Saturday, October 27, 2007

Something can be done about it

This is from a booklet which I found and read today.... recommended, if you care.

"We move forward into the 21st century armed with extraordinary technological advances. The
decoding of the human genome promises cures for cancer, AIDS and a host of other illnesses. Computer technology has changed everything from the cars we drive to the way we listen to music. The Internet has given us unprecedented access to information from anywhere in the
world. Yet have these things made our lives that much better, happier or secure?

The world is far from what we wish it to be. War and conflict dominate the headlines and
airwaves. Terrorism poses a potential threat to every individual and nation. How much job security does one really have living in a wobbly economy? Is it truly possible to enjoy a happy, stable relationship, or are broken homes and single-parent families now a normal part of the social landscape? And what of the future we have created for our children? In most countries, education has failed to a marked extent and millions across the world are functionally illiterate.
Amphetamine-like substances — drugs — are dispensed to schoolchildren as the solution to
“learning disorders” while beyond school walls, illegal drugs fuel the social scene.

This is the fundamental problem — the advance of science has not been matched by the same
progress in the humanities. Is that just the way things are, or can something be done about it?"

I'd say: SURE

Monday, October 15, 2007

A magnet for Scientologists, Clearwater comes to terms with its status as a mecca

It is very seldom to find such a thoroughly researched article!

Source: NC Times
By: MITCH STACY - Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. ---- Sure, says Mayor Frank Hibbard. It can be a little unsettling sometimes ---- throngs of Scientologists wandering Clearwater's streets in their blue or khaki trousers and crisp dress shirts.

Sometimes, it makes the neighbors a bit uneasy.

"When you come to downtown, no one likes being a minority," Hibbard says.

But mostly, folks in this picturesque Gulf Coast city have come to accept that Clearwater is to Scientologists what Salt Lake City is to Mormons, what Mecca is to Muslims. Though not everybody is happy about it.

"I think there's been a slow shift from a very strong adversarial relationship to a tolerance," says Ron Stuart, who clashed with church officials as an editor of the now-defunct Clearwater Sun in the '70s.

"There's still a lot of people in the city who don't trust them and wish they weren't there," says Stuart, who now works for the county court system. "But you can't deny that they contribute, particularly to the economy. Without them, there probably wouldn't be a downtown."

It's all unfolded over more than 30 years, since 1975, when L. Ron Hubbard came ashore.

The science-fiction writer and his associates, who for years operated from aboard a yacht at sea, secretly bought a historical hotel in a dying downtown with a vision of making Clearwater a spiritual home for his Church of Scientology.

The mysterious newcomers made waves almost immediately with secretive, aggressive expansion and ---- according to church documents seized by the FBI ---- a covert plot to discredit their enemies and "take control" of the city.

Today, downtown Clearwater is an international Scientology stronghold and a destination for elite members (including celebrity devotees like Tom Cruise and John Travolta) who come from all over the world for the highest levels of the church's spiritual training.

The empire's thumbprint on the downtown corridor is considerable and conspicuous, from the uniformed church workers on the streets every day to the two dozen or so Scientology-owned buildings and other properties in the low-slung skyline, many of them fully or partially exempt from property taxes.

Scientology's gem is the new seven-story Flag Building, which covers a full city block just down the street from the county courthouse where the Terri Schiavo legal drama played out a few years ago. Also known as the "Super Power Building," it will be the largest Scientology structure in the world when completed late next year and is expected to draw thousands more visiting believers to Clearwater.

By church tallies, around 12,000 Scientologists live and work in and around Clearwater now, the old attitudes and prejudices in town softened by the passage of time and aggressive community outreach by the church. Scientologists now sit on the boards of civic groups. They own businesses downtown. No longer is it political suicide for local leaders to associate with them.

Hibbard, mayor of the city of around 110,000 residents, can hardly forget that the church is the largest private property owner downtown. His seventh-floor offices at a downtown investment firm offer panoramic views of the massive Mediterranean Revival-style Flag Building and other Scientology holdings.

"They are a large presence," he said. "To ignore that fact is like sticking your head in the sand."

Hubbard established the Church of Scientology in 1954, based on theories he conceived in his best-selling book, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health." Today, the Los Angeles-based church claims 10 million members and more than 7,000 churches, missions and other groups around the world.

Scientologists believe spiritual enlightenment is possible by ridding your mind and soul of the accumulated, unwanted effects of this lifetime and innumerable previous lifetimes through an intense counseling process called "auditing." Auditors use a device called an "e-meter," similar to a polygraph.

