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Scientology Australia spills its guts, and you can thank Bryan Seymour and Nick Xenophon

Nick_XenophonFor several years, one of Australia’s crusading senators, covered closely by one of the country’s most dogged television reporters, put pressure on the Church of Scientology to face more regulation with the creation of a national charities commission.

That effort paid off yesterday in a big way when Scientology’s internal financial reports were revealed for the first time by the Australian press, providing a rare look at how the organization is faring in that country.

We have those reports for you to go through, as well as some help understanding them from former Scientology spokesman (and native Australian) Mike Rinder.

But first, we want to remind people how we got here, and why Australia, at least, is regulating Scientology in a way that certainly isn’t happening in the United States.

Over a period from 2007 that lasted more than four years, television journalist Bryan Seymour pounded Scientology with investigative coverage which showed how lax Australian tax regulations were being used by the church to get around stricter regulations in places like the UK and elsewhere.

A conversation with independent Senator Nick Xenophon led to the Adelaide lawmaker going public with his concerns about Scientology, and his support for a charities commission that would regulate non-profits like Scientology to make sure that they were providing some kind of public benefit.

On May 10, 2011, the Australian government announced that it would be funding a charities commission, and Seymour and Xenophon celebrated in a Today/Tonight episode…

 

 
Less than two weeks later, on May 23, 2011, Scientology in Australia reorganized itself. It became a non-profit type known as a “company limited by guarantee.” By law, that meant that Scientology would have to open up its books, but to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and not to the newly formed charities commission.

Scientology’s annual financial reports for 2011 and 2012 were submitted to ASIC, and those were made public yesterday by the Australian press. We have both reports for you.

We asked Seymour why he thought Scientology had changed its corporate structure, forcing it to divulge its financial health.

“If the charities commission had not been set up, Scientology would not have re-incorporated and handed over their accounts,” Seymour says. “I’ve asked the charities commission to review the article published today and if they will launch an investigation into the unexplained losses and where Scientology’s money is going. Either way — Scientology will, for the first time in Australia, be scrutinised for what it really is: A business, operated as a cult, masquerading as a religion.”

The Herald Sun and 9News.com each reported that despite only 2,163 Scientologists in the country according to the most recent census, the organization took in $33.1 million in revenue over the two years, 2011 and 2012, but still managed to lose money each year — $136,375 in 2011, and $169,156 in 2012.

Some of that revenue over two years was in the form of interest on Scientology’s investments, but $4.3 million was in donations, and $3.4 million in book sales. (Scientologists are under intense pressure to spend freely on both books and other materials, and to make large donations.)

The Herald Sun points out that the opening of a new “Ideal Org” in Melbourne in 2011 appears to have resulted in a significant increase in “minor” course completions that year, but the next year that subsided. Mike Rinder noticed other interesting trends in the detailed reports. But he was also concerned by what he didn’t find in them.

“This is really hard to sort out because they spun off Melbourne, according to their 2012 report, as of 1 October 2012,” Rinder explained to us in an email. “So, do these two years compare? I have no idea.”

He was also concerned that some detailed breakdowns of revenue present in the 2011 report were missing in 2012.

“The 2012 report doesn’t include the most interesting figures in the 2011 report, which are on page 12 — The total receipts for auditing and training, for book sales and straight donations. The total contributions from parishioners went down from $16.2 million in 2011 to $13.1 million in 2012 even though the fundraising for the ‘Sydney Ideal Org’ (which opened in 2014) was going ‘full blast,’ and the Melbourne Ideal Org was supposedly expanding out the roof,” he says.

“But it is definitely true that these figures are for all churches in Australia, including the Advanced Org and the CLO. The other figures of interest are on page two of the 2012 report. Despite the new Ideal Org in Melbourne ‘parishioners completing major courses’ declined by 9 percent. After that drop, they only increased 5 percent in 2012 — in other words, they did not even recover to the level of 2010,” he adds.

Seymour pointed out that Scientology did make an annual information report to the charities commission, and in it the organization claims that it has zero employees, but 500 volunteers.

Scientology, in other words, is calling “volunteers” its org staff members, as well as its incredibly dedicated “Sea Org” workers, who sign billion-year contracts, work around the clock for pennies an hour, and may be separated from family for years at a time without a single day off a year.

“The total volunteer allowances and volunteer welfare expenses for 2011 and 2012 for what Bryan says are ‘500 volunteers’ are $4,354,198 for 2011 and $3,827,144 for 2012,” Rinder points out. “Presumably this means there were fewer volunteers in 2012 than in 2011. But just calculating a ballpark figure, this means that the pay for all staff and living expenses for all Sea Org workers comes to $73,000 per week. If this is for 500 people, that’s $147 per person per week for pay, food, living, healthcare, uniforms etc. And some of those are not Sea Org, so the outlay is not covering their living expenses. So, at best, if there are no Sea Org, the average wage of all staff in Australia is $147/week. And if they are all Sea Org then they are spending $147/week for full time, 7 day a week labor that are obviously not receiving medical care and are living in squalor and eating rice and beans. The truth lies somewhere between the two.”

The Herald Sun reported that Scientology Australia’s spokeswoman, Virginia Stewart, tried to make the stagnated numbers look like the result of massive expansion: “Operating losses can happen, especially during periods when the church is expanding its outreach activities, increasing its service facilities and community programs,” she said. “We have planning in progress for other locations of our churches in Australia and Asia.”

If you haven’t read our story about Virginia Stewart and disconnection, please do.

Our commenting community includes some top-notch experts on Scientology’s finances, including former financial executives who worked in the Sea Org, and we look forward to what you can glean from these reports.

DOCUMENTS
Scientology Australia annual financial report 2011
Scientology Australia annual financial report 2012

 
UPDATE: We’re going to add John P’s interesting analysis of the 2011 report here…

By far, the most amazing number in the 2011 financial statement is the balance sheet entry showing a liability $29.2 million in deposits for undelivered services. Given that they delivered $10.5 million in “counseling & religious training,” per Note 2 on Page 12, that means they have three years’ revenue worth of deposits. That would be a catastrophic liability in any organization, and if those who have blown want their money back, the cult would instantly be bankrupt. They claim to have $26.7 million in cash on the balance sheet and a “net equity” (i.e., book value) of $25.4 million, both less than the liability to customers for deposits.

Edited to add: To hammer the point home in case you’re not financially inclined, this is why the cult is terrified of refund lawsuits and why they fight them tooth and nail. If the pattern shown here holds across all the geographies the cult serves, then this means that the bulk of cash assets are from deposits. So if there are successful class actions to get the deposits returned, the cult is close to bankrupt and their ability to withstand further erosion in revenue from a declining member base is nil.

Edited to add, continued:Note that I don’t think they’d have to have the reserves actually depleted by being refunded to bring about the end of the cult. Instead, I suspect it would be sufficient to obtain judgments to attach local funds. Essentially, they would be unable to move money back onshore to prop up failing operations, because it would be subject to seizure when it hits a local bank. And new revenue being deposited before being moved offshore would also be subject to seizure, making the local org unable to pay its bills or its people. We can only hope that a wave of class actions for deposit refunds appears in the near future; this could be a “domino” consequence of losing fraud lawsuits like the Garcia’s case now wending its way through the Florida courts.

If I had to guess where there’s something fishy going on, it’s that they have a strong cash balance of $27 million while being essentially break-even or a little less, with small operating losses in both 2011 and 2012. Allowing local organizations to retain cash seems antithetical to all we’ve heard from ex-members, including some who were Flag Banking Officers. If I were Senator Xenophon, I’d instruct those in the government auditing the financial statements to test whether the bank accounts carrying the cash were truly under control of the local organization. I would be willing to bet that this is how Miscavige covers looting the local org, by pretending that the Australians still have control over their cash balances. It would be difficult to catch such a setup but it could be done if the auditor knew what they were looking for.

Note 3 of the financials says they have $19.7 million of their $26.7 million cash balance in “interest bearing deposits.” I bet that’s the scam: they have “loaned” money to Miscavige and he’s paying them “interest” to the tune of $556,000 per year (per Note 2 of the financials). They’re claiming to get over 2% on their cash hoard. There aren’t a lot of corporate treasurers in the US who are getting 2% on treasury operations these days and I refuse to believe the cult’s treasury management is that good at generate interest. I suspect they’re far better at keeping cash out of the reach of seizure, which typically results in very low interest. I certainly don’t think they can get 2% on cash via straight bank interest.

I don’t see anything in the financial statements about money being sent “uplines” to Miscavige. The only thing that could explicitly cover this is “ecclesiastical services” of $1.03 million in the 2011 financials or “Licensing Fees & Memberships”. There are probably ways that some other money sent “uplines” is hidden in other line items like “religious training,” which is probably people being sent to Flag for Golden Age of Dreck II training, etc. That money ends up in Miscavige’s pocket, of course.

Another number worth considering is the “net realizable value” of inventories on hand. They’re saying that they have $7.35 million in inventory (mostly books but perhaps e-meters as well). They say in Note 5 of the financials that “current replacement cost” (what they would have to pay to get more copies of “Science of Survival” from California (translated into Ocker or Strine by the translations unit of Bridge Publications, of course) would be $7.4 million, but the “net realizable value” (what customers would actually be willing to pay for them) is only $140,000. In other words, they’ve been burdened with unsaleable crap from HQ. So that’s one facet of where the money has gone in the past. I bet it means that they have $6 million in copes of The Basics where that scam was pushed heavily a few years back. The fact that book sales in 2011 were roughly at breakeven, where costs were somewhat near revenue, suggests that the book scam as a source of real revenue, is basically done.

