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For 30 grand or so, Scientology will let you into its shrine to L. Ron Hubbard. Here’s a peek.

 
Thanks again to reader Rasha, we have a first look at another entertaining Scientology publication today, in this case Source magazine, the publication of the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

Source does its best to entice wealthy Scientologists to “Flag,” where they can progress up Scientology’s “Bridge to Total Freedom,” to some of its most expensive upper-level offerings.

That includes, of course, Scientology’s crown jewel, its “Flag Building” that was opened in 2013 and is more colloquially known as the “Super Power Building.” It takes up a full city block, and Scientology raised something like $200 million to construct it, which took about 20 years. Mike Rinder found documents that spell out what Scientology is charging members to set foot in the place, and he estimated that a typical Super Power experience is going to run a Scientologist about $32,000.

For us, there was one particular treat about the Super Power Building in this edition of Source — it’s our best look yet at the shrine to L. Ron Hubbard that we had first noticed when we published leaked renderings for the building back in early 2012. Those plans called for a museum to Hubbard focusing on his years running Scientology from sea (1967-1975) as the Commodore of his own small private navy.

The centerpiece of it would be his office on the yacht Apollo recreated to exacting detail…

 

 
Here’s how Source magazine, issue number 244, describes how the actual shrine itself came out. We thought you’d get a kick out of it.

 

 

IMAGINE YOURSELF WALKING through the palatial and perfect Flag Building. You’ve come to this place of learning, wisdom and spiritual freedom to go on services, but also to explore the deep legacy of our religion as only can be experienced in this singular location.

Marveling at the soaring architecture of sweeping staircases and exquisite arches clad in Italian travertine, you discover the Sea Org Museum just off the Grand Atrium. If you feel you have just passed through boundless space and time rendered in thoughtful design, you are now entering a rare and privileged look back into the foundations of Scientology via the implements, instruments and writings of LRH himself.

 

 

Dedicated to Flag’s seaborne heritage, the Sea Org Museum is a repository of living history — a testament to the fact that it was aboard the Apollo that LRH originally established the Flag Service Organization. Ultimately, as the religion grew and demand exceeded the ship’s capacity, LRH moved Flag ashore in 1975 and established the Flag Land Base. But this is as close as you can possibly get to being where it all started.

 

 

Notably, as you enter, some of the first items you encounter are instruments of navigation that are on display. How fitting, considering that what Ron gave the world were the tools and guidance needed to chart a course through the travails and traps of life to successfully progress to the state of complete liberation.

As you continue further into the museum, your senses heighten as you fully realize what you are experiencing is a treasure trove of the largest collection of artifacts ever assembled from the Flagship of the flotilla. Here is where you can view firsthand everything from LRH’s handwritten issues and manuscripts including copies of HCO Policy Letters, HCO Bulletins and Flag Orders, to the actual uniform he wore during the Apollo‘s christening.

The artifacts are many — some 60 in all — and together, they emanate Ron’s presence in a way that is palpable. Here is the Apollo‘s original radar, the ship’s phone, the Commodore’s wind velocity meter and weather station. Further along, the buffed-to-a-brassy-sparkle ship’s bell. A center island showcases additional artifacts including information on Sea Org Mission Technology, weather prediction, The Four Unprofitable Courses and a fittingly nautical display of ship’s knots.

 

 

A list of visitor favorites would also have to include beautifully rendered handcrafted models of the ships Athena, Diana, Apollo and Freewinds.

Then there is the transporting moment you encounter a detailed re-creation of the ship’s promenade deck, complete with a life-size image of Ron and a crew member making the rounds, giving the impression you are there with the Commodore himself.

Additionally, six museum panels cover various eras aboard the ship while two flat screens display multiple videos featuring LRH excerpts normally reserved only for Sea Org members. Throughout, the exquisite displays are presented in a setting that echoes a ship below decks, with curved beams and polished wood finishes enhancing the feeling of discovery.

But perhaps the most moving and memorable feature here is the Office of the Commodore, LRH’s command central and research room. The site of countless technical and administrative breakthroughs, the timeless tableau stands exactly as it did when LRH walked the bridge of the Apollo. Indeed, it is the absolute centerpiece of the museum. From his original Mark V E-meter with its hand-carved case, to the mantel with its model of the Cutty Sark, the office is perfect and authentic to the last detail — as will be your experience here in this museum, a voyage through time, space and Scientology that will remain with you for eternity.

One additional note, about that “recreation of the ship’s promenade deck,” which includes the life-size image of Hubbard and a replica lifeboat. Here’s how it looked in the computer rendering we published in 2012…

 

 
Look closely and you’ll notice that there’s a small girl following behind the Commodore…

 

 
Another photo of the scene which showed up in another Scientology publication gives us a better view of her…

 

 
And a closer look at that image revealed that the little girl appeared to have a black eye…

 

 
The girl herself, Julie Blundell, showed up at the WWP forum to confirm that she was one of the “Commodore’s Messengers,” young girls who lived on the ship and whose job it was to shadow Hubbard and run to and fro delivering his communications. She explained that she was between 8 and 11 years old in the photo, and that an accident with a wayward pulley had given her the shiner.

