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Scientology Sunday Funnies: Buffalo Gals Go ‘Round the Outside, and the Return of DEDE!

WOTF29We have so much for you today, we hardly know where to begin. On Sundays, we bring you the latest wacky Scientology fliers and mailers and other things that our worldwide tipster network has brought us during the week. And today is special — tonight, Scientology is holding its annual posh gala for science fiction writers and illustrators, and like last year, we’re going to live-blog the ceremony as it streams on the ‘net!

Please check back here later today for our live-blog entry, which we’ll post at around 7:30 PM Eastern/4:30 PM Pacific (12:30 AM London/9:30 AM Sydney) to get the conversation started. The event itself begins at 9:30 PM Eastern/6:30 PM Pacific (2:30 AM London/11:30 AM Sydney).

As for this morning, we have a great collection of weird stuff for you. Let’s start with the Writers of the Future contest itself…

On Friday, we announced that it was time again for the annual contest, and reminded everyone that a year ago, we’d proved definitively a direct link between the contest and Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of people in its notorious office-prison, “The Hole.”

At that time, we heard from a few past winners who told us they were unconcerned about the church’s ownership of the contest because there seemed to be a strong “firewall” between it and Scientology itself.

But Rachel Denk, who administered the contest for many years, told us that in recent years, she’s seen more and more indications that the wall between the two is crumbling. And then, this week, some of our readers pointed out that photographs of the week’s festivities had been posted at the website of Author Services Inc. — the church entity that owns and runs the contest. One photo in particular caught our eye…

WOTFSeminar

Here’s how Author Services described the action in this photo: “Dave Wolverton and Tim Powers gave preparatory lectures on the types, kinds, and value of research — as applied to writing science fiction and fantasy…Writers also discussed a few essays on writing by L. Ron Hubbard that they’d been assigned the night before, breaking into pairs (Tim likes to call them their writing ‘twins’) to discuss how they could apply his teachings to their own work.”

We couldn’t help noticing that each of the contest winners has a certain book sitting in front of them in the photo. Here’s a slightly larger view…

WOTFSeminarDetail

Do you recognize the book? We did. It’s from the RON: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA series that church members have been impoverishing themselves to put copies of in every library on earth. In particular, it’s this volume, about Hubbard’s career as a writer…

RonFiction

As we’ve seen in previous editions of Sunday Funnies, the Ron Encyclopedia is something that the Church of Scientology is not only counting on for “dissemination,” but also for influencing “opinion leaders” around the world.

And hey, maybe these sci-fi geeks will ask for the whole set to take home to influence friends and family!

While all that pomp and circumstance is taking place in Hollywood, in other parts of the Scientology galaxy things are a bit less posh. Mike Rinder, at his new blog, has been posting a series of items about how the church’s “Ideal Orgs” have fallen on hard times and are struggling to raise money or bring in new people.

In cities around the world, church leader David Miscavige is tasking the locals with raising huge sums of money so they can purchase historic buildings and turn them into hi-tech showplaces. But in most cases, the “orgs” those buildings are replacing weren’t full anyway, and as lavish as the new facilities are, they aren’t pulling in members of the public. The situation has gotten so bad, in places like Johannesburg, Rinder showed, the big new buildings have become ghostly quiet.

But Rinder has really focused on Buffalo, New York, and for good reason. Buffalo opened as one of the first Ideal Orgs back in 2003, and it was rededicated last year — but only now, ten years after it first opened up, is the org doing its “non-existence campaign.” That’s Scientology-speak for “make people aware that you’re here” — a PR push, in other words. And Rinder has shown just how surprisingly hamfisted that campaign is. It centers on trying to sell limited-edition, leather-bound copies of Dianetics at $500 each to parishioners who have already been hit up endlessly for donations.

But of all the things Rinder has posted, we really enjoyed this video, which was taken by someone who happened to see inside the Buffalo org’s windows to witness a promotional video being made — note the two Scientology Buffalo gals dancing with their leather-bound books…

 
Speaking of dancing and cavorting for Scientology, we were thrilled to see the following video over at Possibly Helpful Advice. It’s another example of orgs forming regional “alliances” — which we interpret simply as a sign of desperation. In this case, a southwest US alliance centered on Phoenix, Arizona, and it features our favorite fundraiser of all time, Dede from Phoenix!

 
 
Next up on our Sunday Funnies cavalcade is Hugh Urban’s review of Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear, which appeared at Reason yesterday. Longtime readers will remember Urban, an Ohio State University professor of religious studies who produced a fine academic history of Scientology a couple of years ago.

Urban generally has praise for Wright’s book, saying that it’s a “more balanced, thoughtful, and empathetic” treatment of the church than Janet Reitman’s 2011 book, Inside Scientology. We found Urban’s two big criticisms of Wright’s book rather puzzling, however.

Urban is an academic who relied primarily for his book on historic court documents — many of them involving ex-Scientologists suing the church — and he also wrote about the Anonymous movement, people who never had any involvement in the church. But he thinks Wright relied too much on eyewitnesses who spent decades in the church and who, Urban doesn’t point out, all back each other up with consistent stories. Knowing Wright’s book, we can tell you that he never, as Urban says, takes any ex-Scientologist’s story at face value, but instead works hard to verify and corroborate their accounts. (Discounting the eyewitness accounts of ex-church members is a classic religious studies professor thing to do, unfortunately.)

But worse than that, Urban then chides Wright for focusing too much on celebrities — a criticism that Wright himself probably would simply shrug off since he’s written a bestseller, not an academic book few will see — and then, incredibly, Urban utters these words…

Wright perpetuates the most common stereotype of Scientology and also obscures the lived reality of the vast majority of ordinary Scientologists. What is it like to be a non-celebrity Scientologist in Cincinnati or Akron, someone who never “goes Clear” and neither knows nor cares about the Xenu story? What is it like to grow up as a child in the Sea Org, which Wright himself tells us is the true inner core of the church? These and many others aspects of this complex movement remain to be explored and understood. We can only hope that another writer as thoughtful, even-handed, and eloquent as Wright takes up these other chapters in the long, strange story of Scientology.

Our jaw literally dropped open as we read those words. Could Urban seriously be ignorant of the fact that not three weeks after Wright’s book came out, another major book about Scientology was published by William Morrow, the memoir of Jenna Miscavige Hill, who did, indeed, grow up as a child in the Sea Org? And that other books, perhaps not with major publishers, have addressed the other things Urban says have gone unwritten? Vance Woodward, for example, who spent 22 years in Scientology without “going Clear” or learning the Xenu story, and who wrote a rollicking, hilarious, and very personal account of what it’s like to be a nobody in Scientology’s byzantine bureaucracy?

We find it stunning that Urban, who proclaims to be an expert — indeed, he pimped his own title as a “major book” in the review’s first paragraph — can be so ignorant of what’s going on in Scientology publishing.

Maybe he ought to pay a little more attention to a certain blog and keep better informed. Just a thought.

 
And now, for this week’s collection of mailers and fliers. We love this one from Scotland, where church members are ready to kick some English ass…

ScotIdeal1ScotIdeal2ScotIdeal3ScotIdeal4ScotIdeal5ScotIdeal6ScotIdeal7

 
Texas, the first clear “country”?

AustinIdeal

 
Why make money in retail when you can run around in circles at the LA Org?

WhyIJoined

 
We only wish we could have attended this seminar Thursday night. The hair alone would have been worth it.

OTArtists

 
And finally, we’ll post this video made by the Plymouth, England org. Now, the Anons who first posted it naturally acted like their ears bled after hearing it, but we found this to be a very clever tune and well performed. If only all Scientology promotionals had a sense of humor like this piece.

 
Thanks again to all of our great tipsters. Keep those mailers and fliers coming! And remember to check back tonight as we watch the Writers of the Future gala!

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 14, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • BosonStark

    If dancing around with a $500 copy of Dianutty won’t get the BTs off you, I don’t know what will.

    • Ze Moo

      The ‘chicken dance’ is probably the most effective exorcism ritual there is. The ‘Hokey Pokey’ may be the second best…..

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr8tOa_En7A

      • John P.

        Perhaps an even better version of the “Hokey Pokey” is this, from British comedian Bill Bailey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwaxWoJPUC0

        • Ze Moo

          The hokey pokey done in German techno, hilarious. I liked Kraftwerk back in the day…..

        • stillgrace

          My favorite part is how they exited the stage!

        • grundoon

          Classic!

  • What a wonderful set of flyers this week. Of course they’re always wonderful but this week they radiate wonderfulingness!

    For me of course, as a Robertson of the Scottish diaspora, one flyer stands out above all; the stirring call to arms from the Edinburgh Org:

    ‘Scots, wha hæ wi Wallace bled,
    Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
    Welcome tæ yer gory bed,
    Or tæ victorie.

    Stirring stuff. The English psychs and bankers will be shivering in their shoes!

    And the best news of all is that the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) has just written a commemorative poem celebrating the Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center, David Miscavige’s amazing achievements in the straight up and vertical expansion of Scientology in Scotland.

    Here’s an extract:

    To Admiral Miscavige

    Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
    O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
    Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
    Wi’ bickerin brattle!
    I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee
    Wi’ murd’ring pattle!

    I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
    Has broken Nature’s social union,
    An’ justifies that ill opinion,
    Which makes thee startle,
    At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
    An’ fellow-mortal!

    I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
    What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
    A daimen-icker in a thrave
    ’S a sma’ request:
    I’ll get a blessin wi’ the lave,
    An’ never miss ’t!

