Reverse! Reverse! Full throttle! Reverse!

I have a blog entry on “Look Don’t Listen” almost ready to go, but I can’t resist posting a commentary on Marty’s latest, The King of the Squirrels.

This is what is known in Scientology as an attempt to repair an ARC break. For those unfamiliar, the “ARC Triangle” is Affinity, Reality, and Communication. In Scientologese, affinity means regard or liking; reality means a common point of agreement; and communication means the same thing it does in English. According to LRH, these three things go hand-in-hand, and raising one factor will raise the other two. (This isn’t entirely true, something I talked about in this blog entry.)

What Marty did was go out-reality with his public, thereby causing an ARC break. Translation: Marty said something people disagreed with (David Mayo is a bad guy) and pissed people off. So how does Marty fix this? He has to get reality (agreement) back in by posting something his readers will agree with: David Miscavige is a ruthless little twat who is ruining Scientology. Can’t go wrong with that!

As part of his damage control, Marty tries to downplay the controversy:

“The earlier beginning to my having even gotten into this terrain, was a controversial comment of mine to the effect that folk promoting their skype auditing, and long-distance internet NOTs supervision was, in my view, squirrel.”

That’s a rather creative way of looking at things, especially when you consider what Marty actually said:

“I have noticed over the past year several old AACers coming out of retirement and hanging up their shingles… Well, over the past couple months I have had some bedraggled souls wind up on my doorstep who have been mauled by old-timer squirrels… Squirrels leave the church seeking freedom to do whatever hair-brained scheme their banks feed them.”

No matter; the way I see it, the real reason this whole thing started (and forgive me if I’m repeating myself) was that Marty posted what amounted to an advertisement for his auditing services, saying that he has legitimate OT-level materials (because the OT5-OT7 materials published on the Internet by Mayo are legit) and he’s best qualified to deliver them (because other Free Zone auditors are – and I quote his original post – “hucksters, clowns and pick-pockets”).

No matter what spin he puts on it, the bottom line is that Marty pissed off the faithful, so now he’s doing what any good performer does: Give ’em what they want. If a comic tries some new material and it bombs, what does he do? Go back to the old stuff that always gets a laugh. In this case, there’s nothing like some anti-DM rhetoric and a Tale from the Ol’ Days to rally the troops.

Of course, if one reads between the lines, one can see that Marty’s foot is still firmly in his mouth. After all, he just labeled David Mayo and his ilk as squirrels, and now he’s calling David Miscavige the King of All Squirrels. So basically, he’s lumping Mayo in with Miscavige. (Marty was less subtle in his previous post, where he came right out and classed them together as “iconoclasts.”)

So will this latest post alienate his followers even further?

Of course not!

See, Scientologists have a knack for ignoring uncomfortable truths – all you have to do is give them some little shred they can agree on and they’ll rally around it. (I shouldn’t single out Scientologists; this is a common trait among the blindly faithful.) All it takes is a shiny object to distract them, and an anti-Miscavige story is the perfect gem.

And the proof that this works is in the comment section: Karen De La Carriere has returned with this comment about how evil David Miscavige is. I bet Marty breathed a sigh of relief when he saw that! And unlike her defense of David Mayo, after which Marty wisely kept his trap shut, this time he was Johnny on the spot with a reply – six minutes after she posted her comment, he replied with “Nice sum up Karen. Your conclusion is absolutely spot on.” Way to go, Marty – the customer is always right!

Judging from the comments posted – or at least the ones Marty didn’t censor – the shitstorm isn’t entirely over, but the worst has passed. If Marty is smart, his next few posts will get back to basics: More trashing of DM and stories of Scientologists leaving the Church, and fewer advertisements and swipes at Free Zone auditors.

Personally, I’m hoping Marty isn’t that smart, because this has been a very entertaining week!


Related: The BS of ARC

12 responses to “Reverse! Reverse! Full throttle! Reverse!

  1. Caliwog,

    I dont really want to become one of your “you’re so theta” sychophants but great work again.
    The funniest observation I had from Martys article was that he was so pissed off about this treatment in the early 1990’s that he promptly blew in 2004.
    Ok Dave im giving you 10 years to sort out this shit while I do your dirty work or I am so outta here. Lying Assclown.

