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Scientology’s slush fund: Jeffrey Augustine takes apart the fictions of the IAS

IASWe’re privileged again to have another contribution from Jeffrey Augustine, who continues his deep dive into the underlying legal structures of the Church of Scientology. Today he looks at the fundraising arm of the movement, the IAS, that takes in so much money for the use of David Miscavige. How, exactly, does the IAS work?

 
Nothing is ever as it seems in the Church of Scientology. In this installment, we go deeper in deconstructing the Church’s labyrinthine legal system. As previously discussed, the “Church of Scientology” is simply a term of convenience used to refer to all of the legally separate churches in the Scientology franchise system.

As a term of convenience, the “Church of Scientology” can have no members. As we also covered, David Miscavige and his lawyers secretly told the IRS, “there is no such organization as the Sea Organization.” The term “Sea Org” is merely a phrase referring to Church staff members who have signed a pledge to serve Scientology for one billion years.

Because the “Church of Scientology” can have no members and the Sea Org does not legally exist, how do Scientologists fit into the picture? The startling answer is that Scientologists do not actually belong to any kind of Church whatsoever. Scientologists – public and staff alike – must join an unincorporated membership association where they have no voice and no vote in Church affairs. This association is called the International Association of Scientologists or “IAS.”

During their secret negotiations in 1992, the IRS asked David Miscavige and his lawyers the following question concerning the IAS:

 
IAS1

 
Miscavige and his attorneys replied:

 
IAS2

 
The IAS is not, and has never been a church. The IAS is an unincorporated non-profit membership association. Founded at Saint Hill in 1984, the IAS putatively exists, “To unite, advance, support and protect the Scientology religion and Scientologists in all parts of the world, so as to achieve the aims of Scientology as originated by L. Ron Hubbard.”

The legal form of the IAS can be viewed as yet another attempt by the Church to break itself into as many legally separate parts as possible:

 
IAS3

 
The IAS is not a church; it is an unincorporated membership organization. Per its charter, the IAS functions autonomously from the so-called “Mother Church” i.e. the Church of Scientology International (CSI). This separation and autonomy supports my earlier statement that IAS members can have no voice and no vote in the Church of Scientology.

The Church of Scientology International claims to have “parishioners” but it actually cannot have parishioners as it is an administrative church only and does not deliver auditing or any other services. Moreover, CSI abandoned and relinquished any claims to parishioners by referring Scientologists to the IAS as the official membership organization for the Church of Scientology. CSI can have staff members – and yet even these staff members are, in the final analysis, nothing more than IAS members who have pledged themselves for a billion years to a legally nonexistent entity called the Sea Org.

To say that one is a Scientologist because they are “on course” or are “getting auditing” is a statement that must be looked at in tangled legalese of the Church. The IAS membership magazine declares in its fine print in each edition:

 
IAS4

 
Now we are approaching what actually goes on in the Church, for we learn that the term “Scientologist” is a collective membership mark.

What is a collective membership mark? The definition from TMEP, a section of the US Patent Office informs us:

“A collective membership mark is a mark adopted for the purpose of indicating membership in an organized collective group, such as a union, an association, or other organization. Neither the collective nor its members uses the collective membership mark to identify and distinguish goods or services; rather, the sole function of such a mark is to indicate that the person displaying the mark is a member of the organized collective group.”

What is the “organized collective group” of Scientologists? It can only be the IAS because the IAS is the official membership organization of the Church of Scientology. And yet, the IAS is legally autonomous and separate from all of the churches in the Scientology ecclesiastical hierarchy of churches.

The autonomy of the IAS is evidenced by the fact it has an operating arm and a trust that are also not a part of the Scientology ecclesiastical hierarchy of churches:

· The International Association of Scientologists Administrations is the operating arm of the IAS. Once based in Curaçao, and called the Foundation International Membership Services Administrations, the name changed to the IASA in 2007. At this time, IASA also domesticated and became a Delaware corporation. See the 2007 Florida corporate filing.

· The US IAS Members Trust is the bank account for the IAS. The US IAS MT is located in Los Angeles, California and has extensive operations at Flag Land Base. Many former Scientologists allege that the US IAS MT is David Miscavige’s unrestricted slush fund. More on that later.

Based upon the foregoing, we are able to describe, at least in generalized terms, the legal context of, for example, what actually happens when a Scientologist receives OT-level auditing at Flag. Please keep in mind this description is simplified; I invite our resident experts to add details in the comments section:

1. The Scientologist long ago signed the legally binding contracts with various churches in the CSI-licenses churches. Each service, or level, requires signing contracts.

