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LEAKED AUDIO — Scientology’s New Year’s event 2017: ‘Welcome to Scientology forever!’

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[David Miscavige presides over the 2008 New Year’s event — now we have audio of tonight’s event]

Once again, our tipsters have come through. The Underground Bunker has obtained a secretly recorded audiotape of the New Year’s event that Scientologists around the world will be watching tonight to bring in 2017.

Scientology leader David Miscavige presides over several big events each year — L. Ron Hubbard’s March 13 birthday in Florida, the anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) each October at Saint Hill Manor in England, and “Maiden Voyage,” held on the ship Freewinds in the Caribbean in the summer. But New Year’s is perhaps Scientology’s biggest annual bash, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Usually, the event is taped a few days early. This year, it was held on December 17, for some reason. But the result is the same. At various times, and particularly tonight, video of David Miscavige’s three-hour speech will be shown at Scientology “orgs” around the world.

Some of those video replays have already taken place, including a recent gathering at the New York “org” on 46th Street. When the video was played for the local members, one of the attendees secretly made an audio recording, and it’s made its way to us.

What you’ll hear when you play it is David Miscavige, for more than two hours, giving his usual spiel about “expansion,” interrupted a few times by the playing of a video segment. Near the end of the program, one of those video segments is the new Super Bowl ad which will be five years in a row that Scientology has run an ad during the game (but usually with local ad slots bought in certain cities for a total of about $1 million, not a national ad spot at about $5 million). Expect the ad to show up at Scientology’s YouTube channel around midnight tonight.

This audio recording dropped in our lap pretty late last night, so we haven’t had a chance to transcribe very much of it. If we can get to it, we’ll add transcriptions to the post.

Enjoy!

 

 
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Scientology’s 2016: Another year is in the books at the Underground Bunker!

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This dumpster fire of a year may finally be over, but we still have a lot to wrap up today to finish up our business here on the last day of 2016.

First, we’re going to finish up our year-in-review with a quick look back at the stories that rocked the Bunker in November and December. It was a very strong finish to the year, so we have a lot to go through.

November continued 2016’s terrible trend of taking away beloved music figures from us when Leonard Cohen died on November 7. We mentioned Cohen in our book about Paulette Cooper because he was taking Scientology courses at the New York org around the time that she began her investigation of Scientology there. Cohen was an experimenter who dabbled in a lot of different spiritual pursuits, and we will miss his transcendent genius. Speaking of spiritual figures, a Tampa Christian pastor named Savanna Hartman had become an Internet star for a viral video she made about racial unity. And she was scheduled to participate in a Scientology event — at least until our Rod Keller reached out to her and let her know what she was getting into. She then cancelled her appearance.

On occasion, we enjoy diving into Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s history, and one of our researchers tracked down a 1927 Helena, Montana newspaper item that treated Hubbard, a local high schooler, as something of an exotic character for his tales of traveling in Asia. Even at a young age, Hubbard knew how to capture public attention with his tall tales. Back in present time, we noted that an interesting court hearing was happening in Los Angeles featuring a film director and his insurer who had met in Scientology, but were now facing decades in prison for allegations that they funded a movie flop with a Ponzi scheme.

It’s always interesting to hear from a new person going public for the first time about their experience in Scientology. And on November 18 we heard from Kelly Jordan, who described her time working in a Scientology mission that sounded almost as degrading as what you find in the Sea Org. A few days later, we felt obliged to weigh in on a growing controversy: Scientologist Vivian Kubrick was raising money for actress Shelley Duvall, who had appeared on a Dr. Phil episode exhibiting severe delusional behavior. In the face of controversy over why an anti-psychiatry Scientologist would be getting involved in the fate of a woman who clearly needed treatment by mental health professionals, Kubrick took down her fundraising website and gave refunds.

We hated to contradict David Miscavige and the speech he gave at the grand opening for the new San Diego Ideal Org, but it just isn’t true that L. Ron Hubbard brought surfing to California. We also figured it was time to deal with the Scientology claim that it doesn’t have anything to do with space aliens by letting readers hear L. Ron Hubbard in his own words talking about — you guessed it, space aliens and Scientology.

But of course, the hurricane that swept through this place in November and December had Leah Remini’s name on it, and she kept us busy as Scientology tried gamely to frighten A&E out of showing her series, Scientology and the Aftermath, which debuted on November 29. As early as November 3, we were taking apart Scientology’s smeary response to the network. And then we got the first look at a lengthy letter from Scientology’s Karin Pouw that was even smearier (if that’s a word). Leah responded with letters from her lawyer demanding $1.5 million in compensation for defaming her. It was a pretty fun shot across Scientology’s bow, and you saw it here first.

Then, just for fun, before Leah’s show premiered, we thought it might grant Scientology equal time by posting something we hadn’t seen before — a documentary about the life of L. Ron Hubbard with narration by David Miscavige himself! On November 24, we wrote our preview of Leah’s first episode, which told the story of Amy Scobee and her mother Bonny Elliott. As soon as the episode aired, Scientology posted a new website attacking the series, and it contained a video accusing Leah of stalking someone named Todd Woodruff. But Leah told us that Todd actually had a long and interesting history with her, and he was being used by the church to distort what had actually happened. And that actual story was far more interesting, because it involved Katie Holmes! Meanwhile, we circled back to the Amy Scobee episode, because we weren’t the only ones who noticed that Bonny Elliott’s husband, Mark Elliott, was pretty crucial to their story, but he hadn’t been interviewed for the show. So we interviewed him and found there was even more to the dramatic story of the family being ripped apart by Scientology.

And then, on December 5, we had the real bombshell to come out of the Amy Scobee episode. We obtained a letter from Scientology attorney Gary Soter showing that he had tried to scare the network out of airing the episode by questioning Amy’s story about being raped at 14 while she was working on staff at a Scientology mission. Soter claimed that she was 16, not 14, when it happened (which wasn’t true), and that Amy had been the “sexual aggressor” when she had sex with a man who also worked at the mission. It was a shocking way for Scientology to try and scare A&E, and it didn’t work. Meanwhile, Leah upped the stakes on the LAPD by making a records request about the police department’s claim that it had checked on Scientology leader David Miscavige’s vanished wife, Shelly, who hasn’t been seen at a Scientology event in more than a decade. The LAPD has asked for more time to respond to her request, which only makes us even more curious to see how they’re going to reply.

On December 13, we previewed the third episode in the series, featuring Mary Kahn, whose family was ripped apart by disconnection. And the next day, we posted a moving new video by Nora Crest about Scientology’s homophobia, which she made with encouragement from Leah Remini. And on December 16, we broke the news that a special extra episode of the series had been added, and it would feature Paulette Cooper. Wow, we can hardly wait to see the new episodes still coming in the new year. (And one of them just might feature your proprietor.)

A LOOK BACK AT NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015: Leah Remini’s memoir, Troublemaker, hit bookstores. The Texas Third Court of Appeals handed Monique Rathbun a huge victory that seemed to pave the way for a world of hurt for Scientology. We began a day-by-day look at the final days of Lisa McPherson, 20 years after her tragic death. Tabatha Fauteux became Narconon’s newest victim. Legoland funded a Scientology front group on behalf of Jenna Elfman. And one of our biggest stories of the year, felony charges for Scientologists who had used students from primarily minority high schools in a suburb of LA to scam state insurance money.