The “Film Lease” payments of $121,000 in 2011 also seems suspiciously low given what we’ve heard in the past about that being a source of income for Cult Central in California.

Purchases of books and “artefacts” from HQ of $1.68 million out of total revenue of $17.3 million sounds pretty reasonable. It’s only when you note on page 12 that book sales were $1.5 million, so they were getting fleeced on the books, so all of that is money going “uplines” for inflated books and e-meters wholesale prices.

On the revenue breakdown in Note 2, it would be interesting to see what “contributions from affiliated organizations” of $948,000 represented. Is it stuff from CCHR, Narconon and other front groups?

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

A billboard for Scientology’s premier prep school, Delphian in Oregon…

 
DelphianBillboard

 
Caption: “We are going to Lesotho, to go and train a brand new Drug Free World Volunteer team…”

 
DrugFreeLesotho

 
Handing out the The Way to Happiness at the Children’s Pavilion of the World Book Fair in India, the second-biggest book fair in the world!

 
TWTHIndia

&bnsp;
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 23, 2015 at 07:00

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  • deathtoallpoliticians

    aussie $cilon worth / refunds equal bankruptcy / go garcia go

    • Missionary Kid

      US law or rulings don’t apply in Oz, do they? The information could be used by someone trying to get their money back, though.

      • Gerard Plourde

        I don’t know the answer but in the post 9/11 and post 2008 financial melt-down world it became a lot harder to hide money off-shore. There may be a way to have foreign funds repatriated.

        • Missionary Kid

          It’s harder, but I was really writing about refunds and fraud. I should have been clearer.

          • Robert Eckert

            A legal precedent from one nation is not going to be binding in another but a judge will always be interested to see it.

          • Gerard Plourde

            The rules are different but evidentiary findings might be able to be admitted in any proceeding that might be brought in the EU countries (the local laws and court rules would apply, but those might be more advantageous to plaintiffs).

      • no, the rulings wouldn’t apply BUT since everything in the church is the same worldwide if they’re ordered to refund money here, others will start clamoring for their money back!

      • deathtoallpoliticians

        no, in the legal world, a positive ruling in the u.s. garcia case that is attempted to be used in australia would be referred to as a second authority as versus a primary authority. while not binding on the aussie judge, it would, perhaps, provide some guidance. an astute observation though, mk.

        • Missionary Kid

          Thanks.

    • you’re really good at haiku!

      • deathtoallpoliticians

        you are my haiku inspirational force, ms. tia. i get my ideas from you 🙂

        • why thank you!! it seems the haiku crew is growing here!! 😀

  • Sejanus

    Let the independent auditing begin.
    This could be neat seeing Scilons learn what “auditing” REALLY means…lol

  • deathtoallpoliticians

    how to stop $cilons? / demand your prepaid dough back / watch their heads explode

  • Draco

    From John P: “By far, the most amazing number in the 2011 financial statement is the balance sheet entry showing a liability $29.2 million in deposits for undelivered services. Given that they delivered $10.5 million in “counseling & religious training,” per Note 2 on Page 12, that means they have three years’ revenue worth of deposits.”

    I think a fair amount of the undelivered services have been taken care of by invoicing people with crazy amounts of the “Basics Books and Lectures” packages for libraries etc. I know they did this in South Africa.

    Having said that, I am sure there is still an enormous amount sitting there undelivered. The REAL problem with this is that the actual MONEY is not sitting there. It has long ago been spent on the day to day running of orgs plus sending Int their cut of course. So when people do want their money back that they have not used, there isn’t any money there to give. Huge problem for the church. Would be nice to see a run on scn for undelivered services repayments.

  • PickAnotherID

    The Charity Commission needs to ask $cientology, “How, exactly,
    are staff that have signed contracts to work at specific locations,
    during specific hours, for a specified number of years considered
    ‘volunteers’?” By definition a volunteer can, within limits, set their
    own hours and come and go as they please. So are staff with a contract legally “volunteers” or not??

    • California

      They also need to check with colleagues in London about what went wrong trying to shut down some of scn’s activities a few years ago and figure how to be more successful down in OZ.

      • Mymy88

        I’ll tell you what probably went wrong, people were paid off. What else is new? It would be a waste of time to attempt to investigate. They need a better plan.

        • California

          But it always best to check, find out what did and did not work and be more prepared for what scn may do…..

    • Techie

      I got a really good chuckle out of the idea of “volunteers that can set their own hours and come and go as they please”. Ha – tell that to the Master at Arms when he hauls you down into the dungeon to explain why you were 30 seconds late to one of the four absolutely mandatory daily meetings of all staff (called “musters”). I was once sent to the RPF for being 2 minutes late. A long story and there is a little more to it, but it definitely happened. If you can volunteer to be a totally enslaved minion then you could call it a “volunteer activity”.

  • Draco

    Night all. Bed time for me xxx

    • Missionary Kid

      G’night.

  • Science Doc

    Have they started dead agenting Oz yet?

  • 0tessa

    Mark Rathbun has a new post up.
    About scientology making a faux pas in their Freedom magazine concerning Charlie Hebdo and Islam.
    They are so frustrated about the French government …

    • RMycroft

      The KKK analogy wouldn’t work too well in France.

  • squirrel

    I love that the twelve-year bookkeeper got bit by the Evangelism bug in his late accounting career. What I always look for in a Minister is at LEAST a decade of dedicated tax evasion, fraud, and creative accounting.

    And in Bizarro World I love it when my accountant comes to Jesus and stops writing off my lingerie under “Uniforms.”

    Scientology. *sigh* I have to send logic on a long vacation when I read anything they say.

  • Shanester

    It appears David Miscavige has ordered his outer bureaus to stand up and take part in the defense of Scientology during this dark time of suppressive attacks by the psych media and all those bitter apostates. No doubt, the Delphian School had to pay for that billboard from its own (not insubstantial) coffers. I can’t imagine they like it, however. Despite its association with Scientology — and despite (or perhaps because of) its reputation for a barely acceptable prep education, this hilltop redoubt does share a characteristic with just about any other private boarding school in America: a concern for appearances. With rising Asia as one of its premier markets, particularly China, the Delphian School tries to minimize its Scientology influence even while instructing its nouveau riche students in English — and then in how to get their ethics in across the greatest number of dynamics.

    There’s a small (and shrinking) number of American Scientologist parents who can afford to send their children to Delphi. Kirstie Alley, for example. (Obviously, the Duggans as well, although they never considered sending their children to this poorly regarded Oregon backwater which is not the place to get educated if you want to go to Harvard.) The one thing Delphi does well is its English-as-a-Second language program (which should be noted is the one element of its curriculum that has nothing to do with the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard). Every year there’s a heap of foreign students from rich foreign parents who are generally clueless about Scientology — especially from rising China, where a Tom Cruise movie is guaranteed big bucks no matter what.

    Delphi has been ordered by Applied Scholastics to start representin’ — what better way than a meaningless billboard? I’m sure it will attract a lot of attention.

    • Nat-lificent
      • Shanester

        Ha! Nat, you are very good at fixing things. (And I like your dramatic re-imagining of your avi — it’s like a Hollywood reboot with better special effects!)

        • Nat-lificent

          Thanks, I was looking for you the other day to ask your opinion of the avi edit 🙂

          • Shanester

            Two thumbs up!

            • Nat-lificent

              Your bear has no thumbs, lol 😉
              Edit: Seriously though , Thanks

            • Shanester

              But he’s got a big belly button that when poked causes his stubby arms to raise up, kind of like the Pillsbury Dough Boy but without the insipid giggle. Consider the raised arms as his mark of approval.

            • Nat-lificent

              Cute

    • Nat-lificent

      That is actually a good plan on their part. Foreign Chinese parents would be at a great disadvantage figuring out it’s a scam. It looks presentable on the surface.

    • trunklesstree

      David Duggan went to Delphi for a year.

      • Shanester

        Did he? Thanks for the correction (and corrected above). Despite their mega-donations and obvious neck-deep integration into the cult, it still amazes me that (mega) wealthy people such as the Duggans would consider sending their children to, as I stated originally, a poorly regarded Oregon backwater which is not the place to get educated if you want to go to Harvard.

        I don’t know about any of the Duggans’ secondary education. Maybe Bob and Trish didn’t care if their children got an Ivy League education?

  • Nat-lificent
  • dagobarbz

    In which we learn that Scientology math is not your math.
    Just like Scientology ethics doesn’t mean what you think it means.
    Scientology math: something doesn’t add up.

  • Saint_Hill_Ghost

    The blonde Lady from the Saint Hill Video is either n very grown up Sharone Stainforth at age 14/15 or her mother.

    • Juicer77

      Really?!?

