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Ron Miscavige’s book ‘Ruthless’ gets a UK publisher and it’s a familiar one

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It took three years for Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear to find a publisher in England when little Silvertail Books brought out Wright’s epic history of the Church of Scientology last month. When Ron Miscavige brings out his book on May 3, he won’t have to wait for the same treatment.

Humfrey Hunter, the publisher at Silvertail, has announced that his imprint will be bringing out Ron’s book, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, in the UK on the same date that it hits bookshelves in the US.

“I’m thrilled that Silvertail is publishing this book. In the history of the Church of Scientology, the release of Ron’s memoir will, I suspect, prove to be a significant moment. Ron’s story is a hugely important one, and he is a brave man to make public something so personal,” Hunter tells us.

Full disclosure: Silvertail is also the publisher of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, our history of Scientology’s attempt to destroy the life of journalist Paulette Cooper. Hunter also published John Sweeney’s 2013 book about Scientology, Church of Fear, and brought back into print Russell Miller’s biography of L. Ron Hubbard, Bare-Faced Messiah.

And on May 3, Hunter will issue Ruthless under the same title as its St. Martin’s Press edition in the US, but with a different cover, seen above.

On Friday, April 29, Ron will be interviewed by Dan Harris on ABC’s 20/20, reminiscent of when Harris did the same with Leah Remini in late October, a few days before her book became available and then went to the top of the nonfiction bestseller lists.

Also, the full hour of April 29’s 20/20 will be devoted to Scientology. And what a turnaround that is for ABC. In 2012, when the break up of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise created a media frenzy about Scientology, 20/20 set out to do a full hour-long program on the church. We were interviewed by Elizabeth Vargas for a couple of hours. So was Jenna Miscavige Hill, the Headleys, and many others. Then, when Cruise and Holmes worked out a settlement only 11 days after announcement of the split, 20/20 shelved the program and none of that footage was used. Later that summer, ABC also cancelled an interview with Maureen Orth after it had been announced. Orth was going to talk about her Vanity Fair story about Scientology “auditioning” women in 2004 to be the next companion for Tom Cruise. But intense lobbying by Scientology’s attorneys gave ABC cold feet, and Orth was bumped.

Now, four years later, 20/20 is taking advantage of Ron Miscavige’s book to put together that full hour on Scientology and its controversies. We can hardly wait.

 
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Rachel_BernsteinLos Angeles counselor Rachel Bernstein wants to help

We asked Chris Shelton, who interviewed Rachel Bernstein at his video channel, to tell us about the services she’s offering in the Los Angeles area…

 
There are many victims of cults out there, especially Scientology, who don’t know what to do or where to go for help. Scientology paints anything having to do with psychiatry or psychology as inherently evil but these are exactly the kinds of services many people need when they come out of a cult group. Feelings of introversion, confusion, loss, guilt and even fear or anger can be difficult or nearly impossible to deal with alone. Participating in a group can be a great first step to help pierce the isolation caused by a cult experience, since friends and family often don’t understand what a former cult member is experiencing.

Rachel Bernstein has been helping people with cult recovery for literally decades. She’s a family and couples therapist but she also specializes in cult recovery, which is uncommonly rare for those in the therapy field. She’s run many group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one counseling. She provides a safe environment to talk about what people have experienced and what they are going through now. She gives the group members an opportunity to learn what destructive cults are all about and how to undo the manipulative influences they lived under. A group setting gives a unique experience because the members learn from each other and are not just lectured at or told what to think or do. Everyone has an opportunity to help each other.

Rachel’s services are not given for free but are affordable and the scheduling is generally flexible. She offers not only in-person services but also has done online consultations individually and with groups.

— Chris Shelton

 
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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • Frodis73
    • salin

      Heart breaking – and horrendous – on so many levels.

  • sashiebgood

    this may have been said already, but there’s a new Oh No Ross and Carrie, this time they went to brunch @ CC and then took one of those acting seminars that’s really all about how fresh scn is.

  • nottrue

    Hot stuff coming through…Audible.Audio Edition also

    • Jimmy3

      I was kinda hoping this was a hot SP chick
      But this is good too

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    Just noting a sort of birthday. 13 years ago I published my doubt formula and my demand for refund and repayment. It was the beginning of my new life. Shortly thereafter Arnie Lerma mailed something like 1200 copies of them to a recent WISE mailing list.

    I sometimes wonder how many people started on their own journey out as a result.

    It’s a good day.

    • salin

      Happy public-exitversary! I am sure you planted many seeds of doubt – and ripples combine into waves.

      What a blind leap of courage. *Toast to your strength in doing so – and to the educating and encouraging that you continue to do 13 years later*

      With deep respect,
      salin

      • Kestrel

        I wish I could type so eloquently. Well said, salin. Happy Exitversary, Mr. Tilse!

        • Michael Leonard Tilse

          Thanks!

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        Thank you!

      • Jimmy3

        I was just typing the exact same thing

        • salin

          Forget jinx – if we meet – we each owe each other a soda. 😀

    • Interesting. You did it before Debbie Cook.

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        And actually, there were other ‘public doubt formulas’ by people leaving Scientology before me. I had found some of them.

        Per Scientology’s own writiings, doing a “doubt formula” is the way to decide if you stay in a group or you leave.

        So I did a doubt formula. As written. Not as currently enforced where you are not allowed to view information (about Scientology) while trying to decide.

        The way it is currently enforced a “doubt formula” cannot be honestly done because you cannot honestly look at and evaluate both sides during the process. Once you look at at facts or stories contrary to the Scientology approved narrative, you are automatically ethics bait, and heavy enforcement and penalties for straying are delivered.

        I, on the other hand, had already arrived at death. I thought I was dead, and I had no future beyond a few months. So there was no downside to be afraid of. So I looked. I applied the doubt formula exactly per Hubbard’s outline. I looked at both sides, I evaluated many personal stories and narratives of ex-Scientologists, newspapers and governments and sometimes just interested researchers. Including many trial transcripts from cases Scientology was involved in. It is amazing what you can find when you look.

        So I did what Ron said: I LOOKED.

        I compared what I had been told and studied in Scientology and what I could find elsewhere.

        Then I wrote it up and that was published on April 19, 2003. On A.R.S. and Operation Clambake Message Board. (OCMB… Xenu.net.)

        It is the last thing I did in Scientology, while at least nominally considering that I was still a Scientologist.

        That I continued to live, still surprises me.

        • You weren’t supposed to do what L Ron said but what he did (which was: to lie)

          Nice work, and happy anniversary to your freedom and to your re-found personality.

        • Thank you, my brother.

    • Madison KinSmed

      Yay, you!

    • Happy exitversary!!

    • Ruby

      Happy Freedomversary! 🙂

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Good on you, sir! Definitely a day worth remembering…

    • Missionary Kid

      Happy exit day! You certainly gave me a lot of insight into $cientology when I met you. It was an education.

      Your kindness, in spite of the horrors you experienced, is something that every person should see.

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        Thanks MK. It was great to meet you in Portland and chat. By now you have made the rounds and have met Tory and a whole lot of other exes.

        As perhaps I told you there was a time in my life when I had to decide. The urge toward retribution and vengeance was very strong, because they tried to kill me. Eventually I realized that going down that path would destroy whatever humanity they had left me. So I made the choice: To be kind.

        To be kind to Scientologists. To be kind to ex-scientologists. To be kind to people. To be kind to myself (as much as possible, that one’s difficult).

        It would be unkind to all those people to lie about what I experienced. To fail to name Scientology for the malign narcissistic criminal and sociopathic thing it was invented by Hubbard to be and as realized by Miscavige, it is.

        I would take back all my friends who are still in Scientology in a heartbeat. While still understanding they need to shed the damage and indoctrination. I can be their friend again, if they choose, and also choose to not try to further Scientology’s damage.

