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« Reply #375 on: December 28, 2013, 06:04:22 PM »

                                                 Community news: Clearwater has no objections to Scientology New Year's tent wrap

http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/community-news-clearwater-has-no-objections-to-scientology-new-years-tent/2158754
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« Reply #376 on: December 29, 2013, 07:45:50 PM »

                            New Scientology Mark Uvlta VIII E-Meters defective or have obvious corrosion?


Plenty to see here...

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?34440-New-Scientology-Mark-Uvlta-VIII-E-Meters-defective-or-have-obvious-corrosion
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« Reply #377 on: January 10, 2014, 06:20:26 AM »

                             Scientology Under Investigation: New Details Of FBI Probe Into Human Trafficking Allegations Revealed In Court

For years, as former Scientologists aired shocking claims about the church, the FBI was investigating perhaps the most disturbing allegation of all: that the controversial organization was involved in human trafficking. Now, court documents have revealed new details about the investigation, and how Tom Cruise‘s best friend, church leader David Miscavige, was involved...

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/01/scientology-human-trafficking-investigation/
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« Reply #378 on: January 12, 2014, 07:53:06 AM »

                                   The Decline (and Probable Fall) of the Scientology Empire -


Published on 6 Mar 2013
Jim Lippard spoke on the history of the Church of Scientology, how it has collided with the Internet and lost control of its secrets and its membership, and is now seeing an accelerating decline as its top members leave for new alternatives.

Jim Lippard founded the Phoenix Skeptics in 1985, and co-founded the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society in 2011. He's written articles and book chapters on skeptical topics, including two articles in Skeptic magazine on Scientology, "Scientology vs. the Internet" in 1995 (co-authored with Jeff Jacobsen) and "The Decline (and Probable Fall) of the Scientology Empire" in 2012. He also contributed to Gordon Stein's Encyclopedia of the Paranormal and Joe Nickell's Psychic Sleuths.

Video notes starting at 13:50: The Fraser Mansion, though referred to by Scientology as the "founding church" from the 1970s to 2010, wasn't the original building. The original building, at 1812 19th St. NW, is now a museum called the L. Ron Hubbard House (though his house was across the street), which the church acquired in 2004. The Fraser Mansion is now Scientology's National Affairs Office.

The first use of the name "Church of Scientology" was by the Church of Scientology founded in Camden, N.J. in Dec. 1953; the first Church of Scientology corporation was in Los Angeles (Feb. 1954, which became the Church of Scientology of California in 1956), the Church of Scientology of Arizona was incorporated that same year. Hubbard's organization while he lived in Phoenix was the Hubbard Association of Scientologists, International (HASI), founded in Sep. 1952. All HASI assets were folded into the Church of Scientology of California in 1966.

(Views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views
of the National Capital Area Skeptics.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alLZWxkDf30
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« Reply #379 on: January 20, 2014, 07:03:26 AM »

                                           Vicar ties faith falloff to quakes

Lyttelton has topped the list as Christchurch's most secular suburb.

According to 2013 census data, about 60 per cent of the town's 1500 residents are not affiliated with any religion - a jump from about 40 per cent in 2006.

More than half of residents in North Beach, South Brighton, New Brighton, Styx, Ensors and Beckenham put no religion on their census forms also.

Citywide, the number of non-religious people has increased by about 10 per cent since 2006.

In Lyttelton, Holy Trinity Church vicar Neil Struthers said the drop in faith was not surprising given the extent of earthquake damage to the area's churches and its ageing population.

"We have lost all our historic churches. It's all in a flux at the moment," he said. The church had a congregation of about 30 parishioners, compared with about 50 in 2006.

Struthers said many of the young people who had moved into the area did not appear interested in religion. A lot of them were put off by the "bigotry" of the past and the fact that a lot of churches were historically "institutions of division", he said.

"Many of them are actually very interested in spirituality and are quite spiritual people, they're just not interested in the practice of the Christian religion."

