The big news on the day came early in the evening, when Tony Ortega posted a story with a major wave of filings by Monique Rathbun, plaintiff in the harassment suit against the cult. We predict there’s enough detail there that the Court in the Rathbun case will have to order that Miscavige be deposed. In my view, this may lead Miscavige to propose a settlement if the cult loses this motion, but I believe that Monique will insist on a far larger amount than was paid in the Debbie Cook case plus permanent restrictions on the cult’s conduct towards her and towards Marty. However, I predict that the cult will not be able to resist breaking the permanent injunction; it’ll be interesting to see what a Texas court will do to the cult if they don’t follow a negotiated permanent injunction.
Don’t forget that tomorrow is the anniversary of Lisa McPherson’s death. As the Anons say, this is why.
Tony Ortega’s Blog
Tony filed two stories today. The morning story features an interview with Mark Headley, who worked at Int Base and was involved in the project to build the new Mark VIII e-meter, which debuted at the Golden Age of Dreck 2 launch, but which was designed and built about a decade ago. Several thousand units have been languishing in a warehouse until now. Headley points out that a professional outside designer was used (I think the product is actually fairly appealing even if it does resemble the recently redesigned Easy-Bake oven) and says that Miscavige claimed to have spent $20 million on the design. That number seems high to me, even given the usual last-minute micromanagement Miscavige is known for, even if they had to re-do the final production molds for the case multiple times.
Tony’s AM story also notes that Eric Tenorio, a former Narconon staffer who is now a key opponent of the quackery-based alcohol treatment facility, relapsed after surgery earlier in the year and almost went back to Narconon, but managed to find a real rehab facility, one based on sound medical techniques and on use of 12-step programs to aid in recovery. Glad to see him back in action.
Early this evening, Tony relayed a major filing by Monique Rathbun in her harassment case against the cult. In that case, Tommy Davis’s deposition was supposedly scheduled for today in Austin. The next hearing is for December 11. In these filings, declarations from numerous former cult executives including Mike Rinder and many others all testify that Miscavige is a hands-on micro-manager. The filings also have significant portions of Debbie Cook’s testimony under oath from her 2012 suit against the cult. Ray Jeffery raises the obvious point in his legal argument that since the Warren McShane deposition and others didn’t answer whether Miscavige is actually in control of things, DM himself should take the stand to explain things.
Mike Rinder’s declaration contained a few interesting and somewhat obscure Hubbard quotes about how to ruin opponents, which Rinder uses to point out that Miscavige is actively directing operations to smear and destroy perceived enemies. This may be a watershed, given Mike’s post on his own blog shortly thereafter, in his version of “independent Scientology,” as he’s making it harder for his readers, many of whom I would term “doctrinaire indies” (Hubbard perfect, Miscavige evil) to continue to believe that Hubbard had clean hands while he ran the cult.
Mike Rinder’s Blog
- Late this evening, Mike posted a brief story linking to Tony Ortega’s story about the Monique Rathbun case filings. Mike’s commentary is quite important, since it calls attention to some Hubbard quotes in his declaration. The Hubbard quotes are all about how to attack, undermine, disrupt and injure opponents of the cult. Rinder points out that Miscavige is applying the “tech” correctly, which might ruffle the feathers of some of the “Hubbard always good, Miscavige always bad” crowd just a wee bit.
- Mike’s earlier story echoes a story from the “BackInComm” South African blog about the dire shape of Scientology in South Africa. This time, the “Life Improvement Centre” in a suburb of Johannesburg is profiled, and it appears to be open for business only intermittently, with creeping weeds and graffiti marring the building.
Yet again, Aeger Primo comes through with a detailed scan of the forum sites, including the discussion with Eric Tenorio’s announcement of his meltdown and his (new and improved) path to recovery.
- Tracking two former Scientology “whales” today: Helen Chen of the Helen Chen Academy is now a Freezoner in Taiwan and was married to Helmut Flasch who a WISE FSM of dentists and chiropractors. What are these ex-Scientologist whales up to now?
- Tom Cruise speaks at Ben Stiller’s handprint ceremony at Mann’s Chinese theater.
- Members discuss what Mike Rinder really thinks about Scientology today and review his interview with Canadian publication “Swept.”
- “Kirstie,” the self-titled new show from one of the louder and less appealing Scientology celebrities, debuts tonight.
- The Anons request that everyone remember Lisa McPherson on the anniversary of her death tomorrow, reminding us “this is why we protest.”
- A sociology study of Scientology and its attempt to curry political influence.
- Ex-Narconon staff member Eric Tenorio shares his relapse into addiction following surgery and announces he has returned from a 12-step rehab program, quickly achieving some measure of sobriety success one day at a time, after nearly checking in to a Narconon facility.