SUPPORT THE UNDERGROUND BUNKER
You can either make a one-time donation to the site via Paypal...

...or you can subscribe and get billed monthly:

FOLLOW ME ON
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR
E-MAIL LIST
To join our e-mail list & get daily updates on new stories, e-mail us at newstory@tonyortega.org.
RSS Feed
Click here to add The Underground Bunker to your RSS Reader

Phil Jones reflects on the media frenzy at the dedication of his anti-Scientology billboard

Billboard6

Phil and Willie Jones and their billboard have really hit the big time. Expect to see them on both the Today Show on NBC and Good Morning America on ABC this morning.

Yesterday, we sat back and let our commenters report on the action happening in Los Angeles as the billboard, which we reported had gone up on Monday morning, attracted a gaggle of television teams to film the dedication ceremony. We asked Phil at the end of the day if he would send us some thoughts about how it had gone. He sent us the following, and we’re also grateful to several Bunker readers who supplied us with photos.

 
Wednesday was ‘Billboard Dedication Day.’ It turned out to be a lot more than we possibly could have imagined. Since the billboard went up on Monday we figured it would be a bit low key on Wednesday, with maybe 5 or 10 people, and if we were lucky a news crew or two.

When I woke up in the morning the phone was ringing, emails flying, and texts a-texting. We got down to the billboard site an hour early to get situated and the phone kept on going. When there was a short lull we jumped out of the car (OK, no jumping for me. Creaky old man climbed out of the car) and walked over to a spot with a good view of the billboard.

We started off with an on-camera interview with ABC’s 20/20. They asked some great questions and were very nice. As soon as that one was over a gentleman asked if we’d move across the street to the (wide) median. I was amazed to see a whole bunch of news people there with cameras and mics waiting for us. Rather than do individual interviews they set it up as a media scrum. I have no idea how many there were. Looked like somewhere between 5 and 10 cameras.

 
Billboard7

[The gang’s all here.]

 
Surrounded by cameras, microphones and news people we stood there answering questions for quite a while. There were some excellent questions and more than a few very surprised expressions as they were amazed that this stuff goes on in America. Questions were fired from every direction and Willie handle them all with aplomb. I even managed to fumble through answering a few as well. It was exhausting and stressful but we were happy to be at that point. The billboard was up and the message was getting out. And it’s about to get out big time.

After the scrum settled there was one crew who had arrived a bit late so we went through the questions again. Glad to oblige.

Included in this scrum and asking a lot of great questions was Inside Edition. Wow.

 
BillboardMissionary

[Missionary Kid chatted with Willie while film crews milled around]

 
Then we went a bit off-site to interview with the Today Show. This was a bit more extensive and they covered a lot of great stuff. Again, we were so impressed with the caring and professional attitude of these news people. I wondered who L. Ron Hubbard was talking about when he denigrated news people. Haven’t met those guys yet.

Once wrapped with the Today Show we drove over the studio for Good Morning America. Here we were able to sit down for the interview. That was a relief to my now aching bones. Again, I was taken by how kind and caring they all were from the interviewer to the sound man and everyone else. And again, surprise and raised eyebrows at some of the stuff they heard going on in Scientology.

 
BillboardJamie

[L. Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson, Jamie DeWolf, gets some face time.]

 
After that we were done with interviews for the day. We headed back to the hotel where I had to send out photos and info for the various shows to use as background material.

I know there were friends, supporters, exes, and others who came out to be with us today. We really, really apologize to those who we weren’t able to meet and chat with. The day kind of got away on us a bit with interviews. We wanted to meet each and every one of you. Please know that we appreciate your support and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you added your presence to the mix.

A few phone calls later and we were done for the day. Tired but very happy that we had such a successful day.

There are a lot of people who gave their support for this project. With their help we’ve fired a shot across the bows of Scientology, and the message is, “We Want Our Families Back.”

— Phil Jones

 
——————–

More dumb Tom Cruise ‘news’

With Chris White’s recent story on Nora Crest, the Daily Mail had once again shown that it could do solid work on Scientology.

And then, yesterday, it proved that it could also wallow in mediocrity.

The publication combined some very nice aerial shots of Scientology’s UK headquarters — Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England — with a story that said the place had gotten an expensive facelift (which we knew already) and the wild claim from an unnamed source that Tom Cruise would be “moving in” to the place and was largely financing things there.

Our readers know that we’ve been telling the public for the last couple of years that Cruise is just as dedicated to Scientology as ever, and we’ve pointed out that attempts by the Sun and others to spread the notion that he’s on his way out is just wishful thinking. But moving in to Saint Hill?

We asked former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder for his reaction to the Daily Mail story…

“It’s total idiocy. Their ‘source’ clearly knows nothing. It’s not even worth wasting time pointing out the illogics,” he said.

Well, there you have it. Hey, Daily Mail, you were on a roll. Why muck up things now?

 
——————–

Chris Shelton sec-checks his mom, part two

Says Chris: “In this second part, we talk about some of the big differences between Scientology back in the 1970s compared to now and how it has become much harsher and more authoritarian.”

 

 
——————–

Narconon lawsuit settles as trial loomed

Our thanks to the reader who pointed out that a trial was scheduled this morning in New York in the lawsuit filed by Heidi and Nathaniel Gore against a Narconon facility in Florida.

We had planned to go, but we checked with the clerk before heading to the courthouse. “It’s settled,” the clerk told us.

Yeah, that figures. As one attorney told us, Scientology can never really let any case get to trial because the facts are always so stomach-turning, and juries will find it hard to believe what’s going on at Scientology facilities.

The Gores were appalled when they realized, after sending a loved one to the Narconon facility, that it turned out to be a Scientology outfit. When they asked for a refund on the $40,000 they had paid up front, they were denied. Scientology tried to get the case thrown out because they said a New York court shouldn’t be hearing a Florida matter, but Judge Carol Edmead ruled that because the Gores had made the payment while they were in New York, it could be heard in New York.

And now it won’t, because Scientology cut a big check. Congratulations to the Gores.

 
——————–

Links of note

We got a chuckle out of John Riceburg’s encounter with Foundation for a Drug Free World in Berlin. And although Buzzfeed broke the story on Tuesday, we really enjoyed the opening to this DailyKos piece about Florida congressman David Jolly scrubbing Wikipedia:

Rule no. 1 for political candidates: Never try to edit your own Wikipedia page. Rule no. 2: Definitely don’t try to scrub out references to your links with Scientology. And rule no. 3: For godsakes, don’t associate with those lunatic Scientology slave-lords in the first place! Republican Rep. David Jolly has, however, broken all three of these rules. Jolly’s ties to the “Church” of Scientology are long-established and well-known. The group has a prominent headquarters in the town of Clearwater, which is located in Jolly’s district, and Jolly has often participated in Scientology events: Just last year, he was feted as a “guest of honor” at a Scientology festival.

We had a feeling those parties in his honor thrown by Scientology whales were going to come back to haunt Jolly. The congressman is an early leader in the Republican primary for the US Senate race, but polling is notoriously unreliable at this stage.

 
——————–

HowdyConBanner

 
——————–

3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 7, 2016 at 07:00

E-mail tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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

 

Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  • It looks like at one time they were trying to claim that there was no policy called disconnection. (But you still have to cut lines with PTS people who happen to be friends and family.)

    SCN POLICY DIRECTIVE 28 13 August 1982

    BPI
    ALL STAFF
    ALL PUBLIC

    SUPPRESSIVE ACT
    DEALING WITH A DECLARED SUPPRESSIVE PERSON
    [..]
    Where the matter concerns family relations or where a Scientologist is in the position of being closely associated to a person found to be Suppressive the materials covering Potential Trouble Sources apply. There is no practice of β€œdisconnection” allowed in the Church of Scientology and these materials cover completely how one may use proper lines and procedures to handle a PTS condition.
    [..]
    WATCHDOG COMMITTEE
    for the
    CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
    INTERNATIONAL
    CSI:WDC:dr

    • Narapoid

      That is like the “Fair game” policy declaration of the late 60s. A rose is a rose. Or better yet, as the artist formerly known as Prince; the policy formerly known as “fair game” or “Disconnection”. It is spelled out in how to deal with an SP or PTS.

      Then the question is: how is someone declared to be in one of those conditions? By asking any question concerning money.

  • Fink Jonas

    Yeah it was fun to be in the middle of the hubbub, I got to meet some bunkerites great day. The traffic facing the sign is immense and non stop, I imagine at night that’s the only thing lighted up, up high, if the traffic is the same at night it has a lot of visibility.
    I wonder if the media realized by now that scientology gives the same hogwash response every time.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Fantastic photo of you and Jamie, Fink πŸ™‚

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        “Hey girl, I got a billboard to show you.”

      • Fink Jonas

        I had to grab the moment he was kind enough to let me take it. fun fun fun!

  • exccla

    Thank you to phil and willie and the m.k. who did a fantastic post with everything that went on. Also the picture posted here was the best i’ve seen of the billboard. I’m excited that so much press was generated. I’m sure that more will be comming shortly. Thanks to tony, mike, karen, tory and all the ex-sc. Who post and come up with brilliant ideas on getting the word out on the cherch.

  • flyonthewall
    • Frodis73

      Great song…haven’t heard this one in awhile either.

      • flyonthewall

        saw a pic of Lucia wearing a Sonic Youth: My Friend Goo shirt and it got me thinking

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        When Kim Gordon published her memoirs (last year, I think?), I caught a number of her press interviews. She’s someone I’d always thought of as being a bit icy, but when she talked about the dissolution of her marriage, man, it choked me up. And it was courtesy of Thurston’s mid-life crisis and his subsequent inability to keep his pants on. He’s such a dick.