2. The Scientologist is an IAS member and has donated for statuses. Such status donations are a prerequisite of being “invited” onto the OT levels. The OT levels are, as the Church makes clear, by invitation only. Only upstats are allowed.

3. All donations to the IAS are legally nonrefundable. The Scientologist signs a contract agreeing that their donations are nonrefundable and that all disputes are subject to binding arbitration within the Church.

4. The Scientologist is in good standing with CSI.

5. When routing into Flag, the Scientologist receives a routing form. He or she must see each person on the routing form. Some of these people to be seen are regges, or Scientology salespeople, looking for a donation.

6. The Scientologist has already paid money in advance to begin the OT level.

7. The Scientologist has signed a bond to never disclose the contents of the OT levels. The bond calls for damages of $100,000 per disclosure. Damages are uncapped and unlimited.

8. A Sea Org member arrives to deliver the OT auditing session.

9. The auditing session is recorded by Flag. The video file is owned by the Church forever.

10. The session folders — “confessional folders” — are owned by CSI in perpetuity. The Scientologist may never see them.

11. At the end of session, the Scientologist is sent to the examiner.

12. At the end of the level, the Scientologist is sent to the Registrar to pay for the next OT level or technical action.

13. While at Flag, the Scientologist may be accosted by numerous regges. This is why many public Scientologists at Flag tend to hide in their rooms when not in session.

14. A Scientologist does not simply leave Flag. One must get permission to leave. One leaves Flag by doing another routing form.

Based upon the steps enumerated above, one can begin to see the legally-dense thicket of the Church Scientology.

Circling back around, to the notion of the IAS as David Miscavige’s unrestricted slush fund, we note that the “autonomous” nature of the IAS should raise red flags, particularly when we consider that David Miscavige and his lawyers, in this same 1992 submission to the IRS, made a big deal about the evil and autonomous Guardian’s Office (GO):

 
IAS5

 
Miscavige claimed to the IRS that the autonomy of the GO kept the Church from knowing anything:

 
IAS6

 
Despite David Miscavige’s protestations of GO autonomy to the IRS, he very deliberately helped to create the IAS as an autonomous organization that functions separately from CSI and the rest of the Church hierarchy.

To say that the IAS has its own Board of Directors is a meaningless statement since the Directors are public Scientologists beholden to Scientology ecclesiastical leader David Miscavige.

Tellingly, the invisible hand of the Sea Org is at work, for the operating arm of the IAS – the IASA – is conveniently staffed by Sea Org members. And as David Miscavige controls the Sea Org he therefore controls the IAS, the IASA, and the big fat piggy bank known as the US IAS Members Trust.

One naturally wonders if the IASA will eventually be found to contain rogue elements who acted, and quite autonomously so, to harm the Church of Scientology.

— Jeffrey Augustine

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6585391/2015/06/17/look-inside-l-ron-hubbards-johannesburg-mansion-where-scientologys-e

 
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HubbardSAHubbard in South Africa

Here’s what happens when the Church of Scientology tries to get a little happy publicity but runs into a real reporter. Erin Conway-Smith’s article in the Global Post today about L. Ron Hubbard’s six month stay in South Africa in 1960-61 is a classic piece of journalism. Dutifully noting that Scientology has restored Hubbard’s home and opened it as a museum, the reporter initially goes along with Scientology’s nonsense that Hubbard went to South Africa to promote democracy and challenge the apartheid regime. But then Hubbard’s actual writings of the time are cited, showing that the old race baiter was the last person qualified to help the country with its problems. More importantly, it was in this period that Hubbard devised the notorious “Joburg Sec Check,” a brutal interrogation that Scientologists to this day have to endure during “Grade II” of their trip up the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” Give this story some of your affection, Bunkerites.

 
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Scientology starting to freak out about Miss Lovely

We heard from a source inside the church that what is freaking out the brass in RTC is our book tour. They can’t believe we’re traveling to so many places to meet Bunkerites and share in the excitement of the publication of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely. We’re told that Scientologists are being briefed that some evil unknown billionaire must be sending us around to spread entheta. Isn’t that precious? Actually, it’s your donations and our frugal way of traveling that’s keeping us globetrotting, and we want to keep it up. Please help us scare the crap out of David Miscavige!