A LOOK BACK AT NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014: Leaked plans show that a new $37 million Scientology facility in Australia will serve only 87 people, on average, at any one time. Some great nuggets about L. Ron Hubbard turned up in Robert Heinlein’s letters collection. We learned how Scientology strains to erase Hubbard’s second wife, Sara Northrup, from the historical record, while Hubbard’s first wife, Polly, filed an affidavit that Hubbard was a deadbeat dad. We went long with the surprising saga of Richie Acunto’s rise and fall. And Marty Rathbun gets ambushed again, this time with Louis Theroux.

A LOOK BACK AT NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013: Mike Rinder and Mike Bennitt in a helicopter over the Super Power party, our exclusive interview with Jacqueline Olivier, the principal at Will and Jada’s Scientology school, and we marked the actual 60th anniversary of the first ‘Church of Scientology.’

 
And now, a word from our tipsters

All year, we’ve once again benefited hugely from our network of secret correspondents around the world. They hunt down documents for us, alert us to breaking stories, and search social media for glimpses inside the lives of Scientologists. A handful of our tipsters provide the lion’s share of such material, and we really can’t thank them enough, in part because they eschew recognition in order to remain anonymous. So, to recognize the good work they do, we thought we’d at least show some of their work. We asked the chief searcher for our “Bonus items” section to come up with the most memorable five items our helpers tracked down this year. This is what they came up with, and with the original captions.

 
THE FIVE BEST ‘BONUS ITEMS FROM OUR TIPSTERS’ OF 2016…

Um, Narconon Mexico, this is not a good look.

 
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Another Scientology sieg heil, this time in Taiwan…

 
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“I’m 17, I’m staff, and I’m celebrating my birthday at the Fort Harrison Hotel. Thanks, mom.”

 
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Hey, girl. Let me pick you up in my ambulance for a touch assist and tea at the Fort Harrison.

 
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Um, W. T. F….

 
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The most-read stories of 2016

Here they are, the 25 most-read Underground Bunker stories of 2016…

1. ‘Horrifying’ autism ‘cure’ exposed by BBC turns out to be Scientology: Now, the inventor speaks (Sep 27)
2. How Lisa Marie Presley became Scientology leader David Miscavige’s worst nightmare (Apr 21)
3. THE BILLBOARD IS UP: Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ on view in Los Angeles (Apr 4)
4. Lucia Ribisi ditches Scientology and says of famous dad Giovanni: ‘He’s questioned it’ (April 6)
5. Special episode added: Leah Remini series adds Monday hour featuring Paulette Cooper (Dec 16)
6. Yes, that was a Scientology ad you saw during the Super Bowl. Here’s what’s in it. (Feb 7)
7. Leah Remini: Scientology’s new attack has a Katie Holmes angle they aren’t talking about (Dec 1)
8. What the first trailer for Leah Remini’s Scientology series tells us about her show (Nov 2)
9. Ron Miscavige book out in May: ‘Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me’ (Mar 16)
10. With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique? (Sep 17)
11. EXCLUSIVE: See the letter Scientology sent to scare A&E out of airing Leah Remini’s series (Nov 19)
12. Leah Remini demands $1.5 million from Scientology for interfering with her A&E series (Nov 22)
13. Scientology’s Space Man: The newest defector from church management opens up (Feb 12)
14. Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Marc & Claire Headley on forced abortions and Sea Org escapes (Dec 27)
15. Scientology leader David Miscavige threatens to sue father over book (Apr 26)
16. Ron Miscavige’s ‘Ruthless’ includes Lisa Marie Presley’s wild defection scene in Florida (May 2)
17. Leah Remini is shooting a TV series about Scientology (June 27)
18. Stalked in a New Orleans cemetery: Scientology’s secretive defectors getting more open (Jan 18)
19. Ron Miscavige, his book ‘Ruthless’ his nervous son, and Scientology Watching’s new reality (Apr 29)
20. Astra Woodcraft, ex-Scientology kid, wants you to read a short essay (Apr 12)
21. ‘Call Me’ says their billboard — and their daughter in Scientology did just that (July 19)
22. On the 8th anniversary of the Anonymous protests, more signs of Scientology’s desperation (Feb 10)
23. A STAR IS BORN: Scientology attorney Monique Yingling steals the spotlight on ’20/20′ (Apr 30)
24. It’s a miracle! Scientology put ‘more than 10,000’ people in these 1,000 chairs! (May 29)
25. David Bowie, 1947-2016 (Jan 11)

 
 
Leaving the lair: Your proprietor in the wild in 2016

We have evidence of some places where your correspondent was spotted outside of the confines of the Underground Bunker this year.

In March, we had the pleasure of attending the party Dan Perkins, better known as Tom Tomorrow, threw for the people who had backed his Kickstarter that produced his well-deserved 25-year double-volume retrospective of This Modern World. Your proprietor got to meet Dan’s friends, director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi.

 
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In April, we went to L.A. to cover a hearing in the Laura DeCrescenzo lawsuit, and we also hung out with our LipTV friends, including the superb Allison Hope Weiner, seen here on the set of her shows, Media Mayhem and Crime Time. Later in the year, we learned that Michael Lustig, the man behind LipTV, had decided to pull the plug on the startup. We’re glad we got to spend a year working with the talented young television journalists who worked there. And while we were in town, we made sure to check out the “Call Me” billboard put up by Phil and Willie Jones.

 
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In June, this little website had its very own convention, and it was in, of all places, Cleveland. HowdyCon was a great experience, and we sure hope you’ll decide to join us in Denver this year.

 
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At the end of June, we visited Dani and Tami Lemberger at their independent Scientology mission in Haifa, Israel. Here we’re hefting the trophies that Tami was awarded by David Miscavige when she was named one of the top auditors on the planet. Now they’re nice paperweights.

 
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In July, we made our first trip to Ireland, and naturally we got together with some of the local Bunker correspondents, including Pete Griffiths.

 
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At the end of the month, Scientology opened its newest “Ideal Org” in Harlem and we tried to attend. We even brought out attorney Scott Pilutik with us to fend off any attacks by church goons.

 
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In August, we recorded the audiobook version of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely in a Manhattan studio.

 
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In September, we pow-wowed with Kate Bornstein in order to fix the problems of the world.

 
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In October, we jetted out to Los Angeles for a brief visit with some nefarious individuals, and in a couple of weeks we’ll finally get to tell you what happened there!

 
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BEST OF THE BUNKER, 2016

We’re grateful that some of our stories got a huge amount of readership this year. But traffic isn’t the only way to measure what goes on here. We decided to put together a list of our personal choices for most significant pieces we did in 2016. Some of them were scoops, others were investigative features, and some of them we just really enjoyed writing. So here goes.

 
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20. Scientology’s 20 biggest celebrities in order of those most likely to defect

Sure, you get lists of Scientology celebrities all the time. But we put this one together after Jason Lee bolted from the church because we wanted to know, from our Hollywood Celebrity Centre source, who he thought might be the next to walk. This list kicked up a lot of disagreement, and that’s what it was designed to do.

 
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19. A Scientology spy comes forward — now he’s ready for war with David Miscavige

Skip Young had a small but significant place in Scientology history as a San Diego cop who provided a footnote to the Snow White Program. But we found out that today he’s been abandoned by his two daughters, who have “disconnected” from him in the Scientology way. From Scientology spy operative to grieving dad. His was one of the most unexpected stories we covered this year.

