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scooter

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Bryan tells us it's due for cinematic release here in Australia. I've already seen it but would LOVE to get a bunch of us Aussies together to watch it in the cinema. I've already discussed this with a couple of Exes and they're on-board.
Anyone else up for a Going Clear party? :)

The Scooter family would LOVE to be there !!!:happydance:

I'm sure there's a bunch of "us" who would turn up to party - especially would LOVE if the Anons who regularly turned up outside the orgs could come too.:yes:

Could "we" invite OSA ANZO too? I'd shout them popcorn.:biggrin:
 

Free Being Me

Crusader
Going Clear on IMDb

I've been keeping an eye out at IMDb watching Gibney's Going Clear documentary rating. After the Sundance Festival premiere it was a 9.0 out of 10 star rating. After the HBO broadcast it's fallen to an 8.8 with the $cio's starting to down vote it and adding in trashy reviews.

So if anyone here has an IMDb account (or please make one) please stop by adding in a star rating and a review. IMDb is a huge huge huge movie site (anything and everything to do with movies is there) with an even larger following. Don't let OSA/$cio's trash Going Clear. A big heartfelt thank you hug!

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4257858/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
 
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Free to shine

Shiny & Free
A Current Affair (Australia) just aired a terrific segment that features Tony Ortega who emphasised the need for governments to take action.

This one was mostly about the celebrities, but still a good job.
Will get a link when it's up.

EDIT: Here's the link. Scroll down to "Doco's full-force attack on Scientology"

http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/video/
 
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chipgallo

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Re: Going Clear on IMDb

So if anyone here has an IMDb account (or please make one) please stop by adding in a star rating and a review. IMDb is a huge huge huge movie site (anything and everything to do with movies is there) with an even larger following. Don't let OSA/$cio's trash Going Clear. A big heartfelt thank you hug!

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4257858/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

My review was just approved by IMDB:

http://imdb.com/title/tt4257858/reviews-6
 

Little David

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From the LATimes:

Why did L.A. name street after Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard?


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By SHELBY GRAD

In 1996, L.A. City Council voted to rename part of street next to Scientology headquarters after founder

How L. Ron Hubbard Way came to be in Los Angeles


The HBO documentary "Going Clear" has once again focused a critical eye on the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

In 1996, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to rename a portion of a street next to the Scientology headquarters in honor of Hubbard.

Here's the history of that move from The Times' archives:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-street-scientology-hubbard-20150330-story.html
 
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MissWog

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JBWriter

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"21 Insane Scientology Stories That Going Clear Left Out" - Vulture, by Lindsey Weber.
Link to entire article here: http://www.vulture.com/2015/03/21-insane-things-going-clear-left-out.html

Excerpts:

Narconon
One of the ways that Scientology attempts to get future members in the door is through its Narconon program — a drug-rehabilitation program that claims an 85 percent success rate through cold-turkey withdrawal, “Therapeutic Training Routines,” a “New Life Detoxification Program," and “Life Improvement Courses.” In 2009, officials investigated the deaths of 21-year-old Hillary Ann Holten, 32-year-old Gabriel W. Graves, and 28-year-old Kaysie Dianne Werninck — three patients who died while under the care of Narconon. Werninck’s parents sued, alleging Narconon Arrowhead (an Oklahoma facility) “gave [Werninck] the wrong medication and failed to get her proper care after she developed an upper respiratory infection...

Fraud in France
In 2013, a French court rejected Scientology’s request to overturn a 2009 conviction for “organized fraud.” It claimed religious freedoms; the Cour de Cassation ordered it to pay “600,000 euros ($812,000) in fines for preying financially on followers in the 1990s.”

This is well-worth a read, folks. :thumbsup:
 

Intentionally Blank

Scientology Widow

I agree. Living on the inside and not being "in" gives me a somewhat unique view of the process.

Not having seen it (yet) I can't attest to the accuracy of this statement as it pertains to the film. I can say the same might be said about a lot of commentary either from exes or from never - ins:

What it lacks is empathy for the individuals who are still members of Scientology and an understanding of what might make them stay — or help them leave.

It's a war fought on two fronts - the public/legal/governmental front and the personal front. I appreciated this statement as well:

And certainly, given the power the organization exerts and the alleged abuses it carries out, Scientology as an organization is a worthy target. But there’s a difference between convincing people outside of Scientology — including the Internal Revenue Service — that the church is a confidence scheme rather than a genuine religious organization and convincing the people who have dedicated decades of their lives to Scientology that they should, and can, leave.

And this:

Persuading members of the group to leave requires us to understand that something other than mere foolishness or naivete led them to Scientology in the first place.

And:

Journalists and filmmakers such as Wright, Gibney and Ortega will be able to keep pushing Scientology to the margins by mocking it. But to free the people held in its “prison of belief,” we’ll have to take that belief seriously enough to help them find better options.

What the article doesn't address, that I also see as utterly essential, is the need to help the still in understand not only that things are not as they seem and that scientology as an organization is not doing good in the world as they believe - but that they personally are being harmed. That their "ruin" is being exploited and used against them to enforce the prison of belief.

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