Scientology Daily Digest: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Programming note: Again, exhaustion overtook me in trying to get this done last night.  That and a desire to maintain some semblance of an actual life. Apologies to Faithful Readers who may depend on this before bedtime.


Perhaps the most unexpected news item today is that Marty and Mosey Rathbun recently became parents, with little William James Rathbun entering the world a few days ago.  Ironically, William James is considered “the father of American psychology.”  Congratulations!  And, of course, this makes Mosey Rathbun a mother lioness; Miscavige would do well to remember that messing with a mother lioness (think Karen De La Carriere after the loss of her son Alexander) is almost always a low-percentage shot.

The best Facebook comment by a cultie hyperventilating over the ultra-amazing events of the weekend goes to this unnamed Kool-Aid drinker, posted to BlackRob’s WWP thread of crazy cult Facebook posts.

Some delusionally delirious praise for David Miscavige from an attendee at last weekend's events.  Wonder if the Nobel committee will pick Miscavige over that Pope Francis guy.

Some delusionally delirious praise for David Miscavige from an attendee at last weekend’s events. Wonder if the Nobel committee will pick Miscavige over that Pope Francis guy.

Something to watch for:  Buffalo (thanks to Ze Moo) and Melbourne report Scientology ad campaigns popping up in the last couple of weeks.  It will be important to see if this is the beginning of a major initiative to pollute adorn buses and airwaves in major cities worldwide.  Please pass along any data points on new ads in mass media (Craigslist doesn’t count).

Tony Ortega’s Blog

Today’s story featured leaked photos from the Super Power building.  Apparently, these photos came from one of the books distributed as souvenirs to the attendees at the weekend’s events.  There are some pictures from inside the building being posted on social media, but nothing yet that appears to be actual pix of the oiliness table or anything else on the Super Power floor.  Tony also revisited the fact that the speech was 8 minutes long.

My take:  

I had another thought on the 8-minute speechus interruptus (perhaps better termed quotus interruptus, evocative of another happens-too-fast problem that DM may have to contend with) and why it is such a disaster for Dave. Recall that, based on the articles on Mike Rinder’s site, all the events on Friday and Saturday gave a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo about Golden Age of Dreck 2 issues, filled with nonsensical acronym-slinging. But he didn’t say much about Super Power at that time.

So if he really wanted to “sell” Super Power to his best customers, most of whom were seated in the front row at the event, he really needed to get people whipped up into a lather before they entered the building. When you unveil a major new product, you have to get people emotionally invested before they try it out. You don’t want them making a buying decision on purely rational grounds. It’s like when a manufacturer unveils a new car at a car show — the speeches, music, lights, food, booze, etc. are designed to get people excited before they see the car, and then transfer the excitement from the other stuff to the car itself. It doesn’t matter that they’ve been hyping Super Power for 15 years of fund raising; you still have to do it all over again when people are about to sample the product for the first time.

That’s why I think this is an epic fail, far worse than just the personal embarrassment of being “confronted and shattered” by “chopper tech.” It’s a strategic blunder of the first degree. And it will definitely be felt not only in Super Power enrollment figures, but perhaps even in the IAS event in two weeks.

So what’s the next scam after this one?  Ivan Mapother tongue-in-cheekily thinks we’re up for new Super Powers buildings in Europe and Australia.  I think we would do well to watch the “Pacific Events Center,” an auditorium complex so sorely needed because the dozens of live event venues within 10 miles of Pac Base, ranging from the 1,300 seat Wilshire Ebell theater to the Forum, the Sports Arena and the Staples Center (each 15,000+ seats) just don’t give them any choices on where to hold an event.  They’re also talking about an “L. Ron Hubbard Auditorium” in Clearwater.

But there are also local ad campaigns popping up.  It’s going to be important to keep an eye on local ad campaigns (which are cheaper, and thus involve less fundraising) versus big building campaigns (which last longer, and have the potential to raise more money over time but probably a much slower start). That may give us some insight into whether DM believes his donor base is tapped out.

