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Scientology Celebrates its Legal Defense Slush Fund, and What a Party!

There it is! Finally! The elaborate set-piece for last night’s International Association of Scientologists annual gala under the big tent in Clearwater, Florida.

We leaked plans for this globe-and-flags backdrop more than a month ago, and it’s fun to see it in its full glory, thanks to some nameless Scientologist who broke the rules and snapped a photo of it and posted it on the Internet for WWP’s indefatigable Black Rob to snag for

Thanks, Rob!

A few more images from the party that ended up online…

A new wrap for the big tent…


Why a guy on a horse serves as the symbol for the IAS we’re just not sure…


The folks are all in their finest as they wait to get in!


Mike Bennitt’s Flying Circus

In case you missed it yesterday, late in the day we posted photos of the latest coup pulled off by Mike Bennitt and Mike Rinder. Two weeks ago, they rented a helicopter so they could get accurate photographs of the actual crowd at Scientology’s Super Power opening. This weekend, the church is having its big International Association of Scientologists annual gala, and Rinder and Bennitt had another surprise up their sleeves.

They had noticed that at the Super Power event, Scientology had hired a small plane to tow a banner with the message “San Diego is Done!!!” — an announcement that fundraising was completed for the Ideal Org in that city.

That gave the Mikes an idea. They hired their own small plane to tow a message over the well-dressed folks who were lined up to get inside the IAS party last night…



And here’s a video put together by Mark Bunker, who was on the scene!



Jon Atack Tells Us About His New Book

VoodooChildJon 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 on Saturdays he’s helping 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.

On this holiday weekend, we have quite a departure for you. Jon Atack has a new book out, and we’ll let him explain how he came to write it.

JON: A couple of years after the expurgated original version of A Piece of Blue Sky was published, in 1993, I finally met the late, great Margaret Singer. I decided that for the first time in the decade since I’d left the dread cult, I would let someone ‘counsel’ me (Margaret had ‘therap’d’ over 2000 former cult members, by this time, to use her own expression). When I was next in the Bay area, I visited her Berkeley home, again. We walked up a long flight of wooden steps to reach her front door, and she explained that in the past, when she was active against Scientology, she came home to find rats nailed to these steps. The Church of Hate, indeed.

To my own surprise, I opened by telling Margaret that the death of Jimi Hendrix still upset me. It happened when I was fifteen, and two weeks after I saw the first part of his gig at the Isle of Wight.

A few years later, at last out of the daily harassment rota of a certain despicable organization, I decided to stop whining that I’d had to compromise my artistic vision, and write a novel about ideas that fascinate me, including the brief life of James Marshall Hendrix, more usually known as ‘Jimi.’ I spent two years reading books and articles about Hendrix, listening to the lesser known gigs, reading about the blues and about the Cherokee. At the same time, I was developing an already lively interest in the idea of exploitative persuasion, as it is used in contemporary cult groups. And, to top it off, I had been studying the techniques of sales and advertising. All part of my quest to understand influence in its many guises, but all of this poured into a new mould where Jimi Hendrix could speak as a mature adult brought forth from the ether of imagination, but imagination firmly based in Hendrix’s own utterances and expressed opinions, which I carefully gleaned.

Hendrix himself was a believer in voodoo. He kept a talisman with him, often in his shoe, where there might also be a few dollar bills, a leftover from the grinding poverty he had experienced for most of his life. During Haitian vodou ceremonies, participants believe that they are taken over by a voodoo deity. During possession the individual’s character changes completely to that of a well-known loa. The believer is ‘mounted’ by this deity-cum-Christian saint. Hendrix when interviewed was shy, courteous and charming, but became outrageously extravert when he performed. Just watch the Monterey or Berkeley gigs. It certainly looks as if he was possessed.

