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Leah Remini and Paulette Cooper? Scientology can start worrying now

Leah_Remini_Paulette_CooperWe have some more scenes for you from our book tour in California. Previously, we posted a photograph of your proprietor with the lovely Leah Remini. The King of Queens actress had come by a party hosted by Spanky Taylor in order to pick up a copy of our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

Leah also posed with Paulette Cooper, the subject of our book, and her husband Paul Noble. We sure love that photograph.

Also, from Sunday morning, video of our talk at the Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Blvd. We’re introduced by CFI-West director James Underdown, and we got great questions from a capacity crowd…

 

 
And from yesterday, we had another great crowd, this time in El Cajon, near San Diego. Our thanks to the San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry for putting together an appearance for us with little advance notice. And how’s this for a twist: Bent Corydon, author of the 1987 book, L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? showed up and we asked him to introduce us — he did a terrific job!

 
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Many of the people who showed up were readers of this website, and it’s always fun to put a face to an avatar!

 
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Scientology gets the Double Dutch in the Netherlands

Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear aired in Sweden and the Netherlands in the last few days, and we’ve been receiving messages about what a big impact it’s had in those countries. And also, the Netherlands got a double helping of Scientology exposure, which we’ll allow a tipster to describe…

On the 19th of May there was finally Going Clear on national television. But yesterday there was something more locally done. A dutch television program called RAMBAM took a reporter in the Scientology church of Amsterdam. One undercover reporter starts with the Oxford Capacity test and does some basic auditing (nothing special, to be honest) all filmed with cameras. When she does a weekend auditing of a total of 90 euros (approx. $100) she gets audited by an 11 year old boy.

To find out more about Applied Scholastics schools, the reporter went to the only private school we have in the Netherlands with this kind of schooling. Luckily, only eight students are there so it is not that big as in the US. There were only some things that surprised me but I think you already know everything. For The Netherlands it is good that there is some more information about this church. If you want to look at it this is the link (sadly only Dutch).

 
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Scientology in the New York Times

Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton and crusader David Love made the New York Times, and now we wait to see if either of them will take a phone call from us ever again now that they’ve made the big time!

This is a great piece about the controversy in Trout Run, and it’s really wonderful to see the Times taking seriously the notion that Narconon delivers Scientology, not drug counseling. A corner may finally have been reached!

 
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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…

 
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 21, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

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

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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