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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology’s gravest threat is the ‘net

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 19:20 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Back in 1995, when the net was still young, the late Robert Vaughn Young, an ex-scientologist, said the internet would be to Scientology what Vietnam was to the US: an unwinnable war.

Vaughn Young, a former spokesman for the controversial organisation, believed that the internet would create the first place where Scientology could be discussed openly.

Free speech has been an issue for the Church of Scientology (CoS) for a long time, and the internet has become the battleground of choice for those who want the church to be more open about its teachings. Not least, online activist groups, such as Anonymous, that targeted the church in a campaign against cyber-censorship.

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The question is, now that the net has matured, was Vaughn-Young right?


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  1. You’ll never got participation stats out of the CoS so it’ll be hard to know unless a defector from a central office spills the beans.

Exeunt Twitter

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Ads will be creeping into Twitter clients as the social network has opened up an advertising API allowing advertisers to create more complex, targeted advertising using Promoted Tweets and Promoted Account campaigns on the social network.


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Jony Ive on Blue Peter

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


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The Opposite

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 17:41 by Paul Jay in category: Great Picture

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  1. Pretty amazing what can be done in small countries with largely homogenous populations. Or large countries with largely homogenous populations. China pays their teachers and doctors about the same, didn’t require bailouts for the banks or the people, and have no drug problem. Just ask them. Despite her problems, America’s immigration/emigration ratio is still ridiculously high in favor of immigration. Go figure.

  2. Also … couldn’t help but notice that prostitution wasn’t mentioned. :)

  3. Countries with homogeneous populations? Not Portugal…I mean they mostly speak Portuguese but there is considerable ethnic diversity. Ex-colonial power and all. Not to mention all the E.U. people who have moved in.

    These examples are all ideas implemented by politicians who struggled with the issues (at considerable political cost) for the best interests of their societies at large, less for narrow sectional interests. It takes guts to do that.

  4. @Rob: I think you’ll find, prostitution was covered under the inability to punish banksters, and we’re not talking about Eliot Spitzer. Although perhaps we are.

  5. @Sue – I was actually referring to an article I glossed over a few days ago that made the argument that the legalization of prostitution in Amsterdam has been a disaster. Also the opposite of what’s done in the US, Las Vegas notwithstanding. :)

  6. So the US has better whores? Makes me proud to be an American.

  7. Here is the article Rob saw. Note the tone of the article, compared to reality

  8. Actually, no. This is what I saw: http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8835071/flesh-for-sale/

    Like I said, I only glossed over it. I’m not a subscriber. :)

  9. FWIW, I only got to see the first two paragraphs originally. The rest was behind a paywall. Apparently, the Spectator’s website needs work to keep us freeloaders out more effectively. :)

    None of the ideas in those graphics are new. They’ve all been discussed here. The late William F Buckley, about as conservative an American as you can get, favored legalizing drugs. The consensus in America, so far, prefers not to. Very few people I know of, left or right, were happy about the bank bailouts or the bailouts of GM and Chrysler. Iceland’s economy was able to withstand it but that doesn’t mean the economy of the US or Europe would have. Kind of wish we had tried now, though. Education has been a thorny issue here for a long time and there are no shortage of ideas about how to fix it.

  10. Good points. I’d say: “X has been a thorny issue here for a long time and there are no shortage of ideas about how to fix it” probably sums up the human condition pretty well!

    I would have put Mr. Buckley down as a Victorian-style gentleman, if not an aristocrat (I know he thought he was a conservative, but that was easy for him to say). Did you read how much alcohol he carried on his 1980′s trip across the Pacific in a sailboat? He was serious about not staying sober.

Lord of the Miserables

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 15:15 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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Jesus take the wheel… because I can’t see anything.

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 14:55 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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  1. Well, they’re not crazy enough to ruin their resale value by writing directly on the body of the car… :-p

  2. @Desiato: Have you ever tried getting that “duct tape” off a 1995 Ford Taurus after a few weeks in the sun? Will totally ruin the paintwork.

  3. Actually on second thoughts, it’s the duct tape that is holding the rear of the car together. That’s definitely going over a spiritual clift, if you ask me.

  4. Ya know, no, I haven’t tried that, so I’ll defer to your experience. :)

Christopher Dorner — Gruesome Death Photos for Sale

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 12:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Christopher Dorner’s badly scorched, partially dismembered body was photographed after his death … and TMZ has learned the pics are now being shopped to the media.

Looks like the LAPD wants to show everyone what happens when you cross them..


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Why the world isn’t running out of oil

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 12:34 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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The 75-page study, by oil executive Leonardo Maugeri, was based on a field-by-field analysis of most of the major oil exploration and development projects in the world, and it predicted a 20 per cent increase in global oil production by 2020.

Well if you can’t trust an oil executive that says it’s not necessary to switch to alternate fuels, then I guess you just can’t trust anyone.


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  1. A 20-percent increase in oil production in 7 years is not going to cover the projected happy-path world growth in energy demand, is it?

Job opening

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 11:22 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Germans can’t see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 10:13 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Intellectual Property

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Last week, when the world was watching crazy Russian meteorite videos on YouTube, Germans weren’t.

As a result of an ongoing dispute between Google (YouTube’s parent company) and GEMA, the primary German performance rights organization, a number of Russian YouTube videos have been blocked from within Germany. The reason? These videos contain background music playing from a Russian car radio.

I know when I can’t afford to buy a song and I want to hear it for free without the RIAA coming after me, I like to queue up some Russian dash-cam videos and hope some Russian with the same taste as me is blasting it on a hopefully high-quality sound system that their dash-cam has also recorded in good quality. It’s just like the real thing!


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  1. Plus the fast’n’furious driving in snow. Who needs a wing suit? (Canadians drive like old ladies.)

Sony Unveils the PlayStation 4

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Sony Computer Entertainment, as expected, unveiled the PlayStation 4 console system at their “PlayStationMeeting 2013″ event held in New York City today. The next-generation console will be available “Holiday 2013″ but no pricing or specific units were announced during the event

So all Sony did was say “stop buying the playstation 3 for the rest of the year”?


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Paths of Hate

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 10:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: Software

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Users of a variety of Android-based Samsung smartphones are becoming restive at the mobo’s apparent inability to fix a simple bug that has catastrophic consequences.

According to this Samsung forum thread, the copy-paste bug bricks the phone, requiring a factory reset or, if the owner has root access, to empty the contents of /data/clipboard (which is not accessible to ordinary users).

In that post – back in October 2012 – the user believed the bug was random, and on a copy-paste, the phone would return this error:

java.lang.NullPointerException at android.content.ClipboardManager.setPrimaryClip(ClipboardManager.java:146)

Too steal a line from daring fireball, you’d think if anyone would have a Copy function that worked perfectly, it’d be Samsung


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  1. If only the OS was open source and let you fix bugs yourself.. Hmm..

Papal candidates link gays to Catholic child abuse

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 8:33 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Things are going to just get worse for the Roman Church.


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