Buster Crabbe vrs. Xenu, who had the better story line?

When I was a young boy I thought that Buster Crabbe was just about the most daring hero of early TV and the movie screen.  I watched a lot of Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon reruns, I was not even thought of yet when they first came out, and I thought the stories were simply brilliant.  Those were the thoughts of a young boy who liked space operas. 

So how would the space opera of Xenu stack up against Buck Rogers and the evil emperor Ying??  Was Hubbard’s “Wall of Fire” and “OT III” as good or even better, than Phillip Nolan’s Buck Rogers?  This hero appeared in Amazing Stories first in 1929, a decade later L. Ron Hubbard’s stories would appear in the same magazine. 

Flash Gordon got a later start than Buck Rogers.  Here is Flash in a 1936 issue of Strange Adventure Magazine.

By today’s standards these stories would be outstanding ears in a field of corn so it is hard to say which was better, or worse, written.  Xenu’s tale is a bare outline.  Hubbard wrote just enough to come up with something to sell to his demented followers.  After all, for him the scant text was just a ploy to sell more auditing. 

Would Xenu have gotten away with the mass murder if Buck had been there to save the day?  Would he have survived the fight with Flash Gordon?  I don’t think so, Buster Crabbe never lost a fight in his long career.  He would have  hit Xenu with a left-cross to the chin followed by a roundhouse right that would have sent him down for the alien count. 

Here is a sample from the bygone era.  Enjoy.


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Ex-Scientologist story #250, Family ripped apart by Scientology.

Join Hubbard’s bathtub navy today!!

 This is the story of the Anderson family and how one daughter has disconnected from them.  See how they wasted their time and their money as members of a greedy, money-grubbing cult.  James and Liz got out; so did Jordan.  But one daughter was left in the bowels of Clearwater Scientology, a very long, long way from mom and dad.

Church of Scientology Accused of Slave Labor Camps, Forced Abortions

by Amanda Kloer · March 09, 2010 [excerpts from Change.Org]
These days, accusations against the Church of Scientology are rolling in faster than Xenu’s spaceship strapped to a jet pack. The latest accusations are coming out of Australia, where former church members have accused the organization of using slave labor as a punishment, exploiting children in their offices, and forcing some members to have abortions against their will. These are by no means the first accusations that the Church of Scientology is guilty of human traffickingand related crimes. The question is, how many more former church members will need to step forward before someone launches an investigation?Liz and James Anderson recently came forward with their story of how Scientology tore apart and abused their family. Their daughter, Jordan, worked as an administrator for the church when she was 15. While she worked there, she was once forced to work for 72 hours straight with no sleep. And for a minor on-the-job error, this young girl was forced to scrub a Sydney dumpster as a punishment. Such inhumane hours and dangerous and degrading punishment for a 15-year-old worker is hardly the treatment you’d expect from a religious organization. The Andersons and Jordan left the church, and have now been severed from their one daughter who remains a member.Others in Australia have recently come forward to accuse the Church of operating slave labor camps. The camps, they claim, are set up as a punishment for members. They are allegedly run by the church and sanctioned by church officials. Also, individual members have complained of being imprisoned and enslaved in their own homes due to rule-breaking within the church. Several female church staff have also reported being forced or coerced into having abortions against their will. They claim that upon their pregnancy being discovered, they were taken into an office and threatened with expulsion from the church and being alienated from their families if they didn’t end their pregnancies. One woman was so frightened of the church she reportedly used a coat hanger to give herself the abortion the church required. The paperwork from that incident was apparently destroyed.For the rest of the story go here:  http://news.change.org/stories/church-of-scientology-accused-of-slave-labor-camps-forced-abortions

Here is the Anderson family on YouTube:

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Ex-Scientologist story #249, “Thanks for the PORN you cowards.”

The level the Scientology has descended to in the area of pestering critics is little more than what a high school sophomore could come up with: sending porn and applying for credit cards for somebody who doesn’t want them.  Even the sick puppies at the old GO could come up with better stuff than this. 

