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PAUL HAGGIS ON THE 'CHILLING' FEAR HE SEES IN SCIENTOLOGY DEFECTORS...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 13:45

Years after leaving the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis is still as disturbed as ever about the way those who leave the church are treated.

EX-HEAD OF RELIGIOUS GROUP ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY, NOT CRIMINALLY: INVESTIGATION...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 18:13

 

A board investigation of the former president of a controversial Oak Brook-based religious and home-schooling organization, who resigned following allegations he sexually harassed teen girls, concluded he acted in an “inappropriate manner.”

 

But “no criminal activity was discovered” to have been committed by Bill Gothard, according to a statement by the board of directors of the Institute in Basic Life Principles posted on its website.

National Geographic Has to Radically Redraw Parts of Its Atlas Because of Arctic Ice Loss

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:25

TIME Magazine June 20, 2014 by Melissa Hellmann

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'Drastic' changes need to be made to the new National Geographic Atlas of the World to reflect the effects of climate change

The Arctic ice sheet has shrunk so much that National Geographic is having to make what it calls “drastic” changes to its atlas.

THE SEVEN SIGNS YOU'RE IN A CULT...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:06

A former member of a tight-knit college prayer group describes his community's disintegration—and how one of its members ended up dead.

 

November 2, 2012, was a beautiful Friday in Kansas City—clear and cool and sunny. I had spent the afternoon reading in the library at an unaccredited college affiliated with the International House of Prayer, an evangelical Christian organization commonly referred to as IHOP (no relation to the restaurant). Around 6 pm, I got a call from my friend Hannah*.

What Exactly Is The Keystone XL Pipeline?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:33

National Public Radio's State Impact Project

The Keystone Pipeline already exists. What doesn’t exist fully yet is its proposed expansion, the Keystone XL Pipeline. The existing Keystone runs from oil sand fields in Alberta, Canada into the U.S., ending in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 21:33

Scientific American  June 18, 2014 by Ros Krasny

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate.

The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote.

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark Registration As "Disparaging" To Native Americans

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:25

The Washington Post June 18, 2014 by Theresa Vargas

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

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