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The Great Ideal Orgs Scam — Update

Posted on March 6, 2013 by mrinder | 49 Comments

By Mike Rinder


The continued descent of the Church of Scientology from theta into MEST is well illustrated by the Great Ideal Orgs Scam.

You may recall earlier posts describing the beginning of the incident of this 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] dynamic engram – Buffalo org the subject of an eminent domain action and Tampa org in a strip mall and an embarrassment to Dear Leader who was in Clearwater to ensure his role as executive C/S of Lisa McPherson didn’t surface in the legal proceedings following her death.

With a continued campaign of propaganda by redefinition of terms, Miscavige’s “bright idea” has now morphed into the “LRH Ideal Org strategy.” Of course, it is nothing of the sort. It is in fact the David Miscavige ideal money making strategy. Anyone who has ever read the Ideal Org PL knows it does NOT call for buying large, unfillable buildings and spending a fortune to turn them into over-the-top demonstrations of wasteful extravagance. In fact, this and other policies warn against just such a thing. But the clubbed seals have swallowed his rotten fish and continue to pay for the privilege to boot. This “strategy” has now taken on the mantle of “Command Intention” (once a term that referred exclusively to the plans, programs and orders of L. Ron Hubbard, now exclusively the whim of Miscavige) and to question/disagree/fail to instantly salute, bow and scrape “on command” is a thought crime of magnitude. Likely to get you declared and subsequently feel the effects of the non-existant disconnection policy enforced by the Hitler Youth (who seem to occupy all MAA/EO positions these days).

So, where does he stand with his “only guarantee of planetary clearing”? Well, truth be told it is just one of several “only guarantees” including turning over all your worldly possessions to the IAS, 10,000 on OT7 (and it seems no matter how many decades they keep people grinding away they still can’t even get halfway there), handing over more cash to “complete” the Superpower “bridge to nowhere” pork barrel project, or getting books into every library (at least sending them, few libraries put the books on their shelves – that’s known before they are shipped).

The church, through its puppet spokesperson Karin Pouw (Charlie McCarthy to Miscavige’s Edgar Bergen) constantly refers to the “new churches” opened around the world – “10 in just the last 12 months”, “30 in the last 5 years” etc etc as “proof” of the huge expansion of the church under the brilliant leadership of the Dear Leader. Miscavige hammers this home at every event. In fact it is the ONLY thing there is to show to “prove” the “massive, straight up and vertical expansion.” It has become his obsession and along with the IAS, THE most important activity of the RCS.

But there is a gaping hole in his theory that even the media has started to comment on.

There are no NEW orgs, there are only new BUILDINGS. And they are empty.

In spite of the astonishing, mind boggling international expansion, there isn’t a new org to be seen ANYWHERE on planet earth. Not one since Moscow, St Petersburg and Athens in the 90’s. Not a single one of the “more missions than ever in history and opening at a rate beyond anything ever experienced” has turned into an org. Not even Kaoishuing which has had an empty “Ideal Org Building” for a decade.

So, now it seems a new strategy has emerged. Take an existing small and failing non-org, move it to a different town nearby, and herald it as “new.” Thus Kitchener “org” (many had never heard of it) becomes “Cambridge” org as it moved 5 miles from its old location to the adjoining town. Maybe he thinks this will fool people into thinking this is a NEW org? My god….

And what of the latest “Ideal Org” to open?

Pretoria in South Africa (another non-org most outside of church management have never even heard of).

It is the first “Ideal Org” in South Africa since Joburg – one of the few orgs that really was expanded by the “Ideal Org” program when they moved out of crime ridden downtown Joburg to a campus in a more upscale neighborhood. In fact, it may be the only “ideal org” where the move resulted in a bettered scene (at least temporarily). Miscavige made a big deal about it, “South Africa will be the first clear country” and he is “personally going to see to it” hype. That was 8 years ago now. Capetown, Port Elizabeth, Bulawayo and Harare (the last two where there are no full time staff) have had “Ideal Org” buildings purchased for many years and they sit empty — let alone the “AO” at the Kyalami Castle where the church has to pay to hold events as it is being rented out to others.

Joburg today has about 40 staff and backlogged utilities bills of a million rand — all the attention is on collecting money for more “ideal orgs” and IAS and book packages and no attention is on expanding the org. So, even this “model” that started out as a bright spot has faded in the face of the church of MEST.

