LEAKED RENDERINGS: What Scientology's (post-KCET) new media center will look like - 2015-01-02
With the Ideal Org program stalled (Nancy Cartwright just can't seem to raise enough dough to put the Valley project over the hump) and Scientology leader David Miscavige's other big surprises all worn out, this New Year's Eve announcement was one of Scientology's most underwhelming ever.
You see, Miscavige is really stuck in a bad situation now. It's been nearly 29 years since the old man dropped his body, so no new "technology" is coming from L. Ron Hubbard, wherever he is. Meanwhile, there's massive disillusionment among the rank and file, who are sick of being hit up for donations and told about "massive expansion" when in reality the church is dwindling fast.
But Miscavige keeps going back to the old playbook: Announce a new initiative, whether it's needed or not, and put on a full-court press for donations as if the funding was the difference between prison world and a cleared planet.