        • Frodis73

          LOL about TM. I’ll have to go track that down.

        • Jimmy3

          Sounds like the poor man just needed a good belt.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Yeah, somebody definitely shoulda decked him.

            • Jimmy3

              Aren’t words fun? Words are fun

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Especially with friends.

    • beauty for ashes

      Saw Sonic Youth in a Venue in NJ when I was just a youth. It was either Camden or Trenton. Anyway, it had red stains on the ceiling from Gwar playing there. Ah memories. πŸ™‚

      • flyonthewall

        Lucky. They were in STL a few yrs ago playing some dumb festival but I couldn’t go. I’ve never seen them

        • beauty for ashes

          City Gardens! of course I remembered while washing my face twenty minutes later! Thanks brain!

          • flyonthewall

            no, pretty sure it was the VP Fair.

            • beauty for ashes

              no.. I was saying….cause I forgot… Oh nevermind. **pours moar coffee**

            • flyonthewall

              oh your venue was City Gardens? Cuz there is a park here in STL called City Garden

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      It’s like I died and went back to high school.

    • Jimmy3

      Saw them on The Simpsons once. They were awesome.

      • flyonthewall

        with Smashing Pumpkins? That was a great tour

        • Jimmy3

          Hah yeah the Lollolololapalooza episode

    • DUDE!!! I seriously had a yen for this song last night and was playing it!!

      • flyonthewall

  • Kestrel

    O/T: Mike Rinder’s Thursday Funnies includes a Valley Ideal Org money-beg stating that its chapel will be able to “seat 1,028 people at a time.” It got me to wondering – what does their hymnal look like?

    • flyonthewall

      a what-nal? They wouldn’t know what you were talking about if you asked for a hymnal. Might take you to the bathroom and show you a urinal?

      • 3feetback-of-COS

        Or, what does their hersnal look like?

      • WOG with Attitude

        There was a vid of Scientology with a choir and some lame music. It was with Neil gaimen’s dad, but I can’t find it again.. Old vid.
        They were wearing priest collars and acting like they were a religion. Sheesh, what ya have to do to get a free pass from uk tax collectors!

    • Narapoid
  • Helen Van Patterson Patton

    This is new to me-
    Police raid Church of Scientology in Tatarstan, March 29, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adV3DN4BXrs&feature=youtu.be

    • bonnydoe

      that is interesting: they make the most fuzz about the recording of the personal information

      • Helen Van Patterson Patton

        Most interesting to me is how scientologists must have known it was wrong to collect personal information. (From the vid) “Nearby were electromagnetic guns that fire in the event of an alarm, and all the information is instantly destroyed. No one has explained why the church has such equipment”.

        • bonnydoe

          so the privacy in that area of the world still means something… and they know it

        • Michael Leonard Tilse

          Probably not so much Parishioners information, but rather the documentation of the local version of OSA and the efforts to infiltrate the local political establishment, the police, the judiciary and fire and building code services, and any other organization or agency that could stand in their way. THAT is the stuff that convicts people. THAT is the stuff that sent Mary Sue Hubbard to prison. THAT is the standard operating basis of Scientology and is the reason why they do not get indictments and criminal trials for what they do in the US. It has simply progressed to effective completion and control in many places. Russia is wise to stomp it out while they have a chance.

      • Robert Eckert

        Recording personal information is a government monopoly in Russia, they don’t want the competition

    • Dice
      • bonnydoe

        camel milk!!

    • jane456

      One of the countries they get sea org slaves from, perhaps. It would be awesome if a small country acted to protect people from the cult, since the US won’t. It seems like it would be so simple to go in and prove that they are holding people’s passports.

  • Rasha

    In light of all this amazingness, a good weekend to mah Bunks. Rasha’s off for a bittersweet few days back home. Peace. <3

    • Jimmy3

      Keep your head up
      But not too much

      • Rasha

        Solid advice. (puts on sunglasses)

        (βŒβ– _β– )

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      We’ll be thinking of you, Rasha. x

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      May the love and liquor flow…My heart goes out to you, Rasha.

      • Rasha

        ^_^ They both very shall. I am so glad to be in a family that can celebrate a life that has become full, and party because we knew those we will miss. 80-proof tears all around, and the speakers go to 11!

        • daisy

          Have a great weekend of nostalgia. (OSA – that is a feeling , sentimentality for the past )

          • Rasha

            I shall, thank you Daisy. (OSA – this is an exchange of warm wishes and caring of friends.)

            Very hugs, Daisy!! ^_^

          • I think that even OSA goons feel nostalgia quite often – but put it down to their ‘reactive mind’, supress it and dissociate from it. Their feelings exist in a thought-tight compartment marked ‘do not open’.

            What a way to live.

            • Rasha

              “Do Not Open” *

              * “Do Not Realize It’s Not Really Closed”.

            • daisy

              I have a pet theory that the exes have such great senses of humor , compassion and endless creativity to make up for the time they reined in their *reactive mind* What a way to live indeed.

    • Sergeant Pepper

      Peace to you, Rasha.

      • Rasha

        Very thanks. And the same to my family here. {hugs}

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Hugs…..

  • bonnydoe
    • flyonthewall

      thank god, I thought this was that stupid fake abcnews site again

      • bonnydoe

        was there a fake site?

        • flyonthewall

          *sigh* yeah it started that bogus story of the cult losing its tax exempt status. People kept coming here and linking to it etc for like a month. Ridiculous

          • Supper Powers
            • flyonthewall
            • Supper Powers

              Oh yeah, you right.

            • beauty for ashes

              You guys, that is totally Lucille’s joke. just sayin. I hear she like to put underpants on people’s heads.

            • daisy

              Better than unsuspecting Lemurs and hey who doesn’t like to put underwear on their heads.

            • beauty for ashes

              Aww, now I want to watch lemurs side~run~sachay! No attention span today!

            • flyonthewall

              she’s scarce lately so we’re just keeping her joke alive. It’s an homage

            • beauty for ashes

              Is that with a silent H? πŸ˜‰

            • flyonthewall

              all the fanciest words have unnecessary letters.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-zpOMYRi0w

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              For Lucille. Because it always reminds me of her and makes me smile. πŸ™‚

              http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy151/ourlordcometh/Neocrisis/Article%20Images%202/funny-gif-cat-paw-couch.gif

            • Lucille Austero

              Oh Sweet NASCAR Baby Jesus! My favorite! !

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              In the name of the Father Richard Petty, The Son Dale Jr. and the Holy Spirit Dale Sr. ; )

            • Lucille Austero

              Hey. I’ve never seen you at my church!

              ETA: Now I KNOW you watch cause of how you said Dale Junior.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              I absolutely watch. I love me some fast cars. πŸ˜€

            • Lucille Austero

              I am here almost every day, but have little time to comment. Working the line at the underpants factory is like that. Sigh.

            • flyonthewall

              this is acceptable

            • beauty for ashes

              Now we know, whenever you’re needed….. F5

            • Lucille Austero

              Oh I LOVE this!!!!!

            • beauty for ashes

              It’s a mixed media of dry erase board and markers, and Microsoft paint. Made me giggle to make it, glad you <3 it.

            • Lucille Austero

              Anything you may or may not have heard about underpants would not have come from me. I do not care for underpants. At all.

            • beauty for ashes

              Lucille!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :):) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Hmph.

              And underpants have always spoken so highly of you.

            • Lucille Austero

              Inveterate liars, each and every one!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I’m listening to Marty Rathbun’s deposition tapes in the Garcia case again. What never fails to surprise me is if Miscavige is, as we believe, the author of Scientology’s legal machinations, clawed hands clamped to the reins, then what I read into the early line of questioning is that Miscavige is desperate to know whether Marty ever liked him. It’s feels like a bizarre love letter via the medium of legal deposition from a scorned lover. Certainly the opening questions feel that way.

    • Do you think you will ever rue the day you listen to those? πŸ˜‰ xoxo

    • flyonthewall

      the first impression I got with those videos was that it was a bizarre dialogue b/w Miscavige and Rathbun. Rathbun knew it too, you can tell bc he repeatedly emphasizes how Miscavige was BEGGING him, on his knees begging Marty to come back. Rathbun knows Miscavige hearing that will make him squirm and fume. Whole thing is really hilarious

      • If that was right after the IRS agreement, Marty was on the Church Tax Compliance Committee, and was hardwired in there:

        IV. A. 2. c. Individual CTCC members. The individual members of the CTCC are David Miscavige, Norman Starkey, Mark Rathbun and Heber Jentzsch. No individual member of the CTCC shall be permitted to withdraw from service on the CTCC, except by reason of death, being adjudicated an incompetent, or by mutual agreement of the parties to this Agreement.

        • flyonthewall

          i believe he first blew in 1994 so yeah it would of been right after

    • Which typically speaks to massive underlying insecurity.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        That’s what I’m thinking, O_B. It’s so strange.

        • “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”.

        • Thinking about it, I see what you mean. Someone who treats others like frustrating disposable tools which don’t work very well, sometimes worries obcessively about whether he is liked.

          Mind you, Marty was a powerful figure who, by all accounts, acted quite the ‘big being’ in his heyday. If Miscavige saw anyone as a peer, it was him.

