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Thought-Stopping on Steroids

July 27, 2010

Just listened to a bit of David Miscavige’s speech at the Seattle Idle Morgue opening (I can only take so much). It relates to the recent post on thought-stopping. It occurs to me that one of the Church’s thought-stopping techniques is these event speeches. They go on and on, full of cliche after cliche, saying absolutely nothing, and all delivered in a rhythmic, almost hypnotic cadence. Here are Miscavige’s opening remarks:

“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.”

Yes, that’s really what he said. Can you believe it? It’s one sentence, one hundred and sixty-four words. And all saying absolutely nothing. How many cliches can you count? “Comes of age.” “Sunk roots.” “Carried the torch.” “taking Seattle to greater heights.” On and on. And what does it mean? Beats me. What does “the majesty and subtlety of booming this Church” mean? And what does it mean when you take that meaningless phrase and “make it manifest”? And all that talk about how the PR slogans were really prophecies. What?

And the people cheer at all the right “applause points.”

This is “thought stopping cliches” on steroids.

Added note: Normal people don’t talk like this, even when giving a speech. Only people who have nothing to say talk like this. Only people with something to hide talk like this. That’s why DM has Danny Sherman, a writer in love with the sound of his own words. It doesn’t matter to Danny if the speaker has anything to say or not, he’ll spin it up into a gossamer web of meaningless phrases and clichés. That’s what he does.

A normal executive would show up and say something heart-felt and honest. But of course “heart-felt” and “sociopath” don’t go well together. Miscavige doesn’t feel any real gratitude to these local people (and in fact, much of the audience is not local people at all; they were bused in from Portland – a fact that became embarrassingly obvious when he mentioned Portland Org and a huge cheer went up). He feels no real empathy for the local people who sacrificed and contributed – in fact, some of the biggest contributors were not even allowed to attend as they refused to toe the Miscavige line.

And honesty? Well, if he were to give an honest speech, it would go something like this:

“I’m happy to be here today with my personal camera crew from Gold. This is a big photo opportunity for me. We’re going to show this footage at the Auditors Day Event so I can take full personal credit for all of your hard work and donations. It’s always amazing to me that our Ideal Org campaign slogans actually work, and no one sees through the scam. Because of course, I’m not only taking personal credit for all this, I’m taking the building. That’s right, it doesn’t belong to you, even though you paid for it, it belongs to the International Landlord Office, which I control utterly. So thanks, suckers. And don’t expect any help from Int Management in filling up this white elephant – I’ve got all those losers on lockdown. Oh, and don’t put away your wallets just yet, I’ve got plenty of other cons coming down the pipeline. I’ve repackaged a bunch of LRH stuff so I can force you to buy it all again. You want to complain about all this? Go ahead – I’ll declare your ass so fast it will make your head spin. Well, I’ve got more important things to do than hang around this hick town with a bunch of disaffected peons. Lou, is my private jet ready?”

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68 Comments
  1. Cool Observer permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:03 am

    “You must love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him; you must love him.”

    The infiltrator who filmed this event said that approximately 1oo people were there. Have they grown tired of trucking in members from all over the country?

    • lunamoth permalink
      July 27, 2010 4:28 pm

      Wow, 100 people? Impressive. I mean, impressive that so many have stayed home.

  2. Synthia permalink
    July 27, 2010 11:31 am

    LMAO…OMG!!! I can’t breathe here Jeff. 🙂

    Allow me to just say, in all seriousness, that this speech was replete with majestic and glorious cliches and morever, its gloriousness is majestic in all its repleteness and THAT’S TAKING Scientology to a whole new level. (Clap here)

    • lunamoth permalink
      July 27, 2010 4:24 pm

      Well, it’s taking SOMETHING to a whole new level … : )

      (Your ability to mimic that crap is scary good, Synthia)

  3. Jack Airey permalink
    July 27, 2010 11:32 am

    Seems to me this speech translates to SMOKE AND MIRRORS on steroids.

