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2018-09-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
David Miscavige, leader of "the world's youngest and fastest growing major religion" is unwilling to appear in public, and afraid of ever doing a media interview (let alone appearing in court). So, he relies on his in-house propaganda organs to hype his accomplishments as a "true leader". The "Dear Leader" moniker has already been claimed, so it seems he is trying out a new one for himself.
Here is one of the promotional items for the latest puff piece in Freedom magazine.
22 likes in a day? That's not impressive. I guess they didn't info the click farms on this one. Probably once this blog post appears they will crank it up.
This week I am doing a short book review of the latest book published by a former Scientologist and Sea Org member about his experience. This time, the book is from none other than Jesse Prince, arguably the highest level Sea Org member who has ever escaped and gone on to tell his tale.
#JessePrince #Scientology #TheExpertWitness
Jesse's book: https://goo.gl/98e6Nj
What is #Scientology really? Behind the glossy logos and sleek advertisements and South Park parodies, what do Scientologists really believe and practice? Is it really a religion? Who was L. Ron Hubbard and why did he start it in the first place? Is their \"technology\" for real or just so much New Age pseudoscience?
Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details all of the upper level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why their members get involved in the first place and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.
Buy Chris' Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019S20FLO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_xtDOBbNEAHD2P
Back in January, we told you how tickled we were to see that longtime Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon had reached the pinnacle of Hubbardian achievement and had completed Operating Thetan Level Eight (OT 8).
Here's how we described the attorney then...
Moxon is a very longtime and loyal soldier for Scientology whose work goes back to the Guardian's Office days of the Snow White Program. In fact, the government named Moxon an unindicted co-conspirator when eleven top Scientology officials were sent to prison after a 1977 raid revealed that Scientology was carrying out the largest domestic infiltration of the US government in its history.
After winning an Emmy for her performance in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, actress Elisabeth Moss joined Scientology's exclusive celebrity Fuck You Club — this as seen in the photo above. Very classy Elisabeth. Great PR for the Church of Scientology. We also understood your gesture as a fuck you to those who don't like the Church of Scientology. Congratulation on winning an Emmy. However, your Emmy doesn't change any of the facts about the depravity of the Church of Scientology.
The Scientology Fuck You Club was founded by Tom Cruise. Tom teed off during a Rolling Stone interview in 2004. Rolling Stone's Neil Strauss wrote in his piece The Passion of the Cruise:
Since Scientology, in the popular imagination, is such a loaded word — often associated with heavy-handed recruitment tactics, strong-arm-lawyer assaults and steep membership and course fees — one would think that Cruise wouldn't be so willing to take a journalist through that world.
Jada Pinkett Smith took to Twitter to deny Leah Remini's recent claims that she is a Scientologist.
In a series of tweets, Pinkett Smith listed a number of religious texts, rituals and practices she has engaged in, but pointed out that she is not a member of any of those faiths, including Scientology.
"I have prayed in mosques all over the world... but I am not a Muslim," the actress wrote in one tweet, while similarly stating she has "read the Bhagavad Gita" but is not a Hindu and "recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai" but is not Jewish, before adding, "I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist."
The sixth episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath's second season focused on the Church of Scientology's effort to recruit celebrities—and what happens when those celebrities leave. In addition to Remini offering her personal experience, she and partner Mike Rinder interviewed a former Celebrity Centre recruiter along with one of the Church's most high-profile ex-members: Paul Haggis.
The Church's efforts to focus on recruiting celebrities began with L. Ron Hubbard back in the '50s. In 1955, the Scientology-run publication Ability Magazine ran an article titled "Project Celebrity," which detailed plans to recruit stars. That's why the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood was created, Rinder said.
"It's hard to dispute that from the very earliest times Hubbard was almost obsessed with getting celebrities into Scientology," he said. "The purpose of recruiting celebrities was to give legitimacy to Scientology and to popularize the subject and hopefully get other people interested because celebrities were interested."
