(Partying on L. Ron Hubbard Way)
Starting tomorrow, L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles will be transformed into the Caribbean Sea as the always naval-minded Church of Scientology celebrates one of holy dates on its space-age calendar.
Over the next four weeks, Scientologists around the world are being called down to their local orgs for a series of videos that were shot recently on the church's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, which spends its time in Caribbean waters (but as we reported earlier, has fewer places to drop anchor).
2016-06-23, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
I wanted to talk very briefly about language and how it can be used harmfully by destructive cults and people who do not have your best interests at heart.
Language is not just a tool to communicate ideas but is a way of creating and controlling the way people think about things. It is perhaps one of the most powerful tools Mankind ever created. How it is used can determine the fate of nations and can alter the very nature of reality. Let's talk about a few ways this works.
We all know the people, especially some authors, who use big words to impress or intimidate rather than communicate. Sure, there are lots of times when big words are exactly the right ones to use to communicate specific concepts, but there are also times when the speaker is just showing off or trying to make his audience fell less intelligent. And most of the time it works. Often, people will automatically grant authority to someone who is throwing words at them they don't understand, assuming that this authority figure is the one who knows what he or she is talking about and that they are the ones who are ignorant. But you know what? That's not always the case.
While Rod Keller was doing his usual rounds looking for Scientology's footprint in social media this week, he ran across a flier that made him do a double take. And we're glad he did, because he sent over this entertaining look at a slice of Scientology history we thought you'd want to see.
Last night the TampaIdeal Org hosted veteran Sea Org member Wick Allcock for an evening of stories about his experiences with L. Ron Hubbard. As the flier indicates, Allcock has a long history with Scientology and witnessed many of its key moments. And as you'll see, he's perhaps uniquely qualified to talk to Scientologists about where his career in the church has brought him.
Born Warwick Gregory Allcock in New Zealand in 1956, "Wick" and his brothers Richard (known as "Wak") and John served aboard the yacht Apollo, L. Ron Hubbard's flagship that he used to run Scientology from sea during the years 1967 to 1975. The Allcock brothers served in the engine room. All three were well liked by the crew.
(Jim Dincalci says he took this photo of L. Ron Hubbard in Queens in 1973 — or did he?)
We thought we'd toss off a bonus post this evening to let you know about something happening late tonight. Alabama resident and former Church of Scientology member Randy McDonald, who was once the editor of Scientology's Celebrity magazine and a Sea Org worker from 1971 to 1983, will be appearing on the "Coast to Coast" radio program from 1 am to 3 am, Eastern time.
We plan to be sleeping soundly by that time, but we thought we'd alert our west coast readers that they might tune in and catch what should be a fun treat.
2016-06-23, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Or not. I guess I am the wrong public. There is no way this would interest me in joining staff in Birmingham... It has the opposite effect. If this represents the homo novis world of scientology then it's a sorry future indeed.
Valley STILL not done
At their annual national meeting in Atlanta last month, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) unveiled a new drug education tool to help a million volunteers and 2.5 million Scouts nationwide to learn the truth about drugs.
BSA executives officially recognized the Foundation for a Drug-Free World's "Truth About Drugs" educational program for use by Scout leaders and troop volunteers to help their Scouts reach their Second Class rank.
This morning, Paulette Cooper and your proprietor will be on the hot seat at the Scientology conference in Toronto. Jon Atack has asked us to speak about Paulette's legendary harassment by the Church of Scientology as a way to discuss the Guardian's Office and the Office of Special Affairs — the spy wings of the only church that we know of that has a spy wing.
In advance of our talk, Atack sent us out a questionnaire. We did our best to provide some cogent answers. So here we go...
JON: You've grilled (broiled?) me many times over the last two years, so it must be my turn, by now. I was near the end of my first stint, back in 1995, when you first appeared on the scene, and I really did avoid anything to do with Scientology for 17 years thereafter, so I don't really know how you got here. First please fill in your back story – where were you born and what you studied at college.
Having trotted out just about every conspiracy theory in the book against the tightening of vaccination laws in California, the opponents of Senate Bill 277 have come up with a new and truly cynical angle – race.
