Friday, February 11, 2011

Our Wacky World—2/11/2011

Wright says that one of the most interesting parts of the meeting came when he asked Davis about L. Ron Hubbard's medical records. Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, had maintained that he was blind and a 'hopeless cripple' at the end of World War II — and that he had healed himself through measures that later became the basis of Dianetics, the 1950 book that became the basis for Scientology.
"I had found evidence that Hubbard was never actually injured during the war. ... And so we pressed [Tommy Davis] for evidence that there had been such injuries and [Hubbard] had been the war hero that he described," says Wright. 

It would seem that Hubbard's military record is not particularly glorious:
There are a series of documents from April and June of 1941 of how Hubbard lined up a job for himself. Two qualifications he did not have to make up were that he was white and male. The others took some imagination.
It gets wackier…

A new Thai airline is recruiting transexual flight attendants

Cult movie buffs are raising money for a RoboCop statue in Detroit

Moreover, police surveillance of Rodriguez and the wiretap that intercepted the 10,000 phone calls yielded nothing about the killing -- even though police tried to stimulate incriminating phone conversations. Among their techniques was to leave fake blackmail notes for Rodriguez, claiming that the writer had information that Rodriguez was guilty and demanding money not to go to police.
Mercury News

Here's the latest thing for you to worry about—terrorists in submarines:

The Register

A fake spokesman for Sony tweeted the PlayStation 3 jailbreak code all over the interwebs—after Sony got a court injunction to prevent hackers from posting the code on-line

In Xbox news, it may not be a good idea to let your son use your credit card for Xbox Live

An Italian motorist has been caught (almost) exceeding the sound barrier

As they venture into the free market for health insurance, these lawmakers — many of whom swept into office fueled by tea party anger over the health care law — are facing monthly premiums of $1,200 and fears of double-digit rate hikes. The experience has caused some of them to think harder about the “replace” part of the “repeal and replace” mantra the GOP has adopted regarding the health care law.

Another Republican family man caught with his pants (almost) down—on Craigslist


It took him all of three hours to resign.

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