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Two years after Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ debuted, it’s still a flop

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The Telegraph yesterday posted a number of photos from inside the “new” Scientology Flag Building in Clearwater, which actually opened a couple of years ago. (This isn’t even the first time we’ve seen actual photos from inside the building, which we brought you in 2013.) The occasion, the newspaper said, was that the photos had been released by “Vantage News,” which is a PR firm in England. So, in other words, this was the latest “look upon our works, and despair” moment from Scientology leader David Miscavige.

But the release of these photos from inside the “Super Power” building only reminded us of how we kept a close eye on this overblown funhouse years before it actually opened. And it also gave us an opportunity to reflect on what little impact the place has had after such a long buildup. Super Power, in fact, turned out to be a Super Dud. And with so much bad news happening for the church, it’s interesting to see Miscavige try to get some publicity out of a place the public can never enter.

If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, we’re referring to a massive, city-block sized building in Clearwater that Scientology finally opened in November 2013 after first breaking ground fifteen years earlier, in 1998. The building cost something like $80 million to construct, but Mike Rinder and other former church officials say the project raised as much as $200 million or more as it became another cash cow, one of many different initiatives church members were pressured to donate to over the years.

And for what, exactly? Scientology has referred to the structure as a modern-day “cathedral,” but that’s not really accurate. This place offers no sanctuary even to most members of Scientology. Only some members qualify to go through the “Super Power Rundown,” which was actually developed by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s to perk up flagging staff members who were fatigued by long hours. The rundown is intended to help a Scientologist hone his or her “theta perceptics” — the 57 senses that the thetan uses which are separate and superior to the senses used by a thetan’s meat body.

But Hubbard’s successor, David Miscavige, turned what was a set of different exercises (“rundowns”) intended to help revive staff members and instead turned it into a culminating experience for the non-staff but high-ranking (and wealthy) Scientologists. And it wouldn’t be cheap. Last year, former spokesman Mike Rinder, who keeps an eye on Scientology’s fliers and emails and other sources to keep track of what’s happening in the Flag Building, totaled up what a visit there costs…

So, if you buy 6 intensives upfront and then add the mandatory surchage of $5,000 for the “perceptic drills” (which cost nothing to deliver other than some people in “special uniforms” who “supervise”) you are shelling out $32,200, without including accommodations, meals, and mandatory contributions to the IAS/Ideal Orgs/L. Ron Hubbard Hall and Planetary Dissemination campaigns.

And what do you get for that $32,200? In 2012, we were the first to publish a complete set of renderings of what the Super Power building would look like, from its basement Sea Org mess hall to David Miscavige’s offices on the seventh floor. We also revealed the actual content of one of the Super Power “rundowns.” It involves an auditor asking a subject over and over again the same question. That question? “Where would you be safe?”

Yes, for tens of thousands of dollars, you get to hold the sensors of an e-meter and answer, hundreds of times, the question “Where would you be safe?” until you finally realize that you are “in present time.” In other words, young Buckaroo Banzai, you are where you are, and you are in that moment.

What a bargain.

And again, only some Scientologists even qualify to pay these prices and step foot in the building. Last year, Rinder cited Scientology’s own records to show that only about 15 people were going through the process each week, even though it had been built to accommodate hundreds at a time.

Still, you can count on Scientologists to say that doing Super Power is the greatest thing they’ve ever experienced (which is what they say about every process). Here, for example, is a testimonial written earlier this year by Bob Duggan, Scientology’s richest donor, who had completed the perceptic drill “level of consciousness”…

This was an awesome experience! Through the process of communication via my sense channels I fully realized WHY theta has provided me the 57 perceptions. It is so I can orient myself, perceive my surroundings, my emotions, emotions of others. This is not possible just by “seeing or glancing at something.” I must get into comm via as many sense channels as possible. Then and as I do that my level of awareness, my quality of perception really changes for the better. I “know” more about what I am actually confronting. This is really a drill to live by. USE all my perceptions as needed. But no longer will I substitute “thinking” for real perception through examination via my perceptics as appropriate. Thanks.

No, thank you, Bob, for making that explanation so clear.

Anyway, it’s funny that Miscavige is trying to get some good publicity out of the Super Power Building now, two years after the giant edifice actually made news. That was the last time, really, that we paid much attention to the place. And what a good time we had: Many of you will remember it, when Miscavige’s grand opening was spoiled by Mike Bennitt and Mike Rinder hovering overhead in a helicopter.

Now that was Super.

 
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BelgianTVBelgian TV goes after Scientology on eve of trial

Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, tells us that things are heating up on television as we are just days away from a criminal prosecution of the Church of Scientology in Belgium…

Belgium’s public broadcaster RTBF is airing promos ahead of Wednesday’s Devoir d’enquête (Duty to investigate) special on Scientology; and it does not look as if they’ll be pulling their punches.

Here’s the language in a promo from presenter Malika Attar:

“I’ll be ready to meet you on October 21, for the return of Devoir d’Enquete (Duty to Investigate) around a special programme specially devoted to the Church of Scientology. You’re going to see four investigations carried by our crack team: They are going to reveal to you the hidden side of this sulphurous organisation. The cult finds itself — for the moment — up against a considerable charge: It has to go before the Brussels criminal court accused of being a criminal organisation which uses fraud. To find out more then, tune in at 8:20pm this Wednesday, October 21, on La Une.”

At the program’s web page Sunday they said they had interviewed former members who denounce the movement for having ruined them; that they will look at how the movement “infiltrates” political and business circles; and at the work of OSA, whose “spies are given the job of tracking deviants and enemies of Scientology with methods worthy of a totalitarian organisation”. So they’re not sitting on the fence.

Presumably once viewers have seen these scenes, presenter Attar will grill French Scientologist Eric Roux, who is acting as point man for the movement during the trial. The program’s website puts the word “church” in scare quotes and makes a point of quoting Hubbard’s comment — the provenance of which Scientologists still dispute, remember — that the best way to make a million is to start a religion.

Then on Monday, over an increasingly hysterical musical soundtrack, they upped the ante, with another trailer featuring clips from former members including Marc Headley, Gerry Armstrong, and Alain Stoffen. (Frenchman Stoffen told his remarkable story in a book a few years back, which I really must review for the Bunker one day.)

This kind of reporting would never be allowed in Britain ahead of a trial, where it would constitute contempt of court. Apparently in Belgium however, they do things differently. Scientology’s lawyers in Belgium have already tried to argue that public comments made by the prosecutors during the investigation have prejudiced any trial. They took that argument all the way through the Belgian courts and right up to the European Court of Human Rights before losing.

The Strasbourg court told them that their bid was premature because they could not say their trial had been prejudiced before the event. But that does not mean they cannot return to the issue at some point in the future if the trial goes badly for their clients. And I expect they will have something to say about this programme in court next week.

— Jonny Jacobsen

 
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Dan Burton lobbying for CCHR

We’ve noted in the past how former Indiana Congressman Dan Burton has gone to bat for Scientology, appearing most recently when the church celebrated the first anniversary of the re-grand opening its new “national office” in Washington DC. Burton’s a clown who is known for his anti-vaxxer views and his obsession with the death of Vince Foster. He and Scientology make a natural pair, and it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that he was paid $20,000 between July and September to lobby for Scientology’s cartoonishly anti-psychiatry front group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

Every couple of years or so a story about Scientology paying lobbyists in Washington DC shows up, and each time, it sounds like a revelation. But each time, and this is no exception, we’re reminded how little Scientology, a multi-billion dollar entity, spends on lobbying the US government. Even David Miscavige, we figure, knows that Scientology has little chance of overtly affecting how things work in DC. The Church of Scientology has always preferred to work more quietly, through key individuals like the late Gerald Feffer, and not through lobbying.

 
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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.

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 and Bryan Seymour)

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

Oct 30: Perth, Collins Street Centre, Collins St and Shaftesbury St, South Perth, 7 pm (with Bryan Seymour)

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)

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on October 20, 2015 at 07:00

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  • B4you

    This explains it: (just in case?)

    Ivan Simic, Chicago, United States, moments ago

    Thatans are invisible, being outsie space, not matter or energy, not in time either. One learns how to operate here without s body and control the physical and biological universe from outside, from the metaphysical universe where our native home and state is…Scientologist OTs are no longer human, but trained immortals. But to reach godhood super power they have to train 40 levels above the OT 8 offered at this place. Humans are a very low quality and basically confused powerless life forms, mud creations as they will tell you themselves. Their Awareness level is even less than that of mud, and that is why they use mud (chemicals to improve their ‘consciousness and ‘health’ of the meat they are stuck in..

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3280329/Inside-Super-Powers-building-Scientology-s-massive-spiritual-headquarters-Florida.html#ixzz3p8dViWzH
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    • Mark Foster

      As Tia would say, ¨Dah fuck???¨

      • Miss Tia

        EXACTLY!!

  • Mark

    I have been warning Shortarse about the East Grinstead Anti-Scientology Sheep Flock for some months now, but of course he never listens to anyone… (thanks to Mike Rinder for pointing out the photos; refresh with another drag on a Capstan Full Strength and swig of mother’s ruin):

    • Mark Foster

      ¨Advanced Incompetence/ Advanced Incontinence¨ . Ha. I love the details in your creations…

      • Sunny Sands

        And Snortimer and Bumbo repeated in the textile backdrop.

        • Juicer77

          Oh, good eye!

    • Draco

      Sheep make much better keepers of the tech…and they are not plastic!!

      • EmmaDaoust

        baaaaaa

    • coonellie

      After working most of the night and having little sleep, I was greeted with your shoop. Thanks for the great start of a new day 🙂

      • Mark

        Glad to be of service! 🙂

    • beauty for ashes

      The curlers the curlers~oh and the lips! **falls into a puddle of expletives and laughter***

    • ReallyMGM

      It took FOREVER for Disqus to refresh this, but was it worth it!!! Fell off the bed laughing!

    • Allie

      Brilliant as always, Mark!

  • ReallyMGM

    Bunker word of the day: Oiliness

  • Jimmy3

    Sometimes I wonder if my dynamics are into complete reverse misalignment with my perceptics. I don’t think there is a setting for that in any time construct. Take, for example, the hopping kangaroo. Hippity hop hop, hipitty hop hop… But what does that say of the bumblebee? The bumblebee is to pollenate the harboring of spiritualness for all. Now imagine the kangaroo has a pouch full of theta juice. What does that do for the fluidity of soulful spirtualness? What does that say for the bumblebee? Where is the WHY and when is the HOW? So, to answer your question, no, I don’t have exact change, Mr. Bus Driver Man.

    • Draco

      You have been moisturing yourself again, haven’t you?

    • Science Doc

      ScienceDocology can help you with that, but you will need far more than bus change.

    • Mark Foster

      Tangentially, J3, in anarchically random episodes of effusive extemporization, I emphatically affirm that…I like big butts, I cannot lie…

    • Nat-leficent

      That stuff on the oiliness table is not for drinking!

