Amanda Palmer Loved Kate Bornstein's Memoir So Much, She Crashed the Book Party

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Kate Bornstein and the Voice cover take a star turn at Dixon Place
Tuesday night, we were invited to play a small part in Kate Bornstein's book party at the experimental theater Dixon Place, to celebrate the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.

Earlier that day, our cover story about Kate had popped up on the website, and the print version of this week's Voice had also started showing up around town.

Kate is not only a well-known performance artist, she's also a familiar face among the many commenters at this blog, and we've enjoyed learning about her experiences as a Scientologist on the Apollo with L. Ron Hubbard back in the early 1970s.

So we were happy to be a part of the celebration, which was supposed to begin with a reading from the book. But instead, Kate announced a surprise guest: Amanda Palmer had crashed the party and would be starting the evening off with a song in Kate's honor!

Palmer, one half of the musical duos The Dresden Dolls and Evelyn Evelyn, belted out a smart and funny song while strumming a ukelele in her stocking feet.

Before she began, however, she said that Kate had mailed her an advance copy of the book, and since she was in town, she couldn't help but show up to celebrate the moment, even though the two of them had never met. It was really something.

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Amanda Palmer performs at Kate's party. [Photo: Laura Vogel © 2012]

And for Scientology Watchers, there was an intriguing angle to Palmer's cameo. Last year, Palmer, 36, made legal her marriage to writer Neil Gaiman, 51, the famous British artist who is responsible for The Sandman comic series, the Hugo-winning novel American Gods, the Hugo-winning novella Coraline, and so much more.

Neil Gaiman is also the son of David Gaiman -- who joined Scientology when Neil was 5 years old. David Gaiman rose to be the head of Scientology's British operation, and was its spokesman there. He died in 2009.

Neil doesn't talk much about his upbringing in Scientology; in 2010 he told the New Yorker's Dana Goodyear that he isn't a Scientologist, though his two sisters remain in the church. Wrote Goodyear...

Like Judaism, Scientology is the religion of his family, and he feels some solidarity with them. "I will stand with groups when I feel like they're being properly persecuted," he told me.

We'd love to know why Neil's wife, Amanda Palmer, was so inspired by Kate's book. Perhaps at some point she'll talk to us about that.

The next night, we joined Kate and her girlfriend Barbara Carrellas once again, this time for Yetta Kurland's Wednesday night radio hour at WWRL 1600 AM. Yetta kept things lively as we discussed Scientology's various problematic practices, such as disconnection, Fair Game, declaration of suppressive persons, and more.

I'd also like to give a shout out to our art director, John Dixon, who came up with the idea of a four-panel comic for the cover this week, and worked with artist Eugene Smith to make it happen. David Harrison, Kate's former partner, told me he didn't think we could have captured Kate any better.


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Nick Xenophon Slimed by the New Straits Times

We've written about Independent Australian federal senator Nick Xenophon in the past. He's known for his attempts to have Scientology investigated in that country, and in particular he is cited for a fiery speech he gave in that country's parliament in 2009.

Scientology Watchers the world over tend to be familiar with a clip of Xenophon saying these words in the Aussie parliamentary chamber...

Scientology is not a religious organisation. It is a criminal organisation that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs.

Well, imagine the senator's surprise when he recently made a trip to Malaysia and found himself quoted this way by the New Straits Times, which is owned by Malaysia's government:

Islam is not a religious organisation. It is a criminal organisation that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Xenophon made the trip at the invitation of Malaysia's opposition leader in advance of elections there, something that might have made the country's government unhappy and provided its newspaper a reason to slime him by swapping out the word "Scientology" for "Islam."

The New Straits Times has pulled the offending article, but you can still see a cached version here.

The NST has apologized, but Xenophon is considering his legal options after what appears to be a pretty straightforward case of mugging-by-newspaper.


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Lawrence Wright and the New Yorker Win Big for "The Apostate"

Last night, Lawrence Wright's epic, 24,000-word story about screenwriter-director Paul Haggis's defection from Scientology, "The Apostate," won a coveted "Ellie" for The New Yorker at the gala put on by the Association of Magazine Editors, the annual National Magazine Awards, held here in New York City.

