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David Bowie, 1947-2016

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“We used to call him Garson The Parson in the Spiders, poor love, when he was into Scientology. But it did cause us one or two problems. I was thinking about having him back in the band and the thing that really clinched it was hearing that he was no longer a Scientologist.”

— David Bowie, in Q Magazine, 1997

 
The news this morning of David Bowie’s death to cancer has really unmoored us. We are postponing the story we had planned for today until tomorrow. It can wait.

And about that quote from Bowie. We looked into it a bit. Jazz pianist Mike Garson told an interviewer that he got into Scientology in 1970 and then got the chance to play on a Bowie album in 1972, which turned into an ongoing collaboration until the two went their separate ways in 1975. Garson says he left Scientology in 1982, and the two musicians reunited in the 1990s.

We can’t help getting a chuckle from Bowie’s comment. We didn’t know that we could admire him even more than we already did.

The tributes to Bowie in our comments section started early this morning. We hope you keep them going. We’re still reeling at the news.

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

More Ghost Town fodder. A recent Saturday in London at 12:30 pm — which should be prime shopping time and best for foot traffic, but the Life Improvement Center on Tottenham Court Road is all caged up. What gives?

 
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So now that Scientology has built its little Potemkin village of storefronts in Clearwater for its “social betterment” groups, what does it do with them? Hey, how about fly down Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, father to the glamorous Meghan Fialkoff, to talk about their infiltration of New York City schools, and gladhand with Freedom Medal winner Mario Chirinos? This planet will be cleared in no time.

 
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Igor is Clear!

 
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Snow White unindicted co-conspirator Arte Maren and whale Jim Mathers saddle up for their latest LRH admin sneak attack, the “Reality Business” or RB Club. Yee-haw. Or, as Jim puts it, “The birth of the RB Club!!! Russian Cowboys!!!”

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on January 11, 2016 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. 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

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • JanInThePan

    Gods.. how sad today is. I remember seeing Labyrinth for the first time and being absolutely mesmerized by Bowie. How seductive he was and you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Every generation, I think, I has their favorite version of him.. but for me he’ll always be Jareth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvyNOg4jSRg

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Why would David Bowie ever need Xenu?

    David Bowie WAS Xenu.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    This poor clam thinks he’s going to make money selling CO$ cross and “F%CK” hats and T-shirts that he’s stitching. HA! He’s sooo close. Should we tell him that this is a Reeses peanut butter+chocolate situation.

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Buy some clothes I designed. Hats to come very soon.”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BAQ43ITJhOJ/?taken-by=grantkitchen

    • Lucille Austero

      This is fabulous!

    • Supper Powers

      That’s copyright violation.

    • Baby

      I would buy one in a heartbeat.. and where it smack dab down in Clearwater.. ( The black one)

  • Supper Powers

    I went down the rabbit hole of bauhaus, Siouxsie, etc etc and landed right back here and cried with joy believing that Bowie led the exact life he intended to. He is so funny, charming and inspiring in this one. http://youtu.be/bsYp9q3QNaQ

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Wow, that rabbit hole sounds remarkably like my high school years. ; )

      • Supper Powers

        Yeah. I feel old.

  • outraged

    Chris Shelton on reddit. Apologize if already posted.
    Wonderful read so far. Yay Chris!!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/scientology/comments/40ju0x/i_am_chris_shelton_a_scientology_for_27_years_now/

    • Dice

      That AMA is awesome! The best i have seen on the subject. And he got a new nickname over there C-Shel πŸ™‚

  • jazzlover

    Some nice tributes from fellow rockers (and one from his son Duncan Jones):

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/david-bowie-death-reaction/

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    OT Nails!
    No thanks.

    PHOTO CAPTION – #superhappy #freedom #wings #OT #nails #happy
    https://www.instagram.com/p/_7UnAllPyG/?taken-at=229784789

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Um, what’s up with that hand? Looks like it must belong to Jim Mathers.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Rumor is that Mathers, like Miscavige, has very small hands. That’s why he needs the Maserati.

      • Rasha

        OMX, someone has hands based on one of my 4th Grade art class people drawings!

      • Elegant Mess

        Being a former hand model, I can say that yes, that hand is cringe-worthy.

