Scientology on the High Seas: Hubbard Welcomes the New Meat!

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we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean.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 February 19 through 25 during those years.

After the jump, Hubbard surveys his latest land purchase and welcomes new recruits...

[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.]


February 20: It's good to be LRH.


I rode the motorcycle Mary Sue gave me for Christmas out to see some property we bought.

Arthur Hubbard, my test rider and mechanic in chief, acted as guide on his bike. He took me way out in the green countryside on the excuse he didn't know any other route to the property. We circled back and found the place right on the edge of town. Anything for a ride.

It's a very nice property. Several apartments, 18 bedrooms on one upper floor, a dozen garages, a big buss garage, four classrooms and a gym, and a lot of other bits. Our sign is up and well lighted at night. our caretaker is a very nice chap.

The place is well built of stone and masonry, quite pretty in fact.

We intended it for light manufacturing but have not put it to use as yet.

We own quite a bit of property over the world. Will be acquiring more as well as some countries.


February 21


Flag is crowded these days.

Berthing is at a premium.

New faces, new actions.

This is the time when it is hard to wear one's hat because the weaker points on lines have given away.

This is the time that reputations are made and future trust inspired in those who wear their hats and do their jobs. In such times one begins to mark out those who can control their immediate environment and make it and those in it go right.

This is the way future officers and promotions are scheduled.

Reversely this is also the time one notices who couldn't hold the line or who made a mess of it or who caved in.

Those trying to get the job done note these things. The non production, the absent from post, the flaps as well as the order and high production people are noted.

It all comes straight eventually because those in charge note and support those who make it go right and mark down the others. The go-right guys eventually wind up in charge.

Those who dodge their way and dog it eventually vanish off the lines.

This is YOUR Sea Org. It is as good as you make it.



February 23: New meat!


We appreciate all the new recruits. You are very valuable to us. It permits older hands to move up.

In your turn if you do a good job, you will also be moving up in your time.

You are expected to do the job assigned well and raise its stats.

You are expected to complete your AB, SS I, SS II and Mission School during your study time, which should be about 2 1/2 hours a day during one or another of your study periods.



The magic formula of a going org is

(1) A full, efficient operating HCO

(2) Lots of good producing auditors.

If you have that you also have Course Supers and Tech Execs from the auditors and HCO will give you the rest of the org manned.

Thus, the sign of threatened failure in an org would be

(a) A declining or faulty HCO

(b) Auditors declining in numbers available or in training.

This then is the magic formula to a producing org.

(1) HCO fully hatted itself, fully functioning, efficient and producing.

(2) Lots of auditors flublessly producing and auditors training to become so.

Where any org wants to boom, this is what it has to establish and keep established.

The real stars of the staff team are the auditors and the HCO personnel.

That's the key to any org.

Well worth knowing to FEBCs and also to Missionaires going out to patch orgs up. All they'd have to do is get auditors and get them producing and get an HCO recruited and hatted hatted hatted and doing its job, especially getting more tech people in training and on post. It would be a long range winning combination.



February 25: Mo' money!


In LA and now on Flag someone is justifying reserves and prices charged by saying "Ron needs it" or "it goes to repay Ron".

Now if this were true, great. But it isn't true. I've received no 10%s for ages. An audit of monies owed me by orgs showed about 13 1/2 million pounds some years ago. The SO owes me considerable on funds borrowed from me or funds of mine used. Every effort made to repay me anything always runs into "tax problems" or "exchange problems". So I long since forgave the 13 1/2 million. Other more recent sums aren't included.

It takes money to run things and keep the show on the road. A lot of money. Particularly in our expanding scene. It's all for a worthwhile cause.

But don't tell FEBCs or anyone else that money goes to me. It is a false report, made probably to excuse higher prices or overcome payment resistance.

The prices charged are for a priceless commodity -- personal ability, health and immortality. Group well being. A salvaged planet. Just 21 years ago a 100 billion bucks could not have bought an hour more of life. A few hundred or a few thousand now buys longer body life and personal immortality. So whoever thinks he needs one additional persuasion to pay to keep us going must have poor case reality, a minority amongst us.

A false report surely isn't needed.

I myself paid for the research. That would have been the costly bit. The wealthy Lockheed just went broke paying for research that was kid stuff.

The actual cost of L10ing someone and giving all grades is close to the price charged. A hundred million would be a low down payment for our org tech.

So realise the value of what's being bought and sold. What's the value of health to a suffering man? What's the value of immortality to an Earthbound eclipsed being?

You're right. It would be priceless. There isn't that much money.

