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Scientology for your plants? In the grand tradition of L. Ron Hubbard, yes!

[Fulvio Balmelli]

Rod Keller has some good news today for plant lovers and Scientologists.

Organic Earth Tech is a two-year old Scientologist-owned company in Clearwater, Florida that markets the Kyminasi Pipe, an insert into a farm irrigation system that the company claims can produce healthier and larger yield crops without the use of herbicides or pesticides. The product consists of three lines of metallic chips that lie along an irrigation pipe which are then wrapped in duct tape and protective foam. It was invented in Italy by medical practitioner Fulvio Balmelli who has been a Scientologist since at least 1992. Balmelli claims the chips communicate with the plants through the irrigation water.


From the company’s literature:

The technology is based on the most organic element known to man, COMMUNICATION. The chip itself holds whole programs of communication frequencies that mimic all of a plants [sic] natural resources. If you can imagine that the water a plant receives today is supposed to be H2O, however, with all of the environments unforeseen pollution, water is no longer, H2O. It is now H2O + fluoride + toxins + chemicals + + + +. If you can imagine H2O being provided to the plant as nature intended it, pure H2O, mimicked as a frequency of H2O, well — now you’re giving a plant a pure ingredient.

The quote is certainly in the style of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, and many Scientologists seek to emulate him in their lives and business endeavors. To be an inventor of any “technology” is a strong motivation, particularly in an area so central to Hubbard’s writings as communication. Communication is as central to Scientology as Hubbard’s theory of the Reactive Mind. It is embodied in some of the first steps of Scientology in the Communication Course and the theory of the ARC triangle all the way to the OT levels, in which Scientologists communicate with body thetans. Scientology “touch assists” and all of Hubbard’s theories on healing are based on the idea that a thetan can get out of communication with their body, and if that communication is restored medical problems can be cured. Scientologists consider themselves preeminent in the field of communication.

“Postulates and live communication not being MEST and being senior to MEST can accomplish change in MEST without bringing about a persistence of MEST. Thus auditing can occur.” – Axiom 51. “MEST” in this case is an acronym for matter, energy, space and time, so communication is senior to the physical universe and can create changes in the universe. It’s a theory Balmelli believes applies to the growing of vegetables.


[L. Ron Hubbard]

In 1959 Hubbard claimed to have grown giant vegetables at his estate in England, Saint Hill Manor, using radiation. It is nearly impossible that he obtained radioactive material to perform such experiments, and the famous photos from that time show Hubbard, a tomato plant, and an e-meter, which doesn’t measure radioactivity. It’s more closely related to communication, and he may have been trying to communicate with the tomatoes. In that respect, Balmelli is carrying on his work.

Organic Earth Tech is selling a set of chips for US $2,000, and one of their illustrations shows four pipes in a manifold. It’s a pricey set-up, and they are not saying exactly what the chips are or can do. We can say instead what they are not. They are not in contact with the irrigation water, so none of the chip material dissolves to enter the system. In videos they are handled quite casually so they are not radioactive. They don’t stick together so they are not highly magnetic. They don’t have a battery so they don’t generate a current or produce sound waves.


The only explanation provided is that they are “trade secret communication technology” that impart something to water that has a “wave frequency” that affects photosynthesis. Without sound or some form of electromagnetic energy, this seems impossible. Even with sound or magnets, it is difficult to imagine a mechanism by which the water carries communication or helps plants grow.

Francesco Arlia is the President of the company, and addresses the opinion of scientists and academics regarding the device in a promotional video.



They want overwhelming proof before they can get the funding in order to do a full scientific study to document why the technology is actually working. Hence, I’m inviting you into that study. By you testing the technology yourself, submitting documentation to me, then we can get that full white paper report done and get actual scientific documentation. But right now seeing is believing, and therefore we are bringing the technology forward to you. You need to see for yourself how this amazing technology works.


We asked Dr. William Lamont, Jr., Professor of Vegetable Crops at Penn State University and Dr. Gary Clark, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University for their opinion of the product. “I can’t say I’ve heard of anything like that before. I’ve done research on drip irrigation for years, and I haven’t seen or heard of it before. He says there’s some way you can communicate with your plants. I think it’s better to stick to the basics of having enough water, sunlight and nutrients according to their particular requirements. I’m not sure what he’s trying to do,” says Dr. Lamont. Dr. Clark tells us he remembers a product more than 30 years ago that worked with magnets that sold for $1,000 and felt “it didn’t really do it what it said it did, and wasn’t going anywhere.”


