2020-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
My recent post, Bonnie's Sad Tale, noted the use of the term "volunteer" repeatedly to describe working as an org staff member.
I commented that this "volunteer" status is a legal sham. It is simply a way of taking advantage of the law — and that no org staff are actually "volunteers." It's simple to prove. If they cease to "volunteer" before completing their contract, they are given a bill for services they have taken in "exchange" for their work (a freeloader bill). That, by definition, is not a volunteer. And they also have to sign a contract. And they are promised "wages." And they can't pick and choose the time they come to do their volunteering or leave from it.
One of our readers sent me this Flag Order.
It's one of those jaw-dropping moments in a jaw-dropping film.
In Alex Gibney's 2015HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Marty Rathbun, Scientology's former top enforcer, explains the stark situation facing the organization and its ultimate leader, David Miscavige, at the end of the 1980s, after decades of the church refusing to pay any taxes and engaging in a war with the IRS.
"We were facing a tax bill of over a billion dollars, and the total assets, liquid and material, and property of the church was about a quarter of that at the time," Rathbun says. "And so just from a real simple accounting basis, it was life and death. If we don't get exemption, we die. If we get it, we survive."
Well, at least the Los Angeles Times is on this story.
The Times is reporting that LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey will likely be facing a progressive challenger when she's up for reelection next year.
Of course, our interest in Lacey is when she will make a decision about whether to charge Scientologist actor Danny Masterson for the violent rapes he's accused of.
Lloyd's description: "Watchtower's typical response to apostate writers and activists is to pretend they don't exist. But when Misha Verollet published his German-language book 'Goodbye Jehova!' about his experiences as a Jehovah's Witness, they sued his publisher. I caught up with Misha in Vienna to find out more about his story."
It was another strange day at Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday as a long-delayed preliminary hearing went into its second day, and our correspondent Jeffrey Augustine was on the scene.
Defendants Hanan Islam and her son Ronnie "Rizza" Islam had spent the night in county jail after their antics the previous day. When the courtroom opened at 1:30 pm, Augustine tells us, Rizza was brought in from a holding cell in jail blues and was handcuffed to a chair. His mother was also brought in, but besides the dark blue clothes with "Los Angeles County Jail" in white letters, she also had on a paper mask. Augustine says she was belligerent, complaining loudly about the way she had been treated.
Judge Michael Pastor was told by sheriff's deputies that Hanan had refused to submit to a TB test when she was taken to jail, and so she had to be held in isolation. She had also refused a chest X-ray out of concerns about radiation, saying she had cured herself of cancer.
Tom Cruise picked a hell of a week to meet with the president of Ukraine, Vanity Fair points out...
Tom Cruise recently met Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, reportedly to discuss locations for an upcoming film project. This, just days after Congress launched impeachment proceedings due to a phone call in which Donald Trump pressured Zelensky to dig up compromising information on Joe Biden.
What the hell is going on here? Is this Scientology 'safe pointing'? Or just a coincidence.
This brilliant Times of Israel piece revisits the Tree of Life synagogue, almost a year after 11 of its members were killed in a cowardly act of domestic terrorism last October 27.
Reporter Ben Sales does yeoman's work gathering the sense of dread in the Pittsburgh community still so affected by the violent act.
As repugnant as trophy hunting is, it has its defenders. And invariably, they argue that killing lions and elephants in Africa is actually beneficial to the local communities where it occurs.
We've seen a couple of good rejoinders to that, and today the Boston Globe weighs in with piece by Nigerian scholar who says that corruption and lawlessness prevent that simple calculus.
Claims that hunting adds significantly to country revenues are overstated. A report from eight countries in eastern and southern Africa found that trophy hunting adds little to GDP, only about 0.03 percent, compared to tourism, which adds up to 5 percent. The thousands of dollars American hunters pay to shop for game rarely trickles down to the rural communities where those animals are found.
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…
[In regards to this Washington Post story: Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine's leader, though officials say vice president was unaware of allegations in whistleblower complaint]
The Prisoner's Dilemma is a paradox in which two suspects would go free if they cooperate but instead act in their own self-interest and go down. This is the Prisoner's Dilemma playing out in the White House.
Trump has now twice implicated Pence — perhaps fearful of Pence undercutting him since Pence would become president upon a successful impeachment.
Lloyd Evans has a new video and we love the premise. Here's how he describes it...