It doesn't go to me. Why Payroll I/C doesn't even give me a C bonus when my Int Scn and SO stats are in howling affluence.

So lets keep the scene real in all selling and pricing. It's for priceless results. For the pc. Not for me.

I am in the relaxed frame of mind of owing no one anything and not being worried about what I'm owed. Let's keep it cool.

(And by the way did you know the psychoanalyst and psychiatrist charge ten times our total fees for delivering a long and agonizing death?)


I'm glad our upstat auditors weren't inconvenienced by the rolling here at anchor.


It's good to know LRH was delivering those priceless goods at no benefit to his own purse.

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Tony, a note for your standard intro for “Scientology on the High Seas…”

Hubbard and the “Apollo” left the Mediterranean, I believe, sometime in March 1969 and did not return. From then until October 1974, the ship was in the eastern Atlantic sailing between ports in Morocco, Portugal and Spain, the Canaries and Madeira.

I joined the ship in Tangiers about February 18, 1971, so you’re into my time on board now. The local property with the dozen garages that Hubbard was writing about in the February 20, 1971 OODs was in Tangiers, and became known as Tours Reception Center (TRC). Here’s a 1999 post to a.r.s. about TRC and related matters:  www[dot] 


Editors are Ted Mayett and Keshet of the website i got these snippets below from


Papers seized in the 1977 FBI raids on the Church headquarters in Los Angeles and the Founding Church in Washington, DC, describe the detailed plans that the Church had developed for infiltrating government offices, including which agencies to infiltrate, how to pick locks, and tips for disguises.


FEDERAL: 1. Place an agent into the US Attorney's Office DC as a first action as this office should cover all Federal agencies that we are in litigation with or may be in litigation with.

3. Get an agent into the US Attorney's office LA as a simultaneous action. (This is the one Federal Agency Justice asked us to back off of on our FOI actions).

5. Place a separate agent into the IRS Office of International Operations (OIO) (as this office as a case preparation or investigative action going on LRH personally for income tax evasion or something similar).

Project: Early Warning System: B1 , 5 Dec 1975.


The goal of the Department [of Government Affairs] is to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high level ability to control, and in its absence, by low level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies. -L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL 15 August 1960, "Dept. of Govt. Affairs"(as quoted in Scientology's Secret Service  by Chris Owen)


I really wonder what the Indies think when they read this kind of daily babble from their superstar. It must be hard to continually convince yourself that this greedy prick had life all figured out and that you should follow him right off the cliff of insanity.


That is some serious fucking crazy right there.


I find it sad that on Fridays, when Tony publishes these bon mots, the Hubbardites don't show up to say things like, "all religions are like that," or "why don't you protest really important things instead of picking us," or "you must hate everything that is good since you're interfering with good people trying to help people." 

Where are they? 


From all reports, the movies from Hubbard the movie maker were unwatchable. One interpretation might be that his cinematic vision -- that of a controlling lunatic -- showed up in the film in an awkward or comical way. How can you make films and run a cult that is saving the planet at the same time anyway?

In one respect, Hubbard's failure to make watchable films kept his group secret, until the Internet. Scientology could have died from over-exposure much sooner if Hubbard had become too familiar or categorized as a joke because of one or two cult classics. After the initial flush of sci fi fans, it was better for the cult's survival for him to be a mysterious science fiction writer, either unknown or on the fringe of people's awareness.

Wouldn't you love to see the expression on Hubbard's face if he could see a merchant of chaos was publishing his "orders" and grandiose thoughts of the day, and wogs and exes were "nattering" about it. Or how about school children laughing about the Xenu story, or the video compilations of his nutty lectures. How about the Granada TV interview of him lying about his number of wives. Bet he thought that one just came and went. It's back! He may not be back, but videos of nutty, lying Hubbard are, and they aren't going away.


I read through this rubbish and it just blows my mind that seemingly sane, rational people did back then and still do revere this man.

I'm not a violent person, but for the sake of all of those who've suffered over the years either directly by Hubbard or by his creation, I wish someone would've put a bullet through his head back in 1950.  


The counter-intention and entheta on this blog is totally unacceptable. I have put you all in the condition of treason! Start writing up your OW's, make amends(scrub toilets, lick floors, water-board an SP). Stop being C.I. and Make it go right!


In spite of Hubbard's claim that he forgave money owning him from Scientology, several times he "donated" the rights his works to the organization in return for large sums of money, and then a few years later, he'd do it all over again. Right up to his last will, the day before he died, he donated the rights yet again.