      • Jimmy3

        Hippity hop hop, hippity hop hop. ROOOOOOO

        • Nat-leficent

          Oh dear.

      • salin

        It has residue from those damn OTIV exorcised thetans.

        • Nat-leficent

          Duggan residue XP

          • Kay

            ewwww…cough….vomit….ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    • Kay

      Hilarious you are. (yoda-speak)

    • flyonthewall
      • Richard Grant

        I would commit a minor felony to obtain that scarf.

        • flyonthewall

          it is a nice scarf

      • Chee Chalker

        CTA…. Welcome to the Chicago Transit Authority?
        The scary thing is that he’s not a hobo…….a ranting hobo….I’m used to that
        A ranting Harry Nielsen look a like in a camel hair coat…..now, that’s a new one!

      • Well… That should look good on his résumé.

    • Miss Tia

      I have periods of existential crisis thinking of a world without David Bowie existing in living human form. This is true, I probably need help, for more reasons than just that…… 🙂

      • B4you

        You just need to take the bus!

        • Miss Tia

          oh hell no!!! i have bus trauma!! i got jacked up by a kent state campus bus in 1999 and they could have ALL their money back if i didn’t have this ache in my hip tendon TO THIS DAY….and i am seriously freaked out about getting on buses since then….yeah, i really need help….

          dafuq are crows doing with pine cones?!?!? using them as weapons??? the crows are clocking out at the huge maple tree a couple yards behind me and a couple landed in trees–including clueless crow— in my yard and then one swooped in and i heard something THUD on the back porch roof as the crow flew over and IT DROPPED A PINE CONE on my back porch roof! o_O clueless crow is staring at me…..some kind of message?? (yes, live blogging crows clocking out here)….now they left my yard and went to join the others….uh….and i found a pine cone by my back steps this morning—there’s no pine tree with pine cones in my immediate area, had to have been dropped……great…..crows are dropping pine cones on my back porch/back steps….i’m even nice to them…..

          • B4you

            Bird’s is Dinosaur’s (just smaller); you have to be careful.

            • Miss Tia

              i wonder wtf they’re doing with the pine cones…..they seem to be targeting that area too….maybe clueless crow asked them to drop them off as a thank you? yeah….i’ll go with that…..

          • beauty for ashes

            Crows are known to bring you gifts!

            • Miss Tia

              yeah, i surmised replying to b4you below i was gonna go with they were bringing me a thank you for helping clueless crow in some way….but pine cones? though next to the big maple tree is a huge pine tree with pine cones—so they are within their reach to grab right there…..as long as they don’t drop one on my head! 🙂

          • Robert Eckert

            That may be their way of saying they love you, like a kitty bringing you a dead mouse.

            • Miss Tia

              how can i train them to bring me shiny things like coins? 😉 pine cones are fine—fresh and piney!! as long as they aren’t dropped on my head! —the one i found this morning obviously was dropped when i wasn’t out….and this afternoon 2 of them saw me sitting in here when the 3rd dropped it on the roof…..

          • Crows are seriously smart… So, those crows are probably coming up with a better way to get food out of the pine cones

            http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0423_030423_crowtools.html

            • Miss Tia

              possibly, or they might have been bringing me gifts. I dunno what kind of ‘food’ pine cones would contain, ya know?

            • Lynn Fountain Campbell

              Pine nuts?

            • Miss Tia

              are pine nuts derived from pine cones? I honestly don’t know….i have found a few more pine cones by my back steps and one more on my back porch so they are still dropping them in that area…..

            • Lynn Fountain Campbell

              I think they are, but they have to be the right species of pine.
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_nut

            • Miss Tia

              ah, thank you for that lesson!! these aren’t those kind of pines/pine cones….maybe they want me to make some crafts? 🙂

            • Lynn Fountain Campbell

              I wonder if they know it’s almost time for Christmas wreaths…. 🙂

            • Miss Tia

              i can make some crafts or some cinnamon pine cones! 🙂

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Human? Are you sure?

        Btw, Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige is one of my favorite bits of casting in contemporary cinema. Could it be more perfect?!

        • Miss Tia

          Not sure about the human! 😉

          Truly perfect casting! And was Tesla human?

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            I’m pretty sure Tesla was a Time Lord.

            • Miss Tia

              Had to have been!

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I talked to him on the phone once for 2 minutes.I’ll share it with you sometime.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMhFyWEMlD4

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      I think I had this conversation once while tripping on acid.

      *waves* Hey J3! 🙂

      • Jimmy3

        Hey NOLA! Why did the Falcons not want to stay undefeated? That’s not a setup to a joke. I would really like to know.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I don’t know what happened. No one was really expecting us to win that game so it was a joyful surprise to see the team clicking like they were. Either way, fuck the Falcons. Garbage ass team. (yes I have a heavy bias on this topic lol)

          • Jimmy3

            Undefeated Falcons: Bah, we don’t want to win this game.
            Saints: Sure! We’ll take it! Thanks!

            Undefeated Broncos: Bah, we don’t want to win this game.
            Browns: Naw… Naw, that’s okay. You guys keep the W.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I never had a bad trip and ate them like tick taks in college. Too scared now that i’m an adult.

  • EmmaDaoust

    It’s a dark rainy autumn day in Toronto. The Jays won last night. Justin Trudeau is our new Prime Minister. Season of change.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ep3ABTUQT4

    • jazzlover

      Change, as in the Jays will win the series, or as in it will be the only game they win? 😉

      Q104.3, btw, is the only classic rock station left in NY, and I used to listen to Kenny Dashow when I was a wee lad 🙂

      • EmmaDaoust

        Jays gonna take Mets down the road. 🙂

        • jazzlover

          Lotsa confidence there, Emma 😉 Are the Leafs gonna win the Cup too?

          • EmmaDaoust

            Nah. Habs.

            • jazzlover

              When push comes to shove, Kreider will just take Price out again 😉

            • EmmaDaoust

              sez you

            • jazzlover

              Actually, sez Claude Julien 😉

            • EmmaDaoust

              Oh.

            • Robert Eckert

              The Leafs will only win the Cup if the Cubs take the Series.

    • Kim O’Brien

      congrats !

  • Jgg2012

    Duggan said “But no longer will I substitute “thinking” for real perception”. In other words, he will not think for himself. He will let others think for him. That way, the illogic of Scientology will not bother him.

    • salin

      How in the world did he do the business buying and selling while thinking? He should have just gone for perception and let others think about and get those deals done.

      • Jgg2012

        He didn’t. He hired others to do the deals for him.

    • B4you

      “But no longer will I substitute thinking”. – He should have stopped there!

  • Edward Whalley

    All this just underlines how fragile and hollow Scientology leaves its victims. Ask to see any of these wonders in Clearwater, heck, just try to look at things in the Museum or walk into the Fort Harrison to eat at the Hibiscus, and you’ll get told somewhat stonily, that this building is only for Church members, run along…Dig a little further, if you can, and you’ll be told some version of “well, these people really can’t deal with outside folks right now — they paid to be somewhere safe while they’re studying”. Safe? From what? The sight or sounds of someone who might, somehow, not live and breathe the Tech as much as they do? An amused chuckle at the claims made by the museum, or someone exhibiting compassion or mercy? No, they cannot have such things, when there’s the dead-serious business of shepherding a body up the Bridge going on. “No, Myrtle, you shouldn’t feel unhappy that you couldn’t help that little girl. She brought it on herself. What’s important is your body thetans are craving drugs right now, and you’re going to have to help them. See, you’ve got the whole place just for you!” Sigh….

  • ReallyMGM

    The only person at the St Hill Ideal Org

    • jazzlover

      This is the same guy who trolls Eric Idle on twitter? If so, the cap is a bit ironic, no?

      • ReallyMGM

        One and the same. “Somebody’s got to be at the head of the freak parade.”

        • jazzlover

          I suppose, but there are so many who qualify 🙂

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      The urge to sneeze on him is overwhelming. 🙂 YES! I’m grouchy and sick of being in bed. I am NOT a good patient.

      • ReallyMGM

        Throw the kleenex at him!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Can I throw the whole trashcan full of tissue at him and then hit him upside his stupid head with the with the trashcan? No? Ok.

          *throws tissues*

          • ReallyMGM

            Its so miserable this time of year for a cold. Its so dry and dusty here. Leaves aren’t changing this year, they are just drying up and falling off the trees.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              I feel you, and I am such a miserable bitch when I’m sick. Thankfully everything is starting to “drain out” so to speak so I’m just messy and disgusting right now. LOL I’ll be back in normal bitch form in a day or so. 🙂

          • Miss Tia

            Hey, wipe some snot on Skittles she’s being a snot rag!! I’ll box her up and over night her to ya!!!

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Are you crazy? She’ll come for me, I know it. Hail Skittles!! 😀

            • Miss Tia

              her fuckery today knows no bounds!!! now projectile vomiting? whatever….but today, she decided she was gonna sit on the floor right close to 1) where my hot pot is for my water (short cord can’t put it up on anything, safer on floor anyway) and 2) right where i walk into the room….does she MOVE??? OF COURSE NOT!!! to avoid her, i almost fall into the hot pot—which was almost boiling at that point—-she THEN decided to fly off knocking over her food AND water dish and then projectile vomited everywhere…..i told if she tries to sit there again i’m just gonna step on her…..

      • Miss Tia

        I can relate, I’m not a patient patient either! FUCK SICKNESS!!

    • Mark

      Blech! You showed the naughty bits!

    • He’s Monty Python’s Biggest Stalker.

    • Frodis73

      What a freakin’ dork. He really annoys me.
      eta-now that I think about it, isn’t he going to get in trouble for not displaying any Lrh books?

      • ReallyMGM

        Hope so!

      • Allie

        My little niece would call him a goofus doofus.
        Personally I like “dickhead”
        and he really annoys me too

  • Jimmy3

    Okay, this is bullshit. I left my perceptics in my Bunker locker, and come back to find I have only 53 of them in there. Please let me know the time, personal size and cellular/bacterial positions of anyone you saw near the lockers. Thanks

    • Miss Tia

      I saw 2 smoking behind the school and one flipped off the principal and set off the fire alarm. The other was crying in the hallway and listening to Morrissey.

      • Kim O’Brien

        Morrissey …..DYING !!!

      • sugarplumfairy

        Crying is the only way to listen to Morrissey..

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Bahahaha!!

      • nommables

        We named our first two dogs Morrissey and Marr (Johnny)…they were both females!

        • Miss Tia

          Did they get along with each other or did they fight? 😉

          • nommables

            Ha! That’s funny! I wish I could come up with some witty reply! Brain is empty today! 🙂

            • Miss Tia

              you sort of had to have expected that question, eventually! 😀

            • nommables

              We sent pictures and a letter to both Morrissey and Johnny Marr…never hear back…don’t suppose they were too honored (but they should have been!)!

            • Miss Tia

              they totally should have been!!! BOOOO Morrissey BOOO Johnny Marr!!

