How You Can Help a Film About Kate Bornstein Happen (Plus: Scientology Sunday Funnies!)

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Filmmaker Sam Feder has opened Kickstarter funding for a documentary about recent Village Voice cover gal Kate Bornstein. Go to Sam's page to find out how you can help finish the project!

As Sam says, it's kind of amazing that a film about Kate hasn't already been made.

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Scientology Sunday Funnies!

Just about every day, we receive the latest wacky and tacky fundraising mailers put out by Scientology orgs around the world. Thank you, tipsters, for forwarding them to us! On Sundays, we love to reveal them to you.

Folks, it looks like Scientology has finally cracked the math on expansion. We can soon expect Ideal Orgs opening up all over the world every few days. (On the other hand, it looks like spelling will continue to be an issue as the church continues its planetry goals.)

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Imagine how many stacks of the new RON Encyclopedia are piled up at your local org. They need to move this baby, and now!

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Another seminar that's sure to turn you into a money-making machine! (Or, um, sell you a ride on the boat.)

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Bruce Wiseman and CCHR work a spooky vibe to restimulate your engrams. Go wipe out some psychs!

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And here's a bit of nostalgia for those days when John Travolta was known for pulling back on the stick -- so he could make an airplane go up in the air. At a Qantas celebration in 1985 -- thank you, tipsters!

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Remember, keep those fliers and mailers coming! Our readers love them.


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Commenters of the Week!

Last Sunday we kicked off the week with a look at a documentary about Scientology that aired in France and Germany. Even better -- we featured it by interviewing Hamburg politician Ursula Caberta, who advocates government vigilance of David Miscavige's minions.

To that suggestion, Paulette Cooper pointed out the flip side...

Re Ursula's comment that "you have to always be watching them..." add to that "and they will always be watching you." When I first considered settling and ending the "fight," one of my knowledgeable friends warned me that even if I tried to move on, "accept the fact that they will always have somebody that you know and trust checking in on what you know and what you are doing..." I recently found out who that person is, am more cautious with them, and finally free! For this week.

Heather Grace, meanwhile, liked seeing officials other than Caberta speaking out...

I thought it was useful to see the range of people in the German governments who spoke out about Scientology. While Ursula is clearly the expert, seeing a number of people speak up builds a sense that she's not an outlier, but that there's a decent body of consensus that Scientology is totalitarian and anti-constitutional.

And justASK pulled out these two amusing moments...

My favorite quotes from the German doc, because they are so pointed:

1."And indeed it is a totalitarian psycho cult, with definite political ambitions in a Scientology system"

2. "Berlin's mayor with Scientology advertising vehicle Tom Cruise"

On Tuesday, we carved out a couple more excerpts from this year's epic LRH Birthday Event -- in this case, a couple of L. Ron Hubbard lectures brought to life by the wizards at Golden Era Productions.

Here's a portion of a lengthy and effective analysis of the videos by John P....

Virtually all of Hubbard's humor in these videos has to do with the stupidity or limitations of others. Nothing comes from situations that are truly funny. In other words, listening to jokes about the unsophisticated Iowans in the Navy (odd coming from a Nebraska boy), or any of the rest of it, all you see is contempt for the fellow man. This certainly echoes the contempt that Scientologists have for those in the "wog" world. Interesting to see how this became such an institutional feature of the cult. And it's not like his comments were actually funny or novel -- just echoing the broadest stereotypes imaginable rather than conveying a clever take on a familiar situation, which is the hallmark of good comedy. All I see here is somebody who has to put others down to feel good about himself.

As to my question about Hubbard's charisma, Deckard Cain provided this answer...

I suppose that people saw what they wanted in Hubbard. Kate saw a daddy figure and others saw an intelligent and interesting person. I see a fat and most unattractive charlatan with obvious insecurity and deep psychological problems.

And Ivy Mapother always manages to make us crack up. In this case, she noticed a resemblance in a video about Hubbard as a cop...

In the LAPD segment, Ron's pistol appears to be a modern version semi-auto .45 cal. Colt 1911, not the standard police issue .38 Special revolver. Facts and accuracy aren't a strong suit with Golden Era or Scientology but it was good to see Vin Diesel find work outside the Fast and the Furious franchise.

On Friday, we served up a couple of happy, upstat videos from this year's Dianetics Day celebrations. We learned that there are still newbies in Scientology "remembering" what was being said in the room as they were born -- how entertaining!

Commenters tried to come up with their own testimonials to Dianetics in the style of the videos, and this one, by Stoic-1, really had us howling...

