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February 2, 2018 By Mike Rinder 63 Comments
Bill H says
February 3, 2018 at 7:31 am
To think that one of the reasons the Protestants revolted against Rome was that the Bible was written in a foreign tongue, and meanwhile LRH and his disciples have created a language of their own to keep the congregants in the dark. Reading these weekly, as well as reading and watching, all I can think is “doubleplusgood” when I hear some of the Cult’s language. I’m glad you all got out!
February 3, 2018 at 2:20 am
Mr. Gepetto’s left hand puppet was found by the guards after a failed attempt to escape by climbing over the perimeter fence. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your outlook) the razor wire at the top snagged on two of the strings and the puppet was founding hanging on the outside. Mr. Gepetto and the other puppet are to be sec checked and the offending puppet will be sent to the Realignment of Puppet Thought Force for an unknown period of time.
Until the puppet returns Mr. Gepetto will have to find something else to do with his left hand.
February 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm
RB, you have the lingo so DOWN.
Back in the day I was given not a few smug mini-lectures from Sea Org females, ranging in age from 16 to 60, about what I “needed” to do.
The actions or items would change but the conviction never varied. They ALWAYS, ALWAYS ALWAYS knew EXACTLY what I needed to do!
After a while, it dawned on me what a remarkable coincidence was continually reoccurring! It almost never failed, and this is what it was:
At any given time, whatever I absolutely needed to do or buy would be exactly what they needed to get done or sold by Thursday at 2PM!
Amazing how my “needs” and their needs were ALWAYS so closely aligned!
Lastly, I love how you had “Emily” sass back that pedantic Sea Org prig who was totally unqualified to dispense maternal advice. Really, a cat would make a better mother than this human creature.
February 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm
It always seems to me that Scientology has ” disconnected itself from reality ” through the psychotic rantings of there so called leader while waiting for LRH to somehow miraculously raise himself from the dead like a long awaited messiah .
I believe a psychologist friend of mine puts it very well in saying that Scientology is nothing more than a ” psychotic self supporting delusion ” , Delusional in fact that separating family members including children is for their own good and that of the so called church .
Now we have a children’s puppet show ( or should we say a Muppet show ) trying to push the Scientology line , how ironic , what,s next ? , do we rename Miscavage Fozzy Bear or maybe Statler or Waldorf is more appropriate .
February 3, 2018 at 2:06 am
Tom Cruise *must* be Dr. Teeth and the Church : The Electric Mayhem!
Wtf? I want to join Sc1ent0L0gy now!
February 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm
Love it !! , Who do we have as Miss Piggy ?
February 4, 2018 at 1:30 am
I Yawnalot says
February 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm
Scientology math – always points towards zero.
Zero money, zero friends, zero kids & family, zero sanity, it’s just a whole bunch of zeros with really ugly consequences.
Good one, once again RB.
John Doe says
February 3, 2018 at 3:36 am
Good point. I would also add zero personal time to follow one’s own interests.
February 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm
So is this the new Scientology Super Bowl commercial?
Want to totally disconnect from all your family and friends? Join Scientology today! Become a staff member or join our sea org, and you’ll never have to deal with pesky family ever again!
How much would Emily have to pay for ethics handlings for what she said in that last panel?
CMO Lost says
February 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm
Or if you do leave, never mention the fiasco again or suddenly your friends & family are “frienemies”. Left the CMO in early 80’s before DM got really scary (though he scared the *hit out of me enough then to leave). And there is so much more to Shelly’s story ☹️
February 3, 2018 at 1:21 am
February 3, 2018 at 3:38 am
And there is so much more to Shelly’s story ☹️
Please! Do tell!
February 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm
CMO, regarding Shelley, please speak up. We can not forget her, and that dickhead Miscavige MUST pay for what he has done to her. All of us who look in the mirror every day owe it to ourselves to do what is right.
When I see Tom Cruise, I think, “Where is Shelley?”
When I see Jennifer Elfman, I think, “Where is Shelley?”
When I see the Simpsons’ Bart face all over shitty merchandise, I think, “Where is Shelley?”
When I see the Kirstie Alley repulsive tweets, I think, “Where is Shelley?”
All of these people have aided and abetted a serious crime, either willingly or with disinterested complacency.
I saw the Graham Norton talk show the other day and was absolutely disgusted with the yukking it up with that jerk Tom Cruise, and how Cruise kept putting his hand on that actress’s knee.
