Scientology and Oiliness: More Renderings from the Super Power Building
Yesterday, we made public a leak of major proportions: we obtained hundreds of new renderings and architectural drawings of Scientology's $100 million "Super Power Building" -- what the church calls "Flag Mecca" -- in Clearwater, Florida.
Of all the "perceptics" installations on the building's "super power" fifth floor that we learned about, one that seems to disturb readers the most is the notion of an "oiliness table." We're still not sure what Scientologists will be subjected to when they have their sense of "oiliness" checked, but we found this rendering of the apparatus, and we have additional, never-before-seen images from the building after the jump...
Before we show any more images, however, we thought we'd roll credits first. As in, we found this list of who was responsible for turning church leader David Miscavige's dreams into reality. As of 2009, these were the firms on board...
Another of the perceptics installations that confounds us is an egg-shaped room with the name "Endocrine States." We're still not much closer to understanding what goes on inside it, but going back through our files, we found this cutaway schematic. Can anyone make sense of what's going on here?
Another of L. Ron Hubbard's 57 "perceptics" -- human senses -- he called "gravitic." We found this rendering of the fifth floor's "gravitic elements" installation, and that vertical portion with holes is referred to as a "climbing wall."
What would a Mecca to Scientology be without acknowledging its various front groups? We found these circular rooms on the first floor, with various tributes to organizations that sometimes play down their connection to the church: Narconon, Criminon, Applied Scholastics ("APS"), and the The Way to Happiness Foundation ("TWTH"). On the other hand, they do seem shoved into a dead-end little room next to the larger, central circle, which pays homage to Scientology's "orgs" (churches), Volunteer Ministers (who get sent to natural disasters to perform voodoo -- "touch assists" -- and hand out literature), Scientology's mini-orgs (Scientology Missions International) and WISE (World of Scientology Enterprises), which tries to convince businesses that L. Ron Hubbard was some kind of organizational genius.
Getting back to oiliness -- we just can't seem to get enough of it -- let's put that oiliness table in some context. Here's an overhead view of one room in the fifth floor "perceptics" section, and you can see that the oiliness table shares space with a "friction table," as well as four other stations: heat, cold, pressure, and pain. (At the bottom, you can see the doors to the smell and taste walls.)
Wait a minute -- a pain station? We looked into that further, and found drawings that indicate that the corner counter will feature multiple "spike plates" which can pivot. Some of them are labeled in this fashion: "Combined Plate" (CP), Hot-Cold-Electric, Hot, and Cold Versions. Are Scientologists going to get shocked with hot electrified spike plates?
Spike plates, oiliness and friction tables, spinning subjects on a gyroscope -- that fifth floor is starting to sound more and more like some kind of S&M dungeon for wealthy Scientology celebrities -- run, Katie, run!
Let's go back to the first floor, where there's a lot of nostalgia going on for L. Ron Hubbard and his days at sea. First, we noticed this grand wall of tributes to the Commodore and his many accomplishments. The wall is so long, we had to snip it into two different scans, first the left portion and then the right, with a grand entrance into the Atrium between them...
And we were a little surprised that readers didn't seem to have more to say about the small Sea Org museum outside the Commodore's office, which includes a diorama of what it was like to sail on the Apollo back in the day. The recreation of a deck from the ship includes an actual lifeboat replica, and here's a schematic...
And finally, we wanted to give a better indication of just how stupendous is the sixth floor dome -- which extends into the seventh floor -- which is one giant room for running around an illuminated column. First, here's another look at that artist's rendering for what the experience is going to be like...
Now, we're going to reproduce the entire sixth floor's schematic so you can see just how much space is dedicated to that running dome in a building that takes up a full city block. Those tiny rooms that surround the running space are all auditing chambers. Hundreds of the little rooms are also found on other floors -- Miscavige is optimistic about the huge numbers of people he expects to use this facility.
We're still sifting through architectural drawings in the hundreds of files that were leaked to us, so we may have other surprises soon. But check back often because all hell continues to break loose for Scientology as its membership appears to be in the grip of a crisis in faith. Coming soon: more escapes from the asylum!
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.
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SCIENTOLOGY IN THE VILLAGE VOICE
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[Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis secretly recorded discussing "disconnection"]
[Benjamin Ring, LA deputy sheriff, wants you to spend your 401K on Scientology]
[Scientologists: How many of them are there, anyway?]
