2017-11-05, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) Do you have anything to say about the possible guilt that follows, if somebody has worked as a cult recruiter for a long time, and then at some point, understands that has only been causing harm to other people?
(2) How does the Sea Org define "worker oriented" and why is that considered a bad thing?
An Australian woman who worked alongside Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard for years is set to release a second tell-all account of her experiences.
Janis Gillham Grady, 61, who was born in Melbourne and now lives in Las Vegas, has revealed that as a child, she spent about six hours a day for almost eleven years serving Hubbard.
Ms Grady told 7NEWS that friends and families are being 'forced to disconnect' as people who have left the church are 'cut off from those trapped inside'.
2017-11-05, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Twelve years after becoming "Ideal" and combining two orgs into one (London and CC London) London is STILL not SH Size.
The building IS magnificent. And they have a separate Test Center on an enormously busy street (the former London Org premises).
If you took all the times they have announced their "highest ever expansion" and "bigger," "better" and "faster" over those years it would be more words than are found in DMSMH. But nobody seems to notice that despite them claiming all this incredible expansion they have not even achieved the "make-break point" of an org. St Hill size. L. Ron Hubbard said this is when the staff earn a living wage — which is the purpose of "St Hill Size"...
Rod Keller has a dynamite new report on big changes that have been happening at Scientology's flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, where three deaths happened in a nine-month period about five years ago.
Narconon Arrowhead, the "flagship" of Scientology's drug rehab centers in Canadian, Oklahoma is under new management, but the center has done little to improve the conditions that led to the death of four patients in 2011 and 2012. Former Arrowhead employee Amy Ince was there on October 26, 2011 - the day Gabriel Graves was found dead in his room after complaining of headaches and nausea. "I remember the day they found him and being up the hill from all the police and ambulances at the front door. It was a sad day." The incident left Ince shaken, and she left Narconon, only to return to staff this year with the promise that conditions have changed. Ince says there are fewer patients, called "students" in Narconon, but little else about the program has changed in six years.
In 2011 Arrowhead Lodge was full, with more than 150 patients. Now there are only 10 to 12, and Scientology's plan to revitalize the facility has been to remove Executive Director Gary Smith, Ince was told that Narconon International did a "hostile takeover" in July, bringing in about five Narconon International staff and installing new leadership. David Justice is the CEO and Les Starkey is Executive Director, his deputy. Rubina Qureshi, the president of the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) is there as well. Ironically, as the number of patients has decreased, the staff-to-patient ratio is better than ever. Including Narconon International there are about 30 staff at the facility. Ince was shocked to find that a few are on staff at a Scientology Class V org on loan to Arrowhead, and earn only $50 per week.
An excellent article in Forbes by Jay D. Adkisson concerns Scientologists Matt and Kathy Feshbach. Adkisson's article was the feature subject of a recent column Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker. The community commentary was fascinating.
Essentially, the US Bankruptcy Court refused to allow the Fessbach's to discharge $3.8 million in their Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
In her 40 page ruling, US Bankruptcy Judge Catherine McEwen cited both the Fessbach's refusal to curb their lavish spending and large donations to their church (Scientology) as among the reasons for refusing to discharge their substantial tax debt via bankruptcy.
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Standing Order #1 is one of the enduring myths of Scientology. In 1961, Hubbard wrote: "Standing Order No.1 'All mail addressed to me shall be received by me'." He added: "I am always willing to help. By my own creed, a being is only as valuable as he can serve others."
In reality, letters to Hubbard had long been outsourced, as seen in a memorandum of March 9, 1953, and reissued in a bulletin of 24 January 1958. This apportioned certain responsibilities to the "Hubbard Communications Office Office of L. Ron Hubbard" [whole statement sic and rendered as written]. The first task of this office was: "The receipt and answering of correspondence addressed to myself, some of which is personal, much of which is to the interest of the general operation."
2016-11-05, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
If you read this blog, you are likely aware of Leah Remini's upcoming A&E show. I have had the pleasure of working with Leah on this show as a consultant and participant, a cause of great distress for the church. So I thought I might weigh in with some information I feel is pertinent to events now and into the future.
