2020-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Source mag from Sept 2007
Another illustration of the crazy that is the scientology bubble. And it gets worse the higher one progresses on "the Bridge."
I am not questioning that there is a problem with over-prescription of medication or too much diagnosis of depression or anxiety.
Now that we've entered an election year, there is a lot of speculation about what America could look like if Donald Trump gets another term, by hook or by crook. As Trump uses a crisis he created in the Middle East to distract us from impeachment, increases his chances of reelection, and boosts the fortunes of his buddies in the Military-Industrial Complex, it's important to understand how other demagogic leaders consolidate their power.
Steve Bannon has said that Hungary's strongman prime minister Viktor Orbán was "Trump before Trump."
In August of 1989, my best friend Jerry Schneiderman and I spent the better part of a week sitting in outdoor cafes on the Buda side of the Danube River, eating extraordinary (and cheap!) food, staying in a grand old hotel, and generally exploring Budapest.
Lev Parnas' lawyer delivered a bunch of text messages and handwritten notes to Congress, this coming after a prolonged fight over whether they could be disclosed at all — Republicans had been fighting it.
After a quick review, most of it appears to fill in gaps of what was already known, though I can't immediately say whether any of that is consequential.
But one lengthy exchange, between Parnas and Robert F Hyde, a Congressional candidate from Connecticut and USMC veteran, is seriously disturbing. The entire context isn't 100 percent clear, but it appears that around March 2019 Hyde was conducting surveillance on US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, advising Parnas of her movements.
On January 4, Skip Young wrote for us an account of his attempt to reconnect with the grown daughters who have disconnected from him after he left Scientology. Last week we published one response we received after Skip's piece, and that was Phil Jones writing about his own attempts to defeat Scientology's policy and reconnect with his son and daughter. We also received a very different kind of response from another former member of the Church of Scientology. We thought you'd want to see it and respond to it.
I have lived all my life (68 years) in Toronto, Canada. I began my first course in Scientology (HQS) on 31 August 1973. I was declared suppressive and expelled on 31 August 2011. It was 38 years, to the day.
Since my expulsion I have neither spoken to nor heard from my ex wife of 26 years (we were divorced in 2005), my son (now 40), or my daughter (now 37).
In the second week of January, Cheryl Straffon of the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network (CASPN) announced that the megalithic structure Mulfra Quoit had been marred by graffiti, which should wash off, but will require professional restorers to work carefully, as this is a registered historic site.
CASPN looks in on sites about monthly, to clean up trash and so on, but has no way to determine whether this was done on winter solstice or New Year's or some such significant date. The painting depicts two vague humanoid figures, with halos around their heads which might put one in mind of medieval saints, except that the style of the figures and the color choice point rather to "Gray Aliens": this stereotyped depiction of extraterrestrials has become embedded in the culture, from Barney and Betty Hill's 1961 description of the "Zeta Reticulans" who they claimed abducted them, through the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to the infamous Alien Autopsy hoax video.
Stone Age structures come in a few distinct types. In Europe and the Mideast, tall slender stones, alone or in clusters, and are called obelisks if carved square with pointy tips, or menhir "standing stones" if left rough. New Age literature sees these as drawing magnetic energy out of the Earth or down from the heavens.
Muslim groups in the US have condemned Donald Trump for retweeting a fake image showing leading Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi wearing an approximation of traditional Islamic clothing and standing in front of the Iranian flag.
"The image is a hodgepodge of anti-Muslim tropes and garb from many traditions including some that are frequently used to stereotype and attack Muslims," Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for Muslim Advocates, a not-for-profit group, said in a statement.
"It's disappointing but not surprising that the president would use his massive Twitter platform to spread this kind of harmful, ignorant, anti-Muslim bigotry."
Richard Spencer, the man who claims to have coined the term "alt-right" as a polite company way to say "white nationalism," is getting a divorce. If this were a normal divorce proceeding, that wouldn't be news, but Spencer is accused of physically and verbally abusing his wife, Nina Kouprianova, almost as soon as the two were married.
