2018-08-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Sorry, circumstances have conspired against the Thursday Funnies today, I shall try to prepare them for Saturday, but even that is not a certainty.
Meanwhile, some fascinating news from inside the bubble...
The big news is or the little stats variety. I am sure scientology would hype this like they hyped Dave's "medal" that has now been disowned by the Colombian Govt. It will fool some bubble dwellers, but for the rest of the world, this is pretty startling.
We are shocked to learn that a public relations stunt involving the leader of the Church of Scientology and a retired Colombian national police general which took place earlier this year on the island of Barbados turns out be a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
For several years, Colombia has been playing straight man to Scientology leader David Miscavige's neverending practical jokes that he runs on his own followers. One of the biggest canards he requires his acolytes to swallow is that Scientology is actually having some beneficial effect on that troubled South American country, and we've seen numerous Colombian police figures dutifully pose for photos and accept shiny medals and slick commendations as their part in the production.
But now, retired general Carlos Ramiro Mena has reportedly gotten himself into some hot water not for accepting a medal from Miscavige, but for pinning one on the diminutive ecclesiastical honcho in the name of the country's national police, which he was not authorized to do.
2018-08-02, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
In this video, I discuss with psychologist and cult exit counsellor Rachel Bernstein the psychological phenomenon of learned helplessness. We go over what it is, how people develop this condition as a result of traumatic or cultic relationships and what can be done to de-intensify it and help people recover from this condition.
In 2013 we wrote about Carol Nyburg, a familiar face for many former Church of Scientology members who recall seeing her at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida. Wealthy Scientologists from around the world spend vast amounts of money to visit Flag, Scientology's "spiritual" headquarters, and Carol was the person who helped you set up your accommodations and welcomed you when you arrived.
But after 26 years in the Sea Org, Carol decided that she'd had enough with the harsh SO life under church leader David Miscavige, and made her exit. She wrote up her experiences for Steve Hall's website, and we were particularly struck by one passage…
Another really scary thing happened during this time, it was called "Boot Camp." This was some kind of nutty ethics program that didn't start till after you had worked all day. So at 11 pm a group of us, all registrars like myself from all over the base, not just accommodations counselors but IAS, Freewinds, Planetary Dissemination registrars, too. There were about 15 to 20 of us. First we would do exercises. I was just turning 60 at this time. This was not an easy ordeal for me. Then we would do close order drilling. If you goofed up, you had to drop and do pushups or some such thing. Then we were taken to a renovation project that was going on at the Base somewhere and made to do some horrible job till about 2 am. We were then taken to our berthings to sleep and we had to be back in at 8:30 am for more ethics handlings and special reading assignments, then on to post, then boot camp again at 11 pm. This was my most fearful time in my entire career. The reason was because it did not follow anything I had ever read about Scientology ethics and I had no idea how it would end or what to do to ensure it would end. It finally did end. At the end I had to write up how "beneficial" it was for me and how much "better" I was doing then. Of course I just did it because I would have done anything to make sure this abuse stopped.
On April 13, Nagengast emailed Taylor stating she was considering relocating her business because of disappointment in the city's lack of support for the Church of Scientology's offer to overhaul downtown infrastructure, recruit high end retail to empty storefronts and build an entertainment complex with actor Tom Cruise.
Scientology leader David Miscavige offered to bankroll the redevelopment on the condition the city move aside and allow the church to buy a 1.4 acre vacant lot on Pierce Street. After the city bought the lot April 20, Miscavige withdrew his offer to redevelop downtown.
2017-08-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
OK, here is the question that this poster poses:
If the ideal org is SO important, why are two FORMER Executive Directors NOT ON STAFF? Why are they FORMER at all? It was NOT in fact the most rewarding job in the entire universe (according to the recruitment promo they routinely send out).
What's the message here? Hand over a few thousand and it gives you a free pass on the ideal org front? And meanwhile, who can forget the stories of the OT VIIIs being strong-armed into "leading their ideal orgs?"
Scientology is rightly and widely criticized for its barbaric practices of Disconnection; character assassination; spying on people; the use of child labor; and many other incredibly inhumane practices. Rather than acknowledging these things and implementing reforms, Scientology ignores it all in favor of using a standard old ploy. This old ploy is for Scientologists to feign righteous indignation and claim religious persecution. Scientology will not change its brutal and lying ways and so it screams that it is the victim of bigotry.
Scientology's latest tax-exempt scam is STAND, an acronym meaning "Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination." STAND is presently waging a campaign on social media. STAND is largely a reaction to the enormous success of Leah Remini's show Scientology And The Aftermath.
