Nice series here from the St. Petersburg Times on the Scientology cults based on interviews with some high-up former insiders.
Going Clear and the pop culture buzz surrounding it won't be undone by a bunch of clunky-sounding disputes and denials from Scientology's home office. Not this time. They can't successfully smear Alex Gibney and they don't know how to stop the social media tide that's about to wash over them.
Wayne Madsen of the 'Wayne Madsen Report' went after The Daily Banter for attacking Roseanne Barr, accusing us of bad journalism. Sadly, Wayne forgot to fact check pretty much everything, putting a slight dampener on his 'breaking report'.
It's almost enjoyable to watch the Church of Scientology try to respond to what's essentially a 50 megaton airburst overtop of them with the kind of tactics that may have worked for them years ago but what are positively laughable now. All Scientology knows how to do is intimidate and smear its enemies -- and it simply isn't going to work this time.
There's a tea party emerging on the left, slowly and without the actual tea party's major party support, but a lefty tea party nonetheless. It's already underway -- minus the tea bags. (Instead of tea bags, the left has long acronyms and puppet-effigies.)
This morning's roundup of the stories you may as well be reading rather than doing actual work.
It's Thursday. Remember when Friends used to be on Thursday nights? Anyways, here's what's going on in the interweb.