2018-11-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The beautiful, brave and brilliant Paulette Cooper sent me a note about the new book she authored with Tony Ortega of Underground Bunker fame.
I have not had a chance to read it yet, but Paulette is a wonderful writer and Tony has an encyclopedic knowledge of scientology so I feel certain that I cannot go wrong in recommending it. Tony's blog is a wealth of invaluable information that has been accumulating for years. It truly is the scientology wikipedia. I tell people if they cannot find what they are looking for about scientology on the Bunker it probably doesn't exist. And this is a selection of "greatest hits" from his blog. You can purchase it on Amazon.
Along with her message, Paulette included some jokes I thought everyone would enjoy. A Sunday Funnies to complement the Thursday Funnies.
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2018-11-04, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left for me in the comment sections of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) What is the training that Scientologists take in order to be able to watch content like yours and not be swayed while investigating the 'SP' content?
(2) I got out before Debbie Cook's e-mail and court testimony and did not see what its effect was like in the Scientology community. How big of an impact did she make? I have talked to a few Scientologists who act like she was just some nut job SP who just "somehow" rose to be the Commanding Officer of the world's largest service org and the Mecca of Technical Perfection for decades. I never cease to be amazed by the ability Scientologists have to say someone is the most elite and ethical OT in the galaxy one day, then turn around the moment that person is declared and say they were always a down stat SP and everyone knew that.
Paulette Cooper has written 23 books plus approximately 1,000 articles, and has won 8 writing awards.* She launched her career as a freelance writer after graduating from Brandeis in 3 years with Honors. She spent a summer at Harvard studying comparative religion, and then completed an M.A. degree in psychology.
Her first major article -- which appeared all over the world -- was the true story of how Paulette spent a week as a (successful) stowaway in order to write about it.
Her first book, "The Scandal of Scientology", which has become world-famous, is still a classic after 50 years. What she learned about this cult lead to an almost full-time crusade on her part to expose Scientology and help those they were hurt by them at a time when few outsiders knew much about the cult and those who did were afraid to speak out.
Rod Keller has a great report for us today on David Miscavige's next precious object, the planned performance hall in Clearwater right next to the Super Power building...
L. Ron Hubbard Hall is coming to downtown Clearwater, faster than most observers thought possible, but slower than Scientology has been telling its membership. For most of the year Scientology has been telling members that the new 3,600-seat theater and museum building will be breaking ground in November. They don't need permission if they intend to have a photo op with golden shovels as a ceremonial groundbreaking. But Scientology has three obstacles to clear before they break ground in order to build a foundation and it can't happen this month.
The property is 319 S. Garden Ave. In this overhead illustration, Franklin Street is to the left (north), Court Street to the right (south), and S. Garden (west) at the bottom. The corner of the Super Power building can be seen in the lower left. Scientology owns the parking structure on the east side and uses it to park their fleet of buses that circulate between housing units and the Fort Harrison, Super Power and many other downtown buildings. In 2013 the city objected when a large tent was erected over the site for the annual IAS festivities. The threat of fines of $250 per day didn't seem to have their desired effect and the events were held as planned.
Thanks to Dr. Reefer for this video which clearly shows the Dianetics Center Next Door to the Pablo Escobar Death House in Medellin, Colombia Carrera 79 #45 D 941. When my article on this was published on Tony Ortega's blog, the Cult got the video taken down from YouTube. Please mirror.
See my additional article on Scientology and Colombia: Why Colombia's military was fertile territory for Scientology — and one general's stunning role.
Here is my orignal article on the Dianetics Center next to the Pablo Escobar Death House as it appeared on the Underground Bunker:
2017-11-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
One of the pillars of "stable data" drilled into every Scientology staff member is: Outflow equals inflow. Leave it to the church to completely misinterpret and misapply this simple phrase.
First off, outflow does not equal inflow. Outflow equals outflow, and inflow equals inflow. The two aren't identical.
On October 19, Tracey McManus at the Tampa Bay Times revealed that a somewhat strange thing had happened at Scientology's vaunted "Flag Building" — more colloquially known as the "Super Power Building," which opened in 2013 after some two decades of fundraising and construction.
The building includes the space age coolness of the fifth floor "Perceptics" stations, as well as a huge running track on the sixth floor, and elaborate personal office space for Scientology leader David Miscavige on its seventh and top floor.
