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THE SEVEN SIGNS YOU'RE IN A CULT...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:06

A former member of a tight-knit college prayer group describes his community's disintegration—and how one of its members ended up dead.

 

November 2, 2012, was a beautiful Friday in Kansas City—clear and cool and sunny. I had spent the afternoon reading in the library at an unaccredited college affiliated with the International House of Prayer, an evangelical Christian organization commonly referred to as IHOP (no relation to the restaurant). Around 6 pm, I got a call from my friend Hannah*.

What Exactly Is The Keystone XL Pipeline?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:33

National Public Radio's State Impact Project

The Keystone Pipeline already exists. What doesn’t exist fully yet is its proposed expansion, the Keystone XL Pipeline. The existing Keystone runs from oil sand fields in Alberta, Canada into the U.S., ending in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 21:33

Scientific American  June 18, 2014 by Ros Krasny

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate.

The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote.

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark Registration As "Disparaging" To Native Americans

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:25

The Washington Post June 18, 2014 by Theresa Vargas

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

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Colorado Mulls Potency Rules For Edible Marijuana

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:13

USA Today June 17, 2014 by Jolie Lee

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"Corporate Religion" Threatens Everyone

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:57

Huff Post Politics June 18, 2014 by Ron Fein

What religion does ExxonMobil observe? How about Cargill, or Ford? If the question seems absurd, that's because it is -- corporations don't have religions.

Privacy Groups Ask Obama Not To Renew NSA Powers

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:19

THE HILL June 17, 2014 by Julian Hattem

A coalition of more than two dozen privacy and digital rights groups is asking President Obama not to renew a contested National Security Agency program when its legal authority expires this week.

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