Scientology Shoop of the Year -- The Vote Is In!

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The squirrel theme was popular this year.
We're continuing our year-end celebrations here at the (newly refurbished and upgraded) underground bunker. Today, we have the voting results for best Photoshopped image as chosen by you, our fellow Scientology watchers.

The talented Photoshoppers over at WhyWeProtest.net constantly turn out clever mashups that tease and taunt Scientology. We chose five finalists that we felt spoke most directly to the stories we've been following here at Runnin' Scared in 2011.

After the jump, let's see how your favorite image placed in the voting...


Fifth Place: "Y'all Busted"

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Someone found a great way to use Chill EB's own Facebook portrait in this shoop that refers to an anti-psychiatry song he put out a couple of years ago, "Y'all Busted." Now that he's Scientology's in-house hip hop act, Chill puts out slick videos with anti-pharma messages and with links to the church's anti-psychiatry front group, CCHR. And church leader David Miscavige as Oompa Loompa? Well, sometimes satire hits below the belt!


Fourth Place: Gur Finkelstein and the Jaffa Org

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The news out of Israel this year strained credulity -- Scientology's "Ideal Org" there was mired in a controversy about the church's local agent, an attorney named Gur Finkelstein, who is facing prison time after being indicted for trying to kill three different people (including a municipal official) and also for trying to set fire to the building, twice. So with that level of craziness going on, we thought this mashup of recent Scientology figures and memes made for a fun overall image. Do you recognize all of the faces?


Third Place: David Miscavige, Scientology's Pope

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This wasn't really attached to any of our stories here this year. We chose it just because it gives some indication of the creative work being done at places like WhyWeProtest.net practically every day. This image really seemed to capture church leader David Miscavige's sense of entitlement and power.


Second Place: Squirrel Stuff

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We were surprised to see this do so well in the voting, but the back story on this image is pretty fun. In August, we made an appearance on the Church of Lazlo show at Kansas City radio station 96.5 The Buzz, where we had once worked at a local paper, The Pitch. Lazlo likes to check with us on occasion about Scientology news. After that appearance, the local Scientology org sent a letter complaining about the show to the station's manager, along with some literature about the church. However, the church member who sent the materials also accidentally included an internal memo which gave her instructions on making the complaint. The letter said not to worry about the Voice, because the international branch of the Office of Special Affairs would be "handling" yours truly. The letter also contained a handwritten admonition that the church volunteer making the complaint not actually listen to our appearance on Lazlo's show, because the segment had "squirrel stuff." In Scientology parlance, that was a warning that the show contained material critical of the church and its upper-level teachings -- things that a low-level volunteer should not hear. Of course, to those of us not in the church, warning that a radio show was "weird and has squirrel stuff" was just about the best endorsement we could imagine.

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Lan
Lan

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koki raki
koki raki

You ,people here , S T O P !!!!!few days ago,there was no silly story on/with/about $cio....and my day was not good-something was missing....and then it got me!!!!Imagine that sad world without funny/crazy story's about cult and cultist....Imagine there is no Mark,no Marcotai,no DM,even no Marty (who is now writing on blog that Tony is wrong for putting that photo with SBs and LRHs quote....Marty says it is DM who is guilty!!?????)Imagine that.....So ,please , STOP- don't destroy cult.....I love this...I love this possibility to open Tonys blog each day-and find not one-but fewfunny/crazy/loco storys......tnx Tony, but more important.....TNX $cientology.......

Big hello from LRHs Bulgravia.

grundoon
grundoon

Well, koki, they are actually hurting people.  It has to stop.  If it's lulz you want, you can still watch Bowfinger.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Just received this from Scientologist Mark Miglio...

Today's notes from the outside the matrix:

"That's the word the church uses for unsanctioned counseling, one of the things Rathbun does that church leader David Miscavige apparently find threatening."

Well, sort of, I mean bad tech from the squirrels will likely discredit our precision tech and muddle the waters with unhappy -- false "Clears". But primarily, wouldn't it be a crime to halt people, already struggling or suffering with life's difficulties, in their quest to for spiritual advancement  and then use up all of their money for nothing really substantial except perhaps the high one gets when an expert like a psych tells one that he or she is quite normal and that it is the other people who are quite ill. 

"Instead, it brought the church loads of bad publicity and a lot of howling laughter."

That's good news, actually; look at who is howling; besides, we get a lot of new public enquirers from their efforts. 

