Our tipster Communicator I/C keeps trying to convince us that the Nation of Islam/Scientology mashup is more substantial than we've given it credit for. And we have to hand it to him this time for digging up a new piece of evidence that bolsters his point of view.
For years, we've been writing about Louis Farrakhan's bizarre revelation that L. Ron Hubbard, the whitest person who ever lived, had some ideas that Farrakhan wanted his Black Nationalist followers to check out. According to NOI's official publication the Final Call, on May 8, 2010 Farrakhan called for all NOI members to get Dianetics training to become auditors. Previously, we reported that Leah Remini actually played a significant role in helping the two groups come together with the use of her donations.
But that was "Book One" auditing, without the use of E-Meters, and we wondered if NOI members would actually move on to the more expensive courses that make up Scientology itself.
2018-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
It's Maiden Voyage season again — "A celebration so spectacular it will take your breath away" — and the hype-o-meter is peaking.
Actually, it's that time of year David Miscavige makes a scuba diving trip to the Caribbean and "the elite" (used to be OT VIII's only, but there are no longer enough of them with enough money to fill the ship) are told to attend to listen to 4 events "up close and personal."
Each year it is the same pattern.
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2017-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Well, even ignoring the typical spelling error in the headline, this is sick.
There is an "extremely bright side" to this tragedy? And that is this:
We have yet another opportunity to collect money from you for you to buy more copies of WTH. Of course, everyone knows the WTH will stop terrorism — especially when you give it to the VICTIMS of terrorism.
Rod Keller continues to watch a strange situation with Scientology in Mexico City for us.
Scientology is still renovating the planned advanced org known as AOSH LATAM at the former Palmas Plaza mall in the Mexico City area. This despite "seals," which are banners tied to the gates announcing to all that work on the site is prohibited. There are no valid permits to renovate the structure. Scientology's solution is to work in secret, with only a few workers rather than over 100 as was the case before the site was shut down. In Mexican slang this is known as "trabajo hormiga," or "ant work," in which the work is done little at a time to avoid detection.
[Enrique Vargas del Villar]
2016-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Another in the continuing series of observations by our friend Terra Cognita - still not declared. And in my view, this may be his best yet. This is perhaps the single biggest glaring irrationality in scientology.
TC's previous posts: Am I Still A Thetan?, To Be Or Not To Be, An Evaluation of Scientology, Fear: That Which Drives Scientology and Justification and Rationalization.
Communication in Scientology…Or Not
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Ron Hubbard surely understood the importance of words: While Shakespeare added over a thousand new definitions to the English language, Hubbard left two 500-page dictionaries. However, where Shakespeare's language is insightful, poetic, and beautiful, Hubbard's is more usually obfuscating, awkward, and ugly.
Hubbard said that conceptual understanding can only come once you understand the words, but by focusing solely on the words, he distracted us from any detailed examination of those concepts. Believers are denied the chance to talk about those concepts, which Hubbard forbade as "verbal technology." So, the words are "cleared" but the concepts remain unexplored. We could not see the concepts for the words, or the wood for the trees.
In a letter written in November 1960 to Hendrik Verwoerd, a former president considered the architect of apartheid, Hubbard praises the devastating practice of forced resettlement of non-white South Africans.
"Having viewed slum clearance projects in most major cities of the world may I state that you have conceived and created in the Johannesburg townships what is probably the most impressive and adequate resettlement activity in existence," says the letter, which was brought up during South Africa's 1972 Commission of Inquiry into Scientology.
While in South Africa, Hubbard developed Scientology's toughest test: a confessional-style list of probing questions, asked of followers while they hold the tin can electrodes of a lie detector-type device known as an "e-meter."
Bringing awareness to Child Slavery in Scientology. Children are known to be as young as 6 years old to be sent here. Worked as slaves. I was 12, and I am speaking out. Also I forgot to mention, most Scientologist's don't believe in proper schooling, they only believe in going to the Sea Org to work and do auditing for the rest of their entire lives.
We're privileged again to have another contribution from Jeffrey Augustine, who continues his deep dive into the underlying legal structures of the Church of Scientology. Today he looks at the fundraising arm of the movement, the IAS, that takes in so much money for the use of David Miscavige. How, exactly, does the IAS work?
Nothing is ever as it seems in the Church of Scientology. In this installment, we go deeper in deconstructing the Church's labyrinthine legal system. As previously discussed, the "Church of Scientology" is simply a term of convenience used to refer to all of the legally separate churches in the Scientology franchise system.
As a term of convenience, the "Church of Scientology" can have no members. As we also covered, David Miscavige and his lawyers secretly told the IRS, "there is no such organization as the Sea Organization." The term "Sea Org" is merely a phrase referring to Church staff members who have signed a pledge to serve Scientology for one billion years.
2015-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I guess they don't have enough suckers in the UK to go build a building for free. So they are asking Europeans to do it...
Surely a couple of billion dollars is enough to hire some contractors to pour the foundations for an "ideal St Hill"?
2014-06-18, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Some simple facts would appear to be:
Objects arise in consciousness. 'Objects' is used in the broadest sense to include thoughts, feelings, emotions, pictures, impulses, anxieties, fears, ideas, and all of physical matter reality.
When simply viewed for what they are, objects that arise in consciousness pass through and depart from consciousness just as inexorably and as surely as they arise.
Lots to catch up on today in the legal arena, with Scientology making several counterpunches in lawsuits around the country.
