2019-05-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientologists love to quote L. Ron Hubbard (or "Source" as he liked to be referred to) for literally everything.
If Source pronounced it, then it is holy truth. If he said he had visited Heaven or Mars or psychs came from an evil planet called Farsec or you wash windows with newspaper — these things were literally true.
They choose odd things to extract from his writings and "speakings" — sometimes they are completely out of context and have no meaning whatsoever, sometimes they are grandiose pronouncements of the importance of scientology and his technology, other times they are "stories" that have no basis in fact. None of this matters to a real scientologist. The word of L. Ron Hubbard is never to be questioned. At all.
2019-05-28, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Scientology originally began through Dianetics, a self-professed science of mental health. After that tanked, Hubbard emerged with Scientology as a new religion. How did this happen and why? Here's my short answer. Enjoy!
You may have noticed this photo pop up a few days ago. It depicts the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson, Jr., late of Compton, California, on a visit to the London Scientology Ideal Org, flanked by that facility's "it" duo, Charlie Wakley and Sandrine Mootoo.
We couldn't think of a more appropriate image to capture the state of Scientology in 2019.
Wakley and Mootoo remind us that young people still fall under founder L. Ron Hubbard's sway, whether they grow up in the organization or not, and bring to it a naive enthusiasm that at one time was one of Scientology's best recruiting tools. Burning with energy, Wakley and Mootoo have tried to promote Scientology in London as a hip, exciting thing, and they search for unique ways to convince others that it's "the world's coolest religion." (Which is actually, believe it or not, a slogan Scientology leader David Miscavige trotted out briefly.)
In January, we reported that Joy Villa's political aspirations had fallen apart when her manager, Robbie Olson, walked away and told us that Joy's White House connections were drying up. Then earlier this month, we got some confirmation of that when Joy took down her "testing the waters" web pages for a Congressional run.
But even though Joy's "MAGA" fame has been compromised as Trump supporters discover her deep Scientology involvement, Villa is still trying her best to insinuate herself in Trump's White House.
Last Tuesday, she managed to get invited to sing the national anthem at a DC pro-life event that Trump himself attended. But behind the scenes, Joy's latest stunt didn't go over very well.
We learned that from Carla D'Addesi, a conservative Christian radio talk show host and political commentator who admits that she didn't know about Joy's Scientology involvement when she helped Joy get the gig last week.
2018-05-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Apparently taking a page from Oprah Winfrey, Dear Leader has commissioned his own magazine "David Miscavige."
The difference is, of course, that Oprah's magazine is actually about things other than Oprah.
This would appear to be more like something published by the PDRK PR team about Kim Jong-un than a magazine simply bearing someone's name like Forbes or Oprah. Or perhaps it is really more like a "Ron" mag, the hagiographic publication that purports to detail "Ron's life" but in fact merely presents pictures and articles that try to portray him as a "humanitarian", "yacht captain" or "photographer" while ignoring or erasing inconvenient details like his second wife Sarah who he married bigamously.
Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology's sneaky front groups like the 'Volunteer Ministers,' who always try to take advantage of human tragedy...
Twenty-two people were killed by a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night, prompting Scientology Volunteer Ministers to rush into action. Late last year SAVE (Scientology Aid Volunteers England) and Executive Director Neil Martland received the donation of a used Ford Transit van, which they have painted to resemble an emergency vehicle with "Mobile Support Unit" and "Something Can Be Done About It" on the sides and back.
On Tuesday members rushed to local Adsa and Tesco grocery stores to request donations of food and water to be brought to emergency workers at the bombing site. Officers didn't appear too receptive, however.
2017-05-28, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comment section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) Are you familiar with the connection between L. Ron Hubbard and Aleistar Crowley? To what degree did they know each other, communicate and possibly influence one another? My first anti-Scientology book was called Hubbard: Madman or Messiah? by Bent Corydon. I no longer have the book but I recall that Hubbard wanted to emulate Crowley, right down to iconic photograph portrait poses. Hubbard has called Crowley "my good friend." Was he just making that up or was he being truthful or figurative? Do you consider Hubbard a black magician in any sense of the phrase? Also, is the story true that Hubbard was working for an intelligence agency to infiltrate Crowley's operation?