There's obviously a large yo-yo component to the tech.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

Tony, are all these "Orders of the Day" being preserved in CST vaults?

John P.
John P.

Let's tease out the numbers on an interesting detail mentioned in one of the orders.  For this purpose, let's assume Hubbard is telling the exact literal truth (a stretch, but let's pretend).

Hubbard claims the orgs owed him 10% of revenue, and that "An audit of monies owed me by orgs showed about 13 1/2 million pounds some years ago."  So let's pretend that "some years ago" equals perhaps 1968 or so...  The exchange rate was fixed in 1971 at about $2.40 per pound, so that would have equaled 32.4 million dollars in 1971 money.  Adjusting for inflation, which was about 450% from 1970 to 2011, you get the equivalent of about $146 million in today's dollars.  

If Hubbard's payout was supposed to be 10%, then the aggregate revenue for Scientology up until that point would have been about $325 million in 1970 dollars.  Applying a logarithmic growth curve, a growth rate of 25% from 1950 (founding) to 1968 gives you aggregate revenue of about $325 million and implies a company size of about $70 million in 1968.  That's not a huge company today.   But for comparison purposes, the #500 company in the Fortune 500 for 1970 (per cnnmoney dot com) did about $168 million in sales...  So Scientology would have been a very solid sized successful company in 1968.  

Compare that with the organization today.  A reasonable estimate of the organization stats (based on leaks posted on Marty Rathbun's site and elsewhere) suggest about $350 million per year, with perhaps $100 million from Flag, $100 million from books, plus (mostly) IAS donations.  Direct "product" revenue hasn't kept pace with inflation since the 1970s, even though inflation-adjusted prices for hitting the OTVIII levels are 10x or 20x what they were in the same time frame.  The only reason that overall revenue is anywhere near the inflation adjusted level of 1968 is due to the IAS "donation" scheme.  So if Hubbard is telling the truth about how much he was owed, then it appears that the membership of Scientology is substantially less than 1/10 what it was in 1970, and most of the (smaller amount of) money appears to be coming from high-pressure extortion fund raising, not from delivering product that people want to buy.  

Of course, if I were a Sea Org peon making 10 pounds per week, I would have felt less than kindly about hearing Hubbard brag about how he could just graciously "forgive" 13.5 million pounds that he was owed in back bonuses.  How would you feel if your boss casually told you that he forgave an IOU of $146 million in today's dollars from the company treasury?  I don't think that happens even at Google or Microsoft.  


"Just 21 years ago a 100 billion bucks could not have bought an hour more of life. A few hundred or a few thousand now buys longer body life and personal immortality."

Really Ron?

So perhaps you could tell us why you died the week after a major stroke aged just 74?

We are told your body had become an "impediment" to further research....yes, I guess chronic pancreatitis would be a bit of an impediment.

Maybe, like the church said, you just voluntarily "dropped" your body to carry on your research into higher levels.

However, exactly the same effect can be achieved by simply dying since you are too ill to live. This to be honest is a much more plausible explanation, unless of course you have paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to escape death, and don't want to hear that LRH was mere flesh and blood, with poor health and a pretty unimpressive age at death.

Robert Robinson
Robert Robinson

"We own quite a bit of property over the world. Will be acquiring more as well as some countries."

Had someone gotten out with this dispatch at that time, and published it in the news, would it have made a difference?  Would the U.S. A.G. at that time have done something?  Would less people, myself included, have joined this Mad Hatters Cult?  I am not certain, but I like to think so.


The million you pay for my services are cheap. Though, you will have to pay a shrink ten times that amount to deprogram you.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

"The prices charged are for a priceless commodity -- personal ability, health and immortality. Group well being. A salvaged planet." -- L. Ron Hubbard, OOD 25 Feb 1971

Mmm... Delicious dox! And that's a quote I'm going to thoroughly enjoy having flagged in my notebook. Thank you Tony!

Religion is free. Scientology is neither.


LRH is such a great man for flaunting his wealth in front of his ship of slave workers.  Sure makes ME want to follow every word he ever said!

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

I am starting to think Tony Ortega knows Scientology better than most Scientoligist. There publications remind me of 1984. These stories are only relevant for the day they are written. There is no past and in the future the present will be what we say it was. If only newer cult members saw this stuff. Well that and did not believe it was evil implants by a suppressive person. 

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Why use just one word, such as "succeed,"  where an infantile, four word phrase, "make things go right," can be used? Anything to pad the word count, eh, Mr. Hubbard?