        ETA: correcting a syntax error

  • outraged

    Appropriately placed on the OMG blog, Kirstie Alley and her important new weight loss. f5
    http://www.omgblog.com/2016/01/18061.php/#axzz3wyhY4XUC

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Holiday greetings from the CO$ London staff. The “filthy animal” sweater is a nice touch. That must be an LRH quote πŸ˜‰

    https://www.instagram.com/p/_udQeBv7Lk/?taken-at=280724445

  • coonellie

    Not to take away from the sadness all around at the passing of the great David Bowie, but why must it be today? My best friend died on my birthday. My beloved Grandmother’s funeral was on my birthday. Heck, even the Lion, Ariel Sharon died on my birthday. I was already sad (long story), but this just made it all the more sad. I think I need a new date for this supposed “celebration”.

    That’s all. Carry on…back to the dark corners of the Bunker go I.

    • Qbird

      Are you saying today is your birthday?
      hugging coonellie real tight!

      • coonellie

        Thanks, and yes. I needed it.

        • Rasha

          HUGE Birthday hug!!!!!! ^_^

          • coonellie

            Thanks Rasha.

        • Baby

          coon..I’m sorry so many sad events happened on your special date.. sigh..

          I don’t celebrate my Birthday.. Losing a twin that was born with you just takes the Happy out of it..

          For me.. It is ” A Trudy Day” My hubby has to do everything I ask. And it has turned in to a FUN day for me..Cause I sit on my butt all day in my PJ’s and he serves me all day..

          Although he says it’s not that much different than any other day..haha
          So all my kids call me and scream.. ” HAPPY TRUDY DAY MAMA..”

          And yes that is my real name..cause I just don’t give a shit who knows..bawwwwhahaha

          • coonellie

            Thanks for the laugh (“he says it’s not that much different than any other day”). I understand a little about losing a twin as I have twin sisters, twin Goddaughters, and twin best friends. The bond is unlike anything else I’ve witnessed. A big hug to you for being such a special person and for bringing such joy to those around you (and being a royal pain in the arse when needed!).

            • Baby

              Wow you are surrounded by twins coon.. Yes it is a very strong bond.

              Me? a Pain in the Arse.. ? Bawwwwwwwhahahhahaa.. My reputation proceeds me.

              Went to dinner last night at a friend’s home. When she called I said..
              ” Oh I don’t know..I’m feeling bitchy..” And she said.. ” I wouldn’t want you any other way ” ..hahahhaa..

              Now THAT is a friend.. xo

    • OOkpik

      (((HUGS))) for you, coonellie.

      • coonellie

        Thanks OOkpik!

    • salin

      ((coonellie)) Happy Birthday – a toast to you. Just as there is sadness on these passings – there is joy for those in your life because you are a part of their life (that includes us who get to share your forays into the comments here) here in the present. As time passes from the losses, I hope that you find that instead of having markers of sadness on your birthday, that you find extra reasons to celebrate – your life – and the memory of these special people.

      Happy Birthday coonellie!

      • coonellie

        Bless you, Salin. You know of what you speak and I appreciate your words of wisdom. I must indeed learn to make these “markers” of dearly held memories. I cannot tell you how much I want to turn this into something positive. Thanks for being the catalyst!

    • beauty for ashes

      Happy….. ugh, I know what you mean. How bout smooooshy hugs ((((((((((((((hugscoonellie)))))))))))))))!

      • coonellie

        I love all hugs! I come from a touchy feely family πŸ™‚

    • daisy

      Oh dear Happy Birthday. Doing what Salin said and toasted a drink for you. Now you do the same , clink

      • Rasha

        Clink!

    • Baby

      NO BACK CORNERS COON.. Everyone needs a cake on their Birthdays ( Caek for us) so come on now.. Celebrate.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR COOOOOOONELLIE.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! (F5)

      • Rasha

        …………………………………………………waiting for the sparklers to go out, so I can grab some caek………..

      • coonellie

        Ahh, Baby, my favorite kind! Thanks :). Truly.

    • EmmaDaoust

      Happy Birthday, coonellie! It’s my sister-in-law’s birthday today, and also was the birthday of Sir John A MacDonald, founding father of Canada. We want to make it a national holiday.

      • coonellie

        Hah! If y’all make it a national holiday, I’ll move to Canada :). I’ve passed as Canadian before…long story.

