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RUSSELL MILLER’S BARE-FACED MESSIAH, BACK IN PRINT IN FEBRUARY!

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We have a stunning announcement to make. Silvertail Books is bringing back into print the book which revealed for the first time the true life story of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard by Russell Miller was first published in 1987, after a long legal battle between its original publisher, Michael Joseph, and the Church of Scientology. The book’s original US publisher, Henry Holt, became mired in legal problems after a series of lawsuits in the American courts, and the book was never properly published here.

Silvertail publisher Humfrey Hunter bought world English rights through Michael Sissons and Fiona Petheram at PFD. Hunter tells us, “Bare-Faced Messiah was a sensation when it first came out and is every bit as relevant today as it was then. By telling the full, true story of L. Ron Hubbard’s extraordinary life, and calling out the untruths told about it, Russell tells an incredibly colorful story and reveals the origins of Scientology in riveting detail. It’s an astonishing read — your jaw drops on virtually every page.”

Miller says, “I am delighted that Bare-Faced Messiah is being re-published, particularly as the Church of Scientology continues to make ludicrous claims about the life and times of its founder.”

The new edition will contain a foreword by Miller in which he describes how the church tried to thwart his research for the book, tactics which included him being repeatedly followed, accused of various crimes including murder, alleged to be an intelligence agent and threatened with a pistol.

In January this year Silvertail published another book about Scientology, The Church of Fear by John Sweeney, which has since sold 14,000 copies across all editions. It will publish Bare-faced Messiah in hardback and ebook in February 2014.

“Russell Miller did the groundbreaking work on Hubbard and the Church of Scientology that every future biographer relies upon. He was able to interview key sources that have since been silenced. It’s great to know that his own voice will be heard once again,” says Lawrence Wright, whose own recent book about Hubbard and Scientology, Going Clear, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

“Russell Miller is one of the great biographers of the generation, and his book remains the only full biography of Hubbard,” says Jon Atack, author of another great book about about Scientology, 1990’s A Piece of Blue Sky. “My book was aimed at those who had been involved with Scientology, so it focuses on material relevant to an understanding of the cult. Russell focuses on the man and is a fine portrait of a troubled and narcissistic charlatan, who managed to extract over a billion dollars from his followers, and then had the gall to say, ‘The work was free. Keep it so.’ He lived in extravagant luxury, while followers were even denied toilet paper to save on costs. Russell’s book is a better introduction for people who have never heard of the cult. The title, of course, says it all.”

“Compelling reading. You won’t want to put this book down once you start it — so start it,” says Paulette Cooper, author of 1971’s The Scandal of Scientology

As soon as we find an order page for Miller’s book, we’ll post it. — The Bunker

 
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December Five

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on December 5, 2013 at 07:00

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  • Miss Tia

    Don’t forget we have Mail Tech going on! I put the list of names & addies in one location for y’alls convenience and some suggestions/tips! And PLEASE let’s get some more names added! I’ll update the page as needed! Thank you EVERYONE for helping out! http://misstia.com/mailtech.html

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      I just counted my pile of postcards. !
      Every one is earmarked for the CoS

      Edit: 28 of them!~

      • KJP in Portland

        :O

        wow!

        • Bury_The_Nuts

          And that is what I am doing this Saturday morning…when I am drinking coffee and bunkering 😉

      • IBBy

        I set aside my stack of drippy religious cards to send to CST because free christmas cards i wont use are the reason for the season

      • Miss Tia

        YEAH!!!!

      • Sandy

        For what it is worth. My aunt took the front of C’mas cards, used them as post cards (for the pretty pics) and wrote a note to Gramma every day. What a nice idea.

        • Bury_The_Nuts

          i have done that too. Works great!

        • Miss Tia

          Yep, I have that suggested on the mail tech page! 🙂 That’s what I’m gonna do with some Dollar General Christmas cards I got!

        • Sandy

          I have one other suggestion re: unsolicited cards per a website. Stick a stamp on the envelope and deliver to nursing homes for folks to send cards to family.

      • Sidney18511

        Alter your handwriting on them so it looks like 29 different peeps.

    • Jo

      Off work tomorrow, got my Christmassy cards and stamps 🙂 edit Miss Tia, I’ll post UK, IRE orgs and Shelly.

    • Sibs

      My apartment’s getting fumigated again tomorrow, so I think I know what I’ll be driving around working on.

      • Miss Tia

        Oh that sucks it’s getting fumigated! 🙁

        • Sibs

          When I first moved in (and first commented on the Bunker, actually), my apartment was completely infested with roaches. I slept in my car, it was so bad. I just got fumigated again two weeks ago but I’m starting to find live ones this week and I think they’re coming from my neighbors. So I’m getting this nipped in the bud (and my neighbors are getting fumigated too). Dammit, I do not want a repeat of the Night of a Thousand Roaches. (shudder)

          • Miss Tia

            Oh that’s horrible!! Yes, if they do NOT fumigate the apartments on either side of you and above and below (if applicable) they WILL return. There was an apartment place in Kent where I worked for a bit that had a history of roaches and they would only treat the infected apartment, what happened? the one next door got them, they treated that, they went back to the original one, then across the hall, etc. Uh, I caused some issues for the management company when some tenants came to complain and I didn’t toe the management line of just having THEIR apartment treated. I said it was ridiculous and it had been going on for years—I had the binder out in front of me—and the whole building needed to be professionally treated for roaches. A manager was behind the tenants giving me the ‘STFU’ signal’ and I told the tenants that if I lost my job because the management didn’t like what I was saying they needed to contact the county health department and report them and keep at it and to tell their parents since their parents were paying their rent. I wasn’t fired, but I ended up quitting because they laid into me that I overstepped my bounds, why should I care how they lived? I was going to cost the company several hundred thousands of dollars getting the whole place treated (high rise) and HOW DARE I! I told them if people sued for their negligence it would cost more, that I had copies of a lot of stuff and knowledge of their negligence and I wanted no part of them anymore and out the door I went.

