2019-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
There is a lot of mention of "St Hill Size" in scientology. It is one of the great catchphrases that motivates the sheeple "We are going St Hill Size," heard almost as often as "We are Clearing the planet" (but not as often as "will that be cash or check?").
But what exactly does St Hill Size mean and why is it important?
St Hill is the name of the estate in Sussex, England that L. Ron Hubbard bought in 1959 and converted into the international headquarters of scientology. There were "difficulties" in the US and he decided the UK was a safer operating climate. That lasted for a few years until he was refused a visa extension. He abandoned the UK and tried to set up in Rhodesia as the reincarnation of Cecil Rhodes which didn't go well. He then took to sea to be "fabian" in international waters away from the "control" of any "wog" government. That was the birth of the Sea Organization.
We noticed Jehovah's Witnesses making preparations for this important week in the Christian world, and so we thought we'd ask ex-JW activist Lloyd Evans some stupid questions about what's going on.
The Bunker: Can you give us a beginner's guide to Holy Week for Jehovah's Witnesses? They don't celebrate Easter, right?
Lloyd: Correct. Rather than celebrating Easter, Jehovah's Witnesses commemorate the Lord's Evening Meal with a rather silly ceremony known as "the memorial." It mostly involves 8.5 million Jehovah's Witnesses not partaking of the "emblems" (the bread and the wine) but instead passing them to each other. Only those who consider themselves heaven-bound (part of the 144,000 "anointed") are allowed to partake. These latter ones numbered 19,521 at the last count.'Advertisement
Chris Owen is back with another insightful dive into Scientology history...
There's so much going on with Scientology — from missing wives to dubious financial dealings, broken families and allegations of abuse — that it sometimes seems like it has distilled every type of dysfunction and mismanagement into one rackety organisation. Scientology's controversies aren't unique; many other faith groups have their own scandals, as the Catholics, Baptists and Jehovah's Witnesses can testify. But there is one aspect of Scientology that is genuinely close to being unique.
In my research, I've identified only three contemporary faith groups which have a dedicated covert intelligence organisation. (By this I mean an internal organisation which is explictly modelled on a state intelligence agency, using specially trained staff as professional intelligence officers who carry out intelligence practices and procedures against external targets.)
Tony Ortega recently published an extraordinary letter. Written by Los Angeles attorney Graham Berry to long-time Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon, the letter concerns Sean Henderson who became yet another victim of Scientology's ongoing credit card and loan scheme.
In this scheme Scientology is targeting older people who were once in the Church of Scientology but left decades ago. Once these people are contacted, Scientology salespeople offer them the inducement of a free airplane ticket and hotel accommodations to come to Los Angeles and talk to the Church of Scientology. These inducements are a pretext; once these people arrive in Los Angeles they are pressured by Scientology salespeople to go into heavy credit card and loan debt for Scientology courses and products.
The techniques used in credit card/loan scheme reveal that Scientology salespeople appear to have expert knowledge of how to manipulate certain credit unions, credit card companies, and banks in order to instantly get their victims approved for large lines of credit. Once approved, these lines of credited are instantly transferred into Scientology's bank accounts. The net effect of this predatory — and likely criminal — financial scheme is to saddle older people with heavy debt at high rates of interest.
2018-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I have often commented about scientology being masters of disaster capitalism — taking advantage of any disaster or tragedy as a reason to collect more money.
And here is the latest. Cashing in on the tragedy of mass school shootings.
Let's begin with a fundamental: because two things are connected does not mean one is causative.
At a campaign stop this weekend, Ontario PC leader Doug Ford denied making controversial comments about a home for youth with autism in 2014.
Despite previously declaring that the home for kids with autism and developmental disabilities is an "absolute nightmare" that has "ruined the community" as well as calling for it to be shut down and relocated, Ford was unequivocal when asked about his controversial comments this weekend.
"You're going to hear a lot of lies," Ford told iPolitics this weekend. "Desperate lies."
Last night, we heard from our old friend Steve Hall after he read our interview with Justin Craig, who claims to be the returned L. Ron Hubbard. During our interview, Craig/LRH denied that the infamous "Original OT 8" materials were genuine.
