Things are looking grim in the scientology bubble.
You likely saw the story about the “ideal org” in Boston that was covered in the Boston Globe and they didn’t cover the full story by any means. The level of incompetence on display there is amazing. They could not keep their “statement” building because it was too small though it’s never been maxed out — so were ordered to sell it. They had a buyer willing to pay $20 million but they couldn’t get approval to sell. When they finally got the go ahead, the market had crashed and they got $12 million but had committed to a larger wreck which used up all their funds and now they have a ghost horror house they cannot afford to renovate and have lost their beautiful building and are being sued for breaking other lease contracts.
Similar stories are repeated around the world with insane decisions made to purchase buildings and then NOT renovate or move into them, they sit idle, become eyesores and money pits. Just off the top of my head I know this scenario has happened in Chicago, Philly, Detroit, Battle Creek, Kansas City, Vancouver, Montreal, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Manchester, Sunderland, Auckland, Plymouth, Capetown, Durban, Bulawayo, Harare and there are probably others that have slipped my mind.
In the meantime, the ideal orgs that actually HAVE had their ribbons yanked are EMPTY. A report just in from Dallas that they have nobody on course and are having to try to negotiate with the utilities companies to keep power and water on by begging for a “deal” because they are a “church.” They literally cannot afford to pay for the lights to stay on. Berlin’s elevators stopped working years ago and their phones were shut off. Denver is renting out their parking lot for baseball games to try and make ends meet. Minneapolis is renting out their theater. Brussels is reportedly a shell and they don’t even turn on the lights in most of the building. Same in Malmo. And it’s a pattern repeated all over the world.
But the one that tells the real story of the failure of this “strategy” best is Valley.
Here is their latest “thermometer”. They have raised HALF of what they need to get this building done.
And everything has been thrown at this to make it happen. The pressure (and hype) is relentless. They have ALL the other “ideal orgs” and management right there pushing for them. They have the “biggest concentration of scientologists on earth” right there in LA. Bart Simpson is underwriting them with the virtually unlimited royalty stream that a 25 year US Network TV shows brings. And the full might of the church hype machine “The most important Ideal Org on earth” is behind it.
And with all that — more than 10 YEARS into the “Ideal Org Strategy” — they are HALFWAY there.
And having flogged most of the dead horses to the point where they are flat as floor rugs, that second $8 million is not going to be as easy to come by as the first half.
The church is going to have to cough up because they cannot afford to let this embarrassment continue for too long. And it will be the start of “new” ideal org game — how long can any org hold out before COB relents and orders that they just get the thing done.
This “strategy” has just about run its course. It’s been milked for hundreds of millions of dollars, but it’s pretty much tapped out.
I also just love the tag line at the top — as if this insanity is “Ron’s vision”. You can convince a bubble dweller to give money for anything with just a couple of three key phrases and their many variations: “It’s what Ron wanted”, “we are making planetary clearing a reality” and “it’s HUGE good news of MASSIVE expansion.”
The latest “briefing” on Valley Fundraising Events, showing the assembled crowd gathered as “LA United”.
Well, if this is “LA United” behind the most important Ideal Org as part of THE strategy for planetary clearing, then they should all bend over and kiss their asses goodbye….
I count no more than 50 people, closer to 40 behind the “LA United” banner.
This is pathetic. It’s hardly worth the time to chronicle.
In all honesty, I would not continue to spend time with this blog or anything else if it wasn’t for the ongoing abuses that remain in this shrinking world of scientology.
Today, the scientology bubble is like a mosquito on the side of an aircraft carrier. And the mosquito is proclaiming to itself that it holds the destiny of the aircraft carrier in its tiny little hands, and that with its superior technology it will ensure the aircraft carrier makes it safely to port. Nobody would be bothered with it other than the fact that it bites people and carries deadly diseases.