            Derail….anyway….I am GLAD your place is getting fumigated…..i hope they get it done properly!!! STAY ON THEM!!! I am so sorry you’re going through this inconvenience!!! ((HUGS))

    • Suzy

      Miss Tia,

      thank you for the mail tech info! I just finished my personal cards and am ready to start on the mail tech now. I need to get some postcards tomorrow…..

      • Miss Tia

        THANK YOU!!! You could if you wanted, take the front of a card off to make a post card!

  • Robert Eckert

    Diqsuq was working for me again, and now it’s back to sending me up to the top. How could they patch the bug and then unpatch it? Or maybe different versions of the code are running on different servers?

    • HolyCash

      Have you tried hold down Shift and click on Refresh at the same time?

      • Snippy_X

        No. Not shift or any other random key. WTF – that let’s loose all the engrams at once.

      • Robert Eckert

        I’ve been using the technique of avoiding the blue new-comments in the middle of the page, and scrolling up or down to absorb them into the comments-above/below. But the blue were working for me for a while, and then I got surprised again.

    • KJP in Portland

      Same here Robert.

  • Lemont

    Tony – your twitter feed link to the Nelson Mandela article at Raw Story doesn’t seem to be working

  • Eclipse-girl

    ALWAYS BLAME DISCUS

    they have lost everything about my profile. If I do not respond to your replies it is because Discus effed me over. I had to log on again, and it appears as if a new account was started

    UGH

    • Miss Tia

      Booooo disqus!!!!

  • Great White Clam

    Just in case anyone foregets just how freekin BAT.SHIT CRAZY little David Miscavige and the scumpuppy cherch SCAM is here are some word from L. Ron Hubbard hisself as remindar;

    “Pre-sperm recordings are quite ordinary. The sperm sequence itself is worthy of note for it is a race of which the sperm is very conscious. His travails in reaching the ovum are many. There is a “visio” [image] which is quite standard, of the race. There is quite often a light, a spark, in this sequence. The sperm reaches the ovum and
    merges. This merging is another incident, conception.

    Pre-ovum sequences are on record but are not common. The rolling of the ovum down the tube is commonly recorded.”

    [L. Ron Hubbard, A History of Man, 1954 ed, p. 21]

    • HolyCash

      “The rolling of the ovum down the tube is commonly recorded”

      Yes, I believe I have all their albums.

      • Lemont

        “The rolling of the ovum down the tube is commonly recorded”

        That reminds me of Pachinko, a Japanese game involving steel balls which bounce down random paths, like vertical pinball without any paddles

        • DamOTclese2

          When I was in Japan every night I would walk down to the parlor and watch hundreds of mostly old men playing the game, trying to find the fascination in it. 🙂

          • Lemont

            I had one as a kid, it’s strangely hypnotizing… the sounds, lights, and the new balls which bounce out when you hit a jackpot set up this pavlovian cycle of anticipation and reward

            • DamOTclese2

              That must be it, yeah, the motion and lights. I saw that the old men would take the balls home in metal containers, then the next night they would return to the parlor with their balls and start again. They seemed to accumulate steep balls and leave with about the same amount they had when they showed up, just returning night after night with the same amounts, pretty much.

              While I was in Japan I also went to the same soba shop which did tempura and had bottles of hot hot hot chili powder that I like. In the morning I would down a bowl, in the evening I would down a bowl. I would walk past the game parlor every time and watch. 🙂

            • Lemont

              The players think (like I did at one point) that they can control where the balls go. As you can guess, that’s impossible… but it’s hypnotic… perhaps a cheaper addiction than Scientology!

            • Eclipse-girl

              It is HYPNOTIC. I have played them too. I regret not picking one out a garage sale, and a friend scooped it up. That was years ago. Mr E decided at one point he wanted to have a pinball machine of his youth. Gold Strike in Wis. Wis did not give free games like Ill did. That was considered gambling. Pinball is more fun

        • Great White Clam

          Looks like L. Ron Hubbard is holding his own in a solo game of Pachinko on that their throne. Did you notice the TWTH window dressing in the window top frame?

        • Suzy

          Ouch! Makes my ovaries hurt just thinking of my ovum pachinko-ing down my falopian tubes.

    • DamOTclese2

      The insane fuck really did think he was an expert on literally every friggen subject. No wonder Tom Cruise is such a fuck-in-the-head loon.

    • Lemont

      Of course it is beyond ignorant to think a sperm has any neural system

      • DamOTclese2

        Well, Hubbard found them. 🙂

        • Lemont

          LRH invented sperm! And burritos.

    • DrGreatCham

      Just another example of the wonder that is “Dioretix: The Science of Matter over Mind.”

  • Cat Daddy
    • Rupi

      Powerful song. I like the acoustic version a little bit more. Sharon’s a great singer and Metal-godess. I was lucky to see them live a few times 🙂

      Edit: “No More Lies” by Iron Maiden would be a great song for the soundtrack to DM’s downfall 😉

      • NOLAGirl

        I’d like to add “Thunder Underground” by Ozzy Osbourne to the list of “DM Downfall Songs” 😀

        • Eclipse-girl

          Does someone want to do a DOWNFALL Mix tape?

          • Rupi

            Maybe we could create a YT-playlist with all the songs which are suggested?

