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Jon Atack: Scientology’s early history is something most members don’t actually know

Jon_AtackJon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.

Jon, these previews you’re giving us, setting things up for the “Getting Clear” conference in Toronto, are really well put together. Once again, you’ve woven together several strands of Scientology history to make us think of things in a new light. Lay it on us…

JON: The history of any subject is vital to its understanding. Scientologists tend to have very little information about the development of their belief system and their understanding is consequently hampered. After my departure from the cult in 1983, I spent over a decade studying the history of Scientology. I read a mass of Scientology’s published materials and extracted historical references, collected thousands of pages of public record documents and gathered the accounts of about 150 people who had been involved with Hubbard from his childhood onward. This material was cross-referenced into a 400-page chronology, which was the basis for A Piece of Blue Sky.

The first stirring of Dianetics is found in Hubbard’s letters to his literary agent, Forrest Ackerman. On January 13, 1949, Hubbard wrote: “This has more selling and publicity angles than any book of which I have ever heard…” As to the benefits of his “science,” Hubbard said: “you can rape women without their knowing it, communicate suicide messages to your enemies as they sleep, sell the Arroyo Seco parkway to the mayor for cash, evolve the best way of protecting or destroying communism, and other handy house hold hints. If you go crazy, remember you were warned.”

Hubbard told various people in the late 40s that the best way to make a fortune was to start a religion. His many letters show no focus on the public good, merely how to acquire money and power for himself. I found no evidence that philanthropy was an aspect of Hubbard’s character.

In 1949, with the backing of Astounding Science Fiction editor John Campbell Jr., Hubbard settled in New Jersey with his second and (unknown to her) bigamous wife, Sara, to finish his research prior to the writing of Dianetics.

Sara was joined by two other assistants – Joseph Winter, MD, and Don Rogers – for the months leading up to the writing of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Dr Winter wrote two books about Hubbard and Dianetics (his Doctor’s Report on Dianetics is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the origins of the subject).

Don Rogers very kindly answered my questions in depth in a series of letters, in the 1980s. Unlike Winter, he was not disillusioned by Hubbard. He still believed in the “Tech,” more than 30 years later. Rogers had been on the board of every Hubbard foundation from the first, in 1950, through to the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International, in 1954. He left, because he felt that “black and white processing” had “cracked his case.”

Into the 1980s, D:MSMH was still printed with an appendix (the “Mind Schematic”) written by Rogers. By the time we corresponded, Rogers had lost his “wins,” but was still friendly towards Hubbard; he was also candid. He gave me the title of my book: Let’s sell these people A Piece of Blue Sky, which is what Hubbard said to him the moment before he opened the doors to the first Foundation.

The most startling piece of information Rogers gave to me was that until “Book One” was commissioned, all of Hubbard’s work used deep trance hypnosis. He told Rogers that this would be unpopular, so, without a single “research” session, he switched to the “reverie” (or “light trance”) method adapted from Freud, that is Book One Dianetics. Hubbard himself warned about the hypnotic nature of this method, in 1951, in Science of Survival: “A pre-clear after he closes his eyes will begin to flutter his eyelids. This a symptom of the very lightest level of hypnotic trance.” (Book II, p.227). This significant admission is lost on contemporary practitioners, who tend to ignore any evidence that the “Tech” is hypnotic.

Barbara Klowden (called “Barbara Kaye” in Russell Miller’s fine biography of Hubbard) gave several interviews and I have her diary entries from her time as Hubbard’s girlfriend (while he was still married to Sara). She became a psychologist after leaving Hubbard, and her diagnosis of him is consistent with those of Richard de Mille and Jim Dincalci, both of whom also qualified as psychologists after spending significant time at close quarters with Hubbard. Hubbard suffered from long bouts immobilised by morose depression, lack of self esteem and paranoia.

In 1951, after Sara filed for divorce – accusing her bigamous husband of torture – Hubbard kidnapped their baby daughter, Alexis, and fled to Cuba. He was accompanied by Richard de Mille, the adopted son and blood nephew of Cecil B de Mille, one of the pioneers of cinema.

