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Scientology vs. the mayor: The full Gabe Cazares interview from 1997’s Secret Lives

Gabe_Cazares_SLWe have another leak of raw footage from Channel 4’s excellent 1997 documentary, Secret Lives — L. Ron Hubbard, this time with former Clearwater mayor Gabe Cazares.

The film, one of the better ones made about Scientology, contained numerous short clips from interviews of people who knew Hubbard. A source is releasing to us the full interviews with these participants for the first time. So far, we’ve seen interviews with Hubbard’s literary agent, Forrest Ackerman, his press assistant and lover, Barbara Klowden, and one of Hubbard’s fellow science fiction colleagues, Arthur Jean Cox.

In this 15-minute video, Gabe Cazares remembers what it was like to be mayor of Clearwater, Florida when Scientology invaded in 1975.

In 1966, forced to leave the US and England ahead of investigations and process servers, Hubbard had prepared his “Sea Project” which would result in a small armada — including his flagship, the yacht eventually named the Apollo — plying the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and then the Caribbean. But by 1975 Hubbard was tired of running Scientology from sea, and after docking in the Bahamas, he began a massive and covert invasion of Clearwater.

As Cazares says, they called themselves “United Churches of Florida” as they began to buy up prominent locations like the Fort Harrison Hotel. “I had never heard of them,” Gabe says, which made him suspicious. But then he learned — the whole town learned — that it was really Scientology and they were following invasion orders.

By 1997, when the interview takes place, the invasion was complete, downtown Clearwater had become a Scientology ghost town, and the church had begun construction on its biggest project so far — something they said would be their “Super Power” Building.

Cazares called it “the biggest brainwashing factory in the world.” (After fundraising of over $200 million, the facility was finally opened up in November 2013.)

Cazares talks about how Scientology would use out of town attorneys to purchase property so people in Clearwater didn’t know it was going to the church. And if anyone objected, “they’ll sue anyone at the drop of a hat,” he says.

He also talks about the Snow White Project, Scientology’s infiltration of government offices by its “Guardian’s Office” spy corps, which resulted in a 1977 raid that was the biggest in the FBI’s history. Eleven top Scientology officials were ultimately convicted and sent to prison in what was the largest infiltration of the federal government in American history.

“It’s unbelievable that after this court case the Scientologists have bounced back,” Cazares says, and he adds that it’s incredible that the IRS, in 1993, gave Scientology the tax exemption it had so desperately wanted even after what happened in Snow White.

We are disappointed, however that the interviewer doesn’t ask Gabe about how he was targeted by the Guardian’s Office once he became a vocal critic of Scientology’s expansion in Clearwater. Cazares was targeted in a number of ways, but just to mention one example, in 1976 he made a trip to Washington DC. There to greet him was a Scientology operative posing as a local reporter who introduced Cazares to a young woman (also a Guardian’s Office spy) who offered to drive him around town for a tour. When she drove through Rock Creek Park, she swerved and appeared to hit a pedestrian — who was also a Guardian’s Office operative. She then sped off, and GO records show that Scientology discussed how it could use Cazares’ involvement in the fake hit-and-run to destroy his political career.

Enjoy this short talk with Gabe Cazares, one of the few who stood up to Scientology when it was at its most underhanded…

 

 
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Live-Stream of Dublin anti-Scientology conference

Jon Atack, John Sweeney, Russell Miller and more will be speaking at Pete Griffith’s latest conference in Dublin. We’re counting on our commenters to give the play by play as this video goes live at 1:30 pm Eastern time…

 


Live streaming video by Ustream

 
The Dublin Scientology mission put out a hilarious press release about some of the participants in today’s conference. Here are some excerpts…

Pete Griffiths is an organiser of the hacktivist group known as “Anonymous”, well known for wearing intimidating masks. People purporting to be part of Anonymous have been responsible for hacking the website of Fine Gael and stealing documents containing details of thousands of subscribers and giving them to the Evening Herald; crashing the websites of Irish banks; crashing the Australian Government’s website after the Government brought out legislation restricting online porn including child porn; assaulting epileptic sufferers via websites; and many more. Anonymous members have been arrested and jailed around the world…