            • Eclipse-girl

              I am so technologically incompetent. Its a wonderful Idea. i am not the person to execute it.

          • NOLAGirl

            I’d buy it. 🙂

        • Rupi

          Great suggestion!

          • NOLAGirl

            Thank you Rupi. Every time I hear that song, the lyrics seem (in my mind) to be perfect for being directed right at the Mini-Despot. 🙂

            • Rupi

              The lyrics are very fitting, indeed.

              “Your morbid fear of losing
              Destroys the lives you’re using
              You only have one point of view”

            • NOLAGirl

              Also:

              “Your appetite for power
              Subverts your every hour
              But every time the mighty fall”

              Yeah, it’s a perfect Davey-Downfall song, all the way around. 🙂

      • Cat Daddy

        I know couldn’t find a decscent one here is my favorit live version of Mother Earth

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjNhuQukFrs

        • Rupi

          Yes! This is a very beautiful live version of the song. I like her costumes and her voice is always magnificent live!

        • Rupi

          And here’s a duett of my two favourite Metal-ladies Sharon and Tarja: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy6MpsDPKts

          • Cat Daddy

            More realistic than after earth

  • Seannie5

    I passed by the Berlin scientology centre this week but unfortunately I didn’t know where it was located there, so I passed by too quickly to take a photo of me flipping the bird at it. Boo!
    It looked pretty dead …

    • Missionary Kid

      Rest in… well, the equivalent of hell.

  • Sibs

    Reading the Debbie Cook stuff. Ray Jeffrey is really good at explaining the law in plain English and expressing his arguments. His opening remarks are such a breath of fresh air after all of the previous lawyer’s intentionally confusing subpoena deflections.

  • Great White Clam
  • ShoopZ

    She’s still tweeting so I am too…

    • Eclipse-girl

      Is John Edrward that nutty journalist who interviewed Vivian daughter?

      • OrangySky

        No, he’s a “psychic.”

        • Eclipse-girl

          OH FUCK.

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        Careful! He will talk to your dead relatives and find out your secrets. He just needs about 10 letters and 30 tries to determine their name, and then it’s on from there.

        • Eclipse-girl

          there are people who have posted various information on geneaology.com, not always in agreement with my father’s research

          I would love to be able to talk to certain dead relatives. I understand that is not going to happen

          How well do you think Mr Edwards know his history of the 1890 – 1920’s?

          • Jimmy Threetimes

            Are you thinking of.. did the person you are talking about… your..ancestor…did his name start with ‘B’? It sounds like a ‘B’… I’m drawing this in here.. was it a ‘D’? No… a ‘T’? Timmothy?? No, you’re absolutely right!! It is Thomas, not Timmothy.. I’m contacting him now..

            That’s how he works.

            • Eclipse-girl

              I have seen enough from Penn and Teller and the Amazing Randi that I hope i would not fall for such cold reading.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              I hope you don’t fall for any sort reading. If it’s not cold, it means they have scouted you and have some sort of information on you or your family and background.

            • OrangySky

              A friend of mine, a journalist, described how convincing JE was in a live reading she attended. I asked her a bunch of questions about his methods and she gradually began to see how he may have staged his correct answers (with audience plants, etc.) I believe there are people among us with various gifts that defy current rational explanation, but I don’t believe they are the same people who charges $100,000’s to exploit people’s grief.

            • Rita Gregory

              Yep!

            • Missionary Kid

              What Edwards also does is have associates who talk to people waiting in line and get information from them that he uses in his act.

            • Eclipse-girl

              That is standard practice for these type of cons

            • Captain Howdy

              I’d keelhaul John Edward from bow to stern with extreme relish.

            • Missionary Kid

              Sylvia Browne was another charlatan who took advantage of the gullible. She never did show up for a test of her psychic powers after accepting James Randi’s challenge on TV that would have gotten her a million dollars.

              Both JE and SB were/are charlatans. The magician community knows all about them and dislikes them.

            • Rita Gregory

              I could not STAND Sylvia Browne. Horrible woman!

            • Missionary Kid

              She took advantage of people’s hope that overcame reason. That’s evil.

            • Rita Gregory

              I thought she was evil the first time I saw her. It just rolled off her body like fog.

            • Captain Howdy

              I’m an expert on this shite, Mk. I’ve been researching it since the early 70’s.

            • Casabeca

              Those two are the worst!
              I am grieving right now after losing a dear friend to cancer.
              I cooked for her each week, chatted on the phone, lender clothes as she kept getting skinnier and couldn’t stay warm. I just gave her daughter a baby shower (due dates almost same as Monkey K), and had her family over for Thankgiving.
              I would LOVE to speak to her, or get a message for her family.
              But death seems pretty final.
              Those crooks are milking the brokenhearted, just making up crap and raking in money!
              Talk about finding a ruin and then getting rich from the pain of others.
              When John E was in town his followers filled an entire shopping center in my town, couldn’t get near the grocery store trying to park.
              It just showed me that there are a lot of hurting, desperate folks out there.
              Grrrr, I wish you could give em a good scare Cap Howdy!

            • Hubbub

              So sorry for your loss. You sound like you were a wonderful friend to her during times it was probably difficult to stay strong. Best to you and her family.

            • Casabeca

              Wow, Hubbub, you are a sweetheart!
              She was smart and a beauty and so good to everyone.
              I am just gonna try to carry that spirit forward, especially to her widower and daughters.
              You are so kind, thank you <3

            • noseinabk

              When you get to see someone do a fake cold reading, you learn to watch them closely. These people read body language VERY well.
              It makes me all more baffled about a lady I met. I went into a local bar with a friend and the barmaid told me something I cant post but was true. Then she said ” Tell your husband to never pick up a hitchhiker again.”
              An hour later my husband got home and he had done just that. He was calling BS on my conversation until I asked if he had given someone a ride. That lady never asked me for a dime.

            • Missionary Kid

              You always remember the hits and forget the misses. http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/learn-to-be-a-psychic-in-10-easy-lessons/

            • Missionary Kid

              To add: The good con artists ask for no, or little money at first. That’s why the intro courses for Co$ are relatively cheap.

              The barmaid probably wasn’t trying to get money our of you, but she did get you to start wondering.

            • noseinabk

              It was a very bizarre event for me because we had not been chit chatting. She just spat out this fact and moved on.
              I do get annoyed when I see people clinging to the hope of a person relaying a message from a dead relative. ( Long Island Medium) That is so frigging evil to play that game for money.

            • Missionary Kid

              There are times when I’ve been almost psychic in telling a person what is going on in their life, but it was really the result of looking at them, their environment, their age, and various clues they’ve given off. Other times, I’ve been so far off base, it’s ridiculous.

              I still don’t believe in psychics. Talk to magicians, and they know all the tricks.

            • noseinabk

              I agree with you almost 100%. But I think that we have some intuitive skills that just get bungled up. We all know that gut feeling that we have obeyed or not.
              I would love to discuss this more but I think I derailed enough for tonight.
              Because of the Disqusting FAIL, I am still trying to read the testimony from TO’s last article.

            • Missionary Kid

              Good evening. It’s always an education to talk with you. 🙂

            • noseinabk

              Uhhhg I feel bad because I think you take me to literally.. I take everything with a HUGE grain of salt( Just like Karen P). Just now I had to go find my glasses so I could find see or use those frickin sarcasm brackets!

            • Missionary Kid

              Oh, NOOOO! Not the sarcasm brackets.
              O.K., so I’m thick. That’s why I came up with them. 😉

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              I am a chronic victim of déjà vu. I can’t explain it. It is never anything important and it is never one single thing. A sentence I’m reading may trigger it, and everything around me is just so. A room I enter, and the first words I hear and everything I see is just so. It never means anythings when it happens, and I can’t predict it, but it gives me the chills. It feels like I have dreamed of it before. I don’t know what this is.

            • Straight Diet of Kerbango

              Penn and Teller do really impressive cold readings in their show.

            • Missionary Kid

              The dean of modern magicians, Houdini spent a lot of his time exposing he frauds and fakes, spiritualists, and psychics, and Penn and Teller follow in his very big footsteps.

            • Rita Gregory

              I believe there are people with psychic ability, however the ones who really have it don’t scream it from the rooftops or take money. Just like your barmaid. 🙂

            • noseinabk

              This lady acted as if she could care less if I believed her or not. I will never know. I call BS on these celeb physic jerks and ghost hunters shows. I do however know that some of us have experienced things that that make it hard to be 100% skeptical. On this point I don’t care if I am wrong or not and I do not feel the need to discredit others unless you are running a con ( AKA Scientology).

            • Rita Gregory

              Exactly. She knew what she knew, passed it on, then went about her business. Anyone who truly has the ability knows not to try and convince others of it. I’m a very skeptical person, but I also know there are people who do know things they should not know. They tend to be like your barmaid, stuff just flies out of their mouth and they are right on the money.

            • noseinabk

              I know because I have done it myself. It is TMI to post but I have Two diverted disasters because of intuition.

            • Rita Gregory

              Me too. 🙂

            • Rita Gregory

              I heard his people planted mics in the audience to gather info before the show started, too.

            • Missionary Kid

              I wouldn’t doubt it. When Randi exposed the televangelist on the Tonight show, the trick was that they used the prayer request cards that his wife had backstage and was reading to him through a tiny radio receiver in his ear.

              He used the information he got over receiver to act like god was talking to him.

              Unfortunately, the guy is back on late night TV again.

            • archimede5

              Actually a young Tony O appeared in the first episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullsh!t! TV show about John Edward and other so called mediums. He also wrote an article after attending the shows of John Edward and that other huckster James Van Praagh.

              Tony comes in around 7:26.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb39htpY6dU

            • Eclipse-girl

              That is cool. TY

            • Captain Howdy

              Hey Tony!

            • chukicita

              Thanks for posting this – not just because young Tony is a cutie-pie but it made me think of this cool novella by Connie Willis called “Inside Job” — about a guy who was skeptical of a medium who then started channeling H.L. Mencken.

            • Cat Daddy

              Sexy Tony Yum Yum

            • OrangySky

              How cool to see young Tony! Such a sweetie pie!

          • Missionary Kid
            • Eclipse-girl

              I have no desire to scam people.

              Was a HUGE fan of the Skeptical Inquirer mag, until I had a child.

              http://www.csicop.org/si/

            • Missionary Kid

              I get the Skeptic’s Society newsletter once a week. Do you want to sign up? It’s free.

            • Eclipse-girl

              After Xmas. i would get to backlogged at this point. TY.

    • OrangySky

      ShoopZ, I like your style!

    • Great White Clam

      Ever wonder why L. Ron Hubbard wore a black hat? Welllllll…….

      In L. Ron Hubbard’s lecture entitled “Assists” given October 3, 1968 to students on the Class VIII Course aboard “Apollo”

      And there was quite a bit of ‘huffle ruffle’ and then upset and so on before R6 took place. What it was
      was the Loyal Officers were the body, the elective body, and they called them the Loyal Officers. They were there to protect the populations and so forth. And they had elected a fellow by the name of Xenu, could be spelled X-E-M-U, to the supreme ‘rulah’. And they were about to unelect him. And he took the last moments he had in office to really ‘goof the floof’.… He took these last moments to really upset it. He, of course, had several key birds who were close to him. He was a Suppressive, they involved Suppressives, he got these administrators and so on and heads of planets in various positions and places. He picked out all the cowboys in the white hat and he got rid of them first.

