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Volcano erupts on Indonesian resort island amid mass evacuations (VIDEOS)

2 hours 24 min ago

Preview Tens of thousands of people had been forced to leave their homes in Bali over the past months fearing an inevitable Mount Agung volcanic eruption, which on Tuesday, finally spewed ash as high as 700 meters into the Indonesian sky.
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Disable location access? Google collects data from Android users anyway – report

2 hours 57 min ago

Preview Android phone users may turn off their location services settings, take out their SIM card or restore their device to factory settings, but Google still collects their location data, according to a new report.

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Pixar & Disney chief takes ‘leave of absence’ over harassment claims

3 hours 5 min ago

Preview Walt Disney Animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter has reportedly taken a six-month leave of absence following reports of sexual misconduct towards employees at the company.
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Founder of Autism Non-Profit Found Dead in Canal

3 hours 30 min ago

By Heather Callaghan, Editor We regret to report to you that a well-known advocate for autism people – Jeana Beck – died approximately November 17th near an Oregon hotel room where she...

‘Democracy in bankers hands’: Top French bank tells Le Pen’s party to shut accounts

5 hours 1 min ago

Preview Societe Generale, one of France’s biggest banks, has reportedly asked the National Front (FN), the far-right anti-immigration eurosceptic party led by Marine Le Pen, to close its accounts after 30 years of cooperation. FN has vowed to fight the decision.
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Trump pardons 2 Thanksgiving turkeys, jokes about killing Obama’s selections

5 hours 11 min ago

Preview President Donald Trump has pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys while joking about keeping his promise to overturn all of his predecessors decisions by killing Obama’s birds.
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#AstronautProblems: This is how hard it is to move under extreme g-force (VIDEO)

5 hours 18 min ago

Preview Astronaut Alexander Gerst suffered a frustrating nose-scratching fail during extreme g-force training for his upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
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Uber paid off hackers to hide breach of 57mn users' data – report

5 hours 40 min ago

Preview Personal data of over 50 million riders and 7 million drivers of the taxi-alternative service Uber was hacked in 2016, but the rideshare company reportedly paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen goods, in order to keep the breach under wraps.
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High school teens ‘forced’ to work 11-hour shifts at iPhone X assembly plant to graduate

5 hours 42 min ago

Preview Chinese high school students have reportedly been “forced” to work up to 11 hours a day assembling the Apple iPhone X smartphones at a manufacturing plant in Zengzhou, central China, as part of a mandatory school “work experience” program.
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US announces new sanctions targeting North Korean & Chinese companies

6 hours 30 min ago

Preview Washington has sanctioned several Chinese entities in its ongoing efforts to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. The US also accused North Korea of engaging in illegal ship-to-ship oil transfers on the high seas.
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Emergency room visits triple for self-harming tweens & early teen girls - CDC

6 hours 47 min ago

Preview Attempted suicides and other types of self-harm have increased dramatically among girls in America since 2001, according to a 15-year study of emergency room visits. The increase was particularly sharp after the financial crisis in 2008.
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Lebanon’s PM returns to Beirut after abrupt resignation while in Saudi Arabia

6 hours 59 min ago

Preview Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has finally returned to Beirut as tensions mount in the region over his sudden resignation earlier this month.
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Russia Confirms Presence of Mysterious Cloud of Extremely High Radiation

7 hours 6 min ago

By Heather Callaghan, Editor A Russian region is literally experiencing radiation nearly 1,000x the norm – but from where? What about the cloud over Europe in October? About a month ago, a...

Porkins Policy Radio episode 118 Let’s Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky with Jon Atack

21 November, 2017 - 23:59

This week I am joined by legendary Scientology critic and writer Jon Atack. We begin our conversation by discussing Jon’s time as a Scientologist from 1974-1983 where he attained OT level 5. Jon discusses his disillusionment with Scientology in the 1980’s and the process by which he left the group. Jon also speaks about the the abuse he faced after leaving and the lengths Scientology went to after he published Let’s Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky. We then move onto Jon’s book and focus on the monumental achievement that it represents in terms of laying out the true history of both L Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Jon and I explore who Hubbard truly was. I ask Jon why history has whitewashed much of Hubbard’s legacy in recent years. We discuss what motivated Hubbard to create Dianetics and form Scientology. Jon talks about Hubbard’s massive drug use and the role that played in his life throughout running the cult. Jon also touches on the theory that Hubbard suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy. We also talk about Michael Meisner’s infiltration of the IRS and Hubbard’s role in orchestrating this.

In the second hour Jon and I discuss the role of the Commodores Messengers. We talk about their power with in Scientology, and how they rose to essentially control the entire cult. I ask Jon about Janis Grady’s new book talking about her time as a Commodores Messenger alongside her brother and sister aboard The Apollo. We explore Hubbard’s use of children within the cult and also explore the allegations of child abuse by Hubbard. We finish the conversation by talking about Jon’s current work with the Open Minds Foundation. Jon talks about their mission and the work that they are doing in exposing cults, undue influence, manipulation, and brainwashing. Jon talks about how gangs, terrorists, pedophiles, sex traffickers, and many other nefarious groups all employ theses tactics in order to control those around them. We also talk about how we as individuals are under constant attack from those wishing to exert undue influence and ways to combat it.


Download PPR episode 118

Show Notes:

Let’s Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky

Opening Minds: The Secret World of Manipulation, Undue Influence and Brainwashing

Open Minds Foundation

Jon Atack blog posts on Open Mind Foundation

Janis Grady’s new book on life in Scientology: Jon Atack’s take, and an excerpt

Scientology Mythbusting with historian Jon Atack

French truckers block borders to protest ‘unfair competition’ from eastern Europeans

21 November, 2017 - 23:53

Preview French truck drivers have blocked traffic at border crossings with Italy, Belgium, Spain and Germany to protest EU regulations which they say fail to protect their jobs from a cheaper Eastern European workforce.
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Palestinians ‘freeze’ contacts with US over DC office shutdown – minister

21 November, 2017 - 23:36

Preview The Palestinian Authority (PA) has “frozen” all contacts with Washington, the territory’s ’s foreign minister has said. The move follows the US decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in America’s capital.
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US indicts Iranian in ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO hack

21 November, 2017 - 23:25

Preview The Department of Justice has charged an Iranian national over a hack resulting in stolen data from HBO, including unaired episodes of the ‘Game of Thrones’ series.  Behzad Mesri sought millions of dollars in bitcoins, threatening to post spoilers on the internet.
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