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THE BILLBOARD IS UP: Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ on view in Los Angeles

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After two previous companies turned them down, Phil and Willie Jones were successful today in Los Angeles with their plan to protest Scientology’s disconnection policy with a billboard asking Scientologists to call their loved ones.

Phil and Willie Jones are former Scientology members who can no longer communicate with their two grown children, Mike and Emily Jones, who are employees of Scientology’s inner “Sea Organization,” which requires them to sign billion-year contracts and work nearly around the clock for pennies an hour. Because Phil and Willie are no longer in the church and have criticized it, their kids have been told to cut off all ties with them as part of “disconnection.”

The Las Vegas couple has kicked up a row with Scientology since they arrived with a television film crew in Hollywood, trying to see their kids. Then, Phil came up with the idea of the billboard, which simply asks Scientologists to call their loved ones, with a link to a website they’ve put up about the disconnection policy. With the help of readers from this website, they raised more than $10,000 in a single day with a GoFundMe site to pay for a billboard.

Phil signed contracts with Outfront Media and then Regency Outdoor, which both caved to pressure from Scientology and changed their minds about posting the sign. But Phil persevered, this time working out a deal with Lamar Media to post this sign at 1631 Glendale Blvd in Echo Park.

The billboard was put up just minutes ago, and Lamar Media is working to cut back the trees near it. Phil and Willie are planning on having a dedication ceremony later this week. We’ll add some words from him and more info on the ceremony as soon as we get them.

 
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[Before disconnection: Phil and Willie Jones with Mike and Emily]

 
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UPDATE: Here’s what Phil just sent us about the billboard…

Well, we finally did it. After Scientology shot down our first 2 attempts we now have a billboard up. This billboard belongs to the hundreds of people who so generously donated their time and money to this project. It also represents the thousands of families affected by the abuse of Scientology’s practice of disconnection. For all their talk of improving family relations Scientology has, at least with my wife and me, attempted to stop us at every turn from seeing our children. In addition to firewalling our desire to see our kids they have actively worked to poison the kids’ attitude against us. And I’ve heard similar stories from many other families who have encountered the enforced disconnection from their loved ones in Scientology.

We chose this current location for the billboard because it gets 244,601 views (+18) per week, which is about a million views per month. That’s a lot of people seeing our message. That as well as the amazing media coverage we’ve had so far.

The little disclaimer on the lower left with my name on it was something the billboard company required.

I know that some will want more Sea Org and staff to get eyes on, but there are few billboards that are in direct view of the highly closeted Sea Org members available. This billboard is the broadside. For getting the message of the “Call Me” billboard directly to the staff we have other projects we’re working on to accomplish that. Stay tuned. We aren’t done yet.

We hope this billboard inspires hope. There are children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends who want to see their loved ones again. Our voices together will break down the barrier Scientology has put up. Believe me, there is hope. We will break through.

On Wednesday at 10am we will be doing an official launch. I hope some of you can come down and meet us there. We’ll be at 1710 Glendale Blvd, Echo Park, CA 90026 and the billboard is right across the street.

 
The billboard going up this morning…

 
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  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Can we have a little eagle family love to celebrate today?

    • salin

      Love following this eagle family. If I hadn’t already – I would CLICK THE HEART/recommend in honor of celebrating family love.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I would, too!

      • jazzlover

        You sure you’re not a shrink? LOL

        • salin

          As a kid I loved the Bob Newhart show – and for a minute or so of the period of life when we said ‘some day I’m gonna become’ – I was going to become a psychologist. There were a slew of things I was gonna be.

          • jazzlover

            Well, congratulations, you made it! (if only for a bunker post or two) ๐Ÿ™‚ The other alternative was to call you a “hypnotist in training”, but given where we are, I thought that a tad inappropriate ๐Ÿ˜‰

            How are you doing, btw?

            • salin

              Lol per the hypnotist. That would have been very helpful in my year in my many years in education (teacher and administrator).

              I am healing. Actually has been a really good week. Starting the process of selling my house in an urban neighborhood that has become far more trendy than it was when I bought 12 yrs ago. Not yet ready to go on the market, and a potential buyer has already expressed interest. ๐Ÿ˜€ It has been a hard past year – and it is really nice to have something big in life suddenly potentially unfold with ease rather than feeling like one is walking through quicksand.

            • jazzlover

              I am happy to hear you’re seeing improvement. As I mentioned months ago, it’s a process to get to the other side. I’m confident you’ll make it. Good luck with the sale! And remember, in the housing market, trendy always pays dividends for the seller ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Liberated

            O/T Did you lose power down your way Sat.? I was in the the dark from 4:00-7:30 Sunday. It was horrible!

            • salin

              Luckily, no power outage. Did have to spend a lot of time clearing debris and uprighting outside furniture and trash/recycling receptacles. Irritating – but far less frustrating than a multi-hours power outage.