      • HolyCash

        Comedy gold. thank you.

      • OrangySky

        Huffle ruffle…goof the floof!
        We’d all be in such a better place if Hubbard had followed the career path of children’s book writer instead of cult leader.

        • Missionary Kid

          Keerist. I’d keep him away from anything human, let alone children. he certainly abused enough of them psychologically by treating them as little adults, which is a medieval concept that was reborn over the centuries, and was revived by LRH.

  • ShoopZ

    Thought I’d try a little variety…

  • Guest

    I do believe they’re screening the questions! >:-[ 😉

    Refresh and click on the image.

  • ShoopZ

    I do believe they’re screening questions! >:-[ 😉

    Refresh and click on image.

  • Eclipse-girl

    Stacy, you have been flagged.

    I want to write you to help it so that you flag lists.

    Individual ads are problematic because an IP addy only works once

    Do you have a gee mail account that is not your main account?

    I will send you mine, but not tonight.

    • Cat Daddy

      Stacy report to Ethics get into my little office plox

    • Miss Tia

      wait, this is for CL? sorry to bud in….what’s this flagging lists?? i flag individual ads….are we doing something different? you have my email right? tia(at)misstia(dot)com

      • Eclipse-girl

        Stacy is doing good work.

        She was posting individual Sci-lon ads from Cl.

        It was flagged and is now invisible. The same thing happened to jhm.

        We need to teach Stacy to posts lists.

        If an individual ad that is posted it is impossible to tell if one has flagged it in the past.

  • Sibs

    I’m at the end of the Bert Leahy declaration and I have a question: who is Falcon Industries in Santa Clarita? Google tells me that particular “Falcon Industries” does business under a different name (“Falcon Business Services”?) but I can’t find anything on that alternate name. Clearly it’s connected to Scientology because that’s who paid Bert for being part of the Squirrel Busters,

    • Room 101

      That’s Dave Labeau’s PI company

      • Anonymous

        I believe Mike Rinder spells it LeBlow.

        • Robert Eckert

          The actual spelling is “Lubow” I think.

          • Cat Daddy

            correct

          • Anonymous

            Correct…that is the actual spelling…but the preferred spelling is LeBlow…

        • MaxSpaceman

          Was Miss Cabbage involved in the State of Texas? Ever?

          “Out of literally dozens, if not hundreds of examples, I recount what happened with the Aznarans in 1994, primarily because they were Texas residents and the events took place in Dallas. Vicki Aznaran, like Mark Rathbun, was previously the “Inspector General” of Religious Technology Center. She was ousted by Miscavige and left the church and she and her husband filed suit against a number of church entities in 1988.

          “Miscavige considered her a threat due to her knowledge of the power struggle he had been engaged in after the death of L. Ron Hubbard in 1986. Aznaran had taken sides against Miscavige and therefore she and her husband had become “enemies.”

          “In 1994 the Aznaran’s called the church and said they wanted to engage in settlement discussions to resolve their lawsuit. Miscavige called me, told me in detail what he wanted done and sent me to meet with Richard Aznaran at Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

          “I was instructed by Miscavige to secretly record the entire meeting so Miscavige could hear every word that was said. I covertly recorded my meeting with Mr. Aznaran as Miscavige had ordered.

          “When I returned to Los Angeles, Miscavige listened to the recording and then directed that I set up a settlement meeting with the Aznarans in Dallas. He gave me very explicit instructions. I was sent back to Dallas with Miscavige lieutenant, and RTC staff member, Mike Sutter and met with Richard and Vicki Aznaran in a suite in the Adolphus hotel…” — statement by Mike Rinder.

          Well, that is the proverbial nail in the coffin. The court (has to) may indeed decide to depose and/or subpoena Dave to testify!

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps.

            Each of the assertions in the declarations will have to be supported eventually. The church will not concede any significant points on the basis of the declarations of a few bitter apostates.

            There will be a counter-attack, probably with declarations from celebs and others with opposing assertions and a whole bunch of BS dead-agent nonsense.

      • Sibs

        Aha! Like the Maltese Falcon! Thank you!

        I just reached Mike Rinder’s.

  • nottrue

    I started out hating him and ending up loving him. I learned alot from him. REST IN PEACE

    • Eclipse-girl

      He was a wise, tolerant human.

    • Cat Daddy

      Why did you hate him at first ?

    • PoisonIvyHerself

      Serendipity – “Mandela” starring his most excellent gorgeousity Idris Elba premiered in the UK tonight. Maybe Nelson decided he was ready to move on, now that he has a great actor depicting the story of his struggle. RIP NM – you were one of the most important beings to ever grace this planet.
      (Stop it, Ghost of LRH glaring at me from Target 2. I can see how jealous you are.)

  • Chocolate Rose

    Seriously, shouldn’t we be thanking God for David Miscavige? With his finely tailored suits and charismatic flair, he lends the church an air of prosperity as the world has become increasingly focused on the activities and beliefs of the church. There is no one else I would want at the helm of Scientology… simply because no one has ground this “religion” into the ground more than Mr. Miscavige and hopefully the church’s horrible human rights abuses and their insane war with psychiatry will perish in the rubble. My God, what would happen if Scientology was expanding under competent leadership? I would have to lock up my anti-depressants!

