Scientology on the High Seas: Squirrel Cookery!
In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of January 29 through February 4 during those years.
After the jump, Hubbard explains how heretics can't even follow a recipe...
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HAIRCUTS AND MINISKIRTS
All semblance of anything that could be called "Hippiness" must be eradicated for the next month.
Better get started now on haircuts and beard off or trim.
Be sure you haven't only got miniskirts.
The PRO mock up for your next month is very proper personal appearance.
Clean cloths, clean braid, clean shirts for the officers. Lots of baths.
Sleek personal appearance is the watch word for the next month.
It fits in with why you are going on this cruise.
January 29: LRH, healer.
Down through the years since AD0, there have been an awful lot of case wins. The old AOA for instance was an avalanche of them. Earlier the Power wins and earlier the grades and so on back it goes.
The delayed response wins are the most heartening.
One of the first huge wins I ever had was in 48 in Hell's Kitchen New York where a truck driver with an infected foot was about to suffer an amputation. They dragged him off to the hospital and I thought, well there it goes. But years later when Book I came out he wrote me, saying the hospital had been amazed, had not operated and he took the opportunity to thank me for still having his foot!
There have been other delayed action wins. A medical doctor in Birmingham that I made a long trip to see. He was in apathy, about to die. When I left it still looked hopeless. But a year later I met him coming out of the Registrar's Office, HASI London, hale and hearty and he thanked me for his life.
So immediate wins are very heartening. You know about those. But sometimes you work and it doesn't seem to come off and then years later you find it did it after all.
January 30: A quick mention of the Celebrity Center...
STATS 28 JAN
Celebrity Center doing very well. GI Affluence Trend since last SEPT! How do you like that! Hats off and a highly commended to Diana H., Yvonne Gillham and all the crew!
January 31: Smersh took its best shot, but LRH's reputation in the press is soaring...
It is of interest to Scientologists that the clamor raised over the years by Smersh about me and all the hard names called have not even faintly affected my membership in various and numerous high level associations and scientific societies and clubs.
The list of these are quite long and all of them are a big "high and mighty" in the arts, sciences and social stratas.
I was just looking at my influx of magazines and notices of meetings and it struck me as rather funny that the highest of our detractors would give his back molars to be accepted into some of these groups.
I also hadn't realized the list was so long. Most of them black ball first and think about it afterwards. Yet for twenty years they have been very serene.
So don't get into the notion that the "power of the press" has any real bearing on the world. According to this testimony of personal repute, the opposition might as well have spent their time yelling into a well.
Thought it would be of some interest to you.
US and UK press and TV have been quite favorable lately.
Bolivar gets radio and TV press coverage like the presidential yacht. Bob Young does a marvelous job on this and he runs a very pretty ship.
(I wonder if anyone has told Bob he could fly the flag of West Coast Yacht Club, of which I am a long time member.)
So year by year the stats rise and reputation grows.
And during all this time my own personal repute has remained very high in the places that matter.
In the long view we are doing a very good job. Our only complaint is that we could do better and do it faster.
But remember, it IS getting done.
February 2: Heretics can't even get recipes right...
There is squirrel tech. In this an auditor runs off beat non-standard processes. We've long since handled this.
There is squirrel admin. People who have out admin TRs and do not know basic lines add to standard lines or knock them out. We are working to handle this with OEC, FEBC and Admin TRs now being done and further developed.
There is also squirrel cookery. This normally arises from not having the proper ingredients to hand (supply failure) and not having anyone to wash and slice and peel raw materials so they can be cooked. A standard meal comes from planned menu, correct supply, correct preparation of raw materials and following the exact recipe. From this comes edible meals.
This goes into other lines of tech as well.
February 4: LRH can only conclude that Scientology is doing well after getting the final tally of his Christmas gifts.
Odd time of the year to speak about Christmas. But in this case its a statistic.
Public Popularity increase over the world was very marked this last Christmas. The general public response was up very nearly 35 percent over previous years. The volume of public cards to me personally would indicate an increased popularity of Scientology by a full third!
Gifts were 40 - 45 percent higher than in previous years.
While it was joy from hearing from so many at the time, now in retrospect, it can be viewed as confirming a general public upsurge.
My hard working personal staffers here and in other areas were impressed with the increase. In previous years it was already enormous. My staffs work for many week after Christmas caring for the flow, the address corrections and tabulations and do an excellent job of it.
So the full picture is now in and the fact emerges. Public Popularity has increased a full third.
That last item might be the saddest one we've excerpted so far. LRH, it is hard not to conclude, was simply a sad, lonely man. Am I wrong?
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.
