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Hip-hip-hooray! We have the newest Scientology propaganda about creating an ‘Ideal World’

We want to thank our tipster who sent us images from the new issue of “International Scientology News,” one of the church’s slick publications intended to convince its members that it is not a failing organization in a full-on crisis.

This edition, issue 70, was dedicated to the happenings at the recent Maiden Voyage celebrations on board the Freewinds, Scientology’s private cruise ship, which plies the Caribbean. The Freewinds is the only place where wealthy Scientologists can experience “OT 8,” the highest auditing level on the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” But the ship is also used for other seminars and for the annual Maiden Voyage festivities each June, commemorating the ship’s first voyage under Scientology’s ownership in 1988.

During the weeklong celebration, Scientology leader David Miscavige gives a select number of top donors some sneak peeks at upcoming initiatives, and he also drones on for hours about all the ways Scientology is the most happening thing ever. Now it’s ISN’s job to turn that into print propaganda for the dwindling membership to eat up. Let’s take a look.



It turns out, Miscavige isn’t just turning regular Scientology “orgs” into “Ideal Orgs,” he’s turning the entire WORLD ideal!


We especially enjoyed this shot of Miscavige with Freewinds captain Mike Napier, pretending to have a candid moment, when you know that Miscavige is already thinking about how he’s going to make Napier disappear if his stats crash.


Mixed in with all the miraculous news about how the Freewinds is saving the world (and Colombia in particular), there was some actual news about another vessel, the Diana


One of the great stories related to the early days of Scientology involves a very special vessel, the Diana, which is inextricably tied to the Sea Org and its nautical origins. Indeed, the stately Freewinds travels in the legendary wake of this swift, steel-hulled motor sailing ship acquired by LRH in England in 1966. Originally named Enchanter, she would serve as the training vessell of a crew of hand-selected Clears and OTs that comprised the newly formed “Sea Project” (later to become the Sea Organization). In early 1967, LRH would gather his crew on the Canary Islands to refit and ready the ship for an expedition that would forever enhance our understanding of life and eternity. For it was a year later that the Commodore set sail with Diana and her new sister ship, Avon River (later to be re-christened Athena), undertaking what was officially called the Hubbard Geological Survey Expedition, but is now known to Scientologists everywhere as Mission Into Time. Sailing through storied islands such as the Canary Islands and Sicily, whole track recall was proven with digs at ancient sites such as a Roman burial ground. Soon after, the Enchanter was re-christened the Diana.

The following year, she would be relocated to the UK for training drills for Sea Org members. But today, her fabled history enters a new chapter as a bow-to-stern refit has restored her to her former glory. Numerous upgrades have been completed, including repair for the steel hull, replacement of all rigging, the addition of new electronics and an exacting replacement of the teak decks to match those pictured in the Master Mariner book from The L. Ron Hubbard Series. Refurbished wood finishes, cabins and galley complete a refit that is truly a testament to the legacy of LRH. She’s now being readied to serve not only as a training vessel, but also to provide tours to Freewinds guests when the Ship is in the ABC islands, where the Diana will be docked. Itineraries will include cruising the inlets and waterways once navigated by LRH. It all serves as a reminder of the important role the Diana has played, as it’s from her decks that vital truths were unveiled from the sands and broken stone of long-forgotten civilizations.

There was also blather about the Scientology Media Production studios and the (by now overdue) television channel (but no new details on it), and a shout out to the STAND website, which hyperventilates about “bigotry.”

More useful was the rundown of Ideal Orgs around the world, sorted by continent. Here’s the latest update on Dave’s empty emporiums around the world…

UK Ideal Orgs: CLO UK, AOSH UK, London
Achievements: Birmingham (Construction started), Manchester (Design done)

Canada Ideal Orgs: Cambridge, Quebec
Achievements: Montreal (Design done), Toronto (Design done), Winnipeg (Space plan)

West US Ideal Orgs: AOLA, ASHO, Dallas, Denver, Inglewood, Los Gatos, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orange County, Pasadena, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Stevens Creek, Twin Cities, Valley
Achievements: Salt Lake City (Construction started), Silicon Valley (Renovations start this summer), Austin (Construction documents done), Kansas City (Construction documents done), Santa Barbara (Building acquired)

East US Ideal Orgs: Atlanta, Buffalo, CC Nashville, Cincinnati, Harlem, Miami, New York, Tampa, Washington DC
Achievements: Chicago (Construction documents done), Columbus (Construction documents done), Detroit (Construction documents done), Boston (Design done), Orlando (Design done), Philadelphia (Design done), Puerto Rico (Design done)

Latin America Ideal Orgs: Bogota, Mexico City
Achievements: ODD (Construction begins this summer), Buenos Aires (Construction documents done)

ANZO Ideal Orgs: CLO ANZO, AOSH ANZO, Auckland, Kaohsiung, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo
Achievements: Perth (Construction documents done)

Africa Ideal Orgs: Johannesburg, Pretoria
Achievements: Joburg North (Construction started), Port Elizabeth (Space plan)

Europe Ideal Orgs: CLO EU, AOSH EU, Basel, Berlin, Budapest, CSE, Denmark, Hamburg, Madrid, Malmo, Milano, Moscow, Padova, Roma, Tel Aviv
Achievements: Amsterdam (Construction started), Athens (Design done), Barcelona (Building acquired), Dusseldorf (Building acquired), Brescia (Building under contract)

Gosh, what a real estate empire you have going there, C.O.B. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some actual people in those cathedrals?


More heartbreak for the tabloids

Alas, Tom Cruise has been spotted at the new Ideal Org in Auckland, New Zealand, providing yet more evidence that he’s as dedicated to Scientology as he ever was.

We pity the poor tabloids which have so desperately wished that Tom were actually breaking from the church in order to reunite with Katie. Not that the total lack of evidence has kept them from claiming it.


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,807 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,564 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,910 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,404 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,444 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,156 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 682 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,771 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,911 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,231 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,206 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 562 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,864 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 971 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,373 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,246 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 827 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,332 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,576 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,685 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 10, 2017 at 07:00

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