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Brian Sheen continues to fight Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ in unique and unusual ways

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[Brian Sheen meets Miss Lovely, journalist Paulette Cooper]

Last July, we told you the complex saga of Brian Sheen, a Florida man whose grown daughter cut him out of her life on instructions of the Church of Scientology for reasons that were maddeningly murky.

Sheen had been very active in Scientology decades ago, but had left it in 1979. Since then, he’d never been antagonistic toward the organization, and he never discouraged his daughter Springsong from being a member. In 2014, he happily attended as Springsong married into a wealthy Scientology family — the Atkinson-Bakers, who own a national court-reporting business.

So when Sheen got a letter last April informing him that he had been declared a “suppressive person” by the Church of Scientology and would need to perform an amends project in order to get back into the good graces of the organization, he says he was completely taken by surprise. But more importantly, he soon heard from his daughter, who told him that until he completed the project, she couldn’t have anything to do with him. She was disconnecting.

Sheen has fought back in interesting ways. He filed a civil rights complaint to a Florida commission which was denied, and he created a website trying to raise awareness about Scientology’s policy that rips apart families.

And now that it’s been a year since he was declared, Sheen wanted to share with us what he’s been doing since we last wrote about him.

“I saw my daughter,” he told us, and that definitely got our attention. He said he went to see her on March 28. What happened? we asked him.

“I was out in California, and I went to her place and knocked on the door,” he said. And?

“I didn’t have any idea of what would happen. But it was very clear that she was really stressed out to see me, that’s for sure.”

So she wasn’t cooperative?

“The question she kept asking was, why are you here?”

When we wrote about Brian last July, we managed to get Springsong on the phone and talked to her for several minutes. Our conversation tended to bolster what Sheen had told us, that he believed she was disconnecting from him on instructions from the church and not because she really wanted to turn away from her own father. β€œI love my dad very much and I want him to sort things out. And he knows what he needs to do,” she told us.

But this time, Sheen says, things had changed.

“It’s clear that she looks at me like now I really am an enemy to the church, and therefore to her. And even though I tried to bring in information about what a fraud L. Ron Hubbard was, and why I’ve taken the position I have, it was just really weird,” he said. “It was like my daughter, who loves me, who I always had a loving relationship with, now it was dad, you need to go to the church and you need to do your ‘a to e.’ I told her there’s no way I’d submit myself to this church I call evil. They don’t follow their own policies, why should I pay them a few thousand dollars to get in good standing? They need to make amends to me.

“It didn’t go very well,” he added.

“At one point she said, ‘I’m not brainwashed. I’m not a robot.’ It’s clear to me they have spent a lot of time detailing to her what my ‘high crimes’ are supposed to be. She knows about my website. The TV spots. Your story about it.”

She may also have been told about a visit Sheen made in January to Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater.

“I wanted to see the Master at Arms. I wanted to see my file. Instead, they escorted me off the property and put a private investigator on me who followed me around Clearwater,” he said.

In an act of protest, Sheen posted a document at the Fort Harrison Hotel in the style of Martin Luther. Sheen’s “95 Theses” contained his indictments of Scientology, but they were quickly torn down by Scientologists who called the police on him.

“They wanted me arrested for trespassing. They ripped down what I’d posted,” he said.

But he’s undaunted. Since he made news last summer, he’s gathered strength from the people he’s met who have also been declared and were subjected to disconnection. He also met Paulette Cooper, the subject of our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

“The community of people opposing this organization and its policies is getting stronger every day. Just look at Phil’s billboard. It’s incredible,” Sheen said.

We thanked him for the update, and we told him we expect to hear a lot more from him in the coming months.

 
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Nora Crest sits down with Allison Hope Weiner

 
Once again, Nora spins a spellbinding tale, this time for our own LipTV…

 

 
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GoFundMe gives Fauteux family money that was stolen from them

Wow, what a startling development in a terrible story. Here’s what a GoFundMe spokesman told a Boston TV station last night:

“GoFundMe is providing the family of Tab[a]tha Fauteux with the money raised on her behalf,” a company spokesperson said in an email. “We want to make sure they receive the help they need during this distressing time.”

“Fraud is very rare on the GoFundMe platform, but when it does happen, we do everything we can to make sure that those affected get the help they need,” the spokesman added.

We’ll see if we can get a word about it from Guy Fauteux later today.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 8, 2016 at 07:00

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

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

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

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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    • salin

      Aren’t those cool?!?! Thanks for thinking of me.

      I have already placed an order. My big birthday gift to myself this year πŸ˜€

      • jazzlover

        I’ve unilaterally deemed this your new theme song. You can sing along as you sip the beverage of your choice:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmB1b087qVQ

        We had a lot of luck on Venus
        We always had a ball on Mars
        Meeting all the groovey people
        We’ve rocked the Milky Way so far
        We danced around with Borealice
        We’re space truckin’ round the the stars
        Come on let’s go Space Truckin’
        Remember when we did the moonshot
        And Pony Trekker led the way
        We’d move to the Canaveral moonstop
        And everynaut would dance and sway
        We got music in our solar system
        We’re space truckin’ round the stars
        Come on let’s go Space Truckin’
        The fireball that we rode was moving
        But now we’ve got a new machine
        Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah the freaks said
        Man those cats can really swing
        They got music in their solar system
        They’ve rocked around the Milky Way
        They dance around the Borealice
        They’re Space Truckin’ everyday
        Come on

        • salin

          Lol – a little too space opera-y for me. I’m for the sky gazing – in awe of nature – but that wouldn’t make of a rockin’ song.

          • jazzlover

            Same album as the disgustingly overplayed “Smoke On the Water” πŸ™‚ For what it’s worth, it’s a classic of the genre.

            How ’bout something a little more ambient:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faTxUSO-6mA&list=PLT9Kch_hxeXYMDUBOTw2qWxWMjtk1_igA

            • ze moo

              Robert Fripp is one my musical gods. Small ‘g’…..

            • jazzlover

              One of mine too. If all I had were Miles and Bobby, I’d have enough to last me multiple lifetimes.

            • ReallyMGM

              Jazzlover always sends me to the best music.

            • salin

              You just sent me back to going for a massage in a new-agey place in Mill Valley (just north of SF). I swear just add some wind chimes, and this captures the ambiance of those memories.

            • jazzlover

              Yes, it is extremely “new -agey”, which is what I sensed you thought might be more appropriate. However, do not be fooled — Robert Fripp is the guitar shredding evil genius behind King Crimson, which as we speak is in its 48th year. He developed a system of playing tape loops (called Frippertronics) over which he could improvise. It allows him to play solo. I once spent a lunch hour in the atrium at the World Financial Center (across the way from the World Trade Center) just zoning out to some beautiful playing. Brian Eno (Eno for short) is the synthesizer genius Fripp developed the system with. Eno has worked with Bowie (with Fripp on the Heroes album) and has produced some of the best U2 albums with Canadian, Daniel Lanois. These include “The Unforgettable Fire” and “Achtung Baby”. Together, Eno and Fripp made “No Pussyfooting”, “Evening Star” and “The Equatorial Stars”. Acquired tastes for sure, but they reward repeated listening.

