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    ...considering where you're posting about and what some of the signs in the pictures say, "I only saw professional, polite, earnest behavior from the protestors." is a pretty darn funny statement.

    Just sayin'.

    As to the whole Humor vs. Seriousness debate, I think Sedge put it best in his post.

    People generally gravitate towards humor and enthusiasm. And if, once they arrive, they are shown a legitimate message, does it really matter that it was jokes and oddness that brought them there in the first place?
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    You don't think Battlefield Earth sucked? Because I meant it very earnestly. I also absolutely believe that Ron hates fags.

    I don't think earnestness cancels out humor, either.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Eliza: Oddly enough there is some speculation about Hubbard and Parsons hooking up as part of a magickal operation.

    Which amuses me to no end in light of your pictures.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Hank - yeah, they did. There was lots of crossover on that scene that's fairly well documented.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    @oddcult: I was just not confirming or denying. ;)
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    Naw, I was just playing with the "earnest" double-entendre, and apparently failing miserably.

    ...unless you turned it back on me without me even realizing it, in which case... well, again, I fail miserably.

    It's that sort of week.
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    Aw! Too bad there's no scientology centre near where I live. I might have to bounce up to Edinburgh for the next one.
    So, any thoughts on what's next? I suppose that the best thing that opponents of scientology could hope for would be that scientology or, even better, Cruise release a statement which antagonises anonymous. I doubt they'll be that stupid though.
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Steve, I had the same feeling initially. "Too bad there's no scientology centre near where I live", I'd love to protest this bullshit, but I think the point is that there should be fewer Scientology outlets. We can still mail them anthrax!
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008 edited
    A thank you:

    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Oh look...

    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    This video is excellent. The best put together record of the London event I've yet seen. Comments from Scientologists, long-time campaigners, and a wonderful, wonderful bit right at the end where a British copper gets asked by the Scientologists to move on the protesters and politely explains to them the rights to peaceful protest.

    • CommentAuthorThumpsquid
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Ah, the look on their little chubby faces when they ask the constable to come inside their building and he says "No!" couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of Numpties
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Well first I have to say that the LA times article using Wikinews as an actual source just made me cringe. Also the inults. "The protesters Sunday looked mostly young, white and computer-oriented -- few had anything like a serious tan" How little integrity that shows.

    I think it is amazing to watch the the cultural progression of media, and I love how much anonymous is helping to show that. The newspaper industry started a trend if a story didn't get published it never happened. When television started producing news shows they were heavily criticized but eventually that became the mainstream of media and the trend continued, if it wasn't covered by the media it never happened. For a long time we were at a point that if a story wasn't on CNN or some other comparable station it never happened. I feel that mainstream media tried that with the protests, unfortunately for them we are at an age where if a story isn't covered on the internet it never happened... Everything is on the internet.
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    One of the more fascinating things I've followed in a while. I just wish that protests in general would get more media attention.
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    The duty copper at the end of the video wins a free internet.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    ...aaaaaand - a site that the Church of Scientology set up to defend itself - which put up a page about Anonymous being 'anti-religious extremists' has just been kicked offline.

    And now there are rumblings that the CoS is trying to suggest that the German secret service is behind Anonymous. Because the nasty German government has been mean to them there.
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    Well, when you can't blame anyone, I suppose the only recourse is to blame everyone.
    Everyone but yourselves, that is.
    Frankly, I'm waiting for them to realize that calling a group of people who are in it for the lulz "terrorists" or "extremists" isn't going to help.
    • CommentAuthorDracko
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Like calling a Gay Pride a collective of suicide bombers.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Didn't get to go to the Feb 10th gatherings here in Minneapolis/St. Paul, but definitely looking to go for the 3/15 rally, and it looks like there's rumblings of a good old Minnesotan potluck in the process, yum. As to our media coverage of the 2/10 event:
    I was watching channel 9's PM broadcast, and one of the transitions before a commercial was, "next, you'll hear about an internet club who is putting down their laptops and picking up picket signs!" But there was no further mention of (what I assume to be) our effort.


    followed by:
    I wouldn't doubt it. My girlfriend was at the MOA with some friends and they saw something on television. This was during the day, while we were protesting. From what she says it cut out halfway through and went to commercial.

    Nor have I seen anything show up since in the local media. The local protest did make an Austin TX newscast for about 2 seconds though.
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    The German Secret Service is Behind anon? Oh my. LULZ.

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