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X ***

    I am still around, monitoring the system and posting whenever I can. (new place, new job and power shedding keeps me away from the bunker!)
    Monday 23rd : As of 4:30pm est 38 ads , except for 1 DC ad, the rest is from Cal, mainly LA & SFBay.
    Carry on with QuickFlag , Extend your range & reflag every 24 hours.
    When you have done the QuickFlag on the Regional List, keep checking the Daily Wip for the fresh ads every 2nd hours.
    RedX write up : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-117#post-2494321
    RedX spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml
    QuickFlag write up : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-118#post-2509283

    Winter Heart by Marta Nael, enhanced by DodoTheLaser for RedX & flickred by Aegerprimo:. https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/15559021663/in/set-72157642802079293

    • Juicer77

      Thanks for stopping by – congrats on the new place and new job!

    • Robert Eckert

      Very unclammy (Messiah or Madman in a stack of otherwise unrelated books for sale– snagged for mentioning the name “Hubbard”?) http://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/bks/4903543174.html

      • Pierrot

        Tanks, taken care of

  • Phil McKraken

    Question about putting money on account:

    What is the ostensible purpose of those practice? Don’t customers ever say, “no thanks, I’ll pay as I go,” when being sold this?

    • Ruby

      You can usually get a better price if you buy things in a package, like 5 blocks of auditing ” intensives” or a training package consisting of several courses. Each one of those items in the package will have a price for it. As you do services they are invoiced off separately. So, while you only do one service at a time, they others are there on account as part of that package.

      • Nat-lificent

        And they pressure people to waste it on even more useless (or equally useless) books and tapes and IAS donations anyway

    • Shanester

      +1 to Ruby’s explanation. Also: prices are always about to go up. If you put money on account, you can lock in your future services at the current, cheaper price. It’s one of the most common components of the hard sell process, and one which Scientology embraces ruthlessly.

      • Ruby

        And then, of course, there are just those registration cycles where the reg is begging for you to put money on account for nothing in particular yet, but it will help the org to pay a bill that is looming or some other emergency target that management is ordering them to handle now now now!

    • cdub

      hard selling forces people to pay for services years in advance. they may leave but their money stays.

    • In addition to the “discounts” they get when buying auditing packages, scios have this twisted view point known as The Supreme Test which is the Supreme Test of a Thetan is the Ability to Make Things Go Right. In Scio logic means if you can secure your bridge progress this lifetime, you are making things go right for this lifetime and the next 3000 years. Anyone who doesn’t go up the bridge in this lifetime is not making it go right b/c they are flowing power (money) to the MEST universe (wog mortgage, wog car payments etc). Also another twisted viewpoint is that if you create a problem such as heavy debt you should be able to uncreate it. Screwed up logic.

  • sugarplumfairy

    I’d like to see even one US politician along the lines of Nick Xenophon.. We have NONE.. They’re all in Switzerland, Germany and France.. Where is Gabe Cazares when you need him??? Oh that’s right.. Friggin co$ hounded the poor man to death.. If only some intelligent, ballsy men and women would step up and do the right thing.. But I guess I can’t throw stones, since I certainly wouldn’t have the balls to take on co$.. Thank God for all the civilians who have been fighting for so long.. but jeeeeeezzz.. Why can’t our pols just inform themselves a little bit???

    • Shanester

      The closest we’ve got is Senator Ron Wyden (go Oregon!) who at least wrote a letter to the head of the IRS. Has Alex Gibney sent any update tweets regarding this?

    • Interested

      Not just in the US . Can’t see any of the Brits standing up.

      • Eric Pickles knows a criminal organisation when he sees one, but his star has not been rising, lately. Same with Michael Gove.

    • Ella Raitch

      It helps that Xenophon is an independent

    • madethatway

      I’d like to see more Nick Xenophon’s here in Australia. quite frankly, because our politicians are usually an embarrassment, at best. You can’t buy guys like Nick – he does what’s right, he calls a spade a spade, and to hell with corrupt sleezebags.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    My umbiblical cord has been long since cut.
    However, given that there are 34 days to a certain HBO documentary airing, DM,
    you might read this:

    Psalm 34:

    The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
    but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

    The eyes of the world will be on $cientology March 29th.
    TICK TOCK

    • Chee Chalker
    • Juicer77

      Selah

    • flyonthewall

      Quran: Surah as Sajdah v13-15

      If you could but see when the criminals are hanging their heads before their Lord, “Our Lord, we have seen and heard, so return us [to the world]; we will work righteousness. Indeed, we are [now] certain.”

      And if we had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance, but the word from Me will come into effect [that] “I will surely fill Hell with jinn and people all together. So taste punishment because you forgot the meeting of this, your Day; indeed, We have [accordingly] forgotten you. And taste the punishment of eternity for what you used to do.”

  • nottrue

    The heat’s on in Lebanon….

  • A Guest

    I am still wondering Where is David Miscavige?

    Why isn’t he speaking up and demonstrating Scientology’s Confront and Shatter “tëch” against all this entheta?

    P.S. Oh oh. After Tony posted the Delphi School billboard photo above, some sneaky SP must have plastered a new sign over it.

    F5 (refresh)

    • A Guest

      Church Lady’s deep thoughts about the Pope of Scientology’s silence.

      F5 (refresh)

    • cdub

      he’s stuck like a pig in a pipe; can’t go forward, back, up or down. can’t run, can’t talk in public. oh poor david!

    • Jgg2012

      He’s busy opening 100 ideal orgs each year.

    • Science Doc

      This is a big question, both coarse grain and fine grain. Is he running from place to place, or hunkered down on Hollywood Blvd.? How does he move from here to there? If I fly first class between LAX and Florida, will I ever see him across the aisle, or is it Gulfstreams only for Davy? If I’m on the transition from the 91 W to the 15 S and some kind of limo or armored Ford Explorer pulls up to me, could it be Davy running from HGB to Hemet?

      • Techie

        When I was around (up to 2004) he was borrowing Tom Cruises’ private jet for his extensive tours around the world to “open new Ideal Orgs”. Recently the grand openings have trickled down to just a few, but he still has to fly to England for the IAS event and to Florida pretty often. My guess is he has gone back to flying commercial first class like he used to in the 90s, no actual data on that. We tricked out an Aerostar as a mobile office for his trips to LA back in the 80s, with satellite TV and computers, audio, the whole deal. Nowadays it is probably a big SUV as you say, I don’t know what brand. Certainly he is still traveling, he is supposed to be at the big L Ron Hubbard Birthday in Florida next month then back to the Caribbean for scuba and whale fleecing in June.

        • Science Doc

          The first time someone leans across the aisle of a 777 and asks, “Where’s Shelly” or stares at him from the next lane of traffic with a video camera and a Guy Fawkes mask, he will know that it’s time to become a true recluse.

    • Sarah James

      I went ahead and asked Radar if they could locate the little guy as long as I was over there. Expect Tony would find him first and Radar would report it as their fact.

    • Richard Grant

      Yeah, where is that little toad? Here is Scientology facing a possibly terminal crisis, and the ecclesiastical leader is nowhere to be seen. You’d almost think the guy was chicken. He doesn’t even have the guts to put his name to his own statements to the press.

      At a time like this, Dave might at least make some kind of symbolic appearance at a Flag graduation or something. Let himself be photographed from a safe distance — just a little something to reassure the demoralized troops on the front line that the Leader has got everything under control.

      Does this kind of thing even register with Scientologists? They seem to have accepted the disappearance of the whole upper echelon of church leaders — are they now okay with Dave becoming invisible while the church is getting roasted in the media? I don’t get it.

      • Rasha

        He knows he wouldn’t last a minute before the undodgeable questions come flying. As it is, he’s probably got nothing beyond “No comment” prepared. Naw, best to just have another one, neat, to soothe the thetans……

      • Frodis73

        Good question Grant…how can they not be wondering where the heck he is?

        • Richard Grant

          Remember about a year and a half ago when he was in Clearwater for a long time, during the run-up to GAT II and the Super Power building and all that? He was at Graduation every week, and he always closed with the line, “And I’m still in town!” — to wild rapturous applause, I’m sure.

          I think Dave really expected that something magical was going to happen when he opened the new building, and started shipping the brand-new, 10-year-old e-meters, and unveiled the world-changing reboot of the bottom of the Bridge. It must have been weird for him when nothing happened except a helicopter photo-bomb and the Ideal Orgs stayed empty and Tony kept rolling out the scoops, day after day after day.

          I think the poor little worm is just gobsmacked (if a worm can get gobsmacked). He’s done all the shit that LRH guaranteed would “shatter” his enemies. His enemies threw a party. He’s dead-agenting every defector he can think of. The defectors are sitting down for a nice dinner with their families. I don’t think Dave has any mental tools to comprehend this.

          Even so — he’s a chicken for just vanishing and leaving his underlings to take the heat.

          • Juicer77

            It seems unlikely given his loveable nature, but could they be protecting him?

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Yes, he is hiding on purpose because his lawyers have advised him against muttering anything that could be construed. Period. They’ll hide like the little rats they are while we see RPF people sprucing up their new studio!

  • Vaquera
    • RMycroft

      The Church of Scientology in Australia raked in an incredible $33.1 million over two years

      I don’t think they understand how much money CoS pulls in, or did pull in.

