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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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Sunday Funnies: Scientology Finds a Better Use for ‘Dianetics’!

BookPyramidSmallOnce again, our tipsters have come through and we have a fun collection of Scientology wackiness for you this Sunday morning.

We’re kicking things off with some news from Taiwan, where David Miscavige’s church has been making a major push in recent months.

We’ve seen the boasting about a new Chinese-language translation of Scientology’s essential texts (“the Basics”), but are these books really flying off the shelves?

When you put out materials with the forest-killing fury of Scientology’s high-tech monster printing facilities, what happens when you find yourself with more product than customers?

Count on Scientology to come up with a clever solution.

Honestly, when we saw this “picture of the day” from Publishers Weekly, we had to do a double-take. A pyramid of Dianetics? Why didn’t we think of that!

BookPyramid

 
This next one really has us excited. For only $150, we get to hear Alfreddie Johnson talk about the unholy alliance of Scientology and the Nation of Islam. What a bargain!

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Now see, this is more like it. Only ten bucks, and we get the key to survival. We just hope we can keep breathing long enough to get there.

SurvivalFlier

 
TEXAS IS DONE, Y’ALL! Remember, it was just last week that church members were told that Texas was a holdout in the national program to put the “Ron Encyclopedia” in every library in the country. But those crazy kids at the Sea Org made it go right, and now it’s on to the rest of the world!

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And finally, by popular demand, here’s the hilarious response that Scientology put out in answer to Joel Sappell’s recent story in Los Angeles magazine. Our commenters have already been buzzing about this, and for good reason. It’s a classic of the genre. Keep in mind that although it has the name of Karin Pouw on it — church spokeswoman — this is pure David Miscavige, and it’s written to convince no one but himself. You can bet that the Lawrence Wright version is already in draft form.

Joel Sappell’s article “The Tip of the Spear” is egocentric, rambling tabloid babble. More than a quarter of a century ago Mr. Sappell spent five years writing intolerably long and factually inaccurate stories on the Church of Scientology for the LA Times. Then media critic James Warren of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the series “became the butt of jokes among colleagues” and that “few heads probably turned” when the results were published. Mr. Sappell forgot to mention this amid all his self praise.

Fast forward to today and Mr. Sappell’s proposed “cold case” grassy-knoll theory that the Church of Scientology may have played a role in the death of his 13-year- old dog 27 years ago is bizarre. Mr. Sappell might as well add that he believes we “shot J.R.” and cause global warming. To reiterate what we told Mr. Sappell in preparing his story we had nothing to do with the 1985 death of a 13-year-old dog nor any other pets of anyone else, nor anything to do with his reporting partner being pulled over by the California Highway Patrol or any traffic or parking tickets Mr. Sappell may or may not have received during the five years he “investigated” the Church of Scientology as well as the last 27 years.

This level of paranoia expressed in Mr. Sappell’s article is exactly what one would expect when a writer deifies his primary source, Marty Rathbun, a self- promoting anti-Scientologist in Texas who is bitter and consumed with resentment and cannot move on with his life (just like the writer himself). Rathbun has been revising his stories to fit any media and his latest exemplifies the revisionist history:

• Rathbun misrepresents his history in the Church claiming a high position to inflate his status. Rathbun was never part of the Church’s international ecclesiastical management. Contrary to his delusional belief, he was not well known to parishioners, he did not speak at Church convocations and Sappell did not disclose that his only connection to Rathbun was meeting him once nor did he name Rathbun in his 1990 five-year-in-the-making opus illustrating Rathbun’s insignificance in the Church’s hierarchy.

• The real story is Rathbun was simply a failed external affairs staffer, removed a decade ago for malfeasance, who left the Church in disgrace. He was obsessed with creating and fighting legal cases. In 2003 he self-originated and self-authored a description of his misconduct and admitted to his efforts then to misrepresent his position, stating he masqueraded as “being important or working on important things. It is all the more insidious because that ‘importance’ has been by association with COB [Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, Mr. David Miscavige].” Rathbun further described the “fraud” (his word) he perpetrated, “Each and every time on major situations, COB has had to intervene to clean up wars I had exacerbated. For example, left to my own devices in handling IRS litigation, the end result would undoubtedly have been no exemption, a billion-dollar tax bill, and possible shutting down of the Church. I have developed a slick false PR technique of positioning myself as having been integral in handling threats during and after the fact, when they are actually terminatedly handled by COB. By calculation I have lost the Church 43 million dollars on losses and expenses that could have been avoided.” (The entire document can be found at: http://www.freedommag.org/special-reports/sources/marty-rathbun-public- announcement.html and his malfeasance is detailed at www.freedommag.org/special-reports/sources/marty-rathbun-brief- chronology-of-monumental-disasters.html).

Sappell relied on a man who will tell him what he wants to hear. We are the first to admit Rathbun has a history of delusional grandeur with respect to the Church and that no unauthorized, rogue actions he undertook on his own would surprise us. But that doesn’t justify Sappell’s failure to note that his source has shown he lacks a moral compass by admitting in both broadcast and print interviews to having lied in the past, suborning perjury and also to having obstructed justice. Los Angeles Magazine knew and failed to convey that anything said by this man—who carries both a chip on his shoulder and a huge ax to grind—must be taken with an enormous grain of salt.

We are not the Church we were 27 years ago when Mr. Sappell began his story. In those same 27 years the Church has moved on. The kind of warfare Marty Rathbun relished then and apparently desires today is not the direction of our Church.

The Church enjoys peace today thanks to Mr. David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. Our energies and resources are dedicated to the growth of our Churches and serving our communities through our social and humanitarian work. Mr. Miscavige has led the Church through the most difficult time for any religion, the passing of its Founder, to where it is today. Some of the accomplishments since Mr. Sappell’s previous article are covered below. (A full description of Mr. Miscavige’s work on behalf of the Scientology religion may be found at www.scientology.org/david-miscavige.html.)

• More than 30 new Ideal Churches opening in major cities throughout the United States and around the world. This year those new Churches opened in Hamburg, Germany; Florence, Kentucky; Sacramento, Orange County, San Jose and Los Gatos, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Buffalo, New York; Padova, Italy; and our first in the Middle East, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

• This past September the inauguration of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C.

• Church sponsored and supported humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs reach millions of people all over the world addressing the fields of drug abuse prevention, drug rehabilitation, education, human rights and morals education. Scientology Volunteer Ministers have been active in more than 200 disaster relief efforts nationally and internationally.

• The Church completed a massive 25-year program to recover all of its Scripture and make it available to our parishioners, with nearly a hundred million books and lectures distributed in the last decade.

• The establishment of the world’s largest religious all-digital publishing house in Commerce, California capable of producing some 67 million books and 52 million CDs annually.

• A new 185,000 square foot Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center, also in Commerce.

The future will see even more growth with some 50 Church buildings in design, planning or construction set to open on five continents, the opening of a Scientology religious broadcasting and media hub in the former KCET historic studio lot and the inauguration of the soon-to-be complete 377,000 square foot Flag Building, our spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.

The Church works to make Los Angeles and the world a better place by achieving the aims of Scientology: “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.” Anyone can find information about Scientology by visiting our website at http://www.scientology.org or visiting one of our Churches.

Sincerely,
Karin Pouw

 
That is such good stuff.

Hey, campers, please make a note: put on your pajamas and stay up late tonight. At exactly midnight eastern, we’re posting a special treat and you won’t want to miss it. All we can tell you is that it involves a certain BBC newsman who is a bit of a favorite around here.

Until then!

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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 6, 2013 at 07:00
 

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  • John P.

    Pyramid of Dianetics: Utterly brilliant merchandising. I am sure that people will realize that any book heavy enough to have the structural integrity to be stacked with 10,667 of its fellows into the world’s largest pyramid of books must be worth reading as a philosophy to base one’s life on. The relationship is clear as day.

    Actually, it is a nice desperation ploy to find something to do with the massive inventory of the Chinese translation that they have accumulated and have no hope of actually selling.

    Fun Night in Harlem: Looking at the smiling faces of “Reverend” Alfreddie Johnson and Dr. Alim Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, I feel like I would be very welcome at this talk. I am sure I would be even more welcomed by Dr. Muhammad’s security detail. I think the best part of it is that the event to celebrate Scientology’s move into Black America is not being held at the Harlem mission up on 125th St., in the heart of Harlem, but at the regular New York org just off Times Square. These days, the main streets of Harlem are as safe as anywhere else in NYC, as anyone who enjoys sampling their burgeoning restaurant scene will tell you.

    It’s nice that the $150 event promises to feed me full of soul food, but I am disappointed that they didn’t take a cue from the Orange County org and ask me to wear my “soul duds.”

    Flourish and Prosper event: Funny, I thought that all of Scientology wisdom taught me to do this already. So now I need another seminar to survive and expand? How shocked and disappointed I am! I work with “data series tech” every day at Global Capitalism HQ. I don’t call it that, I call it “statistics.”

    Maybe they’re talking about “infinity valued logic,” one of my favorite Hubbard howlers. I shared the concept of “infinity valued logic” with a friend who has a Ph.D. in mathematical logic from UCLA, a hotbed of the field, and I have never heard him laugh as hard as he had when I explained that one. He thought it was something straight out of “Alice in Wonderland.”

    The Library Project is Done: Of course, the triumphal message here is so unsupported by facts that it’s ludicrous; just go to any library’s on line collection and see what, if any, of this spamming of your local UPS truck made it onto the shelves. As many commenters have already documented, the percentage of the 10,000 recipients of this dreck who kept it is tiny.

    My favorite is the image of the kid reading the Ron-o-Pedia. It looks like a prison library or something, with benches that haven’t been seen in a US reading room for probably 80 years.

    Response to LA Magazine: They’re not even pretending this is the mild-mannered, well meaning and inept Karin Pouw. This rhetorical blast can come from no one other than the badly-mulleted windbag Danny Sherman. If one ever needed proof that cult leader David Miscavige micro-manages details of the cult’s external PR, this is about as close as you’ll get. You can see those two idiots spending hours on this little number, with Miscavige egging Sherman on to make the rhetoric even more pompous in every succeeding draft, and Sherman assuring the Dwarfish Malignancy that, “Oh, yes, that’ll really impinge on them, sir!”

    Of course, amid the multiple mixed metaphors and other linguistic larding of the message, the funniest part of the whole exercise is the fact that the latter half of the letter is all about Miscavige’s role. There is absolutely nothing about how the “tech” of Scientology can benefit the average human. And there’s nothing about Hubbard himself.

    Lastly, it’s really interesting that the Ronbots haven’t weighed in yet on the snarky commentary by some of our own commenters (myself included) in an attempt to defend the cult against criticism in the official magazine of their home turf. I am really surprised that the OSA didn’t pick this for some serious effort, unless, of course, there are too few OSA drones left to carry the fight, which I have been suspecting for some time.

    • stillgrace

      I noticed the address right away … Harlem? I think not!

      • richelieu jr

        Hey, that there’s White Harlem! Upper Downtown!

        • stillgrace

          Heart of the theater district!!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Was it just me….or did anyone else notice that while reading that letter…it sounded like it came from OT VIIIisgrrr8?
      Hmmmm!

      • Poison Ivy

        Bury, that’s EXACTLY what I thought when I read it!! I had to go back and check again to be certain I hadn’t accidentally skipped ahead to one of OTVIIIisgrrr8′s comments!!!

        Miscavige has clearly gone as mad as a Hubbard.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

          I love your phrase “Mad as a Hubbard” (that old mother)

      • http://twitter.com/Scientology_411 Scientology_411

        Great point, maybe Karen/David has adopted OTVIIIisgrrr8 as a winning valence!

        • DeElizabethan

          Maybe they read him and that’s where they get the good ideas?

    • Poison Ivy

      Yes, John P – I imagine OSA is spread pretty thin these days. And remember, the real talent always flies the coop first.

    • richelieu jr

      “Mixed Metaphors ‘R’ Us” the DM Dwarfish Logic School…

    • DeElizabethan

      I put in a comment at LA mag yesterday and it was not printed today, still at only 7 comments. Makes me think they stopped all?

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Me too, pissing me off!

      • John P.

        Methinks they gave the intern who approves comments the weekend off. Obviously, the people at LA Magazine have no concept of how to treat interns.

        We at Global Capitalism HQ are experts in how to keep interns busy. Our friends over at Credit Suisse have headquarters on Madison Square Park. Every summer, bright-eyed bushy-tailed Harvard Business School students are sent out at about 10:00 to wait in line at the Shake Shack until it opens, then spend another hour in line to place the order and pick it up. Then sprint back to the office so that the “concrete” (frozen custard ice cream concoction) doesn’t melt even a single drop and so that the fries don’t get cold. All this to bring the senior traders their daily lunch offerings. Time spent on this ritual does not count against the normal 10-12 hours interns are expected to put in each day in order to learn meager scraps of the great truths that we use to make so much money. If we were running LA Magazine, we’d tell the interns they were responsible for approving any incoming comment in an hour, 24×7. Hey, the pace of business in the Internet era waits for no one…

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Really. There is no excuse for cold comments or cold french fries.
          PERIOD.
          This better be on their evaluations.!

