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JustSheila

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First Look – San Jose, Costa Rica Ideal Org

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Scientology has purchased the former Ambassador Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica and plans to open the first Ideal Org in Central America. The building is on South Paseo Colon between 26th And 28th streets, close to the National Stadium in the heart of the city. The asking price for the facility was $4.5 million, but we don’t know the actual purchase price. The building exceeds the 50,000 sq ft. minimum for Ideal Orgs, and comes with a casino license.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/first-look-san-jose-costa-rica-ideal-org/




Well fancy that. A church that supports gambling. Is that covered in Scientology religious scripture, too?

Now parishioners can gamble their money with Scientology and at least win once in a while, provided they don't take any services and are allowed out of the building after they walk in.

:hmm: Which brings up the question, does a cult that runs a gambling casino have the right to kidnap its parishioners or refuse to pay their winnings if its religious scripture says it can?
 

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Renovations At Narconon Kiev

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All Narconon facilities have been doing repairs and renovations to receive certification as an Ideal Narconon. The repairs being done this week to Narconon Kiev have provided a rare look at this secretive facility, and we have photos of the interior and exterior for the first time. The renovations include brickwork and closing off one of the exterior doors.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/renovations-at-narconon-kiev/

 

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Scientology Welcomes Miss Hispanidad International

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The Scientology offices of Author Services International in Hollywood, California hosted contestants in the Miss Hispanidad International beauty pageant yesterday. The facility contains the L. Ron Hubbard Theater, which holds performances based on the works of the founder of Scientology. Last night’s event was a dramatic reading ofTinhorn’s Daughter, a short story originally published in December 1937 in the pulp magazine Western Romance.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/scientology-welcomes-miss-hispanidad-international/

 

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Scientology Uses Terrorist Attacks For Fundraising

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Scientology is planning to print 250,000 copies of the L. Ron Hubbard pamphlet The Way to Happiness in response to the recent attacks in Paris, France, and would like its members to donate to support the effort. Scientologists generally believe that distributing the pamphlet will calm civil unrest and stop wars. Scientology charges its members many times more than the cost of printing and distributing the pamphlet, usually $24 for a pack of 12.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/scientology-uses-terrorist-attacks-for-fundraising/

 
Well fancy that. A church that supports gambling. Is that covered in Scientology religious scripture, too?

Now parishioners can gamble their money with Scientology and at least win once in a while, provided they don't take any services and are allowed out of the building after they walk in.

:hmm: Which brings up the question, does a cult that runs a gambling casino have the right to kidnap its parishioners or refuse to pay their winnings if its religious scripture says it can?

"Your next step on the Bridge is the Casino Rundown. You will gain the ability to try to get that money for your OT package. Please sign this disclaimer which states that I only said "try", and read this LRH quote on Hidden Standards. "
 

JustSheila

Crusader
I'm racking my brain to remember the stupid LRH quote about gambling. Anyone remember? Some stupid thing about counter-postulates. The bloated cult leader said something about the only reason gamblers lose is because they originally intended to win and that when they doubted it, they 'countered' the original postulate, which is what made the second postulate about losing stick. :duh: :dizzy:

Sure, 'cause only Scientologists would know that and they're just cleaning up in casinos, right? And it's not like every single gambler doesn't think EXACTLY THE SAME THING about his/her magikal skills to 'force the win through positive thinking and superior psychic skills.' And yet, over and over, the house still wins and the percentages remain the same.

Funny that.
 