    […]

    Andrew

    • AnonymousSP

      Miscavige is a wee, sleeket cowran! The poem nails it.

    • sugarplumfairy

      for that, you deserve a red, red rose..

    • Observer

      I think what’s needed here is an official Andrew Robinson Fan Club.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        How much are the dues?

        • Observer

          Nothing monetary–this isn’t Scientology after all–just sincere adoration.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Sorry…I just always assume I am going to get regged.

            • Observer

              A not unreasonable assumption when it comes to Scamatology!

            • FLUNK_101

              Hey BTN, did you see Crowkane (Raven Kane)? She’s in that last flyer from the sunday funnies, the one about “The Campbell’s.”

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Yes he is!

            • FistOfXenu

              You are. Now just sign here and give me your credit card..
              😛

          • sugarplumfairy

            Sincere adoration? I’m there..

          • FistOfXenu

            You’ll let somebody in for no money? Sorry Observer I have to KR you for criminal exchange.

      • Poison Ivy

        Will we have our coat of arms and matching kilts?

        • Midwest Mom

          Men wear kilts. The lasses wear tartan kilted skirts.

          Also, get used to making (and eating) haggis, tatties and neeps. 😉

          • Poison Ivy

            My sis in law is Scottish, from St. Andrews. I love her, but I will not eat haggis.

            • Midwest Mom

              My mother refused to have anything to do with haggis. I secretly think that my dad bought it just to tease her!

            • coonellie

              I’m allowed to have haggis on Bobby Burns birthday. I adore it. My mouth salivates just thinking I’ll have to wait until next January to eat it. Ooh…with turnips and parsnips and a few new potatoes.

            • Midwest Mom

              You don’t have to wait for his birthday, you can have it whenever you want! It’s always served on Burns’s birthday because of his poem “Address to a Haggis”. Enjoy it whenever you like! 🙂

            • There’s nae wrong with haggis, lassie. It’s just minced sheeps heart, liver and lungs with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and encased in the sheep’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.

              As the ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ puts it, “Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour”.

              And with a wee deoch an’ doris, or posssibly two, the taste of haggis improves as one’s delicate sensitivities lessen.

              Andrew

            • sugarplumfairy

              mmmm.. suet.. my favorite..

            • ThetaBara

              That’s offal!
              (ducking)

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I am so craving scotch eggs now!!! Yolk must be moist and soft. OR YOU FAIL!!!

              http://youhavetocookitright.blogspot.com/2013/02/scotch-eggs-done-my-way.html

          • Observer

            I’ve had haggis. In Fife. The people I was visiting made me a traditional Scottish dinner, and I couldn’t offend them by refusing. My mother’s cultish devotion to the dietary crackpottery of Adele Davis finally paid off in that I had already been forced to eat far more gruesome things than haggis, so it wasn’t that bad. It tasted kind of like meatloaf.

            • Midwest Mom

              Adelle Davis had some kooky ideas which she promoted, such as alcoholism, crime, suicide and divorce were the result of a poor diet. (!!)

              Her vitamin supplementation recommendations were also horribly incorrect. There were children who suffered stunted growth, serious illnesses, and even death when their parents followed her advice on over supplementing with high doses of vitamins.

            • Observer

              Not to mention those of us who were made to eat offal. I was a kindergarten afternooner, and I remember my mom scrambling eggs with brains for my lunch. I guess that technically makes me a zombie.

            • Midwest Mom

              Eggs with brains? That is just wrong!

            • Observer

              Brains with anything, or by themselves, is just wrong. They’re metallic-tasting and the texture is DISGUSTING.

            • FistOfXenu

              Funny. I never got a creepy vibe from you.

            • Observer

              That’s because you’ve never met me … muahahahaha!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Creepy is an illusion fueled by misconceptions.

            • FistOfXenu

              Observer turning out to be a zombie wouldn’t be a misconception would it, I mean if it was real? Glad to say I don’t think zombies are real so that’s why I didn’t get a creepy vibe.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Zombies are just humans without the ability to conceptualize…!
              Dont hate!

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie

              Disclaimer: I have a mad, deep, lustful and philisophical crush on Chalmers so try to forgive my bias!!!
              I mean reully….It is minutes away from a restraining order! AHHHH!

            • Bella Legosi

              My Italian grandpa ate something called blood pudding and headcheese….headcheese is like a zombie fruit cake

            • Observer

              Yeah, I had to eat headcheese too. My mom made it. *shudder* No blood pudding though, fortunately.

            • Bella Legosi

              How can you have pudding if you don’t eat your meat? lol

            • Observer

              lol!

            • That must have been something to see, your mom making head cheese, presumably from a pig’s head.

            • Observer

              That’s a whole other story. I’ll just say there’s nothing quite like coming home from school, lifting the lid of the pot boiling on the stove and finding a partially-fleshed pig’s head staring back at you. Unless it’s coming home from school, opening the refrigerator and finding a severed pig’s head sitting on the top shelf.

              As I’ve said before, it’s a wonder I’m not some kind of serial killer.

            • Bella Legosi

              Did ya grow up on a pig farm? I make it a rule NEVER screw with pig farmers…..period.

            • Observer

              No, it’s a little more Dickensian than that. I wasn’t an orphan, but we were quite poor in the late 60s-70s, and some people we knew raised hogs and gave us the heads when they slaughtered one.

              Another thing my mom made from the hog heads was scrapple. I can still taste that stuff. *shudder*

            • Bella Legosi

              *gags* I heard of that on Travel Channel….I feel for ya. I was stubborn. They tried the whole you won’t eat at all if you don’t eat this and when that didn’t work spanking was in order…..but the little sociopath that I am would cry and say they didn’t love me so after a few times my grandparents and mom were like screw it just give her mac and cheese

            • Gus_Cox

              I grew up in Pennsylvania – it’s kind of a regional delicacy… I loooooove scrapple! 🙂

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I am a farm girl…. and I was over at a friends house one day. Beer is in the fridge (they say)…grab one.
              OK
              WHOLE skinned pig sitting upright in the fridge…surrounded by bud light.
              And so, I got me-self a beer!!!

            • Sandy

              My German Mom also talked about headcheese. They actually sold it in my hometown in MN. She called the other blood sausage They collected the blood from butchering (as I recall) ducks. Gramma thickened this with flour & stored it in loaf pans. She fried it for breakfast … Oh, yummy …

            • Bella Legosi

              Yeah, headcheese was supposed to be discontinued in 96 due to possible Mad Cow infection (does a protein infect?) I have seen it sold at Latin bodegas in the Rockwood area of Gresham.

            • From butchering…. ducks… yeah, ducks, that’s the ticket!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              My mom Loved head cheese…but she also Loved L. Ron Hubbard?
              coincidence?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Ya’ll are heathens!!!
              Eat anything! be brave!

              edit: Mr. Nuts is a (cheap ass) Scot!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Brains are creamy…YUM!

      • Casabeca

        Here here! Clan Douglas is in!

    • If only Miscavige would settle for one daimen-icker per thrave.

  • AnonymousSP

    Always worth getting up early on Sundays to read this blog. Thanks To Tony and the team at the Bunker.

  • BosonStark

    Urb says this: “Yet by continuing to focus our attention on the church’s comparatively tiny celebrity
    side, Wright perpetuates the most common stereotype of Scientology and also obscures the lived reality of the vast majority of ordinary Scientologists. What is it like to be a non-celebrity Scientologist in Cincinnati or Akron…”

    Maybe that could be Urb’s next “major” book? LOL.

    I was relieved Wright devoted as much attention as he did to Cruise and Travolta, in a way that was truthfully outrageous, and sociologically meaningful.The Scilebrities are IMMENSELY important in this space cult’s limping along the way it has. The public needs to be aware of the scilebrity’s role, and the gaping disparity in how they are treated, compared to ordinary dupes.

    Dianutty was selling 2 copies a week on Amazon just a few years ago.To think that piece of bloated claptrap is important in drawing the raw meat in today is ridiculous. And of the “millions” who bought it, who even read it — 1 or 2% maybe? Tom Cruise alone probably has had a subtle influence on the involvement of a majority of Scientologists in the last 20 years. They are drawn by the smell of his success and popularity.

    Even though most clams are not aware of Xenu, it is the nut-encrusted carrot that they buy up to on the Bridge to Total Freedom. As Tommy Davis, would say, it is their “sacred scripture,” and hey, it’s good for some laughs, isn’t it?

    Historically, even when it was doing much better than today, 80% of the people who took a Scientology course, leave after 2 years, and never go back. As I have mentioned before, the weakest chapter in Janet Rietman’s book was the one on the happy clam — a young woman bound for law school. She had nothing of interest to say whatsoever about her “spiritual” or other experience in the cult.

    And doesn’t he think Wright tried to get a good story out of a devoted clam? They are not in touch with anything story-worthy when pursing the carrot on the stick, or fooled by the bait and switch of the scam.

    • It’s worth mentioning that it is very difficult for journalists to fine current Scientologists who are willing to talk to them. If you’ve look online over the years, there have been virtually NO online communities of current Scientologists. Those that have existed have been locked behind tight password security, and required users to obtain referrals and read & agree to a long list of rules to obtain access. The open Scientology Facebook pages contain only one-line comments with no substance, like “I think this is so cool!” The group celebrates its unique ability to free millions of people to communicate effectively, yet no one will communicate openly about Scientology.