    • JustSheila
      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Aww…bird love!

        • JustSheila

          I built and kept aviaries to rescue parrots in Australia for over eight years. They do that, hugging a partner with a wing, especially the sulphur-crested cockatoos. They love and care for each other without concern for species. It makes your heart just about leap out of your chest to see that sort of love and acceptance. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • salin

            How much we people could learn from this instinctive behavior. Thanks for the pic, and the explanation that swells the heart.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Wow, you have earned yourself major Bunker points in 48 hours. First Atlanta coverage and now animal stories to melt the heart.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            That’s so lovely. I don’t know much about parrots. Or about eagles, frankly, though I’m learning. I love that eagles are monogamous, keep a good “house” year after year, and do a lot of co-parenting. It’s all very sensible. Birds are pretty interesting creatures.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Sure, works out great for the lazy ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              This is why I am grateful for my own mate. He balances out my laziness. But I keep things entertaining. We all have our niche. ; )

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              I can see it now. He’s vacuuming while you regale him with stories from the Bunker. Nice work if you can get it.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Oh. Totally.

              Mind you, I’m also the breadwinner, as he works to turn a hobby into a small business. He makes no money while following his dream, and I stay practical and keep us from losing the house. Like I said, we all have our niche. And we take turns carrying each other from time to time.

      • salin

        Gasped an awe and the now grown golden retriever puppy in my avi – looked up at me… ‘What?’ Guess it was an unusual gasp per cuteness.

      • Aslan’s Own

        Love this photo I found the other day. Family.

      • psst, wanna buy a parrot?

    • Eileen

      These 2 eagle parents are amazing. I watch them daily.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        They really are impressive. They’re doing a great job. They successfully raised another eaglet last year.

  • Free to shine

    Disconnection is a silent evil. It is whispers and evil manipulation and shadow boxing. You have no recourse, no appeal, no interest from those whose minds have been turned against you. My heart goes out to every other person who suffers this. Shining light on scientology’s true colours and keeping our integrity is our only option.

    • salin

      Poignant post. + 100

  • PickAnotherID

    Whoa! Decided to check in after just getting back from a very long, almost as long as Lonnngggg Cat) meeting with some militiary association folks regarding narCONon in general, and Suncoast in particular, and find this!

    Way to go Phil and Willie! It may not be on DM’s doorstep, but that location is going to get a LOT of folks looking to see what it’s all about. And the more people who learn about ‘dicsonnection’, the more people to put pressure on the politicians and the IRS.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      PickAnotherID – we are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of your long meeting…

      • PickAnotherID

        I’m not sure what, if any, ‘outcome’ there will be. This was more along the lines of a ‘heads up’ meeting with local groups to pass along facts and resource locations, and request assistance in getting the word out to vets and active duty personnel about the narCONon scam.

        I’m reworking the ‘poons I’ll be sending to the national level folks to remove a bit of the vitriol, however justified I felt about it at the time, I laced them with yesterday. I want them to be taken seriously, and not be chalked up to “some nut with an agenda” and file 13ed on receipt.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          That is terrific to have a heads up to local groups. Step by step the Bunker marches forward.

    • salin

      Thank you for attending/participating in the meeting. I echo Free Minds – we look forward to hearing more about the meeting.

      And yes! Whoa! The Billboard is up! Woo Hoo!

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Hold it right there. You can’t just breeze through here all willy nilly and mention something like that and then leave us all hangin’……that’s damn near unconstitutional.

      • PickAnotherID

        Mostly it was long because there were a lot of questions about things on narcononreviews.org that were referenced in the print outs I brought along, but hadn’t printed out. And the ‘net connection at the place we were meeting was really, really slow.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Thanks for the info.

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        Not so sure about near unconstitutional but certainly not like the CofS constipation interpretation of the Bill of Rights

  • BraveBloggers

    Will someone please post a link of Phil’s GoFundMe link for those of us who wish to share some Bunker love in a fiduciary way or to spread the link to others?

    Forgive me if it is already posted elsewhere on this thread, but I was looking for something I can copy to an e-mail to be sent out, to some like minded folks (non-Bunkeroos), before I hit the hay.

    Thank you.

  • edge

    You know the cult will do their best to take that down, so all the Bunkerites in the area please go down and take a pic or selfie with the sign and spread it on social media.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      And throw a copy or two on the front porch of infinity….for posterity

  • Stephanie Loving

    Exciting, stunning and heart wrenching. This is such a win (hello!) for Phil and Willie Jones. Bless them and best wishes. Who knows how many others will wake up because they look up at their billboard? The security guys, the folks on course with their “minders.” This could presage an uptick in many staff at Big Blue and ASHO waking up and leaving. Calling Mom or Dad and asking to meet in a diner for breakfast. And maybe a ride “home.” And from there …. beginnings.