  4. July 27, 2010 11:35 am

    I put the verbiage through the “I Write Like” site (http://iwl.me) and it claimed the writer whose style Miscavige most closely resembled was H.P. Lovecraft.
    There is some logic to that. In their different ways they are both masters of horror.

  5. Kingair350 permalink
    July 27, 2010 12:17 pm

    You’re right, Jeff. I cannot think of a single comment that would adequately describe the shutdown the occurred between my ears, after reading the above.

    Maybe you could do an upbeat book review about Nietsche (sp) or Kant for your next post.

  6. July 27, 2010 12:50 pm

    This is what is vial about the Internet for Scientologists: they get a chance to examine these statements and think about them. Scientologists can, if they allow themselves on to the Internet, thoroughly evaluate the information they are given in Scientology and ask what these things really mean.

    Putting up a passage from one of David Miscavige’s speeches and inviting people to examine it is a great service for Scientologists, and for anyone who might get caught up in it.

    Thank you, Jeff.

    • earthmother permalink
      July 27, 2010 7:55 pm

      Alan, I so agree. I was so caught up in the moments at events, being on staff and training, that I did not see/hear how absurd DM’s ramblings were. But my dear husband, more removed from the madness, would on the drive home comment on how much BS was just spread around. I would somewhat agree, feeling like “if he only knew”, and “he’s not as trained or processed “(gawd, just that word gives me the heebie jeebies now.) I often wished there were transcripts available after an event, as I felt so bombarded by overly long sentences, and would wonder just what the hell I had heard.

      Jeff, Thank you for posting this. It dovetails nicely with Marty’s latest blog.

  7. Mickey permalink
    July 27, 2010 1:43 pm

    I’m thinking DM’s speech writer (Dan Sherman) and Obama’s (or any POTUS for that matter) campaign and speech writer(s) were all schooled within the same walls of lower learning. Compare the cadence and rhythm of them each speaking side by side and you’ll find some interesting parallels. Just like what you see paralleling on the larger national scale as regards controlling the minds (lies, distortions, secrecy) and extracting the means (money) of the public through force and fear. All flowered over with sensationalized speech-making such as Jeff defines and describes here. Watch for more to come. Buyer beware!!

    • It's me again permalink
      July 27, 2010 7:18 pm

      I am with you Martha. I don’t understand how anyone could think either of these two men are “great speakers”….I can’t stand to hear either of them speak….I feel like I am spinning after they make a speech of saying “nothing” or trying to sell us “a bill of goods”.

      Jeff, I have to say, your take on what the”” honest speech” should of been is so good and on point that you could probably make a good living on taking BS speeches and translating them into honest speeches.

      “Well, I’ve got more important things to do than hang around this hick town with a bunch of disaffected peons. Lou, is my private jet ready?”

      That line is so funny I think it will keep me laughing all week, especially because that is probably exactly what he said!

    • Heather G permalink
      July 31, 2010 1:02 pm

      This is not true for me.

  8. Aeolus permalink
    July 27, 2010 2:13 pm

    As any stage hypnotist knows, inflow without analysis creates a hypnotic state, and I think the little dictator does this quite deliberately. Most of his ramblings are impossible to analyze in real time because they are just a string of pithy statements that don’t connect to each other. And once most of his audience is in a stupor, he’ll slip in something like this, also from the same speech:

    “today will be forever remembered as the day we opened a new Church of Scientology Seattle in preparation for the full array of LRH technology as applied across every sector. All of course began with the Golden Age of Knowledge.” Applause.

    The implication is that while LRH may have “inspired” the tech, as stated in another DM speech, real Scientology didn’t start until Miscavige put it all together. To his hypnotized audience, that now becomes the reality. Quite insidious.

  9. lunamoth permalink
    July 27, 2010 3:20 pm

    The simple truth of it is, Miscavige is full of s**t.

    I know this cult phenomenon makes robots out of thinking people, but I also know that there is
    an awakening going on within that group that is unprecedented, one that is rolling out like the
    tide. Ever try to stop the tide?

