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Paul Haggis, Lawrence Wright react to Alex Gibney’s Emmys sweep for ‘Going Clear’

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[Alex and Anne Gibney and Tom DeVocht at the Emmys last night]

 
What a night for Alex Gibney and his documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Not only did the film win the Emmy for outstanding documentary, but Gibney also won Emmys for writing and for directing.

We brought you some of the scene last night at the awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. After the win, we asked people who took part in the film for their reactions to the awards sweep for Gibney.


 
Lawrence Wright was a winner himself. Not only was the movie based on his book, but he was one of the producers of the film and so he also wins an Emmy for the Outstanding Documentary nod, along with producer Kristen Vaurio, supervising producer Sara Bernstein and executive producers Sheila Nevins and Chris Wilson.

“I think Hollywood was taking stock of what is going on in its own community. It was a stand-up declaration on the part of the Television Academy,” Wright tells us.

Not only did Alex have excellent source material in Larry’s book, he also had tireless work from people like Vaurio, who peppered us with questions during production of the film, and chased down leads in order to find amazing archival footage.

“We’re so grateful to all the people who were courageous enough to share their stories with us,” she says.

Alex himself, like Kristen, chose to thank the people who appeared in the film — some of whom subsequently faced an increase in harassment by the Church of Scientology.

“The Emmys are a tribute to the brave witnesses who were willing to speak out to end human rights abuses in the church,” Alex tells us. “And I hope the sharp wings of the statue will finally prod the IRS to do the right thing: End the church’s tax exemption.”

We reached out to those people who were in the film. We’ll add their words as they come in. Paul Haggis got back to us right away. Here’s what he had to say…

 
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“I’m thrilled for Alex and Lawrence. It’s a brave film and these awards are well deserved. I am also happy that some of the fear surrounding this organization and its adherents is lifting, especially in Hollywood, where, for the most part, questions are still whispered rather than spoken.”

Over at his blog, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder had this to say: “Alex Gibney​ is a real champion of human rights — not because someone handed him a certificate that says so after he handed over some cash to them. He has the courage to stand up and speak out loudly about abuses and refuse to be bullied into silence. He is a national treasure who should be widely and uniformly lauded and supported.”

And Jason Beghe sent us this terse reply…

 
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“I hope it helps.”

Sara Goldberg sent us these thoughts…

 
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“For those of us telling our stories in the film, Alex Gibney brought all of our voices together and shined the light of truth on the dark side of Scientology. And now with the Emmy Awards of Best Doc, Director, and Writer, Hollywood has recognized and rightfully awarded this great work. Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, HBO and those involved in its production are heroes. As Jason Beghe said, “I hope it helps.” But more specifically, I hope this film reaches far and wide, warning others of the dangers – particularly that you could lose your family. I hope the added weight of Going Clear’s Emmys will get others in the cult of Scientology to wake up. I hope and pray I get my daughter and grand-daughter back in my life.”

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

Yet another “Continental Ideal Narconon” opened yesterday, this time the Villa Victoria Estado De Mexico…

 
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BOOK NOTES
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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, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave in downtown Phoenix, Cronkite Theater on 2nd floor, 5:30 pm, sponsored by ASU’s Barrett Honors College

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

Sept 24: Minneapolis, Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, 7 pm, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists

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, venue secured (announcement coming later)

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)

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on September 13, 2015 at 07:30

E-mail your tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. Here at the Bunker we try to have a post up every morning at 7 AM Eastern (Noon GMT), and on some days we post an afternoon story at around 2 PM. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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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  • anoni81b4u

    Thanx for all the fish … and the LULZ 🙂

  • Veronica

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubuvcFPsPNI&feature=share

    Alex Gibney with Lawrence Wright on the red carpet before his Emmy wins. Four and a half minute long interview. The interviewer is knowledgeable and interesting.

    • Vaquera

      Thank you, DDD. Score of the day!

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Thanks. It turned up in the Twitter feed I have been monitoring. Just checked– it was posted about three hours ago.

      • ReallyMGM

        That is one the best red carpet interviews I have seen. She knew the subject and handed them excellent open ended questions that allowed them to speak. Wish more broadcast reporters had the skills she showed off. She certainly outdid her fellow entertainment reporters interviews with TC.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Yes indeed.

        • Ella Raitch

          Wonder if she is internet-based?

