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‘Source’ magazine offers a glimpse into what goes on at Scientology’s Florida ‘mecca’

 
Thanks again to Rasha for finding us the latest copy of Source magazine, the official propaganda organ of Scientology’s worldwide “spiritual Mecca,” the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

This issue has some great stuff in it for Scientologists who are thinking about going to Flag for the most standardly delivered standard tech in the whole wide world, and we wanted to highlight some of it for you.

We’ll start with the cover (above) which, gosh, suggests that “Going OT” is maybe still kind of important in Scientology?

(Recently, we heard from a certain quarter that “ordinary” Scientologists were no longer concerned with L. Ron Hubbard’s “embarrassing anachronism” of OT levels, which is, as you can see, a completely mistaken notion.)

Let’s take a look at a page inside the publication. Oh, look, more of Scientology’s “good works,” in this case the Fort Harrison Hotel hosting a fundraiser for “human rights” involving an NFL alumni organization…

 

 
That’s really cool that they managed to get former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants wide receiver Michael Clayton to participate. But it looks like they overegged things a bit.

“The event was co-hosted by Michael Clayton, a former NFL player who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2012…”

Well, uh, we happened to check NFL records, and while former LSU standout Clayton did spend six seasons with the Bucs and two with the Giants, the only playoff game he ever took part in was in 2008 with Tampa Bay. In the 2011 season, he played five games for the Giants, the last of which was on November 20. There’s no record that he participated in the Giants’ playoff games that season or in the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012. Whoops.

But hey, human rights!

Speaking of rights, as a Scientologist, you have the right to donate money to the next monument in David Miscavige’s MEST collection…

 

 
We also love the subtlety of Source magazine. Take this pimp for New OT 4. Who wouldn’t be excited for becoming “free from the effects of drugs”? Sounds great, doesn’t it?

 

 
It’s a shame they don’t explain that on New OT 4, you’ll be paying about $10,000 to free not your own body from drugs, but the invisible space junkies that are attached to you as “body thetans” who were abusing drugs millions of years ago in other galaxies. We are not kidding.

(And it sure would be interesting if someone could ask Greta Van Susteren about this, as we’ve pointed out in the past.)

Yes, there are some pretty unusual processes that people do at the Flag Land Base, and they’re not only weird, they’re not cheap. One of our favorite is what’s done on the massive sixth floor of the Flag Building (also known as the “Super Power Building”) which is a domed space surrounding a lighted column. Scientologists pay about $2,500 to spend hours running around that lighted pole in the center of the room.

 

 
That’s what the “Cause Resurgence Rundown” is, running around a pole for hours until you have some kind of “cognition” or epiphany. (Supposedly something besides, “Am I crazy for paying for running around a pole?”)

This issue of the magazine has a special article describing how great it is to come to Clearwater and pay money to run around the pole. We thought you’d want to see it…

 

 

The Gift of Cause Resurgence
A 12-year-old Scientologist gets her birthday wish and the whole family wins.

Every year, Ananya Tare’s father, Prasad, would ask her what she wanted for her birthday. When she was turning 11, she said a guitar. When she was about to turn 12, she had something more substantial and spiritual in mind. As she explains, “Most kids would likely say, ‘I want the latest iPhone’ or ‘I want my own iPad,’ and the parents would sigh and say, ‘Simple enough!'” Yet this 12-year-old told her parents her birthday wish was to go to Flag. “I knew this was my chance,” Ananya recalls. “When my dad said, ‘Pick any gift you’d like,’ I asked for the Cause Resurgence Rundown!”

Ananya’s father introduced her to Scientology when she was eight years old. Her journey started with Learning How to Learn, Student Hat and the Basics Books and Lectures. And the lucky girl was about to experience her first Flag service — all before becoming a teenager!

Prasad had already done Cause Resurgence himself. In fact, it was the Source magazine that led him to Flag for the service initially. He read “Unleash Your Energy,” an article that included “5 Reasons to Sign Up for Cause Resurgence,” and that convinced him to book the service. The results far exceeded his expectations. Upon returning home as a transformed man, he shared his experience with his wife and daughter. His feedback resonated in a delightfully unexpected way, particularly with young Ananya.

Shortly after making her dream known, the family of three packed their bags and traveled from New Jersey to Clearwater, where they would experience the life-changing wins of the Cause Resurgence Rundown as a family. In fact, Ananya’s aspiration had also become her mother’s. Madhura signed on for the rundown as well.

