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Jon Atack: The games L. Ron Hubbard played

Jon_AtackJon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.

Jon, we’re tickled that your column this time was prompted by a response one of our readers made to a previous piece. We really do have a great commenting community here. So please take us on another exploration of Scientology lore…

JON: Some months ago, an astute reader pointed to some of Hubbard’s comments about games. I copied the note, but not the reader’s name, so I apologize for that, because credit is due for pointing out one of the most important Hubbard admissions, in the welter of chatter, contradiction, and misdirection that constitutes the work of Our Founder. I had to hunt out the specific lecture, which deals with the “caste system of games.” It is Philadelphia Doctorate Course lecture 39. The astute reader had this to say: “It contains some priceless insight into how Ron viewed other people, structured his organizations, and generally ran Scientology.” And he (or she) was so right.

On a historical note, Hubbard assigned all of his rights in Dianetics, including the book Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health, to Don Purcell, the Kansas oilman who had bailed out the original foundation, after Hubbard had spent all the money. Hubbard and Purcell believed that Dianetics would be lost in bankruptcy. Neither had predicted that the rights would be offered by the court, and Purcell was there to buy them, for a few hundred dollars. Hubbard had his new “business manager,” one James Elliot, steal the Kansas Foundation’s mailing lists, and poured forth a stream of over 30 letters, whining about his fortunes and pleading for people to leave Dianetics and join his new venture. He was not very successful.

Because Dianetics was gone, Hubbard had to think of something new. That something was Scientology, which came into being at the start of 1952. The famed Philadelphia Doctorate Course lectures were delivered at the end of the year. Dianetics had swept the US as a craze, with 150,000 sales of the book, before the publisher withdrew it as fraudulent. By the time of the PDC, only 38 people could be persuaded to part with their money.

Scientology was not drawn from whole cloth, but much of it has a single and sinister source. Hubbard had distanced himself from reincarnation in Science of Survival, suggesting that others had introduced the topic (just as he would pretend that he didn’t register the first “Church” of Scientology, which he did, in Camden, New Jersey, in December 1953). Hubbard had been an avid fan of Sex Magickian, Aleister Crowley, for some time, and he drew heavily on Crowley’s ideas, for Scientology. He makes direct reference to his “very good friend” Crowley in the PDC lectures, although they never met and when Crowley heard of Hubbard and Parsons’ attempts to conjure the diabolic Scarlet Woman in an OTO ritual, he wrote about the “idiocy of these louts” (and it is “louts” not “goats” as some authors have reported).

Early on, and heavily influenced by a diet of booze, barbiturates and speed, Hubbard simply grabbed at Crowley’s ideas and wove them into a new “science” to replace the lost Dianetics. Unlike other scientists, he did not bother with any experimental trials. Ultimately, Purcell returned those rights to Dianetics — stimulating Dianetics 55! — but in the meanwhile, Hubbard needed inspiration and Crowley provided it.

Hubbard was never much of a scholar, so most of the ideas can be found in a single volume — Magick in Theory and Practice — which Hubbard, ever deceptive, calls The Master Therion, in a PDC lecture. This was actually Crowley’s “magical name,” not the title of any book (for the curious, the lectures which mention Crowley are numbered 18, 35 and 40). I have documented the plagiarisms long since in Possible Origins for Dianetics and Scientology. Some other time, I will perhaps talk more about the influence of Crowley’s Book of Thoth and the importance of the Fool and the Empress in the tarot deck, which is analysed in that book — or indeed the use of the crossed out Christian cross on the back of those cards, which was adopted by Hubbard for his Scientology (along with the lisped word “satan” to describe the human spirit). But I digress.

In those early days, before his ducks were in a row, Hubbard often explained principles that he would soon hide. He told us that for anything to persist, it must contain a lie, and Scientology contains some real whoppers — for instance the idea that it is for our benefit, rather than solely for Hubbard’s. The same openness was true for his early statements about hypnosis, examined ad nauseum in my most important paper, Never Believe a Hypnotist.

At the beginning of Scientology, Hubbard let slip some highly significant ideas, which are the true foundation of this pretend science (oddly, the word Scientology was first coined to mean “pretend science”). Marty Rathbun has recently cognited (forgive me) that Hubbard intended to elevate himself to godhood. In this PDC lecture he explained how he would achieve this end.

Here is a tad more of PDC 39 than our astute reader shared, though he found the most relevant passages, a little later: “The aberration above time is ‘there must be a game’ … So, you have the Un-maker of Games quite as important as the Maker of Games. Now, we get ‘the rules of the game are as follows: limitations on self and others, obedience to rules, unconsciousness of rules and reality’ — we pretend the rules are real. ‘ARC [affinity] with others to play. Pain as a penalty which will be obeyed … ‘” In this game, suffering is just the penalty, exactly as Mary Baker Eddy had taught — pain is an illusion. It only hurts because we believe it hurts. Though when Hubbard fell off his motorbike, 20 years after dismissing pain, he most certainly screamed and demanded painkillers. He continues, “Agreement to rules and penalties is necessary to continue a game…”

Here Hubbard has put forward his basic notion that life is a game and that we “satans” are playing that game. Similar ideas can be found in mythology. Indeed, that great expositor of mythology, Joseph Campbell, had much the same to say, though he didn’t exploit people with the idea. The truth is that like anyone else, Hubbard didn’t think it was much of a game when he hit his thumb with a hammer, but, high on uppers and downers, and speaking to his devotees, he was above the world. In private, he was devoured by envy and rage, as many of his personal slaves would discover over the remaining thirty years of his life, but in public he was as cool as a cucumber: the Clear has to pretend that he’s OK pour encourager les autres, as the “Open Letter to Clears” explains, and Hubbard kept his violent emotions off the stage, where life did indeed become a game.

He goes on, in PDC 39, to talk about the “Peculiarity or liability of a maker of games, people attempting to play the game of Maker of Games. It is a game itself … There is a game called freedom, which is what you’re playing right at this minute.” Bear in mind that your freedom is only a game. “And games contain trickery and misdirection to win – your 180 degree vector of Have and Agree.”

Here Hubbard has explained the Game of Scientology. He is the Maker of the Game and it certainly does include “trickery and misdirection”… For instance, it only takes a moment’s thought to realize that believing everything that someone else says and doing everything that they direct is not “self-determinism,” but, in this case the “180 degree vector” of Ron-determinism, yet I spent nine years in that condition — Ron-determinism — without understanding the painfully obvious reality. Eventually, I decided to Not Have Scientology and to Disagree, and thereby became far more self-determined. And far less anxious.

“The prize of winning is making a new game … or permitting a new game to be made or making it possible for a new game to be played. Those are all the prizes and that’s [sic] all the prizes there are.’

He then turns to the “necessity to have a new game coded before one ends the old game.” Adding, “Otherwise, everyone becomes a maker of games with no game.” As is often the case, we are led along a tortuous path. Hubbard is evidently reading from a list of notes, without really fleshing out his ideas, so we have to concentrate to extract the meaning, but meaning, for once, is there to be extracted. This isn’t the usual ramble of anecdotes that makes up so many Hubbard lectures. He has a point to make, and we are almost there.

“Now, the value of pieces. Ownership of pieces may be also the ownership of players. And the difference between players and pieces, and the difficulty of players becoming pieces … so, you’ve got to hide the rules from the pieces…” Oh, yes!

Now we come to the meat of our astute reader’s comments. First to recap: there is a Maker of Games — Hubbard — who makes the rules, but knows that they are bogus, and does not follow them. So, for instance, when Hubbard was sick, it was not because he was PTS. When bad things happened to him, it was not because he had committed overts. When he criticized psychiatrists, it was not because they had missed his withholds, nor were his “broad generalities” about them because he was Suppressive. The rules do not apply to the rule maker.

Below the Game Maker are the Players, who follow the rules, and, finally, there are Pieces (elsewhere he added broken pieces, but lets keep it simple, for today): “Now the caste system of games consists of this: The Maker of Games, he has no rules.” Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on that thought, again: “He has no rules.” And then, “he runs by no rules. The player of the games: rules known but he obeys them.” Now that is thee and me, if we were lucky, we followed the rules. We were obedient. “And the assistant players merely obey the players.”

At the bottom of this caste system we find: “And the pieces obey rules as dictated by players, but they don’t know the rules.” They get their stats up for 2pm on Thursday, as instructed, so that the cash keeps pouring into the Maker of Games’ back pocket. Occasionally, on a Sunday, they’ll be given a baked potato instead of their daily rice and beans, for pouring another fifty grand into the Maker of Games’ back pocket.

We are nearly at the end of this cogent explanation of Scientology, so take heart: “Now, how to make a piece … First, deny there is a game. Second, hide the rules from them” — and the bank accounts — “Third, give them all penalties and no wins” Apart from the baked potato, that is, and the knowledge that Ron is happy with his birthday stats. “Four, remove all goals. All goals. Enforce them – their playing.” This is the RPF. “Inhibit their enjoying” And this is “pain and sex.” Let’s face it, at the end of a Sea Org week, all you have to look forward to is washing your socks.

“Make them look like, but forbid their being like players.” Put them in uniforms, with badges and medals, perhaps. He then says, “[make them] look like God but, you can’t be God.” This is the state of OT, whereby not a single miracle has been demonstrated in sixty years. Unless you count changing traffic lights and moving clouds, by people incapable of moving a bit of tinfoil a single millimeter by willpower alone.

We end our diatribe (I think that’s the word) with this, “To make a piece continue to be piece, permit it to associate only with pieces and deny the existence of players … It can’t be a game. ‘Don’t play with me. I mustn’t be played with. Life is serious. This isn’t a game. We’re playing for keeps. I’ll never get out of this…'” We must clear the planet, and wipe that smug grin off Mrs Pattycake’s face, remember? We’re in it for the duration. “In other words, the postulates which they’ve made to convince themselves that these are the rules and the only rules that can be played.” He ends the lecture, a couple of paragraphs later by saying that this is “the backbone of what we are doing.” Convincing people to follow the rules, without deviation, without discussion, or they’ll come to understand the rules and the flimsy nature of those rules. So, it was that Hubbard the Maker of Games was the only one allowed to make rules, or discover Tech. We’d never be capable of discovering any fundamental law, no matter how OT we became.

There were perhaps a few players: Mary Sue Hubbard at times accused her husband of being a charlatan, because she couldn’t go “exterior,” despite hundreds of hours of trying. Otherwise, the players were simply told the rules – the directors of the Guardian’s Office and those close to Hubbard knew that the rules were fairly nasty, as the wag who wrote the brilliant deconstruction of Scientology, The Story of a Squirrel Part Two, said (and I’m not really quoting, because I’ve misplaced my copy): People confuse tech and ethics. Tech is to make money and ethics is to deal with anyone who finds out about this or me.

But then, the Governing Policy of Scientology, according to Hubbard is “Make money, make more money, make others produce so as to make even more money.” You can see why the IRS thinks it’s a religion! And you can see why Hubbard made life in the Sea Org so hard for his pieces. As he said, “We build a world from broken pieces.” Yes, Ron, but first you had to break them.

 
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Behind the scenes at ‘The War Is Over’

Camilla Andersson gives her eyewitness account of what it was like to be around David Miscavige at a legendary 1993 event…

 

 
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Scientology’s casting in New York!

Rod Keller spotted this gem and posted it to Facebook yesterday. It was an ad put up by Scientology casting director Valerie Light.

Here are the wonderful descriptions for talent Valerie’s looking for…

[GIRL IN SUBWAY]

Female/Featured/All Ethnicities/18-25: Beautiful, “Ascendance-type girl”, “Anthropologie-model look” walking down the streets of New York and going on the subway… Wardrobe: casual
Rate: $300 for shoot; additional $200 if used in edit

[HIPSTER]

Male/Featured/All Ethnicities/20-25: Hipster/grunge guy living his life in style he is creating — we see him walking down the streets of New York and spending time in library… Wardrobe: casual
Rate $300 for shoot; additional $200 if used in edit

Isn’t that great? And the shoot is tomorrow! Bunker folks in New York, please help us spot this shoot and get a photo of it. It’s got to be epic!

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 21, 2014 at 07:00

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  • Karen de la Carriere

    Note the language of David Miscavige.

    “The War is over” He called it a *WAR*.

    He did not say, “We settled with the IRS and negotiated a good
    outcome”

    No, Miscavige says “The WAR is Over !”

    It made me reminisce about inside the Sea Org. Parading around in fake
    Navy Uniforms. “Firing on Mission “with daggers and German Military swagger
    sticks.

    The language is MILITARY. A Religious Military
    !

    With children put out of the picture either by enforced abortions or
    distant locations and no family time, it is all the selling, pitching and taking
    of market share, military style.

    Oh how we got carried away and swallowed it all.

    In the Sea Org, you don’t do a “to do” list You write a BATTLE plan.

    Donations are not for good works, they are for a WAR CHEST.

    One of the primary principles in War is the principle of FORCE.

    “God is on the side of the big battalions”. The big army overwhelms the
    smaller foe.

    Nowhere in my life have I seen more *FORCE* used than in the Sea Org.

    It is one lonely person against the entire 5000 Sea Org who overpower the
    member in trouble who is locked up as in a Prisoner-of-War, often in isolation
    and all rights are taken away.

    Psycholigical Operations or PsyOps are used within as a matter of
    routine. It is threat and intimidation and punishment via use of hierarchy
    structured like the military.

    All the while the Cult craves recognition as a RELIGION.

    Hobnobbing at Religious conferences, pretending religiosity and not
    confessing that their “Commanding officer” lieutenant commander Joe Schmo in
    his lanyards and fake insignia and navy cap had screamed 1/2 hour earlier to
    “get the product”.

    This video takes you behind the scenes of The War is over”

    • Karen de la Carriere

      Camilla in Navy (Sea Org) Uniform

      • Baby

        Pretty Camilla.. You were just a baby!

        • Baby

          and you are even prettier today!

      • She looks very Upstat, a marvelous group, The Sea Organization.

        -Ron

      • Anonymous Confused Person

        Wow. The extent to which Scientology seeks to appropriate, in a wholesale manner, the honor and respect earned by the U.S. Navy through its 239 years of service is pretty irksome. Even moreso so when I see someone in the Sea Org wearing a Chief’s rocker. I don’t blame Camilla — she probably didn’t have any idea — but LRH and DM: you are despicable, cheap and greedy low-lifes and I am sure that you knew — KNEW — that there was NO POSSIBLE way for you to EARN any honor on your own, which is why you STOLE OTHERS’.

      • Mareka Backus James Brousseau

        I remember when my mum wore her whites….:)

    • Baby

      Thank you so much Karen..Fascinating behind the scenes Camilla.. Thank you Jeff, Camilla and Karen.

      DM’s voice.. Wizard of Oz ugh

      • joan nieman

        Yes Baby, Camilla is a pretty baby in that picture and she still rocks it.