        • Deckard__Cain

          I just figured out your real identity, “JP:. You’re really Anna Wintour. I KNEW IT. All of this nonsense about being a “trader” is a nice clever ruse to mask your identity as the queen of the September Issue. No wonder you have a first hand account of super models.

          I get it now.

          • John P.

            DC, you got me. I never thought anyone could penetrate my secret identity. You’re right. I have a page boy haircut, an annoying English accent and a big smoking habit. I completely rock a pair of Manolos and can bring a roomful of supermodels to tears in a second by telling them they look fat.

            Actually, I’m quite happy being a capitalist. Wintour runs a magazine with revenues of perhaps $100 million, which is not that shabby for publishing. But some of our senior partners pull down Christmas bonuses bigger than that if we have a really good year, obliterate our benchmarks and pull in a few billion in new assets. So she’s a big fish in a small pond. I can’t change the height of heels two seasons out like she can, but I can make or lose more money for my clients in a week than she brings in for Conde Nast in a year. And I’m only a mid-level functionary… a small fish in an ocean of money.

        • Midwest Mom

          Ahh…memories of being an unpaid intern for a metro Detroit area morning radio show are warming my heart. They used to write my on air narcoleptic sleep attacks into their comedy skits.

        • DeElizabethan

          Your take, I take it is probably the right take. Now i will take time to say I’ve gotten spoiled with other magazines, sites, etc. My take is LA mag is taken’ a break as your take divulges. :-)

    • Valerie Ross

      I just searched our library system here in the largest county in the state of Wyoming. We have most of Hubbard’s fiction, 1 Fundamentals of Thought and 1 DMSMH. Wow. Someone must have stolen the rest because I am sure they wouldn’t lie about something like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barb-Snow/2262077 Barb Snow

    I love the last sentence of the Pouw letter: it is so frustrating that people won’t just ask them and believe whatever they say, without seeking further information. Sigh. Why oh why can’t the opposition be intimidated away? Oh right… things aren’t like they were 27 years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/MarcabHardParty Marcab Hard Party

    RE Library F&F: 13 ’53s? LOL. Had to laugh @ what they think are massive amounts. Drove for a “dinky” tri-state retail co. They had 2000 trailers that were either being loaded/unloaded in 65 doors 24/7 (not counting the 250 containers always backlogged for pick-up at the port).

  • Tomato Thetan

    Poor Marty, who “carries both a chip on his shoulder and a huge ax to grind,” must be crushed under the weight of mixed metaphors and hackneyed cliches. I trust he’s read this response with “an enormous grain of salt.”

    • DeElizabethan

      One would think all whistle blowers have a chip on the shoulders and ax to grind.

      • richelieu jr

        I think by ‘ax’ they meant ‘enormous pepper corn’, (to go with the salt, natch…)

  • DMSTCC

    I can’t seem to find any info on Harlem Children’s Literacy Fund. Where is my “suggested” donation going again?

    • Semper Phi

      I expect it’s going to the same place as all the money donated circa 2007 to the “Testing Center” the NY org was going to open right near Wall Street.

    • richelieu jr

      Third stall to the left, mens room, Grand Central Station….

    • 1subgenius

      Harlem Children’s Literacy Fund is located at the bottom of Alfrauddie’s pockets.

      THIS I can GUARANTEE you.

  • http://twitter.com/sandyshores50 Sunny Sands

    “The future will see….. the inauguration of the soon-to-be complete 377,000 square foot Flag Building, our spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.”

    Last time it was promised to be opened in late summer of 2012. Now they are hedging their bets and saying it’s in the future.

    • DeElizabethan

      Apparently, according to them, they need more bodies to man the building. In 2011 the number was like 500, latest number was about 700 needed. So the members are failing to join the SO and it’s their fault for the delay. Of course I don’t believe a word of it, but good that not as many members are joining up from around the world.

  • jensting

    ” Church sponsored and supported humanitarian initiatives and
    social betterment programs reach millions of people all over the world
    addressing the fields of drug abuse prevention, drug rehabilitation,
    education, human rights and morals education” Yep – we’ve noticed that the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology is indeed completely entwined with the narCONon program. The only error is that the “church” is supported financially by narCONon, not the other way ’round. But there’s hope that the courts will see what’s what and stop this dangerous quack program

    “Sincerely,

    Karin Pouw”

    I wonder if there is such a person at all? Has anyone seen David Miscavige and “Karin Pouw” in the same room?

    • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

      Wasn’t there evidence that she was sent to “the hole” posted/discussed on one of Tony’s VV posts from awhile back?

    • CudgelClever

      There seems to be no lisrtings for “services” for Ms. Pouw on the scientology completions web site. One would think that the scientology spokes clam would have had SOME training. Or maybe Davey is thinking he’s playing a joke on everyone: Pouw = POW!, the effect his words have on the world in his mind.

      • Poison Ivy

        I think someone here (an ex-Sci) noted that they had seen the real Ms. Pouw (or Powowowow as I like to call her) at the LA Hollywood Blvd building. Yes, she exists, but I personally doubt she’s written a press release in a long, long time. I agree with John P and others – it’s a Sherman/Miscavige production, with the emphasis on Miscavige, who seems to have truly gone stark raving mad. The way he writes about Marty…he is obsessed. Marty should be afraid for his life…the madder Miscavige gets, the less he seems to care about consequences or public perception.

      • richelieu jr

        Pouw= POW alright, but as in P.O.W.

    • richelieu jr

      He always goes to the bathroom or stpes behind a screen before “Karin” comes out, quickly made up in a strapless slinky number, make-up that poorly hides her five o’clock shadow, all of 5 foot 2 in spike heels, and glitter covered mic to decide who stands inthe Trash can…

  • http://twitter.com/sandyshores50 Sunny Sands

    Interesting that they are announcing Scientology religious broadcasting in the future at the former KCET studios. What kind of programming would they have? At first I imagined endless replays of Hubbard tapes, but then they couldn’t charge for that. More likely it would be continuuous self-promotion, or of course playing Hubbard’s theme, “Thank You for Listening”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

      I am so pissed off about that KCET deal. I really had a fondness for that sation and the property when I was in L.A. Racently I read a hair raising story about the CO$ renting a studio there to mock up an implant station for some guy they were terrorising. I have got to find that story again, unbelievable!

      • Poison Ivy

        Me too. One of my first jobs in LA was on show that aired on KCET and I had to drive the one-inch tape (!!! dating myself!!!) to the studio every week. I loved roaming around there – it’s the oldest continually used studio in Hollywood, going back to the earliest days of movies. I hate that Scientology has sullied what little true history is left in LA.

      • richelieu jr

        I used to do telemarketing for KCET part-time when I was on the skids in Silverlake… Worst job I ever had with some of the most interesting people I ever met (some of whom are still my closest friends…) I can’t stand to think it’s in the hands of those Scilons..

    • 1subgenius

      They should so do a religious network thingy ala “700 Club”.

      Can you even imagine how funny that would be?

      Has to be one of the most cost effective methods of “dissemination”. So why don’t they?

      Oh yeah, right.

  • sugarplumfairy

    “…written to convince no one but himself. You can bet that the Lawrence Wright version is already in draft.”

    Lol..

    • sugarplumfairy

      “…The real story is Rathbun was simply a failed external affairs staffer, removed a decade ago for malfeasance, who left the Church in disgrace…”

      If I were Marty, I’d be really happy to see this and the rest of that paragraph.. My “bitter and consumed with resentment” butt would have Karin Pout and co$ in court so fast it would make tiny fists’ libelous and reluctant-to-testify head spin..

      • grundoon

        What was that again, about “factually inaccurate” and “the butt of jokes”?

  • Theo Sismanides

    It is interesting to see that Corporate Scientology, the travesty called Scientology led by DM is siding black Americans and the Nation of Islam. Which other religion could do that? It’s obvious that the Globalists under DM want to create a pan-religion thru the travesty of Scientology of David Miscavige. This connection to Islam through the Black Americans is interesting since the Black Islamic People can be converted into Scientologist more easily than any Arab would. And then we see….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      The Nation of Islam is not generally considered to be an Islamic movement. It has fewer than 100,000 members. Far more African Americans belong to traditional muslim groups.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

        Well, that’s significantly more than Scientology. I’d be worried about a takeover if I was little Davey. The unholy alliance can’t possibly end well.

      • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

        This, exactly. Malcolm X has some harsh words about the Nation of Islam’s lies about what Islam actually is in his autobiography.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I don’t find it interesting as much as frightening, Theo.
      This is oil and water.

      Perhaps I should have used a more “combustible” example.

      • Poison Ivy

        Agree. Frightening. Personally I think Miscavige is interested in NOI’s bodies as soldiers ( LRH was a big proponent of Apartied & South Africa’s black labor force…)..while Johnson/Mohammed are interested in getting their hands into Miscavige’s coffers. It’s an unholy alliance that can lead to no good. Tory’s videos do a good job of exposing the racism inherent in Scientology.

      • richelieu jr

        Well, they are both wacky, Sci-Fi based religions.. One thinks an evil wizard baked White people in an oven to be his demons, and the other thinks and evil galactic overlord blew up million of people in volcanoes;. Doesn’t seem too mutually exclusive to me…

      • Theo Sismanides

        BTN2, have you talked to a Muslim? They are frightening…. they are very different… I think they cannot go along with the rest of the world… they don’t drink any alcohol at all and they wouldn’t do certain things. Europe is being now invaded by many Islamists and it’s not even funny… But it still remains that I look with a suspicious eye this connection between Scientology and the Nation of Islam.

  • sugarplumfairy

    And the dianetics pyramid? Fitting burial chamber for the pocket-size pharaoh of co$..

    • BosonStark

      I thought it was a volcano of Dianutty. At any rate, if they add a few languages, I’m sure they could build a Dianutty pyramid of unsold copies the size of one in Egypt.

    • Rick Mycroft

      Most used book stores could have built pyramids of Dianutics .. that is, until they stopped accepting Hubbard books as trade-ins at any price.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Pocket-sized Pharaoh of Profits

      • richelieu jr

        The architects of the Dianetics pyramid are buried inside, along with their secrets…

    • richelieu jr

      It somehow reminded me of an old SNL sketch for a cereal called ‘Colon Blow’ with the equivalent of tens of thousands of boxes of other bran cereals They keep asking a guy sitting on a toilet how many boxes it would take to equal a bowl of Colon Blow, A hundred? No! A thousand? No!

      And each time we see he’s perched on bigger pyramid of boxes…. Perhaps I am just confusing them with what would be coming out? Dianetics, for sure!

  • HeatherGraceful

    “Rathbun misrepresents his history in the Church claiming a high position to inflate his status. Rathbun was never part of the Church’s international ecclesiastical management.”

    Work with me on this:

    David Miscavige claims to be “the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion”. Not of the Scientology “church”, the “religion”. Maybe that’s because RTC isn’t the “Scientology church”. Right? Now, the Wayback Machine proves that the organisation led by David Miscavige (Religious Technology Center) told the world that Marty Rathbun was on the board and was the “Inspector General RTC”. That’s a pretty high position. In the religion. But maybe not in the church.

    So, are they playing silly buggers with the language to mislead?

    The evidence:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20041012190703/http://www.rtc.org/mark-rathbun.htm

    • ze moo

      I love the wayback machine, no past utterance can be forgotten or lost. No one can be ‘disappeared’ or swept under the rug. A conscience is a terrible thing to have, an infallible conscience is proof in court.

    • DeElizabethan

      You got it Heather, Great!!!

    • richelieu jr

      Stallin’ like Stalin!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        OK French guy….forget Coffee….We need Cognac and a clove cigarette.

        • richelieu jr

          Well, I’ll have un café with you, hold the clove cigarette- smells like the 80′s!

  • Dean Fox

    So Marty Rathbun was an insignificant “failed external affairs staffer” so insignificant that he managed to cost the church of scientology 43 million dollars? So insignificant that his removal changed the direction of the church?

    (“We are not the Church we were 27 years ago when Mr. Sappell began his story. In those same 27 years the Church has moved on. The kind of warfare Marty Rathbun relished then and apparently desires today is not the direction of our Church.”)

    Seems somewhat inconsistant that Marty Rathbun should at once be insignificant and the cause of so much trouble.

    • ze moo

      When your stock in trade is cognitive dissonance, it creeps into everything you do. More proof that Miscavige’s attention span is as short as he is.

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      The statement above begs the question: moved on from what? So the church is admitting to campaigns akin to warfare?