2017-09-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Sometimes you really have to wonder at the intelligence of some of these bubble-dwellers. And their delusions of grandeur.
Look at the crazy here.
Just to be sure what she is taking credit for:
Set aside her not too well thought through conclusions about deriding Trump — this woman is on a rant about Leah winning an Emmy and THIS is why the ratings are down. Still, 11.4 million viewers is a BIG audience — the same as last year before Trump was elected. If you wonder about the audience of NW TV these days obviously you didn't watch the show and see how many awards Hulu and Netflix got and along with Amazon Prime, Sling, Playstation Vue and every other streaming service they are relentlessly sucking the viewers from NW TV.
We're of two minds about Scientology's glittering celebrities. On the one hand, there's no question that Scientology's pursuit of celebrated actors and other artists is the major reason such a small group (the church claims millions, but the real figure is in the tens of thousands) gets such major press, and why the subject draws so much interest from the public. That abiding public fascination is what, frankly, helps a website like this get so much traffic.
On the other hand, the public's obsession with celebrities is a major pain in the ass, and can make it difficult to get anyone to care about things that really matter, like Scientology's toxic policy of disconnection, its extortionate hunger for cash, and the vile way it smears and "Fair Games" defectors and critics.
But increasingly, what was once a winning strategy for Scientology is turning into one of its biggest liabilities as celebrities like Leah Remini and Paul Haggis come out and speak publicly about Scientology's abuses.
2016-09-19, Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses, YouTube
http://www.familiesagainstcultteachin... Rick Ross is one of the leading experts on cults in the world today, he has consulted with the FBI, the BATF, and various other law enforcement agencies, as well as the governments of Israel and China, on the subject of cults.
This video is uploaded under terms of the United States Fair Use Act of 1976, subsection 107, for educational purposes as a warning to those people caught up in religious cults.
For information about currently active destructive groups or to get help for yourself or a loved one, please visit our website: http://www.familiesagainstcultteachin...
The estranged husband of Cathriona White has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against actor Jim Carrey.
Mark Burton claims in court papers filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles that Carrey illegally obtained and then distributed Ambien, Popranolol and Percocet to White.
Bottle of those three pills were found in White's home along with her lifeless body in September of last year.
The estranged husband of Jim Carrey's late girlfriend, Cathriona White, is suing the actor, claiming that he is responsible for White's fatal overdose last year, PEOPLE confirms.
Mark Burton filed a wrongful death suit against Carrey in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, alleging that the 54-year-old actor used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to illegally obtain the drugs that killed 30-year-old White, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Burton, who was married to White at the time of her death, alleges that Carrey obtained the drugs illegally under the false name "Arthur King" and gave them to White even though he knew the she was prone to depression and suicide. He also alleges Carrey attempted to cover up his involvement after her death.
Jim Carrey has fired back against the wrongful death lawsuit that blames him for his late girlfriend Cathriona White's fatal overdose last year.
"What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man's lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world," Carrey, 54, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
"I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved," he continued. "Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control."
In a statement given to Access Hollywood on Monday evening, Carrey responded to the allegations.
"What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man's lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world," the statement reads. "I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control. I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."
Actor Jim Carrey is being sued for allegedly providing illegal drugs to his girlfriend Cathriona White, which a lawsuit filed Monday in L.A. County Superior court claims led to her death.
White committed suicide by drug overdose last fall, and now, Mark Burton, her husband, is suing Carrey.
Burton alleges the actor used "his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances" under a fake name.
2016-09-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Most religious belief is purely subjective. There is no way of proving whether someone made it to heaven, or descended to hell. Was heaven a 5 star experience or a bit disappointing? Did the virgin birth really occur? Was Noah able to round up all the animals on earth and put them on his ark?