            • nommables

              Morrissey was a beautiful golden german shepherd and Marr was a Newfie black lab mix. Morrissey really was the best dog ever. Now we have two Bernese Mountain dogs and two Pomeranians. 🙂

    • B4you

      just like the scientist that invented the invisible marshmallow! Now they can’t find it either?

      • Dr_Orpheus

        Wonder Woman often has trouble remembering where she parked her invisible jet.

    • sugarplumfairy

      I think it was Mark.. He seems extraordinarily perceptive to me..

  • Observer

    Well, that sucked, and it will continue to suck all week. On the upside: job security.

    Here are a couple more pics from yesterday. The four red leaves are on a baby oak tree; just a spindly little stem that can’t support those gigantic (by comparison) leaves very well. I’m tempted to go back and dig it up and plant it here because it’s close to the stream bank and will fall in before it gets very big.

    refresh

    • Miss Tia

      Save the tree!!! I know you will! 🙂

    • Juicer77

      If you ever threatened to leave, they would cling to your ankles and beg. But still not offer more money. Those big stupid heads!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    StuporPowazzz

    – this quote is revealing about the genius who created it:

    “But the “class 8 course moment” happened when we were in the “messenger on duty” room. (That’s as I recall, it may have been some other designated room)
    Sitting on a table was a large tray with every kind of over-the-counter pain reliever and allergy medicine you could imagine! Allerest, Sine-aid, Sine-off, Tylenol, probably 15 or so different kinds. And there were frigging 5 or more BOXES of each kind! And oh-so-orderly in their arrangement on the tray!
    Of course I was stunned! Wasn’t this the guy that taught us to eschew drugs and medications? Didn’t an aspirin inhibit a thetan’s ability to create mental image pictures? Wasn’t this the guy that CREATED the Allergy Rundown??”
    John Doe November 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm #
    http://www.alanzosblog.com/class-8-student-tells-story-l-ron-hubbards-ot-abilities-original-class-8-course/

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X *** Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

    Good day Bunkeroos,

    Friday 16th: a silver lining with New York achieving a good score.
    Saturday 17th: SFBay scraped in and saved the day.
    Sunday 18th : San Antonio & SfBay got a few hits
    Monday 19th : SFBay got a couple and New York scraped in.

    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… BilBoard enhanced by Bob Kåre for RedX, and flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/16213096977/in/set-72157642802079293

  • Richard Grant

    I confess to having a strange fascination with the Super Power building ever since Tony published architectural plans and detailed renderings at the Village Voice, at least a year or two before the building opened. I downloaded all the pictures and stared at them. They made me think of Albert Speer’s New Reich Chancellery. Everything about the place is daunting and out-of-human-scale, including the furniture in the upper-floor “lounges” and reception areas. The statuary is grotesque. There are huge video screens everywhere. On one floor there are several dozen, perhaps a hundred or more, rooms for auditing. Meanwhile, packed into the basement, there’s a cafeteria for the wretched Sea Org minions to shovel down their beans and rice.

    But perhaps the most striking thing about those renderings — and it has proven oddly prophetic, as real art often does — was the complete absence of human figures. No attempt at all was made to show how people might move or sit or mingle in any of those vast cold spaces. You were more or less forced to imagine yourself alone in that terrifying environment, leered at by the creepy faces on the video screens.

    One detail that I especially love is that the entire ground floor was evidently intended to be a sort of public museum or shrine of Scientology. There’s a café. There’s a bookstore. There’s a mock-up of the good ship Apollo, with Commodore Ron himself strolling toward you with one of his hale and hearty seamen. It’s just so perfect, so Scientological, that this place is now absolutely off-limits to the general public. Even the windows are papered over so no one can catch a glimpse of the place.

    So much for my fantasy of popping in one day to sip the Weirdest Cup of Coffee in the World.

    I guess I’ve come to think of the Super Power building as a kind of summing-up of so many things about Scientology — the corruption, the absurdity, the ugliness, the extravagance that brings no one pleasure, the rooms where no one will ever be audited, the giant chairs in which no one will ever sit, the deathly stillness, the vacuity, the waste. It’s like a giant metaphor cast in marble that needs no interpretation — it’s so fucking obvious it’s embarrassing.

    • Jimmy3

      Yes, it’s a shame they couldn’t raise the funds necessary to make it the public institution it was intended to be.

    • Yeah well, may be if Rinder and Bennet didn’t fly a fucking helicopter over it all the goddamn time, people of Clearwater would be less scared to visit the place and go Clear and OT until they are totally free.
      Seriously though, beautifully said Richard.

    • Racnad

      It’s very typical that interior shots of Scientology buildings, as well as exterior shots of properties like the Gold Base, have no people in them. I figure it’s because there are often not enough people available to make it look busy, or that it is embarrassing when recognizable people in the photos leave or get declared months or a few years later.

    • Acherontia

      Reminds me of Equilibrium, with Christian Bale.

      • Richard Grant

        Yes! I remember that. A world where you *really* had to keep your TRs in.

    • Allie

      Excellent description, Richard. Several words come to mind for me in describing this ugly edifice–
      ostentatious, garish, arrogant, egotistical. An $80 million ugly monstrosity to satisfy the lil pope
      so he can ingratiate himself with the whales & announce his cult’s success & brilliance to the world.
      All the while most of the minions are eating rice & beans, living in horrible conditions, foreigners have passports confiscated and no one is receiving the super powers that were promised.
      A cold, uninspiring, imposing atmosphere & environment–just the way Davey likes it.

      • Richard Grant

        Thanks Allie. Very nicely put yourself!

        • Allie

          Thanks, Richard

      • ReallyMGM

        The only people who have access to it are the whales and the criminally underpaid servants that cater to their every whim. Sad.

    • chukicita

      Awesomely put, Richard. Especially, to me, the “vacuity, the waste.” According to a 2013 study, there are at least 7,000 homeless people in Pinellas County.

      http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/pinellas-homeless-population-grows-according-to-much-delayed-county-report/2145397

      • Richard Grant

        It’s unforgivable isn’t it? Maybe the Canadian election result will be contagious somehow and we can start addressing the problem of economic inequality down here.

        • MaxSpaceman

          from your lips to Meepthorp’s ears 🙂

  • beauty for ashes

    I think the Super Power building will make a great beauty school someday. Or a treatment center for veterans. It’s just sooo much waste. It’s kind of painful to look at.

    • Juicer77

      It would have to be triple-checked for safety. Since they probably used unskilled Sea Argh labor, who knows what kind of terrible electrical wiring, plumbing and structural issues hide behind the glassy, glossy façade? I bet if you tripped and fell against any wall, you’d crash right through it.

      • beauty for ashes

        Hey! Don’t interrupt my fantasy. **giggles**
        I was thinking if the IRS took away CO$ religious status, somehow maybe the government could repossess some of their buildings. I was really digging the idea that with some tweaks it might actually be a calming space that could be used for veterans with PTSD.
        I don’t know why it helps, but it does to imagine all this fraud and waste becoming something that would actually help humanity.

        • Juicer77

          It would be nice! Perhaps some day…

      • ReallyMGM

        I know they spent a fortune on the basement on a building of that size on the Gulf Coast. With the high water table, buildings and homes there usually do not have them because of the problem with leaking, flooding, condensation and the mold and mildew that comes along with it. Just my experience in my area…have had to pay the bills for it.

      • Nat-leficent

        ^^^

    • Jimmy3

      Or a great beauty treatment center for veterans school.

      • beauty for ashes

        **nougies**

    • ReallyMGM

      I think they should be forced by the city of Clearwater to open it to the citizens as an emergency shelter in the event of a hurricane. You know, actually do something good for the community. BUT NO TOUCHING!!!

      • B4you

        Imagine to run inside that building during a hurricane and turn on the light 🙂 wtf!

        • ReallyMGM

          Imagine taping the glass in those windows for a hurricane. Or worse, boarding them up.

    • outraged

      It looks like a Roman bath house.
      Just fill it with water. Make a wonderful swimming pool.

    • Nat-leficent
      • beauty for ashes

        now that’s just silly!!!!!

  • outraged

    Lest we forgot what is really important,
    ☆☆☆Let’s Go Mets☆☆☆

    • Miss Tia

      Come on, Cubs haven’t WON a world series since 1908!!! Who’s alive who even SAW that???? They haven’t even been in one since, I think the 40s? GO CUBS!!!!!!!!!!

      Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field!!! Win it for Harry and the bleacher bums!!!

      • Jimmy3

        IINM, the Cubs won the 2015 World Series in Back to the Future II.

        How cool would it be if that came true?

        • Miss Tia

          very very cool!!

      • outraged

        Sorry. once a new yawker, always a new yawker.
        Tho I was born in Merryland and live in Joisey.

      • ze moo

        Sorry, I am still rooting for the Mets.

  • Sejanus

    All it took was a plowing an Iowa cornfield to bring in baseball legends and gave us “if you build it they will come”.

    Then $cientology steps up and manages to make it more…
    “if you build it they will laugh”.

    • Kim O’Brien

      yeah …but keep in mind …those ghost baseball players were totally racist 😉

    • Jimmy3

      Starring the great Kannit Costmore. Cameo by Uwell B. Shoeless Jacksome.

  • Nat-leficent

    Caption Contest: Calvin and Hobbes take over abandoned Super Power building (apologies Bill Watterson)

    *Bonus points for using an actual Calvin quote
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3c5f97757b0081541fd761fa533ee77c6d02edea73a7f3d8fd8e04625a4f8d3.png

    • Jimmy3

      Calvin: “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”

      Hobbes: “Knock over that ugly LRH statue and run away laughing?”

      Calvin: “Hell yes! We’re going for those bonus points!”

    • Nat-leficent

      “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

    • Yeppir

      Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

    • Nat-leficent

      “It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.”

    • Nat-leficent

      “In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.”

    • Sunny

      Actual Calvin quote:

      “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

  • Acherontia

    So who else is at work late and drinking because you are working late?

  • nottrue

    Dan Burton is all scientology could find……

    • Nat-leficent

      Scientology isn’t the only scam to find Dan Burton

    • ReallyMGM

      Sounds like a joke, but it isn’t. People voted for this person.

  • Jo

    Night folks, listen to your heart.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Judging by the heavy use of “Overcoat Tech” shown in this photo, Saint Hill’s Grand Re-opening failed to address one of the following –
    1 – The need for a coat room
    2 – An adequate heating system
    3 – Attendees preferring to leave their coats on, to facilitate a quick getaway

    https://twitter.com/johnalexwood/status/656169772447608832

    • Nat-leficent

      Why is every single person in this photo — in focus? Makes no sense.

      • Sherbet

        It’s an Ideal Photo.

      • RBE

        It’s an OT camera that is cause over MEST.

      • FromPolandWithLove

        Not so Ideal photoshop?

      • Yeppir

        I can actually do that. Depends on aperture and lens. Having said that, I CRY FOUL!

      • Staged Op.

