Archive for February 2009

Jeff Stone’s Changing Story

February 27, 2009

Hombre collected some of Jeff Stone’s comments from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meetings over the protest ban at Gold.

Supervisor Stone should be ashamed and those who joined him in voting to pass his ordinance should think about how they protected David Miscavige and let down the people in Gold Base who really need their help.

New CCHR DVD Sent to Doctors

February 27, 2009

The Sydney Morning Herald has a story today about a new Scientology attack on psychiatrists which is being mailed to every doctor in Australia:

Click the image for information about Scientology and Psychiatry

Click the image for information about Scientology and Psychiatry

COMING to a doctor’s surgery near you: a sparky little DVD, saying “psychiatrists occupy the lowest rung of the medical profession”, has been dispatched to GPs across Australia. 

The DVD says that psychiatrists are money-grubbing quacks who invent diseases so that they can become rich by prescribing drugs. Those evil dudes also kill 3000 people a month by prescribing psychotropic drugs, it says.

While Tom Cruise’s comely visage does not feature on the DVD, it is the product of that crazy bunch of shrink-hating thetans who were banished to Earth about 75 million years ago by a mean and nasty galactic ruler named Xenu. Well, that’s what the Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard claimed. And who says he wasn’t nuts?

Titled Making A Killing, The Untold Story Of Psychotropic Drugging, the DVD is put out by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which was established by the Church of Scientology.

You’ll recall a few years back Cruise, who likened psychiatry to “Nazi science”, had to apologise to the actress Brooke Shields after he criticised her for taking anti-depressants for post-natal depression. Vitamins and exercise would snap her out of it, Cruise said.

Describing the information as “riveting”, the DVD’s covering letter implores doctors to: “Watch it, share it and please act on it.”

CCHR’s chief in Australia, Shelley Wilkins, who is off to Los Angeles this weekend to celebrate the commission’s 40th anniversary, denied it was run by the Church of Scientology. Shelley, a scientologist, was “proud” that CCHR had been established by the church, but it was a separate organisation devoted to exposing the evils of psychiatry, she said.

Sure it is.   How can a tax exempt religion get away with trying to destroy a profession?  Can you imagine a Baptist war on plumbers? A Lutheran smackdown on dentistry?   Orthodox Jews vs. Fed Ex?

How was your day?

February 24, 2009
"Arrest that man!"

"Arrest that man!"

Me?  I got arrested.

Yup.  The cuffs were slapped on WBM for the second time as we dropped by Gold for a quick protest following the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting.  

Angry Gay pope has put up video from the event.  First is the arrest of “Mark Lowell.”

Couple things I notice from this:  We were arrested because of “trespassing” but all the deputy kept warning us about was blocking traffic in and out of the gates.  At 8:20 AGP steps up off of the street into Scientology’s flower bed and says essentially, “Am I blocking cars now?’   The deputies says, ” Now you are on their property.”    So as we were well aware, we weren’t on their property when we were arrested.

And as for blocking cars in and out, you can see several cars easily coming and going even after the deputies pulled their vehicles into the entry way and grouped us all around in front of the gates.  Not a single car was ever blocked or hindered the entire time.

And the video of my arrest.

Here’s the full debate on the ordinance at the County Board of Supervisors meeting.  They were taking a final vote on the ordinance to restrict picketing in Riverside County.  When Supervisor Jeff Stone proposed the ordinance, it was clearly on behalf of Scientology.  There was so much blowback that they made it about “all residences.”   I did not do as well as I would have liked.  I tossed out everything that I was prepared to say and stammered this out.  

We then went to Gold where the Sheriff’s Deputies invited us back to their place.

Mark Lowell arrested at Gold

Mark Lowell arrested at Gold

People have been talking about this around the web.  There’s an active thread at Why We Protest.   I haven’t been able to keep up with all of it.   I looked at the thread on OCMB and was happy to see that Maureen has gotten word about her sister, so good has already come out of this.  

Someone there mentioned that the deputy after the arrests seemed like a different man than the one who took us into custody.  While driving into the station to be processed, I had a chance to talk to him about why people protest Scientology.  He knew little about the group and was shocked to hear about the history and abuses.  I gave him a lot of suggestions for google searches and told him Maureen’s sister was inside the gates and their family was hit by disconnection.  He told me he would do a welfare check and I’m happy to see he did it promptly.

By the end of the day, good had already come out of the arrests.  I think more good can still come.

More when I have time.

Thanks for your support!

Scientology Survey

February 23, 2009

Yet another inbox surprise Scientologists are receiving:

Dear ****** area Scientologists,

I need your help. Below is a survey that I need to get done. It is for the marketing of our Ideal Org. The surveys need to be done by Scientologists in the area. I need to get a total of 100 done. This is an easy way for you to help the Ideal Org project.

.

ARC

“Bill” (Not his real name)
————————————————————————————————————————————————————

1. WHAT CONCERN DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE WHICH YOU’D LIKE TO REMEDY?

2. WHAT IN YOUR LIFE REALLY NEEDS CHANGE THE MOST?

3. IF YOU COULD BE ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

4. WHAT WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO BE THAT?

5. IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO?

6. WHAT WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO DO THAT?

7. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?