Julie was later erased when the photo was used in the “RON” encyclopedia…

 

 
And if you look carefully at the image of the actual museum that is shown in this issue of Source, you can see that when they built the replica of the Apollo’s deck, they went with the image in which Julie had been photoshopped out.

Because, after all, why would you want to remind wealthy Scientologists paying so much money that the place operates in part on the indentured servitude of children working long hours for little or no pay?

 
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Leah Remini sits down with Joe Rogan

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s video of Leah Remini’s entertaining talk with Joe Rogan on his popular podcast. Even if you’re familiar with her book and her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, we think you’ll learn a few things from this recording.

For example, unless it was in her book and we just don’t remember it, we think this was the first time we’ve heard Leah say that during her 3-month interrogation at the Flag Land Base following the Cruise-Holmes wedding debacle, one of the things they asked her about was whether she had any “sexual intentions towards Tom Cruise.” Well, that sounds like Scientology. Anyway, it’s a lively interview and Leah is more and more sure of herself and her mission, as you’ll see.

 

 
And yesterday we had another fun time with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips of KABC radio in Los Angeles. The Scientology starts up at about the 22:30 mark…

 

 
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HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on January 31, 2017 at 07:00

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

 

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  • It’s true.. they have a machine that can see a thought – here is the evidence
    https://twitter.com/johnalexwood/status/826222283500953605

    • Science Doc

      A lot wrong with that statement. Including using the word machine when instrument is clearly more descriptive.

    • Panopea Abrupta
    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Can someone reply to JAW and introduce him to the CT scanning machine and the MRI machine. These machines can see the brain “light up” in different places according to what the subject is thinking about. These are machines that can actually see thoughts.

      The e-meter can only “see” galvanic changes in the skin.

      • not sure anything will show up at all using MRI

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Do you mean if they MRI JAW’s head – that nothing will show up? Well, this may be true.

        • April

          Yes, it does with a fMRI (functional MRI). It’s not just a static image like with the traditional MRI. You’re not really seeing actual thoughts with an fMRI, but you’ll see different areas of the brain light up as the person thinks about different things, solves problems, recalls memories etc.

          • okey…. so basically neuron activities.. for all iknow JAW is running on the fumes of an AI

            • April

              Yes, it gives an idea of which parts of the brain are involved in various cognitive tasks, emotional responses, memory recall, etc.

              As for JAW, I’m not convinced that he has a brain.

    • Joe

      I don’t know JAW, the e-meter hasn’t projected images of me pushing you off a cliff, so it can’t be that accurate.

      • A Thought… not the other one!

        • Joe

          I don’t know, when I see him on Twitter, pushing him off a cliff is pretty much the only thought that comes to mind.

          • lol – do i know you on twitter?

            • Joe

              I don’t have Twitter, I just stalk Tony, Mike, and Leah and get the snippets that nottrue puts on here.

    • I can call spirits from the vasty deep!

      • I always wanted to put you on a meter!

    • Kestrel

      …and then there’s this, which actually does read a thought and helps those doing the thinking.
      http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/31/health/locked-in-als-brain-computer-study/index.html

      • It’s really good for people in that situation that something can be done and that someone is doing something….somehow :-O

  • Harpoona Frittata

    O/T, but not very: Brian Lambert has an excellent guest essay on Mike’s blog today, entitled “The Responsibility of Leaders” http://www.mikerindersblog.org/the-responsibility-of-leaders/ that’s very well-written and goes to the heart of explaining exactly where both Elron’s and lil davey’s inspiration and guiding direction for leading the cult came from. Check it out!

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    And it was here in the private Officers Lounge of the Apollo wherein the great tradition of reading the most salacious and lurid contents of pc folders aloud to one’s fellow SO officers while getting hammered began. And oh how very naughty the pc’s were during the so-called sexual revolution with all of the “anything goes” sex and drugs and sodomy permissiveness. Beautifully recreated at Flag, the Officers Lounge includes actual pc folders from the period 1968-1972. Have a few cocktails and regale your fellow OT’s as you read the most vile and disgusting things! Yes, the pc’s on the Apollo were such utterly degraded beings that you will most certainly feel so much better about yourself as you drink and laugh at these “no case gain” pre-GAT II preclears. Thank God you’re a morally superior GAT II OT. Thank you COB!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3680feb0b6e56694f822f013056b1558b0fb8ba47214623dfbc0255443bcc309.png

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      In this context, does COB mean Chairman Of the Bar?

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Someone set the bar pretty low.

          • just another guy out there

            In the last two weeks the bar seems to be getting lower every hour.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              You mean here on the Bunker (R), or the US in general..?

              I’m just kidding – I’m not going to get involved in politics here 🙂

            • wasn’t there something about the Florida State Bar?

            • just another guy out there

              In the Bunker, we belly up to the bar. Howdycon #1 was proof of that!

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      I call BS. there is not rails or anything to keep the booze on the shelves in rough seas!

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Michael, you’re so not an OT! The bottles and the glassware all have magnetic bottoms. Some have also said COB is a magnetic bottom, and, after a few drinks he doesn’t mind such compliments.