      • Poison Ivy

        Exactly. Plus, even if they were allowed to talk to journalists, by nature of the group, they would only be allowed to share the positive aspects of their experience. Because of the mind control, perhaps they would only be able to admit to THEMSELVES the positive aspects. Urban, it seems to me, is playing into the Church’s own broken record response – that somehow, if you’re an ex-Scientologist, you can’t be trusted. There are hundreds of exes who have spoken up and thousands who have left. This is a pretty hefty majority for a study. What is Urban thinking? Has he been stunned into silence and apparent sympathy by fair game?

        • coonellie

          He’s seems to have taken a lesson (as Tony mentioned when referring to academics) from Gordon Melton, James Lewis, Massimo Introvigne, et al. Thank God we have academics like Stephen Kent!

          This tactic is common. I’ve seen it over and over again when reading about ex-members from the Children of God (and look what they did to River Phoenix as a kid), Sun Myung Moon, Osho, Sai Baba, etc. Michael Langone (Cultic Studies Journal) has done excellent work in creating a safe environment for those leaving such groups to be heard and believed.

    • Artoo45

      Exactly.

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      I think Urban has the age-old problem of academics called publish-envy. Hidden in his criticism is rage that a popular writer has written in his field, and rage that a young woman who is not a famous writer, and is not college educated (yet), could outsell him. That is why he ignores her. Academia is a very nasty, jealousy filled world, the adage “publish or perish” is truthful.

      • I see about 4 major prejudices that Hugh can be brought past, and I’ve tried, I mean I went straight to the men who made up the “unreliable apostates” label, and in 2005 went to meet them personally, and just overwhelm them with details disproving this stereotype.

        I prodded and pushed for ex members who are absolutely credible, to speak up. I introduced Jeff Hawkins to Gordon Melton in 2005 and to David Bromley, for this very reason.

        In this vein of criticizing Hugh, to me he copped out as an expert scholar, he too has NOT read Subject Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 which contain all the processing commands to take a person from the bottom of the Bridge to “Clear”. He’s not studied the old OT levels in detail, nor listened to the Wikileaks Class 8 lectures and not studied in dept the OT 3 pack nor read the older version of the NOTs bulletins, he’s NOT read the fucking OEC that’s for fucking sure.

        but ALL of these scholars haven’t, not even Wallis (The Road to Total Freedom) nor Whitehead (Renunciation and Reformulation) have read all the Hubbard “serious” writings that SHOULD be read, if one is claiming expertise of Hubbard.

        The people who are experts on Hubbard have a mega homework assignment, and Hugh’s done a HUGE start, but not finished, by a long way.

        And that’s my unreliable apostate opinion!

        There is a LOT of brain creaking reading, a lot more than these men and women this first 60 years of Scientology have been paid or allowed by their academic institutions to devote to seriously reading the Hubbard full corpus, and then getting a briefing the scattered groups of ex Sea Org members who have decent memories on Hubbard’s final despatch traffic that is private and unreleased.

        Naw, I have to thank all who are giving this Hubbard subject a shot, it’s a lot of homework!

        Hugh, Wright, Reitman, Tony, Jonny Jacobsen, Sweeney all get A + for effort in even taking on Scientology!

        Of who’s read the most, and digested the impact on the lives of the membership, they’re all sadly in the D to F grade range.

        People claiming to understand the attraction of Hubbard’s Scientology have got to immerse themselves in red volumes 1991 edition, called “Subject Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4” and then submerse into the OEC or green volumes in their entirety, and them submerse themselves into the “blue volumes” (1-16 volumes of the first 3-4 years of the hundreds of tapes lectures of the early 1950s), and then submerse themselves into 50-150 of the Saint Hill Special Briefing course tape lectures, and then submerse themselves through the rest of the red volumes the chrono volumes, and then submerse themselves in the Guardian’s Office Orders and then the OSA Network Orders, and then the RPF Series both old version and new, and then submerse themselves in the numerous packs of Sea Org Flag Orders floating on the internet and in people’s private collections, and then read all of the online OT materials, particularly NOTs Indoctrination Series 1 that explains about the body thetans trouble we are caused.

        Nobody’s close to even beginning that task. It’s mammoth, I’ve been delusionally harping for years since I began delusionally dreaming of what it would take to really fairly study Scientology, and while Hugh’s receptive, I think he’s condescending and he hasn’t a clue of what studying Scientology into it’s full guts will really entail, for him to then really be correct for sure, about his criticisms of Wright’s toss off comment that Hubbard might compare to Kant and some other great philosopher, of course Hubbard doesn’t compare, but Hugh doesn’t know for what reasons, which would take reading Hubbard’s crass full repertoire.

        The scholars usually dismiss continuing reading Hubbard, because of Hubbard’s crank style of bloated bragging.

        But the theory of the processing, the lower levels auditing, the old R6EW, the old Clearing platens, the old OT levels, the new OT levels procedures and all of the correction lists, all of the Hubbard various technical pseudo therapy rundowns, ALL have not been scrutinized.

        Yet it is the pseudo therapy and it is the exorcism procedures and the OT processes, which interest the unofficial splinter Scienotologists and are the core practices for spiritual enlightenment.

        And Hugh and his brethren have reasons allowing them to dodge jumping in and studying THAT part of the Hubbard corpus, the guts of the practice!

        anyways, everyone writing on Scientology, everyone gets an A + for effort!!!

        • Nobody really wants to waste that much of their precious finite lives. Hubbard was a rapid producer of written words because the habits of the pay-per-word pup days never left him, so he never edited or condensed, and the bloviation takes a huge amount of time-suck to get through, for not much payoff.

          • So true, and much more to criticize why scholars opt NOT to study the material.

            Delaying what the really top notch scholars know, which is the really top brow experts DO finally get the time, and the reason, to study such a person’s, like Hubbard’s, full corpus.

            Which is why I wasn’t impressed with Hugh’s book, on that level of grading him.

            It’s something that might not happen.

            Hubbard is truly in such a valid “crank” category, that he does not deserve that thorough of a study.

            That’s the 1950s consensus about Hubbard, that’s been the undercurrent keeping study of Hubbard from ever being awarded some scholar.

            But if Scientology continues to be a menace to society, it will gradually get more studied, the Hubbard corpus that is, part by part, that relate to its menace to the world.

            Right now, relevant as to why the ex staff have such an “unreliable” and “other agenda” aura about them, that ought be studied, and seen if there might be some connection back to the very Hubbard corpus that the scholars so blithely get a pass for NOT studying!!!!!

      • Another funny thing about Hugh, who parrots the problem of the scholars, and it was a problem for journalists also, is the he said/she said problem. Conflicting reports.

        The solution is just get more and more and more existing and ex member reports, and then also study the Hubbard corpus, to see if the corpus rules are driving the complaints into existence!

  • Scientia

    How is the CoS going to rid us of “financial suppression”?

    This from the same group that bleeds its members dry of every last penny, that has a history of tax evasion and avoidance, of fiddling its books and covering its tracks through off shore accounts, tax havens and a variety of sham corporations, that will take your money freely but will do everything to split your family apart should you dare ask for it back.

    Financial suppression? Fuck off.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      How is the CoS going to rid us of “financial suppression”?

      With that “awesome” refund policy they have, of course.

    • FistOfXenu

      They’re like one of those crooked loan agencies that “gets rid of” your bills by “consolidating them into 1 payment”. It’s $cientarCONon’s version of “all your financial suppression are belong to us.”

      • Poison Ivy

        “all your financial suppression are belong to us.” LOL.

    • grundoon

      “Financial suppression” is when you save for your children’s college education, or pay taxes or alimony, instead of donating to the IAS and going up the Bridge. Scientology can help you get your ethics in and priorities straight.

  • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

    I saw ex-Scientologist Leonard Cohen in concert last week. He was great. See him if you can.

    He might have written these lyrics for the Buffalo Org, or maybe for the whole of Scientology.

    “… there are no letters in the mailbox,
    and there are no grapes upon the vine,
    and there are no chocolates in the boxes anymore,
    and there are no diamonds in the mine.”

    In fact, I suspect “Hallelujah” was originally written about the diminish and demise of Scientology. He had to throw in the Old Testament stuff to reach a popular audience.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I love that man….turns on the iTunes………..

      • There’s a powerful live performance of Leonard Cohen singing ‘Hallelujah’ on YouTube here:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q&feature=player_detailpage

        Andrew

        • stillgrace

          Andrew, that recording is from the same tour I saw! I recognize the musicians and the background vocalists.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Andrew, I love this vid. I already knew of it, but I must admit…since you posted it here…i have watched again and again today. Thank you.

    • monkeyknickers

      Famous Blue Raincoat definitely has a Scientology reference. Well, people speculate anyway.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Uh, I think that one is beyond speculation….”Did you ever go Clear”

        • monkeyknickers

          Exactly that, girl. I try not to be too definitive or express my opinion too strongly because I am wrong about 98% of the time and my brain is the size of a cashew. I gotta leave the back door open. 🙂

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Actually, I think LC confirmed it was about either his GF or Wife (at the time) cheating on him with his Scientologist friend. Apparently she went back to LC eventually, but that song was his backhanded forgiveness letter to his “friend”.

          • FistOfXenu

            HOW long were you on Purification Rundown?

            • monkeyknickers

              Sadly, I came out of the factory like this. 🙂

          • i-Betty

            Heehee 😀

    • RMycroft

      How about “Closing Time”?