When Church staff first toured John Sweeney through some of our buildings in England we showed him what we do and gave him considerable access. What did he do? He abused and harangued every single Scientologist interviewee, including well-known ones, arrogantly dismissing any statements they made about the benefits they had experienced in Scientology with a cursory “well you would say that, wouldn’t you?” He was not interested in anything positive, he was (in his words) “only looking for the negative”…

Russell Miller is the author of a 1987 unauthorized biography of L. Ron Hubbard called Bare Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard. The book was a cheap attempt to capitalize on Mr. Hubbard’s name following his death in January of 1986. Miller relied on a handful of disaffected ex-members for his book. These people comprise a miniscule fraction of the millions of successful men and women who apply Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries to their lives with excellent results. Yet such people and their many successes are not mentioned in this book.

 
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LucifersBridgeCoverGeorge White turns his OT 8 experience into a book

As part of our “Up the Bridge” series, we reached a milestone when we talked to George White about his experiences with “original” OT 8.

That’s the nearly mythic and short-lived course capping the “Bridge to Total Freedom” which the Church of Scientology today says is really a hoax. But George was the first person to come out publicly and say that he had been in the small class of Scientologists who experienced original OT 8 on the cruise ship Freewinds in the summer of 1988 (and he had the certificate to prove it). And, more importantly, he had convincing testimony that he did receive, in fact, the controversial issue which has L. Ron Hubbard describing himself as the antichrist, and in which Hubbard calls Jesus a “lover of young boys.”

Now, George — under his original name, George Witek — has written a self-published book recounting that experience, but also explaining his ideas about L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology’s “technology.” Lucifer’s Bridge (available at Amazon) is a lengthy personal take and harsh critique of Hubbard’s creation considered against the long history of human ideas. In the latter parts of the book George talks about his experience on the Freewinds.

 
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Bryan Seymour on the Warburton surprise

Our friend, the excellent Australian television journalist Bryan Seymour, has the first interview with the remarkable organizers in Warburton, who fended off Scientology’s attempts to place a drug rehab center in their town…

 

 
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Blimey, can you spare a dime for a billboard?

Would Scientology, with all of its piles of wealth, use a London billboard campaign to extract even more donations from its members? Of course it would!

 
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Thanks to our tipster who forwarded to us this latest push for Scientologists to open their wallets…

There is exciting IAS news that I wanted to write you about personally. The How We Help ads have now started playing across London on electronic billboards in 16 prime locations across the city!

Some of the areas are Edgeware Rd, Tottenham Court Rd, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, New Kings Rd in Hammersmith, Wandsworth Rd in Vauxhall Cross, and the Marriott Hotel in SW5. See the attached picture of one location.

You helped make this occur – THANK YOU!

Now in order to continue to do these huge dissemination actions — continued support of the IAS is needed. If you know of someone who could donate, pass the word and get them to help. And if you could see yourself doing a donation now please do so!

Thanks again, and remember – every donation makes a difference.

Love, Ginger

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

Actual Facebook caption from the Belleair (Florida) mission: “Happy kids after their Group Processing with their auditor! Join us every Sunday at 1pm. Call Sarah at 727-501-9996 to reserve your spot!”

 
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Comment from our tipster: “The hardware in Samara, Russia isn’t nearly as nice as the whale trophies at Flag.”

 
SciSamara

 
“Each generation decides what kind of world it wants,” says this Facebook post from The Way To Happiness association in the Baltics

 
SciBaltics

 
Scientologists, in ur Kiwi Culture Day at Rotorua Ngongotaha Railway Park, messing up ur booze…

 
DrugFreeNZ

 
Teacher training at Drug-Free Pakistan…

 
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It’s Super Power Guy!

 
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Scientologists are using social media more than ever. Drop us a line if you spot them posting images to Instagram or Facebook!

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on February 6, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

 

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  • fungus
    • Juicer77

      “… he was happy as a clam.” LOL

    • Plotinus

      I wouldn’t link to that “news” site. It is a malicious site. Please don’t click on it anyone.

    • Missionary Kid

      IIRC, that’s, at the best a clam-friendly site.

      • Plotinus

        Has it been around for long? It seemed new-ish to me.

        • Missionary Kid

          IIRC, it’s been mentioned here over a year ago. Someone else can give you better information. That’s just off the top of my head.