        Unconditional love of a person, does not mean unconditional acceptance of behavior. I love them still. I want them in my life. I hope they know this. Or will someday know this, despite the lies that Scientology tells them.

        Anyway, Thanks MK.

        • daisy

          Choosing to be kind after what you have been through is an inspiration. You are amazing.

        • Missionary Kid

          AMEN!

    • TexasBroad

      That is certainly a day to honor and celebrate! Glad you found your doubt and your out! I like to read your contributions and am so equally glad you are here! If you care to share, did you get your refund and repayment?

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        I believe that Ken Long, an OSA operative, replied to me back when I was demanding my refund and repayment. They insisted that my refund was not going to happen, I disagreed.

        In the certified letter delivered to the Registered Agents for the Church of Scientology International and Religious Technology Center I stated that I was going to charge them 10 percent interest per month, compounded, for the money they owed me.

        Ken Long said that they were willing to pay me the amount of my on-account unused funds in exchange for me signing a contract. Not a receipt, but a contract that involved new obligations. It was about $14,000 dollars in 2003. He said that the checks were waiting for me if I signed the contract.

        I told them to contact my lawyer, who at that time was Ford Greene. Ford had signed an agreement with me in person to be my attorney in the dealings with Scientology.

        I told Ken Long to contact Ford Greene. Ford Greene as far as I know refused to actually do anything to represent me or even respond to me or Ken Long or other Scientology representative in the matter of my repayment or refund.

        I have heard no other contact from the Church of Scientology or RTC, except for the P.I.s, hang-up phone calls and various other attempts at covert intimidation.

        Using a simple compound interest calculator, the $14,000 Scientology themselves said I have in my account, unused, compounded at 10 percent per month for 13 years now equals over $40,000,000. Of course the rest of the approximately $194,000 would amount to much more.

        Anyone want to represent me?

        ETA: Cleared up the wording, and to add this: I’ll pay Travis McGee’s percentage on recovery.

        • TexasBroad

          Respect to you for being the person that didn’t sign that contract. 13 years later, I hope the PIs and intimidation have stopped.

          • Michael Leonard Tilse

            They still hack my computer and gaslight me. Clever enough to keep it in the area of reasonable doubt, and I cannot afford any professional investigation to verify or keep watch in a way that cannot be gamed.

            I caught a person intently listening into my conversation with another person and memorizing them, while sitting in my favorite coffee shop. Just the other day. I suspect it was Scientology related. Every time they do something like that, either a Scientologist surveilling me or P.I.s or someone breaking into my apt, they restart the statute of limitations. They are on the hook, eventually, for all the years of coordinated deliberate repeated attempts at intimidation. It’s criminal RICO activity and once the FBI or other agency finishes growing some balls, they and all their operatives are going to prison for a long long time. Except for the Praetorian guards or their other agents who manage to still have some conscience (or self preservation) to leave a sinking ship and turn state’s evidence in exchange for reduced or no charges.

            • TexasBroad

              It doesn’t matter how many times I hear these stories, my jaw drops and my gut clenches. Such a mindf&% that I can’t imagine having live through it and yet I see you, and so many of exes, deal with it and fight back with grace and strength, and humor even. Happy anniversary Michael…I’m on the edge of my seat waiting with you for institutional balls and justice. Meanwhile, just happy to wish you a 13th!

            • Michael Leonard Tilse

              Thank you! It has helped me a lot that the stories of ex-scientologists like myself are finally bringing about a public awareness of exactly how criminal and toxic Scientology is.

              It feels good when I know that someone else gets it. That the message was understood.

            • daisy

              Can you believe still getting gaslighted 13 yrs after you left an organization. How is it possible that these crimes are not prosecuted. If you can bring down the mob on RICO why not this little prick and his palymates.

    • daisy

      Congratulations I am so glad you have a new life, and journey. I have no doubt that that your story and posts have helped many people.

    • gtsix

      I hope every day is a good day. Today is a fabulous anniversary. Congrats!

  • Sunny
    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Yeah, it premiered at Tribeca this weekend, along with Theroux’s doc. When did Dave Grohl get safepointed? He’s apparently a fan of Juliette’s (tbh, I kinda like her, too, but not her music), as well as some other young band full of 2nd gen scilons (called Dead Sara), and the Blackbird cover he did at this year’s…Oscars?…Grammys?…was arranged by OG OT David Campbell. I know Dave likes to be Mr. Likeable, but I am disappointed nonetheless.

      • Sunny

        I really hope she does well… but the Scn part sux. Her and her brother spent a lot of time at CC in the 90’s and Lightfield was always nice. I liked him. Always had something funny to say. Julliette seemed to always be on something, and it wasn’t auditing. I don’t know what that was about.

        • She, like Lightfield, is a TOTAL introvert. Like majorly. She’s nice. Just super weird.

          • Robert Eckert

            I loved her in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, but I thought that (like Leo DiCaprio) she was acting the part of a mentally disturbed person. It was later that I realized that was actually her.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Hmm…Would never have thought her an introvert. But I guess your public and private personas can be very different.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Wouldn’t be surprised if Juliette was on a high from something other than scientology backnin the day. But isn’t that why so many of them think scientogy saved them? I hope Juliette wakes up one day, but I don’t know if that will happen. I thought her father’s death might spark some questioning, but it doesn’t seem to have happened. Don’t know much about her siblings, only that she’s really tight with her sister Brandy. I wonder if Juliette’s niece is still/will stay in. The Lewises are another tight celeb scilon family. I wonder how they would respond to a young one leaving the fold a la Lucia Ribisi.

  • nottrue
    • Yeah, I was hoping someone would post that instead of me.
      I am so fucking sick of institutional stupidity on this issue.
      Its one thing for some stupid fucking asshole to fall for this.
      But some agency, acting on behalf of many others?
      Geez, make me wanna holla.

    • waitaminute, “$cientology scholarship?!?” I must not understand that. No way the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology is giving away scholarships, surely?

  • TexasBroad

    I don’t mean to alarm anyone but a giant cloud bird is totally eating the sun (f5)

    • Jimmy3

      That’s gonna give him some pretty serious indigestion.

      • It’ll burn, burn, burn.
        That ring of fire.
        Which I dedicate to all the hemorrhoid sufferers in the audience.
        And you know who you are.

    • Texas Crow Cloud!

    • salin

      Cool image!

    • Ella Raitch

      Waaaah…it’s cloudpocalypse…..to the shelters

      Will spray bottles of vinegar help

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      So that’s what all the chemtrails have been for. Summoning the Sun Swallow! It’s like the Phoenix, only less hot….and more damp.

  • Kay

    Because of Suri Cruise’s tenth birthday, some print media have re-printed the original Vanity Fair article about Suri’s birth. I re-read it, and one sentence in particular really caught my attention:

    “My whole life I always wanted to be a father,” Tom says. “I always said to myself that my children would be able to depend on me and I would always be there for them and love them—that I’d never make a promise to my kids that I couldn’t keep.”

    This from a man who has not been seen with his daughter in three years, who spent her tenth birthday on a film set in England, a country that is perfectly accessible via his private jet should he want to fly his daughter there.

    • salin

      So sad that his adherence to Co$ is so much stronger than his impulse to act on his impulse he described years ago.

      • Kay

        Yes, very sad. I can’t imagine the mindset it would take to totally disconnect from a young child out of fear of “contaminating” oneself. That is so incredibly self-centered that I can’t wrap my mind around it. Most people would gladly sacrifice their own life to save their child’s life. He should be grateful to have a healthy, lovely daughter. I was not blessed with the capabiity to have a child so I really can’t understand having a child then apparently disregarding that child.

        • To reject/neglect one’s own child for any reason.
          Unbelievable.