Hendrix was fairly credulous. He believed in a mixture of spirituality and science fiction not too far distant from Scientology. He only really started putting his riffs into song form after he’d reached England, at the end of September, 1966. He wanted to record the soul standard Land of a Thousand Dances, on the flipside of Hey Joe, but Chas Chandler explained that he had to write his own material, if he wanted to make any money. Chandler had walked away from the highly successful Animals with nothing much to show, because he had no writing credits. So, there followed three albums of mainly remarkable original songs, beautifully arranged and perfectly performed. Spurred by his love of science fiction stories, Hendrix wrote futuristic scenarios, and his longest studio work, 1983…a merman I should turn to be coupled with moon turn the tides, gently, gently away is a Noah’s Ark narrative of escape beneath the waves, from a surface world engulfed by war.

Hendrix also generated his own cultish following. He was part of the hippie era, although he did not associate himself with hippie views. Indeed, in 1967, he told a journalist that US involvement in Vietnam was necessary to stem the ‘yellow peril.’ Most people don’t realize that he had served in the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper before embarking on his musical career. He hung out with other musicians, most of whom identified themselves as hippies, but he never did. He is still the most imitated electric guitarist, in a generation of superb players. Still the most perfectly aligned in emotion and technique.

In my novel, Hendrix appears to a jaded ad-man, whom he calls ‘Big’ at their first meeting. I had been reading about the Saatchi brothers — whose influence is already in the history books — and I wanted to look at someone whose character was formed during the last wallop of that excessive boom.

Hendrix was an eighth-blood Cherokee, so could legally claim membership of this remarkable people. He said that his grandma taught him the beat to I don’t live today, so I reincarnated a lost tribe (and, yes, there really was one), which had supposedly followed a sort of Pied Piper through a gateway hidden in the side of a mountain. I transmogrified them in the English Home Counties, around the time of the Millennium. And, boy, were they mad!

It allowed me to indulge in a variety of thought experiments. Follow that ‘what happens if?’ line of enquiry and the responses of your characters, which do rather spookily take on lives of their own. My story models included Woody Allen’s lovely Play it Again, Sam, and Milan Kundera’s captivating Immortality. I’ve long been taken up by Dennis Potter’s rendering of the imagination through popular song, and by the magical realists and surrealists who guard the threshold of imagination. This is my homage to Hendrix, to the blues, to the Cherokee and to the life-affirming ideas of the sixties. I hope it will amuse and edify, in equal measure. And, if you do decide to read it, please, please, please post a review on Amazon and anywhere else you can find, and give it to your friends for Xmas!


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 30, 2013 at 07:20

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  • Sandy

    Nat’l Dog show

    • Sandy

      Got your winner from last night

  • jmh
    • Baby

      jmh .. I think you posted the wrong link Unless it is just what I am seeing

    • jmh

      Grr.. my post disappeared on the other thread. I have tried 3 times to repost only to have them all disappear. Sorry folks!

      • aegerprimo

        I will check WWP

      • Just Dee

        At least now I know it’s not just me. I tried like 5 times!

    • jmh

      Okay peeps. Try this. It is a link to Dee’s post on wwp.

  • underwaterface

    Scientology is a total fiasco right, and yet people join and stay involved.

    Is one of the things that most individuals long for and need and get or hope to get from Scientology is just a chance to commune with other humans, to be social and interact with others? Don’t humans join all kinds of fuqed up gangs and clubs and groups just so they will not have to be alone? Why in the world would anyone ever join a white supremacist group or mafia or a terrorist group that will ask them to strap bombs onto themselves? Don’t people just need to belong to others? No matter how ridiculous and past it’s expire date Scientology may be, an individual’s need to belong with others and be with others trumps rational thought.

    And then there are good groups, helpful ones, non destructive ones, but again, it is just individuals wanting to be with other people, wanting to not be alone.

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      It is all fairies and unicorns, rainbows and pink ponies till somebody puts an eye out.
      Now, have a good night UWF. Or actually don’t…just go stroke yourself into oblivion.

      Night Bill!

      • sugarplumfairy

        Especially fairies..

