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Google Translate bug mixes up Heath Ledger, Tom Cruise

Gawker has unearthed a rather odd bug in the Google Translate software: its English-to-Spanish translator converts the name of the actor Heath Ledger, who died tragically on Tuesday, to the name of another actor–Tom Cruise. So if you enter in “I will miss Heath Ledger,” Google Translate will come back with “Voy a perder Tom Cruise.”

This looks like a simple bug in the system, perhaps the work of a bored Googler somewhere in the world. It only affects the English-to-Spanish translation; translations from English into other languages leave “Heath Ledger” intact, and “Tom Cruise” remains “Tom Cruise” in a Spanish-to-English translation. And the bug only appears to apply to the name “Heath Ledger,” as substituting a number of other actors’ names (Owen Wilson, John Travolta, Russell Crowe, Jake Gyllenhaal) also fails to yield “Tom Cruise.”

It’d all be pretty funny were it not for the terrible circumstances surrounding Ledger, 28, who was found dead after an apparent overdose of sleeping pills; there’s nothing tasteless about it, thankfully, but cracking jokes or hinting at Scientology conspiracies just doesn’t seem all that fitting. We’ve contacted Google for comment. But we’re guessing that this won’t be a very pressing issue for Mountain View.

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“I Escaped Scientology” An insider gives a brief history.

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There are moments in life, coincidences, which have the potential to utterly change the direction and meaning of your existence. Of these I have had several; they have all marked me in various ways, but none more so than that fateful late afternoon in Stuttgart, Germany, when an attractive and rather aggressive young woman blocked my path and accosted me with the interrogative; “Do you have a good memory”?

This story aims to serve a dual function: Enlighten those who may be susceptible to seduction by mind and life control cults and to provide a sense of hope for those who may be so entrapped. A tertiary purpose is to encourage the reader to seek wisdom and direction from the vast array of knowledge available at our finger tips – thanks in part to Google and ultra-fast broadband, you can read incisive works on psychoanalytical and sociological thought by Fromm and Jung, Russell’s seminal ‘Analysis of mind’ lectures to the philosophic revolutionary ideas of the enlightenment.It is among these that you will find true wisdom and real answers to the questions and uncertainties that have driven so many into the gaping maw of deceptive pseudo religion.

To the informed, Scientology evokes a visceral revulsion, and with good reason. Cruise, the empty headed fanatic, stirring up collective nausea on national TV, personifies the true core value of Scientology to the man in the street. Lisa McPherson’s emaciated corpse, the true facts of her agonizing demise hidden under a cloud of Church generated obfuscation. ‘The exhibition of death’, a C-grade horror movie set, toured around the world by the Church in a vain attempt to obliterate two hundred years worth of neuropsychiatric and psychological research and insight.

To the yellow coated Scientology Volunteer Ministers, guaranteed to appear at the site of any national disaster, like the proverbial vulture, in a hopeless endeavor to pass off recruitment and the conceited effort to gain positive media response as ‘help’; in actuality, they tend to get in the way of qualified professional rescue and emergency personnel, while wasting valuable resources that could otherwise be passed onto the victims of disaster.

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Professor Erich Fromm would have diagnosed the cults’ founder, L Ron Hubbard, as suffering from an extreme form of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. So warped was his condition that he not only founded a religious body to honor him and his thought, but further, formed a virtual military unit to protect him and his ‘works’, execute his orders and pretty much pander to his every whim.There is no doubt that he was a powerful individual and, at least before his increasing mental instability got the better of him, had bucket loads of charm and great intelligence. But these virtues were contorted, perverted, by his illness. In an all too brief moment of clarity in the early 1950s, he asked for psychiatric help, but ran away before he could be adequately assessed and treated.

A thread that runs right through all of Hubbard’s lectures and writings from the early years of the cult to his last incoherent broadcast in 1979 is that of impending doom. He paints a bleak picture of our everyday lives. Our minds are subject to our barely contained, violently irrational subconscious, and the civil cohesion we see around us is a mere shallow pretense. Hubbard gives us to believe that our social order is run by a small clique of Machiavellian, fascistic bankers, politicos and media moguls plotting to subvert our liberty and freedom.

One could be forgiven for objectively viewing his world view as an expression of severe paranoia. It would be laughable except for the fact that all cult members were gradually inculcated into this exact outlook; we viewed the world around us with mistrust and apprehension.

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It was just one of many mechanisms employed to keep us obedient and fearful of leaving.The organization operating under the brand name ‘Scientology’ and later on Hubbard’s own militant ‘praetorian guard’ The Sea Organization, where I spent twenty years of my life, were born out of Hubbard’s pathological desire to take fiction out of its context as entertainment, and place it into the realm of actuality. In this fashion he hoped to rewrite the miserable reality of his life.