De Mille fought his way through a mass of Hubbard dictation to create Science of Survival, How to Live Though an Executive and Notes on the Lectures (long ago, a collector played me one of the original dictation discs for SOS). Hubbard would never complete another book (so much for the inability of the Suppressive to complete a “cycle of action”!), relying briefly on Alphia Hart (Scientology 8.80) and then, for over 20 years, John Sanborn. Robert Vaughn Young had the arduous task of editing Hubbard’s rough drafts into the sprawl of Mission Earth. He told me that it was an awful job, in part because of Hubbard’s racist, chauvinist attitudes (one Native American character in a Hubbard story was called ‘Tight Pussy’).

De Mille became a professor of psychology, after leaving Hubbard, and was instrumental in exposing that sociopathic trickster Carlos Castaneda. After Blue Sky was first published, de Mille wrote to say that it was the best book on the subject, and that he especially agreed with my assessment that the only person with all the characteristics of a Suppressive Person was Hubbard himself.

Perry Chapdelaine was another early Dianeticist who worked with Hubbard. Chapdelaine still admired Hubbard and thought his ideas vital when we corresponded. He said that because he was a mathematician, Hubbard had requested his help formulating the “axioms” of Dianetics. Chapdelaine said they finished a bottle of Scotch in the process. Hubbard’s drinking was also mentioned by Klowden (a bottle of Scotch a day) and de Mille (a bottle of rum a day, in Cuba).

With Sara’s submission to his demands, after three desperate months away from her baby, and the financial support of oil man Don Purcell, Hubbard returned to the US. Purcell created the Wichita Foundation. His account agrees with many others: Hubbard spent money like water and avoided all of his many creditors (his Navy files contain desperate letters from various stores that were pursuing him, too).

Hubbard sold all of the rights to Dianetics and his original books to Purcell, because they both feared that the American Medical Association would extend the suit already brought by the New Jersey Medical Association for practising medicine without a licence. Wilhelm Reich was sent to prison for exactly this, so Purcell was attempting to protect Hubbard.

The suit failed to transpire. Dianetics went into bankruptcy, but a judge offered it wholesale to Purcell for a few hundred dollars. By which time Hubbard, in typical fashion, had fallen out with Purcell and, after acquiring the mailing list of the Wichita Foundation through his “business manager” (who had stolen it), sent out over 30 letters attacking Purcell.

On April 3, 1952, Hubbard wrote a missive from Phoenix, Arizona, headed “A Statement” in which he claimed the right to the term “Foundation” and said: “Where I am, even if I am accompanied by only a few, even if we are cut off and harassed by poverty as we now are, even though some man with power at his command threatens us all or harms Dianetics as Purcell is doing, THIS is the Foundation … I shall tolerate no monied montebank [sic] imposing on you to get your money for which in turn he has nothing to give you. Many of you are foolish and light-minded and prone to cry and moan over situations about which you have no data. Many more are so low in tone that they prefer swindlers and thieves, bogus articles and grief over and above progress and determination and honesty…’

Hubbard’s whinging was to no avail. With the loss of Dianetics, he had to create a subject out of whole cloth. He picked up the word Scientology – used variously before to describe pseudo-science and Aryan race theory – and generated a new subject, armed only with Aleister Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice and a couple of books on hypnosis (Twenty-Five Lessons and Hypnotism Comes of Age – he refers to all three books in the 1952 PDC lectures). Creative Processing – or hypnotic visualization – which is the core technique of the Philadelphia Doctorate Lectures, is a direct lift from Crowley (as is OT TR0 and much else – see my Possible Origins for Dianetics and Scientology).

We have the testimony of many early Dianeticists and Scientologists. Or at least, I do: some of this material has yet to see the light of day (and frankly, without assistance it may never see daylight, as I have no time to spare).

I corresponded with A.E. van Vogt for a while. He gave up his career as a leading science fiction author to practice Dianetics. He separated from Hubbard as soon as ‘past lives’ came along (in 1951). For van Vogt this was fantasy. He was still an ardent practitioner of Dianetics, 30 years later, and, sadly, really had not written any more fiction. He did, however, develop what he called the theory of the “right man” – a man who can never be wrong – based upon Hubbard’s narcissism.

Helen O’Brien was the head of the Hubbard Association of Scientologists in 1952-53. She was based in Philadelphia and so she arranged the “doctorate” course there. Ordinarily, a doctorate requires a graduate degree, a post graduate or master’s degree and two or three years of work on an original thesis – eight or nine years work, in all. For $500, Hubbard awarded a doctorate for just six weeks of listening to him talking in his usual rambling fashion.