    • >I dont really want to become one of your “you’re so theta” sychophants

      Why don’t you?? What are you, a fucking Indie spy??!? Sent here by Dear Leader Mahty to spread entheta and knock people off course of leaving Scientology forever?!? Well, me and my flock are on to you, spyhole. Don’t think we didn’t notice that your first name is the same as Mark “Marty” Rathbun’s. Has Mahty sunk so low that he’s having his OMA (Office of Marty Affairs) agents pretend to agree that Mathy is merely playing out his revenge fantasies against DM??! Well, we’re not fooled, Mike. I mean Dave. I mean L. Ron. I mean Jim. I mean Sam. I mean Mark.


      * That’s right, OMA spy, you don’t even get a “Much Love,” just a comma.

      • lurker(not the mostly)

        +1, Cali…. You DA MAN!….. commence butt smooching….

      • lurker(not the mostly)

        As your most devoted synchophant Cali, does this mean your going to recruit me to do some super special top secret stuff? Because I have to warn you, just like OSA, I am stupid enough to get caught, and I will sing like a canary…. They won’t even have to torture me… (because I may be a brainwashed Caliologist, but I am an HONEST one)

      • Anything I recruit you for, Lurker, will probably involve a T-shirt and a garden hose. Don’t feel singled out, though – I made the same demands of Aaron Saxton.


      • lurker(not the mostly)

        Thats ok Cali, as long as I am of service…and gardening is probably stretching the boundaries of my abilities without screwing up…

  2. lurker(not the mostly)

    You know Caliwog, Marty may not be smart, but he CAN read…. so now, if he can help himself, he won’t be treating us to more footbullets for awhile (till the last week becomes but a foggy memory)…

    I used to feel sorry for his vic..err…. posters but I am coming more and more to the conclusion that they are masochists, who LIKE to be abused… Otherwise, why would they stay?

  3. >Marty may not be smart, but he CAN read…. so now, if he can help himself, he won’t be treating us to more footbullets for awhile

    Ah, see, Lurker, that’s the beauty of Scientology. Mark can read, but he won’t alter his behavior – he will do what Ron says. Ron wrote “condition formulas” to handle every situation. I’m guessing that Marty bases his conditions on site readership stats (although it could also be income), and that they are trending down, so he’ll apply either the Danger or Emergency formulas (go to and search for “condition of danger”).

    Danger: Handle the situation, reorganize so the activity will not repeat, recommend firm policy to keep the danger from recurring. Emergency: Promote and/or produce, change your operating basis, prepare to deliver, stiffen ethics. In other words, whatever you did to fuck up, stop it and try something else until stats approve.

    LRH wrote a course called “How to evaluate and predict human behavior,” based largely on the Tone Scale. The ironic thing is that true Scientologists are *extremely* predictable. Trust me, Marty won’t allow his actions to be influenced by an SP like me; as far as he’s concerned, I’m an agent of David Miscavige. He will do what Hubbard says. And in this case, Hubbard says change the subject and get everyone back on board.

    But don’t worry – Hubbard will lead Marty to point that gun straight down again. There are customers out there, and Marty wants ’em. Marty’s income and business activity are a statistics, too – if people aren’t coming for auditing, he’s got to handle that “condition” too.

    More on Scientology statistics:


    • lurker(not the mostly)

      wow , it almost has that zen balance fung sway thing going… Marty loads gun, shoots foot…. loads gun again, shoots foot….

      This may get boring after awhile, but I am just the type of simpleton who will find it endlessly entertaining..

  4. * That’s right, OMA spy, you don’t even get a “Much Love,” just a comma.

    Oh come on Cali. Im just trying to get my stats up. I am pushing for the assistant to the COB job that Rinder currently has.

    • lurker(not the mostly)

      Do you have an accent? because a nice English accent might give you the edge over Rinder…. Also, you must cultivate that International Man of Mystery vibe, which means planning pithy 2 sentence posts that answer nothing…

  5. Do you have an accent? because a nice English accent might give you the edge over Rinder….

    That is very funny. By co-incidence i do have the same accent as Rinder!
    As soon as I cultivate some more mystery the job is mine. Then nobody will laugh at me

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