        • joan nieman

          That comment was to supposed to be under Camilla’s picture. I love you too Discus.

    • J. Swift

      In his “War is Over” speech Miscavige comes across as a dirty and corrupt Teamster boss telling his longshoreman how he bludgeoned City and Hall and the Mayor to get them all big fat pay raises in the form of tax-exemption.

      Miscavige really is a gloried Philly Teamster boss running a cheesy Scientology protection racket on people in the Church. Miscavige also gets a cut of the IAS pie to pay his PI’s, goons, and lawyers.

      My bet is that Miscavige does the perp walk in 12-18 months.

      • Missionary Kid

        I pray that you’re right on the perp walk.

        • Ruby

          +1

        • Captain Howdy

          D.M doing a perp walk is dependent on government and LE being competent, dedicated and honest. As well as being unintimidated by media and public opinion.

          In other words..NOT

          • Missionary Kid

            I believe that when enough evidence is gathered from civil cases, the feds will act. IMO, and IANAL, but they’ll be looking at prosecuting individuals. That’s one reason they’re working so hard to keep Davy away from any depositions or court. No testimony, no evidence to be used against him.

            • Missionary Kid

              The “they” that’s working so hard to keep out of court is Co$ and all the front organizations.

            • rom661

              Had to look that up. Surely, methinks, there is not an acronym for I am anal…. Won’t hazard any guesses there but I do now know that you’re not a lawyer.

            • Missionary Kid

              Yup, after a while, it’s easier to use acronyms. I dislike LOL and ROTFL, etc. because they’re overused, but IMO for In My Opinion and IANAL, I Am Not A Lawyer aren’t used too often, IMO. 😉

      • Baby

        I’ve never heard you say that before J… 12-18 months.. OMG now that is what I call a fabulous Postulation or is it Postulate? Oh shit I don’t care I’m too tired to think..

        Either way.. Yippie Skippie.. can’t wait.. and I don’t care where or when..I will be there when it happens. ( That is my Postulate) xo

      • Xenuvius

        Wouldn’t you love to see the contingency plans? Would bet fund raising opp is on the list.

      • Anonymous

        Great analogy – very apt. A wealthy union boss using mafia tactics to remain in control of a gigantic pile of money, gathered from the unsuspecting members.

        Taking it even further, the early 90’s IRS decision allowed Sea Org Captain David Miscavige to gradually assume a personal lifestyle of a billionaire, with multiple luxury residences, private chefs, specially outfitted cars, motorcycles etc. while the average Sea Org member continues to live in dormitory conditions, well below the poverty line on a barely above starvation diet, more than 45 years after that “religious fellowship” was founded.

      • Captain Howdy

        I don’t doubt that D.M sees himself as Hoffa-esque. Small man, big nads, doing whatever it takes to preserve the Union.

    • Espiando

      Davey would like nothing more than to be a modern-day equivalent of the Grand Master of the Order Of The Temple of Jerusalem. Sitting on vast wealth, not answerable to any government or centralized authority, a warrior for a holy cause and head of a devoted military arm. Davey, do you remember what happened to the last Grand Master of the Templars? Burned at the stake because Philip the Fair of France wanted the Templar money and lands. Meanwhile, the Templars’ contemporaries, the Hospitallers, a group devoted to tending the sick and to good works, are still around today and much beloved.

      Church Militant and Triumphant = Church Smacked Down When It Gets Too Militant

      This, by the way, is an actual rationale for one of Davey’s most bizarre moments. We all wonder why he went on about public buggery the only time he was ever put on the witness stand. That was one of the main crimes the Templars were charged with while they were being tortured.

      You’re not Jacques de Molay, Davey. Some people actually missed Grand Master de Molay after he was burnt. You will not be missed.

      • L. C. Spencer

        Holy shit this may be the best thing you’ve ever posted here, Espi. And it fits in nicely with Jon’s comments as well.

      • Barbara Angel

        Delusional grand master mustravage is just another *Parasitical Shit* as blubbard was, sitting in an ivory tower built by scams, brainwashing, lies, criminal behaviour and with a large dose of non-stop Cruelty thrown in just for Sick Entertainment of Sick Minds. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

      • joan nieman

        I like your historical reference Espi and we all know that history repeats itself.

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      Karen, all this came from ‘Source’. Miscavige is just continuing the fascist tradition of the Sea Org as created by L. Ron Hubbard, the evil con artist and enslaver of children.

    • L. C. Spencer

      Karen, this is riveting. You don’t have the entire War Is Over video, do you? Many of us have never seen it, only short clips. If you’re concerned about it being taken down, you could always get Tony to post it on his Chinese site.

      • pronoia

        It is on youtube somewhere if you hunt for it. I have seen it. You might start at Mark Bunker’s xenutv site.

      • Karen de la Carriere

        L. C. Tony O does have the full video.
        Angry Gay Pope posted it on his site and there has been no take down.
        The BBC needed it and Pope found it and delivered.
        Here you go ~
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uumuuQm5eQ

        • Damn I even don’t believe Little Dave.

        • L. C. Spencer

          Karen, this is so kind of you, I looked for this not too long ago and failed to find it!

          You and AGP are both heroes, but you know that. I just want to say again for the record – and I speak for so many – that your hard work, your struggles and pain have not been in vain. You have helped so many people be free.

          • Karen de la Carriere

            Thank you for your kind words L. C. Spencer, much appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with you on the military lexicon used throughout the Sea Org. In fact, almost all church written materials are rife with hyperbole, which I think helps keep the whole internal culture of the church in a frenetic state.

      From DMSMH on through virtually all the books, including the Red and Green volumes, there is a language of bombast that makes the trivial seems important. This overloaded style of communicating can manifest in extraordinary reactions (like the RPF) to simple matters of internal discipline or destructive crush regging of the public to handle a legal “Hill 10.”

      This phenomenon also manifests in the “always attack never defend” mindset, which includes both deliberate and unintentional lying as subsets of the same activity, which is to prevent examination of the core practices of the church. This enables Sea Org Captain David Miscavige to live a personal lifestyle of a billionaire while the Scientology Celebrity Atrocity Deniers use their “comm lines” to forward practiced false tropes such as “I have never seen anything like disconnection in Scientology.”

    • But Karen My dear, aren’t you still Big Daddy Ron’s little Girl ?!

      http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae163/L_Ron_Hubbard/MessengerGirlsScientology.jpg?t=1408658710

      • Nobody want’s to touch this one ? (I kill myself haha)

        Well suckers, I rendered the parents powerless and paraded their daughters in front of their eyes like this. Making them insignificant and perverted the parent/child relationships.

        Ron, Powerfull Being

      • Lady Squash

        Really disturbing. Not that they aren’t cute. They are. But to be Hubbard’s handmaidens! A religious leader. And making their parents powerless. So twisted.

    • Lady Squash

      Disgusting is too light a word, but I can’t think of a better one.

  • Jimmy3
    • Tone

      Oatee powerz at work!

    • stillgrace2

      Good Work, Jimmy3! Traveling to the comment was a bit yucky, however, because a comment by a not-to-be-named-grifter was right below Suppressive Tomato’s!
      Kudos to Suppressive Tomato for the original comment. Pieces vs. Players. Well, we all know where the Pieces reside- in the sea org.

  • Baby

    “The rules do not apply to the rule maker.”

    That sentence says it all Jon. Wow. Thank you for all the work that you have done to bring this Evil Cult to it’s knees. Plus. You look happy! Not Scientology.. but Real life Happy! I love the days that you are with us. Thanks Tony!

    • Verve

      “Real life happy.”
      What a beautiful phrase.

      • Baby

        It is isn’t Verve! Thank you monkey..

    • Jon Atack

      My pleasure. ‘Thank you for listening’ as an evil old tyrant once said.

      • Baby

        SMOOCHES from baby..and I even took my cig out of my mouth..

  • Interesting, Jon. Fits in well with the “men are my slaves” (or whateve from affirmations of the Phat Fraud. Taken together with the conclusion of Urban’s book – that Hubbard succeeded in changing the reality of his victims it paints a picture of LRH as depressingly successful at making victims

    • Missionary Kid

      Phat Fraud is a new nickname for LRH. I’ll post it later.

  • Tone

    The commentary on games is fascinating to me. One of my relatively early wins was my “discovery” that I was playing a cosmic game, we all were, but the game had got away on us and that is what led us to the place we are now. Ron discovered the secret to winning the game, and that became the tech.

    Looking back I wonder if this was coincidence or was something else at work? The construct that I created to make sense of my whole track certainly served the cult well for years and years.

  • Jack99

    So, the church will go after hipsters now? What do they want, ironic sciontologists? Good luck with that. Or, [making air quotes] good luck.

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      ” ironic sciontologists”

      bwaahaahaaa

      • L. C. Spencer

        Those would be the best “wins” testimonial videos ever!

      • Mark Foster

        iconic proctologists…

    • Barbara Angel

      Hipsters? They have a dastardly plan to attract more young ‘slaves’, fresh young meat, maybe easier to fool with the bait and switch game. Sick Fuckers will take anything with money but are in desperate need of younger people with more physical energy. Energy and money Vampires.

      • ze moo

        They need energy and unblemished credit histories.

        • joan nieman

          Indeed. Unblemished credit histories. You hit the nail on the head ze moo.

  • valshifter

    devil and the cat worshippers kissing the cat’s butt
    Jean Tinctor, Traittié du crisme de vauderie (Sermo contra sectam vaudensium), Bruges ca. 1470-1480.
    Paris, BnF, Français 961, fol. 1r
    for some reason this picture reminds me of scientology and the characters that play the game in it

  • RBE

    Speaking of the IRS and Scientology, has anyone heard anything more about how Senator Ron Wyden is getting on with his IRS request as covered by this story http://tonyortega.org/2014/05/08/oregon-senator-ron-wyden-asks-irs-for-scientology-review/

    It’s been over three months since Tony posted the story, does anyone have any more information?

  • John P.

    One of the best bits of droll British understatement (with a touch of knowing irony) is buried deep in the narrative:

    Unlike other scientists, [Hubbard] did not bother with any experimental trials.

    That aside, the whole thing about “games” and “players” versus “pieces” is very eye-opening. For a long time, I have been willing to give Hubbard the benefit of the doubt — that he got lucky in putting together an organization that was able to do so much evil. I had thought that he basically took advantage of what his followers offered up and made up the control mechanisms as he went along. As we say at Global Capitalism HQ, “sometimes being lucky is as good as being smart.” But this article has convinced me that I was way off base. Hubbard was more sinister from the start than I had previously believed. I stand very significantly corrected.

    • Fremdscham

      Hubbard was, I believe, an occult synthesist. He didn’t have to do any experimental trials, because in essence what he did was to use/change/meld anything he deemed useful from other religions and occult practices. The occult part here is what must really be emphasized.

      A person gets into occult practices for a few different reasons. First is novelty; it’s cool, fun, interesting, freaky, weird, and scares the parents. Another is they decide that traditional belief systems are not useful to them, and suspect that answers might be found in the esoteric.

      Once a person gets past those two rather banal phases, they enter what could be called phase 3, and this is important: occult practices give a person a sense of control over their life. Why be like a leaf blowing in the wind, begging God to point you in a good direction, when you can potentially force your fate into what you want? Why not insert your Will? This in itself is not a bad thing. I hold no moral judgment about this (being a former dabbler of the more serious sort). Say you want a better job, you brush up on your skills, polish your resume, and do some spellwork to help you along. The spell enough probably wouldn’t get you the new job, but the fact that you put forth effort, and focused yourself on your goal so completely during the spell just might give you an edge. It’s a way of focusing yourself, it can make things happen. Of course it’s probably purely psychological, but when you focus like that you can be successful at a great many things. A decent person will use this decently. A not-so-decent person will be downright creepy.

      This is where the occult goes left-hand path or right-hand path. Here’s a nice little summary I stole from About dot com: “The left-hand path is about the elevation and centrality of the self as well as the rejection of religious authority and societal taboos. The left-hand path focuses on the strength and will of the practitioner, downplaying the need for intercession by any high power (although they may believe a higher power exists)…Followers of Thelema disagree whether it is a left- or right-hand path. Conversely, those people who do identify themselves as followers of the right-hand path generally describe the left-hand path as a path of evil, maliciousness and danger.” If you follow the left-hand path, it is most likely because you don’t want control just over your own life, you also want control over others. After a while this leads some to the hubris that the control they can gain will extend to the non-physical world, the supernatural if you will, the universe (sound familiar)? Hubbard learned these control mechanisms very avidly, by going left-hand path. I don’t think he ever sought any form of enlightenment for the purpose of being enlightened, it was always about control. As Jamie DeWolf stated, “Scientology works as intended.” The whole cult is the result of a giant Magickal Working, built to benefit only one man.

      Scientology is what happens when a sociopath discovers the occult. I was you-tubing yesterday and stumbled on a BBC documentary about narcissistic personality disorder, and the kicker at the end of the documentary was that the psychiatrist they were interviewing about the disorder throughout the show himself was a narcissist who had all 9 traits for narcissistic personality disorder. Very scary to hear a self-aware narcissist and sociopath describe his attitude about his disorder, which he didn’t see as a problem. His attitude was pretty much “We do everything better, we are smarter. We are Nietzsche’s supermen. We deserve to have the rest of humanity put us in charge.”

      I don’t know if Hubbard was that self-aware, but he most definitely would have been studying the “gamesmanship” of his existence from an early age. He was probably a little prick even as a child. Everyone he ever interacted with he viewed as either an obstacle or an object to be used.

    • Lady Squash

      I was shocked when I heard Hubbard say in a lecture that he didn’t actually hate psychiatrists; that he just says that to have a game. And then he laughed. Like it was funny. I couldn’t believe it that in order to have a game he set in motion this whole Scientology anti-psychiatrist movement. The result of this “game” are deaths such as Lisa McPherson. Sick Scientologists who need psychiatric care are instead treated by Scientology technology which does not work. He was a sick son-of-a-bitch. I love how he says “man is basically good”. The truth is that most people are basically good, but I don’t think that included Hubbard.

  • Baby

    Camilla.. OMG you had me on the edge of my seat as I listened to the entire interview..What a freakin nightmare! I can’t imagine the pressure you and others were under. EEEEEEEEEEEk… Glad you can laugh about it now!

    ( I did see you chuckle a couple of times..) The Fire Marshal .. and then you having to go back in! hahahhhaa..You are a great story teller. I literally was right there with you.

  • joeapple212

    Very astute of you! Fascinating, Jon. Scientology is such a fascinating con – because it’s about the mind, and the mind of a madman.

    ‘oddly, the word Scientology was first coined to mean “pretend science” ‘

    Science-envy-ology?

    Isn’t there a lecture about the two basic rights of a thetan? The right your own sanity, and the right to leave the game? I took that to heart. I believed in my right to leave the game, and that helped me leave scientology. But, for me personally, having the ‘right’ to ”my own sanity” was like putting out the fire with gasoline.