          • Plotinus

            Hard to believe it gets “newsworthy” status by Google, and Tony doesn’t

      • Bob

        John P. Pointed it out yesterday and suggested commenters bombard it with truthful comments to blow it out of the water. It’s needs the truth rundown.

        • Missionary Kid

          Thanks.

        • Robert Eckert

          All comments are “moderated”: no comment has ever gotten past moderation.

          • Plotinus

            I wouldn’t go to that website, not a safe site

            • Robert Eckert

              Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have, but I’m contaminated now, so what the heck.

            • Plotinus

              My anti-virus gave me a shit fit about that website. But, to paraphrase you, who cares.

            • Robert Eckert

              What I meant was, it’s too late for me to save myself. If there’s a bug to be caught, I’ve got it.

            • Plotinus

              I get you. Thanks

          • Bob

            Oh, makes sense.

    • Plotinus

      WTF, this is your first post and it’s a malicious website that sets off my antivirus software. Very classy.

    • Panopea Abrupta

      Clam spam. Scram, it’s a sham.

      • Missionary Kid

        That’s as good as the old Variety headline, “Hicks nix pix in sticks.”

    • aegerprimo

      Hello! Just say NO!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Waste of bandwidth.

      Just say NO!

  • Juicer77

    Ban hammer in 3…2…1…

    • Couch_Incident

      What’s his back story? Was he in?

      • Juicer77

        No idea. Just loves to take up space.

        • Couch_Incident

          Yeah, annoying. I’ve been here since the last days of VV and have seen him banned repeatedly. Figured he was badly damaged by SCN and that he took his refuge in alcohol and incoherent rage.

      • Tony Ortega

        A never-in anon in the Netherlands with issues.

        • aegerprimo

          He has posted here as –
          Cat Daddy
          TDA1541A

          • aegerprimo

            I do not have time to backtrack further than that.

          • Spackle Motion

            Also Kitty Kat Spanker

    • Missionary Kid

      Scientologst admitted he’d been drinking. He’s a noisy drunk.
      I tried to reply to tell him to wait until he’d been sober for at least 6 hours, but Tony’d already applied the banhammer.
      Drunks don’t listen.

      • Vaquera

        What?

        • Plotinus

          They are talking about Cat Daddy

          • Vaquera

            Drunks don’t listen. What?
            Ba-dump-dump.

            • Plotinus

              LOL:) I’m dense

            • Stacy

              🙂 I got it. I liked it. 😉

        • Missionary Kid

          I didn’t catch the joke until I saw the other replies. Good one.

          • Vaquera

            I was channeling J3

            • Robert Eckert

              Tell me how it was.

            • Vaquera

              Rich, full-bodied and intense, with cherry-currant and sometimes sardonic flavors.

              (edit to improve)

            • Missionary Kid

              I fall for his posts all too often.

            • Jimmy3

              don’t channel him!! he’ll show up a day or so later and scold you for drink posting!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Lego and $cientology?

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      That last one is hilarious!

  • Plotinus

    Ban hammer is swift:)

  • Dedicated to Espiando and his posting on February 6, 2015, at 3:07 PM at:

    Something Can Be Done About It (Mike Rinder’s Blog), “Cardone on Compassion, Wiki on Going Clear,” February 6, 2015.
    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/cardone-on-compassion-wiki-on-going-clear/

    • Bury_The_Nuts

      Please God…if you do exist ( which I, BTN…more than doubt)… But I digress….please take Grant and Elena Cardone to heaven….and make them janitors.
      Amen.

      • “Please God… if you do exist (which I, BTN… more than doubt)… But I digress… please take Grant and Elena Cardone to heaven… and make them janitors.”

        We’re half way there, BTN!

    • aegerprimo

      You know what Grant Cardone REALLY loves….

      • RMycroft

        You know what Grant Cardone REALLY loves….

        The taste of Grant Cardone:

  • Sandy

    Tony. I hate to say this, but the reporting on Raw Story makes me so sad to be an American – I ask myself, do I even want to look today?

    • Sandy

      Who are all these stupid people?

    • Ardent

      Hi Sandy. I just popped in. Did someone get banned? Who was it?