As a reader here you are likely also aware of the "church" reaction to the announcement of the show and the first trailer being released - the usual name-calling, smearing and foot stomping that does not RESPOND in any fashion to the abuses being exposed. There is much more of that to come. Tony Ortega already broke down the first scientology smear.
Of course, the church refused to participate in or cooperate with the show, despite repeated requests by Leah, the production company and A&E. They were asked to provide various people to be interviewed, or in the end, anyone they wished. But of course, that didn't happen. You can predict them to soon begin whining "the show is bigoted, they didn't even include our side of the story" once they are certain the deadline has passed for their participation.
So why would Rupert Murdoch tempt fate and brazenly bait Scientology and its golden boy Tom Cruise?
Murdoch wasn't just a media proprietor; he also ran a movie studio, which could financially benefit from keeping one of Hollywood's most bankable stars onside.
What wasn't reported at the time was that Murdoch had a long history of going after Scientology. His views on what he called a "very weird cult" were formed more than 50 years previously, and can be found inside the fading pages of a muckraking Australian scandal sheet he published long before he became a global media player.
2015-11-05, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Scientology is always worse than you think. Probably one of the best examples of this in action is something in Scientology called the Truth Rundown or TRD. When actress Leah Remini was getting out of line and dared to question what Scientology leader David Miscavige was doing, she was given the Truth Rundown. Leah talks about this in her book, Troublemaker, and gives a good description of what happened to her.
Having both received and delivered the Truth Rundown to others, I thought now would be a good time to actually lay out what the Truth Rundown is and how it's done.
First off, if you talk to any public Scientologists, they won't be able to tell you about it because they've never heard of the Truth Rundown. It is one of Scientology's most closely guarded secrets. In the 27 years that I was involved in Scientology, I only know of two people outside of the Sea Org who received it. One of those is Leah Remini. You can find their most confidential, upper level scriptures plastered all over mirror sites around the world, but you won't find anything about this. None of the written instructions or issues on how to do it have ever been leaked out of the Church, so you can only find people's descriptions of it such as this video you're watching.
Yet another photo of Tom Cruise at the recent Scientology annual IAS gala in England hit social media today, and this is the best one yet that unambiguously shows the actor making the scene under the big tent in East Grinstead, England.
We've been pointing out repeatedly that there's plenty of evidence that Cruise is just as dedicated to Scientology as ever, despite what some tabloids ardently seem to wish, that Tom is on his way out of the group.
Star magazine is so determined to convince its readers that Cruise is no longer a Scientologist, it fibbed and said that Cruise had skipped last year's IAS event in England — even after we had posted a photograph proving that he was there.
Bill Franks shares a remarkable incident when L Ron Hubbard tells David Mayo and himself that people depart Scientology Inc because of upsets *NOT* because of transgressions or harmful acts "overts" which is absolutely backbone theory of all of Scientology.
There are more stories, more important history.
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"Hurricane Leah," former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder has dubbed it, and as the Leah Remini media storm continues, we're just trying to keep up with all of the reactions to her landmark book, Troublemaker.
Fortunately for us, our readers are up to the task and the comments section of this website has been the best place to keep up on all of the latest developments. We thank you for keeping so vigilant with links and videos.
A gay man, who is the centre of a defamation action against a member of the Church of Scientology, has told the Circuit Civil Court he allowed a picture to be taken of himself naked with his genitals covered only with a Guy Fawkes mask, "to support Prince Harry."
Jobless Co Mayo-man Pete Griffiths, who is suing scientologist Zabrina Collins for €50,000 damages for defamation, said he did not expect the picture to have been shared around the world by scientologists.
He said the picture of him had been taken by his boyfriend to support Prince Harry following the naked romp by the third in line to the British throne in a Las Vegas Hotel in August 2012.
Alors que la Ville de Montréal menaçait de prendre possession à des fins de vente aux enchères d'un immeuble propriété de l'Église de Scientologie, cette dernière a finalement acquitté sa facture.
L'été dernier, l'Église de Scientologie faisait la manchette parce qu'elle devait près de 52 000$ en taxes non-payées pour les exercices 2014 et 2015, pour l'édifice La Patrie situé au 176-182 Sainte-Catherine Est.