    I guess the ‘maker of games’ is the con man. He makes up the game, even if the ‘pieces’ don’t know what’s goin’ on. When I first heard this lecture, I thought about music. I thought of the trend-setters in music as game-makers. Boy, was I dupified. I was swallowing this, hook, line and sinker.

    ‘on a Sunday, they’ll be given a baked potato instead of their daily rice and beans’

    “Eating, likewise, is a daily practice, but is so easily significant of the kinship among those who eat together, and the even closer connection – identification – of the eaters with the eaten, that it has a certain sacramental character for any mind that is capable of general concepts at all.”

    Suzanne Langer – “Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite and Art,” 1942

    Wow. They eat, but at the same time, they are the eaten.

    ““[make them] look like God but, you can’t be God”

    Wow, I remember reading that. And I thought this stuff would set me free. After the lecture, I would walk down La Brea looking at the night sky, thinking about the universe and being free.

    “But we couldn’t tell the difference / between a personal disaster / and ‘having an experience'” – “Fred Had Watched a Lot of Kung Fu Episodes,” by Tony Hoagland

    “We build a world from broken pieces.” Yes, Ron, but first you had to break them.’

    Thank you Jon. Brilliant analysis. Thank you, playa!

  • Baby

    ” Isn’t that great? And the shoot is tomorrow! Bunker folks in New
    York, please help us spot this shoot and get a photo of it. It’s got to
    be epic! ” TonyO

    ……..

    Better yet get your asses down there and apply for the shoot.. I would die laughing if a couple of my Bunker Buddies would be in the shots.. hahahahahahaha..

    Now THAT would be Karma in action.

    • joan nieman

      You or I could do it Baby if we lived there and were forty years younger. Lol!

      • Baby

        I wouldn’t hesitate.. NOT for one second.. ( UH yes 40 years ago..wait wait 18-25 Let’s say for me a little longer ago..ha) We would have strutted our stuff Joanie.

        We are both Ascendance types right? Off to hearsay ascendance.. xo

        • joan nieman

          Hmm. Well to ascend would be to rise, to go upwards. I guess it would depend on what we were going upward with!

          • Baby

            Well.. Lets ascend with our boobs..

            • joan nieman

              Ha ha ha!!

    • Verve

      Epic would be if Tony got into some shots, even in just the background. The ultimate photobomb.

      • Baby

        Bawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhahahhaa.. absolutely ( or how about someone wearing an Anonymous mask.. That’s hipster.. ( In our world..) ha

  • Narapoid

    Thanks for your input again, Jon. Today’s article with Karen and Camilla’s video made me reflect again about what Scientology may have become had David Mayo not been erased and harassed. I don’t think Mayo would have hit the IRS with the law suits and private dicks like Miscavige. He wouldn’t have “won the war” with the IRS. It may have become something less malevolent. And as you said in that interview with Tony, you may have stayed in had he taken over.

    The drive that got DM the victory over the IRS is the same thing that is driving him to destroy Scientology. He uses his high energy to seek out “counter intentioned” and enemies within, and now we have the Hole.

    He is doing his level best to destroy Scientology. Keep it up Dave, this is like watching a slow motion train wreck.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    In an event much more significant than the first US Moon landing, we in the Church of Scientology obtained tax exemption on October 1, 1993 qt 8:37 eastern standard time recognizing Scientology and all of its organizations as fully tax exempt.

    The War was Over!

    But then the &^$#)!@%# Psychs just had to attack us. And COB RTC David Miscavige ordered them to fight back and fight back we did!

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/SquirrelTech.jpg

    • MaxSpaceman

      Ah- It’s The Dick-Wadd Squad of the $cientology Chirch. On duty. Excercising ‘religious rights.’

    • joan nieman

      Looking at the pic of the squirrel busters makes you just shake your head. Fools.

      • stillgrace2

        I wonder if NOW they contemplate: “WHAT were we thinking?!” Probably not.
        This photo is an epic, iconic, WTF moment … it needs to be blown up into super-poster-size and displayed in a certain Texas courthouse.

        • joan nieman

          and also driving around in an effin golf cart trying to look intimidating.

          • stillgrace2

            … and in their little paddleboat in the canal behind Marty and Monique’s old house!

            • joan nieman

              OMG!That’s right! I had forgotten about the paddleboat. Now I promote the ‘fools’ to ‘court jesters’.

    • Verve

      Oh man, that photo (and the full video) makes me laugh like a madman.
      Pathetic only scratches the surface of describing them.
      I would have just had some of my capuchins sit on their heads all day.

  • HillieOnTheBeach

    “For instance, it only takes a moment’s thought to realize that believing
    everything that someone else says and doing everything that they direct
    is not “self-determinism,” but, in this case the “180 degree vector” of
    Ron-determinism”

    I understand that as a Hubbard deliberate but covert reference to the paradoxical claims scientologists make.

    ie.: most ethical people on the planet, taking responsibilty, thinking for yourself, communicate on any subject, SPs talk in generalities, “dauntless, defiant, resolute”, etc.

    • joan nieman

      Other than preposterous, the whole scientology thing is really quite sad. The people have given up their money, families and freedom for what? Make believe powers and prestige? Show me a m—– f—— clear!

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Scientology: The game where everyone wins.

    Except you.

  • EnthralledObserver

    So is Davey Makemerich still a ‘player’, or has he shifted to ‘game maker’?
    T.C – ‘player’?

    • Missionary Kid

      He has assumed power as game maker within the strictures of not being “source.”

      Note the deemphasis of LRH in the crap spewed by Co$.

      • Missionary Kid

        Actually, I probably should have said, note the emphasis on DM in the crap spewed by Co$.

    • Peter

      Pseudo Game Maker? It would seem that all he actually creates is greater pain, extended penalties and Pretend Source.

      • Captain Howdy

        That’s a BINGO!

      • Missionary Kid

        I’ve put Dungeon Master on the list of DM nicknames. I’ll publish it later.

  • BosonStark

    Call it cognitive dissonance or magickal thinking, same kind as when Way to Happyface pamphlets are distributed and members believe crime rates of entire countries plummet, but the idea that Scientologists rarely consider that Ron didn’t play by the rules of his own game is glaring to me.

    For example, all these bogus health nostrums about smoking more to prevent cancer, or removing disease-causing engrams, which are at the core of the Dianetical sciences, and then Ron only makes it to the age of 74. Being OT, and having all these supposed powerz at his disposal, Ron should have lived to be 100 at least.

    • Missionary Kid

      Oh, but he had to go to Target 2 to continue his research. That was so much more important than his mere meat sack here on Teegack. After all, he got to abandon his toothaches.

      • Espiando

        He abandoned his toothaches, but his bad breath followed him to Target Two.

        • Missionary Kid

          Ah, so the fetid odor is all Davy’s.

          • L. C. Spencer

            That’s how you know he’s a Player!

          • joan nieman

            The stench belongs to Davey now.

      • Dr_Orpheus

        I have it on good authority that Ron’s thetan has reincarnated into the only Being on the planet powerful enough to hold it. His Imperial COBness David Miscavidge!!!!! COB is now SOURCE!!!!!

        • ze moo

          When all the other parts of the scam have failed and OT 9 to whatever have tanked, then Davy will don the amazing technicolor dream coat and become source. I’ll need a new master prop to replace the e-meter though. I suspect something like the emeter but with a electric buttplug. That should attract the target minion.

        • Missionary Kid

          I’d say that since nothing that comes from COB is really original, and only reinterpretation, that he’s just modified source.

  • Kim O’Brien

    So ..where on the Jon haters today ? Another great interview .queue.the LRH apologists

    • Espiando

      It’s only quarter to eight Civilization Time, Kim. They’re probably still not awake yet. Besides, it’s Staturday, and they want to delay as close to 2 PM as possible in order to get full credit for their Confront and Shatter.

      • Kim O’Brien

        i forgot ..Throw Back Thursdays

      • Baby

        Well, you be ready for them Espi!

    • Missionary Kid

      Usually, when Jon is here, a troll shows up. They REALLY hate his dose of truthiness.

      • joan nieman

        The truth hurts. Usually right in the wallet.

        • Missionary Kid

          I’d say that the truth hurts the Co$ wallet.

          • joan nieman

            That’s music to the ears.

    • rom661

      How can anyone hate Jon? Oh. Never mind.

    • If they actually read it they’re probably caved in. Bet they don’t touch this with a ten foot pole over at Milestone Two LOL.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    What entity is famous for speaking almost exclusively through its lawyers, for its fraudulent and shady financial schemes, and for using paid actors/models in glossy advertising to convince the world it is a vibrant, healthy fast growing organization? Since Enron is no longer around, it must be the Church of Scientology.

  • Eileen

    “Thetan” as code for “Satan”. Now that is a powerful allegation if Atack is correct. And the game pieces never even know the satanic game they are playing.

    • Missionary Kid

      Thath true.

    • nah, it just sounded cool

    • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

      For sure. LRH admitted failing, in the end of his life!

      The final pages of Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear…” gives LRH’s final thoughts, losing the game of exorcising that troublesome body thetan that pestered Hubbard, it would be interesting to see those “case” folders of Hubbard’s.

      Hubbard’s “case” game of resolving the body thetan that pestered Hubbard, seems like a real delusion of Hubbard’s, why would Hubbard bother to admit all the oddball delusional comments about seeing body thetans around the Creston Ranch, at the gate area, it’s discussed in Marty Rathbun’s chapter 24 of Marty’s must read 3rd book, “Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior.”

      Hubbard was definitely caught up in this delusion about his past lives, and about body thetans that infested himself, to the bitter end of his life!

      I think Scientology was just a vehicle for Hubbard’s legitimizing, in his own eyes, his own delusional spiritual trek.

      He certainly died in pretty much squalor, per the ASI staff who relatated how dirty his Bluebird bus home actually was by the other Sea Org cleanliness standards. With only Annie and Sarge to do local cleaning for LRH, it’s pretty clear things were a lot more non luxurious than what people expected of this rich con man. His Bluebird trailer was way not luxurious like musician luxury buses today.

      I think Hubbard was more the hoarding unkempt megalomaniac, I toured his deathbed Bluebird mobile trailer, it was NOT luxurious!

      And he apparantly believed his body thetan problems to the bitter end of his life!

      And he admitted failure, to Sarge! He lost at his own game!

      • sizzle8

        Where was the Bluebird when you saw it? Did you get to go to Creston?

        • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

          Up in the 1992 era parking lot for BV, and I never went to Creston.

          Terri Gamboa, she’d know a whole avalanche of relevant info.

      • MissCandle

        Did he die with long uncut fingernails and toenails as did Howard Hughes?

      • Chuck we miss you very much inside our little cosey Scientology socïety, why don’t you come back. We can get your ruddiments in A.S.A.P.

        -Ron, your friend

        • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

          Rudiments schmoodiments.

      • J. Swift

        Chuck, thanks for the details on LRH’s Bluebird. When Deputy Bang of the SLO Sheriff arrived, he noted the immaculate condition of the Bluebird’s interior. Given the 12 hour delay between LRH’s death an Deputy Bang’s arrival, the Scientologists present appear to have tided things up — including making disappear the millions of dollars in cash Hubbard had kept at the ranch.

        However, Hubbard’s body had not been moved, this as proven by the livores noted by the Coroner. However, Deputy Bang did not the air conditioning in the Bluebird was cranked up. Given the 12 hour delay in reporting Hubbard’s death, it would appear the Sea Org turned on the A/C in hopes of what? Slowing down rigor mortis?

        • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

          Jeff,

          It would be a switch of gears, but more interviewing of Sarge, is needed. He’d know.

          There are others out, who would know, people like Terri and Janis would likely know or know who would know.

      • Verve

        I wonder if he realized what a complete failure he was at the very end? Yeah, he was the Boss for a while, and his “religion” lasted for a few more decades, but history will list him as a 3rd rate idiot.

        I’m fairly sure that his “I will be remembered forever” (paraphrased) statement didn’t include being listed with South Park’s best episodes.

        • Baby

          ” I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all books are destroyed.”

          Bare Faced Messiah monkey..

          • Verve

            Thanks. My memory is confuzzled at 2 AM, lol.

        • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

          The whole shebang of his life and final effects on those around him, really takes up books, like Wright’s, Reitman’s and Urban’s, and Atack’s and Miller’s, and Cooper’s and the ex member’s books, and Martin Gardner’s book that put Hubbard in with the mid 20th century cranks.

    • That concept sounds good to this old Troll.

      “The Game
      is an abstract concept. It involves no tangible objects, nor is it
      played on any physical medium. It exists in the minds of those who play
      it, and it never ends. That’s right, you can never win The Game (though this is debatable).”

      http://www.lermanet.com/images/confusion.jpg

  • 0tessa

    Scientology: a satanic game of chess with Hubbard playing white and black simultaneously.
    Excellent article, Jon Atack! This is revelational. Love reading everything you write.

  • i-Betty

    Aww, poor Mooshyface.

  • Barbara Angel

    Dauntless, depraved, defiant, degrading, disgusting, dumb and very, very Dangerous.
    Reading the above…Oh what a Sick Fucker blubbard was and now mustravage has taken over to continue the Sick and twisted games. The enjoyment of torturing others just because they can is a mystery, but the greatest mystery of all, (to me) is why the *Moare Moneeeeeeeeeeeeee* game???
    mustravage has more than enough to fund his escape many times over.
    Really, can anyone shed some light on the *moare moneeeeeeee* game?

  • Truthiwant

    For those of you who have a problem listening to Dr. Hubbard for a few minutes, just try the Philadelphia Doctorate Course. There are 76 lectures, which translates as over 76 hours of listening to the old fart.

    It was sold as part of The Basics and as a stand alone, retails for about $1150.

    Here it is. No commentary on this video, it’s just to give you an idea of the size of it and remember, students don’t just listen to it, they word clear the whole thing…

    http://youtu.be/1gUtqrUUDqA

    • Barbara Angel

      More is the pity for them….Poor Fools and poor they are, when mustravage and his gang get through with them.

    • L. C. Spencer

      Amazing. Do we know if anybody’s ever managed to put the whole thing online, or major parts of it?

    • Qbird

      Yeesh! What scientologists put themselves through! This would be HELL… to have to listen.
      Oh!! No way Truth…NO WAY!

  • Deeeeeee

    Shoot.. I won’t be in NY until Saturday so I guess my big shot at becoming an actress is thwarted once again. THANKS, XENU.

  • Elar Aitch

    • Baby

      DM only wishes his Ding A Ling was that big!

