In Scientology doctrine, Xenu is a galactic ruler who, 75 million
years ago, brought billions of people to Earth, stacked them around
volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls then
clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living. These events
are known as "Incident II" or "The Wall of Fire", and the
memories associated with them as the R6 implant. Scientology founder
L. Ron Hubbard detailed the story in Operating Thetan level III in
1967, famously warning that R6 was "calculated to kill (by pneumonia
etc) anyone who attempts to solve it." Much controversy between the
Church of Scientology and its critics has focused on Xenu. The Church
avoids making mention of Xenu in public statements and has gone to
considerable effort to maintain the story's confidentiality, including
legal action on both copyright and trade secrecy grounds. Critics
claim that revealing the story is in the public interest, given the
high prices charged for OT III. The Xenu story prompted the use of the
volcano as a Scientology symbol.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King Sigismund III of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was crowned
King of Sweden.
The Third Anglo-Dutch War ended with the signing of the Treaty of
Air raids on Darwin: The capital of Northern Territory, Australia was
devastated by 242 bombers and fighters of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
U.S. Executive Order 9066 was signed, authorising the relocation and
confinement of over 112,000 Japanese Americans.
The Soviet Union launched the space station Mir, the first long-term
research station in space.
Wikiquote of the day:
"I am not so enamored of my own opinions that I disregard what others
may think of them. I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not
subject to the judgement of ordinary persons, because it is his
endeavor to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to
human reason by God. Yet I hold that completely erroneous views should
be shunned." -- Nicolaus Copernicus