Scientology on the High Seas: Wild Breakthroughs on OT 8!

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In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of January 22 through 28 during those years.

After the jump, overboarding, OT VII and VIII, and sales, sales, sales!...

[Confused? Go here for our primer, "What is Scientology?" For recent controversies in the church, check out our stories on Debbie Cook, secrets of the Super Power Building, and spying on Tom Cruise. We know these 40-year-old ship's documents aren't for everyone, but they've been giving us some interesting insights into the mind of Hubbard as he ran Scientology from a yacht in the Mediterranean. Check back here often for more breaking news about the church.]


1969

January 26: Into the drink with you, cookie-eater!

OVERBOARDS:

BOB SEWELL is assigned overboard blindfolded for not returning to work until 1100 hrs, after he had gone Overboard at 07.55 hrs. He did not have an explanation and was reported to me as eating cookies and drinking coffee while he was supposed to be working and still in condition of Non Existence.

W.O. Alex Sibersky
P.P.F. I/C


January 27: That darn SMERSH, holding up OT 7 and 8 for everybody...

BREAKTHROUGH

Hey, I just made a couple wild breakthroughs on VII and VIII on the 31 Jan 69 and 1 Feb 69.

I had VII but suddenly got its "end phenomena" and now have the end phenomena of VIII in full view and working up toward it.

It has taken nearly a year to do these, a year filled with a lot of other things. I keep up my research schedule in spite of it all.

Someday somebody is going to ask me why I didn't keep more extensive records. I'll tell them it was a miracle to get it done at all.

I realize all Scn should be re-codified and reissued to make it easier to study. And I could have done it if the howling baboons in the "humanities" hadn't required so much taming.

VII and VIII will be all written up and released when we have SMERSH out of the way and the planet cooled off. So give a heavier hand on these vital actions.

I've still got a lot of research and codification to do. If the SO and orgs would take the enemy wholly off my plate and handle him, I could get it done.

LRH, Commodore


1970


January 22: Even the Commodore gets on the cans...

VIP

Congratulations to Div VI and the Officers and crew on their very successful reception for the VIPs. A return invitation for a tea has been given 3 days hence for our Officers when the Mayor returns from the Capital.

We are becoming very expert along these lines. The whole crew ought to become as good as Barry, Sylvia and Lzi as "It's a PRO world."

...

AUDITING

I am getting some good VIII auditing from Bel to clean up a lot of neglected points after years of personal and often punishing research into the riddle, the mind. It has been very hard on this body mainly. Possibly for the first time, I am being audited (by MSH and Bel) for myself. Of course, I know I shouldn't have any case at all and should never mention it -- but after 20 years amongst the living lightening on this planet even an OT X would be glad of a touch assist.

It's interesting that there are points of cognition on my own track.

SMERSH

We have heard directly from the head of Smersh "Ban the Bomb Carstairs" whose contempt for anyone else's intelligence leads him to state he knows nothing about any attacks on Scientology. Ding, ding, ding, here comes the wagon!

Plans for Ship Operation. I haven't got any.

Have you?

Nice warm sun.

LRH, Commodore


1971


January 28: Churches? Orgs are for selling, sailor!

ORG TROUBLES

The only trouble with Scn orgs is that they are not promoting, selling and delivering.

Seems so elementary.

Possibly they think we are asking for something strange or fantastic when we say "Raise your GDSes". Possibly org boarding and hatting does not seem complicated enough to produce a result. Possibly raising GDSes does not seem to be the result of recruiting, org boarding and hatting.

Whatever it is the task is so simple that one gapes when it is not done.

Although New York is doing better, its troubles are just failures to recruit, org bd and hat and then promote, sell and deliver.

In NY they actually think they have an HGC but are only selling "Interiorization Rundowns and Life Repairs."

That's like walking up to a candy bar and asking to buy some candy and being told "Oh, we just sell the wrappers."

Student training is going better. But I never was able to run an academy where students were co-auditing without selling and delivering an awful lot of Reviews and grades.

It's best to stress training in an org but not to the extent of not running a busy HGC.

NY has "low pay". They probably lose about $20,000 a week in unpromoted unsold undelivered potential. That's the loss in an org, not the wasted paper clips.

The answer is recruiting org boarding hatting and thus promoting selling and delivering.

I trust our FEBCs going back there learn this lesson well. That's why they're here.

