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Ideal and Ideal-er: England org coming soon will be Scientology to the max

Scientology leader David Miscavige continues to push for new Ideal Org openings around the world, and tells his followers that the new orgs will bring in lots of new public to Scientology. That hasn’t happened, and Miscavige has blamed it on a number of reasons — most recently, that the orgs aren’t staffed up enough. But even that excuse is wearing thin. Our Rod Keller finds that with another Ideal Org on the horizon, Scientology has come up with a new formula that it expects will finally make the new Ideal Orgs boom.

Birmingham Ideal Org will be the next to open, set for this fall. As we previously reported fundraising has long since been finished to renovate the Pittmaston House, a Grade II listed building which protects the historic structure from major changes. The only question remaining is whether the opening will be before or after the IAS Anniversary extravaganza being held at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, England on October 6-8. We’re betting after, since the org is still recruiting staff who will have to fly to the U.S. for training and be back in time for the opening.



At last count the org had 125 staff, and they want to recruit 75 more. That number is ambitious, but we count more than 25 new staff in August, each signing a standard 2.5-year or 5-year contract. Some auditors go to Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida for technical training, while staff in administrative positions fly to Los Angeles, where they train with the Sea Org-staffed LA Org. The idea is that in the past Ideal Orgs didn’t meet expectations because they didn’t fully understand L. Ron Hubbard’s organizational policies. Now instead of the usual handful of executive trainees, Birmingham is sending them by the dozens.


[Birmingham trainees in Los Angeles]



[Birmingham staffer doing an internship in LA]

In the past you would expect only executives to go to LA for training. Now staff at the department-head level or lower are also going. Registrars, Volunteer Minister coordinators, Dianetics lecturers and others are doing courses and internships in LA. The cost of opening an Ideal Org is increasing. Money is needed for airplane tickets, housing, and payments to LA Org for training, and it goes up with every recruit. It’s a significant expenditure for the org, or perhaps some of the cost is being picked up by the IAS.


Success stories written by staff and videos predicting that Birmingham will boom are being used to generate donations for more staff training. Rachel Givergidze is the Deputy Executive Director of the Birmingham Day org. She is taking the Executive Training Program, a shortened version of the OEC/FEBC course. In the video she expresses certainty that Birmingham can boom. Unsaid is the assumption that by sending so many staff the org can avoid the bust that has followed the boom in many ideal orgs.


All the signs point to Birmingham opening in the fall. This special edition of Dianetics is a traditional fundraiser for Ideal Orgs. Another sign is that central files are being reorganized. The difference with Birmingham over previous openings is the large increase in staff training in Los Angeles. Time will tell if this is the key to Ideal Org success or not.

— Rod Keller


Last night from the Scientology Armageddon

Last night, Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Clearwater while in Los Angeles, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder were winning an Emmy for their series, Scientology and the Aftermath. Somehow, that all made sense.

At the Fort Harrison Hotel, of course there were regging materials on the tables where Scientologists were taking shelter.


Meanwhile, in Hollywood…


And make sure you look at Bryan Seymour’s strong editorial about Leah’s win and what people in Australia can do about putting Scientology on notice.

Also, a reminder…



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,869 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,852 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,626 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,972 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,466 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,506 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,218 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 744 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,833 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,973 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,293 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,268 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 624 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 4,926 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,033 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,435 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,308 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 889 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,394 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,638 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,747 days.


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

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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