    • Juicer77

      Happy birthday, CE! Just think how much you would have missed without all these great people in your life. They would want you to stand up, do something fun and share it with someone you love! xoxo

      • coonellie

        Thanks Juicer. That’s true.
        Please enjoy a special IPA for me and some real Shepherd’s pie. I’ll take vicarious enjoyment out of it.

        • Juicer77

          Will do!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Our course room at Dror Center, Haifa”
    (posted in November)

    https://www.instagram.com/p/-F7rOcx06D/?taken-by=tamilemberger

  • Rasha

    Quick Disqus question. How does one copy an older comment into a new comment? Like, to use it as a reference? Does it require a screenshot, or is there a Disqus method to do it?

    • salin

      Disqus illiterate here – great question.

    • SP Wogsy

      screenshot 😊

      • Rasha

        Thanks, Wogsy! Good to see you!

        • SP Wogsy

          Nice to see you too, Rasha! πŸ’™

      • salin

        A question from the once savvy (early internet days), and now rusty… what is the quickest way to get a quick screenshot?

        • beauty for ashes

          Screen Hunter 6.0 is free on the interwebz, and super easy.

          • salin

            Thanks! That should let me translate windows advice for a mac system.

        • SP Wogsy

          On my computer , I have to press the FN key , the Windows key , and the Home key at the same then I open in paint program to crop it. 😊

          • Rasha

            Ooo. New method for me. Cool.

            • SP Wogsy

              Yeah, it goes to my screenshot folder where I open it in paint . πŸ€“

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Hi Wogsy!

            • SP Wogsy

              Hi, Todd!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

        • Rasha

          In Windows 7 and up, there’s “Snipping Tool”. Start Menu, search for “snipping” and you’ll see it. Run it, and click “New”. When the screen goes all whitish, you can click and drag a selection, then save it. A little practice and you’re set! (hit “Esc” to back out).

          Otherwise, holding down the Alt key, pressing the “Print Screen” key, then releasing “Alt” will save a screenshot of the active window to your clipboard, for pasting in Paint, Word, or whatever. (Make sure the window you want is active first, though!)

          • salin

            On a Mac – you give me enough leads to figure out with the different system. Thanks.

            • Rasha

              I oughta get one of them….

        • Rasha

          In an odd way, I kinda miss Prodigy and BBS’s…..

          • salin

            This made me LOL. I get it. Love what we can do today, but miss when we could figure out what was ‘crazy’ back then. Thanks for the smile, Rasha

        • Joel Bruner

          For a Mac, open the built in Preview app, no 3rd party tools required…
          Top menu, File -> Take Screen Shot
          Choose Selection, Window, Entire Screen

          Or the keyboard kung-fu: Command-Shift-3 (Screen), Command-Shift-4 (Drag a Selection), Command-Shift-4 then Space (toggles to Window mode)

          • salin

            Thank you so much!

    • Missionary Kid

      I highlight the comment, copy it, then paste it into the new comment.
      If you just want to refer people to the comment, right click (On Windows based machines), and then, when the pull-down menu appears, click on “Copy link address, then paste it to the new comment.

      • Rasha

        Cool, Very thanks, MK!!

        • SP Wogsy

          Yes . What MK said works too!

          • Rasha

            Yep. I just wasn’t sure if there was a quick way to embed one, but those methods are are good for me!

  • Supper Powers

    Would someone mind going over to Shelton’s page and seeing if it works for you? I can’t seem to open it.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous
      • Supper Powers

        Thanks. Must be my dot com machine.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Damn that unreliable tech.

      • Supper Powers

        Got it and there’s a new Q&A up. Great!

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    FYI, C-Shel is totally being an AMA overachiever tonight. He is answering pretty much every question–even the seemingly silly ones. I think he’s still at it, unless his fingers have finally fallen off. And true to form, even his answers to the silly questions feel like little triumphs. Like this one:

    Q: How do you feel about having consigned your soul to SO in a signed, binding contract for a billion years? And was that ever formally rescinded?
    A: Well, I re-consigned my soul back to my possession, so I don’t really feel to bad about it now, LOL.

    All the thumbs up to you, Chris! So glad he got a chance to do this.

    • jazzlover

      LOL. Good to see him laugh about it so easily now. If it were me, I’d send ’em a bill for the 30 or so years of slavery he spent there at the going rate.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        No kidding. Plus overtime and vacation not paid out.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I’d just like my social security to not suck. I’m sure Chris does too even more than me.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            You know, I hadn’t even thought about that. Good point, Hole. Man, they screw you coming and going, don’t they?

