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Jettero Heller: About

I'm sort of like Jettero Heller - if Jettero Heller were the sort of guy who stayed up late deploying Linux servers.

I’m sort of like Jettero Heller – if Jettero Heller were the sort of guy who stayed up late debugging high-availability multitier websites.

My name is Tad Reeves, and this is my personal website.

“Jettero Heller” is one of my all-time favorite characters of any book I’ve read, and thus the namesake of this blog.   Jettero Heller, the hero character in L. Ron Hubbard’s monumental Mission Earth series, was a “Combat Engineer” from the planet Voltar. He was a moral & upstanding, yet tremendously brilliant engineer who also was an amazing athlete, a dedicated husband, and was on a mission to save the world.   All told, I think he’s a pretty decent role model in most respects, which is why I chose his for the namesake of this blog – my personal space for technical discussion, and other various attempts to save the world.

I live in the Portland, Oregon area, though I’ve been all over.  When someone asks me where I’m from, I just say, “The United States” as I’ve called both coasts home for long stretches of time, living in Oregon, Maine, Connecticut, L.A., the midwest, DC Metro, etc.

I’ve worked on & around Internet infrastructure for 20 years now, getting my first job at a small Oregon ISP in 1996.   I’ve then worn just about every hat in the lifecycle of a website, as a project manager, UX designer, UI developer, graphic designer, but primarily as systems engineer – a side of things I’ve stuck with most.   My last 6 years have had a primary focus on system engineering around sites running Adobe Experience Manager (the artist formerly known as “CQ” or “CQ5”), involving all of the storage, performance, deployment, automation, and smelling-of-burnt-servers that goes along with that.

Also, before I got work in computers, my youth was filled with dreams of being an automotive engineer, before it was quashed by fears that internal combustion engines were ruining the world.  As such, I remain opinionated on cars, trains and transit in general, which I write about on this space as well.

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I’m a father of three, and try to spend as much time as possible NOT in front of a computer screen, but out exploring the world with my kids.  When I’m not blogging here, I also keep up a site on parenting which you may find interesting.

 

 

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80 comments on “Jettero Heller: About

  1. Beaconstreet
    August 29, 2006

    Nice site Jettero!

  2. foothills
    September 14, 2006

    Love your site very professional and friendly at the same time!

  3. jetteroheller
    September 16, 2006

    Thanks much! Trying to make it so!

  4. Kilia
    November 16, 2006

    Jettero, I took the personality test and they said I was totally psychotic! Help!!! What do I do now??

  5. jetteroheller
    November 16, 2006

    Well, if you answered the questions on the personality test honestly, and that was the graph it gave you, you should contact the organization listed on the graph, and see what you can do about this.

    As it says on that Scientology Testing site,

    “While the graph shows you your rating on 20 different personality traits, it is the interrelationship of these points, which provides additional layers of insight visible only to the skilled evaluator.

    “To get a proper evaluation of that graph you must contact and go into one of our centers as the evaluation is done for free and in person.

    “For a full professional evaluation of your personality graph contact the location closest to you on the following pages.

    If you need help locating a center near you, go to our locator on the home page of this site and e-mail or call the nearest center and they will be happy to assist you. “

  6. Annie
    November 16, 2006

    I think it’s silly how you delete comments you don’t like. That doesn’t foster honest dialogue, and it’s not what blogs are about.

    Annie, I think the key word is “honest” dialogue. If you include some honest questions or comments I’ll be glad to post them, but I don’t subscribe to hatred and religious intolerance, not just regarding Scientology but any religion.

  7. jetteroheller
    November 16, 2006

    Annie, I’m all for honest dialogue. However, when one posts something to a website, purely with the intention to either (a) flame someone for a post, or (b) post lies or insults about another person’s religious beliefs, one has stepped outside the realm of honest dialogue.

    If you have a comment which you honestly think will help someone do better in life, or to add some insight to a discussion, by all means comment. However, just about any religious belief I know – Islam, Judeo-Christian, Buddhist, Scientologist, etc — has some thread of the “treat others how you’d want to be treated” rule. Most people don’t like having their friends’ memories tarnished by irresponsible posts. So, as long as you’re in to that, go right ahead and comment.

  8. Jerald Rowlett
    November 17, 2006

    Hi Jettro,

    I have never known Annie to lie about this stuff. Why not ask him why he feels the way he does? I also belive in treating everyone with respect not only on these boards but in life also.

    Come one Jerald, his site is full of lies and innuendo. I can’t take your comments seriously. Sorry.

  9. John Q Public
    November 23, 2006

    Jettero,

    OK, you can delete posts. But what about answering the questions in post #12 above? There are two (2) question marks in that post. Care to comment?