  • Observer

    “Discover the full history of Scientology’s growth into Black America and contribute to its future!” The mental image that sentence gave me was of metastatic cancer. Most people wouldn’t want to encourage that sort of thing.

    THE RON SERIES MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT on one lonely Sea Org staffer whose apparent OCD compels him to arrange the books on the table just so.

    I tried, I really did, but I couldn’t read the whole letter from “Karin Pouw”. My Vicarious Shame Syndrome kicked in and I was overwhelmed by the shame that Davey *should* feel for releasing that lunatic idiocy into the public sphere but obviously doesn’t, and had to stop reading. Blargh.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Observer….but you must! This piece of literary genius must be appreciated in its entirity.
      You can close your eyes and see Davey slapping the back of Dan Sherman’s head as he tells him to hurry up and write… and no backflashing. Whack…Whack again. Faster idiot. I am COB…hear me Meow…I mean ROAR.

      By the way…LA Mag is sure slow in moderating the comments. I had two that have been hung up since yesterday and they didn’t even have any swear words in them.

      • Observer

        It sounds like’s doing his best to mock up the tone of an actual ecclesiastical leader, but since his vocabulary consists mostly of obscenities he has no idea what that tone actually is.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I just think he learned how to spell “ecclesiastical” in the last couple of years.
          Because he is wearing that shit out!

          • Observer

            From Karen de la Carriere on OCMB:

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I love her thread over on OCMB.
              That is one of my “must reads”.

            • Poison Ivy

              I’m still just back and forth lurking….will have to drop over! Miss hanging with the Bunker and Rodeo crowd…but have a project about to drop.

            • richelieu jr

              Can you give a link?

            • Poison Ivy

              Fell off the couch laughing at that one. Brilliant, Karen.

            • stillgrace

              Newbies to Scio-watching might think that was made up. In fact, it’s a direct quote.

        • Midwest Mom

          Don’t you mean “esleaziastical leader”?

          • Observer

            Hahaha! That’s what I’m going to call him from now on!

      • Sherbet

        Oh, gosh, you’ve got to read John P’s comments on LA Mag. I love you, John P. Kiss, kiss. You’re brilliant.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Oh I Did…he and Barb, Subgenius….all rockin…..

      • DeElizabethan

        I had one yesterday, still not in and no swear words either. Powow asked them to stop? How much control could he/she have over them?

    • stillgrace

      I admit that I skipped over the list of accomplishments at the end of the letter, having read dozens of duplicate lists, and feeling a bit bored. However, I went back and read the claims and now I must call “foul”.

      DM lists in his letter that he opened the “San Jose” and “Los Gatos” orgs in 2012. I can tell you that those orgs were there long, LONG before 2012. Both were repainted last summer, and “re-dedicated”.

      And now the “Los Gatos” org has recently closed its doors! Less than 6 months from its dedication, complete with all the hoopla. This org was not REALLY in tony Los Gatos, anyway, but on Saratoga Ave in San Jose. I never could figure out why they called it the Los Gatos org anyway. A bit pretentious.

      Today’s google search revealed an interesting development. Apparently, there is now an actual address (really in Los Gatos this time) associated with Co$. I recognized the address right away; my accupuncturist once had her small office in this one-story medical building. This absolutely cannot mean expansion for the “church”. I’ll check it out at my next dental appointment, my dentist is right across the street!

      • Rick Mycroft

        They’re counting the Buffalo org again, even through it was supposed to be the first Ideal Org opened. I guess that little fact went down the Memory Hole.

      • scnethics

        Great info (and funny!) Keep us posted!

        • stillgrace

          I will! Have some plans.

        • stillgrace

          I can give an eye-witness report that in the main building and the adjacent building (two stories), there is currently no hint that the Co$ has plans to take up residence.

          If you google 10 Jackson Street, Los Gatos, CA it’s clear that the building houses “Scientology and Dianetics”, but they have not yet made their presence known on the premises. Since the bottom floor of the main and adjacent building (same address) have established businesses installed, I suspect that they will open on the second floor (no elevator).

          If so, they must not be planning for foot traffic. If they are, they’re in for a rude awakening. These offices are small in this professional building. I can’t believe this location will take the place of the org located at 650 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, which was housed in a much larger building.

          I did not realize until today that there is also a “Church” of Scientology Mission (didn’t Co$ eliminate most of their “missions”?) located at 826 N. Winchester Blvd #1, San Jose, CA. My guess is that’s it’s been there for two years. There are three google reviews for the place from two years ago, all written by ronbots, possibly just one ronbot. Their website states: “The Church of Scientology Mission of San Jose has a special service designed to help you become employed and/or stay employed.” Scary. Sea Org career??

          I will keep an eye on developments in Los Gatos, and I will be careful. This is John Allender territory, and that is one mean-looking, serious dude.

      • stillgrace

        I have to report that the rumors of the Los Gatos org on Saratoga Ave being closed are not confirmed.
        I will drive by and see what’s up.

    • Midwest Mom

      I could not make it past the first paragraph. Have you ever read a statement or response from any mainstream church that is filled with such venom? I know that I haven’t.

      The message which is being put forward and received is that the Co$ is a religion of hate and vindictiveness, not love and compassion. It’s as good as shouting, “We claim to be the sanest people on the planet, but we are totally cray cray and here’s further proof!”

      • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

        Did they ever claim to be about love and compassion?

      • John P.

        Sadly, some of the stuff out of the mouths of extreme right evangelicals on talk radio come pretty close. Bryan Fischer of the Orwellishly-named “American Family Association” is one particularly repugnant example.

        There are, alas, plenty of others, without having to dig down to bizarre cults like the Westboro Baptist Church. But the parallels break down becase none of these guys have their own intelligence agencies and dirty tricks squads like Scientology.

      • grundoon

        “We’re not a turn-the-other-cheek religion” … this statement is variously attributed to Leisa Goodman (former OSA PR, on MTV), Earle Cooley (former cult lawyer, on CNN), and Heber Jentzsch (holee cult President), but I haven’t found the source of the original quote.

      • richelieu jr

        Oh, I could cite you chapter and verse (at times literally) from the Catholics.. I am an expert i n Medieval heresy and there’s stuff Innocent II said about the Cathars that put that to shame…

        • Midwest Mom

          I meant a response or statement (or press release) from a mainstream religion during the present time. I have never read a statement from the Methodist Church or Presbyterian Church or Catholic Church etc. that was so ridiculously filled with hate.

          Every statement that the Co$ makes is soggy with hate, per LRH’s direction, of course, and they are always unprofessional and written with extremely poor taste.

  • JustCallMeMary

    They call it propaganda. 21st century propaganda.

  • Anononyourside

    How sad that there are so few libraries in Africa. How outrageous that that this so-called “church” ignores these small numbers and brags that money is going to be spent putting print versions of Hubbards books in those libraries. Anyone, and I mean anyone, with half a brain knows that the future of literacy and education is digital, the Internet and e-books. For the amount of money spent to kill trees, print books, and send books globally, villages could have schools and Internet connections. When the rest of the literary world is focusing on ebooks, Miscavige focuses on paper. Why? Simple. Miscavige is terrified of the Internet, and believes this is the only way to 1. Squeeze money from fewer and fewer supporters, and 2. Protect the copyright integrity of the books. Both reasons fail. His supporters are growing more aware of the scam, and are more and more enticed by the freedom of the Independent Scientology movement. Secondly, he couldn’t protect the copyright to the original printed works of Hubbard, and printing more books is not going to change the fact that the Internet is full of Hubbard books online. Ironically, given the developing state of digital rights management, e-books might provide more copyright protection, but then Miscavige couldn’t justify the amount of money supporters are being dunned for.

    Lastly, me thinks Miscavige doth protest too much about Marty Rathbun. If Marty was so inconsequential, why spend years stalking and harassing him? The Information Age is here to stay, and there are more people on the side of freedom and reason in this world than there are in Miscavige’s little armed prison camp called the Church of Scientology.

    • Anononyourside

      One more thing, it is clear the so called “admission” of Marty was a confession forced by a “sec check” audit of some kind which I thought was subject to priest-penitent confidentiality. I believe the Attorney General of California should be alerted to this latest example of a charity registered with her office using its religious status to defame former members, and threaten current members with the same treatment if they step out of line.

      • DeElizabethan

        Your ethics file, probably sec-checking and other actions on a meter may not fall under the auditing rules. If they say, which they do before such actions, “I am not auditing you”, and you must agree, then it’s in your file but not counted as a auditing session, thus they are protected. Flimsy excuse however way one sees it. They will get a person in such states to say anything, to take blame for, if they can, since the person knows he must say what they want in order for him to get out of that room. One’s not thinking of his future outside of the cult at that time. Make sense?

        • Gus_Cox

          Actually, ethics folders are also considered confidential. I don’t recall the stupid bulletin (quoting the tek is a pain in the ass) but ethics folders and PC folders fall under the same rule, in the same bulletin.

          • DeElizabethan

            OK I see the point. But does OSA follow the rule when you are an enemy? I guess they can’t use them in court against one. How about if one wanted their ethics filed revealed in court, then they can withhold under that bulletin? They use what they want, how about Marty’s mother? Can’t he sue them then? And why doesn’t he? Funds I guess!

          • grundoon

            The interrogator says “I am not auditing you” to put you on notice that the Auditor’s Code does not exist for the session that follows. Your consent is implied if you continue with the session. Any confidentiality that may exist is merely a matter of policy and the good will of those involved.

    • DeElizabethan

      “doth protest too much” is right! Looks like he’s so at effect and upset now, that he’s going down fighting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

    Re The Library Project is Done – Every library in the US? Let’s do some math. Using their numbers we get somewhere between 10,000 and 16,000 sets (250,000 books with 16 volumes in the series comes to 15,625 sets). Pennsylvania’s interlibrary loan system, alleged to be the largest in the country, ties together 2,900 local, academic and special libraries in the state. So Pennsylvania alone could account for 1/3 of their publication run.

    • richelieu jr

      Love it! I’d love to see some real figures… You’d think they’d take the time to have someone research the real numbers to at least seem credible… Even without the net (cuz who knows what entheta might be seen) it couldn’t take more than a week or so for a high-school id… and for these new-humans, probably not more than a month…

  • Marta

    “When you put out materials with the forest-killing fury of Scientology’s high-tech monster printing facilities,…” Well, one can only hope that sooner rather than later this oh so OT “church” will transcend the need to deal with pesky “MEST” at all, close up the printing presses, put aside all the bother to pack and ship stuff to libraries or anyone else, and just “intend” their “products” done and goals achieved, claim the stats, and promote, promote, promote that it’s DONE!

    • Poison Ivy

      Well, since they’re only now discovering this crazy new invention called the internet, I think it’ll be a while before they change over to e-book format.

      • richelieu jr

        And then everyone will have to buy it all AGAIN!

  • 1subgenius

    Another Miscavige stat: “largest book pyramid ever made.”

    Not only is that meaningless beyond belief, but I’m going to challenge it.

    My local Barnes and Noble had one that was 10,669.

    But seriously, Miscavige is at an advantage, with all the books he prints that won’t ever be distributed.

    Go for it Davey. Make a book pyramid as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Now THAT would be impressive.

    But equally as meaningless.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      And normally I wouldn’t condone book burning’s…but a Giza size “burning man” of Ron Thoughts?
      Lets do it!
      I got the matches.

      • DeElizabethan

        It would make a nice weeny roast.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I really want to make a crack here…but I am trying to behave myself…
          But…….oooh it is so “hard”.

      • grundoon

        Scientologists will be ordered to burn these when the next big revision comes around. Last time, David Miscavige put in his own punctuation, but he let most of L. Ron Hubbard’s words stay there. Next time DM will finish the job, and what remains of Hubbard’s words will go to feed the bonfire. Since DM is incapable of composing a coherent paragraph, the new books will be punctuation only.

    • Midwest Mom

      It sounds like a pyramid scheme to me.

      • richelieu jr

        rim shot!

  • Observer

    Back to the NOI flyer: is it really a “suggested” donation if you can’t get in the door for less? Or are they still going easy on the NOI members and giving them leeway which non-NOI Scientologists don’t get?

    • 1subgenius

      The only way they’ll get enough bodies in the shop for the event not to be humiliating is to pressure the scilons to buy (and go), and let the Farrakhanites in for free.
      Need some anons to observe and report.
      I’m sure there will be heavy Fruitcakes of Islam security.

      • mirele

        Voted up especially for the “Fruitcakes of Islam security.”

      • richelieu jr

        Bring a bow-tie, get in free…

  • http://surisburnbook.tumblr.com/ nobs

    That’s not a pyramid of books. It’s a VOLCANO!!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Oh my god I was thinking the same thing!

      • Poison Ivy

        Hat tip to Jefferson Hawkins!

