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Brit Writer’s 27 Years in Scientology is Suddenly News in France — Our Man in Paris Explains Why

RJ Ellory [Photo: E. Garault]

RJ Ellory [Photo: E. Garault]

We have a very special treat for you today. We noticed recently that French publications were suddenly making a big deal about a British crime writer and his long association with the Church of Scientology. Naturally, we turned to our man in Paris for help understanding why.

Jonny Jacobsen is a Brit who lives in Paris and writes one of the best blogs on Scientology, Infinite Complacency. He was good enough to provide us with this explainer — tomorrow, a longer version will show up at his site.

[ALSO TODAY: A report from Nathan Baca about Narconon in Nevada.]

Now here’s a twist in the tale: English thriller writer R.J. Ellory, who only last year had to apologise for an egregious lapse of professional ethics, turns out to be a longtime Scientologist.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported in September 2012 that Ellory had been caught using “sock-puppet” accounts to write glowing reviews for his own books. As one wag at the New York Times put it a couple of days later: “His Biggest Fan was Himself.”

That might have been laughed off as a sad combination of vanity and desperation — except he was using the same accounts to rubbish books written by his rivals. Ellory was forced to issue an apology regretting his “lapse of judgment.”

In December, the Telegraph came back with a second helping of humble pie.

This time, he had been caught trying to edit unflattering references to the previous scandal from his Wikipedia page. Wikipedia confirmed to the Telegraph that it had banned Ellory from any further intervention (just as it did to Scientology back in 2009).

LireMagazineNow French journalist Julien Bisson has unearthed the extent of Ellory’s career as a Scientologist in an article for Lire magazine. The French monthly ran the piece in its April edition (which, appropriately enough, was devoted to crime fiction). Such is Ellory’s profile over here, the news weekly L’Express picked up the story, running Bisson’s original article and adding his interview with Ellory.

Ellory told Bisson that he had got into Scientology in 1986 after his brother introduced him to the “purification program,” which had helped him with his drugs problem. He had decided to give it a try because he too, had problems with drugs, he said.

“I stopped taking drugs immediately, and I honestly believe that if I hadn’t done that program I would have been dead before I was 25,” he added. (Our thanks to Bisson for the original English version of his quotes.)

Ellory is presumably referring to the Purification Rundown — the controversial L. Ron Hubbard-devised programme involving aerobic exercise, long sessions in the sauna and massive amounts of vitamins. Ellory said the “program,” as he called it, helped people with drugs problems make spiritual progress.

The Rundown, of course, is a core part of the service offered at the we’re-completely-independent-of-Scientology drug rehab service, Narconon, currently in meltdown across North America because of a series of deaths there.

In the interview, Ellory was careful to mention his work for Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Its website reeks of the heavy-handed earnestness characteristic of Scientology’s work in this field, together with shock facts about drugs, some of which look about as credible as — well, as certain online book reviews we could mention.

Ellory praised Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “humanitarian” work not just in drug rehabilitation but helping develop literacy, a reference to Hubbard’s Study Technology. Ellory’s work with Scientology had also involved “…some fundraising for humanitarian programs etc. — all fairly self-explanatory,” he added.

In 2002 and 2006, a Roger Ellory appears on the Honor Roll in Impact, the magazine of the International Association of Scientologists. Generally that means that someone has contributed significant sums of money to Scientology or recruited a lot of people into the movement, Bisson noted. So, he asked Ellory, which was it?

Ellory said he had helped with some fundraising in the past but he had not earned the Honor Roll status because of money donated, “…and the Church has never been a financial burden to me or my family.”

Bisson had done his homework before approaching Ellory — not unreasonable, given Ellory’s proactive approach to the truth.

Bisson turned to the Suppressives and Merchants of Chaos over on the message boards for help — and they delivered, hooking him up with some of Ellory’s former colleagues.

Haydn James, who ran Scientology’s “org” in Birmingham, England between 1991 and 2005, told Bisson that Ellory had worked there both as an auditor, providing Scientology’s version of therapy — and then as a senior recruiter.

John Duignan

John Duignan

John Duignan provided more details. (Some of you may recall Duignan’s book The Complex, an account of his time inside Scientology. If you’ve read it, you’ll know he is not shy of speaking his mind.)

Duignan, a Sea Org veteran who worked out of Birmingham, knew Ellory for more than 20 years, He told Bisson that Ellory’s talk of anti-drugs work was a smokescreen. His real job, he said, was as a registrar, hard-selling new recruits expensive packages of auditing.

We asked Duignan to elaborate.

“His actual title was Hubbard Executive Secretary… and then he moved to Chief Registrar,” he said. “But he was basically in charge of all sales. That was his job — it was to get money into the building.”

Before moving into sales, Ellory was already an auditor, trained up to a fairly high level, he added — and that gave him a certain gravitas among his fellow Scientologists. “He used that technical insight into the auditing process to get people to cough up money.”

Bisson had a final question. Ellory had been very open about difficult events in his life: he has written of his drug use and a brief spell in jail for poaching. Why then had he kept so quiet about his adherence to Scientology?

Ellroy replied that when on tour to promote his books, he just answered the questions he was asked. “If someone had asked me, then I would have answered those questions, of course,” he added.

John Duignan doesn’t buy that.

“I know Roger very well and to be honest with you I like him,” he told us. “But there are two sides to the coin. I was always irritated as a Sea Org member that he never promoted that he was a Scientologist. Obviously, now that I’m out on the other side ot the fence I’m still irritated — but for a completely different reason.”

So why all the fuss about Ellory in France? Two reasons.

First, Scientology is not terribly popular over here. The 2009 convictions of several Scientologists and two of its organisations on fraud charges were just the latest in a series of run-ins with the French courts over the years.

On the other hand however, the French do like their thrillers — and Ellory seems to be doing good business here. At least four of his 11 books have been translated into French and one of them, A Quiet Belief in Angels, even picked up a couple of French awards.

Ellory reports on his website: “The book was also optioned for film, and Roger has recently completed the screenplay for Oscar-winning French director, Olivier Dahan.”

It’s early days though: the project doesn’t yet feature as in production at the International Movie Database. But Dahan is certainly a hot property in the film world, even if he hasn’t actually won an Oscar as Ellory seems to think (that was his leading actress Marion Cotillard in the 2007 Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose).

Before we light the torches, hand out the pitchforks and march on the castle however, it’s worth remembering that there is another side to Ellory.

“He’s not a shallow person,” says Duignan. “He is much more multi-dimensional than the typical Scientologist. He has got two lives: a Scientology life and then he has got a life where he loves literature — he is very, very well read…

“I admired him because he was able to bridge that gap — because he had those two worlds. I knew the guy for 20 years and he broadened my literary world. He had this bit of himself that was himself, not the Scientology self.”

In other words, he had the mindset of a Scientology Celebrity even before he was a celebrity.

Quick — reg him for a course.