        • Michael Leonard Tilse

          So you are saying that after a few drinks he doesn’t worry about a south pole?

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            Fleet Admiral Miscavige has taken more than few stern shots in his day. He credits Macallan.

            • Michael Leonard Tilse

              Well splayed sir, well splayed.

        • daisy

          LOL

      • That is the bartender’s job. If any of those bottles fall, it’s an automatic RPF sentence.

    • grundoon

      “Yes, the pc’s on the Apollo were such utterly degraded beings that you
      will most certainly feel so much better about yourself as you drink and
      laugh at these “no case gain” pre-GAT II preclears.”

      How did you get LRH’s folders? Seal them back up in the vault and report to the RPF, double time!

  • Tony Ortega

    George shows some spine. Whattayaknow.

    • Joe

      Why do I feel like he’s gonna wake up with Gabe Cazares head in his bed?

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        I shouldn’t laugh.

        • Joe

          It’s okay, everyone here minus OSA knows it was pure hyperbole.

  • Interesting CV this one…

    “Why are people with narcissistic personality disorder so cruel?”
    Mary Reilly, @DateMeister, 35+ years’ dating primarily personality disordered men.

    https://www.quora.com/Why-are-people-with-narcissistic-personality-disorder-so-cruel

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    The Flag only Apollo Ecclesiastical Overboarding Experience begins when you’re suddenly and unexpectedly approached by three burly Sea Org Ethics Officers. These ruthless toughs seize you bodily and mercilessly toss you overboard as they curse you in the most obscene and profane ways for being out ethics on all dynamics. It’s a 60 foot (20 meter) vertical drop into a large and very deep saltwater tank whose swirling and freezing waters will challenge you to breathe as you fight for your very life! $3250 donation. If you’re a pussy and actually need to be rescued there will be an additional $7500 donation assessed against your monies on account. Waivers must be signed holding FSO harmless from all injuries up to and including death.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8a2f76cd80615a9f0f921ea73a99534b12093f901a01e9e7294af0b0652b38f.png

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Dice, that is squirrel tech.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      “This can’t be happening to me at the happiest place on Earth!” you’ll be thinking as you suddenly realize you’re actually drowning in real life while experiencing the terrifying onset of hypothermia in freezing and turbulent waters. As the stinging and freezing saltwater sears your lungs and you fade in and out consciousness, you realize that without the Sea Org rescue team you will be dead in a few minutes. As your this lifetime hangs in the balance, the Sea Org rescue team informs you that you must up your IAS status and donate $40,000 to TWTH global salvage campaigns as a condition of being rescued. Otherwise, so what? Go pick up a new body.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9554ea3ed70b86246708899eb23c8214a3462846a6227bc261b9e598fd9e20ae.png

      • chukicita

        Fortunately, the waiver you signed also contained that planned gift authorization. The realty team is on the way to assess your property and there are ecclesiastical estate sale agents and realtors standing by to make your last wish of liquidating everything you own(ed) and giving the cash to the I A S come true!

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Should you succumb, please be assured that we in RTC and all other Scientologists in good standing will blame you for pulling it in. Your body will placed into a weighted burlap sack and be transported out into the Gulf of Mexico in the dark on a skiff by Cuban fisherman. There, you will dumped into the murky depths and any memory of you will be immediately and forever forgotten in the eternal and golden travertine halls of FLB.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/475f63a7289924d792e05d999b7bc76432183a06259e0df5c8500c5f0a3c855f.jpg

        • dchoiceisalwaysrs

          Travertine so very apt. Therein lay the evidence of all the hot gases released from the snake oil vendor’s volcanic dead agenting orifice. Empty claims, fossilized in limestone , dissolving by the release of the real truth like a brilliant diamond of hardest of facts.

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            Danny Sherman! What are you doing posting here?!

            • dchoiceisalwaysrs

              How did you read the thoughts I had after I sent that post. Haha you are good and I might try OT v8 soon solo coz of u

    • chuckbeattyxquackologist75to03

      I’m dying laughing.

      And, one can squirrel the overboarding service, just head to one’s bathroom, thrust one’s head into the toilet and flush it, and thus have the lesser but still adequate FOLO/CLO version of overboarding, for free!

  • Observer

    ..

  • nottrue
    • daisy

      What thoughts ? I didn*t think scientolgists have their own thoughts to read. Yeah Mark

    • chukicita

      Oh, thanks for this. Going to check out Mitch Perry’s link.

      Edit: Excellent report by Mr. Perry. Mayor Cretenkos had some interesting quotes about Scientology, Trump, what it means to be American, and Mexicans. Oh, and jabbing at the S P Times for not giving CW more coverage.

      Of course, He is asked about Leah’s show (!).

      Pro-tip to Mayor C: when your city is one third the size of Tampa and is occupied by a litigious cult, don’t beg for private sector help and then whine about lack of coverage from the only local media that has for years been trying to help you notice the giant booger hanging out of your nose.

    • April

      I <3 Mark Foster!

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        I think I said something, and then Mark did it. What a win!

        Thumbs up, Mark!