 
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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 a complete index 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, Drummond Hall, 2 pm 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, Fox and Hound, sponsored by Humanists of Houston

July 24: San Antonio

July 25: Austin

July 29: Paris (with Jonny Jacobsen)

August 4: London, Conway Hall (with John Sweeney)

August 24: Boston, Boston Skeptics in the Pub, 7 pm

September 16: Arizona State University

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on June 18, 2015 at 07:00

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SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

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  • Mockingbird

    If only a slush fund was a fund for being slushies ! Scientology would be so much more ethical !

    Seriously, after a while Ron Hubbard and David “fucking psychopath” Miscavige come off like wannabe comic book villains. But without any super powers and certainly without super intelligence .They are like evil geniuses without the genius part .

    Hubbard revealed himself as wanting to be the game maker , the slave master , the man who could have any woman with no consequences in his tapes on games and affirmations .

    In the Mission Earth series he is shown in every aspect. He pretended to be Jettero Heller and a perfect , brave hero but in truth he was Soltan Gris .A despicable criminal , liar , conman and abuser .

    He knew deep down his pretense of superiority was all a put on and desperately hid it .

    Miscavige is not very different , he is the business man villain who uses laws and deals to control and fool and bully.

  • Science Doc

    We who comment here need a term of convenience and a collective membership Mark for our unincorporated membership organization. I’ll post the routing number and account number for the slush fund a little later.

    • Eclipse-girl

      I want a pin that we can wear.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      F5 😀

      • Science Doc

        Yep. And remember, inurement is a misunderstood word.

        • Mockingbird

          As long as you read the ethics book – Ron Hubbard literally wrote ( plagiarized) the book on ethics .

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      Our collective membership photoshopping Mark momentarily thinks he’s suddenly a rich man.

    • Sid

      Until you get that set up I’m sending you cash.

      • Science Doc

        Shall we put you down for Patron with Honors?

        • Sid

          That would be so meritorious for you to do so.

        • Eileen

          I want to be Tyrannosaurus Meritorious, how much would that set me back?

          • Science Doc

            What you got?

    • EmmaDaoust
      • Mockingbird

        Archie has the same racial policies as Hubbard .I was at a party the other day and someone got the All In The Family Game from the seventies .When asked his GREATEST fear Archie answered ” to wake up black ” !

      • Eivol Ekdal

        Stifle yourself Emma!

    • Mockingbird

      As long as we buy slushies with the slush fund !

  • nottrue
    • Sid

      Two of the 10 songs are Scientology related. Next year let’s shoot for 5 out of 10.

      • ReallyMGM

        It is a banner year for them and barely half over.

    • Beth

      Super fun list – thanks nottrue. The #10 Scientology one was catchy – made me miss Warren Zevon.

    • ReallyMGM

      Thanks a bunch for that! Listened to them all, then clicked on the Tenacious D link on the side. and I miss Warren Zevon, too. (Can someone be a Warren Zevon AND a Tenacious D fan?)

      • ReallyMGM

        OT: I will never forget Warren Zevon’s last night on David Letterman. I cried my eyes out that night.

    • aquaclara

      Thanks for this gem on a rainy Thursday afternoon!

  • anoni81b4u

    Bob Duggan and David Miscavige take a photo together to celebrate $100,000 donation to the underground bunker!

  • EmmaDaoust

    Just by the by, coincident with the Toronto conference next week is Toronto’s Pride Week. David Furnish is this year’s Grand Marshall, joined by International Grand Marshalls Cyndi Lauper and Pussy Riot. Human Rights Conference on June 20, and Flag raising at City Hall on June 22. The Parade winds through the center of the city, down Yonge Street, right past the boarded up org undergoing ‘renovations’…

    • MissCandle

      wish I could be there for those exciting events

    • skiesareblue

      The Gay Parade will be on Sunday, the 28th. 2pm.

      http://www.pridetoronto.com/parades-marches/

      • Mockingbird

        Maybe Travolta can meet a guy at 3 am at a gym . Allegedly. Seriously , JT everybody knows . Leave the cult – we already know you are gay or bi . It doesn’t matter . Stop putting your head in the sand .

  • MostEthicalPimp

    I’m posting this and you are not to laugh.

    https://scontent-lax1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11407147_897422303658023_1832874481563113763_n.jpg?oh=7fc2f37a09926a8b031c0b5c7a604e02&oe=56289021

    https://scontent-lax1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10407116_896880993712154_7485453888972797381_n.jpg?oh=1a61b15ac95a227b400a46f2d2b6b3af&oe=56343A3D

    Ivory Tower meet Ivory Helmet.

