The Way To Happy Profits

by Mike Rinder 

Here is today’s example of Corporate Scientology blood sucking.

Dear ******,

I just received the following announcement from the Bookstore Officer AOSH UK and wanted to help back this up:

“This year the Olympic Games are going to be held in London, England –        starting 27th July, ending on 12th August. There will be an estimated 6.5 million people in attendance  from over 200 nations.

“In 2010, at the Football World Cup in South Africa, copies of the Way to Happiness booklet were distributed throughout the crowds resulting in it being proclaimed as the least violent World Cup ever.

“To achieve the same effects in London, introducing L. Ron Hubbard’s Tech to millions and creating calm, donations are needed for bundles of The Way to Happiness, which in turn will be handed out during the Olympics.”

“All you have to do is keep that booklet flowing in the society. Like gentle oil spread upon the raging sea, the calm will flow outward and outward.” – LRHfrom Ron’s Journal 33

As I am sure you will agree, this has massive potential to reach a truly international audience!

Staff and public volunteers are being mobilized right now and will be in prominent locations around the Olympic events passing out The Way to Happiness to everyone!

The target is to distribute a minimum of 2 million copies!

To help back this up, we are sending over a shipment of TWTH bundles from Bridge this next Monday and I wanted to give you the opportunity to contribute to this motion as well.

Each bundle contains 12 booklets. Please see below to select the size of your donation:

Make a donation of $100 (5 bundles) << 

Make a donation of $250 (13 bundles) << 

Make a donation of $500 (27 bundles) << 

Make a donation of $1,000 (55 bundles) <<

The Olympic events start in just 7 days so we want to have this arrive before then!

Note: Your donations are fully tax-deductible and a commendation will be issued to anyone who contributes!

Also, when you make the donation on-line, we will give you access to download the Way to Happiness eBook!

Thanks very much in advance for your assistance!

(For more information on the 2012 Olympics go to www.london2012.com)

Sincerely,
Patrick Howson
Mail Order Manager
Bridge Publications
(323) 899-1034

Now, let’s analyse just what is so wrong with this latest begging email.

First, if this were a true “humanitarian effort” to help the people of the world, one would imagine that the RCS would be making every effort to get as many of these booklets into people’s hands as possible. Their objective of course would not be making a profit.

Now, I know in the context of the RCS this is utterly ridiculous, but if you believe in this so much, and believe it made a safe World Cup, why not spend a few of the billions ALREADY collected by the IAS for exactly this sort of thing? Even assuming the ridiculous cost of $1.67 per booklet (more on that later) it would still only be $2 million which is less than 0.2% of the accumulated cash of the IAS (assuming they only have $1 billion which is a LOW estimate).

Dave, you should declare me SP for that one suppressive idea alone!

But, here is where the rubber really meets the road. They want you to pay $1.67 per booklet!  Oh come on Dave, you have shown us the massive, state of the art printing facilities that can turn out millions of items in the most cost effective manner possible. You told us this Dave. But your guys are trying to sell these booklets, that couldn’t cost more than 20 cents to print on your sooper dooper, whizbang, state of the 20th century communications equipment for a dollar a piece?  That doesn’t seem right?

Now, it’s funny, but partly what prompted me to write this is that right after I got the email there was a knock on my door.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses handed me TWO four color booklets (The Watchtower and Awake!) and they didn’t ask for a penny?  Yet the cost of printing their booklets is more than a WTH booklet? I guess they haven’t realized that giving stuff away isn’t a good business model if your objective is to make money.  But then I looked on the internet (OMG, addendum to my declare for daring to look at the internet).  The JW’s claim 7.5 million adherents not counting those “inactive” – and that is anyone who has not turned in their monthly report of their public ministry actions for 6 months. So, they have 7.5 million people that write reports on their activities EVERY MONTH!  They also have 109,000 places of worship and there are 3 within 5 miles of where I live (there are NO Scientology activities in that range here in the “largest Scientology community on earth”).  Dave, maybe they aren’t as dumb as you think? And they even shun people and don’t do blood transfusions and everyone thinks they are nuts too.  Maybe they are actually trying to disseminate instead of making money?  Or maybe they are sincerely trying to help people?  OMG — add another page to my declare….

