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DONE DEAL: Contract signed and date set for billboard about Scientology disconnection

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Phil Jones wasted no time after the readers of this website helped him raise more than $11,000 in just over a day to fund his project for a billboard in Hollywood. He tells us that he’s now inked a three-month contract for the sign, which will put a focus on Scientology’s practice of “disconnection” that splits up families, including Phil’s own. He and his wife Willie have been raising a ruckus in Los Angeles lately as they’ve tried to get word to their two grown children, Mike and Emily, who work for Scientology in the Los Angeles area, but who have cut off all ties with their parents since Phil and Willie left the church.

“We’ve signed and secured the billboard location for three months. I have the final artwork and it will be forwarded on to the billboard company this week,” Phil tells us. “I also secured an option for an additional three months on the billboard. We have 30 days to exercise the option, so we’d have to come up with the money by then. We already have some of it since we went over the target on our fund raising, so we probably need about $6,500 more. Once the dust settles I’ll get a more exact figure.”

Phil also mentioned that GoFundMe had some problems with some of the smaller donations that people pledged which included joke names. Some of them did go through, so it wasn’t a consistent problem. But if you want your donation to go through without a problem, Phil asks that you either use your real name or “anonymous.”

Phil tells us that he’s hoping to make an event of the billboard’s launch, and he has a date secured. “I have someone who will be there to take pictures of the billboard going up and then once fully installed,” he says. “We’re also going to have some smaller versions of the billboard printed up.” Some of those may be posted, or just handed out.

He shared with us some other plans for the upcoming event, but we’re holding back on them for now.

 
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The HowdyCon FAQ

Based on some messages and questions we’ve received in the last few weeks, we perceive that there’s a little confusion over our upcoming confab in Cleveland. So to help out, we’ve put together this little list of frequently asked questions.

What is HowdyCon?

It’s a three-day meetup being held June 17-19 at the Gateway Radisson in Cleveland, a chance for readers of The Underground Bunker to get together with no more agenda than to have some fun.

How did the idea for HowdyCon develop?

During our book tour last year, we were asked by a reader why we were visiting so many cities. As a joke, we said that it was the only way to judge which city would be best for a convention. Readers loved the idea of a Bunker convention and took it upon themselves to vote for a location. Cleveland won.

What does the name “HowdyCon” signify?

After the idea for a convention or meetup took hold, we suggested the name HowdyCon as a fun recognition of Steven L. Cox, a/k/a “Captain Howdy,” a beloved commenter at the website who passed away in 2015.

So HowdyCon is about Captain Howdy?

Not really. A couple of readers are planning a touching tribute to Howdy, and we also plan to raise a glass to the memory of our treasured Sugarplumfairy, but this event is about all of the readers at the Bunker, and about the subject they discuss, Scientology. This is a meetup, not a memorial.

Who is speaking at HowdyCon?

This isn’t a conference, and there are no formal talks planned. Our organizer, Miss Tia, is working hard to figure out some specific plans. There’s more information at the website howdycon.com, and that’s where there will be the most current information about scheduled events.

Will there be videos or a DVD of the event available afterward?

Not if we can help it.

So this is really just about the people who read this website getting together to talk about Scientology and other things?

In Cleveland. We know, it’s hard to believe. And we hope you join us.

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

From Mark Bunker, today’s video from the XENU TV archives: “While picketing at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre on L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday back in 1999, we ran across some people who lived near the CC who weren’t at all happy with the organization. They even grabbed some fliers and spent some time with us as we picketed.”

 

 
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For our readers, a head’s up

Bunkerites, set your decoder rings for this coded message: There will be a special bonus post this evening. Plan your schedules accordingly.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 2, 2016 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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

 

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  • Markthehungarian

    What time will the post be? I tune in from Budapest so I’m 6 hours ahead (or 7, depending on the time of year).

    • Mark Foster

      Mark, 5-7 pm is usually what Americans consider ” evening”, so my guess would be 11 pm to 1 am your time…

    • richelieu jr

      Hey, I was just in Budapest last Saturday!

    • 6:00 PM NYC time would be midnight, 12:00 AM Budapest time. I would suggest taking a nap in the early evening and then getting up around midnight or so.

      • villagedianne

        Wouldn’t 1900 hours be 7 pm Eastern Time?

        • Yep, that would be 1:00 am Budapest time. I listen to Hungarian radio on the Internet, and their overnight program starts @ 3:00 PM PST. So far, I’ve learned from following their program listings that zongora is the Hungarian word for piano.

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    Word. (F5)

    • EnthralledObserver

      Let’s face it… something will make it to the fringe of the internetz. I’m counting on it.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Hats. Hats and sunglasses are a great trick I learned from a friend to avoid looking jacked in a picture/video. Also, you can just pull a hat down a little if a stray camera tries to catch you.

        There are so many pics of me at breakfast with sunglasses on, I can’t even tell you how many. LOL

        Now, where is my box of hats at?? ๐Ÿ˜€

        • richelieu jr

          When the Beatles first sent videos of them playing the Songs from Revolver to the Ed Sullivan Show and were all wearing dark glasses, my little brother and I thought they were all blind, like Little Stevie Wonder!

          ‘Stoned’ was still an exclusively biblical term to me at that time.

    • Ella Raitch

      There better be some photos though!

    • Ben Franklin

      Xenu has long lens

      • Stephanie Loving

        Yes he does. And he also employs a plethora of P.I.’s with camera pens. Shhh see the men casually squatting in the corner?

        • Aw, but the secret service will already be in Cleveland for the RNC and there’ll also be extra police on duty then too. If there’s shady looking fucks like that, it WILL draw attention! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • PickAnotherID

      I’m sure “Freedom” will have something.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Bitter, lying, apostate SPs…blah, blah, blah. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Qbird

          I hear Rinder’s blah, blah, blah… ha!

    • OOkpik

      A photo booth, per chance?

  • JOE BLOW

    Good morning Dave.

    ML,
    Joe

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    O/T: Welcome home Commander Kelly. A year in space, I can hardly believe it’s already over. Thanks for sharing the ride with us Sir.

    https://twitter.com/NASA/status/704909499262509060

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      He took his barber into orbit with him. Maybe there is a simpler explanation.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Does hair grow in space? Hmmm. That’s a damn good question Korgo. It’d be nice to not have to go for waxing all the time but it would be a pretty damn dangerous way to achieve that. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Peter

          Noting the moustache on the other astronaut kind of answers that question.

    • Xenu is my Homeboy

      We all want to know whether he managed to spot any freight trains on Venus.

  • salin

    Great news about the Billboard! Looking forward to seeing the final product, and hope to hear future stories of re-connection that might be directly, or indirectly triggered by it’s presence.

    Good morning Bunker-mates – looks like we need to exercise our ‘patience’ genes today as we resist our youthful impulses ala the long car ride peels of ‘are we there yet? are we there yet? can we stop and get some ice cream? are we there yet?’ as we await for the day’s second post.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      “Looking forward to seeing the final product, and hope to hear future stories of re-connection that might be directly, or indirectly triggered by it’s presence.”

      Me, too, Salin. Those would be success stories worth writing.

  • Rita G

    Bonus post! It’s a two-fer day!

  • Sejanus

    “Bunkerites, set your decoder rings for this coded message:”.
    ….
    Don’t…forget…to….drink…your…Ovaltine.
    a frigging’ commercial?!?

    • PickAnotherID

      Well Ovaltine did give out ‘free’ tickets to local premiers of “Forbidden Planet” for 10 cap liners sent in. I felt like “Ralphie” getting his decoder ring when mine came in the mail.

    • chukicita

      You’re using last week’s key.

  • EnthralledObserver

    Any heads up on the timing of the second post? Shall I head to bed and catch it tomorrow?

    • Rita G

      Evening here is about 11 hours away at the earliest.

      • EnthralledObserver

        Duh… I missed the word ‘evening’. Thanks! Yep, bed for me.

        • Draco

          Me too. Early AM.

    • Ella Raitch

      I am up to my head in funding applications ๐Ÿ™ I shall be able to peek but no commenting ๐Ÿ™

      • chukicita

        You and me both. It’s the season. Deadlines errrrrwhere.

      • richelieu jr

        Funding for what, my I ask?

        • Ella Raitch

          Public health programmes for my region – culturally appropriate antenatal care for a disadvantaged group and funding to deliver an evidence-based programme in early child health to the same group

  • Susan black

    Thanks Phil and willie. Bring on that billboard!

  • MrsLurksALot

    Ooh, special bonus post. Antici….pa….tion. Thanks, Tony!

    Good morning, Bunkeroos. I miss all you guys! I’ve been in Lurker mode too long. :/ However, I kept up with the billboard action, made small donation. I’m so happy it has come together so well. The Bunker rocks! I’m keeping Phil & his wife in my thoughts; they are good people. See y’all later!

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Hi Mrs!!! I too can hardly wait for the bonus post. Do you think I should sit here all day refreshing the screen?

      • MrsLurksALot

        I know I have….who cares about work? HAHAHA….damn, I do. Arghhh. Three posts in one day? Exceptional!

  • Dr_Orpheus

    Has anyone listed the names of current exes who were rabid Scientologists when they appeared in the Xenu TV videos? Some interviews from them would certainly be interesting.

    • madame duran

      I miss Mary DeMoss like I miss the pimple growing on my butt. It’s hard to explain–the affection that comes with familiarity and the revulsion at her vulgarity. Both she and Tommy Davis were perfect public examples of Scientology cult think and behaviour. Annoying as hell but at least they were interesting and gave us something to talk about. Last I heard is that she blew but I don’t think it was confirmed (was it?).