«Vérification faite au Service des finances, considérant que les taxes foncières pour 2014 ont été payées en totalité, l'immeuble a donc été retiré de la liste des immeubles à vendre», a confirmé en soirée Gonzalo Nunez, porte-parole de la Ville de Montréal.
In her new book, Troublemaker, Leah Remini talks about her experiences with Scientology including a heavy psychological reconditioning procedure called The Truth Rundown. In this video, I detail exactly what this procedure is for and how it is done. This is one of the most secret procedures in Scientology.
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For a religion that some experts estimate includes only 30,000 members worldwide, Scientology attracts an extraordinary amount of media attention.
There's one group of people, however, who seem resistant to Scientology's charms: academics.
Sussex Police confirmed they received two complaints from members of the public regarding the annual charity gala concert held at Saint Hill Manor in Saint Hill Road between Friday, October 17, and Sunday, October 19.
The complaints referred specifically to noise from a licensed dinner and music event which began on October 18 and continued into the early hours of the following morning.
Let's keep one thing in mind as we review, once again, why Tampa attorney Ken Dandar is facing ruination.
The only reason his bizarre legal situation exists is because two people died on Scientology's watch.
One was a young church member named Lisa McPherson, who died in 1995 of severe dehydration, several experts say who examined her autopsy records, though the church managed to wriggle out of a criminal conviction when it put so much pressure on the local medical examiner she caved and changed the cause of death.
2014-11-05, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
There has been considerable media attention to the church opposition to the Clearwater Aquarium development on the site right behind the Fort Harrison. Fox News weighed in. Then the Tampa Bay Times and then the TBT wrote an editorial.
The church cites a Florida State University (FSU) study showing the economic impact they have in the local community and somehow "reason" that the Aquarium would be a bad idea. They also cite to an Urban Land Institute (ULI) study commissioned by the city to puff up their importance (as they said the city and the church should "work together") though it is a little curious as the ULI were VERY much in favor of the downtown aquarium development.
Frankly, it is hard to imagine ANYTHING that Clearwater could do to help revitalize the downtown, and change it's image OTHER than highlight this aquarium. The ONLY thing Clearwater is known for apart from being the cult headquarters of scientology is Winter and the aquarium, made famous by the movie Dolphin Tale and its sequel.
2013-11-05, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Jim and Gayle Smith
My name is Jim Fonda. I recently started auditing Solo NOTs, am having great wins, and wanted to acknowledge some of the people who helped make this happen. I certainly want others to have the same wins that I am having, so part of my purpose in writing this is to show others that it is possible to get standard tech and to get on with the next step of their bridge.
I got into Scientology in spring of 1976 at Stevens CreekMission. I learned about Scientology from my girlfriend (later wife), Mary-Ann Acosta (later Mary-Ann Fonda). She had been on the communications course in 1974, but quickly blew. Even so, she liked Scientology a lot, and told me enough to get me interested. Later, I got her back into Scientology.
Yesterday, Luis and Rocio Garcia of Irvine, California filed their response to Scientology's latest attempt to derail their federal fraud lawsuit in Florida. Attorney Scott Pilutik took pains to help us all understand the basic (if lesser known) legal concept of "diversity jurisdiction" that Scientology had put into question with its latest motion.
Scientology argued, nearly ten months after the Garcias filed their lawsuit against five Scientology corporate entities in January, that the Garcias had erred by filing in a federal court in Tampa. Three of the church's entities are trusts with trustees in California, and since the Garcias are also in California, a federal court in Florida was not the correct place for the lawsuit. One of the three entities, CSRT, is particularly key to the suit because of the amount of money the Garcias had given it, and its dismissal might cripple the lawsuit.
Now, the Garcias are responding, and angrily point out that it's awfully late for the church to be discovering the location of its own corporate officers.
Long time Church of Scientology investigator, videographer and television journalist Mark Bunker explains how he accidentally triggered the Anonymous war against Scientology. It stemmed from the removal of the Tom Cruise videos which angered free speech advocates and Chanology. Suddenly in February 2008 global protests erupted outside their "Churches". Scientology Inc has been an war with one at all for a very long time. It is a warfare internally and externally. You get glimpses of this in this video.
