2017-09-03, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewers' questions, left for me in the comments sections of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) Ok, on Leah Remini's show, she made the comment that she felt superior. I understand that she felt superior to everyone because, as an actor, they are treated superior to everyone, even from the rest of the people in Scientology. My question is, when you were in Scientology, did you feel superior to everyone outside the church? The whole purpose is to save the world, right? Even wogs? Or was the plan to have only Scientologists left after the world was saved?
Also, at any time, did you feel conflicted when you were being treated so badly? For instance, when you were put on the RPF or when you'd been physically or mentally abused, yet they were drilling into you that the church was SO compassionate and you were doing the most good, didn't it ever seem....wrong?
Scientologist and STAND member Tad Reeves released a YouTube video today in which he claimed that Leah Remini's show was making it so dangerous for Scientologists that he feared for the safety of his family. As Tad has blocked all comments — his video is a "one way flow" where he talks and all of us are supposed to listen — I am replying here at the Scientology Money Project.
First let me say this: Oh please! Give me a break Tad. You're such a drama queen. Seriously. You're running what LRH called the "Dangerous Environment Racket" where none exists. I'm not buying your act and I'll tell you why.
The fact is that if anyone has anything to fear it is from Scientologists. Two innocent people have been murdered in cold blood by Scientologists in the last five years. Dozens of people have been Fair Gamed, spied on, stalked, harassed, and intimidated in the past ten years. So please stop your insufferable victim game. It is truly nauseating.
Rod Keller once again catches Scientology worming its way into unsuspecting classrooms and police departments with its sneaky front groups...
Pulaski County in central Missouri is establishing a drug education program in its public schools. The Waynesville Daily Guide reports that the program is "The Truth About Drugs," provided by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Law enforcement and school officials presenting it are unaware that the program is provided by the Church of Scientology, that there are errors in the materials, or that other schools have judged them unsuitable for use.
Pulaski County has about 50,000 residents, 15,000 of whom live in Fort Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army training base for engineers. There are six school districts, and at least four are teaching The Truth About Drugs this fall in middle and high school: Laquey, Dixon, Richland and Waynesville, which is the county seat.
2016-09-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Big news. AOSHANZO opens tomorrow.
There will be A "Special guest speaker" - why they are afraid to say his name is anyone's guess. Nobody is supposed to know he is there? Any enterprising media in Australia will know Miscavige is in town and even what hotel he is staying at. And there ARE some enterprising media in Australia who would love to ask Mr. Miscavige a few questions.
But the best news of all is that this will be an opening "unlike any other!" Hah. And if you believe that I have a bridge I would like to sell you that spans Sydney Harbor. This event will be EXACTLY like all the others. Droning Shermanspeak and puffery about the "Golden Age" and how much scientology is expanding.
(Dan Koon and his wife Mariette Lindstein)
Here in the US, we've started our long weekend celebrating Labor Day and unofficially ending the summer. And we're getting the weekend going thanks to our longtime contributor Jeffrey Augustine, who is back with another podcast.
He interviewed Dan Koon, the former high-ranking technical expert in the Church of Scientology who, after leaving the organization in 2004, has been helping several other former members write books about their experiences. His latest collaboration is with Ron Miscavige and their bestselling memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.
Former Sea Org member Dan Koon worked in the compilations unit of Scientology (RTRC) where Hubbard's writings were turned into official Scientology books, lectures, and publications. Many of these products were sold to Scientologists and the public and thus represented a significant income stream for the Church. Accordingly, David Miscavige micromanaged compilations and Dan worked closely with Miscavige. After leaving the Sea Org, Dan Koon later helped Ron Miscavige Sr. to write his New York Times bestselling book — Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.
Dan Koon had a long and fascinating career in the Sea Org. Part 1 is an introduction to Dan Koon and an overview of Dan's career. In Part 2 we will get into specifics and discuss Ron Miscavige Sr.'s book Ruthless.
It is hard to do Dan's career justice in just one hour. For many years Dan worked in Scientology's Technical Research and Compilations Unit. This is where "Scientology" is codified by research, editing, and studying Hubbard's original writings. Decisions are made by David Miscavige as to what the "Tech" is and what LRH meant. The compilation of Super Power, GAT, and GAT II began in this unit based on orders from David Miscavige.
