Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dream

A mall where Foucault's head is chasing me. I don't know if any of this is right, I'm suddenly feeling some confusion. Cleaning today, more cobwebs than I knew. Cobwebs and no spiders, where did they all go and what were they eating to begin with? Why were they here? Warm, ground floor apartment, maybe? I don't know and I am lost for a moment and then I remember I'm confusing cobwebs. I remember now what cobwebs there were:

An irritating, tickling, sometimes slightly-stinging, energy-movement sensation, that feels like cobwebs or tiny insects are touching the surface of the skin. Often felt during the trance state, this is most commonly felt in the facial area, although it can occur anywhere on the physical body. This is caused by energy movement through and over the skin of the physical body, which can over-stimulate nerves in the skin, causing mild irritation.

Foucault, his head is chasing me around this mall, a giant bodiless French philosopher with only his two hands clutching his head, each hand on one side of his head. Maybe its that he's bald, my future chasing me around a mall, those glaring eyes begging me to stop and turn to confront an approaching reality. But what is the mall?

Friday, December 16, 2005

Joke

There's this dude, he happens to be the last dude on the planet. He can't read. It's not a complicated story, he hasn't broken his only pair of glasses or anything ridiculous like that its just that he never learned how to read. He's walking around a lot looking for food and such. Doing the normal things to survive that one does to survive. He comes up with an idea to repopulate earth. He tries to fuck this mammal, I forget what kind of mammal. He comes up with a plan first, he traps this mammalanimal in a corner cave area somewhere. He bashes it on the head but not too much just enough so he can nurse it back to health and see if some kind of humanoid thingy is born. He's successful.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

L Ron, the Hub

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OT III Scholarship Page
Founded Jan. 19, 1997, by David S. Touretzky (dst@cs.cmu.edu)

Q: Why can't Lisa McPherson read this page?
A: Because she's dead. Our sympathy to her family, and the families of all Scientology victims.
Space Opera as Theology: Scientology's OT III This page is dedicated to the analysis and criticism of what Scientologists must consider to be the most significant document in the history of the human race: L. Ron Hubbard's "OT III". (See legal notes below.) The first page of this historic work, jotted down in Hubbard's own hand, is presented herewith:

Transcript:
Data (1)

(1)The head of the Galactic Confederation (76 planets around larger stars visible from here) (founded 95,000,000 yrs ago, very space opera) solved overpopulation (250 billion or so per planet) -- 178 billion average) by mass implanting. He caused people to be brought to Teegeeack (Earth) and put an H Bomb on the principal volcanoes (Incident 2) and then the Pacific area ones were taken in boxes to Hawaii and the Atlantic Area ones to Las Palmas and there "packaged." His name was Xenu. He used renegades. Various misleading data by means of circuits etc. were placed in the implants. When through with his crime Loyal Officers (to the people) captured him after 6 years of battle and put him in an electronic mountain trap where he still is. "They" are gone. The place (Confed.) has since been a desert.

How do you know this was actually written by L. Ron Hubbard? The document was authenticated by Helena Kobrin, lawyer for Religious Technology Center, in a letter sent to Carnegie Mellon's legal counsel on January 24, 1997. Her assistance is much appreciated.
Do Scientologists really believe this stuff? Yes, they do. This essay by Bob Minton describes the Scientology world-view that emerges from OT III.

