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Claire Headley explains her amazing Scientology experience as Tom Cruise’s ‘examiner’

Claire_HeadleyThe Underground Bunker is very happy that we could play a small role in bringing together one of our favorite people — Claire Headley — with David Pakman, who is doing some very good work interviewing former Scientologists about their experiences.

Claire explains how she grew up in Scientology, what it meant to be a young member of the Sea Org — and signing a contract for a billion years at only eight years of age — and what it was like to dedicate your entire life to L. Ron Hubbard.

Her story should be pretty familiar to readers here, but it’s always amazing to hear her explain just what she went through. A few years ago, we wrote about how she found herself working as the “examiner” when Tom Cruise had been audited by Marty Rathbun. It was Claire’s job to sign off on that auditing, and Tom wasn’t happy when Claire decided he didn’t have a “floating needle.”

 

 
Claire was also victimized as one of the young women in the Sea Org who was forced to have abortions under the Sea Org’s rules. But after she managed to escape, she and Marc Headley have had three boys.

She and Marc also sued Scientology, but they got some questionable advice about what law to sue under and the case was dismissed. Afterwards, Scientology hit them with legal costs of about $40,000 and offered to forgive the debt if Marc and Claire agreed to spy for the organization. They refused, went into hock to pay the bill, and then our readers were among those who raised money to make them whole.

We’re also grateful to Claire for helping us explain to readers what kind of courses and training Scientologists actually go through, as she helped us with our series, Up the Bridge.

 
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Speaking of the Sea Org…

This one is disturbing, folks, especially as it was posted right about the same time as Claire’s interview about escaping from the Sea Org. Here’s the caption posted by SarahEhrlich1: “My baby is starting a new journey today. #SeaOrg”

 
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This photo was taken at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and Arthur Ehrlich is all of 16 years old.

His parents, David and Sarah Ehrlich, are wealthy Scientologists who live in a Beverly Hills mansion they bought for $8.5 million in 2008. David’s an investor, Sarah runs something called HelpForOrphans.org. If you know something about them, let us know.

Here are the reactions so far to their news about their son, which Sarah also posted to her Facebook page…

 
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All right, we’ve learned a lot more about this young man, and we’re going to reveal some of it now. (And it’s late, so we’ll say now that we’re going to keep this post on top in the morning.)

Here we go. Back in April, we had one of our most moving stories of the year. It was about Gayle Smith and how she made a decision to “disconnect” from her own son, Collin, as Scientology instructed her to. Collin was later killed in a car accident, and when we first met Gayle in Clearwater, she wanted us to know how much it hurt that once she left the Church of Scientology, it was too late for her to reunite with her son. (The story was also about Collin’s twin brother, Aaron Smith-Levin, who was under intense pressure to disconnect from Gayle after she left the organization, but they defied those orders and Aaron and Gayle made sure she could still see her grandkids.)

Anyway, what we did not say in that story is that when Collin was 18 years old, he had a son with 22-year-old woman named Sarah. They named the boy Arthur.

Because Collin was so young, he really wasn’t ready for a family, and so from birth or near abouts, young Arthur was adopted by another Scientology couple, Dennis and Bunny Dubin.

It’s Dennis Dubin who is seen in the photograph that Arthur posted recently from 2001…

 
Arthur_Ehrlich2001

 
Dennis Dubin died of cancer on October 24, 2007, but by then, we’re told, Sarah was back in Arthur’s life. She then married David Ehrlich, a wealthy Beverly Hills investor. (Sarah and David then had three children of their own.)

So Arthur Ehrlich has a complex family history, and he’s always been around Scientology. And now, just today, he joined the Sea Org. We’ve talked to family members and friends who predict that he won’t get through the Sea Org’s boot camp, the Estates Project Force, and he may be back home within a month.

Perhaps. But it’s still arresting to see a 16-year-old sign a billion-year contract with the Church of Scientology.

Imagine how proud David and Sarah Ehrlich are today…

 
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Meanwhile, it looks like Arthur has some experience swabbing decks and exteriorizing, judging from his star turn in this music video by the Ocala, Florida band A Day to Remember and its song, “End of Me”…

 

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

As our tipster says, “A man who fought for freedom for all. A church that advocates freedom for only those who agree with them.”

 
SciInglewoodMLK

 
And in London, “Our Public Servicing Secretary, Leah with the latest completion of our Personal Values & Integrity Life Improvement Course.” Oh goodie.

 
SciLondonPer

 
More theta flowing in Tampa!

 
SciTampa

 
Picture caption: “Here is our Sunday School gang, making Happiness Help Coupon Books to demonstrate the Way to Happiness precept ‘Honor and Help Your Parents'”

 
SciLakeOswego2

 
Scientologists are using social media more than ever. Drop us a line if you spot them posting images to Instagram or Facebook!

 
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OUR COUNTDOWN

 
11 days until Alex Gibney’s film Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief opens at the Sundance Film Festival at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 25 in Park City, Utah

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 13, 2015 at 20:00

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UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

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  • Jimmy3

    If the kid does fail boot camp, what does that entail for him? He’s spared the Sea Org, but will there be consequences for failing?

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Based entirely on his family’s asset portfolio, he will be slapped with a huge freeloader bill, a major amends project that will likely entail manipulating any connections he has to powerful or wealthy people for OSA to slither in and safepoint, and Sarah will get her own fantastic bill. She will be paying forever and shook down for whatever she’s got and expected to spend all her time on fundraising events. Arthur will be hounded to come back until he does or gets declared and the staff in the meantime will treat him as a leper.

      Other than that, nope, no consequences.

      • Jimmy3

        How high can a freeloader debt bill be if you fail bootcamp? I thought that was for courses taken while in the SO?

        • Robert Eckert

          How high can the bill be?

          Well, how much you got?

          • Jimmy3

            Two middle fingers.

            • Robert Eckert

              That’ll cost you extra. Report to Ethics immediately!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Based entirely on the family wealth. They make it up. They will charge him for sec checking, for instance – which, btw, is off policy unless it’s confessional auditing you request. They will charge him for room and board, and make up that price too. They will charge him for his freakin’ toothpaste, and even his own slave labor. And then they will make up more stuff – because they can.

          Does anyone have a picture of sea org berthing? Can’t find it. Maybe Arthur’s friends can steal a look at how he will be living and will later be overcharged for.

          • Jimmy3

            Sounds like an adventure for the whole family!

          • Well, they’ll own you when you’re tryin’ to be so good
            They’ll own you just like they said they would
            They’ll own you when you’re tryin’ to go home
            They’ll own you when you’re there all alone
            But I would not feel so all alone
            Everybody must get owed

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              They’ll owe sixteen tons.

  • HappyGirl

    I only know one of the commenters. Her whole family had to disconnect from me. Her brother had joined the SO at Flag in Clearwater when he was 15 or 16, and left after a year or two. He got divorced from his SO wife, moved to Oregon where there is less Scio presence, started his career, gotten married and had a baby. He has found me in the past on LinkedIn and FB and had to unfriend me – but he knows I follow him on FB, and I wonder if he does any internet lurking? The sister that commented now lives near her brother. They recently lost a sister to cancer (she had been on staff at Tampa Org), and have another sister living in NV. So, although she commented favorably, I have hopes for these kids since they have moved away from CW and don’t seem to be active in Scio, and their parents don’t seem to be pushing them to get active. I would love to reconnect with them some day. Sigh.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      So very sorry for your experiences. I think there are some who comment favorably on FB and elsewhere just to keep up appearances – a fake comment a day keeps the sec checkers away -. So many under the radars – waiting until they can figure out how to free their family.

      • flyonthewall

        Hey we both have new avatars! 1984 eh? I love Big Brother. Yay for new avi’s!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          It also happens to be the year I escaped from the Sea Org:)

          • flyonthewall

            that’s double plus good!

      • Observer

        According to this, Arthur was born after Sarah ended her relationship with Colin in 1998. That relationship started in 1996, which means that if Colin was a father at 16 he was 13 or 14 and she was 20 or 21 when it started (can’t tell exact ages without exact dates), and he was 15 or 16 and she was 22 or 23 when she got pregnant. Can you say “statutory rape”?

        This gets more and more disgusting.

        refresh

        • Jimmy3

          That sort of crime amongst Scientologists is usually reported to law enforcement immediately.
          Err, I can’t seem to… I think I broke the sarcasm brackets.

          • Innoculated

            Yeh, you did.

        • Kim O’Brien

          my head is going to explode . Bad day for mommies here. I think i need to check out for the day …kids going through this stuff is just way way to much for me

        • Robert Eckert

          Shaking my head. It’s always worse than you think, even when you think you’ve taken that into account.

        • Innoculated

          Indeed, Obs, statutory rape: someone age 21 or older having sex with a minor.

        • Sherbet

          This soap opera has more twists than Downtown Abbey and without the neat costumes.

          • Innoculated

            ha ha

        • Chee Chalker

          She’s the Mary Kay Letourneau of Scientology!

      • sookiesookie

        I can’t for the life of me figure out why this article was marked for deletion on Wikipedia… Don’t *all* articles on fake-charity scammers include paragraphs like this totally not-weird one?

        On April 17, 2003 at approximately 2:30 a.m. the biological father of Arthur, Sarah’s biological child whom was adopted, died in a car crash in Albuquerque, NM. The driver of the vehicle was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Ehrlich did not take his death lightly but believed it would make life on Arthur a somewhat easier.

        The rest of the article is the sweetest, most sincere love letter to one’s own self that I have ever read…

        “This article uses content originally from a deleted or an article undergoing deletion on Wikipedia. The original article was written by the following Wikipedia user(s): Helpfororphans.”

        • I guess it got a Speedy because Wikipedia doesn’t have a Kill It With Fire! deletion category.

    • TooDangerous2

      I know this family too – wonderful, really nice, good people. Unfortunately, they’re still active, although I don’t think the brother is. The whole family is quite involved in the CW scientology community too.

      • HappyGirl

        You know them? Then you know how they are all such beautiful souls (I was closest to the one that died. 🙁 ) When dad (he was my buddy from the SO) first met mom he told me her family had them all hold hands and say a prayer before they ate dinner. I thought that was really beautiful even back then, but he added something like she won’t be doing that for long, and even back then I got a chill when he said that. We would joke in those days about how Scio was just a tool in life, it wasn’t supposed to take over your life like the church seemed to want it to. We had no idea our minds were already gone. After they settled down in CW they got totally enmeshed in the Scio community there, as you said. I am so glad to hear that you don’t think the brother is active, as that is the same impression I have.

        An interesting story. This was before he got married and moved to CW. Shortly after I routed out of the SO, I was driving my car and saw dad in his SO uniform wandering the streets around the LA complex. He had just gotten declared. He had no money, no other clothes, nowhere to go. I brought him back to my apartment where he stayed while he handled his declare. It was shortly after that, that he met mom, moved to CW and started his family. I was hoping with our history that when I got declared he wouldn’t disconnect from me, but of course now he has a family and community to lose. 🙁

      • HappyGirl

        You know them too? Then you know what beautiful souls they all are. Dad was my buddy from the SO. After I routed out of the SO I was driving my car and found him wandering the streets in his SO uniform around the Los Angeles complex. He had just gotten declared and had no money, no other clothes and nowhere to go. I took him back to my apartment while he handled his declare. Shortly after that he met mom, moved to CW and they started their family. I remember dad telling me when he met his soon-to-be-inlaws that they held hands and said a prayer before dinner. I thought that was beautiful, and even then got a chill when he responded with something about her not doing that for long. We joked in those days about how we would never let Scio take over our lives like the church wanted to. I had hoped that with our background he and his family wouldn’t disconnect from me when I got declared, but back then he didn’t have a family and community to lose.

  • kemist

    Don’t know if this has been posted here, but someone at the South african indie blog has posted a story of what it is like to be one of those ludicrous Volunteer Ministers :

    https://backincomm.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/rcs-4d-scampaigns-help-or-hype/#more-2932

    Not only these idiots are in everyone’s way doing nothing useful, but they fucking steal supplies from actual help efforts.

    • BosonStark

      Yeah, I thought that was the best peek into a real Volunteer Minister activity that I’ve ever read.

      • As I was reading it, I was going down a mental checklist. Yup, just what I expected.

      • Ella Raitch

        Certainly lives up the vulture ministers label…

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Yesterday – and yeah, it’s a classic.

  • Juicer77

    Hi OSA – I see you down voting. That’s all you got now?

    • Jimmy3

      Are you on a tablet?

      • Juicer77

        Dam you, Kindle! 🙂 and autocorrect is driving me nuts

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah, tell Dodo I’m not crazy. There’s a new layout for mobile devices. The posts are showing up with 0 upvotes by default, no one is down voting.

          • Juicer77

            Dodo, he’s not crazy.

            • Jimmy3

              See, Dodo? Corroboration. Proof that I’m not crazy.

