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Scientologists are convinced that they can rescue the planet from deadly pandemic

 
We often say that what Scientology offers which appeals to the small percentage of people who become involved in it is this: Certainty.

Whatever the uncertainties in your life, Scientology claims that it has tried-and-true answers discovered by founder L. Ron Hubbard, and that any upset in your life can be solved if you just apply Hubbard’s “technology” in the ways he intended.

Well, in the extremely uncertain times we all find ourselves in now, we’re seeing Scientologists fall back on that premise — that they have the answers for any contingency and in fact are better prepared for this emergency than anyone, even as their orgs are mostly closed and, like most everyone else, they are stuck at home waiting out the health crisis.

“It is very real to me that it is the Scientologists that are keeping this whole worldwide situation from being any worse than it is,” said one church member in an evidence-free proclamation to her cohort yesterday. (We have that one for you below.)

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But first, we wanted to provide yet more evidence that while many of the “Ideal Orgs” are closed to the public, at the “Advanced Orgs” in Los Angeles and Florida upper level auditing is still going on, and high-paying “Operating Thetan” Scientologists have not gone home.

Here’s one such paying customer in Los Angeles, talking about how she is not about to give up her progress on “The Bridge”…

 

 
Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw assured the Tampa Bay Times that thorough decontamination protocols are in place at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, but as reporter Tracey McManus pointed out, that doesn’t really address the issue of human interaction that goes on in Scientology processing…

Scientology has not halted the practices that have parishioners and staff interacting in person. Paid services are one of the primary sources of income for the organization, and the system is kept functioning by the full-time Sea Org.

And even worse, Scientology’s certainty about its own know-how is producing a badly conceived program that involves sending teams into the public to hand out “hygiene kits” door to door.

In the photo at the top of the page, Florida Volunteer Ministers prepare the kits, this time at least wearing gloves and masks. But that wasn’t the case in another series of photos we found, posted by Scientologists in Ontario who boasted that they had handed out 1,800 “Truth About Drugs” packages with the new hygiene booklet…

 

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Meanwhile, in Hungary, actress Timea Vojtilla gushed “We have endless opportunities to create!” in a country that just handed dictator powers to authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban…

 

 
Be prepared to rocket up the Bridge as soon as this crisis is over!

 

 
Dale has a theta-tastic vision of the future!

 

 
Here’s today’s dose of Scientology child abuse…

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Can you do the Purification Rundown — the quack sauna-and-vitamins regimen that takes a month or two — without leaving your own house? Hm.

 

 
And in case you didn’t see this last night…

 

 
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Source Code

“OK, and this is the 1st of April 1954, little more on simple procedures, basics. The problem which the auditor faces is a very simple problem. That’s what makes it so difficult. He has a human being who is out of present time. Ordinarily this is the target of the auditor, although you can use auditing on cats, dogs and horses, and so forth. As a matter of fact, I was auditing a horse the other day. Got him into present time, too. It’s very easy to audit a horse. All you make him do is reach for you and you retreat until he feels good and dangerous. And his spirits will come up and he’ll be in present time enough to be rid.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 1, 1954

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Overheard in the FreeZone

“Membership figures in the Freezone — just like in the Church — have been dropping for decades so that the next generation is expected to be nothing but extravagant buildings owned and controlled by US government agencies like CST and RTC in order to increase illegal earnings of controlled intelligence non-governmental organizations (NGOs)….In the west, however, a toothless Scientology — which no longer audits effectively, thus leaving the reactive mind untouched, and no longer produces real Clears and OTs, but instead studies theory (‘The BASICS’) for the most part or, as in the Freezone, replaces the auditor’s training with ‘discussions about Scientology’s aspects in news groups’ — serves a similar purpose as the Freemasons’ lodges centuries ago: a reservoir for critical spirits, free thinkers and intelligent freedom fighters controlled by secret service circles.”

 
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Random Howdy

“Better to be pissed off than pissed on.”

 
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Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for June 17
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: April 22 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), June (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), June (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.

 
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Start making your plans…

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

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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Sword-wielding, Bentley-driving man killed by police at Scientology org identified
[TWO years ago] Scientologists are trying to convince each other that the new TV network is a roaring success
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s spies: L. Ron Hubbard’s twisted legacy that proved his sickness
[FOUR years ago] Augustine: One weird trick every Scientologist needs to learn for real ‘total freedom’
[FIVE years ago] CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SCIENTOLOGY DRUG REHABS IN CALIFORNIA
[SIX years ago] Hey, you guys, the new Scientology E-meter is a hit!
[SEVEN years ago] LEAK: Narconon’s Legal Affairs Director Admits No Scientific Basis for Advertised Success Rates
[EIGHT years ago] Sunday Funnies: LRH Gets an Answer from Tricky Dick!

 
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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 1,894 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,398 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,918 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 938 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 829 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,136 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,004 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,778 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,552 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,898 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,464 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,383 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,551 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,132 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,393 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,431 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,144 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,669 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,199 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,759 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,899 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,219 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,074 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,194 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,549 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,852 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,958 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,360 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,232 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,815 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,310 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,564 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,673 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 1, 2020 at 07:00

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