Now, here’s the rub on Pretoria.

The South African public have dedicated themselves to making “Command Intention” a reality. So, in spite of all odds, they pushed forward and managed to get Pretoria “done.” Pretoria, another non-org like Kitchener and Canberra and St Etienne and Long Island and Lausanne and, and, and….

The opening was held last weekend. But that is when things went oh so wrong. The wheels are coming off the emperor’s command intention wagon train.

First, despite 10 years of “massive expansion” there were less than HALF the number of people at the opening as for the Joburg opening nearly a decade ago (and it was primarily Joburg staff and public that made Pretoria happen – they are about 30 miles apart).

Second, the org reportedly has a grand total of 80 staff – many of whom are part time. No longer a standard Day and Foundation (that idea was scrapped some time ago it seems).

Third, they have not completed funding the interior furnishings.

Fourth, in the ultimate slap in the face, “COB” sent a “representative” in his place (he has attended every grand opening, even “re-openings” except where he fears things may not be safe — he didnt go to Moscow for example, though he did go to Melbourne). So, who was his personal emissary? Not ED Int (not on post), nor President CSI (not on post) nor even anyone from RTC (there isn’t anyone left to send as they have all been busted too). No, he sent the CO CMO IXU, Kerrie Ibert. A nobody. And they don’t have anyone apparently capable of being the local MC, so he also dispatched Erin Banks as the event “MC” — another nobody.

Of course, it’s a Catch 22 for Dear Leader. He didn’t want to go himself (and this HAD to be done so he would have something to show at the upcoming March 13 event) but he doesn’t have anyone of stature to send. The Scientology public have never been told that Guillaume Lesevre, Heber Jentzsch, Ray Mithoff, Marc Yager etc etc are “declared SPs” long since removed from post. So, the South African staff and public took this as a direct, personal insult. Miscavige thinks so little of them and their efforts, he sends some flunky nobodies to conduct their “grand opening.” And he even went to “Cambridge” in the middle of a blizzard just a few weeks ago. Major field opinion leaders didn’t even attend the event….

As a result of his disdain for the “little people”, South Africa may become the first country to secede from the RCS. There are a lot of very unhappy people with a bad taste in their mouth.
And like Australians, they tend to have a rebellious, independence-minded attitude…

So, don’t be surprised if there is some big news coming out of South Africa in the near future.

But what has happened in Pretoria “ideal org” since the “grand opening” a week ago? Someone who toured the org in the middle of primary production time (one of the “87 new people who came in since we opened” hype they have been sending around to show how great things are going) reported that in the SIX courserooms there was a grand total of ONE public student (and one staff member). And in the TWENTY NINE auditing rooms there was a grand total of ZERO people in session.

Not only that, there are still piles of construction rubble and incomplete painting and other “punch list” items outstanding throughout the “ideal org.”

This is what happens when MEST becomes the priority, and even more so, when Miscavige’s events and showing phony videos takes precedence over delivery of Scientology (the March 13 Pretoria video will make it sound like the place is “taking off like a rocket with unprecedented expansion as part of the IDeal Org strategy of planetary clearing.”

Here is a shot of THE lone public in the “new” Pretoria “ideal org”:




Meanwhile, anyone have a clue what happened to the “Ideal Org” buildings that were purchased and have never opened in Battle Creek, New
Haven, St Louis, Chicago, San Diego, Kansas City, Auckland, Portland and other cities?

Or any reports on the current scene in the “Ideal Orgs” in Rome, Nashville, Phoenix, Denver, Cincinnati, St Paul, Malmo, DC, Moscow, Berlin, Seattle, Brussels, Madrid, London, Buffalo (since it was “reopened”) or any of the other “ideal” orgs? I would like to get current reports from any with first hand knowledge.

If Scientologists actually got the facts about what is REALLY going on in the “Ideal Orgs” it might help save some of them from financial ruin supporting a false cause.

Captain Miscavige is sailing his listing ship in ever smaller circles, soon to disappear into its own vortex. It is inevitable. But the sooner it happens, the sooner the passengers are going to jump overboard and can be saved from drowning in a sea of out tech and red ink.
If you have information about the current scene in the orgs, or can pay a visit to your local org for some eyewitness accounts (photos would be a wonderful addition), I would love to hear from you at [email protected].
 
