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The Scientology Handbook

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 24, 2006

The Scientology Handbook

One publication, put out by the Church of Scientology, that I’ve found very practical and useful is the Scientology Handbook.

The book essentially goes through various parts of people lives, different situations or difficulties people have and gives some down-to-Earth Scientology techniques to resolve these issues.

The key point to understand is that Scientology is based on many years of intensive research by L. Ron Hubbard into how the mind and life work. With the magnitude of the discoveries he made, and the fact that these discoveries were of the basic components of life itself, simple techniques to handle the common situations in one’s life naturally followed.

Techniques given here represent Scientology that can be applied by anyone, anywhere to resolve the problems each of us confront in our daily lives.

Relationships – Modern relationships often degenerate into petty arguments and grudges. But why? In this section you can find out what relationships are really based on, and how to prevent them from going up in smoke by applying some simple, but exceptionally powerful concepts. Be it personal, business, whatever.

Life’s Goals – In my experience, as one gets older he starts to ask himself: So what’s the deal with my life? What have I accomplished, and what am I going to accomplish? And of course this leads into so how to I organize this so I can actually achieve it. This section explains the answer.

Marriage – Additional concepts embrace the subject of marriage. Learn what specifically keeps a marriage together and how to apply this to yours (I can personally vouch for this one, as my marriage – going on five years – has only gotten better with the passage of time).

Children – It is common knowledge that a child raised properly will grow up to become a successful adult, and happy at what he or she does for a living. But the question is, what is a “proper upbrining”. I can think of quite a few definitions. The key is to define it in terms of rock bottom basics about what people are and the principles that make us who we are.

Job Stress – As one’s work consumes a rather significant portion of one’s life, you might as well figure out what that is all about as well and learn to be successful at that. Besides, being successful at one’s work can mean the difference between success and failure in one’s life overall, since economics tends to have a heavy bearing on ones standard of living. Learn not only to deal with the stress, but to become a real success.

The Future – Learn to plan and organize the future. The basic principles of life can easily be applied to one’s future in order to organize it so that one achieves his objectives.

Drug Dependency – With drug use a common occurence in today’s society, it’s no wonder the drug dependency and addition is so common. And while this isn’t a problem for everyone, it’s not a pretty sight when yourself or someone you love has an addiction. Scientology takes a unique approach and deals with the person himself, not just his body, and gets to the root of the problem.

Self-Esteem – Why does one’s esteem wane? What can be done to fix it? Scientology can help you discover this for yourself as well.

Integrity – Above all else, one’s personal integrity is key to getting along. If you betray yourself – your done for – no doubt about it (maybe slowly, maybe quickly, but nonetheless definitely) .

Communication – The magic of communication is difficult to overstate. Many of the other subjects covered here are in themselves based on communication. In Scientology the basic concepts have been isolated and documented, making it simple for you to understand and apply the principles of communication to yourself, your family, friends, etc.

Study Trouble – Becoming educated is a vital part of survival for each one of us. Unfortunately, we are not taught how to study in school, just that we need to. The basic concepts on this are actually very simple and can be learned and applied rapidly by anyone. (As a note: This material is designed to be very simple, since it needs to be understandable by all – however, this – like all of these Scientology concepts – is founded on basic principles and has been proven workable time and time again – statistics in schools all over the world prove it.)

Conflicts – Find out why people have hidden and mysterious conflicts and what you can do to fix it.
Solutions to a Dangerous Environment – Learn what a dangerious environemnt is, and what can be done to change it.

Predicting People – This is, from my personal observation, another point that many, many of us fall down on. In business it is absolutely vital to know how to choose your people.

Illnesses & Injuries – Scientology Assists exist to help people speedily recover from illnesses and injuries.  Proven time and time again this simple procedures can be used to in a variety of different situations with often miraculous results.

Ups and Downs – Learn what causes the ups and downs in one’s life.

Scientology – A Bona Fide Religion

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 24, 2006

The Church of Scientology, while it differs from other religions, is in fact a bona fide religion. The work of extensive study by religious scholars resulted in the unanimous conclusion that Scientology is very much a true religion, and the results are documented in a book entitled “Scientology: The Theology and Practice of a Contemporary Religion”.

This collection of links below indexes it’s content in what I hope to be a useful tool that will help answer the question of why Scientology is a religion. I’ve also tried to break it down further than just the major section in order to assist you in finding specific things.

Religious Discrimination in France – Today’s McCarthyism

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 24, 2006

Religious Discrimination in France — Today’s McCarthyism

A publication posted by the Church of Scientology on www.humanrights-france.org discusses how the modern day tactics of the government in France in their attempt to squash minority religions resembles the “red-scare” tactics that senator Joseph McCarthy used in 1950 to point fingers at and discredit his opponents. Thus the term “McCarthyism”, and the adaptation: Today’s McCarthyism. The full publication is here, but here’s my take:

This tactic seems to be a common one. Senator McCarthy lent his name to his spear campaigns and gave us the new word “McCarthyism”, however, it seems to me that this tactic is also a cousin to what is being done in the U.S. today on the terrorism front as well.

