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Lawrence Wright goes to Nazareth; or, how Reza Aslan drove us into the arms of L. Ron Hubbard

[Lawrence Wright, getting the scoop. (Illo by Observer)]

Yesterday, we were still thinking about Reza Aslan’s friendly-but-not-so-friendly jabs at Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright in his Sunday night Believer episode about Scientology.

Aslan was up front that he has a “soft spot” for Scientology, which he feels gets a bad rap. And certainly one of the biggest raps the church has absorbed lately was the documentary that Gibney and Wright came out with in 2015, Going Clear (disclosure: we’re in it).

So Aslan could hardly weigh in without at least acknowledging Going Clear, and he did so in passive-aggressive ways which elicited nervous laughter on the screen.

Did you notice, for example, that he said if Lawrence Wright had been around to interview Jesus, there would never have been Christianity?

Is that like the most backhanded compliment of all time or what? And who makes out worse, exactly — Larry, or Christianity?

Anyway, as we pointed out yesterday, Aslan used indie Scientology without acknowledging how tiny it is, which was our main criticism. But, another thing we’ll point out is that if you were paying attention to the opening section of his show, Aslan really wants to push back against reporting on Scientology in general. He thinks we’ve heard too much about abuses in movies like Going Clear, and it looked to us like indie Scientology was just a convenient vehicle for him to use. (He was, after all, apologizing for Scientology long before he started profiling indies.)

OK, so Aslan set out to create a counter-narrative to Going Clear. But the biggest difference between the two wasn’t just the focus on abuses in Gibney’s documentary. It was the near erasing of L. Ron Hubbard in Aslan’s program.

One of the things that made Going Clear so effective was the way that it went deep into Hubbard’s own history, with new material never heard before from Hubbard’s second wife, Sara Northrup, and great archival footage that really established Scientology’s bizarre underpinnings.

After watching Aslan talk about Bullbaiting and other TRs and Disconnection and even Super Power with almost no references to Hubbard and how those ideas evolved, we were, believe it or not, feeling a need to hear some of the old man to re-ground us in what Scientology is really all about.

So we dived into our collection yesterday, and more or less randomly pulled out a 1965 lecture that was part of the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, the vaunted lectures that Hubbard gave in East Grinstead, England.

We’ve pulled an excerpt for you in a short “fair use” segment, and we’ve even captioned it so you can follow along. It’s just a few minutes long. Join us for a moment of L. Ron goodness, please…

 

 
Ah, that’s better. Nothing like the Commodore to get us hopped up on thetans and engrams.

Now, this brief excerpt actually turns out to be pretty important, because Hubbard is explaining the provenance and gravity of what would become so familiar to all Scientologists, particularly those who work for the organization. The “org board” he’s talking about on the one hand doesn’t seem very notable — it’s just Hubbard’s plan for how to set up a business or similar organization. But you have to love that space opera touch to it: Through his Scientology time travel he has managed to retrieve this particular artifact of business wisdom from an ancient galactic civilization that had a pretty good run of 80 trillion years. (And once again, we’ll point out that cosmologists tell us the universe is only about 13.8 billion years old, but Scientology is based on a much longer scale.)

This is a good example because it illustrates how Scientology is such an odd and wonderful mix of futuristic (actually deep past) space drama and, um, boring business administration.

If Scientology is a cult, it’s a cult of bureaucracy, not spiritualism. Hubbardism worships rules and regulations (especially the military kind), not some blissed-out nirvana.

L. Ron Hubbard unlocked the fabric of the universe, went deep into space-time, and brought us back … a job chart.

 

[Org board of a company run on Scientology principles.]

 
This employment scheme is not just a quirk or an aside. It goes deep into the DNA of Scientology and what every Scientologist gets pounded into their heads day in and day out — that they have a role to play, a “hat” or job, and the success of the organization, which is more important than anything else, relies on you performing your job with utmost dedication. And that performance depends on doing things “standardly,” according to job descriptions written by Hubbard and set in stone.

Somehow, Hubbard managed to fuse together the most outlandish notions — such as going billions of years into the past to retrieve something from a galactic civilization some 80 trillion years old — and the most utterly mundane, such as how to set up a business so that the public relations and marketing and human resources departments are reporting to the right people.

But understanding these kinds of details really turns out to be useful if you want to see the bigger picture of where Scientology has been and where it’s going.

Sure, the org board looks like a strange obsession from outside Scientology, but it was an org board that is at the center of one of Scientology’s strangest mysteries.

In the summer of 2005, the man who replaced L. Ron Hubbard as church leader, David Miscavige, did an odd thing. He went somewhere without his wife, Shelly. Usually, they traveled together as a package deal: He was “C.O.B.,” for “Chairman of the Board” (of the Religious Technology Center, Scientology’s nominally controlling entity), and her title was “C.O.B. Assistant.” The two of them oversaw the movement’s many international events and expansion plans — Shelly even oversaw the 2004 auditions of actresses to choose a new mate for Tom Cruise, a process which settled on Nazanin Boniadi, a Scientologist who dated Tom from November 2004 to January 2005.