      “FSO is the golden goose of Scientology,” Pesch tells us. When he started at his position in 1995, FSO was pulling in about $1.7 million a week in revenue, about $300,000 of that was kept by the FSO in a financial planning account that was used to pay for expenses and payroll, and FSO had about $20 million in reserves.
      More McPherson Cover-Up Corroboration: “I Watched Them Drain $20 Million In Reserves” November 28, 2012, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

  • Walter Mitty

    The Internet is going crazy with the travolta pic from the oscars – here some nice shoops from the web. (F5)

  • ze moo

    The Aussie Charities Commission reports have many questionable items. That ‘monies on account for future services’ represents 2-3 years of the actual pace of current service levels is astounding. I remember many exs stating that this category of income was considered very dangerous to the clampire. Well, now we know how dangerous it is. Should every one with these ‘monies on account’ demand their deposit back, financial disaster will strike. Will that happen? No, but even if 50% of them get their money back, financial disaster strikes.

    Several exs have stated that these ‘monies on account’ have been pillaged for day to day expenses and as ‘assessments’ to a higher level of the clampire. and are nothing but an entry on the books, i.e. not backed by real money. Others have stated that ‘regs’ use these monies to send pallet loads of books and recordings to the faithful minions without their consent.

    The 93 agreement with the IRS requires ‘monies on account’ to be treated very carefully. A care that the clampire has not shown. Any real draw down of this account will put a serious damper on $cieno operations. And that damper could easily cause IRS scrutiny. This is what keeps DM up at night. Any serious draw down would immediately cause the Sea Argggghhh diet to switch from rice and beans to pocket lint.

    Of perhaps more danger is the (from JohnP’s comment) “contributions from affiliated organizations” of $948,000 represented.
    Is it stuff from CCHR, Narconon and other front groups?” It seems that at least in Aussie land, the local corporate structure is collecting from all the ‘social betterment’ groups and ABLE businesses. This really belies the claims of independence that the various clam front groups shout.

    I do hope Ryan Hamilton et all, has noticed this. NarCONon is $cientology, in Australia and everywhere else. If any US NarCONon can’t pay future judgements, look in Dave Miscavages back pocket.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Monies on account for services is a black hole on scientology books. Upper management sucks local orgs dry and this type of reserves account comes with a convenient, big fat straw. All kinds of penalties and hell if you so much as query.

      All these shifty, shuffled numbers are to prove what a benefit scientology services and programs are to the community. So why not cut to the chase and prove it – have 1,000 Sea Org members show up for a complete health physical work up by competent, qualified non scientology doctors and dentists and nutritionists.

      Without naming anyone, let’s see That report. Let the community see it and let Them decide if they consider scientology a benefit – or a plague.

      Numbers lie. Blood tests and body scans can’t.

  • Sideliner1

    Off topic: Does anyone have the Butt Hurt form posted last week…I think Nat-lificent may have posted?
    I have a situation at work if you know what I mean!!!
    Thanks all!
    Nat-lificent

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    • Rasha

      One of these was stolen from Madame Tussaud’s…..

    • Walter Mitty

      Okay – time for some real beauty here. Did someone say Sherlock? (F5)

      • Rasha

        I was skeptical about Sherlock, but it’s actually extremely good. (Big fan of the original, here) He’s perfectly awkward in the role, and you just want to be him.

        • Frodis73

          It’s oh so very good. He is perfect in that role.

      • aegerprimo

        I REALLY like Benedict Cumberbatch. With a name like that you HAVE TO BE A GOOD ACTOR… and he is.

        • He was soooooooo amazingly handsome in Star Trek.

          • ….oh and he’s a great actor too….

            • Eclipse-girl

              He really was VERY good in The Imitation Game

        • Observer

          He is, and by all accounts he’s a wonderful person. His looks aren’t to my taste, but I can’t not love someone who pulled this off:

          • 1subgenius

            Or this.

      • Nat-lificent
        • Artoo45

          But don’t forget the Cult’s Ginger Go-Getter™ Hartford Haffenreffer, or is it Huntington Hasenpfeffer? Now I’ve done it . . .

          • Robert Eckert

            Halfpint Huffenpuffer

        • sookiesookie

          “Bandaid Chowderpants”

          So sorry, next kitten I get, sometime in the future… but this WILL be your name.

          • beauty for ashes

            I love it, I don’t know if I’d call him Bandee or Chowda for short.

            • sookiesookie

              I can see that I haven’t really thought this through all the way. But I think I could get used to “Chowdie.” Maybe “Bando?”

          • Juicer77

            Try explaining THAT at the vet’s XD

            • beauty for ashes

              Yes a “Mr. Chowderpants here, a Bandaid Chowderpants”

            • sookiesookie

              “Hi, this is my cat, B.C. Howderpants.” Nope… I’ll work on it!

        • Sibs

          My friend has a game where she and her boyfriend come up with a funny name like Benzecane Cabbagepatch and then they’ll Google it and see how long it takes before they get Benedict Cumberbatch as a result.

          I’m not very good at this game. When I’m over at her house, I’ll say “Benedict Cumberbatch” and she gives me this weird look like I just talked to her in Swahili.

      • Eclipse-girl

        He looks better with longer hair, IMHO

    • Observer

      It looks like a big old choke chain. Does he have to wear it because the Ice Queen has banished him to the doghouse?

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Maybe it’s one of those electric leashes she had installed – a little bizzzzzzz buzz- for those naughty moments when her pet might stray into the “wrong” yard. Practical, too.

    • Pepsicat

      That chocker chain just makes my gaydar go ding ding ding. And I’m okay with that, JT. Just saying’.

    • madame duran

      JT’s eyes look so, so sad and lost in that photo. No spark of happiness or joy in them at all.

  • Walter Mitty

    Mark Bunker met Travolta on Oscar Night – here ist the proof: (F5)

    • Ok, so that’s funny.

      • Walter Mitty

        I hope Mark Bunker is not mad at me.

        • Juicer77

          Bet you $47 he will think it’s hilarious!

    • Artoo45

      Get Smoochy 2.

    • Pepsicat

      Awe.

    • Love it!!

    • Zana

      Ick!

  • aegerprimo

    I love this part of John P’s analysis. This is KEY. If the money trail is revealed, then it won’t matter if the corporate veil of the Co$ is ever pierced.

    Allowing local organizations to retain cash seems antithetical to all we’ve heard from ex-members, including some who were Flag Banking Officers. If I were Senator Xenophon, I’d instruct those in the government auditing the financial statements to test whether the bank accounts carrying the cash were truly under control of the local organization. I would be willing to bet that this is how Miscavige covers looting the local org, by pretending that the Australians still have control over their cash balances. It would be difficult to catch such a setup but it could be done if the auditor knew what they were looking for.

    • Jgg2012

      All the money is controlled by David Miscavige.

      • aegerprimo

        Of course it is. This news due to Australian regulations, and the possible result of the Garcia court case…. will reveal how Co$ money is controlled. I have a feeling DM is getting ready to run.

        • Jgg2012

          I don’t think the IRS will re-visit Scientology’s tax exempt status, but I don’t think that they have to. Go after David Miscavige for tax evasion. He lives like a billionaire, but pays almost no taxes and has slave labor.

          • aegerprimo

            The tax-exempt status the Co$ retains is Federal law. Revoke it and it may bring down the Co$ in the USA. Go after David Miscavige for tax evasion … small potatoes.

          • Liam

            But he give so much back to the general public, with all his public sermons and such, available to all…He sings like a lark to the unwashed masses

    • Sarah James

      Then they better get a hold of J. Swifts illustrated Guide To The Church Of Scientology. Copyright 2014
      RTC, IAS, CSI, Fees, The Tech, CST and it all trickles up to David Miscavige.

      • aegerprimo

        HELZ Yeah!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      FBO policy is iron clad on the subject. All stats including gross income are gathered and reported each Thurs 2:00 pm. FP meeting and Ad Council are convened that evening or within 24 hours. Income is distributed, the FBO receives and at that moment, it is no longer in the possession and control of the local entity. Anyone who’s ever been involved in FP knows this, plus it’s in Div 3 policies, in detail. Anyone objecting is immediately thrown onto the ethics torture conveyor belt. Few have dared. I did once. I already had one foot out the door. That mistake shoved me over thru the RPF Exits.

      My crime? Insisting that ZERO money for our staff’s food, as it was about to be approved, was Not going to happen. Well, it didn’t happen because I bought the dam food myself that week when all funds were cut anyway. That, of course, was an even worse crime. Off with my head! It was only cold cereal and bologna sandwiches, for crying out loud. Oh, and juice. I guess it was the juice that pushed them over the edge.

      No, the local orgs have to kiss that cash bye bye within a day’s time … or else. There is No maybe about it.

      • aegerprimo

        Wow.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Hah, I just remembered a little detail. I knew I was already dead man walking, so I also purchased throwaway plastic tablecloths and cheap milky vases with artificial colorful flowers, grabbed a helper to set up tables in just our org’s section in the drab dining room. All the rest of the crew who Had paid for food were on rice and beans. My bologna sammiches might as well have been steak and the flowers looked Steven King surreal.

          I realized while standing in the aisles, feeling a couple hundred angry, and very hungry, eyes boring a hole in the back of my neck, that this may have been my last mistake. I wasn’t exactly thinking too straight at this point in my adventures in wonderland. I wasn’t even hungry anymore at all.

      • Eclipse-girl

        you had empathy and compassion both of which are illegal within the Sea Org.