    I am delighted to hear that dm is reaching new heights in his on-going attempts to crest the wave of his own hyperbole. People who have a feeling that something is wrong, who have heard things, noticed things, who are fed up with the pressure, duress, money-grubbing, lack of service, lack of results, upset and loss of friends and family to witch hunts; these people will hear it. As they are standing there at an event hearing dm speak, or sitting in an org hearing the taped event, they’ll hear it. With every event, there are more people noticing that they are watching a little man in too much make-up, standing behind a tiny podium among giant foam columns in thin coats of cheap paint, and hearing meaningless, hackneyed phrases delivered in that annoying cadence, and that these things are a metaphor for their current lives inside the church.

    Dm is getting worse. He has lost control of the loyalty, minds and pocket books of thousands of individuals, and is losing more everyday. With his current “triumphant victory” of alienating yet more of his dwindling public by dis-inviting them to the recent idle org openings, and his other “stellar accomplishments never before seen” in nearly stopping dead the flow in of new members, he is “achieving heights previously thought unimaginable” (yeah, that one is particularly bad, thank you) as the leader of organized scientology.

    So, yes, dm’s language can certainly be thought-stopping, but I believe that when a being “wakes up” it is not always his head that does the rousing. I think it’s his gut. After a while, you just tune out the words (which don’t make any sense, anyway), and see with hyper-clarity the surrealism of the scene in front of you. I’ll bet every ex-scientologist on this blog has had that experience.

    • Suzanne permalink
      July 27, 2010 10:47 pm

      Well, Lunamoth, you certainly have spoken very eloquently and succinctly – once again. Hey, I know someone who needs a good speechwriter. Interested? : )

      • lunamoth permalink
        July 28, 2010 1:01 am

        Hahahaha Suzanne – I plugged part of that comment into the “I Write Like” site and it came back as H.P. Lovecraft, the author who’s style it most closely matches – same as d.m.!!

        Ahhhhhhh! I’m infected again!!!!

    • Marta permalink
      July 28, 2010 2:26 am

      ” I’ll bet every ex-scientologist on this blog has had that experience.”

      I sure as hell did. Thanks for the memory 🙂

      As a dear friend expressed very recently “Can I knave a do-over on Scientology?”

  10. brendon permalink
    July 27, 2010 3:32 pm

    I recall one speech about two years ago where it was a non-stop, non-sequitor string of statistics – none of which had anything to do with the important stuff.

    It went something like this (just making this all up): “….612 new staff at FLAG, which brings me to 848 new television stories on our VM’s in the US alone! But there is more! There were 1,100 copies of Way To Happiness presented to foreign Ambassadors, while 1,875 schools received visits from staff to establish Drug-Free Marshalls programs which leads to the very important number of 2,912, which is how many libraries in England, France, and Spain were sent complete sets of the basics….” And so on. It should be on Youtube somewhere.

    It was clear the intent was to create a “wall of good sounding statistics” to create impression. The numbers went by fast, but only someone with their critical thinking skills turned on would say, “Hey, all those stats are pretty unimportant. How many Clears did we make last year?”

    • Jeff permalink*
      July 27, 2010 4:20 pm

      This is a specific DM technique that he called “rolling thunder.” It was openly discussed at event speechwriting meetings. It was just supposed to go on and on, building and building up to this crescendo applause point. By the way, all the applause points are deliberately scripted. You can spot them in an event speech – it always goes something like: “…and THAT’S what we mean by taking planetary expansion to a whole new level!!!”

      • July 27, 2010 10:10 pm

        “Rolling Thunder”.

        Isn’t that a wine you find on the bottom row at the 7-11?

        Or is it what happens when you drink the water in Mexico?

      • Sinar permalink
        July 27, 2010 11:26 pm

        Rolling Thunder was an “air campaign” in Vietnam. That war failed!

      • Andrew permalink
        July 28, 2010 5:01 pm

        I ate some bad crab meat on Saturday and had “rolling thunder” in my bowels the next day. Same thing?