  • N. Graham

    “In those early days, before his ducks were in a row, Hubbard often explained principles that he would soon hide.”
    Such as telling all about Xenu and the DC-8s and body thetans in a lecture before making the subject taboo to anyone who hadn’t paid for the privilege. As the basis for OT III, Elron later retold the story and said that anyone who heard it without proper preparation would get sick and die, probably from pneumonia. I wonder if anyone at that lecture got sick?
    Anyways, that is probably the most glaring contradiction in a world of contradictions. Scientology IS a world of contradictions!

  • cdub

    For everyone else, see the movies “The Truman Show” and “The Matrix” where someone is living a pretend life while puppet masters control and manipulate their reality.

  • Ms. B. Haven

    Once again, a fascinating piece by Jon Atack. Brilliant analysis. Hubbard was good at esoteric pseudo-philosophical ramblings that make little sense in the real world. Many of us were caught up in that drivel and when we couldn’t figure out what the hell he was talking about, we wrote it off as having MUs (misunderstood words). Right…

    All of this airy-fairy theta theory of games is all well and good for the true believers who exist in the church of scientology mostly as broken pieces, but I would like to point out the game that Hubbard was so fond of that has its basis in this over the top magik-babble. That game would be FAIR GAME. That is what it comes down to these days although the policy doesn’t officially exist in the church, anyone with half a brain cell knows that it is alive and well. It might not appear to have as much horsepower these days but it is definitely alive and well. I think the main reason it seems diminished is because the OSA ‘attention units’ are spread thin due to declining personnel issues (anybody missing again today at roll call boys?) and there are a few trouble spots on the planet that are requiring a little extra attention these days. Texas, Oklahoma, Las Vegas, Atlanta, South Africa, Florida, Paris, etc.

  • George M. White

    “although they never met and when Crowley heard of Hubbard and Parsons’ attempts to conjure the diabolic Scarlet Woman in an OTO ritual, he wrote about the “idiocy of these louts” (and it is “louts” not “goats” as some authors have reported).”

    Crowley died in 1947. Hubbard had about five years to “retread” his thinking before the the PDC lectures. From 1952 until 1986, Hubbard just added more layers. Nice article, Jon. Hubbard liked to think of himself as Lucifer so it does not surprise me about the trickery in the game.

  • Baby

    Photo Shoot..

    WHERE’S OUR $300 DUDE.. What do you mean you’re payin with a FREE PERSONALITY TEST! ( refresh)

    • We can straighten that bunch out with a few courses

  • Baby

    Last comment before I go to bed..

    With all the Bazillion Scientologists out there wouldn’t you think they could pull together a few people for these photo shoots? Wait… Way to logical. Got it! xox

  • rom661

    “before the publisher withdrew it as fraudulent. By the time of the PDC, only 38 people could be persuaded to part with their money.”

    It’s a little difficult to believe that I was exposed to this but don’t recall it: Wow. I’m still digesting that, along with breakfast.

  • Mrs. V.

    Everything that Jon said is exactly why I have an issue with the Indies. “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” doesn’t work when you get it laid out the way Jon just did. “He made great discoveries” “He really wanted to help people” “The tech really works”. Oh yeah, well then why didn’t he follow it himself? (excepting of course the punishments he loved to give) Why did he feel the need to make sure no one else really would ever know The Rules? No, I am not misinterpreting what he’s saying, and no I have no misunderstood words, and please do not try to convince me otherwise by quoting from a different Ron lecture/book/memo etc. That tells me nothing.

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      “He made great discoveries” “He really wanted to help people” “The tech really works”.

      I agree Mrs. V. Imo, the next cognition is the realization that what works about it was done before Hubbard discovered it and has easily been summed up frequently in books found in the self-help section of a bookstore/Amazon for $19.95

      • Mrs. V.

        Amen!

      • Missionary Kid

        Or for $.50 at any garage sale.

    • Jimmy3

      The only indies I have issue with are the ones who believe the tech is 100% flawless. The ones who, thought they will deny it, really do hold Hubbard up as a god. There are only a handful of these types left, right? Most indies will concede that some of the tech doesn’t work or that Hubbard didn’t have it exact or that Hubbard was flat out wrong on some of it. That’s something, I guess.

      Change of direction! Your post made me wonder… how many Scientologists following Hubbard pre-1980 and had actually met him or knew him are still practicing Scientology today? Of the ones that knew Hubbard before he was on the run, how many are still auditors today? Of course I don’t expect a definitive answer, but could anyone give a close estimate?

      • Mrs. V.

        That’s a very interesting question indeed.

      • Moonshot

        David Miscabbage has purged EVERYONE who personally knew LRH out of Scientology, one way or another. If any of them practice SCN, it is not as a church member.

        • grundoon

          Some are still there, in the Hole mostly. Heber, Guillaume, Yager, Norman and Maria Starkey, Shelly, Mithoff…

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        How many Scientologists following Hubbard pre-1980 and had actually met him or knew him are still practicing Scientology today?

        I know of two. One is an Indie and the other is a Kool Aid drinker in the SO, demoted to a low position at Gold.

      • Jon Atack

        But the ‘Tech’ is hypnosis, no matter who tries to apply it, and it makes people euphoric and suggestible. Which may feel nice, but it ain’t any kind of therapy.

        I think DM managed to alienate almost all of the survivors from the early days. Many – like John Sanborn, who ran pubs from 1954-1978 – just couldn’t take any more and had to leave.

    • Lady Squash

      I heard Hubbard say in a lecture that he didn’t follow Scientology; life would be too boring. Then he laughed. He put it all out there. It’s so far fetched when he says stuff like this, you think he’s kidding. It’s like a criminal saying, Yes, I am a criminal and laughing and continuing the con without missing a beat. He was so insouciant about it, you don’t think he could mean it.

    • Jon Atack

      I eventually gave up on Scn when I realized that Hubbard was an enraged tyrant, a multiple drug abuser, a failed husband and parent (he abandoned all three of his wives), an egomaniac and a pathological liar. It seemed foolish to me to try and model myself on a man who was in a far worse condition than me. So I stopped, but cognitive dissonance is a powerful element of human behaviour. Inertia makes it very hard to stop a course of action, no matter how foolish – Cialdini’s consistency principle. How on earth did anyone take OT III seriously? ‘Never evaluate for the preclear’ But I did take it seriously, and I have to remember that, whenever I start feeling supercilious about current victims.

      • Mrs. V.

        You are so right, Jon. I sometimes forget that they are victims. I was caught on a day where I lost a bit of my empathy…I am a never-in and am very cynical by nature so it is sometimes difficult for me to understand how LRH could be so manipulative and charismatic as to rope in so many people who were only trying to do the right thing, and for the most part believed that they were truly helping people.

  • ze moo

    Jon’s “diatribe” is a wonderful piece of prose and he hits many nails on the head. The only thing slighted is the fact that Lroon founded a snake oil scam. The control mechanisms took 30 years for Lroon to formulate and institute, if the great leader had great insight that wouldn’t have happened. $cientology would have sprung full blown from his sweating brow if Hubbtard was a real necromancer.

    All of Dianetics and $cientology could have been taken from Dale Carnegie and Amway. Lroon was original only in selling the customer his ‘ruin’ {their own imagination}, and getting good money to fix that ‘ruin’. Usually it takes skilled palm reader to fleece the mark, Lroon did that by turning all the minions into palm readers. That is an accomplishment, but not on par with anything in the realm in real science, but pretty good for a magician of bullshit.

    Jon nails the Lroon hubris and the way he privately thought about life and the ‘game’ he was playing. But that game was only his internal justification for his publlc actions. In the end, it was all about getting the snake oil sold and getting others to sell it. And to worship Lroon as the font of all wisdom. That worship was almost as important as the money, almost. Lroon changed over the years, after he hid out in the horders trailer, he came very close (or attained) a heavy duty psychotic reality break. All of his lifes contradictions came crashing down on him and in the end nothing was left with nothing but regret. I do not want to grant Lroon any sympathy, he never gave any sympathy or empathy to anyone else. He is due nothing but scorn and derision.

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      “The only thing slighted is the fact that Lroon founded a snake oil scam.”

      And I believe he never imagined it would outlive him.

      • ze moo

        I don’t think he cared what happened after he died. He left all his money to the ‘chirch’ {supposedly} and it seems that only Miscavage arranged something to keep Mary Sue out of the welfare system. Or did Lroons money buy Mary Sue’s house? How else would the children get an inheritance? Who bought the house? I must see if I can track down any Mary Sue will, that might explain some things. Hello rabbit hole, here I come.

        • richelieu jr

          Quite so.

    • Captain Howdy

      Conmen consider the grift a game. You either win or you lose and usually the loser ends up beating themselves.

    • richelieu jr

      He was a Machiavellian manipulator, but he was also kind of dense and a fuck-up. He kept trying thigns and throwing them overboard when they didn’t work, butjsut becasue it took him decadess doesn’t meaan his goal wasn’t clelar or evil– He was just a loser.

  • cdub

    For everyone else, see the movies “The Truman Show” and “The Matrix” where someone is living a pretend life while puppet masters control and manipulate their reality.

    Orthodox Scientologists have a bizarre “Truman Show” view of the world we live in where everything we perceive and touch is made up and once we’re all Scientologists (dream on), well then we’ll all subscribe to a different reality, Hubbard’s reality.

    What Jon points up here is the hidden multi-level marketing aspect of Scientology where the worker ants toil mindlessly, an upper caste keeps everything running smoothly, and finally the pinnacle of power reaps the financial rewards.

    Miscavige, without the intellectual power to understand this scheme, has by brute force kept Scientology going but it was never designed to be micro-managed. And without the upper caste performing their bureaucratic duties the whole house of cards comes apart.

    You see this in the exodus of high level sea org executives (the upper caste) and now the crumbling of the infra-structure of Scientology.

  • “living his life in style he is creating”

    ROFL! Infested with invisible murdered space aliens, trying to scrape them off on other people sitting in the subway, staring off in to space like a screaming disjointed loon, arguing with ashtrays and thinking he’s winning.

  • Mark

    ‘Some other time, I will perhaps talk more about the influence of Crowley’s Book of Thoth and the importance of the Fool and the Empress in the tarot deck, which is analysed in that book — or indeed the use of the crossed out Christian cross on the back of those cards, which was adopted by Hubbard for his Scientology (along with the lisped word “satan” to describe the human spirit). But I digress.’

    I think it probably is a digression, Jon; and not one really worth pursuing. As you yourself mention in your essay ‘Hubbard and the Occult’ (http://www.spaink.net/cos/essays/atack_occult.html ), LRH claimed (in What is Scientology?) to have found the Scientology cross in an old Spanish church in Arizona. Maybe just for once the old fraud was telling the truth, as the Sci-cross looks a lot like a conventional Roman Catholic “cross of glory” used during Eastertide, where the emerging rays represent the beams of the Easter sunrise; in this case with “fleurée” or “fleurette” finials (see left-hand image below).

    To me it looks more like that, than the Golden Dawn ‘Complete Symbol of the Rose-Cross’ (centre image) which Crowley and Frieda Harris placed on the back of their ‘Thoth’ tarot cards; the one thing missing from the Scientology “crossed-out-crosses” is the all-important rose, which carries the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the complete version. The reason for using this cross on the Thoth cards was—as Crowley reiterates throughout his accompanying work The Book of Thoth—that it can be taken as a comprehensive representation of the Tarot in one diagram, with the rose symbolising the 22 ‘Major Arcana’ or trump cards, and the four arms of the cross standing for the four suits of the ‘Minor Arcana’ pip cards. Of course there’s a lot more symbolism in this cross, which was worn as a ceremonial pendant by members of the Golden Dawn’s Rosicrucian ‘Second Order’ during its rituals. It was almost certainly elaborated by the Golden Dawn’s moving spirit Macgregor Mathers from a diagram in an eighteenth century collection called Geheime Figuren des Rosenkreutzers (‘Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians’)—a sort of occult proto-coffee-table-book of esoteric and alchemical engravings (right-hand image).

    The Golden Dawn/Geheime Figuren cross also has “bottony” or bud-type trefoil ends rather than the “fleurée” or “fleurette” ends seen in Scientology crosses (centre bottom left), and the AMORC cross (centre bottom right). As Hubbard briefly belonged to AMORC—or rather took the first few lessons of this mail-order pseudo-Masonry’s correspondence course, might he not have pinched the idea from there, rather than such of Crowley’s recondite tomes as Jack Parsons lent him, or an old church?

    These are small differences, but ones I suspect Hubbard (“never much of a scholar” as you say) would probably NOT have bothered about in skimming through either The Book of Thoth or Magick in Theory and Practice—the latter one of the most complex and difficult books Crowley ever wrote—and whatever else you can say about Crowley, he was very definitely a scholar. I really think we must put any supposed resemblances down to the natural human tendency to see simulacra, rather than Hubbard being some sort of untutored semiotic genius. Hubbard was a lazy and ignorant mental magpie, who stole other’s ideas out of pure self-interest—and almost always mangled them out of all recognition when he did so.

    (P.S. Good luck at your anti-cult conference this weekend! http://jwsurvey.org/news/experts-to-highlight-undue-influence-at-london-press-conference ) 🙂 Refresh:

    • richelieu jr

      NIcely reasoned and argued, but I suspect you underestimate the degree to which the Rosy Cross (et al) inspired Crowley inthe first place. Hubbard seems to me to have been throwing people off the scent with his ‘found in a Church’ story. Almost always when he undersells something it is to cover a real whopper…

      • Mark

        Crowley hangs the whole structure and argument of The Book of Thoth on the rose-cross symbol (though I doubt myself if Hubbard ever read it, unlike Magick). Of course the GD’s Second Order was absolutely loaded with Rosicrucian symbolism, which influenced Crowley deeply: its central ritual was an elaborate ceremonial re-enactment of the discovery of Christian Rosencreutz’s tomb and his miraculous revival, with obvious parallels to the Masonic Hiram Abiff legend.

        Crowley did originally produce an ankh-shaped effort as ‘The Complete Symbol of the Tarot’ for an essay in his periodical The Equinox No. 8: http://hermetic.com/crowley/equinox/i/viii/eqi08016.html —but that was probably written before he’d studied the Golden Dawn’s Second Order material properly.

        • richelieu jr

          I agree that there is no doubt that hermetic stuff (the major texts, The Chemical Wedding;. etc..) were folded into Crowley’s dodge…
          Honestly didn’t know of his Ankh-shaped effort, that is quite interesting..

    • Jon Atack

      This is what I want to see – informed dissent! I think that the Rosy Cross looks more like the Cross of Glory than the Scn cross does. My digression, however, would be about the Empress (Flavia Julia – the Guardian of the Affirmations) and the Fool, which were essential to Hub’s personal and secret belief system. The Empress was his ‘genius’ (or tutelary divinity) and the Fool was his own ideal self. As he says in the PDC, nothing touches the Fool (again the Affirmations). As to the cross, Hub shows that he knew the Thoth tarot pack by referring to the alligator on the Fool card (other packs have a dog), so he knew the image. He refers to a Crowley book, which he calls, mistakenly ‘The Master Therion’. Early editions of Magick in Theory and Practice have the word Magick and The Master Therion on the front cover. Have a look at my Possible Origins for Dianetics and Scientology, where I gather some of the links between Hub and this text. Magick in Theory and Practice conveniently puts the significant passages in bold, which would have suited a lazy man like Hub.