(2) When did you learn that Charlie Manson was a big believer in Scientology? I doubt that the Church trumpets this connection. Chick Corea might be terminally unhip, but at least he doesn't have any facial tattoos. It looks like Charlie took the pieces he liked, added some Dale Carnegie and went out to build a cult. His biggest takeaway from Scientology: find people who are damaged, not broken. Do you think that, in the wrong hands, Dianetics and Scientology can be used as manuals for building a personalized destructive cult?
2017-05-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Bridge Publications is doing their best to encourage people to share their honest opinions about Dianetics on Amazon.
Of course, this is a stacked deck. They ONLY send this out to scientologists.
It appears they are doing a pretty good job. For Dianetics to have a 71% 5 star rating, it means that 71% of the reviews have been done by scientologists. Because regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the fundamental principles of Dianetics, there can be no doubt that it is NOT clearly written and is a tough read (assigning the difficulty in reading the book to "misunderstoods" is silly — it is objectively not easy to read) and it asserts a lot of things as "proven fact" for which there is no evidence.
This is weird and scary. On the morning that Scientology is unveiling a huge new Hollywood facility with a big unveiling, there's news that one of their main disciples has infiltrated mainstream movie making.
Tommy Davis is actress Anne Archer's son was Tom Cruise's best pal, and the celebrity wrangler for Scientology. He was thick as thieves with Scientology cult leader David Miscavige, and spoke for the group everywhere. Davis was glued to Cruise's side. He's featured in the award winning documentary "Going Clear." His long history with Cruise and Miscavige is detailed in Leah Remini's recent book. He was chief PR, spin doctor, and devoted to both men. (Davis was a big part of Cruise's fake girlfriend relationship with actress Nazanin Boniadi.)
2016-05-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
It's finally arrived... the day for the ribbon yanking of the greatest boondoggle in scientology history (and that is saying something).
After all the put-off dates and promotion with NO dates and emails from anyone and everyone, the crowds will gather, the video crews will be capturing every word and every angle, and scientology will launch itself into the 20th century with a white elephant for the ages.
Below is just a sampling of the frenzy of urgent messages to implore all scientologists everywhere to show up for this event. You have to wonder how many "celebrities" will be there, as this is all about impressing Hollywood and celebrities outside of being a fundraising tool. It's never really been much use asa fundraiser as the purchase was announced regardless of thermometers and statuses and kooky pirate parties. If the purchase and renovation had to wait for the money to be collected from public this would literally NEVER have been done. It cost a LOT more than Valley ideal org and that still isn't done 12 years into the project.
(Kelly Preston, John Travolta, and Tom Cruise at the 2013Super Power grand opening in Florida)
We hope to be hearing from several of our readers who will be on the scene today as Scientology has its latest grand opening, this time in Los Angeles for what is the most unusual and anticipated opening of a Scientology facility in nearly three years.
In 2013, church leader David Miscavige presided over the ceremony to open Scientology's "Flag Building," better known as "Super Power," an edifice that had been more than 20 years in the making, and which promised a new level of esoteric practices for wealthy Scientologists in a massive facility the size of a full city block in Clearwater, Florida. So important was that event, Tom Cruise and John Travolta were standing side by side in the front row of the crowd of about 2,500 people in the street outside the building.
Believe it or not Scientology has a new front group it's called"Art Class"
Jennifer Sandova went to sign up for an art class and ended up becoming a Scientologist!!! A big thank you to spike for letting me use one of her soundtracks for this video.
This video is very emotional for me because I was not able to shoot it because I ended up in the ER in New York because of exhaustion &
On Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Frank Pate, 47, of two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud after a five-day trial in Sherman, Texas. He is in custody and will be sentenced at a future date.
Previously, we told you about Pate, a former Scientologist who, according to some of his former clients, used their connections as former church members to convince them to invest with him.
