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John Travolta and his ancient galactic friends celebrate Scientology’s holiest day of year

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Today is the holiest day of the Scientology year, when the party-happy organization celebrates March 13, 1911, the date L. Ron Hubbard emerged into the known world to begin a life more adventurous than the lives of a dozen other men. He deigned to spend a little over 74 years in his Nebraska-sourced meat body before jettisoning it voluntarily on January 24, 1986. It was just one of countless lifetimes that the Great Thetan would spend in his eternity game. Can you handle the truth of your quadrillion years of existence? Dare any being contemplate the true nature of existence except for Ron?

Last night, the annual Birthday Event was held in Clearwater, Florida, and for several days Scientologists like John Travolta have been arriving, as this photo from a couple of days ago attests. On Sundays, Rod Keller gives us his weekly Scientology Social Media Review, and he has another fine collection for us again. Rod goes way back, having kept a meticulous eye on the church since 1992. He’s well known for his indispensable “ARS Week in Review,” which ran for nine years when ARS — the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology — was the most important daily source for Scientology news. More recently, Rod has made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to social media, and this is what he found for us this week…

 
We’ll start with just a few photos that capture the scene last night in Clearwater…

 
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OrgBoat is a new software package that helps you run your company according to the Hubbard Method of Business Management. It is web based, free for five or fewer employees, and includes features for running your HR department according to Scientology policy. The web site for OrgBoat doesn’t mention Scientology, but in social media posts the connection is clear.

 
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Need an HCO in your company?
We have an HCO application you can try for FREE.
www.orgboat.com
Stats, BPs, reminder tasks, commends, reports, hat packs, chat and more at your fingertips. Accessible from a phone, computer or tablet.

HCO is the Hubbard Communications Office, the Division that establishes a Scientology org, recruits new staff, and “hats,” or trains, recruits for a particular position. Stats refers to management by statistics, a system of rewarding the “upstat” individual and punishing the “downstat.” BPs refers to Battle Plans, defined by Hubbard as “A list of targets for the coming day or week which forward the strategic planning and handle the immediate actions and outnesses which impede it.” Commends are commendations, an integral part of Scientology, and reports refers to Knowledge Reports, the Scientology system of snitching on other members of the organization.

 
Turkish newspaper Hürriyet provided details on the charges against Narconon co-Executive Director Ismail Karakas. Google translation quality is poor, but the article appears to include allegations of selling heroin to Narconon patients, and treating female addicts using sexual intercourse.

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The remaining ED, Dila Tezemir, insists that Narconon Turkey will continue operations, and reports that Selenay Hoca has joined as the first female staff member.

 
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Scientologist Jety Sekiya and friends from the new Tokyo Ideal Org distributed copies of The Way to Happiness in the Kichijoji neighborhood of Western Tokyo this week. Scientology celebrity and Grammy Award winner Chick Corea paid for the booklets, and his face is featured on the cover of this vanity edition.

 
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Scientologist Bernard Fialkoff spoke on behalf of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World to the Rockland, New York County Legislature on behalf of the Scientology affiliate.

 
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The Foundation presented the Scientology anti-drug program this week at the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in Bronx, New York. Assisting in the presentation was Jamie Lynn Macchia, Miss New York 2015.

 
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Members of Carabineros de Chile, or the Chilean National Police, were trained by Scientology’s subsidiary Youth for Human Rights this week in the city of Manizales.

 
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Florence Gumy and members of the Zurich, Switzerland branch of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World distributed flyers at the main train station there, and reported the reaction they received.

 
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“From 18:00 – 20:00 at the Zurich hb distributed 400 ‘facts about drugs’ and 400 ‘facts about cannabis.’ There were 4 positive reactions.”

 
Scientology has purchased an Ideal Org building in Puerto Rico, and contributors in Clearwater celebrated the occasion in pastry form. The fundraising now starts to design and renovate the structure to Ideal standards.

 
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Officials with the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights visited the Youth for Human Rights building on Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater, Florida this week, and were presented with Scientology’s human rights literature. Paul Valenti and Mark Espirza (left) for the county, and Gracia Bennish with Cristian Vargas (right) for Scientology.

 
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Scientology is building a Terl costume to be unveiled at the March 24-26 Salt Lake City Comic Con. Terl is the primary villain in L. Ron Hubbard’s 1982 novel Battlefield Earth. The costume is being modeled after the Frank Frazetta painting rather than the John Travolta film version.

 
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Alexander Ofori-Muhammad and his friends in the Nation of Islam spent time this week learning how the Hubbard 7-division org board works at the London Ideal Org. At one time the NOI claimed that they would only be doing Dianetics, not Scientology.

 
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Arthur Lefler has completed the Problems Of Work book course at Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

 
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Scientologist Rob Meister gave a presentation at the Youth for Human Rights office in Clearwater, Florida this week. In attendance was former professional baseball player Carl Everett. Everett is known for his controversial statement that dinosaurs never existed because they are not mentioned in the bible.

 
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Gracia Bennish, also of Youth for Human Rights, attended an event at the Mexican Consulate in Largo, Florida, where she distributed Scientology’s literature packets. She is seen here with Lourdes Bahr from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 
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— Rod Keller

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Mark Bunker was on hand at the festivities last night in Clearwater. Here’s video that he shot…

 

 
Oh, look. Galaxy Press has announced that its president, John Goodwin, and his wife, Emily Jones, are going to be out of town for much of the latter part of March, including March 22, when Emily’s parents, Phil and Willie Jones, will be unveiling a billboard on Hollywood Boulevard a block from the Galaxy Press headquarters asking her to call them.

How convenient.

 
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Today’s Sunday Times in London contains an excerpt of Lawrence Wright’s epic book, Going Clear, but also this interview of its UK publisher, Humfrey Hunter…

 
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The one-man publisher taking on Goliath

Oliver Thring

Over the years the Church of Scientology has become known as an enthusiastic and tenacious litigant with expensive lawyers on speed-dial.

That reputation seems to have delayed the publication of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright’s devastating exposé of the organisation, by three years in this country.

The book had originally been slated for publication here in 2013 by Transworld, an offshoot of the then publishing giant Random House, whose Knopf division had printed it in America the same year. But shortly before the text was due to be released in Britain, Transworld abruptly pulled it from its schedules after taking “legal advice”.

However, a change in the libel laws later that year saw the introduction of a “publication on a matter of public interest”, a reinvigorated defence against an accusation of defamation.

“That change emboldened me to publish,” says Humfrey Hunter, the owner (and sole employee) of Silvertail Books, who has brought Going Clear to the British market along with several other books prepared to criticise scientology.

“I reasoned that in PR terms it would be counterproductive for a multibillion-dollar organisation like the Church of Scientology to pursue a small publisher like us.”

At least a decade of critical media coverage and multiple allegations of human rights abuses at its premises have, it is claimed, severely reduced the church’s ability to attract new adherents. (The organisation strenuously denies the claims of abuse.)

Hunter believes that today the church is in a “parlous” state. “Its membership is down to, at most, 40,000 people worldwide. I probably sell more books about scientology than there are scientologists in Britain. The conveyer belt of defectors — the No  2, 3 and 4 in the organisation have all left in recent years — has done it serious damage,” he says.

Critics point out that the church has had only two leaders: its founder, L Ron Hubbard, and David Miscavige, who is said to have seized power from Hubbard’s anointed disciples in 1986. “The church is effectively his,” says Hunter. “It’s not democratic and he answers to no one.”

Some of scientology’s alleged disregard for human rights could still be occurring, he believes. “Scientologists believe that a baby possesses an adult soul, so no age is too young to separate children from their parents. That, to me, is inhuman and it is still going on today, including in Britain,” says Hunter.

However, the organisation’s colossal wealth — its property portfolio alone is estimated to be worth $1.5bn (£1bn) — gives it huge potential power. Those defectors wishing for its imminent collapse are likely to be disappointed.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 13, 2016 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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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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  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I asked Samantha Domingo to hold the #CallMe banner during one of her interviews with Reuters News Agency. I only caught a very few seconds but I think you can see how effective it was.

    Behind Samantha, Mary Abadi is being interviewed about her disconnected daughter.

    https://youtu.be/Tdxavei5JCE

    • Dice

      woha!

    • Linda Clement

      That artwork is a piece of genius. Those two unforgettable words. Look how much trouble it’s stirred up already!

    • Allie

      Excellent. Perfect sized poster

  • Nat-leficent

    “Stats, BPs, reminder tasks, commends, reports, hat packs, chat and more at your fingertips.”
    Wouldn’t “chat” make it squirrel? Shouldn’t it say “telex”

    • Draco

      And that ominous “reports” stuck innocently in the middle of the sentence, like it’s no big deal.

  • Nat-leficent

    The way org board tech works by Nat

    • Newiga

      Nailed it!! Circulus vitiosus.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Nat, it’s 90% perfect. It just needs a COB bubble that says “get rid of wife.”

      • Nat-leficent

        Haha!

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    “At one time the N.O.I. claimed that they would ONLY be doing Dianetics, not Scientology.” Well, us ex-Scientologists were all suckered in gradually, one step at the time. We might not have intended to continue after just the Comm. Course.
    There are several vids on Youtube on N.O.I., Farrakhan and Scientology. The other day I watched this one by Tory Christman, which I found very interesting and I wanted to share with you:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7NU-vbwVUA

  • L.L. Cantare J

    I can just see the press releases now: “Since Kichijoji adopted The Way to Happiness, it has seen a 47% decrease in littering, art-latte addiction, and puppy accidents, and was recently voted the #1 neighborhood Tokyoites would like to live in, skyrocketing from its previous five consecutive years’ rank of #1!”

    The favelas of Rio it ain’t, is what I’m saying.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    If the con man were still alive
    He’d be a venerable one-oh-five
    Old Ron is dead and in his grave
    Sunk beneath the ocean wave
    Thank Xenu his cult now fails to thrive

    While DM slugs expensive drams
    And fleeces his few remaining clams,
    Old Lord Hubris’ ashes
    Give whales niacin rashes –
    Worse fools them for buying his scams.

    There once was a clam, Cap’n Davey
    Who ran his own pretend navy
    For a billion years
    Of torture and tears
    To him, no sweat – it’s all gravy

    Oh, and Danny Masterson – Happy Fortieth Fucking Birthday
    Here we have Arse Hole at Glory Hole – improving his vocabulary,
    I shouldn’t wonder. It may now extend to a thousand words.

    • salin

      Bravo!

      The poor orcas – threatened with niacin poisoning from Long Con Ron’s ashes.