Hey, we already knew the piece was all that. And we are salivating for the book that is growing out it, which we hear Wright is still reporting. Let's go, Larry! We need that book!

Also, don't forget to read, if you haven't already, our followup to one of the biggest revelations in Larry's story, the FBI investigation into Scientology's alleged abuses.


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Scientology on the High Seas

In November the Voice 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 Atlantic and the Mediterranean on the yacht Apollo. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of April 29 through May 5 during those years.

This week, the Commodore is manic as all get out...


1969

May 1: Does the Commodore have to do everything around here?

1. Ship Condition

I am waiting, not altogether patiently, for the individuals aboard to realize that they are a ships company and responsible to each other for the survival of the ship and each other.

Until this company insists to one another that each do his duty and that crazy outnesses are threats to survival and must cease the ship is at risk.

This ships company has no right whatever to dump on me the arduous task of catching dropped balls and single-handing this vessel over the top of wild goofs in food, fuel, security, repairs and maintenance, and appearance.

It is up to each crew member to generate an insistence on competence by others and to perform his own duties.

Working only to orders, tolerating wild stupidities and letting things drift are practices which must cease.

Until I see a distinct change of attitude and increased awareness in efficiency,

1. There will be no allowances.
2. There will not be any shore liberty.
3. There will be no leave.
4. And you will see Ethics as heavy and unpredictable as the goofs that are being handed me to handle.

Deficient in emergency drills good sense and hard work, the survival of this vessel and its crew is being fought for only by myself and a very few others. As long as the ships company remains this irresponsible and idle and refuses to insist on smart competence amongst themselves, this ship is in grave danger of catastrophe.

You better wake up before you wake up dead.

LRH, COMMODORE


2. Goofs Caught Today

Security was being breached continually to Corfu and elsewhere by this ship by both mail and telex (see debriefs of OTLs).

Fridge repairmen sent back ashore with no order because Div. 3 dumped its hat on the Chief Engineer.

No. 1 Hold large frig (ordered repaired) was falsely reported as all fixed, whereas its bearings were shot and about to leave the company with no meat in the coming summer weather. My Repair order shunted aside saying the E/R would replace bearings. No mention of the unventilated condition of the frig's motor compartment which would be 120 degrees in summer and no air.

Ship bumping dock, Con oblivious. When I ordered remedied, E/R didn't put any juice on the capstan for 20 minutes as "they've waited before".

Radar current regulator in motor room improperly written up for repair. It's the resistors in the rheostat in the motor room that are gone. The current can't be further reduced. Lack of current regulation is blowing out the range rings. QMs aren't watching it. It can't be reduced now due to resistor fault.

There were probably 40 or 50 other big goofs. I didn't catch more than above.

Who mans these posts? Zombies?

LRH, COMMODORE


1970

May 5: Brace yourself -- Hubbard rants about poor pay.

POOR PAY

I wish places like DK and OTLs and Pubs Org would PAY their people their pay and allowances.

The first AOSHDK C/O was removed for failing to do so.

I know they were on a low allocation for many weeks. But in Feb DK was given a fat allocation scale and should have caught up their arrears easily.

For Pubs not to pay their staff is silly.

Hey, how about somebody grabbing a hat I have -- a welfare hat with a loud clear purpose to feed well, clothe properly and pay promptly allowances due to crews and staff.

The coin has two sides: On one side you make lots of production economically and flood the joint with lucre, largess and loo-loo-loot. On the other side you pay, feed, clothe people, put out the promo, provide the facilities and pay the bills and bank reserves for a rainy day.

When execs and staffs do not CAUSE enough production, the other side of the coin gets defaced and hard to handle and become the EFFECT of problems.

I spend an awful lot of time and effort making sure the coin keeps both sides. Whoever heard of a one sided coin?

The FEBC tells you what you need to know about the CAUSE side of the coin so you can handle the EFFECT side easily and pleasantly.

Financing never gets hard until there isn't any of it.

LRH, COMMODORE


1971

April 29: An interesting cameo.

ASSIGNMENT

David Mayo is assigned as an Ad Course Auditor assisting Bob Guilford, This is in addition to his Flag Interneship.

This post does the incidental auditing and minor repairs and rud flying needed by Ad Courses.

