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And we thought yesterday's video by Scientologists was jaw-dropping. This is getting ridiculous.

Thank you, Mark Bunker (a/k/a Wise Beard Man) for finding a copy of this inspirational video made by Scientologists at the Phoenix "org" who are in a big push to extract even more money from parishioners (who are already constantly hit up for more cash in a process known as "regging," by registrars). In this case, it's to raise money for the launch of a new "Ideal Org" in Phoenix, one of a wave of new buildings Scientology has been erecting for God knows what.

As we've pointed out in several recent posts, Scientology is on a building boom as its membership is dwindling. The Daily's Hunter Walker recently estimated that the church now has about 484 square feet of property for every member!

But even after Scientologists are pressed to pay for more and more expensive services, they're being asked to dig even deeper to help finish new "Ideal Orgs" which are supposed to deliver Scientology's "technology" even better than their old, not-so-ideal orgs. Or something.

Anyway, as with yesterday's shiny happy film, we'd love to hear our commenters on what they think of this film. Would it convince you to fork over a few thousand simoleons?



UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Phoenix org. I told the young man who answered the phone that I had seen the fundraising video and wanted to make sure -- this is an effort to raise money for a new "Ideal Org" in Phoenix?

"Yeah, we're about to buy the building."

Where, I asked.

"Over on the east side."

And why does Phoenix need a new org. Is the current one full or something?

"It's what we're doing now. So we can expand into the city more so people can know that we're here."

And how's the fundraising going?

"It's going great."



tortega@villagevoice.com | @VoiceTonyO

Click here to see all recent Scientology coverage at the Voice

Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration -- A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology's Retaliation is "Scary and Pathetic"


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John McMaster
John McMaster

All this video does for me is prove that Scientology mostly attractspeople already afflicted with some sort of mental and emotional condition. Iseriously doubt that their “religion” will do anything to help improve their situation.

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Jgg
Jgg

I'll have what Dede is having.

Mike
Mike

So Iguess your "critical thinking" regarding the anti- Scientology movement has been reduced to making fun of people who are doing what they believe in.

figaro
figaro

what happened when a scientologist took scientology for a multi million dollar ride in a pyramid investement scheme not unlike how bernie took big investors down. this would have been karma for scientology.

Scientia
Scientia

"And why does Phoenix need a new org. Is the current one full or something?"

First things first, an "org" and a "building" are not one and the same thing. Phoenix has an org. The org HAS a building. The org is acquiring a NEW building through fundraising.

This may sound a wee bit picky but it is nonetheless accurate. The $quirrel Cult Under Miscavige (aka $CUM) justifies his "Ideal Orgs" using Hubbard's HCO PL 12 March 1975, Data Series 40, THE IDEAL ORG which describes the optimum activities and environment for each and every org. What it does NOT describe, however, in ANY way shape or form, is a BUILDING. They are two very different things.

"It's what we're doing now. So we can expand into the city more so people can know that we're here."

So that's a no then.

The idea that a big new BUILDING will suddenly bring in masses of new public is ridiculous. This violates one of the most basic principles of Scientology (Be, Do, Have) by creating a MUST HAVE before they can DO or BE.

It emphasises "future stats" (the big new building is needed "so we can expand into the city more so people can know that we're here.") ignoring existing levels of production/delivery, and basic admin policies on production, finance and org expansion.

"When you first inspect an area for products, you just look. ..Don't listen to how they are going to get 150 products; just look and walk around with a clipboard. ..If you don't see receipts for 150 shipped products, they don't exist and never have. ..Products that are only in people's heads don't exist." -- LRH, HCOB 23 August 1979R Issue III Product Debug Series 1R, Debug Tech (Tech Vol. XI, p. 507)

"VIABILITY of the org...is the first and foremost consideration. In terms of quarters an org can afford just so much expense. Therefore viability is the first consideration – not how posh or what repute or what image. Thus we have the policy that THE FIRST CONSIDERATION IN PROCURING QUARTERS IS THE VIABILITY OF THE ORG. ..Image is a secondary consideration. One does all he can by staff work to improve the image. If image is the reason why one must move from an area where the org was viable or had student housing, forget it. Polish up what you have already. ..Cleanliness and order of what you have is the image to concentrate upon. Staff pay and food and cheap student housing do more for an org than a posh building.” -- LRH, HCO PL 23 Sept 70 Quarters, Policy Regarding; Historical

The fact that the public is being asked to DONATE to the building fund is also SQUIRREL.

