The Secret to Eternal Youth! Now Available on the Cruise Ship Freewinds!

Scientology watchers, we have a treat for you this morning. This video has been making the rounds the last couple of days, and we can see why it's generating so much interest. Mike Napier, the captain of Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, stars in this film and tells us about the benefits of his "competence and leadership" course (which looks hard to distinguish from your typical Outward Bound sort of experience, but what do we know).

This is Scientology, so naturally the claims are off the charts -- for example, swabbing the decks of the church's tugboat is somehow going to teach you how not to age!

We know what you're thinking. If Mike Napier really knows how to stop time, why's he looking two days older than dirt himself?

Well, banish those thoughts, you Scientology cynic, and let this video wash over you until you're ready to head for the high seas. Be patient, and don't miss the heartfelt testimonials near the end.

Personally, I can't wait to get a 600-percent increase in my handling of randomity. Where do I sign up?

In our comments, we're looking forward to all of your thoughts on this lengthy video's many claims. Have at it!



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The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- 2012 Edition

Last summer, we put together a little list that took on a life of its own. We counted down the 25 people and groups who had been doing the most to get word out to the wider world about the Church of Scientology's many alleged abuses, and who have contributed to its steep recent decline. A year later, we thought it was time to update our list. This time, we've put a premium on what's happened in the last twelve months, so you might see some of your old favorites drop off the roster. But never fear -- you can always revisit our choices from last year, or the choices of our readers.


#11: Astra Woodcraft

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Astra Woodcraft was one of three young women who delivered a body blow to the church when they started up their website, exscientologykids.com. It's one thing for adults to join an odd group like Scientology and then suffer the consequences, but for the children of Scientologists who grow up in it without a choice, it's another thing entirely. Woodcraft joined the Sea Org at only 14, got married a year later, and pregnant at 17. Like other women in the hardcore organization, she was under intense pressure to have an abortion, but she decided to leave the Sea Org and have her baby in 1993. Today, she's emerged as one of the most skillful communicators about the harsh conditions of the Sea Org, and what it's like to grow up in such a manipulative environment. After the TomKat split, Astra was the subject of a popular story at The Daily Beast, and AOL recently made a video of her which shows off how well spoken and charismatic she is. Woodcraft seems destined to become even more visible in the mainstream media, and that doesn't bode well for Scientology.


#10: Anonymous

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Those halcyon days of 2008 may be fading a little, and Anonymous may have moved on to many more targets for its online crusades. But Project Chanology -- the Anonymous project to expose the secrets of Scientology -- keeps an unwavering eye on the church's every move at places like the online forum WhyWeProtest.net. We suppose it's only natural that a place like WWP would go through some internal strife, but in recent months the site seems to be rallying and becoming more useful again.


#9: Tom Tobin and Joe Childs (and other journalists)

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In November, Joe Childs and Tom Tobin of the Tampa Bay Times once again showed why they're the best in the business, publishing yet another blockbuster investigation in their years-long expose of the inner workings of Scientology. In this installment, "The Money Machine," the duo gave us hard numbers on how much cash the church is bringing in, and it introduced us to people like the late Hy Levy, who brought in about $200 million over the course of his career as a Scientology "registrar." It was Levy's job to convince parishioners to mortgage their homes and max out their credit cards in order to give, give, give to the church. Tobin and Childs also demonstrated how much Scientology has turned to raising donations for the Super Power program and the International Association of Scientologists warchest. That focus on fundraising, however, is exhausting church members, who are increasingly giving up on leader David Miscavige.

In the media feeding frenzy following the TomKat split, there was some silliness hitting the 'net. But over the past year there has also been very good work being produced by people such as Drew Harwell, Guy Adams, Abigail Pesta, Dana Kennedy, Marisa Mendelson, Jeanne LeFlore, Jarrel Wade, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Steve Cannane, Jonny Jacobsen, and Bryan Seymour (farewell, mate!).