      I’ll agree with you that Crowley was more of a scholar than Hub (not much of an achievement!), but he was no Mircia Eliade and his scholarship is pretty weak in many places (for instance his deplorable version of the Tao Te Ching) and no more reliable than the Hermetic nonsense of Cagliostro (one of the heroes in Hub’s favourite book, Twelve Against the Gods).

      Hub determinedly created symbols that have more than a passing reference to occult and even nazi material. The ‘thetan’ ‘satan’ comparison is evidence of our slow wits – it took me over 30 years to get that one. But then, as he says in the PDC, we all lived on Arslycus in our past lives. So, as far as he was concerned, we are all Arslyckers…

  • Suppressive Tomato

    An incredible honor that Jon Atack read my post and used it in his column. I’m the one that posted on the PDC Caste Systems of Games. My original post is below. Very cool to be a part of this community!

    “Tony, an off-topic coverage request: I would really enjoy a long-time insider’s perspective on “Games”. In the books accompanying “The Philadelphia Doctorate Course”, there is an essay, “Rules of Games”, dated December 1952. It contains some priceless insight into how Ron viewed other people, structured his organizations, and generally ran Scientology. There’s a lot of excellent material for examination here, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll mention just his “Caste system of Games”. The following is a duplicate of what’s printed:

    Caste system of Games
    Maker—No rules
    Player—Rules known and obeyed
    Assistant players—Obey players
    Pieces—Obey rules as dictated by players, don’t know rules

    How to Make pieces
    Deny there is a game
    Hide the rules from them
    Give them all penalties and no wins
    Remove all goals
    Enforce their playing
    Inhibiting their enjoying
    Make them look like but forbid their being like Players

    To make a piece continue to be a piece, permit it to associate only with pieces and deny the existence of players”

    • Suppressive Tomato

      And, I have to thank Jon for granting my request. A terrific examination of the theory and practice of Ron’s special magic! He was quite the maker of games.

    • valshifter

      “Inhibiting their enjoying” this is so EVIL!!!!!! how can the Sea Org people don’t see it!!!!! aaaaaaaah makes me wanna scream.

      • Moonshot

        Like the pieces out in the orgs thinking only their org is an abject failure, that all the spewing lies coming from “International Management” (who is only Misscabbage at this point) regarding how the rest of the orgs on the planet are shooting “straight up and vertical”…Sea Org members tend to believe only their section of the Sea Org is so truly fucked up. That all the harsh conditions they are witnessing and experiencing are a non-typical and that if they put their shoulder to the wheel, maybe they can help change it to what it should be.
        For the staffs of various SO installations, there is virtually zero communication for them outside of that place. They certainly don’t communicate with other SO bases unless their post requires such, which most do not.

    • Elar Aitch

      That actually turned mu stomach

    • Verve

      Now that you re-posted it, I remember reading the original. Though back then (I was new to here then) I really had little grasp of what you where talking about. Interesting to review the idea(s) with a new perspective.

    • Baby

      We are honored to have you guest inspirational for Jon’s post. xoxo High Meritious Bunker Contributor Award!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jon Atack

      Thanks for bringing my attention back to this essential explanation of the Game of Scientology…

  • Anonymous

    John Atack wrote above:

    “Let’s face it, at the end of a Sea Org week, all you have to look forward to is washing your socks.”

    This may be the single most cogent, concise remark ever made about involving oneself deeply into Scientology!

    • aegerprimo

      Jon’s statement pretty much sums up life in the Sea Org.

  • CharlieWaters

    Off topic here. Regarding Tony’s post yesterday about Narconon’s use of J.K. Rowling’s image, it seems it’s been taken down from the Narconon Egypt Facebook page.

    However, if you’re in Cairo and interested in taking the Way to Happiness course (perhaps the same one offered at Scientology orgs), it seems that Narconon Egypt can help!

    • valshifter

      TWH precepts are so bland compared to the 10 commandments on the bible, nice try by El Fat Liar, but it was done before and it sticks better than TWH in peoples minds,( and am not a fanatic).

    • beauty for ashes

      this is what i always imagined how escaping the sea org would feel.

    • richelieu jr

      The Way to Happiness- Just follow her breasts!

      I’m sold!

      • Baby

        She is like 16.. !

        • richelieu jr

          YIPES!

          • Baby

            Or you know… like 14 … hahahhaha

            • richelieu jr

              Oh, cut it out!

              Next she’ll be a fetus…BABY!!! (if that IS your real name!)

            • Baby

              hahah.. I was just teasing you.. xo

            • richelieu jr

              xo

  • Racnad

    My mother was a fan of Hubbard’s “Life is a game, the Universe is a Game based on agreements” theory. Ironically, that helped me see that Hubbard’s games of labeling people PTS or SP, Ethics Conditions, Management Tech and all the rest of it are an alternate set of games with their own set of arbitrary rules and agreements.

    As some astute former member observed, the End Phenomenon of Scientology is to as-is Scientology and cease being a believer.

  • Frank Lee

    Jon, a million and one thanks for this very revealing analysis. You will never know how many lives you have saved!

    • Jimmy3

      Just a wild guess… You know exactly how many lives he’s saved, but you can’t tell him?

      • Frank Lee

        I can only assume that logic escapes you Jimmy.

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah, you can only assume. Because you were black bagged and taken somewhere that is nowhere, implanted with something that is nothing, and now your faculties are limited. I’m assuming that’s why you stopped telling your adventure stories. I miss them.

  • Anonymous

    If one cares to see how essentially the same exact material that Jon Atack covers above is viewed by a different author in the “FreeZone” take a look at the link below. This author’s screed is a classic example of a person arguing for their own psychological imprisonment and not realizing at all that they are doing so. A great study in contrasts:

    http://www.freezone.org/e_philo.htm

    • kemist

      It’s very difficult for people to realize and accept they have been so systematically lied to.

      If you listen to what Hubbard cautions against, it plainly describes exactly what he’s done to scientologists. But people have such a hard time believing that someone might lie so systematically that their answer to this being pointed out is always “but he told us to avoid so-and-so”.

      That’s why pointing out how much he lied about his own life is important. It establishes him as a pathological-level liar from whom no statement should be taken at face value.

      • Anonymous

        …”but he told us to avoid so-and-so”…

        This is a classic intelligence organization trick…honed over centuries…which Hubbard learned in the U.S. Navy as a confidential cable message router (a similar role to that played by investigative journalist Bob Woodward in his early career.)

        Hubbard left the Navy with more than a honorable discharge…he left with a mountain of douments on how to operate an intelligence organization, which is among the many sub-divisions (the Guardian’s Office) that he later re-created in his fake-Navy Sea Org.

        • Missionary Kid

          I don’t give his Navy job much credence in shaping Hubbard’s con. He was a liar, and one way that liars succeed is by making sure that the people he talks to don’t talk to each other and compare notes, or even keep track of what he’s said before.

          Thus, the commandment not to listen to anyone else, or to anything that disparages him.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t disagree with you that he Hubbard was disingenuous, however he did lift many things in the HCOB’s directly from the Navy (as well as elsewhere.) Much of the form of the Sea Org and other parts of Scientology “admin tech” can be sourced (heh) as originating from Hubbard’s Navy service.

            For instance, the whole “Completed Staff Work” HCOB, is lifted virtually verbatim from a document that was widely in use in the U.S. Navy in the middle decades of last century, and which had instructions right on the document about how it was to be adopted and re-purposed as needed by other officers.

            Hubbard did exactly that, changing just a very few words, but issued it as his own work in Scientology and made a big deal about how it was designed by him to reduce Dev-T (Developed and Unnecessary Traffic)…also a Navy idea. He even put a copyright notice on the HCOB, after stealing the text from elsewhere!

            If one uses one of the many online plagiarism checkers all sorts of amazing things can be documented.

            • Missionary Kid

              I agree that he copied a lot of stuff, but as a person acting as a message router, he wouldn’t necessarily had the time to read the entire content.

              My point it that I don’t believe that he picked up the techniques from being a message router. That position, IMO, is more like being a mail clerk.

              I doubt that he took many documents with him when he left the Navy, but he was probably able to later reference standing orders or policy orders, which were not secrets at all, by the simple act of looking up standing orders.

              I believe that Hubbard was able to copy a lot of the forms of his Navy service, but that he really didn’t care about the underlying reasons for the different policies and traditions.

              As a friend of mine puts it, those traditions and policies were paid for with blood. Hubbard didn’t care about anyone else’s blood but his own, so he left out all the checks and balances that have been developed over the years in the U.S. military. He only wanted to enrich his pockets and power

            • Anonymous

              Be careful of what you “believe” (your word above) versus that which can be objectively documented.

              Don’t disagree that Hubbard was interested in enriching himself, while telling his adherents that he wasn’t doing so.

              At the same time, part of dismantling the structure of lies that Hubbard told so that others can escape from them, is placing those lies into a bigger context than Scientology by documenting where the original source material came from.

              Hubbard studied intelligence in the U.S. Navy, this is beyond debate. He used that information later on, with a great deal of other information from elsewhere, to dupe the public and his loyal followers. To those that also have knowledge of how intelligence organizations operate, it is clear as day.

            • Missionary Kid

              There’s a big difference between studying intelligence as a subject of training in the Navy and being assigned a job that deals with intelligence traffic. That’s why I maintain that his understanding of naval operations and techniques was so superficial.

              Thank goodness that he never was in a decision-making position. We could well have been at war for months more or lost more battles in the early part of the war. IIRC, reading his fitness report from his short time in the Pacific shows that he thought he knew better, and exercised his judgement when he shouldn’t have.

              Hubbard always inflated the importance of any position he had when later telling about it. IMO, he was, in essence, a mail clerk, and a fuck-up at that. He sure pissed off his superiors.

            • Missionary Kid

              To add, the Navy expects that an officer is able to perform in any capacity, once commissioned that doesn’t require specialized training. Unlike the Air Force, Navy pilots are expected to have an administrative position in addition to their job as a pilot. E.g., morale officer.

              In the Navy, duties are pretty well delineated when one is assigned a job, but usually there are many other requirements that are set by superiors. It is somewhat similar to the whole “hatting” routine of $cientologists, but from what I saw, the Navy was much more careful in putting a person in a particular position. They made a mistake in putting Hubbard in a position that included handling intelligence.

              In $cientology, the compartmentalization of a job is much more extreme than in the Navy, because in the Navy, there’s a whole feedback mechanism in operation to make sure the job gets done, as well as a whole cadre of non-commissioned officers who really run the show. A Naval officer operates as a part of a team.

              Being the self-absorbed person he is, Hubbard probably saw himself as the center of operations and much smarter than everyone else instead of being a part of a team. That would certainly explain his fitness report, as well as being sent away from a theater of operations where every man was needed. To put it in Naval parlance, he was a fuck up.

            • Anonymous

              OK. I got that you do not admire Hubbard.

              To the degree that it is possible without making mistakes unknowingly, I try to stick with things that I either saw myself or can verify via trusted sources and means.

              The Guardian’s Office was a very powerful and competent intelligence organization in it’s heyday. It conducted the largest (known) infiltration of the U.S. government in history, culminating with simultaneous raids on several church locations via more than 150 FBI agents.

              A quote from one of the lead FBI agents involved in raiding the church over Snow White and related operations:

              “In my opinion the church has one of the most effective intelligence operations in the U.S., rivaling even that of the FBI,” says Ted Gunderson, a former head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.

              Later on, many of the same folks (now in OSA) brought the IRS to their knees.

              Believe as you will.

            • Missionary Kid

              My point is that the techniques that were employed by the Guardian’s office weren’t learned in the Navy by LRH.

              Those were all techniques that were talked and written about extensively in the 1950s in the investigation of the Communists. They were well publicized by both the FBI and, more visibly, in the HUAC hearings. Those techniques were the subject of many articles, and books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as movies, radio and TV shows. I remember watching the TV show about a double agent, played by Richard Carlson, I Led 3 Lives. It was, of course, approved by J. Edgar Hoover because it made the FBI look good.

              All those techniques were well known to the general public. Advanced techniques wouldn’t take much to find out about. While they didn’t have the internet, a little digging would make it possible to learn infiltration techniques or hiring the right people who could advise Co$ on how to go about their operation. Actually, that would hardly have been necessary.

              I’m old enough to have been steeped in the mythology of the penetration of the government and other agencies by the Communists.

              The use of plants who were recruited from the ranks of $cientologists who were both true believers and had clean records was a technique that was well known. That mirrors the techniques that were used by the Communists, who were far better at it. Think Kim Philby in Great Britain.

              At the time of Operation Snow White, the FBI and other agencies weren’t looking for homegrown groups that had an agenda. They were looking for Communists.

              Even if those agencies knew that an applicant was a $cientologist, none of those them would have thought much of it, so it was relatively easy to be penetrated.

              The basic Co$ penchant for lying, as well as their paranoia, are two of the basic attributes which are necessary in order to effectively penetrate any agency.

              I’m not challenging that it was effective. I’m challenging that LRH learned those techniques in the Navy. His entire Navy career was bullshit and filled with incompetence.

              I believe that you’ve bought into the mythology that LRH was somehow brilliant. He was the first, so it was easy to send in people who had an agenda. He also fucked up, because when the FBI raided Co$, there were so many documents that led to the discovery of the extent of the operation.

              The Communists at least isolated people in cells, and kept few records within reach of the FBI which could reveal the extent of any operation. I’m sure that the Co$ penchant for writing down everything worked against them.

            • Anonymous

              I’m going to be kind and simply say that you are not informed on this subject and I’m going to walk away from this thread.

            • Missionary Kid

              O.K.

      • Frank Lee

        Not only a “pathological” liar, but one who intends to create many more in his image!

        • richelieu jr

          One who succeeded in doing so! Even after his death!

    • Bob

      Anon, good reference link. It took me awhile to realize that Hubbard was not altruistic and that he railed against the exact thing he was. Never has someone so thoroughly created the ultimate dichotomy philosophy and organization.
      A good description is the android that is programmed not to kill and then sees his master being attacked by a rapid dog and goes crazy as he tries to deal with the conflict caused by two equal orders.

      Protect my master><do not kill

      I see so many of those I know in Hypocritology going through this high stress condition and it is killing them. A good friend who has been out for years told me:

      "You can't start getting better till you realize that Hubbard was truly a scam artist and evil"

      In my journey I have found this to be true. I have quite a different view of King Tubbard than I did when I first started reading Tonys blog. Thank god for the bunker man.

