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Scientologists use faith healing to convince fire victims they’re actually helping

Australia’s largest city, Sydney, is surrounded by brush fires. Smoke covered the city this week leading some residents to seek medical attention. Six have died so far and more than 2.5 million acres and hundreds of homes have been burned. As we reported last year, disasters of this scale are an opportunity for Scientology to work on “safepointing” their Ideal Orgs, and to disseminate founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “assist” technology (light massages with quack healing claims).



Firefighters are working across huge areas of New South Wales and Queensland, but Scientology Volunteer Ministers are based primarily at the Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre in Wilberforce, a suburb northwest of Sydney. Scientologist Andrew Gason is helping coordinate the effort through the AOSH ANZO facility in Chatswood West. In his request for help “Non-E” means Non-Existence in Scientology, a state just above “Liability” on L. Ron Hubbard’s scale of conditions. It’s the condition assigned to Scientologists starting a new endeavor or project.


OFFICIAL NON-E. Every day here our presence is growing stronger and our ability to help is getting better and better. The demand for our services is high and we now have a fatigue management area to permanently set up and deliver help. From assists to org board hatting, we have it all. Today our VMs were cooking breakfast for the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and every day we have senior govt officials coming through and seeing how the operations are being done. The fire will burn for 9 more weeks and we are the only reason these firefighters can continue to fight the fire relentlessly.

We need the following:

All volunteers to contact Nigel at CLO who is managing our volunteer registration and scheduling. Message me for his number.
Volunteer schedule:


We practically ran out of food yesterday for the firefighters and some of them had to go on the road without eating. In terms of food we need, the list is as follows:
Packets of chips and snacks for vms (salt chips and stuff as there is no breakfast yet and no food for the VMs on the midnight shift.
2000 multi bars
2000 mars bars
2000 small snack pack biscuits
2000 3 bean mix packets
beetroot, corn, pineapples, baked beans
Chickpeas and sultanas enough for 2000 meals.


[VMs have been working long hours serving food to firefighters]

[Scientologists have constructed a makeshift Org Board for the Hawksbury site]

[Fatigue Management]


VMs have been working long hours in Hawskbury. They have donated clothing, food, and water but their biggest contribution has been labor to assemble meals and serve food to hungry firefighters. They also provide Scientology assists under the name “Fatigue Management.” Assists are cure-all treatments developed by Hubbard to put a person back in communication with their body. From cancer to headache, from fatigue to actual death, Scientologists believe an assist can cure any condition. Hubbard claimed:

Every single physical illness stems from a failure to communicate with the thing or area that is ill. Prolongation of a chronic injury occurs in the absence of physical communication with the affected area or with the location of the spot of injury in the physical universe. When attention is withdrawn from injured or ill body areas, so are circulation, nerve flows and energy. — TOUCH ASSISTS, CORRECT ONES, HCOB 7 Apr. 72RA

Scientology appears committed to helping feed Hawksbury firefighters for as long as the fires burn. It’s considered a huge PR victory for the church, enabling them to safepoint Scientology in Australia and promote the healing methods of L. Ron Hubbard.

— Rod Keller


Leaked document of the day

From the Valley Org documents release comes this item.

Hey, we can’t put people in our magazine if they aren’t all checked out for ethics violations. It just wouldn’t do to have squirrels and infiltrators showing up in the org house magazine that no one actually reads!



Source Code

“Nobody ever objects to anybody in India being found dead. So they’re dead. They’re dead. They get married when they’re 12 or 14, kick the bucket when they’re 21, 28 — real quick. The only trouble with the people is, it’s too hot there and they key in all the prenatals they’ve got. It is about 90. Any time you get a climate which is approaching 98.6, you can get the whole prenatal bank keyed in almost perpetually, because that’s the temperature in the prenatal bank, 98.6. That’s why hot countries turn feminine, so forth, so it’s not a hardy country. But way up north, those boys live with kind of wild abandon, too. They always have.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 24, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Scientology is the Science of Certainty. You gain certainty in your ability to audit by auditing. I know most of you have given up on the idea of being able to clear the planet. But with thousands of idle OTs (‘do nothing OTs’) to help us if they would just do something, we might still have a chance.”


Random Howdy

“My take on it is that Hubbard created Dianetics as a ‘short con’ and when it took off on a level he didn’t expect and when everyone by the early 60’s had reached ‘Clear’ and the gravy train started to slow down he created the ‘long con’ of the OT levels. The $64,000 question is whether due to mental illness and perhaps drug use did he start to believe in his own bullshit? When he says at the end of OTVIII ‘now that you know what you aren’t are you ready to find out what you really are?’ I see this as phase 2 of the long con. Hubbard is saying ‘Hey, guess what kids, I took a detour and I was on the wrong road but now I’m on the right one, so lets go.’ The bottom line and perhaps unanswerable question is how much was calculated and how much was crazy.”


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

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

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?



[ONE year ago] Xenu’s first public outing: Robert Kaufman’s stunning 1972 testament, ‘Inside Scientology’
[TWO years ago] KID CORPS: When a disease outbreak brought Scientology unwanted attention
[THREE years ago] Leah Remini’s Scientology series opens with a gut-wrenching story of ‘disconnection’
[FOUR years ago] Strange scenes from the Moscow hearing that banned Scientology yesterday
[FIVE years ago] Jon Atack: At the heart of Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard’s paralyzing use of contradiction
[SIX years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill on Scientology’s New Dawn: “I Can’t Believe People Still Buy This BS”
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Leader David Miscavige Added as Defendant in Ken Dandar’s Federal Lawsuit
[EIGHT years ago] Paulette Cooper, Scientology’s Original and Worst Nightmare: A Thanksgiving Tribute by the Village Voice


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,638 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,767 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,271 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,791 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 811 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 702 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,009 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,877 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,651 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,425 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,771 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,337 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,256 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,424 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,005 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,266 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,305 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,017 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,543 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,069 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,632 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,772 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,092 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,948 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,067 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,422 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,725 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,831 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,233 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,105 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,688 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,183 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,437 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,546 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 24, 2019 at 07:00

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