      • Sandy

        Cat Daddy – AGAIN

        • Sandy

          The man posts dumb stuff when he is drinking – just can’t seem to stop it, even after many many warnings. Not just from Tony, but from many posters.

          • Sandy

            This time posting as “Scientologist”

            • Sydjazz

              Ahh i have seen him for a few days

            • Sandy

              He has been playing nice – but then, he always breaks loose with the videos.

      • Robert Eckert

        “Scientologist” was suspected a couple days ago by Captain Howdy of being the latest reincarnation of Cat Daddy. He proved it by spamming a bunch of videos, some a little bit on-topic some not so much, and continuing to do so even after Tony gave him a warning.

        • Sandy

          Look. I will admit to drunk posting in the past. Not here, but on other places. I have learned my lessons. Cat Dad needs to also learn these lessons. Just sayin’

          • Hingle McCringleberry

            I have also done this. Including now.

        • Ardent

          Thanks for your explanation Robert. I was always a bit curious about Cat Daddy, and the strange music clips. I hadn’t considered the notion that he was trolling. Little innocent me! Huh.
          Cheers!
          Ardent

          • Robert Eckert

            He’s not a troll on purpose, he just has mental issues and no self-control when he drunk-posts.

            • Ardent

              That was my impression, too. Hence my mild confusion. Basically, he’s a lonely but nice guy, I think.

        • richelieu jr

          Funny, I hadn’t clicked to the CD connection… I just ran across him on Marty’s boards the other day and he seemed to be making a strange amount of sense and coherence for once…

          Funny Tony didn’t mention him in his little addendum explaining the ban…

    • Plotinus

      Look first, ask later. Always better to be in reality.

    • aegerprimo

      Just read to understand other points of view.

  • Vaquera

    Which Cardone video is the douchiest?

    1.) Mr. And Mrs…..
    http://instagram.com/p/ynRremRXA-/

    2.) Just his voice over with a hum-dinger of an ending
    http://instagram.com/p/yxmuA9RXO9/

    And as a lagniappe, a screen shot of the final image on vid #2 (refresh)

  • Sydjazz

    I just hate seeing little kids involved. 🙁 got to watch the livestream this morning. Oh that poor mum

  • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

    I just posted on the Scientology site, seconds ago. I have my stopwatch. I wonder how long it will stay up?

    • Robert Eckert

      Only you can see it. It is not “up” and never will be.

      • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

        Thanks. Glad I didn’t spend long on it.

  • aegerprimo

    Maybe this has been posted – and this runs on Disqus comments and no comments yet. The $cientologists are trying real hard to make the “Age of Answers” video seem legit.

    What “Scientology: Age of Answers” means to a Scientologist parent
    http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/scientology/scientology-age-answers-means-scientologist-parent

    Here are some quotes….

    First, Scientology is an applied religious philosophy. It is meant to be put to use. It’s not that you just “decide you’re a Scientologist” and then via “belief” you’re meant to somehow be better. It is a coordinated body of knowledge about life and what makes people tick that you can put to use to better conditions you face.

    I’ve personally had great success over the years applying Scientology to solve problems as a student, a family member, and a husband. It has helped me be more productive, focused, and stable.

    Now, in the realm of the sciences, engineering or computers, there’s never a basic assumption that something is happening for “no reason.” If you’re on the Internet and then all of the sudden your Internet doesn’t work, a technically-savvy person wouldn’t just throw up his hands and say, “well, I guess can’t be on the Internet anymore.” That person would find the root cause of the problem, find the tree that fell down across the Internet line to the house or whatever, handle it, and get back to it.

    If there’s something I’ve learned over time as a Scientologist—something I absolutely love about Scientology in general—it is that there’s always a solution. Something always can be done about any non-optimum situation.

    The fact is that L. Ron Hubbard’s research that comprises the Scientology religion goes pretty deep into the mechanics of interpersonal relationships, communication, trauma, accidents, study, confusion, dishonesty, grief, depression, and so forth, giving a broad spectrum of data to use in hunting down the root causes for day-to-day problems so that they don’t persist.

    OMG.
    Help. Debunk. The BS.
    Thanx.

    • Robert Eckert

      All comments go to “moderation”. None ever emerge.

      • aegerprimo

        Why am I not surprised?

