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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 6, Issue 30 11/18/2001 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2001 Alt.religion.scientology Week in
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      Week in Review Volume 6, Issue 30
      by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2001

      Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
      postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
      week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
      they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
      significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
      whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
      kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
      of the most significant postings.

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      > Clearwater

      The St. Petersburg Times reported on November 16th that the city of
      Clearwater, Florida has agreed to give small parcels of land to

      "Clearwater commissioners voted Thursday to give several city alleys and
      easements on a block of land downtown to the Church of Scientology despite
      objections from a Pinellas County official, who argued that the county
      should receive some of the land.

      "Ed Armstrong, an attorney for the church, said that laws governing the
      vacation of property should determine who gets the land if the city has no
      use for it. Armstrong contended that legally only the church was entitled
      to the property on a block southwest of Franklin Street and East Avenue,
      where the church plans to build a parking garage to serve its new $50
      million Flag Building that is under construction. City officials agreed."

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      > Criminon

      The Washington CityPaper reported on November 9th that Scientology has
      been expanding its Criminon program into the Washington, DC jail system.

      "Several years ago, when Rudy Owens, 58, first saw a flier for a
      self-improvement course on a bulletin board inside Lorton's Minimum
      Security Facility, he thought it was bunk. 'It said, 'For those who are
      trying to change their life, get in touch with this program,'' he recalls.
      'My first impression was that it was just someone else coming to the
      institution to make money off the inmates.' The course advertised on the
      bulletin board was offered by Criminon D.C., a local branch of an
      organization that seeks to rehabilitate criminals by using the teachings
      of L. Ron Hubbard.

      "What hooked Owens on Criminon was its 'Communications Course' - one of
      several he took at Lorton - in which students are paired up to practice
      different elements of communication. 'The basic thing they teach you is
      that you can learn how to communicate with people to get your point across
      very plainly and very simply, and if you use this technology competently,
      you can get people to agree with what you are trying to accomplish,' he

      "Since Owens left Lorton in May, he's made it his mission to spread the
      word about the program to his fellow ex-offenders and their families by
      volunteering to be Criminon D.C.'s director of programs. Owens wants to be
      an inner-city ambassador for the program. 'I'm the liaison to the grass
      roots,' he says. 'When people see a bunch of people who don't look like
      them, they get suspicious. I can go in and fit in. I look like part of the
      picture. People trust me.

      "Over the past several months, Criminon has aggressively courted case
      managers at halfway houses and parole and probation officers - anyone
      who's in a position to refer ex-offenders to programs. In September, the
      group had a coming-out of sorts, manning a booth at the first annual
      Metropolitan D.C. Ex-Offender Job and Human Service Fair, organized by the
      National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. And Criminon officials
      recently approached D.C. Department of Corrections officials about
      voluntarily offering their programs in halfway houses, through which all
      D.C. felons must pass before they are released.

      "D.C. Department of Corrections spokesperson Darryl J. Madden says
      officials are considering the offer. 'On the surface, [Criminon] is a
      significant program,' says Madden. 'It addresses self-confidence, life
      skills, and substance-abuse issues. We will review it on its merits. As
      with any group, we want to be very selective about what we expose our
      detained population to.'

      "According to Criminon International's promotional booklet, Lorton is just
      one of the 400 correctional facilities worldwide that have offered the
      program. The booklet lists offices in five states and the District of
      Columbia, as well as in nine other countries. Criminon is a subsidiary of
      the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), which is listed
      among the 114 Scientology-related organizations to which the Internal
      Revenue Service granted nonprofit status in 1993.

      "Besides offering courses in prisons and halfway houses, Criminon
      organizers have begun teaching at a group home that houses kids involved
      in the juvenile-justice system, according to Papaheraklis. Criminon
      organizers eventually want to open a Criminon 'community-education center'
      in D.C. There are three such centers in the United States, all located in
      California, and Papaheraklis says she has already looked at a couple of
      potential sites in the city. With such a center here, Criminon volunteers
      say, they would be able to offer a full array of Criminon programs,
      including drug detoxification and rehabilitation, to ex-offenders and
      their friends and family, as well.

