2017-07-30, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer questions left in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) What do you think of these doomsday type channels here on YouTube? I saw a video last week where a guy shows a bunch of different underground tunnel entrances near a Walmart and it kinda worried me, especially after the closing of several Walmart stores for "plumbing issues" and seeing armored guards and other government agency cars in the parking lot. This world has become a scary place!
(2) When you were still in the Church and someone showed you a "pack" of information on an SP or a hate website, would you and others not think it was strange/unethical/illegal that they were using what was supposed to be confidential information? Would you, at a time where you were still fully in, ever be scared that someone would look and/or use your confidential information given in auditing?
Rod Keller continues to watch Scientology try, illegally, to build a new "Advanced Org" in Mexico City, and now the church is starting to play dirty.
The waiting game at the planned Advanced Org in Mexico City continues and Scientology is using all of its tricks to break the imposed work stoppage. Watchful neighbors this week spotted a water heater being delivered to the site by a truck bearing the logo of Rotoplas, a manufacturer of water tanks. It's part of the "trabajo hormiga," or "ant work" being done at the site.
[Rotoplas water tank delivery at Palmas Plaza]
2017-07-30, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Valley Idle Org is trying to generate some "PR Area Control" by buddying up with some "interfaith" allies. No doubt they will talk about how they are being targeted by "bigots" conducting a "campaign" of "anti-religion haters." (For an organization that derides the concept of being a victim they sure do a pretty good imitation of playing one).
I wonder if they have on their agenda the topics of "Disconnection and the destruction of families"? Or "Elderly Abuse in Scientology"? Or "How we cover up child abuse to protect the image of scientology?"
The people who are attending this "interfaith forum on tolerance and belief" have no clue what they are involving themselves in. Or they think it's a step up for them to get into bed with Scientology? Surely not....
(L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1946)
Hey, gang. We spent all day yesterday reading two manuscripts from people who were kind enough to give us advance looks at their upcoming books. It was great stuff, and we're glad we got to see it, but it meant we blew the whole day without a chance to make any phone calls. So please don't be too disappointed with us if we start off the weekend with something we threw together pretty quickly.
We were reminded, never mind how, of one of L. Ron Hubbard's most fascinating bodies of work, perhaps the most revealing pieces of writing he ever did. But it's nothing the Church of Scientology has on sale. And you never hear Hubbard's ardent admirers ever mention it.
2015-07-30, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
If you are curious about Scientology, how it works or what its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was really all about, then I think this is the video for you. In this, I'm going to actually give you a window into the deepest and most important part of Scientology and exactly how Hubbard convinces his followers that Scientology is the most important thing in the world, more important than their job, their money or even their friends and family. So let's take a look and see what's behind the curtain.
L. Ron Hubbard was a prolific writer, not only writing books and giving lectures, but also issuing thousands of bulletins and policy letters which laid out the rules and guidelines for the Scientology religion. What we're going to do in this video is critically analyze what Scientologists consider to be the single most important issue he wrote, entitled Keeping Scientology Working.
Before I get into that, I want to give a very brief rundown on the events that led to Hubbard writing this issue. You who are watching this video may know all about Scientology's history or you may know nothing about it. I'm going into this assuming that you don't know much, so for those of you who do, thank you for your patience.
We'll never forget when we got the message from Karen de la Carriere in July 2012. She had found out — through the help of Aaron Smith-Levin, we now have learned — that her son, Alexander Jentzsch, had suddenly died at 27.
Alex was not only Karen's son, but also the son of Heber Jentzsch, who is still the nominal president of the Church of Scientology International (pictured, right).
The son of the president of Scientology, and he fell ill and died without anything being said to his mother, who had the means to help get him proper care. Instead, it turned out, Alex got bad advice and took a medicine for pain that made it harder for him to breathe at the same time that he was suffering from pneumonia. That combination killed a man who was young enough that he shouldn't have died if he'd been properly looked after.
In January, we told you about Barbara Cordova Oliver, 56, a longtime Scientologist who had vanished after having a mental breakdown at her 80-year-old mother Arlene's house in the Los Angeles area last December.
Barbara had been a fixture at Scientology's Hollywood Celebrity Center, where she ran something called Artists for a Better World. But after two failed moves to Clearwater, Florida with her Scientologist husband Robert Oliver, a distraught Barbara found herself at Arlene's house and obviously needed medical attention. (Arlene has never been involved in Scientology.)
Barbara was briefly hospitalized at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, but Arlene says that a Scientology attorney soon got Barbara released to her husband's care. The couple then vanished. Arlene thought they might be in Tennessee.
2014-07-30, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Here is the latest promo piece for the annual CC Gala.