  • Nat-leficent

    F5

    • salin

      “Moneypit”

  • Wog

    Scientology bankrupts its members so it can gobble up real estate and control it. gs anywhere for fear of finding out about itself…(enturbulation = THE TRUTH about Scientology)

    If the Organization of Scientology, Inc. actually allowed “freedom” as they proclaim – they would find out that Scientology is a terrible con and scam gone awry!

    They better gobble up every square foot of real estate on this planet so they can control the truth being spoken freely.

  • Ramona Cabrera

    That photo is not of Chilean Caribineros. Manizales is not in Chile. It is in Colombia. You can find that photo on the facebook page of Youth for Human Rights Colombia. https://www.facebook.com/jovenesderechoshumanoscolombia

    • Newiga

      Muchas Gracias, Legoland!

    • salin

      Thanks for the clarification, and welcome to the comments section of the Underground Bunker.

    • Robert Eckert

      makes sense, we have seen Colombian officers hanging out with Miscavige before, and an Ideal Org opening in Bogota, but we have not seen anything about Scientology in Chile before that I can recall.

  • Draco

    Totally OT:
    Watching a Louis Theroux doccie. He’s visiting white supremacists is South Africa, and even speaks Afrikaans!
    He really is quite brave and doesn’t back off on the tough questions and situations. I am waiting to see him interview Eugene Terreblanche who was the leader of the AWB. Very arrogant man.

    • A white supremacist named Terreblanche?

      • Draco

        He was a white terror! 😀 Used to ride around on a white horse, which he periodically fell off of, much to the amusement of the rest of us. Was murdered a while ago.

        • chukicita

          I was lucky to have spent some time on several occasions with Stetson Kennedy while he was alive. I didn’t know who he was when he was introduced to me by my townhousemate as our house guest for a couple days. Which was fine but I was a little annoyed when she said “let him have your bed, okay? He’s old. You and I can sleep on the futon in the living room.” He *was* old, and I was much younger so I said okay.

          The next morning he took us to Waffle House and bought us breakfast. Later on he gave me his book, “I Rode With the Klan” (which was released in the UK as “The Klan Unmasked” which told the story of his part in infiltrating the KKK back when the Governor was a member, and helping to expose their crimes. Stetson had been part of the WPF writer’s project in Florida back in the day, and he lived in an old bus in the swamp near Beluthahatchee with Woody Guthrie now and then.

          One of his best stories he told us at Waffle House was about the secret code words the Klan used. And how when he and his friends learned what they were, they told the guys who were the writers for the Superman radio show. Every kid in America listened to that show. Well they used the words somehow in an episode of the show, and the way I remember it they did it in a way that encouraged kids to yell them. And he said you could hear the KKK’s secret code words shouted on every playground the next day.

          I got to see him again several times before he passed, and one time I asked him about Scientology. “That’s your generation’s problem,” he smiled at me. He was in his 90s then.

          I thought it was ironic later, when in 2008 some Anons were having difficulty because of local laws against wearing a mask in public. Stetson helped to write some of those laws, but with very different intent, I think. At the time, he was advocating them as a way to keep masked Klansmen from terrorizing people.

          • Draco

            The world is full of interesting people.

            • chukicita

              Your mention of Terreblanche jostled that memory out of me. I hadn’t heard of him before – yow!

          • salin

            Wow. This was very interesting to read. Thanks, Chuckita.

          • Mark Foster

            -Yo, Chuki, have you heard of this guy?
            http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/the-audacity-of-talking-about-race-with-the-klu-klux-klan/388733/
            Thanks for sharing your story. Hug 🙂

            • Frodis73

              Thanks for the link…i vaguely remember hearing about that guy before. I admire him and i know he is right, but I don’t have the patience most of the time to talk to racist idiots like that.

            • Mark Foster

              Empathy here 🙂

            • chukicita

              Wow. Interesting tack. But if he’d tried that back in Stetson’s day, perhaps there would have been a very different outcome.

    • “White earth.” What a perfect name for an advocate of apartheid.

      • Draco

        F5 for a pic of the man. He was rather curt with our Louis.

    • MaxSpaceman

      Uhm, is AWB the Average White Band which Eugene was the leader of ?

      • Robert Eckert

        The Afrikaner [something] Bund, generally mocked as the “Dyslexic Nazi Party” because their flag featured a three-branched swastika.

      • Draco

        Heh. Not quite. Afrikaner Weerstands Beweging. Afrikaner Resistance Movement.

  • Nat-leficent

    • Sherbet

      For gosh sake, Nat, will you pul-eeze visit the Bunker more often? We love you.

      • Nat-leficent

        😉

    • Draco

      Actually, that last one “Knowledge” should be:
      We are going to find out all about you and everyone who works for you, and then we will use that to blackmail you into buying all the shit we want sell you. ML.

      • Nat-leficent

        “ML”
        XD

  • Observer

    In the checkout line at the grocery store. In the next aisle over is a redneck type talking loudly to his wife about Trump’s appearance in Dayton.

    “He says if protestors protest when he’s talkin’, he’s gonna press charges.”
    “He can’t do that.”
    “Yes he can, because he’s a idiot. I’m votin’ fer Hillary.”

  • Newiga

    My muse is having a day off today but I had to write a birthday ode for the old man. I nicked some verses from TO. Sorry, the snark is too hilarious not to include. 😛

    One hundred and five years ago today,
    nebraska-sourced meat body called L Ron was born, oh yeay!
    From obnoxious flame-haired spoiled little brat
    hatched a pompous narcissistic lying rat.

    Telling tall tales for a penny a word.
    the thickest bullshit you’ve ever heard.
    From Science fiction to a spiritual scam
    planning to enslave every woman and man.

    Building a legacy of lies and deceit
    a spiritual poison, bitter sweet.
    He roamed this earth for 74 years
    leaving a trail of broken lives and tears.

    Now, it’s hard out there for a Guh-lactic pimp
    doing a too gruesome Target 2 stint.
    The cult you created is on live support
    Attracting audience only in court.

    • chukicita

      What are you like when your muse is on duty?!

      (next to last line… do you mean life support? please don’t make me word clear anything.)

      • Newiga

        Yes, I meant life support. Thanks for pointing that out, Chukicita. ^_^ Fixed it.

        • chukicita

          sorry, i can’t help it. 😀

          • Newiga

            Don’t worry. I do it too. 😛

    • MaxSpaceman

      Perfectomundo, Newi :->)

  • nottrue
  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    OT, but to give us an idea of how this community thrives, Disqus has just tried to introduce me to this week’s “Lively Communities”, among them, Rolling Stone, which has received 10,303 comments this week, perhaps 20% more comments than we get at the Bunker each week. F5

    • salin

      Pretty cool comparison.

  • worstcultever

    [birthday poem]

    What a shitty day it was
    March 13, 1911.

    What a blow was dealt
    to human sincerity, decency, trust, curiosity, and humility
    on March 13, 1911.

    How much chicanery, how much ongoing misery, stupidity,
    does the world owe to that single disastrous event
    of March 13, 1911.

    Fuck you Ron, and fuck March 13, 1911.

  • Sherbet

    Word to the thrifty: If you plan to buy HowdyCon merchandise from Zazzle, today would be a good day. They’ve got a 15% off deal until midnight tonight.

    I just bought a couple of shirts.

    • Nat-leficent

      Damn, I don’t get paid till next week 🙁

      • Sherbet

        That’s why God invented credit cards.

        • Nat-leficent

          XD

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Thx for the tip.

    • Kestrel

      Be sure to use the promo code (not YSCOHB) to get the discount.

      • Sherbet

        Ha! Definitely.

  • Nat-leficent

    Caption Contest: NOI Lady’s Epiphany Edition
    F5

    • Sherbet

      “I’m thinking Excel spreadsheet, but they gave me a pencil and markers. What is this, 1955?”

      (Sorry — in the immortal words of the Three Stooges, “I’m trying to think, but nothing’s happening.”)

    • Draco

      “Damn. We used to have one dictator who told us what to do, and we did it. Now I’ve got to figure out how to put that into 7 divisions with 3 departments each, and figure out who does what where and why.
      And we have an additional dictator who’s a short white man.

      But at least I have found my ruin – Scientology! Do i have to write a success story now?

    • Newiga

      “If I pretend to work really hard on this spreadsheet, maybe they won’t notice me looking for a way to escape during the coffee break..”

    • Observer

      I’m in Sherb’s boat. Can an NOI Dianeticist have an epiphany, or has the epiphany mechanism been shut down?

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      “Praise be to Xenu, I wish Raashida would let me get a quick whiff of her dry erase markers over there. These Scientologists take forever to make a decision.”

    • salin

      If I write smaller, can I fit it in the box? Will they be able to read my rues of the day? Damn, I forgot: stop thinking.

    • Nat-leficent

      “THIS.
      SHIT.
      MAKES.
      NO.
      SENSE.”

  • order66

    Ok, scientology I know you’re reading. This time it’s nothing nasty. I’m trying to help you. Think of this post as my LRH birthday gift to you.
    Whether people are right or wrong, the fact remains that everyone who has heard of you either hates or mocks you. Battlefield Earth was written by a guy who people think was a con man, a monster, a sociopath, and a worse writer than the crazy bitch who wrote about sparkly vampires. The movie based on it is universally considered among the five worst ever made. You shouldn’t have a booth dedicated to that book/movie at a comic book convention. The reason is my people, comic book geeks, are among the most sarcastic and condescending on the planet. We don’t like bullies, and you are perceived as bullies. I know you watch The Simpsons because one of your own voices Bart, so you know who Comic Book Guy is. That character is funny because his condescending and sarcastic personality is wholly accurate. You’re going to have an unpleasant time at that convention.
    Why am I being nice all of a sudden? Because sometimes I get embarrassed for people who make it so easy to make fun of them, and sometimes I just have to help.

    No, never mind, go step on a Lego. Show up at the comic con. Keep making it easy for us.

  • Jeb Burton

    Is it wrong for me to like Travolta? Everyone here in the bay area that I talk to that have interactions with him say is humble and a great guy. I know he enables the cult, but he seems to be a lot better person than Rinder or Rathbun. He is just a misguided gay guy who seems to have a big heart.

    • TonyOrtega

      Too late, Jeb. I think he already filled that massage therapist position already.

    • order66

      I don’t like or dislike him. He’s one of the few celebrity scientologists who I almost feel sorry for. Almost. It’s kind of like he’s that one kid in high school who desperately wants to be included in the most popular clique, but they won’t have him, and neither will the unpopular kids. I stress again I “almost” feel sorry for him.
      Yes, he enables the cult, but Pulp Fiction isn’t going to be removed from my top five favorite movies anytime soon.