  • Sid (Phil Jones)
    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Wow!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Nice job, Phil!

    • PickAnotherID

      The only problem I have with the story is calling it an “Anti-$cientology” billboard. To me, “Call Me”, is a pro-family billboard, not an anti-$cientology one.

      • salin

        Very important distinction.

      • jazzlover

        Great point, and good catch!

      • Dave In Ajax

        i think people can read behind the lines, their exposure is so on the rise that most will see what is going on, it is to the point, you dont want to overfill a billboard and muddle the issue

      • LongtimeLurker

        Slightly OT, i was introduced to someone recently as a a member of the Anti-Scientology community.

        I corrected it to the “Scientology awareness community”. Which seemed to go over much better.

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        exactly. However at the same time it does speak loudly to the actions and fruits of the scientology tortuous and torturous dogmatic practices.

    • salin

      This news gave me the second time today to start dancing. I rarely break into spontaneous dance. ๐Ÿ˜€ Woo Hoo!

      • jazzlover

        Please post a vid at your earliest convenience ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • salin

          No way. True story – I did a ‘happy dance’ at an 8th grade ‘graduation’ (I spent months of saturdays with those kids that were struggling with course work – I was invested) – and 2 days later a 7th grader tipped me off that there was a video of my ‘happy dance’ on the internet. How embarrassing. Fortunately it wasn’t popular enough to be mirrored – and when the student deleted there account – blip went the video. Nope I won’t share my happy dance on the net again.

          • jazzlover

            LOL. My daughter made me aware of this one a couple of years ago. I don’t blame you — this girl will never live this down ๐Ÿ™‚

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcnpjRRqh8o

            • salin

              LOL! I just looked silly – I didn’t twerk or set the place on fire.

            • jazzlover

              LOL. If that vid was pre-planned, it’s a lot of trouble to go to to get a few minutes of You Tube fame ๐Ÿ™‚

            • salin

              Odd thing is that she probably posted this to social media, not realizing that the hilarious video (the reason for posting) might have a lasting negative impact for her.

            • jazzlover

              Yeah, well, there’s plenty of evidence that there’s sometimes a huge gap between kids and sensible decisions ๐Ÿ™‚ The first thing I said to my daughter when she showed me that was “don’t even think about it” ๐Ÿ™‚

            • PJK

              Actually this was a prank played by Jimmy Kimmel on all the news outlets.
              Here is a link to the video from Jimmy were he reveals how they did it.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSJMoH7tnvw

            • salin

              Thanks for this.

            • Frodis73

              That is absolutely nuts! She will never live that one down.

            • jazzlover

              The friend’s reaction was pretty hysterical too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jazzlover

      Great to see that Greer is sticking with the story.

    • Dave In Ajax

      good job Phil, keeping quiet probably helped with the new company until the billboard was posted, interesting to see if scientology will try to retaliate

      • Dave In Ajax

        hope you have contacted as many media personel as possible for the official launch ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      This is great. Would emails and letters to local community leaders and politicians asking them to investigate thoroughly why there needs to be such a billboard message in the first place be a good idea? Maybe some replies would provide the names of the promoters of the fraud being perpetrated upon those leaders and politicians offices by very slick duplicious scientology front groups.

  • PickAnotherID

    Later folks! It’s been a long day, and I need some sleep if I’m going to keep my temper under control while composing ‘poons about narCONon tomorrow. Have fun.

  • aquaclara

    Love this day. Thanks everyone!

  • Silence of the Clams

    Glad they got it up. Could someone now please top that tree that blocks the most important part of the billboard? The web address to get help!!

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      The tree trimmers arrive tomorrow.

    • It was reported that they will work on that tree. Just a top of it hopefully.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        This is the one time Scientology WANTS the tree there. Fitting, isn’t it?

        • Dave In Ajax

          yeah i can see a green lawsuit coming

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Cue scientology operatives immediately buying all of the Miracle-grow in LA to dump on the roots.

            • Dave In Ajax

              lol good one

              i was thinking more chia pets looking like miscavige sprouting up from the outer reaches

              does scientology have magic beans ???

              maybe a new narconon on the branch tops because it is a historical tree

    • Illinoisian

      Tree trimming is part of the contract (unobstructed view is guaranteed) according to Mr. Illinoisian, who dealt with outdoor ad companies for many years.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    What’s the current guess as to how many calls Lamar’s office is going to receive tomorrow from Scientology lawyers?

    • One call. But it’s up. Go Internet Legion before it’s down.

    • salin

      Nice thing is they are already prepared for the calls.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        I hope so, but I do not believe.

        • Dave In Ajax

          they opened a call center in India??

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Lamar or Sci?

      • Frodis73

        I hope they are prepared…sci really knows how to throw cash and threats around.

        • Betty

          Just like the Donald.

  • aquaclara

    Uhm. GO, Villanova!