Full checkout on these actions should be done at once. This includes HCO B 26 Apr 71.

LRH, COMMODORE


May 2: Shush! The Commodore is in session!

ALL BANGERS, CHIPPERS AND GENERAL NOISE MAKERS = TAKE NOTE:

There is to be no noise made between the hours of 1230 - 1600. These are generally the COMMODORE's session hours and on no account may they be disturbed. Anybody disturbing the COMMODORE's sessions will be docked 2 weeks pay. Be sure to check between these hours, whether or not the session has finished before starting any noisy work within range of A Deck Port, above or below or alongside. Nobody wants to stop any work. But a lot of our survival and expansion depends on those sessions!

Claire Popham
Comdr. Mess.


May 5: Death to splinter groups! And a famous acting teacher makes his debut.

DIANOLOGY

A guy from Dianology set a fire in the Celebrity Center building in LA. It was all handled. I trust the guy will also be.

MOVIE

The top Broadway hit man, Milton Katselas, through Celebrity Centre sent me a screen play that deals with some Scientology materials.

I received it as he requested, went over it. As an old screen writer I found some ways to polish it and telexed him that I would.

He was just telexed back very thrilled. In one week he did Grade VI, went Clear, was taken on at Columbia Pictures to direct his Broadway hit and got my assurance I'd help work on the new screen play. To quote "All in One Week. Wow."

...

RECORDS

I am collecting records of mood and light orchestral music. Richard Gorman just gave me one "Money Jungle" with Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus on the bass fiddle and Max Roach on the drums. Three stars made a fantastique! Richard himself is an old bull fiddle man from way back.

It's been a day of the arts!

LRH, COMMODORE



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Bonus 1970s Awesomeness

While L. Ron Hubbard was moving HQ from the yacht Apollo to the Florida coast, Advance! magazine was thrilling Scientologists with its tales of "OT Phenomena." Those church members who had reached the higher levels of spiritual training shared their stories of superhuman powers with fellow dupes -- er, enthusiasts. This excerpt is from Issue 31, May 1975.



About a week after finishing OT III Expanded I "lost" my Clear Bracelet and spent an hour "looking" and "searching" for it. I ended with, "Well, I will have it."

Several evenings later, while in bed I decided it was time to have it again, so I "moved to it." I immediately found myself a foot under the body's back where the bracelet lay -- beneath the water bed! It would not have been found otherwise, without draining and moving the waterbed! That was fun.

While laughing outrageously to myself over the win, I then exteriorized over the western hemisphere just to test my cockiness. Amazing freedom. And I've always wanted to travel! I can't wait to do the upper OT Sections. -- Dennis Winfrey, OT


Recently my wife and I were driving around Los Angeles and decided to get a bite to eat. We decided to go to McDonald's Restaurant for a hamburger, but not being from L.A. neither of us knew where there was one. At that moment I exteriorized and let the car right into a McDonald's parking lot.

After having something to eat I did exactly the same thing to find a theater we wanted to go to.

It felt so natural to just be an OT and do these simple actions. It's so good to know what I can do and that I can do it -- Pat Quail, OT


Apparently, Dennis Winfrey soured on those upper levels. I find a record of him suing the church in 1984.

As for Pat's quandary -- finding the nearest McDonald's -- there's gotta be an app for that now, right? Once again, smartphones make OT VIII superfluous.

We hope you enjoyed today's collection of items. Please check our Facebook author page for schedules and updates, and out-of-left-field things like photos of the sun.


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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 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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Anon
Anon

Neil Gaiman is listed in the 2009 as a Scientology Cornerstone club member for donating $35,000.00 and in 2010, Mary Gaiman donated half a million to Scientology. Amanda Palmer's Sea Org connections thread: https://whyweprotest.net/commu...

Barbara Shirley
Barbara Shirley

i will have those collectibles, i will try my best to get those and then make it deliver straight to my home.

California
California

Thank you, Kate, for sharing your amazing journey with us.

And keep on, keeping on!

Bobbymcguire
Bobbymcguire

Kate was my neighbor a decade ago and remains one of the most fascinating people I've ever come across. Rarely have I experienced such raw unapologetic honesty than i did this weekend while tearing through her memoir. I dont pretend to completely understand her, but it only made me hold her in higher esteem.