Parishioners pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for the auditing services and progress through various levels of "Operating Thetan." Those seeking to achieve the highest "OT" levels come to Clearwater, where the church inhabits the 80-year-old Fort Harrison Hotel and a cluster of other beautifully restored buildings.

Hubbard chose Clearwater, the church says, because it was accessible ---- the Tampa airport is a half-hour away ---- and warm year-round. There is also a tory, perhaps apocryphal, that he liked the name ---- "clear" is the state of being Scientologists strive to attain, and Hubbard loved the sea.

About 1,400 members of the church's elite staff ---- known as the Sea Organization ---- work in the buildings, church spokeswoman Pat Harney said. They live in former tourist hotels and motels around town that have been bought and refurbished by the church.

Despite the church's longtime presence and outreach efforts, Scientology is still mysterious and intimidating to many in Clearwater. The church's own polling in 2003 showed that a majority of local people who had no previous contact with the church had negative opinions about it.

And some sources approached for this story declined to talk on the record, citing fear of harassment by Scientologists. Hubbard urged his followers to "attack" the church's enemies, and many in town believe that the policy didn't die with him in 1986.

"There's an aura of mistrust still," said Ray Emmons, a former Clearwater police detective who investigated the church in the 1980s and still lives in the area.

By many other accounts, though, the Church of Scientology has made huge strides mending fences in Clearwater.

The saga began when the church bought the Fort Harrison Hotel under an assumed name. Then, according to evidence seized later by the FBI, church officials plotted to discredit their "enemies," including the mayor and local newspaper reporters and editors.

Suspicion grew in the late '70s when Hubbard's wife and 10 other top church officials were convicted in Washington in a plot to steal federal government documents.

In the 1980s, the city held hearings to explore allegations that Scientology is a cult, but no action was taken. Clearwater residents protested the church. Church members protested right back.

In 1995, 36-year-old Scientologist Lisa McPherson died after being cared for by church staffers for 17 days in the Fort Harrison Hotel. A wrongful death suit by her family was a public relations nightmare for the church for years until it was settled in 2004. Charges of criminal neglect and practicing medicine without a license were filed but later dropped.

Attitudes started a slow shift in the '90s.

Local politicians, recognizing a sizable voting bloc, started showing up at Scientology-sponsored candidate forums. Scientologists shored up their image by getting involved in many civic groups and community improvement projects. Outsiders were invited into the Fort Harrison Hotel.

A local watchdog group that dogged the church after McPherson's death moved out in 2002.

"Little by little, the barriers just disappeared," said Mary Repper, a political consultant who advised local candidates in the 1980s and '90s. "Now if you go to one of their events, you see more business leaders, more community leaders, more elected officials than any other event in the county. They recognize the church's value now, they see it was an integral part to the solutions of Clearwater."

Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala was one of the first local politicians to warm up to Scientologists in the early 1990s and remains friendly with church officials.

"They've become part of the community because they reached out and made an effort," said Latvala, who got a $250 campaign donation from a Scientology-affiliated political action committee last year. "It's really changed in the last 10 or 12 years."

Said Harney: "We've done some growing up, we've gotten to know people, we're better understood. I think it is more understood that we are people from all walks of life."

With a new causeway to the beach rerouting tourists away from downtown, Clearwater leaders are desperately trying to figure out how to fill the many vacant storefronts and attract a mix of people to the city center.

Meanwhile, Scientology continues to spread out in Clearwater, turning a former assisted-living complex into an upscale hotel for visiting Scientologists, fixing up a run-down apartment complex to house more staff and opening a new parking garage.

Though many of its buildings are tax exempt, the church paid nearly $900,000 in taxes on its properties in the city last year. And a church consultant in 1999 estimated that Scientologists pump more than $80 million a year into the local economy.

Still, there is disagreement about whether Scientology's large presence has helped the redevelopment of downtown Clearwater or hampered it.

New condo buildings are rising on the harbor and a long-awaited streetscape face-lift is in the works, but some people wonder if a diverse downtown culture is possible with a Scientology building on nearly every corner and church staffers on the streets every day.

"When you have a mystery, people stay away," said George Kelly, owner of the landmark Downtown Newsstand.

Not everyone agrees. Omar Alexander, 21, who sat sipping a frozen coffee drink at the downtown Starbucks recently, said he isn't bothered by the ever-present Scientologists and doesn't believe they keep other people away. Every Scientologist he knows is a good person, Alexander says.