          • ReallyMGM

            She appears to be. She gives the name of the YouTube channel at the end, “Red Carpet Report,” and their website is at the bottom of the screen. http://www.redcarpetreport.com

    • Juicer77

      Calling out Cruise on silencing questions. Gibney is NOT going to let this go. Terrific!

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        I was expecting a typical entertainment reporter gushing away, but these were some pretty hard news sounding questions and responses. This story has sunk deep into the fabric of entertainment reporting.

        • ReallyMGM

          I said the same thing to you as you were typing DDD just down thread!

    • Truly great interview.

    • Supper Powers

      Nice find. Thanks.

    • Nat-leficent

      Thanks for this!

    • Missionary Kid

      THANK YOU! Wright and Gibney hit their interview out of the park. This is excellent.

  • ….

    • … Oops …

      • That’s just for SPs. For elderly members in good standing (with money), they take them shopping for a new body. Oh, and they make sure that the elderly aren’t on any of those evil medications for stuff like Alzheimers.

        No, I’m not kidding.

  • Vaquera

    • Juicer77

      Good one!!

  • ….

    • beauty for ashes

      HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vaquera
  • Supper Powers

    I’m hanging up my pots and pans for the night. Thanks to the Bunker Arts & Crafts department for the clever signs today.

    • A bird in the chimney

      Have a good one, Supper (disqus seems to have revoked my right to upvote for the moment).

  • Tell me when to stop …

  • Observer

    Just some ear candy after an emotional roller coaster of a day …

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P1QUZzeZoPQ

    • EmmaDaoust

      Thanks, Obs, nice one as I head off to bed. 🙂

  • MostEthicalPimp

    My Kid’s collage Fund F5

    • EmmaDaoust

      oh god, classic!

    • MostEthicalPimp

      BTW, Note the misspelling of ‘photoage’ that’s how you know it’s authentic.

  • EmmaDaoust

    Didja see it, skies?

    • skiesareblue

      Try it once more. I wasn’t watching.

      • MaxSpaceman

        the heart bombardment?

        Yeah. Seeing the 2nd one now.

        • skiesareblue

          🙁 nothing. I need some pixie dust.

          • EmmaDaoust

            You need glasses. Ok here goes again and then I’m for bed!

  • Douglas D. Douglas
  • Observer

    I think the heart is in afib! Defibrillator, stat!

    • skiesareblue

      shit! I’m the only kid in school who can’t see it.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        You can’t see that???

        • skiesareblue

          NOPE. nothing. Do I need to update my Mac?

          • MaxSpaceman

            you have the latest browser(s) ?

            • skiesareblue

              no….running Lion. Let ME try clicking it.

            • skiesareblue

              did you see that?

            • EmmaDaoust

              too busy scrolling

      • EmmaDaoust

        I’m not the only one doing it either! Everyone’s getting in on it!

        • TexasBroad

          Couldn’t resist.

          • skiesareblue

            Thanks for your support.

    • Probably Fly or some Bunkerite trying to learn the Morse Code again.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Dinner’s ready! See you all a little later!

    • skiesareblue

      Bon apetit!

    • outraged

      What are we having for dinner?

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Pork chops. Mmmmmmmm.

        • outraged

          mmmmmmmm.
          It was delicious. THank you! 🙂

  • EmmaDaoust
  • flyonthewall

    Hey guys, just stopping by real quick to share these concert pics. We got to see Billy Eyeball! He played most all his hits except for Cradle of Love and some new stuff that was pretty good. He also did a nice cover of LA Woman but instead of saying LA he would say St. Louis, which made me crack up every time. Now I am off to enjoy White Castle boogers n beer. Nite Bunker

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OFpfTd0EIs

    • EmmaDaoust

      Lucky fly! I saw him in the late 70s with Bowie. Have a great night!

      • flyonthewall

        You’re the lucky one, that’s the time to see those guys. He did do Ready, Steady, Go, that was a hit from the 70’s wasn’t it? I never heard it before but it was cool.

    • noseinabk

      Thanks for getting those songs stuck in my head. For you:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dPmZqsQNzGA

      • noseinabk

        Cmon guys. Somebody click on the video so I can go to bed happy with childish prank.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      How’s the new album? I’ve been curious.

      • flyonthewall

        What he played of it was good solid pop. Idk if I’d buy the album but I liked it ok, definitely worth a listen.

    • Donna Cline Sargent

      oooh White Castle !

    • Miss Tia

      have you read his auto bio? i didn’t know what to expect but i really really enjoyed it a lot…..