      "Church of Scientology critics, including former Scientologists, say that
      District residents should be wary of the program. They argue that what the
      organization presents as self-help 'technology' is little more than
      watered-down church doctrine. Criminon's connections to Scientology have
      been enough to spark a probe in Britain. In July, the Independent reported
      that Britain's Home Office had launched an investigation into whether
      Criminon U.K.'s effort to circulate promotional material to prisoners and
      probationers was really an attempt by the Church of Scientology to target
      'drug-addicted prisoners.'

      "Though many of Criminon D.C.'s volunteers are not Scientologists, the
      group's leaders are. The local organization's board of directors consists
      of Papaheraklis, her husband, George Papaheraklis, and James J. Jackson,
      according to corporation papers on file with the D.C. Department of
      Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. George Papaheraklis, who owns his own
      home-improvement business, was listed in a 1990 edition of Impact, a
      magazine put out by the International Association of Scientologists (IAS),
      as an 'honor roll' patron to the IAS, according to a list of IAS patrons
      posted on the Web site of the Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, an
      organization that collects information on Scientology. Patrons who make
      the honor roll either give $20,000 or recruit 20 members for the IAS, says
      Arnaldo Lerma, a Scientologist-turned-church-critic who lives in
      Arlington, Va. Jackson has been listed as a member of the World Institute
      of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), a Scientology-based
      management-consultant group, according to various lists of WISE members
      published by WISE and posted on several critical Scientology Web sites.

      "According to a program booklet, Criminon's offerings include 'Learning
      Improvement Courses,' which cover basic literacy and study techniques; the
      Communications Course, in which students learn to 'recognize where
      communication has broken down in the past' and 'to correct it in the
      present'; a 'Personal Integrity Course,' and a class on 'Handling
      Suppression,' a Scientology term for negative influences. 'The Way to
      Happiness Course,' however, is the 'crown jewel' of Criminon's offerings,
      according to the program's booklet. In this course, students learn 21
      moral precepts that include imperatives such as 'Do not murder,' 'Don't do
      anything illegal,' and 'Flourish and prosper.'

      "The church has been criticized in the past for not making its connection
      to its community-service efforts more explicit. A 1993 Washington Post
      article described federal and District officials participating in a
      Drug-Free Marshals rally at the First Baptist Church in Northwest
      Washington, oblivious to the Church of Scientology's sponsorship of the
      event. In 1998, then-Palo Alto Mayor Dick Rosenbaum told a San Jose
      Mercury News reporter he was stunned to learn of the church's involvement
      after he attended a Drug-Free Marshals rally.

      "One former Department of Corrections program manager who is familiar with
      the Criminon program at Lorton and who asked not to be named says that
      Criminon representatives gave him literature that mentioned Hubbard. But
      he says no one ever said anything about Scientology in any of the classes
      that he observed.

      "Critics contend that the line between what is secular and what is
      Scientology isn't always clear. Criminon course materials don't mention
      the word 'Scientology.' They do, however, mention Hubbard and make
      extensive use of Scientology jargon. In the Communications Course, for
      instance, students are taught about 'affinity, reality, and
      communication,' according to the former program manager. The Scientology
      Web site says that 'the principle of affinity, reality, and communication'
      is 'a tool of considerable importance in Scientology.'"

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      > Tom Criuse

      MSNBC reported on November 14th that the family of actress Penelope Cruz
      is upset about her possible engagement to Scientology celebrity Tom

      "Cruz's parents 'are very upset' about the prospect of their daughter
      marrying the world's biggest movie star, says a well-placed insider,
      because of Cruise's religion. Cruise is a devout Scientologist and the
      religion is highly controversial in Spain. Spanish government prosecutors
      have been waging a legal war against the church for years. They have
      charged church officials with a variety of misdeeds, including kidnapping,
      tax fraud and damaging public health. In September, prosecutors asked the
      government to dissolve the church, which is not recognized as a religion
      in Spain. A lawyer for the church has called the charges 'religious

      "'Penelope's parents are devout Catholics,' says the source. 'There is no
      way that Tom Cruise is going to marry Penelope if she's not a
      Scientologist. Penelope has always been somewhat independent in her
      thoughts and actions, and the word is that she's taking Scientology
      courses on an almost daily basis. Her parents are not happy.'"

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      > Germany

      Berliner Kurier reported on November 14th that Berlin is the target of a
      new Scientology leaflet campaign.