    • Yeppir

      That’s me in the spotlight, he meant to say…. losing his religion.

    • Frodis73

      That is so funny about the coats, I see ONE person w/out a coat. Knowing sci, the answer could be any of those choices too. Forgetting the closet seems like something they would do.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        From my experience, even the most modest churches have a place for parishoners to put thier coats. And what about the silly looking folks on the couches, reading away like they are sitting at the bus stop, waiting for a bus… HA!

    • B4you

      Hey Look! There is Gemma in back with her coat from London 🙂

  • flyonthewall

    Weirdest scientology video ever! Seriously, like for realz. They let this kid who’s crazy about elevators go around and ride in the PAC base elevators with a video camera. Kid knows his shit too. Some very cool shots here I’ve never seen from inside the base as well as brief shots of Sea Borg. Good editing by AGP too

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

    • Jimmy3

      Uplifting.

      • flyonthewall

        it has its ups and downs

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah. I could take it or stair it.

          • flyonthewall

            only in an emergency

        • Nat-leficent

          Emergency STOP this!

          • flyonthewall

            we are forging the new frontier of elevator puns

          • Jimmy3

            You’re like one of those people I wasn’t gonna stop the pun thread for until i made last minute eye contact with and basically had to put my foot in the door.

            • Nat-leficent

              Oh, you’d hold the elevator waaay to long for me — to the point where other people in it started giving you impatient looks <3

          • flyonthewall

            Look! Even Tony weighed in on the elevator puns 😛

    • Science Doc

      To hell with this. I’m starting an elevator blog.

      • Jimmy3

        Just don’t call it “To Hell With This”

        • Science Doc

          I’m down to three possible names: Moving Up a Little Higher in an Elevator, Something Can be Done About the Elevator, or Elevator to the Underground Bunker.

          • Nat-leficent

            Ooooh. I vote 3.

          • Jimmy3

            Straight Up and Vertical Expa-Oh My Xenu Did You Hear That? What The Hell Was That??? Why Are We Stopped???

          • flyonthewall

            Elevator Warrior?

            eta – correction: Memoir of an Elevator Warrior

            • Science Doc

              Elevator Operators Back in Comm in South Africa?

          • TonyOrtega

            We Lift Tall

            • Science Doc

              That is a good theme song.

            • Science Doc

              Elevator Shoes Lift Dwarfs Tall

          • Miss Tia

            Love in an Elevator? well, that could be your ‘after dark’ stories…..

        • Andrew Robertson

          …An ecclesiastical elevator joke…

      • Yeppir

        Otis is gonna be good.

        Too much elevator not enough pun?

      • Sid (Phil)

        So if I followed your blog would that be considered Otis reading? And what kind of music will you be playing?

        • Science Doc

          Elevator Music of course.

        • jazzlover

          North Corean.

        • ze moo

          Otis Reading is not amused.

          • jazzlover

            Why? Is he the owner of Reading Railroad?

      • Sid (Phil)

        This would be like a bullbaiting blog. You’d just be pushing our buttons every day.

      • Sid (Phil)

        Miscavige would read it because he feels a little vertically challenged.

    • Frodis73

      This kid also has videos of trains which are his other obsession. He’s autistic and I wonder if his parents are sci’s (hope not). It’s hard to imagine the chult letting him on the property like that if he is not a member…we also know how they feel about autism. Me is confused. :-/

      • ReallyMGM

        If they are Scions, would they have let him put the crying women saying she hadn’t seen her husband in the basement on the video? That was a bit weird.

        • flyonthewall

          the cuts w/ex’s were put in there by AGP. AGP found the kid’s video, inserted the ex’s talking and reposted it on his channel

          • ReallyMGM

            Oh, ok. I knew they were inserted. I didn’t realize someone had tinkered with the kid’s video.

      • flyonthewall

        Maybe they figure he’s a harmless kid and it would be good PR? The way he thanked them in the end makes me think he isn’t one, just a visitor

        • Frodis73

          That makes the most sense…it probably took like a year or two to get approval. Letting this kid engage his interests like that makes it seem like he has great parents that are staying current with treatments and how to raise a child with autism in positive ways, etc. I bet sci parents would hide the kid away.

  • Sid (Phil)

    Of all the senses they addressed at the Super Power building there were still some parishioners who didn’t have the sense to stay away.

    • flyonthewall

      now all they have left is cents

      • Sid (Phil)

        So this is David Miscavige’s idea of beating someone centsless?

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Finally in my hands”
    #book #bookstagram #nowreading #scientology #lawrencewright #vsco #vzcowarsaw #vzcopoland

    https://instagram.com/p/9E5Dyajh71/?tagged=scientology

    • FromPolandWithLove

      Jesteś z Polski???:)

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I am not but the person who posted this on Instagram, is in Poland. 🙂

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Remember last week when Fred posted about witnessing Big Blue security chasing after a guy? That scene may be a regular occurrence… (this Instagram posted today)

    PHOTO CAPTIONS – “Dude, what happened to your windows?? #WhatAreYouHiding? #NeedFreshAir? #scientology
    Seriosuly. Ken and I were walking by and we saw a guy running away and here comes their staff chasing after him. Hilarious!

    https://instagram.com/p/9EYANqHLYV/?tagged=scientology

    • flyonthewall

      What!? That’s not hilarious, wtf is wrong with them?

      • Miss Tia

        i left a comment, i’m oevilone on instagram…..hilarious? dumb fuck…….

        • flyonthewall

          i don’t know instagram, good on you

          • Miss Tia

            i think i have like 4 pix on there? i don’t like to take pix on my tablet—i prefer my camera…..but i can leave comments via my computer easily! 🙂

        • Frodis73

          HA! Glad you left that comment…it’s all fun to laugh at until you know the truth. Hope they think in the future.

          • Miss Tia

            how in the fuck—even if you didn’t know the truth about sci-fuckery—could you see someone running with people chasing and think it’s HILARIOUS? it’s not it was police chasing a criminal —even that isn’t funny…..but dafuq??? says A LOT about the person who thinks that’s hilarious!!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              It’s possible that one could have thought that the guy was an anti-scientologist running away after taunting the clams (about Xenu, Going Clear, etc). I’ve seen several people posting about witnessing someone being chased but no one mentioning the police showing up. 🙁

            • Miss Tia

              Dunno….just the coldness of the ‘hilarious’ comment though….ya know?

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              Yeah, I know. I’m hoping that maybe the guy running away was a prankster and was maybe laughing or shouting “Xenu”. Just trying to be optimistic, but these stories are very disturbing if the guards are chasing down their runaways. Ugh!

            • Miss Tia

              yeah, i try to be optimistic too….but we just read an account like this by someone we know here and this is too similar….why can’t this happen when tory is protesting?! she’d know what to do!!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              I wish there was some way cameras could be set up and focused on this place. Someone needs to record what’s going on.

  • J. Swift
    • So it’s a Swiss bank, basically.

      • jazzlover

        Not neutral enough, but full of holes.

        • flyonthewall

          wow, it’s like pun heaven up in here 2nt

          • jazzlover

            That’s what happens when y’all are my straight men 🙂

      • J. Swift

        Swiss banks let you withdraw your monies you have on account.

        Scientology does not, and, it declares you an SP criminal for daring to ask for your money back

        This makes Scientology a criminal enterprise and not a Swiss bank.

        • Can scientology make dirty money go Clear though? Jk

    • B4you

      This is the Terminator version of a registrar.

      • grundoon

        The R-1000

  • Observer

    Psssst … we were wrong, guys. Ron IS back!

    F5

    • ze moo

      Thank God those clowns are finally out of the gestational cages.

    • EnthralledObserver

      What the fuck IS that made from? *shudders*

      • FromPolandWithLove

        Something tells me we don’t want to know… 🙁

        • EnthralledObserver

          Yeah… you’re probably right.

      • Frodis73

        I know, I am scared.

    • Mark

      Horrible pseudo-Spam and sausage-meat loaded with food-colouring, which I’m glad to say haven’t darkened a UK deli counter for years (I think they went the way of Turkey Twizzlers). No idea why they’re calling them ‘steaks’ though: they always came via the bacon-slicer.

      • Available in every “Nightmare Deli”.

        • Mark

          And served at cheapskate kid’s parties, if memory serves.

      • ReallyMGM

        Tube Steak

        • Mark

          Mostly re-formed intestines, I’m sure.

          • ReallyMGM

            USDA regulations allow for a minute amount of rat hair, too.

    • Yeppir

      Eat nothing with a face. Good policy. Much love, Ron.

    • B4you

      It’s a theta-trap!

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Those are you basic meat bodies.

      In other words, wogs.

      This is how we in the Church of Scientology see homo saps: Implanted tubes of meat, stuck in their reactive minds, fit only to be sold to the Psychlos as cold cuts.

      • B4you

        ha ha Yes! – Wog’s

    • Science Doc

      Clowns should not be free ranged. Tiger cages for those freaks.

      • Miss Tia

        that’s cruelty to tigers!!

  • what’sup

    Required reading.

    • B4you

      wtf?

    • Hilarious.
      Source?

      • what’sup

        Facebook… I’ll get you link,

      • what’sup

        It’s seems to have disappeared off my news feed. maybe Max Farquar broken Brittain

    • Frodis73

      The titles ‘Daddy’s New Wife Is A Bitch’ and ‘Timmy’s First Riot’ cracked me up.

      • Science Doc

        I think I read most of these as a child.

      • Miss Tia

        I needed ‘bombs made easy’! I made a molotov cocktail—badly—and set an alley on fire….oh wait…..and this was in high school and we were just mixing stuff in a bottle and someone said it wouldn’t work and i said it would and they put a rag in it, lit it, tossed it behind their garage and oh fuck get the hose!!! we told the fire department it was a chemistry experiment gone awry and they could check with the chemistry professor that i had a history of being clueless with chemicals—i previously totally accidentally set a sink on fire……we tossed a bunch of chemicals in the sink to dispose of (i know i know) and i said “hey let’s toss in some dirt” and oh fuck get the fire extinguisher…..how/why dirt set that off i have no idea…..

        • Franklin Adams

          Punk Rock isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the Offspring have a song that might have helped you out. Its called “Hand Grenades” and lasts all of 36 seconds. Don’t try it, but it does work.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-Yp2YSF_Ik

          • Miss Tia

            i like punk rock, but i never listened to the offspring—aren’t they a pop group? o_O i know i’ve read about them….DFL has a song cremecheese and grenades…..

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qk3kF5Scl4

            • what’sup

              Like I didn’t have a crush on you already, now I find out you’re a Dead Fucking Last fan. Oh the tyranny of distance.
              PROUD TO BE D.F.L

            • Frodis73

              She’s awesome, her tastes are ALL over the map and that is a great thing imho!