What comes after OT III? After OT III comes NOTs, or NED for OTs (New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans), which covers levels OT IV through OT VII. More body thetan stuff. You can learn about NOTs at the NOTs Scholars Home Page.
Was Xenu a drug-inspired hallucination, or a rip-off from Gurdijeff??Prignillius contributed this interesting posting concerning how Hubbard's drug use may have contributed to OT III.
A reader writes to inform us that "... the body thetans idea is similiar to Gurdjieff's `Organ Kundabuffer': an organ supposedly implanted (long ago) in human bodies in order to twist their perception of reality. The whole of Gurdjieff's work was aimed to destroy the consequences of this Organ (as repeated many times in his Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson book)."
Commentary
Funny that there is no date on this page. Hubbard dated everything. Two later pages of the 20 page handwritten manuscript bear the date October 28, 1968, but the first three pages have no date. Was he too spaced out when he wrote this to remember such details? Why did he write (1) twice at the top of the first page?
The penmanship in this document is poor. Hubbard switches between cursive and printed styles seemingly at random. Notice the "b" in "billion" is printed the first time and cursive the second. And reader Jeff Lee points out that "[Hubbard's] punctuation is atrocious. He also shows some inconsistency in dotting his i's and crossing his t's."
He underlines three words, presumably for emphasis: the word "then", and the place names Hawaii and Las Palmas. It's hard for a lay reader to see why emphasis is needed here. However, location is very important in Scientology auditing: they believe it necessary to "date/locate" an incident in order to properly identify it and "blow the charge" from the engram. Hubbard's definition of "truth" is the exact time, place, form, and event. Hence, location is emphasized here because this information will be needed later to identify which implant station the person (thetan) was taken to. Note that Teegeeack and Earth are not underlined.
Hubbard writes "volcanoes" where my preferred spelling (and the one used in Wakefield's book and the Fishman Declaration) is "volcanos". However, the version of OT III in Scamizdat #5 has "volcanoes". Dictionaries list both spellings. Equally acceptable spellings are listed in alphabetical order, so "volcanoes" appears first, but it is not marked as the preferred form.
Most of the volcanos cited in the "data" section of OT III (later in the document) did not exist 75 million years ago. See the list here
Hubbard capitalizes "H Bomb" where the convention (at least now) is "H-bomb".
Note that Hubbard uses the correct spelling of "principal". He does not appear to be a bad speller. (It would be impossible to check this by looking at printed Scientology literature, since his output was checked and edited by underlings before publication.)
Note the reference to "Incident 2". In both the Fishman Declaration and Wakefield versions of OT III this is transcribed as "Incident II", i.e., using roman numerals, and this convention is also followed in the Vorlon edition of the FLAG NOTs pack. Martin Ottman's transcription says "Incident 2". In Hubbard's original document, arabic numbers or the words "One" and "Two" are used, but never roman numerals.
The heavy use of parenthetical interjections gives the page the tone of a verbal report, but examining the actual document shows that a couple of these were inserted later, so this cannot be a verbatim transcript. The first one, "(founded 95,000,000 yrs ago, very space opera)", appears to be an insert because it uses smaller letters and smaller inter-line spacing than the rest of the text. The second one is "(Confed.)", which clarifies the meaning of "place". This is expanded to "(Confederation)" in the typeset versions of OT III I've seen, such as Wakefield's (cited below.)
On the RJ-67 tape (Ron's Journal #67), Hubbard uses "Confederacy" rather than "Confederation".
Two other insertions are noteworthy. The "with his crime" phrase, the only interjection not parenthesized, indicates that it was Xenu who was "through", rather than the implanting of an individual reaching completion. And the "(to the people)" comment clarifies that the officers were loyal to Xenu's victims, not Xenu. The visual appearance of this comment shows that it could not have been inserted later. On the other hand, it is ungrammatical, suggesting that Hubbard realized the ambiguity at the moment he finished the preceding line, and stuck in the parenthetical comment to resolve it.
Attorney Douglas M. Johnson suggests (see bottom of page) that the word I've transcribed as "loyal" may actually be "Royal".
The document has a telegraphic style in places, suggesting it was scribbled down in haste. One example is the abbreviation "yrs" in the first parenthetical comment. (All the typeset versions of OT III I've seen expand this to "years".) Another example is the ungrammatical "(to the people)" insertion.
On pages 2-3 Hubbard suggests he may be the only person in 75,000,000 years to have discovered the implant and lived to tell about it. The raw, breathless tone of this document, and the fact that it is still presented to Scientologists in its original handwritten form, heighten the reader's sense of being there with Hubbard in 1967 when he emerges "very knocked out but alive" to scribble down his momentous discovery.
It's hard to see how a galactic confederation could become a "desert" except in a highly metaphorical sense. What happened to all the folks who defeated Xenu's renegades? Is Xenu, still locked in his mountain trap, the lone survivor of his race?
Logical contradiction: how can there be 250 billion "or so" per planet if the average number was 178 billion?
The Xenu/Xemu Controversy
This page contains one of the few appearances of the word "Xenu" in print in the Scientology scriptures. (To the best of my knowledge, this is the only occurrence in Hubbard's own handwriting.) I've heard that there was an OT III teacher's manual that contained "Xemu" in print, and in at least one case the word was crossed out and "Xenu" was handwritten in, but I have not been able to confirm this. The ex-Scientologists I've personally spoken with say "Xenu" is the more commonly used form.
There is reference to the OT III story in the RJ-67 tape cited by Kendrick Moxon in his deposition of Jeff Jacobsen (see below). Moxon says "Xenu" in the deposition, but Xenu himself is not mentioned on that tape.
Why did Warren McShane say "Xemu" rather than "Xenu" in his testimony in the FACTNet case in Colorado? (Transcript below.) This may be a transcription error, since Robert Vaughn Young, a former high-level Scientologist turned critic who also testified that day, is shown using the same pronunciation. RTC lawyer Helena Kobrin has been known to block out the word "Xenu" in some of her legal correspondence, so perhaps saying "Xemu" is a Scientologist's way of avoiding pronunciation of the real word. It's clear from the document image that Hubbard really did write "Xenu" and not "Xemu". And two people who knew Hubbard have told me that the name is definitely "Xenu", although one recalled that there was one place where "Xemu" was used. Presumably that was the Class VIII Assists tape.
There are several spoken mentions of "Xemu" on the Class VIII Assists tape. A partial transcript of this tape appeared in Scamizdat #5. Sound clips are available here in several formats: WAV, PCM, or RealAudio files. (You can download a free RealAudio player by clicking here.)
In the first excerpt Hubbard appears unsure about the name:
xemu0.wav, xemu0.ram, xemu0.pcm:And they had elected a fellow by the name of Xenu, ahhh, could be spelled X-E-M-U, to the supreme "rulah", and they were about to unelect him. And he took the last moments he had in office to really "goof the floof." Aren't thetans supposed to have perfect recall of all their memories? How come Hubbard can't remember whether the biggest villain in galactic history is named Xenu or Xemu? Wouldn't such a thing be indelibly burned into his menal image pictures of his life as a space alien?
The remaining four instances on the tape are all "Xemu":
xemu1.wav, xemu1.ram: "Xemu missed."
xemu2.wav, xemu2.ram: "which Xemu had brought in"
xemu3.wav, xemu3.ram: "so on, the administrators that had been loyal to Xemu were"
xemu4.wav, xemu4.ram: "Xemu was put with several of his cohorts in the center of a mountain"
So, if the transcript is accurate, Hubbard himself was unclear whether the name was Xenu or Xemu. His associates insist that he always said "Xenu", and in this tape he does start out with "Xenu", but then he continues with "Xemu".
Legal Notes Isn't this material a trade secret?
No, it's not, according to the sworn testimony of Warren McShane, president of Religious Technology Center, in civil action no. 95-B-2143, Religious Technology Center v. F.A.C.T.Net, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado:
24 A The very first tab under Tab No. 1. You can see there are25 references to the Galactic confederation, 76 planets, butpage 2291 within that there is information on what are called incidents2 that you see there, Your Honor, in parentheses. Those itself3 are trade secret. Any descriptions in that first page which4 actually described what happened to the individual himself is5 a trade secret.6 But it may be easier to explain what's not. The7 discussion of the -- of the volcanoes, the explosions, the8 Galactic confederation 75 million years ago, and a gentleman9 by the name Xemu there. Those are not trade secrets. The10 officers mentioned there are not. But the -- the parts in11 there that actually described what happened to the individual12 and how to handle it, especially when it goes onto page 2 from13 that point forward, that is trade secret.14 Q Everything thereafter?15 A Yes.16 MR. KELLEY: Is page 2 Tab 2?17 THE WITNESS: Tab 2, I'm sorry.And later in his testimony:
18 THE WITNESS: This particular exhibit I am looking at19 is O.T. III. And as I explained to the court the other day,20 when we were talking about what's generally known in the 7521 million years ago and Xemu and the volcanoes, which is22 knowledge that has been known for years, that is contained in23 bits and pieces in the first paragraph of page 1. This is24 page 3. Your Honor, if you look at the first full paragraph,25 it starts with "one's" on the handwritten part.page 4721 THE COURT: All right.2 THE WITNESS: First full paragraph where it says3 "one's body." From that point on -- at least on that point is4 what's trade secret. Mr. Hubbard describing what has occurred5 to the individual, not the general description of what events6 happened 75 million years ago, but what happened to the7 individual person. That is a trade secret. That's what's not8 published in any works. From that point forward is a9 description of the actual technology itself and how to undo10 that great catastrophe that occurred. And here's Warren talking about mention of Xenu in Ron's Journal 67 in the FACTNet case. See also the statement by Scientology lawyer Kendrick Moxon, during the deposition of Jeff Jacobsen in the Arnie Lerma case, that the Xenu story "has been a matter of public record for many years".
McShane is mistaken when he says the OT III data beginning "one's body" remains a trade secret. This material has been published in several places, including Margery Wakefield's book, where the first three pages of the OT III document are quoted in full. And see Jon Atack's ``OT 3 for Beginners'' for a synopsis that spills all the secrets.Isn't this material subject to copyright?
It may be. The copyright registration number is TXu-290-496. The copyright is currently owned by the Church of Spiritual Technology, and licensed to Religious Technology Center, both Scientology shell corporations. However, the US Copyright Code provides for "fair use" quotation for purposes of comment and criticism, and this web page clearly falls in that category. There is also some evidence that the copyright filing might be fraudulent.
Is this drivel worth anything at all?
Scientology thinks it's worth thousands of dollars. Check out this advertisement and price list for their ``OT III Wall of Fire'' course. Scientology has gone to great lengths to keep OT III secret, as detailed in this 1985 LA Times article.
Where can I read the rest of OT III?
Scans of the actual 20 handwritten pages of OT III were present (as of January 2003) on a Russian web server. Please read the Russian webmaster's legal statement explaining why this unauthorized distribution is permissible under Russian law.
Andreas Heldal Lund, maintainer of the Operation Clambake web site, has said that he will make copies of OT III available on request for journalists and researchers. The following list, filed as an appendix to an injunction in the Erlich case, sets out the contents of the OT III course:
OT III - including but not limited to the following works:
HCOB 4 May 1968 Character of______
HCOB 4 May 1968 ________ Auditing
UCOB 4 May 1968R ________ Auditing
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 4 May 1968 Issue II Overrun on III
HCOB 4 May 1968R Issue II Overrun on III
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 23 August 1968 Arbitraries
HCOB 2 October 1968 OT III
HCOB 2 October 1968R OT III
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 26 August 1969 OT III Case Supervision
HCOB 26 August 1969R OT III Case Supervision
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 13 October 1969 Issue II OT III Errors
HCOB 13 October 1969R Issue II OT III Errors
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 25 October 1969R Formation
HCOB 25 October 1969RA Formation
Revised 20 September 1978
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 5 February 1970 The Basic
HCOB 5 February 1970R The Basic
Revised 16 August 1983
HCOB 5 February 1970 Issue II Definitions, Sec. III
HCOB 12 April 1970 Running OT III
HCOB 9 July 1971 Section III Running
HCO PL 14 January 1972 Issue I The Green Green Form Revised
HCOB 14 September 1978 Dianetics Forbidden on Clears and OTs
HCOB 2 November 1978R Dianetics Deleted from OT III Materials
Revised 10 December 1978
HCOB 10 December 1978 Addition to OT III Pack
HCOB 4 July 1979 Handling Correction Lists on OTs
HCO PL 19 November 1980 OT 3 Solo Auditor Training Course
HCOB 14 August 1983 C.C. Implant
HCOB 15 August 1983 Flying Ruds on Solo OT III and Above
HCOB 16 August 1983 Ruds Going Out
HCOB 17 August 1983 List of LRH Handwritten Materials on OT III Course
Attachment No 1 - Data
Attachment No 2 - 2nd Note
Attachment No 3 - 1st Note
Attachment No 4 - Instructions
Attachment No 5 - Section III OT
Attachment No 6 - 3rd Note
Attachment No 7 - Important Note
Section III
HCOB 2 July 1984 Issue II Assessment
HCOB 8 June 1970 Issue II Secret
References
Atack, Jonathan. (1996) OT 3 - Scientology's "secret" course rewritten for beginers.
Fishman, Steven. (1993) Declaration filed April 9, 1993 in connection with civil case 91-6426 HLH (Tx), Church of Scientology International v. Steven Fishman and Uwe Geertz, US District Court for the Central District of California. Pages 76-100 contain the text of OT III.
Hubbard, Lafayette Ronald. (1968) Operating Thetan Section III. Handwritten manuscript. Available online courtesy of Andreas Heldal-Lund.
McShane, Warren. (1995) Transcript of testimony in civil action no. 95-B-2143, Religious Technology Center v. F.A.C.T.Net, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Proceedings before the Honorable John L. Kane on September 11, 1995.
Ottman, Martin. (1996) Posting to Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology titled "New (old) OT III material". Posted in November, 1996, under the name phariz@aol.com. Contains a transcript of the first handwritten page of OT III, and several HCOBs comprising the OT III Course Pack.
Scamizdat Staff. (1995) Scamizdat #5. Contains a partial transcript of L. Ron Hubbard's "Class VIII Course, Lecture #10", commonly known as the Class VIII Assists tape, a lecture delivered October 3, 1968 aboard the Scientology ship Apollo. Hubbard discusses Xenu/Xemu by name. Scamizdat #5 was published on the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology in May, 1995.
Spaink, Karin. (1996) Summary of OT III. Ruled legal by a Dutch court.
Vorlon. (1996) The FLAG NOTs Pack. This is referred to as the "Vorlon edition". For more information, see the NOTs Scholars Home Page.
Wakefield, Margery. (1991) The Road to Xenu. The first three pages of OTIII are quoted in chapter 13 . This chapter also gives the full descriptions of Incidents 1 and 2, which are referred to in OT III auditing.
The Quiz Test your knowledge of OT III by taking a quiz. Level 1 is funny and easy. Level 2 is much harder, but anyone who has truly earned their OT III certificate should pass it without trouble.
OT III Quiz, Level 1
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Reader's Digest, May 1980
Scientology: Anatomy of a Frightening Cult
by Eugene H. Methvin

