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60 Minutes documents the worst example of science politicization we can recall

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This aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes last night, and is one the most directly detrimental examples of science politicization I can recall reading about.

 Advertisement (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Peter Daszak’s U.S.-based EcoHealth Alliance is a preeminent science research non-profit that [...]

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Scientology ekes out small victories as the world goes to coronavirus hell

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 Last September, we made a point about how Scientology expends enormous effort (and prodigious sums) in order to score a small press mention or to win an award you’ve never heard of.

The example we had in mind then was a gushing local TV spot that featured John and Emily Goodwin of Galaxy Press, Scientology’s [...]

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On Mother’s Day, the moms who suffer and defy Scientology’s cruel ‘disconnection’ policy

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 There may be no other holiday which is more anathema to Scientology than Mother’s Day.

According to L. Ron Hubbard’s cruel philosophy, the family unit is a fiction, a temporary assembly of meat bodies that have no real tie between their souls, known as “thetans.” Making it worse, Scientology under both Hubbard and his successor, David [...]

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Dianetics at 70: Scientology’s bible, endorsing child molestation since May 9, 1950

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 Seventy years ago today, L. Ron Hubbard published the book that changed his life and sparked a movement, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

Two years later, after the brief Dianetics boom had gone bust (along with his second marriage), Hubbard regrouped in Phoenix and, with the name “Dianetics” stuck in banktruptcy, called his new [...]

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Scientology’s mystery sandwich: A ‘church’ where deception is a sacrament

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 One of our readers forwarded an “FSM Newsletter” they received recently from the Church of Scientology. And reading it, we were reminded that Scientology is such a dishonest mess, we sometimes get inured to it.

Longtime Scientology watchers will not be surprised that “Field Staff Members” — essentially salespeople — are instructed to deceive and cajole [...]

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Trump’s Roy Cohn just saved him the political headache of pardoning Michael Flynn

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Attorney General Bill Barr — Trump’s Roy Cohn — just saved Trump the political headache of pardoning Michael Flynn by doing it himself. No attorneys other than the one Barr installed signed the motion to drop the prosecution. Perfectly corrupt.

Flynn admitted to [...]

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Tom Cruise in orbit: Why it makes sense for NASA to launch Scientology’s space cadet

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 What a welcome distraction it was yesterday as news spread that NASA, Elon Musk, and Tom Cruise were in talks to launch the Mission Impossible actor to the International Space Station in order to film scenes for an as yet unplotted movie.

Tom Cruise in space! Well, that would certainly be a career-topper for Hollywood’s greatest [...]

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Seniors seeing through Trump’s false choice that the economy more important than your life

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[Regarding this story: Trump needs two electoral blocs to win. The pandemic is driving a wedge between them.]

Trump derives much of his support from finding boogeymen fashioned from our basest instincts to scare the shit out of the elderly, his primary constituency. [...]

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Scientology has thrown millions at Ireland in recent years, and here’s the amazing result

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 Thanks to a tipster we have another interesting look inside Scientology’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

And again, it’s the Dublin org that is giving us that glimpse into what it’s like for a totalitarian organization to frantically try to keep its locked down members busy.

Scientology leader David Miscavige has thrown huge amounts of [...]

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We’ve highlighted the parts Danny Masterson wants removed from the Scientology lawsuit

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 Service journalism! We aim to please.

Yesterday, we told you about the “demurrer” that Scientologist actor Danny Masterson filed in an attempt to remove himself from a lawsuit filed by four women who say that they’ve been harassed by the That ’70s Show actor and the Church the Scientology since they came forward with rape allegations [...]

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Danny Masterson: Drop me from Scientology lawsuit if the ‘Jane Does’ won’t name themselves

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[Danny Masterson]

In February Scientologist celebrity Danny Masterson responded to a lawsuit by saying the four women (and one man) suing him were merely seeking publicity and money. Since then, the five plaintiffs filed a new amended complaint which reset the case’s legal clock, and now the That ’70s Show actor has filed another response.

This time, [...]

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History is going to be relentless and brutal about the Trump pandemic response

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[Regarding this story: 34 days of pandemic: Inside Trump’s desperate attempts to reopen America]

This is mostly a recap of the last month or so since Trump agreed to extend social-distancing guidelines. If you’re paying attention there’s nothing especially new, but helpful in [...]

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Scientology boasts about members keeping up online — and once again reveals its true size

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 During the worldwide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic Scientologists have been encouraged to enroll in extension courses — online courses that one pays for just as if they were studying in the orgs and missions.

Scientology is obsessed with recording statistics and they tell us a lot about the current state of their membership. [...]

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Georgia anti-psychiatry legislator goes even bigger for Scientology in the pandemic

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 Remember Donzella James? We told you in January that mental health advocates were unhappy that the George legislator, who made a speech at the Atlanta Scientology Ideal Org grand opening in 2016 and endorsed its quack anti-psychiatry efforts, was appointed by the state’s lieutenant governor to an important panel that is overhauling Georgia’s mental health [...]

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Trump’s claims about how much testing we’re doing begs some context

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Regarding testing…

I don’t know how much mileage Trump thinks he’s getting from the claim that ‘we’ve done the most testing of any country’ in support of “reopening” the economy, but it’s a claim that begs some context.

First: Of course we’ve tested the [...]

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Apologist journal smacked down by best ever Scientology prof — and with Bunker assist

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[Prof. Stephen Kent]

You might remember that last June we took time out of our busy schedule to lay the smackdown on an apologist journal that really doesn’t deserve the attention.

CESNUR (Center for Studies of New Religion) is a publication based in Italy (yet published in English) that serves to smooth out all of the jagged [...]

