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Whale watching, 2017 edition: Who’s keeping Scientology from sinking?

 
It’s that time of year again! The new Impact magazine is out and it gives us a chance to see which of Scientology’s most wealthy donors — we call them whales — were celebrated at the annual IAS gala last October.

We’re fortunate once again to have the help of a tipster in Italy who received the Italian-language version of Impact, and then got us these images as soon as he could. We’re so lucky to have so many great tipsters around the world who help out the Underground Bunker on a daily basis! Our thanks to all of our unsung heroes.

If you’re new, we’ll give you the quick rundown on what you’re about to see from the pages of this special Scientology magazine. Every year, all Scientologists are under intense pressure to donate huge sums for a variety of different projects and in a variety of different ways. But one of the most important ways a member contributes to the cause is by donating to what started out as a defense fund for the church in 1984. The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) celebrates that founding every year in October under a giant tent in East Grinstead, England (except for in 2013, when it was held in Clearwater, Florida). The big whales are recognized if, during the past year, they have reached a new cumulative goal in their total overall spending.

So, for example, if over your career as a Scientologist you’ve given $90,000 to the IAS, you’ll be encouraged to give enough to reach $100,000 and the status of “Patron with Honors.” And it’s the same with higher amounts. So if you see someone here who is being celebrated for giving $1 million, that’s a cumulative total over their entire career, and they’re being recognized for passing that $1 million mark in the past calendar year. We hope that’s clear.

And once again, there’s no surprise as to who is the biggest whale of them all. Bob Duggan and his wife Trish are once again the number one Scientology donors, and get the honor of posing for a photograph with Scientology leader David Miscavige, along with yet another big-ass trophy.

 

 
Last year, the Duggans received a similar-looking trophy and they were said to have reached another new status that had to be invented for them, called “Diamond Invictus.”

This year was no different, but it looks like Miscavige has simply given up trying to come up with new names for the generosity of Bob Duggan. According to the magazine, the Duggans were named simply “Invictus” this year, with no modifier. So how much does that mean they’ve given?

Once again, we’ll review how we have come up with estimates for the different IAS status levels:

In 2006, the IAS published a list of these status levels, and how much you had to have donated over your career in order to qualify…

Patron: $50,000
Patron with Honors: $100,000
Patron Meritorious: $250,000
Silver Meritorious: $500,000
Gold Meritorious: $1,000,000
Platinum Meritorious: $2,500,000
Diamond Meritorious: $5,000,000
Patron Laureate: $10,000,000

A few years later, some additional levels were added, but no dollar amounts were listed. (Scientology had apparently figured out that everything they published ended up on the Internet or something.) The new, even higher levels…

Platinum Laureate
Diamond Laureate
Patron Excalibur
Platinum Excalibur
Diamond Excalibur
Patron Maximus

By extension, you would expect that if they went even higher, the next couple of levels would be Platinum Maximus, and Diamond Maximus. Also, at every level, you can also earn the additional tag “with Honors,” which means that you have given a bit more on the way to the next plateau.

Now, we’ve taken a stab at estimating what these higher statuses might stand for, using a conservative progression that is much less steep than the ones we already know about. Here’s our guesstimate:

Platinum Laureate — $12 million
Diamond Laureate — $15 million
Patron Excalibur — $20 million
Platinum Excalibur — $22 million
Diamond Excalibur — $25 million
Patron Maximus — $30 million
Platinum Maximus — $35 million
Diamond Maximus — $40 million

After we published that list, we heard from a person who had worked in Scientology finances who told us our progression was indeed conservative. But we’re going to stick with it, and now, we’ll try to extend it. Here’s our new guesstimate for the entire list of IAS statuses…

Lifetime membership $5,000
Sponsor $10,000
Crusader $25,000
Patron $50,000
Patron with Honors $100,000
Patron Meritorious $250,000
Silver Meritorious $500,000
Gold Meritorious $1 million
Platinum Meritorious $2.5 million
Diamond Meritorious $5 million
Patron Laureate $10 million
Platinum Laureate $12 million
Diamond Laureate $15 million
Patron Excalibur $20 million
Platinum Excalibur $22 million
Diamond Excalibur $25 million
Patron Maximus $30 million
Platinum Maximus $35 million
Diamond Maximus $40 million
Patron Invictus $50 million
Platinum Invictus $60 million

Last year, when the Duggans were named “Diamond Invictus,” we conservatively estimated their IAS cumulative giving at $70 million. And remember, that’s just for their IAS giving. We’ve seen evidence that the Duggans have also given millions more for various building projects around the world.

This year, the Duggans were simply named “Invictus.” What could that mean? $80 million in giving to the IAS? $90 million?

Well, here’s a crazy new data point to consider. Over at Forbes magazine, Bob has his own page where his wealth is constantly being re-estimated. (Currently, he’s said to be worth $2.6 billion.)

We keep an eye on this page from time to time, and so we can say that there’s something new that’s been added to it. To wit, this claim: “Duggan is apparently a top donor to the Church of Scientology, of which he is a member; he says he’s given the church nearly $360 million over his lifetime.”

Say what! Bob Duggan has now said publicly that he’s given more than a third of a billion dollars to the Church of Scientology over his career? Where? To whom? We looked around to see if Forbes had printed such a statement somewhere else, but we couldn’t find anything. If you can find the source of that statement, please let us know.

Whew. Well, whatever the real total number, there’s no denying that the Duggans are in a class by themselves. But let’s take a look at the other whales who were celebrated this past October.

 

 
Diamond Laureate ($15 million): Alan and Sheila Atkinson-Baker (Los Angeles)

 

 
Patron Laureate with Honors ($11 million): Tom and Victoria Cummins and family (Florida)

 

 
Diamond Meritorious ($5 million): Jose Cardona and Heidi Fajardo and daughter Penelope Hernandez (Venezuela)

 

 
Diamond Meritorious ($5 million): Jim Bridgeforth (Florida)

 

 
Platinum Meritorious ($2.5 million): Eduardo Galan (Venezuela)

 

 
Platinum Meritorious ($2.5 million) Gary and Peggy Patrick (Florida)

 

 
Platinum Meritorious ($2.5 million) Jose Llaguno and Rosa De Nobrega (Venezuela)

 

 
Gold Meritorious with Honors ($1.5 million): Ruddy Rodriguez (Venezuela)

 

 
Gold Meritorious with Honors ($1.5 million): Kathy Feshbach (Florida)

 

 
Gold Meritorious with Honors ($1.5 million): Kourosh and Justin Maddahi (Iran and now in Los Angeles)

 

 
Gold Meritorious with Honors ($1 million): Hans and Maria Beekmans (Holland)

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): Cay-Dietrich and Inga Koehn (Germany)

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): John Carey and Carol Klugman

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): Marcel Roelofs

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): Georg and Irin Kirsch

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): Dennis Romeiser and Simone Lorenzen

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): Julio Marquez and on the right Shigeru Saito

 

 
Gold Meritorious ($1 million): Herbert and Susanne Marks

 
And here’s a list of some of Scientology’s smaller cetaceans…

Silver Meritorious With Honors ($750,000)

Dmitry Federov and Nina Reznikova
Ada Gentsel
Rudi and Claire Loehwing
Chieko Mabe
Marco and Ingrid Mayer
Wolf and Sabine Mayer
Alt and Emmett Osborn
Hans Ruscheweyh

 
Silver Meritorious ($500,000)