Selected comments:

Mike Rinder’s Blog

  • One of Mike’s sources talks about their tour of the Super Power building. Apparently, they’re not allowed up on the sixth floor to see the running track where the Cause Resurgence Rundown will take place.  Perhaps that’s because the marketing promise that this rundown can be done at any point and will absolutely positively deliver all sorts of “case gain” won’t reconcile too well to the reality of a running track in the dark in the minds of even the most obedient public.

Forum Sites (WWP, ESMB, OCMB)

Thanks again to Aeger Primo for the eagle-eyed scan of the forums.

General News

  • Leah Remini was on The View, the ABC gab-fest led by Barbara Walters. Apparently, Baba Wawa asked about disconnection, and Leah pointed out that she didn’t disconnect from her friends, they are the ones not allowed to talk to her.
  • In Buffalo, the gateway to the quaint rural region of upstate New York called “Canada,” the local paper notes a billboard and bus ad campaign for Scientology and considers the question of whether they’re trying to spruce up their image.  Leaving aside the question of whether raising the Titanic would be easier, it’s nice to see local press do a reasonable job grappling with the question.  Nice job scoring an interview with two recently departed local ex’s.
  • Off topic but still relevant, since many in this community are fans: Monty Python is reuniting for a show.  They had rarely appeared together in public in the last 20 years (I was at a movie premiere of a documentary in NY in 2009 and actually got to shake Terry Jones’s hand) and now they’re performing together.
  • aboutandout

    I have witnessed the Buffalo ad campaign first hand. In our attempt to help prop up the US economy we were in Buffalo 2 weeks ago and yes several buses had ads on the whole side of the bus. SIL & I almost choked when we saw it. I will try to get a picture the next time I am over. Not sure if we can inform the city who they are getting in bed with? I guess money is money and I suspect that the city certainly needs the cash.

    • John P.

      Thank you for the field check.

      We in the rest of America are grateful when you Canadians come down from those small rural hamlets north of Buffalo to trade with us, as shown in this documentary of the economy of Canada. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITLXo19248g I hope you were able to get a good price for your thick woven plaid fabrics, the lumber from your abundant forests, and the pelts from your fur trappers.

      Incidentally, at least in the US, the bus companies are limited in their ability to reject advertising, particularly when it comes close to First Amendment issues, as “religious” speech from Scientology almost certainly would be. In this article, a judge was forced to allow rabidly frothing anti-Muslim activist Pamela (“Sharia Lurks Behind Every Rock”) Geller to run virulently anti-Muslim bus and subway ads in NYC last year, despite the MTA’s ban on ads that would be offensive to definable groups.

      I know free speech laws are different in Canada (holocaust denial is illegal, for instance). Would Scientology ads be allowed in Canada, especially if people objected to them?

      • aboutandout

        Oh my sides are hurting so bad from laughter…that video was awesome. And yes the ads would be allowed here objections or not. They have been running radio ads over the last few months.

    • OrangySky

      Sci Critics need our Bob Minton, to be able to buy counter-ads. I wonder what kind of campaign would work so as not to be defined as “religious hate speech” by these slimebuckets?

      I certainly think Observer’s Ron Shoops might make a good billboard or poster series. Posting documentable facts about Ron’s life – given that he’s not a mystical historical figure like Jesus, Mohammed, etc – could be a creative/effective method of anti-Scientology activism. Because they’re not about to take his name off the books…and that’s the first thing you see when you walk into an Org.

  • chukicita

    Re: small fund-raising objectives…

    I am not well-versed in capitalism or the art of making money (you can tell because I don’t have any), but would it be interesting to explore the Scientology MEST frenzy of real estate that’s been going on for the last decade or so?

    Buying historical properties is a great way to make yourself look established, but if you have a slave labor army you can fix ’em up and flip them for a profit. Checking a few local sales shows properties being bought for higher than expected prices but later sold at a profit. I’m not a real estate mogul but it seems like there might be other ways to skim off chunks of cash here.

    I know xenu-directory dot net has a plethora of information about Scn real estate purchases and sales, compiled by several folks (including me) – also info from various 990s that show the financial interpretive dance between front groups, parishioner family foundations, etc.