            • Miss Tia

              Great anthem and personal motto to have! 😀 this is the first time i’ve encountered other people who’ve even HEARD of DFL!!! i got friends listening to them in the 90s…..YEAH!!! Proud to be DFL!!!

              https://youtu.be/M57cvb5g90s

            • what’sup

              Sourpuss was my jam Misty. I always wondered If Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys was the drummer for the first few years as they always obscured his face on Proud to be and they were on his label, Grand Royal

            • Miss Tia

              I always thought he played guitar and that they obscured his face just to sort of try to ‘hide’ his identity and not be labeled an B-boy side project—that was my theory. When I saw BS2000 at the Beachland Ballroom he didn’t play any instrument, of course that was a different project of his.

            • Franklin Adams

              Yeah, they’re pop nowadays. Used to be straight up Punk back in the day though, their first three (and part of the fourth) records were punk. Seems to be the Nitro curse because the same thing’s true with AFI. Their first four full lengths were Punk, their fifth (and everything after) was pop, and not very good if you ask me.

              But you just made my year. I’ve been a fan of DFL for a long time, I’ve got “Return of the Knucklehead” from “Proud to be…” stuck on my mind now. I even have a sticker that Monty signed at a show I went to that I gave to a buddy of mine, which I think he still has on his main guitar.

            • Miss Tia

              I’m gonna sound ‘old’ but i’ve been listening to DFL i’m sure since the mid-90s (i am picturing where i lived then listening to them on the porch and yeah, mid-90s)…..never saw them though….dunno if i would’ve parted with the sticker!!

              ear worms all around!! https://youtu.be/yZYCYHpTZ2I

        • Frodis73

          Omx, that is too funny. We blew up a few 2 liter pop bottles upn between shows at Geauga Lake when we were bored working. Nothing ever caught fire thankfully.

          • Miss Tia

            OMFG, that reminds me of something funny….remember that small bar on the corner of college and willow?? bands would play in the basement sometimes? one time jen (the jew) and erin and i were there and we left and were gonna go downtown—i was still the only one 21+….the back door was open and they had cases of 2 liter pop…we took A LOT then were crossing 59 and realized we couldn’t haul 2 liters into bars so we started just handing them out!! (the things you do when you’re drunk!!!)

            • Frodis73

              Total drunk story cause that would have been very heavy! Lol. I can picture it. OH! I forget if you have netflix but PBS The Day the 60s Dies is now avail and it’s all about May 4th. It’s probably avail on the pbs site though now that I think about it. Some great footage and interviews in it. Plus, I saw Terrace Hall–sob!

            • Miss Tia

              nope, no netflix, that shit is expensive!!! yeah, tore down terrace for a PARKING LOT! not even a parking DECK!

          • Miss Tia

            and did you ever work with jen (the skin head) at geauga lake? she worked there a few summers….she use to steal beer from them and justify it by saying they paid shitty and they sold the beer for triple the cost…..

            • Frodis73

              You know, I do remember her saying she worked there. I don’t really remember where or what she did…I worked there almost 10 years too, but I remember her talking about it. She was about 2 yrs older than me and may have worked a beer truck. I was in food service my first year, a year on water slides then the rest of the time in the entertainment dept.

            • Miss Tia

              she just worked there a couple years and hated every minute of it…….10 years?! DAMN!!!! hard core geauga laker!!

  • aegerprimo

    I am home from my vacation now… a drive through New England with my mother to see the autumn foliage. I drove from Savannah to the Poconos Pennsylvania to pick her up. We made our way through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, back to PA to drop my mom off, and then down through miles and miles of long-leaf pines to the marshlands of the southeast coast to my current home.

    I had a wonderful time. The scenery was spectacular! I drove by Vaquera, and it did not work out to meet up with Panopea Abrupta….

    It was my priority on this vacation to bond with my mother. I’m 50 years old now (whew) and am not only an older me, but a wiser me. I love my mother with all my heart and soul. My mom and I talked and shared a lot of things. It was amazing. One thing we discussed was how she worried and did not know what to do when I joined a cult at 20 years old.

    When we made our way through Connecticut, we stopped to see an old friend of hers, a wonderful woman I remember from my childhood. She and her husband (now deceased) helped my mother when I joined the Cult of $cientology. They helped her research, helped her connect to the Cult Awareness Network (which was NOT owned and controlled by the Co$ back then).

    My mother was so wonderfully supportive of me taking pics of Tony’s book “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely” at landmarks along our trip. We shared the story of Bunkerites taking pics of Miss Lovely at landmarks all over the world and sharing ever since the release of the book, and of Tony’s Underground Bunker, and of the commenting community (the Bunkerites aka Bunkeroos). One of my favorite pics is the one my sister took of my mother helping me take the pic of Miss Lovely in a lock of the Erie Canal. (F5)

    This vacation and bonding with my mother was not about me being an ex member of a cult or me turning the Big Five Oh. I shared SO MANY things with my mom on this trip…. I am only relaying some highlights regarding the wacky culty thing because this is the Underground Bunker and $cientology has touched the lives of all commenters here.

    Y’all know I always stay on topic.

    • jazzlover

      That is AWESOME. I am so happy for you. I think I might have even seen a little wave as you passed through NY 🙂

    • Just wow. What a special report and a journey. Love is all we have.

      • aegerprimo

        Yes, and love is a VERY powerful thing.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      That’s really wonderful AP. Thanks for sharing. Had you and mom ever shared before about how she worried for you during your sci time?

    • ReallyMGM

      Oops! I accidentally hit the down vote button. Sorry! Of all posts, because I think it is the sweetest thing I have ever read.

      • aegerprimo

        You can undo the downvote… too bad we cannot do that in life LOL… but then would we learn? I am not sad about my accidental downvotes. ♥

    • Yeppir

      Well your Mom rocks. Hash tag COOLMOM. (See?even I can be a twatter!) I am glad you had good love with your mom. I admit I’m a little jelly. I would like a better relationship with mine. Sadly, she’s 80 and in a cult. It’s called Fox News.

      • aegerprimo

        Not sure if my mom is cool… but she is loving. So….
        Hash tag LOVINGMOM
        I’m a lucky daughter.
        Hash tag LUCKYDAUGHTER

        • Yeppir

          If she’s loving I daresay she’s cool. And you are lucky. Truth be told, me too. But mine makes me agro. Rock on, AegerP. Love to moms.

      • Sandy

        Sadly, my intelligent Mom got caught up in the same cult in her late years. She and Dad were life long Repubs and towards the end, Mom could not see the diff between normal Repubs and Fox TV. Made conversations difficult those last few years.

        • Yeppir

          Sandy, that’s exactly where I am coming from. I see no road back. I love my mom, but I have lost so much respect. I am sorry for your loss.

          • Sandy

            I wish I had advice. I do not. One of my sisters had a mad-fit one day on email … she said “My mother is NOT stupid! What has happened to her!”

            Mom did nothing except sit in her fancy leather recliner and hero watch those guys on Fox.

            • Yeppir

              Yup. And now, my mom? she’s yelling about “the Mexicans” and “the blacks.”

              Please make it stop.

              Sorry. Have a great night. My probs are not yours.

            • Kim O’Brien

              i was married to a Puerto Rican ..who was actually eliminated from voting rolls cuz his name was ” Mexican” . He STILL was a tea bagger . Had to kick him out .

            • Yeppir

              Clearly that’s NOT where O’Brien came from! 🙂

            • Franklin Adams

              It may have been actually, but she’d have to answer herself. The thing is that there was a huge Irish immigration to Puerto Rico in the 1930’s, thats why you see a lot of people from PR with light eyes, light skin and sometimes even red hair.

              By the way, I love your Avatar image. I thought I was hallucinating in July when Berke Breathed brought Bloom County back, I was having a really horrible month and seeing a bunch of “old friends” making fun of Trump again made it bearable. I missed my chance to get one of the signed Opus and Bill 2016 posters but here’s hoping he makes some more.

            • Yeppir

              Well color me ignorant and thank you for the education. I did not know. Bill the Cat (and Berke Breathed) have always been heros of mine. So hattip to you, good sir, and a hearty “ACK.”

            • Frodis73

              Wow.

            • Miss Tia

              I’m sorry. This has happened to far too many people. I yearn for the days when news was just reported and viewers then made up their own minds; but those days are obviously long gone. 🙁

            • Sandy

              Thanks, Tia. My folks were kind. They were conservative in their politics but were kind people.

            • ReallyMGM

              There is healthy discussion, debate vs. lecturing, preaching (and in my mother in law’s case, SCREAMING). I like hearing differing viewpoints. That is how I learn.
              I channel surf all of the news stations upon occasions but prefer to read my news, because editorial pages are more clearly defined than broadcast news.

            • Sandy

              Plus – we have a real, regular Republican on this site (Triple D) who keeps having to look at ugly posts. 3D is what my Dad thought was good. It is all embarrassing

            • Miss Tia

              i have many friends who are republicans and they abhor fox news as much as anyone else….a friend i went to high school with said he hates telling someone he’s a republican anymore because he said 9 times out of 10 the first thing someone says is something about fox news and he can’t stand it…..i told him to try to take a deep breath and then calmly tell whomever that he can’t stand fox news and he’s not like that…..

            • Frodis73

              My brother has turned into some kind of crazy, Fox watching, religious fundie, so I can relate sort of. We don’t talk much (like years) as it has been hard at times (there are other reasons, but that doesn’t help). It’s so frustrating…we went to same school and took the same classes…but now you believe man and dino hung out and ID? WTF?? Smh.

            • aegerprimo

              I joined a cult because I lacked critical thinking skills.
              If you view FAUX News (aka Fox) or any news channel and you have good critical thinking skills… it is WTF?!??!?!?!?

        • aegerprimo

          Faux TV – I have no words.

        • Kim O’Brien

          yeah …Obama getting re-elected was the turning point in my house . Had to kick my hubbie out . He lost his freakin mind when i got rid of cable so no Fox News in the house . My ex…the only Puerto Rican who watched Fox .

          • Yeppir

            LOL.

            But NO. I know a bunch who do. Crazy MFers.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            I shall forever think of him as Mr. Mofongo.

          • Mockingbird

            WTF ?

        • ReallyMGM

          I broke my foot badly 3 years ago and was non weight bearing for almost 3 months. Since all my bedrooms were upstairs, I had to live at my mother in law’s home. Fox News 24/7. Railing against anything other than wing-nut right wing, evangelical, fundamentalist nonsense. Moderate was not in her vocabulary. I made it 6 weeks before we had words…serious words…and I came home and slept in a very uncomfortable lounge chair for 4 weeks. We haven’t spoken since.

          • Frodis73

            Omg, that must have sucked so bad.

        • aegerprimo

          I want to bang my head with a wet teabag. UGH!

    • Allie

      Very heart-warming to hear about your trip with your mom. And such spectacular scenery.
      That bonding time was very special to both of you and I’m happy that you were able to openly
      talk and share things with her.

      • 3feetback-of-COS

        Ditto that!

    • Kim O’Brien

      that sounds like a great trip ! Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants ! 🙂

      • Miss Tia

        …the traveling miss lovely!

