Two months after authorities halted the construction of headquarters of the Church of Scientology, there is no sign that it will resume any time soon.
In this case it wasn't claims of brainwashing, physical abuse or meddling in the lives of celebrities often heard in connection with the controversial church that stopped construction. It was environmental concerns raised by neighbors in the Paseo de las Palmas neighborhood of the Estado de México municipality.
Huixquilucan Mayor Enrique Vargas del Villar announced April 28 that the project had been suspended because the contractor did not have the mandatory environmental impact study issued by the federal Environment Secretariat (Semarnat).
It's our habit, from time to time, to remind readers of the source material for this thing Scientology that we like to keep an eye on.
After all, you can hear from current and former Scientologists about their "wins" and "gains" and how helpful Scientology is, but there's nothing like going directly to Source himself — L. Ron Hubbard — to judge for yourself whether he was really onto the secrets of the universe.
For your listening pleasure, we've selected a Fair Use segment from a 1963 lecture that Hubbard gave as part of the "Saint Hill Special Briefing Course," a key lecture series that any serious Scientologist to this day would study carefully at some point during their progress up the "Bridge to Total Freedom." (When we've quoted Hubbard spouting similarly outlandish material about the nature of the solar system from an earlier, 1952 lecture titled "The Role of Earth," some Hubbardites have claimed that it's a lecture not considered important to the Bridge today. But it's not so easy to dismiss the SHSBC. Still, it will be interesting to see if some LRH fans try.)
2016-07-07, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Perception is a tricky thing. It's our conduit to the world and yet at the same, it can be one of our worst enemies. We see or hear things wrong all the time because our senses trick us. As a result, we can be absolutely sure, just totally certain that we are seeing or hearing something that doesn't exist or missing what is right in front of our face.
Here's one. Do you see the cigar?
What about this one? Get your head out of the gutter you pervs, this is a folded piece of paper.
Clearwater voters took a leap of faith nearly three years ago by approving an ambitious plan for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to build a new home on the city's downtown bluff. That grand vision failed to pan out. Now the aquarium has an opportunity to demonstrate its appreciation for the public's confidence in its mission by selling to the city a key piece of downtown property for a fair price.
The aquarium bought the 1.4-acre lot in 2012 as part of its plan to move to an adjacent site now occupied by City Hall. Voters in 2013 approved a referendum to allow the aquarium to pursue a long-term lease with the city, and the aquarium hoped to build a three-level facility with a price tag of up to $160 million. Early projections suggested the new attraction could draw more than 2 million visitors a year and be the long-sought cornerstone to rejuvenating downtown.
It was a calculated risk worth taking, and voters long wary of development on the bluff approved pursuing the project. But faced with raising $28 million in private donations in a relatively short period, the aquarium announced last year it was abandoning the plan and would expand its current home on Island Estates. So the aquarium no longer needs the downtown vacant lot, and its decision on whom to sell it to will have long-term consequences.
The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office is seeking new information in the 1982 deaths of two South Lake Tahoe casino employees whose bodies were found in the south fork of the American River several months after they disappeared from their home.
Julie Schossow and Marilyn Putt were close friends and both worked as blackjack dealers at the Harrah's Casino in South Lake Tahoe, where they were closely associated with other casino employees, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. They were together when they disappeared from their home around midnight Jan. 12 or the early hours of Jan. 13, 1982. Investigators believe both were kidnapped and held captive for approximately three months somewhere between the South Lake Tahoe and Placerville areas.
What we have for you today appears to be a pretty slight item. It's a letter, and it's literally only one line long.
But when we saw it, we thought it spoke volumes, and we wanted to share it with you.
Doing so, however, would be tricky. Let us explain.
2016-07-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Of course, the focus this time of year is on the magnificent Maiden Voyage events, things no scientologist would want to miss (though a large number of them do just that, the attendance keeps getting smaller and smaller and the hype and gimmicks they resort to become more and more bizarre).
Our Friend Rupert Murdoch
Always good to hear from Twit of the Year. Wonder if he realizes that Rupert Murdoch is a YUGE SP Merchant of Chaos? Clearly the brown nosing instinct and desire to appear to be an important person trumps even his "I am the most important scientologists in the UK" status.