          Perhaps that is the function of TC for Miscavige – someone as powerful as he is who validates his opinion of himself by voluntarily deferring to him. This is the only way he can have anything approaching a close relationship, given his strange upbringing.

          When someone like Marty (or TC) walks away from him, it’s not just another disposable ‘degraded being’ ‘pulling it in’ and asking for punishment, it’s a personal rejection by a peer and a challenge to his own self-image.

          This delusion of gradeur seems to be getting worse. His own wife accidently removed herself from the ‘peer’ category by infringing on his perogative, and getting some long-delayed things done, Judging by the way that he is no longer pretending that his ‘communications’ come through intermediaries, his concubines don’t last long, either.

          His father’s book, and Louis Theroux’s film will both probably contain insights into this strange, distorted state of mind. I think his weird upbringing helped to make him what he is, and he deserves pity for that, because it has made him incapable of fellow feeling. We also have to remember that, unlike some, he embraced his opportuity to be cruel with impunity and continues to do so. He is a deeply unattractive character.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            I couldn’t agree more with every word of your post. You just said it better than I!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      “FORGET THE DAMN CASE!! I want Marty to admit that he likes and admires me!! Make him admit it!”

      Things I imagine DM says to his lawyers.

  • It was pouring down rain a bit ago (but hey, we’re to get 2-4″ of snow tomorrow night!) and I saw this cardinal couple out in the rain. She’s semi-sheltered under the bush and he’s out front in ‘protective’ mode. Nice red color to a grey day around here.

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/misstia/5549708/1044190/1044190_800.jpg

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Beautiful! When I looked out of my (office) window one day this week, this is what I saw lurking and leering. (Ooh, Turkey Lurkey. I like it!)

      She’s a wild turkey who has fallen in mad, passionate love with my boss. It’s an age-old story of turkey meets man; falls in love. She scares the beejeebus out of us and has us penned in for hours on end.

      F5.

      • daisy

        Ah yes, the love they write poems about.

      • Rasha

        So glad I checked back in!! XD

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Turkey Lurkey has her eye on you, Rashy πŸ˜€

      • Simi Valley

        Is this an unrequited love?

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          I don’t want to speak out of turn, Simi, but sparks (and feathers) are flying. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.

          • Simi Valley

            Hmm … does your boss like white meat or dark meat?

      • No shoes, no shirt, no service.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        OT Turkey obviously. Careful love, she may spot your SPness. πŸ˜€

      • Oh that’s funny!!! (not that anyone is scared of course; but that she’s in love with your boss!) Has your boss considered changing aftershaves or colognes? πŸ˜‰

      • Dice

        Did the turkey eat the Killer Cat from before?

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Funny you should ask! Yes, we believe that is the case and that the turkey, as a gesture of goodwill, has taken up Catty’s vigil outside the office door.

          • Dice

            I am concerned – maybe it’s a Animal conspiracy to get you! See how they look at you?

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              The animals have taken over the asylum πŸ˜€

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        I am sooooooo tired. I read the above that you had a turkey that was in love with your BOOT. I know turkeys are dramatically stupid (they can drown in a shallow pan of water), but I thought that was a bit much.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Haha! Oh, Doug, you must be exhausted! Have you finished work for the day? Can you rest?

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Nearly done with a day of toil.

        • sashiebgood

          they are NOT stupid… not the wild ones anyway. they’re very intelligent.

      • Narapoid
      • gtsix

        You know Ben Franklin wanted.the turkey as America bird, instead.of the eagle. πŸ˜‰ I guess we’d be eating bald eagle on thanksgiving if he’d had his way.

        • Kestrel

          As long as it’s not a small falcon, I’m okay with that.

      • WOG with Attitude

        Does he have a tiny GoPro strapped to his head? Not that I’m paranoid or anything!

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          No but I’ve just noticed that she took a crap on our path!! And now I’m paranoid because I walked through that door at the end of the day and now I need to go check the souls of my shoes. Ooh, she’s trouble!

          • Sherbet

            Your shoes have souls? I always thought you were a spiritual woman in your own way, Betts.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Heehee! Can I blame it on the time here which is 00:37?

            • Sherbet

              It was NOT a typo to be blamed on anything. πŸ™‚

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    O/T: One of our fave celeb scilons, Danny Fucking Masterson, has been doing heavy promotion for his new Netflix show. One of my (actual) fave websites has a review of it. If you enjoy a little snark at a C-list celeb’s expense, you might like this review. Here’s a choice quote

    “The best thing I can say about The Ranch is that it feels like it was created to be a James Franco project. Like when he did that soap opera, and we all kind of knew it was an art project or a commentary on something, but also he really was just acting on a soap opera. This show feels like it should be subverting something or commenting on something. But there’s some final step missing, like the project of a first year art student, who hasn’t yet realized that simply presenting something cliche or banal isn’t making any sort of statement about banality.”

    http://www.pajiba.com/tv_reviews/what-even-is-netflixs-the-ranch.php

  • Flying High

    Username I chose for my first post says it all on how we’re all feeling today! This is huge and is going viral! πŸ™‚

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Welcome. There’s always a seat at the bar for you here friend. πŸ™‚

      • flyonthewall

        where did we put the hazing paddle?

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Shhhhh!! We don’t tell them about that until after the bong hits. πŸ˜€

          • flyonthewall

          • SucculentDuck

            (here, when you need it … i won’t have the heart to do it after the bong rips)

        • order66

          We had to hide it because you and Jimmy3 used it with a little too much…enthusiasm.

          • flyonthewall

            he’s a bad influence on me but I don’t care. I like it

            • order66

              Where would any of us be without that one friend who’s a bad influence?

            • flyonthewall

              Boringville, that’s where

      • Flying High

        Thanks Stephanie and a friend to all indeed!

        • flyonthewall

          Take a seat bro! We have Nintendo, kind buds, cute puppies and Jeeves is on hand with the beer and hotdogs. Sorry we don’t have any buns. f5

    • OOkpik

      Welcome to the Bunker, FH. I’m glad you could come fly with us. πŸ™‚
      eta: I was going to call you Fly but as you can see, we already have one of those rascals here.

      • Flying High

        Been flying on the side for a while and resigned from the ‘church’ not that long ago!

        • Lucille Austero

          Wecome! I am happy you are out!!

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Lucille’s here! Hello, flower πŸ™‚

            • Lucille Austero

              Hi, Andrea! I miss you all!!!

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Get in here and have a cuddle πŸ™‚

            • Lucille Austero

              Okay, but my underpants are fastened with small Velcro strips and I might be hiding the Paddle of Infinity in here!

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Lucille has the paddle! LUCILLE HAS THE PADDLE!!

        • OOkpik

          Luv it!!!!!

        • gtsix

          Wooooot hoo. Welcome High! Welcome out of crazy…. and into bunker crazierness. Buyer beware dude.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      I love the name! It has been the most exciting, emotional couple of days. Welcome to the Bunker πŸ™‚

      • Flying High

        Thanks Andrea and for all you been doing!

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          You’re welcome! Although I’m only an observer, and I’m having the time of my life πŸ™‚

          • OOkpik

            Bullpucky! Your escapades as a protester are epic.

    • beauty for ashes

      Good choice, NASA is a popular off~topic topic here! Hearty welcome to you!

    • SucculentDuck

      welcome, Flying High (again)! slip into your velcro pants (fuzzy side), find a comfy spot on the Bunker couch, and cancel your plans! it’s gettin’ real good all up in here ;D

      • beauty for ashes

        Shhhhhh! Come on, we usually don’t talk about the Velcro pants till they’ve been here a while!

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          The Velcro Pants of Destiny.

          • beauty for ashes

            On the Porch of Infinity……

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              With little Clogs of Eternity going clip-clippity-clop on the Stair of Immortality.

        • SucculentDuck

          i thought Velcro pants on = ok … Velcro pants off = immediately after NOLA hits the bong and grabs the paddle?

          • beauty for ashes

            OMG.. this made me laugh my old Jewish man from New York laugh!

        • I wish we would – my bum’s been stuck to the flock wallpaper in the snooker room for half-an-hour.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Snortle!

          • daisy

            Just wear diapers, and if you are not incontinent surprizingly comfortable. The best seats are at the bar. It does not matter what you Brits mean the words always sound slightly risquΓ© and always humorous.

      • gtsix

        This thread is hilarious. Thank all you velcro pants people.

        • SucculentDuck

          i believe Shirley Youjest needs to be summoned to this party tout de suite

          • gtsix

            And she was supposed to bring the high octane brownies!

            Shirley!

            • Shirley Youjest

              Surprise! Who wants brownies?!

            • OOkpik

              Do they go with succulent duck?

            • SucculentDuck

              i’m like socks & sandals, everything goes with SucculentDuck

            • gtsix

              Do they have nuts? I’m usually a no nut person, but brownies are an exception.

            • SucculentDuck

              *giggling* … *catches breath* … *nope, more giggles* … *quickly changes peed underpants* … phew, alright, … *giggles* … heh heh, you said nuts

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Catching up on pictures from yesterday – You’ve been initiated I see. Thanks for being there, reports, etcetera – wow – you got quite a meet and greet crowd right off the bat. I just saw Jamie too – very cool.

            • SucculentDuck

              we’ve missed you ’round these parts, Ms THDNE! glad i could finally participate in something “real.” took me a minute to get comfortable here in The Bunker, but (as i mentioned yesterday) this is my virtual home away from home, now. thanks back atcha for helping make that feel happen!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Be sure to tell NOLAgirl you now get the Bunker On-the-Street discount. That comes with extra cocktail garnishments by the way. You’ve earned the fancy stuff πŸ˜‰

            • SucculentDuck

              amazeballs! this shampoo looks delicious! thank you!