The world needs her

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

I don't understand why some people want to piss off Senator Xenophon even more.Nick is not Xenu, he is a human being who is against abuses. Chill your restims OSA.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Just purchased Kate's book through the Kindle app on my phone and my pc.Thanks for writing it, Kate! Will probably finish reading it in 2-3 days.Listening to Yetta's live show now. It's really good.  Thanks Tony and everyone!

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Oh it's very helpful, just one of those strange eccentricities of the religion that grows on its own. 

mad_world
mad_world

Kate's book is on my "to read" list, looking forward to reading it.

The other night me and my friends were talking, and we were saying everyone who effects positive change in this world, usually don't have a very pleasant or comfortable life, at least early on. Most famous example would be Nelson Mandela.

Kate, I'm only peripherally aware of your story, but I know enough to know that you are one of those, who effect positive change.

Thank you, the world needs more people like you. You too, Tony.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

For people who were in the Church at the time, how pervasive was the Hubbard is Buddha thing? Was it something he came up with one day and it became gospel or did it grow on its own and got a little out of control? So many of these Advance! issues from the 70's push this on the cover and as I recall he was far into crazy hermit land around this time. So who decided "lets make a bunch of red haired Buddha images on our covers!" I'm interested in that idea for some reason. 

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

It almost sounds like DM himself could be speaking.

RE:May 1: Does the Commodore have to do everything around here?1. Ship Condition I am waiting, not altogether patiently, for the individuals aboard to realize that they are a ships company and responsible to each other for the survival of the ship and each other.Until this company insists to one another that each do his duty and that crazy outnesses are threats to survival and must cease the ship is at risk.This ships company has no right whatever to dump on me the arduous task of catching dropped balls and single-handing this vessel over the top of wild goofs in food, fuel, security, repairs and maintenance, and appearance.It is up to each crew member to generate an insistence on competence by others and to perform his own duties.Working only to orders, tolerating wild stupidities and letting things drift are practices which must cease.Until I see a distinct change of attitude and increased awareness in efficiency,1. There will be no allowances. 2. There will not be any shore liberty. 3. There will be no leave. 4. And you will see Ethics as heavy and unpredictable as the goofs that are being handed me to handle.Deficient in emergency drills good sense and hard work, the survival of this vessel and its crew is being fought for only by myself and a very few others. As long as the ships company remains this irresponsible and idle and refuses to insist on smart competence amongst themselves, this ship is in grave danger of catastrophe.You better wake up before you wake up dead.LRH, COMMODORE

jensting
jensting

"Working only to orders, tolerating wild stupidities... are practices which must cease."

Ehrm, may I be the 117th person to comment that in the case of the orders from Ron, these two activities are not that different?

Also, what a brilliant psychological hold on people: berating them for not following orders and then berating them for, ehrm, following orders.

" you will see Ethics as heavy and unpredictable"

No doubt.

(shakes head)

magikcarrot
magikcarrot

 Totally agree Jensting,What a wasted and Suppressed life of much scribbling, word clearing, pen pushing, paper shuffling, Knowledge reporting, giving, receiving information, continual weighing up of dynamics. never ending suspicion of those who dont look or act according to  THE Teck. There is much more to life than the life of Sheeptology.

Lemont
Lemont

One of these days I hope someone has the wherewithal to index all these great comments to Tony's investigations in a searchable database.  It would be great to think "Oh, I posted something about this in 2010" and be able to pull it up instantly via search engine.

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC wish to inform VV readers that smartphones do not make the OT levels obsolete. Factually, the OT levels made computers and smartphones possible. The late great New OT VIII Steve J. wrote about this in one of his many unpublished Success Stories:

"After finishing OT III, I cognited that I could build microcomputers and so I started Apple in my garage. While Apple had its ups and downs, it eventually became the biggest company in the world.

"Apple products are simple, functional, and wildly popular because they work based on secret upper level OT-driven theta-nanological-912 processor arrays. The theory behind these circuits is clearly described in the Basics. Needless to say, Apple will begin selling smart telepathy devices by 2020. Apple will painlessly embed a small 6-cubed chip into your forehead or hand and then you will know everything and be an OT!

