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We’re in Cleveland today to talk about Scientology and you’re invited


Hey, your proprietor is in Cleveland today, our first trip to this fair city and a visit we’ve been really looking forward to. In the evening we’re giving a talk about our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, but before that a friendly Bunkerite has agreed to show us around town. Are we lucky or what?

If you’re in the area, come on down for the event, which is free and sponsored by Center for Inquiry-Northeast Ohio. We’ll be at the Parma Heights Library at 7 pm. We hear there are pre- and post-parties planned by the local Bunkeroos, so you might get in on those, too. Wow, that’s a lot of yarns we’re going to need to spin. We may have to dig deep into our secret stuff to keep that party going.

While we settle into Harvey Pekar Country today, we have a suitably bizarre and fun item for you, just for the heck of it.

It comes to us from Professor Dave Touretzky, who reminded us that some time back, one of our readers found a source for some parts from E-meters, and he did something creative with them. Well, now, here’s the update from Touretzky…




Hey Tony, remember a few years ago a guy found a bunch of E-meter meter movements for sale at an electronics surplus site? And he stuck one in a Hindu goddess figure as a work of art? I think you even ran a picture of it.

Well, he’s upped his game. He built a sensitive resistance meter that works much like the real E-meter into the back of the thing, and tweaked it so just bringing your hand close to the setup will cause the meter to move. He tells people it’s a “karma meter.” Hilarious!

He sent me pictures and a writeup, which he says are OK to share but keep his name off of it because he’s afraid of Scientology’s lawyers. So here you go: a karmic recycled E-meter.

A karma meter that registers nearby movement? Just think how much cash David Miscavige could reg out of people with a thing like that. And thank you, good professor!


Bryan Seymour keeps up the intensity

Wow, our friend Bryan Seymour in Australia is really on a roll. Here’s day two on the Narconon litigation down there…




‘Going Clear’ in France

Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, tells us that a “very good source” has told him that Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, will be airing on Canal+ on November 11. Sacre bleu!

We hope it’s true.


Bonus photos from our tipsters

Another front group, another set of celebrities clueless that they’re supporting Scientology. Kristin Chenoweth pimps for the Youth for Human Rights splinter group, Slavery-Free Youth…


…Joshua Schultz with surfer Tricia Lurie…


…and Kerri Kasem makes the scene too…


…Woo-hoo! OT 8 Marisol Nichols helped us snag Utah’s attorney general, Sean Reyes! Viva Scientology!




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 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 Greater 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, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (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), Phoenix (9/15)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 23, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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

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

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

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

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

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


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