Ananya was wowed from the get-go. “When I first entered the Cause Resurgence space, I was in awe,” she remembered. “I was amazed at the simplicity of the rundown and as I read the indoc pack, I realized that knowing what I know from the Basics was very helpful.”

Her wins started to flow a few days into the service. From addressing her problems waking up each morning and a longtime resistance to completing chores when asked, every realization and cognition helped her grow as a being. “Every single ridge concerning my First Dynamic blew,” Ananya said. “On top of that, every single flow concerning my First Dynamic straightened out.”

Madhura also made great gains on the rundown. “As soon as I started the rundown, my middle class PTSness blew away and I regained my creativity,” she said. “I experienced some of my ridges being blown and saw the real me stepping out of a cocoon. I truly feel like a changed person.”

While Ananya and Madhura were having ridges blown on the Cause Resurgence Rundown, Prasad made progress on his own Bridge ascension, completing Method 1 Word Clearing.

When the Tare family wasn’t on service they took advantage of the world-class amenities available at Flag. They spent many hours under the sun by the Fort Harrison pool, enjoying each other’s company and meeting other Scientologists. They played Ping-Pong by the Pavilion and walked the grounds.

“As we walked the Flag premises, we loved the awesome energy of fellow like-minded beings,” Prasad shared. “The cumulative theta available here isn’t available anywhere else.”

Family meal favorites included omeletes for breakfast at the Hourglass, the vegan rolls and chocolate lava cake served at the Hibiscus and Italian night at the Garden. Madhura and Prasad were particularly fond of the coffee at the Oak Cove when made by their favorite barista, Giuseppe. Afternoon tea became a family ritual in the Fort Harrison Tea Lounge, too.

Ananya’s favorite things about Flag? “I love to hang out with my friends at the Tea Lounge,” she said. But of course, the highlight of her trip was receiving the gift that was her birthday present. “If someone asked me to describe the Cause Resurgence Rundown with one word, I would say, ‘WOW!’ I don’t think that I could have used my birthday wish in a better way.

The Tare family shows that no matter what age you are or where you are on the Bridge, Flag truly offers exceptional experiences and personal gains for every Scientologist. Says Prasad, “As a family, we found out that really magical things do happen at Flag.”

 
Hey, and when you’re not running around a pole or drying out your junkie invisible body thetans, come to the Osceola and…

 

 
…just chillax.

OK, discuss.

 
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Countdown to Denver!

 

 
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,763 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,520 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,866 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,360 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,400 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,112 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 638 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,727 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,867 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,187 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,162 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 518 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,820 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 927 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,329 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,202 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 783 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,288 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,532 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,641 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 27, 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
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  • Mockingbird

    Look as a twenty five year Scientologist I can assure you and anyone that the doctrine of Scientology and Dianetics focuses heavily on the core value that a being must, must, must fully achieve clear and OT (including the upper levels like OT III, V, VIII and higher) to escape a fate far worse than death. In literally hundreds of references Hubbard described the destiny of those who made it to the top of his bridge as godlike powers, invincibility and immortality and the fate of those that failed to achieve full OT as being blind, deaf, unable to pick up a body, in agony and with amnesia regarding all eternity for the remainder of eternity and out of communication with everything and everyone else.

    It’s in KSW and hundreds of policy letters and bulletins. If you were to try to sum up Scientology into a few paragraphs of core values that concept should make the top three.

    For an outsider to think that is irrelevant is just flat out wrong. It’s like describing Christian beliefs and leaving out Christ completely. And mainstream Scientologists don’t have much room for deviation.

    I could write a medium sized book of almost entirely Hubbard’s quotes to show that concept. But I have already posted them many times as have many others.

    • So – the carrot (super powers, immortality et al) draws you in and, once you are in, Hubbard produces a big stick to keep you working at it (and paying for it).

      That makes sense.

      • Mockingbird

        I think some excellent articles have been written on the extreme focus on the OT levels having an effect of fear induction and attention fixation combined. As one sees the threat of failure to be obedient to Hubbard as worse than death it encourages absolute fanatical devotion. You are in my opinion initially drawn in by the slight social cues of encouragement to buy a minor service and discover Dianetics or Scientology. It seems reasonable to buy a twenty dollar book or course. Everyone seems friendly and eager to help.