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Thank you, Jonny! And now, our coda to this story…

We realized that we’d run into R.J. Ellory before. Back in the summer of 2011, we reported about a leak of information from the Scientology “org” in Birmingham, England. A researcher there had discovered that the org had left its server unprotected, and so he downloaded a huge amount of information from it. We were particularly interested in a series of photographs that had been taken at a rather unusual fundraiser which was done in a tropical island theme.

If you’re unfamiliar with Scientology fundraisers, you should know that church members get hit up for cash so often, the local orgs struggle to come up with new ways of making the experience seem enjoyable, somehow. In this case, the sight of these English parishioners trying to generate some South Seas enthusiasm in order to encourage each other to donate cash toward a new building was rather jarring. Here’s Ellory with some of his fellow tropical pals…

Birm30a

 
Even more wince-inducing, someone at the org had put Scientology lyrics on a popular disco song, and at one point during the party the church members got up a conga line. There were quite a few photos of the dance line, and some of them featured Ellory, as you can see below.

ElloryBrum2

 
Later, a clever member of Anonymous combined the song and the photos in a video that became pretty notorious around here. Naturally, we’ll post it again in case you haven’t seen it. Ellory also pops up in it, but only for a second…

 
At this point, we’re not sure which is more embarrassing — getting caught writing your own Amazon reviews, or being spotted in a Scientology conga line. But either way, we’re glad for his sake that Ellory at least makes a living in a way where he never has to be seen in public.

 
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Nevada Legislature Attempting to Get Oversight of Narconon Facility, Nathan Baca Reports

Nathan Baca

Nathan Baca

Last night, we heard from KLAS-TV reporter Nathan Baca, who, the last time we saw him, in November, was reporting on Scientology’s drug rehab facility in Nevada, a place called Rainbow Canyon Retreat.

In that report Baca showed that the facility, in the remote town of Caliente about 150 miles north of Las Vegas, generated the same kind of complaints about deceptive practices that other Narconon centers are plagued with. But Rainbow Canyon Retreat had a special distinction — because it accepted no state or federal funds, it was going completely unregulated by state officials.

(In January, we broke our own news about the Nevada facility, reporting on a troubling case involving a New York 15-year-old who had endured a rough stay at Rainbow Canyon. His parents were suing for abuse they allege he went through.)

In Baca’s new piece, he reports that Nevada’s legislature is trying to do something about its lack of oversight. A new state Senate bill would give Nevada regulators the ability to inspect Rainbow Canyon (or any drug rehab center) regardless of the source of its income.

Baca sent this dialogue he recorded at the state senate which made it pretty clear that the new bill was intended to regulate the Narconon facility, located in Nevada’s Lincoln County…

State Senator Tick Sergerblom (D) Las Vegas: If a facility doesn’t accept state or federal money, does the state have any regulatory oversight?

Marla McDade Williams, Deputy Administrator, State Health Division: Currently, no.

Williams: That is what this bill is intended to do, is to allow us to have oversight over those facilities now we don’t have currently licensed.

Segerblom: Oh, so this would give you — like the facility in Lincoln County where there’s issues come up?

Williams: That’s correct

Baca told us that once the bill becomes law, Rainbow Canyon could only exempt itself from inspection if it claimed to be a faith-based program.

We told him we think that’s unlikely. One of Narconon’s key business practices is to hide its connection to the Church of Scientology. We don’t see it changing that just to escape some oversight by government regulators.

We’ll rely on Baca to keep an eye on whether Senate Bill 501 becomes law.

UPDATE: And here’s the video…

8 News NOW

 
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Karen De La Carrier on Scientology’s Abuse of ‘Priest-Penitent Privilege’

Another powerful video by Karen, J. Swift, and Angry Gay Pope…

 

 
And finally, our old friend Jim Lippard reviews the three big recent books — by Lawrence Wright, John Sweeney, and Jenna Miscavige Hill — and brings readers of Skeptic magazine up to date on what ails Scientology.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 9, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • Missionary Kid

    The online email newsletter of the Skeptic’s Society sent out the following:

    http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/13-04-10/

    In this week’s eSkeptic, Jim Lippard reviews three books: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology by John Sweeney (Silvertail Books, 2013), and Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer (William Morrow, 2013).
    Read Jim Lippard’s bio at the end of this article.

  • Ciru

    “Baca told us that once the bill becomes law, Rainbow Canyon could only exempt itself from inspection if it claimed to be a faith-based program.”

    Absolutely baffling.
    Narconon: “We’re a faith based program.”
    Government: “OK, carry on killing people then. We won’t inspect you.”

    • Ze Moo

      Scamatology always takes the path of least resistance, claiming to be a faith based program lets them to continue to operate and keeps the money flowing. Cash flow is what scamatology is all about. Until every rehab program has standards to obey, this will continue.

    • That’s the American way!

  • Tomato Thetan

    “That might have been laughed off as a sad combination of vanity and desperation — except he was using the same accounts to rubbish books written by his rivals.” Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the most ethical people on the planet.

    • sugarplumfairy

      He’s the poster boy for co$.. Lie, cheat, steal.. Doesn’t matter what you do as long as you Make money..

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      We in RTC wish to point out that R.J. Ellroy was operating based upon OSA Internet Policy 3 when he wrote glowing reviews of his works and rubbished those of his rivals.

      OSA-IP3 states:

      “Because the internet is a criminally suppressive Psych-controlled fraud, it is acceptable for Church of Scientology members to lie, trick, and deceive wogs on the internet using acceptable truths, evasions, outright lies, half truths, con jobs, gambits, stratagems, and other devices. Moreover, Scientologists doing lower conditions may be assigned at the discretion of OSA to viciously troll and attack hate boards, natter boards, and criminally suppressive websites controlled by deviant journalists. This is all for the greatest good.”

      • Captain Howdy

        So OSA-IP3 is kinda like “Taqqiya” for scientologists?

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          Yes, OSA-IP3 is exactly like the Islamic practice of Taqqiya.

          Factually, we in the Church of Scientology have always supported lying as lying as the practice is so very useful. However, we do not call it lying, this because it serves the greatest good and can be financially remunerative when used by skilled regges.

          Example:

          Wog Reporter: What’s this I hear about “Fair Game” on the internet?

          Church of Scientology: The internet is full of lies about the Church of Scientology.

          Wog Reporter: But is it true that the Church of Scientology attacks people who criticize it?

          Church of Scientology: Noit at all. We in the Church of Scientology have never attacked anyone. Indeed, the Church champions human rights globally. We believe so very much in human rights and are in fact fighting human trafficking in the 15,901 nations of the world.

          Wog Reporter: But what about all of the hate sites the Church of Scientology has up on its critics or former members?

          Church of Scientology: What hate sites?

          Wog Reporter: Religious Freedom Watch, Freedom Magazine, and….

          Church of Scientology: How dare you attack our religion! This interview is over!

