Well, we have now hit Week 1 since the Lunchtime Science Experiment/Betting Opportunity was first proposed. If we can’t get a second remote in the next two days, it’ll have to be pushed back two weeks due to my vacation. I cry conspiracy!
As for the vacation itself, it begins as soon as I leave work on Friday. For those of you who have expressed curiosity about the schedule, it is as follows:
I arrive in London on Saturday, and am proceeding directly to the bar (of course!). European skeptics (or very, very determined skeptics from other continents) can meet me at 2pm at the King & Queen Pub (info here). At this point, we will have at least a dozen or so people, possibly many more. And, of course, many many more once the soccer game starts. Er, “football.” Don’t yell at me.
Not only will I be there, but you can also meet Skepchick Teek, aka Ms. January from the 2006 calendar.
Speaking of Teek, she will be helping out with the blog while I’m gone. Joining her will be Bug_Girl, AKA Ms. June! These two spectacularly intelligent skepchicks will write daily entries for the two weeks that I’ll be tooling around the UK and France. I look forward to reading their stuff, and only hope that they aren’t so fabulous that you all boo me when I return.
I’m also going to have a third skepchick take over for the Sunday Night Sermon: Skepchic. I haven’t actually told her privately yet, but I figure this will have to do until I can get home to my e-mail. She has her own blog, and it’s faboo.
Just to satisfy your craving for skepticism fun, check out this video from our friends the Scientologists! Please post your snarky comments here. I’ll pick my favorite and the winner will receive a personal hug from me (note: winner must show up to the London pub to receive present).
We watch the Scientology video so you don't have to. Here is the summary:
1. Materialists are bad. They made the atom bomb after all.
2. Scientology is an actual religion. That's a relief. There's nothing worse than a fake religion. Real religions never do anything bad.
3. L. Ron Hubbard was just a humble unassuming man like BuddhaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦who was an expert in absolutely everything, cared so very, very much and was loved by all, so let all crawl up into his ass.
4. The government had a mind control program exposed by our fearless leader LRH. Sure it didn't actually work, but what better basis for a religion than opposing something that doesn't work with more stuff that doesn't work? Let's go a couple feet more up into LRH's colon.
5. We have a lot of books. Piles and piles of books. Dianetics is the bestest book ever. Hello LRH appendix! No part of our Lord and Master is useless!
6. Here is our great big organizational chart. No religion as big as we are could possibly steer you wrong. Doesn't LRH have a great small intestine?
7. Auditing is fun. It makes you smarter and more likable…and lighter in the wallet for more freedom of movement. Psychologists are devils. To your left, you can see LRH's pancreas.
8. We give lots of courses. We even pretend to be a university. Did we mention that the government can't tell us what to teach? Lets turn through LRH's duodenum. Isn't duodenum a funny word?
9. We'll skip the part about blue octopi and space aliens. We wouldn't want to show you just how nuts we really are until we have you completely under our control. Yay! We finally made it to LRH's stomach! Ouch! It burns! It burns!
"Piles" of books, Czech? "PILES?!"
How dare you imply that our Lord and Master LRH is afflicted or sickly in any way?
"How dare you imply that our Lord and Master LRH is afflicted or sickly in any way?"
STACKS! I meant stacks of books! Don't hurt me! Hail LRH! Hail LRH!
The video only got to about 5 minutes in for me and played no further, despite my trying to load it three times. I took this as a sign, an omen, and a blessing all rolled into one.
Loved the shakycam, though.
"The video only got to about 5 minutes in for me and played no further, despite my trying to load it three times. I took this as a sign, an omen, and a blessing all rolled into one.
Loved the shakycam, though."
I got 75% through before it locked up on me, so I haven't seen the end either. Now the page doesn't load at all.
Hmmm…"No input file specified"…
Was that some kind of direct connection to a scientologist's brain?
According to a recent post, Jossep's web provider killed the video link under Scientologist pressure. Here is another link:
(I meant "Jossip" of course. I can't type.)
I just loaded the rest of the film. If you can get the whole thing, do stay to the end. The testimonials are hilariously excruciatingly bad, but the real crown jewel is the big speech at the end complete with triumphant music. It is a real beaut. It fuzzes out at the very end, so you don't get to know what line he goes out on, but it is still worth the wait.
Is it just me or does anyone else think this is just screaming for an MST3k spoof?
"If it's MST3K-able, it MUST be good!"
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