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The Internet Is NOT a Big Truck. It’s TUBES!!!

This is why the internet wins:

Researching Scientology

On Friday 7 of the top 10 posts on digg.com were Scientology related. Right now the top post is some frat boys wearing “blackface”. Ahhh…the internet…traffic is capricious*. It’s very possible some sort of censorship or digg spamming is going on; either is more likely than a sudden drop in interest in Scientology.

Granted, Barrack Obama’s win in South Carolina is HUGE, and might save me from bitching about Hillary for four years. While I don’t think he is some kind of magic bullet, I still think he wouldn’t screw up the job too badly.

But War on Scientology is certainly not over.

Anonymous took a hit when “Regime” hacked 711chan.org and told everyone they fail, and that they were as lame as Scientology. Anonymous was pissed, and took back the board and published all the personal information of Regime. Currently the site is down. I’m confused, is this LULZ? It’s interesting that the first real hit back in the war was hacker on hacker, not Scientologist on hacker.

Regardless, Anon has already accomplished its first goal, which was the promotion of non-approved information about Scientology on the Internet. Copyright is not a good excuse when it comes to commentary and critique, and we are certainly critiquing! With a small amount of internet searching skills it is quite easy to find videos, documents, and detailed technical dictionaries all over the internet. Much of this was previously available, but now it is easy to find as well. Scientologies lawyers are scary, but I will not let that stop me from commenting on it as is my Constitutional Right. I too can afford lawyers; I will not break the law, but I also will not be intimidated.

I am continuing to research this corporation and will continue along with thousands of other bloggers. Scientology, we are your suppressive persons (SP), we analytically question your tech and your processes. We are alloying your affinity; we are communicating whether or not you desire it. You have been greatly deceived and we seek your gnosis.

The first place to start is with those who have intimate knowledge of the church and are willing to talk:

Steven Fishman Interview

Reject the “Wall of Fire” = Expulsion. Margery Wakefield’s tragic story.

Ex-Scientologist staff reports.

Won’t somebody think about the children!?” propaganda.

High Level Scientologist breaks code of silence.

Appendix to Scientology Terms. Absolutely essential for the new guy; this group is HUGE on private vocabulary and acronyms. Reminds me of the computer programmers and programs that Scientology’s “Tech” mimics. The Admin and Technical Dictionaries would be a much better source of information, though.

Some of these people have mental health issues, and it’s possible they might have made all this stuff up. One might also think that the church’s message appeals very strongly to these types. Some of what they say is obvious fabrication, but most of the statements are backed up by released materials and/or similar cases. For example, Margery’s story of being “off-loaded” is backed up by the Admin Dictionaries definition of “Fitness Board”. The jury is still definitely out, but Steven Fishman’s account is incredibly informative for those who are seriously interested.

Will Wheaton has something to say as well. We love you, Will, Crusher is dead.

* see below

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Heath Ledger and Drug Interactions

Heath Ledger died a couple of days ago due to a tragic drug overdose. Although it is still inconclusive, it seems likely that this was an accidental overdose due to the patient not following prescription guidelines. I’ve seen pills used and abused, and I just want to warn everyone who might not know: Taking prescription pills in the wrong amount or the wrong combination can kill you!

For example, numerous times I’ve seen people at parties take a Valium and couple of Vicodin, then slam a few beers. Or a Xanax and a Oxycodon with a martini…same difference. Being the busy body that I am, I’ve tried to educate people on the dangers of taking multiple drugs that depress the central nervous system. You just might fall asleep and never wake up.

The best thing to do is not to take drugs without a prescription! But if you feel you must get high to relax, it is much more safe to take only one type of medication at a time. And be careful of mixing alcohol with anything, as it increases the effects of many drugs. Anti-anxiety medication, especially Benzo-diazepines like Xanax or Valium, can also be very dangerous; and are increasing in popularity as a recreational drug. Also remember that Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and Oxycodone are opiates, similar to Heroin or Opium. All opiates are addictive, many highly addictive in short amounts of time. So don’t take them, or if you must do so very sparingly. Kicking an opium addiction is not something you want to do (for a vivid example of this see “Trainspotting“)

At the very least, do some research before you experiment! Have fun, but please be safe.

Harold and Kumar go to Guatanamo

Posted Date: December 28, 2007

Nope, it’s no joke…it’s a real movie, coming out in April.  And NPH makes another cameo…awesome.

Speaking of movies, I saw Terry Gilliam’s “Tideland”, and I’m still digesting it.  On one hand, I think it’s a masterpiece.  It’s unconventional, surreal, and has an amazing lead and perfect supporting characters.  On the other hand, it’s creepy and feels exploitative, even though objectively it is not.  I see a lot of parallels between this movie and “Oasis”, which is one of my top 10 favorite films.  Whether that counts for or against “Tideland”, I can’t decide.  At this point I would I rate it a very VERY interesting failure, and a fine addition to the Gilliam canon.

