Body Thetans

Scientology TV: David Miscavige’s $4 Million Dollar per hour Vanity Project

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We open our article with a graphic from Scientology TV:

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This graphic is taken from Scientology’s official website and informs us that Scientology TV launched with only 25 hours of original content (1500 minutes). This is hardly a number to brag about — particularly after Scientology leader David Miscavige spent about $100 million to purchase, equip, and launch Scientology Media Productions and Scientology TV.

David Miscavige purchased the old KCET studio in 2011, so we also must factor in the seven years of time he took to actually get his 25 hours of original Scientology TV content on air. Looked at from a business perspective, this is a terrible and inefficient use of time and money. Like the Ideal Orgs or the Super Power Building, Scientology TV is yet another money-grabbing and financially wasteful Miscavige vanity project which absolutely fails to address the real issues that are destroying the Church of Scientology from within and without.

The $100 million dollar number translates to $4 million dollars per hour for 25 hours of new content. This is an alarming cash burn figure for 25 hours of Scientology content that few people will ever watch or even notice. In terms of contrast, HBO’s Game of Thrones spent $15 million per hour for its final episodes, this according to a 2017 story in Variety penned by and The difference between Scientology TV and Game of Thrones is the return on investment. According to Forbes, 16.1 million people watched the first episode of Game of Thrones final season. Game of Thrones was crucial to HBO’s “$1.6 billion in revenue and $583 million in operating income during the first quarter of 2017” per the Forbes article.

While it is not realistic to expect something as mediocre as Scientology TV to compete with HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones, it is realistic to expect David Miscavige to be a better financial steward of the donations made by Scientology’s parishioners. Miscavige’s profligate spend of $4 million per hour on content is excessive when we consider that Scientology TV is fundamentally propaganda that seeks to deflect attention away from the real issues of Scientology’s rapacious greed; its wanton exploitation of Sea Org members; the Cult’s use of child labor; and Scientology’s psycho-terrorist practices of Disconnection and Fair Game.

In their piece, Ryan and Littleton sum up the costs of contemporary television production:

At a moment when the television industry is grappling with a massive increase in the number of shows being produced, the ripple effects of Peak TV are surfacing in virtually every line item in a typical TV series budget.

Fueled by the rise of streaming heavyweights that don’t play by the same financial rules as traditional TV players, costs are soaring for everything from location scouting to renting equipment to securing post-production facilities…The estimates on the cost of content that emerged from these interviews peg the typical range of the production budget for high-end cable and streaming dramas at $5 million-$7 million an hour, while single-camera half hours on broadcast and cable run from $1.5 million to more than $3 million.

David Miscavige is spending big money like a Hollywood mogul. However, his spending will not result in the multibillion dollar annual earnings that successful Hollywood moguls deliver. Scientology TV will likely result in very little for the Church of Scientology except to mislead its parishioners into thinking that Scientology is growing and has surmounted decades of withering revelations about the corrupt and abusive practices of this “pay as you go” business that masquerades as a church.

Miscavige’s Scientology TV programming deliberately withholds Scientology’s space opera cosmology that is populated by Xenu, volcanoes, and body thetans. Scientology TV will also definitely never show the actual dollar costs of Scientology in which Scientologists must pay $500-$1000 per hour for auditing. At these prices, it is quite easy to spend $500,000 — or more — on your way up Scientology’s Bridge to OTVIII:

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This next Scientology graphic informs us that a Scientology Media Productions unit called “Central Ingest” receives 720 hours of raw footage everyday from Scientology shoot crews. This raw footage becomes Scientology TV:

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720 hours per day x 365 days in a year = 262,800 hours of raw footage that Central Ingest has to edit into original content to fill the 8,760 broadcast hours per year on Scientology TV’s 24/7/365 schedule. At $4 million an hour to create new content, Miscavige will be increasingly forced to cycle through the same content over and over simply to conserve cash.

Look at the bottom line: With a $4 million dollar per hour burn rate to create new Scientology TV content, 250 hours of content would cost one billion dollars. Scientology TV has the very real potential to bankrupt Scientology. Predictively, therefore, Miscavige will be forced to scale back his Scientology TV operation within a few months and reduce production costs to $50,000 per hour or less. I say this because, in its present form, Scientology TV is financially unsustainable.

