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Stop worrying about ISIS and Syria and Iraq — Scientology’s got this, people


What a great time we had last night in Boston. Another full room and a rapt audience who threw us interesting questions. We’ll pull together some photos and an anecdote or two later. For now, we want to thank Karen de la Carriere for sending us something interesting from the new issue of Scientology’s Planetary Dissemination magazine, which she just received.

Here we were, thinking that things were going to get worse before they got better in the Middle East, when it turns out the area is going to be salvaged with the stable datum of LRH technology!

Karen pointed out that Scientology is actually talking about going into Syria, which is an apocalyptic hellhole right now that spawned ISIS, and she asked us a great question. She said, “Are these guys crazy? They’ll get slaughtered if they go over there. Are they really going, or is this just for show to get the donors to fork over more money?”

We tend to think it’s the latter, but we’d like to hear from our expert community on that. Tell us which of the statements in these stories you find the most precious…








Just a note or two about last night’s event. Thank you to SarahDB for bringing the delicious cookies. And to Sherbet for the wonderful T-Shirt. And we want to thank SarahDB for doing yeoman’s work and liveblogging things, but we haven’t had a chance to look at the result yet.

We met some people with even more devastating tales about disconnection, and we hope to dig into those for you soon.

Also, we mentioned something about a new story involving Tom Cruise, but it turns out that’s going to take a little bit more digging before it’s ready for consumption.

On to Phoenix! We’ll see you there on September 15.



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.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Sept 15: Phoenix, Barrett the Honors College, Arizona State University, ASU in Downtown Phoenix campus, Walter Cronkite Theater, 5:30 pm

Sept 23: Cleveland, Parma Heights Library, 7pm sponsored by Center for Inquiry – Northeast Ohio

Sept 24: Minneapolis

Sept 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Portland

Sept 28: Seattle, Razzi’s Pizzeria, 7 pm, with Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists

Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 25: Melbourne

Oct 28: Adelaide (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24)


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 25, 2015 at 07:40

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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

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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…
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