2018-12-16, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions. This week, the questions I take up are:
(1) If everything LRH said or wrote was, in effect, law and the final word on the subject how can you explain that OT8 was issued and when it was deemed a disaster, a new version appeared, yet LRH had been dead for 2 years. How on Earth can that happen as clearly Hubbard didn't write it, Miscavige did. How did he get the ok to re-write the words of LRH?
(2) When I was in Scientology back in the early 1970s, St Hill Orgs had several things that were unique to them: delivery of Power and Power Plus (Grades 5 & 5A), the Briefing Course (Class 6 auditor), and Class 7 auditor training. From what I know now, Grade 5 is Dianetic auditing, often resulting in Clear. If Dianetic clear is achieved, then the next step for the confirmed Clear is at an Advanced Org to do OT 1. Also, as I understand it, the Briefing Course is no longer offered to non-SO public. It this is true, what do the St Hill orgs do these days?
Rod Keller keeps his eagle-eye on David Miscavige's building efforts around the country...
We reported in April that the org in Columbus, Ohio was nearing their target to pay for renovating their Ideal Org. That target has been reached and they are asking for volunteers for organizing the central files. It's an important step towards opening, but city records show they're just starting on construction.
The plans are being reviewed for fire safety before the permits are issued. Columbus is moving from a small downtown location to a large office building in a suburban setting with little foot traffic. We think Columbus will join three other Ideal Orgs in the U.S. opening in 2019.
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2017-12-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A read—very basically the movement of an e-meter needle from left to right—is what auditors use to determine whether an item in their PC's mind is "charged" and should be addressed.
LRH wrote in HCOB 5 Aug 78, that "the correct definition of instant read is that reaction of the needle which occurs at the precise end of any major thought voiced by the auditor. All definitions which state it is fractions of seconds after the question is asked, are cancelled. Thus an instant read which occurs when the auditor assesses an item or calls a question is valid and would be taken up and latent reads, which occur fractions of seconds after the major thought, are ignored. Additionally when looking for reads while clearing commands or when the preclear is originating items, the auditor must note only those reads which occur at the exact moment the pc ends his statement of the item or command."
He defined major thought as "the complete thought being expressed in words by the auditor. Reads which occur prior to the completion of the major thought are prior reads. Reads which occur later than its completion are latent reads." Prior and latent reads are not taken up.
(Ron DeWolf at the 1982Clearwater hearings)
Earlier this week, we wrote about a 15-page 1985 letter written by Ron DeWolf to the IRS that was released by the FBI and became public for the first time. DeWolf was the name adopted by L. Ron Hubbard Jr., who was known as "Nibs" to the Hubbard family. We asked Jon Atack for his thoughts on Nibs and the new letter, and he sent us this piece.
I was in touch with Nibs – L. Ron Hubbard Jr. – through an intermediary in 1984. I would write questions, my friend would phone Nibs, and have long and elaborate conversations with him. Nibs sent me a recorded talk at this time.
Since I left the Sea Org, I spent a lot of time studying the subject of websites and internet marketing. I decided to start a new blog on a Scientology-related subject and I was trying to figure out my domain name (if you are not familiar with this subject, it's the address of a website).
I recalled seeing a website a long time ago, it was called TheTruthAboutScientology.com, which would have been a proper domain name, and when I typed in, I saw that it didn't have a website connected to it. I looked up the recent history and I found the following:
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The wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige has reportedly been spotted twice in public looking 'thin', 'frail', and 'almost like she was homeless' after she has not been seen publicly for nearly a decade.
Shelly Miscavige was spotted twice in the past year in a small town near the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), journalist and Scientology expert Tony Ortega claimed on his website Thursday in which several media sites reported.
An anonymous source claims to have spotted a woman who closely resembles Shelly in Crestline, California near the CST headquarters.
(Claire Reppen, left, with Carol Kramer, circa 1994; and Claire about five years later, on the RPF)
We have another disturbing document to share with you today. It contains private details that you may find difficult to read. But the person who brought us the document, the son of its author, wants the public to see what Scientology put his mother through.
Her name was Claire Reppen, and she was well known among our readers who were longtime Scientologists. She was a Class XII auditor, the most technically superior Scientology counselors on the planet, and she worked at the organization's spiritual mecca in Clearwater, Florida. But Claire eventually fell afoul of Scientology's leader, David Miscavige (as so many do), and she was sentenced to heavy manual labor at 64 years of age in the Sea Organization's prison detail, the Rehabilitation Project Force.
A special one-hour episode has been added to A&E's hit series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and it will air this Monday night at 10 pm.
Titled "Ask Me Anything," the show was quickly put together after the series, which debuted on November 29, turned out to be A&E's most-watched in two years. Filming for the special episode took place last week, and we know that Leah interviewed journalist Paulette Cooper and former Scientologists Karen de la Carriere and Chris Shelton, and perhaps others.