          • Liberated

            It’s unbelievable to most, but it’s mandatory to the cult.

            • And a graphic example of it’s evil.

      • This particular incident will have a lasting effect on his image.
        If he ever wakes up it would be hard to imagine how he could live with himself.

        • Kay

          I totally agree. I can’t imagine how he would feel should he suddenly realize how nuts this all is. He can never replace those years….ever. Plus at some point she will get older and may confront him directly. What could he possibly say to her?

          • And there are countless stories like this going both ways for as many reasons.
            Katie has my undying respect.
            And the “media” looks the other way on all of it.

            • Kay

              Yes I agree with you on Katie Holmes. I thought she was very gutsy to get out the way she did….it was actually a thrilling thing to watch. She had been looking incredibly depressed in photos..I swear she wore the same pair of jeans and the same shirt for a over a year, never combed her hair or put makeup on. She looked like she had just completely given up on life. To pull off a coup like that was just remarkable.

          • I was in town the other night.
            Quite out of character for the area, there was a ranting street-corner preacher.
            A screamer.
            (fill in the blanks)
            I noticed his son sitting nearby. I’ll avoid trying to describe his demeanor. It makes me too sad.
            I circled back and told the guy, “You’re neglecting your son.”
            Of course his response was vehement.
            I wish I didn’t notice quite so much.

            • Kay

              That’s sad, poor kid !

            • And many like him, that are “raised” by parents with untreated mental and emotional illnesses.

          • Frodis73

            I can’t wait for her to get older and learning the truth…I’m sure Katie will be honest with her about what happened…not to mention the whole thing is all over the net. I hope there is a day she picks up the phone and says–hey asshole…er, I mean dad. WTF? You do know you are a complete scumbag right?? You are brainwashed, you are in a cult and you are a horrible person for kicking me to the curb. FU DAD!

            • Kay

              Yes….I think she absolutely will know the truth, and unless TC makes some sort of effort to have a relationship with her before that point in time, it will not be pretty.

            • It will be something like that.
              Katie has to walk a razor’s edge with respect to how she frames the “bio-dad”.
              I’m sure she (Katie) walks in the truth. And does nothing to attempt to influence Suri’s natural feelings towards him.
              And in fact, likely tries to make space for good feelings.
              Suri will deal with it, eventually, in the way she feels is right.

        • salin

          Agreed.

          • I’ll share with you, since you responded.
            I think, at times of those who have accidently killed their own children. Backing over them in the driveway, for example. Shit happens.
            How could you not just kill yourself? How could you possibly go on?
            That’s why I almost don’t want Cruise to wake up.

        • Frodis73

          It has done some serious damage already…I wish it would do more. Too many people out there making excuses for him. I’d love for Suri to go public when she’s 18 and take him all the way down.

          • Kay

            He has had such unbelievable control over media interviews, as exhibited by his last movie’s promotional tour. At some point in time, some journalist will have some courage to start asking him the tough questions that are going to end up making him look really bad. He can’t protect himself forever while still remaining a public person.

            • Frodis73

              I hope so. I really wish his last MI movie had tanked, cause he’d really be screwed. I’m hoping his next few do not do so well. The one thing I did notice though is while he did do press for the last film, it didn’t seem like he did a lot in the states, so i’m hoping he’s feeling the heat. maybe it just seemed like he didn’t do as much press to me though…who knows. lol. he is so arrogant and cruel…i really, really want to see this guy answer some questions and take some responsibility.

            • Kay

              You know I hadn’t thought about that, but in reflecting back on his press junket, I think you may be right. I don’t remember a lot of US appearances, but there was a lot of press about overseas appearances. I do remember complaints from journalists who had been given their extesive list of “do not ask” items. I think they complied because they were essentially entertainment reporters who couldn’t afford to antagonize him.

        • TexasBroad

          I worry about how he would handle it if he had to live without “HIMself”. Extraordinary fame came for him so early and then add to that the big being stuff afforded him in trade for that fame (and his money), it would be a very complex unraveling. I was so impressed with Rachel Bernstein’s videos with Chris and her professional experience with the unique damage a control group can do, but his case would be a challenge for even the very best. It’s one thing to be minion in a control group, and another to truly believe in your own elevation and superior position in one.

          • Kay

            I totally agree with you. I think it would be incredibly catastrophic and difficult for him to “undo” all of this complexity and to separate it out from any meaningful and realistic self-esteem. Unless he did that with a lot of support and some actual psychiatric help, I don’t know if he actually could survive that. I think he will probably remain in denial because doing anything else would be so personally threatening. Obviously, even the natural act of aging is very difficult for him, as he seems to be trying to reverse that process already. Getting older in Hollywood + admitting you have been in a completely bogus cult + admitting (at least to himself) that it cost him multiple marriages and a child would be more than most people could deal with.

          • I can’t say I fully grasp what you’re saying yet…..(no dis to you, its me)….but it makes me think of Jimmy Cliff
            the harder they come, the harder they fall
            one and all

    • Liberated

      Tom said those nice things before Uncle Davie took hold of him, lock, stock, and barrel. DM controls his every move, and he seems to like it. Too bad for Suri, the cult comes 1st.

      • Absolutely not!
        He said those words while completely brainwashed.
        Because they sounded like the things to say.

        • Liberated

          Guess I was thinking about the B. Walters interview long ago, where he said nice stuff. My mistake.

    • outraged

      Tom Cruise you are:
      a COWARD of the FIRST DEGREE!!!
      A LOUSY father!!!
      FRiend to a psychopath!!!

      Your daughter misses you terribly. Nothing will ever undo the hurt she has suffered as a result of your abandonment. She most likely thinks it is HER fault. No one can give back the years of her life you have lost. No sympathy for you Tommy Boy. That all went out the window a few years back. You are a Mission Impossible.

    • gtsix

      She’s just a meat body. Whatever. We’ll see her in the next life in her new meat body, if she chooses a scientology family. A party for the body? Pfffft. Is she upstat?

      ^^ welcome to a scientology family.

  • You’re welcome, in advance.
    First Stephen Colbert debuted “Angels” which he co-wrote with Chance the Rapper.
    (Oh, by the way, Chance was just at the White House, threw out the opening pitch for the White Sox, and re-designed their hats)

    Now Colbert’s written a song with Sturgill Simpson.
    Who?
    Just wait a minute you’ll find out, if you haven’t yet, he’s blowing up.
    Shall we have a moment to welcome the return of real country music?
    “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind…” (Duke Ellington)
    Anyone been to the Waffle House?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHe_1lOJYN0

    • salin

      A week or so ago, during a commute, I first heard about the ‘waffle house’ music/division that places ‘waffle house’ music on their juke boxes on NPR (National Public Radio.)

      Funny to watch Colbert’s audition to get on the ‘waffle house’ play list.

      • It will happen. How could it not?
        “This ain’t no waffle circus, or a waffle asylum

        You got problems with that
        You better reconcile ’em
        No drinkin’ no druggin’
        Don’t show your behind
        Don’t build no evil robots
        To enslave mankind.”

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Wait, Waffle House places their jukeboxes at NPR locations? I’m so confused.

        • salin

          Oops. NPR ran a story on Waffle House having a ‘waffle house music division’ that creates original songs that wrap waffle house into their lyrics, that are then put on the juke boxes in waffle house restaurants.

          Laughing at my confusing sentence. It is the type of error I teach students to identify, for editing.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            I was just messing with you. This is true. Much love, L. Wrong.

            • salin

              I love irony, L Wrong. Even when I commit it. Found your comment funny, when I reread my post. 😀

    • daisy

      Surprizingly catchy, Stephen C . not a bad singer.

    • beauty for ashes

      Next stop, “Steven Colbert: The Musical”

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I’d buy a ticket.

