Monthly Archives: July 2010

Trouble in Russia: Our time is now!

Yesterday’s entry on Marty Rathbun’s blog talks about trouble in Russia. Apparently, the Russian government is beginning to crack down on Scientology, and Marty has reached out to his independent brethren. According to Marty, his friend in Russia said “The best thing that Independents in other countries could do was to continue the work to differentiate Scientology the practice from the Church of Scientology the organization.”

This is the whole goal of Marty’s Independent movement – to try differentiate the practice of Scientology (i.e. old-school LRH Scientology) from the Church of Scientology (as run by David Miscavige).

But are the two really all that different?

In truth, yes, there are some differences. David seems to have made some detail changes in L. Ron Hubbard’s tech (like the “definition of a floating needle” debacle). He’s updated some of the books to mask some of LRH’s more obvious ignorance. The current Church management seems to put more of an emphasis on pure donations, whereas in LRH days they just hard-sold the living shit out of classes and levels. And, of course, there’s David Miscavige’s nasty habit of hitting people (and encouraging staffers like Marty to do the same). LRH preferred to have people thrown into the ship’s chain locker, being smart enough not to get his own hands dirty.

But considering all the other crimes that Scientology has been committing since its inception – breaking up families, paying illegally low wages, providing unsanitary living conditions, and recommending pseudoscientific non-working cures in place of proper medical and mental treatment, just to name a few – the crimes specific to current Church management are small potatoes.

Marty’s apparent goal is to blame all of Scientology’s crimes on David Miscavige, and he has already proven his willingness to lie (sorry, “tell an acceptable truth”) to do that.

Our job as Scientology protesters is not to let that happen.

Luckily, the truth is on our side, and there is a crapload of written proof in the form of LRH’s own policies. Many of the most heinous policies are available on the Web; a dizzying number can be found in a single download from Wikileaks.

Here’s how you can do your part: Read up on LRH policy. And when you read, see or hear someone blaming David Miscavige for something that LRH authored, point it out. If you do this on a blog like Marty’s, your comment might well get censored – but that’s okay, because the moderators know that there are lots of us who know the truth.

In fact, I encourage you to comment on Marty’s site. Imagine if, along with the two hundred comments he gets telling him what a cool frood he is, each post were to get one hundred comments from people who know what the truth is and are willing to tell him he’s full of shit. Marty moderates every comment, so what you write will be read — and if enough come in, it’s bound to rattle his cage a little. (And when your comment does get censored, you can post it on my Censored by Marty page.)

Lucky for us, most outsiders quickly realize that all of Scientology is a crock. Better yet, most Scientologists don’t think outsiders will come to that realization, because it all makes sense to them. Still, you have smart folks like Mike and Marty who know how to manipulate the media. (Remember, Mike Rinder spent years as a professional Church spokesliar, and he was quite good at it.) So it’s important that we do our part. Again, our job is easy: We just have to tell the truth.

Keep the faith, my friends. Stay educated and keep talking. The truth will set all Scientologists free.


Abortions and Children in the Sea Org

The following article was written by Aaron Saxton, a former member of Scientology management. Abortion is obviously an emotionally-charged subject, and I happen to disagree with Aaron’s viewpoint; I am pro-choice. But the thing I respect and admire most about Aaron – and the reason I am willing to post his writing here – is that he has always been brutally honest about the things he did in Scientology. I believe he does this is because it is important to him (as it is to me) that outsiders understand the true nature of Scientology, and that making people understand is more important than making himself look good. He sees the bigger picture.

I have chosen to post Aaron’s opinions just as he wrote them. If you are strongly pro-choice, you may find some of what he says objectionable. Please understand that Aaron’s purpose in writing this – and my purpose in posting it – is to explain the issue of abortion in the Sea Org. The issue here is not whether abortion is right or wrong; it is that someone could not only completely compromise his personal morals and ethics, but convince others to do the same, and both with alarming ease. It is an illustration of just how strong a grip Scientology has on the minds of its followers, and it presents clear evidence that, despite what the Independents may say, abortions in the Sea Org are not merely the will of David Miscavige, but in fact a belief that is inherent in Scientology.

Thank you in advance for reading with an open mind. — Caliwog

The topic of abortions in the Sea Org is a touchy subject.

It is more about the viewpoint held on children vs. the needs of the world, more so than the topic of abortions itself. In this society and others, the subject raises emotions that cause riots, fighting and even murder. The subject of abortion will be up for debate for many years. Is it murder? Does the fetus have a right to live? We are all entitled to our own opinions on such.

However, in the Sea Organization (SO) a much more insidious approach is not used, but installed by L. Ron Hubbard even before the person has become pregnant. LRH ran the SO in the early years for over 15 years, and for a man who “loved children” he sure saw to it that raising them in the SO was so terrible, no one would want one. Or is there even more evil to it than first can be seen?

If you, the reader, for example were to learn that your unborn child would be born with a severe disability, and probably have a poor life ahead of them, not to mention your inability to raise them to their full potential, would you consider abortion? It certainly is a different thought process you run through, isn’t it, than if you knew your child was going to be born and become the President. So mindset is everything when making a decision. Sometimes theft is survival, other times it is petty. Sometimes killing is defense, and other times it is plain murder. Circumstances. So let us look at SO circumstance.

In the Sea Org I ordered abortions from women as young as 14 years of age.

The rationale behind it was based on a set of logic principles that the reader will have to adjust to in order to understand it. To this day, I am somewhat quiet on the subject of abortions. I have always, my whole life, been against abortion, yet I was prepared to order it and enforce it, without orders from others. In a relationship outside of the SO I was asked by a woman I got pregnant to attend an abortion. The hoses, the dead fetus thrown in the bin was a horrible experience for me – for her it was life changing. It opened my eyes, but I never allowed the emotion of that incident to cloud my judgment about what I had done, and why I did it.

LRH management terminals* since the early days of the SO (60’s) have done the same, women and men.