In the late 1940s, pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard declared, "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." Hubbard *did* start his own 'religion,' calling it the "Church of Scientology," and it has grown into an enterprise today grossing an estimated $100 million a year worldwide. His churches have paid him a percentage of their gross, usually ten percent, and stashed untold riches away in bank accounts in Switzerland and elsewhere under his and his wife's control. Surrounded by aides who cater to his every whim, he reportedly lives on church-owned property, formerly a resort, in Southern California.
Scientology is one of the oldest, wealthiest -- and most dangerous -- of the major "new religions" or cults operating in America today. Some of its fanatic operatives have engaged in burglary, espionage, kidnapping and smear campaigns to further their goals. Says Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond Banoun, who directed a massive investigation that resulted in conspiracy or theft convictions of nine top Scientology officials in Washington, D.C., last October: "The evidence presented to the court shows brazen criminal campaigns against private and public organizations and individuals. The Scientology officials hid behind claims of religious liberty while inflicting injuries upon every element of society."
In 1950, Hubbard, then 39, published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. In 1954 he founded the first Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C. By 1978 the organization claimed 38 U.S. churches, with 41 more abroad, and 172 "missions" and 5,437,000 members worldwide. These claims are highly doubtful; critical observers have estimated a hard core of around 3,000 full-time staff and no more than 30,000 adherents in the United States.
Even so, Hubbard may live more regally than did the Maharajah of Jaipur, whose 30-room mansion and 57-acre estate in England Hubbard bought in the late 1950s as "world headquarters" for his growing movement. His retinue includes young women, known officially as "messengers," who light his ever-present cigarettes and catch the ashes. They record every word he says, including his frequent obscene outbursts of rage. They help him out of bed in the morning, run his shower, dress him. They scrub his office for a daily "white glove" inspection and rinse his laundry in 13 fresh waters. (Former members say he erupts volcanically if he sniffs soap on his clothes.)
Hubbard attracts and holds his worshipful followers by his amazing capacity to spin out an endless science-fiction fantasy in which he is the supreme leader of a chosen elite. He tells them he is a nuclear physicist who was severely wounded while serving with the U.S. Navy in World War II. "Taken crippled and blinded" to a Naval hospital, he claims to have "worked his way back to fitness and full perception in less than two years." In the process, he developed the "research" that led him to discover "Dianetics" and Scientology, the answers to most of mankind's ills.
The truth is something else. Hubbard did take a college course in molecular and atomic physics, which he flunked. He served in the Navy, but Navy records do not indicate he saw combat or was ever wounded. He was discharged and later given a 40-percent disability pension because of an ulcer, arthritis and other ailments. About this time he was petitioning the Veterans Administration for psychiatric care to treat "long periods of moroseness and suicidal inclinations." He was also arrested for petty theft in connection with checks. When he wrote to the FBI that communist spies were after him, an agent attached a note to one of his letters: "Make 'appears mental' card."
Since Dianetics, Hubbard's bizarre "philosophy" has expanded into a 25-million-word collection of books, articles and tape-recorded lectures. Hubbard claims to have traced human existence back 74 trillion years, suggesting it began on Venus. Today's earthlings are material manifestations of eternal spirits who are reincarnated time and again over the eons. But, Hubbard claims, our earthly troubles often result from ghostly mental images which he calls "engrams" -- painful experiences either in this life or in former incarnations.
Hubbard's original book created a sensation; he claimed to have "cleared" 270 cases of engrams, thus greatly increasing the subjects' I.Q.s and curing them of assorted ills from arthritis to heart troubles. Later Hubbard said that Scientology eradicated cancer and was the only specific cure for atomic-bomb burns.
To detect engrams, Hubbard adopted a battery-powered galvanometer with a needle dial wired to two empty tin cans. Charging $150 an hour, a Scientology "minister" audits a subject by having him grip the tin cans and answer detailed questions about his present or past lives. The needle's gyrations supposedly detect the engrams. By causing the subject to "confront" the engrams, the 'minister' claims to "clear his memory bin," thus raising both body and mind to a superhuman state of "total freedom."
The Scientology auditor also carefully records any intimate revelations, including sexual or criminal activities or marital or family troubles. According to the church's own documents and defectors' affidavits, such records are filed for blackmail purposes against any member (or member's family) who becomes a "potential trouble source" by threatening to defect, go to the authorities, or generate hostile publicity. Of course, new prospects are never asked to swallow the whole ridiculous story at first gulp; they get it in timed-release capsules. The process transforms them into what one who went through it calls a "robot-like" state.
Typical was the experience of 17-year-old Julie Christofferson, a high-school honors graduate who was invited by an acquaintance -- actually a shill -- to take a "communications course." (The church advertises that these "field-staff members" get ten-percent commissions on all money their recruits pay.) Unknowingly, Julie hooked herself onto a mind-scrambling conveyor belt of hypnotic "training routines" developed by Hubbard. The recruit, cynically referred to as "raw meat," sits knee to knee with a "coach" for hours, her eyes closed. Next she sits, eyes open, for hours. Then the coach tries to find "emotional buttons." Hours of commands follow: "Lift that chair." "Move that chair." "Sit in that chair."
As Margaret Thaler Singer, a University of California psychologist who interviewed Julie and over 400 former members of cults, observes, "These routines can split the personality into a severe, dissociated state, and the recruits are hooked before they realize what is happening."
Julie found that the next step, auditing, continued to erase the boundary between reality and fantasy. In this phase, Julie exhausted all $3000 of her college savings. Then she was told she could take college-level courses while going "on staff" and working full time to recruit and process new raw meat. She ended up working 60 to 80 hours a week, at a maximum salary of $7.50 [per week]. She had now reached the "robot-like" state.
Julie felt superior, one of the chosen elite of this universe. She was one of the faithful who are promised they will "go with Ron to the next planet." Thus, they are conditioned to the "us against them" outlook that characterizes so much religious and political fanaticism.
Julie Christofferson was among the lucky, however. After nine months, her parents removed her from the cult and snapped her out of her zombie-like trance. Last August, a Portland, Ore., jury found the church's conduct so fraudulent and outrageous that it awarded her $2,067,000.20 in damages.
Less fortunate was Anne Rosenblum, who spent nearly six years in Scientology. During her last 15 months she was in the church's punishment unit, the "Rehabilitation Project Force." There, prisoners are guarded constantly, never left alone or allowed to speak to any outsider without permission. They eat leftovers, sleep on the floor, and fill their days with strenuous physical and menial labor, classroom study of Ron's works and grueling auditing to detect "crimes against Ron" in "this or past lives."
As defectors have attested, subjects become hysterical and psychotic in their auditing. Then they are locked in isolation. Not surprisingly, suicides occur. Last January in Clearwater, Fla., for example, a Scientology member hurled herself into the bay and drowned.
Through the years, Hubbard has continually added new grades and "levels" of belief. The "clearing course" costs $3812, but to get to the highest level, the devotee shells out $14,295. Hubbard has punctuated his policy letters to staff with exhortations to MAKE MONEY, MAKE MORE MONEY, MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MONEY. When numbers of recruits and receipts fall off, Hubbard orders staffers onto a diet of rice and beans.
But revenues appear to have been consistently high. In 1974 the church spent $1.1 million for an old Jesuit novitiate in Oregon. In 1976 the IRS turned up $2.86 million in cash aboard Hubbard's 320-foot flagship Apollo. Moving secretly, the church paid another $8 million for a hotel and other properties in Clearwater, Fla. A top Hubbard lieutenant who recently defected has attested that the Clearwater organization alone last year was grossing as high as $1 million per week.
In 1966 Hubbard created his own "intelligence" organization, called the "Guardian Office" (GO) [now called OSA]. He had convinced himself that a "central agency" was behind attacks against Scientology, and his suspicion focused on the World Federation for Mental Health. "Psychiatry and the KGB operate in direct collusion," he declared. He seemed to think they worked through the FBI, CIA, various newspapers and other groups. He named his third wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, to direct his own counterattack from the Los Angeles headquarters. She defined the GO's objective: "To sweep aside opposition sufficiently to create a vacuum into which Scientology can expand." The GO training program included instructions in how to make an anonymous death threat to a journalist, smear an antagonistic clergyman, forge phony newspaper clips, plan and execute burglaries. Public-relations spokesmen were drilled on how to lie to the press -- "to outflow false data effectively." A favorite dirty trick: making anonymous phone calls to the IRS, accusing enemies of income-tax cheating and thereby inducing the IRS to audit them. Big targets were organizations that investigated Scientology or published unfavorable articles about it -- newspapers, Forbes magazine, the American Medical Association, Better Business Bureau and American Psychiatric Association.
Individuals were also targeted. In 1971 Paulette Cooper, a New York free-lance writer, published a book called The Scandal of Scientology. The church responded with an elaborate campaign of litigation, theft, defamation and malicious prosecution. She got death-threatening phone calls. According to church documents later revealed, this campaign was aimed at "getting P.C. incarcerated in a mental institution or in jail." It came incredibly close. Miss Cooper and her publisher were sued in several U.S. cities and foreign countries. In order to call off the Scientology legal war, her publisher agreed to withdraw the book. "It just wasn't worth the legal expenses," he explained. The worst thrust, Miss Cooper says, came after a Scientology agent stole some of her stationery, faked bomb-threat letters and framed her. She was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of making bomb threats [and purjury]. She went through two years of torment until she volunteered to take a Sodium Pentothal "truth" test. Only after she passed did the government drop the charges. Defending herself cost her $28,000.
In 1976 the FBI discovered that two Scientology agents were using forged credentials to rummage through a Justice Department office at night, and thereby uncovered the tip of a widespread espionage operation in Washington. One agent, Michael Meisner, after nearly a year as a fugitive, offered to cooperate with the government. Meisner said that in 1974 Scientology had mounted an all-out attack on U.S. government agencies the church thought were interfering with its operations ["opperation Snow White"]. He himself supervised Washington operations. With another agent, he broke into the IRS photographic-identification room and forged the credentials that they used to enter various government buildings, steal and copy keys left carelessly on desks, pick locks, and steal and copy government files.
With Meisner's testimony, the FBI obtained search warrants and, on July 8, 1977, raided Scientology headquarters in Washington and Los Angeles. Agents in Los Angeles seized 23,000 documents, many stolen from the U.S. government, plus burglar tools and electronic-surveillance equipment. The scope of the espionage operation was staggering. In a Justice Department agency, a Scientology employee-plant actually worked in a vault containing top-secret CIA and defense documents. Other Scientologists entered on nights and weekends and ransacked offices, including the Deputy Attorney General's, stealing highly secret papers and copying them on government copiers.
On October 26, 1979, nine high Scientology officials stood before a federal judge and were found guilty of theft or conspiracy charges arising from their plot against the government. Heading the list was Mary Sue Hubbard, 48, who had supervised the operation. Hubbard himself and 24 other Scientologists were named as unindicted co-conspirators.
Since the convictions, many former Scientologists have come forward to tell stories they had previously kept secret for fear of Hubbard's Guardians. In Boston, attorney Michael Flynn has filed a $200-million federal class-action suit for fraud, outrageous conduct and breach of contract on behalf of a former Scientologist and others who have been abused by the cult.
But Hubbard and his Scientologists have not been deterred. After last fall's convictions, they issued an appeal for volunteers for the Guardian counterattack, "to ferret out those who want to stop Scientology."
The lessons of Hubbard's Church of Scientology are many. As history demonstrates, when a fanatical individual employing powerful communication skills gathers an entourage of followers, infects them with his own delusion, persuades them that the outside world is hostile and they alone can save the world, and exacts blind obedience, the collective may break the fabric of civilized restraints and descend into terrifying crimes. Convictions, seized church documents, stipulated evidence and defectors' affidavits demonstrate that Scientologists have already indulged in burglary, espionage, blackmail, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and conspiracies to steal government documents and to obstruct justice; some have committed suicide. The parents of a teen-age girl, after following her into Hubbard's entourage for several weeks, issued an urgent appeal last January to help prevent "what we believe could be another mass murder or suicide."
Above all, the 20th-century record of leader-cults demonstrates that such collectives need watching. Nothing in our legal tradition requires us to shut our eyes to a racket religion simply because it masquerades and claims immunity under our First Amendment. As the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson pointed out, the Constitution is not a suicide pact.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Queer and such . . .

