2018-05-24, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
In many of the videos I've made over the past few years about Scientology and in many of the comments to those videos, the subject of Scientology bringing about supernatural abilities and spiritual perceptions has come up. This is by design, since L. Ron Hubbard, the founder and self-named source of all of the principles and claims of Scientology, stated in many of his writings and lectures that Scientology would definitely and umistakeably increase one's spiritual state of awareness and ability. I thought it's time to challenge some of these statements.
We live in what some have called the "post truth" era where lies are spoken as easily as we breath and this kind of open door policy to deception is what allows destructive cults to flourish in the first place. Hubbard was a pathological liar and he made millions of dollars from gullible people who believed his lies for no other reason than they wanted a better life for themselves and their families and for everyone. Sure, you can laugh at Scientologists and call them idiots, but who among us has never believed lies we've been told?
The problem with Scientology is not with Scentologists who want to improve themselves or the world. It's with people like L. Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige, who take advantage of them. Despite all the work we critics and journalists have done to expose Scientology, to this day people still fall for this nonsense and invest millions of their hard-earned dollars and waste years of their lives chasing a fantasy. As more of this has been exposed, fewer are falling for it and yet there are still people walking in to Churches of Scientology and being conned. The truth about this and what every other destructive cult out there is doing needs to be told and it needs to be heard. So let's take a good hard look at what Scientology claims it can do and let's look at why these are lies.
In this video, I go over the claims L. Ron Hubbard made about what Dianetics and Scientology can do for an individual and breakdown why Scientologists believe this nonsense and issue my own challenge to end once and for all Scientologists telling me that I'm being too hard on the "workability" of Scientology methods.
A full transcript of this video is on my blog at http://mncriticalthinking.com.
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After we got a fun new look at the early days of Dianetics through the never-before-published letters of Don Rogers recently, it motivated us to dive back into some similar documents that our fearless researcher, R.M. Seibert, located for us.
If you remember, Seibert scored a treasure trove of documents from the Food and Drug Adminstration stemming from its early 1960s investigation of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. That's how we got our hands on Hubbard's high school grades for the first time, for example, and evidence that Hubbard used the threat of the 'R2-45 method' to intimidate early followers.
Looking through other documents that Seibert sent us, we realized that there was an interesting description of a fairly notorious incident in early Scientology history — famous enough that Paul Thomas Anderson riffed on it for his film The Master.
The church says it wants to end the unsustainable practice where staff are transported between accommodation in Crowborough to Saint Hill Manor using a fleet of 18 minibuses covering almost 500 miles every day.
It hopes to replace the minibuses with seven 9m long buses seating up to 32 people, which will cut daily fleet mileage to around 170 miles.
The district environmental health officer echoed residents' concerns over the impact of traffic noise, suggesting the drop-off only be used between 8am to 9pm.
East Grinstead Town Council recommends refusal of the plans over traffic safety concerns and expressed disappointment the church was only seeking consent after the work had been done, saying it was "well versed in the planning process".
(Reza Aslan and Rick Ross)
We've told you about cult expert Rick Ross many times in the past. We first wrote about Rick more than 20 years ago when we were living in Phoenix, and he still shows up here at the Bunker from time to time.
And then yesterday, he sent us an email chain that we knew you'd want to see. He generously agreed to let us share it with you.
This story has been updated to include Reclaim New York's assertion that Ed Butowsky never served on its board, and that Steve Bannon stepped down from the board last year.
Ed Butowsky, the Dallas wealth manager and frequent Fox News guest who facilitated a private investigation into the murder of Seth Rich, is friends with and claimed on his website to serve on the board of an organization started by White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
2017-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Another provocative article from Brian Lambert
What If? Questions that reasonable and open-minded evil SPs ask
WHAT IF Ron's label of Scientology criticism as evil was a conscious and deliberate strategy to dead agent ANY investigation into the truth of his life or his claims?
2016-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Can you believe ANYTHING in scientology?
A Special Correspondent just sent this to me.
Remember, this is an "Ideal Org" that is not only clearing Denver, but the entire state of Colorado. As well as Nebraska, Wyoming and various other parts of the Midwest and Mountain region.
Sunday night we were still reeling from what we'd just seen on HBO and a scene involving three little words — "hold the door" — so when we turned to AMC at ten pm, we weren't really in the best shape for taking in the craziness in the pilot episode of Preacher.
We knew that there was a fun reference to Tom Cruise somewhere in the show, but we couldn't make it past the first few minutes of the episode. Blame it on the white walkers.
Anyway, the Tom Cruise joke in Preacher got plenty of media attention after the episode aired. News of the gag first emerged after the episode was shown at SXSW in Austin in March, so plenty of people knew it was coming.
Miscavige says he still holds out a slim hope that his son will see the error of his ways and reform himself and change the dehumanizing church policies that eventually drove Miscavige out: "There's always a chance Dave may read it and think, 'Wait a minute — maybe I should change some things about myself and about the church.'"