In 1971, Paulette published The Scandal of Scientology, one of the first books to expose L. Ron Hubbard, after she first wrote about Scientology in a 1969 magazine article. From the day that article appeared until 1985, Paulette was under constant surveillance and bullying by Scientology's sophisticated "Guardian's Office" spy corps, and the church's various entities filed 19 different lawsuits against her. It's such an outrageous example of what Scientology can do when it is determined to destroy someone, we wrote a whole book about it.
We want to thank our friends Down Under, who sent us news early this morning about an intriguing story breaking in Melbourne. Aussie publication The Age has revealed that there are plans for a "super city" development in a suburb west of town known as East Werribee, a massive development that will include huge residential towers and an educational hub featuring overseas universities. It's meant to be an innovation hub built from scratch and flourishing in 20 or 30 years.
But hang on, The Age says, the businessman leading the company which has received "preferred bidder" status on the project from the local government, a man named Bill Zheng (pictured above), "has strong links to the Church of Scientology."
That certainly got our attention. We're always interested when media talk about "links" to Scientology. No one has "links" to Scientology. They are either in or they are not, right?
The New England branch of the Church of Scientology is moving its headquarters to a large office complex in Boston that it just purchased along with several surrounding properties for $15 million.
"It gives us a stable place where we can help people with our services while not having to be in the real estate business anymore," church spokesman Kevin Hall told The Boston Globe.
The Allston building, which is located in a neighborhood known for its live music venues, bars, students and musician population, is the latest real estate purchase for the Church of Scientology. Hall said they do not have a move-in date yet and will need time to make changes to the interior.
A little-known consortium that Victorian Finance Minister Robin Scott has awarded "preferred bidder" status to for a huge tract of public land in Werribee is backed by property figures with strong links to the Church of Scientology.
And since the Australian Education City consortium was named preferred bidder for the land, three Chinese investment firms have bought into the planned project – lifting the consortium's value from almost nothing to more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
Australian Education City last month beat off three of Australia's largest property development companies to begin negotiation with the Andrews government on 400 hectares of public land in East Werribee.
2015-12-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Ladies and gentlemen, Calgary "org" in all its magnificence.
This is the embodiment of the straight up and vertical, epic and monumental expansion scientology is experiencing under the leadership of the Chairman of the Board RTC, Mr. David Miscavige.
It's 47X something or other. And greater expansion in the last year than in 50 years combined previously.
2014-12-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Another report on the glorious wonderment of flag and its incredibly impressive statistics (unless you actually think about them rather than just read the exclamation points and assume it's "amazing").
The clubbed seals are applauding loudly.
This dose of donkey droppings presented as plum pudding comes from Sabine Peschken, once the CO WISE International. She fell from grace many years ago, but I had not heard of her until she reappeared as a Flag money-grubber in Australia.
2014-12-16, Lydia Smith, International Business Times
"All of the materials of the Narconon programme are based on Mr Hubbard's research and advices about this particular area of travail," Nile told IBTimes UK.
The story has been different in the past, though. In 1977, the FBI uncovered documents in a raid on Scientology offices that revealed Scientologists were instructed to refer to Narconon and other "front-groups" using code names.
"Codes should be used for the names of front groups that we do not want connected with the C of S and for anything that gives specific and actual evidence that the C of S is in legal control of B6 groups [of which Narconon was one]," the report read. Dated 5 November 1976, it was signed by Judy Taussig, a US national official of Scientology.
We mentioned the other day that Scientology had brought in a ringer for the depositions it plans to take in the next phase of the federal fraud lawsuit brought by former church members Luis and Rocio Garcia. We said that the Garcias, as well as former Scientologists Mike Rinder and Christie Collbran and others expect to be deposed by Scientology's special attorney, Bert Deixler.
On the other side, the Garcias will be focusing on one deposition in particular. They're planning on questioning Scientology's "International Justice Chief," Mike Ellis.
Ellis submitted a declaration in the lawsuit that was taken apart in a response by Rinder - and we expect that the Garcia team is looking forward to asking Ellis about Rinder's criticisms of Scientology's internal "justice" procedures.
Dr Nerida James, a founder of Get Off Drugs Naturally and one of the directors of Narconon, said in response that they had listened to the community and had addressed issues such as traffic and safety.
"We have hired professional security who we are paying $4000 a week to be there in those after hours times (when police are not on duty) and who are trained to deal with people who might come around selling drugs, or anyone who becomes disruptive," she said.
She said in more than 13 years they had only two incidents at the centre, and none outside the centre.
The Underground Bunker is thrilled to have the chance to premiere the video of Roslyn Cohn's recent one-time-only, one-woman performance, "DiffiCULT to Leave."
From 1985 to 2008, Roz was a member of the Church of Scientology, and like many others she left the church during a period that's seen a lot of longtime members break away. Some people who leave never speak up, wary of Scientology's legendary reputation for retaliation. Others have dared to speak up, particularly in the last few years. But Roz did something unique: she turned her Scientology story into a musical revue!
