4000 kids under 10 on mood drugs

UNPUBLISHED figures show that nearly 4000 children under the age of 10 were prescribed anti-depressants last financial year, including 553 children under five and 48 babies.

The commonwealth Department of Health statistics give an alarming, although most likely conservative, age-by-age breakdown of the national use of anti-depressants.

Leading pediatricians and psychiatrists can offer no reason why infants would be given the drugs.

Depression expert Gordon Parker said the numbers were “beyond comprehension” and urged the federal Government to ask doctors responsible for supplying scripts for young children to justify their actions.

Professor Parker, the executive director of the Black Dog Institute, said: “At first pass it is beyond comprehension that more than 500 Australian children – aged one to five years – have received an anti-depressant drug.

“When the particular drugs are considered, the risk of significant side effects – let alone their efficacy – is of key concern. It strikes me that there would be wisdom in having the doctors justify such prescriptions to determine whether there are any justifiable reasons for such surprising data.”

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Tom Cruise pressured Amazon into pulling anti-Scientology book?

According to John Duignan, the author of The Complex, a book that claims Scientology members are subjected to sleep deprivation and systematic brainwashing, Tom Cruise is directly responsible for Amazon’s unceremonious yanking of the book from both their UK and American sites.

Five days after The Complex’s release, Tom Cruise paid a visit to the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, supposedly to host a preview of “Valkyrie,” Cruise’s newest movie. Several days after Cruise’s visit, Amazon stopped selling The Complex , saying that the book allegedly makes “false claims” about a Scientologist mentioned in the text.

Germany Won’t Outlaw Scientology

Germany has made no secret of their complete and utter distaste for Scientology in recent years. Last year, government officials dared to ban Tom Cruise from filming on location because of his Scientology affiliation. But that was really only one minor incident in the government’s surveillance and investigation of the organization in an attempt to ban the Church of Scientology from the country altogether. However, the government has now dropped its attempts citing insufficient evidence. But, government insiders say that the organization will continue to be monitored by the government because of concerns that the tenants of the religion go against the constitutional principles of Germany.

Riverside County supervisors OK limits on picketing in residential neighborhoods

The Church of Scientology’s concerns about protesters outside their Gilman Hot Springs base led Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone to seek and gain approval Tuesday for county restrictions on picketing in residential neighborhoods.

Only Supervisor Bob Buster voted against the ordinance, which forbids demonstrators from coming within 300 feet of a home they are targeting in unincorporated Riverside County.

Buster said a 300-foot buffer would effectively quash demonstrations outside residences. He said the ordinance threatens free-speech rights.

Stone said that protesters can still present their message, but at a safe distance that prevents violence.

“We need to do what we can locally to allow people to have freedom of expression but not provide a bully pulpit for hate,” he said.

Important New Leak of Scientology Cult Insider Documents

Wikileaks has now released the Scientology cult’s “Clear Expansion Committee” documents, an excellent new leak that shows the intimate relationship between the “Church” of Scientology and its many supposedly “secular” front groups. There are materials for training Scientologists in setting up their “Free Stress Test” tables, maximizing book sales; and promoting the cheezy “e-meter” gadget as a “sophisticated instrument.” In addition, the documents reveal Scientology’s goal to expand Scientology by infiltrating such organizations as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. This is an important leak, and it will be helpful in getting this criminal cult shut down for good.

The documents.

Scientology guards kill sword-wielding man in LA

A security guard at a Scientology building in Hollywood has shot dead a man brandishing two Samurai swords, apparently a former member of the controversial church.

The unidentified man approached three guards around 1.30pm yesterday in the car park of the Scientology Celebrity Centre, reportedly swinging the weapons and making threatening sounds. Police said he was “close enough to hurt them” when one of the guards shot him, Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Terry S. Hara said.

The man, in his forties, was taken to hospital where he died from his wounds.

Surveillance footage confirmed the guards’ claim that they had acted in self-defence, police said. However officers are investigating whether the guard, from a private security firm, was licensed to carry a weapon.

The would-be attacker had a previous relationship with the Church of Scientology though his exact motive is as yet unclear.

The video showed the man pulling up at the building in a red convertible, then approaching the guards with a sword in each hand, Mr Hara said.

“The evidence itself, it’s very, very clear,” he continued. “The security officers were defending their safety.”

Scientology’s Money Trail

South Park has ridiculed it, protesters have attacked it, and Germany has tried to outlaw it. Yet the Church of Scientology still operates in 160 countries, with an extremely complex economic model that makes it hard for opponents to go after its finances. Ever since the 1980s, when it faced a potentially lethal class-action lawsuit and intense scrutiny from the U.S. government, the group has reportedly spread its revenues—and its liability—among a vast array of independent trusts, corporations, and nonprofits. All are reportedly tightly controlled by David Miscavige, a second-generation Scientologist who has run the church since the 1986 death of its founder, science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. Tax filings from the early 1990s show that the church was earning about $300 million a year back then, but the paper trail disappears after that. The church won tax-exempt status in 1993 and is not required to file annual returns with the I.R.S., so it’s extremely difficult to tell just how much Scientology takes in during a given year. (Groups that don’t have direct ties to the church’s executive branch, or “Mother Church,” as it’s known, often act as separate legal entities and file taxes individually.) We asked a number of sources—ex-Scientologists familiar with the church’s finances—to help us arrive at an estimate of its annual revenue.