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Scientology’s Sneaky Infiltration of New York City Schools

City Councilman Dan Halloran, flanked by Bernard and Meghan Fialkoff

City Councilman Dan Halloran, flanked by Bernard and Meghan Fialkoff

For several years, New York City public schools have been targeted by Scientology front groups that put on drug abuse education and “human rights” seminars without revealing their ties to the church.

A Bayside dentist behind the effort was recently honored by New York’s City Council for his efforts, which have involved disseminating literature produced by the Church of Scientology at hundreds of city schools.

And now, we’ve obtained a church document which shows that the “Truth About Drugs” and human rights campaigns — although they take pains to hide their connections to the church — are, in fact, part of a concerted effort by Scientology to spread its influence.

Bayside dentist Bernard Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan have received considerable attention in small New York-area publications for their visits to city public schools to spread their no-on-drugs and human rights messages. It’s the kind of thing that community newspapers eat up. For example, on January 14 a publication called Harlem World wrote about the Fialkoffs being celebrated by New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran…

In 2012, Dr. Fialkoff’s office presented more than 100 free drug education events to NYC schools, after-school programs and community centers. In 2006, Meghan Fialkoff, Community Affairs Director at Dr. Fialkoff’s office, founded the New York Chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Together, they have presented more than 300 free drug education events, pledging in more than 30,000 students as Drug Free Marshals in the past six years. Councilman Halloran’s presentation acknowledged their work and the significance of professionals taking part in vital programs like these.

Besides Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Meghan Fialkoff also runs the local chapter of Youth for Human Rights, an organization that on February 26 got some nice publicity from the Queens Times-Ledger

Under the guidance of Director Meghan Fialkoff, the Youth for Human Rights New York chapter hosted six human rights events for students at Marie Curie Middle School 158 in Bayside and Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Oakland Gardens to inspire borough students with tolerance and peace. The group reached more than 1,800 city kids with lessons on human rights and respect.

TimesLedger

 
What none of the community papers extolling the virtues of the “Foundation for a Drug-Free World” or “Youth for Human Rights” mention is that both groups are Scientology front groups.

Bernard Fialkoff is a longtime Scientologist who, Scientology’s own publications show, has reached its upper “Operating Thetan” levels of achievement.

Fialkoff and his daughter are listed as principal figures at the Foundation for a Drug-Free World New York chapter’s website. The Foundation’s New York address — 227 West 46th Street — is the same address as Scientology’s “org” near Times Square.

The chapter’s website also features numerous photographs of Meghan Fialkoff holding events in NYC schools, and often in the photographs can be seen the “Truth About Drugs” materials that the Church of Scientology produces…

MeghanFialkoffEvent

 
Here’s a closeup of the booklet that is usually handed out at these seminars…

TTADrugsBooklet

 
And here’s a screengrab from Scientology’s own website, scientology.org, which explains “SCIENTOLOGY IN SOCIETY — WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION FOR A DRUG-FREE WORLD?”

ScientologyDrugFreeWorld

And just recently, we were forwarded an e-mail from one of our sources inside the church which showed how explicitly the church explains to its members that all of these “feel good” efforts — the Truth About Drugs and United for Human Rights booklets — are part of an attempt by the church to influence “opinion leaders” about “LRH” — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard…

IASOpinionLeaders

 
Last week, we e-mailed Bernard Fialkoff at his Bayside dental office to ask if he ever reveals to city schools he visits that his chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World actually works out of the Church of Scientology building near Times Square, or that the literature he disseminates is published by the church. We also called his office yesterday and left a detailed message. We have received no reply.

Also last week, we left a detailed message for city councilman Halloran asking if he understood the connection between the Fialkoffs and Scientology when he honored them in January. We called again yesterday and e-mailed Halloran’s spokesman, Kevin Ryan.

Ryan got back to us and asked for more information about the Fialkoffs and Scientology. “That is very interesting. I will pass this onto him immediately. I did not know any if this,” Ryan told us after we pointed out the connection between the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and the Church of Scientology.

Halloran himself has a fascinating background. In 2009 when he ran for the Queens seat, it was revealed that he had a chance to become the first “heathen” elected to office in the United States. Although he’d been raised a Catholic, he had later embraced Norse gods and became the prince, or “First Atheling” of the local “Theodish” tribe, New Normandy, which worshipped gods like Odin and Tyr and Freya, and performed animal sacrifices.

Halloran, overseeing a Theodish ritual before he ran for City Council

Halloran, overseeing a Theodish ritual before he ran for City Council

Pagans and heathens around the country were excited that one of their own was running for office, but after publicity about his alternative religious beliefs threatened to derail his campaign, Halloran quickly downplayed his principality, to the disappointment of pagans everywhere. In his first years of office, he became more well known for his reaction to a major blizzard that shut down much of the city — he accused city workers of prolonging the misery.

With Halloran’s own colorful religious past, would it make him more or less apt to praise Scientologists for bringing their campaign to boost L. Ron Hubbard? We’d like to know, but so far his office hasn’t got back to us about whether he had any idea that the Fialkoffs were promoting Scientology front groups.

(Our gut tells us Halloran had no idea, and was just gladhanding, happy to pat someone on the back for an anti-drug message.)

We asked Carnegie Mellon University professor Dave Touretzky about the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and its booklets. Touretzky has spent years identifying and publicizing the connections between Scientology and its front groups, particularly its drug rehab network, Narconon.

“It’s always the same interest,” Touretzky told us about the aim behind the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. “The Scientology term for it is ‘safepointing.’ In civilian terminology that means two things:
building a good working relationship with the locals that can be exploited later, and establishing L. Ron Hubbard as a benevolent authority figure in the mind of the public.”

Touretzky is also concerned about the nature of drug education that is being promoted by the Foundation.

“I read through the marijuana section of the website. It’s full of alarmist stuff about impaired cognition, deformed sperm cells, etc., all of which may be true of chronic, heavy users, but that’s like saying you should never have a beer because you’ll become an alcoholic and destroy your liver. It’s really over the top. The danger of this sensationlist approach is that kids will recognize this and discount everything you
say,” he says.

We’ll let you know if we hear back from Fialkoff or from Halloran’s office.

 
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SMERSH Madness: Sowing the Seeds of World Domination!

As we announced on March 1, we’re joining bracket fever with a tournament like no other. It’s up to you to decide who should be named the new SMERSH, the traditional nemesis of Scientology. Cast your vote for who’s doing more to propel the church down its long slide into oblivion!

Continuing with the Sweet Sixteen! We have another tough match.

PaulVsWWP

Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning director and screenwriter, is easily the most famous person to leave Scientology and speak openly about it. But more than his fame, it was his obvious credibility and self-deprecating style that made him such a devastating witness against the church on NBC’s Rock Center. The church has tried multiple times to smear him, but it’s only backfired. (Previously: Haggis defeated Jason Beghe in the first round.)

WhyWeProtest.net is an online forum for the Anonymous anti-Scientology program, Project Chanology. Wild and woolly, the site became less about the worldwide protests that started in 2008 and more about the research being done by scores of vigilant Internet sleuths. Like any forum, its cast of characters is always changing, but document releases seem to have been particularly good in recent months. (Previously: WWP defeated Anderson Cooper in the first round.)

 
Go to our March 1 post for the latest tournament results.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 22, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • Anonymus CoSMecca

    Paul Haggis contributed lots, but is one person. WWP is over 9000.

    • ^ moar up-votes needed ^

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      NO ANONYMUS CoSMECCA NO!

      WWP consists of only sixteen people, all of whom are convicted felons and sex perverts. The only thing WWP has over 9000 of is outstanding arrest warrants.

      On the other hand, the Church of Scientology now has 3.2 billion members and every one of them is shattering suppression in their area.

      Scientology: Come for the Theta; stay to help Clear the Planet:

      http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5633291173_33496c73c0.jpg

      • Captain Howdy

        “WWP consists of only sixteen people, all of whom are convicted felons
        and sex perverts. The only thing WWP has over 9000 of is outstanding
        arrest warrants.”

        OTVIIIisGrrr8!, you’re starting to sound like vaLLarrr. You left out “unemployed losers and slackers” and ” drug abusers”. Hey wait a minute, that kind of reminds me of…nevermind.

        • Chocolate Velvet

          Shhhhhh…

          Don’t blow our cover, cap’n!

          😉

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            Dear CV, COB passed us a note under the door of his bedroom saying that he is better after going Type III the other night. An OSA investigation revealed that Bury the Nuts is hidden SP on COB’s lines and this is why he got that big zit on his face that night that upset him so.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Oh please! That little dork is not the first man BTN has made go type III and he won’t be the last.
              (And we are only talking this week).

              Wait till I come over there with my new “horn helmet”.
              I will even bring cotton balls to shove in his cheeks so he doesn’t drool all over himself.
              It just would not be very ecclesiastical for COB to sit around in his own spit puddles.

            • FistOfXenu

              It’d be fun to watch the Demented Midget come apart when he sees you in a horned helmet. But somebody should warn you it’ll make you feel dirty all over.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Excuse me, I missed that?…I was about to go jump in the shower..
              I suddenly felt so dirty.

            • FistOfXenu

              Good one, you made me blow coffee out of my nose.

            • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

              FistofXenu, BTN’s plans to come to the Base in a horned helmet with out 2D ideas is not funny. For one thing, COB has very delicate tissue.

            • FistOfXenu

              BTN’s 2D ideas aren’t the ones you have to protect him from. His 2D pornomind just needs 1 look at her in her horned helmet and the movie he makes in his own head’ll make him pop like a ripe zit. Let’s leave tissues out of the conversation right?

              And yeah, it is funny. It’s hi-fucking-larious.

            • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

              Well, BTN, at least you admit your Ev Purps to drive COB Type III.

              Now we can begin to handle this is session. Not to eval for the pc, but your Ev Purps probably go back trillions of years.

              Oh and COB passed a note under his bedroom door. He wants you to look at this:

              http://youtu.be/GbevQH1B9ic

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Rolls my eyes!
              What is with COB and the “Gayties music”?

              And my evil purposes predate the Big Bang theory plus the cumulative ages of every member of the Rolling Stones …living or dead!

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          We in RTC need to point out that the sixteen members of WWP are not unemployed because they are EMPLOYED BY BIG PHARMA!!!

      • Chocolate Velvet

        “3.2 billion”?

        Oh my, OTVIII, David has obviously gone upside your head one too many times…

        You should just blow, while you still have a shred of sanity intact. I am beginning to fear that David is just gone around the bend, and no coming back. Poor David! That does NOT have to be the fate of you in the RTC! Get going! Now!! There is always a way out, even for OTs…

  • John P.

    Tony, thanks for this article. Just when I start to stride proudly down the streets of my city thinking, “it can’t happen here,” we come to find out that it does indeed happen here. Two key takeaways from your article:

    1) It’s wise to presume ignorance on the part of city officials who issue these proclamations, rather than some sinister intent — I’m guessing that Halloran’s unusual religious practices probably didn’t make him any more pro-Scientology than anyone else, and that his underpaid inexperienced staff probably didn’t bother to check… after all, anybody anti-drugs must be OK, right?

    2) The research you did on what, exactly, is wrong with the message in the brochures is important because that can be used to keep this particular front group out of schools if people are worried about First Amendment issues in trying to exclude a “church.”

    • mirele

      Point 2 is worth repeating over and over again. I don’t care if it’s the Baptists or the Scientologists, I don’t want either group in the schools pushing their religious dogma. As it is, I live in a part of the country where the local high schools have Mormon “release time” seminaries across the street or next door. And to me, even the physical proximity is too much.

      • Mrs. V.

        I agree. This should be a separation of church and state issue, that COS just loves to toss around when it’s convenient. No religion should ever go to a school in an attempt to convert the children there. I can only imagine my parents’ horror if I came home with religious literature, regardless of the denomination, saying that I wanted to join that religion.

    • FLUNK101

      “just when I start to stride proudly down the streets of my city …”
      This is your town, JohnP … no doubt about it!
      Halloran is a wack job. He pissed off the Greek-American community when he compared them to animal sacrificing heathen (because Greeks eat lamb on Easter).

      http://www.greeknewsonline.com/?p=11284

      • :facepalm:

      • Kitz

        Halloran is outlaw to a lot Heathens/Asatruar. He threw his kindred (Theod in this case, since they are a folkish group) under the bus when he thought it might do damage to his political hopes. That is NOT what it means to be Heathen… Honor and supporting your community are principles that we teach and support among ourselves. The good of the family or community comes first, not what will serve the individual the best. I may have more to add after I read the link you posted Flunk.

        • FLUNK101

          I didn’t realize that “Heathen” was a belief system that some people take very seriously. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

          • Kitz

            You’re welcome. There are quite a few around the US, with different beliefs, rituals, and structure. Most of us are happy to explain our beliefs to others if they are respectful, as we are of their system of choice.

            Sacrifice is performed by many, to whom sharing a meal with the gods is the greatest gift they can give. There is such a knee-jerk reaction to the term, that it ends up taking hours to get it through to people that it isn’t what they are led to believe by the media. *eye roll*

    • Poison Ivy

      Do you have any contacts in the Mayor’s Office, John P? I may have mixed feelings about Bloomberg as mayor ( too dictatorial (con); made the city far more beautiful & a better tourist stop bringing in $$ (pro); the 20oz drink craziness (huh?); nutrition info in fast food & chain restaurants (pro); doesn’t support the public library (con); great mayor for those of us in the middle to upper middle class bracket (pro); not so great for anyone below middle class or living in the boroughs (con), etc etc.) but one thing I’m pretty sure of, he wouldn’t take kindly to this. Only room for one Big Kahuna in Bloomberg’s NYC and that ain’t gonna be LRH, not at the end of MB’s term, any way.