As part of STAND's attack it is attempting to shame the sponsors of Leah's show. This is quite hypocritical coming from a cult that has no shame and once conned a brain-damaged man out of his life savings. See: BRAINED-Raul-Lopez-Scientology-Story
The Church of Scientology has a cruel doctrine that has ripped thousands of families apart while seeking to extort family members of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Worse is this church uses tax payer money to accomplish this spreading its hate and demonstrating their compulsion to impose mind control on both members and non member family. This white broad video shares one such struggle by a semi-retired father who after 35 years of no contact with this church has found himself locked in a battle to reconnect his family and bring justice to this evil cult. For more see www.ScientologyHostage.com or www.BrianSheen.com
(El Jefe welcomes you to his empire)
Once again, we want to pay tribute to our great researchers and tipsters. We simply couldn't keep up this daily website without the invaluable help we get from unsung heroes who are constantly on the lookout for court records and business documents and so many other things.
One of our best helpers recently shared with us a really fun find. And that's how, today, we can give you an update on one of Scientology's most notorious characters, its former chief dirty tricks private eye, Eugene Ingram.
Scientology has had its share of skeptics. But a new facility in New York City is welcoming anyone who is curious about the religion.
Scientologists say a device called an E-Meter helps to see a thought. Yes, a thought. It's a first step in a process known as Auditing. Livia -- a Fox 5 intern -- volunteered to give it a try. It starts with a little pinch. It is just one part of the teachings from this controversial organization.
The group known for its secrecy invited Fox 5's camera inside its new location in East Harlem, where Cleveland Polite is a minister. He said they want to be an "island of sanity for people."
Another setback for the Garcias, and this one seems to leave little else for them to do but to submit to Scientology's internal arbitration scheme.
As we told you earlier, Luis and Rocio Garcia appealed the ruling by federal Judge James Whittemore granting Scientology's motion to compel the Garcias to use the church's arbitration process — even though Whittemore himself admitted that there was significant evidence that the arbitration scheme was a sham and didn't exist.
The Garcias first sued Scientology in January 2013, alleging that they had been defrauded when they were convinced to donate more than a million dollars to the organization. Specifically, about $400,000 in donations they said were solicited from them in a deceptive manner. But Scientology pointed out that the Garcias had signed numerous contracts which called for all disputes to be handled internally, with refund requests hashed out through an internal arbitration scheme. The Garcias countered with testimony by former church officials who said that the contracts were designed to confound members who complained, and that no arbitration had ever occurred, and even that there were no actual policies for an arbitration to take place.
2015-08-02, Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press, Portland Press Herald
Some celebrity-backed charities have pitched controversial causes. In 2010, Trump's foundation gave $10,000 to Generation Rescue, a nonprofit run by Jenny McCarthy to champion the widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. Trump also gave $1,000 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, an organization co-founded by Tom Cruise that offered free Scientology-based cleansing to rescue workers after the 2001 terror attacks.
2015-08-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Quinn the Eskimo is back, back, back!!!!!
And he rode triumphantly into town armed with a quiver full of exclamation points and a hefty garbage bag full of hype.
The ridiculousness of this email has got to be seen to be believed.
Die Veranstaltung fand nach dem Tod von Sektengründer L. Ron Hubbard am 27. Jänner 1986 statt – als dieser „seinen Körper verlassen hatte" [scientologisch für gestorben] und ist nicht nur ein historischer Dokument, sondern gibt auch tiefen Einblick in die Welt des Psychokults. Robert Moor trug die verschiedenen Teile dieses Events zusammen – die Qualität ist nicht überragend, der Informationsgehalt allemal …
2014-08-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Below is an article from the Irish Times yesterday reporting on the accounts statement filed for the Mission of Dublin. Of course, it is about 2 years overdue, but that really only tells us that it must be FAR worse by now.
Their reported income is less than half the previous year, so it's no doubt continued to plummet since. There is no reason to believe otherwise. The photo above is what the Mission looks like currently.
Remember this is the ONLY Dianetics and Scientology "organization" in Ireland. The last 30 years of unprecedented expansion under Mr. Miscavige seems to have missed Ireland altogether, even though there is NO language barrier, it is a highly advanced first world country that's part of the EU AND it has enormous historical significance because it is where the first PE was delivered. Given the penchant for lavishing money on any building that LRH ever used, rented or owned, why no money sunk into Merrion Square and why hasn't there been any effort to get the "PE" going where it first began? Or for that matter, just getting ANYTHING going in Ireland. No org at all after 50 years?
There's nothing quite like a Scientology testimonial, especially when it's delivered by an organic date farmer from the banks of the Jordan river explaining how he's going OT!