          • Missionary Kid

            Amen. Who says $cientology isn’t a religion? I do.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    File complaints with the California State Attorney General about the release of confessional information. The church is regulated as a charity, and can be investigated for this.

  • Observer

    “Bisson had done his homework before approaching Ellory — not unreasonable, given Ellory’s proactive approach to the truth.” Spit take! I so love dry British snark. Excellent article, Jonny. It’s really a pity Ellory has so thoroughly embraced LRH’s doctrine of acceptable truth.

    Thank goodness someone in Nevada finally realized that these loopholes aren’t trivial matters–they’re get out of jail free cards for fake “rehabs” which abuse vulnerable human beings. Hopefully this cognition will spread like wildfire.

  • jensting

    Yeah, Ellory got caught with his chequebook out. Interesting that he atrtributes him getting off drugs (usually a medical procedure) to the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology directly and not to its front narCONon. Could of course have something to do with England having no narCONon recently and France not since Jocelyne Dorfman was left to die from repeated epileptic seiures (“what turns it on turns it off”)

    • FistOfXenu

      Some years back I heard it’s harder for them to hide the truth about NarCONon in Britain after they got the crap beat out of them in court by Bonnie Woods. Anybody know for sure?

      • i-Betty
        • FistOfXenu

          Thanks i-Betty. I was given that stuff back around 2006 I think it was but none of it mentions the NarCONon case against her. I heard she won that too but I got the impression that until recently $cientarCONon’s been tiptoeing around the connection because of her case. But I have no documents and wondered if anybody else did. My friend made it sound like her victory was making it harder to pretend the 2 were separate in England. So did they sue her for claiming they’re the same? Because losing that would be as good as admitting they are.

          • Captain Howdy
            • FistOfXenu

              It’s a great summary Captain but it’s stuck in the time before the NarCONon suit was settled: “The legal fight with scientology is still ongoing, though, in that Narconon have an outstanding libel suit against them”

              Well, I’ll just have to wait and see if I find out anything some day. No big deal.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Why not just ask Bonnie? (tell her Songbird says hi!)

              http://www.escapeint.org/about/contact/contact_us.htm

  • Truthiwant

    I’ve just watched Karen De La Carriere’s latest video.

    Scientology is actually MI6, the CIA, the KGB, Mossad and the Stasi all rolled in to one.

    One of the questions in a Sec Check is “Have you ever been involved or been part of an
    intelligence agency?”

    I wonder what would happen if a devout Scientologist answered “Yes”. I bet that some top
    brass member of the Sea Org would take you aside and say that you can’t
    continue with your auditing cycle but that they have a great job lined up for
    you in OSA.

    The evil of Scientology has no boundaries. An individual starts in Scientology thinking
    that they can save the world and ends up in a place like OSA, snitching on their
    friends and ruining the lives of people that have defected. All in the name of
    religion and spiritual healing.

    • 0tessa

      It’s like selling your soul to the devil.

      • Truthiwant

        A publicity flyer for OSA…

        Do you have experience in espionage and secret services?

        Do you enjoy ruining other people’s lives?

        Do you like spying on people?

        Do you get enjoyment by snitching on your past friends?

        Do you get a good feeling by lying blatantly to people?

        Are you good at setting up internet hate sites?

        Well, if the answers to these questions are YES then we have the right job for you.

        Now recruiting. Come and join OSA and you will never be the same person again.

        Our motto is “Fairus Gamus ab Wogus”

        Please send you CV to……

        • FistOfXenu

          Where do I sign up?

          • Truthiwant

            People called Xenu are banned from the religion. Unless, of course, you happen to have had a big inheritance or a large windfall.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Or lots of gold fillings..

            • FistOfXenu

              I’ve got Hubbard’s thetan here in my fist and I’m slowly squeezing the Smug out of it until all that’ll be left is Fail. What’s it worth?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Nothing!

            • Observer

              It has some entertainment value

            • FistOfXenu

              Fair enough. When I’m done I’ll tan it and use it to stretch out on next time I sunbathe on the Van Allen Belt.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Good. That means I get the lawn chair to myself! LOl.

            • FistOfXenu

              Yeah, I’m thoughtful that way. 😉

              Um, by the way, you know the chair costs $250 per hour, right?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              What? Are you regging me?

            • FistOfXenu

              You’ll have a serious problem trying to sunbathe on the Van Allen Belt without this patented VAB Lawn Chair (P), not to mention you’ll be out-tech as well. But we can definitely help you with that. Your $350 per hour will allow you to sunbathe in the most efficient manner possible, with the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics. You DO want to help clear the Van Allen Belt of UV rays don’t you? And for just another $50 per hour you can contribute to building an Ideal SunDeck (TM) in the Van Allen Belt. Then we’ll see our stats go straight up and vertical in the Belt, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you played a big part in it!

              That’s by credit card right? Just sign here, here and here, and we’ll take out your 1st $500 donation for your 1st hour. You can start right away!

      • Bradley Greenwood

        Even worse… PAYING the devil to take your soul, and the devil is free to invest in more “Ideal” real estate.

        • TheNextMrsTomCruise

          Well you didn’t expect the Devil to take your soul for free, did you? Duh! Beezelbub has overhead too, you know. Think of the fuel bills! The asbestos for his black feathered wings doesn’t grow on trees! Demon unionization and fringe benefits, retirement and rice and beans for all Helldwellers…the list goes on.

  • Kudos to Julien Bisson and Jonny Jacobsen. Julien was smart. He registered at Why We Protest and asked anons for help in doing research.

    It is always great to see Nate Baca back in action.

    Another heaping serving of super-delicioius entheta today from Tony!

    • i-Betty

      “From sweating out alien spirits to lifting objects with your mind, what happens at this drug rehabilitation center is far from scientifically accepted.”

      Wonderful!

  • FistOfXenu

    If Ellory was really important to $cientarCONon they should’ve shipped busloads of cultists to bookstores to buy his books 3 at a time. And sent some of their web-safe trolls to Amazon to do the reviews for him. But in the end all they want is to “MAKE MONEY … MAKE MORE MONEY … MAKE OTHERS … MAKE MONEY”, and I guess he was doing that without their help.

    • Ze Moo

      He would have to ‘share’ his money if he used his scilon connections too much. CO$ always gets it cut.

  • mook

    nice try, CoS spin doctors. they used an old (and possibly photoshopped) photo of JT and Kelly P w/ their kids as their idea of not paying attention to the Enquirer’s blockbuster cover story about their divorce
    http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/04/09/450022_gossip-news.html
    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/world-exclusive-john-kelly-200-million-divorce

    • TonyOrtega

      You mean the Enquirer “blockbuster” that says they “might” get divorced if Travolta doesn’t support Kelly’s career more? Yeah, big scoop.

      • mook

        makes you wonder who’s got the Enquirer on her payroll (*side-eyes Ms. Preston*)

        • Trustmeonthis

          Oh, they don’t pay for that kind of bs. They’re just happy to have something to write. Whenever you see the phrase “sources say” you can replace it with “publicists for so-and-so say” for a more accurate understanding of what is actually going on.

