Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Money Trail

Mark Bunker is relaying the call for donations of the WhyWeProtest forum.

Really, I am surprised that WhyWeProtest will try to pull that one again after the fiasco, where it seems that LE, the site admin, ran away with the donation money after he completely shut down the forum.

I am also surprised suckers would fall for it again when Anonymous obviously cannot provide upon request (as most reputable charities do) reports outlining amount of donations and expenses.

At the time, I already blogged about the fact that I found strange Anonymous was demanding money at all, supposedly for maintaining a web site, something that millions of people around the world do for free. Apparently I was not the only one having my doubts about it, as can be seen on an August YouTube video entitled " donation scandals".

OGs do not have a brilliant record on this topic either.

Money issues was at the core of the conflict between critics that eventually led (with the CoS' help) to the demise of Bob Minton. One of the criticism that was being made at the time was that Patricia Greenway used Minton's money to buy for herself a luxury sport car rather than investing it in that turd called "The Profit" as she should have.

In another notorious case, the same OG that now complains about LE above had the guts to ask people for donations after he lied about the treatening post he made against the CoS and which he falsely claimed for two years they faked. To my knowledge, these donations have not been reimbursed either.

Not speaking about the case of Jerry Armstrong, who accepted a $800,000 settlement from the CoS then ran away from the US (where he is now wanted by the law) and breached the terms of his settlement 131 times.

Even has of now, money issues continue to create problems. There is a critic in ARS who is regularly blamed by his own fellows for having tried to cash in on his activism through sale of anti-Scientology items. This sounds strange, knowing that Andreas Heldal-Lund himself is selling anti-Scientology artifacts for profit too. The only difference is that he makes it sound as if the profit from sales goes to some charity, whereas it merely goes to another anti-cultist, who probably returns him the favor in another form.

So, if you feel like donating, please do if it's spontaneous movement from the hearth. It's good for your karma, even if later on you will finally realize it is all bunk. But don't be naive. Due to Anonymous' anonymous nature, what you donate will be lost forever, with no control as to what is exactly being done with the money.

At least, after the Magoo fiasco, I doubt it will be used again to finance free oversea trips for "non-leaders" of Anonymous, and I am sure Mark has now grown enough hair on his wise beard to beware of geeks bearing gifts. It might even be that the reason he now promotes the WhyWeProtest donation campaign is because he feels guilty the money has been previously spent for such futile purposes.

However, I am not against Mark continuing to sign autographs on boobs. Lots of boobs, and please film them all and put them on YouTube!

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