              Have I passed the “music critic” audition? πŸ˜‰

            • salin

              In my book you have.

              Before I got to your last line/question, I was already thinking (ready to type) – this is such great context – which is really cool.

              Far deeper than my memory of some great massages in Mill Valley (though it was pleasant to think about that – more than 15 yrs ago)

              Thanks. πŸ™‚

            • jazzlover

              You are welcome. I’m always happy to turn others onto music they might not have heard previously. It runs deep within me, and I can’t even imagine a world without it. Thanks for the compliments πŸ™‚

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I knew it shouldn’t have looked. Because, thinkgeek. Whatever it is, I’ll probably want one for myself or something for geek hub or friends. That is sooo cool and how perfect for Salin.

      I do need a new mug. Hmmm anniversay next month. Now where and how shall I drop the hubby hints? πŸ™‚

  • gtsix

    OT: phone is dying, so I’m out til I can get home.

    But as its 6pm friday, I have to improve my beer stats, so happy hour first.

    Have a good evening gang. 169 heart upvotes. Good show.

  • flyonthewall

    Awesome Mormon cover of Adele’s Hello.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckLqfX62u_I

    • bonnydoe

      good singer!

      • flyonthewall

        he’s been called the song bird of his generation

        • bonnydoe

          is he well known?

          • flyonthewall

            no. Pretty much 90% of what I say is taken directly from, or a reference to, a movie or tv show. You will learn this, in time.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GLEGv_QkTs&nohtml5=False

            • bonnydoe

              hahaha
              okay…. I’ll try to remember πŸ™‚

            • Kim O’Brien

              we are SO getting Doug with High and watching this at HowdyCon …!

            • PerpetualOutflow

              Pretty funny movie.

            • daisy

              You could have mentioned this 6 months ago .

    • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

      Awesome! πŸ™‚ ETA: I especially loved the mowing of the lawn! The boys who stopped by our house took down a wasps’ nest for me! πŸ˜€

      • flyonthewall

        that is awesome about the wasp nest.

        • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

          I didn’t give them any pie, though… Oops! πŸ˜‰

          • flyonthewall

            meanie! Throw some pie at them next time you see them

            • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

              LOL!

      • daisy

        How did I not know this. I wouldn’t mind listening to their spiel while they raked my lawn.

        • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

          LOL, they definitely will! ;D

    • beauty for ashes

      Just going through my pictures, and reminded me of a conversation we had. Involving babies, stripey jumpers. My brothers baby <3 <3 <3 being an auntie. f5

      • flyonthewall

        if I had that baby, I’d mess her up! Bang! Punch her in the belly! Oomph! Pinch her cheeks! Then it’s tickle time!

        • beauty for ashes

          Haa! She would probably mess you up, her legs were so strong, I couldn’t believe it.
          Btw~ you can totally tell I dressed her, her bib says “totally adorable” and seriously not even the cutest picture of her. Ridiculous!

          • gtsix

            She’s throwing a hard knock gang sign. Beware Fly, kid is not messing.

            • beauty for ashes

              I’m gonna have to point that out to my brother. πŸ™‚

    • chukicita
    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      OMG. This. Is. Great.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Multitasking sucks and is not that great an idea. Sorry if already posted, but here’s Billboard piece from Hollywood Reporter

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywoods-anti-scientology-billboard-couple-882171

    • TonyOrtega

      That’s a really good piece.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Very. In depth. Like the short and sweet breakdown by paragraphs, bolded reporter questions.

        • salin

          Very. A very thoughtful treatment. The additional context added to the broader ‘Bill Board Story’ (per other reporting) really builds empathy with Phil and Willie. Kudos.

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        We spoke for a long time. Great guy. He covered a lot of stuff.

        • Paul V. Tupointeau

          Phil, you (and the article) are amazing! This is the sort of information we need to get out, and you nailed it.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I am so glad he included the comments about how they go through their mail and don’t allow them to communicate freely. That is going to make people take notice because, what “church” does that?

        • Dice

          People love it, i just tweeted it, here is one response F5

          • gtsix

            As do we all Lisa.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    It’s dinner time here, and this little eaglet and I are hungry hungry. Enjoy whatever meal you’ve got coming up next, wherever you may be in the world! See ya’ll round this weekend…

  • villagedianne

    Someone may have posted this already. Here is a trailer of Louis Theroux’s Scientology film. Catherine Fraser, Jeff Hawkins’ ex-wife, is in it:

    http://junkee.com/first-clip-louis-therouxs-scientology-film-tense-hell/75819

    • bonnydoe

      we need a list beside this chat part… with all the links in it… threads are to long to go through…

      • Ben Franklin

        Here is another copy of the clip

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZgu923lC70

        • Kestrel

          BBC Worldwide blocks it in my country on copyright grounds.

        • Baby

          WAH WAH.. blocked..

        • I hope we get the see that “Road Closed” sign, with fresh dirt where it had been stuck into the ground and wet paint or crayon lettering.

  • flyonthewall

    Scientology tries but it can’t keep up with the Joneses

    • Missionary Kid

      That’s a great line!

  • Dice

    Just did a blood-type test kit. Apparently I am a reptile!?! Damn you Hubbard!

    • flyonthewall

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      David Icke was calling for you.

      • Dice

        I love that guy – Raving mad! F5

      • jazzlover

        Great interview on KFI, Phil. You handled it quite well, despite the inherent difficulties that come with trying to talk to 2 radio hosts simultaneously, while weaving in and out of the occasional interruption.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Have you broken the news to Draco that you’re related? We could use some Reunion stories around here

      • Dice

        We have the TimeZone in common so everything is possible πŸ™‚

      • gtsix

        The bunker, reuniting reptile families. Such good. πŸ˜‰

        • Dice

          I just lost my tail on that comment πŸ™‚

  • Cars

    This is a radio interview Phil did yesterday with KFI AM 640 radio (Los Angeles). Phil comes on around the 3:30 min mark. The interview lasts approximately 13 minutes.

    http://www.kfiam640.com/media/play/26888676/

    • Flying High

      Listening to it now. And amazing now how these radio announcers simply call the ‘church’ what it is. It was the same with our proprietor’s radio interview yesterday where the announcer was clearing spelling out his last name so as not to be mistaken and standing by what he was saying.

      • Sherbet

        Part 2 was a joke, Flying High. Jillian and John were talking about how they could be stalked by the church, so they gave their names as other people at the same radio station.

        • daisy

          Now that is a prank from hell, well done.( not really ,too mean )

        • Flying High

          Oh OK and went back and re-listened to the very ending again where true they were inviting (teasing) the ‘squirrel busters’ to come after the hosts of the station’s morning radio show…

          • Sherbet

            πŸ™‚

  • Dice

    We just rounded $15.000 on https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily Yay!

    • salin

      Reading the new donations’ messages from the past 24 hours: Wow!

      Applause!

      Thanks Dice for the update – and for your work utilizing social media to keep the ripples growing.

      • Dice

        Yeah! it’s been fun πŸ™‚ but hard to tell what impact each actions is actually doing. But i have a plan for that coming up! One thing for sure, are those backers on twitter that re-tweet my tweet’s and around we go πŸ™‚ He he!

    • $15,500 now.