There were only 38 people on that course, because Hubbard’s audience had shrunk that significantly. 150,000 copies of D:MSMH sold in 1950 (when the publisher, Art Ceppos, withdrew it, because he realized it was fraudulent) down to only 38 believers, in only two years.

O’Brien left a remarkable book in manuscript form. There is an abridged version in the Library of Congress. She gave me the full text, and I wept while reading it. Her partner, John Neugebauer (“Noyga”) was promised relief from his depression, but ended up taking his own life (one of many Scientology suicides). The goldfish bowl placed prominently to receive the eyeglasses that Hubbard promised PCs would no longer be needing remained empty throughout Hubbard’s stay. It is perhaps worth pointing out that Hubbard never stayed in one place for very long, which, according to his own teachings, indicates that he had to leave because of his overts or crimes. This is consistent with the historical record.

O’Brien also had Hubbard letters, including the famous 10 April 1953 missive, where Hubbard asked her opinion of the “religion angle” and said how much more money they could be making if they went in that direction (“I await your reaction on the religion angle. In my opinion, we couldn’t get worse public opinion than we have had or have less customers with what we’ve got to sell.”)

Hubbard secretly registered his Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey in December 1953, though he would claim that the first “church” was not his idea and had been registered by Burton Farber in California. That registration was actually made in February 1954, with Hubbard as the principal beneficiary of the “Church of Scientology of California.”

Despite Hubbard’s spiteful attacks upon him, Don Purcell donated all of the rights to Dianetics back to Hubbard in 1955. This decision is explained in The Aberree, a magazine for “independents” and ex members, run by former publications chief, Alphia Hart, and a vital source of information about the early years of Scientology.

The Aberree ran for years and contains articles by many early figures in the movement. It is noticeable that every few years the top layer of Dianetics and Scientology departed, often attempting to export the techniques.

There have been over two hundred splinter groups. Rather like in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the departing luminaries have been dropped down the “memory hole.” For instance, Paul Twitchell, trusted contributor to Hubbard “bulletins” created Eckankar; Harvey Jackins, one of Hubbard’s protégés, turned Dianetics into ‘Co-Counselling’; but there were many others – E-Therapy, Synergetics, Dianology and Amprinistics to name but a few.

It surprised me to realize that few of Hubbard’s chief supporters from the 1950s stayed with Scientology (I’ve commented on these pages that not one of the original 280 or so “Clears” claimed in D:MSMH ever made an appearance). Among the last to leave was probably George Hay, who invited Hubbard to make his first trip to England, back in 1951. As with most of the early Dianeticists, George showed no reverence for Hubbard. That would come after the creation of the Sea Org and the myth of the “Source,” when Hubbard dismissed the many contributions made by others (he had awarded “doctorates” for such contributions prior to the mid-60s, but this evidence has also been shoved down the memory hole).

These days, few Scientologists know that L. Ron Hubbard Jr was his father’s second in command for seven years, until he left, in 1959 (for want of money enough to support his family, he said). And surely not one Scientologists knows that the ‘Jr’ was simply removed from such issues as the “upper indoctrination training routines,” so that they were re-credited to his father. Nibs, as he was known, made many lurid allegations against his father. When I was in touch with him, I doubted every word he said, because the allegations seemed so far fetched; now, I’m not so sure. However, I used nothing that Nibs said without confirmation from another source.

I interviewed John Sanborn in LA, in the late 80s. He was head of the Scientology Publications Organization from 1954 to 1978. He told me that one day he saw how much money was being transferred into Hubbard’s private accounts and compared this to the pittance he had received in over 20 years working for “Tubby” as he called him. Sanborn was there when Hubbard dictated the “Brainwashing Manual,” which he falsely attributed to the USSR’s secret police chief, Lavrenti Beria (Beria’s authorship is impossible as the Manual mentions the “Church of Scientology” which was first registered after his death. Unless, of course, Hubbard was actually working for the Cheka and had advised Beria of his future intent…).

