2017-06-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Last week I posed a question — why doesn't scientology use some of its billions to incentivize becoming an auditor in pursuit of clearing the planet .
One of our eagle-eyed readers was prompted to pose the question — how about making the books and lectures cheaper and more accessible? Hubbard tells his followers that for every 35 books in the hands of the public it will make one scientologist.
In today's world — ALL his books and all the lectures could be put on digital media for a few dollars.
Well, there goes Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore again, telling off Scientology and leaving no doubt where he stands. If you recall, the last time we visited the Luis and Rocio Garcia fraud lawsuit against the church, Scientology had asked Whittemore to clarify his latest court order. Judge Whittemore, clarify? Did he stutter?
The quick recap: The Garcias, a California couple, filed their fraud lawsuit against the church in 2013, but two years later Whittemore decided that the Garcias were bound to follow contracts they had signed as church members which required them to take their grievances to Scientology's internal arbitration scheme (a scheme which, former top church officials testified, didn't actually exist; they claimed that the contracts were shams intended to keep Scientologists from getting refunds).
After Whittemore stayed the lawsuit and ordered the Garcias to submit to the church's arbitration scheme, the two sides clashed over how to find arbitrators, which the church insisted had to be members in good standing. After two years of bickering, Whittemore was fed up and asked Scientology's attorneys to submit an application so he could legally step in. He proposed choosing all three arbitrators from a list of members he compelled the church to turn over, but Scientology then submitted a whiny motion asking the judge to "clarify" how he was going to cold-call Scientologists and convince them to serve on an arbitration panel without setting off a disaster in the paranoid church. The Garcias asked the judge to ignore Scientology's complaints and get on with things.
Bryan Seely contacted us recently saying that he'd found some really interesting things about the way Google Maps was being manipulated to benefit Scientology's drug rehab program, Narconon. Bryan is a fascinating character. He's a "white hat" hacker, who uses his hacking abilities to help corporations understand where they're vulnerable. And his work on Google Maps is well known — he showed how gaming Google Maps could be used to intercept calls intended for the FBI. Wow.
Anyway, he told us that he'd happened on what looked like a major scam — shady websites were being used to send the unsuspecting to Narconon when they were looking for drug rehabs.
We told him that at least part of that story has been around a long time. Four years ago, for example, we revealed that Lucas Catton, a former president of Scientology's flagship drug rehab in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead, had decided to come forward to expose Narconon's deceptive business practices. And those practices included fake referral websites preying on unsuspecting parents desperate to find a rehab for their son or daughter, often on the orders of a criminal court.
2016-06-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a report about the "ideal org" in David Miscavige's hometown of Philadelphia. A Special Correspondent took some photos of the "new" building and also visited the existing org. He reports a sad scene.
These shots are of the "ideal org." It was bought a decade or so ago and sits empty and graffiti covered.
What a complete waste. What an utter failure this program is — for everything except Miscavige's "PR." There are buildings like this in Detroit, Chicago, New Haven, Kansas City, St Louis, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Bulawayo, Cape Town, Birmingham, Sunderland, Plymouth, Montreal and I am sure in other cities that I cannot be bothered to look up. They were announced with great fanfare and CGI "fly through" videos years ago. And nothing happens. Harlem has been featured in about 4 events now — and it is still not done and open.
In this podcast Mark Fisher -- David Miscavige's former assistant for many years at the Corporate Liaison Office and later RTC -- discusses how L. Ron Hubbard never appointed David Miscavige as his Successor. Instead, Author Services Inc. was the privately-owned for-profit company David Miscavige used to stage a palace coup to take over RTC after the death of L. Ron Hubbard.
Now this is going to be fun. We arrived in Clearwater yesterday and reunited with some great people and met plenty of new folks. And it's all been in advance of perhaps the most anticipated stop on our book tour so far.
In 1975, tired of running Scientology from the sea, L. Ron Hubbard ordered the takeover of downtown Clearwater, Florida in a secret operation he called Project Normandy. Under the name "United Churches of Florida," Scientology got possession of the Fort Harrison Hotel and other properties before Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares knew that his town was under invasion.
It's forty years later, and Clearwater is still coming to grips with its creepy downtown that's all but dead except for the young Sea Org members walking around or being bussed from one Scientology building to another.
2015-06-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Special seating reserved in any church of scientology for the most important people in scientology today. Those who give the most money to the IAS.