Pate ran something he called the Infinity Companies, which he used to attract investors for foreign currency trading. But at trial, Pate was unable to show that he'd actually invested the money people gave him — instead, the FBI testified, he'd used the money for personal expenses.
A judge Thursday issued a tentative ruling allowing a psychiatrist picked by the defense to evaluate a former Church of Scientology member who is suing the institution, alleging she was coerced to have an abortion at age 17.
Laura Ann DeCrescenzo also claims that, as a child, she was forced work long hours for the church's elite Sea Org, which acts as an administrative unit.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu said the church's request to have DeCrescenzo interviewed is reasonable because she has made her mental condition an issue by claiming emotional fallout from her history with the church.
2015-05-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Here is one of the vaunted "Volunteer Ministers" that "you support with your donations to the IAS."
Except your donations to the IAS don't get SPENT on these Volunteer Minister activities unless there is a video opportunity involved, in which case they pay to fly the video team there and perhaps a VM or two who can put yellow shirts on other people.
GoFundMe is turning out to be a interesting source of real world (as opposed to bubble reality) information about what the IAS is actually doing. He is asking for 50Gs to do VM activities. Drop in the bucket for the IAS.
2014-05-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The last posting (David Miscavige's Office At Gold) about Building 50 was one of the more popular in recent times.
There were 3 other photos on that website not included in that post. They are good material for a follow up, along with some other photos sent in by our Special Correspondents.
First, the three from the website:
On August 30, 2012, Charis Yates and Dean Pugh were looking for a drug rehab facility for their daughter Beret. They were told the usual story by representatives of "Fresh Start" - what some Narconon facilities are calling themselves now. They were told about Fresh Start's 76-percent success rate, that their daughter would receive "extensive substance abuse treatment," and that a sauna program would flush drug toxins from her body, reducing or eliminating her drug cravings.
And, like so many others, the couple was told that their daughter would be under the supervision of medical professionals.
They paid $33,000 for Beret's treatment.
Ronald Weil Two weeks ago, the Church of Scientology pulled a classic maneuver from its bag of litigation tricks. Using the declaration of ex-church member Brian Culkin — who had signed the document reportedly in order to obtain a large refund — Scientology attempted to get the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia disqualified in their federal fraud lawsuit against the church.
Tonight, the Garcias answered back with a coldly logical and narrowly focused briefing, which we've posted below.
As our legal analyst Scott Pilutik explained to us earlier, the church's best argument for disqualifying Ted Babbitt and Ronald P. Weil — the principal attorneys representing the Garcias — was to point out that another attorney, Robert Johnson, has been helping out the Garcia team even though he used to do work for the Church of Scientology itself. This was an ethical breach, the church argued, and should get Babbitt and Weil bounced from the case.
Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology's International Base in 2005. She spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.
For the past two weeks, Claire Headley has been helping us explore one of the most important steps that a Scientologist encounters early in his or her career: the PTS/SP course. Last week, we talked about the policy of "disconnection," which has a tendency to rip apart families. This week, we've asked her to focus on another aspect of the course before moving on — we wanted her to talk to us about L. Ron Hubbard's "Tone Scale."
As early as his 1950 book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, Hubbard was comparing life to a trip up and down a sort of keyboard of emotions. Later, that notion took firm hold in what he called his Tone Scale — a numerical value for determining a person's emotional state.
Re: Scientology to acquire land | story, May 21
Downtown will see benefits
Regarding the acquisition of county (government) buildings, the Church of Scientology has desired to obtain these properties for several years. Clearwater officials have long since been informed of the church's intentions, from as long as 10 years ago.
2009-05-28, Colin Rigley, New Times San Luis Obispo
Only a privileged few knew where he was for roughly six years. He was a man about town, according to church representatives, but in SLO County where he died, on Jan. 24, 1986, he resided largely unnoticed.
L. Ron Hubbard's body was found in a motor home with the air conditioner running, tucked behind animal stables on a small ranch outside Creston. His family wasn't there. His wife was in prison and his estranged son believed he was either dead or insane. In his final moments, the man who created a religion with a massive following was accompanied only by his doctor and lawyer.