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Re: Mike Rinder: The Great Ideal Orgs Scam — Update

:melodramatic::melodramatic: Soon there will be as many flourishing and prospering Ideal orgs as there are OTs. S.C.A.M times zero yields zeroscam. :thumbsup::dancer:
 

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Re: Mike Rinder: The Great Ideal Orgs Scam — Update

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If Scientologists actually got the facts about what is REALLY going on in the “Ideal Orgs” it might help save some of them from financial ruin supporting a false cause.


If scientologists actually understood what scientology is and always was about then that might save some of them from financial ruin due to continually supporting a false cause based on a false premise, Mike.

From the very start it was about 'mest' (AKA money). These days though there's more of it to invest due to growth on investments already made and further contributions from the willing and the daft ... it's not that hard to understand, is it?

Mike, scientology is and always was ... a business, and much of it's assets are now in property.

What part of that is such a shock to you?


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Mike Rinder's new blog: Something Can Be Done About It

Mike Rinder's new blog: Something Can Be Done About It
http://www.mikerindersblog.org/

Announcement on Marty's blog:

http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/something-can-be-done-about-it-2/
Something Can Be Done About It

Posted on March 20, 2013 by martyrathbun09 | Leave a comment

by Mike Rinder


For 4 years, Marty Rathbun’s Blog –
Moving On Up A Little Higher – has provided an invaluable service. It has been the best source of news on the current goings-on in the world of Scientology, exposed truths about what has happened in the past, provided a venue for those newly emerging from the bubble of the Church to announce themselves to the world, given insight into squirreling of the tech, offered helpful advice on sources of wisdom and became a place to find new friends or reconnect with old ones.

Marty has always said that it was his desire to help raise spiritual awareness, to move on up a little higher. If you are a regular reader you have probably noticed his blog evolving away from the daily news into higher concepts and discussions. This is something that is important. And it is a message directed to those who have well and truly left the church behind and are moving onward and upward.

But I feel there is still a need for coverage of day to day news and activities. And a place where those who may just be emerging from the bubble that is corporate Scientology can find information to help them to break free once and for all. And perhaps a place where even the seasoned veterans of Moving On Up can keep up with current news.

Tony Ortega’s blog covers a lot of ground, but I don’t see everything from the same perspective he does, and no doubt anyone inside the church, or “under the radar” or recently stepping away would reject a lot of what he says due to his clearly expressed skepticism about the entire subject of Scientology. That being said, there is no question of the service he continues to provide, standing tall and strong in exposing abuses as a journalist rather than a former insider blogging for a different public.

Sinar Parman recently began a Facebook private group where he keeps everyone abreast of current media, but Facebook doesn’t lend itself well to any in depth articles, and it is fleeting, unindexed and unwieldy to use as a reference source for information even a few hours after an initial posting, let alone weeks or months later.

I have assisted Marty moderate his blog since the early days. We have agreed that while he continues Moving On Up A Little Higher I have started a new blog Something Can Be Done About It that will hopefully help fill the vacuum on the “daily news” about Scientology, slanted to the perspective of those who consider themselves Scientologists. And by that I mean nothing more than those who have found something workable in the subject and apply it to their lives. It is not intended as a label, just an easily understandable shorthand for whom I consider the target audience for the blog. I would like it to be a place where those “sitting on the fence” or “under the radar” as well as those who want reassurance that progress is being made towards ending the abuses in the church can find information of value.

I intend to share the latest news about the Ideal Orgs and events in orgs. About who has announced their departure from the church. I plan to cover current news and pose questions that should be asked by those who are still in the church.

As has been the moderation policy on Moving On Up since its launch, a lot of leeway will be given to people who are sincerely expressing a view. But if it becomes clear their only intent is to stir up trouble and distract from the discussion, they will be told they can go somewhere else. It’s simply a matter of deciding whether one person demanding their “right” to yell “Fire” in the theater trumps the right of everyone else who is there to watch the movie. Anyone who feels aggrieved is welcome to start their own blog. It costs nothing and WordPress makes it very easy to do.

I have tried to make this blog seem relatively familiar to readers of Moving On Up, but I have also added some features. You will see on the right side there is a menu that shows the 10 most recent comments as I know it is sometimes difficult to navigatethrough the comments to find what you haven’t read if there are a lot of responses. I have also included several fundamental articles – the 31 Factors, Debbie Cook’s Open Letter and The Letter from Garcia. The earlier posts I wrote that were published on Marty’s blog (see the button at the top of the page “All Posts”). And recommended books are also included. Not all features and aspects are fully finalized, but its operational enough to get started then fill in all the blanks and iron out any bugs as they arise.