2015-07-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Things are not looking any better....
It's surprising Harvey Jacques is still around. In earlier times he would have been long since gone. Probably he has the Golden Age of Brown-nosing Tech down to a finely honed skill. As he certainly isn't there based on his stats. And these are the ones they announce as "Good News", not a single one of them is on an uptrend. They simply think that because 5 Clears a week blows every other org away, it is "good."
There is no relativity to the outside world inside the bubble.
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about the Monique Rathbun lawsuit against Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
The Texas lawsuit was put on hold when Scientology appealed a March 2014 ruling by Comal CountyJudge Dib Waldrip denying its "anti-SLAPP" motion. Arguments were made at a hearing before the Texas Third Court of Appeals in September, and since then we've been waiting for the appeals court to rule.
That's a long time to wait, and the same court has already ruled once against Monique, when it granted Scientology's appeal, last July, of Waldrip's order that Monique could depose Miscavige.
This is an excerpt from an interview done with ex-Scientologist Nick Lister. Nick's mother, Sara Goldberg, was featured in the documentary GOING CLEAR. Nick was also a staff member the Church of Scientology in Tampa, Florida. He talks here about how child labor, medical negligence and John Travolta all combined into one crazy night of insanity in the world of Scientology. Other excerpts from the full interview will be posted as stand-alone videos. The whole interview will be posted later on.
DEFINITION OF TERMS: At 1:38 the term "CMO" is mentioned. CMO = Commodore's Messenger Organization. Commodore = L. Ron Hubbard. CMO is the senior-most management organization within the Church of Scientology International. CMO staff tend to be teenagers.
Scott Campbell Finale. He lived to tell. Scott was an engineer on the Prison Ship "the Freewinds". A ship chose to be the head office and corporation address of "International Association of Scientologists" as a tax haven. The Freewinds is not beholden to any government and on the high seas is away from the prying eyes of the FBI. Unspeakable punishments are carried out here. Senior Executives (my ex-husband Heber Jentzsch included) have to clean the BILGES 12 to 14 hours a day. Scott endured sleep deprivation for months before he had a mental breakdown. The 4 earlier videos in these stories tell you more of his story. This is the finale and happy ending.
2014-07-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A "seminar" from the mighty Freewinds at a MISSION? In a city with ten ORGS? No Ideal Org is willing to sponsor a "Freewinds seminar" with the Incredible Gavin Wonderstone? Let alone an SO Org? Instead it is the virtually defunct Beverly HillsMission in Santa Monica....
Inside the Sea Org.
The 5000 army of dedicated *soldiers* who believe they are going to change the civilization to a world without War, Criminality and Insanity.
This is the battle cry for more coerced money donations.
Even as more people leave and Scientology continues inexorably to dwindle, the church never gives up trying to spread its message, sometimes in subtle ways.
The latest example is a campaign we learned about before Scientology has even been able to launch it. It's the newest ad from the Florida chapter of its anti-psychiatry front group, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, CCHR.
Scientologists are being encouraged to donate money so CCHR can put this on Florida's airwaves. Give it a look and let us know: How effective will this ad be in recruiting the unsuspecting to Scientology's anti-psych fun-party?
Joe Reaiche, in his playing days The Underground Bunker has teamed with Australia's biggest-selling magazine, Woman's Day, to bring you a report that should send some reverberations through Scientology celebrity culture.
In its newest edition, which hit store shelves in Australia a few hours ago, Woman's Day has published a photograph taken last month showing actress Alanna Masterson, 24, and the son of Tom Cruise, Connor, 18, on a recent lunch date.
The magazine and the Bunker teamed up to ask Alanna's father, Joe Reaiche, for his thoughts on his daughter spending time with Connor.
2013-07-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a collection of rumors, "news" and "pitches" emanating from Flag....
They are trying to sell GAG II HARD. Also throwing in some "Super Power" and even a mention of OT IX to persuade the high rollers to get busy redoing their Basics, Purif and Objectives.
First off, a pitch to attend Graduation. We are starting a competition for how many euphemisms can be thought up to announce His presence at Graduation. This has a few new ones: "you know who" and "the top" and my personal favorite "our main speaker."