(* Terminal: L. Ron Hubbard’s word for a person who does a job. Note the dehumanization inherent in the term. — Caliwog)

It is going to be important to instill in the reader another viewpoint, one which is hard to adjust to because you are probably a sane, rational person. Sea Org members who ask for abortions, and those that carry out abortions (i.e. the staff and the pregnant women and their inevitable spouses) often abort, or direct another to have an abortion (as LRH did and others since) for another reason.

One has to imagine the following set of circumstances and BELIEVE with all your heart and mind, that the following is 100% true:

  1. The world is going to run itself into the ground in a few years because of evil people.
  2. People have been around for 74 quadrillion years and we are nearing the end of the swindling spiral, meaning redemption and salvation is near impossible.
  3. There is no other technology that can free the mind of man other than LRH technology.
  4. That the only group capable of performing the impossible task of clearing Earth and the other millions of planets is the Sea Org.
  5. At this precise moment Scientology is in danger of being shut down, and if that happens, man will lose his last chance ever at salvation.
  6. Death and forgoing this life is no big deal. If you’re going to come back again and again, you can “do other things in other lifetimes” and THIS lifetime is the FIRST lifetime you have ever had a chance to HELP mankind.

These are laughable, however these are the very factors one must envelop themselves in, if they are to understand what it means to be in the Sea Org. Imagine for a moment that Hitler had won and that the majority of Earth was under the third Reich. And imagine for a moment there was a group that could possibly stop it, and they required your immediate support. Would you abandon them to have a child if “just another 10 years” would make the difference?

Cults often use “Time emergency” as a factor. There is always a judgment day, always an end date. LRH set it for 2000, although that Flag Order is not quoted much anymore. It is a common technique in all cults to install a time restriction where in the individual feels that there is a limited amount of time. This means the person has no time to think, or act, or live a normal life – all activities must be directed towards the goals of the Cult in order to see its success. The individual does this to ensure their own success and also the success of future generations.

Through this mindset we will now add more factors:

  1. You are in the Sea Org.
  2. You work from 9am until at least 11pm every single day. There are no holidays. There is no difference between Sunday and Thursday, or this year and next year.
  3. You live with the people you work with. Life is work, there is no free time. “Home” means a bed, plain and simple.
  4. When you join the Sea Org, you know, agree and accept that you are doing it because dedication above and beyond other humans is required. As part of this, you accept to forgo all freedoms. You agree that your hobbies, your family, music, TV, parks, holidays, trips, indeed all things in life are forgone in order to accomplish the goals of the Sea Org.
  5. You find it easy to not be very human, and a child is something you will have to attend to when for years you have attended to nothing but your group. You haven’t cooked in 20 years, you haven’t driven a car in 20 years, had an ATM card, a cheque book, shopped for food, you haven’t been around children, studied nothing about them, haven’t gone t school in 20 years – what the hell do you know about children?

Now add children to the equation.

They do not work. It is natural, as it is genetic, that a woman yearns to be a mother. And it is natural that a man wishes to see their partner or any number of partners have children. It is not a conscious decision, although in current society we are asked to make it a conscious decision. Our genetic makeup means we have no say in the matter.

We do however have a say in our conscious choices to avoid situations that threaten our survival.

If you are of the belief as stated above, then anything that detracts from this, is of course, contra-survival. And evil. The same reason you do not go off and spend time with your family is the same reason why you do not want to have children – they are distractions. And expensive.

Abortions in the Sea Org are often the choices those individuals make. More hurtful however, is that often it is just one of the partners who desires the abortion, while the other partner desires the child. The problem is that having a child means leaving the Sea Org, at least for a few years, and with that comes feelings of guilt that one is letting down the team. Remember the mindset here – review the above points and you will see how this can happen. There is no difference in routing out* of the SO and having a child if it means your abandoning your team. Remember, it is a time emergency, there is no time left for Earth and you going off to have family is off-purpose.

(* Routing out: Following the correct procedure to leave, as opposed to “blowing,” which means leaving suddenly without following procedure. — Caliwog)

Because of this, we can see how easy it is to get an abortion.

But sometimes, the abortion is not desired, and both parties will desire the child’s birth. They know that it can’t be good for the group if they go, but they want the child – this is where survival (as correctly established by evolution) takes over and provides a driving force in the person. These people are hurt the most.

However, from a SO point of view with the task at hand for civilization, it is better for mankind to have the child killed. They do not need a policy on abortion – just on what is best for mankind.

This was my rational when asking such persons to do exactly this. “Consider the greatest good for the greatest number” and within that statement one must consider what LRH stated about the condition of Earth and man’s chance without Scientology.

As far as children go, one can see how Scientologists treat their children. See Marty Rathbun’s blog on Karen, Heber Jentzsch’s ex-wife. She discusses her Child being in the SO at the age of 10 – yet what was she doing allowing this to happen?

Simply put, she considered it the greatest good for her child, herself and mankind. Now she has found an out – although it makes no sense to blame the SO, when she put her kid there in the first place! Blame and finger pointing is a favorite pastime of independent Scientologists as it gives them someone and something to blame for their stupidity.

If we disassemble the lies in Scientology and we see that Scientology is no solution for mankind, nor is its technology of any real benefit, we would not have people considering abortions. For the public Scientologist it is hard to understand why SO members would have abortions – although they can clearly see members for 25 years not having children – but say nothing. They too are under the spell that Scientology must be preserved at all costs and they are totally aware that without the SO, Scientology would have already been banned and thrown away many years ago.

To understand abortions, you must understand cults. Remember, a lot of Scientologists blow $200,000 on Scientology and will not even pay for their own children to go to worthless universities. Their logic has been warped by using an equation that can sometimes get the right answer, but for the purposes of Scientology, always gets the right answer to screw them up a little more.

Without understanding the commitments that SO members face, you could never really understand this issue. While others will say it is from management, I must disagree. I never receive orders to ask anyone to have an abortion, ever. I instigated the action on my own cognition as do many SO members – it is based on the LRH formula “Greatest good for the greatest number” which does not have to include human qualities, human emotions, morality or the well being of any individual above and beyond a mere mathematical calculation.

