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Portland Ideal Morgue Opening - may 11 2013

Discussion in 'USA - West Coast' started by Charles Carmichael, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    It's been awhile since we've heard anything from Portland, but today the cult published a press release titled Church of Scientology Portland Hosts Friendship Day Celebration, subtitled Community Leaders Gather at New Scientology Church in Portland.

    In the press release it's interesting to see that there is no mention of the number of people that were there. Also in the release, mention is made of the Secretary-General of the United Nations which stops just short of claiming there was actually a relationship or endorsement involved.

    "The Way to Happiness", et cetera. Here it is:

    MOD EDIT - Link broken due to it using a frame which links to Scientology website:
    www . prweb.com/releases/ChurchofScientology/WaytoHappiness/prweb11148131.htm
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  2. DeathHamster Member

    At the bottom of their press releases, they have a frame with content at scientology.org, so proxy up if you want to. (It's probably someone's lame idea for increasing their site hit stats.)

    Hmm. The Way to Happiness is supposed to be on the ABLE secular side of the fence.
  3. Enturbuleak Member

    Portland Org swings both ways.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    This was posted on YouTube today.

    Portland Church of Scientology's War on Weird



    Published by Arran Edmonstone on October 31, 2013

    The Church of Scientology recently found a new space in the Sherlock Building on the corner of Third Avenue and Oak Street in downtown Portland. Judging from the propaganda in their windows it appears as though they are attempting to "purify" Portland of its weirdness.
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  5. RightOn Member

    WISE sign in window
    wait, that sign says over 200,000 companies are Hubbard Administrative Technology? "which teaches the tech through a network of centers from LA to Taichung"?
    900 employees?
    Nope WISE has nothing to do with the COS!
    and an ABLE sign, a CCHR sign, Purification Program and The Way To Happiness. All the front groups in one neat little package.

    ronbot says "it would be kinda hard to have a big building in the middle of Portland if that was true"
    hiding in plain site. And this is exactly why many people DON'T believe or are not aware of just how horrendous the cult is.
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  6. DeathHamster Member

    http://www.examiner.com/article/jou...ht-to-speak-about-scientology-expose-portland
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  7. DeathHamster Member

    My Portland Org page is almost Ideal now. I added a lot of flash and bling, but it's still kind of empty. Wait, that is just like the org!
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Maybe it would look better if you looked at it with a distorted wide-angle monitor.
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  9. A fundraise, peut-etre?;)
  10. DeathHamster Member

    Ring the gong! It looks like some sucker bought a mission kit! *ka-ching*!

    http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2014/08/church_of_scientology_of_portl.html
    Gee, if there are that many local members, why did they have to bus in people from the whole left coast, and still had, what, 800?
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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    As Scientology crumbles, read the dreams its members are still chasing

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, April 30, 2015

    We’re once again indebted to one of our tipsters for sending us something revealing about how things are going inside the Church of Scientology. In this case, we get a really remarkable glimpse inside the mind of a young Scientologist and his dreams for what Scientology could be.

    Jeremy Moll grew up in the church and is a graduate of the Delphian School, an unaccredited and very expensive private school in Oregon where wealthy Scientologists send their kids. Jeremy’s a talented 25-year-old today, and had dreams, coming out of Delphian, to be a musician and a filmmaker.

    He was thinking of moving to Los Angeles and making a play for the big time. But then, he decided to put those plans on hold and sign a contract at the Portland Scientology “Ideal Org.”

    Staff members at Scientology orgs sign 2.5-year or 5-year contracts. (The billion-year contracts are reserved for the even more dedicated members of Scientology’s ‘Sea Org.’)

    We have a special affinity for the Portland Ideal Org. When it opened in May 2013, Mark Bunker was on the scene for us, and he had a wild time trying to keep from getting arrested by Scientology’s dirty tricks.

    Portland was a classic Ideal Org case — an over-the-top grand opening, followed by a dead facility in a poorly-situated location.

    But a guy like Jeremy can dream. After all, he’s put off his plans for success in the arts to man the Portland facility as Scientology itself is dwindling and going through the worst storm of negative press in its history. But here, in the recruiting letter he put out, he paints a remarkable picture of how he imagines it could all be so different.

    Imagine how difficult it must be for some to reconcile what’s going on. We remember well the hype around the opening of the Portland building. During the intense fundraising that precedes the opening of all Ideal Orgs, Scientologists are told that once they get their building renovated and open to the public, the rush of new public will be astounding. All they need is for their Ideal Org to open its doors, and the special kiosks that Scientology leader David Miscavige has installed in them will do the rest. They will be magnets for Scientology.

    Or maybe not. The subtext of this plaintive letter sent out this week by Jeremy Moll is the unstated admission that the Portland Ideal Org is a total failure. Now, we’re told, the building will actually become the magnet it was intended to be if they can just get a few more staff members hired. That’s the secret to turning the org into a magical lure for the public. And when that doesn’t work, they’ll come up with another excuse.