It's hilarious! It's bizzzaaaroo! It's three minutes too long! See hyperactive Scientologists gush excessively over the wonderfulness of the latest set of books and courses that they must buy. The editing is so rapid, the music so loud that you might not have time to think ... about how much money this costs! And that is the point.
If you're like us, there's truly nothing more inspiring than watching Scientologists talk about how much they love Scientology.
And we've never been quite so inspired than we were after watching a new video of rapid-fire testimonials by dozens of Scientologists who have been fully stoked by the Golden Age of Knowledge.
If you're not really up on Scientology lingo, don't despair. Because after watching this seven-minute video, things really won't be any clearer.
2013-07-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I am in the process of writing two books related to Scientology. It seems to me at this juncture of that process that they will probably be the last I write about Scientology. In keeping with the philosophy I follow in helping people on a one-to-one basis, I am writing with the purpose of assisting people in a fashion that does me out of a job. I think that modus operandi evolved out of recognition that somewhere along the road Scientology sowed its own seeds of destruction by inculcating a sort of unhealthy dependency. I consider what I do to be of the nature of outfitting and guiding folk to begin charting their own paths. Hopefully the books will relate all that I know to be workable in assisting people to move on up a little higher. The first book is about moving up from the ultimate trap that is Scientology for those stuck in it to one degree or another. The second book is about applying Hubbard's workable discoveries in an integrated fashion that proofs one up against getting entrapped in the first place while seeking higher levels of awareness and consciousness.
The former is a recommended guide for moving on up beyond what Scientology has to offer. The latter is a recommended guide for integrating safe and sane application of that in Scientology that can be effective for those who wish to apply it. That is, an integral practice which by my own estimation is the only fashion by which Hubbard's workable ideas will survive or serve salutary purposes for future generations.
All of my books to date, including the first future one introduced here, are directed at a very limited audience: Scientologists and potential users of Hubbard methods. As much as Scientologists and even former Scientologists would like to convince themselves otherwise, I know this to be a tiny minority in today's society. The audience is so limited that writing books on the subject is not a means to make a living; in fact it is an impediment to doing so. The books are written out of a sense of obligation for imparting what I have learned through my own experiences of moving into, through, and beyond Scientology. It is my hope that somewhere down the line that the audience for the second book, the integral guide, might gain a wider audience; or, at least, serve to get some of Hubbard's ideas into the conversation and mix in future integral mental and spiritual practices.
But after Shelley's mum died her dad Peter Howell was given full custody of her and took her to live at Walsh Manor, a Scientology centre in Crowborough, East Sussex.
Nearby is Saint Hill Manor, which is the home of Scientology in the UK, and the former home of the religion's founder, science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard.
She said: "Even though I was so young I knew as soon as I arrived this wasn't a normal place. The first thing I had to do was to sign a billion-year contract.
2012-07-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Pancho and Squirrel
Greetings to everyone who is independent and even those who have not made the decision who yet struggle to be independent while still in the church (good luck with that!).
2012-07-07, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Last night, about 24 hours after our story appeared, we spoke again with Alexander's mother, Karen de la Carriere, by telephone.
She told us she was standing outside the Cedar Hill Mortuary in Los Angeles, but she was not allowed inside to see her son's body.
"My son is behind this wall. I'm touching the wall and he's just on the other side. But I can't see him because the church considers me a suppressive person," she said.
I'd been pinched – hard – in some kind of strange lie-detector test and seen rooms where people went to be 'purified'.
I'd spent an hour subjected to a gruelling and invasive 'personality' test and revealed my deepest inner thoughts as if hypnotised.
I'd also been invited to cross the Bridge To Total Freedom – but, in a panic, instead I found myself running away from Scientology as fast as I could – after just a day as a guest of the controversial religion.
2011-07-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
More evidence that Cult leader David Miscavige has gone stark, staring mad is surfacing by the day. While he employees round the clock teams of between one and two dozen Private Eyes and OTAs on me and Mike Rinder each, his empire is going down in flames. Janet Reitman is only beginning the promotion tour for her book Inside Scientology. And her central conclusion that the church is imploding and reform is only possible from without is being published far and wide in her initial interviews. Miscavige cannot do anything about Reitman because virtually all of his resources are tied up in Texas and Florida making lulz videos. Implosion, meltdown, or tipping point? Or all three in one? Rome burns while Nero plays with his fiddle.
