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Rachel Bernstein is Pissed!

Here’s the text of her post: “Hi- Rachel Bernstein here. None of that is true. If you ever have questions about anyway that I practice, or what I charge, or if I take insurance, just contact me. I have been doing this work for 26 years and there is no way that I would have […]

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Andy Nolch is a Free Thinking Scientologist

In this section of my discussion about Scientology with Andy Nolch, he asks me about Hubbard’s lying. We discuss Hubbard’s probable naval intelligence training and other aspects of Scientology in the real world – and not as it’s being portrayed by hysterical Ex-Sea Org members throughout the media.

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Alanzo’s Censorship Policy – Reissued

ALANZO COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE Cornfield Manor, Cornfield, Illinois ACO POLICY LETTER OF 9 NOVEMBER 2014  Remimeo CENSORSHIP POLICY All off-topic and personally insulting comments, and all ad-hominem attacks, will be disposed of quietly and without sorrow. Any viewpoint on Scientology, L Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, or cults, philosophies, and religions in general, will not be censored […]

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Your Friends vs. The Truth

Truth changes. If there is anything that the experience of having gone through Scientology should teach an Ex-Scientologist, it’s that. If they quit being your friend/family just because the truth changed, then were they really your friend/family to begin with?

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Science Says: Scientific Curiosity is Corrosive to Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias: the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses, while giving disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities. Now read the title of this post again very carefully and ask yourself if it – itself – is not a form of confirmation bias. […]

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Guest Post: “Rituals” by StatPush

I am eternally grateful to Mark Rathbun and Mike Rinder for what they’ve done. On a personal level, they have paid their “debt” to me for any wrongdoing. Just realize what their life must have been like. I would not trade places. Would you?

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Some Well-Deserved Skepticism of Tony Ortega’s Smugness Emerges at the Underground Bunker

…”those who speculated that Rathbun had secretly settled will be feeling justifiably smug today”. – Tony Ortega Underground Bunker posters “8675309” and “Peacemaker” asked some important questions in the Underground Bunker a couple of days ago which I believe shed some well-deserved skepticism on Ortega’s smugness campaign against Mark and Monique Rathbun since April of […]

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Atheism 2.0 – Alain de Botton

In this short TED talk, Alain de Botton delivers a heavyweight performance. He builds a very workable connection between atheist and religious thought, presenting a way to extract the good from both for the future of society.

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Good Grief

My best friend died last November. Yesterday, I was in a business meeting with a new client at her business. A person from my friend’s old workplace stopped in to call on my new client. When that person left, I told this new client of mine a personal story about my friend that was wholly […]

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Beliefs vs. Facts

I’ve written about this before. But there is a whole lot to gain by continually reminding myself of what a fact is, vs what a belief is. Especially with regard to political and religious areas of my life.

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Information Disease

When the President of the United States gets most of his news and information from Brietbart and Fox, and not from the information gathering services that the US has to inform the president and other leaders in our government, then you have skewed and pitched ideas filling the heads of people who need the best […]

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Embracement

How can fervent Churchie Elizabeth Moss (as she has been described by the tribal leaders of the anti-Scientology “movement”) possibly be doing a TV series with Ex-Scientologist Nicole Kidman? Oh I know! What’s the standard line from the anti-Scientologists? “Celebs are pampered by the Church!” Well there is some truth to that. But it’s like […]

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The Logical Problems With Atheism

If you understand what a belief is, you know that human existence is 99.9999% belief, and NOT knowledge. People who realize this are closer to reality than those who don’t realize it. People, like atheists, who think they are looking at knowledge when they are only looking at beliefs, are simply delusional.

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Thinking the Worst of Yourself as a Scientologist

How gullible can some Ex-Scientologists get? Jon Atack wrote a post on Tony Ortega’s blog, accusing everyone who was ever involved in Scientology of being gullible. I commented about Jon’s broad-brushed generality of anyone who ever called themselves a Scientologist. It gave me the chance to use the word “hootenanny” (twice), and I have been […]

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A Study List for Life After Scientology

Your assumptions can be quite insidious. You must study the actual subjects that Hubbard “spun” for you – from sources completely independent from L Ron Hubbard – so as to challenge your own assumptions, separate out Hubbard’s installed ones, and inspect them for their weaknesses.

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Jon Atack: Who’s Gullible?

Anti-Scientology Reverend Jon Atack is missing something: Gullibility goes 2 ways. You can be too credulous in the direction of a positive interpretation of something, and in the direction of a negative interpretation, as well.