JT is featured prominently - twice. Is he doing another ethics handling and has committed to attend for sure as part of his amends? Jenna Elfman and Laura Prepon, Mark Isham and Chick Corea are also shown. Jenna, Mark and Chick are card-carrying Kool Aid drinkers. Laura may be in the same boat as JT — in a bit of trouble for being gay in Orange Is The New Black, or they just happened to use a photo of JT that she is in from a previous Gala.
But the real issue here is who they are NOT showing...
2013-07-30, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The GI at Flag must suck.
The pressure must really be cranked up at Flag for Sonya Jacques to be delivering $10/head "seminars" at the local Mission.
Sonya used to routinely make more than $200Gs a week. There is no way she would spend 2 hours on Wednesday evening at Bellaire Mission if things were even close to normal.
2013-07-30, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Somewhere along the way emotion was converted into equating with states or levels of consciousness in Scientology. In the process emotion became a negative humanoid attribute, e.g. writing off any feeling or expression of emotion off as 'human emotion and reaction' or 'h, e and r.'
Emotion and grades of awareness or consciousness are not the same thing.
Wikipedia gives a good definition for emotion that was no doubt contributed to by a number of interested people from a variety of religious, philosophical, scientific and educational backgrounds. It is as follows:
Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology's International Base in 2005. She spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.
Claire, after last week's interruption for a discussion of "disconnection," we're getting back to our progression in Scientology this week.
CLAIRE: Yes, let's get back on track! After Pro TRs and Upper Indoc TRs, our next step is the Professional Metering Course.
In a letter to German film-makers, Dr Klaus Ballin tried to explain his treatment of Heribert Pfaff. His patient had died from an epileptic fit after Ballin replaced his anti-convulsant medication with a Scientology-based treatment.
When a German documentary team investigated Scientology in 1997 they discovered a whole series of unexplained deaths at its Clearwater base, billed as the movement's centre of excellence.
Would Scientology really dare claim a cure for epilepsy? One of those who died was Heribert Pfaff. Aged just 31, he had succumbed to an epileptic fit in 1988 after having been weaned off his anti-convulsant medication by his Scientology doctor, Klaus Ballin.
2012-07-30, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Having spent most of this year working on de-fanging the beast – largely uncompensated and nonetheless rather successfully – we are gearing up for delivery once again. We are prepared to deliver the entire Scientology grade chart. We are particularly ready to assist those who are interested in moving on up from their corporate Scientology experiences. If after having read What Is Wrong With Scientology?, and understanding the need or desirability to evolve and transcend from Scientology Inc, you are yet still feeling somehow held back by masses or energies or some dots that just won't connect or disconnect, we can assist with the process of overcoming those barriers. That goes for anyone at any level of experience with the 'church' or the subject of Scientology.
I am particularly interested in working with those OT VIIs (comps or people who have audited substantial hours) and OT VIIIs who recognize their gains but also sense there are other dimensions of concern that advanced spiritual awareness makes perceptible. In my view there is no reason to abandon the skills you have worked to achieve. Rather than invalidate them, think instead of honing them toward handling those zones to which your intuition leads.
Those interested in real Scientology and transcendence beyond where corporate Scientology can take one, give us a holler at Casablancatx@hushmail.com to schedule. We are now scheduling the month of September through the end of the year.
2012-07-30, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
The rebroadcast just happened, so we got a chance to see what Mimi had to say about how the controversial church affected her life.
In a short segment that took place with a relationship counselor, Mimi explained that her mother had been deeply into Scientology, and at only 13 Mimi herself was asked to "sign a contract" but she refused to do so and "got kicked out." At that point, she explained, her mother decided to dedicate herself to the church rather than her own kids, and Mimi has been carrying around that feeling of betrayal ever since.
Dr. Joan Wood once enjoyed prominence and prestige as a medical sleuth like the heroes of the mystery books she read.
As the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner for 18 years, she conducted more than 5,600 autopsies and testified in hundreds of murder trials.
But the case she will be remembered for most is the one she botched: the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson.
To help the school recover, Mickens and the other board members have turned to Hanan Islam, executive director of the World Literacy Crusade. The group promotes the use of study techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of the Church of Scientology.
Islam is from Los Angeles, though she has been staying in Clearwater for about eight months, and is an owner of a local company called Art of Management Inc., described on a website as specializing in management services for speakers, artists and authors.
Islam said Mickens approached her earlier because the school needed help. She said she immediately saw what the problems were and gave Mickens a written report. She said he didn't follow her advice.
2009-07-30, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
The following list has been circulating on the web for a while. Most recently it was posted on Ask the Scientologist.
The list was compiled after discussions with a number of Scientologists. There are questions we all have about current Scientology events, sometimes unstated, sometimes just nagging feelings. The list below is intended to get such questions out in the open where we can discuss them in a forthright manner, and, hopefully, find answers.