David Achilli
Richard Eisenboeck and Simone Hafenmayer
Stephen Kearney
William King
Linda Lagemann
Maria Lara
Giacomo Lopiparo
Warren and LeAnn Meyer
Heiko and Diana Paul
Giovanni Rusconi and Patrizia Brambilla
Paul and Amy Seymour
Yafit Toledo
Makob and Billie Wegmann
Fabrizio Zampetti and Sonia Guacci

 
Patron Meritorious ($250,000)

Andreas and Marianne Altheimer
Martha Ballestros and Javier Ramirez
Bruno and Mary Bergeron
Adrian Hayman
Aaron and Dani Kyro
Thorsten Overgaard and Joy Villa
Veronica Rodriguez Martinez
Rani Ronen and Orit Young
David and Jodi Weissberg
Jeff Wentzell

 
Patron With Honors ($100,000)

Carlos Alonso and Judith Francas
Marco Antonnuci
Ben, Peter and Helen Asberg
Davide Balconi
Manuel Burkhardt
Jose Cabrera
Henry Dornheim
Trinita Fitzgibbon
Helmuth Grimm and Lynette Barry
Blanca Hernandez
Hitoshi Ikeda
Martin Kanstrup
Mikhail Kulikov
Antonio Lombardi and Grazia Mannea
John and Marianne Marburger
Victor and Alonso Mendoza
Andre Pierre and Denise-Joelle Devatine
Katharina Laiss Prinz
Francesca Rusconi
Matt and Alexis Salisbury
Diane and Paul Stein
Patrick and Dianne Stojak
Lars Winther

 
Notable among those missing from this year’s issue are Grant and Elena Cardone, who were celebrated last year for reaching Patron Laureate, at $10 million. Come on, Grant, couldn’t come up with a couple million this year to make Platinum Laureate? Slacker.

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

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,673 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,776 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,270 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,310 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,022 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 489 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,607 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,777 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,097 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,072 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 428 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,730 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 837 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,239 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,112 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 693 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,198 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,442 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,551 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 24, 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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  • nottrue
    • Yaaasss arrest the traffickers

    • Observer

      Responding to a call, or lining up for safepointing like good little shills?

      • Ben Franklin

        It’s a line up for free donuts.

        • Observer

          Monique Blinkling’s fresh-baked muffins.

        • FredEX2

          And envelopes?

    • flyonthewall

      Punisher is coming for the clams

    • Ben Franklin

      Trump deportation squad

  • GrangerFX

    So many people from Venezuela giving so much money to Scientology, a US based religion, at a time when that nation’s economy has collapsed and many are starving or not getting the drugs they need has national security implications.
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/americas/venezuelan-food-crisis-weight-loss/

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Christopher Crimy is broadcasting in 5 minutes at the link below (highly recommended even before I’ve listened to it):

    “Come Get Some Extra Scientology: Aaron Smith-Levin P1”

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cgshere/2017/02/24/come-get-some-extra-scientology-aaron-smith-levin-p1

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Paul Wysong is also on (Disconnecting from the dead – http://tonyortega.org/2017/02/19/disconnecting-from-the-dead-another-employer-accused-of-forcing-scientology-is-taken-to-court/ )

      Today’s show starts with a conversation with Paul Wysong (A man allegedly (I believe him) fired for not becoming a Scientologist) at his WISE company job. Due to pending legal hearings this conversation is kept rather vague but I match his claims with several other claims just like his!

      Aaaron Smith-Levin (As seen on Scientology: Aftermath and his Youtube Channel: Growning Up In Scientology) talks about being on aftermath, How leaving Scientology has been a positive for him, Disconnection and much more!!

  • willloomis

    The Reason Miscavige had his own page is because he’s way shorter than Bob Duggan, about the size of Bob’s son. So he had to be on the other side of the trophy and walk forward a step or two to change the perspective on his height. I’m telling you, that photo was carefully designed to make him not look so damn short.

  • Joe
  • Alex De Valera

    With all that money the whole of Syria, the buildings, schools, hospitals, could be rebuilt. The frivolity of all this is revolting.

    • Gflded

      Very

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    For platypus infectious, does that include the stand, or is that extra?

  • Jack99
  • willloomis

    Hubbard and Trump – Smiling authoritarian-leaning con men that talk about how they are the best at everything and re-assure their followers that things are going to be better than ever under their guidance. Both are prone to believing paranoid conspiracy theories and like ostentatious displays of wealth. Any dissenting opinions are viewed as coming from an ‘enemy’ who is out to get them.

  • George M. White

    Dave, I have something very important to tell you. Kathy Feshbach was my twin in
    auditing class in 1987. I know she gave millions. But you need to know that she
    was “rock slamming” on my beautiful blue meter all over the Sand Castle study room. You might want
    to check this out.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    Eduardo Galan and Ruddy Rodriguez (both Venezuelans) might be a match. As long as they say no to Miscavige. He’s the one to thump down and to say NO NO NO to.
    Johnny and June CASH set the example:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBHXUOogpOg

  • iampissed

    You folks are going to LOVE this. I just came up in the elevator where I work and a bunch of guys got in.
    As they were getting in one of them says something about LRH then another one of them mentions
    Leah and how she isn’t done yet and there was a bunch of cross talk about how strange it all was.
    MADE MY FRIDAY….You have traction Leah.

  • Ron Schmidt

    Wait for it……..$cientology Joke at the end of this clip last night from Late Night with Seth Meyers. https://youtu.be/oXI3xgBIz5o

    • flyonthewall

      can i just skip to the 4:25 mark? Oops, too late

  • Juicer77

    Off to a ceilidh… but LOL at Mismanage being 5 steps closer to the camera to look taller than the Duggans! XD
    Happy start of the weekend to all!

    • Rasha

      Omagarsh! Happy Ceilidh!!!! ^_^

  • Kim O’Brien

    So it’s Friday and my mind is wandering . I think I am going to order plastic beer cups for HowdyCon so we can take them from bar to bar . But they need to say something on them . Thoughts ?

    1. got Thetans ?
    2. Cuppa Rue
    3. Cult Juice

    something like that . I am leaning towards 2 .

    • Joe

      4. Pee-Meter?

      • Kim O’Brien

        i’m gonna say no to that one

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Beer Clear here!

      $cientology Kills!

      Ask me about Xenu

      My BTs made me do it!

      Duke of Chug-a-lug

    • Kestrel

      Wog Nog

      Suppressive Potion

      Potential Trouble Sauce

      Edited for better answer.

      • Rasha

        I like Potential Trouble Source.

        • iampissed

          I’m with Rasha.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Potential Trouble Sauce 😉

          • Rasha

            YES

          • Kestrel

            That one’s the best. I really think that one might be a keeper.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              *mumble, mumble* I also thought of it. I didn’t see your edit.

            • Kestrel

              I know. I saw your post upthread.

            • Kestrel

              Great minds, and all that.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Yeah. You’re a good bird, so I’ll let this one pass.

            • Kim O’Brien

              OK . That’s what it will be 🙂

            • Kestrel

              Great! Be sure to quote “Joy Chunks, the Assman” when you do.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              No, no, no. You came up with it first. It was just a coinkydink that I thought of it as well.

      • Kim O’Brien

        i like all of those

        • Kestrel

          I’m blushing.

      • Jimmy3

        These good do

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        That’s not fair. I didn’t see the edit before I posted the same thing :’-(

    • Ben Franklin

      SP Mojo

    • flyonthewall

      Jesus Juice

      • Observer

        It’s not MichaelJacksonCon.

        • flyonthewall

          well it should be

          • Observer

            No it shouldn’t.