Now, one might well ask: “Isn’t this sort of thing THE JOB of the IAS?”  Believe me, at the IAS event in the UK in October they will promote the “enormous distribution” of the WTH at the London Olympics (making this the safest/calmest/most successful Olympics ever, ever in all of history). So, does anyone want to take bets on whether the IAS is ALSO begging for bucks to “fund the most massive campaign in this history of the universe….” I just haven’t been to one of their crush reg events for a while so I don’t know what their latest scam is.

Now, to add just a couple of final nitpicks.

Why offer “discounts” for bulk purchases if these are intended to be given away on the streets? Why not just a flat price (and I guess it proves that there is in fact a profit being made as they all cost the same to print….)

The distribution of WTH outside the US is the job of New Era Publications and their sooper dooper, 20th century printing machines. Not Bridge. Shipping booklets from the US to London rather than Copenhagen to London sort of sounds like the old adage “don’t ship coals to Newcastle.”  But you know, you gotta try to make a buck any chance you get. (Even if its 7 days before an event that has been announced for 10 years — so they will send them using the most expensive means possible in order to get them there in time)….

And even funnier, the campaign is being “spearheaded” by AOSHUK. They are supposed to be delivering higher level training and auditing.  Dave, you spent $10 million plus to open the “new” “central Ideal Org” on that deserted street in London. It is supposed to be the central point for the dissemination of all tech into society. The Olympics are occurring right down the road from the empty palace on Queen Victoria St. So why is AOSHUK doing this?

Things seems a little confused in Miscavigedom. But I am sure you will set it straight soon – believe me, when you discover this sort of thing has been going on, you can use it to announce another brilliant evaluation and handling: “The crooks were leading the suckers” and springboard into the “Golden Age of Registration” to put an end to all criminality. Everyone will be required to put their credit card information into the central computer and it will automatically be debited whenever funds are needed for a new campaign. No humans will be required. And the ideal scene of the Ideal Morgues will be another step closer to being made a reality.

Just one final thought Dave. Why not start selling indulgences? You could tie it right in to the central computer system. As long as you keep on paying, you have “ethics protection.” Why bother having any auditors at all. You don’t need to even do 6 months checks any more — just debit their cards for a couple of intensives of sec checking at Class 9 rates and send a note to the MAA that they are “OK to carry on.”  It would save a LOT of time and effort and people paying for airfares and stuff and you could suck all of that wasted money in too. And you would no longer need auditing rooms and you could rent them out as the latest, state-of-the-art “mini storage” facilities.

OK, add a few more pages to the addendum.

I wish the sarcasm wasn’t so close to the truth.

261 responses to “The Way To Happy Profits

  1. Just checking with my JW friends if they pay for their magazines and if so how much, bear in mind theirs change each month which incurs additional costs to a fixed publication. But TWTH is just another rip off either way.

  2. Theo Sismanides

    I dedicate this video about Stalin to those Kool Aid Drinkers to remind them how ONE MAN can ruin a whole nation…. ! Our Stalin (=Man of Steel), Miscavige rules the same way and prevails. Congratulations! To you Dave the Man of Steel in Scientology. Our Stalin!

    • Theo Sismanides

      It is interesting to see how Stalin like Miscavige eliminates all his rivals. Now that I watch the video and get to hear all those details, how he would do away with his comrades I get to see how our Stalin acts…. A totalitarian regime like in Stalinism.

      • Jean-François Genest

        → When the book on David Miscavidge is written and comes out, the front cover needs to have 3 pictures side-by-side:
        Stalin on the left – David Miscavidge in the middle – and Adolf Hitler to the right. All 3 at their podium.

