Scientology's Secret Behind "Ideal Orgs" Revealed At Last

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David Miscavige opened yet another "Ideal Org" this weekend, showing up to cut the ribbon at the new Church of Scientology in Florence, Kentucky (servicing the Cincinnati area).

As you can see in the photo to the right, Miscavige showed up long enough to open the new building Saturday, which is just the latest in a string of openings happening all around the world.

As Miscavige has pushed his followers to raise money in extreme quantities to buy up these large buildings and renovate them, there's been a real question about their purpose. Church membership itself hasn't been growing, and the Ideal Orgs are replacing smaller facilities that weren't out of space.

But now, the answer to what Miscavige is really up to seems to have been laid bare...

The eagle-eyed researchers over at WhyWeProtest.net recently stumbled on Miscavige's secret, and so we're going to share it with you here.

First, keep in mind that Miscavige is not only the absolute dictator of a billion-dollar, secretive worldwide religious empire -- people who have worked closely with him say he's also a maniacally controlling and micromanaging perfectionist.

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Clearwater, Florida

Everything from the smallest detail on the baroque backgrounds he has himself photographed against to the cut of his clothes will be obsessed about by the people who serve him.

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Washington DC

But we also know that before an Ideal Org can open, millions of dollars has to be pried out of the hands of local Scientologists, who are encouraged to mortgage their homes and max out their credit cards in donations so the church can buy a historic property in their area that needs renovation.

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Sacramento

But that's just the beginning. After raising millions to buy an old building, the local church members are hit up again for millions more in renovations. As Luis Garcia detailed in a revealing look at what's happening in Orange County, California, an Ideal Org can sit around for years sucking up funds as the locals work to raise money from people who have already given and given again.

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Melbourne

Only then, when millions have been raised to refurbish these buildings the locals don't really need, is a lavish grand opening scheduled so Miscavige can sweep in for an appearance.

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Nashville

And that's how it has become clear what Miscavige's real purpose for this endless round of fundraising is really all about...

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Mexico City

...So he can show up and do this same goofy stance in photos all over the world.

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Los Angeles

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London

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Quebec

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Seattle

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Malmo, Sweden

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Rome

We see what you did there, Davey.

Perhaps Chuck Beatty or one of our other experts in L. Ron Hubbard technology can help us out and explain whether Davey's kung-fu position is some kind of subtle message to hold off Marcabian forces or something.

All we can add is, keep on mortgaging your houses, Scientologists, so we can get more photos of your diminutive leader doing his Napoleonic pose for the cameras. We can't get enough of it!



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Tony Ortega has been the editor in chief of the Village Voice since March, 2007. He started writing about Scientology in 1995. You can reach him by e-mail at tortega@villagevoice.com, and if you ask nicely he'll put you on his mailing list for notifications of new stories, which tend to come out each and every morning at 8 am, but can suddenly appear at any time of the day. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, and even this new Google Plus doohickey.

New readers might want to check out our primer, "What is Scientology?" Another good overview is our series from last summer, "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." At the top of every story, you'll see the "Scientology" category which, if you click on it, will bring up all of our most recent stories. As for our regular features, on Thursdays we do a roundup of world press, on Fridays we visit L. Ron Hubbard on the yacht Apollo circa 1969-1971, on Saturdays we celebrate the week's best comments, and on Sundays we publish Scientology's wacky and tacky advertising mailers that people send us.

As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and is now being sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.



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Dallas
Dallas

I was in the marketing department of CSI and worked on all of it's magazines promotional fliers, posters, etc.  What people don't realize is that everyone of those shots above have more photoshop done than a Playboy centerfold.Every image of Miscavige is signed off by his office before it can be published in any piece.  There is probably 10-100 man hours by a team to make them perfect.  You will notice most of the backgrounds are blue which are to make his blue eyes pop (which was one of the most corrected feature).  Other color corrections done were to his bahama tan as he could not be too pale in any picture, any lint or dandruff on his suit, etc.Now some may remember if they were at FLO in 2000.  For one of the events, i think New Year's 2000, there were no good shots he liked for the cover of International Scientology News. So the production department was supposed to compile two images one that had just the right background and one that had just the right pose.  Well as the team had been up for close to two weeks straight working on all the promotion for the releases for the event their wits were not fully about them.  So what went to press was perfect a 4-armed man (they forgot to remove the arms of the previous pose). This was caught right before shipping so involved the entirety of the HGB building (500+) staff staying up for 2 days straight pulling off covers and rebinding with a corrected cover before they were shipped out to public. And there were probably 4 people removed from their positions for this one mistake.