Not to auditors, who according to L. Ron Hubbard are "the most valuable beings on earth," not to the Volunteer Ministers who supposedly are working 24/7 to help the unfortunate, not to the staff who work 7 days a week for virtually no money under the impression they are helping, and not to the longest term members who have supported the church for years.
No, a special place is reserved for the money. Like an Amway convention or Herbalife rally, the heroes of scientology, the ones who are given special treatment and put on a pedestal are those who can generate the most money for the organization.
Using the deliberately misleading and deceptive term "Church of Scientology," Scientology Inc. likes to blather on about "disseminating the tech" in order to tell people just how wonderful Scientology is.
However, the actual Scientology documents presented in this essay will prove that Scientology Inc. acts with malice aforethought to legally cripple anyone foolish enough to join this incredibly fascist and dangerous organization.
The internal tyranny Scientology Inc. uses against its own members is the story of a cult taking a sledgehammer to the legal rights of Scientologists at every step of their path up what is dishonestly called the Bridge to Total Freedom.
2014-06-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
It's not enough Bullwinkle. It's never enough. We need More. More. More. Now. Now. Now.
Just couldn't resist this. As the Special Correspondent who sent this to me commented "I think the Flag OTC have jumped the shark"
The "execs" seated at the front wearing leis (someone went to Hawaii? or is this just MV=ship=islands=hula girls=leis level of stupidity) and glowsticks (planning a rave?)
Is Scientology getting a free pass from academics?
Earlier this year French Scientologist Eric Roux attended a conference in London to give his take on the history of the movement.
Roux's presentation was entitled "Scientology: from controversy to global expansion and recognition" and he has posted it in English at his website .
Scientology has a plan to take over the world — would you be surprised to learn that it involves you sending them a lot of money?
We have another video that Scientology only intended its own members to see. It's the latest appeal to members to send in cash so books can be sent to libraries around the world. See, Scientologists believe that if enough L. Ron Hubbard books are on shelves in the world's libraries, nothing will stop them from "clearing the planet" and taking over this small, precious world.
No doubt, some cranky old critic will tell you that this is just another David Miscavige money grab because members are asked to pay cover price for books that Scientology manufactures themselves (presumably at a much lower cost), and there's never any real proof that your donations end up putting books on library shelves. (In fact, librarians tell us they're in the habit of throwing away anything that comes from Bridge Publications, Scientology's printing arm.) And of course, targeting libraries with physical books seems rather anachronistic in a digital age.
In this video I will be discussing some methods that organizations are using to deceive us and control our lives. I have personally found this information to be very beneficial for my family, my health and even my finances. To achieve our highest potential, it is important to learn how to avoid deception, and embrace truth.
In the last video I explained that while I was praying to help my apostate brother Duane come back into the LDS church, I came into contact with some ex-Jehovah's Witnesses. They explained that their former religion used specific techniques to control their mind, so I investigated those techniques and was surprised by what I found.
I always thought that mind control was something from the movies. So when the ex-Jehovah's Witnesses began explaining how their minds had been manipulated and controlled by specific techniques -- I was in shock and amazement. At first I resisted, but then I felt peace knowing that this information came as a result of my sincere prayers. Calmly, slowly, it all started to make sense. This is how they do it. Here is an official Jehovah's Witness video made to teach gospel principles to their children.
[ http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/... ]
[... This is how the BITE model of mind control works...]
[... Watch the video to see how to Avoid Deception and Mind Control]
1. Steven Hassan - http://www.freedomofmind.org
2. Laura Sandeasterman
3. Mickey Hudson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDWri...
4. Craig Stevens
5. "Joe" - "Episode 80: Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses" - http://tiny.cc/LeavingJehovahWitnesses
6. Stephanie H. - 2013 JW Convention Audio and Slides are from her video "I am a Human Apostate, and so are YOU!" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DbfC4...
I originally called this series "Why I Left Mormonism" but I would prefer to keep an open mind to all the possibilities as I make this series, so I now call it "My LDS Journey"
In 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published the book that changed his life, transforming him from a well known writer of pulp fiction into an even more well known leader of a worldwide organization that came to be known as the Church of Scientology.
That book was Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, and in 2013 we examined it in weekly installments, using a first edition copy of the book that was given to us by researcher Jeff Jacobsen.
The best part: we made use of the invaluable help of ex-Scientologist, Los Angeles lawyer, and writer Vance Woodward.
Welcome to our ongoing project, where we blog a 1950 first edition of Scientology's bible, Dianetics, with the help of ex-Scientologist, lawyer, and author Vance Woodward. Go here for the first post in the series.