    Sneaking this in here….
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Dave In Ajax

      in canada we are more interested in the Womens World Championship hockey game 0-0 after one period

      also Bluejays 2-0 after second victory in tampa ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • aquaclara

        I root for the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning!

        • Dave In Ajax

          you can probably catch the women hockey final on ESPN37, prime time here in canada lol

        • jazzlover

          I think you mean “New York Rangers South” ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least you’re not a Flyers or Devils fan ๐Ÿ™‚

          • aquaclara

            I LOVE Tampa Bay ( and non Tampa-Bayer Mario Lemieux always).

            • jazzlover

              That’s great for your son! I assume he’s a huge hockey fan. I’m a lifelong Rangers “sufferer” ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my best friends growing up covered them for the Daily News, and went on to become Director of Media Relations for the NHL.

            • aquaclara

              He is a huge hockey fan!

            • jazzlover

              The best thing is to work at something you enjoy. Good for him ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Dave In Ajax

          Steve Stamkos out with a blood clot, born just 10 miles from my locale, guess we will see him in the golf cart with Chris Bosch, Kevin Nealand and Arnold Palmer in the next set of commercials

          • jazzlover

            Lotta Greeks out your way?

          • aquaclara

            Toronto!

    • aquaclara

      WIN!!!!!!!!!

      • Dave In Ajax

        i couldnt even tell you where villanova is……… is that an ice cream flavour??

        • jazzlover

          Philly

          • Dave In Ajax

            then call it phillanaova ๐Ÿ™‚

            • jazzlover

              LOL. It’s a Catholic University in the burbs of Philadelphia. It’s not that far from Trump’s alma mater – U of P. Here in NY, our version is Fordham, which is Jesuit. Villanova was founded by the order of St. Augustine.

        • aquaclara

          A team in Philly! The team has more members than the Philly org.
          NOVA Nation!

          That was close.

          • Scream Nevermore

            OK, a team, but what sport??

            • Enturbulated Masterbator

              Ugh, I’m no sports fan at all but I do know it’s basketball. The endless March Madness games that seem to dominate all media before and after March. The only way I can bear to watch any sports is with no volume just like my father. He said it was too much chatter. Did I mention I am not a sports fan? Unfortunately I broke my own rule which is talking about sports is the worst part of sports.

            • Scream Nevermore

              Thank you for breaking your rule for my enlightenment – you will get your reward in the Great Hereafter! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Wog

    That is awesome! Good job! Thank you for putting that billboard up in LA!

  • LongtimeLurker

    Heroic, Phil. Well done for sticking with it.

    My thoughts and hopes are with you, Willie, Mike and Emily. And all the other disconnection victims.

  • Bavarian Rage

    OT: Watching my provincial election results. The SP newspaper (Star Phoenix ๐Ÿ˜ƒ) is showing a lot of SPs as leading in the polls or winning their ridings. Before you get your wee boy briefs in a knot, Davey, SP = Saskatchewan Party. ๐Ÿ˜œ Fun to see the initials “SP” all over my province even though it means diddly squat.

    • Dave In Ajax

      Saskatchewantology prevails

      • jazzlover

        Long live Gary Bettman ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Observer

    I cannot stop grinning about this. I’m imagining a pair of tiny, dainty John Lobbs stamping on the floor in impotent fury.

    refresh

    • Graham

      Slappy the Pie Faced Clown. I love it!

  • Frodis73

    Ew. Just signed into netflix and they are highlighting a movie called ‘Bad Roomies’. I noticed Patrick Renna is starring. Did a quick look and there are at least 3 sci-bots in it. Chris and Jordan Masterson are also in this flick. Noticed in the bio section for Jordan they mention that his dad is the former football star (I’m forgetting his name, Joe something)…too bad it’s not mentioned he’s disconnected from his dad!! Movie looks horrible and I won’t be watching it, but I thought it was funny it was the first thing I saw when signing in.
    eta-writer and director are also sci’s or sci-adjacent as they have worked on a bunch of stuff together. Ew…these 2nd and 3rd generation kids are everywhere.

    • madame duran

      Scientology business connections are like incestuous relationships. All the inbreeding usually ends up producing some deformed product too.

      • Frodis73

        Lol, that’s for sure!
        I looked up one of the no names actors…he had a solid list of credits on some hit shows…seemed to be headed in right direction….suddenly nothing but sci projects listed. Maybe he wasn’t getting hired anymore, but maybe he threw his career away for the cult…we know it wouldn’t be the first time.

        • madame duran

          Instead of having that solid acting experience lead to a progressive career rise, the pre-Scientology roles only serve as footnotes in a Scientology ad. The cult reaps all the benefit of association but doesn’t help the newcomer in building name recognition with quality parts. Before these poor actors realize it, they end up starring in films with titles like “Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Part 2” (a real movie, by the way. Who knew there was demand for a sequel?). The waste of talent is heartbreaking.