2015-09-03, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
I've offered quite a few facts, views and opinions about Scientology over the past almost two years and I've been very happy to see the positive effects this has created with so many people on my channel. My efforts have been an attempt to be a kind of whistle blower to the abuses and damage that Scientology causes to anyone it comes in contact with. While it wasn't my original goal to do this, my channel has been a sort of documentary of my own recovery from the cult and the progress I've made in re-integrating into the real world through learning and using critical thinking skills.
But I'm not the only one who has experienced this sort of thing and I thought it would be a very good idea to talk to some other people who have also come out of destructive cults and get their stories. I mean, my own story is interesting enough but I think if anyone wants to do any real critical thinking on a subject, they have to get more than one person's point of view.
It's a video extravaganza today as we received new recordings from three of our regular contributors. What they have in common is that they're interested in a young person's journey in Scientology.
Chris Shelton interviews Robyn Capella about what it was like to be pulled into Scientology by her parents when she was just a teenager. Nora Crest dives into part two of her rumination on the bizarre sex rules faced by Scientologists — and she makes a special appeal to Laura Prepon about her involvement in the church. And Aaron Smith-Levin talks about the end of his Scientology career, when he tried to leave amicably, but found that Scientology is best at making enemies.
We'll start with Nora, who kicked off her video series last time with a look at some of the strange restrictions on sex that Sea Org members have to observe. Now, she follows that up by looking at L. Ron Hubbard's strange policy bulletin, "Pain and Sex."
2015-09-03, Miss Fortune, Glistening, Quivering Underbelly
It looks like Per Wickstrom's Marne, Michigan location, Serenity Point Recovery, may be experiencing staff turnover.
The job search site, Indeed.com, reveals immediate openings for a Group Facilitator, Director of Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Client Safety Officers, Nursing (RN/LPN), Housekeeping Attendants and Maintenance staff.
And the facility is looking for "Withdraw Specialists", describing the job as working in a "medically supervised detox". It looks like the bar for this critical, front-line job is set pretty low, with prospective candidates required to be either a CNA or have current CPR and First Aid certifications.
2014-09-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The ideal "ideal" org in the "first Clear city" is going to town on "clearing their city."
12 Clears in 9 months. 15 per year. Should have Portland wrapped up in the year 42,014.
But frankly, they have probably produced more clears than any of the other "ideal" orgs. I would bet that there are "ideal" orgs out there that have not produced a SINGLE clear since GAG II. In fact, I would be it was the VAST majority of "ideal orgs"....
Scientologist extraordinaire, voice of Bart Simpson, and San Fernando Valley resident Nancy Cartwright — known to the locals as 'Her Royal Governess' — has provided what may be the creepiest Scientology advertisement of all time.
Readers of the Underground Bunker know that Cartwright has been heavily pushing her fellow Valleyites to come to one themed event after another where they have the pleasure of being held in a locked room until they fork over large donations for the renovation of a dull-looking building at Lankershim and Burbank Boulevards in North Hollywood.
Nancy herself has donated more than $10 million to Scientology, and she's been laser-focused on getting the Valley project done. And once again, Nancy comes through, this time with a ... sculpture?
The Church of Scientology bought the historic building for about £1million in June 2010 and revealed ambitious plans to spend £2.5million on renovating it.
But four years on scientologists in Plymouth say there is still "no set date" for either a planning application for the site, or an official opening date.
"We are still in the design phase of the project," said Lisa Coffey, community affairs director for the Church of Scientology Plymouth.
Martin Ottmann is a longtime critic of the Church of Scientology who is known for his dogged search for documents that describe every aspect of Scientology management and life. We asked him to bring some of his expertise to the Underground Bunker and help us dig into the dark corners of this secretive organization.
Last week, Martin sent us a document issued at Scientology's PAC Base in Los Angeles in 1989. That document restricted the amount of time that Sea Org parents could spend with their children. Now, he's sent us another PAC document from that time regarding Sea Org couples that dared to get pregnant.
With Sea Org members signing billion-year contracts and working 110-hour weeks for pennies an hour, they were seriously discouraged from having children. For decades, Sea Org women who became pregnant were pressured to have abortions. Those couples who insisted on having children were, as this document shows, shipped to "failing" orgs in undesirable parts of the globe.