  • Cymboli Starsong

    Haggis is great but Anonymous is legion.

    • Captain Howdy

      If it wasn’t for /b/ I wouldn’t be here.

      • You got that right.

        • Truly, as an Ex-Scientologist, I greatly appreciate the work Paul Haggis has done in exposing the abuses of $cientology. However, I was here….for 8 years prior to Anonymous arriving. I know what it was like having 4-5 people willing to go on radio and say our *real* names. I know what it was like doing Media shows where 3/4 of it was Tom Cruise about 10 seconds was s/t I said (usually that made me look crummy). I and many others were there….many way before me… However, I’m just giving you *my* experience. It was sort of like at the least getting beaten up in an ally by bullies, big bullies (or they seemed so) where NO ONE wanted to stand up and dive in a help kick their asses. ( They were on the Net…for sure..but I mean in person).

          I’d been posting on the Net, for years to “Dave” “You can do all your Fair game shit to us, but one day….one day…KARMA *IS* going to KICK YOU IN THE ASS. And when it does–no doubt it will be by the least expected person. So when Tom Cruise (Dave’s golden boy) leaped on Oprah’s couch, and then told Matt Lauwer: “I know the source of psychiatry–you don’t”…I went BINGO! THIS IS ***IT***!!! Karma had hit and I knew it. I did interviews w/ Inside Edition, CNN, Rolling Stone Magazine, German TV, on and on and on! Still…..we were what seemed like a small # of peeps speaking out.

          During this time….Cruise had made some video about “Either you’re “in” or you’re out” and that video was leaked onto the Net.
          OSA being the “Brilliant” morons that they are, ORDERED that video off of YT. And the REST *IS* HISTORY____TRULY.

          UNTIL

          Anonymous arrived, announcing they were going to shut down $cientology’s web site due to they ordering that video off the Net. We got together—decided to do a picket. Pre Anonymous we here in LA would picket and have 10 maybe 20 people. So when the young man told me: “Ok, we’re going to do it. We’ll have 500 people here on February 10th, 2008! I thought, “Sure”.
          That day came, Mark Bunker (“Wise Beard Man” named by Anonymous) and I went to “The Complex” and sure enough, there were 500 people, all in outfits, many w/ black suits and V masks on (Like in V-Vendetta movie)!! The masks were due to $cientology’s Fair Game.
          That volume was shocking to us…it was a FANTASTIC Picket! It turned out there were “over 7,000” people picketing (really 9,000 if you consider all the back lines people) in over 100 MAJOR Cities in the WORLD. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Chanology

          The original web site was called “Chanology” which later turned into WhyWeProtest. Once that 1st picket happened, people (Scientologists who had left) started to come out from ALL around the world. They said their names, they wrote books. Media who before would NEVER tell *our* (The critics/ex scios) story, suddenly began to report about various stories, pickets, abuses the “church” of $cientology was involved in.

          Imagine slugging it out in an alley w/ yourself and maybe 1 or 2 others with a large gang of BIG BULLIES. They’re telling you they’re going to get you, you are going to lose, and they have millions of dollars to beat you, too. You’re hanging in there..but it’s a rough road. Suddenly, around the corner, out of NO WHERE____ARRIVES 9,000 people………..ready to FIGHT on your side! I know Anonymous probably doesn’t see it as I say above….and that’s ok, too. I’m just telling you why *I* am voting for WWP. These peeps literally changed history. Even IF they just came for LOL’s (and fun)—-what they did by the volume of people, and what the “church” did ensuring many stay (by abusing them)….I think made it safe enough for ALL others to come out, tell *their* stories, and the REST IS HISTORY!

          Lastly, I also want to thank ALL those who DID come before Anonymous. Those who DID take a stand when there was no Net, No support, yet with great courage they began to build the very road we all walk on. Thank you ALL 🙂 🙂 You’ll never know just how many people you have helped free. (((hugs))) Tory/Magoo

          • PS: Ok, I know: “tl;dr” ===too long, didn’t read. That’s ok, you’re winning! I just wanted to put in my two cents 🙂

  • Observer

    This one was easy–WWP. Kudos to Paul Haggis for waking up, leaving, and speaking out, but he seems to be finished with his public criticism. WWP is there enturbulating Scientology day in and day out and has been for years. I salute you!

    And of course the Most Ethical People On the Planet carry on with their despicable deceive and infiltrate tactics. I’m running out of ways to express my outrage. It makes me sick. Does it not occur to any of these people that if Scientology really were good and really did have something positive to offer that they could just be open and truthful (real truth, not acceptable truth)? Don’t they wonder why they have to resort to sneaking around to gain any acceptance?

    Scientology: a Gollum of a “religion”.

  • Meghan Fialkoff is Community Affairs Director at Dr. Fialkoff’s office. Dentists do not have community affairs directors, and if they did, it would be about brushing and flossing, not drugs. This is a tax write-off ploy.

    • Ze Moo

      Hello, IRS I have some information for you.

      • Poison Ivy

        You can anonymously report anyone to the IRS. Just go online and they’ll give you a form. However, when it comes to Scientology, you may get the usual IRS response…..CRICKETS!

    • Semper Phi

      Meghan Fialkoff is (or was a year ago, anyway) a staff member in the public outreach division of the NY Day org.

  • 10oriocookies

    Here’s another way to look at what they are promoting.

    This is from the churches website:
    http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/the-truth-about-drugs.html

    They say it is estimated that 208 million people use drugs. Narconon has been in buisness 47 years and has graduated 38000 people. That is around 809 per year. So, in doing simple mathematics you can find the percentage that they affect each year.

    The 38000 number is probably much less as not all are rehabilitated, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

    So, by their own admission, they “handle” .0003889 percent of the world’s drug addicted people per year. Good job Narconon and scientology, way to bring about a saner, safer world.
    The “Bridge to the Bridge” is falling apart.

    • Sidney18511

      I’m sure that the most important stat to the COS is how many “students” they managed to SUCK into their web, keep them on staff and wash their brains.

      • Poison Ivy

        We’ll probably see what some of those ‘real’ stats are, with the new lawsuits Tony posted about yesterday (I’m off this blog one day and I miss so much!)

        • 10oriocookies

          There’s more interesting stuff coming out soon. Tune in.

        • aquaclara

          AAHHH. Ditto. Just one day, and it takes two days to catch up. So much news and information. I learn new things every day. Good luck on your reading today! I still owe you a book review, too!

    • Nice Eric

  • SFFrog

    Apart from the fact they exist primarily to promote Scientology, the anti-drug materials are frequently medically inaccurate — shocking, I know — and have an overt anti-prescription drug message.

  • MO Mom

    Wow. For 700 million people being told ‘the truth about drugs’, I wonder why I’ve never heard boo about it outside of these forums??? Inflated numbers AGAIN, CO$???

  • mook

    something I saw

    I am currently a student at Harper College, the largest community college in IL, and while I was exiting my class Monday I saw a middle-aged man literally shoving ‘Truth About Psychiatry’ DVDs at students exiting the building (most did not take the DVDs and those that did threw them in the trash). Yes, there was a black CCHR banner covering the table and there were stacks of these DVDs. The Jehovahs Witnesses usually have a booth in this building, selling Watchtower Magazines, but this is the first time I’ve seen anything CoS at Harper College (and the JWs haven’t been nearly as aggressive as this Scilon was). I bet that a lot of people were just as confused as I was. I also wonder who let them set up that booth.

    p.s.: CoS isn’t well liked in IL

    • Sherbet

      Mook, would it be a good idea to contact your school administration and ask that question?

      • mook

        there’s a lot of red tape to cut through to get to the Harper administration.

        I have seen WWP flyers stapled to the classified ads though and I have also seen Larry Wright and Jenna Miscavige’s books at the bookstore.

        • Sherbet

          Well, that’s good news, anyway.

    • This is an excellent opportunity for college activism. All it would take is you and a couple of other students to complain and educate the administration.

      If you register at Why We Protest you can network with the anons from Chicago, who are both knowledgeable and effective activists.

      The activities at Harper College are most likely being executed and controlled by the head of the Chicago org.

      One of them is a lawyer who suceeded in getting the City of Chicago to suspend an ordinance forbidding protests during “religious services” which Scientology attempted to use to prevent ALL protesting by Anonymous.

      Another important person you can cite is Dr. Carl Bell. He is a remarkable man. He rose up from being a member of a black gang to becoming a professor of psychiatry and public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

      He has made several statements of concern about the damage CCHR does in the black community about mental health issues.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Mook! Does Harper Community College have a Nursing Program? Take one of those DVDs to any one of the nursing instructors.. I guarantee They’ll take it from there..

    • Espiando

      Did the middle-aged man have grey hair and a mustache, or look like he should have one? That sounds like Dom. If he’s doing dissem, Chicago Org is in big, big trouble. Good.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
      • Captain Howdy

        Your boss wishes he was Dr Pretorius and he could make everyone smaller than him and keep them in glass jars.

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          This is true.

  • j238

    Bernard Fialkoff’s Facebook page is open to posts by anyone!

    • sugarplumfairy

      Not for long, I’ll guess..

  • Call_Me_Xenu

    Do a Google Maps street view of DFW’s address (1626 N. Wilcox Ave., Suite 1297, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA) and you’ll see a mailbox rental store. Apparently DFW’s digs are less sweet-suite and more “lets sound more important than a PO Box”.

  • HeatherGraceful

    Tony, this article addressed relevant concerns about similar efforts in Australia.

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/govt-antidrugs-campaigns-worrying-link-to-scientology-20100911-155rj.html

    • Sherbet

      Good article, and yet another case of the church talking out of both sides of its mouth. Are you scientology, or are you not scientology? As usual, it depends on who wants to know.

  • Mary_McConnell

    About Bernard “Ben” Fialkoff, from a Scientology website About Me page:

    “Hello, my name is Sal Rinella, and here is a little bit about myself:

    I was introduced to Scientology at 2:00 in the morning while working as a cashier 2 1/2 years ago in Woodbury Long Island by Ben Fialkoff (he was the head of the Scientology Mission in Queens) Ben asked me “How can someone be so upbeat at 2:00 in the morning. We got to talking and he asked me if I knew of L. Ron Hubbard., Dianetics and Scientology. I said I’d heard of L. Ron Hubbard the Science fiction writer, and how I’d heard that Dianetics and Scientology could help relieve problems of the mind. I told him I’d seen the Phil Donahue Show where the president Mr. Heber Jentz made an hour appearance. I told him how the church is the church of the stars, not stars in the sky but celebrities, it’s a church for creative people, like music stars and actors and musicians like I am and that I was ready to rock the world. He acknowledged what a sensitive, emotional and real person that I was. Then I asked him when’s the next meeting? He told me Monday evening. I had a cold that night but I went to the meeting. By the time I left my cold was gone.” http://www.our-home.org/salrinella/myself.htm

    More about Megan, from WhyWeProtest :

    Name: Megan Fialkoff

    Position: Director of Public Relations New York Day (9am-6pm)

    Age: UNKNOWN (20-30 guesstimate)

    Father: Ben Fialkoff

    Mother: Angela Fialkoff

    Location: Bayside NY

    Aliases: Meghan Fialkoff / Meg Fialkoff

    https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/yet-another-manifesto.13753/

    Here she is on the job in Times Square, passing out promo around 2008
    https://static.prtst.net/asset-proxy/94dab8c920805bda7e6d4ceb8cf00bcf66b9d51c/687474703a2f2f6661726d342e7374617469632e666c69636b722e636f6d2f333134392f323533333637373534375f386631326332656536372e6a70673f763d30/http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2533677547_8f12c2ee67.jpg?v=0

    • sugarplumfairy

      Wow.. Co$ has the cure for the common cold!! Who knew?? And it only costs you your money, your freedom and sometimes your family..

      • But think of all the money you save on tissue.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Also, scientologists believe their shit don’t stink, which I’ve discovered after decades of research is the WHY there is never toilet paper in scientology.

      • Missionary Kid

        You forgot sanity. 😉

      • FistOfXenu

        And if you’re Lisa McPherson or a whole bunch of others, your life.

        December 7, 1997, Lucy Morgan, St. Petersburg Times

        From around the world, they come to Clearwater, looking for answers.

        Week after week, they are drawn to the Church of Scientology, seeking to improve or rebuild their lives.

        But for a few of these pilgrims, the search has ended in death.

        Since 1980, at least eight members of the Church of Scientology have
        died in Clearwater under circumstances that leave their friends,
        families and in some cases law enforcement authorities looking for their
        own answers.

        “We are getting old,” said Mary Frei, the mother of a young man from
        Switzerland who died while staying at the church to receive counseling.
        “We’d like to have the truth about what happened. But I don’t know.
        Maybe we’ll never get it.”

        The most prominent of these cases is Lisa McPherson, a 36-year-old woman
        who died Dec. 5, 1995. After 17 days at Scientology’s Fort Harrison
        Hotel, she was finally taken to a hospital by church staff where she was
        pronounced dead soon after her arrival. Police and prosecutors are
        wrapping up an investigation that could result in criminal charges.

        But an extensive review by the St. Petersburg Times has turned up seven
        other Scientologists in apparently sound health who died suddenly after
        coming to Clearwater for training or counseling.

