So much wrong here…
A Non-Sea Org member giving a seminar at AOLA on how to become cause over life — some way OTHER than doing the OT levels?
I thought these non-staff seminar people were supposed to be reaching out to NEW public?
More “seminars” from AOLA?
What IS an “entirely new level of survival”?
Nobody really knows, but you will get it if you give more money no doubt.
Truth in advertising award
I guess they don’t see the irony…
One Time Only Event
Everyone wishes that were true, but knows it’s definitely not. There will be 100 more identical fundraisers, all promoted as “one time only” because they actually think that fools people into attending.
Short on public much?
They aren’t full with all the people from around the world doing Super Power and the Running Program? Really????
So they’re trying to get locals to stay at the Ft Harrison for a complimentary breakfast and easter egg hunt?
It might be “free” but that’s like the free night at a resort so long as you attend their Time Share presentation.
More inadvertent Truth in Advertising
The “Hubbard College of Administration” has a whole division called the “Sales Technology Academy”. Yep, L. Ron Hubbard was big on selling stuff — even though he claimed his “work was free” (as long as you paid).
Caveat Emptor II
Beware — there is NOTHING free in the world of scientology.
One of the all time worst orgs on earth, and it’s not changing any time soon….
Daffy Duck is their mascot? Surprised they passed on Elmer Fudd.
He is #41 and it was achieved in 2017? This is all they have to promote? An ex-SO member (he was the telex operator on the Apollo) who “did his humanitarian” last year?
Whatever this means?
Perhaps this is some sort of “Midwestern code”? The photo really says it all too??
Who needs auditing?
Just attend a seminar with Bernie and you can make ANYTHING go right and be CAUSE OVER ANYTHING.
Shit, this is much better than spending all that money on OT levels. Wait, this is at AOLA??? What are they thinking?
Protect your family…
…from medical marijuana? You doing another lecture on protecting your family from antibiotic prescriptions? The horrors of Prilosec?
This is just so “current”…
Funny about that…
Scientology TV is not carried in NZ — other than via YouTube.
But as for “what’s next?” it is absolutely nothing different. Same old, same old.
The “ideal” Mission of Ocala
They are looking to hire someone to double their staff roster.
How to raise a happy child?
Step 1: keep them out of any cult.
Step 2: Repeat Step 1
That is all.
More reefer madness
Wonder who they think they are attracting with this pitch?
You know that in the heyday of scientology — late 60′ through early 80’s — almost everyone that joined scientology was a counter-culture hippie type right?
An awe inspiring weekend of empowerment
And it’s going to be filmed by the SuMP and they will pretend it’s people on course!
The small and failing ideal org of St Paul finally had someone graduate a course and they are telling the world about it.
This is amazing stuff.
Saving The Best For Last
They are, with a straight face, announcing themselves as “The Youngest, Boldest, Coolest Religion.”
Maybe the person that designed this mag just finished the “How to Achieve Self Confidence” mini course?
White Light says
Columbus in Wonderland: I wonder if Disney, the copyright owner of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie knows it’s poster image is being used to promote a dangerous cult? Hardly fits the Disney image. Maybe someone should tell them…
Sales Technology Academy: “Get rid of sales stress and have more freedom and quality of life” ?? That’s rich. Perhaps every registrar in every scn org on the planet has been denied this magical information, because the sales/reg post in a scn org comes with a bucketload of stress, no freedom and zero quality of life.
Long Island Org – looks even smaller and more pathetic than it was 20+ years ago, and it’s sad to see a few die-hard old timers still hanging in there propping it up. Still, that’s the org where Danny Masterson ran around as a kid with his mom, dad, step dad and siblings. Maybe that tells you something.
“…it’s sad to see a few die-hard old timers still hanging in there propping it up.”
WL, its the same in my own very small former org, and possibly this is true for most of the Class V orgs.
In my old org there is a handful of long term old timer staff, maybe 4 or 5. The ED answers the phone weekdays because they don’t even have a Mon-Fri receptionist.
Why do they stay?
In the age of Trump I’ve learned to not overthink things.
Simplest answer: They don’t know what else to do.
For decades, this org has been their whole lives, and they don’t know what else they’d do with themselves if they didn’t come in. They get paid nothing. Its just what they’ve been doing for 2-3-4 decades and they can’t imagine doing anything else.
They’ll go down with the ship,
White Light says
Well said Aquamarine. Sad but true!