At the Huffington Post, Lyz Lenz details the allegations from Kouprianova, and they're unsettling to read. Kouprianova describes Spencer waking her up in the middle of the night to scream at her, him dragging her down the stairs to force her to watch a movie with him, and threatening to break her nose. When he spoke to Lenz, Spencer denied that he'd ever physically abused Kouprianova, but admits that he said "terrible things" to her because she so "frustrated" him. But the judge in the case has refused to seal the records, and they tell a different story:
In an affidavit filed in June, Kouprianova claims that her eight-year marriage to Spencer was rife with abuse—emotional, financial and physical. In July 2014, when Kouprianova was four months pregnant, according to the affidavit, Spencer pushed her down and held her by her neck and her jaw. She has pictures of the bruising.
The Underground Bunker has obtained a copy of a letter that was sent by Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw to A&E network president Paul Buccieri, blaming the network for inciting the January 3 murder of Aaron Yeh, a 24-year-old worker at Scientology's "Advanced Org" in a Sydney, Australia suburb.
Pouw angrily blamed the network for inciting the murder, which she says the church warned would happen because it was airing Leah Remini's series, Scientology and the Aftermath.
"For years, A&E executives ignored our warnings that the series was inspiring bigotry and violence. You knew what you were doing. Your intent was to stir up hate and turn it into cash. Now somebody has been murdered. Your indifference and obsession with stirring hate underwrote his murder," Pouw writes in the letter, and calls on the network to cancel the show.
Christian hardliners on the religious right have introduced new bills to impose their values in at least six American states in the opening days of 2019.
The early legal moves have been tracked from Alaska to Florida as mostly Republican legislators make use of off-the-shelf 'model bills' generated by Christian nationalists in a playbook called Project Blitz.
So-called "In God We Trust" bills have already been introduced this year in Alaska, Kentucky, Missouri and South Carolina, which, if they became law, would see the phrase emblazoned on public buildings, hung in schools and displayed on public vehicles including police cars.
A bill requiring Florida public high schools to offer Christian Bible-study classes has just been introduced by a Democratic representative Kimberly Daniels – a former 'exorcist' who called herself the Demonbuster. Similar bills have been introduced in North Dakota and Missouri.
Scientology's wealthy ham hock Grant Cardone continues to intrigue us with his antics. Have you seen the latest?
It's a short video shot by his wife Elena Cardone which is being shared on Twitter, with her narrating while she walks through what appears to be a sumptuous beach house.
After briefly showing Grant filming himself on his phone, she later shows off their shower area, and asks Grant to "cover yourself up." We then see Cardone under a double shower head, holding a towel in front of himself. Elena then asks their naked 9-year-old daughter to peek out behind her father, and points out that they're showering together. "This is living, ha boo?" Elena says.
A grisly attack that left one 24-year-old Scientologist dead and another 16-year-old church member behind bars is being blamed by the organization on Leah Remini and her A&E docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath.
The incident occurred on Jan. 4 outside Scientology headquarters in Sydney, Australia. The victim, Chih-Hen Yeh, originally from Taiwan, was a Scientology security worker. Yeh was escorting a female church member to a "purification ceremony" when the woman's teenaged son stabbed him in the neck with a large kitchen knife, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Yeh died later in a hospital emergency room.
The assailant's name is being withheld. Charged with murder, he is currently being held without bail and awaits a Feb. 19 children's court appearance.
The fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man at Church of Scientology headquarters in Sydney has been blamed by the organisation on an American TV network that allegedly 'stirred up hate for the church'.
The Taiwanese man died after being stabbed in the neck on January 3 at the church's Chatswood complex.
Police later arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy with murder, common assault (DV), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.
2019-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
L. Ron Hubbard talks a LOT about responsibility in his scientology writings, and often laments the sad state of those who cannot be responsible for their actions. His derogatory term for this type of person is "a no responsibility case."
This is a famous, and oft-used quote taken from Hubbard's Advanced Procedures and Axioms book:
A soldier shot on the field of battle may "blame" the sniper, the Selective Service, the stupidity of government, but he nevertheless had full responsibility not only for being there and getting shot but for the sniper, Selective Service and the stupidity of government.
Mike Rinder is a former senior director at the Church of Scientology. Once a fierce defender of the Church's public image, Mike is now well known for exposing Scientology abuses in documentaries and TV shows, most notably Leah Remini's A&E series "Scientology and the Aftermath." I sat down with Mike to talk about his story and the many parallels between our former faiths.