For now, though, the church is fighting back in its usual way, he says. "They've bought up over 500 iterations of my name online and they all direct to a website that depicts me as a horrible person."
Your proprietor spent Saturday recovering from the twisted Friday night put on by L. Ron Hubbard's great-grandson, Jamie DeWolf, which included a three-hour circus at Chez Poulet in San Francisco.
Just before the trouble started, we snapped this photo backstage of DeWolf, "LRH," and Paulette Cooper. It only got weirder from there.
Our book tour's leg in California is finished, and we're pretty exhausted and not really capable of doing much reporting right now. But we did want to fill you in on one small piece of news.
2015-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This was posted on ESMB and then Karen De La Carriere reposted it to Twitter and Facebook.
It is worth taking note. Letters from CONSTITUENTS are treated seriously by elected officials. The more US Congressmen there are who have been made aware of the issue, the greater the chance of something being done. The IRS is answerable to Congress. Sooner or later this is going to become an issue that one or more politicians will feel they can gain popularity with. When that day happens, the more there are to jump on the bandwagon the better.
Writing to your Congressman IS an effective means of doing something about it.
2014-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The next in a continuing series of "We are doing this for you COB" — lectures and seminars designed exactly for his particular weaknesses.
The first in the series is here.
For the man who came up with the "why" that "the blind are leading the blind" with a handling of doing rote drills that make every auditor a robot and now with Phase II everyone going DOWN the Bridge, and his brilliant "the orgs are trying to do too little" with a handling of buying them new expensive buildings and the entire Scientology org network flatlining, this seminar is just what the doctor ordered.
2014-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The training of scientology auditors, even the robots that were being turned out with GAT, appears to be a thing of the past.
We have all watched the focus of the church move from training to auditing to statuses to buildings.
Miscavige announced (and the church STILL promotes) that GAG II now makes REAL training of auditors possible for the first time ever.
We can't get enough of Scientology success stories, and this newest video, gushing about the 'Golden Age of Tech Phase II,' is one of the best we've ever seen.
Internal e-mails smuggled out of the church (particularly those showing up lately at Mike Rinder's excellent blog) have made clear just how desperate Scientology leader David Miscavige is to get the church's dwindling masses to embrace the changes he made in GAT II. The Orwellian twist in his marketing scheme is to convince Scientologists that they will 'rocket' up L. Ron Hubbard's 'Bridge to Total Freedom' by paradoxically going back and re-doing low-level coursework that they initially experienced (and paid for) many years ago.
Also, Miscavige can't really introduce new material: Hubbard is still 'Source,' and no real new 'technology' can be added since his 1986 death. So Miscavige is left with 'streamlining' existing material, and selling members on the idea that they'll move more rapidly through courses.
We talked this afternoon with Gary Richardson, the former federal prosecutor who has filed more than ten lawsuits against Scientology's flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead.
Three of those lawsuits are in response to the deaths of Gabriel Graves, Hillary Holten, and Stacy Dawn Murphy, three Narconon patients who died in a nine-month period last year. Those deaths not only generated the lawsuits but also a new law recently passed which increases state oversight of the facility. But almost a year after the July 2012 death of Stacy Murphy, we still haven't heard anything about the criminal investigations by Pittsburg County SheriffJoel Kerns (pictured) and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Kerns forwarded the results of his investigation to Pittsburg County District Attorney Farley Ward as long ago as October. And last month, on Tulsa television station Fox23, Kerns praised the drug rehab center.
2013-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This article is reprinted from Steve Hall's blog. It is both important and timely in light of the upcoming "Golden Age of Tech II" They have been used at the FSO for a decade along with his "new grades," so maybe these enormous advances for planetary clearing can now be unleashed on the world....
Hello to all Independent Scientologists. Maybe you've heard rumors of a new e-meter. Here is the story.
During the evolution to create the Mark Super VII Quantum, the idea began to create a new E-meter using digital technology. In 2000 a project was launched to get this going.
Marty Rathbun's latest book comes out this time next week, and we've got a review copy that we'll be writing about next Wednesday.
Rathbun was once the second-highest ranking official in Scientology before his defection in 2004. He then disappeared so thoroughly, many people assumed he had died. But then he not only resurfaced, he started a blog in 2009 that quickly became Scientology leader David Miscavige's biggest headache.
Rahbun's blog has changed substantially in recent months, but he's been focusing more on writing books about Scientology. We were fairly harsh with our reading of the first, found a lot more to like about the second, and we'll give the latest one a thorough read before we give you our thoughts.
2013-05-24, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This came in from one of our Special Correspondents in response to the last post. She has a way of clearly expressing things, as she did in the earlier one I posted entitled "The Scientology Push". I felt this too deserved more attention so am putting it up as its own post. Enjoy. Mike Rinder
In 1996David Miscavige locked the doors to the training bridge so tight that it was almost impossible to squeeze through.