  • skiesareblue

    I feel stupid. I was in the Disquis window. OK. try it again now.

    • MaxSpaceman

      that you, skies? on # 193

      • EmmaDaoust

        no, me

        • MaxSpaceman

          why this exercise going on

          • EmmaDaoust

            Just being a child.

            • MaxSpaceman

              oh. oy.

            • EmmaDaoust

              I know, I know.

            • Nat-leficent
            • Kay

              Here ya go…not as pretty as Nat’s.

            • EmmaDaoust

              it’s the real thing

            • Kay

              Yup it is….kind of creepy in a way..but also amazing.

            • skiesareblue

              OMG……that’s just terrible — giggle — take it away, please

            • Kay

              LOL !!! sorry….(tiptoes away)

            • skiesareblue

              I appreciate the effort. But now we have to figure out how to get the Heart stats back up to 205………??

            • Kay

              I have been clicking it for fun to make it “beat” but can’t get it past 200……sigh

            • skiesareblue

              “Outraged” said that in all the clicking, some people forgot to
              leave their hearts back to Red. All my fault.

        • noseinabk

          It was me.

        • Vaquera

          Jamie DeWolf’s new heart tat. f5

          • SP Wogsy

            That’s hot!!! Woops did I say that out loud??

            • Vaquera

              Right?

            • No worries … your penance is to now imagine the tatto on his great-grandfather’s teat.

              No … don’t do that.

              Nothing is worth that kind of psychic damage.

          • skiesareblue

            That hurt!

          • EmmaDaoust

            whoa, impressive
            I’m not much of a tat lover, I’d stick with the temp ones
            but this is really something

  • skiesareblue

    YES YES YES…..!!!! THANK YOU TINKER BELL!!!!!!

    • EmmaDaoust

      woo hoo!!

      • skiesareblue

        You’re a good friend.

        • EmmaDaoust

          wow, if that’s all it takes!

        • noseinabk

          No problem. Some people still don’t know about it since they don’t post all the time. I see below that Tory and Sparrow just noticed today.

        • noseinabk

          Oops. Meant to post to Emma. Sorry.

  • skiesareblue

    Ha Ha, ya’ll can stop now 🙂 Whoaaaaa there Nelly

    • EmmaDaoust

      I’ve stopped. Others are chiming in.

    • outraged

      ok, I tink I understand.
      you are all talking about the beating heart above???

      • EmmaDaoust

        yup

        • outraged

          It keeps going to 200 and then back to 199,

          • skiesareblue

            201. no wait, 202! It was all worth it. ha ha

  • ..

    • Nat-leficent

      Oh oh do Gerry Armstrong!

      • I don’t think “Our hate for Gerry Armstrong is vaster than empires and more slow!” is going to fit.

        • Nat-leficent

          Lol!!!

    • No way.

  • outraged

    ……..since no one else is stopping yet…..

    • skiesareblue

      Are you flirting with me?

      • outraged

        moi?

        • skiesareblue

          205!!!!!
          Nice technique, outraged. I’m impressed.

          • outraged

            It’s in my genes.
            But now it’s 196! lol
            I think the clickers forgot to end up with a full heart.

            • skiesareblue

              uh oh, we broke it.

            • outraged

              who figured this out?
              we owe them an emmy award for best creativity in hard times.

            • skiesareblue

              🙂 Everyone needs to be silly at least once a day, however, I will keep a low profile for a while out of accute embarrassment for tonite’s antics. Sorry for the dumb accusation upthread…I should have refreshed for your Scientology sign; I thought you were refering to me, so I thought I would tease you a bit. THanks for playing.

            • outraged

              anytime. :-}

    • Sure they do! Hubbard wrote a policy letter on the exact way to wash windows.

      • Observer

        It involves newspaper, doesn’t it?

        • outraged

          and vinegar?

          • Is vinegar supposed to be yellow?

        • Yes. Preferably – Daily Psych News.

      • outraged

        alright, how about this- oops! wrong pic.
        maybe it IS time to go to beddy bye. lol

        • Kay

          that’s ok…it’s just as funny the second time…

    • EmmaDaoust

      No, we do NOT have free WiFi!
      Can you do that one for me, outraged?

      • outraged

        here it is!…..

  • outraged

    Remind you of someone?:…..

  • ….

    • outraged

      hahahaah.
      I first thought it was going to say something about an aeorobics class,

  • outraged

    This is only #5…..

  • …….

  • ..

