Fortunately, someone from the church sends me a “good news” email (from [email protected]) to keep me abreast of the latest stories released by scientology.
The latest is worthy of comment for a few reasons.
Here it is, the big news from Tokyo….
First thought. Chairman of the Pompadour is looking more and more like Bob Duggan and that hair is becoming almost Don King-like. It seems to have taken on a life of its own…
Second, “Epic Summer” is a bit weak. Epic has been so over-used now to describe everything from the next graduation you must attend to the last CF filing party. I think it is time to bring in supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to really portray the magnitude of magnificence being unleashed upon the world.
Third, a “glorious new era lifts off in the Land of the Rising Sun with auspicious ribbon-cutting…” Seriously? This reads like a headline from The Onion — if they set out to satirize pompous assholes trying to sound “Japanese.” Auspicious? Good god. Probably no Japanese person other than KoolAid drinkers will ever read these words, so we will never know how insulting this may be. Sure sounds that way to me.
Fourth, my prediction is coming true. The last three ideal orgs (in fact the ONLY three ideal orgs) opened in this epic summer of idealiness are NOT locally funded. Miscavige is now subsidizing these buildings because he has run out of orgs that can and will raise the money locally. For proof, see Valley. Increasingly an embarrassment and in your face evidence that this program has run its course and that every whale has been sucked dry.
Fifth, in what is arguably the largest city on earth, and the ONLY org in this entire nation that is only half the size of Texas, ANNOUNCING the pretended attendance as “more than a thousand” (in scientology-math that means 300-400) has got to be embarrassing. The crowds are just not showing up any more. Remember the glory day in 1993 when you stood before 10,000 in the LA Sports Arena and announced “The War Is Over”? It’s been a long, slow downhill run since then.
Sixth, this “ambitious breakthrough” comes during a “period of unprecedented innovation”? Innovation? When was that ever a term that was acceptable to use in the religion of KSW where nobody is allowed to innovate anything. At all. Ever.
There is a lot to be read in these tea leaves. The full story is available at the scientology.org website.
One of our readers pointed out the obvious difference between the podium shot they put on the website and the reality that appeared on Tony Ortega’s blog reporting on this event a couple of days ago:
Clearly photoshop gremlins have been at work, because scientology does not use photoshop on ribbon yanking ceremonies. They have said so many times. Or it could just be a staged shot, they brought in a special podium for the photo op that was too big to fit on the tiny stage and COP did not want the indignity of being portrayed as standing behind a less than ideal podium. Oh, the shame, the shame.
I can hear Carly Simon singing “You’re So Vain” in the background….