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A look inside a Scientology org as it prepares to reopen for the public

 
We have another dispatch from the folks at the Dublin org, who are just bursting to re-open the facility and welcome everyone back.

We’re thrilled that a tipster has been alerting us to these Dublin reports, which give us a pretty good snapshot of what’s going on at Scientology orgs right now. Most of the orgs, like in Dublin, are shut down except for a skeleton crew that is living on the premises. But they’re itching to re-open, because begging the few remaining Scientologists to keep on with extension courses doesn’t bring in the income they’re used to.

And while Scientologists are sharing all of the things you’d expect in various social media settings — conspiratorial memes denouncing Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx and calling the coronavirus a hoax — publicly they are celebrating the “sanitation” PR effort to make it look like Scientology is actually part of the pandemic solution.

But some media, at least, isn’t fooled, which Tracey McManus at the Tampa Bay Times proved with her story about “Stay Well” pamphlets making their way into school lunches in Clearwater, or a new story in Australia about pamphlets being dropped off at a Woolworths store.

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But you can bet that Scientology is going to keep pushing with the idea that it wants to decontaminate the world with spray solutions, while privately they’re assuring each other it’s all hysteria.

So here’s the Dublin report…

NEWS FROM OUR TEAM
Church of Scientology & Community Centre of Dublin

Hello, everyone – friends, followers, students, parishioners, visitors, performers, guests … i.e. our extended family @home!

We hope that you are all staying well, staying healthy, busy and in good spirits.

We thought we would let you know what we have been up to over the past few weeks.

Our Church & Community Centre is closed for the moment due to the circumstances and our team is working from home, like many people in the world right now… A few of us are living on the premises in Firhouse so we can take care of the building and the grounds (which are very beautiful at this time of the year but really not the same without you…).

But despite the strange situation, we have done some really cool things in the last few weeks to prepare for opening again and we thought we’d let you know!

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE

We are using a military grade hydrogen-peroxide-based decontamination product (Decon7) to disinfect and sanitise all of our community centre premises. D7 is a US product, tested to kill a multitude of viruses including Coronavirus on hard surfaces and textiles for up to 7 hours. D7 has been used in hospitals in China in recent months to fight the pandemic.

 

 

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All of our spaces – from the 1,000-seat Auditorium to the air-conditioning units – have been completely sanitised with D7 and meticulously cleaned.

You have never seen the auditorium so sparkling clean, bursting fresh and ready for your community events, dance classes, Fèiseanna, competitions, fundraisers, movie showings, family fun days and more. We are really looking forward to this!!!!

THE PITCH

For all sports fans, the pitch is taken care of. It is looking great and is well rested after the extended break.

 

 
It is being kept in perfect condition and is more than ready for your next trainings and games once these can be held again!

OUR COURSES @HOME

As you know, in addition to holding community events, we normally also run courses 7 days a week, covering subjects like overcoming negativity, life improvement, communication skills, etc.

As our course rooms are closed currently, we had to adjust our lives and focus on delivering a wide range of extension courses which people can do from home…

The book of their choice is sent to them along with a home study course pack which takes them through the book, chapter by chapter, with short study exercises. As a lesson is completed it is sent in by e-mail to be graded. When all lessons for a book (usually around 20-25) are completed and verified, the person gets their certificate by post!

In the last five weeks we have received over 2,000 lessons which has kept us busy and happy to help!

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS

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Last Saturday we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the book release of Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health, published originally on May 9th, 1950 by author and philosopher Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. Instead of a big party, as we would have done, we had to limit the celebrations to symbolic actions and online interaction due to the current circumstances.

 

 
And so, a group of enthusiasts built a large “70” with copies of the Dianetics book, while talented artist and dedicated volunteer Adrienn hand painted a book-shaped cake for the occasion.

 

 
For those of you who don’t know, Dianetics (from Greek dia – through and nous – mind or soul) is the product of twelve years of independent research into the field of the mind by Mr. Hubbard. The book centres on the power of thought and of the human mind. It remained a New York Times best seller for 26 consecutive weeks upon its publication in 1950.

DID YOU KNOW that the Irish are the world’s most curious nation when it comes to Dianetics?

According to Google Trends, as of this 70th anniversary, IRELAND (of course, who else?!) is the number one country in the world with the highest percentage of online searches for “Dianetics” over the past 12 months, making it the world’s most curious nation about the subject.

HELP LOCALLY

We reached out to a local nursing home to deliver PPE for their residents and have another ongoing fundraiser for another local nursing home as well.

 

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Please, like and share our post here and if you can please also donate, no donation is too small! All help is appreciated.

STAY WELL CAMPAIGN

As you might have seen already, we launched a Stay Well Online Prevention Resource Centre which is now available in 20 languages, including Irish.
Our motto at this time: “Is fiú tonna leighis unsa coisc” or “An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure”.

