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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.


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.


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!)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Ban On Gay Marriage

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 16:51

REUTERS  June 6, 2014 by Brendan O'Brien

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread.

The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges who have struck down gay marriage bans in a number of states, although the Wisconsin ruling sparked some confusion over whether such marriages could now legally go ahead.

WHITE HOUSE: Climate Change Is Ruining Our Health

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:34

NBC News Saturday June 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Chuch

Climate change is aggravating asthma and allergies and killing more people through extreme heat and floods, the White House said in a report Friday promoting new federal limits on carbon pollution.

GOP Leaders Balk At Climate Change As Seas Rise

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:57

ABC News June 7, 2014 by Michael J. Mishak (Associated Press)

On a recent afternoon, Scott McKenzie watched torrential rains and a murky tide swallow the street outside his dog-grooming salon. Within minutes, much of this stretch of chic South Beach was flooded ankle-deep in a fetid mix of rain and sea.

"Welcome to the new Venice," McKenzie joked as salt water surged from the sewers.

SCHUMER TO FCC: Pay Attention To Public Comments On Net Neutrality

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

The Hill June 6, 2014 by Kate Tummarello

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to make sure the tens of thousands of people voicing concerns about a new net neutrality proposal get heard.

"While they may not be the businesses from whom you are accustomed to hearing, the fact that ordinary citizens would take time out of their days to weigh in on a complicated regulatory issue is a clear indicator of its significance," Schumer said in a letter this week.

GOP Senate Candidates Grope For Safe Position On Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:50

The Washington Post June 5, 2014 by Greg Sargent

Here’s another sign climate change may become an issue that could matter — a bit, at least — in the 2014 campaigns.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:36

What power does an individual have to guard against government surveillance?



That’s the question on the minds of many who have joined Reset The Net. The global campaign, aimed at protesting mass Internet surveillance, is set to go live on June 5, a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the massive extent of the US government’s global surveillance program...

Marijuana Scare Stories Don't Say Much About Legalization

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:51

MSNBC June 4, 2014 by Adam Serwer

Coverage of marijuana legalization in Colorado has often focused on rare, genuinely tragic occurrences involving overuse of the drug. But “Reefer Madness”-style stories coming out of Colorado won’t tell us much about whether or not legalizing marijuana was a good idea.

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Public Piles On Net Neutrality Debate

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 07:52

Politico June 4, 2014 by Tony Romm

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The FCCs online system for public comments ground to a halt Monday. (John Shinkle/POLITOCO)

A blistering battle over net neutrality has the Federal Communications Commission hearing an earful — and from more than just the usual torrent of lobbyists and lawyers who swarm the chairman’s eighth-floor office.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:42

In the past we here at FACTNet have been been attacked, hacked and slandered by many of our enemies but our mission held steady and we actually wouldn't have made it through if it wasn't for the help of our friends.... We got by with the help of our friends... :) One of our greatest supporters was and still is EPIC and they continue to fight the good fight for the neutrality of the web... We want to support them in this great cause and will be posting their articles in the future and will continue to be one of their most faithful backers until we win this war. I hope you will join us in backing them also...          From the FACTNet Family...   :)      

In Lak' ech!   :)

Big Brother is watching EVERYONE!!! Not Just the USA!

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:14

Codename 'Apalachee': How America Spies on Europe and the UN...

President Obama promised that NSA surveillance activities were aimed exclusively at preventing terrorist attacks. But secret documents from the intelligence agency show that the Americans spy on Europe, the UN and other countries.

Edge of Tomorrow

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:30

Tom Cruise stars in a new alien invasion/time travel (time loop) movie called Edge of Tomorrow.


John Oliver's Net Neutrality Rant Crashes FCC Servers

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:36

Time Magazine June 3, 2014 by Doug Aamoth

The Political And Legal Future Of Obama's Proposed Clean Power Plan

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:06

Brookings Institution June 3, 2014 by Philip A. Wallach

Yesterday saw the release of the most important element of the Obama administration’s climate agenda, dubbed the Clean Power Plan.

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Obama Trying To Reclaim Leadership On Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:35

New York Times June 1, 2014 by Justin Gillis and Henry Fountain

At the end of his first year in office, President Obama flew to Copenhagen and made a big promise: that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2020 — a bold and risky pledge that hinged on a balky Congress to make it possible. His efforts became bogged down within months, and Mr. Obama’s pledge to the rest of the world soon looked like a pipe dream.

Gay Marriage Law Takes Effect In Illinois

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 20:05

ABC News June 1, 2014 by Associated Press

Gay and lesbian couples across Illinois can be legally wed as the state becomes the latest in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

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NET NEUTRALITY: A War Over The Internet

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 19:08

The Tennessean June 1, 2014

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Are the days of an open Internet numbered?


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