This is How You Finance an "Ideal Org"

Categories: Scientology

Tuesday morning we included a recruitment video from the Scientology "org" in Orange County, California in our post about Lisa Marie Presley. It was loads of fun, but then our tipsters alerted us last night that it was just the tip of the iceberg.

Orange County, in fact, has lots of diverting videos at its "Ideal Org" channel, where they are documenting what it takes to finance a big new building when, actually, there's really no influx of new people or anything to justify it. In this first video, above, you see one of the key strategies -- pore over records of people who may have at one time had some connection to Scientology by purchasing a book or taking a course, and mine those old files for new contact information. Surely, there's some gold in them thar hills!

Here's another strategy: hold a big Christmas party, and then after everyone's in a good mood, hit them up for cash! Just look at them race to that easel to write down how much they're going to contribute. One family gives so much money to help renovate a building no one needs, they get named triple humanitarians!

Here's an inspirational pitch -- while it's still dark outside, and your husband and your kids are still asleep, why not come on down to the org to go through files! Now this is living!

Executive Director Ed Dearborn wants to see you down at the weekend fundraiser. I'm excited!

Cathy Moore tells us 160,000 thetans are getting new files so they can be fleeced, er, contacted for the big party!

Easter Saturday's big barbecue is Scottish, or something!

Holy Frickin' Moly! Easter Sunday afternoon action at its finest!

That Orange County org is really going places!

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defrocked apostate
defrocked apostate

 Wow, what I find the most fascinating about these videos is that these fucking insane cult loons handing all of their money and free time to the Scientology crime syndicate seem to have no idea of how fucking insane and idiotic they appear to normal, thinking, educated people. It's utterly amazing.

Jgg
Jgg

  That's because it's all entheta.  Freedom Magazine claimed that Scientology has sold 60 million copies of Dianetics over the last 2 years.  That would make it the world's best-selling book ever.  It's easily disproven.  So are lots of other things, but they are all entheta.

Jgg
Jgg

  It's too bad that Scientologists do not believe in psychiatry.

Dean Fox
Dean Fox

They must be really chuffed because before this article there videos had as many as 20 or so viewings, now some are up in the hundreds.

Couple of the comments might give a clue as to the nature of the viewers, Debbie Cook mentioned a couple of times as well as BT and Xenu.

What's with Marty's blog too, all discussing the "heinous" acts of the church of scientology Guardian's Office (pre Miscavige)? Have to say I was surprised that they would mention. The Paulette Cooper affair and not deny LRH didn't know about it.

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

Why would this surprise you? The post-GO Church management (DM and company) never denied the crimes of the GO. If you look at the application for Sea Org members, it asks whether the recruit is a former member of the GO or not, and usually if you were a member of the GO, you would be denied membership in the SO.

Also during the 60s and 70s there was a H U G E amount of conflict between GO and SO. GO and SO   H A T E D   each other.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Most of these people are future ex-scientologists. Mark my words.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

In the long run, all Scientologists are future ex-Scientologists, because the cult will implode within 20 years.

Jonathan Hendry
Jonathan Hendry

I wonder how often LRG chuckled to himself that he "had a bridge to sell", and people were buying.

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

I think you meant "LRH," but the idea is spot-on.  A bridge for sale, and sold the same "bridge" over and over.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

To be honest though, they seem like perfectly nice people and I wish them the best in realizing that they don't need their church squeezing every last penny from them in order to have a nice barbecue together. 

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

So if I get this right, OC Org just admitted that at least 160,000 people left their church.

Xenu's advocate
Xenu's advocate

Something peculiar is going on at Marty's blog, (see Scientology Inc Justice) to the point where I don't believe my eyes and really do not know what to make of it. If I understand what is going on, Marty is being directly critical of LRH and confronting the indies with some pretty tough stuff, including project snow white and project freakout. Then, in the comments, he wrote the following words:If one is capable of parking his or her reason at the door for L Ron Hubbard he or she is capable of parking it for David Miscavige. In fact, if it were not for the proclivity toward the former phenomenon the latter phenomenon never would have materialized – or at best would have been something on the order of the Manson family.

Is this all as strange or significant as I think it is?

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I think Marty has been going through the grieving process, like when someone you love dies. The truth is a hard pill to swallow and deny when you've been programed to not see it.

Typically, the seven (7) stages of grief are described as:- Shock or Disbelief- Denial- Anger- Bargaining- Guilt - Depression- Acceptance and Hope

The emotional logic of grief is better understood if you think of it as a series of frantic moves to re-orient to the world after a big loss has left you emotionally off-balance (disoriented). Dealing with grief is not a linear progression, but a whole process with chaotic twists and turns.

