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Common Dreams Highlights November 29, 2014

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‘No One Else Is Going to Stand Up For Us’: Workers Target Walmart on Black Friday
by Sarah Lazare
“When my coworkers speak out about these issues, the company tries to silence us. For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike.”
Ferguson: Cover of Darkness, Rays of Light
by Randall Amster
“The ray of light during a dark night in the country’s history is that the issues have been joined publicly and unwaveringly: Impoverishment, disempowerment, disenfranchisement, corruption, militarism, racism, hopelessness.”
‘Bonded With a Common Goal’: As Ferguson Recovers, Activists Look Forward
by Nadia Prupis
“We are on the human side. We hope you stand with us.”
Climate Justice Is Only Way to Solve Our Climate Crisis
by Jagoda Munic
“A climate-safe, sustainable energy system which meets the basic energy needs of everyone and respects the rights and different ways of life of communities around the world is possible.”
Ferguson Isn’t About Black Rage Against Cops. It’s White Rage Against Progress.
by Carol Anderson
“When you think of Ferguson, don’t just think of black resentment at a criminal justice system that allows a white police officer to put six bullets into an unarmed black teen. Consider the economic dislocation of black America.”
On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1%: Pay Employees a Living Wage
by Peter Dreier
“No institution epitomizes the realities of hyper-capitalism as much as Walmart.”
Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars
by Medea Benjamin
“Hagel’s resignation should be a time for the nation to step back and reexamine its violent approach to extremism, which has led to an expansion of terrorist groups, and inflated military spending.”
At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse
by Jon Queally
“Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy.”
Global Survey: Internet Access Should Be a Human Right
by Andrea Germanos
“Right now, one third of the world’s population is online but two-thirds of the world’s population is not. Unless they are brought online, a world of Internet ‘have and have-nots’ will stifle the world’s full potential for prosperity and innovation.”
To End Hunger, Empower Women: Study
by Deirdre Fulton
“Eliminating barriers and empowering women around the world is key to ending hunger in our time.”
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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, November 29 2014

Why Is California Keeping Kelly Savage in Prison for a Crime She Didn’t Commit?

Victoria Law, Truthout: Nearly 19 years after Kelly Savage’s husband killed her 3-year-old son and they both were convicted of murder, she is filing for a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that expert testimony about domestic violence was not included during her trial. Will California allow her a second chance?

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ROTC Brings the Military Home to CUNY

Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: In the 1960s and ’70s, the ROTC was kicked off campuses in the Northeast. Now it’s back, appealing to the most vulnerable students, and bringing military culture along with it.

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Why the Idea of Fair, Affordable Care in the US Is Still a Problem

Liz McFall, The Conversation: Obamacare has another difficult year ahead. The attempt to introduce a more affordable health care system has been notably controversial from the start, and this looks set to continue.

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Touring North Korea? An Interview With Author Robert Willoughby

Peter Handel, Truthout: With its reputation for ultra-secrecy, imprisonment of rogue missionaries and a leadership baffling to outsiders, it’s no wonder few tourists in the United States even think of taking a state-approved tour in North Korea. Meet Robert Willoughby, author of the only dedicated guide to the country.

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The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Low prices at the pump are imperiling oil fracking operations in Texas and North Dakota. Many companies may start losing money or even go broke. While the green-minded may welcome the doom of fracking, there’s a risk cheap oil could speed the pace of climate change.

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Monsters’ Ball on Capitol Hill: A Tale of Congress, Tsunamis and Circuses

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: Far more than merely a few elected officials have ceaselessly covered the flanks of the Christian fundamentalist forces that are actively commandeering our US military.

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Katharine Gun’s Risky Truth-Telling

Sam Husseini, Consortium News: Truth-telling can be a dangerous undertaking, especially when done by government insiders trying to expose wrongdoing connected to war-making, as British intelligence official Katharine Gun discovered in blowing the whistle on a pre-Iraq War ploy.

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Cultivating Climate Justice From the Front Lines of the Crisis

Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: Following Typhoon Haiyan, survivors in impacted communities in the Philippines came together in a deep expression of solidarity to help each other rebuild their homes and lives.

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Health Insurers Fight Republican Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: While their motivations may be different, the health insurance industry and the Obama administration have created an alliance to push back against Republican attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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Hosni Mubarak Cleared of Conspiring to Kill Protesters in Egypt’s 2011 Uprising

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Election Win Puts Rural San Benito County on Anti-Fracking Map

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

From Broken Homes to a Broken System

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Ahead of Peru Climate Summit, Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

The New Threat: “Racism Without Racists”

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Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strikes for December 4

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Detroit’s Young Gentrifiers Face a Daunting Task in Buying $500 Homes: Evicting Poor Residents

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Truthout Daily Digest November 29, 2013

Military Commissions Stuck on Torture

Adam Hudson, Truthout: From October 22 to 25, 2013, pretrial hearings for the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people took place but made little progress as the issue of torture – and the protective order preventing its discussion – dominated the hearings.