 
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18. How Liz Gale came to disconnect from her own mother, Scientology style

Mark Ebner had done an amazing job telling the story of Philip Gale, a young genius who had grown up in Scientology and then had thrown himself off a building on the MIT campus on L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday in 1998. But Philip’s younger sister, Liz Gale, had a journey out of Scientology that deserved a telling of its own.

 
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17. VIDEO: David Miscavige’s entire speech at Scientology’s Atlanta ‘Ideal Org’ opening

What a coup this was. If you know how hard it’s been just to get a decent photo of David Miscavige at his appearances opening new Scientology buildings, you know that our correspondents had finally squared the circle with this one. From a perch across the street, they managed to video the Scientology leader’s entire speech at the Atlanta ceremony in April. Sure, there’s traffic noise, but the quality of this video is really pretty good considering how difficult it was even to obtain it.

 
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16. What you didn’t see on ‘I Am Cait’: Kate Bornstein and Caitlyn Jenner at Scientology HQ

Kate Bornstein and Caitlyn Jenner, walking into the Los Angeles Org and asking to see Kate’s long-lost Sea Org daughter? And cameras weren’t rolling? We’re just fortunate that Kate told us all about it. What a scene.

 
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15. Appeals court strikes Scientology’s $1 million judgment against Ken Dandar

This may have been the biggest surprise of the year. Scientology appeared to have attorney Ken Dandar dead to rights after winning a ruinous $1 million judgment against him. How he got there was incredibly complex, but a retired judge seemed determine to make Dandar pay for suing Scientology. Ken was appealing, but they looked like long shots. How wrong we were.

 
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14. What’s the worst that can happen when you sue Scientology? Here’s one frightening example.

Karla Taylor believed that Scientology had misused the trademarks of her company, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, in order to hide the problems of its drug rehab network, Narconon. But after filing her lawsuit against 82 defendants, alleging a widespread conspiracy run by David Miscavige, she then found herself in the crosshairs. Eventually, a magistrate judge ordered Karla to turn over her private laptop to attorneys representing Narconon, which our legal observers told us was beyond the pale. What is it about Scientology and the courts?

 
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13. For Scientology’s most infamous dirty trickster, retirement has a happy ending

If you study the dirty tricks played by Scientology on its perceived enemies, one name comes up as much as anyone’s: Eugene Ingram, disgraced former Los Angeles cop and chief private eye for Scientology in the 1980s and 1990s. What a treat it was, with the help of our researchers, to find Gene today, “el Jefe” of his own Mexican cantina.

 
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12. THE BILLBOARD IS UP: Scientology’s disconnection policy on view in Los Angeles

What a day this was in the Bunker, whose readers had helped raise the lion’s share of the money Phil and Willie Jones used to post their own billboard in Los Angeles bringing attention to Scientology’s policy of “Disconnection.” After, that is, two previous billboard companies had turned them down in the face of Scientology intimidation.

 
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11. Is Scientology using Tommy Davis to get Aussie billionaire James Packer back in the fold?

Former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis continues to be a favorite around here at the Bunker, and so we like to keep tabs on him. And did that pay off this year. Tommy has a cool new job in Hollywood, but our experts tell us he’s still likely to be trying to get James Packer back into the Scientology fold. We’re still looking for evidence of that.

 
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10. Scientology’s Space Man: The newest defector from church management opens up

Paul Burkhart was another key defection from Scientology’s upper ranks. He was in a unique position to watch what was happening at both Int Base and then at the Hollywood Guaranty Building in Los Angeles. And having left in August 2013, his information was years fresher than anything else we’d seen. And most shocking? His estimate, based on access he had to enrollment documents, that Scientology’s active membership worldwide has now fallen under 20,000.

 
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9. Some churches take care of the old — Scientology instead works them to death

The story of Claire Reppen was not an easy one to read. In her late 60s and suffering the effects of advanced cancer, she was still a Sea Org member and was expected to work like one. Her son provided for us a handwritten letter Claire wrote, asking for relief from her work, and her supervisors own complaint about her tendency to slack off. The details are gruesome, and point to a larger problem: Scientology has no idea what to do with the many older members it has now, except work them to death.

 
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8. Disconnection, neglect, and suicide: Scientology, it’s even worse than you think

More than a disconnection story, this is a saga about a Scientology family that is so disturbing, we can’t look at that photo, above, without feeling astonished that it exists. Share this story with your friends, and tell them that Scientology is always worse than you thought.

 
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7. CLAIM: Frail looking Shelly Miscavige spotted near Scientology compound in California

 
After years of writing about Shelly Miscavige, the wife that Scientology leader David Miscavige made disappear more than a decade ago, we were stunned to learn that there’s a good chance she’s been spotted — and exactly where we’d been telling readers to look for her. We’ve vetted the couple that reported these sightings, and we’re taking their claim seriously. And because of that, we’re more concerned than ever about the state that Shelly is in. Much more on this is coming soon.

 
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6. Lucia Ribisi ditches Scientology and says of famous dad Giovanni, he’s questioned it

We spent months checking our facts before revealing that Lucia Ribisi had talked publicly about ditching Scientology on a Los Angeles radio show, but under an assumed name. Her defection puts enormous pressure on her famous dad, Giovanni, who, she claims, has had his own doubts about the church. This is huge: The Ribisi clan is one of the most prominent in the church, and Giovanni’s divorced parents are among the most dedicated Scientologists still left in the organization.

 
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5. Tom Cruise penthouse in Scientology’s spiritual mecca? We have the plans

It’s so fun to beat the celebrity-obsessed bigs to a story like this. Tom Cruise is having a $3 million, double-level penthouse with a private, 9-car garage with car elevator built out in a former bank building smack in the middle of Scientology’s “Flag Land Base” in Clearwater, Florida. Mom lives nearby, and son Connor is also in town, so maybe it makes sense to Tom to have a place in Clearwater. But the location at the center of Scientology’s “spiritual mecca” also says a lot, doesn’t it?

 
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4. The fight over the secrets on a Scientology spy’s seized laptop that no one is talking about

Years of detailed information that spells out Scientology’s elaborate and possibly illegal spying operations is sitting in the evidence room of a Wisconsin town, and someone has gone to extraordinary lengths to get their hands on it. Can journalists get there first? We obtained a couple of court documents that spelled out this extraordinary situation, but then we made a call out to our fellow journalists — someone needs to get their hands on that crucial information before David Miscavige does.

 
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3. Scientology’s secret sites: The Bunker premieres drone footage never before seen of Int Base

We never knew him. We only know that he showed up out of nowhere and gave us the links to a set of the some of the most vivid footage we’ve ever seen. Our mystery man had flown a drone equipped with a 4K camera over Scientology’s super secret compounds in California and New Mexico, giving us unprecedented looks at them, with knockout clarity. Twin Peaks, where Shelly Miscavige is most likely being held? This footage not only shows you the compound, but we pinpointed the house where Shelly probably lives, and the building where she works. Other flyovers included Int Base where David Miscavige lives, the Creston ranch were L. Ron Hubbard died, the spaceship-looking vault site on the Northern California coast, and the famous Trementina base in New Mexico.