  • Louis T. I am sorry I said yesterday your last name was unpronounceable.
    Can we have your scientology movie on YouTube now?

    • Jimmy3

      Louie The Ruey

  • Can it possibly get any better, more intriguing, than the father of the leader of an evil cult (Enturbulator 009 would call it “the world’s most sinister scam”) writing a tell-all?
    Has this happened before?
    The closest I’ve seen is “I Was Hitler’s Doctor”
    http://www.amazon.com/Was-Hitlers-Doctor-Intimate-Life/dp/1417992263
    Saw that in a bookstore 20 years ago, and, well, I just had to get it.
    Good read.

  • outraged

    Your opening Tony would have been a great book cover.
    Something about that mouth….

    • Jimmy3

      That is the book cover of the UK version.

      • outraged

        oh! I was wondering. I googled the book and found the version with the son on the cover on Amazon. Had more of a memoir feel if you go by the picture alone.

        Why don’t they both have the same cover? I know that books in the UK often have a different cover, but this one has a completely different feel altogether. Much more menacing.

        And Miscavige LOVES to stay out of the limelight. So it is wonderful having his mug front and center where he belongs. No more hiding in the corners. Time to bring all this darkness out into the light and get the guy in JAIL for godsaKES.

        • Jimmy3

          I dunno. Different publishers. I agree tho, I like this one better.

        • gtsix

          IANAL, but reasons are a plenty, different laws in different countries. Could be the photo in the USA version doesn’t meet copyright or fair use similar laws in the UK or why the UK book photo has, DM’s eyes black barred out may meet standards for UK laws USA doesn’t have.

          Just buy them both 😉

  • Jefferson Hawkins just signed “Counterfeit Dreams” and shipped it to me. That’s all.
    P.S. That book was the last straw that got me out. So it means a lot to me.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      You didn’t spring for limited edition, lava rock version? I hear they grind the black lava rock and use that to print the pages. Sooo theta, man.

      • I get your volcano reference. Did you read it, btw? That book is powerful. Starting with its title.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Powerful indeed. Gotta love when the best and brightest leave and then use that smarts to fight the cult.

          • And its not “if” its always “when”.
            Hah! Hah!
            Fuck, when is this shit going to be over?
            OK, I’ll give 15-1 right now that indictments/bankruptcy/collapse in some form, will occur within 6 months.
            I’ve been wrong before.

    • Flying High

      I read it on-line at his site and it was indeed awesome and informative!

      • This is exactly how I read it too around 2010.

    • Very nice.
      Personalized inscriptions are so
      very nice.

      • I’m just glad he didn’t file a restraining order against me. Dude is cool.

        • TexasBroad

          Oh! A signed copy is so special! Your comment is funny, but I can’t imagine how gratifying it must be to someone that their words and their work helped someone change their life. I imagine you quite made his day too Dodo.
          Edited because I’m hopeless. Do I have to explain every time that I am incapable of posting without a typo the firt time?
          Edit; Damn it! FIRST time.

    • aquaclara

      Wow. Good story all around. Was that the first book (on the verboten list) that you read?

      And how considerate of Jefferson. He’s a very good egg.

      • I read Jon Atack’s “Piece of a Blue Sky” first and Miller’s book, but Jefferson’s book hit me hardest.

        • aquaclara

          This is a trifecta of goodness. Glad you love to read. What was your reaction as you turned the pages?

          • Mostly sadness and liberation.

            • aquaclara

              “You’re in a damn cult! Get out! ”

              OH, SHIT.

              BAM.

              (I can totally see how this would hurt. Sorry, Dodo. We could have cushioned the blow a bit….)

            • Juicer77

              (Butting in!) It hit me the most when he talked about how no matter what he did, no matter how great his “stats” were, nothing was ever good enough. And it never, ever would be. So he left. Amazing.

    • Baby

      All the books bring something different to the plate as you know Do..

      So besides Tony’s of course ( had to put that in)

      ***Jefferson Hawkins book is to me the #1 Book to read for those decompressing.*** It keeps the readers on his toes. I remember ( as a Never In ) when I read it when it first came out I was like.. ” I GET IT.. ” Just an amazing book.

      I loaned it to someone errrrrrrrrrrgh.. and forgot who. I would love to read it again.. I’ll get it at the library.

      • daisy

        As well as not being able to guess genders , I would have sworn you were a never-in , I don’t know why ? hmm

        • Baby

          Oh Daisy.. I am a Never In.. I will put that in my post.. I meant when I read others books I got the history and the background etc..

          but I didn’t really get the full impact of the Sea Org until I read Jefferson’s book. It just packed such a punch.

      • MaxSpaceman

        Sea Borg sene cadets and other juniors into Libraries wherever a Sea Orgre may be stationed to remove Critic’s books from the library. Tru dat.

        • Baby

          I know how lame.. Max.. Doesn’t happen to mine.. yay

    • Juicer77

      No fair!! How can I get my Kindle copy signed?!? 😉 I loved that book so much. Very glad to hear it helped you.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Man, good ole’ print media really bringing out the entheta guns. First, Tony’s good 10,000 sales news and now this? I need a fainting couch. Humfrey Hunter, you da man. Thank you.

  • beauty for ashes

    things that grow in florida. f5

    • Kay

      Pretty…

      • beauty for ashes

        So glad my dry cuticles are in focus.

        • Kay

          LOL !! I didn’t even notice ! Shhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone else. 🙂

        • Baby

          I only wished mine looked as good beauty..(f5)

    • aquaclara

      There are many lovely things in Florida.

      Hey Sea Org–take a few moments to enjoy the gorgeous flowers and beaches in around Clearwater. Catch the trolley or bus to the beach, or go visit the botanical gardens in the Walsingham section of Largo, or just down Fort Harrison to the Clearwater Garden Club. They have beautiful gardens!

      You deserve a break. Go enjoy. It’s there for you.

      Kisses from the Bunker.

      • beauty for ashes

        Yep just lie in the grass and you’ll find the craziest tiny flowers that look like orchids. Its amazing how much goes by if you don’t occasionally stop to really look where you are and how much beauty is around you.

        • daisy

          You have a really beautiful way of looking at things , all i would see is weeds. Thanks for the reminder that there are flowers too.

          • Juicer77

            Tip: don’t lie in the grass until we’ve cleaned up after WoofyJ and fat beagle!

      • Go see the huge manatees!

    • Suzy

      Things that grow in Florida…David Miscavige’s nose?

      • Baby

        f5

    • Baby

      ohhh beautiful. .. ( Did you put this on cause I’m always wining about missing Ohio/MI flowers..hahaha)

      • beauty for ashes

        No I just love flowers. Believe me I miss lilacs like nobodies business. And honeysuckles. 🙂

  • Supper Powers

    I want to buy Shelton’s audiobook. Do I need audible or can I buy it in iTunes? Thanks for insight; I’m tech illiterate.

    • Jimmy3

      It is on iTunes or Amazon or Audible.

      • Supper Powers

        Thanks. I appreciate your patience with such an amateur question.

        • Jimmy3

          That’ll be $21.95
          I accept all major credit cards and tips are appreciated.

          • gtsix

            Out ethics j3, you gave a response before you got paid. Your online courses Obvs didn’t teach you proper exchange.

            Ass, grass or.gas, nobody rides for free.

            n00b

            • Jimmy3

              Yeah, I have to admit that I cheated on all those courses. I had a better thetan’s notes.

      • beauty for ashes

        Psst, watching Saul. Missed the part that explains why Kim’s boss is afraid of electricity. Can you fill me in?

        • daisy

          Is this the 2nd season. I thought it was just reruns? I noticed Sunday it said season finale. I think I have missed the entire 2nd season. Oh well Netflix will have it eventually .

          • beauty for ashes

            This makes sense now. I just thought I was not paying enough attention. This is the 2nd season?