    • John P.

      You’re exactly right that the real estate portfolio, considered solely as an economic enterprise, is worth analyzing. It will be especially worth analyzing if the cult starts selling stuff at a profit. While I haven’t done a detailed analysis, the sales I’m aware of are all at a loss, or are at best close to breakeven. The recent sales in San Diego, the old Portland building, and the others I can recall, all lost money versus the purchase price.

      The “profit” comes because the culties raise the money for the building (of course, raising more than the amount of money. Then when the building is purchased, the title goes to Headquarters. The locals who raised the money have no control over what happens next. When the property is sold, Headquarters gets the proceeds (whether at a profit or at a loss). Proceeds from a sale do not appear to be rolled over into the purchase of a new building, the way most people would do when they sell their existing house and buy a new one.

      It turns out that they make far more money when they raise $12 million for a building that they pay $7 million for and then raise $8 million for renovations that ultimately cost $3 million than if they were doing a “legit” building-flipping business.

      I don’t have time to do it right now, but I have done this before on several occasions: modeling what a “real world” renovation project would cost versus what the cult could do it for using slave labor. I’ve got this on the list of projects to write up when time permits.

      If you estimate the financial returns of buying a building for 100% cash up front (instead of using a mortgage) even if you don’t pay taxes on the profit, the profits from that model of actually operating the building are far lower than what competent real estate investors can earn by being smart, even if they have to pay market labor rates and taxes on the profit when they sell the building. Brains usually beats special tax deals.

      • chukicita

        It is my understanding that there are funds raised to purchase a property; the title goes to a Scn, Inc. tentacle and then they *charge rent* to the local mission or org. That on top of slave-labor renovations could add up. I’m wondering, though, about all the properties that have been purchased and are not exactly bursting with life. Many of these are properties of local historic significance, wherever they are located.
        Tampa Org and the Dianetics Center that occupied two old cigar factories on Habana St. in Tampa for about a decade seems to have sold (by the clam-owned Stonebridge Realty) for a profit this past year, according to Hillsborough County property appraiser records.

        • OrangySky

          Who pays for the utilities, city garbage collection, insurance policies (fire/flood/earthquake) etc?
          Is it the Orgs themselves, or HQ?

          I was of the understanding that the Orgs had to find the cash to keep the doors open and lights on?

          • John P.

            Yes, my understanding is that the individual orgs are responsible for their operating expenses. The amount of money that headquarters skims off the top (85% or more) keeps the orgs near bankruptcy, the staff unpaid, and the toilet paper holders in the bathrooms empty.

            That sorry state of affairs is reminiscent of life in offices in the old Soviet Union, where you had to bring your own toilet paper from home, since toilet paper provided by management would be stolen and re-sold on the black market.

        • John P.

          Thanks for the data point. Do you think you might be able to check and get purchase and sale dates and prices for the Tampa org building? That would be interesting to use to calculate returns.

          Also, is this different from the Ideal Org in Ybor City, which I thought was the one in the cigar factory? Or is all of historic Tampa basically cigar factories and there are two former cigar factories involved?

          The Ybor City Ideal Org opened in 2011, and if the old Tampa building was sold in 2012, then we see how the Ideal Org scam operates: big hype and buildup to getting donations for the building purchase and renovations, and then a year or two after the building purchase, the cult quietly sells the old building which it hopes people have completely forgotten about, and pockets the cash and moves on…

          • chukicita

            Everything in Tampa is an old cigar factory. The Tampa Org was located in West Tampa and is separate from the Ideal Org in Ybor City. Here’s what a cursory search (damn these deadlines) says:

            (Tampa Org) 3102 N. Habana,
            Sold to Scientology in 10/2001 for $1,100,000
            Scientology sold (to a non-Scn entity) in 9/2012 for $1,200,000

            This facility was in heavy use – they’d send folks from Clearwater, parking lot full almost daily. They used this ‘growth’ to drive the need for the larger Ideal Org. Which sits across the street from a lovely bar, and is nearly empty.

