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Going Clear HBO Documentary

Just a quick note to recommend the thing. Watched it this morning under my new HBONOW subscription, that frees you from being tied to a cable or satellite near GovCo monopoly. Cool also is quick signup under my existing Apple account. Nice work, gentlemen.

Anyway, having been on the Internet and in particular, USENET, since 1992, I’ve been well aware of Scientology whistleblowers and the efforts of the former to SLAP them for a long time. But, I was never interested to look very deeply. Just another thing that’s whacky as a football bat, like the son of doG being born of a virgin, dying by crucifixion for all the babies born into sin, condemned to eternal torture in hell, and then rising from the dead on the third day. No, that’s not insane. Alien-maned DC-8 replicas under the command of Zenu dropping frozen bodies into volcanoes 75 million years ago, releasing Thetan spirits to mind control humans at birth…now that’s insane.

Anyway, even with only a peripheral curiosity, it’s a well done, captivating documentary. I highly recommend it. Of for nothing else, lottsa lafs.

Update: Unrelated, but another recommendation is the HBO documentary Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All, in 2 parts. Especially part 2. Talk about a guy who grabbed life by the balls and squeezed as hard as he could for decades.

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14 Comments

  1. G on April 7, 2015 at 19:22
  2. Anand Srivastava on April 7, 2015 at 22:00

    L. Ron Hubbard was a Science Fiction author. I guess he managed to create a reality where he has some people who believe in his fiction.

    • Richard Nikoley on April 7, 2015 at 22:19

      And pulp fiction author before that, at a penny per word. According to the documentary, he still holds the Guiness record for most books published at about 1,000.

  3. Gina on April 7, 2015 at 22:36

    It’s a false equivalency to dismiss Scientology as no crazier than any other religion, because you can become a Baptist or Catholic tomorrow for free and the doctrines are not a secret. Criticizing your local flavor of Christian church won’t get you sued or blackmailed. Parishioners can leave those churches any time without fear of serious harassment. Scientology’s pay to play cult is different. The celebrity stuff and the Sea Org child exploitation add additional layers of weirdness.

    The documentary was good, but Wright’s book and Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology are must-reads for anyone interested.

    • Richard Nikoley on April 7, 2015 at 23:11

      Granted, Gina. I guess we need to give it another few hundred years to mature like the others did. Well, except for important Islamic sects who still have hundreds of years to go.

    • John on April 8, 2015 at 08:14

      Indulgences, excommunications, etc. The multitude of “witch hunts” throughout the centuries. Whats the difference?

      Even the in-service usher collection method feels dirty. Everyone can see who’s passing that little basket with or without throwing in a buck or $100.

    • Gina on April 8, 2015 at 21:27

      “Indulgences, excommunications, etc. The multitude of ‘witch hunts’ throughout the centuries. Whats the difference?”

      As Richard has already pointed out, the difference is several centuries of modernity (and The Enlightenment). Talking about all religions as equally pernicious is just so much liberal cowardice. Scientologists and Muslims are fucking scary. The Westboro Baptist Church is merely obnoxious.

      And whilst the usher collection may feel dirty, no one at your local Christian church will try to charge you $200,000 for a copy of the New Testament. That’s the price tag for the Scientology equivalent, which is freely available on the internet.

    • Richard Nikoley on April 9, 2015 at 07:09

      Yes, but in the post itself, I wasn’t talking about perniciousness but rather, the irony of holding one set of sky doG beliefs as serious and another set ridiculous.

    • John on April 9, 2015 at 07:33

      The history is there, and the doctrines of Christianity, for example, are still used for all types of evil. And just because it seems that Muslims are the actors using their doctrines to do the most evil now – well they were once ahead of the curve. Who knows what wild behavior will cycle back from which religion, and where. How many people are killed today in wars, where the various killers (leadership on down) are justifying their actions with some permutation of “doing the Christian god’s work”?

      I don’t agree with your initial statement that “[i]t’s a false equivalency to dismiss Scientology as no crazier than any other religion, because you can become a Baptist or Catholic tomorrow for free and the doctrines are not a secret.” Secrecy of doctrines says nothing about whether the doctrines themselves are crazy.

      Scientology gives a certain “that’s fucking nuts” vibe, but the insanity it has spread and the destruction it has caused, and causes today, is minuscule compared to the shit that has and is going on due to other religions.

  4. rob on April 8, 2015 at 10:08

    I had one of their ministers as a client once, they scare me.

  5. Beans McGrady on April 8, 2015 at 17:41

    “When he accidentally shelled a Mexican island he was relieved of his command.”

  6. Steve on April 11, 2015 at 15:37

    Wow! Those folks are batshit crazy.

    The relevance to any other religion is this: it shows how throughly some people can be manipulated & controlled using purely fictional doctrine. But if your religion is based on testable, verifiable facts, then you’ve got nothing to worry about.

    • Richard Nikoley on April 11, 2015 at 16:51

      “The relevance to any other religion is this: it shows how throughly some people can be manipulated & controlled using purely fictional doctrine.”

      Yes, and this is the point I’m determined to drive home. The only thing that makes Scientology crazy insane shit to Christians is that it’s new. Since they weren’t typically indoctrinated from birth, got doG lite instead (Santa et al), and it’s backed by a long history of social acceptance, promotion, and killing others over it, it’s cool and they’re not.

      The point is, every person on earth who believes in sky doGs at any level has a Fucktarded streak at some level.

    • John on April 12, 2015 at 14:02

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