"When I came in to session I just...'BAM!' And then my auditor was like...'POW!' Then It just...'OH NELLY!' We rode my case hard, banging out those engrams and then...'BANG!' I blew my charge. It was like 'KA-BLEWEY!' I know right?!! We were on top of my checkbook like "Whose your daddy?!!!" And now? I'm a patron in the IAS...I have 3 pallets of Basics in my garage...2 Sets of LRH Biographies...I'm having as many wins as I can finance! If this isn't clearing the planet I don't know what is!!!!!" - S.O. - Clearwater, FL

In our weekly visit to the yacht Apollo, the Commodore made a rather startling statement about authoritarian rule, which CofS Exit Zone seized on...

May 22, 1969 OOD Hubbard says "I don't think anybody fully understands the antipathy I have to authoritarian rule."

Chilling, considering he was in the midst of setting up the Sea Org, an authoritarian religious order that is destroying lives to this very day.

And finally, we noted that a volcano is erupting in the background to the Dianetics testimonials, an (unstated) reference to the Xenu story. We got confirmation of that from Jefferson Hawkins...

The volcano, yes. This is part of the notorious "Incident Two" - the Xenu story as dramatized on South Park. Xenu supposedly put all his prisoner thetans into volcanoes. Hubbard's idea was that if you were to flash a picture of a volcano at them, it would "key them in" unknowingly to Incident Two and they would be compelled, on a hypnotic, stimulus-response basis, to get the book or come into the Org. Same reason he put all those bizarre pictures on the book covers in the 1970s. Hubbard was really very manipulative in his approach to promotion and advertising. He considered that "wogs" were in a hypnotic daze and had to be compelled to come in with hidden triggers and commands. All in the name of the "greater good" of Clearing the Planet.

I love his protestation that other people were forcing him into the role of dictator - a role he "did not want." Yet he systematically got rid of anyone who got too popular or influential or challenged his leadership role - a practice Miscavige continues. Scientology never was and never will be "democratic" in any sense. It's a top-down authoritarianism.

Another great week of comments! We're on the road this week, so we're not sure when the next post will be. Please check our Facebook author page for updates.


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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. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, on Pinterest, a Tumblr, 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 hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was 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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Too Much
Too Much

That May 22nd lunatic cult nonsense was wonderful to observe. Actually it was _impossible_ to observe since it looks like it never actually happened. A flood of human rights advocates and Anonymous showed up and "counter protested" but found that there was nothing to protest. The insane Scientology crooks never showed up.

Too Much
Too Much

"Africa is first on that list"

LOL! Run, Africa! Run! 

NotMe
NotMe

If Scientology put recruiting ads on garbage trucks or recycle bins, it still wouldn't be "truth in advertising".

TheHoleDoesNotExist
TheHoleDoesNotExist

Oh my. “The Master” And a “Kate Bornstein” film now, too? Hope to see this iconic contrast blast back-to-back soon. Here in the USA it’s Memorial Day honoring brave and passionate individuals in times of war. Returning from services today and reading this blog reminds me:

Scientology promo pieces have always been loaded with war propaganda, mixed in with the money sucking sublime.  The few scientologists left today look like wimpy whiners to us old timers.  We were Hubbard's savior soldiers in the wars against insanity, poverty, ignorance, not to mention imminent planetary implosions.   From the 50’s bomb shelters, to 60’s riots, every financial recession and depression, Vietnam, Iran hostage era, to nuclear anything,  there was always a handy true world reinforcement of our cavalry personification.  It’s what drove us to endure the harsh and navigate the shaky mental fault lines.

We may have been nuts, but we weren’t crazy, so we eventually deployed back to Earth.  Many went on to do battle in whatever field they needed to embrace  but did so alone, with no uniforms, no war bond funds, no tanks or ambassadors, and definitely no movies.  But that was then.  Now,  Memorial Day, 2012 …

After 60 years, billions of $$$, and millions of slave hours,  the scientology Profits of War Center is reduced to tactical blackmail, coercion, abortions, fraud, passport confiscation, all the way down the list to pathetic and cowardly  Facebook Unfriending.

Sure, John Travolta and Tom Cruise are still making movies that help fund these abuses but remember they are haunted by invisible ghosts they believe are trying to do them in … doing battle with imaginary enemies every single day. They can only Wish they were free like Kate or the many others who went on to actually make life safer and better in real ways for real people.

