Monday, August 29, 2005

Evangelizing

Tom Cruise has been looking to "land" Oprah Winfrey for the Church of Scientology - but she remains impervious. She is friends with Cruise, but she has her own faith, and resists his advances. Apparently, John Travolta and Kelly Preston have also targeted Oprah - so I wonder if this is somehow an official goal of the Church itself. Do memos go out from above, saying: "Let's get Oprah"? Or are Cruise, Travolta, and Preston acting on their own? There is much evidence that Lisa Marie Presley's bizarre marriage to Michael Jackson was directed by the higher-ups of the cult. She was told to nail him, and she did. Jackson was still a giant star at that time, his stock had not fallen ... and it would be a coup to list his name on their celebrity roster. It's scary to think that Presley is so brainwashed that she would marry someone as a recruitment device. She would do anything that the cult tells her to do.

Back to Oprah:

Fellow Scientologists John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Kirstie Alley have all told Oprah how much their strange beliefs improve their lives. Travolta, whom she repeatedly favours on her show, reportedly gave Oprah a $300,000 Bentley for her birthday.


Disgusting.

Oprah is a successful powerhouse all on her own without the "help" of the Church of Scientology. To Travolta, Preston, Alley, and the rest of you all: It's amazing how people can actually live good, ambitious, successful lives without you guys, isn't it?? How on earth do you deal with that irrefutable fact?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Glamour Takes on CoS

It was mentioned on the message forum at Rick Ross's site that Glamour magazine is supposedly running an article in their next issue written by a former member of Scientology's Sea Org. Apparently, the "church" asked to see a copy of the article before it was published and the magazine refused. There's nothing I can find online as of yet, but keep your eyes open. This sounds very interesting.

UPDATE: I did find this short bit about the upcoming magazine feature, citing a New York Post Page Six item that reported:

An insider at Glamour said, “The story is about a woman who grew up in the church and literally fled to the country to escape her husband, mother and the Scientologists she lived with. During our fact-checking, we called the L.A. headquarters and several hours later two Scientologists showed up at Conde Nast and had security call the editor of the story to tell her she had visitors. In our offices, they demanded to see the story but we declined, noting we don’t release stories until they are on stands. They showed up twice more that week with DVD’s and books about Scientology and then finally with their comments. During the last visit, the Scientologists saw the latest issue of Glamour with Nicole Kidman on the cover with the tagline tease, ‘Nicole opens up about Tom,’ and demanded copies.”


UPDATE II: Just noticed the dates. This is old news from last month, but still worthy of mention, especially the Scientologists showing up at Glamour's offices and demanding to see the article in question. I still can't find it anywhere online, though.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"That dedicated glare"

Article on Tom Cruise's more public stance on all things Scientology.



One former Scientologist, who worked closely with the religion's celebrity members, claims Cruise is close to becoming a member of the Church's mythical Sea Org level or something similar.She says, "You feel so good, it's like you're high on coke. If you look at him, he has that dedicated glare that Sea Org members have.

"High-level Scientologists insist the Sea Org level never existed and such claims are ridiculous.


Radar Online, a magazine that has run multiple series on various Hollywood cults - Scientology and Kabbalah, most notably - is about to run an expose on Tom Cruise, and his devotion to Scientology.

I am sure Cruise and Scientology have been harassing the people at Radar nonstop, holding up the process with legal threats, as well as friendly "visits" from OSA members, stopping by to "correct" any misinformation that might appear in the article.

I had read elsewhere (and I can't remember where, sorry) that Cruise had finally reached a certainl level in his training - he is very high up on their OT track, (he had passed OTIII a long time ago)- and this is why he has been acting so strangely lately.

About OTIII (a highly secret level - Scientolgists aren't even allowed to talk to each other about OTIII): it has been said that those who do pass this level without cracking up (this is the level where Xenu is revealed) transform into zealots. Their belief becomes much more evangelical in nature, and they get that crazy look in their eyes - which you can see any time you look at Jenna Elfman, or Tom Cruise. They are evangelists, missionaries.

If you swallow Xenu, if you allow yourself to be duped by the Xenu story ... then you have no choice than to become a fanatic.