Sanborn told me that he had kept Hymn of Asia from publication for 20 years, because in the original it stated “I am Maitreya.” Sanborn changed the line to “Am I Maitreya?,” eventually putting the book into print in 1974. (As Maitreya will lead humanity into nirvana during his lifetime, we can answer the question “Am I Maitreya?” with a resounding “No, you aren’t!” The Book of the Great Decease, the Pali text which mentions Metteya or Maitreya does not confirm Hymn of Asia’s claims that the final Buddha would be red-headed, would be born in the West, or arise 2,500 years after the Shakyamuni Buddha).

The myth of L Ron Hubbard was created long after Scientology itself. There is a wealth of information that contradicts that myth. By the time A Piece of Blue Sky was published, in 1990, I had interviewed or read testimony by over 150 people who had known or worked closely with Hubbard. The accounts given by those around him are consistent. The only stories that conflict with those accounts are the stories told by Hubbard himself; and he frequently contradicted himself.

It is folly to put faith into a man who was a pathological liar, but it is a difficult task to put aside beliefs that you have lived by and accept that you have been gulled. Scientology is so invasive that most of us who have been subjected to it find it impossible to find any other perspective from which to objectively analyse the “Tech.” Believers become “interiorised” into Scientology. My aim has been to help them to “exteriorise” for long enough to reconsider their involvement.

When I left, I used Hubbard’s own “Data Series” to evaluate Scientology (and, yes, contrary to rumour, I took the Data Series Evaluator’s Course at Birmingham Org, in 1981). I found Scientology sorely lacking by its own Founder’s logic. I then applied the Data Series to the Data Series and the whole subject evaporated in a mist.

For me, the final proof of Hubbard’s intentions came when I collected his statements for Never Believe a Hypnotist. This is certainly no literary work, and I can only apologise for its rather ragged nature, but it contains irrefutable evidence, in Hubbard’s own words, that the Source of Scientology was an accomplished hypnotist (boasting over 20 years practice prior to Dianetics), and that he was exploiting hypnotic techniques in his work. Indeed, Dianetics and Scientology are forms of hypnotherapy, plain and simple. All forms of hypnotherapy have the risk of making fantasy seem real, and Scientology is no exception.

If there is any value in Scientology, it must be subjected to the same scientific scrutiny as other potential forms of healing. This has not been attempted since the failure of Hubbard’s only clinical trial – in Los Angeles, in 1950 (mentioned in Science of Survival and recorded in Dianetic Processing: A Brief Survey of Research Projects and Preliminary Results, published in January 1951, under the imprimatur of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundations). Hubbard admitted that the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation “undertook some tests with regard to the effectiveness of pain-drug-hypnosis and found it … appallingly destructive.” (Science of Survival, Book II, p.225). He failed to mention that this was done to prove the existence of engrams, and that none of the material implanted through “pain-drug-hypnosis” was recovered. Another piece of history lost to adherents of the cult in the rapid retreat from a “science of mental health” into a faith-based religion.

I will expand upon this sketch in Toronto at the end of the month, ably assisted by some leading figures from the Sea Org period. For details, go to the convention website.

 
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Miss Lovely back on tour!

We filled the backroom at Selena Rose restaurant in Manhattan with about 100 people last night, many of them old friends of Paul Noble and Paulette Cooper. Paulette was in great form, and we stayed after our remarks to enjoy some food and drink with numerous Bunkerites who had made the trek — two folks even came all the way from Texas!

We were too busy to snap any photographs. If you took some, please share them with us!

 
Cilantro1

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

Hey, girl. Together, we can postulate anything.

 
SciCC

 
Hey, girl. This barge could be our Love Boat.

 
SciTex

 
Hey, girl. Let’s learn how to learn old school, with cassette tapes.

 
SciRiverpark

 
Trance states for tiny immortal beings!

 
SciFoothills

 
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BOOK NOTES
3D-Unbreakable
We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together an index for The Unbreakable Miss Lovely and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

 
June 20: Chicago (with Christian Stolte) The Annoyance Theater, 5pm: This event is SOLD OUT.

June 22: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper) Toronto Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, 7:30 pm, sponsored by the Centre for Inquiry-Canada

June 23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper) The “Getting Clear” conference

June 28: Clearwater, Florida (with Paulette Cooper) Clearwater Public Library, 2 pm, sponsored by Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry (with Paulette Cooper)

July 14: Hartford, MARK TWAIN HOUSE (with Tom Tomorrow)

July 17: Denver, The Secular Hub, 7 pm (with Chris Shelton)

July 20: Dallas, Times Ten Cellar, 7 pm (with Robert Wilonsky)

July 22: Houston

July 24: San Antonio

July 25: Austin

July 29: Paris (with Jonny Jacobsen)

August 4: London (with John Sweeney)

August 24: Boston

September 16: Arizona State University

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on June 12, 2015 at 07:00

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  • Baby

    O/T For Bury

    Two Whales are swimming and see the FreeWinds ahead..

