Basel Idle Org – March 2015 update

Just got this from J… in Basel – Switzerland

“Just to update you on the Basel Switzerland Idle Org.

Thursday March 26 around 3PM.
One month after it apparantly was to open, I paid a visit to the Org, in the tri-country area of Switzerland, France and Germany. As I approached, there was no activity, and it was apparent why: the org is still not open. ALL the windows are completely covered with roller-blinders, and there was only a sign in the lower corner of the door asking for anyone delivering goods to call any of the two numbers listed. After a few photos, and me waving to the security camera, a security guy came outside and pretended to check the mailbox. He was not that keen on being phtotgraphed. He stayed outside until I had left. I did see one light in a window, behind the blinders, but no one peeking out, or any other signs of life.
Cheers,”
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Basel Idle Org – February 2015

The Idle Org was supposed to open today.

This pictures were shot yesterday:b asel1

The opening-ceremony was planned here.
(They had a government-permission to block the road for yesterday, but after they told the press and the government  that they are not yet ready)
Inside it is nearly complete:
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And the front is also nearly complete:
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A week ago, there was a filmteam there (maybe from Gold for LRH-Birthday-Event):
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And they were cleaning the windows:
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We have a neighbor that sends pictures nearly every day and they are verry nervous, because they know that we are observing them Smiley:
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and they are observing back:
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We think that the opening will be in some weeks and we are keeping some eyes on them……
Thank you R! for the report !

Sydney “state of idle”

The following article is from www.vice.com in Australia

Inside the Church of Scientology’s New $14 Million Compound

By Nelson Groom

This month the Australian Church of Scientology opened their renovated headquarters. It’s located in downtown Sydney in a heritage building dating back to 1908. The $14 million project has birthed an array of new and exorbitant facilities, with its sole purpose being to lure new acolytes.

Historially, Scientology spread failry quickly in the land down under. After officially starting in America in 1952, there was enough of a following to hold a Scientology Congress in Melbourne by 1954. The Australian branch of the Church even became the regional headquarters of the entire Asia-Pacific region. But like in America, reports of the macabre have long overshadowed the church, and it now seems these are starting to catch up.

The group has always been optimistic when expressing their numbers. They claim to have150,000 members in Australia, despite census numbers putting the figure at fewer than 3,000.To put that in perspective, its less than the number of Aussie Satanists and witches. What’s more, it was shown in 2011 that these numbers are dwindling. Jim Lippard believes we can credit this to the internet, which has robbed the churches power to sweep things under the rug.

The former chief spokesperson for Scientology in Australia Mike Rinder was candid in his explanation of why the Australian brand of Scientology is potentially at risk: “Australians tend to be pretty down-to-earth, and and bullshit don’t fly.” Case in point: the church’s recently rejected rehab center.

The optimistic membership figures are consistent with the decision to pimp out the headquarters. But as Mark Rinder goes on to explain, the money spent on construction could be doing more harm than good. “Too much money goes to international management, and they’re buying buildings, so they can’t use that money for staff.” Hence why they might be forced to spend truckloads of money on employee back payments.

In order to make my own mind up, I decided to see the headquarters for myself. I called the church’s head office, and after several days of deliberation, they agreed to give me a tour. I suspect it wasn’t a coincidence that this was arranged for a peak period of business, the 5 PM rush hour.

The outside of the building melds surprisingly well with its surroundings. However, this all changes when you walk inside. As soon as you step through the entrance, the vibrant lighting and futuristic decor make you feel like you’re on set of the latest terrible sci-fi dystopian flick. It’s prompt validation that this is not your average church.

I was soon acquainted with my guides, Carolyn and Colin. Both were dressed in Navy-esque uniforms, which are intended to honor Hubbard’s time spent in the Navy. The first stop of the tour was in a similarly honorary vein: the L Ron Hubbard memorial office, fitted with a library of his very own books. I was told this was “a mark of thanks to Hubbard.” I suppose the $600 million he acquired through the church wasn’t enough.

After this, the led me upstairs to see the new chapel and café. I should note at this stage how bizarrely flaccid the tour was—if these were their peak hours, it’s safe to say that business ain’t booming.

Inside the chapel, there were tiled murals and a bronze bust of the big homie Hubbard (the dude is never further than arm’s reach in any part of the church).

I was informed that the time had come for me to discharge my emotional baggage, so we got in an elevator and made our way up to the auditing section. Auditing is the central process of Scientology, where subjects are purportedly cleared of negative influences in order to reach a state of Zen. It involves a practitioner and a divisive machine known as an e-meter. Author Paulette Cooper believes that in the eyes of church members, auditing puts the science in scientology.

We passed a reception desk manned by some brain-dead employees and made our way down a long corridor of identically vacant offices.

“These are all new rooms. In here, this one has the best view.”

I stepped inside with great reluctance. In the center of the room was a desk and chairs, both adorned with scientology symbols. It was my first encounter with an e-meter (electro-psychometer for those who prefer redundancies).

The machine, which scientologist’s claim will diagnose emotional ills, looks like a prop from the original season of Star Trek. It “works” by sending a small electrical current through wires that are attached to dual cans held by the user. The cans measures resistance, i.e., to what degree a body opposes the passage of the electric current.

According to the church, when subjects using an e-meter recall traumatic memories, their mind produces a charge that triggers the dial on the machine to move around. And in 1971, it was ruled in a US District Court, that e-meters had to present the following warning label:

“The e-meter is not medically or scientifically useful for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of any disease. It is not medically or scientifically capable of improving the health or bodily functions of anyone.”

