ARS Literati $10,000 Challenge

From: "Baba ROM DOS" <>
Subject: ARS Literati $10,000 Challenge - Judge's Report
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:34:29 +0200
Message-ID: <7ssm38$>

Having finally stolen the time from myself to make a systematic pass over all of the registered entries, here's my "official" response. As Bob is doubtless aware, and as he perhaps intended, I'm not going to make any friends in doing this, but I am not one to compromise my integrity to make friends, nor to I have the Scientology training necessary to warp my perceptions to suit my personal needs. Applying the stated qualifications in a strict but not pedantic manner, I found, much to my surprise, there was exactly one entry that seems to fully qualify. The other entries were good, some of them excellent. They all deserve to be webbed and otherwise distributed.

To recap the contest rules:

An essay of 10,000 to 15,000 words, where:

  1. ) It must full of surprising, insightful, and thought provoking ideas.

  2. ) It must be not only relevant to Scientology, it must reveal its hidden workings and show Scientology up for what it is.

  3. ) It must not lecture to Scientologists, but instead speak indirectly to them, explaining some of the hows and the whys of what they have experienced.

  4. ) It must be original.

  5. ) It must open up what L. Ron Hubbard Jr. (Nibs) referred to as the part of his father's mind that no one could get into, the part that was locked up tight, not revealed to anyone.

  6. ) It must take steps towards revealing Hubbard's true intent and it must do it in a manner that is compelling and convincing to Scientologists.

  7. ) And on top of everything else, it must say some significant and useful things about life in general.

  8. ) It must be submitted in English

The submissions under consideration, in no particular order:

Joe Cisar - "Doing Hard Time on Planet Earth"

Ed - "The Way Out is the Way Through" Ralph Hilton - <Untitled> Jeff Jacobsen - "The Hubbard is Bare" Patricia Krenik - <Untitled> Arnaldo Lerma - "The Art of Deception" Scott Meyer - "Making God Swallow His Laughter" Konchok Penday - "$cientology, the Cult of Greed and Power!" Phil Scott - "Scientology,. the Antithesis of Truth, Decency, and Life" Warrior - <Untitled> MEANINGLESS BABA ROM DOS SPECIAL AWARDS: