Scientology Watchers were naturally curious to see the National Enquirer go all-in this week with one of its screaming covers about the church and its celebrities, which naturally kicked up a lot of talk at the usual online gathering places. What did the newspaper mean by files being seized by the feds? And why hadn't we seen that news anywhere else?
Well, we decided to take one for the team and actually read the Enquirer's new blockbuster "world exclusive," which turned out to be one of the most ridiculous hype jobs we've ever seen from them.
"SECRET SCIENTOLOGISTS UNMASKED!" reads the headline inside, along with its subhed: "Federal judge impounds cult's EXPLOSIVE RECORDS."
2017-10-09, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This tells you all you need to know about the largest and most effective private relief force on earth
Hurricane Maria did not devastate an outer islands of the Philippines or a remote area of Guatemala. This is a US Territory that houses a soon to be "ideal" Scientology org.
I take nothing away from the fact they helped clear 7 houses around the org. Every little bit of help is appreciated by those who are suffering. But the emphasis is on LITTLE.
2016-10-09, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The next Terra Cognita essay. See earlier Terra Cognita: Two New Conditions!, The Condition of Liabilitiness, Condition of Doubtfulness The Mind, The Way To Happiness: Really? A Story, Auditing: a PC's Quest for the Holy Grail, 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.
BT's in the Belfry
BT's—will be defined shortly—have certainly been mentioned before, but considering how fundamental they are to moving up the Scientology Bridge and "going free," the subject deserves its own post and discussion. Thanks to Brian and others for their insightful comments on Mike's September 25th posting.
2016-10-09, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions based on what is left for me 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) It would be interesting to hear a discussion of TR-L, shore stories, safe pointing and such. Precept #7 in Hubbard's re-definition of ethics - The Way to Happiness - seems awfully convenient: "Seek to live with the truth." Lots of wiggle room there, even for a pathological liar such as Hubbard. Speaking of WTH, another one of my favorites is #11: Do not harm a person of good will. Which is to say: If you define them to be "not of good will," harm away as you see fit!
(2) This week you said "I can exchange with you guys". Do you realize you were using Scientology vocabulary? Non-Scios would rarely use the word "exchange with" to describe offering products for sale. Amazon, for instance, doesn't "exchange with" its customers. But Scientology does.
Rod Keller watches Scientology social media for us, and this week he got wind of the death of a former Narconon staff member. As he looked into it further, Rod discovered a disturbing trend...
Karl Richard Tempest died on September 24. Karl had become a "student" at one of the Church of Scientology's drug rehab centers, the Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge in Warner Springs, California in 2012 after he experienced seizures as he came off an airplane after attending a family wedding. He was suffering from delirium tremens, a condition that results from a lack of alcohol after a period of heavy drinking, most common in those who have abused alcohol for 10 years or more.
Unlike traditional addiction rehab facilities, Narconon encourages patients to go directly from treatment to an unpaid internship, and from there to become a member of the staff, earning minimum wage. In traditional rehab centers years of sobriety and an undergraduate or graduate degree can be required to become a counselor.
Mourners have gathered to pay their respects to Jim Carrey's late girlfriend Cathriona White at her hometown in Ireland.
Crowds were seen outside White Funeral Home in Cappawhite, Tipperary on Friday.
A source has confirmed to PEOPLE that Carrey arrived in Dublin early Friday morning for the funeral, which will take place on Saturday at her hometown parish church.
Jim Carrey has arrived in Ireland to attend the funeral services for his late girlfriend, Cathriona White.
The actor, 53, arrived in Dublin on a private jet early Friday morning, PEOPLE has confirmed.
His arrival comes just prior to White's wake Friday evening at her grandfather's funeral home in her hometown of Cappawhite, located in Tipperary. Her funeral will take place Saturday at her hometown parish church, and a source close to the family told PEOPLE White will "be buried with her beloved dad, Pat, in the local cemetery."
This is the estranged secret husband of Cathriona White, Jim Carrey's tragic ex-girlfriend.
Mark Burton, 38, was listed as her next of kin on official documents but the couple had separated and were planning to divorce later this year.
Burton, a Hollywood cameraman, is understood to be a Scientologist, and has previously lived in Clearwater, Florida, where the church has its headquarters.
He now lives in the small town of McMinnville, Oregon, where he has not been seen since his estranged wife's suicide last week.
(The Helnweins. L to R: Cyril, Renate, Wolfgang Amadeus, Ali Elvis (sitting), Gottfried, and Mercedes. Photo for the New York Times by Kenneth O Halloran.)
In 2009, Cathriona White emigrated from Ireland to Los Angeles. We've reported that once she was there, a group of young Scientologists welcomed her into the fold and encouraged her to begin courses at the HollywoodCelebrity Centre.