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Labor As Seen from Down Under: Fair Wages and Decent Benefits Profit Everyone

Niall McLaren, Truthout: The idea that workers have to be beaten down at every turn just doesn’t add up, as the industrial experience Down Under shows us every day of the year.

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Memory and Repression in El Salvador

Alexandra McAnarney, Truthout: While many Latin American countries tell the stories of the victims of human rights violations perpetrated during the military regimes and dictatorships of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s through public trials and increased access to historical archives, in El Salvador, repression of alternative narratives intensifies.

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A Pope’s Pointed Message

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: In a stunning new treatise on the Catholic Church and its role in society, Pope Francis addresses the widening gap of inequality that capitalism is creating around the globe and charges Christians to be accountable for their own worship of the false idol better known as money.

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Israel-Palestine: Enough Negotiations Already!

Adil E. Shamoo, Foreign Policy in Focus: Palestinians should not lend their name to a charade of endless negotiations; Shamoo instead demands that they “let negotiations go, and find other means of achieving Palestinian rights and statehood.”

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Delicious Food Is Not An Indulgence—It’s a Way to Solve Our Ecological Crises

Frances Moore Lappe, Yes! Magazine: Over the past few decades, the slow food movement has flourished into an endless garden of possibilities. Now, food that is good for our bodies and the planet might also be the key to addressing climate change.

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Courageous Boeing Workers Say No to Corporate Extortion

Richard Kirsch, Next New Deal: By rejecting a contract that amounted to corporate extortion, the Machinists Local 751 at Boeing have taken a stand for middle-class workers all over the country.

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Struggles of Younger US Workers Ripple Through Economy

Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: Economists worry about the flagging household-formation rate as graduates, unable to find full-time work, continue to live with their parents for extended periods of time.

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Cop’s History an Issue in Toy-Gun Slaying

Dennis J. Bernstein, Consortium News: It has been discovered that a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff, who shot and killed a popular Latino eighth-grader who was holding a toy gun, has a history of overreaction that dates back years as the incident has sparked a series of interviews with neighbors and community members who have all had negative interactions with the officer.

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There Is No Thanksgiving for Violence, Poverty and Injustice

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Massive Black Friday Strike and Arrests Planned, as Workers Defy Walmart

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Pope Francis Understands Economics Better than Most Politicians

Read the Article at The Raw Story

Deadline Looms on Undetectable Guns

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Despite Filibuster Limits, a Door Remains Open to Block Judge Nominees

Read the Article at The New York Times

When a Government Knows More About Its Citizens Than They Do About the Government, It Is Tyranny

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An Army in Transition Awaits West Point Cadets as Wars End, Military Budgets Shrink

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The Oracle Report Friday, November 29, 2013

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Balsamic Moon Phase: surrender, release, cleanse, purge, prepare Moon: Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala, the Lotus Goddess, Goddess of Kundalini, Goddess of Assurance

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Things are coming up from the core of who we are today. It’s a deep, elemental process of change.
Because we are shifting inside, the outer world follows suit and shifts as well. The bedrock of life is transforming into something new and stronger.

The intensity of the Scorpio lunar cycle wanes as the Balsamic Moon phase enters today. Balsamic Moon phase is the time of month to surrender and release all that has transpired over the last month, all that we do not want to carry with us into the Sagittarius lunar cycle, which begins December 2. Now is the time to cleanse and purge, preparing the field of consciousness for new energy to enter. We have much assistance to do this. Gaia-Sophia has a massive cleanup effort underway herself. She’s welling up and cleaning house.

Keep in mind today that interpersonal communications have strong potential to get aggressive. Road ragers are out, too. This is in response to the shifting that is happening with the return of the sacred masculine. People do not understand what is happening to them, and they are reacting unconsciously. They are holding on tightly. Values are conflicting as the old bedrock gives way to new. As the foundation of relationships and situations change, the idea is to welcome it because it is bringing balance. People, places, and situations that have not had their proper credit or due are coming into their own. This is sweet relief.

Wise owls trust and observe the process today. The rearrangement of elements ultimately makes for a richer experience of life. Give things space to shift – this includes space inside you and space for others. The time of change is upon the world. Let your core be transformed.

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