    • richelieu jr

      And it really, really BLOWS!

    • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

      Think of what will happen when it all collapses!

    • grundoon

      Is Xenu in there?

  • ze moo

    “Mr. Sappell might as well add that he believes we “shot J.R.” and cause global warming.”

    “The establishment of the world’s largest religious
    all-digital publishing house in Commerce, California capable of
    producing some 67 million books and 52 million CDs annually.”

    If you are cutting down enough trees to make 67 million books, you are contributing to global warming. If you are going to make 52 million cds, remember how well that worked for AOL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZsNqlY1Avc

    The ‘How to Flourish and Prosper’ seminar should be a hoot, hosted by 2 OT8′s. All you learn at level 8 is that you have so many Body Thetans that you can never get rid of all of them and that the con can never end. Lron made up a never ending ‘need’ so his cash flow never ended.

    The tone and content of Karin Prouw’s response to the Shappel story is the same tone and content that has been coming out of CO$ ever since Tommy Davis hit the trail. It was obviously dictated by Miscavige, I bet he enjoys ‘closely supervising’ Karin. I bet Karin loves the COB attention…..not…..If you thought your live sucked, be glad you aren’t Karin Prouw.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

      I’m very glad I’m not Pouw. The RPF sucks and I think she’s been there awhile. Presently, Pouw is just a signature line for whoever has to transcribe the Sherman/Miscavige bloviating fail missives.

      • ze moo

        Eventually, the CO$ will do away with press relations and install ‘denialbot 3.1′. No real human would put up with Miscavige.

        • richelieu jr

          They’re waiting until they can programme the denial-bot not to hit back… A machine’s got pride, after all, and Davey’s got a glass jaw…

  • mirele

    Does anyone else wonder if Scientology actually printed all those Ron books and shipped them out to the libraries, or only just enough for a photo op/print run/sell to the Scieno marks?

    • mirele

      I found that the Cottonwood (AZ) public library has the entire Ron set on its shelves.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        The good news is if they convert 1 percent of the population of the town (yes, i am being generous), 101 people are not going to do much to “clear” the planet.

      • Sherbet

        Too bad I don’t know anyone in Cottonwood AZ who might borrow the set and “forget” to return it.

      • grundoon

        If anybody wants to read these, just request them on interlibrary loan from Cottonwood. USA: DONE!

  • 1subgenius

    Wait, what? The Alfraudie event is not even being held at the Cult of Scientology Harlem.

    And when I googled that there is a note that the one at 2423 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard

    New York, NY 10030 is closed or relocated. Anyone got intel on that?

    Here’s a screen of that location.

  • Bob

    Well Texas is complete. The Hubbard biography encyclopedias are now everywhere in the US. I guess if you count library trash cans YES. I checked the Dallas library website. They have a total for the whole area of 110 books. Over half of those are his fiction works but low and behold NO ENCYCLOPEDIAS. How stupid do they think their parisheners are? DON’T ANSWER THAT!

    • Sherbet

      My son is a librarian at two municipal libraries. And I KNOW what they do with unwanted lrh materials…

      • DMSTCC

        and?

        • Sherbet

          Books are purchased on the basis of demographics and local tastes in addition to national trends and educational requirements. If everyone were clamoring for dianetics, the materials would end up on the shelves, whether purchased or donated. But the libraries’ facilities are small, and they don’t have room to keep things that get called for, say, twice in 10 years. There is a constant culling of unused/unwanted books and materials, and, first they may go to a book sale, and then to the recycler. In addition, if the donated books can be easily found elsewhere, the library does not feel an obligation to give them shelf space. It’s not a matter of censorship; it’s more that the materials typically have gone unused for years, so somebody has to make a judgment call on what the library can keep and display. (If the materials are little pamphlets for dicey organizations or philosophies, those go right into the recycle bin.)

          • Sherbet

            Just realized I could have summed all that up as: Nobody asks for cos stuff at our local libraries, so into the recycle bin it goes.

            • DMSTCC

              So, in the end we are all most likely all using C0$ materials each and every day. From cleaning the counters, blowing our noses and, dare I say, wiping our asses. Thanks COB. Hip hip, fuck you.

            • Sherbet

              Lining the litter box…all very appropriate uses.

            • stillgrace

              … and bird cages. Very useful.

            • Midwest Mom

              Sherbet, you look and act much too young to have a son old enough to be a librarian. Were you a child bride or is he the Doogie Howser of Library Science?

            • Sherbet

              Well, aren’t you sweet! Of course, I already knew that.

              “Doogie Howser” is 25.

              I’m a “woman of a certain age,” but very young at heart.

          • mirele

            I buy used library books online…they’re generally cheap and since I’m looking for information rather than looks, perfectly OK with me.

            • richelieu jr

              That’s the reason I date aging librarians…

      • richelieu jr

        Hey! Toilet paper is expensive!

  • BosonStark

    The photo with the Ron Nutterpedia making “immediate impact” has me convinced — one guy in an empty library with the series on a table. Shouldn’t they be lined up outside the library to get their hands on this series about an unknown nutter and his non-accomplishments in everything from photography to tomatoes?

    It reminds me of the shot of one lone Arab guy at a desk with Ron’s pulp re-release where Miscavige said the popularity of Hubbard’s pulp was “sweeping the Arab world.”

    • sugarplumfairy

      Roncrap always has an immediate impact on me.. Immediately makes me wanna slap somebody..particularly anybody trying to push this crap..

    • richelieu jr

      “You, with the broom there, what’s your name, Jesus? You the janitor or something?”

      “My name is Thomas Sanchez, sir… I’m a law stud–”

      “Right, Sancho, right.. Hey, you wanna earn a few pesos?”

      “Well, I–”

      “Sit over here and read- you can read- well, just sit over here and open this book…”

      Scientology using, no strike that HELPING minorities in libraries (cuz they just too damn poor to buy books themselves) all over this great land…

  • Chocolate Velvet

    I must admit, that LA Magazine response was quite persuasive.  Poor COB, so misunderstood! So inept at managing his own affairs and those of the COS. He has made his case here very effectively, and given me much food for thought as a critic of scientology.

    I shall spend the rest of the day contemplating how sad I feel that, despite being the ultimate “terminal” in the COS hierarchy, he is so incompetent and powerless to be at cause over the reputation and image of the “church”.  He can’t even manage to get credit for all the amazing accomplishments and wins he pulls in every day.  

    I shall dwell on the puzzle of Marty Rathbun, who was so incompetent and insane while working for the church, and yet somehow wound up assigned to be in direct contact with the Greatest Scientologist Of All Time, Tom Cruise.  Poor COB, so easily fooled because he has spent his whole life bettering the COS, and he simply didn’t know any better!  He was misled by that evil SP, for decades, and was always running behind him cleaning up his messes.  The COB is not some manservant for psychotics, and this was definitely a low point for him.

    I ack your com, COB.  You are the sorriest son of a bitch to ever wind up in control of a cult.  We should all be ashamed of picking on you when you only want to do good in the world.  It’s not your fault you suck at it!  It’s not your fault you can’t tell an OT from an SP, or your ass from a hole in the ground.  The media should stop exploiting your incompetence by reporting facts and firsthand accounts.

    You are in my thoughts, COB, in this difficult time.  The Chocolate Velvet has the deepest compassion for your pain. Abandoned by your family, and surrounded by people who fail to cover for you incompetence effectively.  If only LRH hadn’t left you behind when he went on to target 2…

    • sugarplumfairy

      dammmm, you’re good..

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Ooh, you better be glad Davey’s arms are so short he can’t reach you to get all slap happy.
      Not that it matters…I think you could take him.

      • Chocolate Velvet

        Oh boy, why does that thought make me grin?

        We do love the Kung Fu movies here in the Velvet household. (36 Chambers, anyone? Drunken Master?) Mr. Velvet is a 2nd-degree black belt, and has taught me a deep aesthetic appreciation for a well-executed ass whoopin’.

        He has also taught me techniques, so I kinda wish a tiny motherfucker would… LOL

        • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

          I am pulling a Wayne and Garth right now …bowing to you ! THAT was awesome

          • Tory Christman

            Truly agree, quite well said Chocolate Velvet. Poor little Davey. C of $ is the best and phoniest “church” I know that can either totally remove “Facts”, replacing them with whatever BS they want, OR pitching flat out lies. As I’ve said many times, my 5 year old neighbors (when RFW 1st came out) could see the BS between their lies. Oh happy day w/ the Net and Tony O! :) Great job, again. Yes…………HAPPY SUNDAY TO ALL :) Tory/Magoo

            • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

              I am not being sarcastic at all when i say that i feel kind of cool that you responded to me. I think you are amazing and i have a ton of respect for all of the good work you have done . I know that you have directly helped a lot of people who have been through the ringer . Extra Wayne and Garth bow to you Tory .

            • Midwest Mom

              Kim, did you notice that after you agreed to be in charge of the church barbecue that you had the top comment the other day and now a Tory message? Coincidence or ……?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I envision her walking into that church in a white robe playin’ guitar just like Eric Clapton in Tommy.
              And the walls stand!

            • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

              Well …the did say ” Clapton is God ” so i got that going for me …which is good ;)

    • John P.

      This post contains more sarcasm per ounce than any post I have yet seen in this forum. Brilliantly done!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        A student in training of OTGrrrrrr8 perhaps? Yay,

        • Chocolate Velvet

          Nah, the CV has been a snarky brat since grade school — just ask my mama!

          However, my sapiosexual love affair with OTVIIIisGrrr8! has indeed taught me much about how to thrust and parry with “we in the RTC”. :)

    • ze moo

      Chocolate Velvet, you’ve been spending too much time at 0t8isgrrrrr8. Its rubbing off on you. “I ack your com, COB. You are the sorriest son of a bitch to ever wind up in control of a cult.” Perfectly said.

    • richelieu jr

      It’s like that Seinfeld plot– MIscavige hit Marty with his car, and the judge punished him by ordering him to be Rathburn’s butler, constantly cleaning up after this incompetent nincompoop…

      All joking aside, I think there’s the makings of a great sitcom here, the incompetent ‘right-hand man’ who’s constantly being covered up for by his own boss, the infallible ‘Pope’ of an all-powerful cult!

      And it’s called “That’s My Thetan!”

      The whacky story of the ‘Pope’ who became his butler’s butler! But hey-It’s only for A BILLION YEARS! Hey, don’t look at us- You signed it– SIR!

  • BosonStark

    The Dianutty pyramid should be cross referenced by Guinness under “Biggest pile of shit.”

    Originally, Sciloontology’s massive 9 foot high book pyramid contained 10,666 books but they had to add two books to hide “the mark of The Beast.” Who built this wondrous structure, which will certainly draw people from across China?

    And when will Bridge Publications be putting out a book about this remarkable endeavor? “The Anatomy of the Building of the Dianetics Pyramid.” Since many people cannot afford to travel to China to see it, certainly a book about its construction would be thetanic for members to pay for, to make sure it’s in every library [dumpster] on the planet, including Venus.

    • Rick Mycroft

      Hubbard knew all about China:

      After visiting the Great Wall of China, Hubbard remarked: “If China turned it into a rolly coaster it could make millions of dollars every year.” (Dr. Evil update: “Billions. Billions of dollars.”)

    • ze moo

      Unless it is very cold, you just can’t pile shit that high.

      • grundoon

        With Standard Tech, you can!

  • Midwest Mom

    I still think it’s funny that they use that map which doesn’t include the upper peninsula of Michigan. Whoa! According to the Co$, Lake Superior has completely flooded the U.P. and Canada! it’s a good thing I can swim. Unfortunately, Ron’s books don’t make good flotation devices, but I don’t see any around here, anyway. More proof that the “tech” doesn’t work and Michigan isn’t done after all. (Not that I’m complaining).

  • 1subgenius

    I believe this is the future new Harlem Org. Anyone confirm?
    This address is a little off, but it sure has that look that Miscavige likes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

      Over on esmb a girl who was onlines in NY said a friend sent her this picture of the “Harlem org” taken on Dec. 15, 2012.

      • 1subgenius

        Joke?

      • Semper Phi

        Actually, that was me, and I think I have to retract it. My friend sent it to me saying it was the site of the mission, but its street number doesn’t match the one on the picture of the mission that 1subgenius posted earlier. I think my friend must have gotten the wrong block. I may do some reconnaissance today and report back.

        • Semper Phi

          Here is a picture of the actual site of the Harlem org building, all shut down and vacated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      And has “money pit” potential.

      • 1subgenius

        You know I’m going to go out on a limb here and give the devil his due.
        CoS, under DM, has rehabbed a lot of old classic buildings, and they seem to have done a quality job, and for the most part preserved their historic features, when they do so.
        That’s a good thing in the long run.
        They will never be used for the purpose CoS intended (and that’s a good thing), but they will be there when the economy gets going again.
        Maybe they will make a killing when it does with a huge “Going out of business” sale.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

          You’re right that the work is done to a high standard. Do we know who actually does the rehab work? Is it paid contractors or a combination of regular Sea Org and RPF inmates. It does make a difference to me if the quality renovation work was performed by virtual slaves.