Nationwide, Christianity appears to have shed hundreds of thousands of devotees since 2006, while the number of non-religious people has risen strongly.

Four out 10 Kiwis now declare themselves non-religious, putting New Zealand among the most secular countries in the world.

The most religious suburbs in Christchurch, according to 2013 census data, include Holmwood, Belfast South, Deans Bush, Mairehau North, Bryndwr and Hawthornden.

Just over 1 per cent of Christchurch residents are Buddhist (4113 people) or Hindu (3276 people) and just under 1 per cent are Muslim (2634 people).

In New Zealand, religious affiliations are spread across hundreds of different faiths, from Greek Orthodox to Satanism.

Just under 2000 Kiwis subscribe to Rastafari ideals, about 1500 put down Wiccan, 850 follow Satanism and 315 belong to the Church of Scientology.[/color]

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9626939/Vicar-ties-faith-falloff-to-quakes


http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/data-tables/total-by-topic.aspx

2013 Census religion table =  Church of Scientology      315

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« Reply #380 on: January 22, 2014, 04:14:57 PM »

                                                                          ESMB is offline again.

Sorry for the lack of notice. Please check here periodically for updates.

January 20, 2014

Here's a brief synopsis what's going on. Last Saturday (the 11th), spammers found and used a "send to friend" link on the site to send their trash to a mailing list they had (not to forum members, unless by coincidence they happened to be on the spammer's list already). The fact that it was a "send to friend" link meant they were able to put in whatever email addresses they wanted to send to. It also allowed them to enter their own message, which, of course, was spam.

I made some changes while the forum was still running and thought I had stopped it. I was watching a live display of the mail server log as entries were made in it, and only saw non-spam emails going out. At this point, I still didn't know for sure how or what they were using to send and I was gathering information to figure it out.

But a while later, the screen started scrolling by quickly and I could see that the spam emails had started up again, so I quickly did what our hosting provider recommended, which was to suspend the forum's account.

On Thursday (the 16th), I had figured it out and made the necessary changes, so I reopened the forum, but was still watching the mail server log. Just after I reopened the forum, I saw a burst of activity in the log and quickly turned the forum back off. I checked and all the emails that had been sent when the forum reopened were forum notifications being sent to email addresses of members, so I turned the forum back on.

We stayed open for 3 days before the spammers found another way to send email using the forum software, on Sunday evening (the 19th).

This time, they used a script which is supposed to (according to vBulletin) be "hard coded" - that is, only send to an email address that is entered as part of the vBulletin configuration. However, apparently they found a way to enter their own set of email addresses when using the script. The email address that I entered into the configuration is still there and unchanged, and yet I have a bounced email undeniably sent by this script with someone else's email address in the To: field.

At this point (January 20), I am still figuring out and deciding what to do. We cannot have the server sending out spam. I'm sorry ESMB is down again. :(

I will update this when I have more news.
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« Reply #381 on: January 23, 2014, 08:37:23 PM »

ESMB is back. Again.
Welcome back!

                                                      ESMB is up again, but without email for now.

This means there will be no notifications sent out about PMs you've received, threads being replied to, and, probably more critical, no ability to reset passwords through email automatically. You cannot contact us through the "Contact Us" form, because it's not there.

If there is even a slight possibility of you forgetting your password, please make absolutely certain that you have a valid email address in your profile since we will only be able to reset it manually and we must be certain we are sending it to you and not someone else.

If you are still getting the "suspended" page, when you try to go to the main forum page, you need to clear your browser cache. This may help if you don't know how: How to Clear Your Browser's Cache

Here's what was posted to the "suspended" page, in case you missed it:  POSTED ABOVE.

