All aboard for another Library Campaign!
One of our eagle eyes alerted us to this email from Sebastian Howarth. This guy sure gets around. In one of our previous articles – “Ideal Org Update”, Sebastian appeared in a promo piece explaining how he had been working on the project to get a building purchased for Joburg North and was now in Cape Town with his wife and Stephen Smith to ensure that org was to be the next Ideal Org DONE. With both of those projects not accomplished, he seems to have come full circle back to Joburg North and is now posted as their D/FBO MORE……. As a reminder, that article can be viewed here.
Here’s the email:
A new campaign for libraries has just launched: getting Clear Body, Clear Mind into all the libraries on Earth!
Because of the massive drug problem there is in the society, and the release of the new Purification Rundown, we are now getting these books into all the libraries of the planet.
Our portion is obviously Africa. In Africa we have 1201 libraries, 530 of which are in South Africa. We are getting two copies of Clear Body, Clear Mind into each library; one book costs R230.
It would be very cool if you could contribute towards this massive dissemination movement. A great game is finishing a whole country! This is a game for everyone – big donators and small. Some countries have only 1 or 2 libraries! That’s only R460! Others who can contribute more can finish a country like Burkina Faso which has 10 libraries: R4600.
Other countries have more (14, 21, 47, etc.)
Please let me know how many you can do and I will tell you which COUNTRY you just took responsibility for.
D/FBO MORE JBGN
To be clear – not one library donation campaign has ever resulted in books in every library. This goes as far back as the campaign to place “What is Scientology?” into all South African libraries in the early 1990s. A great number of those books were sold by the central library at R5 a piece. We wrote an extensive article on the fraudulent basics library campaign back in November last year.
The closest library to Johannesburg Org is Rhodes Park. A couple of months ago, someone visiting the library looked for the basics, and found this:
That’s right – only DMSMH and Self Analysis. These two books were all the library had left from the entire set of basics. (It’s rather ironic that DMSMH is next to “The Disappearance of the Universe”).
To put this in perspective, this library is 1.4 kilometers away from Johannesburg Org. It’s a 2 minute drive down the road. Of all the libraries in South Africa, one would surely expect the one closest to the Continental (Ideal) Org would have a full set of basics.
Today we did some further digging. We phoned the Rhodes Park library and asked how many books by L.Ron Hubbard were still in stock. The answer? None.
We asked what happens when books are “donated” to libraries, and were told that all books are sent to Head Office for cataloging. Once this is done they are sent back to the library. If the books don’t “move” (i.e. are not being taken out regularly enough) they are sent back to Head Office.
We phoned Head Office and spoke to a lady who, upon hearing we were enquiring about Scientology books, asked not to be named. She told us that all books returned to Head Office were either sent to other libraries, but generally they were sent for pulping.
Now back to the email:
- There is zero evidence that indicates there has been any study on the validity of even putting books in libraries. What are the stats on library use? Particularly across Africa. Is this a proven method of dissemination?
- Once again, public are being expected to pay the FULL RETAIL PRICE for books to be “donated” to libraries – the Church means to profit from the goodwill of public donations.
- Sebastian encourages people to “play a game” and do a WHOLE country. The last person who did a whole country was Ralph Madeira – he was relieved of his money, and then promptly declared. He had apparently answered one question of a survey on an “enemy” blog. No comm-ev, B of I, nothing. Both Albert De Beer and Ken Krieger knew that Ralph was looking at the internet – he openly admitted it to them. This didn’t stop them from regging him for a few hundred thousand Rand for library campaigns and other cycles. As soon as he handed over the money, he was toast. He was not informed of his declare and only found out by default when he called Hillary Eenkhorn on an unrelated cycle. According to her, Anne Hogarth made the “instant declare” decision.
- Clear Body Clear Mind is a book that is specific to the Purification Rundown. While it discusses doing a home purif its main function is to encourage the reader to contact their “nearest org” to do the program. For Africa, the orgs listed are Bulawayo, Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Joburg, Joburg North, PE and Pretoria. Africa has 47 countries and there are only 8 orgs in 2 countries – both located in Southern Africa.
- Saying that there are 1201 libraries in Africa is one thing, but has anyone considered what this means in terms of logistics? From the viewpoint of those running the campaign a “done” means “paid for” not “in the library”. There is no discussion in the email about how books will be shipped or the how they will ensure those on the ground actually put those books on the shelves. What about languages? There are between 1,250 to 2,100 and by some counts 3000 languages spoken in Africa. Nigeria alone has 500 languages. Of these, about 100 languages are spoken for inter-ethnic communication, with these being broken down further into 6 different language families, depending on the area (Northern, Saharan, Western, Central, Southern and Indo-European). It would be interesting to know how many languages the book has been translated into – we guarantee it doesn’t come close to covering the diversity of Africa’s languages. Sending this book to a remote rural library would be a complete waste of time – and money.
- Sebastian says in his email “because of the massive drug problem there is in the society, and the release of the new Purification Rundown, we are now getting these books into all the libraries of the planet”. If anyone had done ANY research on this, they would have found that of the top 10 countries in the world with the worst drug problems, not one African country features. In order, the countries worst affected by drug or alcohol abuse are Iran, UK, France, Slovakia, Russia, Afghanistan, Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico.
- In order of importance, drugs are the least of Africa’s worries. How about the Church does something of REAL value for Africa and her people – such as addressing the fact that 70% of all AIDS deaths come from Africa? The top 10 countries affected by HIV and AIDS are ALL African Countries. In order, these are Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon.
- Then there is the issue of poverty. From the 50 nations considered to be least developed, 34 of these are in Africa. This equates to extreme poverty and a tragic lack of basic human needs such as safe drinking water, nutrition and shelter. When one considers that Africa is the world’s poorest inhabited continent with major issues such as extreme poverty, AIDS, TB and other diseases confronting her people – many of whom live below-the-breadline, it stands to reason that very few people are going to be queuing up to do a R10,000 Purif Program when their family doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.
- Copies of this book are available on Amazon for anything from $0.01 to $3.95.
Most critically history shows that there is no intention of getting these books into libraries. Only to keep the donations coming in. Sebastian will be reposted elsewhere long before the first CBCM is ever checked out of a library.