See also: 25. Xenu, 24. Kate Bornstein, 23. Lisa Marie Presley, 22. Dani and Tami Lemberger, 21. John Brousseau, 20. Jamie DeWolf, 19. Jefferson Hawkins, 18. Amy Scobee, 17. Marc and Claire Headley, 16. Dave Touretzky, 15, Mark Bunker, 14. Tory Christman, 13. Karen de la Carriere, 12. Debbie Cook

Look for the next installment of our Top 25 on Sunday. We have things timed so that we'll reveal this year's number one just a few days before the opening of "The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson's new film that should explode interest in all things Scientology.

On the next page: Our regular Friday feature, Scientology on the High Seas...


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aaryjan
aaryjan

yes, but this is a course that has skills being taught to ya as specified by someone named 'Elroy' - also known as 'el Royd', as the dear captain explains, can't blame Sc for that now can ya?

aaryjan
aaryjan

yes, but this is a course that has skills being taught to ya as specified by someone named 'Elroy' - also known as 'el Royd', as the dear captain explains, can't blame Sc for that now can ya?

aaryjan
aaryjan

yes, but this is a course that has skills being taught to ya as specified by someone named 'Elroy' - also known as 'el Royd', as the dear captain explains, can't blame Sc for that now can ya?

OnePointOne
OnePointOne

If you're looking for miraculous results and you have 20 grand burning a hole in your pocket.

dang357
dang357

When Tom Sawyer tricks naive children into paying him for the privilege of doing his work, it's cute. When a creepy old man from a sinister cult does it, somehow it's not nearly as cute. Then again, they do get to pass a ball around in a circle.

Meelah
Meelah

Tried to finish the Freewinds video but the Captains sentence structure was driving me bananas.  How many different ways can a person say, use or make up variants for the word Individual?

 

 Looks like people are paying to do ship upkeep that CO$ can't afford to pay others to do.

Brideofxenu
Brideofxenu

I like making up words too. Hey scientologists give me your thousands of dollars instead and I will show you being ness and all those other made up words. Hahaha.

ashura
ashura

Don't know if this is appropriate (apologies TO if it is) but there's a new article over at VF about the whole TC girlfriend courtship. Apologies if it was mentioned. Don't feel like dealing with the livefrye monster...or I am just lazy. :)

media_lush
media_lush

here's an interesting juxtaposition of the two different takes on the same story; one from radaronline and the other from the Daily Mail online...... notice what they choose to leave out of the photo.

 

http://grab.by/fNAW

 

.... tabloid media, eh..... fuckers!

 

grundoon
grundoon

“I know I wasn't the only one that had false data blow. […]  I think they hit on every one of our buttons. I know I myself had enormous realizations on the Code of Behavior seminar, but in the end it made me realize there is no room for case and there is no going into agreement with it. We need to be cause, and I realize that I must continue to move up The Bridge and handle it, but never go into agreement with it.”

In Scientology, "case" is every spiritual thing which is yours alone, personal to yourself and shared with nobody but your auditor. It is everything that makes your needle twitch and your tone arm rise. It is all of your engrams and BT's and HE&R. It is where your withholds meet your motivators. It is what takes you off-source and counter-intention. Your "case" is the root of all your troubles.

And during production hours, it is NOT ALLOWED.

media_lush
media_lush

a tad off-topic but I thought the commentators here would enjoy this.... from reddit there's an AMA:

 

"IAmA hardcore Mormon who will tell you what we actually believe rather than skirting around the issues. 

 

Q: "Please explain the magic underwear thing

 

 

The magic underwear are sacred garments that all Mormons get in the temple. This is a reminder of the covenants that we take in temple, including that we will give all of our time, talents and possessions to the LDS church and that woman must obey their husbands as they obey the church in all things.

We also believe that the magic underwear actually has some kind of protective power from both demons and from physical harm. When I went through the Mormon temple to receive mine, they told me that the garments would protect me from fire, gunshots, or car accidents and said that their friends had been protected in a similar manner.

The garments include stitching over the breasts, belly button, and knee that give them their sacred power. When the garments become worn, Mormons are supposed to cut out the stitchings and burn the pieces, so that you can throw away the garments without blaspheming them.