This deeply flawed individual failed at everything he attempted to put his hand to. His only modicum of success was his much touted brilliance as a science fiction writer. The reality was that he wrote rather garish and poorly constructed short stories for about eight years during the nineteen thirties for a cheap throwaway medium, the pulp fiction magazine. He also wrote pornographic texts; this was an aspect of his literary career his church publicity officers kept under wraps.

Hubbard signed up for the Navy in 1940. Here he found himself in vast organization, a complex bureaucracy that he could play to suit his own ends. He never saw action, most of his war being spent in training institutions, hospitals and on leave. The brief period where he was actually allowed command of a small submarine chaser ended in disaster when he ordered his crew to fire live rounds at America’s ally, Mexico. He was relieved of command and put under close supervision as a navigator on a Liberty ship; he signed himself into hospital complaining of ulcers and conjunctivitis the day before the ship left for combat in the Pacific theatre.

World War II was over, the troops had come home.

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The youngsters that had previously devoured pulp fiction during the mid 30s had grown up and were focused now on building lives in a newly prosperous America. There was now little or no market the fiction magazine.Hubbard was out of a job. Working off his 1939 premise that the way to make a million dollars was to start a religion, Hubbard dug up his unpublished manuscript, the science fiction novel ‘Excalibur’. This novel concerned a galactic overlord called Xenu, who banished millions of his subjects to the ‘prison planet’ Earth. It was around this 1930s era manuscript that Hubbard created what we know today as Scientology.

He was enough of a pragmatist to realize that the story of Xenu and the fate of the banished aliens would not entice the masses to part with hard earned cash; he needed a hook, and thanks to Freud and a few party tricks, found one. He called it Dianetics and its brief popularity rode on the back of a wave of a renewed interest the mind, mysticism and self exploration.

Dianetics was concocted from a mixture of vicious mind-control techniques and scrambled versions of both Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis. It was developed and expanded upon over the years, and eventually became part of an apparently vast body of ‘research’ that Hubbard called ‘The Tech’ (as in Technology) which he made available to his followers; for a price. Trained in this lethal ‘therapy’, these unqualified mental practitioners were brainwashed into believing they were the vanguard of a new civilization, one that would eventually overwhelm the institutions of state, learning and religion with Hubbard’s brand of social obedience, and thus avert the coming apocalypse. Driven by their leaders incessant haranguing, they formed what we know today as ‘The Church’ of Scientology.

Hubbard had been practically kicked out of Washington University’s School of Engineering, where he was a sporadic attendee between 1930 and 1932. As he developed the ‘philosophy’ of Scientology, he thought it would be helpful if he acquired a Ph.D, and he did, for about $250 US. I will cite a passage from Dr. Christopher Evan’s pithy volume on the religion, ‘The Cult of Unreason’ – The Cult of Reason: “As for Hubbard’s doctorate, it was awarded, one learns, from the magnificently styled `Sequoia University of California’ – an establishment which you will search for endlessly the standard list of American universities, but which used to be well known to quacks on the West Coast as a degree mill where `qualifications’ could be bought for suitable sums.

There is some evidence, as it happens, that L. Ron has had occasion to regret his involvement with the diminutive faculty of the Sequoia University, for his bogus Ph.D. has been frequently brought up by unkind critics as a stick to beat him with – and one for which he can find no ready defence.

On 8 March 1966, possibly tiring of suffering on behalf of this valueless embarrassment, but with a typically flamboyant gesture, he took an advertisement in the personal column of The Times, `resigning’ his degree in the following words:

“I, L Ron Hubbard of Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, having reviewed the damage being done in our society with nuclear physics and psychiatry by persons calling themselves `Doctor’, do hereby resign in protest my university degree as a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.), anticipating an early public outcry against anyone called `Doctor’; and although not in any way connected with bombs or `psychiatric treatment’ or treatment of the sick, and interested only and always in philosophy and the total freedom of the human spirit, I wish no association of any kind with these persons and do so publicly declare, and request my friends and the public not to refer to me in any way with this title.”With this characteristic piece, which it is impossible not to admire, he partly sealed a crack in his armor, at the same time cleverly taking the opportunity to pound psychiatrists, his perpetual antagonists.

Having considered the Founder of Scientology’s scanty academic background, we now pass on to inspect other interesting claims which have helped to bolster his image as a man of wild and far-reaching talents. The claims are many and apart from the obvious, and quite unchallengeable, one that he is a writer, he is also often referred to as an explorer, a naval war hero, a philosopher, a master mariner and, most extraordinary of all, `one of the prime movers in the US effort of getting man into space’.

What of Lord Xenu and the 1939 manuscript?