        • Bury_The_Nuts

          God you are so cute!!!

          • sugarplumfairy

            awww, shucks…..

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      R.I.P Paul Walker, LOVE that guy!!

      Crap, this sucks, so did I!

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        Wow I had no idea what you just said, so I looked it up and it’s true. Way too young.

        • Bury_The_Nuts

          Credit UWF., at least for this.
          Which is a bummer!

          • Jimmy Threetimes

            Yeah I saw your reply before his edit. I usually turn to UWF for all my celebrity news.

  • Mike Leopold

    Scientology is done, thanks in large part to your extraordinary courage in speaking and writing the truth about

    this vicious, criminal organization. It is wonderful that you have chosen this moment to add your sweet voice

    to the ever-growing chorus!

    Dauntless, defiant and resolute, indeed.

    • Bury_The_Nuts


      Welcome Mike, to wog central.
      We are OK.

    • Baby

      I added my voice but it is more irritating high pitched Minnie Mouse.. No one has ever called it sweet..

      But the Fat lady sure is Getting her voice warmed up..I heard her practicing her scales earlier..

    • KJP in Portland

      Welcome Mike. Great crowd of people here!

  • ozzybud420

    omg I commented on yesterdays article that it would be great to see some more Rinder-tech and had said a sky writer would be amazing. Of course I didnt volunteer any slogan ideas because my brain sucks that way! Awesome job M&M!! totally just made my weekend good and it wasnt going very well till I came to check out the bunker and saw this new air stunt! Thanks M&M and of course our amazing host Tony Ortega!

    • Baby

      Well Ozzy.. Your Postulating Worked.. You Had a Win Mr.

      • ozzybud420

        WooHoo!!!! and I did it without usiing any Scientology “tech” <———– it bothers me sometimes calling it tech. considering LRH just pulled it out of his ass…. for now on going to refer to it as ST or ScamTech. Seems like a much better description.

        • Baby

          Yes ST Perfect Oz .. My one doggy that I used to have is called Ozzy.. : ]

        • ThetaBara

          This is why “god” invented quote marks. LOL. (Some folks use the curly brackets to indicate {sarcasm} also.)

          • Baby

            Theta I have been thinking of you since yesterday.. Are you ok?

            • ThetaBara

              Aww, thanks sweetheart. I am ok. I have that crazy combination of sensitive + stubborn that makes me a great activist (but also sometimes gets my ass kicked) but at this point I am used to it. Thanks for your concern. I REALLY appreciate it. I’ll be thinking of you at our next raid. 🙂

            • Baby

              OMG.. I have the same crazy combination. No wonder I feel a kindred spirit ..

              Gentle Loving.. Cross me uh? DONE

              Yeah.. They Win all right.. Ha..

  • mook

    Looks like the cult is sponsoring the Hollywood Xmas Parade after all. Just saw an AP news article saying that Author Services are sponsoring a green room for the celebs. Wonder if we should start a Twitter #BoycottHwoodXmasParade and give these celebs the real facts on CoS homophobia. These celebs are pro lgbt rights that are also in the parade lineup: Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes, Valerie Harper, Corbin Bleu, Ben Vereen, Chris Daughtry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Richie Sambora, Lucas Cruikshank, Goo Goo Dolls…

    • Baby


      • KJP in Portland

        Baby! you got the name changed and didn’t lose you stats. For some reason I didn’t think you could do that. (((hugs!)))

        I just woke up. I played Night Animal last night. Other than seeing FLUNK banned at JP’s, did I miss anything else?

        I am still smiling at the piss-poor turnout at IAS and the Rinder Air Force once again.

        I need to find about 5 more here on Facebook…sigh…

        • Baby

          KJP I didn’t either.. I went to my profile edit.. and changed it in seconds.. I was shocked..