      • At a press conference one time, someone asked Khrushchev why he didn’t speak out about Stalin’s atrocities while he was alive. Instantly, Khrushchev barked in a cold, bloodcurdling manner, “Who said that?!?”

        A wave of terror suddenly gripped the now silent room. The tension was palpable as Khrushchev calmly looked them over and said quietly, “Now you know.”

    • Your humble servant

      Theo,

      Thank you for your apt remarks and the video about Stalin. It is remarkable that there are still apologists for a being who brought about the murder of millions of people. It is also remarkable that in the Church of Scientology, where Ron’s tech about suppression is taught and supposedly known, that tech is not applied at all but only misapplied. We have in the guy known as David Miscavige a real suppressive person of the worst sort, just as Stalin was. The promoters and adherents of DM cannot see it, do not want to see it, and will viciously attack anyone who suggests that it may be so. This is why the organization is corrupt and ineffective down to roots. This is why it is failing. Although failing, it is still doing tremendous amounts of damage to individuals, families and groups through misapplication of tech and what is called “ethics,” through bankrupting people and families, and through depriving the world of the truths of Scientology by smearing the reputation of the subject so that it cannot and will not be studied and cannot and will not be correctly applied.

      The basic idea of SP tech is potentially tremendously valuable. The idea is simply this: That beings do exist whose intentions are simply to harm and destroy, that such beings are not amendable to normal “treatments” and “education,” and that such beings must be effectively recognized and kept from positions of influence and power where they will harm others. (This is the very same topic as the study of psychopaths in psychology). Most of the woes of the world can be seen to have been brought about by such beings and their adherents. Unfortunately, in our first go-around with this, in the first 26 years in Scientology since Ron’s departure, we have utterly failed to apply this subject correctly and effectively.

      Very ironically, there is now a true SP at the head of the Church of Scientology and for the past 30 years (even before Ron’s departure) he has been wrecking the place, destroying people, and doing his best to destroy the subject of Scientology with abandon. Using the methods that SPs use–overwhelm, terrorism, the advantage of shock and surprise, bold exercise of power, the clever use of PR, favoritism toward friends, ruthless extermination of perceived enemies, and effectively taking credit for anything that is good, he has consolidated his influence and power.

      Yet, as with Stalin, you will find people saying he is wonderful and doing a good job. These are people who cannot observe and who do not understand–what is called “theetie weeties,” or “potential trouble sources”, if they are not SPs themselves.

      DM will not be around forever. Following his tyranical rule there will be an opportunity for social personalities to undo the damage he has done, for there to be a free exchange and expression of ideas, and for apologies to be given to all persons who were wrongly told that they were “suppressive persons” when that was never true at all.

      • theo Sismanides

        YHS, thanks. It is interesting to see that Stalin survived anything and no matter how big a monster he was, he was acknowledged as the leader of a nation by other leaders as well.

        I am re-reading the book of Ralph Epperson, the Unseen Hand and I get another look of all this history we have been fed.

        I am afraid it’s the same thing here. How can DM survive all this if not backed up by the powers that be? After all he does a perfect job on their behalf. Just makes Scientology fit their purposes and evil goals. To control people. No surprise he is still there. I am sorry though for us and those who were given the chance by LRH but didn’t have the acute mind and courage to see DM as who he really is, a tyrant who misapplies Scientology. And oust him out.