        You cooperate a bit, then a bit more. People love bomb you and it rapidly is a simple equation. If you quit all these people will reject you at once but if you just do a little more they will all be your friends – you think. And to the degree you comply you are told you are ethical, good, smart etc.

        By the time you have been in several months and done a hundred or so hours of indoctrination you are usually preoccupied with figuring out how to get up the bridge and then Scientology has got you. Obviously if you are raised in Scientology, come in with family already in or come through a front group then there are other factors. The people who are in deep have it harder than people who never are in deep, the people who are in very long have it harder than people in briefly and generally people raised in it have it the hardest of all.

        Coming in Scientology before you are a teenager and spending a long time in is often the most difficult situation to leave and recover from.

      • ze moo

        The OT stuff is the floating balloon that children chase, but never catch.

    • PappeKak

      Yo. Got any vistaril to get rid of?

      • Mockingbird

        I injected it all into my butt already.

  • Mockingbird

    Someone missing the importance of going full OT in Scientology reminds me of another story. I heard of a group of Jews that went to India. The people there asked them why they ONLY eat pork ? They explained that they NEVER eat pork. That’s less of an error than thinking Scientologists are not focused on doing the OT levels.

    • PappeKak

      Show me some OT powers.

      • Mockingbird is an ex-Scientologist who no longer believes that OT powers even exist and actively writes against the CofS http://mbnest.blogspot.com/

        She is referring to a previous story about an academic who was taken to task by Tony for suggesting that Scientology is de-emphasising the OT levels because they are known to the public and are ridiculed. This is simply not true, and she knows whereof she speaks.

        If (as your comment suggests) you think her comment expresses some kind of support for Scientology, you couldn’t have got it more wrong.

        • PappeKak

          I thought the comment expressed support for the oppressive and suppressive cult of $cientology.

          • Mockingbird

            Uh, not quite. I have written several thousand comments critical of Scientology. I have a blog with over 250 articles critical of Scientology.

            • PappeKak

              I thought your identity had been stolen by another mockingbird for a while there.

            • Mockingbird

              No. I just was addressing a point Tony Ortega made.

            • pluvo

              I think you misunderstood it because you are missing the meaning behind the first sentence “Someone missing the importance of going full OT in Scientology reminds me of another story” which is in the context of a story where sb has asserted that CoS doesn’t promote the OT levels much anymore to its public, what is false.

          • Sorry… didn’t quite come over that way to me…

          • Mockingbird

            I have posted here for about three years . Most people here know I started reading the Underground Bunker and investigated Scientology then rejected Scientology and Hubbard entirely. I have been one of the absolute harshest critics of Scientology since then.

      • Mockingbird

        I have the most important OT power. The power to realize Hubbard was full of bullshit.

  • J. Swift

    What was Michael Clayton bloviating about? I couldn’t hear him over the applause for Tom Brady.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/o9klMxQ4jFA/hqdefault.jpg

    • Mockingbird

      How many of those rings required cheating ?

      • Liberated

        Yeah, deflategate.

        • Mockingbird

          Don’t forget the first three rings were acquired via cheating.

      • J. Swift

        I can’t believe how people could ever question the ethics of the NFL, the Boston Patriots, or professional sports in general;

        • Mockingbird

          Yeah. If you are blinded with cultish devotion you may think sports teams and coaches are infallible. I think the fact that the New England coach chose to pay a half million dollar fine and the NFL solved their problem by collecting and destroying the video evidence is the essential information.

          If he had any innocence or chance to win on appeal the coach may have pursued an appeal, but he knew he was caught red handed.

          They didn’t want a Black Sox level scandal. If they had a bit of integrity they would have banned the coach for life and vacated all his wins including the three Super bowl victories. But they didn’t want that black PR so they pretend to not know.

    • GfldedKim
  • Ben Franklin

    Michael Clayton did not play in any of the playoff games with NYG when they won the Super Bowl in 2012, but, he was a player with NYG at the time. NYG had placed Michael Clayton on Injured reserve due to a Knee Injury on Nov 26, 2011

    On February 5, 2012 NYG won the Super Bowl, and on Feb 6, 2012 (the day after victory) NYG took Michael Clayton off their Injured Reserve list

    On March 13, 2012. Michael Clayton became a Declared Free Agent and I believe has never been signed by any other NFL team since then.

