Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be
considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The
Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes
the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the
questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to
those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95
From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!EU.net!news.eunet.fi!anon.penet.fi Wed Jul 19 09:29:32 1995
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Date: Sat, 15 Jul 1995 18:30:02 UTC
Subject: Really, the Gorilla stuff is fake, right?
Xref: news.interserv.net alt.religion.scientology:75833 uk.misc:50989
In article <3u7a95$mea@Starbase.NeoSoft.COM>
wbarwell@Starbase.NeoSoft.COM "William Barwell" writes:
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> Daniel Davidson wrote:
> >I can not believe this stuff is real. Pinstripe shirts,
> >75 trillion years ago?
> >Come on now. Someone is pullin' my thingey...
> Nope. Tis real.
It may also be plagiarism. Consider - Fatty Hubbard was based in the UK
during the run of the BBC satirical show, "That was the week that was".
TW3, as it is affectionately known by all those who saw it, once had
a sketch in which 4 British comedians - Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker,
Marty Feldman and John Cleese - appeared, dressed in pinstripe suits,
and derby (bowler) hats, with each carrying a briefcase. In turn, they
introduced themselves: "I am a chartered accountant", "I am also a
chartered accountant.", "We are all chartered accountants.",
"And I am a gor-rill-la!", with the last line being uttered by the late,
bug-eyed Marty Feldman.
It seems possible that Fatty saw it but, though he understood it not, he
borrowed from it when devising his lunacy for his loony cult.
> Or as real as it gets in the upper levels.
Exactly. The reasons for this would seem either to be complex, or
very simply indeed.
Complex: The crazier something seems, the more effort has to be made
to prevent one's critical faculties from saying to one,
"Hey! This is shit!"; that one has paid out thousands upon
thousands of dollars for that trash adds another cause for
internal conflict, with the result being that, as the subject
successfully completes each level, they are rendered not only
considerably poorer financially but also less and less able to
think for themselves.
Simple: LRH was a bloated con merchant who was determined to see just
how far he could push it and just how damn silly he could make
the babblings his nut-cult would accept - like the con-man who,
having just "sold" the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty
to some unsuspecting tourist, then tries to sell them the
> You may remember me challenging Milne and several other big
> mouths over the months to explain gorilla goals. Now you know why they
> are forbidden to discuss these things with wogs.
Quite. It could be dangerous. We might die from laughter.
> And they pay good money to swallow this garbage.
> Or sell themselves into indentured servitude in the Sea Org.
The crazier it gets, the more they have to pay; it's the old idea of
the reduction of cognitive dissonance, old chap! Works like this:
Pay $5.95 for that crap, and you'd rightly think you'd been ripped off.
Pay $x0,000's for that crap, and you'll be more inclined to think that,
though it might superficially seem to be rubbish, it's certainly not
trash as, if it were, it wouldn't have cost all that money.
The possibility that one had been fleeced by a shameless charlatan tends
not to occur to one...
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