        • aegerprimo

          Yes, I have collected the Traveling Miss Lovely pics at my Flickr account. I have not had a chance to add the pics of my vay-cay yet. Here is the link to the album showing all the travels of Miss Lovely since the release of the book.
          https://www.flickr.com/photos/132611082@N08/albums/72157651021814993

          • ReallyMGM

            That is so nice of you to do for the Bunkerites. Can’t express how much I/we appreciate it.

            • aegerprimo

              …♥…

          • Qbird

            gosh this was real fun to go & look see… tks Aeger.

            • aegerprimo

              Qbird! Bookmark the link. I update/add photos weekly.

          • Lynn Fountain Campbell

            Thanks aegerprimo. <3

      • Mockingbird

        Versus the sisterhood of the traveling clams !

    • beauty for ashes

      I can’t tell you how much I love this picture! Awww! And your description of your trip. Glad you had a great time and are back here with us to share it!
      Also when it is toootally on topic I gotta see that kitteh Snuggly!

      • aegerprimo

        Snuggly Ugly is turning into a beautiful cat! Here is a funny pic of him sleeping with his tongue out. LOL!

        • beauty for ashes

          Omg that is hilarious and adorable. What a beautiful color he is too!

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          What did he do while you traveled? Kitteh sitter?

          • aegerprimo

            My husband was the kitteh sitter.

        • aquaclara

          That is a precious kitty.

    • oknow

      Wish I could do that with my mom. she worried alot.
      I’m ok now.

      • aegerprimo

        We are lucky we had moms who worried.

    • Mockingbird

      That’s a wonderful adventure. Is a bio for you online anywhere ? I would like to see it.

    • aquaclara

      How absolutely wonderful. My mom and I took a trip this August, up to Canada, with support from both our hubbies who watched pets, etc. I know what you mean. The conversations just flow, the scenery is stunning, and the best part of all is still just the time spent together.

      So glad you had a great trip. You deserve it all. And please tell your mom she wins the Bunker Mom award for rightfully worrying about you during that cult experience. You must have heard her in the end….mom voices sneak right through, don’t they??!

      Welcome home, and glad you’re back at the Bunker!

  • jazzlover

    Warning: Tony will not be posting tonight. He will be watching a “deGromination”.

    • MaxSpaceman

      thrown by The DeGrominator

      • jazzlover

        Let’s see him throw the 1st inning before we get too excited 🙂

        • MaxSpaceman

          natch- but till this moment, he has been — The DeGrominator.

          • jazzlover

            Duda for Schwarber, straight up 😉

            • MaxSpaceman

              today!

            • jazzlover

              Duda’s like Dave Kingman without the HRs right now.

  • edge

    Super Power was far more valuable to the cult in an unfinished state. They could (and did) fundraise endlessly, always promising that carrot of ‘Super Powers’ to the gullible while Davey supposedly inspected every tile and light bulb to make sure everything was just right. The fines? Chickenfeed, even when Clearwater worked up the balls to enforce them. But as everyone has seen, since SP opened, it’s another empty Sci building. A monument to the religion that continuously pats itself on the back….except it isn’t open to the public. I often wonder how Scis who actually get to go in the place feel about the emptiness. Does it not creep them out at all? Does it not give them a “cognition” about the true size of the religion? After all, if this tech were valuable enough to salvage the planet, and Scientology really were expanding, the logical question would be “where is everyone”?

    • Frodis73

      I have no doubt they would still be raising cash for that building if DM could have figured out a way to keep it going.

      • Allie

        Absolutely agree.

    • Mockingbird

      I concur. Regarding the empty building whenever there are few people doing a Scientology activity the cult acts like it is exclusive ! They sell tapes for lectures from the fifties and say Hubbard hand picked thirty eight auditors for these special OT lectures ! They sell eighty four lectures for a few thousand dollars and when you leave the cult you find out the lectures were for sale to ANYBODY who paid to attend PER lecture or day. So when only thirty eight people showed he just kept lecturing until they ran out of money !

    • Chee Chalker

      Ability to sense emptiness or vacancy must not have made the 57

  • MaxSpaceman

    If interested in the entirety of the Super Power rundowns, google this and you’ll get the large PDF file of it all. By Dan Koon.

    • Rasha

      They didn’t intend that to be a Möbius Strip, did they? ‘Cuz I’d feel bad for them if they did. …ch’yeah, right. I bet even their scrambled eggs have whole yolks.

      • MaxSpaceman

        whole track yolks for certain

        • Rasha

          hehehe!

      • grundoon

        In Scientology, there is one side to every question!

  • B4you
  • Ben Franklin

    An example of Scientology Super Power Success Story From FLAG. I still cannot make any sense of what the man is taking about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9KB5Zwd3Sc

    • Rasha

      “…I had a cognition – I can’t be too ethical…”

      First thing that popped into my head was the “Pepsi Syndrome” sketch from SNL. “Just remember – you can’t have too much water in the reactor…” then the confusion over what that meant – either having more is better, or you should avoid having too much.

      In this context, which way do you think his “cognition” is leaning? “I can’t be too ethical” (emphasis Rasha’s)

      • Mockingbird

        I had a cognition, I can’t be too deluded.

    • Wogalistic

      I didn’t know babbling incoherently was a superpower.

    • Mockingbird

      This imbecilic idiocy. Scientology would just be a joke if not for the genuine harm it does, which unfortunately is its primary effect.

    • JaxNGold

      I got about a minute and a half into the video and just couldn’t. All I kept thinking was “this guy’s gonna feel like such a fool when he finally realizes he’s been had”. I watched part of the other video that was posted – “stupid things that Scientologists say” (or something like that). As a never-in, I couldn’t understand half of what was being said..lol.

      • JaxNGold

        Btw, I meant another video that was posted by a different person. When I re-read my post, it sounded as if I was referring to your second video. Cheers.

  • Mike Leopold

    “Sulfurous organization” – I love it!
    The covert spying and infiltration by OSA is never addressed by Scientology.
    Nor do they ever address the issue of why such odorous practices should even be necessary for a group that can produce OT’s who supposedly can be exterior with “full” perceptics.
    Question: Why risk the threat of prison if Scientology is capable of producing psychic spies?
    Answer: You guessed it.
    Scientology is a fraud!
    You must be psychic!

  • mon elle

    Late in the day … but re: Duty to Investigate will we see resoluteness from Monsieur Roux or a Frenchman serving up a Belgian waffle?

  • Frodis73

    OT: It’s late in the day and starting to slow down a bit. I know we have lots of film and music fans here who will enjoy this. I finally got around to watching the movie ‘The History of Future Folk’ on netflix…and I am so in love with this movie. It’s so unique, heartwarming and human. LRH could not have written something a fraction this wonderful on his best day. If you love film or music (or better yet, both) do yourself a favor and check this out asap.
    Here is the trailer…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygeK-0x–DQ

    • ReallyMGM

      Just put it on my “to watch” list. It has 4.5 stars. Aliens in a Home Depot has to be funny.

      • Frodis73

        It’s so charming and funny. Let me know what you think after you see it someday. 🙂

  • salin

    Cloud cover has masked the Aurora Borealis tonight in Tromso, Norway (sky cam), but it is peaking through. This is what I consider to be an awesome act of nature – or one of Mother Nature’s Super Powers. http://www.virtualtromso.no/en/northern-lights/138-live-northern-lights-activity-and-forecast.html

    I post this (when something can be seen) in my awe, and hope to remind those who might not have remembered to recommend this post (click the ‘recommend’ just above the posting dialogue box) and make the heart beat.

    Of hearts, have been on high alert for a family member’s sudden health crisis for the past 7 weeks. Heart stress test today, seems to have gone as well as the other tests, and the condition seems to be stabilized. On to rehabilitation. Whew. Still hate that I missed Cleveland (I can never say that enough) – but my fellow midwesterners have embraced me, as if I had been there, and I thank you all.

    • Miss Tia

      You had your priorities straight!! We shall meet up some day! ♥

      • salin

        I know we will, and I look forward to it! In my book you are the cat’s meow. Thanks again for reaching out when I thought I could get there, and your thoughtfulness when it was clear I couldn’t get there. xoxo.

        • Miss Tia

          Not a problem!! That’s what friends are for! 🙂

    • coonellie

      Posts like yours are why I love this blog. I’ve been here since the VV days, and I stay because it’s a real community. I’m so glad you do have your priorities straight (as Miss Tia said below) and that the news is better. Thanks for the sky cam link as well. Big hug (I hope you don’t mind…I’m the touchy-feely type).

      • ReallyMGM

        And that is why DM hates this community. Can’t comprehend the concept of friendship. He’s never had one.

        • coonellie

          It’s tragic, isn’t it? I mean that. We live through our friends, which just goes to show that he really isn’t alive (okay, duh).
          BTW, have you elaborated on your handle? I always think of the old movie studio but it must be something better :).

          • ReallyMGM

            Nothing special, but I’ll never tell!

            • coonellie

              Well, that just gives me license to think of all the things it could be :).

            • ReallyMGM

              Its really very silly. First letters of my dog’s registered name.

            • Frodis73

              Aww. Woof. I always think of the movie studio when I see your name, but now I know. 🙂

            • ReallyMGM

              The original MGM. I’ll delete it in a minute since it is so definitely off topic.

            • coonellie

              Ah, okay :).

      • salin

        I appreciate the hug. It’s bee a tough 2 months, and hugs are appreciated.

        I was a hesitant new comer (started reading after the SunDance reviews of GC), to move from TO reader, to a comments reader, to a poster. The sense of camaraderie, has allowed me to learn so much, and participate. In the participation – I have found an amazing sense of community. This really is a unique/special on-line community that our Proprietor has fostered, and members have created.

    • Juicer77

      This is good news. I hope the healing trend continues.

  • Yeppir

    Ok. Late in the day and TOTALLY off topic. But I got burglarized again. Cops suggested (yes, I’m not kidding) that I post video on Failbook (ahem). I do not Failbook. May I post here? I’m freaking pissed.

    ETA. Nope. Won’t let me do it. I guess I need to YouTube it. Nevermind

    • Miss Tia

      I’m so sorry!! How big is the file? Can you email it? I’ll put it on my youtube for you if you don’t have an account!! FUCK THOSE BURGLARS!!!!!!

      • Yeppir

        I don’t have an account and I’d love to email it. I don’t really know how big the file is. Alas,they got my cheap laptop that replaced the surface pro 3’s that got stolen in June. I cannot figure out how to tell the file size from my phone. There are 4 videos. Sigh. Miss Tia. This is not your burden. Thank you very much.

        • Miss Tia

          okay, how long is the length? that might tell file size…..you could always just TRY to email it to me….. misstiaemail(at)yahoo(dot)com wouldn’t hurt to try!!

          ETA: if you can tell me the length–like 2 minutes, then file size wise i think that’d be FINE to email…..like said, just try it!! couldn’t hurt!!