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Pakistan

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Perwaiz Hasan and Khawaja Junaid have been leading a relief effort for the past few weeks in the region of Shangla in Northern Pakistan. The region was hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on October 26th, leaving more than 300 dead and many injured or homeless. The Volunteer Ministers have been distributing shoes and clothing, demonstrating Scientology’s “touch assist” methods of dealing with pain and injury, and at least one member of the team has enough medical training to perform injections.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/scientology-volunteer-ministers-in-pakistan/

 

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Volunteers Wanted – Narconon Warner Springs

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Narconon Warner Springs is looking for volunteers to help paint and bring the facility up to the Ideal standard that all Narconons are trying to achieve. Warner Springs is located in the San Diego area, and the facility is also known as Fresh Start and Sunshine Summit Lodge. Scientologists can use this opportunity to work on a Liability Amends Project, or for eligibility to start an OT (Operating Thetan) level.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/volunteers-wanted-narconon-warner-springs/

 

phenomanon

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Well fancy that. A church that supports gambling. Is that covered in Scientology religious scripture, too?

Now parishioners can gamble their money with Scientology and at least win once in a while, provided they don't take any services and are allowed out of the building after they walk in.

:hmm: Which brings up the question, does a cult that runs a gambling casino have the right to kidnap its parishioners or refuse to pay their winnings if its religious scripture says it can?


San Jose is a place to stay away from. The traffic is a nightmare. There are no lane divisions for traffic, so cars can go either direction on the same street. This promotes lots of honking. Sometimes a driver will stop on the street and have a chat with another driver. The traffic is a nightmare. Or leave the car on the street and go into a store.
This building is so out of place in Costa Rica. Their buildings mostly are old, Colonial structures, and the 'Ticas' seem happy to keep em that way.
Were I to visit Costa Rica again, I would fly into the airport at the Northern part of the Country ( I can't think of the name right now), and avoid coming even close to San Jose.
I will mention that there is only one paved road that I know of in the entire country. We drove over goat trails and over rivers while 'sight seeing' the Country.
It is a poor country. What the hell is cos(spit) doing there???!
There are "ex pats" in Costa Rica, but not in San Jose. Lake Arenal draws most of them. There is a College a few miles from San Jose. Maybe cos (spit) is going after the students there.
I suspect drug running up from Colombia. :coolwink:
 

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Narconon Taiwan Goes Ideal

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Narconon Taiwan re-opened as an Ideal Narconon today. All Scientology orgs, missions and Narconons are under orders to renovate to meet the Ideal standard. For Narconons, this means minor renovations and a coat of green paint. Only Ideal Narconons can use the green colors. Executive Director Ying Lin (above) officiated at the ceremony. We have more photos from this little-known facility, including the first we have ever seen of the interior.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/narconon-taiwan-goes-ideal/

 

phenomanon

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LOL

Hey, I've spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe, but there is a point where you just have to put your foot down and scream "ENOUGH!!!"

What I posted may be mean, however it is in full alignment with my Admin Scale purpose of "Putting in ethics on the shower curtain industry on this planet."


A Star High Goal, my friend.:giggle:
 

OutToe83

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San Jose is a place to stay away from. The traffic is a nightmare. There are no lane divisions for traffic, so cars can go either direction on the same street. This promotes lots of honking. Sometimes a driver will stop on the street and have a chat with another driver. The traffic is a nightmare. Or leave the car on the street and go into a store.
This building is so out of place in Costa Rica. Their buildings mostly are old, Colonial structures, and the 'Ticas' seem happy to keep em that way.
Were I to visit Costa Rica again, I would fly into the airport at the Northern part of the Country ( I can't think of the name right now), and avoid coming even close to San Jose.
I will mention that there is only one paved road that I know of in the entire country. We drove over goat trails and over rivers while 'sight seeing' the Country.
It is a poor country. What the hell is cos(spit) doing there???!
There are "ex pats" in Costa Rica, but not in San Jose. Lake Arenal draws most of them. There is a College a few miles from San Jose. Maybe cos (spit) is going after the students there.
I suspect drug running up from Colombia. :coolwink:

You're possibly thinking of the Airport at Liberia (the CR city, not the country), Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós. The airlines just call it "Liberia", which can be confusing and even disconcerting to newbie travelers who thought they'd booked a flight to Central America.