    Please read Jeremy’s letter, and then give us your thoughts. These truly are the end days, are they not?

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2015/04/30/as...ead-the-dreams-its-members-are-still-chasing/
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  12. DeathHamster Member

    Two years at that location as an Ideal Org, and they haven't had an increase in business that would let them gradually increase the staff. (And they're about to lose staff on 2.5 year contracts.)

    Hey! Get maybe no one wants to buy what you're selling?
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  13. Quentinanon Member

    Brainwashed staff member is brainwashed. Scientologists are taught to disconnect, and the biggest things they disconnect from are the facts of reality.
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Another Portland Ideal Org Fail

    By Mike Rinder, July 6, 2015

    ED-PTL-FAIL-LTR1.jpg

    This is a sad admission of the reality of working in a scientology org.

    This “ideal Org” ED is feasting on pie in the sky and trying to convince everyone not only how good it tastes, but how wonderfully nutritious it is too.

    After FORTY YEARS they are no closer to achieving a stable income for staff (which was a KEY criteria of “SH Size” according to L. Ron Hubbard).

    40 years on for Steve, and THIRTY TWO YEARS since it was published he is still using the quote about “Speed of expansion is the problem of management…” (because the world is rapidly coming to an end). Wow.

    If this is true, and these people have THE “standard management and admin tech” and the “only tech to salvage beings” — how can this problem not be solved in 32 years? It’s not that “there will always be the need for more expansion” it is that in truth there has been NO EXPANSION during this entire time except in square footage of marble flooring and number of video cameras installed in auditing rooms.

    He then goes on to fantasize about what it would be like to have 190 staff. Years after this org became “ideal” it is a “dream” to have 28 auditors.

    But saddest of all is his pitch that there is “command intention” that staff be well paid, audited and trained.

    Continued here:
    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/another-portland-ideal-org-fail/
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Battle of Portland: How Scientology turned a nightmare court verdict into a major victory

    By Chris Owen, The Underground Bunker, January 24, 2018

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    Portland, Oregon holds a special place in Scientology’s collective consciousness. In 1985 thousands of Scientologists descended on the city to participate in what the Church dubbed the “Battle of Portland.” A Scientology promotional email from 2013 calls the episode Scientology’s “Gettysburg, the turning point, the pivotal event of the first half century of our religion.” It was a moment at which Scientology’s survival was at stake, but which it overcame through a combination of intelligence tactics, dirty tricks, public relations and creative lawyering in equal measure.

    The cause of this threat was a lawsuit brought by a young woman, Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, who had attended the Portland organisation of the Church of Scientology. A former resident of the small town of Eureka, Montana, she had graduated from high school with excellent grades and aimed to go to college in Portland to study architecture and engineering there.

    A friend suggested that she try a $50 Scientology “communications course” in Portland. Lured by claims that Scientology would improve her eyesight and make her more intelligent, Titchbourne spent all of her college savings on further Scientology courses. She soon became dissatisfied but was advised to enroll at the Scientologist-run Delphian Foundation in Sheridan, Oregon. She testified that she was told it was “almost accredited” and she could study engineering there. However, she instead found herself picking vegetables, looking after children, and moving garbage.

    Titchbourne left Scientology after nine months following an intervention from her mother, who hired a “deprogrammer” to help break her out of the Scientology mindset. She sued for the refund of around $3,000 that she had paid for Scientology courses, compensation of $500,000 for emotional suffering, and $2 million in punitive damages for fraud.

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/01/24/t...nightmare-court-verdict-into-a-major-victory/
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  16. Quentinanon Member

    I have doubts that the scientology crime syndicate could pull that off today. While they do have more money, they have less dupes and much worse public relations.
    The only thing standing between the plaintiff and defendant would be the farcical "arbitration agreement".
  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Battle of Portland, part 2: Pressuring a court by surrounding it with Scientologists and celebs

    By Chris Owen, The Underground Bunker, January 25, 2018

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    The $39 million judgment in the 1985 retrial of the Titchbourne case was a disaster for Scientology. Church attorney Earle Cooley managed to secure a slender lifeline by persuading Judge Donald Londer to delay recording the verdict for a few days, ensuring that further representations could be made before the verdict was finalized.

    On the evening of May 17, David Miscavige and other senior Scientology executives and lawyers held an emergency strategy meeting.