            • Jimmy3

              Yea

            • daisy

              I will watch the 3rd season if you watch the 4th . We are quite a pair.

            • Baby

              Beauty.. I can watch it on Netflix.. Is it worth it..I haven’t watched one.

            • daisy

              Yes it is very good, I have not watched as much TV in my life as now, so I believe I am an expert now. If you liked breaking bad , it is comparable in quality ( not story) but it is written by most of the same writers. It is probably one of the best shows airing just now. I know i am not BFA , but I like her style so I feel qualified to hijack her post.

            • Baby

              Thanks boo.. I will put it on my list..

            • MaxSpaceman

              “Saul” is the name of the show? I don’t get it … :-/

            • daisy

              The show is called – Better Call Saul – the first season is on Netflix , it is very good. It was spun off one of the characters from Breaking Bad.

            • MaxSpaceman

              Love Saul. Want him for ‘my’ attorney. Will watch season 1, thanks.

            • Baby

              Ask Saul Max.. everyone is talkin about it.

            • beauty for ashes

              Its a lot of really nuanced performances and relatable human emotions. Which somehow surprised me. I guess I thought it was going to be cheesy.

        • Jimmy3

          He believes he has a rare condition that leaves him hyper-sensitive to electricity. Most people (and the doctors) seem to believe it’s some sort of late onset schizophrenia, because he wasn’t always that way, I guess. They never really go into full detail about it.

          • Jimmy3

            He does seem to have legitimate physical reactions to electricity, but that could be psychosomatic.

          • beauty for ashes

            Thanks! I think I just realized from Daisy’s answer that I may have missed an entire first season too. I may have to stop watching so I can watch it from the beginning. I’m sure its worth it.

            • Jimmy3

              It is!

          • Juicer77

            (Did you ever see that whackadoodle episode of Intervention with the electricity lady who couldn’t be near doorways or the color red? They went through the whole episode trying to intervene using normal methods when the whole time she was *clearly* psychotic and deeply mentally ill. *facepalm*)

  • Illinoisian

    OT: Signs of Spring/Canada Geese/Newly Hatched Goslings–Part II

    Yesterday our Canada Geese hatched their eggs and I, very excited, posted describing the process. (We spent the day with binoculars within reach, going to the window every ten minutes or so and hoping to catch the good moments.) I stopped posting when it became clear that these things involve – mostly – waiting.

    The fun moments: the goslings emerging and gradually getting more adventurous (e.g. getting a foot away from mom); a deer getting very close to the family, apparently unwittingly, freezing when he/she saw them, and slowly, stiffly backing away; a moment when both parents went into the water and we thought, “this is it!” but it was a false alarm.

    The whole family finally ventured into the water at 7am this morning and, fortunately, we were at the window. Parents paddled out and looked back. First gosling tumbled in, and immediately regretted the move, but the bank is way too steep so there was no going back. It resigned itself to having a wet undercarriage and headed for mom and dad. The rest followed, seven in all, although the last one hesitated and one of the parents had to paddle back in close to give encouragement. Then a short trip to the opposite side where the bank is low enough for little legs to walk up onto shore.

    For most of the day they remained within our view, occasionally back on the water, but mostly on land, moving in a group and taking frequent rests. But in the late afternoon the parents led their brood into the trees and out of our sight. We hope we get a chance to see them again.

    Every spring we’ve had geese nest nearby, but this was the first time in thirty years that we’ve been able to actually see the whole process take place.

    • allioops

      wonderful! In New York there is a horrible pressure to destroy the geese by the wildlife feds & the government. I joined forces with a Goose Watch group to try and protect them.

      • daisy

        I like the geese that live down the road , they make my fat beagle*s day everyday. The only drawback to having these lovely creatures close , is they wreck my sleep. I got my mom a bicycle horn to use if she needs me. I have answered many a goose in the early a,m. while my mother sleeps through the racket.

        • Juicer77

          XD

      • Illinoisian

        I know that in some places they are considered a nuisance, probably when there are huge numbers in a smallish place. Don’t think there are any such spots here — haven’t heard of any calls to limit them. We are lucky to have a smallish pond and each year our pair defends it, not letting any other Canada Geese share it. (They pay no attention to ducks, but will make sure that herons keep a distance from the area where they are nesting.) As for problems, well, some extra poop in the back yard and, of course, it’s bigger than that of other birds, but that’s a small price to pay for their dramatic coloring, size and elegant good looks. We look forward to our pair settling in every spring.

        • allioops

          all of the places that feel that the geese are a nuisance need to only hire a border collie owner. May you continue to enjoy these gifts of nature

    • Juicer77

      So cool!

  • allioops

    I have a therapist that is exactly as capable as this young lady in LA. My therapist is in NYC. She has truly saved my life. I, too, never believed in and Psch help. But I was so distraught that a family member searched on the internet & found a clinic that helped cult related problems and family difficulties. Sadly, the clinic gave up on this speciality. But, luckily, my therapist opened her own practice. I have been seeing her for over 10 years! Also have been taking drugs to relieve anxiety, etc.

    • Baby

      Oh Alli that is fabulous.. good for you.. Having a great therapist is the key.. Also just want to add to anyone reading..

      If you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist.. leave.. find another. You will find your match.

    • aquaclara

      Good for you! It’s a sign, though, of how lasting and damaging this damn cult is.

    • MaxSpaceman

      Can you e-mail max dot spaceman @ yahoo dot com – I have dear friend with family difficult so pressing and they’re having trouble finding someone in the City who fits the bill.

      • allioops

        email me @ petlover1948@hotmail.com & I will give you her phone #. I highly recommend her. She specializes in this type of family difficulties

    • Juicer77

      So glad you are getting good treatment and the results you want. Big hugs.

      • allioops

        thanks; but I still constantly pray for the “wasband” to return to a sane mind and life (my bro named him the “wasband” because he was a husband.)

  • salin

    Both a Good night post -and another reminder to ‘recommend’ today’s UB (click underneath the comment count).

    As a good night share – here is a shot of Aurora’s taken a few days ago in the Lofoten Islands in Norway: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=124812&PHPSESSID=1oi5s6bvtr7luodk2dntl8rue4

    • Baby

      night sweetie.. sleep tight piggie

  • Robert Eckert
    • daisy

      yes

      • Robert Eckert

        As I understand it, Boaty McBoatface won a majority of the pledged delegates, but those superdelegates from the Ministry of Health were able to block.

        • daisy

          I loved the name Boaty McBoatface . If they were not serious about the vote they shouldn’t have had the contest in the first place. They also should have expected a smart ass name from the public.

  • cecily beresford

    Ooff-topic again and taking advantage of the safe space of The Bunker, a bit more aggro between my friend Antonia in Cornwall and John Mappin in his hotel:-

    “(To John Mappin) I am going to talk to my Majali contacts in Jordan, as they apparently do not know who “His Noble Excellency M Rashid al Rashid” is. Do you know???

    Antonia

    From: antonia@xxxxxxxxx.com

    Sent: 20 April 2016 00:01

    To: ‘John Mappin’

    Subject: RE: From John Mappin

    John; this is not even literate. Sometimes you write in the first person singular, sometimes the first person plural; but above all, you seem to need to rant and lecture. For a “religion” that prides itself on the ability to communicate, scientology seems extraordinarily inadequate.

    For myself, I do not give a monkey’s (to use the vernacular) whether Xenu is whizzing around the universe, whether L Ron Hubbard is wandering around in search of an eternal ashtray, or whether you can make objects move as a result of spending $100,000 in pursuit of higher powers. What I do mind about is a bit of respect for local business practices, and basic honesty in one’s advertising practices. I do not want people to have a low view of the hospitality and tourism industry in this area because of bizarre and maverick statements about imaginary knighthoods, nor, if I’m honest, to have a potentially useful source of local employment – your hotel – barred to local jobseekers. Your choice though, of course; just not the way most of us behave in Cornwall.