But then, in the summer of 2005, David Miscavige left Int Base near Hemet and went 90 miles west to Los Angeles, where he said he was working on the “Basics” publishing project. Our eyewitnesses who were there at the base that summer tell us it was kind of shocking to see Dave leave while Shelly stayed behind. But Shelly made herself useful. She was tired of hearing Dave complain about a project that never seemed to get finished, and that he’d end up screaming at people about.

It was an org board.

For some reason, Miscavige could never get it filled out. So while he was away, Shelly did it for him, assigning people to the various slots on the org board structure.

When he got back a few months later and saw what she had done, he blew a gasket.

(She had also had his possessions crated up so a renovation could be done to his quarters that he’d been bellyaching about. This also apparently steamed him, to find all of his stuff in crates.)

Shelly Miscavige vanished a week later. And she hasn’t been seen at a Scientology event in the eleven years since. (She was only seen publicly at the funeral for her father in the summer of 2007. And we’re taking seriously a sighting of her that happened just recently.)

More ripples from that event: A year later, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married at a castle in Italy. And one person who noticed that David Miscavige was flying solo as he served as Tom’s best man was the actress Leah Remini.

When she dared to ask about it, Cruise’s majordomo and church spokesman Tommy Davis told her she didn’t have the fucking rank even to raise the question of why Shelly wasn’t there. That night, Leah wrote up a “Knowledge Report” about Miscavige with the help of a friend back in Los Angeles over the phone. In other words, she turned in Scientology’s ultimate leader to Scientology itself.

For that act of defiance, she was later summoned to the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida for three months of interrogations and thought reform, and was charged $300,000 for it. That experience, she would later write, put her on the path of leaving Scientology, which became public in July 2013.

We broke that news here at the Underground Bunker. And we’ve been reporting on Leah’s subsequent memoir and then her television series as she’s rocked the Church of Scientology like never before. And maybe none of that would have happened if Shelly Miscavige, in the summer of 2005, had not filled out an org board — a scheme for job positions that L. Ron Hubbard brought back to earth from an 80-trillion-year-old galactic civilization while he was trippin’ through his Whole Track, riding an E-meter through the cosmos.

See, if you really want to understand where Scientology has been, and where it’s going, and who it’s harmed, you really need to know something about a 1930s pulp fiction writer who somehow convinced otherwise rational human beings that he offered the certainty of past life recall and future life fulfillment, and in the process enslaved thousands.

It’s quite a story. Shame so little of it was reflected in what CNN presented Sunday night.

“If you want to present Scientology as benign, you have to ignore a lot of things. This is something that both Aslan and the Indies have in common,” says Jefferson Hawkins, the former marketing genius behind Scientology’s “volcano” TV spots in the 1980s, and who we showed a draft of this essay to get his thoughts on it. (Jeff is also the author of a terrific series for us on Scientology’s arcane system of “ethics.”)

“I noticed a comment today from an Indie saying that they were glad that Aslan had given a nod to the ‘purity’ of Scientology tech. And by pure, he meant just the tech, the ‘red on white’ technical bulletins, not the administrative or Ethics ‘tech.’ This is the viewpoint that I’ve noticed many Indies have. They just want to deal with Hubbard’s technical writings and ignore the ‘green on white’ policy letters, which includes all of Hubbard’s writings on Ethics. They want to be able to pick and choose what they are going to follow. Just like Aslan wants to pick out the things that support his narrative and ignore all those pesky ‘administrative details’ like Ethics conditions, Disconnection, the RPF, draconian penalties, ‘Fair Game’ and so on. Indies want nothing to do with those things, and neither does Aslan. Never mind that these things are just as much Hubbard as the ‘pure’ tech that they revere so much,” he says.

“About the Org Board – yes, Hubbard reached into the past to discover this breakthrough, but maybe not as far in the past as he claimed. Check out the work of Daniel Craig McCallum (1815–1878). Hubbard borrowed a lot from him. McCallum’s ideas would have been broadly taught at the time Hubbard was going to school. McCallum’s (and Hubbard’s) org charts were authoritarian, which is why McCallum’s work is considered out of date today, but Miscavige well understood this. Although he made a show of wanting to work out the org chart and postings, in fact he was deliberately keeping it unsolved – keeping everyone else off the organization chart to consolidate power in his own hands. So when Shelly worked out an org chart and assigned everyone to positions, it was a direct power threat to him and he had to get rid of her.

“But yes, these are the kind of behind-the scenes Machiavellian realities that one has to ignore if one wants to present a pretty picture of Scientology.”

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Jim Mathers makes the scene in Yakutsk…

 

 
Condos on the lower floors are still available at the Skyview. Buy now if you want Tom Cruise as your neighbor in his double-penthouse on the top two floors!

 

 
The Christian Scientists in Encinitas want you to know who they are NOT…

 

 
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HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,703 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,806 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,300 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,340 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,052 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 519 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,637 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,807 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,127 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,102 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 458 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,760 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 867 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,269 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,142 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 723 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,228 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,472 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,581 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 28, 2017 at 07:00

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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
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Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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  • Panopea Abrupta

    I would like to issue a formal complaint to the management.
    Troll quality in this establishment had dropped appreciably.
    We seem to be scraping the bottom of the last barrel.
    We may need to enlist the services of the Russians.