If you have an article or information you think may be of interest, send to me at [email protected].

I look forward to hearing from you.
 

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Mike Rinder recommends Jenna's book and others.

Mike Rinder recommends Jenna's book and others.

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/category/recommended-reading/
Beyond Belief

February 5, 2013 By Mike Rinder



Jenna Miscavige tells her story as a Sea Org Member. Described by Amazon.com as; Jenna Miscavige Hill niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org—the church's highest ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape. In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the … [Read more...]


The Scientology Reformation By Mark Rathbun

October 10, 2012 By Mike Rinder



Why Scientology must be reformed. It answers the most frequently asked questions about Scientology today, including: What is behind the madness and violence widely reported on Scientology Inc. supreme leader David Miscavige? Why does Tom Cruise continue to support Miscavige despite international media reports of his increasingly sociopathic conduct? What does Tom Cruise know and when did he know it? Does Cruise follow his mentor Miscavige’s penchant for bullying and violence? The whole story of Miscavige's pimping and pandering for Cruise. Where does all the money go? Can Scientology survive all the exposure? What is the future of Scientology? Click Here to Order a Copy … [Read more...]


What Is Wrong With Scientology

June 21, 2012 By Mike Rinder



The first critical treatment of Scientology that seeks to identify and correct what is wrong with it rather than to merely expose or advocate against the subject. A handbook for former, current and prospective members. The book can help to heal any damage done by misuse while rehabilitating any positives derived from Scientology. The book also serves to proof up an individual against being harmed by misapplication of Scientology in the future. As the first simple, accurate description of the philosophy from its introductory to its most advanced levels, the book will inform those interested in Scientology as no other available work has. Click Here to Order a Copy … [Read more...]


Counterfeit Dreams

September 1, 2010 By Mike Rinder



Scientology presents a glittering public facade, with their high-profile celebrities, polished videos, sophisticated TV ads, and impressive buildings. It is a public image that Jefferson Hawkins helped to craft, in the 36 years he spent working for the Church of Scientology. Yet behind that facade is a hidden world of physical and mental abuse, harassment, sleep deprivation, labor camps, family disconnection, and flagrant human rights violations. Anyone who dares to reveal what really goes on behind Scientology's dazzling curtain is mercilessly attacked and vilified by the Church. In Counterfeit Dreams, Hawkins traces his Scientology experience from his first eager fascination with the … [Read more...]


Scientology- Abuse at the Top

May 9, 2010 By Mike Rinder



A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology. She actually was at the top of International Management for 20 years, and oversaw the recruitment of Hollywood stars into the Church of Scientology. She witnessed the … [Read more...]


Blown For Good – Scientology

November 5, 2009 By Mike Rinder



Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology is a non-fiction book about Scientology, written by Marc Headley. It was first published in the United States on November 5, 2009. Headley's mother was a Scientologist and he joined the organization at a young age. He worked for the organization at its international headquarters in Hemet, California, called Gold Base for 15 years, and left in 2005. The book details his experiences working as a member of Scientology's highest-leadership group in the organization called the Sea Org, as well as the management style of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Click here to Purchase … [Read more...]

Mike Rinder also made a separate blog post promoting Jenna's book:

Beyond Belief
http://www.mikerindersblog.org/beyond-belief/

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Interesting, but not very satisfying. Gratuitous 1.1 commentary added in purple.



Something Can Be Done About It

Posted on March 20, 2013 by martyrathbun09 | Leave a comment

by Mike Rinder

For 4 years, Marty Rathbun’s Blog –
Moving On Up A Little Higher – has provided an invaluable service. It has been the best source of news on the current goings-on in the world of Scientology, exposed truths about what has happened in the past, provided a venue for those newly emerging from the bubble of the Church to announce themselves to the world, given insight into squirreling of the tech, offered helpful advice on sources of wisdom and became a place to find new friends or reconnect with old ones.
You [STRIKE]had[/STRIKE] lost me at "squirreling". The term squirreling implies that something works. We're still waiiiiiiiiting!