    If you’re wondering how the staff could get away with goofing-off it’s because the ED was just at flag completing her SRD. I’m wondering if she will come back and try to put Ethics-In like they do at flag. I had a teacher that would always return from flag with this big ethics trip whenever she’d been to flag.

    • ze moo

      No matter how big your glasses are, you still can’t be Clear if you need them. No matter how wrapped up in your work you are, you can’t keep extraneous body thetans from attaching.

      This is humor???

    • Sid

      Ah, a moment of fun for a month of punishment. I hope it was worth it.

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      “We love our C/S’s sense of humor!”

      If my eternity and income for the next 50 years was at stake, that’s exactly the goofing-off with my case file I’d want to see.

    • Sherbet

      Those aren’t CI CS, are they? The Hollywood Boulevard kind?

      • Mockingbird

        Why are we ALWAYS on Hollywood Blvd ? The street should be packed with us by now ! Can someone CSW DM to assign some of us to West Hollywood or Vegas or anywhere else ? Please ?

        • Sherbet

          That’s a good question. I suggest you ask cob himself.

          • Mockingbird

            I don’t have the fucking rank : I must submit a fully completed CSW .

          • Vaquera

            Pardon me, sir, may I ask ……?

            • Mockingbird

              When will someone shoop all the CICS who SCOHB !?

    • ze moo

      That is one tiny flat screen.

      • MostEthicalPimp

        Ideal Size!

        • Rasha

          “The fonts are 47X GIGANTICER!!!”

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X ***Thursday, 18 June 2015

    Good Day Bunkerites,

    Yesterday’s with the full week score and RedX links: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-121#post-2541168

    F5… Fanart by CRS enhanced by DodoTheLaser for RedX, flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/15579043642/in/set-72157642802079293

    • Mockingbird

      Nice one , she did the wall of fire !

  • The “International Association of Scientologists”

    • Mockingbird

      The top shows the evil we have collectively uncovered through all investigations and efforts.The bottom is the vast majority DM has hidden .

    • Dave In Ajax

      such a great analogy

  • Sibs

    Friend: “Hey, Sibs, check out this article! I think you’d like it!”
    http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-1648-5-weird-realities-when-scientologists-run-your-school.html

    Me: “Uh… I sent it to you yesterday.”

    But way to go, Shanester! Over 570,000 views!

    • Juicer77

      That’s an amazing number of views!

    • aquaclara

      Over 677 comments, too! This is great. Is this Shanester’s? Good for him.

      • Sibs

        He was the one who posted the link yesterday, if I remember correctly.

        Edit: Yup, go to yesterday’s post and sort comments by “Best”. His is the one at the top.

        • aquaclara

          Thanks. I missed that one.

      • Juicer77

        Yes it is!

      • Vaquera

        Do you go by the name aquaclara because of your eyes? I meant to tell you the other night that you have such beautiful, clear eyes.

        • Missionary Kid

          I always assumed it was because it means clear water.

          • Vaquera

            As did I until I met her last week and saw her eyes.

            • Missionary Kid

              Lucky you. The more Bunker people you meet, the better. It’s obvious, then, that she doesn’t have that $cientology zombie look. She’s gone clear, the real way. 😀

    • TheMirrorThetan

      “Hubbard’s abominable Mission Earth books feature aggressively bizarre stereotypes like Miss Pinch and Miss Candy, two psychopathic lesbians who have sex with dogs, and Torpedo Fiaccola, a mobster hitman who psychiatrists have turned into a necrophiliac. ”
      Is that for real? Wow The more I learn the more effed up Hubbard was.

  • Of topic… Season 3 episode 20 of the TV series “Sherlock” features “The Church of Atomicism”, an organisation which intimidates and undertakes organised surveillance of its opponents. http://www.videoweed.es/file/4f409d740f274

    They don’t dominate the episode, but it’s interesting how recognisable Scientology clones are appearing more often in popular culture.

    • Juicer77

      This, and the South Africa article really shows that the curtain has truly been pulled back to expose the true workings of the $camatology show.

  • ReallyMGM

    I started to watch “Going Clear” again last night and the absolute stupidity of JT hit me. He says CoS is for a “World without war…” as he sits there in Army fatigues on set making a war movie. Hypocrisy much?

    • Dave In Ajax

      are we sure it was a movie set 😉

      • Mockingbird

        You look so relaxed in your avatar ! I have seen that before !

        • Dave In Ajax

          it very lax in hogans alley

          • Mockingbird

            Whatever you are doing – I need to start .