"They're working hard, doing what they need to do," he says.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Scientology "Basics"

In July 2007 David Miscavige presented the "Basics" of Dianetics and Scientology, a series of 18 books with accompanying lectures, published in 16 languages. This was the end of a major project to get L. Ron Hubbard's standard works compiled and published. I bought my pack (the price is a joke!) and started reading the first books.

I am impressed! The huge glossary has more words as I ever want to look up, the typesetting is so fluent that I did not even notice that I was reading for hours in a row! All the technical and other barriers to real understanding of the text have been fully removed. The "Basics" give me an unshakable certainty on the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology. I can explain it to anyone. I am not backed-off any more. My reach has increased tremendously. I feel that I have the tools necessary for every situation I could ever encounter!

These books need no sales pitch. Read them.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Scientology works, always!

What AP is talking about is covered in the (free) Scientology Handbook here.

Hubbard teachings embraced by faiths

By Matt Sedensky
Associated Press
August 12, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. -- Rev. Charles Kennedy preaches the brilliance of L. Ron Hubbard's words. Children in his after-school program learn with the Scientology founder's methods. Church members study one of his books. The minister calls Scientologists the kindest people he's met and their programs the best he's found.

But he and his congregants are not Scientologists. They are Christians.

The Glorious Church of God in Christ here is among a number of houses of worship across the U.S. -- how many is not clear -- that embrace some Church of Scientology programs.

Scientologists say their interfaith partnerships show people of all faiths clamor for solutions to real-world problems. Detractors say it amounts to a cloaked effort to attract new members. And the clergy who have adopted aspects of the Scientologists' outreach say they're simply making use of programs that work.

"When I see something effective, I embrace it. I took what we could use," said Kennedy. "I haven't found anything that deals with man better than what Mr. Hubbard has written."

Kennedy isn't alone among clergy outside the Church of Scientology in his steadfast appreciation of programs linked to it.

In neighboring St. Petersburg, Imam Wilmore Sadiki's mosque uses one of Hubbard's texts.

At Wayman Chapel in Houston, Rev. James McLaughlin's drug treatment center uses Scientology principles and refers addicts to Narconon, its rehabilitation program.

And at Word Evangelism Ministry in Washington, Rev. Catherine Bego has distributed booklets spreading Scientologists' messages against drugs and for moral living.

Scientology was founded in the 1950s by Hubbard, a science fiction writer. It teaches followers they are immortal spiritual beings, or thetans, who live on after death. The church says there is a supreme being, but its practices do not include the worship of a god.

The Scientology programs being established in other faiths are from the Association for Better Living and Education, a nonprofit established in 1988. It has four main programs: the anti-drug Narconon; the criminal rehab program Criminon; the morality code of The Way to Happiness; and the educational efforts of Applied Scholastics.

ABLE considers its programs secular, and their non-Scientology champions say they are no affront to their faith.

Sadiki has allowed Scientologists to stage a "Good vs. Evil" skit at his St. Petersburg Islamic Center, offers a children's class using "The Way to Happiness" and is considering offering Narconon and Applied Scholastics programs too. Not all of his followers were pleased.

"What is in it that's not advantageous to everyone else?" he asked those in opposition. "They couldn't say anything."

McLaughlin said he was seeking a drug program with more staying power than what his African Methodist Episcopal Church runs. He heard about the Scientologists' efforts and established a new outpatient center after Narconon training.

He says he's seen nothing but good come of it: a higher success rate, saved lives and his own strengthened faith.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

What are Scientology "Basics"?

In July 2007 David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology, re-released the full set of books written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s with accompanying lectures giving more details as the books. The full set contains all the "basics" of the Scientology belief system (called Scientology technology by Scientologists) and present the core of Dianetics and Scientology. Certainly it is very important for Scientologists - and anyone who wants to find out about Scientology - to read those books, in chronological sequence as the system developed over several years.

Dianetics Book

I read some of those, and let me tell me you what I thought Scientology is no longer holds true. This is the real stuff. Like the book "Dianetics". You grab the book, read it and start auditing with someone. Just like that! I found a partner now to work with and keep you posted how it went.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Call for vids!