BOLO-Be On Look Out says
That Long Island Ideal Org. post is crazy. What the hell are they actually doing? There is a lot about scientology that I don’t understand, but this post looks like they are just playing a fantasy game. WTF????
They are fundraising for a new building. Dressing up as ducks based on “Long Island Ducklings”. Dressing up in ridiculous outfits is a way of applying a datum of L. Ron Hubbard called “Spirit of Play”, in which he explains how being focused but not “serious” about anything gets is an effective way of achieving a goal that has been used for eons by successful people. For fundraising and other cult goals (which are always based on getting money out of people) dressing up and horsing around (while engaging in what is for the cult a deadly serious activity – in fact, the ONLY activity about which they ARE serious) is their way of showing how “uptone” they are, how they can just “make it happen” WITHOUT being “downtone”. They can just whistle and play around and be silly AND achieve the goal of what is a deadly serious activity to the cult.
BOLO-Be On Look Out says
Thanks for the information, Aquamarine! The guy put “2,500 happiness units on the board” and “Daffy Duck decided to do his Humanitarian” both while writing on a board. Is this a reporting process? Like the guy gave our 2,500 happiness books? I get the playing around part. I may have taken this too serious like they were claiming to actually have done specific things.
On the subject of Scientology PR, this last week there was some claim of theirs floating around about the St. Hill Easter egg hunt event and the number 4,000 – I can’t remember how it was put, but often they use curious if not even weasely language, which typically seems to be giving themselves wiggle room to justify that apparent false claims weren’t really out-and-out lies. Over at Tony Ortega’s Bunker, someone has posted photos of the event from social media, in which there is no sign of more than 40 kids in any photo:
Maybe 4,000, like the “millions” membership figures, is some some total over all the years. I’d suspect that the sparse attendance could be entirely accounted for by the children of local scientologists, though we know from an independent report that there were no crowds and no waits for the rides, that at least a few locals must have shown up.
Mother Hubbard says
I love the fact that the Applied Scholastics promotion in Johannesburg didn’t mention anything about scientology, an ideal org (or should that be 3 big empty ones and a deserted castle within 50 kilometers) …NADA. I guess they’re actually hoping some people will never learn ….
Honest to God I want to ridicule these people for all being so unbelievably GD ignorant and a bunch of dumb suckers, but in the final analysis I have to say I only feel sorry for them. It’s just absolutely pathetic.
I used to pity them too. I don’t anymore.
At best, they’re REALLY stupid – that’s at BEST, mind you!
At worst, they’ve not dumb at all; they’ve observed, they know and understand the lies being told and the fraud being perpetrated. In full awareness, have still decided to stay, to aid and abet the criminality. to support all that they know to be lies and fraud. Which makes them criminals.
The former – well, its hard to believe anybody is really THAT stupid but I guess they’re out there. But if they’re out there then they belong in a home or something.
The latter – They know what they’re doing. They’re aware. And they’ve created their own mental hell. Sorry for them? No. I’m not. Sure, in the cases of many of them, their parents put them there. With the best of intentions, their parents put them there, some of them. So? At what point in life does one begin to take responsibility for one’s own decisions – 20? 30? 40? Nobody’s forcing them to stay there. This category is fully aware that the CO$ is spouting lies and bullshit. Yet they stay? Sorry for them? No way!
Let these criminals have their “ah hah” moment about being criminals first. If something, somehow penetrates and they have this realization, and blow the cult, sure, I’d help them and be glad to do so.
And as for the really dumb and blind ones,the ones who REALLY don’t know what’s going on, well,once the cult folds, if they don’t have families to take them in, there are places which care for people this dumb.
OK, here’s my two cents:
Italian night at Long Island Org; what are they trying to do, get all the Italian-Americans who live there to embrace Scientology? Did they dance a nice tarantella after fleecing people? Can Daffy Duck dance tarantella?
All Blacks Night at Auckland Org; all I can say to that is WTF????!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And as usual, nothing out of Nashville Org.
No wonder Steve Fagan’s name sounded familiar, he was part of the Fagan and Crutchfield scam team. It’s good to see him doing so brilliantly in the world of business.
“Look Inside”? She’s trapped inside and desperately seeking to be outside and running from the hounds of hell.
The rest is the lloonngg and ssllooww last gasp of a dying “religion”.