    If I were your mother, I would suggest that you might need some rest and recuperation. We all do when we have a business to run and a small child. I wish you luck.

    Antonia

    From: John Mappin [mailto:johnmappin@camelotcastle.com]

    Sent: 17 April 2016 18:49

    To: antonia@xxxxxxxxxx.com

    Subject: From John Mappin

    Dear Antonia,

    You are simply speculating again. You really must learn the skill and of not acting on assumptions and lack of personal observation. In minor low level activity false assumptions, although harmful, have relatively minor consequences. But as one’s sphere of influence increases one harms oneself with such. As beings are at their core basically good you will limit and withhold yourself and your own sphere of good fortune to the degree that you continue down such harmful lines and venture forward with such assumptions.

    We have learned never to state something along the lines of our earlier communication to you unless it is true.

    I realise that it is not easy to have your manners and errant habits corrected and is possibly a little embarrassing to you not least as it is your bigotry that is being addressed and put under the spotlight.

    My intention in doing so is solely to help you and those that you potentially seek to harm with such and you will find that if you follow the links in the mail that I sent you there is all the accurate information that you need to clear up your confusions on the subject.

    But to put at least part of your new speculations to bed, since I became a Scientologists at the age of 27 I have made money as a result of what I have studied and learned from Scientology.

    While I have never worked for the church in any official capacity, nor have I or do I benefit in financially from Scientology or any of its groups, and and am only a simple parishioner, what I have learned from studying scientology courses has been incredibly valuable and has made me many many times more than any cost of the book or course.

    Any donations that we have made subsequently as a philanthropy to our church, we are delighted to have made. They have helped others all over the world, but they are a small fraction of the gains that we have had financially, personally and as a family.

    If is fair to say and is true that as a result of studying and using the knowledge in Scientology that we have gained we have increased our family fortune by a vast multiple.

    In terms of a valuable education the study of Scientology surpasses in value anything that I have experienced elsewhere.

    I appreciate that it is not easy for someone, blinded by bigotry, to fully grasp who L Ron Hubbard is as a spirit and what he achieved with his work in his most recent incarnation.

    But a solution to depression and mental heath problems, a solution to harmful drugs, and a solution to war that does not require harmful weapons and the many spin off benefits associated with such a capacity is most certainly needed by this earth and is something that should be supported not attacked by bigots who have a habit of making non fact based assumptions.

    You cannot even begin to imagine how grateful a mother or a head of state is when one presents the only solution that can actually resolve the so called “incurable” drug addiction of a family member or child and then goes on to effectively cure them and restores their child back to full heath and a full life.

    This is happening for hundreds of people every day at http://www.narconon.org facilities which use Hubbard’s breakthrough in how to cure addiction.

    Probably the best and perhaps easiest concept with which to view the works of Hubbard and who he was and is, is articulated by Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospel of John Chapter 14, Verse 12.

    “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

    These links will give you an idea of how we have helped not just in the the Middle East but across all continents of earth and what our future expansion will bring. They make very interesting reading.

    http://www.newera.dk/pdu/news/PDU-EN-14.pdf

    https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=john%20mappin%20dissemination

    Scientology and L Ron Hubbard has friends everywhere and so do we.

    Don’t limit yourself with false assumptions.

    Kind Regards

    John

    On 17 Apr 2016, at 02:42, antonia@tregarden.com wrote:

    No, my dear; in essence, none of the Hashemites would begin to countenance the mad theories of Hubbard, and you need to pull back from this fantasy. But I wish you all the best,

    Antonia

    From: John Mappin [mailto:johnmappin@camelotcastle.com]

    Sent: 14 April 2016 23:37

    To: antonia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxcom

    Subject: From John Mappin camelot Castle Re: life

    Dear Antonia,

    We are sure your dog is very nice too.

    We are aware that you have a business that benefits from its relationship with Jordan.

    Our family has been very close friends with the family and other families from that region for many decades and we are most honoured and proud of our friendships in the region as our friends there are proud and honoured to know us.

    We have assisted and advised, on commercial matters, political matters, spiritual matters and matters of national security in the region for some years.

    Personal inspection and direct contact, is always senior to remote or second hand information or media gossip.

    • Baby

      What a Nut job he is Antonia.. Good Lord!

  • cecily beresford

    Further to my last – I can’t currently post a picture of a letter theoretically sent to John Mappin from the Jordanian Royal Court as it is read-only, but here is the outline and I’ll get the rest copied later:

    These links will give you an idea of how we have helped not just in the the Middle East but across all continents of earth and what our future expansion will bring. They make very interesting reading.

    http://www.newera.dk/pdu/news/PDU-EN-14.pdf

    https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=john%20mappin%20dissemination

    Scientology and L Ron Hubbard has friends everywhere and so do we.

    Don’t limit yourself with false assumptions.

    Kind Regards

    John

    On 17 Apr 2016, at 02:42, antonia@tregarden.com wrote:

    No, my dear; in essence, none of the Hashemites would begin to countenance the mad theories of Hubbard, and you need to pull back from this fantasy. But I wish you all the best,

    Antonia

  • Sarah James

    I believe in therapy, but I never thought of finding a therapist for cult recovery, slaps forehead.

  • Fink Jonas

    Precious books! thank god we don’t have to depend on the church to tell us what is or what isn’t true. Entheta? ha!

  • Bedtime hell: I let the dogs out and I hear Pan start to bark. It was her I’ve got something bark. I raced outside but it’s very hard to see as its pretty much pitch black in areas. I could see she had something cornered and I started screaming her name not caring that it was midnight. Once she gets fixated on something will not stop. Not knowing for sure what she had, I wanted to keep about 10 feet distance. I got to that area and within those few seconds she had it in her mouth starting to shake. I’m still screaming my damn head at her to drop it; but I had to quickly go plan B which is to try to break her ‘hunt’ mode. I tossed light weight stuff so neithet her nor what she had got hurt. After 3 plastic chairs-tossed to the side-, flower pots, ski poles, I finally yelled that I was getting a golf club. Someone on Dayton Place yelled back “Shit just got real”. Grabbed the club, still yelling Pan’s name, and I get within 2 feet of her and strike the club into the ground next to her. She let it go!!! Then went to grab it again but I blocked her with the club and made her walk away. She got about 5 feet away, but she was STILL fixated on getting back to it. I started talking to her and it took a few minutes before her tail wagged and I knew the hunt spell was broke. She didn’t want to go in though, so I had to carry her in. She had no injuries and is UTD on her shots. I went back out with my tablet witn the flashlight app to see what she had had. First thing I saw was a toad that whatever it was had been eating 😟Then I get over where Pan had droped it and it was a possum. I thought since I was no longer tired I’d bury them but they’re still breathing!!!! Pan drew no blood, but I know the shaking is an instinct. Breathing was normal, not gasping. I told them I hoped they were okay after a rest; but if they were not, I was sorry, but my dog was acting on instinct to an intruder, just as they were acting on instinct eating a toad. So when I get up in the morning I will have to go out to see if the possum is still there. That’s my bedtime story.

  • Mockingbird

    I feel foolish for not posting this earlier. It is a post from Just Bill at Ask The Scientologist on how ruthless David Miscavige actually is.

    Sunday, September 7, 2008
    Hubbard, Miscavige and “Power”
    One of David Miscavige’s favorite pieces of Hubbard writing is “The Responsibilities of Leaders,” which was a critique by L. Ron Hubbard of a book The Four Seasons of Manuela. A Biography. The Love Story of Manuela Sàenz and Simòn Bolivar written in 1952 by Victor Wolfgang von Hagen.

    Simòn Bolivar, of course, was the great South American revolutionary leader, and Manuela Sàenz was his mistress and confidant.