"And were the Squirrel Busters really so blind to how ridiculous they came off?"

No, that was part of the plan.

bobx
bobx

Poor Mark.  You're just upset that your picture finished #4.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

"And were the Squirrel Busters really so blind to how ridiculous they came off?"

'No, that was part of the plan.'

Just like after Pee Wee Herman's bike flip - "I meant to do that"

TwiddlyDean
TwiddlyDean

Hahaha part of the plan? Right!!   And if David Miscavige is so "worried " about his poor little people being misled, he would try to help them but instead he's smashing, trashing, stalking, slandering, threatening anyone who he even thinks sees Marty Rathbun or Mike Rinder or anyone who sees through him.     <mark "blogs"="" "care"="" and="" blackmail! ="" confessional="" confessionals="" domingo="" for="" guy="" his="" humiliate="" in="" information ="" into="" it="" jr.="" just="" justifies....they="" lies="" miglio="" of="" one="" osa="" own="" pathetic="" placido="" published="" right?  ="" sanctity="" scare="" smear="" submission?  ="" that's="" the="" their="" they="" those="" to="" too="" use="" violate="" why=""></mark>

TwiddlyDean
TwiddlyDean

Mark Miglio lies.  They don't care about people they claim are being led astray.   The "church" of Scientology is a failure at communication.  Instead, they stalk harass and try to blackmail people with the pathetic OSA Scientology blogs that publish twisted and made up confessional materials.  The so-called Church violates its own confessionals, they use it as BLACKMAIL.   Does David Miscavige care about Placido Domingo Jr ?  Cares so much he published fabricated confessional materials in one of those fake blogs the secret division OSA makes up about people to ruin them?     I did a search on Placido Domingo Jr and Scientology.   And it is happening to a bunch of really amazing people too.

This shooped pic is the perfect inside look at what goes on behind the facade Scientology puts up.  Get a good look.  Those are so-called OT Ambassadors...top of the line of enlightenment, sent by their own Leader David Miscavige.  :::shudder:::

barbsnow
barbsnow

It was part of the plan to look ridiculous?   Glad all went well, then.

sketto
sketto

I think we need to do a poll where we vote on which fake name throughout the Scientology-centric blogs we think is actually David Miscavige. I have no doubt that a true coward such as he must read these and I'm sure he can't help but comment.

My guess is that he is really the author of all the Louanne comments. That name seems to fit him.

TwiddlyDean
TwiddlyDean

lol  Good one Sketto.  I'm with you and don't doubt it a bit!

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

That has to be the stupidest defense and post that I've seen Miglio write, and he's written a lot of dumb posts.

It's almost as funny as the Squirrel Busters with cameras on their heads.

Daverator
Daverator

That was my shoop. I'd like to thank the academy, Tony Ortega and COB for this award, but none of it would have been possible without the Tech - LRH's gift for mankind. Thank you Ron! Without you, the squirrel busters would have never existed!

Mimi The Great
Mimi The Great

Youve got to question the mental capabilities of anyone willing to strap a camera to their heads, sport powder blue shirts with a squirrel on the front and go out to stalk someone in public.

watcher
watcher

In the Gur Finklestein Shoop Mashup just behind the diminutive dwarf Davy Misgiggles Is Tony O's personal Troll  Mark Miglio

sketto
sketto

This whole Squirrel Busters episode exposed Scientology for being completely out of touch. But I also think it exposed Rathbun as still being way too giddy about the war itself. I don't believe he's truly gotten the worst parts of Scientology and Fair Gaming out of his system. I think he enjoys the dirty tricks and nasty battles. I still don't trust him.

Anyone seen the video of him spraying his garden hose in the squirrel busters' faces? It's humiliating to them, of course. But there's something about his attitude in it that disturbs me. He very calmly sprays a hose directly into another human being's face over and over. I think it shows what Rathbun was capable of while he was in Scientology and what nasty things he is still willing to do to other people when he thinks he's on the "right" side or if they "deserve" it in his mind. He did this kind of shit while in the cult against his perceived enemies and he's still doing it now that he's out against new enemies. The difference now is that he can't blame his own actions on Miscavige anymore.

This is Scientology follks. New Scientology or Old Scientology. Under Hubbard, Miscavige, Rathbun, or anyone else. It's just a nasty, nasty business where the nastiest guys succeed.

ShellyMiscavige
ShellyMiscavige

LOL that was funny as hell!

