Archive for December 2008

NYC Anonymous: A Look Back at 2008

December 31, 2008

Anon Nation put together this terrific tribute to all the enturbulators in the Big Apple.

I wish I could have joined you for your epic year!

National Post on Anonymous

December 30, 2008

James Cowan has written an article for Canada’s National Post on the Orwellian Power of Anonymity.  I was pleased to be interviewed for the piece.  It is only partly about Anonymous and the Scientology organization but well worth reading.

Despite the lack of a leadership structure, membership list or other organizational accoutrements, Anonymous — which draws its name from the pseudonym used by most 4chan members — quickly established a Web site and plan of attack. On Jan. 21, a message was posted on several Web sites announcing Anonymous’ intentions. “Anonymous has decided that your organization should be destroyed,” a robotic voice intoned over images of clouds. “For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and for our own enjoyment, we shall proceed to expel you from the Internet and systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology.”

“The initial impression is Anonymous must be a lot of kids,” said Mark Bunker, an Emmy-winning journalist and Scientology critic who has been adopted as a self-described “Obi-wan Kenobi” to Anonymous. “But I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of these people at protests and, yeah, there are a lot of students, but there are doctors and police officers and military and teachers and strippers — a wide range of people.”

The Anonymous campaign against Scientology amounted to guerrilla warfare, with protestors sniping at the Church while protected behind a wall of secrecy.

The article also talks about the artist Banksy.  I got to see a piece he painted on a London building when I was out for dinner with a group of Anonymous in July.

One Nation Under CCTV

"One Nation Under CCTV"

And Now For Our Host…

December 29, 2008

Not DM?!?!

I just got an email from someone who claims he attended the Scientology New Year’s Event and David Miscavige was missing in action.   Here’s the report:

I went to the New Year’s Event this past Saturday and I have a piece of info for you if you haven’t already heard – Tommy Davis was the MC for the whole event and COB was not there!!! This is extremely unusual as DM normally runs the whole thing every year. This is a first since he became COB and it was the most talked about thing after the event was over. There is a buzz going on amongst Scientologists trying to figure out why he wasn’t there to host the most important event of the year.

Most of the other usual speakers were there to brief about specific areas of the usual cult activities (WISE, ABLE, Narconon, etc.) but again, everyone was a little shocked not to see little Davey there at all. One of my other ex-scientologist friends said he might be doing a tag-along with Tom Cruise during his film promotion but this is not likley… my guess is he is either sick, incapacitated or handling a huge monstrous flap that only he can deal with. It would take something HUGE for him to miss an event like this!

The only other time this has happened was during one of the Maiden Voyage weeks on the Freewinds. After the 2nd day, he just left mid week and Ray Mithoff had to be the MC for the rest of the weeks events. We were told by ship staff that he had to go handle a flap, and it was really hush-hush… We later found out that right around the same time, the criminal charges from the murder of Lisa McPhearson came up.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know so you can pass it on if you wish. I’m not on any message boards or blogs, etc. so you were the first person I thought of to pass it along to. Thanks!

I haven’t seen any word about this elsewhere.  Palace coup?  Bad case of the BT’s?

London Enturbulation

December 28, 2008

Let me say first off, I don’t condone barging into a Dianetics center and annoying the staff.  They’re cogs in the machine and their lives are miserable enough as it is.  However  —  the song they get to hear in this video is pretty snappy.  It’s got a good beat and the lyrics are terrific.

I don’t know what the laws are like elsewhere, but trespassing like this in the U.S. could get you into some serious trouble.  My advice?  The public would enjoy hearing that song sung in front if the center.  The staff would still be enturbulated but only because you were educating the raw meat that would get diverted from entering.

My only other advice (and of course no one has to listen to me) is filming sideways or upside down doesn’t add a lot to a video.  A rakish angle can be nice.  Sideways, not so much.

And if you wanted to listen to me, Jeff Jacobsen and I are doing a year in review internet radio show for an hour this afternoon starting at 3pm California time.

‘Tis the Season

December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Batten Down the Hatches!

December 23, 2008

San Diego Anon was at cause over the local Org.  The Scientologists were so afraid to be exposed to entheta that they put up a very primitive Romulan cloaking device.

The 8 Days of Scientology

December 17, 2008

A classic tune for the holidays.