LRH, COMMODORE


I guess it's good to know that LRH managed to get in some auditing of his own between all the overboarding and demanding higher sales. I mean, a guy's gotta relax and make that needle float when he can get a chance...

Scientology watchers: come back to these pages at noon -- we'll have another nice morsel of enturbulation for you before the weekend starts! We got impatient and pushed the button already -- go see our bonus Friday coverage!


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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sketto
sketto

"Someday someone's going to ask me why I didn't keep more extensive records."

I love quotes like this from Hubbard. It shows that he occasionally realized just how obvious his made-up bullshit was, so he tried a little after-the-fact explaining. In all his works, he's always reminding us just how hard he's working and how much "research" he's doing. I think it's this kind blatant, unverified, unpublished, unbelievable claim to genius and research that is his greatest asset. He kept telling the orgs how brilliant he was without proving any of it, and amazingly, there are now many Indies, who are actually free of the worst parts of Hubbard's creations, who still go around now saying it for him. 

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Hubbard looks like Mr. Magoo in that snapshot.

Google Alex Sibersky; in the 1970s he was allegedly a hard-ass up at Saint Hill. Maybe he learned how to be a Gestapo officer on the Apollo; I've noticed that the longer somebody hung around with Hubbard, the more of an a$$hole they became.

bobx
bobx

"I realize all Scn should be re-codified and reissued to make it easier to study" and, to make it possible to sell it all to you a second time.  At last we see where Miscavage got the idea for the "new" Basics.

grundoon
grundoon

I think that is Sibersky, not Hubbard, who is wearing his Ethics hat to order the cookie eater thrown from the deck of the Apollo into the water blindfolded.

4chanpartyvan
4chanpartyvan

This is for any /b/tards who lurk here,photo of LRH is pure gold.........................CHECK EM

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

Looks like the Sciloons are celebrating their new Florence, KY, digs on February 11. Neighboring churches seem so happy to see them move in--just wait, my pets. Just wait.

Waiting to see some great Anon footage, especially if David Miscavige, the diminutive dictator, shows.

OttoZ
OttoZ

How are the "Independent" Hubbard admirers reacting to these documents being revealed?

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

SMERSH is the super secret, super rich, super powerful.... small Cabal of evil guys who really rule the world and are out to destroy Ron and his tech because they do not want people to go "free" because then people will find out about all the bad things these guys did to people..

Ron 'lifted' the acronym from the James Bond books.... 

Once Scientologists had this enemy to fight off... it was easy to get money from members to fight off these 'Bad' guys.... although, the money pretty much went into his suitcase.

Never seen the actual list... if there is one... but Media Magnates are always up front and Rockefeller was always on the list.

scnethics
scnethics

I googled Bob Sewell, the good-for-nothing-cookie-eater and found him in a list someone made of people already around Hubbard in the early 50's.  Thanks for your years of faithful service, Bob, NOW BACK TO WORK!

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Did those Braving the High Seas with Hubbard...(actually, just trolling up and down the coastlines of the sunny Med.)

Did those people PAY to be there?  Anyone know?

And when did Hubbard write Policy on Freeloader Debt?

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Blindfolded and Overboarded for eating Cookies and Drinking Coffee?

Gee... the Old Man is Going Soft.... 

Used to be a Drubbing with the Cat O' Nine Tails. 

Quickpen
Quickpen

"Raise your GDSes" reads to me as "raise your GodDamnedSales".

What or who is SMERSH?

Marcab Hard Party
Marcab Hard Party

re-codifying baboons , is that Hubbard's version of the Infinite Monkey Theorem?

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

Every time I read these Orders of the Day, I see Hubbard as Captain Queeg, going crazy over some missing strawberries.  

Weren't the crew worried about sharks when being overboarded like that?  It just sounds so arcane.  And chaining kids to lockers?  Ugh....L. Ron Hubbard was an evil man.

Guest
Guest

We have heard directly from the head of Smersh "Ban the Bomb Carstairs"He was such a terrible writer!!  Take his reincarnated Marcabian racing names!  The Green Rocket! The Red Comet!  The Silver Streak!  The Gold Bomb!  (all loosely trainslated from Marcabian, of course)   LOL

Sid
Sid

"Someday somebody is going to ask me why I didn't keep more extensive records."