 
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2. How Lisa Marie Presley became Scientology leader David Miscavige’s worst nightmare

This was a two-part series in April that had taken us more than a year to put together, and coincided with the publication of Ron Miscavige’s memoir, Ruthless. Ron’s escape from Int Base and his memoir were part of an ongoing destruction of his family, orchestrated by his son, David, Scientology’s iron-fisted ruler. But what no one knew until we revealed it was that one person who was intimately involved with the Miscavige family saga was Lisa Marie Presley. She became so incensed with how Ron was being treated by his own children, she went to the Flag Land Base in Clearwater in October 2014 to have a showdown with David Miscavige. He sent his sisters in his stead to scream at Lisa Marie in what has to be the single weirdest scene we’ve written about in several years.

 
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1. Spying, intimidation, and ruin: Two lives caught up in Scientology’s notorious ‘Fair Game’

We will probably fail at trying to impart how much this story meant to us. We knew, when Rob Ramsay first brought us his dead brother’s private papers, that we had a unique opportunity. Rob’s brother, Peter, had been a dedicated Scientologist, and he had also been a spy for the church who helped Scientology carry out its ‘Fair Game’ campaigns. And on one person in particular, a guy named Gregg Hagglund whose own history was odd and wonderful. Telling the tale of how the lives of these two men were intertwined because of Scientology’s vicious thirst for revenge was one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences of our career.

Happy New Year, Scientology watchers.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on December 31, 2016 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. 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…
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  • Happy new year, everybody!!

    • EmmaDaoust

      Happy New Year, Jens!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      And to you, too, Jens! Here’s to a great 2017 🙂

  • Baby

    Mac bought The Bunker a Key Lime pie for New Year 2017 Woo Hoo.. So I was going to decorate it with frosting .. for us.. but I got the brilliant idea to do it on computer.. ( Cause some of us don’t like KEY LIME pie with frosting

    ( Hint MAC) So Get ready everyone.. BYOB .. and something to pass around.. I gotta get the Bunker ready for us.. Love baby f5 ( I know it’s off center PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT) ha

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    • Baby

      I voted up for pie..ha

  • Username

    Happy New Year!!

  • Baby

    OK everyone.. Bunker is getting all set up for you.. We will rock the house tonight.. Mac is going to be the designated driver..Party ON! xoxoxooxxo love baby f5

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    • Kestrel

      Happy New Year, Baby!

      • Baby

        You too sweet bird.. xo ( as I wipe whipped cream off my mouth..) to give you a big kiss.xoxox

    • Jo

      Happy new year baby x

      • Baby

        There you are..Hi Jo Jo you too honey.. xoxoox

        • Jo

          Im good, baby x

    • oknow

      🙂 you da best!

      • Baby

        I only aim to please the Bunkerues OK.. xoxo smooches..

  • Username

    Can’t wait for someone with much more patience and stamina to translate the DM 3 hour drivel and fact check it. I tried to listen… but I felt like I was listening to a very annoying game show host introduction that just never ended. He just talks at people. He has an nice speaking voice, but its void of content and sincere delivery.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      JJ tried “live-blogging” it further down.

      • Username

        I’ll check it out. Thx!

  • Ever met an SP?

    Happy New Year from the UK! Good news, guys: 2017 has been fine so far! 🙂

    • chukicita

      There is hope! Thank you!

      • Ever met an SP?

        So far, at least 🙂

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Happy New Year to you too!

      • Ever met an SP?

        Thanks a lot, Mr Tank!

    • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

      Hip, Hip, Hooray! 🙂

  • Vaquera

    Happy happy NYE to the Bunker family.
    From Toronto, a special shout out to my Canadian peeps. WJC (f5)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f975e7b43f9e4c650ef8dc63c3f294255e02e4ec0ef8683ad919ce73355c0664.jpg

    • Kestrel

      Happy New Year, Vaquera!

    • What’sup

      You certainly do get around V. Geographically speaking of course. HNY honey!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Happy new year, V! Hugs and love 🙂

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Happy New Year, Vaq!

    • EmmaDaoust

      Happy New Year, Vaquera my dear!

      • Vaquera

        Thanks! Sorry about Canada’s loss tonight…not. xoxo 😘

        • EmmaDaoust

          I paid ’em to lose ’cause you were visiting.

          • Vaquera

            Bunker friends are generous to a fault.

            • EmmaDaoust

              Oh, but shh, or the team’ll throw me in the lake.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Remember to film it and post here 🙂

            • EmmaDaoust

              If I go in, it’ll be in full scuba gear.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Just leave the skinny dipping to me – I’m a pro at it.

            • EmmaDaoust

              I did not know that. So, like, it’s a full-time job, is it? What kind of degree do you need to get into that line of work?

              Happy New Year Johnny Tank!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Happy New Year!

              Well, what I did was film it and put it on Youtube. I believe there are 4 videos of me floating around now, no pun intended. I could do a course for you, if you want. Maybe some of the other Bunkerites want to join in as well.

            • EmmaDaoust

              Kidding. I saw one or two of your legendary videos. Ha! The only skinny dipping I do is in the summer, thank you very much.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I prefer summer as well, but I will sacrifice myself for the enjoyment of my Bunker peeps.

            • EmmaDaoust

              Uh huh.

  • Jo

    Happy New Year, from Northern Ireland, you have been my rock in hard times and made me laugh many times too. Wish u all well x

    • Scream Nevermore

      Whereabouts Jo? Most of my great-grandparents are from NI – Co Down and Co Tyrone, mainly.

      • Jo

        Co Derry, Mr Jo lived down the road from Sterling Castle. No one can understand a word he says, it took me a while. Edit out the town.

        • Scream Nevermore

          😀

  • Kestrel

    Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you, Tony Ortega, for another year of outstanding reporting!

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Happy New Year, Kes!

      • Kitz

        Hmm… Kes is the name of one of my very old characters, lol.

        Happy New Year Kestrel. 🙂

  • Scream Nevermore

    Happy New Year from Scotland!

    • Scream Nevermore

      Though I am ashamed to admit I slept away the last few hours of 2016, and woke up to a TV interview with Michael Fassbender, so, 2017 is off to a good start!

      • MarcabExpat

        I would call this a win 🙂

  • Jack99

    Happy New Year / Godt Nyttår!

  • OOkpik

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    This wrap-up of the year’s Bunker news has been a blast, and I ain’t done yet.

    Huge thanks to you, Tony, and to all you Secret Sleuths, Silent seekers, and Brazen Badasses who make it all possible. You done good!

    ETA: Oh, and Miscavige, je t’emmerde !

    • Liberated

      Happy New Year….OOkpik!

      • OOkpik

        Thanks, doll. You too. <3

    • Kestrel

      Happy New Year, Owl!

      • OOkpik

        Cheers to you. little birdie.
        Have a good one.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Happy New Year to you and your entire owl family 🙂

      • OOkpik

        Happy New Year to you and yours too, sweetheart. <3

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Quality control at Casa Abrupta – we are sharpening our tools.
    The saw is for building an Ideal Bunker (ssssh, I know, we already got one)
    We have some demolition work planned for 2017.
    Don’t tell DM – but I think he knows 🙂

    And a wonderful 2017 to all you wonderful Bunkerues.
    Thank you, Tony.
    May this one be even better.

    DM riffs on “time” at the beginning of his bucket of hog-wash.
    Dave – take your time because time WILL take you.
    That’s that Tick Tock that Tory keeps telling you about.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d65c2ef6911f913daa11d1c1df9ddaa48b7814d4a317841f1be1b4995233748f.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16568efdba223a63ecb40bddafc984aa5b521a016706ca52248b17a48721a2d3.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0795b4353b19d29eda9d45a7f9548298bdf5139ee28a9aeecc16d9138ee67d9f.jpg

    • Ella Raitch

      Building the bunker pants-less no less. Love this kid’s style

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        He learned from the best, obviously.

