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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.”

THE HORRORS INSIDE A CHRISTIAN CONVERSION CULT ARE EXPOSED FIRST-HAND...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:22

“In a lot of ways, I would describe it as a cult,” documentary filmmaker Kate Logan (pictured) tells Queerty. “Nobody questions the leadership. You follow authority. It’s very isolated. A lot of bad things happen.”

EX-MARANATHA MEMBER: LEADER MADE ME RUN TO MISCARRY...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 19:07

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO has uncovered more allegations of abuse against a religious leader in southeastern Minnesota.

LAWSUIT EXPOSES SOUTHERN MINNESOTA RELIGIOUS GROUP...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 18:50

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – July 1, 2014 10:34 PM:  A lawsuit has exposed deep-seated secrets surrounding a religious group in southern Minnesota.

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.

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