L. Ron Hubbard Jr. was a fascinating character. We've written about him numerous times, and he's featured prominently in our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.
Nicknamed "Nibs," he was in and out of favor with his famous father over the years. In 1952, Hubbard brought his then 18-year-old son to join him in Phoenix, where Nibs helped his father get Scientology off the ground after the Dianetics movement had failed. The next year, in 1953, Nibs was one of several signatories, including his father, to the creation of the first "Church of Scientology" corporation, in Camden, New Jersey.
By 1959, however, Nibs had soured on the "church" and left the movement. He later testified against his father in IRS proceedings aimed at Scientology, but then in 1972 recanted that testimony.
2017-07-06, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
In this video series, we are going to take a long hard look at the philosophy and practice of Scientology.
When I first started writing about Scientology, my attitude about its beliefs and practices was that they were not as important as exposing the abuses, immorality and actual criminal activities that Scientologists would get up to, either on their own bat or at the behest of Scientology leaders L. Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige. I'm a big supporters of tolerance of belief and letting people think whatever they want. They're going to anyway, so there isn't really much reward in trying to forcefully suppress anyone's way of thinking.
But there is something to be said about how one's beliefs define one's attitude towards the world and how that attitude can shapes one's actions. When those actions are destructive, we should cast a critical eye on the ideas driving those actions and see if there isn't something worth commenting on. In the case of Scientology, there is a great deal to talk about.
This is the start of a new series on Scientology's "technology" - its methods and practices - from a critical perspective. I'll be looking at the fundamentals of Scientology philosophy and its methods, talking about its pros and cons and where Hubbard came up with some of his pseudoscientific ideas.
The Basics of Scientology Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZi5S...
2016-07-06, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Well, the "OT Committee Farce" is doing their damnedest to sell Battlefield Earth — and how are they going about it? By telling everyone to buy 20 books a piece....
And this is a "religious activity".
But the biggest joke of all is that unlike the recent books by Leah Remini and Ron Miscavige, Battlefield Earth is nowhere to be found on the NY Times bestseller list...
Hollywood star Jim Carrey sent a text message to his ex-girlfriend asking where his missing prescription painkillers were just hours before her lifeless body was found following a massive drug overdose.
According to a bombshell LA Coroner's report - obtained by Daily Mail Online - Cathriona White had taken Carrey's anti-inflammatory pills along with a cocktail of other drugs to end her life.
The Irish beautician and make-up artist was found dead in her rented LA home on September 28 last year after ingesting a cocktail of prescription drugs including Zofran, propranol, Percocet and Ambien.
CLEARWATER — Scientology leader David Miscavige has met one-on-one with each City Council member to discuss a key piece of waterfront land — the first gesture of its kind in the decades-long struggle between the Church of Scientology and the city over downtown real estate.
In hourlong meetings held Friday and Wednesday at City Hall, Miscavige updated council members on the organization's activities around the world and emphasized its interest in three parcels on the southwest corner of Pierce Street and Osceola Avenue. Together they form a vacant, grassy lot owned by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The city, however, also has its eye on the property, having hired consultants to include it in a master plan currently under way to help revitalize the downtown waterfront. The 1.4-acre lot, now used for overflow parking, sits between City Hall on the north and the church's 13-story Oak Cove religious retreat on the south.
What a treat we have for you today. On Friday, we brought your attention to a flier that had been posted online claiming that there would be a meeting in Houston Saturday night to discuss the possibility of a new "Ideal Org" project starting there. The flier had been posted by a Scientologist who is also involved in the Nation of Islam. The NOI and Scientology teaming up to put an Ideal Org in a city that only currently rates a mission? This sounded interesting, especially to one of our Houston readers.
In our comments section, he goes by the handle "Commodore H. McCringleberry," and we learned when we met him during our book tour last year that he's actually an Army veteran as well as a very knowledgeable Scientology watcher, even though he's never been a Scientologist himself. He told us that recently, he'd actually encountered some Scientologists from the Houston mission, had gotten to know one in particular — named Barb — and that he thought he could use that connection to get himself into Saturday night's event. And that's exactly what he did. Here, then, is his detailed report about what went on. We think you'll find it really well done.
The event was in one of the hotel ballrooms on the second floor where nobody was walking through the area and nothing else was going on. There were about 30 people milling around — 20 publics and 10 uniformed staff. At a long table set up outside the entrance piled with forms and plain clothes staff, people were sitting all along one long side, like they were waiting for one-on-one sessions with people arriving. There were beverages and gourmet snacks and a table with Flag brochures (full color, looked expensive), pens, and luggage tags.