  11. Joe Howard permalink
    July 27, 2010 3:40 pm

    And to think that Dan Sherman was once a bestselling novelist. Some day he’ll read this “speech” again and either cringe or projectile vomit or both. DM has become a parody of himself. Maybe Dan Sherman is writing all this stuff in deep, deep irony. That’s the only way I can justify it.

    • Mike permalink
      July 27, 2010 5:22 pm

      Dan, Look at the photos of Sherman at the Pasadena event while dm is talking. He is front row- I lack the words to describe it, but it is odd. Joyfully sinister, maybe?

    • Fidelio permalink
      July 27, 2010 5:36 pm

      What a poor sod.

    • Sinar permalink
      July 27, 2010 11:45 pm

      Dan,

      Dan Sherman has really changed, sitting in this photo right next to Lou:

      • John Doe permalink
        July 28, 2010 1:40 am

        Wow. A few too many sullen faces for such a joyous celebration…

      • Mickey permalink
        July 28, 2010 1:57 am

        This pic is worth a few observed comments.
        –All persons to the left of center in the front row are all BIG smiles; Lou, Dan, Diskeeper company guy (forgot his name) and so on down the left of that row almost to the end. Then note to the right of center front row and nearly the entire rest of the audience (save for Bob Adams with the biggest grin in the right side), everyone is barely smiling, not clapping, looking skeptical or bored with no expressions. These must be DM’s closest and most adoring buds.

        –Tory, is that Harold Bezazian fifth row back end seat on left side? BIG smile also which if it’s him, well, he’s looking like quite an admirer, too.

      • lunamoth permalink
        July 28, 2010 2:30 pm

        Mickey,

        Disckeeper guy = Craig Jensen, next to whom is Sally Jensen. BIG $ contributors to the Pas Org.

        Across the isle, as you pointed out, people seem to have a different opinion of what’s going on. I’m most amused by the expression on the face of the first guy in the row,
        on the left end seat. He’s the major of Pasadena and his face is the picture of suspicion, mistrust and downright worry. Smart guy.

      • Mickey permalink
        July 28, 2010 7:04 pm

        Thanks luna…. yes that’s his name.

        I’m thinking you mean the “Mayor” of Pasadena, not major. And if so, oh my does his look project a plethora of thoughts running around in his mind. Looks like he was forced to be there by his community obligation only. Wow! Must be his assistant next to him as she’s looking just as disagreeable as the good mayor.

        Sinar, how’d you get hold of such a revealing and close up pic of DM and the crowd? I’m surprised DM would allow such a close up shot of such a mixed crowd of “indicators”, definitely leaning toward the “bad” side of the scale! And check out the recessed computer screen and the two prompters. Can you or Jeff elaborate on this set up. Does he just read from them exactly as written? Any off the cuff comments I wonder? What’s the podium screen saying if the wording is out front on the prompters?

        It’s just amazing how this whole system is to scripted and lacks inspired thought and ideas from the heart. It’s like a machine that just rolls along, like the Rolling Thunder idea expressed. Anyway, thanks in advance for any replies.

        And Earth to Tory…. is that your ex sitting 5 rows back? Anyone else?

      • Jeff permalink*
        July 28, 2010 7:45 pm

        There are three teleprompter screens – the one on the podium and the two on stands, left and right. The audience can see through the left and right screens, they are transparent and thus “invisible” to the audience – they can see the speaker through them. The speaker sees the speech text, projected from below. This allows the speaker to look right and left so he appears “natural” to the audience. It looks like he is scanning the audience when in reality he just looks at the two screens in turn. When he is quoting something, like an LRH quote, he looks down at the podium screen as if he is reading off a paper. If one is practiced at using this teleprompter setup, one can appear almost natural. Almost. DM never varies from the Danny Sherman teleprompter speech and never extemporizes. It is a BIG flap if the teleprompter lags or malfunctions.

