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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...

IOP Statement Concerning The Rejection Of Lennart Bengtsson's Paper

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:22

Statement from IOP Publishing on story in The Times

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16 May 2014 Bristol, UK

Drudge Promotes Global Scientific Conspiracy

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:22

Media Matters for America May 16, 2014 by Shauna


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Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 20:22

Patients at Narconon have told the I-Team they were exposed to mold, lice and treatments forcing them to try and lift objects with their mind. State lawmakers tried and failed to write a new law allowing inspectors to check out Narconon. Instead, one Las Vegas attorney gathered families nationwide and is taking Narconon to federal court.

Dangerous Storms Peaking Further North and South Than In Past

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 19:41

MIT News May 14, 2014 by Peter Dizikes

New analysis of cyclones shows migration away from tropics and toward the poles in recent decades.

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Satellite imagery of Typhoon Usagi, September 2013 (Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Accelerating Risk: Climate Change and International Conflict

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 19:13

Admiral Frank "Skip" Bowman, CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board member, joins with 15 former admirals and generals of the U.S. military to emphasize how climate change is already impacting our national security and international military dynamics.


Climate Change Poses Growing National Security Threat

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:10

Time Magazine May 14, 2014 by Michelle Arrouas

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A new report published by the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board this week finds that climate change is a "catalyst for conflict" and a "threat multiplier," posing a growing national security threat to the U.S.

Al Gore Explains The Real Motivation Behind Republicans' Climate Change Denial

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 09:59

Huffington Post May 12, 2014 by Mollie Reilly

Despite the release of a White House report detailing the devastating effects of global warming already underway, many Republicans are unwavering in their belief that humans play no role in climate change.

West Antarctic Glaciers In "Irreversible" Thaw, Raising Seas: Study

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 05/12/2014 - 22:17

Reuters Monday May 12, 2014 by Alister Doyle

(Reuters) - Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday.

Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen continent, were flowing fast into the Amundsen Sea, according to the report based partly on satellite radar measurements from 1992 to 2011.

Marco Rubio's Hard Line on Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:36

Chicago Tribune May 12, 2014 by Steve Chapman

In an interview yesterday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, took about as extreme a position on global warming as he possibly could. "Our climate is always changing," he said. "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it." In short, he thinks that if the climate is changing, it is not attributable to anything people have done.

CONSENSUS: 97% Of Climate Scientists Agree

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:06

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Global Climate Change

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.

The Top Ten Global Warming "Skeptic" Arguments Answered

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 05/11/2014 - 12:46

The Guardian Climate Consensus - The 97% by John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli

Contrarian climate scientist Roy Spencer put forth the top 10 'skeptic' arguments - all are easily answered

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It's Time For Honesty About Global Warming

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

Robert J. Samualson Washington Post via Waco Tribune May 11, 2014

It would be healthy — in the sense of promoting honesty — if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following disclaimer:

Recreational Marijuana Stores To Open This Summer

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:21

West Seattle Herald May 10, 2014 by Gwen Davis

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Fess up: do you like pot? If so, look forward to some awesome trips this summer. Washington State's Initiative 502 (I-502), which decriminalizes recreational marijuana, will be implemented and retail stores can put scores of people in happy-happy land.

First Gay Marriage License Issued in Arkansas

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:59

USA Today May 10, 2014 by Natalie DiBlasio

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Fact-Checking Benghazi: The Rhetoric Hasn't Matched Up With Reality

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:53

PolitiFact May 9, 2014 by Angie Drobnic Holan

House Republicans want another investigation of the attacks in Benghazi, specifically whether the White House is withholding information on the attacks.

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(Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact)

Committing To A Clean Energy Future

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:27

White House Blog May 9, 2014 by Dan Utech (Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change)

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Republicans Do The Climate Change Dance

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:10

Los Angeles Times Saturday May 10, 2014 by Doyle McManus

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) argues that President Obama's proposals to regulate carbon emissions "would have a devastating effect on our economy" without solving the climate change problem. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

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Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 19:17

President Barack Obama takes seriously the allegations that veterans died waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital, Carney said, reiterating that the VA's inspector general is conducting an independent probe into the allegations.

"The President remains confident in Secretary Shinseki's ability to lead the department and take appropriate action," Carney said, repeating the White House response this week to two veterans groups' calls for Shinseki's ouster.

Shinseki said Tuesday that is "very sensitive to the allegations" coming from the Phoenix probe.

"I need to let the independent IG (inspector general) complete his investigation," he told the Journal.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 19:06

It seems that the cult's obsession with Bob stems from a rambling, 1985 interview he did with SPIN, which was so fucking crazy I assumed they must have made it up themselves. But I looked into it, and it turns out it's legit. Here's some weird stuff he said about "the messianic thing":

"The messianic thing has to do with the world of mankind, like it is. This world is scheduled to go for 7,000 years. Six thousand years of this, where man has his way, and 1,000 years when God has his way. Just like a week. Six days work, one day rest. The last thousand years is called the Messianic Age. Messiah will rule. He is, was, and will be about God—doing God’s business. Drought, famine, war, murder, theft, earthquake, and all other evil things will be no more. No more disease. That’s all of this world."

Florida Finds Itself in the Eye of the Storm on Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 09:15

New York Times May 7, 2014 by Coral Davenport

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Scenes of street flooding, like this one on Alton Road in Miami Beach in November, are becoming increasingly common (Angel Valentin for The New York Times)


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 23:46

A married woman from Florida was allegedly driven to commit suicide by a 'cultish' Japanese dancer who made her his 'physical and sexual slave and plied her with drugs', her devastated family claimed today.

Food Truck Now Sells Marijuana-Infused Fare

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:41

Fox News May 6, 2014 by Sky McCarthy

It seems with pot-infused fare popping up everywhere, it was only a matter of time before it started hitting the road.

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