By Mike Rinder
There have been many posts and numerous comments on this blog mocking the overhyped “expansion news” that David Miscavige feeds his captive audience of clubbed seals at events. They are well trained to applaud every time there is a loud explosion and a line bursts through the top right corner of a graphic on screen. No other stimulus is required: disbelief is suspended and all critical thinking is cast aside. He tosses out stinking fish and the seals don’t even stop to chew – they swallow it whole and with relish.
David Miscavige and the Scientology Mission Network
Of late, in response to exposing the truth about the sham campaigns (“give us money so we can air ads all over the world” and none are ever seen by anyone except maybe on the Home Shopping Network at 4am), David Miscavige bit the bullet and started shelling out for ads to appear on mainstream, high profile TV shows in the US. Of course, he can’t say something different in these ads to what he says at his events, hence they tout: “growing faster today than anytime in history”, “more than 10,000 churches, missions and groups”, “welcoming over 4.4 million new people each year” and “grassroots groups starting every 24 hours.” Unfortunately, no matter how untrue or misleading these statements are, Miscavige knows no regulatory entity is going to bother taking the church to task for false advertising.
But , as anyone who has been to an org in the last 20 years knows, in the real world you cannot see any of this massive international expansion other than empty bricks and mortar, purchased with the blood extracted from the clubbed seals .
Even worse is the Mission network. If this massive international expansion were to be evident anywhere, it would surely be at the entrance to the Bridge. Maybe it takes a while for everyone to flow up the Bridge to the orgs… (especially if the Bridge itself is blocked with Basics, 3 swing FNs, arbitrary blanket objectives etc etc), but it is not an unreasonable assumption to expect to see straight up vertical soaring to the heavens expansion with Missions springing up all over, flourishing and prospering. Wow, you might even expect to see things approaching the days of missions with hundreds of staff and huge course rooms and HGCs (think Riverside in its heyday). They don’t even have the “Ideal Mission” program rolling – JT paid for ONE in Ocala FL (it’s completely empty, Christie and I were the ONLY people in there on a Saturday afternoon other than the Hungarian receptionist who had been brought into the country at the invitation of Scientology friends).
There is another datum that David Miscavige has driven home – “you are known by your nearest delivery org.” He hammered this in on the FSO – forcing them to “be responsible for” Tampa org. This is how he got the money to buy the original Tampa buildings and now defunct test centers. From FSO public. He turned CMO CW into the “management” of Tampa. SO staff were sent to Tampa to fill posts. FSO public were press ganged into joining staff there or sending their children to join (“It’s command intention”). Local FSO public were put on course and into the HGC. And it became the dumping ground for FSO reject public. The FSO was NEVER intended to be a management org for Tampa. That is CLO EUS’s job. But it didn’t matter to Master Manager Miscavige. He has done the same with organizations around the world – somehow AOSHUK is responsible for London (though Brighton is closer…) etc etc. Wherever its convenient to make others wrong, he jumps at it.
Come on Dave, don’t be shy — this is (was) the closest Mission to RTC Headquarters. This is the closest Scientology delivery to your $70 million palace.
This is your massive straight up and vertical booming international expansion?
Maybe it just hasn’t osmosed from your home in neighboring Riverside County into San Bernardino County yet? Or from neighboring LA County for that matter? Maybe they don’t get TV there in San Bernardino? Maybe they are just out of step with the rest of the world? Maybe none of the 10 million Scientologists are in San Bernardino County? Certainly none of the 10,000 Orgs and Missions are…. Perhaps the 2 million residents of San Bernardino are just not part of the 12,054 new people flooding into Scientology every day because there is something in their drinking water?
Dave, this building is less than 30 minutes from RTC HQ straight down Highway 10. You pass within a mile of it every time you roll by in your bulletproof armored van, or your BMW, Saleen Mustang, Mazda RX 7, Miata, Landrover Discovery, Ford Expedition, Acura RL or whatever else you have on the West Coast these days.
Dave, how about an explanation for this photo taken just 3 days ago by Sinar Parman?
And if you think they just moved to “Ideal Mission” (or any) premises, you would be mistaken – they are no longer part of the straight up and vertical world of David Miscavige. They no longer exist. In fact, the only Dianetics and Scientology in the entirety of San Bernardino County is the CST property at Rim of the World.
Dave, I am sure there is a good explanation and we are just missing it. A small group of apostates has taken over San Bernardino? We are leaving the clearing of San Bernardino to last because they have been hard to work with on the permits for the fences at CST? Marty Rathbun infiltrated the Mission and they became squirrel?
But wait, maybe that is really unfair. Maybe we should only be talking about Dave’s closest org? Unfortunately for you Dave, its Orange County.
Now, that promo piece is sort of like the Tel Aviv org video. Makes you think that the building is really done. All nicely lit up and looking slick.
But the OC Weekly followed up with this, including some very relevant information from Luis Garcia.
And here is an even more recent shot (this week) of that very same building your promo piece showed lit up and open:
Dave, do we have another anomaly in the big picture of massive, straight up and vertical international expansion? Perhaps its really rocking and rolling everywhere except Orange County (and San Bernardino County, and Santa Barbara county and San Diego County… )? Funny, OC used to be a large org and things were rocking and rolling. Back when they delivered Dianetics and Scientology rather than just being a roosting house for IAS and Idle Org vultures. There has got to be some explanation for this very public failure in the center of “the largest concentration of Scientologists on the planet.” Surely you can explain this Dave?
Your closest org AND closest Mission are falling behind, or have dropped out altogether, in the straight up and vertical stampede to planetary clearing?
Or maybe, just maybe, you are a bald-faced liar.