    • Bizarrely the National Enquirer website is about the only site I know that you can’t access from the UK [anybody know the cached version address?]

  • John Duigna’s “The Complex” ought be part of a whole history of the “complex” in LA.

    How the complex of buildings there in Los Angeles have been utilized over the last 35 or so years, how the use of the rooms of that ex hospital have been used, and all the people who’ve been part of the complex’s history, is a long story, evolving daily, since so many of the beehive Sea Org members are concentrated there!

  • Shannon

    Karen is a superstar. The worst thing the cult could have ever done was fuck with her. My heart breaks for her situation but I am so happy that she is standing up and telling it like it is. She is so articulate and pointed it’s inspiring.

    • i-Betty

      My favourite comment of the day.

    • aquaclara

      Spot on. Karen has so much so share, and I learn so much just from listening to her. Every one of these vids touches on a sensitive topic. It must be giving Davey fits. And, well, Angry Gay Pope is one talented and perhaps delightfully happy non-Anon. He is the perfect person to help deliver this message. To echo your quote, “The worst thing the cult could have ever done was fuck with her.”

  • Johan

    Am wondering if Narconon might get away with saying they are a faith based program, and then claim “all faiths”, thus still ‘hiding’ the Scientology link?
    Absolute stupidity to not have oversight over faith based programs anyway – at least to check that they don’t advertise falsely!

    • That ploy probably wouldn’t work. To qualify as “faith-based” a program would have to be sponsored by an identifiable religious group, i.e. Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc. Claiming to be based in “all faiths” is tantamount to saying “no faith” in this instance.

    • N. Graham

      Or commit fraud.

  • EnthralledObserver

    Karen is da bomb, isn’t she? I just love how indepth her tattle tales go. She was personally asked to ‘go through confidential pc folders’ to find dirt to use against the individual – unbelievable that this organisation has been so brazen but are still being left to do their thing by the authorities and governments. Something has got to give soon, right… tell me it is so.

  • Captain Howdy

    So they regulate brothels in Nevada but not drug rehabs?

    Jonny is looking way too suave. Is that a bottle of J.D next to him? For a second I thought maybe it was the stuff that the Scarlett Pimplehead drinks.

    The Skeptic Magazine review by Jim Lippard was excellent, Thanks Tony.

    • TonyOrtega

      The photo is of Ellory, not Jonny. But if it’s a photo of Jonny Jacobsen boozing you want, go here… http://tonyortega.org/2013/02/11/please-welcome-our-newest-reader/

      • Captain Howdy

        “The photo is of Ellory, not Jonny”

        DOH! and the link says I’m “forbidden”. I think bedways is bestways for me.

        • Observer

          Here you go.

          • Captain Howdy
          • Thank you Observer: and a drop of the real stuff, mind.

            • Captain Howdy

              Sorry for mistaking you for a Danny Bonaduce look a like, but in my defense..I need new glasses/I’d just woken up/I’m slightly hung over/I’m getting old and addled.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              You missed a gradient!

            • I’m not even going to Google this Bonaduce guy (at least not before a stiff drink). Not to worry though: I have days like that tooK.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Resist any and all urges to google the Bonaduce!
              For your own safety as well as Capt. Howdy’s.

            • stillgrace

              I didn’t even notice the Bonadouche look-alike’s smug look, or the booze, all I could think was “Get your damn shoes off the bed, you animal!!!”

    • Observer

      Jonny is far better-looking. If Ellory is supposed to be sporting a come-hither look in that pic it’s an epic fail. I don’t know whether to laugh or run away.

      • Captain Howdy

        It’s more like “come slither”

        • Observer

          Hahaha, excellent!

        • FistOfXenu

          I thought it was “Come? Not likely”

    • Ciru

      Maybe faith based brothels are exempt?

    • Sherbet

      Same thing is happening in both, Howdy: People are getting screwed.

    • FLUNK_101

      Ditto. I used to read Michael Schermer’s “Skeptic” column in Scientific American, and I enjoy the magazine.
      Thank you Tony for the link to what looks like a great article. I’m looking forward to it.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      The vices are heavily regulated!
      Ironic, ain’t it?

      • Captain Howdy

        Well, in all fairness to Nevada, what’s more dangerous, a working girl with HIV or a narconon counselor who was a patient the week before ?

        • BuryTheNuts2

          The only place you are going to find a working girl in Nevada with HIV is on the street.
          Those girls in the brothels are tested, and protected.

          It is more freaking wholesome than Mickey Mouse!

          • i-Betty

            Sign.

          • Captain Howdy

            That’s my point. An unregulated prostitution industry has the potential for way more harm than an unregulated detox/rehab industry, as horrible as that is.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I was being dyslexic in my frontal lobe!

            • Captain Howdy

              That’s OK, my frontal lobe is in the pawnshop.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Alas, that is where my Martin D-18 ended up. 🙁

            • stillgrace

              Oh no! You pawned a Martin acoustic guitar? Can you get it back? It’s worth $thousands.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Um yeah…..and it was thirty years ago.
              I WASAnIDIOT!!!
              We won’t discuss the Guild F-25 that went with it.

            • FistOfXenu

              Martin D-18? Guild Edit D-25? Pawn shop? The sound you hear is the sound of my heart slowly breaking.

  • 0tessa

    These videos of Karen are real little gems, but big nails in somebody’s coffin.
    The thought – Miscavige all over the planet, being able to log into a live session (confessional). Even Poetin is not able to do that! OSA has refined intelligence to a whole new level, of which other despots can only dream. It is your worst nightmare, worthy of a horror movie.

  • scnethics

    Great video!

  • BosonStark

    Every drug addict who recovered in a program would think something to the effect that the program where they stopped using drugs saved their life, and that they would be dead without it.

    However, with a Scientologist, the complex story of the harm or pain they caused others around them, and their own personal struggle and the point they came to in their life, is reduced to the answer in Dr. Hubtard’s magic sauna cure. Within the cult, there’s a social reward system for mentioning this, and simplifying the story to that script.

    In Scientology, it becomes a habit, to lie to promote and sell Scientology, very much like the charade Ellory undertook to promote his own books, and dump on his rivals. This is what Scientology teaches. You’ve got to keep pushing and lying if you want to make it. The cult will support you in that endeavor, where lying is a sacrament, as long as you replace your drug addiction with a Scientology addiction, and keep pushing the Scientology.

  • First review of Oblivion (Cruise’s latest Sci Fi effort) is out and it’s not that great http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/04/10/oblivion-review/

    Shame Roger Eberts no longer with us, would have loved to read his review on this one.