I explains what it was like to be inside behind cult lines when protests happened.
2013-11-05, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Leah Needs Your Votes
A number of people have emailed me about reminding everyone they can vote for Leah Remini on Dancing With The Stars until 8pm tonight.
Go to Dancing With The Stars home page and click on "Vote". You can vote up to 7 times.
2013-11-05, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
See the story just published in the Tampa Bay Times about the plans the church just filed with the city concerning the upcoming events.
Of course, in typical fashion they submit them two weeks before the scheduled events, demanding over-the-top special treatment. The usual time for applications such as these is 30 days. They are asking for Ft Harrison Ave to be closed entirely from Friday to Sunday evening. And all sorts of sidewalk closures. If the city doesnt bow to their demands there will be squeals of "discrimination" echoing through the empty halls of the SP building. Chopping down those trees without approval and generally ignoring the requirements of the city to the point where the Mayor asked Scientologists to plead to the church "leadership" to set a better example in the community may not have been such a great idea.
A lot of the RCS requests are more about having time to erect fences and barricades to keep the outside world at bay than to actually perform a ribbon cutting (and removing unsightly traffic lights that may mar His image).
The actor's two-page description of his relationship with his daughter was filed Tuesday in a case against Bauer Publishing Co. The actor is suing Bauer over a pair of 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he had "abandoned" his daughter. The stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines cited Cruise's absence from Suri's life due to overseas film shoots.
Lots going on here at the underground bunker this morning, and we didn't have time for a regular Monday post. While we check up on other developing stories, we'll share with you this entertaining homage to L. Ron Hubbard's masterpiece, Dianetics.
2012-11-05, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
By Maya Angelou
A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall. They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters…That's why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed…
It's dangerous to be like somebody else…
2011-11-05, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Cheezburger.com We're feeling a bit woozy after this week of Scientology watching here in the underground bunker. Not sure if it was something we ate, or just the thought of Tom Cruise hurling at Gold Base that has us a bit dizzy.
Anyway, Mr. Cruise was very much on our minds this week, as he featured in most of our stories. On Monday, we had some fun with an Australian supermarket tabloid, which claimed that Katie Holmes ran out on Mr. Scientology after she'd heard about our penetrating series on Scientology's retaliatory investigation of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
But then, early Wednesday morning, we learned that we were big Down Under!
2010-11-05, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Here is David Miscavige's view of himself in his own words. These are April 2007 instructions to Tommy on what to tell the BBC in response to their repeated requests for his interview.
When you go to ask an organization for an interview, you don't get the top guy just because you ask. Especially when it comes to me. My perspective is, I'm responsible for the Church, that's who I go see, I am the most public figure there is, and if and when I do a show, I do it on my sweet time.
Larry King wants to interview me—to him, he'll wait because that's ratings. Cooper Anderson is the hottest thing on CNN, not that that means anything. He'll wait because that's a coup. This guy thinks he gets the interview.
2010-11-05, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
Of course, that's one of the slogans of the Church of Scientology. I ought to know – I was very much involved in its development and implementation.
Here's some of the back story. In the late 1980s and early 1990's, we did a lot of surveys on the subject of Scientology, in preparation for the launch of a major campaign. Our surveys showed that Scientology was vastly unpopular. In order to handle this negative public image, I started digging in with more surveys. I found that people considered Scientology to be a cult. And so I had further surveys done to find out what people thought a cult was. The top "cult" item was that one could not disagree with the cult leader or the cult doctrine.
In this, public perception of what constitutes a cult was pretty accurate. In a cult, one may never, never, never challenge the cult doctrines or the cult leader (guru, prophet, founder). Here's Steve Hassan again, from Combatting Cult Mind Control:
And then there's this: The private developers who have proposed the land swap are Scientologists.
That has led some people to speculate that Triangle Development's real plan is to secure the current PSTA site on Park Street for Church of Scientology expansion. Three of Scientology's key holdings in downtown Clearwater - its massive and unfinished Super Power Building, the Fort Harrison Hotel and the Coachman Building - ring the PSTA site.