    • Missionary Kid

      Mi$cavige = #1 all time SP. Hooray!!!

      • MaxSpaceman

        Rinder on Miscavage involvement deep in the heart of Texas:

        “Out of literally dozens, if not hundreds of examples, I recount what happened with the Aznarans in 1994, primarily because they were Texas residents and the events took place in Dallas. Vicki Aznaran, like Mark Rathbun, was previously the “Inspector General” of Religious Technology Center. She was ousted by Miscavige and left the church and she and her husband filed suit against a number of church entities in 1988.

        “Miscavige considered her a threat due to her knowledge of the power struggle he had been engaged in after the death of L. Ron Hubbard in 1986. Aznaran had taken sides against Miscavige and therefore she and her husband had become “enemies.”

        “In 1994 the Aznaran’s called the church and said they wanted to engage in settlement discussions to resolve their lawsuit. Miscavige called me, told me in detail what he wanted done and sent me to meet with Richard Aznaran at Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

        “I was instructed by Miscavige to secretly record the entire meeting so Miscavige could hear every word that was said. I covertly recorded my meeting with Mr. Aznaran as Miscavige had ordered.

        “When I returned to Los Angeles, Miscavige listened to the recording and then directed that I set up a settlement meeting with the Aznarans in Dallas. He gave me very explicit instructions. I was sent back to Dallas with Miscavige lieutenant, and RTC staff member, Mike Sutter and met with Richard and Vicki Aznaran in a suite in the Adolphus hotel…”

        Well, that is the proverbial nail in the coffin. The court (has to) may indeed decide to depose and/or subpoena Dave to testify!

        • Missionary Kid

          Davy should have gotten a big tube of K-Y jelly, cause he’s gonna get screwed.

        • Missionary Kid

          Thanks.

  • Cat Daddy

    Last thing I post for Rupi and I’ll leave Tony’s Bandwith alone

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFbViQSLjos

    • Cat Daddy

      Somebody is or was a Goth like me in the past , you never shed that entirely

      • MaxSpaceman

        Evidently not, Cat D !!

        • Cat Daddy

          Forgive you me for not being a good English speaker (in the very very past) and sorry Tony I yet take another atack on your bandwith.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyRADjZ-NMo

          • MaxSpaceman

            You rock! That is you! Back in the day. Giving it to Marcotai !!

            • Eclipse-girl

              I think it is our beloved Cat Daddy.

            • Cat Daddy

              Maybe I have to wear my goth gear again and find me a fun alto/goth/emo or otherwise girly now

            • Eclipse-girl

              You can do what ever you want to.

              I hope you do find a companion.

            • Cat Daddy

              *smiles kindley upon you* Thank you princess

            • Cat Daddy

              2009, when youtube was still fun and we had discussions with scientologists and trolls on it, Youtube has changed now

          • Baby

            Well I finally get to see the infamous catdaddy.. haha.. That was a real treat for me..

            Ohhhhhh to be Goth. Had it been around in my youth I would have been right in the middle of the scene. But I do have my inner Lolita.. It comes out when I least expect it.

            My alter ego… xox Seriously it was so good seeing you!

      • Captain Howdy

        I had the first “Goth” band in the S.F bay area and that aint goth, that’s ‘Twilight” tween shit set to muzak. Maybe try the Cramps or the Birthday Party.

    • Rupi

      Thank you very much for the videos, Cat Daddy! Sorry I didn’t answer sooner it was very late here where I live.

      I always liked Evanescence, especially that song. It remembers me of my beloved grandma who died a few years ago at a very old age and this song helped me a lot to cope with her death.

      And yes, it fits for Lisa. May she rest in peace and her tormentors get what they deserve!

  • Missionary Kid

    Best line someone came up with over at Radar online: You’ve got a Xenu in Uranus. I’m still snickersnorting over that one.

  • noseinabk

    Ginormous off topic post. Sorry.

    It does point out that some people do things for others with no push for “stats” or trying to make themselves look good to the general public.

    So proud of my step-dad for doing this.

    http://www.pnj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013312040027&nclick_check=1

    • Snippy_X

      Very Cool.

    • Eclipse-girl

      Thank your step dad from me. It is a very kind and generous thing to do

      • noseinabk

        Thank you, I will.
        Santa is getting an extra special Christmas gift this year.
        I worked with autistic kids and know how overstimulated they would be in an open mall. So awesome that he is putting in the extra hours for those kids.

        • Rita Gregory

          Awesome is right!

    • Baby

      Awww Nose.. What a special, Special man… ; ) so glad that you have each other in your lives..

      • noseinabk

        He did so well that you would almost never know that he had a stroke last year.

        • Baby

          Just such a caring person.. Perfect Santa!

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Nose, that is so wonderful. What a difference for those kids.

    • Graham

      Thanks for that Nose. What a thoughtful thing to do. I’m forwarding the link to a friend of mine who does Santa duty most Christmases.

  • MaxSpaceman

    Lying Liars that Lie. “Deterioration of Liberty.” A lecture. L. Ron Hubbard. LIAR.

    [ Police Officer ] he went stalking back to his own car, and he put in a radio message straight to headquarters – I wasn’t doing anything, there was no reason for all this – he put a radio message back in to Police Headquarters Los Angeles City and, of course, he got back: “Officer United States Naval Intelligence; Special Officer Los Angeles Police, Lafayette R. Hubbard.”

    Yeah, right!

    • Rita Gregory

      Good Lord! There really is no end to his bull!

      • MaxSpaceman

        I guess his parents aren’t to blame, but …

        From Bare Faced Messiah, by Russell Miller

        • Snippy_X

          Interesting!