It's evident that Ron never recovered from his conditioning during his penny-a-word pulp subsistence writing days.  In fact he got worse, especially once he started dictating his run-on babbling nonsense.



. . . 'cause ya know they're natural-born fuck-ups.


Hubbard was better at dropping the body -- his volcano went inactive at age 74 -- than picking one up and getting back to an office to resume chain-smoking. But his ability to fool others that they would live long, healthy lives because of buying into all his cuckoo? Priceless!

Isn't it amazing how he manages to show his multiple delusions in just a few pieces of writing like this? Miscavige doesn't talk about buying any countries. Has Miscavige priced Colombia? How much was it? If they're going to get this sector of the galaxy clear, he'd better acquire at least one country soon. There is a considerable difference between getting mind slaves to pay for building renovations and buying a country. Who knows, maybe the Super Powerz building will be declared a separate country.

Then there's his repeating refrain of health and a long life, "controlling the aging process," which is the phrase I believe Hubbard was using for a while.

For PR purposes, the cult has dropped talk of their plans to acquire a country, but they still talk about Scientology being priceless. At the prices they end up paying, pretty much any Scilon would tell you "the tech" is priceless. Its "pricelessness" is going up all the time, "coincident" with its "explosive expansion."

Oh well. "It's all for a worthwhile cause."

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Poor Arthur Hubbard - He's not a beloved son, he's a "test rider and mechanic in chief."

Seems like Ol' Ron had to handle everyone, even his own family, by depersonalizing them, reducing them to mere ranks and titles, or "hats" as he called them. 

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

Hop over Marty Rathbun's slag pile and read the two latest entries. These long time Scientologists are twisted all the way down. There's nothing you can do or say about LRH that will change their opinion about that 180 lb. lump of smegma.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

They avoid the subject like the plague, like it never happen.


Well, isn't it possible that they are all in RPF on Fridays because their Thursday stats were down simply because of what Tony wrote on Thursday? All of the comments decrying the evils of David Miscavige, the diminutive dictator, add up to lots of evil inches.


I think it's a lot harder to argue about this, since it's not really about Scientology's evil practices and more just stark exposure of a nut. They really have nothing to say other than maybe, "He invented some great things even if he was flawed."

It's just too obvious from these that Hubbard was a total loon. And there's no way to distract from that with details about how great auditing is. 

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Over time and in reading all the "hidden" true stories of Hubbard he seems to be more like Xenu than anyone else.




You can't put me on condition of Treason! Because I already put myself on condition of Irreverent Mockery, which is a much higher condition and can kick your Treason condition's ass.


I believe so. They're trying to archive everything the guy ever wrote or uttered. So these would be in there.


Dear John:

You would never make it in scientology. 

If, in fact, you Were in scientology, and no longer in scientology,  well, let me just say it's no wonder.  Mathematics is evil.  It is SO evil that it as-is'd itself (went poof!).Has nothing to do with the fact that math was Not Hubbard's strong lead.  Has nothing to do with mental illness.  Zero!  And by zero I don't mean that namby-pamby Indian definition of "placeholder".  You are obviously a bitter mathemetician and have crimes. No one likes you and no one will pay attention to your outrageous stats.   Which are utterly false.

ML,  you know who

John P.
John P.

Another way to cut the numbers: look at what percentage of GDP cult revenue is over the years.  

In 2011, take $350 million out of a 2011 US GDP of $13.727 trillion, and you get 0.002550%.  In 1970, take $70 million out of a 1970 US GDP of $1.025 trillion, and you get 0.006829%.  So Scientology was a much greater share of US GDP in 1970 than it is today...  Today's organization is pulling in only about 37% of the share of the US economy as it did 40 years ago...  FAIL! 


Boy, if I had a nickel every time I asked myself that after discovery of yet another stone unturned and found those stinky, squirming maggots staring up at me.  Okay, that was a bit too imaginative.  But yes, exactly!  Especially with the OOD's.  In the Sea Org, you read some OOD's, but for some reason, not all.  hah

Days like this I close my eyes, clap my hands three times, and shout "I do believe in Pro Bono class action lawsuits!  I Do, I Do!"  because I want every thin, stinkin' dime back. I can't get my time back, but minimum wage would sure come in handy. Can you imagine how much it would be in total. (OSA, whatever you do, Do Not pass this thought on to DM)


"Religion is free. Scientology is neither."

That's the best line ever.


Totally crass and delusional. What a price package, or priceless package, eh? He left the moon and Brooklyn Bridge out. Would it have seemed more crazy if he included those as a special bonus offer, for a limited time only.