Several years ago we came to the opposite conclusion, that the notorious document, which was used briefly by the Church of Scientology in 1988 before being abandoned, was actually intended by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to be a shocking revelation to his followers that he considered himself the Antichrist. The church has called the document a hoax. But was it? Hall sent us this stunning account of how he ran into that document while he was working at Scientology's secretive Int Base near Hemet, California — and that he also witnessed another contested work by Hubbard, the "Affirmations." We knew you'd want to see his recollections!
Tony, I read your post about the new LRH criminal/con man hoping to pick up where the original LRH criminal/con man left off. Oh boy.
Questions discussed (in this order):
-- Does encouraging someone to "drop their body" mean asking someone to commit suicide?
-- How do Scientologists try and ensure they are reborn into a Scientology family?
This doesn't happen every day: A tipster recently pointed us to something buried in a 1958 L. Ron Hubbard lecture that really knocked us for a loop. And so we showed it to half a dozen of the best experts we know on the subject, and not only had none of them noticed the item before, most of them admitted they were stumped about it.
What was it that had us puzzled? It turns out that Hubbard mentioned the name "Xenu" ten years before that word became such a famous part of Scientology's secret lore.
Even if you're the most casual Scientology watcher, you've no doubt heard of Xenu. Hubbard famously described him in a February 1968 handwritten document for the "OT 3" auditing level, and then in more detail several months later in a taped lecture in which he said the name "could be spelled X-e-m-u." Nine years later, Xenu became one of the main characters in "Revolt in the Stars," a screenplay Hubbard wrote while he was hiding in Sparks, Nevada from process servers and the FBI.
2017-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Tell us it ain't so...
You didn't get the FILING DONE??? OMG! After 20 years of begging, scratching and trying, using the most advanced administrative techniques ever developed on this planet, you could not get the filing done?
Why didn't you allocate like $40,000 out of the $40 million you raised to pay some people minimum wage to do the filing? There are tons of people, including a lot of needy scientologists, who would have done it.
2016-04-17, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The show where I answer your questions. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comments section here below. I see everything and want to hear from you.
Link to CFI booksigning event: http://goo.gl/CRav7r
(1) I notice in these conversations with your mom that your mother's language is still laced with 'Scientologese' even though she has been away from the church for a long while. I don't get the impression that she has a tendency towards identifying as an 'Indie Scientologist' who may still embrace some Scientology principles and she certainly doesn't seem to want anything to do with the official Church of Scientology.
Finally, America gets its first look at Louis Theroux's very funny film, My Scientology Movie, when it premieres this evening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
We were fortunate enough to be present when the movie had its worldwide premiere at the London Film Festival last September, and we'll be at tonight's screening as well. We're sure it will generate just as many belly laughs from the New York audience as it did in Leicester Square. We'll try to snap a photo or two with Louis and John Dower and Simon Chinn, the film's director and producer. Until then, please enjoy Rod Keller's weekly Scientology social media review!
After renovations, Community Learning Center re-opened on Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater, Florida with a celebration yesterday. The Applied Scholastics school concentrates on tutoring at-risk youth using L. Ron Hubbard's "study tech."
2016-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
They are going all out to hype the Running Program in the latest edition of Source mag.
It begins with the full page shot of the "Indoctrination" pack - conspicuously labeled "CONFIDENTIAL."
First, if they converted the "LRH advice" into an "HCOB" then this huge binder contains 3 pages. There is only one document that describes the Running Program. It was handed out in a file folder to those of us who were assigning to "running around the pole" full time back in the days when there was still a running track at the Gold base. This "pack" is a single issue. I am sure it has ballooned with glossaries, indexes and pages off descriptions about running shoes and how to wash your shorts and t-shirts.
We have another report today from our man in Paris, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen. Recently, he wrote here about a Scientologist's 2006 suicide in France that prosecutors were trying to pin on Scientology itself. But an inability to track down three key witnesses had jeopardized the state's investigation. Later, at his own website, Jonny summarized information that he'd received about the possible location of at least one of those witnesses.
While that case stalls, an important thing to keep in mind is that Scientology was declared a fraud in France after years of investigation and a prosecution that reached the country's highest court. Part of the reason that the fraud case stayed alive over such a long period was through the hard work of government-sponsored anticult organizations. And French lawmakers told Jonny that once the case was upheld, one more prosecution of Scientology could lead to the church being dissolved in France. In other words, the country has long been hostile territory for Scientology, with the potential to permanently boot the organization from its shores.