    Technically, Michael Clayton did not contribute much, or anything to the NYG Super Bowl XLVI win, but, I guess he is claiming the championship because he was still on record as an injured player for the NYG when they won.

    • Tony Ortega

      The headline is “Super Bowl Star.” Not “Guy who got a Super Bowl ring for playing earlier in the season and watched the game with everyone else.”

    • Jimmy3

      Dude had 1 pass thrown his way in 5 games. Even if he wasn’t hurt, he wouldn’t have been a factor. Giants had some studs at WR. Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz…

  • Observer
  • That feel when you know the headline has nothing to do with Scientology and you still think, “fucking Scientology, man” …

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af71aa06ae5bb47a977f8a326c8f7a0bb3d6868e793d0b39fed899ab14bb5453.jpg

    I’ve been in the pool too long. My brain is starting to shrivel. #mindshrinkage

    • Ha! Yup.

    • Puget Buckeye

      It never occurred to me before, but I suppose things could get pretty heated while you’re trying to keep scientology working.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I don’t care how many games I had played in during my team’s championship season, if I had a Super Bowl ring I’d be flashing that baby everywhere 24/7 and mentioning it about 50 times a day. I think the guy is a putz for getting anywhere near the CO$ but boasting about having a championship ring is SOP and I can’t fault him for that.

    https://twitter.com/anna_gilligan/status/428860852683669504asting

  • Fink Jonas

    This month centerfold for Celebrity mag. And next month too, jeez they running out of celebrities. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/284b0c0c6a9986f6562a90bc5fec9ca27ead407261f9191dc2374b7af49ae466.jpg

    • Marshall

      I thought I heard once that she wasn’t allowed to use “Bart” in the promotion of Scientology – or did I just imagine that?

      • Missionary Kid

        Somebody, notify Matt Groening!

        • ExCult.Jan

          @MattGroening4

    • Observer

      Oh, brother

    • ¡Ay caramba!

    • Graham

      Still wearing specs I see Nancy. What happened to power over the MEST universe? OT VIII and still no perfect eyesight.

  • Supper Powers

    TOT: I joined a cult today. The cult of getting an MBA. It will take two years to break free. Why do I do such horrible things to myself?

    • daisy

      Good for you. That is really great !! One of those cults that teach something worth while. Hey can you set me up in a business ? I think there is a market for puppet porn

      • Supper Powers

        Thanks. I’m actually kind of excited about it. I never thought I’d go back to school. Old dog…and speaking of, my goal is to have a new puppy by July 15. You can hold me to it!

      • Supper Powers

        I just saw your edits. You’re a freak, Daisy Mae! A freak! 🙂

      • Puget Buckeye

        Twisted. Sick. Cool. Pissed I didn’t think of it.

    • Liberated

      I think it sounds great..good for you !

      • Supper Powers

        Thanks. I don’t know what it will do for me at this stage of my life, but it will help keep me out of trouble.

        • Liberated

          Please don’t ever say something that exciting is too late….it’s not.

    • Hamtaro

      Can’t wait till you complete it so I can start calling you a smart ass.

      • ExCult.Jan

        Smart ass works now.
        ‘Smart ass with an MBA’ in 2 years. 😉

    • Puget Buckeye

      Good for you. And I don’t think it’s horrible. I think it’s brave and takes confidence.

    • ExCult.Jan

      Congrats!

    • Juicer77

      Congrats! 🙂

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • Supper Powers

      The mocking is everywhere! I wish we kept a running list of pop culture references to it with dates.

    • Haaaa! Scientology as a brand,,, is done. Stick a fork in it. That’s all she wrote. No more.

    • Puget Buckeye

      The My Little Pony people should be pissed. I wouldn’t want to be compared to Scientology.

  • Galaxy Press, fiction publishing arm of Scientology, advertising L. Ron Hubbard’s SciFi works on Shortwave Radio – WWCR 7520 kHz:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj2lStoL994

    • Info from Emanon Cincinnati on WWP:

      * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

      Looking at the WWCR website, it looks like they are a Christian broadcaster, but they sell excess airtime to whomever wants to buy it.

      What is CSC talk radio? Are they running advertisements for the audiobooks, or will someone actually perform “radio plays” with different people voicing each character, sound effects and such?