It's an interesting psychological question. Nobody wants to admit they've been tricked, or lied to, or betrayed. Nobody wants to admit that you have spent up to $30,000 on saunas and books and classes - only to find out that the whole thing is a scam. Some people literally crack up after the Xenu revelations, and have to be restrained. (There is much speculation that Tom Cruise himself went through such a crack-up). And once you succumb, once you surrender ... all of that doubt and self-hatred and self-loathing (from being so willingly duped) is turned viciously outwards on all detractors.

Ex-Scientologists have described that process in just such a way.

There has been a lot of talk about Tom Cruise's recent behavior and how much of it has to do with the fact that he fired his aggressive shark-like publicist who kept all these pesky questions at bay for years. She refused access to anyone who brought up Scientology in an interview. Tom Cruise is the biggest movie star in the world. Journalists, talk show hosts, entertainment shows ... they all need access to him. It's part of their job. So they took Scientology off the list of topics, and focused on his work. This helped create the Tom Cruise image - of friendly, gregarious, private family man. We knew very little about him. Except that he was a huge star, and rarely had any scandals attached to his name. He was never a Russell Crowe type, always in and out of trouble. He was squeaky clean, in terms of his reputation.

So then last year: he fired his publicist, and hired his Scientology sister to be his publicist. And obviously the end-result was a bunch of couch-jumping, and now Tom Cruise's reputation has been seriously damaged. (No. Seriously. It has. He is not aware of it yet, but it's true.)

If Tom Cruise has reached this level of Scientology where you begin to feel omniscent and all-powerful (these people think they can walk through walls, and also never die ... sickness doesn't exist for them, etc.) - then of course it would be intolerable for him to have a publicist who is saying to him "DON'T talk about Scientology."

Talking about Scientology (evangelizing) has now become a duty. He must do his part to "clear the planet".

He is blinded by his own power, his own certainty. He no longer feels that there are consequences for his behavior. He can jump on couches, and slam Brooke Shields, and have disastrous interview after disastrous interview ... and nothing will stick to him!!! He's a high-level Scientologist! These petty problems can't touch him!

(I also wonder, though, if he is scared of what will happen to him if he doesn't play along with Scientologists. Because of their auditing sessions, they probably have a ton of dirt on him. It's one of the ways they keep their celebrities in line, blackmailing them with their own secrets.)

I am not sure if that deeper level exists now for Tom Cruise. I think he is completely on the other side, he is completely brainwashed. He is now a willing participant in his own surrender. He signed up, and now he shouts it to the mountains.

So while I think Tom Cruise ALWAYS was a bit nutty - and for many years we didn't know just how nutty, because he was shielded by his powerful publicist - I think there has also been a transformation over the last year. Yes, he is no longer protected. So that is probably a lot of it. You never read in-depth interviews with Tom Cruise back then, and so there were no opportunities to see the cracks in the psyche. The questions were all about his movies, and his acting. His reputation was stellar. He is a workaholic, and literally no one has ever had a bad thing to say about him on any set he's worked on. The catering guys, the gaffers, the extras ... Tom Cruise is notorious for being on time, a team-player, and always ready to work.

This is probably still true. But now - for the first time - the personal stuff has taken over. And everybody stares at him, like: "Is this the Tom Cruise I've been watching for 20 years? What?? Top Gun? Risky Business? Was he like ... THIS ... all this time?"

I don't know the man, so I can't answer. But I think he now feels he is omniscent, powerful, and his main job is to be an advocate for the Church of Scientology.