            • Bleuler

              If your lack of craziness is true for you, it’s true for you. 🙂

            • Jimmy3

              It’s settled, then. It is true.

            • 😉

          • aegerprimo

            It’s showing up on my phone like that as well.

    • Dolly Jones

      I’m new to Disqus. What difference will it make even if they do downvote?

      • Ella Raitch

        None at all Dolly. We may get into endless conversations about downvoting.

      • Jimmy3

        Stats stats stats stats statsstatsstatsstats

    • Illinoisian

      I can’t ‘see’ downvoting. If I click on the down arrow (by mistake when trying to open an image), it turns red but I never see any numbers next to the down arrow. I never see any red arrows other than my own mis-aimed clicks. (Red arrow returns to grey if I click on it again.) How is it that you can see it?

      • Jimmy3

        So, what she’s referring to is that, after they changed Disqus to no longer display downvotes, you could still see if a post had been downvoted. If there were no upvotes, but at least 1 downvote, the upvote count would display as 0. There’s a new mobile layout, and it’s automatically showing 0 upvotes instead of displaying no integer, and some people are seeing this as downvotes. But it’s just the way it’s displaying by default on mobile devices now.

        • Illinoisian

          Have I got this right(?): On the mobile layout, the 0 for upvotes signifies nothing; it’s just the way the system shows “no upvotes.” On my laptop, a 0 next to the up arrow signifies that there has been at least one downvote, possibly more, but as soon as someone clicks an upvote, you no longer have any visual evidence of any downvoting.

          • Jimmy3

            You got it exactly right. And the 0 upvote display on downvote goes away after a refresh, or if you visit later on, which is why many people do not notice it. Basically, the down vote has to happen while you have that section of the Disqus comment page loaded on your screen.

            • Illinoisian

              Thanks, J3. I’ve occasionally noticed a zero and wondered what sort of flukey aberration it indicated.

  • flyonthewall

    Oh the tangled web we weave when we practice to enslave

  • Richard Grant

    Here’s an interesting perspective on kids vanishing into the Sea Org — an article that ran in the London Evening Standard at the height of the Tom/Kat media frenzy. Part of the narrative, as you’ll remember, concerned Katie’s reported determination to keep daughter Suri out of the clutches of Scientology. This reporter seems to have gotten curious about this, so he trundled out to East Grinstead and visited the school where both Scientology and non-Scientology families send their kids. One of my favorite bits:

    —–
    Fred, 20, who left Greenfields four years ago, told the Standard that about 10 pupils left for Sea Org in the two years he was there.

    “Most of them left once they had done their GCSEs,” he says, although he remembers two or three who left before finishing their GCSE courses. “One of them left before she was 16 but apparently she kept up her education on the boat.

    “When they get back to England [for holidays] they reconnect to Facebook and start updating their profiles but when they are over there at Sea Org they can’t update their profiles at all.”

    On returning to the school for a play, a year after going to Florida, Fred says a few of the Sea Org students were “very different”.

    “A few of them visited for a few days, and as they were my friends I hung out with them quite a lot, and they were really different, unpleasantly so. They were much quieter, they talked in a different way, in a slightly unpleasant way. They were less ‘there’. It was a very unpleasant experience meeting them again.”

    How had they changed? “They were more like their parents. They were less open with me and less willing to discuss things with me, and this is what I heard from a lot of people.”

    —–

    The whole article is here:
    http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/as-katie-holmes-bars-suri-from-sea-org-the-sussex-school-whose-pupils-vanish-at-16-to-join-scientologys-secret-elite-7935866.html

    • “One of them left before she was 16 but apparently she kept up her education on the boat.”

      Thanks for this link, I hadn’t seen it before. The Maritime Labor Convention states that people under 16 are not allowed to work on ships. I’m not sure if your link will be of help in my efforts to lobby with authorities to investigate the Freewinds, but I’ve bookmarked it just the same.

  • rom661

    OT or perhaps just a day late – Kirstie is a rather spectacularly ugly woman at times. I’m not generally inclined to say that about people. In her case I think it is mainly a matter of what is inside of her telegraphing to her facial expressions. She looks like a witch at times and you get the feeling she is one.

    • Observer

      It’s her perpetual Theta Sneer.

      • Richard Grant

        Yeah, what is it with this sneer? You see it in a lot of the selfies and other candid shots they post to social media. Are they afraid they won’t look like real Scientologists if they’re not radiating arrogance and disdain?

    • DrGreatCham

      SCi combined with an addictive personality can do that to a person.

    • BFM

      You have excellent perceptics! WOG/SP supah powahz 🙂

  • Basketballjane

    I love all the congratulatory remarks under the announcement photo. Two of the women Jenny Burpee and Kim Reichel Ford were both in the Sea Org themselves at Celebrity Centre. Kim worked for the Manor Hotel as their HAS Hubbard Area Secretary, she was in charge of ALL ethics and Recruitment. I think Jenny started out in Ethics as well and then went on to work in the course rooms. Kim left after she got pregnant the first time. I don’t know why Jenny left. I wonder how many people Kim handled to have abortions before she decided to NOT have one of her own. Her sister Jenny Fairchild, is still working at Celebrity Centre. The rest of the people high living Sarah for her WONDERFUL decision to give her son over to slave labor for a billion years are either parents of kids who were at one time in the Sea Org or the other people about my age that never had the balls to join. They were too “important” to do that. They didn’t have the “discipline” or “confront” to do that. When I was a recruiter that is what I would be told by them or their parents. I am not saying it is a good thing to be in the sea org, it IS NOT. I am still recovering. CC is the most deceptive. And most destructive. The CO, Dave Petit, is the most evil, horrible manipulative, awful person that has ever existed. I worry for this kid. He probably doesn’t even know who his real father was or who he is related to. Otherwise he wouldn’t have clearance to join there. Too much of a threat legally. So keep talking about it. Hopefully they will offload him quickly and he will be spared that torture that surely awaits.

    • Ella Raitch

      Great to see you here BB Jane – have loved your comments over at Mike’s

      • Basketballjane

        Thanks. I try to keep it real wherever I am.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      So glad to see you and thanks for filling in the details. Sunny had her own. Yeah, the same old faces. We’re all betting on 4 to 6 weeks tops for Arthur.

      • Basketballjane

        Same old. There are so few of them left they have to cling desperately to the last vestiges of their dying society. The only recruitment they have left is to get the kids of exSO members and current members to join. Disgusting.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      pic…

      • Basketballjane

        Hahaha. I am pretty sure Dave P is in LOVE with Dave M. Pretty sure.

      • Destructor of Worlds

        DM is baked

        • No. He’s not big enough. DM is half-baked.

    • RED47X

      Wow. With so many Ex’s able to monitor the $cions via leaks and social media the clams really don’t have that many places to hide.

      Either they stay hidden under their rocks and dissemination halts or they expose themselves to the withering light of truth.

      Keep on enthetacising, Ex’s!

      • Basketballjane

        Hahahaha. I try to keep it real. I am working on my own anger about the whole situation. Anger doesn’t help and frankly I don’t even have to be angry to make them furious. I just have to exist. PS I LOVE your avatar. I actually got a face full of Tommy myself more than once. He is quite the yeller.

        • RED47X

          Tommy is so Tone 40 to the max!

          His Tone 40 goes to 41.

          How can you look at my avatar and not experience immediate serenity of beingness?

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Anger is real and valid. It’s what you do with your anger that matters.

          And yes, for others, living well is the best revenge. For Scientologists, the mere existence of those they have postulated out of existence is an affront.

          • Basketballjane

            Good point and well said. Yes I know my anger is valid. It is just hard when it consumes every part of my life including my sleep. That is what I am working on trying to balance that with being good at everything else. Still a work in progress.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              It is So worth it though – you will come out the other end stronger than ever and light as a feather. Gah – my prose is leaking, excuse me. And if you’re ever in the neighborhood, I have just the zen garden and spa lounge for melting those SO Blues away – and some pilates to workin’ off the anger and getting in shape at the same time. Wahlah!

            • Basketballjane

              Umm yes please to the Zen garden and spa!!! I am working on meditation. Baby steps for me. I have been reading up on meditation for a couple of years and have tried it a few times but sitting and doing nothing is VERY hard for me. After having to sit facing someone else for HOURS and HOURS for DAYS to “confront” just thinking about sitting and doing nothing makes me scared.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Unfortunately, I so understand that. So I just whipped up your program, Basketballjane – First I will have you do all the weeding outside and scrubbing the floors inside – your EP will be Wanting to get in our spa and vegetatin’. St Pete, FL Anytime.

            • Basketballjane

              Hahaha. I actually enjoy weeding and scrubbing. But yes! Thanks. Vegging out in a spa is the ideal EP to any program for sure!

            • Mark Foster

              Hey, B-ball Jane: what about walking meditation…or some creative activity/movement that gets you in the calm zone? Trust your intuition and sincere best wishes to you!

    • TooDangerous2

      Bobby Kassowitz is ex-SO too.

      • Basketballjane

        As are her kids. I forgot about Bobby. I used to be friends with her daughter Jodi. Emphasis on used to. Our friendship faded over a decade ago after I left the SO and I wasn’t paying my freeloader back. Jodi stopped talking to me shortly after that. Because of course I was out ethics scum for thinking I didn’t owe anyone anything.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Thanks for the info, Jane. So nice to see you here!

  • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

    “Bad indicators,” that’s a phrase I used to hear all the time. But it was about people who weren’t in Scientology. Scientologists were supposed to have “good indicators”.

    Well, I know a lot of people, some ex-Scientologists, some never in. It is surprising how many people do stupid things and find themselves in sad situations. But most people I know have managed to go through their lives making good decisions, happy, never going before courts and all in all live a life doing things they care about that help themselves and the community. Before I came to this site today I answered emails from five people like that and wished another one happy birthday. All these people display a bevy of good indicators.

    Reading today’s blog reminds me of the title of Richard Nixon’s first book– Six Crisis. If you become a Scientologist there is a good chance that insoluble problems will be coming your way, one after another, each a bad indicator. Money, fame, family connections might insulate a person from them, but probably not. Soon the money will be gone, the fame will be thrown to the National Enquirer and the only thing the family connections will be good for is giving you the inside story when writing your book.

    In today’s blog, the bad indicators can run deep.

  • aquaclara

    It looks like Sarah is basking in the adulation from her fb pals, soaking it all up like it’s a testament to her. Sick, sick, sick.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    No one ever said the Reckoning would be pretty, but these snarled scientology family lines are nauseating ugly.

  • i-Betty

    It doesn’t matter how many times we hear Claire’s story, it still devastates me, and it always will.

    • Missionary Kid

      It truly is a love story.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    “But it’s still arresting to see a 16-year-old sign a billion-year contract with the Church of Scientology.”

    Apt turn of phrase, Mr. Ortega, apt turn of phrase.

    The First Amendment is used to cloak a myriad of abuses in the USA, not least this dragging of minors into an existence of serfdom and slavery.
    The Middle Ages are alive and well in $cientology – the whales pay their indulgences to buy their “eternity”, the Pope lives in obscene luxury and the pomp and circumstance of the events hides the pain and suffering from the eyes of the wilfully deluded.

    There will have to be a serious review by the IRS, not just for $cientology but for all the other “religious” scammers. They are not doing their job.

    • Missionary Kid

      “The Middle Ages are alive and well in $cientology – the whales pay their indulgences to buy their “eternity”, the Pope lives in obscene luxury and the pomp and circumstance of the events hides the pain and suffering from the eyes of the wilfully deluded.” Has gone on my list of one liners Said About $cientology. It will be posted this weekend.

  • NOLAGirl

    O/T: But can I just say how grateful I am that it’s Wednesday and there will be some Jason Beghe in my life tonight.

    Tuesdays – Stolte
    Wednesdays – Beghe
    A small part of my plan to get through the week. 🙂

  • Lori Hodgson

    A big thank you to Claire Headley for sharing her story on The David Pakman Show! Great job, Claire!

  • Glom_of_Nit

    Re: Arthur Ehrlich: “Wow, great product” in the FB comments?
    Really? Is that how scientologists talk about their kids?
    Fucking robots.

    • Jimmy3

      Do born-in Scientologists come with a UPC code, or is it tattooed on later?

      • sookiesookie

        It’s tattooed on one stripe at a time, as a “reward” for moving up in status.

    • HappyGirl

      Hahahaha! – omg, YES! That is exactly how they talk about their kids (or about anything great). That’s high praise. I didn’t even realize how awful it was until you pointed it out. I’m so used to hearing that.

  • RED47X

    Greetings Bunkerwogs,

    A woman I date has noted how religiously (so to speak) I read the Underground Bunker, put up my Red-Xs and keep up with all things $cientologoy.

    She recently asked me, “How did you become so fascinated with them?”

    It was a fair question and got me thinking. So, I’m going to share my answer with you.

