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!).