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Yes, regular scientology is like a common blow job, but staff on scientology get iit every which way they can get by with.

          • jazzlover

            When you put it in those terms, what it really does is point out how much the IRS sucks. Cuz tax-exempt scam is completely tied to people being in your position with SS, whether they like it or not.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Irs -yeah, they suck too!

          • Always Amazed

            A serious downside to earning 10 cents an hour. It never crossed my mind, holy shit, I am so sorry.

        • jazzlover

          One of Chris’ best qualities is that he manages to put aside any bitterness he may have about the experience. I’d think that is what has helped him to heal (I can’t speak for him, so I can’t state that he’s totally there without knowing).

    • Rasha

      Hehe! Reminds me of the MST3K bit where Crow accidentally sold his soul to “Stan”, instead of “Satan”, which then was resold in a big block of souls to the Travelers Group… Wish I had that clip….

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Ha! It’s somewhere in this ep, yeah?

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

        • Rasha

          YEH! Jump to 1:27:00, right at the last host segment! Hehehehehe!

          ETA: It was Citicorp. It was Carl whose soul was sold to the Travelers Group. My bad.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            “Yeah, see, this isn’t even the area code for hell…”

            • Rasha

              Love that bit! Mike is so reliable….. ^_^

          • Juicer77

            XD

        • Juicer77

          “I hope he said PEANUTS!”

    • Paul V. Tupointeau

      Totally agree. I hope it’s OK to post the link here; it may be over but it’s still great reading. If it’s posted elsewhere, well, good! …and here it is again πŸ˜‰

      https://www.reddit.com/r/scientology/comments/40ju0x/i_am_chris_shelton_a_scientology_for_27_years_now/?sort=old&limit=500

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Always good to give these things a bump up. Chris did a great job!

  • MereCatWatcher

    Sad times. Tears for SPF and the great David. So I am going to take THDNE advice and make a donation to one of the charities she listed. Thanks for Bunker comaraderie. Really love this performance and selection of songs:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qnnY_Z9OtC0

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Sweet. Those charities and foundations listed are Bowie’s favorites. But doing any kind deed any way for anyone would make him happy I would think.

      • MereCatWatcher

        Yes. My sister who passed away a few years ago was incredible. She was the keeper of connections with people from throughout her life– family, high school friends, college friends, fellow home school moms, jazzercize friends, community volunteers, teachers, etc. Over 10,000 entries on her caring bridge page. On her birthday and her death anniversary which are 6 months apart I try to connect with someone in my life. It is for her example which was so beautiful. I tend to be more reclusive. So maybe something similar for David Bowie.

  • Margie8

    My boys are watching WWE Raw and “Stardust” Cody Rhodes is wearing this in honor of David Bowie. He tweeted, “Just for one day… RIPDavidBowie” A sweet thank you for the man he based his character on.

    • EmmaDaoust

      I wore this makeup when I went to see him back Iggy Pop in Montreal in 1977 or so. It was rumored he’d appear, and the crowd went wild when he quietly came out to play keyboards on China Girl half an hour into the set. I was 17. I had seen him at the Montreal Forum on the Station to Station tour. Good night, David. Deepest sympathies to Iman and Duncan and Alexandra.

  • Todd Tomorrow
    • salin

      Hearing/seeing this gave me a great big smile. I can imagine being at a show and flicking a lighter at the end. ‘Encore, Encore’!

  • Sorry for the lack of upvotes today. I dropped my phone and its touch screen only 2 and a half % functionable.
    Just got on my laptop. RIP weird awesome Dave Bowie.

    • Juicer77

      Nooooooooo! Argh, technology!

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    This vid is making the social media rounds now–Bowie in a 1983 interview with MTV, grilling them about why they don’t play more black artists. Watch the MTV tie himself up in knots trying to answer. Interestingly, it’s MTV that’s been circulating this. Also, who wouldn’t want to hear the Isley Brothers? I’m glad I was only 10 at the time and could still listen with just my ears.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZGiVzIr8Qg

    • jazzlover

      Oh God, Mark Goodman. LOL. Before joining MTV, he was a DJ at my fave radio station in NYC — WPLJ 95.5 and was married to another DJ, Carole Miller (who is still alive and kicking telling stories of all her hook-ups with rock stars back in the day!). Mark was as vapid as they come. Bowie must’ve had some fun that day πŸ™‚

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        You can hear the impish grin in Bowie’s voice as he gently toys with Goodman. I almost feel bad for the guy.