After two of the four original plaintiffs agreed to settle out of court, the case now centers on charges by two women who say they were preyed upon by the organization. On Tuesday, Aude-Claire Malton, a hotel employee who makes $1,620 a month, told the court that once she'd agreed to accept the treatment the Scientology "auditors" had prescribed to remedy her spiritual imperfections, she found herself facing a $27,000 bill within two months. The second plaintiff claims she was forced by her Scientologist boss to undergo spiritual auditing in 1998 and was fired when she refused to accept similarly expensive treatment.
El Reg writes "Showing a new-found resolve to crack down on self-serving edits, Wikipedia has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology. According to Wikipedia administrators, this marks the first time such a high-profile organization has been banished for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the 'free encyclopedia anyone can edit.'"
This is all fine and good but sooner or later the Scientologists will learn out that all they need to do is send over Leah Remini or Jenna Elfman to give Jimmy Wales a blowjob and all of this will go away. Surely they'd take one for the Xenu team.
Or they could just go to the Apple Store and use their computers. That's what we do whenever we've got shady shit to conduct on the internet anyway.
2008-05-28, Candice M. Giove, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
When Rev. John Carmichael, president of the Church of Scientology of New York, came face-to-face with a small contingent of Anonymous protestors this past Monday, he didn't engage them in a spiritual debate. Instead, he leaned into one member on a Times Square street and said, "Let me tell you this: I smell pussy." Then, looking squarely at the Anon added, "You in particular."
There's nothing like a real Hollywood flop. Not an average bad movie doing averagely badly, but a complete wreck of a film that makes you wonder what the hell anyone was thinking of when they decided to make it and how the hell anyone had the guts to release it.
His foray into literary agenting came after World War II. Fed up with military discipline after serving in the Army, Ackerman was determined "never again to have a boss." He made $1,075 in commissions his first year, though overhead cost him only $50 less than that. But he soon found his footing and started earning a modest living selling foreign rights to the stories of Bradbury and Asimov. Another client was L. Ron Hubbard, who went on to found the Church of Scientology.
Years later, after the two had parted ways, Hubbard returned. "He was a multimillionaire from Scientology, but he began to regret that he was being forgotten as a science fiction author, and he wanted the world also to remember him as that," says Ackerman. "So he came back to me with an offer that nobody could refuse: He said, 'Keep half of anything that you can sell.' So naturally I was quite keen about making sales for him all over the world."
Eventually, however, Ackerman found himself "aced out" by an "octopus outfit" called Author Services. "To his dying day he never dismissed me as an agent, but out of the blue, this powerful outfit came along and kind of squeezed me," Ackerman says. He's vague on the details, claiming to be in the dark about the agency, which continues to handle Hubbard's literary estate on an exclusive basis.
The center may remain open until the state's high court decides the center's appeal of a lower court order closing it.
Lawyers for the state Health Department have until June 4 to file a response to Narconon's appeal, the order said.
State health officials want Narconon Chilocco closed because it never has been licensed, and its license request was rejected.
Jane Kender, 55, was deputy guardian of the Church of Scientology in Sussex, England, in 1968 when the British government put a ban on Scientologists coming into the country, she told court yesterday.
When the government ban was imposed, "reporters phoned from around the world, TV crews were popping out from behind bushes, we had anonymous death threats, bullet holes in the windows, children were harassed because their parents were Scientologists - it was unbelievable," Kender testified.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court handed down an order Wednesday allowing a drug and alcohol treatment center to stay open while state officials submit more information about why it should be closed.
The order postpones a permanent injuction from taking effect that would close Narconon Chilocco New Life Center.
Sounds of an Indian powwow will be heard for the first time in a decade on the grounds of the old Chilocco Indian School north of Newkirk in Kay County. The first annual Narconon-Chilocco Powwow is scheduled for this weekend to celebrate the reopening of the Chilocco campus, organizers say. The event is being sponsored by Narconon Chilocco New Life Center, a substance abuse center that plans to open on part of the old school campus in late June. The center will use techniques developed by the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Admission is free. Many Indian arts and crafts will be on display and for sale.