    • TexasBroad

      Congratulations on your step out of the church and welcome to The Bunker! I think we’re going to have to talk about adding more rooms onto the place. Meanwhile, push through and belly up to the bar – we’re celebrating!

    • Narapoid

      Welcome, welcome, welcome! Glad you are free and getting freer with every movement! Looking forward to what you might share.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Final straw – which was it for you? and Welcome. That’s no DC-8 – can’t make out which model in avatar?

      • Flying High

        The final straw was seeing the non-disparagement agreement / waver. That was completely insane and as you know came about from ‘what we have them sign at the end doesn’t hold up” so now we have to get them to sign away–forever no less–their constitutional rights as soon as they come in (aboard staff)… The image is the space ship shuttle.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Thanks. Good to know somebody’s reading those darn things! Good for you.

  • Always Amazed

    Phil on KFI NOW!!!

    • Always Amazed

      He is doing great!!

      • Dice

        Way!

    • nottrue

      http://streema.com/radios/play/2765 … cut into interview with breaking news boooo

      • Dice

        geo-fenced even in Canada wtf πŸ™‚

    • Always Amazed

      stupid slow car chase takes a front seat ~insert eyeroll~

      • Dice

        Is that still on πŸ™‚ it’s all over the place

  • Dice

    Ha ha F5

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Heh πŸ˜€

  • The Cult of Scientology is LYING again. Lying that DISCONNECTION is not Cherch doctrine. LIES. Here it is by the Founder himself.
    I am sending to Media as they call to :::ahem::: in CULT language *deadagent* their LIES.

    • Cherch of Scientology Doctrines applied vigorously on DISCONNECTION.
      Cherch policies in Red and Green volumes.

      HCOB 24 Apr. 72 I C/S Series 79 PTS INTERVIEWS

      HCO PL 3 May 72R Exec Series 12 Rev. 18.12.77 ETHICS AND EXECUTIVES

      HCOB 10 Aug. 73 PTS HANDLING

      HCO PL 15 Sept 73 HANDLING
      DISCONNECTIONS

      HCOB 29 Dec. 78 THE SUPPRESSED PERSON RUNDOWN

      HCOB 31 Dec. 78 II OUTLINE OF PTS HANDLING

      HCOB 31 Dec. 78 III EDUCATING THE PTS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD HANDLING: PTS
      C/S-1

      HCOPL 16 May 80 (Issue II) – ETHICS, PTS TYPE A, POLICY ON HANDLING
      ANTAGONISTIC SOURCES

      HCOPL 16 May 80 (Issue II) – ETHICS, SUPPRESSIVE ACTS, SUPPRESSION OF
      SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS

      HCO PL 20 Oct. 81R PTS TYPE A HANDLING Rev. 10.9.83

      HCOB 8 Mar. 83 HANDLING PTS SITUATION.

      • Narapoid

        • 3feetback-of-COS

          I would say it is emotional/spiritual coercion, extortion, and control.

          • Narapoid

            Absolutely 3feet, but it would not have fit well into the meme generator… rock on pilgrim

    • Mary Smith

      Yes please send to all the news agencies as the church came out with new rebuttals.

  • Flying High

    Yes I’m out and had a really wonderful ‘Going Clear’ experience! Traveled in from a distance and as I came out of my viewing I got to see our Proprietor and his lady friend who was with him (that we all know) and chatted with them both for a good 5 minutes! They are indeed so kind and so caring asking me if I was OK in reference to my involvement!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      SO glad you’re out!! Share what you feel comfortable sharing. No one will pressure you here. ; )

      Fuck you David Miscavige, you’ve lost another gem to the Bunker. Know that there will be more.

    • salin

      Welcome Flying High! A toast to your freedom and a toast to your voice!!

  • Todd Tomorrow

    What a great day!

  • TexasBroad

    The “David Miscavige Leader of Scientology” Facebook page usually has 1-3 posts a day, but they haven’t posted anything at all for 2 whole days! I wonder what’s going on? I guess they must be busy with something else. I dunno…it’s a mystery. πŸ™‚

    • Forgot the password?

      • TexasBroad

        YSCOHB

      • gtsix

        password

        • iforgot

          • gtsix

            1234

            • Eivol Ekdal

              sjPFW”`B_S1Qx5Wcv.g5Kkm-o`7S?boYY#f”1XpmL%L|FF,diXCYYbi

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Gahhhh – you and Mr Hole. Drives me crazy

            • Eivol Ekdal

              Don’t tell me that. I am one of your biggest fans.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              But the passwords! Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

            • Eivol Ekdal

              I grab complex passwords from here…
              https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm
              and keep a copy in a text file. Not the best solution but if I keep the perimeter tight and don’t run anything stupid it is pretty safe.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Saving and passing this on – thank you!

            • What’s the password for the program that remembers that password?

            • Eivol Ekdal

              dodoisthebest

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          When I volunteered as live support for an online game we had an mIRC chat room where all the players would hang out when the servers were down for maintenance and every day at least one person would log in and type their password into the chat thinking they were still at the login screen. Some of them were so unintentionally funny.

          • theeagleofforevermagicstone

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              You got it, Dodo πŸ˜€

    • It’s maybe another sign of an inability to delegate or organise that something like that would grind to a halt – probably because Miscavige refuses to waste his time on approving such trivia during a crisis, and they can’t do anything without his approval.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        I’m perfectly happy to take on the responsibility. All he has to do is ask.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Probably everyone busy dragging their tired ass butts to the All-Hands-On-Deck Call-To-Arms “Operation BillBoard” emergency never ending meetings. Mission Purpose: Get Miscavige elected as Chairman of the BillBoards. Let the Fundraising and Sec Checking commence!

    • edge

      He’s busy writing a KR on Nature for blowing his notes in Atlanta. He’s assigned Nature to lower conditions and an amends project to get back on COB’s good side. Mother Nature SCOHB!!!!

      • 3feetback-of-COS

        Dave,

        Maybe the notes getting blown away was an OMEN!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Busy retraining PAC staff to full completion and a WIN!

      The GAT II Ideal, on source, new Overboarding Process. Level 1 – Scaling billboards

    • aegerprimo

      There are too many CICS ?????

  • Skabetti

    Chris Shelton, thanks for this second installment. You and your mom are a great discussion team. She has so much to say!

    • Dice

      Dang! i forgot about that – going up there and watch!

  • aegerprimo

    I tried to find all the news sources that interviewed Phil and Willie about the billboard. I only found these, so I need Bunkeroo help to find the other interviews. THANX!

    ABC News – Good Morning America
    California Parents Use Billboard to Try to Reach Estranged Scientologist Children
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/california-parents-billboard-reach-estranged-scientologist-children/story?id=38222433

    NBC – Today Show
    Anti-Scientology billboard is desperate parents’ plea to estranged children
    http://www.today.com/video/anti-scientology-billboard-is-desperate-parents-plea-to-estranged-children-660753987741

  • Mymy88

    — OFF TOPIC — Nom nom nom, slurp, so juicy. I’m sorry if this has already been posted.

    7 April 2016 Louis Theroux has made a film about Scientology: “I hoped to see it from the inside and make a human connection” It’s been 10 years in the making – and he got A LOT of hassle.

    http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a789721/louis-theroux-has-made-a-film-about-scientology-i-hoped-to-see-it-from-the-inside-and-make-a-human-connection/

    • aegerprimo

      And I saw this today….

      The First Clip From Louis Theroux’s Scientology Film Is Tense As Hell
      http://junkee.com/first-clip-louis-therouxs-scientology-film-tense-hell/75819

      • Mymy88

        Ooooo aegerprimo! So succulent and scrumptious! Yum. Hot, right off the griddle. Hear it sizzle. Dig in everybody! There’s plenty for all! Thanks for posting.

      • Mymy88

        aegerprimo, also thanks because your article you posted led me to another good article I had not seen. This documentary is going to be very interesting. I can’t wait to see it.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I’m flagging! Please would someone mind telling me how long it is before Tony is on with Jillian and John?

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Half an hour from right now (5:30 pm PST, 8:30 EST)

      http://www.kabc.com/the-drive-home/

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Thanks, love. I can do this!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I even have tea, but not the good stuff Or a cozy. But it will do in a pinch.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            I’m totally not a tea snob. Literally any tea will do as long as it’s strong and milky!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Ooh look what I found in the back of the cupboard – it’s one of those tea thingy’s. Shoot, I forget what they’re called now. Oh shoot again – all I have is decaf teas. Okay extra extra strong.
              http://i.imgur.com/2wGuFoy.jpg?2

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Decaf? Perfect πŸ™‚

            • daisy

              That teapot looks like it is doing something naughty, illegal or at the least not obtainable by me wthout steroids

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              You actually made me look. You ain’t right! That’s why we like you.

        • daisy

          You can do this, and can you get me an introduction to the turkey ?

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            She has a certain something, doesn’t she, Daisy? A je ne sais quoi. A kind of feathery goodness that can only be improved by some sage and onion stuffing πŸ˜›

            • daisy

              LOL

        • TexasBroad

          Wake yourself up! Do the hokey pokey!

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        I’ll be on this station on Monday morning 9:06am PST.

        • Frodis73

          Make sure you remind us on Monday!! πŸ™‚

    • Eivol Ekdal

      I should not have had that hot coco.