"By 2021 the biggest single app in the world will be Solo Nots. The second biggest app will be the Steely Dan Immortality Project. This is all incredible and I thank COB RTC for having the foresight to build 8808808 Ideal Orgs for the coming OT future!" -- Steve J.

Guest
Guest

This explains why my iPhone printing utility defaults to the scientology Publication Oiliness Production Facility.

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

OT's can wear jeans

And cut their hair short

Wear shirts and boots

'Cause it's OK to be an OT

But for a wog to look like an OT is degrading

'Cause you think that being an OT is degrading

But secretly you'd love to know what it's like

Wouldn't you

What it feels like for an OT

Silky smoothF/N's sweet as candy, baby

Tight blow downsReads that show TA action

Strong inside and they always know it

Good OT's they always show it

When they open their mouths to speak

They are never weak

Do you know what it feels like for an OT

Do you know what it feels like in this world

For an OT

Cans that twirl on finger tips so gently, baby

Hands that rest on shiny Ideal Orgs are many

Bright theta that always shows

And secret money flows that never slowWhen you're trying hard to be your best

You can always be more blessed

Do you know what it feels like for an OT

Do you know what it feels like in this world

What it feels like for an OT

Leroi
Leroi

Madonna, LOL:) at least you aren't degrading SteelyD

Gassho

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Re the important "zombies" statement by Hubbard.

To work aboard the Apollo, the Guardian's Office had a list of requirements, that the potential Apollo staffer must have met, the old "GO 824" requirements. (These requirements forever evolved and today much improved requirements still remain for qualifying to work at the Sea Org's highest echelons, supposedly to keep idiots from interacting with David Miscavige today.)

One of the bureaucratic idiocies of Hubbard's accumulated staff rules, were that ultimately, inevitably, the staff were driven to commit problems in trying to resolve the problems that Hubbard's policies caused them.

Hubbard was the ultimate perpetrator of one of his "Crime" rules:

"Committing a solution which becomes a problem." 

-   L. Ron Hubbard,         page 306 "Introduction to Scientology Ethics",       2007 edition.

Hubbard was the supreme leader when it came to committing problems for the movement.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

All of the Orders of the Day seem to have rant about the incompetent people he chose to surround himself with. Was there one particular incident that started the RPF or was it week after week of his imagination running wild? Maybe an old deck hand could fill in the blank.

Guest
Guest

Get COMPETENT, or you will never get off the ship!  

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

Jesus: Turning water into wineMoses: Parting the Red Sea$cientologists: Finding McDonalds since 1952. What a bunch of tools!

Guest
Guest

Not to change the topic, but:

Posted: May 04, 2012 3:41 PM CDT

Updated: May 04, 2012 3:41 PM CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state medical examiner's office wants to take a deeper look at the deaths of 2 people at a drug rehabilitation center that uses saunas and vitamins as part of an intensive cleansing regimen.

Last month, 21-year-old Hillary Holten died at the Narconon Arrowhead center at Canadian. Last October, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves died. The rehab facility uses techniques developed by Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and is the training center for Narconon International. Health officials in Quebec closed a Narconon facility last month.

The Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office says Holten and Graves were each found in their beds with no signs of foul play. Autopsies are incomplete, and the state medical examiner's office wants to do more work before determining a cause of the deaths. 

N. Graham
N. Graham

Maybe they're branching out into assisted suicide.

jensting
jensting

 I hope that the relatives are wearing out several broadband connections in digging on the Internet. Also, it would be good if the narCONon front for the criminal organisation known as the "church" of $cientology could not be allowed to suggest cremations...

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

"The rehab facility uses techniques developed by Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard"

Quotes like this always annoy me. Narconon isn't based on techniques "developed" by LRon, it's based on techniques pulled out of his ass on a whim.

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

So Amanda Palmer who claims to be bi-sexual and a huge supporter of gay culture in general is married to Neil Gaiman whose family are $cientology aristocracy ? Gee how's that going to work out at holiday dinners ?

Google > Why We Protest >  "Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer touring together this fall (Onion AV Club)".

It's a thread that discusses Neil's supposed secret support for the cult and Amamda's famliy's supposed deep ties to Co$.