Vance, we've reached the final chapter of this book.
It's been a long slog — this is our 25th installment, going back to January 4 — and we're looking forward to your overall thoughts about re-reading this book.
Well, it turns out you just can't teach a kinda-old non-religion religion new tricks. Reader John alerts us to a case in which the Church of Scientology is using copyright, trademark and cyberbullying laws to silence a parody criticizing the "church", Will Smith, and the attempt to destroy film making commonly known as After Earth. Recently, they demanded that GoDaddy nix cheerupwillsmith.com, which parodied the church and the film, over the use of their logos, a letter from church-leader David Miscavige, a photo of the same Miscavige, and a parody portrayal of Mr. Miscavige.
2013-06-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A blast from the past.
This is taken from a Source Mag sent out in late 1984.
It serves to highlight the fact that the carrot is always dangled out ahead, and if the carrot gets too old and moldy, it is replaced by a new one. The goalposts are forever shifting.
2013-06-28, Miss Fortune, Glistening, Quivering Underbelly
PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP DENIES PER WICKSTROM'S
VARIANCE REQUEST; APPEAL FILED IN CALHOUN COUNTY'S 37TH DISTRICT COURT JUNE 18
In a public hearing held on May 21st, Michigan's Pennfield Charter Township denied a "use variance request" from TIA Corporation on behalf of expansion at 'A Forever Recovery'.
2013-06-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Perhaps David Miscavige should listen to the advice his underlings are trying to sell.
"If there are negative opinions, determine whether they are valid.
"If they are valid, get working on correcting those problems.
2012-06-28, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
This week two of the auditors I case supervise for created three OT 5 (NOTs) completions. Also this week two wonderful people completed OT 7 (Solo NOTs) at Casablanca. Scientology is alive and well in the independent field.
Find out what is right with Scientology; read What Is Wrong With Scientology?
2011-06-28, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Cardone, of course, doesn't touch the controversy that we've been delving into here at Runnin' Scared over the past week: that Cardone, as a wealthy and high-level Scientologist, did dirty work for the church by sliming a well-known and respected acting coach, Milton Katselas, with e-mails intended to ruin the 73-year-old man's reputation.
2011-06-28, Antoine Oman, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
L. Ron Hubbard: Shhhhh! We're trying something new this morning at Runnin' Scared. Over the past few years, there's been a lot of critical stuff written about the religion of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard on this blog. For the sake of balance, we've asked freelancer Antoine Oman* to write us an occasional post that looks at things from Scientology's perspective. In this first piece, Oman writes about a first-person testimonial which lavishes praise on the practice of Scientology Silent Birth. -- ed.
I first heard about Scientology's practice of "silent birth" when Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise welcomed adorable little Suri Cruise into the world. It sounded fascinating, so I was enthralled when I read this testimonial from an Australian Scientologist named Sonya...
Sonya writes that she was past due, and was looking for some advice about how to get things going. Thankfully, she had Scientologist friends with an answer...
Senate Standing Legislation Committee: Economics Committee (S754 Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010) (HMS 10)
June 29, 2010
Larry Brennan, via teleconference
Near the beginning of this segment, the committee decided that Larry Brennan's testimony should take place in camera.
Immediately afterward, Larry Brennan posted the following on WWP:
My testimony is over and on order of the Committee ended up having to be private.
I very much wanted what I said to be freely available to everyone and did not care that organized scientology was going to hear it. But the Committee decided it had to be private.
As far as I know I am not allowed to publically say what we went over and so am not. I hate that as I'm a huge fan of the truth going out freely and broadly.
I hope to find out from my own attorney what if any details I can give and what might be needed for the information to be made public.
I will say that I said maybe 20% at most of what I planned to cover and then the senators wanted to ask questions which I answered. I had a whole sequence of testimony planned but they really wanted to ask questions and so I abandoned my planned testimony and just answered what they asked.
It was all good stuff coming out, I just wish it was more and was public.
That's all I can say for now. Bed time
Despite chances to gain traction, the Liberals have failed to capture public support - and have become embroiled in the disastrous use of documents, which turned out to be forgeries, in an attempt to discredit the Government.
The source of the dodgy documents remains a mystery and a police inquiry is under way. The faked documents, about supposed illegal ALP fundraising involving the Church of Scientology, were delivered to the Liberals anonymously, rather than from a Labor source as originally claimed by the Opposition.
