Scientology is unbeatable when it comes to one thing in particular: delusions of grandeur and fondness for theatrical drama and fine-tune propaganda. [Missing in Happy Valley documentary]
" It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.” - Mick Jagger .
" The purpose of the artist is to show that life is good " - J.S. Bach .
" I guess the thing to do is : Go " underground " while finding some higher ground to stand on ! " - me
And you know somewhere IAS dreges are chasing people down to "brief" them and tell them they should re-mortgage their homes to handle the "suppression" happening in Australia.
However, like the USA, the federal government CAN act in areas not within its constitutional power where the states refer their powers to the Commonwealth. So, there are ways around it.
I love Nick Xenophon. I just do.
Nick is taking on the clubs industry in Australia, battling their use of poker machines. That industry is much more capable than OSA of shutting people up - and they haven't managed to shut Nick up for the 3 years he has been in federal parliament, plus however many he was in state parliament before that as the "No Pokies" senator.
All I gotta say as an Australian "XENOPHON FOR 1ST PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRALIA!!!"
Wait wait, we should change our name to OZ, then the acronym would be ROO!!
OMG OMG and instead of a President we could declare him "Wizard!!!"
XENU for 1st wizard of OZ!!!
Oh and back on topic,
CULL THE CULT CULL THE CULT CULL THE CULT!!
I think that government involvement in personal affairs is a slippery slope. But, having said that, it's my observation that most laws and local rules come into being because of problems that were observed.
Remember in school when the teacher would make some rule or something and it would be because of one or two kids and the rest of us would have to suffer or put up with the new restriction?
That's how most laws are and that's how most watchdog agencies and other things are.
There is ALWAYS a danger of things like this leading to a nanny or big brother state. We often hear weird news stories of governments taking draconian action instead of using judgment against someone who didn't really do much of anything.
It used to be that nobody did much for the rights of children, then it turned into a huge huge overkill thing. People lost their businesses, as they were accused of having Satanic rituals and doing stuff to the kids. It was all lies, witchhunting and hysteria.
OTOH, it used to be that no one would stand up for a child or that it rarely happened. Such as when I got molested. I had the guy's name!! But, noooo....child abuse wasn't FASHIONABLE then. So they did nothing.
What we need is a happy medium.
I sure hope this one isn't true. But I read a couple years ago that some guy who had a humorous cartoon porn pic of the Simpsons got arrested in Australia for child porn. Never mind the fact that it's A) A cartoon and B) the Simpsons have been around so long that even Maggie is technically "Of age".
So yeah, I worry about a nanny state and with damn good reason.
But in the end, I would support a cult watchdog agency. I'm sick of there being horrific abuses that are clearly illegal and the government doesn't do anything. Why don't they? They were sure quick to go in and completely bungle Waco. And shoot a woman in the back at Ruby Ridge.
In the end, we have no perfect solutions. If we ask for help and get it, we may get more things that can cause problems later. But if we don't, then people imprisoned in the RPF or in other cults may never get any help or support or have their plight reach the public's attention.
So I'll take the imperfect solution, please.
I am truly into myself, yes. And I'm just as interested in other people. When I'm not thinking of one, I'm thinking of the other.
Thanks Panda Termindt, Jump and Cherished for the explanation. Why do these governments make things soooo complicated, sheesh.
We have a flipping referendum coming up next month and nobody can wrap their minds around it enough to vote yes or no
Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away.