        In four of those deaths, like McPherson’s, relatives or law enforcement
        officials suspect that the church’s health regimen or its opposition to
        psychiatric care precluded appropriate medical care. The deaths examined
        by the Times include:

        Margarit Winkelmann, 51, who walked fully clothed into Clearwater Bay
        and drowned herself in January 1980 after she quit taking Lithium and
        started taking vitamins and minerals recommended by the church.

        Josephus A. Havenith, 45, who died in February 1980 at the Fort Harrison
        Hotel in a bathtub filled with water so hot it burned his skin off.

        Andreas Ostertag, 38, head of the Scientology mission in Stuttgart,
        Germany, who apparently drowned while swimming to a sailboat anchored
        off of Fort Desoto Park in 1985. Reports published in Germany earlier
        this year raised questions about the death.

        Peter E. Frei, 37, who was found floating in a Dunedin waterway in June
        1988 several days before the Church of Scientology reported him missing
        from his room at the Fort Harrison Hotel.

        Heribert Pfaff, 31, who died of an apparent seizure in the Fort Harrison
        Hotel in August 1988 after he quit taking medication that controlled
        his seizures and was placed instead on a program of vitamins and
        minerals.

        Roger Nind, 49, a Scientologist who was reportedly trying to get a
        $70,000 refund, arrived in Clearwater from Australia in October 1992 and
        was killed in an accident on Cleveland Street the next day.

        Carrie Slaughterbeck, 23, who was found dead in her Clearwater apartment
        in March 1997 after receiving nutritional counseling from a prominent
        Scientologist who sells Super Blue Green Algae, a dietary supplement.

        Scientology officials say these deaths are isolated cases.
        Statistically, they say, the death rate among the many thousands of
        visitors to their Clearwater headquarters is no higher than the death
        rates among Catholics, Lutherans or members of other religious
        denominations.

        The cases, Scientology officials charge, are connected only by the
        ill-formed suspicions of critics, including Clearwater police,
        Scientology defectors and the news media.

        “Scientology helps people,” insisted Ben Shaw, director of the
        Clearwater Office of Special Affairs. “It’s generally for those who are
        able, to make them more able.”

        But even in apparently routine deaths, the Scientologists act in such
        controlling ways that they raise the hackles and suspicions of the
        police.

        Consider the 1996 death of Arthur Orwat, a 69-year-old lung cancer patient whose death was expected.

        Clearwater police reports say Scientology caregiver Judy Goldberr-Weber
        told officers that she did not immediately call 911 when Orwat appeared
        to be dying because she was supposed to first notify church elders.

        Almost two hours elapsed before Scientology officials Brian Anderson and
        Judy Fontana arrived at Orwat’s Hacienda Gardens apartment and called
        911. Clearwater police say they routinely encounter church officials at
        the scene of any incident involving Scientologists.

        Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw vehemently insists that church officials
        never alter circumstances or otherwise interfere in scenes of members’
        deaths. But Shaw and Anderson could not explain why two Clearwater
        church officials were summoned to the scene of a cancer patient’s death
        before police were called.

        “I got a call that Arthur Orwat died and I went to the Hacienda,” Anderson said.

        Lawyer Lee Fugate of Clearwater, who represents the church, blames the
        controversy surrounding McPherson’s death on the German government,
        which has been in a heated battle with Scientology’s German chapters in
        recent years.

        German television reporters, Fugate says, a year ago raised questions
        about whether Ostertag’s drowning in 1985 was actually a homicide.
        Fugate believes the questions caused local authorities to pursue the
        McPherson investigation. Pinellas County officials had ruled the
        Ostertag death a drowning.

        But some Pinellas County officials say all the Scientology deaths would
        have gotten more scrutiny if they had occurred today because of what
        officials have learned through McPherson’s death, years of dealing with
        the Church of Scientology and better investigative technology.

        “We would handle things differently today,” said Paul Maser, deputy
        police chief in Clearwater. “We’d be more cautious and we’d talk to more
        people and look at the scene in more depth.”

        Before the McPherson case, Maser said, many officers in his department
        considered Scientology overly secretive and aggressive, but posing no
        physical danger to its members. Now, they take a harder look.

        Clearwater police are suspicious about the number of 911 calls that come
        from rooms at the Fort Harrison Hotel. Police respond to each call only
        to be told most of the time by Scientology security guards that the
        call was a mistake. Police are not allowed to check individual rooms
        where the calls originated.

        In the past 11 months, 161 calls to 911 were made from rooms in the
        hotel, but each time Scientology security guards said there was no
        emergency.

        Scientology officials say most of the calls are mistakes that occur when
        foreign visitors try to dial the international access code, 011, after
        dialing a 9 to get an outside line. They are working with police to
        resolve the problem, Fugate said.

        Some former Scientologists say the deaths, even those that appear
        accidental, contribute to a level of fear that keeps members from
        leaving the church.

        “With no money, frightened and intimidated and knowing that others have
        committed suicide, have died in accidents or perhaps been murdered, they
        cannot leave,” wrote Lawrence Lee Sr., in a 1989 affidavit prepared for
        a lawsuit against Scientology. “Without contact with the outside world,
        they have no one to turn to for help or protection.”

        Scientology officials say Lee is wrong. There is no fear among
        Scientologists, insists spokesman Ben Shaw, just paranoia among the
        police.

        “Scientology deals with matters of the spirit,” says Shaw. “We offer
        spiritual gain. Look at the people who come in and are benefitted.
        Scientology is about improving conditions.”

        Scientology has long denounced the practice of psychiatry, blaming it
        for various problems. Scientologists are not allowed to take psychiatric
        drugs or seek treatment from psychiatrists or psychologists.

        But Scientology officials say they would never block members from
        seeking medical treatment and have a policy against offering services to
        members who are taking mind-altering drugs.

        Scientology does not interfere when the member’s own doctor has
        recommended a course of treatment, Shaw insists.

        But at least two of the deaths examined by the Times occurred when a
        member quit taking a prescription drug and began a Scientology course
        designed to rid the body of drugs and other toxins.

        “You just don’t want to take people who have been medically treated off
        of drugs without contact with the doctor who put them on the drugs and
        monitoring,” said Margaret Singer, a clinical psychologist and a former
        professor at the University of California Berkeley. “It’s a very
        dangerous thing.”

        Singer is an expert on cults who has often been critical of Scientology.

        Dr. Joan Wood, medical examiner in Pinellas County, also questions
        taking patients off some medications without adequate support.

        After reviewing autopsy reports of the seven deaths at the request of
        the Times, Wood said the cause of death may never be known for some of
        them. In some cases Wood was not sure what caused the deaths, but could
        rule out foul play. With others, Wood thinks more investigation is
        needed.

        Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney Bernie McCabe said he was unaware of any
        Scientology deaths other than McPherson’s until the Times asked him
        about them. Margarit Winkelmann, 51

        Elvira Borden, a 71-year-old resident of Oak Bluff Apartments in
        Clearwater, watched in horror on the morning of Jan. 11, 1980, as a
        woman ran down the street toward the Clearwater waterfront.

        From her ninth-floor apartment, Mrs. Borden saw Margarit Winkelmann, a
        51-year-old visitor from Zurich, walk fully clothed into the water,
        struggle back to the shore and then throw herself face down into the
        water.

        By the time police arrived, Mrs. Winkelmann was floating dead in the
        water, still clutching a Scientology pamphlet in her hand. Her husband,
        Ernst Winkelmann, and other Scientologists told police she had been
        receiving psychiatric treatment for years but had come to Clearwater
        seeking a Scientology prescribed cure that did not include drugs or
        psychiatry.

        At the time she died, Mrs. Winkelmann was taking vitamins and minerals
        prescribed by Scientology and apparently was on a program designed to
        clear her body of toxins.

        She seemed to be “progressing,” Ernst Winkelmann told police. But
        earlier in the week she told him she had felt better when she was taking
        the Lithium prescribed by her psychiatrist in Europe. An autopsy found
        no Lithium in her bloodstream and determined her death to be a suicide
        by drowning.

        Today Scientology officials say Mrs. Winkelmann probably should not have
        been accepted for treatment because of her medical history, but say an
        exception may have been made in 1980.

        Wood said she believes it would be unwise to take a patient off Lithium without careful supervision. Josephus A. Havenith, 45

        Josephus A. Havenith was a Dutch citizen living in Munich, Germany,
        where he taught music. On Feb. 25, 1980, Havenith had been at the Fort
        Harrison Hotel for two months taking counseling and following a regimen
        of vitamins and minerals prescribed by Scientology.

        A maid said Havenith left a note on his door – Room 771. It read
        “sleeping,” so he was not disturbed until later in the day when other
        guests discovered that the carpet outside his room was soaked. Inside,
        the hot water was still running in the tub. Scientology officials say
        rumors spread by enemies in Germany caused people to raise questions
        about Ostertag’s death.

        At the time, church officials and police told reporters that Havenith
        was in his “50s or 60s” and was found dead in bed. In truth, Havenith
        was found by the maid lying dead in the bathtub. The water was so hot it
        had taken the skin off of his body.

        No one is certain when he died.

        An autopsy report lists his death as “probable drowning” but notes that
        his head was not under water. In 1980 when Havenith died, Florida
        officials had little knowledge of the vitamin and mineral programs used
        by Scientology.

        “Is it possible that given whatever was going on in his body, getting
        into hot water did something?” asks medical examiner Wood in reviewing
        the case. “Perhaps.”

        With no evidence of a struggle in his room or other foul play, Wood said
        she had to presume that some sudden event occurred involving his heart
        or his diet.

        “We’ll never know what happened, the questions remain unanswered,” she said.

        His body was cremated and shipped home to the Netherlands at the expense
        of the Church of Scientology. Family members could not be located.
        Andreas Ostertag, 38

        Andreas Ostertag, 38, was a longtime Scientologist and head of the
        church’s mission in Stuttgart, Germany, when it was founded in the early
        1970s. His brother and sister also were prominent Scientologists.

        In late 1985 Ostertag was in Clearwater for meetings at Scientology’s
        spiritual headquarters. On Halloween day Ostertag and Joachim Bender, a
        German friend, tried to swim from Fort Desoto Park to the St.
        Christopher, a 148-foot schooner aground on a sandbar about a half mile
        off shore.

        Bender, also a Scientologist, told police Ostertag disappeared while
        swimming in rough water. Ostertag’s body was recovered several days
        later.

        Reports published in Germany earlier this year questioned the death,
        saying Ostertag had been summoned to Clearwater by Scientology bosses to
        answer questions about financial problems at the Stuttgart mission.

        Scientology officials in Clearwater say rumors spread by enemies in
        Germany caused people to raise unfounded questions about Ostertag’s
        death. Records in Clearwater do not include any disciplinary action
        taken against Ostertag or explain why he was in Clearwater at the time
        he drowned, Scientology officials said. Peter E. Frei, 37

        An off-duty Dunedin police officer was mullet fishing near Victoria
        Drive in Dunedin when he noticed a body floating face down near the
        shoreline on June 30, 1988.

        For days, police tried to identify the dead man without success. Then on
        July 4, the Church of Scientology reported that Peter Ernst Frei had
        been missing since June 29. The Swiss citizen had been in Clearwater
        taking courses at the church and was supposed to have returned to
        Switzerland on the day his body was found.

        Church officials had already cleaned out Frei’s room and packed up his
        possessions by the time police arrived, but friends told police a valise
        with his wallet and other valuables was missing.

        Frei’s parents say he left home with 20,000 Swiss francs, about $13,000,
        and had already paid the church more than 40,000 francs for counseling
        sessions before he left home.

        While Florida authorities were trying to identify him, Frei’s apartment
        in Switzerland was burglarized and ransacked, adding to suspicions
        surrounding his death. Wood, the medical examiner, went to the scene
        when Frei was found. She remains troubled about his death. She
        attributed it to drowning, but now says many questions remain. Frei had
        scrapes on his arm and cuts on his head and enough fluid in his chest to
        have drowned. He was wearing shoes and socks and shorts.

        “What’s a fully clothed man doing dead in the water?” Wood asked.
        “Clearly this death should be reinvestigated. We still don’t know what
        happened.”

        Frei’s parents say he could not swim and would not have gone near the water.

        “We have no clue what happened,” Scientology spokesman Shaw said. “Most
        of the drownings in the U.S. occur in Florida.” Heribert Pfaff, 31

        Heribert Pfaff, 31, became a Scientologist after a brother encountered a
        sidewalk solicitor who was recruiting students in Munich, Germany.

        The decision to join, his family members now believe, was a fateful one.

        For a decade after surviving a major car accident, Heribert Pfaff had
        suffered severe seizures that often came in the middle of the night. In
        1988 Pfaff traveled from his home in Munich to Clearwater to take
        courses at the Church of Scientology.

        Pfaff’s brother, Georg, told the Times that Scientologists in Germany
        promised a cure for his seizures and took Pfaff off medication that had
        controlled them.

        The son of a wealthy German builder, Pfaff checked into Room 758 at the
        Fort Harrison Hotel. He had brought about $100,000 to finance his visit,
        family members say. His wife, Anita, told police she was staying with
        friends so she wouldn’t be awakened by the seizures her husband had been
        having since he quit taking his medicine.

        On Aug. 28, 1988, Pfaff’s nude body was found upside down hanging out of
        his bed. An autopsy determined that a seizure probably caused his
        death. No anti-convulsant drugs were found in his bloodstream.

        The $100,000 disappeared, says Georg Pfaff, his brother.

        The family had stopped an attempt by Heribert Pfaff to wire transfer
        another $150,000 from a family bank account that was requested a few
        days before his death.

        Georg Pfaff said he discovered after the death that his brother had paid
        $26,330 for one Scientology course and $52,000 for another.