KingDavidsB1tch
KingDavidsB1tch

David's CofS has become a real estate investment company, like the Catholic Church.  Do you know who's real estate holdings are the most valuable in the world?  Catholic Church.  David is just following their example and collecting buildings in valuable areas using other people's money.  Doesn't matter if they sit empty when he didn't pay for them and doesn't have to pay tax on them.  Its brilliant!

David is a real estate mogul, thats all.

Ximhb
Ximhb

Its the miniature version of the Seig Heil

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

I have to agree with the Angry Gay Pope; Scientology is no longer a goods and services scam, it's a real-estate scam, and all the money flows to Davey so he has some way of escaping when it all implodes.

blister34
blister34

DAILY KOS  Feb 27 2012, 6;30 P M, EST"Would you let L Ron Hubberd teach your kids?'

candace6
candace6

Soon his eyes will be appear to be on either side of his face, much like a fish, or Joan Rivers.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

What Dave is doing is very dark and he kind of knows it. This shize is getting old, despite of pink ties and celebs (who are lurking).It's a big operation, so it's hard to keep it non-transparent.Enough of us are watching and acting accordingly.

PlasticDave
PlasticDave

Whoah, bad plastic surgery alert! Davey's face is getting pretty scary.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

"Only then, when millions have been raised to refurbish these buildings the locals don't really need, is a lavish grand opening scheduled so Miscavige can sweep in for an appearance." ~ Tony Ortega.

That kind of sums it all up. If you can't deliver promised Clears and OT's(and their super abilities),  you can at least try to appear as one.  Pink tie is a bonus.

Hatchune Shun
Hatchune Shun

Sweet mother of chocolate

Those images, looked shopped in.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

There's a bunch of policies on stage manners, and practicing them, and I've seen Miscavige do his practicing one time, about 45 minutes worth, and I think this pose is what he thinks is the best pose for him.

That he's oblivious to this pose being the same, I agree is hilarious.

I think he's not got this pose from Hubbard though, since Ron's poses were pretty dated from long ago 1940s era poses or even earlier poses.

DM's poses I can't think of where he got this one he's so blindly stuck on!

I would bet that someone like Shelly Miscavige, would absolutely know WHY it is that this is Dave's favorite pose.

It would be neat to see him change it now, that it's been exposed.

You should have changed the headline, and when the next mag photo comes out with the same pose, please do a new headline:

MISCAVIGE'S POSE DOESN'T CHANGE!

And then when Shelly Miscavige surfaces again in life, she should be asked, and then you csn headline her answers:

 SHELLY MISCAVIGE COMES OUT OF HIDING TO EXPLAIN DAVE'S FAVORITE POSE!

AlexM
AlexM

And thank you for reading them!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Hey, there is another OCweekly article on Paulien Lombard. Karin Pouw is so busted.

Scientology Strikes Back Against Former Spy--But Do Commendation Letters Prove Ex-Spy Right?

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

dude! OMG I am literally peeing myself you made laugh so hard!!! That is some good shizzzz! Keep it coming!

Scientia
Scientia

Thirteen photos of this vile shitsack and you're still way behind the average Freedumb or Implode.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

April 2, 2011. Either "find" John P. or just head to the bottom of the comments and move up a bit.

anne
anne

That face.....uck.....he bothers me!

grundoon
grundoon

Give credit where due. Those sets are really nicely done. Well designed, nice colors and graphics, locally themed, all different. And oh by the way, it's not gay at all. Does anyone know who is the designer? 

The PAC RPF is getting really good at building those. They must be working night and day, cranking out new ones for each Idle Org opening and Int Event.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Shelley Miscavige?  Isn't she at the KOOL ranch, raising LRH's next lil' meat body or something?  Or is she at Twin Peaks?  I don't think so, too nice, too many trees and fresh air, plus DM has too keep her close, so..Uh Oh, I think the HOLE!

Guest
Guest

There was an earlier post stating that the hub of scientology, the Clearwater area, was considered the most stressful area in the US to live.  And also has super high suicide rates. 

Here is the link:

http://www(dot)cnbc(dot)com/id/46043926?slide=11

Dean Fox
Dean Fox

Is it just me or is David Miscavige filling out a bit?

