The ceremony, directed by Scientology leader David Miscavige, was unexpectedly brief — about eight minutes — followed by a minute of sustained applause from the crowd. Then attendees began dispersing.
.Originally Posted by HelluvaHoax!
The ceremony, directed by Scientology leader David Miscavige, was unexpectedly brief — about eight minutes — followed by a minute of sustained applause from the crowd. Then attendees began dispersing
I could understand a brief ceremony, then attendees entering the new building for a private showing. But attendees dispersing? To where? To the nearest Hooters to watch football and have some beer and wings?
Fake Clears, OTs and Parishioners in the "world's fastest growing religion" are the only thing real about Scientology.
For anyone not familiar with film production and location shooting, the black-against-yellow signs (with arrows) are the industry standard for movie sets.
[THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE FROM RANDOM TV/MOVIE SETS]
….and yes, they are that stupid.
This may seem like an odd perspective, but it's something that occurred to me while reading this and other threads about the SP Rdn Release Event at Flag.
My Paternal Grandfather was a Minister (as well as a farmer/rancher) and my Maternal Grandfather was an Elder (as well as a farmer/rancher). They were Church of the Brethren ("Dunkers"), a small protestant sect founded about 1700 in Germany, near the Swiss Border by "squirrel" Anabaptists and were closely "kin" to the Mennonites and Quakers. Most of the membership for hundreds of years, even up into the 20th Century, were agrarians, educators, artisans and shopkeepers. The first Brethren came to Pennsylvania in the very early 1700's and I am a direct descendant from members of that Congregation.
That is actually consistent with my own calculation.
The Hoax-meter calculated the exact number of attendees as 1,758, give or take a few extras.
Perhaps 1,000 were SO and outer org staff.
That leaves about 800, half of which were probably local Clearwater cultees.
Actual number of Scientologists flying in to Mecca, appx 300-400.
SPs rule! ("on this planet")
I suspect that this IS an accurate number for those flying in to Mecca, within several hundred of this number anyhow.
I would think that the City of Clearwater (and the residents) are going to be pissed off. They were told to expect 10,000 and they jumped through hoops to work with the CoS to get them the permits, road closures, etc., they claimed they needed.
I imagine that the economic impact for these extra 3-400 people is going to be [strike]very small.[/strike] negative.
It crossed my mind too. If that was just a mistake I bet somebody is in deep shit. I'm glad I don't live in a world where I live in terror of being in deep shit at any given minute.
Those 2 options are not mutually exclusive.
It's probably true that they actually did hire extras, though, huh? Do you suppose they have been doing the same for years at other events?
Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside that they are contracting that fast, and growing desperate.
After a couple of years of whatever horrors occur in that building, the next collapse should just about do it, don't you think?