Echoing vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and using forums owned by the Church of Scientology, among other platforms, the head of the Nation of Islam and the group's Los Angeles leader have spent the last several weeks denouncing the measure, which would eliminate the state's overly broad "personal belief" exemption to school vaccination.
Last week, the Rev. Louis Farrakhan urged black families in Los Angeles to keep their kids home from school if state lawmakers pass SB 277, citing discredited claims that vaccines are linked to autism, particularly among black male children.
Mary-Jo Alburger, former wife to convicted Ponzi schemer Reed Slatkin, confirmed to us this afternoon that her former husband died Saturday at about 3 pm of a massive heart attack. He was 66.
"He was alone and he made it to the hospital. He seemed to know he was having a heart attack and he collapsed and fell dead," Alburger told us in a telephone call today.
In 2003, Slatkin pled guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. At the time, he was accused of operating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history until it was eclipsed by the fraud perpetrated by Bernie Madoff. Slatkin had raised some $593 million in assets from investors before he was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission in May 2001 and was then raided by the FBI.
2015-06-23, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Cheap Sunglasses — Rose Tinted
Hardly a surprise to learn that the IAS might not be completely accurate and honest in their "fundraping" efforts.
Here is their promotional item to extract funds from the suckers.
Grand opening of the Las VegasIdeal Org in 2010
I'm in Las Vegas for a convention, so after the event closed for the day I met up with a friend and he said that the new Scientology Ideal Org was a short trip through the slummier part of Las Vegas. Maybe I could go over there and get a photo?
So we roll up to this place that is far out in the middle of nowhere and on a weekday night (which, in the 1980s, was routinely the busiest time of the day for an org). I spotted about 25 cars parked in a lot that had room for more than a hundred.
2014-06-23, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
CC Int has made 15 Clears in 7 months.
A clear every two weeks! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop the presses for this "unprecedented expansion." CC Int is single-handedly "Clearing LA". At 50 per year, they are "progressing" at about the same rate as lightning strikes are killing off the population.
And if there was a need for any further confirmation of the GAG II Circular Bridge, they have 76 OTs signed up for the SRD and 46 people on Purif. This is the majority of their public.
The first and earliest site on the Web which was most ex-Religious Technology Center and ex Sea org vets that exposed the internal conduct and behavior of the Scientology Cult hierarchy (Gold Base/Int base) was the site created by Steve Hall.
Steve spent 22 years in the Sea Org (mostly at INT Base) and he shares his thoughts and stories in his first interview.
2013-06-23, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This article was written for those who are new to Scientology by one of our Special Correspondents. I think it may be useful to some, and certainly a get a LOT of emails from people who have come across the subject and are curious, so I will from now on be able to direct them to this post.
If you are interested in Scientology this article is important reading. If you are considering taking a course, this article is absolutely vital to your future happiness.
Scientology- The Good
We've learned that, if you're in Orange County, California next weekend, there's a way to get some exercise, pelt yourself with fun colors, and raise money for Scientology causes all at the same time!
We want to thank the tipster who sent us information about the 5K race that's been organized by a powerful OT VIII Scientologist by the name of Myles Binford.
Before we tell you more about him, check out the nifty video that was made for his upcoming 5K, which he calls The Charity Bomb!
2013-06-23, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A quick update — we don't have official wedding photos yet. This shot was taken by Karen DelaCarriere. Many friends were in attendance, quite a number of whom are still here. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time, and its still ongoing.
2012-06-23, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Several people who frequent this blog have asked about Diana Hubbard Horwich's (L. Ron Hubbard's daughter) attitude toward Scientology Inc. supreme leader David Miscavige. The following excepts from a written debrief of the 2003Maiden Voyage events on the Freewinds gives a real time account that I find to be very accurate in terms of what I observed Diana's attitude toward Miscavige to be continuously between 1982 and 2004 as I witnessed the two interact. This report is dated 24 June 2003 and was written by another person many have asked about here, Karen Hollander.
