Today voters in Florida will be casting ballots in local elections and party primaries, and just in time we have your Scientology Voters Guide!
We've pointed out in the past that Scientologists tend to lean right, and there's simply no doubt that they receive instructions for how to vote in specific races. Proof of that was pretty dramatically demonstrated by the Los Angeles Times, which found that the only precinct in Los Angeles to go for Donald Trump was the one that includes Scientology's "Big Blue" headquarters.
We've also found examples where Scientologists were told how to vote in Clearwater, Florida — the other place, other than Los Angeles, where there are enough Scientologists to make an impact on local races.
This time, it was Pat Clouden who sent the word out on how to vote in today's elections. Clouden's name often pops up in Scientology fliers and initiatives cited here and at Mike Rinder's website. He's been involved in Scientology since 1975, and he's a big donor after striking it rich in Florida's energy deregulation, like other wealthy church members.
2018-08-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Poor old Bob Anderson.
He has been being touted as "your C/S for new OT IX and X" since that great pie in the sky was first announced thirty years ago.
Now they don't even call him that any more, he is just the "lead" C/S for OT VIII.
The Church of Scientology is engaging in outright social media fraud to attack Leah Remini and her show Scientology and the Aftermath. Scientology's so-called STAND league is using stock photos to create fake STAND members to launch social media attacks on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, A&E, A&E's sponsors, and the courageous people who appear on Leah's show. This is a scandal and a disgrace for Scientology.
Using Google reverse imaging technology, Scientology critic Justin Templer on Twitter has found numerous fake STAND members. This is outright fraud.
STAND member "Erica Blair" is fake. Her image is a stock photo anyone can purchase:
2017-08-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
For the latest proof that the "ideal org" strategy has NOTHING to do with "clearing the planet" but is simply a real estate, money making scheme and PR campaign for internal scientologists, look no further than the "ideal org" of Ireland.
Here is a new pitch they sent out which I have highlighted to note some significant points.
First thing to note: this "org" is being sponsored by the IAS — they must need to invest in some more real estate to satisfy IRS requirements.
Work is underway to establish a scientology "ideal org" in the Dublin suburbs. Ireland has less than 50 active scientologists so the true nature of this extravagance has yet to be discovered. This compound fits the bill of what a cult setting should be; totally enclosed with high fences and lit perimeter, which will no doubt will be enhanced with the development of the site.
How far will a Scientologist parent go to punish their kids if they reject the church? That's one of the questions we were left with after watching Tuesday night's episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the third episode of Leah's second season.
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder travel to Oregon in this episode to spend time with Liz Gale, someone we wrote a lengthy story about in November. But even if you're familiar with that story, you're going to learn a lot about Liz and her family in this episode that you haven't heard before.
Liz and her older brother Philip grew up as third generation Scientologists. In fact, Liz explains that her grandmother got her great-grandmother into Dianetics, so she might be considered a fourth generation church member. Scientology, in other words, is a long tradition in the family, but it's not the family's only legacy.
2016-08-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Next in the ongoing series of essays by Terra Cognita. See earlier posts here: The Knowledge Report, Integrity, The Almighty Stat, The Reg, The Horrors of Wordclearing, Why Scientologists Don't FSM, Respect, The Survival Rundown - The Latest Scam, Communication in Scientology... Or Not, Am I Still A Thetan?, To Be Or Not To Be, An Evaluation of Scientology, Fear: That Which Drives Scientology and Justification and Rationalization.
Auditing: a PC's Quest for the Holy Grail
I don't have the perseverance to cover the whole topic of auditing. But here are a few thoughts.
2016-08-28, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions which are 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 take up are:
(1) Chris, in a recent video you made brief mention of INCOMM, which is apparently the Church's special unit for dealing with computers. In following up on this, very little information is available on this mysterious group, other than survivor stories about a 1995 crackdown wherein INCOMM members were put through a special kind of hell over a leak to ARS of internal Sea Org emails. Can you explain what went on with this episode, as well give us more information about the history and current state of INCOMM?
(2) Why do Scientologists have the idea the word 'bigot' could serve as a weapon or offend anybody? For me it is really ridiculous to hear Scientologists using the word bigot as a "Wonder Weapon" to repulse their "enemies". Is it just because I am German?
