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Half-million dollar man: Scientology donor gives pep talk in leaked video

[Paul Seymor, third from right, earned Patron Meritorious in 2016]

Paul Seymour is one of Scientology’s leading donors. We haven’t seen him receive a new trophy for donations to the IAS since 2016 when he earned reached the level of Patrons Meritorious for donations of over $250,000. He has since moved up to Silver Meritorious at the $500,000 level. It’s a lesson for whale watchers that just because a donor doesn’t have new hardware to show off every year they haven’t necessarily left Scientology.

Why do Scientology’s whales donate so much money? We have video of Seymour himself from an IAS fundraiser to explain his passion to you.

Seymour’s latest cause is the distribution of the Stay Well series of booklets that explain precautions to take during the coronavirus pandemic. As Seymour explains, Scientology always has a new cause requiring immediate donations. The pandemic has been very good for Scientology fundraising efforts. Creating ‘Ideal Orgs’ still brings in a lot of money, but on top of that they are presenting themselves to the membership as the only force providing help during this crisis.



I want in on this party a little bit. First of all, Jeremy, it’s awesome to see you. It’s been a while. It’s been a while seeing all our friends. So everybody out there we haven’t seen here or there it is really great to feel you and to actually be in your space right now. You know it’s interesting because we talked about the physical space, the physical distance that goes on. We all know the dispersal, the distancing, the out of communication that’s kind of going on. Yet on the one hand there’s less ARC in terms of physical space than we’ve all had and it’s really frustrating and it’s like we’re all trying to kind of work through that a little bit.

But the irony is the reality. If you think about the reality right now on the planet. It’s probably the most universal shared reality that’s probably been around literally that I can remember. Where everybody is looking for help, they’re looking for stability for sure, and they’re looking for competence. They’re looking for competence with what is happening with this situation and that’s where we come in. That’s where we’re doing what we’re doing and a little bit behind the scenes right now.

Kind of like a good thetan we’re kind of behind the planet a little bit and we’re in a room like this. They may certainly not know we’re here but we’re doing a great job for everybody. And so if you get down and think wow we’re a little dispersed remember the R is as high as it’s ever been planet-wide. Don’t doubt that at all. And what we need to do is just continue to put some C in there. Just to put a little more communication out there. The Stay Well packages, The Way to Happiness. Whether that be Criminon — all of the IAS campaigns, all the things we’re doing is the communication and both of them start rising, the planet will start to kind of come out of this thing. And so I just wanted to kind of share that. We’re doing it — we’re doing it big time and it’s working. I see it all of the time in my job, and I deal with thousands of people in my job.

I got thinking about something else. Jeremy, you and I have certainly said this before — the time is now. How many times have we said the time is now? And you know what? Each time it was actually true, it was very true. Whether it be handling the Germany situation at one point, or Ideal Orgs, like let’s get this going let’s get it open right now. The time really is now. There’s less veneer now than there’s ever been. People know something has to be done, they want us to be moving through this situation.

I just say as you look at the IAS, as you look at tonight, as we’re all playing these games, to take that viewpoint on this thing. To take the viewpoint of like we have to do this right now. We have to flood the world with communication. With theta and with, frankly, competent theta. Theta that not only goes in as theta but brings in a level of competence that only led by LRH and COB and all of us there’s a level of theta that goes in that says wow, this is really a solution, this is really helping.

You know having spent time with many folks in Denver as many of you did handing out thousands and thousands of Stay Well booklets, right? That was a gift that was an absolute gift to get out and do that and to go to businesses, to go to people – people on the street were asking for it even though we were pursuing businesses. But to go do that, to actually bring that to people actually pierced the veil like it broke through something that was a little funk they were in, that somebody was actually communicating that somebody was actually bringing something that was an answer to this.

And having seen that I personally doubled down that’s it — we have got to keep on doing this. Because it can feel now with the dispersal — are we really getting there? It’s totally making a difference. And things are moving in the right direction. We know more about intention and we know more about communication probably than anybody. And right now it’s going to take our intention — physically there or not physically there — and our energy and our support of the IAS. We can do this thing to actually bring that intention that says we’re blowing through this thing and there is no looking back. I just wanted to share these words as a Silver Patron.

Despite the thousands of Stay Well booklets distributed, the U.S. is still recording more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus each day. Globally there are over 250,000 new cases per day. Scientology is obsessed with statistics, and the stats are continuing to get worse as the pandemic is exploding in India and South America, despite the leadership of LRH and COB.

— Rod Keller


Source Code

“You all dead today — I mean, all alive today? Twenty-third, huh? 23 August, AD 11. Well, I’m glad you made it. I didn’t think you’d ever get to August the 23rd. Back there in the Roman Empire I was damn sure you wouldn’t get here! And I remember one space-opera society when I didn’t think it was very probable that you’d make it. I remember standing there at the edge of the spaceport as the battle planes took off, and I said, ‘Well, they won’t make it.’ I knew, you see, I knew the high command hadn’t given you any ammunition.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 23, 1961



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Scientology is a very exact thing. It has no room for different interpretations, it was researched based solely in its workability by a man with an incredible background in science, mathematics, history, philosophy, etc. A research route was followed that resulted in a workable technology that works 100 percent, all times. It has been tested time after time. Many Scientologists are looking for answers who have been overwhelmed by false data from ‘Authorities’ from the Church. By applying to them 100 percent on Source supervisor tech, their confusions will be handled. Long dissertations and ‘explanations’ on top of false data and M/Us just won’t do.”


Random Howdy

“Scientology is like doing acid minus the fun.”


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. Plaintiffs granted permission to file changes to amended complaint by Sept 4.


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] Scientology’s obsession with kids and sex? Nick Lister has the receipts.
[TWO years ago] Why Colombia’s military was fertile territory for Scientology — and one general’s stunning role
[THREE years ago] Scientology shows no sign of slowing down its use of religious visas for foreign labor
[FOUR years ago] Maybe the worst thing about Scientology: It turns you into L. Ron Hubbard
[FIVE years ago] Chill EB joins the Sea Org — well, long enough to wish a happy birthday!
[SIX years ago] Jon Atack: How Scientology’s methods of manipulation stay with you after you leave
[SEVEN years ago] PR Director of Scientology’s Las Vegas Celebrity Center Arrested in Plot to Assassinate a Cop
[EIGHT years ago] (2012’s) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 17-20
[NINE years ago] Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology: ‘The Print Reviews Have Been Really Positive’


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 2,038 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,542 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,062 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,082 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 973 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,280 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,148 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,922 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,726 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,042 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,608 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,527 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,695 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,276 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,537 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,575 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,288 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,813 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,343 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,903 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,043 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,363 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,218 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,337 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,693 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,996 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,102 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,504 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,376 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,959 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,454 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,708 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,817 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 23, 2020 at 07:00

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