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VIDEO: Portland unrest inspires $250,000 donation from Scientology lifer

If you haven’t been paying attention to the news in the U.S. you might not be aware of the clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and police in Portland, Oregon. It’s been a sometimes bloody street fight with protesters hurling rocks, eggs, and paint, while police attempt to take back control wearing riot gear and firing tear gas. The Scientology org is about eight blocks from the epicenter of the violence at the U.S. Courthouse. It’s close enough to smell the smoke from street fires and to feel the burning in the throat that tear gas can bring.

Scientologist and Patron Meritorious Adi Klevit described her experience driving though the area, which has strengthened her resolve to donate more money to Scientology. It’s an article of faith among members that only Scientology can address the problems of war, crime, and civil unrest. The mechanism by which such a small number of Scientologists can resolve civil unrest is never explained, but it’s certainly expensive. A crisis such as this can be a big boost for fundraising as Scientologists feel restoring peace and calm can only be achieved through their donations. This video came to us from a recent web-based fundraiser for the International Association of Scientologists, which raised millions of dollars for the organization.



I just want to tell you what we’re going to do but first of all I’m going to tell you why, right? So my husband Ben is the PS (Public Secretary) of the Portland org works with Jeremy and he’s been on staff for 28 years. I’m OT 8, and OT Ambassador. And we recently did our Patron Meritorious [$250,000 in donations] in the middle of this whole insanity when it totally didn’t make any sense whatsoever and since then we’ve been making more contributions because it is so needed. I want to tell you a story. About a week ago my son who is also on staff almost five years at the Portland org. He’s a reg there. I live in [?] which is about 10 minutes from downtown Portland but it’s a very nice suburb — social veneers, super sick, you wouldn’t even think that anything would happen.

I don’t go downtown anymore. I work from home. I can work from home for my business. And a week ago I had to go somewhere so my son said “let’s drive through downtown” and I said “I don’t want to drive through downtown Portland.” And he goes “no, Mom, I want to show you what my life has been for the last 80 days. Just confront it, don’t resist it, just confront it.” OK, I can take that advice. Don’t you just love it when your kids put your ethics in and tell you like OK. I can go do that.

So he drives me on Third Avenue and the org is on Third Avenue then there’s the north part and there is the south part. Basically three blocks before, three blocks after and I said I’m not going to resist, I’m just going to look. And I looked, and I haven’t been in downtown since March, since the shutdown, right? I just confronted it and I looked and I’m not going to share with you what I saw. So for all of you that live in downtown Portland I definitely suggest that you do that drill. And if you ever want to get a lot of mass on the data that you learn in the PTS/SP course you can just see it right there.

But you know what my cognition was? Just as I was driving almost to the org on the north part and next to your favorite coffee shop, Jackson, there in Stumptown. My cognition was that my responsibility is to continue to support the IAS and continue to donate to the IAS because that is the only solution. This is the fourth dynamic — we are the IAS and I have total certainty that COB has the correct strategy, the correct plan and we completely have to back him up with the energy and flowing energy in that direction.

And it was definitely confront of evil, and that’s what we did. That’s what we need to continue doing — to continue to flow power to the power that we depend on. You know, we’re all on extension courses, we’re doing our Golden Age of Knowledge, this is the data from LRH, this is what we’re applying and Ben and I realized we can just continue to create, and it’s exactly what Jeremy said. It might not be comfortable, but if we have to change that operating basis, we’re going to do that. That’s why we definitely pledge to our next status and we’re working on it and we’re making flows towards it…Tonight what we’re going to do is each of us, Ben, Daniel and myself is going to do $8,008 so a total of $24,024.

The donation amount is a nod to the book Scientology 8-8008 by L. Ron Hubbard. The number represents the apparent reduction of the physical universe from infinity (the number 8 turned sideways) to 0 and the increase of one’s own apparent universe from 0 to infinity.

— Rod Keller


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Source Code

“If it isn’t written it isn’t true. The only orders that affect transfers, functions, programs in an org must be issued as Executive Directives, OODs or FSOs or FBDLs or AIDES ORDERS, CBOs or FOs to be legal…Therefore if anyone tells you to change post or duties or that a function is changed on the Org Bd and cannot show it to you in a policy letter or FO or CBO, it is not true. Furthermore to follow such an unwritten or illegal order is to risk a Comm Ev for accepting illegal orders. It would be just as bad to follow an order to violate an HCOB and run some upsetting process. The reason is very plain. Policy, followed, results in a productive, comfortable post and policy not followed with verbal orders only in effect makes a cat’s dinner.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 16, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Have been visiting three Church of Scientology places around Copenhagen over the last few days. All of them dramatize the Corona Insanity. All staff go around inside and outside with masks and gloves. When we walked into one place we were told we would be given masks and gloves, which we refused. Then they refused entry. The receptionist said that all Churches of Scientology internationally had the same rules.”



Random Howdy

“That’s it, I’m joining Scientology tomorrow.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Motion for reconsideration denied on August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
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, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


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] Here’s the lawsuit against Scientology and Danny Masterson. Let’s dive into it.
[TWO years ago] Stanley Clarke turns out to be as deep into Scientology as we feared, all these years later
[THREE years ago] Mirriam & Saina from ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ — The LAPD has let us down
[FOUR years ago] In 1951, L. Ron Hubbard’s fellow SF writers debated him about ‘badly-written’ Dianetics
[FIVE years ago] Passion of the Heist: The Scientology hucksters who have made this summer unforgettable
[SIX years ago] After a year’s delay, Mary Sue Hubbard’s house is on the market for $2.5 million
[SEVEN years ago] Scientologists Say the Darndest Things In Their Disconnection Letters
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Oklahoma Nemesis, Bob Lobsinger: “They Lied Every Step of the Way”
[NINE years ago] Ed Bryan, OT VIII, Demonstrates the Power of Scientology’s Highest Levels


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 2,031 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,535 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,055 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,075 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 966 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,273 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,141 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,915 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,719 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,035 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,601 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,520 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,688 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,269 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,530 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,568 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,281 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,806 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,336 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,896 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,036 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,356 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,211 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,330 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,686 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,989 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,095 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,497 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,369 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,952 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,447 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,701 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,810 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 16, 2020 at 07:00

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