    What strikes me, first off, is that it isn’t the mythology or shenanigans of $cientolgy that got me interested so much as the people I met.

    I have a degree in Comparative Religions (which seems to be a little bit of a pattern for Bunkerwog Never-Ins) and so I’ve studied all the major religions and a host of non-

    modern and contemporary belief systems. Frankly, by comparison, $cientology is pretty boring and not especially imaginative–Xenu is an awfully undeveloped character compared

    to, say, Satan in Christian literature.

    I grew up in the Tampa Bay area in the 80’s, viewing the Dianetics volcano adds hundreds of times as a kid, so I was aware of $cientology, but didn’t think of it as anything

    other than some sort of psychological counseling group.

    Later I heard stories about $cions allegedly harassing and vandalizing the cars of parishoners of Christian churches in downtown Clearwater, but never thought much of it. It

    struck me as juvenile at worst.

    It was the first time I ever met a flesh-and-blood $cion that I ever really paid attention to them.

    In the early 90’s I dated a woman–a chiropractor whose boss was a $cion. Her boss didn’t bug her about studying $cientology (which I find surprising in retrospect) and she

    didn’t ever mention that it directly affect the practice. However, she did complain that her boss was obsessed with constantly increasing the flow of patients and

    charts/graphs/statistics. She was unhappy (and left not too long after our relationship ended) because her boss was obsessed only with making money, not actually helping

    people get better.

    So much for Admin Tech creating straight up and vertical employee satisfaction…

    I met the $cion boss at a party held by a mutual friend of theirs. Having not attested to the state of Clear, I don’t have perfect recall, but my memory is that I asked her

    about being a $cientologist, as I’m always fascinated by belief systems that are new to me. She immediately became very uptone and started gushing about what an awesome man

    Elron Hubbard was (it wasn’t until later that I realized she was talking about L. Ron Hubbard–when I did find this out, it struck me as odd that people called him by his

    first initial). She went on and on and on about how he was an amazing philosopher, historian, war hero, healer, photographer, etc. etc. Bascially… any field of knowledge,

    Elron was the master of it.

    Now, I didn’t know a damn thing about Elron at the time, but I knew a Holy-Roller-True-Believer when I saw one!

    She was obviously a grade-A fangirl with a massive chick-boner for Elron and I knew better than to challenge her on anything, so I just stood there and soaked it all in.

    I’d never heard anything like it before and haven’t since.

    What struck me as odd was that when I tried asking her about the content of $cientology itself and not the biography of Elron, she was evasive and told me I should read a

    book.

    Having had a lot of disucssions about religion and philosophy previously, this was very unusual. I’d had plenty of people “witness” to me and try to convert me to all sorts

    of ways of seeing the world and never had someone been unwilling to talk to me about their views specifically. It was just “read a book.”

    “What the hell?” I thought to myself. “OK, this $cientology thing… it really is a cult, because how can she be so enthusiastic, but clearly unwilling to tell me anything of

    substance about what she really believes and does?”

    I was left feeling a bit creeped out, but mainly amused.

    A couple of months I met up with my girlfriend after work and she was as stressed out as I’d ever seen here. I knew that her boss had been out of town for two weeks, leaving

    her to deal with managing the practice entirely on her, so I figured this was a cause. Well… then she revealed to me that her boss had been in Clearwater doing some sort of

    $cion training that cost $25K and she hadn’t passed. Her boss got massive pressure to pay another $25K and redo the training on the spot, which she agreed to. So, my

    girlfriend was left with entire pratice on her shoulders for yet another two weeks.

    Now, I’ve seen plenty of high pressure sales tactics in church services and from televangelists, but this took things to a whole new dimension.

    Now we’re talking straight up and vertical!

    At this moment I realized what a massive money-making scam $cientology was.

    Frankly, though, it wasn’t something I dwelled on much after that, because I had zero interaction with $cions for another decade.

    My second encounter with $cions is what hooked me for life.

    In the early oughts I went to a weekend jazz festival in downtown Clearwater at Coachman Park. Parking was horrendous and I ended up having to leave my car east of Highway

    19 and walk a ways. I ambled up what I think was Cleveland St on the way to the festival entrance. Once I crossed Highway 19 I kept seeing people dressed similarly, but not

    identically, in dark slacks and light-colored collar shirts–I noticed it, but didn’t think anything of it. Finally I came across a group of about a dozen men and one woman

    in the same kind of outfits, moving in a group, but not looking at or talking to each other, waiting to for the light to turn so they could cross the street.

    Someone this piqued my interest and I thought, “Hmmmm…”

    As I drew closer, the hairs on the back of my neck perked up and my limbic system went into alert mode.

    I’d never seen anything like it in my life: this group of professionally-dressed folk walking in broad daylight along a major street with disconnected, thousand-yard stares,

    intently looking around like there was some evil afoot that for which they had to watch. They all looked very serious. They were on a MISSION!

    They looked like a gaggle of wannabe Secret Service agents on acid.

    Creepy, vaguely sinister, but comical.

    I passed by then and off to the left I saw a sign on an old building (which looked like it might have been a bank previously): Church of Scientology.

    Bingo! The light bulb went off.

    I then realized that all these people I had been walking by had spent tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to attain some sort of odd supposed powerz.

    (Of course, in retrospect, I imagine quite a few or all of them were SeaOrg and and spent far more time scrubbing out trash cans with toothbrushes than auditing BTs.)

    As soon as I got home I cranked up my PC and through the magic of the interwebz I consulted the Oracle of Google.

    Some say the interwebz is a series of toobs. However, when $cietology is concerned, it is a series of rabbit holes.

    I discovered A Piece of Blue Sky and Barefaced Messiah online and devoured them both in a matter of days. The Wall of Fire. OT Powerz. The Freezone.

    I had a SeaOrgasm. So. Much. Fun.

    Like watching a really good horror movie that makes you leave a light on and listen more closely for creeping footsteps out the window at night.

    OSA was Jason, but real.

    As happy as I am to see the wheels coming off the $cion cart, it is a bit of let down–just as was the Wizard of Oz when you see that there’s a man behind the curtain pulling

    all the levers.

    Still, as much as I love me some cults and try and keep tabs on the likes of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment and Landmark Education Foundation, $cientology will always be

    my first and greatest cult crush.

    Have a great day, Bunkerwogs!

    And don’t forget to click on those Red-X’s…

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    • Truthiwant

      I see you have a great sense of humour, even though the subject matter is serious. “I had a Seaorgasm” is very funny!

    • Wow, great writing. I don’t even care about the wonky formatting!

      Grade: http://www.wisemoneyisrael.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/A-plus-300×197.jpg

      • Jimmy3

        Good luck next semester, Nat. You and your colleagues at UNC are doing the Lord’s work.

        • *scratching head* Was NC involved in some kind of grade inflation scandal or something? I don’t follow sports.

        • I didn’t say if I was grading fiction or non.

      • Truthiwant

        I find if you use Word, and save as a Worddoc, the formatting is wrong. If you use Wordpad, which is a Rich Text Format, copy and paste works perfectly on the Disqus comments. I think it is also possible to use Word and save it as an RTF, but I haven’t tried that.

        • The content is what matters. We writing teachers just point out nitpicky junk with the lazy kids. Anyone who is really trying, puts in the effort or is writing from the heart gets encouragement, love and their errors pointed out gently and relevantly to help them improve. That’s me anyway.
          Edit to add: Being a writer is a journey of improvement that never ends, so it is important to enjoy yourself.

      • RED47X

        Thanks.

        Yes, I’m doing a Text Doc Tech rundown: word clearing “Text Only” and auditing BTs that are restimulated by the “Save As Word Doc” Incident.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          I love your way with Words Red 47X!

          • RED47X

            Thank you kindly!

    • ze moo

      “They looked like a gaggle of wannabe Secret Service agents on acid.”

      The best description of the Sea bOrg I have ever seen.

      • Missionary Kid

        Thanks. I would have missed it, if it wasn’t for your post.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        I loved that description too!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Seaorgams for the win!

    • Missionary Kid

      I’ve added two things out of your post to the list of $CIENTOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS AND FRONT GROUPS http://tonyortega.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-2015-now-the-real-scientology-countdown-begins/#comment-1770020769
      OSA and things said about it: OSA was Jason, but real.
      Things Said about the Sea Org : They looked like a gaggle of wannabe Secret Service agents on acid.

      Bunkerwogs has been added to the list of NICKNAMES FOR PEOPLE WHO VISIT TONY ORTEGA’S UNDERGROUND BUNKER at STUFF ABOUT TONY ORTEGA’S BUNKER http://tonyortega.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-2015-now-the-real-scientology-countdown-begins/#comment-1770018597

    • Jimmy3

      you are getting better. 🙂

    • Missionary Kid

      Since I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian background, I laughed at “I knew a Holy-Roller-True-Believer when I saw one.” I wasn’t brought up in a holy-roller denomination, but I had enough contact to know a lot of them.

      Fortunately, over the years, I watched those people, and their fervor becomes reduced or goes away over the years because they have to live in the real world. If they find their whole social life revolving around a church, it stays much longer. If they have other friends and interests, they often leave.

      I’ve been “witnessed” to often enough in my life so I either play the “son of a missionary” role (the equivalent of “I’ve already had some,” or just move on, or, if I’ve got the time, get them to expand on things, then take their knowledge of how the bible was written and translated apart. I don’t attack them, just give them something to think about.

    • Graham

      “waiting to for the light to turn so they could cross the street.” Dunno who they were, but they obviously couldn’t have been Scientologists, what with all their traffic light and car parking Oaty Powerz n’all.

      • Missionary Kid

        *Snickersnort*

      • villagedianne

        Staff and Sea Org reportedly don’t get much of the training you refer to, even though such training is promised in their recruitment. Mostly they seem to just get administrative training.

      • LOL

    • valshifter

      1-“Finally I came across a group of about a dozen men and one woman in the same kind of outfits, moving in a group, but not looking at or talking to each other” this is so theta, they didn’t want to enturbulate each other. You usually get that “I rather don’t say @&#^%$T” attitude after you had a long talk by your higher up, that your stats are crashing or that the whole group is failing on this or that, or something crappy happened or is about to happen and is your fault.
      2-Also typical scieno, when talking to strangers they rather have you read a book than talk about it; is like saying “am not worthy of talking about it” am not smart enough to put together a thought of my own. the master knows best “am a nobody”. Am so degraded that my thoughts don’t come out right about holly scientology so I don’t trust myself to talk about it.
      3-Xenu is an awfully undeveloped character compared to, say, Satan in Christian literature”. That is because LRH is Satan himself, he did not want a fictional character in his literature to take front stage over himself. bwahahahaha I am the main character in this story buahahaha!!!! the beast the 666

      • Missionary Kid

        I’ve put LRH is Satan himself on the list of things said about LRH, to be posted this weekend.

      • Mark Foster

        Also, the ¨read-a-book¨ bit is KSW: no verbal tech, plus other policies regarding dissemination. But, yes, what you said, valshifter…

    • villagedianne

      I’ve been keeping tabs on other groups as well, Amma the Hugging Saint enjoys great popular support but also has her disaffected former ashramites:

      https://brontebaxter.wordpress.com/blowing-the-whistle-chpt-9-amma-the-mother-saint-hugging-away-your-personhood/

    • Wonderful story. Loved every second of it.

    • Robert Eckert

      On the Red X list, maybe scammy (online college) but I don’t think clammy:

      http://ventura.craigslist.org/cls/4846283965.html

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Always interesting to find out how and why people have arrived here. My interest in comparative religion began with Mormons.

      • Jimmy3

        It’s interesting, too, when people land here already knowing bunker-specific memes. It’s like they’ve landed before.

        • Draco

          A lot of lurking perhaps?

          • Jimmy3

            Yes

          • RED47X

            I’ve been a Bunkerlurker since Day 1. I followed Tony at the Village Voice before that. This site has always cracked me up. I have to remind myself that our sense of humor here is very obscure.

            I ordered a scotch the other day “straight up and vertical.” My lady friend rolled her eyes and chuckled slightly. The bartender gave me an odd look. I didn’t even try and explain.

            • HappyGirl

              Hahahhaa!

              “SeaOrgasm” – lol

              “…it struck me as odd that
              people called him by his first initial” – I have never heard him referred to as “L.” He was always “Ron” or “LRH” in my time.

          • Destructor of Worlds

            A lot of Lurkiness

    • Draco

      “Finally I came across a group of about a dozen men and one woman in the same kind of outfits, moving in a group, but not looking at or talking to each other”

      THIS is just so funny when you put it like that. When I was in other Sea Org areas (not flag), we didn’t behave like that. We were always talking to one another. But this sums up the environment at Flag perfectly. When I arrived there to join the sea org (again!) in the late 80s, this is what I found. My very first judgement of flag was that it was lying about it being “The friendliest place on the Planet”.
      Great story and really describes it beautifully.