      • Mark Foster

        Actually, I think it was confirmed that she’s out. I don’t remember who posted it here or when it was, though-sorry.

    • Tracy Schmitz

      there is another billboard in the making! list in names (and in big bold letters) those who have left and the numbers who have left and the TRUE number of those still in!. perhaps with a backdrop of faces…

  • Sarcasmo

    Love the billboard. Congrats on making it go right so quickly. $cientologists in The Valley (and elsewhere) wish they could be so efficient. It’s simple message, ‘call me, loved one,’ is so innocuous that there’s nothing for $cientology to legitimately complain about. I’m sure they will though.

  • Irish Lass

    Way to go, Phil! I heart you, Mark Bunker (a.k.a. Wise Beard Man)! And a bonus post for Happy Hour!

  • Tony Ortega

    Hey, Once Born, please contact me by email.

  • PickAnotherID

    โ€œI also secured an option for an additional three months on the
    billboard. We have 30 days to exercise the option, so weโ€™d have to come
    up with the money by then. We already have some of it since we went over
    the target on our fund raising, so we probably need about $6,500 more.
    Once the dust settles Iโ€™ll get a more exact figure.โ€

    Nice! The longer it’s up, the more impact it will have on those who read it.

    Plus the longer it’s up, the more it will drive DM nuts. Not that it’s that far of a drive for him to begin with. I wonder if, “Have you read the billboard?” will be added to Sec Checks??

    • Peter

      You may be sure of it! LOL And virtually everyone will be affected by it, causing still more disruption in staff morale. Way to go!

    • Tracy Schmitz

      have you driven within a 100 miles of it!..have you heard of the word “billboard” if so, what are you intentions! blah, blah, blah…

    • james hollingsworth

      DM is already nuts. And so is Tom Cruise.

  • Draco

    “Will there be videos or a DVD of the event available afterward?

    Not if we can help it.”

    Grumble grouch … pffft!

    • TexasBroad

      Just picture us all drinking and laughing together in a room. Like we do every night. Only actually, not virtually.

      • Draco

        PFFFFTTTTT!!!!

        Don’t mind me – just jealous…. grumble.

        • chukicita

          I have a feeling there’s gonna be some live blogging.

          • Draco

            Thank you for the little ray of hope … the odd pic would be appreciated too ๐Ÿ™‚ (No doubt they’ll be very odd)

            • chukicita

              Well I hope there will be, anyway. For those of us who can’t attend and will have our noses pressed to our screens to try to see in.

            • pat k

              We should have one photo and all should be holding up a mask with Howdy’s face.

  • Volunteer SP

    Than-you Phil! I look forward to the smaller versions as well to post around my local org.

    Disconnection sucks! I want my friends back I lost decades ago.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Billboards and Ravens

    I was in Whitehorse once.
    The Yukon and the Klondike –
    a vast vast territory sparsely inhabited.

    Eagles, grizzlies, mountain goats, wild sheep.
    And a statue of Robert W. Service.

    Musk ox on the menu, salmon that had swum 1,500 miles up the Yukon River,
    mountains so high you got sunburn on the roof of your mouth looking up at them,
    mammoth ivory, …

    Later, I saw an eagle panic a lamb, causing it to plunge 200 feet or more
    off a cliff onto the river flats below.
    Casually, the eagle sailed down to feast at her leisure.
    She hadn’t counted on the ravens who dive bombed her as she was trying to feed.
    An eagle has a hard job taking off – she needs a long runway.
    The ravens ate the lamb.

    Anonymous, the Internet and billboards are ravens to DM’s little eagle.
    And he’ll run away.

    The Clam That Just Hit Out
    with apologies to the ghost of Robert W. Service

    There’s a race of clams that just hit out,
    A race that have to shill
    So they break the hearts of kith, the louts,
    And they hurt the world at will.
    They raid the whales and they reg the good,
    And they blame those mounting jests;
    Theirs is the curse of that $cilon hood,
    And they don’t know how to rest.

    If they just quit hate they might go far;
    They wrong their slaves in Big Blue;
    But they’re always tired of the stings thus far,
    And they want, they’re strange, no clue .
    They say: “Could I find my proper groove,
    What cheap mark would I shake?”
    So they slap and derange, and each fresh move
    Is only a fresh mistake.

    And DM forgets, as he strips and shuns
    With his vicious clueless face,
    It’s the steady, quiet, prodding ones
    Who will win in this lifelong race.
    And DM forgets that the youths have fled,
    Forgets that his prime is past,
    Till he’ll stand one day, on trial, ’tis said,
    In the glare of the truth at last.

    He has failed, he has failed; he has looked askance;
    He has just undone things, the dwarf.
    Life’s been a bally sad joke ‘cos of him,
    And now is the time to barf.
    Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
    He was never meant to win;
    He’s a strolling drone, and it’s bred in the bone;
    In jail he just won’t fit in.

    This is Howdy’s sister:

    • Observer

      The pic makes me sad. Her loss.

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      I am applauding as loudly as I can. I hope you can hear me.

    • I’d shoop a photo-bomb by Gollum, but nah. It just isn’t fun when it’s someone’s sister. No matter how nasty some people act, they’re someone’s sister or brother, father, mother, son or daughter.

      And they should call!

    • richelieu jr

      I had two Robert Service Poels memorized that I used in Forensics competitions when I was kid, ‘The Shooting of Dan MCGrew and the Cremation of Sam McGee.’ I am pretty sure I can still rmemever most o them. Practivcally onlmy DNA (that and Jabberwocky’ by Carrol)

      “A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon;
      The kid that handles the music-box was hitting a jag-time tune;
      Back of the bar, in a solo game, sat Dangerous Dan McGrew,
      And watching his luck was his light-o’-love, the lady that’s known as Lou.

      When out of the night, which was fifty below, and into the din and the glare,
      There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks, dog-dirty, and loaded for bear.
      He looked like a man with a foot in the grave and scarcely the strength of a louse,
      Yet he tilted a poke of dust on the bar, and he called for drinks for the house.
      There was none could place the stranger’s face, though we searched ourselves for a clue;
      But we drank his health, and the last to drink was Dangerous Dan McGrew.

      There’s men that somehow just grip your eyes, and hold them hard like a spell;
      And such was he, and he looked to me like a man who had lived in hell;
      With a face most hair, and the dreary stare of a dog whose day is done,
      As he watered the green stuff in his glass, and the drops fell one by one.
      Then I got to figgering who he was, and wondering what he’d do,
      And I turned my head — and there watching him was the lady that’s known as Lou.”

      (I’mm spare you therest. I am sure I made some mistakes, but hey– I could be using that part of my brain for Shakespeare or remember ing my girlfriend’s birthday, or names (not really– I only wrote that becasue she wa sloking over ly shoulder– I knw w-she wasn’t relaly born, but hatched aout of some sort of enourmaous Satanic Egg coughed upf rom the bowels of hades as revenge on me for evet crime ezver committed by the male sex.

      But hey– She SO GOOOD LOOKIN’!…

      She so good lookin’, she could be part-time model.. Or a Body Router for the Celebrity Centre!

      Yeah, stil taking u valuable space with a trillion other useless facts, factoids and nonsense…

    • Peter

      What a dreadful advertisement for scio! That is a tortured being!

    • Draco

      Sad ๐Ÿ™

    • villagedianne

      I wonder what became of her children, who were born into Scientology.

    • Freethinker

      OMG, she looks like El Wrong with lipstick on.

    • Qbird

      Whoa… a face to a person. He had said more than once, “My stupid sister in OSA.”
      And explained how/why he knew so much about the CoS.

    • JOE BLOW

      I’m hiding under my bed if anybody wants me.

  • Bunkerites, set your decoder rings for this coded message: There will be a special bonus post this evening. Plan your schedules accordingly.

    What . . . I’m just supposed to hang around here like an OT waiting for super powers?
    (not my gif)

    http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x462/Vistaril/john%20travolta%20in%20front%20of%20big%20blue%20moving_zps0rjiyjee.gif

    • 0tessa

      Is he thinking ‘What the f..k is this?!

      • Could be, or maybe he’s asking himself “where is everybody?”

        • chukicita

          “who’s gonna tell me if I got my weave on skrate?”

          • Mark Foster

            ” Where is Craven Miss Savage?”

      • joan nieman

        I think he may be lost or confused or maybe he has been stood up!

    • arcinva

      Thanks, man… my husband is now looking at me like I’ve lost my mind because I have tears from laughing so hard at this.

  • Jeb Burton

    Cleveland?

    • chukicita

      I have never had an Ohio driverโ€™s license and have never been registered to vote or eligible for jury duty in Ohio.

      I have never been a resident of the State of Ohio. I have never had an office in Ohio nor have I ever had an Ohio telephone number. I have never had an Ohio bank account and have never owned real property in Ohio…

      • Jeb Burton

        Thanks Dave.

      • Ben Franklin

        Have you ever had the buckeye candy?

        • gtsix

          For davey, we’ll let him have the real thing. Nothing but the best, amirite? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • chukicita

          YES. And it’s delicious!

      • PickAnotherID

        I went to an Advanced Electronics school at Wright-Patterson AFB once. But only because the Air Force made me.

    • Dice
  • 0tessa

    Fantastic news! That many other billboards everywhere may follow.

  • It’s no mess sno mess here in Northern Greater Toronto, and it was garbage day too, so I had to clear the driveway to put all the stuff at the curb. Or rather, a few feet away from the curb. The plows haven’t been yet, and that’s going to ram a tsunami of snow into the driveway when they come.

    The fun part was playing “Find the Newspaper” with the snowblower. Since I didn’t see confetti flying out the chute, I assume that they didn’t deliver one yet.