        The church was only interested in his money, says Georg Pfaff.

        Scientology officials say Pfaff’s treatment was not recommended by the church.

        “If someone had epilepsy, they should see a medical doctor,” Shaw said. “It was his choice to receive drugs or not.”

        Another of Pfaff’s brothers, Joannes, remains a Scientologist. Roger Nind, 49

        Roger Nind’s family says he tried several times to leave the Church of
        Scientology and get a refund on the $70,000 he paid for books and
        courses.

        “He attempted to get out, but their clutches were too good for drawing
        him back,” says his brother William Nind, a contractor in Perth,
        Australia. “Each time he went to try and get his money back, they’d
        offer the next session free and recharge him with their crazy beliefs.”

        Nind arrived in Clearwater on Oct. 15, 1992. A day later he lay dying in
        Cleveland Street after he ran from between two buildings into the side
        of a car.

        “What was going on in his mind?” asks Dr. Emile Brand, the retired
        Clearwater physician who hit Nind. “It was such a strange case. It is
        engraved in my mind. I wondered if he was suicidal. I could understand a
        man might want to hurt himself or was under peculiar stress and would
        act that way.”

        Police say Brand was going about 30 mph, accelerating from a stop sign
        at the time of the accident and did not see Nind as he stepped into the
        street. Brand was not charged and voluntarily took tests to prove he had
        not been drinking.

        Clearwater police said Nind may have looked the wrong way as he crossed
        the street, but Nind’s family still questions the accident.

        “I was suspicious about the accident,” said William Nind. “It seemed
        odd. He had been to America before. He was fairly bright. It’s odd he
        would have stepped out in front of a car.”

        William Nind said he could never find out if his brother had been alone
        or with others when he was hit. His wallet, passport and about $1,000 in
        cash was never returned to the family, he said.

        Roger Nind remained in a coma for several days before he died in a
        hospital. William Nind said Scientologists called him daily in Australia
        to report on his brother’s condition.

        “They said they reached into his mind and he was happy with the way things were going,” William Nind said.

        Scientology officials say Nind, a Scientology staffer in Perth, had come
        to Clearwater to take courses that were not available in Australia and
        was the victim of an accident that was probably caused by his failure to
        look in the correct direction as he took a morning jog.

        Nind was wearing a leather jacket, black and white striped pants, a
        brown belt, gray socks and high-top sneakers. His brother said he often
        took morning walks.

        Scientology officials say they have no record of Nind asking for
        refunds, but did send $7,683.90 back to his relatives in Australia after
        receiving a letter asking for his personal effects. Carrie
        Slaughterbeck, 23

        Carrie Slaughterbeck and Alan Green, her boyfriend, moved together from
        Indiana to Clearwater in June 1996 to work for Kim Bright Cassano, a
        prominent Scientologist who owns several Clearwater businesses.

        Slaughterbeck’s parents, Earl and Diane Slaughterbeck of Lafayette,
        Ind., say Cassano became Carrie’s nutritional counselor, advising her to
        take lots of Super Blue Green Algae, a product Cassano distributes
        through a multilevel marketing program.

        The algae is harvested from Upper Lake Klamath in Southern Oregon and is
        popular among Scientologists in Clearwater. Sales literature promotes
        it for everyone – pregnant women, newborn babies and the family pet.
        Detractors describe it as “pond scum.”

        Carrie Slaughterbeck took as many as 30 algae capsules at a time, says
        her twin sister, Sandy Slaughterbeck. She also took other vitamins
        recommended by Cassano and signed up for several Scientology courses.

        Green now says Cassano was pressuring the couple to sign up for more
        expensive Scientology auditing courses and indicated that she encouraged
        them to move to Clearwater just so they would join the Church of
        Scientology.

        As news accounts poured out about the lawsuit surrounding the death of
        Lisa McPherson, Green returned home from an overnight trip to Orlando
        and found Slaughterbeck dead in their Island Way apartment.

        He summoned Cassano to the apartment while police investigated.

        There, police spokesman Wayne Shelor asked Cassano if Carrie had been on
        Scientology’s “purification rundown,” a course that includes lots of
        running, hours in a sauna and vitamins and minerals.

        Shelor said Cassano angrily denied that Carrie was on the program. At
        the time authorities were questioning whether McPherson had been on a
        similar program.

        Cassano did not return repeated telephone calls.

        In an interview with the Times, Scientology officials initially said
        Carrie “never set foot into the church in Clearwater,” until shown her
        certificates of attendance at courses she took in 1996. Ironically, the
        certificates were signed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, though
        he had died in 1986.

        Shaw, the Scientology spokesman, said Slaughterbeck must have taken the
        courses at a Scientology mission, the smallest organization within
        Scientology. He said she asked to take auditing courses but was rejected
        because of her past bulimia until she could see a doctor.

        Slaughterbeck was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 101 pounds when her
        body was found. Family members said she had liked being slim because she
        thought it would help her gain modeling jobs.

        Medical Examiner Wood attributed Carrie’s death to “sudden and
        unexpected death – possible mitral valve prolapse.” Carrie did have a
        heart problem, identical to the one her twin sister has. The condition
        exists in about 5 percent of the population and sometimes causes an
        irregular heartbeat.

        Wood said she was unaware that Carrie took blue green algae and doesn’t know what effect it had on her health.

        The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has twice ordered blue green algae
        off the market because distributors made medical claims. State and
        federal officials continue to question the algae’s safety amid
        complaints from consumers who say it has caused increased heart rates,
        breathing difficulties and other problems.

        Officials say there is no evidence that the algae is a health benefit,
        but are unable to regulate it as long as it is sold as a food supplement
        and not as a drug. Lisa McPherson

        Meanwhile the criminal investigation into Lisa McPherson’s death is
        drawing to a close. Later this month agents from the Florida Department
        of Law Enforcement and Clearwater police expect to meet with McCabe, the
        prosecutor who must decide whether anyone faces criminal charges.
        Investigating officers believe some church officials who tended
        McPherson during her final days should face charges.
        +++
        McCabe has also indicated he’ll take the rather unusual step of hearing
        from Scientology lawyers as well before deciding whether to bring
        charges. – Times researcher Kitty Bennett and staff writer Alisa Ulferts
        contributed to this report. About the reporter Lucy Morgan is the Times
        Tallahassee bureau chief and an associate editor. She has been a
        reporter for the newspaper since 1968 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985
        for investigative reporting.

        • Chocolate Velvet

          This is very important stuff, the kinds of stories associated with Scientology that most folks never know about.

          Thanks for posting this info. However, I would recommend reposting this, at the top, but with a link to the stories and just a few highlights.

          That is the kind of thing you can post over and over again, in the comment threads at CNN, NBC, etc, etc. And you should, these are details that should be spread far and wide. Keep it up!

          • FistOfXenu

            I should’ve done it that way but I did the copy and paste of that story a long time ago and don’t have a link now. I remembered having it on an old zip disk and found it and dragged it over this computer and presto there it is. Looking back I should’ve done a summary like you said but I wouldn’t’ve known how much to take out.

        • LisaIsRemembered

          Never forget.

          • FistOfXenu

            I never will. Never!

    • Observer

      “I told him how the church is the church of the stars …” Ugh.

      • FistOfXenu

        No no, not the dreamy Hollywood meaning. They mean “the stars where our alien cooties come from”.

  • sugarplumfairy

    like the predatory big cats, co$ targets the smallest and the slowest in the herd..

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Smersh didn’t make one single brain cell smoke this morning!
    MOAR!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Evidence that Scientology is in the throes of its own Demise. Even a scientologist can understand this one and as a matter of fact, let’s let L Ron Hubbard prove it with his own scientific chart (scientologists, pay attention now):

    Hubbard’s full Tone Scale of emotions has a Minus tone scale (don’t try understanding this at home, kids). Near the bottom is: -8 Hiding. Second to bottom: -30 Can’t Hide. Very bottom: -40 Total Failure.
    So there you have it. Scientologists can’t even hide their lies, schemes or crimes anymore.
    THE END. Here’s that funky scale with funky illustrations:

    http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/FULL.HTM

    Here’s just a Few pieces of documents for Mr. Halloran that the Fialkoff’s motivations and intentions are to get those students and young people lured into scientology so they can give All their money and life to scientology, just like them.

    “I was introduced to Scientology at 2:00 in the morning while working as a cashier 2 1/2 years ago in Woodbury Long Island by Ben Fialkoff (he was the head of the Scientology Mission in Queens)”
    http://www.our-home.org/salrinella/myself.htm

    “Raise Money to Help Church of Scientology”
    http://www.charityblossom.org/nonprofit/church-of-scientology-oakland-gardens-ny-11364-bernard-fialkoff-113304107/support/

    Fialkoff family give tons of money to scientology, including for Super Powers
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/b/ben-fialkoff.html
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/b/bernard-fialkoff.html
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/d/dr.-ben-fialkoff.html
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/a/angela-fialkoff.html
    http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?16197-142-million-plus-given-to-Super-Power-Scam

    • jojo neal

      Holy cats, your Holiness. THAT’s the tone scale? Wow, just wow.
      I’ve had ‘pinks and grays’ (quite legally – this was back in the day) and all I got was a dream that the bathroom sink could fly.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        I know, right? Newbies are only exposed to the UP part of this scale, for good reason. The Negative scale is one of those things that you just hoped no one would ask you to demonstrate your understanding of by giving examples or anything. There is Sooooo much you run across, or runs over you, in Sci Land that you secretly, mentally: order yourself “Skip it. Just skip it!”

        This is why long term scientologists sound like broken records. I’m only partially jesting.

      • FistOfXenu

        So obviously you didn’t have enough of them.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I think the “Tone Scale” should be the first thing that anyone who wants information about L. Ron Hubbard should be exposed to.
      He had more purple monkeys flying out of his ass than usual the day he started writing that crap up.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        When you realize that The Wizard of Oz that he watched was in black and white, you also realize that his pink and grey fog must have melted down to Purple Haze. Hence, purple flying monkeys.

  • villagedianne

    Failkoff obviously meant well, and so did Halloran. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Failkoff needs to go online and Look.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Flakoff is a co$ leader in NY.. He knows what he’s doing.. And im sure that somehow he’s profiting..

      • villagedianne

        My point is that he Believes he is doing good. Most times the “enemy” is not doing evil on purpose, but is in denial about serving an evil agenda. Scientology in a nutshell. As for profiting, IDK. I’m wondering who paid for those Way to Happiness brochures, COS rarely gives anything away. For instance, the Volunteer Ministers who went to Haiti had to pay their own way. Usually it’s just the COS that profits.

        • sugarplumfairy

          The brochures prob cost a few cents to produce and co$ more than likely charges it’s parishioners a donation of 10 times that or more.. And in co$ there are dupes and profiteers.. I’d bet he’s the latter..

          • Ze Moo

            It is more likely that he begs for money for the brochures and gets a kick back when he places an order.

        • He’s profiting because he’s most likely got his daughter on his tax deductible business payroll as his Community Affairs Director while she does full-time Scilon work. Also she is listed as director of Foundation for a Drug-Free World. I haven’t looked at the Form 990, but she could be a paid by Scientology director.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Is it just me or does the name “Flakoff” just reek of opportunity to mock it?

        • stillgrace

          Yes! As does Failkoff! At the risk of receiving a demerit (which will most likely give me a fatal restim from engrams acquired in a convent school), I must point out that the name is actually Fialkoff.

          On second thought, I vote for spelling it either Flakoff or Failkoff. I’ll take my chances!

          • Captain Howdy

            Dr Dumkoff

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Wow, the correct spelling is even better!

        • Captain Howdy

          Are you an anti-dentite ? Don’t be making fun of Dr. Fukoff.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Hell yes I am an anti-dentite!
            If your dentist handed you a quote for $11,000.00…………You would be an anti-dentite too!

          • FistOfXenu

            You beat me to it. But isn’t it with 2 k’s?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I’m going with “just you”. Hope you’re feeling better by now. And is that Nicole?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            BAAHAAAHAAA……I feel freaking fabulous!

            Speaking of Fabulous…………This AV is Patsy from AF sucking on a bottle of Stoli.

            (I think I have finally “found myself”) hehehe

  • CoolHand

    Like with most of its “social betterment programs,” the church of Scientology uses the Drug-Free World Foundation for internal purposes. For example, it owns the printing and manufacturing facilities for the materials, yet charges parishioners large sums of money in “donations” to have them made and distributed. Then they flash them up at events and show how much “good” they are doing and get many more millions from members. The statistics of it all are fabricated, of course. The main reason this program exists is for their own financial benefit. External PR is only a secondary factor.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Third factor is legal. Any time there are lawsuits or refund request spikes, especially the recent Garcia lawsuit with legal representation Not afraid of Miscavige’s legal team and On to them, there is always a flood of their fake front groups.

  • Sherbet

    My only issue with Anonymous, is that their focus is not only on scientology these days. They protest other human rights violations — and rightly so. Haggis aimed a bullseye directly on sci and called it a cult, in public, on TV, barefaced, with courage.

    • I am somewhat puzzled by your statement about Anonymous that “their focus is not only on scientology these days.”

      The anons of Project Chanology were the first to ever appear in public as Anonymous and have continued to focus exclusively on Scientology for the last five years.

      In the Fall of 2010 groups arose in the wake of the arrest of Julian Assange of Wikileaks calling themselves Anonymous and exploiting the name and symbols of Anonymous that had been pioneered over the previous nearly three years by Project Chanology.