Or is it? Jonny's new report suggests that things are changing, and a new press article suggests that France is reversing course. Fill us in on the details, Jonny...
Paul Haggis is alleging that a Church of Scientology spy posed as a Time magazine reporter in an effort to get a one-on-one interview with him.
On April 7, Haggis received an email requesting an interview from Mark Webber, who claimed to be writing an article for Time magazine. In the email, reprinted below. Webber said he was speaking with numerous directors for a "golden age of film" article and referenced Crash, Haggis' Oscar-winning film.
2015-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This, as usual, is all hype.
Somehow they slide in that LA has been "enjoying record levels of reduced crime" — as if this had ANYTHING to do with L. Ron Hubbard or the Way to Happiness. There isn't even a WTH campaign being run in LA....
So, next time someone claims crime has been falling in an area "thanks to WTH" you can point to LA where there are "record levels of reduced crime" (whatever that means) WITHOUT the WTH.
In the language of the Mafia, says Gourevitch, "a person who has become invested in the logic and practices of the gang is said to be owned by it." When Jason Beghe, an actor and ex-Scientologist featured in "Going Clear," describes the strange sensation of self-policing — "the best traps are when you get a guy to keep himself in jail" — he sounds remarkably like Nyilinkwara. Once a person has acted on a belief, they don't need to be continually pressured. Ex-Scientologists who alleged that they were placed in "The Hole," a holding facility in California where upper-level church members were held and beaten, found themselves actually fighting to stay there. If the FBI came to rescue them from what some described as a "prison camp," says one of the captives, Tom De Vocht, they would have responded: "We're doing this voluntarily. We like living in these conditions."
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani, during their run on DWTS In her public appearances since she left Scientology last summer, actress Leah Remini has talked about losing many longtime friends who were ordered by the church to "disconnect" from her and her family.
She's talked about how stunning it was to see how quickly people she'd known for decades suddenly turn their backs on her.
Our sources told us that she was devastated by that reaction, and her family worried that Leah might also experience Scientology's infamous "Fair Game" operations — intimidation campaigns carried out with the use of private investigators.
Jeffrey Augustine and I have just launched Surviving Scientology Radio so we can do podcasts. Podcasts allow for in depth interviews with people. We can also break news faster as it happens.
Mike Rinder, former spokesman for the church graces the launch with his unique style. All radio broadcasts will also be replicated on YouTube.
In this broadcast, Mike Rinder discusses with Jeff Jillian Schlesinger, the financial forms the Church filed with the IRS, and the Church imploding in South Africa.
2014-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Apparently hushmail didnt solve the problem, so now they have a new message right at the top of the OTC minutes:
Note: The minutes are for the sole use of Valley OTC members. All members receive a copy. Please do not forward the minutes to anyone else for any reason.
Apparently there are all sorts of measures being taken to try to stem the flow of information outside the bubble. One might ask why that is of such concern. Of course it is merely information they WANT to impart to the "OTC members" — if it is true, how could it be so damaging? But that is like asking why if you are opening a building that you hope to get new people to come into, don't you allow them to the opening?
2013-04-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
One of our Special Correspondents in Texas sent in this promotion.
I have been receiving many of these sort of "Alliance" promotions, there has been a massive international "push" over the last few weeks to round everyone up. Some of the "alliances" are very strange — the "Rocky Mountain Alliance" includes St. Louis (?) while Twin Cities is "allied" with Kansas City and Flag is "allied" with Puerto Rico, Orlando, Miami and Atlanta (Tampa Org and Flag are now considered the same thing it seems...)
Sent out on the same day — one email reports on the massive event that was held in Dallas — less than 30 people showed up for the "Alliance" to watch what has been described by a number of Correspondents as a "lame" rehash video showing Ideal Orgs and the infamous "arrows" (signifying the creation of groups, Missions and other orgs around the "Ideal Org"). It is just another re-edit of the same footage. And the "Management Guest Speaker" was Mark Pisani, the "WUS Landlord". I like Mark, I spent a lot of time with him on the RPF and interacted with him when he was the Esates IC of the PAC Base for MANY years. But its a stretch to promote him as someone from "International Management" (an entity that no longer exists)...
