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BRITAIN STRIKES ISIS: RAF Tornadoes Bomb ISIS Heavy Weaponry

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:19

CNN Tuesday September 30, 20914

British military aircraft carried out their first airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq today, Britain's defense ministry said.

Irbil, Iraq (CNN) -- The United Kingdom said it conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq on Tuesday, striking targets four days after Parliament voted to approve the country's involvement.

OMG! Does the apple not fall far from the tree? Descendant of Scientology’s founder has disciples of his own...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 20:28

Slam poet Jamie DeWolf is the harshest critic of his great-grandfather L. Ron Hubbard.

Photo: TIM HUSSIN / Special To The Chronicle

Two red-haired, almond-eyed boys — each possessing an other-worldly ability to mesmerize an audience and capture its allegiance — are born 66 years apart.

The first, born in 1911, leads disciples in the tens of thousands by founding a religion called Scientology.

Bombs Rain Down on Isis in Syria

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:16

CNN Tuesday September 23, 2014

U.S., Arab nations strike ISIS in Syria; U.S. hits 2nd terror group

The United States and several Arab nations rained bombs on ISIS targets in Syria on Tuesday -- the first U.S. military offensive in the war-torn country and a forceful message to the militant group that the U.S. would not stand by idly while it carried out its rampage of terror.

SCIENTOLOGY: RELIGION OR INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ? PART 3

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:58

The view from the lion's den... cont.

The Planet Just Had Its Warmest August On Record

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:30

HUFF POST GREEN September 15, 2014 by Nick Visser

This past August was the warmest since records began in 1881, according to new data released by NASA. The latest readings continue a series of record or near-record breaking months. May of this year was also the warmest in recorded history.

Proposed Texas Textbooks Distort Climate Change Facts

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:30

National Center for Science Education September 15, 2014

One textbook absurdly portrays advocacy group as a science authority

An examination of how proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools address climate change reveals distortions and bias that misrepresent the broad scientific consensus on the phenomenon.

Extreme Solar Storm Streaking Towards Earth

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:47

CBS NEWS September 11, 2014

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WASHINGTON -- An extreme solar storm is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

Climate Change Accelerating Death of Western Forests

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:23

USA TODAY September 10, 2014 by Trevor Hughes

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NEW EXCLUSIVE FACTNET SERIES WITH INTERACTIVE COMMENTS! SCIENTOLOGY: RELIGION OR INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ? PART 1 OUT OF 3.....

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:29

Editors query: "What intelligence agencies in what country or countries are now using (hacking,) Scientology's data collection networks or data transfer or, on and offline data storage facilities to augment their intelligence activities for collecting private and intimidating information on foreign nationals that would be near impossible for them and their field agents to collect?"

SUNDAY FUNNIES!!! SCIENTOLOGY IS GOING DOWN IN STYLE!

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:46

Sunday Funnies: Scientology is going down in style!

Tony Ortega's "Underground Bunker!"

Thanks for joining us in the Bunker today for our weekly feature, Sunday Funnies, when we take a look at the best Scientology fliers that tipsters forwarded to us.

Home News NATIONAL CULT SUSPECTED OF PROSTITUTING WOMEN 'TO SAVE ISRAEL'...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:38

Police suspect group of four forced women into having sex with non-Jews and exploited them sexually by getting them hooked on drugs and alcohol.

Photo by Eyal Warshavsky

EVANGELICAL MEGACHURCH BEGINS CLOSING BRANCHES AFTER PASTOR CALLS WOMEN “PENIS HOMES”

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:25

Washington-based Mars Hill Church will close 15 branches following controversy over founder Mark Driscoll

DeSmog UK Launches To Combat Climate Denial In Europe Ahead Of Paris Climate Talks

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:11

DeSmog UK by Brendan DeMelle

A welcome message from DeSmogBlog executive director Brendan DeMelle.

We’re pleased to introduce DeSmog UK, a brand new investigative journalism and research outlet dedicated to clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science and exposing the individuals and organizations attacking solutions to global warming.

Home Depot Confirms That It Was Hacked

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:16

The New York Times September 8, 2014 by Nicole Perlroth

Home Depot confirmed Monday that hackers broke into its store payments systems, in what could the largest known breach of a retail company’s computer network.

Football's In The Air, And In Denver, So Is The Sweet Smell Of Herb

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:39

The New York Times September 7, 2014 by Michael Powell

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While marijuana is now legal in Colorado, the Broncos have followed the N.F.L. in taking a position of disapproval. That has not deterred fans from smoking before games. Credit Matthew Staver for The New York Times

4th American With Ebola To Be Flown To U.S. For Care

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:20

ABC NEWS September 8, 2014 by Kate Brumback and Josh Funk (AP)

A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care Tuesday and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease, the hospital said Monday.

Virus Hitting Midwest Could Be "Tip Of Iceberg," CDC Official Says

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:10

CNN Health Monday September 8, 2014 by Michael Martinez, John Newsome, and Elizabeth Cohen

(CNN) -- A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.

The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases.

An Explanation of Respiratory Virus Striking Midwest Children

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:45

USA TODAY September 8, 2014 by Liz Szao

Hundreds of children across the Midwest have been hospitalized with severe respiratory illness in recent weeks, health officials report. USA TODAY medical reporter Liz Szabo asked leading health experts to answer questions about the illness.

Q. What's causing this illness?

Why Do People Deny Climate Change?

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:52

WGBH News September 5, 2014 by Alison Bruzek and Jck Doyle

Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, George Marshall visited the Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

EPA Administrator Affirms Climate Change Is A Public Health Threat

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:42

Rhode Island Public Radio September 5, 2014

Climate change is one of the country’s most serious public health threats, said Gina McCarthy, the head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She spoke to a large crowd of local energy and environmental leaders at an annual conference today hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. 

Rand Paul Should Check With the Pentagon Before He Slams Hillary Clinton

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:34

NEW REPUBLIC September 6, 2014 by Rebecca Leber

On Friday, Rand Paul suggested he knows more about international security than a certain former Secretary of State. Paul thought Hillary Clinton’s strong remarks on the threats of climate change—which came during her speech at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada—suggested an ignorance about America’s true key threats.

SCIENTOLOGY TESTS ITS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DEFENSE IN FRAUD LAWSUIT...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:14

We have several correspondents on the scene today as the next dramatic showdown occurs in Luis and Rocio Garcia’s fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.

CHILDREN OF GOD SECT UPBRINGING LED TO A LIFE OF CRIME AND DRUGS, FORMER CHILD MEMBER CLAIMS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:29

 

Children from the Children of God sect after being released back into their parents custody.

A MAN raised in the controversial religious cult, Children of God, has opened up about his evil upbringing, saying it led to a life of crime and drug addiction.

Joshua Cannane, 24, was one of 56 children taken from his parents in raids at Victorian properties run by “The Family” in the early 1990s.

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)

SCIENTOLOGY YESTERDAY AND TODAY: REPORTS FROM MARK BUNKER AND DENNIS ERLICH...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:05

From The Underground Bunker "TONY ORTEGA on SCIENTOLOGY"

Tony Ortega

LA Sheriff Lee Baca

Clearwater's Police Chief Dan Slaughter

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