      All the ex's and indies need to realize that yes there's some valid "TECH" worth using and we all had wins, at least most of us. But really view what Scientology is one must first see what Hubbard was.

      A Charlatan

      • richelieu jr

        I totallya gree,a nd this is why I have little patience for the ‘FreeZone’ fools and tools. Theya re only offering addicts methadone instead of the Hubbard Heroin… Their ultimate goal? The rehabilitation of Hubbard. They would love to put all the sunshine on Hubbard and all the blame on Miscavige, but it just doesn’t wash. They actively help sick people stay sick. (And yes, I have heard and desperately tried to believe the ‘halfway house’ idea, and i get it, but even those that come out (like Marty, who seems to be taken baby steps…) end up doing a hell of a lot of damage whilst they grow up in public)

        • Bob

          RJ,
          Yes that definitely can be true. If you have read Marty’s latest. He is totally out and has no misconceptions regarding Scientology and how Hubbinsky set up the ultimate mind trap.
          I took what it seems were baby steps. Of course I was not influencing anyone but myself. It is thanks partially to you guys that I was able to decompress faster and take bigger steps.
          The main thing is to get clams to question and to start thinking for themselves.
          Freezoners hopefully will be open enough to look and listen. It’s a matter of keep uncovering and revealing more the truth and the half programmed will be fully deprogrammed. It does take time.

    • Bob

      Anon, sorry , Disqus won’t let me correct my comment. I’m trying to fix it. Really messed up.

      • Anonymous

        No problem…I got the point and do not disagree.

        • Bob

          Thanks. Deprogramming is not overnight. DeHubbardizing seems to be one of the more difficult programs to go through. The benefits however are rewarding.

  • valshifter

    “We’d never be capable of discovering any fundamental law, no matter how OT we became.”
    So OT’s are just pieces anyway, no matter how high they get in the game, their input in the game is ZERO. at the end you been played!

  • (refresh)

  • Eileen

    Off Topic: The Boston org move has taken place, and the new location as of yesterday is in Quincy.
    When the British troops left Boston it was named “Evacuation Day” and the day is still a city holiday. Yesterday was a different kind of Evacuation Day, accompanied by a loud flushing sound as the scilons marched out, probably forever (there is no evidence that the renovations for the new org will take place. Boston is now truly IDEAL, with no scilon presence! What city will be next?

    • 448Beacon

      I can’t believe I didn’t have cake on hand.
      Not a thing has changed in the Alexandra over the past few years; I believe we can consider them routed.
      What’s the address in Quincy?

      • Eileen

        According to esmb it’s 1515 Hancock st, but I haven’t seen it personally

        • Missionary Kid

          Interesting. Using Google Earth, I stumbled on Landmark Education at 1541 Hancock St. Cults of a feather flock together.

          • Captain Howdy

            I know Hancock St. One of best friends lives in Quincy. CofS and Landmark within spitting distance of each other..Hah!

            • stillgrace2

              I like your choice of words … I’d like to do some “spitting” today. Good targets.

        • Missionary Kid

          That’s a big building. They could be upstairs, where there appears to be a lot of offices, or they could have replaced one of the ground floor retail spaces.

    • Captain Howdy

      What about the Mass Ave/Washington st proposed ideal org?

      • Eileen

        If you go to the Boston Redevelopment Authority website you will see that address listed as the future site for the church of scientology. However, if you look at the actual plans that are attached you will find only plans for conversion of the building to 24 rental units and some retail space. These are plans that had been submitted and approved before the church bought the property.
        I emailed the BRA and the mayor who both responded that the ONLY approvals that are active are for the rental units and that no other plans have been submitted or are under consideration.
        Interestingly these old plans had been taken down but were resubmitted in December 2013.

        • Captain Howdy

          Hmmm..thanks.maybe they’re just going to put a storefront mission in one of the retail spaces.

          • Eileen

            The church can’t use those plans, they have nothing to do with the church (different owners and developers lawyers etc). I think they are being used to create the impression that something is going ahead. According to the mayors office an entire new set of plans would have to be developed.

  • sizzle8

    Kudos to Jon. This is about as accurate a description of what was going on as you’re going to get.

    What’s surprising is that Hubbard said what he was doing and how he was doing it in the early lectures yet people still followed. We all became experts at mental gymnastics to explain away the great inconsistencies.

    Within Scientology, the mindset was always that Scientology (tech) doesn’t apply to Scientology.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Alexa update for August 21: *refresh for images*

    Tony: US rank #17,361 – up 200 from yesterday. (Average rank last 3 months: 20,367)
    scientology: US rank #58,780 – up 702 from yesterday. (Average rank last 3 months: 62,296)

    Difference: 41,419 – 502 less than yesterday. (Average difference last 3 months: 41,929)

    • Bob

      Scientology’s wonksites are so easy to see through.

      Scientology — a billion dollars behind them

      Tony Ortega — the truth behind him

      Whose get more views?

  • Holy shit. This was rather enlightening. Now, if I ever talk to my parents again, I’ll be able to direct them to the exact place where Hubbard admitted it was all a fraud, in his own words.

    I think that Miscavige’s downfall is that he’s still acting like a player and has yet to realize hes the Master and can change the rules.

    • Missionary Kid

      He has changed the rules by his reinterpretation of the scripture. He just hasn’t taken the step of saying he has anything new. I don’t believe he’s smart or creative enough to do that.

      • pronoia

        He doesn’t have the charisma to really pull that off. Whatever else was wrong with Hubbard, he was capable of being entertaining and charming. He could hold court, and in that respect his bullying was much more subtle than Miscavige’s. DM can only be COB. He is an autocrat through and through. He doesn’t have a single imaginative thetan in his body, so no, he could never come up with anything original, even though he seems to try from time to time. If he hadn’t fallen into scientology at such a young age he would’ve become a hedge-fund monster or a Leona Helmsley real estate type character with terrible taste in interior design. He would LOVE to print a set of playing cards with his mug on every single one.

        • Missionary Kid

          You’re right. At least he’s self-aware enough not to take the step that would reveal his ineptitude at creating anything new. That puts him in the box that has lead to the disintegration of Co$.

        • Verve

          He’s not smart enough to run a hedge fund, though he could BS his way through real estate (some of those people are charming as hell but dumber than a paperweight). My guess if he never met $ci he would be a low-end pimp, like goats and ferrets and such.

    • Suppressive Tomato

      Derek, if you want scans of the original document, email me at suppressivetomato at gmail

  • Verve

    “and heavily influenced by a diet of booze, barbiturates and speed,”
    Shit, we called that college. Guess we should have bought a boat.

    • Jimmy3

      Shit, I call that a Thursday. Minus the diet part.

      • Verve

        😀

  • Truthiwant

    In Ron Hubbard’s Tone Scale, Games are 22.

    His Tone Scale goes from -40 to +40 but the scale does not increase by one whole number for each tone. Instead, particularly towards the top of the scale, there are large gaps. He goes from 3.5 to 4 to 6 to 8 to 20 to 22 to 30 and finally to 40.

    Why have Tone 40 as the maximum? Why 30 for Postulates? Why 22 for games?

    If you look at the meaning of numbers, including the meaning of numbers in the Bible (but not only) you can possibly get an idea of what he was thinking.

    Maybe I am talking nonsense here, and they were just numbers pulled out of a hat, but Hubbard did have a great sense for the esoteric and I wonder if those numbers in his Tone Scale did actually have a meaning for him.

  • Joe Hurtado

    Has the Bunker discussed what David Miscavige’s formal DSM-V diagnosis should be? (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association) He very obviously has an Antsocial Personality Disorder (he gets a perfect score for meeting all the diagnostic criteria!) on Axis II, but don’t recall seeing any suggestion of Bipolar Disorder before. (see the diagnostic criteria below)

    Camilla’s description dovetails with other descriptions I’ve read of Miscavige’s behavior. Camilla says it’s so difficult to keep up with him due to his rapid and pressured manner of speaking (her difficulties comprehending him had more to than just her ESL status). He jumps around changing things continuously as the whim strikes him. I’m sure that made rehearsals unbearable. The “as the idea or whim strikes” is something that bedeviled executives at Gold Base. They’d run off and comply with an order only to come back and find it was wrong (no it wasn’t); Davey just got a new and better idea (aren’t they always?) that just had to be acted upon. This phenomenon is called “flight of ideas” and it sure sounds like the “development” of the new e-meter was subject to numerous flights of ideas across the years to incredible financial cost and human expense.

    Davey exhibits grandiosity at every turn doesn’t he? From his numerous titles to his custom tailored wardrobe to executive suites that rival or surpass Fortune 200 executive appointments. And of course, there are his very special friends in very high places. He seems to have boundless energy as he summons executives to meetings at 2:00 or 4:00 in the morning or for late night dunkings at the base pool. Maybe the drinking is the only way he can achieve a quick state of unconsciousness if he has trouble sleeping. Self-medication turned to alcoholism.

    Davey doesn’t have to leave Gold to shop impulsively and there aren’t the usual financial repercussions because the money keeps rolling in. He spends excessively, but it doesn’t appear as weird as disappearing for a few days only to be tracked down to Paris by credit card charges for luxury goods. He’s in a controlled setting where there are no consequences. Literally. Most people who suffer from psychiatric illnesses start experiencing negative feedback , in the least, or bad outcomes from the get go.

    So congratulations are in order. Miscavige has also derived a perfect score for mania on Axis I. Does he have dark moods, feel hopeless, and hate himself on occasion? Disappear for days at a time with his bottles of scotch and stay in bed for days on end? I guess we’ll have to hold back on the other pole.

    Disconnected and very fast (racing) thoughts
    Grandiose beliefs
    Inappropriate elation or euphoria (The War is won!)
    Inappropriate irritability
    Inappropriate social behavior
    Increased sexual desire (tired of old wife? meet the new wife.)
    Increased talking speed or volume
    Markedly increased energy
    Poor judgment
    A decreased need for sleep due to high energy

    • Juicer77

      Probably an obsolete term, but he strikes me as “unipolar” or manic exclusively. Perhaps some once-ins can share any stories of “down” times for Mismanage.
      Or he could just be an evil tyrant sonofabitch.

      • aegerprimo

        He is definitely that, AND he gets away with it.

    • Missionary Kid

      I don’t worry about the DSM-V says about DM. I just put him in the category of asshole.

      • Fuck Psychiatry

        • Missionary Kid

          You’re perfectly in character.

      • Joe Hurtado

        What if other people do and it helps to put him away criminally? Would you care so little under such circumstances?

        Your lack of curiosity/interest in the DSM is troubling.

        • Missionary Kid

          I was being somewhat facetious. I’ve done enough armchair analysis of DM here.

          When DM goes on trial, he may try to plead that he had some mental defect that would make him act in a particular way, but, IMO, that probably won’t help him.

          It certainly won’t help the prosecution to talk about his mental state. True, they will need to be prepared for all of the psychological defenses, even though $cientology eschews it’s use. He’ll use anything he can to avoid being Bubba’s roommate.

          The prosecution will need to focus on his deeds, not his state of mind if they’re going to bet a conviction. A person can’t be convicted by what he thinks or believes: only by what he does.

        • Eileen

          Troll?

        • Joe Hurtado

          My e-mail box has just gotten innundated by some…

    • beauty for ashes

      i vote narcissist. i often think about preachers who the have the tenacity to claim to know exactly what the truth about the nature of god is. and then ask for applause attention adoration, and then vicious amounts of money. they say ally yourself with me, and you will be on the “winning” side of the game. that now who can step into that spotlight ,or that throne, and say you have the patent on god. for sure. who would even want that? a narcissist. who wouldn’t feel guilty when the very approach they guarantee- hurts the people they have lulled into submission…. a narcissist?……. and he’s short , is napoleon complex in the dsm-v?

      • Joe Hurtado

        Narcissists generally have better impulse control when their deeds are undermined and they can claim great underhanded and anonymous idiocy as “great” trainers for “HIS* own purpose have been done!

        Is this another great Tom Cruise failure and thus abatement? The WeHo Church may have lost money as Tom and Davey blustered about without assurances of their “lovely” “one-on-one regional” Home Depot idiot could probably blast that off without knowing that his backing was not the usual Repug idiots! and they have great gains to make under contracts, right?

        PLEASE TELL US HOW TOM CRUISE’S BEAUTINESS CUNT AND ABILITY DESTROY ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING L. RON. HUBBARD HAS EVER SAID?

        WE ALL KNOW IT’S A TALL ORDER, BUT AS YOUR WIDELY ACKENOLEDGED

    • Bavarian Rage

      Nah…My dad has bipolar. Davey’s not that. He’s definitely something else though. A real piece of work. I vote with Mish Kid and Beauty below…

  • Wow… this really breaks Scientology down to what it was really all about doesn’t it? Every idiot that thinks the evil started with Miscavige needs to read (and word clear LOL) this. Many thanks to Jon Atack and Suppressive Tomato for this incredible insight (and to Tony for providing this wonderful forum)!

    • Suppressive Tomato

      I’m stoked Jon took this topic up. Reading through the book that accompanies the PDC lectures, I was kind of stunned that LRH was so blatantly admitting his strategy and general opinion of others, especially his “players” who were making it happen for him. I thought to myself, “How could people read this and not realize they were Ron’s players and/or pieces?” Like much of Scientology, it depends on how literally you take what Ron says. If you were conditioned to think of Ron as your “friend”, the “greatest friend of mankind” then you might easily read his Caste System of Games as a social criticism of governments, the psyches, etc. and how they manipulate people, rather than reading it as an unabashed admission of his own scheme.

      • Is that book something that comes with the new CDs? Or is it also part of the tape transcripts?

        I have to admit I’ve waffled back and forth a bit on whether the guy was completely evil or not but this cinches it for me. Regardless of whatever little bit of good came from it, it was designed to be a mindfuck from the get go.

        • MaxSpaceman

          Yeah- the Long Con of El Ron is a biatch from hell. He hit his stride in 1952 in its development.

      • FollowTheMoney

        The trick, ST, was that when you were one of Ron’s followers you felt you were in the ‘in’ crowd. The ‘players’, those clueless automatons, were those outside your special little group. In group/out group thinking was another powerful social psychological effect that the Hubbster used to keep his players playing their parts.

  • Espiando

    Okay, West Coast Scilons. East Coast and Midwest just pissed the bed on getting in slams against Jon before 2PM. You’ve got two hours to play Confront and Shatter on one of the biggest SPs around! Remember, this was the man who dared to write up a declare on COB RTC! He must be confronted. He must be shattered. He must be taught what a universal void the SP is in.

    Or are you just playing Charlie Chickenshit today?

    • stillgrace2

      You don’t suppose they all blew scientology since the last Jon Atack post? That would be great. If they don’t show up, I’ll think they probably did. Good for them.

      • Espiando

        Maybe. It’s now after 2 on the West Coast, and no attempted Dead Agenting of Jon in sight. You think they were expecting him on Saturday and just didn’t bother checking today?

