Interesting Article About eBay’s VeRO Program

Scientology abuses eBay’s VeRO program to practice religious, price discrimination

By the time Bill (not his real name) left the Church of Scientology a few years ago, he had amassed quite a collection of Scientology material—mostly books, tapes, e-meters. But ex-members of Scientology (especially staff members) find themselves in a difficult spot in this regard when they leave Scientology: their books, tapes, and e-meters are only valued by Scientologists, who, quite inconveniently, are strongly discouraged (read: disallowed) from communicating with ex-members—as any ex-Scientologist will tell you.

Not surprisingly, he turned to eBay, where a Scientologist buyer can remain blissfully unaware that his seller is a declared suppressive person. But every time he attempts to sell his e-meter on eBay, the listing is removed within hours by the Church of Scientology, which claims that the listing violates their intellectual property rights. And it’s not just Bill—I’ve watched numerous e-meter listings from other sellers removed before they even receive a bid.

reality based community – scott pilutik: Scientology abuses eBay’s VeRO program to practice religious, price discrimination.


Low-Income Seniors Must File Tax Return for Rebate

Low-income seniors, many of whom ordinarily don’t have to file with the IRS, will need to file tax returns to claim their checks.

NEW YORK ( — The decision to add 20 million seniors to the ranks of Americans who’ll get rebates as part of the economic stimulus plan was in the end an easy one to make.

Getting the rebates in their hands may not be as simple to do.

According to the Treasury, anyone seeking a rebate under the program, which President Bush is set to sign into law on Wednesday afternoon, must file a 2007 federal tax return, preferably by April 15, if they want to receive their check by May or June.

Rebates for seniors: Next steps – Feb. 13, 2008.


Send a Free John Adams Greeting Card

HBO’s Power of the Letter campaign encourages consumers to customize one of six different greeting cards carrying quotes from John Adams and his wife, Abigail, and send the cards for free.

The cards, available through March 30, are intended to build awareness for the HBO mini-series by encouraging people to emulate the letter writing of Adams and his wife who exchanged more than 1,000 letters in their lifetimes.

HBO’s seven-part “John Adams” debuts on March 16.


Lunar New Year 2008 Celebration

If at all possible, you really should make an effort to attend this year’s Lunar New Year Show/Asian Spring Celebration. It will feature 12 live performances and is an educational (and fun) (and affordable) family-friendly event.

WHERE: Governor Thomas Johnson High School, 1501 N. Market Street (Frederick).

WHEN: Saturday, February 16, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Tickets are $6 at the door (children 5 and under are free). The event organizer, Elizabeth, is a subscriber. If you call her at (301) 788-2870, you can purchase tickets ahead of time for $5.

Thanks, Elizabeth!


Great American Preferred Cards Available

The Career and Technology Center in Frederick County is having a fund raiser selling Great American Preferred Cards. These cards cost $10 and can be used an unlimited number of times during the year at any of the locations listed here.

If you have any questions or are interested in buying one, please email These make good gifts for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

Thanks, Joyce!