    • salin

      I saw this on MSNBC earlier this evening. Was cheering as the interviewer squirmed. David Bowie didn’t waver from courageously wading into uncomfortable areas of challenging social norms of the times. He opened so many doors for so many people.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I was completely unaware he’d done this. Impressive. And ahead of his time, apparently, though it makes me sad to think we were still so far behind then.

        • salin

          I also was unaware until tonight. Agreed, impressive, and agreed that we – as a society- are still so far behind. Here’s to hoping that we, as a society, catch up to the insight and wisdom of Bowie.

    • Frodis73

      As if I couldn’t love this man even more. Wow, Goodman is such a wanker.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        IKR? That interview’s what, about 4 minutes long, and 3 minutes and 15 secs of it is probably Goodman squirming around an answer. He did not come prepared to deal with the Duke.

    • madame duran

      Lame, lame, lame excuses–every single one.
      “We want to play artists that FITS INTO WHAT WE WANT TO PLAY.”
      “NARROW-casting”
      “We also have to try and do what we think of not only New York and Los Angeles will appreciate but also Poughkeepsie (NY) or…pick some town in the Mid-West that would be SCARED TO DEATH by Prince…or a string of other black faces. We have to play the music that we think an entire country is gonna like.
      How embarrassing is it for an MTV representative to be seated before a world-renowned, super-creative artist who is celebrated for breaking down barriers, challenging social norms and re-drawing the musical map…to then turn around and explain why “edgy” MTV cannot operate outside of the box by allowing more black artists to play in primetime. Do these music suits hear themselves talk? Where is the so-called innovation, the rebellion, the fresh, youthful spirit of rock ‘n’ roll? Where’s the inclusiveness? The sad truth is that present-day MTV and corporate radio still operate with the same blinkered mentality. Just goes to show what the top priority is for these media conduits…and it has nothing to do with forwarding art. It’s all about the bottom line.
      I cringed for Mark Goodman that he had to be put to task live on air for his employer’s misdeeds (and doing a poor job of covering their ass)…but the point had to be publicly made in order to garner attention. If left up to Goodman personally, I’d bet he’d have no problem with including more black artists in the programme playlist. Kudos to Bowie for keeping his cool while having to sit and listen to the insulting defences and for not backing down from his argument of pushing for change.

  • One Human

    This song almost always makes me tear up, more so today (inspired by salin):

    http://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=cZGoD4T4SuY

    • salin

      One Human, I really want to see what made you tear up. The link, for me, goes back to multiple videos (maybe your query). Please go back to that video (don’t mean to make you tear up again), and grab the link from the video. I look forward to seeing it and I bet I will be virtually flicking a lighter by the end.

      • One Human

        Hopefully this one will work better:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZGoD4T4SuY

        It’s one of my favorites to sing on Singstar, but if I think too deeply about the lyrics, I get choked up.
        “Chasing Cars” is another one.

        • salin

          Beautiful.

  • EmmaDaoust

    One more time. At Glastonbury. F5
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlZITSZ_Iug

    • EmmaDaoust

      “Don’t you know you’re life itself!”

    • Juicer77

      He would have loved it. I bet he had an eclectic love of many music styles. This is gorgeous!

  • Doc M

    And still another classic Bowie from the Topof the Pops!

    Starman

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYej6RTmICo

  • Doc M

    An one more

    Queen Bitch

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpH_cpV2oYk

    Man he was good!

  • Kitz

    Rest well Thin White Duke. Your deeds will be spoken of by future generations, and your renown shall not perish.

  • Tory Christman

    Hit the heart…..and RIP DAVID!!
    Missing you all….sending love!

    • Missionary Kid

      Good to see you here. I hope the healing’s going well.

    • salin

      Just about a year ago (after publicity for Going Clear at Sundance), I found and watched your series of videos about your awakening and escape from Co$. My heart broke, but my attention was captured. Tory, even though I never had a direct or indirect encounter with Co$, you have become one of my heroes.

      Heal quickly, and be well!

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Hope your ankle is healing well, Tory. Hope you are staying off it and have lots of help at home.

