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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

France 1 Scientologists 0

Some days are worth getting out of bed, some not so much. This morning when I rose to find out that the Church of Scientology (stupidtology) was convicted of fraud in France and fined about $1 million dollars I knew this was going to be one of the good ones. (expect appeals)

The illegal activities in question included "commercial harassment" and the pressuring of inductees to make large payments or take out loans to pay for books, courses and other crap that had no purpose but to enrich the Church.

Since when does a church force to you buy salvation or religious favours,,, oh yeah, but they stopped doing that a long time ago,,,,, didn't they?

This ruling continues the trend of legal losses in Europe as we saw in December 07 when Germany declared that this organization was not a Church stating "that we do not consider Scientology an organization that is compatible with the constitution," In other words did not meet the German definition of a Religion

No tax exempt status in Germany Bahahahah!

What I want to know is why the U.S. State department has previously criticized Belgium and Germany for labeling the organization a Cult/Sect and passing laws to restrict their operations?

Rather than defending this organization someone in U.S Government should be moving to crush them on their home turf. Of course considering the number of legal cases they've fought over their attempts to libel, hound, harass detractors including a Canadian Crown attorney as seen in the Canadian supreme court ruling on Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto, [1995] 2 S.C.R. 1130,
perhaps people are too timid to take them on.

Here is a little clip from paragraph 194 of the Supreme Court ruling which cost the Church $1.6 million

In summary, every aspect of this case demonstrates the very real and persistent malice of Scientology. Their actions preceding the publication of the libel, the circumstances of its publication and their subsequent actions in relation to both the search warrant proceedings and this action amply confirm and emphasize the insidious malice of Scientology.

Insidious Malice Wow! maybe they need more courses

Overall its been a bad press week for Scientology as Paul Haggis, Canadian director and screenwriter who both quit and denounced the Church for its Same sex marriage stand and takes a shot claiming the church does force members to shun those who leave the flock.

Oh, I gotta stop grining so much , it hurts

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Final harvests

I'm just getting around to posting shots from my final harvest at the Newmarket Community Garden. I can't say it was a bumper year as I suffered the same horrible blight that destroyed many a urban farmers tomatoes this year but on the other hand the constant rain allowed me the leisure of NOT going to water 3 times a week. Yeah I'm a lazy slob, what's it to you?

Next year I will certainly do some things different,
no cucumbers: we simply can't eat more than a few
no corn: to much space for too little corn
no cabbage: while I like them they are no one else's favorites and for the five I planted I got one, the slugs got three, a thief got one(the nicest one) making it just not worth the space.
No broccoli: Not to hard to grow but timing the fine line between florets and flowers was a royal pain when the plants were not just outside the back door.

More root crops :the yield per sq ft is quite high
More beans staggered throughout the season : it was certainly feast and famine with this years beans
I'll probably keep my tomatoes in containers at home where the soil seems to be blight free

I did have some success this season with good crops of potatoes, zucchinis, beans, peas, carrots, and the above Parsnip That Ate Sheboygan

Peak Oil, food security and localization are important issues to me and having access to a garden through the York Region Food Network were I could grow good quality chemical free food that was good for my families health, good for our budget and good gardening experience was a valuable gift. Now if only I could get the little trolls we are raising to go help me without starting a water fight or sulking because I've asked them to come with me, I'll have it made

I have to say the people at the York Region Food Network do good work even if they do get their garden land taken away from them once a decade. Today I ventured out on a YRFN sponsored gleaning program and was able to collect nearly a bushel and a half of windfall apples. There were many varieties but I brought home Spartans, Northern Spy, Macs and Red Delicious. Yes they were dirty but it was very easy to find undamaged fruit laying on the ground that the people paying good money to Pick Their Own refuse to purchase. I suspect that much of this windfall actually gets collected by the orchard staff on most days and sent to the cider press but this morning they opened up their operation to the YRFN so people could glean free apples. I must say I was appalled at some of the recipients of this opportunity who once they got out in the fields picked from the trees against the owners instructions. @#%%@# Scum!!

As well as the gleaning program and the community gardens the YRFN also runs a food bank, community kitchen, shelter and various support programs. I would recommend this organization as a worthy cause for financial support or for any local students looking to log volunteer hoursRecommend this Post

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Planet killing idiots strike again!

I'm just heading out but first I had to share this story which makes me want to pummel certain people with concrete donuts.

The Canadian Government aka, the Corporate Self Interest Club wants the EPA to back off on regulations that would stop the burning of Bunker fuel on Great Lake ships. Bunker fuel is the low grade crap left over from oil refining and it burns dirty, real dirty with up to 1.5% sulphur and releases high levels of smog creating nitrogen-oxide.

The EPA wants higher fuel standards to save the Great Lakes basin from smog and sulphur emissions while the Canadian Government aka (today at least )The Canadian Shipowners Association wants a delay until 2020 so they can install new scrubbers on the smoke stacks even though the tech does not exist today.

There is no health or environmental concern that these guys won't discount if the corporate lobby stands in their way.

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