"Don't engage in ‘fund raising’ or ‘selling postcards’ or borrowing money. Just make more income with Scientology. It's a sign of very poor management to seek extraordinary solutions for finance outside Scientology. It has always failed. For Orgs as for pcs ‘Solve It With Scientology’. Every time I myself have sought to solve finance or personnel in other ways than Scientology I have lost out. So I can tell you from experience that Org solvency lies in More Scientology, not patented combs or fund raising barbecues." -- LRH, HCO PL 24 February 1964Urgent - Org Programming.

Org income is generated through book sales and the delivery of Scientology services. A portion of that income is supposed to go into a Building Fund account, per LRH, to be used for specific projects, to prevent insolvency, and for the PURCHASE OF BUILDINGS.

"The weekly proportion of income owing to the Building Fund Account must be paid into it weekly and may not be withheld. ..The purpose of this account is to provide a cushion by which an organization which is becoming insolvent may be salvaged. ..The secondary purpose of the Building Fund is to purchase property..." -- LRH, HCO PL 18 Jan 65 Financial Management, Building Fund Account.

DM's "Ideal Org" campaign is simply a real estate acquisition strategy (using public money that should be going towards Bridge progress) that has no basis in Scientology.

Theresa Defino
Theresa Defino

can anyone explain the cross the lead wacko lady is wearing? how can you be a christian and still believe the CoS alien bullshit? 

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

Do you suppose the New Phoenix Org will have Rubber walls so the inmates can't injure themselves?

GUSTY
GUSTY

Are you sure those women haven't escaped from a nearby looney bin?!

stella s.
stella s.

What a bunch of phony over-the-top piglets of somnambulance and greed.     That's the nauseating PUT ON  (fake) "enthusiasm"  like the tone will get other lemmings to toss aside all observation and financial planning.

43211
43211

Hey, where is Wonderful Russ?  Come on Russel Shaw, do your duty and make some professional announcements for your cult.  And if we don't like you, we will fire you.

LOL, the cult is dead in PHX.

Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene

I get it now.  This video and the squirrel busters video were done by Anonymous.  Right?  Oh...those crazy guys!!!

Arielle
Arielle

If anybody from the PLANET donates them money, they go crazy. I guess they are not accepting donations from Marcab.

LemmeGoCrazyOnYou
LemmeGoCrazyOnYou

"So if THEY donate.....we could go CRAZY.....for THEM??"

"AbsoLUTEly!............................................................................................................................................................................................WOW!"

Too late, ladies. Too late.

Guest
Guest

We should get some vid caps out of that, like at 0:39.  Friggin ridiculous human beings.  This is truly hideous.

Also, why should they have to pay rent back to corporate scientology if they raised the money for the building themselves?

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

You can almost see Tom Cruise in the background, jumping on a couch.

Guest
Guest

 We've given some money to the fund to build a monument to David Miscavige's great leadership abilitilies, it will look like a giant penis.

                                                            Love,                                                              Terryeo and Louanne, OSA, now and forever

MarkStark
MarkStark

I was looking at the board in the background. At first I thought people were making $32,000 donations but that is the running total on the left. Jason & Jenny gave $6 (not very theta of them is it) and a lot of the donations are for $25. Of course, if they are getting donations from "all over the planet..."

Laughter Heals
Laughter Heals

Seems the usual cult trolls are MIA.......they're usually here by now whining about discrimination. Well come to think of it......it's pretty hard to accuse others of hatred, when they can't stop laughing at you.