Rathbun might be a complete dick who covered up vital facts in the killing of Lisa McPherson, she died as a direct result of Hubbard's bullshit and he lied and hid evidence - but the hosepipe video was pure comedy!

I have it as one of my all-time favourites!

TwiddlyDean
TwiddlyDean

I loved that video!  Marty Rathbun is a folk hero!   That alone gave millions of people relief to see that.  He is cool!!

sketto
sketto

He hasn't changed.

sketto
sketto

Yeah, I wanted to laugh at the hosing video too. But I couldn't. I just kept wondering how many times Rathbun himself may have been doing the same kind of thing as Ethics chief to people who weren't insane Miscavige soldiers, but merely good people trying to live well, help the planet, and do good things, yet they happened to break some rule or merely try to leave Scientology. 

Imagine someone else on the receiving end of Rathbun's hose, maybe some Scientologist who has just had enough and just wants to blow and live in peace. Imagine Marty Rathbun face-hosing someone like that. It's less funny.Rathbun can blame Miscavige for all of it, but as that video showed he clearly has many clever little asshole ways to fuck with people that he learned and used in Scientology and he hasn't forgotten them. It's a sign of the kind of man he is and just how similar his new brand of Scientology is to the one he claims to be fighting.

sketto
sketto

Do you ever wonder if he has done such things before to people who weren't religious zealots?

TwiddlyDean
TwiddlyDean

LOL sketto ...    that wasn't a little trick, it was about as up front as you can get.   When Marty Rathbun turns the water hose on those psycho zealots that David Miscavige pays to harass people and squirts the hat off the guy's head ...ROFL!!  My favorite of all time!

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Sketto.  Really!!!   If a group of people spent 6 months camped outside your house harrassing you I wonder what you would do.  A garden hose?  Doubt it.  The guy deserves some credit for the restraint he showed.  How can it possibly disturb you.  You can dislike him all you like.  But get real about it. 

sketto
sketto

A group of people camped outside my house harassing me wouldn't even be close to worst things that Scientology did to other innocent people while Marty was directly involved. Even now, Marty's eagerness to participate in such childish and vicious battles reveals that he hasn't really changed. The only thing that has changed is the side he's on. 

Furthermore, his willingness to blame Miscavige for everything is a sign that he himself is still unaware of the damage that Hubbard's policies, tech, and internal rules have done to countless people. His vision of the future in which Scientology stays "true" to Hubbard's tech is a fantasy every bit as skewed as the one he had when in Scientology.At best, Marty has only come partially clean about the shit he did while in. And he has only addressed some things. And only in order to "save the tech". Even at this late date, when Scientology's damage to people is known worldwide, he still makes it the highest priority to save Scientology itself and not the people it is damaging. I don't trust him.

And no, I don't think that dealing with harassment for 6 months is a good enough excuse for Marty to pretend he's a victim. He's merely being harmed by the poison that he helped grow in the first place. Until Marty and the Indies make rescuing those in the RPF a higher priority than continuing Hubbard's tech, there is no reason to trust that Independent Scientology has its morality in any better shape than Miscavige's version does. 

Let's hear Marty say, "Well, I kinda deserve this since I helped perpetuate this shit for years." Let's hear Indies say, "Yeah we like Hubbard, but that is all secondary to saving those currently in Miscavige's prison." Let's hear ANY Independent Scientologist say, "Well, I like the tech and it helps me, but I'd give that up in order to truly help those harmed by Hubbard's other policies or to help those being abused, overworked and mistreated by those sticking with KSW."

If I ever hear anything like this, I might start to trust the Indies. Until then, I see no reason not to treat them with the same suspicion as any other Scientologist, who values Scientology itself more than they value the rights of the individual. 

sketto
sketto

Define "help".

But I warn you that if your definition of "help" involves encouraging people to follow the life rules established by the exposed fraud L Ron Hubbard, a man who valued Scientology itself greater than the rights of his fellow humans, then you haven't advanced your argument very far.

sketto
sketto

I agree that Marty's blog and his actions have done much to help undermine Miscavige. But I didn't claim otherwise. You can continue to claim he has helped people, but if that "help" is anything coming from the fraud L Ron Hubbard, then we have a serious difference of opinion about what the word "help" means.

Lastly, I'll pretend for the sake of argument that he has "helped" people. This still does not address the issues that I have raised: his incomplete forthcoming about his actions while in Scientology, his inability to address the obvious lies of L Ron Hubbard, the incredible focus on Hubbard's "tech", and a negligible focus on how that very same man who created it also created the RPF, Fair Game and Disconnection. All of these human rights issues take a distant back seat to Marty's fixation with Miscavige and love of auditing.