Such a formula then compared with LRH data on where we are – take for example RJ67* – and we see the choice is clear: Give all to Scientology, and if you don’t, you are a namby pamby… as in Keeping Scientology Working Series One**. Even Scientology’s biggest follower Tim Cruise said as much in his video – you are either in all the way, or you are out.

(* RJ67: Ron’s Journal 67, a taped lecture in which LRH talks about the discovery of OT III (the Xenu story). You can download RJ67 from this Wikileaks page. — Caliwog)

(** Keeping Scientology Working (KSW): LRH policy basically saying that Scientology is the only truth. Perhaps the most important policy in Scientology. You can read it here. — Caliwog)

In the SO this is even more cut and dried.

While I feel for those who have had abortions, I can assure you none were tied down or given drugs to force them. They were brainwashed BEFORE they were pregnant, and all they had to do was be shown the LRH policies in order to make their decision final.

I never forced anyone to abort – I showed them the LRH references**. And there has never been a Knowledge Report* on me or anyone else for asking for an abortion (and if there are, they are far and few) because at the end of the day all you have to do is show someone specific LRH references and you can make them consider murder is acceptable.

(* Knowledge Report: A report submitted to Ethics about off-policy acts. Scientologists are encouraged to tattle on each other with KRs. — Caliwog)

(** I wanted to ad my $0.02 on this, because it’s an important point. Scientology teaches that “What’s true for you is true.” However, notice that all that Aaron had to do was show the LRH policies and people would make the desired decision. “What’s true for you” implies that if you don’t believe in abortion, you shouldn’t have one – yet look at the results Aaron got. That’s what Scientology does – what’s true for LRH is true for you. — Caliwog)

If you can convince people to give up their lives, give up their families, money, give up being part of a civilized society, what would make you think it would be hard to make them kill a child?

Nothing. As plenty of affidavits have shown.

And the biggest thing that upsets these people is not that they were asked to abort, but that they agreed and on some level saw it as the right thing to do. They killed their own children. And to that I say, they must learn to forgive themselves and move on.

Not everything can be healed by finger pointing or an auditing session.

Humans make bad choices and live to not make them again. That is pain, it is real and it is human. I am glad that at least they can cry about those lost children, because some in the SO who had an abortion never shed a tear.

And that is the truly terrifying thing.

Aaron Saxton, July 2010

Liars, damn liars, and Independent Scientologists

Okay. I promised myself I was going to get the blog back on track this week. I have the third part of my Admin Tech series ready to go, plus another mind-expanding article from Aaron Saxton. But then I popped over to Marty’s blog this weekend. Maybe it’s a personality flaw, but I can’t see bullshit without pointing at it and screaming “BULLSHIT!” – and Friday’s post is such a big, steaming, huge pile that I just can’t let it go.

The post in question is entitled There Is No Such Thing as Disconnection, and it’s authored by Christie Collbran, the young girlfriend of Mike Rinder. The title, for the record, is not the lie I’m talking about; Ms. Collbran is referring the Church’s standard line, which all of us, both protesters and Independents, know is not true.

No, the lie is down about six paragraphs. The article is about Mike’s attempt to visit his elderly mother, a member of the Church of Scientology (OT8, no less), while visiting Australia for his Today Tonight interview. According to Christie, Mike and and his mother wrote to each other after he left the Church, but after the St. Petersburg Times articles – which probably made it clear that he was an SP (Suppressive Person, an enemy of the Church) rather than just a a PTS (Potential Trouble Source, one who is merely connected to an SP) – Mike’s mother disconnected from him. And when he came to visit, she hoofed it.

The lie:

This was a total perversion of PTS/SP technology. There was nothing suppressive about her comm[unication] line with her son and she was forced to cut the line due to the control designed by David Miscavige.

This one actually left me staring at my computer with my mouth hanging open.

Jesus wept, Christie, do you actually believe that? What you’re talking about is not a perversion of PTS/SP tech (LRH’s methods for handling PTSs and SPs) – it’s exactly what Scientologists are supposed to do. And Mike’s mother wasn’t forced to cut the line due to the control designed by David Miscavige. She was forced to do it due to the control designed L. Ron Hubbard.

It amazes me that Marty can get his followers to swallow this line of bullshit. PTS/SP “tech” is very clear on what to do: “Handle or disconnect.” Turn them around or turn them loose. That concept didn’t originate with David Miscavige; it originated with L. Ron Hubbard.

Now, Independents and other LRH apologists are quick to point to a 1968 policy entitled “CANCELLATION OF DISCONNECTION,” and say that DM reinstated disconnection in the early 80s (while LRH was still alive). This policy refers to handling PTSs, not SPs; LRH is crystal clear on the concept that SPs are insane, poisonous, violent, and must be avoided at all costs. Besides, despite this one reference, LRH’s mantra to “handle or disconnect” runs rampant throughout Scientology policy. Disconnection did not stop in the 1970s, and the reinstatement of this policy took place in 1982, when LRH was alive, well, and very much in control. No question in my mind: Disconnection is an LRH policy, plain and simple.

But hey, don’t take my word for it – after all, I’m nothing but a lousy two-bit scum-sucking suppressive person myself. No, instead I invite you to listen to L. Ron Hubbard talk about it in his own voice. The recorded lectures from the PTS/SP course are available at, in both MP3 and transcript forms. (I recommend the transcripts – it’s easier to stay awake – but it’s fun to hear Hubbard say the words himself.)

You can also download the checksheet and policies from the PTS/SP course (“How to Confront and Shatter Suppression” – the one Tom Cruise talks about in his famous video) from this MegaUpload page. And lastly, Wikileaks has the PTS/SP Handling Checklist, which dates from Hubbard’s days and was discontinued in the DM era. It’s a list of policies to follow, most of which you can look up and read for yourself in this collection of HCO bulletins from Wikileaks.

Fifteen minutes of searching through a few PDFs – probably less time than many of Marty’s sheeple put into reading his drivel and kowtowing in the comments section – will put paid to Christie’s lie that David Miscavige is behind the policy of disconnection. Oh, yes, disconnection exists – at the behest of L. Ron Hubbard.