(The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)
Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and this week he spotted something he decided to dive into in more depth. Take it away, Rod...
"How many babies can you fit in the Rose Bowl?"
That's the bizarre question posed by the equally bizarre front group for the Church of Scientology – the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), which is wildly distorting statistics in an attempt to inject the anti-psychiatry views of the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard into an otherwise serious public policy debate over the usefulness of certain drugs for infants and very young patients.
August 28, 2015: Take a look inside Narconon Arrowhead and see how similar it is to the Scientology organization. See the Scientology Management and OEC Volumes on the shelves, the Org Board, staff lining up in their Divisions at Roll Call, and the blatant display of the fraudulent NAFC - C.C.D.C. designations. See the millions of dollars this cult drug rehab brings in.
August 28, 2015: Ex-Narconon Arrowhead staff member, Jason Seipp, speaks out for the first time with David E. Love. Jason entered Narconon as a student (patient), then recruited onto staff and later became a member of Scientology. Jason explains the fraud and abuse he saw and experienced at Narconon Arrowhead. While at Narconon, he met David Miscavige, Tom Cruise and Priscilla Presley, seeing many things that should not be. Another lengthy video of footage inside Narconon Arrowhead will be published over the next few days.
[Judge Edward Chen | Photo: Hillary Jones-Mixon]
On April 1, we told you about a class-action lawsuit that had been filed against several of Scientology's drug rehab companies in California. A judge has now ruled against Scientology in the lawsuit's preliminary matters and has called for a trial that should put explosive evidence in a courtroom — that Scientology's Narconon centers get new patients high on whatever they're addicted to before they can be admitted.
Two plaintiffs were named in the lawsuit; their attorneys planned for there to be many more former Narconon patients suing the Scientology rehab system. The plaintiffs, Nathan Burgoon of California and Caleb Landers of Pennsylvania, each alleged what we've seen in so many other lawsuits against the Scientology rehab centers: That they promise individualized drug counseling delivered by medical professionals with astounding success rates, and don't mention their connection to the Church of Scientology. But after patients have paid around $30,000 up front, they then learn that the Narconon program contains no drug counseling at all, but instead delivers the same kind of introductory exercises that a new member gets at a Scientology church.
We've been leaked a video which could not be a more perfect distillation of Scientology as it exists in 2014.
This thing, well, it's — it's beautiful.
Before we show it to you, we want to help you put it in context. The few remaining Scientologists in Atlanta, like other cities in the U.S., are under intense pressure to donate huge amounts of money in order to pay for a new building they don't need. These new facilities are called "Ideal Orgs," and just yesterday former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted a great backgrounder on this maniacal decade-long push by church leader David Miscavige.
2014-08-28, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is "All New" because "The Time Is Now"
Sounds like the same old, same old to me... I would love to know what is "all new" about this? "We just pronounced it all new, so it is"? Sort of like the 25 anniversary of the Freewinds?
And I would love to hear how GAT II has made building ideal orgs faster and more certain than ever!
Foreword: This essay by Mike Rinder is so outstanding in exposing the deception underlying David Miscavige's Ideal Org programs that I am reprinting it here in its entirety. This essay connects the dots. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Why Ideal Orgs?
An Essay by Mike Rinder
As our readers can probably imagine, we're pretty excited here in the Underground Bunker after getting yesterday's news about Monique Rathbun's hearing date for a temporary injunction on September 12. Scientology legal matters are definitely heating up, and so we thought it was time for a general roundup of the major cases being litigated around the country.
We're starting in Michigan, where we revealed recently that Per Wickstrom, who runs a number of Scientology-style drug rehab centers, has filed suit against the Pennfield Township (near Battle Creek) because it has repeatedly turned down his requests to expand one of his facilities, called "A Forever Recovery."
The Township removed the case to federal court and filed a motion to dismiss it. And now, Wickstrom is battling back: by whining.
Narconon Arrowhead is being sued by the parents of a patient who died during treatment.
Filed Aug. 23, the lawsuit claims Narconon Arrowhead did not provide adequate medical care for Hillary Holten. Her parents say the facility was informed Holten had a medical condition that required her to take a steroid every day. The facility said they could manage the medication.