    • EmmaDaoust

      My cat is taking me to work today.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x0myO4M-ds

      • PickAnotherID

        Cat needs a ‘balloon’ with, “I’m going to eat your camera if you don’t get it out of my face!”.

      • chukicita
        • Qbird

          cat sleds ~ oh lol~ that’s funny.

        • EmmaDaoust

          Too much! Did you know that the town of Talkeetna, Alaska has a cat as its mayor? His name is Stubbs. Mayor Stubbs.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I LOL’ed at 0:22 when the cat’s like, “Yeah, I’m done.” That is so very cat of him.

      • villagedianne

        Cat is nobody’s Beast of Burden.

        https://youtu.be/S7qTS17SwF8

      • daisy

        LOVE the picture !! Hush kitties. She looks so p.o.ed. Finally got the snow here . Had fun playing find the leash . Now like Rycroft, it is also find the recycling boxes.

        • EmmaDaoust

          He seems to be having fun once on the ground and running. My cat looks just like this, except with a black tail and paws, like a fox.

          Sorry! Totally Off Topic! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Robert Ramsay

      The plows have been and buried the end of the driveway …. again.

      • Yup, so I propped the garbage on top of that, and I’ll do it later. Meanwhile, I swept some patches of driveway down to the black. It’s really just a big solar panel that turns sunlight into heat, and if it stays sunny, those patches will clear the rest of the driveway. (Lazy snow removal, ftw!)

  • Robert Ramsay

    Nice thing about a billboard it just sits out there shouting out the message. Month after month after month after … ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ben Franklin

      …and another good thing about it, CoS can not stop anyone from looking at a billboard the way they stop people from surfing the internet or reading certain materials.

      • Robert Ramsay

        I bet a drone shot with a good gimbaled camera would make a most excellent shot. Add to it a good voice over ๐Ÿ™‚

        • richelieu jr

          You offering to do it?

          • Robert Ramsay

            Would if I could but I don’t think me flying a large drone especially if there is an expensive rig attached would be a smart move.

    • Dice

      there is a good change it will be in the news, then it will catch on.
      I remember a guy telling a girl that he loved her using those billboards where she drove by every day and every day a new text message was put up. It worked!

  • $cnMonkeyNut$

    Great news! Pity we couldnโ€™t have had a poster where Monkey put it today and at the time in question! (F5/Refresh and with thanks to MaxSpaceman for the idea ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    PS Yes, there is a Stain Hell group, too… coming later!

  • Ben Franklin

    I am very glad Phil was able to secure the deal quickly, I was so worried about the possibility of CoS buying all the billboards in the area, maybe for a year or even more just to stop this billboard from going up soon. I know it is crazy, but the way CoS folks buy domain names to block people from registering them, I can imagine CoS trying to do the same kind of thing to block the use of certain billboards.

    • Dice

      He is on a roll… and he is not backing down! And the cos cant do a damn thing before it is up!

    • richelieu jr

      See my other post.

      If the CoS offers enough money and will defend the sign company and rent that billboard for,like, decades, so you really think, the owner wouldn’t take it over a rag-tag group whois constantly scrambling for money?

      If they owner was one of ours,perhaps (and I do hope they are letting him knowhow important this is, and why).

      Anything that bother Miscavige and that can be fixed by throwing handfuls of cash it will be fixed.

      And I would make sure there are fire-extinguishes handy as well, as there are a lot of little PTS and people on the RPF running around jumping through hoops and looking for ways to attack the ‘Enemies’ of the Church so they can do their alphabet soup of humiliations, get the signatures and rejoin the ranks of the Sleepless Smile-Forcers Who Slyly Lie for a Living.

      Of course Cap’n Tom Thumb may get so hopping mad that he beats a few people to show them how he has to do everything himself and then send out a crack squad of cracked Squirrel Busters to film them filming themselves pretending to make a film (in case the police come) about them burning down the Billboard so that they can prove to 5D (Diminutive Dave, the Dispeptic, Despotic Dipshit) that it really happened when he has to send his minons and Moxons to spring them from the clink.

      OR some may just dothe whole ‘Beckett’ number on DM, as LRH SPECIIFICALLY recommended inthis nightmarish little treatise on Power and how to get and placate it, and decide tp leave the ‘body’ of out Billboard at DM’s door, or bury it ‘silently and without remorse’ and never let him know who the good little elves were ho made the bad billboard go away and stop making little Davey have a sad.

      That done, either they do it get caught and get publicity and we have no billboard (or they get caught before which is actually the Best case Scenario); or they get away with is and then we have only suspicions and accusations, they walk around shrugging and complaining about the sort of bigotry they and the Jews and the Early Christians suffered and most folks see tow sides and figure the tueht is somehwer ein between (which intheis case is probably populated wihtnly slightly sisnister evels and fairies and mix of LRHa nd George Washington who Cannot tell a lie- only the Acceptable Truth ,a dn who didn’t cut down the Cherry Tree, but instead ranf or office on the Republican ticket and once governor cut funding tot he Cherry Tree Retirement home which then burnt down before the FBI coudl find out if rumours he had been embezzling from to were true.

      All this is speculation of course, but I can tell you with a Scientoligic Certainty, that is AHs been proven, and is no longer a theory today, that in fact If this half-Reality Half-Scilon Middle Gournd did exist, it would be populated by evil elves and shriveled, hateful pale-skinned war-mongers who worship a book about a man who shared everything, was poor and said everyone should be like him, treated women, even the lowest with respect– then go about killing people and cutting help foods stamps in His Name..

      Wait, this just in! News Flash- The name of the Half-Hubbard Candy Floss Fascist Monstrousitty did exist he would be called not Stroumph (that is ‘Smurf’ for you anglophones, folks. The original name was Stroumph, thank you very much!) but “Drumph”!

      Donald Drumph!

  • Snuzey
    • Dice

      Yep! Saw it yesterday with same reaction as you Ha ha… they pulled that one in

    • PickAnotherID

      Hard to get away with those kinds of lies with the internetz watching…Muwhahahahaha!

    • Chee Chalker

      Just saw this in the comments on Rinder’s blog….good news indeed! I love to see them called on their clearly bull$hit claims.
      20 million scientologists and yet I have never actually met one in the flesh……millions helped through their agencies, yet I have never seen this reported ANYWHERE except a Scibot publication….
      No wonder disconnection is enforced so rabidly…. Gotta keep that bubble unpopped

      • Tracy Schmitz

        bubble? it’s the worlds biggest scam lying BALLOON!

    • Ben Franklin

      Just music to my ears. I wish the United States and other government would follow suit.

      My favorite part of the article:

      ———–
      “The church said that the 24 million figure was based on the total number of individuals helped by volunteer ministers between 1998, when records started being kept, and 2014.

      It added that the priority at a disaster site was to provide direct aid, in forms such as medical assistance, rescuing victims and providing food, water and shelter. However, when the ASA asked for evidence of the aid given at various disaster sites it was only โ€œanecdotalโ€.

      The UK ad watchdog also raised concerns about how the data on the number of individuals who had been given aid had been calculated. It was also unclear as to what counted as โ€œgiving aidโ€.

      โ€œIt was also unclear whether the church had included the total number of people in a community in cases where general community work had been carried out and, if that was the case, we had concerns about whether that was an accurate method of calculating the number of people given aid,โ€ said the ASA. โ€œFurthermore, we had concerns that there appeared to be no checks in place to ensure that individuals who were given aid were not counted more than once towards the overall figure.โ€

      The ASA banned the ad because it had not been provided with suitable evidence to back up the claim of helping 24 million people.”

      ———

      • Dice

        โ€œanecdotalโ€… my A..

        • richelieu jr

          Well, the original expression just didn’t have the proper ‘gravitas’.. “smelled like it was pulled out of some fat bastard with poor hygeine’s ass”

          • Dice

            L. Ron Hygienic or something mental, like Dave Anecdotal

      • PickAnotherID

        I wonder if they count shutting down the emergency radiological facility in Haiti for 24 hours when their VM’s took, and handed out, the water bags being used as radiation shielding as “helping”?

      • james hollingsworth

        The Co$ aired that same commercial on the 60 minutes program Sunday Feb 28. Tony, how about posting a link to the FCC or CBS so we can complain? The squeaky wheel gets the oil

      • Qbird

        cannot support their claims with evidence. truth.

    • Graham

      Thanks for posting this link Snuzey. THDNE also posted it late yesterday, and I responded as follows…

      A bunch of us complained way back in early 2015 about Scientology ads in newspapers and on a couple of bill-boards. Most of the ads were just generalised bullshit but the volunteer minister ones did make specific claims, so that was the one we went after, with Once_Born taking the lead. We got a ‘result’ after some months, but it was only in the form of a low-key mention on the ASA web-site and a letter to each complainant stating little more than Scientology had promised not to do it again.

      Thus I’m a bit surprise at this Guardian article. 1) I wasn’t aware there had been any TV ads (Presumably just local ones in the London area???) 2) Why now? Our complaint was all ‘done and dusted’ by mid-2015 and 3) why did the Guardian get a much more specific and detailed response than we did?

      Looks like this could have been a separate complaint from the one we made about newspaper ads back in February 2015 (Though looks like the claims were the same. So much for promising not to do it again!). The TV ads never got on my radar so I’m a touch puzzled about this (Though very happy that Scamatology’s been called to account once more).

      • Snuzey

        I remember maybe a couple of years ago they apparently played a Scn advert during an episode of ‘Family Fortunes’ which I found somewhat amusing, since they’d love to have a bit of that.