"Considering how well known Jehovah's Witnesses are for promoting their faith to total strangers, they are disappointingly unfamiliar with much of their own organization's history and teachings. In this video, I give my list of 10 things JWs usually don't know about their own religion."
Boy, could Scientologists top that number. Ha.
(Jesse Prince at the 2015Toronto conference)
You've seen the excerpt and read our review of Jesse Prince's book, The Expert Witness. Now it's Jeffrey Augustine's turn to get in on the fun, with his podcast interview with Jesse.
Says Jeffrey: "Jesse Prince describes the events in RTC surrounding the death of L. Ron Hubbard. As Hubbard lay dying at his ranch, David Miscavige and Vicki Aznaran at Int Base called the ranch hourly to ask if Hubbard had died. Hubbard left no succession plan so what happened after his death was what Jesse calls a 'dumpster fire and train wreck.' RTC put on the super-serious LRH Death event at the Palladium followed by a secret invitation-only party at a home in Hollywood once owned by Liberace. There was great relief that Hubbard was dead, Jesse says, and the party featured lots of premium alcohol and heavy drinking."
2018-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
OK - let's take a moment and take the planetary Clearing challenge once again. LRH proclaims it's possible, so it must be true right?
Don't these amazing "no numbers" graphs prove it? They show them at every event and the sheeple seem to lap them up.
Let's ask the experts: How DO you get 327 million Americans to cross the Bridge? How DO you Clear the planet? (not just "make Planetary Clearing a reality")
For more information please see these stories at The Underground Bunker...
We have another week to get through before new episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath start running again. So we thought we'd tide you over on another rerun Tuesday with a special treat.
Last week, we polled you, our readers, about which of this season's episodes was your favorite. We also sent that question to some of the people who have appeared on the show this season, and asked them what it's been like since they were featured.
And after we check in with them, we have another item: A moving piece by a woman whose life has been touched by Aftermath. We think you're going to find her story sadly familiar. OK, here we go.
2017-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientology plays an interesting game of taking credit for anything good AND bad in a person's life.
For anything good, it's BECAUSE the person is a good scientologist "applying the tech" and for anything bad it's because the person is NOT a good scientologist and is not applying the tech and thus they are suffering their "just rewards."
This "win/win" takes many forms and is a practiced art of the scientologist.
The Decourcy Island property of reputed 1920s cult leader Brother XII is up for sale.
The 43-hectare property where Brother XII — born Edward Wilson — and his disciples lived includes a dormitory, forested areas and a farm with barn and workshop and is on the market for $2.2 million.
"It is the property that really forms the heart of the island. It's got pastoral fields, beautiful water frontage," realtor Mark Lester with Colliers International told All Points West guest host David Lennam. "It's got some wetlands, some wildlife areas, things like that. So it's got a real diversity to it."
2016-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
How many times can they keep telling people they need to "secure their eternity"?
And how sad is it to see this annual promotion that relies on a tax deduction as a gimmick to get people to "buy immortality." Sad for two reasons:
1. If you really COULD buy immortality and "secure your eternity" people would pay 100X what is currently being charged and would need no "incentive."
2. That the IRS is complicit in this scam.
In February 1980 in Hemet, California, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard sat down on a mattress that his driver, John Brousseau, had put in the back of a van. Hubbard reached out his hand and shook Brousseau's and said goodbye as a young couple, Pat and Annie Broeker, got into the van and then drove it away.
It was the last Brousseau and just about anyone else in the Church of Scientology ever saw of Hubbard, who died almost six years later at a ranch hundreds of miles away near a town called Creston. In those six years, Hubbard and the Broekers kept out of sight in total seclusion, settling at the ranch in about 1983.
But during those years, Hubbard did continue to run Scientology, relying on Pat Broeker and another young Sea Org official, Brousseau's boss David Miscavige, to carry Hubbard's instructions from his hiding place to the rest of the Scientology organizations around the world.
A Sydney school principal is the star of a glossy Church of Scientology promotional video alongside scores of schoolchildren.
Athena School headmistress Fiona Milne features in a recent clip produced by the secretive religious group.
'My name's Fiona and I'm a Scientologist,' Ms Milne says in the video - where she describes how she was 'empowered' by the religion to stop kids 'suffering'.
Last night, Alex Gibney's documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, began a theatrical run at the Muvico 10 in Palm Harbor, Florida, just a few miles from Scientology's own "spiritual mecca" in Clearwater. And after the 7 pm showing, two of the people who appear in the film, former Scientologists Sara Goldberg and Mike Rinder, engaged in a Q & A that was moderated by WTSP Channel 10 television reporter Mike Deeson.