Just as SAM (ScientologyAndMe) I also have a YouTube channel. When the BBC scandal exploded I got a lot of comments and video responses and published quite a few of them. So if you want to send me your vids, you're very welcome to do so. It can be on Scientology or anything else. Go ahead and do it.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Carnegie Mellon University's David Touretsky Caught Faking Credentials As Religious Expert

David Touretzky was caught faking his credentials as a religious expert while being interviewed on CNN last night. Touretzky was making highly inflamatory and untruthful remarks about the Church of Scientology and the Church supported social betterment programs in which many Scientologists engage such as the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and Applied Scholastics, a program to help teach children how to study and learn.

It struck me that having Mr. Touretzky on a show like this is a disservice to CNN's viewers as Mr. Touretzky is pretending by inference to have credentials as a religious studies scholar, yet his only expertise is in computer science. More specifically, he is a research scientist who studies rat brains. His specialty is rodent navigation i.e. which way a rat turns his head when given an external stimulus. He is attempting to map their neural networks in order to create rat-like intelligence in a computer. This has been wholly unsuccessful to date, yet he receives millions in taxpayer money for this type of research project.

Factually, Mr. Touretzky has no expertise whatsoever in any religious or theological field. For some reason he was allowed to go on CNN and rant about Scientology. They were most likely unaware of his history of anti-religious / anti-Scientology extremism and bigotry, his lack of credentials and history of bigoted statements. My real complaint is that he gets booked on shows like this by people who don't do the research on Touretzky. He is then allowed to go unchallenged by commentators.

To fill you in, the dispute between Mr. Touretzky and the Church of Scientology stems from his involvement in a blatant copyright infringement campaign he participated in years ago that violated the Church's copyrights. When he was forced by CMU's attorneys to take down the offending material from his website (located on the CMU computers) Touretzky began an imature campaign of harassment against the Church. Over the years this has included childish acts such as putting up pornographic photos on his website at CMU pretending to depict Scientologists, participating in hate pickets of the Church and his direct support of persons who have in engaged in illegal and/or tortious conduct against the Church, including persons who have made terrorist threats against the Church.

Simply put, Mr. Touretzky a bigot. However his bigotry is not just against the Church of Scientology. He has made some pretty outrageous and disgusting statements of a similar nature against blacks, Mexicans, Moslems, and women. These have been competently documented by Joel Phillips on his Religious Freedom Watch website which you can find at David Touretzky.

Mr. Touretzky has taken to lying that he authored these racial slurs when asked by the media, but the computer logs don't lie and he did in fact make them. As you can see these statements are much worse than what Don Imus said, yet CMU has chosen to ignore his conduct and continues to retain Touretzky. (Maybe they feel this is the sort of thing young adults should be taught.)

Several years ago Mr. Touretzky was also exposed for having used his CMU office phone for ordering sex toys from an outfit in California see David Touretzky.
You can find the invoice, put up by some enterprising CMU students at David Touretzky sex toys. What anyone wants to do in private is their business, but CMU is supposed to be an institution of higher learning and it receives a lot of taxpayer funding. It is not some wacky professor's personal domain.

Professor Touretzky was also forced by CMU at one point to take down bomb-making instructions from his website hosted on their computers. Yes, that's right, bomb-making instructions, complete with how to make a draino bomb and how to blow up a police car. Again, after outrage from various individuals, CMU forced Touretzky to move the materials off the CMU website. Information about this can be found here: David Touretzky bombmaking instructions.

This was once covered in a local Pittsburgh news station which did a story on the Touretzky bombmaking site. Although he claimed it was free speech, he refused to go on camera and answer questions at that time. You can see this piece here:

In my opinion, Mr. Touretzky is not the sort of person that any news organization should be presenting to their viewers for information about a group that he has spent much time trying to demean as all they are going to get is a spew of bigotry. Or, if he is going to be allowed on a show like CNN, it would be very interesting to see how Touretzky responds to questions about the above points.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wow! You Can Get Your Own John Sweeney Ring Tone!

Some enterprising person uploaded the audio file of BBC reporter John Sweeney losing it while visiting with members of the Church of Scientology and trying to do a hatchet job of a show on them. I say hatchet job because when you look at the documentary that was put together by members of the Church, called Panorama Exposed, you will see a whole host of unethical, sleazy tactics that are just not what you would expect from a respected current affairs show.

The audio file of Sweeney's now famous rant can now be downloaded as a ring tone.

Hey, Hey APA, How Many Kids Did You Drug Today?