    • skiesareblue

      John Travolta is gone. He’s left the building. There’s nobody home.

  • nottrue
    • Dave In Ajax

      fuck, you don’t miss anything

    • skiesareblue

      Hey, Maybe she’s talking about Scientology. “Thousands of hours of repair…headaches because of my trust factor.. and me being an idiot.”

      • Juicer77

        Sounds like somebody close to her blew…

        • ReallyMGM

          Still blaming her ex?

        • Ella Raitch

          I was going to expound further then caught myself in time, realising that I was trying to make sense of something Kirstie says.

          After these four years of Scientology watching I have finally internalised the idea “It’s Scientology, it doesn’t have to make sense”

          • skiesareblue

            Kirstie is always speaking in riddles, and it drives me nuts. I think she does it because it incites conjecture and feeds a narcissistic need for attention.

            • Vaquera

              She thinks it makes her sound deep.

            • Ella Raitch

              Or it could be that she speaks like that because she’s incapable of communication

            • Mockingbird

              I think she does it because being deep in Hubbard’s delusions destroys your capacity for critical , independent , linear and coherent thought .

          • Robert Hammond

            In other words, “If it makes sense, it’s not Scientology.”

      • ReallyMGM

        Not clear anymore? After all those hours and $$ to go up the bridge. Damn girl…

      • Ella Raitch

        Surely that would be a declarable offense! Let’s hope Ms Alley is about to have her ass kicked.

    • Dave In Ajax

      has the OSA approached you yet to turn to the darkside for 10K a week

    • Mockingbird

      Someone should ask her what are her crimes ? If she is PTS per Scientology doctrine she has unhandled OWs ! Your rules not mine !

    • SP Wogsy

      Sounds like her auditor is in BIG trouble or she’s having doubts.

    • Dave In Ajax

      so scientology like, just subterfuge and no substance

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      The good news is the thousands of hours of repair helped her come to the right conclusion:

      she’s an idiot.

      • Rasha

        …apparently the hundreds of thousands of dollars didn’t…..

      • April Moonlight

        lol Hillie!

    • Chee Chalker

      That is a hilarious response! Interesting that she says “thousands of HOURS of repair”. Who thinks that way? I know! A Scientologist who gets ripped off by the hour.

    • Robert Hammond

      I would offer Kirstie this food for thought:

      “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”. ~ George Bernard Shaw

      • ElleGee

        GBS favorite: Youth is wasted on the young (or something like that). 😉

      • Sergeant Pepper

        Zing…

    • Ruby

      Kirstie…your trust factor definitely is a weakness.
      When you wake up and see how big a factor this is, with the cherch, then you will REALLY feel like an idiot. It’s ok tho…no more than many of us here. I hope you wake up soon.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Finally got a moment to absorb today’s Augustine dissection.

    So what you’re saying, Mr A, is “Scientology Does Not Exist”.

    Thank you, thank you very much. Exquisitely delightful Exhibits A to Z.

    • J. Swift

      THDNE, the Church of Scientology does not exist in the PR way it tells its members or the world. For all Scientology’s endless blathering on and on about “the group” there is no group in Scientology. Perhaps Scientologists have confused “a collective delusion awash in suffering” for an actual group.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Okay then. The Church of Collective Delusion and Saint Suffering. Has a nice ring to it.

        Come to think of it, Jeff, boiling this stew down to a rue, there’s not even such a thing as a group in scientology.

        • EmmaDaoust

          “The Tao that can be talked about is not The Tao.”

          May or may not contain…

    • Ben Franklin

      Scientology is just smokes and mirrors, on one side they want us to believe that it is not real except when it comes to money then everything is real

  • MaxSpaceman

    Super Power (SP) Success. Testimonial. Bob the billionaire Duggan

    “… [from now on] life will proceed to become more and more livable. This is true for several reasons, all of which are creations of LRH, but delivered by the Sea Org.

    “A big reason is because Super Power (extraordinary ability to be) has now been unleashed. It is rolling into our spiritual DNA. Thanks!” – Bob Duggan http://www.mikerindersblog.org/bob-duggans-sp-success-and-other-grandiose-claims/

    • Mockingbird

      I read that yesterday and Bob Duggan is…a troubled man if he truly believes these things . And he has BILLIONS to give the cult ! Very disturbing .He alone may keep Scientology bankrolled for decades !