McManus reported that on Sunday, October 15, a 17-year-old girl from Mexico suffered a head injury in the building, and there were a lot of questions about the way Scientology had handled it. The girl was in the country by herself, and her parents were in Mexico. Although her injury was serious enough to need hospitalization, the Scientologists on the scene had not called 911, but instead had decided to drive her to a hospital themselves. And they had bypassed the closest medical facility, Morton Plant Hospital, to go to one several miles farther, LargoMedical Center. (This, of course, reminded us of one of Scientology's worst debacles in its history, the death of Lisa McPherson.)
Ladies and gentlemen, you and me, we are now going to perform magic. We are going to create money out of thin air. Close your eyes...
A lot of you have read my escape story. For those who haven't, I escaped from Scientology's Sea Org after 20 years of not having human rights, working from 8:30 am in the morning till 11:30 at night, for $50 per week. I also, risking getting caught, rescued my then wife, Gabi from Tampa International airport.
First my life was a complete disaster. Since then I have been working to put it into the right track, and this past week I reached a small milestone: I managed to pay off my first credit card fully. See below:
Two men connected to the embattled Narconon Arrowhead say they consider Pittsburg County Sheriff and state Senate candidate Joel Kerns unqualified, saying he didn't do enough to investigate the drug rehab center, where a string of deaths drew national attention.
When asked for comment, Kerns said he couldn't see the link between his role in the investigation at Narconon Arrowhead and their experiences with the facility, saying his department carried the investigation as far as they could before it was handed over to different agencies.
Robert Murphy, whose daughter was the third patient to die at Narconon Arrowhead between 2011 and 2012, and former patient at the center, Colin Henderson, held a news conference Tuesday in which they challenged Kern's fitness for District 7's state Senate seat.
Both said they were "appalled" that someone who failed to prevent the Narconon deaths was seeking government office.
Our helper is back who dives through obscure newspaper archives in search of forgotten Scientology history. Last time, he found for us a really remarkable 1968 interview of L. Ron Hubbard when a Daily Mail reporter, Peter Smith, tracked him down on his ship in Bizerte, Tunisia.
Our tipster kept digging, and found that the Daily Mail was also hot on the trail of Hubbard and Scientology two years earlier, and produced three substantial pieces that year about the movement as it existed then. At the time, there was growing pressure in the UK about doing something about the stream of young people who were coming to East Grinstead from various parts of the world to do something weird they called Scientology.
Today we have the first of those three pieces, published on February 14, 1966 as a Daily Mail "Newsight" investigation into Hubbard's academic claims. We've done our best to preserve the original text as closely as we could. We found it a pretty good general description of Scientology and debunking of Hubbard some 20 years before writers like Russell Miller and Jon Atack and Bent Corydon were able to dive into matters in much greater length with their books after Hubbard's 1986 death.
Last month, we had the opportunity to attend the premiere of Louis Theroux's fun new film My Scientology Movie at the London Film Festival. After the screening, we were invited by the producers to have a drink, and Louis came over to have a talk. We engaged in about an hour's worth of nonstop talk about Scientology, and was it fun. We can't share a lot from it, but we did call up Mark Bunker and tell him one thing that Louis asked us: When is "Knowledge Report" coming out? Theroux said he was very much looking forward to the documentary, which Bunker has been working on for about five years now.
Energized by that question from Theroux, Bunker has posted what he expects to be his final fundraising appeal as he announced a date of May 2016 for an all-but-final cut of his movie. We thought it was about time to get a more detailed update from him, so last night we called Mark and asked him...
What the hell is taking so long, Bunker?
Actress Lead Remini has revealed her unlikely support system when she defected from Scientology – Tom Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
Remini, best known for her role on tv sitcom King of Queens, left the religion in 2013 with her family, who had all spent the majority of their lives worshipping Xenu.
She is now preparing for the release of her tell-all book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and has been teasing tidbits in recent days, including much about the group's most famous member and golden child, Cruise.
2015-11-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Dear Leader jetted off to Milan for a ribbon yanking even last weekend. It was certainly supposed to have happened PRIOR to the IAS event and couldn't get done in time. Ah well. It will be good to have something for the New Year's event.
And he got to spend a week shopping for some new shoes at John Lobb.
With the constant news from the Hurricane Leah, things have been backed up. I didn't want this to wait too long and tomorrow is Thursday Funnies and Friday is Regraded Being, so letting this see the light of day.