Maiden Voyage 2003 Events Crew Debrief by Karen Hollander:
Another thing came up during that afternoon. Diana had been working with ED CC Paris who then wrote an acceptance speech for the St. Hill size award. Diana and Gail reviewed it and thought it was good but too long (about 4 minutes). In it, the ED had acknowledged and thanked COB and RTC for removing arbitraries and for the direction Alain received, stating this was why they were finally able to achieve St. Hill size. Gail had been working on reducing the length of the acceptance speech and making some edits. She asked Diana if it was OK to have this part in his acceptance speech, and Diana was adamant it should be deleted as she felt "it would create a hidden data line". COB Asst investigated and questioned Diana on this and Diana admitted she took this out. Diana had it thoroughly justified. After that Diana remained on C deck and off of the Management night and production of any other events. This whole incident created further enturbulation during the event evolution.
Kate Bornstein is an outspoken transsexual activist and author of "Gender Outlaw." In her new memoir, "Queer and Pleasant Danger," Kate opens up about her time as a high-ranking Scientologist the 1970's, as a member of the elite Sea Organization and first mate on L. Ron Hubbard's private yacht. Kate spoke to Brent about why Scientology appealed to her, her ex-communication, and her experiences at sea with Hubbard.
2012-06-23, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
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Excerpt from Chapter Seven - Confessional:
In this wise, a new moral code is imposed upon individuals, covertly and against their own determinisms. It is exacerbated by repeated questioning about the individual's failure to report on other Scientologists. After a while, a corporate Scientologist modifies her behavior accordingly, in order to avoid more security checks. She not only edits her own behavior and thoughts, she attempts to do the same with Scientologist friends and family members, so that she does not get into trouble for overlooking such transgressions of others. Thus, a process that was originally intended to free a person from the self-imposed mental prison she has created by her own inability to live up to what she considers right and ethical conduct becomes reversed. The preclear is instead forced to agree to a new mental prison, imposed by the organization based on what it decrees to be right or wrong. In short, the process replaces a person's native judgment with a new judgment of its own. In practice, it is a dark and painful operation, making a person less self-determined and more other-determined.
2011-06-23, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
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2011-06-23, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
In the document, dated January 22, 2010, an OSA executive writes that some new facilities are opening up in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and she wants to make sure that certain people in the Western U.S. don't show up to the festivities.
What then follows is a long list of Scientologists who are apparently out of favor, as well as another long list of ex-Scientologists, journalists, and church critics.
In other words, it's a handy Scientology Enemies List!
2010-06-23, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
On my last trip to LA, I had lunch with an old high school buddy. He told me, with some surprise, that he had been recently contacted by the Church of Scientology.
Some background: my friend took a few courses and did some auditing back in 1968-69. We got into Scientology at the same time. After about a year, he decided it wasn't for him and left. It took him several years to get off the mailing lists. But after he changed addresses several times and threatened legal, they stopped sending him stuff.
Now, suddenly, 40 years later, they're baaaaaack.
The leader of the Church of Scientology in the central Kazakh city of Qaraghandy has said he will appeal a decision to close their church, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
The Qaraghandy Appeals Court on June 12 upheld a lower-court decision to close the church.
Church leader Vadim Vitushkin told RFE/RL that if the decision to close his church stands, then other churches could face closure in the future. He said the closure of his church violates Kazakh law and the rights of the 5,000 followers of the Church of Scientology in Qaraghandy.
Those who join the Sea Org dedicate their lives to Scientology and sign a 1-billion-year contract, to symbolize their commitment to serve in this life and the next ones. Many of those who leave undergo a "security check" to see if they have ill intentions for the church, and many are cut off from contact with family still in Scientology.
Either several former ranking, long-term members of the Church of Scientology have all simultaneously decided to lie to the St. Petersburg Times, in a thorough, orchestrated and masterful conspiracy …
Or else they are not lying, and they confirm that the church is led by a man, David Miscavige, with serious issues of power and paranoia, even given to not-infrequent physical attacks, all of which permeate the culture of the church's upper echelons.
The tactics to keep executives in line "are wrong from a Scientology viewpoint," said Rinder, who walked away two years ago. "They are not standard practice of Scientology. They are just not humanitarian. And they are just outright evil."