    • Mick Roberts

      Nice response there Mark.

    • madame duran

      Too bad it can’t see the cult’s broken promises…

      Mayor Cretekos is a blind, spineless twat. The late Gabe Cazarez’s dusty and decayed testicle carries more weight than the words of this poor excuse for a politician. Seriously, Clearwater residents….why do you continue to vote him into office?

  • EmmaDaoust
    • April

      That thing is uniquely terrifying. Thanks in advance for the nightmares, Emma!

      • EmmaDaoust

        I think it’s kinda cute, but then..
        Sorry, April!

        • Qbird

          Skin Barnacles — on a ‘thing’— wtf?!

          • EmmaDaoust

            Almost as bad as a big ole red sebaceous cyst.

    • HillieOnTheBeach
      • EmmaDaoust

        Pearls go with everything!

    • daisy

      Emma – Leah says she left the church 4 yrs ago. I think I have been here since she left. I thought I was here from last yr. only . Am I having amnesia ? Is that right ? Please check your log and see for me , please.

  • Tracy Schmitz

    so with the museum be open to ANYONE even the 99.999999999999999999999999999999999% of the wog, sp and pt’s world that are not culties? i mean, why no charge a reasonable price to the world, since you know hubbard is and was mankind’s only hope and the goal IS to save mankind and clear the planet right? RIGHT???!! why not have the entire world see the glory that was/is hubbard? i mean it’s almost as if this is NOT the goal at all saving the planet and clearing mankind!? it’s almost like 30 thousand and the ot bridge of hundreds of thousands of bucks and ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY for those who can afford it, why it’s almost like a money scam and all about the money! SHOCKING! (river of sarcasm!)..

  • chukicita

    http://saintpetersblog.com/tiger-bay-event-george-cretekos-calls-clearwater-get-respect/

    In this interesting article by Mitch Perry, he mentions that CW mayor Cretenkos was a former aide to Bill Young. I wrote Bill Young about Scn back in the 90s. He wrote back that it wasn’t a Federal matter or something. I have that letter somewhere.

    Mitch is one of a very select few journalists I trust.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Yesterday it was suggested that COB is usually a shortstop.
    Today, inferences have been made that he is a magnetic bottom.
    We in the “Church” of $cientology consider these to be ill-informed
    slurs from bigoted apostates on the fringes of The Cyber.
    In truth, he will be a wide receiver.

    Yours in Xenu,
    ML,
    Bubba

    • flyonthewall

      I like it when Pan gets a little blue.

    • What’sup

      Jail rape is no laughing matter. I don’t tell many people this but I was once raped in jail.

      My family took Monopoly way too serious.

  • nottrue
    • Observer

      Ooooooo!

    • Mick Roberts

      They said “when”, not “if”. That’s a big positive.

  • Observer

    From John Mappin’s FB page, posted August 2013 (it’s too long to screenshot), but I will post a grab of the single reply. I suspect this is the poem dismayed Camelot Castle Hotel guests find on their beds. It’s a real howler. My favorite part is the admonition not to be “too suspicious.”

    WIN £10,000 IN CASH
    IF YOU CAN CORRECTLY GUESS WHAT THE WRITER OF THIS POEM WAS THINKING ABOUT AT THE TIME THAT HE WROTE IT.

    Magic

    Now here’s a thing,
    A Magic String,
    With four enchanted Wishes,
    Know their Names.
    Play this game,
    And don’t be too suspicious.

    The first Wish is ‘Affinity’,

    For what You are, for what will be.
    Put your mind, forward into Time.
    ‘Wish One’ reverses all decline.

    Wish two is called ‘Reality’.

    It’s that on which we all agree.
    It’s for the actions you must do.
    It causes others to change too.
    Believe me not? Enjoy surprise…
    When You see Magic through Your eyes.

    It seems a lot, but that’s not all.

    Master ‘One’ you will have a ball.
    Master ‘Two’ you master Speed.
    What more could a playful being need?

    Fun for one is a zero sum.
    What fun is fun not shared?
    Love or Laughter undeclared leaves a being snared.

    Because of this ‘Wish Three’ is Gold.
    Value it a Thousand Fold.
    It brings forth light where darkness fell,
    And hope to where the hopeless dwell.

    ‘Wish Three’ moves hearts. It can move a Nation

    It’s name? What else? ‘Communication’.
    So there you have your ‘Magic Three’
    Enchant the world, Enchanted Be.
    Use them when you think of you.
    Or whenever else you want to.

    Did I say three, but there were four,
    Why? Is the final wish no more?
    What magic now? What have we here?
    When even Wishes disappear.

    ‘Wish Four’ has the name that has never been said.
    At its promise alone all devils fled.
    It has never been spoken.
    It has never been read.
    It has never been thought
    And it’s not in my head.

    It was thought to have been known by the ‘Spirit of Play’,

    But, He was joking that day.

    What is it called this wish, ‘Wish Four’.

    Hewn from the magical spells of yore.
    It’s what helps you create.
    And takes planets and cultures to a higher state.

    What is this Wish? Well, it starts the game.