        They mention that their ‘stats’ (ha!) were from 1998-2014 so I don’t think the ad was that old. I have a feeling someone once told me a Scn ad was played during Corrie which is possibly one of the most expensive slots on telly. Pity really when you think about it when there are only about 2k Scn members in the UK, and only about 10% of the population watch Corrie it if you go by viewing figures, which equates to about 200 potential Scions seeing the ad, but you need to factor in Advert Brew Time, so lets half that. 100 happy clams. The advert probably cost about 100k so that’s about a grand per clam. Bet they’ve never felt so spoiled!

    • Mrs. V.

      I wonder if they’ll re-make the ad and say instead “Fifteen people held on to our Way to Happiness booklets for three whole blocks before throwing them away!”

  • Eivol Ekdal

    “There will be a special bonus post this evening. Plan your schedules accordingly.”
    Two sentences, first 9 words, second 4 words.
    First letter of each word spells…
    Twbasbpte Pysa
    Translate from Swedish and you loosely get…
    https://translate.google.com/?source=gtx_c#auto/en/Twbasbpte%20Pysa

    • Xenu is my Homeboy

      What kind of voodoo is that? Next you are going to tell us that there is a secret code in The Unbreakable Miss Lovely that predicts how and when the cherch is going to cease to exist.

      • Eivol Ekdal

        I take things too literally sometimes.
        ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • richelieu jr

      Oh EIVOL, my friend– Do not even start down this road. Therein lies madness!

      When I was taking a lot of methamphetamine, I used to see these codes, EVERYWHERE!

      I was obsessive about it. Letters and numbers would come floating off the page, disconnected and show me stuff… Everything became a sign. I found the key to people’s natures by randomly shuffling the letters in their names in a little programme I had for the ANAGRAMANIACS amongst us.

      Yes, it was the drugs, butt he scary thing is– Now when I look at it, straight (and pretty much everyone else who does) can see it makes ‘sense’. It is insane, but coherent and makes sense (which makes it already a big cut above Hubbard’s Speed-heightened and inspired psychosis.

      • Eivol Ekdal

        Not to worry – it was a joke. I had a friend in university who was into numbers and signs. He freaked out when I told him my birthday, thought I might be Satan.

        • Mark Foster

          Wait, you mean you’re NOT Satan? Ah, fuck, I had this great proposition in mind…

  • A bird in the chimney

    Hooray for the bill board! I saw it mentioned on Twitter several times. Seeing it funded so quickly was awesome to see. Great idea and I hope its message really has an impact on everyone who passes it (even someone who has no ideas or strong thoughts about $ci might google search and learn more).

    Hope you are all doing well, Bunkerites! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TonyOrtega

    Message fer sekrit klub members: 1900 Eastern time

    • Eivol Ekdal
      • Dice

        time.is

    • $cnMonkeyNut$

      Aauuugh! I was gonna get an early night tonight 1900 EST=0000 GMT…
      Oh well… can do that maรฑana! Canโ€™t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Snuzey

        … wish I’d read that before spending the last 10 mins working it out!

    • flyonthewall

      i forgot the secret handshake

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      My impatience is showing… and I am covered in shame.

      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Mockingbird

      OSA will spend hours trying to crack the code. They will comb through Hubbard references on espionage and suppressive persons. Only one hundred thousand man hours will be spent on project “Understand Ortega”.

    • Rasha

      (glued to screen, legs bouncing….) OmagoshomagoshomagoshomagSSHHBAP!!!owowowowowowow….. omagoshomagoshomagosh……

    • PiP

      someone mentioned our gang recently…(f5)

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Okay I’m on it!!!!

  • richelieu jr

    What do you want to bet that the 91 days from the day that billboard goes up, it is replaced by an advert for Narconon or some saluting SeaOrgers with some banner headline about how Scientology wants you to L-O-V-E each other and value your family and keep them close?
    I can see it now:

    “L-R-H spells LOVE!!!!”

    And the guy renting the billboard walks away with his pockets bulging from twice the going rate for the next decade to keep it up?

    In the meantime, however: WE WIN!!!!

    Boy, if it gets even one of the C-Borg to pop out of their ice-cube (and beans and rice) tray and into their families arms (or even an honorable job doing more good for the world than every Scientologist and all their billons of dollars and thousands of slaves and tax-breaks and punchy head-midget ever truly accomplished, like working or McDonalds, picking up dog poop, or even SCOHB instead of BADASS (OHB)IWCYS)**, it will have been a great bargain.

    I hope people are on their phones and Net connections to the media.

    Has anyone written up a standard press release?

    Do we have any flacks here at the Bunker? We must have!

    Come out of the woodwork, folks!
    (Does Jefferson count?)
    —————————————————————
    **(BADASS (OHB)IWCYS) = Being a Dick at (a)Scientology Sentre (On Hollywood Boulevard) In Which Case YOU SUCK!)

    Raise your hand Flacks!

    • PickAnotherID

      According to the article, if we come up with another $6,500 or so in the next 30 days it will stay up for an additional 3 months. Considering what happened in the last 24 hours, that shouldn’t be hard to do at all.

    • Dice

      there 2 sides on a billboard.. he may rent out the backside to the cos,, if he is that hungry

  • Supper Powers
  • Supper Powers

    Removed

  • Tracy Schmitz

    hi everyone! so MULTIPLE BILLBOARDS in hollywood and around there?! AWESOME! just thinking could we have other different billboards besides the one shown? if we could, what other billboards and words would everyone hear want to see? could a simple “where’s shelly” work ?(or would that be slander or whatever?!)..with her photo or simply “the cult of scientology” under the question…

    • Tony Ortega

      Only one billboard is going up. Phil is talking about raising more money to keep it up beyond 3 months.

      • Tracy Schmitz

        oh, thanks for the correction mr.ortega… too bad this billboard cannot be made in stone for all time sake! i wonder how much it would cost to have MULTIPLE with different billboards all around hollywood and for a good length of time.. if i had the money i would give it to do this in a heartbeat…i love my “where’s shelley” idea, although that would not hit hard since most in the public would not have any idea what that means…

        • Ben Franklin

          I think one billboard is just as good as many if it can attract a lot of attention.

          • Tracy Schmitz

            perhaps for us here on the bunker and those critics and those who have left.. however, it needs to INUNDATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC 24/7!..

  • Newiga

    Regarding using a fake name in the donations.

    I used a fake name in making the donation and writing the accompanying message but my real one when paying for it. According to my bank statement, it went through. So, yeay!

    I’ll look under my sofa cushions and see what I find. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let’s keep that billboard up for another 3 months!!!!!!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Same for me. I’ll behave when I donate now though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      ETA: I made my real donation under my real name, I did the LRH one for fun and both went through. Read your post too fast. ๐Ÿ˜€ Either way, all of the money went towards this fantastic project. Win/Win

      • Newiga

        Exactly! Can’t wait till the sign is up!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Newi, I hope the kids call Phil and Willie. I hope someone, anyone gets a phone a call because of this. *fingers crossed*

          • Newiga

            I hope so too. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed. The billboard is a beautiful way to show those still in (others too) that there are people in the Wog world who miss their family members.

            Disconnection sucks! There are too many parents, siblings, daughters, sons, grandparents, grand kids, friends, etc. who cannot talk to their loved ones because of this stupid policy. The list is so long that it’s hard to keep count anymore. :'(

    • Qbird

      me too.

  • Richard

    “COB, we have some good news and some bad news for you.”

    “Give me the bad news.”

    “The billboard is going up on Hollywood Boulevard.”

    “Shit. Give me the good news.”

    “We believe that the donation made by that joker and degrader in your name hasn’t gone through.”

    “GET OUT!”

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    “…this coded message: There will be a special bonus post this evening. Plan your schedules accordingly.”

    I’m scratching my head. What could it be…what could it be?! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Super-extra-double excited.)

    • Xenu is my Homeboy

      New anti-scientology book? Announcement about the Theroux film? DM has blown?

      My reactive mind boggles.

      • ze moo

        Ron Miscavage Seniors book should have an opening date soon and there are other books and documentaries that are about to hit the airwaves or streaming companies. It is a wonderful time to root for the clampires demise.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Marty just released a new book and Tony’s putting up his review before it goes straight to the NYT best sellers list.

      • Xenu is my Homeboy

        Titled “Rue 66 – All the Ways the Underground Bunker will Regret Crossing a Scientology Warrior”

        • I cannot love this enough. ^^^^^^^^^^^

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        If he does, he’ll…

        …(wait for it)…

        …rue the day!

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Bahahahahahaha!!! I’m dead.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Kim inspired me.

    • Graham

      If you use the Convertinator on your Sekrit Klub Ring it says that 1900 EST = Midnight UK time. So a late night and a super-extra-double scotch for me.

  • flyonthewall

    any word on the exact location of the billboard?

    • Tony Ortega

      You will get that information once SMERSH decides to give it to you.

      • flyonthewall

        i can dig it

        • I am forbidden from revealing the coordinates. ( slips Fly note with “helf me” crudely scrawled in purple crayon)

          • flyonthewall

            *nods*

    • Cedilla

      Up DM’s asterisk would be a good location.

      • Careful you don’t punctuate his colon.

        • kemist

          Especially semi-punctuate it ๐Ÿ˜›

    • ze moo

      As Sid seems to have a lock on the location, DM didn’t buy up all the billboards in the area. Someone, not DM will be pushing a peanut up a gangplank for that ‘fail’. Ostriches don’t get their heads out the sand very quickly.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Yes. It will be on Hollywood Blvd. Is that helpful?!?

      • flyonthewall

        i don’t think you were really trying to be helpful at all Mr. Triple D

        • Sunny

          Half past a nickle, quarter to a dime….
          That’s where.

