Sunday, April 11, 2021
It means the world is full of deliberately evil people. It's a human group problem. Evil starts not as sadism (that comes later), but as conformity. The problem of evil is denied by the masses, especially its biggest victims.
For me, the problem is best illustrated by the people at Microsoft, Firefox, Canon . . . The face of Satan is the face of a computer programmer. Others might say it's the face of the average ("theetie-weetie?") Redditor or "tech support" goon. Evil is the invincible power of stupidity. Or maybe it's the face of a bureaucrat or other type of mugger.
I've had people tell me Hubbard was one of the most evil people ever. Personally I think that title should go to Bill Gates, not for what he did, but for what he did so malevolently. I've been cursing that shitman for over twenty years. Not for any grand conspiracy theories, but for the personal tortures inflicted by that devil's deliberately defective software.
Evil feeds not on hate but infinite indifference. The solution to evil is not love, but simplicity. And nothing is more "difficult" than simplicity.
The deep truth about Scientology is the truth of the world, and Scientology is an almost ideal model of how the world works.
The masses make the rules, and evil is pure mass consensus.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
A guy on a "cult tour" made the mistake of shining a laser pointer at some of the hundreds of FSO security cameras that are monitoring all of downtown Clearwater.
He was quickly arrested, and is now trying to raise funds for his legal defense. (https://tonyortega.org/2021/03/23/man-arrested-for-destroying-scientology-cameras-with-laser-while-on-cult-city-tour/)
Reportedly the downtown area was very quiet that day, with few staff members out and about. But they were watching.
If the cult tours continue, Miscavige may even try something; some kind of staged demonstration at a time and place of his choosing. They are great at group operations.
During the LA riots of 1992 (history described here), Sea Org and Day/Foundation crews at the "other Flag Land Base" (the Advanced Org known as Pacific Area Command or PAC) formed a human cordon around their most valuable properties to discourage looting.
If there is a civil breakdown in the USA, Scientology may begin to thrive again in its own way.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
A major event is scheduled for today, as a group of Scientology fans will conduct a self-guided walking inspection of Scientology's Mecca, a.k.a. downtown Clearwater, home of the Flag Service Organization (fso.org or this site).
We recently learned that the head of Scientology (and of the Sea Org), Captain David Miscavige himself, has relocated to the Flag Land Base and is making occasional appearances there!
That makes sense. The FLB is now the largest concentration of Scientologists on the planet, ahead of the Pacific Area Command base in LA, the top secret "Int" base near Hemet CA, and Saint Hill base in England.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
We live in a perfectly consistent universe. Reality appears to be infinitely stable.
It seems our minds are anthropically anchored by reality, which prevents anything weird from ever happening. Not once in all of history has there been a miracle of any sort whatsoever. Only delusions and illusions.
But why should anthropic anchoring continue to work when our consciousness becomes degraded, like in dreams, or for that matter any moment you're not paying perfect attention? Such non-rigorous perceptions are by definition outside science.
In that case, dreams might be a "gateway" to the infinitely vast universe of possible perceptions, of which our rational waking reality is but a tiny subset.
Things could get very strange. When you fall asleep at an unusual place you are more likely to dream about that place. Also, the dream is more likely to be unusual, like that one time I fell asleep at a party, then dreamt the place had turned impossibly into an empty house. In fact I still haven't woken up . . .
When your consciousness degrades as you die, it might come to resemble and "merge" with deeply strange patterns in the universe of possible perceptions. Even if death comes suddenly, this mental universe contains an infinite number of "closest continuers" - patterns of possible minds that get to experience a miraculous escape (quantum immortality) or even a resurrection or an actual afterlife.
Of course, almost all possible continuers are completely absurd and unstable.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Superpowers are relative:
If an ordinary individual was transported from our universe to the Marvel or DC Universe, they might have a superpower upon arrival there.
Without being changed in any way, they would have the superpower of genre transcendence. They would be more likely to be free of the infuriating conformity and stupidity of these fictional cinematic and comic book universes.
There is no good reason for pain:
Pain is random, absurd, and unnecessary. That doesn't prevent there being an infinite amount of it. I call this pessimistic view of reality the Tortureverse.
Some say that pain is a powerful evolutionary tool, that is said to "serve a purpose" by "protecting" an organism from placing itself in dangerous situations.
This view is also false.