Lest some on here get the wrong idea about Costa Rica:
I spent a 3 month "working vacation" in 2009-2010 at a little off-the-tourist-trails hamlet in the Nicoya Peninsula over on the west coast. I can personally attest that Route 21 west and then south of Liberia are paved, thank you, as are many of the lesser roads that branch off it. I followed Rt. 21 down to Santa Cruz and it was no worse than a poorly-maintained tertiary road in rural USA. There are potholes to avoid, but you can miss most of them if you're watching the road and not barreling along hell-for-leather.

Sta. Cruz and all the towns I passed through had divider lines and well-designed traffic lanes and designated parking that was mostly observed and honored, in my experience. In my dozen-or-so trips into town, I never saw what I would call a traffic jam. Maybe San Jose is just one of the worse-managed cities in the country. Costa Rica, small as it appears on the map, is not as homogeneous as one might expect.

After topping off the gas tank of my rental ('cause Sta. Cruz was the last city/town on my route big enough to have gas stations), I took Rt. 160 westward toward the nearest beaches. It was also paved, slightly narrower and more potholes. You would probably not get bored driving in CR, especially if you're a gamer: Dodging potholes while not swerving into oncoming traffic is a lot like a computer game. You also need to be mindful of the occasional compact herd of the ubiquitous Brahman cattle crossing the road. (No, I'm not kidding.) I thought they ought to make a computer game of it, for CR school Drivers' Ed.
Or better yet, for the driver's license test. (For all I know, they do.)

The Ticos are indeed poor monetarily, but CR is one of the happiest places on this pla...er, I mean, in the world. Most Ticos I met are openly friendly and genuinely like North Americans. There is a definite presence of ex-pats in that part of CR and it's easy to spot them on the street when you're in Santa Cruz. In this area, they're spread all around, possibly because it's off the beaten tourist paths--well, except for Tamarindo, a pure tourist trap which is more like a North American enclave than Costa Rica. You can spend dollars there and get change back in dollars and cents.

As for what the Co$ (spit) is doing in San Jose, I can't figure that either, unless they're hoping to tap into the ex-pat community. Unless they're just buying the real estate as an investment. The real estate market has boomed and tanked off and on over the years. If you can get sucker whales to buy property for you while it's cheap, use slave labor to renovate it, and then sell it when the market is up, and pocket the money---that does sound like $cientology (spit).
 
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Enthetan

Master of Disaster
I'm racking my brain to remember the stupid LRH quote about gambling. Anyone remember? Some stupid thing about counter-postulates. The bloated cult leader said something about the only reason gamblers lose is because they originally intended to win and that when they doubted it, they 'countered' the original postulate, which is what made the second postulate about losing stick. :duh: :dizzy:

Sure, 'cause only Scientologists would know that and they're just cleaning up in casinos, right? And it's not like every single gambler doesn't think EXACTLY THE SAME THING about his/her magikal skills to 'force the win through positive thinking and superior psychic skills.' And yet, over and over, the house still wins and the percentages remain the same.

Funny that.

Yes, if OT Powerz really worked, you just know you would see "win" stories about Scientologists guessing the right numbers for the lottery, and winning poker championships.
 

Enthetan

Master of Disaster
It is a poor country. What the hell is cos(spit) doing there???!

Either

A) a good place to launder money,
B) a place where the politicos can be bought cheap, so as to have a "safe space" to park the Freewinds if needed,
C) a place from which to recruit poor people for the Sea Org

or some combination of the above
 

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Message To Scientologists Regarding Moscow Decision

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A Moscow court last week ruled that Scientology does not meet the definition of a religion because it is trademarked by a US corporation, the Religious Technology Center, or RTC. We understand that they intend to appeal the ruling, but in the meantime we have a statement to Russian Scientologists from Pavel Zakharov, an OT-8, founder of the FSM group “Forward,” and now well-known as the man in the courtroom wearing a Scientology cross over his black shirt and suit. We have included both the Russian and Google-translated English versions of his message.

More at: https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/message-to-scientologists-regarding-moscow-decision/

 
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