  • MereCatWatcher

    My niece just sent me this text. ‘David was so so cool. Someone just posted, “If you’re sad today, remember that the universe is over 4 billion years old and you somehow manages to exist at the same time as David Bowie.”‘ He was beyond just now. Makes me wonder about my atheist tendencies.

  • Frodis73

    Dear Bunker, I have been away for so long because of computer problems. Opening the Bunker and seeing Bowie’s name with the date gutted me…any other site and I would have thought it was a hoax, but I knew Tony wouldn’t have done that. Today has been just a mess of a day and I thought of my best friend James (RIP, you can jam with Bowie now) and MissTia all day.
    We all die…we all know this, but Bowie? It seems impossible. I remember thinking I wonder if he will tour…not even remembering that he’s older or hasn’t performed the past 10 years. He is ageless. I saw him twice in the 90’s at least, so I have those memories and all his art will live on. I can’t even bear to listen to him without crying, so I have put his music aside for today.
    He was for all the freaks, outsiders, rebels and yes, the troublemakers. He believed and we believed. Still believe.
    RIP David

    Found this great excerpt from an older interview-
    http://fusion.net/story/253679/david-bowies-indictment-americas-attitude-toward-bisexuality/

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Hey, glad to see you back around! Aside from the computer snafu, I hope you’ve been well. Today excepted–we’re all allowed to feel shitty today. My attitude all day has pretty much been, “yep, there’s no more music and we’re all gonna die.”

      Sorry, my welcome back message kind of petered out at the end there.

    • Juicer77

      Glad to see you back. Sad partings this week. Hopefully Tony will have some more promising news over the next few days. Remember that even though Bowie is gone, his work will inspire generations to come!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Heh, no kidding…

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Whoever said letter writing is a lost art obviously never visited the Church of Scientology. Correspondence for days.”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BAbEMU0sb7Z/

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    UPDATE:
    Finally concrete proof that the CO$ Super Powers truly exist. As you can see by this photo he just posted, Igor now has the super power ability to draw a flying monkey man thingy on his “State of Clear” routing form. Now that’s impressive!

    These folks remind me of pre-schoolers. The kind who need their moms to safety pin their mittens to their jackets in winter or they’d lose them.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BAbJ075K7th/?taken-by=igorbarbolin

    • Dice

      The flying monkey rundown has been around since this… F5

  • EnthralledObserver

    Not a David Bowie fan, didn’t really know his music… but I know a legend and quality act when I see one. It’s not too late for me to look closer at his work and life, is it?

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      There’s a good documentary called “David Bowie: Five Years”. I saw it on Showtime a few months ago and it really made me appreciate him and his music even more. I recommend it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2973408/

    • Juicer77

      Never too late to learn πŸ™‚ The list of charities he supported is a real testimonial to him.

  • been trying to write a considered piece on the great man all day but it’s been non-stop distractions…. I’ll have

    another go tomorrow and [hopefully] post it on my blog.

    … so, as an esoteric aside one thought that struck me was his hair, damn he had an amazing head of hair! even in his 60’s it was an amazing mane. Outside of Jeff Bridges [and possibly Kurt Russell] I can’t think of a celeb with such locks at such an age…

    anyway, lots of video tributes out there… don’t think this one’s been posted yet ”
    Tribute to a Starman: David Bowie Mourned by Astronauts, Scientists… ”

    http://www.space.com/31571-david-bowie-tribute-astronauts-scientists.html#ooid=NwMmY0MDE6mkQ2rjV7dwdUiTrN0-6PjH

    …it’s really lovely

  • Eleventy

    I’m really not liking 2016 so far. Too many inspirational people have left us already, and we are only two weeks in. Today I was privileged to farewell one of those people. She was one of those rare people who makes you a better person for having known her. A teacher who not only was very good at her job, but one that all th students loved. A woman who was strong, kind and inspired each and every person who met her to be the best they could be.

    We need more people like her. Not less. Why are they all taken far too soon?

  • SlimJim

    Regarding David Bowie – This is going to be very unpopular, but I do want to say it because I think others might feel the same and not want to say it:

    I’m not sure what all the who hah is about. Musical tastes can vary of course, and I didn’t care for his voice or kind of music, but that aside, I understand this man was a follower of Alistair Crowley, and dabbled with Satanism. I’m not sure what he ever did to help humanity, just seemed terribly involved with creating a weird image and his last work – which is being called a gift, just seems creepy to me. If that was supposed to be a gift, then others can have it, it’s not for me.