          • Poison Ivy

            I think Mark Headley would have that answer; from his memoir, it sounds as if the slaves do a lot of the interior work, at least. But you’re right, at least we have some nicely restored historical buildings…please let them all be repossessed by the bank soon.

            • mirele

              Na ga ha pn. They shook down the members to buy them outright, remember? And then the members signed over the deed to the Co$.

          • DeElizabethan

            My hunch is that originally Hubtard needed slaves to do all the dirty work and not pay outsiders, so what better than to create and use this RPF. Find stupid reasons to put people in them, so the work, as needed, will get done for practically nothing. That is working today and everyday at their main headquarters in FL and LA. Hubtard was a conniving slave master and DM is brain washed, let alone wicked.

          • stillgrace

            I know in the San Jose area, Scientology keeps John Allender’s Sterling General Construction busy.

        • John P.

          I recall reading that Staubach Co. (the nationwide commercial real estate firm founded by former Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach) has an exclusive contract to do the deals to find and buy the buildings — there is some documentation of this on Marty Rathbun’s blog. If I recall correctly, Gensler, a well-respected national interior design/build firm, has the contract to do the renovations.

          I suspect they are using professional labor in these projects. I think the use of RPF staffers was only at Pac Base in Hollywood and probably at Int Base, and a couple other HQ sites. I don’t think you’ll see too many slaves parachuting in to work on Portland Oregon or New Haven Connecticut. There just aren’t that many local public members to do the work a la Habitat for Humanity barn-raisings, and there probably aren’t enough people left on the RPF to support the number of projects that they have going on. Certainly those left on the RPF these days are probably not a skilled lot compared to some of the more publicized defectors, many of whom are commenters here.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

            If they’re paying real contractors to do the renovations we’ve located another big money drain. It leads me to believe that the likelihood of a large offshore money stash is even more remote.

    • Semper Phi

      1subgenius, I did some eSPionage this afternoon and discovered that this is a photo of the public library next door to the future new Harlem Org. The org building has been renovated enough that it looks good from street level. There are signs up in reception, but it is clearly unfinished and there was no one around at all. Here’s a photo.

      • Semper Phi

        There was also a welcoming little sign on the outside of the building.

        • Semper Phi

          Take 2…

          • 1subgenius

            Cool.
            I think more churches should reserve the right to refuse anyone, and to have them removed.
            But then I also believe “people should get beat up for stating their beliefs” (They Might Be Giants)

          • DeElizabethan

            Nice “Church”

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Looks like a lot of signs I’ve seen….on commercial Business sites.

          • Sherbet

            “But don’t let the warnings discourage you. Come on in and meet the most ethical people on the planet! We accept all major credit cards.”

          • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

            Hmmph – use of video cameras prohibited (except when we audit you)…

      • 1subgenius

        Roger that. I was off by one building.

      • DeElizabethan

        Wonder if they will maintain the elevator. In the Clearwater 5 story Coachman Bldg the elevator sucks and all staff are supposed to use the steps, which most do.

    • 1subgenius

      Intel says the above pic is a library.
      Place next door is more likely. Still a nice old building.

  • Rick Mycroft

    “he did not speak at Church convocations”

    Of course not, because there are no such things as convocations in Scientology. They call their events .. events: The Birthday Event, The New Years Event…

    Scientology once again “borrows” Christian terms for their PR smoke screen and religious cloaking.

    • richelieu jr

      Ah yes, the Nixonian ‘non-denial denial…’

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

    “We are not the Church we were 27 years ago when Mr. Sappell began his story. In those same 27 years the Church has moved on. The kind of warfare Marty Rathbun relished then and apparently desires today is not the direction of our Church.”

    Translation: We can’t afford massive “fair game” campaigns. Our source of funding has shrunk dramatically. Many members have left in disgust, we can’t get new bodies in the shop and we have bankrupted most of our true believers.

    • DeElizabethan

      LMAO they certainly are not and your translation is right on.. the real why.

    • richelieu jr

      I love the impression that at that time the church wasn’t so great! Whattaya make of that, ‘independants’?

      • Lurkness

        I read it as an unintentional, tacit admission to the documented bad conduct of the church reported in the original LA Times articles.
        Why else argue that today you aren’t the evil you were before???

  • BuryTheNuts2

    “The real story is Rathbun was simply a failed external affairs staffer”

    ^^^ and then we continue with Marty’s (gun to his head) write up of his failures and we have this…

    “For example, left to my own devices in handling IRS litigation, the end result would undoubtedly have been no exemption, a billion-dollar tax bill, and possible shutting down of the Church.”

    Um…If left to his own devices?
    If Marty was just a failed internal affairs staffer why would he be involved in something as crucial as the IRS litigation? Even peripherally? At all?

    How does this guy walk with this many bullet holes in his feet?

    • Poison Ivy

      It’s also clear from this release that the ‘church’ makes no bones about publicly releasing private confessions (whether coerced or not.) Something they still claim never to do. I tell you, Davy’s mad. He’s no longer diabolical; he’s right out in the open batshit crazy.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Agreed!

  • thetaesque

    That response was something. You gotta give credit to the Co$ for taking foot-bulletry to new, previously unplumbed depths.

    I also love the phrases in the tiny tyrant’s response:

    egocentric, rambling tabloid babble…
    intolerably long and factually inaccurate…
    this level of paranoia…
    obsessed with creating and fighting legal cases..
    lacks a moral compass…

    No wonder the Co$ hates psychs. Although even Freud couldn’t come up with a better case of projection than this.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      How about “enormous “grain” of salt”…
      Huh?

      • DMSTCC

        I know these are crystals, but this is what I postulate picture…

        http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KxrmdkKi2Tc/UIApCmIECWI/AAAAAAAABew/JMvMLvijZ10/s1600/Crystal+Cave+01.jpg

      • thetaesque

        *slaps forehead*

        D’oh! How could I have missed that one?

      • MO Mom

        I don’t think salt comes that big, unless you use one of those salt blocks that they set out for livestock…

      • richelieu jr

        Oh god, BTN2, that was only one part of the most mind-boggling mix of mixed metaphors… Yes, ‘Enormous Grain’. It was only missing ‘Military Intelligence’ and ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ for the trifecta…

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I am pretty sure I am in love with you…its only a ten hour flight, The rucksack is packed..make room on the sofa…

          • richelieu jr

            Bisou…

    • DeElizabethan

      He’s runnin’ scared!

  • dagobarbz

    Boy, that Marty sure is a horrible guy. It’s odd that it took DM until Marty left to figure that out. After all, who put Marty in charge in the first place? Surely they knew about his mother’s “shock treatments,” right? And all that auditing, that should have uncovered something about the deficiencies in Marty’s character…if it worked.

    Scientology has sure put the wrong people in charge for a long time! It’s like, despite all their “tech,” they are very poor judges of character!

    • Sherbet

      I blame it all on the Human Resources Department. Obviously, they’ve been recruiting the wrong people. More thorough screening leads to fewer bitter defrocked apostates. Tsk, tsk. Off you go to the RFP, Human Resources!

      • richelieu jr

        Yeah, ‘Human Resources’ in the Soylent Green sense of the word…

        Strange, this wallet seems to have come with some sort of meet and hair attached! Distract it a bit whilst we perform the cash-ectomy, would you, Marty?

        • John P.

          ‘Human Resources’ in the Soylent Green sense of the word…

          On reading this, a great snort of Cabernet erupted from my nose. I hope I can clean the seat cushions in time.

          • richelieu jr

            Sorry ’bout that, John P.. I’m sure they are made of the finest ‘Corinthian’ leather ,-) (made from real Corinthians, of course!)

            A waste of good cabernet, too.. I had quite nice one earlier this evening…

    • richelieu jr

      Apparently you didn’t understand- Marty was just a little fish with delusions of grandeur,and only the power to cost the the Church a billion dollars ants very existence.. That’s entry level stuff, bub!

  • http://www.facebook.com/teleny Alissa Mower Clough

    I constantly marvel at the huge number of people who have apparently been able to attain high standing in the Church, and yet, when they defect, are found to be “sociopathic, and of little use to the Church”. Why don’t they have a lie detector around? They ought to use it! Every day!

    Oh…I guess they use one.

    • richelieu jr

      I love the idea that a sociopath would be of no use to the CoS… How’d you get your gig, Davey?

      The whole dodge is basically a Sociopath Factory, squirting worthless consciences out on the pavement like yesterday’s yoghurt… Event he ashtrays are getting yelled at over there, but Lordy, lordy, we don’t know nuthin’ ’bout no sociopaths!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Alfreddie Johnson is a true humanitarian. However, he’s dedicated to serving the interest of only One human, and that’s Alfreddie Johnson.

    Promo: “470,000 pounds of material“ …is that pounds of flesh?

    I love that the superimposed dollar bill in promo is being used more and more. Miscavige knows he has Super Powers over his marks now. Must be Holy Cash, right IRS?

    Re: The Sappel Response. What I got out of this is that David Miscavige is a big fan of the TV series “Cold Case” about relentless pursuit of unsolved crimes from the past. Hmmm. Maybe he’s hunting for clues of what evidence he might have missed erasing or hiding, going over it and over it in his fevered mind every single day until he breaks out into a cold sweat. That’s gonna make me smile all day. My husband will wonder about me even more.

    • John P.

      He probably also rehashes decades-old victories, as well. Like how he utterly, completely nailed the Nightline interview back in 1992. Those nine months of preparation certainly paid off!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Now who is winning the sarcasm award of the day!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          So far, seems a tie between JohnP and ChocVelvet. They’re on fire today.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Agree….Isn’t it freakin’ awesome!
            hehehehe

  • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

    Has anyone noticed lately that the Indies seem to be giving up?

    Alanzo

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I thought they were just trying to give each other the smack down.
      I tried to get a bead on what was up but I finally gave up and decided they were all nutters.

      • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

        I am beginning to see a distinct pattern emerging in many different places, not just Marty’s blog, where Indies are starting to back away from just attacking DM as the whole problem with Scientology, and starting to step back and see things from a wider perspective. And this is taking some wind out of their sales (pun intended).

        They are now, for instance, not even trying to cover up that LRH was insane at the end of his life. This was always a major flaw in the fabric that all Scientology OSA PR and Fair Game efforts worked very hard to hide since the late 70′s/early 80′s.

        This was the one thing that must always be suppressed and hidden at all costs – the image of LRH as the wild haired, long-fingernailed Howard Hughes like recluse, walking around mumbling to himself about all the BTs. This was something Jesse Prince has been talking about for decades, and that Marty and Mike have worked all their careers to try to hide.

        Because this was the one fact that exposed the whole con. LRH himself, the greatest OT who ever lived, died an insane old man, on the run from the law, screaming about all the BTs around him.

        And now, I think they have given up. I think they have given up trying to hide this and their new PR positioning is “Madness and genius are often the same”. The new line is to accept that LRH was insane, but he was an insane GENIUS, way ahead of his time. And others will only come to see the genius that we see in many hundreds of years. But it will come, because LRH was a genius, and we are the ones who can see this now.

        This is Mike and Marty’s new positioning for Scientology and for LRH.

        And man, this is really not going to work!

        But it is all they’ve got. And it is already causing a teetering, rickety, groaning collapse of the whole facade.

        I think this Lawrence Wright book is really the death knell that is going to keep on killing Scientology, and Marty and Mike know it, and they are doing something, anything, to keep it all from falling down around them.

        They can’t even see themselves that they are giving up, and that it is hopeless.

        It is all coming down. It is all collapsing on them.

        It’s a major shift in the environment that is happening right now.

        It is awesome to behold.

        Alanzo

        • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

          careful Alonzo …someone might think you are being “acerbic” ….;) I will keep a Guiness for you ….Slainte

        • mirele

          Ron died with a butt full of Vistaril, an ebil psych drug. Needs to be said.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Go ahead Alanzo….express you self!!!
          Cuz I for one, fucking love it when you do!

        • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

          I agree, Alanzo. I think Marty might be going through some reevaluation and it’s coming through on his blog. The misunderstood Madman/Genius angle is definitely new and once you begin to confront that and the fact that he cured himself from war injuries with Scientology it’s got to be difficult not to confront it all. Also, Steve Hall’s “Scientology Review” site is no longer up. Perhaps it was attacked by OSA? Who knows, but it’s not working.

          • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

            Yes.

            In my experience, you don’t just, like, gradually wake up from Scientology. You do for a little while, but then it builds and then the process culminates into a “holy fucking shit!” catastrophic collapse of your whole worldview. It collapses and evaporates on you. And you are left standing there amongst all the wreckage of your life.