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2018-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientology is so desperate to get anything resembling good PR they are putting out paid press releases about an upcoming "attempt" to do a "record-setting" street clean up.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers Attempt Record-Breaking Cleanup to Help Reduce Crime
CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In continuation of their campaign for a safe Clearwater, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) of Florida will carry out a record-breaking 500-man community cleanup on February 10th 2018 in the Greenwood neighborhood. Neighbors are invited to participate and enjoy a BBQ after the cleanup.
2018-01-14, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comments section of my Critical Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions we take up are:
(1) Ex-Scientologist here. I have a bit of a tin-foil hat theory that I would like to share. During my time as a Scientologist, I never made it to any advanced lectures like the Congresses, but from what I have studied it seems like there are dozens of examples of missing audio scattered throughout many of his lectures. Do you think that there might have been an intentional purge of what the Church believes to be unfavorable statements or opinions from these lectures? It feels like a stretch to be honest, since I'm sure in reality it was probably just cheap equipment. What do you think? Do you have any examples, perhaps even entire books and lectures that the Church is trying to make everyone forget about? Thanks for indulging me!
(2) Could you describe how it is in the Sea Org when you get older? Is there retirement? Or a pension plan? Or a reduced work program? Is there a Sea Org cemetery? Burial at sea? Are these expenses paid for? Perhaps these issues have changed over the decades since the start of the Sea Org. Can you comment on any changes with these topics over the years?
Rod Keller checks in with a look at how David Miscavige's plan for new Narconons around the world is increasingly running into obstacles.
Scientology is planning to open a new Narconon drug rehab facility in the small town of Ballivor, Ireland. They have purchased the building that once housed the Raspberry Wood Nursing Home, and the Narconon website has a placeholder for "Ireland" in preparation for the opening. Residents are opposed to the center and Noel French of the Meath County Council is finding that Scientology is secretive about its undertakings and does not welcome community comment or concern. He told the Irish Times, "We have tried to find out what the building is going to be used for but we've been stonewalled with secrecy. Why all the secrecy over a nursing home in the middle of a town with 1,700 residents?"
[Planned Narconon Ireland in Ballivor]
Note: I'm welcoming the first outside contributor to this blog: Jeff Wasel, a Ph.D. with significant professional and academic expertise in financial crime, money laundering, who's a retired military intelligence, to boot. I've enjoyed talking with him and I welcome him to this forum.
Take it away, Jeff!
Recently, Mike Rinder posted an article on his site about the sexual assault accusations lodged against former Scientologist Paul Haggis.
2017-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
One of L. Ron Hubbard's more intriguing —some would say revolutionary—concepts was compartmentalizing the mind into two separate units: the analytical; and the reactive.
He defined the reactive mind as, "a portion of a person's mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. Stored in the reactive mind are engrams, and here we find the single source of aberrations and psychosomatic ills." (Scientology 0-8)
Engrams are recorded incidents of pain and unconsciousness in a person's mind. The unconsciousness can be anything from losing a bit of awareness from stubbing a toe, to comas lasting months due to severe accidents. Birth and death are considered engramic experiences, too. And since LRH believed we'd lived for quadrillions of years, the number of accumulated engrams is staggering.
Jeffrey Augustine is back with another investigation of Scientology's essential concepts...
Following the sudden departure of Tommy Davis as the Church of Scientology's spokesman in 2011, the organization no longer has an actual Scientologist to represent it on television or in documentaries. Seemingly by default, Scientology leader David Miscavige's attorney Monique Yingling — a non-Scientologist – has found herself cast in the unlikely role as the international spokeswoman for the church.
During ABC20/20's recent episode, "Scientology: A War Without Guns," Yingling appeared to speak on behalf of Miscavige at the last minute. Like her previous appearance in April in an episode about Ron Miscavige's book Ruthless, Yingling was given a lot of airtime to present the church's side of things. And this time, at one point ABC's Dan Harris asked her a very straightforward question, and her reply was stunning:
2016-01-14, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Last week I posted the first of a multi-part interview with former Scientologist Tim DeWall. In our first interview we discussed how Tim got involved and this week we continue to the next stage of his experience, working at the Church of Scientology of Tampa.
This and the other interviews I do on this channel are all being done in an effort to provide a more well rounded look at the subject of Scientology and how it is practiced in the real world versus what you are told or read about in L. Ron Hubbard's books. There is a huge difference between Hubbard's utopian vision of a world free of insanity, criminality and war, and how Scientology is actually used inside its own organization. I also discuss this in detail in my recently published book, Scientology: A to Xenu - An Insider's Guide to What Scientology is Really All About.