      • Dice

        omg! πŸ™‚ wave πŸ™‚

        • $15,600 πŸ‘

          • Dice

            Geez what’s going on? any idea… I mean can you, point to why now or where they are comming from?
            ETA: twitter is picking up too so i guess this is about the right time on a Friday

  • Tracy Schmitz

    HI everyone! you know i’ve come to the realization as a anti-scientology warrior ESPECIALLY on youtube a TRUE FACT: NO ONE, i repeat NO ONE likes to be told they are ‘wrong”!.. it’s one of the greatest defense mechanism humans have (for a large number of people) whether on scientology or ANY subject matter.. it’s like THEE CARDINAL SIN IN LIFE to tell someone they are wrong, even when they KNOW they are wrong.. you better not tell them they are wrong?!!

    WHY IS THAT? why is it so hard to admitting your wrong, feeling shame/guilt/apologetic (and as a good thing, not a bad thing) admitting you don’t know as much as someone else, appreciating the fact that they are trying to educate you, being able to look at yourself in the mirror?…instead people become defensive, angry, even hostile when they are shown to be wrong and it’s pointed out to them? why is that? thoughts and opinions?

    • jazzlover

      People with some level of humility can admit they’re wrong. Others can’t. The internet tends to give loads of people “keyboard muscles”, and that also sometimes lowers any existing levels of humility.

      • One of the reasons this forum works so well. You can put an idea out there, have it knocked down, and learn something.

        Those used by Independent Scientologists, for example, are just mutual admiration societies, where nobody is ever told they are wrong.

    • Dice

      Scios are especially concerned about being wrong. And then there is this; Why should i be wrong just to make all the others right.

      • jazzlover

        That’s classic “black and white” thinking right there.

        • Dice

          hmm you say something there.

          • jazzlover

            What did I say? πŸ˜‰

            • Dice

              The black & white thingy! It’s binary – i love computers, so much to click on.

              No! it is two valued logic in use, thats what is saw in your comment!

            • jazzlover

              There are many variations on “right” in any scenario. Two can be “right” at the same time, with neither being “wrong”. Can ya tell I’m a mathematician? πŸ˜‰

            • pluvo

              Dice and jazzlover, need some color?

            • Dice

              Paint me πŸ™‚

            • pluvo
            • Dice

              Can i through a dice on that?

            • Baby

              Yeah.. but cha Kan’t spel.. ( throw a dice) or.. di

            • Dice

              throw – ahh.. Damn keyboard! throw throw trhow trawu see? I can do it

            • Baby

              hahahahha

            • Baby

              RED!

            • jazzlover

              I think we’re good, but thanks!

            • pluvo

              What’s your avatar about?

            • jazzlover

              It is part of the art work of my favorite album of all time. Read the last paragraph under Background:

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

            • Dice

              Your right about being wrong!

            • daytoncapri

              Sometimes, it’s just how you see things. http://www.grand-illusions.com/opticalillusions/woman/

            • jazzlover

              Sure, that definitely enters into it.

    • daisy

      Tracy, I do not think it is necessarily a scientology thing but a human thing.I think the reasons why people dislike criticism is as varied as people.. I also think t varies culturally . I also noticed I am more willing to admit when I am wrong now than when I was in my 20*s. A subject that is as deeply personal as one*s religion is more likely to invoke more passion and therefore more unwillingness to examine it. I wish humans would get out of their own way, sometimes but that makes them , well , human.

  • Ben Franklin

    OT: Clips from old public access show called Liebography. This is an excerpt form their feature on Scientology.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwslkqCp0tw

    • flyonthewall

      awesome. Awesome to the max

  • Baby

    This is kind of interesting. Something I didn’t think would happen to me. MY dear friend since 1976.. has stopped contacting me. We were BFF.. for 40 years..

    Some of you may remember that I was thrown out of a funeral because her( my BFF) sister is a Scientologist. Fun day. ( I informed sister I worked in Mental Health.. etc.)

    So the last time I saw her was like 2 years ago.. and I was talking about my involvement as a critic and Tony, Rinder’s sites ..etc..

    So she gave me her sister’s married name and I investigated through google.. and got the lists of the classes she has taken. I explained to my friend what levels were and what classes she was taking.. and what her belief system probably was..or she was exposed to.. ( Space Opera) OT 3..

    She was like.. “She can’t believe that we were raised Catholic. ” ( Go ahead and chuckle.. I did to myself)
    I explained the Implant shit.. and she just kept on denying it..

    I can’t give too many details about her sister.. but she’s creepy.. got the stare down.. always borrowed $ from her parents.. been in since I knew my friend. Visited friend ( huge distance between them) about once a year..until mom died.

    But it just dawned on me. … Because of my involvement I believe my friend has possibly disconnected from me.

    I have called her maybe 5x and no response. She visited me here 5 years in a row. Just weird and coincidental to me..

    I personally think her Scn. Sister gave her an ultimatum when my friend may have asked her some questions about my info that I gave her. hmmm

    I don’t want sympathy.. There is NO comparison to what others have gone through.. Blood is thicker than water.

    Just wanted to tell you my little story..

    • flyonthewall

      how do u know she didn’t die or is in the hospital?

      • Baby

        I see her on facebook..

        • flyonthewall

          mmmm, you should just hold a mock funeral for her and pretend she’s dead

          • gtsix

            But make sure to invite her. She could give the eulogy.

            • flyonthewall

              no that would just be weird

            • gtsix

              FINE. She’d prolly fuck it up anyway.

            • flyonthewall

              yeah she would, fuckin asshole

    • daisy

      Why wouldn’t she just tell her sister you and she don’t see each other and then continue to be friends anyway ?

      • gtsix

        Because scientology. (my thought)

        • daisy

          I guess I would actively pretend I was following command and then not. I guess there is nothing so petty as scientology sussing out the truth. It just seemed like a reach, but I am learning the tentacles of this organization reach far.

          • gtsix

            Yeah, you’d try to cover it, but the situation is so insidious, they’ll have someone snitching on someone when you didn’t do the “correct” thing.

            • daisy

              SMH and heavy sigh

      • Baby

        She can’t lie daisy.. I have never heard her tell a lie.. and her sister is a forceful bitch. My friend is weak.

    • Flying High

      That is truly sad and sad how your friend couldn’t see how she was able to just ‘be’ around you and part of your life. Part of living in and conforming to the bubble is giving up ones right to simply be. Hence Miscavige wants everyone in his valence. Sending you hugs to compensate a little bit for this loss.

      • Baby

        Thanks High.. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it until today.. It all now makes sense. She has been in denial about her sister for so long.. and I think she still is.. She prefers to keep her head in the sand and pretend that..

        Her sister will leave Scn and run into her arms through a daisy field like you see in a commercial.
        ( Tom Cruise and Nic ugh) She has absolutely no idea.. and apparently she DIDN’T want to know.

        • daisy

          I am sorry it is hard to lose friends.

    • salin

      Sounds like a very possible cause. She takes some of what she learned from you to her sister. Sister says something to someone – and ends up in ethics. If she is connected to her sister while her sister is connected to you …. you know the rest. She would then be put in a straight-jacket between a rock and a hard place. Choose your friend or your sister. It’s the Scientology way.

