Scientology Watchers: A Message from Tony Ortega

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Tony O goes Clear!

To the readers of this blog...

Today, Paul Thomas Anderson's movie The Master opens in a few theaters here, and the media reaction has been electric. We've all watched as interest in Scientology has skyrocketed this summer, and it seems to have reached some kind of culmination this week with Anderson's movie in theaters and Maureen Orth's story on the cover of Vanity Fair.

I've decided to take advantage of this moment to change directions. Next week will be my last as editor of the Voice; I will be leaving to pursue a book proposal about Scientology in its time of crisis.

I could not even begin to contemplate that kind of move without the experience I've had with the loyal readers of this blog. I started writing about Scientology seventeen years ago, but in the last two years I tried a new experiment -- blogging about Scientology's many global controversies in a consistent, nearly daily frequency. In 2011 and 2012, I published 465 blog posts about Scientology -- and many of them contained multiple stories. (Recently, I posted a list of some of the most significant of those pieces.)

Many of those stories I could not have produced without the involvement and aid of our amazing commenting community. Your tips and knowledgeable analysis have made this blog live and breathe. I regret that at least for now, this show is going off the air. But perhaps soon, as I pursue my new goals, I'll be able to post a story here and there in another venue. I hope you'll look for me when that happens.


UPDATE: Some local journalists, who apparently don't know what a good time we've been having here at the blog, seem confused about why I'd write a farewell note to our amazing commenting community. They seem to be taking this post as my farewell to the people of the Voice itself, which is not the case.

To help them out, I'm posting here the e-mail that I sent to my staff this morning.

For some time now, I've been talking to Mike and Christine about a project I have in mind, and now seems like the right moment to pull the trigger. With Scientology on the cover of mainstream magazines and in theaters, I figure it's a sign that I should take my own chances at a book proposal about the church in crisis. For that reason, next week will be my last here at the Voice.

You all know how much I've enjoyed my tenure here. Arts editor Brian Parks and I were fortunate enough to celebrate with Michael Feingold when he was named a Pulitzer finalist for his brilliant theater criticism. Editing Graham Rayman's "NYPD Tapes" series was a highlight of my career. I am indebted to writers like Roy Edroso who helped us transform the Voice into a daily digital enterprise. And Nat Hentoff recently gave me too much credit for having a passionate interest in the early history of this newspaper, something I indulged in my three-year Clip Job project.

Thanks for helping me get back some of that early Voice spirit over the last five and a half years, even as we were dealing with the Print Apocalypse in general, and a building seemingly forever under construction in particular. I'm looking forward to visiting you when you get into the new digs in the spring -- maybe this time the elevator will be worth a damn.

Seriously, you've made working here the best job I've ever had, and over the next week I look forward to speaking to each of you about what it's meant to pull these oars together. Let's do it over some beers, preferably.


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iamainedhel
iamainedhel

Has anyone seen the new $cientology commercial featuring L Ron Hubbard fabricated life story?

mattekudasai
mattekudasai

Just signed up pending approval. Greetings from the maritime provinces. Found Tony's blog 3 months ago and 1 week before Katie filed for divorce. As a mother I had a gut feeling she would have to break from Tom and Cof S before the daughter was enrolled in school.  I've been reading Tonys blog ever since and was gobsmacked when I saw the announcement yesterday of his leaving. I am a novice outsider who's not net savy ( my son helped me sign on yesterday) but I am backing the opinions expressed here to end the madness of miscavige. There is no org to protest anywhere near this part of canada so I'm left to give verbal support and I'm going to try and donate something to the Headley family legal fund.  I've read bare faced messiah and inside scientology (reitman) so anxiously awaitng Tonys read. Best of luck in future endeavours.

P.S. Have tried to read through official scientology  articles and watch their videos but their magnanimous rants end up making me dizzy and sick except for the few that are just out right laughable.

FLUNK
FLUNK

In the "people listening" I see three avatars staring at me : JohnP, DeckardCain"s creepy clown and deElizabethan ... what is this, a gang-bang sec check?

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

Oh, one more thing!

Before this blog does go away...Or actually, changes location....

 

FUCK YOU DAVID MISCAVIGE.

 

Ah, i feel better now.

May have to do that a few more times.

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @mattekudasai I only recently learned that there is more to Canada than its being a sleepy rural enclave of upstate New York, just north of Buffalo, consisting mostly of the quaint picturesque villages of Toronto and Montreal, where the majority of citizens seem to be employed as fur trappers and/or lumberjacks.  