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« Reply #382 on: January 25, 2014, 02:59:25 PM »

                                                          Scientology Mark Ultra VIII E-meter contract leaked

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?34627-Scientology-Mark-Ultra-VIII-E-meter-contract-leaked
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« Reply #383 on: February 12, 2014, 05:45:14 PM »

                                             UK.  :  Journalist wants to talk to former Scientologists


https://twitter.com/kathryn42/status/433366364137332736

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?34859-NEW-Journalist-wants-to-talk-to-former-Scientologists
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« Reply #384 on: February 15, 2014, 07:14:31 PM »

                                        City Council race tackles taxes, Scientology     Clearwater Florida

...As for Scientology, the church is one of the city's biggest taxpayers and has been a part of the city for four decades, said Allbritton.

"I think with somebody that big, that has so much influence in the downtown area, that we ought to be working with them," he said.

Jonson said the city has been reaching out to the church in recent months and should continue to do so.

McCree said he thought it was sad that some residents had such intense dislike for the church.

"They're not monsters," he said.

Rosa said he'd recently visited a church-sponsored clinic for children and thought it didn't get the recognition it deserved for good work in the community. He said the city should seek "common ground" with the church.

The church needs to be treated by the city as a business, Hamilton said.

"The church owns property. The city owns property. They are business people to be respected and dealt with when necessary," said Hamilton, who added that he's a Methodist.

The 90-minute forum held at City Hall and moderated by Bay News 9 anchor Al Reuchel gave the candidates another opportunity to define themselves with opening and closing statements....

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/city-council-race-tackles-taxes-scientology/2165617
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« Reply #385 on: February 17, 2014, 11:24:07 PM »


2013 Census religion table =  Church of Scientology      315



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« Reply #386 on: February 19, 2014, 06:54:18 AM »

                              Scientology - Texas Baptist Church Lecture With Q & A - February 2014

The Sugar Land Baptist Church ("SLBC") uploaded a video which depicts a recent lecture entitled,
"Scientology: What Do Scientologists Believe About Jesus?"

It's just over an hour long and has, at present, 62 views on YouTube.
(Their YouTube channel is 'Sugar Land Baptist Church' and features other uploaded lectures about Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and more.)

Sugar Land, Texas is a city within the SW section of Houston -- just about 165 miles from New Braunfels, Texas.

Here's the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAOQcd-8H4

I haven't watched the entire video yet, but intend to finish at some point today. The last few minutes of the video feature Q & A.

More than a few questions popped into my head about this development and I've no answers/opinions to offer.
Still, I wonder what it means that a Baptist pastor has taken the step to educate his parishioners about scientology.
Is this a good thing?
Can this pastor expect 'squirrel busters' at his door next Sunday?
Will Co$ - or RTC - take the position that no other group has the "right" to discuss scientology?
Should the other major religions follow SLBC's lead and offer similar lectures/seminars in their own houses of worship?
Will "sabboth sunshine" be a more effective disinfectant than regular sunshine because it reaches more people?
Will Co$ - or RTC - or celeb-scios - label this pastor a "bigot" for his lecture?
Why this lecture now? Media exposure of Co$ abusive policies/practices or something else?
Should the major religions be faulted at all for not educating their followers sooner?

This video raises many, many questions. There's a lot to consider, but my initial impression is that this is a positive first step.

JB

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?34942-Scientology-Texas-Baptist-Church-Lecture-With-Q-amp-A-February-2014
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« Reply #387 on: February 23, 2014, 03:01:36 PM »

                                                       Can you make a religion out of thin air?

21 February 2014,

http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Can-you-make-a-religion-out-of-thin-air-20140221
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« Reply #388 on: February 26, 2014, 06:46:51 AM »

                                        The following material must be RETURNED and RE-PURCHASED underScientology GAT II

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?35020-The-following-material-must-be-RETURNED-and-RE-PURCHASED-underScientology-GAT-II
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« Reply #389 on: March 07, 2014, 01:45:58 PM »

                                  Gaming videos: Epsilonism.. created to parody Scientology..

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?35123-Gaming-videos-Epsilonism-created-to-parody-Scientology
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