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Eve Of Destruction

2008-01-23 - 11:19 a.m.

First off...this is post number 400 with a song title.

As long as people keep writing music, I'm sure I can keep this up.

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Okay...this is going to get VERY interesting. James Hudnall (link at left) has been monitoring this situation, and I felt it needed relaying to y'all.

Firstly, there was the Tom Cruise video for Scientology, which they evidently didn't want anyone to see. Then, someone posted an orientation video. Click that link, please - you won't automatically download the video (you can if you wish), but I'd like you to take note of the comments. Then come back here, please. I'll wait.

Back? Good. So anyway, in response to that and other items like it...hackers are declaring war on the Church of Scientology. There's even a message posted on YouTube.

I agree with Hud - break out the popcorn and enjoy the show.

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Yesterday, Good Morning America got to interview the son of Osama bin Laden, who calls his father "a very kind man" and says he's "very sorry when he does something like 11 September".

Well, gee...isn't that SPECIAL??

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Awhile back I mentioned a Muslim lady who sued a hair salon. It seems the salon owner didn't want to hire Bushra Noah because she refused to remove her headscarf - the logic being, if you work in the salon the patrons should see how you do YOUR hair (I guess if you can't do your own that well, no one will want to patronize that location).

Well, Noah has decided to more than double the amount of damages because the salon owner talked to the press and now Noah is "getting hate mail":

Bushra Noah, 19, from Acton, claims Sarah Desrosiers, who runs the Wedge salon in King's Cross, behaved in a "high-handed, malicious, insulting or oppressive manner" by discussing the case in public.

She claims this caused media intrusion in her life, harassment and hate mail, and left her feeling "awkward and embarrassed". As a result, Ms Noah, who is suing Ms Desrosiers for religious discrimination, has now raised her claim for damages from just over 15,000 to more than 35,000.

Ms Desrosiers, 32, insists she rejected Ms Noah because it is essential that her employees display their hair.

The salon owner denies discrimination and says she will vigorously contest the new bid for increased compensation. She said: "I am not responsible for other people sending hate mail. I needed to highlight the case because I needed to find financial help to pay my legal bills.

"My lawyers have warned me that I might have to go personally bankrupt if I lose the case and now there is this attempt to get more money out of me. I think it is just totally wrong."

Here in the US, the fact that a lawsuit has been filed is a matter of public record. Those involved are free to talk to the press about it, unless the court says otherwise...and of course as long as the statements aren't libelous.

You'll note that Noah didn't say that Desrosiers' statements were false.

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And now, this old cartoon from Brooke McEldowney, creator of 9 Chickweed Land (link at left). You may have to enlarge it to get the punchline.

But it's worth it. Trust me.

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Okay. Onward.

Be seeing you.



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1 comments so far

Bob - 2008-01-24 12:25:03 - http://shadowgm.diaryland.com
Re: Omar bin Laden --- he's apparently making the rounds, and I have to ask why, exactly, are we giving this schmuck free airtime? He hasn't spoken to his father since *before* 9/11, and we already know what's on Osama's wish list for America. He's going to come down from his cave and talk sensibly because Lil' Omar thinks everyone should get along now, and bygones be bygones? Right. I'm no fan of the Bush Administration, or the fact that we *haven't* dealt with Osama in a definitive manner, but turning to the man's son so he can BEG for peace is completely lame.

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