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+ - Church of Scientology violates Federal Law-> 5

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FreedomToThink
FreedomToThink writes "This is a very long story I'm sure the editors will have fun with, but I couldn't see how to cut it down at all.

On the eve of the Ides of March protest, from the source of the recent 'Anonymous' submitted CCHR leak on wikileaks, comes this message

"Dear $cientology,You attempt injunctions.I respond.Shall we continue the game? Much Love, DEEP CLAM"

Included was yet another PDF this time including yet more emails leaked from a Church of Scientology front group.

Vote Rigging?

From: "Mike Kaplan" <mkaplan@tampabay.rr.com>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: Fw: RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD, MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:53:07 -0400

See below. Everyone in Clearwater MUST vote. Every vote will be needed to be
sure Hibbard gets re-elected. The alternative is Rita Garvey who is an SP.

— Original Message —
From: Shelly <mailto:shelly.bauer@Earthlink.net> Bauer
To: Shelly Bauer <mailto:shelly.bauer@earthlink.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:09 AM
Subject: RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD, MAYOR OF CLEARWATER

DO YOUR PART
RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD
MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
VOTE!!!
JANUARY 29TH
TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!

Lunch with your preferred Presidential candidates for a high price?

ONE SEAT LEFT

I have arranged a private one-hour luncheon with Ron Paul on 11/28 in St.
Pete when he will be in town for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

This luncheon is reserved for $1000+ donors to Ron Paul's presidential
campaign. 19 people so far have paid and confirmed and will have the honor
and pleasure of having lunch and communicating with Ron Paul directly.


From the head of the "Non Proffit" CCHR Bruce Wiseman

Go the the HELP committee website. The link is here.
http://help.senate.gov/About.html
Here you will see the names of the Committee members on the left hand
side
of the page. Please go to the individual websites of the Republican =
members
(this will take just a bit of leg work on your part by putting their =
name
into Google) and calling their office or sending a fax to them (email is =
the
least effective) stating your opposition to S. 1375 The Mother's Act.


Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

An OCMB (Operation Clambake Message Board)regular adds :

I downloaded myself a copy and started looking through them. I found an interesting one on pages 47-48.
http://rapidshare.com/files/99292051/CCHRLeak3.pdf.html

Karin Pouw of OSA of CofS writes a message.
It's forwarded by Michael Genung. He's the guy who runs ACSR, Association for Citizens Sociel Reform. http://www.citizensforsocialreform.org/ ["CSR Background and Philosopy: CSR was founded in 2001 by a group of Scientologists and other like-minded individuals concerned with the escalating social ills in society. CSR's purpose is to work with in the field of public policy to bring about more effective and humane solutions to these social ills of illiteracy, criminality substance abuse and general decay of character."]

Then it's forwarded by Doyle Mills, of LEAF fame (Letters to the Editor Attack Force).
Then it's forwarded by Mary C. (possibly one of two Mary C's I'm thinking of, but unsure).
Then it's forwarded by Mike Kaplan, another person who runs an email list and forwards CCHR type stuff to CofS members.

If that ain't stringing a line from the CofS to CCHR and the CofS front group ("grassroots") movements, then I don't know what is!


Apologies in advance as the Enturbulation servers will not be up to a slashdotting so the Coral Cache link is here Enturbulation Discussion (already cached for you)

ANYONE CAN REPORT TAX FRAUD DIRECTLY TO THE IRS : http://www.irs.gov/compliance/enforcement/article/0,,id=106778,00.html It does require that you print out and mail in an actual hardcopy, but it does not require you to identify yourself.

Just a casual user passing on a message from the Enturbulation forum, this is already out there, there's no reason to attack the messenger."

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Transportation

+ - Unaided Tasman Sea Kayak Crossing Underway

Submitted by JonathanR
JonathanR (852748) writes "Two Australian kayakers have departed Sydney on their journey across the Tasman Sea, paddling a high-tech composite double kayak, kitted out with a myriad of telecoms and safety gear. The 2200km (1370 mile) journey is expected to take some forty to fifty days. When they arrive in Auckland, their crossing will hit the record books as the first kayak to cross the Tasman Sea and the longest unassisted two man trans-oceanic kayak journey, amongst other record permutations. The detailed planning and safety preparations, not to mention the kayak design and construction, have been completed over the last five years. An audacious adventure in anybody's book."
Networking (Apple)

+ - heise: Mac OS X Leopard firewall breaks programs

Submitted by Engywuck
Engywuck (1185115) writes "heise has an article in it's security section claiming that the OS X 10.5 firewall breaks rograms that check for themselves if they were modified. First paragraph: "Maybe it wasn't such a bad idea that Apple decided the firewall in Mac OS X Leopard should be deactivated by default. It turns out that it signs programs retrospectively in the "Set access for specific services and programs" settings — and can affect program integrity as a result. Complaints have been coming in from users that VoIP application Skype and online role-playing game World of Warcraft no longer work after they have been activated in the firewall." Read for yourself here. No worries, it's in english :)"
Music

+ - P2P Downloads Increase CD Sales

Submitted by JonathanR
JonathanR (852748) writes "A study conducted by Industry Canada and the University of London confirms what we all suspect; that P2P music downloads contribute to an increase in CD sales. Of course the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager, Sabiene Heindl, had to insist to the media that the results did not translate to Australia. She goes on to quote figures suggesting 57% of people who download music using P2P don't go on to purchase legitimate media.

"It's not rocket science", she says. I agree that it isn't, however I'm not quite sure what the other 43% of P2P music-downloaders do. Perhaps the not-so-rocket-science corollary would suggest that they go on to contribute the music industry coffers. Is it these sort who found there way into the Canadian study results? It's amusing how the music industry can make such absolute statements, whereas other mortals have to conduct studies in order to discover the facts."

Engadget: RFID skin patches take aim at medical errors->

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Filed under: Wireless

They're far from the first to put RFID tags to use for medical tasks, but Frank Sammeroff Ltd and Gentag Inc. look to have a slightly less invasive solution than some of the implantable or edible options we've seen in the past, with them instead making use of a tried and true skin patch to keep tabs on patients. That, they hope, will help to reduce medical errors by letting doctors use their cellphone or handheld to update medical records and receive warnings of potential drug interactions, among other information. Of course, the patches aren't necessarily limited to medical applications, with Sammeroff also touting them as a possible solution for large organizations or amusements parks, and even as a means for parents to keep watch on their kids. No word on any takers just yet, but the patches are said to be "competitively priced," so if you're looking to bring a little paranoia into your organization, you might want to look into them.

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!


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The Register: China goes lunar->

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Satellite arrives, all looking good

Brief China's lunar probe has arrived in orbit around the moon after a twelve day journey. It slotted into place yesterday, after receiving orders to slow down some 200km from its destination. It will spend the next year scanning the surface and reporting back, with images and data, to mission control.


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Engadget: Scientists develop sticky tape inspired by insect feet->

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Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

Black gaffer tape might be about to get a run for its money as our fix-it of choice -- researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, in collaboration with a team at Carnegie Mellon, are working on a new type of tape that gets its stick from a pattern of microscopic ridges modeled after insect feet. The two teams studied over 300 insects to develop the tape, which can be reused hundreds of times before losing its stickiness then simply washed in soapy water to regain its initial grip. Tests of the tape have enabled a 4-ounce robot to climb walls, and the team says that although it'll never be as cheap or as strong as regular old Scotch, the product they've nicknamed "insect tape" will be reasonably cheap to use around the house. Yeah, but can you build a server out of it?

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!


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