          I am getting ready for bed and will scan really quick to see what I have missed..( Like had I not done that I wouldn’t be talking to you..) ((HUGS))

          Oh I missed Flunk being banned from JP.. scooting over.. That was a no brainer, huh? xo

        • ThetaBara

          It’s easy – go to your “edit profile” page and just type in what you want it to say and it changes it globally, even on your old comments. I’ve been tempted to change my name to Sir Facky but I love TB too much. 🙂
          PS: On FB I am theda.bara.967 – feel free to friend me.

          • Baby

            Don’t you ever change yours THETA.. I absolutely LOVE LOVE it.. xo

        • IBBy

          I shortened mine to ibby and kept my stats, its pretty easy as they mentioned below 🙂

          Ibby suits me better and people still know how annoying I am. Its win win

  • tetloj
    • OrangySky

      Thanks, it’s a great comment. I loved the Jack Trout story from his book.

  • Sydjazz

    Where is shelley flying high above clearwater. Winning

  • Sydjazz

    Why is the video unavailable?

    • Sydjazz

      Phew got it working. Lol to the board dance

  • Verve

    4 hours of packing boxes of books certainly gets your blood pumping. Now I can’t fall asleep, lol!
    edit- Trodgoooorrrrrr!

    • jeff

      Books are everything.

      • Verve

        So many, many books. I don’t now how many we have. Those last 12 boxes where only 2 shelving units. We already cleaned off 4 others. And we have 3 more to go. Woot!

        • Baby

          Last week I took boxes of books to 2 nursing homes and a Veteran’s Group. And a Mobile Home Park ( rec reading room ) and a mental health facility.

          I have done my duty!

          • Verve

            Well done! We’d probably do that if we weren’t planning on passing them down to our nieces and nephews.

            • Baby

              Takes Bow.. Just call me Mother Theresa ( I worked briefly as Librarian at our State Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane..) We were always either short on books or the books were like 50 years old..

              and when the Patients ( at the time) were discharged they always kept the books..

              HELL I WASN’T GOING TO CHASE THEM DOWN..hahhahaa

              I would have taken them to the Good Will.. I know it provides jobs etc. But would rather just give them to people and those appreciative people not be charged.

            • Verve

              Heh, you remind me of a friend who’s a nurse in a prison. Same attitudes towards life and such. (That’s a compliment, BTW, lol.)

            • Baby

              My twin worked as a SW in Prison.. I was working at the State Mental Hospital.

              A friend asked my mother what her Twins were up to.. and she said..

              ” Oh, I have one in Prison and One in the Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane. ”

              Oh I take it as a complement Monkey…..anyone that you would consider a friend must be stellar! xo

            • Verve

              I’m fairly sure I’m on 2 of the best and friendliest boards on the ‘net. So much more relaxing from the crapitude bitching I had to deal with before, heh. Only difference is I can’t quite be myself here, for obvious reasons. Kinda stinks, but I still enjoy everyone here. 😀

            • Baby

              Wait just a minute.. you mean to tell me that you are NOT a real monkey..?

              Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ( I’m not a real baby either..) well actually I am.. but grown up..

              Heh.. We love you just who you are no matter who you are.. ( ha) night monkey

            • Verve

              Night night! Take care you silly Baby. 😀

            • Baby

              xox Snoring Man 3 snoring dogs in bed.. And you wonder why I have insomnia..

            • DodoTheLaser

              Hope you will get some sleep, Baby!

              What I imagined was funnier, but here 😉

            • Baby

              Hahahahahhaha OMG..That is exactly it.. picture 3 little ones.. just the cutest shits.. but the larger Shi Tzu sleeps on My pillow and he is the snorer .. hahhaha

              The Maltese sleeps on my hubbies pillow and my teeeeny tiny one sleeps on his butt..

              That is our drill.. I have a favorite picture of the teeeny one sleeping on a pillow.. I will find it and post it on here for the dog lovers.. It is so baby

            • KJP in Portland

              “Willie”, my best friend, little mini-dachshund, mashes up against me and he gets TOO HOT! I have to shoo him away about halfway through my sleep. He is literally a little furnace! The 3 or 4 cats just stake out their places on the bed and don’t bother us too much. Sometimes, one likes to lay on another that is under the covers…LOL!