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I have assisted Marty moderate his blog since the early days. We have agreed that while he continues Moving On Up A Little Higher I have started a new blog Something Can Be Done About It that will hopefully help fill the vacuum on the “daily news” about Scientology, slanted to the perspective of those who consider themselves Scientologists. And by that I mean nothing more than those who have found something workable in the subject and apply it to their lives.
Jesus, the definition of "Scientologist" has been re-defined! According to that a person who "listens" to you when you are talking is a Scientologist. LOL. It is not intended as a label, just an easily understandable shorthand for whom I consider the target audience for the blog. I would like it to be a place where those “sitting on the fence” or “under the radar” as well as those who want reassurance that progress is being made towards ending the abuses in the church can find information of value.

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As has been the moderation policy on Moving On Up since its launch, a lot of leeway will be given to people who are sincerely expressing a view.
Ohhh! I see. But what happens if I sincerely express a view? Marty called me (and others on ESMB) a 1.1 hater ("SP") and then disconnected from ESMB. Is that the "lot of leeway" you are talking about? LOL.

But if it becomes clear their only intent is to stir up trouble and distract from the discussion, they will be told they can go somewhere else. Would it be clear someone's "intent" is to stir up trouble when they talk about the lies and crimes of L. Ron Hubbard? How do you know their "intent"? Knowingness? LOL. It’s simply a matter of deciding whether one person demanding their “right” to yell “Fire” in the theater trumps the right of everyone else who is there to watch the movie. Anyone who feels aggrieved is welcome to start their own blog. It costs nothing and WordPress makes it very easy to do.

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If you have an article or information you think may be of interest, send to me at [email protected].

I look forward to hearing from you.
For some reason, I kind of have doubts and reservations about that. LOL.
 

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This whole thing is tiring, to say the least. Please please please! There is much more onion to peel, Mr Rinder. Xenutology has no value whatsoever. Just drop the whole subject. Let it go. Stop trying to find anything useful about it. There is nothing of value of it. Go back to being a wog. A born again wog. There is much more to life being a wog than there is being a xenutologist. I should know. I've been out since 1985. There is a lot of living to do. It's great! Come on and join the party! Have a martini or two. You'll be glad you did!

Please! Pretty please? With a cherry on top?
 

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Mike Rinder said:
. . . Since I first spoke out to the then St Petersburg Times in 2009, I have done all I could to bring about change to end the abuses within the church – but I have never lost my conviction about the value of the technology.

Good on you for "keeping the faith", can't be easy these days. In terms of having done all you could do to bring about change to end the abuses within the "Church", I'm not so sure. For example, who are the OSA operatives you know about that are currently embedded in the Ex/Critic/Anon community? Marty recently made mention of this in relation to Exes in Australia and I think it would safe to assume that if his information didn't come from you then you must, at least, know about it. Do you? I know that some details you have provided are passed around via the back-channel but unless the information you have is made public, people not on your lines remain at risk of on-going abuse by the "Church".

I know, I know, you said ". . . within the Church . . . " so if you were being literal you weren't referring to the Scientology abuses outside of the "Church". If that's the case, you might want to broaden your efforts in this regard. Past abuses by the "Church" that went on way back in your early days with Scientology are still to this day being visited upon those you subjected to L Ron Hubbard's PTS/SP Doctrine. Gerry Armstrong is a good example of this. Why not give him a call sometime soon.
 

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Rinder is so wrong.

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Re: Mike Rinder's new blog: Something Can Be Done About It

I'm really happy about this.

Of course I'd love it if Rinder were a full fledged ex, but that's gonna take more time. Rinder's blog will provide a stepping stone out of the cult. ESMB, Tony O's blog are fabulous but probably turn off a lot of those fence sitters and doubters. People still actively in the cult have to be the most indoctrinated of all time. I have people I love that are still in the cult and Rinder's blog will be a first step out
kind of place. Then they will move on like the rest of us did.

We've all been there. You start peeking around the internet and the more you strip off the lies and get to the truth, the more you are willing to read and process the truth.

When I first started reading critical info I was very selective about which posts I'd read (on alt.religion.scientology) and would close my eyes or click out of anything that I thought might be confidential. It took me months before I would read about OT 4,5,6, and 7 (I was OT III at the time). I remember the terror I would feel when reading those levels, concerned it was the wrong thing to do and it would ultimately hurt me. My mindset is so very, very different now. Now I just laugh about things, but when I first started out, I was fucking scared!