FilmmakerMark Bunker attended the event, and afterwards called us to let us know that a couple of Scientologists — one of them Sara Goldberg's former husband — had launched personal attacks on Sara and Rinder, leading to a chaotic shouting match.
Bunker captured it on video for us, and we'll let you tell us who got the better of it. The excitement begins at about 18 minutes in.
Cathriona White had completed a so-called purification ritual which is a core part of Scientology, DailyMail.com has learned.
The treatment, which the medical community derides as unproven and potentially dangerous, involves intensive sauna treatments and exercise designed to 'sweat out' toxins in the body.
Scientology founder Ron L Hubbard claimed that traces of preservatives, pesticides and everyday pollutants cling to fatty tissue inside the body.
2015-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Haydn with Christie and me in Sydney2010
This is a posting that was sent to me by Karen DeLacarriere written by Haydn James. She thought it was too good to be left as a posting in the Outer Banks Group on Facebook and asked me if I would like to post it here.
Haydn has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years. He is one of the nicest and most intelligent people I know. He wrote a little introduction and then his post follows.
The Church of Scientology has begun collecting a $1.07 million court judgment from one of its chief challengers, Tampa lawyer Ken Dandar, who has waged high-profile legal fights against Scientology off and on for 17 years.
Armed with a court order, the church garnished the bank account of the law firm of Dandar and Dandar on Sept. 26. Ken Dandar and his brother, Thomas, have practiced together for years.
The move caps a lengthy and acrimonious court battle. It stems from Dandar's decision in 2009 to represent a Virginia woman in a wrongful-death suit filed against the church in Clearwater after her son died while visiting his Scientologist father.
2014-10-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Continued, from last post Scientology's Worship of the Past:
The highest level of the bridge (the one-path-covers-all series of specific steps one must follow in order to arrive to native state) Hubbard left behind, OT (Operating Thetan) VIII, is a foray into the deep past for the purpose of identifying and validating one's fundamental whole track identity. Thus, along with the deep past, identity – or ego - is made an obsession with scientology. The original client-centered therapy that scientology copied and scientology itself - up to the level of Clear - aim for stripping those 'false' identities one tends to collect and adopt so as to reach a state of self-actualization where a person finds his own self. However, in scientology one is not permitted to take that self-actualization so as to transcend self and explore new horizons. Instead, scientology teaches that knowing oneself is not good enough; one must become someone else: the superhuman, ubermensch, operating thetan. And to get there the scientologists starts anew on an endless journey stripping what he is indoctrinated to believe are thousands upon thousands of foreign personalities he is continuing to play out unconsciously. In fact, unwilling to admit the failure of scientology to erase the subconscious, Hubbard came up with a new explanation for the continuing subconscious dramas Clears continue to play out. That is a science fiction mythology that anthropomorphizes every sub-conscious thought the Clear has.
More fundamentally, scientology's tenet of the everlasting individuality makes Clear self-actualizing a minor way station. The further an individual progresses along the bridge the more he is convinced that he possesses a continuing core identity which one can never fully realize absent thousands of hours of more auditing. That is a self that has been a separate, identifiable individual basic personality for what varies between adherents from quadrillions to an infinity of years. The longer one participates the more firmly one believes in his individuated separateness from all other beings and the entire universe. And so after spending perhaps years to attain the state of Clear the false identity stripping starts anew and this time continues until the scientologist dies.
2014-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
For those interested in who has been sent to take charge of the "most out ethics city on earth." This is the full PR posed shot of the new kids in town.
Love those scarves and pocket hankies.
Given the variety of readers here, probably most will be identified....
2014-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The vultures are circling...
"South Bay" sounds so much more gentrified... Not normally used to describe Inglewood — more like Redondo Beach and Pacific Palisades.
But no big surprise that Inglewood needs staff. Last I heard they had less than 30. About 2,000sq ft per person.
Scientology's model child: A young Neil Although we noticed some of our readers praising the piece, we were disappointed with the recent interview of Jon Atack in VICE magazine. We fired off a missive to the magazine's editors, and thought the residents of the Bunker might appreciate a gander at it.
It's great to see VICE talk to one of the world's top experts on Scientology, historian Jon Atack, for a story on Scientology in the UK.
Jon is an invaluable resource, and much of his book on the subject, A Piece of Blue Sky, takes place in England, where Jon was a member.
