Blog: Scientology Daily Digest: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 2013-11-07
Tony Ortega's Blog
Today's story was another installment in the interview series with legendary former cult marketing exec Jefferson Hawkins. Today, the review of Chapter 3 in the book Introduction to Scientology Ethics is all about statistics, which is the basis for so much of the craziness around "management tech," and, in my view, that is the craziness that drives so many businesses owned by Scientologists into criminal or at least incredibly short-sighted behavior. I think this one is well worth reading, since Jeff once again does a great job presenting the subject accessibly, and it's pretty easy to see how an already stupid idea of Hubbard's can be taken and turned into a source of even more evil and ineptitude than Hubbard could have ever dreamed of.
Tony also got a brief "fuck off" e-mail reply from former cult spokesman Tommy Davis on asking Tommy for confirmation that he was in New York (New Jersey, actually, at the CNBC studio, a place I've done dozens of interviews myself) shepherding the chairman of his fund on a press tour. It looks like Tommy's new title of "special assistant to the Chairman" is real. But it raised a question for me: a chairman of a big fund is not going to travel with an assistant he doesn't trust. And he's not going to trust a rookie assistant unless that assistant has already got a lot of face time with him. The only way to do that is to live in LA. So is Tommy living in LA? And if so, is wife Jessica with him? I seem to recall that Tommy either owns or has access to a house in LA in addition to his place in Austin. I am not starting a rumor; I'm just pointing out that a question worthy of further investigation has arisen.