  3. I got through the whole post without laughing, then couldn’t hold back. You are soooo funny! ” And you would no longer need auditing rooms and you could rent them out as the latest, state-of-the-art “mini storage” facilities.” — but from what I have heard recently, it is sad that it is not far from the truth. From what I understand, the current event that is going around with the ‘ Freewinds Maiden Voyage event ‘ – The entire event has absolutely NO RESEMBLANCE at all to Scientology before 1982, absolutely nothing what-so-ever. I was talking to someone on facebook that went to the event, but that was his last straw, – he will now be joining us in our small Indie auditing group. He said the entire event was DM talking on a video to raise money for buildings, no mention of what his next step is on the bridge, no mention of even how to get on the Freewinds and move up there, basically no mention of Ron, he said there was only a strategic photo of LRH driving a boat with a bar across the front of him, as if to block him out completely. He said he even noticed a couple public people in the back shaking theirs heads a bit in disgust. So, given this, it sounds as if there are more people waking up. That fact that a lot of us are gettting older that were ‘ in ‘ before the takeover, this complete bottom of NO RESEMEBLANCE to Scientology at all brings me to thinking that we cannot just contiinue to audit ourselves successfully outside of the church ( which has been fantastic ) but, to also really think about how the next generation can carry the truth on, train propertly the younger people etc. With absolutely no resemblance left, there really is a need to safegaurd the tech and have it known to the younger generation to carry it on, for all of us. I feel fantastic about our small little indie auditing group and all our wins, but the passing on, to make very good top trained terminals is truly something to work out and how that can be done.

    • Interesting report M. Share. So apparently the Midget couldn’t confront showing up? If that’s confirmed it is indeed very telling.

    • Indie-saurus-rex

      @ M. Share:

      This is exactly my concern as well, regarding the Indie Movement. I fully support independent Scientology and the overall dismantling of Corporate Scientology, however, as a younger person myself – one with little training and processing – I too wonder how LRH Tech will continue to be made available into the future.

      For me, the only options are to board a plane, travel far and wide into other countries just to (maybe) find an indie Scientologist that is willing to help process me up the Bridge or help train me to become an auditor. Right now, there is such an intense focus on rehabilitating the OTs, ex-Sea Org members, etc., that for those at the start of the Bridge, it’s not a very accessible reality to go up the Bridge indie-style. I mean, yes, I can indeed fly to somewhere in the U.S. but to do that means that I have to take weeks, if not months off of my work schedule in order to make it go right.

      What this means is that there is a need for developing something more than a “free market” indie community. There needs to be some sort of entity pushing for a modicum of organization, to ensure that Scientology is accessible not jus to those that have good relationships with ex high-level auditors, to ensure the future rehabilitation of LRH Tech… also to ensure that things such as LRH materials are safeguarded and have a secure home.

      Things got really out of hand with DM and corporate Scientology but as we all know, “A” doesn’t always equal “A”. It should be possible to rebuild – rebuild something better and to make sure that this type of Miscavige awfulness doesn’t happen again.

      In my opinion, it’d be nice to have a small branch that acts as an organizing body – a go to for resources and coordination in support of a healthy and thriving independent community.

  4. Theo Sismanides

    see how Stalin does away of his comrades. A very teaching video as to how Miscavige does it like Stalin did. Fear is the word!

  5. Theo Sismanides

    Miscavige like Stalin has a Grand Strategy: Liquidate anyone at any level, on any pretext who is capable of resistance.

  6. Jean-François Genest

    Yo!
    How about the management and members of the Hcruhc of Scientology Incorporated actually putting the precepts of The Way To Happiness into practice *THEMSELVES* first, before begging members for donations, and before hypocritically handing out booklets to preach at the world, eh?
    For example:
    4. Love and Help Children (forced abortions? disconnection?)
    6. Set a GOOD Example → rotten example indeed
    7. Seek to Live with the TRUTH → (Daah! Hello?)
    9. Don’t Do Anything Illegal → GUILTY !
    13. Do Not Steal → GUILTY !
    14. Be Worthy of Trust (Not worthy of trust at all)
    15. Fulfill Your Obligations → Deliver LRH STANDARD Tech you morons!

  7. Jean-François Genest

    For the blog readers who may not know, these are the 21 precepts of the book/booklet The Way To Happiness (TWTH) written by Lafayette Ronald Hubbard as a non-religious, common-sense moral code that one can live by to be happy in life and cause happiness to others and their environment. It is such a no-brainer that the current Radical Church is obviously NOT able to apply it.