This became part of the mysterious Scientology ‘holy of holies’, the secret knowledge that would only be revealed to the follower after years of extensive conditioning and parting with large sums of money. Hubbard built various myths around this ‘level’: One would attain superhuman abilities, read minds, operate as a conscious unit outside the confines of the body, become aware of ‘past lives’ and so on. It was a hook that Hubbard used, and indeed, the ‘Church’ today, uses to keep the sycophant paying money, donating time or, in the case of Hubbard’s military, their whole lives, to the cause.

I escaped the cult just over a year ago, having been an ultra orthodox member of its militant inner circle for twenty years. Contrary to their rather shallow propaganda claims, it was neither a healthy nor life enhancing experience.During my last year in the cult, I was involved in wide ranging plan that involved among other things, the infiltration of a relatively important local government institution. I was already sitting on several influential committees and it was really only a matter of time before I would be able to manipulate this democratic institution to the advantage of my own, very undemocratic, hierarchical and quite frankly, criminal operation.

It is ironic that my subversive mission provided the key to my waking up, seeing Scientology for what it is, and escaping.

I had been more or less cut off from the real world since 1986: Access to TV, Internet and other media has always been discouraged, but since 1990, Internet use for the Sea Organization member, with the exception of those in the intelligence and policing branch, has been strictly verboten.

My work granted me considerable latitude with regard to typical organizational rules and restrictions, and the fact that I was in a rather senior position a long distance from the cult HQ in Sussex, gave me unprecedented freedom. Because I was involved in the educational and social field, I had to read up on the various theories I was being exposed to: Fromm, Jung, Freud and Dr. Perry. Additionally, I had to do considerable internet searches to trace key targets for the purposes of my mission.Exposure to such material had the effect of developing my critical thinking faculties, and I began to spot huge holes in Hubbard’s ‘philosophy’. One evening I ‘Googled’ the word ‘Scientology’, I began reading. I stopped at five the next morning due to exhaustion, but I was exhilarated, I had hit a gold mine of information. I came across posts, essays and exposes of the cult, very often from colleagues I had known over the years and who had disappeared into that murky realm outside of Scientology.

It was a terrifying experience to walk out into the real world, with nothing to show for my slavish devotion to the cult. Twenty years of sixteen-hour days and seven-day weeks takes its toll. I had nothing to show for myself, just the clothes on my back, I was unknown to any social services and was in a country that was not my own, this and facing up to the lies and distortions that had been drummed into me over the years was difficult.

The Scientologist describes the world outside as ‘the wog world’; the unenlightened humanoid is a ‘wog’.

The cult member who ‘falls from grace’ and leaves the church is described as a ‘degraded being’, destined for a short pain-filled life and reincarnation as a lunatic, handicap, street kid or some other form of degraded creature. This is not very encouraging to say the least.As is typical of many ex-cult members, I suffered a period of acute suicidal depression, which I survived thanks to Hubbard’s and Scientology’s biªte noir; Psychiatrists and psychologists.

In my new life outside of that psychotic cult, I have found love, encouragement, compassion, real peace and a sense of contentment that I did not think possible while moving up Hubbard’s torturous ‘Road to total freedom.’

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Colbert’s Portrait in the National Portrait Gallery [PIC]

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America’s Top 20 Drunkest Athletes

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Last July, COED featured pictures of a sloshed Eli Manning throwing down karaoke style. The Giants made it to the Superbowl last Sunday and his infamous pictures have resurfaced with a fury, appearing on nearly every sports blog on the net.

This popularity has led us to compile a list of the America’s Top 20 Drunkest Athletes on the internet. These guys are rich, famous and as you will see, they enjoy throwing down a few beers after a hard day at the office.

Make sure you click the pictures to view the galleries and vote at the bottom for who you think is America’s Drunkest Athlete.

#20 Plaxico Burress – New York Giants
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#19 Adam Morrison – Charlotte Bobcats
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#18 Antonio Pierce – New York Giants
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#17 David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox
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#16 Derek Jeter – New York Yankees

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#15 Eli Manning – New York Giants
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#14 Jimmy Johnson – NFL Coach and former Superbowl champ
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#13 John Daly – PGA Golfer
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#12 Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears
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#11 Matt Flynn – LSU Football QB
Matt Flynn drunk edit

#10 Matt Leinart – Arizona Cardinals
Matt Leinart drunk

#9 David Beckham – Los Angeles Galaxy
David Beckham drunk

#8 Mike Dunleavy, Jr. – Indiana Pacers
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#7 Randy Wolfe – Philadelphia Phillies
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#6 Eli Manning (Part. 2) – New York Giants
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#5 Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies
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#4 Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
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#3 Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns
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#2 Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzk drunk

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Awesome Mashup: Celebrity Heads on Money

Advanced Photoshop Pictures Gallery – 26 image entries

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 Contest Directions:  There’s a new craze going in United Kingdom – people take pictures of themselves partially covered with folded banknotes (mostly with queen Elizabeth) in the foreground. The result is merged faces of people and queen Elizabeth on the banknotes. The mix looks surprisingly natural for some. See example – the queen is bald!.
In your entries you should include a banknote (or any country) folded so that the person depicted on the banknote is merged with any celebrity or politician of your choice, similar to how it’s done in this example. Feel welcome to merge the lower part of the face on the banknote or upper part. Please don’t forget to include the name of the celebrity in the entry title.

