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TOWN ONCE RUN BY POLYGAMIST LEADER IS SHARPLY DIVIDED...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:00

In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, a girl runs past a street sign in Hildale, Utah. The sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who still believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

THIS SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME. WORLD LEADERS ARE ABOUT TO GIVE AWAY THE KEYS TO THE INTERNET...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:30

How would you feel if you found out your own country was working on an international treaty that would allow big corporations to force your Internet provider to dump you if they say so? Well...

SCIENTOLOGY'S "DEAD AGENTING" POLICY AND HBO'S NEW MOVIE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:55

The Church of Scientology is the subject of a much-anticipated Alex Gibney documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief."

2014 OFFICIALLY THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD, US GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SAY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:40

The numbers are in. The year 2014 – after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and the Russian far east – was the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th century average, US government scientists said on Friday...

RATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION PUTS LIFE ON EARTH AT RISK, SAY SCIENTISTS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:33

Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found...

PATRIOT ACT'S UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IN POST-9/11 WORLD...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:03
Washington (AFP) - Forty-five days after 2001's 9/11 attacks, president George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, but Americans only learned of the anti-terrorism law's full consequences 12 years later through Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations...

GIANT PANDAS THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 19:52

Global warming will wipe out much of the bamboo on which the bears rely for food, according to a new study...

A giant panda lying in bamboo

The research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focused on the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi Province, which is home to around 275 wild pandas. Photograph: guardian.co.uk

HOW I LOST MY DAUGHTER TO RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/10/2015 - 21:04

I learned that my daughter was engaged not from her, but from our family therapist...

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – review

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:11

The book is currently being adapted into a documentary by HBO and is slated for release at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. HBO had 160 lawyers review the film out of fear of litigation by the Church of Scientology...

ENDING THE GAME OF PSYCHOLOGICAL COERCION...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 13:36

What is Ending The Game©?

 

ENDING THE GAME OF PSYCHOLOGICAL COERCION...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 13:14

What is Ending The Game©?

TRUTH BE TOLD IS NOW AVAILABLE A Documentary Unmasking the Jehovah’s Witnesses Culture of Undue Influence...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/03/2015 - 21:11

[NEW YORK, NY – January 5, 2014] The highly anticipated feature documentary TRUTH BE TOLD is now available for digital download and streaming. The film is especially timely as the world community responds to the clear and present dangers posed by religiously-motivated fanaticism.

HAS MAN DRAGGED EARTH INTO THE ANTHROPOCENE AGE?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:31

Believe what you may but man, ever since the Industrial Revolution, has changed the climate...

Entrepreneur and conservationist Doug Woodring displays plastic and other trash pulled from the sea on a beach on the south side of Hong Kong, May 7, 2009. Getty

BIG PHARM IS KILLING OUR LAKES... DIABETES DRUG FOUND IN LAKE MICHIGAN COULD HURT FISH, EXPERTS SAY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 22:25

There is more than one way to measure prescription drug use.

The most direct method is to count prescriptions filled by pharmacies. That would show, for example, that more than 180 million prescriptions for diabetes drugs were dispensed in 2013.

Or you could test the treated water coming out of sewage-treatment plants.

POPE FRANCIS’S EDICT ON CLIMATE CHANGE WILL ANGER DENIERS AND US CHURCHES...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:06

Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year’s UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York

Pope

Pope Francis was a key player in thawing relations between the US and Cuba. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

With 15 Children Dead, CDC Declares Flu Epidemic...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 11:48

Fifteen children have died from complications of the flu so far this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted, as it officially declared the illness an epidemic.

HBO READIES SCIENTOLOGY DOCUMENTARY "GOING CLEAR"...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 11:26

Alex Gibney-directed film based on Lawrence Wright's

"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" will air in 2015...

THE MAN (CULT LEADER) WHO ENCOURAGES THE SICK AND DYING TO DRINK INDUSTRIAL BLEACH...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 12/27/2014 - 15:13

Vulnerable people with cancer, Aids, influenza and malaria are being urged to drink Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) – described by the FDA as 'industrial bleach'

Jim Humble's MMS homepage (screen grab)

Protest Sony Free Speech Intimidation Hacking by Going to the Just Re-Released "The Interview" Movie!

Submitted by fadmin on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 17:15

Citizens all over the world can say no to the blackmail and intimidation of free speech by a simple act. Go to the new Sony movie "The Interview" as an act of personal protest against the Sony Free Speech Intimidation by unknown hackers and, --- you will send a strong signal of solidarity with Sony's free speech courage against the hackers.

US FIGHTS BACK? NORTH KOREA LOSES INTERNET CONNECTION... ( DON'T BELIEVE IT...GOVERNMENTS DON'T ROLL LIKE THAT...)

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:31

Image from the alleged Twitter page of the official Korea Central News Agency.

North Korea's Internet access sputtered, then went completely dark today (Dec. 22), three days after U.S. President Barack Obama declared that the United States would retaliate for the perceived North Korean attack on the computer networks of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

SOMETHING ALIVE IS MOVING ABOUT HALF OF THE WATER IN THE OCEANS... (video at end of story).

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:11

It's becoming clear that whales are doing a whole lot more than just swimming around, blowing the minds of life-jacketed landlubbers in boats...

When humans kill whales, we're doing more than making a cruel choice — we're messing with an entire ecosystem. Some people justify their slaughter with the argument that the fewer whales there are, the more food there is for everyone else.

FAITH-HEALING PARENTS GET 10 YEARS IN PRISON... (video)

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:05

Syble Rossiter was 12 when she died in 2013

ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Wenona and Travis Rossiter, convicted of manslaughter in the death of their 12-year-old daughter, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Syble Rossiter died in February 2013 of a treatable form of diabetes. Her parents opted to use prayer instead of medicine for the girl, and were convicted in the case in November.

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