    John Q – Ask some questions that aren’t pure harassment and I’ll be happy to answer them. Jet

  10. Roland Mösl
    November 27, 2006

    The book “Mission Earth” inspired me to found PEGE – Planetary Engineerging Group Earth in autumn 1991.

    I try my best to be as successfull in the task to maintain the liveability of planet earth, as Jettero Heller in “Mission Earth”
    .

  11. jamie
    December 6, 2006

    Jettero,
    This is a great site and I have a similar blog being a Scientologist and a programmer. mycodeblog.com I chose beta blogger due to its category features but I see you’ve done quite nice with wordpress. Any other reasons why you chose wordpress?

  12. religo
    December 16, 2006

    Hi Jettero
    I’m a scientologist from switzerland and I’m just started my one blog. Could you put a link to my blog for german speaking people. You can find my blog under http://myscientologyswissblog.wordpress.com
    Thanks and you have a great blog!

  13. psikopat
    December 24, 2006

    i like this blog 🙂

  14. Beantown
    December 25, 2006

    Dear Jettero,

    E-mail me please.

  15. Wax-Q
    February 5, 2007

    Great site, Jettero. I’ll be adding a link to you on my own blog in a few minutes.

    As for deleting posts, I don’t think any blogger somehow “owes” it to anyone to let them say whatever they want, no matter how insulting. Like the popular bumper sticker says, “Mean people suck”.

  16. Lauren
    February 24, 2007

    You really are Jettero Heller, This site R O C K S!

  17. John Q Public
    March 11, 2007

    I find it interesting that I cannot ask any critical question about Scientology without you (and any other Scientologist) interpreting it as harrassment.

    Why can’t Scientologists discuss their religion openly?

  18. jetteroheller
    March 13, 2007

    🙂 Mr. Public, I spend my days openly discussing my religion. However, I didn’t start publishing this particular blog as a ‘forum’ for such, so I do reserve the right to moderate comments.

    One thing to understand fully about Scientology is the fact that it is a workable religion. It works, people see it works, and there are mountains of successes in any Scientology organization of people who attest to the fact that it improved their lives.

    The essence of Scientology is exact application of its texts. If you do it right, it works. If you do it some other way, it doesn’t. After 20+ years in Scientology, I’ve found that to be the case with every facet I’ve been involved in.

  19. John Q Public
    March 16, 2007

    Very interesting, you and Tom Cruise are the rare exceptions, I never find Scientologists talk about their religion.

    I do find it odd that something called “technology” used in Scientology cannot change with new discoveries. Technology is the definition of the change as new things are learned. I understand that all belief systems do not change since they are based on faith. But Scientology is different. It is a technology. It is unbelievable that one man can discover the entire secret of Scientology and not be wrong.

    So how come I have not seen any OT do something extraordinary? Where are all these OT’s with their powers? Do you have any of these powers? Are you OT? Have you seen any OT do something extraordinary?

  20. bravefacari
    March 23, 2007

    Dear John Q:

    I am a Scn and have been for over 20+ years. I do talk about my religion when appropriate, like most people. But with Scn you simply apply it to make your life better and those around you. Do you know the faith of everyone you come in contact with? I think my auto mechanic is a Christian, but I’m not sure, I never asked. I assume he is because he attends AA meetings. But it could be, he just believes in a Supreme Being.

    Special powers? Please. We all have special powers, but not for the entertainment of others. What is so great about Scn is that when you receive it, study and apply it, YOUR special powers, that were always there, become available to you. Sometimes you find abilities you didn’t know you had, or abilities you’ve lost renewed or improved. Its a profoundly personal experience and not one that is easy to share with others who don’t have the same reality. I found your questions to be somewhat smug and antagonistic and not expressed in a way that makes one feel that you are truly interested. Having said that, it doesn’t make anyone really want to have a discussion with you about it. It has noting to do with talking about Scn.

  21. John Q Public
    March 26, 2007

    Why is it that I can only get detailed facts about Scientology from ex-members on critical sites?

    Whenever I ask an active Scientology member about anything specific I generalizations and an invitation to join an see for myself?

    OTs are supposed to be able to exteriorize and move objects with their mind. All the ex-members say that this is what they were promised. Why have I not heard of or seen this happen?

  22. Bravefacari
    April 1, 2007

    Because active Scn don’t want to tell you or fellow members what to think. LRH says something to the effect “…what is true is that which you have observed for yourself.” Ex-members of any group, rightly or wrongly are typically going to give a point of view that is one of dissatisfaction. That’s OK. Its up to you as a consumer to determine how to view both the good and bad of anything you are choosing to embark upon.

