The quest to completely replace old Scientology org buildings with new quarters continues, and the consequences can be severe for some members caught up in the project.
The Scotsman reported this week that Scientology has purchased the Westfield House building in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh as home to a new Ideal Org.
The current org is known as HAPI, the Hubbard Academy of Personal Independence and we assume the name will carry over to the new facility. Scientology in Edinburgh is small and it's likely the building was purchased with funds from the International Association of Scientologists using donations from American members. Now comes the push for donations to renovate the building. Unlike the decaying Ideal Org buildings purchased elsewhere in the UK, this is a modern office building and it shouldn't require major structural work. "Manchester is Next" is the motto of the UK ideal org coalition, but after Manchester could come HAPI.
2019-04-21, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The IAS are renowned for their BS, but this one is a doozie.
They "approved a grant" but they didn't spend it because they don't have any photos of anyone on the scene. Just a generic shot from the media of a flooded location.
So, to give them the benefit of the doubt, I checked out their Twitter feed. A bunch of shots of the same 7 people, literally one after the other. This is the "team" for the displaced 500,000 people:
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We sure have a treat for you today. On Thursday, after we posted excerpts from L. Ron Hubbard's most notorious lecture, his 1968 lesson about Xenu/Xemu and a 75 million-year-old genocide, we heard from someone who served with Hubbard at the time, Hana Whitfield! We hope you remember what an amazing job she did describing life on the high seas with Hubbard in the 2015HBO documentary, 'Going Clear.'
Anyway, we can hardly believe it, but Hana was inspired by our story on Thursday and decided to share with us a chapter of a forthcoming book she's been working on. She can't tell us the title or the publication date of the book yet, but the chapter is all about her own experience with Incident Two and OT 3 and Hubbard, and we knew you'd want to see it.
It was January 1968. Valencia harbor, Spain.
2018-04-21, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The National Public Affairs Office that is part of the DC Ideal org (the Fraser mansion at Dupont Circle) seems to have sprung a leak.
One of our eagle-eyed correspondents sent in these photos yesterday.
Looks like a rather large section of the roof has sprung a leak, so they deployed some tarpaulin tech to "handle the hell out of it"....
By now you've probably heard that the city of Clearwater is the proud owner of a 1.4-acre parcel of downtown land after its city council voted unanimously to purchase it from an aquarium company and defy the Church of Scientology, which wanted the plot for its own uses.
The parcel sits between City Hall and two of Scientology's Clearwater landmarks, the Fort Harrison and Oak Cove hotels, where wealthy Scientologists come from around the world to pay for expensive auditing levels they can get nowhere else.
Miscavige said he wanted the plot for a swimming pool for his hotel guests, which was farcical. The real reason, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder told us, was to keep non-Scientologists away from the Fort Harrison, the church's holiest spot on Earth.
2016-04-21, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
In this 4-part series, I interview my Mom about Scientology, our mutual history with it and how she helped me to escape. In this last part, we talk about what life is like growing up with Scientology and how it was used by both of us during my childhood.
For more than a year, the Underground Bunker has been speaking with sources close to Lisa Marie Presley who tell us that the daughter of Elvis Presley has not only turned against Scientology leader David Miscavige, but has taken steps to coordinate actions designed to cripple Miscavige's rule.
Lisa Marie is using her media savvy and connections with other celebrities and other important figures inside Scientology to release explosive revelations about Miscavige, while keeping her own role quiet. The result, so far, has been the skillfully timed release of media stories that have damaged Miscavige at the same time that Scientology is in a long term decline.
In Lisa Marie Presley, David Miscavige has cultivated a powerful enemy. And in this story, we explain how things got to that point.
The Frederick County Council delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to approve a historical designation for Trout Run, a Camp David stand-in on "The West Wing" that a Scientology-affiliated drug rehabilitation program wants to use as a treatment facility.
Narconon, a controversial program that relies on saunas and the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to treat heroin addicts and other drug abusers, needs the designation because the 40-acre property's zoning doesn't allow such uses. A listing on the county historical register would.
We have another treat for you today. Jeffrey Augustine has Marc Headley back for his latest podcast, and it's a good one.
Marc worked at Scientology's secretive Int Base for 15 years, and got a rare view inside of the technical side of Scientology. He was intimately involved in the production of Scientology's lectures and videos and e-meters.
He explains to Jeff about how slow Scientology was to embrace new technology, and that into the 1990s the base was manufacturing 50,000 audio cassettes a week, well after the rest of the world had moved on to compact discs.
2015-04-21, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Douglas D. Douglas over at the Underground Bunker, posted an excellent comment and photos this afternoon.
It is too good to be possibly lost in the huge number of daily comments that appear on Tony Ortega's blog.
Without his permission, I am turning this into a posting here in order to preserve his fine work and to make it easier for everyone to find.
Scientology is exempt from real-estate taxes because it's considered a religion, a designation it strong-armed the Internal Revenue Service into accepting in the early 1990s. But the church may be abusing that privilege; Missouri law states that a property must be "actually and regularly used exclusively for religious worship" in order for a religious organization to retain tax-exempt status on it.
Edwin Stoll, deputy chief administrator for Jackson County, tells The Pitch that the church has provided documentation that it holds events at 1801 Grand during downtown parades and such.
Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, has another dispatch for us about developments with Scientology in France. Take it away, Jonny...
In the interest of tying up loose ends, here are a couple of items, both fall-out from France's definitive conviction of Scientology for organised fraud last year.