I think the cult is really worried that Mary Jane [marijuana] will lower the # of new people coming into scn. It might think people could enjoy smoking, or eating, it makes some pcs fel better than auditing. And it’s a whole lot cheaper. Medical weed can help people feel better and cure some physical problems.This could help speed up ‘the end.’
exccla, you’re being WAY too logical and not nearly devious enough 🙂
Legalized marijuana is just another fundraising excuse for the cult (Drug Free World, CCHR, IAS) along with one more excuse to their fleeced sheep for why their Ideal Orgs are Ideal Morgues.
Get this concept: the more bad news out there, the better. The cult is dead. Miscavige and his lawyers and maybe a few others in his inner circle know its dead. But he’s doing whatever he can to keep up the illusion that that its alive and expanding, “against all odds”.
Well, of course its doing nothing of the kind, so the more reasons and excuses and justifications OUTSIDE the cult, the better. Legalized marijuana, the proliferation of other legal and non-legal drug use, people hooked on oxycontin and heroin – these all make people ineligible for auditing and are FANTASTIC excuses for Scientology’s failures! Bring ’em on – the more the merrier for Miscavige.
Miscavige needs ANY reasons he can to perpetuate the delusion of HIM (Young David) valiantly confronting and slaying SUPPRESSIVE GOLIATH, that monster that wants to destroy Scientology and Man’s Only Hope!
Just one more clarification: its vital that Miscavige maintain this facade of success so that Scientologists keep giving him money. He will milk every last dime out of anyone still willing to give the cult money for as long as he can. His costs in doing this are calculated upon what he can expect in donation returns. Its all about dollars and cents and keeping himself in power. Helping him, protecting him, advising him in this shell game are his legal and finance people, non of whom are Scientologists
All of what I’ve written is what I’ve picked up from all that Mike Rinder has written to date and if I’m off on anything or have missed anything Mike knows I would welcome any correction.
All I can think about at the moment is listening to Hawkwind’s “Reefer Madness.” Link to song if you want to have a look –
Robert Almblad says
These and so many of their ads are pointed inward towards themselves. They are looking for money from their own kind, I guess to make up for the missing floods of new people from the Cult TV Network. “. I believe by now Miscavige should have realized there is no flood of new people from Sump TV (if he ever thought there would be…) So what’s he going to do?? Well, create some music in your head and read this: bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do …..
Peggy L says
I bet they could make a ton of money from their own kind if they held an auction of LRH’s personal property. Someone would probably pay a lot for his old socks. Maybe sell LRH memorial magic 8 balls, memorial ouija boards, Maybe someone who has had their out of body experience could hold a seance and communicate with LRH for them for a small fee. Just a thought.
When you run out of “food” and are starving you turn to anthropophagy.
Robert Almblad says
the eating of human flesh by human beings.
Robert, DM never expected any flood of new people.
The channel has a couple of major purposes.
1) Internal consumption to keep the “flock” happy and continuing to give $.
2) Bleed off cash so as to stay legal on N.P. $ accumulation & spending.
Above I gave you the long answer. Now, if you fell asleep reading it, when you come to, Wynski here has just given you the spot on short answer 🙂
I LOVE ‘mah Thursday Funnies!
Maybe the Deal Dance is something like Musical Chairs, hmm Miscavige?
Oh, and just a reminder, WHERE IS SHELLEY?
I Yawnalot says
Andrea D’Agostini… Is he the Chan the Man’s replacement?
Maybe Chan the Man really did as-is himself with his “Why are you here” seminars. (What that really means is that if you piss off DM in any way, shape or form, even slightly, you get yourself as-ised. There is and can be only one sauce in Scientology).
Oh boy, to make money by promising people Scientology will help them in life – what sort of sick fuck does that?
A little information on the Long Island Org & WHY the use of a character dressed as a duck:
As far as the 1970’s Event goes……in reality I think we know that the loyalist are now IN their late 60’s & 70’s age wise….THEY are the “still ins” who will no doubt die still members of “the organization”….. As they “age out” and become ill, incapacitated, unable to care for themselves…you know how THAT is going to end.
Out of curiosity (not of the TV channel), but how are they allowed to use copyright material for their advertising? Example: Alice in Wonderland.
Alice in Wonderland is in the public domain.
I did check… The story “Alice in Wonderland” is public domain. But anything from the Tim Burton film is NOT public domain. Disney is very strict on their copyrights, it’s crazy how the CO$ uses so much Disney property. Even stranger, CO$ is also very strict on THEIR copyrights, they will sue YOU if you reproduce their tech, but it’s ok to pinch someone’s art.
