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Scientology and hurricanes: Providing storms of comic relief in one disaster after another

[Volunteer Ministers pose with Sumter County deputy sheriff]

Rod Keller can’t get enough of Mirit Hendrickson and the hapless Scientology Volunteer Ministers, and neither can we…

Hurricane Michael made landfall at Mexico Beach and Panama City, Florida on October 10 as the third most powerful hurricane in U.S. history. The area was devastated by high winds and storm surge. Mirit Hendrickson and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, fresh from their relief efforts following Hurricane Florence in North Carolina made preparations to travel to the Florida panhandle. The photo above shows Hendrickson and other VMs in Sumter County. It’s an odd piece of public relations as this county is in rural central Florida, far from the disaster area.


[Briefing at the VM center in Clearwater]


Scientology’s relief efforts remain the same. They collect small donations to buy toiletries at the dollar store which they assemble into hygiene packs which they distribute in the disaster area. Hendrickson briefed Scientology publics before the hurricane struck to encourage donations and to recruit volunteers to travel to the disaster area.


[Hygiene packs contain a notice “You have been helped by a Scientology Volunteer Minister”]

[Items requested for the Hurricane Michael effort]

[Lynn Posyton]

[Patrick Clouden]

The VMs were joined in this relief effort by Lynn Posyton representing the Concerned Businessmen’s Association (CBA). Posyton also runs the Foundation for a Drug-Free World center two doors away from the VM center on Fort Harrison Ave. The CBA is a Scientology front group largely funded by Patrick Clouden, a Scientology “whale” and CEO of Consumer Energy Solutions Inc.


[VMs in Panama City]

Two members of Los Topos, “the moles” from Mexico City joined the relief effort. They are earthquake rescue experts and have medical training that would be valuable in a disaster area. We haven’t seen any evidence that they rescued anybody in Florida.


Los Topos can be seen here helping the other VMs clear downed trees and branches. Clearing debris is one way VMs can assist following a disaster, but poor planning sometimes results in a lack of fuel for their chainsaws.


[VM tent in Panama City]

[Mirit Hendrickson performs a locational assist]

[Scientologist Ryan Prescott is in Panama City to distribute supplies and do locationals]

The VMs have a dual purpose. They serve a public relations purpose to demonstrate how Scientology is not actually a harmful group but instead help people in need. The second purpose is to promote the technology of founder L. Ron Hubbard. He created a wide variety of “assists” that are intended to help the sick, the intoxicated, or even the deceased. One assist is a “locational.” The Scientology Handbook describes the procedure: “One of the easiest assists to render is Locational Processing. A Locational is done by directing a person’s attention off the painful area of his body or his difficulties and out onto the environment.” There is no evidence that directing a person’s attention to various objects has any benefit or healing power.

— Rod Keller


Scientology’s celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs’ — now with comments!

[Mark Isham and the Johannesburg (Kensington) Ideal Org]

We’re building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs.’ We’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline — and yes, we finally have comments working on these new pages! Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Previously, we posted pages for celebrities Anne Archer, Beck Hansen, Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, Elisabeth Moss, Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, Giovanni Ribisi, Greta Van Susteren, Jenna Elfman, John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, Laura Prepon, Marisol Nichols, Michael Peña, Nancy Cartwright, Tom Cruise, Danny Masterson, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter, Alanna Masterson, Billy Sheehan, Judy Norton-Taylor, Terry Jastrow, Eddie Deezen, Sofia Milos, Bodhi Elfman, Rebecca Minkoff, Doug E. Fresh, Christopher Masterson, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Michael D. Roberts, Michelle Stafford, Jim Meskimen, Lynsey Bartilson, and Bijou Phillips. And for the Ideal Orgs of Portland, Oregon; Sydney, Australia; San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Perth, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Silicon Valley, California; Rome, Italy; Orlando, Florida; Moscow, Russia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; Melbourne, Australia; San Fernando Valley, California; Pasadena, California; Bogotá, Colombia; Budapest, Hungary; Phoenix, Arizona; London, England; Orange County, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Auckland, New Zealand; Miami, Florida; Basel, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Birmingham, England; Brussels, Belgium; Buffalo, New York; Cambridge, Ontario; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dublin, Ireland; Greater Cincinnati (Florence, Kentucky); Hamburg, Germany; Harlem, New York; and Inglewood, California.

Today it’s Mark Isham and Johannesburg (Kensington), South Africa!


Coming November 1


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,244 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,877 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 420 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 308 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,483 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,257 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,031 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,377 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,943 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,611 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,871 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,911 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,623 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,149 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,238 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,378 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,698 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,554 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,673 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,029 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,331 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,437 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,840 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,711 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,294 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,799 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,043 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,152 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 21, 2018 at 07:00

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