I say shame, shame, shame on Christie, Mike, and Marty for spreading this lie to many of the very same people who have been hurt by this abusive LRH policy.

Of course, the automatic response from the Independents is “David Miscavige altered the tech!” True, changes in PTS/SP policy were made – but as we’ve seen, LRH’s words on the subject were very, very clear.

But let’s say it’s possible that DM did change the policy, going so far as to hire a voice actor to re-record those LRH lectures I cited earlier. Mike’s mother is 80 years old. She’s an OT8. I imagine she’s been in Scientology since many years before DM’s takeover, just like her son Mike. If there was a massive shift in PTS/SP policy, don’t you think she’d know? And do you really think she’d let that stand between her and her son?

The sad truth is that by refusing to talk to her own son, Mike’s mother is simply following policy. LRH policy.

“One treats a suppressive person pretty rough.”

Forgive me for carping on about this, but it just makes me so freaking angry. It’s nice that Marty and his Independents have a problem with disconnection, but why are they lying about its origin? Why are they trying to pin it on David Miscagive, when there is overwhelming evidence that it was originated by L. Ron Hubbard?

Some might ask, “What’s the difference? If they want to practice Scientology without disconnection, then more power to them.” But, you see, you can’t practice Scientology without disconnection. Marty and Mike say that real Scientology is based on pure LRH tech. But disconnection is pure LRH policy. As is lying – or, more properly, telling an “acceptable truth” in the interest of good public relations.

Why are Marty and Mike lying about this? I have no idea, and I really wish I knew. Are they misinformed? I doubt it; they are life-long Scientologists, and if you and I can find the truth in a matter of minutes, surely they would have stumbled upon these policies sometime during their decades in Scientology.

The bottom line is that for whatever reason, Marty and Mike are willing to lie to their followers and the public, just like the Church of Scientology. To me, that makes them no better than the Church of Scientology.

It’s funny, because in his Today/Tonight interview, Mike Rinder admitted that he lied for the Church, and urged us to believe that he is now telling the truth.

Instead, it seems he now has his girlfriend lying for him.


Mike Rinder returns to TV!

As many of you no doubt know, Mike Rinder, Marty Rathbun’s punching-bag-turned-best-friend, has just appeared on an Australian TV show called Today Tonight. I figured some of you might want to know what I thought, so… here it is!

I think it was a pretty good showing. Nothing in the interview is really news to those of us who participate in or follow either the protest movement (or Independent Scientology, for that matter) but to the uninitiated, I think it makes Scientology out to look like a crackpot organization (which it is). The piece doesn’t differentiate between Scientology (the practice) and the Church of Scientology (the organization); the result is that Mike appears to be saying some rather negative things about Scientology in general, which is good for some lulz.

I was concerned about Mike pushing the M&M agenda (blame everything on Miscavige while whitewashing Hubbard), but if he tried that, virtually all of it wound up on the cutting room floor. The only bit that crept in was Mike’s plea at the very end of the interview for David Miscavige to “let people get on with practicing Scientology so that it actually helps them.”

The fact is that most of the population probably doesn’t realize this is a three headed race or that there are people practicing Scientology outside of the Church. I think the net effect of the piece will be to keep people away from Scientology – so it would appear that Mike has scored a major victory for all of us who protest Scientology. VWD*, Mike!

* VWD: Very Well Done, a common Scientology compliment.

As you’d expect, Marty’s flock is treating it as a major victory for the Independents. And to the extent that it exposes the evils of David Miscavige, I suppose it is. Incidentally, one of the tactics that Church-sponsored Marty-h8rs have been using is to accuse Mike and Marty of attacking the Church for profit. The show ends with a disclaimer that while Today Tonight did pay for Mike to come out to Australia for an interview, he did not receive any other compensation. In your face, DM!

If you haven’t yet seen the interview, you can watch it on


An Independent sex scandal? Here’s the bigger issue

Marty posted a blog entry yesterday which I thought was very interesting… and just a little bit ominous. It’s called Second Dynamic, and while its heavy usage of Scientologese obfuscates the meaning a bit, the gist of it seems to be that someone that Marty recommended as an auditor or Scientology counselor has been screwing around (in the sexual sense) with the people Marty sent, and he doesn’t like it.

Personally, I believe that if two consenting, available adults want to put a smile on each other’s faces, well, more power to them. If someone is taking advantage of the intimacy that Scientology confession (auditing) brings, that’s not such a good thing. I think we can all agree: Auditing someone for the express purpose of getting them into bed is wrong. Although it’s certainly an easy way to find out what they like.

But the independent boff-fest that Marty alludes to isn’t what caught my eye about this post. I’m wondering how closely Marty’s views of relationships parallels that of the Church, and if so, what that means. If Marty believes as L. Ron Hubbard teaches, than it would seem that many of the same abuses we see in the Church will happen in Marty’s Independent movement.

If you’re familiar with the Scientology concept of dynamics, you can skip this paragraph. Scientology divides things into dynamics: The first dynamic is you; the second dynamic is either your spouse, your family, sex, or your urge to procreate, depending on which one best fits the example at hand; the third is a group (i.e. your Church, your place of employment, etc.); 4th is mankind, 5th is the rest of the planet, etc. Hubbard taught his followers to choose actions which do “the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.” That’s one way the Church keeps the cash rolling in. If you have $50,000, you can buy a flashy new Mercedes and help your first dynamic, or you can keep driving your old Ford Escort and donate that money to build an Ideal Org, which will help the fourth dynamic. That’s why Scientologists give so much on the Church: They are helping the greater good.

This belief is also largely responsible for the large number of divorces in Scientology. If your partner complains that you spend your money on the Church rather than a second honeymoon, you can justifiably accuse them of prioritizing the 2nd dynamic over the 3rd and 4th (and in Scientology, that’s a bad thing). If they persist, they are holding back your spiritual growth and the salvation of Mankind. Now you have to decide which is more important – being married to them or helping to salvage mankind. And you know the answer, don’t you? Your partner doesn’t agree, so it’s time to do what L. Ron Hubbard told you to do: Handle or disconnect. They won’t be handled? Then it’s time for divorce court. “Sorry, baby, you’re the love of my life, you’re the most beautiful person I’ve ever met, you make me feel great, but that’s all first and second dynamic stuff. I’ve got to do the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.”