For years, she worked closely with Scientology's leaders, David and Shelly Miscavige. And she was there when it all went wrong.
By Tony Ortega
The RTC Building at Int Base We have a very unusual story for you today, and in order to tell it, we need to adopt some unusual conventions.
2013-04-17, Miss Fortune, Glistening, Quivering Underbelly
Best Drug Rehabilitation's South Bend location is next door to a liquor store.
Bill's Liquor Store at 3626 E. Jefferson, and Best Drug Rehabilitation located at 3600 East Jefferson.
Wonder if Bill's delivers?
2012-04-17, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
What's the secret of the MEST universe? That there's no secret, of course. That would be right there in the groove with the MEST universe, that would be the MEST universe's best trick. It makes the obvious and hides it, because it's a crude, relatively unworkable, solid, rather onerous sort of dopehead's dream, who wasn't too bright.
And if it's the inevitable average, brother, I don't think much of some of the other universes that collided to make this one. Because it's dopey, this one. It's not a bright universe. Its total value evaluation is force. It's down on the force band. And that's silly. Because something that's on the force band won't work. The one thing that won't work is force. Under no circumstances has force ever worked! An idea any day of the week can lick the pants off of force.
All these great flaming suns, all these huge inimitable expanses, all these tremendously, tremendously cold and inhospitable spaces, all these dead planets and dead stars, could be reduced to a pile of utter nothingness of rubble by an idea.
L'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Mauricie / Centre-du-Québec n'accordera pas la certification nécessaire à l'organisme Narconon de Trois-Rivières pour poursuivre ses activités.
C'est que parmi les 55 critères exigés pour recevoir la certification, Narconon devrait procéder à 46 correctifs de différentes natures, dont 26 jugés à facteur de risque élevé.
Health officials have ordered a private drug rehabilitation centre in Trois-Rivières to shut its doors. The Narconon Addiction Recovery Centre's methods are based on the theories of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The local health agency says some of the centre's practices posed a danger to health and safety.
While the whole movement grew more vehement as illegal immigration increased, Dr. Tanton seemed especially open to provocative allies and ideas. He set off a storm of protests two decades ago with a memorandum filled with dark warnings about the "Latin onslaught." Word soon followed that FAIR was taking money from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that promoted theories of the genetic superiority of whites.
Dr. Tanton, who remains on the FAIR board, denied charges of racial bias and donated his papers to the University of Michigan to show that he and colleagues "are not the unsavory types sometimes alleged." They include hundreds of private letters, some outlining his interest in genetic differences between the races and concerns about the country's changing ethnic mix.
2011-04-17, Stephen Kent, FECRIS, University of Alberta
The total rejection of the 'testimonies' of former members is not social science, and future generations of scholars will look back on this rejection with incredulity. What should matter in the social sciences is that researchers obtain accurate information under ethical circumstances. Regardless of who provides it, social scientists simply should attempt to verify its content by comparing it to information that others provide or that the researchers obtained in other ways -- a process called triangulation. The more that independent sources point to the same facts, the higher the likelihood of the facts being accurate. Rejecting former members' accounts, therefore, without checking them is more than simply bad social science, it actually is ideology.
The actor, who estimates he gave the church $1 million (£500,000) over 12 years, has also given an interview to New York publication The Village Voice, explaining the church's relationship with Hollywood heavyweights.
Beghe claims Scientology's fascination with celebrities is not just a PR exercise but that the late founder L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer, had made it clear he wanted celebrities recruited to the church.
If a member could recruit a celebrity, Beghe said, they were rewarded by having the contents of their "ethics file" - the record of misdeeds admitted during "auditing" or spiritual counselling - cleared.
The Josephson Institute conducted a survey of top IRS managers and nearly half said they would use their positions to intimidate personal enemies. A majority said they would look the other way if they saw wrongdoing, and many condoned lying to the news media and government officials to protect themselves.
Sen. Steve Symms (R-Idaho) saw a copy of the survey, which had been leaked to a group called the National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers. After reviewing the survey, Symms promised he would look into the ethical climate at the IRS.