Where scientology is most problematic is when Hubbard made pronouncements that seemed unverifiable at the time, but are now shown to be ridiculous. Some of his statements about being on Venus or Mars for example. Or the supposed factual account of the History of Man including the Piltdown Man before it was discovered a fraud. And then there are statements like the ones contained in this promotional piece, proclaiming cause over life and death.
Surely in all these years one person who heard these lectures or had the auditing would have been able to experience death and come back to talk about it? Why do scientologists keep regurgitating this sort of thing, pretending there is nothing strange about promoting it in the face of evidence it is not true. There hasn't been a single person since the 1950s who has been able to demonstrate the claims?
Steve Cannane's book Fair Game was released today around the world by HarperCollins (in Australia) and Silvertail Books (UK, US, Canada). Steve gave us an advance look at the book, and so we sent him some questions about some of the things we found really remarkable in it.
The Bunker: Fair Game begins with a harrowing tale of escape from the Sea Org. Conditions are so desperate in Scientology's private navy, you found a former member who had nearly starved while subsisting on grass in a city park just so he could elude his captors. We'll remind people that you also broke the Valeska Paris story with ABC, another hard to believe story about imprisonment involving a young woman in the Sea Org. And we've also heard about the labor camps near Sydney, including the stories of child labor and confinement. Steve, what is it about Australia and these brutal stories of mistreatment inside Scientology?
Steve: Sydney's RPF punishment camp, where Jose Navarro, Valeska Paris, and Chris Guider were all sent to, became a dumping ground for Scientology in the US. It's almost as if they didn't realize transportation to Australia ended in 1868. Jose's story is extraordinary - he was sent there because he fell in love with a woman on the Freewinds and Scientology decided that their relationship was forbidden. They separated the pair by sending Jose to Sydney. After he escaped, and as you mentioned, survived by eating grass in one of Sydney's most beautiful parklands, Australian authorities deemed that he was a victim of human trafficking and he was granted a protection visa on that basis. I start the book with Jose's story because it's an amazing tale that has never been told before and I wanted to frame the rest of the book in these terms, how do you get to a situation where an organization that calls itself a religion, that claims it believes in freedom and human rights, that is given tax exempt status as a charity, can enslave and traffic its members and treat Australia like its own personal penal colony? Jose's story becomes the launching pad for an investigation into Hubbard, Scientology, and how it all became intertwined with Australia.
2015-09-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I note at the outset, I am not a chemist or biologist.
But I can read.
This post was prompted by the ongoing saga of Narconon's implosion and many recent comments that niacin can be dangerous. I didn't pay a lot of attention as the comments usually went along with noting that it can be dangerous to sit in the sauna for too long. And my view of that is Duh. Walking across the street is dangerous too. The claims for the wonders of the Purif may be typical scientology style hype, but the program itself seems generally benign and helpful. How can exercising, going in the sauna, sleeping well and taking vitamins harm anyone?
Historian Jon Atack (right) and religion professor James Beverley put together a remarkable gathering of people in Toronto in June. We were fortunate to see people like Paulette Cooper and Nancy Many and Jonny Jacobsen and Nora Crest and Nan McLean and so many others all get together for the first time.
Beverley and Atack made sure the event would be recorded at a high level of quality for the ages, which cost them a pretty penny. Now, they want you to see those videos, and they're making their announcement about how to see them here at the Underground Bunker. We'll let them fill you in on the details, but first, here's a sneak peek at what is on offer...
And now here's Jon and Jim...
2014-09-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Amazing — not even out for a year and already you can "re-do" Super Power.
Put aside the conceit of promoting Matt Feshbach to give a seminar on how to handle your finances — when as reported earlier he filed for bankruptcy a few years ago and had massive liens from the IRS.
And ignore that in alignment with the new normal of GAG II, he no longer promotes himself as a Flag Trained Class VI — he apparently has no classification at all.
Each October, the IAS celebrates its anniversary in a giant tent at Saint Hill Manor, L. Ron Hubbard's old estate in East Grinstead, England. (Last year was the very unusual exception to that rule as the tent was shipped to Florida and the IAS gala took place in November in Clearwater.)
