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Ah yes, I always liked Hubbard's expression, "thin social veneer". He could be so descriptive if nothing else. The great irony was that LRH promoted sincerity and integrity while driving people to duplicity just to survive. You could get away with speaking truth to power in Scientology...if you had someone in a high position of power who liked and supported you but it was always a tenuous position.Umm, on point one: she is/was a con-artist, a "honey-pot" is what the governmental intelligent types would call her. But a "beauty" absolutely NOT, but quite acceptably looking . . . it is her false "charm" that did folks in.
On point two, I don't recall . . . it's all in Capt. Bill's own book (forget its title)
People with charisma, that "too much there" look, and attractive features could find a quick footing and be moved quickly up the internal cultural ladder as it were, but they often screwed up by granting themselves too much authority to interpret LRH's intentions and would suddenly be disappeared. You could be out there but you had to be out there just the way LRH liked people to be out there and that was a wildly moving target.
I didn't know him well but I think Bill ran this gauntlet and because he could balance the crazy charisma thing with the sincerity thing pretty well he could play the game longer than most.
In retrospect, I look upon this as a unique character building experience. I'm not sure I would take it all back although that would have changed my life significantly. If only people could go to cult camp so they could learn what this was like but it probably wouldn't be the same now. I had met DM and he managed my traffic but I was gone by the time he took over. Somehow I don't think the experience is the same as under LRH in this regard. LRH was into gamesmanship. He enjoyed the art of subtle manipulation, courting loyalty by building capable people up on one hand and ruthlessly breaking them and reconstructing them in his image on the other. DM seems to be just ruthlessly breaking...period.