Patron with Honors
When I was at ASHO and there were protests, as you probably saw, there were white curtains over the windows. We were told not to look out as we should not grant beingness to the Anons. Also, we were told that every time Anons protested, more Scientologists were created because traffic to the Scientology website increased. And that the Anons were like having cooties. And that whenever "we" (as in Scientologists -- make that past tense for me) were expanding and being successful then the the SPs would scream. And that OSA really kicks ass.
Funny you should mention web site traffic. A favourite scientologist on the Internet with the nick of Terryeo posted a few times to forums about how scientology had first broken the 20,000 most looked at site and then the 10,000 most looked at site.
He couldn't seem to grasp that those figures prove nothing with respect to expansion or success because they are too easily faked and there are many reasons why people might visit their sites given the protests, I certainly have and I wouldn't call that an indication of success.
Other Anons did some research and discovered most of the site traffic came from India and a couple of other countries known for providing cheap Internet related businesses. This smacked of someone employing a company to hit the site with traffic; well they could hardly have their own people do it because word would get out that it was them fudging the figures.
I also pointed out that the organisation calling itself the church of scientology had shed loads of money and that Ideal Orgs opening around the world and huge numbers of published books meant nothing in terms of expansion or success if you had the resources to do it, besides what they manufacture they do so very cheaply and get members to pay for at retail. Where are the people massing to get on courses for instance?
Despite this he just doesn't seem to get it. He seriously thinks that just because David "tiny fists of fury" Miscavige is moving money in to buildings and publishing throw away books that this means the organisation is being successful. It's like a car plant producing more cars and claiming success based solely on production figures and ignoring sales.
Thanks for the insight in to the logic behind curtain tech - if they don't grant us beingness then we don't of will cease to exist. LOL. (fingers in ears, eyes tight shut - la la la I don't hear you, I can't see you).