    • Wish I could upvote this one more than once.

      • outraged

        Liers that lie.
        We need to hurt you because we want to save your life.
        Give us your money because that will make you richer.
        Reject your family and you will find love.

  • outraged

    ……….

    • TexasBroad

      DOGS: BEWARE OF SCIENTOLOGY!!

      • outraged

        Cats too!

      • Robert Eckert

        In post-Soviet Russia, dogs beware of YOU!

  • Q&A #22 for anyone who missed it. Posted on Youtube today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUyYJjG_7LI

    • outraged

      What a great comment. Life is never black and white.
      LOts of grey, purple, pink, green and cerulean.

      “Them is us and us is them”
      Very wise.

      • skiesareblue

        And hopefully, Red. 🙂

        • outraged

          and yellow and magenta (my fav crayon as a kid) AND black and white.

  • Vaquera

    Goodnight, my chickadees and little lambs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z-GwdaKrn8&spfreload=10

    • TexasBroad

      Goodnight Texas (from Texas) 🙂

      • Vaquera

        ‘Night Broad.

    • Goodnight Texas from Ohio 🙂

      • Vaquera

        Goodnight Ohio from Vermont.

    • outraged

      I saw them YEARS ago at Studio 54. This was the best song of the night.

    • Missionary Kid

      I got to hear Stevie Ray do Dixie Chicken in a small bar. It was incredible! I hadn’t seen this video before. Bonnie Raitt is another of my favorites.

      My Little Feat song, ’cause I’m one of the old people here, is Old Folks Boogie.

  • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

    After taking some time away to contemplate, I am apologizing
    to everyone who was offended, annoyed, irritated, and bothered by the content
    of my comments on this site, as well as to anyone who felt that any/all was
    stupid, predictable, derailing – or a combination of any of these.

    I won’t promise to never post any more images/video because
    when I inevitably do so my above apology could be deemed disingenuous by
    affiliation, nor will I attempt to provide an explanation because it would
    likely be taken and dismissed as rationalizing or justification. I will,
    however, try to make the majority of the images/video I contribute have some
    connection to the subject of Co$.

    Like this;

    • anoni81b4u

      me too !

      • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

        Not cool. I’m legitimately trying to apologize.

        • Donna Cline Sargent

          i don’t know if you missed earlier today,but he said horrible things to Miss Tia and others,and horrible gay bashing on patheos,a Scietology article. its all down the board. i don’t know how to do links. thanx for the apology.

          • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

            That’s why I posted “Not cool.” I don’t want my legit effort to be seen as trolling.

            • MostEthicalPimp

              Panatlones, I’m gonna miss goofy around. snuff!

            • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

              Hey I didn’t promise not to be weird or crazy from time to time.

              Just stepped back and recognized that it’s not about what I think is offensive or problematic.

            • MostEthicalPimp

              Oh, thank XENU! Also, thank XENU. It’s was a beautiful day here on Teegeeack!

            • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

              Here on earth at my particular latitude and longitude coordinates, it was hot and humid – I hate hot and humid. And I think my rose trees are dying. (sigh)

            • Supper Powers

              I cannot speak for everyone, but I appreciate you considering what people were saying.

            • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

              Had to remember that I am not a dictator and I am interacting with a *group* on a forum. Therefore, when others take issue I don’t get to tell them how to feel or react.

    • Ella Raitch

      No idea bout the background but am always prepared to acknowledge sincere apologies!

    • pluvo

      Why are you (really) here? What brought you to this blog and what are your intentions? We will see if your name(s) shouldn’t be PantalonesDeCausarDescontento. I didn’t get all the brouhaha on your comments on the other site, but I can’t get rid of the feeling that your stirring up the pot was not done unintentionally.

      PS: I didn’t find your ‘panties’ episode funny but chintzy. I like the fun here and don’t mind the O/T when it is not reducing the blog to absurdity, but your stuff was just disparaging, IMO. If you would work for OSA, I would say you did a good job. I want to point out that this is my view, others might see it differently.

      • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

        I originally came here to read more about the co$ from the view of those who were in and are no longer. I then read the comments and began to interact. As for what my intentions are – to learn. To interact with others. To contribute to the discussion when and how I can. Maybe some silliness at some point to be used sparingly and judiciously.

        As for disparaging, I’ll concede that my comments on specific celebrity members would easily be taken as such because I don’t have a very high opinion of them after what I’ve learned about the celebs-o-co$.