  • Vaquera

    34 Minutes ago on Facebook with the caption, “Ok.”
    Come on Bunkonians, we can caption better than that….refresh.

    • Nat-lificent

      Who is it?

      • Vaquera

        Doesn’t say. Someone from Cervia/Milan.

      • “Bon Jovi is looking for an Aquarium.”

    • Hamtaro

      “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of
      sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose
      boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your
      next stop, the Regging Zone!”

    • Observer

      “Where’s Nurse Ratched? It’s time for my meds.”

      • aegerprimo

        ROFLMFAO!

    • Rasha

      He looks as lost as Spinal Tap playing in Cleveland…..

    • Shanester

      “I’m from world design capital Milan. I just had to walk through a skybridge with alternating cream and… what the hell is that? Stucco marble? Is that even possible? Leave it to Scientology to make marble unattractive. It’s clearly not from Italy. All you get from me is a half-smile.

      “At least I’m wearing my skinny jeans.”

    • Duuuuude…Walked in here rich. Walked out poor. It was like Poof!! Blew the charge out my bank account.

    • outraged

      Looks like this guy got off on the wrong floor.
      He entered Rock&Roll Hall of Fame, and came out on the Star Trek Enterprise $cion Style.

    • Vaquera

      Phil Spector

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Creepy..

    • Walter Mitty

      Hey guard! Put down this force field and let me go. (F5)

    • Liam

      “If there’s anything around here more important than my ego, I want it caught and shot now”

    • Hingle McCringleberry

      “I dress and style my look in remembrance of a time when there was still money in my wallet”

    • Juicer77

      He needs a touch assist on that broken leg!

      • That will be handled on the next level.

        • Juicer77

          Please pre-deposit $100,000. Thank you.

    • BosonStark

      I say, I’m looking for the celebrity loo.

    • Robert Eckert

      If only this corridor weren’t on a Dutch Angle.

    • Captain MustSavage

      Hal? Is that you?

      • Vaquera

        Not

  • BosonStark

    At Delphi, students are typical for this sector…
    http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b582/Kkkkzzzz/Delphian3_zps0ce5ea60.jpg

    • Nat-lificent

      The girl. Lol.

    • Sibs

      I just read this as a multiple choice question. Which one of these aliens is the typical Delphian student? It’s certainly not the girl.

  • Vaquera

    Bellair Ideal Mission Grand Opening Sneak Preview‎!

    Beam me up.

    • Observer

      Captain Miscavige seems to be stuck in his glory days of the 80s.

    • Liam

      Reminds me of this cult: (image, refresh)

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Beautiful chairs. Nothing but beautiful empty chairs. Fantasmical improvement, Mizz Feschbach. It’s so much better to only allow invisible members to sit on them. They don’t ask questions. They don’t have complaints. They don’t talk back. They dont think about much and need even less. Best of all, they look so perfect in the pretty little brochures.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        The only way you would order white chairs like that is if you knew nobody would be sitting on them. So there’s no chance of anyone soiling these, right?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Not unless they’re reserved for VIB’s (Very Invisible BT’s). They’re not messy, but some just never know when it’s time to leave.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    SCIENTOLOGY IN POP CULTURE REPORT!! I participate in several online forums that deal with the upcoming Star Wars The Force Awakens movie and Star Wars in general because I’m a reprehensible nerd sometimes. So, in the SW7 community, there have been a lot of leaks over the last 10 days about various plot points in the movie and some of the rumors (most of the rumors) are greeted with massive skepticism if not downright derision. It has not become a ‘thing’ when details come out to leave comments quoting the spoiler with a GIF of Tom Cruise laughing insanely during the Mission Impossible Medal of Valor video. Has the gold seal triangle logo in the corner and everything. I like it. I like it a lot.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Can you post it?

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Good News. All 3 showings of Going Clear at the True/False film fest in Columbia MO have sold out. Just like Sundance the only way to get in, is to show up and hope a ticket holder is a no-show. Hard to believe that the sleazy CO$ smear campaign against it isn’t working – said no one.

    • Mymy88

      Oh yes… so very hard to believe. Why I’m practically in shock. Someone, please, fetch my smellin salts, hurry!

    • romanesco

      I believe it worked in the opposite way it was intended to.

    • Allie

      Happy dance!

    • Bleuler

      Who is making 47 000 000 million people go see Going Clear ? – Scientology bullshit that matters.

  • Hamtaro

    Somewhere in Clearwater tonight, JT is singing to himself…

    “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
    I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, straight and alive, straight and alive
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, straight and aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive…yeah!” (F5)

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    • lolo. I will never be able to hear that song the same way ever again. thx.

    • Rasha

      He never returned the hair helmet to the Prop department…..

    • SisterRottenCrotch

      I BOW to you for that, I’ll never hear the song the same way again, and I don’t want to, this is GOLD.

  • Vaquera

    The Tampa Ideal Org waving Bu-bye!
    (refresh)

    • Eclipse-girl

      I think there are less than 100 people in that photo

      • Walter Mitty

        You are very close – I counted 76 people.

        • Rasha

          I want to see this pic about 3 years from now, with some heads shooped over those who have blown…. a cadre of clones….

    • Chee Chalker

      The shooping on this is hilarious…. Like the guys whose torso is coming out of a bush on the right side

      • Freethinker

        And check out the missing right shoulder of the man standing in front on the very right!

        • Chee Chalker

          I expect to see Zelig in one of these pictures some day……..the woman in the second row (behind man with one shoulder) appears to have two right legs. Or maybe its just one giant leg…..

      • BigMcLargeHuge

        Freaking hilarious. You think with beeeellionz and their awesome number of media bays they could afford some decent photo editors.

    • Rasha

      It looks so spontaneous, the way all the Lefties are on one side, and Righties on the other. And such an enthusiastic group, too!

      I bet the uniforms act as they do in prisons – making it hard to escape without being spotted.

      • TheMirrorThetan

        The one on the left looks like he is checking to see if his knob is still where he last left it.

        • Rasha

          “Whew! They haven’t regged THOSE off of me yet!”

          • Though he keeps finding flyers in his mailbox telling him how much he could make selling his sperm….

            • Rasha

              “…and, technically, you only NEED one kidney. See enclosed box and use sufficient postage.”

            • you can also live fine with some of your liver removed too….please see the medical officer and come prepared with your own bottle of anesthetic alcohol–to celebrate going up in status!!

            • TheMirrorThetan

              Next up they will have a sperm. blood, Kidney and Egg drive.
              And a “drop your kid here, the Duggans will pay top dollar for good quality kids” drive.

            • I really am surprised they haven’t promoted selling organs more—and also sperm and eggs. Especially trying to get the Sea Org Slaves selling sperm and eggs—because they aren’t allowed to have kids, so they should sell that to give the church money to pay for their rice and beans!

              Yep, Duggans will buy your kid and don’t worry, if they end up rejecting them, they’ll provide for them in another country!

            • TheMirrorThetan

              I wont be surprised when a flyer appears in the Sunday Funnies for “Ideal Organs for your Ideal Org.”

              This idea is trademarked and if you want to use it Slappy, pay me monies, you little shit.

          • TheMirrorThetan

            No, But they have taken everything else he owns.

    • Hamtaro

      (Staff):So long, farewell

      Au revoir, Auf Weidersehen

      I’d like to stay

      And taste my first champagne

      (talking to the captain) yes?

      (Captain): no!

    • Juicer77

      Check out the half-faced lady next to Chevy Chase under the L!

      • Rasha

        and the poor guy with the beard, next to Alistair Crowley in the middle, looking like he’s really thinking about what he got into…..

      • Mymy88

        ? I no can find a half-faced lady.

        • Juicer77

          It could be poor pixilation, but her face looks like it was inadvertently “folded” in some shooping process. Look directly below between the O and the L in the sign.

    • Walter Mitty

      Needs more Miscavige … (F5)

      • Rasha

        Under the right side vertical banner, Look down to the woman in front. Just behind her head on the left…… Is that Thing from Addams’ Family?

        (edit: in the original pic, sorry)

        • Rasha

          Okay, now I’m really going, honest. Just had to add….

      • SisterRottenCrotch

        You’all are on fire with the ‘shooping, this is HILARIOUS!

      • SisterRottenCrotch

        I cannot stop with this pic, I’ll betcha they stole these people from an Amway convention,

        • madethatway

          Funny – was just thinking that scientology is like the screwed up love child of Amway and the Jehovah’s Witnesses….

      • Liam

        Awesome stuff, Walter!

    • Mymy88

      Ha ha. They look like a chorus line for a funeral home.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      What’s going on with this grey/purplish faced gal? Looks like it could be a “Weekend at Bernie’s” situation.
      Refresh

  • Sydjazz

    Here is a program made for 4 corners in australia 2010. http://youtu.be/TCVUGSsxXLE

    • Todd Tomorrow

      They still had payphones in Clearwater.

  • nottrue

    Take the picture before somebody sees me…….

    • Rasha

      “…that’s okay… I guess college wouldn’t be much fun anyway…. I guess…..”

    • Hamtaro

      “In Soviet Russia, happiness finds the way to you.”