What Are Queer Ethics? A Working Definition:

Queer ethics are an ethical model of resistance to the material conditions of homophobic patriarchy in the early 21st century emerging from, but increasingly no longer limited to, the Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans liberation movement and its intersections with the post-modern philosophical tradition. Queer ethics seeks to deconstruct mainstream norms and values, and the binary oppositions on which they are founded in order to reconstitute the public sphere as one free of oppressive and constructive hierarchies (particularly those forces that seek to confine sexuality and limit chromosomal sex, gender and desire to an orderly prescribed set of relations) in favor of more flexible models of identity and social organization. Further, queer theory and ethics seeks to reveal the structure of homophobic patriarchy itself through the study of the containment of sexuality and gender disturbance by the priestly, otherworldly forces of seriousness.
On the individual level, queer ethics are a form of ethical self-creation, an aesthetic ethics which seek to cultivate a decentered identity capable of opening to unexpected and complex intimacies and identities. These aims are achieved through discursive and embodied practices, which dramatize the incoherency of old hierarchies and selves and their attendant essentialisms. It is taken as axiomatic that such practices will promote anti-transcendental materialism, transgression, pleasure and new and violent intimacies and will weave the personal and political, transforming the world while transforming the self. In this sense, the sexual sphere is the privileged (but by no means exclusive) area of operation.
In particular, queer ethics derives its inspiration and inner logic from the practices and perspectives of the GLBTQ community which promote intimacies capable of breaking down and recreating the Apollonian self and society. The forms of queer life (nightclub culture, gym culture, sex practices, camp humor, cross-dressing/drag, hostile eroticism, alternative family arrangements, artistic production/aestheticism, for example), although often flowing out of the experience of marginalization, are reclaimed by this view as having “wiser, waywarder” perspectives of a profoundly ethical and transformative nature that, in threatening the orderly binaries of society, offer the potential of new and creative cultural moments. In order to understand the meaning and potential of queer cultural forms, a variety of theoretical models (Bataille, Nietzsche, Butler, Foucault) are employed in an attempt to deconstruct and denaturalize prevailing negativity about them and suggest cogent and valorizing alternative meanings.
That's the offical working definition at the moment - I'll try to unpack it over time.

