Scientology on the High Seas: "You Chilluns Will Get Shoes"
NOTE: This is our regularly-scheduled Friday morning feature about L. Ron Hubbard aboard the Apollo. Our second day of reporting from the Debbie Cook hearing begins soon. Please check back for that coverage.
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we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean.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 February 5 through 11 during those years.
After the jump, Hubbard explains the heartwarming reason behind freeloader debts...
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February 6: Hey, kids, tell the folks at home everything's all right -- just before you line up for those blindfolded overboards!
PARENTS AND FRIENDS
If your parents or friends are the kind who worry about you, BE SURE AND WRITE THEM AN AIRMAIL LETTER regularly.
Otherwise they give us DEV T by asking the government to check up on you to see if you're all right.
If uncertain about it, write them anyway.
Also, if you haven't written your family recently do so anyway. Otherwise they'll think Scn put you OUT of communication.
You can mail the letter straight from here.
We've had a BIG WIN in the US.
The FDA meter suit appeal was won by us!
This was really the only dangerous area. Had we lost it every org in the US and our AO would have been closed up.
But we won it.
Unfortunately Adelaide passed its ban bill but the org is staying open.
What psychiatry has in store for it now is horrible.
Also we will probably win a million dollar damage suit on the FDA which we are now placing.
Our attorney Brinkman got a $10,000 bonus for winning it. Also he got in my argument that the FDA had never brought forth a single case diagnosed or offered cure on an E Meter. That made two of the judges furious with the Dept of Justice attorney. The 3rd judge was a psychiatrist! He couldn't stop it.
Now if we SPEED UP and fight HARD we'll win back the ground and like a contracted spring from all this suppression EXPAND.
INEZ RACINE goes overboard twice once blindfolded, for purposefully ditching when she knew she had to go overboard.
DANE CHERRYHOLMES -- goes overboard twice, once blindfolded, for not being present for overboards when he was told he was going overboard.
Teri Descilo, F/MAA
Overboard for Missing 18:45 muster 5.2.69:
SUE MASON ANDREW JACKSON (Bottom spanked) BARBARA ADAMS JAMES BYRNE STEVE JARVIS
Ens Ron Pook, Con Port Watch
February 6: Ron can never seem to get it through everyone's heads: happiness is MORE MONEY!
A group generates its own conditions.
A group which gets on a handout line deteriorates rapidly.
Living off reserves made by someone else is degrading to a group. Look at psychiatry as an example. It lives off government handouts.
Morale is directly proportional to production.
A group which does not generate its own support goes bad.
A high morale group is one which by its own competence generates its own wherewithal.
In our case at Flag, we have found it easier to tap CS-3 than to collect the monies actually earned.
There's where the uniforms are, the E/R tools, the paint, the food.
By mocking up an actual Div III FAO that actually gets the preparatory admin squared up and gets its records available and not in trunks, you chilluns will get shoes.
Yet these income and billing areas are the most lightly manned areas we have.
To increase pride, morale and competence, live by production and collect what's owed by reason of production.
This group has earned its keep in the past. It needs only to continue production and collect for it to have a very well fed and clothed group.
Those actions are done by the group itself and can be done no other way.
February 7: When we hit someone with a freeloader bill, it's to give them satisfaction.
BLOWN SO MEMBERS
The rule that blown SO members may not work in orgs is now being fully enforced. This affects Durban and Asho. CS-1 should advice these and other orgs.
Franchises employing them are instantly indebted $5000 to the SO for VIIIs and other sums for other training.
One special permission exists for Christ Stevens on petition to work in Tech only in JBG org.
SO members who do not return from leave are classified as blown.
It is interesting that freeloader org and SO billings are paid when billed. It gives an avenue for conscience money. It is actually very cruel not to provide an avenue for redress of wrongs. But freeloader billings have to be billed regularly.
Did you get that? After years of working 120-hour weeks for only 20 to 50 bucks a week, the Sea Org member who leaves is then hit with a bill for tens of thousands of dollars for the spiritual counseling they received at a cut rate. And not to saddle a broke, dispirited, and struggling former Sea Org worker with 20 grand or so in debt would be "actually very cruel."
Makes sense, right?
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
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HUGH URBAN'S THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
EX-SCIENTOLOGISTS SPEAK OUT
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