            • Kim O’Brien

              i bought a mug for someone as a prize. It says

              i sold acid to L. Ron Hubbard

            • flyonthewall

              I want that! That should be my staying home prize

            • Kim O’Brien

              i also got 2 t-shirts that say PTSP

            • flyonthewall

              are you the type that when planning an event it just keeps getting bigger and bigger? That’s what I do with our family vacations. By the time I’m done planning it’s an around the world thing with hot air balloons and jet skis etc. Go bigly or go home I say

            • Kim O’Brien

              not really…well , kinda. I used to be an event planner / wedding planner before I had my kid . I might need to scale back on the ponies

            • flyonthewall

              moar ponies!

            • flyonthewall

              you don’t know

            • Observer

              I do know.

            • flyonthewall

              I can see you are a skilled debater but you are not yet a master debater. I still hold that title.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              But you must admit she is a cunning linguist.

            • flyonthewall

              she’s not going to like that

              you fuct up now

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              What’s she gonna do? Shoop me?

            • flyonthewall

              take a still from one of your porn vids and shoop Slender Man stalking you or some Cthulhu arms coming out of the water for you.

              That’s what I would do anyway.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I’d hang that on my fridge.

            • Observer

              I’m fine where I am, thanks.

    • Rasha

      OT Limit
      The Real Universal Lubricant
      Up Your Status
      Yib Yib Yib Yak Yak Yak
      Venusian Locomotive

    • Jimmy3

      O Captain My Cuptain

      • Kim O’Brien

        that might be it . for Howdy

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      So many great suggestions but I love Potential Trouble Sauce from Kestrel.

      • Kestrel

        My heart skipped a beat just now.

    • Jimmy3

      Enthetarade
      We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Cup
      Something about beersharks
      Kestrel’s Idea

    • Observer
    • Missionary Kid

      O.T. It will be interesting to see what Sessions does about legalized pot in Colorado. He’s got to be conflicted. He’s a strong advocate of state’s rights, but he’s opposed to pot. We’ll have to see what happens by June.

      • Kim O’Brien

        i am getting my MMJ card …and i hear that recreational places will also apply to be med

        • Missionary Kid

          I hope they don’t crack down on medical marijuana as well. Sessions is a cracker from Alabama, so who knows what will happen.

          • Frodis73

            Just read something about this. They are going to crack down according to rumors.

            • Missionary Kid

              I’m wondering if it will be just for recreational or medical as well.

  • Lynne Hoverson

    Miscabbage is much older than in that picture. http://media.salon.com/2013/01/david_miscavige.jpg

    • Observer

      The pics in the article are all from last October–four months ago.

  • flyonthewall

    So WH banned a bunch of “news” outlets from press briefings. Obvious enemies of the people like CNN, NYT, BuzzFeed but then there’s LATimes. I thought LATimes was down with Trump and gave him positive press?

    eta – correction. This was one press briefing, we’ll see if they let them back for subsequent ones

    • Frodis73

      It’s all good tho. That award winning news organization, Brietbart is there, so I have no fear at all.

      • flyonthewall

        Infowars will be getting their WH press credentials soon. Srsly. Good times

        • Frodis73

          Xenu. Can you imagine? He *must* go, he is becoming everything I feared. Welcome to the United Fascist States of America, Inc.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      You kid, right? The LATimes is the liberal newspaper of record in the liberal state of California.

      • flyonthewall

        I don’t read them, pure East Coast lib rags for me, WaPo and NYT, so I guess I’m mistaken. Coulda sworn I remembered something about them giving favorable coverage to Trump *shrug* Maybe they did polls that showed him winning? idk.

  • davegrille

    It is amazing that show keeps going on.The IAS does next to nothing.

  • Joe

    Totally OT, but Tony’s clapbacks on Twitter are giving me life right now.

    Tony to literally every Twitter troll who comes for him:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a1b50778c87b5d85668b402ab70c4a4bfdbf21d696b397dfe6c4d9de1385f960.gif

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      She’s the absolute pinnacle of human evolution, that girl.

      • Joe

        In the worst way possible.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          I agree whole heartedly.

      • Frodis73

        I just found out about this chick in the last week or so.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Me too. Yesterday, or the day before. Watched in amazement some of her Dr. Phil performance. What a character. Phil was great though, asking if she had finished the 5th grade, lol.

          • flyonthewall

            you need to listen to Dr. Phil prank calls. Those have me cackling out loud for real

    • Ben Franklin

      Don’t know if he has come across Alex Jones’s trolls yet. That a whole different species of trolls. The most fanatic and close minded trolls you will ever find on the internet.

      • Joe

        I couldn’t tell you, but I feel like if he can stand up to Scientology, he can stand up to anyone. I really try to stay off the Internet as much as possible. I have Instagram and snapchat and that’s it.

      • Frodis73

        I commented there once. Reading comments there was a horror show for sure.

        • Joe

          My favorite comment was “cash her on Pornhub in about 5 years”

          • Frodis73

            Lol. I bet it won’t take that long.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    The Golden Raspberry Award statuette could bring much fame, especially for those brave enough to come to the ceremony to accept the Award.
    All above people receiving awards and trophies with pride have been conned, but don’t know it yet.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO_dVzSMalQ

  • Richard

    360 million dollars? That’s about a dollar for every life Bob has lived!

  • iampissed
  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    The shrinking number of Scientologists results in odd couples. Below we see the Bodhi Elfman of the Cummins family:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f3d8a35d58ea46fd0c3ed0c2ea6a8f71fdf3fb772a873fb80c59728ee0ff7ad2.png

    • Observer

      Snort!

    • The runt of the litter.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Bodhi Cummins is being kept at a quite a distance from the tall blonde in the blue dress. She is also keeping his hand locked in place. The posed seems forced and not 2D-ish. The unnatural pose reminds we in RTC of another equally strange photo in which a phantom hand is seen on Nancy Cartwright’s waist:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09e5808c5f604bdba3418cd5257b5cc1e397bd93d6f27f0ebbfb644528cc6cf0.jpg

      • Observer

        I bet the only reason COB let her get so close is that she’s shorter than he is.

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          One might be tempted to think that Obs, but the truth is that Nancy Cartwright is an OTVIII. As such, she has no BT’s that can hop over onto COB. Only people who are BT-free are allowed to hover adoringly in COB’s presence.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            COB isn’t OT8 – but he has undoubtedly seen the OT8 materials, and OT9 and 10. Wouldn’t that give him pneumonia and cause him to drop his body..?

            • Liberated

              Fingers crossed!

            • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

              Johnny Tank, COB is a Professionally Optimized Operating Farsec Thetan Eternity Ruler. As a POOFTER, COB is senior to the OT levels and nothing in the OT levels can harm him.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Hail to the POOFTER!

            • Taffy Sinclair

              I’m a POOPTER. Same thing? No?

          • Observer

            Maybe she was taller before she audited them all away.

      • Newiga

        I’ve never understood Nancy’s fashion sense… at all…

      • Missionary Kid

        Nancy Clamright looks like a grown up reject from the cast of Annie.

    • EmmaDaoust

      Weirdest pose ever.

