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Michelle Pfeiffer and More Stars Who Escaped From ‘Cults’

Submitted by fadmin on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 14:35

Michelle Pfeiffer says she lived with a couple who believed in ‘breatharianism,’ the idea humans don't need food or water, only sunlight. See more stars who had similar experiences with other cults. Click here for the whole story.
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TEA PARTY: Political Extortionists Who Held the American Economy Hostage in Failed Attempt to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 09:35

Friday October 18, 2013
 
Emmy and Peabody award-winning reporter Hank Plante wrote an article published in USA Today calling members of the Tea Party “political extortionists” and “political Jihadists” who aren’t far removed from their predecessors who hated Social Security, Medicare, welfare and anything that smacked of “entitlements.”
 

DUTCH COURT RULES SCIENTOLOGY TAX-EXEMPT

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:51

ABC News October 17, 2013
 
A Dutch court has ruled the Amsterdam arm of Scientology is a charitable organization and exempt from paying taxes.
 
The ruling by the Amsterdam Appeals Court overturns a lower court ruling that Scientology should be taxed because it charges adherents for classes.
 
The appeal court ruled that Scientology's classes "don't differ significantly from what other spiritual organizations do, or can do." It noted there are payment exemptions for members who can't afford them.
 

SCIENTOLOGY’S FRAUD CONVICTION UPHELD IN FRANCE

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:39

The Telegraph October 17, 2013
 
France's top appeals court has upheld a fraud conviction and fines totalling hundreds of thousands of euros against the Church of Scientology, for taking advantage of vulnerable followers.
 
The Cour de Cassation rejected the organisation's request that a 2009 conviction for "organised fraud" be overturned on the grounds it violated religious freedoms.
 

GOVERNMENT REOPENS AFTER CONGRESS PASSES BUDGET DEAL, RAISES DEBT LIMIT

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:37

The Washington Post Thursday October 17, 2013
 
Federal agencies, parks, museums and monuments began to reopen Thursday morning, after a chastened Congress ended a bitter funding standoff that triggered a 16-day government closure and drove the nation toward the brink of default.
 
The agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) funds agencies through mid-January, calls hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raises the $16.7 trillion debt limit.
 

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