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March 20th, 2006


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09:23 pm
I just heard a pun so positively delicious that I wish I could take credit for it. As a result, it's going to start a game night tradition. Every week at game night, I will tell a more elaborate than usual pun.


The Scientology vs. South Park thing is drawing my interest. I especially appreciate the episode in which they told the Scientology creation story with the message on the bottom saying "This is really what they believe". Those two had a brilliant response about it:

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!"

This was in response to another episode taking aim at Scientology which was pulled from Comedy Central's schedule shortly after Isaac Hayes (a Scientologist) left the show due to "inappropriate ridicule" of religion. The South Park guys think it's a bit telling that he's leaving after _his_ religion starts taking heavy fire.




There are some who are trying to organize a campaign to write to Viacom (which owns Comedy Central) and get the episode on the air. It's not going to happen, guys. I strongly suspect that Viacom is owned & run by Scientologists. In the interest of disclosure, the best evidence I can find is that Sumner Redstone's son has supposedly taken classes through the Church of Scientology and that Les Moonves' tactics remind me of the Scientology vs. USENET bit a while ago.

Personally -- I think that if they're smart, they'll put the episode online and distribute it via p2p & bittorrent.

On a bit of a tangent, I once went to interview at Neopets which was a very interesting experience. Wired wrote an article about Neopets which (apart from bleating about consumer culture, subliminal ads, and the like) tells it pretty straight. Walking in there was a real experience (the office, for one thing, was that of the ominous sounding "Dohring Company" -- heady stuff for a kid of 18 years or so). I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for when they asked me to do an IQ and personality test. Not to mention the receptionist, recruiter, and supervisor were giving strong profiles to my scientology-DAR.

Imagine my surprise when Viacom bought Neopets. I checked it out at the time and recall more damning evidence, though it has since eluded me.


I got an amusing bit of praise today:
(17:22:06) georgie2032: you know, Phil - I love your LJ. Amonnst all the self-pitying tripe, you have linux bandwidth issues
(17:22:32) testing4l: I don't have that much self-pitying tripe.
(17:22:40) testing4l: At least, I try to steer clear of it.
(17:23:06) georgie2032: I was meaning the self pitying tripe I read in other LJs

So, lest I stand out too much -- transmission of a meme from just_aims:
Leave a comment and...
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a color that's associated with you.
4. I'll say something that makes sense only to you and me.
5. I'll tell you my first clearest memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this in your LJ (or not!).

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From:just_aims
Date:March 20th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Time to return the favor, bub! :)
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From:testing4l
Date:March 21st, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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A pleasure to serve!
1. You seem to have a predilection for polka dots. This is a good thing.
2. Safety Dance - Men Without Hats (although I only just changed it from Uptown Girl - Billy Joel).
3. Light blue.
4. I camembert the last time I read a pun of yours. ; )
5. There's the cheese puns, but I think what I remember most is this photo:


I never forget people with an eye for beauty.
6. A terrier.
7. Approximately how much resentment do you bear towards me for the 'Small World' fiasco?
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From:squeekiemouse
Date:March 20th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Ooh pick me, pick me for the meme! : D

...and what was the pun?
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From:testing4l
Date:March 21st, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
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I'd tell you if you were online right now =/ *sighs*

1. I've always admired your number of pockets.
2. Coin Operated Boy - Dresden Dolls.
3. Since black isn't an option, I'd have to say blue.
4. AAUGH!! NO POKEY! PENGUIN GO SPLODEY!
5. Outside of BHS. relsqui and I were waiting at the park for some reason.
6. Mouse. Or cat. But mouse more than cat.
7. I can't think of a really good question -- but this'll do -- what's life like with a gaggle of siblings?
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From:sakiroa
Date:March 20th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Viacom pulled the South Park episode because Paramount, the studio Mission Impossible III is coming out of, is also owned by Viacom, and Tom Cruise threatened he wouldn't promote the movie. If Viacom was owned by Scientologists they'd be busy brainwashing the masses, not pulling a single South Park rerun.

While I am not sympathetic to Scientology at all, and generally feel that it is by far the most vile, evil, manipulative organization still operating today, consider that ALL of the other times South Park has belittled, made fun of, and taken advantage of any other religion on their show they have ALWAYS had a sympathetic character representing the religion, usually defending it at the end of the episode. Every one of them. Even the Mormon episode, and those guys are almost as batty as Scientology (although FAR less evil). Scientology didn't. The Scientology episode WAS far more mean-spirited than all of the other ones, don't kid yourself. And it'd be far worse too, if I considered Scientology a religion and not a despicable, blood thirsty, brainwashing cult. Seriously, South Park did them a favor by exposing how rediculous they are, not necessarily how utterly terrible they are.
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From:sakiroa
Date:March 20th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Also, while we're at it, go head and meme me if you'd like!
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From:danaewinters
Date:March 20th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, as much as I despise Scientology...I have to admit they were FAR more harsh with the satire on that religion than they were on other ones. That whole episode showed a lot more bias than the "anything goes" humor I usually see on South Park.

Ok, I think I did this meme ages ago on my LJ, but it was long before you guys met me so...go ahead - meme me! (why did it look like I was warming up my vocal chords, typing that?)
From:pace_nunc
Date:March 20th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I just wanted to say that I was sad to find that Issac Hayes isn't as cool as I thought he was. What will they do without that sexy beast around?
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From:testing4l
Date:March 21st, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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From:spatulistic
Date:March 20th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Even though I hardly know you, I am curious :-p
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From:relsqui
Date:March 21st, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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Meme me meme me! ^_^

Except don't say the obvious thing for #4. That's a secret, okay?
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From:relsqui
Date:March 21st, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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Well, I mean, one of them is a secret. Don't use that one.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 21st, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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so my grandpa died and I'm going back early for his funeral so .. I won't be needing a ride to the airport next monday, thanks anyways!
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From:ucdemu
Date:March 21st, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
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yay! Please meme me, & iI shall return the favour, as soon as I get a new keyboard (I'm using the on-screen keyboard now) It is rather difficult.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 21st, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Temporarily anozinizing our episode

I've seen that comment quoted identically, but it has a non-word in it. I'm not aware of any acceptable verb form of anodyne (there's anodize, but that's only in the electrical sense). Do they mean censoring?

Also, must you LJ users persist in calling wanky Internet quizzes memes? It's irritating. Check out some paper on memetics if you must find out what that word is.

Regards,
The Internet.
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From:testing4l
Date:March 21st, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Awwww! How cute! Someone covering ignorance with bluster & stupidity! The same someone as well. Apparently using British Telecom.

Scientologists have all sorts of odd lingo. "Anozinize" happens to one of their verbs. Go google search, little troll.

Additionally, if you applied half a second of thought -- Oh wait, I'm sorry! That's half a second of thought for me. I won't speculate how long a period that is for you -- you'd note that it's a practice which spreads from person to person by transmission. That's good enough for Dawkins.

Y'know -- Richard Dawkins. The guy that came up with the word. Are you sure that you read, little troll?
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