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Bunko Artist

I was looking up the slang term bunko artist and I came across a website with a ton of Old West slang:



WESTERN SLANG & PHRASES
A Writer's Guide to the Old West
1860's ~ 1880's
Being a small compilation drawn from period newspapers, books, and memoirs

Part of the charm and character of the Old West, as viewed through our modern eyes, has always been the colorful speech of those days. Books have borrowed it, movies have parodied it, and children gallop around on stick horses mimicking it. Yet what DID those people really have to say? If we could listen to Great-great Grandpa, what might come out of his mouth? Of course, Grandma might have gone after him with a broom, for some of it, but for those who write, or those who simply possess inquiring minds, it seems a gathering of a few words or phrases would not be amiss. To that end, I offer this little collection of idioms, which I have gleaned during my reading travels.
Ace-high ~ first class, respected.
According to Hoyle ~ Correct, by the book.
A hog-killin' time ~ a real good time. "We went to the New Year's Eve dance and had us a hog-killin' time."
A lick and a promise ~ to do haphazardly. "She just gave it a lick and a promise."
All down but nine ~ missed the point, not understood. (Reference to missing all nine pins at bowling.)
Arbuckle's ~ slang for coffee, taken from a popular brand of the time. "I need a cup of Arbuckle's."
At sea ~ at a loss, not comprehending. "When it comes to understanding women, boys, I am at sea."
Back down ~ yield, retract.
Balled up ~ confused.
Bang-up ~ first rate. "They did a bang-up job."
Bazoo ~ mouth. "Shut your big bazoo."
Bear sign ~ cowboy term for donuts. A cook who could and would make them was highly regarded.
Beat the devil around the stump ~ to evade responsibility or a difficult task. "Quit beatin' the devil around the stump and ask that girl to marry you."
Beef ~ to kill. (From killing a cow to make beef to eat.) "Curly Bill beefed two men in San Antonio."
Bend an elbow ~ have a drink. "He's been known to bend an elbow with the boys."
Bender ~ drunk. "He's off on another bender."
Between hay and grass ~ neither man nor boy, half-grown.
Best bib and tucker ~ your best clothes. "There's a dance Saturday, so put on your best bib and tucker."
Big bug ~ important person, official, boss. "He's one of the railroad big bugs."
Bilk ~ cheat.
Blow ~ boast, brag. "Don't listen to him, that's just a lot of blow."
Blowhard ~ braggart, bully.
Blow-up ~ fit of anger. "He and the missus had a blow-up, but it's over, now."
Bone orchard ~ cemetery.
Bosh ~ Nonsense.
Boss ~ the best, top. "The Alhambra Saloon sells the boss whiskey in town."
Bulldoze ~ to bully, threaten, coerce.
Bully ~ Exceptionally good, outstanding. (Used as an exclamation.) "Bully for you!"
Bunko artist ~ con man.
Burg ~ town.
By hook or crook ~ to do any way possible.
Calaboose ~ jail.
California widow ~ woman separated from her husband, but not divorced. (From when pioneer men went West, leaving their wives to follow later.)
Chisel, chiseler ~ to cheat or swindle, a cheater.
Clean his/your plow ~ to get or give a thorough whippin'.
Coffee boiler ~ shirker, lazy person. (Would rather sit around the coffee pot than help.)
Consumption ~ slang for pulminary tuberculosis.
Copper a bet ~ Betting to loose, or being prepared against loss. "I'm just coppering my bets."
Come a cropper ~ come to ruin, fail, or fall heavily. "He had big plans to get rich, but it all come a cropper, when the railroad didn't come through."
Croaker ~ pessimist, doomsayer. "Don't be such an old croaker."
Crowbait ~ derogatory term for a poor-quality horse.
Curly wolf ~ real tough guy, dangerous man. "Ol' Bill is a regular curly wolf, especially when he's drinkin' whiskey."
Cut a swell ~ present a fine figure. "He sure is cutting a swell with the ladies."
Dicker ~ barter, trade.
Difficulty ~ euphamism for trouble, often the shootin' or otherwise violent kind. "He had to leave Texas on account of a difficulty with a gambler in San Antonio."
Directly ~ soon. "She'll be down, directly."
Deadbeat ~ bum, layabout, useless person.
Dinero ~ from the Spanish, a word for money.
Don't care a continental ~ Don't give a damn.
Down on ~ opposed to. "His wife is really down on drinking and cigars."
Doxology works ~ a church.
Dragged out ~ fatigued, worn out.
Dreadful ~ very. "Oh, her dress is dreadfully pretty."
Dry gulch ~ to ambush. Reference from abandoning a body where it fell.
Dude ~ an Easterner, or anyone in up-scale town clothes, rather than plain range-riding or work clothes.
Eucher, euchered ~ to out-smart someone, to be outwitted or suckered into something.
Fandango ~ from the Spanish, a big party with lots of dancing and excitement.
Fetch ~ bring, give. "Fetch me that hammer." / "He fetched him a punch in the nose."
Fight like Kilkenny cats ~ fight like hell.
Fine as cream gravy ~ very good, top notch.
Fish ~ a cowboy's rain slicker, from a rain gear manufacturer whose trademark was a fish logo. "We told him it looked like rain, but left his fish in the wagon anyhow."
Flannel mouth ~ an overly smooth or fancy talker, especially politicians or salesmen. "I swear that man is a flannel-mouthed liar."
Flush ~ prosperous, rich.
Fork over ~ pay out.
Four-flusher ~ a cheat, swindler, liar.
Full as a tick ~ very drunk.
Fuss ~ disturbance. "They had a little fuss at the saloon."
Game ~ to have courage, guts, gumption. "He's game as a banty rooster." Or, "That's a hard way to go, but he died game."
Get a wiggle on ~ hurry.
Get it in the neck ~ get cheated, misled, bamboozled.
Get my/your back up ~ to get angry. "Don't get your back up, he was only joking."
Get the mitten ~ to be rejected by a lover. "Looks like Blossom gave poor Buck the mitten."
Give in ~ yield.
Goner ~ lost, dead.
Gone up the flume ~ same as goner!
Gospel mill ~ a church.
Gospel sharp ~ a preacher. (Apparent opposite of a card sharp!)
Got the bulge ~ have the advantage. "We'll get the bulge on him, and take his gun away."
Go through the mill ~ gain experience. (Often the hard way.)
Grand ~ excellent, beautiful. "Oh, the Christmas decorations look just grand!"
Granger ~ a farmer.
Grass widow ~ divorcee.
Hang around ~ loiter.
Hang fire ~ delay.
Half seas over ~ drunk.
Hard case ~ worthless person, bad man.
Heap ~ a lot, many, a great deal. "He went through a heap of trouble to get her that piano."
Heeled ~ to be armed with a gun. "He wanted to fight me, but I told him I was not heeled."
Here's how! ~ a toast, such as Here's to your health.
Hobble your lip ~ shut up.
Hold a candle to ~ measure up, compare to.
Hoosegow ~ jail.
Hot as a whorehouse on nickel night ~ damned hot.
In apple pie order ~ in top shape.
Is that a bluff, or do you mean it for real play? ~ Are you serious?
Jig is up ~ scheme/game is over, exposed.
Kick up a row ~ create a disturbance.
Knocked into a cocked hat ~ fouled up, rendered useless.
Knock galley west ~ beat senseless.
Let slide/ let drive/ let fly ~ go ahead, let go. "If you think you want trouble, then let fly."
Light (or lighting) a shuck ~ to get the hell out of here in a hurry. "I'm lightin' a shuck for California."
Like a thoroughbred ~ like a gentleman.
Lunger ~ slang for someone with tuberculosis.
Make a mash ~ make a hit, impress someone. (Usually a female.) "Buck's tryin' to make a mash on that new girl."
Mudsill ~ low-life, thoroughly disreputable person.
Nailed to the counter ~ proven a lie.
Namby-pamby ~ sickly, sentimental, saccharin.
Odd stick ~ eccentric person. "Ol' Farmer Jones sure is an odd stick."
Of the first water ~ first class. "He's a gentleman of the first water."
Offish ~ distant, reserved, aloof.
Oh-be-joyful ~ Liquor, beer, intoxicating spirits. "Give me another snort of that oh-be-joyful."
On the shoot ~ looking for trouble. "Looks like he's on the shoot, tonight."
Pass the buck ~ evade responsibility.
Pay through the nose ~ to over-pay, or pay consequences.
Peter out ~ dwindle away.
Play to the gallery ~ to show off. "That's just how he is, always has to play to the gallery."
Played out ~ exhausted.
Plunder ~ personal belongings. "Pack your plunder, Joe, we're headin' for San Francisco."
Pony up ~ hurry up!
Powerful ~ very. "He's a powerful rich man."
Promiscuous ~ reckless, careless. "He was arrested for a promiscuous display of fire arms."
Proud ~ glad. "I'm proud to know you."
Pull in your horns ~ back off, quit looking for trouble.
Put a spoke in the wheel ~ to foul up or sabotage something.
Quirley ~ roll-your-own cigarette.
Rich ~ amusing, funny, improbable. "Oh, that's rich!"
Ride shank's mare ~ to walk or be set afoot.
Right as a trivet ~ right as rain, sound as a nut, stable.
Rip ~ reprobate. "He's a mean ol' rip."
Roostered ~ drunk. "Looks like those cowboys are in there gettin' all roostered up."
See the elephant ~ originally meant to see combat for the first time, later came to mean going to town, where all the action was.
Scoop in ~ trick, entice, inveigle. "He got scooped into a poker game and lost his shirt."
Scuttlebutt ~ rumors.
Shave tail ~ a green, inexperienced person.
Shin out ~ run away.
Shindy ~ uproar, confusion.
Shoddy ~ poor quality.
Shoot, Luke, or give up the gun ~ poop or get off the pot, do it or quit talking about it.
Shoot one's mouth off ~ talk nonsense, untruth. "He was shootin' his mouth off and Bill gave him a black eye."
Shove the queer ~ to pass counterfeit money.
Simon pure ~ the real thing, a genuine fact. "This is the Simon pure."
Skedaddle ~ run like hell.
Soaked ~ drunk.
Soft solder ~ flattery. "All that soft solder won't get you anywhere."
Someone to ride the river with ~ a person to be counted on; reliable; got it where it counts.
Sound on the goose ~ true, staunch, reliable.
Stand the gaff ~ take punishment in good spirit. "He can really stand the gaff."
Stop ~ stay. "We stopped at the hotel last night."
Stumped ~ confused.
Superintend ~ oversee, supervise. "He just likes to superintend everything."
Take on ~ grieve. "Don't take on so."
Take French leave ~ to desert, sneak off without permission.
Take the rag off ~ surpass, beat all. "Well, if that don't take the rag off the bush."
