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#803 Important Course on Critical Thinking for Anyone Who Ever Called Themselves a...

Posted by Rhythm on 29 June 2012 - 12:07 PM

I know that many scientologists in the United States affiliate themselves with the Republican Party. I wonder if this is evidence of their influence from the Texas Republican Party 2012 platform:

Page 13, under "Educating our Children":

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Source document link: http://s3.amazonaws....tform-Final.pdf

#776 Why Smart People Are Stupid

Posted by Rhythm on 12 June 2012 - 07:23 PM


#724 Interview on the how and why of psychotherapy with Dr. Bruce Wampold

Posted by Rhythm on 03 February 2012 - 01:31 PM

#669 Interview on Forgiveness Therapy with Dr. Jim Dincalci

Posted by Rhythm on 28 October 2011 - 12:51 PM

Jim is the former medical officer to L. Ron Hubbard and left scientology many years ago.
He is now a counseling psychologist who teaches and practices Forgiveness Therapy.
This therapy could help in the recovery of former scientologists.

#627 Interview on effective self change with Dr. James O. Prochaska

Posted by Rhythm on 16 September 2011 - 02:55 PM

#597 Hubbard's anti-psychiatry attitudes deconstructed

Posted by Rhythm on 29 July 2011 - 11:27 AM

Interview with Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Wiseman.

#528 Interview on the sea org External Influences Course

Posted by Rhythm on 25 February 2011 - 02:28 PM

#503 Interview with Dr. Philip Zimbardo

Posted by Rhythm on 22 January 2011 - 02:44 PM

Tom Smith interviews Philip Zimbardo on The Edge about his books, The Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox.
Here is the link to the sound file download: Philip Zimbardo interview 1

#289 Aaron Saxton's Video Interviews

Posted by Rhythm on 22 November 2009 - 02:27 PM


#183 Organized Scientology Wants To Squash Freedom Of Speech

Posted by Rhythm on 14 September 2009 - 04:47 PM

Here is what the Office of Special Affairs nazis want the Australian government to enforce:
"Recommendation 1: The implementation of Criminal and Civil Restrictions on Religious Vilification. Recommendation 2: Restriction on Anonymity on acts of Religious Vilification: 2.1 Websites created with primary purpose of inciting religious vilification shall be removed or their access to the Australian public restricted. 2.2 Creators of websites whose primary purpose is the incitement of religious vilification shall be prevented from concealing their identity. Recommendation 3: Restriction on Religious Misinformation and Misrepresentation known or reasonably known to be untruthful in the Media. Recommendation 4: Include a form of Bill or Charter of Rights into the Australian Constitution, which prevents the Commonwealth from making any law, which 'directly, indirectly or incidentally' prohibits the free exercise of religion to the extent of such prohibition."

Definition: Vilify, defame, speak evil of.
In other words, any critical websites and the creators of those websites in Australia would be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including removal of those websites. Any critical websites outside of Australia would be subject to filtering.

I have a better proposal: Enforce criminal and civil restrictions on racketeering businesses engaging in fraud under the guise of religion. Businesses that destroy families, commit criminal acts, and violate human rights.
The scientology crime syndicate needs to go down.

#169 Personal Security And Anonymization

Posted by Rhythm on 08 September 2009 - 02:47 PM

"87 percent of all Americans could be uniquely identified using only three bits of information: ZIP code, birthdate, and sex."
"If that doesn't sound scary, just think about your own secrets, large and small—those films you watched, those items you searched for, those pills you took, those forum posts you made. The power of reidentifiation brings them closer to public exposure every day."