In an infinite and endless universe, it would be perfectly possible to achieve the same results without pain. There would only be gradients of more or less pleasure. This would work slower than gradients of pain and pleasure, but that doesn't matter in an infinite universe.
Pain is a purely parasitical process, an existentially useless curse.
Evolution selects against evolution:
Maintaining existing genes must be as important as evolving new genes.
This prevents better systems from evolving as fast as they should. Anthropically speaking, that may be why we are at the very bottom of an infinitely complex omniverse.
Waiting for the first true sign of progress:
That would be a way for almost anyone to make money, except for people who should be locked up anyway. Right now we're heading in the opposite direction.
Imagine software that actually helps you, instead of helping you make things more complicated.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
I prefer very short SF, the shorter the better.
It makes it easier to show the infinite strangeness beyond the thin veneer of reality.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Saturday, December 26, 2020
While this is set on a completely different starship, it includes many ideas I came up with years ago to "explain" all the mysteries of "Rendezvous With Rama" before the non-canonical sequel novels were published.
Friday, December 25, 2020
This blog is about attempts to bring science fiction to life in actual reality.
One of the best examples I know of is the Flag Land Base.
There are others, like the reality distortion that occurs inside any sufficiently totalitarian society (those you can't visit quite as easily as Clearwater, FL.).
My personal definition of science fiction is a type of story that is presented like something that could really happen - but the story creator does not believe it will really happen. They understand it's fictional exaggeration.
That means the author accepts a degree of unreality in the story, which may be taken from other genres (farce-like, horror, comedy).
That is also why Michael Crichton was not a science fiction writer.
He always presented his well-written but unlikely stories as if they could really happen. That was part of the secret of his success. And of the Flag land Base.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
L. Ron Hubbard wrote and talked extensively about thousands of previous lifetimes as if they actually happened, and as if we all experienced them.
He didn't explain the basis of his metaphysical philosophy. The closest he came was the concept of a "static".
This leads to a rather strange notion.
Bear with me here: whatever happens after we die, might also happen while we are still alive (assuming that anything can happen after we die).
This mysterious phenomena, the continuation of our thoughts and perceptions under radically changed circumstances, is far less likely to happen while we're still alive - but it shouldn't be impossible.
While alive, our mind patterns are anthropically anchored in a much larger universe or multiverse, of which they form a tiny part.
That means things can't suddenly get extremely weird. Or at least it's vanishingly unlikely for such weirdness to appear.
But once we die, that protection disappears.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
You stood motionless on the side of the road with your back to the sunrise.
It should be getting brighter in that direction too, but something was different this morning.
It was hard to feel anything when you didn't know what was happening, or if anything was happening at all. Hard to recognize something no one had ever seen before.
The impression was of an immense wall approaching from the west.
The entire sky was filled with a suspension of dark dust. Microscopic particles floating in the air, as if they were crawling through it.
You realized the particles were already around you. The impression was of fast movement. Were they moving past or just appearing somehow?
The flow wasn't random enough. The dust stayed too smooth, intermittent bright and darker areas in the sky as if they lined up in all directions.
The density was low, but there were many of them. Was it getting warmer?
You phoned your mother then, who lived ten miles further west, deep inside the strange fog. The call went through fine, with only a slight delay.
"Everything's fine dear," your mother says. "I was just making breakfast a bit early. Still dark outside but the birds are already singing."
The voice is just right, but that's not exactly how your mother talks.
You start to say something, but then you hear several other voices talking at once. They are versions of your own voice, talking to different people you know, saying that everything is OK and not to worry.
As you keep trying to interrupt, your other voices become more animated and lifelike, adapting and learning from your unheard efforts.
The sparse traffic seems to have stopped in the fading gloom. No headlights to be seen.
There are some lightning sparks in the distance, snaps and crackling coming closer. A single cyclist zooms past, but his legs move in a blatantly artificial way.
The dust is a vast machine, sliding like an avalanche that will soon be everywhere.
You'll have the rest of your life to admire its beautiful simplicity.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Could human consciousness continue if the human brain is obliterated?
According to L. Ron Hubbard, the brain is not that important for consciousness. It's a pretty arbitrary lump of tissue.
Scientists on the other hand, believe that human consciousness IS the precise state of the brain at each moment.
Could they both be right? For example, could the same human consciousness be recreated in another object if the human brain dies?
