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Truthout Daily Digest November 21, 2013

On the Front Lines of Hawaii’s GMO War

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: High demand on the mainland has made biotech corn and other seeds one of Hawaii’s top agricultural commodities. The state has become a flashpoint for the debate and a center of anti-GMO activism.

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Warsaw Climate Talks Go Up in Smoke

Chris Williams, Truthout: As the Conference of the Parties met in Warsaw for the 19th consecutive year of annual climate negotiations, prospects of a meaningful global treaty receded ever farther, while a train filled with activists demonstrated what kind of new world is possible.

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Wage Gap for Women of Color Persists, Fuels Poverty, New Study Finds

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: A new study by the National Women’s Law Center shows that, in the same full-time jobs as their male counterparts, women earn significantly less per year, while women of color earn less than men of the same race and white women.

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“It Was Like Being an Alien”: Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three Speaks About Healing After Death Row

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Truthout spoke with the Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three during an event at the University of North Texas, which screened a new documentary about the case, West of Memphis, directed by Amy Berg and produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

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November Days of Drums

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: “While many will recall the sound of muffled drums as Kennedy’s horse-drawn funeral caisson was moved through the streets of Washington, I’ll remember Friday, 2 p.m., and the echo of drums in a dark and empty school auditorium.”

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Elizabeth Warren on Social Security: “It’s Values, Not Math”

Elizabeth Warren, Campaign for America’s Future: Warren places the debate about Social Security in the context of a broader “retirement crisis” for the American middle class and explains why, “We should be talking about expanding Social Security benefits – not cutting them.”

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Does a 2011 Terrorist Episode Foreshadow the Talibanization of Sindh?

Zulfiqar Shah, Truthout: An investigator into the murder of three Hindus, the first reported episode of religious extremist terrorism in Sindh since Pakistan’s independence, believes rejection of his panel’s report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan suggests that the security establishment of Pakistan wants to Talibanize Sindh.

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Economic Update: Learning From History

Richard D Wolff, Economic Update/Truthout: Updates on key economic causes of Obamacare difficulties, risks of global deflation, Madrid’s garbage strike, and the $13 billion settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase. Wolff interviews professor Sheila D. Collins on new book about lessons from the New Deal for today‘s crisis and responds to listeners on super PACs and issues of socialism.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: J.P. Morgan Has Agreed to a $13 Billion Settlement With the Justice Department, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Justice Department announced that J.P. Morgan has agreed to a $13 billion settlement over the fraudulent sale of mortgage-backed securities; Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller is trying to protect the internet; there is a lot of radiation activity today; and more.

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Paul Krugman | The Confidence Fairy and Gnome, Debunked

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “Maybe I can somewhat package my attempts to debunk the Hellenization of our discourse by pointing out that the scare stories seem to involve invoking a related set of characters, the confidence gnomes.”

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How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse: Why the Divestment Movement Against Big Energy Matters

Todd Gitlin, TomDispatch: A movement to forestall the climate crisis must convince many more millions outside Bangladesh or the Pacific islands that what’s “out there” is not remote in time or geographically far away, but remarkably close at hand, already lapping at many shores.

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“Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel vs. The 99%

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: Jaisal Noor speaks with Chicago journalist Kari Lydersen. She wrote Mayor 1% to explore what Rahm Emanuel’s leadership means for Chicago, including the way he has galvanized the city labor movement and fueled a debate about economic priorities.

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Revolving Door Sham: J.P. Morgan CFO Admits $7 Billion of DOJ Settlement Is Tax-Deductible

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: J.P. Morgan Chase gets a $13 billion fine from the Department of Justice, but no one is being charged with a crime. Also, the fine is dramatically diminished by a likely tax cut and a multi-billion payment to Chase from the FDIC.

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Eugene Robinson | Harry Goes Nuclear: Enough of GOP Obstruction

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When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose, Too

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Why the Hawaii Legislature Should Reprimand or Censure Rep. Tom Brower for his Sledgehammer Attacks Against the Homeless

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Sleepwalking to Extinction

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An Economic Cancer: The Top 1% Earns More Than the Bottom 50 Percent

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Most of NSA’s Data Collection Authorized by Order Ronald Reagan Issued

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Support Grows in House To Save Food Stamps by Killing Farm Bill

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The Oracle Report Thursday, November 21, 2013



Disseminating Moon Phase: share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences since the New Moon Moon: Cancer

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala, the Lotus Goddess

Happy day! We are freed from the intensity of the quadruple Full Moon phase, even though we areeternally grateful for what the energy brought us. Wise owls, it is going to take some time before we fully understand exactly what transpired in the galaxy during this past Full Moon phase. I highly encourage everyone to note the events, experiences, circumstances, feelings, and ideas you had. We will return to it later. When I wrote “big medicine” yesterday, I only had a sliver of the magnitude.

Many things have shifted to snap into the energy of the lotus – opening and birth/rebirth:

1) Moon phases are the fastest shifts in energy. Shifting from Full Moon Phase to Disseminating Moon Phase feels like a huge relief. Coming off quad Full Moon energy today feels more life sweet relief.

2) Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron have all stationed direct again. This is like a clearing of the field after the harvest.

3) Solar activity has settled somewhat. This always gives us time to catch our breath. An X-1 flare was released last Tuesday, November 19. This was Sabaoth’s (the name of the Sun, according to the Gnostics) contribution to the quad Full Moon clarity/opportunity/healing. When the Sun is active, our worlds are active.

4) Today is the last day of the Sun in Scorpio. Lofty, mutable Sagittarius energy is incoming.

5) And here’s one I am delighted to report. The Moon will conjunct the Black Moon and Jupiter today, continuing to activate our shadow sides (especially for our Cancers, Capricorns, and Black Moons in Cancer and Capricorn). However, we are blessed with the Black Moon’s “sister” – Venus – in opposition. The Black Moon is happier when her sister Venus is around. She’s gentler. So although the themes of how well we feel supported and appreciated are dominant, situations and events happen to bring us to happiness. Relationships rectify. Those that need to end, end – with new ones that are more appropriate to our course quickly following along. Those relationships that are in line get better.

I will be recording tomorrow, so be sure to check back for that. There’s a lot to disseminate! If anything, today of all days, find something beautiful and enjoy it. Consider it a treat for work well done. Sophia smiles.