But from the beginning, our sources were telling us that it wasn't an accident that Cat fell in with the Hollywood group. Something had happened in Ireland that convinced her to go, and helped her gain entree to the California clique.
International and ABLE have already thrown in the towel on a number of lawsuits (at least more than seven of them), and at least one of the local facilities has entered into mediation to settle one of the suits. None of the numerous motions to dismiss filed against Hamilton's suits has been successful.
So he keeps on filing them. In the 23rd suit, Michigan resident Deanna Tetreau was looking for a rehab facility for her daughter Jennifer Henning in January when she came across a website that claimed to be an independent referral service. It connected her with a Narconon Fresh Start representative, Josh Penn, who made the usual representations: That the Narconon program was scientifically proven, that it was drug counseling under the supervision of medical personnel, and that it had a success rate over 70 percent.
We've been meaning to come back to the subject of Scientology and Craigslist since our story of September 22 seemed to kick off some interesting and frenetic activity in that sector.
Since 2009, folks at Project Chanology, the Anonymous collective that watches Scientology like a hawk, have been making efforts to curb the church's use of deceptive ads at Craigslist. This "Clear Craig" program was coordinated at WhyWeProtest.net, but had slowed down in recent months, as one would expect after several years of effort.
Then, a reader sent us a previously secret manual that Scientology was using to train its "cyber dissemination" people to post ads on Craigslist from locations around the country.
Vitamins used in Scientology's Purification Rundown are no more medicines than sweets or beauty products, a Scientology lawyer told France's top court .
Next up for Scientology was Maître Jean-Jacques Gatineau, whose job it was to attack the convictions for illegal practice of pharmacy related to Scientology's Purification Rundown.1
The Rundown is the controversial programme of aerobic exercise , long sessions in a sauna and massive doses of vitamins and minerals. It w as devised by Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard.
2013-10-09, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Those genius beggars are at it again.
This time the bright idea is to cash in on the government shutdown in the US. Literally ANY excuse will do.
I am sure US Congressmen are waiting with bated breath for an "encyclopedia" about L. Ron Hubbard to help them resolve the funding of the government. I doubt there is a single word in any of these volumes that addresses anything at all relevant. They are hagiographies of the life of L. Ron Hubbard. Arguably Patrick should be promoting to send them OEC Vol 3 — but that's no longer available because the OEC by Miscavige decree is "flawed" and "has to be redone by me." (There is nothing in Volume 3 that would help in fact, as the problem has nothing to do with handling finances and everything to do with corrupt politicians controlled by special interests).
2013-10-09, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I am introducing my recommended reading list to anyone who has attained the Scientology state of Clear. By doing so, I am not promoting or trying to win over anybody to a particular line of thought. Nor am I attempting to dissuade people from continuing to worship their firmly held religious constructs. I respect their First Amendment rights to continue to do so. Instead, I am responding to the relative few who have expressed genuine curiosity about from whence I have come and to where I am going. Folks can take it or leave it, or pick and choose to satisfy their own curiosities. And, as is their wont, Scientologists can of course nitpick and snipe so as to kill the agent who brings news they will likely find is anathema to their Scientology religious beliefs.
I recommend that these materials, minimally, be studied before embarking on Scientology OT Levels 2 through 8. Actually, I think anyone would gain a tremendous amount of insight by reading these books. But, I believe this (or a comparable) recommended study is essential to understanding from a scientific and spiritual view what it most likely is that makes a meter read on a Clear. It also gives a much deeper understanding of what it is that Ron Hubbard was grappling with on the upper levels. To pursue a subject calling itself a 'science of the mind', while subjecting oneself to religious mythological belief constructs (as one inevitably does by running headlong into the OT Levels of Scientology) sets up a vicious form of cognitive dissonance: religious belief masquerading as scientific certainty. The result is the inability to perceive as-is; defeating the entire stated purpose of Scientology. More debilitating, Scientology at the upper levels continues a process of self-affirmation and self-fixation that firmly shackles an individual from rising to greater heights; locked into a solidified ego as he or she becomes. I think this recommended study can alleviate that dissonance, freeing an individual to continue to move on up a little higher.
I am not creating some new study by this recommendation. I am sure there is an infinity of gradients and steps one could, and some certainly have, take to navigate the mire that is implanted at the Scientology upper levels. I did not follow this recommendation. I went through numerous other valleys and peaks along my own way. For example, as part of my own study, I studied and evaluated what Hubbard studied and drew from in developing Scientology; and I haven't included that byway on this list. I reviewed my path and noted those studies I feel were integral in understanding Scientology in the only way Hubbard himself recommended anything could be fully understood. That is, studied against data of comparable magnitude. When one does, I believe one cannot help but recognize that Ron was definitely onto something in his upper level research, but that developments in science and consciousness far more rationally and accurately revealed what it was. One may or may not also see in the light of this understanding, that continued, blind adherence to mythological constructs supplied in Scientology might be crippling of spiritual evolution.