      Maybe send a message that expresses that you understand this dynamic, that you miss her and still love her, and that will continue even if she can’t be in contact with you – but you want her to know you are here for her, if/when/ she is able to be in contact. Show empathy, compassion, and unconditional lover for her (your friend -not her sister). If her silence has nothing to do with Scientology – she may respond. If it does you probably won’t get a response – but you will likely connect to her heart is in a meaningful way, even if she can’t act on it/reciprocate.

      • jazzlover

        You make great sense grasshopper, despite your lower-conditioned upvote ratio πŸ˜‰

        • Baby

          I know jazz.. I think the upvoting ratio may be a deal breaker.. hmmm ..

          • gtsix

            Stats are stats. Just saying.

            • Baby

              Yep.. and you know we are all watching.. ; /

            • jazzlover

              I was being hyperbolic, in light of last night’s “nimroddery” πŸ™‚

            • gtsix

              Oh I know.

            • jazzlover

              Oh ok. Please be more liberal with the emoji’s πŸ™‚

            • gtsix

              {insert “You’re not my supervisor” gif}

              {insert gif hard g soft g .gif}

              πŸ˜‰
              πŸ˜‰

            • jazzlover

              LOL

        • salin

          Lol and thanks. πŸ˜€

      • Baby

        Great advice Piglet. She is so giving.. and I know she loves and respects me. I truly believe that
        she felt she had no other choice. I have to be in the right mood to do it..

        Right now isn’t the best time.. xo

        • salin

          In your own time, Baby.

          Off topic: I was recently looking for a birthday card for a niece. I found one with the right sentiment, and it featured Piglet. I bought two cards. One was sent to my niece. One was set aside for me – for my Birthday later this month. You have given the image a special meaning for me. Thank you.

          • Baby

            Aww that is so sweet honey.. Let us know when your b day is pig..

            Yes.. right now just the thought of disconnection is pissing me off.. so I will see..in my own way..

        • jazzlover

          It’s a tough thing to do, but I know you have the inner strength.

          • Baby

            I do.. In fact jazz..

            I just texted her and said that I have contacted her several times without her replying.. and now I’m Worried about her..

            I’ll let you know if she answers..

            • jazzlover

              Please do. I hope it works out for the best. Hugs either way πŸ™‚

            • Baby

              thanks jazz.. I will..

    • Supper Powers

      Consider sending flowers. If she ignores that, it’s confirmed. Sorry you are even doubting her.

      • Baby

        I could do that Supper.. Good idea.. It is sad that I am doubting her absolutely ..thank you..

        • Dice

          Yeah! i have used Interflora many times. Easy and people love to get flowers and a little card!

          • Supper Powers

            Ah, the power of Floral Tech! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

            • Dice

              Exactly πŸ™‚ It works every time!

            • Paul V. Tupointeau

              Weren’t roses LRH’s most-hated scent?

              I simply had to mention that. I guess I’m just a little stinker πŸ˜‰

            • daisy

              tee hee

    • Observer

      I am constantly amazed at how many people refuse to believe the truth about Scientology because “people don’t do that kind of thing,” when they know perfectly well people do much worse. Here are a few keywords: Auschwitz, Dachau, Pol Pot, North Korea, Daesh (the name isis doesn’t want to be called), Manson, FLDS, Soviet gulags, etc.

      Guess what? All of the people named or participating in all of the above were once children, brothers and sisters and sons and daughters and mothers and fathers. Just because you know or are related to someone, or see them on the movie screen, does not mean they can’t be twisted into someone else’s destructive image or choose to be or do something you can’t imagine.

      that’s not directed at you, Baby. Sometimes all I can do is shake my head at the genuine naΓ―vetΓ© or willful blindness.

      • salin

        Powerful and effective.

      • Baby

        Oh I absolutely agree with you 100% .. Shit.. There are still people that believe OJ is innocent.. Cause he was a fuckin football star.

        Martin Sheen is presenting a series about the innocence of OJ.. PUHLLLLease.

        My friend is too gullible and believes the best in everyone. Well guess what?

        There are the worst in everyone too.. especially if you are under mind control and has spent your last dime on the cult shit and has convinced your sister that I am a bad person..

        ( Can you tell I’m starting to get mad)

        • daisy

          Kinda explains Charlie eh.

      • aquaclara

        Blindness in so many ways. Adding to,your examples, here’s one: college kids taking trips to countries that aren’t safe….I just wonder. If the country does not respect basic human rights, stay away. I had a friend whose daughter was arrested in Japan for accidentally overstaying a visa by a few days, was arrested and held for over two years before pricey US lawyers could work with pricey local lawyers to get her out.

      • daisy

        I am afraid I am terribly naΓ―ve. This whole thing is so outside anything I have experienced. I find it easier to believe the big evil things than the petty little things. I am so flummoxed that anyone would care who was friends once removed , I shouldn’t be surprized. they cared about seating at a wedding. Be patient with us .

        • Observer

          You believe the truth about Scientology. I’m talking about people who don’t.

      • Robert Eckert
        • Observer

          Horrible.

        • salin

          Tears.

  • It’s that simple..

  • Dave Reams

    Suggestion! For less than $1 a piece, professionally made, CUSTOM PRINTED! kites can be bought. Wouldn’t “Call me” type kites popping up in the skies around Blue, Gold, ASI, Brown-nose (CC), Clearwater, dot dot dot, just be peachy?

    There is a minimum order of at least 100 (depending on supplier) – but hell at a buck a piece they are cheap enough to give away to people at the beach or park : )

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/custom-printed-diamond-kite_482688266.html?spm=a2700.7724857.29.1.U2DUVs&s=p
    – One of many examples!

    • Dice

      alibaba is whole-sale as is the price. But there are other options. And someone is going to hold the line – Hey… “Hold the line” – Operator please hold the line!

      • Dave Reams

        That’s right, wholesale price, 100 or more units (plus shipping). At any rate, for an investment of a few hundred dollars, one could have a hundred or more professionally made fully packaged attention getting, message delivering, truth disseminating, and last but not least, fun, kites. That’s right, someone is going to hold the line enjoying the peace and joy of flying a kite! That is if someone doesn’t disturb that peace by asking about the message : )

        • Dice

          Thats true!. But downtown Los Angeles? The beach The parks or where ever people density is high and you don’t need a permit to fly a kite, i am all in.

    • Chee Chalker

      Or perhaps balloons that could be released at the next Org opening…. 3 year from now
      Or released at the premiere of Cruise’s next ‘blockbuster.’

  • salin

    In the last couple of days – a reminder to ‘click recommend’ seems almost unnecessary. But we are so close to 200, I can’t help my self. If you haven’t – remember to click the Recommend to upvote today’s UB.

    The photographer of this amazing Aurora pic states that this has been an image that s/he has waited for years to be able to capture (waterfall, fjord and aurora). Am guessing many UBers who comment, or just read, would find a parallel to this past week.

