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Here are the instructions Scientologists are getting for the May 28 media center opening!

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Another day, another leak here at the Underground Bunker from an active member of the Church of Scientology. This one, in fact, is a current staffer.

That’s all we can tell you, but our source wanted everyone to see the list of instructions sent to Scientologists for the big May 28 opening of the new Scientology Media Productions facility.

In 2011, the church purchased the old KCET television studios at 4401 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and they’ve been fundraising and renovating since then to create a new set of state-of-the art television and radio studios there. Scientology already has a set of expensive studios at its International Base near Hemet, California, about 90 miles away. But ever since Int Base was also revealed to house a bizarre office-prison known as “The Hole,” Scientology leader David Miscavige has been reducing the population in Hemet and lessening the compound’s importance. Now, he’ll have TV studios only 3.4 miles from his office at Author Services Inc. on Hollywood Boulevard.

“It seems as though this will be a complete logistical nightmare,” says our source. Well, judge for yourself. And if you plan on attending, please send us some photos! And always be polite and don’t argue with police or pushy Scientology security guards.

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Less than a month to go, and we’re totally not panicking

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Hey, we’re less than a month away now from this meetup that we named after Captain Howdy, a beloved Bunker commenter who would ridicule us all for the idea of getting together.

HowdyCon came about when your proprietor one day was asked by a commenter why we were visiting so many cities last year for our book tour. To figure out which city would be best for hosting a convention, we quipped. That utterance took on a life of its own, and soon our commenters held their own vote, choosing Cleveland as the site for our meetup.

On June 17, we’re hoping to see a few of you there in what should be a fun weekend of finding out what the hell you all look like in real life.

And what excitement we’re already experiencing. Here we are, only 29 days out, and our cruise director, citing health problems, has left the ship. Thankfully, we weren’t planning a lot of formal activities for this meetup, so we should survive. But the Saturday night dinner and talk we were hoping to set up is now in some limbo.

Does anyone out there know a Cleveland macher who has a club or a tavern or even just a really big house who would be willing to host some 40 or 50 totally not sketchy Internet people for a few hours on June 18? Please let us know.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 19, 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

 

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