      • lunamoth permalink
        July 28, 2010 9:51 pm

        Yes, Mickey, thanks; MAYOR of Pasadena. : )

      • Wallflower permalink
        July 29, 2010 2:06 am

        If not the Mayor, his twin…

        http://www.cityofpasadena.net/mayor/

      • lunamoth permalink
        July 29, 2010 6:05 pm

        Wallflower,

        I’m not sure what that means, but it is the Mayor.

        lunamoth

      • Wallflower permalink
        July 29, 2010 11:20 pm

        Lunamoth – Just confirming your observation. Not trying to step on your toes. 🙂

      • Heather G permalink
        July 31, 2010 1:09 pm

        Look! His hands are moving faster than anyone else’s in the whole photo. He sure liked his own speech.

    • Boyd H. permalink
      July 28, 2010 1:38 am

      Note the sappy speeches continue, or get even sappier, in the face of public criticism. On a separate note, Dave strikes me as the kind of guy who while crafty in a limited way, you can get a few over on. Did a little birdie tell me Dan Sherman schemes? No it’s probably just a stretch and not true, but I wish it were.

      This line for me took the cake, I means seriously he’s bringing it to an abstract art grotesque propitiation level “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..” Like seriously, it seems like Dan is trying to make Dave look like a sick and twisted pervert.

    • Just Me permalink
      July 31, 2010 1:23 am

      Sorry to differ, but Sherman was never a bestselling novelist.

      Just Me

  12. July 27, 2010 5:20 pm

    dude you so pegged miscavige lol, you left out the part after,” lou is my private jet ready”, i have a very important meeting with tom cruise rofl, dude i’m crying i’m laughing so hard.

  13. Mike permalink
    July 27, 2010 5:25 pm

    Jeff, Thoroughly enjoyed your dm speech. If only you could get on his teleprompter, he would probably experience some relief for being honest for once.

  14. Another Layer permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:36 pm

    O M G! Thanks for posting that transcript! I read it on break and just about died laughing. Sounds like Miscavige and/or Dan Sherman have been drinking electrified (copper grounding poles anyone?) kool-aid–such pure unmitigated nonsense. I wondered why Miscavige speeches left me feeling somewhat poleaxed. Never thought to transcribe the words … hmm … a little thought stop going on there?

    On the other hand, your truth speech is an absolute breath of fresh air. Your words are the perfect subtitle for ANY of Miscavige’s speeches.

  15. July 27, 2010 8:55 pm

    David Miscavige: “Because in just the last eight weeks came 37,824 column inches of anti-psych press to ‘mess them up but good’ ” (real quote, as reported in the ISN #35)

    I always found this quote amusing, “column inches”? Let’s suppose for a moment that this number is not completely made-up, I figured the strategy is to use ever smaller units of measurement, as this results in big figures. And the big figures is what matters most. I mean “37,824” sure must sound better than “3152” feet, right?

    So, I am waiting for the day he will refer to the amount of new recruits with such fancy units, to impress the audience:

    “Because in just the last eight weeks over 159 million of people milligrams enrolled in basic Scientology courses!!!!”

    That would be 2 persons.

  16. John Doe permalink
    July 27, 2010 10:44 pm

    Friends,

    While it is true that, when deciding to comment after one of Jeff’s characteristically brilliant essays zeroing in one just one of the multitude of outpoints in the current church of Scientology,and more to the point, on the horrific human rights abuses perpetrated on both staff and public by the current regime and its sociopathic leader, I normally try to make a comment, observation or quip that is both relevant and contributes in a meaningful way to the conversation at hand; however in celebration of this latest triumph of rhetoric and hyperbole penned by none other than Mr. Danny Sherman and delivered with such pomp by Chairman of the Board, Mr. David Miscavige, I thought it most appropriate on this occasion to attempt to replicate that which is unreplicatable, to achieve what others thought could not be done, and so I stand here before you today, at my keyboard, and I’m attempting to write an even longer comment than the sentence, from the Seattle Ideal Org opening ceremony, spoken by Mr. David Miscavige, the man who, according to others is Scientology.

    (you may applaud now.)

    • lunamoth permalink
      July 28, 2010 12:54 am

      John Doe,

      I wish I had a big shiny trophy to give you right now. I stand in awe of your wonderfulness.

      lunamoth

    • July 28, 2010 12:34 pm

      Hip Hip!