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=124365&PHPSESSID=q9p2if819r1q4vql818jnguak7

    • If you have a Canon camera, and you’ve always wanted to try some night-time sky photography, there is a free software package that adds a whole bunch of features to your camera. (My snag is the custom-sized external power plug on my camera.)

      http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK

  • Kim O’Brien

    Un-fucking-believable . Krustie endorsed Donald Trump . She is taking a beating on twitter …

    Scientology and Trump . Perfect

    • Dice

      It’s Friday and she is..

      • beauty for ashes

        In a bathrobe in the lemur cage with a box of wine?

        • daisy

          Goof – Now that’s a clue game I could get behind minus Kirstie and the lemurs.

    • Observer

      And guess who’s all over it.

      refresh

      • salin

        Oh, John. Have you ever met her – or is this assessment that she is kinder than most of the people that you know – just based on familiarity with her twitter feed?

        When is Trump coming to Camelot Hotel to get the Hotel’s “Knight” (meaningless outside of the property of your hotel) designation?

        • Observer

          I think she has stayed at Fawlty Towers Camelot Castle Hotel.

          • salin

            Wonder what she, used to luxury, thought of the reportedly .. unusual and somewhat tired accommodations.

            • Observer

              Apparently there are a couple of rooms (the most expensive) which have been renovated and are quite nice. Mappin couldn’t put his OT celebrity guests in just any old room. And what if Sir Donald Trump, Knight Defender of Camelot, should take up the invitation to visit? Squeeeee!

            • salin

              Hope Mappin realizes that he would need to invest a cool several million to bring his place up to a ‘Trump Hotel/Resort’ level if he were to have ‘Camelot Sir Donald Trump’ come to visit.

          • FawltyTowers was inspired by a real hotel in Torquay, where John Cleese stayed while travelling with the “Monty Python” team.

            The only reason “Camelot Castle” will ever be remebered is if some hapless comedian on tour accidently books in there… and takes his revenge on stage.

        • Sid (Phil Jones)

          Of course he’s met her. And he’s got a photo-shopped picture on his wall to prove it.

          • salin

            IKR, lol!

            Then again if you think parking your extreme luxury cars at the front door of your hotel will so impress visitors that they will overlook the plastic porta potty in the bedroom, and the glittery yuge paintings with glued on bows featured all over the hotel, your judgement is … well… unusual.

      • daisy

        The llne is Hey Boy, .

      • Sibs

        BWAHAHAHAHA ahem I gotta move my car bye

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I do believe that Kirstie is one of the brightest people he knows. And it’s hilarious that he thinks that is a compliment!

        • Observer

          Refresh

          • beauty for ashes

            I’m going to call these lipstick monkeys. this is the face people often make if you are putting lipstick on them. they kind of look like they are wearing a nice pink too.

            • Observer

              lol, and I can totally see it, but I think they’re howler monkeys

        • daisy

          LOL

      • madame duran

        Every time I think of John Mappin and his Castle of Horrors, I think “mold”. That picture you posted a while back of the shower stall with thick, wet, black moldy muck in the corners… *shudders*
        I…I just can’t go there now. I get the bad feels.

        • salin

          While I find great humor around the subject, I can understand how those disgusting pics of the realities leave a queasy reaction that is appalling.

        • Observer

          F5

          • daisy

            I still want to go and experience the laser box. I think Ted*s little pictures might be very tasteful in RL. Come on Obs. lets have a girls weekend.

            • beauty for ashes

              hee hee hee! tasteful!

            • The “light box’. They’re not high-tech enough for lasers, which is just as well. I wouldn’t trust them with one.

        • beauty for ashes

          OMG I can still see that one too!

      • kemist

        Kirstie Alley, kind ? In what universe ?

        She is probably the most openly passive-agressive public personalities I know of.

      • Donald Trump

        Folks, I don’t need this kind of support.

      • UK elections are short and sharp – and people generally lose patience with campaigning politicians very quickly. Very few people here understand or follow the long drawn out US process (you have elections to choose candidates and then more to choose which one gets into office?).

        I don’t understand who Mappin thinks his Trump obcession is playing to.

    • madame duran

      That was a surprise to you? She tried through her previous tweets to appear as an “undecided” or “neutral” voter but they were far from that. It was pretty obvious that she was enamoured by Trump’s blowhard speeches. She’s an airhead.

    • madame duran

      I hope she loses a lot of fans over this. Girl has lost her mind TRIPLE TIME

      • Baby

        Fans? Madame.. that is a stretch.. ha..

        • madame duran

          Sychophant fans, for sure, but fans nevertheless. People either fawn over or criticize/make fun of her Scientology woo. No in-between.

          • Baby

            Yep.. I was just teasing.. They can have her..hahaha

    • TheMirrorThetan

      She must be on coke again. Or else last time she was doing the Purif her last remaining brain cells cooked in the sauna.

      • daisy

        Don’t blame perfectly good coke for that mess.

        • They covered the billboard at Patheos. Great comment about Co$:

          Scientology is a major in sociopathy with a concentration in gaslighting. And it’s designed to be that. Like, on purpose.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      HA! Is Kirstie’s endorsement something any candidate would even want? Yeesh, I don’t think so.
      But as LRH said: “Scientology gives us our first chance to have a real democracy”. GAG
      (refresh)

      • Supper Powers

        Huh?

      • Kim O’Brien

        every time i see something in quotes that LRH said ….about politics , women , motherhood , …i say to myself ” gee …he seems nice ” …LOL

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Guess that helps explain your ex then.

      • Good example of Hubbard redefining words.
        Democracy and scientology in one sentence. Just wow.
        KSW#1 is what he really meant.

      • Paul V. Tupointeau

        Also “Somebody some day will say β€˜this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs say what is legal or not.”

        • Baby

          This quote really pisses me off.. Who in the Hell..( oh never mind)

    • Ivan Mapother

      Krustie just wants Trump’s advice on how to beat business fraud raps. It’s a ploy.

    • Couch_Incident

      She’s hoping to be his Secretary of Offense

      • Baby

        Ohh good one Couch..

      • PerpetualOutflow

        Or meet the new IRS Commissioner

  • Sibs

    Just got off work and read Sid’s interview with THR. Well spoken, all of it.

    In case the link hasn’t already been posted a billion times (watching kids so I can’t really stay to scroll down): http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywoods-anti-scientology-billboard-couple-882171

    • Baby

      Sibs are you still working at the restaurant.. Do you like it.. I’ve been thinking of you..

      • Sibs

        Yes! I’ve been putting in some long hours lately (two doubles in a row yesterday and today). But they like me enough that they have me opening the restaurant by myself almost every day. And I kinda enjoy the time getting there early and tidying up – I guess I’m weird like that.

        • Baby

          I miss restaurant work.. Always been around food service.. doing something.. Even while working in Mental Health I trained others in the food industry.

          Of course they like you.. duh? Who wouldn’t.. double shift.. Oh I forgot about those days.. xo..but you are young.. Make $ .. while you are young..

          Then wonder where it all went when you are old..like me..ha

    • just came to post that link!

  • aquaclara

    There are some hurting souls chipping in to the Philboard project. Bernie and Claire among them. And names most of us don’t know. I wish we did.

    There are moms and dads, sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts and friends forced to disconnect. I’d love to be able to create a memory wall for every person that’s missing, cut off and stuck inside. Phil’s website has a place for the stories….stroll by, drop in a note, share a memory, a photo or a message.

