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Archive for June 26th, 2009

Stephen Fry as Michael Jackson

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 June 2009

It feels somehow appropriate to post this now, even though it’s not Stephen Fry who’s dead.

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Michael Jackson: too soon?

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 June 2009

If you’re prepared for sacrelige, wander over to B3ta or check out Twitter for touching tributes and bad-taste gags:

Out own tomgidden:*really* disappointed that the sign-language guy on BBC News Channel doesn’t join in on the Thriller dance moves during the MJ montage.”

From Peter Serafinowicz:Exposure to sunshine, moonlight and good times ruled out: now coroners say cause of death was ‘boogie’.”

The Onion: “BREAKING: Last Piece Of Michael Jackson Dies”

Dara O’Briain:OMG! Just offstage, and the big news is, former commander of the British armed forces, Gen. Sir Mike Jackson is dead. Just checking details.”

Richard Herring:Is Jarvis Cocker going to the funeral?”

Oh yeah, I said something about a touching tribute. This is genuinely legendary:

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Bad, bad week for Scientology

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 June 2009

The Church of Scientology is in more trouble now than it has been for nearly twenty years.

Two journalists from Florida have published a series of articles in which former executives describe violent beatings, ritual punishments and, most damagingly, the destruction of evidence in a criminal case over the death of a member. As well as in print, the online (text and video). The stories have been taken up by dozens of other news outlets.

A spokesman for the Church was challenged while denying that Scientology is run on violence and bullying, and reacted by yelling his head off, on tape: the journalists have released the audio recording. Another cult tactic was to release information from the “confidential confessional” folders of the defectors (mentioned in the first article of the series); thereby confirming allegations that Scientology uses blackmail and intimidation against opponents.

Anonymous continues its international campaign, which is now rejuvenated after seventeen months. They have also created a forum to support the Iran protests. I myself have been working on a magnum opus about Scientology, which I hope to be able to announce soon.

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