The Old States ~ back East.
The whole kit and caboodle ~ the entire thing.
Throw up the sponge ~ quit, give up, surrender.
Tie to ~ rely on. "He's a man you can tie to."
To beat the Dutch ~ to beat the band. "It was rainin' to beat the Dutch."
To the manner born ~ a natural. "He's a horseman to the manner born."
Twig ~ understand.
Up the spout ~ gone to waste/ruin.
Wake up/Woke up the wrong passenger ~ to trouble or anger the wrong person.
Who-hit-John ~ Liquor, beer, intoxicating spirits. "He had a little too much who-hit-John."
Wind up ~ settle. "Let's wind up this business and go home."
SMILE WHEN YOU SAY THAT....
Swear Words ~ No, I'm not going to list any, sorry! But I will say that most of the raunchier side of the language has been around for a very long time. Just keep in mind that, in the Victorian era, profanity was frowned upon in polite society, and any man who considered himself a gentleman, at all, would not use hard language in front of ladies or young ones. Yes, people certainly did swear, but I honestly do not think profanity was quite as much a common part of casual American speech, as often seems today. A man swore for emphasis, in passion, or to make a point, but if he swore in public as an everyday habit, he would be noticed, and likely regarded as a fairly coarse sort of fellow. For a lady to swear was rare, and for her to use rough language would be scandalous.
Compiled by G. M. Atwater, January 2001 © 2001-04 G. M. Atwater
Civil War Slang and Phrases ~ Collected slang and sayings from the American Civil War - NEW! Horse Sense ~ Collected facts and trivia on a Western constant - the Horse The Western Saddle ~ an illustrated overview The Western Bridle ~ a pictorial guide Gun Basics ~ Pieces, parts, and how they work Victorian-era Names ~ Popular given names of the 1800's. Some are mighty different!
If you like cowboy poetry, you are invited to read my collection, "Backtracks Through The High, Wide and Lonesome".
~ FAVORITE WESTERN LINKS ~
American Western MagazineThe Internet Source for Western!
America's West: Development and History ~ A comprehensive site with links to many articles of interest to students of the Old West. The Overland Trail Home Page ~ Everything and anything to do with Westward expansion. The trails, the country, the people, and their history - You could spend DAYS here. The good news is, they have a search engine! The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection ~ An amazing free database of digitized historical maps, spectacular color and detail. The site is a bit intimidating at first, but with some experimentation and patience, (it takes a bit for the graphics software to load and situate itself,) you will find some incredible references, scores of maps dating from early Texas to the late 1800's. Once loaded, the site is fully searchable by state, country, and keyword! Cowboy and Western Songbook ~ Just what it says! An ambitious collection of both the lyrics and midi files of many old-time cowboy tunes. Cowboy Songs Index ~ More lyrics to favorite cowboy songs. If your neighbor's aren't screaming and your dog's not howling, after your visit to the first site, here's another webpage jammed full of your favorite saddle songs. Desperado's Home Page ~ Just everything Western Americana ~ LaVone Luby's fun, folksy gathering of stories, tall tales, recipies, some great cowboy clip art, and more.
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John Waters (filmmaker)
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John Waters (born April 22, 1946, Baltimore, Maryland) is an American filmmaker. He has long been known as a "bad boy" among filmmakers. John Waters is also a professor for cinema and subculture at the European Graduate School. Dubbed "The Pope of Trash" by writer William Burroughs, his earlier film works included Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living, sometimes referred to as the Trash Trilogy. These films pushed hard at the boundaries of conventional propriety and movie censorship and indeed, many felt, good taste. A particularly notorious segment of Pink Flamingos featured crossdressing actor Divine eating fresh dog feces. According to Waters himself, he is often mistaken for Steve Buscemi, and once sent Christmas cards containing photos of Buscemi to his friends just to see if any of them would notice.
Waters and Divine (then known as Glen Milstead) lived near Baltimore, Maryland as boys, a short distance apart, where they met and became friends. Mainly based in Baltimore, Waters tended to work with a regular team of actors (the Dreamlanders) who starred in most of his films, including Divine, Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and others. His early films were among the first picked up for distribution by New Line Cinema.
His 1981 film Polyester starred Divine opposite once-teen-idol Tab Hunter. His films have become less controversial and more mainstream, although works such as Hairspray, Cry Baby and Serial Mom still retain his trademark inventiveness. The film Hairspray was turned into a hit Broadway musical, which swept the 2003 Tony Awards.
Waters' most recent film, the NC-17 rated A Dirty Shame, is a move back towards his earlier, more controversial work.
Waters has made most of his movies in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, and is still praised by many natives of that city as a native son.
Waters has also published collections of his writings including Shock Value (1981), Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (1987, Revised Edition 2003), Trash Trio: Three Screenplays: Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, Flamingos Forever (1988), Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs: Three more screenplays (2005); as well as the photo collections Director's Cut (1997), John Waters: Change of Life (2004), and Art: A Sex Book (2003).
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John Waters filmography
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (8 mm) 1964 (b&w) starring Mary Vivian Pearce, Mona Montgomery; 17 minutes.
Roman Candles (three 8 mm shown simultaneously) 1966 (color) starring Maelcum Soul, Bob Skidmore, Mona Montgomery, Divine, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary; 40 minutes
Eat Your Makeup (16mm) 1968 (b&w) starring Maelcum Soul, David Lochary, Marina Melin, Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mona Montgomery; 45 minutes
Mondo Trasho (16mm) 1969 (b&w) starring Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole; released through New Line Cinema; 95 minutes. $2,000 total cost
The Diane Linkletter Story (16mm) 1969 (b&w) starring Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary; 15 minutes.
Multiple Maniacs (16mm) 1970 (b&w) starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey; released through New Line Cinema; 90 minutes. $5,000 total cost.
Pink Flamingos (16 & 35 mm) 1972 (color) starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Edith Massey; released through New Line Cinema; 93 minutes. $10,000. A re-edited version including extra scenes was released in 1997.
Female Trouble (16 & 35 mm) 1974 (color) starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Edith Massey; released through New Line Cinema; 92 minutes. $25,000. A re-edited version including extra scenes was released in 1997.
Desperate Living (16 & 35 mm) 1977 (color) starring Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, Edith Massey, Mary Vivian Pearce, Jean Hill; released through New Line Cinema; 90 minutes. $65,000.
Polyester (35 mm) 1981 (color) starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, Stiv Bators, David Samson, Mary Garlington, Ken King, Mink Stole, Joni-Ruth White; released through New Line Cinema. This film was released in "odorama", which meant that a "scratch and sniff" card corresponding to moments in the film (eg, Divine farting) was issued to cinema goers.
Hairspray (35 mm) 1988 (color) starring Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Deborah Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Ric Ocasek, Pia Zadora, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Mink Stole; released through New Line Cinema; 90 minutes. Waters' first true 'big budget' ($2,000,000) foray into 'the mainstream'.
Divine 1990 (color) starring Divine. Video release, 110 minutes. Two films on one video, both starring Divine and directed by Waters. The first is The Diane Linkletter Story, originally released in 1969. The second is The Neon Woman.
Cry-Baby (35 mm) 1990 (color) starring Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Kim McGuire, Stephen Mailer, Darren E. Burrows, Polly Bergen, Patricia Hearst, David Nelson, Troy Donahue, Mink Stole, Joe Dallesandro, Joey Heatherton, Willem Dafoe; released through Universal Studios; 85 minutes
Serial Mom (35 mm) 1994 (color) starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Scott Wesley Morgan, Walt MacPherson, Patricia Hearst, Suzanne Somers. 93 minutes.
Pecker (35 mm) 1998 (color) starring Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Martha Plimpton, Brendon Sexton, Mary Kay Place, Patricia Hearst, Mink Stole, and Lili Taylor. New Line Cinema 86 minutes.
Cecil B. DeMented (35mm) 2000 (color) starring Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, Adrian Grenier, Larry Gilliard Jr., Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jack Noseworthy, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Kevin Nealon, Roseanne Barr, and Patricia Hearst. 87 minutes.
A Dirty Shame (35mm) 2004 (color) starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Mink Stole, David Hasselhoff, Patricia Hearst, and Chris Isaak. Released through Fine Line Features. 89 minutes.
John Waters' life and work was analysed in the documentary homage Divine Trash (1998) by Steve Yeager, named after the actor Divine.
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External links
John Waters at the Internet Movie Database
Dreamland
John Waters Faculty Website, European Graduate School
Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Waters_(filmmaker)"