[Scientology hates clean ice: The "Fair Game" operation that should turn your stomach]
[Scientology hates clean ice, part 2: Another target, and the web as weapon]
[Paulette Cooper, Scientology's original and worst nightmare: a Thanksgiving tribute]
THE TOP 25 PEOPLE CRIPPLING SCIENTOLOGY
1. L. Ron Hubbard | 2. David Miscavige | 3. Marty Rathbun | 4. Tom Cruise | 5. Joe Childs and Tom Tobin | 6. Anonymous | 7. Mark Bunker | 8. Mike Rinder | 9. Jason Beghe | 10. Lisa McPherson | 11. Nick Xenophon | 12. Tommy Davis | 13. Janet Reitman | 14. Tory Christman | 15. Andreas Heldal-Lund | 16. Marc and Claire Headley | 17. Jefferson Hawkins | 18. Amy Scobee | 19. The Squirrel Busters | 20. Trey Parker and Matt Stone | 21. Kendrick Moxon | 22. Jamie DeWolf | 23. Ken Dandar | 24. Dave Touretzky | 25. Xenu
HELD ABOARD THE FREEWINDS: TALES OF THE SEA ORG
[Valeska Paris, held against her will from 1996 to 2007 on Scientology's cruise ship]
[Ramana Dienes-Browning, marriage at 16, sexual interrogation, life in the engine room]
[Melissa Paris, Valeska's sister: forced to marry at 16]
SCIENTOLOGY VS. SOUTH PARK: INVESTIGATION AS RETALIATION
[Scientology targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in an investigation]
[More documents in the South Park probe: instructions to send in a young mole]
[Scientology responds in typical fashion] | [Lloyd Kaufman confirms the probe]
[Mark Ebner also investigated after South Park involvement]
[Mark Chauppetta, private eye, explains what Scientology operatives look for]
MARTY RATHBUN AND THE SIEGE OF SOUTH TEXAS
[Scientology has Rathbun arrested] | [Rathbun and Mark Bunker reveal surprising ties]
In Germany with Ursula Caberta: [Announcing plans] | [Press conference] | [Making news about Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair] | [Post-trip interview]
The Squirrel Busters: [Goons with cameras on their heads] | [Rathbun's open letter to neighbors] | [Ingleside on the Bay, Texas rallies to Rathbun's cause] | [Squirrel Buster's claim to be making a "documentary"] | [VIDEO: "On a Boat"] | ["Anna" sent to creep out Monique Rathbun] | [Squirrel Busters go hillbilly] | [A videographer blows the whistle on the goon squad] | [Ed Bryan, OT VIII, shows the power of Scientology's highest levels]
SCIENTOLOGY SPYING AND "FAIR GAME"
[Secret Scientology documents spell out spying operation against Marc Headley]
[Scientology's West U.S. spies list revealed] | [Scientology's enemies list: Are you on it?]
Spy operation against Washington Post writer Richard Leiby: [Part 1] | [Part 2]
[A Scientology spy comes clean: Paulien Lombard's remarkable public confession]
[Scientology advertises for writers in Freedom magazine]
[Accidental leak shows Scientology spy wing plans to "handle" the Voice]
[Lori Hodgson and Disconnection: "No one's going to take my eternity away"]
SCIENTOLOGY AND CELEBRITIES
[Hey, Scientology Celebrity, Here's Your Media Training Checksheet!]
[Tom Cruise and X Factor's Stacy Francis singing together on the Freewinds]
[X Factor's Stacy Francis: Her first husband, Michael Sandlofer, answers abuse claims]
[Tom Cruise and Baby Suri embarrassed by news item, so someone must pay]
["Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [Tom Cruise likes coconut cake] | [Tom Cruise has a sense of humor] | ["Tom Cruise not a kook!"] | [Paulette Cooper on Tom Cruise]
[Paul Haggis, director of Crash, issues an ultimatum, leaves the church]
[Character actor Jason Beghe defects noisily] | [Actor Michael Fairman reveals his "suppressive person" declaration] | [Michael Fairman talks to the Voice]
[Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh: Scientology-Branch Davidian link makes sense]
[Russell Brand weds ex-Scientologists in wild ceremony] | [Skip Press on Haggis]
[Placido Domingo Jr.: Scientology's retaliation is "scary and pathetic"]
Grant Cardone, NatGeo's "Turnaround King": [Doing Scientology's dirty work?] | [Milton Katselas complained about Cardone's smear job] | [Cardone runs to Huffpo]
[Philip Boyd, Saving Grace actor, rips "the business that is Scientology"]
JANET REITMAN'S INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY
[Our review of Inside Scientology] | [An interview with Janet Reitman] | [A report from Reitman's first book tour appearance] | [At the Half-King: Reitman not afraid]
[Scientology doesn't like Inside Scientology] | [Q&A at Washington Post]
[A roundup of Reitman's print reviews, and why isn't she on television more?]
HUGH URBAN'S THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
EX-SCIENTOLOGISTS SPEAK OUT
["The Money Machine": another blockbuster St. Pete Times investigation]
[Marc Headley: "Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [The Nancy Many interview]
[Sympathy for the Devil: Tory Christman's Story] | [Jeff Hawkins' Counterfeit Dreams]
[86 Million Thin Dimes: The Lawrence Wollersheim Saga] | [Mike Rinder on spying]
[Scientology in Israel: Arson, attempted murder, paranoia -- and a visit by the Voice!]
[Scientology dodges a bullet in Australia] | [Scientology exec Jan Eastgate arrested]
[All hell breaks loose in Israel] | [Scientology sees fundraising gold in the UK riots]
[Aussie former rugby pro Chris Guider calls David Miscavige "toxic" and "violent"]
[Stephen Cox, UK church newbie, pledges 20K pounds] | [Biggi Reichert: A German Lisa McPherson?] | [The Birmingham trove: 7,000 internal e-mails]
[Australian farmer blamed for giving Tom Cruise a bad shrimp, loses her friends, family]
ODD VIDEOS AND ODDER NEWS
[Scientology chillin' with hip hop!] | [The curious career of Scientology rapper Chill EB]
[Chill EB and me: the Voice interviews Scientology's in-house rapper]
[Scientology singalong, "We Stand Tall"] | [Captain Bill Robertson and "Galactic Patrol"]
[Scientology wins a major award!] | [Scientology wants your money: Meet Dede!]
[Birmingham in the House! The "Ideal" dance mix] | [Scientology and the Nation of Islam]
[When Scientology was hip] | [Sad: David Miscavige makes fun of his own fundraisers]
[Freedom magazine parodies The New Yorker. Hilarity ensues.]
[Scientology surf report: Anonymous parties outside the New York "org"]
THE VIEW INSIDE THE BUBBLE
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[Tad Reeves: Scientology might listen to this guy] | [More Tad Reeves and family]
[Scientology never forgets: A heartwarming telemarketing holiday miracle]
[Desperate Scientology fundraising caught on video]