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GERMAN MEDIA: SCIENTOLOGY IS ESSENTIALLY DEAD IN BERLIN...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 18:15

Two recent newspaper reports indicate that despite the opening of its “Ideal Org” in Berlin seven years ago, Scientology is essentially defunct in the city, with only about 130 members in a metropolis of more than 3 million.

JAMIE DEWOLF, GREAT-GRANDSON OF SCIENTOLOGY FOUNDER, SHUTS DOWN L. RON HUBBARD IN 'THE GOD OR THE MAN' SPOKEN WORD PIECE...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:40

Jamie DeWolf's last name isn't really DeWolf.

The great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, DeWolf is an outspoken critic of the controversial faith. He reveal the history behind his name in a highly-charged spoken word performance, explaining that it was changed by his grandfather as a way of distancing himself from Scientology's contentious leader.

The piece, "The God or the Man" is podcast Snap Judgment's performance of the year.

SUNDAY FUNNIES: THE DESPERATION IN SCIENTOLOGY FLIERS IS GETTING WORSE. MUCH WORSE.

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 22:00

It’s that time of the week again, when we share with you some of the great Scientology mailers and fliers that were forwarded to us by our worldwide tipsters.

You’ll find some of our comments a bit less cheery this week. We can’t help it. These Scientology fliers are getting so desperate, it’s really becoming embarrassing.

First up, a report from Scientology’s wuss. Er, rather, WUS. Which stands for Western United States. Which is a continent, by Scientology reckoning.

SCIENTOLOGY SUNDAY FUNNIES: THE NANCY CARTWRIGHT FREAK-OUT EDITION...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 21:48

Watch out! Nancy Cartwright is having some kind of naval restim and she’s reaching for your wallet!

Yes, it’s time for another wacky collection of Scientology’s latest mailers and fliers as the church tries desperately to find a new strategy to get members to actually come to events and open up a few more credit cards for donations!

Speaking of donations, a tipster pointed out that Scientologists are helping to raise money for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in her re-election effort.

The Biggest Misunderstanding In The Net Neutrality Debate

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:15

Gizmodo June 25, 2014 by Adam Clark Estes

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Pending public rage, the FCC's flawed net neutrality rules will kick in later this summer. And yet, despite the impassioned coverage in the media, it's obvious that most people are still missing the point. As Wired points out today, a type of internet fast lane already exists, and nobody's talking about how to shut them down.

Net Neutrality Wins Backing Of Nation's Mayors

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:03

Entrepreneur Magazine June 25, 2014 by Peter Page

Net neutrality and a ban on Internet “fast lanes’’ won the backing of the US Conference of Mayors, which unanimously endorsed a resolution Monday urging the Federal Communication Commission forbid "blocking of lawful websites" and "unreasonable discrimination of lawful network traffic.’’

The Father Of Net Neutrality Returns To Do Battle With Comcast

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:49

WIRED Magazine June 25, 2014 by Robert McMillan

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Tim Wu

Tim Wu saw firsthand how people can mess with the internet.

Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 23:02

National Public Radio June 24, 2014 by John Ydstie

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Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he hopes a new study can influence the business community by applying the science of risk management.

ISIS, ISIL: Who They Are And What They Want

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:57

Minnesota Public Radio News June 23, 2014

The alarming dispatches from Iraq often feature a jumble of letters new to many American ears: ISIL, or sometimes ISIS. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni insurgent group.

Its previous name is more familiar: al-Qaida in Iraq.

The group emerged during the Iraq War as a major player in the Shiite vs. Sunni violence that threatened to rip Iraq apart along sectarian lines. The U.S. State Department classified al-Qaida in Iraq as a terrorist organization in 2004.

PAUL HAGGIS ON THE 'CHILLING' FEAR HE SEES IN SCIENTOLOGY DEFECTORS...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 13:45

Years after leaving the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis is still as disturbed as ever about the way those who leave the church are treated.

EX-HEAD OF RELIGIOUS GROUP ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY, NOT CRIMINALLY: INVESTIGATION...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 18:13

 

A board investigation of the former president of a controversial Oak Brook-based religious and home-schooling organization, who resigned following allegations he sexually harassed teen girls, concluded he acted in an “inappropriate manner.”

 

But “no criminal activity was discovered” to have been committed by Bill Gothard, according to a statement by the board of directors of the Institute in Basic Life Principles posted on its website.

National Geographic Has to Radically Redraw Parts of Its Atlas Because of Arctic Ice Loss

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:25

TIME Magazine June 20, 2014 by Melissa Hellmann

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'Drastic' changes need to be made to the new National Geographic Atlas of the World to reflect the effects of climate change

The Arctic ice sheet has shrunk so much that National Geographic is having to make what it calls “drastic” changes to its atlas.

THE SEVEN SIGNS YOU'RE IN A CULT...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:06

A former member of a tight-knit college prayer group describes his community's disintegration—and how one of its members ended up dead.

