Archive for January, 2008

Japanese Show of the Week #4

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We here at MNP imagine that you too will try to explain this to someone you love and end up telling them that they had to be there. At a loss for words ourselves, we feel your pain. Sincerely.

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Posted: January 30th, 2008
at 4:45am by Black Ock


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A War on Scientology

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For those of our readers that live under mounds of rocks and also, coincidentally, don’t happen to read the internets, a borderline hacktivism group called Anonymous has declared war on Scientology. Scientology, for the past 20 years, has been known for launching what they call "fair game" campaigns which are private investigations, harassment and lawsuits directed at anybody, but especially journalists, that dare call the cult a cult, or otherwise denigrate the Church.

Project Chanology began as an Internet-based protest against the controversial Church of Scientology by "Anonymous", a group described as "a disparate collection of hackers and activists".[1] Project Chanology also refers to a website of the same name, used by the group to chronicle ongoing and planned actions by "Anonymous."[2] Consisting of a series of semi-coordinated attacks known as raids, Project Chanology says it was formed in response to the Church of Scientology’s attempts to remove material from an exclusive Scientology interview with Tom Cruise from the internet. Coinciding with the publication of Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography, the interview was leaked onto YouTube on January 16, 2008. The Church of Scientology stated that the video was produced to be shown to members of Scientology, and that the leaked version was a "pirated and edited" version taken from a three-hour event. [Wikipedia]

They do have a point though, being as they aren’t the only cult in town that believes weird superhuman s**t happened thousands of years ago. They have been successful in waging their war on journalism partly because of their business savvy, They copyright all of their religious doctrines and sue the crap out of anybody who dares to release it to the public. It keeps the church away from the unnecessary scrutiny that the church needs to avoid to carry out their… religious agenda(?).

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Wow… you have to love FOX News’ take on the subject. Now this group, Anonymous, is generally known for being a bit wacko themselves, but it’s news and it’s the internet, so we’re reporting it. Probably the best most fair and balanced piece I’ve seen on Scientology is an A&E Investigative Report on the subject, which can be found in several parts on youtube. Check it out.

An online group of hackers has declared war on Scientology, vowing to attack the controversial religion’s Web sites and turn its adherents against it.

Already the group, which describes itself simply as "Anonymous," has released hundreds of pages of Scientology material for which practitioners would normally have to pay and claims to have slowed down or even temporarily closed Scientology Web sites.

The group says it was prompted to act after Scientology leaders recently tried to "censor" a widely distributed and mocked video of Tom Cruise, pictured at bottom. The video shows the actor — one of the most high-profile and outspoken adherents of Scientology — professing his love for the religion, laughing hysterically and claiming that Scientologists are the only people able to help save lives following a car accident. [LINK]

"The so-called Church of Scientology actively misused copyright and trademark law in pursuit of its own agenda," one Anonymous member commented in a press release this week.

"They attempted not only to subvert free speech, but to recklessly pervert justice to silence those who spoke out against them."

The Anonymous group later released a video in which a computer-generated voice outlines the group’s concerns with the Church. Only two minutes long and broadcast against a bleak, grey sky, the video quickly became among the most-watched on the Internet.

Interesante. Apparently they’ve managed not only to shut down the Scientology sites with DDoS attacks, but they also have gotten their hands on hundreds of pages of previously unreleased Scientology documents and released them on the internets. You can bet Scientology will be fighting back aggressively.

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Posted: January 29th, 2008
at 11:19am by Black Ock


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RioFest International Film Festival

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The second RioFest International Environmental Film Festival kicks off this weekend in Socorro.

The event features 17 independent films, panels, a benefit luncheon and a discussion with performance artist, explorer and octogenarian activist Katie Lee. Lee battled the flooding of Glen Canyon in the 1960s and is only the third woman to run all of the Grand Canyon’s river rapids.

The events all take place at the Macey Center at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The festival takes place Jan. 25-26.

Among the films are "Gimme Green," about America’s obsession with lawns, and "French Fries to Go" about Telluride, Colo.’s biodiesel project.

There will be panels on Rio Grande water issues and discussions with filmmakers. A GreenFeast on Saturday will raise funds for an ecologically friendly bus shelter at Socorro’s public charter school.

For more information, go to www.riofilmfest.com [LINK]

Thanks to our on-the-ground correspondent in Socorro, New Mexico, we found out about this tight festival going down in the cut of New Mexico. We thought it was appropriate to mention the festival on the site because it was the source of yesterday’s documentary, "Oil on Ice." Among other films, we also heard that Love Song to Glen Canyon, mentioned above, about an 80 year old environmentalist, is a really good flick. Try to check it out if you can and let us know what you think. You can check out a clip below.

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Posted: January 29th, 2008
at 10:14am by Black Ock


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Alex Smith

For those of you who are behind the information curve here at MNP, we thought it would be prudent to alert you that there are new works listed on the MNP Art Gallery. Our newest pieces are oil paintings by Alex Smith, an amazing artist and friend of the myninjaplease family. They are super-ill.