          • flyonthewall

            i am so confused *weeping*

      • Mockingbird

        Where CICS go to SC.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      *cough*locationprobablyonthedownlowfly*cough*

      • flyonthewall

        so many secrets. It’s all so cloak and dagger I can hardly stand it! EEEPP!!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I’m excited too and crying laughing at the posts today. Pure gold. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Yeppers. And I live not that far away so I will be able to see it in all its glory.

            CANNOT. WAIT.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    AAAAARGH! I HAVE AN M/U. WORD CLEAR “THIS EVENING,” PLEASE!!!!!!!

    • Dice

      it’s a “sekrit”

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        I just want a less “general” time frame.

        • Tony Ortega

          As I said below, the new post will appear at 1900 Eastern

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Just saw that. I am editing my impertinent impatience as we speak… er… type…

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Cocktails will be prepared at that time. Rest weary traveler.

      • villagedianne

        And maybe Ovaltine.

    • richelieu jr

      I forget where you’re located, 3D?

      • Southern California. He takes great pics of the Valley Org as it . . . Rots.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        SoCal. Within striking distance of the Valley Ideal Org. (And I suppose that will be filed away by OSA as another “threatening” comment on the Underground Bunker…!)

  • flyonthewall

    “they just try to brainwash people and make them believe all this stupid shit and it’s like from the inside waauuw waauwww and we all know it’s real bullshit” approx 1:40 mark. Poetry, pure poetry

  • jazzlover

    Today’s post fills me with optimism! Congratulations to Phil & Willie for persevering and showing that the human spirit is alive and well. They are both true inspirations. Also, a hearty thank you to all who were involved in making this important first step a reality. And, of course, a pat on the back to all those who donated. This could not have been done without any of you.

    • Mark Foster

      JL, TOTALLY off-topic: Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra. Feel me? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • jazzlover

        I do. What’s not to love about Haden? ๐Ÿ™‚ Methinks it should be them playing Cuba instead of the Rolling Stones. LOL

        • Mark Foster

          An hour-long doc on sevdah(Bosnian blues) with english subtitles:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSn0E8km3jw

          • jazzlover

            Looks interesting, Mark. It definitely points to the way Haden was thinking with LMO. I’m not seeing subtitles. Is it just me?

      • richelieu jr

        Charlie Haden was teaching at CalArts when i was there.

        • Mark Foster

          Man, I wanted to go to that school, but it was waaaay too expensive.
          Good for you! They still have a great music faculty…

      • I had the honor of seeing his final public performances in Healsdsburg. It was a two day tribute to him with friends, family and those he’d mentored. His post polio syndrome was ravaging his body and He wasn’t expected to play, but his bass was on stage next to a chair, just in case. The memory of him walking slowly out on stage in the middle of a number to pick up his bass still fills my eyes. He played like a thirty year old. Both nights. What a marvelous man he was.

  • Skabetti

    The billboard: brilliant.
    The Cleveland meet-up: brilliant.
    The bad neighbors video brilliant.
    Hooray for brilliance.

    • Qbird

      some brilliance to be felt in the Florida court system today too, Skabetti!!!
      need shades, it’s so bright today.

  • Sherbet

    “BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE” Hey, what the hell?!

    • Cedilla

      “BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE”
      Hilarious! Someone had to do it.
      5f

      http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ralphie_ovaltine-284×300.jpg

      • Sherbet

        I had to check all posts to be sure nobody had beaten me to the punch.

        • PickAnotherID

          Actually, ‘Sejanus’ did about 2 hours ago.

          • Sherbet

            Oh, phooey. Now I’m so embarrassed. Sorry, Sejanus. And thanks, Pick.

            • PickAnotherID

              No problem. Anything worth doing is worth doing again.

            • Don’t fret. It’ll be done by the last person to comment on this thread as well. It was certainly my first thought.

      • villagedianne

        Actually Ovaltine is really delicious and very soothing when you don’t want more caffeine.. One day when I was feeling very jangled I got a cup in a Chinese bakery in Brooklyn. I’ve been buying jars of it ever since. The only place I can find it in New York City is in Chinatown.

        • Qbird

          a little malt powder mixed into any chocolate sauce will do the trick nicely too, villagedianne.

    • Eivol Ekdal
    • james hollingsworth

      A lot better than kool-aid

    • This is important. This means something.
      https://familyfoundry.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/ovaltine.jpg

      • richelieu jr

        Stop playing with your mashed potatoes. You are scaring the kids!

      • Sherbet

        So cool!

  • ithilien

    Re yesterdays comments re what exactly makes an organization criminal, this might do…http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/state-regional/grand-jury-2-bishops-hid-sex-abuse-hundreds-childr/nqbPL/

    • Todd Tomorrow

      This is such a sad thing to hear in the morning. It’s if that is one of their recruiting perks.”Enjoy a free place to live, all the wine and crackers you’d ever want and grooming lessons on how to ruin kid’s lives.” Fuckers! Wonder what percentage of priests have molested kids?

    • aquaclara

      It’s horrible, isn’t it? Saw this yesterday when it all posted. I know there are many good priests and religious, but this stuff, well, it is unforgivable, ruining children and lives for far too many. Catholic Church better wake up. (And I am Catholic).

  • JOE BLOW

    Demonstration day of unveiling?

    • SucculentDuck

      remainder of 2016 calendar grayed out and reserved; patiently awaiting further intel

    • Lighthouse

      Yes, yes! Do it like this!

  • Sherbet

    I’ve been wicked busy and unable to hang with the Bunkies very much the last couple of days. Don’t do or say anything momentous while I’m out of circulation. I’ll be back.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      You’d better be back here by 1900 hours, missy. ; )

    • daisy

      I do not know about anyone else but time stops for me and doesn’t return until you are back in, even when you sleep.

      • Sherbet

        Daisy, either that’s a wonderful compliment or a little creepy. Not sure which.

        • daisy

          creepy definitely

          • Sherbet

            ๐Ÿ˜€

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      โคโคโค

    • Robert Eckert

      Way too late!

  • Mrs. V.

    Yay! A bonus post! That makes me so happy!

  • Mrs. V.

    Excellent news about the bill board. Hopefully it will re-connect families and if there are people who think they have no where to go once they leave, they’ll realize that’s not true and take the first step out.

  • Mockingbird

    Good day Bunkeroos.

    I can’t wait for the billboard to go up. Imagine a documentary with individuals and families standing under the billboard and discussing how disconnection has destroyed their own family. People who were never in Scientology would look at the anecdotes and accounts and believe Scientology destroys families. Then as they see the billboard OR any Scientology org or story the association of Scientology and destroying families will solidify.

    The reality of Scientology is abuse and destroying families and it’s very hard to deny when you LOOK at the real victims of the Scientology cult.

    • JOE BLOW

      That is a great idea! Having a rally under billboard when it’s unveiled. Mucho press coverage!

      • Mockingbird

        Yes ! The billboard could be the symbol for disconnection.

    • JOE BLOW

      Imagine if a famous ex like Leah or Gibney would show up to lend support.

      • Mockingbird

        If famous exes take it on it would hurt the cult bad. The media often doesn’t stick to the facts but if Leah Remini was under the billboard pointing to it the story couldn’t leave out the billboard and would have to use at least one sentence to explain what disconnection is. That would be damning.

        • JOE BLOW

          It would be INCREDIBLE!

        • Dice

          should do a reversed TUML photo op – a selfie with the billboard in the back!

          • JOE BLOW

            5 bucks a selfie with the proceeds going to extend the life of the billboard.

            • Dice

              Ha ha! perfect… bus load of people…Next!

        • JOE BLOW

          It must might 47X the total effect.

          • Mockingbird

            OSA reps find this highly objectionable. It is a hill 10 of epic proportions.

            • JOE BLOW

              OFFICE OF SPECIAL AFFAIRS. Could they have made it any more Nazi sounding?

            • Mockingbird

              Ha ha ! Heil Hubbard.

      • richelieu jr

        Erm, Gibney is NOT an Ex.

        • JOE BLOW

          Thanks, meant Paul Haggis, but of course it would be super cool to have Gibney as well.

  • flyonthewall

    Rest easy. I have consulted my shaman about tonight’s post and he says, “the spotted dog walks backward round the lake of stars.”

    Wait a sec, wtf does that even mean!? *sigh* I need a new shaman (f5)

    • PickAnotherID

      “the spotted dog walks backward round the lake of stars”??

      According to my “Captain Midnight and the Secret Squadron” decoder badge that comes out as, “Big Blue closing forever – no staff left”. Nah, can’t be.

    • Sejanus

      My hovercraft….is full of eels.
      I will not play this record…it is scratched.

    • Observer

      Cowboy Bebop FTW!

      • A bird in the chimney

        Whatever happens, happens.

    • Shaman moose. Can you render one in the blocks?

  • YEAH!!! Billboard!! YEAH!! Love the HowdyCon faqs!! Gonna add ’em to the website! ๐Ÿ™‚

    YEAH!! Vintage Vid!! YEAH!!! Bonus post!! YEAH!!! WHOOSH!! BANG!!! ZINGA!!!!! Good morning! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • PickAnotherID

      YEAH!!! DM and OSA going crazy wondering what else is coming before 2pm Thursday???

    • aquaclara

      Miss Tia, you made it happen! The next best thing to happen to Cleveland….HowdyCon.
      I want to send an invitation to the Mayor of Clearwater. Think he’d show up?

  • Phil McKraken

    “They don’t care anything about what their neighbors think of them.”

    This is so typical of religious isolation groups. It’s exactly the kind of story you hear from neighbors of some Hasidic Jewish communities, where they have contempt for outsiders and hold themselves superior to civil laws and customs. Ditto the FDLS cultists. It’s all the same with religious isolation groups. They remove themselves from the community at large, both in participation and in granting respect. The only thing they don’t isolate themselves from is every opportunity to collect, and even to scam, public benefits.