I look forward to reading Radar's piece when it launches.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Beck and Scientology

Here's a really great article about musician Beck's lifelong involvement with Scientology. Here's the part I find the most interesting:

Beck has been reported in various places, by a number of people, to have attended the Apple School of Los Feliz, which was run by Scientologists. Beck's elementary class portrait as "Bek Campbell" appears in an Apple School yearbook. It's not clear what years Beck attended the school, though it ceased operating in 1985. Beck dropped out of school in the ninth grade, after a short time in public school. Many children raised in Scientology, like Juliette Lewis, Leah Remini, and Lisa Marie Presley, drop out of school early. Cult-educated children who are later enrolled in accredited schools often find themselves hopelessly behind their conventionally educated classmates, so dropping out of school is an easy choice. The lack of education among cult-raised children is crucial for future indoctrination and recruitment. A child who has never been introduced to the scientific method or critical thinking techniques is ripe for brainwashing. He will more readily accept stories about being possessed by the spirits of space aliens or about being a descendent of shellfish, or believe that Dianetics can cure illnesses. Children raised in cults are also expected to support themselves at an early age, and Scientology is no exception. As little adults, they are expected to get jobs or work full time for the cult, so a formal education is not considered a necessity.


And:

Beck is relatively uneducated. He has just an eighth grade education, and most of this education seems to have been in Scientology schools. He most likely has never had conventional education in science or health. This is by cult design, because lack of education makes a victim easier to manipulate.


It kind of makes his assertions that "it has reinforced certain things that were really constructive and good. If you actually look at what's been done through Scientology and what's come out of it, I think it blows away the criticism" even more ridiculous.

First Tom, Now Kirstie

Shortly after Tom Cruise's interview with Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt Lauer on the Today show, I came across an article (I forgot where - yes, sloppy of me) describing the appearance by writing that there is little that is more embarrassing than watching a person passionately argue over a subject that they clearly know nothing about. Add Kirstie Alley to that list:

"You're talking about a group of evil, evil people who have got evil tools that they're using, who are selling in the guise of lovely little cartoon characters on TV," she said, referring to the little happy-faced Zoloft blobs. "Underneath that is at best ignorance and at worst really something pretty evil."


That's right. An actress knows better than people with medical degrees that have, you know, studied human physiology for years.

At one of the few pauses we asked: Have you ever been in therapy?

"Are you kidding? No. I've had these viewpoints my whole life," she said. "I had personal experience in my life of meeting psychologists and psychiatrists, and they're lunatics."
Along with MATT LAUER, we don't know, we don't understand. So we sat there quietly and learned about the billion-dollar psychotropic drug industry, the rate of suicide among psychiatrists, the recent growth in electroshock therapy and the role of drugs in school shootings.

"It's a legitimate war," Ms. Alley said. "It is a war. And it is controversial because you're either in or you're out. If you think it's good to give kids heroin, Prozac - I mean, heroin, cocaine, crack - then you belong in the group that likes Ritalin, Prozac, Zoloft, all these. This is the psych-think."


Right again. The shrinks are the lunatics. The brainwashed cult member and college drop out knows better than the doctors.

(Link stolen from Cult News Network.)

Monday, August 08, 2005

Niacin detox?

Okay - so remember the photos of Katie Holmes with those weird "canker sores" all over her mouth? More photos here (scroll down). The photos came out right after she and Cruise "went public" with their cult initiation relationship in April, 2005. We saw them smooching endlessly on the red carpet ... and then four days later, these bleak weird photos of Katie shopping, talking on her cell phone, with black sores all over her lips are published.

Two theories (although the main response was: WTF?? It is rare to see a celebrity look so disheveled and terrible in public. How about a little concealer, Katie?) bandied about at the time were:

1. Katie's mouth was bruised from so much hot making out with Tom Cruise

2. Katie suddenly came down with some kind of adult form of impetigo (herpes?) - which is partly caused by stress. Of course she was stressed out by all the publicity!

Judging from the stilted phony way Cruise kissed Katie on the red carpet, the first possibility seemed highly unlikely to me. Obviously, I do not know Cruise or Holmes - so maybe they were spending hours on end mashing their faces together. Face-skin chafing is quite common for women, after major snogging sessions with men (or so I've heard. Ahem.) But something about the two of them together seemed really phony to me, and I couldn't picture them rolling around on the couch like horny teenagers, clawing at one another's belt buckles. Also, there's a difference between a little skin chafing and huge black SORES appearing all around the mouth.

What was up with Katie Holmes' face??