    Also, donations continue to pour in, so if you are inspired, ten dollars goes along way toward month three.

    • Paul V. Tupointeau

      …or Philboard #2 ! Just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      I’ve been receiving some stories and should be able to get them uploaded this weekend. It’s been a bit hectic this week so hadn’t gotten it done.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Sure. Like that’s some excuse πŸ™‚

  • cdub

    You have to fight this in unique and unusual ways. Good for Brian. Fighting it on their terms gives them the advantage.

  • beauty for ashes

    Hey Bunkeroos, free moment of zen πŸ™‚
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVePL_vKeJQ

    • Baby

      AWwwwwwwwwwwww cute beauty..thinking of you honey..

      • beauty for ashes

        I love the smooshed face with the one eye moving at:46 and Maru’s butt wiggle at the end.

        • Baby

          hahahah.. Yes.. adorable.

          • beauty for ashes

            Hey, how’s the scooter riding going?

            • Baby

              OOOOOOOOOh lovin it beauty.. Went out for a couple of hrs today .. It was fabulous because it was hot out.. (f5)

            • beauty for ashes

              You got an emoji for it!!!!

            • Baby

              hahaha.. I went on a scooter forum just for grins today and found it.. It is so cute, eh? And you are the first to receive it.. !

            • beauty for ashes

              It’s perfect! we’ve come a long way from the dancing banana right?

            • Baby

              hahahahha.. yes we have.. I keep stealing as I’m snooping through sites..xo..

    • phoebequeen

      LOL! I so needed to see this!!!

      • beauty for ashes

        I swear that cat is the best medicine!

        • phoebequeen

          Any cat video is balm for the soul. I am convinced that, before any world leaders meet, there should be a mandatory viewing of cat and dog shamming videos. Put smiles on their faces before they make important decisions.

          • beauty for ashes

            Ironically two friends that are both now Drs got me hooked!

  • aquaclara

    Phil and Willie’s story is listed on Drudge. They link to the excellent Hollywood Reporter interview.

    More page views….more awareness….Big Blue must be starting to crumble by now!

    • salin

      First for me. Appreciating something appearing in Drudge. While his agenda is far from mine, the appreciation for more views and more awareness far outweighs my lack of appreciation for that site’s general slant. Glad he picked up the story.

    • aquaclara

      3 million daily page views…..

    • Juicer77

      Really terrific interview. Phil hit all the right notes.

    • I’m a dork, I didn’t really scroll down and I posted this like 2 comments above ya! Sorry!! But yeah, I saw it on Drudge and was like YES!!!!! The audience there is huge!

  • Liberated

    I have a great idea, Tony O. as a guest on “Real Time w/Bill Maher”. The 1st. spot is usually for a person discussing current events. Journalists seem to be popular, I remember Lawrence Wright was on right before “Going Clear” opened, and I know one thing for sure, Maher hates Scientology. BM said he was thrilled someone is finally taking them on and his outrage at what he claims people get away with under the 1st amendment. There are many topics to discuss, all that’s happened this year alone, especially this week. These events are not earth-shattering, to most of the world, but they are to many. The show is on HBO, and they’re pretty cool. GO is still showing now.

    • jazzlover

      After he aired that segment showing how easy it is to start a religion, I’d love to see John Oliver do a segment on scientology, complete with an interview with Tony and links to this website and as many other places as possible. The guy’s a genius, and I’m pretty sure his special brand of sarcastic humor would get the obvious points across. His show, “Last Week Tonight”, airs on HBO on Sundays 11 pm edt. Based on HBO’s decision to go full steam ahead with “Going Clear”, I’m guessing they wouldn’t be too concerned with the ridiculous threat of lawsuits.

      Btw, for anyone interested, “Going Clear” seems to have moved to HBO’s permanent documentary programming.

      • jazzlover

        Speak of the devil – John Oliver’s on Colbert coming up in a few minutes.

      • Liberated

        Completely agree, I love John Oliver. I always watch his show every Sunday. I don’t think HBO takes shit from anyone , especially that pissant cult. Man, I’m having a hard time w/disqus and my device tonight, it takes forever to do anything. Very frustrating.

        • jazzlover

          He has this special “knock some sense into people” brand of humor that has me usually laughing my ass off from beginning to end.

          Hey, maybe we should petition him to do a show all about the ills of disqus πŸ™‚

        • Liberated

          Dion, is on Tonight Show tonight. Half-hour from now. Love him.

        • If your’e using a tablet, sometimes there are so many comments that they fill up the available memory and slow the device to a crawl – you type something, and see it appear seconds later.

          The solution is to refresh the page in your browser. It’s annoying to have to find your place again, but it does the trick.

  • I’m sure it’s been mentioned already but the billboard story is on Drudge Report now, linking to the Hollywood Reporter story/interview.

    Today I learned that some people have never heard of the Costa Concordia, which I thought would be pretty well known. No one in my doctor’s office, including my doctor, had heard of it. And I’m the one without cable and tv! I got diagnosed with costochondritis today and I said I’d just call it Costa Concordia instead and I got “what’s that?” Even after explaining it, didn’t ring any bells for them!

    • Observer

      Wait…so you’re keeled over off an Italian island?!

      • Yep! πŸ™‚ That was the first thing that popped in my mind when she said costochondritis and I knew I couldn’t pronounce it!! It sure felt like my ‘vessel’ was up against some rocks last night getting stabbed! Could hardly sleep, kept waking up to stabbing pains on either side of my rib cage, would last about a minute, I’d go back to sleep then STAB again!

        At least it’s not pleurisy, so I’ll give it that!

        • Baby

          Oh honey..that is so painful.. I am so sorry.. My daughter had that a long time ago..but she was absolutely in agony..

          • Thanks Baby! β™₯ It’s not as bad as pleurisy—and I’ve had the moist pleurisy and dry pleurisy and the dry pleurisy is the worst thing ever!!! At least this doesn’t make it hurt to breath!!! But the stabbing isn’t pleasant! Someone somewhere has a voodoo doll of me!! πŸ™‚

            • Baby

              Ugh.. We will find that Voodoo Doll holder and Stick ’em Tia..

            • Sounds like a plan!! πŸ™‚

        • Robert Eckert

          If you’re going to be keeled over anyway, a Mediterranean island would be a better place to keel over than Akron, just sayin’

          • But but we have THE BLIMP!!! πŸ˜€ I saw today they’re non-creatively calling Wingfoot Two (the new one) which means OURS–Akron’s—that’ll be built next will be Wingfoot Three.

        • thetastic

          Oh, that sounds so sucky. Feel better!

          • Thanks thetastic! It’s sucky, but better than pleurisy! That’s what I keep telling myself! πŸ™‚

        • phoebequeen

          Ouch. I have had that. Having fibromyalgia , you get to get all kinds of weird , painful things. It hurts and it can be scary, but not fatal. Still sucks big time.

          • Yeah, it sucks, but my mantra is “It’s not pleurisy, it’s not pleurisy…” πŸ˜€ Pleurisy is far worse!!

    • beauty for ashes

      Costco~arthritis: acute pain caused by carrying bulk sized items.

