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  1. ILove2Lurk

    Is There A Base Population In The Scn. Cult That Would Exist Regardless Of What Happens?

    It's probably game over for the COS. We just don't have the insider view entirely. It could be just running on it's war chest monies right now, never to rebound. With $3 billion in net worth/reserves + non-taxable real estate, it can keep "reading rooms" (ala the Christian Science Reading...
  2. ILove2Lurk

    Is There A Base Population In The Scn. Cult That Would Exist Regardless Of What Happens?

    What makes you think they are? I don't think they are getting anymore new people, just running out the clock on the ones still in. But I've been out so long, I don't see the activity on the ground though. Are they getting new parishioners? Perhaps they get a few in foreign lands. ESMB and...
  3. ILove2Lurk

    Is There A Base Population In The Scn. Cult That Would Exist Regardless Of What Happens?

    My educated guess is 15-20,000, including staffs and SO. That is the $64,000 question. :hmm:
  4. ILove2Lurk

    Is There A Base Population In The Scn. Cult That Would Exist Regardless Of What Happens?

    All terrific comments. :thumbsup: I left about the time of GAT I and had been living in a smaller town, so I didn't get the benefit of a lot of gossip. But I finally "took the plunge" and did a deep dive on the Internet around 2005. I never had any friends to discuss all this with until I become...
  5. ILove2Lurk

    Is There A Base Population In The Scn. Cult That Would Exist Regardless Of What Happens?

    I have opinions about this question. I wrote a couple posts on the now-archival ESMB website and here's one: Excerpt from the ESMB thread "The end of scientology!" "I think future Internet historians will mark Oct-Nov 2013 (Super Power / GAT II releases) as the major turning point and...
  6. ILove2Lurk

    Is There A Base Population In The Scn. Cult That Would Exist Regardless Of What Happens?

    Dotey OT: Not to pry, but what kind of things are these people hearing and still being able to not question too much and stay in? I'm curious about the level of cognitive dissonance -- for example, the anxiety in one's mind after hearing LRH did not make it to OT and died of a garden variety...
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