#151 Literacy Improves Without Study Tech

Posted by Rhythm on 28 August 2009 - 02:04 PM

From a recent study at Stanford University, it seems that literacy has improved without Hubbard's plagiarized and perverted "Study Tech".
What factor has helped these students excel? Scientology's bane. The institution that David Miscavige and his brainwashed entourage said was "run by criminals".
I am referring to the internet, that communications medium which organized scientology regards as an "external influence", "entheta" and "evil". You see, captive scientologists believe that you can only improve your ability to communicate by doing robotic staring and speaking drills or following instructions from a scientology counsellor in an auditing session.
Granted, knowing the definitions of the words you write, read, speak or hear are necessary to be fluent in a language. (What are dictionaries for and why have they been around for hundreds of years?) Didn't Virginia Waddy document that in her 1889 book, Elements of Composition and Rhetoric in chapter 8? The finding that the very act of communicating can improve one's ability to communicate will probably be dismissed by captive scientologists as "psych influenced" or "false data". Nevertheless, it is fact.
Sorry, Ron. Today we will not clap and cheer to your picture. Instead, we applaud the fine research that Andrea Lunsford, professor of writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, is facilitating in the area of student literacy.

#144 Xenu -- Scientology's Achilles Heel -- The Silver Bullet

Posted by Rhythm on 26 August 2009 - 01:54 PM

Read Have you lived before this life, The History of man, and The Creation of Human Ability....
The concept of xenu is right in line with stuff in the basic books of scientology, that are commonly available to anyone.
Xenu is a red herring.

More science fiction/wild speculation for profit cloaked as "religion".

#141 Omerta - Coerced Silence

Posted by Rhythm on 23 August 2009 - 08:05 PM

Omerta is a word in the Sicilian dialect of Italian that means, "the categorical prohibition of cooperation with state authorities or reliance on its services, even when one has been victim of a crime." The practice of Omerta happens to be used in organized scientology. Recently, we have witnessed retaliative libel and harassment, in the form of a bulk mailed magazine, against former scientology staff members who gave statements to the St. Petersburg Times about numerous instances of assault and battery from corporate head David Miscavige. While Miscavige may have been motivated by a tenet of scientology, "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause", the coerced silence of witnesses who want to remain scientologists is demanded in Hubbard's list of "suppressive acts" such as: "Public disavowal of scientology or scientologists in good standing with scientology organizations", "Public statements against scientology or scientologists but not to committees of evidence duly convened", "Reporting or threatening to report scientology or scientologists to civil authorities in an effort to suppress scientology or scientologists from practicing or receiving standard scientology", "Writing anti-scientology letters to the press or giving anti-scientology or anti-scientologist data to the press", "Delivering up the person of a scientologist without justifiable defense or lawful protest to the demands of civil or criminal law."
The soldiers employed by organized scientology followed up the St. Petersburg Times article with coerced and falsified affidavits in a feeble, criminal attempt to mop up their cult Capo's past infliction of cuts and bruises.

The "high crimes" quoted here from Hubbard fall under the definition of Omerta. This being the case, is organized scientology nothing more than a criminal enterprise, similar to the Mafia?

#139 What Is A Scientologist?

Posted by Rhythm on 22 August 2009 - 12:45 PM

Anyone joining organized scientology becomes a debtor.
At the very least, you are indoctrinated that you owe an eternal debt to L. Ron Hubbard, the narcissistic founder of the scientology crime syndicate.
The notion is that LRH "salvaged" you and nobody else could really have helped you. Hubbard's motives were purely altruistic and if it wasn't for Ron, you would be a "burned out cinder", PTS, the effect of the environment and your "bank".
If you pursue "the Bridge", you will probably have to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for books, recordings, auditing, training and the membership statuses from the various front groups like the IAS, CCHR, Way to Happiness Foundation, etc. You will be harassed by letters, emails, phonecalls or in person so that registrars (conman shills) can get their statistics up by bilking you.
If you join staff at an organization and leave before your "contract" is expired, you can be assessed a "freeloaders bill" for thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Asking for a refund or repayment is a major taboo in scientology. Just asking is considered a "suppressive act". Being offered a refund by a staff member and accepting is a suppressive act. This implies that those running the scientology congame want it to continue with impunity despite lack of delivery or promised results.
Organized scientology has a poor record at timely payment of invoices. Do a public records search for attempted mediations, liens and lawsuits to verify this. To collect, you will usually have to employ a civil process. Organized scientology is very dishonorable. They want money, but don't want to pay much out.

Bear in mind that a debtor can be lawfully deprived of their rights. Organized scientology regularly exploits that principle on its members.
Here's a better idea: Organized scientology is the debtor and should be liquidated to satisfy all claims.