2015-07-06, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a sad admission of the reality of working in a scientology org.
This "ideal Org" ED is feasting on pie in the sky and trying to convince everyone not only how good it tastes, but how wonderfully nutritious it is too.
After FORTY YEARS they are no closer to achieving a stable income for staff (which was a KEY criteria of "SH Size" according to L. Ron Hubbard).
Scientology's beacon: A big change could be coming to the historic studios in Silver Lake that for decades was KCET's headquarters. The property is now owned by the Church of Scientology, which is asking the city to allow a lighted LED church logo atop the 15-story-tall antenna. Some residents oppose the idea. Los Feliz Ledger
Publisher St. Martin's Press has confirmed it will release a memoir by Ronald Miscavige Sr., father of Scientology leader David Miscavige.
The book announcement comes after an April report in the Los Angeles Times that revealed Miscavige Sr. was spied on by his son. The upcoming memoir's title, If He Dies, He Dies references a chilling quote by his son, David. While under surveillance in a parking lot, Miscavige Sr. was seen grabbing his chest in pain. Fearing he was suffering from a heart attack, the investigator asked for orders on whether or not he should intervene and check on his safety. Miscavige's son reportedly told the invstigator no, saying, "If he dies, he dies." The church maintains this in fact did not happen and they have no association at all with the investigator.
The Frederick County Council's decision not to add Trout Run to the Frederick County Register of Historic Places is now being questioned in court.
The council voted 6-1 on June 2 against adding the property to the historic register after listening to hours of comment in two public hearings and reading dozens of emails on the topic.
The property owner is now asking the court to review that decision. Social Betterment Properties International, a company acting as a real estate arm of the Church of Scientology, filed a petition for judicial review in Frederick County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Lawyers for a Scientology-affiliated drug rehab facility are appealing a Frederick County Council vote last month that blocked a new facility from opening at an old fishing retreat.
Narconon, which relies on saunas and the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to treat drug addicts, had sought a historical designation for Trout Run, a 40-acre camp of stone lodges, so it could use the property for a rehab facility.
A request for judicial review was filed in Frederick County Circuit court late last week, though the short filing did not specify reasons for the appeal. Bruce Dean, an attorney for the project, said it was premature to describe the grounds for the appeal.
(Authored by Jeffrey Augustine, this essay was originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and is reprinted here for archival purposes)
As discussed previously, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is not a church; it is an unincorporated membership organization. Per its charter, the IAS functions autonomously from the so-called "Mother Church" i.e. the Church of Scientology International (CSI):
In the classic Scientology game of evasion, the Church of Scientology International (CSI) told the IRS that it does not have access to IAS membership records: Although the Church of Scientology International itself does not have the IAS membership list, CSI nevertheless blindly voted to allow the IAS to become the sole membership organization for Scientologists; this as it told the IRS:
In November, we told you the saga of Richie Acunto. He was the once high-flying Scientologist who owned Survival Insurance in California, but then whose bankruptcy resulted not only in unhappy investors, but also the stunning auctioning off of his Scientology trophies.
Scientologists are under intense pressure to donate ever bigger sums to the International Association of Scientologists (IAS), the organization's slush fund, and in order to encourage them to do so, the IAS hands out increasing "statuses," like in a video game, and they come with plaques or increasingly ridiculous trophies. At his most successful, five years ago, Acunto had given so much to the IAS, he was named a "Patron Laureate" and was given an especially gaudy knickknack.
He had already been given trophies for reaching "Silver Meritorious" with donations totaling $750,000, and "Gold Meritorious" for donating $1 million, then "Platinum Meritorious" for giving $2.5 million, and then "Diamond Meritorious" for donating $5 million. But it was for reaching the cumulative total of $10 million that Acunto unlocked the "Patron Laureate" trophy in 2010. Here's what it looked like…
Growing Up in Scientology is a new channel we are starting to discuss what it's like growing up in the Church of Scientology as a 2nd or 3rd generation member, and how growing up in Scientology, whether as a public, a staff member or a Sea Org member shapes one's worldview.
In this video, I discuss where the idea for this channel came from, what we are trying to accomplish and what you can expect to see in future videos.
TONY ORTEGA article on Aaron Smith-Levin (April 18, 2014): http://tinyurl.com/TonyO-AaronSL
2014-07-06, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
With the hype machine now churning out emails by the minute promoting the wonders of the "MV Events" there are some interesting notes in a random selection of emails that arrived over the last few days.