Well some of us won’t be silent.
Golden Era Parachute says
February 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm
Super Bowl commercial, right……..
How to turn the 50’s dusty book club group into a 21st century hipster trend? A commercial. Advertise to pizza and wing eating sports fans. Makes logical sense for A -> B, or just grasping at straws?
Yet, they are hoping that nobody will remember: #AFTERMATH
Ver-Dawn Bywater says
February 2, 2018 at 12:36 pm
Scamologist, like it!
I don’t know how I got away with it, but I basically told the SO recruiters to f*ck off when they tried to recruit my 15 year old daughter while she was babysitting for the Senior CS in Miami. I also told the EO at my Mission to void the staff contract my wife had signed under the bullshit reason “so she could spend more time with me”. I was CS & Class V auditor for the mission and working 7 days per week, 12+ hour days. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can relate to the incessant stream of BS regarding joining SO or staff…..
john warnes says
February 2, 2018 at 11:45 am
Tony Ortega’s David Mayo blog today reminded me of one of the good guys I knew in the late 70’s…a unique, caring and brilliant guy….in the wrong group for the good he was trying to do….
February 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm
David Mayo was great! One of the best!
February 2, 2018 at 11:23 am
When I entered scn I had no background in science, religion or philosophy. Affinity – Reality – Communication – Understanding was a useful tool in understanding human interaction. Likewise a scale of emotions and the idea of body – mind – spirit, which not everyone accepts. For six or seven years I had faith in scn, but lucky for me it didn’t become blind faith.
February 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm
That’s an interesting viewpoint you’ve shared, Richard. “Faith”, as distinguished from “blind faith”. Really good.
February 3, 2018 at 8:04 am
My best friend is a realist and an atheist and we get along just fine. I’ll never convince him I got anything worthwhile from Scientology. If I mention anything about Scientology he worries I’m still stuck in it – haha
February 3, 2018 at 8:26 am
The idea of scn being my faith for a few years came from a debate I had with someone on Marty’s blog. He insisted that Elcon always said scn was a religion and I disagreed. After some back and forth I admitted that when I was a scn-ist I thought scn had all the answers to everything, so in effect it was my faith. I think he was satisfied with the compromise.
February 3, 2018 at 7:28 pm
I can relate. I never got into Scientology nor stayed in it because I thought of it as “my religion”. Just the opposite. It viewed it as a practice. Things I did.. Money was charged, and I paid. It was only towards the end when the religious angle started getting heavily emphasized, when I realized that in order to stay in I was expected to be a “churchie”, that I REALLY had to get out there and “save” people and the apoclyptic angle was being heavily and indefatigably emphasized, that my life was no longer my own and that I was becoming, if not already entirely OWNED when I said, “Whoa, I should probably leave”.
People who spout off about how we all have to do this or that NOW, IMMEDIATELY OR ELSE the world will end, or there’ll be another Dark Age or an Apocalypse or whatever the doom and death term might be are people who are, in my opinion, nuts.
And they’re out there, boy are they out there. I even know people who spouted off about the end of the world if Hillary Clinton got elected and now the world is now saved because she lost. Nut jobs. I’m sure there were and are people who believe the world is doomed because Trump was elected.
For whatever their reasons for predicting the end of the world, I avoid people like this whenever possible, so when Scientology started heavily pushing this bullshit to me it was just another wake up call.
February 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm
One Point Won says
February 2, 2018 at 11:13 am
Stunning post, RB — love your work!
michael Creger says
February 2, 2018 at 10:52 am
Agreed.. the life of a child is more than the Church
February 2, 2018 at 10:19 am
O/T Just heard about the passing of David Mayo. I think about that bright, caring soul every time I get a spine x-ray. Each Sea Org member had their own personal beacon that shown a light on the way out. For me he was also my escape hatch. I credit him for saving my life.
I almost died twice while crawling through the Scientology machine. The second while on Scientology’ prison camp, the RPF, on a pilot program, guinea pigs we were, calling the Running Program. Running around a pole in a remote spot of Griffith Park. Over and over and over and over and over. My back was already half broken and because of an undiagnoed medical condition, the extreme amounts of liquid calcium and that torture routine permanently damaged my back. Another month of it and I would have had a stroke.
I was so delerious I didn’t even notice the pain after a while. Survival mode kicked in and I remembered how I felt after finishing Mayo’s Happiness Rundown. His rundown. I was on a pilot for that too. It made me realize that no one could be happy, free or help anything in the Sea Org. I grieved, then felt the warmth and peace inside I had lost.