    1. Take Care of Yourself
    2. Be Temperate
    3. Don’t Be Promiscuous
    4. Love and Help Children
    5. Honor and Help Your Parents
    6. Set a Good Example
    7. Seek to Live with the Truth
    8. Do Not Murder
    9. Don’t Do Anything Illegal
    10. Support a Government Designed and Run for All the People
    11. Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will
    12. Safeguard and Improve Your Environment
    13. Do Not Steal
    14. Be Worthy of Trust
    15. Fulfill Your Obligations
    16. Be Industrious
    17. Be Competent
    18. Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others
    19. Try Not to Do Things to Others that You Would Not Like Them to Do to You
    20. Try to Treat Others As You Would Want Them to Treat You
    21. Flourish and Prosper

  8. My JW friends tell me they do not pay for the magazines rather they make a voluntary contribution to production costs depending on what they can afford. I didn’t asl how much peer pressure there was to “pull their weight” but I imagine guilt alone would force them to donate as much as they can.

    • A Different View

      The concept of peer pressure with regard to financial donations is non-existent as the topic is considered inconsequential in many ways. Members are encouraged to give what they can (with attention given to Christ’s commendation of the widow whose heartful donation – which could not even buy a small bird – was worth more to God than the donations dropped off from those to whom it was obligatory or an after thought) but there are no tally boards of who has given what; nor is tithing practiced.

      Donations are usually made to one or more of three funds: Local (which covers operating expenses for the local Kingdom Hall), Kingdom Hall Fund (used to fund the construction of Kingdom Halls round the world, particularly in countries with limited resources), or World Wide Work (used to cover all expenses involved in the Bible education work including the cost of printing, paying stipends to volunteers at Branch offices, traveling educators, disaster response, and other operating expenses.). Donations collected at larger public events are used to defray expenses of the events, with the balance being remitted for inclusion in funds o the World Wide Work.

      Prior to the 1990s, literature was usually placed for a nominal printing cost (e.g. $0.25/magazine, $1.25/book); prices varied over the decades as costs increased. The amount asked was the amount paid by the JW; the exception being a slight discount given to those volunteering 90+ hours/month to help support their ministry. A change was made in the 1990s so interested people could receive whatever literature they wanted to read at no charge. People receiving literature may be given the opportunity to make a donation, but it is not a prerequisite or receiving anything.

      Currently, the jw.org and watchtower.org sites offer current educational materials used in their ministry in upwards of 500 languages; all at no charge.

      Of final note, Witnesses are encouraged to simplify their lives and to avoid focusing on being financially successful to the detriment of their spirituality; the focus is to receive the rewards associated with the restored paradise earth. They are encouraged to focus on their needs vs. wants, to be content with those things that make life worth living not distractions. Hardly the basis for financial peer pressure.

      • Jenessa flynn

        It’s true. Jw don’t know who gives what, it’s a small box they put money in when they want, they do not report whether they give or not. It is their conscience believing its between them and God if they give, how often, how much. They are reminded throughout the year contributions make their literature, buildings, and assemblies function, simply as a reminder. No pressure , as they believe giving without Joy is futile. Alot different then this money making shame.

        • So they don’t get nightly visits by “regging angels” who remind them that only fully paid up JWs can return to new Earth to live for eternity after the apocolypse… How does their church do so much better than the church of scientology… ;) please note I’m just joking in support of sarcastic wit.

      • Thank you for this insight, most intriguing. I recall being asked to pay a donation of 25p for a copy of the Watchtower back in 1984 by JW callers. As I’d just received a book of mormon, colour plates, leather(?) Bound, golden edge paper and size of a small bible for free from the mormons a few days earlier I questioned the value of watchtower, without missing a beat the JW responded “ah but ours is worth reading.” – all credit to him for that retort.

