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Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:07

NPR September 3, 2014 by Eyder Peralta

Bucking a long judicial trend, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Louisiana's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman acknowledged that his ruling "runs counter to all but two other federal decisions," but he goes on to say that other judges went too far in their opinions.

Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer and His NextGen Team: Climate Change Is Top-Tier Issue In 2014 Races

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:57

THE HILL September 3, 2014 by Laura Barron-Lopez

November may be two months away, but billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and his political action team say they've made climate change a "top-tier" issue in seven key races.

Since unveiling campaigns in seven states across the U.S., Steyer's group, NextGen Climate, said on call with reporters Wednesday that it is "successfully making climate change a top-tier issue for voters."

Polar Vortex Linked to Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 23:09

USA TODAY September 2, 2014

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A January 10, 2014 file photo shows the U.S. side of Niagara Falls in New York beginning to thaw after the "polar vortexs" that affected millions in the U.S. and Canada. (Photo: Nick LoVerde, AP)


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From The Underground Bunker "TONY ORTEGA on SCIENTOLOGY"

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IPCC Warns Climate Change Worsening, Dangerous

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:18

USA TODAY August 27, 2014 by Doyle Rice

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Human influence on the planet's climate is clear and having "widespread and consequential impacts on human and natural systems," some of which may be irreversible, says a draft report out today from a United Nations science panel.

Our Solar System Is Inside A Hot Gas Bubble

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:35

CNN Tech Wednesday August 27, 2014 by Ben Brumfield

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(CNN) -- Ever feel like you live in a bubble?

You do. We all do.

Our whole solar system appears to, say space scientists, who published work last month corroborating its existence.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 20:44

Anne Hamilton-Byrne head of religious sect "The Family" with several children.

A SECRET diary uncovered after more than 30 years has revealed how notorious cult The Family trapped people in a web of fear and dependence.

Oceans Hid The Heat And Slowed Pace Of Global Warming

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:53

Scientific American August 22, 2014 by Niina Heikkinen

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Researchers use Argo floats (pictured) to help collect data.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:40

August 15, 2014 10:00 PM  Maranatha Fellowship

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A religious leader in southern Minnesota will go back on trial next week, as a couple fights for the life savings they left behind once they left his group.

Beyond the courtroom, the back and forth is also playing out in a small town newspaper.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:26

by: Tony Ortega


Why I'm A Climate Change Alarmist

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:59

Slate Magazine August 20, 2014 by Eric Holthaus

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Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with the strongest tropical cyclone landfall ever recorded.

FCC Extends Deadline For Net Neutrality Comments To September 15

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:41

REUTERS August 15, 2014

U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would accept public comments on its proposed new "net neutrality" rules through Sept. 15, giving Americans extra time to weigh in on how they think Internet traffic should be regulated.

The FCC has received more than 1 million comments already on new rules for how Internet services providers should be allowed to manage web traffic on their networks.

Climate Change Deniers Resort To Character Attacks

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:54

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES August 15, 2014 by Gene Lyons

Recently a friend posted a video on Facebook that he asserted would demolish the Godless theory of evolution. On it, a fellow sitting in a pickup and wearing a backward baseball cap smugly explained that Darwinian evolution contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental principle of physics.

Some Things We Might Learn From Robin Williams' Death

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:42

PsychCentral by John Amodeo, PHD

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams’ suicide begin to settle, we might reflect upon what we might learn from this tragic event.

How To Be Optimistic, According To Science

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:30

THE WEEK August 14, 2014 by Eric Barker

It turns out many of the common methods for becoming more positive are bunk

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Should you see a glass as half empty or half full? If you want to live a better life, and you care what research has to say, there's a clear answer to this question: half full.

Huge Asteroid Hurtles Toward Earth

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:08 August 15, 2014 by Justine Hofherr

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This is an artist impression obtained from The University of Warwick and The University of Cambridge shows a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star GD 61. AFP/ GETTY

Asteroid 1950 DA is hurtling toward Earth, defying gravity, and could end human life.

Texas Governor Rick Perry Indicted On Two Felony Charges

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:55

CNN August 15, 2014 by Ralph Ellis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted Friday on felony charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity.

The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned, the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, said.

The public integrity unit investigates public corruption on a statewide basis.

Dear FCC: Get Out Of D.C. And Talk To The Over 1 Million Americans Who Support Real Net Neutrality

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:57

Electronic Frontier Foundation by April Glaser

The FCC is slated to close the written comment window for the net neutrality proceeding on September 10th, but that doesn’t mean that the FCC is going to make up its mind anytime soon.

Are Polite People More Violent and Destructive?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:44

Psychology Today by Dr. Kenneth Worthy

I’ve long thought that it’s the troublemakers and malcontents who will lead the way to a more sustainable, healthier planet, and now there’s some evidence to support this idea.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:45

A bizarre murder in the eastern Chinese city of Zhaoyuan revealed the emergence of what officials are calling a dangerous doomsday cult. 

(Photo : Photo courtesy of Reuters) Known more for its fabulous lantern displays, Zhaoyuan was the site of a bizarre cultic murder.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:02

David Miscavige, head of the Church of Scientology, cannot be forced to testify in a harassment lawsuit filed by the wife of a prominent church critic who lives in Comal County, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

Climate Change Greatest Threat To Great Barrier Reef, Report Says

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:41

THE HILL August 12, 2014 by Laura Barron-Lopez

The 2014 report, released by Australia's government on Tuesday, states that the overall outlook for the reef is poor, and is expected to further deteriorate.

"Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef," the report states. "It is already affecting the Reef and is likely to have far-reaching consequences in the decades to come."

Supermoon 2014 Sunday August 10

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:29

MASSLIVE.COM August 9, 2014 by Joe Deburro

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Look up in the sky. Is it a beach ball? Is it a balloon? No, it's Supermoon 2014! And it's coming to a sky near you!

United States Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS in Northern Iraq

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:12

CBS News August 8, 2014

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Iraqi families who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepare to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WHO: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa an International Health Emergency

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:54

CNN August 8, 2014 by Faith Karirni and Radina Gigova

Global health experts on Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has also spread to Nigeria. More than 930 people have died.

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet After 10 Years and Four Billion Miles

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:59

The New York Times August 6, 2014 by Kenneth Chang

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The comet, as photographed by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, is 2.5 miles wide. Credit European Space Agency


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