You can purchase a Disney licence to do art of Disneys copyrighted characters.
It doesnt seem like it would extend to photos in flyers –
But who knows …
Warrior, My theory on this is 1, the COS doesn’t care about violating other people’s copyrights, and 2, most companies think suing COS is too much trouble for little reward. It would be different if they used stolen material in a big commercial, but on an internal email the damage is limited.
What the heck are havingness units?
Maybe they are like fingers of scotch. Right Miscavige?
I Yawnalot says
Quantified bs. Trying to understand havingness is Scientology’s way of introverting a person.
How do you like your eggs? That’s havingness! Keep it simple, sanity prefers it that way.
Okay, I yawn. Look around and tell me anything you could have.
But before that, squeeze the cans, please.
Scientologese for the degree that someone is able to “have” things which doesn’t always translate into actual physical possession.
about $2000 a pop
Old Surfer Dude says
That’s a big pop.
I’ve been reading an interesting book on the brain, and one chapter is devoted to the need for adequate sleep. In addition to the destructive policies of the church, a major contributing factor to the behavior we see, mostly from Sea Org members, could well be due to lack of sleep. Even the sanest person in the world will start to show signs of irrational behavior when he or she is deprived of proper rest and recuperation. Something worth considering.
MJM, what is that book, if you don’t mind? I have a friend with severe sleep apnea. He uses a CPAP but still has trouble and gets very little sleep most of the time. He has to be very strong to keep on going as he does. I’d really like to help him if I could. Vitamins and good nutrition have always worked for me but I’ve always been healthy. I keep thinking there has to be some deficiency that’s causing this lack of sleep. I gave up caffeine 7 years ago I take a lot of vitamins and drink protein shakes and otherwise eat for the most part just normal food sensibly, and I sleep like a LOG, i mean, I am OUT. i can’t function well now with even ONE night of lost sleep! I really wish there was something I could do for my friend!
I Yawnalot says
How much carbohydrate/sugar does your friend consume? Plus when do they eat? There are many, many things that can upset sleep but I do know a bit about sleep apnea. Keeping the CPAP machine clean and calibrated correctly is necessary. It is also common sense to keep up the appointments with a sleep therapist if you’re on a CPAP machine. Patterns change and the air pressures can be tricky to get right. It’s easy to slip into apathy with a degraded or degrading sleep pattern. Silly things like use distilled water only in a CPAP machine can be overlooked, chlorinated or mineralised water vapour can rendered a CPAP machine sort of poisonous, especially if algae starts growing in the air line. Those sort of things add to sleep problems making things worse than they are.
Yawn, thank you! I don’t know how much carb/sugar he eats. Possibly a lot because he also mentioned once that he has CFS. He doesn’t like to talk about his health. I don’t know much about his habits because we’re not old friends. We’re new friends, lol.
Anyway next time we talk I’ll mention these points you’ve brought up and see what he says. He lives alone and probably doesn’t cook…his diet could be horrendous and then there are all the other things you mentioned.
He’s also very proud and doesn’t like to ask for help, so I have to be careful and tread lightly about THAT so that I don’t offend his pride. So the “job” is to help him without appearing to do so.
Whew! You men! And you say WE are complicated 🙂 But, again, thanks so much, Yawn.
I Yawnalot says
If he’s a “proud” single guy that lives alone and doesn’t talk much about his health situation, plus doesn’t cook, he has almost certainly a diet from hell. My guess is that if he doesn’t sleep much, loneliness would be a major issue as well, even if he can’t see it. Sitting by yourself at night unable to sleep when you want to is the absolute pits. There’s no one to confide in! Yep, men’s (gender has little to do with it really) toughness erodes somewhat quickly when the body begins to crave sleep but can’t get it. Robotism takes hold, it can lead to a dark place, it can be very hard hard to come to terms with. Good luck with him, his world is not all as he tells you it is.
Yawn, I’m afraid you’re 100% right. think you’ve hit all the nails on the head. Somehow I have to overcome my own reticence with people and with men in particular, to reach out in some way that he will accept. Its not my way to intrude, to push in where I’m not wanted. Its not my way to push in at all. I’m kind of proud too, actually. And, like him, I hate talking about my health to anyone. I hate being sick. But then, I don’t GET sick. It hardly ever happens so its not an issue for me.. But what you’ve shared has helped. I’m going to think of something. Thanks again, Yawn. You’re a perceptive, kind man.