CC kicks things off with Dave Petit pretty much running a standard "party line" though I wonder if he feels especially stupid repeating the lie that this is the 25th Anniversary of the Maiden Voyage that occurred in 1988? So typical of scientology these days — Dear Leader canceled MV last year as he wasn't ready with GAG II and when he cancels something it is canceled with authority. June 2013 no longer exists. Skipped straight from June 2012 to June 2014 and nobody commented on it. This IS the 25th anniversary. No further questions.
The line about the islands becoming the sea is so unreal it has also got to be embarrassing. Even in Los Angeles where he is and where there are more "ideal orgs" than anywhere on earth, they are not even scratching the surface of the few blocks around each org, let alone "becoming the sea." And those ideal orgs in Berlin and Malmo and Madrid and Pretoria and Portland and Cincinnati and, and, and are deader and dyinger than they were a year ago. There isn't a single one that is flourishing anywhere.
Paulette Cooper is an American author who is best known for her activism against the Church of Scientology and the subsequent harassment she suffered from the Church. Cooper's books have sold close to a half a million copies.
We hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend as we turn to our Sunday tradition of sharing with you some of the Scientology fliers and mailers our excellent tipsters have forwarded to us.
If you've been with us for a while, you know that most of these church communications are focused on fundraising. And if anything, the desperation for money has only gotten ramped up higher and higher. Members are implored to come down to events that are made to look as fun as possible, when really attendees are "regged" intensely — pressured, in other words, to give large sums even if they've given plenty already.
Former members have told us what kept them in the church so long, despite the intense fundraising, was the ultimate promise that someday they would attain superhuman powers. This is, after all, the goal of Scientology, to attain "OT" abilities and become able to manipulate the MEST universe (matter, energy, space, time) as just a spirit, a "Thetan" in L. Ron Hubbard's parlance.
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, and on Saturdays he's 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.
This week, Jon sent us some thoughts about books written by people who had left Scientology and then described their experiences. We were pleased to see him single out for praise a book that we've also held in high esteem.
JON: There have been several excellent first-hand accounts of life in Scientology, starting in 1951, with Dr. Joseph Winter's balanced (and exasperated) Doctor's Report on Dianetics, which was commissioned by Art Ceppos, after he stopped publication of L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, having realized that it was fraudulent (who ever heard of a publisher canning a best-seller?). Helen O'Brien's Dianetics in Limbo is heart-rending. She headed the Hubbard organization during the Philadelphia 'Doctorate' Course, but only managed to find 38 people keen enough on Hubbard to attend. The description of her partner's descent into suicide, because Hubbard's 'Tech' failed to help him, is particularly disturbing.
2013-07-06, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Here is the news from last night's Graduation where He once again addressed his adoring fans.
Of course, a lot of this could charitably be termed hype — some is just outright lies. But it was a night of spectacle and verbal fireworks befitting the celebration of Independence Day.
Though He announced "every org has their quota of trainees" he is apparently not completely clued in and has been taken off the Hawaii recruitment mailing list.
When Tom Cruise swapped vows with Katie Holmes on November 18, 2006, at Italy's famed Odescalchi Castle, celebs including Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and Victoria Beckham looked on, but perhaps the closest friend present at the superstar nuptials was none other than his best man, David Miscavige.
As the head of the Church of Scientology, Miscavige proved to be a shoulder to lean on for Cruise, now 50, a longtime member of the organization. As Cruise's wife, 33, filed to divorce the Oblivion actor after five years of marriage, Us Weekly uncovers need-to-know info about the 52-year-old once described by the U.K.'s Sun as the "third person" in the Cruise-Holmes union.
2012-07-06, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The most productive and influential Scientology organization in Israel has declared independence from the Miscavige tyranny. The Village Voice broke the story early this morning, Israel Awakens by Tony Ortega.
The Dror (Hebrew for Freedom!) Center of Haifa is operated by the dynamic duo Dani and Tami Lemberger. You may remember Tami as the international field auditor of the year for the years 2000 and 2002. Dani is just as legendary in his own right as an administrator. Dani managed to keep Haifa out from under Miscavige's boot sufficiently enouch to continue high levels of Scientology delivery during the past decade when Miscavige has managed to destroy almost every other Scientology organization affiliated with Scientology Inc.
