This is the second posting in the coverage of this year’s Maiden Voyage. Yesterday’s post is here.
Things got off to a bang at “Opening Night” – traditionally consisting of the “Rolling Thunder” presentation, some hype about the number of inches of sea traversed by the Moneywinds and joking and degrading at the expense of the “OT Ambassadors.”
Dear Leader set the stage with a huge, bald-faced lie — “in full”(?) “just since last year, the number of scientologists advancing up the bridge has multiplied ten times over.” This is just pulled out of his ass. Much like the 46X before and the 5X more in the last decade than in the 50 years previously. Of course there was NOTHING whatsoever anywhere that demonstrates any such thing. No orgs overflowing with people. Not even ONE. The FSO empty. All AO’s empty. And a “new OT VIII emerges every day” – which even if it were TRUE means that up til last year they were making an OT VIII once every 10 days, and their current rate is so pathetically tiny as to be completely insignificant in the overall scheme of things and certainly nothing close to “we are fast approaching power on this planet, and our influence is already vast.”
Apparently the only story he could muster for the Freewinds was from Ecuador. Which is pretty amusing as the Freewinds has never sailed to Ecuador (they cannot afford to traverse the Panama canal, so the closest they can come is their once a year trip to northern Colombia. And how lame is claiming the awards and recognitions “stretch the length of her wake” – which is kind of tricky as she spends the vast majority of her time at the dock in Curacao because it is unviable to burn fuel to cart around 5 passengers.
Perhaps someone can decipher the sentence: “Because what else is an Ideal Org but the whole rationale of OT Ambassadors in pursuit of an OT Civilization”? Gibberish. Yet, they even reprinted it as a highlight of the speech? Must have been some really special content for this to be the most significant sentence.
And all he had to offer was a rehash of the Atlanta ribbon yanking and then an announcement of the Budapest ideal org that has not yet even opened! But that unopened building stands in “the most striking testament thereof” (of something, not sure what) — again, this is the highlight of this section to reprint in the magazine?
This building is “a triumph of liberty for all freedom fighters” – that is good to know. Wonder what freedom fighters he is talking about?
And I really wonder where he gets the 100,000 cars per day figure. Is this place on a freeway? The 405 in Los Angeles, the busiest interstate in the US, averages about 380,000 cars per day. 100,000 vehicles per day traverse the Golden Gate bridge.
And of course, the event of importance to every man, woman and child on Earth – the opening of the SuMP!
And of course, the hype numbers came tumbling out – 3.1 million square feet of empty orgs “standing as the embodiment of LRH tech and policy.”
And here, in testament to the wondrous state of the ideal orgs, is a photo of the Montreal “ideal org” sent in by a passerby today.
This is the REAL state of them “approaching power, our influence is already vast.”
As I said in my first posting. The overwhelming impression is underwhelming.