Top 26 Contest Gallery Pictures

 This photoshop gallery of pictures only contains our top 26 picture selections from its parent contest Money Celebrities. All 37 contest pictures gallery and contest information can be viewed here.

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    Ben Bernanke Money pictures
    Ben Bernanke Money
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
     
    Jack Nicholson Money pictures
    Jack Nicholson Money
    Jack Nicholson behind a hundred dollar bill.
     
    Abraham Lincoln Money pictures
    Abraham Lincoln Money
     
    Keira Knightly Australian Money pictures
    Keira Knightly Australian Money
     
     
    Johnny CASH Money pictures
    Johnny CASH Money
    A little tribute to the man in black, Johnny Cash.
     
    Dr. Evil Money pictures
    Dr. Evil Money
     
     
    Brad Pitt Money pictures
    Brad Pitt Money
     
     
    Fred Thompson Money pictures
    Fred Thompson Money
    Fred is perfect for a $2.00 bill.
     
    Kenny Rogers Money pictures
    Kenny Rogers Money
    Kenny Rogers and a Grant bill
     
    Mr. Bean Money pictures
    Mr. Bean Money
    Mr. Bean Invade the Philippines Currency…just for the holiday season.
     
    John Kennedy Money pictures
    John Kennedy Money
    Marconi is on the other side
     
    Gene Wilder Money pictures
    Gene Wilder Money
     
     
    Bin Laden Money pictures
    Bin Laden Money
     
     
    Steve McQueen Money pictures
    Steve McQueen Money
     
     
    Lindsay  Lohan Money pictures
    Lindsay Lohan Money
     
     
    Jack Sparrow Money pictures
    Jack Sparrow Money
     
     
    Colin Farrell Money pictures
    Colin Farrell Money
    Hope you like it
     
    Laurie Hugh Money pictures
    Laurie Hugh Money
    Laurie Hugh
     
    Pope Money pictures
    Pope Money
    This version is submitted for the sake of purety ie. the folded note as opposed to a merged whole note.
     
    Phyllis Diller Money pictures
    Phyllis Diller Money
    Phyllis Diller
     
    TomKat Money pictures
    TomKat Money
     
     
    Elvis Money pictures
    Elvis Money
     
     
    Ben Stiller Money pictures
    Ben Stiller Money
    Ben Stiller
     
    Julia Roberts Money pictures
    Julia Roberts Money
     
     
    George Lucas Money pictures
    George Lucas Money
    On a 2000 Lire note
     
    Matthew Mcconaughey  Money pictures
    Matthew Mcconaughey Money
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    Heath Ledger is Dead

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    TMZ has learned that 2006 Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has died in NY.

    He was found dead in his bed in one of his residences in Soho by his housekeeper at 3:35 PM ET today. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe it was not a crime, adding that prescription pills were found near his body.

    According to NYPD a masseuse arrived at Ledger’s apartment and was let in by a housekeeper. When Ledger didn’t answer his bedroom door, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened it and found him unconscious. They attempted to wake him; when they couldn’t, they called 911.

    We’re told when paramedics responded, the actor was in full cardiac arrest. They attempted to perform CPR on him, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The 28-year-old actor has a two year old daughter with former fiancee Michelle Williams — they separated in September, 2007. He plays The Joker in the upcoming Batman film, “The Dark Knight” and is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking role as Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain.”

    We’re told Heath had dinner last night with his model girlfriend Gemma Ward.

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    Burt Reynolds will beat you up if you touch his toupee

     

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    Watch out!  Burt Reynolds is on the attack and has issued a threat to fans who try to steal his toupee, he’ll beat them up.  The 71-year-old admits he slips on a wig to cover up his baldness when he is in public, but he is confident he can tackle any pranksters who try to snatch it from his head.

    Reynolds tells Maxim magazine, “I wear wigs once in a while. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It’s all a joke really. I always say, ‘If you can get it off my head before I kick all the air out of your body, let’s do that. One good thing, no matter how old I get, is that people say, ‘He’s crazy; he’ll kick you.’ I have that reputation, so I just stick with it.”

    Incase you want to test him out, he will be hitting the red carpet soon when his new animated comedy ‘Delgo’ is released.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you, he’s one fiesty dude! ;)

    HA!  Derober.com has just offered up a $200 bounty to whoever snatches Burt Reynold’s wig! Check them out for more details!

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