Most Mormons will just get super offended when you ask about the magic underwear thing, because, deep down, they think it's kind of silly too, but don't want to admit it to themselves. Getting offended is a great way to avoid answering questions that make you sound dumb.

 

.... I wonder if Romney wears his?

 

re the clueless film critics.... the one I'm really looking forward to is Roger Ebert's... he's known to rag on the cult so his should be a doozy.

 

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

Yahoo!  SUCKS!!!!

Okay, I posted another comment....

 

Scientology is not a religion, it is a money making pyramid scheme. Google....Scientology/Abuse. Read the stories of Astra Woodcraft, and Amy Scobee. Google....exscientologykids. Learn how children as young a 9 years old work 15 hour days. Learn how children are beaten and sexually abused. The Cult of Scientology is worth BILLIONS of dollars paid by people who have given all they have, maxed out credit cards, mortgaged homes, sold everything they have to a cult that cares nothing about them as people. Do your homework....it is in no way a church. You can leave a church, try to walk away from scientology.

 

AND THEY REMOVED IT AGAIN!!!  Now I'm super pissed!!!

BosonStark
BosonStark

 @DodoTheLaser Marty is saying he knows Naz well, and for that reason is going to keep her confidence, except to correct errors in the VF article. Marty claims that Naz could have blown the story on Cruise to put herself in the limelight and forward her own career.

I guess that is a small possibility but I would go more with what Haggis said. It was embarrassing, and she wanted to move past it. If she had Haggis to help her career, or before that one other person, wouldn't that be enough?

Also, obviously, she wanted to be known on her own merits, not be forever known as the high tragicomedy 3 month date audition of Tom Cruise.

Marty left in 2004 which is when Tom divorced Nicole and began The Dating Rundown. That'd be pretty wild if Marty was "handling" Naz at the time?

Marty was dear friends with David Miscavige for 30 some years.

Actresses who are young and beautiful have a really small window to get into show business. Certainly, Nazanin did not want to blow the few prime years she had left, being the cult date gone awry of Tom Cruise, and having scorn heaped on her by a zombie space cult and Cruise's PR machine that she's a bitter defrocked apostate attention seeking liar.

She also signed those agreements. Who wants to spend months of their life and thousands of dollars in some legal wrangle with Tom Cruise's legal empire and that of his cult.

jensting
jensting

 @DodoTheLaser Oh, come one, what could be more normal than recording Tom Cruise's confessions? I'm sure David Miscavige is simply interested in the technical quality of the "auditing."

 

Seriously, I hope for Tom Cruise's sake that no-one has him try the David Miscavige authored rundown which drove Lisa McPherson insane. That would not be nice.

TheProprietor
TheProprietor moderator

 @ashura I'm looking forward to Maureen Orth's new article. We've already heard about Shelly Miscavige and Marc Headley "auditioning" new companions for Cruise -- I think Andrew Morton went into it in some depth in his 2008 book. But what Maureen apparently has is details about one particular woman who became Cruise's girlfriend for a short time before Katie came on the scene. That woman has been thinking of telling her story for years, but I know she was worried about the non-disclosure agreements she had signed. It will be interesting to learn how Vanity Fair convinced her to roll the dice on that. I'm glad someone did!

V4Vacation
V4Vacation

@media_lush Movieline has picked it up now. Sorry I can't link it from my phone.

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @grundoon

 Damn, this woman gets around.  I know exactly where she lives, I used to own a cottage in Rapid City, MI. Next town over from her.

media_lush
media_lush

 @media_lush 

if you compare them the Mormon's magic underpants are exactly like OT VII.... uncanny

 

my god, can you imagine the power an OT clear would have if they were wearing Mormon panties..... it would be like the X-men merged with The Avengers.... aye caramba!!!

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  It doesn't cost $500,000.00 to be a Mormon.  You do, however, have to pay that much to be considered one of Romney's top contributors.

Capt._Howdy
Capt._Howdy

 @PeggyToo I posted some comments they haven't removed. Are you sure you have it set on "newest" comments first ?