 

November 2, 2012, was a beautiful Friday in Kansas City—clear and cool and sunny. I had spent the afternoon reading in the library at an unaccredited college affiliated with the International House of Prayer, an evangelical Christian organization commonly referred to as IHOP (no relation to the restaurant). Around 6 pm, I got a call from my friend Hannah*.

What Exactly Is The Keystone XL Pipeline?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:33

National Public Radio's State Impact Project

The Keystone Pipeline already exists. What doesn’t exist fully yet is its proposed expansion, the Keystone XL Pipeline. The existing Keystone runs from oil sand fields in Alberta, Canada into the U.S., ending in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 21:33

Scientific American  June 18, 2014 by Ros Krasny

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate.

The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote.

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark Registration As "Disparaging" To Native Americans

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:25

The Washington Post June 18, 2014 by Theresa Vargas

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

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Colorado Mulls Potency Rules For Edible Marijuana

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:13

USA Today June 17, 2014 by Jolie Lee

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"Corporate Religion" Threatens Everyone

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:57

Huff Post Politics June 18, 2014 by Ron Fein

What religion does ExxonMobil observe? How about Cargill, or Ford? If the question seems absurd, that's because it is -- corporations don't have religions.

Privacy Groups Ask Obama Not To Renew NSA Powers

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:19

THE HILL June 17, 2014 by Julian Hattem

A coalition of more than two dozen privacy and digital rights groups is asking President Obama not to renew a contested National Security Agency program when its legal authority expires this week.

TONY ALAMO PROPERTIES SOLD AT AUCTION...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 19:39

 

 Fouke, Ark. - Jun 12, 2014 4:51 PM CST

An auction in Miller County is held to sell property of a self-proclaimed prophet and help satisfy a court judgment.

Proceeds from the sale will be given to the victims whom Tony Alamo was convicted of abusing.

Alamo set up his million dollar ministry in Fouke, Arkansas in the 1990's.

However in 2009, he was sentenced to life in prison for molesting children he took in as brides.

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Indian Example

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:00

Time Magazine June 17, 2014 by Alex Altman

While Americans question climate change, global competitors like India are leading the fight to combat its challenges, according to a global TIME survey

Americans may still be skeptical about climate change. But around the world, global warming is not only settled science; it’s a reality that our international counterparts are taking varying steps to combat. And India is leading the way.

SCIENTOLOGY SUNDAY FUNNIES: THE VALLEY ROCKS AS THE FUNDRAISING ROLLS EVER ONWARD...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:56

 

It’s that time of the week again, when we reveal our favorite Scientology mailers and fliers that have been sent in by our great tipsters. And we have some great treats for you in this installment. (Oh, and happy Father’s Day, everyone!)

LEAH REMINI'S REALITY SHOW TO TACKLE SCIENTOLOGY SCANDAL IN THE PREMIERE...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:51

Leah Remini's reality series will premiere on Thursday, July 10 at 10/9c on TLC.

CASEY KASEM’S SORDID FAMILY DRAMA: IS KERRI’S INVOLVEMENT IN SCIENTOLOGY RELEVANT?

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:03

Over the years, we’ve been pretty good at staying away from family law stories. Why? Because in family court, everyone lies. The stakes are just too high. It makes reporting on such cases mostly an exercise in futility.

For that reason, we’ve been loathe to write anything about the sad custody battle over Casey Kasem, 82, the golden-voiced American Top 40 deejay who retired in 2009 and now suffers from a common form of dementia that has left him unable to speak.

A SHOCKING INCIDENCE IN AN EAST CHINA CITY REACTIVATES A TIGHTENED CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL ORGANIZATIONS... (CULTS)

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 15:33

On May 28, citizens all across China were shaken to their cores when Wu Shuoyan, a 35-year-old woman, was beaten to death in public by six people at a McDonald's in Zhaoyuan, east China's Shandong Province. Their motive, according to the original online news report, was because one of the six asked Wu for her phone number but she refused.

CASEY KASEM’S WIFE DRAGS SCIENTOLOGY INTO HER WORLD OF MADNESS...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 15:24

As if this couldn’t get any worse: Jean Kasem, the wife of radio legend Casey Kasem and star hamburger pitcher, is not only suing his children, but claiming that his daughter Kerri wants to donate Kasem’s $80 million fortune to the Church of Scientology. (This is the only time we’ll say it: those poor Scientologists)

The Rhetoric Of Obama's Climate Plan Vs. Reality

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:33

The Washington Post June 8, 2014 by Robert J. Samuelson

President Obama and his harshest critics — business groups and Republicans — have a shared interest in exaggerating the impact of the president’s proposal on climate change.

SCIENTOLOGY SUNDAY FUNNIES: THE TOM CRUISE HISTORY LESSON EDITION!

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 15:21

Oh, those days of thunder

Tom Cruise has a new movie out, so maybe it just comes with the territory that some media types will do their best to burnish his reputation. We’ve always had a lot of respect for Tom’s acting skills, and we never root against his movie success. But some of his admirers in the media have been trying to rewrite history by downplaying how much Tom’s involvement in Scientology has hurt his public image.

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