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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.

FCC's Net Neutrality Concerns

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:00

U.S. News & World Report July 31, 2014 by Tom Risen

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is concerned about Verizon slowing the download speeds of some data users.

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Lobbyists Quietly Advise GOP On Gay Marriage Shift

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:02

THE HILL July 30, 2014 by Megan R. Wilson

Republicans on K Street are helping members of their party shift their stance on gay rights issues.

Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight, carries a list of 40 to 50 Republican offices in the House and Senate she visits on behalf of Freedom to Marry, a group that backs same-sex marriage.

War On Christianity?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:40

Huff Post Politics July 31, 2014 by Roy Speckhardt

When Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, was asked how LGBTQ couples could form a meaningful relationship in a country often hostile to gay people, he responded without a sense of irony that "The bigotry question goes both ways. And there is a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is on the other side."

Sen. Reid Vows To Protect Net Neutrality

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:33

THE HILL July 30, 2014 by Kate Tummarello

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is pledging to protect net neutrality from Republican attacks.

IPCC Climate Change Report's Findings Must Be Accepted, MPs Say

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:32

The Guardian Tuesday July 29, 2014 by Fiona Harvey

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Smoke billowing out from a plant in Japan, where the second part of the IPCC report was launched

The world’s most comprehensive report yet on the science of climate change has been strongly endorsed by an influential group of MPs.

American Atheists To Launch Atheist TV Channel July 29

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:29

Digital Journal July 28, 2014 by Megan Hamilton

Stanford - American Atheists, a nonprofit organization, is about to go where no atheist organization has gone before: To its very own television channel, available via the Roku streaming service.

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Search For "Dark Matter" Enters Round 2

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:13

Scientific American July 28, 2014 by Clara Moskowitz

Three experiments will begin upgrades that could help them corner the particles responsible for the universe’s missing mass

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The SuperCDMS experiment will begin construction soon at the SNOLAB underground laboratory in Canada.

Two Americans Infected With Ebola: Outbreak Called Deadliest Ever

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:44

CNN July 28, 2014 by Joe Sutton and Holly Yan

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A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for.

New York Times: U.S. Must Repeal Marijuana Prohibition

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:12

The Guardian July 27, 2014 by Joanna Walters

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The New York Times has called for the legalisation of marijuana. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Climate Change and Air Pollution Will Combine To Curb Food Supplies

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 18:44

PHYS.ORG July 27, 2014 by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office

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Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution—specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops.

SCIENTOLOGY SURRENDERS — AT LEAST PARTIALLY — IN SEVEN LAWSUITS AGAINST ITS REHAB NETWORK...BUT READ THE LINK TO JOE CHILDS STORY AT THE TAMPA BAY TIMES TOO!!!!

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 13:58

TONY ORTEGA on SCIENTOLOGY: Here at the Underground Bunker, we’ve been keeping a close watch on Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton, who has filed eighteen lawsuits since January against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

WIKIPEDIA'S EDIT WARS AND THE EIGHT RELIGIOUS PAGES PEOPLE CAN'T STOP EDITING...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 13:24

When he was a student at Brigham Young University three years ago, Anthony Willey came across a Wikipedia page on Mormons. What he read filled him with frustration.

 

WOMAN WHO ESCAPED CHILDREN OF GOD CULT CREDITS IRISHMAN WITH HELPING HER GET OUT...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:38

 

A woman born into a cult called the Children of God has revealed that an Irishman helped to get her out...

 

 

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‘Snitching Culture’: Why LISA MARIE PRESLEY QUIT ‘SINISTER’ SCIENTOLOGY – EXPERT WEIGHS IN

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:13

After reporting in June 2012 that Lisa Marie Presley was “cutting ties” with Scientology, The National ENQUIRER has uncovered the real reasons behind her departure.

Scientists Ask Governor Rick Scott For Meeting To Talk Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:33

Miami Herald July 16, 2014 by Mary Ellen Klas

TALLAHASSEE -- In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent scientists from the state’s top universities on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.

Washington State Says Marijuana Brownies OK But No Lollipops

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:44

REUTERS July 17, 2014 by Victoria Cavaliere

(Reuters) - Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put the drug in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules.

Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012.

Net Neutrality Comments Top One Million

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:35

THE HILL July 17, 2014 by Julian Hattem

The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 1 million comments on its plans for new regulations on Internet service providers.

As of noon on Thursday, FCC special counsel Gigi Sohn reported that the commission had gotten 1,030,000 comments, either through its online site or over email.

NOAA: Climate Change Is Getting Worse

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:22

THE HILL July 17, 2014 by Laura Barron-Lopez

Changes in the earth's climate are increasing at a steady rate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned Thursday in a new report.

Greenhouse gas emissions, sea levels, global temperatures and super storms all are trending upward, NOAA said.

LEAH REMINI TALKS ABOUT SCIENTOLOGIES CHURCH SHUNNING...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:58

Leah Remini and her family did a brave thing. They turned their backs on something that had been an integral part of their lives for decades, all because they felt that it was no longer the right thing to do.

Ordinarily, this is the kind of choice and behavior that is applauded by almost everyone. But Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology. Why is that a big deal?

SCIENTOLOGY ACCUSED OF FINANCIAL SLEIGHT OF HAND TO AVOID PAYING IN HUMAN SLAVERY LAWSUIT...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:33

 

In April, we told you the story of how Scientology had found itself tangled up in one of the most remarkable human slavery lawsuits ever adjudicated in the United States.

POLYGAMIST WIFE ESCAPES TERROR OF CULT LEADER IN MEMOIR, ‘THE WITNESS WORE RED’

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:09

The Witness Wore Red is a riveting, harrowing tale of Rebecca Musser, who fled a polygamist cult and their leader, Warren Jeffs.

Raised in the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect of the Mormon Church, Musser shares the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered since childhood and the forced marriage to 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs in her late teens.

JOHN JOSEPH, 1955-2014: A SCIENTOLOGIST, AND A FRIEND TO THE UNDERGROUND BUNKER...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:33

John Joseph, 1955-2014  R.I.P.

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We knew him only as “Plain Old Thetan.”

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