    • Kestrel

      The last time I saw a woman give a look like this she wasn’t thinking bowling trophies.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/038bcd88f2e7bbeb1b71e8bb7f822f49beb6314f60f21353265f77ca8a0e7685.jpg

  • FredEX2

    After donating to her favorite CoS for years…Blondie Poogan was thrilled with her collection of trophies. Especially the latest one entitled the Golden Territorial Notorious! With this latest addition to her collection she knew her eternity was bought & paid for….erm…secured…
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee8360c9fce914598be5876436ee8cd18afcd13da775f4ffa911a94d307eac93.jpg

  • Robert Eckert

    OT: Ricky Martin confesses that his first gay crush was on John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. A commenter says, “Travolta has spent his entire life trying to avoid a headline just like this. lol”
    https://www.queerty.com/just-john-travolta-helped-stir-ricky-martins-gayness-20170224

    • GoneToPlaid

      Poor Ricky, he could do better

      • Robert Eckert

        well, this was when he was just hitting puberty. He *has* done better, since then…

  • Mirnaminkoff

    My friend worked with DM and I am telling you as fact that they have added no less than 8″ to his height in these photos – at least 8″. How utterly embarrassing.

    Most teenagers are taller than DM by the age of 13.

    • Observer

      I hit 5’1″ when I was 10.

      • Mirnaminkoff

        When I was at Flag Land Base I had to get children from the Cadet Org to provide 24-hour service to DM. The reason why is he was intimidated by adults. They had to be very young and short, one of the reasons why DM used to get so many children into CMO.

        • Observer

          I hadn’t heard that before. Interesting.

          • Ben Franklin

            Me too. I have heard that he is very afraid of children. Maybe, little ones.

            • Frodis73

              That is what I was thinking…young tweens/teens are prob okay but he avoids anybody younger.

            • madame duran

              His fear of children (well, their body thetans specifically) is what I’ve heard. Given the awful ways he’s treated EVERYONE around him, I’d expect him to develop fear/hatred/paranoia when around others, regardless of age or height. I hope all the internal tension causes his liver to be shot to hell.

            • Missionary Kid

              I’m wondering if the fear was of children that weren’t under his control in the sea org.

          • Liberated

            I’m beginning to think little davey’s a bit “aberrated” about his height.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              And “enturbulated.”

          • Mirnaminkoff

            At CMO Clearwater I would know of his arrival and always it was the same routine. We had 4 apartments at the Hacienda Gardens that were custom built for him and his executives. A week before arrival we would rent out his favorite car (Pontiac Grand Am), and rush order special foods in from abroad. I was one of the few who would know of his arrival due to the requirement of food stuffs, extra shirts and clothes to be on hand.

            Once he arrived the usual suspects (Devo) would go get him from the airport and I would have up to 6 children with him at all times in addition to 4 staff from CMO CW. We called them Gofers (Go-for….).

            The apartments were lavish to say the least as well as his appetite for exotic foods which always included massive amounts of wheat grass juice…it was a bit of a joke. And don’t get me started on the cheese habits of the execs.

            I think the coffee back in 1992 was costing us $35 an ounce to import. We would withdraw huge funds from the FLB bank accounts and use this money for the goods which were then purchased via direct transfer etc.

            Each day cost untold amounts of money. And the children worked in shifts as DM was famous for rarely sleeping. You should see him when his Egyptian cotton shirts weren’t perfect, he would scream – literally. Those back then were $150 a pop BEFORE they were tailored to fit.

            I remember one time yelling at a kid who I caught wearing one – almost too small for a kid.

            I loved over ordering the food…CMO CW (well a few of us) would eat like kings for a week after those pricks left.

            • Observer

              Please tell me someone spit in his food at least once.

            • Frodis73

              This is great stuff! He is such a spoiled drama queen.

        • Ben Franklin

          Are you related to Dr. Minkoff?

        • flyonthewall

          Tom DeVocht said in an interview with Media Mayhem that DM hated children, terrified of them actually, bc they were infested with DB’s. BT’s

      • April

        My daughter was 5’7″ when she was 10.

      • Newiga

        I’m still 5’1” and proud of it. Short girls FTW!! 😛

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          But you have a big heart. DM has a heart of pigeon crap.

        • TexasBroad

          I’m ALMOST 5’1″. I’m waiting for big hair to come back in style.

          • Kestrel

            I might be able to direct you to some areas in Texas where big hair will always be in style.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            The higher the hair, the closer to god. I, mean, Xemu.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Your flapper hat gives you an extra few inches.

          • Newiga

            *highfives* You are a perfect height! x

    • Liberated

      My kid was taller than DM in the third grade.

    • Bavarian Rage

      Interesting…do you think they shooped him into the Duggan photo entirely? The proportions seem off…DMs head is noticeably bigger than any of the Duggans.

      • Missionary Kid

        Read down further. I explained how it was done. It’s called forced perspective, and it’s done with a wide angle lens, DM standing in front of the trophy, and it far in front of and saparated from the Duggars. It’s shot from a low angle. Because Ratcavige looks proportionately larger, his head looks bigger, too. It’s all carefully staged, as are all of the crowd shots at Ideal Morgue openings.

  • nottrue
  • Liberated

    At least when I scroll down, I don’t have to look at Bodhi’s face today….that’s good.

  • nateht

    And me … -$3,000. Return my money in bitcoins please. My honorary title is WottaScam.

    • Jimmy3

      You want restitution for a scam to be paid in… scam?

      • nateht

        Or just unmarked $20’s dropped at midnight at the corner would be OK then I guess.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
    • Missionary Kid

      Ah, yes, Rancid and Kellyliar.

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
        • Missionary Kid

          I dunno who those people on the left are, but he sure has timy legs and a big head.and funny shoes.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            I thought it was Kuba Ka, but I think it’s that human Ken doll guy.

            • Missionary Kid

              In any event, he’s got funny feet.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              And not “ha ha” funny.

            • jayla197145

              Johnny, can you email me again? I will explain all,

            • beauty for ashes
            • jayla197145

              Beauty!!!!! Aw, thank you so much Darlin’!!!!! Love, Jayla (Jen ) XOXO!! 🙂

            • flyonthewall

              Johnny, can I have your phone number so I can call you on my cellphone telephone?

            • jayla197145

              Fly, are you making fun of me?

            • flyonthewall

              no I would never do that

            • flyonthewall

              and if I was it would just be in fun and not in a mean spirited way

            • jayla197145

              Aw…Fly I didn’t see this comment until I already posted mine, but I really wish that you & your family lived next store to us so that we could all hang out…I think you are great!! XO

            • flyonthewall

              i can be fun on the internet but tbh my personal hygiene is sorely lacking and my fellow howdyconners can attest to that.

              Are you going to Howdycon in Denver? Johnny will prob be there.

            • jayla197145

              Hey Sweetie I don’t think I will be there, but I might if I can convince my sister that she needs to go too! 🙂 Are you going? 🙂

            • flyonthewall

              Neh, everyone keeps telling me to but I’m not gonna give them the satisfaction

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              You can stay home, and just send Flylady and the larvae to Denver.

            • flyonthewall

              I’ll do no such thing. Who will fluff my pillows and fetch my pipe and slippers while they’re gone? No one will be here to laugh at my various witty remarks. No, just no

            • Kestrel

              Apparently not. It would seem our bowling trophies aren’t gaudy enough.

            • beauty for ashes

              some days it just seems easier to shave your head.

            • jayla197145

              LOL, Fly you are awesome. 🙂 You make me smile so much….I LOVE your comments.. And I actually like people teasing me. But I do want to talk to Johnny, I want to tell him the truth about something.

            • Kestrel

              If it’s about the Easter bunny, please be gentle.

            • jayla197145

              XD 🙂

            • beauty for ashes

              It’s probably about some salted fish recipe.

            • Kestrel

              At least that won’t result in an apocalyptic thunderstorm.