    • Great White Clam

      It gets even worst;

      The mollusk has justifiably become infamous amongst critics and commentators on Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard warned:

      “… Your discussion of these incidents with the uninitiated in Scientology can produce havoc. Should you describe “the clam” to some one, you may restimulate it in him to the extent of causing severe jaw
      hinge pain. One such victim, after hearing about a clam death could not use his jaws for three days. Another “had to have” two molars extracted because of the resulting ache. The clam and all these incidents are very much present in the GE and can be restimulated easily. So do not be sadistic with your describing them to people – unless, of course, they belligerently claim that Man has no past memory for his evolution. In that event, describe away. It makes believers over and above enriching your friend the dentist who, indeed, could not exist without these errors and incidents on the evolutionary line!”

      [L. Ron Hubbard, A History of Man, 1954 ed p. 27]

      • MaxSpaceman

        Yayzeus, GwC – the problem with that massive piece of L. Ron Hubbard sh1t — “A History of Man” by L. Ron Hubbard — is that you could quote nearly every freakin’ page of that tripe and come up with utter, pitiful, pathetic nonsense.

        It’s the worst of his books. Containing the most evidence of the sh1t he was making up out of dung mountains.

        • Great White Clam

          Yes. Even today, clam engrams can cause great suffering:

          “The hinge epicentres later become the hinges of the human jaw. Should you desire to confirm this, describe to some uninitiated person the death of a clam without saying what you are describing. “Can you imagine a clam sitting on the beach, opening and closing its shell very rapidly?” Make a motion with your thumb and forefinger of a rapid opening and closing. The victim may grip his jaws with his hand and feel quite upset. He may even have to have a few teeth pulled. At the very least he will argue as to whether or not the shell stays open at the end or closed. And he will, with no hint of the death aspect of it, talk about the ”poor clam’ and he will feel quite sad emotionally.

          The clam had an astonishing number of adventures for so minor a creature. It would
          get things into its shell and be unable to get them out. It would get its shell stuck open and be unable to shut it. And it would come loose from its rock, under the surface of the water and get tossed into the broil of the surf. And it would become deserted by the tide and left to bake under a frying sun, a quite uncomfortable situation which restimulates sometimes in a sunburn.

          There was or is a spore method of procreation used by the clam. The spore was put on the inside of the lip and permitted to grow. Eventually it became large enough to become a clam on its own and would depart. There is a guardian-emotion on the part of the clam for these spores and a sadness on their departure. But there is more to the spore than this. The spore was like a barnacle. When the clam was cast ashore, these
          spores were still alive in the shell. The sun would kill the inner cells of the “barnacle” while the outer shell cells still lived. The dead inner cells would form a gas which, under the heat, would explode violently, to the agony of the living barnacle shell cells. This bursting was sudden and painful. These spores gave incidents which permitted the human teeth to have a pattern. The ancient bursting engrams are still dramatized by the teeth which, under stress, burst or feel like bursting. Running out some of these
          bursting incidents will take the ache out of a tooth rapidly.”

          [L. Ron Hubbard, A History of Man, 1954 ed p 30-31]

          • Rita Gregory

            My jaw hurts. 😉

            • Snippy_X

              Stop laughing then.

            • Rita Gregory

              I can’t. It’s just so ridiculous! 😀

      • Graham

        “enriching your friend the dentist”. Not something Elwrong could ever be accused of.

        • KJP in Portland

          No, but now that I’m going back to real, bona-fide work with dental coverage, just the co-pays I have coming are going to make my dentist rich. I had to put all that on hold for over 2 years (ouch)

  • whenpigsswim

    The sleet is coming down so hard here in Dallas …. a fitting end to this sad day.

    Lisa, we will never forget you. You will never be forgotten.

    • KJP in Portland

      Drive or walk SAFE in the morning! Be safe! (((hugs)))

      • whenpigsswim

        Thanks – School was cancelled for my kids and we did some sledding on a golf course! Staying safe and warm inside now!

  • MaxSpaceman

    Legal statement from Chris Guider:

    As to the Texas courts ruling if Dave Miscabage is the direct leader of everything $cientology Inc. and what the cherch does or does not do: based on Chris Guider and Mike Rinder legal statements, Davey runs $cientology as supreme leader and Davey has indeed had substantial doings in Texas. Leaving the court to decide that Dave must be deposed and/or testify in the case of Monique Rathbun, hopefully.

    Chris Guider:
    ” I saw, first-hand, Captain David Miscavige as the highest ranking Sea Org
    member going by the title of the Chairman of the Board RTC direct and run on a
    day in and day out basis staff and executives ofRTC, CSI (Including Commodore
    Messenger Organization International (CMOI), Senior Executive Strata,
    Commodore’s Messenger Gold (CMO Gold), Golden Era Productions (Gold)),
    Author Services Incorporated (ASI) and Church of Spiritual Technology (CST).
    He had each of the heads of these corporations and organizations reporting to him
    either directly (usually) or with one of his RTC staff forwarding the information or
    compliance to his dictates and orders. While I was staff in his office it was my job
    to chase up on his orders and handle any non-compliance with the executive or
    staff member involved. The amount of orders issued by David Miscavige were in
    the thousands and they covered everything from rejects on sound mixes for tapes
    and music, to large re-organization projects, to the color of paint used on
    renovations, to organization designs or in the case of CST very expensive titanium
    containers to preserve Scientology materials in the case of a nuclear disaster.”

    That place Dave Miscabage at the head of *everything*. Depose him/ call him to testify.

  • Looking forward to buying “Bare faced Messiah” properly.
    And R.I.P. Lisa McPerson.

  • Great White Clam

    POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH NEWS???????

