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7 of the Most Common Dreams and What Your Subconscious May Be Trying To Tell You

By Jessica Dolores | Natural News

(Natural News) There’s an ancient Jewish proverb that goes, ‘An unexamined dream is like an unopened letter.’ Dreams are our subconscious’ way of reaching out to us. It tells us what are hidden fears, aspirations, and needs are. It tells us the state of our mental health in much the same way that a green traffic light tells us it’s okay to drive down the road.

Dream expert Dr. Clare Johnson lists seven of the most common dreams and their meanings.

  1.  Teeth falling out — This dream is usually associated with insecurity, instability, life changes, and loss. It can also mean we can no longer conceal our feelings, no matter how hard we smile or pretend that all is well. So when you dream that your teeth are falling off, it’s about to ask yourself. Are you enjoying what you’re doing? Are you where you want to be? If not, it’s time to make a change.
  2.  Flying — This may have something to do with powerful sexual and creative energy. It’s associated with freedom and self-confidence. The question is, how are you flying? Are you flying smoothly, or struggling on air? If you’re soaring without a care in the world, congratulations! You’re in the best place you can be. But if you’re struggling, ask yourself: In what area of life am I sinking?
  3.  Running away — This is the stuff nightmares are made of. A bad guy is running after us. A monster is chasing us down a dark tunnel. A beast is trying to overtake us in the jungle. But our feet are rooted to the ground. Or they’re moving so slowly and they’re turning to jelly. For all the dreadful feelings they inspire, nightmares are gifts that force us to face subconscious fears. In a dream state as it is during wide-awake times, we have the power to confront the monster and give our dreams a happy ending. So ask yourself:  What am I running away from? What’s scaring me? How do I deal with my fear?
  4.  Buildings and vehicles — Dreams paint a picture of our health, or lack of it. Buildings and vehicles often represent the body. So dreaming of a gleaming car, a shiny and a state-of-the-art skyscraper could mean we’re in the pink of health. A run-down house, an old, neglected hangar and a battered car, on the other hand, can speak of poor health. Ever dreamed of driving a car with faulty brakes? Johnson says this could be a sign that you can’t slow down in your drive to work harder and do more. It could mean that it’s time to go slow and take a break. So help yourself. Try dreaming of the plush house you’ve long wanted to get, or driving the car you always wanted. You just might wake up with a smile on your face.
  5.  Partner cheating — This doesn’t literally mean your partner is unfaithful. It could mean you’re shortchanging yourself. Ask yourself in what way you feel cheated. If you think your dream is related to your partner, ask yourself if your significant other is letting you down. Are both of you happy, or do you need changes in your relationship? Relive your dream and imagine interviewing your unfaithful partner. Ask why he or she is misbehaving. This dream interview can reveal important insights.

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Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

By Shelby Meyers & Mickey Huff | * Project Censored

Charges Dropped in Student Laptop Spying CaseMass surveillance has “badly shaken writers’ faith that democratic governments will respect their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” according to a January 2015 PEN America report based on the responses of 772 writers from fifty countries. Reporting for Common Dreams, Lauren McCauley covered not only the PEN America report, but also a July 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch indicating that US journalists and lawyers increasingly avoid work on potentially controversial topics due to fear of government spying.

McCauley’s January 2015 Common Dreams story quoted one of the conclusions from the PEN America report: “If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.”

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*Originally entitled: #7 Fear of Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression

Sources:

Lauren McCauley, “Fear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide,” Common Dreams, January 5, 2015, https://commondreams.org/news/2015/01/05/fear-government-spying-chilling-writers-speech-worldwide.

Lauren McCauley, “Government Surveillance Threatens Journalism, Law and Thus Democracy: Report,” Common Dreams, July 28, 2014, https://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/government-surveillance-threatens-journalism-law-and-thus-democracy-report.

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In Victory for Growing Workers Movement, LA Passes $15 Minimum Wage

By Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams

The fight for a higher wage in Los Angeles has brought together students, home care workers, fast food employees, and many more. (Photo: Fight for 15 LA/Facebook)

The fight for a higher wage in Los Angeles has brought together students, home care workers, fast food employees, and many more. (Photo: Fight for 15 LA/Facebook)

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a $15 an hour minimum wage, becoming the largest U.S. city to adopt a living wage.

The ordinance would boost the $9 an hour base wage to $15 by 2020 for as many as 800,000 workers. Los Angeles now joins Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle, which have already adopted similar laws.

Advocates were quick to praise the 14-1 vote, calling it a “huge” boost for the country’s growing workers’ rights movement.

Albina Ardon, a McDonald’s employee from Los Angeles and a member of the minimum wage advocacy group Fight for $15 LA, said that the win illustrates the power of grassroots organizing and paves the way for other cities to pass living wage laws.

“People used to think we had no chance, but we are steadily winning the fight by demanding $15 an hour to lift our families out of poverty,” Ardon said. “If we can win $15 in one of America’s most populous cities we know it will give momentum to workers around the country who are fighting for the same thing.”

“People like me, who work hard for multibillion-dollar corporations like McDonald’s, should not have to rely on food stamps to survive,” she continued. Ardon, a mother of two and ten year employee of McDonald’s, currently makes $9.95 an hour. The vote comes amid a growing push by workers and anti-poverty advocates for U.S. cities to protect workers amid a growing wealth gap.

The federally mandated minimum wage has stagnated at $7.25 since June 2009.

Los Angeles council members are also considering a motion to require paid sick leave, a provision that was initially inserted in the minimum wage legislation but removed over the objection of local business leaders. On Tuesday, the lawmakers agreed to consider that policy separately.