Scientific inquiry is generally intended to be as objective as possible, to reduce biased interpretations of results. Another basic expectation is to document, archive and share all data and methodology so they are available for careful scrutiny by other scientists, giving them the opportunity to verify results by attempting to reproduce them. This practice, called full disclosure, also allows statistical measures of the reliability of these data to be established.

That's why he didn't keep more extensive records.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

The Commodore pinched off a couple of beauties this week, these ones are chocked full of nuts. I can't believe Marty isn't reprinting them on his blog for the free range faithful. All this LRH tech at no charge, go figure.

GladysKravitz
GladysKravitz

I drink coffee to get out my condition of "Non-Existance" too.

<slurp></slurp>

SFF
SFF

Everyone knows that the first rule of Scientology ethics is that people in a condition of non-existence can't eat cookies.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Yup. Funny how he claimed to be an OT X when, at a time, he had not even figured out the processes for OT VIII.

Ron
Ron

Research. He keeps using that word...

Ron
Ron

There's another shot of him, shortly before or after, with him looking into the sky with an expression like he's pointing at the seagull that just bombed him.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

GDSes = Gross Divisional Statistics. 

Scientology has had several organization charts over the last four decades, made up of anywhere from 7-9 divisions. Each division had 3 departments. Every department had numerous units, most of which always go unmanned in any org. Everybody on every post has a statistic, which is supposed to show one aspect of the GDS (gross divisional statistic). The organization chart always shows the GDS for each division. As I remember them: Letters Out, Gross Income, Course Completions, Well Done Auditing Hours, Book Sales, and New People Into the org... and more. It's another my gosh-darned PTSD memory holes. Someone who remembers, please complete and/or correct me? 

The old man called the charts, "organizing boards," or more commonly org boards. He used the participle because the board itself was supposed to organize you. Truth. You were supposed to look at how brilliant that chart was: if all an org did was do every step that's written on the org board, the planet would be Clear. And as soon as you could grasp the brilliance of that, you'd stop at nothing to make it happen. It organized you, see? No? You don't see?

Neither did we, but we stood in front of the org board every morning for 20-45 minutes and chanted the names of the divisions, departments, units and... yes! Their GDS's!

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

SMERSH is the super secret, super rich, super powerful.... small Cabal of evil guys who really rule the world and are out to destroy Ron and his tech because they do not want people to go "free" because then people will find out about all the bad things these guys did to people..

Ron 'lifted' the acronym from the James Bond books.... 

Once Scientologists had this enemy to fight off... it was easy to get money from members to fight off these 'Bad' guys.... although, the money pretty much went into his suitcase.

Never seen the actual list... if there is one... but Media Magnates are always up front and Rockefeller was always on the list.

TheGuest
TheGuest

The sharks lived on board.

OttoZ
OttoZ

Over-boarding was usually done while the ship was at dock, so there was ample raw sewage, released from the ship and from other ships at dock, in the water.

grundoon
grundoon

George Morrison ("Morris") Carstairs (b. 1916, d. 1974) served in the RAF in WW2, was a nuclear disarmament activist, professor of psychological medicine at Edinbugh University from 1961-73, and president of the World Federation for Mental Health from 1967-71.

Search for "lrh covert operations 2nd November 1969" for the transcript of an "LRH Aides Conference" in Morocco, in which Hubbard goes into detail about the conspiracy against him, how the WFMH has infiltrated all the governments and intelligence agencies to bring world communism, and only Scientology stands in their way.Hubbard instructs his staff on how to handle their attacks. From what he says here, it seems SMERSH = WFMH.

Quoting just a little from LRH's long rant, to give you the flavor...

"All the psychologistsand psychiatrists in the State of Texas have this as a total agreementand it is found in New York, it is found in Los Angeles and it's foundabroad, all simultaneously! This is a party line. So there is a communication line, but it's normally the communication lines, they hold theseWorld Federation of Mental Health Congresses. They get together ploomploom - the Russians are there, the heads of all of these psychiatricgroups are there, and they all get together. Now most of the socialorganizations of the super social organizations are connected here oneway or the other so the information is passed in this particular fashion,

