SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coercion

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SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coercion

Post by TheEvilOfScientology » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:49 am

Former Scientology insiders describe a world of closers, prospects, crushing quotas and coercion
Hy Levy lived in terror of what would happen if he didn't make his number, a weekly sales target of $200,000. The money was due every Thursday by 2 p.m.

No excuses.

Often when he failed, his bosses exiled him to the kitchen to scrub pots. Sometimes they made him eat only beans and rice for a week. They publicly humiliated him, calling him a loser, a saboteur. They got in his face, screaming, swearing. You soulless bastard!

He said they used profanity a lot where he worked: the Church of Scientology.
Full article: http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201166.ece

I've uploaded the video to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgaX-7fTIJw

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by lambear » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:39 am

Thanks so much for posting the link!

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Post by TheEvilOfScientology » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:43 am

Another accompanying video and article:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMcIFF9Tgmg

A young man looked for answers, found a 'money-hungry cult'

"How much do you have in the bank?

"Anywhere else in society … it's a very rude, invasive, kind of offensive question," Brian Culkin said.

Not in the Church of Scientology.

Culkin balked when fundraisers for the International Association of Scientologists questioned him about his bank balance in the summer of 2009. But they kept pressing."

Link: http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... lt/1201168

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by lambear » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:52 am

Do you know if there will be any more of these videos?

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by Don Carlo » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:17 am

Who are the remaining reg's ? If we can tell them the world will welcome them, and they can escape CoS hell, and they don't owe CoS any signatures or explanations, it would be good for them and the over-exploited members.

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Post by Sponge » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:33 am

Powerful stuff. Thanks EoS for the heads-up and the YT video uploads.

Clams are all over the article comments trying to justify this crap or, more usually, trying to redirect it away from the issue.

More SP Times videos with Hy Levy....

Mothers Death A Distraction - Scientology
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdV6Qshe6Ig
original: http://bcove.me/nstjz8io

"Not Proud of this one"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRWJAMZ8A_Y
original http://bcove.me/812mn751

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Post by Sponge » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:45 am

Tony Ortega of the Village Voice gives the SP Times article a brief mention: "This is the one we've been waiting for"...
Scientology, "The Money Machine:" Explosive New Series by the St. Pete Times
13th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... _the_1.php
There will be a follow-up.

Also a mention on Technorati
New Investigation Into Scientology Offers Scathing Details
http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article ... -scathing/

Other SP times article pages in this latest Special Project series, In Print: Sunday 13th Nov 2011...

About the latest St. Petersburg Times investigative series on Scientology
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201476.ece

How Scientology generates revenue on multiple fronts
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... ts/1201286

About 'Flag': Scientology has 67 properties in Clearwater
The Flag Land Base: Scientology's Clearwater land holdings are worth $89 million
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201169.ece

Map: A closer look at Scientology's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater
http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/r ... ndex.shtml

Finally, the cult's response...
Church of Scientology responds to St. Petersburg Times series
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... es/1201167

On Monday:
A massive book-selling campaign consumes the church as Scientology's religious workers swarm followers with sales calls and take liberties with parishioners' in-house accounts.


St.Petersburg Times print cover, 13th November 2011:

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by TheEvilOfScientology » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:53 am

Links to all the latest SP Times videos I've uploaded:

Former Scientology insider describes a world of coercion: http://tinyurl.com/c76gqsy

A young man looked for answers, found a 'money-hungry cult': http://tinyurl.com/bqkepze

Ex Scientologist: Not Proud of this one: http://tinyurl.com/dx2s7c2

Mother's Death a Distraction: http://tinyurl.com/bm3xlta

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by Demented LRH » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:32 pm

It is very hard to provide fake stats of weekly sales, but anything else could be faked. A lot of Scientologists are guilty of inflating their stats; when I was a Scientologist, I was one of them. My stats shamelessly bloated, but I was no exception.
“This OT shit is driving me insane. On a positive side, I laugh a lot these days because I’m at a funny farm.”
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Post by Sponge » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:50 am

Just in...

