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Yes! Magazine Weekly Highlights November 8, 2013

Grandmothers Leading the Way

Portrait of Katrina Rabeler What’s one radical way to change the world right now? Ask your grandmother. From Joan Southgate, who walked 1,000 miles to trace the Underground Railroad to Moyoni Olive, who became a solar engineer even though she’d never been to school, grandmothers know what’s up. They have deep roots in our communities and the foresight to plan for generations to come. In this YES! Newsletter, we feature grandmothers because we understand that by empowering grandmothers, we empower entire villages.
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Monsanto May Have Won the Battle for I-522, But the Future of Food Is Not Lost

As final results come in for Initiative 522, advocates of GMO labeling are saying we need to change the system, not just the supermarket. READ MORE »

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Photo by Nur Hussein Why Is It So Hard to Find Films Where Women Actually Talk to Each Other? How Sweden’s Making It Easier

Four Stockholm cinemas are adopting a system that rates films on how deeply their female characters are developed—and how much they interact. It could radically change the way we see movies. READ MORE »

Courtesy of White House Dear Michelle Obama: If We Want to Curb Childhood Obesity, Sesame Street Is Not Going to Cut It

Can a licensing deal between Sesame Street and the Produce Marketing Association truly improve childhood health? Maybe, but grassroots solutions already exist. READ MORE »

Photo by W.D. Vanlue 21-Day Gratitude Challenge: I’m Grateful I Can Honor the Child I Lost By Being More Open to Love Today

A moving sampling of participants’ reflections from the first two days of the Gratitude Challenge. READ MORE »

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Photo by Global Trade Watch. Hey, NY Times, Want Fairness in Pacific Trade Deal? Then Advocates Must Get Seat at the Table

A recent editorial in the The New York Times argued that the Trans Pacific Partnership should strengthen environmental and labor regulations. But that won’t happen unless we change the process. READ MORE »

Photo by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Bill de Blasio: A Mayor for the New Economy

New York City’s new mayor has laid out a radically inclusive economic agenda. READ MORE »

How the Voters of One Small County May Have Stopped 48 Million Tons of Coal

In a council election unlike any other in the history of Whatcom County, voters sided with representatives believed to be against a proposed coal export facility. READ MORE »

Bill de Blasio accepts Democratic party nomination for mayor Four Signs that Regular Folks Can Still Win (and One That Shows the Power of Money)

Here are four cases in yesterday’s election where people power won out over corporate interests. And one that went the other way. READ MORE »

Photo by Anons. “Anonymous” Hacktivists to Government: “You Can’t Arrest Us All”

In new video, the hacker collective vows to stand by those targeted by what it deems “corrupt governments.” READ MORE »

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Frustrated with Monsanto’s latest triumph over the grassroots movement to label genetically modified foods? Stephen Colbert lets you laugh about it. WATCH »

Madeline Ostrander on Adapting Climate Change

Reader Malagodi writes: “In many places, focusing on adaptation is the prudent thing. But in Miami … low-lying parts will be underwater in a few years, regardless of how much we spend to protect them. Meanwhile, those …” READ MORE »


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Truthout Daily Digest November 8, 2013

Greg Palast | SAC Billionaire Steven Cohen Can’t Make His Mommy’s Monkey Jump

Greg Palast, Truthout: This week, Cohen’s hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, will plead guilty to criminal charges of insider trading and pay $1.2 billion in fines and forfeitures. And it’s all Steven’s mommy’s fault. And her monkey’s…

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William Rivers Pitt | An Open Letter to All Breathing Republicans

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “You, Mrs. or Ms. or Mr. Bulletproof, are sick. But you feel fine, you say? Bloodwork normal, all tests clear, no lumps, no limps, no memory lapses, no problems at all? Wait a while. Live a little longer. Sooner or later, you will make the list.”

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Dean Baker | Economy Adds 204,000 Jobs in October, Even as Labor Force Declines by 700,000

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The October employment report showed a sharp divergence between the household and the establishment surveys. The establishment survey showed a surprisingly strong gain of 204,000 jobs in October, in addition to upward revisions of 60,000 to the prior two months’ data.

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Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan’s Strategy

Gareth Porter, IPS News: After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the US National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be “a serious loss” for the terrorist organization. That reaction accurately reflected the CIA’s argument for the strike. But the back story of the episode is how President Obama supported the CIA’s parochial interests.

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Meet the Comic Book Artist Fighting Back Against Rape Culture

Christopher Zumski Finke, Yes! For comic book illustrator Tess Fowler, being an artist isn’t just about creating culture, but actively seeking its improvement. She currently works mostly on creator-owned projects outside of the major comic book publishing houses, and she’s set to release a new web-based comic soon called “The Rascals.”

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Are We Depending Too Much on the Military’s Media Management?

Michael McKee, Truthout: Truth, as a casualty of war, has been a primary target, worthy of a $15 billion budget. Yet although “the media war” for the hearts and minds of Americans and foreign nationals is given high priority, it is out of sync with actual strategic achievements.

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“We Have to Be the Carbon Tax” – an Interview With Tim DeChristopher

Peter Rugh, Waging NonViolence: Tim DeChristopher spent 21 months in jail after bidding on land to keep it out of the hands of drillers – a story that served as inspiration for many people working within the climate movement today. Peter Rugh speaks with DeChristopher about the larger struggle against fossil fuels.

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How Europeans Are Opposing Drone and Robot Warfare: An Overview of the Anti-Drone Movement in Europe

Elsa Rassbach, Drones Campaign: By offering combat drones to European allies, the US seeks to gain more international acceptance and legitimacy for drone warfare. European drone opponents hope to instead bring European governments solidly behind international efforts to ban weaponized combat drones.

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Can Steven Lipsky Set His Water On Fire? You Betcha

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Steve Lipsky, a conservative man who made his nest egg in the banking industry, now finds himself playing the role of David against a modern-day Goliath. After what looked at first like an open-and-shut case of industrial negligence turned into a lengthy legal battle, he must either fight or accept financial ruin.

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Obama Wants to Cut Social Security

Ben Strubel, New Economic Perspectives: Obama is proposing, along with the support of Republicans and many Democrats, to change how annual increases in Social Security benefits are calculated. He wants to switch to a different formula, called Chained CPI.

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Marijuana Legalization Wins Big in Elections, Is Federal Decriminalization Next?

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: With cities amending their marijuana laws following the lead of Colorado and Washington states, one has to wonder which US cities and states will follow. And what does this mean for the future of the so-called war on drugs?

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The Oracle Report Friday, November 8, 2013



Crescent Moon Phase: expand, grow, challenges, questions
Moon: Capricorn/Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Kamala

11/5/2013 AUDIO UPDATE – Kamalahttps://www.freeconferencing.com/playback.html?cid=conferences%2F7188104-17-65-67-17-65-67-17-65-6751-17-65-67105-17-65-6791107-17-65-67-17-65-6711917.mp3&e=1640926800000&cn=94-43-28-63

Due to illness, the Oracle Report will return on Monday, November 11, 2013.