  • TheMirrorThetan

    Thanks John P for your summary.
    When I read stacks of numbers I fall into a doze, I just cant help it.
    However the number of times Davy gets his arse beat in Gaol is a number I look forward too.

  • TheMirrorThetan

    And Yay for Nick Xenophon he is one of the few good things about this state.

  • Lady Squash

    Great expo piece on the Today/Tonight Show. And bravo Senator Xenophon. You’ve been in the trenches for years doing the heavy lifting. And how like the Church to restructure itself so that it can not be held responsible by the Charities Commission that was created just for the purpose of monitoring the Church. The Church is very slippery.

  • Observer

    Is it just me, or is this is as hilarious as I think? It’s a Facebook group.

    refresh

    • Rasha

      LOVE IT!!

    • MrsLurksALot

      Yep. That is pretty hilarious.

    • Nat-lificent

      “Walking” never molested ScarJo in public

    • Sarah James

      I may have to join.

      • Frodis73

        I have to admit that I joined. Lol.

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  • Ella Raitch

    All good news but I’m a bit unclear on the way forward with this information.

    So Scientology re-organised itself as a non-profit ‘company limited by guarantee’ to avoid having to open up financial information to the Charities Commission. I’m wondering then what powers the Charities Commission has over Scientology and whether they really have any teeth. will this have impact on tax status (I’m at their website and this is not clear – though I have to say the language is quite soft about regulation, which I imagine means administrative fines that won’t mean dick to Scientology). Is there potential for repercussion for taxation here?

    On the other hand, the cherch does seem to have reported fraudulently to ASIC which I imagine would have significant repercussions.

    I suppose I’m just wondering where I should be sending my letter. Do I need to send a letter, or are we confident that this information is being followed up with the relevant authorities?

    The release of this information is a good first step, but not clear where the next step is.

    • Tony Ortega

      As of the 2014 tax year, they’ll have to switch to reporting to the charities commission. Then things should get really interesting.

      • Robert Eckert

        What’s Australian for “April 15”?

        • Ella Raitch

          End of Tax year is 30th June

          • RMycroft

            David Miscavige, To-Do List, June 30, 2016: Lie more!

          • Guest

            Also known as EOTFY [end of the financial year]

      • Ella Raitch

        Thanks Tony

        • Eclipse-girl

          and thanks Senator Xenophon

          • Zana

            It’s cool that Xenophon is kinda like Xenu. 🙂

  • Rasha

    G’night kids. There’s a lot of material to make it a late night, but I gotta run. I’m thinking of a new haiku, too. Miss Tia, you’ve subverted my mind!!!!!!!

    <3

  • Liam

    I think I found the real “Ideal Org” (image, refresh)

  • Frodis73

    This is old, so I’m sure a lot of you have seen this. I remember hearing about it when they did the record, but never saw the video. Shudder. JT is just so creepy. Then to see his wife wearing like 6 inch heels while walking and dancing with the baby makes me want to scream. I have a thing about women wearing shoes of death while toting their small children around. Grrrr. Anyway, enjoy. The song is just awful.

    http://youtu.be/iGNIDXUaVts

    • Ella Raitch

      Double plus bad

    • Liam

      The lyrics are a little hot and heavy for a platonic relationship, “making love all night”, but I’m sure everyone just knew he’s not in to girls

    • Sarah James

      Pretty sure that’s not what he likes. :-/ and the song, well you are right it is so awful it did make me laugh. 🙂

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      My heart goes out to his daughter. Besides all of the CO$ crap, she can’t escape that her dad has become a creepy punchline. Poor kid. 🙁

    • Sejanus

      WTF did I just watch?
      Figures two uniformed fellows would hug.
      Afterall….that’s what he likes.

      That was at his own airport wasn’t it.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      This is the worst song/ video I’ve ever scene/heard. Too bad both of their lives were plagued with horrid things. Wasn’t Olivia’s husband found dead or go missing?

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      i hope that this video is contained within travolta’s overts/withholds confessionals :O

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    Off the wall potentially sticky situation of moral ambiguity: So lets say that Co$ shuts down like. . . wait for it. . . right now! You live in a city with an Ideal Org (woohoo!), and it’s for sale at bargain basement level because the Marcabs came and picked up the last three staff villeins (look it up) and it’s totally as-is with everything in it as if it were open for business. You want to turn it into, i dunno, whatever. We’ll go with Laser Tag arena. Anyway, would it be defensible to hold a great big book burning? A great big party with a big bonfire of books in the middle?

    • romanesco

      No, the carbon footprint would amp up the global warming process significantly.

    • Lurkness

      How did the lawyering work out?

      • Hingle McCringleberry

        Haha. I didn’t mention it and managed to take care of everything today via email, so no awkwardness. Thing is, its a pretty straightforward issue about access to some space I have rented in a warehouse that got locked down via court order against another tenant there. They locked the whole place down and I didn’t need anything out of there so I let it slide. Now I need to get into my section, so need a letter from a lawyer. If this shit isn’t handled (100% per policy, Mike Ellis style) tomorrow, I’m going to bring it up.

        ETA- Maybe I’ll find an IAS trophy lying around in there. haha.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          LongtimeLurker

          Hingle McCringleberry

          a day ago

          Go in strong…

          “I’m not gonna jerk you around, I just need someone who can take my problem in hand and help me get to grips with it so we can give this other guy a real spanking. I think if we knuckle down and pull together we can beat this thing.”

    • TheMirrorThetan

      No, but they should be sent to make recycled loo paper.

      • Hingle McCringleberry

        This is a good answer. Really, you could just remove the bindings. Instant ass-wipe, 100% on source.

        • Mark Foster

          Ah, from Source (ass) to source(ass), yes 🙂

    • Todd Tomorrow

      I’d make it into a, Scientology an Industry Cult of Death Museum.

      • Hingle McCringleberry

        with Laser Tag?

        • Todd Tomorrow

          At night yeah, to raise some extra cash and a roller rink?

    • Mark Foster

      Hingle, I learned a new word: villeins. That´s what staff are at the orgs, except they don´t get any land and the ¨pay¨ they get often doesn´t even cover their laundry costs for a week…
      I like the idea of a bonfire of the books-when the moon is full. Incorporate the e-meters in to the design of the laser tag place. They could serve as targets. Donate the staff uniforms to second-hand shops and homeless shelters…or a community theatre. Donate the telexes to a shooting range(to be used as targets)…or maybe to some tech-savvy, inventor-type kids to mess with…

  • InterestedObserver12

    To John P:

    Thanks for your insights. Re your comment: “I don’t see anything in the financial statements about money being sent “uplines” to Miscavige. The only thing that could explicitly cover this is “ecclesiastical services” of $1.03 million in the 2011 financials…”

    As far as getting money up-lines, back in the 70s and 80s it was common for Flag to inform outer orgs that a Flag Mission was being sent and the outer org would be charged for the mission – no questions asked. As the Flag-trained executive director of a Class IV Org in Canada, I can attest that each Class IV Org of that time had a line item on their financial statement that was labeled Flag Debt:_____.

    • ozzybud420

      Just curious which ORG in Canada where you involved with?

      • InterestedObserver12

        Ottawa

  • The Dude

    After 15 hours in the Oil Truck, I am spent. Between my Band and my side job on the truck, I am at my limit. Though, I will never surrender! My temper and my mind is at a strange, surreal point. I have not had a day off in 4 weeks. I cannot even read this bunker post, my mind can’t make sense of it all. I feel befuddled.

    My feelings about any “Religion” are summed up best by someone far wiser than this mere mortal.

    F5

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r-e2NDSTuE#t=386

    • Eclipse-girl

      Unwind.
      Get some rest.
      The bunker will be here when you are ready.

      Sorry about the exhaustion.
      (((HUGS)))

      • The Dude

        I have to open the kitchen tomorrow. But I am up late, drinking beer and watching old cartoons on youtube and babbling to you all.
        Ha!

        Forgive me. I think I am going MAD!

        I love 40’s and 50’s toons
        F5
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuDUJCAAQng

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Classic!

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Dude, you aren’t in a cult are you? You’ll go bonkers if you don’t get some rest!

  • Follow up to that Mr X Blind Item that most people guessed (the friend being Leah Remini) …

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Anyone want to do some reviews that have some spare time?
    https://plus.google.com/110331811067307666756/about?hl=en&gl=us

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Scientology, should have its own. industry of violence and torture and
      forced abortions. Oh what a pretty picture that would make. Anyone who
      has ever spent time in, The Hole their prison or been separated from
      their loved ones knows what an evil money grubbing cult they are!

      • Hingle McCringleberry

        I reviewed, but still in “will be posted shortly” status:

        Unfortunately, zero stars is not an option. You might consider checking this place out if the What About All the Good Things Hitler Did, Cleanliness Through Ethnic Cleansing, and Slavery Is Legal if You’re an IRS Recognized Tax Exempt Organization museums are closed for the day. For an organization that constantly screams that it’s being persecuted and that any criticism of any level of substance is a product of bigotry, the Church of Scientology sure doesn’t hold themselves to their own standard. Check out all of the holocaust references! While you do, please make sure to ignore all of the other socio-economic, historically verifiable, and political situations that allowed the Nazis to come to power in Germany. Also, please simply accept that all professional members in the field of mental health worldwide throughout all of history are somehow bonded together and working in concert with a clandestine agenda which no journalist or scholar has ever been able to discover. If you ask nicely, there’s a bonus section where they’ll show you how the secret underground solemn brotherhood of chimney sweeps was behind the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. . . wait for it. . . also funded by the PSYCHES!!!!!!!

