i never did write that post about common decency … maybe soon.
and by “Scientology is Amazing” i mean they’re all a bunch of morons that are clearly out to steal people’s money.
so here’s a ‘religion’ that claims 75 million years ago, a Supreme Galactical Ruler named Xenu froze and imprisoned aliens because of overpopulation. then, he deported them on space planes; ones that looked exactly like DC-8s “except the DC-8 had fans, propellers on it and the space plane didn’t”.
it gets better!! once they got to earth, they dropped the aliens into volcanoes in Hawaii, then to make sure they were dead, dropped Hydrogen bombs on them. of course Xenu knew this would happen! so in his infinite wisdom he created “soul catchers”, which gathered up the souls that came from the hydrogen nuked and lava charred aliens. he then released them on earth, and they inhabited the bodies of early man.
so these were said to be the reasons for our negative feelings. wow! that’s why i felt sad when my dog died! that Xenu and his diabolical alien souls! it all makes sense now.
now, these clowns that have joined the Church of $cientology are promoting the ideas of the world’s most successful scam. *sigh*
the rest of this post is copied from another site … i lost the link, unfortunately, so it’s pretty much plagiarism. i’m over it.
Did you guys catch Tom Cruise on the Today Show this morning? I did. It was va-gynius. Watching Tom Cruise blabber on and on about the ills of medicine was mesmerizing. I’m a Matt Lauer fan, and I thought he handled himself smartly and gentlemanly. As far as Tom’s movie goes, it’s clearly gonna tank.Here’s the transcript of the segment (taken via Drudge), along with some visual annotations by yours truly.
CRUISE ‘WAR OF WORLDS’ INTERVIEW TURNS INTO SHOWDOWN ON PSYCHIATRY, SCIENTOLOGYNBC ‘TODAY SHOW’ host Matt Lauer was lectured by star Tom Cruise on the dangers of psychiatry and antidepressant during a promotional interview for WAR OF THE WORLDS.The exchange aired Friday morning.
LAUER: TOM CRUISE CREATED A FIRESTORM WHEN HE CRITICIZED BROOKE SHIELDS FOR REVEALING THAT SHE WENT INTO THERAPY AND TOOK ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO DEAL WITH HER POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. AS A SCIENTOLGIST, HE DOESNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T BELIEVE IN PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE. I ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS COMMENTS.
CRUISE: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never agreed with psychiatry, ever. Before I was a Scientologist I never agreed with psychiatry. And when i started studying the history of psychiatry, I understood more and more why I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe in psychology.
And as far as the Brooke Shields thing is, look. You gotta understand, I really care about Brooke Shields. IÃ¢â‚¬â€?I think hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s aÃ¢â‚¬â€?aÃ¢â‚¬â€?a wonderful and talented woman. AndÃ¢â‚¬â€?I wanna see her do well. And I know thatÃ¢â‚¬â€?psychiatry isÃ¢â‚¬â€?is a pseudo science.
MATT LAUER: ButÃ¢â‚¬â€?but Tom, if she said that this particular thing helped her feel better, whether it was the antidepressant or going to a counselor or psychiatrist, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that enough?
TOM CRUISE: Matt, you have to understand this. Here we are today where I talk out against drugs and psychiatric abuses of electric shocking people, okay, against their will, of drugging children with them not knowing the effects of these drugs. Do you know what Aderol is? Do you know Ritalin? Do you know now that Ritalin is a street drug? Do you understand that?
MATT LAUER: The difference isÃ¢â‚¬â€?(OVERTALK)
TOM CRUISE: No, no, Matt.
MATT LAUER: This wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t against her will, though.
TOM CRUISE: MattÃ¢â‚¬â€?Matt, Matt, MattÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER: But this wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t against her will.
TOM CRUISE: Matt, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢mÃ¢â‚¬â€?Matt, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m asking you a question.
MATT LAUER: I understand thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s abuse of all of these things.
TOM CRUISE: No, you see. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the problem. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know the history of psychiatry. I do.
MATT LAUER: ArenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t there examples, and might not Brooke Shields be an example, of someone who benefited from one of those drugs?
TOM CRUISE: All it does is mask the problem, Matt. And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what it does. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all it does. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not getting to the reason why. There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance. (OVERTALK)
MATT LAUER: So, postpartum depression to you isÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: MattÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?kind of aÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?little psychological gookÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: ThatÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE:Ã¢â‚¬â€?no. No. I did not say that.
MATT LAUER: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just asking what youÃ¢â‚¬â€?what would you call it?
TOM CRUISE: No. No. AbsÃ¢â‚¬â€?Matt, that isÃ¢â‚¬â€?theÃ¢â‚¬â€?postÃ¢â‚¬â€?nowÃ¢â‚¬â€?now, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking about two different things.
MATT LAUER: But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what she went on theÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: No.
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?antidepressant for.
TOM CRUISE: But what happens, the antidepressant, all it does is mask the problem. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ways of vitamins and through exercise and various things. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying that that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t real. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an alteration of whatÃ¢â‚¬â€?what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying that drugs arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the answer, these drugs are very dangerous. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re mind-altering, anti-psychotic drugs. And there are ways of doing it without that so that we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t end up in a brave new world.