    • FLUNK_101

      When Tom Cruise is in a movie, I try to imagine what the movie means to him as a Scientologist.
      For me, that’s the subtext!
      As soon as I read about the story line in the review, I was immediately struck by the similarity to a story L Ron Hubbard once told in one if his taped lectures.
      It might have been about the Scientology concept of “beautiful sadness” … it was the story of a guy who was the last auditor on Earth. He’s auditing the last people on Earth still waiting to go “free.” But who will audit the auditor? The poor auditor is still “stuck in his body,” but he doesn’t care about that, as long as the others go free.
      Isn’t that beautifully sad?
      Get out your handkerchiefs!

      • and the volcanoes, don’t forget the volcanoes….

    • Incidentally here’s his short review for Battlefield Earth:

      “‘Battlefield Earth’ is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It’s not merely bad; it’s unpleasant in a hostile way… Some movies run off the rails. This one is like the train crash in “The Fugitive.” I watched it in mounting gloom, realizing I was witnessing something historic, a film that for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies.”

    • just came across a tweet from a well known UK film/TV critic …. looks like journalists were banned from Oblivion pre-screening [always a sign the movies shit]

      Disqus feckin’ up again… here’s a grab http://grab.by/lwLk

  • mirele

    Tony, never say never on the idea that Scientology might not go the faith-based route with NN. It wouldn’t be the first time that a group, threatened with having its oppressive facility shut down, repurposed itself as faith-based in an attempt to get out from underneath state regulation. I know Lester Roloff attempted that with his “schools” (read: beat-down facilities) for teens when I was a teenager in Texas in the 1970s–and he was semi-successful and had support from government authorities in evading oversight. More recently, similar homes (e.g., Hephzibah House in Indiana) have been under scrutiny, but because of their faith-based nature, they’ve been exempt from regulation.

    Never say never when it comes to the cult.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      That is what I am afraid of! They will do some “turnabout” and use it to there advantage.
      Not like that would be a first!

    • FistOfXenu

      I agree but then doesn’t that mean admitting to closer ties to the cult? It’s one thing to be based on the ideas of Liar Ron Humpty and another to be a “religion” like $cientology isn’t it?

    • RMycroft

      I wonder if they can claim to be faith-based without actually naming the faith?

      “You haven’t filled in the Faith box on the form.”
      “Oh, we’re just generally faithful.”

  • Captain Howdy

    If you want to read Ellory whining to Wikipedia and being pwned for altering his wki.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Biographies_of_living_persons/Noticeboard/Archive162#R._J._Ellory

    • Observer

      Bawwwwwwww! I like how he says “Were the truth ever to come out regarding this issue, I guarantee that it would receive no press coverage at all” without ever bothering to give the truth (which would likely be an “acceptable” version anyway).

      • stillgrace

        Don’t forget his embrace of the Streisand Effect!!

  • Sherbet

    Maybe I give too much status and credence to the Better Business Bureau, but I often check businesses and charities before I give them any of my money. So it sticks in my craw that the BBB gives Rainbow Canyon Retreat an A+ rating, because there are no government actions against it. I had credible links to send to the OK BBB regarding Narconon Arrowhead, but I don’t have an arsenal of links to send to every BBB to help them rethink their ratings. I tried to have a review opened for Artists for Human Rights, and the BBB website sort of spit me out. So unless I can assemble a list of credible links to send to the the BBBs in Narconon-infected areas, I’ll have to stop this half-baked campaign of ratting out Narconon.

    • Trustmeonthis

      I hate to be the one to tell you, but, yes, you do give too much credence to the BBB if you give them any at all. They are not a guv agency. All they do is charge you money to use their logo (and I think it’s like yelp where you can pay to make the bad reviews go away).
      In any case, other people do trust the BBB so I would say that trying to get negative reviews might still be worth it. Just don’t expect them to be anything other than a pay-to-play scam. Because that is what they are.
      (I researched this a while back for work.)

      • Sherbet

        Thanks for the wake-up, Trustme. I believe you, and I’ll curtail my anemic BBB campaign accordingly.

        As for other charities, it’s a real eye-opener to check them out in the BBB before making a contribution. I naively thought that CEOs of charities would, of course, be paid fairly for their leadership; but for many notable charities, our donation dollars help pay high six-figure salaries.

        • Trustmeonthis

          There are sites that evaluate charities for things like fancy salaries etc.
          I will say that nonprofits *generally* (Komen Foundation etc excepted) pay less than an equivalent job in regular business. So that exec could potentially be pulling in even more elsewhere – although, it is also true that, because of this, the nonprofit sphere ends up with people who can’t quite make it in the corporate world (cough*crazeballs*cough). Heh.

          • Sherbet

            Thanks again, Trustme.

  • FLUNK_101

    Karen DeLaCarriere said that Mistercavige can watch an auditing session LIVE, from anywhere in the world!

    In session, people will talk about the most intimate details of their lives. They’ll talk about issues they have with their bodies. They’ll talk about sex. They might reveal things they wouldn’t even tell their spouse.

    This is way beyond “reality TV.” Can you imagine watching live video of a famous movie star talking about how they masturbate?

    What does Mistercavige do? If he’s in London, does he suddenly remember that Jenna Elfman is getting audited at 1pm, LA time? Time to tune in and see what’s going on with good old Jenna?
    Does he look at his watch and say, Oh, it’s 7pm! Time for Anne Archer?

    • Observer

      His “communicator” probably keeps a schedule of all that for him.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I am imagining Lou S., flipping through the “auditing channel guide”.

        Lou: “Hey Schnookums, would you rather watch John Travolta talk about wanting to “be” Olivia Newton John, …or watch a rerun of Lisa Marie’s marriage to Michael Jackson?”

        DM (Yelling): Not right now you CS back flashing Parrot…Can’t you see I am practicing my Podium pose while nekkid!

        • i-Betty

          😛

        • Observer

          I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing “DM” and “nekkid” in the same sentence. Thanks for that.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            (((hugs))) You are welcome….

            runs……….

            • Observer

              Pfffffffft

        • FLUNK_101

          The Auditing Channel! Great, BTN. What’s on tonight, Elisabeth Moss on the Happiness Rundown??
          What about Sec Check TV?
          Karin Pouw getting a gang-bang sec check? That would probably be pay per view.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Would the “whole track” stuff be on the history channel?

            (high five on the gang-bang sec check)!!!

            • FLUNK_101

              LOL!

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Does the solo auditing occur on the DIY channel?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Good one!

          • FistOfXenu

            I’ll get the popcorn and Guinness.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Chill EB could host the BET Network. Black Entertainment Thetans.

            Kirsty could host a show in HGTV, Home and Garden Thetan Vision about what else? NOT cooking, but eating. Thanks LRon for the “eating tech” I’m such an ethical eater now, I always apologize to the lobster before it hits the boiling water.

            Oh and don’t even get me started on the Home Shopping channel. Can you imagine some brain dead host up there pushing sets of encyclopedias all day long?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Like, say, Grant Cardone?

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Oh, perfect!