  • Ben Franklin

    OT: A Great Interview of Aaron Smith Levin on Porkins Policy Radio episode 48, about growing up in Scientology

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzHElC5Qj0

  • Flying High

    The collapse is indeed near and you can base it on two simple quotes where the collapse is written into its DNA. Paraphrase: An SP will get rid of valuable staff from SP main Characteristics bulletin. Hence for all you StarTrek Fans we had a Voyager episode where a three-stripe Commander and first officer had to do what he had to do to settle the score with his romantic involvement, Seska, and took a shuttle without the Captain’s permission. Janeway was about to bolt orbit and leave Chakotay behind until Torres went to bat for him by asserting, “How will it feel to the crew to not have it’s first officer?”–a three-stripe Commander. Janeway–obviously living in the real world–heeded to that valuable concern and brought (rescued) Chakotay back. Where in the ‘church’ all three-stripe Commanders are gone including the 4-stripe Captain that they were all part of in forming his committee. Amazing how the still-in’s can even see this and just think with the one datum regarding WHO got rid of them all. Next is the ‘making the able more able’ and Paraphrase: “An org is not a clinic” from Org Ethics and Tech Policy letter. Next just picture you have a young lad (or lady) who just completed two years of college with a little time on his hands as he’s still deciding what to do next. In addition, say he already had a little helping and/ or volunteering for other causes as part of his make-up. Thus he would be considered the prime ‘able’ candidate. So he gets ‘introduced’ to the fold by whatever means, takes a basic course or two, and for him, at this beginning reality level, the ‘place’ seems like a step up from his volunteering endeavors over at the local VFW hall etc. Then, as the ‘fold’ is probably all over him or her at this point for staff, not only out comes the contract but the “I promise to pay $25,000 per offense” non-disparagement agreement. As a result, he or she is immediately out of there. And only those who are the ‘clinic’ types would sign it. Hence what they “don’t” want per their policy is what they can only now get at the onset as anyone who is able will run like a bandit when they see it like I did. Thus the product of Miscaviage where the collapse is indeed getting closer.

    • Whoa.

      • flyonthewall

        hey u ever listen to 3teeth?

        • Yeah

          • flyonthewall

            not so much eh? That’s ok, you won’t hurt my feelings. Just curious was all

    • flyonthewall

      ….

    • Narapoid

      Flying high, take your time and unpack. Voyager is my Favorite Star trek. It is about a crew (some 300 people) lost from known waters (space) and they have NO help other than what they earn/make. They are on a mission to get home. To do that, they have to apply the best principles shared with Scientology: ARC. They must be able to communicate with races as they travel. Seska, likely a protege of Gul Dukat, my favoritest Cardassian, and hands down the savior of DS9, was like all OSA operatives: driven by Devotion to the Cause and Fear. FEAR. Seska was also an SP (by definition). Did I mention she was scared?

      The three stripe/four stripe is lost on me, but likely not on the GOSA co-conspirator you are thinking of.

      Flying high, you do know there are some awesome attorneys out there who could fillet the non-disparagement agreement with the cult like a boneless fish?

      • Flying High

        Understood and Voyager is my favorite as well. On the Cardassian side I do enjoy Garak and all his creative wickedness. On the three stripe/four stripe scenario I aligned with the Voyager episode, we have (had) ED International being a 4 stripe Captain and all his Executive Committee Members were three stripe commanders as far as their SO (slave) uniforms go. For instance, Ron Sr’s other son, Ronnie, last held the post of Marketing Executive International and was a Commander with three bars on his uniform. These personnel are all gone and/or in the hole etc. I also enjoyed your other apologies you listed. πŸ™‚

  • Sorry if it was already posted, I didn’t have time to go through all 275 comments,
    but CALL ME billboard is up, you guys!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      What’ it up to, Dodo?

    • Dice

      You know! there are two sides to this Phillboard. Depends on how you look at it!

  • Ben Franklin

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this but apparently there was a Police raid on Church of Scientology in Tatarstan, Russia on March 29, 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adV3DN4BXrs

    • flyonthewall

      let them have their tartar sauce

      • daisy

        I just hate it when there is an upset over condiments, nobody wants another mustard raid of 1956

    • salin

      This is the first time I have seen this video.

    • StudentOfLife

      Wow! Just lurking mostly but what a week! This video is damning to Russia where Hubbard’s criminal syndicate had previously made a big push. Miscavige is going to have to find translators in some of the most rare languages on earth to be able to find recruits who are not knowledgeable about the “con” and who don’t think Miscavige is the biggest fool on earth. NOI members in Lyintology is explained by sick attracts sick. Miscavige’s body routers will soon be in the Amazon or African rain forests across the globe hunting for those lost tribes that pop up every once in a while.

      Anyone with the internet or TV or who reads knows that Lyintology really is a bad idea to even associate with. I got a call recently from a former tennis student asking why a “hot” older woman in LA area would be “extra nice” to him. I asked him why even ask me about manna from heaven, lol. He replied, “she a Scientologist” and I heard you were getting away from (John Doe). I figured I should ask you first.” I then told him anyone who is in that church has be sick regardless of any physical beauty. I wish I had half his astuteness at that age. May 3rd is going to find a sick and twisted leader of the fastest growing “cherch” on earth waking up to the sound of what could be the most well deserved spanking by a father given to his son in writing. Couldn’t happen to a sicker psychopath than David Miscavige.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      The clams had spying equipment that would be “the envy of any intelligence organization”?
      Electromagnetic technology that can instantly destroy all of the files in an emergency?
      Considering this is coming out of Russia, hard to know who to believe here, but if it bears any semblance to the truth…scary.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    I just had a long conversation with The Foundation for a Drug-Free world after reading Johnny’s article. Immediately they went on the offensive concerning their case against cannibus. They are ” not affiliated with $cientology although they are one of their sponsors.” After correcting her pamphlet I asked who else sponsored them she hung up on me!

    • 3feetback-of-COS

      One of their other sponsors is Lyintology.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Sponsored by Totally Scientific Peer Reviewed Panel of Medicine is Icky Specialists Forum.

    • Simi Valley

      Yup, sounds like a scilon “in good standing.”

    • Frodis73

      I so wish I could listen to these calls you make.

    • aquaclara

      Zing! “Sponsored” is as bad as “IAS grants”. Just another phrase for Scientology slush fund.

    • Missionary Kid

      I can tell you who else it was the devil.

  • nottrue
    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Right, I must get the coffee on. Nora on Media Mayham and Tony on KABC means no sleep for me.

      • gtsix

        Coffee! The Americas influence grows with every sip.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          I’m a life-long coffee lover Stronger the better πŸ™‚

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Now you tell me! (dumping tea bags – whipping out best beans, throwing egg shells on pile, pinch cinnamon, filtered water).

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Now you’re talking! Do you have a clean bucket? I’m going to need a gallon of the best stuff.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Of course! Giant coffee mugs too. All I’m getting so far is commercials -?

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Here we go!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Thanks – saved.

    • TexasBroad

      Just a few minutes in and have to comment that Nora is a superstar! She is so good at relating her story.

  • edge

    To all the news outlets wishing to see how open and friendly the CoS is, try dropping into an org unannounced with your news cameras…it’s Hubbard ironclad policy to distrust psychiatrists, reporters, or basically anyone who questions Scientology.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Tony should be on soon. Here’s the link again – http://www.kabc.com/the-drive-home/

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      It’s starting now.

      • Illinoisian

        YES! Tony on and they are plugging the Bunker.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      “The church has their panties in a wad”

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Heehee, yep!

        • Eivol Ekdal

          David Missgayvige

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist
  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    1Julian: 2:00 am can’t sleep, go to the Bunker, then I really can’t get back to sleep!

  • Illinoisian

    Tony describing design of billboard.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    When it’s 2am and Jillian can’t sleep she comes to the Bunker!

    • studentsfirst

      Jillian called scientology gangsters – good compelling interview.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Don’t we all… ; )

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Billboard for all families disconnected like Phil and Willie. They just want to talk to their kids.

  • Illinoisian

    Tony describing life of Sea Orgers. Parents just want to talk to them.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Within a day Bunkerites had raised the funds for the philboard.

  • Illinoisian

    Tony describing how the board was funded in a day. Also how two companies backed out.

  • Illinoisian

    CoS offered to buy every billboard in LA area.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Jillian calls Scientology “gangsters”.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Julian in gasp stage now that Tony telling her about the billboard companies breaking contract and what Scientology did to pressure. “Money talks”.

    For those of you drinking, we should count each “wow” from Julian. I thinks its 4 already.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      *clink!*

  • Illinoisian

    Tony on the Ruthless book.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Discussing Miscavige Sr’s book coming out.

  • Vaquera

    I’m listening, but Tony’s not on. I don’t get it.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
      • FredEX2

        Thank you for the link Andrea. Was looking for it and you posted just in time. Just heard Tony’s interview. It was short but well done! Points made. Hooray Tony, Phil & Willie and all the Bunkerites! Today was a great day.😊

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          It really was, Fred πŸ™‚

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Look got “Listen Live” – upper right corner and click

    • SucculentDuck

      “Listen Live” top right red box

    • Vaquera

      Got it. Thanks everyone.

  • Illinoisian

    Board will be up for two months.

  • Illinoisian

    Jillian: Who signs their kids up for a billion yrs?

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Julian on billboard: Food for thought – for those in. Might be The thing that get’s them sprung and thinking.

    Okay, that was fast. Julian (Hope squirrelbusters don’t come after me). Laughs.