    • Observer

      As long as you’re not an unsuspecting masseur, anyway.

    • Skabetti

      Of course not. It just means you see the humanity in him.

    • pluvo

      You can like Travolta all you like. By the way, I think, he is a far better actor than the Cruiser who is always portraying himself as the great hero and great big being. At the other side JT is not just a poor gay victim but an enabler of Scn and who is willfully blind. Cruise is also a very nice person when interacting with his fans and others. I know you don’t like Rinder and Rathbun, but they woke up and were speaking up, also to the FBI, doing tremendous damage to Miscavige and the CoS, also got a lot of people out and to speak up (including me).
      Of course it is easier for Travolta to be Mr Nice Guy (I actually met him once on the Scn ship and he is really very nice), still he is denying all the abuses and promoting that Scientology for him is “beauuutiful”, despite that he has all the means to check it out.
      Seen Rinder’s post today? He is still hitting Miscavige and his clampire every day.

  • Richard

    One of the greatest thetans and humanists of all time was born on this day, 13th of March.

    Happy Birthday to Danny Masterson.

  • edge

    I visited the orgboat website, and I’m stunned by the amount of spelling and grammatical errors. I guess it’s too much to ask Sea Org members to know the difference between it’s and its? There are also a few broken links. Does no one double-check this crap before it goes live?

  • ze moo

    “Humfrey Hunter, the owner (and sole employee) of Silvertail Books, who
    has brought Going Clear to the British market along with several other
    books prepared to criticize scientology.”

    I wonder what other anti-$cieno books Humfrey is going to publish? Those 2,000 UK clam members may rue the day yet.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Has it been suggested already that Humfrey Hunter is David to Scientology’s Goliath?

  • Susan B.

    So how is it that the Silicon Valley Comic Con is allowing Scientologists on the premises?

    http://svcomiccon.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAvJS3BRDd44fjndyii6MBEiQAN4EkPYZIvZSfGvpHeqxPPwtmgYFukwF4y2Zxj96CIeAaor0aAgF48P8HAQ

    • Observer

      Under the guise of Hubbard’s science fiction crap nebula.

      • Elegant Mess

        I still haven’t been able to make it through one of his books! Started to read and do a book report on Final Blackout, but I just get too angry at the terrible writing and need to take a break. I’m still only about 3 chapters in to it and I just cannot stomach any more.

        • Observer

          That’s farther than I got in Battlefield Earth. Ugh

          • Kestrel

            I read the whole thing hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

            • Observer

              I hope you learned a valuable lesson. It never gets better with Ron.

            • The Doc Methuselah stories are competent but nothing else. I would say unless you’re a dedicated LRH scholar, such works are best left to the ash heap of history unread.

            • james hollingsworth

              Trash can of infinity.

            • ze moo

              Many years ago, I read BE in about 8 days. I was laid up with a nasty case of Sciatica and due to large amounts of pain killers, couldn’t move fast enough to get away from the book.

              The really funny thing is, there is enough material left out of BE to do a BE 2. You’ve been warned.

            • PickAnotherID

              NOOOOOOOooooooooooo….

            • james hollingsworth

              OH SHIT

  • Jenny Griffith

    Hmmm…

  • Elegant Mess

    So, I spotted this lil billboard at a gas station on the corner of Temple & Rampart. Note the sign is owned by yet another advertising agency called Lamar.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      I guarantee the folks at these billboard offices gather round the first person who gets the artwork and laugh their asses off when these come through.

      • Elegant Mess

        Well, Scientology is definitely getting some mileage out of that volcano graphic…

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Mileage, you say? (refresh)

          • Nat-leficent

            ..

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Found a parking spot at least.

            • Nat-leficent

              OT Powahs!

          • Elegant Mess

            Snort!
            You have no idea how much I love you right now!

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Not a shoop either. Real car from the Belleair Mission near St. Pete/Clearwater.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Nothing exiciting to see, but I drove by the new Ideal Thetan Warehouse in south Orlando today after brunch. Just another overly large building with no foot traffic to speak of in a bad part of town. This particular street looks OK, but only one block away on OBT(Orange Blossom Trail), you’ve got a string of strip clubs, used car dealers, drug dealers and hookers at all hours of the day. I got a kick out of the neighbors, one building away. The sign reads “Plundering Hell to Populate Heaven”.

    • edge

      I’m amazed by the never-ending Valley Org project in San Fernando, California. Whose idea was it to build an org in the porn capital of California? Dave’s? Let’s get ethics in those porn stars and get them to OT!

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        They have no problem getting to the big O, so why not try OT?

        • Elegant Mess

          Eyyyy!

        • Sherbet

          L, L, L…you are bad.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            That’s what they tell me, but I don’t believe it.

            • Sherbet

              It’s often a compliment, so I can understand your confusion.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd
            • Sherbet

              Back when Michael Jackson was a huge talent, before he threw it all away and became…strange.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              I blame Pappa Joe for a lot of it. Poor, sweet Michael took it the worst.

            • Sherbet

              Yeah, but at some point you can’t blame Joe for what Michael was doing.

      • If someone is getting screwed, David figures they owe him as befits the head of such activities in the greater LA Basin.

      • scottmercer

        The Valley Org is in Van Nuys, not San Fernando. Also in a CRAPPY neighborhood, right near the Van Nuys airport with liquor stores, industrial buildings and several strip clubs nearby. Very ecclesiastical!

        Also porn has mainly moved to Las Vegas since they passed a law in LA County that condoms must be used during porn shoots. A lot of company headquarters and pressing facilities for DVDs are in the area (though like everything else, it’s mostly online now and physical media are slowly dying) but much of the shooting has moved out of state.

        • edge

          There is (was?) a project for an Ideal Org in the San Fernando Valley. It’s located at the intersection of Lankershim and Burbank. It was proposed to be the largest org on the planet and you can easily find posts at this blog and at Mike Rinder’s about the crazy fundraising schemes this org got into, such as bowling, leather jackets and hard hat trickets. The funny thing is this location is not listed on Scientology’s website in the existing or future orgs listing as far as I can tell, and Google Street view has it as “The Center @ North Hollywood”, some kind of multi-purpose space that people of various faiths can use. Did they give up on this project? Did they sell the building or just start leasing it to other people?

    • Sherbet

      So you’ve got the church of scientology and the Christ for All Nations church right next door to each other. The two churches can share Sunday School teachers, swap hymnals, borrow a cup of holy water… Why, it’s going to be so religiousy there, it will be like Orlando’s version of Vatican City.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        The clams know how to pick ’em alright. The place they’re currently leasing is right across the street from the JWs.

        • Sherbet

          I can’t figure out if that means there are two churches or one church and one cult, or two cults.

          • Elegant Mess

            The last, I think. But, at least the J Dubyas are usually polite.

            • Sherbet

              Exactly right, Elegant. I understand they have shunning, which sounds cultish, but they’re pretty devout people.

    • M from Toronto

      I actually found a backhanded ‘say something nice’.
      Those trees are very beautiful. I’m glad they’re alive, unlike other trees that CO$ has had in the vicinity.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Enjoy them while you can.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      We in Scientology prefer “overly large buildings with no foot traffic to speak of in a bad part of town.” For all of our talk of Div 6 this and Planetary Dissemination that, we actually don’t like raw meat wog public coming anywhere near our facilities. The only exception is in Hollywood where we have our body routers literally dragging in people off the street where they disappear forever into the tunnels under the Complex.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        There IS a Starbucks and a Wawa for snacks and smokes within walking distance, so ya done well there, sir.

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        Where they get composted for the “Ideal Gardens” around CC Int. And mushrooms for the staff.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Michael, have you been watching Fargo again? 😉

        • PickAnotherID

          Soylent Green factory??

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    O/T Have you ever watched “The Hours “or listened to Philip Glass’s music. That’s where I am now. So you’ll understand. Of curse, I will get thru it, my favorite when I feel the mood. I’m a survivor, but sure wish I had someone close to help me. All will be right soon, I promise. I’m intoxicated, sorry!

    • Sherbet

      Oh, hugs, Dee. You’re a survivor, all right. You’ve got so many friends. Why not pick up the phone and talk to one of them right now?

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        No, I know I have the support of so may but need some advice in current affairs, Miss my hubby!

        • Sherbet

          I’m sure you do. You’ll find your way, I know it.

          • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

            Thanks Sherb, I’m sure too. I ‘m a survivor and sometimes needy. But I presume I’m not alone with that.

        • stillgrace2

          Love ya, Dee!

          • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

            Love you too Grace. You always have been very loving.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Drunken Philips Glass is not for the faint of heart. Be careful or you’ll repeat yourself right out of present time.

      PS: I’d call, but you might think it’s L Ron calling again from the Freewinds like last time!

      • Sherbet

        (You know what’s worse? Drunken “Somewhere in Time” soundtrack.)

        • Rasha

          …with a rainy sky in the window, behind a glass of Merlot, feet up, ‘neath the favorite throw…. that soundtrack gets me every time.

      • Sherbet

        Ron returns from Target Two and places a call…collect.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          It’s a true story. I called Dee and left her a voicemail saying something to the effect of, “Dee, It’s L. Wrong. I’m calling from my car. I’m almost there. Are you home?” She totally thought it was a recording sent from the folks on the Freewinds, playing a recorded message from L. Ron asking for money! We all laughed for hours at dinner that night about it.

          • Sherbet

            That’s hilarious! I thought political robocalls were a nightmare. Imagine having automated Ron on the phone. Poor Dee!

            • scottmercer

              You’re giving them ideas. There’s plenty of recordings of LRH for them play with and cut up to make new messages. A robocall from LRH to every clam might be effective for fundraising.

            • Sherbet

              You’re right. Even lukewarm scientologists would believe lrh has come back, and “of all the millions of scientologists in the world, he chose to phone ME, personally.”

              New Slogan: Ron’s back, and he wants Kools and Kash!

        • Linda Clement

          😂😂😂

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Got it!

    • Jimmy3

      Errr… I’m confused… Is this a good time or a bad time to hit on you?

      • Sherbet

        I think it’s a good time to make her laugh. Would hitting on her do it?

        • Jimmy3

          I’m gonna ask if her wings are tired.

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Hey any time,hahah!

    • Eivol Ekdal

      I had a room-mate at uni who used to play the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack on his autoreverse cassette deck for hours over and over again.

      • Cedilla

        “Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack on his autoreverse cassette”

        That’s hilarious.

        • Eivol Ekdal

          Not after 4 hours!