      Hoo-ray!

      Hip Hip!

      Hoo-ray!

      Hip Hip!

      Hoo RAY!!!

    • Marta permalink
      July 28, 2010 2:07 pm

      Hip Hip Hooray!!! Brilliant.

  17. Sinar permalink
    July 27, 2010 11:52 pm

    Jeff,

    I liked your speech much better, but then again it’s great we’re not still working for DM!

    Actually, before his speech started was another weird moment. DM during the applause after he arrived at the podium solicited and was whoring for more applause with his “thank you” which must’ve been repeated at least a dozen times.

  18. July 28, 2010 1:39 am

    David Miscavige’s unhandled “upper levels” (his OT 3 and NOTs) “case”
    is the problem. Too many “body thetan” clusters are interfering with
    his thinking.

    He’s got some “cliche” body thetan clusters in restim is all.

    DM hasn’t had any auditing in a while, and his body thetans are doing too much of his talking for him, is all.

    • freespirit permalink
      August 1, 2010 4:42 pm

      No, not, its the scotch! The scotch! It’s got them all in some drunken dribble that won’t turn off.

  19. Soderqvist1 permalink
    July 28, 2010 6:23 am

    Soderqvist1: the opening of the Seattle ideal org can be found on their home site. Do you believe judge sunders alleged statement, and other items in the PR show are truth?
    http://www.scientology.org/david-miscavige/churchopenings/church-of-scientology-seattle.html?link=bodytitle

    • Maria permalink
      July 28, 2010 12:15 pm

      @ Peter

      They are undoubtedly true. The weirdest aspect of all of this is that there really are Scientologists who work very, very hard to champion human rights and social betterment programs. Once they fully understand the scope of the betrayal by DM, they will be as formidable opponents to the Church.

      The problem is that outside of the Church, making donations to buy buildings, coming up with donations programs for members, and getting members to give and give and give money and personal work contributions is quite normal and the status quo. What is seen as odd and not very charitable is giving money in exchange for counseling or other assistance.

      So really, the Church is being very much a Church at this time, complete with sermons in flowery speech, beautiful houses of worship, and “true” belief. There is nothing for other Churches to complain about, for it is what they do too.

      It is a conundrum.

  20. July 28, 2010 6:33 am

    Well I AM from Seattle and I say to you tonight that we stand upon the precipice of an utterly unquestionable MONSTROSITY of brick and mortar mayhem which serves the greater purpose of camouflaging an utterly GAPING hole felt in the pocketbooks of just so many minions obligingly lending not just one but two hands and then some notwithstanding all those who dare question dear leaders plan only to find themselves stopped at the gates of our Grand Opening dog and pony show lest I be remiss in reminding even those who’s eternity now lays forfeit amongst the dead and down-trodden and who’s credit lines have all but dried up like a useless sow they too serve an even GREATER purpose in the form of an unprecedented motivator justifying COB’s very existence!

    Sorry for the above. I’m not sure what just happened. I suddenly became effeminate in manner and began gushing forth verbiage in another’s valence.

    Sherman. Sherman…..something.

    • lunamoth permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:54 pm

      It’s all right, IO. Just sit down for a minute and take it easy. It’ll pass. Remember, rolling thunder…

  21. windhorse permalink
    July 28, 2010 10:33 pm

    Jeff — “made manifest” is from the Bible. Various scriptures say things like “God made manifest in Christ” — etc.

    I think Dan Sherman is trying to tell us something 🙂

    What I especially found amusing was how Miscavige stumbled over genuine. He pronounced it genuWINE-ly. Which isn’t correct. Genuine can be pronounced as … genU-in OR genU-wine but not the adverb … genuWINE-ly is really not correct.