    • stillgrace

      I saw him in Oakland, CA, 2009. Here are some Cohen lyrics I like:

      “I can run no more with that lawless crowd,
      While the killers in high places say their prayers out loud.
      But they’ve awoke a mighty thundercloud …
      They’re going to hear from me!”

  • It’s always sad to see the kids in the promos. Wee Katie Calder at the whiteboard in Scotland, and two children in the background of the DeeDee video. They simply don’t have a choice.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Hey Clam !

    When I first read the Edinburgh flyer, that’s what I thought it said.. I was very disappointed when I read it again..

  • 1subgenius

    Anyone recognize the music in the Phoenix vid?

    • sugarplumfairy

      Tom Petty.. Runnin down a Dream

      • VickiStubing

        Do they have to pay royalties to use it like that? Maybe the fellas from Plymouth should just write songs for all the orgs–I kinda like it. But I’m partial to British punk anyway.

        • They “have to”, legally, which is to say: they don’t.

      • 1subgenius

        Sounded like TP to me, but wanted to verify.
        Doubtful that he would be happy about this.

      • RMycroft
    • Did Tom Petty give permission for his music to be used?

      • 1subgenius

        What’s your guess?

    • Midwest Mom

      They should be playing this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUg5p3BncuQ

  • monkeyknickers

    Wow. Both “Artists Gone OT” worked with Beck. Shocking. The fact that he’s a scientologist really still pisses me off. Yeesh.

    • Espiando

      When you’re born into it, especially when you’re born into it on CC lines rather than Sea Org or public, it’s pretty difficult to break. Beck is second-gen CC royalty, so he’s always been treated with the softly-softly approach. Think about Lisa Marie Presley and how long it’s taken her to get as far as she has in terms of getting out. She still won’t state it directly, because even with the softly-softly approach for celebs, there’s still risk of disconnection from Pris. Having lost her father and one of her ex-husbands to early deaths, losing more family in a preventable fashion must be on her mind when thinking about this.

      The only other group that gets that kind of treatment are the second-gen whales, and we’ve seen how fanatic they get (see Feshbach-Davis, Jessica). We give Tommy a little bit of slack considering 1) how deep he was in, 2) who his wife is, and 3) the fact that mom’s the money spigot and she does events and televised defenses of the cult. Beck has his own money after fifteen years of great success as a recording artist, but there’s still those family ties to consider.

      With Beck, Scientology seems to be something personal, and he’s keeping it that way. Just as long as we don’t see him on any org fundraiser list being called “the Duke-Marquis of Loser-ville Beachfront Property”, I’d let him be.

      • monkeyknickers

        He was born into scientology? I didn’t know that. Poor kid. I just mean to say – here is (in my opinion, you might totally disagree with me) a REALLY talented, forward thinking musician, and knowing that he’s conscripted to this oppressive cult and everything it stands for just . . . . well, it just pisses me off.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Mark Isham being a Scibot pisses me off more. His Windham Hill work was a soundtrack to some fun times for me. His scoring is first rate. When I learned he was sippin’ the ‘aid with Anne do-I look-brainwashed-to-you Archer at her salons and events, I haven’t been able to fire him up on iTunes since.

      • stillgrace

        I admit that Mark Isham is very talented and I admire his work. I learned his name while reading the credits of movies that I watched and REALLY enjoyed the music. I even learned an amazing song of his that was transcribed to piano by George Winston.
        However, his coziness with Anne Archer has given me pause. Right this instant, I feel sorry for him and his delusions. OK … I’m over it. For the record, I remain very disappointed in … and conflicted over … Mark Isham.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    This is WRONG!!!!

    • Observer

      Yes. Poor wee Katie Calder. 🙁 All snark that had been bubbling up inside vanished when I saw that, and now I just want to cry. She’s obviously precocious; hopefully that will serve her in seeing the lies early enough to get out before her stupid parents squander her entire youth.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        Unlike Jenna and hundreds (if not thousands) of other abused children in the past, Katie has the benefit of the eyes of the world on the church. Just because the Feds (and other governments) have not raided and closed down the church for its child labor practices, it doesn’t mean an investigation is not on-going.

    • Ze Moo

      Most the Phoenix Alliance vid had 10 people in it, 4 were children. Not exactly a overwhelming crowd.

    • 1subgenius

      In so many ways.
      “Donate. Don’t make her cry.”

    • FLUNK_101

      Good lookin’ out for the little ones, BTN.

      Hey, remember Crowkane? Raven Kane? That’s her! On the last Sunday funnies flyer, “April 11 is Your Lucky Day!”

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Yes…..see the new tag line for her musical?

        • FLUNK_101

          Yes, now it’s her “new” musical , Artaria (song of the art).
          It’s Schrodinger’s “dead cat” of a musical that’s been lurking since 1982, when it was Artaria:Planet of the Artists, or something like that.
          BTN, I liked your edgy name for Raven Kane – Crowkane!

    • AnyOldName1

      Even a “prison striped” dress…. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

  • Espiando

    Okay, maybe they’re assuming that all of those Texas secession petitions will actually work and that Texas will regain its short-lived status as an independent country. Or maybe they’re stating that they’re attempting to get country music stars on lines, and that we’ll have “clear country” on the radio for all to hear…but wouldn’t that be the job for the Nashville Org? Another alliance in the works, perhaps? Or have they realized that they’re never going to get the cool indie rocker kids from Austin on board?

    Okay, silly and very non-connected, but I’ve only finished my first cup of coffee. All I know is, didn’t the Toxic Midget attempt to claim during the suit by the PIs (before it got settled) that CoS had no business at all in the state of Texas, and therefore the venue was inappropriate? Whenever we discuss Dallas Org and Austin Org, let us not forget to mention that.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Buffalo’s can’t dance!

    For christ sake…watch a Lady Gaga video first or somethin….

  • Observer

    A more accurate depiction of The Sainted Hubbard.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      You are damn good at the shoops!

      • Observer

        Thanks! These are a true labor of love. lol

        • Casabeca

          LRH reminds me of Andy Samberg from SNL. Could you make us a comedy sketch too in your next free five minutes?
          I’m just another great admirer of your work :-).

    • FistOfXenu

      Makes him look like one of those lizard people that are supposed to rule the world. I forget the name of the idiot peddling that kool aid. I think he’s English.

      Actually, Hubbard as an alien lizard makes sense.

      • Midwest Mom

        David Icke

    • i-Betty

      “I am the lizard queen” – Lisa Simpson 😀

    • Bella Legosi

      Couldn’t help myself…was listening to this while lurking

      Standing above the crowd,
      He had a voice that was strong and loud and I
      Swallowed his facade cuz I’m so
      Eager to identify with
      Someone above the ground,
      Someone who seemed to feel the same,
      Someone prepared to lead the way, with
      Someone who would die for me.

      Will you? Will you now?
      Would you die for me?
      Don’t you fuckin lie.

      Don’t you step out of line.
      Don’t you step out of line.
      Don’t you step out of line.
      Don’t you fuckin lie.

      You’ve claimed all this time that you would die for me.
      Why then are you so surprised when you hear your own
      Eulogy?

      He had a lot to say.
      He had a lot of nothing to say.
      He had a lot to say.
      He had a lot of nothing to say.

      Come down.
      Get off your fuckin cross.
      We need the fuckin space to nail the next fool martyr.

      To ascend you must die.
      You must be crucified
      For our sins and our lies.
      Goodbye!

      Lyrics from eLyrics.net

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Tool is hot today!

        • Bella Legosi

          yeah I have been on a big Tool kick…..Was rocking out to “Born This Way” tho…my god Gaga actually topped Land of Confusion with that video…freaking LOVE IT

          Don’t be a Drag…..Be a Queen…..Love yourself baby cuz you were born this way…..Imagine Bella dancing and singing very badly and you got the right idea!

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Or imagine big bird singing and dancing and then you can picture BTN!

            • Bella Legosi

              lol I do visualizations quite well and thanks for that one….made me chuckle

      • monkeyknickers

        OH MY GOD. I realize this is a post from ages ago and I’m catching up, eating pasta, and listening to the fucking song. Unreal. That is so cool. Who needs fate and religion and superstition when you just get off on RANDOM coincidence can be.

        • Bella Legosi

          I freaking love Tool. They are right up there with Pink Floyd in my opinion!

          • monkeyknickers

            They are so undervalued I think. And not afraid to be beautiful when they want . . . especially Aenima is gorgeous. Tho I will say BL – recently with my 3 year old (live-in) niece (who loves them. LOVES THEM) – I have moments of her singing “I’ll ! Keep! Digging!” that really make me hope she never asks. Like, EVER.

            • Bella Legosi

              lol nice! I have played Tool and A Perfect Circle for my neices and they really liked them too! When I worked at an adult foster home for mentally ill I turned them on toTool and they really enjoyed it! One of my exs could sing and sound just like Maynard. He would send me mp3 recordings when he was in Iraq, now when I hear A Perfect Circle I always think of him

            • monkeyknickers

              Well, to be all full disclosure and all, I also have to dance and play Single Ladies and Gangnam Style every day. But you are more interesting : you worked in an adult home for mental illness? That must have been an amazing experience. But are you saying that sent a patient to Iraq AFTER he had to be cared for professionally? How can the govt do that?

            • Bella Legosi

              It wasnt pretty working there. No no. My ex was never at a AFH. I met him a few years later afterthe care home. And thanks for the compliment by the way

            • monkeyknickers

              It’s my pleasure BL – that is a job that garners my utmost respect. What an incredibly difficult thing to do. And I’m not trying to sound like a dick but . . . I hope you’ve been able to move on to something that gives you some oxygen. This coming from a daughter of a mentally ill parent. It’s not a joke, and it’s not pretty, as you say. Girl – I think this is why we love Tool. And are you a Rage Against the Machine ?