        • coonellie

          Hi Hingle…forgive me for not going through all the threads, but how did it go with the lawyer? BTW, I really enjoy your posts!

          • Hingle McCringleberry

            Thank you! Only dealt with the lawyer today via email, so no lulz or awkward silences. Should be a really simple issue to wrap up, so I’m either happy tomorrow or there’s gonna be a more business in one hand or I embarrass myself by telling all of my friends that I mistakenly hired a pervert in the other hand, which I learned from the first page on google. Honestly, dude didn’t hurt anyone and people deserve second chances (especially if he’s a good lawyer), but he did already try to bump up the retainer and I need this shit sorted out this week.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Well, I guess but they can tell that I’m not into it or something, they act real funny around me. I’m very tall and every time I enter an Org they get freaked out. I’ve seen their online museum but it lacked, Archduke Ferdinand. Maybe, I’ll give one more shot!

          • coonellie

            Hey, TT, is there going to be a PDX viewing of Going Clear? There are enough people to make it worthwhile, no? I could come up for it.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I only lived in PDX for a short time. I’d think that SEA or SFO would have enough interested parties, as well as, Portland. I got invited over to some SP’s house to watch it so I can’t wait. Even though I have HBO.

            • coonellie

              Thanks, I don’t have HBO. Will keep hoping.

          • Hingle McCringleberry

            It got posted. Here come the PI’s. I got a little ahead of myself, but was going for 1. They sure do a lot of bare-knuckling for a group that’s so sensitive about anything said about them, and 2. It’s a reach beyond the reach of the Reach God to say that people, whatever their common goals may be, who simply share a profession the world over for as far back in history as it goes could possibly ever coordinate an agenda for ANYTHING. Just logic, then I went and threw in a bunch of snark.

        • Bleuler

          This is one of their amusing lines of reasoning. Right up there with David Icke. All us psychs not only caused every bad thing ever in history. We also have wiggly handshakes and secret covens where we conspire for continued world domination.

          Psychiatry is anything but a homogenous field, with bucketloads of disagreement over a multitude of subjects. There really is something to the old saying “Ask three psychiatrists a question and you will get four answers”. Now on the other hand ask ANY clam to recite KSW and the answer will always be the same. Progress never comes from forced agreement.

          Now i gotta head back to the psych dungeon, we are slaughtering adorable puppies for the BBQ (paid for by Eli Lilly).

          • Always nice to hear from the Evil Psychs.

            Do you guys go to the Bilderberg Group meetings too?
            How is the food?

  • Liam

    Good night to the late night bunker crew- may you rest well well and have a peaceful new day.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    An Australian article about a Freddie Mercury impersonator giving CO$ personality tests. I kid you not.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/stepping-inside-the-secretive-church-of-scientology-halls/story-fni0fiyv-1227234666591#social-comments

    • Nat-lificent

      Nottrue already posted that.

      • Mark Foster

        It´s okay, with 1,000 plus comments, I (and maybe a few others)appreciate the repost, as I am not always able to read all of the comments.

        • Nat-lificent

          Guess the Bunker has finally jumped the shark and become just like a youtube comments section then. Chaos.

          • C’mon, Nat. I know you have a good heart.

            • Nat-lificent

              Nope. I can’t handle it. Night.

            • Yes you can. I saw your smile. Night.

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    • I believe it’s OSA and Div 6 who mainly post CL ads. So lame.
      I can’t imagine anyone respond to them. But I am biased. Flagged some.

  • Okay so Super Late but this made me ROFL. I think you late-night lurkers will like the first WoW fact.

    http://www.therundown.tv/post/view-photo/k/816734bd743ead215e20bfbf5a746482/discussionId/4771/t/10-facts-that-you-probably-won-t-even-believe

  • Todd Tomorrow
    • Super old School Band.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Where is this, Old school?

        • lolol….I mean an Oldie but goodie? Classic Rock? hehe?

          • Todd Tomorrow

            I was kidding but it is not too old. You must be a youngin’?

            • What is your definition of youngin TT?

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I’ll be 40 this year. But still pretty childish

            • Nope not quite 40 yet. Aren’t we all childish though? : )

            • EnthralledObserver

              Me tooo… 🙂

            • Todd Tomorrow

            • 1subgenius

              “Old school” in this context may be appropriate since they utilize things like glockenspiel and hurdy-gurdy.

  • Sydjazz

    time for some oscars fun refresh

    • More like “We will have a date, Brendong Cucumberich”.

  • Sydjazz

    she did look uncomfortable. but i would too (ref)

  • Sydjazz

    haha um.. (ref)

  • Did you know that Hubbard had “The Solution To Inflation”.
    Every religion does that, right?! New post by Jeffrey Augustine.
    http://scientologymoneyproject.com/2015/02/24/the-church-of-scientologys-meltdown-continues/

    • Mark Foster

      Long, but DEFINITELY worth reading!

      • And definitely not as long as Freedumb articles.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          The chlut has really taken over with their dirty PR, when ever you search anything on Clamology. It is obnoxious. Up pops an anti Gibney advert first before you can even see what you’re looking for.

          • More free advertisement for Going Clear film.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              That’s what I thought from the start it is just so strange to see them take over an entire venue like that. I did get six phone calls today about the news out of their financial woes with, my hero, Mr. Xenophon! So glad that is getting out there.

        • Mark Foster

          And…it contains factual data and is easy to read…Dodo, have you ever read the ¨Dear Scientologist¨ letters at Arnie Lerma´s site? I really like #3 : http://www.lermanet.com/scientology/dear-scientologist3.htm
          If there are any lurkers who are staff or SO, I heartily recommend reading it…and may you never be the same thereafter!
          Good day, my intergalactic home-bot 🙂

    • Todd Tomorrow

      ” the Cult’s reputation is a radioactive slagheap” LOL, Ha Ha hehe.

  • Todd Tomorrow
  • To OSA and PI’s, RTC and their lawyers posting in The Bunker – Hi!

  • Braveheart

    That pic of the kid holding up the drug booklet is about 10 years old. It’s one of those “stock” photos pulled out from time to time. “Going to Lesotho”??? A tiny land-locked country in Southern Africa? Why? Fact is that there is almost nothing happening with Drug Free activities and Narconon in Africa – it’s all a dog and pony show.

  • what’suppressive

    107℉ where i am today and I spent it on and in a metal roof. I’m 6 kinds of fucked, but the beers a very cold and I’m gonna give them a good nudge, so if I seem a little non compos later I apologise in advance.

  • 1subgenius

    Good Morning Bunker.

    Here’s a gift from They Might Be Giants.. A free download of an album of a live version of “Flood” recorded in Australia.

    http://www.theymightbegiants.com/flood-live-in-australia/

    It’s going to be a very good day.

    • what’suppressive

      Seen these guys a few times, both in little clubs. Good stuff

      • 1subgenius

        Cool. Yeah me too, several times. First in Ann Arbor when it was just them two.

        Still blow me away.

        I actually got into them from reading the lyrics to “Mr. Me” (I think it was) in People magazine.

        And everyone in the world should see them perform “Birdhouse” on the Tonight Show. Doc really has fun.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6WKE4aYgOw

        • what’suppressive

          I do believe Istanbul not Constantinople was my first exposure to these wacky pair. My god that seems like another lifetime ago…maybe it was…..do you think auditing could help sort that out?

          • 1subgenius

            Depends on your definition of “sort that out”.
            Kinda funny because on a travel show last night they talked about the name change.

  • 1subgenius

    So Travolta went on Kimmel and made up a story about why he screwed up her name.
    Sure wish he had been asked about those super powers of his.

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      When someone starts telling a story by saying “the truth”, that person is either lying now, or has a habit of it.

      • 1subgenius

        Yeah, I cringe whenever someone prefaces what they say with something that includes the word “truth”.
        And as an aside, I always wondered when an oath wears off.
        “Yes, you are no longer under oath. You may step down and resume lying.”
        Why not just swear everyone in at birth?

  • 1subgenius

    OK, our intermittent pre-new post contest.
    What will today’s post be about?
    My guess?
    Scientology.
    Game over,I win.
    You gotta be quicker on that buzzer.

  • rayana00
    • 1subgenius

      Thanks. A must read.
      Scientology’s response: “That rag?”

    • Chee Chalker

      An interesting article……….the comments are full of the ‘Every religion is abusive’ retorts. So much for the critical thinking of NYT readers

  • Shelly Britt Corrias

    OT Late night/Early morning can’t sleep comment:
    1. The “Age of Answers” aired last night in prime time, in the 8pm – 9pm hour. usually they’ve been on during the news hours, 5pm – 7pm. I also notice more complaints about $cn ads popping up while people are surfing, as well as steady tweets mocking or angry about the TV commercials. Go Global Media!
    2. Yesterday morning I told my partner I couldn’t believe how media was making so much fun of John Travolta. He said something like “Oh, that’s just what you’re seeing on those gossip tweets.” uh huh. As the day went on every single news show, entertainment news show and late night show that we saw had clips/jokes about John Travolta. Every single one. Even CNN took a break from forwarding the terrorists’ message to air a long clip on it. By the end of it, my partner kept telling me to make a meme about “the Scientology greeting” (referring to the face grab). haha

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    I have a question, if newly exited Sea Org members from the Australian Sea Org know or not, it’s if the Canteen In Charge of the Sea Org facilities in Sydney or wherever the AO of Australia is located, if that Canteen In Charge, or former Canteen In Charge people are out and able to talk.