Aqua, there are many factors to why someone isn’t getting good sleep. The suggestions already mentioned here such as get the machine and the pressure checked out are good. And exercise earlier in the day helps you sleep at night. No food for 2 to 3 hours before sleep, no electronics, computer screens TV screens for 1 hr before sleep. For a big complete rundown on this subject check out Dr. Mercola’s web site. I think he even sells stuff you spray under the tongue or drink at bedtime to help you sleep, and it is not a drug and is natural.
Thank you very much for these suggestions, Cindy. I appreciate it.
Not only are they trying to get locals to stay the weekend at the Fort Harrison, my daughter and her boss were recently invited for “tea” at the Fort Harrison. My daughter does occasional admin work for a Nail Salon / Spa a few blocks down from Flag and one of their customers invited them.
My daughter freaked out and walked out of the salon.
A J says
As for the Long Island Org with a name like Patel he has Italy written all over his face. Maybe Pepino the Italian mouse or Dominic the Donkey, but Daffy Duck?
Clickety click (hee haw! hee haw!)
It’s Dominic the Donkey!
Clickety click (hee haw! hee haw!)
The Italian Christmas donkey!
Gus Cox says
In the “Strong Island” photo I count 21 people and 1 duck. That’s the “correct orders of magnitude” they keep going on about?
Let’s look at those “orders of magnitude.”
2.1 x 10^1 for humans;
1 x 10^0 for ducks
One lousy order of magnitude? (zero for ducks)? That’s REAL EXPANSION!!!!!
Bwaaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha!
Title Waves says
Another ducked-up mess.
Zardu Bafflemaff says
It’s been 25 years at least since I toked some reefer and dropped some acid and then quit,all on my own volition and desire that I’d rather take up martial arts rather than fill my head with drugs. Why is it that when I look at the Scientology posters saying groovy parties and reliving the days of hippiedom that I want to toke and drop again? I still do martial arts,but maybe Scientology acid parties might enhance my martial arts experience? I like the Daffy Duck Party . I spoke to Daffy plenty of times during my acid days.Maybe catch up on old times….
Robert Almblad says
Not to be a skeptic, but I find it odd that the person who “graduated” in St. Paul has the postal initials of the state. It’s like they couldn’t even be bothered to look at the other 24 letters in the alphabet when they were trying to think up a fake name.
David Bates says
I really think that Waco and Jonestown were younger cult’s than scientology, although it seems they are heading in the same direction in self destruction. Maybe not in the same way as the others but they will implode soon.
Mike Maddux says
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!! They’re brilliantly satirizing themselves, so funny.
Out Ethics Ethics Officer says
The Clear View Mag was delivered our door
A RED glaring beacon that really stood out to me
There was Absolutely NO completions mentioned anywhere
Scientology….stick a fork in it
Gail Shourds says
I see the same guy is giving a lot of the seminars. You would think if Andrea D ‘Agostini can give seminars on how to achieve anything he would achieve more than being a Scientology seminar speaker for a living.
I also have a “one time event” planned for 4/20. Although it may go against all their reefer-madness bullshit they are still clinging to.
‘Now that $cientology TV has arrived, what’s next?’
Here’s yer first clue ………………… absolutely nuttin big boy!
Stats …….. will continue in the toilet.
New Meat …… none or if morsels show up, You will turn it putrid in no time.
Public …….harder and harder to get anyone to show up for anything.
Staff ……. the beatings will continue until morale improves.
Money …… You will continue to fund more and more mORGues.
Your Life …… shitty and then it will get worse, slowly at first and then it will speed up!
My suggestion to You Dave ……. find out whose fault it is and then hammer them as needed until all is well ………. You know the drill Dave. Do IT!
How are all you boys and girls over at the Pee Eye management wing doin today? See if You can do something right for Dave today kids. And say hi to Eff Pee for me!
Scary to think that Thursday, April 5, 2018, and as bad as it may seem to DM right now: Today is in fact the best he will have for the rest of his life. It only goes downhill from here.
And that is the only direction unattended shit rolls!
Mary Kahn says
Had an interesting conversation with a scio and she thinks all is so great. Staff getting paid, libs, light scheduling, no hassles. She thinks she and her significant other have changed it from within. Said she’s back me if I went in and did A-E. She really went out on a limb but then that’s what good friends do. The real story is that she was covering her ass in case anyone saw her talking to an SP and wrote a KR.