        • nose

          *rolls eyes* 😉

        • Ella Raitch

          You’ve started a thing with the next generation of Scientology watchers

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Just trying to leave my mark on this crazy mixed up blue marble.

    • oknow

      Sigh, so beautiful and no pants!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      That child melts my heart. Those are the most perfect baby lips in the world. Happy New Year to you and the three you love so much 🙂

      • Ella Raitch

        And those cheeks – perfect for slobbery, raspberry blowing. I can just hear the giggles

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Godt Nytt År! as we say in Norwegian. That basically translates to ‘good new year’. Nope, not wishing you a great new year, and not a happy one either, just a good one. Cause that’s how we roll :-/

    • Kitz

      The same to you Johnny!

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        TY.

    • MarcabExpat

      I just returned from a bathhouse/spa. while I was there I climbed into the cold pool and pretended it was a fjord in memory of your exploits 🙂

      I think this year the greeting I’m going with will be “Better New Year!”

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        That is so cool – pun intended. Now you know what I have to go through to entertain yous guys.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        You look a lot like JLaw in that pic.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Oh shut up 😛

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Well, ummm, not just in that picture – you look like her in real life as well. I bet you hear that all the time, right? Right?

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              If never=all the time, then yes 😛

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              You are so modest.

  • Ella Raitch

    2017 is sunny with clear blue skies In Western Australia!

    • What’sup

      Wouldn’t be anywhere else for quids. Happy New Year darlin’.

      • Ella Raitch

        You too bud. It’s not bad living in paradise.

        • Panopea Abrupta

          How’s the skiing?
          And I’ll bet the snowshoeing sux too 🙂

          http://giphy.com/gifs/strengthen-rjSMkieK0JgCQ

          Love to you all in Oz
          Xxx
          PA

          • Ella Raitch

            Our dog beach is world class!

            • Ella Raitch

              Damn – can’t edit…wanted to add – love to you and the rest of the Abrupta clan xxx

    • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

      Yay! 🙂

  • Kitz

    A very happy New Years to one and all. May 2017 bring you love, laughter, and your heart’s desire.

    Be safe, be smart as you celebrate the death of this horrid year.

    • Ella Raitch

      Long time Kitz! Happy New Year

      • Kitz

        Thank you! 🙂

  • MarcabExpat

    Sorry I’m late to the party. Today is my wedding anniversary and my husband surprised me (astonished me, really) with a trip to a traditional Korean bathhouse that is somehow ten minutes from our home. Absolute heaven on earth. Just got home and we did not want to leave 🙂 I hope Jimmy3 has not drunk up all the Scotch!

    A very happy (or at least improved) New Year to locals and friends farflung, with gratitude for camaraderie and solidarity from all the Bunkerues, and most of all for stellar reporting and writing from Our Proprietor. Long may you wave, sir!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Happy New Year and anniversary! What a lovely surprise; I love Turkish baths. Happy anniversary to you both 🙂

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Was the bathhouse South- or North-Korean?

      • MarcabExpat

        The food was good and plentiful, so take a guess 😉

    • nose

      Happy Anniversary!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Argh! I have had “I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby” going round and around in my head for 3 days. I am neither a teenager nor a dirtbag so I’ve no clue why it has become my own personal theme song. What makes it worse is those are the only words to the song I know. My son is threatening anarchy if I don’t stop whistling that one line over and over and over and over. Kill me now.

    • What’sup

      I’d feel sorry for you but a few weeks ago I had “We stand tall” stuck in my head for a whole day. Try that on for size.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        I think I’ve confessed this dark secret before, but I actually love We Stand Tall for sheer kitsh awfulness!

        (Happy New Year, fella.)

        • What’sup

          You too, lovely lady.

        • JJ

          “Goat Shirt, Goat Shirt, Goat Shirt!” Animal’s voice

    • nose

      Andrea, do you really want to suggest to the bunker that you need to get rid of a earworm? You know what’s going to happen. Good luck getting rid of the next 5 earworms posted.

  • It’s almost 2017 here. Thanks everyone. I love you. Happy New Year!

    • M from Toronto

      Said it before, I’ll say it again, you’re Aces, Dodo, and I’m proud to know you!
      Happy Hogmanay to you and yours!
      xoxo

      • I remember you from WWP, I think. Something tells me I know you too. And proud if so.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      2017 is old news here – I’m waiting for 2018.

    • Jo

      Happy New Year Dodo x

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Happy New Year, Dodo! I know I’m late to this, but please congratulation Daniel for a superb 100/100 on his Scientology essay. How proud you must be.

      С новым годом!

    • Observer

      Love to the Dodos!

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Happy New Year Dodos!

  • News from Chicago…
    Granny Ekdal reports on watching Leah’s show “I saw Paulette Cooper, whose story I read”.
    Brother also watching show, comments about Leah, “I would not want to piss her off!”
    The grass is green and the roads are clear.

    • nose

      I was unexpectedly cornered and quizzed about the show today by a party guest at my daughters house. Not wanting to be the crazy anti scientology lady I tried to answer and move on but gave in because she asked some great questions. She wanted to know how they compared the FLDS and JW,s. She asked why Leah didn’t know about this stuff before and why the church treated ex members the way they do.

      I explained about 2nd generation members , how they pulled people in, the need to follow policy, blah, blah, blah. Not gonna lie. I felt like I just passed my first sec check by the time she was done. She was relentless. I think I was sweating and may have used a kid for distraction.
      I’m all for informing others but in a group setting with people listening in I didn’t want to be the stand out cult follower lady. On the other hand, well done Leah for informing people like her and making her aware.

  • Keeping Scientology Waning

    Happy New Year Bunker! Whereever you are be happy and stay safe.

  • What’sup
  • itsIBBy

    Happy new year bunker! Thanks for welcoming me back into the fold like I had never left. Here’s to scientology biting the big one in 2017

  • Supper Powers

    2016 just couldn’t leave quietly. It takes Father Mulcahy from MASH with?
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/william-christopher-father-mulcahy-mash-dies-at-84-960185

    • Liberated

      Un-freaking-believable!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Ah. I just posted this way above. Should have known it would already be noted here.

      • Supper Powers

        It’s always good to reshare stuff. Happy New Year!

  • Sherbet

    While I do remember times where I’d get all dolled up and have a midnight champagne toast with friends in a Boston club on New Year’s Eve, this ain’t gonna be one of those nights. I’m about to crawl into bed with a book. Don’t wake me at 12:00, unless Dick Clark himself turns up to celebrate.

    Goodnight, Bunkies; hello, 2017; and good riddance, 2016.

    • Observer

      Love you, Sherb!

      • Sherbet

        Love you, too, my talented friend.

    • nose

      I keep posting that 2016 can suck it. I didn’t feel guilty because my grandaughter was born at 9:44 on the 31st of Dec. 2015. Later I felt bad for posting that because the great future woodworker, Pans son, came along in 2016. Some beautiful things did happen in 2016.