 

I'm now told that there is a district in northeast Maine, one of the quaintest parts of the United States, also called Canada.  If I understand you correctly, saying you are from the "maritime provinces of Canada" is a rather roundabout way of saying that you are from Canada, Maine, and that you want to avoid confusion with Canada, New York.  Your fellow Americans appreciate your efforts to avoid confusion in this regard.  You know how bad many of us are with matters of geography.  

 

To that end, Mr. CanuckXenu from Canada, New York has been invaluable in patiently educating his fellow Americans (including me) on the customs of these areas called Canada, especially on why most of the residents of these areas are not actually being disloyal or unpatriotic when they believe that they have their own system of government, their own currency, and even a queen as head of state, even though everybody knows that Canada has the same president as anywhere else in the United States.  

 

So on behalf of everyone else here, I'd like to welcome you as the first citizen of Canada, Maine to this forum.  And congratulations on living in such a small rural area that you are free from the scourge of a Scientology org or mission near you.  

 

:-)

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

 @mattekudasai

 Welcome, eh. 

 

The cult's presence in Canada in negligible, to be charitable.  There are more "employees" than members at the Montreal store, and the heritage building they bought downtown for an Idle Morgue for $7 million has been abandoned since 2007.  They ran out of money. It's now being leased out as performance space and art galleries.

 

I don't think Toronto has a significant membership anymore either, but I know the cult did buy a massive country club/hotel property outside Toronto a few years to turn into who-knows-what.  Gold Base North?

 

There are branches listed online in Ottawa and Vancouver but I don't imagine either or those two cities contribute much to global body count either. 

 

You're lucky to live somewhere without any cult presence.

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

 @FLUNK Flunk, didn't you know that this site is part of a reality TV show?  You are watched and followed

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @FLUNK

 It is only a gang bang sec check if, instead of the "cans," we hook up the e-meter using the alligator clips, like LRH did when he was auditing the tomato in that creepy picture that Tony published recently. 

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

@PeggyToo

We in RTC had OSA investigate DeckardCain and learned that he is a wholetrack Psych Implanter and SP. As part of our duties to investigate and expose all attacks against the Church of Scientology, we might join the group, this although we are reluctant as it is full of Scientology haters, astrologers, List 1 rockslammers,degraded beings, drug fiends, bisexual magicians, itinerant carnival workers, and Marcabs.

 

Having said all this, we in RTC do recommend the full participation of all VV psycho-terrorists in this group so that we can monitor all of you deranged and dangerous criminals in one place. It makes our job easier than having OSA follow each of you around to your various haunts such as bowling alleys, drug dens, IHOP, dog races, and under the various piers or bridges where you take your doll body prostitutes.

 

And of course there is RTC's chief nemesis John P., a man bent on shoveling railroad boxcars of Psych drugs down the throats of Wall Streeters so that they become putty in his hands and invest billions of dollars each day into new Psych drugs designed to ensure Planetary attacks on the Scientology religion.

 

Moreover, the  Helatrobus Implant is a deadly thing and this whole "Scientology Rodeo Watchers" thing just screams Helatrobus Implant..We in RTC warn anyone joining the Scientology Rodeo Watchers group that fantastic motion  and blasts of raw electricity and explosions will be used on them quite aggressively.

 

We in RTC are protected against all of this as we are all OTVIII's and, as we say, OTVIIIisGrrr8!

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

Wait, wait......You were just here!!!  What happened???  OTVIII, where did you go???

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  I signed up, and am awaiting approval.  Do we need a sec check?

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

And also any other regulars and lurkers, come join us. 

 

ExileAndCunning...if you're out there, we're worried about you.  Please check in with us.

Sanddancer
Sanddancer

 @BurytheNuts I'd be afraid to fuck DM. Who knows what sort of terrible diseases that man is harboring.

jensting
jensting

 @BurytheNuts Few things say "Fuck You David Miscavige" more than encouraging Tony to make money off writing a book about how the criminal organisation known as the "church" of $cientology is going down.

sugarplumfairy32
sugarplumfairy32

@BurytheNuts After my tirade yesterday, i promised to be good, so I am reluctant to use profanity.. I would however be interested in hearing suggestions that I might use in similar situations.. I'm currently sitting having a pedi with my long suffering cousin and best friend who has listened to me rant about scientological brain-snatching for the past 12 years..she suggested " bite my body thetans.."

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  You should also backflash him and flip him something.

mattekudasai
mattekudasai

 @JohnPCapitalist I had no idea my simple comment "maritime provinces..." would stir such rhetoric. Intent was only to place a point of reference where Canada is so vast geographically yet minimally populated.  The maritime provinces include Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick where I reside. NB rests against Maine therefore you were correct.

