You're also forgetting that your Hitler analogy is best turned back around on $cientology itself. ElWrong Hubtard was a Hitler wannabe of the Nth magnitude. The system of $cientology, if allowed to actually propagate widely, would make Hitler's ideas pale in comparison.
Jehovah's Witnesses are a nuisance and I've had to turn them away from my house many times, but they don't make a habit of killing anyone's pets, or hiring private investigators to stalk protestors, or using the civil courts to sue anyone who would question their nefarious organization.
The organization that is $cientology is evil and should be dismantled. As another poster stated, if you want to believe you're infested with space cooties and spend countless hours and dollars to remove them, have at it. Where I depart from that thinking, however, is that the evil cult of greed has to sufficiently brainwash and indoctrinate people to the point that they'll swallow that garbage, so IMO, the beliefs are also at fault and should be eradicated.
I sometimes believe I'm the only person still alive who remembers Geller's appearance on "That's Incredible" back in the '70s. If you'll remember, Kathy Lee Crosby and John Davidson were co-hosts and it was a very popular show.
Anyway, Geller came on and demonstrated a little key and spoon bending, made a pencil spin on the edge of a table and "mentally" moved the pages of a phone book.
Unknown to him, however, James Randi was backstage and had prepared a controlled experiment for Geller that would prove or disprove his "powerz".
He just about shat himself when Randi stepped out. The control was a phonebook on a table surrounded by shipping peanuts. If Geller wasn't just blowing on the pages and really using his mind, he would be able to turn the pages while not disturbing the peanuts.
Geller complained that the stage lights were generating too much static electricity when combined with the peanuts, and it was interfering with his telekenetic power. He got very agitated and even attempted to leave the stage, but he was pulled back on and finally admitted that everything he had done was a simple trick. He then demonstrated the sleight of hand trick of key and spoon bending and explained how he was doing it. Then he admitted that making the pencil spin was simply the wind from moving his hands around in the air.
Finally, he admitted that he had perfected a method of blowing on the phone book that made little to no sound, and was virtually undetectable.
He was utterly exposed and ruined, but here he is again 30+ years later trying to fool another generation.
Not necessarily true. Watching the NBA playoffs on TBS/TNT and ESPN over Dish Network HD, the quality was generally very good to excellent. Same quality when watching the over-the-air telecasts of the NCAA tournament and The Master's on the local CBS affiliate.
However, since the NBA finals have moved to ABC, the quality is much worse, and I'm watching this on the over-the-air telecast from the local ABC affiliate. Turns out the local ABC station broadcasts only in 720p, while all of my other local stations, i.e. NBC, CBS, PBS, etc. are 1080i.
So the moral of the story is that it also depends on who is doing the broadcasting.
I'm quite surprised you didn't provide links to your anti-psych hate sites sponsored by CCHR.
What were the massive amounts of drugs Megan was on? How often did she take them? Was she taking them when she died? You don't know the answers to any of these questions, but it doesn't matter anyway, because according to ElWrong Hubtard, drugs and psychiatry are evil, right?
Yes, according to you, someone who is depressed just needs fresh air, vitamins and a good game of Monopoly with the family. Any 13-year-old will easily be able to thwart the actions of their 49-year-old neighbor who is attempting to manipulate them with cruelty and fraud, if only they could get hugs and smores with the family. You and Tom Cruise should get together. Wait, are you Tom Cruise? Sorry, I guess I got a little "glib" there.
You are retarded and a waste of oxygen. But please, don't go killing yourself. You might not like the new body your thetan picks up after the implant station. You might end up with a cruel neighbor who bullies you on the interwebs.
We should think about adopting roundabouts, such as are commonly found in Europe. Granted, it would be a learning curve for most folks, but there are a few instances in the US where they work, and work quite well.
No traffic lights and, therefore, no red-light cameras to extort money from the public.
You miss my point. Do I believe meds are over-prescribed in this country? Yes.
Do I believe most doctors are only in it for the money? Absolutely not.
Do most doctors treat only symptoms instead of trying to find the root cause for your illness? No, not most, but apparently most of those you have visited are like this.
But let's leave regular MDs out of it for a minute:
My point is that this is simply more fuel for the fire for $cientology to say that ALL psychiatrists are bad people. If you had any inkling as to their propaganda machine, you'd know they teach that every psychiatrist out there is ready to drug, rape and otherwise abuse you while giving you ECT and pre-frontal lobotomy.
This will be used as another "proof" that the "psychs" are only out to make more money from false diagnoses. The $cientologists are going to love this. In fact, I expect the OSA (Office of Special Affairs, basically the dirty tricks department of $cientology) spammers to start hitting alt.religion.scientology with news of this article before the day is over.
The Church of $cientology also uses trademark infringement claims to pull auctions from eBay for E-Meters (the $25 worth of plastic and electronics that is really just a wheatstone bridge and skin galvanometer) that the Church sells for $5500, but that they don't want any ex/non-$cientologist to be able to sell/buy.
What makes this outright abuse of trademark law is that the Cof$ allows auctions of E-Meters on eBay if the seller is a current $cientologist, and if they promise to sell it only to another $cientologist.
Anyone remember, back in the good old days, when record companies distributed music to radio stations for free, and when they sent reps to large market stations to make sure the DJs were going to spin those records? Perhaps passing along nice gifts or cash as an extra incentive to play the music?
This assured playing time for their product, which allowed listeners to hear it, get hooked, and go out and purchase it. I've even heard the music industry managed to sell concert tickets and merchandise based on this type of marketing.
So now we're in the digital age. What happens?
They charge licensing fees to radio stations, and rather than seek out more avenues to play the music and advertise, they seek every opportunity to charge a fee, and treat their best customers as criminals.