    • Kitz

      Happy New Year to you Sherbs. Pleasant slumbers, and I’m doing the same thing. Slush/freezing rain is falling, which makes the idiotic drivers exponentially worse.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I’m in bed already myself, the filling in a felis-canis sandwich. HNY, dear Sherb!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      AND MISS THE NEW MIDNIGHT POST?!?

  • Tony Ortega

    The Bunker’s first post of 2017 will be coming at midnight Eastern time.

    Drink accordingly.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Is that in 2 hours..?

      • nose

        You can do it!

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          I can? I’ll need something to eat then. Anyone got some ‘za?

          • Supper Powers

            I will cook for you!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Finally – someone comes to my rescue! What can you make with catfood and ketchup? That’s all I have. Oh, and I have ice cubes.

            • Supper Powers

              …I will stop at the market on the way over.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Oh, can you get some more cat-food – I just finished of the last of it.

            • Supper Powers

              Ah, I got a flat tire. I’m so sorry, but I won’t be able to make it over….. *hurls*

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Dammit – the cat will surely kill me now. It’s been nice knowing you :-/

            • chukicita

              Fry up the catfood, pour ketchup over it, and order a pizza.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              This is a third world country when it comes to getting fast-food after 10PM.

              I like cats – cats like cat-food – so it’s reasonable that I should like cat-food… Right?

            • MadisonAgain

              Bad joke told to me by a Russian taxi driver in NYC years ago: The foid stores in America have everything! Food for cats, snacks for cats. In my country we have cats for snacks…

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              It’s funny, because it’s true.

            • chukicita

              No.

            • jayla197145

              Johnny, that picture of you naked in a very beautiful setting, is that really you? I’m sorry just being a newbie newb I can’t tell if you all are joking or serious about it…but if it is you…well…oh yeah..Babee!! 🙂

            • Supper Powers

              Hey, there are a lot of ladies who have dibs on that ass. Get in line!

            • jayla197145

              LOL consider me in the que! 🙂

            • jayla197145

              Whoops sorry I meant in the queue!

            • Supper Powers

              You can edit your comments. Next to reply, there is edit. Hit that, make your corrections and if it’s significant, note that you made an edit. Welcome. Now, WHAT ARE YOUR CRIMES!!??

            • jayla197145

              Supper Powers, thank you. 🙂 🙂 I’m very stupid with technology. I have to constantly ask my kids stuff. As far as crimes, hopefully none, but I’ll keep thinking about it.. 😉 🙂 🙂

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Yup. That’s me in all my “glory”. I know it’s not a pretty sight, so I usually post a warning.

            • Supper Powers

              Oh please. The feigned humility doesn’t work! 🙂

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Well, at least I tried 😉

            • jayla197145

              Oh well I enjoyed it!! Don’t hesitate to post more pictures!! 🙂

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I have videos as well… Just sayin’.

      • chukicita

        yes, about

    • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

      Cheers!

      • Baby

        Happy New Year Joy.. xo .. Cheers to you too..

    • nose

      I’ll stay around even though I can’t remember the name of the wine I opened 10 minutes ago.
      * checking label*
      Pieve Di, Spaltenna. Toscana. Taste like a dry malbec without the great aftertaste of berry and the promised licorice on the label. Will not buy again.

    • chukicita
      • ROFLMAO A scientologist in the bubble! Do NOT shake it 🙂

        • chukicita

          It’s a BT globe. Shake it and they fly around.

          • LOL i love this MEME. (BT globe)

          • btw… what is the common “name” for this kind of gadget?

            • chukicita

              snowglobe?

            • snowglobe … yes

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Woo hoo! Thank you Tony for your amazingly rich reporting this year. Can’t imagine a day without the Bunker and its many surprises. Truly appreciate all you do.

    • No rest for the wicked!

      • Love that song.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        When is that for us, EE?

        • 5am

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Might as well start the new year as I mean to go on: knackered 😛

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        He’s just posting it midnight to get out of getting up at 7 AM. Sneaky little bugger.

      • Baby

        I saw Wicked on Broadway.. TO DIE FOR.. MY Best friend from HS daughter Played Glinda the good witch.. Fabulous musical.

        • chukicita

          The Broadway touring production of Wicked will be in Tampa the first week of February…

          • Baby

            OMG.. thanks Chuck.. I don’t know if I could see it again.. I went with My twin Jude .. sigh.. but it was fabulous..

    • Vaquera

      ^^^^^

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    For those of us still waiting in the wings for the calendar to change over…(F5)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fade03ed1a12b359959d40b26bdc4f8bfbbdd28a7c5f0934142cfba3b1af718c.jpg

    • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

      Hysterical!

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Right? Some theater geek friends were passing it around on FB and I had to share.

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      Umm, Charmian Carr, the actress who portrayed Liesl died in 2016.

      • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

        OMG!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Were The Almond Brothers nuts?

    An Imperial Stout from foreign parts, a Christmas gift.
    Though I am neither Imperial nor Stout, it is a wonderful drop to see in this year.
    If ya thought 2016 was a crazy bag lady, 2017 promises to be her weird sister,

    Tweet’leDumb in the White House
    With his backing band, Kellyanne Con Way and the Hope Hicks
    Brexit, where’s the Nexit?

    And my little dude will be learning to walk ‘n talk ‘n …
    He gets his own harmonica – a Blues harp in the key of C.
    “Cos there is gonna be a heck of a lotta blues.

    DM, you is fust in line.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03e57674971e72e63319d8dc6c9b12588c4126faa059b6776649aa75c7c4c793.jpg

    Here is Fian near the house on his first snowshoe journey this pm.
    That is Signorita Abrupta doing the heavy lifting.
    As usual, I am slacking with a camera 🙂

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1029fd78cef6c9f60b38465d6bad9c34927309be59ac00ce216fa749fec331d5.jpg

    • Baby

      You guys have to zoom in.. OMG what a photo..

      Signorita Abrupta hahahha .. Fian weighs half your amount.. adorable.. He is all bundled up..so cute..

  • Douglas D. Douglas
  • Douglas D. Douglas
  • MadisonAgain

    Happy New Year! Thanks to Tony and all the brave exes and never ins for fighting scientology with facts, humor, and passion! Here’s hoping 2017 brings families back together and generates a flood of people seeking freedom from DM and scientology. I hope this new year is full of love, laughter, and good adventures for all of us.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Godt Nytt År! as we say in Norwegian… Oh, I already did that one.

    This is going to be a long 80 minutes, folks.

    • Supper Powers

      Aren’t you in a boxing match with your cat?

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        I managed to grab my phone and lock myself in the bathroom. My last line of defense when he finally gets through the door is to spray him with the shower, or I could crawl down the toilet.

        I am losing blood fast though – I may not make until the new post is up.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Soooo cold….

          Grammy, is that you? And Grampa…

          Go into the light you say..?

          • Supper Powers

            Take a nap. We’ll all start shouting to wake you when the story posts. Don’t worry.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Yeah, or just tell me to walk it off – cheeze, and I call yous guys my friends… Bah!

            • Supper Powers

              go make another video.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I went for a dip in the Oslo fjord last Jan 1st. Maybe I will do it again later today 🙂

            • Supper Powers

              Excellent. Sounds like a wise decision.

    • Baby

      Love you Johnny………… KISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS…

      ******* HEH MR. NO TONGUE! JEEZE..

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Mac scares me, so only smooches on the cheeks.

        • Baby

          Which cheeks?

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            I’ll close my eyes and leave that choice up to you.