The IAS gala is the annual event that features Scientology leader David Miscavige updating several thousand followers on the "good works" initiatives of the organization's "social betterment" programs: the drug rehab network Narconon, the forest-killing campaign to create The Way to Happiness booklets, and many others. It's also when new "Freedom Medal" winners will be celebrated.
2013-09-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This begging from Denmark is a little bit old now due to intervening events. Apart from the nuttiness of ABLE and WISE EU both doing Ideal Pimping (and it further demonstrates that if Miscavige decides that something is important, every single person in the RCS will follow along like he is the Pied Piper of Hamlin no matter where they are being led) there is the reappearance of Carol Nolan.
The former D/CO Internal OSA International was last seen rah-rahing the worn out Torontonians promised them that their Ideal Org was right around the corner. What happened to Toronto? Of course, they have had an "Ideal Org" building since 1979.... Still cannot get done. So, now she has moved on to hype the suckers in Denmark. I guess Miscavige has decided that Denmark is now priority. So, everyone drops what they were doing yesterday and now focuses on Denmark (until he changes his mind again)....
ThisFra: "DK Idealorg News" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible an application filed by the Church of Scientology claiming that the Belgian authorities had breached the church's rights by issuing statements to the media on a pending investigation.
We're certain that Scientology will soldier on for years to come. But for now, we can't help feeling that the End Days are upon us.
Last night, while we were still trying to absorb the news that Scientology leader David Miscavige had indefinitely postponed the grand opening of the Super Power Building, we were sent this wicked tattoo design which was created for former church member (and former John Travolta handler) Spanky Taylor.
Spanky's daughter Vanessa Piñón asked artist Anthony Suorez to come up with a design to go with the words "SP Por Vida" — Suppressive Person For Life — and Suorez created this mind-bending Day of the Dead treatment of L. Ron Hubbard.
2012-09-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Here I am! I know and I apologize; I know I should have informed you much earlier about my whereabouts and future plans!
Eight months ago, I realized that I could no longer continue to support the out-tech and off-policy actions of the "Church of Scientology." I have been working since to create an independent practice where I can deliver standard tech as LRH intended it to be delivered.
2011-09-19, Mark Collette, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Moore filed a report with the San Patricio County Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Oscar Rivera said his deputy didn't arrest Rathbun immediately because the deputy didn't witness the altercation. Moore then took his complaint to Judge Yolanda Guerrero, the justice of the peace in Sinton, on Sept. 8, six days after the incident.
Rathbun was in jail for about four hours Friday before Guerrero came to arraign him and set bail at $1,000, Rathbun said.
Guerrero said Monday she had not been familiar with Rathbun's background or the activities of the Squirrel Busters in Ingleside on the Bay.
2011-09-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
My name is Sandy Richards.
This is rather long and you may want to go and refill your coffee, get a drink of water, maybe just sit back, get comfy or whatever, before you start….
(hold on to your hat and my advance apologies for my lack of diplomacy, which is largely due to my lack of diplomacy)….here I go:
2011-09-19, Damian J. Penny, Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Urban's history of this controversial movement is a good starting point for authors and academics who wish to review the legal, moral, and theological issues surrounding Scientology. But it might have been an even better book had he not decided to pull so many punches.
Unfortunately, when the subject is Scientology, it's hard to say whether the author was trying to be fair or whether he wanted to avoid being sued.
2011-09-19, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...
The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
2010-09-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
For the potential edification of those reading with open, intelligent and curious minds and for the less-than-likely clarification for those reading and reacting with closed, arrogant and narrow minds, I offer some context to Saturday's post, "The World Is Leaving Scientology Behind."