The thing that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying about Brooke is that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s misinformation, okay. And she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand the history of psychiatry. SheÃ¢â‚¬â€?she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand in the same way that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand it, Matt.
MATT LAUER: But a little bit what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re saying Tom is, you say you want people to do well. But you want them do to well by taking the road that you approve of, as opposed to a road that may work for them.
TOM CRUISE: No, no, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not.
MATT LAUER: Well, if antidepressants work for Brooke Shields, why isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that okay?
TOM CRUISE: IÃ¢â‚¬â€?I disagree with it. And I think that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a higher and better quality of life. And I think that promoting for me personally, see, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re saying what, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t discuss what I wanna discuss?
MATT LAUER: No. You absolutely can.
TOM CRUISE: I know. ButÃ¢â‚¬â€?but Matt, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going in and saying thatÃ¢â‚¬â€?that I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t discuss this.
MATT LAUER: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m only asking, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t there a possibility thatÃ¢â‚¬â€?doÃ¢â‚¬â€?do you examine the possibility that these things do work for some people? That yes, there are abuses. And yes, maybe theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gone too far in certain areas. Maybe there are too many kids on Ritalin. Maybe electric shockÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: Too many kids on Ritalin? Matt.
MATT LAUER: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just saying. ButÃ¢â‚¬â€?but arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t thereÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: Matt.
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?examples where it works?
TOM CRUISE: Matt. Matt, Matt, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t evenÃ¢â‚¬â€?youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re glib. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know what Ritalin is. If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories, Matt, okay? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done. Then you go and you say whereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬â€?whereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the medical test? WhereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the blood test that says how much Ritalin youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re supposed to get?
MATT LAUER: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢reÃ¢â‚¬â€?youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢reÃ¢â‚¬â€?itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very impressive to listen to you. Because clearly, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done the homework. AndÃ¢â‚¬â€?and you know the subject.
TOM CRUISE: And you should.
MATT LAUER: AndÃ¢â‚¬â€?andÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: And you should do that also.
MATT LAUER: AndÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: Because just knowing people who are on Ritalin isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough. You should be a little bit more responsible in knowing reallyÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not prescribing Ritalin, Tom. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not askingÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: WellÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?anyone else to do it. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m simply sayingÃ¢â‚¬â€?(OVERTALK)
TOM CRUISE: Well, you are. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sayingÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER: I know some people who seem to have been helped by it.
TOM CRUISE: IÃ¢â‚¬â€?but youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sayingÃ¢â‚¬â€?but youÃ¢â‚¬â€?likeÃ¢â‚¬â€?this is a very important issue.
MATT LAUER: I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t agree more.
TOM CRUISE: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s veryÃ¢â‚¬â€?and you know what? YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re here on the Today Show.
MATT LAUER: Right.
TOM CRUISE: And to talk about it in a way of saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it okay,Ã¢â‚¬? and being reasonable about it when you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know and I do, I think that you should be a little bit more responsible in knowing what it is.
MATT LAUER: ButÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: Because youÃ¢â‚¬â€?you communicate to people.
MATT LAUER: But youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re now telling me that your experiences with the people I know, which are zero, are more important than my experiences.
TOM CRUISE: What do you mean by that?
MATT LAUER: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re telling me whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worked for people I know or hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worked for people I know. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m telling you iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve lived with these people and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re better.
TOM CRUISE: So, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢reÃ¢â‚¬â€?youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re advocating it.
MATT LAUER: I am not. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m telling you in their caseÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER: In their individual case, it worked. I am not gonna go out and sayÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: MattÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?Ã¢â‚¬?Get your kids on Ritalin. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the cure-allÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: Matt, Matt.
MATT LAUER:Ã¢â‚¬â€?and the end-all.Ã¢â‚¬?
TOM CRUISE: Matt, but hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the point. What is the ideal scene for life. Okay. Ideal scene is someone not having to take anti-psychotic drugs.
MATT LAUER: I would agree.
TOM CRUISE: Okay. So, now you look atÃ¢â‚¬â€?and you go okay. AÃ¢â‚¬â€?a departure from that ideal scene is someone taking drugs, okay. And then you go, okay. What is the theory and the science behind that, that justifies that?
MATT LAUER: Let me take this more general, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcause I think you and I can go around in circles on this for awhile. And i respect your opinion Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Do you want more people to understand Scientology? Is thatÃ¢â‚¬â€?would that be a goal of yours?
TOM CRUISE: You know what? IÃ¢â‚¬â€?absolutely. Of course, you know. And peopleÃ¢â‚¬â€?
MATT LAUER: How do you go about that?
TOM CRUISE: You just communicate about it. And the important thing is, like you and I talk about it, whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬â€?okay, if I wanna know something, I go and find out. Because I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t talk about things that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll say, you know what? IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not so sure about that. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go find more information about it so I canÃ¢â‚¬â€?I can come to an opinion based onÃ¢â‚¬â€?on the information that I have.
MATT LAUER: YouÃ¢â‚¬â€?youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re so passionate about it. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢mÃ¢â‚¬â€?
TOM CRUISE: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m passionate about learning. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m passionate about life, Matt.THE END.