    But then — we never expected Miscavige to be either genuine nor genuWINE 🙂

    WH

  22. LookDon'tListen permalink
    July 29, 2010 3:35 am

    I went to the Pasadena Org opening as I have a very long history with Pasadena Org. There were A LOT of people there, most of whom I had never seen before. The report I got was they had 170 staff. When I examined the Org Boards however there was no where near that many. I counted about 60 total. Maybe they count people on Project Prepare.
    The speech by COB was much like the one from Seattle and was somewhat incomprehensible. I must have had BIs as I was questioned three different times by three different people as to who I was, where I was on lines etc. I like to screw with them with very brief answers that don’t answer their questions. When I finally tell them where I am on the Bridge they leave me alone. I had a hard time withholding my real opinions when I was asked what I thought of the new building. I usually replied, “sure is a nice piece of MEST”. I suppose it is a bit 1.1 but what the hell. The people asking don’t quite know how to take that comment. I did notice I wasn’t the only one not reactivly clapping at the “appropriate” times. I found this comforting as I think there really are a lot more in the know than anyone suspects. I have a lot of freinds who are still on lines and wonder if anyone knows a good way to get info to them like what is on this site without getting “busted”. I need to remain under the radar regarding independance for now.

    • sherrymk permalink
      July 29, 2010 5:01 am

      Hi LDL,

      Open an anonymous email acct like hushmail. Add your contacts to that account’s address book and email your friends articles or whatever you’d like. Just don’t send links. Put the message, article, whatever, in the body of the email. Others have done that with much success. I even received some in my personal inbox.

      Make sure you check with the email provider as to how many emails you can send out a day. Some are more than others.

      Good luck.

      Sherry

  23. SSeattle permalink
    July 29, 2010 7:06 pm

    I saw they wouldn’t allow Bert Schippers into the event. This, despite he gave $300K to the new ideal org building. In fact, he is one of the highest donors of the building and treated like an SP. I couldn’t believe it. I went into the event and have given very little. I have several newsletters some of which have pictures of Bert and his wife shaking hands with Mark Arnold Day org ED and Chris Finn yet this is what its come to. It’s a shame how they can just discard people so easily. They definitely create and maintain enemies through such actions. Other than those things and the high security for Davy and his horribly fluff speech, it was nice to see old friends and the building is pretty, even if it isn’t earned through applying LRH’s green on white to get it (Management resorting to the big donation push because it can’t apply policy and because someone WONT let it apply policy is really taking its toll).

    • Marta permalink
      July 31, 2010 1:13 am

      SSeattle,

      If you want to get in touch, it’s fairly easy to contact me.

      Marta

    • Freetothink permalink
      July 31, 2010 5:35 am

      I missed the event. I was out of town. I would not have been allowed in anyways but I would have loved to catch a glimpse from a far.

      It must have been a great day for all the Seattle Staff & Public. Although I have no regrets of leaving the Church I wish I could have been with some of my “friends” to celebrate this huge accomplishment. Up to last October I worked really hard & donated lots of $ the last 5-6 years to make this Ideal Org a reality. I did it with a clean heart & good intentions just as most of the people in Seatlle have. I was in my cocoon of ignorance & had no clue about all the abuses & was very reasonable on the outpoints I could observed. I was blinded by the dream & the insane constantly created state of emergency.

      It has been a big dream for the Seattle field for years to have a stable space from which to deliver Scientology. It was often seen as an “impossible” dream. Although most of us indies/outies & others on these blogs are disgusted & sour by all the abuses & deception we have experienced/observed, I’m sure most of us can relate with the joy & elation of achieving an “impossible” dream. Congratulations & very well done to all the Seattle field.

      Now that this has been said my message to the Seattle field is:

      IT’S NOW TIME TO WAKE UP GUYS!!!! Don’t let DM sabotage your dream. Think for yourself. Look don’t listen. Notice the outpoints, write reports, speak up, ask questions, protest, get in comm, read this blog & Marty’s blog, get informed…

      Look around you & notice how many of the OTs & trained auditors are gone or not involved anymore. Why?

      Despite what you might have been told, my husband & I are good people. We were dedicated Scientologists for over 20 years. We helped & worked hand in hand with many of you. We felt the need to resign. Why? Why is the Org trying to silence us by telling you were are SPs?

      Bert Schippers was denied access to the Event. Why? Bert is a good guy! Many other good people were denied access to the Event. Why?