Miscavige made his big initial investment in the Scientology Media Productions studio. However, this does not necessarily his mean his costs-per-hour of production time will go down. Television is an expensive business and Miscavige has had to bring in outside talent as the Sea Org simply cannot do professional television production on its own. Without professional outside help, the 262,800 hours of raw footage each year will quickly become a nightmarish backlog that has to be reviewed, scripted into a narrative, edited, and viewed for approval and release. Miscavige’s micromanaging style will also become a major bottleneck if he cannot delegate sufficient authority to release hundreds or thousands of hours of original content each year.

Scientology TV is all cost and no profit. Conversely, Scientology auditing is almost pure profit given Sea Org labor costs and the fact that all of Scientology Orgs are paid for. There are very little overhead costs for Scientology to deliver auditing. And of course IAS donations are pure profit as nothing is offered in return except cheap trophies.

Scientology TV’s initial performance has thus far targeted the safe low-hanging fruit, i.e. successful and non-controversial Scientologists: The banjo-making Deering’s; a skateboarder; a couple that makes custom lighting fixtures and chandeliers; and other innocuous people. Oddly, no Scientology celebrities have been featured. Conspicuously absent are Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Laura Prepon, etc. Even the Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss has been absent; this perhaps due to her less than charming behavior at the 2017 Emmy awards:

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Once Scientology has picked the low hanging fruit then what? Will it show the gritty reality of bankrupt Scientologists such as Richie Acunto whose $10 million dollar IAS Scientology trophy ignominiously wound up for sale on eBay?

Will Scientology TV do an episode on how everyday Scientologists write Knowledge Reports on each other in the snitching culture of Scientology? Will Scientology TV show how female Sea Org members are not provided with feminine hygiene products and must pay for tampons and such from their earnings of .50 cents per hour or less? When will Scientology TV tell the real truth about what Scientology actually is and does?

Scientology TV very predictably went on the attack against Psychiatry and Psychiatric drugs. Anyone could see this was coming; likewise we also knew that the phony PR stories and fake heroics of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers would be a part of the broadcast equation. Very predictably too were the stories of how The Way to Happiness saved Colombia.

Yet when will Scientology TV showcase Scientology’s notorious Office of Special Affairs where all of Scientology’s psycho-terrorist Fair Game operations are planned and managed? When do we get to see actual Scientology salespeople pressure Scientologists into going another $40,000 into debt to raise their IAS Patron status? When do we get to see a Scientologist solo auditing their body thetans for an hour or more everyday behind a locked door in their home?

The answer is that we will never see the cruel and miserable realities of everyday Scientology.

All that we will we will ever see on Scientology TV is Scientology PR; its attacks on Psychiatry; fake news from its phony front groups; and Nation of Islam members who have become practicing Scientologists. Scientology TV is nothing more than Cult TV.

In the final analysis, Scientology TV is David Miscavige’s $4 million dollar per hour vanity project meant to burnish his legacy within the insular confines of Scientology. The Scientology dictator made sure everyone knew Scientology TV was his baby when he shamelessly featured himself as the centerfold in a four-page wide photo-spread in the recent edition of International Scientology News:

The photo was taken at the LRH Birthday Event at which Miscavige announced Scientology TV. Miscavige can be seen behind his podium onstage at the center of the photo. He is surrounded by his adoring and euphoric throngs who can’t believe that Scientology finally has a TV channel a scant 71 years after DuMont, ABC, NBC, and CBS began broadcasting in the period 1947-1948.

America’s first big religious broadcaster was Bishop Fulton J. Sheen who began airing his show in 1951; this was the same year L. Ron Hubbard fled New Jersey for Wichita, Kansas after his first Dianetics Foundation went bankrupt and he was facing criminal charges in New Jersey for teaching medicine without a license. That Scientology is 70 years late in adopting television broadcasting is nothing new. Scientology spent tens of millions of dollars to build and open a 276,000-square-foot book-publishing factory in 2009 when paper books were racing into digital form on Kindle, tablets, and pads. Scientology’s Bridge Publications is still selling books and DVD’s in 2018. The Dianetics Kit sells for $75.00 and yet it points to a serious problem:

Scientology TV cannot broadcast anything contained in the Dianetics Kit or in any other products sold by Bridge Publications. To do so would cut into the revenues of Bridge. The hope of Scientology TV, therefore, is to get people to buy Scientology goods and services. And yet at $75.00 per Dianetics kit, Bridge Publications would have to sell 53,333 kits to offset the $4 million dollar cost of one hour of new content production by Scientology TV. This will never happen. Thus, one can begin to see the intractable problems created by David Miscavige’s extravagant and wasteful spending on Scientology TV. The man is truly fiddling while Rome burns.