It’s been argued that the belief in an e-meter’s ability to read one’s soul, despite the lack of any serious science to vouch for this at all, is the greatest testament to scientology being a religion.

“Go ahead; hold on to these.”

My guides watched with flashing eyes as I grasped the cans. It was a profoundly unnerving scenario.

“Think of a time that was very stressful for you,” said Carolyn. “The e-meter helps to identify trauma.”

Having prepared for this all beforehand, I decided to do the reverse and focus on a deeply relaxing memory instead—namely, getting high on a beach in Barcelona. I had also read that the movements in the dial can also be attributed to hand moisture, which was thick in my palms.

“There it goes! There it goes again!” exclaimed my guides.

Sure enough, the dial was faintly stirring up and down, the alleged response to a distressing memory. Meanwhile, I was just reflecting on Catalonian chronic.

I sure as hell wasn’t going to tell this to my wide-eyed tour guides, though, who were staring at me, apparently free from any instinctual need to blink.

Having supposedly been cured of my supposed trauma, I was escorted to what appeared to be a classroom. Colin told me this was where members learned to become auditors. According to AlternativeReligions.com, this costs approximately $50,000. It was no surprise then that these rooms were also empty.

My guides explained that the church is primarily kept afloat from the study fees, which go for up to $1,400 per subject. Anyone is free to take up the studies, which involve working throug the prolific content of Hubbard under a supervisor’s guidance. They range from introductory courses to advanced ones. The broader study sections were stocked with a myriad of material.

One student was slumbering on a desk. When we drew near, he spotted our trio, shot upright, and apologized frantically. I don’t blame him—I’ve never been a fan of science fiction books myself.

When I left, around 7 PM, the multimillion-dollar compound was still open for business—with no actual members present save for the staff and the lone student desperately trying to stay awake.

Sydney Idle Org is opened

A report in the “Property Observer” Australia:

The building – no question – is beautiful. The future will again show an empty building serving just as a real estate investment with “others” money

Jennifer Duke | 8 May 2014

201 Castlereagh Street, or The Church of Scientology, restored

201 Castlereagh Street, or The Church of Scientology, restored

Some Sydneysiders may have walked past 201 Castlereagh Street in the past, noting the small ‘Scientology’ signs if they paid attention. However, this subtlety will be no longer, after a complete upgrade to the building and the introduction of large ‘Church of Scientology’ branding.

The beautiful 1908-built structure has had two storeys added, where initially three were proposed, and has had a number of its heritage features restored. The brick pilasters and bronze-glazed glass curtain have been brought up to the modern day. The building overlooks Hyde Park.

The $12 million lump sum contract, awarded to Kane Constructions in March 2013, had a vision of additional commercial offices and spaces, as well as new lifts, wet areas, a lobby and building services.

They worked with Nix Management and WMK Architecture to deliver the project.

The launch of the completed building, on 3 May, saw 2,500 Scientologists attend. Official information says that the building’s congregation is ‘ever growing’ and that it serves as a hub for “people of all faiths and cultures across New South Wales”.

Launching the building with an address was David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of Scientology.

“There’s a new sign in the southern night skies and it points to something never seen before—your Ideal Org of Sydney. That it opens directly in the wake of what is a whole new Scientology world lends it even more significance. Because for all the help you thus far extended to the millions, you now possess the means—in this, our Golden Age—to uplift this city and this nation with the unqualified freedom of Scientology,” said Miscavige.

Attendees include Federal Member of Parliament Julie Owens, Australian Human Rights Council president Sev Ozfowski, Young Offenders Support Service programme manager Kalisi Bese and Aboriginal elder of the Dunghutti people Bill Allen.

Those who attend the newly refurbished building are provided with a Dianetics and Scientology introduction.

The Church of Scientology, Sydney, moved to the site in the 1980s. This year is the 60th anniversary since the formation of the Church of Scientology. Fundraising for this project through Ideal Org has occurred for some time, with online discussion as to when the building would be brought up to standard.

Toronto update – March 2014

sucks2beotviii wrote again:

“Thanks for posting my article! It’s my first post ever! There is one main correction though–the images of Toronto org are not quite right as the old org and new org images are mixed together. If possible, you may want to correct them.

Attached are these Toronto org images including a couple new, better images:
My post talks about the original building the Toronto org has owned at 696 Yonge St. since 1979, which is now boarded up and sits empty. This is a massive building 8 stories high that occupies an enormous corner lot on the busiest main street in downtown Toronto. It is now closed and boarded up “for renovations” that will never come while the dust gathers. (Please see attached images and see which are labelled 696 Yonge Street.)
Meanwhile, the Toronto org staff and public have moved from occupying all 8 floors of this massive building all into one tiny top floor at 77 Peter Street in a dead, low traffic area where they pay rent while the huge building they own stands empty. Nuts! (See picture labelled 77 Peter Street) You enter through the light coloured entrance in the middle where the bike is and go to the top level–note how tiny this space is, compared to the original massive org building at 696 Yonge. Now that is one severely shrunken org!
Hopefully you can get my attached images and see by the labels which org is which. Thank you for posting my article and thank you Izhar for all you do!”
Photos 696  Yonge St.
696 Yonge St.1 696 Yonge St.3 2…and 77 Peter Street
77 Peter Street 2 77 Peter StreetTHANK you sucks2beotviii