so they absolutely, they're walking into and degrading the West leftright and centre. Who would be in a better position than a psychiatristto suborn members of the State Department who are perverts? Yet theState Departments of most countries are known for their membership of perversion . All this gets very interesting."..."Well you've got a choice, you've got a choicebetween Pavlovian Russian Psychiatry or you have a choice between thator aah Dianetics and Scientology. There is no other choice becausethere aren't any other subjects."..."Thisis the, the most factual up to date background that I could give youon this secret war. Everything I have given is absolute fact, thereis not one piece of propaganda in it. Mary-Sue has got the name, rankand serial numbers of the guys who serve on the councils and committeesand advisory councils of the intelligence services from the WorldFederation of Mental Health. We also have the entire rolls of all of the members and attendees of their God-damn congresses which include them.They go to these conferences and there's their Russian friends "ngaa ngaangaa ngaa ngaa this is the plan something nga nga how are they proceedingover these in M.I.6." Do you get it? Bah."

Guest
Guest

Errgh, translated.

John P.
John P.

Could Carstairs have been the name of a real person?  I am sure the situation was all paranoid fantasy (and not even a very original fantasy, given that the best he could do was boost the name "SMERSH" from James Bond).  But could he have been referring to a real person at the root of all the crazy?  For example, might "Carstairs" have been some psychiatrist from the Navy who wrote him up for faking and dramatizing his war injuries, or something like that?  It would be interesting to know if anybody has any information on whether this was a real person or more of the usual drivel. 

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

"Someday somebody is going to ask me why I didn't keep more extensive records."The real irony is that no $cientologist will ever ask this question. Having an inquisitive mind would probably make them an SP.

John P.
John P.

A very highbrow explanation, and certainly true.  I took a more lowbrow view, which is probably equally true: as a result of whatever pills he was popping that week, his handwriting would have been unreadable anyway.  Check out the trembling scrawl on the OT III stuff that's been leaked to the internet.

sketto
sketto

I know. Those Indies love quoting Hubbard so much, but for some reason they get very quiet when evidence of Hubbard's real words - his cruel, cruel, cruel words - comes to light.

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

I can literally feel my intelligence plummet for at least a couple of hours after reading these Friday nuggets. 

TheGuest
TheGuest

big flunk.   It's coffee and cigarettes.  How could you forget cigarettes?  Obviously you're in a state of Confusion.  Go back to the beginning.  Don't pass Go, don't Collect $200, turn in your Get ouf Jail Free card.Sign over all your assets on Park Place and your railroads, and your cash of course. 

TheGuest
TheGuest

Damn!  I didn't get the memo, er, FO.  This explains everything.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Did you forget about the Time Machine? 

Quickpen
Quickpen

You think he ever word cleared it?

John P.
John P.

I think Timothy Leary and Jerry Garcia also called some similar activities back in the day "research" as well.

Quickpen
Quickpen

Org Board Chanting?  Yikes!   

Now, another question:  Does Gross Divisional Statistics have a dollar sign in front of it?

Quickpen
Quickpen

Org Board Chanting?  Yikes!   

Now, another question:  Does Gross Divisional Statistics have a dollar sign in front of it?

Quickpen
Quickpen

James Bond & SMERSH!  Aha! No wonder it sounded familiar.  I just couldn't place it.

TheGuest
TheGuest

The "actual" list was more like the tax collector, landlord, bill collector, his ex wives' lawyers, his military Master At Arms,  and his psycyhiatrist.  There is your true Source.

TheGuest
TheGuest

jesus h christ.  Every time you think you've heard it all, that it can't be worse than the last image burned into your brain, now you add raw sewage to the overboarding horrors?Jeesh.  So I had it easy then.  Who knew. 

Jill
Jill

Hubbard was a lunatic, crazy as they come

SFF
SFF

Okay, that's more likely than my answer. Of course, it is possible that Hibbard thought the fictional one and the real one were the same person.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

I've been duped. I thought Boris and Natasha were harmless cartoon characters. Now I see the whole picture. Thanks LRH.

bobx
bobx

SMERSH actually was a real organization, before Ian Fleming lifted the name for the Bond books.  It was the Russian counter-intelligence during WWII, its slogan Smert Shpionom "death to spies" hence the popular name for it (I don't know if it had an official name; probably, if you knew the official name they had to kill you).

SFF
SFF

Mr. Carstairs is the head of the CIA in the "Mrs. Pollifax" series. Given the source for SMERSH, it's likely Hubbard got Carstairs from novels as well.

sketto
sketto

But that's the first filter of Scientology - it's very good for finding people who are more likely to answer questions than ask them. 

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