Today the true defenders of human kindness, truth and justice, people like Kate Bornstein,  are doing so fine that a movie just has to be made about Them now while John and Tom can only pretend a hero.  Today scientology is still holding up John and Tom as the Ideal Scientologist and people like Kate as the Ideal SP (suppressive person).  In the real world, nobody wants to be like John or Tom anymore,  and Kate just wants everyone to be themselves, in kind.  Go figure.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

It's interesting, I'm a screenwriter with a few connections, nothing fancy but enough to get heard once in a while and I've tried for a long time to get someone interested in a few different scientology based ideas. I'm one of the people who thinks that pop culture does more to the masses to effect some sort of change than say a documentary. It's a very difficult thing to get going though. People are reticent to make features about the group. And I understand why. I doubt I'll ever make one but I've got some humdingers of ideas. And if anyone around here happens to be flush with a few hundred thousand and wants to make a feature, let me know. :)

I do however, wish Kates documentary all the best. It should be interesting. And besides "The Master" which is really just winking at the story as far as I can tell (basically a good version of the dreadful The Profit), documentaries seem like the only way to really get stories out there in the audio/visual mediums these days.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Though the prude in me would totally sell these ideas to Sci for some spending scratch :) 

Joke! (sorta, it's rough out here ya'll). 

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

John P, 

Just wondered if you speculator capitalists watched how Scientology spends its billions and do you keep tabs on  how the Scientology dictator quarterback decides next to throw  the money that Scientology has conned out of the dupes?

My picks for where Scientology automatically is guaranteed to throw their accumulated money they've conned from their dupes, is to:

a) Sysco  (Texas food service company) which for several decades provides thousands of meals a day for Sea Org members.

b) the companies that the CST/Archives project are doing business with, since Hubbard's wish for his wealth was the Archiving of his works, and it's not a done deal yet.

c) their buildings,

Are there others in the business world taking note of the Village Voice, and Tony's articles to stay on top of where Scientology is gonna throw away the dupes' money next!

Kinda sad to see that Scientology is "successful" in terms of wealth accumulation "new religion" to be watched in media, or business media,  now on the radar of investor/broker/researchers.

For sure Village Voice is where a better speculator who wants to be ahead of the curve will go, for Scientology business news.

John P.
John P.

Chuck, 

We in Global Capitalism HQ don't really keep track of Scientology's money laundering efforts, since we can find no evidence that the do anything more with the cash they loot from their flock than put it in a big room and roll around naked in it to impress themselves.  By "they," we mean "David Miscavige."   We certainly don't see them in the market.  We typically only see people who are either big (Fidelity manages $1.5 trillion in asssets) or fast (SAC Capital manages about $15 billion but people watch it closely because it has pioneered many trading strategies in the past).  Scientology is neither, with only a billion or two in cash and no market presence that we can see.  

In response to your particular points, I'll take a few minutes to pound something out on my iPad as I lounge by the pool at a luxurious waterfront estate (Memorial Day weekend at waterfront estate house parties is a required ritual for we in Global Capitalism HQ; I hate sand in my bathing suit but have to go along).  I hope all the nymphomaniac supermodels we've imported for decor will leave me alone long enough to compose something meaningful.  

Sysco:  Scientology's money flowing to Sysco is not even a blip on the radar.  Let's assume that Scientology feeds 4,000 Sea Org members on a diet of mostly beans and rice.  They're probably buying raw materials there for substantially less than a buck a pound.  So let's assume it takes about $5 per day per staff member (generous given that two pounds of beans or rice probably costs less than $1 in quantity).  That's about $7.3 million per year, which sounds impressive until you realize that Sysco took in $42.8 billion in sales over  the most recent four quarters.  In other words, Scientology is perhaps 0.017% of Sysco's sales.  And because they're buying unprocessed raw ingredients, they represent an even smaller percentage of Sysco's profits than they do of sales.  

From an investment standpoint, though Sysco is the dominant player in their industry, they have precious little control over their own profitability, and are highly susceptible to cost increases in commodity food prices and also have to eat fuel cost increases for their thousands of trucks.  If I were looking for a place to stash my billions, I wouldn't be looking at a company in a business like Sysco, no matter how well run they might be.  

We in Global Capitalism HQ love putting money into companies that create their own demand through good marketing, are not dependent on commodity prices, and that can define and expand the markets they serve.  Think: Apple, which in the last ten years invented the iPod, iPhone and iPad, creating and dominating three individual market segments and building a fanatically loyal customer base.  

CST Archives suppliers:  I came across an article in some business publication about a couple of the vendors. They're all small privately-held companies doing highly specialized services.  Essentially, they're small family-oriented photoengraving job shops.  Not a candidate for Global Capitalism HQ investment even if they were publicly traded.  We like fast-growing companies who can expand their markets into something that even more people might want next year than this year.  

It sounded like for at least one of the companies, when they won the CST business, it expanded their sales by several times.  We certainly hate companies that are too dependent on one or two customers. For Scientology to invest in a supplier, especially when they are the biggest customer of that supplier, is foolhardy. 