Child druggings is a shameful, disgusting abuse of children who are being subjected to powerful mind altering chemicals. The psychiatric profession freely admits that they have no scientific test for any so-called mental illness, yet the pharmaceutial / psychiatric industry reaps in billions of dollars each year marketing new "mental illnesses" in order to create new markets to expand their profits. The result is that they are pushing drugs to our next generation all for the profits

Members of the Church of Scientology have been speaking out about this growing epidemic for years and we will continue to do so until those who are engaging in this practice cease. This is why we support organizations like the Citizens Commission On Human Rights.

We let members of the psychiatric profession know what we think about this during their annual convention which took place in San Diego this past weekend. Attended by over 700, the psychiatrists at the APA convention were stunned by the protesters on their front doorstep.

You Can't Run, You Can't Hide, Drugging Kids Is Homicide

The American Psychiatric Association held their annual convention in San Diego this past weekend. About 700 plus supporters from the Citizens Commission On Human Rights turned up to protest and let them know what we think about their mass drugging of children in this country. Psychiatrists have become major drug pushers. It is clear by the number of pharmaceutical companies present at the convention, that the whole basis of this push by the psychs is to make money for big pharma and themselves. Our children are seen as a way to expand the drug market.

The Church of Scientology oppose putting children on drugs under the guise of "treatment" which has become an epidemic in this country.

Inside the psychs could be heard saying, "There's thousands of Scientologists out there!"

Friday, May 18, 2007

Did John Sweeney Suffer From Militant Episode Disorder?

BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney, who was caught on camera exploding at a Scientologist during an interview, triggered a new disorder known as "news rage." Learn about the symptoms. Medical science does not yet know what the cause is.

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Did John Sweeney Suffer From Militant Episode Disorder?

Living in Los Angeles, you hear a lot about “road rage” in the news. After all, we have more clogged freeways than the American Psychiatric Association has mental disorders (which they invent all the time). You would expect that sitting in the middle of one of our world famous traffic jams for hours while you are missing a Laker’s game, there would be a few displays of violent behavior by motorists manifesting accumulated stress.

According to the “authorities” at the APA road rage is really only a manifestation of “intermittent explosive disorder” or “militant episode disorder”. Apparently the psychiatrists have categorized this behavior as a disorder of the brain (possibly caused by a chemical imbalance or an as yet to be identified errant gene) which is characterized by explosive outbursts disproportional to the provocation.

In light of this, I began to wonder about what was really behind the recent outburst by BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney, who millions of people witnessed having a major public meltdown when he was caught on camera going insane while interviewing a Church of Scientology spokesman and the footage was posted on YouTube. Sweeney’s apology, which included the fact that he was dramatizing a regimental sergeant major in the play “Oh, What A Lovely War,” gave me the clue that Sweeney’s behavior had all the earmarks of “militant episode disorder.”

The APA was duly notified and a team of psychiatrists got working on it and in a matter of days solved the problem. They are now proposing a new mental disorder, called “News Rage” as a sub-category of “militant episode disorder” and a cousin to “Road Rage.” This disease apparently only afflicts arrogant news reporters. The APA plans on voting this disorder in at this weekend’s annual convention in San Diego.

The symptoms of "News Rage" are:

  • Experiencing impulses that are impossible to resist
  • Non-premeditated aggression
  • Disproportionate reaction to provocation
  • Alteration in Awareness
  • A feeling of relief or pleasure when engaged in the outburst
  • Followed by a feeling of remorse, then paranoia
  • Accompanied by lame excuses due to delusions of brainwashing

Monday, May 14, 2007

Et voila! Freedom publishes BBC documentary

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Or here:

Wow, new Scientology Documentary

I saw parts of this documentary on YouTube but here is the full story about John Sweeney, BBC Panorama and Scientology: or

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Newest developments: Sweeney found screaming again!

This time at the London premiere of "Wildhogs" with John Travolta:

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Well, all right! If you want to see something inappropriate and weak....

.... you will want to see this weak excuse for pretending to be a drill sergeant. Whatever play this guy was playing in his youth, what he did not learn is any discipline nor any sense of manners.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Scientology And Me

I understand that the BBC is doing Panorama show about Scientology. They did one in 1987 which was a ridiculous attempt to paint a false picture of what Scientology is and the type of people who are involved in it.

I read an article recently that talks about some of the antics that John Sweeney, the reporter who is working on the current show was involved in.

If you want to find out about Scientology, I will post some links on this site that will give you information. For now, please see the Official Scientology site.