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

This is somewhat confusing because it seems if you go by what some folks on WWP show as evidence that Neil Gaiman is at least financially active with CoS and that some of Amanda's family members were in the cult at some time.

Perhaps Tony or Kate can talk to Amanda and get a clarification on this.

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

I admit I don't know much about Neil Gaiman but there's tons of "evidence" online that as recently as 2010 he donated half-a-million dollars to the Super Power building campaign. I have no idea if this is true but anecdotes like this are all over "Why We Protest":

Neil Gaiman is underwriting Scientology. Not only is Gaiman listed in Scientology’s Cornerstone Newsletter along with Mary Gaiman, (contributing $35,000.00 in 2009), Gaiman gave half a million In 2010 to the Scientology Super Powers Center. Mary Gaiman was awarded the “Gold Humanitarian Award” for her contribution of $500,000.00 to Scientology. This contribution was made by The Blank Corporation, Gaiman’s company which he owns with Mary. The Blank Corp is Gaiman’s Scientology front and how he pays the cult. The Gaiman Family are listed as Silver Meritorious for that year in Scientology’s own magazines (Impact 123). These listings mean that Gaiman can reincarnate into another Scientology family, according to the Cult’s bogus teachings.Gaiman will never leave the cult because he is the vitamin heir of Scientology and a spineless weakling. The Gaiman family owns G&G Vitamins which reaps 6 million a year from selling The Purification Rundown Vitamins and Gaiman’s two sisters, Claire Edwards and Lizzie Calciole are not just high-ranking Scientologists, they are the Head of Recruiting and the Head of Wealden House ( the Scientology stronghold in East Grinstead where Gaiman was an Auditor). These two high-ranking Scientologists cannot associate with Neil unless he is in good standing.There is a clear money trail leading to Gaiman. All documents are available on Wiki. 

Jonathan W. Hendry
Jonathan W. Hendry

"The Gaiman Family are listed as Silver Meritorious for that year in Scientology’s own magazines"

It's "the Gaiman Family" whether or not Neil is involved, so it doesn't say much about him. His ex-wife and the kids could also be called "the Gaiman Family", because she hasn't changed her name, and regardless of whether her kids have any participation in Scientology.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Speaking of "the Gaiman family", I wonder where is Claire Edwards, these days, Neil's sister, who was CO SMI (Commanding Officer of Scientology Missions International) for a long time... Lovely lady. Her and I used to exchange letters on mission matters.Is she out?

Jonathan W. Hendry
Jonathan W. Hendry

I think what happened is that they leave assets in the Blank Corp, Mary Gaiman still owns some percentage of the company and its assets, and she exercised her ownership rights to have the company donate part of her share of the assets to the Church. That way it didn't become her personal income, and wouldn't be taxed again.

That doesn't mean Neil made the donation. It doesn't mean he made half the donation.

It may simply mean that dissolving the company, or buying her out, would be more hassle than its worth to him. As long as she owns part of the company, Neil probably doesn't have much control over her share of the proceeds. It's not his money. Even if she were just an employee of Neil and Blank Corporation, she could still send all her paychecks to Scientology.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Strange, I wouldn't mind knowing what the deal is. It would be odd to me if someone who does not profess to be a Scientologist gave them money for their Super Powers building. I could see someone donating to one of the "humanitarian" front groups since they believe the money would be going to a good cause. But to a strictly religious facility that they won't be using... that would be weird. So I'm skeptical.

Lemont
Lemont

Hubbard's crew management technique doesn't make much sense to me.

It's like, "No one gets off this ship until it's safe for us to be here."  Logic would dictate the reverse.  (Always opposites day with Hubtard).