    • kemist

      Here, when it snows (from around middle of november to the end of april), there are snow pick-up operations at night to keep the streets clean. When that happens, you must not leave your car parked in the streets. If you do, it will be towed at your expense, as it slows down the operation and increases its cost to the city. There are special designated parking lots where you can park your car for the night to avoid the fee and hassle of towing your vehicle back and forth.

      Well, in Montreal, orthodox jews have voted themselves an exemption from towing on saturdays. You know, because sabbath.

      And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, one annoyance amongst many. They had the windows of a neighboring women’s gym frosted because young male orthodox jews are disturbed by the sight of women running on treadmills in short sleeves. And… They have illegal religious schools. Everyone knows what they are and where they are, but since they have infiltrated the different levels of government, no one does anything about them. They even get government funding FFS.

      If anyone complains, well, they are big bad antisemites. So everybody shuts up.

      • villagedianne

        From http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/28/woman-sues-airline-move-seats-man/81073332/

        An 81-year-old woman who escaped the Nazis in her youth is suing Israel’s national airline after she was asked to switch seats because of her gender, the New York Times reports. “Iโ€™ve been around the world, and some guy can decide that I shouldnโ€™t sit next to him. Why?โ€ says Renee Rabinowitz, a retired lawyer. The male passenger on the December El Al flight between New York and Jerusalem was an ultra-Orthodox Jew whose only reasoning was “It’s in the Torah,” she adds. A strict interpretation of Jewish law forbids any contact between unrelated men and womenโ€”even by accident. Rabinowitz thinks forcing everyone to abide by that is ridiculous, and she tells Ynet.news that she went public in the hope of setting a legal precedent. โ€œThis is behavior that systematically harms womenโ€™s dignity, and action must be taken so incidents like this donโ€™t reoccur,โ€ she says. โ€œItโ€™s a principle.โ€

      • I didn’t know the Icebergs were orthodox. . . The Golbergs, yes. But the Icebergs. Who knew?

        • daisy

          BIg giggle

        • villagedianne

          “I didn’t know the Icebergs were orthodox”

          We already control banking and the media. Now someone is gonna say Jews sank the Titanic.

          • I live near a very hippy town and frequently get into rows with idiots who have no idea how antisemetic their whole “Rothschilds rule the world” bullshit is. It never seems to stop.

            • villagedianne

              I am glad you are sensitive to antisemitism. But speaking as a Jew and a conspiracy thinker, I do not think discussions of the Rothschilds in such a context is always or necessarily anti-Semitic. In the world of global conspiracy, there are other powerful figures who are not Jews, such as the Rockefellers and the British royal family. In some versions, the Rothschilds are not even really Jewish. In some versions, the Rockefellers are really Jewish. It has historically been convenient to use the Jews as a scapegoat, and some conspiracy thinkers believe that blaming the Jews is a great distraction to hide the real story.
              There are many schools of thought among conspiracy thinkers. Certainly there is a powerful strain of Antisemitism among conspiracy thinkers, but that doesn’t describe the all of them. As for myself, I will not look away from information just because it may, for some people, suit their hateful agenda.

            • As someone who has grown to rely on critical thinking and skepticism, I always try to dig down into people’s arguments and sources. Frequently, there’s antisemitism buried down there. They may not even know they’re forwarding some hater’s agenda. Frequently people just like the sound of what they’re championing without actually investigating whose water they’re carrying. Navigating through black and white is so much easier than subtle gray. The world is always subtle gray, the closer you get.

            • villagedianne

              It is true that people do not always know whose agenda they are forwarding, in or out of the conspiracy world.

    • villagedianne

      I grew up in the Catskills, born to parents who were both Jewish. Across the street was a bungalow colony which catered to Hasidic Jews. I played with them when I was a kid, but they let me know that in their eyes, I wasn’t really Jewish.
      In the Bible it says on Shabbos, you are not supposed to do any work and your servants and animals must not work either. My father used to jokingly offer to unplug all their refrigerators.
      But seriously, orthodoxy of all stripes have become more, not less strict in the 21st Century. IMO it is the last gasp of the patriarchy.

      • ze moo

        Rebbe is watching!!!!

        • villagedianne

          Speaking of watching, the Rebbes are particularly hysterical about unfiltered cell phones. They (try to) enforce it by threatening to get the offender’s children kicked out of their private schools. This would seriously affect the child’s chances of making a good marriage.

          In England the Rebbes tried to expel children if their mothers drove a car. But the British government nixed that by denying state aid. Link: http://www.jta.org/2015/08/12/news-opinion/world/belz-hasidic-school-in-london-denied-state-aid

  • aquaclara

    Can you believe it?!! A billboard in Hollywood. Phil and Willie, you both totally rock.
    PS and I hope it works.

  • downtherabbithole

    Ok so I am technology challenged (sometimes it can be a good thing I think) and all I have on my screen is a exclamation point within a circle gray. Can someone suggest how I can view this video?

    • flyonthewall

      take the computer and carefully hurl it out the window. Then go to the store and buy a new one. That is my professional advice.

      • downtherabbithole

        Too funny and there have been many a days when I would love to have done this!!

        • Qbird

          As soon as I get my photos & music transferred to my Mac, I intend to shoot my old ProWin7 laptop. I’m gonna shoot it dead!

    • Missionary Kid

      If your computer isn’t running right, the problem is that the electrons have low blood sugar so they aren’t running straight.

      To remedy the problem, first open up the computer and locate the CPU (central processing unit).Then take a can of Coke, shake it up, turn it upside down, and pop it open over the CPU.

      When those electrons get that sugar and caffeine, they will be pepped up and they will run straight. All your computer problems will be fixed.

      Seriously, I really don’t know how to fix it. There are much better minds here in the bunker who will have the answer.

      • Mark Foster

        I see that MK has access to the top-secret ” Tubbard Technological Advices, Vol.1″

        • Missionary Kid

          Shhhhhhhh!

    • kemist

      You might have a browser that does not support HTML5 and / or a missing Flash plugin.

      Are you able to see any video on youtube ?

      • Missionary Kid

        Sometimes, refreshing or rebooting will help.

      • downtherabbithole

        Yes I can watch videos on youtube and have never had this issue at the bunker with previous videos. I have windows 7.

        • kemist

          IIRC, youtube still supports Flash, but here it might be different.

          Are you using Internet Explorer or another browser ?

          • downtherabbithole

            Internet Explorer (which can try my patience at times)

            • kemist

              There’s a programmer joke that the only legit use of Internet Explorer is to download a better browser ๐Ÿ˜›

              You can try to do a manual update on it, or, you can kill 2 birds with one stone and install the most recent version of another browser (Firefox or Google Chrome will do). It’s always a good idea to have a second browser you can use in case an infection disables one of them.

    • Alice Graves

      I had that problem because my operating system hadn’t been upgraded to Windows 7. If you upgrade it to what MicroSoft is currently supporting, that problem should go away.

      • kemist

        You can just use a more recent browser, you don’t need a complete OS change.

        A lot of sites have switched to HTML version 5 for videos instead of using flash, and some still support both. Old browsers don’t support the new features of HTML5.

    • daisy

      You will never get a serious answer from this crowd.

    • downtherabbithole

      Ok not only am I technology challenged but I have little or no attention span with things that frustrate me. That being the case I think I will be off and make the spaghetti sauce I was intending to make today. Thank you all for your comments. Have a fabulous day. Looking forward to this evenings post/story from Tony.

      • Cedilla

        A quelle heure le dรฎner est servi ?

    • Dice

      it’s a bunker bug – don’t worry about it

  • Church of Scientology ad banned by ASA for ‘misleading’ claims over volunteer work
    An ad promoting the Church of Scientology has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), for “misleading” claims that the organisation had provided aid to 24 million people worldwide.

    “Because we had not been provided with suitable evidence to show how the specific figure of 24 million had been calculated and that it was accurate, we concluded that the claim had not been substantiated and was likely to mislead viewers,” said the watchdog.

    The church has been warned not to show the ad again in its current form, and the ASA has urged the group to ensure they hold “adequate evidence for any claims that viewers were likely to regard as objective and capable of substantiation.”
    http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/03/02/church-scientology-ad-banned-asa-misleading-claims-over-volunteer-work

    • In other stories they quote the ASA:

      “The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told the Church of Scientology International to ensure they held adequate evidence for any claims that viewers were likely to regard as objective and capable of substantiation.”

      I would have thought that COSRECI paid for the ads, but I guess ASA wanted to talk to the organ grinder, not the monkey.

      • You have a gift for noticing things.

        • When I archive stories, I keyword tag all the names.

  • aquaclara

    17 years later, and yes, Scientology STILL sucks. Love the protest vid, and this is the first I’ve heard about the dogs barking. Does anyone know if they still have guard dogs there 24×7? Poor things.

    Wish the protesters would see themselves here today and pop in for a hello.

  • Jenny Griffith

    I love the billboard idea. I wanted to do this along interstate 5, Oregon, about six years ago but couldn’t generate any support. Better Nate than lever! I hope it helps! ! !

  • Mockingbird

    How about if Going Clear 2 shows people understand the billboard describing how disconnection has ruined their lives. A half dozen or so examples would drive home the point AND then people can post YouTube videos on disconnection and the hundreds of videos would educate people outside the cult.

    Calling ALL these people bigots wouldn’t cut it.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    I know it is early in the day for posting music but
    this is how all this beautiful entheta makes me feel.
    TY Mark and JL for your ongoing musical conversations.