            • Baby

              Awwwwwwwwwww.. cute.. I love dachshunds.. of any size..

            • KJP in Portland

              Here’s my 20 lb. “mini” dachshund!

              “Willie” (Wilhelm von Dachshunder)

              He says: “Daddy, get off the damn computer, let’s go outside!”

            • tetloj

              I have a shi tzu-maltese-miniature poodle cross. He’s a character. Loves to be rocked like a baby,

            • Baby

              OMG she is the biggest baby.. Just love those little mixes

            • Baby

              Ok.. I am an urgency addict..

              This is from an old photo.. before I put them on files.. So..

              I rescued Lulu.. She was just a teeny, tiny..( looked like a mouse) and such a runt no one wanted her.. NOT the cute puppy every one wanted.. NO hair and ..just pitiful.. Plus everyone knew that it would take $ to keep her alive and healthy..

              This is her a year later.. I am not one of those freaks that dresses their dogs up in clothes..but because of her size the vet told me to keep her warm..I found a teddy bear sweater at Michaels..

              OMG I forgot picture..bawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhahhahaha

              I think she weighed 2#s in this picture ..The pillow is not a big pillow at all.. just a small throw pillow on the couch..

              Now she is a little bigger, but just a bit of a thing.. Her hair is longer and it adds bulk, but to pick her up..light as a feather..

              AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER .. Pom mom/ Shi Tze-Poodle Dad..

            • Baby

              Here ya go.. My little Lulu

            • IBBy

              your twin?? holy shit there are two of you!?!?!?

              <3 love ya!

            • Verve

              And that’s not even counting their Dark Universe doppelgangers.

            • Baby

              hahahhahhhaha Yep!

            • Baby

              OK.. Now don’t feel bad..I promise..( I thought everyone knew)

              She died at the age of 58.. and now I’m 66.. but all is good.. I heard that everyday..

              and she was 100% my identical twin and JUST exactly like me! <3

            • KJP in Portland

              Wow, your twin is gone? 🙁 I’m sorry to hear that. I’m bummed 🙁

            • Baby

              OH no.. don’t be bummed.. Yes.. I sometimes you do with your dad’s death..

              But I spiritual..and she is with me..Now and always. and I will one day be with her..

              ( That is what I believe..) and I’m not scared of death knowing that. <3

          • jeff

            I’m holding on to mine (for you know, like, when I reread them all). Actually a fair number are signed (everyone form Alice Walker and Salman Rushdie to Joan Baez and Patti Smith). I love to read and my apartment is chock full o’ books.

            • Baby

              Good Lord.. I would hang on to THOSE too..

            • Sandy

              Oh, jeff. I am 63 yrs old. Nobody is gonna care. I held on to antiques, collectables and family heirlooms. NO ONE cares. Let it go

    • ThetaBara

      I am all about this kindle these days. It’s so light and it haz ALL the BOOKS! (OK well not all, but many.) And you can search them! Although if I had the same money to spend now I’d get a tablet which can operate the kindle app and does more for the same money. But still, e-books is where it’s at. It’s like living next door to an enormous 24 hour bookstore. 😉

      • tetloj

        I’ve made the e-book transition – I can have all the books and still have room for people in my house

      • noseinabk

        Just fyi. I have a nook and as soon as the warranty expired I got an SD card with the hack that lets me restart to android. They had directions online but I was lazy and got the pre-made card for 20 on ebay. I can take the card out and return to nook content. I looked up the kindle and it looks like it may have the same option. Not sure if the kindle hacks are the same, but I now know that using the SD card android hack would not have voided my warranty since when the card is removed it returns to its original OS.
        I did all this so I could get access to more android apps and kindle/amazon books.
        If you already knew all that…. sorry for the tl;dr . 🙂

      • Sandy

        My dear Hub gave me a Kindle a few years ago – made me actually teary. When Mother was super sick (age 92), I carried it in my jacket pocket for all those times waiting in the hospital.