So ya, Rinder did A LOT of fucked up shit while in the cult, but so did I and so did anyone that was any kind of exec or reg or ethics officer or auditor, or anyone with a lot of bucks that donated to the IAS so Rinder and others could do what others paid for.

Rinder is helping to expose the cult and continues to peel that rotten scientology onion. I'm good with it.
 

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Re: Mike Rinder's new blog: Something Can Be Done About It

I read his letter to his family. Ex wife and two kids.

I have to admit, I feel a little more sympathy for him than I used to.

It sounds like he tried to reach out to them when he got out and Kathy told him to fuck off.

It's too bad. Those two were married for a long time.
 

Lulu Belle

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I read his letter to his family. Ex wife and two kids.

I have to admit, I feel a little more sympathy for him than I used to.

It sounds like he tried to reach out to them when he got out and Kathy told him to fuck off.

It's too bad. Those two were married for a long time.


It's weird. I always kind of admired the Rinders for that.

Kind of like Leslie and Jono Epstien. Or Edy and John Lundeen.

Long time, hard core SO who were up and down the org board. One would be moved to another cont. One would be on the RPF for three years. Then that one would get off, and the other one went on.

But they still managed to stay married.

You gotta admit. That takes something most people don't have.
 

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Re: Mike Rinder's new blog: Something Can Be Done About It

Although I noted this on the thread about Kate, I believe in all fairness it should also be noted here.

Marty and Mike again moderated, approved and posted to Marty's blog the appeal on behalf of Kate as follows:

http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/something-can-be-done-about-it-2/#comment-259523
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March 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm
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Congratulations on the new blog. You can be sure I will follow it.

I cross-posted the following very late on the prior thread. While it is off-topic, and it is bad form to repeat myself, I’m going to see if I can cross-post it again only because it is a matter of great importance.

Kate Bornstein has lung cancer and needs our help.

From Tory Ortega:

http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/20/scientology-ordered-to-turn-over-confidential-files-in-forced-abortion-lawsuit/


“KATE BORNSTEIN IS KICKING CANCER’S ASS, BUT COULD USE A HAND

Last year, we were very pleased to write a Voice cover story about Kate Bornstein, one of New York’s most original performance artists, a well-known gender activist, and a former first mate for L. Ron Hubbard on the yacht Apollo (back when Kate was Al Bornstein).

What pleases us less is the fight that Kate has been engaged in against lung cancer. She was diagnosed in August, and after a successful surgery, the disease rallied and is giving her more trouble. The good news, however, is that her doctors tell her that it’s curable, and she’s fighting hard with a regimen of chemotherapy and diet.

In the meantime, she could use a little help. So today, she’s starting a GoFundMe site where we can all donate a little to help her out. As soon as we have the URL on that site, we’ll post it here. And please, if you haven’t yet read Kate’s amazing memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, do yourself a big favor and buy a copy now.

And here’s the link to her fundraising site. Please go there!”

Kate’s Go Fund Me Page – Help Kate Bornstein Stay Alive
http://www.gofundme.com/2cxb6w


Amazon link to A Queer and Pleasant Danger (Amazon):
http://www.amazon.com/Queer-Pleasant-Danger-Memoir/dp/0807001651/

Barnes and Noble link to A Queer and Pleasant Danger (Barnes and Noble):
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-queer-and-pleasant-danger-kate-bornstein/1110784336

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It's weird. I always kind of admired the Rinders for that.

Kind of like Leslie and Jono Epstien. Or Edy and John Lundeen.

Long time, hard core SO who were up and down the org board. One would be moved to another cont. One would be on the RPF for three years. Then that one would get off, and the other one went on.

But they still managed to stay married.

You gotta admit. That takes something most people don't have.

Actually I had the opposite response to his letter. The word LOVE is never used in the letter itself, only on the sign off, "Love Mike." A gesture even more empty considering that most Scio executives sign off "Much Love."

He wrote a letter to try and reach out his family and never used the word love??? No "I love my children" but takes up paragraph after paragraph to argue about the tech, Scio policies and "who is right/wrong."

It was the letter of a very emotionally stunted man. I've read a lot of heart wrenching letters from people disconnected from their families, they are usually full of love, emotion, expressions of deep loss from the disconnection. Mike letter had none of that. It might have well been another blog post about DM being the downfall of Scientology or post from a drama fueled argument here.
 
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