      • Miss Tia

        Good questions. They don’t comment like that on other blogs they frequent, where they posted ‘normal’ comments, back and forth conversations–somewhat OT but nothing re: panties, etc or thread after thread of it.

        • pluvo

          Hello, Miss Tia!
          Hope you are feeling better after the humidity period. I think that your vulnerability at that moment was used to hit you (just learned on the edge of the turmoil on the other blog; I didn’t go there). I have the feeling lately that there could be some ‘undercover’ OSA involved in ‘harmless’ conversations who are passing the ball to each other (again, I could be wrong and it is just a coincidence). But I learned earlier that it is one of their traits to make ‘discussions’ so (ugly) that posters leave because of it.

          • Miss Tia

            thanks, pluvo! feeling MUCH better!! humidity has gone away but now it’s gotten really really cold—talk about going to extremes!!! but at least with the cold, i don’t get horribly sick!!!

            i think of it was that one individual thought i was a ‘new’ person here and therefore open to abuse…..the other person apparently didn’t care about anything aside just harassing…..you know there’s some of us who try to watch out for the bunker, as we police ourselves—to the best of our abilities and fairness—but gosh, there’s been something in the water around here hasn’t there?? i would tend to agree with the OSA op motives, though i don’t wish to paint people with a ‘osa’ brush—if you know what i mean…..but some things, really fit that to a tee….coincidence? possibly? maybe? probably not…..at least people know we aren’t naive and we watch and communicate amongst ourselves off the board…..

    • Miss Tia

      You tried to make your panty posts re: Co$ based, so your ‘sowwy’ is about as valuable as a certificate on grad night at an org ($0). I see a change in the moniker too. Mr. Google still knows all. And again, you don’t do this on other sites you comment on, only here.

      Your apology isn’t an apology. It’s one of those, gee, I’m not sorry for what I did, but if YOU didn’t like it, I’m sowwy you don’t like what I like types. No explanation because you have none. Now you’re basically saying you’re gonna do the same, but toss in Co$ and it’ll be okay. Captain Howdy says hello.

      • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

        I knew when I posted the apology that it would not be enough to discount my prior behavior and believe that I intend to turn over a new leaf for everyone who I have offended and upset.

        Hopefully over time I will demonstrate with my actions not just words.

        • Supper Powers

          I generally concur with Tia and Pluvo. It isn’t crystal clear you are here with good intentions. I’m willing to step back and let you demonstrate otherwise, however. I am glad to read you took into consideration others’ feedback. It’s not my blog but it’s a community I belong to and this group will not let it go if you interfere with the tone, decorum or quality of the J&D. If you do want to be here, in time you will appreciate the general standards, too.

      • PantalonesDeLaJusticia

        I should have also clarified earlier that I don’t intend to flood the comments with videos or images.

        And I am sorry that I acted badly and that my actions caused people to be upset, and that I offended people.

  • Last one for the night folks …

  • Re-Oriented

    Congrats to Gibney and Wright and all eight on-camera participants. So courageous, all of you!!! Larry

    • Larry Anderson? This Larry?!

      • Supper Powers

        You have good instincts Dodo. Now I’m intrigued, too. (Couldn’t sleep.)

        • Thanks. If Re-Oriented is a real deal, he sure has a perfect handle. Next – avy.

          • Supper Powers

            TOTALLY

          • Supper Powers

            Thoughts on this temp avy for Larry?

      • noseinabk

        I would love to have heard from Miles Biondo today too.

        • Supper Powers

          Agreed. I’d like to hear from him once a week just for the encouragement.

        • Agreed. He is such a slacker, but I love him.

      • SP Wogsy

        *waves*

      • Intergalactic Walrus
      • Re-Oriented

        Guilty as charged.

        • Supper Powers

          Great name and glad to see you charging your supper powers at the table with friends.

        • Awesome 🙂

  • outraged

    …….

  • Kay

    Scientology:

  • outraged

    …….alright, I promise, last one.

    • Kay

      laugh !

  • SP Wogsy

    Wow. Who knew Romo had it in him? Ha! Okay, I have a prediction of what Tory’s Bunker magical moment was? Inspiration for a new video? I could be wrong. : ) I will take a screenshot for pospe-whateves, if I’m right.

  • Kay

    G’nite ya’ll….this was my mountain sunset tonight. Sleep well.

    • skiesareblue

      Stunning.