The Resource Centre features downloadable booklets and videos which include animated demonstrations of why social distancing, washing your hands and sanitising surfaces is key to stopping the spread of diseases. But they also detail what are viruses, bacteria and give basic knowledge in a manner which is easy to grasp for all ages.

We can also provide you with those booklets hard copy if you would like to have for your friends, family and/or customers when you are ready to re-open. Just write to us and tell us how many you would need.

10M VIEWS

Some 3 weeks ago a number of international artists gathered – online – to create an uplifting song called “Spread a Smile”. Released by Scientology Media Productions, the song hit 10M views on YouTube in 3 weeks!!

If you haven’t listened to it yet, please listen, smile and dance:

NEW SERIES

Another new release – this time on our TV channel Scientology Network. The new series “Scientologists @home” feature daily new short videos from people around the world who share their experience during these interesting times…

Some of our Scientologists in Ireland have also made and sent their videos and will be featured soon! Follow the series to catch the ones from Ireland.

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In the meantime we wanted to share the story of Claude and Noah – Scientologists who do Hip Hop dance & choreography. Check out and try their latest routine here:

HELP LINE

Last but not least, even though our building is physically closed, we are here to help! If you need any help or know someone in need of help, don’t hesitate to call us – our phone lines are manned every day 9am-10pm and we have volunteers standing by to talk to anyone!

Stay well, guys!

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

When Scientology goes for a PR campaign, they go big. “Stay Well” pamphlets stacked up in Canada…

 

 

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Another Scientologist chiropractor to add to the list…

 

 
As our tipster points out, how many parents suddenly homeschooling their kids will realize these free online classes are connected to Scientology?

 

 
Ooh, a concert!

 

 
Actress Timea Vojtilla has quite a stash!

 

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Mirit needs your help! “I painted this without naming her, so I decided to have a naming contest! Any suggestions?”

 

 
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Source Code

“You ever been on the Pacific Ocean? You look an awful long distance on the Pacific Ocean and you’ll find space, you know. The speculative horizon is like that. It’s way out, man. Boy, I mean we’ve collided with data which is highly debatable as to whether it will be popular or unpopular. And I’m afraid I have to go along with the first foundation decision I made, back in 1950 when they had that board meeting and told me I wasn’t to research on any more past lives. I don’t think they ever did get that end of the building back together again. The bricks are still cracked. And I said, well, psychology and other activities in the field of the mind have always had a large eye on popularity. And they would actually throw away materials which didn’t agree with things. They’d throw away the things which didn’t agree. And that’s why they’ve not come up with any answers. They consult this thing of the popularity of a datum, the acceptability of a datum and have therefore compromised truth. So you either accept truth or popularity.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 14, 1963

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“After the last session on ENERGY, an hour ago, I started working in the Physical Universe with OT IX technology and I am amazed at how it works. For the first time I stopped giving my dog verbal commands. Just telepathically and it works much better. I have the perception of the flow of energy coming in, how it interacts and how it translates into action. Then I started to ‘see’ the energy that makes up the bodies of the people I meet.”

 
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Random Howdy

“The FDA could have busted Scientology a thousand times over for medical fraud if they simply sent in undercover agents wired for sound and vision to sign up for courses. Scientology registrars will promise any and all medical cures as long as you show them the money. The government is an ass.”

 
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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 October 7 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 August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
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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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

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] Why the quarantine is such a fail: Scientology ship was set up as an interrogation factory
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s reclusive ‘president,’ 82-year-old Heber Jentzsch, tells a niece he’s doing fine
[THREE years ago] With its Mexico City project halted, Scientology fans out across town to promote its pablum
[FOUR years ago] Ron Miscavige shakes off Scientology smears, rockets to #1 in ebooks
[FIVE years ago] Guest post: Five extreme examples of hypocrisy in Scientology’s ‘Freedom’ magazine
[SIX years ago] Falling death of a Russian Scientologist in Clearwater: The police investigation
[SEVEN years ago] How to Confront and Shatter Suppression, Scientology Style!
[EIGHT years ago] Lisa Marie Presley Removes All Mention of Scientology From Her Official Website
[TWELVE years ago] Jason Beghe to Scientology Mouthpiece Tommy Davis: ‘You’re Losing Your Soul’

 
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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 1,937 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,441 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,961 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 981 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 872 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,179 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,047 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,821 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,595 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,941 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,507 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,426 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,594 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,175 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,436 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,474 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,187 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,712 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,242 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,802 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,942 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,262 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,117 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,237 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,592 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,895 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,001 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,403 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,275 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,858 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,353 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,607 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,716 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 14, 2020 at 07:00

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