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Monday, October 30, 2006

Volunteer Ministers - They Bad Enough Fo' Me

Just a quote post about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Check out this page: http://www.volunteerministers.org/aboutpgm/relief/index.html

Intense - these guys were on the ground at 9/11, amidst the wreckage with the fire fighters and other rescue workers - that's enough to gain my respect. But it also looks like they have also been at all kinds of other sites, such as hurricane Katrina, and the London subway bombings.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dianetics in Kazakhstan

Pretty wild, they got Dianetics out in the middle of Kazakhstan. They're all over the place.

http://www.scientologytoday.org/press/610241421181_scn-local.html

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Just noticed today that there is a new www.volunteerministers.org site. Looks cool.

Some of the photos are phenomenal; of shots after 9/11, the Tsnami, an others, where the Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped with the rescue efforts.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

After the Tsunami

Just heard about an excellent site that promotes a documentary that was done of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in South East Asia in the wake of the tsunami, pushing forward the disaster relief effort.

From it's promotional blurbage:

"Danish photographer and feature writer Thorsten Overgaard traveled 12,000 miles throughout South East Asia after the tsunami, a virtual fly-on-the-wall, documenting the day-to-day lives of the Scientology Tsunami Relief Team Volunteers. "After The Tsunami" presents in detail a behind-the-scenes look at relief work when everyday western people - from the a real estate agent from Germany to a student from Los Angeles - leave behind families, studies, careers and businesses to help strangers in crisis, whom they only know from media reports.

"It is a heartwarming story of the spiritual bonds between religions, ordinary western world people engaged in dangerous but important work that will change their lives forever and daily miracles. It is a story in pictures that is in a sharp contrast to the seemingly endless pictures of overwhelming devastation that played again and again on televised newscasts and on the front pages of the world for weeks and months.

"It is a story that brings hope to the world and shows how ordinary people can make a difference - that something can be done about it."

Check it out: www.afterthetsunami.org

Monday, October 23, 2006

Looks like they just did a big number on the Church of Scientology in London:

http://www.scientologytoday.org/press/610222259261_scn-int.html
http://www.scientology-london.org/

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Guinness World Records Awarded to L. Ron Hubbard

An interesting tidbit on ScientologyToday.org:

Guinness World Records recently acknowledged L. Ron Hubbard as the world's most published author with 1084 works - exceeding the record held by Brazilian author Jose Carlos Ryoki with 1,058.

Guinness also officially verified that Hubbard exceeded his own previous record as the world's most translated author when his works were published in six more languages raising the record from 65 to 71.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Oh boy, here we go again (today's headline news on cnn.com):

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The United States believes North Korea attempted to detonate a nuclear device and that "something went wrong," a U.S. government official told CNN Tuesday.

The official confirmed North Korea informed the Chinese government prior to the test that it would be a 4 kiloton nuclear device.

The official added that the unexpectedly small blast, of a half kiloton or less, indicated "something went wrong."

Nuclear tests in 1998 by India and Pakistan were about 24 to 50 times as powerful - or in the 15 kiloton range, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

The United States still cannot say for sure the underground detonation was a nuclear blast; the working assumption is that it was, but not very successful, the official said. (Dud or deception? Read the full story)

Another U.S. official said it is possible North Korea may attempt a second test, but cautioned there has been no evidence of any preparations at another test site.

"I would not say we expect it," the official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly, "but it would not be a total surprise."

Russia's Defense Minister said Tuesday that his agency has estimated the power of the explosion at between 5 and 15 kilotons.

But the U.S. intelligence community is sticking by an estimate that the blast was approximately a half kiloton, or even less, although it's possible the hardened tunnel in which the test took place could have "muffled" the seismic waves, an official told CNN.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Article on Mars Probe

This is an internet article on Mars and the probe that is crawling the surface.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1543944,00.html

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Youth for Human Rights PSAs

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) recent produced 30 different public service announcements which visually describe, each one, a point of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Interestingly enough, most people have never heard of the document (I think there was a survey that was done that showed had it at less than 2 or 3 %). With a 1948 date on it, it (like the UN itself) was created in the wake of WWII, and clearly defines those human rights with which we are all endowed - regardless of race, color, creed or any other factor.

The whole concept of the PSAs seems like a good one, since most people don't have the time or interest to sit down and read such a document - but watching a 30 second ad that makes the people communicates it much more effectively.

Maybe this will help wake people up to the human rights violations that occur around the world each day. Afterall, historically speaking the thing that prevents tyranny and injustice from occurring is enough people who understand the problems involved banding together and making enough ruckus to stop it.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I was checking out the news on the ScientologyToday.org web site that they added in a new section (or I never noticed it before) which lists out different Scientology organizations.

It mentions on these pages that there will be news comming. Interesting - I know there is a lot of good news happening with Scientology around the world, so it would be good to be able to see more of it on the web.

This site in general is pretty cool, because it gives the down-to-earth view of what Scientology does around the worl.d What with so much happening in the news regarding Scientology, with all the press coverage of high profile Scientologists like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and the leader of the Church, David Miscavige, one can lose sight of what it's average parishioners are doing. This site seems to give a pretty good snapshot, with news on a regular basis.