    I can tell you that I am not in the OT Band of services. I have never seen anything that “promised” me exteriorization or moving objects with my mind. I have many nonScn friends who exteriorize on a regular basis, often referred to as OBEs (out of body experiences). You don’t have to have received OT auditing to do this. Siddhārtha Gautama was the first known in history documented to have exteriorized from his body. It is a common practice among millions and millions of people around the world who are not Scn or practicing Buddahists.

    There are some great books on the History of Religions you might enjoy reading on these subjects.

    Regardless of which road you take, I do encourage you to take it yourself and not totally rely on others to tell you about it, regardless of the faith. As I mentioned before, “it” (spirituality) is a profoundly personal and private experience.

    Good luck on YOUR journey.

  23. Ashton
    May 3, 2007

    Very nice Blog Jet,

    You do a very good job of explaining.

    Thank you,

  24. CDBaric
    May 4, 2007

    While it is true I am a fan of Jettero, my favourite character remains Jonny Goodboy Tyler or McTyler if you please.

    Sincerely,

    CD ‘Bar’ Baric

  25. Milla
    May 12, 2007

    Very well done to you, Jettero! I’ve just landed, from Grahame’s blog and I’ve seen nothing yet, but Oh Boy! Do I feel at home!!!! 😀

    Just wanted to share with you –Spanish spoken guys (and Babel Fish users)– two other Blogs from the Caribbean: Clear Santo Domingo! and Puerto Rico Clear. Enjoy!

  26. alicialyons
    May 28, 2007

    Jettero,

    My writing name is Alicia Lyons at: http://www.alicialyons.com. I have a book, “The First Woman President” published which is is (hopefully) a funny, smart political satire. I am also a Scientologist. Just started a blog, where I’ll be writing about 1) writing and 2) study technology, linked to the site. Thought you’d be interested.

    Alicia

  27. Tracy
    June 4, 2007

    Hi there. I just wanted to let you know how to approve the places that have been added to your map.

    1. Go to http://platial.com
    2. Log in
    3. Click the word “pending” under the map title
    4. Approve places your readers added.

    If you need any help, please let me know. My email is tracy@platial.com

    Tracy
    Platial Community Advocate

  28. Ashton
    July 3, 2007

    Hey Jet,

    I love your sites new look! Looks rad.

    enjoy,

  29. John M
    July 24, 2007

    Hi Jettero,

    Could you unpost the response I left on your blog on June 8th?

    Thank you.

    Sincerly,

    John

  30. jetteroheller
    July 25, 2007

    Done. No worries.

  31. John M
    July 25, 2007

    Thank you VM.

    Keep up the good job!

    John

  32. Dion Berlowitz
    July 30, 2007

    Hi

    I also am a huge fan of the Mission Earth series, and am reading it for the second time. Also, when the series first came out in hardcover, I was asked to write comments on the various characters (I guess for future marketing purposes). It’s very entertaining and funny, but there are some serious messages too.

    May I call you “Jet”?

  33. danherron
    August 15, 2007

    I’ve got a WordPress blog too. Will you please tell me how to make a Flickr photo box on my WordPress blog like yours.

    Thanks,
    Dan

  34. jetteroheller
    August 15, 2007

    Dan – if you go into your WordPress wp-admin section, you’ll have a “PRESENTATION” option. You’ll have to choose a template (like this one, “Ocean Mist”) which has a Flickr widget, but once you’ve done so it will just be an option of a widget you can drag into one of your sidebars. Then you just point it at your Flickr account and blammo.

  35. danherron
    August 16, 2007

    Thanks!

    Dan

  36. marco
    August 28, 2007

    Ciao dall’Italia il tuo blog è fantastico . Thank you.

  37. Hightee Butzlaff
    August 28, 2007

    hi there ! just wanted to leave a response, i was named after Hightee Heller from the book of LRH.
    🙂 Although my last name is Butzlaff… 😦

  38. Timothy Neil Thomas
    October 5, 2007

    I just made availble a Novel about psychiatric abuse. It takes place in Newport Beach California and is quite a wild fairy tale of sorts……

    http://www.lulu.com/content/919334

  39. Johnny
    October 15, 2007

    I have a question and since you seem reasonable (unlike almost every Scientologist I’ve encountered on the various forums on the net) I wonder if you could answer it.
    Is it possible to do a personality test and be told; “you’re fine as you are. Go ahead and enjoy life without the cost and commitment required for psychiatry or CoS”?
    The impression I have gained is that on doing a test it is inevitable you will be told you have problems and that Scientology is the answer, which just makes the test look loaded towards recruitment in the CoS.
    I have considered doing the test but suspect the end result will amount to the same thing.