Regarding the “I Stole Jesus” story, did anybody notice that the doll is WHITE and has BLONDE hair?  Does anybody care?  The anti-Semitism in Christianity comes out in both subtle and not so subtle ways.

Yipes….I think I’ve watched too many movies set in distopian futures, because these billboards really bothers me.

Impeach the fourthbranch!

RIP, Benazi Bhutto!

Review: Rescue Dawn

Posted Date: December 4, 2007

Prediction: Jeremy Davies is the next hot thing.

I just got done watching “Rescue Dawn”, by Werner Herzog, based on the real life story of Dieter Dengler, a U.S. pilot shot down and captured at the beginning of the Vietnam War.  The movie mainly centers on his time as a POW, planning to escape.  But you can read the plot synopsis anywhere.

I first became aware of Herzog as an actor, actually, in Harmony Korine’s “Julien Donkey-Boy”.  He played Julien’s cough-syrup addicted dad, alternately ignoring and terrorising his family.  I’ve always admired Korine, I consider him a filmmaker way ahead of his time, and Korine admires Herzog.

I vaughly remember watching “Aquirre”, and not being all that impressed.  But about the same time, Herzog started making English films and documentaries, and I started appreciating just how talented he is.  The few of you that haven’t seen “Grizzly Man”, go see it!

“Rescue Dawn” is being passed off as a “mainstream” or “studio” film, but it is really more rooted in documentary filmmaking and “cinema verite”.  Herzog’s feature films resemble documentaries, and his documentaries resemble feature films.  It’s nice to see that this esthetic has carried over to a movie containing big Hollywood actors.

Everyone survived, and nobody had to tow a boat over a mountain, at least.  But these guys are shooting in the jungle, and it’s not pretty.  My hat is off to every single actor who worked on this film, taking a chance with a notoriosly demanding director liker Herzog.

Christian Bale is the lead, and he certainly carries this film well.  Anybody remember “Swing Kids”?  lol…still, anybody who saw “Equilibrium” would realize that Bale is pure gold, as he has proved in “The Machinist” and “Batman Begins”, and now “Rescue Dawn”.

Steve Zahn is amazing in this movie, and I hope it gets him out of his “goofy guy” typecast, like in “Out Of Sight” or “Employee of the Month”.  I mean, we know this guy can act…his performance in “subUrbia” should have proven that, but “Rescue Dawn” certainly does.

For me, the real find is Jeremy Davies in a singularly creepy role as Eugene McBroom.  He acts as Bale’s nemesis, trying to make him stay instead of escape.  Usually I just hate Davies’ characters, like in “Secretary” or “Spanking the Monkey”.  Although his role is based more on story requirements than reality, Davies brings a sinister character to life, making us understand and pity him instead of hate him.

The rumour is that Davies is filming with a popular TV show, so that’s pretty cool.  OK, it’s “Lost”, and some spanish guy has pictures so it’s probably true, and I can’t wait for Lost…only a couple more months!  w00t!

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Things I Love About The Movie Sneakers

1) The amazing cast. This movie is the “Crash” of the 90s
Robert Redford
Dan Aykroyd
Ben Kingsley
Mary McDonnell
Sidney Poitier
River Phoenix (R.I.P.)
David Strathairn
James Earl Jones

2) Taut script, film noir pacing and mood.

3) Cryptography, spies, hacking, phreaking, secrets…all the good, scary stuff.

4) Cool gadgets, like the braile based display system for the blind hacker.

5) Again, the amazing cast. This movie is extremely well acted, there isn’t a bad performance in the bunch. Redford is swauve, in a slimy yet vulnerable way. River Phoenix plays a side character, goofy yet charming, tragic only in hindsight. Aykroyd plays the crazy conspiracy theorist, yet is oddly subdued and muted. Mary McDonnell is totally HOT and quite elegant, as always. Sidney Poitier is quit creepy in his black eyeshadow (saw “You Kill Me”; not to bad, yet somehow unfinished). Strathairn is as steady as ever, and James Earl Jones plays a small yet key role.

Things I Love About The Movie Sneakers

1) The amazing cast.  This movie is the “Crash” of the 90s
Robert Redford
Dan Aykroyd
Ben Kingsley
Mary McDonnell
Sidney Poitier
River Phoenix (R.I.P.)
David Strathairn
James Earl Jones

2)  Taut script, film noir pacing and mood.

3) Cryptography, spies, hacking, phreaking, secrets…all the good, scary stuff.

4)  Cool gadgets, like the braile based display system for the blind hacker.

5)  Again, the amazing cast.  This movie is extremely well acted, there isn’t a bad performance in the bunch.  Redford is swauve, in a slimy yet vulnerable way.  River Phoenix plays a side character, goofy yet charming, tragic only in hindsight.  Aykroyd plays the crazy conspiracy theorist, yet is oddly subdued and muted.  Mary McDonnell is totally HOT and quite elegant, as always.  Sidney Poitier is quit creepy in his black eyeshadow (saw “You Kill Me”; not to bad, yet somehow unfinished).  Strathairn is as steady as ever, and James Earl Jones plays a small yet key role.