So where does Marty stand on this? It’s hard to tell from this blog entry. He says, “The Second Dynamic is one of eight dynamics; it is no more or less important than any other one.” That’s a hopeful sign, although as far as I know, it’s against LRH policy. But he also seems to be saying that you should ignore those urges of the heart — or of the libido:

My advice is that no matter how strong the passion, no matter how strong the “electricity”, you’d best remember that the Second Dynamic is only one of eight dynamics. If you are so hardwired to the body that the second is all that seems to matter, then you ought not be making decisions on the second dynamic. You ought to be using the many tools that can help span your attention and raise your tone so as to become aware of all your dynamics. If you are going to get into a relationship you are in for trouble if you don’t take care to be sure the prospective relationship aligns with the rest of your dynamics. If it does not you are guaranteed trouble. If it does, you’ve got it made.

In other words, think with your head, not with your dick, (begging your pardon, ladies), and pick someone who wants what you want out of life. Sounds like good advice. But one could also read that to mean that one should not make any decisions based on affairs of the heart — only decisions that take into account all dynamics. And that’s dangerously close to what L. Ron Hubbard wanted his followers to do. And the whole point of Independent Scientology is to live by the teachings of Hubbard, is it not?

So what happens when an Independent wakes up and realizes that Hubbard was full of crap? Will their Independent spouse be understanding and tolerant? If your spouse “no longer aligns with the rest of your dynamics,” are you “in for trouble,” as Marty says? And how do you deal with that trouble? Hubbard says “Handle or disconnect.” Does that mean we’ll see just as many divorces among the Independents?

A couple of other points:

Marty goes on to say “Promiscuity is a 1.1 trait, pure and simple.” (1.1 is the tone level of “covert hostility” – what you and I call passive aggression.) See, it’s stuff like this that really bothers me. This is no different than L. Ron Hubbard saying that insanity is an intentional urge to harm or destroy.

People are promiscuous for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is a psychological disorder – a reaction to sexual abuse as a child. Sometimes it’s a form of self-sabotage. But as often as not, people are promiscuous for the simple reason that they like sex. And if their partners are single, consenting adults, then where’s the harm? It’s certainly not covert hostility. The only way I can think of that covert hostility comes into the picture is if you bang your partner’s best friend as a form of revenge. Technically, if it’s just one friend, it’s not promiscuity. Six friends, maybe… actually, that’s not promiscuity so much as stamina.

Regardless, oversimplified and dead-wrong psychological evaluations – like “Promiscuity is a 1.1 trait, pure and simple” – are one of the things that make Scientology so scary and evil. People believe Hubbard about stuff like this because it’s easier than thinking, and it’s just plain wrong.

Marty also paraphrases from a note he read, written by Hubbard near the time of his (LRH’s) death: “[LRH] quite explicitly stated that the entire problem with breach of monogamy (beyond the physical risk of STDs) is the breach of trust and the lies connected with it.”

Now, Hubbard would know a thing or two about breaching monogamy; he was married three times, once to two women at the same time, one of whom was the girlfriend of the guy in whose house Hubbard was staying.

But I have to wonder – is this really some great piece of wisdom to Marty and the Independents? Did it really take LRH 80+ years to figure out that the real crime in an affair is the lying? And do Scientologists really need Hubbard to point that out to them? Hell, I had that one figured out when I was six. I know Scientologists are conditioned not to think for themselves…but sometimes the depth of it can be shocking, even to me.

Read Marty’s original blog entry here: Second Dynamic


By the way…

The third and final part of my Admin Tech series is coming soon; I’m just trying to find a way to make it, um, not totally boring. Translating Hubbardian drivel into English isn’t always easy, you know!


Marty’s Confession

Okay, kids… it’s time for a rant.

On Friday, Marty Rathbun got himself arrested in New Orleans for being drunk and disorderly. Marty had a bit too much to drink and tried to start an impromptu basketball game with someone who was walking past the bar. When the cops told him to go home, he tried to go back into the bar to fetch his wife, was barred from access because he’d stripped off his shirt, made a bit of a fuss, and wound up getting himself thrown in the hoosegow.

Now, I don’t think this is really a big deal. Okay, I’ve never gotten so drunk that I got myself put into handcuffs, but it’s not like Marty tried to rob a bank. He was celebrating and it got a little out of control. Shit happens. (Although shit like this generally happens to 21-year-old kids rather than mature 53-year-old adults.) And Marty posted a blog entry about it because he knew the Church would be all over this like flies on dog crap. Which they are – two of my favorite Church-friendly sites posted identical carefully-edited versions of Marty’s “confession” almost immediately (here and here).

Needless to say, Marty’s blog entry was met by an outpouring of support from the Parrots. Now, again, I don’t think that getting drunk and out of hand is necessarily a big deal…EXCEPT WHEN YOU ARE LEADING AN ANTI-CHURCH GROUP AND YOU JUST GAVE THE CHURCH A SHITLOAD OF AMMUNITION TO USE AGAINST YOU.

I read all of the 200+ comments, and NOT ONE said “You dumbass! You know the Church is watching your every move! You know they hold you up as a model of what an ‘evil squirrel’ is! You know you are the standard by which independent Scientologists are judged! Don’t you think you should consider that before you GO OUT AND GET BLIND DRUNK IN A PUBLIC PLACE? What the hell is the matter with you?”

Of course, maybe someone did post that, and Marty censored it – but I don’t think so. Saying LRH is full of crap will get you Censored By Marty™, but saying Marty is full of crap generally won’t. I imagine he’d let such a comment through, and would probably reply by referring to the part of his post where he said he doesn’t want to be a leader:

I have said it before that I am no angel and this movement is not about following some leader. I do not seek to be a leader… [Rapper] Chuck D said early in his career that he did not seek to be a leader, but instead his aim was to help create 5,000 black leaders. That has been, and remains a goal of mine: to help create 5,000 independent Scientologist leaders.

