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Scientology front group claims it fed an anti-psychiatry story to the L.A. Times

[Kenneth Kramer]

We’ve told you about Kenneth Kramer before. He’s a Scientologist and private investigator who operates, part of Scientology’s “psych busting” activities aimed at utterly destroying the psychiatric profession so it can be replaced by L. Ron Hubbard’s mental health ideas.

Of course, even though church leader David Miscavige has boasted that Scientology has “booby-trapped” psychiatry so that it can be completely wiped out, in truth the mental health industry is huge, Scientology is tiny, and it has little effect.

But that doesn’t keep operators like Kramer from claiming that they’re making an impact on the “evil psychs” on behalf of Hubbardism. What Kramer does is gather information about psychiatrists who are disciplined for various reasons — every industry has its bad actors, after all — and pretends that he’s somehow damaging the entire field by cataloging and publicizing those individual cases of wrongdoing.

And now Kramer is crowing, claiming that his research into a psychiatrist giving up his license for ethical lapses led directly to a Los Angeles Times article. Here he is boasting about it on Facebook…



And here’s the LA Times story about psychiatrist William Vicary, who was accused of overprescribing drugs.

As you can see, Kramer is using his little victory as a fundraising tool, hoping that Scientologists will chip in to help him feed even more stories to the press.

The Times didn’t credit Kramer or, and we don’t know if Kramer’s tip was what motivated the article. It’s certainly a legitimate story to cover, and we’re not suggesting that the Los Angeles Times, in writing this story, was promoting Scientology’s anti-psychiatry agenda.

But our readers do know about our longtime criticism of the Los Angeles Times, a paper that once led the nation in coverage of Scientology but that now seems to have no interest in it, even though many or most of the biggest stories involving Scientology in recent years all come out of the Los Angeles area.

We’re still, for example, waiting for the Times to write a single word about the new “Jane Doe” lawsuit filed by powerhouse attorneys against Scientology and David Miscavige in Los Angeles Superior Court, a lawsuit that has generated a huge amount of media attention since it was filed on June 18.

And no wonder: A top-flight legal team that includes a former Bill Cosby prosecutor, alleging kidnapping and labor trafficking allegations against Scientology, and involving a woman who had to hide in the trunk of a car in order to escape from Scientology’s secretive international management compound in Southern California. And after her escape, the young woman went to work for actress Leah Remini, who lives in Los Angeles.

Who, over at the LA Times, is looking at that and deciding it’s not worth a few paragraphs?


Scientology grifter back at the White House

We have told you enough times who Joy Villa really is, a talentless climber who is a Patron Meritorious donor and ‘Clear’ Scientologist who wore a MAGA dress and overnight turned herself into an icon of the lunatic right. As for those conservative Tweeters asking us why the White House would invite her to its social media shindig, do we really need to explain what that says about the administration?



Bonus items from our tipsters

Says our tipster: “Ryan Prescott posted a video begging Scientologists to show up to Sunday’s ‘epic’ Volunteer Ministers event that will be on the steps of the Oregon State Capital Building. Among his claims, that he’s been working 70 hours a week to put it on, and that the Mormon church will be there and this will spark a ‘movement’.”


Meanwhile, the Scientology Ideal Org in Harlem posted this photo of Alfreddie Johnson’s visit to kick off Maiden Voyage celebrations.

Um, this photo was taken at Scientology Harlem? Are you noticing what we’re noticing?



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Kelly Preston, Beck, and Anne Archer]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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[FOUR years ago] Jon Atack: Scientology’s snitch culture, and how ex-members must relearn the notion of privacy
[FIVE years ago] Scientology accused of financial sleight of hand to avoid paying in human slavery lawsuit
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Auditing Kids: Proof From Church’s Own School Website
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Quick Hits: Janet Reitman Is Not Afraid, and Other News


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,505 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,634 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,138 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,658 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 678 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 569 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,876 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,744 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,518 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,292 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,638 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,204 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,123 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,291 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,872 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,133 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,172 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,884 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,410 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,499 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,639 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,959 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,815 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,934 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,289 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,592 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,698 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,100 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,972 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,555 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,050 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,304 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,413 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 12, 2019 at 07:00

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