Tony Ortega is executive editor of TheLipTV and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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Phil and Willie’s excellent adventure: Taking on Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy in L.A.

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Phil and Willie Jones won’t rest. Despite the success of their Echo Park billboard that got a ton of media attention, the Las Vegas couple was back in Los Angeles yesterday with another mission to raise awareness about Scientology’s toxic policy of ‘disconnection.’ When Phil told us what they had planned, we asked him to send us a report about their latest adventure. Here’s what he sent us.

 
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66 years ago, L. Ron Hubbard transubstantiated from pulp writer to god among men

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Sixty-six years ago today, L. Ron Hubbard published his surprise bestseller, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

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Giant certificates and other weirdness from Scientology in our weekly online review

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Scientology may be shrinking, but Rod Keller points out that at least its commends are expanding! It’s time again for Rod’s Scientology Social Media Review. He’s made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to the ‘net. He’s a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…

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Scientology’s hypnotic suggestion: What’s true for you is what’s true for L. Ron Hubbard

Jon_Atack3Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.

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When Anonymous had Scientology in a panic: A new document has us nostalgic for 2008

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Where would we be without our wonderful network of tipsters? We are so fortunate that so many of our readers help us out by tracking down documents or giving us tips about where to find information. We have a few fun items for you today, but we first wanted to acknowledge how much we appreciate the help we get from our sources.

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How Ron Miscavige’s Scientology memoir reads to a former Scientologist

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We had our say about Ron Miscavige’s book Tuesday morning at midnight (in London) when it first started to hit your Kindles and other devices.

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Scientology confirms it won’t oppose Monique Rathbun’s plans to ditch lawsuit

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According to the Texas Supreme Court’s online docket, the Church of Scientology has confirmed that it is unopposed to the motion filed last week by Monique Rathbun, who has asked for a stay in her case so she can dismiss her lawsuit outright.

Meanwhile, at his blog, Monique’s husband, Mark “Marty” Rathbun, announced Monday that “there was no settlement” to end the case.

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Ron Miscavige’s ‘Ruthless’ includes Lisa Marie Presley’s wild defection scene in Florida

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As we expected, Ron Miscavige’s book being released today, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, contains a bombshell that should send the celebrity press into a frenzy.

And we revealed it to you two weeks ago.

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ABC’s ’20/20′ let Scientology trash Ron Miscavige — but here’s what you didn’t get to hear

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[Getting down at Saint Hill Manor, 1973]

Mike Rinder predicted that this was going to happen. On March 20, he said that Scientology’s response to Ron Miscavige writing a book about his son, church leader David Miscavige, would follow a familiar pattern.

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Scientology’s champion endorses ‘Ruthless,’ and more in our weekly social media review!

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Time again for Rod Keller’s Scientology Social Media Review! Rod has made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to social media. He’s a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…

 
John Alex Wood, Gemma Harris and other Scientologists provided free “nerve assists” to runners following the London Marathon this week.

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