Here we see the work Hubbard’s mental virus has done to a family, turning them on each other.  This is courtesy of the “most ethical people” in the world.   Heather Bennett, herself a second generation member, former member anyway, has some choise words for the cult.

Every time I post to this NG or do a little work to benefit the critical cause, i.e, the redesign of lermanet.com, Scientology adds me to another porn list – or perhaps even applies for another credit card in my name — that one is being investigated. (I know that I’m not the Lone Ranger here and that this is a typical “perk” for critics.)

Many of you don’t know as much about me as $cientology does, so for the purpose of this post, I’ll provide a bit of history: My parents, brother and sister, sister-in-law, her entire family, my ex-husband, and his children (my step children) from his previous marriage to a scientologist are all Scientologists. Included in this family are the usual mix of dissidents, OT’s, Sea Org members, squirrels and hard core Scientologists that one could reasonably expect to find however, I am the only official SP. I have two daughters ages 10 and 12 who were born into scientology, making them potential 3rd generation members. Because of my own relationship with scientology, my kids have suffered enormously as a result of disconnection policies and from being recipients of a lifetime’s worth of bad news about me (what comes to mind is one of them at age two explaining to the other that “Mommy causes all the accidents in the world”.)

Despite the horrors of my experience with the cult, I’ve been extremely careful regarding what I say about Scientology in front of my kids. Rather than preach the dangers of Scientology specifically, I’ve been more inclined to educate them about harmful practices and groups in general which in turn allows them to form their own analogies and to grow up thinking for themselves. Education is the only effective weapon that I can use in our case actually and, as you can imagine, “being gentle” about the subject has been no small feat – esp. while resident in the Lerma household.

Aside from wanting them to think for themselves, a reason I don’t share the TRULY REVOLTING nature of Scientology with my kids is that they are extremely close to some of their scieno relatives and, since I have no legal right to prevent them from having relationships with a few family members that are of concern to me, I’ve been left with no choice but to try to make the best of it. After careful consideration, I decided that a policy of not saying anything that could harm or interfere with their mutual love and admiration from these many sources – while being keenly aware that Scientology has a built in system of shooting itself in the foot – is the best one for our particular situation. I’m confident that, armed with an education – which most scientologists don’t have – it is better to allow scientology to be the one who officially dissuades my kids from any involvement in their psychotic group. This confidence is possible because, as a 2nd generation scientologist myself, even while living entirely within the walls of a scientologist family, I was able to reason my own way out of the cult.

To read the rest of this 2002 post go here: http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/scientology-porn-cowards.htm

Here is another YouTube post that I found concerning the cult and children. 

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Ex-Scientologist story #248, “Was ruined by the Scientologists.”

Lutefisk, the bane of Scientology.


If there is one country in which Scientologists have never gotten much reward for all of their great efforts it is Norway.  The cult has been beaten time and time again in the courts.  One reason for this is that the low-grade Scientology lawyers, like Moxon, are too weak to eat lutefisk.  Nobody of any stature at the bar in Norway can resist this tasty fish delight. 

The first story below is from 2001, this appeared in the Norwegian paper Aftenposten.  In it a former member, Magnus Berge recounts his bad experience in the cult and warns others not to make the same mistake.  The second story concerned the legal efforts that Magnus made in order to recover money.  In 1997 the High Court of Oslo confirmed a lower court’s decision to award judgement and costs to  Berge.  Translation for both stories provided by Andreas Heldal-Lund. 


“He was a member of the Church of Scientology for five years and collected debts for [NOK] 300,000. Magne Berge is now warning against the methods of the sect. He broke out of the movement after having been economically ruined on self help courses and Scientology books. After fighting for several years Magne Berge won in 1997 in high court. The
Norwegian Church of Scientology had to pay [NOK] 600,000 in compensation in addition to legal cost. Berge got private loans for totally 300,000 kroner to pay for courses and books. – I could not end one course before I had signed up for a new one. That went on for five years, Berge says.”

