Here is one of the more bizarre pieces to be circulated recently.
The Flag IAS office is now offering travel awards.
Has that feel of a “Free weekend in Vegas, all you have to do is attend our crush reg Time Share seminar.”
Maybe they got this out of one of the “How To Be A Successful Fundraiser” books?
They should really be heading to Transylvania to tour the home of Count Dracula — its only a few hundred miles away. And as a bonus they could study up on the regime and methods one of Dear Leader’s (Kim Jong Il) best friends and allies Nicolae Ceaușescu (it’s tough to get into North Korea so a study of the history of the cult of personality of Ceaușescu’s Romania is the next best thing).
The world inside the bubble of scientology keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Interested Party says
I’ve sat through several time share presentations and none of them were oppressive. They tried hard but the doors were never locked and barred.
He’s gonna order the RPF to dig a moat around Flag, line it with concrete and dress it up like the Venetian in Las Vegas, and thumb his nose at the city permitting process. Then he can revive the lost tech of overboarding for the public, shut down the surrounding streets permanently (no more pesky protesters) and lose the Fleewinds.
Seriously, I think Mark has it right – the cost to send the personnel required for his kind of control and extortion would eat up most of the profit. Anyone who can afford it would also be familar with luxury travel pricing and thus would know how much more bang for the buck they could get on their own.
Credit cards will be next Watch out . public may not understand the association of IAS
related to the church Guess some how public better get educated to the schemes behind the scenes .
Or they are already fooled any way.
Good Old Boy says
How about an IAS credit card that gives air miles? What’s in your wallet?
Better yet an IAS card that gives you back money. I’m a dreamer. 😉
Church of Cringe.
Well Italy makes sense if they want to posture the Pope of $cn.
BTW talked to an old friend last night who’s escaped. He sounds the best I’ve heard him in over a decade.
Hopefully more will do the same.
IAS… Idiot Assholes Stealing (members future)
Sono totalmente fuori scopo… Poveretti.
Well, this is the next evolution of crush regging. They’ve tried badgering. They’ve tried appealing to people’s loyalties and egos as OTs. They’ve tried “celebrities”. They’ve tried Command Intention. None of it’s worked. So now it’s on to bribery. Three days and two nights of agony, with the occasional Titian thrown in.
You know what? Some of the target audience are going to go for it. Why risk taking a vacation where there might be enturbulation instead of enjoyment? Better to surround yourself with as much theta as possible while traveling.
Oh, by the way, here’s a little secret: Venice isn’t that great. Florence and Siena are much nicer and better values. You want to see a canal, go to upstate New York.
MYSTERY SANDWICH, SOME WHALES WILL BE EXCITEDLY EXPECTING TO BE THE CHOSEN ONES AFTER, OF COURSE, DONATING SOME MORE FUNDS. NOTHING IS FREE IN THE MISCAVIGE’S GREED CHURCH, SORRY, CULT.
I’m holding out for a weekend in Monaco.
Mike Leopold says
No doubt that DM’s morning mail consists of refund requests and casino junket offers.
Hence the “idea”.
I’m just guessing that the weekend will have little to nothing to do with Venice, Italy, or even mainland Europe, and that the whole affair will be conducted in FLAG.
If so, this is deceptive advertising, which seems to be the only form of advertising that the Church of Scientology participates in.
How about a trip to Paris, France, the City of Light? Oh shucks, no can do. It’s a suppressive country. They could get busted for organized fraud. Ah merde!
John Doe says
Dear Sheeple who might be considering this offer:
Charter a plane to Venice, and invite all your friends and extended family for ten days. Live it up and enjoy the time with your loved ones.
Then come home and contemplate how much money you saved by taking your own trip instead of the IAS trip.
Alex de Valera says
IAS regging is gone with the wind. Just a memory of a past life. That is why I spent a whole week in Venice la “Serenissima”with my wife in Spring. How great to enjoy life fully, travel, share with real friends who will not shun you because you exerted your right to think freely and to express your personal opinion, derived from what you have experienced and seen. The IAS travel agency, they are coming up with very unusual solutions indeed.
A better recording of Ceausescu’s Moment of Truth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcRWiz1PhKU
Things didn’t end too well for Ceausescu. One minute he’s dribbling out his usual Communist platitudes, Sherman-style, then suddenly the sheeple decide they’ve had enough and turn on him en-mass. The look on his face is priceless as he realises that the game’s up- someone’s dared to shout out that the emperor’s got no clothes and things will never be the same again. The fun begins just after the 2 minute mark:
Can we dare hope that something like this might happen at one of $lappy’s drone-fests?
The Oracle says
I guess this wasn’t a memo sent out to all staff.
Hallie Jane says
Sounds like an ias fundraiser in Venice for an oober party of some type? Going to Europe for a weekend would be grueling, do they really think rich people are up for this? Even the whales have to start smelling the suck up.
Ahhh, summoned by the Volturi… http://youtu.be/pGPaNb1B1uI
What an honor. ;-0
“ …A weekend you will never forget.”
That is what I am afraid of, I will want to forget but I won’t be able to because I will be thousands of dollars lighter, in possession of several new Knowledge Reports, mentally and physically exhausted and upset with invalidation and evaluation for not giving enough.
No thanks! I don’t want to be a party to any kind of trip that Dianetics can’t run out. I reserve my right to be able to forget at will.