Ideal Org real estate:  Commenters in the past have suggested that Miscavige is obsessed with real estate because it's a seizure-proof way to hide money; that's exactly the opposite of reality -- the best place to put money where it can't be seized is in cash in an offshore bank.  You can move it to another offshore bank in seconds with a phone call, and if you keep it moving, even if the Feds have warrants, it takes time to get a warrant for each stop on the illicit funds express, so it's easy to keep one step ahead.  Real estate doesn't move around, so the feds can come to the same address to seize a building next year if they don't have a warrant to seize it today, so they're not worried about buildings fleeing to a country with no extradition treaty.  

The Church tends to buy interesting older buildings that have nice bones and that can be rehabbed into really interesting spaces.  They tend to be cheap, and they tend to pay cash (rather than taking a mortgage and using financial leverage to improve returns and conserve cash).  They also seem to over-spend on internal improvements once they buy an inexpensive shell -- bad idea because you can't recoup the value of internal build-out when you sell, especially to a tenant in a different industry.  

They don't seem to have a terribly good eye for picking up stuff that will rise in resale -- they're going to take a loss in only a couple years on the building they bought for Idle Org Portland but which they "discovered" doesn't have enough space for a chapel.  That's pretty hard to do in a city with a really nice downtown redevelopment history.  The Florence Kentucky (greater Cincinnati) Ideal Org is another case in point -- nice building that photographs well, but it is miles away from foot traffic that has been a source of recruitment in years gone by, and it is far from the rich northern suburbs where presumably their richest and most loyal members live.  

So with a portfolio of over-improved older buildings bought for cash in demographically marginal areas, the Church is certainly not setting themselves up to make money if/when they sell anything.  I work with people with 30+ years of experience in commercial and residential real estate companies, and they agree the Church's strategy makes no sense if maximum returns (or even average returns) is the goal.  It is exactly the opposite of what a smart real estate investor would do, in almost every way. 

The real estate strategy is almost certainly driven not by rational economic behavior but by Hubbard-driven "scripture."  Hubbard's fear of being evicted and thrown out on the streets in the early days probably provided the unwritten backdrop for what is generally sensible (to the point of being obvious) policies for running orgs (be profitable, be cash flow positive, don't incur bills you might not be able to pay, etc).  

Wealth accumulation versus investment: Exactly right. The church is great at taking money in, not so good at figuring out to do with it when they've got it.  So they just keep taking more in.  Yet another dimension of the incompetence of management under David Miscavige.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

"Church" of Scientology was a one man operation (LRH) after money and whatnot and now it is still so with DM, except he is a less talented con.The rest of the "church" are believers who facilitate the money flow, to this day.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

One final thought, to me, it's clear that the money saved by not going mad dog legal the last 12 or so years, seems likely actually to be the amount that's backing up the soaked dupes' money that's been newly fundraised for the new buildings.

My guess is, that if the new church building/renoing fundraising bilking that's gone on this last decade and a half roughly, means that their services bilking that mainly comes from their larger Sea Org churches (Saint Hill UK, Copenhagen's Advance Org, Los Angeles' Advanced Org, LA's Celebrity Center, and Clearwater "Mecca" church and the Caribbean Freewinds asbestos luxury boat) are the major money makers, still filling the "Sea Org Reserves" accounts, which are the "church" bank accounts in the overseas bank accounts still.   

My pick of future defectors with real knowledge of the "Sea Org Reserves" overseas accounts, Maureen Brigatti and Nigel Oakes, if either of them could possible be incited to defect and go public.   

I recall years ago, my first wife did go visit the Lichtenstein pallets of church wealth, from her position as Commodore's Staff Aide for Division 3 (treasury or money sub section per the Hubbard church organizing chart).    I think she had to do the high level Hubbard money playing quasi-therapy drill of handlng with her very own little hands, handfuls of the church's wealth, on those pallets, and this is one of the actual training steps that I recall is on the training lineup of the church Sea Org finance office staffers who deal with the bilked loot.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Yeah, Anon Nom Nom, there is a "money drill" where you throw them around until you feel good about it or something. Re: Lichtenstein - Chuck speaks it as it is.

Anon Nom Nom
Anon Nom Nom

 Forgive me if I'm missing something or otherwise being obtuse here.  You mean to say that the pallets of money in Liechenstein are literal and church policy exists to have high ranking finance officers physically hold if for some bizarre reason?  That's something new for me.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

A study of the "Finance Series" policies in the 3 volume management series volumes of Hubbard's includes very much the nuts and bolts of how the movement is to carefully squirrel away the lion's share of the money the lower churches make, so as to keep the upper management structure, and the Int Base (cult compound outside Hemet, CA) funded.