1. Who runs our Church?
Tom Cruise is named in a $250 million federal lawsuit that is using the RICO statute against the Church of Scientology. Ex-Scientologist Peter Letterese, a longtime critic of the church, filed suit in Southern District Court in Florida on July 15 alleging, among other things, that members of the church harassed him after he left.
In court papers provided to The News by investigator Paul Barresi, Letterese claims a member of the church phoned his lawyer at home, and when the lawyer's wife answered, said he was her husband's homosexual lover.
Film companies in Germany are now making attempts to look behind what they believe is the true nature of Scientology. The movies are primarily aimed at young people, who are most likely to fall for the organization.
Young people tend to be the first to fall for Scientology and are therefore much courted by the group's scouts across the nation. This is where a new, 25-minute film by the Matthias Film company comes in. It shows interviews with Scientology leaders, former members who have turned their backs on the organization and representatives of state authorities.
I support Anonymous!
NOTE: Jonathan is aware of this video, has expressed appreciation, and requested that it be posted on his personal website (see for yourself). He is also the talented guy responsible for the wildly popular "Still Alive" closing credits music from the game Portal (as sung by GLaDOS). In other words, he's pretty nifty.
False claims of copyright infringement from fraudulent, non-existent, misspelled companies set up as fronts for butthurt Scientologists who can't counter opposing opinions, fact, logic, documentation (and so on) will be reported to relevant YT staff as proof of ongoing abuse of YT policies, and also countered with a lot of pointing and laughing.
A Paris judge has ruled that a 13-year-old case against the Church of Scientology alleging fraud and illegal practice of medicine cannot go to trial because the statute of limitations has expired, a judicial official said Tuesday.
Judge Colette Bismuth-Sauron ruled Friday that there was a lack of progress in the investigation and rejected the case on procedural grounds, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The criminal probe into 16 leaders of the church was opened in 1989 after a criminal complaint was filed by a former Scientologist, Juan Esteban Cordero. He accused the group of "progressive mental conditioning" that led him to spend more than $167,000 on Scientology-related courses.
However, in 1998, hundreds of documents that were to be used as evidence in the case disappeared from the Justice Ministry.
Robotic Parking's automated garage concept promises to pack in twice as many cars as a standard parking garage, plus cut down on pollution, energy use, labor costs and frustration for drivers trolling endlessly for an open space. But critics argue the company has tried before but hasn't been able to reach its Jetsons-like goal.
A drug-abuse treatment program for adolescents that Virginia officials sought to shut down because of questionable practices has closed its facility in Springfield, but reopened the program across the border in Maryland.
Straight Inc., which Virginia officials have accused of abusive practices such as strip searches and "spit therapy," dropped its fight to continue to operate in Virginia.
Straight's decision to cease operations in Virginia came six months after the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services said it would not renew an operating license for the Springfield facility because of repeated human rights violations. Straight closed its Hampton Roads program in February.
A substance abuse center awaiting state certification received a boost Monday from leaders of the Tonkawa tribe. The Tonkawa Tribal Council passed a resolution supporting Narconon Chilocco New Life Center because of improvements it made to the campus of the old Chilocco Indian school and for its efforts to help people live "a life free of chemical dependency. " The Tonkawa tribe is one of five tribes that signed a 25-year lease enabling Narconon Chilocco to operate its program at the old Chilocco Indian school, about six miles north of Newkirk.
A decision earlier this week in California over the tax-exempt status of the Church of Scientology could have ramifications for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization here, county officials say.
Tuesday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld revocation of the tax-exempt status of the Church of Scientology of California.
The California church did not view the decision as a defeat, however, because the court also noted in its decision that the Church of Scientology is a bona fide religious organization.
1987-07-30, Robert Henderson, St. Petersburg Times
Meanwhile, the national office of the Cult Awareness Network reports that "a Scientology front group called the Concerned Businessmen's Association is sponsoring a Set a Good Example contest aimed at schools and youth groups, which centers around a booklet titled The Way to Happiness by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard." (Many Clearwater residents have been sent that booklet in the mail.)
When a similar contest was conducted in England, children were required to read the booklet and then carry out a project that sets a good example. The LondonDaily Mail reported that "several civic leaders who had initially endorsed the contest withdrew their support upon learning of the connection to Scientology."
The first Church of Scientology minister to undergo extensive questioning by a faderal grand jury probing the church's activities was sent to jail for an indefinite period by a federal judge yesterday after he refused to answer questions before the jury.
U.S. District Chief Judge William B. Bryant took the action after three separate hearings in which the minister, Alfred Maren, of California, had been told by the judge that his reasons for refusing to answer questions before the panel were invalid.
Maren could remain in jail until he decides to answer the question, or until the end of the term of the grand jury that is hearing evidence concerning the scientologists. The grand jury's expiration date is next April.