When you boil it down, it looks like this: Some vested interest decides that they need to take out some people because they are causing trouble (numerous examples of this exist, I won’t bother to expound – this could be political, economic, social, etc.) But of course you have to do this in a politically correct way, so you start spreading the word about so and so and such and such (any good media man can tell you in half a second what will get people to start screaming if published in the papers) and get people all up in arms: Textbook black propaganda. Then you use the social upheaval, egged on via the media through the government and other communication lines, to pass some laws (or create blacklists, et. all) that allow you to get rid of the target person or group. Simple, has been done time and time again. This is another good example.

In this publication, they talk about “Guilty by Association” – and this is really a key point. The primary tool is the use of propaganda to associate the target with something that the public considers negative. Examples: capitalism & democracy with aristocracy (Russia, 198x), minority religions with cults (France, 200x), Jews & blacks with animals (Europe, 1938-1944), the list goes on.

The article also discusses the connections used to forward the campaigns, and the list isn’t pretty. We are not talking about just a few random individuals who decided to start a smear campaign – all kinds of people are tied into this thing.

One of the favorite defense tactics when this campaign is running is to simply point the finger at whoever is opposing you. In 1950 it was “he’s a communist”. Today it’s “they’re a cult”. Different words, same tactic: Use innuendo to fuel the unrest and create enmity toward any opposition by positioning them with the “cultists”, “communists”, etc.

As the saying goes, history oft repeats.

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At www.humanrights-france.org you’ll find a number of other resources on this subject. However, there are some choice picks that seem to make the point:

Unfounded Claims

U.S. Congressman Joseph Pitts in a hearing regarding international human rights explained how France and other countries had compiled unsubstantiated lists of minority group which were being discriminated against. One example, for Belgium was as follows:

“The parliamentary commission actually believed the account of one person who said that Hasidic Jews were dangerous because they stapled their children’s fingers together – it’s absolutely ludicrous. But these kinds of accusations have dangerous consequences and so the Belgium government has restricted religious freedom. There are other Western European nations whose actions are disturbing.”

False Identification

Congressman Chris Smith in another hearing cited the use of specific incidents to put into place laws which restrict freedom of religion overall (note again, was is the same tactic used to install the Patriot Act, and others – not to get into a whole thing on that, but just notice the mechanism).

“The mantra seems to be that there is a need for the state to respond to the mass suicides of the Solar Temple or even the Guyana suicides more than twenty years ago. They keep bringing out that as if that justifies this sweeping new crackdown on other religious and free exercise of conscience. Rather than allowing criminal provisions in the law to address those practices whenever and wherever they may occur.”

And of course, the churches in France weren’t happy either.

Blacklists

In 1996 a “cult blacklist” was drawn up by the French government. The United States State Department criticized the way it was drawn up. Its 1999 Religious Freedom report states: “The [Cult] report was prepared without the benefit of full and complete hearings regarding the groups identified on the list. Groups were not told why they were placed on the list [and] there is no mechanism for changing the list.”

Just one example (more):

‘The Ministry of Education has advised schools in France not to contract with Panda and to stop using its software, solely because Panda’s founder is a Scientologist. On May 3rd, 2001, an official of the Rectorat of Montpellier, a Ministry of National Education entity for the city of Montpellier, sent a letter to Colleges under the Rectorat’s jurisdiction in France. Tellingly, while the letter admits that the software poses “no danger”, it instructs colleges to cease using it: “Even though this material presents no danger in its present form, I am asking you to put it out of use.”’

Quite a few different religions are targeted, you can read more about them here.

Hearings and Testimonials

A number of hearings and testimonials on Human Rights in France have occurred to help spread the word and make these incidents known.

In an open letter to “Persons Concerned with Religious Liberty in France” by Anson Shupe, he stated the following:

“France’s President Chirac’s signing of the About-Picard Bill passed by that country’s legislative bodies is the modern day equivalent of similar legal maneuvers in Germany in the 1930s. That regime also had categories of religions to be monitored and possibly eliminated if not repressed, including Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists and others. This is quite similar to almost 200 religious groups that have been listed in this legislative process…” – Anson Shupe: Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Indiana

In my mind, these words ring very true.
In 2000, the Church of Scientology helped form an organization called CAP, which is made up of 30 minority religious and spiritual groups, and its aim is to document the discrimination and bring it to the attention of human rights organizations. It has also held hearings in an out-spoken effort in this matter of human rights.

L’Envoi

Religious discrimination is not a new concept, in fact the subject itself and the tactics use to effect it have evolved very little in the past decades and even centuries. However, societies change slowly, and are readily susceptible to the same ploys again and again. In France, we have a problem of religious discrimination, and it sets a precedent for other more grave turns of fate for religious liberties. Who knows what the scene will look like in 5 or 10 years — and it is that sorry fate which we must continue to be alert for and speak out against.

The Global Struggle for Human Rights Throughout the Ages

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 22, 2006

The struggle for Human Rights is, unfortunately, not a new concept. The historians tell us that since the beginning of recorded history (about 10,000 years or so), it is well documented that we’ve been dealing with this problem. With oppression in the form of ruler or over powering adversary, it seems humankind has continually fought this battle.