IF human consciousness can somehow survive death, there's no reason this process shouldn't follow the Principle of Mediocrity.
That means that even IF something unusual happens, it should happen in the least unusual way possible. That is the easiest (and therefore most likely) way a supremely unlikely event can occur.
So what does this imply for life after death? When we die, what can we expect to happen?
Out of an unlimited number of possibilities, the least unlikely outcome is that we would "wake up" in the near future, in a parallel but similar universe, in a still understandable situation.
After you die, you could expect to be recreated as a fully aware experimental computer simulation, in a future version of earth, that appears to be consistent with all your memories.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Maybe it's not the only problem, but it's the thing that's blocking the solution to every problem.
It can be stated in many ways that are all true, but none are defined enough.
The problem is that to solve problems, you have to learn new things. You have to change yourself by becoming somewhat smarter.
And learning is a pain in the brain.
This pain even prevents itself from being analyzed or talked about. It's just too painful
L. Ron Hubbard wrote (and talked even more) about some aspects of education.
Education is difficult for the same reason that work is difficult.
The problem of life is that there's never enough time, even on the rare occasions it seems there is. 99 percent of a task is often the last 1 percent of the task.
And in those rare cases that time does not pass too fast, it passes much too slowly (which is why dieting is impossible).
By now some readers may be blaming what Hubbard called the Reactive Mind, a concept vague enough that it's actually a good metaphor. It's completely unscientific, but the first step when dealing with the unknown is to give it a name.
Science is great at figuring out weak signals, hidden interactions, elaborate puzzles made of many elements.
The shape of messenger molecules, strange forces you can never feel, incomprehensible constants to uncountable decimal places. All reductionism: molecular, biochemical, organic, systemic patterns repeating mechanically.
These are also things Hubbard made fun of in passing, without knowing much or anything about them.
But he was right about one thing. There really is something wrong with science.
The solution to the type of pains we encounter during forced study or work or dieting (if a solution can be found) would involve as-yet undreamed degrees of mental manipulation, something to do with action cycles at the core of awareness. It might require drug-like effects or actual amnesia or hypnotic drugs.
Like education, it would involve changing the mind.
Hubbard came up with "Study Technology" to try to do that.
It's about as slow as any study method, but has the advantage of being a rigid linear process. It doesn't have many of the usual stressors of mainstream education, with no direct pressure from teachers.
Scientology has the rule of no evaluation or invalidation. They are of course world-class hypocrites about the application, but in theory that's a really good idea.
Often, when trying to change someone's mind, the most useless thing you can do is give a suggestion or other opinion. Maybe not if the idea seems original or revolutionary enough, but that is rare.
Educators need a way to transfer information even if the student doesn't want to be there.
No one even seems to care about this subject. Almost no progress is being made, save for a few insights, like not praising skills but completed work effort.
I have always wanted to accelerate technological progress in the hope of escaping this reality. A few people like Elon Musk give the appearance of trying.
But maybe we've been going all wrong about it.
The foundation of future progress may not be technological, but in human mind research.
Making people smarter won't involve altering their brains, but seamlessly linking their minds with intelligent software. I've been doing my part by thinking and writing about the subject of mind backup technology.
It all boils down to finding a way to make more time.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Still no photos from inside the Cause Resurgence chamber...
Warning: we are accumulating a dangerous news deficit.
The world is now duller than ever, in entirely new ways. Everything vital has stopped, leaving only a gray numbness. The biggest dynamic news event of the past few months may be that some guy shot two other people.
This is dangerous. Humans have not evolved to be this passive.
A software tool that may infringe on Scientology's trademarks:
A parody project that is seeking to gain real tax exemption:
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Mark Rathbun posted some good data over five years ago. He had some great stuff back then:
More recent data from late March this year. A great rising blog about the organization:
Requesting that anyone with current data post at this post's comments . . .
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Large windows frosted the Florida sunlight into bright fog. The walls were fully soundproofed.
A small elevator door opened at waist level, and a box slid onto the empty desk. The top of the box opened itself in a cool way.
He took out the leatherbound folder with golden letters on front: SOURCE BRIEFING - CONFRONTING THE 8TH DYNAMIC
The text printed on heavy paper stock wasn't written by Ron, but it was all based on his originations.
He took out the golden Video CD, and inserted it into the player that was cunningly concealed in the desk.