Tim and his wife Sylvia got out of Scientology just last year after decades of involvement. Let's pick up now with Part 2 of our interview and see what it's like to be a staff member for Scientology.
A Texas billionaire who has played a key role in boosting Ted Cruz's presidential campaign — including donating millions to a super PAC and facilitating outreach to hundreds of influential religious conservatives — was charged with assaulting a police officer and accused of threatening his estranged wife during a rough patch of his life, 25 years ago, according to court documents obtained by POLITICO.
Dan Wilks was a key figure behind a private confab to recruit support for Cruz from 300 evangelical leaders and donors last month at a ranch owned by his brother, Farris Wilks, outside their hometown of Cisco, Texas. The brothers, who earned their fortune in fracking, cited a belief that Cruz would infuse American politics with biblical principles when they and their wives donated a combined $15 million to a super PAC supporting the Texas senator's campaign. The family's donations made them the biggest disclosed donors of 2016 so far, and suddenly cast them into the spotlight on a national political stage on which mega-donors have become public figures in their own rights and even campaign issues.
It's a far cry from the life Dan Wilks was living in 1991, as described in the documents on file in Texas courthouses in Denton, Eastland and Comanche counties. Wilks was scraping just to get by and enmeshed in messy divorce proceedings, during which his estranged wife accused him of threatening her. He also fell behind on child support, the documents show.
A day after Alex Gibney learned that he'd been nominated for an award by the Director's Guild of America for his documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, his movie was left out of the nominations for Documentary Feature which were announced this morning for the 88th Academy Awards, to be presented in Los Angeles on February 28.
Besides the DGA nomination, Going Clear had been racking up an impressive list of other awards and nominations, and it had been HBO's most-watched documentary in a decade. It had also enjoyed two separate theatrical runs, making it eligible for an Oscar nomination. But ultimately it was left out of the nominees, depriving Gibney of a chance for a second statuette. Previously, he had won for his 2007 film, Taxi to the Dark Side. He was also nominated for 2005's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
This year's nominees for Documentary Feature are: What Happened to Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus; Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman; Amy, Asif Kapadia; The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer; and Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky.
2016-01-14, Danielle E. Gaines, Frederick News-Post
The case over the historic designation of Trout Run — a Catoctin Mountain parcel where the Church of Scientology wants to open a Narconon drug treatment center — will head back to the Frederick County Council.
A Frederick County Circuit Court judge ruled this week that the council did not properly outline the basis for its decision when it voted against historic designation of the 40-acre camp south of Thurmont.
2015-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Another in the series where an interested "wog" communicates to a staff member of an "ideal" org, inquiring about a service they offer on the internet.
These conversations provide some fascinating insight into the bubble world of scientology....
My snarky comments are in red.
We've been curious about what Scientology was going to do with the old KCET studios in Los Angeles since they bought the complex back in 2011. It's now under renovation, and we're getting more and more information about what Scientology leader David Miscavige thinks he's going to do with it.
Now, Scientology has put out a website with a lot more detail about the new plans, and we thought we'd excerpt some of the more relevant parts of it, for informational purposes.
Of course, there's no surprise that the main reason for this new "global" media center is to, naturally, spread L. Ron Hubbard's holy scripture, Dianetics and Scientology...
Bruce HinesClaire Headley and Bruce Hines are taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. Claire spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Bruce was in Scientology for 31 years and spent about half that time as a senior case supervisor. Go here to see the first part in this series.
After our holiday break, it's time to get back to moving up the Bridge to Total Freedom! When we left off in December, Claire and Bruce had taken us all the way through Operating Thetan Level Three and L. Ron Hubbard's epic handwritten tale about the galactic genocidal warlord, Xenu. This week, it's on to OT 4, but initially we're going to look at "old" OT 4, which Claire tells us she didn't experience.
BRUCE: like Claire I never did the old version of OT 4, nor did I study it. After the release of Dianetic Clear and NOTs in September, 1978, very few people did this older version of OT 4. And after about 1982, no one did it at all. In fact, these days, of the OT levels, only OT 2 and OT 3 are the same as their original versions.
2014-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Here is why David Miscavige is so terrified of his "International Events" being seen by anyone outside the bubble. (You would think He would want all that good news disseminated far and wide?)