8. WHAT WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO HAVE THAT?

YOUR AGE:
___A. UNDER 18
___B. 18-24
___C. 25-34
___D. 35-44
___E. 45-54
___F. 55-64
___G. 65 OR MORE

ARE YOU:
___A. MALE
___B. FEMALE

YOUR HIGHEST EDUCATION LEVEL:
____A. LESS THAN HIGH SCHOOL
____B. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
____C. SOME COLLEGE
____D. COLLEGE GRADUATE
____E. OTHER (PLS SPECIFY): ________

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION?
A. PROFESSIONAL ____ B. BUSINESS OWNER/ SELF EMPLOYED ____
C. EXECUTIVE/MANAGER D. HEALTHCARE ____
E. SECRETARY/ CLERICAL____ F. RELIGIOUS/ MINISTER ____
G. TEACHER/ PROFESSOR H. MILITARY ____
I. RESTAURANT/HOTEL ____ J. BUSINESS/FINANCE ____
K. MANUAL ____ L. SALES/MARKETING ____
M. ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT ____ N. TECHNICAL/ ENGINEERING/ COMPUTERS ____
O. STUDENT ____ P. HOMEMAKER ____
Q. RETIRED ____ R. NONE ____
S. OTHER ______

WHAT IS YOUR YEARLY INCOME?
____A. UNDER $25,000
____B. $25,000 – $49,999
____C. $50,000 – $74,999
____D. $75,000 – $99,999
____E. $100,000 – $150,000
____F. OVER $150,000

PROCESSING LEVEL:
____A. NONE
____B. PRE-CLEAR
____C. CLEAR
____D. PRE-OT (OT I – OT VII)
____E. NEW OT VIII

HIGHEST TRAINING LEVEL:
____A. NONE
____B. DIVISION 6 COURSES (BEGINNING COURSES)
____C. M1/TRS & OBJECTIVES
____D. STUDENT HAT
____E. PRO TRS/UPPER INDOC TRS
____F. PRO METERING
____G. ACADEMY LEVELS (0-IV) (ANY OF THEM)
____H. CLASS V AUDITOR
____I. CLASS V GRADUATE AUDITOR
____J. ON OR COMPLETED SHSBC
____K. CL VIII
____L. OTHER (PLEASE SPECIFY): _____________

WHAT SERVICE ARE YOU ON CURRENTLY? ________________________

To Kill a Mocked-Up Bird

February 23, 2009
Atticus Finch demands his trial be converted to a Comm Ev.

Atticus Finch demands his trial be converted to a Comm Ev.

Atticus Finch would do a spit take if he saw what is being sent to Scientologist’s e-mail accounts:

Hi!

I have good news from one of your farthest OT Committee outposts- Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Bud Farr recently got onto OT VII and made a major breakthrough in dissemination just weeks after returning from Flag.

Today, Dr. Farr gave a presentation on Scientology to second and third year law students at the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Dr. Farr gave his presentation with all the poise of a thetan that recently walked out of his morning session with a persistent floating TA.

He was handed control of a class called Law and Religion. The class teaches law students how to defend religions and recognize religious rights under the United States Constitution.

During the lecture, one of the law students had announced that he had received a stress test demonstration and a one on one dissemination previously from the Austin Org. That student helped bring about more reality on the e-meter.

Dr. Farr made a big impression in West Texas. He is a great example of a Solo NOTs auditor. He will come back every semester to teach Texas Tech law students about the fundamental ideas relating to Scientology’s help and control in all areas of life. This is important for many reasons. However, it is very important since most of our West Texas leaders are Texas Tech School of Law graduates.

There is your report from WEST TEXAS.

Much Love,

XXXX

How to Save the Oscars

February 22, 2009

Off topic, I know…but watching Mickey Rourke get his independent Spirit Award shows just how lively, honest and entertaining a show like this can be.  

Sure there’s cursing but can’t we be grownups and get over it.  What it isn’t is canned and safe and boring.

UPDATE:

I just finished watching and they didn’t need saving after all.  This was probably the best produced Oscars I’ve ever seen.  Certainly got off to a terrific start with a strong opening number followed by the brilliant idea of having three former winners really pay tribute to the Best Supporting Actress nominees.  This really felt like a celebration of their talent.

Follow that with the winning combo of Steve Martin and Tina Fey and the presentation of screenwriting awards in a way that truly made you think about the contribution on the page…well, it was pretty cool to see.  

A show that long is going to sag when you get to technical awards but on the whole, pretty damn good.

I passed on a private party,  seeing the awards on the big screen a block from the event because I needed to edit some video i shot Saturday.  You should see that soon.

Happy Anoniversary!

February 22, 2009
Bring your e-meter, your BT's and your wallet!!!

Bring your e-meter, your BT's and your wallet!!!

Just got back from the L.A. Aononymous 1-year anniversary picket.  It was a great time and lots of fun.  Just a few pics before turning in for the night.

 

The Lovely Ladies of Enturbulation.

The Lovely Ladies of Enturbulation.

 

Pikachu and (puppy) Graham Berry

Pikachu and (puppy) Graham Berry

 

AlexM speaks out for the first time in a XENU TV interview.

AlexM speaks out for the first time in a XENU TV interview.

 

At Cause over the Complex

At Cause over the Complex

duo

Taking back L. Ron Hubbard Way for the Wog world!