    Magapo, Sanscrit for magpie
    So sad to be a thief of time
    All he can do is hate and lie
    To hide Lord Hubris’ crime

    And a Theo Sismandes sighting on yesterday’s post – posted 2 hours ago.
    Typical Indie – a day late and a dollar short.
    He posts a broken link to an interview he gave to Vice magazine in Greece
    and claims Indies are the gypsies of $cientology.
    I have some Rom friends who might let him know that to associate them
    with $cientology is a slur too far.
    Nice to know he is still alive.
    Sad to know he’s mainlining Kool-Aid still.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a132c843f06e805ff85e403cfbb77ddd14eb6d858fa3792c68336dd5af90a6a.jpg

    • Rasha

      Despite this photo, I refuse to give up photography…..

      *stern look* Just sayin’…

    • oknow

      I love you pictures and posts1

  • ze moo

    This has almost certainly been noted before, but just to be safe, Mike Rinders blog has a humorous note on a clam boycott of A & E. The Streisand Effect must now be officially be renamed the ‘Miscavage Effect’.

    The worlds tiniest violin continues to pay its mournful dirge for the butthurt clampire. And I fart in the general direction of Hemet Cali and Clearwater Fla. Sorry about the spillover for everyone in between.

    • April

      They’re just now going to boycott A&E, after the first season aired? LMAO.
      The CO$ is not up to date on anything.

      • Kestrel

        I suspect they were counting on Captain Miscavige to get A&E’s ship righted. He failed.

        • chukicita

          Really. Isn’t he supposed to be Daddy Ecclesiastical Warbucks? Isn’t his One Job protecting Scientology?

          Who has the authority to remove him from his self-appointed office again? Isn’t it some committee? And where can they be located?

          • WhiteCentauress

            The “Hole” comes to mind.

            • chukicita

              I wonder what would need to happen for the watchdog committee to decide to actually convene. He isn’t doing a very good job. Way too many Hill 10s.

    • Gflded
    • chukicita

      Hey.

      • Kestrel

        Few things can make one’s eyes water like a longhorn fart.

        • EmmaDaoust

          *cough* what *sputter* global warming? hack*

    • Kristen

      Oh yeah, I’m sure all 20,000 of ’em will have a YOOG impact on the ratings!

  • xenuYESxenu

    Great article, Mr. Ortega. This is a great article and as brilliant as it gets. Thank you.

  • flyonthewall
    • jayla197145

      Fly, this is so weird I was just thinking about Kurt Cobain. Are you inside my head? I think you have special powers….

      • flyonthewall

        I have been, on more than a few occasions, accidentally psychic. For awhile me and J3 would post at the exact same time, that was kinda weird. There are other examples

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSRm80WzZk

        • jayla197145

          You are probably “accidentally psychic” more often than the “actual” psychics are actually psychic. πŸ™‚

          • stanrogers

            Do you have any idea how many people there are thinking at the same time? Gotta be over a dozen. Maybe two! How is an honest psychic supposed to make anything out with all of that babble? And then you have to add in the dead, who mumble and mutter and can’t remember their names anymore… [Edited due to persistent apostrophe catastrophe. Damned key doesn’t work anymore unless you hold your tongue just so.]

            • jayla197145

              XD!! πŸ™‚

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      You are stuck in a 90s loop. I ain’t judging, I’m just saying.

      ETA: Also, I still have a recording of Cobain droning his gee-tar over Burroughs reading “The Priest They Called Him.” I have issues with Burroughs, too, btw. Not even about scientology–more about killing his lady friend.

      • flyonthewall

        there are much worse loops to be caught in, right?

  • Tony, this essay today shows what a complete grasp you have of Scientology, its history, the facts and the issues.
    Hubbard 3 months before his death ordered his loyal Servant “Sarge” to build a suicide machine to electric shock him as he had BTs (spiritual entities) he could not get rid off. Video coming. How important is that compared with sitting down to do a drill (TRO) ? Doing a Scientology segment for CNN and missing the boat. A “soft spot” for a hideous entity shows how far adrift Reza Aslam is. Now since he likes to be hands on and experience it all, he should do a month in the RPF’s RPF (prison gulag) to see if his “soft spot” can hold.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54890f7605aa230302b916ee5e1211478ee79b14f34c9e3243b44eb0b3970310.jpg

    • Philbyification

      Rations: Chum Bucket of Brains for more Soft, Soft Brain Food…

    • Liberated

      Yeah, have Slappy punch him in the face a couple times and see if he changes his tune.

      But we all know that will never happen.

    • Noesis

      Even Hubbard would call Aslan a theetie-weetie.

      Aslan is to religious scholarship as Clifford Irving is to serious biography.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Karen, Proverbial “nail on the head”, as usual. I’ve watched every YouTube video that you ever made. I’m looking so forward to this next one. (I especially like it when you wear the sea org outfit.) You, Tory, and so many others who have escaped the cult have such a good attitude and obvious zest for life, when it could have made you bitter or perpetually angry. Just thought I’d let you know.

