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Scientology honors its bodysnatchers with stars on its Xenu-rrific walk of fame

Scientology has two main awards ceremonies per year. Donors to the IAS draw attention for the huge trophies awarded at an October event at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, England that mirror their millions in donations that keep the organization going. The other awards are made during the New Year’s event in Los Angeles where Power FSMs are recognized. We count 26 in this year’s photo with Scientology leader David Miscavige, but there are many more that didn’t make the trip. Field Staff Members (FSMs) keep Scientology going by bringing in new members, and work to encourage current members to pay for more courses.



All Scientologists are FSMs and receive a commission of 10 percent on all processing sold and 15 percent of all training for their “selectees.” L. Ron Hubbard called them the salesmen of Scientology. A “Power FSM” is one who has 100 courses started by their selectees during the past year. They receive a trophy, a pin, and a photo op with Miscavige. Your FSM may be your friend, but they also have a financial interest in the number of Scientology courses you take.


The FSM I/C (Field Staff Member In-Charge) is a low level staff member in Division 6C who is charged with running the FSMs. He or she collects the selection slips, tracks stats, arranges for commissions to be paid and runs the org’s group of FSMs. Most orgs don’t have one, the post is “held from above” by the Field Control Secretary if that post is filled.


[Power FSM Lydia Hopwood]

The Los Angeles org is a Sea Org Org in Hollywood, the famous Los Angeles neighborhood that is also home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring luminaries in music, movies, and television. This year following the award ceremony the org placed stars of their own in the hallways to honor Power FSMs.


[Adam and Alejandra Harrison]

[Enrique De La Rosa from Mexico City]

[Clearwater public Sixto Ruiseco was named FSM of the Decade]

All reports indicate Scientology’s membership is slowly shrinking. But as some old members leave others arrive, and that is the work of the FSMs. How many of a Power FSM’s new selectees will still be in Scientology in a year’s time would be an interesting statistic to see, but it is probably a low percentage. Turnover in membership is high and FSMs spend a large part of their time trying to keep the numbers up. Scientology compensates and honors those who try to reverse the long slow decline, but for now they are losing the war.

— Rod Keller



Source Code

“I do not know if it can be established for sure what I say about the deteriorating size of a thetan is a curve, but I believe it to be, and that the composite track of 74 trillion years might be the banks of cells which you now have, which once ran bodies. And you might have a rather brief tenure on the track really. Because it would be almost impossible to separate these things. And that’s why you couldn’t give a damn whether you have a past life or not. It just doesn’t matter. The point is you’ve got a future one.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 12, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“We audit beings, the thetan. Even if it has two different bodies in different planets, the being is the same. So we are facing here the tech necessary to audit the being when it has two or 10 bodies running simultaneously. Do you know the steps necessary to do that? Does the Church of Scientology have that tech? Does Freezone or Ron’s Org? Does the other LRH in the other planet?”


Random Howdy

“Burroughs thought that psychedelics could help him break his junk addiction, but he also thought the same thing about Scientology.”


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


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?



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[FOUR years ago] A great peek into how Scientology uses fronts to love-bomb a public official
[FIVE years ago] Monday Funnies: More evidence that Scientology is gearing up for a really tough 2015
[SIX years ago] Gary Weber: Another former Scientology official talks about women forced to have abortions
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology, Winning! We Hear from the Church’s #1 Student


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,815 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,319 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,839 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 859 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 750 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,057 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,925 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,699 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,473 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,819 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,385 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,304 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,472 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,053 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,314 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,352 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,065 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,590 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,117 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,680 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,820 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,140 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,996 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,115 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,470 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,773 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,879 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,281 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,153 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,736 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,231 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,485 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,594 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 12, 2020 at 07:00

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