The Young Turks is a VERY popular source of news for millennials (and others) on YouTube.
This is their take on SuMP — and while they still repeated some of the falsehoods that appeared in the Mail Online story, their take on scientology in general is a pretty good reflection of how it is viewed in the world. You will see they recommend everyone view Going Clear.
Miscavige’s Latest Ribbon Yanking
Though the Underground Bunker covered the ribbon yanking in Clearwater this morning, I had a couple of points to note.
I happened to drive by Flag yesterday on my way home and was surprised to see people on the streets – including a lot of staff in “civvies.” It could only mean one thing — a ribbon yanking event was imminent. And sure enough, surrounded by bushes, imported trees and erected tents and protected by a phalanx of Clearwater PD and serious looking large men with earpieces, a Miscavige-Yank was about to take place at the WB and Lee Arnold buildings.
This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. These days he will do anything for a video opportunity. I thought it had reached the bottom of the barrel when he made a big deal about the “grand opening” of FOLOs in UK and EU. But this is really absurd.
The Westcoast Building (WB) is the old office building that housed David Miscavige’s Offices. He moved out to the SP Building. They fumigated the place, fixed the parking lot, planted some trees, replaced the carpets and furniture and now put up one of their big, weird ribbons to be yanked with all the pomp and circumstance only scientology can muster for such a lame event. This is an old, crap office building that used to be a cheap hotel. Like Flag needs more office space. The Coachman was completely emptied of all public delivery. The Clearwater Bank Building no longer houses the crew galley and dining (the only function it really performed other than housing the OSA Flag office in the front 15% of the building). They “opened” the empty Potemkin Village storefront for all the front groups so they no longer need any office space anywhere. So, the WB is another empty building — one that isn’t good enough for Miscavige to work from, but all the same he will announce it as a magnificent stride forward in the international avalanche of expansion.
And to double the fun, he opened ANOTHER white elephant next door. The old Lee Arnold building. Completely unnecessary for ANYTHING other than so Miscavige can proclaim it is “proof” of the massive, straight up and vertical expansion at Flag (see the ACTUAL stat graphs of the GOOD stats they announce). Mark my words, there will be some statistic presented at the end of the year of “ideal square footage opened” and it will include these buildings. Even though they have NOTHING to do with “ideal orgs.” But the ideal org horse is pretty much dead. This building is claimed to house the “administration offices of Flag Crew.” That is astonishing since the “administration” functions are virtually nothing — they cook, clean rooms, do gardening and run the buses and vans. Even on the scientology website, there are virtually no photos inside either building. They put new furniture in the ground floor of the WB lobby and conference room but otherwise it looks the same as it did 20 years ago. They have a single shot of a reception desk and one other space in the “21,000 square foot Flag Crew Administration building.”
The funny backstory about the Lee Arnold building is that they purchased it after they heard it was going to be bought by supporters of the “independent scientology” movement and turned into a delivery center. I had been contacted by someone I was certain was a plant, and I told him this story, explaining how there were secret negotiations ongoing for the purchase of the building and space planning was being done. His eyes lit up with this information (he claimed he had wealthy chinese investors who wanted to fly me to China on their private jet to consult with them about distributing hundreds of millions of copies of WTH — one of the lamer stories any plant has ever used) and soon thereafter the church had purchased this white elephant (the building had been destroyed by a water tank on the roof braking, collapsing all the false ceilings and filling the building with mold). Miscavige is now the proud “owner” of an absolutely useless office building. And that’s what your donations buy….
Lee Arnold probably owes me a commission.
Oh, and they also sent up their empty tents for each of the front groups that already have empty offices along Ft Harrison in the park that is catty-corner to the WB. While not a single member of the public will go in — they will herd some of the staff over there to mill around for a while and catch plenty of video footage that they can insert into their montages of “VM Tent” activities around the world.