      • RED47X

        Fascinating, Draco. At the time I assumed they were on some sort of assignment. Later I wondered if they were “body spotting” for some OT level.

        Telling how I correctly tapped into the Flag zeitgeist by reading non-verbal cues.

        I’ve never experienced a scene like since.

    • Betsy

      Hey, Red! Thanks so much for putting the link in. I’ve been gone (illness) for a number of months, and now I can start my daily Red-Xing again! As always, I’m shocked (how can I still be shocked?) by the devious disguises these Craigslist come-ons use. My area has a lot of people who need help with English so they are pushing “free English classes”. Disgusting.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Betsy, welcome back and I hope you are all better.

        • Betsy

          Hey, Free! Thanks so much…both the hubby and I were out with various problems for about 8 months…not fatal but the sort of thing that makes it hard to find the time or ability to get on the computer…so I just closed down the computer until we got past that. All better now! But I missed so much…I’m going through Karen delaC’s videos, Jeffrey’s podcasts, and so on, trying to catch up. However, sadly, DM seems not to have changed at all during these months. He’s still a slimy, violent, sick bastard. But probably even richer. Anyway, it’s good to be Underground again!

          • Free Minds, Free Hearts

            That is smart you had your priorities straight to get your health in order, but indeed you have a lot of catching up to do!

  • check out dlisted’s upvote caption this winner! 🙂

    http://dlisted.com/2015/01/14/the-caption-this-contest-for-january-13th/

  • RightOn on WWP found this from Sarah Ehrlich’s YouTube channel. She clearly calls him Arthur:
    (No iPhones in the Sea Org, or moms.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRTQJpDXrr4

  • Tony Ortega

    Got some updated info from the family. While Colin began dating at 16, he had turned 18 when his son Arthur was born.

    • Jimmy3

      That does change the story significantly, IMO.

    • Innoculated

      If Colin was less than 18 when he was having sex with Sarah, and if she was 21 or older, it is statutory rape.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        Depends on the state law.

      • Destructor of Worlds

        Age of consent counts:
        http://i.imgur.com/btOMOr3.png

      • Jimmy3

        He was within 9 months of 18, obviously. There is so much abuse in Scientology, that harping on a consensual relationship that may be a few months shy of statutory guidelines seems ridiculous to me. They were kids with hormones. They had sex and she got pregnant. The same happens every day in every walk of life. Please don’t pretend this is a Scientology thing.

        • Destructor of Worlds

          Wise man is Wise.

        • Observer

          He was within 9 months of being 18 when Arthur was born. They started dating two years before that. According to the doc Hole linked earlier they dated from 1996-1998, broke up, and then Sarah got pregnant during a reconciliation attempt. I doubt they waited until their official relationship was over before they started having sex.

          • Jimmy3

            I think the spirit of the law should be considered over the letter of the law. A 21 year dating a 17 year old is not uncommon. It’s not rape unless she’s in a position of authority over him. And 4 years of age does not make authority, at that age.

            • Observer

              I think four years of age would make something illegal. *snicker*

              Yes, I know what you meant.

            • Jimmy3

              I know what you meant and delete delete delete

            • Observer

              Oh, Jimmy. Don’t ever change. Hahahahaha

            • Missionary Kid

              IANAL, but the letter of the law is that if they have sex while he’s 17, and the age of consent is 18, and she’s older, it’s statutory rape. Proving it can be difficult, and prosecution without a complaint is rare. Whether she’s in a position of authority or not is irrelevant.

            • Jimmy3

              Yeah, the whole point of that post was about putting the spirit of the law above the letter of the law, but it’s good that you spoke about the letter of the law. I say behead the 18 year old who has sexual relations with a 17 year old.

            • Missionary Kid

              It’s rarely prosecuted, but in one bible-thumping county, because a lesbian girl was 18 and her lover under the age of consent, and the parents of the partner, who are anti-gay discovered the relationship, the 18 year old was prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

            • Jimmy3

              So why are you here preaching the letter of the law? It doesn’t just happen in bible-thumping communities. A kid in my high school class was an 18 year old senior dating a 16 year old sophomore. They go to the same school, see each other between classes. They’re the same mental age. No one is taking advantage of the other. They’re peers.

              Because of something that happened consensually while she was technically still 15, that her parents found her chatting about –positively — on her cellphone, this guy still has to register as a sex offender to this day. He’s as harmless as they come and his life was ruined because he dated a girl two classes below him in high school. Is that okay, mr. letter of the law?

            • Missionary Kid

              I didn’t say it was right. I just said it was the law.

              I was being nit-picky.
              The saying has always been where I grew up that 17 (years old) will get you 20 (years in jail).

            • Jimmy3

              15 gets you 20. It’s a saying all over. And when you’re in your 20s, 30s and beyond, it makes a lot of sense. That’s creepy. Leave the kids alone. But high school kids get screwed by these exact readings of the law. I just think if you go to the same school as your boyfriend/girlfriend, and you’re not their teacher, that law shouldn’t apply.

            • Missionary Kid

              It should be revised, or at least an age gap clause added.

    • Science Doc

      Substitute 21 year old Public school teacher and 16 year old student into this story and it becomes an all too familiar tale of police, newspapers, and prison.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    How convenient it must be for the very rich to leave dealing with the raising of their adolescent children to David Miscavige. Just like the Dugan children sent to South Africa, Arthur Erlich appears to be the “odd” child. How would it play with the Hampton crowd (Long Island, where the Erlichs are part of the new “in crowd”) if they knew the Erlichs condemned their kid to 17 hour days, with no real schooling, living on slop? Miscavige has found the perfect fundraising tool for getting money out of whales, take their troubled kids for a hefty fee.

    Edit: added link to “New York Social Diary”: http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/party-pictures/2007/new-darlings-of-fashion-hampton-days

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      You can take this for what it’s worth as a wiki – but some interesting background on both families:

      http://speedydeletion.wikia.com/wiki/Sarah_ehrlich_%28deleted_28_Mar_2008_at_08:40%29

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      FOrgive me for being obtuse, but what does the above link have to do with the story at hand?

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        If you scroll down you will see the article highlights a party at the Erlich’s house in the Hamptons. My question was, how would these socialites respond if they knew Sarah Erlich sent her son to the Sea Org to work 14 hour days and live on slop?

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    In other happier news, “Raw Story’s 2014 traffic explosion makes it the top independent progressive news site in the U.S.” Congrats to all the staff at Raw Story – and Tony Ortega – this is Your Year. Finally.

    • Straight up and vertical!!

    • NOLAGirl

      In SP Party news, I got in touch with the praline queen and she’s going to make me a couple batches in May to send your way. Once I have found the rest of what I want to send (and what will ship) I’ll pass on my email to you. 🙂

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        cool – March 16. Mmmmmmmm

        • NOLAGirl

          Ooo March 16? Ok..thank goodness you let me know, don’t know why I thought May, must be thinking of the book release. I want to send y’all some of these too, but do you think that would be too much praline/pecan stuff? http://www.haydelbakery.com/Cajunnoli

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            That’s a lot!! Waiting till closer to March – it’s a Monday so so far expecting a small, but fun and hungry crowd. Mmmmmm.

            • NOLAGirl

              I’ll definitely check with you when it gets closer, but what the hell, I agree with Robert Eckert above, never too much praline/pecan. 😀

          • Robert Eckert

            “too much” and “praline/pecan” should not ever be used together.

    • Robert Eckert

      I wonder what happened to Raw Story in 2014 to cause such 47X expansion to unprecedented orders of magnitude… Could it be the new editor?

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        My favorite from the article. “Raw Story punched above its weight all year, overtaking
        websites employing much bigger staffs with our phenomenal traffic,” said
        executive editor Tony Ortega. “We’re committed to stories that push
        back against the mainstream media’s fake objectivity and the
        conservative media’s noisy echo chamber — and readers responded by
        coming to us in droves.”

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      But but but how can that be? Scientology has all those high powahed OTs postulating ruin for Mr. Tony Ortega.

      Are you an SP…?

    • Draco

      Isn’t it nice when good things happen to good people?

  • beef

    Poor kid. However, you know he’ll get some cushy post since his folks are such big contributors.

    • They have cushy posts in the Sea Org?

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        no, just no.

      • Science Doc

        Hubbard’s Parachute Ski Marine Demonstration Unit.

      • Draco

        No. Maybe a few reges live better than the rest, but they are only safe as long as the bring in the big bucks. Lots of dish-washing in between on the downstat weeks.

    • flyonthewall

      yes, the padded room post

    • Draco

      No such thing. The only cushy post is taken by a very short mean evil little man.

  • nottrue

    …..

    • Me too

      • Observer

        I sure hope he listens, Derek. And I hope the ex-SO congratulating his poor excuse for a mother are shamed into honesty. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

        • I hope he listens too. That poor kid. I feel so bad for him. His mom is obviously a total fuck up.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Thanks for writing that.

            • Well it’s the fucken truth. The bitch married her sugar daddy and he doesn’t want the kid around so she’s pushing him into the Sea Org. There’s no way the kid would ever be able to see that, or even believe it if someone told him, but that’s what’s happening here. She dumped her kid off once, and now she’s doing it again.

            • Draco

              She doesn’t even have to push him into the SO personally. All she has to do is tell the recruiters it’s open season on him and they do the rest.

            • That’s the worst fucking part and that’s what makes my mom such a fuck up too.

            • Draco

              Hugs to you. Hope your life has better people in it now, and that you will get many more good friends as you go through life. Your experience has taught you compassion – I can see it in the way you write about Arthur. xxx

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              There’s a lot of Ex’s in Florida who will be glad to lend him a hand out of this nightmare.

        • I followed up with a comment that said “doesn’t it bother you that your mother dumped you off once and now she’s so ready to do it again” (I hope that wasn’t too much) and then went into how there are so many people that have already been in the Sea Org and how no kid should have to go through that. I just realized it was 5 days ago that picture was posted. I wonder if he’ll ever see our comments. *sigh*

          • Observer

            If he doesn’t see them I hope his mother’s “friends” and their kids do.

            • She will certainly see this

            • Observer

              Facebook account being set to private in 3 … 2 … 1

            • Not yet! My comments are still up >.>

      • Draco

        Excellent, Derek. He will remember this when he meets the real sea org.

        • I’m counting on it. Once everything I prophesied comes to pass, he will remember me.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Hope springs eternal. Thanks for caring enough to step out, Derek.

  • That picture is so painful and it makes me so angry at that worthless birth giving wench and her piece of shit sugar daddy.

  • valshifter

    no new post, am I missing something?

    • Indeed.

      (And it’s late, so we’ll say now that we’re going to keep this post on top in the morning.)

    • Missionary Kid

      Usually when this happens, Tony’s on a hot new story, but I wouldn’t begrudge his taking some time off.

    • Science Doc

      Things ran late last night, and the Ehrlich story might have some legs.

    • Tony Ortega

      Late story last night, wanted to leave it up for now.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Red-X Red-X Red-X

    The $cibots are spamming with 47 x tech.
    But the Bunker never sleeps.
    Announcing the revolutionary new Pierrot’s RPF to chasten them
    (ty Pierrot and Graham)

    The Underground Bunker RPF (Rapid Pierrot Flagging) :

    1)Go here: https://docs.google.com/spread
    2) At the very top click on the Regional List tab.
    3) This gives a screen which includes a ‘quick flag’ column at far right.
    4) Hold down the control key whilst clicking down that right hand column
    5) Check eg the last one by opening the tab to check there’s no nasty ‘IP Blocked’ message.
    6) Get rid of the accumulated tabs by right clicking on the ‘master’ tab and then clicking ‘close all other tabs’ on the menu. This gets rid of everything except the data base on the master tab.

    Rinse and repeat until the whole column’s been flagged

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml#

    Poem of the Day (for MK and every Bunkaroo who is in the deep freeze)

    I always remember springtime in southern China.
    The birds sing among innumerable kinds of fragrant flowers.

  • Tony Ortega

    Inglewood flier added to the post

    • NOLAGirl

      I’ve been seeing a lot of tweets from Sciloons about this too. They truly have no shame. Your tipster couldn’t have said it better.

      • Observer

        They are shamefully shameless.

    • Sarah James

      Scientology blasphemy.

  • Hypothetically speaking, if one were to call CPS (Los Angeles County CPS 800-540-4000 – within CA / 213-639-4500 – outside CA) what kind of complaint could one make? “I saw a picture of a minor looking distressed on the internet with information provided by his mother stating that he will be sent to an unsafe living environment and deprived of an education. Oh and btw, his guardians are millionaires?” Hypothetically speaking, of course.

    • valshifter

      I called but I believe you have to talk to a live person and give personal details, your location and everything, that would be like telling OSA please unleash your fury upon me oh great master of the darkness. Also they want to know where the child is being kept at the moment, Celebrity center? or was he moved across country to FL?

      • That’s nuts.