            (Ideal Org) 1619 E. 8th St,
            Previous sale in 3/2000 for $3,962,100
            Sold to Scientology in 5/2010 for $7,050,000
            (note: no visibly huge improvements had been made before sale)

            Another property in Ybor City is a storefront near the Ideal Org, the Life Improvement Center at 1911 N. 13th Street
            Previous sale in 4/2003 for $350,000
            Sold to Scientology in 5/2004 for $1,150,000
            (again, no huge improvements)

      • Anonymous

        Your back of the envelope analysis above is probably fairly accurate. The whole “ideal org” building frenzy is also a way to show “something” tangible happening in the world of Scientology.

        Those that have been around for any length of time know of the twists, turns and “evolutions” of the tech, which cause a type of sea-sickness from the constant rocking motions.

        But buildings…well those are visible and tangible. Folks both inside and outside the church can agree they have actual value.

        It appears to be simply an effort to append legitimacy to an otherwise obviously failed “spiritual” operation. The tech and its legacy are a broken brand in the world at large. But buildings…well now there is something anyone can believe in.

        • chukicita

          Strange how a group that pooh-poohs MESTiness would put such a large part of its resources into MESTy stuff like buildings.

    • JonHenke

      I’ve come to the conclusion that they are buying buildings because their tax deal with the IRS rested on the CofS spending the funds they raised on “exclusively religious and charitable purposes.”

      So, they’re not buying buildings because they have some grand plan on what to do with them, or even because they believe those buildings will turn a profit. They are buying buildings because they can spend the money without actually losing the money. They’re not spending the money; they are just satisfying an IRS requirement by exchanging cash for assets.

      Also, it’s much harder for disgruntled donors to get a refund when the money has been spent (converted into an asset).

      • Anonymous

        This is probably part of the equation. Again, its tangible, so it looks like “something” is happening.

  • MaxSpaceman

    John PC

    Regarding Website. Suggest you develop the top of the “layout” so that there is a “banner” so to speak. As at Tony O’s, or Marty or Mike’s blogs. As on most Websites, the top pixels are taken up with a splash of art, a graphic representation of the blog name, some links, whatever. You know what I mean. Doing that, imo, helps the visitors viewing pleasure and acclimates the visiting experience to an anchor, the header. (Just suggestin’).

    • John P.

      Thank you for the suggestion. I agree that the look needs to be enhanced. I’ve been working with a Valued Contributor to spruce things up a bit, but due to our respective schedules, it’s taken a while to forge ahead.

      If you’re an artistic sort of person with good digital art skills, I would love help on designing a splash image and a favicon.ico logo.

      • Valerie Ross

        Just a suggestion for favicon.ico logo, I love your av, because we know who you are from it. I would love it if you would carry it forward to this new place. Just my .02

        • John P.

          That’s certainly the reasonable thing to do. I don’t know about favicon files — will the browser scale something larger or do I have to save something that’s exactly 16 x 16 or 32 x 32 or whatever the display resolution is? I know the browser will scale images on the HTML display canvas, but I don’t know about this particular file which I assume is some sort of exception. My web-fu skills are very low level based on being a software engineer several decades ago.

          • Valerie Ross

            If you want to email me the your av, I will favicon it for you.

            I have hit the contact button and sent you further info.

          • MaxSpaceman

            You will have your computer people reduce the image you have to 18 x 18 pixels. They will name that file “favicon.ico” and place that in the header of the HTML code of your homepage. You’ll notice the “Disqus” “D” favicon. That works great. Because it’s just a “D” and @ 18 x 18, it still “reads”

            Though yours won’t reduce that well, still, if you have your computer peeps reduce your avi image as it is, it will still be recognizable enough. I’d go with that- it’s your Internet brand up till now.

      • MaxSpaceman

        You know, bro, if I had the time to consider that, I’d be shooting the videos, and producing the songs that I have in mind, which I can’t get to !!

