From: email@example.com (The Galactic Overlord Remailer)
Subject: ZED VS. THE LIBRARIAN-5
In trying to STUMP THE LIBRARIAN regarding the Public Research
Foundation's Press Release, "HIDDEN TIES BETWEEN IRS AND SCIENTOLOGY
REVEALED," Zed looked around at the empty library, just before closing
time, and asked softly:
>How did CST acquire authority over Scientology-related
GOOD QUESTION, ZED, BUT...YOU DIDN'T STUMP THE LIBRARIAN!
Why, Zed! Are you being coy with me? The answer to that is in the
document you already referenced in your post: the U.S. Claims Court
ruling available from Maureen Garde's website at
(and now also available on Andreas Heldal-Lund's wonderful page of court
documents, which you can get to through Operation Clambake).
In that ruling, Judge Eric G. Bruggink says that CST has "two options
over the marks and technology... . The first option is to take control
of the trademarks on published LRH works and the insignia of various
organizations. The second option is over the Advanced Technology. CST
has the option, exercisable at its sole discretion, to take over use and
authority of the marks from RTC..."
Later, the good judge goes on:
"Presumably if CST exercises its option over RTC, it would be able to
control those marks as well, thereby completing its ownership of the
publishing rights, the advanced technology, and the marks."
Just to make it crystal clear, the judge expands this theme:
"CST has the power to dismantle RTC by taking over the religious
trademarks and use of the Advanced Technology, thereby gaining direct
control over all Scientology organizations that purchase trademarked
Not enough, you say? Well, the judge has more:
"The religious trademarks and rights to the Advanced Technology
constitute most of the income-producing property owned by any of the
Scientology organizations. The remainder of LRH's income-producing
property is already designated for CST. ... In these circumstances, it
is at best disingenuous for CST to maintain that it is 'independent' of
Scientology's ecclesiastical hierarchy. ...CST stands poised to assume a
position at the apex of a pyramid of both ecclesiastical authority and
financial control over Scientology."
(Fanning *hard*) My goodness, I feel faint! Why, the *power* that Lyman
Spurlock, Meade Emory, and Sherman Lenske weild just turns my knees to
*jelly*. *Especially* considering the recent "alter-ego" ruling. Why,
jeez, maybe... . Oh, this is just too much for a little librarian like
me. I'll just shut up and let the judge talk:
"CST has stated on at least one occasion that 'it will exercise its
options and acquire the marks and materials.' ...If CST succeeds in its
quest for exempt status, it will control the trademark and publishing
rights to all of LRH's works. Those rights constitute most of
Scientology's income-producing property."
(Phew!) Well, there you go, Zed. If you notice, though, *somebody* set
it up so that CST wouldn't get all those goodies and have all that power
unless it got what DM called a "government stamp of approval" (tax
exemption). Now, that wouldn't be *Meade's* work, setting it up that
way, would it? (Where is my fingernail file when I need it?) Of course,
we *know* it was really LRH who set it up that way, given his love for
the IRS and all. I mean, gosh, everybody knows how much he thought of
the IRS, and I just bet he really felt a lot of luv for a guy like
Meade, who was there at the IRS during most of the period when that poor
IRS was being *victimized* by those nasty old G.O. guys. You know that's
the way it was, because the guvmint sez so. And so LRH probably felt
*sympathy* for Meade, being made a victim that way, and wanted to
*repay* him and his cronies by making sure *they* got control of his
copyrights and trademarks, instead of that bad old Mary Sue and those
*kids* of his. Do you like this color for my nails. I can't make up my
mind. Whaddaya' think?
NICE TRY, ZED, AND COME BACK *ANY* TIME TO PLAY...
STUMP THE LIBRARIAN.
P.S. Zed, *all* that information was in a document *you* already *had*!
Now, if there's any more of this, I'm going to have to set up some
private tutorial sessions with you for remedial reading. Look up your
words, you naughty boy!
So, uh, what's under the coat, Zed? (I *did* tell you this was a strip
challenge, didn't I?)
--<The ARSCC Librarian>
*The ARSCC, like its goose-bumped, jelly-kneed and (well--it's *cold* in
here) tightly-sweatered librarian, does not exist.