It's all in the ratio of money that MUST be submitted weekly, out of the weekly "income", made by the lower churches, they have a set ratio of money they are required weekly to automatically relay up the line, via the system of church banking procedures laid out in the "Finance Series" writings which are in the management series 3 volume crowning set of green volumes.   It's free to peruse the 3 volume "Management Series" Hubbard crowning management policies, which inlcude the "Finance Series" via the freezone web links.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Well,another good posting full of info that the "think tank" of the Scientology movement won't be reading, but they should!

And gloating over their pallets of bullion and currencies stacked on pallets in Lichtenstein banks, or Cyprus banks, or your advice of using revolving off shore banks (another good TIP for their "think tank" and International Finance Org), yes, likely Miscavige is the only one who's taken over Hubbard's "hat" of slobering in glee over the pallets of wealth!

Maybe some freezone Scientologists will come up with some squirrel new therapy process to run on the top money controllers in Scientology, to ween them off their Hubbard known process of playing with their stacks of high denomination bills and gems and bullion, which is the Hubbard tech for "having more money."

Makes me think that the money drill that church Flag Banking Officers do, of playing with large denomination bills, ought be a regular article to remind the world of Scientology's institutionalized greed, care of Hubbard.

You being a quick reader, you might want to read the "Management Series" volumes, or rifle through them, and give an article overview of Hubbard's high level advice, which the movement is stuck with.

Blanket
Blanket

Is it just me or is Scientology watching totally boring now and the past few weeks?

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Hi, Blanket. Yes, it's just you. Are you ex-scientologist yet? I stay patient.

magikcarrot
magikcarrot

 Blanket old mate! You only wish its boring. It's a sure sign just you making a comment on this blog tells me something different.... Are you about to switch sides?  

John P.
John P.

Dear OSA "sock puppet" Blanket: 

Yes, Scientology watching in the last few weeks has been ho-hum, bordering on tedium.  Among the news that nearly put us to sleep in the last four weeks: 

*  Travolta's gay sex scandal headlines bring the Church and its bizarre homophobia to the fore.  While nobody really cares who Travolta bonks (or even gropes) in his private life, the avalanche of rumors has hit critical mass, forcing the Church to a painful decision point.  You must either disconnect from your #2 celebrity advocate JT or cut him an exception, which is clearly a variance from the must-never-alter-under-any-circumstances teachings of noted homophobe L. Ron Hubbard.  You're on the horns of a real dilemma, which your years of indoctrination into black-and-white thinking makes especially difficult to resolve.  

*  More LRH Birthday Event videos leak, showing once again what a pathetic liar and grandiose narcissist the Old Man was.  He comes across not as a charismatic visionary but as a rather outdated joke.  This makes it even harder for people who stumble on Scientology to think that joining your cult is a good idea.  The only people that lap this stuff up any more are people who witnessed LRH in person, and were group-thinked at the time into believing he was the reincarnation of Buddha and Da Vinci rolled into one, or the kids of those same culties, press-ganged into the Sea Org before they were old enough to think for themselves. Another painful dilemma: the more you share of your guru, the less people want to do with you.

*  Lisa Marie Presley releases lyrics on her new album that strongly suggest that she's "blown" the Church, practically daring you in OSA to try and do something about it. Removing Scientology references from her site provides pretty compelling proof that you've  lost another big one. With a couple hundred mil in the bank, she can match you dime for dime on legal fees and she can drag you through the mud in the court of public opinion. I've laid in a stock of gourmet popcorn to watch what happens when you just can't stop yourselves from attacking, regardless of the unintended consequences.

*  Life Force Academy, three miles from Flag, was shut down because of criminal financial behavior from Hanan Islam, who was merely following ABLE and WISE doctrine. The recent release of test scores showed how in only a year, Life Force third graders went from  below average to worst-ever standardized test scores in the Tampa area. This provides incontrovertible proof of what everybody (except you) knows: Study Tech not only doesn't work but messes up your education worse than if you had done nothing. So your big outreach to the "wog world" is shown to be toxic and worth fighting at all costs.  The tech works 0% of the time.  

*  Debbie Cook, in settling the lawsuit against her, didn't achieve the outcome that many of us were hoping for -- endless days of testimony about your tawdry acts -- but the documents published here and elsewhere provide a great strategic blueprint for future high-level detectors to use in any future legal actions you may mount.  In other words, she exposed Miscavige, OSA and the rest of the Church as toothless has-beens, with only a fraction of the ability to terrify and intimidate that they once had. It's like realizing that the Borg look pretty badass with all the clanking biomechanical implants and talk a tough game with all that "you will be assimilated" stuff. But then you find out they never miss a manicure and have a strong preference for pink lace underwear.  