    Because paying the Canteen In Charge from some of the “profits” was done in the years I witnessed how “we” ran our canteens in PAC and for the HGB’s canteen.

    Canteen In Charges were often in a funny not really fully standard ‘volunteer’ (regular Sea Org) status.

    How the paying of the “exhange” is done to the actual positions of the “Canteen In Charge” will always be a position, like in other ways the “Reg” posts are under their unique pressure to strong arm and violate even Scientology’s policies, well the Canteen In Charge is also a position that fudges.

    The Australian finance layout reports of the Australian total money flowing included the “Canteen proceeds” line, and that seems a weak point to see if that is really being done as accurately as Scientology’s saying it is doing it.

  • Verve

    I want John P. to be my financial analyst/advisor. I have a MBA and I barely understood what he was talking about the financials. Well done, good sir.

  • Miguel Beninca

    Nick Xenuphon? Shouldn’t they be worshipping him?

    • The Explorer Race

      Xenu’s good twin, mayhap??

  • The Explorer Race

    I thought I would post this here, as there is an Australian link at least 🙂
    I emailed this to Tony recently & he said it was fascinating, so I thought it might be of interest to the (anti) Scientology watching/activist community. This comes under the category of strange Scientology influenced off-shoots! This is just a quick summary of course…lots more to it!! My interest in this site is mainly because I was involved in a cult in Australia called Kenja. The Scientology link is that the co-founder, Ken Dyers, was himself in Scientology for a long time, here in Sydney. He said he was in charge of security & was kicked out because he kicked up a stink about them fair gaming his then wife, who had been kicked out previously. Ken set up Kenja with his then girlfriend & subsequent wife (early ’80’s), Jan Hamilton -combo of their names-, who was then an actor & involved in ‘inner child’ clowning type work. So Kenja was a combo of Scientology stuff & clowning/inner child stuff….weird, I know!! Ken had set up a group prior to this, sans Jan, which had imploded…he decided to give it another whirl, this time with a more ‘human’ element…i.e: clowning. Very small compared to Scientology of course…but then again, that meant that you got a lot of personal attention…yikes!! A lot of the very early people, like me, came via the arts (acting/dancing), because that was Jan’s background & we knew of her. She was originally cast in the movie ’My Brilliant Career’, but pulled out after she met Ken (to focus on work with him) & Judy Davis was cast..it set off her career! Jan would put on clowning shows throughout the years, with all us starring, which was very good for recruiting! She said that we needed Ken’s work, to learn about ‘time, space & energy’…to be better on stage, etc.

    Anyway, we had the tone scale & some of the same terminology (1st, 2nd, 3rd dynamics, entities, attached spirits, etc) & basic philosophy…not Xenu or sci-fi stuff though. God was never mentioned, similar to COS, & Ken, similar to LRH, was considered to be the originator of all this marvellous new knowledge & there was always some new thing that he was off researching, blah, blah, blah, & then breathlessly telling us about. We used the term ‘Spirit’, rather than ’Thetan’ though. Basically Ken could do no wrong! You paid quite a bit for sessions & workshops, etc, but it wasn’t on the scale of COS in that regard. It was a workaholic place though…they always had lots of free labour! The people that worked for them were kept pretty cloistered, like Scientology does. There were no e-meters…in a session we just sat in front of each other & looked deeply into the others’ eyes (we thought we were clearing energies & entities, etc)!! Ken invited some Scientologists to Kenja once, to demonstrate the e-meter…we thought it was hilarious…Ken knew we would react that way…he was declared a big time squirrel after that, of course!!
    A lot of the usual cult shenanigans went on that were similar to Scientology, like fair gaming (but not nearly as rough!) & breaking up families, etc, but it was diluted compared to COS. Still a lot of pain has gone down, what with broken families & some suicides & people going a bit nutty too.
    There was of course, A LOT of focus on recruiting…in the early days, we would be out in the street, doing ‘lines practice’ – which meant getting a ‘line’ with someone & getting them to come to an intro talk. There were targets, etc. If you had any problem with any of it, it was always YOUR fault, never Kenja’s! But if you had a win…well naturally, that was because of Kenja!
    Ken went from a small apartment (that I later learned he scammed from his 1st wife) to a beautiful mansion in an elite area right on the sea. He maintained he was just lucky in his real estate dealings. They had other property too, that they didn’t start off with. Of course, the Kenja people thought they were saving the world (clearing it, like COS people think)…it would have really shocked us at the time, if we knew that it was primarily a business!

    There was a quite a bit of sexual abuse in Kenja though…that’s a point of difference with Scientology, I think! I don’t have the impression that that ever was much of an issue in Scientology…could be wrong. Ken was your classic pathological narcissist & it’s clear to me now that he was trying to emulate LRH in many ways (although he always spoke sneeringly of Scientology & inferred that his way was superior…When I managed to leave after a decade (I got high up, but then was often demoted as well, & had to laboriously work my my way back into their good books!) & eventually read ‘Madman or Messiah’ & ‘Bare-Faced Messiah’…that was when the scales really fell from my eyes. That was awhile after I’d already left. (I left because I couldn’t take being high up & then demoted for perceived sins…up-down, up-down, over a decade….depressing!!)
    Anyway, I was amazed to realise that Ken had told a lot of the same stories that LRH had told about his own life & childhood…Ken had just adapted them to Australia!! Like becoming lost at age 6 in the outback & being taken in by the aborigines & learning deep truths from them (with LRH it was the American Indians). He also lied about his military background, just as LRH had done. He also said he was some sort of high up special employee of Frank Packer (can’t remember the specifics he told us now), when he was just a shit kicker in some lowly job in one of Packer’s companies, many years before. Also that he’d researched ALL the world’s religions & formulated a system that worked….again classic LRH! As I looked more into Scientology, I realised how much of their stuff, Ken actually used….like the ‘wall walking’execise & the ‘hello, fine, thankyou’ at the end of sessions (as a way to get back into present time, ostensibly).
    Ok, so I was involved in a film called ‘Beyond Our Ken’ a few years back, which was pretty critical of Kenja…everyone who spoke out against them, is now defamed on their website (or was..haven’t checked it in a while). Well, I thought people might find this of interest, if they hadn’t heard about it. There are currently Kenja centres in 3 states. Ken shot himself to death some years back, when the now grown Kenja kids started bringing law suits (sexual abuse) against him. He also took advantage of quite a few of the young adult women in his ‘sessions’. He beat some of the suits, but they kept coming. Jan has kept it all going. Kenja still take out a full page ad in the main Sydney paper every year, on the anniversary of his death, basically glorifying him!

    • Ella Raitch

      Just reading this now (after seeing that you were a fellow Aussie …haven’t noticed your posts previously). Just goes to show – there will always be a place in society for manipulative cults. It will be interesting what the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Child Sexual abuse comes up with regarding cults and manipulation

      • The Explorer Race

        No, I haven’t posted much…just the occasional here & there Ella. Yes, cults are nothing new…harder for them to keep the light from shining on them with the internet nowadays, thank God! I was just thinking the other day, that I think I was pretty fortunate that noone from Scientology approached me back in the day (Kenja was definitely a lesser evil!)…I was so idealistic, yet unhinged, that I probably would have got sucked in 🙁

        • Ella Raitch

          Never in a cult, but there was a time where I too was ripe….googled Kenja after reading your comment and was shocked by the media coverage I found.

          • The Explorer Race

            Yes, it kind of depresses me that they are still going. Quite a few people that I was there with are still there (I left many years ago) – they’ve spent they’re whole adult lives there…I only spent my 20’s there. I feel like I’ve had 3 or 4 lifetimes since I left…sort of major phases, is what I mean by that. All I can do is send them good will on the ethers & also post things in places like this. Perhaps one of them may read something & it will fan a doubt they’ve been having into a flame…you never know! Thanks for your interest – it’s much appreciated 🙂

    • Frodis73

      Hey, also just noticed your posts…I’m not a fellow Aussie tho! Very interesting story you have there. You may want to share it again on today’s (or the current one) post so more folks can read about what happened.

      • The Explorer Race

        Yes, think you’re right…been a little shy…I will screw up my courage though 🙂

        • Frodis73

          Cool, I am glad you saw my reply!

          • The Explorer Race

            Next post from Tony, I will put it up…thanks for the impetus 🙂

  • The Explorer Race

    As an addendum..my mother has just informed me that she found out that Scientology (a lttle while back) has bought up the old Commonwealth Cochlear implant factory & a number of houses all around it..this is in the suburb of Chatswood, in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. They are planning a large centre there, by the looks. They are even building there own road at the back, to take it out to another part of the main road!! Would have cost a bomb, as this is not a cheap area. She knows this because she lives in the general area (& I grew up there). There were heaps of local protests, but to no avail! How absolutely annoying…bring on the tax exemption!!!