        • Sarah James

          Valshifter has a point. If they take the complaint they will need your information. If the complaint is judged founded it will be a matter of record. That said…not everyone who makes a complaint uses their real info which reminds me of how scientology works and can make a caseworkers life hell. If “founded” the case would be transfered where the child lives and at least a case management plan would be in place and he would have someone from the free world keeping tabs. That would drive the clams crazy. Miscavige would mess his pants.lol

      • Apparently he’s going to FL, but he hasn’t gone yet. There is an instagram post below where he is still in LA.

        • Nevermind that was 5 days ago. He’s probably long gone by now.

          • Really?

            • Yeah when you sign the contract you’re usually gone within 2 days.

            • He won’t see your message on instagram 🙁

            • Don’t despair. His mother will.

            • aquaclara

              You are the bomb, Derek. Thank you for saying this. His story reminds me of yours. We can’t have this again.

            • Juicer77

              It breaks my heart that you have the experience to post this. It makes me happy that you’re standing up and trying to help someone else. You’re a champion, Derek.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      It’s Beverly Hills, Jake.

      • So? They checked on Willow Smith didn’t they?

  • valshifter

    “Arthur Ehrlich is all of 16 years old” he looks like he is looking at the door and thinking about running away. I can just imagine the pressure to sign up for a billion years by those scam artist sharks. poor thing at 16 you don’t know left from right or if you gay or not.

    • Draco

      The pic looks like he is “modelling” a very recent haircut; you can see this from the very neat hairline. He probably took the pic to show his buddies his latest look on FB or some such and it’s possibly just the most recent photo she has of him.

      • valshifter

        Well the stylish haircut wont last long once they sent him Friday morning to the scientology barber. and give him a talk about how now he belongs to the most ethical group on earth and his haircut should be accordingly. sad sad sad he will stop being a kid right there as he starts to see his dreams being crushed by a lesbian MAA.

        • At home they make him stay in a room under the stairs, and the Sea Org sent him an invitation delivered by an owl. Oops, that was Harry Potter.

          Still, this might seem a bit of an escape for him, and he’s probably been prepped for this for a while.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wM_HatE-fE

  • valshifter

    “A tribute to Martin Luther King” really? wow!!! the first thing the Inglewood people need to learn is that scientology only tributes to itself. So that definitely is a catch, don’t fall for it.

  • Robin

    As someone who knew Collin and Sara, I can tell you they got together when he was 16 and she was 21. She got pregnant when he was 17 and she was 22, but they had broken up by the time Sarah found out she was pregnant. By the time Arthur was born, Collin was 18 and Sarah was still 22. The Dubin’s adopted Arthur technically before he was born. Arthur’s last name on his birth cert is “Dubin”, even though Collin’s last name was “Smith-Levin” and Sarah’s was “Schalek”.

    When Dennis died, Sarah was allowed to take Arthur back because Bunny is stark-staring mad and was not fit to raise kids on her own.

    David Ehrlich has NOT, NOT, NOT adopted Arthur. Sarah just had Arthur start using “Ehrlich” as his last name so she didn’t have to explain to her Beverly Hills friends why his last name was “Dubin”. David does not give two fucks about Arthur, which is why he does not care if Arthur joins the Sea Org. David would never let any of his own three kids join the SO.

    David Ehrlich is an old, old OT 3, and actually can’t stand Scientology or Scientologists. His marriage to Sarah is one of convenience. David stays away from Scientology while Sarah plays the Scientology-Celeb networking game. She has to regularly convince the MAAs that David is not a source of antagonism and that she has “handled” him.

    FYI – David buys works of art or vases, etc. on the cheap and donates them at huge appraisal rates to non-profits (like the one Sarah set up). This is part of David’s “investment” business.

    What else can I say? Sarah is basically New Jersey white trash who realized that giving a mean BJ to an old fat rich guy can get you places in life. Now she lives in Beverly Hills 90210 and pretends to be someone. Good for her.

    Arthur always was an inconvenience to her, especially since her rich husband can’t stand him.

    • Observer

      That poor kid. He deserves better.

      • Robin

        100% agreed.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        All kids deserve better.

    • sookiesookie

      Elena Cardone might want to watch out. This Sarah person sounds like Grant’s soul-mate.

      • Robin

        100% correct. Except Sarah’s version of hard-sell involves less talking, more cleavage. She would die to get her hands on Cardone.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

          • Newiga

            Here ya go… There’s still some left from yesterday.. 😉

      • Destructor of Worlds

        Well Fart Cardone dumping Elena for a younger model when she hits 50 fits his patern anyway

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Thanks, Robin. I guess that fills in the last detail in the saga of whales that blow, but not in a good way.

      • Robin

        My pleasure. David keeps Sarah on a tight leash. He makes sure she knows damn-well that SHE is not a whale. Just him. So she better keep on keeping him happy.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Getting the picture. I am hoping something good comes out of this – Arthur is going to wake up big time, very soon, very hard – I hope he can get help escaping all of them – this kind of early childhood makes or breaks you for life – I know we are all hoping he makes it and I hope word can get to him that there hundreds of people out here waiting to help lend a hand if he wants it. He’ll probably be very suspicious just at the thought of that now that I think of it, and it will likely be incredulous to him. I still hope someone can get word to him that he has other options available to him.

    • Mrs. V.

      I’m glad I understand a little better, but this just makes me feel worse.

      • Robin

        Sarah is just the kind of person SCN likes to keep around. Access to tons of money and a need to constantly keep people happy.

        • Observer

          Except for the people she should be making happy, like her son.

    • Sarah James

      Sarah sounds like a Peach and forever 22. Sorry for Arthur.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      I am so sorry for Arthur. Everyone is of value.

    • Thanks so much for your insight.

      • Robin

        My pleasure.

    • Hingle McCringleberry

      Is this the same Mean Beej to Old Fat Rich Guy Tech that DM used to get the COB ASI post back in the day?

    • M from Toronto

      Thank you for your insights, Robin. I apologize if I’m reaching here, but something I took away from the story you relate was that possibly Arthur is joining Sea Org for many reasons, pleasing his mother, (ignored/abused kids often try anything to gain the approval of the parent they love, regardless-I’m not inferring Arthur was physically abused but kids have more understanding than people think about where they are in the hierarchy of parental interests, and emotional and psychological abuse is a huge thing) getting away from his step-father, sadness about the death of his adoptive father, adoptive mother’s incapacity to care for him…
      I just feel like Arthur has taken a version of the path so many kids in similar circumstances do, wanting to join something to belong, and make a surrogate family. This can be wonderful, my own family would not exist had not my ancestors fled abusive homes for the Royal Navy and the Army, or can lead to gang membership, joining a cult etc. I feel terrible, to me Arthur never had a chance, really. I hope he somehow manages to learn more about the options open to him, in the real world.

      • Draco

        Sometimes kids think the SO is preferable to high school. That they will be treated as adults and will be able to make decisions about their own lives. A way to get away from mom and step dad pulling the strings of his life. Poor kid. He’s in for a rude awakening.

        • M from Toronto

          You’re right Draco. And he’ll end up a meaningless (to the CO$) cog in the machinations of others in the Sea Org.

        • aquaclara

          ^^^^

    • Truthiwant

      You seem to know everything about this family, including the blow jobs that Sarah gives to her husband.
      I’m going to give a pass on this comment until somebody verifies it.
      No offense. I’ve heard worse stories from Scientology.

      • Robin

        Until someone verifies what?

        • Truthiwant

          “David does not give two fucks about Arthur”

          “David would never let any of his own three kids join the SO.”

          “Bunny is stark-staring mad and was not fit to raise kids on her own.”

          “…using “Ehrlich” as his last name so she didn’t have to explain to her Beverly Hills friends why his last name was “Dubin”.”

          “David Ehrlich is an old, old OT 3, and actually can’t stand Scientology or Scientologists.”

          “David buys works of art or vases, etc. on the cheap and donates them at huge appraisal rates to non-profits (like the one Sarah set up). This is part of David’s “investment” business.”

          “Arthur always was an inconvenience to her, especially since her rich husband can’t stand him.”

          • Robin

            Thank you for letting us know that you will be waiting for someone else to come along and “verify” these things for you. Good luck with that, and I appreciate what you’ve contributed to the conversation.

            • Truthiwant

              I like people who give some hard facts, not tabloid gossip.

    • aquaclara

      Thanks, Robin. I’m sorry to hear this. NO child should feel like they aren’t wanted. I hope he calls his grandmother, and leaves all the scientology stuff behind.
      Arthur, if you do stop in here, people who don’t even know you care about you and wish you well.
      There are others here who were in the Sea Org at one time, and know what you are facing.

    • RED47X

      Thanks for the insight, Robin. What’s amazing about The Bunker is how much info is available to provide context for what would otherwise be an inscrutable, short Facebook post. No need for noisy investigations and other $cion-style harassment.

      The OSA operatives who monitor our comm here and provide a daily briefing to Davearoony McSavage must draw straws to see who gets stuck with delivering the bad news.

      Makes me wonder if they will start to crack down on Facebook posting…

    • Deeana

      Oh I so love insightful data like this.

  • ze moo

    Poor Leah, her completion of the ‘Personal Values & Integrity Life Improvement Course’ now means she has been properly programmed to serve Lron and be a nice happy minion. And the ‘universe corps’ gets to add one more to some list for Thursday 2pm. This is how the clampire is getting those nice jagged graphs, by training or re-re-retraining staff. What no paying customers? Apparently not enough to make a nice graph.

    • Hingle McCringleberry

      That picture scared me. Those two are now probably going to co-audit the Luring Children into your Gingerbread House Rundown. . .

  • Mark

    (Refresh, with a very long pair of tongs):

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      I think they do admire MLK. He never had to shoop people into his crowd shots…

    • stillgrace2

      Do I have your permission to reproduce this? I am getting bored with just taking down OCA posters, it would be fun to replace their poster with yours.

      • Mark

        Go right ahead! (Heaves huge sigh of relief he saved it at 150 ppi if clicked on for full-sized version!) 🙂

        • stillgrace2

          Thank you, I checked it out, at “B” size, 11″ x 17″, it’s very clear.

        • NOLAGirl
          • Mark

            OOH! I’ve gone viral! Or slightly infectious… 🙂

            • NOLAGirl

              Just slightly infectious, but if it pisses off one clam or brings one person to Tony’s blog well, it’s done its job. 🙂

            • Mark

              Just so 🙂

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            That is friggin’ astounding, Mark and ma’am. A tip of the hat (and tiara) to you!

            http://i.imgur.com/DoZD6q9.gif

    • valshifter

      I have a lot of family living in Inglewood, I have to post this to fb, they believe in the Holly trinity but you never know scientology has its way to get into people even when told that it is a scam, I was told in college it is a scam and I still fell for it after the pinch test they convinced me to go inside and I was doomed.

      • I have a friend that lives across the street from the building there.

      • Mark

        Post away! Maybe it’ll make them think twice about scraping straight through the bottom of the barrel in future…

    • Freethinker

      This reminds me of the $cientology ANZAC PR fiasco that happened last year:

      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/33406/scientology-usurps-anzac

      They’re shameless.

      • cathy from encino

        Love the opening on that clip you shared, Freethinker:

        The Scientology cult — whose members boast of being the ‘most ethical people om earth’ — has once again been caught behaving badly.

  • Truthiwant

    The Church of Scientology have been using Martin Luther King’s image for years, along with names such as Voltaire and Gandhi.
    This booklet was published by Scientology in 2003, giving examples of some of the great Human Rights activists in history…

    • Sarah James

      Yeah, cause everyone says scientologists are just like Martin Luther King and Gandhi.

    • Observer

      Oh my. I’d love to hear what Voltaire would say about this.

      • Truthiwant

        Maybe something like
        JE NE SUIS PAS SCIENTOLOGIST

      • Dr Pangloss, from Volatire’s Candide is alive and well in the CofS. It is evidently well stocked with abused people who nevertheless stubbornly believe that their ‘status’ in the organisation is the best possible thing that could ever happen to them.

    • Newiga

      Yet again! OH THE IRONY!! They put a quote like “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” on one of their fliers when their own reality is quite the opposite. More like: I disapprove of what you say, and I will fight to the death to get you to shut up.. Not even gonna start ranting about putting Lroon Tub of Lard next to people like Gandhi…

    • Destructor of Worlds

      Spot what doesn’t belong

      • Truthiwant

        Gandhi’s glasses? No, I give up.

    • Jesus H Christ. They really cant get any lower can they.
      The damn cheek of those arseholes to even compare the shit-stain that was Hubbard to the others.

    • Mark Foster

      Pimps be pimpin´…damn…

  • Okay, I figured it out. Need some sort of address (business probably okay) or way for CPS to contact the family though. Perhaps just the URL of this story would suffice to start some sort of inquiry.