    Hubbard wrote his critique of von Hagen’s book as an official church policy letter dated 12 February 1967.

    Miscavige is so enamored with this policy letter, that he had copies of Hubbard’s letter made for all of his celebrity friends one year as gifts, and in 2003 he had copies of the von Hagen book made for his celebrity friends, including Tom Cruise.

    Hubbard’s analysis of this book says more about Hubbard’s own personality than about Simòn Bolivar or Manuela Sàenz.

    His main critique of Bolivar and Sàenz was that they were not ruthless enough – they were “too idealistic.”

    Listen to some of his criticisms of Manuela Sàenz:
    “…she never collected or forged or stole any documents to bring down enemies…”

    “…she never used a penny to buy a quick knife…”

    “She never handed over any daughter of a family clamoring against her to Negro troops and then said, ‘Which oververbal family is next?'”
    Presumably Hubbard would have done these things to maintain power – forgery, theft, murder, rape.

    He concludes:
    “Life bleeds. It suffers. It hungers. And it has to have the right to shoot its enemies until such time as comes a golden age.”
    Yep, you read that right – “the right to shoot its enemies.”

    He also states,
    “…the foremost law, if one’s ambition is to win, is of course to win.”
    That’s right, the foremost law. So things like murder, robbery and forgery are above normal law because that it what is needed to “win.”

    There’s more.

    Hubbard lays out his seven principles of power. These are chilling. Some excerpts:
    “When you move off a point of power, pay all your obligations on the nail, empower all your friends completely and move off with your pockets full of artillery, potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account and the addresses of experienced assassins and go live in Bulgravia and bribe the police.”
    And here’s how to be a good subordinate and support a power:
    “He doesn’t have to know all the bad news and if he’s a power really, he won’t ask all the time, ‘What are all those dead bodies doing at the door?’ And if you are clever, you never let it be thought HE killed them – that weakens you and also hurts the power source. ‘Well, boss, about all those dead bodies, nobody at all will suppose you did it. She over there, those pink legs sticking out, didn’t like me.'”
    And:
    “…always push power in the direction of anyone on whose power you depend. It may be more money for the power or more ease or a snarling defense of the power to a critic or even the dull thud of one of his enemies in the dark or the glorious blaze of the whole enemy camp as a birthday surprise.”
    That’s how you’re supposed to support a senior – get him more and more money and kill his enemies.

    This is what Scientology executives are trained on. This is what Scientologists are trained on. This is what celebrities are trained on. Anything is OK as long as it “pushes power to power” and the foremost law is to win. And if you are serious about winning, anything goes – theft, blackmail, bribery, forgery, rape, and murder.

    Scientologists will justify this – as I did when I was in. “Oh, he’s just speaking metaphorically” and so on. To them, I say, read it again. This is Hubbard’s view of power. This is Miscavige’s idea of power. It is the way the Church of Scientology operates! Not metaphorically – but actually.

    Someday they will try to remove all copies of this document from circulation and say Hubbard never wrote it, but for now they are arrogant enough to publish it broadly.

    Scientologists are not only obsessed with power, they are indoctrinated into Hubbard’s view of power – the ruthless use of any means to achieve one’s goal.

    Posted by Just Bill at 5:16 PM Labels: David Miscavige, Scientology
    9 comments:

    AnonymousSeptember 7, 2008 at 8:17 PM
    I have witnessed things that corroborate with what you are saying, but never associated it all with that Bolivar policy. I have seen DM strike someone who was not getting something accomplished within a deadline. I have seen someone who had fallen in DM’s disfavor physically attacked by other Sea Org members who priorly were the man’s friend. They HAD to do it or they would have been viewed as enemies too! A young woman at Golden Era Studios was ordered by DM to run over Marc Yager in a car, who only escaped death or permanent injuries by jumping out of the way and breaking his foot! Was that order supposed to be metaphorical? I don’t think so. Thanks for connecting the dots for me. Makes total sense now. Duh!

    Reply

    AnonLoverSeptember 8, 2008 at 7:01 AM
    Do you happen to know the specific policy number for this bit of volence inspiring insanity?

    Reply

    Just BillSeptember 8, 2008 at 7:54 AM
    Hubbard’s policy letters are referenced by date. The policy letter is simply HCO Policy Letter 12 Februare 1967 “The Responsibility of Leaders”.

    • Narapoid

      I remember reading the Bolivar policy.

      • Mockingbird

        We all read it on the staff status courses and the OEC and the Introduction To Scientology Ethics course and on the EPF. Anyone who was training more than a tiny bit was put on it.

        • daisy

          I still sometimes wonder how people can read or hear his words and not go screaming out the exit . He certainly didn’t keep his evil secret until after indocturnization .

          • Mockingbird

            He did the trick lots of abusers, conmen and cult leaders do: he promised false futures. The neuroscientist David Eagleman has said we make decisions by imagining the different futures different choices will create and seeing which we enjoy in our minds. Hubbard constantly claimed a perfect future was available in Scientology.

    • daisy

      shudder

      • Mockingbird

        The policy is usually called the Bolivar policy but for some odd reason I remembered the actual name. The thing is Hubbard meant it quite literally but by describing a historical figure who was a military leader in war Hubbard could make it seem to be figurative relative to modern Scientology. But the requirements are taught to Scientologists.

        It’s a lesson in ruthlessness.

        • daisy

          I do not think there is a word than can described the evil this sick fuck and his prodigy has reaped. He needs to be stopped and he will be, its just too slow.

          • Liberated

            Ditto, my dear!

      • Mockingbird

        It’s a good look into the minds of Hubbard in that he wrote it and Miscavige in that he made people read it over and over to make them more ruthless.

    • Liberated

      All of it is so true I’m actually freaked out right now. I used to try to explain how this behavior was crazy and all the things that just didn’t make sense to me and do my best to attempt to point out the evil motives of the tech, but everytime I did I was beaten down and ridiculed. No wonder I wasn’t a very good scientologist. I just wasn’t ruthless enough, and I always hated those that were.

      Please forgive my ramblings–I’m having a hard time expressing myself right now. I love the bunker and I love you “Mockingbird” for posting such gut-wrenching truths from source. I thought I had heard it all about that crazy mother-fucker, but this stuff is important. I hope everybody reads this.

      • Mockingbird

        Thank you. Scientology was designed to covertly install ruthlessness while pretending to help.

        • Liberated

          Sure was. Are you familiar with “Messiah or Madmen”? Part 1 chapter 11. Pretty sick shit, Hubbard the rapist. That guy was one depraved, perverted monster!

          • Mockingbird

            I read it about two years ago. You might like this.

            http://mbnest.blogspot.com/2015/05/scientolgys-parallel-in-nature_3.html?m=0

            • Liberated

              I was was so proud when I bought it back in the late 80’s. Actually, when the very first edition came out it was during all the legal fighting with LRH Jr. so I saw it at my local library believe it or not—-wrapped in brown paper. It wasn’t quite ready for publication hence the cover wrap, so I read the “unauthorized” version (blew my mind) then I bought the published version at “Half Price Books” which I still have today. Also bought Bare Faced Messiah, A Piece of Blue Sky, and one you don’t hear much about Relgion Inc. by Stewart Lamont. I’ve always been so proud of my score those books certainly turned things around for me. Made me feel like hey, I’m really not crazy, that cult’s crazy. I guess that’s why I love the Bunker so much, like-minded people.

            • Mockingbird

              You have been out a long time. I have been out two and a half years.

      • Mockingbird

        Here’s a bit more to examine.