          • Yeppir

            Imma gonna try. Let me know what you think. Like I said there are 4. So 4 emails. Cause I’m lsme.

            • Miss Tia

              try it!! i’m still up!! i’m opening yahoo now to wait! 🙂

            • Yeppir

              You’ve got them. And to all who are listening… this is PROOF POSITIVE THAT MISS TIA ROCKS HARD. And yes I just yelled that. That is all.

            • Miss Tia

              linking them up to each other…..give me a couple minutes…..once i get them done, i’ll post ’em on the naples police FB too!

            • Frodis73

              YES!!

            • Yeppir

              And there those little fuckers are. I owe you Miss T. I am obliged. Sincerely.

            • Miss Tia

              not a problem!!! Happy to be able to help!!! I had to send them to them via a message cuz you can’t post on their FB wall without it being reviewed….uh?? i sent them a POLITE message with the video links……

            • skiesareblue

              What salin said. awesome!

            • Miss Tia

              please answer that Q i just shot you via email!! re: where to ID location, once i get the okay on that they’re ready to go!!

            • Yeppir

              And I just up voted that post because, yeah.

            • Miss Tia

              if you check here first, i got one, so far!!! email me back and let me know what you want on the youtube video for information!! —such as the police # to call, etc and OH MY FUCKING STARS I AM WATCHING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (it’s unlisted, don’t worry, i won’t make this public without your permission) HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!

            • salin

              You are awesome.

    • ReallyMGM

      Oh no! If they catch them can we come whip their butts for you?

      • Yeppir

        Yes, please.

        • Miss Tia

          titanium golf clubs for all!!!

    • ScaramouchenFandango

      That is awful. We are going through a run of car breakins where I live. It’s a worry but having this happen in your own home is another level of awful. Bastards. It keeps happening? Can you afford cameras in the house? Courage Yeppir.

      • Yeppir

        I have cameras and a security system (ADT). Didn’t seem to deter them. They got in through garage.

        • ReallyMGM

          I’d say get a big barking dog, but dog thefts and flipping is the latest scam.

          • Yeppir

            Oh, honey. I have TWO barking dogs. Security videos show them loving up on these mother fuckers. I love my dogs but they were USELESS.

            • ReallyMGM

              Thank God they didn’t steal them. You wouldn’t believe the stats on how often that is happening now. It is insane.

            • Miss Tia

              or HARM THEM!!!!

        • Miss Tia

          does your ADT have the shock sensors? eddie has ADT (cuz my friend who’s his landlord had to get ADT—long story—-and she got the shock sensors on the downstairs’ doors and windows and the 2nd floor windows that were ‘reachable’) with that…..also have ADT not wait and to call you IMMEDIATELY when the alarm goes off—they can do that, there is a delay before they phone…..and get an alarm put on the garage/house door too thru ADT and if ADT didn’t suggest that in the first place—tell them that alone is reason to void your contract and switch to brinks!!

          see if the sheriff’s department has break in reports online and see if there’s been a lot in your area…..contact your council person—-if you have one or similar representative…..repeat crime is not good….i bet there are other homes being broken into in the area…..here’s video, get the mofos….ya know?

          • Yeppir

            Yep. Shock / shatter / pressure sensors on all windows. Contact sensor on each door. ADT coming to add one to exterior garage door. I canvassed my neighborhood last night. Going to print stills of the vids and hand them out. I’m not too impressed with my local sheriff dept. Thanks again Miss Tia. I’ll keep you posted .

            • Miss Tia

              definitely contact whomever/whatever department you think appropriate in your city to find out if there’s been other robberies in that area—i still that yes there has been…..they could put far more pressure on the sheriff’s department than one person!!!

              when you print the stills put on the flyer “REPEAT ROBBERS!!!” you might also want to denote ADT doesn’t deter them (true) so that people don’t take false security seeing that and then thinking to themselves ‘well that’s a shame but thank goodness we have ADT’……something like

              Can You ID These Repeat Bayshore Drive Robbers?

              For the second time in 5 months these robbers have hit the same home. ADT does not deter them, nor cameras. If you can identify either of them, please contact —put the tips line # and then put the east tampa substation #. They are breaking and entering in broad daylight. Please help keep our community safe!

    • Fucking stupid cops.
      Why don’t THEY have a Facebook page for this? How fucking hard would that be?
      I’m sure they all have individual personal accounts. Why wouldn’t the department?
      What fucking assholes.
      “Find criminals? Not my job.”

      • Yeppir

        Want to know the worst? ADT called me when the alarm went off. “Do you want us to call popo” they say. Me: “Yes please, I’ll be right home.” (20 mins). I get home. Popo on the corner. I jump out of my car and start to run across the street to him. HE DROVE AWAY. I called 911. “WTF?????” They said, “Sorry, ma’am. More important things,” and let me go into the house alone. I did. I lived. Lucky for them.

        /end of rant. Still pissed. Oh. And I live in ritzy Naples, Florida. Welcome to paradise.

        • salin

          Appalling.

        • Frodis73

          OMG! What the freak?? They could have still been there? What the heck do we pay them for?
          Sounds like our Keystone Kops at times. Waited over 30+ mins while guy was trying to kick down door to get at his girlfriend next door…even the operator could hear him over the phone and was freaking out. USELESS!!

        • aquaclara

          Sorry. That really sucks. Woofy Clara would help, and just so you know, he LOVES Florida, although he has to take my word for it that people in Naples can be quite nice.

          He happily welcomes everyone (rather loudly) in the neighborhood coming home from work, or paying a visit to our residence, sidewalk, mailbox, or general vicinity. He is very cute, and I am keeping him.

          We do not bark at the school buses, however. “We” have had a lot of training….lol. We could try some nice recordings, however. “Best of Woofy Clara” ….has a nice ring to it, and the B side featuring his buddy Spotty, with his very deep Barky voice, too. (Spotty has no spots, but that is not his fault at all, and his bark is quite good).

          • Yeppir

            Oh. Ms. Clara. You are a breath of fresh air. Hello to Woofy. Please send him along to teach my boys a thing or two. Much obliged.

            • aquaclara

              Woofy is zonked out on the sofa right now, paw on toy, after a busy day of walks, chasing frisbees, napping and tossing his toys up in the air to get mommy to play with him. He would be happy to teach new friends how to be a dog. (“See, mommy? This is just how dogs talk. It is a very good thing!” )

      • ReallyMGM

        In my city, home burglary is so common it is treated like a non-injury car crash. Call the police and they take the report over the phone, then call your insurance. Sucks, huh?

    • jazzlover

      Sorry to hear this. It’s happened to me too. It makes you feel violated. I’m confused though. What exactly do the cops want you to post, and why do they feel it would help catch the burglars?

      • Jimmy3

        Very often burglaries are committed by people who live or stay nearby, or by someone who knows you or knows someone who knows you. They figure if you have a Facebook account and spread the security footage amongst a close community, someone will recognize someone in it. It’s not an unreasonable request. But it shouldn’t be “post it on Facebook and call us.”

        • jazzlover

          Oh, ok, I see now that Yeppir mentioned having a security camera down below. I agree, it shouldn’t be that way. Cops sort of shrug their shoulders when your car gets stolen too.

    • Miss Tia

      Can you take screen grabs from the videos on your iphone? I think they can do that? i’m iphone clueless…..if you did that, you’d have a few pix to post…..

      • Jimmy3

        Hold the power button and press the home button to take a screen grab on any iOS device. iPhone or iPad.

        • Jimmy3

          Oh. I see what you meant.

        • coonellie

          Do you know how many dumb photos I have because I kept trying to turn off my iPad that way? Yes, I can be that stupid. Good thing I have a teenager around to tell me how to really do things!

          • Jimmy3

            I took a photo of the Atlantic ocean once, and I soaked my phone in rice overnight. It didn’t seem to do anything,

            • coonellie

              Okay, I’ll bite. What’s with the rice and the phone?

            • Jimmy3

              It’s just that dry rice will absorb moisture. So if your phone gets wet, you dry it the best you can as quickly as you can, and you surround it in a bag of dry rice. If you expected a cheap Asian joke out of me, you were wong, and I hope you chang your opinion of me.

            • coonellie

              My opinion of you? It’s always been grand, so it’ll have to stay. Thanks for explaining to me about the rice and the phone, although it sounds…well, sort of…silly. Since I don’t own a cell phone and I rarely drop my corded phone in water, I guess I’m safe :).

            • Frodis73

              It works pretty darn well for anything you want to zap of moisture actually, but esp good with electronics.

            • what’sup

              This maybe beneath Gentleman Jimmy but it’s right on my level.

        • Miss Tia

          i didn’t know if apple stuff was different from samsang….thanks for giving the instructions!

        • OceanMomma

          THANK YOU!!! I did it by accident once and haven’t been able to figure out how the hell I did it. Just tried it. It worked! Thanks now I don’t have to ask my child. Yes I have to do that and considering said child is elementary age and does not have a phone it gets embarrassing.

    • Frodis73

      I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope maybe somebody will recognize somebody from your video footage. I totally know how you feel–asshole grabbed my back up, slow, old as dirt lap top earlier this past spring. He literally reached his freaking hand in my bedroom window and grabbed it off table. I was SO close to catching the fucker too (woke up). Joke was kinda on him because batter was fried and it would only work if connected to a real power source. Since it was so old he’d have to try and track down a battery or power source. I had stuff on that lap top I’d love to get back though. Ticks me off cause I’d bet my last buck he pitched it when he figured out it didn’t work.
      I so hope you can get them…just so rude. I’d love a new lap top as this one is also old and dying, but I’m sure as heck not going to go steal one from somebody else. People really, really suck at times. Hugs.

    • Miss Tia
      • Yeppir

        Thanks, T. You are are true good human. Think we’ll catch them? I am trying to picture myself in a courtroom testifying. Sometimes visualisation works.

        • Miss Tia

          That’s damn good surveillance camera captures…SOMEONE in your area should be able to recognize one of those dingalings!!!

          • Yeppir

            The forensic officer who reviewed the videos said she’s seen banks that have poorer quality video. Netgear. They’re called Arlo. Pretty affordable. I recommend them.

        • Miss Tia

          um, naples police replied to my message—quick!! they said it’s the collier sheriff’s department not them…..um??? i say bayshore drive…..should i change the contact info in the videos? i’m gonna go to bed soon…..

          • Yeppir

            Hey Miss T. Sorry. The tel no I gave was for Collier Co. Sherri and they are right. Collier Sheriff is the responsible agency. I’m a doof and wasn’t clear.

            • Miss Tia

              you said ‘police’ and i automatically thought naples police…..it’s okay….i changed the #s to the sheriff’s department tips line and also added the east naples substation #….. you’re understandably upset–it’s okay!! ((hugs))

            • Franklin Adams

              Call WBBH and WZVN, and anyone else like maybe Bay News 9 and point them toward your video, especially if its a slow news day tomorrow in SW Florida. Someone’ll recognize them.

