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Scientology snags a TV news host, and other social media finds around the world

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[Mauricio Clark, Scientology’s new get?]

Time again for Rod Keller’s Scientology Social Media Review! Rod goes way back, having kept a meticulous eye on the church since 1992. He’s well known for his indispensable “ARS Week in Review,” which ran for nine years when ARS — the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology — was the most important daily source for Scientology news. More recently, Rod has made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to social media. Rod is a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…


 
The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) opened a temporary exhibit at the FES Iztacala Cultural Center in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. The center is part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and is located in a suburb of Mexico City. The exhibit is a portable Spanish-language version of the Psychiatry – Industry of Death Museum in Hollywood.

 

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The Organización Desarrollo y Dianética A.C. is a Class V org in Mexico City, also known as ODD. This week they held a Hawaiian-themed party to raise funds to renovate their building to be an Ideal Org. On the donations board, 2,000 pesos is about US$112.

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Scientology is gearing up for L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday on March 13th. The American Saint Hill Organization in Los Angeles (or ASHO) has a cake on display that is similar to the cake in a famous photo of Hubbard. Scientologists are urged to sign up for more Scientology courses before the 13th as a present to Ron.

 
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March 13th is also the deadline for the Tampa Ideal Org to finish their re-organization of the Central Files. The implication is that if they don’t finish, they can’t have the status of double Saint Hill size.

 
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Zhanna Bondarenko, Danguole Rusiene and Rita Bebre (left to right) staffed the Scientology booth and delivered stress tests at the Latvian Book Fair this week in Riga.

 
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Scientologist Alex Fischer presented a business management seminar on the Freewinds this week. The quote on the slide is from HCO POLICY LETTER OF 31 JULY 1983R Issue I – REVISED 21 January 1991, BASIC MANAGEMENT TOOLS, intended for the Sea Org, but now applied in the Hubbard Management System to all Scientology-run companies. The policy defines how Hubbard intended planning to be done in a Scientology org, and is required reading in many programs and courses.

“A STRATEGIC PLAN is a statement of the intended plans for accomplishing a broad objective and inherent in its definition is the idea of clever use of resources or maneuvers for outwitting the enemy or overcoming existing obstacles to win the objective. It is the central strategy worked out at the top which, like an umbrella, covers the activities of the echelons below it.”

 
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Scientologists Nina C. Tan and Tom Castellon have released a song, “Dr. Psychiatrist, Where Are Your Tests?” Tan explains in the lyrics how, as a nurse, she thought the Psychiatrists she worked with were crazy and had no basis for their diagnoses.

 
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The Foundation for a Drug-Free World Hungary has adopted Finnish Formula 1 driver Kimi Räikkönen as an unwilling spokesperson. The quote translates as “Those who are successful are not those who have never failed, but those who have failed got up from it again, and again.”

The Foundation doesn’t like Courtney Love or Kate Moss. “Destroying the drugs and alcohol they carry. Say no to drugs.”

 
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Pastor Errol Jacobs presented the Scientology anti-drug message at Evangelistic Outreach Ministries near Johannesburg, South Africa.

 
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Scientologists Andres Ortiz (left) and Julio Pinzon (right) gave a presentation on Scientology’s human rights initiative – Youth For Human Rights – at the Gabriel Gonzales training academy of the National Police in Espinal, Colombia.

 
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Scientology held a conference for the group Youth For Human Rights in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. Attendees included Mary Shuttleworth, founder of the Scientology subsidiary, and Patricia Salazar, a legislator in the state of Nuevo León. Parts of the conference were held in the legislative chamber.

 
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Mexican newspapers are speculating that TV news reporter Mauricio Clark has joined Scientology following his graduation from the Narconon Latinamerica facility in Villa Victoria, Mexico. Clark is the host of Primero Noticias, a morning news program. He tweeted a photo of himself in front of the Mexico City Ideal Org with the caption “Comenzando una nueva AVENTURA”, or “Starting a new adventure.”

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Mark Bunker sent us today’s nugget from the XENU TV archives: “Scientology serves Bob Minton a subpoena in front of the Fort Harrison Hotel In Clearwater, FL in this video from Sept, 2000.”

 

 
Best one-star review of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely so far.

 
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