            I would not wish this on my worst enemy.

            But that is the nature of the last part of the process of graduating from Scientology.

            People survive it and eventually do quite well.

            But man, it is quite a hell-buzz while it is going on.

            Alanzo

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Sorry Alanzo, sometimes one gets “dulled” to the stories of so much wreckage.
              I have only begun to process some of the effects of LRH on my own life and my families.
              It is amazing what denial can buy you in sanity ” Monopoly money”.
              At least for a while.

            • richelieu jr

              Actually this painful awakening is the only thing I DO wish on these poor bastards… Those of you who have seen the light and broken free are generally stronger for it, and the sense of humour some of you have retained is amazing and amazingly powerful, i think…

              Better to die waking up and blinded by the light of the real sun, than to shuffle smiling as you try and enslave others and convincing yourself you’re better than us…

          • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

            http://www.scientologyreviews.com is a completely blank page!

            • Anononyourside

              That’s not the right website. Iscientology.org is the website. Beware of cyber scamming by the CoS, they have set up iscientology.com, and many others.

            • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

              OK, I’m trying to find all the reviews on Scientology that Steve Hall annonced at the end of November and I look all over iscientology.org and I can not find any of them.

              Where did all the Scientology reviews go?

              http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/scientology-review-by-steve-hall/

              Alanzo

            • Midwest Mom

              It reminds me of a song. …two, three, four…

              “Where did all the exes go? Long time pass-ing. Where did all the exes go? Long time ago? Where did all the exes go? They went to the bunker at Tony O’s. When will COB ever learn? When will he ev-er learn?”

            • Dee Fogger

              The iscientology.org site is a different site then scientologyreviews.com. Steve Hall said, on Marty’s site, that the one was meant to drive people to iscientology. The reviews site had a very 50′s vibe (intentionally) and is just a blank page now.

            • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

              This is the third time my response has disappeared. Don’t know what’s going on but here goes, again. They are two distinct web sites. The reviews site was meant, according to Hall, to drive people to the iscientology site. The review site has been a blank page for days (even using the link at Marty’s) and if you try to access it via Google you get redirected.

            • Anononyourside
        • DeElizabethan

          Alanzo, you and what you say are admired and appreciated here and elsewhere.
          DeE

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Some of them have been in since we were, Alanzo. Some have given everything, in the Millions, their homes, their families and friends most if not all of their entire lives and are now in their 50′s and 60′s. The shock must be horrendous and it’s the only reason why I poop on the shack. These poor souls need professional critical care. Getting pressured to drink the same poison that got them so ill in the first place is just a little bit cruel.

          I sure agree there are signs, signs, everywhere a sign of the fallout. I still hold to Active remaining customers in the 5,000 to 9,000 range and the majority of those on staff of some kind, including FSM’s, OT Committees, etc. There is 100x more pressure on the growing holes in the dam from inside than there is outside. This is a good thing.

          There are now more escape routes than holes, more scientology refugees than hole diggers. No matter what anyone else says, I’m going to be mighty pissed if a large pod of the most special aHoles aren’t trotting out in the orange outfits as Bubba’s newest recruit.

          • richelieu jr

            If the numbers are that low, then even the lowest level recruits must see that there’s no new rubes coming in… That in and of itself would be the end of the whole scam…

        • richelieu jr

          Brilliant, Alanzo, just brilliant.. One thing that Hubbard saw, and DM sees (it seems to be ALL he sees, in fact) is that this whole shebang is ALL OR NOTHING. You cannot believe a bit of it, but Hubbard was nuts; IF Hubbard was nuts, or lies about this time in the Navy, or had one more wife than he admits to on film THEN IT IS ALL BULLSHIT…

          Scientology was a huge success; It was supposed to make Hubbard rich and powerful for as long as he lived… The church staggering on for so long afterwards is nothing short of amazing.. But it cannot survive in the light of day… and the old razzle-dazzle bullshit shell game is useless if the bullshitter in chief isn’t there to shovel a fresh steaming load in…

          Either Hubbard was a liar, or he wasn’t.

          Either he gained total control of his mind and discovered an immortal secret that kept consciousness alive across the millenia, or he was mad bugger on psych drugs at the end of his days…

          If Ron was right, then DM is right…

          Being an independent is like being a ‘little pregnant’ as my mom used to say…

        • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

          I hope this recent capitulation (the – we all need a bit of madness in the world – look at Van Gogh) is not about putting the wolf back into sheep’s clothing.

    • DeElizabethan

      “A pair of worn shoes” was last new post. Pretty uninteresting. Possibly they are still getting over the “Judgement” post which ran long and was Quite interesting.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I dunno, I thought the comparison of Van Gogh’s worn boots to LRH was a bit of a milestone.
        This is where they are trying to say can a genius be mad, yet still be brilliant.
        I Agree.
        but I think the comparison is misleading…..deliberately!

        • Dee Fogger

          I tend to think most things coming from Marty are deliberately misleading.

        • DeElizabethan

          Tell you the Truth, didn’t read but browsed and more interested in comments. I got the gisy, but the judgment was a roaring battle and lots of fun,

        • richelieu jr

          Anyone got a link?

          John P. as convinced me to give Marty’s sincerity another try… I tend to be of you guy’s opinion, but a few days ago he made a very convincing argument that I’d like to test out..

          • BuryTheNuts2

            http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/

            Knock yerself out…but when you come back in tears…I will hold your hand…
            Cuz this is going to make you …uh…ill

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nrmmm Noah Miller

    I love the need to display things in different large numbers. As if that’s an argument about the quantity of good they’re doing. “That’s over ninety trillion molecules of books about Ron!”

    • DeElizabethan

      Yeah! Hey Noah, notice you now and then and good to see you. I’m still here and do miss you.

  • N. Graham

    I see the libraries of the U.S. have all received the Ron Cyclopedia-not! As a denizen of a Michigan academic library and also on the board of the local public library, I can testify that we have not received the Ron books. On behalf of these two institutions, I would like to send Bridge Publications and Scientology a hearty thank you!
    If they wish to use our copies to make pyramids, we say, at least they are serving SOME purpose on their way to the landfill.

    • EnthralledObserver

      Now isn’t that fraud to claim they sent them using parishoners funds, but in fact the moeny was evidently just kept by CO$; therefore some legal action ought to be taken?

  • richelieu jr

    Boy, I hate to break it to them, but I don’t see France on their list and I can state categorically that there are at least two libraries here in Paris alone (the only two I’ve checked, so that’s 0/2) that don’t have this marvelous book available.. Were crossed off the list prematurely? Deprived of our eternities for calling the tomfoolery out as a cult?

    Or, is it just possible, their just pulling these stats out of their ASHOs?

  • richelieu jr

    Gotta love how they reiterate ’27 year-old death of a 14 year-old dog’ as if the fact of it being long ago and the dog being old somehow makes it less of a crime…

    “We find Scientology guilty, but hey– That was one OLD mutt, mister! What did you expect? Also, it’s yesterday’s news.. Case dismissed!” said the Right Honourable Judge Miscavigeinventedme… “Next on the Docket: The food here is terrible- and the portions are so small!”

    • Sherbet

      LMAO!

  • richelieu jr

    Also Rathburn was so insignificant that his “mismanagement would have resulted in a billion dollar tax bill and the shutting down of the church…”

    The mind boggles as the Orwellian capacity to hold contradictory ideas in their heads at the same time.. It’s lie the OJ Simpson defense in it’s dog’s dinner of contradictory accusations… A truly insignificant person’s mismanagement results in the giving away of a free Big Mac because the special sauce wasn’t removed lie the client asked…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Beatty/1631176570 Chuck Beatty

    Karen Pouw cannot even define her religion, because L. Ron Hubbard had a crashing misunderstood on the word religion. (The exorcism levels of Scientology, have yet to even be included in the simplest definition of Scientology’s ritual enlightenment pseudo-crank-therapy practices.)

    Her letter is irreligious response tactics, based on Hubbard’s irreligious borrowed and altered intelligence propaganda tactics Hubbard instilled into Karen’s Office of Special Affairs internal policy, namely Office of Special Affairs Order 15.

    Marty, granted, was not even in the theoretical theology internal management decision making councils, neither in Watchdog Committee and the Exec Strata, the two councils that Miscavige from Miscavige’s own position himself, like Marty, outside of Church of Scientology International corporation (with WDC and Exec Strata being the two management strategic thinking bodies which Miscavige has completely decimated and subverted).

    The mess Karen Pouw is speaking from, is a complicated long term mess, of several generations of Sea Org members trying to comply with Hubbard’s problamatic and irreligious policies and orders.

    She, like even Miscavige himself, haven’t realized in full their predicament, that Hubbard has woven all of the high staff members in the top echelons of Scientology (RTC, ASI, WDC, CMO Int, Exec Strata, CST, OSA, etc, etc on down the food chain and totem pole of alphabet soup labels for the top Scientology echelons).

    Why the combative and irreligious smearing continues, over and over, the ex senior members who speak up, who get character assassination campaigns run on them, are all per Hubbard’s policies, which Karen Pouw’s staff brethren in the Office of Special Affairs, all perpetrate, following the Hubbard Office of Special Affairs network policy orders, and by following Hubbard’s multi-decades long written policies for counterattacking his perceived enemies (policy that Miscavige and Office of Special Affairs irreligiously perpetuate).

    The biggest irony is that David Miscavige, not himself in the Church of Scientology International corporation, like Karen Pouw is, yet dominates and gets Karen Pouw to do her smearing propaganda against the former leaders who had the guts to speak up about Miscavige’s brutality and very flawed leadership.

    Miscavige is head of RTC corporation, not CSI (church of Scientology International). Just like Marty, as Marty was in RTC and Marty was in ASI before that, just like Miscavige was!

    The history of the leaders hopscotching through the various top level corporations, and the ingrained official or unofficial pecking order of which leaders are to be listened to, and which leaders are mandatory to say “sir” to, there’s no question Karen says sir to Miscavige, now is there?

    And there’s no question, always said sir to Marty, when Marty was back on post in RTC!

    Naw, Karen Pouw is in the high state of being like the Germans who were shackled into their group insanity during the 1930s and 1940s.

    And like any other group members forced into irrational group behavior, that’s ever happened in world history.

    Scientology as a subject is manifesting some very aberrant group behavior.

    At least Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun can speak freely about their lives today!

    Karen is still a slave to the confines of the Hubbard extremist top level official Scientology predicament.

    I say more Office of Special Affairs staff need get their heads on straight, and speak about OSA history, and all that’s been done by OSA illegally against society!

    We need more ex RTC and more ex OSA whistleblowers for some as yet untold Scientology horror stories.

    I hope somehow some OSA staff defect and spill some major illegal beans to the FBI like that old Guardian’s Office traitor did, back in the 1970s, before the 1977 Guardian’s Office raid.

    • DeElizabethan

      Brilliant Chuck, well put and understood, being the crazy stuff it is.

    • richelieu jr

      Than you so much for this. Clearly correct, and an perfectly clear point of view of something so labyrinthine and opaque as to be incomprehensible seen from outside.

    • grundoon

      The alphabet soup is explained in detail, with a handy labyrinthine foldout chart, in The Command Channels of Scientology: http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Command_Channels_of_Scientology (PDF, 13.6 MB).

      There’s even a glowing 2-page spread on Chuck’s baby, the computerized Routing Forms Project (p. 30-31), and some nifty green-on-white explaining INCOMM (p.35-39): HCOPL 18 August 1982R, Targets and Production; and FBDL 192R 11 June 1972 The Data Files.

      So that’s a Multiple Viewpoint System! It’s newer than nuclear physics and an awful lot more valuable!… It’s only where [C/Os and EDs] aren’t pulling in money with a high powered vacuum cleaner and sending pcs and auditors out glowing that Flag gets concerned … and intervenes…. and back of it all are the Data Files.

  • Anononyourside

    I re-read Marty’s so-called confession…chilling, it is almost identical in tone and style to the “confessions” forced out of dissidents in N. Korea and China. The world is on to the fraudulent nature of these types of “confessions,” so it clearly isn’t being used to simply try and discredit Marty. No, it is being used to threaten those still in the prison camp who may be thinking of escaping. I wish there were some way the government could free these people, but, like the Stockholm Syndrome where hostages identifiy with their captors, those being held in captivity by Miscavige won’t know the depths of their degradation until it is behind them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pedrofcuk Pete Griffiths

    I notice no mention of Ireland on the libraries to do list, this is because it is reported as done when in fact it is far from done. There are no “basics” in any Irish library. There are 38 L. Ron Hubbard books of which most are his sci-fi and all pre-2006 editions. Some of the basics found their way to charity/second hand shops, others were just dumped due to lack of shelf space.