CLEARWATER -- Mayor George Cretekos blasted the Church of Scientology in a letter to several constiuents last week, saying the church's decision to cut down two live oak trees on its property without city permission was disrepectful.
His letter was written the same day a story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times about the church's action on a downtown site where it planned to erect a massive tent for a planned November gathering of international Scientologists.
"I regret, as you, that two trees have have been stealthily removed. The City of Clearwater was attempting to work with representatives of the Church of Scientology to ensure that any action taken would be in compliance with city codes. Unfortunately, another approach was found to be more convenient," Cretekos wrote on Aug. 28.
Mirrored and credit to ZhentSydneyToday Tonight is broadcast throughout Australia. High Fives to their continuing successful revelations of the "Church" of Scientology.
Successful Dancer Manuela Oliveira was seduced to sign a Billion year contract with the Sea Organization, promising a Dancing Career. Brian Seymour and Tony Ortega co-ordinate on this history making story. Never has an intervention been tried on someone on a 1 hour break in the "Sea Org" defined in the legal arena as the "Clergy".
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.
Last week, Claire, you introduced us to Scientology's "security checks" — tough interrogations that all Scientologists eventually experience on their way up the "Bridge to Total Freedom." Next on our way up the Bridge is Expanded Grade 3, which seems less menacing, but still carries some pretty steep prices.
CLAIRE: Well, after this and Grade 4 we're on to Dianetics and the state of Clear...
2013-09-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I have seen a lot of unreal delusory statements coming from inside the bubble but I think this one takes the cake (so far....)
This is the UK "Landlord", responsible for tens of millions of pounds of real estate. I don't know him, but he sounds like a teenager who thinks if he is "enthusiastic" everything will turn out ok "we are winning and things are looking good" "we will make this cleared UK a reality and are doing this".
The Porsche raffle is an interesting touch...
2012-09-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
NBC Today ran a story about the coming Vanity Fair story on Tom Cruise and David Miscavige's unnatural and twisted relationship. They focused on the one aspect of the in-depth piece, the Nazanin Boniadi story, that VF has thus far teased about. As noted Saturday, I will be correcting inaccuracies as they are published and aired by the media.
The NBC Today piece asserted "...Cruise allegedly grew tired of her..."
2011-09-03, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
"I'm a professional." Last night, I had a conversation with Marty Rathbun, who revealed that he's headed to Germany this week, and told me he'd have a series of videos on his blog today breaking that news in an interesting way -- with help from the Squirrel Busters.
Sure enough, these videos don't disappoint. After the jump, watch as Rathbun seems to get the Squirrel Busters off-balance by telling them he's going to Europe to clean up the mess David Miscavige made there. Also, for those unsure what we're talking about, we'll try to explain why the Siege in South Texas should have been national news by now, and how Rathbun's trip to Germany is upping the ante on this story in a big way...
As we've been reporting for months now, a bizarre and dramatic siege has been going on in a cul-de-sac in a small town near Corpus Christi, Texas.
2011-09-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
UPDATE: 9/3/2011 435 pm cst: Village Voice coverage of this blog post below at: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/ex-scientology_1.php#more
During my trip this week I heard from some folks that they had heard on the rumor line that other folks doubted the sincerity of my comment a couple weeks back that "I have David Miscavige right where I want him." My comment did not mean that things are easy in our life. But, we don't seek an easy life. We're working on just what we have said we are working on for the past two years. It is well covered in the Welcome section of this blog as well as the section entitled The 31 Factors that Scientologists Should Consider.
If people think that we are wasting much time on the ass clowns who come to our home each day and follow us all around the world, you are not watching very closely. Look at the Bert Leahy interviews. We don't just have six ass clowns in a golf cart here. That is just the first layer of daily diversionary tactic. There is an elaborate network throughout our region, backed by teams of private investigators who monitor our every move and relay to the ass clowns when to strike. There is an entire unit at OSA INT that does nothing but coordinate operatives throughout the US to make our lives a living hell, impede us, and stop us by any means necessary. And there are OSA operatives throughout the Anonymous network, ESMB site, the Freezone and Independents running backstabbing, covert propaganda campaigns while we are "tied up" under siege. Just look for the 1.1s using the safe Independent Scientology space we are creating to promote such practices as no-training-needed to get onto OT levels, "OT I and OT II are of little importance": especially coming from "Class VIIIs","Class VIs" and folks claiming to be "trained by Ron." They may as well be saying "Scientology is a fraud, because after all I studied it all, and violently disagree with the Bridge created by Ron." Think about it. Beware of anyone who has "studied it all" and discourages you from doing the same.
