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Australia Joins Fight Against ISIS

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:28

THE HILL October 3, 2014 by Jesse Byrnes

Australia will join the fight against the Islamic State and Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) with airstrikes as well as advisers on the ground in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday.

"I want to stress that only Iraq can defeat ISIL, but Iraq shouldn't be alone, and as far as Australia and our allies are concerned, Iraq won't be alone," Abbott said.

BRITAIN STRIKES ISIS: RAF Tornadoes Bomb ISIS Heavy Weaponry

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:19

CNN Tuesday September 30, 20914

British military aircraft carried out their first airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq today, Britain's defense ministry said.

Irbil, Iraq (CNN) -- The United Kingdom said it conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq on Tuesday, striking targets four days after Parliament voted to approve the country's involvement.

OMG! Does the apple not fall far from the tree? Descendant of Scientology’s founder has disciples of his own...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 20:28

Slam poet Jamie DeWolf is the harshest critic of his great-grandfather L. Ron Hubbard.

Photo: TIM HUSSIN / Special To The Chronicle

Two red-haired, almond-eyed boys — each possessing an other-worldly ability to mesmerize an audience and capture its allegiance — are born 66 years apart.

The first, born in 1911, leads disciples in the tens of thousands by founding a religion called Scientology.

Bombs Rain Down on Isis in Syria

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:16

CNN Tuesday September 23, 2014

U.S., Arab nations strike ISIS in Syria; U.S. hits 2nd terror group

The United States and several Arab nations rained bombs on ISIS targets in Syria on Tuesday -- the first U.S. military offensive in the war-torn country and a forceful message to the militant group that the U.S. would not stand by idly while it carried out its rampage of terror.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:58

The view from the lion's den... cont.

The Planet Just Had Its Warmest August On Record

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:30

HUFF POST GREEN September 15, 2014 by Nick Visser

This past August was the warmest since records began in 1881, according to new data released by NASA. The latest readings continue a series of record or near-record breaking months. May of this year was also the warmest in recorded history.

Proposed Texas Textbooks Distort Climate Change Facts

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:30

National Center for Science Education September 15, 2014

One textbook absurdly portrays advocacy group as a science authority

An examination of how proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools address climate change reveals distortions and bias that misrepresent the broad scientific consensus on the phenomenon.


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