Swing by the Art Store to check out the entire series. All paintings, including the ones featured here, will be available for purchase by the end of the week. Enjoy!

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Posted: January 29th, 2008
at 9:30am by Black Ock


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Boston Warrantless Search Program

I saw this myself on the news when it was first proposed. I’m not sure what’s going on with itm but thanks to Ben for the video link.

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Posted: January 29th, 2008
at 8:55am by Black Ock


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The Kennedy’s Endorse Barack

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Barack inspires me — it’s that simple. In the words of President Kennedy:

"The world is changing. The old ways will not do… It is time for a new generation of leadership."

In Barack, I see that next generation of American leadership: a figure who can transcend the divisions in this country that my family and I have fought so hard to tear down.

We were all moved four years ago as Barack told us a profound truth: We are not red states and blue states, but one United States. Since then, he has matched that rhetoric with action, traveling the country to inspire record turnouts of men and women of all ages, races, parties and faiths. Barack has forged consensus in the Senate on contentious issues such as immigration and pushed through necessary reforms like the most far-reaching ethics reform in its history.

But I’m not only supporting Barack because of what he has done. What counts in our leadership is not the length of years in Washington, but the reach of our vision, the strength of our beliefs, and that rare quality of mind and spirit that can call forth the best in our country and our people.

That’s why I’m most excited about the promise of President Obama:

As president, Barack Obama will break the Washington gridlock to finally make health care what it should be in America.

He will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion and bridge the divisions of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation that plague our country.

He will end a war in Iraq that he has always stood against, that has cost us the lives of thousands of our sons and daughters, and that America never should have fought.

He will close the door on the old economics that has written off the poor and left the middle class poorer and less secure.

He will make the United States the great leader and not the great roadblock in the fateful fight against global warming.

When Barack Obama raises his hand on Inauguration Day a new generation of American leadership will take charge and restore the hope, peace and prosperity the country so desperately needs.

Looking out from the stage today, I realized just how powerful his campaign has become. It’s a movement for change — and one that I’m proud to be a part of. [LINK]

Didn’t his teacher tell him not to end a sentence with a preposition? What he meant to say was "of which I am proud to be a part." …But I guess he doesn’t get paid for loquacity and/or eloquence.
…And he’s not the only one Kennedy to recently throw his or her lot in with Barack.

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Posted: January 29th, 2008
at 4:38am by Black Ock


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Spy Satellite May Fall to Earth in Early Feb

Not making this up either, here it is from the BBC:

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Paranoid sky watchers: look out! Your chances of being struck by something from above just increased over the next couple of months, as the US government has lost control of a spy satellite that is expected to come crashing down sometime in February or March. Where will it land? Nobody knows, and while the government is assuring the Associated Press that the situation is being monitored, details have been sketchy at best, due to the sensitive nature of this being a spy satellite.

Ita€™s not uncommon for satellites to come out of orbit, but there is a small level of concern over this one. Typically spy satellites, used for reconnaissance and information gathering, are discarded through a controlled re-entry, dumping the satellite into the ocean where nobody can access the craft and the secrets it might hold. Since there is no control over this satellite, thata€™s not an option.

Also not an option: shooting the satellite out of the sky. While a move could protect something below the bus-sized projectile, doing so would just create more debris to rain down on those below.

Then therea€™s the concern over potentially a€oehazardous materialsa€A onboard, which experts are speculating might be beryllium. The metal is used in defense and aerospace due to its high melting point, but after experiencing the high temperatures of re-entry, the metal could cause incurable respiratory issues for anyone who breathes in the material.

While the Associated Pressa€™s article doesna€™t make this sound like therea€™s a huge threat to worry about, I cana€™t help but be concerned over the possible side effects. Dona€™t half of the zombie movies out there begin with some satellite re-entering the planeta€™s atmosphere with some dangerous byproduct that results in the dead awakening? Watch the skies for falling satellites, but perhaps we should also prepare for an onslaught of zombies as well. [link]

Supposedly this thing is about the size of a bus. We could be experiencing some Donnie Darko-esque moments down here on the surface. Let’s all hope that this doesn’t end up like that time when Cobra knocked the G.I. Joe satellite down with a tractor beam:

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Anybody else notice this is a little bit racialist?

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Posted: January 28th, 2008
at 10:16am by Black Ock


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Oil on Ice - Documentary

In a slight departure from our usual weekly documentary format, we present to you Oil on Ice. No, this isn’t Disney on Ice, but rather a documentary film about drilling in the arctic.

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Posted: January 28th, 2008
at 9:40am by Black Ock


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You Can’t Make Some Stuff Up

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From CBS News… January 26th 2008

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Posted: January 28th, 2008
at 8:59am by Black Ock


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