      Their 7520 KHz transmitter is 100 kilowatts, the antenna orientation is 90 degrees. What does this mean for propagation? I have a very nice Grundig G5 short wave radio (and a 1985 Radio Shack DX-55).

      EDIT: It also appears you can listen online.

      * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

  • Chee Chalker

    O/T

    Beautiful night along the Chicago River
    Sideways but still pretty
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2cc4f5d1513c14764721199a2200b9584452e06b3ab5e9393c43f077ee30df5.jpg

  • Vaquera

    From today’s farmer’s market.
    So is the sale huge?
    Are the pots huge?
    Has Vermont finally approved recreational ganja?
    I just love farmer’s markets and Vermont and…pots.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/787b23ab858028dfc06740a4307aa8a65403a0978d0315acea2f03699f255192.jpg

    • Liberated

      The prices are very reasonable.

      • Puget Buckeye

        Yeah, but it’s probably not the good stuff, if you know what I mean.

    • Missionary Kid

      Did you go a bit potty? 😛

      • Vaquera

        No. I went a bit hot and sweet with some local serrano-spiked honey.

        • Missionary Kid

          Was it in a pot?

          • Vaquera

            Well, indeed it was. Clever man.

            • Missionary Kid

              I’m not that clever, but all I could think of was Winnie the Pooh and his honey pot.

    • Observer

      Poor kid.

      Too bad he, or whoever typed the sidebar, wasn’t in school long enough to learn to spell absolutely.

      • Liberated

        Scientologists don’t need no skoolin’…just look what our leader accomplished and he’s a 9th grade drop out.

        • and he has the ability to Ignore everything! – Not bad

      • Sherbet

        Or to correct “I know with 100% certainly…”

    • Liberated

      You lied to me ..you went.
      Are you in that ” gigantic ” crowd ?

      • Can you spot me?
        eta: there are at most 150-200 of those who speaks Danish. The rest are imports

        • Liberated

          Ha..I knew it !
          Wonder where the imports are from ?

          • from all around Europe and also we have the Central AOSH-EU based here, just around some corners from that building

            • Liberated

              Ok..I was just under the impression, everyone in Europe hated their guts. Guess not.

            • That’s one of the reason they are all here in Copenhagen. Germany and France hates their guts.

      • richelieu jr

        I was there, briefly…

        I made a point to stand way back from the crowd, though. No way I am helping l’il Davey with his propaganda. And can also affirm that usually this a peaceful little village style square, where you sit and have a coffee and people smoke and up to now I’d seen at most 10 people there, probably on a coach tour of Europe…

        If there had been a crowd there the first time I came, there z would not have been a second, I can tell you that.

    • Missionary Kid

      How big is the square, actually? Again, they used a very wide angle lens. My estimation is that the camera is only about 15 meters (about 50 feet) away from the stage in this shot. My estimation is that there weren’t 2,500 people, as they claimed, but only about 1,200. That’s being generous, because they used bush tech to crowd people in.

      • I will find a real picture. Now check this out… They totally forget to mention that this Dude is a longtime pensioned from the Danish Police and he was and still is a Nobody!
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a63be14455e9cab0dcdc085cd91485c887b34ebef8fad29f61e3bbdf14e6454.jpg

        • Missionary Kid

          What is the name of the square? The size can be measured on Google Earth.

          • NYTORV, Copenhagen
            Number 11 i think

            • Puget Buckeye

              When you guys are talking about “square” do you mean like a center of town square? Lots of foot traffic? Tourists? Lots of potential for bodies in the shop?

            • Town Square and the first “Walking Street” right next to it.. Tons of pedestrians.

            • Puget Buckeye

              My first reaction was oh no, that’s bad. But after thinking about it, not so bad. Lots of potential for quiet little protests. Can’t shoo anyone off the sidewalk in a situation like that, can you?

            • Ohh.. they have been around for a long time on that spot. What they do target there are the Tourists. And they get the finger all the time.

            • Puget Buckeye

              OK, that made me smile. A smug little smile.

            • I got “captured” on that spot in 1979, but now everybody know about these people so they try to to masquerade as these front-groups like VM and Narconon.. They never going to use that building for anything, just like the rest of those Idle morgues around the world.
              And one thing we can cheer about is the Property Taxes on that spot *lol* and utility is sky high…

            • Missionary Kid

              You got the address right. I estimate that the area that the crowd was in was about 30 X 60 meters, so that’s 1,800 square meters, and that’s being very generous. I’m also assuming that the pop-up shelters are not affiliated with $cientology. They look like they’re in the square all the time, and were moved from their typical location for the event.