    The Male whale says.. ” OMG there is a ship with Workers on it! Let’s go to the Boat and Blow them off the deck with our Blow Holes..That will be funny..”

    So they both swam really close to the ship and blew the workers off the Boat..

    Now the Male whale says.. ” Oh that was so much fun.. Let’s have a party and Eat all of them!”

    The female whale said.. ” Wait just a minute Mr. .. I was OK with the Blow Job, but I said NOTHING about
    Swallowing SEAMAN.

    • Ella Raitch

      Baby delivers!

      • Baby

        Thanks Ella.. I heard that last night and had to make it fit for the Crappy Cult Boat

    • SP Wogsy

      *Standing O*

      • Baby

        *** Curtsies..** xo

        • Eclipse-girl

          Just to let you and others know, I would be falling on my face at a coursey

          • Baby

            Hahhaha.. Me too E

      • Saltarello

        Standing Oooooooooooooh?

    • Frodis73

      Rimshot! That was good!

      • Baby

        Rimshot.? bawwwwwwwwwwwhahahhahaha.. I am NOT touching that..

    • Eclipse-girl

      I knew I missed you 😉 (((HUGS)))

      • Baby

        I know it’s been awhile.. sigh ; / I’m getting my MoJo back..

        • Eclipse-girl

          I didn’t think it was lost.
          It was just being shared with a different time slot

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Is he the guy you were seeing on the side? I didn’t realize he got out of jail so soon!

          • Baby

            Hahhaha.. NO MOJO ain’t got any $.. That’s George Silly..

    • Jo

      You said a rude word, lol x

      • Baby

        FreeWinds? I’m sorry JoJo

        • Simi Valley

          Actually, “seaman” is a word used in the SO. Everyone joins the SO with the rank of “Swamper” and when they move up a notch, it’s to “Able Bodied Seaman.”

          • Sibs

            (smiiiiiiiiiirk)

            But you know $cientology takes itself so seriously that they wouldn’t get that.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Abs, for short?

            • Simi Valley

              Yes, ABS.

          • Baby

            Oh great..That works perfectly than.. xo to Simi

    • vicariousthrill

      Oh, baby, you can really deliver some laughs!

      • Baby

        Oh Vic.. Yep I’m a laugh a minute around my house..hahhahaha Thanks honey!

  • worstcultever

    Hey, girl. Let’s learn how to learn old school, with cassette tapes.

    – possibly my favorite Tony Ortega keyboard utterance EVER

    • Frodis73

      I agree! I liked all the ‘hey girl’ c’mons but that was the best.

    • Simi Valley

      That’s a good one; my personal fave is from two days ago when Tony directed this comment to the staff member chick who wanted to marry the guy and they had a gofundme page … “(PRIVATE MESSAGE TO LYANNA: Girl, you sure he’s straight?)”

    • beauty for ashes

      It reminded me of listening to R. Kelly. 😉

  • Saltarello

    I think the Love Boat guy is pointing with the wrong finger. Also what’s that on the prow? That little speck? Is it a child? No, actually it looks like it might be a small man. He’s saying something about being the king of the world. Hard to hear over the sound of all that weeping.

  • Sibs

    Off Topic:

    Ugh ugh ugh ugh UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH! This lady who is like a second mom to me got hit by IRS scammers over the phone. Pisses me off! The way they were threatening her and saying, “Hey, we’re the IRS, give us the equivalent of $10,000 plus an entire year’s tuition at the University of Southern California in cash or prepaid cards or else we’ll sue you and send the police to arrest you right now!” Making her feel really miserable! She didn’t give them any money, thank god (one of her kids realized what was going on and stepped in), but she’s still upset that she panicked and got duped.

    I told her about 26 to try to make her feel better (just got back from dinner with her), and like… I dunno, one common thread in both cases was seeing something just a little bit off but being afraid to say anything because you have just enough doubt that you’re wrong. She said there were little things that seemed off to her but she didn’t want to say anything just in case she was wrong and the police really were coming to get her. I think that’s why no matter how much you learn about these things, even the best of us can fall for a scam. Like $cientology (I guess that takes us back on topic).

