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The Factnet Blog: Public Interest News & Dialog


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.


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