Feuds: fightin’ words

From Google and Apple to Newfoundland and a ballooning moose population–bad blood runs deep

Fightin’ words

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Environmentalists Vs. Keystone XL Pipeline

Environmentalists and anti-oil sands groups managed to delay U.S. government approval of a $7-billion, 2,736-km pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Though pipelines are normally nothing to get excited about, TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was singled out by those unhappy with U.S. energy policy and Canada’s development of the oil sands, a carbon-intensive source of crude. Protesters ranged from Hollywood celebrities like Robert Redford and left-leaning luminaries like Naomi Klein to concerned ranchers and residents along the pipeline’s proposed route.

Google Vs. Apple

The battle for control of the ballooning smartphone market got personal as Google’s open-source operating system, Android, overtook Apple’s iOS, which runs the iPhone. Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, told his official biographer the search-engine giant didn’t play fair and accused Google of “grand theft” of the iPhone concept (among more colourful language). Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who once sat on Apple’s board, responded by saying “the Android effort started before the iPhone effort.”

Barbers Vs. Stylists

New Brunswick’s barbers waged a public battle against stylists over their use of the iconic red, blue and white striped poles. The barbers, vastly outnumbered by the province’s stylists, argued the pole has been in use since the Middle Ages (the red stripes are said to symbolize the blood associated with surgeries barbers once performed), and hoped its use would be restricted as it is in some U.S. states. The stylists argued that’s ancient history.

Standard & Poor’s Vs. United States

Standard & Poor’s created waves in Washington when it downgraded U.S. debt for the first time in 70 years. The rating agency, which removed its triple-A credit rating on U.S. Treasury debt (placing it below Liechtenstein’s), was motivated by the inability of politicians in Washington to come to a budget deal until the 11th hour amid a mounting financial crisis. The Obama administration was livid, accusing S&P of faulty arithmetic and calling the downgrade a US$2-trillion “mistake.”

Nfld. Vs. Moose

The province is facing a class-action lawsuit from Newfoundlanders who say it has allowed the moose population to balloon. According to the lawyer for the plaintiffs, there are an estimated 120,000 to 200,000 of the spindly-legged beasts roaming the Rock, representing an ongoing threat to the province’s motorists. The suit calls for a moose cull and fencing along highways.

Paul Haggis Vs. Scientology

If Tom Cruise is one of Scientology’s best-known followers, then London, Ont.-born screenwriter and director Paul Haggis is now its celebrity critic. Haggis, whose credits include Crash and Million Dollar Baby, spoke out against the Church of Scientology after leaving it in 2009. His allegations were detailed in a 25,000-word story that appeared in the New Yorker this year. “I was in a cult for 34 years,” he told the magazine. “Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.” The church was not amused. It called the criticism “little more than a regurgitation of old allegations that have long been disproved.”


Feuds: fightin’ words

  1. Paul Haggis Vs. Scientology who is right?
    Read and decide:

    The Godless Cult of Sin and Greed is all that we Ex-Scientologists claim it

    1. It kills, beats up, harms, harasses, stalks, and in always possible
    victimizes any ex-member and anyone else that opposes their evil agenda.

    2. In the Sea Org., it forces its slave members to get abortions. It kills
    innocent babies so the mother can be more productive as a low paid slave.

    3. It uses its slaves to repair the new bought buildings with money you have donated, which
    remain nearly empty years later, for pennies an hour. Its non-volunteer contracted
    workers get the lowest wages (.10 to .40 cents an hour) in the civilized world
    and work the longest (70-80) hours.

    4. It exposes all your own sins and secrets in your endless Security Checks
    and/or required non-voluntary confessionals to bring you harm and destroy you,
    when you expose their evil Godless agenda and policy letters.

    5. It has its own prison camp (The Rehabilitation Project Force, or RPF–
    punishment duty for unsatisfactory workers and children) with
    Ronbot guards with automatic assault weapons, where you are sent if you fail to
    be very productive or angry or upset with your slavery. Slaves are not allowed
    to voluntarily leave or even escape and will be shot if they try. 95% of the slaves
    that finally are allowed to leave, soon leave the cult. The other 5% are sent
    to “fair game” the rest.

    6. It has broken up hundreds of thousands of families by their Godless
    policies of Disconnection and Fair Game. Many parents have committed suicide
    after losing their kids.

    7. If you oppose them, the Godless cult sends their slaves to your neighbors,
    job, relatives and friends to ask questions in such a way, that makes them
    think you are a rapist, criminal, sociopath, drug addict, child molester, Gay
    or Lesbian or a deviant, without any proof or verified criminal
    complaint. They use this Godless tactic to ruin you, cause you to get fired, and
    cause your friends and relatives to avoid you or even intentionally cause you
    to commit suicide.

    8. As a last resort they will poison your pets or let them loose to get run
    over, break into your house for any evidence to blackmail you, plant drugs in
    your car or house or hit you to make you retaliate and film you when you do,
    and then they will sue you and/or have you arrested.

    There are hundreds of other reasons to run from this Godless cult. But I
    think you get an idea of its evil.

    Please help us Independent Scientologists to bring back ethics, humanity,
    compassion, honesty and integrity back into the group. Help us stop them! Note!
    all the above has been verified as true over the years by Governments and
    hundreds of thousands of Ex-Scientologists.



    • I agree completely…with one addition. The above offenses have been committed by Scientology since its founding. I respect everyone’s right to practice the religion of choice, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone. But whether independent or part of the official church, the abuses are destined to continue as long as one follows the deluded ramblings of the founder L. Ron Hubbard.

  2. I don’t get the cult of Sciloontology’s response to Paul Haggis’s statement. First of all, Pulitzer-prize winning New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright proved that Hubbard was never a war hero, never blind, and never injured in the war. He did extensive research and fact-checking to document these claims. Yes, the claims have been made before, and now they are proven as true by one of the world’s greatest authors of non-fiction.

    The cult’s response to Wright’s work was pathetic, that of the liars and hucksters they are.

    Also, Haggis leaving and speaking out are not “old allegations.” It is the story of his personal experience and is as fresh, new and individual as when Lawrence Wright wrote it.

  3. It is standard practice for the Cult of Scientology, especially it’s recruiters and registrars to use fraud, bait and switch and mind manipulation, as well as illegal confinement in it donation drives.
    This cult needs to go down. It is muddying up , not clearing peoples lives. Google Scientology court cases in Canada to get a bit of an idea and proof of how they have been convicted of such illegal and human rights abuses. They are leaches extracting as much money as possible and/or  usurping good will from anyone they contact.

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