        But NYC in the power centers throughout the City have some way cool computer peeps you should be able to hook up with. NYC rivals Silicon Valley now, nearly, for terrific computer tech in mass quantities (people & companies). :->)

  • Echo_Effect

    John P. In regard to
    your “Take” on the 8 minute speech. Your
    logical analysis is correct; I thought much the same. Yet, in the back of my mind, the thought arises,
    that all these assumptions are based on the marketing of a product that
    actually performed “as advertised.” If the
    product does not work, the 8 minute lack of hype may not be as important as one
    might think.

    If Super Power actually provided abilities on the scale
    people have been led to expect, the product would have been released many years
    ago. Lack of a proper building would not
    have limited the profit potential of the Super Power program. The building would have been built from
    profits derived from the program.

    I believe
    the targeted market for Super Power within the Church, is very small. My personal opinion & prediction for the
    future, is that you will see very little said about Super Power from the Church
    of Scientology. The building will be
    promoted for everything & anything, but Super Power.

    • John P.

      Yes, you’re almost certainly right: the main economic value of Super Power was the fund-raising to build the building, and actually delivering the product is something of an afterthought. However, actually following through and delivering the first truly new product Miscavige has ever done is important strategically, particularly with an eye towards keeping him in power as discontent in the ranks may be mounting. So he has to make at least some reasonable effort to get people to sign up and pay for Super Power.

      And yes, there is certainly a chance that Miscavige will bury Super Power if it doesn’t sell. I think that he’s going to have to wring every last dime out of it he can up front, before he begins to soft pedal it. He’ll presumably have to cut back the emphasis on Super Power once the word-of-mouth gets around about things like the “oiliness table” and smell-o-rama.

      But interestingly, if the report on Mike Rinder’s blog is correct that people on the tour can go to the fifth floor to check out the Tilt-o-Whirl stuff but they can’t go to the 6th or 7th floor to check out the Running Program (“Cause Resurgence Run-Down”), then Miscavige is probably more worried about negative feedback from the Cause Resurgence Rundown than he is about Super Power.

      I would conclude from what you’re pointing out that Miscavige is in a dilemma of his own making: keep sliding the date to open Super Power and piss off the followers who believe it is something great, versus keep sliding the date so people don’t find out just what a turd the whole thing is. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Ending up in this situation is utterly preventable, and Miscavige would be the one who could prevent it. But he “pulled it in” instead…

    • Valerie Ross

      I was thinking along the same lines EE. I was wondering if the SP building was ready to be opened despite the massive fundraising effort. I wonder if they threw some cheesy props in there at the last minute (thus the cancellations, etc.) so there would be something to show them on the tours, but the actual accoutrements for the fake processes per the stupid blueprints are not even in place.

      We all suspect the SP building was never meant to be opened but merely a front for Super Fundraising, so when his hand was forced, Teeny Fists threw in some space age (in his mind – probably the last space age thing he remembers seeing is Star Trek) non-working equipment and took everyone on a tour.

      IMHO I believe he’s afraid to actually *offer* Super Power processing to anyone because it would become blatantly obvious that whoops – nothing to see here.

  • OrangySky

    Thank you for highlighting the court date thread. I liked this little tongue-in-cheek touch:

    December 27 — Florida – New Year’s Eve @ Flag/Clearwater. See: http://tonyortega.org/2013/11/02/dat…ks/#more-11383

    December 31 — Earth – New Year’s Eve. For realies.

  • mirele

    After a long time of not seeing them, I’ve been picking up the occasional Scientology web page ad again. I want to say the most recent one I saw was on an article about Mormonism on HuffPo. It was the same ads we’ve seen before, so nothing pushing Stupid Power or that rot.

  • IASREG

    Super Powered Sciloontologists are going to bury the squirrels under their bulldozer as they clear the entire world! LOL Sorry, I am against clear cutting and animal abuse. These Scientology children need to stop playing with their Tonka toy bulldozers and tomato cans and cognite how utterly insane they are. David Miscavige is arguably the least important cult leader in this sector of the Galaxy, he is also verifiably and factually the shortest cult leader to ever exist in this universe. Dear Sciloon, the EP is always you mocked it up in your reactive mind = you made this bullshit up yourself, it was all in your imagination, thanks for playing.