            • flyonthewall

              aww thnx. So mysterious! You should call yourself jayla the mysterious lady of mystery and suspense

              but I don’t think disqus will let you have such a long awesome name : (

            • jayla197145

              Aw Fly I swear to God I’m probably making what I want to talk to Johnny about WAY more interesting than it actually is…and plus he hasn’t emailed me…but I love your comments and you give me lots of smiles and laughs…:)

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Hey, Jen!

              Just sent you an e-mail *thumbs up*

            • jayla197145

              Ah, Excellent…I’m going in to my email right now.. 🙂

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Sure, it’s 555-1234.

            • flyonthewall

              i just called that and a recorded message told me I was an idiot and hung up on me.

            • Kestrel

              Good job, Johnny.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Got it covered 😉

            • flyonthewall

              whatever. I just wanted to share an exciting business opportunity with you but I guess I’ll just share it with Kestrel instead.

            • Kestrel

              I’m interested. Just send me a prospectus and audited financial statements for the last five years.

            • flyonthewall

              O.o Can I just have some money now?

            • Kestrel

              I’ll let you know after I’ve reviewed your documentation.

            • flyonthewall

              i don’t even know what a documentation is, sounds like some kind of horrible disease 🙁

              Time for plan B – banana stand

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Wow, I dodged a bullet there… I will have to check out this “documentation” thing for myself as well.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Dammit! Kestrel bested me again! I’m gonna have to do something about that bird guy.

            • Kestrel

              Strange. You told me it was 867-5309.

            • John Prince

              Jenny refuses to answer. .so THAT’S why!

            • Kestrel

              Speaking of KUBA Ka, he has the most delusional Facebook timeline I’ve ever seen. Thousands of “followers” and he can’t score 3 ‘likes’ if his mother doesn’t see his post.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              How long did it take him to set up those thousands of accounts and follow himself? Considering he is a God, maybe not that long.

  • DoveAlexa
    • Taffy Sinclair

      I see some bitch with no underpants!!!

  • Chris C [@MiamiSixthMan] of Come Get Sum [@CGSHere] is really on top of things when it comes to Scientology news and interviews.

    https://twitter.com/IndieScieNews/status/835237606728179712

    https://twitter.com/IndieScieNews/status/835235854574481408

    .

    • He does a real good job… Chris C

  • Jimmy3

    I don’t think it’s photoshopped or any sort of perspective manipulation, I think it’s two different photos they tried to line up as best they could. Still with the obvious intention of making him look bigger. At first I thought it might just be the fold in the magazine page, but the floor and the coil thing don’t match up from A to B.

    • Missionary Kid

      Good points. After all, Ratcavige is apparently as sensitive about his height as Kim Jong Un.

    • flyonthewall

      wrong

  • Taffy Sinclair

    Totes OT: Today, I went to my kids’ school w/ a wad of $2 bills and left one one each of their desks… !!! They are freaking out with happiness!

    And not “Happiness, The way to.”

    I fuckin’ luv the kids!! I wish I could haas more! But w/o the labour and silent birthing procedures LRH demanded of me… Turd-master that he is.

  • FredEX2

    When COB ordered his minions to create a pricey, but special new organic soap dubbed ‘BT-clearX’…. ~twinned Scientology pals…Vanna & Judy…purchased a bar for a mere $2000K…and decided to take a bubble bath together to conserve the soap and rid themselves once and for all of their terribly pesky body thetans!
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd94c588e8799db359eb9c195e4770dcd5bfaebea776ee435692a7ca42d569b5.jpg

    • Ann B Watson

      You did it again ! 💋

    • beauty for ashes

      lookah the good puppehs!!! <3 <3 <3

  • Jeff Payne

    How did David make himself appear to be as tall as everyone else? Does he make a habit of being a step closer to camera so it gives the illusion? Was the image altered?

    • Missionary Kid

      He used his OT powers to project a larger image of himself. I was saying that he looks taller because of forced perspective, but Jimmy pointed out that the floor doesn’t match.

  • Tony Ortega

    Just checked with Sue. WWP coming back up soon.

    • Missionary Kid

      Thank you, and YAAAAY!

  • Under the Radar

    David Miscavige looks like he is now photo shopping the cult propaganda

    Anyone else notice that?

  • SOB

    Does it look like Miscavige is photoshopped to look as tall as Bob Duggan to anyone else?

    • flyonthewall

      it’s def some kind of photography/editing trickery

  • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

    So basically, this is a list of the most gullible people on Earth?

  • John McGhee

    Can’t sift through all the comments to see if it has already been said, but the trophies from Klugman & Carey’s downward, all look to have that generic alien face thereon 😂

    • chukicita

      OMG I saw that immediately, trick of the light. Some poor photographer is about to get used to beans and rice.

      • John McGhee

        This is where we need Mark Parry Maddox.

    • Alienface!

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
    • Sherbet

      Watch out for that giant, inflated potato head! And the one smoking the pipe, too!

    • chukicita

      Slack!

      • flyonthewall

        *banjo music*
        some folk’ll never choke their staff but then again some folk’ll
        like Miscavige the slack jawed goblin

  • nottrue
    • Kestrel

      I wonder what she asked him.

    • Observer

      Hubs poses like a goober in a lot of pics he approved for use. Thank Xenu he dropped the meat sack before selfies were a thing. Could you imagine?

      • Kestrel

        I just threw up in my mouth a little.

    • iampissed

      Shy on marketing people I see.

    • He has to be sat on the can, right? Shoopers?

  • jane456

    All that dough to get your picture taken with a Kiebler elf! I’m going to find myself an elf to pimp out…..but no shooping the pictures, I feel very strongly that elfs should not have to pretend to be normal sized.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Forbes: Duggan says he’s given the church nearly $360 million over his lifetime.
    COB: *fapfapfapfapfapfapfap*

    • Observer

      ewwwwwwww

  • Observer

    Whoa, we’ve got some kind of apocalyptic thunderstorm going on outside. In February.

    • beauty for ashes

      are you sure both dogs did not eat something else they shouldn’t have? 😉

    • Frodis73

      It got up to 76 in Cleveland today. Definitely weird week.

      • Observer

        73 here today.

        • Frodis73

          It was pretty great. Tomorrow will suck. That storm will be hitting me soon enough.

      • Kestrel

        I was in Cleveland last week. I couldn’t believe the lake had no ice on it, much less frozen-over.

        • Frodis73

          It will be nice not to deal with the dead fish smell this year since it never really froze.
          Lmk next time you are in town (if you have any free time). Maybe we can try and ‘do lunch, darling’.

          • Kestrel

            I’ll do that. I may have to be back later in the year to tie up some loose ends.

  • beauty for ashes

    Whales may be dangerous to children. Sometimes leading to enforced separations, for their safety of course.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f68c6777f861804bc1aed19473943d9ad3ed9f562d8e3c24af0c6149e8067e58.jpg

  • Tracy Schmitz

    YES, IT’S ALL VERY RELIGIOUS/CHURCH/FAITH HOLY MORAL ETHICAL PROPER ISN’T IT! (THE WORLD’S BIGGEST NOT!)… i give millions of dollars and i get (and expect to get for doing so!) gaudy trophies, made up titles, and my photos taken and hanging out with the leader!… the abusive (financial,emotional,physical) destructive scam cult run like north korea mixed with organized crime mixed with exclusive country club with whales either “in on the scam” or a fool parting with their money!..

  • Observer

    And speaking of totalitarian organizations: like Scientology, the White House isn’t afraid of the press spreading lies. The current administration is afraid of the press exposing the truth (though it’s not like the COA didn’t tell us exactly who he is throughout the entire campaign).