The first deals with Scientology's latest attempt to persuade people that the French state was the prime mover behind its recent fraud convictions, rather than the courts that actually judged them.
2014-04-21, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I was forwarded this information by a Special Correspondent who pulled it up on Google Analytics.
I thought the information was interesting, though it troubles me there are no numbers on the side of the graphs, so they look kind of like Miscavigerally graphs — though the difference here is that these represent REAL numbers, and they do show TRENDS.
What is remarkable about these graphs is the that they measure interest in topics. I do not profess to know HOW they work this out, presumably based on searches.
Yesterday, Scientologists entered a new age. We've been learning lately that Scientology leader David Miscavige has hit upon a new strategy to wring out the last dollar from church members who have already given until it hurts for his "Ideal Orgs" building program.
He calls it "alliances," and it involves convincing what few Scientologists remain to band together and, well, give even more.
Yesterday, these alliances gathered in various places around the world in order to celebrate Miscavige's notion that a dwindling movement just needs to open up shiny and empty new buildings in order to...well, we're not sure what he expects will happen.
2013-04-21, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Remember when the LRH Birthday Game was about giving LRH the birthday gift he wanted? Org Expansion...
Well, like a lot of other things in Miscavige Corporate Scientology, there's a new sheriff in town and the organization is being modeled in his image. Of course, there is no grand announcement that "the old birthday game is no more" it's more subtle. Like "Command Intention" morphed from "LRH intention" to "COB intention" and Miscavige gradually assumed the role of "finder of lost tech" to "refiner of tech" to "improver of tech" to "inventor of tech." The old Birthday Game has been vanishing from view. "St Hill Size Orgs" is "old terminology", the Universe Corps is but a fond memory. Today, Ideal Orgs are everything.
And this new promo piece is taking the next step into the full evolution into the David Miscavige Birthday Game. And that means it's now about what he wants for his birthday on 30 April. And that means MONEY!!
2011-04-21, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The Daily, a new internet news medium, just reported that perhaps Tom's daughter has split with him and the "church" of Scientology.
(I understand there have been some problems with this link; in the interim some of it can be seen at Village Voice which is onto the scene, http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/04/tom_cruises_dau.php
From one of the most trusted members of the church he has now become a thorn in its side.
A group of four men wearing skyblue t-shirts and black caps with the words 'Squirrel busters productions' turned up at his door and said they were there to look at his 'PC meters' - a piece of scientology equipment - and check his 'tack'.
Perhaps most bizarrely about their attire is a picture of a squirrel with Mr Rathbun's head superimposed onto the image.
"Did you know that most of the water you're drinking every day may actually be damaging your health?"
This is the bold claim made by Nevada-based Affinity Lifestyles. Fortunately, they have the solution: Real WaterTM with E2 technology.
The Real Water website describes how the water we drink – from the water I have in my glass right now, to the water you made your cup of tea with this morning – has been "damaged".
In an attempt to blind the reader with science, there are reams of misplaced claims and pseudo-facts. Take the claim that "many food and beverages ... are devoid of electrons" – which would make them an entirely new state of matter.
2011-04-21, Jeff Jacobsen, Letter to Editor, Orangeville Citizen
I would like to point out that Scientology has a long history of dragging out construction programs.
For example, their Super Power building in Clearwater Florida had its groundbreaking in 1998, yet the building has never yet been completed. The church made continuous statements that the project would be done "by the end of the year" and such, but it has never been completed. You can see more such history in a letter I sent warning Clearwater at www.lisa mcpherson.org/cos/construction.
Also, Scientology does not like outsiders visiting. In fact, Scientology is trying to close down a highway that goes through their property north of Hemet, California. They turn their sprinklers to face the street and turn them on when protesters come by.
2011-04-21, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Former Page Six-er Richard Johnson* (see below) is reporting at The Daily that Tom Cruise's daughter, Isabella, 18, is fed up with Scientology and has moved out of her father's house.
A Cruise publicist denied the report.
Johnson quotes two of our favorite Scientology sources, Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, both of whom were very high up in the organization until they bolted in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
2011-04-21, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
After two days in the edit bay Miscavige had the OSA baby blue shock squad post a version of his take of the incident at my home on Monday. I commented on the link to it someone posted on this blog, words to the effect that I would go to court with his version - but I'll also get all the footage from all four of his cameras before trial. Within minutes the "church" took their video edit down. But not before some members of Anonymous mirrored it and spread it far and wide.
Editor in Chief of the Village VoiceTony Ortega reported on the entire affair today, http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/04/when_scientolog.php#comments
UPDATE: Since been picked up by the Dail Mail in London: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379274/Scientologist-Squirrel-busters-stalk-church-defector.html
I needed extra batteries and SD cards, so I left our mini-raid to go to my car. A Scientologist from their 4/19-4/20 bookathon tried to follow me to my car, but gets led on a wild goose chase up and down the street when a different anon goes to my car instead.
Two City Council members who attended Tom Cruise's fund-raiser for a controversial 9/11 "detoxification project" didn't pay the $6,250-a-ticket entry fee, but officials said they acted within the ethics rules.
City Council members Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) and Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) both turned up at the glitzy Manhattan affair Thursday night for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, co-founded by Cruise and linked to Scientology.
The justices let stand a ruling that could force the Church of Scientology of California to post a $60-million bond to appeal a judgment against it.
The court refused to hear arguments in the case brought by the church, which sought review of a California appeals court ruling.
The Scientology case stems from fraud charges brought against the church by Larry Wollersheim, a former member.
Scientology has a headquarters in Clearwater.