Pervasive pitch: Scientology book and lecture series, 'The Basics,' unleashes a sales frenzy
By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, St.Petersburg Times Staff Writers
In Print: Monday, November 14, 2011
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201177.ece
Direct link to Video: http://bcove.me/r8ntk2c8
Youtube version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUrtzlc19A8

Shifty business: Times inquiry finds secret debits, deception after Scientology 'Basics' released**
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201176.ece

Scientology couple who gave $1.3 million: Church mission 'has been corrupted' (Rocio and Luis Garcia)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201187.ece

Just what is in 'The Basics'?
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201186.ece

PDF Resources:
Explanation of debits
Statement at 10:10 p.m.
Statement at 11:15 p.m. - $70,000 more
Marion's unauthorized debits highlighted
A Church apology


Church responds to St. Petersburg Times series
In Print: Monday, November 14, 2011
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... 201174.ece

**some old SP Times media from 2005 relating to the scamming of Carisa Marion, before she realised she was being scammed....
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/12/23/North ... s_up.shtml

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Post by Sponge » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:05 pm

Scientology's Sales Pitch: "Pure and Simple Blackmail" (UPDATED)
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 14th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... gys_sa.php
Today sees another explosive installment in Tom Tobin and Joe Child's latest investigative project examining Scientology at the St. Petersburg Times.

The previous day, the SP Times duo had introduced us to Hy Levy, a fomerly successful "registrar" who brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars to Scientology each and every week by convincing church members to max out their credit cards, pull from their 401Ks, and draw from equity on their houses.

Today, we meet some of those church members who gave and gave and gave, particularly after Scientology leader David Miscavige put out new versions of L. Ron Hubbard's books in 2007.

One of the most frequent questions we get about Scientology from people we meet is some variation of this: "You've written that the church is actually pretty small and losing people every day. So where is all this money coming from for new buildings?"

We have to admit, we never really had a very good answer for that. Until now.

[...continued in article link...]
also...
Wow. And this thing is only beginning. We hear the duo will take tomorrow off, publish part 3 of their series on Wednesday, and then give us parts 4, 5, and 6 on Sunday, Monday, and the big finish next Tuesday.

I think I'll have to hurry up and do my own little scoop -- about an overseas Ideal Org adventure -- tomorrow, when they're not publishing another installment, if I want to get a word in edgewise.

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Post by Sponge » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:02 am

Print version of Part 2 front page Nov 14th 2011:

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by Sponge » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:19 pm

One of the SP Times' articles from the latest series is now travelling on the Associated Press newsfeeds...

Here's one of the outlets so far...

Basically obsessed
Fri, 11/18/2011
The Associated Press via the Sierra Vista Herald.
http://www.svherald.com/associatedpress/234657

Hopefully it will spread like DM's nappy rash.

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Re: SP Times: Scientology insiders describe a world of coerc

Post by Sponge » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:41 am

PART 3 of The Money Machine series is now available online (in print 20th Nov 2011).
[Main scientology special reports page: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/ ]

Direct links to VIDEOS from the articles......
(thanks to the TeamXenu channel for the youtube uploads)

Never Enough
http://bcove.me/vf6envep
Youtube version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnb4TPLqTAA
Former scientology staffer Synthia Fagen says frequent and invading demands
to parishioners for money made her question her belief in the church's purpose.


Another $50,000
http://bcove.me/nw8gce7z
Youtube version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AJvziiPxQM
Brian Culkin had just paid $50,000 to the International Association of Scientologists
to reach the patron status, bu the qhey quickly wanted $50,000 more.


The $350,000 Wedge
http://bcove.me/0eonoy2r
Youtube version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB-PWWhfg8c
Luis and Rocio Garcia say the Church of Scientology forced them to donate
$350,000 for a church building, or risk losing their marriage.



Other media coverage:

Scientology's Grand Scheme of Greed Was Kickstarted by the 9/11 Attacks -- St. Pete Times
by Tony Ortega, The Village Voice. 20th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... ed_911.php


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