    • Jimmy3

      beautiful

  • Dear Chat Show Hosts, All Celeb Reporters, and all other Celebs likely to bump into Cruise in the coming months can you please say this:

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR EMMY!

    (boy, I want to see this on video)

    bonus kitteh gif

    http://i.imgur.com/zW3shCE.gifv

    • This is how you troll a cat. As if a goofy neck scarf was not offensive enough.

      • Do you know how you catch a unique animal?

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Ooh! Ooh! I know! I know!

          • Robert Eckert

            But do you know how you catch a tame animal?

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              I do! I do!

  • MostEthicalPimp

    hmm, better. not

    • Come in for religious Confessional, stay for Ecclesiastical Sec Check.

      • Tory Christman

        For the record, for those who don’t quite get Security Checking…as a Flag trained
        and interned Senior Security Checker, here’s my knowledge…taken from 2000 and earlier.
        If it has changed, please feel free to add an update to this:
        1) Security Checks are not given to newbies. It’s all “A Piece of Blue Sky” To quote
        our friend, Jon Attack who wrote that book. 🙂 (It’s on Amazon in updated electric book status, also. 🙂 Even without the book, point being everything looks “So great”.

        2) From my experience, security Checking ONLY began once one was done with
        “The Grades”…before “Clear” (Known as “The lower Bridge”).
        Most people do have varying degrees of “Wins” on these lower levels as it’s mostly
        just like “Talk therapy” with a few gentle twists.

        3) Before “Clear” and before your “OT” levels, due to both being “highly confidential” (Obviously they do NOT want others to know about them…..the mystery is half the excitement/mind control)….for this reason, Security Checking begins..and does not stop, ever, from this point on. I was on OT 7 for 7 years…and EVERY 6 months we had to fly to Flag (Clearwater, FL for anyone new)………..to do our “6 month check” ..which consisted mostly of Security Checking in mass, and “Cramming” / Correction, as well as getting ripped off for more $$$ to “Donate” to help “Bladiblah”. ARGH! What a TRAP!!

        3) Security Checking is *also* done on people who sign the Billion Year Contract
        to “Join the Sea Org”—a Gigantic lie, rip off.

        I’m not sure what you are referring to, Dodo TL, but perhaps you can explain the difference?
        I can guess….but I think since you mentioned it, it’s better you tell us, please. 🙂 (My guess is “religious Confessional” has to do with “Ruds” “Is there anything you are hiding or not telling me?” and “Ecclesiastical Sec Check” has to do with what I wrote above? (Per the on-line dictionary, it says:

        “adjective

        1.

        of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.”

        A) Ok, the state says, so far $cientology IS a church, so yes, it is ecclesiastical in that sense.
        For anyone who doesn’t quite understand…Scientology IS a business, plain and simple.
        It is NOT like any other “church” you know of or think of. It IS a business where EVERY
        SINGLE LEVEL You *HAVE* to pay for, there IS a Price for it..it is “NOT A DONATION” as they claim. This is for either auditing (counseling) or Training (learning how to become an auditor OR their management tech, which FTR can be purchased for $29.95 or for free at the library in different form, often better).

        You also HAVE to pay to just become a Scientoloigst! Google “IAS” 🙂

        So if you know more than that, DoDo…please fill me in 🙂 I love learning more about this
        Con. It never ceases to amaze me the twist “dave” has taken to make it WORSE.
        Love to you and all 🙂 Tory/Magoo

        • Was just making a joke. Thank you for your post.

  • nomorescio
    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Thank you for the link. And welcome to the conversation. Don’t be a stranger!

    • nomorescio

      In case you don’t want to click on the link it says:

      Going Clear’ Director Alex Gibney on Tom Cruise and a Potential Sequel. Yup there’s more to come!

  • Nat-leficent

    Funny signs from funny peeps! Thanks for the laughs 🙂
    Night Bunker
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC5FdFlUcl0

  • first promo for Going Clear in the UK came out today… 21st Sep 9pm – Sky Atlantic

    pic

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Mmmmmmmmmm.

    • ReallyMGM

      Great! I hope it leads to the low membership numbers in the UK dropping even more.
      I had a question for you earlier today. Now I can’t remember what it was!!!

    • scottmercer

      Well, they did muck up the title…

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    I have been monitoring Twitter off and on all day, and OSA’s latest efforts at influencing social media has given me the sads. Their Twitter strategy is so… forlorn. They have been reduced to issuing the same set of tired tweets at regular intervals, under about three different accounts. But there is just no real effort being shown. It’s so rote and dispirited.