    Wish Four is:

    “The Wish that You will Name.”

    SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS TO
    privatesecretary@camelotcastle.com

    And now the lone response:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/168d78905136a76a1b7e689dd862e0a01cf9a991beaab695c780e13e8965d20d.png

    • kemist

      And people thought the Vogon write the worse poetry in the universe.

    • Frodis73

      Great reply by Pete. That poem is just horrible.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      Reminds me of Hubbard’s spew on the route to infinity course delivered on the Freewinds. It might be in the accompanying transcripts.

    • MadisonAgain

      Brilliant, Pete!

  • Observer
    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Mama is just glad that Madonna has unblocked him on Instagram!
      (refresh)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a4aa98dbf8b891e1f39e6e71617e7441ce89dc513106fede9eddd8252b09f3bd.png

      • flyonthewall

        lol!

      • Observer

        Oh, man, I’d like to see the backchannel communication about that.

        • HillieOnTheBeach

          I’d like to see what got him blocked in the first place.

          • Observer

            My guess would be his pro-Trump tweets. He’s not articulate about it, and it doesn’t sound like he has any idea why people are up in arms. I think someone told him Trump = good, people who criticize Trump = bad, so he sort of pleads with people not to be anti-Trump. I’m sure Madonna appreciated it since she’s such a fan.

            • flyonthewall

              ok, have you looked at his twitter feed recently? Check it out. His mom is the ONLY one liking his tweets. I kid you not

            • Observer

              That’s actually kind of sad.

            • flyonthewall

              yeah well he deserves it

            • Observer

              True. If you’re going to call yourself the God of Pop you’d better have the chops to back it up.

              I wonder if he has any idea that Michael Jackson’s and Elvis’s “King of” titles were not chosen by them. They earned them.

            • flyonthewall

              word

            • April

              That’s sad. And funny at the same time.

            • Kestrel

              99,100 followers. 1 like. Does twitter have a “hide” function?

            • HillieOnTheBeach

              Interesting. Makes one wonder if she’s a hopeless optimist for the love of her son, or a helicopter parent who vicariously pushes her expectations way too far.

              Her importune message to Madonna on her adult son’s behalf is a clue to the latter.

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          Of all things I’d worry about, if this dolt was my kid, getting Instagram blocked by Madonna is what concerns her. SMH

    • madame duran

      He’s like a Jersey Shore extra but stupider.

  • Observer

    Last KK post, I promise. If you’ve ever wondered what he sounds like…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ67LmOudNc

    ETA: This guy is a sparkly gold lamé train wreck. I can’t look away.

    • Kestrel

      Ouch. The auto-tune on that was incredible. At least during the minute I lasted.

      • Observer

        I listened to the whole thing, you coward. Oh, sure, it was out of morbid fascination, but still.

        • Kestrel

          Kestrels have an acute sense of hearing. I’d like to keep it that way.

          • Observer

            Touché!

    • April

      Why does the chorus sound like he’s saying “I farted” over and over again?
      OMG this is beyond awful!

      • EmmaDaoust

        Once heard, cannot be unheard.

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      Other than everything else wrong in this video, I was mezmerized by this man’s complete unawareness he has zero rhythm or dance moves.

    • EmmaDaoust

      forgive if this has ever been posted before, and with deepest apologies to Coleridge.

      In Xanadu did Kuba Ka
      A stately pleasure-dome decree:
      Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
      Through caverns measureless to man
      Down to a sunless sea.

      • He’s more like one of those Men from Porlock.

        • EmmaDaoust

          Oh, applause!

    • madame duran

      Kuba KaKa is 1.1 to the max.
      I still prefer George Michael in his shorty shorts singing, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. More entertaining. *sigh* I miss the 80s…

      I’m just wondering how the backup dancers explain “I appeared in a Kuba Ka music video” on their resume. Wouldn’t one die of embarrassment? Like, how badly do you want to break into Hollywood that you’re willing to lounge with the scum at the bottom of the talent barrel? How does this advance their career?

      • Kestrel

        If his mom paid enough I’d be a backup dancer in one of his videos. You know they have to be playing somebody else’s music while they’re dancing.

      • HillieOnTheBeach

        Like, how badly do you want to break in Hollywood that you’re willing
        to lounge with the scum at the bottom of the talent barrel? How does
        this advance their career?

        IIRC, Steve Mango explains this: cos preys on hopeful talent waiting-to-be-discovered waiting lines.

        Some have a bare idea of who they’re working for.

        And for others, a gig’s a gig.

        • Frodis73

          Yeah, when you are about to be thrown out on the streets or starving, a paycheck is a paycheck unfortunately.

    • daisy

      Thank you for this gift -hee hee Jimmy 3 has competition for making me laugh this hard.

    • Frodis73

      For once I am grateful that I cannot listen or watch. That man scares me…such a freak…and in a bad way.

    • Qbird

      he’s a vampire?

    • Autotuning stomach rumbling and farts would sound better, if done with talent.

      • Juicer77

        ROFL

    • Such a hot mess of ’80s, ’90s and cheap FX. I can only imagine what he sounds like minus the auto-tune. I also love how his publicity still show him quite ripped and yet he’s rather fleshy and soft in his videos. It’s like auto-tune for abs.