 

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

@JohnPCapitalist@mattekudasai

We in RTC just checked our giant Wall Map of Global Domination and note that Canada is a rather large county in upstate New York that connects the United States to the North Pole,.

 

The US made Canada its 48th state in 1922 or sometime around that date.

 

The US then made the North Pole its 49th state in 1926.

 

We in RTC have some Ideal Orgs in Canada and the North Pole. These Ideal Orgs make almost no money and have no GI because, apparently, Canadians are too drunk and too busy watching old reruns of Captain Midnight.

 

Drunken Canadians believe, with some basis in fact, that these old Captain Midnight shows contain secret upper level Scientology materials:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvKlqMjfk1Y

mattekudasai
mattekudasai

 @Einsteinonthebeach Greetings

Just getting on now so I'll take a little time to absorb and digest all the comments and artilcles posted here since I signed off early last night. 

mattekudasai
mattekudasai

 @CanuckXenu Thanx,

 

We are lucky.  I guess most of us just didn't BUY into this "religion". LOL

Just because something is expensive does not make it worthwhile.

FLUNK
FLUNK

Even now , when I'm in session? I'm in the middle of an incident ... it's 1963 ... my recall is so vivid ... but it's weird ... Nixon is president ...

FLUNK
FLUNK

@JohnPCapitalist Ouch!

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  No he doesn't--he hasn't even declared him an SP.

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @OTVIIIisGrrr8!  @PeggyToo We in Global Capitalism HQ read the above post with great interest.  We certainly agree with your observations about DeckardCain, since we have found his incessant carping about the claimed lack of brevity in our posts in this forum to be distracting and insulting.  

 

We are particularly interested in your novel categorization of the members of DeckardCain's little group.  We note that your demographic segmentation closely matches the demographics of California as a whole.  We're relieved that our outreach to the community of bisexual magicians seems to be working; thank you for your validation of it.  Did you know that bisexual magicians have one of the highest per capita disposable income numbers of any identifiable demographic group? 

 

And that, of course, leads me to my next point: that high disposable income ratio allows them to relieve the stresses of their performances by consuming large quantities of psych drugs, particularly the newer, cutting edge ones which are usually not covered by health insurance.  If you need to word clear the term "health insurance" because you in RTC are not covered by same, please let me know and I will attempt to help you M9 it tout suite. 

 

I must gently point out that my prowess at numbing out my colleagues with psych drugs and affecting their investment abilities in order to divert more of their billions my way is less about an anti-Scientology campaign than it is about pro-jet, pro-yacht pro-waterfront estate and pro-five star restaurants.  I'm currently working with my yacht designers on a 120 meter expedition yacht which is intended to take me and several dozen friends on a year-long exploration of the earth's most deserted places, including far-flung deserted outposts like the Kergeulen Islands, Pitcairn Island, Tierra del Fuego, Tristan da Cunha, and other places where you might find opportunities to open more Ideal Orgs given all your straight up and vertical expansion.  

 

Were you to join this fledgling group, you might find that the narrow confines of its small but rapidly growing audience serve as an entheta-reflecting surface of surprising efficiency, requiring you to swap out your normal leopard skin man thongs for Kevlar, else the entheta beams fry various appendages.  

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @OTVIIIisGrrr8!

 Yeaaaa!!  We here at Scientology Rodeo Watchers from VV will welcome you with open wallets.

FLUNK
FLUNK

@Jgg2012 I've been waiting for the sec check jokes to start ...

girlfriendofanyone
girlfriendofanyone

@PeggyToo -----------Hi Peggy Too! Since you have graciously included lurkers, and I have just barely de-lurked, I would love to join. I can't stop scrutinizing the Lilliputian Tyrant's villainy at this crucial juncture! However, while I am able to read the comments, I see no place to ask permission to join. I'm on the iPad at the moment, so not sure if that's the issue. Any ideas would be gratefully accepted.

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @mattekudasai Hit "Post" without taking three seconds to post a link to the quintessential Molson Canadian commercial that shows exactly what I tried to sound like, but I was riffing on Canada long before this ad was made.  And yes, ladies, I am actually as improbably good looking with such unnaturally perfect teeth as the guy in this commercial.  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XdLheUC7kA

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @mattekudasai The "Canada is small rural part of upper Upstate New York, somewhere north of Buffalo" is a running joke that emerged some time ago in this forum, particularly between me and CanuckXenu.  