          • Liberated

            For example, Jason Lee, the cult has done wonders for his career. Hey Jason, do some more stupid chipmunk movies.

            • Mockingbird

              He doesn’t appreciate that remark.

            • Liberated

              Looks like you and I have something in common. Our lives have been impacted by the narcissist sociopath personality. Oh, the stories I could tell. I just don’t have anyone to listen to me. I’m so tired of being told to “get over it”. BTW, your comments regarding Trump are exceptional.

            • Scream Nevermore

              Write your stories down, put them in a blog. If nothing else, it will be cathartic!

            • Betty

              We will listen to you.

            • Mockingbird

              Thank you. I know there are many good online groups for people recovering from narcissistic abuse. I have enjoyed reading things from After Narcissistic Abuse there is life, love and happiness.

              https://afternarcissisticabuse.wordpress.com/

              Trump is so easy to spot as a narcissist and fits the descriptions of a person that becomes a cult leader perfectly. I have to give the credit for spotting him to lots of psychologists and experts who looked at him before I did.

              On an article online someone analyzed his books and conduct and found a pattern of being generally narcissistic but also being concerned with not being laughed at and demanding either respect or fear, the classic narcissistic approach.

              There is now a wealth of good stuff available on him.

              https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/stop-walking-eggshells/201510/does-donald-trump-have-narcissistic-personality-disorder

            • Mockingbird

              By the way I don’t know if you saw my post on the language of narcissistic abuse in Scientology. You might like it.

              http://mbnest.blogspot.com/2016/03/understanding-language-of-narcissistic.html

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Yep. And demands on their time to either take some courses or donate or promote–as well as the encouragement to stick with their own inside the scilon echo chamber–keeps them distracted from honing their craft and isolated from the truly creative people who could push them to do just that. I make fun of that Masterson clique a lot, but I really do feel sorry for some of them. What coulda been…

    • jazzlover

      Reaiche

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Ohhh, this flick…Danny Masterson was plugging this on his social media accounts at one point. Looking down the IMDB page…damn, you’re right, it is filled with scilons. I see this is the only way Lynsey Bartilson gets work any more. Oh and look, there’s a Helnwein doing the music. This crew, man…they’re mostly bottom feeders. My respect for them is nil.

      ETA: And did you see who makes a cameo appearance? Our girl Jenny Burpee!

      • Frodis73

        Ha, it makes me laugh that he was talking up to try and help the project out. I looked a little closer, and you are right, it’s overflowing with sci’s. Like madame duran said, it’s all so incestuous to those of us on the outside.

      • Frodis73

        Also, sad about Lynsey as she seems pretty talented. Too bad she threw the best years of her life away slaving for the cult and their front groups.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Honestly, I only remember her from the show Grounded for Life (which I watched because Donal Logue is one of those dudes I will always root for). Her character was incredibly annoying, but appropriate for the show. But yeah, for a lot of 2nd gen scilons involved in the arts, it seems they start out strong, then get sidetracked early on–distracted by cult matters, no doubt–and never really get a chance to flower. It’s a shame.

          • Bob

            Yes you have nailed it 100%. What a waste of talent.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      I know next to nothing about this field, but is it possible that money and power hungry david miscavige has a program pushing the ‘celebs’ to bring as much cash as possible by having fire sales on their works. Ya know, , , promote, promote generate income and collect all the cash..safe the world and your future .NOW NOW NOW before the porch of infinity goes up in smoke and flames. Megalomaniac mirrors included.on all awards for ‘donations’ to the war chest.?

    • Bob

      The young clam actors stick together. End result is very mediocre, trying to be hip indie film that comes and goes with no fanfare whatsoever.

  • Braveheart

    It occurred to me just how stupid the church were for their foot-bullet approach of preventing the billboard from being closer to their premises. At least it would have been seen in large by the already converted & mainlining koolaiders. And church Ethics Officers could be on stand-by to audit out the hurt of anyone “being enturbulated” thereby ensuring they can be “handled” to stay in the fold. Instead, it’s now going to be the very first introduction to Scientology for millions of never-ins – thereby turning them into will-never-go-ins. Key marketing strategy – first impressions last.

    • LongtimeLurker

      CoS having a stupid knee-jerk reaction that will hurt them in the long term?

      …that never happens…

  • Robert Ramsay

    Anybody remember “Billy the Mountain” by Frank Zappa ? Glendale ? L Ron ?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Liberated

      Wasn’t that on Joe’s Garage? Appliantology–are you paid in full? Are you paid paid in full? Zappa ripped CO$ pretty good, as only Frank can do.

    • The stuff in today’s L Ron Hubbard memorial pipe was really something..
      I’m seeing double and perhaps quadruple
      Great shit

      (generally not super sure, and the last line I more of, like, improvised)

      • PJK

        The last line literally means “Really good harvest”. The rest of the translation is good but the second line should read “I’m not just seeing double, I’m actually seeing quadruple!”.