The Scientologists of Israel do not look to the glitzy, empty Tel Aviv Idle Morgue for direction. They look to the Lemberger's and the Dror Center, where Scientology continues to be delivered in abundance - despite management's best efforts to choke it to death. Dani and Tami have pried Scientology Inc leader David Miscavige's fingers off their necks so that they can now really get the show on the road.
BBC yesterday about the impending battle between the couple and their fight for custody of Suri, six.
And in a thinly veiled attack on the former Dawson's Creek actress, he said: 'We are letting 'the other side' (Katie and her team), play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say.'
Split: Katie Holmes, pictured today shopping, has been accused of manipulating the media
2012-07-06, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Alexander Jentzsch, the son of Class XII independent Scientologist Karen De La Carriere and the President of the Church of Scientology InternationalHeber Jentzsch, died three days ago. Alexander died of a 'high fever' in the San Fernando Valley home of the corporate Scientologist parents of Alexander's wife. None of those corporate Scientologists had the courage to violate Scientology Inc head David Miscavige's stern disconnection dictates to inform Karen, Alexander's aggrieved mother. Karen only learned of the tragedy through Independent Scientologists' lines of communication into the cult culture of corporate Scientology. Alexander had worked as an OSA (Office of Special Affairs, the dirty tricks and propaganda wing of Scientology Inc.) informant against his mother. Nonetheless, and needless to say, Karen is devastated by the news. Karen is at this moment attempting to overcome the LA County Coroner's initial decision not to allow her to view her son's body. According to the Coroner Alexander's body has been lying in the morgue for three days with no visitation or viewing by any family members. Tony Ortega at the Village Voice is providing ongoing coverage.
Mosey and I have communicated our condolences to Karen.
We are posting immediately so that as much collective, clean intention as possible can be mustered to assist her in her ongoing quest to determine the cause and circumstances of her only son's death.
In light of the rumors that Cruise' devotion to Scientology- and his supposed desire to enrol Suri in one of the religion's intense boot camps - was one of the main causes for their split, two senior Church administrators sent a panicked email giving followers advice on how to counter the negative press storm.
The letter comes the day after one of the most noted 'defectors' from the religion predicted that Cruise' latest divorce could be the 'biggest nightmare in the Church of Scientology's history' because of the drama that could unfold if secrets are publicly revealed in court.
It was distributed by the Office of Special Affairs, which Rathbun describes as the "dirty tricks and propaganda arm of Scientology Inc."
In it, recipients are given details of ways to take action against derogatory online messages which have flooded cyberspace since Cruise, a passionate Scientologist, discovered his wife was leaving him.
Members are urged to scour the Internet for offensive statements and report them to website monitors with a note explaining the comments are in violation of the code of conduct.
"If [there] is only one person (me) reporting these issues, the moderator at Microsoft will not take the comment off," Lattanzi writes in the email. "If you start to have 10 or 20 people reporting it, they are going to take this down."
2012-07-06, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
But now, for the first time in memory, an entire mission has announced that it is defecting from the church en masse.
Israel's Dror Center, in Haifa, announced in a lengthy statement that it is rejecting the leadership of David Miscavige and the official church. It now plans to become a part of the burgeoning "independent Scientology" movement. (We sent a request for comment to the Church of Scientology's media office Wednesday evening, but our message has not been answered.)
Katie Holmes "has always been more of a Catholic than a Scientologist," a source tells PEOPLE, and the desire to make decisions on education and religion for 6-year-old Suri may have influenced her move for sole legal custody. Other sources maintain that Scientology is not an issue in the split. Tom Cruise, who has not yet answered Holmes's divorce filing, is a longtime Scientologist and advocate for the sometimes-controversial church, and his older children, Bella, 19, and Connor, 17, were raised in Scientology.
So what is life like for a child being raised in the church - and what would be next for Suri if Scientology stays part of her life? The influence starts early: Scientologists encourage a pregnant woman to have a "quiet birth" to prevent unwanted emotions and irrational fears from being recorded in a child's subconscious mind. Cruise told GQ in 2006, "It's really about respecting the woman. You want to keep things as calm as possible."
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2011-07-06, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Update, 7 July a.m.: http://www.businessinsider.com/church-of-scientology-hiring-job-posting-2011-7
Update, 7:30 pm 6 July: Village Voice's Tony Ortega hits another nail on the head. He's become quite the carpenter. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/out-of-work_jou.php
Now that the Squirrel Busters have been busted by the American public in a small Texas town as chronicled in the Corpus Christi Caller Times, and about to be chronicled in even larger publications, Cult boss Miscavige is apparently fixin' to switch out the bustees with Freedumb "reporters." Check this out this current ad on journalismjobs.com.