  9. Jean-François Genest

    Dear Captain Profit$,
    « You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. [Matthew 7:5] »

  10. Questions: Does Miscavige or any of the church leadership still have to undergo auditing? Or does that stop once you\’re clear? Is there no mechanism within Scientology whereby leadership is held accountable as to \”ecclesiastical\” and/or tech matters? If other members of the leadership can be declared \”out ethics,\” why not Miscavige? Has he reached some elevated godlike/messianic status, and if that\’s the case, what support is there in Scientology materials for such a concept? Anyone care to speculate on what would happen within the church and its orgs and missions were church leadership to rebel and toss Miscavige into the Hole, citing some LRH scripture to support their move? Obviously a non-SCN here . . . just now getting up to speed on all things SCN. On a personal note, I\’m stunned and thoroughly horrified by the myriad stories of abuse and criminal activity . . . and the fact that this has been going on for DECADES. As well, I\’m thoroughly disgusted (but not surprised) that the media is too dense/lazy/short-sighted to have been properly investigating and reporting this total racket to the public. How embarrassing to be a journalist these days. On a positive note, it\’s very encouraging to see the ex-scn and indie communities forming and providing support to those who want to leave or pursue the tech in a moral fashion, and to help educate the public. For those still struggling, I wish you much luck, courage and success. For those who have righted their ships, how uplifting that you\’ve found your way and that you continue to weave a network of trust and support for those who think they\’ve not got a friend in the world. This comes to mind: \”Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.\”

    • Hi Seacricket, and welcome.

      In short, LRH did in fact, create a sort of checks and balances; however, DM has systematically destroyed that process by throwing all of the executives into the Hole. He has successfully implanted himself into the role of dictator. Anyone from within who has dared to call him on the carpet for his crimes has been excommunicated or tossed into the Hole.

      Historically, the media or anyone else who dared investigate and speak out, have been endlessly harassed and terrorized by the Church to the point of being afraid to take them on. As you continue reading up on Scientology, you will find countless episodes of this. Google “Paulette Cooper” for a horrifying story that is typical of the lengths the Church will go to in order to suppress the truth. Ironically, the good news is that there is so much bad news these days that the Church cannot hope to keep up! The media are becoming more emboldened and thus, less likely to be intimidated by the Church. Tony Ortega of the Village Voice has worked tirelessly for several years exposing the crimes of the Church. More and more people are listening. Thanks for your interest.

      Nancy

      • Palehorse–thank you for the kind welcome and your reply. That certainly makes sense about the checks and balances. It’s not like Miscavige need fear the IRS. Or the FBI. Or law enforcement, generally. Except maybe in Oklahoma . . .

        Thanks for sharing the suggested reading. The Paulette Cooper story reads like Poe in its utter perverseness. So many of the stories are just scary and tragic. Thankfully, there’s an increasingly well worn footpath for others to follow out of the church. Tony Ortega has done a great job on his blog introducing key players and issues and balancing perspectives. Marty’s blog is essential to understanding how the indies view themselves and current events. Caliwog is another distinctive voice in the mix. The Gay Pope–a jester in the classic sense. But the ultimate for me is reading all the comments. While perspectives can be generalized, grouped and categorized by outlook or objective, they still remain individual, nuanced, and beautifully human. It’s compelling.

        As an aside, you may be interested to hear about my somewhat embarrassing path to this website, if only to give some idea of what might be working in the market to capture public interest. It was commentary on Celebitchy (don’t judge, lol!) that made me aware that all might not be well in the land of COS. Given the source, I treated such information largely as gossip. Shit got real, as the kids say, when I read the Haggis article in the New Yorker, at which point I figured it was only a matter of time before it became front page news. And then The Divorce happened. And the way it went down left no doubt in my mind that something was up. That there was a strategy involved was clear, and where there’s a crafty strategy, there’s a formidable opponent (or at least the perception of one). I decided to do my own research and get myself ejumicated. And oh boy. Scientology — it really is always worse than you think.