      But these have no organizational connection with the anons of Chanology, they simply coopted the name, rhetoric and symbols of Project Chanology. It most they have an attenuated cultural connection.

      Moreover, many of these groups rely on the illegal tactics of DDoSing and transgressive hacking that have been explictly rejected by Project Chanology from the beginning.

      Have you considered registering at Why We Protest and joining in the activist fight against Scientology?

      We need as many activists as possible to join the fight to hasten the downfall of the regime of David Miscavige.

      • Sherbet

        Damian, thank you for setting me straight. I was speaking out of ignorance.

        • No problem. For three years Chanology had to fight the defamation of OSA that anons are “cyberterrorist religious hate bigots” and in the last three that they are part of a (bogus) “hacktivist collective.” – a myth invented and perpetrated by intellectually lazy journalists.

      • Trustmeonthis

        I’m on WWP and there are sections for the other projects. Some folks focus on one area and others have more than one. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. The mischaracterization of it as a hacking group is unfortunate (and unavoidable – I remember trying to explain that “hacking” just meant “doing stuff to try to make something work” back in the bloody 90s).

      • stanrogers

        Sorry, but you’ve got your history just a little bit upside-down. If anything, Chanology is the “renegade breakaway sect”; Anonymous predates it by a long time (and was a loose and amorphous confederacy of hacktivists of varying skill levels, from script kiddies who used readily-available tools to actual hackers in the classical sense with little real-world connection). Their attention was turned to Scientology because of an internet outrage, not human rights or cult issues, and their initial response was to go after the new enemy of internet freedom using the same tools and tactics they always had used: defacement, DDoS and DOX. Partly because of Mark Bunker (WBM) and people like him they ran into while starting off and doing a bit of research, and partly because of a realisation that the problem was bigger than internet freedom and that their usual tactics would have little effect, a group that started in Anonymous but grew outside of the bounds of the group of people who would have used the name (people who might protest/demonstrate, create counter-propaganda, and so forth, but who wouldn’t have, say, knowingly DDoSed a bank) became what you are claiming as the One True Anonymous. It ain’t so. There are other ways of saying that the group has grown up, but rewriting history with a Stalinist airbrush has never been a good idea.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Wasn’t Meghan Failkhoff in one of the Anon’s New York Protests videos? I need more coffee but can’t, so I can’t find anything, including the video.

    • Captain Howdy

      Meghan Fialkoff, Director of Public Relations

      at

      (212) 921-1210

      e-mail dirprnyd@gmail.com

  • Aha! So Halloran is the notorious city-workers-delayed-blizzard-clean-up hoaxer. This is incredibly revealing. He actually applied Hubbard’s black propaganda tech against municipal union workers. Expose away!

  • A big thanks to Tony for exposing infiltration of New York schools by Youth for Human Rights International and CCHR/Narconon anti-drug propaganda through dentist Bernard Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan.

    Scientology doesn’t merely prey on individuals. It is engaged in a war on society itself through these front groups.

    Scientology has far greater contact on many more fronts through its front groups that it does as the Church of Scientology.

    Narconon is the worst because it kills people and thus destroys families who are not and would never dream of becoming Scientologists.

    More insidious is Youth For Human Rights International under the leadership of its executive Director Mary Shuttleworth, who made her career by founding schools such as Mary’s Schoolhouse in Los Angeles that use and promote L. Ron Hubbard’s study tech.

    The most spectacular deceit by YHRI was perpetrated in 2010 on Manhattanville College just outside New York City.

    Manhattanville is in the first rank of Catholic institutions of higher education in the US and was founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an order of nuns so reknown for their commitment to excellence in education that they came to be known as “the lady Jesuits.”

    Manhattanville hosted the inauguration of the 2010 World Tour of Mary Shuttleworth for YHRI during which she visited 20 countries gladhanding heads of state and Ministers of Education to promote YHRI.

    The key promoter of YHRI at Manhattanville was the Catholic chaplain, Fr. Will Tyrrell.

    When I discovered this I called him up to ask how it came to pass that a Catholic institution hosted a Scientology front group particularly in view of the fact that Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec had strongly criticized Scientology at his annual press lunches in 2009 and 2010.

    He told me that he had been approached by John Carmichael, who is head of the New York City org. He is also of course the primary agent of Scientology’s intelligence agency, the Office of Special Affairs, in the NYC area, and thus primarily responsible for securing opportunities for infiltration by Scientology front groups in the local community.

    I emailed Manhattanville President and Shakespeare scholar Mollie Easo Smith to inform her that YHRI is a Scientology front group, She is a native of India, which has been targeted for infiltration by Scientology since 2000, and had graduated from Madras Christian College.

    Unfortunately this was all after the damage had been done, but perhaps at least Fr. Tyrell and Dr. Smith are no longer so ignorant.

    YHRI is the most insidous of the front groups because it is apparently so remote from the core concerns of Scientology.

    It has infiltrated organizations of presidents of high school student councils and regularly holds events for high school students to educate them on human rights and lure them into Scientology-controlled forums and campaigns.

    One of this most important things in Tony’s investigation is the response of city councilman Halloran’s spokesman Kevin Ryan – “I did not know any of this.”

    This is the same response given by Illinois state legislators in 2011 when an army of anons descended on them when Nancy Carwright attempted to charm the legislature into adopting The Way To Happiness for character and morals formation for Illinois high school students.

    “I did not know any of this” was also the response of high school superintendants in Purcell and Lawton, Oklahoma, in the Fall of 2011 when another army descended on them and folied Narconon’s plans for speakers at schools during Red Ribbon drug education week.

    Taking on these front groups is a great challenge because the infiltrations are so wide-spread across the nation and indeed across nations around the world.

    It requires many more people to engage in activism than are currently involved. But the activism is of the simplest sort.

    Anyone in the community here at The Underground Bunker can make a phone call and send an email and make a significant contribution.

    Ex-Scientologists have a key role to play. What is badly needed is information about front group events before they happen.

    There are many exes who remain on email lists who can provide early warnings so that effective activist campaigns can be launched.

    • Sherbet

      Bravo, Damian!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I am dittoing your Bravo, Sherbet!

        • Thank you, Sherbet and BuryTheNuts2!

        • FistOfXenu

          I’ll see your ditto and raise you a here-here.

  • Roger Larsson

    Children made in love aren’t any accidents or problems. Children playing and having fun are happy and not something making the stats down.

    One day children grows up and creates hits by hits.

    PROOF! Tony Ortega

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Lovely post Roger!

      • Roger Larsson

        Children without any love.beayty and magic aren’t any children they are contlroled by sosiopaths.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Love that Haggis, but Paul, it Did take you 35 years to figure out you were in a cult, no offense.

    If it wasn’t for Anonymous, I would have bought a completely wrong video surveillance system.

    • 🙂

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Anonymous FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sherbet

    I’m admittedly naive, but in cases like this, does it do any good to write letters to the editors of all the newspapers in the area, and to the schools and school administrators in a “Did you know that scientology is behind….?” vein? Sometimes I feel Tony is one voice crying in the wilderness, sending his emails to Halloran and Ryan in this situation.

    Example: there’s a new charter school going in close to where I live. I’ve been watching and researching to see if there’s any hidden agenda. If anything smells funny to me, I’ll be writing and emailing. We have to do whatever we can, however small it is.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      “one voice crying in the wilderness”

      One single voice can be heard by a thousand ears.

      • Sherbet

        Yes, and Tony’s voice is LOUD! My point is, it’s not only Tony’s responsibility to open people’s eyes.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Understand! It is our’s as well.
          And we each have another voice.

    • Sidney18511

      I always do it. It can’t hurt. The COS is so sneaky, any politicians or “opinion leaders” who get sucked into their web must be notified WHO they are REALLY dealing with, and what their actual intentions are.
      This is something we all can get involved in.

    • By all means. Your idea is excellent. We can start by reinforcing what Tony has done by calling and emailing Halloran and Ryan.

      At some point they may well say, “People no longer need to call or email us. We are now fully aware of the situation.”

      This is what happened with the Purcell and Lawton school districts in Oklahoma in 2011.

      It is important to realize that Scientology is an obscure issue for elected and appointed government appointed officials.

      Whereas it make take tens of thousands of emails and phone calls to make a difference with a US congressman, it only take a hundred or a dozen to make a difference on a Scientology-related issue.

      A relatively small number of activists can gain a great deal of leverage and bring about effective change in attitudes and policies.

      Your idea on the charter school is also excellent.

      I commend for your research the excellent series of articles by Drew Harwell of the Tampa Bay Times in 2012 on Scientology subversion of the Life Force Academy charter school in Pinellas County, Florida, which includes the Scientology Mecca in Clearwater. Tony reported on Drew and called his reporting a textbook example of public service investigative journalistm.

      Life Force was a major tragedy. The charter school had given hope to many families and particularly black families desiring quality education for their children that public schools are no longer supplying adequately.

      Scientology with its study tech and connections with the Nation of Islam destroyed these families’ hopes.

      If the charter school in your area serves the black community I also commend to you the work of the energetic Leila Willis of New York City at her Facebook group, Scientology Invasion of the Black Community.

      • Life Force Academy was a travesty. 35 years of dealing with the cult in Clearwater, and that situation is allowed to happen in the backyard of the Ft. Harrison and the Super Power buildings. The ball was dropped big time.

      • CraftLass

        “It is important to realize that Scientology is an obscure issue for elected and appointed government appointed officials.”

        Yes, yes, YES. Our own obsession is not “normal” and most people do not have the info needed to keep them safe from these scams. Education is a particular area where activism can be very effective, since one of the most effective forms of activism IS all about education, in this case, educating educators and those who hire them and choose programs for schools. Most districts are run by elected officials, too. Creating change through local elections and school administrators is FAR easier than working on anything state- or federal-level. That’s why it’s a tragedy more people don’t pay much attention to local elections.

        It would also be awesome to find a way to get these stories into the hands of PTA presidents. As we know, moms are pretty amazing at swinging into activist-mode if they have reason to fear for their children’s welfare.

        • FistOfXenu

          But that’s mostly a lack of knowledge. When you tell people what $cientarCONon is really like the 1st reaction is they don’t quite believe you but they don’t usually come out and say it. They just give you that look like “why is nobody doing anything about it if it’s true?” But then if you actually show them proof all of a sudden you get the “oh shit! who’s letting these people get away with this?” and they’re ready finally to help do something. It’s all about the proof.

          So really we have to start finding better ways to make sure our officials understand what the cult’s really like, but not on such a steep gradient they can’t take it. And lots of good data.

          • CraftLass

            Exactly what I mean, FOX. I love things like the pamphlets people have made for protesters to pass out to unsuspecting potential raw meat, just letting them get an idea of what is really waiting for them if they go inside the building. This is the kind of thing that needs to be done for educators and local pols, or really, any group that is targeted by these front groups. Education is one thing we have a truly solid right to do as citizens of America.

            So, my thought is a list of bullet points that have solid data backing them up. Overwhelming people with info is too much. Educators don’t need to hear all about Lisa McPherson, they need to hear about Jenna Miscavige Hill’s childhood (and all the other kids educated by LRH tech, in and out of the Sea/Cadet Org) and the Life Force Academy story. They need to know about Narconon and the fact that they go hand-in-hand with the terribly misguided drug education groups. Local politicians need to hear, first and foremost, about the sections of the cult that they can actually do something about and those that are specifically trying to invade/have already invaded their area. Like, a local politician can’t fight what is technically considered a religion on any level, but look at what’s happening in Oklahoma now that state and local politicians were forced to take notice about Narconon. I’ve found that different friends of mine are particularly horrified by different things, shaped by their own lives and what they relate to most, and I see the same in the comments here. Frankly, it’s a similar technique as Scn uses with looking for a person’s “ruin” and using that to set the hook. Why not put that to use for good? 🙂 Heck, that’s a technique that probably goes back to well before Moses…

            To use an example from other activism I do, I was part of a conference group discussing lobbying for greater space program support. What we came up with: When working to get Republicans involved you should talk about things like military applications for space research, patriotism, and maintaining our role as leaders (among other things). With Democrats you talk about education, intensive technology research, and creating more opportunities for a wide swath of the population. These two groups do NOT respond to the same information, but all the bullet points are just as true regardless of which you use.

            So, I’m thinking bullet points with solid example true data backing it up to pique curiosity and links listed to get more info on various parts for those who are inclined. I’d make such a list but I’m not sure that my own education on the topic is yet solid enough. Hmmmm…

  • “… establishing L. Ron Hubbard as a benevolent authority figure in the mind of the public.”

    Which of these things doesn’t belong: Benevolence. Compassion. Mankind’s greatest friend. Chain locker.

    • Poison Ivy

      Goof the floof.

  • BosonStark

    It’s unfortunate that schools are probably receptive to any kind of group that seems well organized and funded, and offers anti-drug presentations. It is a “ruin” of society and Scientology can help with that, the way they help with other things, by exploiting people in hopes of luring more suckers into their high paying courses, and sauna/vitamin program, and keeping up the delusion among their membership that they have all the answers and are transforming society.

    However, along with that society is becoming more aware of Scientology and the way it operates, and between Tony’s work and all the new books, there should be a few people at each school informed enough to put their foot down when it comes to this kind of “penetration,” the cult is persistently undertaking.

    • CraftLass

      Even with the popularity of all the books and such, I’m sure there are plenty of schools where no one has a clue about these people. Few people outside the Sea Org are more overworked than (good) teachers and admins at a public school. Growing up with a teacher/eventual principal who really cared (my mom) I learned that, while she kept up on major news, a lot of the rumblings about Scn would be way too quiet (and celeb-news-driven) for her to have time to look into unprompted. OTOH, if anyone alerted her that someone was trying to hurt or indoctrinate her kids, she’d learn all about it immediately and figure out how to make it stop. Most of the teachers I know (and I know a LOT of them) are just like her, busy as heck but mad protective of their charges.