2011-09-03, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Marcotai conquers entheta! We're sitting here in the underground bunker, looking back on what was another amazing week of Scientology watching. More and more tips are coming in, things are breaking overseas, and the cats are mewing for their breakfast. We're on sensory overload here, but let's pause to look back on the week that was.
On Monday, we continued our big countdown with #15, naming Andreas Heldal-Lund and other old time critics who have spent years publicizing Scientology's secrets and abuses on their websites.
Later that night, just after midnight, we posted a story about Scientology's wacky New Yorker parody in its Freedom magazine. After we got some sleep, we talked to former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder the next morning to update the post with some perspective on Freedom's bizarre complaints about Lawrence Wright's article.
2010-09-03, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Adding to Scientology's woes, some of the people who have been making defections in recent years are turning around and writing damning tell-alls.
Regular publishers won't touch these books -- even though some of them are actually very well written -- so the authors have had to go the self-published route.
Last year's killer I-escaped-from-Scientology narrative was put out by Marc Headley. His Blown for Good made for a gripping read, about a low-level grunt who spent years at Scientology's secret HQ in the California desert until he finally made a mad dash for freedom.
More witnesses stepped forward to speak up for the defendants - and denounce what they said was French persecution of their religion.
The final defence witnesses for the defendants were not the experts, whose testimony had not always been what they had hoped for, but their fellow Scientologists.
A succession of true believers stepped forward to speak up for the defendants and to bear witness to all that Scientology had done for their lives.
The San Jacinto City Council voted unanimously Thursday to go on record opposing any future proposal to close Gilman Springs Road where it bisects the Church of Scientology's Golden Era Productions property.
After being quarantined on April 26 at Mathey Warf in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, Curacao Drydock Company was hired to perform refurbishment and repairs, but quickly ceased work due to the risk of asbestos exposure.
Several officials-including head of the Department of Labor Affairs, Christiene van der Biezen, and local health department head, Tico Ras-inspected the ship and found significant amounts of asbestos in paneling. Subsequently, the Executive Council held a meeting and decided that informing the public would be the best way to avoid rumors and other problems.
TOM Cruise has apologised to Brooke Shields for publicly criticising her for using anti-depressants.
The 41-year-old actress said she had received the apology in person on Thursday.
"He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology," Shields said during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
American actor Tom Cruise has apologised to Brooke Shields for criticising her use of antidepressant drugs while suffering postnatal depression after the birth of her first daughter. According to Shields, Cruise, a member of the Scientology cult which condemns the use of antidepressants, came to her house and apologised last Thursday.
Reed E. Slatkin, who took $593 million from investors in one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday by a Los Angeles judge who overruled prosecutors' recommendations for a lesser term.
Citing "the tremendous harm he has done," U.S. District Judge Margaret Morrow rejected the former Santa Barbara money manager's claim that he had acted under "duress and diminished capacity" because of threats from fellow Scientologists who allegedly urged him to continue his scam so they could profit. Morrow credited Slatkin with helping authorities unravel the financial fiasco, as Slatkin had pledged to do in his plea bargain last year, but raised questions about the timeliness and degree of his assistance.
Also, if taxpayer funds are suitable for religious schools, then who is going to define religion? The list of churches that might want to tap into this funding is as long as the list of religions in the Yellow Pages - every sect from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.
This is not idle conjecture: A proposed Los Angeles charter school says it wants to use a teaching method based on the work of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.
Michael J. Flynn, a Boston lawyer, was piloting a light aircraft toward South Bend, Ind., in October 1979 when its engine quit mysteriously at 8,500 feet. After making an emergency landing, he said he found several quarts of water in the fuel tank.
The cult of dianetics, which was going strong a year ago (TIME, July 24, 1950), has some of the features of a new religion. Its founder, "Science-Fictioneer L. Ron Hubbard, claimed that his "science of the mind" could cure all mental and most bodily ills, make supermen of truly devoted converts. Today, dianetics is suffering the standard fate of the cult: one of its earliest adherents has broken away and is accusing Hubbard of having strayed from the true faith.