True. Just as most atheists know the bible better than the average Christian.


Don't mistake that for bad writing alone, it's Hubbard exploiting one of his many thought terminating cliches.  As any staff member could tell you, this one translates as, "failure to reach your target will always be punished, even if your target was obviously impossible."


From Hubbard's descriptions of his physical maladies it appears his "volcano went inactive" long before he reached the age of 74 years


 Hubbard decided to acquire a country in order to create a "safe zone" for Scientology, He could operate without interference from government authorities, by becoming one himself. He decided on this after suffering crackdowns in both the US and UK.

To take over a country, Hubbard would need a lot of minions - so he created the Sea Org.  He would need a lot of money - so he created the OT Levels and the Advanced Orgs, began raising prices, and squeezing the franchise/mission holders and independent field.  This was when and why Scientology began changing from a fun, anyone-can-do-it, open-your-own-franchise-and-make-money-with-Ron, self-improvement business into a proto-USSR with its own KGB,  production targets, and KSW dedicated glare.

But ingratiating himself into a fascist government wasn't as easy as he had expected, with his e-meter interrogation tech, scientifistic study tech, jazz bands and shore stories.  After his plans for world domination were thwarted in a series of flops, such as in Greece, Morocco and South Africa, and after a stroke and a ruinous motorcycle accident, he retreated into deeper and deeper hiding.  Finally he was hiding from his own executives.

Although the Sea Org had failed in its purpose, Hubbard kept tapping Scientology's accounts for pocket money in stunning quantities, and kept a couple of trusted slaves on hand to see to his comfort.  But he no longer needed to fund the huge expense of shmoozing his way to power over a small country.  The revenue from Flag and fleecing the mission holders were adequate to his diminished needs.  So he never troiubled to create more OT levels.


The book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks is look at the thinking process of people with various disorders.

It's too bad that he didn't get a chance to spend time with Hubbard.


"...On the excuse he didn't know any other route to the property...Anything for a ride."  Maybe he just wanted to spend some time with his dad. Sad, sad. Bad dad.


Very true. Hubbard's son Quentin couldn't wear his hat, so he had to kill himself at age 22. If Miscavige had a kid, he probably would have used him as a food taster, and cut down on some of the security expenses charged to cultishioners.

The Indies make a big deal about Miscavige wanting all his thoughts written down, but he's probably shredding a lot of them. Hubbard wrote this BS down himself, kept it archived and to them it is now "sacred scripture," and so obviously what Miscavige follows.

They expect Miscavige to make Hubbard's fantasies come true. Instead, he does just what Hubbard did; lies and controls to keep the money rolling in. If anything Miscavige has taken the PR machine to new levels, employing his dutiful slaves like Rathbun, Rinder and Cook. Well, scratch those three. But then there was the great slave revolt of....2012?


No way was Lub-Tard only 180.

How tall was he?


Yeah, Hubbard was a little, um, flawed. Yeah, that's it! 

A flaw is not noticing my husband slave reading Tony's blog about Hubbard's "How to Make a Slave" and then said slave refusing to make my morning coffee. (I am not a morning person, coffee and relevant machinery is my newer religion, and it's complicated).A flaw is not noticing the expiration date on my bag of coffee before purchase.   A flaw is not noticing I forgot to put in the coffee filters,  or the water, or the coffee pot when I made coffee before technically awake. 

A flaw is Not: " ordering terrified children into the blackest, bleakest, rat infested chain lockers of a ship"  or "forgetting to cover health insurance and pay minimum wage  for thousands of my most devoted employees"   or   "pretending an improved mental health therapy, charging wtf prices, and stalking/and/or destroying anyone who spots the scam".

And for those who can't tell the difference between the two,  it doesn't matter what sign you carve and post over your tent at camp.  Let's just say you might be a little flawed in your thinking.  I'm honestly not trying to be unkind.  I say believe what you want, but some people just need a license to make coffee if you're going to serve it outside your kitchen.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

Truth is stranger than fiction and more entertaining than modern dance.


Thank you for being the geek that you are. And, I mean that in tone

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

 Indeed. On Scribd, search for "Scientology Fee Schedules" for some historical research I occaisionally work on for charting the pricing changes over the decades. The spikes in costing have some interesting correlations when compared to Hubbard's own personal time track.


To have a kid, Miscavige would first need to have sex with a girl. 


 180 was his "postulate weight."


When it's John P., just hit "like."  You know it's awesome, but maybe your cognitive level to fully appreciate it isn't caffeinated enough. 

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