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If Scientology is hurting, have its ‘expansion’ plans slowed down? Here’s our assessment

We see a lot of signs that Scientology is entering a desperate phase. Mike Rinder does a particularly good job at his site gathering evidence that shortages in staffing and at events is a sign that David Miscavige’s dog and pony show is at a breaking point. But even if membership is tanking, is Miscavige slowing down any of his ‘expansion’ plans? We asked the man who keeps an eye on that so well, Rod Keller, to pause and give us his assessment: What’s the outward picture of health that Scientology projects in August 2018?

Today we’ll take a look at the overall apparent health of Scientology, from top to bottom. The top level is the Advanced Org and Continental Liaison Office level. These are the Sea Org orgs that deliver the OT levels and control all Scientology activities in their “continent.” AOs are expanding, both in real estate and population.

While Canada and Mexico seem to be far from opening, others are expanding. A source has identified new construction in Los Angeles for Sea Org berthing, new CLO buildings have been opened recently in Copenhagen, East Grinstead and Australia. The Kyalami Castle is being renovated and we think it will finally open after years of broken promises. The Flag Land Base in Clearwater has opened new facilities for WISE and Clearwater Community Volunteers, and we predict the long planned L. Ron Hubbard Hall and museum will break ground next year.




Scientology Media Productions is the Sea Org org that launched the Scientology Network on DirectTV and the Internet. Staff at every org and mission are being trained in how to use the network to disseminate Scientology and recruit new members. Along with Ideal Orgs, the Scientology Network is promoted internally as vital to expansion and planetary clearing.

At the Ideal Org level, Scientology intends to open five or six per year until every single org is Ideal. Ideal Orgs are usually boom and bust, but the establishment of group housing for new staff has the potential to fight that trend. Dozens of Scientologists have been brought from around the world to staff Dublin’s Ideal Org, and we see a trend that Ideal Orgs are becoming more like Sea Org orgs. For a staffer to blow from Dublin they would need to find new housing. They might not speak English as Scientology now prides itself in delivering the tech in multiple languages in each org. In Europe it’s mostly Russian, in the U.S. Spanish and in Australia they deliver in Chinese, but an Ideal Org may have the staff to deliver in four or five languages. If Detroit and the other new Ideal Orgs have berthings similar to Dublin it becomes much easier to retain staff and avoid the bust.


[Hongo mission]

Each Ideal Org is charged with opening 10 new missions in the surrounding area. That hasn’t been achieved outside of Russia and Taiwan, but new missions are opening elsewhere. Tokyo has opened a number of them including this new mission in the Hongo district.


[Bergamo mission]

The Bergamo, Italy Mission has a new storefront, moving up from the former location in an apartment building. Expect the drive for 10 missions for each Ideal Org to continue, it’s a policy Scientology can never change.


Narconon has bounced back from the days when facilities closed in Quebec and Georgia. Narconon Ojai recently re-opened after suffering fire damage, and fairly new facilities have opened in Colombia, Mexico, Florida, England, Denmark and Italy. Above is an expansion of Narconon Navojoa where they plan to have 14 beds for female patients in addition to the existing facility for men. It’s not all expansion for Narconon, as the flagship Arrowhead facility seems to be struggling, and planned Narconons in Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Ireland have either been shelved or are facing opposition from neighbors.


As we reported last week, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are working at the site of major Northern California fires. Their goal of 500 VMs in Redding hasn’t been met, but we can now confirm they are in the control areas, and administering “touch assists” to tired firefighters. They have partnered with Bethel Church in Redding to provide a center for residents fleeing the fire and have become an accepted part of the relief effort there.


[Foundation for a Drug-Free World at the NFL Draft in Dallas]

[Youth for Human Rights event in Oujda, Morocco]

Scientology is expanding the VM program, as well as the other “social reform” groups Foundation for a Drug-Free World, The Way to Happiness, Youth for Human Rights, and CCHR. We think VM tents and CCHR anti-Psychiatry exhibits are poorly attended by non-Scientologists, but Drug-Free World and Youth for Human Rights are receiving more acceptance as Scientology is devoting more resources to social reform programs.

Scientology may be losing overall membership, but it has a well orchestrated plan to reverse that and expand globally. They have devoted members who volunteer to implement it, and certainly no shortage of funds. It may not succceed in the long run, but leader David Miscavige doesn’t intend to see Scientology shrink into nothing without a fight.

— Rod Keller


Your proprietor on the airwaves

For some reason, Ron Miscavige has asked your proprietor to be on his videocast today, which goes live at 10 am Eastern. We’ll post the embed here after the show is completed.





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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,204 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,807 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 350 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 238 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,413 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,187 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,961 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,307 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,873 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,541 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,801 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,841 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,553 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,079 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,168 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,308 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,628 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,484 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,603 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 959 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,261 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,367 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,770 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,642 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,224 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,729 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,973 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,082 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on August 12, 2018 at 07:00

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