    • Scream Nevermore

      Tedious Euro electro-pap. Bleugh. He’s totally in love with himself, isn’t he??

  • Justin Castillo

    Did anyone watch #SwellRonHubbard on @midnight yesterday? #DangerousMinds want to know.

    • April

      Huh?

      • Rasha

        I think #ItsAThing @thatallthekids are doing $TheseDays &ButIDon’TKnowwhat it !is ^It’s %FUnnY when U œThink ¼Ûߏݮ it

    • Liberated

      Yes I did, it’s funny.

  • What’sup
    • April

      Wee Davey’s nowhere near 5’6″. He wishes he was that tall.

      • What’sup

        Most of that’s hair.

      • Robert Eckert

        They let him stand on his applebox

    • Rasha

      Your mugshot when you bought the jail and police department.

  • flyonthewall

    Leah finally talks about the BT’s and auditing them! Why now I wonder?

    • Rasha

      I think she’s prepping for a BT cooking show. Y’know – “Set your meter to ‘Rising’ and cook your BTs at 350 degrees until they feel firm yet yielding to a touch assist. Now a word from our sponsor…”

    • 3feetback-of-COS

      My two takeaways:

      1). Wear cologne, and
      2) Slap my wife’s ass more!

      • TexasBroad

        Always good advice.

  • FredEX2

    Hi OSA. How was your day? Can you see me?

    …what about now?…😆
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b529ff0482c1f2d9c852e645797145651afed1c4305bc1e3d6e8861356a175e9.jpg

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    🙂
    PHOTO CAPTION – “Reading to her out loud about Scientology…sort of like our own auditing session. 😂😂”
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BP6LfjfFHlN/

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Jihad comes to the CO$…
    (refresh)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BE_aoGcuX0G/

    • Was checking up on the mineral Bentonit (basically Cat-litter) and found this dude Dr. Axe – LOL
      https://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/

      So your dude is a perfect customer for Dr. Axe 🙂

      • Liberated

        So you still need a litter box even though meme has her own door to the outside?

      • Frodis73

        Oh lordy.

        • They eat it 🙂

          • Liberated

            I know, it has lead in it….lead is not good!

            • it’s too funny what you can make people do – eat cat-litter…

            • Liberated

              Completely o/t….we just lost the supreme court.

              Donald of orange nominated a “very” conservative man to replace Scalia…and he’ll likely be voted in. We’re so screwed!

            • yeah! i saw something about it… it sucks

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Actually, the Supreme Court will just go back to being what it was before Scalia died. Think about it. And… this assumes that the nomination goes through. The last nomination languished for 10 months.

            • daisy

              I think they can stall as I believe they are going to do , but I doubt that they can oppose it indefinitely. The Republicans are upset , how dare the Dems boycott this vote. They have short memories Lets hope the other aging justices can hold out til they get this orange menace out of office. SMH

            • Liberated

              Scary!

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      I see the bridge has new supports from above and below and a curve in it. Is that in the new flag building or crimonon or narconon location. Just had to ask to be certain of which criminal establishment it was snapped in, since the purification rundown regardless of where it is delivered is always involved with frauds

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        He’s at the Inglewood Org.

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Um, he looks healthy…. Nice job, purif……

    • Juicer77

      His hands look really puffy compared to his face…. I know it’s just a photo but is that a result of the “Purif” sometimes? 🙁

    • Scream Nevermore

      He doesn’t look at all well.

  • FredEX2

    Weston sniffed the air and could swear he smelled the strong scent of OSA…but where it was coming from was anybody’s guess…
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8ce407bd6b040f10ddb8016aa9ba3296f3ff092a44d904d4d06f4406931fba8.jpg

    • Rasha

      …OSAtosis… there was no doubt…. couldn’t mistake the spoor of that creature…..

    • JJ

      Dude, you gonna get pee all down your hat.

  • FredEX2

    Frank was excited for his first day on the job as a special agent volunteer from OSA…and he was ready to catch himself some of those terrible SPs he had heard about…just as soon as he could figure this newfangled thing out…
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c186ead3c5d6429c0700bb1fa2dd6c6b55c3b86673d7bd2ebf164d379971e16.jpg

    • Rasha

      …after trying unsuccessfully to load 23 rolls of film, he called out for his GoPro hat…..

      • FredEX2

        LOL 😆

        • Frodis73

          Have they been snooping around you today?? If so, bastards.

          • Rasha

            Regardless, bastards.

            • FredEX2

              Yep. I’ll agre with that!

          • FredEX2

            No Frodis Sweetie, Not that I’m aware of. ~Seem to be left alone right now. Haven’t noticed anything blatant lately. But I was just feeling playful and think Scientologists are so uptight…maybe even they could use a smile. I know they have to read the Bunker…so I just wanted to tease them. Might make them think about being human.

            • Frodis73

              That is good news.

  • Qbird

    need a quick laugh? ok ~ https://youtu.be/MxrfK1urSI4

    • JJ

      He deserved it.