    I think maybe hit the muthaload trying to figure out those superpowar building machines I have marvelled at. It’s all in *a history of man* or *what to audit* as it was first called. I think theres a match for most of these with the bizzarre machines in teh superpowar building;

    THE WHIRLER

    THE BOUNCER

    THE SPINNER

    THE ROCKER

    THE BOXER

    THE FALLER

    THE EDUCATION

    THE FLY-TRAP

    But trying hard as can try, can’t seam to figure which one is for the oilyness. I have ot read the whole book again??????? no. please…….

    AAAarrrrggggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!

    • Mooser

      Great names! I never even thought of naming them. Nope, I can’t come up with a name for the oiliness machine, either.

      And shouldn’t there be a special sound track for each machine? To get you in the right mood for the process.

  • Jimmy Threetimes

    Yesterday (and almost everyday before) I was mocking Disqus. But the changes they’ve implemented today are actually very welcome. Pictures and video previews don’t automatically load, which saves on memory and screen presence. This update should make it much easier to browse through the comments on an iPad or iPhone. Nice work, Disqus.

    +1

    • Lurkness

      still messing things up for me.

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        How so?

    • DodoTheLaser

      Yes. Same for Android.

  • media_lush
    • DodoTheLaser

      I listened to the whole goddamned over an hour interview of hers on Howard Stern.
      The woman is sincere. I like that about her. Too bad she is also brainwashed.
      There is hope.

      • tetloj

        The very fact that someone can pretend to be even-handed in their assessment of a matter, when they have to force them self not to look at the other side, is nonsense. We know what’s ahead for her if she over does realise that ‘what’ she has been dismissing is the truth and that ‘who’ she has been dismissing a the real heroes, champions of decency and human rights.

        • DodoTheLaser

          Very true.

          I also find it so ironic that Leah’s new gig called The Exes!

          • tetloj

            Yep, love it.

            And like to think that that had something to do with why she was approached and why she took the role.

            • DodoTheLaser

              And if it was a coincidence, talking about a cosmic irony.

      • KJP in Portland

        But even if she blows, she sure has pissed off a lot of people in different venues, and her ‘redemption’ will take some time.

    • tetloj

      Comments pretty much universally critical of Kirstie

      • KJP in Portland

        Ah yes! Send in the clowns…her career is over!

    • KJP in Portland

      Lush, the Mail story underlies how far off the track Kirstie has derailed. With all of her recent behavior and attacks on ‘enemies of Scientology’; plus, don’t forget her nasty tweets back when Leah ‘blew’; her career is effectively over. Plus at age 62, remember that Kirstie is SIXTY TWO years old, with all of her self-abuse during her life; I don’t wager that Kirstie is going to live into old age.

      But, we’re witnessing something right now, and THAT is the effective, total end of Kirstie’s career. After this sitcom show flops, no one will pick her up again, especially with the creepy aspect of Scientology with the general, mainstream American public. The public will have ‘had enough’ of her.

      The Radar comments were revealing to me also…People totally ignorant of CoB$ were saying how nasty and ‘career-over’ Kirstie was. It’s not just ‘us’ that are dissing on Kirstie; the mainstrea,m public is dissing on her too (and somewhat vehemently)

      She’s within a handful of episodes of…the end of her career!

      I also want to add a personal note: Thanks Lush!

      • Great White Clam

        I was noticin her hands. Looks like she has man hands looks liek her endex finger is shorter than her middle finger. Did she loose part of that finger somewhere along the line that I didnt heare about?

        • KJP in Portland

          I haven’t asked anyone, or looked it up, but aint she pretty tall too? She must be about 6 feet tall. And at age 62, any cosmetic surgery she’s had aint helping her anymore. She’s starting to really fall apart.

          Something John P. just typed a couple days ago, that we used to say in the Navy all the time, back when it was just guys and we could get away with it. The old saying of: “I wouldn’t f*ck her with his d*ck”,

          LOL Whatever attractiveness she once had is loooooong gone now.

          • Mooser

            What’s wrong with tall women? We all need someone to look up to! If all the tall girls I ever dated were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be surprised at all!

  • DodoTheLaser
    • Great White Clam

      I feel sorry for Kirstie. In the simpsons, at least their Krusty was a real clown who wanted to be laughed at. It was his roll in life and the part he played in the show.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Sad but true.

      • KJP in Portland

        I dunno. I’d say she rather ‘had it coming’ for being such a nasty human being for probably years before any of us were aware of it. She just may deserve this long, protracted, messy end to her ‘illustrious’ career. *snort*

        • DodoTheLaser

          I really don’t think Kirstie is a nasty human being.
          Just a fool. Just like I was once, minus being a celebrity.

          • Mooser

            I hear you, man. Everybody is entitled to their 15 minutes. I never got mine, either.

    • Miss Tia

      wow, kirstie is right, that’s really a bigot there…..is my sarcasm meter on enough?

  • Mooser

    I read “Barefaced Messiah” and if I could murmur my way through it, so can you. Reading is not my strong sweet. I would say “Barefaced Messiah” is the “No Man Knows My History” for L Ron Hubbard.

  • Jgg2012

    Scientology’s twitter account now has only 7,090 followers (it was 12,000 a few months back).

    Maybe ordering everyone to buy new e-meters was a bad idea.

  • Whoknew

    Jon Atack is such a great writer and kind man. What a beautiful compliment he paid to Russel! It makes me want to not only buy Bare-Faced Messiah, but also A Piece of Blue Sky.

  • Mooser

    If I ever write a biography of the man who promised to lead the world to peace and happiness through nudism, I know what I will call it. Thanks.