2015-11-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
As the media onslaught surrounding Troublemaker continues unabated, now hitting Entertainment Tonight, People mag, the Washington Post and everywhere else you turn, scientology is in bunker mode. Refusing all media inquiries for "spokespeople" and dishing out the same old cut and paste "responses."
And as with every media who has sought to cover anything related to scientology, ABC received the usual litany of letters prior to the airing of the 20/20 piece. Each of them complains about how their sources are disreputable liars, every question the media asks is ludicrous and accusing them of missing the real story of scientology (massive international expansion under the brilliant leadership of David Miscavige, proven by the number of square feet of empty buildings he has cut ribbons on).
Those ABC letters have now been put on one of the church's websites.
If some Los Angeles residents wanted to vote in Tuesday's midterm elections, there were required to enter the Church of Scientology's mammoth blue Hollywood headquarters to do so.
Voters living in the 90029 zip code area were first required to pass several Scientology members handing out promotional leaflets at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.
Read more Scientology's Hollywood Real Estate Empire
European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg. Photo © Katrinitsa
Three times now, the European Court of Human Rights has condemned Russia for its treatment of Scientology. Critics of the movement should accept the judgments.
Last month, Europe's top court condemned Russia for refusing to let Scientologists register as a religious group - almost five years to the day after handing down a similar judgment against Moscow.
We told you previously that one of the announcements Scientology leader David Miscavige made at an October 17 gala in front of a few thousand people under a giant tent in England was that he had plans for a new "Advanced Org" in Australia.
It's a fascinating study in Scientology hubris. At a time when the church is shrinking, unable to attract people to the "Ideal Orgs" it already has, and with its drug rehab program Narconon increasingly under fire, Scientology doubles down by announcing plans for "Ideal Narconons" and new Advanced Orgs.
In Scientology's model, local "missions" feed newcomers to larger "orgs" or "Ideal orgs" where they go through a significant part of their "Bridge" — Scientology's long list of courses and training. For higher level instruction, they must go to one of several "Advanced Orgs" in places like Copenhagen, Los Angeles, or Clearwater, Florida. And they finish things off with a final course aboard the church's private cruise ship which sails the Caribbean, the Freewinds. Justifying new Advanced Orgs, at the upper end of that scale, would make sense if the missions and orgs below them were proliferating. But they aren't.
2014-11-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Here is the hype from scientology.org about the wondrous launch of the "future of scientology" in the "European Commonwealth."
Somehow there is no mention of the size of the crowd (I wonder why?)
But there is plenty of Shermanspeak hype to keep the clubbed seals clapping. Just a sample:
Scroll down for Version 3 of my "three column version" of the Scientology Mafia. The latest chart compares the Church of Scientology to the classic Mafia structure. In this case, David Miscavige is the boss of the three major components of the Scientology Mafia: CSI, IAS., and the Sea Org.
For many decades the classic Mafia legal defense was to argue that the Mafia did not exist — and it was virtually impossible for prosecutors to actually prove that the Mafia existed. In the same vein, Sea Org Captain David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology are arguing in court that the Sea Org has no legal existence and that Sea Org rank means nothing. In my view, however, the Church of Scientology is the operating arm of Scientology's paramilitary Mafia-like Sea Org.
To be exact, the Church of Scientology and the Sea Org are inseparable and synonymous; the distinction between the two is purely a legal fiction to fend off lawsuits. Likewise, the separation of CST, RTC, and CSI is also a legal fiction. The Church of Scientology is a singular entity that has no checks and balances in any proper form of governance. The Church is a madhouse and an asylum awash in legal fictions and dirty laundry. For example, did you know that, legally speaking, the "Church of Scientology" does not exist?
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.
Well, this is it. We're finally plunging into Scientology's "Operating Thetan" levels after Claire Headley has taken us all the way up the Bridge to Total Freedom. Claire, we're very excited about this. You've explained to us that the anticipation of Scientology's superhuman secrets — finally revealed on the OT levels — is what keeps people in for years, toiling away at repetitive tasks that can seem ridiculous in the extreme. But now, we're finally here!
CLAIRE: Well, cool your jets. We have one final step before we can plunge into OT 1 itself — and that's "OT Eligibility."
2013-11-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
OK, the hyperbole is STRAIGHT UP AND VERTICAL!!!!!! With Exclamation Points!!!!!!
Here are 3 examples that have come in in the last few days. They are a follow up to the posting from this morning.