    • Illinoisian

      Wow. Yeah. That was quick.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Poor Vaquera – she’s probably just got that darn thing working and now it’s over.

        • TexasBroad

          Me too!!! I lived through a retirement commercial and an Erectile Dysfunction commercial and by the time it went back, Tony was gone!

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            So not a complete waste then!

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Why on earth do the advert voice-over people suddenly start talking reallyreallyreally fast like they’re on speed? It’s so funny! But I think it would get annoying fast.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Lawyers’ oral fine print and $ per second in expensive markets.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              I thought as much. It’s hilarious.

  • Illinoisian

    What does it take to break through the brainwashing? John plugging the Bunker again. Jillian hopes the sqirrel busters don’t come after her.

    • studentsfirst

      Jillian said “bring it on” She ain’t afraid of no squirrel busters.

      • Illinoisian

        Loved the ending.

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Lol

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Excellent job with the short time you had Tony!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I shouldn’t have conceded to Miss Tia and Sherb in that typing contest earlier. I coulda been a contender!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Nooooo! Short but sweet. Tony rocked it, as he always does.

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    Great interview by Tony on KABC radio. I love Tony’s clarity and understanding on the subject.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Hello, you πŸ™‚ Have you had a chance to rest yet?

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        No. Ha! Rest.

        I just finished an interview with the Hollywood Report, and earlier a live radio show with John & Ken on KFI AM640. I’ll be on KABC on Monday 9:06am Pacific Time.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Do you have “people” now? You need people now, Sid! Media scheduler at least! And someone to bring snacks.

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            I don’t have “people”. I have a doctor. They can call him.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Ha!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Hope you can catch up on sleep somehow. Give Willie a hug from us.

            • flyonthewall

              I can be your people. I work cheap but not for Lego if that’s what you were thinking.

              J/k, we both know I’ll take Lego as pay.

            • Sid (Phil Jones)

              Okay, but you’re the one who has to call my doctor and tell him he’s fired.

            • flyonthewall

              I can’t do that. Let’s just stop paying him, he’ll figure it out eventually

            • Sid (Phil Jones)

              Why not just have your “people” make the call.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          You must be running on adrenalin fumes! The billboard is the Zeitgeist and you’re right to grab every media opportunity that comes your way. We’re all behind you and Willie every step of the way.

        • daisy

          We are all very proud of you. You , Willie and the rest of the crew are able to evoke such sympathy and dignity for this cause. You have made this story very personal for the viewers.It is so lovely that the church has done its part by acting the heavy handed bully that they are. Thank you for working through your exhaustion to publicize this.

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            Thank you for your kind words daisy.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      and Jillian’s! Food for thought

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Almost missed Sid’s post: He’ll be on this station (edit) MONDAY morning at 9:06 a.m. That’s PST. 12:06 pm EST

    April 11, Monday, KABC, 9:06 a.m. PST
    http://www.kabc.com/the-drive-home/

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Monday.

  • Linda Clement

    If you haven’t seen this already, be warned, it’s a beautiful tearjerker.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uhWjKlxR9ZQ

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      You know that was written and performed by our very own TheHoleDoesNotExist, Linda? We’re rather proud of her πŸ™‚

  • Dice

    Nora Crest did another interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmRUQCSPSMY

    • Dice

      Think it’s been posted before! But it’s new to me πŸ™‚

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        It’s only just been released, Dice, so we’re all settling in to watch it right now. We just wanted to listen to Tony first πŸ™‚

        • Dice

          Oh.. cool! πŸ™‚

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    We’ll be on http://abcnews.go.com/WN/ ABC World News. I think that’s at 6:30pm PST tonight but not sure.

    ETA: and I think we’re on Inside Edition at 7 or 7:30pm. Again not sure on this one. There are a lot of these to keep track of, sorry.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      World news. Great.

    • JaxNGold

      Just set up to record πŸ™‚ can’t wait

    • Jimmy3

      I know where I’m gonna be at 6:30pm PST…

    • flyonthewall

      their website says it comes on at 630p est, must be tomorrow?

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        Might be. I hope we didn’t miss it if it was on earlier.

        • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

          I watched the West Coast feed and it wasn’t on… We’ll have to watch tomorrow! πŸ™‚

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        Yeah. I guess these will all show up online at some point also.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Wow, this is amazing! So much coverage for you…I’m grinning like a fool here, it’s great see. Good on ya!

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      So very excited for you guys and all that’s transpired! I love that it’s you guys getting all this press… Parents who just love their kids andnmissnthem, then took that love and passion and put it to work constructively in a way to help others as well!

  • Jimmy3

    I know where I’m gonna be at 2am…
    Chatting up babes on the Internet.
    On the Bunkernet.

    • Lucille Austero

      Babes grab their purses and tiptoe off….

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        and their pants

    • Vaquera

      settng my alarm for 1:59 a.m.

    • daisy

      Just exactly how do you chat up babes ? I would love to hear your *patter*

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Ooh, yes. Do tell, Jimmy.

      • flyonthewall

        purely for scientific research right?

        • Lucille Austero

          Purely for research into the intersection of science and religion.

          • flyonthewall

            ok, unless you want a bunch of smut appearing in your search results do NOT google “dangerous curves ahead”

            • flyonthewall

              I was gonna look for an image or gif in response to you but all that came up was naked ladies.

              Coincidentally, I won’t be upvoting or responding to anyone for at least the next 15 minutes or so

            • Lucille Austero

              Did you get pics of Krusty?

        • daisy

          Of course. All the reports sent to Kinsey , Masters and Johnson, and added to see where he falls on the continuum . For curiousity and blackmail purposes only. I myself just love to learn

      • Lucille Austero

        Jimmy3 be all, hey, do you want to take a free personality test?

      • Jimmy3

        I just ask you what your interests are…? Who you be with? What numbers to dial? Things that make you smile…
        You gone be here for a while?

        • daisy

          You would have had me at What are…., but then again I am easy.

        • flyonthewall

          a/s/l? that’s pretty much all i got

        • Lucille Austero

          If you were a flower, what kind of flower would you be?

          • Jimmy3

            That one that Batman has to find on the mountain in Batman Begins. Duh.

        • JaxNGold

          Babay, babaayyy!

    • Vaquera

      Rescuing babes from the Bunkernet.

      • Vaquera

        • Missionary Kid

          What’s that picture of?

          • Vaquera

            That’s the view though the door’s window when I got locked out of the TUML book event in Cleveland. I posted it in the comments with a cry for help. Jimmy saw it and left the front row to open the door and rescue me.

            • Missionary Kid

              Thanks. I wondered where it where it was taken.

        • NEVER FORGET!!!!

          • Vaquera

            Never Surrender!

            • Sherbet

              Never close a locked door!

            • Vaquera

              Never leave a room where Mr. Ortega holds court.

        • Robert Eckert

          great view of the bald spots! (one of them is mine)

    • Tree

      I wish I was a “babe”, shoot I just wish I could stay awake until 2am.

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    On the GoFundMe just to let those know who have donated, I send a personal note to each and every one but with this week being a bit busy I’m a little behind. I will get to you all I promise. Your help and support is so appreciated I can’t begin to express how much.

    We’ve got a second month confirmed on the billboard and now that we’re back home I’ll figure out what we need to get to money wise for a third month. We’ll keep it going as long as there are funds and the billboard company will provide.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      It’s not at all necessary, Phil, we know. So happy the second month is covered.

    • Lucille Austero

      !!!applause!!

    • Sherbet

      I agree with Andrea. It’s not necessary, Phil. Reserve your energy for the media.

      • Dice

        This^^^

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Yay! PS – Me and Mr Hole made a note for you way down thread somewhere – Been catching up myself but can’t – so unless you get an entourage, save yourself for media now – we are so thrilled and proud. Now I’m exhausted – time for catching up on sleep.

    • bonnydoe

      well done! πŸ™‚

    • Dice

      even Jill Rappaport made a donation, so i don’t think you need to worry about this πŸ™‚

    • aquaclara

      Whooohoooohooo! Welcome back home, Phil and Willie. What a fabulous couple of days… Now, hoping every single member of Scientology hears this message. And calls home.

      Mike and Emily, please call your parents. Can’t you see how much they love you?!

      • Dice

        It’s odd that the cheach just don’t tell Michael to call his Dad on his birthday and get it over with! That would defuse so much! But nooo! They can’t be wrong.

        • aquaclara

          Shelly has been hidden away for over ten years….Valeska was hidden away on the FleaWinds for how many years? Scientology never picks the normal way. It goes on and on. Of course, a phone call would be kind. I’d also like to see normal work hours, regular pay, no bunk beds if you’re over 12 years old, unlocked doors and no more SEC checks….BUT….

          Miscavige is an idiot.

        • Couch_Incident

          Agreed. They even put Heber on the phone with his brother.

      • salin

        I let out that same Woooo Hoooo! when I read the news.

        There may be a delay for life to work the ripples through – but may many calls home be made in the near future.

    • Missionary Kid

      I’m not worried about hearing from you. I’m so happy at what you’ve accomplished, and I hope you see your kids soon.

    • Dice

      This one says it all F5

    • The past few days have had to be draining to you in every way: physically, mentally, and emotionally. You and Willie take care of YOURSELVES right now! And really, the past few months have been draining. It must have been a slight relief (as total relief will come when your kids are free) to FINALLY see that billboard up!! Having to talk to the media, which is awesome for the coverage; but telling again and again about disconnection, it’s probably like putting salt into a wound that will never heal until your family is COMPLETE again.