  • KJP in Portland

    I looked at Portland. I’m going to look at Seattle.

    Is there any CL ads to flag? I’m in a spamming mood.


    • Verve

      Philly looks clean.

  • IBBy

    Stewards of ethics, saviors of humanity. I see these lavish parties and just seethe. Not at the expense. They can spend their money how they please, its none of my business. But the people they have regged to death to throw this party were probably not invited. They dont even get to reap the benefits of the money they donated and worked hard for.

    This legal fund goes to pay for the ruination of decent people and I have a problem with that. Low level church members are strung out so far in debt with no hope of recovery so that expensive buildings sit empty and deteriorating, and law suits hum along destroying people.

    Usually I can control my emotions toward this group, but right now I want to put a hole in the wall with my fist. Smug, self serving, and criminal. I am physically shaking in anger right now

    • Verve

      I can loan my Monkey Horde to you if you want to go on a rampage. On my other website I’m the spammer-spanker; they call me ‘rage monkey’ when I rip into them. Besides that, I make a nice mushroom risotto.

    • Baby

      YEP ! Choir here

      • Verve

        Heh heh. Crazy peoples think alike, eh?

  • KJP in Portland
    • Donut

      Done and dusted

  • KJP in Portland
    • Verve

      Done and done.

    • NOLAGirl

      Well done KJP. I went to flag these this morning and they’re all gone!! 😀

  • Great White Clam
    • Verve


    • Great White Clam

      Maybe the bunkeroos can haz a raffle for the best slogan for this tech to be applied at the next “greatest event” the clams hold. It seams kind of hard not to *notice* a message being written by smoke in the sky with a loud airplane!

      • Baby

        ” JUST BLOW..”

        OK that was my last post… computer off..

    • KJP in Portland

      Looks like Boeing F-3Bs. Very interesting pre-war stuff! None of those survive anymore! Cool video!

    • Baby

      OMG I found this very fascinating.. Wow Clam..

      I laughed my ass off whatchin the woman clime and stand on that Car.. hahahhahahhaahaha

      OMG I wished I would have done that to my X’s Cherished Vet!

      I remember when Lady Di sat on Charles’s car and he really scolded her..haha.. Thanks.. Night all xoxo

      Officially….. Baby

      PS if there is another Baby that comes in here and asks me to change it.. I will die..Yep die on the spot!

      • KJP in Portland

        Goodnight BABY!


        • Baby

          night sweetie.. Now I have to get that sleezy slimy picture of Hubs out of my head that clam just posted… I can just see the nightmares now………….ugh, ugh, ugh

  • Verve

    Late night at the Bunker can be quite fun! And not just [edit] for the free banana margaritas! Woot!

  • Great White Clam

    Lest it be forgot why the bitter defrocked apostates do rage, one small image as a reminder;

    Looks like seedy & obscene eleraich is wearing no clothing beneath that rainwear! Well, except for the whistle, that is…..

    • Baby

      EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWwwwwwwww I ain’t lookin at his whistle..that’s for damn sure..

      • Great White Clam

        The tech of that rundown is that the whistle is there to be herd, not scene. Go to a bus or rail terminal or airoport….. Spot some people….. Spot some more people….. When there are enough people, blow whistle while simultneously whipping open raingear….. Leave immediately….. Go to the nearest arghhh….. write up success story….

        • Baby

          Well, just shoot me now.. ugh

          How in God’s name did I miss that bullet in the 70s I will never know!

