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Another minor omen of the coming Scientology apocalypse appears in Florida

Orlando1About a month ago, our Florida correspondent “L. Wrong” spotted an interesting sight. Outside of the Hubbard Dianetics Foundation in Orlando, a “For Rent” sign had sprung up.

We’re actually surprised that more Scientology outlets haven’t gone belly-up, considering the sharp drop in activity at them around the world. But here was some visual evidence that the Orlando outlet had fallen on some hard times.

A week ago, LW tells us, the For Rent sign suddenly disappeared.

Then, last night, he drove past the place and noticed that the posters in the windows had all been taken down.

“The front room is full of packed up moving boxes, and there’s a moving truck pulled up out back. They’re moving out! I’ll go back tomorrow and see if I can dumpster dive anything interesting for you. May the spirit of Mark Ebner be with me,” he told us.

We’ll give you an update as soon as we get one!






Please stop telling us how to pronounce Cat White’s name

Before you feel compelled to tell us how Cathriona White’s first name is pronounced in Ireland, please go look at the first story we wrote about her last week.

Right there in the third paragraph, you’ll see that we explained that “Cathriona” is pronounced like “Katrina.”

So why, you may be asking yourself, did we tell Allison Hope Weiner on her show Media Mayhem that it’s pronounced “Kath-ree-OH-nah”?

Well, see, we’ve never had so many calls and emails from other reporters like we did on this story. For various reasons, the story of Cathriona’s suicide was a very tough one for other news organizations to report, and we tried to help out where we could. One of the first calls we received was from a reporter at People magazine who had seen our story and that we had told readers to pronounce the name Katrina.

She told us that the family in Ireland had asked the press to pronounce it Kath-ree-OH-na. So, we have been. (But usually we just say “Cat,” like her friends did.)

So, for all you helpful readers in Ireland, we know that you usually pronounce the name “Katrina,” and you can please stop explaining that to us like we were a small confused child.



Bonus photos from our tipsters

Norman “Chill EB” Berry sits down for a plate of raw fish in Clearwater. How chill is that.


Another class in India promoting Scientology.


Hey, girl. Denver needs our love for dictionaries. Let’s get busy.


Oh, we wish we could go to this…




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)…

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Steve Cannane and Bryan Seymour)

Oct 25: Melbourne, The Wheeler Centre, 3 pm, free but reservations recommended (with Steve Cannane)

Oct 28: Adelaide, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth, Collins Street Centre, Collins St and Shaftesbury St, South Perth, 7 pm

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), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24), Portland (9/27), Seattle (9/28), Vancouver BC (9/29)


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 10, 2015 at 07:15

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