LightOfTruth123
LightOfTruth123

The identical poses are creepy enough, but equally creepy is the matching ties with the decor...ouch...the only thing missing is matching cumberbands.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

OK. I am going cross eyed! This reminds me of, "Can you find 10 things wrong in the picture?" which I am able to ace in seconds, but this is driving me to drink. lol

Do not kwetch
Do not kwetch

Aside from all the jokes about David M. demeanor, stance or position he takes in all these pictures it really looks like he is subliminally saying something. It all also dependshow long he keeps this position. OK, look at the background how most of the walldecor (not all) is painted with lines going upward slightly or a lot (like straight up vertical on some) and when up it is from left to right when you face it. UnfortunatelyYou don't see the background with the large pillars looking like marble columns butif you see them at an event you will notice that the veins all go up from left to right.This is no mistake as this has been proven to make people feel up or positive. It islike a graph going in the right direction (up). Picture all this in your mind and see howthat might feel, now look at David's stance - get it? You will notice that 20 years agohe did not do this at events so obviously with all his micromanaging of everything andhis narcissistic tendencies he has worked it out so this looks best. (He does not putout his left arm).

Innocent Bystander
Innocent Bystander

As an outside observer, these photos seem to exemplify perfectly the whole philosophy of Scientology...that everything is per a script, to be done the same way, every time, and there is no spontaneity.  No creativity.  No room for individual thought.  I could be wrong, but that's how it seems to me.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

He's holding on to the podium that way so he won't fall off the stool he's standing on.

Wish I could have been there for the original fall, LOL

TickTockDM
TickTockDM

Miscavige's hair is usually parted on left, but he switched to the right (temporarily?) at the time of the Melbourne opening.  Why?  Only his hairdresser knows for sure.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

He's so paranoid - It looks like he's wearing a bullet proof vest under his jacket. Look at the buttons, they're going to pop from the strain of the vest.

mad_world
mad_world

This implosion is taking too long, too many people are getting hurt as long as they are operational.

If Scientology was a treadmill, the time to hit that "emergency stop" giant red knob, has long passed.

Harold Hinkubah
Harold Hinkubah

It is a planned and practiced pose and photo that is used as THE individual PR photo of DM at each Ideal Org dedication. DM and staff are not "oblivious" that it is the same pose, they are oblivious at how ridiculous the Scientology con makes them look to many observers.  

Ximhb
Ximhb

Alcoholism causes bloating

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Yeah, he's filling out and getting a turkey neck. *gobble gobble* He's not powerful enough to fight earth's gravitational pull.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

 Turning into a "Short Round," I'd say!

Harold Hinkubah
Harold Hinkubah

Scientology uses this pose and photo for all of their press releases and web pages about Ideal Org dedications. There is a creepy planned posed/sameness to the other photos of the guests and the photo of David Miscavige posing with them. 

Do not kwetch
Do not kwetch

It's alright SPO, most of David M's activities can drive you to hit the bottle.But we are turning this around with Tony's insightful and at the same timelight and funny work.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

20 years ago he did not have the drug and drink problems he has today. He needs to hold on to the podium or he will fall over.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Absolutely! He's delivering pose tech "standardly," and it works. During Hubbard's time, people who left, used to listen to his "lectures" when they were out and think he sounds nuttier than a fruitcake, and how could they have missed that?

Hubbard was authentically crazy, and he turned normal people into Ronbots, copies of Ron doing "Ron tech" standardly.

That's the big bait and switch in Scientology. It promises to help you find yourself but what it really does is turns you into a copy of Ron. You can lie like Ron. Sell the lies like Ron sold it.  Think like Ron would like you to think. And sometimes ruin your family life, just like Ron ruined his. Drive your kid to suicide by being a total Ronbot, who puts KSW above everything else.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

I also have it on good advice he holds on to stool too. If you know what I mean.

hgc
hgc

You have stumbled into the secret of Mr. David Miscavage's hair styling tech. It's a northern/southern hemisphere thing. You see, the flushing toilet water swirls the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere, where, it is rumored, Melbourne is. Every morning, Mr. David Miscavage, after detaching his nipple clamps and cleaning off his ass cheeks with turpentine, has two beefy SO cosmetologists hold him by his ankles, and dip his head into the swirling toilet water. Thus, on the bottom half on the world, his part is on the opposite side as the regular half of the world. 

Get it? Good. 