              I’ve got some late-night, 2D programming in mind too. Call 1-900-HAT-XENU to find your second dynamic match for the evening. Ooooooohhhh, so theta!

              I think we could sell a lot of advertising time to Bean-o with all of the rice and beans going on in the Sea Org.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Oh the Sea Org…

              “The PseudoMilitary Channel”!!!

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              There’s no such thing as “off track” when you’re dealing with infinity!

              One more, FistOfXenu could really have a FOX network on there. We might be able to get nutter Glen Beck to come back!

              I was wondering, do you think the Oiliness table turns into a hibachi grill after hours? Flunk, what say you? Mmmmmmm, they love to do the steaming volcano after all….

            • FLUNK_101

              If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can frolic on the Virgin Oiliness Table, which has the hibachi grill.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              That sounds like it might leave a mark!

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              I’d love to get my frolicingness on with an oily virgin! Thanks Flunk!

      • RMycroft

        SNN – The Scientology Nosey Network.

        • Missionary Kid

          How about SFN.
          $cintology F**ked Network

    • FistOfXenu

      No but I can imagine DM watching it. “But Tom, we could’ve done that together! (sniff sniff) I built the table of oiliness specially!”

      • i-Betty

        LOL!

  • sugarplumfairy

    Lol.. “…given Ellory’s proactive approach to the truth…” You do have a way with words..

  • dbloch7986

    AGP,

    Would you be interested in doing a video series like this with me? I already have a YouTube Channel going, but I don’t know how to do all the editing and it would be cool to have a Q/A session instead of just me talking to my computer haha.

    • Observer

      Yes, please, AGP!

      • Captain Howdy

        Yes

        • Sidney18511

          Capt’n…I’m sure it was just an oversite on your part, but the CORRECT wording would be “make it go right”. Lol

          • stillgrace

            Not if you are channeling Picard, which is possible here.

            • Captain Howdy

              That’s why you’re my PA and a certain other person isn’t.

            • sugarplumfairy

              You hiring for any other positions?

            • sugarplumfairy

              Never mind.. I don’t even know what demon made me ask that..

            • Observer

              It’s the cans for you, young lady! You’re obviously overrun with BTs that need a good exorcisin’.

            • sugarplumfairy

              I’ve become very fond of my BTs.. I’ve even named them all.. My favorite is Zorro.. We like to go antiquing together..

            • elar aitch

              Me too – I need a lot of support to keep this f’ed up mess going.

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              Fairy, you DOLT! I am sure the Captain has ALL positions in mind…

            • FistOfXenu

              Ooh! A 5th Element reference!
              We’re green.

            • Captain Howdy

              I am looking for a personal nurse…with a prescription pad.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              BAAHAAAHAAA

            • sugarplumfairy

              If i were your nurse, you’d be put on a very strict regimen.. Lots of green tea, fresh veggies.. Tofu.. You’d feel so good, you’d forget about the scripts..

            • Captain Howdy

              I was reading about these new vitamins, I think they’re called roxicodone..yeah! that’s the ticket! They sound just like “what the doctor ordered” for me.

            • ParticleMom

              Ah, roxicet…the best medication I have ever been on…I have such fond memories…

            • sugarplumfairy

              Lol.. No vitamin R for you..

            • Captain Howdy

              Nurse Ratched, why are trying to stand between me and 30 mgs of pure happiness ?

            • DodoTheLaser

              Xenu Beer only.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Nurse Buzzkill : Nurse Ratched :: Alan Gutknecht : Albert Einstein

              =)

            • Sidney18511

              Who is Picard?

            • Captain Howdy
            • ParticleMom

              You mean the question wasn’t snark?

            • Sidney18511

              The only outer space sci-fy I was ever into was “Lost in Space”….danger will Robinson…..danger.
              That and Scientology of course

            • Missionary Kid

              I think the reference is to Starship Captain Picard, on Star Trek Next Generation.
              Somebody, correct me if I’m wrong.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Karen’s got the disconnected mother’s perspective covered.. Derek is a disconnected son.. Disconnection is heartless, manipulative and downight evil.. Scientology BLOWS..

    • stillgrace

      What a fabulous idea!!

    • Sidney18511

      Derek, that would be a great idea. You are so well spoken and are able to get the inside info regarding the COS out just as clearly as Karen. Why don’t you contact him and ask for a meeting. Try his website and he also posts on the clambake board.
      I have always felt that you could write a wonderful book.

    • Sidney18511

      why don’t you put out the word? Contact as many people as possible and let them know. But I think it would make a wonderful addition on Karen’s channel. She has other vids there and I would think that if it would be seen there it would also pull up your vids as related.
      Your story of abuse and disconnection would be so comparable to the storyline that the AGP is doing with Karen. So get shaking Derek. Make this go right!

    • i-Betty

      Derek, you can contact AGP here: angrygaypope.com

      Or on his Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEndOfScientology

      He’s very easy to talk to 🙂

    • EnthralledObserver

      I second that notion… AGP I hope you take up Derek’s suggestion/offer.

  • Haydn James

    Interestingly, Roger Ellory is not as supportive of the Church of Scientology as you might think. He has been quite critical of it over the years and when he first started to publish books never mentioned his connection at all which speaks volumes about how he reallty feels.. But, as I told Mr. Bisson, he is between a rock and a hard place. If his inivolvement with Scn starts to impact his career he will ditch it regardless of how that will affect his wife. I have no doubt.

    • stillgrace

      Did you witness his criticism of scientology? Do you know if his criticism is recorded or written down anywhere? You predict he will ditch scn if it impacts his career. He might use his association with scn as an excuse or explanation of his less-than-honorable actions taken during his career.

    • FistOfXenu

      I sure would like that to be true Haydn. For real. But I’ve seen $cientarCONon corrupt even good people, I mean people who don’t do that whole “I’m me!” “Ooh now I’m not me but I really like me!” “oh now I’m a different not me and I think that guy’s book is crap!” “Ooh now I’m another different not me just here to tell everybody what great guy I am – I mean, he is!” deception he did to promote his books and slam other writers.

      Anybody who’d do that not just 1 time but on and on til he got caught sounds like the kind of guy that doesn’t mind blurring the lines. In other words he sounds like just the kind of guy $cientarCONon’s looking for and just the kind of guy they can control. I really hope you’re right but he’s got a target on his back if he thinks he can walk away clean.

  • “The Rundown, of course, is a core part of the service offered at the
    we’re-completely-independent-of-Scientology drug rehab service,
    Narconon, currently in meltdown across North America because of a series
    of deaths there.”

    I love that paragraph!

  • dwayners13

    While the church wants their members to believe their auditing session are private/confidential, they also want people to be somewhat concerned (& outright scared) that if they ever speak out against the church, the information they shared during auditing sessions, or information in their ethics &/or OSA files can & likely will be used against them. This is especially true for celebrities, which is why I would guarantee the recording equipment in a celebrity center auditing room is top notch in order to ensure nothing is missed. Placido Domingo jr & Jason Beghe may not be A listers, but the way they were treated by the church sent a message to other celebrities that the Policy of Fair Game applies to anyone who speaks ill of the church. If anything, the threat of having information from their auditing sessions & OSA/Ethics Files made public is more effective on celebrities.

