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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?

Major Steps By The Obama Administration On Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 18:40

Reuters Sunday June 1, 2014 by Mark Felsenthal

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On Monday, the Obama administration will release new rules regulating carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants that run on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, a linchpin of his plans to tackle climate change.

Following are some key moments in President Barack Obama's efforts to address climate change:

Evidence Of Climate Change Is In The Streets At High Tide In Norfolk

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/31/2014 - 18:59

The Washington Post Saturday May 31, 2014 4:32 PM by Lori Montgomery

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Downtown Norfolk as seen from the Elizabeth River (Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)

Religious beliefs can be used in manslaughter case, judge rules...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:53

A judge ruled last week that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trials of Travis and Wenona Rossiter, an Albany couple accused of depriving their 12-year-old daughter of life-saving medical care.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:39
Leah Remini

MSN News 7/11/13 By Riya Bhattacharjee of MSN News

Attacks And Claims About Climate Change Heat Up The Truth-O-Meter

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:45

PolitiFact May 29, 2014 by Amy Sherman

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In May, the White House released the National Climate Assessment, which concluded that South Florida is "exceptionally vulnerable" to risks from man-made climate change including rising seas, more extreme heat and dropping water supplies.

After Years of Gridlock on Climate Change, Obama is About to Play His Trump Card

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:13

Newsweek May 30, 2014 by Pema Levy

Step aside, Keystone XL pipeline. There’s a new, bigger climate battle about to take over Washington.

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President Obama will use his executive authority to move forward on the most ambitious anti-global warming initiative of any U.S. president Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Nobody Is Neutral When It Comes To Net Neutrality

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 21:31

Scientiific American May 27, 2014 by Roni Jacobson

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The FCC has asked for comment on whether the Internet should be reclassified as a public utility to preserve net neutrality -- but the motion faces political and legal hurdles.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 05/25/2014 - 21:43

 The couple says their two older daughters were "indoctrinated into a religious cult that promotes martyrdom and celebrates death," and that has caused them to experience "fantasies of suicide ideation and martyrdom." They didn't name the cult.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 05/25/2014 - 21:30

It’s time for Sunday Funnies and another round of Scientology’s latest mailers and fliers sent in to us by our great tipsters.

We love these weekly snapshots of Scientology’s fundraising fever. They give us a real sense of how leader David Miscavige is trying to get more and more money from fewer and fewer people. The desperation is palpable...

Maggie Explains "Net Neutrality"

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 05/25/2014 - 09:23

c/net May 25, 2014 by Marguerite Reardon

Don't get what the Net neutrality debate is all about? CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains in Part I of her Ask Maggie column.

For more than a decade Net neutrality was an esoteric subject discussed only among telecommunications policy wonks; Washington, DC, lawyers; and the supernerdy.


Green Billionaire Prepares to Attack Anti-Science Republicans

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:36

CNN Politics May 22, 2014 by Peter Hamby

An environmental advocacy group backed by hedge fund tycoon Tom Steyer is set to unleash a seven-state, $100 million offensive against Republican "science deniers" this year, a no-holds-barred campaign-style push from the green billionaire that could help decide which party controls the Senate and key statehouses come November.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:52

By now, a lot of us have learned that the NSA has access to a lot of information about us. But it seems the Internet privacy issue is an even larger problem than most people know. In fact, some of you might be shocked to know who else is involved...


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