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OBAMA CALLS FOR “TRANSFORMATION” OF NATION’S GUN LAWS

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 19:42

USA Today September 22, 2013 by David Jackson and Kelly Kennedy

President Obama said Sunday that last week's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard "echoes other recent tragedies" that has devastated families across the nation.

WASHINGTON -- President Obama called Sunday for a "transformation" of the nation's gun laws, saying last week's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard echoes too many other killings across the United States.

DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS EXPECT TO AVERT U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 19:28

Reuters Sunday September 22, 2013 by Thomas Ferraro

Key Democrats and Republicans said on Sunday that they expect a bitterly divided Congress to somehow come together and avert a U.S. government shutdown in eight days.

But it remained unclear how they would do it and, more importantly, who will blink over Republican demands to defund President Barack Obama's landmark overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, commonly known as Obamacare.

CLIMATE CHANGE TO HAVE DOUBLE IMPACT -- STUDY

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 09:30

The Guardian by Nafeez Ahmed

New research shows traditional IPCC models could be underestimating global warming due to feedbacks

As the world awaits the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest verdict on the state of the climate, new research out this year finds that climate change could have double the impact previously thought.

OBAMA CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN GETS FIRST AIRING IN FRONT OF HOUSE SKEPTICS

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 09:22

The Guardian Wednesday September 18, 2013 by Suzanne Goldenberg
 
The Obama administration asserted its authority to move forward on its climate change action plan on Wednesday – with or without new laws from Congress.
 

ATHEISTS START PAC TO ELECT NONRELIGIOUS CANDIDATES

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 22:43

NPR September 18, 2013 by Frank James
 
Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.
 
The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state.
 

“IT IS OUR RIGHT TO USE THE WILLOW CANE” -- Inside the Twelve Tribes Christian Fundamentalist Sect at Center of Childcare Controversy

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 22:42

The Independent Monday September 16, 2013 by Jamie Merrill
 
The Twelve Tribes movement has been rocked by a child abuse scandal in Germany. But is the sect simply misunderstood? Jamie Merrill visits its British redoubt to find out.
 
Tucked away down a quiet lane eight miles north of Honiton, the tea room and farm at Stentwood seem like just another tranquil spot on the east Devon tourist trail. The stone-built café is empty though, and the farm isn’t a holiday cottage. It is the home to 40 men, women and children of the Twelve Tribes sect.

More About the Months of Hacking and DNS Atacks at Factnet

Submitted by Lawrence on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 15:01
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From July through early September Factnet has been under a series (or concerted program,) of hacking and denial of service attacks. More attacks than we have had in years.
I guess our free dialog and information services must be doing something very right!
These attacks have defiantly forced us to new levels of security that we have never had before. They have been very costly in both staff time and expences for advanced security work that our volunteers and existing staff simply could not do.
The great news is that Factnet is now poised for a new level of stability and growth.
We apologize for the numerous times the site has been down and offline and the interuptions these purposeful hackers have caused.
We now urgently your help to help cover our additional security costs with you generous tax deductible donations. Factnet has been online for 21 years and will not be intimidated by those who do not like the information and dialog presented and allowed on the Factnet website.
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