The Luis and Rocio Garcia federal fraud lawsuit regarding fundraising for Scientology's "Super Power Building." When we last checked in, the Garcias had won an important victory, surviving a challenge to the lawsuit over its "diversity jurisdiction" and the fact that this California couple had filed its lawsuit in a Tampa federal court. In order to get past a problem of jurisdiction, the Garcias dropped three defendants and were allowed to file an amended complaint.
Now, Scientology has answered that amended complaint with a new motion to dismiss the lawsuit, again over the question of diversity jurisdiction. The church is saying that the Garcias cut some corners in order to avoid the jurisdiction problem, and Judge James D. Whittemore should not have allowed it. The filing indicates that Scientology plans to appeal Whittemore's ruling on the jurisdiction question. Well, of course they are.
Gary "Jackson" Morehead is the former Security Chief of the Church of Scientology's secretive headquarters called Int Base (International Base). In Part 2, Jackson describes Life in a Cult ~~ Int Base. How Jackson almost killed a Private investigator by accident. How a trailer load of secret documents, the history of Church management, cabinet after cabinet left the base for Long Beach and how David Miscavige handled it.
Jackson got warmed up and on fire in this episode !
2014-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Quinn the Eskimo is baffling them with bullshit out there in the Valley.
If you actually read what he says it is complete mumbo-jumbo "you have to be an Ideal Org to become one" Huh?
He is really one mixed up dude.
2013-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Sure seems strange to me that someone so actively promotes that they circulate rumors as far and wide as possible!
And seems like they have to correct their "rumors" after each round....
Here is the latest:
2013-06-18, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
If you have not yet watched this program, go to his blog and watch it.
Though somewhat outdated, it is a pretty objective view of the "Independent Scientology world" a year or so ago.
Marty and Tony Ortega were both very good. Thoughtful, intelligent and well-informed.
2013-06-18, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
A Roast Beef Productions presentation aired on channel 4 in the United Kingdom tonight. Don't know how long it will be up on You Tube (courtesy apparently of WWP) so you may want to watch it soon if you are interested.
Before Scientologists at War aired last night on Channel 4, the documentary's director, Joe Martin, told us he was looking forward to our review of the film. But we told him that since we had helped with the making of the movie and appeared in it, "reviewing" it would be bad form.
Instead, we're fortunate that so many of our readers contributed their opinions about the documentary. Those comments tell us that Martin and his producers — Danielle Clark and Michael Simkin — put together a film that is creating an interesting debate about independent Scientology, Marty Rathbun's role in it, and the future of the church.
We wanted to add just a few factual asides about the film and the response it's getting.
Politicos beware: if you're ever caught glad-handing the Church of Scientology, one of its former members will pay you a visit at a public meeting and give you the verbal version of "Scientology for Dummies."
Paulien Lombard, the former Scientologist who used to spy for church, is continuing her relentless campaign to spread the word about the abuses she says members of the organization suffer at the hands of their leaders. Her latest tour stop was at a Garden Grove City Council meeting.
2011-06-18, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Irrespective of how much we try to educate the public that the entire Scientology Network has taken the cue from the top to routinely falsify statistics, the morons continue unabated creating houses of lies. And, ultimately being basically good they leave smoking guns lying around in the hopes we might put their ethics in. Here we've caught Miscavige's very close and dear pet project Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). So far he's sent two Texas CCHR punks and the two heads of CCHR INT (Eastgate and the other blonde spokeswoman) to attempt to kidnap escaped SO members and disrupt Scientology services. No wonder they MUST falsify their statistics - they certainly aren't producing any and Dave needs his rolling thunder material. Here's the most recent evidence - a widely distributed email instructing Cult of Miscavige members on how to become criminal:
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 17:12:55 -0400
THE Church of Scientology, famous for celebrity followers such as Tom Cruise, is on a membership drive in Perth.
The church has been distributing a 200-question "personality test" in letterboxes.
Householders are being asked to include their name, address, email, phone numbers, occupation, age and sex on the form.
2010-06-18, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
I don't often quote from the Bible. In fact, this is a first. And possibly a last. Nonetheless, a friend sent me a quote I thought was particularly applicable, from Luke 12:2-3:
"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What you have whispered to someone behind closed doors will be shouted from the rooftops."
Of course, Jesus had nothing good to say about the Pharisees, whom he considered to be self-righteous rule-followers. The word "pharisee" has thus come into common usage to describe a hypocritical and arrogant person who places the letter of the law above its spirit. And leaven, or yeast, is used metaphorically as an element that produces an altering or transforming influence. Something that might "puff someone up."
Iranian democracy activists, meet your new pals: a masked protest movement best known for needling the Church of Scientology, and a group of file-sharers so infamous they're facing a year in jail.
Anonymous Iran is a collaboration between The Pirate Bay -- operators of the world's largest torrent site, convicted in April of copyright infringement -- and Anonymous, the prankster collective dedicated to exposing "Scientology's crimes."
Cruise, working with many of the doctors involved in the project, and along with firefigher Joe Higgins, opened a facility in New York that utilizes one of the only treatments that has had a positive effect on these victims that is helping to restore them to their former lifestyle. It is a treatment devised by L. Ron Hubbard and described in the book Clean Body, Clear Mind.
1988-06-18, Richard Haworth, Letter, St. Petersburg Times
You regularly comment on downtown improvements, but somehow a restoration of the entire front of Fort Harrison missed your notice.
Maybe this "concern" about whether our church might have bought the Skycrest property is just yours.