      So, how do we well and truly alert all the teachers, admins, and boards of ed? I think just a little prompting would be a great vaccination program. Some of the teachers I’ve talked to about Applied Scholastics are horrified to learn the truth about it, they just thought it was a crappy method, not a danger. The information is just not generally getting to them yet.

  • Captain Howdy

    Not to cast aspersions Councilman Halloran’s way, but most of the neo-pagan Odinists I’ve encountered or read about were also mostly white supremacists. The Odinist scene is made up mostly of old skinheads and Black Metal types.

    And Prof Dave is correct as usual. If you lie to kids about drugs and then they try them and feel like superman, they’re not going to believe anything you tell them about it afterwards. Trying to scare people straight does not work.

    • Sherbet

      Right-o, Howdy. I’m not a drug user, but even I could see that the over-the-top scare rhetoric has the opposite effect.

      • Roger Larsson

        The whole purpose of Scientology is to give them the feeling of superiority over wogs. If they did not feel superior to wogs they would cease being Scientologists.

        • Sherbet

          Good point, Roger. Perhaps they’re now realizing they’ve underestimated the intelligence of some of their targets, who aren’t being fooled.

          • Roger Larsson

            USA assisted Europe in the battle of Adolf Hitlers ideas. Europe can assist USA in the make down of L. Ron Hubbards ideas

      • FistOfXenu

        Anybody want to join me tonight? I have an old copy of “Reefer Madness” I’ll be watching. It’s great for watching in a group. I’ve got plenty of popcorn but we could always use more beer.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I have a great uncle (or is it great great) that is a non credited actor in that movie and a whole bunch of lulzy classics including Green Lantern. He had better parts in his earlier works, all silent.
          How about a nice wine and cheese?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            I am coming with you guys.

          • FLUNK101

            Baked brie? Cabernet?

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Sounds good. With or without almonds?

            • FLUNK101

              With almonds? I can see you’ve taken it to the next level … lead the way, my dear!

          • FistOfXenu

            Wine and cheese sounds good too. But we still need more beer.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Don’t worry. I got the beer covered.

            • FistOfXenu

              BTN, you’re a princess among women!

            • FistOfXenu

              Yes to real beer. We can even go for ale like that stuff they drink in Europe. I spent time in Dublin once and had Guinness there. Had some more and some more. And some more. I recommend it.
              😉

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Guinness is good stuff. I can only handle a couple though. They are intense!

            • FistOfXenu

              But it’s the most nutritious way you’ll ever get drunk.

            • Captain Howdy

              2 most overrated beers ever. They’re not even good.

              http://thebeerocrat.blogspot.com/2007/09/youngs-old-nick-barley-wine.html

        • Captain Howdy

          I’ll bring my copy of “The Panic In Needle Park”. Best, most realistic drug movie evor. They should show that in schools.

          • stillgrace

            I just checked and “The Panic In Needle Park” is available to stream on Netflix. I’m going to watch it. Up until now, “Requiem for a Dream” was the most shocking drug movie I’ve seen.

            • Captain Howdy

              “Requiem for a Dream” is OK but he got some of the technical details really wrong. Read the book, it’s much more depressing.

            • stillgrace

              Didn’t realize there was a book. Thanks. I’ll check it out.
              Hey, Joan Didion wrote the screenplay for “The Panic In Needle Park”. She’s one of my favorite authors.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Didion? Really?

          • FLUNK101
            • Captain Howdy

              No, but I’m very familiar with Lech Kowalski. I’ve seen “D.O.A” like 20 times and he did a doc.about Johnny Thunders also. Thanx Flunk, I’ll check it out.

          • Sandy

            NOOOOOOO. One of the most memorable, most scary movies EVER!!! I have never been able to get it out of my brain since I saw it …

    • jojo neal

      Oh no, dear Cap’n; don’t cast aspersions. Let me do it. With a name like Halloran this guy is worshipping Odin? Boy, the Dagda,Danu, Angus Og, Brigid and that whole lot must be really offended!
      Perhaps Halloran will find himself cursed for his impiety – when Anonymous and the Bunkerites descend upon him…

      • Sherbet

        Yeah, but Halloran got that cool cape. Even DM doesn’t have a cool cape.

        • Ze Moo

          They shouldn’t do the horned helmet thing. Real Vikings wore helmets without horns. That was just a 19th century romantic addition by British authors out to make a shilling. .

          • Sherbet

            Without horned helmets, though, there would be no Wagner spoofs.

            • Missionary Kid

              Bugs Bunny (Warner Bros.) is to blame for that one – until we got the Minnesota Vikings.

            • Ze Moo

              “kill the wabit, kill the wabit…” One of western civilizations greatest achievements. Of course I am leaving out Bugs Bunny Vs Herman Goering …

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI9Nbt7oJG0

            • Missionary Kid

              Elmer looks like he’s got the Co$ billion year stare.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              This thread is REALLY making me want my very own horned helmet!

            • FistOfXenu

              I’d love see that. If you get one you should use a picture of you in it for your avatar.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I know what I am going to start looking for a the flea markets!
              That would be totally cool.

              Edit: I would even make sure to have the Helga braids!

            • coonellie

              Okay, so I thought they had spiked bras…really. Didn’t even notice the helmet.

            • Captain Howdy
            • Sherbet

              I had a plastic one from a costume shop somewhere around here.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Plastic? I want one with real horns!

            • Sherbet

              Sorry; real horns are (probably) from some endangered species. Plastic it is. Or burlwood.

        • stillgrace

          He does when he’s in residence at Gold. (wink)

          • Sherbet

            Oh, gosh, Grace, I just burst out laughing! We all knew DM had a few secrets, but this one’s a beaut!

            • stillgrace

              I want to rent that airplane with its sign! I lose track of time imagining all the places I want that plane to do a fly-by.

            • Sherbet

              Start with Narconon. But you need a first plane that says Narconon IS Scientology.

            • stillgrace

              OMG. We think alike! The slogan I have for the NarCONon fly-bys reads:
              “BEWARE! NarCONon = $cientology!”
              Simple. To the point. Easy to read.

            • FistOfXenu

              “= $cientarCONon”

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Narconon is Scientology’s Hotel California

            • John P.

              I hope, however, that the song parallels end there. I hope we stab it with our Steely knives and we quickly kill the beast.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              John P. is BUSTED!
              Quoting Don Henley!

              Are you off your med’s?

            • Captain Howdy

              You want us to go “Manson Family” on CofS ?

            • FistOfXenu

              I kinda like that song and it fits these guys.

          • jojo neal

            That cape is taller than he is! That cape is out-ethics, y’all!

    • CraftLass

      We had a very similar drug program in one of the high schools I attended. Any shock that it was kind of famous as a school full of kids with good drugs? Rich kids + scare tactics = a delicious smorgasbord of proving teachers wrong.

      Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying this is a good thing, but it’s a natural reaction adolescents have when they KNOW they are being lied to. Trying to scare kids with exaggerations and hyperbole about drugs is about as effective as abstinence-only education is at preventing teen pregnancy. There is no better way to create young parents with drug addictions than these silly methods.

      I kind of want to deluge every NYC politician’s inbox with facts about drug education. Then maybe every politician in the country, and on to all the schools themselves… It’s exhausting to watch people make the same mistakes repeatedly. Gonna go bang my head into a wall…

      • Captain Howdy

        ^^^ what I was trying to say

        • CraftLass

          🙂

    • junojones

      I would tenatively agree with your assessment of Odinists. Not all, but most seem to have issues. Kinda like people who like to call themselves vampires (and there are some out there, entire books have been written, believe me).

      I was a bit taken aback to hear mention of animal sacrifice. Most neo-pagans eschew using blood that is not one’s own. Neo-paganism as practiced by many, if not most pagans in the US has been heavily influenced by buddhism, feminism and animal rights . I’d say very few would tolerate animal sacrifice in their circles.

      And I agree with your evaluation of the ‘scared straight’ technique. Teenagers can see right through the Reefer Madness approach and it only serves to assure them that everything that adults tell them about these things is a lie. That the material in question is also scientifically spurious and propaganda against medicinal drugs as well really should rule out it’s use in public schools.

      • Captain Howdy

        I’m from Frisco and I’ve met “vampires” long before Twilight. I’m sure most Pagans are exactly how you’ve described them. Most of the Wiccans I’ve met were the same. Thanks for the clarification and the great comment.

        • junojones

          That’s where I met my first vampires, circa 1985. 🙂 Very pre-twilight. As a regular participant in shows like ‘Pantheacon’, it’s been a bit weird to see the encroachment of popular vampire myth on pagan culture. It’s philosophy is essentially selfishness which is a contrast to the philosophy of most wicca,discordians,ceremonial types and new-age crystal gazers I have met. Sort of a Satanism Lite.

          My husband is of swedish descent and began to explore norse religion at one point. He stopped abruptly when he discovered that his friend who was encouraging him was a (well-hidden) white supremacist. I’m sure there are people simply using norse archetypes in ritual because they resonate with them, but it is disturbing that so many more are bringing such baggage into it.

          Scientology is even more heinous. It tells eager people who desire an altruistic path that it will save the world, then sucks them dry and instills them with selfishness.

          Cheers!

  • When it was to late …They all cried Out ..Is it to Late? Down the drian they all went. For ever and Ever.

  • Ze Moo

    Whyweprotest all the way. Haggis (are you scottish laddie?) spoke out continues to speak out, dealing the CO$ a nice black eye. WWP day in and day out walks the walk and helps people all over the world stomp on Lron.

    Educating local and state officials in the ways of scamatology is never a thankless task. If there is any trait that unites elected officials, it is they don’t want to look stupid or foolish. Scamatology does both very well. Just show them Lrons anti-psychiatric rants and you’ll have a friend for life.

    Smarmy brochures will fix human rights and drug problems. Just read the brochure and all will be well. Is a smarmy brochure going make Kim Jong Un let 3/4 million people out of his prison camps? Are they going to slow down the Tijuana cartel? Any politician who rewards CO$ for doing the ‘least they could do’, i.e. hand out smarmy brochures and do embarrassing presentations at a 7th grade assembly needs to have some fun made of them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh7l8dx-h8M

  • Sidney18511

    The COS is like a fog trying to drift into OUR schools and government. This is something we all can get involved in by notifying the opinion leaders who they are dealing with.
    They get these opinion leaders to appear at their “ideal orgs” opening events by doing some investigating into the targeted politician to find out what their favorite charities are and then getting somewhat involved in that charity, then they suck them into appearing at their opening events. An anon posted that it is actually the COS who write the speeches that the politicians deliver. It’s sick. It’s dangerous. And we must stay on top of it. Sonny Bono, who was a Scientologest did some dirty work for his church when he was in office. Thank goodness for the activist tree who put a stop to that. Could you just imagine living in a nation run by scientology? Gives me the shivers just thinking about it.

    • ^^^THIS^^^

    • Poison Ivy

      New York City! What are you thinking, NYC’ers? You’re supposed to be the ones who can’t be fooled! If NYC can be taken in, what hope is there for the rest of the world’s cities?

      • CraftLass

        That is always my reaction to news like this! Honestly, I’m always shocked that the CoS or any front groups manage to exist in a city that hates bullshit and loves higher education. On the other hand, it’s one of the most tolerant places in the world socially, so there are always pockets of weird religion and the like. That said, most NYers might be savvy but the people who run for office in the city are often idiotic or have their own delusions of grandeur. Others will literally take any “help” they can get from anyone, regardless of the source of such “help” just so they can be constantly in the papers as doing something for their constituents. They don’t look into who is offering, they just alert the press. It’s disgusting and I’m constantly disappointed by the people who run things. So, why am I still surprised when I read something like this post?

    • Bob

      Yes, I can imagine that. It would be a nation with no crime, no sickness, no illiteracy, no poverty and no freedom if you did not follow the party line. And all the islands owned by the US would become deportation camps where dissidents would be relocated to keep them away from the other 80% of the good, clear and programmed people. It sounds like Utopia to me! They made three movies about it. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.

      • Observer

        Bob, I think your humor is just too subtle … lol!

        • Bob

          Observer, I know but you get it. I am surprised to see a dislike. Obviously there was someone who is a fan of Body Snatchers and was insulted that I compared it to the Scientology world take over. Well, you can’t please everyone. 🙂

          • Captain Howdy

            maybe it was the OSA idiot posted to watch this site.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Hi OSA! Keep your stats up! Remember, freeloader debt is NOT legally enforceable!

            • Bob

              LOL. That would be the ultimate compliment!

            • There never seems to be more than one down-arrow, and the down-arrows are applied to posts which hardly seem particularly offensive, and sometimes the down-arrows are retracted (at present, your post doesn’t have the down-arrow any more). So it is just one person, and a person of a peculiar mental state.

            • Captain Howdy

              “and a person of a peculiar mental state.”

              That narrows it down to…EVERYBODY

              Good observation though and I agree it’s one person and they’re probably not even OSA, just bad weird.

            • Bob

              Thanks for the info. I don’t mind down arrows. I sometimes express points that are not popular. I think what makes this blog so cool is most of the commenters hold their positions but still are willing to listen to apposing views.

            • Missionary Kid

              Hey, OSA, Xenu says, “Hi.”