  • DeElizabethan

    Sunday funnies sure are hilarious! Commented but lost them, so keeping it simple, simply loved these promotions.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Shittiest dictation writing ever, bwahaha!

    Puh-leazze, this was not penned by Karin Ka-pow, it’s to booze fueled and frantic. I bet Miscavige wept after writing/dictating this, thinking it was a “master piece” for the masses…snort!

    The toddler is to scared he’ll poop his pants if he comes out from behind Karen Pouw’s ghost-writing skirt.

    Obviously, the man (and I use the term loosely) does not have one original thought in that alcohol atrophied brain.

    C’mon OSA throw this “pants-pooping coward” in the RPF’s RPF. Take back your religion before you’re laughed off the face of the planet.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Too little….way to late!

      • SP ‘Onage

        Yep! It really is to late. Footbullet after footbullet after footbullet keeps them in the comedy spot light. They really need to relocate to another planet if they want to be taken seriously.

    • DeElizabethan

      Right, then fire yourselves OSA, eliminate!

      • SP ‘Onage

        LOL!

  • ze moo

    Lawrence Wrights book review from the Previous NY Times article is repubished at a Worcester Mass news site:

    http://www.telegram.com/article/20130106/NEWS/101069755/1312

    as

    “Scientology book elicits death threats for author”

    No where in the article are actual death threats mentioned, but the ‘Karin Prouw ‘ letter is quoted.

  • 1subgenius

    “Experience Harlem” (without actually going there). Good Lord, its not like its on the other side of the world. Its only about 5 miles away?

    Why not actually have the event IN Harlem?

    Sorry, caught myself pissing up a rope there.

    They could have had it at the Harlem Mosque
    106-8 West 127th Street
    Harlem, New York City

    • richelieu jr

      You mean Harlem, that part of town with all them NEGROES? Those, middle class to upper-class cultured people who live around Bill Clinton’s place? Are you kidding? Where’s my wallet?!

    • grundoon

      It’s on the other side of Central Park. That’s almost as far for a New Yorker.

  • Vistaril

    For anyone out there with access to Taiwanese sites and/or contacts, here’s some inoculation material:

    OTs in Mandarin

    ???????????Operating Thetan I – VIII???????????????wikileaks.org?????????????????? ???????????????The Fishman Affidavit????????????????????????

    ???????????????????? Karin Spaink ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????

    ???????????????????????????????????????????? ??????

    ????????????????????????E-meter???????????????????????????????blow?????????? ???????

    ??????????????Stacy Brooks ????? Maria Pia Gardini ??????Mrs Smith????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????OT?????????? ?????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????

    OTI

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????cognition??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????wins??????

    OTII

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???

    ???????????????????????????????(implants)????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????E-meter????????????????????????????????????????? dichotomies???????? ??(run)???

    OTIII ???

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????(Xenu)?????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??(Body Thetan,?? BT)??????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????

    OTIV

    ????????????????????????????????

    ????????????( Body Thetan Clusters)????????????????????????????????????????? OTIII????????????????

    OTV

    ????OTV????????????????????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????

    OTV ????????????????????(?????)??????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????……???????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????OTV?

    OTVI

    ????????????????????????????????

    ????????????????OTV??????????????????????????????? ??????

    OTVII

    ?????????????????????

    ???????(the end phenomenon) ?: ?????????????????????????……???????????????????(sup pressive BTs) ?

    ?????????OTV?VI??????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????? ?

    ?????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????—??????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??

    OTVIII ????

    ???????????????????????????????????????

    OTVIII???????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????

    ??????????????????????????mocked up???????????????????????????????????????????????( affirmation)??????????????????????????

    ????OTVIII ????? ????? ?(History of Man)???????????????????????clams?????????????????? ????????????????????????????(overt)?????????

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????……??????????? ?????????????????????????

    . . . go, go, go!!!

    • DMSTCC

      I ran the last paragraph through Google translate…

      “Communication you use telepathy with broken Shetan find the fault, write it down, and then the electricity meter breaking with Shetan: “This is what you do it?” “I do?” If thereread the index, you motioned that is who is at fault, the pointer floating continue to do so … the results you will help all the time trajectory the broken Shetan have cleared all the fault. This is the so-called truth.”

      • BuryTheNuts2

        This is pee on oneself worthy!

        • richelieu jr

          If peeing oneself on one is, this is being breaking with Shetan if rereading necessary is. Yes?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            HUH?
            Whatever you said…Ok..My head hurts…
            can’t one just pee quietly on oneself?
            Or must everyone watch….?
            Much like those open bathroom doors in France…. :)

            I been in the metro station too….about every third pillar has been peed on…NO?
            and lets not even talk about the elevators!

            • richelieu jr

              My dear, there is not one square inch of Paris that has not been peed, shat, ejaculated or bled upon over the millennia…
              I often describe my home town as like living in a museum people pee in.

      • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

        Sounds rike Chinese to me!!!

        • Midwest Mom

          I’m getting a Sci Yoda, Tarzan, Tonto, Frankenstein kind of vibe from this stuff. The words in Chinese not like, you do?

      • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

        this actually sounds vastly more clear and understandable than Hubbard’s own words

      • richelieu jr

        Shetan (Sheitan) is ‘Satan in the Qu’uran.. Just saying…

      • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

        so-called truth roflmao

    • DeElizabethan

      Is there a chinese word for hilarious? Ching how, fu king sil wee.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Oooooooohhhh.. pretty……..

    • richelieu jr

      Easy for you to say!

    • grundoon

      It makes so much more sense this way!

  • dwayners13

    The church of Scientology has taken revisionist history to a whole new level. Hubbard’s adage, ‘what’s true for you is what’s true for you” seems to be the guiding principle for the way Miscavige spins reality. It’s no secret that many executive members are forced to write/sign testimonials in which they admit that they were inept, corrupt & responsible for all the problems the church has had & that if it wasn’t for the the hard work of David Miscavige, the church would cease to exist. Every time a former executive sea org. member comes forth will allegations, boom the church produces one of these documents as though it will nullify the truth. Even if the person never wrote anything of the sort, the church just writes one anyway.
    It’s the same with their claims of “unprecedented” growth of Scientology, or that anyone who speaks ill of the church, LRH & Miscavige must be a suppressive criminal or that psychiatrist started the holocaust. If they say these things enough, print them in their magazine & get their followers to repeat them, they thus will become true. Marty was the “Inspector General” of Scientology, a title that suggest he played a major role in the church. Furthermore, I don’t he’d be allowed to audit scientology’s golden boy Tom, unless he had the confidence of Miscavige.
    So, once again you have the church telling it’s members “what’s true for you, is what WE say is true for you . . . got it”! Nice try Karen & David, but the rest of the world isn’t drinking the koolaid your serving. You can say it, print it & repeat it, but it doesn’t make it true.

    • richelieu jr

      All those poor slobs in the hole do nothing but humiliate each other, accuse each other of crimes and confess to same, fighting over the conch and DM’s ear… He probably signed it, wet and freezing and standing nude in a trash can with a sign reading ‘criminal’ around his neck whilst Marty and Heber and Karen “rubber stamp” Pouw and the head of Narconon and a bunch of elves danced around chanting ‘OTVIII is great!’

      • grundoon

        OK, who blabbed? You weren’t supposed to have that data.

    • grundoon

      The Command Channels of Scientology (PDF, 13.6 MB) lays out the structure from the very top:

      The Chairman of the Board RTC is the most senior position of the Religious Technology Center. The Chairman of the Board sees that RTC accomplishes its purpose and he has under him the Inspector General, who runs the day-to-day affairs of RTC.

      Under the Inspector General, are the Inspector General for Ethics, the Inspector General for Technical and the Inspector General for Administration, each of whom polices the proper application of the scriptures within their respective area.

      Ranking next after RTC:

      International Management is the top echelon of the Church. … [It] comprises several units, each with its specific responsibility and duties. The top level of this echelon is the WATCHDOG COMMITTEE.

      The WATCHDOG COMMITTEE is the highest ecclesiastical authority in the Church.

      According to this document, the latest “Karen Pouw”™ missive is correct: neither David Miscavige nor Marty Rathbun nor anybody in RTC has ever been part of “International Ecclesiastical Management.”

      Although Miscavige trumpets himself as “ecclesiastical head of the Church,” it seems whatever he does is not “management,” according to the Church. Marty’s old post of Inspector General is second only to Miscavige and above the rest of RTC; but outside (and above) the International Management “echelon,” as the Command Channels manual proclaims. If Rathbun was a nothing, what does that make Miscavige?

  • The Dakini

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. As if yesterday’s post wasn’t destructing enough, DM response to a journalist just proved he is inadequate to handle anything.

  • i-Betty

    Eh? Since when did Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India fall under the banner of the UK and Eastern Territory? The UK doesn’t even have its own tally. Does this mean we’re lucky enough to have all our libraries already catered for? Because I can tell you right now my local library is sadly lacking. In fact our lovely librarian sniggered when I asked the question. Sniggered. Dainty Dave, the UK IS in Europe. Silly billy!

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Why do so many of these PR statements complain about articles being long? Besides the fact that it makes Scientologists sound like they have the attention span of squirrels on speed, Scientology’s own founder’s original claim to fame was that he wrote long. Not well, but long.

    • richelieu jr

      Yeah, someone who supposedly read Dianetics for a starter complaining about verbosity is like Ed Asner complaining about hairy backs…

    • grundoon

      “the attention span of squirrels on speed”
      DM in a nutshell!

  • LongNeckGoose

    I didn’t kill your dog and anyway, it was an old dog.

    • 1subgenius

      I did laugh.

    • Rick Mycroft

      If we hadn’t killed it (and I’m not saying we did), then it would have been dead of old age by now anyway. So what’s the difference in the end? It’s probably picked up another dog’s body by now.

      • richelieu jr

        Scientology is hereby declared innocent by reason of ‘dogs die, people’! Also, that was like,10,000 years ago in dog years, anyway!

        • BuryTheNuts2

          U R Evil…In a cool way

          • richelieu jr

            erm.. thanks?

    • richelieu jr

      Exactly! (see my post above)

      You said it so much more succinctly!

    • LongNeckGoose

      That is a logic which Freud attacks, by the way, the two-proposition self-cancelling structure. Freud considered this structure a revelation of rationalization. Someone is accused of stealing a horse, to which he replies, “I don’t steal horses and anyhow you have a crummy horse.” If you ponder the reasoning in this you can see the actual thought-process behind it. The second statement does not reinforce the first. It only looks like it does. –Philip K. Dick, Valis

  • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

    Noticed on #tomorrowspaperstoday that The Independent has a 2 page spread on Sweeney and publishers and their fear of the church http://grab.by/iN8U

    • DeElizabethan

      Hey, that’s probably Tony’s Treat tonight at midnight. Popcorn ready!

  • Bob

    THE CORRECT RESPONSE TO THE JOEL SAPPEL ARTICLE:

    Mr. Sappel’s article is inadequate and lacking scope. Please note that the statistics of Scientology have
    Gone out the roof. Mr. Sappel hardly makes reference to the stellar achievements by the church.

    ~ There have been more negative articles written about Scientology in 2012 than the combined articles since the advent of Dianetics in 1950. This is highest ever.

    ~ More settlement money was paid out by the church than any other previous year.

    ~ More deaths of people participating in Narconon. More deaths of church members in good standing than any other year.

    ~ More negative radio interviews than any other time in the church’s history.

    ~ An increase of 4000% in articles negative towards Scientology celebrities?

    ~ The contraction of the mission network by a factor of 4.

    ~ The defection of more long time SO staff than any year.

    ~ The very first defection of a complete mission. The mission in Isreal.

    ~ The release of more anti-Scientology books than any other year.

    ~ More column inches of documentation of church human rights abuses under oath than all prior years combined.

    ~ More defections from David Miscaviges family than any prior year.

    ~ the greatest number of church PR lies exposed by a factor of 10.

    I could go on and on but it is clear that the church has achieved a level of notoriety dwarfing all prior years.

    Head inquisitor of PR Karin Pout

    • BuryTheNuts2

      ” notoriety DWARFING all prior years”.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
      Ooops…sorry.

      • Bob

        You seem to get word plays that I did not even think about. I was just writing. LOL.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          They may not be intentional, but I take my “word” funnies wherever I find them….always…
          That is what makes words so much fun.

          • Bob

            Trying to be clever sometimes you unintentionally are. Words have the power to harm or heal. I like healing better.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Healing is better, Bob.
              Words can be dangerous….but they can also be soothing and comforting.

              Cheers to healing, Bob.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

              Indeed, cheers to healing!

            • Bob

              Bury and Derek. Here, here!!

              Loved the grammar list.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Je ne suis jamais déçu par votre intelligence.

