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Uncontrollable Ice-Melt? Uncorking East Antarctica Could Yield Unstoppable Sea-Level Rise, Simulations Show

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 07:14

Science Daily May 5, 2014

The melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica's shore could trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean, resulting in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years to come.

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New research finds that the melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica's shore could trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean. (Credit: M. Martin/PIK)

Final Fed Climate Report Will Present Dire Picture

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:57

ABC News May 5, 2014 by Seth Borenstein (AP Science Writer)

The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans' daily lives and will worsen — conclusions that scientists will detail in a massive federal report to be released Tuesday.

Obama To Talk Climate With Meteorologists

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:48

The Hill May 5, 2014 by Laura Barron-Lopez

President Obama will speak about climate change on Tuesday with a number of national and local TV meteorologists across the country, according to an administration official. 

The 2014 National Climate Assessment will be released Tuesday and will be the focus of Obama’s interviews. 

Climate Change Is Clear And Present Danger, Says Landmark US Report

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 05/04/2014 - 22:11

The Guardian May 4, 2014 by Suzanne Goldenberg

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Cattle at a ranch in drought-hit New Mexico last summer. Photograph: Greg Sorber/Zuma Press/Corbis

Great Ron L Hubbard out of print biography is back! Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 05/04/2014 - 22:06

Apologetics, who is run by my friend Anton Hein, has put out two great articles that Anton wrote himself along with his awesome team about Ron L Hubbard, the creator and late guru of Scientology. The first dealing with the born again biography that is now back in print and another covering all of his history of his creation of "Scientology" and the insidious damage he levied on thousands of unfortunate souls who were simply looking for a better way of life and living...

Confronting Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:11

Harvard University  Office of the President April 7, 2014

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Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

United States Congress and Chinese Coal Plants Biggest Obstacles to Fixing Climate Change, Says Former President of Mexico

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:23

Harvard Business School April 15, 2014 by Carmen Nobel

Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón says the United States Congress and Chinese coal plants are the biggest obstacles to fixing climate change

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CLIMATE CHANGE: What The Science Tells Us

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:38 Book Review

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This is the book cover for Dr. Charles Fletcher's Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us. Credit: J. Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ

Donald Sterling Banned For Life By The NBA For "Deeply Disturbing" Comments

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:58

CBS News April 29, 2014


NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

Donald Sterling Profile Is Not A Pretty Picture

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:32

Boston Globe April 29, 2014 by Bob Ryan

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Clippers owner Donald Sterling sat coutside on April 4 in Los Angeles

I went to a pair of Donald T. Sterling’s lottery parties.

The Year Climate Change Closed Everest

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 21:06

The Atlantic April 28, 2014 by Svati Kirsten Narula

As the world heats up, the Himalayas are becoming more volatile

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Is The IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:07

Huffington Post Blog April 27, 2014 by Robert Stavins (Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program)

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Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 13:31

"We have always wanted to have a President that would listen to every single American... Now we have one..." -Jay Leno


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:52

The felonious convict was found guilty in 2000 by an Essex Superior Court jury in Massachusetts of three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 stemming from the assaults, which took place in locations throughout Massachusetts and during ski trips in Vermont. The victim told a baby sitter and a YMCA employee, who reported the abuse, O'Neill said...

Obama Responds to Alleged Racist Comments by Clippers' Don Sterling

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 10:13

CNN April 27, 2014 by Kevin Conlon and Shelby Lin Erdman

The racism controversy embroiling Don Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has reached half way around the world to Malaysia, where President Obama is on a diplomatic mission to Asia Pacific nations.

White House: Discrimination potential in Big Data use...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 19:59

President Barack Obama requested the review in January, when he called for changes to some of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs that amass large amounts of data belonging to Americans and foreigners.

The technology that enabled those programs also enables others used in the government and the private sector. The White House separately has reviewed the NSA programs and proposed changes to rein in the massive collection of Americans' phone records and emails.



Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:32

Ryan Hamilton, the Las Vegas attorney who is turning suing Scientology’s drug rehab network into a cottage industry, filed his fifth federal fraud lawsuit this week with another complaint against Narconon Fresh Start/Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, Nevada.
Meanwhile, Laura DeCrescenzo learned that Scientology is trying to get its hands on a computer stored in her garage, and we have numerous other filings regarding Hamilton’s other Narconon lawsuits...

Brain Washing...With the proper techniques, anyone can be taught to believe anything!

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:21

At least four people have died attempting to live on the light, according to the Seattle Globalist. In June, a British native attempted to give up eating and live only off "a nutritional source already embedded within our body/mind/Spiritual system" and film her transition. She gave up after about 45 days.

Put To The Test

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 20:23

University Times April 25, 2014 by Jane Fallon Griffin

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Jane Fallon Griffin takes the free Scientology personality test and interviews some ex-members of the organization.

Is It Time To Remove 'Under God' From The Pledge of Allegiance?

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:06

The Blaze April 24, 2014 by Billy Hallowell

Aside from prayer at government meetings — an issue TheBlaze has covered extensively – there are few First Amendment issues more contentious than the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Cliven Bundy's Outrageous Comments About 'The Negro'

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 18:55

The Washington Post April 24, 2014 by Jonathan Capehart

Cliven Bundy, congratulations! You've provided the nation with its latest cringe-worthy moment in race.

Climate Change Increasing Massive Wildfires In West

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:35

USA Today April 19, 2014 by Doyle Rice

Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western USA due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, new research suggests.

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REVIEW: 'Transcendence' Rises Above The Sci-Fi Genre

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:45

Los Angeles Times April 17, 2014 by Kenneth Turan

The focus on artificial intelligence in 'Transcendence' with Johnny Depp is brilliant because it lets the audience decide questions of good and evil.

Though its plot and premise are pure science fiction, "Transcendence" goes pleasingly against the genre grain.

Whoopi Goldberg Debuts As Pot Columnist For Denver Post's Cannabist Site

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:17

Oregon Live April 17, 2014 by Noelle Crombie

Whoopi Goldberg relies on her vape pen to relieve symptoms associated with glaucoma, the comedienne writes in her first column for The Cannabist.

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ATTENTION CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICS: Man-Made Emissions Cause Global Warming

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:34

International Business Times April 16, 2014 by Reissa Su

A new scientific study has cited 99.9 percent of the effects of climate change are a result of human activity.

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North Dakota Abortion Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:03

MSNBC April 16, 2014 by Meredith Clark

A federal judge has struck down one of the strictest abortion laws in the country, ruling that a North Dakota ban on abortions after as early as six weeks is unconstitutional.

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Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:19

After a 16-month OPP investigation, Frederick King has been charged with sexual exploitation, sexual interference, three counts of sexual assault, three counts of assault causing bodily harm, five counts of uttering death threats, two counts of assault with a weapon and 10 counts of assault.

Brunei Law To Allow Death By Stoning For Gay Sex

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:06

Huffington Post Gay Voices April 15, 2014 by James Nichols

The United Nations has responded to the nation of Brunei, a sovereign state in southeast Asia, where officials are reportedly set to roll out a new penal code including death by stoning as punishment for same-sex acts.

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Scientology-Linked Narconon Exploited And Abused Those It Purported To Be Treating: Human Rights Commission

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:23

The Montreal Gazette April 15, 2014 by Catherine Solyom

"It's more important for me to get Narconon exposed as one of the most dangerous, quasi rehab centres in the world," says David Love, who won a Quebec Human Rights Commission case against the drug rehab centre linked to the Church of Scientology.

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(Photograph by Vincenzo D'Alto)


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