      REST!!! RECHARGE!!! (((HUGS)))

      • salin

        +1000^^^

    • A bird in the chimney

      Welcome back home! Just having you do what you’re doing is ‘thanks’ enough. πŸ˜€ I was glad to give and if it closes in on another ‘goal’ I’ll see if I can kick in some more. You’ve accomplished so much with this already. May your message reverberate far and wide. I hope that you see your kids again soon.

    • Supper Powers

      Let’s go!

    • PickAnotherID

      Funding may be picking up. Out here on the south east coast a bunch from our local book club saw the reports on GMA and Today this morning. And to put it mildly, they were stunned that $cientology gets away with using “disconnection” to control people. Their most common comments being along the lines of, “What kind of sick church puts itself ahead of families?” Keep in mind these are mostly southern seniors, with lots of kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids without a lot of exposure to $cientology, except reading TUBML a while back. Long story short, they’ve declared war on $cientology’s attacks on families, and are spreading the word to friends and family to look at StopScientologyDisconnection.com and support it as much as possible. They’re also filing IRS Form 13909’s and writing letters demanding an investigation into why a “church” is spending so much money on nonreligious activities, e.g., private eyes, interfering with other peoples contracts, harassment of critics, etc.

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        This is great. Thanks ID. If you can maybe you could direct them to the GoFundMe page and we can try for another month of billboard.
        https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily

        • PickAnotherID

          Done. That was part of the ‘long story short’ I was too tired to get into last night.

    • Linda Clement

      No thanks needed. Contributing toward the billboard is both a privilege and a joy.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Would you also consider other locations?

      No need to reply here on this.

      Thanks!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Look at this new donation. People are so funny. F5/refresh

  • JaxNGold

    Billboard up for two months or more. Media storm. Miscavige angry as hell.

    I’d say that calls for a drink. Cheers!

  • Dice

    Why am i stuck in this silly TimeZone. Thank Xenu.. it’s Friday already. I might jump the pond one day!

  • edge

    Two months of the billboard…
    …with endless options for renewal!
    endless options for renewal!
    endless options for renewal!

  • Watching Nora on Mayhem/LipTV. Really, really good.

  • DAFUQ?!?! I see ice forming on the trees and SNOW! You (snow) stayed away pretty much all winter, you’re not welcome now!!! Go away winter! Go to wherever niblet is and cool his steaming jets. No wait, that’d be an act of kindness. What came over me there for a second?!

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/misstia/5549708/1044285/1044285_600.jpg

    • Jimmy3

      Theres already about an inch on the ground here and it’s still coming down. This winter won’t die.

      • It was a really mild winter too, as far as snow. I think a lot of lilacs, lilies, clematises, etc that were coming up are gonna be killed. It’s one thing for them to face a hard frost; but snow, then more snow, and then MORE snow?? We got an inch last Saturday, snow tonight and then tomorrow night 1-3 or 2-4, depending where you look.

        At least the toads are wise and are still hibernating or yes, I would be outside trying to round up toads to protect them from the snow. I have an emergency toad tub—I’m prepared! πŸ™‚

        • Robert Eckert

          Of course the toads are still hibernating– they don’t want to croak. *i’ll let myself out*

          • good one!!! you stay right here!!! πŸ™‚

        • salin

          Earlier today I said – it’s like we had April in March, and now we are having March in April.

          • Almost seems like February in April!! Damn, my elderberry tree is just coated in ice. I’m sure all the other trees are coated too—I can just really see the one from here clearly.

            • salin

              Ugh. Not quite so cold here, but the wind storms of the past week have knocked the hanging swing (that I got help putting out a week earlier), and too many limbs off of trees to count.

              Hope the freeze is brief enough that damage on plants/trees is nil to limited.

      • beauty for ashes

        Isn’t there a claymation film about that? What did Heatmiser have to do with anything?

  • M from Toronto

    I love it when a plan comes together.
    Not surprised by the level of interest, I believe it’s one of those topics, for those in the public, whether they’ve seen Going Clear, read The Unbreakable Miss Lovely or Troublemaker, they’ve got family and friends they love, and understand going to whatever lengths one can to let them know that. An important topic to cover, on every level for the media, and much, much more for the loved ones concerned.
    The worst thing that can happen for DM, the more eyes, the more knowledge, and hopefully, the eyes who matter most.

    • salin

      It’s pretty amazing to watch unfold, in terms of how the viral nature of the story and the potential it has to get to those eyes who matter most (be it members, or perhaps officials who need to grow uncomfortable/disturbed as possible in order to be willing to take action.)

      • M from Toronto

        It’s so true, and the viral growth shows the wide (and getting wider) circle of concerned people, which can only be a bad thing for DM, and a good thing for all the people who’ve been hurt.

        • salin

          Agreed.

  • beauty for ashes

    Nora and Allison had the best interview! Didn’t want it to end. Was so interested, and Nora was so present and comfortable in her skin. And funny! They have to do another!

    • Dice

      Yeah! i just finished it too… Nora is excellent and like a fish in fresh water during that interview and it’s non-stop 45 minutes. Amazing!

      • beauty for ashes

        Good analogy! I can’t even describe it, but if Nora reads this.
        WE ARE SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU NORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3

        • Dice

          Well now you just outdone me πŸ™‚

          • salin

            Not outdone – but joined to make a more amplified chorus.

            • salin

              You two just demonstrated my point. πŸ˜€ My audition effort to join the chorus is below:

              NORA CREST! NORA CREST! NORA CREST!

          • beauty for ashes

            I said WE Dice, you’re covered too πŸ™‚

            • Dice

              All together now – NORA NORA NORA!

            • beauty for ashes

              CREST! CREST! CREST!!!!!

            • Mymy88

              …All we need is love

            • Dice

              and a trumpet to blow it out

      • daisy

        Favorite line – The 60*s hit my mother like a mac truck.

        • beauty for ashes

          She was watching me shave my legs in the bathtub, and I said, “Who’s the lesbian now?!”

  • Dice

    So L.A Times can report on Earthquakes but not Billboards… Well.. Let’s give them an Earthquake to lean on!

    • Mymy88

      …and another tsunami wave to boot!

      • Dice

        We could love-bomb them out of Valens and send them ketty picts

    • Yeah, how come LARMA Times doesn’t report about EarthLink. This is bingshit.

  • edge

    Remember lurkers, the Church was willing to throw money at every billboard in the LA area at the whim of David Miscavige. Think about that next time you wonder why your staff/sea org pay sucks, why there’s no TP in the org, or why you’re continually asked for money for everything from booklets to buildings.

    • Dice

      Maybe we should mention LARMA (The billboard company) in our comments around the world, so they know we appreciate them and their staff!

      • Jimmy3

        I know a place where you can get help for your lysdexia.

        • Dice

          I’m not responsible for what hubbard did to me!

          • Jimmy3

            It’s oyak. You don’t heav to live in frea anymore

            • Dice

              tanks

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        Lamar Media.

        • Dice

          Larmar it is πŸ™‚

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            That’s exactly correct Rice.

  • sizzle8

    So glad to see all the media coverage in their backyard!
    It’s a torpedo below the waterline.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Hey, where’s Media Lush? He’ll like this Enty blind item. The guess is Agyness Deyn/Vonni Ribisi/Lucia.

    http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2016/04/blind-item-3-1191.html

    • Jimmy3

      Talk about an awkwardly placed ad… (F5)

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I fixed that with my OT powers. Don’t ever say I never did nothin for mankind.

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah, it’s like, whenever an actor marries a model, everyone is freaking out like, OH MY GOD, WE HAVE TO SELL THESE SUBARUS ASAP!!!!

          Why does that always happen?

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Because it makes everyone wanna have babies. And isn’t a Subaru the car you buy when you need to install a car seat?

            I’m just spitballing here.

      • Observer

        Uwe Stuckenbrock, anyone? You know, the guy whose wife dumped him on David Miscavige’s orders so she could become the Ecclesiastical Concubine, while he (Uwe) was denied medical treatment for his multiple sclerosis, not allowed to leave, and died a slow, painful, lonely death in the RPF?

        • Jimmy3

          I didn’t think anyone could make MS even more of a bummer. Well done, Obs

          • Observer

            I am full of unexpected talent.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Oh right. Crap. Why must scientology ruin all our fun?

          “Ecclesiastical Concubine” is a keeper, though. It should go in the Bunker dictionary.

          • Observer

            I wasn’t crushing anyone’s groove. I just wanted to jump on the opportunity to disseminate that info to all the new eyes reading here.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              His story is so awful. It should be known as widely as possible. Wonder how Lou is these days…

            • Jimmy3

              I just got these eyes yesterday and now they are ruined

            • Observer

              You know what they say…

              F5

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        This is what happens when Google has been smokin’ weed all day.

    • Sherbet

      That’s sort of misleading. Mariah O’Brien is Lucia’s mother.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Hmm? It’s just talking about the step-mom, though…

        • Sherbet

          It said the marriage “produced one good thing,” and it implies the daughter was the good thing.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            I think they mean what’s described in the second sentence is the good thing (i.e., that she left). But this site is not exactly the pinnacle of copyediting, for sure.

    • Enturbulated Masterbator

      Despite Giovanni being part of the clam bake, he was really quiet good in Heaven with Cate Blanchette. He’s an odd fellow. Years ago he was interviewed by Chelsea Handler on her show and she commented that he was weird. He gave a nervous but knowing laugh. Cheers to his daughter. And double cheers to Phil and Willie!!