      • Ben Franklin

        Duggan may as well just turn over all his property to Scientology because eventually they are going to own all of it anyway, either through Duggan or his children and relatives. The Duggan family fortune will gradually be transferred to Scientology bit by bit until it is completely gone.

        • Mockingbird

          Too bad he has multi billions to spend hepling DM commit crimes .A PR campaign to expose Duggan would be cost effective even if it cost ten million because it could cost DM billions .

        • MaxSpaceman

          No, no it won’t go down like that. Miscavige is no fool. Neither is Duggan.

          Don’t you think Miscavige has put $200 million cash (or some sum) into whatever Bob told him to? And don’t you think that that has tripled? or whatever? Dave’s Scilon bank accounts in the global finance centers are exploding in growth since the crash of 2008. They have to be. He could have bought millions of shares of Ford, for example, for $2 per share. He could have bought so many different things and made out like a bandit.

          You don’t eat your whales. You eat everybody else.

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    • Dave In Ajax

      ??

  • Missionary Kid

    Just a suggestion. Someone going to the TUML event in Chicago, bring some stick-on name tags and some marker pens. (At least one of mine always dries up). That way, people who want to identify themselves can. It makes meeting up easier.

    I wish I could be there. Christian Stolte with our proprietor should be a hoot. Paulette is sharp as a tack, and has a wry sense of humor, but Tony can do very well by himself.

  • Snake Plissken
    • A bird in the chimney

      These guys had so few songs (and even fewer hits) they opened *and* closed their live shows with this song.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw

      • Snake Plissken

        Now I’m gonna have this song in my head night long, I’m going to have to listen to some Dropkick Murphys and Jason & the Scorchers to balance it out

        • A bird in the chimney

          That song is a terrible and awesome weapon of earworm technology.

    • Sibs

      Oh nooooo, the numbers are falling! They’re going to crash into the oooooooooooorg…

  • Frodis73

    Hey guys, I was just watching High Fidelity for the umpteenth time and noticed that JT’s sister was in the movie. It got me thinking, did JT drag his whole family into the cult just like Tommy did? I haven’t really heard anything, that I can recall, about his family. I know there was a story a few months back about some cousin of Johns, but I guess that was just the cousin trying to grab some attention. Anybody know the story? JT has lots of siblings and they either are or were in the business at one time or another.

  • Village Voice moves article.

    Google and Twitter Slow To Take Down Slanderous Impersonation of a Scientology Critic October 5, 2009, Tony Ortega, Runnin’ Scared, Village Voice

    It was at: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/10/google_and_twit.php

    Now at: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/google-and-twitter-slow-to-take-down-slanderous-impersonation-of-a-scientology-critic-6714951

    If it’s just a site maintenance move, then it’s a minor problem for me. On the bright side, perhaps a certain pain-in-the-ass Wikipedia editor will stop removing VV articles on the main editorial page of the Village Voice just because they have “blogs” in the URL? (It’s been debated several times over the years, passed to the appropriate Wikipedia forums, and always found to be a Wikipedia:Reliable Source, and yet this editor seems to have a holy mission to wipe out those cites because blog.)

    • Tony Ortega

      I just noticed that the Voice has had a redesign to its website. I wonder if that also meant changing URLs. What a hassle.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Hey Tony. In your FAQ you need to update the opening paragraph. Your book is no longer coming out in May. It’s here!

        • Dave In Ajax

          ohhh slap slap 🙂

      • The pop-under ads for some gaming site make me cringe about how tight they must be running.

  • Dave In Ajax

    OT tune into The Daily Show tonight, it looks like a must see

  • Robert Hammond

    Totally O/T. I just shared this very cool music video with my screenwriting students. It was filmed entirely with 3 iPhones. The story reminds me of two Scientologists who decide not to disconnect from each other.

    Check it out here: http://mashable.com/2015/06/18/iphone-music-video-on-and-on/

  • madame duran

    We heard from a source inside the church that what is freaking out the brass in RTC is our book tour. They can’t believe we’re traveling to so many places to meet Bunkerites and share in the excitement of the publication of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.
    We’re told that Scientologists are being briefed that some evil unknown
    billionaire must be sending us around to spread entheta.

    “Well, my evil billionaire is better (and taller) than your evil billionaire!”

  • Lady Squash

    Augustine is amazing. Don’t know how you do it. Ditto to Ortega. Keep up the good work!

  • flyonthewall

    peep

  • flyonthewall

    echo echo echo

  • flyonthewall

    *BANGING POTS TOGETHER* I AM SO GREAT! I AM SO GREAT! EVERYBODY LOVES ME, I AM SO GREAT!