    • Frodis73

      Yikes! I’m so glad they didn’t get any cash out of her. Those folks are very persistent and just don’t take no for an answer. They would be great regs for sci tho.
      You said you told her about “26” to make her feel better…what is that? Oh, wait. Maybe you are talking about the thing that happened here. If not, what is the story on 26…is this a scam I should know about?

      • Sibs

        “26” is code for that thing that happened here that you’re probably thinking of (so named for the date it happened on)

        • Frodis73

          TY. I hadn’t heard it referred to as that and it occured to me as I was asking that that was what you were talking about.
          Again, so glad your friend didn’t get ripped off. They are amazingly good at what they do.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            What happened was it the pregnant lonely mum w/ health problems whose Sea Org..I forgot, what was it?

      • Just some mentally ill catfish from ancient history . She hurt our feelings but not our spirit. No big deal.

        • Frodis73

          I was only reading comments off and on then, so I know the gist of the story. You guys are awesome on so many levels…and strong in spirit that is for sure!

          • Sibs

            Trying to remember how far back that was just made me realize that I’m almost up to my two year Bunkerversary! Yikes time flies!

            • Saltarello

              Let’s see…. The traditional gift for two years is cotton, the modern gift is china. Maybe some nice Bunkers undies from Cafe Press or … I don’t know. No ideas for the china option.

          • MaxSpaceman

            She really shocked a lot of commenters. There was a huge outpouring of affection and help. Which 26 simply shattered.

            It was a hard to fathom for many, many people. Thank Meepthorpe that that is buried, past, gone.

            • Saltarello

              Is it OK to ask how the deception was discovered?

            • Jimmy3

              stilgrace2 went back and did the math based on her comments. She was pregnant for way too long. Plus she had posted some comments that were rather… shady.

            • Saltarello

              thanks

            • MaxSpaceman

              This is the culminating post from the Holidays of 2013 when the 26 debacle happened. People sent money and gifts, an outpouring of love and affection. Reading the comments of this post – and going back thru Dec. back into Nov., back before Thanksgiving, there is the record of all that went down. It’s amazing.

              http://tonyortega.org/2013/12/26/scientologys-2013-in-review-madness-set-in-as-spring-arrived/

              Here’s the notice which blew everyone away:

              “Our very own ‘Catfish’

              We have spoken with ‘Monkeyknickers’ and her father. We are convinced that our readers have been “catfished” by a woman who needs some serious help.

              We have amassed a large amount of information about the woman who spun various tales in our comments section — tales that we now believe to be completely untrue. For her sake we’re not going to go into more detail at this time.

              Like other fabricators, she continues to insist that she’s telling the truth even in the face of overwhelming evidence which says otherwise. If she shows up and continues to spin tales, we will address them at that point. For now, we would prefer that she simply go away.

            • Saltarello

              Whoa, what a tangled Web. Thanks for all the info.

        • TheMirrorThetan

          The Jokes on her, anyway.
          She is the one who threw away the support and friendship of the great people here for nothing but cheap shits and giggles. So it’s her fucken loss.

      • beauty for ashes

        I’ve gathered that 26 is a sore spot, kind of like when your mom asks you about your ex boyfriend is doing, and you’re like Mom that guy was an asshole why did you have to bring that up? 🙂 Nuf said.

        • Eclipse-girl

          y’know –
          I kind of feel sorry for the boy who broke up with my daughter. I did not think he was good enough for her. He didn’t break her – good going e- daughter
          He never had it so good

        • Jimmy3

          She is like the Sauron of the Bunker. She must not be named. That’s why people say 26.

          • Sibs

            Uh, Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy, you’re thinking of Voldemort. That’s the He Who Must Not Be Named!

            • Jimmy3

              LotR > Harry Potter.
              It’s not even close, really. They shouldn’t even be on the same bookshelf.

            • Sibs

              I dunno, I liked the LotR movies but the actual books had some bloat issues (kinda like the later Song of Fire and Ice books). I will still defend the Harry Potter books but I haven’t gotten over my upset over the way they handled the last movie… like I still haven’t gotten over my upset over the handling of The Hobbit in movie form. This is the part where my cousin gives me that look of, “SIBS, DON’T EVEN GET STARTED OR ELSE YOU WON’T SHUT UP FOR THE NEXT HOUR, YOU’RE EMBARRASSING ME IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS!”