Keep up on all of our New York news coverage at this blog, Runnin' Scared
SCIENTOLOGY IN THE VILLAGE VOICE
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THE TOP 25 PEOPLE CRIPPLING SCIENTOLOGY
1. L. Ron Hubbard | 2. David Miscavige | 3. Marty Rathbun | 4. Tom Cruise | 5. Joe Childs and Tom Tobin | 6. Anonymous | 7. Mark Bunker | 8. Mike Rinder | 9. Jason Beghe | 10. Lisa McPherson | 11. Nick Xenophon | 12. Tommy Davis | 13. Janet Reitman | 14. Tory Christman | 15. Andreas Heldal-Lund | 16. Marc and Claire Headley | 17. Jefferson Hawkins | 18. Amy Scobee | 19. The Squirrel Busters | 20. Trey Parker and Matt Stone | 21. Kendrick Moxon | 22. Jamie DeWolf | 23. Ken Dandar | 24. Dave Touretzky | 25. Xenu
HELD ABOARD THE FREEWINDS: TALES OF THE SEA ORG
[Valeska Paris, held against her will from 1996 to 2007 on Scientology's cruise ship] [Ramana Dienes-Browning, marriage at 16, sexual interrogation, life in the engine room] [Melissa Paris, Valeska's sister: forced to marry at 16]
SCIENTOLOGY VS. SOUTH PARK: INVESTIGATION AS RETALIATION
[Scientology targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in an investigation] [More documents in the South Park probe: instructions to send in a young mole] [Scientology responds in typical fashion] | [Lloyd Kaufman confirms the probe] [Mark Ebner also investigated after South Park involvement] [Mark Chauppetta, private eye, explains what Scientology operatives look for]
MARTY RATHBUN AND THE SIEGE OF SOUTH TEXAS
[Scientology has Rathbun arrested] | [Rathbun and Mark Bunker reveal surprising ties] In Germany with Ursula Caberta: [Announcing plans] | [Press conference] | [Making news about Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair] | [Post-trip interview] The Squirrel Busters: [Goons with cameras on their heads] | [Rathbun's open letter to neighbors] | [Ingleside on the Bay, Texas rallies to Rathbun's cause] | [Squirrel Buster's claim to be making a "documentary"] | [VIDEO: "On a Boat"] | ["Anna" sent to creep out Monique Rathbun] | [Squirrel Busters go hillbilly] | [A videographer blows the whistle on the goon squad] | [Ed Bryan, OT VIII, shows the power of Scientology's highest levels]
SCIENTOLOGY SPYING AND "FAIR GAME"
[Secret Scientology documents spell out spying operation against Marc Headley] [Scientology's West U.S. spies list revealed] | [Scientology's enemies list: Are you on it?] Spy operation against Washington Post writer Richard Leiby: [Part 1] | [Part 2] [A Scientology spy comes clean: Paulien Lombard's remarkable public confession] [Scientology advertises for writers in Freedom magazine] [Accidental leak shows Scientology spy wing plans to "handle" the Voice] [Lori Hodgson and Disconnection: "No one's going to take my eternity away"]
SCIENTOLOGY AND CELEBRITIES
[Hey, Scientology Celebrity, Here's Your Media Training Checksheet!] [Tom Cruise and X Factor's Stacy Francis singing together on the Freewinds] [X Factor's Stacy Francis: Her first husband, Michael Sandlofer, answers abuse claims] [Tom Cruise and Baby Suri embarrassed by news item, so someone must pay] ["Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [Tom Cruise likes coconut cake] | [Tom Cruise has a sense of humor] | ["Tom Cruise not a kook!"] | [Paulette Cooper on Tom Cruise] [Paul Haggis, director of Crash, issues an ultimatum, leaves the church] [Character actor Jason Beghe defects noisily] | [Actor Michael Fairman reveals his "suppressive person" declaration] | [Michael Fairman talks to the Voice] [Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh: Scientology-Branch Davidian link makes sense] [Russell Brand weds ex-Scientologists in wild ceremony] | [Skip Press on Haggis] [Placido Domingo Jr.: Scientology's retaliation is "scary and pathetic"] Grant Cardone, NatGeo's "Turnaround King": [Doing Scientology's dirty work?] | [Milton Katselas complained about Cardone's smear job] | [Cardone runs to Huffpo] [Philip Boyd, Saving Grace actor, rips "the business that is Scientology"]
JANET REITMAN'S INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY
[Our review of Inside Scientology] | [An interview with Janet Reitman] | [A report from Reitman's first book tour appearance] | [At the Half-King: Reitman not afraid] [Scientology doesn't like Inside Scientology] | [Q&A at Washington Post] [A roundup of Reitman's print reviews, and why isn't she on television more?]
HUGH URBAN'S THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
EX-SCIENTOLOGISTS SPEAK OUT
["The Money Machine": another blockbuster St. Pete Times investigation] [Marc Headley: "Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [The Nancy Many interview] [Sympathy for the Devil: Tory Christman's Story] | [Jeff Hawkins' Counterfeit Dreams] [86 Million Thin Dimes: The Lawrence Wollersheim Saga] | [Mike Rinder on spying]
[Scientology in Israel: Arson, attempted murder, paranoia -- and a visit by the Voice!] [Scientology dodges a bullet in Australia] | [Scientology exec Jan Eastgate arrested] [All hell breaks loose in Israel] | [Scientology sees fundraising gold in the UK riots] [Aussie former rugby pro Chris Guider calls David Miscavige "toxic" and "violent"] [Stephen Cox, UK church newbie, pledges 20K pounds] | [Biggi Reichert: A German Lisa McPherson?] | [The Birmingham trove: 7,000 internal e-mails] [Australian farmer blamed for giving Tom Cruise a bad shrimp, loses her friends, family]
ODD VIDEOS AND ODDER NEWS
[Scientology chillin' with hip hop!] | [The curious career of Scientology rapper Chill EB] [Chill EB and me: the Voice interviews Scientology's in-house rapper] [Scientology singalong, "We Stand Tall"] | [Captain Bill Robertson and "Galactic Patrol"] [Scientology wins a major award!] | [Scientology wants your money: Meet Dede!] [Birmingham in the House! The "Ideal" dance mix] | [Scientology and the Nation of Islam] [When Scientology was hip] | [Sad: David Miscavige makes fun of his own fundraisers] [Freedom magazine parodies The New Yorker. Hilarity ensues.] [Scientology surf report: Anonymous parties outside the New York "org"]
THE VIEW INSIDE THE BUBBLE
[A scientologist's letter to the Voice and its readers] | [Scientology silent birth] [Tad Reeves: Scientology might listen to this guy] | [More Tad Reeves and family] [Scientology never forgets: A heartwarming telemarketing holiday miracle] [Desperate Scientology fundraising caught on video]
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