    • i-Betty

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Carrot and stick.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    When I saw Jonny Jacobsen’s name, alongside John Duignan, John Sweeney, Nathan Baca, remembering these were a few on the balooning list of writers and journalists covering The Hub and his many pets, it occurred to me that it’s always been the hardcore talented scribes that peeked under the covers instead of just fluffing the pillows. This alone has been a hallmark of literary integrity and personal courage considering they have their very own Special Suppressive category in Ron’s Book of Sue Me in England.

    And then what jumps out from under the mattress but a lone scientologist writer …. who exclusively tells tales of cloak and dagger crime. Scientology … it’s a Festival of Irony.

    • aquaclara

      A Festival of irony, indeed. Balloons, bunting, beer, some music AND of course funnel cake and popcorn to toast both the intrepid, faithful journalists and the writers brand-new on this bandwagon. At times, I have had both the Kindle and the books stacked up for reading, which would have gone a wee bit faster, except that the reporting here on the Bunker has been most substantial. Utterly fulfilling.

  • i-Betty

    I’ve been compiling a list of Karen’s videos over at The Bake and a few days ago I thought it would be a nice idea to copy over some of the comments people have been posting (as OCMB and The Bunker are my two main sites, and have my favourite people commenting), but I suddenly had a thought in the dentist chair this afternoon that I should have checked with you all first before copying your comments. The first time I did it I included names, but since then I have kept the comments anonymous. I just thought it would be a nice encouragement for Karen, AGP and J. Swift to see how well their work is being received over here.

    I’m so sorry that I didn’t check with you first. The link to the thread is here: http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=240897

    Please do let me know if you want your comment removed, or whether the general feeling is that I shouldn’t be copying over ANY of the comments. I will be completely guided by what you think.

    Betty xxx

    • Trustmeonthis

      You can copy anything from me any time you like.
      I wouldn’t say it on the internet if I was worried about it being repeated. 😉
      Thanks, Betty!

    • Sidney18511

      Betts…I think everyone who posts here would loveto have their voices heard by as many people as possible.

    • i-Betty

      Thank you, Trustmeonthis and Sidney 🙂 If no concern has been shown by the time Tony posts again tomorrow I will assume that it’s OK to carry on, but – please – if anyone has any doubts, do let me know and I will be more than happy to edit or stop altogether. Love to you all, Betty xxx

    • stillgrace

      I think you should include names.

    • Missionary Kid

      I think it’s nice of you to ask.

      This is a public forum, so I don’t believe there’s any legal restrictions. Since most of us post anonymously, we’d have to prove that anything you republished was actually written by a known person, and that would mean we’d have to reveal ourselves. That’s the legal/ethical end.

      If there’s something that someone doesn’t want you to quote, I’m sure you’ll hear from them, but I doubt anyone will object, unless it’s something that outs a closet $cion on their way to being an ex.

      On a personal note, I’d be pleased as punch if you quoted any of my drivel.

    • i-Betty

      Missionary Kid and Stillgrace, thanks for the replies 🙂 xxx

      I would never, ever copy over something that was sensitive or could potentially hurt someone. It’s about using my common sense, I suppose. I like the idea of the strong bonds between sites that are critical of scientology, and the fact that so many of their communities overlap. We’re all here for the same purpose after all.

      I will go back to including names, Grace, if you think people won’t mind. The fact is that almost everyone at OCMB comes here, too, so there’s already real familiarity with each other.

      Thanks again to all of you. You’re great 🙂 *o/* <— me waving pompoms, I think.

    • Shannon

      Mine’s you fav, I’m touched! Feel free to use my name, Hi OSA! 🙂

      • i-Betty

        Yes it was, I loved it! xxx

  • Trustmeonthis

    Gotta love the “OMG I feel like SUCH a SUCKER!” face on Ellory in the conga line pic.

  • Sidney18511

    Karen is doing a great job on the vids. She’s good, knowledgable, and she has the BIGGEST can of beans, which she is doing a wonderful job of spilling!

  • mook

    Vice.com picks up the story of Alice Wu, a Taiwanese Scientologist who was thrown into an Aussie RPF
    http://www.vice.com/read/scientology-hates-psychology-especially-if-youre-from-taiwan-and-living-in-australia-000491-v20n4

    • aquaclara

      nice article. all the more ironic as it was surrounded by ads for Tom Cruise’s new movie. Hahahahaha.

  • Missionary Kid

    I don’t know if this has been referenced before, but $cientology is raising it’s evil head in Vietnam, using the purification rundown to treat victims of Agent Orange. Here is an article, entitled, “Scientologists Prey on Vietnam War Victims, and others…” from F.A.C.T.net. http://www.factnet.org/scientologists-prey-vietnam-war-victims-and-others

    It’s bad enough that people there have been victimized by Agent Orange, but now they’re being victimized again by Co$.

    • Sidney18511

      I saw that the other day. And their government is paying the scamology church. Sad. Just sad.

      • Missionary Kid

        How does one notify the government of Vietnam of the danger?

        • Sidney18511

          Without OUR government getting involved I can’t imagine what any of us could do. These people are without any hope, sick as shite and they are so desperate for relief that many are saying that they feel better while others are saying their going to stick with the program and HOPE it works.
          The COS is planning to expand there. What scum! They will grab the last piece of rice from their hands and sell them a piece of blue sky.

  • dagobarbz

    “…Rainbow Canyon could only exempt itself from inspection if it claimed to be a faith-based program.”

    Why in the world would a “faith based program,” the very playground of scammers and stooges, be exempt from inspection? These types of non-medical, experimental “treatments” should receive the most scrutiny of all.

    That said, Narconon done kind of screwed the pooch here. While they do baww about “religious bigotry” when responding to queries about the Narconon program, their spokesclams deny any relationship with the religion.

    Believable, until you see Narconon is on Scientology’s corporate chart, that is.

    I hope the inspectors pay close attention to the food service area. It sounds like random inmates are tagged to prepare meals. Safe food handling is serious business.

  • 1subgenius

    Conga line fail.
    FFMMFM

    • Missionary Kid

      Interestingly enough, that’s a conga line beat.

      • sugarplumfairy

        lol..

  • Observer

    I just finished this and was going to save it for a story about Elron, but I can’t.

    • stillgrace

      I can tell they are compiling right now (as I switch from “Best” to “Newest”). I would try a reboot on your machine and then retry. That once worked for me when I had the same experience. It’s always possible that they broke the image upload function as they were fixing something else. You won’t see the “X” unless you can see the true image.
      P.S. Can’t wait to see your new shoop!!!