    • Supper Powers

      Send in the clowns…..

      😉

    • ReallyMGM

      Perhaps they are tired of such a shitty job and will blow.

    • All of it will change, once David Miscavige will unleash his long anticipated technically standard inspirational memoir: “Eternal Knight’s Journey of Planetary Salvaging Through the Galaxies and Beyond Forever”.

      • Supper Powers

        Stop mumbling, Dodo.

        • Stop being jelly of COB’s masterpieces.

          • outraged

            I can see the book jacket.
            Miscavige, bouffanted and in uniform, smiling broadly.
            Looking like a dope.

          • Supper Powers

            I woke the house up with a roar!

            • ReallyMGM

              Been there. Dogs and cat all jump straight up from their deep sleep and leap from the bed ready to protect the invader. Spouse continues to snore though.

            • Supper Powers

              Exactly!

            • That’s not the way to happiness.

      • AintMizBahavin

        say that again this time faster !! lol hello Dodo how the thetan are you ?

  • Supper Powers

    For my fellow slackers who also missed Chris’ post yesterday. http://youtu.be/UUyYJjG_7LI

  • Missionary Kid

    I didn’t know who SRV was when he walked in. I had someone from Texas tell me that Stevie was great, but I’d forgotten about it. One of the band members’ brother was in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, so Stevie dropped in after a concert.

    This was before the day of cell phones, so people got on the pay phone and were calling their friends to get their ass down there to the beer and wine bar. The place got so packed that the owner, who was behind the bar, needed help, so I ended up helping her to sell booze. It was a good band, but when Stevie joined them, they moved to another plane of playing music.

    I’m envious of the people who lived in Austin who said that he’d drop in on bands all over the place, and who got to see him there often.

    I’ve gotten to see Bonnie a number of times, and I love her. When it was time to quit, after a number of encores, she’d bring her dad out and he’d sing “Oklahoma.” He was, of course, great, but it was a different vibe, and we all got the hint.

    By the way, thank you for your VERY generous offer to show me around blues territory.

  • scottmercer

    Tonight on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver used Scientology as his big punchline during his segment about his “Church of Perpetual Exemption” that he established a few weeks ago in a segment about faith healers. It has come to that point: all you have to do is say the word “Scientology” for a big laugh.

  • Veronica

    New day, new sign.

    • romanesco

      That may be the best one yet.

      • Veronica

        Thanks. All the other signsmiths here today have been very inspirational.

  • PappeKak

    Two people have been killed and a third
    seriously injured after a small plane assigned to the crew of a film
    starring Tom Cruise crashed in the Colombian Andes.

  • romanesco

    Late night snack. Yet to find the website where we can make Scientology-specific ones.

    • Veronica

      Lol… Orange juice and toothpaste. Brings back memories. Even worse is sulphur and toothpaste. See, in Iceland, the cold water that comes out of the taps is brutally cold. I don’t always brush my teeth in Iceland, but when I do, I always swish with warm water — which, in Iceland, is heated geothermicly. It has a distinct rotten-eggy sort of smell and taste, which is really not improved by making it fresh and minty.

  • 0tessa

    Marty Rathbun, when interviewed for Dutch newspaper Trouw, said: I know of only one person that did not have to pay for courses and auditing – Tom Cruise.
    So, not only were sea org staff slaving for him, fulfilling his every whim, or that of his buddy Miscavige, but also he got everything for free.
    Interesting is also that Rathbun is convinced that Miscavige actually believes it when Hubbard wrote that planet earth will not be here for long and that Miscavige plans to leave the planet in time. May that be the reason he needs all that money?

    • hansje brinker

      It is an important article, because it also discuss the tax-free status!

    • Tracy Schmitz

      what does that say that he cruise thinks ALL OF THIS IS OKAY AND NORMAL WELL FOR HIM THAT IS! from his ” religion” (or any religion!) this is beyond scary pathological narcissism! NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR THINK YOU ARE anyone who is okay with this is NOT normal and NOT a good person…. what’s next? cruise didn’t and doesn’t know that EVERYONE ELSE has to pay for their courses and auditing?! uh huh!…

  • Tory Christman

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_gy25R6RlI
    My two cents…and a HUGE Congratulations to ALL who helped in the making
    of “Going Clear” …and ALL of you here, too 🙂 Thank you to TonyO! 🙂

    • Lighthouse

      Great presentation, Tory. You said it for all of us!