“- I was mentally broken after a divorce, I would not have joined this circus if not. People must be aware that if they let themselves be tricked by the Scientologists they will
experience their soul, time and money depart, Berge says.

“But he believes the Scientologists have learned after the golden age in the eighties and all the lawsuits thereafter: “- They probably don’t dare to create new debt victims. They are inventive and will likely limit themselves to only take the money you earn…”

The Church of Scientology in Oslo vs. Magne Berge

The appeal from The Cult of Scientology in Norway was turned down unanimously by 3 judges in High Court last week!

This is final and the verdict (also unanimous) now stands for ever. It’s pay up time for the cult in Norway, if not they are demanded bankrupt. You remember my lawyer who
answered Helena several months ago? He also represented Magne in this case.

Magne Berge is an ex-scientologist who sued the cult to get his money back. He was awarded 600.000 kroner (about 100.000 US$) and the cult had to pay all legal costs.
That must be well over a million kroner by now.

The verdict is _very_ similar to other lawsuits in Norway against the cult, but each of them were settlement out of court. This is the first final verdict against the cult here.

For the rest of the story go here: http://www.xenu-directory.net/critics/berge1.html

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Ex-Scientologist story #247, “Inside Scientology/Dianetics.”

Dianetics started with Aliens, Scientology ended with Xenu.

Inside Scientology/Dianetics

How I Joined Dianetics/Scientology
and Became Superhuman

by Robert Kaufman
(1995 revision)

The first work ever to disclose the secret Scientology materials.

Robert Kaufman was a Scientologist for a few years in the late 1960’s, this book was first printed in 1972 by Olympia Press.  Besides telling of the then secret upper level courses he aired a lot of Scientology dirty laundry.  This is not big news today but in 1972 Scientology was much stronger and had a reputation that was not as badly stained as it is today.  Perhaps the most interesting parts are not about Hubbard and teachings, per se, but rather the descriptions he gives of Scientologists at St. Hill and elsewhere.  These vignettes are priceless and do a lot to explain the how’s and why’s of Scientology involvement.

Hubbard had made it known from Dianeticson that persons who had been audited, especially Clears and OTs, could not be judged by “human” standards. Superhuman or not, the Upper Level people at Fyfield Manor impressed me in strikingly different ways. Edward Douglas and Max Dinmont — respectively OT I and OT VI — were kind, unostentatious gentlemen with evident strong inner qualities. Edward was like a large, benevolent elf. Never in enough funds for all available processing, he had over the years steeped himself in Hubbard’s writings with such scrupulousness that even people on higher levels than his respected his authority on Scientology fundamentals. Somehow Edward wordlessly conveyed to me the feeling that he surveyed the manor and its surroundings from a non-physical vantage point.

Certain other OTs made it a point to be all too human after all. Richie Blackburn referred to one of them, a voluptuous OT VI named Olga O’Brien, as “an easy lay.” The afternoon Olga arrived at the manor with her eleven year old daughter, she made a “between the bodies agreement” with another new arrival, a Sea Org recruit en route to Ron’s yacht, reported to be off the coast of Spain. The daughter disliked her mother’s lover, and the three of them, indifferent to others present, hashed it over the next day in the dining room. This dispute over Olga’s amours seemed to be only the latest in a series. Olga upheld her end of it with Scientological-sounding principles of Self Determination and Personal Responsibility. There was something spiteful and vindictive towards the little girl in Olga’s carryings-on, but I tried to take her remarks at the table at face value. The recruit was around for only a day or so. Then Olga moved into the room of Mike Glassman, a recently attained OT VI, a fleshy, pompous man of about fifty who gave off no spiritual waves whatsoever. Richie Blackburn told me that Olga had managed to fit him, Richie, in for a between the bodies agreement also, between her bouts with the others, and “Why doncha get in on the fun, Bob? All’s you got to do is say `Hallo’ to her.” Richie’s credibility got a boost early the next morning when I went downstairs to find Olga on the living room couch with Juanita Wilkin’s steady lover, whose frequent presence at the manor didn’t seem to disquiet Juanita’s husband, Ralph, the landlord.