    Miscavige, according to Marty Rathbun, was “distraught and desperate” and talked of moving L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology’s management to somewhere in South America to keep them out of reach of their enemies. He angrily ranted about “how a mighty institution like Scientology could be brought to its knees by a group of degraded wogs from a cow town.” Cooley vowed “to see that Julie Titchbourne never collects a dime. She’s not going to collect the money. Not in this lifetime.” One senior executive reportedly declared that he would kill Titchbourne to prevent her getting the money: “I don’t care if she thinks she won. That bitch is never going to see one single cent. I’ll kill her first. I don’t care if I get the chair – it’s worth it. It’s just one lifetime.” Dan Garvin, another attendee at the meeting, recalls:

    I froze solid. I didn’t want to breathe. I forgot all about our immediate problems. My CO had just said he was going to murder Julie Titchbourne. He was absolutely serious. I was in shock. Sure, she deserved to die – all SPs did. But you can’t actually do that that sort of thing. My thoughts raced. Please, I thought, please, somebody say something that will make this stop. I was trying to think what I could say. If I said the wrong thing, or said it the wrong way, I’d be out of there that night and getting sec checked the next day. But this was madness!

    Miscavige rejected this idea in fairly mild terms [Wright, Going Clear, p. 180]. (Garvin says that the executive who proposed to murder Titchbourne was not reprimanded or corrected by anyone at the time and was promoted a few months later. He observes that “murdering a plaintiff was apparently just another option, one that [Miscavige] ultimately rejected in favor of a better one, but one he seemed to have no fundamental objections to.”)

    Instead, Miscavige proposed the plan that became what Scientology later called the “Portland Crusade” or the “Battle of Portland.” According to Rathbun, Miscavige declared: “We’ll take over this shit-hole town. I’ll bring in one hundred thousand Scientologists from around the world and we’ll surround the courthouse and make this town comply. We’ll overwhelm them. We’ll overwhelm not only the judge but every other criminal judge he talks to in this town” [Rathbun, p. 273].

    The PR operation in Portland was directed by John Carmichael, who subsequently became the President of the Church of Scientology of New York. Another veteran Scientologist, Ken Hoden, was brought in to front the campaign. He was a former Guardian’s Office staff member who had been in charge of public relations in Portland during the original Christofferson case in 1979. Miscavige had purged him in the belief that he had mishandled the case. However, Hoden had invaluable experience and contacts with public officials and local churches in the Portland area. He was recalled from exile in Los Angeles, told to wear a dog collar and a clergyman’s jacket at all times and took up the position of church spokesman in Portland [Rathbun, p. 273].

    Scientologists across the world were urged to converge on Portland and demonstrate. Within 48 hours of the verdict, some 2,000 Scientologists had arrived in the city. This was far short of the 500,000 Scientologists that a Scientology spokesman said would arrive in Portland within 36 hours to protest the court decision – the entire world membership of Scientology was around 100,000 at the time – but the numbers that arrived were still substantial. Around 12,000 Scientologists are said to have participated in the round-the-clock demonstrations, numbering up to 4,000 at a time [Wright, Going Clear, p. 180].

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/01/25/t...urrounding-it-with-scientologists-and-celebs/
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    VERIFY: Did TriMet's TransitTracker send a text about Scientology? | KGW NBC 8

    At least one subscriber to TriMet's TransitTracker tool reported receiving a text response including an ad to join Scientology.

    Quote:

    At least one person in the Portland metro area using TriMet's TransitTracker tool received an advertisement for Scientology. KGW wanted to Verify: Did this text come from TriMet or was it a spam message? To get our answer, we spoke with TriMet Media Relations and Communications Manager Roberta Altstadt.

    The TransitTracker app is free to use; TriMet users can text their bus stop number to 27299 to get an estimate of a bus arrival time.

    A TriMet user posted this message to Reddit Sunday afternoon, that includes a bus arrival time plus a short ad in the same text: "Curious about Scientology? Watch: bit.ly/SCIENTOLOGY."

    A Twitter user also claimed they received the same ad, and said: "I am absolutely disgusted by the fact that your text message bus time system sent me an ad about Scientology. Scientology is utter poison, spreads lies and bunk pseudo-science masquerading as self help. It preys on the depressed and weak. Please remove this sponsor."

    Altstadt told KGW News the ad comes from a third party company called M2P Marketing, which provides the TransitTracker by text service free of charge to TriMet. The service includes ads "as a way for their company to make money." The tool has been in service since 2010.

    Altstadt added TriMet is very limited on "what ads we are able to direct our advertising contractors not to accept."

    This stems from the 2014 Oregon Supreme Court decision Karuk Tribe of California vs. TriMet, and also affects the transit agency's ability to restrict advertising aboard their buses and trains. The court decision stated that since TriMet is a governmental agency, it can not reject ads based on their content.

    "We do apologize if a specific ad made a rider feel uncomfortable and we will pass that feedback on to M2P Marketing," Altstadt told KGW News in an email.

    We can Verify: Yes, the Scientology ad text message did come from TriMet's third party vendor that runs the TransitTracker tool. It was not spam, but part of an advertising campaign from M2P Marketing.

    Source, with video:
    https://www.kgw.com/article/news/lo...logy/283-a6062130-f0fc-4111-8382-cee03cbce34a

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