      "The controversial 'Scientology' organization is once again advertising in
      Berlin. They are currently scattering about 20,000 copies of their glossy
      paged 'Freiheit' sermon pages around the capitol city. The group is even
      using the attack on New York for its campaign. 'This organization is
      deliberately using the current crisis to drum up business. By doing so, it
      targets those people who feel helpless. For them it wants to appear as a
      'savior,' criticized Anne Ruehle, sect commissioner of the Berlin Senate.

      "Throughout the country we are currently distributing 100,000 copies, but
      most of them in Berlin,' confirmed Scientology spokeswoman Sabine Weber.
      'Freiheit' wrote that 'Scientologists' are tackling the terrorism
      catastrophe in New York. But at the same time they are advertising for
      their so-called 'Dianetics' process, which they say alleviates 'spiritual
      suffering' with controversial psycho-methods."

      Neue Westfaelische Zeitung reported on November 17th that the sect
      commissioner of the Evangelical Church in Germany is warning young people
      about the dangers of Scientology.

      "'Thanks, Dusseldorf,' began the message that was recently distributed to
      households in the Rheinland. In it a 'young, religious community'
      expressed appreciation for openness and tolerance, and invited people to
      an 'open house.' The sender of this mail was the 'Scientology Church,'
      which had been keeping a low profile. Now, however, Scientology is
      obviously increasing its efforts to recruit members. 'Scientology is not a
      cult tucked into some remote cranny of the world; it makes its presence
      known,' said Joachim Keden, sect commissioner of the Evangelical Church in
      Germany. 'In Dusseldorf there are already two centers that take care of
      counseling its adherents all across Nordrhein-Westphalia.' While
      Scientology's membership has stagnated statewide at 400, according to NRW
      Constitutional Security, and its success has been modest, Keden still
      warns, 'Apparently the organization is preaching from its soapbox, and is
      making more contact with many people, especially the young.'

      "The lure for those starting out in business to get involved with the
      teachings of Scientology founder Ron Hubbard is probably the training and
      counseling that are offered. 'Ostensibly it will be about courses that are
      supposed to help you control your life.' 'Dianetics' might be brought up,
      as well as the negative experiences that Scientology calls 'engrams,'
      which are supposed to be removed in 'auditing,' an intrusive interrogation

      "The intended results, according to the evangelical preacher, is a society
      that functions as an 'authoritarian system, in which no deviation is
      possible.' That is often kept secret from those who join, neither are they
      aware of the high financial burden that comes along with involvement in

      "Sabine Riede of the Essen 'Sekten-Info' counseling center said 'The
      Scientologists do not relax and do not give up.' Thus the number of calls
      they receive remains high. 'We get calls every day.' Rev. Keden says his
      phone also rings regularly. 'Calls have increased significantly,' he said,
      'up to 25 people a week, including those wanting to leave, but also
      desperate spouses and distrustful companies.' The clergyman is convinced
      that 'Scientology is not solely a money machine, as many think. The
      organization is engaged in gaining influence and power worldwide.'"

      Freie Presse Chemnitz reported on November 16th that the Mayor of Zwickau
      will be forced to testify about his involvement with Scientologist and
      real estate developer Kurt Fliegerbauer.

      "The business manager Fliegerbauer of 'Schloss Osterstein' is alleged to
      have not paid fines in the amount of about 650,000 marks. The fines were
      levied by the city government against the corporate boss and his
      corporations in connection with 27 building plans, mainly from 1997 and
      1998. Workers were put on site without the city ever having issued a
      building permit.

      "Five days have been scheduled for the hearing, the first day of which is
      Thursday of next week. The most prominent witness will be Zwickau's
      Executive Mayor Dietmar Vettermann (CDU), who functioned as the planning
      commissioner/mayor in both 1997 and 1998, and was responsible for
      construction in the city. The testimonies of Steffi Haupt of the city's
      monument protection office and of Volker Lippmann are just as eagerly
      anticipated. The director of the building planning office is responsible
      for the issuance of building permits. In addition, several witnesses from
      Fliegerbauer's corporation are scheduled to testify, including his wife,
      his former legal advisor, and an architect who was employed with 'Schloss
      Osterstein' management from 1995 to 1998.