        Anyway, my view from the peanut gallery fwiw, is that the community is making real progress, both in terms of individual contributions and group effect. Miscavige’s fear is palpable to even an outsider and he is making costly mistakes. He has many enemies, and if they don’t bring him down soon, time will. Let’s hope they broke the mold. Meanwhile, I’ll do what I can to spread the word and support the cause. Blessed be the internets.

        • Dear Seacricket,

          Far be it from me to judge how one comes upon knowledge, wisdom or understanding! I appreciate and respect your path. It brought you here. Rather, YOU brought you here. The path is not as important as the one who walks it.

          I would argue that the Dwarf SHOULD fear the IRS, FBI, et al, if, in fact, they are able to do their jobs. His crimes are clear. It is the red tape and loop holes that temporarily provide his percieved immunity. He counts on these barriers as well as his own deceitful manipulation. And, oh yes, it is always worse than you think! (Who coined that phrase for Scn – was it John P.? Or was that just where I first heard it?)

          I am glad you are here. :-)

          Nancy

          • I saw “scientology: it’s worse than you think” on early Anonymous protest signs, no idea what inspired it. Probably sprang in to existance the same as “down with this kind of thing”. Catchy phrases spread having been caught on video and spread on YouTube or general media.n

    • This comes to mind: \”Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.\” Thanks

  11. Mother of Grendel

    Off topic here – does anyone know what the big release/announcement/scam was at the 1st MV event? I thought about going for the espionage value, but in the end couldn’t stomach the idea.

  12. Mike, I don’t know if this is already mentioned in comments, but all this reminds me of the hoopla over the Goodwill Games in Seattle in the 90’s. It was going to be the start of a massive boom for the Seattle Org. They moved to quarters they couldn’t possibly afford, and invested everyone’s time and money to dispense promo to people who were NOT interested and couldn’t care less. The result was like putting a cake in the oven and pumping it up with hot air and then jumping at the wrong moment: left the whole thing flattened and sunk and impossible to digest. Just one more fiasco from DM’s great PR machine.

  13. Wow, if the booklet works so well maybe a few copies could be thrown over the razor wire at the Int base.

    As a note the Jehovah’s Witnesses just had a get together in my area. They rented the Tacoma Dome so all 15,000 members could attend.
    Just saying…..

  14. I was interested in WTH after watching TCs Freedom Medal of Valor Video. Tried to find it online, couldn’t, lost interest.

    Am currently reading the Bhagavid Gita. That I found free online. Fascinating stuff. Also read the Dhammapada and the Tao. Free online.

    If you want to compete with the big boys, you have to play big boy games…

  15. I WANT AN INDULGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Yes. Every single email I get from the multitude of orgs I get mail from is trying to sell me something.

    I really amazes me, by the way, that the so-called “Maiden Voyage” event (when the ship is old enough for menopause) is actually three events.

    Now that are promising “Elephant Cards” (discount cards) to attendees of the event at Hollywood and Highland. Hey – get discounts at Hard Rock Cafe! and Fossil! Insanity.

  17. Today, while waiting in line at Wal-Mart – I actually got out of line and read every tabloid and entertainment mag (i.e. People, Us etc) — ALL of them (recent editions) had Tom/Katie on their covers.

    One of the more inflammatory was “Tom’s secret plot to get Suri back” (or something like that. So far, none of the media has warmed to the “poor heartbroken blindsided Tom”. Speculation that a new wife is in the background. A younger woman (27) whose parents are scientologists and she’s taken courses since she was 13.

    BUT — to tie in to Mike’s piece — the Enquirer told about a secret conference call between dm, Kirstie Alley, Travolta, TC, Jenna Elfman, Leah Remini,Juliette Lewis where they pledged to stick with TC but more importantly were told there is a 25 million dollar campaign in the making to let people know about the REAL scientology.