            • FistOfXenu

              How did you know MK? You psychic or something? I was gonna do it earlier but I got distracted. 🙂

              Anyways, Hi OSA.

            • Missionary Kid

              Being psychic is not one of my Super Powers. I just wanted to enturbulate OSA, and I thought that’d be the best way. 🙂

        • FistOfXenu

          I thought he was pretty good Observer, but I usually like Bob’s so maybe I’m not a good person to ask.

          • Observer

            It wasn’t a criticism. I was referring to the down arrow. I think he’s got a fan …

            • FistOfXenu

              Yeah, I was being snarky about whoever it is. I guess it could be OSA or some poor drongo on lower conditions but I think it might be somebody who still thinks Bob isn’t legit. He gets one of those every couple of days.

            • But the random down arrow sometimes hits Capt. Howdy, or some other regular, for no evident reason.

      • FistOfXenu

        And don’t forget the Children of the Damned, obviously about the CMO, and the Stepford movies, except that in $cientarCONon it’s not just the wives it’s everybody.

  • AnonymousSP

    WWP FTW!

  • 1subgenius

    Tony said: “(Our gut tells us Halloran had no idea, and was just gladhanding, happy to pat someone on the back for an anti-drug message.)”

    His “religious” background shows he’s a gullible fool.
    Chalking this one up to stupidity rather than bad faith.

  • Sidney18511

    Off topic but really amazing great news. Kate Bornstein site has raised over $60 THOUSAND dollars in less then 2 days. There really are caring thoughtful people among us.

    • Poison Ivy

      Keep giving – she needs $100,000!

    • aquaclara

      This is outstanding.

    • Observer

      Wog compassion > Scientology “compassion”

  • Espiando

    Hmmm, another 65-35 split happening in the vote. Of course, I made my contribution to the 65 part of that. I remember the debates on whether or not Enturbulation was necessary, that Chanology should remain more decentralized in order not to show a target for OSA action. It was not only necessary, but it survived everything everyone threw at it. Its success showed that OSA couldn’t control the flow of information on the Net, and even when presented with a nice, big, juicy target for action, that they were useless when it came to cyberwar. Any damage that WWP has suffered has been self-inflicted, not OSA-inflicted.

    Bring back the Thunderdome.

    • Poison Ivy

      Haggis did and is doing an amazingly brave thing and I’m one of those who loves CRASH, too. However if we’re talking SMERSH, CO$ needed an army of attackers to enturbulate it to the extent that it is now. This is NOT to take anything away from all the lone, courageous figures (some of whom I’ve voted for here, like Gerry Armstrong) – they paved the way. But sometimes you have to send in the cavalry and in this case, that was WWP. You can take out one or two but they just keep coming and coming…

      • Bob

        Good points. The individuals should not be pitted against the groups. There should be awards for each. There are so many individuals who had the integrity and courage to speak out. They need their own acknowledgement.

        • Trustmeonthis

          I think there ought to be an internal bracket (LRH, Miss Cabbage, OSA, Narc-cons etc); a journalism/writing bracket; an ex-scn bracket, an internet bracket and a public bracket. This is comparing doorknobs to funny hats.

          • Poison Ivy

            “Doorknobs to funny hats” indeed! Ever played “Apples to Apples”? This reminds me of that!

            • Sherbet

              I have the distinct feeling Tony is NEVER going to attempt a March SMERSH matchup again. Some of us are giving him agita.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              It’s Tony Ortega…He is no pied piper of pussies!
              He can handle it.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              pied piper of pussies

              I think I saw that movie once…..maybe twice. 😉

            • Missionary Kid

              Wasn’t that a sequel to the Woody Allen Movie, “What’s New Pussycat?”

            • BuryTheNuts2

              No, but maybe Fritz the Cat!

            • Missionary Kid

              That’s about right. Fritz has more style and panache than silly Garfield or as twisted as Bucky the cat in Get Fuzzy, who must be a $cientologist.

            • Trustmeonthis

              What I’ve enjoyed most about it is learning little bits and pieces of info that I’d somehow missed. Everyone’s links and opinions have been really intriguing.
              My personal opinion is that Katie should be the SP of the year for 2012 and that 2013 is still wide open. No matter how the voting goes, it’s enturbulating fun.

          • FistOfXenu

            Yeah, can you imagine if the Oscars put actors and actresses and directors and screen writers and score composers all in 1 contest like this?

            • Trustmeonthis

              Exactly. And, imagine the matchups if it was done that way: now, you have to choose between OSA or Regges!
              Good times!

            • Trustmeonthis

              My brackets, let me show you them (none of these are ranked):

              Internal:

              LRH
              Miss Cabbage
              Tom Cruise
              Travolta
              Kirstie
              OSA
              Regges
              Stupor Powers Building
              Sea Org/RPF
              Narconon
              Fleawinds
              Freedom Magazine, Celebrity Magazine, Advance Magazine et al
              Crowley
              Farrakhan
              Chill EB

              Internet:

              WWP
              OCMB
              Ex-Sci Kids
              Tony’s Kids 😉
              a.r.s
              gossip blogs
              Wise Beard Man
              Tory

              Exes:

              Katie
              Paul Haggis
              Gerry Armstrong
              David Edgar Love
              Jason Beghe
              Marty
              Mike
              Debbie Cook
              Karen DLC
              Nancy Many
              LisaMarie
              Headleys
              Garcias (or should Legal be its own category?)

              Journalists/authors/media/film:

              Tony
              Lawrence W
              Jenna
              John Sweeney
              Paulette
              Jon Atack
              Vance W
              Steve Canane
              Anderson Cooper
              Paul Thomas A
              SP Times/Tobin & Childs
              Jamie DeWolf
              Tabloid/celebrity gossip press

              So this gives us four categories if we don’t make a separate one for Legal – and I think we need to have an even number, yes? I don’t know much about sports except that it is a thing. And there should probably be the same number of contestants in all categories. But this is how I think it might work. Then, once the brackets started mixing: EPIC BATTEL!!!

            • Captain Howdy

              Hey where’s Chanology YouTube on “Internet”. Where do you think this all started as far as Anon goes ? Myself and a few dozen other regulars have been disseminating info to the uninitiated millions and battling the scilons 24/7/365, going on 5 years now.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Oh, please add to it! This was just pulled out of my ass while drinking beer on a Friday afternoon.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Also, just so you know, I’ve been onto those assholes since the ’90s. I never joined Anon because /b/ decided to come over and take a dump on my doorstep and I really didn’t appreciate it, lolcats notwithstanding. I respect Anon but trolling trolls can stuff it.

            • Captain Howdy

              Thanks and i’ve been on to these assholes since the 70’s and my stupid sister has been in 30 + years and last i heard was DSA OSA NYC.

              And yeah, sometimes the kids went to far.

            • Trustmeonthis

              I’m truly sorry about your sister. I hope she will wake up.
              And just so you know, I’ve finally gotten over myself, and have hooked up with my local anons. Took me a while, though. I did nothing to ask to be attacked, except have a website.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Hey, tried to respond earlier so if this is a duplicate, oops.
              I am so terribly sorry about your sister. I hope she will wake up.
              And also, I got over myself and connected with my local anons, just recently.

          • Trustmeonthis

            It would also be funny to do a bracketed poll of “popular scilon phrases” – is “joking and degrading” inherently funnier than “pinks and greys?” What’s funnier, “cans” or “$75 doorknobs?”
            Etc.

            • Missionary Kid

              I’ve been compiling a list of nicknames, particularly of DM.
              All this is fun, and I realize that it’s good to have fun, but let me know if I’m going too far off topic.

          • Bob

            Yes, that is common in so many artistic fields. Music, movies, art, dance. Perhaps in the future Tony may do more of a breakdown.

    • Make that “Bring back the Thunderdome with Tom Selleck and Mudkipz!”

      • so I herd u liek mudkips?

        • Trustmeonthis

          Who doesn’t liek mudkips?!

          • FistOfXenu

            Pretty tasty fried in garlic butter. 😉

            • BuryTheNuts2

              just like clams 😉

            • FistOfXenu

              Yup. In fact you can combine them in 1 dish and serve them on a bed of rice with peppers.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Perfect!

  • sugarplumfairy

    “Under the guidance of Director Meghan Fialkoff, the Youth for Human Rights New York chapter hosted six human rights events for students at Marie Curie Middle School 158 in Bayside and Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74…”

    I wonder what Nathaniel Hawthorne and Madame Curie would think of lrh and scientology..

    • sizzle8

      Hawthorne would probably give him an ‘A’ and M.Curie would write glowing success stories.

      • Sherbet

        Oh, groan….(but funny!)

        • Captain Howdy

          Ha, Ha ..I didn’t even get it the first time I read it.

          • Sherbet

            Stick with me, kiddo, and I’ll open your eyes.

            • Missionary Kid

              Ya do, all the time, thanks.

  • dwayners13

    It never ceases to amaze me how the church likes to have it both ways. During their Ideal Org ‘reopenings’, various IAS events & LRH’s birthday celebrations, Miscavige stands up in front of 100’s of members & boosts about the wonderful things the church is during through it’s outreach programs (front groups). He speaks about the miracle that is Narconon, the profound insights found in ‘The Way to Happiness’ & their battle against human rights abuses, (not those committed by the Sea Org., the RPF, Sec. Checks etc., rather the ones committed by psychiatry) that, ‘United for Human Rights’ takes on. Miscavige cites some outrageous stats, such as the success rates of Narconon or the number of people touched by “The Way to Happiness” & clearly takes ownership of these outreach groups/front groups. However, when delivering programs like Narconon & the school outreach groups like ‘The Truth About Drugs’, they try to hide & often deny/minimize any connection to scientology. This is especially true when the ‘shit hits the fan’, such as the Narconon deaths. It’s as though the church is somewhat schizophrenic in this respect and many others. I guess when your organization is run by a schizoprenic, paranoid/delusional, sociopath/psychopath with short-man syndrome, your organization is going to reflect those characteristics. Perhaps this is one of the reasons they despise psychiatry (among others), they can see the church (& it’s leadership) for what it really is.

    • FistOfXenu

      “It never ceases to amaze me how the church likes to have it both ways”
      For a minute there I thought you were gonna say that when somebody challenges them for being abusers and criminals and all around bastards they claim protection because they’re a religion but when it comes to suckering our schoolkids into their cult in classes (where religions aren’t allowed to recruit) all of a sudden they’re not a religion.

      But yours is just as true.

      • dwayners13

        You’ve got a good point. They tend to be a religion when it’s profitable & a good defence, yet when being a religion isn’t beneficial, they use whichever ‘shore story’ suits the occasion.

        • FistOfXenu

          It would do a lot for SMERSH in all kinds of ways if we could just get the government to stop putzing around and say once and for all that they’re not a religion. Then bang goes the tax breaks and all the other stuff. And keeping them out of schools and therapy can be done without them being a religion just because what they do is worthless fraud.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Wow!! In only a few days, Auntie Kate’s fund is already over $61,000!! Take that, co$!!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Isn’t this a beautiful thing to watch unfold?
      It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

      • FistOfXenu

        Yup. Compare it to what would’ve happened to her if she had to depend on $cientarCONon to giver her money for her treatment.

  • Oyster Bay

    Anyone who participates in animal sacrifices to Norse Gods really doesn’t have much room for complaining when it comes to Scientology.

    • dagobarbz

      Not really. The Norse only sacrificed animals, not constituents.

      • Oyster Bay

        I was going more for their ability to think rationally, something people who sacrifice animals to Norse Gods in the 21st Century obviously lack.

  • SP ‘Onage

    “Last week, we e-mailed Bernard Fialkoff at his Bayside dental office to ask if he ever reveals to city schools he visits that his chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World actually works out of the Church of Scientology building near Times Square, or that the literature he disseminates is published by the church. We also called his office yesterday and left a detailed message. We have received no reply.”

    What are the Fail-koff’s hiding? If they were on the up and up, they would have returned Tony ‘s call or e-mailed him.

    Scientology is just “one whack-a-mole” after another.

  • Jefferson Hawkins

    The genesis of all of these Scientology “community outreach” programs is a lecture Hubbard gave as part of the State of Man Congress in Washington DC on 3 January 1960, titled “Zones of Control and Responsibility Of Governments.” He talks about the “Citizens’ Purity League gag.”

    “Now, this is just one of the things I had to cover; it’s not the whole of this immediate lecture at all. But I just had to tell you about the purity league gag! This is too good to keep. I—you’re very hard to withhold things from. Now, I’m out—not outlining this as something we’re going to do instantly and immediately. I’m simply outlining this as something which is a good idea. That is to say, a funny idea, an idea that would be a little sport.

    “It would work like this: An auditor in his spare time would find out in his immediate city, something like that, who were the more important political figures….All right. Now supposing—supposing this auditor got ahold of one of
    these salesmen and he gave them a list of these men, and he gave him some stationery, you know, and an address. And across the top of it, it said the Citizens’ Purity League. I just love the title. It’s just too corny for words, see? And he gets the salesman to go around and call on all these prominent civic leaders, you see, and lend their name to an advisory board of the Citizens’ Purity League. And then you add all those to the stationery, see? It isn’t costing anything so far, you see? What an overt act, you know? And the literature of this Citizens’ Purity League—I love that title. It— just—nothing is that corny! And it says that honest people are entitled to an honest government. And that’s all it stands for, you see? And it says that a people are entitled to a government or to being governed by honest men. And everybody will go for this! Good roads, good weather, naturally! Naturally, a people are entitled to an honest government, you see? But that’s its whole message.”