              The crowd does not extend all the way to the front of the building.I’m making a very rough estimate of a maximum of 1,200 people. 50% of what $cientology says a crowd is, is a high number.

            • You are right about all parameters as i can see

            • Missionary Kid

              I just discovered the app on Google Earth that allows you to measure distances. That makes it easy. It did all of the heavy lifting. The street view pictures of the square before $cientology invaded let me know that the various stands in the square were more or less permanent fixtures.

            • Yes.. they don’t own anything outside their front door.

            • PJK

              I’m not a photo analyst, but the crowds beyond the grey light pole look a bit fishy, as if they’ve photoshopped in. If you place a horizontal line from the vertical middle of the photo, through the light pole to the stage and look at the crowd above that line there is something off about those people. It’s almost as if they are oriented incorrectly.

              And it also seems like the density of the crowd just in front of the camera is higher than the density moving towards the stage (look at the level where the camera boom is, the crowd seems a lot less dense at that point.

              I would say that they only had enough crowd to fill the space in front of the stage and that a lot of people beyond direct rectangle in front of the camera where added through the magic of photoshop.

              I guess they have these pictures produced by non-Scientologists, because I can’t imagine that any Scientologist that has to make these shoops is able to keep their suspension of disbelieve going for long if they have to keep adding crowds to these publicity shots. But hey, what do I know as a never-in.

            • Missionary Kid

              I believe that the first rows had people who were also performers or celebrities. They may have left to get ready to appear on stage. Usually In addition to the shrubbery, the audience is seated a distance away from the stage.

              I do know that every shot that is published uses every trick available using the lens, positioning of the camera and shaping of the seating positions to make it look like the audience is much larger and the space totally filled.

              I can’t address the use of Photoshop very well. My experience with photography is largely in the pre-Photoshop era.

              As in everything else, $cientology tries to deceive to its own advantage.

    • And now this dude ha ha… What he should have told was, that over the years, these morons totally fucked up that building as it was under some historical protection and without any Licensees, they “renovated” the whole place so the Inspectors had to give up the building from the Historical Protection etc… A$$ holes.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8bb709f2b25cf6901a026d7584eb7b3796f1c181192844f37899c3c6a49d2ea.jpg

      • The same kind of thing has happened in the ex-Royal Navy building that is supposed to become the new ‘Ideal Org’ for Plymouth (UK).

        First, they ripped up the floorboards in the ballroom to sell (wood of that vintage is worth money today) Then they tried to argue that, because the building was uninhabitable and undergoing renovation, they should be exempt property tax.

        They have also torn the original brass fitting in the bars and elsewhere and sold them cheaply in public markets for money to keep the modest org shopfront they rent operating.

        The roof has been extensively leaking for years – on the verge of collapse in some places – and the interior must have suffered terrible in winter, when there has been sustained, torrential, rain. In mild rain, water runs down the interior walls.

        This place was of significant local historical interest. Most of that heritage has been sold off for peanuts by people who can’t appreciate that they have squandered something irreplaceable.

        • Yeah.. Their SCAM about preservation of historical buildings is all based on this. Free labor, piss off the locals and never apply with silly Wog rules! Donation money goes elsewhere and the building is worthless and low Tax evaluation. They might even had gone so far to pollute the soil under the building and then claim compensation and devaluation of the prize on the market. Sneaky bastards! But now they are “finish” and there will be public records to dive into. So it’s perfect timing for me.

  • Mick Roberts

    First of all, to Rasha, our favorite little saucer, great job using your tractor beam and abducting yet another copy of that magazine and delivering it to our Overlord.

    Secondly, I just Googled “Scientology” to check on some news, and I found a website…..wireupdate DOT com (have no desire to link directly to this site) talking about the Copenhagen opening. I read it and this site is apparently a Scientology news website to promote CofS propaganda. Is anyone else aware of this website? Or has it already been discussed and somehow I missed it? Just curious.

    • Supper Powers

      There are sites that that take payment to promote press releases. Like globe news wire or prnews. This may be one. Someone else may be able to give a better or more accurate description but that’s what I know to be true.