  • Taffy Sinclair

    Someone earlier posted a page 6 article from 3/22/17 regarding Tom Cruise & MGM.
    So sad that Yvette from “Clue” (Colleen Camp) is a scientologist!! I love that movie! I’m so disillusioned…..😟

    • Missionary Kid

      I thought Clue was OK. The person who I had met before he was in the movie, and I was surprised to see because of his musical career was Lee Ving, front man for Fear. Last I read, he was doing a kind of Country and Western Punk with a different band.

      He really was a nice guy, and, in person, low key, but the fans, especially the ones who weren’t allowed in the bar because they weren’t 21 were obnoxious until the cops showed up. It was funny to see these kids change from obnoxious punks to, “Yes Sir. No Sir. I’m leaving.”

      Believe it or not, I was among the people doing security for the bar to help out because I was friends with the drummer for the opening act, a punk band called IQ Zero. Believe me, I was not too intimidating, but I put on a leather jacket and acted hardass. It worked. When the audience started slam dancing, I just stayed out of the way.

  • TonyOrtega

    I emailed ESMB’s HelluvaHoax and he didn’t respond. Anyone know if he posts here, and under what nick?

  • Gus_Cox

    “…Scientology is such an odd and wonderful mix of futuristic (actually deep past) space drama and boring business administration.”

    That’s probably the best 1-sentence summation of what Scientology is as I’ve ever seen.

    As, for “Actually, there is a great deal about it to understand.” Yeah, a dozen huge books’ worth, nearly 4 feet of green-on-white to understand about it. My God, what a waste of goddamned time!

    • flyonthewall

      we need some hardcore weirdness to balance this out

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5rCZHWgx1Q

      • Rasha

        … lost me at clown makeup…..

        • flyonthewall

          you gonna let a little clown makeup scare you? You’re Rasha, man!

          • chukicita

            The new “It” trailer comes out tomorrow.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I have issues with GIbby and crew.

        • flyonthewall

          I know. If the music is good then the politics and personalities don’t really interest me. Does it rock? Yes, ok then

    • Rasha

      …only had one poem in me for comments….

      …used it….

    • chukicita

      I’m going to see that in Tampa this weekend. It opens on Thursday!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    O/T
    We have not had much Nick Cave recently, a dangerous omission.
    Nick wrote this for Johnny Cash but ended up keeping it for the Bad Seeds.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eZhFFagUM_A

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Yes, let us correct this omission. Here’s one of the sexiest, sultriest songs ever written. Ain’t nothing like it on a humid night with the windows open.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUS4MHUpI_E

  • Observer
    • Taffy Sinclair

      My 2 cats and against my Dyson ball??

  • Taffy Sinclair

    maybe I need some schooling, but why the frigg are “org boards” considered so, hmm, ancient? And what makes them so outta this world?
    Is it not simply a “chore chart?”
    Why did a chore chart make a wife run afoul of her short-short man??
    I’m super-perplexed!!(like usual) πŸ˜€

    • It’s a social structure or should i say – Social Engineering. How to make people do something they normally would not do!

      • Taffy Sinclair

        how do you mean ” something they wouldn’t normally do?” And what was so bad about Shelly trying to help?

        • Taffy Sinclair

          I Like to understand if i can

        • you asked about the Org board. It’s not a chore chart imo

          • Taffy Sinclair

            what is it?

            • eta. Or maybe i didn’t read you comment properly. πŸ™‚ The story LRH told was that he got this Org Board from his “Reaserch” back trillion years ago in another Gulaxy – yeah that’s it.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Ok, so it’s a thing he uses to assign jobs? Call me stupid, I just couldn’t see the one Tony posted all that clearly

            • ahh.. yes and more. He upgraded it to be a chart for all human activities and you could call it a chore board in that sense

            • stanrogers

              Think of it as a haberdasher’s library card system. It’s for keeping track of who’s got what hat at the moment. There is not enough room in a single comment database to hold my thinking about hats.

            • I think we all gave up, keeping that thing updated. In my org we had Case level up on too, and then came all the cert cancellation and it was a big mess.

            • EmmaDaoust
            • stanrogers

              One of my all-time favourites! Never got tired of saying “Yeoman of the Bowmen”. I just sort of stop for a while, then it runs through my head again, and the smile it brings makes people wonder.

            • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

              LOL! BTW that was my FAVORITE childhood book !! Drove my mother nuts asking her to read it every night..she delegated that out to others because she couldn’t take it. Good thing I had a lot of older siblings and Aunts around.

            • EmmaDaoust

              Oh I know! We had a vinyl record of it, and the sound effect *POP* every time another hat appeared on his head was absolutely priceless! I found one on eBay a few years ago, and someone stole it from my front door. πŸ™

        • Mick Roberts

          “And what was so bad about Shelly trying to help?”

          He’s a narcissistic asshole that probably views her as just a subordinate female.

          Or as I snarkily posted in a comment earlier today (that Disqus decided to make disappear from public view)…..He probably also lost his shit because as every β€œmanly man” knows, the most impotence-inducing event that can happen to us in life is for β€œsome damn woman” to actually show us how to get shit done in an efficient manner, amirite guys?