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Yes, I have that too and it’s fabulous.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        You might have me beat. My freshman year roommate played a cassette of the Wayne’s World soundtrack auto-repeated over and over. Tia Carrere is hot, but listening to her version of Ballroom Blitz that many times was brutal. Follow that up with Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and I was nearly set to buy my own straitjacket.

      • That’s why they invented degaussing coils.

    • beauty for ashes

      Dee, I saw The Hours when living out in the middle of nowhere with my ex so he could work for a theatre for nine months. When Virginia Woolf is in the train station with her husband I saw him shaking his head. He said not so graciously, this is what you are like. He was a jerk. He eventually left me within three months of getting dysautonomia, claiming he did not want to be with a sick person.
      The Hours has so many stories in it that everytime I watch it I relate to another person. What is striking your heart, if you want to talk about it? <3 <3 <3

      • Frodis73

        What a dick. He better hope he never gets sick and the person he loves leaves him. I mean, i get that some people are not cut out for dealing with sickness, but the person you love???

        • beauty for ashes

          At first when I got sick, I thought I might be pregnant. I often think about how fortunate that instead of having to have him connected to me for the rest of my life and trying to coparent with him, I got this crappy illness instead. Believe me it is the lesser of two evils. 🙂

          • Frodis73

            wow, i can’t imagine how tough and crazy that must have been. hugs, and glad you are here with us and not with him!

            • beauty for ashes

              WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

      • salin

        ((beauty)) once again your beautiful soul shines through brightly.

        • beauty for ashes

          Naaaah. I just like Dee a lot 🙂 How can you not?

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Thanks for your story. What is striking my heart is missing my hubby, now gone seven years. I’d like to be with him and miss his help. Ah, but I can’t do that and sometimes when under stress just need yo work up a good crying jag, which that music gives me. I’ll mention to my doctor as may need new script. The last script helped me get through my active moving of 5 months, but am back to my old ways now meeting other problems. Guess I worry too much, eh? Thanks love!

        • beauty for ashes

          Seven years as you get older does not seem like that long, does it?
          I have no doubt that you will do whatever is necessary to help yourself. It seems like you already have a good plan. I am going from one medicine now to another right now in the wake of my sister’s death and all the issues that has created. I often don’t even need provocation to have a good crying jag, or anxiety attack. I am trying my best to be responsible and proactive to my changing mental health needs. Which is kind of pooey. I envy the people who say that they have been on the same meds for 30 years!
          I sincerely doubt that you worry too much Dee, this I know you are a kind sensitive caring and giving person. Sometimes we just need like a 2% adjustment in trajectory, you know what I mean? In the meanwhile , I’ll give you a quote on of my therapists gave me. “Be the adult who takes excellent, loving care of the child within you.” <3 <3 <3 Beauty

          • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

            Oh thanks beauty for excellent words and feeling. I can tell we relate to each other. The 2% adjustment is right on. Maybe it’s all the adjustments, ha ha, that get me stressed. Of course I do have some fun with the child within on a daily basis, and that saves me. Love you darlin’

      • Linda Clement

        Greetings from another dysautonomic. Mine is autoimmune autonomic neuropathy.

        • beauty for ashes

          Omg! I’m going to look that up. I have a dream to be a patient advocate for dysautonomiacs. I also would like to be able to give patient grants for people to get proper diagnosis and treatment. I was lucky to have the opportunities I had to go to the Birmingham clinic for diagnosis and treatment for a few years, and it really helped. So many people I talk to live in a fog of uncertainty and invalidation from Drs. There is a new thing coming out called the dysautonomia project which is doing a book soon and more. they are on Facebook if you care to look them up.
          Seriously thank you for sharing this with me. It makes me feel less alone!

          • Linda Clement

            Here’s an email address I use for public posting: quicksilverpine@gmail.com. If you email me at that address, I’ll send you my real one. I’ve never talked to anyone with this diagnosis before and I’d love to hear from you.

          • Linda Clement

            You can email me at quicksilverpine@gmail.com. (I may be double-posting this, I don’t see my first one so I’m doing it again in case Disqus has lost me)

            • beauty for ashes

              Linda, yesterday I copied this, but by in the short time that it took to open my gmail, I had completely forgot what I was doing there, and as I fell asleep, I though ah crap Linda Clement! My memory sucks right now! Lots of stress. I just copied your address and will try again. Be patient with me:)

            • Linda Clement

              Happy to hear from you anytime. Prompness is not required. I have the damned disease too. ☺

  • scottmercer

    “OrgBoat is a new software package that helps you ruin your company according to the Hubbard Method of Business Management.” There, fixed it. Only took one additional letter.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      How dare you!

    • edge

      “Your employees can snitch on each other, and it’s all in the cloud too!”

    • No need to send Ethics reports to OSA — We have them already!

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
  • aegerprimo

    Sunday funnies! Thank you Tony!

    Where the where the crap nebula?!

    http://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/55949375.jpg

  • Sara McCoy

    When are you going to report on Scientology’s tax exempt status being reversed?!?!?

    • Jimmy3

      When it happens is my guess.

      • Sara McCoy

        abcnews.com reported it today!

        • Jimmy3

          It’s a hoax news site designed to look like abcnews.com

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          This is the real ABC news site: http://abcnews.go.com/

          The other story was a click-bait/hoax story meant to draw people there so the writer could make money off the ads. Trust me, if the Supreme Court were ever considering revoking the CoS tax-exemption, Tony would be all over it.

          • Sara McCoy

            Thanks for the clarification! I wondered why Tony nor Mike had posted about it!

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              We’d all love for it to be true. ; ) Count on this though, if the CoS tax-exemption is ever up for consideration, Tony and Mike will be all over it.

      • Sara McCoy

        abcnews.com reported it today!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          And you’ve been told now like…three times…that is a FAKE site. It is not the real website to ABC news and it’s not a real story.

          • Sara McCoy

            Ok…I haven’t argued or dismissed your posts. I only posted it once for goodness sake. Relax.

            • salin

              No worry – it has been seeping into the conversation for a couple of days. The Hoaxter is a cynical dude – twice has faked out tons of people (again for a $) that he was the street artist Banksy. Folks are just testy here because peeps keep asking – and of course if it was real Tony would be on top if it. As opposed to the day the dude faked it – there are now many places on the internet that debunk the story. Snopes.com was on it the day the dude staged the hoax.

              Peace.

            • Sara McCoy

              Thanks!

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Actually you have the same link posted twice right now and had a third posted but no sweat, you found out the story is fake and you know if it ever comes up, Tony will cover it. Win/Win situation. Best to you. ; )

        • Cedilla

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4THBVc47ug
          Oh. No.
          Scientology no longer loved by the I.R.S.

          “It ain’t necessarily so”

        • Robert Eckert

          That is not ABC, and you should take down the link to that slimeball’s fake site before others are tricked into clicking there.

      • Nat-leficent

        You’d think a real McCoy would recognize “the genuine article”.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Dagnabit, you beat me to it!

          • Nat-leficent

            😀

    • Frodis73

      If there was any truth that the Supreme Court of the USA was reviewing scientology’s tax exemption, do you *really* think that would somehow slip by Tony or that he wouldn’t tell us?? That story was FAKE…written so the writer could make lots of cash.

      • Sara McCoy

        Your condescending reply was not necessary. I was just curious.

        • Cedilla

          Frodis’s reply was not condescending.
          Tony would check this story thoroughly before making any comment about it.

          • Frodis73

            🙂

        • Frodis73

          Honey, if you think that was condescending…

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Three snaps up high!

            • Cedilla

              Ha.
              Victor/Victoria on TCM now.

        • Cedilla

          Sara, with all due respect, curiosity requires patience on Tony’s reporting on Scientology.
          He reports the facts.

        • Robert Eckert

          People are testy about it because we have already been around and around about it a few times. The con artist who put that up is lower than whale turds.

    • Observer

      When it happens. That story was a hoax by some asshat who thinks he’s hilarious.

      • Qbird

        ah geez.

  • Ivan Mapother

    The Hubbard College Fighting Thetans did not make the 68 team NCAA basketball tournament again. Knowledge Report?

    • salin

      XD

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Their patented defense : The Wall of Fire.

    • Ella Raitch

      Too much witholding the basketball?

    • Missionary Kid

      I heard that they had a recruiting problem. Nobody on the team was allowed to be more than six inches taller than David Ratcavige, and they weren’t allowed to postulate height during games.

  • Gadfly

    Sorry I missed Dave’s speech. It’s always good for a few laughs.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    13 March is Neil Sedaka’s birthday. He got 77 today. I have always been a fan.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRhQFST0VrI

    • Robert Eckert

      I was trying to imagine Sedaka doing a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.

  • aegerprimo

    This little boy completed a “Problems of Work Course”. Maybe he is 12 years old? I can only guess that his parents are Scientologists and would have no problem with the “Church” of Scientology recruiting him for the Sea Org.

    UGH! I can’t even.

    http://tonyortega.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Keller3p2-e1457820946823.jpg

    • salin

      Far younger than 12. I would guess 8 or 9 years old. It is very disturbing.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        How about this poor kid?
        (refresh)

      • Allie

        I was thinking he was that age too. He should be outside playing with his friends.
        WTF? Problems of Work? That’s insane. Pisses me off.

        • salin

          The word insane came to my mind.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Even spring break isn’t a break from the CO$ for clam kids. Ugh…
      (refresh)

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Well, that just makes me want to throw things.

  • When I was 15, my Mom took her own life. She had a severe asthma that was suffocating her daily for years.
    One of the reasons I joined $cientology, after reading Dianetic$, when I was 18 is so as an auditor I will be able to help people like my Mom. I didn’t, but I tried for 15 years. She was born in 1950 on March 13. Rest in peace, Mom.

    • Jimmy3

      :/
      RIP Mrs. Dodo

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Respect, Dodo. Much respect.

    • salin

      RIP Mrs. Dodo, you raised and brought into this world a deeply compassionate and caring son.

    • Supper Powers

      ((Dodo))

    • Ella Raitch

      She’d be proud of you Dodo….big {{{{hugs}}}} for your special day.

      • Thank you, Ella.

        Pan’s Mom died March 13th 2009. She was an extraordinary woman.
        She’d be proud of him too.

        To our Moms!

        • Qbird

          To your Moms & mine too ~ to Real Love ~ all the flowers in the world ~ sweet.

          • salin

            Beautiful. Thanks to our Moms.

            Mom’s daffodil’s are starting to bloom. As buds become blooms, I drink the sight in – and embrace her memory.

          • ..