        • stillgrace2

          Ruh Roh … falling down on the job- could be the RPF for someone once David Miscavige finds out that Jon went unchallenged today.

        • Dr_Orpheus

          All of the OSAites who regularly monitor the Bunker have been sent to Triple-RPF for failing to handle us. They’ll be back to strike an effective blow against the enemy after they have been properly reeducated/

        • Missionary Kid

          They must be busy because they haven’t bothered my latest move of the DM nicknames list that took place a few days ago.

        • Jimmy3

          Eugene K would always show up on Jon Atack days to whine. Now that guy posts here semi-regularly and sounds almost like an SP. So there’s one troll gone. Marco was another. I wonder where he’s at?

          • jeff

            Marco, aka Signs of Success, was, as Captain Howdy says, ban-hammered.

            • Science Doc

              I think it’s collapsing. Better to have them scrubbing a dumpster than reading the bad news.

    • Eileen

      There are no scientologists on the east coast (except Florida where they are setting up the real estate sell off). The one in the Midwest is working on his narconon defense

      • VickiStubing

        I drove past the local mOrg and am happy to report the lights were on, nobody visible inside, and no cars in the lot. Maybe the lights will be off soon. A girl can dream.

    • Missionary Kid

      Damn! I was waiting for one to show up so I could read one of your potent takedowns. *Snickersnort*

      • Baby

        troll alert

      • Baby

        He left after I ignored him..xo

        • Missionary Kid

          What was his name? I went looking, but didn’t see it. Maybe I had Disquis set wrong.

    • Baby

      Troll alert..

  • Dylan

    So I was just a piece in one big chess game. damm

    • Jimmy3

      That doesn’t necessarily mean you were a pawn. Maybe you were something useful, like a Rook.

      • Missionary Kid

        Well, Dylan did get rooked.

        • Dylan

          it’s not how you feel it’s how you rook.

          • Missionary Kid

            *Laugh*

      • Dylan

        truth be told. it always sorta felt like that. right below the surface. like that thing you can’t quite put your finger on. Jon’s book was one of the first things I read when I was looking into the history of the scientology. alot of it rang true. Like most of what is said here. I was given the PDC’s when I was in CMOIXU I have said for a while that these lectures are very telling into the mindstate of Hubbard. Jon Nailed it.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Good to see you again.

  • nottrue

    Distinguished panel member Jon Atack……

  • Chocolate Velvet

    Hubbard suffered the fate of many a student of the teachings of that diabolical Crowley: he got caught in the Abyss, in “Chapel Perilous”, as they like to call it. Every one of his writings is just a dispatch from the Chapel, a howl from the Abyss, by a man whose ego was far too large to ever allow him to exit that place. Fool. His teacher too. Parsons had no business taking a student, and in doing so, he helped wreck havoc on the lives of many.

    Yeah, I said it. 😉

    • flyonthewall

      From Jon Atak’s essay “Hubbard and the Occult” – ”

      “Hubbard’s interest in the occult was kindled long before he met Parsons. It dates back at least to
      his membership of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis or AMORC, in
      1940. Hubbard had completed the first two neophyte degrees before his
      membership lapsed, and later there were private complaints that he had
      incorporated some of the teachings he had promised to keep secret into
      Scientology (025).”
      Hubbard was familiar with Crowley and Thelema long before he even met Parsons. Even in his college days he made referrence to his Guardian Angel. Being in touch with your Guadian Angel is a key component of Thelema.
      You can’t put Scientology or its destructiveness on Parsons

      • Chocolate Velvet

        No, but Parsons allegedly annointed Hubbard a natural “Magister Templi”, and launched his insane ego and ambitions into the stratosphere.

        It is probably unfair to tag Parsons for any of that, it’s true. It just annoys me that he was so truly brilliant in some ways, but an utter fool and sucker in others.

  • My dear friend Jon. And the real joke is that Elwrong actually put people at effect of his shenanigans and defined it, too, but not enough of us picked up on what was going on for too long. Here’s the definition of it from the 1987 Tech Dictionary. I’ll just list the first one – “Games Condition. 1. When you say games condition you mean that somebody’s power of choice has been subjugated against his will into a fixated activity from which he must not take his attention.” Haha. Turn up the heat, Satan, Ron’s not screaming loud enough.

    • Juicer77

      For us never-in’s – what does “at effect of his shenanigans” mean? In real English, not Hubbard-speak?

      • Missionary Kid

        I believe that “at effect” means “were effected by.” In other words, were fucked by his shenanigans, i.e. $cientology.

          • Missionary Kid

            Thanks again.

            • I don’t mean to be obnoxious . . . truly 🙂

            • Missionary Kid

              The cartoons were excellent. I’m not offended at all. I’m not insecure about being wrong, because when someone corrects me, and they’re right, I’ve learned something or I’ve had a brain fart and said something incorrect that should have been corrected.

            • Qbird

              You’re not, Teach! Good tasty tidbits – ha! tks.

        • From The Oatmeal:

          • Missionary Kid

            Oops. Thanks.

      • Sorry about that. In $cientology it was good to be “cause” and bad to be “effect.” Meaning that you should be in charge and never have someone in charge of you. Or never be the “effect” of the world but always making life go like you wanted. That’s Hubbard-wants-to-be-God talking. That was what was really on his mind. In other words, Jon explains fulsomely how “life is a game” according to Hubbard and if you know “Elwrong’s Sekrit Rulez” you can win that game. Which of course was total bullshit – he was just a creative con artist. And therefore, he lost.

        • Bob

          Ron, didn’t lose, he went to his next mission. He died surrounded by adoring acolytes.
          He one of most beloved men of the 20th century. Just look at all the plaques he received.

          • Sorry Miss Cabbage, I completely forgot that!

            • Bob

              Please visit the LRH exhibit on Hollywood Blvd. and you will fully understand how many people in the US love LRH. All the proclamations and plaques are prominently displayed. And wonderful historical videos. He is an icon known from Needles to Bangor Maine.
              Skip as a writer you have to admit LRH was the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Thank god we have COB to preserve Ron’s wonderful history. And to preserve accurately all his writings.

            • I appreciate your concern. The last time I visited I had to be hospitalized for terminal boredom and my wonderful doctor – who had me watch 12 straight hours of Sponge Bob Squarepants, curing me – said, “Wow, you’re very lucky. You were almost bullshitted to death.”

            • Bob

              Skip, glad to hear you recovered. I’m sure though you were inspired to write more after seeing all the wonderful books written by LRH. He was clearly a word machine. Possibly he had a million monkey entities inside him proving that in fact, that many monkeys all working together can actually write a semblance of a story very quickly.

            • Well, there’s the Tech Dictionary created by Cynthia Mettle, the 2D book created by Cass Warner, and the Mission: Earth crap written by Vaughn Young and a bunch of other Sea Org monkeys. What other books did you mean?

            • Bob

              LOL, The million monkey march through Hubbards head.

      • In standard English the word effect would normally not be preceded by the preposition at. That is why “at effect” sounds/is wrong. The only words that should precede effect are into, take, the, any, an, or and.

      • Captain Howdy

        Are you making things happen (cause) or are you letting things happen to you (effect)

    • Artoo45

      He hasn’t met Satan . . . yet.

      • Pretty sure they met a long time ago. 🙂

  • pronoia

    I always felt that there was an element of fun and games to all of this for LRon. You can hear it in the tone of his voice. He sounds like he is amusing himself. The image I always have is that old BBC interview when he said (something to the effect, don’t have the exact quote at hand) that only the madman doesn’t think he is mad. The big wide grin, the almost snigger. Mixed up with his grandiosity, it is a pretty toxic combination. It never really seems as though he really really buys his own bs. Though I can imagine that a big part of him wanted the power that Crowley dangled.

    Another person who must’ve been tremendously influenced by Crowley was Carlos Castaneda. All of his books were about power and how to fight it, get it, and hold it. Life was just a big long test — and like Lron, he kept moving he goal posts. Talk about a long long con. Though I think he was much smarter than LRon. He only needed a tight circle of accolades around him. He disappeared right around the time Hubbard did, though in his case, he was hiding in plain sight in West LA. Sadly, his books are still being sold as non-fiction. Even though it is well documented that all of them are 100% fiction.

    • FromPolandWithLove

      You have reminded me about interesting article: Dark legacy of Carlos Castaneda. Let me post link

      http://www.salon.com/2007/04/12/castaneda/

      • grundoon

        “Several researchers, most prominently Richard de Mille, son of the
        legendary director, worked tirelessly to demonstrate that Castaneda’s
        work was a hoax.”

        That’s the same Richard De Mille who, many years before, had been “one of Hubbard’s right-hand men during the traumatic two-year rise and
        fall of Dianetics, saw the establishment of Scientology and participated in
        Ron’s kidnapping of his daughter and wife. He left in the mid-1950s as he
        became increasingly doubtful about the usefulness of Hubbard’s work.” – Interview by Russell Miller at https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/miller/interviews/demille.htm

        • FromPolandWithLove

          Thank You for this link :), I’m going to read this article with curiosity.

  • Simi Valley

    Brilliant analysis by Jon Atack … and terrifying!

    On another (off-topic) note, I finally got up enough nerve to call my former chiro in LA who treated several of my cult friends. Before now I was too freaked out to call him and even say I’m out of the cult now (even though he was never in himself).

    The reason I bring this up is that the disconnection thing is so powerful that as an ex clam, I somehow felt that I couldn’t even speak to my own doctor — it “felt” off limits to talk to him because he also treated some other clams. How fucked up is that?

    • Suppressive Tomato

      Pretty fucked up for someone who was promised the ability to communicate to anyone about anything! Glad you escaped that straightjacket, Simi!

    • Missionary Kid

      It was fucked, but you’ve obviously taken another step away from the mind wash that you had undergone. Congratulations.

  • I have difficulty understanding what the latest youth says about me.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q47bpBHdNf8

    • sizzle8

      Ummmm… the Sea Org didn’t exist in 1958.

  • Hyder Simpson

    Hey, folks, anybody interested in flagging some CL ads? I just posted a small batch of new ads here:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-110#post-2479476
    OC comes through for us again with “Problems With Your Parents? …are you sick of being told what to do…”

    There’s a new regional list here: http://whyweprotest.net/threads/project-clearcraig.45949/page-14#post-2479365

    • Eileen

      I’ll get to flagging!

    • Eileen

      Found one 2hour old boston ad in the regional list

    • aegerprimo

      The Orange County ones are already flagged for removal!

  • am definitely getting a small soupçon of schadenfreude with this Enty reveal…. outside of The Bunker I had some of the best dialog in the comment section where this article was posted…. was pretty sure I got a second generation kid to blow… or at least have a good look at the internet

    pic

    • Baby

      Well..I’m likin the blow part.. lookin at the internet..fabulous start!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Linky…?

      • it’s on here http://scientologybollocks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/skrillex-outs-himself-as-scientology.html?q=SKRILLEX

        unfortunately the long conversation I was having with this kid was removed by his parents [I’m guessing] as it looked like I was getting through… it was mainly about a video of a recent ex Sea org member who had made a video and told of all the abuses and lies… judging from his responses I’m pretty sure he actually watched it but was still relying on cognitive dissonance but he was starting to entertain that others might have a different opinion… I made sure to use friendly logic rather than any snark that often use here.

        • outraged

          Skrillex is a scientologist?

          • Eivol Ekdal
            • outraged

              oh god, what a kool aide drinker. ugh. Thank you for the link.

              Interesting his Wikipedia entry doesn’t mention Scientology.

              I don’t read Rolling Stone very often. Well, down with Skrillex. I particularly hate celebrities in Scionville. They are public figures defending a cult that promotes child abuse and violence, only collects money for itself and does nothing for anyone.

              All these celebrities need to be called out. They are living in a bubble and bringing other people straight into the hell that is Miscasshole. Tie them to the stake and throw permanent green goo at them.

            • Jo

              I got confused with scalextric, I’m old.

          • Captain Howdy

            No, it’s a scrubbing pad.

          • MaxSpaceman

            is a DJ, a global music act. “Sonny John Moore, better known by his stage name Skrillex, is an electronic dance music producer, DJ, and singer-songwriter.”
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSeNSzJ2-Jw

        • PreferToBeAnon2

          Thanks m_l, but forgive me, I can’t seem to find the comment section on your blog that you are referring to. It’s most likely in front of my face. I so wish your site was more user friendly because there is great stuff there! I find that I can’t tell when a new article is starting or if it is a continuation, or am surprised to see something unrelated but interesting with a different headline way down on the page. Great finds though!

          • I was meaning the comments on the original article which Eivol linked to below…. my link was to my site link that had the link…. it’s quite fiddly to do this on the iPad so I just pointed to the page it was on; when I set the site up I did it on my iMac and later discovered it’s not the best google format for the iPad and iPhone, it’s much more desktop friendly.

            • Barbara Angel

              Your site is great and funny, but is difficult to navigate for me too. Didn’t want to mention it as I admire all your hard work but am unable to appreciate it due to the difficulty. But then again I’m a dullard when it comes to computers. Please keep up the good work, anything that makes fun of those criminal turds is a Community Service. Thank you so very much. My small part in bringing co$ down, is flagging those fuckers in an attempt to stop the enticement of fresh meat with all the criminal LIES they post.
              I’ve said some really nasty things about co$ and the enabling gang and not the least bit sorry. They cause so much pain, suffering and grief to good people, unnecessarily. mustravage is nothing more than a sadistic parasite and the wheel turns, can’t wait to see him all dressed in orange.

    • Frodis73

      I really hope you got him to look ML. That’s really cool, maybe he will blow and thank you later!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    One from the vaults:

    • MaxSpaceman

      A chestnut!

    • Captain Howdy

      Milkem Badly…nice one

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        It was either that or Bilkem Madly…

      • Verve

        I personally like the age range.

      • Baby

        Troll alert..I’m looking for Espi too

      • Baby

        I ignored him and he left..

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          That’s because he has a life, unlike all of us (*sniff*)…

  • Science Doc
    • outraged

      Did you see that the Daily Fail called Tommy Boy ‘pint sized’. lol

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2731002/Tom-Cruise-ascends-Vienna-State-Opera-house-films-scenes-Mission-Impossible-5.html

      Great Bollocks post. I am confused about Gateshead tho. Are there TWO buildings there? The really cool old one that housed seniors and then the school?

      • Brit Git

        There is only one building. The first photograph in the BBC report is taken from east of the building (either from the main road (A184) or from the end of Walker Terrace). The second photograph is taken from the west, from Windmill Hills park. You can see the small tower in both photographs.

        The entire building is a Victorian school, it is Grade II listed (nationally important and of special interest). Both English Heritage and Gateshead MBC (Metropolitan Boorough Council) should be interested in its welfare. Gateshead MBC will find its condition difficult to ignore, and their offices are only about 300 yards away. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Gateshead gave the story to the BBC in an attempt to embarass the owner into doing something.