    As someone who has run the tests I figured you’d have an answer.

  40. Tony
    October 20, 2007

    Hey, Johnny,

    I used to be on staff at a Scn mission and I saw someone who after taking the test did buy the basic book package, with the understanding that anyone can benefit from the technology, but there was no effort made to introduce the fellow to services as he was so centered and his life so on track there didn’t seem any point at that time.

  41. Tony
    October 28, 2007

    I want to be like you.

    Actually, I want to be what you want to be. And, better… 🙂 The best I can really be. I am not doing very well right now.

    I am a Scientologist. I have been on staff, I have had some training and I understand some things.

    I know that I am a Potential Trouble Source. I know that I have serious difficulties with ethics. What I don’t know is WHY?!

    What is so special about ME!?

    Am I the only one like me?

    There is something wrong and it doesn’t have anything to do with you. But, you are doing better than I am, so I am asking you for help.

    If you can’t think of anything; then don’t even try. I will do something!

  42. bert lancaster
    December 3, 2007

    look out for hightee butzlaff. she is a scammer.

  43. jetteroheller
    December 4, 2007

    Bert, thanks for that. I don’t know Hightee at all, but if she’s a Scientologist she’s bound by the rules in the book Introduction to Scientology Ethics, and would need to put right anything she needs to take responsibility for in this. It seems that direct communication would be a better route to go than publicizing something of this matter, if you’re the one involved in this.

  44. antipsy
    December 5, 2007

    Where can one find out more about anti-psychiatry demonstrations that are taking place in D.C.? I saw your picture post of this in October 2007 on Flickr. I so seriously want to attend one, especially in D.C. Please post information to this response list. Thanks.

    Unfortunately, I cannot find the information to contact you directly about this. Thanks.

  45. Guy
    January 8, 2008

    I really just kind of found your blog after googling 3dsmax workarounds for vista. ANYWAYS… I am a catholic, and I have a basic understanding of the BACKGROUND of scientoloy (not the misnomer words and jargon you all use to aid yourselves). I mean what is the deal? Somehow in 1950 w/e LRH just somehow figured out everything to fix what everything else got wrong (religions, society, education) and his word is in essence absolut. As if he himself is some sort of semi-god/being. And the ludicrous story of the religion with the aliens and what not… is that like a part of the religion if you call your self a scn. What I am getting at is, if you try to analyze your life using scientology and basically ‘pyschiatrically’ improve your life through ways of thinking how is that not some form of pyschiatry which you so utterly oppose. I do not understand. I want to broaden my horizon’s but everytime I see Tom Cruise and a Scientology tidbit I just want to throw up in my mouth. Sorry to be rude but its true, its like he is trying to sell the religion to the poor dumb saps who will dump money into it and recieve nothing but pamphlets meanwhile all the higher tier Scn (actors and such) get special Scn retreats and everything else. Does that not seem wrong at all?

  46. Rocket
    January 11, 2008

    Hi Guy!

    Well, why don’t you go into a local Scientology Church and walk in the door, have a look around and try a course or a free introductory auditing session? Then you’ll understand, a little, but a lot more than you now know.

  47. Rocket
    January 11, 2008

    Hi Jettero,

    Great site! I’m now in Taiwan helping with the translations and I was googling for scio blog/site for Taiwanese and found this. Thanks so much for doing the site.

    I am looking for a replacement/twin; Native English Speaker Volunteer Word Clearer in the OTL. Quals would be minimally Stdnt Hat. Free accommodations and great Chinese food (I’m getting fat). It’s all Chinese Staff here but they all speak OK to very good English. There’s some traveling to other cities too. There’s some sponsorship on the air ticket and Visa too, if needed. Let me know if you know any one up for it. Great location, friendly, well trod NonChinese track to here with hat write ups.

  48. Andrea
    February 14, 2008

    Hi Jet,

    Great blog!

    I am just reading your story in Mission Earth :-))

  49. steven
    February 21, 2008

    Interesting blog, am a Scnist in Germany and while surfing just popped by. Read a few posts and felt like giving an input:

    People doing Scn, enjoy your further studies and gains and to others, I also wish you a pleasant and satisfying life with whatever you do in life.

    If you can´t figure out why Scn works or don´t agree, leave it, continue your life as before but accept people like me and “Jettero” who are Scnist, live our life.

  50. Joe
    February 28, 2008

    Nice site! Know of any good Scientology podcasts? I clicked on your link but it said I think it was a bad link.

    Thanks!

  51. Jaume
    March 9, 2008

    Great work on the blog, Jet!

    I have my own blog and Scientology group, at http://groups.myspace.com/appliedscientology, if your interested. I’m still looking around for an actual online group for Scientologists, and thats how I stumbled on your blog; it’s great.