    • Liberated

      Dice posted stuff about the Copenhagen opening down-thread, pics and everything.

      • Mick Roberts

        Yeah, I saw Dice’s pics. When I searched for “scientology”, an article about that was posted 6 hours ago or so. I clicked on it to read about it and it was all fluff about how wonderful it was and how they’re going to open more orgs in other countries due to unprecedented growth and all that jazz…

        • Liberated

          That’s boloney…they’ll be lucky to pay taxes on that joint.
          Every other country in Europe hates their guts.

          • Mick Roberts

            Yep. Especially Germany.

            • John Prince

              There ARE no “body routers” handing anything out, no free Personality tests on the street corner hier 😎 ..that just won’t Do hier, We’ll have none of That, thank You ✌

          • John Prince

            The Danes are not as tolerant as they’d like You to believe. .I’m of Danish heritage and have lived in neighboring Germany 25 yrs. Now 👅. .I can’t imagine the clampire flourishing in Dänemark 👎
            Where’s JonnyTank when I need him ?

  • TheMirrorThetan

    A new critical Q and A from Chris is up. How did it get to number 110 already?LOL.

    https://youtu.be/Z_4rC1X5QC0

  • Jake

    Michael Clayton was technically on the Giants Roster for the entire 2011 team (2012 Super Bowl) November 28, 2011 he was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season and playoffs for a torn meniscus he received in practice on November 26, 2011. Best I can find as a WR in 2011, in 5 games he had 0 receptions and 0 yards receiving or rushing, but it does appear he had 1 defensive tackle after a turnover. I don’t know if he has a Super Bowl ring but the NFL buys 150 rings at a maximum cost of @ 7,000 per ring. Usually this covers the active 53 man roster, coaching staff and front office, but there is no limit to how many rings can be purchased by the team itself and most teams buy rings for any player during the season who contributed to the Super Bowl championship season.

    • TonyOrtega

      I’ll point out again that the headline calls him “Super Bowl Star,” not “Guy who played a few games during the regular season.”

      • OOkpik

        Good morning, Tony.

  • WhatAreYourCrimes

    “Source” Magazine… heh, heh, heh.

    To think these fools have a glossy magazine.

    Seriously, think about that!

    Scientologists. With the means to print and distribute their bullshit.

    Ha, ha, ha. To think some minion set up the type, or positioned the photos using some software.

    HA HA HA HEE HEE… (our bullshit is presented in a prettier way than the mainstream religions.)

    And then some supervisor sternly approved or disapproved some minutia in this magazine that will one day be shredded to be something useful, like hamster cage bedding.

    HA HA HA HA HA HEE HEE!!!

    My gut hurts laughing.

    Seriously, folks, think about how absurd it all is, and have a laugh with me, because I am either laughing or crying at this point!

  • Supper Powers
  • WhatAreYourCrimes

    Scientology just sucks all the fun out of life. A normal 12 year old girl might like a barbie or something for her birthday, but in scientology she wants a Cause Resurgence Rundown.

    So, so gross.

  • The Church of Scientology allegedly responds to a video about Scientology and mental health. The video:

    https://twitter.com/IndieScieNews/status/869045366519455744

  • Elizabeth Lavet

    I am glad the young girl did not have to do that by herself. Glad her mother was there. Wonder how much it cost to come to terms with doing her chores – $2,500. Wonder if they have a discount for minors,, but then they do not recognize minors – everyone is a small adult.

  • Elizabeth Lavet

    Just a funny note. I was paired for the staring bit (TRS??) with someone that later became a somewhat famous actor, who is not publicly stating he did scientology training, to my knowledge. Doing the staring bit he got angry because he did not like looking at my face, ha!. I have had radial keratotomy on one eye, surgery for near sightedness, which left me with one lens of my glasses much thicker than the other and thus my eyes appeared to him, staring in my face, like my eyes were two different sizes. He threw a fit about this, showed pretty strong anger. He said this is why he could not maintain eye contact. His dramatic parts are often for a rather cold and calculating person. I always laugh or think to myself “I know what you are really like” when I see him in movies.

  • Sine qua non

    Wow. L. Ron Hubbard Hall. That’s SOOO original. It sounds nothing at all like Ruth Eckerd Hall (also in Pinellas) where they have heretofore held worshipful gatherings. Gag me.