            • richelieu jr

              “Décue” my dear, you are, after all, a lady, are you not?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Yes, I am…Most of the time… ;)

            • Bob

              Bury, Je reconnais votre compassion et votre perception astucieuse.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I am sure you do. ;)

            • Bob

              Most definitely. :~)

          • richelieu jr

            Go look it up! (points at Joke Encyclopedia)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

          Sometimes unintentional humor is the best humor :)

        • grundoon

          The stuff practically writes itself.

  • Deckard__Cain

    I think that Miscavige and Sherman need to double check their usage of ‘nor’ and ‘or’ in the same phrase. I realize that grammar rules change and one can use ‘nor’ without ‘neither’ but when I was an undergrad many years ago this was highly frowned upon.

    Here’s some free advice, you maniacal ninth grade drop out – English grad students/editors from your local university can be hired fairly cheap thereby helping you avoid blasting your incredible stupidity to the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

    Holy shit. Did they really just say that Rathbun never spoke at events? What the fuck. No really WHAT THE FUCK. Every Scientologist knows he spoke at events before they turned into the self aggrandizing affairs that David Miscavige turned them into. WOW.

    Any Scientologist who reads this and stays with the church is a fucking idiot.

    • Midwest Mom

      Welcome home, boo. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        Thank you! I had such a wonderful time. It was amazing being able to reconnect with my family. I had a blast with my cousins. Having to leave and come back to LA hurt me in a place in my heart that I haven’t felt in years. I am so happy! I am thinking about moving to Texas so I can be close to my family again.

        • Midwest Mom

          Wowza! I’m so happy that you had such a fantastic experience. I know that you have some amazing friends in L.A., so I know that this is going to be a tough decision for you. The best part is that you have the ability to make the choice that makes the most sense for you and I have a feeling that you will have the support of your friends if you do relocate to Texas. I can tell that they love you a lot. Sometimes blessings seem to fill you up where and when you need them most. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

            Well I am on a lease right now so I don’t have to think about it until September. It’s tough just thinking about it. I think that the environment there in Texas will be good for me because of the laid back atmosphere. But I don’t want to leave my friends behind. I missed them a lot while I was there in Texas. It’s really the atmosphere there, that laid back attitude that I found so attractive.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Whatever you choose Derek you will be OK. There are positives and negatives to anything and everything. Follow your heart….everything else will work out.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      GO DEREK!!!! and yes they did…is that letter RICH or what.
      Oh and welcome home and back.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        Thank you! Good ol’ LA. Texas is so slow and relaxed. LA is so busy and crazy. I’m thinking that moving to Texas my give me a much needed escape for some much needed self-exploration

        • Sandy

          Oh, sweet man. Ever since I read about you in TX, I have hoped you could somehow make a home in Texas. Give it a whirl… why not? Blessings …

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

            I might. I felt so little stress while I was there and I came back to LA a more relaxed person. Thinking about leaving my friends here in LA hurts as well. I missed them the entire time I was in Texas, but when I am here in LA I miss my family in Texas. I might just split the difference and move to El Paso haha

            • richelieu jr

              Boy, I left L.A. 20 years ago now, and I still miss it and my friends… It is so fashionable to badmouth the place, but I loved it;. If you now where to live, what to see, it can even be a beautiful city (i used to live not far from the lovely Celebrity Center, as it happens…)

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Where about’s?

            • richelieu jr

              I loved up Beechwood for a while, then alter in SIlverlae on Hoover and MElrose, Micheltorena, and also Echo Park at one point…

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

              Thanks for the kind words man. I appreciate it a lot. I am trying to figure out what is best for me right now. I care deeply for my friends, but the stress of living and working in LA is starting to get to me. Hopefully I can find a more laid back job than the one I am at. I need to find a better work/personal balance than what I have now. My work life is starting to take over.

              The problem that I face then is whether or not I can find a job that pays well enough to support myself and maintain that balance, at least in the LA area. I can find that in East Texas for sure, but then the obstacle there is that I have never searched for a job in another state before.

        • DeElizabethan

          Good idea Derek. Whatever moves you, go with it.

    • DeElizabethan

      Oh Derek he didn’t mention Events, he said Church convocations! I know wtf that means cause I looked it up, but it’s not a general term. All Events are a calling together event of sorts. He is basically stupid to write that and think he will impress people. I never saw Marty but I know that you must have, or know those that have, plus pictures on file turn him into a liar again. It’s all BS and soon many others will know this. He will hang himself. I don’t suspect he thinks members will read this, but praise xenu some shall! I hope Marty comes out with a pic of himself again in his heavy gold braid uniform, next to the idiot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        I had to check that word too. The church seems to pride itself in using esoteric terms. They should learn some writing skills and proper grammar as well.

        • richelieu jr

          Sweet Xenu,man, Proper English and grammar are the first things outt he window! You’ve got to kneel before the Ron-opedia and begin to totally mangle the English language… otherwise, it’s out the door and no ashtray shouting for you, buster! How else can you have your ‘win’?

      • grundoon

        Every muster is a convocation. What a maroon!

  • SP ‘Onage

    “I want to tell stories powerful people don’t want you to tell. It’s not worth getting out of bed otherwise.”

    -John Sweeney

    I bought my pre-ordered Kindle edition of “Church Of Fear.” Does anybody know when it will download to my tablet? Will it be posted at midnight in my time zone? This is my first pre-ordered Kindle book and I am pretty excited about reading it.

    I have a feeling John Sweeney will be taking us on a crazy ride down the rabbit hole of scientology…hehe.

    • Midwest Mom

      I get all swoony for Sweeney. He’s super kewl. This is a great night; Downton Abbey and John Sweeney. I hope I can stay awake!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        ME too….I am startin to fade…but I am trying

    • stillgrace

      My experience with Kindle pre-orders is that when I get up early on the morning of the release date, it’s already waiting for me. It’s possible that it downloads right after midnight, I’ve never stayed up to check.

    • jensting

      The e-mail announcing they had sent it to me was marked 12:15 AM my time zone (CET). Going to be busy reading it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

    I think that the church of Scientology could benefit from this handy guide:

    • Midwest Mom

      I saw that too, boo. Great minds think alike!

    • stillgrace

      Alas, too late for Hubbard.

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      Noice!

  • Valerie Ross

    Ok my take on Karen “I’m not in the hole, look at me I’m writing press releases” Pouw’s statement is that we as a commenting community have failed miserably. We managed to poke enough fun at defrocked and apostate that Dave’s proofreader is catching those words before they seep through his spokeserobots statements, but bitter and ecclesiastical still make it through. Come on guys we need to step up our game here, we are barely denting Davey’s quality time with his scotch bottle.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Valerie, as a dedicated minion…I am trying to really work “ecclesiastical”. I am hoping if I whine and cry about the obvious over use of this word (starting with the Riffer letter…wait…(gotta run to the bathroom every time I think of that one)..
      OK, back now.

      ECCLESIASTICAL.

      Fourteen letters, six vowels, eight consonants.
      AH….It is almost an orgasmic word…for a DWARF

      • Valerie Ross

        Maybe a song?

        E is for the egg upon my face
        C is for the crap I spew
        C is for the chef who ran away
        L is for the lives misused.
        E is for entheta – that’s not good!
        S is for shut up I’m talking here
        I is for me the COB
        A is for supreme a**holehood
        S is for shut up I’m not through
        T is for told you I was right
        I is for I’m always right
        C is for Cook, Debbie, she scares me
        A is for Always do you hear me
        L is for lie even when the truth would better serve you

        Put them all together they spell Davey the bestest bully I can be!

        • BuryTheNuts2

          You get a serious foot kiss for that one.

          BRAVO! I cower at your greatness.
          Golf clap…

          • Valerie Ross

            Aw shucks blush blush. Just trying to pass the time til midnight (glances at watch)

      • NoName

        Someone needs to invent a Scientology-watching drinking game.

        One shot for every time the words bitter, defrocked, apostate, ecclesiastical, unprecedented global expansion, humanitarian, or volunteer ministers show up in a cult press release.

        One shot for every time that Will or Jada Smith deny that they are Scientologists.

        One shot for every viral email (I’d say two, but it’s getting to the point where we could become alcoholics like Davey at that rate).

        One shot for every NarCONon lawsuit; two shots if it is a wrongful death.

        Two shots every time Tom Cruise gets divorced.

        Two shots for every descendant of L. Ron Hubbard or relative of David Miscavige blows from Int base; three shots when the bestseller is published.

        Three shots every time an org goes into foreclosure or has a new tax lien placed on it.

        Four shots for each country that revokes formal recognition of religious status.

        Half a bottle for each new criminal prosecution in a foreign country.

        The whole fucking bottle for an FBI or DHS raid.

  • EnthralledObserver

    “Hey, campers, please make a note: put on your pajamas and stay up late tonight. At exactly midnight eastern, we’re posting a special treat and you won’t want to miss it.”
    If I didn’t know any better, Tony Ortega, I’d suspect you were spoon feeding us only tiny tidbits of gold encrusted news and goss at a time for your own amusement. But I do know better… right?
    :p

    • BuryTheNuts2

      No shit…I am doing just like he says….like a brainwashed minion (or Scientologist)…Got the jammies on….OK will have in about five minutes…and am stayin up later than usual..WHY..why not..
      If it is true for me and John Sweeney..Ok..whatever!

      • EnthralledObserver

        Ortegology… the newest cult. LOL!
        Happy to say I only have to tune in at 3pm… and I don’t necessarily need pyjamas, but I wouldn’t want to look like the odd one out. ;)

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Well then put on your PJ’s and look as idiotic as the rest of the east coasters!

          • EnthralledObserver

            Done! :D

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Yeah..here is how pathetic this is…I have been trying to explain to the “other” how I must stay up till midnight for this most important “Sweeneyism”….
              He is not impressed. But then he is a “Scot” and they aren’t impressed by much…Unless it has a “proof” rating.
              AyHHH
              OK, not my problem…his…I HAVE A MISSION…called SWEENEY!

            • EnthralledObserver

              They just don’t get it do they. I know about obsessions, and in fact I just recently swapped (well, I guess I really do both, but this is dominant atm) my Potterhollism, for Scientolwatchism, and Sweeneyism is just another symptom.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Exactly….so why don’t they get it…Damn It to hell man.

  • jensting

    Well, campers, MY Kindle has a copy of Sweeney’s book! I’m feeling chuffed.

    OSA – that publishing company harassment as less than completely successful, wasn’t it? Never mind, I’m sure David Miscavige will appreciate your efforts. You gave it your best shot. The fact that you failed would only be held against you a small minded tyrant. (Uh-oh, wait a minute…)

    Mike Rinder Blew! You can too!!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I am so Jealous…I just checked and mine is not there yet…
      FINE….a beer or two may soothe my “I” until there is happiness in my gooey grey matter…
      Good enough!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelemo Michele McGovern Owens

    I live and work in the capital of the State of Ohio. There is a Scam “org” a block and a half from where I have worked for 35+ years – and not ONE time have I seen anyone go in or out of that place in all that time. If that tells you the influence the CON in OH – IO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelemo Michele McGovern Owens

    And Tony, I have to go to work in the morning, yet you want me to stay up until midnight for that tempting nugget – shame on ya! :-)

  • EnthralledObserver

    Hands up if you’re watching the clock right now…
    :p
    *hand up*

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Good lord…watching, drinking, wishing for bed….

  • EnthralledObserver

    Er… Tony, by my clock you are now LATE!!!!!!!

    • sugarplumfairy

      my SP jammies are chafing..

      • EnthralledObserver

        Hands Sugar ‘good standing’ cream…

        • EnthralledObserver

          omg… I’ve been scammed by the Ortegology cult!

        • sugarplumfairy

          If that’s anything like Irish Cream, sugar gratefully accepts..

  • SP ‘Onage

    Tony, you awake?

  • i-Betty

    Trolling Amazon for further CoS reading material and came across ‘new & used copies of Dianetics from £0.14′. Hehe, 14 pence! Ooh, I think I’ve just solved Dainty Dave’s conundrum over how to get Dianatics in every library on earth; simply buy up all the used copies from Amazon for mere pence and cents and what he saves on publishing/printing costs can go towards $160,000 bottles of Dalmore 64 Trinitas scotch whisky.

  • Sid Snakey

    I’m a bit confused. I thought that you had to be very, very careful with words in Scientology, so you don’t create accidental engrams or misunderstand the mighty words of Hubbard or (heaven forfend) alter the tech.

    For example mixing commas and semi-colons has in the past resulted in entire works being re-published by the CofS.

    So….how come it is so easy to translate Dianetics into friggin’ Chinese???? Who proof-reads the translations? Who decides where the commas and semi-colons go in? And to make matters worse, Chinese language punctuation differs from English-language punctuation!

    It sounds to me as though, by definition, all translations of Hubbards works MUST be non-standard tech and therefore Squirrel.

  • Norwood Partz

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