I haven't purchased music in any medium for myself in about 15 years. CDs are overpriced (were supposed to bring the price down if I remember correctly, HA!) and I'm doing fine with my oldies and the radio in my car, truck, home, etc., which thankfully, doesn't charge me $.99 every time I listen to a song, or worse, $20 for a CD with 1 or 2 decent tracks and 10 filler tunes. I guess that'll be next, though. It'll be like the UK, with the radio police driving around hunting for unauthorized FM radio signals, and arresting you if you haven't paid your monthly RF license.
Someone yesterday called you the new "Dorpus", but I have to agree with your latest post.
I have the "Trapped in the Closet" episode on my PC right now. I would rather hit a Comedy Central site to watch the episodes I'm interested in. Granted, they would be very small (or very grainy if full-screen) and not comparable to DVD quality, but that only makes me more apt to go out and buy it on DVD if I really like it.
The same logic fits the music industry, as has been stated millions of times here.
Sorry about that, but you see, it's very easy to turn this forum into a flame war, especially when people try to defend soccer and say it's "exciting". Who gives a crap about the MLB owning facts or not when some European and/or 3rd world mook brings up his glorious sport of soccer.
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You get the picture. Now move along, nothing further to see here.
What do you categorize as excitement? There is nothing at all exciting about watching a bunch of people run around for 90 minutes while not scoring points for their team. It's like this. Most of the time in good sporting competitions, both teams score points and it's a competition to see who can score the most in the time limit. With soccer, it's who can manage to score, if at all. That's why it doesn't excite, plain and simple. It's the same reason that baseball can be totally boring. There's too little action mixed in with all that futility.
Cricket is foreign to me. I don't have any idea what it's like, because I've never seen it played. I would think that I would actually find it more exciting than soccer, as I would be seeing something for the first time, and wouldn't know what to expect.
With soccer, I know exactly what to expect, and I always get it. No scoring, lots of running, etc. It would be more exciting to watch the 10,000 meters from start to finish. At least in that sport, there's guaranteed to be a winner when it's over.
Soccer can be made more palatable, however. Make the field of play smaller, the goal larger, anything.
Sorry, forgot to talk about Becks. He's done, man. He's gotten all tied up with the Cruiser, and before you know it, he'll be drinking the Xenu kool-aid.
For the uninitiated, Xenu is the galactic overlord who killed trillions of aliens here on Earth (then called Teegeeack) and the souls of those aliens infect every one of us and prevent man from reaching his potential. Don't worry, though. $cientology has the cure and all you need to do is hand over your bank accounts, and you too can have cause over matter, energy, space and time through the miracle power of Dianetics and the e-meter.
I'm not necessarily defending American sports. Rugby and it's variations are much superior to American football. These sports are very entertaining to watch and could be considered to be more pure than our pre-packaged variety and all its trappings.
Baseball can be very boring, but it also has the potential to be thrilling. Wouldn't be my first choice.
Basketball, particularly NCAA basketball, would by far be my choice if I have to watch sports. Pro basketball, like baseball, simply has too long a season, and there's really nothing worth watching until the playoffs, and sometimes not even then.
But back to soccer, which is the reason I posted to begin with: Still nonsense. To paraphrase II from comment 18, it sucks and blows. And out of 90 minutes of coma-inducing activity, there's maybe 30 seconds of thrilling.
Nobody in the soccer realm is clamoring to make their stats copyrighted, now, are they?
Yeah, I played when I was junior high. It was futile then, and still is.
I'll grant you that a player has to be in really good shape and have great stamina, but that in no way makes the game fun to play or watch. It just means a bunch of in-shape people running around for 90 minutes and still ending up with little to nothing to show for all that effort.
Nobody I knew enjoyed playing soccer back then; it was just the only thing they could afford to do at my little private school. Later, the school devoted a little money to athletics and bought baseball gear and the equipment for flag football. We never played soccer again.
Soccer is an excellent sport...if you are extremely poor and can only afford a ball and a couple of nets. That's the main reason so many third world countries thrive on it. If they could afford the equipment necessary to play baseball or football, they would cherish and play those sports as well.
Soccer is the most boring game known to man. Who cares about watching a bunch of marathon runners scamper around the pasture with next to NO SCORING to show for it after 90 minutes? It's quite futile to watch and play.
It's now the sport of choice for little kids in the US because they don't have to comfort little Johnny because he struck out, got tackled/sacked or missed a tackle, missed the game-winning 3-pointer, etc. It's easier to handle losing in soccer because there's so little at stake to begin with.
I don't wonder that fans get out of hand and kill one another at soccer games. They're all mightily pissed off that they had to endure 90 minutes of completely useless and unentertaining thrashing.
Anybody check to see if the GNU or GPL is being broken by their distribution of Xubuntu, Snort, etc.? They're distributing this toolkit as a bundled ISO install, but I don't see any evidence that they are also releasing the complete source code for this distro and the included tools.
The totality of your mind is stored in a cortical stack that's inserted in utero and stays with you until physical death. The stack records everything that ever happens to you, whether dreaming or awake; it also records every aspect of your mental being, i.e. your personality. The stack can then be inserted into a fresh sleeve (body/clone) when your current sleeve wears out, or can be needlecast across the galaxy to a waiting clone at the remote re-sleeving facility.
So you need to go to Mars: Your sleeve (body) stays here on Earth in hibernation, while you're needlecast to Mars, and downloaded into a loaner sleeve.
The super rich have designer clones waiting in hibernation in case they get killed or seriously disfigured.
Of course, the Catholics are against technology that verges on real immortality, so they sign waivers against re-sleeving and accept real death.
I suggest you read the excellent work by Richard K. Morgan, who has done much research into these matters.