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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

Boston.com 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.

EASTERN LIGHTNING: CHINA'S MURDEROUS DOOMSDAY CULT...

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.

TEXAS COURT: SCIENTOLOGY HEAD MISCAVIGE CAN’T BE FORCED TO TESTIFY...

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

Washington Begins Sales of Edible Marijuana Products

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:40

USA TODAY August 6, 2014 by Trevor Hughes

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This marijuana-infused chocolate bar sold in Colorado is scored into 10 pieces, indicating that each square contains a single serving size of 10 mg of THC, the active component of pot. (Photo: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY)

MAYBE THE SADDEST SCIENTOLOGY PROMO VIDEO EVER, AND A HISTORY LESSON FROM MARK BUNKER!

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:44

We have a potent set of videos for you today. First, we’re going to show you the very latest Scientology promotional message that’s been smuggled out to us. Then we’re going to go back in time thanks to filmmaker Mark Bunker.

To begin, wasn’t it just the other day that we remarked how Scientology seems to be focusing so much attention on its “Ideal Org” program in the western United States, and the eastern half of the country is almost an afterthought?

L. RON HUBBARD'S GREAT-GRANDSON SPILLS THE FAMILY SECRETS ON HOW SCIENTOLOGY STARTED. EEK.

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:36

Scientology has a history of silencing critics. If you want to know where that history comes from, look no further than the experiences of Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Learn his family's story. Then share it...

Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Four States To Be Heard In Ohio Fedferal Appeals Court

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:40

The Washington Post August 6, 2014 by Robert Barnes

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Hundreds of of same-sex marriage supporters rally in Cincinnati’s Lytle Park on Tuesday. (Jeff Swinger/AP)

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Matches Climate Projections

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:21

Scientific American August 5, 2014 by Brian Kahn

A two-day ban on drinking water has been lifted in Toledo, Ohio. But the toxic algae bloom that led to the ban is still floating around Lake Erie and ones like it could become more common as the climate continues to change in a warming world.

Glenn Beck: I Said "Stupid Things" While At Fox News

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 08/03/2014 - 14:17

Huff Post Media August 3, 2014 by Alana Horowitz

Glenn Beck admits he played a role in tearing this country apart, and regrets his time at Fox.

Glenn Beck on Sunday revealed one of his biggest regrets on CNN's Reliable Sources.

THE STRAIGHT UP STUFF ON SCIENTOLOGY: MOVING ON UP A LITTLE HIGHER MARK "MARTY" RATHBUN'S PLACE

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:36

This is a great place full of info and containing the thoughts and experience of one mans experiences with Scientology...

TONY ORTEGA ON SCIENTOLOGY: JON ATACK: DID L. RON HUBBARD WANT TO BE CONSIDERED A GOD?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:25

The Underground Bunker:

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

JUDGE RULES SERIOUSLY ILL BOY, 13, CAN BE TREATED AGAINST MOTHERS BELIEFS

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:18

Teenager can be treated with blood products against the belief of his Jehovah's Witness mother

The religious mother was said to be unhappy with the ruling Photo: GETTY IMAGES
 

By Agencies

7:54PM BST 30 Jul 2014

The Consequences of Not Challenging the Islamic State

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 14:20

Aljazeera August 2, 2014 by Mohamed Ghilan

The Islamic State's violence against minority groups and non-Sunni sects goes against the teachings of Islam.

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Mosul is empty of Christians for the first time in its history, writes Ghilan [Reuters]

Dinosours Regularly "Shrunk" To Become Birds

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:41

BBC Nature News July 31, 2014 by Zoe Gough

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Body trait analysis shows the miniaturisation of theropods started about 50 million years before Archaeopteryx, the earliest bird, lived.

Theropods shrunk 12 times from 163kg (25st 9lb) to 0.8kg (1.8lb), before becoming modern birds.

The researchers found theropods were the only dinosaurs to get continuously smaller.

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