      "Fliegerbauer contested all the fines. This brought the procedure to the
      city court. Fliegerbauer put on a happy face for the occasion, 'We will
      win the court procedure against the city.' He (still) does not want to say
      what he bases his confidence on. After national reunification, the
      construction tycoon renovated more than 260 buildings in Zwickau and, he
      says, and in doing so he cooperated with about 560 capital investors.
      After renovation of the 'Kraeutergewoelbel' protected as a monument on
      Hauptmarkt, he is currently working on the former 'Milchbar' right next to
      it on Verdermann."

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      > Hemet

      From letters to the editor of the Riverside Press on November 17th:

      "Every time we drive out to Gilman Springs road in San Jacinto we can't
      help notice the Scientology and Golden Era Studios all lit up like Las
      Vegas. Eve the big old ship has it's lights on. Every two feet or so has a
      light lit up and eve all of the fence posts. Talk about energy waste this
      is the place. I don't understand why they get away with it. - A W Y, Hemet

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      > Narconon

      The Oklahoman reported on November 12th that the Indian reservation in
      Chilocco is looking for new tenants for the former Scientology Narconon
      compound recently relocated to Arrowhead, Oklahoma.

      "Tribal leaders know the value of the site north of Newkirk, both cultural
      and economic, and are trying to find a new tenant. Narconon, a
      drug-treatment center that uses the teachings of Church of Scientology
      founder L. Ron Hubbard, has moved its drug and alcohol treatment center
      from Chilocco to Arrowhead Lodge in Pittsburg County.

      "Two security guards live on the site to prevent vandalism and the tribes
      are working with Narconon to repair some of the buildings. Narconon
      officials took parts from some buildings to repair others. Narconon used
      only part of the campus but had planned to expand to use most of it
      eventually, Stone said.

      "In 1989, the tribes leased the land to Narconon. Stone said the first
      contract did not include an audit provision. Tribal leaders could not
      determine whether Narconon was paying the correct amount. The lease
      payment was based on a percentage of Narconon's clientele. Chapman said
      the contract gave each tribe a few thousand dollars each year but he did
      not have the exact figures. After mediation, a new contract was signed in
      January 2000 requiring Narconon to leave the campus within three years."

      The Phoenix New Times reported on November 15th that Arizona lawmakers are
      investigating Narconon's program in Mexican prisons.

      "State Senator Tom Smith spent time recently in a Mexican prison. And
      loved it. Smith (who was just visiting the jail, not locked up in it) and
      some of his colleagues are clamoring for Arizona to be the first state to
      use an experimental drug treatment program for prisoners. Inmates would
      swallow massive amounts of vitamins, sweat in a sauna for up to five hours
      a day and massage each other. At Smith's urging, officials at the state
      departments of corrections and juvenile corrections are devoting public
      resources to investigating the efficacy of 'Second Chance,' which is based
      on the principles of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

      "Second Chance has reportedly had remarkable results in Mexican prisons,
      including an Ensenada facility that Smith and others toured. But critics
      warn that the 'body disintoxication' process - which includes large doses
      of niacin and is similar to the 'purification' program Scientologists
      follow when joining the church - does not rid the body of drugs and can be
      very dangerous. Others worry the program has not been adequately tested.

      "The Second Chance literature explains the daily regime: An inmate is
      given supervised doses of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, that
      are adjusted according to his needs depending on 'physical and mental
      indicators.' After taking the dose, the inmate exercises for half an hour
      until his blood is circulating rapidly and he's sweating. Then he sweats
      heavily for five hours in a sauna (with water breaks as needed).

      "Christine Weason, a central Phoenix Democrat who also visited Mexico to
      observe the program, was charmed. The Second Chance inmates were clean and
      well-behaved, and she was told that there were no religious ties. 'They
      just went out of their way to say this is not Scientology, this is not
      Scientology, this is not Scientology.'

      "Neither Smith nor Weason intends to introduce legislation regarding
      Second Chance. Weason hopes a private foundation will fund the program,
      while Smith is working to convince DOC's Terry Stewart and Department of
      Juvenile Corrections Director David Gaspar to redirect existing funds to
      Second Chance.

      "Last spring, GOP Representative Mark Anderson of Mesa sponsored an
      amendment that would have appropriated $1.5 million to operate Second
      Chance. In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Stewart
      blasted Second Chance, observing that no nationally recognized drug
      treatment expert or institution has studied the program. He also worried
      that its ties to Scientology were problematic and expressed safety
      concerns about inmates massaging each other and sitting in saunas. George
      Weisz, Governor Jane Dee Hull's top adviser on law enforcement issues,
      criticized the methodology used in evaluating recidivism rates connected
      with Second Chance's claimed success. Anderson's legislation was
      ultimately defeated. But now DOC spokeswoman Rhonda Cole says her agency
      is researching Second Chance. 'We're also reviewing the legal context of
      the program as it relates to Scientology,' she says.