          • Taffy Sinclair

            Lolz!! Yessir! But miscarriage is an insecure “man”

          • Liberated

            No you’re right…Shelley committed the horrible crime of making Davey wrong.

            And just like the kings of old…banished her to her castle far far away.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Ok, but is it cool to say I’m still perplexed?? Im a wog ferchrisssake!! LOL

            • Liberated

              Of course it’s ok…what do you mean by wig? You mean like whig and tories?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Opps! Wog, not wig!πŸ˜‚

            • Liberated

              Oh now I get it..wog ! ha ha ha ha !

            • Taffy Sinclair

              But I am a fan of the Whig party,,, lol

            • DangDadgummit

              [ Finish That Limerick ]

              There once was a wonderful WigWog
              Who decided to start her own Big’blog
              Twelve trillion past lives
              Planets consorting in hives
              dah dah dah, doo dee dah, dah doo dee

            • Taffy Sinclair

              According to Chubbzy McGee,,,, that’s me!!!! I’m also a P.T.S/SD!!!!! It rhymez.

            • I should point out that this is a term Hubbard likely picked up in England, at Saint Hill. It was and still is a deeply offensive racist epithet here, originally applied exclusively to black people.

              If he knew that he had conned people from other cultures into using it to refer to us outsiders, without knowing that original meaning, he would have been delighted.

              If you ever visit the UK, don’t joke about being a Wog. It might not go down well.

            • So the “Worthy” part of it was deeply ironic? I knew the back story but the “us outsiders” part.

            • aww.. how romantic it was! πŸ™‚

            • Liberated

              Oh yeah, davey’s a real sweetheart!

    • Harmless Weirdo

      My theory: Leaving positions on the org board unfilled, then complaining and placing blame on everyone else for work that got delayed (or not done at all), was a control tactic on Miscavige’s part. It was a way to keep everyone scrambling from crisis to crisis, trying to avoid Miscavige’s wrath, and wearing themselves out (and turning on each other) in the process. Thus, nobody at Gold would have the time or energy to think, “Hey, you know what? This is fucked, and who put that shrimpy little bastard in charge, anyway?” And they certainly wouldn’t dare share the thought with anyone else.

      Ditto, all his complaints about how his quarters needed renovating. Miscavige didn’t give a damn about getting the renovations done, any more than he did filling the org board–if he did, it would have been done. But it was more useful to him to have everyone terrified of his displeasure, and constantly trying to avoid it, so he let those things go undone.

      Shelly, in this scenario, didn’t realize this. She thought her husband actually wanted all of these problems solved, and as a loyal Scientologist she may have felt duty-bound to see LRH’s management tech properly applied, for the good of the church. So she did what any sane, effective, competent executive would do, and solved the problems at hand. Only DM didn’t want them solved, because it deprived him of a means to terrorize those beneath him into submission.

      On top of that, Shelly revealed herself to be a far better leader and executive, with a better grasp of the tech, than DM himself–and that’s a humiliation he couldn’t tolerate. So she had to go away, out of sight, and–to DM–out of mind. But not out of the minds of Leah Remini, or others who knew her.

      • This ^^^

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Wow!! I know i shouldn’t be shocked, but, …wow. Applecrate is truly insecure! And Shelly is truly snowed.

        There are no words to explain this syndrome. Or virus. Whatever.

        • Shivani33

          “The law (in Scientology) is: The closer to David Miscavige you get, the harder you’re going to fall.” This is a quote from Claire Headley in a very interesting article in Vanity Fair called “Scientology’s Vanished Queen.” Sept., 2009. Lots of background is here about Shelly and her marriage.

          Also, you might want to read, from Leaving Scientology, “David Miscavige: ‘The Adulterer'”. It discusses other reasons for banishing his wife, and maybe Davey just found all sorts of handy excuses to get to work on replacing his wife. Eta, for a newer model.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            Say Whaaa?? Last time I asked this question, some weirdo chased me out of this mb. I genuinely asked: Does COBzy fuck Jennie Linson or Laurisee, or ANYONE for that matter?? I kinds thought he may be into TC (no judgement, I love the gays, I have many in my life)

            Does he actually cheat on his his on wife after all these years?

            • Shivani33

              My hunch is that Davey’s sadism gets old fast and that he probably goes bi and likes to replace one slave for another. He might have relationshits, ya know?

          • One of the truly weird things about Scientology, compared to other paternalistic and abusive organisations, is the degree of sexual repression. Other male cult leaders typically decide, at some point, that it is a privilege for female members to ‘serve’ them.

            I think this derives from Hubbard’s period at Sea when his obsessive self-medication caught up with him and he became impotent. If he wasn’t getting any, nobody else was going to – and this was (as everything else) incorporated into Scientology.

            I’m not saying that Sexual abuse does not occur in Scientology – it evidently does – but it is opportunistic.Post-Sea Org, it ceased to be a concern for its founder.

            How this affects Miscavige is anyone’s guess. One thing we can be confident of is that, whatever he’s up to, it’s furtive and whoever he’s up to it with is likely at significant risk of ‘disappearing’ in the same way his wife has, without anyone noticing.

