Nov 21, 2016

CultNEWS101 Articles 11/22/2016

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"A woman who operated a psychic readings business in Albemarle County was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $5.4 million in restitution to the clients she defrauded."

"Sandra Marks claimed she could see the future and provide insight into the past, but now the only thing in her future are prison bars.
A judge sentenced the self-proclaimed psychic on Friday, November 18. Marks had pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count money laundering. She will spend the next 14 months in prison."

Google fights radicalisation with new technology

"Google’s think tank, Jigsaw, is in the process of trialling a new technology, aimed at curbing radicalisation online.
The project, called ‘Redirect’, will pick up on users searching for jihadist information and push them towards content designed to counter online terrorism recruitment."
"The Church of Scientology may be trying to drag Leah Remini through the mud — but she's fighting back."
"Mormonism's "heavenly parents" are getting more earthly mentions from top LDS leaders, especially since the Utah-based faith published an essay last yearaffirming its belief in a divine mother."
​​"[O]ne of the biggest Pagan congregations in the U.S. Military [is] at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Each week 90 – 130 soldiers attend the Sunday Pagan service on this Army base."
"The 17-year-old boy was allegedly in touch with French-born jihadist Rachid Kassim, who is believed to have inspired an attack this year in which a senior French policeman and his partner were knifed to death and another in which an elderly priest's throat was cut."
"Maajid Nawaz says that just like young Muslims, young white men are now being radicalised on-line.
Addressing the rise of the alt-right and Donald Trump, Maajid brilliantly explained the parallels between the movement and the radicalisation of young Muslims."
"Cruel and charismatic, Anne Hamilton-Byrne was the Australian leader of a doomsday cult who thought she was the Messiah. Abigail Haworth on the woman behind The Family"
"The survivors recall being given daily doses of Mogadon and Valium as children to keep them docile. Then, usually when they reached the age of 14, they underwent formal initiation into the cult by being given “huge, relentless doses of LSD” in trips that often lasted several days, says Chris Johnston. LSD was part of the cult’s fabric. The prolonged doses were harrowing, even for adult followers. The effects were catastrophic on some of the young."
Advanced praise for Undertow: “How could a smart woman join a cult that asked of her everything, and took her all in the process? … There is something in this book for anyone who has ever wholeheartedly embraced a questionable theology, only to find that what was meant as a salve eventually becomes a sword.” —Susan Campbell, author of Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl

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