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-media-idUSKBN1632JG?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

    Nat requested this for elsewhere. Now seems like a good time to post it here.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65b8b07d33bf7aaacee1c19bcf8cb84b7be6a301244e415822444f0fbd9b8652.jpg

    • beauty for ashes

      Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I don’t know how you stand working on Lrh or trump but kudos to you for doing so!

      • Observer

        It ain’t pleasant

        • beauty for ashes

          Sho n’uf!

    • daisy

      It is all very scary isn*t Obs. Very nice shoop. It would be more accurate if it was Bannon holding Trump whispering in his ear.

      • Frodis73

        It is. Total ‘dick-tator’ move by trump.

  • Tracy Schmitz

    SERIOUS QUESTION: DO NONE OF THESE PEOPLE TRULY KNOW WHAT A REAL RELIGION/CHURCH/FAITH IS SUPPOSED TO BE AND ACT LIKE AND RUN? HAVE THEY NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN A “TRUE” RELIGION BEFORE THIS CULT?…. do they truly, TRULY think all of this is quote “normal, proper”? if so, that is some downright scary stuff and people folks!…

  • Observer

    Lights are flickering and thunder is right overhead. Time to shut off the computer and go to the iPad.

    • Just saw lightning flashes on a horizon west of me.

      • Observer

        It’s crazy here. The thunder is moving away but it’s raining buckets.

        • Stay safe neighbour. It’s coming my way now.

          • Observer

            It’s pretty spectacular

            • I am on the roof right now, seeing major lightning bolts, temperature is dropping.
              I think we will have what you are having in about an hour or two.

            • Observer

              See if you can get pics! I didn’t have the chance.

            • beauty for ashes

              I second this! woo hooo!

            • iampissed

              Get off the roof you Dodo.

            • You guys get all the cool weather (looks down, kicks sand absentmindedly)

            • Observer

              I dunno, yours has been pretty wild lately.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Much fun to be had here – interactive lightning map: https://www.lightningmaps.org/

      • Kestrel
        • Observer

          We’re close to the big bullseye to the left of the first O.

          • Kestrel

            You can be thankful you’re not in Sandusky. For more than one reason.

            • redfisch

              Love Ohio jokes. So much nicer than the usual “Ohio, WTF?”

            • Kestrel

              On the plus side, Sandusky is home to Cedar Point, where many of the best roller coasters in the country can be found, and it is just a boat ride away from Put-in-Bay.

        • BaaadaBing

          Looks to be heading my way.

        • Anyone else see the Donald’s hair in that lightning map?

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            He’s moving into Canada – run for your lives!

            • daisy

              Good I will meet him at the border . ( veiled threat intended )

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Remember to bring pitchforks and torches.

    • beauty for ashes

      Make sure you have lots of candles, and that ancient text you just happened to buy at that bookstore you never noticed was there before.

      • Observer

        lol. We’ve got mini LED lanterns.

        • Good. Candles tend to burn houses down.

        • beauty for ashes

          Okay, I got it, in the modern retelling, the ipad is last years but all steam punked out with some weird features. and you got it from a hipster gypsy with a man bun, a skirt, and an eyepatch on the street. and when you turned around to thank him, HE WASN”T THERE!!!!!
          technology is going to ruin storytelling!

    • Missionary Kid

      Thundersnow was reported in some areas. Did you have any?

      • Observer

        No, it’s still like 60 degrees here

  • Jimmy3

    Very O/T:

    This morning I was told I would be poisoned, and that I would have to pay for the antidote… Yeah. Really. I says, whatever you say, killa. I poison myself all the time. I do my own poison like Tom Cruise does his own stunts, so I’m not worried about it at all.

    Plus, I don’t have any money. And if I did, I’d probably squander it all on winning trophies without even having to wear bowling shoes, just like my man Bobby “Big Pharma D” Duggan. I usually call him Duggsy, short for Duggsy Seegullible. Lately I’ve been telling him he should develop a pharmaceutical to treat whatever the hell it is that made lil 5’1″ Mini-COB transform into an average-sized-COB, but with a head-size that would intimidate even the late, great Barry Bonds. (Has his crack team of chiropractors figured out a diagnosis yet?)

    Anyway then, just a bit ago, my dog begins losing his dog-damned mind telling me someone was coming to the door. It was only the postman (or maybe the hitman?) with a package addressed to my full legal name, JIMMY 3. Very formal. And it’s a box labelled “Mac ‘N Bacon”, as if that obvious trap is going to work on me. You threaten me, then go and try something so ridiculously obvious as the artisan-cured bacon ploy? What is this, open mic tryouts for amateur assassins? Please.

    …So I open the box, of course, because I think there’s bacon in there. And there is. And the shipping comment actually reads, “Happy birthday, fucker. ML, flyonthewall”. This made me do the real LOL out loud. (No, it’s not my birthday, but it’s close enough).

    At this point I don’t care if it is contaminated with the Super Zikabola Penguin Influenza, I’m going to dinner this, and I’m sure I’ll love it. So thank you guys very much. You’ve been more than generous friends. But stop trying to kill me and we’ll call it cool.

    I’ll let you know how it was.

    • daisy

      Looks like those creative writing night courses are paying off.

      • That Uni on the matchbook was legit!

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Happy close enough birthday, James Thrice! You chow down that bacon like it’s your last meal, you hear. Enjoy 😉

    • daisy

      Happy almost birthday acorn.

    • Frodis73

      Awww, what a funny, yet sweet story/thank you note. Happy ‘Close Enough Birthday’ Birthday https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d508ab19878e34636abb0020cb0ead26ff4e2eb26762a498db70ed566cbaf28f.jpg J3! ((Hugs))
      This beer is for you!

    • Let’s see. Its been 22 minutes.
      How was it?

      • Jimmy3

        Tonight I have leftovers I don’t want to waste. Mac n bacon tomorrow for early lunch-dinner.

        • Jimmy3

          I’ve never felt more like a boring square than I did re-reading my comment just now. What happened?

          • Kestrel

            The bacon you sampled is kicking in. Good-bye, Jimmy3.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Don’t you ever refer to bacon as boring, young man. You’re living the dream.

            • Jimmy3

              No, I meant the comment about not wanting to waste leftovers and having an early dinner tomorrow. I have a sudden urge to yell at kids to turn down their damn hippity rackety.

          • dungeon master

            My mommy brings me the BEST shoulder bacon in the world. Like bacon crossed with ham – so yummy. Even tho I don’t eat a lot of meat, well, that shoulder bacon from their small town market is ssoooo good!

          • BaaadaBing

            Mmmm bacon. Make sure we get a pic. Unless it makes you foam at the mouth from Polonium. I don’t wanna see that……. : O

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

          • Juicer77

            We still love you, grandma. 😉

    • Fly Lady

      funny, that’s what Mr. fly says to me everyday except my birthday!! everyone should buy bacon from the internet… it’s delicious.

    • Rasha

      Fine. Just fine. It was Polonium, and if you can’t appreciate when someone makes an effort then… just fine. You – you – you just keep on… just keep on, you know, living and stuff. Fine.

      • Rasha

        …and happy almost Birfday.

    • I really enjoyed reading that!

      • Jimmy3

        I enjoyed that you enjoyed it, Pete. Thank you 🙂

        • Thank you for thanking him. I’ve been meaning to thank Pete for some time now. But you shouldn’t mock SZPI. It’s the semi-silent killer.