        They could fix it themselves, and then charge the owner, but a cash-strapped council needs to know that the owner has money. According to the report the church claims that the buildiing was bought by “one of our parishioners” Richard Pickles. As Mr Pickles is “a director of a dormant
        company called ATD CCTV Ltd” Gateshead MBC will be worried that they’ll do the work, and discover Mr Pickles has no money. Given Co$’s standard operating procedure, they’re probably right.

        • outraged

          Thank you!! Once again, the cult manages to screw up a neighborhood while professing to doing good. Liers. Liers.

    • aegerprimo

      I made a screen shot of the NE Nicole Kidman article, and then your comment disappeared. What is your email?

  • Exterrier

    Wow Jon. I am not that same “astute reader”, but I had asked once if somebody knew of a certain Ron policy I had been shown once in “qual”, about the anatomy of a game, and the “game maker”. I felt it was a very important admission on his part. It left an impression with me, as when I became disaffected, it began to dawn on me that this was no mere observation by Rawn about how others operate in the world, but was actually him revealing what he himself was doing to us.
    You really, really fleshed this out. Thanks so much. And yes, it is not just Scientology that operates on this basis, but Wall Street, the Fed, the central banks all over, and more. Not to digress, too widely, though. It is just that at the time I read it, I was just deep enough into the cult, like you, not to immediately recognize the full ramifications of his revelation. Looking back, it is totally obvious.
    And obviously, Ron Junior’s recounting of “dad” poring over Crowley’s volumes to get his wisdom to form Scientology was no joke, and we have the Philadelphia Doctorate course to show for that.

    This is an excellent post, and really helps untie El Gordo’s Gordion knot quite a bit.

  • whingeybingey

    I thought it was “We build a world from broken straws”.

    • You have Ethics prescence, how about joining Staff at your local Oeg ?

      _Ron

      • whingeybingey

        I may as well, since saying anything that people don’t like is treated exactly the same.

  • Hyder Simpson

    Just put up a long list of new and updated ads: http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-110#post-2479509

    I joked about OC’s ads earlier but their newest is no joking matter. I usually find it hard to believe that anyone responds to these ads on CL but the chance, however remote, that some concerned but clueless parent takes their depressed child to be audited by Scientologists makes my heart ache.

    [quote]If your teenager has been diagnosed with depression, or if you are a
    teenager who has been diagnosed with depression, and you are looking for
    some relief that is an alternative to anti-depression medications, come
    in and get a free consultation.

    Find out if you qualify for non-drugging solutions.

    South Coast Mission

    26981 Vista Terrace, Ste. A

    Lake Forest, CA 92630

    (866) 495-4132[/quote]

    https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/had/4630378896.html

    Find out if you qualify? Are you desperate, clueless and have assets we can strip?

      • jeff

        Ron, I love this song…I never knew you had good taste in music with you know, the Apollo All-Stars and that.

    • Baby

      Assholes.. flagged

    • aegerprimo

      Flagged!

    • Eileen

      Flagged

    • Frodis73

      That is very disturbing & I’m hacking away at it too. Bastards.

  • By the way, the http://whowhatwheredirectory.com/ Scientology web site has “A Directory of Honest& Reliable Businesses™” on their web page. 🙂 Is that a screamer or what? 🙂

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      A helpful public service. I know which merchants to avoid, now.

  • Tony Ortega

    HEAD’S UP: We’re doing some webby maintenance stuff tonight. Site might go down for an hour at some point.

    • FromPolandWithLove

      Got it, so it’s high time for sleep. Goodnight 🙂

    • t1kk

      Just following up to test whether everything rolled through okay.

      • DodoTheLaser

        It went blank a few minutes ago after a refresh, but looks good now.

        • t1kk

          Thanks. If anyone else is having problems, try shift reloading.

  • Missionary Kid

    For Media Lush:

    There’s a picture of Nicole with Connor, undated.

    Here’s the body of the article:

    Desperately hoping to head off a health crisis, Nicole Kidman is pleading with overweight son Connor Cruise to get his life under control – but he keeps packing on the pounds.

    “Connor is living life in the fast lane,” said a source. “He refuses to work out, eats junk food, parties all night and chain smokes.”

    Connor, 19. and a pal were seen leaving the London club Boujis in the wee hours recently after a night of vodka and tequila. Nicole, 47, has been begging Tom Cruise’s 19-year-old son to clean up his act for a year, revealed the source.

    “But he doesn’t think he has a problem. He’s been chowing down on greasy burgers and fries, and he smokes more now than ever. He is usually out all night and sleeps all day, leaving no time to exercise.

    “Nicole and Keith offered to buy him a gym membership or hire a personal trainer, but he says he isn’t interested.” In startling contrast, both his parents are huge advocates of healthy living.

    “Tom works out six or seven days a week and eats healthy,” said an insider.”He’s never smoked, and while he might enjoy a beer or a glass of wine every now and then, he is not a regular drinker.”

    Added the close source: “Nicole is super-healthy. She works out all the time and runs two miles a day. She has an organic garden at her Nashville house and loves nothing more than putting together a salad.

    “Nicole and Tom are frustrated. They want him to lose weight, get more sleep and stop smoking before he ends up with a serious health issue.”

    Let’s see if this comes through for you when I put the url here: http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/nicole-kidman-begs-party-patrol-cruise-kid-clean-his-act

    • Captain Howdy

      Not that i believe Nicole said that stuff but the kid is 19, he’s suppose to be out drinking, smoking, eatin’ pizza and chasing girls all night long. Plenty of time to tun into a yuppie douche perfectionist down the road.

  • Science Doc

    Well, I’m about 40 years over their target and I’ll be on the west coast tomorrow, but I haven’t shaved in 5 days and that makes me grungy. Say the word and I’ll meet you in San Diego, DT LA or by any BART station in SF. I’m ready to be the hipster Scilon. Armani and a fedora with hiking boots. I got you covered. Bring some Benjamins, because I don’t think you’re good for it.

  • Ethics Officer

    Oh Jon! Thank you, thank you again for this brilliant analysis!! Fascinating!! No one can explain the shit of Flubbard so great as you, Jon. You’re so good and so great! What a relief did I feel, when I read your noble words of wisdom. I could never understand this PDC, but now it becomes clear. The evil satan Hubbard must have had a weak moment in which he gave away his secret intention of enslaving mankind, which now becomes evident to all of us, thanks to your astonishing article.

    But wait a minute… I would say that Hubbard either had the intention to enslave people, or he had the intention free people and believed in his own stuff, but failed. It’s one or the other, not both. Either he was evil, or he was a poor deluded fellow himself, much like christians, muslems and other strange stuff believers. And we know that Hubbard believed in his own BT-stuff, even till the end of his life. So…., uhmm…., something doesn’t….., well anyway, doesn’t matter. Jonny you’re so great and intelligent. You figured it all out. Thank you, thank you!!!!. I can’t wait for your analysis of lecture number 40!

    Sorry for the late response. But unlike many others on this blog I do have a life, so I can’t sit at this blog the whole day.

    • Are they making you stay up all night because your stats were so bad today? That’s too bad. Remember you can always go home to your old life and your family and friends or start a new life outside The Sea Org.
      убежать

      • Ethics Officer

        Thank you so much Nat. But I don’t know where to go. If I blow from the Sea Org, can I stay temporarily in your house…?

        • DON’T route out, BLOW, Get HELP, get OUT. CALL 1-866-XSEAORG

          • Ethics Officer

            Just joking Nat. I’m not in the Sea Org.

            • Okay then. Goodnight, OSA.

            • Baby

              Just read his old posts he’s that John guy..just ignore.. He’s PUBLIC Sciloooooneytune ..ugh

              bawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhahahhhaha.. OMG like I should believe this asshole about anything..I must be tired..hahaah

            • Frodis73

              I had to ask…just curious what type of answer I’ll get. lol.

            • Baby

              OMG HE IS UPVOTING HIMSELF LIKE BEFORE…BAWWWWWWWWWWHAHAHAA

            • Ethics Officer

              Ha, you can’t ignore me baby….

            • Frodis73

              Haaaahaaaa! Too funny, and with that, I’m off to bed.

            • Baby

              Hahahahahahha OMG.. If I am ever that desperate you just take away my ANTI card…

              Night sweet doggy.. He knows I’m not speaking to him.. Ain’t no way in hell.. I got shit to do.

            • Frodis73

              Lol, you crack me up! Night wee smoking one!

            • Thanks. Night, Babydoll.

            • Baby

              Did I tell you that I loved your baby earrings ..Absolutely darling. I don’t wear earrings..but adorable..xoxo I loved Jimmy’s too…hahahhaha

            • <3

            • Baby

              Night sweetheart..xo

            • Frodis73

              Okay, SO/ OSA, whomever. Can I ask you to, think about this for one minute…things are so bad there is an official 1-800 number out there where ex-members can get help. Doesn’t that plant any little seed of doubt that something *might* be wrong and that so many critics & ex-members just might have something important to say? Just really curious how you people are so afraid to look at “entheta” that you don’t even stop to think about why and what it really means. You are North Korea up in that joint.
              Just one of the many things I question when thinking about scientologists.

            • Baby

              Doggy ..I don’t think he knows that there is only about 15,000 Scn. world wide..

            • Frodis73

              Yep! I had to try! Lol.

            • Baby

              Oh Hell yes doggy..We are Bunker Strong..xooxox

            • Ethics Officer

              Yeah, you’re really strong, baby….

            • Ethics Officer

              May be even less…. How is that relevant?

            • Ethics Officer

              Of course there is much wrong in that joint. And of course might critics and ex-members have something important to say.
              But that doesn’t mean that anything they say is necessarily true. They can tell you some incredible bullshit too.

            • Frodis73

              They all have the same damn stories…whether they were there in 60’s or last week. They can’t all be lying. Think about it.
              Also, do a compare & contrast exercise on your church vs North Korea. Think some more. Than google the truth that is everywhere. The net can lie, yes. Court dox don’t.

            • Baby

              ignore..doggy

              He’ll be by himself..

            • Ethics Officer

              You’re a bit afraid of me baby, aren’t you?

            • Ethics Officer

              It ain’t my church, doggy. And sure there are abuses and a lot of things wrong in that joint.
              That doesn’t automatically imply that Mr. Jon Atack’s view on a certain lecture is intelligent, objective and uncoloured by his own past traumas.

            • Qbird

              Were you ever? Were you one of those “fucked up Sea Org” people Bob? And now you’re out & have a life?

            • Ethics Officer

              I signed a billion year contract and was in the Sea Org for 3 days. But I smelled that this would be a trap, so I managed to get out quickly.

            • Qbird

              smart cookie. good on ya.

    • Baby

      Ethics.. Shoo little guy.. shoo shoo away .. We don’t allow our little trolls to stay.. Buh Bye Assh*le
      refresh

      • Ethics Officer

        Nice to meet you, baby.

        • Baby

          Ignore tech employed.

          • Ethics Officer

            That’s a pity. Actually I’m a nice guy. We could have a pleasant conversation….

            • you sound a right cunt to me

            • Ethics Officer

              Do I? Really? Sometimes things are different than they seem, mate….

    • kemist

      I’m getting Bad Sacasm, It’s Just Like Other Religions and the No Life Gambit.

      Anyone has a Bingo ?

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      The members of the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion appointed by President Harry S. Truman were Sen. Kenneth D. McKellar, Sen. Edward Martin, Rep. J. Harry McGregor, Rep. Louis C. Rabout, Richard E. Daugherty and Douglas W. Orr.

  • Sejanus

    Great stuff as always Jon.
    Always a blast being reminded that Lil Ruby Hardon was a sex crazed, Witchcraft obsessed, con artist who would do anything for a buck, a truck and a fuck.

    What a spiritual giant!

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ RED X +–+RED X +–+ RED X *** Friday the 22nd of August

    Good morning Early Birds and Night Owls.

    Last evening straggling Blues are here but scroll up for Hyder’s big afternoon catch:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-110#post-2479560

    Re-flag the last 3 days from Tuesday 19th if you have some spare time (10 minutes).
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-110#post-2478820

    FREELOADER Debt is ILLEGAL and CAN’T BE ENFORCED.
    DON’T route out, BLOW, Get HELP, get OUT. CALL 1-866-XSEAORG

    Ty AP

    • Pierrot

      With Dodo awol as are most of the usual posters of reminders we have a problem.
      Particularly the 7am-8am post with Tony’s new offering.
      I am away for most of the day and cannot fill in.
      Can some of you kind Red Xers post the above link around 8am.

      Simply right click on the link & copy link address then paste with your comments.
      If you want to add a Red X banner you will find many at Aegerprimo Flikr:
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/with/14217098694

      or maybe you have your own!

      • Baby

        Oh honi.. just keep this up.. I will be in bed shortly..But I have been red x ing while I’m ignoring this AssHole Troll..

        I’m sorry..

  • NOLAGirl

    Never seen the Bunker this quiet. Long night friends? 🙂

    • FromPolandWithLove

      Hi Nola Girl. 🙂 I’m drinking my lunch coffe and lurking here. Hmm, No new post, no new comments to upvote…Maybe it is quiet before storm?

      • NOLAGirl

        New post up FPWL. 🙂

    • Illinoisian

      I have been unable to get to the Bunker for at least an hour. It’s early here and I’ve only been trying to get on for about that long. Tony said yesterday that there would be some work done on the server and times that the Bunker would be ‘out.’

      • FromPolandWithLove

        Earlier Tony announced some site maintenance plans, that’s why You couldn’t get to site

        • FromPolandWithLove

          I should really drink my coffe , replied to You before reading all Your post. Ups, bless my heart ;p

      • NOLAGirl

        I’m sure the work is the reason you’re having problems. There is a new story up. See you there. 🙂

        • Just Dee

          Hmmm I don’t see a new story yet

          • FromPolandWithLove

            me too…

            • Just Dee

              I even restarted the computer, same story.

        • Illinoisian

          Not finding new post.

          • NOLAGirl

            It’s wacky right now. I posted a comment (on something that looked nothing like Disqus) and refreshed the page and it’s not there anymore. LOL Guess I’ll let them finish their work and come back. Catch you back here later friend. 🙂

            • Jimmy3

              I saw it. I’m on a Bunker article right now that was supposedly posted at 7am, and it has only 3 comments, t1kk, you and I. It has a creepy ghost town feel to it and I’m really scared.

        • Just Dee

          Can you send a link if there is a new story?

    • Just Dee

      Tony mentioned computer maintenance last night & I also couldn’t get on for about 45 minutes.

  • Techie

    Seems like the site was down until just 15 minutes ago or something. I was getting the main page but all the links were “not found”.

    • DodoTheLaser

      t1kk did some techie thing successfully. Tony will post soon, I am sure.

  • DodoTheLaser

    NEW POST