Marty doesn’t seek to be a leader? Well, Marty, if you’re really trying to avoid leadership of the Independent movement, you’re doing it wrong.

Marty goes on to compare “the Hole” at Orleans Parish Prison (or “OPP” to a 14-hour veteran of the place like Marty) to conditions at Scientology’s Int Base. I have news for you, Marty: YOU WERE NOT IN THE FUCKING HOLE. You were in a holding cell where they put amateur prostitutes, drunks who can’t hold their liquor, and dumb-ass college kids who try to buy drugs from cops. Fourteen hours in a holding pen does not constitute hard time, and if you can’t manage to keep yourself under control at a bar, I’m pretty sure that a week in the ACTUAL hole would wreak havoc with your psyche. What would you do with no communication and no audience to tell you how great you are?

I personally have a problem with all of this because Marty’s actions hurt not only the Independents, but the Scientology protest movement as well. I may see myself as being on a different side of the issue than Marty, and I know many Scientology protesters feel the same way – but to Scientologists, Marty and I are on the same team, because we oppose David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology. So when Marty pulls dumb shit like this, it hurts us all.

Oh, and don’t miss this gem from Marty’s blog entry:

You may have heard the racist joke about what happens when you roll a basketball down the street in certain neighborhoods. Well, I am the living proof it is not a race thing.

Um, no, Marty, I haven’t heard that joke, but I assume it has something to do with black people, and I think it’s rude, offensive and disgusting to even allude to it. Why even bring it up? Do you think racial stereotypes are funny? You’ve allowed anti-Semitic comments to be posted on your blog, and now this? Nice, Marty. Very nice.


Must-read: A Piece of Blue Sky

WARNING TO INDEPENDENT SCIENTOLOGISTS: This blog entry discusses a book which presents evidence that L. Ron Hubbard was an immoral charlatan who started Scientology as a business. Further reading could prove dangerous to the notion that David Miscavige is the only criminal to head up the Church of Scientology. You have been warned.

A Piece of Blue Sky is one of three excellent autobiographies of L. Ron Hubbard (the other two are Bare-faced Messiah by journalist Russell Miller and L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? by Bent Corydon). All three are great reads, and all Scientology protesters should read at least one, if not all. (If you prefer works of fiction, I suggest the Church of Scientology’s official L. Ron Hubbard site.)

It’s hard to pick which of the three bios is the best, but I happen to think A Piece of Blue Sky is a great one with which to start out. Author Jon Atack is a former Scientologist who, like the Independents, was driven out by the tyranny of David Miscavige’s new regime – but unlike the Independents, Jon took further steps that led him to see the truth about L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, and he published A Piece of Blue Sky in 1990.

A Piece of Blue Sky tells many of the Hubbard stories the Church would prefer to see buried, including his bizarre dalliances with Satanism, his pleas for disability payments (remember what Hubbard said about rewarding down statistics?), and my favorite, the time he used his World War II command to commit an act of war against Mexico. The book paints a clear picture of who Hubbard was and how his personality set the tone for the crimes of Scientology. Naturally, the Church sued and harassed Atack, and to this day there is an injunction against distributing the original version of the book in the UK.

A Piece of Blue Sky is available online in HTML and PDF format. You can find it here.


All About the Admin Tech, Part 2: Statistics, Scientology-style

(Note: For a long-winded introduction to L. Ron Hubbard’s Administration Technology, go here.)

The subject of statistics may sound boring, but statistics are huge in Scientology. Huge. And not just in the Admin Tech. If you want to understand how Scientologists think, you need to understand how they think about statistics.

In any Scientology or Admin Tech organization, every job is assigned a statistic: How much money in donations you collected, how many hits your web site got, how many new people you assigned to the RPF, etc. At the end of the week – which, in Scientology, is Thursday at 2:00pm (no, really) – employees look at the trend in their statistics, which determines what they will do the following week.

Statistical analysis for simpletons

Trend analysis in Scientology is simple: Draw a line from one point on the graph to the next and look at the angle of the line. For long-term stats, one simply draws a line that looks like it runs roughly through the middle of the graph.

At first glance, this might seem like a simple, common-sense way to approach the highly complicated subject of statistical analysis (unless you’re a professional statistician, in which case you’ve probably just pissed yourself laughing). But think of all the things that can change the angle of a trend line, such as the scale of the graph or the size of the computer window or the paper on which it’s drawn. Simply switching to a wide-screen monitor can change the angle of the line. This is why real statistical analysis uses math rather than eyeballed best-fit lines.

You may ask yourself how Hubbard could pick such an error-prone method – was he that foolish? Actually, there’s a very good reason, which I’ll get to shortly.

One uses the angle of the trend line to assign a “condition” – the assessment that determines how one is doing and what one does next. There are no numerical thresholds (i.e. 0 to 30 degrees is this condition, 31 to 60 is this one, etc.); one simply eyeballs the trend line and has a guess. A line that drops sharply to the bottom of the graph means that one is in the condition of Non-Existence. A sharp downtrend is Danger. A flat or slightly down-sloping graph is Emergency. A slight rise is Normal, a steep rise is Affluence, and a plateau at a high level is Power. Based on the condition one is in, one completes a series of steps called a “condition formula,” which I’ll talk about in Part 3 of this series.

Where stats fall down

The idea is that one’s stats should always be rising. Of course, this isn’t always possible, as some stats have inherent limits. If you are an organization’s tree trimmer, and your stat is Number of Trees Trimmed Per Day, and there are only 20 trees on the property, what do you do when you hit 20? Ask management to plant more trees? Or go next door to do some guerilla gardening?

In other jobs, increasing stats can cause problems. Let’s say you’re a letter registrar and your stat is the number of letters written. On a good day, you can crank out 75 letters. But if you do 75 letters a day for three weeks in a row, your stat is in Emergency. How do you write more letters? Work longer hours? Fine, but you eventually have to work 24/7 to keep your stat rising, and even if you could do that, you’ll wind up in Emergency again. So you write faster, your handwriting gets messier, and you substitute quantity for quality – a frequent problem among Admin Tech-based businesses, as well as the Church.