So, you can continue to claim Marty helps people, but if he's "helping" them by having them grab an e-meter and not by devoting himself to righting the wrongs he committed and making sure that every last person enslaved in the orgs is freed, then you still have not faced the true issue here. 

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Sketto, since forgiveness does not seem to be anything you practice, have you written to marty giving him your laundry list list of things he has to do to get square with you?  Since your so familiar with his blog you know his personal e-mail is listed.  Just curious whether your a giant blow horn or someone who has not recovered from a real or perceived wrong.By the way, his blog has done more to undermine scientology as an organization than your comments.  How does that make you feel?

TwiddlyDean
TwiddlyDean

Sketto, reading Rathbun's blog is how you inform and can be confident to state he has not done enough?  You know, it only takes a minute for a light bulb to turn on and a person to recognize something about his/her past and live differently in the present and future.     Are you behind the scenes with all the people Marty Rathbun has helped? 

sketto
sketto

I read his blog all the time. I continually educate myself about Scientology, its abuses, its tech, Hubbard's books, Hubbard's life, the Independent movement, those who oppose it, and those who support. This is why I can be confident when I state that Rathbun has not done enough to take responsibility for his past actions nor is he willing to admit the truth about Hubbard's abuses that rival Miscavige's nor has he obviously placed exposing the truth of Scientology's entire history as high as he places perpetuating the auditing that he likes so much.

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

You can lurk at his blog. He has rejected some of the worst policies such as disconnection and fair game and admitted he was part of the problem. He has a lot to apologize for. I'm sure it will take some time for him to make amends. The indies are interested in rescuing those in the RPF and ending abuses. This schism is highly damaging to the corporate cult. Growth of autonomous independent groups means shrinkage of corporate $cientology. Sure, scientology is loony, so are many other "religions". Hopefully this schism will continue for years to come!

MarkStark
MarkStark

Marty's plight would evoke more sympathy if instead of being an enforcer in the cult, he had been a regular auditor. I'm sure he is greatly annoyed by the harassment but clearly doesn't miss milking it for its business potential.

Until Marty explains exactly what Russell Miller got wrong in Barefaced Messiah, that through dozens of the people closest to him, portrayed Hubbard as a liar, fraud, and greed-bag of epic proportions, Marty and his group's glorification of Hubbard and all the drooling long-winded claptrap he wrote, just seems ridiculous and opportunistic. It is opportunistic because Marty doesn't have an education to do anything else, that would be as lucrative.

While initially disgusted at Marty's narrow views of what is wrong with Sciloontology, I came to appreciate him. Many of the mind fk'd need him or someone like him to rally around, so they don't have to blame themselves, which would be too much for some of them to cope with all at once, when they first get out especially. He's a bridge to sort of a freedom, instead of total freedom. He's a foot in the door, out of the cult. Hip hip hurray for Marty! (As a big portrait of him unfurls from the side of a ship or paddle boat.)

grundoon
grundoon

Hey Thetan-X, your nym says you have "no mass, no wave-length, no energy, no measurable qualities and no time or location in space except by consideration or postulate."  And you're telling ME about the real world?  Come up to PT!

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

Hey grundoon, is there any reason WHY you CANNOT just say "talk to Hubbard" or "receive correspondence from him" ???Why is it that you must say "get direct comm from him"??

it really shows where your head is at grundoon, and its not in the REAL world.

grundoon
grundoon

Did Marty or Mike ever meet Hubbard or get direct comm from him?  Most of the events in BFM took place before the Miscavage era and before Marty and Mike rose to the executive levels, iirc.

sketto
sketto

Ok, so Independent Scientology is like a halfway house for addicts who can't go cold turkey and drop the cult-speak completely. I see. 

Still, I don't see Marty Rathbun as the savior. Marty wants to be Martin Luther, but he's more like a quasi-converted Lex Luthor.

MarthaWiggins
MarthaWiggins

I mostly think sketto's got it right.  It's altogether possible that Marty enjoyed it and still enjoys it.  And what about the "high road"?  What about learning from past mistakes?  We know scn doesn't do that, but couldn't someone who had been in the thick of things see the futility of playing their game?  I'm just saying.  Also, I'm sick of his whining and quoting hubtard and glorifying all that jazz.

