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Scientology’s wealthy donors play royalty in Italy while Paulette Cooper takes San Diego

Grant_Cardone_DavidBunkerites, your proprietor on Tuesday had another full day in California on the book tour, and we took care of some private meetings. Tonight, we’ll be in San Diego and hoping for a fun event.

In the meantime, one of our great tipsters put together some images from an International Association of Scientologists special meeting in Florence, Italy that involved some of Scientology’s biggest “whales.” These are the wealthy folks who are keeping Scientology alive with their donations, and you can see that they have some great perspective on what their money gets them. Yes, that’s Grant Cardone above, hanging out with Michelangelo’s David at a special dinner.

Here’s his caption: “Yes that is Michael Angelo’s David and I’m having a private dinner at his feet on the 500th anniversary of his unveiling.”

David was reportedly finished in 1505, but maybe they tell all the rich dupes who dine at his feet that they’re experiencing the anniversary of his completion. Who knows.

Anyway, backing up a bit, we’ll start off with a video from Tom Cummins, who you will remember from our recent story about Scientology whales. Tom kicks off the trip with a look at Lufthansa first class, complete with a “poverty sucks.” (And with all that money, dude can’t figure out to turn his phone sideways.)

 

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And here’s Tom, left, after landing in Florence…

 
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Carol Kingsley was also on her way…

 
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Some of the billionaire Duggan clan were also on hand, including David, whose appreciation for his own lifestyle has caught our eye in the past. This time, he remarked, “1400 A.D. sounds fun but I prefer Netflix.”

 
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A welcome dinner looked lavish…

 
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What would an asshat convention be without Grant and Elena Cardone?

 
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Check out this two-fer: Elena Cardone and Bob and Trish Duggan all getting the royal treatment!

 
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Can it get much more theta than this? Grant, Elena, and Bob in one shot?

 
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Nancy Cartwright does a Cardone sandwich!

 
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And on the way home, David Duggan did not disappoint. His caption: “Only 1 benefit of not flying private: you get to watch everyone walk past from first class.”

 
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BOOK NOTES

 
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We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, so we’re posting them at the Underground Bunker. We’ve created a dedicated page for them, and we hope you go through them all, then come back here and tell us your thoughts!

Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly. Isn’t technology cool.

 
Our appearances…

 
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[Photo by Robert Bernstein]

 
May 20, San Diego: Kennedy Community Center, El Cajon, 7 pm, sponsored by the San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry (with Paulette Cooper) Hey, San Diego readers, help us get the word out on this late addition to our tour!

May 22: San Francisco (with Jamie DeWolf and Paulette Cooper) THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Aye, Chihuahua.

June 11: New York City (with Paulette Cooper) We’re keeping the venue on the down-low at this point. If you’re interested in coming to this unique event — Paulette in New York talking about Scientology where her story began — drop us a line so we get an idea how many are coming.

June 20: Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, 5pm (with Christian Stolte) This event is free, but reserve your tickets now!

June 22 and 23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper)

June 27/28: Florida (with Paulette Cooper)

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 19, 2015 at 07:00

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