Tilman Hausherr wrote:
> Front Sight Again Fails to Meet Fire Safety Standards
I sent some interesting research to the reporter:
It comes as no suprise to me that Front Sight has ignored basic fire safety precautions. Owner Ignatius Piazza is a high level Scientologist. Repeatedly, and nation-wide, Scientologists demonstrate a disregard for public safety and the law.
As you probably know, Piazza tried to sue client Diana Hsieh when she wrote of his affiliation with this cult in her blog a few years back. You have to wonder why he didn't want this connection publicized.
Scientologists must think they are above "wog law." For example, look at the Suddenly Slimmer franchise, owned by Scientologist Victoria M. Morton. Her company manufactures products used in "body wraps." Since 1991, the FDA has found that the products she distributes are tainted, yet to date, there have been no indications that VMM Enterprises have made any moves to correct the problem.
http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4788d.htm "Inspections conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 2001, April 2002, and August 2003, revealed serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). Since the issuance of the FDA 483, Inspectional Observations form, at the 2001 inspection, your firm has failed to address the adulteration issues for your products and continues to operate with almost no adherence to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations. Analysis of samples collected during the August 2003 inspection shows high microbial, yeast. and mold counts."
One of the contaminants is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the bacteria responsible for many hospital infection outbreaks.
Does Scientology influence these people's thinking? It's likely. People who have reached the upper levels in Scientology are called OTs, or Operating Thetans. They believe they have power over Mass, Energy, Space and Time, or MEST. They also believe in the concept of protecting by postulates. They think their mental powers are such that these postulates have an actual effect in the real world. Sometimes this results in tragedy, as in this account where a woman left the "church," and lost access to her children.
http://www.whyaretheydead.net/jed/informer.html "So, they proceeded to neglect my children, causing my oldest daughter to become unstable and criminal, and my five year old son to get hit -- and killed - - by a car as he played, unsupervised, in a busy street. They swore he was "protected by postulates."
There are many, many examples of Scientologists ignoring the regulations imposed by government at all levels. Indeed, one Scientologist, Laura Betterly, is known as the "Spam Queen." Her company sent out 60 million spam messages a month! She also sold her lists to other spammers. It isn't illegal, but it is repulsive. In 2002, it was estimated that 35% of all emails were spam.
Many Scientologists are involved in marketing schemes to make a quick, fast buck. Indeed, Clearwater, Florida, home of Scientology headquarters, is well known as a haven for telemarketers, spam and scam artists of all stripes. Of course, it takes a great deal of money to progress up the Scientology "Bridge." Yes, they sell you a bridge!
Noxious marketing tactics aside, some Scientologists choose to segue into blatant fraud.
A Scientologist owned company called Trade-Net was exposed for selling "Blue Laundry Balls," allegedly a soap free laundry additive containing magical "IE Crystals," a pseudo-scientific pile of claptrap which were found to be nothing more than a scam. Trade Net marketed this product, made by American Technologies Group, another Scientology owned company.
An overview of the Blue Laundry Ball scam, and other borderline products of ATG can be read here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/ATG/
From "airborne fuel additives" to a laser which can neutralize radioactive waste, this nest of companies continues to find new ways to defraud an unsuspecting public.
Bob Carroll, one of the Scientologists involved with ATG, has formed his own company, "Bio-Friendly." http://biofriendly.com
Recently exposed by a Texas investigative reporter, Carroll's product, GreenPlus, was revealed as nothing more than 98% rubbing alcohol! http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/BioFriendly/ There is cause for concern over this, as this website points out, "Now here's the rub: at one ounce per 500 gallons, GreenPlus is so cheap to use that it will force all other emissions reduction technologies out of the Texas market. It doesn't matter that the product is 98% rubbing alcohol and 2% homeopathic bullshit; as long as it has TCEQ approval, the customer has met its statutory obligations. The Texas market is worth $40 million. And all that business is going to go to BioFriendly."
Now, I'm not saying that Ignatius Piazza is a typical Scientologist scam artist, although the class action suit against him suggests otherwise. http://www.frontsightlitigation.com/index.html
However, Mr. Piazza may have his reasons for ignoring fire safety issues. As a Scientologist OT, he has powers the rest of us can only imagine.
Dr. Bryan Zwan, founder of DIGL, another disgraced Scientology enterprise, is also OT, as is his ex-wife, Barbara. Her account of using the couple's OT powers to extinguish a fire was published in 'Advance' issue 24, which is circa 1980/82. 'Advance' is a Scientology publication.
"One evening Bryan and I went up on the roof to watch a fire that was raging a mile away as we'd seen the fire trucks go by an hour before. We were twelve stories up and we couldn't actually see the building that was burning on the street below but we could see the huge column of smoke and the red glow of the flames.
As we watched we could "feel" the frenzy of that area. As the flames appeared higher we decided we had to do something. So we both put ourselves into that space and postulated the fire going out and located the confusion and frenzy of the fireman and other workers. There were also many counter-intentions from the crowd who wanted to see the huge blaze continue, and we discovered that that was what was keeping the fire going.
We kept our postulates in and handled the pictures and mass circulating around the area. We also got the fireman not to be so frenzied but to work together. As we watched and did all this the flames disappeared and the smoke lessened. We congratulated ourselves and looked around at the spectacular view of the city.
When we returned our attention to the area of the fire the flames and smoke had come up again. We'd quit too soon! So we put our postulates in and within a few minutes the fire was completely out -- no smoke coming up.
The firemen had been working for over an hour when we started in and it took us about twenty minutes. And we didn't use any water!
Barbara Pease Zwan, OT III Bryan Zwan, OT IV"
So, you see, perhaps the concerns over Front Sight's lack of fire safety equipment are of no consequence. Surely, should a fire break out, students will be safe, protected by Piazza's mighty OT powers and postulates!
-- -- Barb Chaplain, ARSCC firstname.lastname@example.org
"Every week, every month, every year, every decade and now every century, Scientology does weird and stupid things to damage its own reputation." -Steve Zadarnowski
"Comparing Scientology to a motorcycle gang is a gross, unpardonable insult to bikers everywhere. Even at our worst, we are never as bad as Scientology." -ex-member, Thunderclouds motorcycle "club"
"$cientology sees the world this way: One man with a picket sign: terrorism. Five thousand people dead in a deliberate inferno: business opportunity.
$cientology oozes _under_ terrorists to hide." -Chris Leithiser