        “Life bleeds. It suffers. It hungers. And it has to have the right to shoot its enemies until such time as comes a golden age.” Ron Hubbard The Responsibilities Of Leaders HCOPL also found in Introduction To Scientology Ethics book
        “the foremost law, if one’s ambition is to win, is of course to win.”
        Ron Hubbard The Responsibilities Of Leaders HCOPL also found in Introduction To Scientology Ethics book
        “He doesn’t have to know all the bad news and if he’s a power really, he won’t ask all the time, “What are all those dead bodies doing at the door?” And if you are clever, you never let it be thought HE killed them — that weakens you and also hurts the power source. “Well, boss, about all those dead bodies, nobody at all will suppose you did it. She over there, those pink legs sticking out, didn’t like me.”
        Ron Hubbard The Responsibilities Of Leaders HCOPL also found in Introduction To Scientology Ethics book
        “always push power in the direction of anyone on whose power you depend. It may be more money for the power or more ease or a snarling defense of the power to a critic or even the dull thud of one of his enemies in the dark or the glorious blaze of the whole enemy camp as a birthday surprise.”
        Ron Hubbard The Responsibilities Of Leaders HCOPL also found in Introduction To Scientology Ethics book
        “In short, a staff member can get away with murder so long as his statistic is up and can’t sneeze without a chop if it’s down.”
        HCOPL 1 Sep 1965 (reissued 5 Oct 1985) “Ethics Protection”
        “When people do start reporting a staff member with a high statistic, what you investigate is the person who turned in the report. In an ancient army a particularly brave deed was recognized by an award of the title of Kha-Khan. It was not a rank. The person remained what he was, BUT he was entitled to be forgiven the death penalty ten times in case in the future he did anything wrong. That was a Kha-Khan. That’s what producing, high-statistic staff members are – Kha-Khans. They can get away with murder without a blink from Ethics…. And Ethics must recognize a Kha-Khan when it sees one – and tear up the bad report chits on the person with a yawn.”
        HCOPL 1 Sep 1965 (reissued 5 Oct 1985) “Ethics Protection”

        I can close with two brief quotes from Hubbard for your consideration.

        “Our organizations are friendly. They are only here to help you.”
        – . Ron Hubbard, “Dianetic Contract” 23 May 1969
        “There is no more ethical group on this planet than ourselves.”
        – Ron Hubbard, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING. 7 February 1965, reissued 27 August 1980

        • Liberated

          God, I could talk your head off for hours, and you’re the one person I know would “get it”. All the stuff you posted about the sociopathic personality still blows my mind, I think about it constantly. I’m just now beginning to recover from a very traumatic 3 years. Still pretty raw. I’m all alone, the Bunker helps a lot.

          • daisy

            You may feel like you are alone, but you are not. There are so many exes here that can guide your recovery. Talk to your real life friends, they will not mind if you lean on them for a little while. I know you lost your husband recently so this is all part of grieving. Take care and keep coming to the bunker if it helps.

            • Liberated

              You’re so sweet, my late husband was the sociopath, he was the “higher up” in the cult. I don’t expect you to understand. He was killing me, and destroyed my relationship with my son. My pain is multi-layered, yes I feel grief for him in an odd way, but it’s all the loneliness, and separation from my son that hurts so much. Boy, that guy sure put me together, the word –calumny comes to mind. To destroy a person’s reputation with lies, yeah, that’s it. I’m getting way to maudlin, I just had a bad day that’s all. I’ll be ok. It many ways I feel freer, and I’ve found myself after so many years. I think you are so kind, no wonder you find this god-awful cult so unbelievable.

            • daisy

              I am sorry for your bad day. You were not maudlin at all. We all feel lonely at times. It is usually the relationships that bring us to our knees. I hope you and your son can work it out or at least have some kind of peace. I never know whether to say I will pray for you. I usually say it because it is the only thing I can do to help. If your an atheist just ignore me praying in the corner with my gin .

            • Liberated

              Prayer is good, I’m not an atheist, if fact in all this craziness I’ve experienced some unexplainable things that I can only call spiritual clarity. I dont know what else to call it. I wish you didn’t live so far away, you seem like my kinda broad.

            • daisy

              Bring more gin and you can live in our basementé

          • Mockingbird

            I am sorry you are alone. You are certainly welcome to read my blog if it helps at all.

          • FredEX2

            Here at the Bunker,…You are not alone, Liberated.

    • madame duran

      Collecting “potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival”–that rival would include the person in power whom the Scientologist is using to help safepoint Scientology. Helping an influential person (e.g. a politician, celebrity, business person, respected community activist, etc.) isn’t done with any genuine loyalty or service in mind. While Scientology is in a weakened or disadvantaged position, it will do ANYTHING to assist the big wog boss they rely on, even if it involves secret criminal activity (the “dead bodies at the door” or the “dull thud of one of his enemies in the dark”, so to speak). Scientology gains this powerful leader’s trust and access to resources but at the same time, it’s enriching itself in the process. By the time that leader begins to suspect Scientology’s sudden rise in strength, it will be too late to counter it because the cult would’ve accumulated enough control of the individual’s life to overpower him/her. Oh, and those tidbits of personal information shared in confidence or any underhanded, illegal thing that was done on the wog boss’s behalf? Perfect fodder for blackmail! Scientology is really an insidious cult with no decent morals. It essentially is built on four goals: POWER, MONEY, CONTROL and DECEIT.

      • FredEX2

        Very powerful post. What you said could not be more serious and true.

      • Mockingbird

        Don’t you blackmail your “friends” ?

    • FredEX2

      Mockingbird, ~This is an incredible post and very important information. To those who think LRH only meant what he said ‘metaphorically…I KNOW thru firsthand experience that Miscavige takes these particular words of LRH seriously and literally.

      If there are those who read the Bunker and still think ‘Fair Game’ is just a ‘game’…you would be in for the utter shock of your lives…it is deadly serious…and devastating. Those that participate are dangerous, even more so bc they believe it is not only their right but their duty to destroy another human being deemed an ‘enemy’ or even just a ‘potential’ enemy. And they believe there will be NO consequences…they have no guilt for it. Damaging property is NOTHING to them…and neither is It a crime to them to destroy their perceived enemy…and everything & everyone that ‘enemy’ values.

      You have NEVER seen or would never believe such evil actually existed,…except in a novel, a movie… a critique of a story like that of LRH’s and Simon Bolivar. That is, until YOU are the target of Scientology…then I guarantee you…your life will become completely about surviving utter EVIL like you’ve never known.

      I joke here and sometimes poke at the bear…but I never forget what this Cult is capable of…I’ve read before that people think that COB, OSA and his minions ( volunteer & paid/hired thugs ) might ‘do things’ in fair gaming tactics, like tap phones, hack email, spread rumors, destroy property and follow people around…but they don’t rape or murder. Those that still think that they draw the line at actually doing…or having others do these things would be wrong. When they perceive someone to be an enemy…Fair Game means ANYTHING goes and nothing is off limits.

      These things are as true & deadly…and meant as literally as anything you will ever know.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      “…or the glorious blaze of the whole enemy camp as a birthday surprise…” As a birthday surprise…This shouldn’t shock me, knowing what I do about Hubbard’s twisted mind and personality. And yet, I sit here, mouth agape anyway. Damn. That is…chilling.

      • Mockingbird

        He had attempted to obliterate his own conscience as he saw it as a weakness.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          I’d say he was successful.

          • Mockingbird

            I tend to concur.

  • OOkpik

    This morning at the eagles’ nest, and all is well.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      It is amazing how much they have grown. Its only been a month since they hatched.
      They seem to be pretty itchy as their proper feathers come in, poor buggers.
      It is nice to see the baby one push his way to front for food and not be picked on as much.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I am in love with those ridiculous feet!

  • Lighthouse

    This is fantastic news about Ron Miscavige’s book being published in the UK.

    Let’s hope ABC 20/20 don’t back out again at the last minute!

  • Todd Tomorrow