        • His wife did the job he had failed to do, in clear violation of policy. This made her a threat to his power because others might have seen her as a more orthodox leader. She had to be dealt with. His only option was the one he had used against other potential rivals – ‘disappear’ them into ‘internal exile’.

          Ironically, she was likely utterly loyal, and was trying to help him out of a situation which might damage his ‘reputation’. However, he is so paranoid that he can’t see that, or chooses not to take the chance.

          Where does this paranoia come from? I think that he remembers how he seized power from Hubbard and is afraid that others will do the same to him. All tyrants behave like this – “Uneasy lies that head that wears a crown”.

          Finally, compared to political despots, cult leaders have an advantage. If their victims have the opportunity to escape (for example as the result of an FBI raid) they could be relied upon (as good Scientologists) to plead that they deserved it, and didn’t want to be released.

      • I believe that if the org board isn’t filled, there’s an automatic Condition assigned with loss of libs and pay. If that was one of Miscavige’s motives, too bad he didn’t tell his wife.

  • RedShoeLady

    I want an outfit like the lady above with the beads and green pants–the silver (steel?) headdress tops it off.

    • Jimmy3

      I want a pair of shorts like PTS Girl

      • That will turn you into PTS Boy.

        • Jimmy3

          Real beauty is on the inside. Even when your junk is hanging outside.

          • April

            I lol’d. Literally.

          • True.

          • daisy

            I met a hockey player in a bar one night with his junk hanging out of his short shorts. I wasn*t impressed by either .

      • Taffy Sinclair

        I have several pairs. Gimme yr address. I SWEAR I won’t send you “Way to Horniness” pamphlets….πŸ˜‚

      • Marshall

        I want a pair of legs like the Pts girl!

        • Jimmy3

          Same

      • Taffy Sinclair

        What happened to yr bud anonsparrow?? Dude hates you, and me…. lol!

        • Jimmy3

          Yr guess is as good as mine

        • He does not.

      • Observer
        • Vaquera

          Buzz kill

    • Liberated

      I think Paulette’s pretty.

      • chukicita

        She is absolutely radiant in person.

        • EmmaDaoust

          She’s so teeny and so full of vitality and vivaciousness, she fills up the room.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        She’s stunning.

      • Mick Roberts

        And from all the shit she went through that I’ve been reading about in TUML, she’s also one little tough ass cookie!

        • Liberated

          One tough broad.
          And I love tough broads.

  • Somebody obviously knows nothing about Wright’s multiple other works. Say his treatments of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in his book on the Camp David Peace Accords? Or his films, play and book on the Middle East (Whichgo into detail on the differences between the main Islam faith and break off groups). It just shows how Aslan wants to make a quick buck.

  • chukicita

    OT: I bet it really bakes the Cap’n’s potatos to have to spend money complying with accessibility laws in all those buildings he’s bought.

  • Liberated

    This is o/t….our pres. just signed legislation to make it ok to screw up the environment even more than it already is.

    Every time he signs new documents, he holds it up to the camera like he’s saying, “hey mom look…I just signed my name in cursive.”

      • Liberated

        That’s funny.

          • daisy

            And this is a picture of the thing watching me. Get it to the FBI

            • You do know that xmas is over?

            • daisy

              Don*t be a hater .

            • just telling that the obvious is obvious πŸ™‚

            • Jimmy3

              Good for you. Dont let anyone holiday bully you.

          • WhiteCentauress

            It’s like “Show and Tell” in kindergarten.
            His hair looks whiter than usual. I’m now wondering if it may actually be real.

        • they are all collected here: https://twitter.com/TrumpDraws

          • Liberated

            You know, I read the stuff you post on twitter…even though I don’t have an account.
            I like your posts tonight…about what a creepy perv. LRon was.

            • WUT! You read my stuff on twitter?!? You have to make an account. You must!
              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c84afd13a0ab932543bfd56966b3067102c8d395a22704a8e94fadabfaad6ccd.gif

            • Liberated

              Duh..I don’t know how!
              Plus I’m afraid no one will follow me. I can’t take anymore abuse.

            • I would stalk you?! Look here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990

            • Liberated

              Ok, I shall consider it….but I’m scared…and if it goes bad I’ll blame you or Obama!

            • Beware of all the trolls, i tell you…They follow everybody!

            • Liberated

              Yes, that’s one of the reasons I’m scared….I hate trolls.

            • There are good troll’s and there are bad troll’s – your kidding me right?

            • Ann B Watson

              Hi Liberated, Saw this thread and I triple hate trolls because they lie. XO❀️

            • stanrogers

              Conversely, I’m afraid that people will follow me. I only have a vague idea of where I’m going at the best of times, and if I accidentally do get to a place I can convince myself must have been my destination at the outset, I can’t remember why I went there.

            • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

              Laugh !

            • Liberated

              I hear ya.

            • stanrogers

              And why are my reading glasses in the freezer?

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              I once wandered the house with a sheaf of papers in hand growing increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t find my car keys. They were in my hand the whole time. This is true. (Clearly, I am not an OT.)

          • TheMirrorThetan

            Love the elefant one.

      • TheMirrorThetan

        This could be fake. Meow has four letters and it would be too tricky for him to spell right.