Interspersed with these boring headlines was a lot of source documents where you guys make fools of yourselves, including the Orange County org's "join staff" video, their tireless efforts to recruit volunteers to clean up 40-year-old files that should have been recycled decades ago, and more besides.  

Excuse me, I feel another snooze-fest coming on now that I have recounted all these boring details and non-events.  I'm going to go settle in for another nap on the chaise lounge out by the pool at the waterfront estate where I'm a guest this weekend.  As I doze off, I'm going to ogle all the super-models laying out in the sun, and enjoy the scent of a lobster tail buffet the chefs are throwing on the barbie.  If I weren't already nearly comatose from the boring non-news on the Scientology front, another bottle of Chateau d'Yquem from the thousands of bottles in my host's cellar will knock me right out. While Sauternes in the summer on an empty stomach may seem a little odd, the stream of profits here in Global Capitalism HQ give us a "Bridge to Total Freedom" that you in OSA can only dream about.

Which reminds me...my last thoughts before ennui overtakes me will be how grateful I am that I'm not trapped in an OSA office at Pac Base in a futile attempt to stop the Internet tide, working twelve-hour-days on a holiday weekend, for a salary that's at most $50 per week.  

Have a nice day!

jensting
jensting

Some people wish that the number of people informing themselves about the Co$ would reduce as they get bored.

Back in the real world, it's the opposite of boring. How long before Nick Xenophon is handed another PR coup on a platter (by OSA)? How long before forensic accountants dismantle the flow of money out of the "Life Force" charter school in Florida? Just what is going to happen in Canada? Where, oh where, is the next media expose going to appear? What was that about Belgium and prosecutors acting on the old case? Sea Org escapee and police within the last few weeks??

Maybe OSA is bored, I can't rule that out, but I am not :D

Jenny
Jenny

Maybe the sci-watching is but by the time I get around to 'word clearing' posts (I've learned ouroboros today, rime royale over the weekend as well as gray poupon). I'm happily supplementing my adequate but these days woefully distant formal education.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

I want a film about Al/Kate Bornstein because I never met a person before who got me thinking to that extent about genders, religion/cults, life of pure fun with no limits, as long as one is not being mean to others. Perhaps a major game-changer. And more importantly - so heartfelt.

Unex Skcus
Unex Skcus

Ideal Orgs? I wonder if Miscarriage is not entirely stupid, and is busy building an extremely valuable property portfolio for the day when Co$ income dwindles to below expenses. Portfolio income would keep DM and any remaining top scilons in quite some comfort until they 'discarded their meat bodies'.

mad_world
mad_world

Kate, you're an inspiration!!

Hope you're going to come and promote your film here in Cape Town! :DD

As for the flyers, looks like Scientology's graphic designers have blown!! LOL!!!

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

A documentary about Kate is a wonderful surprise this chilly (yes, it is chilly for Southern CA) Memorial Day weekend.  I am definitely going to donate although I would LOVE to donate enough to get my name in the credits but I'm not as flush as I'd like to be at the moment.

If I had $10,000 to donate then I would love to go out to dinner with Kate (as she promises on the donation site) and pick her brain for HOURS.  She is one of the most fascinating people I've not yet had the pleasure to run into.  I've promoted Kate's book to quite a few people and I'll probably be buying it for a few for Christmas.  

Maybe John P can part with some of his billions of venture capitalism money to support Ms K and hold a party for all of us (hey John P, the donation site claims to be tax deductible...hint hint).  

Frolix8
Frolix8

I see that "LRH" is trade marked. How absurd. Will Lawrence Reginald Higgs be sued by Scientology when he initials a public document? I suppose they've trademarked "L.", "Ron", and "Hubbard" as well. Geez.

John P.
John P.

RTC does own the trademark on the word "LRH," and has since June 1987.  But note that trademarks are only for uses of a word in a particular market for goods or services.  Their registration is for "Educational services, namely, conducting courses in philosophy and religion."  So if somebody wanted to have a line of automotive axle bearings called "LRH," there would be nothing the cult could do to stop them.

Trademark law is to prevent people from trying to cause confusion in the market about the source of goods and services (i.e., another whack-job alien-worshiping cootie-exorcising cult couldn't have an "LRH" as its leader; God forbid you get confused about who offers the real effective e-meter sessions at exorbitant prices and who's merely a tawdry imitation).  It also prevents you from free riding on an established mark holder in some other industry (you can't call your axle bearings "Coca Cola").  If you're marketing "LRH" axle bearings and you're not trying to cash in on the fame of a certain plump liver-lipped wheezy-voiced red-headed pill-popping cult leader, you are in the clear. 