Gives a whole new meaning to The Bridge of Sighs. 😉
Oh boy! Who would sign up for this trip? Can you imagine being trapped in a plane for an 8 to 10 hour transatlantic flight with a team of IAS beggars onboard who won’t leave you alone? Man, you talk about a captive audience-There is nowhere to run or hide. I guess you could beg the captain to put you in the hold with the baggage.
Then several days in Italy for some serious crush regging and to finish up the fun you get another transatlantic flight home while being badgered some more.
I would rather vacation with Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu.
Since they’re both dead that’s pretty well sums up how much fun this IAS trip will be.
Idle Morgue says
What is next?
IAS Credit Cards with a theta rate of 29.99% with IAS lifetime membership. Secure your Bridge now – use your new IAS Credit Cards. Applicants must pass an estimated (6 intensives) of Mecca Gang Banging sec checks and have liquid assets of over $1,000,000 to qualify.
See your IAS CC Regg today!
You jest and yet I know this “IAS credit card” idea was in fact seriously considered a long time ago… Maybe it will be resurrected again… It’s not like the BBQ’s and patented combs is off limits these days so who knows where they’ll be by the end of 2014…
Never Clear says
Captain Slappy is probably reading this and making calls to make this happen. The whales can charge their Scilon services while earning interest on the purchases. Brilliant.
Roy Macgregor says
Oh yes, this is totally “Church of Miscavology”.
What kind of person takes a trip to Venice with the IAS? Obviously multi millionaires and billionaires- the only people who count anymore. People who get shmoozed and sucked up to in the hopes of getting a few crumbs from their overloaded tables.
Regular Joe Scientologist who gives 180% of his net worth to the CofS is just a huge zero. Someone to badger and harras about turning in his “out dated” emter and materials for pulping.
Only the whales count- a 1% crumb from Bob Duggan is $14,000,000. A 10% tithe from Bob Duggan would be $140,000,000. I can guarantee you that for all the sucking up and bowing down Bob Duggan has donated no more than 5% of his net worth to scientology- probably more like 3%
But who cares about Joe Nobody who mortgages his soul for a petty $150,000 to be spread over 5 dono projects? Nobody in the CofS thats for sure.
This makes me want to throw up because it is so elitist.
Imagine making an offer like that in any normal religious congregation- regular people would look at each other “WTF?!”
More and more the church of scientology makes me think of that tech film where LRH portrays the royalty treating peasants as “beneath notice” and then suddenly the peasants rise up with ugly results. Surely, eventually, the bulk of the remaining parishioners of the church of scientology will eventually realize that they are just worthless riff-raff in the eyes of church management. That the only people that count are the celebs and whales. If that day should ever come, I would not like to be Kirstie Alley, Bob Duggan or worst of all, David Miscavige. And I think that not only will day come, it is approaching quickly.
Peasant pigs indeed.
Spot on, Roy. It is a junket for the big rich whales to keep them giving money.
I read somewhere that Duggan has made his fortune in the pharmaceutical industry. If this is the case, does anyone get the rich irony here?
Funds from the sale of psych drugs are bad only if we don’t get them. Only we can put them to good use.
Dan, yes I commented on that before. the church is “do as I say, not as I do.” They will take money from the devil himself and then hide that fact from the parishoners and continue on their attack of “devil psychs.” It’s so hypocritical it’s almost funny.
Roy… I think that day came and went along time ago… Fear and denial are keeping them from acting rationally.., they know they are worthless in the eyes of their cult HQ… They just keep thinking that they can become worthwhile again if only they get their next ______ (whatever) paid for it will all come good and they will be _____ (insert status).
Heartbreaking to watch.
Fabulous. “Lifestyles of the formerly rich and now infamous.”
Deathstyles of the pricks and heinous.
Delicious scoop of lunacy, Mike.
Do you think it is a weekend in Venice or a weekend at Flag with a Venetian theme?
Either one gives me the shivers.
Mike Rinder says
Well, you never know with these guys Yvonne. NOTHING they EVER say is wholly true and mostly it is wholly lies. We shall see once the time rolls by as I guess some Special Correspondent will let us know what the deal is.
Could very well be they tack up a handwritten sign on their new park next to the Ft Harrison Parking Garage that says “St. Mark’s Square”, they dress the doormen in horizontal striped t-shirts and feed everyone pasta for dinner and voila “trip to Venice, Italy”, or maybe they will tell them to meet for a weekend at the Venetian in Vegas as long as they sit through a Time Share presentation.
Who knows, but it’s going to be fun watching this one go down.
This is good old time religion: circus tents, pirates and superheroes, doorknobs for sale, book burnings and trips to exotic locations. Can the snake handlers be far in the future?
Comin’ right up Mr. Rinder. Yesiree Bob. You betcha.
How true. In Pretoria Org they send out an email saying a Blue Bulls (local and highly iconic rugby team) player would attend some event. Of course, it turned out to be the ED dressed up!
Gail Paige says
Cooper J Kessel says
Lou is doing her job……..and she no doubt has found a snake like never before! It is small, it is slithery but it can still bite albeit without fangs.
Read the fine print. It might be a bait and switch trip to Venice, CA, the borderline DB beach. 🙂
Gee, I wonder if there’s an ulterior motive. Reminds me of a book – ‘Death in Venice’
Yer right Mike,
I can’t see any other place they got this gem of an idea from other than Resorts International’s technique on selling Time Shares.
At least they are moving closer to the valance of the criminal conspiracy they become.
Desperation, Mike. Just sheer desperation! LOL