Rest assured, this insane hype is just a warm up for the tsunami of shit that is cascading out from Flag and all orgs and missions and everywhere else now that the dates of the most monumental events in recorded history have been officially announced by one of Voldemort's minions.
Two years ago, I "fell down the rabbit hole" of the crazy world of Scientology. Most people in the world know Scientology only as the religion of Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Some have heard rumors that the top-secret beliefs revealed to high-level adherents who have paid exorbitant prices involve galactic empires and alien spaceships straight from the mind of a 1930s pulp science-fiction writer.
Long-time watchers of this dangerous organization often repeat the slogan, "Scientology: it's always worse than it looks." That's because those who scratch a bit further under the surface than the average People Magazine reader learn that Scientology is driven by ravenous greed, driving its customers close to (and frequently into) financial ruin to raise money. Relatively fewer people know that Scientology is a dangerous cult that takes extraordinary measures to control members' lives and to keep its staff working brutal hours under inhumane conditions for paltry sums, with an internal prison camp awaiting staff members who fall out of favor with the cult's violent leader, David Miscavige.
And not many outside the network of thousands of people who sacrificed decades of their lives and their entire fortunes know just how evil this organization can be. Scientology has left a vast legacy of economic ruin, premature deaths and shattered families in its wake. And that is just the collateral damage; Scientology has also engaged in carefully orchestrated and well funded plots to destroy enemies and raise money, actions that no organization and most particularly not a self-described "religion" should ever be seen doing.
That day will highlight more than a week of celebrations for the church, which has requested street and sidewalk closures, police protection and other city services through an application for a special events permit.
Most problematic is the church's request to close a major downtown thoroughfare - Fort Harrison Avenue - for most of the weekend of Nov. 15-17. Fort Harrison is a north-south street through downtown that normally carries heavy beach-bound traffic on weekends.
The church also asked that Clearwater police erect a temporary fence "to create a perimeter" to keep uninvited guests at a distance from the Flag Building that Sunday.
We have to hand it to our tipsters. Not only have they come through yet again, but we've heard from our Australia sources after things had gone quiet Down Under for some time.
On Sundays, we like to share with you the Scientology fliers and mailers that have been forwarded to us during the week. It gives us a good idea of what's happening up to the minute for church members, who are constantly being hit up for cash.
Let's take a look at the come-ons that arrived this week!
2011-11-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Mosey and I are on the road this week. As per usual, we are being followed by a phallanx of Corporate Scientology spooks. Also per usual they are playing extremely creepy, cold war era terrorist games. The game they've been playing with me for the past year and one half is to closely surveil us to determine who it is we are helping at any given time. They then cull folders, pc and ethics, take the most sensational "dirt" they can find, embellish the living daylights out of it, then spread it - by both internet anonymous publication and intel agent rumor mongering - to put the most hurt possible on those who we are helping.
The intent is crystal clear. It is extortion and terrorism designed to send a message - if you connect with Marty we will make it hurt.
It occurred to me on this particular trip - where Miscavige's level of sleaze and evil has hit a new low - that in the past year and one half, not one single person who has come to us for help and/or friendship has allowed their affinity to be alloyed by such tactics. Mosey and I were talking this over this morning. We recognized the character of our friends and the Indies who have come to us for service are extraordinary. A special breed of folks who don't waver under threat, who become stronger under the stress of Corporate Scientology terrorism, and who despite every invitation not to, keep their eyes on the mountain and continue to move on up a little higher. We are humbled and want to express our gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you. You know who you are. Collectively, you all are breaking the back of an organized crime racket that until now has managed to rule by intimidation, threat, and the most heinous type of violation of trust.
2010-11-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Hold the presses. You many not have been outed after all.
I had little time to analyze the LT posting referred to in the last post. However, I was contacted by some WWP people to verify whether or not one of their own actually sent to my blog one of the comments LT published in his photobucket. Turns out, by comparing search data from my blog with other external evidence we discovered the alleged comment was manufactured by LT. It was never sent by the alleged sender. Now, the nature of the comment tended to make the WWP person look like a rat working with me to screw over other WWP folk. Manufactured out of whole cloth by OSA. Think DM is getting a little uneasy about disparate factions - who are on to him - going into communication?