The claims by Organic Earth Tech are like Scientology itself, that the only way to evaluate a product or service is through personal experience. Any scientific research conducted by L. Ron Hubbard has never been found, the proof that his theories are correct is through his personal assertion that it works and it must be experienced personally rather than tested. Customers of Organic Earth Tech are similarly invited to try it for themselves in uncontrolled conditions. Like Scientology, some will become convinced that it works as advertised because the desire to believe is powerful.

— Rod Keller


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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,708 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,811 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,305 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,345 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,057 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 524 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,672 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,812 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,132 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,107 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 463 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,765 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 872 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,274 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,147 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 728 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,233 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,477 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,586 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 2, 2017 at 07:00

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  • I think Dr. Laura is a model for some of these weird monsters.

  • Tony Ortega

    HUBBARD 1 for 5

  • What’s with the ill-fitting cuffs?

  • PerpetualOutflow

    These people SHOULD be recognized for their talents. Just said that it has to be these counter-intentioned blood suckers on Hollywood Blvd to do so.

  • Tony Ortega

    My unprofessional opinion, which has been formed over several years, is that the art in this contest isn’t really all that great. I hope the stories are better.

    • nateht

      These are people who asked to attend a Ron Hubbard event, remember. What can you expect?

    • I’m sure they’re Hubbard quality.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I ; actually hope so..

  • Missionary Kid

    McCaffrey has the Miscavige voice cadence.

  • Tony Ortega

    Hubbard 2 for 6

  • Tony Ortega

    OK, this is killing me. I can’t take these speeches any longer. Later, gators.

  • JJ

    Plant Tech. Great. What ever happened to playing classical music for the begonias?
    Hubbard Plant Tech Positive Phraseology:
    You are growing. You are strong. You will be immense. Your roots are long and lustrous. The sun worships YOU. Your leaves are firm and attractive. Other plants envy you. Your seed falls to the ground and creates new life ONLY where you want it too. You can take from the soil nutrients and discard poisons and cat piss.

    • Clever. Plant Affirmations.

    • And be whatever your heart desired/s

      • JJ

        Something tells me, if Scientology were a plant it would be kudzu…

    • Juicer77

      Love it!

  • JJ

    So you can make a clock out of a potato. What can a Scientologist make out of a tomato?

    • ExCult.Jan

      A T-meter,

      • Rasha

        a Tometer.

        • ExCult.Jan


    • WhiteCentauress


      • JJ

        Blather, lectures and tithing?

  • Missionary Kid

    They just used Tony’s pun about the ceremony dragon (draggin’)

    • WhiteCentauress

      Time must be draggin’ for them, too. Plus they’re a captive audience in evening clothes and uncomfortable chairs.

      • Missionary Kid

        I believe the chairs are comfortable, but this is a preselected, audience. Friends, relatives and clams, lend me your ears.

        • WhiteCentauress

          So they’re accustomed to being a captive audience with boring speakers.

  • Harpoona Frittata

    Reza seems to have found his true spiritual home with the Santa Muerte cult. But then again, he really seem to take to $cn as well. So, maybe he could do a mash-up hybrid of the two…something like Scieno Muerte or Muertology. That’s the ticket, put the death and demonism right up front, where folks can see what they’re getting into!

    Next week, he’s off to Israel to meet up with some ultra-Orthodox Jews, which should be fun!

    • Phil McKraken

      The basic premise of the show is to each week visit with some wacky cult and find a way to praise them as authentic modern saints, because every religious fruitcake is just as tasty as the last one.

      • No one eats xmas fruitcake, they just re-gift it to the next person. (If they had manufacture date codes, maybe Steve1989 MREinfo would be interested?)

        • EmmaDaoust

          Don’t tell anyone, but I like xmas fruitcake.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            Virgin, or the liquored-up version?

            • EmmaDaoust

              Both. But there is nothing like homemade rum-soaked cake. And then there’s Jamaican rum cake, which is a whole ‘nother level of deliciousness.

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            I grew up eating my mother’s fruit cake, which is delicious. Never understood all those jokes.

            • EmmaDaoust

              If you were ever subjected to really cheap store brand fruitcake, you’d understand.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              In college. Someone offered me a slice of one of those abominations. I politely took a bite and said, “Uh, this isn’t fruitcake.”

            • Missionary Kid

              I find fruitcake too sweet. I love pannatone.

    • That next one could have had some real possibilities, but not in this shallow “hey look at these guys!” format.

      • Harpoona Frittata

        I learned something new, despite Reza’s posing and superficial acquaintance with his subject matter.

    • James Morris

      I’ve heard people refer to Palo Mayombe as a religion, however frightful as it is. I’d be curious as to what Reza would have to say about THAT one. If he “finds a place in (his) heart” for it, I’d spring for the kettle, chains, and first batch of sticks!
      I can’t imagine what he’d do with his very own n’ganga pot.

