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Village Voice: Thursday 2pm "STATurday" round-up

Post by Sponge » Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:10 pm

It's that time of the week that org staffers dread. It's "STATurday". Yup, every Thursday 2pm is when scientology cult worker bees have to sharpen their best crayons, make those graphs look good and send the results uplines to Capt'n Davey's Navy. By strange coincidence ;) , it's also the time when Tony Ortega of the Village Voice does his scientology news media stats round-up....

Scientology "Ideal Orgs" Laid Bare In Our Thursday Stats Roundup!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 13th Oct 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... gy_ide.php

The article rates several of this weeks VV media stories as up/downstat. As also covered in OCMB media reports:

The Knowledge Report movie teaser clip of L.Ron Hubbard's great grandson: viewtopic.php?p=410503#p410503
Thursday's Stats: Upstat or Downstat? I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- I think Jamie DeWolf could become a huge problem for David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology. He's likable, he's charismatic, and he says the kinds of things about Hubbard that only a family member could -- devastating things that tear at the fabric of the LRH mystique. A huge downstat for the church, and we have to hand it to Mark Bunker for always finding a way to make Knowledge Report even more anticipated.
The Phoenix New Times expose of the Idle Org there: viewtopic.php?p=410448#p410448
Thursday's Stats: Upstat or Downstat? Another big downstat for the church. The media has really been behind the curve on the "Ideal Org" program (and I include myself in that criticism), but Ray's piece should prove a blueprint for other journalists who want to understand this bizarre real estate expansion at a time that Scientology is dwindling. [...continued in link...]
News of scientology's imminent opening of an "ideal org" at Inglewood of all places: viewtopic.php?p=410485#p410485
Thursday's Stats: Upstat or Downstat? Have to call this one a downstat. When even a community newspaper is calling you "controversial" as you (supposedly) bring new business to town, you know your mission may be dead on arrival.
This seems to have become a regular feature at the Village Voice, so we'll keep it to this one new thread for future round-ups rather than posting it in all the referenced article threads
Here are some of the previous weeks "STATurday" Thursday 2pm round-ups:
Scientology Overseas: More Bad News in Australia, Israel, and the UK (UPDATED)
Scientology High School, Dating, and Super Powers! A Post-Countdown Roundup
Scientology Raided, Smacked Down in Court, and Accused of Killing Trees -- a Thursday Roundup

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Post by brownjedi » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:32 am

Was by the phoenix org today..empty parking lot...

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Today's round-up on STATurday...

Jesse Prince Back From the Brink; Scientology Petition Takes Off: It's The Thursday Stats Roundup!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. Thursday 20th Oct 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tition.php

It covers:
  • Jesse Prince Kick's Cancer's Ass - small downstat for the cult, upstat for Jesse!
  • Rathbun & Rinder dox on their T-mobile accounts being accessed - downstat
  • Robert Almblad speaks out on Marty's blog - significant downstat
  • BONUS Downstat: Bluemom swims with the sharks at WhyWeProtest.net
  • Whitehouse Petition signatures on the rise - the jury is still out
  • Mark Oppenheimer's apologist book review piece in The Nation - upstat
  • BONUS Downstat: Michael Shermer's book review at Scientific American.

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Scientology and the Emerald Isle, Baghdad-by-the-Bay, and More in Our Thursday Stats Roundup
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. Thursday 27th Oct 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... _and_3.php

This week's STATurday roundup covers:
  • Mike Rinder Interview on TV3 Ireland
  • More from "Ethics Trouble" the SF mole/defector
  • Twin Cities Ideal Org
  • Mark Bunker slimed at cult puppet attack blog.
  • Scientology Vs. Southpark
See the article link for more.

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Scientology Wins Some, Loses Some in our Thursday Stats Roundup!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice 3rd Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... _win_1.php

This week's STATurday roundup covers:
  • Conan O'Brien skit mocking scientology
  • Daniel Montalvo lawsuit settlement
  • French fraud trial appeal
  • Tom Cruise food poisoning debacle
See the article link for details.

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Scientology Thursday Stats: This Week's Roundup!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice 10th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... _thu_1.php

This week's STATurday roundup covers:
  • The Dagbladet press and NRK2 TV appearances by our Andreas about the TV Idol judge and former rock singer Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby promoting scientology/CCHR to schools.
  • Paul Haggis interview article in Candian press.
  • Scientology activism within a Wired magazine article on Anonymous [more coming on that soon]
See the article link for details.

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Scientology Storms Out of Court in France, Getting Hammered in Florida: It's Time for Thursday Stats!
by Tony Ortegam. Village Voice, 15th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... gy_sto.php

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Post by Sponge » Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:17 pm

Scientology Sinking Like a Cruise Ship: Time for Thursday Stats!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 1st Dec 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... gy_sin.php
[...]

We took last week off in order to highlight our special Thanksgiving tribute to Paulette Cooper and the 40th anniversary of her book, The Scandal of Scientology.