    Mandated reporters (of suspected child abuse/neglect) can fill out online forms here: https://mandreptla.org

    Non-mandated reporters can call Los Angeles County CPS 800-540-4000 – within CA / 213-639-4500 – outside CA)

    And I don’t see why anonymous letters can’t be sent to:

    Philip L. Browning, Director
    425 Shatto Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90020
    (213) 351-5602

    Definitions of Abuse and Neglect(As Defined in the California Penal Code):
    Child Abusemeans a physical injury, which is inflicted by other than accidental means, on a child by another person. Child abuse also means the sexual abuse of a child or any act or omission proscribed by Section 273a (willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of a child) or 273b (unlawful corporal punishment or injury). Child abuse does not mean a mutual affray between minors.Neglectmeans the negligent treatment or the maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the child’s health or welfare. The term includes both acts and omission on the part of the responsible person. Neglect is described under two categories: severe and general.Severe Neglectmeans the negligent failure of a person having the “care or custody of a child to protect the child from severe malnutrition or medically diagnosed non-organic failure to thrive. Severe neglect also means those situations of neglect where any person having the care or custody of a child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of the child to be placed in a situation such that his or her person or health is endangered. This includes the intentional failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care.General Neglectmeans the negligent failure of a person having the care or custody of a child to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care or supervision where no physical injury to the child has occurred.

    • Sarah James

      Nat try this, call them and ask for a superviser. Someone should be happy to willingly give you information if not then get the number for state head of child services.

      About 30 years ago a baptist orphanage was accused of serious child abuse violations. Never investigated because they are a religion.

      • Nat-lificent

        One never knows till one tries.

        • Sarah James

          Please keep asking them questions Nat, you might open a door.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          Yes, and try to get an explanation of whether this fits the category – and if not, why not.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        That was 30 years ago. In the wake of the pedophile priest scandal in the Catholic church, things have changed somewhat.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      I know you can say you want to make your complaint anonymously – that is to protect neighbors or family members who want to report abuse but don’t want the abuser to know. Of course if there are any scilons who work there or OSA reps who track it down, I am sure your name is kept there somewhere… My real question is whether this fits the definition. It seems like it would be “general neglect.” I am bringing this up because i actually did file an anonymous report (via internet) on the Duggans sending their son to South Africa because of behavioral problems, and it was pointed out on this very blog that there may be nothing illegal about what they did, and it just made me look like an anonymous crank to file the complaint. And I was so proud of myself for doing it until I got shot down.

      • Nat-lificent

        Yeah, I think it all depends on whether or not Arthur is there against his will and suffers deprivation

  • valshifter

    And why does the MLK sign has to be black? are they trying to tell me something.

  • rickiraccoon

    Serious question….How does Scientology get away with not continuing a teenagers education? Is this something a parent signs off on? Is there a SO high school? GED? Anything? Just so sad for that kid.

    • Kids can legally stop attending regular school at 16 with a guardian’s permission in California. “Independent study” is a big loophole for dropping out of school.

    • I don’t know how they get away with this – but it seems to me that depriving someone of a meaningful education and indoctrinating them with Scientology instead is advantageous to the CofS.

      If you have left school at that age to join the Sea Org, after a few years you have nowhere else to go. It is difficult for someone in their 20s make their way in the world with no qualifications, no driving licence, no employment record, no credit record and no idea of how to behave in a wider world that you have been taught is dangerous and corrupt.

  • nottrue

    Festival time in Tampa….

    • A word clearing festival? Let me get my party hat!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      First off, let’s Word Clear “Festival.”

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        How about “getting rid of a lack of knowledge”. What? How do you get rid of something not there?

        I think even the most void of their senses sci robot is going to roll their eyes at the sight of this one – word clearing festival. That’s right up there with a “sec checking festival” or a “root canal festival”.

        • General files celebration!

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Central Files Festival? Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Is this some kind of official puke your guts out day and I missed the memo?

    • So looking up crap in the dictionary is a festival now. They really know how to party, sign me up today.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    I appreciate interviews by professionals like David Pakman. Thanks for once again going over broken glass memories, Claire. I think your cat was just being protective and nurturing, unlike the other feature today – Sarah.

    I was thinking about an onslaught of interview requests this year and I hope the majors will do some homework and study Tony’s and David’s and others that have done such a thoughtful and important interview methodology.

    I also hope that they will end with not only the Ex Sea Org numbers to call but also links to abuse hotlines and human trafficking. Those most embedded and isolated, in the SO, are from third world countries, or speak little English, passports confiscated, no phone, ID, no money, no local friends or family, or in such mental state they fear even walking outside their designated cells. Listening to Claire’s interview, I was reminded of how many criteria exists for conditions that constitute human trafficking. Most people think of just sex trade or labor, but I am hope more and more will be informed that this includes those in cults or any other fanatical groups, including those who claim to be religious:

    Human Trafficking: Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question

    Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes

    Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts

    Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager

    Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips

    Works excessively long and/or unusual hours

    Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work

    Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off

    Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work

    High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

    Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

    Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid

    Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement

    Avoids eye contact

    Poor Physical Health

    Lacks health care

    Appears malnourished

    Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

    Lack of Control

    Has few or no personal possessions

    Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account

    Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)

    Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)

    Other

    Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address

    Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in

    Loss of sense of time

    Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

    This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative.

    Learn more at http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org.

    • Ooooh, maybe if CPS isn’t interested in a minor being enslaved, the FBI might be. Or maybe CPS would become MORE interested if it is mentioned to them that the FBI has been made aware that a minor from their district is in danger of human trafficking. Government workers are overworked and underfunded but they make time for CYA situations.

      This submission form is anonymous: http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/report-trafficking

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        I hope those lurking here as UTR’s (Under the Radar’s) will recognize their loved ones as victims of human trafficking and they report every last one of them.

        Hey, even Hubbard said that if you’re not getting justice or bettered conditions inside the bubble, you should send your Knowledge Reports up up and away outside the organization. So it would be perfectly ethical, in fact, required of an ethical, on source scientologist to report these conditions to the authorities.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Yes this seems like it fits the definition of human trafficking very well. There is also a group in LA that works to combat trafficking and maybe they are interested. http://www.castla.org/homepage.

        EDIT to add I just reported this anonymously online to CASTLA a http://www.castla.org/report

  • Tony Ortega

    Arthur in a music video, added to the post

    • Newiga

      The song is actually pretty good. I wonder how Arthur got to be on the music video?

      Anyways, thank you Tony for telling Arthur’s story! So sad to see a good looking kid like him (or any kid) joining the SO. Surely, he has/had other aspirations before the recruiters got to him. 🙁

  • Truthiwant

    Keep smiling. One day you’ll understand…

  • 0tessa

    Claire, I am so happy you are out. So happy for you and Mark having a lovely family.
    If anybody deserves it, it will be you and Mark.
    Scientology may be so evil and destructive, real love and truth will prevail. Ever.

  • flyonthewall

    Well at least he has experience scrubbing floors, he’ll be doing a lot of that. This time it will be to save the world though so it’s better right? Let me guess, he is going to be a big CoS star and work at the new KCET studios right?

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    I don’t know about anyone else, but that music vid just broke my irony meter, and that takes some doing.

    “End of Me”? Really? Hand scrubbing stone cold stairs to nowhere? and wait a sec, an Ocala, Florida band?! Does Bury know about this? Can we get an on the street report? Like the song, though. Does anyone else smell something burnin’ in here?

    http://i.imgur.com/SnBRA6i.gif

    • Newiga

      I love the irony meter! Mine goes off the scale at least once a week on Sundays when Tony posts the Sunday Funnies.

      I liked the song too. Then again, I’m a sucker for angsty indie/alternative rock/pop. 😉

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Arthur has been notified via social media that his story is here. I hope he is lurking and reading.

    Many real friends are here, waiting to catch you and ease the fall.

    http://instagram.com/p/uE0CHeLsJE/?modal=true

  • Tony Ortega

    New photo from Tampa added to the post

  • Truthiwant

    Well, I just had to do this one…

  • krazykamper

    People like Claire really have my utmost respect. To be born into Scientology seems like the saddest thing. To be told by the people you trust most in the world – parents – that this is ok. This is normal. This is life. This is what is right and good. When adults join – at least they are adults, making their decision. And if and when they then chose to leave at least they have a ‘before’ to think back to. A frame of reference to put things into context. Family or friends to turn to. An understanding of the ‘real world’. The bravery of leaving when you have none of those things….amazing.

  • xenuYESxenu

    claire hedley’s interview: oh du I like Jeffrey Augustine’s interviews 😉

  • BFM

    How ironic for an organization founded by a racist/fascist to first use Nelson Mandela and now Martin Luther King Jr. to further their agenda. Disgusting!

  • Snippy_X
    • Jimmy3

      Sorry that the Ducks had to lose, but this is a strange way of slamming Ohio.

      • Snippy_X

        Ohio is creepy.

    • Chee Chalker

      RTC moves its headquarters from California to Idaho in 3…….2…….1

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      THIS is why Americans need to get Red under the collar and get active in changing this for good. This is why scientology and all the others like it are still here – slithering into your girl scouts and boy scouts, your school yards, your town councils, your PTA’s, and more – grooming your children without you even knowing it – sometimes before it’s too late. This is why I rant about changing the laws in this country.

      • Ardent

        It’s an understandable rant, Hole! I get heated in conversation when the cult slides into the scene.

    • How is this even an issue. People are so fucked in the head

      • Sarah James

        Oregon did change their laws so I see hope for children in other states if people will open their eyes.

      • Frodis73

        That’s how I feel. Parents should not be able to force their beliefs on to kids who are not even old enough to decide how they really feel about this stuff anyway. Esp if it involves withholding of medical treatment. Totally fucked in the head.

    • Sarah James

      Why Arthur needs protection.

    • Ardent

      Fascinating!

  • Captain Howdy

    Claire is wicked hot. I would marry her in a heartbeat.

    • Jimmy3

      That deck was wicked grimey. I would scrub it in a heartbeat.

    • Science Doc

      I think one of our other commentators might have an issue there.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      I think you missed your chance, Cap’n!

  • nottrue

    People are talking……talking talking

    • Tony Ortega

      That was something my agent and publisher put in a trade catalog back in September.

      • Jimmy3

        So you had to rely on so many people keeping quiet for about 4 months? Only to have the announcement spoiled by 2 days. I say that’s a win.

  • Basketballjane

    I’m sorry but I just could NOT take any “professional” seriously who’s name was “Sexsmith” I mean even prostitutes don’t go that obvious in their hooker names. That just takes the cake.

    • flyonthewall

      Her great great great grand daddy’s name was Sir Biggus Dickus Sexsmith. He had a wife you know? Would you like to know her name?

      • Basketballjane

        Hahahaha. What was it?

        • flyonthewall

          Monty Python tells it better than I do 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8_jgiNqUc

          • Basketballjane

            ROFL!!! Incontinentia Buttucksis. Brilliant!

            • flyonthewall

              thwou him to tha floogh vewy wufly!

          • Ardent

            Hilarious. Thanks.

      • BFM

        LOL 🙂 absolutely brilliant piece of Monty Python.

    • Ardent

      Some names are just plain unfortunate in these times, aren’t they? Glasscock, Cox, there are a number of inadvertently amusing or rude sounding names. Mine is just hard to spell. Imagine the schoolyard for some kids…

    • Eclipse-girl

      try this video

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

      I believe it is Ron’s real name

  • Science Doc

    I hope there will be a full story on this poor kid in the fullness of time. Looks like an awful lot (and a lot of awful) has acreated since Tony broke the first social media photo last night. The story is running all over with everything from art donation tax scams to statutory rape.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Hey Ayla – now that you’ve done the Happiness Rundown – have you figured out how happy you used to be?

    http://i.imgur.com/FeMDzOk.jpg?2

    • The Happiness Rundown is so theta Ayla is going backwards.
      Whoops I need more exclamation points!!!!!!!

      • Ardent

        I have a bunch in a bucket if you need a few!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • The one thing I have learnt from Scientology is the more exclamation points the more important the poster and the message, but apparently semi colons are bad.

    • BFM

      In 2014 she WAS happy –period–

      In 2015 she thinks how happy she was in 2014………………

    • Ardent

      Her more recent photo has one of the least genuine smiles I can recall seeing.

      • Mark Foster

        She´s just a little embarrassed because she farted in your general direction…

        • Ardent

          Ha!

  • BFM

    O/T: been trying to hunt down 1 lousy copy of the lastest Charlie Hebdo edition…– damn thing sells out before the kiosk is even open. Sigh, try tomorrow again.

    • Ardent

      They’re printing even more copies.

      • BFM

        Luckily yes, I read the edition online and it has some great stuff in it. Also one drawing that mocks all the “world leaders” who were their in the protest march while they suppress freedom of speech in their own countries. With 5 million copies, I am sure I will be able the secure one 🙂

  • flyonthewall

    The beast is hungry for new souls! Who are we to deny him!? SP’s of course!

