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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)

A Backup Plan For Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:46

The Washington Post April 15, 2014 by the Editorial Board

OF ALL the reports that the U.N.-chartered Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released over the last several months, this week’s might be the most distressing.

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT: Reactions to the Final Instalment of the IPCC Analysis

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:36

The Guardian April 14, 2014 by Laura Paddison

The final UN report on climate change was released today. We round up some of the reactions from business to academia

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Solar power plant at Sanlucar la Mayor, Spain (Photo by Sipa Press/Rex Features)

Climate Efforts Falling Short, U.N. Panel Says

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:49

New York Times April 13, 2014 by Justin Gillis

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Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled in Colorado

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:46

NPR April 13, 2014 by Bill Chappell

A customer eyes marijuana samples at a Denver dispensary. The makers of a newly unveiled vending machine are hoping to change how pot is sold in stores.

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HEARTBLEED BUG: What You Need To Know (FAQ)

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:05

CNET April 11, 2014 by Richard Nieva

The security vulnerability has implications for users across the Web. Here’s what the bug means for you.

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Are Ads From Koch Brothers-Supported Group Accurate?

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:17

PolitiFact April 10, 2014 by Steve Contorno

If you don’t know who the Koch brothers are — and the latest survey says half of you probably don’t — get ready to hear their names a lot this election season.

Climate Change Is Good For You, Says Ultra-Conservative Heartland Institute

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:33

The Guardian April 9, 2014 by Suzanne Goldenberg

New study by thinktank funded by Koch brothers aims to debunk authoritative UN climate change report

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY: Watch the Most Important Premiere of 2014 Right Now

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:00

Huffington Post April 7, 2014 by Brendan DeMelle (

Looking for something inspiring to watch tonight instead of Game of Thrones? Check out this sneak peek of Years of Living Dangerously, which will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. Watch the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously in full below:

Fox News Channel Botches Climate-Change Coverage

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:45

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) April 2014 by Aaron Huertas and Rachel Kriegsman

The UCS compared CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC in their reporting of climate science. They found Fox News to be the “least accurate.” Seventy-two percent of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements.

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Submitted by nabashalam2 on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:33

      It has come to my attention that there is still a unsubstantiated rumor that FACTNet still charges to join their site and post on there huge discussion board. This is not true. It has been over two years since we were forced to charge due to billowing operating costs. We want to get the word out that we totally free and are still the number one and largest Anti-Cult Website on the internet and have more bits of information on cults and getting help then any other site.

Americans Show Low Levels of Concern on Global Warming

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:17

Gallup Politics April 4, 2014 by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a new report this week warning of the existing and potentially severe adverse future impact of climate change, yet most Americans continue to express low levels of concern about the phenomenon.

Signs of Underground Ocean Found On Saturn Moon

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:02

CNN April 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Landau


An ocean at least as large as Lake Superior lies below a thick layer of ice on a moon of Saturn, new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggests.

Is Facebook Destroying Friendship?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 21:01

Psychology Today April 3, 2014 by Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D

Using friend as a verb is a recent phenomenon, thanks to Facebook. According to recent studies by the Pew Research Center, Facebook users average about 338 friends each.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:55

The Church of Scientology pressured Sara Goldberg for months to kick her son out of her life. She wouldn't do it. So the church put her on trial one night in a Scientology building in Clearwater. It was scary. Goldberg cried. She had been a devoted Scientologist for 36 years. Now her church was accusing her of committing a crime against Scientology — not "disconnecting'' from her renegade son.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:35

In a 25-page ruling, Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip today rejected Scientology’s ‘anti-SLAPP’ motion which had attempted to derail the harassment lawsuit of Bulverde, Texas resident Monique Rathbun.

Monique sued the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, in August, alleging that she’d been the subject of several years of surveillance and harassment because her husband, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, was a former high-level Scientology official who, in 2009, began speaking critically of the church.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Is Anybody Listening?

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:38

Newsweek April 1, 2014 by Max Strasser

The planet is poised for disaster, according to a landmark study released yesterday. Forests will burn, cities will flood and infrastructure will collapse under the strain of a warming climate.

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Mark Bunker (aka Wise Beard Man) Has just came out with his own "Knowledge Report" on Scientology...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:41

The destructive cult should be used to that by now, but this time it’s going to hit like a ton of bricks — and no amount of self-praising press releases (just about the only way Scientology gets any positive publicity these days) will be able to undo the damage.

A feature-length documentary film, Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse, is almost ready for release.

Time To Banish All Native American Mascots, Including Chief Wahoo

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:53 March 30, 2014 by Cynthia Connoly

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In my years speaking out against the use of Native American mascots, I’ve heard just about everything. One particular fan declared to me that “they were always told their great-great grandmother was a Cherokee princess,” using their baseless claim to Indian heritage to justify their lack of offense.

Book Critical of Scientology Banned From U.S. For 27 Years Now on Sale

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:02

The Telegraph March 30, 2014 by Joanna Walters

A British book the Church of Scientology managed to block in America is finally on sale in the US 27 years after it was published elsewhere in the world.

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