Juanita’s “human” behavior was not so puzzling, however. She was only a Grade IV Release.

Ralph Wilkins, OT I, tall, rangy, and thirtyish, didn’t act superhuman either. Some of his lodgers looked down their noses at his apparent vicarious delight in the naughty bedtime frolics at the manor, his wife’s included. They put it that “His Ethics Are Out.”

Within recent years, Hubbard himself, concerned over reports of Second Dynamic Out-Ethics (sexual promiscuity), had issued a Policy Letter directive prohibiting such activities amongst staff members and students. However, it was then reported to him that people were still doing it anyway; and as they showed no sign of ever stopping, Hubbard revoked his order and fornication was reinstated at Saint Hill.

Ralph Wilkins was scraping to finance his next Upper Level with profits from the manor, but he was extremely disorganized about it. The house was deteriorating, especially the plumbing, so that Ralph had to keep his rents at rock bottom, hoping to make up for it in volume. Some nights he had an overflow crowd sleeping on the living room floor and down in the basement, rather sinisterly called “the Dungeons.”

At one meal, I noticed a boy of eight or nine eating at a small table off to one side. At first I thought he was alone; then Richie told me he was one of the children of an American couple who were on the long Special Briefing Course, who acked(acknowledged) everything said to them as though they were conducting an auditing session, with sonorous “Okays” and “Thank yous.” His mother had found in a Search and Discovery that their son was suppressive to her — perhaps she didn’t want him in the first place — and she had then had to disconnect from him, so he was placed away from her at his own table. Now and then she ran over and gave him a love-pat, because, as she explained, “I can really only half-disconnect from him.” He was the saddest little boy I’d ever seen, his pinched, bewildered features in complete contrast to those of his sunny little sister, who always sat with her parents.

There was also a teen-aged girl who stayed in the attic and showed up for meals only on rare occasion, humming to herself. Richie described her as the Planet’s First Dianetic Baby, the result of Ron’s experiments with “engram-less birth.” “I’m not so sure it worked out all that right, mate,” he said. “She’s really a bit weird, ya know.” 

Students and staffers at the Hill were predominantly from England, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Scandinavian countries, where English was a second language. Men and women were in about equal ratio. Their ages ran from twelve to octogenarian, though most were young adult to middle-aged. Many of them were in great haste to get through. Pressure from the organization to ascent the Scientology ladder, and the attendant general financial pinch, tended to make the students’ self-interest aggressive and unconcealed. I had first observed this during the backbiting rides over to the Hill and the daily stampede for tape machines.

I also sensed their fear. Something could happen to Scientology before Ron pulled us out of the Trap he had languished in for billions of years. Scientology had been attacked in the press and by several governments. It had survived for almost twenty years; Ron was confident about “the next billion.” Yet the total picture was hardly reassuring, and the bustling surface at Saint Hill did not hide the fear.

Kaufman was soon rid of Scientology finding it  little more than a purposly confusing world of “1984” mixed with science fiction and high-pressure sales.  Once free of this mental virus he did his best to warn others.  To read his book go here:  http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/isd/isd.htm

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Ex-Scientologist story #246, Children in the Sea Org.

Amy Allen, maiden name Harrison, joined the Sea Org just like her sister.  Her parents, brainwashed as they were, would not give consent willingly.  Her father said she would regret it.  He was right but the regret was enough to share with the rest of the family.  As usual lies were told her by the recruiters, the biggest one being that she would get three weeks vacation.  There are no such things in the slave org of Hubbard as vacations.  The only thing she got in the Sea Org was nastiness, overwork and little pay.