    • daisy

      He backed out of a clean lakes agreement with Canada, snubbed the prime minister of England , building a wall along Mexico, have a hissy fit with Australian minister on the phone and . called the German chancellor a name The only ally you may have is Russia.

      • Liberated

        I know…it’s fucked up, girlfriend!

      • Missionary Kid

        Trump: Putin’s President.

  • April

    Totally Off Topic: My teenage daughter just gave me the “I’m so disappointed in you” look, and I swear to God her facial expression reminded me so much of my mom, especially around the eyes. It was eerie! Daughter was only 15 months old when my mom died, so it’s not like she picked up the mannerism from watching her.
    Note to self: I really shouldn’t have had all that LSD for supper, I guess. (I keed! I keed!)

    • DangDadgummit

      too much ayahuaca maybe then πŸ™‚

    • Liberated

      DNA’s a bitch !

      • April

        Yes! I come from a long line of hard-headed, stubborn women who generally don’t put up with crap. Feisty, even. I think it might be the Irish genes.

        • ExCult.Jan

          Maybe, just maybe, your daughter was mirroring you mirroring your mother’s expression all these years.

          • April

            I’ve never studied my “I’m so disappointed in you” look in the mirror, so I don’t know, but that’s entirely possible.

    • Dave Reams

      Are you sure she was actually giving you that look? On acid EVERYTHING gives you funny looks. On the other hand, on teenager every parent looks funny

  • Mick Roberts

    • i’m not sure that dude can feel anything. He appear numb to me.

      • Liberated

        He’s a showboat…he used to be on Bill Maher’s show all the time, and he’s full of shit.
        He thinks he’s cute….notice how he makes “googlie eyes” when he’s speaking?

        I think he’s glib! he he !

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    OT: Danny Masterson trying to rehab his image, I guess (F5). He hasn’t been posting much on his own social media accounts lately, though he has been commenting on his scilon friends’ accounts.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e08b1ed4d6160b6804f245b2256ee7141fad84c2855cae515c2d4eca3c38534e.png

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    ELLE SIGHTING!

    Just an hour ago (?) “Elle” posted a nasty (but weak) item on the discussion thread at Entertainment Weekly about season 2 of Leah’s show. I responded already. It’s on Disqus…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c5bfd618bcbd857cb392193f4b39b42b502268f4ad6c21d1d4304b1fdc7fc78.png

    http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/27/leah-remini-interview-scientology-aftermath-season-2/

    • Jimmy3

      She seems welle.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        You seem… gray.

        • Jimmy3

          I was mugged. The Disqus police are looking into it. Its not a big deal.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Elle’s just jealous her beaver hunt days at Hustler magazine are over.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Elle doesn’t visit us anymore does she?

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Her confront is on the fritz.

        • TheMirrorThetan

          I miss her leaving comments 3 months after the article.
          That was top notch confront for sure.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I miss her calling us Bunker Butts. Those were the days…[le sigh]

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    OK, so this made me giggle. I googled Leah Remini and this came up. “People also search for Michele Miscavige?” I’ll say they do.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f476dbb126e3ea72f19c99b77632a93e82018b715439dc94ebd837b2094f561.png

  • anonsparrow

    Aw geez.. looks like we killed a bunch of people again.. It’s cool though.. keeps us safe and all..

    https://www.rt.com/news/382635-us-probably-killed-mosul-civilians/

    • anonsparrow

      Pentagon didn’t mean to kill 200+ people hiding and trying not to get killed. Shit happens I guess.

      • Sine qua non

        The important thing to remember is that this accident was not Trump’s fault. πŸ˜’ Only his underlings can eff up.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    I just learned I’m getting a new dog. She’s three years old and a finished AKC Greyhound. Now I’ll have four! I’ve found that these different Greyhounds really help the track dogs that come from abusive upbringings. Perfect for my foster work! I’d like to thank big pharma for sending me those dividend checks

    • anonsparrow

      Typing to yourself Todd? πŸ™‚

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Trying to get the picture small enough. Always nice to see you Sparrow.

        • anonsparrow

          You too brother.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Edit: These are beautiful great dogs that live a long time and I’ll have her for 10 years. I get three
      (thank you) up votes. Now if I’d put a picture of a kitty shitting all over itself I’d have 9 up votes thus far. These dogs are not only the second fastest land mammals but are buried with the Pharos.

      • Todd Tomorrow
        • Liberated

          I love greyhounds.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Me too, since I was a little boy.

      • TheMirrorThetan

        You know no one is around at this hour. Except for some of us Aussies and a few overseas peeps. .Everyone loves Greyhounds. They are so sweet natured.
        Shitting on the cat people wasn’t necessary, and more like something the resident self troller would say. Not you. Plus you have 11 upvotes, not 3. People will trickle in a few hours and read the newest comments.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          I did have 3 forever. I like both dogs and cats. Just very excited, i guess. No, extremely excited.

          • TheMirrorThetan

            I know it is great when you get a new fur-baby.
            And you are doing a good thing especially with a greyhound.
            Your new doggy is beautiful.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Thank you.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          No One is around? Been a long time since No One was here.