But the problem is that when what he says gets out into the real world, there are people who actually check the Shermanspeak(r) bs he spouts against FACTS. Pesky things them facts....
The New Years video went onto the internet yesterday and already it has hit the media in Ireland, because one of the "featured" videos concerned the DublinMission (which was a very sad little place when I went to visit it 2 years ago).
Ocean FM - based in County Sligo - are insisting that the clip from the video which is presented as an 'interview' being conducted with a Scientologist in the Ocean FM studios is bogus, that the studio is NOT that of Ocean FM, and the 'presenter' conducting the interview is not known to anyone at the station.
2014-01-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Tony Ortega put up the video of the New Year's event today.
Unlikely many could stand the torture of watching the whole thing. If you have a choice, it's a good idea to avoid the avalanche of Shermanspeak like the bubonic plague. It can make your ears bleed and brain turn to mush.
I mentioned last week that I had been going through the event and making some notes. I never got around to publishing them. I didnt make it through the whole event, and don't plan on doing so as now anyone who is interested can watch it for themselves if they have a masochistic streak.
It's Miller's job to obsess about those details. He runs America Rising PAC, the Republican-aligned opposition research factory launched 10 months ago by Mitt Romney's defeated campaign manager Matt Rhoades. After the election, the Republican National Committee researched and released an autopsy of the loss. The party needed, according to the RNC, was a group that did "nothing but post inappropriate Democrat utterances and act as a clearinghouse for information on Democrats." Miller left the RNC to join the clearinghouse; As of last week, between the PAC and the LLC run by fellow oppo vet Joe Pounder, America Rising employed 47 more people, full or part-time.
America Rising found office space in the right-to-work concrete paradise of northern Virginia, one metro stop outside of Washington, D.C. Visitors walk into a minimalist space, with no receptionist, past a coffee table that stacks old magazines with conservative cover stars. Every few feet there's a portrait of a Republican icon like Teddy Roosevelt or a ha-ha-remember-that joke at a Democrats' expense. The centerpiece is a blown-up photo of John Kerry taking a bodysuited windsurfing break during the 2004 campaign. They bought it on eBay.
That's about it. The office is quiet, no TVs blaring cable news, most TVs relegated to a "war room" away from the researchers' desks. Many of its employees spend their days "tracking" Democratic candidates, particular Senate candidates in key states. These trackers attempt to shoot video of every single public utterance the candidates' make, in hopes of catching gaffes and flip-flops and collecting an archive that can be mined for hypocrisy and errors.
UPDATE 11:45 PM: THE ATLANTIC JUST REMOVED THE SCIENTOLOGY ADVERTORIAL IN THE FACE OF MOUNTING RIDICULE. THEY POSTED THIS NOTICE:
"We have temporarily suspended this advertising campaign pending a review of our policies that govern sponsor content and subsequent comment threads."
ALSO, The Atlantic took down all 25 comments on its Scientology advertorial, but we nabbed them before they disappeared. We're reproducing them for posterity below.
2012 was a milestone year for the Dark Cult, with the dread message spreading to more than 10,000 conclaves and covens in 167 nations -- figures that represent a growth rate 20 times that of a decade ago.
2013-01-14, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The purported import of the headline story in Monday's Tampa Bay Times is that it tells how the FBI investigation into David Miscavige went belly up. While the story pretty accurately chronicles parts of the FBI's human trafficking investigation into David Miscavige and the church of Scientology, inexplicably the Times chose to ignore many facts on how the investigation went south. That is despite the fact that Tony Ortega (then of the Village Voice) reported on many of those facts nearly a year ago, FBI Investigation of Scientology: Already Over Before We Even Heard of It. The Times also highlights a bizarre, discredited explanation for FBI inaction revolving around Larry Wright's February 2011New Yorker story.
Ortega has detailed the inaccuracy/omissions in the Times story tonight on his blog, FBI/Scientology story at the Underground Bunker. That is a must-read for anyone interested in the truth of the matter.
Nonetheless, you will probably find the Times story interesting as it details a bizarre cops and robbers tale only Scientology Inc. could generate in this day and age.
2013-01-14, Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service
Jeffrey Peacock, owner of the Crossroads Animal Hospital, sued Clear Advantage Business Solutions, in Cuyahoga County Court.
Clear Advantage is the only defendant.