The fire at Consumer Energy Solutions, 1315 Cleveland St., started about 11:30 a.m., according to ClearwaterFire & Rescue. Fifteen vehicles and 47 firefighters dispatched to the scene contained the blaze within 25 minutes, but an ongoing roof fire kept responders there for more than two hours.
INTEREST-FREE loans from abroad are propping up the troubled Irish branch of the controversial Church of Scientology.
Financial documents seen by the Irish Independent reveal that the church is more than €1m in the red after running up huge legal bills in an epic eight-year battle brought by a disgruntled former member. As a result, members of the mega-rich Church of Scientology in the United States have had to cough up almost €400,000 just to keep the Dublin arm afloat. The case was eventually settled out of court four years ago.
Financial documents seen by the Irish Independent reveal that the church is more than €1m in the red after running up huge legal bills in an epic eight-year battle brought by a disgruntled former member.
2005-06-28, James Verini, Salon.com, Spiegel Online
Before they're allowed to continue on to OT, a rigorous screening process and background check are conducted, according to Melton and others. Reaching the highest OT levels usually takes from a decade to three decades, the current and former Scientologists say. Lower estimates for the total cost of this are around $30,000, but some people claim to have spent several hundred thousand dollars. The current Scientology member tells Salon he pays several thousand dollars a year for the services.
The first thing you notice about "Dianetics" is that it is spectacularly dull. L. Ron Hubbard promises, in this seemingly endless treatise, that his "modern science of mental health" will cure everything from schizophrenia to arthritis, claims for which he presents no credible evidence whatsoever -- unless you consider merely insisting that you"ve got evidence to be the same thing as offering it. But I am here to testify that "Dianetics" is a phenomenal remedy for at least one widespread affliction: insomnia.
War of the Worlds touches down in theaters tomorrow, and we find ourselves wondering: Could Tom Cruise actually be an alien? Because it would explain a lot.
Take Friday's Today show tirade, when the leading man lectured Matt Lauer on the dangers of Ritalin. The segment would not have been weirder if the finger Cruise shook was webbed, or dribbling slime. And if extraterrestrials hit this planet as vigorously as the actor attacked Oprah Winfrey's couch last month, the human race should immediately surrender.
THE MOST MAIL Daily Variety has received this year about a single article has come in response to a story that the newspaper will never run. The subject was Scientology and its influence on Hollywood.
The story was in the process of being researched by our film editor, Dan Cox, who recently left the paper to accept a job as a literary agent without finishing the article.
In approaching his story, Cox was impressed by the fact that the Scientologists, who've been around since the 1950s, were getting more "public" about their faith: Witness the fact that John Travolta, a stalwart member, had agreed to star in a $70 million production of "Battlefield Earth," based on the book by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND WIMBLEDON, England (AP) _ Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is threatening to go to court against the Church of Scientology.
Becker's manager and Munich attorney, Axel Meyer-Woelden, has given Scientology a July 1 deadline to say it will stop using Becker's name and photo on the Internet.
Scientology, which is not recognized as a church in Germany, was recently placed on a list of groups under observation by state offices because it is viewed as a threat to democracy. It has used Becker's name without permission, the German sports news agency SID reported.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Seeing an obvious conflict of interest, one of the world's largest public-relations firms has decided to drop the Church of Scientology as a client.
The firm also represents Eli Lilly & Co. of Indianapolis, recently a frequent target of the California-based church.
New York-based WPP Group owns several subsidiaries, including J. Walter Thompson and Hill & Knowlton.
In some cases, sales of Hubbard's books apparently got an extra boost from Scientology followers and employees of the publishing firm. Showing up at major book outlets like B. Dalton and Waldenbooks, they purchased armloads of Hubbard's works, according to former employees.
Brent Van Meter, a deputy commissioner at the state Health Department, said his department considered Narconon to have consented to state authority when it applied for and received a certificate of need from the department.
He said the center cannot be licensed until its program is certified by the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The center is at the old Chilocco Indian School.
Two high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology, in a last minute legal maneuver before their July 7 criminal trial, have asked U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Richey to remove himself from the case, charging that he is biased against them.
One of the defendants, Morrison J. Budlong, said in a sworn statement that he had reviewed tape recorded statements from a duputy U.S. marshal and from Richey's former court reporter, that the church contends, supports their claim that Richey is biased.
The Scientologists based those claims on alleged statements made by the marshal and the court reporter indicating that Richey was afraid of the Scientologits and thought they were trying to discredit him.The judge wanted to handle the case, they contend, because it would attract considerable publicity.