    Poor little DM – try keeping up with the Joneses now,
    you little twerp ๐Ÿ™‚

    One of Joe Zawinul’s masterpieces.
    He met his wife at “Birdland.”
    Bass by Jaco (he overdubbed manocello on the original)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqashW66D7o

    • Mark Foster

      Mandocello…a bass-range mandolin…and false harmonics on electric bass …yeah, Pan ๐Ÿ™‚

    • When I saw Jaco and Jean-Luc Ponty, Jaco was raised high above the stage by wires and was playing while spinning vertically.
      Years later I wondered if I had really seen that.
      Then a friend of mine played a wedding for a relative of his, and obtained written proof.
      Still one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

    • jazzlover

      I’m always happy to oblige, Pan! Despite unspoken bunker rules, I gots the music in me, so a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess when it comes down to it, I see music as a great healing force, and one of the things in life that helps to bridge people’s differences. So, given that that is an underlying bunker theme, music should fit right in here. I’m glad that you are equally smitten. With your words and your conviction, you surprise and delight me everyday! And yes, Zawinul was a man of many talents — including the ability to open his mind to new directions, to give the great bassist a chance and to recognize that Wayne Shorter (my favorite saxophonist) would be a great foil to carry out his endeavors.

      • Doc M

        Probably my favorite jazz fusion bands of the time. (leaving miles out of the equation.)

        Jazz, during my college orientation at Wash U, they had a free concert day on the quad. The Birds, Leo Kotke and some others, but the last Band was the Origional Weather Report. No one knew them, but a small groupe of us. Thus another instance where there was 20 left in the quad. 1972

        Man, that band could cook.

        • jazzlover

          I am jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ That original band was a monster, until Zawinul decided that Vitous had to go. Chester Thompson (ex-Zappa, ex-Genesis) became the drummer for a hot minute, until Jaco arrived. I absolutely love Jaco’s playing, though — such taste and melody. Most WR fans dismiss the Jaco stuff as secondary. Their loss ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Doc M

            Yea Jaco was a total origional and my friends never dismissed him. We knew.

            Btw, the show was informal and afterwards, they mingled with the 20 of us left, while their crew packed up. Wayne was a real gentleman and truely interested in my courses. We spoke for about 30 minutes. He told me that his best experience playing was with Mile’s band and he doubted he’d ever reach that level again. He kept saying that the band had one brain and reached the telepathic point.

            20 years later, I caught Zawinul’s band at a barn in Switzerland. His albums didn’t do justice as that band was hot also, nothing like his albums.

            • jazzlover

              There are many who are set in their ways, so some didn’t welcome the change in WR. I didn’t grow up with the music, which I see as a kind of blessing — it was all new and all good to me when I discovered it. I agree with Wayne’s assessment, btw. That band was it! “Miles Smiles” is still my fave ๐Ÿ™‚

              Zawinul definitely had some killer bands up to the end. He was ahead of his time in terms of seeing jazz as a “world music”.

      • SucculentDuck

        (unspoken rules?)

        • jazzlover

          Read the first line in Pan’s post.

          • SucculentDuck

            Ah, thanks. Didn’t realize there were unacceptable times for such debauchery. Personally, any time there’s Jaco it’s all right by me.

            • jazzlover

              Well, I don’t think it’s unacceptable, but some like to remain on topic. If you haven’t heard it, I strongly suggest you seek out “Trilogue – Live!” a concert featuring polyphonic trombone master, Albert Mangelsdorff, Jaco and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. I think this is it here:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-z9JR6EqTA

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Not about being off topic. Pan was referring to the fact that music vids in the past usually didn’t start showing up on the Bunker later in the day. “I know it is early in the day for posting music”

            • jazzlover

              I got that. Thanks.

    • Doc M

      Great video Pan,
      One of the best of the Jazz Fusion genre.
      Thanks, now I’ll have to listen to the Weather report CD’s today

      • jazzlover

        That’s some heavy weather, man! ๐Ÿ™‚ “Birdland” has got to be one of the most widely recognizable jazz tracks that leaves people wondering “where have I heard that?”. I know it used to be used as a theme on one of the sports shows years ago (Wide World of Sports?). When I got into jazz (Heavy Weather was one of my first discoveries), I was “where have I heard THAT before?” LOL

        • Doc M

          That song put Weather Report on the radio..catchy hook and all but really didn’t represent what Weather Report was about.

  • aquaclara

    Just tossing a fundraiser idea out there, to see if it’s possible we could raise the bucks to keep the billboard up for the second three months….Any interest in having some Tshirts put up for sale on Zazzle? Thoughts?

    • jazzlover

      That’s a great idea, aqua! Sort of like the bunker gift shop that everybody has been joking about forever.

    • Miss Cabbage

      Something like this…
      (The Print could be a bit larger for a T-Shirt version)

    • Direct cash is much simpler. And more goes to the cause.

  • PickAnotherID

    Back tonight. In the mean time, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!”

  • Richard

    I have an addendum to Hubbard’s ‘Introduction to Scientology Ethics’ book:

    “It is a high crime to put up billboards on Hollywood Boulevard that shed a bad light on Scientology.”

    • Ben Franklin

      Freedom of Speech is protected by the Constitution of the United States. LRH and his Scientology “high crime” BS can go to hell

      • Mockingbird

        Constitution ? United States ? You must answer to higher authorities ! Now who looks foolish.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Re tonight’s bonus post, here’s what I want to know: whose trash did Ebner find this time?

  • flyonthewall

    from the inside and it’s like waauww waauww

  • Dice

    Just got a mail from Phil… he is on his way back home from L.A everything is Lock and loaded!

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Delayed response… There was a time when I could not read/post as often as I wanted to at the Bunker and I seemed to have totally missed the passing of SPF. I am verklempt here. Sigh… She was a light, and a trooper. I am positive she is out there somewhere kicking up her fairy dust. Heartfelt thoughts to those remembering…

    • Robert Eckert

      Yeah, that was a hard loss.

  • Gnocchi

    I am so happy about this billboard! It may take 500 nudges to get someone out, and each nudge matters. If this gets a bunch of people even thinking in the right direction, it’s worth it.

    I’m inspired by how things like this billboard and HowdyCon show the true resilience of the human spirit. People are coming together to fight, and not letting the thing that hurt them win. Love it.

  • ze moo

    How can the clampire respond to Sid’s billboard? The usual ‘bring in the usual suspects for a sec check’ won’t do for this one. Billboard tech is one of those things that over time becomes subliminal. Doubts will fester and some will find the door out.

    The sea borg will be forced to walk around with their eyes on the ground, where they can see the discarded tickets to an Lron video or the way to crappiness and any other jetsam that any city like LA generates. The doubts will take more and more of their attention. How can you body route if you can’t get your eyes off the ground?

    • Observer

      I suspect they will attempt some direct and possibly legal and/or destructive action.

      • Illinoisian

        DM: “Can no one rid me of this meddlesome billboard?”

      • Shrubbery. Big shrubbery!

      • flyonthewall

        hot air balloon blocking tech

        • ze moo

          Water balloons filled with paint and a big honking slingshot. Some borg will try something like that. Getting the blessing of the Niblet after fact, of course.

          The first rule of bOrg club is never incriminate your boss.

          • flyonthewall

            no one but a borg would have motivation to do that and everyone knows it. Free publicity would be nice

          • flyonthewall

            besides, that street is busy 24×7, it would be impossible to do w/o being seen

            • SucculentDuck

              you’d be surprised what goes unseen around there, tho

        • Observer

          Between Sherman and COB they have an endless supply of hot air.

    • flyonthewall
    • kemist

      Curtain tech.

  • Joe

    Honestly, I was kind of nervous that once Scn got wind of the billboard they would try and throw a shit ton of money at the owner to induce him to not put up the disconnection billboard or just put up some garbage Scn ad, but I feel a lot better now that it’s on paper and has been signed. Way to go!

  • Location, location, location…
    ..

  • “He shared with us some other plans for the upcoming event, but weโ€™re holding back on them for now.”
    Dang, come on Tony. After all that display of humanity you are going to hold back on details regarding something we all so obviously have our heart wrapped around? I think it’s called a ‘come on’ right? Well we are all not going anywhere and you don’t have to worry anyone is lousing interest LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    • TexasBroad

      I don’t think Tony is holding back the info from we supporters so much as holding it back from a certain band of ecclesiastical, tax-exempt bullies. Tony IS a tease sometimes, but this time I think it is motivated by precaution.

      • Yah, I sh’d have mentioned I had an inkling of that but forgot :(. All this talk about kids brings the lump in my heart back. I don’t doubt Tony’s way for a moment. His reporting completely dissolved the instilled black PR from ron concerning journalists and how wrong they were. I have since been able to read others ๐Ÿ™‚

        • TexasBroad

          I’m excited for the details too! I can’t be there, but I am so glad there will be an event and pictures!

    • chukicita

      Perhaps it is for the protection of those who will be involved. I can wait. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • My house is surrounded by attack crows. They won’t dare try anything with me.

        • flyonthewall

          a murderous murder?

        • dagobarbz

          My crows leave presents. Half lizards, random bones, feathers. I like shiny things, but they keep those to themselves.

  • COB RTC (to self): “Those m—–f—–g c—s—–s raise 11 large in a day and I can’t get the m—–f—–g c—s—–s at Valley to raise a g—–n m—–f—–g dollar for months at a time.”

  • chukicita

    Wouldn’t something like this be fun? I can see projecting the billboard onto Big Blue…and that would only be the beginning. (check the vid at this link): http://www.urbanprojections.com/#!projection-mapping/c1qv7

    • dagobarbz

      We lusted over an affordable projector during Chanology daze. Never got one, woulda been epic! They would have come out and bitched at us getting light all over their building I’m sure.

