Inside Scientology

 

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After reading My Twisted Life as a Scientologist (New York Post 11/15/2009),  I thought it would be fun to do a little looking into Scientology’s closet.  I gotta tell you, the closet is full.

L. Ron Hubbard, the American science fiction writer, created a self-help system he called Dianetics. First published in 1950, it developed into doctrines and rituals as part of a new religion he dubbed Scientology.

Scientology is legally recognized as a tax-exempt church in the United States. Many countries, however, refuse to grant Scientology the status of a church. Canada, UK, Germany, France Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg and Mexico do not recognize Scientology as a religion. In Greece, Scientology was banned in 1997, and the Greek government upheld the ban in 2003, rejecting an application for Scientology to be recognized as a religion.

Scientology is often referred to as a cult often accused of financially defrauding members. The teachings of The Church of Scientology are cloaked in secrecy. Most of what is known about the teachings of the church comes to us from ex-members.

An ex-member takes you on a behind the curtain tour.

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How to Shrink a Human Head

Step 1  Make an incision on the back of the neck and proceeded to remove all the skin and flesh from the cranium taking care to not damage the facial features.

Step 2  Place  seeds underneath the eyelids and sew them shut

Step 3 Pin mouth together with three wooden sticks

Step 4  Boil in water for several hours

 

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D is for Dowsing (and Also for Dumbass)

dowsingIraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless (New York Times)

The Iraqi government  has purchased more than 1500 ADE 651’s. The ADE 651 (Advanced Detection of Explosives Model651)  is marketed by ATSC (UK) Ltd.  It consists of a thin rod mounted on a swivel held by pistol grip, and is said to point to explosives. That’s all it is, there are no sensors.  According to Rod Nordland who wrote the article, a retired USAF officer said the device is nothing more than an explosives divining rod,.  The devices range in price from $16,500-$60,000 each.

I understand that similar devices are being used by local police around the US in order to justify “probable cause” requirements for unlawful search and seizure.

The manufacturer also  offers a narcotic detector. Exactly the same device, but with a different model number.