This week is also unusual. Instead of a variety of stories from around the globe, Scientology watching this week, across several continents, was rocked by a single blast.

Its name was Valeska.

Monday morning at 5 am, I heard from our good friend Steve Cannane, a journalist at Australia's ABC network, that he was breaking a big story -- that for 12 years, Valeska Paris had been held against her will on the Scientology cruise ship, Freewinds.

[...continues in article link...]

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Tom Cruise Denies Paying for Indian Extras to Cheer Him, And More Thursday Scientology Stats!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 8th Dec 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... e_deni.php
Each Thursday at 2 pm, Scientology staffers rush to turn in their weekly statistics. We like to do our part by rounding up the week's stories around the world and tallying up how the church fared.

This week, we have items from India to Australia, but first, friendly correspondent Angry Gay Pope sends us this priceless promotional video from what was Scientology's Melrose Mission in Los Angeles.

AGP has watched as Scientology opened the boutique org on one of LA's fanciest shopping arteries. He speculates that the micro-location (Scientology already has plenty of bigger facilities around the LA basin) was the result of a celebrity donation. Well, whatever prompted the new branch, it's now closed.

Its legacy: this video of sexy Scientology lady superheroes saving the planet. Hey, where do I sign up for a stress test?

[...more in article link...]
Other topics covered in this thursday's crashing STATurday bundle:
  • Tom Cruise and his Mumbai paid "Fans"
  • Clearwater: Ruth Eckerd Hall fundraising controversy
  • Stacy Francis x-Factor/Tom Cruise birthday singer interview
  • Australia: CCHR Jan Eastgate criminal charge reminder / exes speaking out/ General awesomeness.

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Martin Bashir Compares Newt Gingrich to Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, and more in our Thursday Stats Roundup!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 15th Dec 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... ubbard.php

This week's STATurday covers...
  • Martin Bashir's comparison of Newt Ginrich t L.Ron Hubbard
  • Ricky Gervais' new comedy "Life's too short" ripping on scientology.
  • TIME person of the year
  • more on Miscavige at the IAS St.Hill extravaganza

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Scientology Goes Upstat for the Final News Roundup of the Year (And Why We're Grateful)
by Tony Ortega. Village Voice. 29th Dec 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... gy_goe.php
On Thursdays, we like to put together a rundown of stories related to Scientology watching from around the world. We do this on Thursdays, because it's that day when Scientologists rush to turn in their weekly stats.

Most of the time, those stories are embarrassing for the church and cast Scientology in a harsh light. We say that those items are "downstat" in the church's own parlance.

But this week, our last news roundup of the year, Scientology scored some significant "upstat" stories to finish out 2011 on a high note.

We're relieved. So much bad news was reported here at Runnin' Scared this year, and we didn't mean to give the impression that Scientology is on the ropes. Far from it. The church is still a sizable organization with plenty of resources (read = money), and particularly in legal affairs it is tenacious as a bulldog.

And that's good news for us. Because this Scientology watching racket is just too much fun to end any time soon. After the jump, we'll look at the church's recent victories...

[...continued in article link...]

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Post by Sponge » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:09 pm

All Scientologists Look Alike, Right? -- And More in our Weekly Stats Roundup!
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 5th Jan 2012
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... _lugli.php

Covers:
  • Celeb tabloid mistakes ex-cult (independent)scientologist Tiziano Lugli for Tom Cruise.
  • The Debbie Cook flapping shitstorm.
  • The Philly Daily's truthful local bio on David Miscavige

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Scientology, Winning! We Hear from the Church's #1 Student
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 12th Jan 2012
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On Thursdays, Scientology's staff members race to get their statistics turned in by 2 pm, the end of their week. Here at the Voice, we do the same thing, rounding up the world's media on Scientology each Thursday and deciding whether the church has had an "upstat" or "downstat" week.


We're going to do something different this time, however. The first two weeks of 2012 have been disastrous for Scientology, what with former high-ranking official Debbie Cook e-mailing thousands of her fellow church members in what amounts to a call of rebellion that will further rip apart an organization splitting at the seams, and this week, a leak of major proportions: images of the outlandish and weird things planned for the "Super Power Building" that is slated to become Scientology's "Mecca" this year.

There's been so much "entheta" that is sure to "enturbulate" Scientologists (translation: negative press that is going to mess with their minds), we figured it was time to reverse the tide. And so, today, we're going to give Scientology a pure win, an upstat it is dearly in need of. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Michael Doven, perhaps the church's greatest living student of L. Ron Hubbard's technology!

[...continued in article link...]

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Post by Don Carlo » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:58 pm

Jason Dohring, meet yourself as an oldster.
Michael Doven
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Post by Don Carlo » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:45 pm

An FSM is a Field Staff Member, Scientology members who sell Scientology courses and publications to the general public for a cut of 15% of the proceeds.
http://www.xenu-directory.net/documents ... e/fsm.html
Field Staff Members only work for central orgs (those who dominate a region), and for missions.

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