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From: Gerry Armstrong <armstrong@dowco.com>
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Subject: Gerry Goes Global
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 09:52:48 -0700
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You know the Zappadmasana photo?


It's from the Marin Independent Journal of November 11, 1992. I wrote
about it in 1997 on a.r.s. and it's been discussed a few times since.

For those who might not know, an asana is Sanskrit for a pose or
posture, and padma is a lotus. Padmasana is the lotus posture. Zappa
of course means cool with God.

I don't think I've mentioned on a.r.s. that in discovery in the Marin
County gag litigation Scientology produced an 8 x 10 photo identical
to the newspaper reproduction, which is what, maybe 2 x 3 inches.

I knew before Scientology produced the photo, from one reporter or
another, that Gene Ingram had paid a visit to the paper, and I assumed
it was his product. That is, that Ingram obtained the photograph from
IJ, legally or illegally.

Recently another wog (R) and I were considering putting the same IJ
photo on this page


so I called up the IJ to see if I could get a nice 8 x 10 glossy like
they'd given the cult; which would look real fine, don't you think? I
mean, it *is* a photo of me, and has nothing to do with Scientology.
But Grady Ward's photo of Keith and me is way cool too though, isn't

I talked to the photo editor about the history of the photo,
Scientology's use of it in black PR publications and on a Scientology
hate site, and the 8 x 10 photo Ingram/Scientology had bought, stolen
or tricked from the paper.

Well the photo editor was very interested in all this. On earlier
occasions IJ staff had not seemed to care that their photo was being
used by the Scientology crime cult, but this gentleman stated rather
emphatically that the IJ protects its copyrighted photos and does not
permit this kind of misappropriation.

I talked to him again a few days ago. He said that the IJ had
communicated to webmaster@parishioners.org requesting that they take
down the photo of me, but that the "webmaster" had not responded.

For now, and until I get permission, the IJ's photo won't be in The
Gerry Armstrong Chronicles. But the photo is still up at
so go have a quick look before the crime cult folds and I disappear.

The IJ's photo editor was also very interested in print publications
where the cult had used the newspaper's photo, and I just happened to
have a dandy. This is the ""Freedom"" published by Scientology in 1998
which libels Dr. Stephen Kent and me, and which was distributed across
Canada by the Globe & Mail as a "supplement."

Under the IJ's photo of me in ""Freedom"" is the statement:


Anti-religionist Stephen Kent (left) has drawn on numerous discredited
and disreputable sources including Gerry Armstrong (above) a fugitive
from justice who has boasted of his propensity for lying and

[End Quote]

Here's that 1997 post: http://armstrong.xenu.ca/1997-11-10b.htm

I believe that some folks on a.r.s. have successfully dealt with the
"Parishioners" regarding other copyright violations on the site.
Perhaps there's something helpful to pass on the IJ.

You know what the Founder of the First Church of Appliantology said:
When in doubt, ask yourself, "What would Frank do?"

(c) Gerry Armstrong


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