Dallas-Fire Rescue continues to investigate what caused a massive three-alarm house fire in Dallas.
The fire was reported in the 1800 block of North Buckner Boulevard. The home was the former church of Scientology. It is now owned by Dave Anderson who told NBC 5 that no one was living in the home. It was in process of a remodel.
Young people with mental health issues were allegedly subjected to a "hostile" demonstration by "extreme" Scientology-linked protesters.
Youth delegates attending a mental health conference described how they were "upset and traumatised" by up to 60 shouting protesters.
The group were from the East Grinstead-based Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, which has ties with the Church of Scientology.
Judges in two states have rejected the Church of Scientology's attempts to undercut lawsuits that allege activities ranging from fraud to spying.
In both cases, the church attempted a rarely used legal strategy: Try to get the other side's lawyers disqualified.
But in federal court in Tampa and state court in Texas this week, the answer was no.
Actress Leah Remini will testify against the leader of the Church of Scientology in a multi-million dollar harassment lawsuit filed against the religious organisation.
The 43-year-old Dancing With The Stars contestant left the church earlier this summer and has since spoken out against Scientology.
She will give a deposition in a lawsuit filed by the wife of a former executive in the church where it is claimed that members were subjected to investigations and intimidation tactics under the rule of David Miscavige.
Greetings from Tampa, Florida, where we're on the scene for an unusual and potentially very entertaining evidentiary hearing in a fraud lawsuit that's been derailed by accusations of unethical conduct.
We're anticipating that it will be a fairly grueling day for former Scientologist Brian Culkin as he's probably going to be something of a hostile witness to both sides that want to question him today. And there's a lot at stake — Scientology is asking the court to disqualify Ted Babbitt and Ron Weil, the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia in their lawsuit that accuses the church of fraudulent behavior.
But first, we want to warn readers that we're up against some difficult conditions today which will definitely affect our ability to provide live coverage. According to federal court rules, we can't bring our equipment into the courtroom, and that means we'll be dashing across the street to type up our handwritten notes at every break. That will likely result in long periods of inactivity punctuated by rapid updates, and we know that can be frustrating. But we'll do our best to convey what's happening so that you get a real sense of the action.
Former Scientologists Rocio and Luis Garcia, of Irvine, Calif., sued the church in January in Tampa federal court. But their suit advanced little in the following months as church lawyers filed multiple motions attempting to disarm it.
The church also sought to delay Thursday's hearing, saying the other side had not produced certain documents, as directed. U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore rejected that request Wednesday.
2013-10-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a recent report from Los Angeles Model Ideal Org.
A current staff member was asked about their pay. "It varies based on GI. Sometimes the check is so low we don't bother to go pick it up and thus donate it back to the org. Our Chief Registrar, John Barber, recently regged a pc for his entire LRH library and we were all were ecstatic because we would get paid."
Every staff member in the entire org, every post, is being taught Big League Sales Closing Techniques from the Les Dane book and how to reg money out of people.
2013-10-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The 'Truth Rundown' has made the news recently. It seems it was utilized by David Miscavige in an attempt to control the mind and communication of Leah Remini.
Some may recall that the St Petersburg Times (now, Tampa Times) groundbreaking series in June 2009 was entitled "The Truth Rundown." I believe that David Miscavige was the unwitting author of that title.
After the church of Scientology was informed about the facts that I disclosed to the Times, the Times was assaulted with 'wheelbarrows' of material extracted from my preclear and ethics files from the church. One item piqued the curiosity of the reporters. It was an 'apology' I had written to David Miscavige in 1994. Someone might be able to find it on the Tampa Times website – it was once posted there, and was published in the original series, but I could not find it.
September 3, 2012 - David Love talks about recent Disconnection from daughter; Adam Holland in MacLeans's Magazine (Scientology's Secret Plans For Canada); Dead Agent attacks, and the abuses within Scientology Rehabs, Narconon. Scientology, without a doubt, is a paranoid-bully type cult that preys on the desperate and vulnerable citizens on an unprecedented global scale. Too many have suffered for far too long - Disconnection is painful, sometimes leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other ailments. Indeed, an insideous cult of destruction - even DEATH.
So there was this Nebraska cornhusker, L. Ron Hubbard, who convinced some people that he had unlocked the mysteries of the universe as no one had ever done before or since...
Hubbard claimed to have created an exact science which would allow you to travel back millions, billions, even trillions of years into your past to see what your immortal self — which he called a "thetan" — had experienced in past lives on countless other planets.