 

It was sparked years ago by my embarrassment to find out just how ignorant most Americans are of geography.  I've seen studies that say less than 50% of American high school students can find Canada (our biggest trading partner) on a map, even though it's right next door.  I'm proud to be among the probably 5% (or less) of Americans that can name all the provinces & territories of Canada. Canadians, many of whom could name all 50 US states, or at least as many as the average American high school student, are often justifiably offended at the cluelessness and lack of interest shown by Americans about their country.  

 

Heck, it wouldn't surprise me to find out that many people thought the adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie was some sort of early Canadian reality TV show.  

 

When I took over evaluating Canadian companies for investment potential in my former employer, I spent plenty of time in Canada.  And even though I am very clear on differences between Canada and the US, and even though I prepared meticulously for interviewing CEOs and CFOs, I often got a cringe whenever I interrupted to ask a question about such boring things as tax laws or bank lending agreements, which are very different in the two countries.  Apparently, even smart Wall Street guys that have been there before have been clueless about the difference. 

 

So I resolved to deal with this the way I often do: by silliness and satire. I resolved to be the ugliest Ugly American that many had ever seen, with a complete obliviousness to the differences between American and Canadian tax law, but to all other differences between the two countries, in fact, to whether they were a different country at all.  I made completely ham-handed attempts to "speak Canadian," throwing out the most ludicrous Prairie or Newfie accents you've ever heard, and so on.  Once people got the joke, this became a big part of friendly relations with lots of Canadian management teams.  

 

If you can imagine a guy who was more idiotic than any of the Americans featured in those funny "Molson Canadian" commercials, you'll know how I sounded.  So when CanuckXenu said something that spent a little too much time pointing out the differences between Canada and the US in a posting several months ago, I knew the time was ripe to have a little fun.  And, gentleman that he is, CanuckXenu took it in the spirit intended and ran with it.  

mattekudasai
mattekudasai

 @OTVIIIisGrrr8!  @JohnPCapitalist Thanks JohnP for the exploratory explanitory. 

I need to take this in the same vein as South Parks' BLAME CANADA. Now I'm laughing. Guess I'm a little sensitive cause personally I'm pissed off at all the anti-american protests going on in the middle east. I feel like my cousins are being attacked. 

mattekudasai
mattekudasai

 @OTVIIIisGrrr8!  @JohnPCapitalist Is this my first experience with bullbaiting because it sounds alot like hubbard culties accusing wogs of being pedophiles, wife beaters and bigots. 

You've enlightened me.  If all Canadians are drunks and get their scientology info from Captain Midnight then I am one of a kind. I don't drink alcohol period and never heard of Captain Midnight. Sounds more like you're projecting your crimes onto me. 

Or am I missing the joke.

ChocolateVelvet
ChocolateVelvet

@OTVIIIisGrrr8! @JohnPCapitalist @mattekudasai -- ooh! I want to be in the Secret Squadron. Can I OTVIII? Can I?!

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

OK, I'm in, and will bring my legion of SPs with me.

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

Penguins make good pre-clears

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  JohnP, they will also open an ideal org in Antactica.

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @PeggyToo  @girlfriendofanyone Here's how to join.  

 

1. Get a Google account. That involves creating an ID which can either be a gmail account or can be your current e-mail address. Most people are creating ones that don't have any personally identifying information (we'd recommend against VictorAlanSmithFromHuntingtonBeach@gmail.com, for instance). Something reasonably close to your ID on Village Voice, if you were a frequent poster there, would help make you known to people on the site. We recommend this because we don't fully understand how Google handles hiding e-mail addresses yet; we've seen cases where personally identifying e-mail addresses have been revealed, but we haven't yet figured out what circumstances are behind this, so we don't yet know how to prevent this or how to counsel people from doing so. We'd like to ensure that people have a way to feel comfortable with the level of anonymity that they desire. We are focused on getting a place for the community up and running as fast as we can, and none of us are IT pro's...

 

2. Go to https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups#!forum/Scientology-Rodeo-Watchers-From-the-Village-Voice. You may be asked to log into Google, using the Google ID which you established in step 1.

 

3. Once you're logged in, you should see a link reading "Apply for membership" -- click on that and you'll be set. When we get around to adding you to the group (may take a couple hours depending on who's around and what else is going on -- this is a lot more work than I thought for < 100 members) you'll get an e-mail, and then you're good to go.

 

4. Any problems with the above procedure, get back to me. I apologize in advance for any trouble you might have; we’re “gunning and running” on this and none of the three of us who are trying to make this work are IT professionals... Please be patient.  I'm at john.p.village.voice.commenter@gmail.com.  

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