              Also, in my apartment they are on the same bookshelf. At least, they would be if I had my bookshelf in my apartment (it’s still at the last place I lived). Because “R” for Rowling is near “T” for Tolkien.

            • Jimmy3

              Up vote only for your organizational skills.

            • stillgrace2

              You definitely get an upvote from me, Sibs!!! Ha Ha, I relate!

          • beauty for ashes

            Didn’t Sauron (the actor guy) die this week? 🙁

            • Sibs

              You’re thinking of Saruman. Christopher Lee died and it’s so depressing. But my favorite anecdote to come out of the whole thing has to be the one about him teaching Peter Jackson about the sound a person makes when he is stabbed in the back.

            • Jimmy3

              Did you see this? He was seriously the most interesting person who ever lived.
              http://io9.com/22-incredible-facts-about-the-life-and-career-of-sir-ch-1710917366

            • Sibs

              Yes! My gosh, he was so awesome! No wonder he could talk everybody’s ears off, he had the most interesting stories to tell.

            • Frodis73

              Wow! I knew of a few of these things, but holy smokes…this guy saw, did, and met everybody. What an amazing person.

            • Jimmy3

              Christopher Lee was Saruman. Sauron in the movie is depicted as a giant eye on top of a tower.

            • Eclipse-girl

              saruman (? sp) – christopher lee)

    • Hard lesson that one — but we have come so far since then and we party almost everyday *hug*
      http://i.imgur.com/fLyRQ3N.gif
      P.S. This thing is called catbug. How perfect for the bunker bugs is that?

    • Sibs

      Thanks for cheering me up, guys. I gotta go to bed now so I can hopefully get some sleep for once and wake up in the morning when I’m supposed to. G’night!

  • Cosmo Pidgeon

    Jon, excellent article. I hope the conference is transcribed as well as video taped for those of us that prefer to read and ponder. Thanks so much for your hard work and research.

    • Mockingbird

      Excellent idea.

  • flyonthewall

    Here’s a link to a free copy of “25 Lessons in Hypnotism” Atak mentioned in the article. Pretty freaky stuff – http://www.woodlibrarymuseum.org/rarebooks/item/294/young-m.-25-lessons-in-hypnotism-:-how-to-become-an-expert-operator,-1899.

  • Mockingbird

    Chris Shelton has a new video up Bunkeroos !

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=em-subs_digest&v=A_bk8hKG1U8

  • flyonthewall

    and where the hell is Pan? How much vacation does one Bunker poet need? Pan if u r still out there give us a sign or I will have to assume the Golem got you

    • SP Wogsy

      She is out till end of July.

      • flyonthewall

        Pan is a she? r u sure?

        • SP Wogsy

          Not anymore. Now you have me doubting myself. I say Pan is a she.

          • flyonthewall

            Well that wasn’t hard. R u sure you’re human?

            • SP Wogsy

              Hmmm… let me get back to you on that.

            • flyonthewall

              ok while u think about that I’m going to go lie in wait for an unsuspecting passerby, preferably a drunk or a jogger

            • SP Wogsy

              Are you sure you wanna wait? It’s going to be a long time. I have long black hair, pointy ears and a high pitched voice. My parents told me I was human, but I dont know.

  • Supper Powers

    I watched Chris Shelton’s newest video on critical thinking. It makes me so happy to say out loud, I don’t know! I don’t know. I’m not arrogant enough to believe I know. I won’t be duped, but I also am not arrogant enough to pretend I know the big answers to the big questions. Thanks, Chris.

  • Juicer77

    O/t but I hope everyone at the NYC book event got a bookmark. I sent the 2 bags around but not sure if they got to everyone and then I lost track. Just some party favors I made 🙂

    • thetastic

      Damn! I missed that! Stupid slow cab!

      • Juicer77

        If you are still in NYC maybe see if any leftovers ended up in the lost and found at the restaurant? If so just take them all and share them 🙂

    • vicariousthrill

      I love mine, thank your so much for that. Needless to say, I will think of you when I use it.