Reading this just gave me both a pang of sadness and a surge of anger. Your former friend – so craven, so cowed and at the same time so false and cruel. To blather on with lies about how great everything is in her org. All lies. To pretend to care about you, to pretend to be so concerned about you and to pledge her total support of you IF ONLY you would just go back.. What a shit show. As if this soulless vampire actually cares whether you live or die. . Its very sad – for her, compelled to be so artificial, so false.. Still Ins like her are on a very, very, very low level. I admire your self control, Mary. I would have disposed of this covertly hostile bimbo very quickly… No profanity, just some choice, icy sarcasm she’d never, ever forget. Words I won’t repeat here out of respect for you.
Watched the intro to the Scientology Network on youtube which was hosted by your least favorite person (you know who I mean ).
He ain’t lookin’ too good!
Cat W. says
Confession: sometimes I find these things more depressing than entertaining. ☹ Some thoughts:
What does “ALL BLACKS” mean? That can’t be a racial reference.
“Why Scientology got developed here and not anywhere else?”
Land of Opportunity for Con Men, I suppose. Joseph Smith, LR Hubbard, Jim Jones: All made in the USA.
“The Youngest, Boldest, Coolest Religion” followed by “Now on TV.”
It’s like the 50s! Next time I suggest, “Be the first on your block…” and “Act Now!”
I’ve never commented here before but NZ all blacks isn’t a racist thing – it’s simply a reference to their rugby team colours and dates to the 19th century (probably because they wore a black shirt or one with an all black stripe, unbroken by any other colour, emblem or logo). The unofficial NZ flag that you often see at sporting events is also black with a white fern.
Cat W. says
“I’ve never commented here before but NZ all blacks isn’t a racist thing – it’s simply a reference to their rugby team colours and dates to the 19th century (probably because they wore a black shirt or one with an all black stripe, unbroken by any other colour, emblem or logo).”
Thanks for explaining. I thought it couldn’t be racial, but with Scientology so many things I think couldn’t be turn out to be. ?
The true story of Scientology is simple, concise and direct. It is quickly told:
1. A hypnotist develops a fake science of the mind; 2. People find it lacking in any real research; 3. People find it harms; 4. People warn others about it; 5. It shrinks.
When we examine this extremely accurate and very brief account, we see that there must be in our civilization some very gullible people to believe anything else about it.
Don’t forget 1A MjM ……..
1A) People pay a lot of money and flock into the new science of the mind. Meanwhile back at the ranch, El Con spews forth much more gobbledegook which is lapped up by those wanting to believe.
Elron’s cosmology about “this sector” of the Milky Way galaxy and the universe in general is not addressed on the lower grade chart. The lower grade chart up to and including clear addressed real life issues and intelligent people collaborated with Hubbard in hopes of developing a workable applied philosophy or psychology. I never felt I was giving or getting auditing based on a science fiction cosmology. I left in 1982 after “clear” which to me was a something rather than a nothing. The OT levels were hidden back then.
‘Flower Power, Skyhooks, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, Saturday Night Fever . . . . party like it’s the 70’s’ – If they really have so many New Recruits, What would be the appeal of This theme? And, not to be ‘picky’, but isn’t all that Alice in Wonderland visual copywright material . . . . . Not to mention still ‘ripping off’ Christian Holiday themes, i.e., ‘Easter Weekend at the Fort Harrison’ . . Oh, and ‘Come dressed as your Favorite star’ to our ‘Night of A Thousand Stars’ . . . . . . so, where’s the List of Attending Celebrities? ‘Youngest, Boldest, Coolest Religion . . . ’, show me just One Person (aside from the kids whose souls you plan to hijack, and the (other) hired actors) over the age of 40 ! ! ! ! ‘ Last, by No means Least, ‘ALL BLACKS Ideal Org Alliance Event’ – Shades of Segregation? Please, Wake Up, Go peddle the sleaze somewhere else, Or, Better Yet? Put the Tax Exempt dollars being used to ‘Pimp’ these events to the use for which they are intended . . . . HELPING THOSE IN NEED.
Mike Rinder says
Just FYI — “All Blacks” is a reference to the NZ National Rugby team who have traditionally worn black outfits. Nothing to do with race. Many of the All Blacks are Maoris and other pacific natives.
Peggy L says
Thank you Mike for clearing that up. I thought the same thing as Marne did.