        • Robert Eckert

          I do not know. Why are you not surprised?

      • Plotinus

        Prolly best not to go to that website

      • Cosmo Pidgeon

        This is the case. Funny it says something to the effect of be the first to start the conversation and there are no comments. I know for sure there probably comments up the ass but none they like.

      • I thought about making an innocuous comment like, Great site! to see if they’re moderated at all or just routinely put into limbo in order to discourage entheta.

        • Cosmo Pidgeon

          I posted ” no comments make it through moderation. “

    • Tony Ortega
      • aegerprimo

        WHEW! Okay, I will relax now. Thanx Tony. ♥

      • Robert Eckert

        Comment on that old thread from Mark (Bos’n) Stark:

        …Tad probably has questions, but he’ll always stifle his questions, until as others have said, he has a crisis, or perhaps sees the cult go through a crisis. Let’s say it is discovered that DM has been keeping his wife drugged and restrained, and there’s a big public trial.

        Another good thing will be if someone every makes a really good movie about Hubbard, Paulette Cooper, the Headleys, Lisa M. or Astra Woodcraft….

        • RMycroft

          Tom’s £2.5m happy ending November 19, 2006, Jeremy Watson, The Scotsman

          Scientology fundamentals include never going to bed without communicating about any differences.

          How’s that working for Dave and Shelly?

      • Bury_The_Nuts

        Holy crap…this is the olden days”,…”awesome!

        • Plotinus

          With new ways to compromise your privacy

    • madame duran

      If you’re on the Internet and then all of the sudden your Internet doesn’t work, a technically-savvy person wouldn’t just throw up his hands and say, “well, I guess can’t be on the Internet anymore.” That person would find the root cause of the problem, find the tree that fell down across the Internet line to the house or whatever, handle it, and get back to it.

      Sounds logical…except when one tries to apply this analogy to Scientology “not working”. Instead of considering the possibility that Scientology itself is the root cause of the problem, Scientologists have already made the basic assumption that “Scientology works!” and will not permit themselves to consider otherwise. That isn’t the approach of scientific, logical reasoning; that is a belief. Well, so much for having a distinctive edge over other religions!

  • i-Betty

    I was sitting at the front and shortly after we started I turned around and couldn’t believe that the the place was packed. Tomorrow I’ll count seats to get a better idea of how many attendees there were. It was impressive.

    • Robert Eckert

      Almost as many as at an Ideal Org opening?

      • Unex Skcus

        More, if you don’t count Idle Morgue Shoopees…

      • Eclipse-girl

        I am writing you on an old article.

        Several days ago there was an argument about some troll and whether or not it was Espi.
        It was not.
        Phytophile (? spelling) was the person who seemed to make it go on and on.
        I was not a part of a.r.s but have heard the stories of multiple socks trying to divide, put people against one another.

        Today I spotted SM – the purif idiot.
        I wasn’t watching, so I trust you on Jacob.
        But watch out for Phyto, too

        • Robert Eckert

          Yeah, I don’t trust that one either. I usually do avoid calling out trolls without very explicit evidence however.

          • Eclipse-girl

            Me too. It was one reason why I was silent last night.

  • Juicer77

    Only a few pages into the Foreward of Lucifer’s Bridge. Two errors so far… Book of Revelation is singular, and “the occult movement started in the U.S. in the 1960’s” is unclear, possibly erroneous. Will keep reading…

    • Juicer77

      Lisa McPherson died in 1995, not 1990. Strike 2.

  • a Family Guy tiny tommy bashing from way back… sorry for potato

  • Plotinus

    Please stop going to that “scientology” website to try and post comments. It is a corrupt site and you are giving away your personal information.

  • ShoopZ

    Bait & Switch (refresh)

  • chukicita

    OT: Does anyone remember the Yes Men?

    I’d love to see them address Scientology.

    • outraged
      • chukicita

        Remember Survivaballs? “It’s essentially a gated community for one.”

        What if they showed up as a group of respected mental health professionals who were going public with their findings that Scientology really worked?

  • Unex Skcus

    Totally OT, but from my favourite terrorist Achmed:
    “Are you Muslin?”
    “No, Scientologist!”

    http://youtu.be/dr-8Bzb6-g8

  • Sandy

    OT – vuse is advertising. e-smokers – comments?