            • Bella Legosi

              Sorry how long it has been to reply to ya mah lady, I have been quite busy the last couple of days, and tonight was Supernatural…..No offence taken as to if I have gotten out of caregiving. It’s very true that it can take quite the toll on you emotionally. That is why I quit that type of work. I still take care of friends or family that may need me, but I don’t consider that my career anymore. My mom has issues as well and I completely understand what you meant by sucking all the oxygen from you. And YES I LOVE Rage Against the Machine! I didn’t always like them, but in 2000 saw “Testify” and was hooked and kicked myself in the ass for not giving them a chance when MTV overplayed Bulls on Parade! One of my cousins who has been in the Marines loved them! But the last time I actually got to talk to him was XMas of 99. 🙁

            • Bella Legosi

              Well, to be all full disclosure and all,

              lol yes, I have the gift of gab and sometimes it comes back to bite me in the ass, but I like to be as honest as I can with fellow Bunkerites and I feel that if someone sees me talking about half the stuff I have will empower them to talk as well. I find just putting everything out there is therapeutic.

    • SciWatcher

      Every religion needs a snake

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Wow, I guess Scientology hit the “snake” motherload!

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Hey …Crowkane changed the name of her musical again.
    Now it is :Artaria (song of the art).

    I think that one needs some big pharma comfort food!

    • monkeyknickers

      Is that David guy Beck’s DAD ?! Holy SHIT am I at the back of Scientology Watcher class. Really?

      • BuryTheNuts2

        yes

        • monkeyknickers

          Oh my god.

        • monkeyknickers

          How do you KNOW all this stuff BTN? You’re like a . . . . Scientology lady genius.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            We were just talking about this happy family a few days ago on the blog.
            And I remember EVERYTHING (it is a curse!)

    • Midwest Mom

      Raven Kane’s real name is Pauline Frechette. I’m guessing that she was an avid “All My Children”fan and fantasized about being Erica Kane’s long lost sister (like Silver Kane).

  • BosonStark

    DeDe, “kicking ass” with some special needs adults in Phoenix. Way to go Dede!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      That video was stellar. Are all Scientologist’s that phony when they are trying to act enthusiastic?
      Oh wait…I have watched enough fake enthusiasm from Tom Cruise to know that I answered my own question.

      • Observer

        Tom brays like a donkey when he’s “enthusiastic” about Scientology (at least when he was off Pat Kingsley’s leash). A mutant donkey with a freaky center tooth.

      • BosonStark

        Just wait until the big Alliance “EVENT,” when there will be people from four different Orgs, including someone from Albuquerque, and after being drained of all available credit, they will all get on their phones and pretend they are raising money for the new Southwest Alliance. It will be so exciting!

        Is this all headed toward a Galactic Confederation, again? Xenu has been there, done that. Didn’t go too well.

        • RMycroft

          The guy on the phone looks like he’s fudging his pants in excitement when he gets the news that 4 (FOUR!) people took a wrong turn at Alba-kirky and are headed their way.

          Aaand, I wonder if the phone call was even real?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Did you type that last line with a straight face?

            • RMycroft

              Mostly. I had sardonic eyebrows.

          • Ciru

            It’s funny that the best they can make up is 3 or 4 people signing up. Imagine how few are really going.

            • BosonStark

              My guess is that unless a staff member from Albuquerque is required to attend, no one from Albuquerque will even go to this. Unless they get Cruise to make appearances at these events, what’s the attraction? Meeting brainwashed people from other cities? That’s what Flag is for. Discussing plans for total world domination? That’s what’s the Hemet and the Hole are for.

  • mirele

    *shakes head over Hugh Urban* I expected so much more out of him, but I happen to know that it’s very easy to get sucked into cozy relationships with the groups you’re studying and it takes so much more energy to be really independent. (Example: Many years ago, an anthropologist of religion friend refused the Mormon church’s offer of all the data he needed for a paper on the employment of stake presidents in Latin America and instead spent a lot of time at the Salt Lake City public library extracting the info by hand onto 3×5 cards from back issues of the LDS Church News, week after week, going back several years . That’s because the Mormon church wanted, in exchange for its data, the right to see the paper before publication, and to have it suppressed if it didn’t like what was being said.)

    Anyway, I’m not at all surprised to see Urban dissing Wright’s book. It’s to be expected in his world!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I dismissed it as an “ego” thing. Because it wasn’t a rational or “even factual” position.

  • California

    More Narconon news, this time in Nevada: Nevada health agency sending inspectors to facility
    http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/NV-health-agency-to-send-inspectors-to/cVMvOYitDUufwYu5yZs_hg.cspx

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Thanks for the heads up Cali!

      • TonyOrtega

        Same story Nathan Baca gave us before. Just waiting to see if the bill is passed. Inspectors aren’t going anywhere yet.

        • California

          But the more the story gets out, the better. This one was featured on Channel 4 there.

          Also, every single state is going to be creating its own laws/rules/regs getting into conformity with the federal regulations governing substance abuse facilities. I am noting that every single state with Narconons is moving ahead with this process rapidly, some with publicity (especially if there have been law-suits, deaths, etc.) and some without publicity.

          My prediction is that by this time next year, if not sooner, that ALL Narconons will be shut down except for the 6-bed or 9-bed ones that might slide under the regulations with their low numbers (the regs now allow this but I personally hope that it stops)…. or if they declare themselves “faith-based,” which could happen. But then they would have to advertise themselves as such.

  • The Buffalo video is pretty typical of what I see when I pass by orgs in recent decades. I recall during the 1970s the Los Angeles Orgs were bustling with people who worked during the day taking services in the evenings. Here’s the Manhattan Times Square Org three years ago about 7 pm on a weeknight. I didn’t go in, but peeking through the glass door I didn’t see a single person! Millions of people in New York City and virtually ALL of them had someplace better to be that Tuesday evening,

    • Of important historical note, the lady with the yellow bandana on her head, to the left, almost out of screen, is dusting and doing her cleaning station. She’s been caught in the act of doing the typical staff duty done at the end of the day, before securing and going home, of dusting and tidying up one’s work area! History in Scientology!

  • Observer

    Is it just me, or does it look like Fearless Leader is in imminent danger of losing his brain to the angry zombie right behind him?

    • RMycroft

      What brain? He doesn’t need a brain, it’s just a shock-absorber.

      • Midwest Mom

        “There is nothing like a brain, nothing in the world,
        There is nothing quite the same, as a C.O.B.web-filled Cabbage brain!”

    • Heavy layers of tartan tat: wonderful. Just what Scientology needs as Scotland undergoes its political and cultural renaissance.
      Fearless leader? “Jings! Crivens! Help ma’ boab!”

  • Ze Moo

    The ‘strategic alliance’ is a relatively new ploy. It encourages various orgs or missions or churches to share members for photo opportunities, public relations and probably fund raising. They must be hurting to pay the rent and keep the lights on if Phoenix gets delirious when they get 10 extra ‘guests’ to come down. This ‘regionalizes’ the membership and again, screws the locals who provide scieno services. Using an Amway comparison, its like the regional manager taking all the big accounts from the people who brought them in and serviced them and takes the money for themselves. You can’t keep screwing your salespeople and expect them to keep producing. Another sign of fail……

    • RMycroft

      Buffalo and Toronto have had a ‘strategic alliance’ for many years. They bus people to each other’s events. There’s a rumour that services taken at the Toronto Org sometimes end up on Buffalo’s books. (CoS isn’t a charity in Canada, but there’s a reciprocal US/Canada agreement that lets Canadians write off US charity expenses.)

      • Ze Moo

        Maybe we should let Revenue Canada in on that. With the Canadian dollar doing better or equal to the US dollar there should be plenty of tax fraud going on.

    • 10 extra people would be more than a 100% expansion of the number in that room: straight up and vertical!

  • wannabeclear

    The creepiest part of the video with the women jumping around is the cleaning woman dusting the cubicles next to them as they are being filmed. I wonder if that’s a paid cleaner or a member of the RPF…

    • Semper Phi

      No, there are no RPFs at the Class V orgs. She was a staff member and probably cleaning because it was after hours, or to keep busy, since the room is conspicuously empty of public.

    • The Dakini

      My guess is that if she was on staff, she would be required to grab a book and jump in on the fun!

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    I think I get it what is going on in Buffalo now. Nygel Lythgoe (producer and judge for So You Think You Can Dance) has been rumored to be a closet Scientologist for years–there was some link about him and Priscilla as well. I am steadfast in my position that Nygel was actually in disguise as the cleaning lady scoping out talent for his next season. The dusting was too emphatic and you could see some sidelong glances! Yep, that’s it!

    • Poison Ivy

      Hilarious. Is he really rumored to be a Clam? I’m impressed; that one I never heard before!

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Apologies if this was commented upon previously: “THE adopted daughter of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise is
    reportedly on the verge of leaving the Church of Scientology after her
    boyfriend’s recent defection from the controversial religion.” http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/cruise-to-quit-church-of-scientology/story-fncynkc6-1226620303840

    • Observer

      I hope it’s true.

      • Poison Ivy

        That would be amazing! Lots of Bunker fodder there, no doubt!