            • Supper Powers

              What a gentleman.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              XD

            • Baby

              hahahhahahhaa

    • salin

      Love that you are staying up into the far wee hours in Norway to celebrate New Years Eve (again) with those of us in the Americas. *Skall*!

      • salin

        Hmmm maybe I ought to get a small glass of aakavit and repeat this sentiment appropriately. *I’ll be right back*

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          I have lots of akevitt – let me pour you one.

          • salin

            Tusen Takk. Skall!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Tony, I know you wanted to keep it a surprise for me, but the midnight post is the SMERSH Madness to end all SMERSH Madnesses, isn’t it?

  • Leah posted this on FB about an hour ago.

    “It’s about that time where we start a new year. Wishing you all a very happy new year to come!
    I believe in magic, in love, in hope, in happy endings, in the good guy/gal winning in the end…and all those geeky things! 😉 No, life is not that everyday, there’s pain, loss, hardships, but there are moments. Make sure you appreciate them. Thank you for the love and support you have shown me. That is what keeps me going.
    May you be blessed. With Love..”

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      She’s lovely 🙂

    • Baby

      **Sniff ** I only wish I would have written that instead of PIE … ha.. She is such a wonderful woman..

      • Observer

        There is much to be said for a good key lime pie

        • Baby

          Well.. then there is that Obs.. It is haunting me as we speak.. I will finish the whole one tonight I’m sure..

    • Ann B Watson

      Thank you Leah.I will never stop appreciating you.You are showing me love & support back.We all are linked,strong and carry the Truth.May 2017 lift you ever higher.💛

  • JJ

    Have yourself a happy little new year, it may be your last, next year the Bill of Rights is in the past…

  • JJ

    There caught it, know why they shout hip hooray? After three hours listening to that blather you’d stand up and shout hooray too.

  • Observer

    I’m trying to make it to midnight, but the NyQuil is winning…

    • Supper Powers

      I wish there was an app that made my phone go bananas when a new post is up. Flashing, alarms, jumping up and down, tapping me on the shoulder…

      • Baby

        Happy New Year Supper.. Your AVI is hilarious.. Yep Clams served up on a platter..

        • Supper Powers

          Happy New Year, darling! May 2017 be full of friends and love.

          • Baby

            Thanks Supper.. I have friends here.. on the Bunker.. That is all I need.

            My other friends live far away.. (IRL ) but the Bunkerues are the most comforting when I need them.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        There’s no app, but there’s this: “Subscribe to our e-mail list
        To join our email list and get updates on new stories, send a message to newstory@tonyortega.org

        It’s on the main page.

        • Supper Powers

          Not the same. I want my phone to shout at me with voices from the Bunker.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            That could be interesting – are you sure you would want to wake up to that..?

            • Supper Powers

              Hell yes!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

            • Supper Powers

              I want to hear Nola yell, The Community dark roast is ready! Who wants a cup?
              Baby: Is it 7:00 am already?
              Andrea: Good morning loves, new post is up!
              Etc. a cacophony of Bunker chaos.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              If Baby is up at 7 AM, it’s because she hasn’t gone to bed yet. Lol. But yeah, that’ll wake you up for sure.

            • salin

              That would be very cool!

          • salin

            And personalized. “Hey Supper” (iBetty)… “Check this out, Supper” (Rasha) … “Psst Supper – Did you notice that Tony said something – you know that if you don’t read and respond responsively, I am going to attempt to hijack with some silly response (Fly or Jimmy3 – alternating). I would *love* that app.

          • There is an app for that.
            IFTTT.com

    • When things go bokeh without the lens then it is time to go to bed.

      • Baby

        Happy New Year Eivol .. Glad to have you on the Bunker with us.. xo baby

    • Baby

      OH Obs.. sit besides me I’ll keep you awake.. or you can lay your head on my lap and I will give you a head massage..

  • Panopea Abrupta

    “A Golden Age of Knowledge Course Completion every 2 minutes”
    “A brand new auditor every 20 minutes”
    “Purification Rundown hours now surpassing the million mark for a single calendar year”
    “2.5 billion student points in the last year alone”

    “New Clears every 90 minutes” –

    dude, that equals a mere 5,840 per annum,
    A lie but a feeble one – he is as mathematically challenged as LRH.
    It means for 7.5 billion inhabitants of earth, it will take
    1,284,247 years for them all to go clear.

    Why is DM’s mouth so twisted when he talks?
    Because he can’t keep a straight face with all the lies he spiels.
    Watta clown!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abd7c27c228d177e8605def5d160d31954f53ba33e81de8d94f63646b901df35.jpg

    • Baby

      Happy New Year Pan to you and Mrs. Pan and your lovely Pan children.. Beautiful picture.. Did you carve the wooden treasures..? Beautiful. Love baby

    • What do they call that myceliated wood again? Sure is pretty.

    • salin

      Happy New Year, Pan. Your way with words, prose, syncopation used to express such clarity around what the cult – and its founder and current leader – are an art form. Deep appreciation.

  • Baby

    So Mac just went to bed.. So he came into my office and said..

    ” Going to bed Happy New Year! AND HE PECKED ME .. LET me repeat.. HE PECKED ME ON THE CHEEK.
    ( Like you would your Grandmother..not even your mother)

    I said.. ” OK go across the room and close your eyes and when you open them I want you to look at me like you haven’t seen me in a hundred years.. and walk toward me and …

    He interrupts me..and says.. ” I’m too tired to play this silly game.. ” I’m like.. ” DO IT FOR ME! ”

    So he goes across the room .. closed his eyes ..walked towards me and said..
    ” Uh you look pretty good for 170 years old..”

    So I smacked him in the arm and was laughing so hard I forgot the kiss..hahahhahaha

    • Snippy_X

      You guys are funny. Here’s some Bunker xoxoxoes instead. XOXOXO 😀 <3 Happy New Year, Baby!

      • Baby

        Yeah we’re a hoot Snippy.. ha
        Bunker xoxoxoes to you too honey.. and absolutely wonderful NY 2017 .. Love to Mr. Snippy too!

        • Snippy_X

          Thx will do.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Happy New Year, Snip – and to Mr. Snip.

            • Snippy_X

              You too JT and many more.

    • Just walk and sit around with no bra. And see what happens.

      • Baby

        I do that daily Dodo.. He would be more shocked if I wore one.. I should have been a stripper..I just know it.. I hate clothes..

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      I love Mac! He totally gets you. Love you, Lady-Baby 🙂

      • Baby

        He is truly the only man that does get me.. AND HE STILL STAYS.. I think it is because I don’t mind that he fishes whenever he wants too..

        love you too sweet baby girl.

    • salin

      Laughter. So underrated. 😀

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      It’s LUB!

      • Baby

        hahhaah Hi 3D.. I laugh in my head thinking how many people who come here think that is a real picture of you..hahhaha

        Happy 2017 .. xo love baby

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Ahem.

          According to Scientology, if they think it is true, then it is true.

  • salin

    Happy New Years, Dear Bunkeroos! I don’t post much – and often read the daily installment on the run. But I always read. Miss you and value you all, and this community as a whole, tremendously. Went looking for a New Years Eve 2016 sky scape – and found this amazing picture from the Lofoten Islands (Norway). The explanation (from Spaceweather.com) Both a beautiful display, and a cautionary explanation (see the Space Weather explanation.) http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=131897

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=131897

    Slamming the door on 2016 (the ugly – and also the beauty) and opening the door to 2017 with a mustered sense of hope. A toast to each of you for a bright 2017!