            • Qbird

              standing tall,
              beautiful pure white fleurs,
              surrounded by forget-me-nots ~
              lovely, RMycroft. tks.

              :::I am very much missing green these days, eh:::

            • Oh! I didn’t know that those were forget-me-nots. Accidental beauty.

        • OOkpik

          Both Moms left a beautiful legacy.

          (((hugs)))

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Seriously…Two rock star moms gave us two rock star sons. We are so lucky to have them both.

    • Frodis73

      Oh my beautiful Dodo. HUGS

    • Susan B.

      Your heart was in the right place.

    • Robert Eckert

      far more worth commemorating today

      • salin

        ^^+100

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Ever thought about becoming a nurse, physician’s assitant or EMT? They need good, compassionate people like you.

    • Observer

      Oh, Dodo. Heartbreaking. (((Hugs)))

      She would be so proud of you.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      You are a good and lovely soul, Dodo. My heart goes out to you.

    • Nat-leficent

      Rest in peace, Dodo’s Mama <3

      • Svetlana. Thank you guys for so much love! I feel it.

        • Nat-leficent

          Pretty name!
          Love you, DTL 🙂

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Oh Dodo, it brings tears to my eyes thinking of you in high school at the time. Bless you and your mom also. What pain she must have felt to have taken her own life, and hopelessness too. Bless you for wanting to help people. That is a very honorable reason to join a group. Too bad they lied to you and it was all a scam, but your heart was in the right place.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      I really can understand Dodo. Love you! An loving Aunt was my reason.

    • Gene Trujillo

      The main reason I got involved is because my abusive USMC Vietnam vet martial artist father killed himself shorty after I turned 20. I had gone to a regular therapist who did nothing whatsoever (I think he was Rogersian). The first thing I did in CofS when I got involved a couple of years later was regress through my dad’s suicide. Regression is noted to be fairly effective at dealing with trauma and has been for a long time.

      If only the rest of the experience had been helpful too. Instead, I traded one abusive father figure for another, who let someone even MORE abusive, if anything, take over. Sigh.

    • daisy

      Oh Dodo I am so sorry. You may have already done so, but forgive her. She was in pain. ( big hug )

    • indie8million

      So sorry to hear that, DTL. It’s always so much harder when someone takes their own life. My dear friend did the same.
      It’s difficult not to think that maybe there was something you could have done, but, usually, there is nothing if they are determined.
      Whatever you have experienced has made you kinder and stronger. So happy you’re here.

    • MrsLurksALot

      I just read your comment and my heart ached for you. Sending you ((hugs)). I too lost my mom, 3 years ago in Feb. Her birthday was in early April, 1950, the same year as your’s. I am so sorry you had to face that loss so early, I don’t know if I’d been able to handle that. I think your Mother would be proud of you and your beautiful family. You seem to be a “good egg,” as my Mom used to say.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    The clams showing LRH a little birthday Facebook love.
    (refresh)

    “oh damn… sigh…he is so hot!”
    ACK!

    • salin

      in a flim flammy way?

    • Allie

      Ummmm NOT hot! He had flappy fish lips as a young man.

      • “There certainly is a strange kind of streak in the Innsmouth folks today – I don’t know how to explain it but it sort of makes you crawl. You’ll notice a little in Sargent if you take his bus. Some of ’em have queer narrow heads with flat noses and bulgy, starry eyes that never seem to shut, and their skin ain’t quite right. Rough and scabby, and the sides of the necks are all shriveled or creased up. Get bald, too, very young.”

    • stillgrace2

      I actually threw up in my mouth when I read the last one.

      • edge

        I wonder if they still think he’s hot when they find out he tried to create a “moonchild” with Jack Parsons in his occult dabbling

    • Cedilla

      From what year is this ’50s Fashion Week pic?
      Get Kanye on the phone.
      Stat!

    • Observer

      Greasy poseur

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      My gut reaction to this pic: he looks like a date rape waiting to happen.

    • Nat-leficent

      *barf*

    • “What are you rebelling against?”

      “What have you got? ’cause I’ll take everything: money, investments, inheritances, and so on and so forth.”

  • salin

    Evening reminder to click ‘recommend’ to “upvote” today’s Underground Bunker.

    Can’t see anything at the Tromso, Norway skycam. However there are some cool recent photos from the Nasa site Spaceweather.com.

    Hauntingly beautiful Aurora activity in Manitoba Canada from yesterday: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=123576&PHPSESSID=tv74946cr3h1556dkcsqajblk2

    No aurora – but an amazing shot of saturn from Berlin, Germany: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=123575&PHPSESSID=tv74946cr3h1556dkcsqajblk2

    Aurora rainbow? From Scotland: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=123573&PHPSESSID=tv74946cr3h1556dkcsqajblk2

    Bursting Southern Lights from New Zealand: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=123569&PHPSESSID=tv74946cr3h1556dkcsqajblk2

    Click the heart (the ‘recommend’ just under the comments count.

  • Been awhile since we’ve heard from Bella Cruise [her quote reminds me of her dad’s infamous Rolling Stone one]

    https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/new-idea/a/31075140/bella-cruise-talks-about-her-relationship-with-mum-nicole-kidman-new-idea/

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Another potty-mouthed clam heard from. And why are they characterizing Nicole as having a “millionaire lifestyle and world of jetsetting glamour”. Her’s is no different than Tom’s lifestyle. And she doesn’t use that as an excuse to not see her young daughters, unlike Tom. Me thinks that Tom probably funds the lifestyles of Bella & Connor and those purse strings are entwined with them staying in daddy’s CO$.

      • Frodis73

        Exactly. What BS. I bet it’s damage control from Leah’s book. I 100% believe Leah over Bella.

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          I’m at the point now that I don’t believe anything said by any clam. I’m not proud of that, but its true.

          • Frodis73

            Me either! We know they lie…they admit after they leave…lol.

    • here’s the Rolling Stone quote I mentioned above

      • I would like him to say it now.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          I fucking dare him.

      • Observer

        Such an articulate Big Being!

        • It was supposed to show the world that scientologists are not afraid to swear (Just like wogs!) Modern religion full of passionate celebrities?! Fuck Yeah!!

      • Ben Franklin

        I guess it is OK with Tom for someone’s grandmother to be driven to an ATM machine to withdraw her last dime to pay for a Scientology course that she doesn’t want or need so that some SOB can have his stat up before Thursday?

        I guess it is OK with Tom for a parent to lose their child just because they don’t believe in L Ron Hubbard’s Lunacy.

        I guess it is OK with Tom that well meaning people spend their entire life savings hoping that they will gain OT powers only to realize that such powers are impossible to gain unless one is delusional or living in a fantasy world.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    Oh please, tell me the US Department of Labor and Pinnelas County’s Human Rights Commission really did not have representatives at a scientology event. Will anyone from their offices ever care that child labor laws are being violated by this “church”?

    • JOE BLOW

      How disgusting is it to see Clearwater uniformed police officers as hired $cientology thugs.

  • richelieu jr

    Certainly the first time the word ‘Goliath’ has ever accompanied a photo or mention of David Miscavige.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Heard an NPR program tonight about the history of Eugenics in America. Frighteningly close to what Hubbard had in mind for those below 2 on the Tone Scale. Basically, if you were deemed “feeble-minded” at the whim of whoever was in charge, you were done for. WTF humanity?

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Oh wow, I just finished listening to that, too…It was horrifying. And yes, I also thought about the homo novis/mater race philosophy embedded in scientology.

      American Eugenics: an inspiration to Nazi Germany. Literally, it was, apparently. I didn’t know. Chilling.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Chilling is the right word. I was driving back from dinner, shaking my head in disbelief.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Ironic b/c I think I remember Freedumb writing about eugenics years ago.

    • Liberated

      Eugenics sounds alot like the hateful rhetoric spewing from Trump ‘s mouth. It’s us (white men) against everyone else.

      • Ben Franklin

        Trump is a product of fox news. The hatred of minorities, the conspiracy theories, and the us against them mentality has been a staple of Fox news for a number of years. Trump and the tea party are all beneficiaries of the seeds sown by Fox News.

        • Cedilla

          Rachel?

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Doesn’t matter where it came from. People are liking the rhetoric and that in itself is terrifying IMHO.

          • Ben Franklin

            It is the sky is falling rhetoric that get’s people scared even when America is doing great. When people are scared, humanity goes out of the window.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Reduced to our base, animal instincts. But it’s cool, we were made in God’s image, right? Pfffft!

        • daytoncapri

          Breaking off diplomatic relations, refusing to communicate, is a prelude to war. It was the republican party that created (or, at least exacerbated) those conditions with the Hastert Rule and rhetoric to match. It would only be a matter of time when a bomb-thrower like Trump would enter the scene.

          • Ben Franklin

            They forget that in a civilized world people get along by being cordial and by communicating with each other with respect. We should not live like cavemen where the only way to survive is to smash another caveman’s head with a bigger stone or a bigger stick.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Yes….yes it does. Frightening that a significant portion of the American population apparently feels good about these type of beliefs. Who will sponsor me to move to somewhere in Scandinavia? Palm trees are not all they’re cracked up to be. Besides, I really want that new 2017 Volvo V40 and we can’t get it here.

        • Frodis73

          You have to take me with you…I hate cold and snow with the passion of a million suns, I hate prejudiced assholes more though.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Think we ought to tell Newiga first? Or just show up all like “Surprise! European HowdyCon is here!”

            • Frodis73

              Let’s do the surprise thing…I’m sure it will go over really well.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Do I have to share the Volvo? That might be a deal breaker.

            • Frodis73

              Nope, all yours.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Sweet, I’ll give you a lift where ever you want to go.

        • Liberated

          Volvo’s my favorite car too. Love the S80.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Up there with Audi now for clean design, fantastic interiors and seats. Cannot wait until we get the new V40. Unfortunately, looks like 2019 or thereabouts. Currently stuck in the VW Dieselgate scandal right now myself.

            • Liberated

              I think the V W Passet is one of the prettiest cars on the road today, too bad they had to destroy their reputation for $.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Had to keep their stats up. Couldn’t tell the bossman “no”. Sound familiar? 😉

            • Liberated

              Oh Yeah!!!

    • Nat-leficent

      The Anne Frank thing is pretty gut-wrenching

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        How many hundreds or thousands could have been saved if we were not as biased against Jews as the Nazis? Someone please restore my faith in humanity.

        • Nat-leficent

          Ummm . . . Baby? Sherb? Lil help here!
          XD

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Naaaaaaaat! Ella Raitch is. not. helping.