I really think Marty is starting to wake up. I think he's at the Acceptance and Hope stage? Well, at least for the past couple of days. No telling what he'll be thinking or saying tomorrow? LOL!

Jonathan Hendry
Jonathan Hendry

"If one is capable of parking his or her reason at the door for L Ron Hubbard he or she is capable of parking it for David Miscavige."

And he or she is capable of parking it for... Marty!

If Marty wants to be the new LRH, he'll have to wean his readers off of LRH first.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

I've been damn hard on Marty but even I admit his tune seems to be slightly changing to a different key these last few days. I honestly think what we're seeing is that slow realization a lot of people go through when leaving a dominating group. He's first blamed the leader, then the members, now he seems to be questioning in part the whole damn show. Give it a few months he might come around. 

Jonathan Hendry
Jonathan Hendry

I'd be more inclined to feel that way if we were talking about someone lower in the hierarchy, rather than someone whose former position in Scientology equips him to reconstruct it including its worst organizational aspects.

scilonschools
scilonschools

"Is this all as strange or significant as I think it is?"

My thoughts exactly,as i posted elsewhere earlier..."Now I believe in Alien abduction"

jensting
jensting

 nice catch! I sure hope so.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Man I hope so! 

See the light Marty! See the light!

---OK I WENT AND READ THE THREAD---

It seems to me like he's still walking a bit of a logical tight rope, he makes sure to explain that Hubbard maybe wasn't involved/maybe he was. He doesn't seem to be critical of Hubbard except to say that his outrage against the gv't might of been misplaced, yet at the same time it's totally a perfect description of Miscavige.

So really he's just laying down Hubbard's words against Miscavige and not examining Hubbard's words and context too closely.

Xenu's advocate
Xenu's advocate

Admittedly, it is clear that Marty still believes in the tech, but the critical characterization of both Hubbard and the church PRIOR to the Miscavige takeover struck me as something new and a major step in the right direction. Sure, he has admitted before that Hubbard was only human, etc., but speaking out directly on crimes committed by the church when LRH was in control and arguing that to not be critical of him is cultish... maybe I am reading too much into it, but it seems like this is a pretty momentous shift.

Are_sics
Are_sics

Looks like this to me, too, and is a hugely hopeful and momentous thing. The more vocal the older, pre-COB members are about LRH, the less maybe the cognitive dissonance will have a hold on Indies for whom LRH's self-promotion plays a role in their commitment.

Dean Fox
Dean Fox

But it's interesting that the people who characterised as kids etc were fellow indies who were all like "what heinous acts?"

He later seems to have regretted this assertion when said people explained they were merely questioning him, he made some comment about maybe he needs an editor or something.

I don't believe he's setting himself up as the next LRH or Miscavige. He's essentially demonstrating critical thinking which is counter to that agenda, IMHO.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

No you're right it does seem like something interesting and important in that little corner of the world. 

He still characterizes people who disagree with him as children and in some cases as idiots, so he has a long way to go when it comes to understanding the appropriate times to use name calling and hyperbole as opposed to reasoned issue oriented debate... But it's nice to see. 

Babysteps. 

jensting
jensting

That first video subliminally showed what they REALLY want to do with those files: Take them out to sea (past the ocean shelf), weigh them down with cannonballs and sink them.

EDIT: I watched all of them (the viewer numbers are going to drive OSA up the wall :) ). Aaaaargh! Surely this is enough to get Amnesty International to send in interventionists, or something?!?

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

There are obviously some H U G E inconsistencies with respect to DM and his attitude towards Scn. From stories whispered here and there, I'm surprised he has never been accused of homosexual rape. If the reports by Int escapees are to be believed, he is repressed sexually and has M A J O R issues. It's clear just in that he disappeared his own wife and has an unhealthy obsession with accusing others of being gay.

In my personal experience, men who habitually assault other men and accuse them of being gay are themselves gay. Add to that his use of violence to demo power over others and I have to assume DM is capable of anything.

David Miscavige = R A P I S T, S O D O M I T E.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

I don't um.... Look the guy's an asshole and a mini-dictator and has a lot of issues but umm... I dunno if anyone has ever presented and evidence of rape or even claims of rape. I also don't know why it matters if someone prefers anal sex and why you put it up there next to rape as if the two are somehow comprable. Some of the best and most vocal critics of the church enjoy sodomy :) 

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

I personally know of at least two former Int staff (men, both now back in England) who were raped and sodomized by David Miscavige. They are not willing to go public because of the humiliation and indignity of admitting to having been raped and sodomized by another man.

To a H E T E R O S E X U A L man, yes rape and sodomy are indeed comparable. Straight men who are victims of male rape do not enjoy being sodomized. That is R A P E.