V4Vacation
V4Vacation

@BosonStark This is delicious! Thanks for posting it. ;)

ChocolateVelvet
ChocolateVelvet

@BosonStark Wow. This is some mainstream coverage right here. It really doesn't matter what comments the bots make on the web article. Sooo many people will pick up this magazine at an airport or grocery store or in a waiting room, and read about how the COS procured a woman for Tom Cruise. They will never see the bot comments. They will cluck their tongues and gossip away about the whole freaky story. Many who look on the web will eventually land here, to drink from Tony O's deep resevoir of stories. Excellent!

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  Name a religion that arranges celebrity marriages.

BosonStark
BosonStark

Also, some interesting new stuff will be in the article, in addition to Nazanin's super adventure/audition:

 

Katie Holmes’s pre-nuptial agreement with Cruise, negotiated by her father, Martin, a divorce lawyer, reportedly filled five Bankers Boxes.

 

Martin Holmes’s concerns about keeping his daughter from Scientology’s clutches before Suri was born.

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @BosonStark Yes, and Louanne & Co. are already commenting away on it.  Perhaps we should make something of an effort to weigh in. 

TheProprietor
TheProprietor moderator

 @ashura Well, I now have more dope on this. Apparently, she didn't cooperate at all in the story. So we'll see how it goes. Very interesting.

WhereIsSHE
WhereIsSHE

@ SvenBoogie What?? You expect RATIONAL discourse here??! Good luck on that!  

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @media_lush I've been trying to avoid the topic of how creepily similar the LDS is to the CO$ in many, many ways, as I didn't want to do this site the disservice of derailing the comments. That being said, the prospect of having the president of the United States be a member of the LDS cult is truly frightening to me. 

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @Capt._Howdy

 Yeah,  I reposted without the 'sexually abused' part and they left it up.

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @JohnPCapitalist  @BosonStark

 One of the comentators is Gretchen Busby.....I found this post on a blog by a Greta Busby

 

"Paulien is a meaningless hate monger who does not even get the easiest dates right. The new Church of Scientology Orange County is built by their members, one step at a time, and will be opened when ready. The two people who will not be invited, for sure, are Josh and Paulien."

 

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/04/are_scientologys_ideal_orgs_is.php

 

BosonStark
BosonStark

 @JohnPCapitalist MaggyD is obviously Louanne, so how many sock log-ins will she use?

I want to make a correction. Nazanin does not tell her own story to the Vanity Fair writer. It's from a "knowledgeable source." I got excited and just read super fast. This source sure knows a lot of details though.

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @TheProprietor  @ashura It might be fun to start a pool on how fast legendary octogenarian Hollywood entertainment lawyer Bert Fields sends off a nasty-gram to Vanity Fair with approximately the same language as the one he used to threaten the National Enquirer with Carl Sagan-like ("billions and billions") damages.  While I am sure he's on 24x7 call for his biggest client, this is a holiday weekend.  My bet: we'll see something by 3pm ET on Monday, even though that's a holiday.Actually, to be clever, he might advocate a press strategy like he promised in the Tom Cruise divorce: "We'll let the opposition trample us to a bloody pulp, saying whatever they want, and only then will we have something to say" (or words to that effect).  

WhereIsSHE
WhereIsSHE

Or... sorry..

My CASE is making my tone arm fall.

Off to be sec-cheked!

 

 

Capt._Howdy
Capt._Howdy

 @PeggyToo Yes, yahoo is for people stuck in internet purgatory. You need lots of socks to deal with certain types of internet sites.

 

Try posting on the Washington Times and mention Rev Moon, Moonies, cults and see how quickly not only your account gets blocked but also your I.P eventually.

 

This is War. You need socks and you need TOR.

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

Some sites don't let you use the word "sexually".

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @Capt._Howdy

 The problem with posting on Yahoo is that they get absolute idiots posting on there.  We're talking fewer brain cells than a maggot.

Capt._Howdy
Capt._Howdy

 @BosonStark  @JohnPCapitalist So Louanne is supposedly a woman named Gloria Idda ? Do we have any lurid blood sex crime stuff on her ?

 

Plus this Nazanin is really quite fetching. Cruise must be aberrated in the loafers to turn her down.

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