      "Felipe Gonzalez Castro, a professor of clinical psychology at Arizona
      State University and an expert in drug rehabilitation, reviewed Second
      Chance's literature and praises the self-esteem training, but questions
      the vitamin/sweat/massage component. 'The body detoxification seems useful
      at a basic level, but I don't know what evidence exists that shows that
      this is an efficacious component of a drug treatment program,' he says.

      "Administering large doses of niacin and other vitamins 'would indeed be a
      violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, but because there
      isn't a manufacturer or doctor actually labeling and/or marketing niacin
      for this use, then we defer to the states to handle this,' says Crystal
      Rice, FDA spokeswoman."

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      > World Trade Centers

      An email distributed to Scientologists about their efforts at the World
      Trade Centers disaster site was posted to a.r.s this week.

      "From: 'asho' <asho@...>
      Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 21:51:07 -0800

      "A letter was received from an executive who had worked in a company that
      lost many workers in the crisis at the World Trade Centers. 'It was a
      pleasure meeting you yesterday. I want to take this opportunity to express
      my thanks to you and the Church of Scientology for all you have done to
      assist both my company and our relief fund, through what can only be
      characterized as an incredibly difficult period of time. The
      professionalism, commitment and willingness to help has been unprecedented
      and consistent across all of the volunteer family.

      "'Every person without exception who has passed through the doors from the
      Church of Scientology has been extraordinary, as well as warm and living
      people. Words of thanks are inadequate and escape me. It has been our
      delight to be associated with this team of individuals, and we greet the
      departure of each one with sadness; you then replace them with someone
      just as fantastic.'

      "A representative from another volunteer organization that offers help to
      needy and wounded people sent someone in Columbus, Ohio to the Church of
      Scientology there. She was quite distraught; her sister was staying with
      her and she didn't know what to do as she was totally despondent. A
      Scientology Volunteer Minister was dispatched to her home and they found
      out that the woman was the wife of a fire fighter who had been lost in the
      World Trade Center disaster. Not having a clue as to what to do for her
      sister, she went downscale herself and was in despair about the whole
      situation. Both of them received locationals; the fire fighters wife was
      given another assist and it was found that she had scarcely eaten nor
      slept in days. After the assist she was gotten to eat, given vitamins and
      cal-mag and made to get some rest. The woman called into the Org the next
      day to say thanks for the help; her sister was now doing well and was able
      to go up to New York to handle all of the paperwork, etc. regarding her

      "Much Love,
      Peter McCuen"

      The Columbus Dispatch reported on November 15th on the experiences of a
      volunteer who distributed Scientology literature near the disaster area.

      "Jack Via, a volunteer minister with the Church of Scientology, Via roams
      New York greeting and listening to strangers and handing out pamphlets to
      those willing to accept them. When he arrived in New York, Via admits, he
      worried about the reception Scientologists might receive. The Los
      Angeles-based church founded in 1954 by the late science-fiction writer L.
      Ron Hubbard isn't universally embraced. At one point after Sept. 11, as
      many as 800 Scientologist volunteers had gathered in New York. They employ
      what Via calls 'spiritual' first aid for those struggling with grief and

      "'We help people heal by getting the 'being' back in touch with the body
      or mind. It sounds simple, but it's very powerful.' One method called a
      'touch assist' is performed by passing fingers over parts of the body in a
      way Scientologists believe unlocks nerve channels, while getting the
      people to focus on something other than the disaster confronting them.
      The volunteers ask two questions: Where did it happen, and where are you

      "Via and the other Scientologists get food donated by area restaurants. An
      arrangement with the church allows him to stay free in a New York hotel.
      He doesn't know when he'll return to Columbus. Via laughs off a
      suggestion that he might not return from New York, but he does not contest
      it. 'I came here to help,' he said. 'This has been exciting, adventurous
      and emotionally touching.'"