    Keep up the good work.

  52. Peter
    March 9, 2008

    Hi Jettero,

    You got a great blog here.

    I have read Mission Earth twice (the entire series) and absolutely love it. Even though written 25 years ago it is incredibly relevant to the various things going on today under our very nose. You can read more about this awesome series at http://www.galaxypress.com/missionearth.php.

    I have been a Scientologist for 25 years and I can without doubt confirm to all the doubters who have posted messages here that the technology LRH developed is nothing short of miraculous. If you want proof you can read all the success stories from people who have been cured of illnesses after being declared ‘hopeless’ by medical doctors. I think there are tons of video testimonials from such people posted at http://www.dianetics.org.

    If you want to form your own opinion why don’t you buy a copy of Dianetics (it’s a whopping $7.99 at B&N) and try out some of the principles instead of listening to what other people say about it. If I want to know the taste of an apple I bite into it, I don’t ask Joe, James or Frannie how it tastes.

  53. Joe
    March 12, 2008

    I like reading your blog, and you take great pictures. I thought that I already asked, but do you know of any decent, and regularly updated, Scientology podcasts? They seem to be tough to find.

    Thank you!

  54. Robin
    April 7, 2008

    Hi Jet! I happened upon your blog by a roundabout means (which I won’t go into here) and I was surprised at the number of responses you get. Very cool!
    I’ve been a Scientologist for 24 years (On staff for 16 of them and trained as a professional auditor AFTER that) anyway, I felt that Guy’s questions deserved a little more of an answer.

    He asks: “I mean what is the deal? Somehow in 1950 w/e LRH just somehow figured out everything to fix what everything else got wrong (religions, society, education) and his word is in essence absolute.”

    Answer: The truth is that he drew upon a lifetime of experience and spent 20 years researching before he wrote the book Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health”.
    There is no claim in Scientology texts that “everything else” (religion, society, education) are “wrong” specifically (although the viewpoint that psychiatry as a “science” has it “wrong” is very clearly stated.) In fact, if you look at the book “What Is Scientology” (probably available in your local library completely FREE) you will see that the Scientology religion follows the tradition of ages of religious knowledge and ideas.

    That “his word is in essence absolute” is simply a safeguard (policy) set in place to avoid the inevitable tendency of humankind toward altering, over time, what doesn’t need to be altered.

    Take Christianity as an example, there are so many different interpretations of Christs words and/or deeds that what is “true” has been confused and no one really knows for sure. Or worse, one sect believes one way while another believes differently to the extent that wars have been fought… This is all too true of too many religions!

    Scientology is a religious philosophy in which “TECHNOLOGY” is an intrigul part. It is a SCIENCE with very specific procedures (all researched, tested and proven workable.) The alteration of said procedures has been proven to limit or decrease workability. Thus, policy was set to avoid the loss of very WORKABLE technology.

    Your Question: “And the ludicrous story of the religion with the aliens and what not… is that like a part of the religion if you call your self a scn.”

    Answer: Most of what you have undoubtedly seen or heard about this is pure media hype intended to create intrigue and sensation (Who would read anything the media put out if it didn’t contain these elements!?)

    You will hear or read over and over (IF you ever actually attempt to pick up a Scientology book or attend a free service -Sunday Services are free and each one covers a different, basic precept of the religious “doctrine” and is followed by the application of processes designed for groups); “What is True for You is What YOU have experienced… What is true for you, IS What is True for YOU – If you Loose That, you Loose Everything.”

    My point is, whatever experiences anyone having received Scientology processing may or may not hold as “true” belong to THAT individual. NO Scientology minister (auditor) or church is going to demand it of anyone and if they assert that it must become true for you, they are wrong.

    Your Final Question: “What I am getting at is, if you try to analyze your life using Scientology and basically ‘psychiatrically’ improve your life through ways of thinking how is that not some form of psychiatry which you so utterly oppose?”

    Answer: GOOD QUESTION!! It isn’t some form of “psychiatry” because Scientology addresses the spirit, the soul, YOU and NEVER (or if ever, it is wrongly so!) evaluates for you or tells you what you should or should not believe or think.

    Psychiatry ALWAYS evaluates, even if only by labeling (“diagnosing”) what is “Wrong” with you. With Scientology you figure it out for yourself and once you figure it out, you either change it (or recognise that there IS nothing wrong to begin with!!!)

    You say “I want to broaden my horizon’s…” Well, EXCELLENT! Go for it and do it intelligently. There are bound to be FREE copies of several of the books in your local library and they are cheap in bookstores. There are free lectures and cheap courses and seminars available too and, if you just are too nervous to actually go into a church, there are field practitioners out there, like myself who can answer your questions or help you outside of the church.