            • Nat-leficent
            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Aaaaaahhhhhh. Thx.

            • Nat-leficent

              *phew*

            • Ella Raitch

              Sorry butt plug. The world is full of marvellous compassionate people, but there is a reason that mankind has risen to the top of the food chain. Any moment of wonder and kindness is to be treasured.

              One of my babies at the cricket (some years ago now) ….we do our best to leave the world a little bit more loving and compassionate, each generation, for those we care about.

        • Qbird

          You listen to me L. Wrong. We live. We learn. We love each other in any way we can & whenever the opportunity arises. That’s the deal. That’s the game. loving each other no matter what.

          https://youtu.be/MDxmgTOKh7Q

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            That’s lovely. Thank you, Q.

          • Nat-leficent

            Oh, good thing you showed up! I had nuthin’ XD

            • Qbird

              You had sweetness with puppy & bunny! I saw a bumper sticker that said: The more I get to know people, the more I like my dog.

              … maybe it was cat. XD
              hi Nat. )

            • Nat-leficent

              Hi Q!

            • Qbird

              U been inspired of late. I like it. I like it. i like it a lot ~

            • Always Amazed

              A zillion years ago , when i was single, I had a bumper sticker that said “the more I know men, the more I love my dog.”.

          • JOE BLOW

            Beautiful!

          • Aslan’s Own

            This has me sobbing…

            • Qbird

              in a cathartic kind of way, yes, Aslan?

            • Aslan’s Own

              Absolutely. Earlier today I felt like crying because I was feeling sorry for myself for no good reason. This kind of crying is good. Thanks for posting that.

            • Aslan’s Own

              I just refreshed the page and saw this picture. I love it! The eyes… Thanks.

    • Ella Raitch

      At the same time in history Aboriginal people in Australia were still classified as flora and fauna.

      The best thing we can do is remember that humanity is still as full of shit as it was back then and capable of making justifying similar atrocities – all for a good cause, of course.

    • Jimmy3

      It wasn’t all bad. I like that Sweet Dreams song.

  • outraged

    There is nothing more disgusting than color photographs of happy smiling Scientologists. They make me want to puke. It’s like giving a big grin before downing a jug of acid.

    • JOE BLOW

      Wouldn’t you be happy and smiling if you knew the secrets of the Universe?

    • Ben Franklin

      I used to feel the same way too until I realized that some of the smiling folks are so much in the dark that t they have no clue that their pockets are being wiped clean by a con man.

      • outraged

        I understand. I was one too, a different cult.

        But everytime I open a blog entry full of all these huge smiles when so many people are suffering, my heart breaks and my anger grows and I can;t read any of them.

    • anonsparrow

      Those are people too.

  • Liberated

    I’m watching the democratic Town Hall, what a difference compared to the other side. The questions are well thought out and intelligent. No screaming brawls attacking members of the audience. One argument republicans seem to use is “well the dems do it too”. No, they don’t. Trump and the gang are puerile mean little boys. I find this debate refreshing and informative.

    • edge

      All the republicans have is loud-mouth namecalling. Ridiculous promises, racist innuendo, childish attacks on each other’s manhood. That’s all the GOP side is.

      • Liberated

        True that!

    • MaxSpaceman

      I’m surry, but I thought the demo Town Hall was a knock down, drag e’m outta the room, stuff their mouths with paper towels so they can’t speak, and SteamRoll over the opponent Affatir. That, my fellow ‘Muricans is what ever thing ever place looks like letley nowadays.

      Heck, even if “there is nothing new under the sun.” According to Clesse E. Astical self, it seems thet way.

      Planned by both sides, one upon t’other.

  • latest bollockshttps://www.scientologybollocks.com/scientology-bellend-john-alex-woods-father-outed-scam-artist-bella-cruise-channeling-dads-quoting-style/

    Here’s the Times piece text only [I’ll have the grabs on my next blog post]

    Mission: tyrannical — the secrets of Scientology

    Tom Cruise lends scientology an air of glamour, but an explosive book by Lawrence Wright only now being published in Britain claims that behind the facade is a church ruled by violence and intimidation, with beatings, ritual humiliation and enforced abortions

    Lawrence Wright Published: 13 March 2016

    GREAT FAME imposes a kind of cloister on those who join its ranks. When he was 25, Tom Cruise was the biggest star in Hollywood, on his way to becoming one of the most famous movie legends in history. At around the same time in the mid-1980s, when he too was 25, David Miscavige became the de facto leader of scientology.

    Both young men assumed extraordinary responsibilities when their contemporaries were barely beginning their careers. Their youth, power and isolation set them apart. So it was natural that they would see themselves mirrored in each other when scientology brought them together.

    The church has attracted stars such as Priscilla Presley, John Travolta and wife Kelly PrestonThe church has attracted stars such as Priscilla Presley, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston (Frazer Harrison)

    Scientology plays an outsize role in the cast of new religions that arose in the 20th century and have survived into the 21st. It is among the most stigmatised, owing to its eccentric cosmology, its vindictive behaviour towards critics and defectors, and the damage it has inflicted on families.

    I was drawn to write about scientology by the questions that many people ask: what is it that makes the religion alluring? What do its adherents get out of it? How can seemingly rational people subscribe to beliefs that others find incomprehensible? Why do popular personalities associate themselves with a faith that is likely to create a kind of public relations martyrdom?

    The Sea Org are the “clergy” of scientology. Miscavige, like many in Sea Org, was a childhood recruit. Tough, tireless and doctrinaire he was rapidly promoted by the church’s founder, the science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, and was in control by the time Hubbard died in 1986.

    The Hole at scientology headquarters in CaliforniaThe Hole at scientology headquarters in California

    That same year, Cruise’s first wife, the actress Mimi Rogers, introduced the movie star to scientology. For several years he managed to keep his affiliation quiet. When Miscavige learnt of his involvement, he arranged to have Cruise brought alone to Gold Base, scientology’s secret desert location near Hemet, California, in August 1989. Cruise arrived wearing a baseball cap and dark glasses, trying to keep a low profile.

    Cruise, who was preparing to make Days of Thunder, had just met a 21-year-old Australian actress, Nicole Kidman, and they had an immediate, intense connection, which quickly became a subject of tabloid speculation. According to Marty Rathbun, a former senior Sea Org member, getting rid of Mimi was in the interests of the church. Rathbun claims that he took her the divorce papers. “I told her this was the right thing to do for Tom, because he was going to do lots of good for scientology,” Rathbun recalled. “That was the end of Mimi Rogers.”

    Former Sea Org members who had observed Cruise at Gold Base remarked that he seemed liberated to be in an environment where no one hassled him or asked for autographs. Gold Base can sometimes feel like a secret celebrity spa. There are cottages built for the use of other well-known scientologists such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Edgar Winter and Priscilla Presley.

    The style of Miscavige’s life, after he became associated with Cruise, began to reflect that of a fantastically wealthy and leisured movie star. His habit became to wake at noon with a cup of coffee and a Camel cigarette. Then he would take breakfast, the first of his five meals prepared by two

    full-time chefs and served by several full-time stewards. When guests such as Cruise came to dinner, the kitchen went into extravagant bursts of invention, with ingredients sometimes flown in from different continents.

    As he welcomed Cruise and Kidman further into scientology, Miscavige showed his instinctive understanding of how to cater to the sense of entitlement that comes with great stardom. A special bungalow was prepared for their stay at Gold Base, along with a private rose garden.

    When the couple longed to play tennis, a court was provided at significant expense. Miscavige heard about their fantasy of running through a field of wildflowers together, so he had Sea Org members plant a section of the desert; when that failed to meet his expectations the meadow was ploughed up and turf was laid.

    At first Cruise and Kidman seemed like the ideal scientology power match. They were intelligent, articulate, extraordinarily attractive people. Although she didn’t share his obvious enthusiasm for scientology — she was a cooler personality in any case — she was drawn along by his intensity. THE Cruise connection is, however, only one glamorous face of scientology. Marty Rathbun, who claims he had helped to kill off Cruise’s marriage to Mimi Rogers, is a significant figure in telling a much darker story.

    Tom Cruise and Nicole KidmanTom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

    By the turn of the millennium, the Cruise-Kidman marriage was also coming to an end and they were divorced in 2001. At around the same time, Rathbun spent a year and a half at Flag, a scientology base in Florida. When he returned to Gold Base in California in 2003, he was shocked by what he found.

    All communications into and out of the base had been cut off. Miscavige had several of his top executives confined to the Watchdog Committee headquarters — a pair of mobile homes that had been joined together. By the end of the year the number living there under guard had grown to about 40 or 50 people. It was now called the Hole.

    Except for one long conference table there was no furniture — no chairs or beds — so they had to eat standing up and sleep on the floor, which was swarming with ants. In the morning they were marched outside for group showers with a hose, then back to the Hole. Their meals were a slop of reheated leftovers. When desert temperatures hit 38C, Miscavige turned off the electricity, letting them roast inside the locked quarters.

    Miscavige, who is known in the church as leader and “COB” (chairman of the board), ordered them to stay until they finally had rearranged the “Org Board” — the church’s organisational chart — to his satisfaction, which was never achieved. Photographs of Sea Org personnel were continually moved from one position to another on the chart, which meant people were constantly being reassigned to different posts, whimsically, and no post was secure. About 900 positions needed to be filled at Int and Gold Bases and the stack of personnel and ethics files was 5ft high. This anarchic process had been going on more or less intensively for four years.

    At odd, unpredictable hours, often in the middle of the night, Miscavige would show up in the Hole, often accompanied by his wife and his communicator, Laurisse Stuckenbrock, each of whom carried a tape recorder to take down whatever Miscavige had to say. The detainees could hear the drumbeat of the shoes as Miscavige’s entourage marched towards the Hole.

    Hubbard: science fiction writer who founded the church. He died in 1986 Hubbard: the science fiction writer who founded the church died in 1986 (Getty)

    The leader demanded that the executives engage in endless hours of confessions about their crimes and failures in this and previous lives, as well as whatever dark thoughts they might be harbouring against him. Sometimes these were sexual fantasies that would be written up in a report, which Miscavige would then read aloud to other church officials.

    The entire base became paralysed with anxiety about being thrown into the Hole. People were trying desperately to police their thoughts, but it was difficult to keep secrets when staff members were constantly being security checked with “e-meters”, electronic devices used by scientologists in frequent “auditing” sessions. Even confidences whispered to a spouse were regularly betrayed. After one of Miscavige’s lengthy rants, transcripts were delivered to the executives in the Hole, who had to read them aloud to one another repeatedly.