2011-07-06, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
2011 group photo 90 folks up from 48 in last years. Number of people willing and able to travel from 19 states and 4 foreign countries (including France, UK, Australia and Canada) and manage to make it to the photo shoot.
Today also marks the Four Millionth visit to this site.
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2011-07-06, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
We know things in the newspaper and magazine rackets are really grim right now. Every time we put up a job opening, we get hundreds of applications from folks looking for work. (Hey, and we're about to put up another one, for copy chief, so all of you copy editors out there, get your resumes ready and keep an eye out for our imminent ad.)
But are things so bad that you'd be willing to go to work for Scientology, and do its dirty work by writing for its Freedom Magazine?
Marty Rathbun today spotted this ad at JournalismJobs.com, and we can't blame him for thinking this represents another shift in Scientology's ongoing attack against him.
Sandra Lucas, director of the Utah Meth Cops Project, attended the FLEOA conference and discussed its success rate. It has a 75 percent reduction in symptoms and an increase in quality of life that allows many participants to return to work. Previously fit officers who could barely walk because of breathing problems and other symptoms now lead normal lives.
Lucas worked with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to spearhead the project and acquire grants and other funding to get it off the ground. She is currently working to expand the program and to raise additional funds so that no first responder will have to pay to get well.
2008-07-06, Rex Fowler, Letters to the Editor, Rocky Mountain News
I am very proud to be a Scientologist. I have been active in my church, here in Colorado, since 1974. When the people of Windsor needed help, my friends and I were among those helping. We gave out water and sports drinks to the workers and the residents. We co-hosted a free outdoor dinner for residents and relief workers and served 350 people.
As a minister of our church, I listened to stories by residents who needed someone to talk to.
July 5th 2008 was the premier of the OT Celebration and FreewindsMaiden Voyage in Los Angeles, CA. Scientology was scared that Anonymous would show up and spread truth to it's members; their only defense would be to abuse the city's permits dept and block off a ridiculous amount of space, restricting access to a residential neighborhood as well as a HOSPITAL. In doing so they attempt to stop a 61 year old disabled woman in a walker from using the sidewalk to go home. Unfortunately for them she has balls of steel and tells them exactly where they can stuff it.
UPDATE: Sorry, it was late and I flubbed.. the hidden osa guy is Ed Parkin (not perkins)
From the looks of it, Tom Cruise's televised crackup is actually helping the Church of Scientology's recruitment efforts. Since he declared his eternal love for Katie Holmes in early May, visits to the Church's official website have shot up 263 percent to a peak of 375,000 visitors per day last week, according to site traffic tracker alexa.
What up with Tom Cruise?
Even Rosie O'Donnell's ticked off, and she's a friend.
MSNBC says O'Donnell chided Cruise's crusade against psychiatry and psychiatric drugs on her blog, saying she felt like upping her meds after seeing him carry on.
A group of high-ranking Scientologists, concerned the church's Tampa facilities aren't up to snuff, is investing more than $2.5- million to buy a second cigar factory in West Tampa and to lease and renovate a two-story building on one of the hottest corners in Ybor City.
The church's three properties, staffed by nearly 100 people, will be the base for Scientology's most aggressive appeal for members to the Tampa Bay community.
A weekly newspapers editor says he'll go to jail rather than pay the court costs incurred by a drug-treatment center when it forced him to disclose information about sources for stories on the program.
"I just cannot in good faith pay for this," said Robert Lobsinger, editor of the Newkirk Herald Journal. "If they come and get me and take me to jail, I guess that's what will happen. But there's a principle."
On June 9, District Judge Daniel Owens in Oklahoma County ordered Lobsinger to pay $2,150 in attorney fees to the center, Narconon Chilocco.
A federal judge upheld yesterday a massive FBI search of two large Church of Scientology headquarters buildings in Los Angeles last July 8, claiming it was "reasonable and properly limited" although directed at a religious organization.
If upheld on appeal, the ruling clears the way for federal prosecutors to present documents seized in the Los Angeles raid to a federal grand jury in Washington. That jury is investigating alleged criminal activities by members of the church's hierarchy.
U.S. District Judge Malcolm Lucas delayed the effectiveness of his order for 24 hours to give church attorneys time to seek immediate action by the U.S. Court of Appeals that could block further use of the documents in the federal investigation.