  55. Dustin
    April 10, 2008

    My Friend: Can I speak with you by e-mail personally…………..I am trying to find someone who can help me with COS staff recruitment and narconon cost and effectivness .I really need a friend who understands the church process for new people like myself…….

  56. turbotad
    April 13, 2008

    Dustin – what I’d do in your position is just fire off an e-mail to either atlanta@scientology.net or ccnashville@scientology.net, as those are your two closest organizations from what I can tell. Alternately, you can go to ScientologyToday and post your question on the contact form there, as that will get answered by the appropriate people who can handle.

    Hope that helps!

  57. brad renfro
    April 14, 2008

    I wonder if Mr. Jettero believes in God?
    Because if so, I think you’re also a Christian then.
    I heard scientologists can be both a christian and Scn, is that true?

    • Colin
      June 5, 2009

      Absolutely you can be a Christian and study Scientology and vice-versa. Scientology simply treats you as an immortal spiritual being to make you more able. This is held in common with Christianity. Scientology holds no dogma about God, so you are free to believe whatever you choose. In fact, many people say that Scientology processing makes them feel closer to God than ever before.

  58. Rain Dance
    May 20, 2008

    I have a question. How does Scientology view people with mental retardation?
    Can they become scientologists and attend services?

    I have heard conflicting stories about this.
    Thanks

  59. turbotad
    May 20, 2008

    Raindance: I know of no particular ‘view’ that Scientologists hold on mental retardation, though I know of no reason under the sun that such an individual could not be a Scientologist and participate in services. Like, positively no reason. I know of a few that have, as well.

  60. Bobby Be
    July 29, 2008

    yes, this site is sweet man!

    Jettero is definitely the coolest character ever concieved in literature.

    And this site lives up to his enthusiastic aproach to life.

  61. Bobby Be
    July 29, 2008

    This site is great.

    Oh if you like movies, I have put up some reviews in my blog….. I also linked my blog to several pertinent sites when the content is related to some subject which I consider can use some good tech.

    check out my blog http://www.k-to-the-e-to-the-i-t-h.blogspot.com

    I have to write some up to date reviews…..bear with me.

  62. Anthony
    October 26, 2008

    Mission Earth along with Final Blackout are amongst my favorite books. I think i have read them at least 5 times. Great blog by the way, and interesting to see someone else with some SEO awareness. I am thinking of doing a bit of a project using blogs, web pages and SEO to knock all entheta search results below the 100 ranking, interested?

  63. Michael Tim
    February 28, 2009

    I love your site! 🙂

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  64. Yura
    April 15, 2009

    Hello everybody, critics, skeptics and Scientologists alike,

    All religions and beliefs, regardless of how bizarre or strange they may seem, have one thing in common – they give hope to Man. Hope in better future, better life, peace, love, understanding. Like any other religion Scientology is giving such hope to people. And I believe this should be respected.

    I never saw any church or religious community that would allow on its web sites disrespectful or insulting comments, so why would Scientologists tolerate it – you post insulting comment or “question”, yes it will be deleted. What’s so strange about it?

    If you are interested in Scientology go into closest library and borrow a Dianetics or Scientology book. And find out for yourself if it is true what is written inside or not.

    And about OTs and their abilities: L. Ron Hubbard warned OTs not to show their OT abilities in public. You can find this in the book History of Man by L. Ron Hubbard. It is also in the library next to you or if you wish you can buy it in nearest Church of Scientology.

    Advanced abilities of a spiritual being are not something to be shown on TV shows or in public in order to impress or convince somebody that Scientology works.

    If you want to find out what real OT abilities are is to develop them yourself. And then you can tell me if you enjoy them or not.

    Have a nice day and I invite you to see my favorite youtube video:

    Sincerely yours,
    Yura

  65. Ben
    April 21, 2009

    This is a great website. I like soccer too. Why do all these jerks hate on Scientology? They obviously don’t get their information from the source. They probably believe everything they read on the internet.

  66. Bryan Elliott
    May 30, 2009

    Jettero Heller,
    I apologize that this comment does not respond or follow any previous posts..
    First off, I must acknowlege you on such a well developed site. Very easy to navigate and very interesting!
    I am Director of Public Registration and Marketing for Narconon Colorado – a Life Worth Saving. It is a fairly new facility. I consider myself a scientoligist because I am very familiar with much of the tech and I apply it to my life although I have never actually recieved services at an org. I have learned the fundamentals through the Narconon Program.
    The reason I am contacting you is because I am looking for an SEO expert and I would prefer that the individual, group or organization be a scientologist.
    Do you know such a person, group or organization?
    Please use my personal email..
    ARC,
    Bryan Elliott

  67. Colin
    June 5, 2009

    Jettero Heller rocks!!! I was randomly searching for a good fan site. Boy does LRH have writing talent… fiction and non.