Jedrick
Jedrick

 The guy has some issues. Very sad.

NoStasis
NoStasis

Like an Escher work with rape and sodomy instead of waterfalls.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

I feel like I'm on a hamster wheel. 

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

Do you understand that for a heterosexual man forced sodomy is a terribly traumatic and devastating rape? Sure, I get you say that some guys hetero or homo like to get sodomized whether by a guy or girl or artificially or whatever, but most straight men don't get off on anything like that.

Heterosexual logic considers sodomy to be not a good thing. Don't believe me, ask any hetero man or woman. Check the polling statistics what the average Joe and Jane think about sodomy. Even among gays and lesbians a lot, maybe even most don't care for that kind of penetration. A lot of feminists consider any kind of penetration to be traumatic. A lot of gay men are terrified of sodomy and consider it a painful experience!

So to me, your logic is the one thats twisted up and irrational. As for DM, he cannot escape justice forever. It will catch up with him one of these days when it finally hits the fan and the men he has violated decide to speak up and are no longer afraid of the humiliation and shame associated with what happened to them.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Sometimes it is, guess it depends on what's done during the rape. 

But this is the point I made earlier, Not all rape is sodomy. Not all sodomy is rape. Make the venn diagram. At some points they overlap and at others they don't. You made the comment that (though you did it strangely) David Miscavige is a rapist and sodomite, in doing so you placed sodomy on the same level as rape. Which shows the same contempt and fear of homosexuality that you claim proves Miscavige must be a rapist.

Basically man your logic is all twisted up.

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

Do you understand that when a man is raped by another man, that involves sodomy???

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

I'm not justifying rape, I'm explaining that sodomy as a term is not the same thing as rape. They have different definitions. Do you understand that these words do not mean the same thing? 

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

I would say you are both a liar and a PRO-RAPIST hypocrite. If anyone is not all there, it would be you. That you justify rape as being somehow okay is disgusting.

So you know... bugger off D U D E.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

... I have a feeling you're lying or misinformed. 

As to Rape and Sodomy being the same thing, you're just plain wrong there. Sodomy is a fairly out dated term for anal sex. It can occur between a man and woman or man and man. It's just a term for the sex act, it is not comprable to rape. Yes a straight man being raped is rape. And sodomy can be the act performed, but all sodomy is not rape nor is all rape sodomy. So you know... cool it dude. 

I actually don't know why I'm arguing this point, I just can't help myself, perils of the internet I guess.. But going a little further, the odd way you type gives me a feeling that you're not quite umm all there. However your slightly whimsical name makes it seem like you're probably just having a lark. Either way I'm really wasting my time and yours.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I agree. I can't get enough of Tony's blog. I've learned a lot, what's nice is it's laid back. But it's the laughter that keeps me coming back for more. It's kind of intoxicating. ;-)

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Hope someone takes it over? Heck, I'm just a sci- watcher and somedays even I have to take a break. It's like scientology sucks the life outta you if you get too deep into it.

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

Yeah but I think they also had some meatballs in a crock pot. Not to be confused with these meatballs selling a crock created by a crackpot :)

Callum Lucas
Callum Lucas

Anyone notice the fact that one of the videos has a nice "As Seen On: Operation Clambake" sign on it; with a link to the forums at xenu.net?  Perhaps youtube thought OC when linked to scientology meant something else?

Fraser the Doughnut
Fraser the Doughnut

Exactly what was wrong with the current org in Tustin that they decided to buy this dump in Santa Ana? Tustin is a high class area, the Tustin org building has more than enough space to handle not only their current level of parishioners, but also a huge influx of new members if that should happen.

This may very well be the Titanic of Scientology, because the more we find out about what a disaster the new OC Ideal Org is, the more Scientologists are going to be freaking out in a C R A Z Y way.

In Santa Ana! Garbage dump area! I N S A N E

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

It is all about the illusion of expansion and regging people for money in the name of it.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Emma at exsmb is leaving, bummer. Tony, don't you ever leave us, please.

FeeIsMe2
FeeIsMe2

Here's a question for ex-scientologists... How much money do you have to give to be a triple humanitarian? 

sizzle8
sizzle8

 A "Patron Laureate" for the IAS is only $10,000,000.

Perry
Perry

I think in the video it says $8,900. 

I would love to show up to one of those functions and write on the board $85,000, get the Quadruple Humanitarian Award and high-fives all around!  But then refuse to pay anything.

I can imagine the red-faced reggers screaming "you have to pay!!!! - you got the Quadruple Humanitarian Award!!"  Nope, sorry. I changed my mind.

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