    After describing the “Citizens” Purity League,” Hubbard spills the beans:

    “But here’s the point…What you’re trying to do is get preclears. Interesting gag, isn’t it?”

    And this is where these activities came from. The old Guardian’s Office jumped on it, and these are all being continued under the Office of Special Affairs, complete with their “too corny for words” names.

    The hypocrisy is evident in how they communicate about these activities. To local governments and press, they are separate from the Church of Scientology and have “nothing to do with Scientology.” They try to hide or obscure any connection. To Scientologists, they ARE a part of the Church’s activities, and Scientologists are urged to donate more and more money to support these things. At Scientology events, they brag about these activities as “Scientology dissemination,” “getting LRH’s works out broadly” and so on. And they freely add any of these groups, and any people they contact, into their delusional “Scientology groups” and “people applying Scientology” figures.

    There are only two reasons they have such groups. One is PR. Every time they are exposed by yet another whistleblower, they can point to these activities as “overwhelming” evidence that Scientology is “benefiting the community” and “expanding” and so on. Secondly, as Hubbard directed, to “get preclears.” And believe me, each of these outreach activities is under pressure to “select” people to the local Church.

    To the world, these activities are exactly what Hubbard described them to be – a “corny gag.” Their actual accomplishments or impact are negligible.

    • 0tessa

      One is PR, the other is getting preclears, and the third and foremost is: getting more and more control in society structures and decision points. In the end it’s about controlling the field. Their ultimate goal is to take over the administration. No mistake about it.

      • Captain Howdy

        “Once the world is Clear – a nation, a state, a city or a village – the Scientology-organization in the area becomes its government! And once this has taken place the only policy accepted as valid is Scientology policy.” – L Ron Hubbard

        • Missionary Kid

          Sieg Heil!

          • Ze Moo

            Sieg Ron!!!

            • Captain Howdy

              Heil Hubbard !

            • Missionary Kid

              Thanks. Much better. It’s appropriate for der Dwarfenfuhrer.

            • Missionary Kid

              Should it be Sieg, or Hiel? In any event, it’s perfect for der Dwarfenfuehrer

            • 0tessa

              ‘Sieg Heil’ and ‘Heil Hitler’.

      • Ze Moo

        While getting ‘more control in society structures and decision points’ may be the goal, once any scientology involvement is documented, the ‘decision point or society structure’ quickly bug out and there is no net gain in pr or influence. Publicity like this is quick to fade and doesn’t do anything in the end but give someone some ‘upstats’ for Thursday at 2pm.

        The ‘decision point’ (usually an elected official, police supervisor, appointed civil servant) gets caught in helping with and abetting the CO$ agenda, the resulting ‘kerfuffle’ leaves a lasting impression on all involved. The lasting impression is ‘don’t help scientology at all, any time any where’.

        • 0tessa

          Well, the fact that they got tax exemption showes more or less some influence in high places, I’m afraid. Also, influence (and power) is mostly invisible. Scientology is a political religious movement, that’s why the Sea Org is structured like an army. Sea Org members are in fact soldiers. Like the Tempeliers in earlier days.

    • Observer

      I know there is a lot to be outraged about in that post, but for the life of me I can’t get past LRH repeatedly chortling about how corny the “Citizens Purity League” name was. If you want the corny, all you have to do is read the ludicrous wedding vows he wrote. “Girls need clothes and food and tender happiness and frills, a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat” forsooth!

      • FistOfXenu

        Yeah, what a guy, huh? Straight out of the “pregnant in the summer barefoot in the winter” school of marriage.

        • Observer

          I’m horribly allergic to cats. If my husband gave me one I’m pretty sure that would mean he wanted a divorce. lol

          • FistOfXenu

            Wow that would be pretty harsh divorce papers.

    • DeElizabethan

      Exactly!. I remember reading that corny gag, which I thought odd but that’s what he must want them to do. He encouraged it for just what Jeff stated.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    The recent exposes of Narconon’s business model of how to infiltrate, groom and covertly sneak into what Hubbard called “safe points”, using contacts and networking for names of new customers for scientology, either as cash crops or slave crops has been educational. Narconon used scientologists to create spidery websites for referrals to complete the ruse.

    It is not new news that scientology has set up special lines into the dentist and chiropractor fields. In search how valuable an asset Dr. Fialkoff is to scientology, I found he has a dentists’ study club that includes Licensing and Credential requirements updated by doing the dental related courses. There is also a checksheet for getting their success stories (and their names and contact info of course). http://baysidedentist.com/our-office/fialkoff-dental-study-club/

    Next, his drug education program has a script which either Fialkoff himself, but more often other scientologists do a presentation. If not scientologists, he has a checklist and evidently a script for his dentist study club members to use, and it includes getting a success story and getting it credit to Dr Fialkoff’s study club! What is frightening if you look at all the places they’ve been it includes Police Departments, particularly their youth programs, Child and Family Welfare assoc, New York City Education Departments, community centers. http://baysidedentist.com/our-office/community-drug-education-program/

    What ticks me off is all the taxpayers coin coming from such non profits as Ad Council who has a dental campaign which has given money to Dr Fialkoffs drug education program, just for one, and Met Life Financial for another. This is in addition to the fact of the large sum of tax write offs involved, a double/triple loss.
    http://www.ada.org/news/6459.aspx

    http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2012/11/healthy-mouths-healthy-lives-presented-at-an-oral-healthcare-event.html

    Then there is the matter of websites and referrals. Tom Jacoby is a scientologist who states he is a member of WISE, scientology business. Dr. Fialkoff’s success story:
    “Tom Jacoby of NumberOneOnTheList.com told me he could improve my internet search engine results which would then bring me more patients. I was skeptical, but was relaxed by Tom’s informative and friendly manner in explaining what his services and products would do for me. To my delight, I have gotten more patients from his internet link building search engine optimization! I continue to benefit each week and have paid Tom to continue to help me. I also have referred him fellow colleagues with no reservation.”

    http://seoandsemblog.com/success/
    http://www.naymz.com/tomjacoby2675397

    [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/2v2h2zo.jpg[/IMG]

  • Chocolate Velvet

    oh yes! Kate Bornstein has raised 66,500 of the $100,000 she needs for treatment! It’s been just a little more than 24 hours. How fucking cool is that? Our fucked up health care system will bankrupt you for having cancer. I am SOOO glad that Kate has the support of friends and fans who love her.

    Don’t forget to donate: http://www.gofundme.com/2cxb6w

  • jensting

    Excellent expose of officialdom’s gullibility and inability to read and understand the most basic information available to everyone, even elected officials – pagan or not.
    This time, in an ong-going campaign to get the cat photos back, I’m going to have to go with WWP

  • Semper Phi

    I’m coming late to the party, with 230 comments already made, so someone else may have already said this, but it’s important to realize that Meghan Fialkoff is (or was a year ago, anyway) a *staff member* in the public outreach division of the NY Day org. This is *not* just a volunteer, grass roots outreach effort. It’s a “church” initiative.

  • I checked out the link for drugfreeworld dot org, wondering if it displayed the same sort of sneakiness Tony spoke of with Ms. Fialkoff. Turns out that group is not run by the Fialkoffs but Gail Carroll and Aris Gregorian, both in the upper OT levels, about the same as Bernard Fialkoff, according to Truth about Scientology. New names same old runaround (think Narconon ABLE WISE)

  • Paul Haggis to me represented the type of Scientologist, back when he was hanging in there playing the role, that I was genuinely most respectful of. I kind of hated to see soap stars on the cover of the Celebrity Mag, and seeing mention of Paul Haggis, that to me, meant ‘we” in Scientology might just be reaching into some people’s lives that I respected.

    (I’m still eternally also thankful to Jason Beghe and Larry Anderson, and Micheal Fairman, for going public about Scientology.)

    I didn’t like the glitzy showy celebs in general, I liked the more cerebral and savvy socially conscious Scientologists, and Paul was the most brainy Scientologist who was left when I was still in Scientology.

    William Burroughs, might have been actually the highest celeb that Scientology snagged, that I respected, and he shagged out of Scientology pretty quick. Burroughs’ criticism of Hubbard didn’t dent Hubbard. Hubbard should have been swayed and done a bit of change, but its Hubbard’s fault, Hubbard didn’t listen to Burroughs’ criticism.

    Hubbard just wanted the celeb class of Scientologists to be beholding and serving of the Scientology thing that Hubbard believed is what is most long range crucial to humankind’s and earth’s long range and the rest of the galaxy and universe’s positive better future.

    It just doesn’t fit, for a smart successful celebrity to be too beholding to any religion, no matter how long range that supposed religion is in terms of the moral fruits that ultimately supposedly will be born in the long range future for all concerned kowtowing to the religion’s principles and practices! Hubbard’s pot of theta gold at the end of the Hubbard rainbow, just isn’t there (I think of the Epilogue in Lawrence Wright’s book the final paragraphs in particular, Hubbard finally admitting he failed, something outsiders always knew, but Hubbard so steeped in Hubbard’s own fantasy about his created Scientology religion, Hubbard for all his crazy beliefs in his work, he admitted failure, a huge admission and a huge point to remember Hubbard admitted)..

    I’m so glad Paul Haggis found his roots in life, and has moved on doing what he thinks is best for life around him.

    I’ve helped anonymous and Why We Protest people who’ve asked for my advice these last 4-5 years, and think they represent all future young people in the world, for whom Scientology has lost any attraction for.

    Miscavige and Hubbard are laughable role models for today’s young people out there in society.

    Why We Protest and the many many anonymous people of the 2008 flash raid phase of anonymous, were brilliant, as any young generation in human history will be brilliant.

    Thanks for all you do Tony.

    I voted for Why We Protest, they are the inheritors, and what they believe, will shape the future. But I have huge respect for Paul Haggis and the other celebs, Jason Beghe, Anderson and I love Fairman’s acting and character, all really incredible human beings.

  • FistOfXenu

    I’m still trying to get past that thing up there
    “SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP BROCHURES”

    And here I was thinking they wanted to help humans.

    • DeElizabethan

      Much laughter! Caught me too.

  • 10oriocookies

    These two bubbleheads are featured in Impact Magazine this month. They are “leading the way to creating a safer, drug-free New York.” BARF!!!!

    • Captain Howdy

      From my internet wanderings today, dad and daughter seem inseparable. Where’s mom ?

      • Sherbet

        Sniffing nitrous oxide and trying to forget she has two d-bags in the family.

        • Captain Howdy

          Maybe she needs to stop sniffing N.O and watch “Wicked (1998)’ and maybe she’ll have a cognition.

          • Sherbet

            I had never heard of that movie. Sounds like a real laugh-fest.

  • Me thinks, when hearing about the latest COS attempt to metastasize itself into society, that the dragon indeed has many heads, Where is St George the dragon slayer when we need him? Perhaps these days St Michael the Archangel would be a good substitute to pray to to be freed from this evil, apart from our shining more light on it.

  • SS

    Meghan’s brains may be scrambled, but her butt looks pretty OT in that one picture.

  • coonellie

    Hi all, coming up for air, trying to catch up. Sorry that this is slightly off -topic (it’s not on the current topic, but relevant to COS), and sorry again if this has been posted, but I just slide on over to Wikipedia to check the days events and saw this:
    Couldn’t believe my eyeballs!

  • DeElizabethan

    Great expose’ and right around the corner in your own neighborhood (city), wow.
    Again and on a personal basis I vote for WWP only because I am aware of how much they have done and are doing. Paul Haggis did a lot to educate the public and he’s a great guy. Good lookin’ too.

  • California

    Please, everyone in NYC, go to the California Department of Education web-site, punch in Narconon, and download the excellent evaluation which found Narconon Drug Education to be non-scientific and not recommended for California public and charter schools.

    Call and talk with the education officials, schools, ALL the council members, etc., and send the url of the above to them.

    SCN/A.B.L.E./Narconon are all trying hard to access school kids across the country right now. If this is Bob Adams P.R. attempt, it is failing. Or maybe he is deliberately sabotaging……..

  • dagobarbz

    The fearmongering alarmist anti-drug message has already been attempted. ‘Reefer Madness’ spawned a whole generation of kids who saw through the lies and hyperbole, going on to figure that other drugs aren’t as bad as depicted either. Unfortunately, that isn’t necessarily true, so you should take care how and where you cry wolf, as eventually nobody will listen.

  • EnthralledObserver

    Anons get it this time… spreading the word via youtube.

  • Eivol Ekdal

    “building a good working relationship with the locals that can be exploited later”

    from the “Times Ledger”…http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2013/8/humanrights_bt_2013_02_22_q.html
    “Last year, the Urban Justice Center released a human rights report, marking the Queens Council delegation with a lackluster C-plus. The Manhattan-based nonprofit concluded that of the 14 Council members in the borough, only two deserved grades of B-plus or better.
    The report, compiled through the center’s Human Rights Project, compiled its list by grading Council members on legislative trends, votes and sponsorship of various bills.
    The report named Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) with the only A-minus grade and at the top of the borough’s list, and graded Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) with the worst grade of C-minus.”

    So basically they are scoring the Wogs in a friendly way and when they gain enough respect/attention they will ‘Flunk’ all and substitute their own.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      So why does Jimmy Vab Bramer get a gold star?
      if it because…
      “Van Bramer is one of four openly LGBT member of the New York City Council”
      or…
      “In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall’s “40 under 40″ for being a young influential member of New York City politics.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Van_Bramer)
      or BOTH?

      I bet they are already gathering a file on his possible overt and withholds.

  • Andrew Porter

    I found brochures from a Scientology front group at Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, about various aspects of health care. For some reason, there was nothing in them about how psychiatry could be helpful.