    • Graham

      My own take on it: “You wanna know why I’ve got this shit-eating grin plastered on my face? It’s ‘cos I’m HIGH on Elron baby. Jest HIGH on Elron.”

    • Orglodyte

      I just noticed he is doing the hand-sticking-out-to-the-side thing again. I had an old cat with a bum hip joint who did this.

    • Robert Eckert

      “In the L. Ron Hubbard Memorial Pipe today there was such excellent stuff… that I’m not just seeing double, but even fourfold! Really good crop…”

  • Outstanding work, I’m so pleased for you Willie and Phil.

    Here’s hoping that the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology is exactly right in its apprehension regarding how much the simple act of families talking together undermines its undue influence..

    Oh, and waiting for the Co$ to get all shirty about those poor, poor, trees having to get trimmed ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • sashiebgood

      I love the term “shirty”. and yes that’ll be next, no doubt!

    • chukicita

      Yes, I remember just how concerned they were about the old tree in Clearwater…

    • Scream Nevermore

      Frankie sometimes goes a bit too far, but he is pretty sharp. We went to the same school, so I always give him the benefit of the doubt!

    • Missionary Kid

      Sadly, there is one problem with the piece. It is too true.

  • Lady Squash

    WOW!!! Tremendous effort. Congratulations!!!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I couldn’t have said it better myself ๐Ÿ™‚
    (refresh)

  • Dave Reams

    Getting that billboard up is a fantastic achievement on so many levels. One family invited and got support from many hundreds of people- strangers most, One family percevered in their efforts despite the frustrations of Scientology interference, One family shared their simple and powerful expression of love.

    One almost feels sorry for the throbbing pain emmanating from the puss filled boil which is COBs head about now. Almost.

    • Scream Nevermore

      Knowing the pain of losing family members to old age/sickness, I cannot comprehend how anyone (especially in what purports to be a religion) would think it acceptable to inflict that pain on anyone, just because they disagree with their beliefs. It is a graphic illustration of the sickness and endemic abuse in the CoS, and it needs to be stopped. I don’t care if they want to believe in Xenu, or any of that stuff. My objections are to the abuses perpetrated in the name of their ‘religion’. That is just not acceptable. (And now I am having daydreams about popping that pus-filled boil – very enjoyable!)

  • Lighthouse

    Wonderful news about the billboard. Still think it’s a pity, though, that the SO people won’t see it. Still, it’s bad news for scientology.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      It could happen ๐Ÿ˜‰
      (refresh)

      • richelieu jr

        You know, I am,,,,,l am nearly sure I saw the guy on screen right on Jimmy Kimmel just now, with his sister and mother and some guy pretending tro be their dad.

    • Dave Reams

      The graphic design of the billboard is beautiful! It would make a nice t-shirt, don’t you think?

      • Scream Nevermore

        That could generate some income to keep the board up for a while…

    • MostEthicalPimp

      Would have been something if the billboard had gone up in veiw of SMP

    • lkjasdflkjlkj

      I think a good use of the money would be to wrap banners on buses that go by the scientology buildings.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    For the night crew here at the Bunker, a night light:

    (refresh)

    • Keeping Scientology Waning

      That’s beautiful.

    • Dice

      Great! Who took that? do you know?

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        I took it this evening on my way home.

        • Dice

          You did? Ha.. you live there ๐Ÿ™‚

        • richelieu jr

          Hey, 3D! How long have you lived there?

          I used to live really near (Il lived in Echo Park/Silverlake (and a bit in Los Feliz)

          I really loved it (though the Didgers did make me pay fot it, though, with the occasional Home Game!)

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            I do not live in the area– I was passing through on my way home.

    • Aslan’s Own

      That’s great! Do you think once the trees are trimmed that the lights will reach the top part that says “To our loved ones in scientology”? Even if not, it lights up the website and is really a bright beacon there on the street!

      • OOkpik

        It looks like the light on the left is out – maybe a center one too. I hope that and the tree trimming get looked after quickly so Phil can get full value for the investment. 3D’s photo is very cool. All of the sign should be as bright and visible as the top right. It will be spectacular.

        • Aslan’s Own

          I think you’re right about the light being out. It is so bright and will be even better once the lighting and the trees get fixed!

  • Dice

    This is where i go for a stroll almost every day F5 and then i go back ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aslan’s Own

      I want to go to there. We were in the 20’s again today.

      • Dice

        There are many places i am planning to go in the future, especially now that i got all my Off Topic Powerz and good Wins from disconnecting that depressing Cult ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Missionary Kid

          That is certainly the one case where disconnection is useful.