MarthaWiggins
MarthaWiggins

Clearly I am not going to convince you that Marty is now getting all that is due him.  He hasn't "earned" any better.

sketto
sketto

He earned his criticism for many years while running vicious ethics handling of others. Thus for him to be shocked and outraged by the same treatment he used to dish out is completely dishonest and is not the sign of someone who has truly taken responsibility for his own past actions.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Martha, I would say the same to you.  What if they spent 6 months outside your door?  I get it that you and Sketto do not like Scn, Marty, Hubbard, etc.  Thats fine.  But to be disturbed by the garden hose spray weakens your point.  Thats all.  Maybee I live in a particulary rough neighborhood but most folkks I know would have reacted much more forcefully and a lot sooner.  If you give the guy his due when he has earned it your criticism would appear to be more objective and your views more balanced.  Just my opinion.   

Barbara Snow
Barbara Snow

I so agree with the votes on this one.  That the "squirrel busters" were not so totally humiliated to be doing such a ridiculous assignment speaks volumes.  They are in their own (loony) world. 

sketto
sketto

Scientologists' inability to identify what is humiliating to themselves and others is one of their defining characteristics. It's why so many accept their initial assignment to the RPF before they later realize that they've agreed to go to prison. 

Dan Courtney
Dan Courtney

The fact that the photo didn't need to be photo-shopped is one reason it got my vote. Scientology is the master of absurdity.

Jessica
Jessica

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Natalie
Natalie

The winning photo really does say it all. When I first left the Church of Scientology two Sea Org members flew into town to see me and attempt to "handle" me. Interestingly they didn't care whether or not I came back into the fold.

What they wanted was for me to not have any connection to Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder and other whistleblowers. At one point I said to them that Marty must really being making an impact on the Church for the Church to send out teams of Sea Org members to try to get people to cut ties with Marty and others.

Their repsonse was an indignant Marty has no effect whatsoever on the church, none, zero. Of course that made absolutely no sense as here they were talking to me. They had to book tickets, rent a hotel room and a meeting room that we met in, all for the purpose of attempting to intimidate me into not speaking to whistle blowers.

I was one of many who they visited across the country doing the same thing. When I stuck to my guns and said that no one tells me who I can and can't speak to, they resorted to veiled threats about how I would be declared a "Suppressive Person" and would lose contact with my friends and family in the church.

Their behavior was completely contrary to the stated Aims of Scientology and the Human Rights the Church of Scientology often claims to support. In their minds what they were attempting and saying was completely rational, yet in reality it was arrogant, desperate and out of line with reality.

IAintSaying
IAintSaying

@02d25c3cc01483d2f54d8c4c92959cd9:disqus They did the same thing to many people in the early 80s, in which they were more concerned that someone was connected to David Mayo than in anything the individual might do or say. Much less any attempt to find out what upset caused the individual to leave.

Which of course encouraged us to get in touch with David Mayo right away.

MarkStark
MarkStark

The Squirrel Busters were the public face of Sciloontology this past year, a detachment of loons and their hires, on a mission to harass another group of loons who are just trying to recover "the good name" of L. Ron Hubbard. LOL! Maybe they should keep the "L." and throw out the "Ron Hubbard"?

Tommy is gone. Spokeshole Karin Pouw won't appear in person. The cult should start building their Orgs underground. Sciloontology is the "religion" that dare not speak its name.

barbara graham
barbara graham

Scientology: the Voldemort of religions!

Shame on Them
Shame on Them

hahah LOL    David Miscavige in fact has been invoking "The Lord" at some of his public appearances.   I heard him say that and know of course he is trying to connive an alliance out of the catholics, and it's insincere...but I immediately thought The Lord? He must mean Lord Voldemort of course.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

The best part for me is one of their cameramen blew on them. You really nailed it on the head, that is their public face. Lie to someone, have them find out you were using them and have them blow and speak out. No one pulls it in more for Scientology than Scientology. But I am sure in their heads they are wiiiiinnniiinnngggg!

MarkStark
MarkStark

That was something. The fastest blow in Sciloontology history by a well-paid hire, and for him to speak out like that. The cult can't hide behind their propaganda, celebrities or wealth.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

It also speaks volumes as to the efforts of the LMT, Anonymous, Sparrow, AGP, Tony Ortega and so many others that the list has become to long to put here. When I means it speaks volume I mean that Burt felt safe enough to come out swinging. 20 years ago that would not have happened and it shows that Scientology is weak and full of fail.

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