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The Factnet Blog: Public Interest News & Dialog

  

U.S. TO LET BANKS DO BUSINESS WITH LICENSED POT SHOPS

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 21:09

Reuters 14 FEB 2014 by David Ingram and Jason Lange

The Obama administration on Friday issued new law-enforcement guidelines aimed at encouraging banks to start doing business with state-licensed marijuana suppliers, like those in Colorado, even though such enterprises remain illegal under federal law.

KENTUCKY JUDGE TURNS GAY MARRIAGE TIDE IN THE SOUTH

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 20:51

Time Magazine 13 FEB 2014 by Michael A. Lindenberger

Ruling finds 'Kentucky’s laws treat gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them'

On Wednesday, a federal judge with deep ties to the Republican Party became the first in the South to rule in favor of gay marriage, offering the best proof yet that the balance in the nation’s long and contentious clash over how to define marriage has been tipped irrevocably in favor of gay rights.

U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 09:14

New York Times 16 JAN 2014 by Justin Gillis
 
Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, experts found.
 

Big Brother 2.0: 10 New Ways That The Government Will Be Spying On You And Controlling Your Behavior...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 20:49

Are you ready for Big Brother 2.0?  If you think that the hundreds of ways that the government watches, monitors, tracks and controls us now are bad, just wait until you see what is coming.  We live in an age when paranoia is running wild.  As technology continues to develop at an exponential pace, governments all over the globe are going to discover a multitude of new ways to spy on us and control our behavior.  In a world where everyone is a “potential terrorist”, we are told that things like liberty, freedom and privacy are “luxuries” that we can no longer afford.

Twelve Tribes: Turning Community into Legalism...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 20:35

From the The Institute on Religion and Democracy Blog...  Juicy Ecumenism...

Recently, in Christian circles there have been conversations concerning the merits of radical Christianity.

No faith healing instead of medical care for kids, state senator says...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 20:03

State law in Washington requires parents to provide their children with food, water, shelter, clothing and health care — things the state deems “basic necessities of life.”

L. Ron Hubbard's Great-Grandson Spills The Family Secrets On How Scientology Started. Eek.

Submitted by fadmin on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 14:51

Scientology has a history of silencing critics. If you want to know where that history comes from, look no further than the experiences of Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Learn his family's story. Then share it.

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