        • Sherbet

          Before you thank fly so profusely, don’t forget that he already admitted to having itinerant meat salesmen working out of their cars and knocking on doors in his neighborhood.

  • BaaadaBing

    A part of me wants..REALLY wants.. to have a field day ridiculing all these people. But the plain and simple truth is, wealthy or not, educated or not, they are still victims of a cult. Of course I know they are coddled. Their experiences with COS sure as hell will never be beans and rice and bathroom detail. And I’d be hard pressed not to believe a big part of making these “donations” isn’t ego. But like everyone else who joined, they went in unknowingly and innocently believing they were on the path to bettering themselves and the world at large. There is no shame in that. And, after reading Tony ‘s and Claire Headley’s “Up The Bridge” here on the Bunker, I now understand the how and why people get trapped once in.

    The only shame here is the con.

    IMHO, these people (much to DM’s delight, I’m sure) are the least likely to ever get out. It’s one thing to face that everything you believed and were told was a lie and that your “religion” was, in fact, a cult. It’s another to admit they took you for millions. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see another Leah Remini in in this group. But I guess there is always hope.

  • This lightning photo hunting sucks. At least with a smart phone. I always late/my phone is.
    Sorry Obsy.

    • Observer

      It’s not easy

    • iampissed

      Stay off the dam roof.

      • Rasha

        …there is that, yes.

      • Fine.

        • iampissed

          Good…care to much about ya.

          • Rasha

            Dodo’s a smart guy. I’m funnin’ with him.

          • Thank you for that. It’s very kind of you.

    • Rasha

      It’s tough without an SLR. I only caught lightning after getting my SLR. It’s all about being able to hold the shutter open. Do you have lightning now?

      • iampissed

        Your NOT helping

        • Rasha

          ^_^ It’s worth the shot.

          • iampissed

            Well why not suggest a round of golf after the photo shoot.

            • Rasha

              Hehe! My shots were from the garage. It’s no Faraday Cage, but there were higher conductors around…

            • iampissed

              Always the last words said “there were higher conductors around”

      • SLR is only on real pro cameras, right?

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          No, you can get shitty SLR’s as well. SLR is the camera system, not an add-on. Think camera house with detachable and interchangable lenses.

          • iampissed

            I knew you would show up.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Does that make you pissed? I hear you are pissed, like all the time 😉

            • iampissed

              You Sir may call me Mr Pissed.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Yes, Sir! I’m Tanked – you may call me… Johnny.

            • iampissed

              I’m Tanked to….brother!

            • iampissed

              I don’t care what Dice says.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Who listens to her anyway *rolls eyes*

        • Rasha

          I wish I had a real pro camera. I don’t know about point ‘n shoots, but with my Canon, you can set it to hold the shutter open as long as you hold down the picture-takin’ button. SLR is Single Lens Reflex, basically, cameras with a mirror that flaps up when you take the pic, exposing the film/sensor for a fraction of a second. As far as I know, they may have that built into the new devices by now.

          • iampissed

            They also make contraptions that can detect the lighting and open shutter.

            • iampissed

              I’m not helping am I.

            • Rasha

              At least you don’t have to be out there with it. Better art through science. ^_^

            • iampissed

              To be honest I am photo phobic…there is only one know spotting.

          • The reflex mirror and the pentaprism are superfluous now, because the image from the sensor can be displayed by an electronic viewfinder, or an LCD panel on the back.

            This has led to some wierd designs like this one https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-qx1-body-kit which uses your ‘phone for a viewfinder and for controls.

            Also, the lenses for SLRs have to have more elements that they really need (the ‘retrofocus group’) to ‘project’ the image across the gap created by the mirror-box.

            Lenses for electronic camera can still ‘see through the lens’ but benefit from simpler, smaller, lens designs. The cameras themselves can also be very small indeed, and have the same sensors.

            The divide at the moment is between the ‘full frame’ pro cameras (whose sensors are the same size as frame of 35mm film) and formats like four thirds, which have smaller sensors and smaller lenses.

        • Observer

          No, there are consumer grade SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. You can get them reasonably cheap on eBay. I got mine new for $450, but you can find them a lot cheaper.

          • Sherbet

            Mr. Sherb inherited 2 or 3 Nikon pre-digital SLRs from his father. They’re probably worthless, huh?

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
            • Sherbet

              Oh, boy! Ebay, here we come.

            • Observer

              Yep, except for sentimental value, like my Pentax K-1000 I bought in 1981 and used until a year and a half ago.

            • Not necessarily.

              There is a lively collectors market. If you have a desirable model, and it’s in good condition (and maybe complete with original packaging/manuals) the may be worth something.

              Also, the lenses are still compatible with later models…

    • iampissed

      My god I’m in the middle of a run…and it doesn’t involve Fly or Jimmy.

    • BaaadaBing

      Omg…you’re right.

      • iampissed

        Yea right

    • iampissed

      OMG I read it earlier but had not seen it….LMAO

    • iampissed

      My lord Xenu, they are real…excuse me I need to take a drive to the local Org.

      • Remember to bring some frozen alcohol

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          I see what you did… Wait, no, I didn’t see what you did there *confused*

          • iampissed

            Yea she is dam good.

            • what is this reference “she” lol –

            • iampissed

              That’s what I’m told.
              My minds eye sees you in many ways.

        • iampissed

          Dam you, look down tread…are your ears burning.

        • iampissed

          Enjoying a fosters trash can at the moment.

    • Rasha
    • Juicer77

      ROFL

  • Kim O’Brien

    I’m trying to put “Potential Trouble Sauce” on one side of the plastic beer cups and this on the other https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eadd4ceb65a128cc7eaeeef9fcb0f7de5cb8bdeecef812f33e9bbb3986ae1039.jpg

    • Rasha

      PERFECT

    • Liberated

      I really like PTS.

    • Jimmy3

      The words are all jarbled. It should read “HOWDY. KEEP AWAY CLAM IT’S CON”

    • iampissed

      I like.

    • daisy

      You are so good to make Howdycon fun for everybody. That is a lot of work.

    • Rasha

      …nice breeze, I think I’ll — OH MY!!!!!!!

      • Rasha

        …but hey…. nice breeze….

    • What’sup

      There are some places you don’t wanna get sand in.

      • True.

      • Rasha

        Anakin covered that.

      • Jimmy3

        Lol I get it. It’s a golf joke. I like sports too.

        • What’sup

          No grounding your club in the bunker.

          • Jimmy3

            I said I like sports. Not golf. Golf is a leisure activity and/or business meeting, and/or generic alibi to actually be dipping your club in the bunk her.

        • Happy funny sexy Birthday, Jimmy.

        • What’sup

          It’s your Birthday? Go you!

          • Jimmy3

            It’s not my birthday. I golf on my birthday.

            • What’sup

              I get it. *winks*

        • iampissed

          Happy b-day Jimmy

    • iampissed

      A tribute to Johnny how touching

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Wishing I was there 🙂

      • no touching!

  • outraged

    Reading Quailyn’s story yesterday was …..made me speechless, if that’s even possible. Reading about the GALL of Scientology constantly digging into your bank account, credit cards, mortgages. For what??? For what??? They do nothing but ask for money in order to ask for more money so they can get more money.

    These “whales” donating MILLIONS. Do they live with their heads in the sand their asses in in the air and their ears clogged with wet toilet paper?

    • iampissed

      That’s about right.

    • Thank you for reminding. Very important story. All of them are, but this one is very recent and in the whale category.

    • nateht

      Think whales want that magic key enabling them to return “next life” to the body of their choosing with a complete ability to continue their wealthy/celebrity ways. What a shockeroo when they reach the top and they see there’s still no clear simple way to accomplish their goal.