Peacock claims Clear Advantage and its representative Roger Harrison offered consulting services for his animal hospital and presented a contract, which stated "that defendant 'uses some secular administrative technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard,' but that defendant is 'a privately owned company, separate from and not a part of any Church of Scientology,'" according to the complaint.
2012-01-14, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Ann Marie Tidman Broeker Logan passed away on June 14, 2011. Annie was L Ron Hubbard's closest friend and his exclusive direct personal and business aide during the last several years of his life.
Annie with L Ron Hubbard
Shortly before John Brousseau (JB) left the corporate church in April 2010 he was told that Annie had contracted lung cancer. Since then a network of friends on the outside has sought to assist her knowing full well the suppression she was under that would cause such a scourge to invade her body.
2012-01-14, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
"Ready for your Super Power Rundown, Tom?" And we thought it was going to be tough to follow Debbie Cook.
We're glad that we got those improvements to the underground bunker in place before the new year; we don't know if the old setup could have handled the hurricane-force enturbulation that hit with the coming of 2012. While we were still recovering from the Debbie Cook cyclone, this week's stories really took us by surprise.
After starting our week with another installment of Sunday Funnies, we unwrapped a big present for our loyal readers Monday morning: previously unpublished renderings and schematics of Scientology's "Flag Mecca" -- the Super Power Building.
For five months, the Squirrel Busters flitted around in their golf cart and popped up with cameras everywhere Marty Rathbun went, even filming him from a paddleboat in the canal behind his house. They engaged in what the sheriff's chief deputy and the county attorney called provocation until Rathbun snatched a pair of sunglasses from one of the Squirrel Busters, leaving a scratch on his forehead. They filed charges to have Rathbun arrested for assault; the county attorney dropped the case.
2011-01-14, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Let us not ever lose sight of what sets an Independent Scientologist apart from a Radical Scientologist. Independent Scientologists represent the hope that the workability of Scientology can and will be salvaged from the reversal of the subject that is practiced and enforced by Radical (Corporate) Scientology. That will be achieved by recognizing where Scientology has been and is being reversed by RS, and as-ising the reversal by practice of STANDARD TECHNOLOGY. Standard Technology can only be realized by recognizing and validating the fundamental principles and purposes of the subject – and never losing sight of them in practice. The following passage by LRH from Creation of Human Ability (in an introduction to the Axioms) describes some of those fundamentals, while at the same time describing the Radical Scientology reversal process quite well.
Scientology concludes and demonstrates certain truths. These truths might be considered to be the highest common denominator of existence itself.
The following summary of these truths has the aspect of precision observations rather that philosophic hazardings. When treated as precision observations, many results occur. When regarded as philosophic opinions, only more philosophy results.
Wikinews interviewed author Nancy Many about her book My Billion Year Contract, and asked her about life working in the elite Scientology group known as the "Sea Org". Many joined Scientology in the early 1970s, and after leaving in 1996 she later testified against the organization. Published in October, Many's book has gone on to become one of the top selling new books on Scientology at Amazon.com.
In Italy, the pre-Christmas release of the book "The Courage to Speak Out - Stories of ex-Scientologists" was met with a promise from the National Church of Scientology of Italy to bring legal action against the author and "whomever has assisted her." A spokeswoman for the book's publisher told CNA that, as of yet, no such action has been taken against them.
"The Courage to Speak Out" includes stories from 14 ex-members of the Church of Scientology. It is the second volume from Maria Pia Gardini that relates first-hand perspectives from inside this church. The first edition, titled "My Years in Scientology," was based on her own time as a member.
The Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a civil lawsuit against James L. Orrington in September 2007, asserting he had discriminated against 18 female employees by subjecting them to sexual propositions and comments, and by requiring workers "to engage in Scientology religious practices and learn about Scientology as conditions of their employment."
Does Xenu know no shame? The Church of Scientology, which is neither church or science, have obtained the medical records of protesters who have demonstrated against the cult and, after finding out that two of the regular protesters are HIV positive, are seeking a public ordinance that would prevent further protests because they would pose a health risk to cult members.
Because it's a well established fact that HIV is transmissible only through loud chanting and speeches given on bullhorns.
