# Tom Cruise-The Last Samurai-The National Geographic Connection

Last December, I noticed that the December issue of "National Geographic" magazine had a feature story (30+ pages long) on samurai. I immediately suspected that this was an advertisement/PR for Tom Cruise's latest movie "The Last Samurai," probably paid by him or his camp.

What do you think?

Evo
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It may have been the other way around, National Geographic deciding to do the article because people's interests may have been piqued by the movie...

Originally posted by Evo
It may have been the other way around, National Geographic deciding to do the article because people's interests may have been piqued by the movie...

The December issue came out in November. The National Geographic sent at least one writer and two photographers to Japan for the story (according to the credit section for the story). They must have started working on the story months ahead.

The Last Samurai opened in December.

I find the timing suspicious.

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Do you think there's a connection between the National Geographic and Scientology?

Originally posted by Julian Solos
Do you think there's a connection between the National Geographic and Scientology?

No there isn't. There is a certain mystique about the Samurais and it
has a fascinating history.

It's a great movie, but I find that their treatment of the Emperor as some sort of God-like creature a bit too much. It was pretty accurate neverthless.

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Are you sure?

Originally posted by The_Professional
No there isn't.

Are you sure?

Alexander Graham Bell was working on an apparatus for transmitting sound by electricity in 1870's. Impressed with Bell's research efforts, the fathers of two deaf students Bell helped assisted him financially in his scientific pursuits.

The patent for telephone was granted to Bell in 1876.

In 1877 Bell married one of the two deaf students mentioned above.

In 1898 Bell succeeded his father-in-law as president of the National Geographic Society.

The name of the deaf woman Bell married?

Mabel Hubbard

The name of her father?

Gardiner Greene Hubbard

Their relation to L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology . . .
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How the heck should I know?

Can anybody good at genealogy research check on their relation? Thank you.

Originally posted by Julian Solos
Are you sure?

"1965: L. Ron Hubbard elected to membership in National Geographic Society."

From: http://www.religio.de/books/bfm/trutfict.html

So? some of his photographs appeared in National Geographic Magazine. What conspiracy theory are you trying to get at?

Tom Cruise is a member of Scientology.

TOMCRUISE PR

Since Tom Cruise credits the CO$with all of his achievements, any and all PR related to him and/or his work is PR for Co$. See Scientology .

Strangely though, he attributed the curing of his dyslexia to the CO\$ in the 80s but in a recent interview with Larry King he denies ever being dyslexic. We may never know the truth...

I doubt there is a connection I'm sure National Geographic tried to put as much emphasis as possible on the Samurai culture and it similarities to the Movie instead of Tom for a reason..

-Peace