Time Magazine interview:
Freedom Magazine is looking for experienced investigative reporters for short and long-range freelance assignments. Freedom, published by the Church of Scientology since 1968, covers human rights and social betterment issues and does investigative reporting in the public interest. Current assignments are based in Los Angeles, New York and Southeastern Texas.
A recovering drug addict was called homophobic slurs, held against his will and forced to repeat Scientology lessons at a pair of Southern California rehab homes, including one in Newport Beach, according to a lawsuit filed in Nevada County.
In a lawsuit filed June 29 claiming breach of contract, misrepresentation and attempts at religious conversion, Sarah Locatelli claims her husband, Daniel, received no drug treatment, education or otherwise for the $20,000 they paid to Narconon Southern California in Newport Beach and Narconon Joshua Hills in Palm Desert in February 2008.
It appears that Scientology is in the midst of a big advertising campaign. They appear to want to advertise to my readers very much.
But this is outrageous. Scientology is every ad block 24 hours/day for over a week now. My readers have rightfully started complaining and I'd really like Google to stop. If they are paying Google an exorbitant amount to advertise, I am not seeing any difference in my CPM rates. So, I've tried just about everything in my power to get them removed.
Google being Google, they haven't made removing specific ads very easy. I've done the requisite posting on AdSense forums with strangely no answer. I've also researched competitive ad filters and put every Scientology URL in the filter. To no avail. The Scientology ads keep coming.
As a member of two vindictive cults -- Fox News and Scientology -- cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren is an absolute pro at channeling rage. Witness the blog post she typed up on the 4th of July holiday. The executive producer of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last week called Susteren's On The Record "not a news program. It's missing-person of the day."
SACRAMENTO -- A former Silicon Valley computer consultant whose decade-long fight with the Church of Scientology led to his ruin is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to free him from a Riverside County jail.
Keith Henson's crusade against the church brought him a misdemeanor conviction for interfering with the rights of others to practice their religion. The 64-year-old Californian is now two months into a six-month jail sentence for the crime.
As he mowed on Thursday, a man heard trouble next door. Soon his neighbour staggered into his yard with stab wounds to her stomach and back, crying for help.
From her back garden there was screaming, as if someone was being chased. Then one of the woman's daughters appeared in the front yard, carrying a knife.
He told her he would call police, and the 25-year-old ran off. In an interview with Channel 10, he described the injured mother telling him: "It's not her fault, she's sick."
2005-07-07, Richard Leiby, Live discussion, Washington Post
Richard Leiby: Yes, Scientologists do indeed now run the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). How the takeover occurred is a very long and complicated story, but it was essentially the result of a long and harsh legal campaign by Scientology to put CAN out of business. The church succeeded -- and then its members went on to buy the name after CAN went bankrupt.
Minton and Scientology had engaged in an acrimonious public battle for years, spending millions on mutual destruction.
Now they were talking truce. It wasn't long before Minton had become Scientology's star witness.
On the verge of a trial, the Church of Scientology has settled a $40-million federal lawsuit against its former publicity agent, Hill & Knowlton, and foe Eli Lilly and Co. for an undisclosed sum of money.
No one involved in the litigation, however, is discussing the terms of the agreement, which was completed last week.
"All parties acknowledged that they are pleased that the case has been settled," said a statement from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.
The agreement requires confidentiality, said Kurt Weiland, a director of the Church of Scientology International and head of its Office of Special Affairs.
PARIS (AP) _ The president of the French branch of the Church of Scientology and five colleagues have been arrested in a probe of alleged fraud and illegal practice of medicine, court and church officials said Saturday.
The president, Daniele Gounord, was arrested Friday in Paris along with the church's treasurer and the head of a church foundation. They were placed under court supervision, but not jailed
Three officials of the Scientologists' branch in Lyon were arrested there in the past 10 days - the local president, treasurer and secretary. They have been charged with complicity in fraud and illegal practice of medicine.