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May 01, 2005

Maybe I'm getting bigoted in my old age.

I was fine with August Tom Cruise dating April Katie Holmes despite the difference in their ages, until I actually saw them kissing:


Maybe it isn't the age difference, but SOMETHING about this is definitely unsettling. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with Tom.

Posted by Dan at May 1, 2005 08:29 AM

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Um, he's standing on a coffee table?

Posted by: Ara at May 1, 2005 08:47 AM

I think you're just jealous of her.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at May 1, 2005 01:17 PM

Oh god yes, it's unsettling. When I heard they were dating, I was quite disturbed. Maybe it's just because I've had a bit of a crush on Katie Holmes.

Yeah, that's a creepy picture.

Posted by: Joel Caris at May 1, 2005 06:36 PM

eeee... that IS creepy.... maybe because of the height difference? :o Don't feel too bad... I'm not yet 30, and it botheers me, too.

Posted by: Jason at May 4, 2005 05:55 PM

fake romance from weird cult man
Don't worry folks, once he tries to convert her, she will be gone
(taken from http://www.xenu.net/roland-intro.html) written by some former members of the Church of Scientology"
The results of applying their crackpot psychotherapy (called "auditing") is to weaken the mind. The mind goes from a rational state to an irrational one as the delusional contents of the subconscious mind are brought to the surface and are assumed to be valid. It also makes a person more susceptible to suggestion since it submerges the critical thinking faculties of the mind into a partial subconscious state. It results in a permanent light hypnotic trance and so from thenceforth that person can be more easily controlled. The person will, to a much greater extent, believe and do whatever they are told. And of course this is used to the full in persuading them to hand over further money and dedicating themselves further to the cult.
The results of applying their oversimplified and inapplicable rules in life is to lose the ability to think rationally and logically. A person loses the ability to think for themselves and so they lose the ability to challenge incorrect ideas. This makes them easier to control. It also isolates and alienates the person from society so that they withdraw from normal society and into their "Scientology" society. This further increases their susceptibility to the influence of their group. They end up being afraid of society, believing all society to be controlled by a group of drug companies, psychiatrists and financiers all of whom report to more remote masters. In other words they are in a state of mass paranoia. They therefore avoid reading newspapers and the like since they fear it will disturb their safe Scientology world. It is a downward spiral into madness.

The science fiction content of Scientology is revealed to them after they have reached the state they call "Clear", meaning freed from the aberrations of the mind. However, perhaps "brainwashed" would be a more applicable word to describe the mental state of someone who has survived the near entire delusional contents of their subconscious mind brought to the surface and presented to them as "truth". On the "advanced" levels (called OT levels) above the state of "Clear" they encounter the story of Xenu. Xenu was supposed to have gathered up all the overpopulation in this sector of the galaxy, brought them to Earth and then exterminated them using hydrogen bombs. The souls of these murdered people are then supposed to infest the body of everyone. They are called "body thetans". On the advanced levels of Scientology a person "audits out" these body thetans telepathically by getting them to re-experience their being exterminated by hydrogen bombs. So people on these levels assume all their bad thoughts and faulty memories are due to these body thetans infesting every part of their body and influencing them mentally. Many Scientologists go raving mad at this point if they have not done so already.

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