Despite these glaring problems, the fawning prose describing the event when Scientology TV was announced to the faithful was downright embarrassing and helps to explain why Scientology is a Cult:

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The schedule for Scientology TV this weekend from Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM through Sunday, April 8, 2018 shows the highly repetitive programming that will quickly become the major pitfall of Scientology TV — this unless David Miscavige commits to huge burn rates of cash in the millions of dollars per hour to churn out new content. Seen from this perspective, the Ideal Orgs were a much better grade of failure for David Miscavige as they at least left Scientology owning real estate. In the case of Scientology TV there is no tangible return on the investment. Of course, Scientology claims that its TV channel will “boom” Scientology. However, the Cult says this same thing about all of its scammy cash-grabs: GAT I, GAT II, the Basics, Ideal Orgs, the Super Power Building, etc.

Below: This weekend’s Scientology TV schedule is shown on a PDF. The schedule repeats episodes on Scientologists Binod Sharma; James Speiser; a mother who became a media consultant; and The Way to Happiness. Sunday night features an L. Ron Hubbard marathon in which the Founder can be heard droning on at length in his various lectures. Does it get any more exciting than this?

Note: Hover your mouse over the PDF below to invoke the controls that allow you to page down through this three page document:

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OT’s must pay $100,000 if they breach the “OT Contract” and talk about Xenu or BT’s!

If a Scientology OT talks about the OT levels it is a breach of contract & they must pay Scientology $100,000 for each breach. This is part of the “Secret OT Contract” all OT’s must sign before they learn about Xenu, BT’s, and the other interesting facts on the OT levels.

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The Real Truth of Scientology’s Narconon Drug Treatment Program is Body Thetans

(Note: This article is based upon my Narconon article originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker. I have added additional content in this version).

We discuss the real secret of Narconon in this article. We will show you what L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology, and Narconon are withholding from prospective Narconon customers and the public at large.

The material we present is of significant and timely interest given the wave of lawsuits against Narconon. Essentially, Narconon represents its program as having a scientific basis. In this essay we show the real secret of Narconon. This goes to Narconon misrepresenting what it actually based upon and what the Narconon “treatment program” is actually doing according to L. Ron Hubbard.


Hubbard’s publicly stated premise for the Purification Rundown is this: Drug residues stored in the body “chronically restimulate” stored mental image pictures and thus cause clouded thinking, mood swings, feelings of being drugged, lethargy, and many other adverse physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of distress. By flushing out drug residues in the Purification Rundown, Hubbard avers, a person attains a clear body and a clear mind. Here is the essential description of the Purification Rundown as articulated by Hubbard in his book Clear Body Clear Mind:

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Let’s clay demo this with an image I created:

Purif.2According to Hubbard, if one flushes the drug residues from their body then the mental image pictures become inert and cannot negatively affect a person.

Below: This low quality Church of Scientology illustration (circa 1990) shows the basic Purification Rundown concept: A deficiency of B complex and niacin are created by taking drugs. The solution is to remedy the B complex and niacin deficiency. Niacin, B1, exercise, and sweating for five hours a day in a sauna will allow a person to flush the toxic drug residues lodged in their body fat:

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I have created another diagram below to show a drug residue as a molecular structure – which is what any drug residue would have to actually exist as if the body were not able to metabolize it and break it down. Hence:

Purif.4Given the diagram above, any scientific researcher can ask nine basic physiological questions:

