Lest we forget the numbers of publics at recent Flag events. They didn't fill Ruth Eckerd Hall for Hubbard's 100th birthday celebration way back in 2011. Ruth Eckerd Hall holds 2,180. There were about 2,000 in attendance, but this number was bumped because of Sea Org and Nation of Islam attendance. The same 2,000 were schlepped in the next day for the grand opening of the Tampa BYorg where the event was so short that people were still trying to get in while others were scrambling to leave. The cult couldn't cough up 2,180 people for Hubbard's centennial birthday. We know the numbers were also abysmal for the Super Power grand opening. Even Rinderburn2 confirmed that. About 2,000 or so. And the crowd was littered with Sea Org. I spoke with a young Scandinavian public scilon who was at Flag while his rich mother took courses. I think this was about three years ago. He told me there were only a few hundred SO at that time. He said the numbers were very low compared to when he'd been here previously with his mother. Honestly, I lived here when there were multitudes of SO. It was particularly unsettling to see them swarm when they were wearing the khaki pants/pastel shirts and blouses uniforms. It was like watching evil Easter gush all over downtown. Seas of pinks and blues and greens and lavenders. Groups of a hundred moving one way. Another group of a hundred moving another way. Hundreds of them everywhere. That's why I can say that I know what it looks like when there are 2,000 Sea Org in Clearwater and I can tell you that there is no where near 2,000 SO downtown now. We protesters had guessed the 200-300 number before the Scandinavian public sci confirmed it so we're pretty good at guessing the numbers here. I will concede that there might be 300 SO now instead of 200 because I know that DM brings in his own people while he's here so that has to bump their numbers a bit, but it's NOT growth. It's just SO re-routed. How can anyone say it's growing when they look at the birthday numbers? Those numbers bring me GLEE.