      I believe this will open up the doors to more voicing their stories and disagreements.

      And surely the IRS has been taking note and has opened at least one eye a slight bit that they have to get busy to reevaluate this dangerous and horrific cult as a religion and righteous of receiving tax exemption.

      • Tory Christman

        Thank you, Lighthouse and each person who “liked” it, too!
        Oh I hope you are right…..thank goodness both Alex and Larry are
        talking about the I.R.S and the looking into $cientology’s
        ‘tax exemption”! I heard an interview they gave Saturday where they
        both mentioned that. (Sorry I don’t have the link, I’ll try to find it).

        It’s all uphill from here. The ol’ Tick Tock, Tick Tock: Time IS on *our*
        side is SO coming true!! It has been for the last 8 years…but this is
        outrageously great!! My gratitude for Alex, Larry, all in the documentary,
        all who helped make it, those “in it” and ALL who have spoken out for many
        years prior………..is HUGE. Thank you ALL 🙂

        Love to ALL 🙂 Tory/Magoo

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X *** Monday, 14 September 2015.

    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,

    Sunday 13th : Nashville scraped in and saved the day.

    RedX tips & Complaints procedure are included in the google doc under the RedXTips tab.
    Flag the lies, whack a few bait & switch ads : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    F5… Cupa Joe by Obs , flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/14214005201/in/set-72157642802079293

  • Jimmy3
  • Next stop: Oscarville.

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    BRAVO!

  • Cars

    testing…

    • Missionary Kid

      Good to see you here again, especially on such a happy day.

  • Tracsar

    This is beyond thrilling to see! Step away for a weekend, that’ll show me. But can someone clear up some confusion for me? These are the Emmys. Aren’t things that are nominated for the Emmys not eligible for Oscars? How does that work? Is it possible for GC to be nominated for both?

    • Ardent

      It is possible. If the film is shown in theaters for a period of time, then it is also eligible for an Oscar. So, from the screen at Sundance, into selected theaters, then running as an HBO documentary allow the film both Emmy nominations and Oscar nominations. Strange but true.

      • Tracsar

        Wow! Will definitely be keeping an eye out come Oscar time then. How exciting!!

    • Missionary Kid

      Yep, and we’re all hoping it gets at least one Oscar as well. HBO got a shitload of Emmys, and, in February, won two Oscars in the documentary category. http://hbowatch.com/hbo-programs-win-a-pair-of-oscars-in-2015/

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    This Emmy’s success for an anti Scientology documentary ought to have consequences for CC International Scientology fake church for their Hollywood celebrities.

    Scientologists try to reach their highest OT levels, and OT 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are the exorcism levels of Scientology.

    They exorcise their body thetans, and the body thetans are leftover souls flying all over earth, infesting us all, and only Scientolgy’s Hubbard’s exorcism will get rid of them for anyone. OT 7 is the last exorcism level, and one is supposed to be free of all those body thetans.

    The worst damage to humans on earth, is the 4th Dynamic Engram. The 4th Dynamic engram is the Xenu story. The Xenu story is jsut bad guy evil space leader Xenu mass murdered so many humanoids 75 million years ago, and dumped/trapped their implanted souls of these dead aliens on earth, so today we still have zillions of dead space alien souls roaming earth, infesting us all.

    These surplus space alien souls are called “body thetans” and Scientologists do OT 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 levels to exorcise all their body thetans.

    Tom Cruise
    Anne Archer
    Bart Simpson’s voice lady
    Kirstie Alley
    Kelly Preston (but not John Travolta yet)

    have all completed ALL of their exorcism.

    Hollywood’s biggest Scientology celebrites are all “body thetan” free!

    The above, minus John Travolta, are all OT 7 completions!

    What this means, is that this anti Scientology Emmy’s awards indicates that

    Tom
    Anne
    voice lady
    Kirstie
    Kelly

    ought to go straight to Flag Land Base and get their OT 7 reviews!

    First they all need to do lower conditions for false attesting, since they all must still have unhandled body thetans.

    This is a massive Scientology celebrity failure, and indicates these famous Scientology celebrities have FALSE ATTESTED to their OT 7 levels being complete.

    They really ought to volunteer to go do the RPF at PAC!

    And join the CC Int staff, and the Advanced Org staffs who all need to do the RPF for this group failure to deal with all the “body thetans” that are obviously the real CASE behind this anti Scientology documentary Hollywood Emmy’s awards!