Sometimes your statistic is outside of your immediate control. Maybe you’re a fireman, and your stat is the number of fires extinguished. How are you supposed to increase that stat? Become an arsonist?

Like the whole “eyeball the line” thing, this seems terribly imprecise, but there is, once again, good reason for such imprecision – it forms a very convenient loophole.

The problem is you

Let’s say someone has increasing stats, but business isn’t getting better. Clearly, that would indicate that the Admin Tech isn’t working, right? Wrong! The Admin Tech always works. Along comes the Director of Inspections and Reports (D/I&R) to do a “stat analysis.” The D/I&R will find something wrong with the way the stats were plotted – maybe the graph wasn’t scaled correctly, or the angle of the line wasn’t quite right for the condition that was assigned. Bingo! The problem isn’t that the “technology” isn’t working, it’s that it wasn’t being applied properly. Blame is attached to the person, not the method, and we have yet more “proof” that “the tech always works.”

Or maybe the person isn’t using the correct stat. Number of fires put out? Wrong! This person should have been looking at the average time to put out a fire. (Of course, that will cause problems down the road, too, but that’s OK – we’ll come up with something different in the next stat analysis.)

The Admin Tech’s misuse of stats is just one of reason why Admin Tech businesses never make the Fortune Five Hundred. Hubbard’s oversimplified version of “management by statistics” sounds good in theory, but in practice it causes chaos. And when the system breaks down, as it frequently does, its practitioners are trained to blame themselves rather than Hubbard’s faulty methodology. (I told you Hubbard was an evil genius!)

Statistics: The human factor

If you think Hubbardian statistical management can mess with a business, you should see what it can do to a human life.

At the beginning of this article, I said that understanding Scientology statistics is vital to understanding how Scientologists think. L. Ron Hubbard taught that statistics aren’t just a way of evaluating business performance. They are a way of evaluating human performance. To a Scientologist, stats are everything. LRH explains in a policy called “Rewards and Penalties” (HCO PL 6 March 1966 Issue 1, reprinted in full here):

We award production and up statistics and penalize nonproduction and down statistics. Always. Also we do it all by statistics—not rumor or personality or who knows who. And we make sure everyone has a statistic of some sort…Reward the up statistic and damn the down and we’ll all make out.

According to Hubbard, governments go wrong because they reward down statistics with programs like welfare and socialized medicine. (Amended Aims of Scientology: “A civilization where the able can prosper and the poor and sick can be left to die alone.”) Scientology is determined not to go the same way. If stats are down, there is no mercy:

So don’t even consider someone with a steadily down statistic as part of the team. Investigate, yes. Try, yes. But if it stays down, don’t fool about. The person is drawing pay and position and privilege for not doing his job and that’s too much reward even there. Don’t get reasonable about down statistics. They are down because they are down. If someone were on the post [i.e. doing their job], they would be up. And act on that basis. Any duress leveled by [the] Ethics [department] should be reserved for down statistics.

In a business environment, this is understandable, if a bit draconian – if someone isn’t doing their job, get rid of them. But in Scientology, the concept extends to all aspects of life.

Abuses explained by statistics

The worst effects of this are seen in Scientology’s secretive Sea Organization. Most protesters know about the Rehabilitation Project Force, or RPF, the Sea Org’s in-house penal colony. RPFers are “down-stat,” which explains their inhuman living conditions. Never reward a down statistic.

It also explains the appalling and unsanitary conditions in the Sea Org’s day care system, the Cadet Org. Scientology sees children as “downstat.” Remember, according to Scientology, we are all trillion-year-old thetans (spirits), and a child is just a thetan in a small body. Thanks to those pesky child labor laws, children consume resources but produce very little (a condition known in Scientology “out-exchange,” meaning they are not exchanging valuable goods or services in return for what they receive). If gives a young child nice clothes, good food, toys, trips to Disneyland, etc., one is rewarding a down statistic. This partially explains the issue of abortions in the Sea Org – management does not want children around, and parents who know what the Sea Org and Cadet Org is like (and who still have some shred of independent thought) might understandably choose not to bring a child into such an environment.

It is some small consolation to know that the worst of these stat-related abuses seem to be limited to the Sea Org. Employees of admin tech companies are protected by labor laws; managers cannot impose longer hours and rice-and-beans for lunch as they can in the Sea Org. And in keeping with the Scientology policy of telling “acceptable truth,” public Scientologists are not instructed to treat their children with a minimum amount of care, as this would be bad public relations (“out-PR”). Sure, Sea Org abuses are reported in the news media — but Scientologists know that reporters are untrustworthy wogs who frequently make up stories about their religion. After all, if Scientology was such a bad group, would their stats be up?

The Independents do it too

Nevertheless, the stats-uber-alles mentality pervades among Scientologists. Were you confused by the weird Annual Report entry on Marty’s blog, which repeatedly cited numbers of comments as proof of Marty’s success? Now you understand – to a Scientologist, stats are the only real measure of success. (If you ever get to watch an IAS event – there are clips on YouTube and full videos floating around the Internet – you’ll see the same barrage of meaningless stats. Incidentally, anyone who runs a blog (and many who don’t) will tell you that comments are a lousy way to gauge blog traffic. As a free WordPress subscriber, Marty has access to stats on “hits” – perhaps the story isn’t so good.)

The tragedy of Scientology statistics

The Scientology fixation on statistics is nothing short of a tragedy. L. Ron Hubbard taught his followers that they are judged not on who they are, but on what they do. You could be Mother Teresa, you could be Martin Luther King Jr., you could be Mark Bunker – but the minute your stats go down, in the eyes of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, you are a worthless, downstat bum.


NEXT: In Part 3 of this series, I’ll talk about the Condition Formulas, and you’ll see why Scientologists and Scientology groups are both surprisingly predictable and intrinsically hog-tied.