I was born into a Scientology family. My mom was in the Sea Org when she was 12, but shortly after blew. She then joined staff at Burbank mission where she met my dad, they married, and that’s how I came around. I do recall hanging around the Big Blue building (AOLA) when I was between 2-5 years old. My parents were on services there, and my sister and I would run around the complex. Even then they would put us to work as “volunteers” – cleaning, doing filing, etc.

When I was 5 yrs old, my parents, big sister and I moved from Burbank, CA to Palmdale which is about an hour outside of LA. I don’t recall ANY Scientology for a while here. My parents were not on course for years, and instead we did a lot of traveling, camping, and family activities. This was the most pleasurable time in my life thus far. There was no worry, no stress, no hate and confusion, just the constant love of my family and friends.

When I was 12, we moved back to Los Angeles and my sister and I were sent to Delphi LA, a Scientology school. I had a little brother who was only 2 yrs old then. I did a few courses during this time at the local Foothill Mission. My parents would bribe me by saying I could skip Summer School at Delphi if I promised to do a course at the mission during this time. I twinned with either my sister or best friend, which made it fun.

When I was 14, my sister dropped out of school and joined staff full-time at CCHR. Shortly after, she was recruited straight from there into the Sea Org at the HGB building in Hollywood. . .

In the summer of 1998, I was not only practicing and performing at CC all the time, I was on course doing my Student Hat and Pro TRs. I didn’t finish my Pro TRs, so instead of going back to school after that summer, I went on course full time. This was the beginning of my recruitment process. I have to admit I think I was pretty easy for the recruiters to get me to join. I signed my contract during my first conversation with my recruiters, who were Shane and Cassie W, Jennifer G, and Dave P.

When I went home to tell my parents, they were both very disappointed. My mom wanted me to finish high school and finish the Pro TRs Course first, and my dad plain thought I would regret it. . .

That night I was terrified and couldn’t sleep. Everything my parents told me were going through my mind like a broken record, I didn’t know who to believe. My recruiters told me I would be able to go to Gold and sing, but my dad said I would regret giving up on my singing career? My recruiters told me I would be going up the Bridge for free, so why was my mom so worried about me finishing my Pro TRs Course? My recruiters told me I’d be able to take Liberties (The day off) every two weeks if my stats were up AND I’d get three weeks of vacation time a year, so why did I have this cold gut feeling of my friends and loved ones never being seen again? By the time I woke up, and I had changed my mind as instinct told me I’d regret it.

I went into CC to tell them that I had changed my mind and wanted to just continue on course. My course supervisor routed me to Ethics to sort this out, and said I could not continue on course because going back on my decision to join was out-ethics. I went down to ethics and was met by the ED CC Int, Dave P, who was pissed! He told my recruiter, Shane, to get me on the meter because it was only overts and my reactive mind that would hold me back from doing something so good, and he wanted someone to give me a short confessional to “find out my crimes.” This obviously implies that if I don’t join, it only means I am a major criminal and MUST be hiding thing, and the ED CC Int figured if he could intimidate me or scare me enough, I would change my mind. . .

He took the papers from my interview which had all my “out-ethics” on it and went out into the hallway outside of the recruitment office where all the staff were walking to the galley for dinner. He started yelling at me that the only reason I wasn’t joining the Sea Org is because I was too busy going down on my boyfriend (which he had read in the interview). The CC Int staff looked over at me smirking and laughing. I was horrified. This was my deepest darkest secret as a 16 year old! He told me I thought blowing my boyfriend was more important than clearing the planet. I was so humiliated and upset. He wouldn’t stop. He kept going like this through all the stuff that I had said in my interview, reading it aloud to humiliate me. I finally backed down after all the harassment and said I would join.

This time, he sent two of my recruiters home with me so that I would not change my mind. Their job was also to talk to my parents and get their agreement because I was only a minor and had to have parental consent. They came in my house and made me start packing my things. They told me I had to start right away because otherwise I would change my mind again. . .

