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News, Sucka Free City Brain Distrust: Shrinks and Scientologists Find Weird Common Ground Over the DSM-5

Brain Distrust: Shrinks and Scientologists Find Weird Common Ground Over the DSM-5

The Achilles heel of the Occupy movement was that extreme and — some would say — unbalanced individuals hijacked the spotlight and the message. So, perhaps it's fitting that this past weekend's protest, titled "Occupy the American Psychiatric Association," was…
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Film, "We Are Legion": Lulz Grow Up

"We Are Legion": Lulz Grow Up

Future anthropologists might describe the first 10 years of widespread Internet use as a decade defined by the embarrassment of coming to terms with a new mass technology. Because embarrassed is how even the adventurous could sometimes feel: Am I…
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News, Feature Paul Thomas Anderson: Master of "The Master"

Paul Thomas Anderson: Master of "The Master"

"I've made six movies, and I feel like I'm only just finally figuring out how this business fucking works," Paul Thomas Anderson says on an unseasonably mild August afternoon in Astoria, Queens, where later tonight he will preview his latest…
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News, Feature Scientology and "The Master": What the Film Shares with the Church

Scientology and "The Master": What the Film Shares with the Church

Is The Master a "Scientology" movie? Oh, you bet. Don't let the denials from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and even, to a certain extent, director Paul Thomas Anderson himself throw you off. As Anderson reveals in this interview with…
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News, The Snitch Ethicstrouble, San Francisco Scientology Defector, Taunts Church

Ethicstrouble, San Francisco Scientology Defector, Taunts Church

​After a month-long silence, the self-professed Scientology member who spoke with the SF Weekly about deciding the church was a cult has posted a new message online -- virtually taunting the church for its inability to figure out the identity…
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News, The Snitch Scientology Policy Keeps Lori Hodgson, San Jose Mom, from Visiting Son in Hospital

Scientology Policy Keeps Lori Hodgson, San Jose Mom, from Visiting Son in Hospital

Our sister paper, the Village Voice, posted a disturbing piece today from the frontline of a Scientology scandal. Lori Hodgson, a South Bay mother who recently defected from the Church of Scientology, has been living a nightmare scenario since her…
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SF Weekly Letters

Nonprofits Give to For-Profits Looks more like panhandling than seeking donations: Grassroots Campaign Inc.'s street kids are obnoxious, snide and pushy . They start waving at people like they know them as they approach, then…
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News, The Snitch Scientology Apostate Part IV: Deciding the Church Was a Fraud

Scientology Apostate Part IV: Deciding the Church Was a Fraud

For our final post -- for now -- from the self-proclaimed Scientologist apostate inside the San Francisco Church of Scientology, we talk to ethicstrouble about the path to deciding that Scientology was a hoax. "The reason I'm talking to you…
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News, The Snitch Scientology Apostate Part III: Anonymous' Effect on the Org

Scientology Apostate Part III: Anonymous' Effect on the Org

Earlier this month, Anonymous claimed their first potential defector from within San Francisco's Church of Scientology. Meanwhile, the church's president, Jeff Quiros, told SF Weekly the masked protesters' presence has only buoyed the public's interest in the org. This week,…
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News, The Snitch Scientology Apostate Part II: Life In the Org

Scientology Apostate Part II: Life In the Org

Yesterday, we posted documents purportedly smuggled out of a trash bin of San Francisco's Church of Scientology by ethicstrouble, a self-proclaimed church member who has decided Scientology is a money-sucking farce and wants out. Two prominent ex-Scientologists agreed the statistics…
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News, The Snitch Scientology vs. Anonymous: Spin War Over a Potential Defector

Scientology vs. Anonymous: Spin War Over a Potential Defector

There's more intrigue surrounding the debate over who won the latest battle in the three-year war between San Francisco's Church of Scientology and Anonymous - the Internet-born movement of masked protesters outside the Columbus Street church who warn people it's…
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News, The Snitch Anonymous Claims First Supporter Within San Francisco Church of Scientology

Anonymous Claims First Supporter Within San Francisco Church of Scientology

The San Francisco-based Anonymous demonstrators who have waged a protest against the city's Church of Scientology for three years may have won over their first potential defector -- a person who posted on the group's message board this week as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Truth 1, Evil Empire 0

Truth 1, Evil Empire 0

As far as great and powerful wizards go, L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, and other high-level thetan-counters at the Church of Scientology have at last reached the “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” phase. High-level defections, public…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Examines the Friendliness at Zeki's Bar

Bouncer Examines the Friendliness at Zeki's Bar

I have always been fascinated with why we believe the things we believe. Initially I got caught up in the impossible-to-answer question, "How do you know you are right about something?" How can you be so sure of something that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boring Is Safe

Boring Is Safe

It’s well-established that the devil has the best music, roller derby teams, and cocktail mixers, so we can assume his nine circles of eternal pain and suffering are overflowing with eager participants. The premise of author E.E. King’s first novel,…
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News, The Snitch 'Anonymous' Anti-Scientologists Subject of U.C. Academic Paper

'Anonymous' Anti-Scientologists Subject of U.C. Academic Paper

At the Pacific Sociological Association conference in Oakland today, a gaggle of academics from the U.C. Irvine will be presenting their research on the Anonymous protesters of the Church of Scientology, the movement we covered in a 2008 cover story.…
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News, The Snitch Church Of Scientology Hires Journalists To Investigate Critical Newspaper Coverage

Church Of Scientology Hires Journalists To Investigate Critical Newspaper Coverage

The Washington Post presented the latest evidence today that journalists are hard-up for jobs and cash: Three respected investigative reporters have sold their services to the Church of Scientology to pick apart the St. Petersburg Times' series of scathing investigative…
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Music, Bouncer Authentic amigos at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Authentic amigos at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Lately, to my delight, there's been a spate of incredibly crappy busking goin' round various BART and Muni stations. Don't get me wrong: I like the good musicians, too, but the bad ones really make my day. There are two…
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Calendar, Night&Day Devolution

Devolution

It’s a dismal sign of the times that “altered states” has been supplanted by “alternate realities.” Instead of drug experimentation and expanded consciousness, we have an epidemic of science denial and faith-based ignorance. The holiday hoot “Incredibly Strange Religion,” presented…
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News, The Snitch Anonymous Plans Counter-Protest of Scientology's Protest of Psychiatry Convention in San Francisco

Anonymous Plans Counter-Protest of Scientology's Protest of Psychiatry Convention in San Francisco

  It looks like the Church of Scientology will be out in force to protest the upcoming American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco next month. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Scientology's anti-psychiatry activist arm, will apparently be setting up their…
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