          • TheMirrorThetan

            Haha. You know what I means. πŸ˜€

      • FredEX2

        I love greyhounds. We adopted one many years ago. He was so funny. Full of personality and very smart. He always insisted on sleeping on the bunk bed of my youngest son and his legs were so long they would dangle off the bed. He practically had to go everywhere with us bc he would get very upset if he saw us get in the car without him. He rarely barked…but boy was he the best guard dog…if a stranger came to the door he would growl this rumbling sound that would scare the wits out of anyone. And I swear he had a smile and outright laughed half the time. He had the heart of a lion.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Funny they truly aren’t vicious at all. I have a large black male and for some reason he really scares people. All he wants is love and is the happiest dog in the world.

    • Newiga

      A new dog? Bless! I love dogs! <3

  • anonsparrow

    I’m seriously sick of this. I think our military needs to stand down and stop this nonsense of carrying out orders.. Or is is even people doing the murdering now? Maybe it’s all just robots doing the shooting.

    This is fucking bullshit. We need to stand up to this craziness.

    I’m begging people to please make a stand. Stop paying taxes or something. Just do something besides what you’ve been doing. Please.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      I’ve done one of the above on personal principal.

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      It is very upsetting. I recommend e-mailing, tweeting,calling senators, congressmen, people in Washington etc. when an issue arises that you are very concerned about. I even tweet POTUS, the VP, Speaker of the House, etc. directly, and also email and tweet the White House. You can find petitions to sign, and organizations to join that believe the way you do. There is strength in numbers. This is still America…and the government are OUR employees. They have to worry about getting re-elected, and if we make enough noise we CAN change the trajectory by influencing their decisions or throwing them out of office in the next cycle. Don’t give up, just do whatever you can do to try to affect change in the areas you believe are important to change. I had one tweet I sent out just to allay my stress that I was sure no one read, but was shocked when I saw that it was retweeted hundreds of times, including to media outlets……that REALLY surprised me. It taught me that it is important effective us to do something, anything….even if you think it will have no affect. It’s easier to cope if you are fighting for what you believe in in your own way. Don’t give up.

  • anonsparrow

    Oh anonsparrow you’re such a drama queen.. what you’re saying is totally fake news.

    Mmm.hmm… here comes the pain. As plain as day..

    • anonsparrow

      Seriously though.. if anyone disagrees if they could plesae let me know so I can dispel you ..

      k thanks.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Never thought of you as a “drama queen.”

      • anonsparrow

        You work for OSA Todd.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          I know, I know, I know..

        • anonsparrow

          Fast response time. Nice.

    • daisy

      LOL trolling yourself Anny . Always nice to see you.

      • anonsparrow

        I know it. I can’t help myself.. lol

        • anonsparrow

          I’m very serious though daisy.. our military needs to stand down.

          • daisy

            I am afraid it is not going to happen, You guys voted in a hawk. It is very sad about the civilians being killed. I do not know what the answer is . Isis needs to go , but they are making it very bloody.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Obama kept up the drone strikes while he promised to stop. trumps too busy trying to sell coal which just happens to be more expensive than natural gas.

  • anonsparrow

    I’d like to be, under the sea, in the octopusse’s garden beneath the sea..

  • anonsparrow

    Do you see what I’m saying though? We, the USA, is bombinb the fuck out of places and yet noone cares.

    • anonsparrow

      Hundreds.. Hundreds of people dying.. But yet were like Hey! Baseball! I love watching Baseball! I will suspend all thought and not think about the bad things.

      • anonsparrow

        And so I say fuck you assholes.. all of you

        • anonsparrow

          Hey what’s up. Just wanted to to say i meant every word.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I only like college basketball. Oh and real wrestling. Smoking heroin helps when I get upset.

        • anonsparrow

          i’ve never done heroin. My buddy keeps calling me for money so I know it’s got a grab.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Sadly, no one wants to be reminded of these things especially when they’re having a good time. People have become so desensitized to hearing about these war crimes. Then they sit back and wonder when some idiots drives onto a bridge and kills a few strangers. Even this has already disappeared off the news.

    • anonsparrow

      Sadly, no one wants to be reminded of these things especially when they’re having a good time. People have become so

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      A lot of people care. This is not the forum for scolding people about lack of empathy. It is a good place for high dudgeon, though.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    The First Amendment protects the right of Scientologists to worship org charts, and pretend that Hubbard was the greatest scientist ever created by Aleister Crowley. But it doesn’t protect Miscavige’s brutal destruction of families or the other harassment ordered by him. How convenient that Aslan left that out, along with the story about Miscavige’s cold-hearted exile of his wife.

    A little OT. How ironic if Trump played a role in removing Scientology’s tax exempt status because he was jealous of Miscavige’s legal, tax-free, real estate portfolio? Or if it turns out that Trump and Miscavige both receive large sums of money from wealthy Russian oligarchs involved in buying America, building by building.

  • F_Randy_Hullabaloo

    I knew dymo tape was old, but I didn’t think it was trillions of years old. πŸ˜‰

  • Jgg2012

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9RmAo6XVAA
    btw, Aslan has a history of being a factually incorrect religious apologist.