  • Observer

    That MLK Day flyer got me thinking … just like the Hub to try to associate himself with someone of genuine accomplishment, latching on like a big, doughy lamprey. You know the whole thing is going to be trying to make people think LRH was just like MLK, only better. And then I angry shooped. Not my best effort, but it will have to do.

    refresh

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      And Rasputin under that ascot???

      • Observer

        Dang, Rasputin was the obvious choice, wasn’t he? Sigh. It’s been that kind of day.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          There’s a whole rogue’s gallery wrapped up in that one.

    • Especially with his racist attitudes towards Black people the arsehole.

      • BFM

        And don’t forget about Asians too.. Chinese in particular…. and Arabs were regarded as backwards etc… Ron de Xenophobe.

      • Ardent

        That arsehole was The Source, don’cha know?

    • Basketballjane

      The only reference to MLK that I recall Hub making was the fact that he was bugged by the FBI like Hub was. That he had been persecuted for putting forth the push for equal rights and that was why he got killed. Because you know if he had had the “correct” technology he would have been more successful. Because MLK is of course one of America’s great lessons in failure.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Ahem.

        MLK pulled it in. Simple, really, when it is so simple.

        • Ardent

          (snorts) Yeah. 🙂

      • Hubbard would bloviate that MLK did have a small piece of what was originally discovered by beings in the third galaxy 572 billion years ago, but like many modern reformers didn’t have it quite right like Hubbard did and such and such and so on, you know?

        • BFM

          Hubbard never went into any meaningful depths with great humanitarians and thinkers who really changed the world. He would just off hand mention them, and covertly attack their achievements to give his own teachings (ramblings) validity.

          He went into further depths and widths with fellow dictators as Hitler, Mao, Dzjengis khan and other cruel rulers, and when he ran out of them in the real world he invented some on the “backtrack” — invader forces etc. Sick mind. He had a greater fascination for evil than good.

        • i-Betty

          And so forth.

          • And not just yip-yap!

          • Mark Foster

            with a warm ale, shepherd´s pie, and a shag-not necessarily in that order, however…

            • i-Betty

              Heehee, that’s very English of you, Mark! 😀

        • Ardent

          just imagine the spewings L.Ron would emit…

    • Ardent

      IT from a wrinkle in time!!! That’s a great connection! Good one, Obs. I wish I had photoshop (imagine lots of Sci-borg exclamation marks here).

    • Illinoisian

      ” latching on like a big, doughy lamprey”
      Eeeeyew. There’s some nightmare material.
      (And I don’t think I’m going to be using my bread machine for a while.)

    • Mark Foster

      Yeah…and the fact that LaFay Ragged Hubturd was a racist intensifies the irony and absurdity, eh? ¨Restoring Criminality and Asshattery¨

  • BosonStark

    I can see Ayla’s memoir: “It was after finishing the Happiness Rundown when I went into a deep depression. I couldn’t even smile when I had my photo taken. Even my teeth were in mourning and I had so many questions, like was all this cuckoo really going to save the planet?”

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+** The new QuickFlag ** +–+ RED X *** Pre-Statsday
    Thanks Graham for a short but detailed guide to the NEW QuickFlag:
    1)Go to the RedX Spreadsheet ( see link below)
    2) At the very top left side of the grid click on the Regional List tab.
    3) This gives a screen which includes a ‘Quick Flag’ column at far right.
    4) Hold down the control key whilst clicking down that right hand column
    5) Check eg the last one by opening the tab to check there’s no nasty ‘IP Blocked’ message.
    6) Get rid of the accumulated tabs by right clicking on the ‘master’ tab and then clicking ‘close
    Tabs to the right’ on the menu. This gets rid of everything except the data base on the master tab. Rinse and repeat until the whole column’s been flagged.
    The Regional List with the QuickFlag column is only updated once a day at 5am EST. fresh ads from 12:30pm EST & after are to be found and flagged in the Daily Wip tab.

    48 ads already today, SF is starting early, (see the Daily Wip). Keep checking the Daily Wip
    for California later this evening every 2nd hour.
    RedX write up : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-117#post-2494321
    RedX spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    For those who do not have much time but would like to send a message to Tony Chen do Sacramento
    with the QuickFlag in the Regional list TAB of the RedX spreadsheet. (see link above).
    Red Petals enhanced by DodoTheLaser for RedX and flickred by Aeger Primo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/16013615699/in/set-72157642802079293

  • nottrue

    Claire’s great video has almost 5000 hits on youtube and climbing…I love when her cat stuck out his/her tongue at us….

    • BFM

      I love that cat!!! It stole my heart 🙂

      I don’t need to say how much I admire Clair now do I? Damn, I just did and I wanted that to be self-evident — fail! 😉

    • Illinoisian

      I love that you were able to catch that shot! Very lovely cat.

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    Those Tampa girls have a little strained look for their happiness Rundown pic.

  • nommables

    OT: Is “Church of Christ, Scientist” the same as Scientology?

    • Juicer77

      Good question. I used to think so, too, but in fact they are entirely different groups. Here is the wiki entry on Christian Science: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Christ,_Scientist

      Scientology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology This blog is an excellent source of information, especially the comments. Many, many experts here – including some who were once Scientologists. Ask anything you like, they are nice. 🙂

      • nommables

        Thank you!

    • BFM

      All tough both a mind controlling cult, they are very different. Christian science takes the bible as it’s foundation and do believe in God. scientology in reality mocks both.

      But the mind control techniques are alike. Probably because Hubbard stole some of that from Mary Baker Eddy. For example that one must not explain/Interpret any holy text to someone, only Mary baker could… same goes for Scientology…. the literalness. So there are similarities on mind control but there is where the resemblance ends.

    • Eileen

      No

      • Ardent

        Beat me to it, Eileen! Those are Christian Scientists, Yes? Mary Baker Eddie’s outfit? (sp?)

        • Eileen

          They have the beautiful Christian Science Center in downtown Boston with the reflecting pool (well worth a visit to see the stained glass globe of the earth circa 1920). Also property outside of Boston. Few members, but the $$$ allows for a beautiful empty facade.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Not even remotely.

    • Sherbet

      Let me rephrase what Eileen said: HELL, no.

  • Charles Murdoch

    I’m back! Miss you Bunkerbuddies! (Nothing traumatic happened! Work has been crazy busy. Holidays etc. No time to breath or barely get online here). First of all let me start by saying that I’m shocked Howard Stern would buy any of Kirstie Alley’s bullshit! When I was younger id listen to Stern every morning and he use to rip on Scientology so hard that I had to turn the radio station because it was “enters”. Lol. Secondly, I want to encourage everyone who’s openly out and cool with it, to hashtag #seaorg and tell the truth on Facebook and Instagram and what it’s really all about! Let’s start 2015 off and tear this cult DOWN. Congrats Tony! You are the man!!

    • Juicer77

      We kept your chair warm for you. (Don’t ask how 😉

      • Charles Murdoch

        Haha! Love that

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      You betcha – ready?

      http://i.imgur.com/8OAshTs.gif

  • nottrue

    Now here’s a treat for us Singles…

    • Pierrot

      where does this one come from, I cannot find it on cl. Florida SP having flagged 98% for removal!

    • Eileen

      Appears to be 2 same sex icons. Uh Oh.

      • BFM

        That’s soo 1.1!

    • Robert Eckert

      Is an “ideal partner” sort of like an Ideal Org? The dates get more and more expensive, and the relationship is never really consummated?

    • MereCatWatcher

      A date! Maybe with one of the other attendees! What success! Note: sarcasm….

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    This gives me more sads than I can bear. On Arthur Ehrlich’s FB page it says his little sister was born December 4, 2014. And as others have noted, one of the comments on his Mom’s FB post says she is surprised to see a pic where he is not holding his little sister – obviously he dotes on her. And Robin commented below that after bio dad and adoptive dad both passed he lives with bio mom Sarah and her husband Davd but “David Ehrlich has NOT, NOT, NOT adopted Arthur. Sarah just had Arthur start using “Ehrlich” as his last name so she didn’t have to explain to her Beverly Hills friends why his last name was “Dubin”. David does not give two fucks about Arthur, which is why he does not care if Arthur joins the Sea Org. David would never let any of his own three kids join the SO. … Arthur always was an
    inconvenience to her, especially since her rich husband can’t stand him.” Now that they have a new baby they are offloading Arthur for good.

    • aegerprimo

      I have a sad too. A 16 year-old young man… being turned over to slave labor to a cult that has a guise of a religion. All those “congrats” to his mother Sarah….UGH! Those kind of congrats should be for Arthur getting a college scholarship. The husband of Sarah, allowing this to happen and as you point out FMFH, so they can look good in the Beverly Hills community; of course they do not want the neighbors to know that Sarah fooled around with a male minor and got pregnant. So wrong and so sad on so many levels.

      • Ardent

        Totally agree. All those enthusiastic “yippees” from the deluded folk just makes me miserable. I hope like anything the kids blows.

        • aegerprimo

          Yes, I hope Arthur blows and becomes like born-in Derek Bloch; happy, successful, and an outspoken formidable fang in the Co$’s jugular vein. If nothing else, I hope Arthur gets out of the Sea Org soon, and can live life on his own terms.

          • Ardent

            Absolutely. Derek is a great guy, and has been really strong. So admirable.

            • Richard Grant

              I hope Derek stumbles onto this thread and realizes what a hero and role model he has become.

      • BFM

        One can wonder…. with such a total dysfunctional non-loving family for this particular young man…, staying in that family as he is coming of age and probably feels he is unwanted…is as much child abuse as joining the SO. Caught up between two evils.

        I hope this kid makes it through somehow and leaves BOTH behind and starts up a happy life somewhere else.

        • Ardent

          So miserable… 🙁

          • BFM

            Yeah, my heart literally aches for this young man….And I hope he makes it out on both counts and starts living a life according to his own wishes and needs. We have a wonderful example in Derek that it can be done. Hard though… sigh.. fucking freaking cult.

            I couldn’t have dreamed that I would come to hate scientology so much when I was still in.

            • Richard Grant

              I wish we could put Derek in a superhero suit and send him out there to kick some ass and bust Arthur loose.

              The COS is gonna crumble soon, and people like Arthur will be free, and they are gonna be pissed.

            • BFM

              Rooting CoS demise that like mad! Derek is a superhero and an example for young people that things CAN work out…, I hope many will follow his example.

    • Eileen

      Does anyone know what happened to his Dubin sister? She appeared to be an older sister, but not much older.

  • Charles Murdoch

    As a secondary post:
    I was a “born in” as well. Ward of the SeaUrg. Join the S.O at eight etc…. When I left a few years ago I lived through tremendous amount of depression and anger and I tell you this;
    Tony Ortega (through one on one emails and calls) and you guys and some other very important people who have spoken out have helped me through the deep deep levels of anger and depression I, and many others suffered after being in for over three decades and getting out. I don’t know what happened through the holidays, specifically after Thanksgiving, but I feel really wonderful and gained my life back. That has a lot to do with reading talking and the posts you all share and incredibly intense work on rebuilding my own mind. It finally all culminated after 3&a half years of being out and everything clicked together. All the stories with former members and analyzation on what to do to build a life back. Thanks everyone. Especially you Mr Ortega.

    • MaxSpaceman

      Welcome back to the human race, Charles. You’ve got your compassion back, your humanity intact. Your heart in the right place. And you’re moving on with your life. Wonderful post. Thank you.

      • Ardent

        OT: Max, I like your new avi.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Thank you for this post. It is so good to hear at least a happy ending today. So glad you stuck it out and chipped away at it. I cannot imagine those who were raised in this nightmare. I wish you a remarkable and joyous life from here on out – okay not perfect in every way every day, but just the best it can be for you and your family. You deserve this so much.

    • BFM

      So glad you feel really out and genuinely experience positive emotions (not some Euphoria). The Bunker was invaluable in that process for me too. And I still have some way to go, but life has changed so much for the better.

      I always smile when people share their recovery stories like you just did! Makes me hopeful that the ones still trapped in, and whom I greatly care about, might one day experience the same. And we all can reunite and talk and have fun together. Thanks for you message of hope :)!

      • Charles Murdoch

        my pleasure man! There are still a lot of people I care very deeply about you are still in and I have to do it carefully but we gotta keep talking and figuring out ways to help them out as well they are stressed and I see it when I talk to them

        • Ardent

          You are doing a great thing by daring to encourage others to seek freedom. Cheers!

        • BFM

          Yes, I 100% understand you! Almost all my family environment used to be Scio’s… still lots of family and friends in… trouble with ex about our children… but, as I grow stronger with help from you all in this bunker, I feel more confident every day that I will make it through this. And I will be ready for my loved ones when they can break the spell and dehypnotize and leave….. I will provide them with a safe envrionment to decompress.

          • MaxSpaceman

            Wishing your hopes come to pass.

            • BFM

              Thanks Max 🙂 Me too.