      • Never been to a costco and it started when I was asleep last night. She thinks it’s due to drum roll….coughing!! Though I haven’t had major coughing fits. She suggested I get a rib cage transplant. πŸ˜€

        • beauty for ashes

          I looked it up, that sucks. Sending good anti-inflammatory thoughts your way πŸ™‚

          • Thanks bfa!! Of all the damn things to get! I’m still on antibiotics for my strep too! Fucking annoying!! I was feeling yesterday too! Grrr….

            • beauty for ashes

              This will crack you up, ahem, silently amuse you ( no pain). I SWEAR the phlebotomist was high who drew my blood today. Look how she put on my bandage! I couldn’t bend my elbow! And all the way around? Who does that? LOL! F5

            • Dafuq?! Hopefully she was more capable with a needle. Who knew you could fuck up bandaging!

            • beauty for ashes

              No she hurt me too! But my Mom was so amused when I showed her I had to take a pic to see it.

            • They shouldn’t be pulling blood! How in the hell can you fuck up bandaging?! If/when you have to get blood drawn again, you CAN request someone else if you encounter this person. When I go to St. Thomas for blood work and I do gotta get over there some day (gotta not eat in the AM though—regularly scheduled bloody work to check cholesterol levels) there’s a lady who is AWESOME. You don’t even FEEL the needle–how is that possible?! One day someone else came in and I must have made some kind of face, probably a ‘oh no’ look. They probably had gotten that before, because she said “Did you want _____?” I said that was okay, I just always had them and I was surprised someone else worked in that department. She told me I could always request that lady. This one did okay though, so that was nice! πŸ™‚

              When I was in the hospital back in ’03 they did daily blood draws and this one nurse poke me repeatedly and could NOT successfully get the needle in. Now I have good veins, I’ve even been told by a heroin addict I had really good veins to shoot up with (a truly DAFUQ?! moment). After about the 8 time of her poking me I told her STOP as a bruise was forming and get someone else. “I can do it.” Uh yeah sure but not on me. Another nurse came in and this one came in with her, as she was trying to claim it was my vein’s fault she couldn’t draw blood and golly gee, that nurse used my other arm due to the soreness/bruise the idiot caused me and BINGO! She got it the first time.

            • beauty for ashes

              It was my first time at that facility, as I have different insurance now. My previous facility, was so much better. I don’t have good veins, I bruise easily and have low blow volume, so some of the time even when you get it in right, it stops flowing. And you have to start all over. I’m getting better at remembering to chug water before hand! I always compliment effusively the tech when you don’t feel it. I have no idea how they do that, but it does seem to be some sort of craft.
              LOL~ wait, I totally just realized that we are having the same sort of conversations that the elderly people in the my neighborhood have! So funny, and we are both in our forties !
              Anyway, thank you for your encouragement to stand up for myself. I will remember that if I see her again. It’s always fucking something, right? <3

            • I’m half joking when I say I’m 46 going on 90!! My doctor’s office staff said they were gonna send me a 90th birthday card next week and I bet they do! πŸ˜€

              No matter WHERE you go, you might encounter someone who has issues drawing blood. Never EVER forget you have the right the say “I’d like someone else please.” They can’t claim there’s no one else available either, as there has to be a supervisor—who can do their job—on duty. You don’t need to explain why either to them. You CAN tell a supervisor why—because chances are they have no idea. Even if you bruise easy and have low volume, a professional should be able to deal with that without causing you considerable pain and discomfort!

            • daisy

              Me at the end of the shift. Seriously that is so funny.

            • beauty for ashes

              It felt like some sort of elbow wedgie.

            • Kay

              Well now, that is just silly ! That’s like a semi-tourniquet. No wonder you felt like you had a wedgy !

            • Dice

              Lol – that is funny!

            • phoebequeen

              Jesus!

        • salin

          Sending hugs. The ribs, as a culprit again?!

          If I were an OatTee (High Number) and it worked – I would postulate your ribs to get back into place and do their original job without starting any other physical trouble!

          Since that isn’t real – I am instead sending you warm compassionate thoughts and the hope that your doctor can figure out how to reverse your condition ASAP.

          • Thanks salin!!! Much appreciated!! β™₯ My doctor said she couldn’t really do anything for this, and her magic wand was in the shop (I love my doctor, and staff, they have great sense of humor). But yeah, apparently my rib cage has decided to be defiant. I can respect defiancy, as I’ve been that way—that helped me survive my childhood—but I think my rib cage needs to realize it would be cutting off it’s nose to spite it’s face if it thinks it can break free of me! πŸ˜€

        • noseinabk

          So sorry you are going through this Tia.
          OT : I was thinking about you today when my daughter asked me to watch a video of crows riding on the backs of aggressors or chasing them away.
          https://www.google.com/search?q=crows+landing+on+biΔ£ger+birds&client=tablet-android-samsung&prmd=ivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjS1J2U4IDMAhWpm4MKHVkhBvAQ_AUIBygB&biw=1280&bih=800#imgrc=UzSSeiPhvgNdrM%3A

          • Whoa!!! On an eagle!!! And a deer!! AN EAGLE!!!! Damn! I wonder why the crow landed on the deer, that looks funny. I bet the deer got teased about that later! “Hey Debbie, where’s your crow hat?”

    • M from Toronto

      It’s pretty wonderful to see how the story has legs. It must be interesting a very, very wide audience of folks by now.
      I hope you feel better ASAP, Tia. That’s a shame, rib pain does you in for any movement (I’ve had rib spreaders used in surgery on me) but worst of all, you cannot escape the non-stop laughing fit that will strike at least once a day for the duration of the rib pain!
      It’s a shame too that people don’t know the Costa Concordia disaster off the top of their heads, or, as this Navy Vet’s granddaughter calls it, A Tale of Two Captains. (The reaction of the Italian Coast Guard officer made me want to get up and cheer. I think of him, and his opposite number, Captain Loathsome Lothario.)
      I was thinking of you today when I watched the Grackles and Juncos eating their bird seed, they’re doing their annual migration intersection.

      • I had to look up rib spreaders, what kind of medieval torture is that?! Well fortunately for me I am black hearted sour puss who never laughs. πŸ˜€ I just need to avoid things that’ll make me laugh. Coughing though, appears to be nemesis, even just like one cough and not a coughing fit!

        Yeah, the Costa Concordia should be known. A modern day example of a ‘captain’ who did not deserve that title! Real captains are willing to go down with their ship and wouldn’t do such a stupid ass stunt that would risk passenger’s lives or their vessel!

        I’ve got some Grackles, I love their coloring! I have Juncos too, just a few. “Migration intersection”–that’s an awesome phrase!! I think I’m part cat cuz I just love to watch the birds!

    • phoebequeen

      And, this right here, is why I love you!!!! Bwwwahhhh!!!

      • Aw thanks phoebequeen! β™₯

  • Will Tom Cruise Actually Move to the Scientology Manor in the UK? – World Religion News

    Oh please!

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Edit to remove links to undesirable sites.

      • Robert Eckert

        The only sentence in bold-face on the .org page is (in a paragraph about who Scientologists are):
        They are millions strong.
        Would you call that a bold-faced lie?

        • The other sites redirect to the .org one.