    • flyonthewall

      ohh one other person is typing! I wonder who it is and what they will say! I will not even see who upvoted me so it’s a surprise when the comment comes through

    • Shh, you’ll wake the puppy XD

      • flyonthewall

        NAT! oops I mean…nat!

      • flyonthewall

        i hope I didn’t wake the puppy. What r u doing up so late? i just got off work, this being up late at night business is very strange and disorienting

        • I started a new job too this week and also moved cities (for said job) so I’m adjusting to my new surroundings. Luckily I have my pup 🙂

          • flyonthewall

            what!? We both got new jobs, cool. I didn’t even have to leave my house though, I work from home. Jealous?

            • beauty for ashes

              I am!!!! what are you doing? Is it telemarketing? then nevermind.

            • flyonthewall

              would you like to buy some magazine subscriptions?

            • beauty for ashes

              Aw daggummit!

            • flyonthewall

              no, I work in the travel biz but don’t ask me to find you a cheap hotel or flight! I’m just kidding, you can ask. I will say no though

            • beauty for ashes

              What if it is for medical reasons? (laying on catholic guilt pretty thick!)

            • flyonthewall

              well I’m not catholic anymore so your powers don’t work on me!

            • beauty for ashes

              Do you still dress like a travel agent?

            • flyonthewall

              idk what a trvl agent dresses like so i’m gonna say yes. bermuda shorts?

            • No, your house is full of Lego bricks. I hate stepping on those — lol

            • flyonthewall

              you think OCD me is gonna leave that stuff just sprawled everywhere? come on now

          • beauty for ashes

            Woohoo! you and Vaquera making big moves this week!

            • Mine is just for the summer but it’s. A nice change of pace.

            • beauty for ashes

              Are you moving just for the summer too?

            • Yup but it suits me for now

            • beauty for ashes

              Then I hope you have a summer affair as well!

            • That would make me exceedingly happy 😉

            • beauty for ashes

              I postulate it now, that Natleficent of the Bunker shall manifest the perfect summer romance!

            • flyonthewall

              is it far?

            • No but it takes forever to get anywhere. Today I spent 40 mins to go 14 miles 🙁

            • flyonthewall

              eep

          • flyonthewall

            aww I didnt see the pic until now. He’s a cutie. Chihuahua? What’s his name?

            • Puppy Tyrion Lannister. He’s a bit of Pomeranian as well. Soft fur 🙂

            • flyonthewall

              smh, that poor puppy lol

            • He has a good life :p

            • flyonthewall

              i’m just teasing. It’s a funny name but my cat’s name Dirty Frank is better

            • Agreed. Please don’t explain how he got his name. I don’t need that in my brain 😉

            • flyonthewall

              It’s from a Pearl Jam song about a seial killer but he actually looks like he has dirt on him for real. He’s black w/tiny little grey flecks here n there. One of the best cats I’ve ever had, he’s my buddy. Keep Tyrion away from him though, he HATES dogs

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Nh6DurMJ8

      • Ruh roh! He’s up . . .

      • beauty for ashes

        Is Tyrion part fox? Soooo cute!!

        • My cousin says he’s a pokemon named Tyrimon who has a super effective lick attack XD

          • beauty for ashes

            That is the one thing I don’t like about dogs is the licking of the face.

            • I know. But it was cute when he was a baby and I didn’t train it out of him. Oh, well.

            • beauty for ashes

              I’m also just afraid of them eating my face products/makeup and it making them sick.
              If I don’t have any of that on, than unless the dog is overpowering me, I’m usually okay.

            • flyonthewall

              long as you don’t do it up like Divine the dog will prob be fine. But if you look like Divine it wouldn’t even have to lick your face to get sick, a simple glance would do the trick

            • beauty for ashes

              No Divine. **burp**…… wretch. PLEASE!

            • MostEthicalPimp

              Also, you probably don’t want to have to reapply those expensive products!

  • beauty for ashes

    Look what I saw the other day on my porch!!!! Its teeny tiny. F5

    • Jeebus!

      • beauty for ashes

        IKR? What should I have done? Killed it? No I thought its only a baby!

        • flyonthewall

          that’s awesome but you should have prob killed it

          • Supper Powers

            Killing critters out of irrational fear is not healthy. You are bigger and smarter and can relocate them much more easily than they can attack and kill you.