Dramatic music began to play, and the room darkened. The dark wall in front of him was actually a screen.
Now it showed a stormy night sky with flashes of lightning.
"God!" the narrator intoned. "The being with power unlimited, existing in a state of freedom absolute!
Quite simply, the personification of absolute power."
Pictures of wide-eyed, soot-covered, half-naked gurus and swamis faded across the screen. Some were mumbling, some chanted and made dramatic gestures.
"Throughout the ages, countless mystics and holy men have sought to contact the highest Being through entirely spiritual means.
They succeeded! They have brought back many reports and testaments."
Ancient tomes and scrolls filled wooden planks in a stone-walled library.
"Many tales about the acts of God are recounted therein. All these narratives are to be treated as presumably true by Scientologists, albeit incomplete.
One of the most important such events happened almost two thousand years ago. At that time, a being of unimaginable power was present in what is commonly known as the 'Holy Land'. We could visualize this Being as a metaphorical pillar of fire. It was very closely associated with the 8th Dynamic, if not fully God.
Some changes were made then, and things have never been the same!
The temporary presence of this Being left a great legacy. The purpose of the intervention seems to have been to send less than half the people to Hell."
The screen paused to give him time to allow his mental file clerk to store the information in his analytical mind.
Then he picked up the solo cans and performed the necessary e-meter drill.
"Both before and after these events, God was given many names in human cultures," the narrator continued after his needle floated.
"We also have several names for the Being others call God. Henceforth, our preferred name will be Mavel. We will use Holos for when that is linguistically inappropriate, and Shai-Huruq for translations in more martial cultures.
Our descriptive name for Mavel is The Underestimated. Our descriptive term is the Chronoreductive Imperator. That means Mavel reduces our time."
He didn't recognize the narrator's voice. For a moment he wondered if it was the Founder, back in a new body. Could it be?
Despite his intense concentration, the lecture seemed to split up into many separate fragments:
"We will not speak against the utterances of pastors or preachers from other faiths, with one exception. If a cleric states that someone is rebelling against God/Mavel, then we must always disagree. It is not possible to rebel against a Being this powerful, since nothing anyone can do can affect it in any way."
"Likewise, the communication formulas mandate we can't interrupt an incoming origination until it has been fully received. The only exception is if someone asks if Mavel is powerful enough to . . . we can then interrupt, and say that yes, he is. Even then, abrupt ARC breaks should be avoided."
"Does Mavel have a sense of humor like some reverends have chuckled?
To the extent that humor could be described as the surprising subversion of expectations, one would definitely be correct in saying such a thing.
Someone might pray to get their dream job, but instead they get something else."
"The good news is that if you pray for something you want, and Mavel wants it too, it will happen.
The bad news is that if you don't pray for something you don't want, but Mavel does want it, it will also happen."
"Mavel is not a "nice guy". Anyone who says he is a nice guy will not be punished, but he will not be rewarded either.
We must beware of the wrath of Mavel, so as not to be 'consigned to the flames'."
"Some say that faith alone can save people. Certainly, one may rely on faith and prayer for all one's needs if one so desires.
We offer Scientology to those who for whatever reason wish to do additional things in order to change their conditions, and only to those persons."
"Prayers in Scientology are highly restricted, but the personal right to pray should never be restricted.
If any government decrees that its subjects cannot pray, we will join members of other faiths to protest these restrictions."
"All religions are 'true', but they are not identical.
For example Islam, the faith of some of our strongest allies, comes from the "highest of the high". We, on the other hand, come from the lowest of the low: a ward of gravely injured war veterans suffering alone, utterly incapacitated and without any hope at all. That does sound terrible - but then Source arrived to begin their and our long escape from the most diabolical trap ever set. His own research started by studying the plains Indians, leading to the realization that other ways of existence were possible. From there he moved to Asia, Europe, Africa, the oceans.
There was no other way. To attain total freedom, one must start from nothing."
The words CLASS XIII TECH DATA TO FOLLOW appeared onscreen during the next break.
He sat upright and assumed a serious expression, knowing that unseen cameras recorded his every move.
"Imagine a needle a billion lightyears away on some distant asteroid.
It is not connected to anyone here on earth in any way. All we know is that it exists.
Is the needle pointing left or right?