  • valshifter

    Regarding the white hose I believe they are making reference to one of the 4 horses mentioned in the bible, the first horse was white, one red and one black etc. According to Hubbard HCO BULLETIN OF 5 MAY 1980, he was here to fulfill the prophecies of the anti-Christ mentioned in the bible, in revelations chapter 6; 6:2 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

    The First Seal: A White Horse (The first of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse is white). The rider has a bow but no arrows, indicating that although he is militarily strong, in the beginning he does his conquering by diplomacy. Since he wears a crown, we know he is successful in his efforts. And who is the rider on the white horse? There can be no doubt that it is the Antichrist, who through deceit and clever maneuvering will bring a false peace to the world. ( Antichrist ) But that peace will not last.

  • valshifter

    Saint Hill Manor. East Grinstead, Sussex

    This anti-Christ represents the forces of
    Lucifer (literally, the “light bearers” or “light bringer”), Lucifer being a
    mythical representation of the forces of enlightenment, the Galactic
    Confederacy. My mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise
    represented by this brief anti-Christ period.

  • Kevin Woolard

    Interesting article in this morning’s Guardian on sociopathic leadership and its predictable nature whatever the environment – it’s about global capitalism (don’t know what John P will make of it …) but of course the cherch gets a mention or two …

    • tetloj

      Very interesting Kevin. I just escaped a similar work situation in a small public sector authority. Had to take a big pay cut but I am out of insane situation with absolute lack of respect in the workplace – alll round. The place was run by a demented woman surrounded by clueless sycophants. Anyone with knowledge, skill and political nous eventually ran foul of the CEO and had to put up with bullying. The union were hopeless (and spineless). The departmental hierarchy won’t do anything.

      Sound like this situation is endemic.

      Loved the Scientology/LRH comparisons – the go-to comparison for dysfunction.

      • Kevin Woolard

        Tetloj, I’m sure many will recognise your situation all too well – your achievement is to have refused to play the ‘corporate drone’ role. I was going to say that, while there’s often a monetary cost, you can gain a lot in terms of the relationships that are important to you – then I remembered that, in the case of the cherch, it can be the opposite; you’ll save lot of money by telling MissCabbage where to stick his’religion’ but if he controls your entire social network …

    • Graham

      Thanks for the link Kevin. Very interesting. Sadly I think it’s inevitable that the sociopaths and the personality disordered are the ones who will rise to the top. Nobody with a sane, balanced view of life is prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to climb to the top of the greasy pole. In my view, by definition those in positions of power will be the very people we’d least like to see there.

      For the last ten years of my working life I was privileged to work in a team where there was very little ego-mania. We were so successful that we were bought out by a giant corporation. They bought us because we were successful and we were successful because of our collegiate approach. Having bought the company they then set about destroying our management system in order to impose their own punitive top-down system. Go figure. That’s when I decided it was time to retire.

      “The ends of an L Ron Hubbard or Fred Goodwin may be incompatible, he says, but the means are same.” Hmm, he obviously knows little about Ella Raich. Both Hubbard and Goodwin wanted to make money and get their egos stroked. Identical ends I’d say.

      • Kevin Woolard

        Very sad, Graham, but all too common, it seems

  • DamOTclese2

    It’s amusing.; The insane crooks have anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 remaining customers world wide and yet tyhe loons try to pretend they’re taking over the planet. 🙂 Amusing. Utterly fucking insane but amusing.

  • Candygram

    LOVE the Where Is Shelly banner. Thanks Mikes Rinder and Bennitt!

    • Tory Christman

      And one more goodie: We’re getting another person out of Narconon, as I type.
      Tick tock, Davey boy….Tick Tock! Love to you ALL 🙂

      • Candygram

        Yea Tory!! It’s people like you who make the world better. Thank you so much for all you do. All the best to you and yours in this and all seasons.

        • Tory Christman

          Thank you, Candygram! It’s really all of us…..but I appreciate your kind words. 🙂
          Happy Holidays to you, too 🙂

      • Tory Christman

        He is OUT!!! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::Love you ALL ::::::::::::::::::::::

  • Larry Dawson

    were they filming “zombie nation’or was this just an episode of “the walking(brain) dead”?