            • flyonthewall

              poison critters are a different matter IMHO

            • Supper Powers

              I get that but it’s still irrational. With a little calm and creativity you can move a scorpion or spider. Or just wait for it to leave. Irrational behavior and belief about critters, especially of the insect kind is frustrating to me. I guess we will agree to disagree.

            • flyonthewall

              i dont kill any insect that’s bothering me just bc I can but if it’s poisonous I’m not going to take a chance with it. It’s not irrational to be fearful of poisonous creatures, that’s one thing that’s helped us survive as a species. But I must rest my weary head now. nite

            • Buddhist?

            • Supper Powers

              No, rational.

          • Wholeheartedly agree XD

          • beauty for ashes

            I know.. fuck. do you step on it with slippers on? that was my only option at the time.

  • Okay, now that I have the charming image of BFA’s porch pal to haunt my dream, I’m off to bed. Night all :*

    • beauty for ashes

      We are across the country from each other NO worries! Goodnight Nat 🙂 dream of riding Unicorns instead!

    • flyonthewall

      nite! i shall retire as well

    • beauty for ashes

      pleasant dreams F5 🙂

  • beauty for ashes

    I think that Jeffrey Augustine and Karen De La Carrierre are my REAL parents. There is no proof otherwise;)

    • Frodis73

      I have been thinking of asking them if they want to adopt me. 😀

      • beauty for ashes

        It was a bad Rachel Solezal joke, but yeah, how cool would that be?

        • Frodis73

          Lol, that totally went over my head. That broad is whacked and I can’t believe she made that comment about her parents!

          • Mark Foster

            Girlfriend is buggin´ for sure…Her schtick is NOT about empathy, but about some fake martyr shit and attention-whoring. She needs counseling…after she washes off the brown-face.

            • Frodis73

              Agreed. What really pissed me off is some idiot on Fox said something along the lines of see, blacks have it great in America, this chick pretended to be black to her advantage. Um, NO. Just no. What an idiot. I can’t stand when white people say there is no racism anymore.

            • Mark Foster

              Amen 🙂

    • Supper Powers

      Ha ha! I informed my family that I’m moving in with Rockefellers next week and cashing in in my trust fund. I have felt as though I’m a Rockefeller and very wealthy my whole life. Deep down I feel it so it must be true. I’m transwealthy.

      • beauty for ashes

        I just think that having an awesome lion mother, and a funny smart sensitive father would be awesome!

        • Mockingbird

          You could certainly do worse.

          • ReallyMGM

            Y’all are so funny middle of the night. Glad I sneaked a peek. 🙂

            • beauty for ashes

              I’m glad you think we’re funny. Insomnia makes you slap happy!

            • ReallyMGM

              Yep, it does it for me! This is a wickedly, smart group of good people that makes me smile.

      • anoni81b4u

        TRANSWEALTHY … LMAO Great point, an I just realized that I too, am transwealthy. I don’t want to be another sex, or another race, I will just act like I am rich and demand everyone validate my fantasy world! My home is not an average home, but a mansion, all I have to do to make it true is to spray paint all my plumbing fixtures gold and convice myself that instead of a pickup truck, I have a rolls Royce, I know in reality its a pick up truck with a big R R sharpied on the hood, but I demand everyone now call it a Rolls Royce and quit putting tools in the back of it! SUPPER POWERS .. you are a super genious .. and obviously more wealthy than Donald trump or the king of Saudi Arabia.. nice work 🙂

      • I think you’ve hit on the reason why Americans consistently vote against their own economic interests. We’re trans wealthy.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X ***Friday, 19 June 2015

    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,

    WHOAaaaa! Straight up & vertical!
    Check it out LA is top of the pop, some good complaining must have achieved nice results!
    Complain, complain … it works!

    Yesterday’s with the full week score and RedX links: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-121#post-2541168

    F5… RED X Cheerleaders by Hamtaro flickred by AegerPrimo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/14123190340/in/album-72157642802079293/

  • Snake Plissken

    WTF?

    – In an attempt to detoxify people exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese government is relying on … L. Ron Hubbard. The Church of Scientology founder developed a detoxification method espoused by Tom Cruise and other bigwig Scientologists.

    http://www.newser.com/story/153533/vietnams-agent-orange-victims-get-scientology-detox.html

  • Snake Plissken

    It looks like the cult’s memes are working

    ‘Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary Going Clear is to get a UK release despite legal pressure from the Church of Scientology on film companies not to allow screenings in their cinemas.’

    http://www.rte.ie/ten/news/2015/0619/709237-scientology-documentary-to-get-uk-release-despite/