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The vulnerability of nursing home residents in this crisis was so clearly foreseeable

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[Regarding this story: Lack Of Testing Obscures True Scale Of Coronavirus Impact On NY Nursing Homes]

The 2,200 nursing home COVID-19-related deaths (in NYS — 1,344 in NYC) include only those who have tested positive. But nursing home operators say they don’t have [...]

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City of Inglewood: Brian Statler shouldn’t have resisted arrest and forced us to shoot him dead

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[Brian Statler]

The City of Inglewood has answered the lawsuit filed by Brian Statler’s family, and in predictably generic language denies that its police officers did anything wrong when they ventilated the 30-year-old mixed race man on March 27, 2019 at the Church of Scientology’s Inglewood “Ideal Org.”

Since that tragic incident we’ve been trying to get [...]

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Reporting on Trump’s coronavirus response that’s a bulwark against the onslaught of lies

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[Regarding this story: Inside Donald Trump and Jared Kushner’s Two Months of Magical Thinking]

Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman looks back at the tragic hole of lost time between January and March when Trump’s paranoia and magical thinking limited him to view the virus [...]

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Scientology leader David Miscavige is 60 today, and we have presents

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 Sixty years ago today, David Miscavige and his twin sister Denise were born in a small town in Pennsylvania. Today, Dave is the dictatorial head of a worldwide totalitarian organization masquerading as a church which tries to convince the public that Miscavige is its “ecclesiastical” leader.

Miscavige has now been in charge of the Church of [...]

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NASA’s new spacesuit shares a name with Scientology’s legendary galactic warlord!

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[Jim Bridenstine and Kristine Davis, under pressure]

We want to thank Frank Oliver for making us aware of something that hadn’t hit our radar yet, even though it was rolled out last October.

At the Johnson Space Center in Houston on October 15, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine presented the new “Artemis Generation” of spacesuits that the agency [...]

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Scientology admits that it numbers ‘tens of thousands’ not millions, as we’ve been saying

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[Miscavige and the RTC portal]

A reader pointed out something on one of Scientology’s websites that we have to admit is pretty precious.

The Religious Technology Center is Scientology’s nominally controlling entity. (The Sea Org is the real power, but it has no legal status, and so RTC is the next best thing.) Its chairman is David [...]

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Have Jane Doe’s attorneys figured out how to serve Scientology leader David Miscavige?

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 Three big lawsuits were filed last year against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige. One of them Scientology already managed to short-circuit, but the other two are proceeding.

In all three lawsuits, Miscavige himself has managed to avoid being formally served. He’s in hiding and avoiding service, the attorneys trying to sue him [...]

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Scientology shows that if government gives it even an inch, it tries to take over like a virus

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On April 13 the South African Department of Social Development established a partnership with Scientology to disinfect their offices. The Volunteer Ministers then used a letter given to them to canvas door-to-door telling residents in the Gauteng province that they were authorized by the department to disinfect homes and businesses.

 [Scientologists go door-to-door offering disinfecting [...]

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Calling all patsies: Scientology tries desperately to keep its isolated members busy

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 How do you keep the members of your totalitarian organization from letting stray thoughts creep in while they’re at home under lockdown? Spam them with a lot of nonsense, that’s how.

Exhibit A: This breathless dispatch aimed at Irish marks is something we thought you’d want to get a look at (even though you’re not [...]

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Raising money in the time of the virus: Scientology will always find a way!

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 We’re sure you can all conjure up plenty of things you miss while on lockdown. Restaurants. Movies. Concerts. Hell, just going to the grocery without taking your life in your hands.

And one of the things we also miss about life under quarantine are reports from goofy Scientology fundraisers. But lucky for us, one of our [...]

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New amended complaint packs a wallop in Miami Scientology child sex assault lawsuit

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[Defendant David Miscavige]

Just days before a major showdown hearing was scheduled for April 20 (and was likely to be put back for the pandemic), “Jane Doe” has filed a new amended complaint in her lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige that will upend scheduling in the case.

The new complaint [...]

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Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz: TV dolts adding to the problems with having a TV president

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[Regarding this story: After Fauci urged caution in reopening the economy, Fox News turned to Dr. Phil for a second opinion]

The most dangerous place in the country at the present moment isn’t a nursing home but rather the space between ‘Dr. Phil’ [...]

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Philly lawyers suing Danny Masterson don’t want Scientology to have their home addresses

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[Danny Masterson, Brian Kent, and Marci Hamilton]

Last year, a group of high-profile attorneys based in Philadelphia who had made names for themselves suing or prosecuting on behalf of people who had been victimized by Catholic priests, massage parlors, and even Bill Cosby set their sights on the Church of Scientology. They filed three big lawsuits, [...]

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Scientology denied: Watch Clearwater church members calling Mark Bunker a bigot

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 On Thursday night, seven prominent Clearwater businessmen spoke to the city council, urging that its newest member, Mark Bunker, not be added to the city’s Downtown Development Board.

The first four of those men were members of the DDB itself, including its chairman, Paris Morfopoulos, who spoke first.

One after another, these seven speakers, who were well [...]

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Scientology: Earth is a prison planet and the virus just another fake threat. So study LRH!

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 As the pandemic goes on and on, this bizarre video is being promoted to Scientologists that the end of the health crisis (whenever it comes) will be the start of something new and exciting.

The 1999 film The Matrix has always been popular among Scientologists because it parallels L. Ron Hubbard’s theory that the observable [...]

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Tom Cruise on InTouch cover: Another completely oversold Scientology clip job

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 For years we’ve pointed out the dishonest tabloid formula that gets used again and again in stories about Scientology: The publication promises a huge bombshell on the cover but when you turn to the story inside, it’s almost always just another clip job with breathless expressions of amazement about how incredible it would be if [...]

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