Before he unlocked the secrets of immortality and past-life time travel, Hubbard had been a prolific science fiction writer and inventor of tall tales. But as he grew his movement of "Scientology" through the 1950s and 1960s, his followers were less interested in his past than the elaborate bureaucratic structure he was creating for his movement.
2010-10-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Check out the latest from the Freewinds. The greed of Miscavige has become so inculcated that the OT VIII delivery org is now promoting Ethics as the cousin of the subject of Finance. The "executives" of the FSSO are charging people to learn to apply Ethics "including what your beingness as an Ethics Officer should be."
Some time ago Dan Koon (Joe Howard) wrote about a major date coincidence for the death throes of the church of Scientology setting in. He wrote of Miscavige's mission to create the "ideal Sea Org member" in every one (feel free to post the link, I am sure it is on Scientology-cult.com). That beingness is devoid of compassion, emotion (outside the anger band), spontaneity, creativity, and really life. I think his Art Series 8 (model) was agent Smith from The Matrix. Now, you can pay 1,500 dollars to learn it as a public. And directly from the C0mmanding Officer of the organization that was created to finally and permanently free people of such enforced, robotic valences.
The church of Scientology is dead.
Hungarian health authorities had earlier ruled that 22 out of the 39 vitamin pills sold by the company contained excessive doses of B6 and B12 vitamins.
Hungarian media reports say that Mr Lenkei is one of the biggest financial supporters of the Hungarian chapter of the Scientology movement, which itself uses vitamins during its "purification processes."
2010-10-03, walesonline Administrator, Opinion, Wales Online
IT WAS a rare victory for sanity last week when John Dixon, the Cardiff councillor who tweeted that scientology was "stupid", was effectively found not guilty by the local government watchdog.
It had become quite a celebrity cause, with the likes of comedians David Mitchell and Tim Minchin backing the formerly obscure councillor and it dragged on for months.
As usual, many were wearing suits and had donned their Guy Fawkes masks, made famous by the film V for Vendetta. It was running just like dozens of others had around the world. They were holding banners with slogans like "Scientology is a Cult" and "whoisdavidmiscavige.com." Miscavige is Chairman of the Board of Scientology's Religious Technology Center and the acknowledged international leader of the Church. Critics accuse him of physical and emotional abuse against his staff, and a number of lawsuits filed against the church state this behavior is responsible for fostering an overall abusive environment.
Within ten minutes, protesters were approached by a woman who began making claims that they were there to promote hate and should let others believe what they want. Chris, one of the protesters, remained polite, insisting they were promoting awareness. "This isn't about beliefs," he said. "We are protesting the crimes of this individual," referring to Miscavige.
After making additional comments under her breath and taking photos with a cell phone camera, she resumed what Chris describes as Scientology's "bullbaiting tactics," calling him an idiot, a coward, a f -- -er. At one point when she went on to harangue others, Chris moved closer and asked her to keep the conversation on him. At this point she claimed he was intruding into her personal space. She held up three fingers to his eye. Chris mimicked her action. She then mock punched him in the face and groin, followed by a real punch to Chris' mask-covered cheek.
Certification from the mental health department is required before the state Department of Health can license the center.
Kay County District Judge Neal Beekman ruled Sept. 7 that Narconon, which purportedly had been treating patients without a license, can continue to operate but cannot accept new patients until it is certified and licensed.
WASHINGTON -- The planned move of two Internal Revenue Service computer operations from the agency's headquarters in Washington to suburban Virginia has irked some of the employees involved, according to an IRS memo released Tuesday.
The memo outlined employee concerns over the proposed move of the IRS internal security division and the systems development branch, which are part of the agency's Office of Inspection.
'We believe this move will inhibit the effectiveness of our on-line audit process,' the memo said. 'There is also a perception by some branch employees that top IRS executives are forcing this move in order to minimize the impact and lessen the effectiveness of our systems development work.'
The U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the convictions of nine members of the Church of Scientology found guilty in 1979 of participating in a massive criminal conspiracy to plant spies and conduct break-ins and thefts at government offices.
All nine church members, including five once high-ranking members, were sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey. They have been free on bond pending appeals.
In a separate opinion yesterday, the appeals court also reversed a 1979 decision by then chief judge William B. Bryant and upheld a 1977 search of Scientology offices in Washington in which two cartons of documents were seized by law enforcement officials.