    Mike Rinder was in the Hole for two years, even though he continued to be the church’s chief spokesman. Bizarrely, he would sometimes be pulled out and ordered to conduct a press conference or to put on a tuxedo and jet off to a scientology gala; then he would be returned to confinement.

    He and other executives were made to race around the room on their hands and bare knees, day after day, tearing open scabs on their knees and leaving permanent scars. When another executive spoke up about the violence, he was beaten by two of Miscavige’s assistants and made to mop the bathroom floor with his tongue.

    The detainees developed a particular expression whenever Miscavige came in, which he took note of. He called them “Pie Faces”. To illustrate what he meant, Miscavige drew a circle with two dots for eyes and a straight line for a mouth. He had T-shirts made up with the pie face on it. Rinder was “the Father of Pie Faces”. People didn’t know how to react. They didn’t want to call attention to themselves, but they also didn’t want to be a Pie Face.

    In scientology there is a phrase that explains mob psychology: contagion of aberration, meaning groups of people can stimulate one another to do things that are insane. According to former church executives, one day Miscavige arrived at the Hole and demanded that Marc Yager, the commanding officer of the Commodore’s Messengers Org, and Guillaume Lesevre, the executive director of the Church of Scientology International, confess that they were homosexual lovers.

    Rathbun was seen as Miscavige’s chief enforcer. During meetings in the Hole or elsewhere on the base, he would stand to one side and glare at his colleagues while, he says, Miscavige berated and abused them. Although he was physically intimidating, Rathbun was suffering from a number of physical ailments, including a bad back, gallstones, calcium deposits in his neck and painful varicose veins, which he believed came from having to stand at attention for hours on end. He was prone to bursts of sudden violence. “Once, on a phone call, I saw him get so mad that he put his fist right through a computer screen,” his former wife recalled.

    Miscavige would send him down to observe what was going on in the Hole and come back with reports. In January 2004, when Rinder was accused of withholding a confession from the group, Rathbun took him outside and beat him up. Rathbun says Miscavige wasn’t satisfied. Rathbun alleges that Miscavige called him into his massive office in the Religious Technology Centre, a room with steel walls and 18ft ceilings, and accused him of letting Rinder “get away with murder”.

    Then, according to Rathbun, out of nowhere Miscavige grabbed him by the throat and slammed his head against the steel wall. Rathbun blacked out for a moment. He wasn’t hurt, but the terms had changed. A few days later Rathbun found himself in the Hole, along with the entire international management team and other executives. Miscavige said they were going to stay there until they got the Org Board done.

    Scientologists are trained to believe that whatever happens to them is their own fault, so much of the discussion in the Hole centred on what they had done to deserve this fate. The possibility that the leader of the church might be irrational or even insane was so taboo that no one could even think it, much less voice it aloud.

    Most of the people in the Hole had a strong allegiance to the group and they didn’t want to let their comrades down. Many had been in the Sea Org their entire adult lives and portions of their childhood. They had already surrendered the possibility of ordinary family life. Sex outside marriage was taboo, so many members married in their teens; but, since 1986, children have been forbidden. Former church executives say that abortions were common and forcefully encouraged. Claire Headley, a former scientologist, who married at 17, claims that by the time she was 21 she had been pushed to have two abortions. She estimates that 60-80% of the women on Gold Base have had abortions: “It’s a constant practice.” ONE evening at about eight o’clock, Miscavige arrived with his wife and his communicator flanking him as usual with tape recorders in their hands. He ordered that the conference table be taken away and chairs be brought in for everyone in the Hole — about 70 people at the time, including many of the most senior people in the Sea Org. He asked if anyone knew what “musical chairs” meant. In scientology it refers to frequent changes of post. About 500 people had been moved off their jobs in the past five years, creating anarchy in the management structure. But that wasn’t the point he was trying to make. Finally, someone suggested it was also a game.

    Miscavige had him explain the rules: chairs are arranged in a circle and then, as the players march around them, one chair is removed. When the music stops, everybody grabs a seat. The one left standing is eliminated. Then the music starts again. Miscavige explained that in this game the last person to grab a chair would be the only one allowed to stay on the base; everyone else was to be “offloaded” — kicked out of the Sea Org — or sent away to the least desirable scientology bases around the world. Those whose spouses were not in the Hole would be forced to divorce.

    While Queen’s Greatest Hits played on a boom box, the church executives marched around and around, then fought for a seat when the music stopped. As the number of chairs diminished, the game got more physical. The executives shoved and punched one another; clothes were torn; a chair was ripped apart. All this time the biting lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody floated over the saccharine melody:

    Is this the real life?

    Is this just fantasy?

    Caught in a landslide

    No escape from reality.

    One by one the detainees found themselves standing alone behind low cubicle walls, watching the surviving contestants desperately fighting to remain in the Hole rather than be sent off to God knows where.

    There was a clock over the door marking the hours that passed as the music played on and on, then suddenly stopped and the riot began again. The former executives allege that, as people fell out of the game, Miscavige had airline tickets for distant locations printed up for them at the base’s travel office. There were U-Haul trucks waiting outside to haul away their belongings. “Is it real to you now?” Miscavige teased.

    They were told that buses would be ready to leave at six in the morning. Many were in tears. “I don’t see anybody weeping for me,” Miscavige said.

    The utter powerlessness of everyone else in the room was made nakedly clear to them. The game continued until 4am, when a woman named Lisa Schroer grabbed the final chair.

    The next morning the whole event was forgotten. No one went anywhere.

    A few days after the musical chairs episode, Miscavige ordered everyone in the Hole to stuff CDs into cases. At one point he began sharply interrogating Tom De Vocht, a former church official, who was shaken and stuttered in response.

    De Vocht claims that Miscavige punched him in the face. He felt his head vibrate. He tried to turn away from the next blow, but Miscavige grabbed his neck and shoved him to the floor, pummelling and kicking him.

    De Vocht had served Miscavige for years and had even considered him a friend. He had dedicated his life to scientology and had been in the Sea Org for nearly 30 years. He recalls thinking: “Now here I am, being beat up by the top dog in front of my peers.”

    After the attack Miscavige continued his speech. De Vocht was so humiliated that he couldn’t bring himself to look at his companions. Finally he managed a glance at them. Pie faces.

    Rathbun was there and at that moment he made a decision. As the other executives were being led back to the Hole, he slipped away and got his motorcycle and hid in the bushes. When a car finally approached, he raced through the open gate into the outside world.

    The Church of Scientology denies all charges of abuse by Miscavige and denies that anyone in the Sea Org has ever been pressured to have an abortion.

    In a statement published to coincide with the release of Going Clear in 2013, the Church of Scientology called the book “ludicrous . . . fiction” and a “stale rehash of allegations disproven long ago”. Visit tinyurl.com/scientologystatement to read the statement in full.

    © Lawrence Wright 2016

    Going Clear by Lawrence Wright will be published in paperback on Thursday by Silvertail Books at £15.99.

    The one-man publisher taking on Goliath

    Oliver Thring

    Over the years the Church of Scientology has become known as an enthusiastic and tenacious litigant with expensive lawyers on speed-dial.

    That reputation seems to have delayed the publication of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright’s devastating exposé of the organisation, by three years in this country.

    The book had originally been slated for publication here in 2013 by Transworld, an offshoot of the then publishing giant Random House, whose Knopf division had printed it in America the same year. But shortly before the text was due to be released in Britain, Transworld abruptly pulled it from its schedules after taking “legal advice”.

    However, a change in the libel laws later that year saw the introduction of a “publication on a matter of public interest”, a reinvigorated defence against an accusation of defamation.

    “That change emboldened me to publish,” says Humfrey Hunter, the owner (and sole employee) of Silvertail Books, who has brought Going Clear to the British market along with several other books prepared to criticise scientology.

    “I reasoned that in PR terms it would be counterproductive for a multibillion-dollar organisation like the Church of Scientology to pursue a small publisher like us.”

    At least a decade of critical media coverage and multiple allegations of human rights abuses at its premises have, it is claimed, severely reduced the church’s ability to attract new adherents. (The organisation strenuously denies the claims of abuse.)

    Hunter believes that today the church is in a “parlous” state. “Its membership is down to, at most, 40,000 people worldwide. I probably sell more books about scientology than there are scientologists in Britain. The conveyer belt of defectors — the No  2, 3 and 4 in the organisation have all left in recent years — has done it serious damage,” he says.

    Critics point out that the church has had only two leaders: its founder, L Ron Hubbard, and David Miscavige, who is said to have seized power from Hubbard’s anointed disciples in 1986. “The church is effectively his,” says Hunter. “It’s not democratic and he answers to no one.”

    Some of scientology’s alleged disregard for human rights could still be occurring, he believes. “Scientologists believe that a baby possesses an adult soul, so no age is too young to separate children from their parents. That, to me, is inhuman and it is still going on today, including in Britain,” says Hunter.

    However, the organisation’s colossal wealth — its property portfolio alone is estimated to be worth $1.5bn (£1bn) — gives it huge potential power. Those defectors wishing for its imminent collapse are likely to be disappointed.

    @oliverthring

    • Good stuff. Thanks, ml. Click space between bollocks and http for link to work.

    • JOE BLOW

      Just love that picture of Nicole Kidman smiling at her son Connor. She looks so happy.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      In that photo, JAW’s girl Gemma’s dress caught my eye. The pattern looks like it was inspired by the emotional tone scale. She’s representing “antagonism” to “overt hostility” 😉
      (refresh)

  • Observer

    Your WTF for today. I could be wrong, but it doesn’t look like a shoop.

    • It’s a 2nd WTF today for me. 1st was a banned Skittles commercial someone showed me today.

    • Robert Ramsay

      She bop the 12th street rag ?
      No spill so ixnay/stooges on the shoop.
      Great pic. Curious to know who/when corralled them ??????

      • Ben Franklin

        I strongly suspect Don King

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          It was Vince McMahon, for Wrestlemania. 1985.

          • Ben Franklin

            He is the only other guy who would make it happen

    • see yours, raise you this one

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Weirdly, this group of people together seems right.

      • Ella Raitch

        Now we just need someone to shoop the two pictures together….

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Lauper and Hogan make sense in the same pic. She was in the WWF orbit back in the day (Captain Lou was in the vid for the song that put on her on the pop culture map). The rest of them, though? I have no idea what’s happening.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Everything is out there on the internet, if you just know where to look.

      Publicity still for Wrestlemania, LIVE via Pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden, 1985. Ali, Hulk Hogan, Cyndi Lauper, Liberace and Wendi Richter (if you have to ask…) were all somehow involved.