  • Missionary Kid

    Bury the Nuts, who was outside the Co$ barriers, said that the Tampa Bay Times photographer said that the speech was only 4 minutes long. I don’t have time to find the post now.

    • PoisonIvyHerself

      Tony has a recording of it, though! I’m still waiting for some audiophile to transcribe it by damping down the helicopter and ambient noise. I caught enough words to believe that it can be done.

  • Valerie Ross

    Thank you, John for highlighting my comment among the many at Tony’s, not because I care about my ramblings, but because if my comment is highlighted here as well as posted on Tony’s the likelihood that OSA will read it is doubled and Teeny Fists can see he “pulled it in”. Hmmm. . . what are his overts? Sorry, don’t have enough lifetimes to list them.

  • Science Doc

    John:

    I have sometimes agreed to write/edit daily columns for respected media outlets that run for weeks or months at a time (before the responsibility is gladly passed onto someone else). I have simultaneously found these responsibilities to be both uplifting and a terrible burden – the difference lying in the intersections of my other responsibilities and whether the content before me at the moment is routine or powerful.

    Since this is your own blog, and no senior editor is awaiting your submissions, please consider setting a sustainable pace for yourself. You could probably also farm out the summary work, and it sounds like you might already be working with some other members. I think you are at your best with analysis, and I’d hate to see you burn out summarizing the message boards to meet self-imposed deadlines.

    • Valerie Ross

      Although I did indeed go to you for my bedtime story, when it wasn’t there, I turned out the lights and went to sleep, resting soundly. I have a blog. I post there once every so often. My brother has a blog. He posts more often than me. He says he will post regular updates when Eva Longoria tickles her tongue with his ear on a regular basis (yes, that’s exactly the way he worded it).

      It’s an awesome burden you’ve assigned yourself. You are not an unemployed fringe blogger, you are an employed fringe blogger. Not only have you taken it upon yourself to post daily, but you have taken it upon yourself to post daily updates about dozens of sites daily, thus forcing you to read, digest and then post.

      You are only SuperHuman fer hell’s sake. Thank you and don’t worry, I will wait (impatiently but understandingly) for you to post when you are refreshed and invigorated.

  • thetaesque

    Re: The best Facebook comment by a cultie
    hyperventilating over the ultra-amazing events of the weekend goes to this
    unnamed Kool-Aid drinker, posted to BlackRob’s WWP thread of crazy cult Facebook posts

    I loved the over-the-top language in this post, in the same way that some people love movies so bad they’re almost good, like Battlefield Earth or Gigli or Plan 9 from Outer Space. Or, my personal favorite, the 1990’s schlockfest Showgirls with Elizabeth Berkley.

    This Facebook posting sounds very much as if Danny Sherman wrote it – perhaps for some for out of favor cultie who wanted to do amends? Or maybe because DM’s bruised ego needed some buffing and polishing after the Sunday fiasco?

    In any case, it’s written in the usual Danny Sherman idiolect.

    For starters, there are the unnecessary modifiers so beloved by the mulleted Mr. Sherman: “openly stating,” “truly awarded,” “personal sweat equity,” “utter purity.”

    And where would we be without a Danny Sherman run-on sentence:

    “If the Nobel Peace Prize was to be truly awarded for humanitarian efforts
    in “reducing standing armies”, then it is unquestionable that the
    accomplishment of this quarter of a century project, lead through the personal sweat equity, unequaled efforts and overcoming of insurmountable odds by David Miscavige would factually be recognized the world over.”

    And then there’s one of Mr. Sherman’s favorite words: “factually,”
    which OTVIIIisGr8 has used many times in his satire on the cult.