  • dwayners13

    If the “Ideal Orgs Campaign” has proven one thing, it’s that Kevin Costner was wrong when he said, “If you build it, they will come”. Granted, they will take out 2nd & 3rd mortgages out on their homes, max out their Visa’s & MCs, heck, they might even sell a kidney on the black market, but it won’t really bring in the people. The scientologist they do have are very dedicated though, the fact that they will agree to raise millions of dollars (of their own money) to buy & renovate a huge building, then donate the newly renovated building to the church, so they can then pay rent on the building, speaks volumes about their dedication & the true power of the tech.

  • Semper Phi

    Just one comment on the big $500 limited edition leatherbound PR campaign for the “new” ideal orgs. Here’s how it was explained when I was at an “ideal” org at the time of its grand opening rerun. The sale of the books is not the whole campaign, it is the means of funding a mass media campaign to “drive new public into the org.” (That always made me think of cattle drives…) The deal is that once *all* of the $500 leatherbounds have been sold, the proceeds from their sale will pay for special targeted marketing designed precisely to make people in the org’s area realize that Scientology will fix everything, and they will throng into the org demanding services. They literally figure out the region’s “ruin” and design PR to address that. But of course, they have to sell all the books before any of the PR starts.

  • Grant C

    I love how Chris Witham, smiling ear to ear, tells us how his extensive study of scientology has given him gains which are “indescribable,” then proceeds to say he “lives life as a game” and he is “winning the game.”

    Sorry, Chris. You look like you’re about 75, and according to actuarial tables, you’ve just spent a large proportion of your residual life being “gamed” by LRH, only to be granted the introspective ability of a 3rd grader. Game over.

  • Ruby

    I wonder if Dede even knows how famous she is?

    • Midwest Mom

      DeDe needs to work on her kicks. i would qualify her effort as more of a leg lift. She is tucking her hips, and this does not pass Midwest Mom’s Ninja Kicking standards. This is more evidence that the Tech doesn’t work!

      DeDe, In the future, I want to see some improvement on your kicking. I recommend some Pilates or Kick Boxing classes and most importantly; girl, you just need to get out of that whole Scientology group altogether!

      • q-bird

        She needs lessons from you & the master Sally O’Malley huh?! ~ ;-D

        Hello Sunday funny day to ya MWMom!

        http://youtu.be/aiehDcVZ-vA

        • Midwest Mom

          Hiya q-bird! How are ya? It’s snowing here, too! (And will be all week long, allegedly.) 😉

          DeDe needs to take notes when she watches Sally O’Malley -she’s the Quinquagenarian Queen of Kicks!

          • q-bird

            doin’ well & good Mom… considering )

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Exactly… or at least Yoga!

  • FistOfXenu

    This from Melissa Temps: “Before joining staff, I was working in retail. I felt so busy all the time – but it seemed like I was just running around in circles not really going anywhere or getting real products.”

    BEFORE joining staff? Sounds more like AFTER joining staff.

    • stillgrace

      Her statement didn’t make sense to me. When you work in retail, aren’t you supposed to be “selling” product, not “getting” product? I think she was confused and got fired from her retail job and then she joined staff.

      • FistOfXenu

        You could be right. Maybe she got fired when she tried to apply $cientarCONon regging to retail? That would be funny to watch. “You obviously have cold-head-in-the-winter-ruin, but this shelf full of hats is just what you need. It’s only $960 for the shelf. Give me your credit card. How can you say you don’t want all 24 hats? Don’t you care about anything but yourself? Don’t you want to clear the planet? DO YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR ETERNITY? Buy the hats! GIVE ME YOUR CREDIT CARD AND BUY THE FUCKING HATS! “

        • Poison Ivy

          More LOL’s for a Sunday.

  • FistOfXenu

    I finally read Wright and Urban. I can’t believe Urban’s criticizing for depending on ex-members or anything else.

    • Artoo45

      I suspect that the high-minded, uber academic Urban thinks that Wright was gratuitously featuring the celebrities, going for the easy sales by appealing to the basest, tabloid instincts. What he fails to realize is that celebrities were (and still are) central to Hubbard’s machinations. They aren’t gratuitous, they’re the heart of Scientology’s public side, just as the Sea Org are the heart of it’s organizational side. He’s just seems to display that academic disdain for all things celebrity or pop culture.
      Urban’s fantasy of the decent, solid, pillar-of-the-community, non-clear, non-OT, public Scientologist is a fantasy, or at least an endangered species on par with the Black Rhinoceros.

      • FistOfXenu

        Yup. And Urban gives academics a bad name just like some of those others that cover for or work for cults. And then there are the good academics that get overlooked because they’re looking at the real data about cults, people like that Kent guy in Canada. It’s a good thing the internet makes it impossible to hijack public information now, the cult apologists can’t have it all their own way anymore.

    • stillgrace

      Classis case of not seeing the ‘trees’ for the ‘forest’. (reversed on purpose)

  • Midwest Mom

    The Campbell’s need to stop taking hair styling advice from Phil Spector. They both need hair interventions and fast! It’s funny how none of their friends with OT “super powers” have been able to help them with their follicle foibles, isn’t it?

    • FistOfXenu

      I think it’s funny their OT powerz don’t let them fix their hair. But Ron’s OT powerz couldn’t fix his weight, his rotting teeth or the cyst on his head. They couldn’t even fix his eyesight or the mass of stupid he carried around in his head or his smoking addiction. Anybody’d think there’s no such thing as OT powerz.

  • Artoo45

    What a sad and disturbing collection of funnies. But really, that’s what they’ve all been, no? The video of the Buffalo Gals is oddly haunting, like a weird, cinematic, cult version of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks directed with the comedic pathos of the great Blake Edwards. Dede’s video is just so weak, with those hokey vignettes with that sad, little, middle-aged poodge jumping about fake-screaming “hey, Albuquerque just called, four more people are coming!” Coming to sit in that shitty room, under those shitty fluorescent lights, in those shitty, ass-flattening banquet chairs, and watch stressed-out drones write ever-shrinking stats on a shitty white board while acting fake-excited? It reminds me of Bella Lugosi attacking himself with a fake squid at the end of Ed Wood’s unintentionally awful “Bride of the Monster.” Utterly. Pathetic.

    But now that’s the whole cult. Pathetic. Not going out with a bang, but the wheezing sound of a deflating birthday baloon. Cruise, with his new Pierce Brosnan face, and his same old hissy fit over The Hollywood Reporter’s decent Scientology journalism of the last year. The empty orgs. The huge sucking sound of people fleeing the endless, pointless regging. The ever more desperate apologetics of those who still cling to Hubbard’s thoroughly discredtited mind-droppings. It’s pathetic.

    It’s also delicious in that “revenge is a dish best served cold” kind of way.

    • Observer

      That was beautiful! *sniffle*

    • Semper Phi

      Yeah, Artoo, it is sad and disturbing. When you lit into that harsh description of Dede, my first reaction was to be offended on her behalf. Deede was one of my good friends when I was training at Flag, so I felt protective of her. But when I saw her in that video, I just cringed. She is a naturally cheerful, enthusiastic, generous person, but man in that video those qualities all get twisted into mania, and she just looks pathetic. That’s Scientology – check your mind and your dignity at the door.

      And when you look at all the people in the video and think that is who is running the Scn orgs, it becomes clear that the air really is going out of the balloon (great metaphor). Anyone who has a shred of dignity, curiosity and independent thought is either out the door already or on the way out.

      • Artoo45

        No disrespect to anyone caught in the grip of Scientology. They’re all wonderful human beings, that’s what makes it so sad, watching them all jumping around like dancing monkeys in a cheap carnival. Free them all!

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Exactly…It is the poison that kills it’s victims!

    • BosonStark

      The Silence of the Clams. I agree, on the Hopperesque haunting quality of the Buffalo Org with a heavy note of bizarre — cleaning lady and the two Solid Platinum Meritorious Dianutty Dancers. You couldn’t have dreamed up such a weird piece of footage, which oddly encapsulates the direction of the cult.

      That is, empty Orgs being kept clean, with a few remaining zombies, trying to keep a dated piece of unreadable 1950s trash like Dianutty relevant and exciting. After all, if the Orgs were thriving, shouldn’t they be showing twenty people facing each other, doing Dr. Hubtard’s scientific patty-cake training routines? Isn’t that the scene that our mystery camera person should have witnessed?

      I expect in the final video, they will be just using microsecond clips of the two with the book, or hopefully, it was a rehearsal for a Buffalo group number although frankly, I think this was sufficient to put them on the #1 Org in its death throes map — ill-fated from its inception. Please tell me that in Buffalo, NY, there are going to be some clams who balk when there’s pressure to buy a $500 copy of Dianutty?

      • John P.

        Somewhere it says that the campaign depends on selling 500 copies at $500 apiece. Now let’s assume that the Buffalo Idle Morgue serves about the same amount of people as the Dublin (Ireland) metro area — Buffalo is about 1.2 million in the metro area, and Dublin is about 1.1 million. No word about how many of those in the Greater Buffalo area are Canadian, by the way.

        Last I heard, they had about 50 public in the Dublin Org. So there could easily be a like number of sheep in the Buffalo area. So what that means is that each of the 50 sheep in the area will get pressured to buy not one but 10 copies of this priceless treasure. I’m sure all those teeming throngs of Buffalo public are just thrilled that they will have their Christmas shopping for friends and family completed eight months early.

        • BosonStark

          Remember, when you give the gift of Dianutty to someone you love, you give them the gift of unreadable crazy shit.