    It doesn’t really matter what your beliefs are because it’s so easy to find something that’s real and that helps you out with your life.

    A lot of people have misdirected beliefs that you have to eat the whole pie to study LRH’s works at all. That’s not true. Just find one thing that can help you or someone you know and get a high certainty that it works.

    I’m sick and tired of all the fear I see on the news and it’s about time a group is doing something about it!!!

  68. Ian Rush
    August 11, 2009

    cool Pics. I love soccer, too. I`m from Germany
    and i will be in LA next week.

    Today i finnished “mission Earth” Book 10

  69. Renee
    October 23, 2009

    Hi – I am a mother of 3 and my children attend an Applied Scholastics school. We are considering a move to Oregon for our kids to attend the Delphian school.
    If you are still keeping-up this blog, would you be willing to have a conversation with me about the school, its academics, and how well/not well they have served you?
    FYI-I am not a scientologist, but I have had a wonderful experience so far with Mr Hubbard’s teaching technology, and I would really like to discuss it with someone who attended the school.
    Thank you

  70. M0E
    July 13, 2010

    Hello. I felt the need to voice my opinion as it seems that the subject of Scientology is so bipolar. Either you are in it, or you attack it. So I sit somewhere in the middle. You see I was raised Catholic, but like everyone else had many issues blocking my own success. They were obstacles that I needed to overcome personally. I knew of no other place to go that could offer this type of help, so I looked at Scientology. Not the millions of junk sites out there, but I actually contacted someone at an org. They offered me something called a “Life Repair” program, that I completed with my wife. I also did some “auditing”. I have to say that it completely changed my life, for the better. Sure I spent some money, but there is no way that I would have gotten past some of my personal issues any other way, and it saved my marriage.

    I am no longer involved with Scientology, although I get an insane amount of junk mail from every org in the US (very annoying). However, this stuff actually worked for me, and my wife. They taught us interesting ways to communicate, which we still use today. We avoid stupid fights because we know what we are experiencing, and can stop ourselves from flying off the handle.

    I do also have to say that Scientology is the only religion that is not only tolerant of other religions, but embraces them, contrary to what most people believe. I am still Catholic, and no one can change that.

    To the author of the site: I commend you. You have a massive uphill battle communicating the truth about this. Keep up the good work.

    To the skeptics: Don’t waste your time hiding behind your keyboards. The internet is 95% lies about Scientology, so you can’t learn anything real there. Go and find out what this is about for yourselves. What are you afraid of?

    I now have a stable life, and a wonderful family with 2 kids, and a professional career. I have order in my life.

  71. Jason
    August 27, 2010

    Just wanted to say this a great site. I have been in Scientology for 20 years, I am a trained auditor and was on staff for 10 years. I now audit in the field.

    Anyway, just as a comment here, people are going to say whatever they are going to say. Everyone has an opinion. It’s unfortunate that the lies and mis-information about any religion, let alone Scientology have gotten out, but that happens with any new thought or idea that doesn’t conform to what someone considers “normal”.

    I am happy you are here. I have a blog of my own I just started two days ago. I’d be interested in a link exchange if you want to email me separately.

    Anyway, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

    • turbotad
      August 27, 2010

      Thanks for the comment – we’ll be in touch!

  72. Gerardo
    January 5, 2011

    I am currently on the sixth volume of mission earth and I think that Jettro Heller’s character will just grow and grow and grow. He is an amassing character. I recommend it highly.

  73. VoyagerVI
    June 6, 2011

    [moderated – see reply below]

    • turbotad
      June 7, 2011

      Wow. That’s one of the longest comments I’ve yet received. Some answers to your points:

      I think the main problem with Jettero Heller as a character is the same problem Jonnie Tyler has in Battlefield Earth. He’s too perfect. He has no flaws, mistakes he makes are never his fault, he’s unbeatable in fights etc….in other words, there is nothing in the character to relate to, that makes him interesting. The plot of ME more or less relies on the fact that Gris makes stupid mistakes that no-one would actually make. And like Terl in BE, you sympathise with Gris, because Heller’s just…well, a smug douchebag.

      Sorry you don’t relate to Heller or Tyler. Personally, I like them both, and relate to their positive traits. Yes, I think Tyler in ME could have well used his position of power better, and I think that Heller in ME could have had a better confront of evil and evil people, instead of always assuming people had his best interests in mind. But whatever – it’s a story, and I have been around plenty of folks that are just as pure of purpose as Heller, and contrary to your experience, I’ve definitely seen some as flat-out dumb as Gris. But no book is for everyone. I’m sure there are other stories you relate to more.