Remember: those sores appeared following the "TomKat are a couple!!" publicity blitzkrieg (starting on April 27). Prior to that blitzkrieg, Katie Holmes apparently (according to friends and family) had been missing for 16 days. She was seen on April 4 in New York (she had not met Tom Cruise yet) and then again on April 7 at another event in Manhattan. At some point during the next week, Holmes was flown to California to have a meeting about Mission Impossible: 3. (We now know what happened to Scarlett Johanssen during a similar meeting. Did Katie Holmes go through a similar initiation and NOT flee into the night, like Ms. Johanssen did?) After flying to LA for her "meeting": nobody heard from Katie Holmesfor 16 days. (She comes from a close-knit family - this disappearing act was seen as highly unusual). The next time anyone heard or saw Katie Holmes was when she appeared on the red carpet beside Tom Cruise on April 27. And they were "in love", etc. etc.

What was happening during those 16 days? It appears that Scientology got its hooks into her in that time. I wonder what went on, what kind of indoctrination, what kind of pressure she had to handle ... how hard did they push? How hard did Cruise push? How does one give up one's self, one's critical mind, one's Catholicism - in a matter of 16 days? What was done to Katie Holmes?

Look at those photos again of Katie with the black sores over her face.

In case you haven't heard, there is a huge brou-haha going on in New York right now, in regards to the "detoxification center" set up by Scientology to aid the firefighters who had to work at Ground Zero. Tom Cruise was at the forefront of setting up this center, which came into existence days after September 11. He, of course, "cared" about the firefighters, and was "concerned" about the poisons they had to breathe in. And so firefighters can go to the center to be recruited into the cult purify the toxins out of their system. L. Ron Hubbard was big on "purity", and he proposed lengthy sauna sessions as well as major doses of niacin - in order to bring these impurities out. There is no scientific evidence that going into a sauna for 8 hours will cure you of anything - as a matter of fact, it may do more harm than good.

From the article above:

A disaster was narrowly averted last summer when a firefighter ran out of a 170-degree sauna — part of the detoxification method, along with exercise and large doses of niacin — because he was "having trouble breathing," according to one witness.

As the firefighter's hands were "turning blue," a call was made to clinic higher-ups for guidance.
"They said it was just a 'manifestation' and that we should go back to the book until it passed," one horrified witness recalled.

"We were told to take him to the hospital if absolutely necessary, but to drive him there, instead of calling 911."

The firefighter was given oxygen and his condition eventually stabilized.

A spokesman for the clinic defended the operation.

"The detoxification program is under the general medical supervision of a board-certified physician," said Keith Miller. He added that the clinic "has a clear policy to call 911 when needed."


The saunas are operated without doctors present. If sores start to erupt on your body, it is a "manifestation". Manifestation? 170 degree sauna? To ... what ... purify the firefighter's body from having breathed in toxic fumes? Where is the medical science backing this up?? Typical Scientology bullshit.

Niacin, too, taken in large doses, is toxic, and can cause, among other things, major skin disturbances, such as rashes.

Here's a first-person account of the "purification" methods Scientology uses (and every member has to go through them - this is one of the cash cows of the organization):

It's a horrifying story.

G told me that my first step was the Purif. (Purification Rundown, an excersize, vitamin and sauna program designed to flush out drugs and radiation from the body). I was a bit skeptical about this - how did this address spiritual issues? G explained that spiritual progress was impeded by residue drugs and radiation. I bought it (in both senses of the word, it cost me R1500).


More:

I started feeling dizzy. I took water and salt. And then I passed out. I was told that I was in the sauna like that for an hour. I "came to" with a lot of shouting and someone hosing me down with water - I remember the panic on the faces of the staff. Clearly something had gone badly wrong. The next day, people at my place of employment remarked on how pale I was, and I felt shaky the whole day.


These people "on staff" are not doctors. They are not qualified physicians. They are charlatans and users, messing with people's health.

From the same first-person testimony:

However, to my non-scientific mind, the whole credibility of the Purif rests on the premise that Niacin flushes out radiation and drugs.

Niacin is nicotinic acid - a vitamin of the B group, which is prepared SYNTHETICALLY in a process that includes the oxidation of nicotine. The toxic effect is the DILATION OF THE VEINS, and this leads to hot flushes - high dosages also lead to abdominal cramps, tiredness and skin blemishes.


