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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: S Is for Saint-Simon

Sex: The topic that has proved strong enough to displace religious and academic discussion about property and wealth as the driving force in human affairs and evolution.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE


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Prosecuting Prosecutorial Abuse

Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann must be held accountable for their actions during their prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz; in China, a father hired online “assassins” to kill his son’s avatar in an attempt to save his real life; meanwhile, the U.S. is giving the Afghan government a fleet of drones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Cult of Personality

The critics simply have too much invested in the still young director to acknowledge that “The Master” has to rank somewhere between a disappointment and a disaster.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Anonymous

Our picks for this week’s Truthdiggers are a little unusual in that we don’t really know who they are—at least not specifically. But we do know them by their collective, if faceless, alias: Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Extremely Unctuous

To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Haggis’ Big Disconnect From Scientology

Screenwriter and director Paul Haggis’ public exit from the Church of Scientology continues with a long exposé in this month’s issue of The New Yorker, in which Haggis describes his troubled early years, his initial embrace of L. Ron Hubbard’s religion and the fallout ...

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



Hollywood Can’t Take a Joke

Ricky Gervais had everyone laughing as he hosted the Golden Globes on Sunday—everyone except the stars in the room. Gervais’ jokes at the expense of terrible movies did not go over with the people who made them, nor did his quips about scandalized celebs and Scientology. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Filmmaker to Spill Scientology Story

His defection from the Church of Scientology’s celebrity coterie was big news in 2009, and now writer and director Paul Haggis is following up with a detailed exploration of his former organization, in the form of a book collaboration with journalist Lawrence Wright.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Colbert to Frum: ‘When Has the Head Helped the Conservative Movement?’

Although he denies it in this clip from Thursday’s “Colbert Report,” David Frum is indeed a “conservative apostate.” What else can being fired from the American Enterprise Institute possibly mean? And what does all of this have to do with Scientology?

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Scientologists Hire Journalists to Investigate Journalists

The St. Petersburg Times has done some in-depth reporting about the Church of Scientology that hasn’t always cast the organization in the best light, let’s say. The Times’ top brass must’ve known what they were getting into in opening that particular Pandora’s box, though, as the CoS ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Hello, Ralph Nader, We Are Anonymous

If you’ve never seen any of the anti-Scientology videos of “Anonymous,” this clip might seem a bit strange. While we would never compare Ralph Nader to the Church of Scientology, this spot-on parody is probably worth your 2 minutes and 21 seconds. Unless you’re one of those titans of industry who makes a million dollars a minute. Then it probably isn’t.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Cruise Not Willkommen in Germany

The German government has long been aggressive in its stance against the Church of Scientology, and it has thrown down the gauntlet once again by banning the filming of a Tom Cruise movie because of the American’s religious affiliation.  Cruise will play a German military officer who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Travolta Takes On the BBC

Actor John Travolta and other members of the Church of Scientology are steaming mad about a BBC program about their controversial religion that aired Sunday in Britain, claiming that presenter John Sweeney was biased, as evidenced by his angry outburst at a church member during filming. 

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


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‘South Park’ Scientology/Tom Cruise Spoof Rejoins Lineup

The Emmy-nominated episode that lampooned Tom Cruise and his Scientology beliefs will rejoin the rotation on Comedy Central, nearly four months after the network yanked it, reportedly under pressure from Cruise himself…. (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


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