    • chukicita

      That’s pretty, Dice

  • Dice

    7 new people on https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily since i went to bed F5

    • Newiga

      Thanks for the reminder. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    This is probably old news here, but just in case;

    “Anti-Scientology billboard finally up in Los Angeles”

    http://pagesix.com/2016/04/04/anti-scientology-billboard-finally-up-in-los-angeles/?

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    One great thing about the billboard is how it just says in BIG letters “Call Me.”

    When people see that, it makes them wonder what it is about, and they will read all of the words!

    • Dice

      I have checked that “Call Me” – meme and it’s been used a lot over the time and many companies has claimed trademarks on it (outdated) . But! it’s has not been used that much, the last couple decades, so it’s hitting a new vacuum and becomes a new Thing! Just perfect and it says it all and your right – people would start look for a number to call and read the whole thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cell

    OT phone home.

    And shame on Outfront and Regency. Involvement in free media entails responsibility.

  • Wogalistic

    Such good news. Don’t have to be content with knowing that the Cherch had to payout mega bucks to keep something from happening. The fact they paid out all that money the last two times just makes it sweeter this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • A bird in the chimney

    Hooray!

  • Roger

    Interesting. They were in Scientology, most likely got their kids in, now they don’t like it but their kids are doing great and still like it and support it. Now the parents leave and say bad things about it, now they want their kids to “talk” to them or whatever. They obviously like what they are doing, and their parents screwed up and don’t like it, but want the best of both world’s. I have been a Scientologist for 46 years, and the Church does not discourage them communicating. It is up to the two kids, and they obviously don’t want to. As LRH has stated “try to treat others as you would want them to treat you”. So respect their beliefs, don’t attack them for what you yourself got them to do. Just because you did something that was not right and had to leave, why make your children suffer for your mistakes? Be parents and support your children.

    • Qbird

      They are being parents. They do support their children.
      They love them.
      Can you not see how important this is to them — to stay connected to their kids? You’re seeing a message of love up there on that billboard — a call for love, a call for communication.
      Call me ~ let’s talk. That’s it. gd simple.
      Why do you considered this to be an “attack”???

      How do you know the kids like what they’re doing, Roger?
      How is this “obvious” to you? Do you know this family personally?
      And how would these parents know that for themselves… for true & for certain,
      when they are not allowed to see & talk to their children whenever they want!?!
      bc of some church policy… wth.

      In 46 years, pretty much the whole of your adult life, how many people have you disconnected from Roger? You got kids? You happy healthy wealthy & wise?
      Has anyone in your sphere of influence ever suffered because of your beliefs?
      Have you?

      ———————————————————————————————-
      In the books accompanying “The Philadelphia Doctorate Course”, there is an essay, “Rules of Games”, dated December 1952. It contains some insight into how Ron viewed other people, structured his organizations, and generally ran Scientology. “Caste system of Games” ~

      Makerโ€”No rulesโ€จ
      Playerโ€”Rules known and obeyedโ€จ
      Assistant playersโ€”Obey playersโ€จ
      Piecesโ€”Obey rules as dictated by players, don’t know rules

      How to Make piecesโ€จ:
      Deny there is a game
      โ€จHide the rules from themโ€จ
      Give them all penalties and no winsโ€จ
      Remove all goalsโ€จ
      Enforce their playingโ€จ
      Inhibiting their enjoyingโ€จ
      Make them look like but forbid their being like Players

      To make a piece continue to be a piece, permit it to associate only with pieces and deny the existence of players.
      ———————————————————————————————-

      Ron made this game for you & you play it. Fine as kind.
      Good to see your thoughts on this billboard Roger.

      :::p.s. LRH treated his family like crap.
      Oh, he had / has lots of followers, but at the end of his life here on this planet,
      no friends or family were around him when he died. Hip hip hoorah.

    • daytoncapri

      Hi Roger. Welcome. I hope you will continue to post.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Most lame OSA attempt,,, ever.

    • Frodis73

      Hey there Roger-
      I am awarding you one point for effort. However, posting this message on an old post just shows what a coward you are. Why don’t you come over to the current post and debate people in real time?
      Btw, if you have been in for that long, i call BS. I’m sure there is somebody, somewhere in your life that the church has pressured you to disconnect from. The fact that you guys still lie about this is so laughable…esp after we have seen countless letters from the church demanding people to disconnect. We have even heard an audio tape or two about it! So, keep lying if it makes you feel better for a minute…or maybe you are just trying to get your stats up before Thursday at 2pm. If so, great job! As for trying to convince us disconnection isn’t forced by the church, well, that a big FLUNK!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Hi Roger. I do hope you will come back and engage, and are not just another cowardly member of Scientology who lobs a comment and then runs and hides.

      With all due respect, do you realize that your full comment is hardly a ringing endorsement of the Tech? You have spent 46 years studying in an organization that claims to make people masters of communication, and what you have written is so tortured and convoluted that it scarcely even makes sense.

