love our children.”

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The Rise of the Gig Economy

Gerald Friedman, Dollars & Sense: Growing numbers of Americans no longer hold a regular “job” with a long-term connection to a particular business. Instead, they work “gigs,” where they are employed on a particular task or for a defined time, with little connection to their employer.

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Unions Need to Build Power

Jane McAlevey, Verso: In this excerpt from the new afterword to Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell), Jane McAlevey argues that unions and others serious about changing the conditions of inequality in this country have to stop focusing on wealth inequality and start focusing on the inequality of power.

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Climate Change Report Sets the Table for New Emissions Rules

Mary Bottari, PR Watch: Climate change is real and is impacting every corner of the nation right now, says a report released Tuesday by the Obama administration. The report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is slated to release proposed emissions standards for existing power plants.

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Devaluing Work and Workers

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: The Great Recession leveled a blow to the middle and working classes from which they haven’t yet recovered. Aggressively corporate-friendly trade deals, worker-replacing technology, and rampant union-busting are setting up an even bloodier war on labor.

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Public Outcry on Net Neutrality Rules Puts Pressure on FCC

Anne Meador and John Zangas, DC Media Group: Commissioners on an FCC panel which could determine the future of the internet are feeling the heat this week as protest intensifies against a new set of open internet rules proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler.

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Supreme Court: Helping Biggest Donors, but What About Voters?

Wendy R. Weiser, Brennan Center for Justice: The Constitution protects the “basic” democratic right of every American to participate in elections. That should offer solace at a time when self-interested politicians are passing laws that could keep millions from voting. But should we be reassured? Recent Supreme Court decisions give us pause.

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Fix Schools First, Say Charter Teachers

Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes: Charter school teachers in Philadelphia are speaking out against their employer taking over another school while ignoring teachers at existing schools. Instead of supporting management’s expansion plans, they’re making common cause with parents at the targeted school.

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Could a US-Japan “Green Alliance” Transform the Climate-Energy Equation?

Andrew DeWit, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Expanding and escalating US-Japan green collaboration would surely do more to foster both countries’ energy and military security than any other move. Considering the geopolitical stakes in East Asia, it is bizarre that years of US military green leadership goes without comment in the relations between the two nations.

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The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Taking Nuclear Weapons to Court

David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: One small Pacific nation, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, has decided to take legal action against the nine nuclear-armed countries, which are threatening our common future. The Marshall Islands is taking its case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Likely Not Headed for Senate Vote

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: First Nation activist Clayton Thomas-Muller and journalist Steve Horn discuss reports that the push to force a Senate vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been thwarted. The vote was set to take place this week.

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Constitutional Creationists Like Scalia Are as Dangerous to the Promise of Democracy as Biblical Creationists

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Antonin Scalia, the Federalist Society and most tea-party advocates assert that the US needs to “restore” the original Constitution. What they are really saying is that the US should be run by people like the founding fathers: white males with property.

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Occupy Trial Jurors Petition Judge, Request That Cecily McMillan Serve No Jail Time

Read the Article at The Guardian

Republicans Abandon Americans to the Calamities of Climate Change

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

The Other Scandal at Penn State: Fracking

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Center Ring at the Republican Benghazi Circus

Read the Article at The New York Times

The War to End All Wars, Except That War, and This War, and That War, and the Next War…

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Koch Group Plans to Spend $125 Million on Midterms

Read the Article at PBS

Sheriff: FBI Is Investigating Threats Against Law Enforcement in Bundy Showdown

Read the Article at Las Vegas Review-Journal

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The Oracle Report Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Moon Phase – Moon in Taurus – Solar Eclipse

Ruling Mahavidya – Chinnamasta as Tara prepares to begin

Today’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse is accompanied by our friend Pallas Athena. She sure has been busy disseminating wisdom over the last three months!

The New Moon/Solar Eclipse takes place at 20 degrees of Taurus, which is known as “wisps of clouds, like wings, are streaming across the sky.” It’s going to be speedy out there this month, so wise owls will get into a good groove now and keep it steady. The thing we will need to watch is brushing past things too quickly or becoming fatigued by resisting the flow.

Everything that transpired and transformed over last month’s “Strike Point” will be rushing forward. Since we had a massive energetic upgrade last month, we’ll feel pushed to engage our new wings. Opportunity will knock this month, so be on the lookout.

Today’s energy also involves issues of transparency and vulnerability, and, on the flip side, barriers to provide cover or protection. We want to open up and let some of this New Moon energy bring in air. Time to breathe!

(Note: Several people have written to me that they are not feeling the relief from the Black Moon’s contact with the Galactic Center. Keep in mind that your own astrological chart may be activated with something right now.)