Since that time the Scientology religion has been stripped of auditors and supervisors. Attrition rate has been far, far higher than the rate of training new auditors.
Scientology is arguing that the magistrate who prepared the organised fraud case against it was "indoctrinated": the latest in a series of bids to get its conviction overturned.
Scientology has seized on an article by a French security specialist to argue that its recent convictions were unfair because the investigating magistrate on the case had been "indoctrinated" by someone hostile to the movement.
They have picked up on a piece that Arnaud Palisson posted at his blog Rapports Minoritaires, a few days after the Court of Appeal in Paris confirmed the convictions against the organisation and five of its members on February 2.
Scientology's campaign to present its Paris convictions as a miscarriage of justice betrays the movement's conspiratorial mindset.
Scientology's recent attack on an article by French security specialist Arnaud Palisson was just the latest in a series of attempts to highlight what they see as a political conspiracy against them.i
The point of their May 2 demonstration outside the offices of the ENM in the heart of Paris was not to attack the school as such: it was to draw attention to the way they thought organisations hostile to Scientology were being allowed to "indoctrinate" magistrates.
2011-05-24, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Radical Corporate Scientology is now as much as admitting in its promo that the arduous, one to three decade bridge Miscavige has constructed – like a modern day Rube Goldberg – was nothing but smoke and mirrors all along. We have bait and badgered this admission out of Miscavige by persistently publishing the truth, while going on applying Scientology in a sensible fashion as the Old Man prescribed.
"Men mimic selectively when they are unaberrated, unselectively when they are aberrated. In the case of the insane person who echoes vocally and muscularly any person before him, the mimic mechanisms of the analytical mind have been
impinged on so heavily by engrams that unselectivity is the rule in the extreme."
Use of Scientology-based slogans and pamphlets at the city's new youth outreach center has raised questions, but "The 21 Ways to Happiness" is just a common-sense motto that helps teach morals and values to at-risk youth, Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department Executive Director Tommy Ramirez Jr. said.
The walls of The Bridge, which opened Friday at the former Harlingen Police Station, are decorated with slogans that are included in the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Former chief reporter Paul Bracchi, who secretly infiltrated the cult, remembers how its followers relentlessly threatened and pursued him in revenge for criticising their deceptive and manipulative methods. Here Mr Bracchi, who now lives in London, tells the chilling story of how he was stalked and intimidated for months afterwards, even receiving a bullet in the post at The Argus headquarters in Hollingbury.
Tom Cruise is a founding board member of the Hollywood Education Literacy Project, known as H.E.L.P., a community-based literacy and mentoring project providing one-on-one tutoring for students and their families at no cost.
The cause is dear to Tom because he was once diagnosed as dyslexic, a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
It was Lalith, who knew their right intention. He explained to me; by marrying a Sri Lankan widow, they are eligible to stay in Sri Lanka with a resident visa. This gives them the legal freedom to build up their sinister operations from a private house, with out getting exposed to the public.
Similar things happened, when Scientology stepped in to Germany. Marriage brought them German citizenship. They cannot be expelled easily. The German Govt. had a tough time with them fighting legal battles to finally ban them.
Tom Cruise has some harsh words for Brooke Shields about how she coped with depression.
The War of the Worlds star, who had a tiny role 24 years ago in Shields's movie romance Endless Love, condemns the actress's admission in her new book, Down Came the Rain, that she took medication to cope with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Rowan.
"I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented women, (but) look at where has her career gone," he tells Access Hollywood in an interview.
Displaying a flow chart with "Church of Scientology" written across the top in red, deVlaming outlined a web of connections between the church, its lawyers and their private investigators who were watching and trailing Prince every day for months, and eventually went to police with information that led to his arrest.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Church of Scientology lawyers say they will seek a mistrial in a lawsuit that resulted in a $39 million fraud judgment they claim is part of a conspiracy to dismantle the church.
'This wouldn't be happening if we were dealing with a 2,000-year-old religion,' Boston trial lawyer Earle Cooley said Thursday. 'If this were anything other than a 35-year-old new religion, then we wouldn't be here.
'We are dealing with with a situtation where a religion has been targeted by a group of individuals who are attempting to destroy it. If they can target Scientology today, they can target others tomorrow.'
PORTLAND, ORE. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A Church of Scientology lawyer said Thursday he will try to have a $39 million fraud award to a former church member set aside on the premise that two jurors got telephone calls influencing their verdict.
Earle C. Cooley of Boston, the church attorney, said a mistrial should have been declared, but the jurors, who he did not name, did not report the calls until after the verdict.
"One juror has reported that she received a telephone call from someone identifying himself as a Scientologist, and it's obvious she held this against the church," he said. "These people attempted to make it appear as if though the Church of Scientology was making harassing phone calls."