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      > Protest Summary

      Arnie Lerma reported on a protest at the Washington, DC org on November

      "I had the pleasure of meeting ex-DC-Scientologist Chip Gallo face to face
      for the first time. We picketed from approximately 1:30 to 2:30 then spent
      30 minutes socializing. In this brief 1 hour picket I recall at least 3
      car horns honking at my sign that said: 'WARNING - Entering GREEDY CULT
      ZONE - < Scientology < - XENU.NET

      "I brought the 'Scientology should NOT have CHARITABLE status' sign out
      for Chip Gallo. They were not pleased to see yet another ex-DC
      Scientologist with a picket sign I handed out Rod Keller's custom picket
      entheta flyers. I called out 'It's worse than you think' to entice the
      apparently already informed public into taking a flyer.

      "A little old lady walked up to me and asked for a picket sign. So I
      handed her mine and she carried it up and back in front of the entrance
      for a while. Sylvia Stanard DSA DC, lumbered out and fiddled with a
      digital camera festooned with scotch tape, that apparently had been
      dropped a few times.

      "I asked Sylvia if she was going to be HERE for the 'fireworks' on my
      birthday party. She asked me 'is that a threat?' I said, 'it is a
      promise.' Sunday at 3AM to 6AM is the expected biggest lifetime or two
      display of the Leonid meteor shower. 800 meteorites per hour are

      Christopher Wood reported a protest at the Toronto org on November 17th.

      "Picketers: Gregg Hagglund, Keith Henson, me. Leaflets: Gregg's Xenu
      Special We arrived on at the org at around 1:00, with Gregg and me right
      on the sidewalk, and Keith Henson up the road. The picket lasted about an
      hour and twenty minutes, and we passed out a fair number of leaflets.

      "Dan Bryenton initiated communication with Gregg, which rather puts the
      lie to the org's pretense of being terrified about the presence of
      picketers (in the past couple of months Scientologists have been acting
      all pretend-terrified). A passer-by telling me that my sign about science
      fiction and scientology was an insult to science fiction. I apologize
      again to that passer-by.

      "Later on in the picket a Scientologist came out and asked Gregg if he
      could be quiet, because he was 'disturbing the students'. Exactly how
      Gregg could be disturbing the students might be an interesting question to
      answer, because the traffic periodically drowned out his voice. Who were
      those students? Maybe they were from Avenue Road Roofing (a local WISE
      company). There were two incredibly junky cars parked in the lot when we
      arrived, one with the company name on the side, and the other with ladders
      tied to the top. There was another with a 'psychiatry kills' sticker in
      the back window."

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      > Potter

      The Seattle Business Journal reported on November 9th on Scientologist and
      potter Larry Bruning.

      "A production potter, Bruning, his wife Judy and son Ky make the stoneware
      and porcelain pottery that Bruning Pottery sells to florists, nurseries
      and garden stores throughout the Northwest. Founding members of the Best
      of the Northwest arts and crafts show, the Brunings also are known for
      their custom pottery and signature glazes, particularly the pairing of a
      rich cobalt blue base with a delicate lavender accent. 'I make an
      aesthetic product and I'm really proud of it,' Larry Bruning said. 'What I
      make changes mud into something really beautiful that people exchange
      money for.'

      "Years of repetition, of working patiently through the sting of wet, cold
      fingers and aching wrists, give Bruning a certain Zen-like tranquility as
      he transforms mud into serviceable, everyday art. He credits Scientology,
      and the needs of a growing family, with giving him the discipline to
      remain at the wheel. His body is so attuned to his craft, the act of
      throwing seems effortless."

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      > South Africa

      Arnie Lerma was a guest on a South African radio shot on November 12th.

      "Tim Modise Show on Monday 9 AM to 10 AM South Africa time. The names of
      the guests are: Ryan Hogart DSA Johannesburg in studio, Phillipa
      Sondergdaad another OSA shill on phone link, and Arnie Lerma.

      "I used the example of the literacy project claim of teaching 1.5 million
      kids to read, and correspondence from the South African Embassy to Tony
      McClelland. I quoted the Scientific American review of Dianetics by a
      Nobel prize winning physicist in 1951. 'This volume probably contains more
      promises and less evidence per page than has any publication since the
      invention of printing.'

      "Two callers called in citing the bible's warnings about false prophets. I
      said it's worse than that, here is Hubbard's own voice saying THERE WAS NO
      CHRIST. 4 pointers to Xenu.net. 1 pointer to LERMANET.COM."

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