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Looks more like panhandling than seeking donations: Grassroots Campaign Inc.'s street kids are obnoxious, snide and pushy ["Gross Profit," Taylor Friedman, feature, 9/28]. They start waving at people like they know them as they approach, then make snide remarks when they pass. I have had to intervene several times as they followed the elderly and unsuspecting tourists down the street berating them. I am thrilled that SF Weekly is calling out their fraud and abuse of people who are just out trying to get through their day. This company should have been shut down a year ago.
Go after criminals, not canvassers: This story is hardly original or that interesting. Some young journalist comes along every so often to write about this tired old subject thinking that he or she is breaking some big scandalous story. Yawn. Canvassing is the oldest and still most effective form of activism and engagement. Do we expect the Internet to go out there and change the world for us as we hide behind our computer screens? Is that what we have come to? Go report on some real news about some actual bad guys! There are plenty out there! As we progressives bicker about every last detail and work against ourselves we are allowing the true enemy to run wild, which is exactly what they want! Look at the big picture here, people, and then decide where to best put energy (especially Friedman).
Blog Comments of the Week
In response to Part I of the Scientology series: I find those graphs [posted on the Snitch] to be entirely plausible, if only because they're all very consistent with each other ["Scientology Apostate Part I: San Francisco Church Stats," Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 9/26]. Making up numbers is easy, but making them up in such a way that dozens of different weeks all balance when scrutinized individually? That would take a ton of work. They're also consistent with observation. Watch the org entrance, look in their windows. It's pretty empty. [S.F. church President] Jeff Quiros's denials [that the graphs are real] ring as hollow as the claims of there being 10 million Scientologists.
Part II: This reporting on Ethicstrouble [the series interviewee] is great ["Scientology Apostate Part II: Life in the Org," Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 9/27]. I thought Scientology was some harmless Hollywood cult until I read Lauren Smiley's SF Weekly cover story a few years back ["Scientology's Antagonists," feature, 8/13/08]. Since then I have kept my eye out. I read Lawrence Wright's New Yorker article on Paul Haggis, and read Janet Reitman's book after SF Weekly wrote about her ["Janet Reitman Goes Where No One Else Wants To: Inside Scientology," Alan Scherstuhl, the Exhibitionist, 9/12]. After reading about Ethicstrouble, it struck me: Scientology doesn't look much like a church. "Bodies In Shop" — appears more like a high-pressure business. And now today with Ethicstrouble talking about getting punished for browsing the Internet? It's like some Communist regime from the 1950s time-warped to S.F.
Those protesters from Anonymous are hilarious. I live in North Beach. When I drive by they are dancing, tourists stop to have their pictures taken with them, and they get a lot of horn love. Ethicstrouble needs to stay strong. Looking forward to more reports.
Part III: This feedback is so important; Ethicstrouble is letting protesters like myself know that we are making a difference, and in doing so is helping to free many more Scientologists ["Scientology Apostate Part III: Anonymous' Effect on the Org," Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 9/28]. We [protestors] won't give up until the abuse and deception end.