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Scientology million-dollar donor on COVID-19: ‘Healthy people don’t get sick’

For years we’ve kept tabs on Jim Mathers, a particularly high-energy Scientology gladhander, OT 8 parishioner, Gold Meritorious donor ($1 million) and all around globetrotting ambassador for Hubbardism.

An energy-industry huckster in Scientology’s WISE business-consulting front, Mathers is used by the church for barnstorming missions around the world, promising riches to folks if they’ll just commit themselves to Scientology and its business models.

And like so many other Scientologists, he promotes the idea that a massive intake of vitamins can provide a bulwark against just about any malady. Including, it turns out, coronavirus.

In a new video he put together for the multi-level marketing company Nu Skin, he starts out by making light of the pandemic…



“Hey, I heard if I can’t see the virus, it can’t find me.”


“Does this really work?”

Then he puts away the gags and gets to the point…

“Some people are really freaking out about the coronavirus, but listen guys, there is one thing that you can see for yourself, observe for yourself, and look at and find out it’s true for you, is that healthy people don’t get sick.”

He then goes on to make a pitch for Nu Skin “nanotechnology” and how you can join him in becoming a millionaire selling the stuff, in typical MLM fashion.

And here’s the tag line he posted on Instagram with the video:

“If you’re worried about the coronavirus here’s the truth: healthy people don’t get sick. For the past 7-8 years, I’ve been taking #nuskin vitamins and not only do I feel and look younger and healthier, I never get sick.”

What is it about Scientology that makes these people so clueless about how viruses work?


At least at this point many Scientologists have gotten the message and are staying home. And they continue to post photos of themselves dutifully studying the books of L. Ron Hubbard in their isolation…


But even with most of the orgs closed, Scientologists can’t help themselves, looking for opportunities to infect the public with Scientology propaganda. In this case, inserting Scientology’s ‘The Way to Happiness’ pamphlet in ‘baskets of peace’ put together by a couple of other local nonprofits…


We’ll say it again: Beware Scientologists bearing gifts. Or vitamins.



Source Code

“You will be seeing a lot of this org board. And I’m merely pointing out to you about this, that there is something about it to understand. The first is that the org board does not change regardless of the size of the organization. It may get longer at the bottom, but it doesn’t change in its significant characteristics, departments, divisions or anything else. They remain constant, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a Class Zero Org consisting of three guys trying to lift their heads up off the pavement as an organization, or an organization of 200,000 staff members, it would be the same org board. And I know that startles you, but I almost told you the real figure: two billion. This board has a lot of back history, and it is a refined board. And I may as well tell you the truth here amongst us girls. This is a refined board that I spoke to you about in an earlier lecture of an old galactic civilization. And you say what’s that doing amongst us? Well, we applied Scientology to it, and found out why the civilization eventually failed. They lacked a couple of departments and that was enough to mess it all up. And they only lasted eighty trillion. We’ll be going a lot longer than that, so we want to get something substantial. We don’t want these temporary fly-by-night affairs, you know.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 6, 1965


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The Matrix responds to your thoughts. You decide where this pandemic is going to go. You are not powerless, your attitude and thoughts create the movie of your life. You are navigating your way through parallel universes, why not visit the nice ones?”


Random Howdy

“Scientology ‘the religion’ is still engaged in medical fraud and could be charged as such if politicians in general had any balls or morals.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was 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 and Danny Masterson: April 22 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), May 1 (Masterson new demurrer due), July 24 (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.


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

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

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] Paulette Cooper’s ‘Scandal of Scientology’: The book that made Miss Lovely a target
[TWO years ago] Is Scientology really any different than other ‘churches’? Oh, you bet. Here’s one example.
[THREE years ago] Scientology disconnection: A toxic policy that punishes innocent people every day of the week
[FOUR years ago] Lucia Ribisi ditches Scientology and says of famous dad Giovanni: ‘He’s questioned it’
[FIVE years ago] Mike Rowe uses Facebook to rip Scientology over the treatment of his friend Spanky Taylor
[SIX years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Sydney nears its big day, and Silicon Valley is in high gear!
[SEVEN years ago] Reporter Sues Scientology’s Drug Rehab Facility, Alleges She Witnessed Sex for Drugs
[EIGHT years ago] Nancy Cartwright and Karen Black Announced For ‘Writers of the Future’ Gala — a Direct Response to the Voice?


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 1,899 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,403 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,923 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 943 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 834 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,141 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,009 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,783 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,557 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,903 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,469 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,388 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,556 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,137 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,398 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,436 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,149 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,674 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,204 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,764 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,904 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,224 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,079 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,199 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,554 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,857 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,963 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,365 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,237 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,820 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,315 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,569 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,678 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 6, 2020 at 07:00

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