    I next compared this to one of the DM speeches (written by Danny Sherman) on Jeff Hawkins’ website:

    http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/thought-stopping-on-steroids/

    “I am genuinely honored to join you on this day when Scientology comes of age in Seattle; not that you haven’t long maintained a presence in this town, not that you haven’t long ago sunk roots into this city, and not that you haven’t long carried the torch of this great Northwest, but only now is all the majesty and subtlety of booming this Church made manifest, because only now can we appreciate the deeper meaning of those campaign slogans which drove your new civilization builders to this moment: leading the way; delivering the future; taking Seattle to greater heights, only now is it clear those weren’t slogans at all, they were a prophecy, so while we’ve long marveled at your unbridled creativity and elaborate events, the many parts you’ve played, the many stages you’ve trod, and the myriad costumes you’ve donned, only now is it obvious when you were told giving your best, you took it to mean the best of the best.”

    and ran both through a website suggested by one of the
    commenters, “I Write Like” site (http://iwl.me)

    Both the DM speech and the cultie hyperbolic language came up with H. P. Lovecraft on the “I Write Like” site.

    No smoking guns here, and no real way to trace this back to DM. But if I’m right, then this speaks to the dwarfenfuhrer’s increasing desperation.

    • aegerprimo

      The site says I write like – Cory Doctorow

      • thetaesque

        For you I would have said: Agatha Christie. But who am I to argue with someone who actually put up a website like iwl.me?

        BTW, I’ve been reading your comments on ESMB. Yikes! As a never-in, I’m both fascinated and horrified by your experiences. The roaches, the slimy bathrooms, the asbestos on the ship…just the thought makes me gag. I’m glad you’re out!

        • aegerprimo

          Agatha Christie, that is a BIG compliment! WOW, Thank you!

          Thetaesque – thank you for reading my stories on ESMB. My story only adds to the horrors of life in the Sea Org, and I am grateful for a place to put it out on the internet for all to see the abuse and crimes of the Co$, and to how smart, able
          people can get sucked into it, even for decades. Thankfully I was not in the Sea Org for long, and have been out of Scientology for years. It did not end up ruining my life. Like you, I am fascinated and horrified by the stories of other exes, especially the similarities.

    • PoisonIvyHerself

      Great analysis and great catch. The hyperbolic post did indeed ring of Shermanspeak. As a professional writer who has written many scripts, speeches and books in the voice of others, I am stunned that Mr. Sherman still has a job. It’s a clear Mark of COB’s lack of education (and possibly intelligence) that he relies on this overblown HACK to craft ALL of his speeches, which make LRH’s bloviating sound like Shakespeare. They are fun to mock and delightful to parody, but honestly, they are so crassly insulting to our beautiful English language that I find them painful to endure.
      Apparently this dude has survived being in COB’s inner circles for a long time, and COB seems to think he “needs” Sherman. It’s quite odd; I’d love to hear more on their “special relationship.”

      PS – thanks for the “I Write Like” link! I’m going to have a lot of fun with that!

  • Gerard Plourde

    “Apologies to Faithful Readers who may depend on this before bedtime.”

    Don’t worry – we’ll wait. We understand that people need food and sleep (unlike a certain diminutive individual we could name).

  • Kitz

    There is a radio station out of Portland that is running ads late at night. Pissed me off since it was my favorite one. 🙁

    97.1 KYCH FM

    • KJP in Portland

      I need to tune in and check this out! I’m usually on another station (91.5, 89.9) , but I need to hear this. Did you see the ads on the Tri-Met buses a few months back? Those pissed me off…

      • Kitz

        I don’t live in the Portland area, so I hadn’t seen them.
        The ads were running around 2am, but I did hear one closer to dinner time one day. Sent an email, but no reply.

  • ShoopZ

    LOL! at “Buffalo, the gateway to the quaint rural region of upstate New York called “Canada.”

  • JonHenke

    Regarding the 8 minute speech: I’m having trouble figuring out why the second chopper would cause Miscavige to feel the need to cut his speech short. It wouldn’t be the noise level, since the church itself had a chopper up. It wouldn’t be a fear of pictures, since 8 minutes is plenty of time to take pictures. And Miscavige would have to know that a spontaneous change would show weakness. Given his a) fear of a coup, b) need to show strength in front of the whales, and c) delusional belief in his own dominance, it’s really hard to see why Miscavige would react this way to a second helicopter.

    It’s fun to imagine DM fleeing from the forces of the Mike-roscopeter, but that’s probably self-flattery. It’s possible they decided beforehand to shorten the time spent outside due to the rain they had that weekend.