We have yet another Scientology internal video that's been leaked to us by our great tipsters, as well as a couple of other short films the church might not be thrilled that you're getting a chance to see. In this first one, we learn that Kevin, at Saint Hill, no longer feels the need to restrain himself. Can you tell?
Give it a look and let us know how well you think this outreach effort will work. Is the UK on its way to being cleared?
How would you feel if you had just left a controversial organization and many lifelong friends after openly challenging the boss — yet knew they had possession of 37 years worth of your most intimate confessions in typed files and on videotape?
That's the delicate — and even scary — situation facing actress Leah Remini, 43, after her very public break with the Church of Scientology last month. Though she sounded defiant when she told People magazine last week that "No one is going to tell me how to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, or cannot talk to," the act of breaking with Scientology after so many years can be emotionally overwhelming and often frightening, according to others who have left the organization. Remini is not immune to those feelings, say those familiar with her situation.
Remini also is dealing with the church's policy of disconnection — in which church members are told to shun those who have left — according to her sister and other former members of Scientology in touch with the actress.
2013-08-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Does KoolAid completely eradicate all memories? Or simply suppress the inclination to ever question contrary facts and lies if they come from He Who Is Infallible?
You will probably recall that a few weeks ago, the Silver Anniversary Maiden Voyage was cancelled. Instead there was a special summer event. It was VITALLY important. Promoted heavily for weeks.
It turned out to be a "ONE TIME ONLY" showing of what has now been called "The Turning Point" — the greatest single moment of self-congratulation in a career of patting Himself on the back that is an embarrassment of riches — the 1993 IAS event announcing the end of all possible governmental oversight into the activities of the Church of Scientology and the last barrier to Him being able to seize total control of the church.
2013-08-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Karin Pinocchio Pouw — the woman behind the curtain that is the name affixed to the public statements of the man behind the woman behind the curtain, David Miscavige — has stepped in it once again.
Responding to reporter Dana Kennedy in a piece published this morning in the Hollywood Reporter, Pouw/Miscavige once again assert that disconnection does not exist, it is merely a "personal choice."
Here is a passage from the article:
Hey gang, tickets are still available for The TomKat Project's first evening show at the NYC Fringe Festival, at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 21.
For only $15, you'll get to see this smash new comedy that pokes fun at Tom Cruise and David Miscavige, and also meet the cast and crew for a drink afterwards — with a rare above-ground appearance by your proprietor!
Playwright Brandon Ogborn and his producer Dein Sofley are setting things up for us — you just have to show up! So grab some tickets and let's have a fun night at The Player's Theatre in the Village.
St Jude and St Paul's Primary School, in Kingsbury Road, Newington Green, arranged for Narconon to come in to teach the Year 6 pupils about the dangers of drug abuse before the end of term.
Narconon offer drug and rehabilitation services based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard, the man who inspired Scientology - a religion famously followed by Tom Cruise. But critics claim Narconon's rehab centres are used to help recruit people to the controversial church.
Narconon offers drug and rehabilitation services based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard, the man who inspired Scientology, the church followed by Tom Cruise. But critics claim Narconon's rehab centres are used to help recruit people to the movement. This is denied by Narconon.
Amanda Steele, 30, found one of the group's pamphlets in her son Vincent's schoolbag. She said: "I couldn't believe the school would get people like this in. All the parents I have spoken to are horrified — they want to know how this was allowed to happen. It's a faith school, so why not get someone from the Church to do this?
"These aren't the sort of people I want to come in to teach my kids about drugs. In fact I don't want them to come anywhere near them."
2012-08-02, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
As Brousseau explained, it was after Scientology finally got out from under the Lisa McPherson wrongful death lawsuit with a settlement in 2004 that church leader David Miscavige's attention seemed to turn inward.
Suddenly, he says, Miscavige directed an unending fury at his own top executives, some of his most loyal and longest-serving officials in international management. And in 2004, he rounded up about 50 of these Sea Org members, locked them in a room, and then confined them to another building for three days. He then asked Brousseau to secure the CMO Int offices, and then the next day moved the executives down to it.
The Hole was born.
Harrowing accounts of what occurred in The Hole turned up in a 2009 investigation by Joe Childs and Tom Tobin of the Tampa Bay Times, in Marc Headley's 2009 book Blown for Good, and in Janet Reitman's 2011 history of the church, Inside Scientology.