      I’m no fan of psychiatry…it’s as much a bunch of rubbish as any other mental therapy…but the portrayal of pyschs in ME is just completely inaccurate. Yes, it’s a satire, but Hubbard was never what anyone would call subtle about things, and his belief that psychs are all drug pushers, abortion providers, sexual perverts and vivisectionists has no basis in truth whatsoever. It has nothing to do with anti-religious feeling, it’s simply NOT TRUE.

      Wow. I think you have some research to do on psychiatry. If you actually have the stomach for it, try sitting through this: http://www.cchr.org/videos/psychiatry-an-industry-of-death/brain-damage-psychiatrys-miracle-cure.html

      Psychiatrists have been marketing like crazy to folks like you and me to convince us that they don’t cut up brains, that shock treatment is safe, etc, etc. If you’d like to have been successfully marketed-to, be my guest, but I’d rather you didn’t.

      And I have never…NEVER…heard a psych of any stripe say at any point that Man (never Humanity, you notice, with Hubbard; didn’t like women very much, did he?) is just an animal. Nothing even close to that sentiment has ever come up in my extensive study of this confidence trick called Freudian therapy. I know psychs who are devout Christians, Buddhists, Judaists.

      See above video — and this one too: http://www.cchr.org/videos/psychiatry-an-industry-of-death/man-redefined.html Fun food for thought.

      And Hubbard, oddly, never bothered to tell us what was so wrong about being an animal. Animals are better than humans! You don’t see animals cheating one another, or killing each other for fun, or allowing their fellows to starve because of illusory concepts like ‘money’, do you?

      See above video. I think that basically says what’s wrong with that argument.

      There was more to your comment, but unfortunately I ran out of time to answer your questions piece-by-piece. I get a lot of similar questions & comments though, and my answers to such I put here:

      http://gettothechoppa.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/questions-answers-on-scientology/
      and here:
      http://gettothechoppa.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/scientologist-to-reddit-ill-respect-your-beliefs-if-you-respect-mine/

      • turbotad
        June 7, 2011

        Hm.. and unfortunately this blog theme doesn’t render blockquote and b tags properly, so my nicely-formatted reply is all a mush. Hope you can understand it.

  74. Wade R. Willard
    October 13, 2011

    I have no use for scientology and thought Battlefield Earth boring, but Mission Earth is in my Top 25 of best books I’ve ever read. Very funny. Jettero, the hated Soltan, Bang-Bang, Babe Corleone. A lot of great characters. Searched Facebook for a Heller Page and got directed here. Think it’s time to read it again.

    Take care- WRgW

  75. Marc Ozna
    November 25, 2011

    It’s funny how Scientologists mainly tell people to go and discover it for themselves instead is getting in lengthy discussions or explanations about what Scientology is.
    In my opinion it’s just because it isn’t easy to explain to others just because Scientology is one thing to one person and another to another person. For some Scientology is a solution to their work problems and how they’ve always had problems with their boss, to others it’s a solution to how to get along in their family and to yet another it would be how they became more stable in life. Telling someone that Scientology is the best way to sort out one’s work problems may just be totally unreal to one’s friend, he may just not have those problems.

    In simple words Scientology is tools to handle life. But surely that’s just way to concise so the easiest way to explain it is to tell someone to read a book and they’ll get out of it what they feel they need.

    One’s perception of Scientology is based on one’s perception of life – and I don’t know what the guy next to me sees. So I’ll say check out a book see get what you can out of it.

    I could make a website with all my thoughts about what Scientology is but then I would just be reinventing the wheel because there are already plenty of great books and one interprets them as one sees best.

    But maybe we’re just getting lazier and lazier and would rather have a synopsis [read opinion] of the thing rather than explore it themselves, I guess.

    [;-]

  76. Chuck Bell
    January 31, 2012

    Great site here, Jettero! I’m also a Scientologist in Dallas, Texas and a long-time Linux network engineer, systems manager and telecom technician. I got started with Slackware Linux back in ’98, and have been running Linux almost exclusively on all my desktop computers and servers ever since. I’ve been helping a lot of my fellow Scientologists here install and get started with various Linux distributions. Lately I’ve been promoting Linux Mint as a great distro to get started with.
    I’m gonna send you a friend request on Facebook, if you don’t mind.

    “Happiness and strength endure only in the absence of hate.
    To hate alone is the road to disaster.
    To love is the road to strength.
    To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness.
    And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe.”

    L. Ron Hubbard – ‘A New Slant on Life’

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