I mean come on......how can you DEFEND a video like THAT?????

Come back Louanne! We're sorry for laughing our collective @sses off at you!

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

Note to self:  Feed dog $5 bill and donate stool. 

TheGuest
TheGuest

Another wild and crazy fact:  After they squeeze their last couple million $$ out of their accounts, credit cards, home sale, business sale, loans (taken out for ? because if they said scientology, no way), and also wrestling every family members' accounts,  after all that,

Then .. they will have to somehow come up with a few million more for the Renovations, more crazy me parties, in between working 3 jobs now.

Then ... they will have to somehow come up with a few million more for the Furnishings, more I'm really gonna go crazy now parties, in between dropping in at bankruptcy court.

Then.. then guess what!?  Then they get to Pay Scientology/Miscavige for rent of the building they just paid for and all it's renovations and furnishings.  That's Right!  And all the utilities and maintenance.

Then ... the few staff and public left slip away to get caught up in sleep, bills, careers, and now and then a few minutes to see if the kids are still around somewhere.  Then the building becomes known as yet another...

Idle Morgue     So that woman in the video, she knows all the above and that explains why she's already going crazy now, no sense in putting it off. 

Ron the Con
Ron the Con

For the first time folks....captured on TV.......evidence of what scientology kool-aid does to the brain!!!!

LABEL WARNING: Use of this product may result in delusions of grandeur .....with potential side effects of brain shrinkage & dementia

MarkStark
MarkStark

Sounds like too much going crazy for what is supposed to be "an oasis of sanity."

I like when she says, "Hi! It's DeeDee again" after she was gone for a millisecond. I thought she used her OT powers to disappear until she waved at me and brought me into present time.

So yeah, I felt I had to give at least a thousand dollars. I took out a loan from THE FIRST BANK OF CRAZYNUTZ and had them wire the money to Venus.

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

I think Mr Ortega presented the information (Phoenix Org Video) for others to evaluate and use their own "critical thinking", this is a very different approach to the current practices of the Church of Scientology, who edit or delete information and tell their followers/general public what 'they think' they 'SHOULD'  be thinking!

Scientia
Scientia

Says a guy whose "church" uses a logo of an ex-member's head stuck on the body of a squirrel.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Very Lulzy, Scientia: $CUM - $quirrel Cult Under Miscavige!

I've been witness to the birth of the new meme! 

Thank you!

Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan

The weekly proportion of income owing to the Building Fund Account must be paid into it weekly and may not be withheld. ..The purpose of this account is to provide a cushion by which an organization which is becoming insolvent may be salvaged. ..The secondary purpose of the Building Fund is to purchase property..." -- LRH, HCO PL 18 Jan 65 Financial Management, Building Fund Account.

This is an excellent quote, Scientia.

Most of the orgs are running on empty when it comes to funds, and have been doing so for a very long time.  Many staff are double and triple hatted because of the exodus of personnel  No one and no money is coming in, and more and more dipping into the reserves has been needed to fight the critics, fight the journalists, pay the pi bill, and keep the orgs from going under.  Many of the orgs are functionally insolvent.

This money, if it comes in, should be going to save the already existing orgs.  But instead the push is driving more away. 

Guest
Guest

The question is how much money has she spent on courses so far.  If she hasn't spent enough to learn about the R6 "Christ" memory implant, than she may still think $cientology is compatible with Christianity. I'm also suspicious the scientologists may be starting to disguise themselves as Christians to fool people. There was one incident recently where they were putting statues of saints on their proselytizing tables. 

Tonya & Sis
Tonya & Sis

Tom Cruise is definitely in the background. He is using all of Scientology to jack himself off and try to stand tall --- the same way he chooses roles. Rock of Ages?   It's all about HIM.  Look at me-me-me-me-me-me.   PUKE.  He's trashed Mission Impossible and now wants to be a parasite on this.  And he uses all those dedicated hard working people in a mutual jerk with David Miscavige. They are PARASITES!!    Tom Cruise is ooogly, vain and arrrooogant with nothing to back it up except POSING.