If you ask enough people which way it is pointing, the average of all their answers will be slightly more correct than false.
This, then, is what we call the Sideforce."
"Then there is the Downforce.
That could be described as excess entropy. Its source is omnimalevolence.
We must overcome one with the other."
"For that reason . . . Operating Thetan Level 9 (OT-9) will have to be a group process.
Your experience at this very moment, as you receive this confidential briefing, is identical to the experience of countless other Scientology parishioners throughout this and other universes.
It is a unique bonding experience, calculated to link your widely separated minds together."
"I can already tell you the outline of the End Phenomenon, but not its nature. That transcends all words and worlds: for the first time ever, your combined thetan viewpoint will behold Mavel in his endless glory."
"This Level will be done in an exterior state."
The room went instantly, absolutely, and irreversibly dark.
Friday, March 13, 2020
It's the L. Ron Hubbard annual birthday event, where Captain David Miscavige will address the IAS members present.
The event has NOT been postponed:
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Investigative journalist Mark Bunker will not be running for major (maybe in 2024?) but for Seat 2, against four opponents.
This will be the most watched city council election in the USA.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
This date on the Scientology calendar commemorates the opening of the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida in 1975.
We have been looking for any online reports about the festivities, but there are no mentions.
The rather small number of Scientology websites seem to be saying little. The usual handful of blog posts about some small demonstrations and indoctrination gatherings. To be fair, these events are presented as vitally profound and world-changing.
However, we should expect a bigger event next year, for the Flag Land Base's 45th anniversary.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The cheapest health insurance in Florida runs over $250 per month, with like a $5000 deductible.
Those are the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act / Obamacare / healthcare.gov plans for workers who aren't insured through their jobs. Also known as the "Health Insurance Marketplace".
It helps that most FSO staff members are young adults with few health conditions, but they are at higher risk of repetitive strain and other injuries, and various stress related ailments, both physical and mental.
Annual pay is only enough to afford one month of health insurance, so someone else has to pay the Flag Land Base staff premiums
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Lots of upscale/high-end (albeit generic) businesses in the blocks around Flag Land Base properties. They would have had executive control over the area's appearance and what could happen there. No downstat activities would be allowed.
Monday, October 21, 2019
The article is a sequel to the "Truth Rundown" from 2009.
What's happening there could be described as a slow-motion "takeover" of Clearwater
The plan seems to be to buy businesses in Clearwater and leave them empty (some could also be turned into tax-free Scientology facilities).
This will make the area less attractive for the non-Scientology businesses nearby.
When the adjoining businesses or their owners go bankrupt, Scientology buyers can then acquire their properties for pennies on the dollar.
After a while this process will feed on itself, an accelerating chain reaction in Scientology's favor.
There's the added benefit of reducing Clearwater's tax base, weakening the local politicians.
But what do they need all these vacant properties for? Clearly, Scientology has big plans for the Flag Land Base area
Donate to the Tampa Bay Times investigative fund:
Friday, October 18, 2019
According to the data on page 21 of the 22-page tax filing linked below, the donations were for the dissemination and delivery of religious services. They were in the total amount of $2.65 million.
The larger of the two donations was in the form of AbbVie Stock. This is a pharmaceutical company that makes the cancer drug Ibrutinib (Imbruvica, Ibrutix).
In 2016, this drug cost about $150,000 a year per patient. AbbVie estimates global sales of the drug will be $5 billion in 2020.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
If something happened to make the Freewinds cruise ship unavailable, Scientology boss David Miscavige could well declare that the top-secret OT 8 service (a.k.a OT VIII or OT8 or Operating Thetan 8) could be done in one of the secret areas. They might have to refurbish them and make them suitably "upstat".
Saturday, October 5, 2019
So this building has been open for six years now, but somehow not a single photo has leaked out. No doubt all cameras are confiscated at the entrance, but a security guard may have taken some snaps of the circular running track, or someone of the (in house) cleaning staff. Getting these images will be our new mission.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
1230 S. Myrtle Ave, Suite 404
Clearwater, FL 33756
This is like a "life improvement center". The manager is Catherine Jakobsen-Kao.
She also helped run Clear and Simple Bookkeeping, L.L.C., Turbocharged Turmeric, Inc., and Natural Plus Plus, L.L.C.
Fundraising started in 2015.
This facility is near the Flag Land Base, but is not part of the complex.
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