    Is this the same campaign as the Olympics. Or another. Doesn’t matter — there is plenty of money to continue to be milked from the sheeple.

    Christine

  18. Perhaps off topic, FYI
    I did an online survey question yesterday
    “Is Scientology a Religion?” you vote yes or no and get the results
    67 percent voted “NO” 38 percent voted “YES”

  19. Jethro Bodine

    ” Speculation that a new wife is in the background. A younger woman (27) whose parents are scientologists and she’s taken courses since she was 13.”

    Not to be too cynical, but she sounds like the perfect Stepford Wive for Tom. Nicole and Katie had minds of their own and weren’t easily moldable, in spite of Miscavige and his handlers best efforts (like Jessica Feshbacb/ Rodriguez/ Davis/ whatever). I’m sure she will tow the party line and be appropriately deferential to Tom, as any egocentric man would want a subservient wife to be.

    Then again, if Tom wants a young wife he can completely mold and have complete control over from an early age, why doesn’t he just hang out in the maternity ward of his local hospital? I mean, who wouldn’t want their daughter to marry Tom Cruise?

  20. Jethro Bodine

    Just came across the perfect description for Miscavige, Narcissistic:

    Symptoms of this disorder may include, but are not limited to:

    Reacting to criticism with anger, shame, or humiliation

    Taking advantage of others to reach their own goals

    Exaggerating their own importance, achievements, and talents

    Imagining unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty, power, intelligence, or romance

    Requiring constant attention and positive reinforcement from others

    Easily becoming jealous

    Lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others

    Being obsessed with oneself

    Mainly pursuing selfish goals

    Trouble keeping healthy relationships

    Easily becoming hurt and rejected

    Setting goals that are unrealistic

    Wanting “the best” of everything

    Appearing unemotional

  21. BillyJackIsBack

    2 questions:

    1) Is The Happiness Rundown still being delivered?
    2) What training and auditing has DM actually done?

  22. Oh but it is good to be
    Foot-loose and heart-free
    And not have to pay a penny to the Cult!

  23. Mike said, “I wish the sarcasm wasn’t so close to the truth.” That is the realization when you finish reading. Mike makes us smile while he pokes a little fun at the inmates running DM’s asylum, but we all know it’s awfully close to the actual scene.

    As to the tone of this post: I think maybe the tone level IS off a bit — it’s way too high toned and playful for anyone left in the church to duplicate.

  24. Love your blog, Marty, keep up the great work!

  25. Just funny. I hope Miscavige hears about these blogs. Does anyone know if he is kept apprised of it. But they are probably afraid to bring him something like this because they know they would get put in the hole for bringing him suppressive information. Maybe they just slip it under his door and wait for the screams to emerge.
    Either way, please keep this up. It is just hilarious.

  26. The JW pamphlets are sold at cost plus a substantial markup to those JWs who come to your door and give you the pamphlets for free. Publications, including those giveaways, are a big profit center for the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. With TWTH, David Miscavige seems to be applying JW Dissem Tech. http://thewatchtowerfiles.com/money http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/beliefs/181792/1/How-much-does-an-individual-copy-of-WT-or-Awake-cost

    • That doesn’t surprise me, althought my JW friends claim donations are what you can afford and other commentatoers here say donations are anonymous and so the only person accountable for the amount is the individual; there are no Gold Meritous JWs I gather.

      Your link suggests they play on individual guilt by saying without donations the third world countries would suffer and babies would die.

    • A Different View

      There are no charges to anyone, inside or outside the organization, to receive publications from the Watchtower society. If it were intended to be a money-making scheme, it is the most poorly devised one ever.

      Anyone who claims otherwise hasn’t been in touch with how they work for some considerable period of time. Last I saw, there is an explicit statement in their literature that it is not for sale and is supported by voluntary donations.

      You can’t have a mark up for something that you don’t charge someone to receive.

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