Church spokesmen confirm that managers are ordered into pools and assembled for group confessions. It's part of the "ecclesiastical justice" system the church imposes on poor performers.
When Armstrong met up with the Apollo, it was sailing aimlessly around the Atlantic Ocean and West Indies. Crowded onboard were four hundred Scientologists, along with Hubbard, his wife and young female messengers. Hubbard was a bearish, redheaded and seemingly paternalistic man. "He was bigger than I thought, a very big man," remembers Armstrong. "Very bulky with huge forearms and deep voice … He surrounded himself with young girls, they were the messengers. Wherever he went he had this group of young girls with him, to carry his ashtray for him. He chain-smoked non-filtered Kools, never stopped. He tried to dress in a very flamboyant manner -- cravats, capes, boots, and on board he generally had on his nautical officer's cap."
Scientology is trying to transform its image from that of a shadowy cult
A copy of the latest Cosreci accounts filed at Companies House shows an annual income of £10 million and nonproperty assets of £10.8 million including £6.7 million cash. The main Hubbard-influenced charity is Narconon, which claims to provide therapy and education against drug abuse. It has an annual income of £520,000. The Greenfields School, which promotes Hubbard's teachings for pupils aged 1 to 19, has £2.4 million assets and an annual turnover of £1 million.
BOSTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Tom Cruise got annoyed when a Boston journalist asked him about Scientology, but cooled off when Steven Spielberg said the reporter was with "a good paper."
The Boston Phoenix said its reporter, Gary Sussman, asked Cruise at a press conference promoting the new movie "War of the Worlds" to talk about his religion in the context of the movie's theme -- an alien invasion of Earth from outer space. The paper said Cruise "snapped" in response to the question.
"What paper are you from?" said Cruise.
2004-06-23, Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle
But after stories in The Chronicle raised questions about the science behind the teachings and the presence of religious concepts in classroom lectures, school district officials ordered the program to revise part of its curriculum by this Thursday or be kicked out of the district.
Specifically, the district has disputed three Narconon claims: that all drugs are poisons, that drugs are stored in fat for years and may cause cravings for more drugs, and that alcohol is "made of dead rotted food." In addition, The Chronicle stories cited several doctors who disputed the Narconon claims that drugs wreak havoc until they are sweated out.
2004-06-23, Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle
School district officials in Los Angeles have ordered a review of an anti-drug program whose teachings are linked with the Church of Scientology and are warning teachers that its instruction "is not based on science."
LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Los Angeles school officials are warning teachers an anti-drug program whose teachings are linked with the Church of Scientology is not based on science.
Known as Narconon, it reaches thousands of students in at least 20 California districts, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
Los Angeles is the second district in the state to issue warnings about the program.
Some of the lawmakers later said they were duped when questioned about their presence at the event held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on March 23.
The Washington Post reported that Moon received a crown that was placed on his head. The crown was carried on a pillow by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., who wore white gloves, the newspaper said. [Details of the reception were first reported by Salon.com.]
She first dramatized her importance by appearing on the TV show Inside Edition. Yet when medical professionals hired by Scientology expressed opposing views, Wood changed significant details on the autopsy, which forced prosecutors to drop the charges. A state attorney memo said Wood was unable "to coherently explain her decision even under benign questioning."
The French parliament yesterday adopted Europe's toughest anti-sect legislation yet, creating a controversial new crime of "mental manipulation" punishable by a maximum fine of £50,000 and five years imprisonment.
The move was applauded by Alain Vivien, head of a government committee that has identified 173 dangerous quasi-religious groups in France, but was denounced by both the Church of Scientology and the Unification Church as fascist, anti-democratic and in breach of basic human rights laws.
The head of the Chilocco Development Authority - which owns the Indian land on which a controversial drug and alcohol treatment center is located here - is concerned the facility is being operated by Narconon without state certification.
"We want them to abide by state rules and regulations," said CDA chairman Robert Chapman, who is chief of the Pawnee tribe. "I expect that to be state-certified, like the plans in the beginning." He emphasized that the tribes have no interest in asserting Indian sovereignty to be exempt from state law.