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  1. This is the biggest problem for the US Government. We can see this but for people on the inside, they would disagree. I believe if they rounded up 100 people in RPF or the Hole and asked them if they wanted to leave or if they were mistreated, they would deny it. If $cio has 20,000 members total it's going to take more than Leah, Mike, Paul H and others to tear them down. I'm really hoping something comes from the Marty Rathbun situation and they find that he took a payout from $cio with the agreement to exclude his lawyers from it so they wouldn't get a percentage. If he's caught and has to pay a pricy bill and information is disclosed about church settlements in relation to their accounting practices. that might be the real tipping point. I'm not a lawyer or accountant but I'm sure their are "rules" around this type of thing.
  2. Did I see one of the "commercials" correct - that this series won the "Best Informational Show" Emmy? That's gotta make Wee Davey worried. Yes, it's in the Media thread and on Tony Ortega's site. She won at the Creative Arts Ceremony.
  3. I think the most telling thing tonight was when Leah said that yes, David Miscavage is a bad guy but if it wasn't him it would be someone else in his place doing the similar things (paraphrasing) because that's what LRH's teachings are : lie, conceal, attack rather than defend, disconnect, punish...ultimately that "the end justifies the means". Clearing the planet and preserving Scientology, however you get there, is perfectly fine. I think DM is evil but from what I've seen and read there are probably dozens of evil people in that organization (and at one time, Mike Rinder was one considered one of them). Everyone we've heard from that blew were in RPF or The Hole, they went from being an oppressor to being oppressed - that's what shook them back to reality. Paul Haggis might be the first we hear from that didn't receive physical punishment but instead left over philosophical/theological differences. Ultimately, I agree with Leah, it is the "teachings" of LRH are the source of the problems. It isn't just DM that needs to be brought down, it's the whole damn church.
  4. Thank you for having the courage to share this...continued strength, health and peace to you.
  5. It was Brooke Shields, who is a far better person than me and accepted his apology and then went to his wedding. And what kind of mother would not rush to her child and do everything possible to help them get better and ease their pain? I don't even have biological children (two wonderful steps) and I would go to the ends of the earth for them. It's inexplicable to me. Child labor, child abuse and human trafficking...this should be everything the government needs to shut them down. They need to do a raid on Flag, The Hole, and everywhere else people are being held, round them up and separate them from the "officers". Many might not talk but I bet a lot would.
  6. She was born into it, I think, which has limited her exposure to the outside world and given them many years to brainwash her. I used to think her ex was an ass based upon what she's said about their marriage - and he may be - but maybe being married to someone like her and Davey wasn't so easy either.
  7. Just saw this from Elizabeth Moss who appears so bright and informed when it comes to many current issues. I can't believe she is so insulated to not understand how her "religion" treats people: E! News reports that Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid's Tale, recently shared a photo of herself on Instagram. In the comments below the picture, someone asked, "Love this adaptation so much. Question though, does it make you think twice about Scientology? Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil… it's just very interesting." Moss responded: "That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!" Religious freedom? They can't leave. Tolerance? Disconnection and SP's. Equal rights? Child molestation and slavery. I'm surprised they haven't paired her up with TC. They're both single and delusional.
  8. Against my better judgement, I watched. Let's see... Le Twins were out of synch and there's just two of them. They brought nothing new or interesting as stealing half your moves from MJ is neither. Swing Latino was out of synch but there's a gajillion of them so that's harder to do (though Kinja's succeeded each time they danced) Eva danced her heart out but there was no way they were putting $1,000,000 into the hands of a 14 year old that hadn't paid her dues yet. I predicted almost all the advancing teams throughout the competition because it was telescoped so clearly and/or the judges did a poor job hiding their biases. I will not watch next season.
  9. Nope. I think he does a great job explaining the food tastes, heat, textures, tenderness, bite and he shows appreciation and respect for the chef/cook even though I suspect sometimes the food isn't exactly his thing.
  10. I may have been mistaken but it seemed to me that he jumped out of the wheelchair and took about three giant leap steps in excitement. Didn't look that injured to me.
  11. I'm out for next season but I wanted to share that not only is the judging total fuckery, the three separate divisions meeting in the final are two. It should be the three best dancer(s), no matter age or size of group. As wonderful as Eva is and has the potential to be, she does not belong there with Kinjaz and K&M out, let alone some of the other acts.
  12. That was some serious fuckery. When Swing Latino beat Kinja's, I thought "There's one less reason to watch." When Ne-Yo gave Keone and Mari the 100, I turned to my husband and said, "They're done. That was a vote to say 'You're so awesome, it was so close' once they give higher scores to Les Twins. And that was what happened. I have never understood the appeal of Les Twins but there is no flipping way they out-danced K&M. I hope the 14 year old takes it but my guess it will be Swing Latino because that's who J Lo wants and she's the producer. I doubt I'll watch next week.
  13. Yes, he didn't know what Loco Moco was but he knew what a plate lunch is. Why is he faking stupid? It is not endearing.
  14. ITA. I cannot understand why Les Twins keep getting scored so high. I see nothing innovative or interesting in their routines. They leave me utterly cold. MTE. I don't get Les Twins. I don't find them terribly in synch. One is always dancing slightly ahead and more frantically than the other. Angsty faces do not emotional dances make.
  15. What have we ever done to you?????