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Protest!

Picket Report: Atlanta, May 5, 2001; Friendly confront
06 May 2001
wynot <wynot@soulgarage.net>

There were eleven cars parked in front of the cult's storefront when ethercat and I arrived at 11:00. The sun was warm overhead, and the acks from passing cars began immediately - honks, and waves, and smiling thumbs-up! (I have been told that our Australian cousins assign a different meaning to an upwardly pointing thumb, but here in the states it means good things.)

Mad_Kow joined us soon, and we began picketing in earnest, sharing our message with the traffic. There was a small amount of traffic out of the org, people headed for lunch, including two uniformed Sea Ogres. Warrior, what do two chevrons on the sleeve mean? Is that high up, or an underling? I later saw another SOer come out and stand in the parking lot glaring at us. I did not see any regalia on her, but I must admit her neckpiece was tied perfectly!

A bit after noon Susan came out toting a camera with a longish (20 cm) telephoto lens to take (assuming there was film in it) pictures of us. EC and M_K ignored her, but I was in an expansive mood today, so I asked her why she was wasting film? Didn't she have plenty of pictures of us already? Susan asked me why we weren't taking any pictures, and I told her we had enough from other visits, and besides, we knew what she and the org looked like. She said "But you don't have any from today." I have to admit that I was a little rude, and just stared at her. I could not figure out what she meant. Were we supposed to be getting proof of our picket for our German (or Marcabbian, or Mintonista) paymasters? If it isn't on Kodak paper, it isn't true, maybe?

She then asked me if I still worked on a particular street (regular picket report readers will remember the time CC Aycher visited us, and the cult had a stalker follow when EC drove me back to work after a lunch hour picket. I said she should follow me around and find out. Susan responded by acting a little huffy (no, not like a bicycle), and saying SHE had a life, and three children, and a husband! I thought of several mean things to say, but I was still in a good mood so I just asked her how her new kid was doing. She responded in a fashion befitting a doting mother, and I told her I was happy for her. I think she sensed that I really wanted to ask her if she was boiling him in the purif, or mal nourishing him with Cal-Mag, or putting him on the cans yet to get electro-magnetic pseudo-therapy while recalling being Cleopatra... But I didn't, and the conversation pretty much was over.

We stayed 'til 1:00 (1300), then retired to a pleasant lunch at a Southern style restaurant. Mad_Kow picketed solo for a few minutes while EC and I were putting up our signs. In two hours we had received 122 acks, and Kow told us he had 5 more while soloing. I pointed out that in 2 hours of random cars passing by, there was anti-scientology sentiment shown to us by more people than had ever been in the org. While this means little objectively, it still made us feel good.

'til next time! Wynot
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"An individual processed with the aid of the E-meter was said to reach the intended goal of "clear" and was led to believe there was reliable scientific proof that once cleared many, indeed most illnesses would automatically be cured. Auditing was guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is false -- in short, a fraud. " Federal District Judge Gesell 333 F. Supp. 357; 1971 U.S. Dist. Court

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