In lieu of Golden Globes awards speeches, our East Coasted sibling site posted a memorable video package, via Hollywood Interrupted, fêting messianic Scientology mouthpiece Tom Cruise as he accepted their 2005 Freedom Medal of Valor. Like most of Scientology's sacred babblings, the text was never meant to reach outside eyes; the video quickly disappeared from YouTube, soon to shake off from the temporary effects of the tranquilizing serum plunged into its neck and find itself buried alive beneath a patch of carefully attended petunias on the grounds of Gilman Hot Springs HQ.
2008-01-14, Dana Goodyear, Letter from California, New Yorker
The dozens of local buildings owned by the Church, many of them historically significant and now prominently marked with posters advertising "Dianetics" or with the eight-pointed cross that serves as one of Scientology's symbols, have entered the landscape of iconic L.A. architecture as a visually stimulating mash of old Hollywood and seventies-style art direction and signage. At Celebrity Centre, where a large yellow sign affixed to a south-facing roof overlooking the 101 Freeway announces the building and its owner, this juxtaposition is especially acute. Diane Kanner, an architectural historian who specializes in twentieth-century Los Angeles, calls the building Château Scientology.
"Most people in Hollywood are scared of talking publicly and candidly about Tom Cruise," Morton says. "They know that he and the church (of Scientology) are extremely litigious and can be quite intimidating."
Still, Morton says, he conducted about 130 interviews -- off and on the record -- during the past two years. Most of those named in the book knew Cruise before he rose to stardom. Others have broken with the Church of Scientology.
But, Morton says, his other sources include people "who I would have to say didn't speak to me, but, of course, they have."
2007-01-14, Fides Middendorf, Associated Press, Seattle Times
The German government says it considers Scientology a commercial enterprise that takes advantage of vulnerable people. The conservative interior minister of the southern state of Bavaria called for increased surveillance of the group's activities in Berlin and across Europe.
Scientologists reject the government's accusations, saying they are a religion and calling surveillance an abuse of their right to religious freedom.
JAKARTA - The Church of Scientology is applying its mind-over-matter healing techniques to injured tsunami survivors in Aceh. Jews and Quakers are sending humanitarian aid. Radical Islamic groups are providing "spiritual guidance".
Ending months of speculation, a circuit judge ruled Monday that the wrongful death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology should continue.
Judge Susan Schaeffer also ruled that Tampa attorney Ken Dandar should remain the attorney for the estate of Lisa McPherson, which filed the lawsuit.
The cause and manner of McPherson's death, Schaeffer ruled, "is legitimately an issue that needs to be decided by a jury."
McPherson was pronounced dead Dec. 5, 1995, at Columbia New Port Richey Hospital after several fellow Scientologists drove her there from the Fort Harrison Hotel, the church's retreat in Clearwater.
McPherson had spent 17 days in the Scientology-owned hotel, resting and recuperating from unexplained anxiety, according to church officials.
They also say McPherson, 36, "suddenly took ill" at the hotel but distrusted doctors. They say she initially declined to be treated until Scientologist friends agreed to take her to a Scientologist doctor in New Port Richey, more than 20 miles away.
The church contends McPherson suffered from a severe staph infection. But an autopsy by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office concluded she died from blood clotting "bed rest and severe dehydration."
The autopsy also showed "evidence of injury" and cited bruises, lesions, abrasions and marks resembling insect or animal bites on McPherson's body.
A vitriolic feud between German authorities and the Church of Scientology has escalated into a transatlantic conflict in the wake of accusations by American celebrities that the Bonn government is oppressing members of the group in the same way that the Nazi regime persecuted the Jews.
A controversial letter, signed by 34 prominent figures in the U.S. entertainment industry and published last week in the International Herald Tribune, was the latest salvo in an emotional publicity campaign waged by Scientologists and their supporters comparing the treatment of church members in contemporary Germany with that of Jews in Adolf Hitler's day.
The letter, including the names of actors Dustin Hoffman and Goldie Hawn, director Oliver Stone, novelists Mario Puzo and Gore Vidal, and TV talk show host Larry King, declared the signatories could not look the other way while Scientologists are marginalized and vilified in a manner reminiscent of the intolerance practiced by Hitler.
Bob Cetti, a technician in the production department at WTSP, Ch. 10, picked up papers Tuesday to run in the March 10 Clearwater elections. Cetti said he is a member of the Church of Scientology and would like to "get involved in trying to get government out of church affairs." He said he will decide soon whether to become an official candidate and what commission seat to run for. Cetti, who lives in downtown Clearwater, was the 26th person to pick up papers to run.