And heck, if it’s been going on strong for 10,000 years, what’s been happening for the prior millions?

Statistically, the same thing!

This article gives the timeline:

http://www.globalissues.org/HumanRights/Abuses/Chronology.asp

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And so we find today instances of human rights abuse the world over.

In France, for example, the freedom to practice one’s religion has been targeted.

Here are some more links from www.humanrights-france.org about that:

Actions for Religious Tolerance in France

European Criticisms of Religious Intolerance in France

Specific Organizations that were Discriminated Against

Additional Examples of Discrimination and the Connections Thereof

Publisher of Scientology Books had Application to Exhibit in French Bookfair Denied

How France’s Minority Religion (“Sect”) Discrimination Resembles the Tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy in his “Red Scare” Campaigns

Side-by-Side Comparision of Anti-Religious Statements with the French Constitution

Minority Hearings Held

Personal Stories of Discrimination

Alf Funnies: McDonalds and Starbucks Taking Over

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 21, 2006

This map shows the global dominance of McDonald’s and Starbucks, and how their locations connect some of the poorest slums to the richest culdesacs.

The McDonald’s portion is affectionately entitled “The Fries that Bind Us”.

http://www.princeton.edu/%7Eina/infographics/starbucks.html

The American Psychiatric Association: Shysters in Medical Garb

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 20, 2006

A recent edition of Freedom Magazine outlines some of the atrocities perpetrated by the head of the American Psychiatric Associated.  Actually, it’s quite insane that such people are “in charge” of mental health in the United States.

Well worth reading.

Another note on pharma

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 20, 2006

There is another key additional point on my last post:

It’s easy to shrug off this kind of stuff as “isolated” or “a mistake” or “a few bad apples”.  And in some cases that may be.  However, the point is this: If it’s not, people have to know, the (you know what) has to hit the fan so that it gets fixed before it gets too bad.  It is a favorite tactic to hide evil that would otherwise be in plain sight is by making it unbelievable.  It is factually a great defense, due to the natural tendency of many people to just shrug things off unless they are painfully (literally in many cases) obvious.

WWII is the classic example.  Shouldn’t have ever happened.  Why did it?  Because it was so absolutely rediculous that the reining policital power in Germany could be so nuts as to just round people up and kill them off because of their race.  That was a primary defense, intentional or not.  It took a while to blow the whistle simply because people didn’t want to believe it.  And at the same time, I.G. Farben, the German chemical giant, was busy manufactuing the gas that was used to do the killing – they knew what was being done with their products that the government was buying, and did nothing.

WWII ain’t the only example either.

But my point is, these things have to be made known to as many people as possible, and I recommend that people not try to explain away the evil they see (“well it’s probably just…”), but instead confront it for what it is – small or large.

AIDS Treatment Scam

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 20, 2006

This is a pretty wild story about a lady that was diagnosed for AIDS when she was pregnant, and it turned out be a false positive.  She decided to participate in a “study” where she was put on heavy experimental phamaceuticals and died shortly after giving birth.  It’s damn sad that corruption like this goes on.  Don’t know what the figures are on things like this, would need to do more research, but I’m sure this isn’t just some isolated case.  Apparently this was part of a National Institute of Health-directed study.
Here’s the article:

http://harpers.org/OutOfControl.html

McCarthyism Lives in France

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 20, 2006

Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion? Bah, who needs that, right? These things are dangerous!

In fact, it’s silly ideas like that which allow the population to depower the government by saying whatever they want. And some government officials actually agree with this wierdos that these are rights that ought to be defended. Outrageous!

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Sound like balderdash that no one in a position of power would ever say. Yes it is – but that doesn’t mean that no one thinks it.

In France, a McCarthyistic view still seems to prevail, with measures and speeches that follow in the footsteps of Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950 with his communist rumor mongering – libel and slander intended to thwart any dissenter which might choose to oppose his views. The same story exists in France today, only the issue at hand isn’t communism, it’s religion.

This article from the www.humanrights-france.org web site (see my last post also) gives you the details:

Introduction

The Blacklists

Guilt by Association

“Thought Control” (Manipulating Education)
Pointing the Finger at Critics (reminds me of “thoughtcrime”)

Use of Innuendo

Learning from History

Human Rights in France

Posted in Uncategorized by thealf on August 20, 2006

Here are some resources for Human Rights in France.

I was doing some research at http://www.humanrights-france.org, and it definitely seems there is some serious work to do to make Human Rights the reality it should be.

The links that I found that I felt were most relevant are listed below. The Personal Stories (link near the bottom) are particularly telling.

Resources for Human Rights France:

Human Rights France Home

Companies that Were Blacklisted Due to Religious Beliefs

Publications about Human Rights in France

European Criticisms of the Status of French Human Rights

International Actions for Tolerance

Personal Stores of Discrimination

Intolerance, Documentation of

Resources for Mr. David Miscavige, Humanitarian and Scientologist

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