Torment via squirrel?
Come on, guys…
Besides being conformist-freaky (and probably NOT helping your cause, at ALL, to convince people you are NOT a bunch of brainwashed robot wackos), is this really the way you want it known that you encourage church attendance?
I don’t think it is.
[via MSN] Scientologists harass defector with ‘Squirrel Busters’ squad
It only seems natural that Scientologists would get a little fussy when people try to leave the church. It has to be tough, after all, to convince people a space alien lord named Xenu caused all the woes of mankind through an intergalactic war 75 million years ago. However, dressing in cartoony squirrel T-shirts and following defectors around with a camera is a little excessive, as Marty Rathbun has become painfully aware of. The former spiritual mentor to Tom Cruise outlines his plight since he left the church with the so-called “Squirrel Busters,” (a “squirrel” being a heretic in the Church of Scientology) beginning with this bizarre video recorded last year at his house. [Read More]
And for all of you who have fallen victim to such creepy ass’d harassment?
Do I have a video that reflects just what you must be feeling!
In order to truly understand how a signal functions, researchers need to be able to conduct playback experiments that recreate elements of the display in a controlled fashion. To create a playback of a complex visual signal we, like many other animal behaviorists, have turned to the burgeoning field of biorobotics. That is, with collaborators at UC Davis, we have created a mechanical model of a squirrel that we think is a reasonable representation of the squirrel display.
Details of the robosquirrel model and our efforts to date are summarized in Joshi et al 2011 (see Clark Lab webpage). This video shows some of our preliminary tests of the robosquirrel. It is potentially a very useful tool for more experimental work in this system, but we still need to iron out some wrinkles in terms of field deployment.
The comparison is just not as creepy.
Snake-stalking your members?