Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ministry Won't Delist Scientology Website

Ministry won't delist scientology website - Report Card

On Jan. 13, I posted about Anonymous finding out that the UN shop was selling the book, "Youth for Human Right", Flooded the shop with calls and email, and got it to put it down, at least online.

This time around, they were not as successful:

The B.C. Education Ministry says it has no plan to delist a reference to a scientology website from two of its teaching guides. [...]

The link remains and the teaching guides -- one for Social Justice 12 and one for K-12 called Making Space - will continue to list YHRI as a supplementary resource, the ministry says. [...]

The fact that YHRI is included in official teaching guides "doesn't constitute ministry endorsement of the website, nor of the organization," the ministry stated.

Note, however, that even the news outlet does not give in automatically in the cry-wolf comments that automatically follow any mention of Scientology in a news article, as it writes:

(The debate over scientology - religion or cult? - is obviously a hot one. I'm not able to get a lawyer's ruling on the accusations that are flooding in as comment so in some cases, I'm just not posting. Also, several people have tried to post a lengthy Penthouse interview with Ron Hubbard Jr. It's too long, post a link instead.)

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L. Ron Hubbard in Apple's 'Think Differently' Ad

Update: The video below is a fake. You can see the original on Youtube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=USn5t5nQWU8 and Hubbard is NOT in it. Nevertheless, I leave the post up just for the amusement factor.

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The following initially appeared on johnalexwood blog but has been removed for some unknown reason:


video

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.


You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them - about the only thing you can't do is ignore them - because they change things; they push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as the 'crazy ones', we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

L. Ron Hubbard appears at 37-42 seconds.

Here's the complete list of the "troublemakers" in order of appearance:
  • Albert Einstein
  • Bob Dylan
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Richard Branson
  • John Lennon (with Yoko Ono)
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Thomas Edison
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Ted Turner
  • Maria Callas
  • L. Ron Hubbard
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Martha Graham
  • Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Shaan Sahota

Small House Big Controversy

Phoenix News - Will the L. Ron Hubbard House Turn a Camelback Neighborhood Into a Scientology Recruitment Mecca? - page 1 - Phoenix New Times:
"On a recent December Sunday, on a still street nestled against Camelback Mountain, a party is in full swing at the L. Ron Hubbard House. It's meant to be a holiday open house, to show off the stunning renovation of the simple brick dwelling where Hubbard founded Scientology a half-century ago, and to smooth relations with neighbors, some of whom have lately been up in arms about plans to turn the house into a Scientology museum."
Long article about a big controversy for such a small house. Neighbors don't want Scientology in their midst. Jacobsen quoted extensively - just the usual bigoted routine.

Yahoo Search Puts New Research Assistant to Work

Technology News: Search Tech: Yahoo Search Puts New Research Assistant to Work: "One-third of that time is wasted looking for information and not being able to find it."

I am a Google fan and I hope (and suspect) they are also working on a research tool such as the above Yahoo one. I don't want to switch to Yahoo but if they develop such a tool I probably just will have to switch for all the time saving it would mean!

Moderation Glitch

I received a whole bunch of spam this morning and this prompted me to go to the moderation page, and there I saw that there were about a dozen comments awaiting moderation for quite some time and about which I had not received a copy in my email.

Normally I moderate from my Google mail only, because I receive the request there and can accept or reject it from there. I don't know why I did not receive a copy for those that where awaiting there on the moderation page, whether this was a glitch in Google or whether the comments were eaten by the spam filter.

My apologies for this. From now on I will check that page every day in addition to what I receive on my mail box.

I am also considering lifting the moderation all together as the spam and off-topic problem has not been too bad since I started. I just need to set aside some time to think about how to proceed and whether or not I really want to switch to that mode (probably yes).

Sorry again. I will email those I can identify but can do nothing for those who are anonymous other than just posting this.