Hubbard thought he had made a big medical breakthrough here (like all megalomaniacal wack-jobs, he thought he was the smartest, most revolutionary, most original person on the planet.)

Did it never occur to him that the flushes, the rashes, the skin blemishes were actually NOT signs of impurities being flushed out, but actually signs of harm being done?

Hubbard is asserting here that medical science is incorrect in thinking that niacin caused the skin to flush. He states, instead, that the flush is caused by niacin "running out", or getting rid of, sunburn or radiation. He offers no research to back this up. As Kim Baker points out, this is the whole basis of the Purification Rundown - an assertion contrary to medical research, made without any scientific basis, but asserted as if it had been properly researched.


When I saw Katie Holmes' blotched-up face, I never once thought of the sauna/niacin purification rundown. For some reason, it slipped my mind - even though it is well-known that this is the first step for anyone joining Scientology. I chalked the blotches up to major stress.

But now I wonder.

I'm not the only one wondering.

Of course Scientology denies, denies, denies. Not only does Scientology deny that Katie Holmes was blasted with niacin and saunas (during the 16 days when she was MIA) - but it denies that the purification program is in any way harmful. They stand by their lies.

I hope that the New York Post multi-part series brings about some good, and I hope the Detoxification Program is shut down before more people are harmed. Good for the Post for keeping the spotlight on the issue.

I believe that the blotches on Katie Holmes' face were caused by a bombardment of niacin mixed with long sauna sessions, in preparation for her quick conversion to Scientology, and her quick conversion to being the "fiance of Tom Cruise".

Stolen Valor Act of 2005

The Stolen Valor Act "would place criminal penalties on those who falsely claim to have risked their lives for our country, restoring honor to those who have truly earned it".

There's a big problem of medals fraud - people claiming all kinds of glory for themselves which they never earned (disgusting). "Current law only allows prosecution of imposters who wear an unearned Medal of Honor on their person. Salazar’s legislation will expand the law to include those who publicly claim to be decorated veterans, allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to finally prosecute several high profile cases."

One of those "high profile cases" is the case of L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology continues to perpetuate the lie that Hubbard was a war hero, he had seen major combat, he did this, he did that - all lies.

Yesterday, a letter was sent to Congressman John Salazar (he was the one who proposed the Stolen Valor Act) asking:


Is there anything you can do to force the Scientology business to cease making its false claims about Hubbard's Navy career?


The letter states, eloquently:


This is exactly what the proposed Act is meant to redress. People, and the organizations they created, who claim military awards and medals that they have not earned and have not been awarded should be punished and execrated by society. Even though Hubbard is dead, his business still repeats his lies, and in my opinion the proposed Act should also punish businesses and organizations that repeat such falsehoods. It is a gross insult to American men and women who have actually been wounded and who have actually earned the medals and awards that frauds and con-artists falsely claim. It's despicable behavior. People who claim high military distinction, such as Hubbard and his business, insult and slap the faces of every man and woman who served the United States with distinction, honor, courage, and valor.


This should be interesting to watch. Wonder how Scientology will respond.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Mimi on Tom

We were under the impression that it was Mimi Rogers that got Tom Cruise into Scientology. If so, it didn't turn out exactly as she had planned. Read about it here. Key quote:

"He was seriously thinking of becoming a monk. He thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument, but my instrument needed tuning, and we had to split," femalefirst quoted Rogers as saying.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Who is Jessica Rodriguez?

Read about her here.

Cliff notes version: High powered Sea Org functionary who was basically born into Scientology, entrusted with what is perhaps the cult's most important mission since the war against the IRS.

Key quote:

"I remember a regular teenager, excited about life," a boarding-school friend (of Jessica) told The Post. "Now all I see is a steely glare and determination to keep the truth about Scientology away from Katie."

Reason # 20,785 to love Lauren Bacall

"Yeah, well, maybe Jessica just needs to chill out a bit."

A Wedding Toast by Katie Holmes's Former Best Friend.

(Just a little joking around to lighten the air. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.)