Thank you for the correction. Just shows how easily assumptions are made and out of ignorance of the facts. Didn’t notice ‘come dressed for the game’; my mind took off on another track.
Grant Frires says
I Guess the All Black Lawyers will be having words with the Church , Mis – leading advertising and using the Fern symbol, hasn’t the Church been told off before,
Maggie Pearse, ???? I thought she died of cancer years ago, think Panda mentioned it. its that unmistakable frizzy hair, looks like her,
I’m interested to see that there is nothing focused on ScnTV, just two mentions of it in passing, one of them in a publication that probably went to press weeks ago. Don’t they have new opportunities for “dissemination” that have opened up, and a flood of people into the org to cope with along with real “highest evers” to tout? Indeed, “What’s next”?
I’m always struck by the (increasingly?) nebulous things that they try to promote, like to “increase the speed and strength of your reach on your dynamics.” And seeing a focus on “survival,” it occurs to me, I wonder if that will become a new theme to replace “expansion”?
At the sad little Long Island org, in that first picture of about 16 people, I see that about half have balding or bald heads, which tells something about the remaining membership. Their big group picture has all of about two dozen people in it, which is probably pretty indicative of the size of the active membership of the org, and similar to other marginal ones like Battle Creek, New Haven, and St. Louis – and likely even Orlando.
Mike Rinder says
Oh, believe me, there is plenty of focus on CSN. Just ger bored with the same thing over and over again. The new “Int Scn News” has a hundred pages devoted to the CSN.
Mike, thanks for the clarification
I’m hoping that before long you’ll do a follow up on and analysis of what is becoming of ScnTV, and perhaps what’s in ISN. As I’ve written about, and I think we’ve seen plenty of evidence for, members were lead to have big expectations that it was going to be a game-changer in various ways that would impact them and their orgs directly. It also appears to me that even if it was, like most Scientology PR efforts, really focused on impressing the internal “public” membership, given the huge investment in advertising, there must have been some expectation that it would have at least a marginal effect in increasing the typical trickle of new “raw meat” outside prospects into the orgs. And yet, almost surprisingly, there’s no sign that it’s producing any results at all.
Has Scientology really spent $50 million on SuMP studios, and probably in the ballpark of another $50 million on ScnTV when all the advertising is figured in, and not even gotten one person to sign up for a $50 course, as they at least claimed came out of their Superbowl ad? Even if they do eventually get a bit of response, this still on a trajectory to become a historic failure that makes the Edsel and New Coke fiascos look like relative successes. And I don’t see that it’s even doing anything to improve their public image, nor that it is likely to even if they keep it up.
A copy of this Long Island org flyer, – especially the group photo of the rag-tag little Long Island Org with one of them dressed as a duck lying down in front – should be distributed widely with the caption: “Scientology: Man’s Only Hope”.
Honestly, if you knew nothing about Scientology – nothing at all – and just saw that photo – would you need to know anything else?
Title Waves says
At least they’re not hiding the quackery that is scientology. But it’s an exploitation of ducks.
Can we call PETA?
Ha ha ha! Love it, Title.
I noticed on the second poster – the one of AOLA new level of survival – that Andres Rodriguez is now Senior C/S AOLA. The prior one is probably busted and I wonder who is now Snr C/S WUS?
Expansion, nothing baby; is more like shrinkage.
Old Surfer Dude says
Oh, it’s definitely shrinking alright. The only people they can get are those who don’t know how to use Google.
Mary Kahn says
“SCIENTOLOGY: The Youngest, Boldest, Coolest Religion”
Yea. Wear that on a tee-shirt. New people will come in droves.
Old Surfer Dude says
They left out, ‘The Badest.’
Peggy L says
Groovy, Cool Beans, Can You Dig It?, Right On!, Catch You on the Flip-side, Far Out!
and to get a bit closer to the 80s
Gnarly, Like Totally, Rad, Wiggin’ Out
and most appropriate…Gag me with a Spoon
Mary Kahn says
Mary, “bitchin” was from the 60’s. It was my favorite word in high school. (My parents didn’t appreciate it much. lol)
Title Waves says
“Coolest.” No. Coldest, yes.
I do love me some reefer madness, medical or otherwise! Glad to see nothing from Fearless Leader in Edinburgh – I cringe when my country appears in these adverts!
The Youngest, Boldest, Coolest (yada, yada, yada) religion.
NOW on an outdated and fast dying medium of communication!