A controversial travelling exhibit denouncing psychiatry and sponsored by a group funded by the Church of Scientology has come to Ottawa.
The Scientology-funded Citizen's Commission on Human Rights exhibit is called Psychiatry, An Industry of Death.
2013-10-09, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
See the article in the Tampa Bay Times from this afternoon. It contains some interesting statements and non-statements,
Sockpuppet Pat Harney was despatched by Miscavige to try and calm the rumblings of the natives. Of course, she is sent with strict orders to say ONLY what Miscavige has told her she can disclose. So, she said the building will be open before the end of the year. What a revelation. But, it seems that if they want a ribbon cutting on the street, they have to do it on a Sunday. And there are only 3 available Sundays between now and the end of the year.
News alert: Miscavige, the rest of the world goes about its business and really doesnt care about your pronouncements. The window of opportunity is closing on you as you dither around.
2012-10-09, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I am in the process of having a book published by the above title. It ought to be available at Amazon books sometime later in the week.
Here is the short description that will apear with it at Amazon:
Why Scientology must be reformed. It answers the most frequently asked questions about Scientology today, including:
NewsFeed generally believes that all religions are valid and that we should treat all of them with respect and all that liberal-arts jazz. But this story gives us the creeps.
The latest scandal from the Church of Scientology is the tale of 19-year-old Daniel Montalvo, who allegedly ran from the Church and found himself in jail for his efforts.
Pinellas Judge Robert E. Beach has filed a motion in federal court in Tampa saying U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday erred last week when he "permanently enjoined" Beach from carrying out sanctions against lawyer Ken Dandar, who is challenging Scientology.
Merryday's order appeared to prevent Beach, a circuit judge, from taking even the slightest action on the issue. Now Beach is asking the federal judge to dissolve his order, in part so Beach can do one more thing with the case: withdraw from it.
2010-10-09, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Daniel Montalvo continued to be under effective house arrest most of the day. A multi-agent Radical Scientology cult private eye team has had Daniel under surveillance full time since his release. Twice the investigators have made aggressive moves with their vehicles toward Daniel's friend and host Tiziano Lugli.
This evening, Tiziano and Jamie took Daniel to dinner at a cafe on Sunset Blvd. A four car team of Radical Scientology cult investigators leered from across the street. When they finished eating, Tiziano and Jamie approached the PI team. As the two neared the pack of gangsters, team leader Mike Kelly (same guy who lead the JB surveilance team at Tiziano's this summer; and surveilled Mosey's and my arrival at LA International the week before last) screamed like a stuck pig crying he was fearful that Jamie and Tiziano were going to "mug" he and his three hired thugs. Kelly slammed Tiziano's arm knocking his video camera to the ground. Jamie called 911. Twenty LA County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on the scene aiming shotguns at all the PIs and Tiziano and Jamie. Tiziano and the pregnant Jamie were cuffed along with the PIs until the watch commander arrived to sort out what was going on. When they realized it was the Radical Scientology cult PI's at work again, they gave Tiziano and Jamie a head start home detaining the PI's in the meantime.
When the smoke finally cleared, Daniel had vanished.
Recent reports have emerged that a defector from the elite group within Scientology called the Sea Org was first persuaded to travel back to a management building for the organization in California, where he was interrogated by an attorney for Scientology and then arrested.
In 1999, Rolling Stone assigned Hollywood reporter Mark Ebner to the story of Philip Gale, an MIT prodigy born into Scientology who killed himself on the birthday of the cult's founder. The organization sent Rolling Stone a damning dossier on Ebner and the story was spiked. Ebner says he was told by his assigning editor that Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner was close to John Travolta, one of the sect's most prominent Hollywood supporters. Since then, the Church of Scientology has softened in its response to critics; and internet outlets have proven less easily browbeaten. So here -- after the jump -- is Ebner's original piece, Death of a Nethead.
Paris - The deputy mayor of Paris led a demonstration on Saturday outside the Paris offices of the Church of Scientology, saying she wanted to warn parents that children and teenagers may be attracted to such groups.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey said yesterday he will find nine members of the Church of Scientology guilty of directing and implementing a plot to burglarize government offices and plant spies in government agencies, and of then covering up their illegal activities.
Richey's ruling, a rare intervention in the delicate plea-bargaining process that accompanies most major criminal trials, enforces what he said was a pretrial agreement reached between defense attorneys and federal prosecutors. The ruling precludes any protracted public trial of the nine defendants and instead calls for an unusual procedure of submitting written evidence about the defendants' alleged criminal conduct.
Under the agreement, the Scientologists can attempt to have the documents supporting the government's evidence against them filed secretly with the judge. Those documents -- which reportedly detail the church's allegedly illegal spying campaign -- are said to form the backbone of the government's case.