GUSTY
GUSTY

without balls

Old OT7
Old OT7

Actually, Mark, their getting donations from all over the universe!  Remember, DM told the faithful at the Palladium in Hollywood, that Hubbard was in the next galaxy starting scientology there.  I believe 50 regges volunteered to go where the money is.  Or whatever aliens use as currency.   

Ian McEllen
Ian McEllen

Actually, I noticed that they're leaving VV alone, but they're all over the huffington post review of Reitman's new book. And it's not like they're just looking to avoid confrontation- several of them went to HP SPECIFICALLY to argue and insult the book, the author and the paper.Seems to me that the word went out that they (at least the OSA assignees) are no longer allowed to come here, leaving us with the almost non-existent public scientologist. And Louanne is in RPF right now. She'll be back when she's rehabilitated, saying that she went on another "vacation". 

Old OT7
Old OT7

Right on the money!  They don't even try to hide it now!  At DM events, the regges won't let you leave unless you fork over $.   And then they will call you until your dead to get more $.  I'm sorry, this is a church?

Old OT7
Old OT7

Wait just a moment!  I'm a scientologists and I don't think, ah, I mean, your, er, ah, um, oh shit I forget...

TheGuest
TheGuest

That's right, Ron.  Those who say there is no Power in Scientology, , no effect, no life-altering changes, just don't know Scientology.  But I Do!  And now, you do too.Phoenix make me crazy vid, Squirrel Buster vids, just a taste of all that awaits you.So next time you see a Dianetics Stress Test or Personality Test, just remember how stress-free those folks in this and other videos looked to you.  And free. 

TheGuest
TheGuest

I'm a professional scientology translator.    It took them 1:52 to say one true thing:

"We're in the Final Throes"

leo ryan
leo ryan

Exactly!

Mike, what do you think of the Squirrel Zone videos put out trying to mock Marty Rathbun, the former number 2 in your organization just because he wants to practice independently of you?  What do you think of the people following him around all day long, and sitting in a paddleboat behind his home filming?  Does this strike you as acceptable behavior and is this what you joined Scientology for? 

What do you think of them leaking information out of Placido Domingo Jr's PC files, private info from his auditing sessions?  Are you supporting that?  By supporting these actions, you do appear to be supporting that.  

Theresa Defino
Theresa Defino

ok, now that's scary. then again, i don't pity anyone who joins this cult or its retreads. 

Ian McEllen
Ian McEllen

at a minimum, the whole "immortal spirit with countless lives" thing should give her pause, since it seems to preclude the possibility of a biblical heaven.

Old OT7
Old OT7

I have a little game that I play with the stress test people.  When they ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I come from a hugely wealthy family and I haven't had to work since I was 30.  And then I tell them I travel the world give away my money to good causes.  If they ask how much I have, I just say it's in the hundreds of millions.  You can actually see them drool dripping from there mouths!  After doing the Personality Test, and they tell me how messed up I am, I say, "Well, how much to buy the entire bridge?"  That's when the show really gets interesting!  Hey, I just like having a little fun...

MarkStark
MarkStark

Join Scientology and you will find yourself being as authentic and spontaneous as these ladies when declaring your "wins."

I wonder how long it took them to write the script and rehearse this.

Were those three thetaning the phones the only ones there, or did the others just not want to be on camera?  I think they may have been the only three there. Some rich sucker will end up buying the Org, but they have to appear like it is a big community and planetary effort. Maybe they even got some calls outside the galaxy since the OT person is there.

OT phone home to Hubbard.

Guest
Guest

Admittedly, you would have to be uninformed to fall for it.  But keep in mind, there are desperate vulnerable people out there.  And the predatory $cientology cult actually teaches a concept called "finding someone's ruin" which means finding a vulnerable persons weak spot.  When they find your "ruin" then it's easier for them to manipulate you to buy their products.  They even have seminars and "how to" courses on finding peoples "ruin" to coerce them.

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