John Waters

I was looking for some quotes or discussion or even interviews from or by John Waters on homosexuality. I started my search on google. I typed in "John Waters on homosexuals or gay," I did this because I was bored waiting for my low-carb vegetable stock to finish cooking. I still have about one hour before it's finished simmering. So I start this search and find a site that says Famous Homosexuals. I decide to copy the list to my page, obviously. I didn't realize that the site that provided the list was so insidious. Anyway, I hope no one out there takes credit or reference as endorsement. Back to stock.

Famous Homosexuals

Pedro Aldomovar, filmmaker
Alexander the Great, conqueror
Hans Christian Andersen, writer
Marshall Applewhite, cult guru
Joan Armatrading, singer
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts
Joan Baez, singer Jim Bakker, televangelist [bisexual] (moved to Famous Heteros) -->
Jurgen Bartsch, German serial killer
Sandra Bernhard, actor
Mr. Blackwell, asshole fashion critic
Dirk Bogarde, actor
William G Bonin, serial killer
Chastity Bono, daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher
David Bowie, musician [bisexual]
Marlon Brando, actor [heteroflexible]
Susie Bright, sexpert
John Brunner, science fiction author
William S. Burroughs, writer
Julius Caesar, caesar
Truman Capote, writer
Marilyn Chambers, actor
Traci Chapman, singer
Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney
Margaret Cho, comic [heteroflexible]
Montgomery Clift, actor
Kurt Cobain, singer [bisexual]
James Coco, actor
Roy Cohn, Joseph McCarthy's henchman, Mob attorney
Colette, writer [bisexual]
Hart Crane, poet [bisexual]
Aleister Crowley, wicked wicked man
Captain Crunch, hacker
Andrew Cunanan, serial killer
Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer
James Dean, actor [bisexual]
Ellen DeGeneres, actor
Emily Dickinson, poet
Divine, actor
Matt Drudge, columnist
John du Pont, heir and ornithologist, alleged homosexual
Andrea Dworkin, feminist idiot
Brian Epstein, managed The Beatles
Sergei Esenin, poet [bisexual]
Melissa Etheridge, singer
Rupert Everett, actor
Harvey Fierstein, actor
Malcolm Forbes, businessman [bisexual]
Pim Fortuyn, assassinated Dutch candidate
Jodi Foster, actor
Barney Frank, congressman from Massachusetts
John Wayne Gacy, serial killer
David Geffen, Geffen Records [bisexual?]
Jean Genet, felonious playwright
Boy George, singer
Sir John Gielgud, actor
Allen Ginsberg, poet
Cary Grant, actor [bisexual]
Merv Griffin, television mogul
Hadrian, Roman Emperor
Rob Halford, singer, Judas Priest
Keith Haring, artist
Nina Hartley, actor [bisexual]
Todd Haynes, filmmaker
Anne Heche, actor [bisexual]
Doug Henning, magician [if not gay, downgrade to fabulous]
Pee-wee Herman, actor
David Hockney, artist
John Holmes, porn actor [bisexual]
J. Edgar Hoover, longtime head of the FBI.
Rock Hudson, actor
Javed Iqbal, hunter of street urchins
Elton John, musician
Jasper Johns, artist
Jim Jones, cult guru [bisexual]
Billie Jean King, tennis player
k.d. lang, singer
Charles Laughton, actor
Ralph Lauren, fashion designer
Ursula LeGuin, author
Leonardo da Vinci, genius
Liberace, pianist
Greg Louganis, Olympic diver
Paul Lynde, Hollywood Square
Charles Manson, bisexual, sodomized a boy by force
Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer
W. Somerset Maugham, writer [bisexual]
Armistead Maupin, writer
Joseph McCarthy, Senator and persecutor
Sir Ian McKellen, actor
Freddie Mercury, singer, Queen.
George Michael, singer
Michaelangelo, Renaissance man
Harvey Milk, gay rights activist and martyr
Morrissey, singer
Martina Navratilova, tennis player
Sir Isaac Newton, scientist and celibate homo
Sinead O'Connor, singer
Rosie O'Donnell, talk show host
Joe Orton, playwright
Camille Paglia, author
Carl Panzram, serial killer.
Gilles de Rais, nobleman
Charles Nelson Riley, actor
Rimbaud, poet
Cesar Romero, actor
Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of Franklin D. Roosevelt [bisexual]
RuPaul, drag queen
Sappho, poet
Dick Sargent, second Darrin on Bewitched
Dan Savage, advice columnist
Matthew Shepard, martyr
Siegfried and Roy, magicians
Richard Simmons, fitness guru
Socrates, philosopher [bisexual]
Annie Sprinkle, sexpert
Gertrude Stein, author
Jeff Stryker, actor
Andrew Sullivan, conservative gay columnist, barebacker
Pëtr Ilich Tchaikovsky, composer
Scott Thompson, comic
Billy Tipton, jazz musician, lifelong male impersonator
Andrew Tobias, writer
Alice B. Toklas, cookbook author
Lily Tomlin, actor
Pete Townshend, The Who [bisexual]
Alan Turing, genius
Gus Van Sant, filmmaker
Versace, fashion designer
Gore Vidal, writer
Bruce Vilanch, joke writer
Andy Warhol, artist [bisexual]
John Waters, filmmaker
Oscar Wilde, writer
Tennessee Williams, playwright


List courtesy of www.rotten.com

Good Cook

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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Basic Arm Wrestling Moves


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Monday, December 12, 2005

Craig's List

A letter to the government of the united states

Reply to: comm-110485166@craigslist.orgDate: 2005-11-11, 9:22AM MSTA letter to the government of the united states.