  • Rasha

    Click the heart. Rasha did. -_^

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
    • Some very good thoughts. Thank you.

    • To get food unstuck from a frying pan, just pour water in the pan and wait. After a while the food loosens on its own.

      Do you even cook bro?.

      • Looks like a Google translate from Amnesia

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        It’s a metaphor. Think about it *contemplates deeply*

        • so how do you cook in this metaphor?

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            With a non-stick pan.

  • Liberated

    Bill Maher just made a John Travolta joke….about him screwing up people’s name at the oscars.

    Funny!

    • John is a joke. Try say “Travolta” and you will start laughing.

  • Life happens. It ends in death. Science. Stay wise and kind in between.
    It’s a bitter sweet symphony.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyu1KKwC74

    • JaxNGold

      Loved this song years ago and still do. Thanks for posting.

    • Newiga

      This song <3

  • Marshall

    I haven’t had a chance to read all today’s comments so I may be repeating. It just makes me sad. Think of all the good that much money could do! Just imagine it being used to help hurting people, the arts, animals – I could go on and on but certainly not lining Davey’s pockets and being awarded a stupid life size trophy. What kind of “religion” gives out trophies to people? It’s just disgusting and sad.

  • lkjl asdc

    Hey folks, whoismartyrathbun.com is no longer an attack site, it’s a GoDaddy parking page. I was already pretty certain Marty came to some agreement with the cult, and this just sort of cements it for me.

    • hmm

      • I know some people on Twitter made an effort to get that account suspended for targeted harassment. Apparently, it worked.

        • Yeah… that’s good

        • So as predicted and written on their support page, if there are enough people who do it, Twitter will take action!

    • Thanks for the head’s up. Since I’m going to upload the screen-shot to ESMB and WWP anyway, I thought I might as well add it here.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f01c900a6810b8fcb3896d5dcff9c20228d7b3e35ff6af9592ef6f6cb173ded3.png

      • You know what “parked for FREE” means? i need to park some of mine

        • Sure, the Church of Scientology still owns it. They are just not using it to attack Marty. And by continuing to own it they coincidentally are making sure no one else can use it to talk about Mark “Marty” Rathbun.

          • i should have formulated it differently, i meant – How do you Park a domain on GoDaddy – If you know! and this “for FREE”. I can’t find any on this using GoDaddy

            • Thanks… I have seen that. Now i think i understand this, you point to that IP and then it’s parked. But you still pay the same 🙂 And this they call FREE parking -lol
              Maybe this is what the Scios is going for… FREE parking! :-O

            • Ah, the parking is “FREE” in that it doesn’t cost EXTRA.

            • Yes and you have to do it yourself 🙂 buggers!… Effing talking to my Cognitive Disonance

            • Robert Eckert

              So they don’t play where you get all the money in the middle if you land there?

            • They did launched a program, where you get “payed” while using their parking space.
              Like this https://www.godaddy.com/domains/cashparking
              But GoDaddy is a rabbithole on it’s own, and if your not diving in you get scammed!

            • Graham

              I thought all Scientology parking was a result of their magic Oaty Powerz?

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Who is this Rashburn fellow?

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Martyr Athbun, eh?

    • CoS had a lot of stalker sites, and they let some expire, grabbed so new ones, etc.

      It could easily be due to incompetence.

      • Graham

        Malicious or incompetent? With the fake-church of Scientology one can never be sure.

      • Trying your site last night…Turned it into a strawberry and got a 101 in a high frequency?

        No kidding.. You do keep a list of all those hate site?

    • Juicer77

      It’s always possible, but I still think Rathbun is on his own journey despite Co$ shenanigans. JMO.

    • Noesis

      FWIW – I can still reach the site from a non U.S. location at that same URL. It could have been been moved to another server without SSL protection.

      It’s also possible that the content is still cached in some CDN servers, which means it will be visible for a while outside the U.S, even if the original site is “down.”

    • scottmercer

      Site is back.

  • OOkpik
    • Liberated

      Aww…there’s the little guy.

      Ya did good..OOk!

      • OOkpik

        <3

    • Todd Tomorrow

      For a quick minute I thought that was one of the Duggan’s adopted children on the right.

      • Juicer77

        XD

    • Juicer77

      Yep, I’d know those knock knees anywhere!

    • Scream Nevermore

      The Dwarfmeister looks like a cardboard cutout in that pic!

    • K2P2(KnitNut)

      That’s more like it!

    • JJ

      Your money sure don’t go far anymore.

  • Juicer77

    Welcome, newbies and lurkers and under-the-radars. You’re welcome to hang out here. Rest and relax. Have some snacks. Use the Bunkerphone to call your family. f5 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81eded7dba34f332e1c1eb3edcec35f2a952b282d56bdb7cecc53c3a1d6f92b9.gif

      • funny… sometimes the gifs get in sync!

    • Newiga

      I made chickpea curry. Help yourselves!

      • Nothing like a meal that gives good farts later!
        chickpops!

        • Newiga

          Weird… I’ve never heard chickpeas causing that. 😀

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            You’ve never heard it, but have you smelled it? 😉

            • My farts are silent and odorless.
              But I need to see my ear nose and throat doctor soon.

            • Kestrel

              May I suggest a meal of chickpea curry before boarding a transoceanic flight?

            • Very thoughtful.
              I was on an elevator on a cruise ship.
              The doors opened and a woman who was obviously going to vomit proceeded to get in.
              Everyone left.
              But I still boggle at that.
              “Yes, I’m having motion sickness, so why not increase the motion?
              And leave a memory for everyone using the elevator.”

              Oh, and flights. A couple next to me sat down and opened their pastrami sandwiches.
              Couldn’t possibly eat pre-flight, or wait.

            • JJ

              I think when you are on the verge of puking your brain goes into run and hide response. Does anyone feel that coming on and just turn to the right and barf?
              Elevator would not be my first choice but her mind was on: get to cabin, get to cabin, get to cabin, I can save it…. Like when you are eight and trudging home through the snow in your coat and snowpants and you have to pee…. Do you ever make it? I think I made it once…

          • oh, maybe it is just me. 🙂

            • Scream Nevermore

              No, it’s not just you!

      • Juicer77

        Om nom nom nom!!

      • Recipe please.

    • JJ

      This is my dog, my personal dog!

      • Juicer77

        Is this your meme? If so it’s AMAZING!!

        • JJ

          I don’t think so. I am not even sure how to change it now…

    • Ella Raitch

      His socks match his wife’s interior design

  • Scream Nevermore

    It’s sad to think how much real good those donations could have done.

  • scottmercer

    Two of my favorite things: Irish people and Scientology criticism! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riQQKpkg_0E

    • JJ

      Oh Jaysus Mary and Joseph…

  • Mirnaminkoff

    I find it notable that a significant number of these donors are from Venezuela, a country in total economic meltdown for the past few years. How are these residents of Venezuela benefiting under such dire circumstances enough to give a cult millions of dollars?

  • IHC

    All of them are tools used to fund a tax laundering outfit that exercises totalitarian controls on its members via mind control. One would think that one of all these million dollar givers have just one iota of common sense. Scientology is a profiteering enterprise committing the biggest tax fraud in history.

  • Gus_Cox

    I don’t know how to write the sound the whales make, so I’ll just say: Moo.

    Or maybe, Baaah-ah-ah-ah-ah.

  • What it look like

    70 million, Shoot, Elon Musk could give them a trip around the moon for that kind of money