My mom and dad were still adamant that they did not want to co-sign my contract, and turn my guardianship over to the org. It’s all a blur to me, but I remember my mother being ordered to come into CC with an official summons from Ethics. She too was put on the meter and talked to for hours before she finally signed. I could tell she was doing it against her will.

Later on she would leave the Sea Org and suffered the ultimate penalty: disconnection from her parents.  Scientology has broken up untold thousands of families.  The is part of the fine world that Hubbard’s followers want for the rest of us.  To read the rest of the story go here;  http://www.exscientologykids.com/amy3.html

I found this on YouTube about kids in Scientology:

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A Scientologist reacts to having to buy more “corrected” Hubbard books.

He takes a few well-earned swipes at Tom Cruise too.

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Ex-Scientologist story #245, Larry Anderson wants his money back.


Big name Scientologist have been dropping like flies during the last few years.  Here is another.  Of course the cult tries to “handle” these cases but the “hill ten” has just gotten too steep for these  nincompoops  to climb.   

Larry Anderson, star of Scientology’s ‘Orientation’ film, wants his money back

By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers 
Sunday, January 24, 2010

If you watched TV in the past three decades, you probably saw Larry Anderson. He appeared on more than 30 shows, including Charlie’s Angels, Mork and Mindy, Desperate Housewives and Mad Men. He hosted three game shows and had bit parts in eight movies.

He got lots of parts but isn’t well-known. Except to Scientologists.

Anderson starred in the Church of Scientology’s 1996 film Orientation, a 40-minute promotion central to church recruiting efforts. Translated into 15 languages, it has been shown at church facilities worldwide not only to potential recruits but also to parishioners and staffers, to get them more involved in Scientology.

At the film’s dramatic climax, Anderson is a portrait of rectitude as the background music swells and the camera zooms in. . .

Now, after 33 years as a Scientologist, the past 13 as the voice extolling the virtues of Scientology and the perils of walking away, Anderson is walking away. He says the church failed to deliver the spiritual gains it promised.

He also wants his money back, nearly $120,000 he says he prepaid for services never taken. A church policy says parishioners can get repayments, but if they do, they cannot come back. . .


By late 2008, Anderson was frustrated with more than his auditing.

He brought five recruits to the church but all of them left, weary of pushy supervisors. Some told Anderson they were urged to join the church staff, and others were pressed to work fewer hours at their secular jobs to leave more time for Scientology study.

Anderson also objected to church leaders urging parishioners to repurchase the updated 18-volume set of Hubbard’s basic teachings, for $3,000. The church blamed stenographer and editing errors that had to be cleaned up.

These books were published 20 years before LRH died. How is it we’re just discovering that stenographers made mistakes or rearranged pages?”

Through the years, Anderson said, he bought re-released books multiple times. “Each time they said, ‘We got it perfect now.’ ”

He was among thousands of Scientologists gathered in Los Angeles to hear Miscavige’s filmed announcement that the re-edited basic volumes were being released. “I looked around and everybody’s in a standing ovation, getting their checkbooks out. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, we are sheeple.’ Not me. I’m out.”

Davis, the church spokesman, rejects Anderson’s reaction as “absurd.” Hubbard himself launched the re-edit in 1984, two years before he died, Davis said. As part of the project, the church recovered and restored several lectures Hubbard gave in the 1950s that existed only on deteriorated tapes. Translated now into 15 languages, Hubbard’s 18 volumes, plus 280 lectures, are available to more people than ever, Davis said. The materials also are available at no charge in church reading rooms.

Anderson told a high-level church executive his concerns about the costs of the re-released books and his frustration with his years “grinding and grinding” in auditing sessions. He also asked about anti-Scientology material he read on the Internet.

For the rest of this juicy story go here:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/he-wants-his-money-back/1067720

Here is a bit more:

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