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I keep hearing that Vonni’s a nice guy, if intense and a little squirrely. He always seemed to me to be…not the sharpest tool in the shed. And kind of a bro. I don’t know…I’ve never been a fan. But I’ll say this: if he sticks by his daughter and risks the wrath of the CoS and subsequent disconnections, he’ll have earned my enduring respect.

        • LongtimeLurker

          He comes across as pretty odd in the behind the scenes stuff for “A Million Ways to Die in The West”.

          Don’t judge me.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            My Netflix history disqualifies me from judging anyone’s viewing choices, I promise.

            • LongtimeLurker

              Yeah, I had to make two profiles because the fact that I was watching both The Lego Movie and WW2 documentaries was confusing the recommendation algorithm.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Don’t break Netflix, LL! Of course, if there’s ever a WW2 documentary made with re-enactments done entirely in Legos, you will have hit the sweet spot.

            • LongtimeLurker

              Omg! Like really serious, but with Lego.

              You’re a genius. I would watch the heck out of that.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              I’ll produce it if you can get Fly to direct it.

    • Frodis73

      You know what ticks me off about this? In the comments somebody names the parties involved and then links to the Hollywood Reporter/Radar (forget which already) story and NOT Tony. I hate that he breaks all these big stories and doesn’t get the credit…at least those sites credit him sometimes, but still…argh.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I feel ya. I think the commenting community on Enty’s site is more likely to cross-pollinate with Radar, though, so that response isn’t too surprising. But some of the better gossip blogs freely credit TO–Celebitchy for one, and Lainey, too.

  • salin

    And the skies opened up with astral energy.

    Nope not the beginning of some Space opera ‘memory’ – actual real Aurora activity that was captured further south (below the arctic circle) than where these visions are often observed. I know it is coincidence – but I think it gives a natural celebration for our emotions over the past several days.

    Reminder to click the Recommend to ‘upvote’ today’s UB – and the viral news coverage of ‘Call Home’ (many congrats to Phil and Willie for sparking and then driving home these events – these ripples growing into waves – will be felt many places and for quite some time!)

    Northern Ireland: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=124363&PHPSESSID=sddkj9lrjg18r6722nqu05uoo4

    Germany: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=124362&PHPSESSID=sddkj9lrjg18r6722nqu05uoo4

    Fairbanks, Alaska: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=124341&PHPSESSID=sddkj9lrjg18r6722nqu05uoo4

  • Observer

    ooo, I wonder if Trump has been to St Moritz!

    Refresh

    • Frodis73

      I hope he breaks a leg.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Why is my brain conjuring up images of a young, skeevy looking ginger in a cravat and aviators? And why is my dinner coming back up?

    • Spackle Motion

      What’s with the Nazi pants?

  • LongtimeLurker

    In something as flailingly toxic as Scientology there are a lot of options for the worst/dumbest thing it does.

    But disconnection has to be right up there.

    – Seperating families and friends rather than trying to work through differences, this throwing out of the baby with the bath water, is morally bankrupt.

    – Further, it’s actually bad for the Church in the long run, making enemies out of people who would have just walked away.

    – It’s also, as the reaction to Phil and Willie’s billboard shows, arguably the most “media – friendly” of Scientology’s negatives. There are news outlets that would never think of reporting on DC8s and Xenu. There are news outlets who won’t repeat claims of Purification-related deaths without much more evidence than is available.

    And much of what Scientology does is too difficult to explain in a short news segment.

    But disconnection is relatively easy to explain, simple to grasp and everyone can relate to the idea of losing contact with a loved-one.

    And it’s very hard to defend, as evidenced by the standard Spokes-hole lie of “we don’t do that anymore”.

    – And lastly, it reveals the Emperor has no Lobbs.

    If Scientology is so wonderful and effective at maximising one’s potential, then why can no Scientologist, no matter how far up The Bridge, cope with any Potential Trouble Source, no matter how ineffectual, even children?

    So, dig your heels in CoS. Keep charging ahead with disconnection and hasten your own end.

    In the meantime, our thoughts are with the victims of this stupid policy.

    • And disconnection is also a familiar concept for many people who have experience of other repressive organisations. There are ‘Christian’ sects like the Plymouth (aka Exclusive) Bretheren who ‘disfellowship’ others with equal fervour https://scicrit.wordpress.com/?s=exclusive and many more people will have experienced ‘the cold shoulder’ for not knuckling under to convention. We almost all have, to some extent, at some point in our lives.

      So much of Scientology is too unfamiliar and wierd for people to have empathy with members – they can’t get a handle on it from their own experience. However, anyone who has been shunned, or estranged from someone close to them, can understand disconnection.

      • LongtimeLurker

        Yeah, very good point. Silly, silly CoS.

  • Whoever finds best dirt on LAMAR billboard company, gets a 25% discount on IAS Lifetime Membership.

    • Observer

      Until they’re declared, anyway

    • Jimmy3

      I heard they have Dianetics ads on some of their billboards. That’s pretty dirty

      • Nice dirt find, Agent J3. No leather bound Dianetics editions for LAMAR.

    • edge

      They’ve just announced a non-stop midnight bus from Clearwater to Los Angeles for people wanting to help with the dirt-digging effort. Bring an extra set of clothes and some change for meals when we arrive in LA. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Illinoisian

    Good night, Bunkeroos.
    A day of stunning events. Hope we have more like this one.
    Bless you, Phil & Willie. Wonderful idea. Wonderful job done today. Get some (well deserved) rest.

  • Frodis73

    Just saw this on Kimmel and I thought of a few of you here…you know who you are. πŸ™‚ It’s Mom weed!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDDpPVZRu-U

  • daisy

    I am going to watch the second showing of – The Path- because I didn’t understand it the first time. Even fake scientology confuses me.

  • LongtimeLurker

    baby wombat chaser
    F5/refresh

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Consider that nose booped.

      • daisy

        I believe that is the international sign for cute.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          I hope so or I’m gonna get in trouble one day.

    • daisy

      I want one. Do beagles and whatever this is get along ? Also, I STILL really want a duck.

      • LongtimeLurker

        I want 3. The protected indigenous species laws make it difficult, but you can register to foster.

        Also, I bet you could buy one illegally from someone, like the Bratva.

        Check with Dodo.

        And yeah, the domesticated ones get on with everyone. They can be really affectionate.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbbtLAx6ohw

        • LongtimeLurker

          NOTE to Lurkers/OSA – I was joking. Dodo is not actually in the Russian mafia.

          Probably.

  • Linda Clement

    Whether Cruise is planning to live at St. Hill or is just involved in its renovation, something is going on and he’s in it up to his eyeballs. Maybe a retreat for the whales?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/07/tom-cruise-moving-into-scientology-uk-headquarters/

    • Graham

      It’s just a lazy recycling of the Daily Mail story Tony debunked above.

      • Linda Clement

        Self-deleted. Some of what theTelegraph reporter dug up in the local planning permit office sounded interesting, as did Miscavige and Cruise’s star treatment of one of the people involved.

  • Lady Squash

    Love the billboard! The press reaction is great! Wonderful way to get the word out!

  • Xenu is my Homeboy

    Bryan Seymour discusses the Louis Theroux clip that was released a couple of days ago

    https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-morning-show/video/watch/31302806/scientologists-fight-back/

    • Graham

      Thanks for the link. I see they are retailing the Daily Mail ‘story’ about Cruise moving to Stain Hill. It may be ‘total idiocy’ (to quote Rinder) but sadly that hasn’t stopped it growing legs.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      “You are cleaning your room if she is your mum.”

  • Nat-leficent
    • Mark Foster

      Oh, hell yeah! The little kid with the suspenders and round glasses…workinΒ΄it !
      Thanks, Nat πŸ™‚

  • Cedilla

    Someone just hit the heart @ 4:27 a.m.
    I saw it flash.
    If you just started reading, you got a good read.

    Thanks, Tony.
    Every day at 7:00 a.m. you are here/there.
    Thanks.
    Fantastic Phil and Willie reports.
    Damn.

    What you have wrought since 1995.
    Incredible and Awesome.

    • FredEX2

      Good Morning Cedilla, I think there’s a few of us early birds here reading comments we may have missed from yesterday’s reports…while we wait for Tony’s next report each morning. I agree with you, he’s a tireless and amazing reporter to have taken on this subject. Factual and excellent. Should get a Pulitzer. We should all get together & nominate him.

      Going to get some coffee. Got 20 more min until Tony posts today’s newest report. β˜•οΈ

      • Cedilla

        6:43 a.m. Edit: DST.

      • FredEX2

        6:59am…60 seconds to go…and the countdown begins!

        Good Morning Tony. 😊

  • 9001

    Anyone else getting a blank white page when trying to view the Bunker on Chrome but working ok with Firefox?

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      I have Chrome – everything OK here.

      • 9001

        Thanks Johnny. Must be something wrong on my laptop.

        ETA: Have to turn AdBlock off to view…that’s new.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      When I changed computers I couldn’t get Bunker on Chrome and now just use Firefox. Who knows why? As long as I get everything I want on Firefox, just use that.

  • lkjl asdc

    Phil and Willie, I’m really happy to see how much coverage this has gotten, and I hope you will see your kids soon. It’s really heartbreaking to see what this cult does to families.

  • Sooooo many comments! Here is a song for Phil and Willie and everyone else https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhWjKlxR9ZQ&feature=em-subs_digest