          They should try selling something really special to the remaining clams, like commemorative vials of Tom Cruise’s abdominal fat, or a “last seen” picture of Shelly Miscavige.

        • Espiando

          So, there are about 50 public in the Dublin Org. How many other orgs serve the Republic of Ireland? I don’t think there are any others. You probably have people from all over the country converging there. Whereas, the Buffalo public do have other options…oh, wait, considering the condition of Toronto Org, maybe they don’t.

  • Bradley Greenwood

    As a proud Scotsman, I am embarrassed that these otherwise shrewd people could have any among them who would be buffaloed into buying into Hubbardism. Also, can ANY Scientol’s dance?

    • Midwest Mom

      Not even the Highland Fling.

      • Ze Moo

        How about a funky chicken?

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    FYI: David Love came out with an article yesterday about the Vietnam Purif ripoff (previously reported by Tony): http://www.examiner.com/article/vietnamese-war-veterans-being-scammed-by-scientology-cult

    “With 20,000 Vietnamese being conned at $350.00 each (the victims association pays), a tidy sum of 7 million gross is paid to Scientology.” He cites some unfortunate cases of organ failure, etc. Hats off to David for keeping the drum beat up!

    • Poison Ivy

      I’m still disappointed in him. I think his book is an important part of the overall literature, and it’s apples to oranges with Wright’s, and with the ex-Scientologist memoir ouevre.

  • The Dakini

    The cleaning lady in the Buffalo video just made my day. You notice how all that frolicking doesn’t even phase her.

    I bet she’s got some stories to tell.

    • stillgrace

      I thought she was on RPF! I wonder if the camera operator and dancing fools are going to get in trouble for not noticing they were being filmed. Embarrassing. I can imagine DM sending them off to the RPF. Can’t they afford blinds for the windows?

    • Me too! That’s why it is so good to video Scientology in action. THose of us who know the church policies, can then grade those orgs for their sticking to the Hubbard script!

      Compared to the Phoenix Org I first walked into in May of 1975, this new space looked “upstat” and the uniforms impressive!

      But I don’t want any pseudo therapy nor any exorcism, thankyou.

  • BosonStark

    When the Buffalo gals get weary of going Cuckoo-for-Dianutty, I suggest that instead of regging the existing members — although that’s probably all they have left — that they should try giving away cheap copies of Dianutty, but include something cool with it, like a Wing-a-Ring.

    http://youtu.be/290jUkuK5UY

  • Grant C

    I’m not sure which is more pathetic- the fake book-dancing in Buffalo, or the fake fist-pumping in Phoenix.

    But I guess that’s what you’re left with after being brain-sucked by good ol’ LRH.

  • Poison Ivy

    Too much for one busy Sunday, Tony! You are amazing!
    Just a note – when I read the top of the Scottish bulletin, I thought it said “Hey Clam!” instead of “Hey Clan.”

  • villagedianne

    Perhaps Urban does not think that these ex-Scientology authors are as “thoughtful, even-handed, and eloquent as Wright”. Since they are just stating their own personal experiences?
    If that is what is necessary, I personally would be hard-pressed to think of someone more thoughtful, even-handed or elequent than Jeff Hawkins.

  • In the video of the Buffalo staff dancing, to the left, almost off camera is a staff member who is dusting.

    The label of this video should be:

    “Dancing when they should be dusting!”

    This video captures not only staff encouraged, obviously, to self promote corny advertising videos to their followers, but also it captures some staff cleaning, in the lady with the yellow band in her hair!

    Chuck Beatty
    ex OEC/FEBC Course Sup

    • BosonStark

      Dress up theme parties, productions and making videos to constantly reg each other, seems to be the new direction for participation in CoS. Maybe someone from the industry will spot DeDe and make her a star? This constant regging for money is starting to make the spots they used to have where cult members would enthuse about their “beingness” and having their “space blown out,” look almost spiritual by comparison.

      Dianutty can’t be sold to the public for any kind of publicity or real profit anymore, so they have to sell fund raising special editions to existing members WHILE THEY CAN.

      I understand how they were successful when the mystery sandwich was being sold, but this Ideal Org drive must be perplexing to many of the new members especially. And if they get involved, they feel like they’ve got friends and they are saving the entire planet too. Maybe it’s more fun regging each other than it used to be.

      I can’t help but believe the whole texture of the Writer’s of the Future event has changed this year. A Pulitzer Prize winning author has written a book about Hubbard and his cult, and for Xenu’s sake, the writers in this contest must have noticed that, even if most cult members didn’t.

      • I was impressed that they are keeping their uniforms looking pretty clean.

        In the 1970s the uniform care was pretty dismal!

        They are at least keeing their uniforms looking okay, probably something DM ordered, otherwise the uniforms would look bad.

        DM at least is good on org image.

  • richelieu jr

    “Wow! That photo of L Ron is quite fetching! the cool shades, the hat brim that circles his head at a cocky angle just like the rings around Ananus…”

    “Excuse me?”

    “You know, Ananus, like Saturn’s–”

    “Uranus. You mean the rings around Uranus.”

    “Don’t blame him on me!”

  • hogarthian

    “She is currently working with David on a new musical ‘Artaria’ (song of the art)”.
    It’s when I read lines like this that I wish I’d paid more attention to my pelvic floor muscles. Beyond hilarious.
    Well done Tony… a fabulous collection today.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Here H,
      This will just make it way worse!
      I suggest reading this while actually on the toilet!

      http://www.atariathemusical.com/Artaria_the_Musical/Ataria_-_synopsis.html

      • hogarthian

        oh how *fabulous*!!! I’m going to save it for tomorrow morning, when my bladder can do it justice 😉

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Its a pisser alright!

          • hogarthian

            oh. my. god!!!!!!! That got a right proper belly laugh (as they say).

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    The level of canned enthusiasm in the Buffalo and Phoenix videos convinces me that Miscavige has ordered ” vitality and happiness,” and these poor schlubs have no idea how to express either. The alternative for the Buffalo video is that the two women were being punished, and instead of running around the block for 24 hours, they were told to dance non- stop for 24 hours. Neither of those women exhibited any energy or liveliness in their dances, it really does look like a St. Vitus dance-punishment.

    Why is it that all of the ads for the church show such phoney looking people? The poorly applied make-up and toupees make the individuals look old and somewhat menacing and their smiles look like they are leering at the viewer.

    As for the the Writers Conference, I predict that that this will be the last year the conference has the illusion of being separate from the church. Miscavige has taken so many hits in the past year, he is becoming increasingly desparate on the recruitment and fundraising fronts. It is amazing that he has been able to refrain from turning the conference into a CoS love fest for so long and he will soon show the writers his heavy fist. I imagine his rationale will be “I have worn myself out fundraising so these writers can be pampered, how dare they not pay homage to me and the church!” This will manifest itself in the conference coordinators demanding that writers speak up in favor of the church, not just Hubbard. The seeds of the downfall of the conference is demonstrated by the fact that many of the famous names from last year are not listed in this years program. Indeed, there is a surprising lack of famous writers listed. After the Wright/Miscavige/Sweeney books, and the growing popularity of Tony’s blog, I can’t see a Stephen Baxter or Frederick Pohl or Orson Scott Card having anything to do with this conference.

    • Ciru

      I hope he insists on giving a speech at one of the Writers’ Conferences soon. Even the prize money and publicity (or whatever they get out of it) wouldn’t be worth listening to a two-hour Miscavige drone.

      • Observer

        He’s too scared of us big bad unindoctrinated wogs to leave his little Scientology empire.

    • Ze Moo

      Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Gregory Benford are sci-fi heavyweights, if “Author Services’ piss them off, we’ll know about it. Miscavige spoke at last years WOTF, I wonder why he isn’t ‘enlightening’ the event this year. I don’t have the patience to watch the live blog tonite. TonyO, you’re a braver man then I……

      • TonyOrtega

        We watched the entire broadcast of last year’s gala. I can assure you that Miscavige did not speak, and I don’t think he was in attendance. Rachel has said that his attendance is extremely unusual, and I think she could remember only one time when it happened, in 2004.

  • stillgrace

    I just noticed Raven Kane Campbell has that Tom-Cruise-center-tooth thing going on. (I was previously distracted by the harsh highlights.)

    • BuryTheNuts2

      OH MY GOD….I noticed it too!
      I didn’t want to say anything cuz I thought maybe I was seeing things, or it was wishful thinking!

      • FistOfXenu

        You can buy a new super power that makes you grow a center tooth?

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Maybe this is an additional reveal in OT VIII??????????????

    • Midwest Mom

      Those skunk tracks are a hot mess. Girl, it’s a hair don’t!

      Meeeooow! I’m adding two snaps and an eyeroll to Raven, as well!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I renamed her CrowKane. I like that better.
        However the hair just screams Magpie!

        • Midwest Mom

          “We roll eyes, we roll eyes, we roll eyes…at CrowKane!”

          • FistOfXenu

            I’ll never be able to enjoy that song again without seeing her face. Crap!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I can audit that engram away!
              but at least she is attractive…it could be MUCH worse.

            • FistOfXenu

              What? Now you’re regging ME? Really?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Paybacks r hell FOX! Meow!

            • FistOfXenu

              Well maybe we could work out a deal?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Ok. I wont reg u and u dont reg me?.
              Everybody else is fair game???????????????????????????

            • FistOfXenu

              Good arrangement! That’ll give us time to write some upper levels and build our own oiliness table. Should be worth a fortune!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Our own Oiliness table? Oh the Architectural possibilities are endless. And super slick!!!