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How L. Ron Hubbard Tricked You: The Scientology OT Levels

When I was a Scientologist, I had a phobia about being “exposed” to upper OT Level data in Scientology. It actually gave me attacks of anxiety to think about how damaging it might be to my sanity and to my health just to be exposed to that information and to think those thoughts. Now that […]

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Leah Remini Narrates “Sweeney vs. Scientology”

This video appeared on youtube on October 23, 2016. I think it might be a tease for Leah Remini’s new show on A&E. Maybe? Or maybe not. You can see that Leah disagreed with the Scientology way that Tommy Davis and Mike Rinder were treating John Sweeney, and that she actually refused to sign her […]

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Part 4: Embrace Your Inner Scientologist

To dismiss that part of your life, to wall it off under labels of “delusional Scientologist” or “weak” or “crazy loon” is to remain in a dissociative state – to continue living a fractured life with some of the best parts of you buried underneath a wall of self-hatred and shame.

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Part Three: Never Go Full Anti

This scene, from the hilarious and insightful movie on actors and acting – Tropic Thunder – shows 2 actors (Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr) dialoguing about the dangers of playing a mentally retarded character, and the serious damage (LOL) it can do to you if you get too immersed in it. The message of […]

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Marty Rathbun: How People Change After Scientology

This is an example of only one exchange I had on the Marty Rathbun Scientology blog back in 2010, when he was the leader of the second Independent Scientology Movement, and Mike Rinder was helping to moderate, mostly in the background. Samuel | October 25, 2010 at 8:10 am | Reply As an afterthought: at […]

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Vulnerable: Tony Ortega’s Degraded Stereotyping of Ex-Scientologists

Tony Ortega recently repeated (twice) that an Ex-Scientologist who got themselves involved in Scientology did so during a “vulnerable” part of their lives. It’s a frequent and superficial claim made about a multitude of individuals who get themselves involved in all kinds of cults, not just Scientology. It’s becoming quite the stereotype. Here’s what Tony […]

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In Defense of J Gordon Melton

I believe if an Ex-cultist is to fully graduate from his former cultic thinking and keep evolving and growing in a constructive manner after the cult, he should teach himself to listen to criticism, and carefully determine if there might be something true in it.

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Mike Rinder Fully Invalidates the Subject of Scientology

Starting at exactly 47 min and 35 sec, you will hear Mike Rinder, the number 2 or 3 guy in the Church of Scientology since the 1980’s, who was “on the ship” and worked with Hubbard since the 1970’s, completely invalidate the subject of Scientology and back it up with his own personal experience.

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A Narrow Critique of Scientology Ethics Technology

One of the benefits of Hubbard’s Scientology ethics technology is to provide a way to structure the analysis of problems in your life, and to think up solutions to deal with them. One of the problems with Hubbard’s ethics technology is that his structure is designed to always put the interests and goals of Scientology, […]

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In Defense of Marty Rathbun

Marty Rathbun is as flawed as any one of us. And no one has been a bigger critic of him than I have been. But Marty Rathbun has achieved as much or more than any other critic of Scientology in its entire history – going all the way back to Joseph Winter.

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Internalizing the Criticisms of Shallow Assholes

Self-invalidation and self-disgust for having been a Scientologist is a common result of trying to graduate from Scientology. In some places on the post-scientology Internet, it becomes an unspoken penance to be endured before we can truly be considered by others to be “out” and no longer a stupid and deluded cult moron.

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Cognitive Dissonance – More About

Jeff Hawkins wrote a post a few years ago detailing much of the basics behind Cognitive Dissonance Theory, and I am very grateful that he did, as this theory is fundamental to understanding not only how cult dynamics work, but how human beings work. I’m currently listening to free online lectures from a Social Psychology […]

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Is the Take-Down of Mark & Monique Rathbun Complete?

After throwing darts in every direction, the bumbling duo of Tony Ortega and his anonymous sidekick “TexasLawyer” continue their speculation even after the last papers have been filed in the Monique Rathbun legal case, leaving their “commenting community” just as vengeful and confused as they were before. Obviously, Monique and Marty Rathbun have not done […]

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The Truth Rundown, Scientology’s Most Brutal Brainwashing Technique

Have you heard that the term “brainwashing” is a nebulous term that doesn’t describe anything, and been told that it should be beneath you to say that a “religion” brainwashes people? What exactly is a brainwashing technique? Chris Shelton describes what a brainwashing technique is, very specificly and very clearly, in his exposure of the […]

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