That post was researched, conceived and written within one hour of my having just attested my then-pre-Clear to the state of Clear. And I mean Crystal Clear. A person with whom I never once discussed exchange for my services, except reluctantly when the person orginated on the subject from time to time; and those discussions never, ever put the slightest pressure nor invalidation upon the pre-Clear. A person, whose inevitable increasing sense of the rightness of things (through the conquering of the reactive mind) naturally wound up exchanging in such abundance it is indescribable. A person who had never heard the word "Scientology" until it passed from my lips. A person who received no conditioning or programming as to organizational mores (whether memorialized in green ink or orally created over time by a little dictator). A person to whom it was never suggested she find a way to change her livelihood in order to find a way to contribute more energy to any "cause." A person to whom it was never even suggested not to look at criticisms of the subject, the Source of the subject, or the auditor. A person who was never encouraged to op term, investigate, "handle", or alter communication in way, shape, fashion or form with those skeptical of her auditor or the subject she was participating in. A person who was allowed to have her wins, test them during the week in a working environment utterly devoid of any Scientology or Scientologist influence, thereby perhaps attaining a level of personal certainty of ability that I have yet to witness in thirty years of involvement with the subject. A person who received not one encouragement, nudge, threat or invalidation to "get to the next level" or get to Clear. A person who on her own determinism and out of her own curiosity decided to read every LRH book and listen to every LRH public lecture on her own time during the course of her auditing. A person who received standard tech - without a single organizational/Miscavige arbitrary entered in along the way. A person who received thorough auditing at every grade along the way (one to two intensives per grade and five intensives of NED). A person who now exemplifies LRH's model in What We Expect of a Scientologist more than perhaps any other I've ever encountered in my three decades of involvement.
A person who is the gold standard in my view in terms of EMPATHY for her fellow human beings.
Some owners of properties on the list have promised to rehab their troubled buildings.
For example, in a highly touted 2008 deal, the Church of Scientology of Boston bought a rundown property at Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street. Now, 33 months later, it still has weakened stairs, weak walls and debris. The church is seeking approval from the Landmarks Commission to renovate. When asked if he was concerned about the dangers inside, Kevin Hall, the church's human rights director, said: "Of course - that's why we are going to renovate it and make it better."
The Purification Rundown is a religious purification rite that cures nothing, Scientologist Eric Roux told the court.
When the subject of the personality tests came up, Roux was quick to tackle one of the more embarrassing internal documents read out earlier in the trial. It had referred to the tests as "a good, reliable method of getting people to come in."
Just as the defendant Alain Rosenberg had said before him, Roux said that this was an old document from the 1960s and thus misleading.
2008-09-19, Roy Edroso, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Last night Katie Holmes appeared in the first preview performance of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, reports the New York Daily News. Among the pre-first-nighters were Tom Cruise and Scientology protesters. "We aren't protesting Katie," a demonstrator told the News. "We've heard that Katie isn't able to leave [Scientology] because of Tom Cruise."
Tim Lomas, commanding officer of the office of special affairs eastern united states for the Church of Scientology attempts to man handle my camera when he realizes it is recording him calling someone a bad word
1998-09-19, Maria Alicia Gaura, San Francisco Chronicle
A federal judge in San Jose has awarded the Church of Scientology a $3 million judgment against a persistent critic of the church who published portions of the group's secret scriptures on the Internet.
But defendant Grady Ward will not have to pay the full fine as long as he refrains from further publications of Scientology secrets and pays the church $200 per month for the rest of his life, according to settlement papers released yesterday.
[Major factual errors in this story]
A spokesman for Narconon Chilocco New Life drug treatment center said Narconon does not claim drug abusers cured in its program can return to using drugs as may have been implied in a Friday story about the Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A judge refused Thursday to grant a new trial or reduce a $30 million award against the Church of Scientology in the case of a former member who said the church ruined him financially and emotionally.
Superior Court Judge Ronald Swearinger denied both motions without comment.
Dozens of Scientologists filled the courtroom waiting for Swearinger's decision, while other group members outside carried banners and sang "We Shall Overcome."