Is we is? Or is we ain÷Ö your babies? To the United States Government, I÷Ï a Black Male representing half a million angry and disenfranchised Blacks. I÷Ï writing this letter for the purpose of determining what is the Governments stance regarding the welfare of its children, Black citizens! And will America knowingly stand by or step in to revive Black America from its current state of emergency. It is through my experience and belief that Blacks Americans are not equal citizens and are an expendable race to the government. Since Blacks have populated the North American continent, my people have done nothing but work to become equal citizens. Since the time we were being worked to death on the many plantations of the South to the days we were being brutally beaten in our quest to eat and piss with other Americans our ultimate goal was to become American citizens. So I write this letter to address the hypocrisy that we taste daily. Regularly we see America assist and save other peoples and countries who have been enemies of the state, and still Blacks get denied basic rights guaranteed through the constitution. So I must ask are we citizens with full and equal rights afforded to Americans of European, Asian, and South American decent? Or are we just niggers to be enslaved, held and forced to provide inhumane labor. Daily occurrences and the knowledge of my history gives me a clear impression that America doesn÷Ö view Blacks as citizens deserving equal rights. Which is a bitter pill to swallow given America÷Õ strong opposition of other oppressed peoples globally. My country has come to the rescue of many people globally to ensure the safety of oppressed people using every weapon ranging from economic sanctions to the declaration of war on nations that violate basic human rights. Which doesn÷Ö explain the treatment us Black citizens have grown accustomed to. It÷Õ a smack in the face and I÷Ï writing this letter to address it and to demand an immediate change in treatment. Thousands of Blacks have sacrificed life and limb protecting the freedom of foreign lands and protecting the rights of this democracy, and for that they deserve better for their race. What is the government÷Õ stance on Black America? And knowing what Black Americans have done for America, if the Government can honestly feel that Blacks are equal citizens then we demand to see an immediate change in view/ treatment. This is a question we as productive citizens of the United States deserve an immediate answer to. Anyone who knows the laws in my country understands that America has stiff penalties for fathers who abandoned their children. Many countries have felt the brute force of the U.S.A. when it comes to treating its citizens less than human. Adolph Hitler was hated by the world for trying to create a perfect race. Yet America has come the closest nation to creating one! Why doesn÷Ö the democracy take responsibility for doing the same thing to Africans! It÷Õ through slavery that you created a child, a child with no Mother no Father no home neither culture nor language! Blacks were forced to mate, forced to give up their children, forced to give up their language, and forced to submit to America÷Õ needs. We were created from Americas need for labor and our collective will to survive. We constructed a culture from the crumbs off of masters table. The same culture that is packaged and celebrated by the masses and corporate America. I know and understand that I speak to government representatives not directly responsible for our upbringing but as the true children of your democracy, I must ask why does father treat us worst than enemies? When America was but an infant who did the nation depend on to help it grow. Blacks! The blood, sweat and tears of Black slaves. When America was being oppressed by its own Mother country who helped fight for European÷Õ in North America÷Õ freedom?Blacks! And as soon as the treaty was signed we were sent right back to the killing fields to pick the fruits of freedom while Europeans rejoiced eating what you call the American pie. When America has fought to protect the world, who has been there to secure the globe. Blacks soldiers! Young Blacks sacrificing their lives to protect a freedom that didn÷Ö even pertain to them. Who represents your country in the world÷Õ arenas and sport fields? Black athletes. When you need people to test out drugs on and experiment your secret operations on who have you used? Black citizens. All these things we have done voluntary and involuntary going through hell to prove that we are equal citizens, and to reach the ultimate goal of being accepted as an American citizen. Throughout our blood stained history in America my people have been lynched, raped, bombed, and exterminated and what has Black America continued to do? Fight!!! Fight to be and accepted equal productive citizens of the United States of America. Its 2005 and the majority of my people are not enjoying the slice of pie that is the flavor of the American dream. Instead we fight for the crumbs that fall from the table that is U.S. citizenship. Black males make up such a small portion of the population but equal the majority of the incarcerated. Across the nation Blacks are finding disparities in pay wages and opportunities for gaining employment. A recent study done in New York proved that white males with a prison record get hired faster than Blacks with no record. Black and Latino youth in New York are also being tested on for aids research. All this is going on in New York, one of, if not the most diverse city in America and the world. So if these practices of racism are happening in New York imagine what Blacks experience in the less diverse cities and towns of the United States. Racial profiling, hate crimes, unequal pay scales for the same labor, higher housing costs, inferior education and healthcare are all walls blocking or route to the American dream. In 2007 we may even lose our right to vote, ensuring that we are not citizens of the US. Is there any other race facing all of these factors and yet still represent the nation with such pride and courage? The only time we get equal or more than equal treatment is for negative things. How can we be equal when we know Jim Crow, Plessey Ferguson Willie lynch Brown Board? Nationwide the police verbally, physically, mentally abuse us in a way that makes us have no trust for them. Why do they beat and kill us with no apparent remorse more than any other race. They murdered a 15-year-old disable Black male in Denver CO, with no regards for him or his family and called it justifiable force. But yet in the same city Blacks have witnessed grown white men fight with police and not get the same justice fit for a mentally disabled Black teen. Which brings about the second reason for this letter. Reparations, an important issue that the U.S. Government has delayed and avoided handling for more than 100 years. As a representative of many Blacks in America I ask to meet with the president to implement immediate reparations programs. We are no longer interested in speaking with congressional committees that do nothing but waste time, and are not worried about the welfare of Black America. American has prided its judicial system on protecting the rights of victims. A right Black Americans don÷Ö seem to share as victims of the United States. Why must Black America go through the pain and suffering we have just to become equal citizens who÷Øe been victimized continually without retribution? The decimation of the Japanese in World War II led to a United States led rebuilding of the empire of the sun. The U.S. government immediately provided restitution for using the atomic bomb, and Japan had attacked and killed Americans. Why must Black Americans who suffered fromthe most destructive weapon knowto man, being mind control, and has defended and fought for America in every war since it became a union have to even ask for retribution? Japanese Americans imprisoned in camps during World War II has since received reparations. Native Americans have received a form of reparations. Which proves that America is willing to atone for its sins when it comes to all other races. And yet congress had to debate on whether America should apologize for slavery? This shows Blacks and the world that this government doesn÷Ö mind building up its enemies while ignoring its own children, Black citizens. Currently the government is spending billions to feed and clothe countries that harbor terrorists, and yet you deny your own children retribution for the ill treatment you caused and allowed to happen. In the past America has admittedly opposed the Germans, Chinese, Iraqis, among many other nations when it comes to the treatment of oppressed groups of people, and yet you continue to allow your most trusted children suffer. And the true smack in the face is when a Jew, Chinese woman or Iraqi citizen comes to America and asks us Blacks why do they treat you this way in America. I have spoken to foreigners from Africa, Asia, and Europe that were shocked to see how Blacks are treated in America. What does that say to you? More importantly how do you think that makes us feel? What other race in America has hung from the trees of the south and still gave more blood to become a citizen? What other race in America has slaved in the fields from sun up to sun down with the dream of becoming a citizen? What other race has been attacked by dogs, hosed down, and beaten with the sole purpose of becoming a citizen? What other race in America has been raped and murdered time and time again only wanting to live life as a true American? Furthermore what race of people on the earth do you know that would still have wanted to become American citizens after such atrocities? What race of people would have thrown such a peaceful revolution in the face of so much hatred and inhumanity? And yet Black Americans are still here! Your children, a seed created out of the conquest of the globe, still seeking the acceptance and love all children seek from their parents. So Father we ask for the support a child deserves. We have been nothing but a patient child succumbing to your every want and need; waiting for the day we could feel your true love. During our time in your home we have learned many things about liberty and justice. And the current Black generation has also learned from the past and present about Americas no tolerance policy of human injustice anywhere in the world. And it÷Õ through those lessons that we have begun to lose patience and become jealous of other peoples globally. Peoples that you consider expendable, peoples that you consider enemies of the state. Peoples that you consider undesirables or terrorists. The new generation doesn÷Ö understand putting our needs as a race on hold to protect Afghanistan or Iraq. We don÷Ö understand the educational tools sent to build up those countries when our education is anemic and lacking. We don÷Ö understand and no longer have patience for the compassion America shows its citizens and people globally and yet disrespect us at every turn in the road for equal treatment. We have experienced so much pain and death in our quest to become citizens that many Blacks I spoke to about this letter feel fear that the government will jail or kill them for speaking up. And so with great caution and reserve I÷Øe chosen to speak up. I speak with fear in my heart of what may happen, but also with bravery and anger because what I speak is the truth. And it÷Õ the reality of what I speak that gives me the courage to know that this is worth losing my life if that÷Õ what it takes to make a change in the treatment of Blacks in America! Please respond as soon as the president can meet.
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