All About the Admin Tech, Part 1: An overview

Since Marty is off celebrating his new marriage, I thought this would be a good time to talk about L. Ron Hubbard’s “secular” management system, the Administration Technology – also known as the Admin Tech.

Since Hubbard started Dianetics (and later Scientology) as a business, it should come as no surprise that he wrote instructions for how that business should be run. But Hubbard didn’t just write a simple list of guidelines. His management-related policies, directives and bulletins make up eleven coffee-table-size volumes – twelve if you count the index, which is a separate book – totaling around 8,000 pages. In them, LRH covers all aspects of business: Finance, sales, marketing, recruiting, product design, employee relations, etc. Collectively, these writings make up the Management Series and the Organizational Executive Course (OEC), but they are more commonly known simply as the Green Volumes.

Hubbard originally bundled the Green Volumes together as a way to train Church executives, but it wasn’t long before he saw an opportunity: If he could get his management system out into the real world, it could be a source of potential recruits.

And so was born WISE – the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. The Admin Tech was not just a recruiting tool; like all aspects of Scientology, it was also designed to make money. To use the Admin Tech, a company has to join WISE. Annual membership fees range from $500 for sole proprietors to $6,000 for companies with 20 employees or more, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. WISE companies must keep extensive libraries stocked with LRH books, including multiple copies of the Green Volumes, which retail for $500 to $1000 per set. Businesses of a certain size must maintain a course room that teaches LRH courses ($50-$100 per course pack per student). They even have to have E-meters, which sell for upwards of $4000 each.

Hubbard promoted the Admin Tech with the same overblown zeal as Dianetics and Scientology. The Admin Tech was a breakthrough discovery: “Poring through volume after volume of business texts,” says one Scientology web site, “[Hubbard] soon came to realize that no uniformly workable technology of organizations existed.” (This was back in the 1960s, and would have come as a hell of a shock to the management of companies like IBM, General Motors and General Electric.) “While there were many successful activities, there was little in the way of proven techniques and principles which could be applied uniformly to all organizations. And so it was that he embarked on a path of organizational research which would parallel his spiritual studies for the next three decades.”

Despite LRH’s insistence that the Admin Tech was the first workable management solution on Earth, it relies heavily on common sense and proven business practices such as management by statistics and organizational charts (called “org boards” by LRH). (These methods have been around for ages, but I’ve met several Scientologists who insist that Ron invented them. Perhaps in a past lifetime?)

Other practices were openly “borrowed” from other sources. The Green Volume on marketing includes a reprint of the original Positioning article by Jack Trout and Al Reis, and for the sales staff Hubbard both quoted from and recommended Les Dane’s Big League Sales Closing Techniques (though one wonders what use a legitimate church would have for such a book).

But LRH did include several original ideas, many of which are detrimental. For example, Admin Tech companies do not have yearly budgets. Instead, they run their finances week-to-week, deciding what to spend based on how much money came in the week before. This wreaks havoc with suppliers and can make it nearly impossible to get good deals on purchasing since they cannot buy more than a week ahead. And LRH often put his own less-than-educated spin on the methods he borrowed – for example, his cribbing of Trout and Reis’ brilliant Positioning article is followed by a massive misinterpretation of the concept by Hubbard.

Many Admin Tech policies are written with typical Hubbard oversimplification. One key marketing policy, relating to introducing and marketing a new product, advises readers to “Look around and decide what there is to sell. Get very full lists.” When coming up with an ad, LRH says one should “Get a bright idea.” Poof, just like that.

In other policies, LRH goes into way too much detail – micromanagement from beyond the grave. For example, LRH says that all advertisements must encompass seven specific points*, which means that minimalist ads, like Volkswagen’s classic “It’s ugly, but it gets you there,” are impossible to write in an Admin Tech company.

(* The seven points of an ad: 1) What is it? 2) How valuable is it? 3) What does it do? 4) How easy is it to do it? 5) How costly is it? 6) How do you acquire it? 7) Where do you get it from?)

Why can’t Scientology businesses (or churches) correct these problems? Because LRH technology is senior to all. It doesn’t matter if you have a Harvard MBA – if you work for an Admin Tech company, you must do things the way LRH said. In Scientology, there is only one way to skin a cat, and that’s Hubbard’s way. If it isn’t in the Green Volumes, it doesn’t get done.

To be fair, there are some very good aspects to Admin Tech companies. Because all decisions must be based on LRH policy, everyone sings off the same sheet of music – there is little room for individual egos or preferences to throw a wrench in the works. Admin Tech companies believe heavily in on-the-job training; all employees must be “fully hatted” (trained in all job-related policies). If you make a mistake, you are encouraged to visit the Qual[ity] department and restudy the LRH and company policies that relate to your job, and such honesty about one’s errors is generally encouraged, praised and admired.

Scientologists believe that with the proper hatting, anyone can do any job. You may be a high school dropout, but as long as you can read and understand the applicable LRH policies, there’s nothing to stop you from becoming the Treasury Secretary (a.k.a. chief financial officer). And if you can’t do your job, you aren’t automatically fired – you will be taken “off post” and given a more suitable job if one is available.

And some of LRH’s business advice is quite good. For example, Hubbardian marketing relies heavily on surveys. LRH says that if you survey people to find what they want or need, and then tell them you have it, they will beat a path to your door. This is quite accurate, and it’s an excellent way to market products and services, though it seems a rather dishonest way to market a religion. And make no mistake, this is exactly how the Church is marketed.

Though billed as “secular,” the Admin Tech talks a great deal about the Church – not its religious tenets, but how it was established and run. WISE employees quickly become fluent in “Scientologese,” and many of the Church’s more sinister practices – including handling of the press, handling of Supressive Persons, hard-selling and the evils of psychiatry – are part and parcel of the Admin Tech. No surprise that many Scientologists seek out employment at WISE companies.

At the end of the day, however, the Admin Tech is still a management system written by a man with no formal education and a limited understanding of business. In my next blog entry, we’ll take a closer look at one of the tenets of the Admin Tech, management by statistics, to see how something that looks like basic common sense can actually cause mayhem for a business and its employees.


NEXT: Part 2: Statistics, Scientology style