    • It’s not as bad as smoking real cigs, but I prefer vaping. Also, vuse’s nicotine % is too high, imo.

  • outraged

    What is IT with ClearoutWater and $cientology.
    Did this start with Hubbart or WaveyDavey?
    Why is it continuing.
    THis town is in Kahoots with the Kult.
    I get that perhaps maybe possible their ecomony has been hurt by the total frozen zone in front of The Wizard Of Ozes Palatial Hyatt Regency, but come on.

    The Town Of Clearwater Florida is too cowardly to come OUT of their $cion $upport closet.
    Someone $hould $ue them.

    • Plotinus

      Exactly!

    • what’suppressive

      It started with Hubbard to answer your question. Davey was a lot smaller than he is now(okay,so maybe not a lot).
      There are many good folk in Clearwater that are devastated by what the Co$ has done to their community and have spoken out against it , often to their detriment. It was a major covert infiltration of totally unsuspecting folk. The had a scorched earth policy of litigation, not to mention a bunch of other grubby tactics…. It’s much easier said than done.

  • i-Betty

    Quick summary before I head to bed : this conference is in no way a Flag Down redux (ha), which, I hasten to add, also had many wonderful moments 🙂

    Pete has pulled together a phenomenal list of guest speakers in a slick, tailor made conference facility. A lot of effort has gone in to improving on FD’s sound and streaming and he managed to get several news outlets to join us today, on the back of an insane schedule of interviews over the last few days to promote the event. Pete has worked his arse off and today showed that his efforts have paid off.

    As I mentioned yesterday the Irish press is all over this which has been an eye opener, and the lights were still on in the (usually deserted after 6pm) Dublin mission until well after midnight for the second night in a row when we walked back to our hotel…

    3:30am here so I’ll see you all tomorrow for early updates.

    • A bird in the chimney

      Thanks for the updates! And great to hear how well it’s going and being received so far.

    • aegerprimo

      Thank you i-Betty! for all the pics and news and for all you do! YOU ROCK! ♥

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Sleep well and sweet dreams, i-Betty! Thank you!!!

    • Hingle McCringleberry

      PedroFCUK, more than most people out there, deserves to have an LRH style bronze bust.

      edit- couldn’t find an accurate spelling of Griffith or Griffiths, so used the online handle, since I hate misspelling names.

      • i-Betty

        I’ve taken a snip of this to show Pete. He will laugh his socks off 😀

    • Captain MustSavage

      Fill us in on everything, Betty. I caught Victoris Britton this morning – unbelievable story. Poor woman. Hope she gets justice for Kyle one day.

      • i-Betty

        Thanks, Cap 🙂 Did you manage to catch more of the live feed? If not, the videos are now up at the same live feed link under the (surprisingly) ‘videos’ tab.

        • Captain MustSavage

          Thanks, Betty. Yes, I caught a bit of yhe second day, but the streaming cut out just before John Sweeney came on. Very disappointing. You’ve probably mentioned this elsewhere, but how many people were there? I noticed that the live stream counter was at 1788 when it stopped before the Sween.

          • i-Betty

            We’re all waiting excitedly for the Anons to post their videos of Sweeney’s presentation! There were 90+ on Friday evening and 40+ on Saturday afternoon (plus some who stood at the back on both days – friends, not OSA).

  • Nat-lificent
    • aegerprimo

      oooooo!!!!!!
      ……………….

    • Suzy

      he has super nostril flaring abilities

    • How about “All that waiting and all that money and I don’t EVEN HAVE SUPER-VENTRILOQUISM??!!”

    • Spackle Motion

      I wish I could upvote this more than once. This should be side-by-side of “What Scientologists think of themselves” (then have some slick super hero pic) and “What the world thinks of Scientologists” (insert the above photo).

    • beauty for ashes

      I love, love, love this! I just wish you could see the super powers part on his certificate. I have been back to look at this more times than I could count today, and can’t stop giggling, like covering my mouth hiding my face giggling, in fact I’ve been giggling this whole time. Personal Best Shoop Award to Nat!