Scientia
Scientia

Kate, your bright, sunny book arrived through my door in grey, rainy London this morning. Huzzah and hurrah! Can't wait to read it :)

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

There's another New York City book launch of my memoir this Sunday, May 6 2pm EDT at MoMA, PS 1 in Long Island City. David Harrison and I will be reading, Sam Feder will preview his documentary, and Sabrina Chap will be singing the opening number, "Never Been a Bad Girl." There's a FaceBook event page up at www dot facebook dot com/events/281673718593470/ —and nope, I don't think Ms Palmer will repeat the surprise. But if you can make it, please do and let me know it's you from Runnin' Scared, and we'll have a hug. xoxo K

Irish-lad
Irish-lad

It's so ironic to see anti-scientology sentiment spreading through amazingly diverse facets of culture, just as LRon imagined (or hallucinated) his monstrous concoction of a 'religion/philosophy' would. LRon would fantasize about how his teachings would form a true grass-roots movement that would be the classic (and imbecilic) underdog 'white hat' good guys getting bush-fire-like support from every corner of our rich and diverse society, and rising to over-throw the 'general-faceless-tyrannical' regime. Just so turns out that he laid the foundations for a truly tyrannical, bigoted, and unquestioningly obedient group that now represent one of modern day societies greatest contradictions, even far greater than communism, Hubbard's perennial enemy.

PickAnotherID
PickAnotherID

"It's the resistors in the rheostat in the motor room that are gone."

Say what??

While a rheostat is essentially a variable resistor, it doesn't have resistors in it to be gone.

sizzle8
sizzle8

 Engine room rheostats often have a resistor in series.  They can be part of a circuit to reduce the load during start up.

PickAnotherID
PickAnotherID

A resistor in series with it wouldn't be considered "in the rheostat" as Hubbard put it. It might be in the same casing as the rheostat, but it would not be in it.

Of course the all knowing Hubbard may have incorrectly considered anything inside the case housing as being "in the rheostat", which actually refers to a descrete device.

Remy
Remy

I kind of almost picked up my old electronics book to see if LRH was pulling stuff out of his backside, as usual. Glad to see I was correct!

MarkStark
MarkStark

I was thinking about the Clear bracelet. There's that old British TV program Bunker posted on YouTube, "A Faith for Sale," where the new Clears are stepping up at a St. Hill graduation event, "Janice Sledgepoole, Clear 347."

If Hubbard were interested in really "clearing the planet," why not use these extraordinary people to advertise their own powerz, by having "CLEAR" and their clear number tattooed in large characters on the forehead. Each clear would then be a walking advertisement for the perfect memory and McDonald's-finding ability etc. of the Scientology clear. They wouldn't need any print ads, cult magazines, jewelry, or nutty books at all. Where's a McDonald's? Just ask a CLEAR!

It might result in a loss of revenue though, as a member with CLEAR tattooed on their head might not be as willing to buy into re-doing Clear, you know, if a mistake were found somewhere in their case or an electronic incident short circuited on their track.

If it's true that "Tom Cruise has introduced LRH technology to over one billion people on earth, and that’s only the first wave he’s unleashed," I would be very impressed to see one Clear with a six figure number around. That would be the time I'd have to consider wading through ALL of Dianutty.

Also, on the topic of Tom Cruise unleashing his next wave of the Tech. As successful as the Ghost Protocol film was, I can't think of that as a wave of "LRH tech," unless there were some subliminal messages in the film all the critics missed.

sketto
sketto

Oh my god, but I do love those Advance! stories. They just kill me. I love summarizing them just to bring out the amazing OTness even more.

In this week's excerpt:"I have OT powerz. The proof? My wife and I were driving around Los Angeles and found a McDonald's."

I can't stop laughing. It's just too good.

bobx
bobx

"I have OT powerz.  The proof?  I lost something, and it turned out to be under the bed."

Llama
Llama

Only LRH would get a telegram, listen to a record, then brag to the whole crew about his fantastique "day of the arts."  

It also occurs to me the man probably never received a compliment, without feeling the urge to amplify it and repeat it ad nauseum.  

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

I misplaced my testicles. I looked all over and couldn't find them and I needed them for a meeting later in the day. So I exteriorized and searched, they were no where in the house so I just thought about them really hard and I was drawn to them like a lode stone. Imagine my surprise when I found them the last place they had been, on Davids chin. Since that is who my meeting was with I quickly went back to my meat sack and headed over. We laughed about that. I am so happy I am OT VII. Sincerely Tom C.

Claude
Claude

LRH complains of "the arduous task of catching dropped balls and single-handing this vessel."  I thought his Messengers performed that service for him:)

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

 So CMO was an acronym for "Commodores Member Orgasming" ?

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