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NEW ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FLDS CHURCH: FORMER POLICE CHIEF SAYS HE FEARED CHURCH LEADERS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:44

A former police chief who served the twin towns that the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints dominates is coming forward for the first time, claiming he lived in fear that Warren Jeffs and other church leaders would take his family away if he didn’t do their bidding...

 

" GOING CLEAR SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF "

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:18

Anyone who has seen Tom Cruise jump on Oprah Winfrey’s couch knows he can be a bit of a kook. That impression is amplified, to put it gently, by Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, a new documentary by Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein – book review

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:24

Naomi Klein Photograph: Anya Chibis For The Guardian Anya Chibis For The Guardian/PR

Klein wants this book to be read by people who don't read climate-change books – it addresses a potential catastrophe yet is calm and welcoming...

 

 

HOW SCIENTOLOGY CONTROLS JOHN TRAVOLTA AND TOM CRUISE, ACCORDING TO ‘GOING CLEAR’...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:51

HBO hired 160 lawyers when the network decided to air “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” the

SCIENTOLOGY, 'GOING CLEAR,' AND THE CHURCH'S LONG WAR WITH THE IRS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:32

Shortly after 6am on the morning of July 8, 1977, Special Agent Elmer "Lindy" Linberg stood at the gate in front of 4833 Fountain Avenue and pushed the call button. The night caretaker of the Los Angeles building came out, walked about 10 feet toward the gate, and then stopped.

THE KEYSTONE XL DISTRACTION: INDUSTRY HAS BUILT 11,600 MILES OF OIL PIPELINE WITH LITTLE PUBLIC RESISTANCE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:24

Every good magician knows that the key to success is misdirecting the audience. You have to draw everyone’s attention away from your ultimate goal in order to perform the trick. Politics is no different, and one of the greatest misdirections in recent memory has been pulled off by the fossil fuel industry.

ANYONE CAN BE BRAINWASHED BY CULTS LIKE SCIENTOLOGY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:16

When I was 16, I was invited to a dinner hosted by members of the infamous Unification Church. When I was 18, I took a Scientology E-Meter test in exchange for borrowing a cell phone so I could call home...

CALIFORNIA IS RUNNING OUT OF WATER. THIS IS HOW WE CAN SOLVE THE LONG-TERM ISSUE WITH BRAZIL'S HELP...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:26

There's a silver lining in here...

 

“California only has 1 year of water left" is a statement we all started paying attention to this week.

(The truth is more complicated. But still, it's a crisis.)

The HBO movie “Going Clear” has ruffled Scientology’s feathers...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:36

Cult expert Steve Hassan says, Alex Gibneys sobering movie has likely opened the floodgates to a public examination of destructive cults.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: 'MERCHANTS OF DOUBT' TAKES ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:50

In "Merchants of Doubt,” the subject is global warming. Or, more precisely, the business of denying the existence of climate change. Even the term “climate change” is a product of spin, coined by conservative politicians who felt it sounded less threatening than “global warming."

 

Mind control expert, Steve Hassan, monitors Twelve Tribes...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:45

Experts warn extreme beliefs should not warrant extreme behavior...

 

Child welfare officials are not the only ones who are monitoring the actions of a controversial religious group here in Winnipeg.

One of North America’s leading experts on cults and mind control is also paying close attention to the community known as the Twelve Tribes. And he doesn’t like what he sees.

"MERCHANTS OF DOUBT" IS A BLOOD-BOILING LOOK AT THE AMERICAN SPIN CYCLE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:26

Although it's hardly the first issue-driven documentary bent on exposing the corrupt practices and outright lies perpetuated by multinational businesses, "Merchants of Doubt" distinguishes itself in part by taking that brand of dishonesty as its very subject.

 

 

CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT — WHO’S REALLY USING ALL THE WATER?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:02

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for the state of California. 2013 was the driest year in the state’s history – since records started being kept about 100 years ago.

 

EX-TWELVE TRIBES LEADER WARNS WINNIPEG AUTHORITIES ABOUT RELIGIOUS GROUP...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:21

Fear the mind abuse, not the physical abuse, says former leader with religious group...

 

A former leader in the Twelve Tribes religious group said it wasn't the threat of beatings that kept him in his place. It was the threat of death if he didn't.

SCIENCE VS SPIN: DILBIT SINKS IN THE REAL WORLD, BUT NOT IN STUDIES FUNDED BY OIL INDUSTRY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:13

“Once the oil started to sink, it made things a lot more difficult on our recovery.”

 

RISK OF AMERICAN 'MEGADROUGHTS' FOR DECADES, NASA WARNS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 03/21/2015 - 13:43

A NASA scientist recently said that California only has one year of water left. What happens if California runs out of water, and how does it affect the world?

 

EVEN THE UNICORNS OF THE SEA CAN’T ESCAPE CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 03/21/2015 - 13:15

As sea ice melts away, it will become easier to hunt narwhals, and that calls for preemptive work to protect them now...

 

Is it time to start making a commotion about narwhals?

CONTROVERSY OVER CHILDREN'S SAFETY AT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:04

Controversial religious group Twelve Tribes reported to Cybertip

The co-founder of a national tip line to report children at risk of sexual exploitation did what she said others should have done months ago: she reported her concerns on Wednesday about kids at risk at the Twelve Tribes, a controversial religious group.

 

SCIENTOLOGY: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - JON ATACK: RECOVERING FROM SCIENTOLOGY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:44

This took Place:  Friday February 6th 2015 from 6:30 p.m. and Saturday February 7th 2015 from 12 noon at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin.

 

FACTNETS DISCUSSION BOARD POSTING ENDS IN 2 WEEKS. FORUMS GOING INTO "ARCHIVE" MODE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 18:31

CLOSING THE FACTNET FORUM: A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER LAWRENCE D. WOLLERSHEIM...
 

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT 2015: NASA PREDICTIONS CLAIM WATER RUNNING OUT IN 2016 AS MEGADROUGHT HITS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 18:05

When it comes to California’s drought, 2015 has not been a year for good news so far. NASA is now making predictions which claim the state’s water supply will run out within a year, and others predict a so-called megadrought could continue for years to come.

 

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU WORRY ABOUT AN ARCTIC METHANE BOMB?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:08
Methane hydrate, taken from the ocean floor off the coast of Oregon Wikimedia Commons

 

BE SMARTER IMMEDIATELY! WATCH THIS 10 MINUTE ANIMATION OF ESCALATING CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:20

We are at a tipping point!!!

Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip

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A short animated film about the feedback loops likely to lead to catastrophic climate change, by Leo Murray.

On climate change, Florida officials told to speak no evil...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:05

Washington (CNN)Maybe if nobody says it, it won't happen.

NEW DOC REVEALS HOW CLIMATE DENIERS AND FAKE PUNDITS DUPED JOURNALISTS—AND AMERICA...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:45

Robert Kenner, director of 'Merchants of Doubt.' (Photo: Rick Madonik/Getty Images)

The filmmaker who revealed industrial farming’s shortcomings in ‘Food, Inc.’ is tackling the lies and deceptions of other corporate campaigns.

 

ARCTIC SEA ICE 'THINNING DRAMATICALLY,' STUDY FINDS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 21:24

Arctic sea ice -- the ice that freezes and floats on Arctic waters -- is thinning at a steadier and faster rate than researchers previously thought, a new study finds.

 

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