  • flyonthewall

    nitey nite guys

  • Nat-lificent

    Now that I know about the “Lord Xenu Idol” and “The Purification Chamber” I want to buy this game!

    http://pocketgod.wikia.com/wiki/Lord_Xenu

    http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/pocketgod/images/f/fc/Lord_Xenu.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20121219175054

  • alice kramden

    Hi Bunkeroos
    “Survey asks Clearwater residents about the Church of Scientology”
    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/28048955/survey-asks-clearwater-residents-about-the-church-of-scientology

    • Frodis73

      Interesting! Non-residents can also fill out the survey. Another way to let the city get the message about the chult.
      You can take the survey here:
      http://myclearwater.com/news/news_detail.asp?item={17DE231B-C874-41F8-BE7F-21E63C2E72CD}
      ETA-The link is not working. You can go to myclearwater.com and it’s the first thing listed.

      • alice kramden

        Nice:
        16. Do you consider yourself to be a member of the Church of Scientology?

        • PeteMiless

          Everyone on here should do this survey and spread around to friends

      • MrsLurksALot

        Well, that was a fun survey. Thanks for the link!

    • RMycroft

      This should be good. I wonder how it will compare to the last time?
      Church requests that trial be moved May 23, 2003, Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

    • aquaclara

      Thanks for the link.And I notice extensive paid advertising on the site from the church of Scamatology featuring an anti-Alex Gibney message….

  • Quiet before the storm?

    • romanesco

      I was wondering myself. Either that or there’s some weird moratorium on comments.

    • Hey Dodo. It looks like no ones here. Maybe I smell or somethin’ and no one wants to say so.
      lets hope if there is a storm coming it is all headed towards Dick Minus and the square feet around him.

      • Draco

        I’m here!

        • Hey Draco. It sure is quiet here. Like you said maybe everyone is chillin’ with all the heavy commenting the last week or two.

          • Saturdays are usually like that. So far.

          • Draco

            Yes – it’s been epic – but exhausting too, trying to keep up with all the comments. And you don’t smell at all! Kitties are known for keeping themselves sparklin’ clean. 🙂

      • Lurkers are lurking 🙂

    • Draco

      I think everyone is exhausted from the marathon commenting last night. Unfortunately I missed it all, but have caught up with the comments and hope it comes out on You Tube soon.

  • Pierrot

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  • Smokey Wallisa

    Someone on Reddit would like Scientology ELI5 (explained like I was 5). If you have a Reddit account and some free time jump in. http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2v2u1y/eli5_what_is_scientology_and_why_do_they_seem_to/

  • Graham

    Re the London bill-boards. No way could anything like that appear as prominently as claimed without any comment appearing anywhere on the interwebz. London has a lively atheist/humanist/skeptic/secularist community, so there’s no way there wouldn’t be at least some Joking and Degrading, along with a reference to the Advertising Standards Authority. And why would Scientology spend more money on billboards than they could ever hope to get back from the approx. 2000 active English membership? And why would they pay for billboards and make no attempt to get extra mileage from it by trying to get it mentioned in the local press?

    All that plus the one solitary photo being an obvious shoop leads to the conclusion that one or more UK Scientologists are prepared to tell a ‘bald faced lie’ to fellow Scientologists in order to rip them off for cash. What’s it like I wonder, being part of such a tiny community and knowing that some of your co-religionists would not only tell ‘acceptable truths’ to the wogs but would rip you off too without batting an eyelid?

    • Smokey Wallisa

      Thanks for evaluation of the billboard. Good reasoning, it makes sense. I appreciate it because it hadn’t really occurred to me (makes me feel a bit slow) that it was a fake given the recent onslaught of advertising in my area.
      Really, isn’t everybody left in that tiny community telling ‘acceptable truths’? Not only to themselves but to everybody else they know in the community? It appears, from this outsider at least, that the only way many faithful are making money is by ‘stealing’ it from their fellow members.

    • I like how there are supposed to be 16 billboards in prime locations, but they only show one and the pic looks as dodgy as the Infinity Jackets COS were pimping weeks ago.

  • RMycroft

    Snow White Project => Snow White Program.

    The Snow White Program and the Guardian’s Office (Guardian Office, Guardians Office, Guardians’ Office) are the two slipperiest names to get right. Almost like it was on purpose or something…