    I am sorry for his family that he has passed. And ofcourse, I wish him to R.I.P. I am sorry he had to battle cancer for so long. But other than that, all the accolades seem bizarre to me.

    ok, now you guys can ream me.

    • you’re not worth reaming

    • TheMirrorThetan

      That’s nice, Dear.
      I hope you feel better after getting that off your chest.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Sometimes it’s better to keep things to yourself…

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Yeah but if you don’t share every deep and meaningful thought you have, how are you going to get all that attention from strangers you crave?

    • OOkpik

      Bless your heart, Jim. To each his own.

      For me, having listened to David Bowie music for a few hours today, I found that the music itself lightened a sadness brought on by news of his passing. What a gift he has given us and left for us to enjoy and be inspired by for years to come.

      Happy Trails, Bowie.
      pic

    • OOkpik

      You’ve done a pretty good job yourself.

    • Rasha

      Thanks for “representing” all of the people who you think may be out there who might feel the way you do, but are not saying what you think. That was necessary. You don’t have to say things simply because you can. And you’re not obligated to express personal opinions on behalf of others you think might feel like you do. Having and expressing an opinion is fine and acceptable, but so are insight, decorum and respect for others. If you have a difference of taste and opinion, just say so.

    • noseinabk

      From wiki link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie#Religion
      Regarding religion, in 2005 he said, “Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what I was writing. Always.” He added that he was bothered by being “not quite an atheist”.[212] In the Esquire interview “What I’ve Learned”, he stated, “I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.”[213]

      Bowie showed an interest in Buddhism that began in 1967. He frequently studied in London under the Tibetan Lama Chime Rinpoche before becoming a solo artist. During a 2001 interview, Bowie claimed that “after a few months of study, he told me, ‘You don’t want to be Buddhist … You should follow music.'”[214] Bowie later wrote the song “Silly Boy Blue” in tribute to Rinpoche on his 1967 album David Bowie. In the 1960s he also studied with the crazy wisdom tulku ChΓΆgyam Trungpa.[215]

  • …. late thought before I re-charge myself…. Krustie has been systematically tweeting everyday for ages now… she’s also well known for supping on the coat-tails of major celeb news…. no tweet today, given the Bunker’s post coincidence?

    • Bunker Buggy Betsy

      Given that the OTVII has no clue the difference between Mr. Spock and Dr Spock, we should count our blessings. So much for her superiority to us mere homo saps!

  • M from Toronto

    I was thinking, the list of charities that Mr. Jones supported is long and varied, the lives assisted would be difficult to count because good things expand as they go outward. The millions of people, who, for whatever reason, felt different, (and were so often excluded) who found inspiration and solace in the many faces of the Man Who Fell to Earth.
    I was thinking of a Fairy, who I never met in person and knew only through a screen, who touched so many lives, who did so many positive and uplifting things, which expand as they go outward.
    That’s how you save a planet.
    I also have a feeling that being sad would probably not be what they want us to be, even though they’d get it.
    So of all things to post, I’ll post a cover. I was a kid and this was on the charts here in T.O. and heavy rotation on the radio and TV, it was a cool happy thing to come out of Live Aid, and reminds us that things can still be pretty fun, even if you’re smiling when you’re sad, and no matter how much weight we’re carrying. The people with the most weight know that better than anyone.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G4jnaznUoQ

  • jazzlover

    Tribute concert in NYC at Carnegie Hall on March 31. Unfortunately, already sold out:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35289998

  • custard ganet

    Was a great shock to hear this,listening to his last album the days before his death a couple of the songs really gave the impression of being his swan song.When i read the text i received yestreday morning saying he had died i immediately thought “i bet it was cancer” i lost my mother to it last year and she was Bowies junior by nearly 20 years and fit as a fiddle.Fucking cancer…
    Always been a massive fan of his and it was a great privilege to see him play live when he rolled through here with his Reality tour back in 2003.He was a once off and truly unique.Watching The Man Who Fell To Earth last night i like to think he has simply returned to his home planet,we only ever had him on loan.Thank you Starman.

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  • BlueHeronBay

    “As long as you’re still smiling

    There’s nothing more I need…”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8NZa9wYZ_U