2010-08-28, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of Green on White can divine quite a lot from simply studying the promo that is put out in Miscavige's vulture culture.
The following two pieces speak volumes as to the health and direction of C of M in Los Angeles.
The first piece indicates that apparently the Valley Org has for some time now out-sourced the subject of Ethics. Instead of putting an Introduction to Scientology Ethics book in folks hands, or even having them do Ethics light with, say, a div 6 course in Ethics, Valley is promoting public to instead pay for some outside consultant to tell them what Ethics is about.
2009-08-28, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
As many of us know – particularly those of us who have been on staff - the Awareness Level of the Department of Registration is "Enlightenment." That is, if you want to sign someone up for Scientology services, your first job is to enlighten them on that service. And, once upon a time, Registrars did that.
Well, apparently that doesn't happen these days. Registration has moved into Ethics, and enlightenment has been replaced with bald threat. Some OTs have received a "Summons" from the Director of Inspections and Reports FSO, Alonzo. In it, he says:
"You have been off the level for some time. From the records we have, there is no reason why you aren't back on the level.
Narconon has bought the old Ramada Inn (which was once a Holiday Inn) at 1500 S. George Nigh Expwy. and is refurbishing it to open a detoxification center and training center.
Interior work has been going on for months, but since no true remodeling was being done, no city permit was needed at the time, according to Dennis Lalli, city building inspector.
Cleo McLaughlin, senior vice president of Narconon Arrowhead, said workers initially had to remove asbestos from some of the rooms.
Now it appears the organization has gone a step farther, since it applied for - and received - a $152,000 remodeling permit on Aug. 4.
This summer's biggest Hollywood breakup has left Steven Spielberg caught in the middle.
The director was blindsided by Paramount Pictures' decision to dump Tom Cruise, Spielberg's spokesman said Thursday. Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount parent Viacom, dropped the bombshell in an interview in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Priscilla Presley's teenage son has reportedly joined the Church of Scientology.
Navarone Garibaldi got in trouble at age 17 last year when he was stopped for speeding in Glendale, Calif., and was found in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Garibaldi is now reportedly back on track, however, after completing the "student volunteer minister course" at his mother's controversial church in Los Angeles, the New York Post reported Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has reaffirmed $1.09 million in damages against an anti-cult organization for its role in trying to "deprogram" a Washington state teenager, despite a warning from seven judges that free speech was under attack.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied reconsideration Wednesday of a panel's 2-1 decision in April upholding damages against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). Without announcing the exact vote, the court said a request for a rehearing had failed to gain a majority among its 21 active judges.
Cartwright, jazz pianist Chick Corea and other celebrities are helping sell Dianetics in the infomercial. They're part of a show hawking a $69.95 package that includes the book, audio and video tapes and other instructional material to help you begin counseling yourself and others.
Scientology is never mentioned in the infomercial, called Dianetics: The Bridge To Clear. To many people, the word "Scientology" is linked to its critics' contentions that it is a money-making scheme or, at worst, a cult. Scientology officials point to more than 60 court decisions validating their status as a religion.
Even without the word Scientology, the importance of the infomercial to the organization is clear.
1986-08-28, Charles A. Jaffe, St. Petersburg Times
The port can accommodate ships with a draft of 22 feet or less. In other words, no more than 22 feet of a ship can be below the water line, or the vessel risks running aground. The pickings, Travis acknowledges, will be slim.
The Boheme is one of those vessels (it's listed first on the chart at right) and it was sold last week. Commodore Cruise Lines, the ship's former owner, has not said who purchased the ship, but has said the Boheme will leave Tampa Bay after completing a week of repairs on Sept. 13.
It was not the first time that private investigator Eual R. Harrow had interviewed jurors following a verdict, but in a 1974Los Angeles case involving the Church of Scientology, Harrow said the jurors proved to be "the most difficult group I have ever encountered."
The case was a civil suit, and the church had hired Harrow to find out why it had lost. The jury had awarded $300,000 in damages to former Scientologist L. Gene Allard in his suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the church for malicious prosecution.
"Many of the jury, especially the women members, were concerned for their safety, and felt that the church may try to do something to the members of the jury," Harrow said in a sworn affidavit. One juror said several of the others contemplated asking for protection, Harrow said.