Now I know that David Mayo had been tortured too. Somehow I was given the impossible dream – a NOT’s auditor and C/S for my Routing Out ordeal. I had also been a test subject on Mayo’s NOT’s. I was out within a few months, not years. Unheard of at the time. Only later did I realize I was “allowed” to escape the monster because a) I’d been labelled “first dynamic oriented” due to suppresive acts like paying out of pocket food for my crew when even rice and beans were cut and b) some higher ups thought I was involved with David’s new indie group in Santa Barbara. I was not.
Mayo’s SP Declare was a catalyst for a mass awakening and exodus. Thousands of SO staff ran for the hills, ’83-84. I hope he knew how very many loved him for that. He taught me the only “tech” that really works, the only way to be really happy, is treating your fellow man and woman with kindness. Such a radical concept. RIP David Mayo
Mike Rinder says
February 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm
Interesting. I posted this in response to a comment on the Underground Bunker:
Hubbard’s advanced research into the whole track is what resulted in David Mayo’s punishment program of running around a tree. He wore a path like a sheep trail around that tree out behind MCI at Gold. The intent of the “Running Pgm” was to cure SP’s — which is why it was used on the RPF for many years.
Now it is SOLD to public as an “OT Rundown”… Scientology will sell literally anything, all they have to do is proclaim “this is from Hubbard’s research” or even better “whole track, OT research” and bingo, the suckers line up, pay their money and even write glowing “success stories” afterwards. It would be funny if one of those public wrote a success story “This rundown did the trick, I don’t think I am an SP any more”…
I am saddened to hear that David is no longer with us. I had many interactions with him over the years, including being the person from scientology that hammered out the final settlement with him and Julie, and he reached out to me after I had left.
My heart goes out to Julie and the rest of his family.
February 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm
Yes, Mike, Mayo’s Happiness Rundown began that whole exodus. I have seen Mat Pesch’s RPF notes. Mayo 12 hours, all he went through. For those who still say it wasn’t Hubbard, then please explain to me why every single Sea Org member, like David Mayo, was strapped with thousands of dollars of dental work after we emerged from our “keepers”. How many teeth do we have to lose before the FBI, ICE, and Family and Children Services deem those still in need a rescue?
I was at the Griffith Park RPF – at the time, 99% of all Execs And us rare OT SO members were all sitting cross legged on the cold linoleum floors at RPF musters. I didn’t even know about the Santa Barbara Center. I used to drive up their often when I was off Tours duty – must have been why Miscavige had his eye on me.
Hell, I didn’t even know who he was!
Mayo’s Declare though – I remember we quietly whispered how we had all just experienced an actual electrical shock that reverberated inward. I haven’t kept up on too much, but I am hoping you are seeing signs of a new mass exodus of Sea Org. That will be the last. Amen.
ps: Yes, many of us on that RPF “cognited” the only way out was the exit door because we were so bad 🙂
Len ZinbergScientology says
February 2, 2018 at 5:52 pm
I guess that once one has people endlessly running around a tree,
eventually they cognite that they can also run AWAY from it.
February 2, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Mr Hole wanted to say hi, Len. He says every time he hears someone say how they’d never fall for something as stupid as e-meters or running around poles, he sends them a UTube of people in mile long lines for the $$$$ Apple Store. Think I’ll keep him. 🙂
February 2, 2018 at 3:04 pm
Mike – I’m not surprised he reached out to you after you left. He struck me as a class act.
As a CS, the experiences I had with him were smooth. While CSing solo levels, when I wrote up technical outnesses in new or revised HCOBs (that he wrote with the LRH signature), he acknowledged my comm and I found the issues to be then be corrected. No ego, no make-wrong.
I hope his last years were very happy.
As a reminder, Mike: thank you to you and your family for stepping into the spotlight of danger and working in less than delightful circumstances to right the horrific wrongs of this organization.
February 3, 2018 at 7:34 am
Interesting Mike about the RP for curing an SP. Prior to that Hubbtard said that doing OT 3 cured an SP
February 3, 2018 at 7:50 am
Power was supposed to be the only thing that cured an SP. he also said that about NOTs.
February 3, 2018 at 9:43 am
Right. It was Power. It was OT 3 to handle someone who left the S.O. and thus was a “degraded being”.