              We recently, like right when I moved to New Mexico from East Orlando, had someone get caught from a string of vehicle thefts and burglaries because someone recognized them on youtube after they ran something on KOB and KRQE about it.

            • Miss Tia

              EXCELLENT idea!! I’ll tweet away in the morning….i have to get to bed….i’m really tired now…..

            • Franklin Adams

              Let us know how they respond. I know the cops in Florida are next to useless about property crime, I spent most of my life in Orlando outside of my time in the Army and now, but the media can and do put their feet to the fire a lot of the time.

        • aquaclara

          Miss Tia did an amazing job here. Hey, your babies are safe, and they did try to sniff the burglars to death. I would give them cookies anyway. So glad they are safe.

          Hope you catch those idiots. You didn’t deserve this at all.

          Good luck, seriously.

          • Miss Tia

            i know that doesn’t assuage the feelings of violation—when you were probably just starting to get over the FIRST break in—-but the furbabies are safe, that’s a positive!!

      • Supper Powers

        I’m so sorry. That really is horribly violating.

        I love the dogs. Labs are terrible guard dogs.

        • Frodis73

          I’m sick watching those, I am so glad they did not hurt your dogs (that is a huge fear I have) and I am shocked that these guys were NOT afraid of them either. Makes you wonder if they have been watching the house for awhile. On the plus side, the video quality is really good! If anybody knows them they will recognize these fools right away. I hope they hear there is video…maybe they won’t hit the house again.

      • skiesareblue

        Well done, Miss Tia. So proud of you.

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Jeez. Your dogs gave them a nice hello. They were so friendly I expected them to offer the robbers a coffee and a cake any second.
        Hopefully someone recognises them, because it doesn’t sound like the cops are going to be any help.

      • OceanMomma

        So sorry this happened. Thankfully you got great video and the dogs were not harmed. I know they say things can be replaced but that won’t help make you feel better emotionally. I hope that these horrible excuses for humans get theirs and you get justice.

    • Kay

      I’m so sorry this happened to you…that is terrible. I hope they catch them.

  • Observer

    I do not find The Most Interesting Man in the World interesting at ALL. There, I said it. And I’m GLAD!

    • Should I change my avatar?

      • Observer

        No!

      • Miss Tia

        oooo let’s all do it!

    • Jimmy3

      Don’t worry, he knows. He is still on his way to rescue you from whichever cave prison you’re being tortured in. He knows. You’ll be fine. Hang in.

    • Acherontia

      Holy parkour kitty, Batman!

    • outraged

      hey! This is a repeat. :-}
      Oldie but goodie.
      You must have a HUGE folder of kitteh gifs.

    • outraged

      It’s amazing how Travolta looks just like Robert Shapiro.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Omg.. Is Jaden a moron that I should feel sorry for because he just happened to be born in the shallow end of the gene pool? Or did he start out with the average number of brain cells and scientology did this to him??? How very, very sad that a young man can be soooo stupid and self-centered after being born into a family which could have afforded the best REAL schools..

      I truly abhor scientology and what it does to people..

  • ReallyMGM

    Totally OT Kitteh:
    How to wash a cat.
    Thoroughly clean the toilet. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
    In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape).
    CAUTION!!!!!
    Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for anything they can find.
    Flush the toilet three or four times.
    Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no humans between the toilet and the outside door.
    Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he will dry himself.

    • what’sup

      Why clean the toilet first?………..Two birds.

    • aquaclara

      Meanie.

      • ReallyMGM

        I pray the day never comes that I actually have to give Princess Lilly a bath.

    • outraged

      That is so gross.

    • ReallyMGM

      Deleted so not to offend. I love kittehs, too.

      • Missionary Kid

        Steve Martin used to say that people say that cats don’t like getting baths, but his just LOVE baths. They roll around and purr as he washes them. There’s only one problem: getting the cat hair off of his tongue.

        • ReallyMGM

          I was going through my old vinyl last week, and found a couple of old Steve Martin comedy albums. I remember that joke. He was so incredibly funny. Damned good musician too.

          • Missionary Kid

            Funny, and a damned good musician, and actor, and writer, and… (you name it). He does say that he isn’t really a good painter, but his taste in art, and his ability to spot talent is awesome.

            • ReallyMGM

              Oh, and his writing…his books were good, too.

  • My confession: I have a 58th perception – greasiness. It goes into overload every time I read about Bob Dugin or Davey Miscarriage. I have to take an alcohol shower and then lay down for 15 minutes to get balanced out.

    • pat k

      I love bathing in tequila!

  • stillgrace2

    I enjoyed reading today’s post and thanks for the reminder of that FUN day when the Rinder Copter flew. I still remember imagining David Miscavige pissed off to the T’s with bulging veins and red face and everything.

    • aquaclara

      Hi, Stillgrace! Wasn’t that a marvelous day??? And it just may have been the shortest Little Captain speech ever. The helicopter! Ha ha. Thank you, Mike Bennitt and Mike Rinder for the best laugh out loud day in recent memory.

      • ReallyMGM

        That was a funny video. One of my favorites.

  • outraged

    OFFFF Topic:

    Woo Hoo!!!!
    ☆☆☆Let’s Go Mets☆☆☆

    • jazzlover

      deGrom was awesome. Got stronger as the game went on. As a lifer, I have to be real careful about not getting TOO slap happy, because, ya know, it’s the Mets 🙂

      • outraged

        but still…….It was POURING!
        When it rains on your wedding it’s good luck. :-}
        Hubs and I have been together for almost 25 years.

        • jazzlover

          Yeah, I was starting to worry there’d be a 2 hour rain delay since it’s the playoffs 🙂

          • outraged

            I wondered about that. The game wasn’t delayed because the rain started so late.
            Wish it would rain here. It is SO dry.

            • jazzlover

              I think you’re right about the rain on wedding day theory. It rained on the day my folks got married. They lasted 55 years! Bickering until the very end 😉

            • outraged

              aw, hope it was love bickers.
              Did they meet on a blind date? We did.

              (are we the only Met fans here besides our fearless leader?)

            • jazzlover

              I think there are a few others. Max Spaceman, for one.

              Yeah, my parents kind of liked the whole tension of it all when they got into their 70s and 80s. At the very least, it kept things interesting 🙂

              And yes, they did meet on a blind date. Introduced by 2 married friends, I believe.

            • outraged

              OMG! that is so cool.
              We were also introduced by friends.
              But no bickering for me. lol. Relationships are hard enuf.

            • jazzlover

              Well, they were getting old and cranky 😉 Late in life, they moved to another state. Once, when my kids were really young, we went to visit them. On the way back in the car, my cute little innocent daughter asked me “Dad, do grandma and grandpa like each other?”. I started laughing so hard, I was lucky not to get into an accident 🙂

            • outraged

              hahaha. bickering can be a form of love, definitely.
              But unfortunately also a form of dysfunction, as with my parents. Ugly bickering. :{

            • jazzlover

              I don’t think things are always black and white. Everything needs to be looked at in context. That being said, of course I would have preferred that my daughter had not found asking that question necessary 🙂

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I hope this “young” guy is older than he looks. Ugh!

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Our young friend Sebastian after the first day of the Purification Rundown !!”#Purif #PurificationRD #Scientology #Guate #Guatemala #StartingTheBridge

    https://instagram.com/p/9FQCsEurlB/?tagged=scientology

    • Frodis73

      Groan. Child abuse!
      eta-he looks kinda stoned, i know he’s exhausted, but he does not look the picture of health…know what I mean?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Did LRH do any of these rundowns – Purif, Super Power, etc? I can’t see him running or doing any other kind of physical activities in that doughy meat sack of his without collapsing.

        • Frodis73

          That is a really good question! I don’t recall hearing anybody talk about him doing them…like you I have a hard time seeing him do those things. We will have to see if any of the ex’s that were around then know.

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            “Ron the Master Mariner”, “Ron the Humanitarian”, “Ron the Photographer, “Ron the BlahBlahBlah”… Where is the “Ron the Athlete” volume of the LRH biography series? Psh!
            (refresh)

    • Ex-Christian Scientist

      He’s wearing the appropriate shirt! Poor thing! 🙁

    • jazzlover

      In no universe would he be considered to be looking healthy 🙁

    • Kay

      He looks ill to me…..or exhausted, or both. Either way this makes me fume.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I wonder how many of these clam kids are forced to do the Purif as a punishment by their parents.

        • MostEthicalPimp

          If only it were given as a punishment. No, it’s given for their own good like going to the dentist. Very Sad. I hope he drinks lots of water because taking those doses of Vitamins is really hard on the kidneys.

  • Offside. I hear that the Ecuadorians won’t let him grow potatoes.*

    * I know, bad analogy, because Mars missions wouldn’t last that long.
    ..

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X *** Wednesday, 21 October 2015.

    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,

    Saturday 17th: SFBay scraped in and saved the day.
    Sunday 18th : San Antonio & SfBay got a few hits
    Monday 19th : SFBay got a couple and New York scraped in.
    Tuesday 20th : Los Angeles got a couple of hits.

    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… BilBoard enhanced by Bob Kåre for RedX, and flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/16213096977/in/set-72157642802079293

    • OOkpik

      Good morning, Ad-zapper Extraordinaire.

    • Franklin Adams

      I dig the Vault boy on the Billboard. Fallout + Nuking Scilon ads = Happy me.

  • MostEthicalPimp
  • OOkpik

    Happy Wednesday.

    • MostEthicalPimp

      Happy Back to The Future day!

      • OOkpik

        Wow. That’s a new one on me.

        • Robert Eckert

          Unlike May the Fourth (be with you) or Talk Like a Pirate Day, this is only happening once.

      • Jimmy3

        Mets 3-0 over the Cubs. Beginning to think nothing in the Back To The Future franchise was real.

        • Franklin Adams

          The Cubs are cursed. My family’s from Central Illinois and there was a reason that they always followed the Cards because the Cubs lead to nothing but depression. Much like being a Marlins fan the year after they win a World Series.

  • Mooser

    This was an awesome experience! Through the process of communication via
    my sense channels I fully realized WHY theta has provided me the 57
    perceptions.”

    57 varieties of perceptions! Just like Heinz!

  • TrishRan

    Is it just me, or does this place look like it’s on a planet where Kirk & Spock will have to blow up a computer and yell at the leaders so they ordinary people can live in dignity?

  • Ruby Marlowe

    I wonder what will happen to all this property when Rondroidism gets its tax exemption overturned? Obviously there will be lawsuits by exes out the ass, but what kind of money will the court-appointed trustees get from real estate sales and auctions? I think of the SOs who will be turned out- some born into the scam and having nothing- and then for years to come we’ll be hearing of freezoner crap and idiots dedicated to L. Con’s memory still revering him. You know the Branch Davidians still exist- in the form of buy-bull meetings in little houses. Luckily People’s Temple went with Jim Jones’s bones and hasn’t made a comeback. Too bad Rondroidism won’t stay down, I suppose hypnotism is addictive.