MarkStark
MarkStark

It's reverse Dianetics, Marty would say. By parting his hair differently, that triggered the apocalypse for Scientology in Australia.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

It is his Hitler like body double. I heard Sadam had one too. the truth is DM was a 1000 miles away hiding in his bunker.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Or he's getting fat? The picture of him in Kentucky looks like his suit is frumpy, overly large, it doesn't look tailored. That's another reason why I think he's wearing a bulletproof vest.

Davey has good reason to be paranoid look what he's done to thousands of people. He has real and imagined enemies in every corner of the globe.

He does own a $150,000 bulletproof GMC Van.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

LOL!! I think that wee drink helped? ;-)The photo backgrounds behind Davey are fake! I have been studying them with a *hiccup* magnifying glass.

They are photos probably designed or taken by him personally then photoshopped by him personally, because he has to control and microrganize everything.

MarkStark
MarkStark

 I think many "public" Scientologists retain enough of their own identities to not turn into total Ronbots. But too many SeaOrg members turn into Ronbots, because they are forced, monitored and corrected in all their actions, thoughts and what they say.

They have to be performing these things, standardly, at a top level to sell the scam. Let's say Marty is better at auditing than 95% of the auditors in the cult. When he leaves you'd think, "Great! Let Marty audit people to happiness and prosperity."

No! Not in Ron's cult! KSW is more important and standard Ron tech demands that you turn over all the money to the mother cult, where the most money is located to spread it, and keep things standard. I think Ron got a lot from the military, where standards are rigid, because around guns, ships, and other equipment, things have to be done in a step-by-step standard manner.

When it gets to standardizing thinking though, making enlightenment/spirituality simple standardized steps, that's where it goes wrong. When thinking bad thoughts about Hubbard earns you a place in the RPF, that's just an insane cult.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

North, South or whatever side that gelatinous goo he has between his ears settles on is where the part is when he gets up in the morning. 

MarkStark
MarkStark

 By Xenu, you're right. I don't know anything about suit styles, but unless a shapeless "relaxed fit" jacket is in style, there's definitely something going on there. Whiskey retention?

Chocolate Velvet
Chocolate Velvet

"As far as Ron's standard tech. Oh bullshit! The tech, his axioms, his history of man, his delusions are all over the freaking place."

Go baby, go! Don't apologize, you are right on the mark. This is where, IMO, Sci becomes like a "religion". LRH blathered endlessly from his typewriter. He was on a roller coaster of drugs, and suffered from a severe personality disorder with psychotic features - or so it seems. If the Bible or Torah or Koran contain unreasonable contradictions (and they do), the "scriptures" of Sci are a crazy carnival hall of mirrors built by a man who didn't even take HIMSELF seriously.

As for the assertion that "Scientology works": I strongly believe the path of growth and self-improvement, on whatever terms, is the birthright of every human being. The many techniques that support this growth and improvement were not invented by LRH, or any other guru or religious leader. You do NOT have to pay admission to your self...

MarkStark
MarkStark

 I've read many comments where people in the Indy camp left the cult, with their main complaint that things weren't being delivered "standardly" according to Ron's tech, especially auditing.

Here is David Miscavige, the nearly perfect Ronbot, delivering a pose that works for him, and he uses it "standardly." It's like a 1950's salesman using foot-in-the-door tech. It works!

You can assemble your rifle in the military, take it apart, and clean it, in a step-by-step standard method. It is the best way to do that or at least learn it.  I just don't believe you can become "self-determining" and find your true self, or spirituality using this method to control your thoughts, explore past lives or develop super powerz on the bridge to total Xenu. That's what makes it a lie, and abusive.

Hubbard didn't have real answers on finding yourself, educating yourself, or saving the planet. Some of it may have been helpful for some people, but it is designed as a trap, to get your money.

As far as Ron's standard tech. Oh bullshit! The tech, his axioms, his history of man, his delusions are all over the freaking place. For every cult member who finds Xenu an exciting revelation, and goes all cat-that-swallowed-the-canary elite over it,  there are two who find it disturbing, or just meaningless.

Sorry I'm writing so much, but I'm inspired about the comment of it being a standard pose. Any Indies or cult members out there, go back to licking your floor or whatever you were doing.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Oh, that's a overcoat? It looks like something Fatty Arbuckle wore in the silent film era.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Bulletproof vest, whiskey retention and rosacea on his cheeks and nose. Yep, his meat body has finally developed a "whiskey nose" from all its years of drinking. (notice I said, "its") :^O

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