Hard to keep all the bulllshit he spewed straight.
February 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm
Always wondered about that gem of Hubbard’s wisdom. After much deliberation I could only assumed you would first have to handcuff and tie the SP to a chair, then connect the electrodes with screws. Put a pistol to their forehead, another to a knee cap and ask the process command with all sort of dire threats thrown in.
Geezers, if someone with an SP personality would ever voluntarily answer those or any commands??? Another Scientology contradiction in terms.
I do seem to recall I read somewhere where you could get information out of someone, example a terrorist, by taping the electrodes to them going through the alphabet or numbers to answer simple questions answered by emeter reactions. Once again the method to get a needle reaction would be similar in procedure to the above paragraph.
February 4, 2018 at 5:15 am
PlusI Yawn,what to do with an SP that is Clear or on OT levels?
February 5, 2018 at 3:04 am
Squeezing the trigger would save a lot of bother.
February 2, 2018 at 10:09 am
College is a bunch of bunk. Being on staff is the highest most laudable vocation in the universe. That’s why staff get paid the big bucks. RB great concise comic today!
CO$ Money Doc says
February 2, 2018 at 10:02 am
Ah the irony… “Puppet shows” and Scientology. Art imitating life RB??
Computer Guy says
February 2, 2018 at 9:24 am
What about Jimmy and Darlene’s dreams and goals?
Jimmy wants to be a rock star
Darlene….dreams to be a dancer
Scientology issues a pamphlet
“Achieve YOUR Goals”
They mail them out….
Baiting young people into “being deceived” that Scientology will HELP them achieve their goals.
Then they use high pressure tactics to guilt trip them into signing staff contracts and billion year Sea org contracts.
Very clever – L Ron Hubbard.
Scientology is a very precise science of
Bait and Switch!
February 2, 2018 at 10:29 am
Agreed. They are putting the 7th Dynamic above all others, so they believe your spiritual existence is far better than any other Dynamics!
Eternity is a long time to spend with God. Enjoy the other Dynamics while you’re here. Not to mention the con-factor of deception is low tone, out ethics.
Old Surfer Dude says
February 2, 2018 at 11:47 am
What kind of bait should be used? Dead fish?
February 2, 2018 at 11:46 pm
Happiness on a hook.
February 3, 2018 at 11:27 am
I’ve been hooked before…it really hurt. I was a fish when it happened.
February 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm
So OSD what you’re saying is that your “other life” had a Porpoise……that you fell for hook, line & sinker???? Is “Flipper” really THAT nice???
February 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm
You can help our friend OSD.
He has been a sea creature for countless lifetimes on the Whole Track.
Convince him that he needs to do the False Porpoise Run Down.
Delivered only at Sea World.
The time is now.
February 4, 2018 at 10:26 am
Oh my, I am not so sure OSD would want to repeat history again….maybe so if the “pool” was filled with a really good brand of MERLOT!
Cat W. says
February 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm
I dunno. Leah Remini was in Sea Org, and she seems to have actualized her career goals to great success. Does that count as a win? 😉
February 2, 2018 at 8:58 am
I like the RB characters who show real confront to the Staff or SO. Is there a phrase in $ci-speak like “reverse-confront?” If not, let’s make one up.
February 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Also known as Back-Flash. Report to Ethics!
February 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm
And I can Back-Flash with the best of them.
Mine back-fire a lot – does that count?
February 2, 2018 at 11:42 pm
Oh, nooooo. Just keep practicing.
February 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm
In my day it was called mooning!
February 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm
When you are a dyed in the wool surfer ………you call em ‘flash backs’!
xenu's son says
February 2, 2018 at 8:48 am
Good one RB:
Mr Gepetto the “world famous” muppet man is coming.
Common denominator for disconnection either being on staff or having a relative on staff.
February 2, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Another way to view that is simply being a Scientologist involves disconnection in one form or another. The longer you’re in the more severe and/or numerous the disconnections.
Disconnect from you your engrams.
Disconnect from those terrible space cooties
Disconnect from your non scio friends
Disconnect from your friends,kids,parents who were staff but blew.
Disconnect from anyone who wants to disconnect from us
Disconnect from your bank account.It’s ours!
February 2, 2018 at 8:46 am
NEVER confront a scamologist with truth. Unless you want a bunch of psychotic emotionalism thrown back at you.
February 2, 2018 at 11:48 am
Ain’t that the truth!
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