      And here I was certain this would turn out to be a photo shoot from Las Vegas…!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WrestleMania_I

      • Ever met an SP?

        You’ve got it! Hogan competed in the main event, Muhammad Ali was the guest referee, Liberace was the ‘guest timekeeper’ (whatever that was supposed to mean) and the two women are Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter, both of whom featured in the women’s bout.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          And… where are the Rockettes?

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Goodnight everybody. Have a happy, safe week.

  • Off topic. Ohio River this morning.

    • JOE BLOW

      Wow, that is some shot!

      • Thank you. It looks better in hi-res, but Disqus.

    • Qbird

      Oooo! cool.

    • Ben Franklin

      Awesome shot Dodo. This is the kind of shots you find in the National Geographic. Not an everyday thing.

      • That’s a helluva compliment. Thanks, Ben. The way I see it, nature is a model and we just have to catch it at the right time. This is a smartphone shot, it deserves a better camera.

        • Ben Franklin

          I love it. It is one of those shots that is very unique and can never be duplicated, and that in itself makes it very special

        • MaxSpaceman

          you may want to invest in a quality camera

          If you’re keeping the investment under 1000 clams (excuse my Welch (!) ) this looks really good because of the lens flexibility:

          The Olympus OM-D E-M10 debuted at the beginning of 2014, and it’s held up
          remarkably well. It’s fast, comfortable to use, and gives you access to
          the vast Micro Four Thirds lens system—a high-performance camera in
          every sense of the word.

          A used Mamiya would make a wonderful choice also; anything that will lift your output to another level simply because of its, the equipment’s, intrinsic capability. You talent is evident; a more advanced machine would be required for any steps further, probably. 🙂

        • seriouslyWTF

          My sunrise/sunset shots are all from my smartphone. I also use my Nikon, but I’m too lazy to upload the shots and post. Much easier from my phone. It amazes me how good the smartphone photos are..

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Very dramatic…

    • Baby

      Museum Quality.. Absolutely breathtaking Dodo.. Once in a lifetime shot..

  • Whatever happened to that sequel to Battlefield Earth that Revolta said was fully funded? http://www.culteducation.com/group/1284-scientology/23011-travolta-sets-sights-on-battlefield-earth-sequel.html

    • Tarantino will make it before Travolta does.

      • Quentin (who rewrote one of my scripts before he made it) only has two more movies to make, according to him), so…

        • Jimmy3

          You wrote a script Tarantino made? Which film?

          • No. He was hired to rewrite a script I wrote with a partner that was under option by a producer we both knew. It’s mentioned in an article I have coming out soon. The script later sold but was never made (and Quentin’s name was not on the script).

            • Jimmy3

              I see. That’s cool. I’m a big fan.

            • Baby

              OMG I am too.. I am like a Fan Freak.. and I watch his movies Over and Over and Over

              Kill Bill.. Anytime anywhere..

            • seriouslyWTF

              Kill Bill is one of my mom’s favs. She also loves the superhero movies and Transformers.

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              It looks like Author Services is a Tarantino fan too…
              I wonder is he has had any experiences with the CO$.
              (refresh)

            • Baby

              Awwwww sweet.. Django was also fabulous WTF..

            • InterestedObserver12

              I was really disappointed by The Hateful 8. The news of a 70mm Tarantino western had me salivating. It turned out to be 90% shot in one interior stage set. More an Agatha Christie whodunnit with Samuel Jackson as Miss Marple than anything else. But, hey: it had an overture and an intermission, so it had to be epic film making, right?

      • indie8million

        Wouldn’t THAT be an interesting film??

    • Jimmy3

      Did he say elsewhere that it was fully funded? Because all that article quotes is him saying “Sure. Yeah.” when asked about a sequel.

      • To be fair, at this point Travolta is “Sure. Yeah.” man.

      • I didn’t immediately find it, but I saw him on TV saying that they had the money to do it. It was before it won all the Razzies.

        • Ben Franklin

          His accountant must have pleaded with him to come back to his senses.

    • Ben Franklin

      Must have become mission impossible.

  • Baby

    Have a great time on your Birthday RLF.. I spotted Little Davey in his Super Power outfit outside flag doing a little dance for you.. What a big boy he is becoming. f5

    • Aslan’s Own

      Oh my gosh! This is hilarious!

      • Baby

        He tried on so many little costumes Pie Lion.. and this is the only one that would fit him. The others were way to big..

        Like for 2nd graders.. sigh

        • Aslan’s Own

          Ha!! He’s so happy he finally has Super Powers!!

          • Baby

            He had to be potty trained first.. but Pull ups at night to be safe!

    • Liberated

      Too funny!

      • Baby

        I love it too Lib.. hahahha.. I don’t know if Davey wore it for Halloween also..

        but he was just so excited to have birthday cake..and was practicing his little dance for a week!

  • bit of late night shooping…. COB, I have seen your future

  • Susan B.

    Here’s another instance of CO$ mentioned as being a cult in the media.

    http://pagesix.com/2016/03/13/did-scientology-prep-michael-shannon-for-his-new-cult-flick/

    • indie8million

      NOTE TO PROTESTERS: 99% of the public Scientologists HAVE NO CLUE WHO SHELLY MISCAVIGE IS!

      I’ve been saying this for a year or more now. If you REALLY want to get their attention, ASK WHERE HEBER JENTZSCH IS!

      Most
      Scientologists over 35 or 40 know and love Heber. That was one of my
      pivotal points of getting out. Someone had a sign that said, “Where’s
      Heber?”

      I knew a lot of things that were going on that weren’t
      right but that was a big push forward for me. I’ve been friends with
      Heber since 1978 and it pissed me off that anyone would do him any harm.

      AGAIN, PLEASE STOP ASKING ABOUT SHELLY! SHE IS A NON ISSUE. ASK ABOUT HEBER INSTEAD.

      Pardon the caps. I felt it was important.

  • aka scientology watching 101:

    “7 telltale signs when someone is trying to con you”

    http://uk.businessinsider.com/7-tell-tale-signs-of-a-con-artist-2016-3

  • Lighthouse

    Poor John Travolta! My heart throb from Saturday Night Fever. He hasn’t fared well, has he. (Have I spelt “fared” correctly?)

    (He hasn’t aged well either, has he?)

  • ThetanPlace

    As I said on Twitter yesterday, we should celebrate Ron’s birthday, because it gave us Tony Ortega, and all the books we’ve read, etc. I mean, it’s a bit of a perverse celebration, but after all, we wouldn’t be here right now if the old man hadn’t been born.

  • ThetanPlace

    How great would it be to get a second billboard up in Salt Lake City in time for that convention?

  • Rhine

    Ha, Rob Meister, still serving as a joker. When the Church needs some extra help reinforcing dogma an when Rob needs extra points to continue to be an “OT” they magically team up.
    What a puppet.

  • indie8million

    NOTE TO PROTESTERS: 99% of the public Scientologists HAVE NO CLUE WHO SHELLY MISCAVIGE IS!

    I’ve been saying this for a year or more now. If you REALLY want to get their attention, ASK WHERE HEBER JENTZSCH IS!

    Most Scientologists over 35 or 40 know and love Heber. That was one of my pivotal points of getting out. Someone had a sign that said, “Where’s Heber?”

    I knew a lot of things that were going on that weren’t right but that was a big push forward for me. I’ve been friends with Heber since 1978 and it pissed me off that anyone would do him any harm.

    AGAIN, PLEASE STOP ASKING ABOUT SHELLY! SHE IS A NON ISSUE. ASK ABOUT HEBER INSTEAD.

    Pardon the caps. I felt it was important.

    • JaxNGold

      Hi there. Since I was never in $cientology, I’m really curious about your comment. How can almost all public Sci’s not know that Miscavige has a wife and her name is Shelly?! Is that true? Is Miscavige thought to be single (aside from the Lou thing)??

      Since Shelly’s been missing for a decade, I can see how some people certainly wouldn’t know who she is. But what about all the public Sci’s who have been in since before Misvavige did away with her?

      Just trying to understand. Thanks.

      • indie8million

        Hello Jax!

        So sorry I didn’t see your question til now. Haven’t been on the email for this account for a bit.

        It’s a great question. To give you an idea about my background and experience, I was on regular staff (not SO) for a few years. Other than that, I’ve been public since 1976. I’ve been out, UTR since about 2012 but on the fence for a lot longer. In that time I did work closely with the SO on various projects and was actually at the int base lots of times before they expanded the base in the early 90s.

        And, even with all that close proximity and being totally trusted by the SO guys, I NEVER ONCE heard about Shelly or saw her and barely even knew that “COB” was married. It’s kind of a non-issue with SO staff, to know whether they are married or not.

        As a matter of fact, the first time I really heard anything about Shelly was when I started reading Tony O and Mike’s blog. No clue about her before.

        On the other hand, we would watch Heber go on TV and talk about “us” and psychs and handle that role with dignity and grace and humor. He was highly visible at the Portland “Crusade” of 1985. We all knew Heber. And, if the Scn public, especially the elders, like me, even thought that something bad was happening to him, they’d be up in arms.

        When he was in prison, in Spain, I called the State department 3 times and asked what they were going to do to get him out. Eventually, he did.

        Little did I know that he came out of THAT prison and went into one at the Int base. Grrrr.

        So, as you can see, I had very intimate dealings with public and staff and SO. Imagine then, what would some public person know of Shelly, if they were just going on course and going home to watch the Simpsons or something. No clue.

        I hope that helps. Thanks for asking.

        indie8million

        You’ll see Heber off and on in this video. He was a figurehead – the President, after all.

        Some of you might see yourself in this. lol Our own Martin Padfield is in here somewhere. 🙂

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

        • Dice

          You might wanna post all this, one day, on the “front page” of the bunker. Not many is reading old post. I believe it’s important and you have a point. Just copy/paste on the latest/newest Blogpost.

      • Dice

        Heber was promoted with all the other heads (especially on the We Stand Tall video) Shelly was not. He is right! I only learned about her after 2013, same with Lisa McPerson. But that’s just me! Also there is a before and after Internet. In this case, most people got online after 2001 EUR. – US and AOL around 1996

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Hi there, indie8 🙂 We are very interested in the whereabouts of poor Heber but it has been pointed out that he probably isn’t even on the radar of second and third generation Scientologists any more, perhaps even the relatively few remaining first-gen Scientologists. It’s interesting to hear that it was a reference to Heber that got you out.

      Tell me to mind my own business if you like, I will probably deserve it! Your name suggests you might be an Independent Scientologist. Are you also claiming there are 8 million Independents?

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