          Hmm. My ADSL line went down just now. (I have a Pi watching that.) Odd, because the “party-lining” junk usually happens during the day. Could be a coincidence, however, since I found the part I was looking for today, tomorrow I go track that.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            You remind me of the family german shephard we once had that bolted out the door for reasons we never understood, dragged home stuff in her mouth that we never wanted to inspect much less understand, and was somehow content in knowing that we were just dumb humans with good grub that just did not understand how well and heroically she was protecting us all. That’s a thank you, just so you understand πŸ™‚

            • I’m being purposely vague. If CoS is involved in the continuing interference on my data connection, I’m not going to say how I’m going to follow the connection to them yet.

              It’s a surprise.

              (More likely it’s a Bell Canada FUBAR, but let’s see…)

        • Hitler called it a “Big Lie” – a lie so outrageously false that, if you delivered it with a straight face you could always bluff some people into believing it was true (especially if they wanted to believe.

      • Wow. It’s been a while since they’ve promoted their creepy stalker sites to actual web pages and everything.

        That’s going to burn them.

      • Kay

        That is creepy and very very annoying, truly πŸ™

        • Sid (Phil Jones)

          Sorry.

          • Kay

            I didn’t mean that it annoyed me I meant how annoying for you !!

    • The idea that where Tom Cruise lives is headline religious news is very strange. Apart from the fact that this ‘story’ is a fabricated distraction, the only connection to religion is a sad comment on the cult of personality that surrounds film actors.

      The CofS has successfully expoited this – at the price of reducing TCs credibity by one more notch. They really don’t realise that they are turning him into a laughing stock. He’s not getting any younger and, quite soon, he’s going to be less use to them than Travolta is now.

      • The whole site is pretty dodgy, always has been.

      • Dice

        It’s a pro so-ein-tology site, try search on it!

  • TheMirrorThetan

    The younger baby is getting a feisty little bugger. I just saw him peck Mum and apparently he was pecking the older one earlier. Maybe he was cranky coz Mum woke him up when she started cleaning the nest in the middle of the night.
    http://dceaglecam.eagles.org/#

    • JustSheila

      Cute! Ha ha, You’re probably right. Some of my rescued parrots hated being woken up and the younger ones go into defensive mode pretty easily. My first rescued parrot was a young Corella – he’d fall asleep on my shoulder in front of the television but if I moved and he woke up, he’d freak out, screaming and biting. Was funny, actually, and always caught me by surprise. Funny little guy. Another Corella was woken by a rat in the aviary and stabbed it cleanly dead in the neck with his beak. Not bad for a vegetarian.

  • Supper Powers

    I am ready and waiting for another exodus of Sea Org members. Come on y’all! There are friends and family waiting for you to wake up, rise up and run out to them. Come on home!

    And, suck it OSA.

    • Baby

      ” RISE UP”

  • thetastic

    Love the interview with Nora crest! Even having heard her story before, it’s compelling and moving every time. Thank you, Nora! And Allison Hope Weiner, who is so awesome.

  • Robert Eckert
    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Snorting all that spring snow, are ‘ya? Thanks for the bedtime laugh, Robert.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Trying to catch up Mr Hole who has been so busy lately – had him read Hollywood Reporter’s excellent interview with Phil and then the Today show segment. This had to be so hard for Phil and Willie to go through. Mr Hole and I held hands through the whole show. Seeing it myself for a second time I have to say the power of their message cut right through and kind of grabs you by the heart and yanks you right in. It’s universal in it’s appeal and I hope all this compassionate, warm and fuzzy love and family stuff makes Miscavige so pukey and constipated ill that he has to spit out both son and daughter just so he can eat a good meal again.

    I was telling Mr Hole what a weird day it was for me in the Bunker. First, I found myself agreeing with Jeb, then disagreeing with NOLAgirl and then almost coming to a meeting of the minds with Kim. I will hang on to my doubts about Baby’s Disconnection saga – not buying it yet, but hey, it’s past my bedtime so what do I know.

    What a week, what a month in the Bunker. We’re gonna need a bigger Bunker and more snacks and cowbell. Definitely more cowbell.

    https://youtu.be/8Ix7jqxXQ2I

    • Baby

      Oh I hope you are right Hole! Just so unlike her.. I will let everyone know. I still haven’t heard from her..and she always has her phone on… hmmmmm

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Hah! Just telling him she’ll be here – Hey, I honestly think she probably hasn’t had much if any real contact with her sci sister in at least 5 years. For real – no one gets honest contact with anyone still in for quite some time now, much more than 2 years. I’d say 4 or 5 years Miscavige already clamped everything and everyone down hard. No way your friend had any real contact with her sister. Sorry for your friend. Most likely she was cut off herself close to two years ago. Maybe with so much history so long you have an intermediary. I could see it might have been about sci more years ago – but doubt it was as you fear. Hope you can find some family member to get a message thru. !

        • Baby

          Thank you… I will try. I guess my scenario was that she called her sister..

          Her sister told her entire family years ago NOT to mention Scn. to her.. don’t talk about it.. blah, blah.. fair roads /weather shit..

          Then when I informed friend about scn..and the levels and went through what her sis was being taught..

          Friend confronted sis about it.. and thus the freezing me out.

          I will see what I can do tomorrow.

  • OOkpik

    Just for fun because it’s strangely quiet right now…
    Ookpik chicks.

    • Dice

      Your kids? Do tell me those are puppets?

      • OOkpik

        Close! Just cute toys. πŸ™‚

  • aegerprimo

    Good morning y’all! FYI the link to the Boston TV story about the Fauteux family GoFundMe account has Disqus comments. I commented and clicked the β™₯ recommended button.

    Family of GoFundMe theft gets a special surprise from the company
    http://www.whdh.com/story/31672206/family-of-gofundme-theft-gets-a-special-surprise-from-the-company

    • OOkpik

      Kudos to GoFundMe for hopefully restoring some faith in humanity in the Fauteux family at a time when they need all the support they can get. That little kindness will go a long way.

      • FredEX2

        Good Morning OOkpik β˜•οΈ I see you’re up with the birdies this morning! ~Just enough time to get the coffee on before Tony’s latest report is posted.

        • OOkpik

          G’mornin’ FredEX. Actually, it’s 3:56 in the morning here and hours past a reasonable bedtime for me but I’m dying to see what Tony has in store for us today…in 5..4..3..2..1..
          BLASTOFF!

          Hahahaha. It’s a doozy!

    • FredEX2

      Good Morning aegerprimo! Tks for the link. Nice story about GoFundMe giving the Fauteux family the money that was stolen. Always heartening to read that there are still good people in the world.

  • daisy

    I just read today*s story but cannot find the comment section . anybody else ? I am so confused ( more than usual ) Found it . That was weird . I was afraid I would have to do something in real life.

    • Jimmy3

      Standing in an empty checkout line at Walmart yelling WHERE IS THE GODDAMN COMMENTS SECTION
      That’s how I spend my Saturdays

      • daisy

        LOL- Sometimes I feel like you live in my head.

  • picketflag247

    DAMN SCIENTOLOGY TO HELL A TRILLION TIMES OVER!!!!!!

  • Gus_Cox

    Props to GoFundMe.