      • Captain Howdy

        Disqus is starting to discombobulate again. When I click on anything the page goes flying up and down.

        • stillgrace

          Their code must be a mess.

      • Observer

        All right, I rebooted and I’ll try one more time.

    • stillgrace

      That’s great! His eyes have a bit of that “Old Tom-Gary Busey-Priscilla Presley” eye thing happening!

      • Observer

        The original for comparison, and one without the plaque. I’ve been itching to put his finger up his nose since I first saw that stupid photo, but I was without a computer for a few months.

        Edit: and the no-plaque one didn’t post. Disqus, you’re killin’ me …

        • stillgrace

          You did a great job! You have talent. As soon as I take a long break from writing to the Kennedy’s, I’m going to post them to WWP.

    • Captain Howdy
      • DodoTheLaser

        Ron would never do such a thing. This is too much entheta for me.
        Observer and Captain, STOP LAUGHING NOW! Not ok!

        • Captain Howdy

          It’s all your fault. I was meditating i.e getting drunk listening to (Bon Scott) AC/DC and you came out of NOWHERE with this “genius” boondoggle!

          • DodoTheLaser

            Yeah, well, just because I made a stealthy appearance here.. forget it.

            Here is my amends, brother:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oYHTlF7JQU

            Almost 5 hours of it!

            • Captain Howdy

              Bess Armstrong Bless You Dodo!

            • DodoTheLaser

              Bess is a cutie. :):):)
              Thanky!

      • Observer

        His fingernails are disgusting. And it looks like he’s working on a coke nail.

  • Observer

    Well, I still can’t see it so I’m trying again.

    edit: Aaaaand, nothing. Giving up for today.

    • stillgrace

      You can still delete any duplicates, if you want. But I don’t think any one really minds. It’s not your fault Disqus is wonky.

  • Observer

    Third time’s a charm?

    Apparently not. I guess it’ll have to wait till tomorrow. At least this time I got an actual server error message.

    • stillgrace

      Wait a second, before you give up. Let me try adding an image and see if it works for me.

      • stillgrace

        Nope … it’s broken!

        • Captain Howdy

          It’s working now..i think.

          • stillgrace

            The “add image” function is misfiring. Darn, I want to see Observer’s new shoop.

            • Observer

              I am about to scream. >:-(

            • DodoTheLaser

              Don’t scream, I can see the shoop and it’s really funny!

              You sir, have heluva skillz. Bows (while laughing).

  • stillgrace

    A shoop is a dream your heart makes …

  • The Dakini

    Today’s post makes me feel like I need to take a shower.

    …scratch that. I’ll need several showers to remove the patinaed layers of batshit crazy off.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Hey guys, there is The GENIUS AWARD status in scientology’s fundraising now.
    And I am not even kidding. Look:

    [IMG]http://i50.tinypic.com/35avhh0.jpg[/IMG]

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/toronto-ideal-org-bust/

    And it’s not even Sunday yet!

    • sugarplumfairy

      “resist doing things the same old way…”

      This.. Coming from a group who won’t allow members to use the privy w/o a written, numbered directive from rongod..

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I am just so surprised they managed to spell so many words correctly!

        • Captain Howdy

          I’m disappointed they spelled “genius” correctly. That would have officially been the end. Actually the fact that Cof$ has a genius award pretty marks THE END. Bless you Dodo

          • DodoTheLaser

            I take it was “Bless you”.. lol
            Also, thanks for making me laugh, Captain!

            • Captain Howdy

              What are talking about? LoL

            • DodoTheLaser

              BESS is a particle physics experiment carried by a balloon. BESS stands
              for Balloon-borne Experiment with Superconducting Spectrometer. ….

              For more information:

              Why Learn Something Of Quantum Theory?
              http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/

              LOL

            • Captain Howdy

              Baboon-borne experiment? 12 Monkeys? 28 Days Later? I’m a confused!

            • DodoTheLaser

              It’s complicated. Unless, you go Clear (like for real this time) and study some physics stuff.
              It all makes sense then.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              LOL is right!
              I just clicked on that link.
              Somebody please stab me in the throat and let me bleed out before I read any more of THAT!

            • DodoTheLaser

              Sorry, I forgot to put a warning, babe. I know how it feels, but please stay calm.
              Would you like a cookie? Loves 🙂

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Yes. And warm milk.
              And my blankie!
              Nite all.

            • Captain Howdy

              Sleep tight and don’t let the Grim Weepers bite.

            • DodoTheLaser

              Good plan is good. Sweet dreams.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Gaaarrrhhhhhh, run Mosey, run! I’ll throw you a tennis ball on a string and just run towards the light. Oh wait, wrong thing….

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Well, they word cleared adaptability or us, but they forgot to word clear “genius” for themselves. Derp!

          • DodoTheLaser

            Good catch! lol Also, according to Rinder, the lady with the flowers next to Alan The Genius is some OSA hot shot.

      • DodoTheLaser

        So true, SPF darlin’. I feel a bit sorry for Alan The GENIUS of Toronto (Ideal) Org.
        Some rude awakening awaits him.

    • elar aitch

      Sending all your money up the bridge gets you…..flattery!

      • DodoTheLaser

        Yep. And it’s not even about The Bridge anymore.

        It’s about nice buildings. Not that it makes much difference…

        The GENIUS AWARD and Scientology in the same context.. PRICELESS.

        (Disclaimer: I was a Scientologist once too. But never a genius kind.)

    • Bob

      Thanks for this. This is proof that the virus of insanity called the CHURCH of Scientology has truly infected both the tiny mussels and giant clams that have been sucked in by the net of Hubbology.

    • RMycroft
  • California

    I finally had some time to re-read Lucas Catton’s book and there are several references to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) showing up at Narconon events, openings, etc., while he was involved.

    This made me concerned because for the past couple of years the DEA has changed its focus from supply (the cartels, etc.) to demand (those people who are using here in the US, mostly young people). This would sound innocuous except that the DEA rates its successes in terms of arrests, convictions and confiscation of property….

    And when the DEA turns its focus on the naive and immature kids or damaged adults wanting revenge on someone else, things can get really dicey fast. IF the DEA has access to Narconon’s (or any other substance abuse program) leaking-like-a-sieve “confessionals,” then things can become even more difficult for some poor person (who may not even be telling the truth as they process through their challenges) or whoever they are talking about.

    Does anyone have any more information about this odd alliance? Does the DEA have this kind of relationship with any other substance abuse facility? Can you get word to your elected officials, please?

  • DodoTheLaser

    My redneck post of the day:

    Don’t French people know how to spell LIAR?!
    “LiRE Magazine” Wut? LOL “LiRE” is not even a word.

    • sizzle8

      Huh? ‘Lire’ is French for ‘read’.

  • oona

    Thank you Tony. Great read.
    So Ellory did it again on french tv tonight. He just mentionned how Narconon saved his life and that he disagree with the media’ “painting” of $cientology.