Then, this year, we heard from two additional sources about conditions in The Hole -- Debbie Cook's dramatic court testimony this February in San Antonio, and Mike Rinder's Voice video interview in March. (At Cook's hearing in February, the church put out a statement denying that The Hole exists. But the attorney who uttered that denial was not, as Cook, under oath in a court of law. He's also outnumbered by numerous former Scientologists who have spoken about the church's concentration camp with utter consistency.)
However, documents show interest-free loans from abroad are propping up the Irish branch, where it is more than €688,000 in the red in its latest accounts.
According to financial documents lodged by the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd, the company's revenues have more than halved, from €484,070 to €193,509 in 2009.
As a result of revenues falling by 150%, the Church's operating surplus dropped by 74% from €271,804 to €68,292.
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October could play a key role in lawsuits filed against Scientology by former members of its Sea Organization.
In 2005 Cheryl Perich , a teacher at a small elementary school in Redford, Michigan, was preparing to return to work after six months on medical leave. But her employers said they did not think she was ready.
She tried to report for work anyway and finally threatened legal action to get her post back. They fired her, so she went to court.
2011-08-02, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
For those naive enough to continue chasing David Miscavige's elusive, imaginary and expensive carrots I've got news direct from the mouth of your "Pope."
At the 2005Maiden Voyage aboard the Freewinds Miscavige already released his version of OT IX - Orders of Magnitude (the "name of state" for the postulated level OT IX on the current Grade Chart). Apparently, few noticed and they have been paying through the nose for it since.
David Miscavige Maiden Voyage Opening Speech June 2005:
Yes, Scientology. This short ad and a number of other well-made TV commercials are now running nationwide on various cable TV networks and online challenging viewers to investigate the "life changing" system of the Church of Scientology.
Over the past couple of decades Americans have become more aware of this controversial religion primarily because of the involvement of prominent Hollywood celebrities including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Priscilla Presley and a host of others. So what is Scientology and what should Christians think about it?
Day Six, June 8: Veteran politician Jean-Pierre Brard sketched a damning profile of Scientology in a presentation that ranged from its financial structure to theories of mind control.
Jean-Pierre Brard, a deputy in France's National Assembly, opened the third week of the trial. An experienced speaker, unlike most of those who had appeared before the court, he needed little prompting from the judge to set out his views.
Brard had been called as a witness for the plaintiffs because as a deputy he had served on three parliamentary inquiries into cults - the first of them back in1995. Over the years, he had earned a reputation as one of the most vocal critics of such groups in France.
Jeff Hawkins, 63 Joined Scientology: at age 21, in 1967 in L.A. Left Sea Org: 2005 Career highlights: Marketing and design, created TV ad that featured exploding volcano to promote Dianetics. Now: Single, lives in Portland, Ore. Freelances as a graphic designer.
Scientologists "say they're the experts in organizational technology. … Well, then how come you need to have that level of threat and duress to get people to do what you want them to do?"
Video: Jeff Hawkins
The Church of Scientology is close to selling its Russell Street headquarters, as it prepares to leave the CBD.
Sources say the church will reap about $8 million for the four-level heritage building, on the corner of Flinders Lane. It paid $720,000 in 1980.
The Catholic actress-and-singer thinks it a shame that Scientology evokes such negative feelings.
"My dad has been a Scientologist for 20 years. It's weird people want to paint it in a negative way," Lopez said in an interview with US TV channel NBC6.
Harare - As inflation bites and shortages worsen, Zimbabwe's mandarins have been offered help from a highly-controversial source - the Church of Scientology, reports said Thursday. Government officials, including cabinet ministers have all been given free copies of the book The Problems of Work written by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
The full-length feature film was written and directed by Peter Alexander, a 20-year Scientologist who broke from the church in 1997 and now calls it an elaborate fraud. It was funded in part by Bob Minton, the Church of Scientology's most vocal critic.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Food and Drug Administration rejected the Church of Scientology's campaign against the antidepressant Prozac, but flat sales growth for the drug show the public is listening to the claims.
The drug's manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Co., as well as mental health groups and drug industry analysts say there's no question sales have suffered from claims that Prozac causes violent behavior and suicidal thoughts among its users.
"Some people have indeed quit taking it. Other people have pressured their relatives to stop taking it," said Edward West, spokesman for Indianapolis- based Lilly.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Church of Scientology's campaign against the antidepressant Prozac was rejected by the Food and Drug Administration, but flat sales for the drug show the public is heeding the warnings.
The drug's manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Co., as well as mental health groups and drug industry analysts say there's no question sales have suffered from warnings that Prozac causes violent behavior and suicidal thoughts among its users.
"Some people have indeed quit taking it. Other people have pressured their relatives to stop taking it," said Edward West, spokesman for Indianapolis- based Lilly.