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THE FACTNET BLOG: Public Interest News & Dialog

The Factnet Blog: Public Interest News & Dialog

  

SCIENTOLOGY CLERGY FORCE A MOTHER TO CHOOSE: SON OR DAUGHTER...

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.

TEXAS JUDGE DENIES SCIENTOLOGY’S ‘ANTI-SLAPP’ MOTION IN RATHBUN SUIT...

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

Cleaveland.com 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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Scientists Compile a 360-Degree View of the Milky Way

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:06

Star Tribune March 29, 2014 by Karen Herzog

A team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360-degree portrait of the Milky Way that reveals never-seen-before details of our galaxy.

The new galactic portrait is made up of about 2.5 million infrared images collected by NASA’s orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope over the last decade.

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