  • Newiga

    I’ve really enjoyed the videos from the XENU TV archives. Thank you, WBM! You rock!

    Stacy, in case you are reading, I hope you are fine and well. Thank you for everything!

    • flyonthewall

      ikr! Especially today’s, “from tha inside and it’s like waauww waauuww” guy! I can’t stop replaying it, there’s something wrong with me

  • George Layton

    Ovaltine? Is it a commercial?

    • flyonthewall

      a glass of warm milk perhaps?

  • Tony Ortega

    Breaking new post in five minutes.

    • Newiga

      *hurries to make popcorn* Or do I need something stronger? ๐Ÿ˜›

    • flyonthewall

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST IS UP

    (And another new post still coming at 1900)

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Oh my Oh my!

  • Today in Scientology:

    19 years ago, an average normal WTF moment in Clearwater:

    Scientologist hospitalized after jump into harbor March 2, 1997, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

    A barefoot woman ran between two Church of Scientology buildings early Saturday before jumping into Clearwater Harbor, where police took her into protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation. As the incident unfolded over more than three city blocks downtown, a patrol officer tried twice to ask the woman if she needed help, police said. They said she and a Church of Scientology security guard behind her kept running and eventually she was found by police in shallow Clearwater Harbor.

    https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.religion.scientology/920FBqUCYjM/_Xnrfd0aC8QJ

    9 years ago, facepalm!

    Scientology could have saved Anna Nicole, says Travolta March 2, 2007, Personalities, New Zealand Herald

    8 years ago:

    Boogaloo Xenu vs Scientology March 2, 2008, Legio9000Brittanica, YouTube

    more today

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      “Scientology attorney Elliot Abelson said Saturday that the woman had a personal emergency at a Scientology building, the Sandcastle hotel, and was running to get there from the Fort Harrison Hotel.

      The guard was trying to help her, Abelson said. ‘The guard was absolutely not running after her.’ ”

      Yeah, sounds plausible. Next you’re going to tell me you’ve got a bridge to sell me, too.

      Jesus christ…How people has this cult broken down?! These old stories make announcements like the Dandar judgement so much sweeter.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Right, she was running into the water on the way from one hotel to another. Sounds believable to me.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Because everyone stops for a quick dip on their way between buildings.

      • Abelson is one sleazy-ass sack of shit. I hope he sleeps well on his piles of cult and mob money.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Mob, too? Wow. What a stand-up citizen he is.

          • dagobarbz

            Elliot Abelson went from Gambino Family lawyer to working for Scientology.
            I’d say that’s a step down.
            He tried to engage me in a staring contest outside HGB once. I am a master of staring contests, honed in the fires of boring math classes.

            I won. He looked away first. HAW-haw!

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Ha! Sounds like you got your TRs in. ; )

            • dagobarbz

              In like Flynn!

    • Thanks to whomever spends the daily hours on putting this list together. Wow, nicely done.

      • The trick is to accumulate them in a database, then the list is a click of a button.

  • MEANWHILE, IN BUILDING 50:

    The huge titanium ashtray smashed against the once-flawless African crossfire mahogany paneling with a sickening crunch. Having been heaping-full at launch time, it left a ersatz comet trail of ash that drifted slowly to the polished floor. Miscavige swung around and pointed at the ruined wall.

    “Look what you fucking made me do!” He screamed at the half-dozen uniformed women gathered in his office.

    “Do I have to fucking do every fucking thing myself?” The tiny man was about a half-inch away from Brandy’s nose as he stood on tiptoe to meet her downcast eyes. She already looked awful when she’d been called into this meeting, haggard and pale, but now the ash covered her navy blazer and red hair gave her the look of a defeated emergency responder. Like everyone had died in the fire and it was her fault.

    This handful of exhausted women was all that was left of a once vast cadre of executives that once ran the day-to-day operations of Scientology. It had been years since anybody had seen the men and women who once held these executive posts. Had they blown? Were they in the RPF? To ask was dangerous. None of the women had slept since they found out about “it.” The latest flap. Miscavige dropped back down to floor-level, but he wears still shaking with rage.

    “How . . . did . . . this . . . fucking . . . HAPPEN?” He roared. “Where was fucking OSA when this was going on? Why weren’t the Joneses being fucking watched after the CC INT flyer flap? You knew they weren’t going to just fucking goddamn give up! You did know that, didn’t you, you CI cocksucking bitches? I can’t spend all my fucking time monitoring Ortega!”

    “You ordered the OSA web opps to lay carpet at KCET, sir. After Shelton and Levin-Smith’s last videos, sir. ” Why was she even here? Brandy was supposed to be in the Landlord’s Office, but she had done her job too well. She had been noticed. And then there was her red hair.

    • james hollingsworth

      Anytime DM criticizes anyone, it’s always in homo/lesbian terms. It the execs are female, they would have been “cuntlappers”, or “carpet munchers”. Just sayin……

      • I’m not sure I’m capable of typing cunplac . . . cunsplatt . . . oh, nevermind.

      • Fixed it.

  • joan nieman

    Damn! I am so excited about the upcoming announcement. I will be going over it in my head all day, well, not all day as I am about to take a short nap!

  • Graham

    Contributions are still coming in: https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily

  • Xique

    I love this ” Call Me. ” billboard and so should the church, they’re like totally into communication.

  • Mark Allen Shreck

    best wishes to those who have been disconnected from their loved ones. I truly hope that this billboard will serve as a wake up call to reach out.

  • nottrue
  • Supper Powers

    I wish we could compile a reliable list of everyone who has disconnected so we knew the current and past numbers this policy has affected. And to provide a quantifiable number to news media in an effort to get them to understand how much of an impact this policy has on people.

  • SucculentDuck

    interesting (to me) trivia re: bad neighbours video… if this was filmed on LRH’s birthday in ’99, it was literally 2 weeks before I arrived in Hollywood after 3’ish days of driving cross-country. i lived approx 3/4 mile west of that exact location at 2 different times since then, from ’99-03, and again from ’10-13. i have first-hand experience (exgf lived directly behind the testing center) that “they” are, undoubtedly, bad neighbours.

  • Always Amazed

    another great post at the bunker, thanks TO

    Phil, I am tickled pink your GFM campaign went so well. My prayers to all disconnected families. I cannot wait to see it in the flesh. I may have to go via Hollywood everywhere I go now, just to see it and smile.

    I WILL be at the event, just name the day!

    The HowdyCon recap was great!

  • InterestedObserver12

    A suggestion: add this Q to the HowdyCon FAQ list: BYOB?

  • LAreader

    I used to work in the book store right across the street from the celebrity center. We used to keep large amounts of dictionaries around just for the Scis to buy. I always enjoyed watching the once a day march of the ludcriously naval attired marching around the block every single day. They were super duper unfriendly.

  • ithilien

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/03/02/mckeesport-church-investigation/

    local news story today re cult in Mckeesport, PA. preacher Guy Miller is a direct link to god, and if you follow him, and are completely obedient (and contribute generously) you will not die.
    parishioners who do pass away are failures who lacked faith.
    this cult practices disconnection.
    sermons from the pulpit encourage gay members to kill themselves

    • Juicer77

      Ugh. Not another group like this.

  • This is not a happy neighbor. We saw this sign on L R Hubbard Way 10 Oct 2015. Not sure how it got sideways.
    Text:
    “They bought the street obviously HELP ๐Ÿ™
    Scientology
    Fed Ex left message on my telephone stating “ALL fed ex deliveries will and are being delivered to Scientology Organization mail drop off from the two property addresses. Message said “It is Going There from your property Owner
    Everyone’s.
    Scientology OWNS (udl) OUR mail.
    Fed Ex will do as ordered.”

    • Baby

      here ya go Cece..f5

    • Baby

      SICKENING.

    • Juicer77

      I get the joke, but DeadLRon Way is NOT Scientology property, it is a public street. Some strongly worded complaints to FedEx about personal privacy would be in order here. I hope it got resolved.

    • dagobarbz

      Wish I’d seen this. I hope Fed Ex has had its ass kicked over this by now.

  • Skabetti

    If I lived near Hollywood Blvd (I’m about 3,000 miles east of there), I’d show up under the sign with a fully charged cell phone and let sci’s use it to call their loved ones immediately.

    • dagobarbz

      That’s a neat idea!

      • Skabetti

        You know, like those free phone calls to anywhere in the world that you used to see at festivals. I think the phone companies were advertising.

  • Lighthouse

    Great, exciting news about the billboard! It will attract lots of attention, I’m sure, from the media, too. The cherch is sure to try to get their lawyers to have it removed. Ha! Ha!

  • dagobarbz

    Note to billboard people.
    If you do not invite me to the unveiling, we will have problems.

  • Abracadab

    Is that the final design for the billboard? It takes a lot of work to read.

    Try reading it while pretending you don’t already know what it’s for. The first thing my eyes see are “Call Me”. I wonder “What is this for?” and then have to do a visual search before I see the word “Scientology”. Is this a pro-Scientology or anti-Scientology billboard, I wonder? I look backwards and see the words “To my loved one in…” and then have to mentally process the disjoint parts to understand it.

    Too much work. Especially when I’m driving a two-ton vehicle 25 miles per hour through Hollywood. (Though yes, I’m being optimistic on my Hollywood driving speed.)

    In short, the current design confuses brevity with clarity. No, I don’t have a better idea in mind yet. But this billboard just doesn’t work.

  • Pineygrrl

    I wonder if my sister will actually see this and duplicate this. Thanks for 20+ years of disconnection just because the cult said so.