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Fighting Back Against Cardmember Services Telemarketers

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If you have not been annoyed by this operation, consider yourself lucky, but many people know what it's like to get the "Rachel from Cardmember Services" (Bridget or another phony name) robo-call repeatedly to their telephones. The group behind this operation uses social engineering to con random callers out of their credit card numbers, SSN and other personal information under the guise of helping them get a lower interest rate on their credit card debt.

The FTC is actively trying to track down this group and not apparently having much luck. But a group online has managed to ID these people and can use your help to bring them to justice.

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SCOTUS Sides With Hobby Lobby To Deny Women's Rights

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The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.

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Open Carry And Suburbia

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[Beating Dead Horses]
[Activists]
I can't help but think... why do gun nuts always choose to "exercise their 2A rights" in cozy, whitebread, surburban establishments like Starbucks, Home Depot and Chipotle?

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The Consequence of Global Climate Change

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[Environment]
Youtube user "potholer54" is gaining quite a reputation for his instructive and well-referenced videos debunking myths and showing the truth behind various social, cultural and scientific issues. In his latest post, he tackles pragmatic issues regarding global climate change, and looks deep into the skeptics and the resources they use to see who's really telling the truth...

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Why Wal-Mart Employees Are Incompetent Or Unfriendly

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[Rants]
An ex-Wal-Mart employee explains why there's never anybody around, and when there is, they don't know anything or are in a bad mood. A very interesting and illuminating explanation for how, in their obsessive quest for increased profits, Wal-Mart has created a business model that thrives on attrition and crappy, burned out employees, who are systematically run-off before they can become competent.

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Celebrities Misled By 'Restore The Gulf' Campaign

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[Environment]
Not long ago, many celebrities got together to make a PSA for the "Be The One" campaign, urging people to sign a petition to save the Gulf of Mexico on the website RestoreTheGulf.com (very similar to the government's website at RestoreTheGulf.gov, which might have caused confusion). This all seems good, until you look at the fine print and dig below the surface... Which is what DeSmogBlog did. It turns out that the campaign's sponsors are "America's WETLAND Foundation", a front group for oil companies (Shell, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, etc), and "Women of the Storm", a Louisiana group with strong ties to America's WETLAND (the founder of the former is married to the chairman of the latter).

The end result seems to be a carefully-orchestrated snowjob by the oil and gas industry to try and get taxpayers to fund the cleanup of their own messes...

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Edward Snowden Interviewed By German TV

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[Activists]
This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.

In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.

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MD Claims Quantum Physics Proves Consciousness Lives After Death

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[Pseudo-Science]
[Vanity]
There are a number of new agey articles floating around the facebooks and internets promoting a very old concept called, "biocentrism", that existence is all subjective and the product of our own minds.

A seemingly-respectable medical doctor has recently published a book and is now on a big press-push, hyping this notion that consciousness lives on after death of the physical body. Let's take a look at how "sciencey" this "doctor" actually is...

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Comedy Roundup #1

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[Humor]
[Entertainment]
Every once in awhile we need a pick-me-up to offset the crazy stuff that seems to happen around us. So here's a nice distraction of some of my favorite comedy routines... I hope you enjoy them.

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Moyers: The GOP Is Leading A Seccession

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[Activists]
This week’s government shutdown has consequences for all of us, costing an estimated $300 million each day that the government is closed for business. Many Americans have voiced their frustrations with the fallout from the shutdown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hash tag #DearCongress. Here, Bill Moyers shares his own frustrations, admonishing the Republican Party for holding the country hostage via an irrational “ransom list” of demands — while sabotaging democracy in the process. “When the President refused to buckle to this extortion, they threw their tantrum,” Bill says. ”Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn down the place, sink the ship.” He goes on to tell us where the “reckless ambition” of the Republicans could lead us.

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Republicans Create A Totalitarian Government

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Unbeknownst to the mainstream media and the American people, the GOP majority in Congress passed a resolution that prohibits anyone other than the speaker of the House to call a vote to restore the Government shutdown. In effect, this sneaky little trick subverts democracy and creates a totalitarian state.

See the video where a Congressman confronts the powers that be over this slimy rule change...

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Actually The US Government Has Been Shut Down For 2 Years?

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As the American people ask if the Republican party has lost their freakin minds in the wake of protesting a law that's been legal for several years yet set to take effect this week. Their bluff of shutting down the government this week reveals that perhaps, they've already shut the government down and nobody noticed? Here's an incredibly insightful piece on just what's been going on in Washington over the last 4+ years...

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TED Organizers Ban Any Discussions Criticizing GMOs

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Under the guise of combating a rise in "pseudoscience" the producers of the TED series of lectures have laid down bold new rules that inhibit any discussion on a number of controversial subjects that are anything but pseudoscience. They have even gone so far as to suggest "food as medicine" is quackery.

While some of the claims in their guidelines make sense, such as the non-pandering to the intertwining of spirituality and science, the notion that Genetically-modified foods and the skepticism over their long-term value being considered "psuedo-science" appears to be pandering to select, powerful corporate interests, and has caused a backlash among those in the educational/intellectual community.

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There's An 84% Chance Your Tuna Sushi Isn't Tuna?

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[Faulty Products]
Nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana took 1,215 samples of fish from across the United States in restaurants, grocery stores and sushi bars and the results were astonishing. There's more than a good chance the fish you think is "tuna" or "snapper" is not what it claims...

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