  1. What is a “mental image picture” and where is it physically located in the body?
  2. What is the exact physical structure of a mental image picture?
  3. In and of itself, how can the molecular structure of a “drug residue” stored in the body chronically restimulate a mental image picture?
  4. Hubbard states that drug residues are stored in the fat tissues of the body. Therefore are Hubbard’s posited mental image pictures also physical structures stored in fat tissues in proximity to the molecular drug residues? In other words, by what physical mechanism do the molecular structures of drug residues signal mental image pictures in order to chronically restimulate them? One could assume there would be a chemical signaling mechanism.
  5. Alternately, rather than chemical signaling, are molecular drug residues able to selectively bind to mental image pictures in order to chronically restimulate them? Do mental image pictures have receptors for molecular drug residues?
  6. How do molecular drug residues have sufficient stored chemical energy to signal, or otherwise bind to, mental image pictures in order to chronically restimulate them?
  7. By what biochemical process is niacin able to selectively target molecular drug residues and purge them from the body via the sweat glands?
  8. What is physiological pathway and mechanisms by which niacin bound to drug residues exits the body via the sweat glands?
  9. Do molecular drug residues have niacin receptors? If so, when bound to niacin, these molecular drug residues are somehow transported out of the body via the sweat glands.

For illustrative purposes, I created the image below to show a niacin molecule bound to a drug reside molecule exiting the body. I used a large red X to show how the mental image picture has become inert, or inactive, as a result of the niacin flushing the drug residue from the body. This is what Hubbard publicly claims is happening on the Purification Rundown:

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Beyond this simplistic explanation, the physiological mechanisms of the Purification Rundown are left unexplained by Hubbard.

This is just as well for the real and publicly undisclosed secret of Narconon is this: The Purification Rundown component of the Narconon program is designed to address the body thetans (BT’s) that are being chronically restimulated by the mental image pictures caused by drug residues. The “Purif” is actually handling BT’s, Hubbard, Narconon, and the Church of Scientology have never publicly disclosed this fact – and this is why we are disclosing here on the Scientology Money Project.

Let’s have Mr. Hubbard himself tell you himself from the OT IV materials posted online.

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Knowing that BT’s and BT clusters are affected by drugs, we can finally approach the Holy of Holies in the Scientology Purification Rundown, and here we speak of the megadoses of niacin. As a point of reference, a person must reach the level of OT III in Scientology learn about Body Thetan’s (BT’s). Thus, in the OT IV materials Hubbard states that persons below OT III case level will not understand that  Niacin and B1 knock body thetans out of chronic restimulation.  and BT’s in the OT 4 course pack.

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This then is the secret of the Purification Rundown that only OT III’s and above can understand: Niacin and B1 causes BT’s to drop out restimulation. Per Hubbard, “This too brings about an improvement in the case condition of the person.”

Again, let’s clay demo what Hubbard said is really going on in the Purification Rundown. I created the illustration below we show a “drug engram” in which BT’s are in chronic restimulation as a result of being “stuck to” mental image pictures that are held in place by drug residues:

Purif.9Let’s look once again at what Hubbard wrote on OT IV:

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We can now see Hubbard’s emphasis on megadoses of niacin in the Purification Rundown. Hubbard said that niacin and B1 flush the drug residues from the body and thus allow BT’s to drop out of the drug engrams and resultant chronic restimulation in which they are stuck. This causes the BT’s to cease mocking up the drug engrams.

After completing the Purification Rundown, Hubbard expected to see “destimulated” BT’s that had dropped out of drug engrams. As a result, there would be inert mental image pictures. This is why Hubbard said the Purification Rundown would bring about an improvement in the case condition of the person.

Given Hubbard’s claims about the Purif and how it handles BT’s explains why the Church of Scientology is backed into a corner and has never funded any scientific peer-reviewed testing. The Church does not care to disclose to any scientific researchers Hubbard’s metaphysical basis for the Purification Rundown. However, we do so here at the Underground Bunker.


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Based upon the evidence in OT IV, Narconon is demonstrably crypto-Scientology delivered under the guise of a “secular drug treatment program based upon the works of L. Ron Hubbard” — and yet this none of this is disclosed to prospective Narconon clients. The inescapable fact is that the theory and application of Narconon is inextricably linked to Scientology’s OT levels, Xenu, and BT’s.

To participate in the Narconon program is to be surreptitiously pulled by Scientology into its core Xenu cosmology. The covert, hidden, and secret goal of Narconon is to handle a person’s BT’s and clusters of BT’s by getting them to blow by use of megadoses of niacin. This will make a person feel better according to Hubbard. More importantly, it just might make Narconon graduates amenable to becoming Scientologists or Narconon staff members.