  • outraged

    For some reason the Source magazine photos always look like ads for new dental devices.

  • Taffy Sinclair

    Are y’all watching “Escaping Polygamy?” It’s taking the place of Leah’s show, though not a new series…
    They, too, have to deal w/ disconnection, though by a different name… These girls (& boys!) are so brave, I admire them so much.

    Regardless of what cult your’re from, escaping it is always courageous!

    • Joe

      That show is AMAZING.

      These girls are so brave. They escaped from a very dangerous group called the “Kingston Group.” There are many similarities to Scientology, including disconnection. They are not as wealthy, but they do own millions of dollars. It’s basically three brothers who own everything and everyone. They believe in incest and force underage girls to marry older male relatives.

      These men have upwards of 10+ wives and their wives MUST produce a child each year. Some of these men have over 130+ children. What is worse is they do not claim paternity of the children so they make the women go on welfare and make many of their wives and children live in complete squalor and hunger. The children go dumpster diving for food while the men live in huge mansions. All of the families are under constant surveillance, too.

      I really suggest anyone here watch the show.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Warren Jeffs, Daniel Kingston, & David Miscavige= 3 peas in a pod.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Living in squalor like the Kingston group=Sea Org(y)

        • Joe

          Yeah, I mean Sea Org conditions are absolutely terrible but these are these people’s children’s for F’s sake!

          There’s one episode how he wouldn’t pay for one of his wives’ cancer treatment and it was HEARTBREAKING. I mean Mary Kahn episode-level weeping.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            A&E re-ran that one episode today. Terrible. She was puking up black blood (old blood) and the “leaders” said she was gettin better. Kid went on youtube and learned she was needing hospitalization!!! For Fuck’s Sake!! That reminds me of that time a “high-ranking” Sea-Fuck (er, I mean sea-org) member told a dude to “end cycle” due to their cancer (meaning, die already!)

            • Joe

              Yeah, it’s a totally different thing than from Scientology etymologically, but they share so many awful similarities

              – Child labor abuse
              – Disconnection
              – Complete surveillance
              – Cutting off outside information
              – Making parishioners work for church companies so if they leave they’ll lose their source of income
              – Withholding legal documents

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Yes, they do!! Share the same terms that is. The twisted ones.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Is that not NASTY???

        (sorry, I tried to share a pic, but am cupewter illiuturit…)

  • Taffy Sinclair

    If El-Con Chubbard was “at cause” over life, wouldn’t he be NOT so unattractive??

    Krunchie Alley told me that thetans (like us) fly around maternity wards looking for good looking corpses, err, I mean, “meat bodies,” to in-habitate……

    I’m so Hubbard-Damned confused!!!!!

    • Joe

      Yeah, but in his mind he was the great conqueror of women. One of his many delusions was that women found him irresistible.

      • JJ

        Must not have been a very firm delusion if he had to write it down and read it back to himself so much. That and the kicker of being able to “rape women without their knowledge”. Jesus Lron either you get it or you don’t…

        • Joe

          Yeah, he really out-perved himself with that one. He was just lucky he lived in an era of American society where women literally felt obligated to get married immediately to any guy that asked them. Although out of the three, I think Mary Sue was into it. She was definitely the Jezebel to his King Ahab.

          • JJ

            Something in the concept of LRH late age impotence. But from the mind that brought you seven years old girls (not boys) should be OK with sloppy old creep kisses, it is hard to fathom no sexual abuse took place among the prepubescent girls who were his body servants. Maybe we’re over thinking this. Bathing a creepy old guy and lighting his cigarettes and fetching and carrying, while being brainwashed really are a kind of abuse. A non-functioning penis is beside the point. Walks like a duck…
            A lot of people make fun of the way he looks. Might be a good thing really. Had L. Ron Hubbard been young and good looking, I imagine he would have done more damage. More people would have been interested in what he “had to offer.” Be grateful he was “past-it” by the time he decided to become a God.

            • Liberated

              In “Messiah or Madman” part 1 chapt. 11….there’s a rape scene and old elron couldn’t
              uh…cut the mustard.
              Of course the young lady was punished.

            • JJ

              Guy is seriuosly running out of kinds of asshole to be…

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Ugh, I just threw up in my mouth…

  • daisy

    I think it is time for me to rage quit . Fat beagle seems like she is going to cuddle for a while. I know she doesn*t mean it , but if Melania can pretend so can I.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Your avatar has resting Trump face, so you’re halfway there already.

    • Juicer77

      LOL

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    Leah talking about Ka Kahn status. The policy on Ka Kahn is that if one has been awarded that status, you are forgiven the death penalty 10 times. Now, Hubbard may have been talking about his understanding of the status in the Mongols, but in Scientology it is essentially the same. It’s also called “ethics protection” but a special high status of it. Unless you piss off Miscavige. Then it doesn’t matter at all.

  • Taffy Sinclair

    OMFG,,,,!!!
    Just the thought alone of Leah Remini doing a KR on John Revolta for doing “Battlefield Earth” made me piss my draws…….LMFAO!!!!

    And this Stacy Francis? Who? What? Huh? Again… Who??