This show grew out of an acting workshop that produced a poor-quality video several months ago. We never posted that video because we knew that Roz wanted to polish the show and present it at a quality venue with professional recording equipment.
2013-12-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
"We're in a society that is so psychology-ridden that it's almost hobbled with 'why did I do that and this and that?' Although psychology has a powerful cleansing function, like any method it can become a trap, and it's trapped many of us in the West. But the more we act from the heart, from that deep intuitional space, the less the spinning of the mind will interfere. The more awareness with which we do something, the more heart we act on, the more that self-acceptance will allow us to trust those acts."
- from A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine
That is a very apt and insightful statement that, while not attempting to, precisely describes what might most be wrong with Scientology. I have in the past noted the ingrained proclivity in Scientologists to practice excessive judgmentalism on others. For example, see Sitting In Judgment. .
2013-12-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
One of our Special Correspondents sent this in and I felt it worthy of a post:
This article is being written specifically for those of you who are still "in" Scientology, still actively "on lines" or around in the orgs (although, of course, I want everyone to read it).
I know there are many of you "still ins" who read this blog, probably many more than any of you actually realize. I have been exactly where you are right now. And I wanted to share some things that helped me get to a much better place across all my dynamics.
New Year's Eve is one of the biggest days in the Scientology calendar. The church really pulls out the stops with a big party, and then urges members — and their wallets — to attend. What fun!
And this year, the event is coming early! As you'll see in our weekly collection of Scientology fundraising mailers, an interesting date has been set for the church's worldwide party welcoming in 2013.
So join us as we look at the items our tipsters sent us this week.
CHURCH leaders in Tonbridge have questioned why almost a quarter of the library's religious section is dedicated to books on Scientology.
Seventeen of the 72 books, written by founder and science fiction author L Ron Hubbard, in the section at the Avebury Avenue library are devoted to the controversial religion.
Even before its appeal opened, Scientology fought back against the 2009 fraud convictions with accusations of judicial bias and suggestions of political pressure.
There was a lot of talk during Scientology's 2009 Paris trial for fraud and the illegal practice of pharmacy about the preserving the serenity of the debate.
Legal proceedings are in theory meant to shine a light on the events in question: the heat of vigorous debate, past a certain point, becomes counter-productive.
2011-12-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Gotta keep your eye on the comments on this blog. Sometimes some pretty wicked wit and wisdom appears. When I saw what follows lined up in the "comments" queue, I asked the author whether I could publish it as its own post. Though he was hesitant to stand on the dais, for reasons he makes clear within the post, he agreed to my request. I just think these words are too direct and true not to be highlighted and discussed in their own right. Tim has been a great supporter of the truth being revealed. I want to thank him for everything he has done for us over the past two years. This cat walks the walk and though he doesn't ask for it he has earned our admiration.
Tim Swanson and his better half Karen
Hi Marty, I started writing and this is what I got. It's kinda long and if you want to edit it down feel free to do so.
2011-12-16, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
On November 18, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from 1968 to 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of December 11 through 17 during those years.
After the jump, LRH plows past OT VII to OT VIII...
2010-12-16, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
Well, in addition to anything else, I like to keep up with what's happening with my local Portland Idle Org.
To recap, in 2008, after regging every public they could find to empty their bank accounts, take out second mortgages and rob their children's college funds, the Church bought the historic 12-story Stevens Building in downtown Portland in an all-cash deal for $5.38 million.
Of course, they emptied the building out, encouraging the existing tenants of the building to move out before their leases expired. It was all rush, rush, rush to start the renovations.
More seriously, Clarke spent a significant part of his career investigating an array of superstitious beliefs and pseudo-scientific practices, from creationism and scientology to astrology and fire-walking. In these endeavours, he sometimes partnered with the likes of scientists Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and magician James Randi.
The church wants to sell the site, which it bought more than 25 years ago, to consolidate operations in its downtown Clearwater properties, said Scientology spokeswoman Pat Harney.
About 200 church families who lived at the U.S. 19 property, a former Quality Inn in unincorporated Pinellas County, have relocated to Sherwood Gardens, which the church bought in 1999.
Forget about seeing a doctor about your respiratory issues -- make like a scientologist and pump your body full of cooking oil and niacin. Then enjoy a nice sauna.
Yes, that would make Tom Cruise very, very happy. The New York Post reports that the actor put in an appearance at a Church of Scientology on Wednesday night. Ticket price? $6,250. But, hey, that gets you dinner and a photo with Cruise. So it's totally worth it!
He claims that the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project has helped detox more than 500 emergency personnel who breathed in toxic fumes on and after Sept. 11.
German states plan to end their surveillance of the Church of Scientology after a Berlin court ordered intelligence agencies to stop using spies to monitor the organization, a German magazine reported yesterday.