You doubt OSA sent the LT email? Well, LT send his message from the same computer Kim did. Who is Kim? The OSA operative that attempted to, on behalf of Miscavige of course, declare Mosey unclear. Remember? https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/has-miscaviges-church-run-out-of-clears-to-invalidate/
Originally, the applicant sought closure of the road but was open to studying realignment options. The county staff recommends initiating a general plan amendment to evaluate realignment options, with the applicant bearing study costs and any realignment cost.
If realignment is considered, "We would like to be at the table," said San Jacinto City Manager Tim Hults. Last year, the San Jacinto City Council went on record against closure because of the regional significance of the road.
2010-11-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
There is a lot we can learn from children. One of my favorite artists is seven years old. He sent Mosey and me a water color almost two years ago and it still adorns our kitchen. Here is his first formal written piece. I hope you enjoy it, and perhaps learn something from it like we did.
2009-11-04, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
As might be predicted, once Sherry Katz, New OTVIII, had published her Knowledge Report about Tech and Policy violations by the current Church of Scientology management, they were quick to issue a Suppressive Person Declare on her, and send it to all of her friends.
The declare was sent by e-mail all around Los Angeles and forwarded to other areas. One isn't even supposed to send KRs by email, let alone an SP Declare, but someone goofed and it went out. And it has backfired. OSA Int has tried to "pull it back" stating that it was never meant to be BPI and that they are "issuing a new "official" one." Oops. Too late. Sherry already had copies of the declare in hand, forwarded to her by a number of her friends.
Our support goes out to Sherry. It is not easy being the target of one of these issues, particularly as they are normally, these days, filled with half-truths, innuendo and generalities.
Timing is everything, and sometimes it's awkward: The Church of Scientology unveiled its grand new center a half-mile from the White House on Saturday -- the same day the St. Petersburg Times unveiled a major investigative report alleging the church deployed coercive tactics and espionage against staff members who tried to leave.
Among the dignitaries speaking to the crowd that filled a cordoned-off block of 16th Street NW: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who presented the church with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol and praised the organization as a positive force for human rights and religious freedom.
2009-11-04, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Marc Headley's remarkable account of his 15 years as an employee at Scientology's formerly secret international headquarters east of Los Angeles, Blown for Good, officially goes on sale Thursday. He sent the Voice a review copy, and then in a telephone interview provided additional details that aren't in the 383-page book, which will be available for sale at his website, blownforgood.com.
In 1990, not long after he was assigned to the sprawling Scientology compound at Gilman Hot Springs, near Hemet, California, Headley was told that he would be excused from his normal duties so that Tom Cruise -- fresh off his most recent success, the movie Days of Thunder -- could practice auditing on him.
While A-list followers like Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, and John Travolta have credited their faith in the religion as the secret of their success, common man John Duignan said that it cost him everything and everyone he held dear.
Duignan, 45, who had lost everything when he became a leading figure in the church's British branch, revealed that he was so brainwashed that he would have killed for Scientology.
2007-11-04, Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times
In 1997 a former member of the Church of Scientology, unhappy with courses she had taken, tried to get a refund of 700,000 Belgian francs - about $17,000. Authorities began looking into the church's finances and interviewing people.
Now, 10 years and 76 cartons of documents later, prosecutors say the evidence points to one conclusion: The Church of Scientology in Belgium is a "criminal organization" that has used fraud and extortion to separate members from their money.
"I always say that you are innocent until proven guilty, but we really have enough elements and statements that we can prosecute them for a number of crimes and misdemeanors," says Lieve Pellens, a spokesperson for Belgium's Office of the Federal Prosecutor.
Announcing the new drive, Scientology chief David Miscavige said: "History is about to be made in one of the most important... cities on Earth. We are about to drive home the message "This Is Scientology" like you have never seen."
According to former Scientologist Bonnie Woods, 56, who now runs a counselling service for ex-members, Britain is seen as ripe for conversion.
"Make no mistake, the people at the top of Scientology see us as a huge untapped well of easy converts, where many people are apathetic to mainstream religion and have large disposable incomes.
"These are exactly the sort of people they want. They're called "raw meat"."
Microsoft has developed complex instructions to remove part of Windows 2000 that had generated bad publicity in Germany because it was written by a firm headed by a Scientologist, a spokesman said yesterday.
"The problem exists only because people and the media in Germany became aware that the author of the tool is an American company called Executive Software Inc., whose CEO is a member of the Scientology Church," said Thomas Baumgaertner, a Microsoft spokesman in Germany.