      I say all that to say this: What, exactly, are you trying to say? Just a couple of simple declarative statements would be a good start.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      ” The Church does not discourage them communicating.”
      Please don’t tell those lies here. We all know better and you are making a fool of yourself.
      If you had a valid argument then you would not need to lie.
      We also know that no normal scientologist is allowed to visit here. Entheta I think it is called?
      So go “OSA” yourself elsewhere.

    • Bob Crouch

      Well, Roger, you make a couple of points that are quite telling:

      You say: “their parents screwed up and don’t like it, but want the best of both world’s.”

      How do you know that the Jones’ left because they “screwed up?” Surely, there must be other reasons for people to leave the “church;” reasons that have nothing to do with those persons’ alleged inadequacies, let alone screw ups? So what if your premise–it’s their screw up that is the reason–is wrong? Inevitably, your conclusion would be wrong also!

      By saying that they “want the best of both world’s [sic],” you are in fact acknowledging that no one can have it both ways, i. e. freely decide whether one wants to be part of this “church” as well as want the “privilege” of being allowed contact with one’s children. Should parents REALLY have to make THAT choice? What does this say about the organization that poses these–and only these–alternatives to them?

      You also say: “Just because you did something that was not right and had to leave, why make your children suffer for your mistakes?”

      Again, you are making quite a few questionable assumptions!

      1. That the Jones’ did something wrong, or “criminal” in “church” lingo

      2. That they HAD to leave instead of freely choosing to do so. It is certainly their right to leave a church or a “church” simply because they WANT to!

      3. What make you think that contact with their parents would make the children “suffer?” How do you know that these children are not suffering now that they are prohibited from contact with their parents?

      I don’t mean to attack you. I am just trying to point out that you are revealing some alarming assumptions of what “church” life should be like. Thank you for doing so; it is TELLING for those of us following this situation!

    • Juicer77

      Hi Roger. By supporting Scientology, at some point you will be separated from what you value most – whether it’s your family, your money or your own health and self-esteem. I hope you are able to get out with all these intact. Leave now. There’s a lot of support out here.

    • JustSheila

      The sequence is that FIRST scientology exhibited bigotry by insisting the children cut off their parents simply for exercising their free choice to leave scientology. This bigoted attitude toward any that leave scientology is actually part of church doctrine and practiced regularly. The parents love their children and have been trying ever since to put their family back together that the church of scientology ripped apart. Scientology breaks up families. Shame on any who would support such a horrible, vicious action.

  • Fred G. Haseney

    Dear Phil and Willie Jones:

    We can be there (with cameras) for the official launch, Wed., April 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at 1710 Glendale Blvd. (between Effie and Aaron Streets).

    Sincerely,

    JennyAtLAX and Fred G. Haseney

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Awsome! Thanks Fred. We look forward to meeting you.

      • Fred G. Haseney

        Same here, Sid (Phil Jones)!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Now I am really sad I cannot make it.

    • Juicer77

      Yayy!!!

  • ithilien

    Really nice website. Well presented, lots of links connect to wider anti sci community. Good job on the design of both billboard and site.

  • Qbird

    Kick the doors open let the party begin.
    Don’t need a ticket people, just come on in.
    You can tell your sister, an tell your brother.
    The name of the game is loving one another.
    I wanna testify.
    https://youtu.be/EQxHv8CEmag

  • Freedom to Believe

    They just aired the story on our local NBC station here in Las Vegas.

  • BosonStark

    http://abc7.com/news/parents-buy-billboard-to-reach-children-in-church-of-scientology/1278396/

    The local ABC TV station in Echo Park did a good piece on the billboard and interviewed Phil and Willie. The Church spokescreature is now Linda Wieland, who gets to call Phil and Willie hate-filled bigots because they want to speak with their children again. Karin Pouw in the RPF?

    • JustSheila

      It’s a terrific piece. They even gave time to Phil to comment on the cult’s ridiculous statement of a reality show. Is Linda Weiland 2nd gen scn, daughter of Doug and (ex-wife Janet) Weiland?

  • beef
  • ThetanPlace

    Finally! Congrats to Phil and Willie. From Google Street View, here’s the sign location in context (I posted this on Twitter yesterday).

  • smew

    I’ve been buried at work and just caught this…congratulations, Phil and Willie! I am so stoked about this. And how about Lamar Media? A big OH HELL YES to everyone.

  • Kansas-Lil

    I normally don’t have good things to say about billboard companies, but kudos to the folks at Lamar. Am trying to figure out what kind of threats that pseudo-church had that prevailed on the other companies. May that sign be a beacon of hope. If even one family is reunited due to that board, it would be worth all the effort.

  • The Ragin Pagan

    Ah, scientology. One of the few “religions” (cult, more like it, and even that’s a stretch of terms for me) that I absolutely cannot bring myself to respect in the slightest. And any organization that would break a family up like that deserves nothing but scorn and mockery.