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

Spike Lee received a cash settlement from Spike TV and Lindsay Lohan settled with eTrade, so you never know. Just the same, when I bring my "LRH All Clear Enema Bag" to market, I'll consult a lawyer.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Let me get this straight, the incentive to become an Ideal Org is that once you do you then get to donate more of your money to making more of them? 

There's no end to any of it, it's like an ouroboros or trying to find the start of a waterfall. It just is. Make a building, that makes another building that make another building that make another... 

Wait a second! Isn't there this idea that all the orgs have to go ideal before the new levels get released? But at this rate, every time you make an ideal org you're setting up a fund to make another org that has to go ideal before you can get the new levels.... and then that building, when it goes ideal sets up another! 

Oh Miscavige you tricky so and so! 

media_lush
media_lush

notice that Travolta has a female crew member, it's obviously well known that he can't spend any amount of time in an all male "cockpit" before reverting to type.... you know, asking for one of his 'special' massages.... 

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

That is actually a great slogan to put on a bill board. 

SCIENTOLOGY : WE HAVE A BRIDGE WE WOULD LIKE TO SELL YOU.

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

I love the Planetary Clearing flyer. That they will be able to put up an Ideal Org a month "Without Fundraising !!" but we need to finish all the buildings we have now. Translation: We are going to be regging the living shit out of you. You thought we were before ? Oohh na..na..no  !! We were like the guy sitting on the sidewalk with his hat out before. Now we are going to be the guy in the alley with a gun. But look on the bright side, when the impossible happens and the lies we have been telling you actually come to pass we won't be fundraising anymore. If you believe that I have a bridge I would like to sell you.......oh wait

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

The Church of Scientology Orange County must be overwhelmed after all that exciting Central Files activity of late. They've gone and made it clear that CCHR's agenda = Scientology's agenda  = to bring psychiatry down!

"How an Ideal Org will bring psychiatry down in its local area."

Doh!

Vsincoff
Vsincoff

LRH makes it sound as though he crawled through the Midwest unattended like some creepy, infant Johnny Appleseed. Add "World's Youngest Hobo" to his list of superhuman accomplishments.

CardinalChunder
CardinalChunder

Ideal Orgs - I'll leave it to the knowledgable to point out the policies revealed in that flyer. What struck me was that this new tack with Ideal Orgs seems to display a reaction to Debbie Cook's email. A lot of that email was concerned with how rapacious, off policy, and never ending the fund raising cycle had become, and it seemed that that was something that would really connect with active Scientologists. And Lo, the push for Ideal Org donations did suddenly aquire explanations, and those explanations were all over themselves about how self sustaining the Ideal Orgs would be. And they did say unto their dwindling multitude:"Here are the reasons we are actually on policy, not like that woman said. And this isn't an endless money sink! Far from it. Once we have primed the pump these things are going to pay for themselves and then some, and Lo, then we will reach an age of plenty, and that vacuum will be removed from your bank account."Also love the vagueness about how many are required until the 'self developing' stage is reached (Slow Hand Clap).

jensting
jensting

 .. But! If they want to keep growing at constant relative rate ("exponential growth") then they have to continue the fundraising in the same way as now (i.e. the same percentage of income of each new parisioner goes into donations for ideal orgs). Only if they accepted a declining relative growth rate could funds for orgs come from gross income rather than from direct donations (since, by definition, the gross income of yet-to-exist orgs is zero, apart from direct donations from existing members).

PattyMoher
PattyMoher

I invited Sam to the party.  I hope she comes.

MimiTheGreat
MimiTheGreat

Prepare yourself lady for the biggest hug of all time!!

MimiTheGreat
MimiTheGreat

A movie about one of the most inspirational people I know, an icon and such a magnificent soul would be my DREAM COME TRUE!!

O. Lallieberry
O. Lallieberry

From that map of Africa, it looks like Ideath Orgs are planned for Burkina Faso, Libya, northern Nigeria, northern Sudan, D.R. Congo (former Zaire), and other locales that seem exceptionally unsuitable as places to introduce a new "religion," sell books & DVDs, etc. etc. etc.