  • Ha! The ad at the top of the page is for Organic Earth Tech!


    Register Now
    To become the most profitable farmer in your area using the latest technology in agriculture. MAKE MORE MONEY NOW!

  • is this Awards Event 2017 – 6:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) for real? anyone watching?

  • Taffy Sinclair

    Um okay. Clean ice machines are “suppressive,” but secret plant watering tech is clearing the planet?? Am I losing my mind? Or have they already lost it??

    This is H2O discrimination!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Ha ha. Someone at the awards just offered a somewhat fulsome thank you to LRH, followed by tepid applause.

  • Douglas D. Douglas
    • Jimmy3

      Woah! That guy must be a giant!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      I see Shorpy commented on this TWO HOURS AGO. I missed out on the live streaming comments. Show is just deadly dull this year…

      • Jimmy3

        Don’t worry. No one listens to Shorpy.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          What did you say…?

          • Jimmy3


            • Missionary Kid

              What? Does he say the same about you? 😀

            • Douglas D. Douglas


    • Todd Tomorrow

      The crotches are at different levels if i may didemidate.

      • OOkpik

        As long as there are no rats below them…

    • Newiga

      HAhAHAHAHAHA! They are designed for his height…

  • James Morris

    *…sounds of crickets…*
    (cue Twilight Zone theme)

    {Pardon us as we deal with this technical issue. The myriad Thetans and Body Thetans formerly known as Rod Serling are speechless. They are sufficiently flabbergasted as to be unable to even mock up cognitions of any sort. The notions reviewed in this post are so far out as to only belong to a bubble universe–a teeny tiny (theety-wheety?) bubble universe!

    Rod continues to try and catch his breath—ed.}

  • Douglas D. Douglas
    • EmmaDaoust

      The little flying dragon carrying the envelope was the highlight of the show. That, and that guy’s tie made of soda can pull tops.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        I missed (so to speak) the first hour or so.

        • EmmaDaoust

          I confess that I only watched 3 minutes about 20 minutes ago.

      • I remember a Niagara Con where the costume competition had the most amazing Pern dragon’s egg opening. Anne McCaffrey, being one of the judges (by some strange coincidence), knew exactly what to do and raced over to impress the newly hatched dragon.

        That’s real fandom.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      You actually went? Ha Ha!
      Edit: Sorry downlines I saw it was on TV? WTF? What station carried it?

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        No no, I just screen grabbed here from home.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Streamed on the Interwebz.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    So I’m late to the party. Any chance it’ll be rerun?

    • there are literally 100 of these Things! on youtube

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I can’t get Youtube in China. My VPN is down.

    • I was at a family gathering, sounds like it was an awful ceremony.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Think of the Lulz. Has our friend been in touch about meeting up?

        • You mean Free? I haven’t heard a peep.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            You will.

            • Say it twice in your best Yoda voice.

  • whole programs of communication frequencies

    I don’t know – I’m not getting enough “wavelengths” in there which the Real L Ron Hubbard spewed as indiscriminately as other fancy words…

  • Todd Tomorrow
  • Bob Crouch

    Seriously now: We are dealing with an outfit whose idea of “communication” is to keep Miscavige safely hidden from the press for 20 years, people who mistake robotically hurling insults for discourse, and who consider disconnection the best form of conflict resolution.

    So you want to entrust your plants to these master communicators?

    • I suppose it helps them that Hubbard redefined the meaning of the word ‘communication’ to mean exactly those things. ‘Communication’ means congratulating each other for hiding from the word, and avoiding being contaminated by it. .

  • Snippy_X

    He says, and I quote, “This coin has whole programs of all of the frequencies. Communication, OK? The communication of minerals and elements needed for photosynthesis… As the water is passing by, the vibrations of the water activate the chip and drop the frequencies into the water.”
    And somehow, amidst the gibberish, he manages to contradict himself. In the literature he implies the device removes toxins and delivers pure H2O (some call that distilled water), whereas in the video, the chip delivers minerals and elements. Farmers would be far wiser to buy real horseshit from a horseshit farm and spread that crap on their fields. Wow.

  • John Prince

    Who couldn’t love that CLASSIC Pic of elron trying to communicate with a Tomato? 🍅👀
    can’t we put THAT on a billboard?

    • I’m trying to remember what I thought when I saw that in 1974…..

      • I thought…Wow, the emeter reads the living spirit. My dad told me I’d have to learn electricity some day…. Gave me the entire Pederson library on Electricity when I was only 7.

  • Iconoclast Six

    My jasmine plant out front has real issues. Last audit, it had O/W’s up the wah-zoo.

  • Fink Jonas

    LRH lectures sound very much like Alan Watts I wonder how much LRH stole from him