The wage increase will now be submitted to the city attorney’s office, which will draft an ordinance that will return to council members later this year for approval, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to sign the wage boost into law. The wage will initially be set at $10.50 an hour as of July 2016.

See unfolding reactions on Twitter under the hashtags #raisethewage or #RaiseadEnforce15.

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‘Fake’ Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House

By Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams

The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday with a 338-88 vote, but experts say that powers of mass surveillance will continue, and even expand, if the bill passes and becomes law.  (Image: EFF/flickr/cc)

The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday with a 338-88 vote, but experts say that powers of mass surveillance will continue, and even expand, if the bill passes and becomes law. (Image: EFF/flickr/cc)

With Patriot Act re-authorization looming, end of domestic phone collection program not enough to assuage civil liberty and privacy advocates

Though the overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the USA Freedom Act in the House of Representatives on Wednesday portends the end of the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ private telephone records, civil liberties groups found little else to celebrate as the ultimate passage of the bill, which now heads to the Senate, would re-authorize a number of worrisome programs by extending the life of the controversial Patriot Act.

Following a federal court ruling last week that deemed a provision of the Patriot Act, known as Section 215, as not a sound legal basis for the bulk phone data collection program, H.R. 2048, which passed the House by a vote of 338-88, would put a definitive end to the practice that was first revealed to the American public by documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. However, despite strong objections from critics, the bill reauthorized Section 215 for other uses and would expanded other surveillance mechanisms and powers for government agencies.

Though some progressive groups found it possible to support the bill for its strong stance against the domestic phone records program, tougher critics said that though they welcome the end of that specific program, the USA Freedom Act’s re-authorization of broader Patriot Act powers could not be ignored.

Advocacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU had offered some initial support to earlier versions of the bill, but both groups ultimately withdrew their backing of the law once it reached its final form. Others were never convinced and said true reform would come only from allowing the Patriot Act, and all its varied authorities, to sunset as scheduled on June 1.

“Congress has an opportunity to reform mass surveillance by letting the Patriot Act expire, and that’s what they should do,” said Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder of Fight for the Future, which has spearheaded a coalition opposed to mass surveillance, the re-authorization of the Patriot Act, and specifically Section 215.  Wednesday’s vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act, said Cheng, would actually “expand the scope of surveillance” by the NSA and others. The USA Freedom Act, she said, “is the opposite of reform. It makes absolutely no sense.”

Elaborating on the implications of the bill, she continued:

There is literally no reason for the NSA to be surveilling everyone and their mom in order to go after their targets. Why they aren’t satisfied with the US Constitutional limits on search and seizure and getting a warrant to do so is very suspicious. That’s just rogue and illegal behavior and part of selling a culture of fear. We’re demanding to see them build a case to surveil my mom and millions of Internet users around the world before they get one more peek at our private lives.“

Congress is trying to sell the USA Freedom Act to the American people as reform, but what the bill actually does is extend and expand the government’s power to monitor our communications under the PATRIOT Act. Far from reform, the bill will allow the government to invade even more of our private moments than ever by updating their surveillance powers for the devices and communications platforms we use most often these days.”

This is a fake privacy bill. Corrupt members of Congress and their funders in the defense industry are attempting to package up their surveillance-powers wishlist and misleadingly brand it as ‘USA Freedom.’ This is disappointing and offensive, and we will continue to work to kill this bill and any other attempt to legitimize unconstitutional surveillance systems.”

Within the halls of Congress, however, the climb toward meaningful reform in a Republican-controlled session has been a slog, with civil liberties groups hedging their critiques as well as their enthusiasm. As Russell Berman writes at The Atlantic:

The ACLU, for example, is taking no formal position on the bill even though it sent lawmakers a list of areas in which it didn’t go far enough. [A complex bipartisan] dynamic was on display this week when GOP House leaders rejected a bid by a group of younger libertarian members to offer amendments that would have further restricted the NSA. “This is a very delicate issue,” Speaker John Boehner explained to reporters. “I know members would like to offer some amendments, but this is not a place for people to bring out the wrecking ball.”

Broad majorities of House Democrats and Republicans decided on Wednesday that the Freedom Act was good enough as is, increasing pressure on the Senate to accept their compromise. Yet just how significant would the new law be? Lawmakers in Congress have a tendency to hail just about any bill that gets a bipartisan vote as a landmark achievement. Staunch privacy advocates dismiss it for paying lip service to reform while leaving intrusive surveillance programs untouched. The truth on this one lies somewhere in the middle, said Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of its Lawfare blog. “This is a significant reform and rollback of a FISA program,” he told me. But it pales in the context of the extensive collections of NSA surveillance tools and the many, often unrelated provisions of the Patriot Act. Section 215 is, after all, just one section, and the reforms in this bill beyond ending bulk data collection are modest. “This is one, small program,” Wittes said. “It is not the big enchilada, or even one of the big enchiladas of the NSA programs.”

With the bill now heading to the Senate, critics of the House version are still holding out hope that improvements can be made in the upper chamber. As  Mark Jaycox, legislative analyst for EFF, wrote in the immediate wake of Wednesday’s vote:

We believe the House missed an opportunity to strengthen the bill in light of the recent Second Circuit decision. We’re urging the Senate to take steps to strengthen the bill. The bill is now sent over to the Senate, where all eyes will be watching. The Senate is expected to take up the USA Freedom Act anytime in the next two weeks, and is likely to vote on it by May 22. The Senate is uniquely positioned to improve the civil liberties protections in the USA Freedom Act by adding additional transparency and oversight provisions, adding stronger limitations on the collection of data on innocent people, and throwing out some of the recently-added provisions to the bill that were included at the behest of the intelligence community.

He added, “2015 can and should be the year for powerful surveillance reform, and we’re urging the Senate to rise to this opportunity.”

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