            • FistOfXenu

              Thought you might like it. 🙂 I think we can make ours bigger and better than DM’s. Should get us some people over from DM. Hell, maybe we can even get DM and Tom. Then we can really rake in the dough!

  • BuryTheNuts2

    This is totally off topic, but this picture of the northern lights that just posted today was so gorgeous I had to share.

    Ah, our beautiful Guh-lax-EE!

    • FistOfXenu

      Cmon Disqus. GIMME!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Is Disqus holding out on you again?
        Maybe it can’t penetrate the energy walls?

    • q-bird

      for Bury & Fist ~ from up my way at 3:30 this last a.m. — from the arrowhead of Minnesota where it is SNOWING AGAIN right now!!!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Whoa….
        Thanks Q.

        • q-bird

          I can’t see yours here BTN ! what the hey?!

          • BuryTheNuts2
            • q-bird

              well yahoo =) ! Astounding! I went there – saw it, read it – then came back here and voila!!

              there it is now, here, with your post. Yay
              last one for ya Dolls – from the space station: http://youtu.be/7CApsNjJuOI
              (gotta get back to German hokey pokey & Michael Langone)
              still catching up on a weeks worth of TO’s doin’s… holy smokes

            • BuryTheNuts2

              You owe me an email woman!

              My god that was a braingasm!
              I love you… and thanks for the link.
              Truly phenomenal!!!
              I have got to start pinging NASA more often!

            • q-bird

              Oh cheers yeah Bury!
              the real world, our world, a ginormous thing of immense beauty…
              a super hi (there) bird’s eye-view… eh?!
              yep, yep – it’s my turn. on it. 😉
              right after I finish my homework ok? I have 2 more days of articles to peruse. I be catchin’ up…

              Tony (and you guys here) have been busy! Geez loueeze!
              You are positive task-masters, I tell you wha!!!

              There is much to consider & learn of.

      • hogarthian

        ….. and so is this.

      • Sandy

        Oh, q-bird. It even snowed down here in the Cities all day AGAIN!!! Grrrrrr…

        • q-bird

          yup – lousy lousy hangin’ on winter, eh?! crap – it is what it is.

      • FistOfXenu

        You know there’s something about snow in the middle of April that’s just plain wrong. Sorry you can’t get yourself some spring time.

        • q-bird

          oh yes – El wrong wrong!! I did get me a few springtime-like days tho… last week, flew to sunny Fla. (Bury’s & Delizzy’s ~ land) to gather up Mr. q-bird and drive home… to this GRRRRRRR, slip-sliding, err, uh, this beautiful frozen midwestern~land, my home. Hey FOX, I almost met a scion. no chit. sittin’ in the Duluth airport, on my own way, young gal sittin’ next to me, on her own way travelin’ home to Florida to visit her parents, hails from Lakeland. Me, Where’s that? She, “Near Tampa.” Me, close to Clearwater? She, “That’s pretty much right across the bay from my home town.” Me, so, may I ask, are you a scientologist? She laughs softly, “oh god no, my mom’s real Catholic… plus… we were too poor to ever become scientologists. You gotta be rich to belong to that church!” Ha! We had us a fine bit of conversation then. Glad to report, she was a well inoculated youngin’. Good news this yes?!!!

          We, all of us who can, in any way that we can, we keep on talking about this you see.

          I spoke to over a dozen people about co$ who knew next to nothing about it. Now they do.

          Mr. Q frequently groans.

          But! Every time I bring this subject up, the people I talk to – they ask good questions.

          yes… truth they want.

          Spring will arrive, sure ’nuff – it’s just around the corner.

          • FistOfXenu

            Good work q-bird. It’s like vacinating kids for polio. You just keep going one at a time but when you’re done there’s not so many people that can get the disease.

    • hogarthian

      That’s beautiful.

    • FistOfXenu

      Yup. Thanks for the link though. It’s beautiful! Reminds me of happy days in the Arctic circle.

      • FistOfXenu

        Okay now Disqus is going crazy. The post I just made was supposed to be to a different post of BTN. How is it even possible to attach a reply to the wrong post?

        • BuryTheNuts2

          The Marcabians silly!

          • FistOfXenu

            I expect Marcabians to do my bidding not interfere with me.

            • Observer

              Looks like you’ve got some SPs of your own to deal with, FoX.

            • FistOfXenu

              LOL

        • Bella Legosi

          Because we are not giving the HAL 9000 who operates Disqus the proper amount of groveling respect? 🙂

    • Bella Legosi

      ohhhh its really really awesome to hear them “sing” 😀

    • RMycroft
  • Grizzly Bear

    Notice how at the ‘big’ event in the UK there are no pictures of the attending crowd!! It must have been so abysmally small that it would have been too embarrassing to show! Instead we get pics of those on stage speaking to the gathered throng of 10-20 people!

    As a resident in the uk let me tell you that Scientology makes NO impact on society here. The average person here, despite the high profile split of tomkat hasn’t even heard of it. Some simply know it as the weird religion Tom Cruise belongs to but have no clue as to what makes it weird!

    Beyond those into Scilon watching nobody is interested, it’s a complete non entity! They have no presence in most towns or even major cities and in three of the major cities I recently visited their orgs/missions were in tiny premises with very small opening hours off the beaten track. One was upstairs above a totally unrelated business with nothing advertising it except a white A4 laminate sheet blu tacked to the door which said Scientology Mission. There were no opening times, the door was locked, the lights above were off & I went I into the shop below asking when the mission would be open as I was interested in enquiring about what the offer. The reply was ‘who knows mate, there’s never anyone there.’ That’s from a guy working 9-5 every day right below!

    Honestly Scientology basically doesn’t exist here just pick a major city and try and find on google map the local org/mission!

    • Bella Legosi

      Your country has the right idea when it comes to Co$……it isn’t a “religion”. It isn’t even a “charity”. Also I would be hard pressed to find the reason why the Queen and the Church of England would even allow their people to be sucked into Scientology. They had the right idea going Protestant and I believe the lessons they learned with Henry VIII have not been forgotten. Sometimes, it’s good to be the King baby.

  • Bella Legosi

    You know I was telling my lil bro the other day that rock and roll is dead. I don’t like to say it or think it, but it is. However, I did concede the fact that punk rock will never die…….that was until I saw the vid……it doesn’t do the job of killing punk but it definitely shot punk rock in the gut with a poisoned .45 🙁

  • John P.

    Not a lot of attention has been paid to the fairly overt insertion of Scientology into the Writers of the Future Contest. Tony says that

    Writers also discussed a few essays on writing by L. Ron Hubbard that they’d been assigned the night before, breaking into pairs (Tim likes to call them their writing ‘twins’) to discuss how they could apply his teachings to their own work.”

    So the contestants are now being given homework to read the theories of noted literary critic L. Ron Hubbard on what makes writing great, and forced to discuss this with a partner, just like people do in Scientology course work. Wonder if they’re going to start sec checking the contestants based on knowledge reports written by their partners if the results aren’t insufficiently laudatory of “Mankind’s Greatest Friend.”

    Many sci-fi writers are masters of dystopian thinking, like Harlan Ellison. Others are biting satirists (think Harry Harrison’s Bill the Galactic Hero among many others). And most up-and-coming sci-fi writers have blogs and web pages where they talk about their daily life and heap bombast and ridicule on less-intelligent people who do stupid things.

    So from what I understand, the cult, by breaking down the formerly sacred walls of this contest, is perhaps attempting to convert one or two of each year’s contestants, but they’re risking offending cleverly witty, acerbic, acid-tongued writers with growing audiences and then getting the craziness written up on blogs within the SF fan sphere, getting linked to endlessly by the hundreds of thousands of geeks out there. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Bella Legosi

      So from what I have read……is this a slimed down crash course in Study Tech as well? When I came across the “twins” I couldn’t help but think what clever bastards they believe themselves to be! I wonder just how many of the “winners” are putting up with this weirdness so they can say, “I am an award winning, published author!” Too bad the internet is around to smack them in the face and show them they have all been awarded by a sinister, schizophrenic, paranoid, greedy, criminal, organization whose Tech actually has been proven to make people lose IQ points??

    • FistOfXenu

      So all those poor unsuspecting writers are put into some kind of strange trance and risk brain damage from reading L Ron Humptydumpty’s horseshit hallucinations. And then they have to talk about it as if it means something? Shit! Why not just shoot the poor bastards without torturing them 1st?

    • angela73

      I was just about to post the news.com au story on that!

  • Do you think ” Melissa Temps” really has a high confront level ?

    I’d like to put that to the test. 🙂

  • TonyOrtega

    Live-blogging post for the Writers of the Future gala is up! http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/14/writers-of-the-future-live-blogging-black-tie-not-required/

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Music is super nice..

  • sketto

    I like Dede. I’ll bet she’s genuinely a nice person. It makes me so sad that she’s in a fucking cult.

  • Sheila R.

    FAUBLOUS post

    today! Hugs and gratitude to Hero Tony, and hugs to all of you. You have become Family to me. A special
    shout out to our Andrew Robertson. I am a Duncan. We Duncans and Roberstons are sub-clans of the

    great Clan Donnacgaidh. Count me in the Andrew Robertson Fan Club. Let’s raise our cups and
    assorted glassware and holler a fine old Scottish toast:

    “Here’s tae us and those like us – damn few of us left!”

    I love you all. I read you every day!

    Sheila