Marcab Hard Party
Marcab Hard Party

Every time I hear Africa mentioned, I have to chuckle :D . Back in '09 on WWP, an anon posted about a trip to a couple of clairvoyants. And the subject? Miscavige's demise.Yep, involves Africa, worms, bacteria or snakes (not necessarily on a plane) in his 50's or 60's. shortcut to full thread: bitDOTly/Jv78yh (replace DOT with a period)

Jefferson Hawkins
Jefferson Hawkins

Wow, they dropped a bombshell here -- I wonder if Scientologists will notice: "When an org becomes Ideal, a percentage of that org's income goes into a Building Fund for new buildings per LRH Policy...By calculations of the amounts that build up in this Building Fund from just the existing Ideal Orgs, when all orgs are completed, those funds will be capable of producing a new Ideal Org from scratch...per month."

First -- yes, there is such a thing as a Building Fund. It is the ONLY way, per their own Policy, that an Org can fund a new building. Fundraising of Scientologists for a new building is forbidden by their own Policy.

Second, funds in the Building Fund are for THAT ORG ONLY. There is no general international Building Fund pool per their own Policy. Except now there is - apparently they have rigged it so that once an Org is "Ideal," the International Finance people now can rip off their local Building Fund amounts.

So get this -- the local Scientologists fund the new building by donating millions of dollars. Once the building is purchased, the title is transferred to the International Landlord Office, which is a part of the Church of Scientology's International Finance Office. So the local people paid for it, and the International Church owns it. In addition, the local Church pays for all renovations, utilities, and property taxes.

And now we hear that all future building monies have to be paid to the International Church. This is a con of massive proportions, yet Scientologists will never catch on to it. They've got the blinders on.

I bet the Church is sorry now that they put me through an Organization Executive Course, where you study all Church Policy.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Jeff,

It's the Milgram experiment (a good large number of people willingly submit to authority  even if it contradicts with other things they feel or know to be true), 

Hubbard's policies and theory is chock full of his contradictory cognitive dissonance causing excommunicatable offence policies.

Think Herbie Parkhouse, I lived and saw the traffic that Hubbard scapegoated Herbie with, behind the scenes, and Herbie got his own policy with Hubbard condemning Herbie, blaming Herbie for following Hubbard's private GO Finance and general finance traffic.

I wish Herbie Parkhouse writes his side of his decline and fall as the GO Finance man, the perfect scapegoat.    (Anyone with Herbie's email, please email or phone me, 412-260-1170)

As a training course sup, where the up and coming finance Sea Org newbie people trained and studied the private despatch traffic from LRH, as part of their "hat checksheets" (the syllabus curriculum that each of the higher echelon Sea Org "banking officers" had to private study which they were not allowed to show other students, and after studying they had to have their superiors who were also privy to these confidential limited "banking officer" Hubbard despatches to be checked out, so they knew what the top level finance people were to actually do).

It's all in the full writings, and final writings of Hubbard to ASI, too bad Homer Schomer and other ASI finance people also couldn't detail what they know.

Nigel Oakes, Maureen Brigatti, Mark Ingber, Wendell Reynolds, any of them would have the ship sinking details, were they to go public.   

I noticed this year after year, as I saw policy say one thing, and exec trainees willingly followed commands coming down the command channels.   Despite the Hubbard policies for querying orders contrary to already written policy.

Rising up the staff echelons involves a constant mental transformation of accepting what was ordered, over such things as 1960s or earlier policies by Hubbard.   

And rising up the ranks, one repeatedly then sees the private Hubbard despatches (never turned into public viewable policies so the membership could see, the "Hidden Data Line" cognitive dissonance causing goldmine backfiring policy to "solve" the problems Hubbard created nonstop with his private despatches to top leaders, undermining the letter of his earlier written policies).

Milgram and Zimbardo experiments unravel Hubbard and guaranteed, there are so many behind the scenes ASI greedy Hubbard private writings which the Scientology membership never get to see, that give the Hubbard mentality.

I wish to heck Herbie Parkhouse, somehow did a mea culpa and laid out his period of church finance overseeing.   Before he croaks.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

That freaking carrot is just out of reach... Maybe if I run faster I'll get it! 

skippress
skippress

Sheesh, they haven't changed their tactics for 30 years. Wasn't it Einstein (who actually knew something about nuclear physics compared to Hubbard who lied about it), who said you keep doing the same thing hoping for a different result, you're psycho?

Robert Eckert
Robert Eckert

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results" is actually a quote from Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous-- but on the Internet it is usually ascribed to Albert Einstein.

"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it is so hard to tell if they are genuine." -- Abraham Lincoln

hgc
hgc

"You have nothing to fear but fear itself."  -- L. Ron Hubbard

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- L. Ron Hubbard

"Veni, vidi, vici."  -- L. Ron Hubbard

"Rosebud" -- L. Ron Hubbard

skippress
skippress

Appropo since Hubbard was a bit of a drunk and a lot of a drug addict. 

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