          • Baby

            Hell yes you will make it through Fussy.. Hold me hand sweetie.. there are many hands to hold hers.. smooches.

            • BFM

              Thanks you so much Baby, you are such a wonderful person… at times you make me laugh. at times you make me share in your irony, and at times you touch me, straight in my heart. Thanks for being you.
              I am still on a quest of (re-) finding my true me — well on my way, but sometimes I feel I have been robbed of certain traits. Xo

            • Baby

              Awww fuzzy (HUGS) Life is about starting over sweetie.. If I can find joy and the certain traits that I lost along the way anyone can.. You just keep coming here and sharing..

              cause I love seeing you and sharing with you.. It took me 67 years to find my authentic self..I had to uncover and redefine and search for myself for years..

              It is absolutely a great thing to be on a quest and make baby steps toward your Truth..

              but you will find traits that you have been robbed of..just claim them back honey.. They are still there..Just claim them as your own.. We are all here for you sweetheart..xo

              Thank you for your kind words.. xo baby

            • BFM

              Thanks my dear! I haven’t given up on myself. Its just a bit frustrating at times to make two steps forwards and one step back.

              There is so much at once going oni n my life that I miss some time to take a good breather. But you can count on me to keep coming here and sharing and be shared to.
              I hope some day I will feel I have regained myself fully (or at least be satisfied with myself). You amongst others on this blog are an example to me.
              But NOW: whohoeeeeeee YEAH, the Cult motherfuckers shot their feet completely off this time! I had little time to comment (had business delegates from China and Korea to entertain) but I did check in, lol, I laughed so hard! And after the business part, when things got more relaxed I foulmouthed Scientology — it was funny though… these guy’s knew almost nothing about it (except it had to do something with Tom Cruise — so much for dissemination in the East) I told them, bit tongue in cheek, about TC’s beliefs, Xenu, his divorces et all. It was totally fun 🙂 Made me feel kick-ass again. xo your fuzzy.

            • Baby

              Fuzzy.. I am laughing my ass off now.. First picturing you and I toddling hand and hand
              together.. 2 babies..one in a monster outfit and one puffing along on a cigarette ..haha

              I would have given anything to be sitting with you discussing Scn with your delegates from China and Korea..OMG.. hahaha Please tell me you were drinking cocktails..

            • BFM

              Hahaha, it was a very nice scenery in your mind; I could totally relate to that! I might have taken some puffs of your cig if you had allowed me to.
              Oh, the Koreans love cocktails and are totally karaoke. Lol. The Chinese not so, the like the old school matured single malts. Expensive taste, but, one has to pay a little to earn lots off them. So a got home just a little tipsy of the unholy mixture of slippery nipples and bloody Mary’s with years old Scotch. The Scotch provided another primer to tell some great stories about our mini pope (about his ethics dog for example). We all had a joyous evening/night laughing our asses off . So next time I am in Seoul or Shanghai I am promised a same level of entertainment 😉

            • Baby

              OMG take me with you..You sounded like you had a blast.. Are you ready for this?

              I got so effed up on slippy nipples one night my friends at our slumber party in MICHIGAN taped me.. I watched that tape the next ( hangover ) day and absolutely lost it..hahah

              Bloody Mary’s with Slippery Nipples.. oh brother you were just asking for it.. Good Lord..

            • BFM

              Yep, we had! And your on, next time you are on my plane as my personal advisor 😉 lol 😉
              It was even bloody Mary’s slippery nipples, blue lagoons and in between the single malts and some martini stuff too.. so yeah… at one point I felt kind of exterior and euhm… luckily we had drivers who took us where we had to go :D.

            • Baby

              BAwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhahhaha You are cracking me up.. Good God monster I’m getting sick just thinking about it..hahahhahahaha exterior? hahahhahahah

              How fun..Yes I will carry your luggage and and unzip your little monster outfit..to pee

            • BFM

              Hey unzipping me will make us better friends ya know;) lol. It would seriously be fun. Otherwise these business trips are rather boring.
              Imagine us singing in some karaoke club in Korea..lol, you maybe have a nice singing voice, but I will torture the poor sods there. Cheers and have another bloody Mary 😉

            • Baby

              I sing in the shower and the soap gets up and leaves..but drinking? Ahhh yes..

            • BFM

              “I sing in the shower and the soap gets up and leaves..” bwahahaha, perfect baby. You and me, we will terrorize the Koreans to the point that they will shut down all their karaoke bars! ;D xo as long as the booze flows we don’t stop!

            • Baby

              Oh hell yes fuzzy.. Shit just cause I can’t sing doesn’t mean I don’t!

            • BFM

              Hahaha, just as I feel about it. Besides, if you think you can’t sing…. you really have to hear some of the Korean’s grinding away their voices on “abba’s” dancing Queen. LOL

        • Baby

          Hi Charles.. I’ve missed you! So glad to see you again…It’s a brand new year..xo

          • Qbird

            trying to go back – way back – to leave this: sochep123 AT gee male
            pm me baby! I’m here in Central Fla until mid-april – I should go to the keys sometime this month of Feb. I’m looking at possible modes of transport… planes look too expensive, so maybe bus or poss. the ferry that runs outta Fort Meyers… am checking it out right now.
            I’m gonna edit all this out tomorrow a.m. – k?!
            I just thought maybe if you lived in the upper keys, it would have been easy to meet you. I’m hoping that BTN & mr. N will come fishing with me & mr.Q sometime this spring.
            whteves !!! just checkin’ on it all — and hope to meet up with peeps that share my obsession. later kid

    • Eileen

      What a meaningful post! This is why this disparTe group of people hold strong together, I am so grateful for your post. Makes it all worthwhile. Eileen

      • Richard Grant

        +1 to Eileen’s comment, Charles. That was a beautiful and meaningful post. So great to have you here.

    • Ardent

      Charles, I’m so happy you escaped and rejoined the real world. I am a ‘never in’, but from the conversations here and all the research I have done, I know that it must have been truly gruelling for you to make the bold move and leave the cult. I’d shake you hand and give you a friendly hug if I could. One of the things I think most of us at the Bunker hold as the highest, most important thing we as a bunch could do is help those ‘in’ take the road OUT of Scientology. Tony is doing a service far greater than simply reporting and investigating. Welcome, Charles!

      • Charles Murdoch

        I appreciate that Ardent

    • Juicer77

      That’s great to hear! I hope your loved ones who are still in can make the same journey out soon.

    • Illinoisian

      How great to hear this! You have survived so much and your heart still capable of being open to people and new thoughts and experiences. I hope that every family member and friend of yours who is still in is able to find a way to leave the oppressive life on the ‘inside’ — and then to reach the same open-hearted place that you have found. Thanks, thanks for posting your comments. They lift my spirits.

      • Charles Murdoch

        You are welcome illinosian. And thankyou too

  • Ardent

    Hi. Just joining the conversation now. Claire Headley’s account was riveting. Once again, I can’t comprehend how law enforcement (in any form() does not come down on the cult like a ton of bricks!
    I keep fantasizing about some small group of agents, deep in the J.Edgar Hoover building putting together a devastating case against the cult. I wonder if there may be something like that happening? I hope so.

  • Tony Ortega

    Scientology Sunday School added to the post

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Sci sunday school? Happiness coloring books? Honor mom and dad or else they will sec check you and then throw your tiny butts to the Sea Org monsters just waiting for you under your bed… Those mom and dads?

    Sorry, I’m already loaded up with Peptol Bismol and my irony meter already ‘sploded. You’re slayin’ us today, Tony.

    • Jimmy3

      Hopefully that kid in the doorway is reading a pamphlet on how to hotwire a car. You’re so close, kid! Make a break for it!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Bwahahahah. Tks, I needed that. Burppp

  • MCurie

    Looks like this hasn’t been the first time Arthur’s life has seen upheavals at his mother’s hand.

  • Juicer77

    Just saw an online ad with our old friend Jim Meskimen. He’s shilling for H&R Block now. Ah, the irony!

  • aegerprimo

    The Frisky is frisky and funny (though not original) with this article about Kirstie’s interview with Howard Stern. I laughed (article runs with Disqus).

    Kirstie Alley: “I’m Not Some Fucking Fake OT-7!”
    http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-01-13/kirstie-alley-im-not-some-fucking-fake-ot-7/

  • Panopea Abrupta

    So here we are 5 years down the road, and it’s the year 2020.
    Co$a-Nostra has fallen into a giant black hole of litigation
    and of members blowing left, right and centre.

    DM made a run for it in 2018 to points and places unknown
    but without the cushion of cash he always thought he would have.
    The IRS and the FBI took care of that when they finally got off their fat asses
    with the prompting of Interpol, LRH’s great fear.
    France and Belgium had followed Germany and Switzerland in
    outlawing the fraud.

    Psychologists and psychiatrists and self-help groups of exes
    have been working hard to help the recovery.
    The reconnections alone have been extraordinary.
    So many tears shed, so much joy, so much to forgive, so much to heal.

    The seized fortunes have been paid to those wronged.
    The Idle Morgues have been auctioned off.
    The Sea Org has been disbanded.
    The Slav slaves have had their passports returned and they have gone home at last.

    A correspondent forwards me the following, found in a Craigslist ad:

    The Rundown Rundown</B

    CLEARANCE SALE

    For a mere $4,747.47, you too can become Ideally Rundown.

    Sign a billion year contract, work 100 hour weeks, subsist on deliciously meagre rations of natural pig swill harvested by vestal virgins and Commodore's Messengers on the night of the full moon in pristine Love Canal (occasionally enlivened by rice and beans) and you will receive your 100% GUARANTEED
    Rundown Rundown.

    For a limited time only (offer ends March 13, 2666) we will include a 200-question personal development questionnaire ABSOLUTELY FREE.
    Any runes we use in lieu of fonts are ™ PWTTP and will be held in complete con-fidentiality. We will protect your runes like demented hobbits.
    Any resemblance to the offerings of the “Church” of $cientology is purely coincidental – no HBO or BBC documentaries have ever been made about PWTTP and we have never been to Texas, Oklahoma, France or Germany.

    Operators are waiting to take your call NOW at (201) 666-4747
    or you can reach us at: RundownRundown@barrens.con

    “My life was never the same again!!!” Lisa M.

    “What I took from the RundownRundown has stayed with me, no matter where I am” Mark “Marty” R.

    “I can honestly say that after the RundownRundown I was moving at full speed” Marc H.

    Send cheques to:

    Lil FiveOne,
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    • aegerprimo

      Not getting the zip code. Okay Pan Ab your words always have so many levels. Give me time. ☺

  • MCurie

    Looks like this isn’t the first time Arthur’s life has seen upheaval at his mother’s hand

    • Ardent

      Oh my God. This is AWFUL! I feel really upset.

    • BFM

      What do you do when your mom turns out to be such a monster…..:(

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Call Tony?

        • BFM

          Tony makes the monsters go away, that’s for sure 🙂

    • Vaquera

      In a comment from 2014, he says he goes to Beverly Hill High School. Whether that’s true or not, IDK.

      • Vaquera

        Here it is; from 23 weeks ago. (refresh)

      • MCurie

        Le Lycee is a french high school in L.A.; he was probably transferred to BHHS after being taken out of Le Lycee-LA the year or semester before…???

        • Vaquera

          Therefore, no boarding school.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Does anyone know what happened September 2013?

    • NOLAGirl

      This is so sickening. I feel the same way I did last night when I first read this story. Definitely time for me to go get under a warm blanket & try to forget how much I want to swing this kids mom around by her hair like a dead cat. Fucking bitch!!

    • Illinoisian

      Being a teenager is difficult enough when you have a stable and steady school/home life.

    • Eileen

      So the SO is like military school, the place to put a rich kid who is acting up.

      • MCurie

        His mother replied to someone on the original FB post that Tony put up…Arthur will be at Celebrity Center rather than Flag. Maybe that will make it easier to escape from since he’ll have wog friends nearby.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      This whole Arthur thing is really bumming me out. Poor kid. Makes me wanna scream. I have a very bad feeling about his future, especially after seeing the music video he was in.

  • Bury_The_Nuts

    OH, FFS. Been swamped and don’t have time to go through the comments and I am sure you have had PLENTY to say about ^^^^ shit!
    I will just say….I am having a Kim O’Brien is my hero moment here this evening.

    These people are fucking idiot tools!!!

    Carry on and have a great night, my friends.

    • BFM

      Concise, accurate!

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST IS UP

  • valshifter

    Well at least scientologist are not terrorist of the kind the Muslims produce, scientology muzzles you, uses and abuses you, quietly then discard you like trash, I don’t know which one is worst am trying to make up my mind.

    • Jane

      I wouldn’t say that Claire Headley was quietly discarded!! Or Paulette Cooper. The scientology style terrorism that hides its identity whilst using KGB style dirty tricks, the police, and courts to destroy people is worse. At least the Muslim terrorists are open about what they want to do!