  • Emily

    Hello all, I have three tickets for Tony’s sold-out book event in Chicago, but it turns out I’m not able to go (bummer!). Would anyone like the tickets? It’s at the Annoyance Theatre on Saturday, June 20 at 5 pm. The tickets – which were free – are printable PDFs, so I can easily email them to anyone who wants them.

    • Frodis73

      Make sure you re-post this a couple times over the next day or so…I am pretty sure somebody was looking, but I don’t remember who it was. Your post could easily get over looked.

      • Emily

        Thanks! Will do.

    • Juicer77

      Sorry you can’t go (triple bummer) but that’s very kind to offer them to someone else.

    • Supper Powers

      Let’s do it!

      • Saltarello

        How far can you get on $37?

        • Supper Powers

          Nice. That’s a prized story. Townes is a legend.

          • Supper Powers

            (Not at all close to Townes material, but your story has a hint of the song Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice to it.) ETA Salt, that comment is for you, obviously. And obviously I am bad at message board conversion. Although I do talk to myself IRL, too.

            • Saltarello

              I’ll have to go look that up.

            • Supper Powers

              If you do look up the story behind the song, I mean to compare the two in a non creepy way.

            • Saltarello

              Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind! 😉

          • Saltarello
            • Supper Powers

              Justin is doing good. Love to hear that lineage.

            • Saltarello

              He, and his dad, and TVZ, (have) had it rough. What is it about these artsy types?

            • Supper Powers

              But they transcended it, forgive the pun, and wow, that makes them so important in telling the American story. Steve is a great song writing teacher.

            • Supper Powers

              Thanks. Revisited the circuitous musical path through Greg Brown, Iris and Gillian after this. It’s good to have this music playing when Red Xing and otherwise trying to throw a few sticks in the Scientology wheel.

          • Saltarello

            I remember dancing with her to Blondie and B52s when she was a toddler. I like to think this played a key role in her later success as a professional jazz and bluegrass musician.

            • Supper Powers

              Indeed! It all matters.

  • Frodis73

    Very OT, but I just now heard the story about the woman that has been lying about being black for the past 10 years or so. Wow. I can see how the racists are going to twist this into all kinds of horrors, but what an odd thing. I’m sure there is more to this story (has distanced herself from parents) and I’m eager to hear more about it.

    • Jimmy3

      I call her Noskcaj Leahcim.

      • Frodis73

        Oh Jimmy…I knew you’d make me giggle.

        • Jimmy3

          I don’t know if I can Costanza Out on a giggle, but I’m going to. Goodnight!

    • MostEthicalPimp

      It is fascinating. She could always get a DNA test and prove her genetic ethnicity at https://www.23andme.com/. Which I heard about just yesterday. Here is a task guess which one of this two is 1.3% sub-saharan africa
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdw4ozDD2XU&feature=youtu.be&t=4m37s

      • Frodis73

        I love these DNA tests and hope they are done to everybody at birth eventually. What a way to end racism. I loved when some head guy in the KKK found out he was like 13% black. HA, HA! Racism is just dumb.

  • Alex De Valera

    What an excellent essay on the genesis of Scientology end the failed Commodore of Teegeak. Scientology and its master are very dark and very oppressive. Tyrants and dictatorships are also oppressive but they don’t appear as tax a exempt religion which conquers your mind through deception and makes you a happy slave. The cunning, stealth, delusion and deception of the Scientology soul grinder are unparalleled.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      “The cunning, stealth, delusion and deception of the Scientology soul grinder are unparalleled.”

      So well said. $cientology is a cut below the rest.

  • Another excellent piece from Jon Atack! If only the clams would read it 🙂

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Maybe you could be a guest star on their new TV channel and read it to them, Pete!

      • Saltarello

        They’d just go into their la-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you mode.

  • Baby

    Going to bed..

    Shout OUT to Subgenius.. My friend. If you are lurking ..please know that I miss you terribly ..Love baby
    ( I’m worried about you)

    • MaxSpaceman

      E-mail Tony- he might know what’s up with 1sub.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X ***Saturday, 13 June 2015

    Good day Bunkerites,

    Yesterday’s score and RedX links: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2539810

    F5… Big Ben enhanced by Bob Kåre for RedX, and flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/15778968643/in/set-72157642802079293

  • chukicita

    It’s days later and “Hey, girl….” still makes me laugh out loud.