      Don’t accept “thought-stopping” answers like “The DePhillips are SPs”, “he’s/she’s PTS”, “he’s/she’s got an ethics situation”, … Ask who, what, when. Get in comm, get all sides of the story & then make your own mind.

      SSeattle, thanks for the debrief. You probably know me & know who my closest friends were. Next time you’re at the Org please give them a hug for me. Don’t hesitate to contact me I would love to hear from you.

      Marie-Joe DePhillips, mariejoe@comcast.net

      • SSeattle permalink
        September 2, 2010 3:57 pm

        Hi Marie-Joe,

        Yes, I know you. 😉

        Just an added comment, Bert Schippers and his wife Lynne donated $300k to the ideal org and stands as within the top 3-4 donators in all the field.

        If one were to walk into the org and view the donators plaque, he or she would see that their names are nowhere on it. Outpoint – they are simply omitted yet their bank accounts, and whatever means they used to finance that 300K is very real in the physical universe.

        But what’s really atrocious about the situation; is that there is no “goldenrod”, no issue stating that they are not in good standing yet they are treated as such. What I know is that the DSA sends Steve Bellingham to intercept him when he enters the org. I was not far away when I saw Bert in reception and Steve come to intercept.

        And if it isn’t Steve it’s one of the out-side hired security guards that apparently all new “Ideal Orgs” have for the first few months (until the last of the dono money dries up? How’s this for irony, “yes Bert you donated 300k, thanks man we are proudly using that money to pay for these security guards to keep you out.”)

        The HCO staff likely only know what the DSA wants them to know and won’t bother asking for everything is “confidential” (to people with secrecy complexes) and why risk the ass-chewing anyway?

        “If the Schippers come into the org, hit the panic button [under the desk at reception] and security will escort them out.” No explanation. And what any curious HCO member inquiring are told is likely something like this, “the Schippers have THINGS to handle and aren’t allowed on lines right now.”

        Unfortunately for them the DSA won’t even have an audience with them. She avoided them at the grand opening when Bert was made to stand outside, she avoids Bert when he comes into the org for tour, instead sending security and her junior. She must be really important now, can’t see the 300k donor since his check has already cleared.

        But in the defense of the other GOOD staff at the Seattle Org, my hope for them is that the nubies get to know LRH policy and aren’t clay pigeons and mindless robots working for the few who are in guarded positions and uplines who use their positions to control, dominate and manipulate.

        SSeattle

  24. July 30, 2010 9:55 pm

    Jeff: To the point. And funny.

    I should hang around here more often.

  25. Just Me permalink
    July 31, 2010 1:25 am

    I just think he’s an asshole.

    Just Me

  26. Mitsu Too permalink
    July 31, 2010 2:21 am

    Jeff you are always a master of the obvious. LOL.

    Am I the only one here who thinks DM has incredibly enormous long feet in relation to his body? Reminds me of those punching stand up clowns like when I was a kid. You stepped on the feet to keep it from toppling over.

    Looking forward to your book Jeff.

  27. Mat Pesch permalink
    July 31, 2010 7:36 pm

    I remember going to events at Flag while being staff there. When Dan Sherman would speak it was like comic relief as the guy was such a screaming screwball. His speeches are so cookie cutter it was obvious when he helped write a speech for DM. I don’t think DM realizes how goofy he sounds to the more veteran public and staff.

    For the record, I was still in the Sea Org when DM and Tom Cruise did the event where they hugged and slobbered all over each other. I was seated with many veteran Sea Org members and I can tell you that we were looking at each other in disbelief. It was VERY obvious that these two were WAY off the rails. Don’t think that DMs psychosis is going unnoticed within the Sea Org ranks.

    • Just Me permalink
      August 1, 2010 6:25 pm

      Very interesting observations, Mat, about how at least some SO regard DM and Cruise.

      Just Me

  28. freespirit permalink
    August 1, 2010 4:45 pm

    Jeff- YOU can be my speechwriter ANY time. Brilliant! I needed a good laugh, and boy you delivered in spades!

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