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Scientology’s surprisingly weak attempt to turn Hurricane Florence into PR gold

Rod Keller is on top of Scientology’s attempts to cash in on Hurricane Florence and its continued plans for opening new Narconons around the world…

Hurricane Florence is weakening over South Carolina as of this writing, and Scientology has a plan to provide disaster relief. Meet Mirit Hendrickson, President of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Florida. In this video she describes the relief effort, which includes donations that cover a table with travel size soaps, toothbrushes, and other toiletries to be assembled into sanitation packs for distribution at shelters for hurricane evacuees.


What was intended as a fleet of trucks and buses has been downsized as Hendrickson has rented a Chevrolet Suburban and is driving to North Carolina with the supplies. As usual for Scientology there is no pre-positioning of supplies. The soap is being purchased at Florida dollar stores and the volunteers are driving into the disaster area, which may result in the Scientologists needing shelter and assistance from the Red Cross, diverting resources from evacuees.


[Volunteer donating pet food for hurricane evacuees]

The video is remarkable not only for the small pile of supplies, but for the look inside a Scientology social reform office. A room is devoted to distributing shirts and for volunteers to sign forms. The receptionist is having a yelling match with somebody, and a member of the Office of Special Affairs has their own office. OSA is charged with public relations, and all social reform efforts fall under that category.

Hendrickson and two other VMs reached Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday. The area has been evacuated, and there does not appear to be anybody to receive the sanitation kits. The team is traveling north in hopes of finding an open hotel or motel.




[María del Rosario Espinoza]

Meanwhile, the opening of Narconon Puebla was reported earlier this week. We now have the identity of some of the speakers, which include María del Rosario Espinoza, a Olympic medal winner in Taekwondo. Espinoza won medals in three Olympics including gold in 2008 at the Beijing games.


[Narconon Puebla]

Also speaking was gymnast Brenda Magaña, the first woman to perform a triple back somersault dismount on the uneven parallel bars, swimming coach and sports promoter Nelson Vargas, and soap opera producer Luis De Llano Macedo, best known for Cachún cachún ra ra!, a teen comedy TV show from the 1980s. The facility is the fifth Narconon for Mexico and is located in a remote area just west of the town of Patoltecoya.


[Scientology objectives at Narconon]

[Narconon’s worldwide awards]

Narconon plans further expansion. Recent promotional materials promote the benefits of objectives, a series of exercises involving touching, pointing and moving at the command of a coach. Awards to Narconon are on display, including an award for treating firefighters after 9/11 in New York, a program that was run under the name New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project.


The target audience for Narconon’s promotions is of course the patients and their families, but also influential people Scientology can recruit as allies in order to create new facilities. Above, Japanese MP Yoichi Anami toured the Ojai, California Narconon accompanied by Yuzuru Ogura, an OT 6 who is heavily involved in CCHR and the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Yoichi Anami is a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and is best known for his pro-smoking views. In June he apologized for heckling a stage four lung cancer patient who was testifying on the dangers of second hand smoke.

Narconon Japan may be years away, but Scientology intends to expand in Japan as they have in Mexico. Every Ideal Org is required to have plans to open a Narconon as a sign they are helping solve the problem of drugs with the technology of L. Ron Hubbard.

Here’s a brochure for the program…

Narconon Brochure by on Scribd

— Rod Keller


Scientology’s celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs’ — our new project

[Elisabeth Moss and the Nashville Ideal Org]

We started a new project this week, building landing pages about two of David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, his celebrities and his ‘Ideal Orgs.’ For the next several weeks, we’ll post a couple of pages each day, and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about each of them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline.

Tuesday, we put up Anne Archer and Portland, Oregon. Wednesday it was Beck Hansen and Sydney, Australia. Thursday it was Catherine Bell and San Diego, California. Yesterday it was Chick Corea and Denver, Colorado.

Today it’s Elisabeth Moss and Nashville, Tennessee!




Please join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,239 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,842 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 385 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 273 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,448 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,222 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,996 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,342 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,908 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,576 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,836 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,876 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,588 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,114 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,203 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,343 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,663 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,519 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,638 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 994 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,296 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,402 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,805 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,676 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,259 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,764 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,008 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,117 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on September 16, 2018 at 07:00

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