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Space Jazz: The soundtrack of the book Battlefield Earth is a music album and soundtrack companion to the novel Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, released in 1982. Hubbard composed the music for the album.

Space Jazz: The soundtrack of the book Battlefield Earth is a music album and soundtrack companion to the novel Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, released in 1982. Hubbard composed the music for the album.

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

In the 80’s, L. Ron Hubbard had gone into hiding … mostly from fear of prosecution by U.S. authorities who had already brought indictments against his wife (who eventually went to prison with two other conspirators in 1979) and 10 other officials in an alleged conspiracy to place the religion’s spies in government agencies, bug government meetings and steal government documents.

One of the things that emerged from this self-imposed sabbatical was Space Jazz, an very strange entry into the rock music world. This article from Slate magazine describes the aftermath:

Musically, the album alternates between canned uplift (“Jonnie”, “Golden Age of Sci-Fi”) and droning dirges, broken up with patches of comic-book dialogue, robot voices, and laser-gun sound effects. A then-new, extremely expensive digital sampling synthesizer called a Fairlight CMI peppers the album; Hubbard seemed to imagine it represents the sound of the future, but it actually sounds more like the rightly discarded mistake of an abandoned past. Even for Battlefield Earth buffs like myself, Space Jazz is less a guilty pleasure than a harrowing endurance test. With Space Jazz, L. Ron Hubbard set out to re-create Battlefield Earth as a purely sonic experience. He succeeded all too well.

Less about real music and more like “What should I do with all this free time I’ve got on my hands,” Hubbard proved again in a period of time just preceding his passing that he was nothing more than a professional dabbler in weirdness.

The Slate article is very interesting … make sure you give it a read!

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Tony Ortega is formerly editor of The Village Voice. He has written about Scientology since 1995. He’s currently working from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker (a term which began as a running joke at the Voice, and continues in all seriousness at his blog). His blog at The Underground Bunker is the most up-to-date and relevant reporting source available for all things Scientology. In this recent post, he concludes an interview with Jon Atack, a former Scientologist and author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. In this segment Jon describes how Scientologists…

Jon Atack wrote A Piece of Blue Sky, outlining the history and practices of the notoriously secretive church and its founder.

Jon Atack wrote A Piece of Blue Sky, outlining the history and practices of the notoriously secretive church and its founder.

…internalize L. Ron Hubbard’s toxic policies of Disconnection and Fair Game.”

Scientology is a system of thought reform. It addicts adherents, so that they become willing to sacrifice everything to it, in the hope of supernatural powers and the risible belief that they will otherwise lose their immortality. While boasting of their liberation, members become ever more dependent. Phobias are induced against any other belief system, and, most of all, against the scientific exploration of the mind. While pretending to be scientific, Dianetics and Scientology have produced not a single proof of their many exaggerated claims. No proof that cancer can be cured, that IQ can be raised or that paranormal powers can be achieved. Indeed, the only study conducted by Hubbard, in 1951, failed to recover a single “engram.” He speaks of the use of “pain drug hypnosis” in this attempt in Science of Survival.

As it is, Scientology induces a “reactive mind.” Adherents become incapable of analysing problems, instead resorting to “thought terminating cliches” (in the words of Robert Jay Lifton). Rather than considering evidence, they will spout slogans. The engrams that populate this reactive mind are Hubbard’s own notions: “The way out is the way through,” “the speed of the particle flow alone determines the power,” “what you fear you become,” “absolutes are unobtainable,” “make it go right.” On and on, these unconsidered maxims pour forth, until no original thought is possible, because it would be “unethical” to disagree with the Great OT, and he has pronounced on almost every subject from running an intergalactic organization to cleaning windows. Suffice it to say that experience shows that smearing printers’ ink from newspapers onto glass is not an effective cleaning method. So much for the Technology.

Check out Tony’s blog and catch the rest of this great post here.

For more information, listen to this recent audio interview (September 2013) with Jon Atack at ABC’s Australian affiliate here.

Bare Faced Messiah

Independent US publisher Silvertail Books is putting out Bare-Faced Messiah in America. It’s website describes the book as telling the story of “a penniless science fiction writer who…became a millionaire prophet and convinced his adoring followers that he alone could save the world”.

Russell Miller’s book, Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, after 27 years is now being published in the U.S. the New York Post reports:

For example, the legend promoted by Scientology said that L. Ron Hubbard had grown up breaking wild horses as a child on his grandfather’s Montana ranch, which took up fully a fourth of the entire state. Miller showed instead that Ron’s grandfather was “a small-time veterinarian who supplemented his income renting out horses and buggies from a livery barn.” The family actually led an itinerant existence, moving repeatedly after Ron’s Nebraska birth in 1911 until they ended up in the Pacific Northwest.

The legend said Hubbard had made extensive travels to Asia, where the budding teenaged philosopher communed with holy men and mystics who had great respect for the young American’s precocity.
Miller found instead that Hubbard had made two trips to Asia while his father was stationed in Guam and made observations that were pretty typical for a teenager. In Beijing in 1928, Hubbard noted that the Chinese could make millions if they turned the Great Wall into a roller coaster. But ultimately, he was unimpressed with the country, writing in his journal, “The trouble with China is, there are too many chinks here.”

Read the whole story here.

Pick up a Kindle edition here.

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EDITOR NOTE: But at least he knows they’re coming for him. Or at least he OUGHT TO KNOW, since he’s a student of ALL religions and certainly is an expert. But wait, he says he’s a CHRISTIAN!?? What the #@%*#!! Raised in a Baptist household, this is the same guy who said recently about his wacky friend’s religion … “I’ve talked to Tom about it. (There’s) lots of incredible, wonderful concepts (but, my wife) Jada and I don’t necessarily believe in organized religion.” But then, combine that with this comment, and you have a simple mathmatical concept … “…ninety-eight percent of the principles [in Scientology] are identical to the principles of the Bible.” O.K. — I get it! SCIENTOLOGY = CHRISTIANITY (within 2% commercial tolerance). Nice one, Will … you’re a student of “WHAT” again?

Will Smith says just because he’s a Friend of Tom doesn’t mean he’s a Scientologist … not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Smith tells Rush & Molloy, “You don’t have to be Jewish to be a friend of Steven Spielberg. You don’t have to be a Muslim to be a friend of Muhammad Ali. And you don’t have to be a Scientologist to be a friend of Tom Cruise.” So what is Smith, anyway? “I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions.”

More.

Inside the Guerrilla War Against Tom Cruise’s Cult
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EDITOR NOTE: You’ll be hard pressed to find better coverage of every aspect of Scientology than this one which appeared in Radar Magazine online today. Let’s just call it, “The full-meal deal!”

Cult Friction

After an embarrassing string of high-profile defection and leaked videos, Scientology is under attack from a faceless cabal of online activists. Has America’s most controversial religion finally met its match?

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