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Leah is a bad bitch, and I LOVE HER!!!!!!

  • Taffy Sinclair

    I feel so ka-kunt’d…

  • That Joe Rogan interview was just fantastic. Not only is he a really thoughtful interviewer, but Leah doesn’t get old after two hours and seventeen minutes. It’s a rare public figure that I like better the more publicity they do, but Leah is just an amazingly engaging, compassionate and nasty-funny. Her willingness to be honest and vulnerable about her struggles with coming out of this cult is not only admirable, but deeply endearing to me.

    • Taffy Sinclair

      That Leah is bad-ass bitch. & that’s why I love her!!!

      ((sorry 2 be repeating myself, but if it’s true for me,,,,,, It’s true for ALL!!!))

    • Cornelius Orowitz Bigot

      Other interviews i’ve seen are really terrible. The physicist Professor Brian Cox interview for instance where he keeps injecting his pot smoker pseudoscientific spiritual woo woo into the conversation. The Louis Theroux interview was all cringe aswell. I think the difference here is that Leah doesn’t allow him to go “lemme get this straight, so this and that and so and so” while completely missing the point of what the interviewee just said. She’s absolutely great at getting her point across.

      • Juicer77

        Spot on, Mr. B.

    • Marc Watt

      I need to check it out. I got little annoyed with the Theroux interview he did for new Scientology flick. Constantly interrupting him and getting off topic on some weak ass philosophical nonsense.

  • And who do we see there talking with the Commodore? None other than the legendary Ron Pook. Pookie was a fabulous character, a social personality if there ever was one. He would shamelessly flirt with all the girls and they loved it. Got along with everybody. Finally left during the purges of 1982 as I recall. Would love to track the guy down someday if he is still alive.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Thank you! People have been asking through the day who that guy in the blue shirt is.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      I did a cursory search and found some quick facts about Ronald Pook. He will be 77 this year. He may still be in. Last sighting was in Seattle, still sailing. Seems he was married three times. First wife Peaches later sold real estate in Clearwater. She is out, and was harassed by Tom Gorman.

      • Juicer77

        Three times married. Hmmmm…. see my comment above. *still shivering*

      • Thanks. Good to know he is still kicking. He is a New Zealander as far as I know.

        • Ben Franklin

          As far as I can tell he currently lives in Underwood, Washington area.

    • Ben Franklin

      Can you clarify for sure that the man in blue shirt talking to LRH is Ron Pook? Someone had said previously that the man in the blue shirt is James Howson. I just want to know who it is for sure, so that there is no guessing.

      • Nope that is Pookie. His profile is unmistakable.

        • Ben Franklin

          Thanks you so much for clarifying. I like facts.

          If am not mistaken, I believe it was Sharone Stainforth who had initially identified the man as James Howson

    • Juicer77

      I would be honestly interested to know if the girls *really* loved it. Or were they giving a senior officer what he wanted? I’ll take your word for it that he seemed attractive to women from your point of view, but this shameless flirt business gives me the shivers. Just my honest opinion.

      • Ben Franklin

        Isn’t flirting forbidden in Scientology? I remember Nora Crest saying in one of the video clips that she was regularly accused of flirting by people who wrote knowledge reports on her, even though she wasn’t.

      • Frodis73

        Great point J. We all know a guy like that…add in that he is a senior officer and it is a recipe for problems. “That guy” will totally take advantage.

      • No, I saw Pookie at work and it was completely light and playful. He could get everybody into the spirit of things. That is why he wound up as Port Captain at Gold before he split. Port Captain was the PR guy who interacted with people in town. Your shivers were unnecessary. Save them for DM.

        • Juicer77

          Ok, I will take your word for it.

  • mrssandoval

    The little girl in the background is disturbing, considering the previous article with an ad of auditors. Remember, in the text it said that it’s not inappropriate to “passionately kiss” a 7yr old?!

  • Are_sics

    I am glad to know the staircases as sweeping, the architecture soaring, the arches exquisite, and the travertine Italian. Big relief.

  • Newiga

    Good morning/afternoon/evening, Bunker! Just stopped by to say Hi. *mutters something about working in an asylum and questioning her own sanity* I’ll catch you in a few when a new post is up. X

    • Morning – keep calm and carry on eh?

      • Newiga

        Yup, that’s the plan. Cup of tea should do the trick.

  • Fink Jonas

    1-What’s with the platform boots?

    2-Even history is telling me Scientology is totally expanding look at the incremental size of the ships. (that’s what you will say in a thousand years) after school education is totally banned front he face of the Earth.

    3- So Super power is becoming Scientologist own Holly Land park, in Florida too, except in Scientology holly land you won’t experience any tribulations, only the glory and majesty of the triumphant Scientology itself. COPYCATS!

  • Marc Watt

    Are you fucking kidding me? This is their grand spiritual plan? And what’s this shit I saw about a new 50 million dollar film studio for Tom Cruise to use? Are these people PR idiots. They would be better off, going into flint Michigan, and having a huge presser, allocating funds to fix pipes, relocate people, address medical costs, etc…people would be really impressed with that. Instead they build a studio for Tom?