Narconon has long been viewed as both a Scientology money-maker and a Scientology recruitment portal. According to Mark Ebner’s 2011 article about Narconon in The Fix, the real goal of Narconon is to turn customers into Scientologists:

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The Narconon Exposed flow chart showing the instruction to route Narconon graduates to the nearest Org can be found here.

One key question remains: Is a person who completes the Narconon program truly and fully free of BT’s and their deleterious effects?

The answer is no.

In the confidential OT IV course pack, Hubbard candidly admitted that the Purification Rundown doesn’t handle all of the BT’s and BT clusters:

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Hubbard admits that a person who completes the Purification Rundown is “not completely and entirely handled on the subject of drugs.” And yet Narconon charges $30,000 – $40,000 (or more) for a program in which a person, per L. Ron Hubbard, is “not completely and entirely handled on the subject of drugs.” This is downright scandalous.

What is the best that Hubbard — and therefore Narconon — can claim for the Purification Rundown? It is this:

From a Scientology “technical” perspective, then, the best result a Narconon customer could expect to receive for their money is a some “partial destimulation” of drug engrams and BT’s that even Hubbard himself could not quantify. All Hubbard could say is that the Purification Rundown puts a person into better case shape.

In my opinion, Narconon is intentionally selling a mislabeled and misbranded product: Narconon is covertly and inherently based upon Hubbard’s BT theory. Narconon is not secular in any way whatsoever. Narconon intentionally fails to disclose the Body Thetan theory to which Hubbard ascribes and credits the claimed results of the Purification Rundown.

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From a legal perspective, it seems that Narconon should fully disclose the actual Scientology BT basis of Narconon. Such informed consent would allow prospective Narconon clients, or their families, to have the full facts that Narconon is metaphysical in nature and is not scientific. The public and prospective Narconon clients are entitled to know that Narconon is based upon Hubbard’s secret teaching that body thetans — and clusters of body thetans – are being handled on the Narconon program.

OT 4 is called the “OT Drug Rundown.” What this tells us is that even if a person does the Purification Rundown they still must handle more BT’s and more BT drug effects up on OT 4. The public and prospective Narconon clients should be informed that Narconon, according to Hubbard himself, cannot fully handle the effects of drugs.

Narconon should also be required to disclose the leaked internal memo written by Claudia Arcabascio, Narconon International’s Legal Affairs Director. In this memo, Ms. Arcabascio concedes that there is no scientific evidence for Narconon’s claimed success rates (spelling errors in the original e-mail):

From: Claudia Arcabascio
Subject: Re: Wolverton BBB complaint and suggested response
To: XXXXXX
Cc: “PRODUCTION NNI” , “John Walser A/ED NN FC”
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009, 4:36 PM

Dear XXXXXX,

Thanks for sent me this. I don’t have a copy of the letter received from the BBB which makes difficult for me to see if the answer is appropiate.

However, I see the letter okay less than the comment of “hearsay”. It is a generality.

I cannot reach Helena today to review this. Instead, I recommend the following:

1. Correct the letter (more ARC in the letter and change the expression of “hearsay” for specifics and do not say that we have 70% success (we do not have scientific evidence of it).

2. Send a copy of the letter received from BBB to Mike Toth along with the proposed answer (corrected by you).

3. Get okay from the attorney

4. Send the letter (preferably by certified mail return receipt request). Check out this point with Mike Toth first.

If you send to Mike Toth the complete data, it should not take for him more than 10 minutes of his time.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

ML,

Claudia

Despite Ms. Arcabascio’s internal memo, Narconon Fresh Start and Narconon Spring Hill claim a 76% success rate:

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Despite these astounding success claims the actual contract clients must sign makes it clear that Narconon offers no guarantee:

Purif.20The Narconon “No Guarantee” clause is cut from the same shabby cloth as all the other Church of Scientology contracts: “The Tech produces miraculous results! However, your results may differ. “ We saw this recently with the Scientology Policy Directive “Statements by Staff Members.”

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L. Ron Hubbard did not promise anything, and, Narconon guarantees nothing. The apple does not fall from the tree.

And just like the rest of the companies in the Scientology bad faith business empire, all Narconon contracts require customers to sign away their legal rights to sue Narconon and agree to arbitration:

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