    • Liberated

      Thank you salin, but Johnny Tank has already treated us with a Norwegian landscape.

      Happy new year to you!

      • salin

        Did he show the fjord/butt shot again? lol. I now have my (norwegian) akavit ready to toast him (and in spirit my Norwegian relatives with he as my proxy.) Happy New Years, Liberated. I hope that in 2017 we may find the opportunity to cross paths.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          It’s waaaay down there, so may as well post it again, for those who didn’t see it (F5) Look me up if you fly across the ocean, and we will get together for lunch 🙂

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c43cc474247ec496e9c605ea5ef4eb63dd750f04c25eb5702959520173c1e06.jpg

          • Baby

            Oh Johnny.. beautiful picture of a beautiful man. Sigh.. Your heart is beautiful too. xo

          • salin

            I’ll swig the rest of my bit of akavit in honor of this! Great share, Johnny (the akavit and the pic)!

          • That’s what a humble man who’s got nothing to hide looks like.

          • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

            Thanks for re-posting, since I had no idea what y’all talking about..!

    • Baby

      Aww sweet piglet.. I was hoping you would stop by.. See no matter where you are in the world ..no matter how you are feeling ..

      We are there with you.. Some in front of you..and some behind you.. But we are there.
      Happy New Year 2017 to you too honey.. love baby f5

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f412f2ed1ecdee09a9a8f8324b7b9d3a9d094ddf38a9f0bb0c128243c01ef574.gif

      • salin

        *smiling, sniffling, and wiping away a tear of appreciation.*

        • Baby

          OMG.. I’m listening to Dodo’s song and read this at same time.. Now I am crying.. You have had it so rough.. You mean so much to me.. To all of us.

          Don’t ever forget that.. xoxo love baby

        • Love

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      I’ve only seen these kinds of clouds once before. I had to stop on the highway just to enjoy them for 10 minutes before I drove on. Very pretty.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Hello, hello to you! Glad to hear you are lurking about here.

      • salin

        I am perpetually lurking :D. Happy New Years D-cubed!

  • Fink Jonas

    Kathy Griffin on CNN live, just mentioned Leah Remini’s new show, and called it Riveting! and encouraged Anderson Cooper to watch it, love it, free ad, for a has been actress she get to be mentioned a lot doesn’t she?

    • Liberated

      I know, I love it.
      Kathy Griffin sticks it to the cult….she’s so funny!

    • Baby

      Happy New Year Fink.. So glad you joined us..xo love baby

      • Fink Jonas

        Thank you Baby, Happy New Years!

        • Baby

          ** Cursies..** I always love it when you come in..

          • Fink Jonas

            Ooh sweet am back again since this morning

            • Baby

              Well look at you.. 2 days in a row..ha xoxo

  • Baby

    You guys I am preparing you.. At Midnight I am posting Mariah Carey.. Because I posted it a couple of years ago or was it 3.. shit I lost track..

    But Howdy had a shit fit.. hahahhahaha .. Mr. Ramone himself hated Mariah..( Go figure) so I’m warning you. At midnight I am honoring Howdy.

    • Pezza

      Happy new year Baby! I’ll be dancing and rocking out to Mariah with you🤘🤘

      • Baby

        Hi Sweet P… Yay.. see I knew we were soul mates.. xo.. Did you have your pizza tonight?

        • Pezza

          ❤️ I did! At work we get pizza every Saturday. And I ended up getting a 20$ an hour gig cleaning up after some rich people for a party so it’s been a good day.

          • Baby

            shoot I would clean houses too for that.. I had Pizza too.. Thin Crust Double Ground Beef and Pineapple.. My favorite..

            Love you sweetie.. love baby

    • Supper Powers

      Thank you for the warning. I will take a Tums now.

    • Jimmy3

      Omg
      Your girl mariah is blowing this on live tv

      • Baby

        right now?

      • Jimmy3

        She just got caught lipsynching
        But not lipsynching

      • Baby

        OH Yay.. I see her Jimmy.. I don’t like this song though.. but I will keep it on.. OMG I hope I don’t look as lame as those people dancing to her..

        • Jimmy3

          Nah you dont understand. There were audio issues or whatever so while she was supposed to be singing she was just talking to the audience
          But her high notes were recorded and kept playing on cue

          • Jimmy3

            Plus i think shes drunk or stoned

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Nah, that’s just you.

            • Jimmy3

              Getting there

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Good for you 🙂

            • stillgrace2

              Dana Delaney is hosting TCM’s “That’s Entertainment” marathon and she’s drunk, too.

            • Baby

              hahahahah Grace Happy New Year sweetie.. with love from Baby

          • Baby

            hahhahaha .. shit I’m sorry I missed it.. Glad to see you honey.. Happy New Year to you..
            2017 comin up..

            • Jimmy3

              Happy new year babe

  • TheMirrorThetan

    That poor 17 yr old staff member. He looks pissed off and miserable. Don’t blame him.

    • Harmless Weirdo

      I know–I feel terrible for him, just looking at the pic.

      And the candles aren’t even on a cake; it’s a gift box. Being on staff, there was probably no time for him to sit down and enjoy a real celebration and cake.

      If your 17th birthday can’t be a happy one, kid, then may walking away the second you become a legal adult on your 18th birthday make up for it.

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Let’s hope he does walk away. That would be the best present he could ever give himself.
        The box is the final insult. “Here happy birthday, we couldn’t be f’ed getting you a real cake- that costs money. And we don’t want to waste the time going to the shop.”

        • Baby

          Happy New Year Kitteh..xoxox smooches.. babe

      • It’s probably the prop they use for all Sea Org birthday pictures to home.

        • Baby

          RM.. To one of my favorite Bunkerues.. Happy New Year Sweetie.. xo baby

      • Baby

        Happy New Year Weirdo.. smooches..xo

        • Harmless Weirdo

          Aww–thanks, Baby! And back atcha!

    • salin

      We have seen a picture of him before – also at a birthday at Ft Harrison. I don’t know if this is a repeat/old picture – or if he has had two consecutive miserable birthdays at Ft Harrison – in absence of his family. I am hoping it is a repeat – and that his next birthday maybe had a little more in-person connection.

  • Baby

    You know how people ( who don’t understand Mind control/ Brain Washing..Indoctrination talk about ” I’m too smart to join a cult..blah..blah.. blah.. This is a sign they put out.. f5

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/455321ece0a847348966ab46795c693ca0045e3d3d430427d22eb11c3db70126.jpg

    • TheMirrorThetan

      I’m gonna steal this one. Hi Baby. How are ya?

      • Baby

        Fabulous.. If you want it to look better I can.. I just ran it here.. but can clean it up for ya Kitteh..

        • TheMirrorThetan

          Thanks Baby. I will clean it up a little later. Happy New Year Baby!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Sending this one to my kids!

      • Baby

        hahaha Perfect D

  • I’m gonna stay up till midnight. It’s worth it. Beer, food, water.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Da!

  • L. Wrong Hubturd
    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Yay, it’s good to see you here tonight. Happy New Year! x

    • Happy 2017 my friend!

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Happy New Year, LWH!

    • happoy neyt ywear

  • We need more birds
    https://youtu.be/8GQ8wps-vrw

  • L. Wrong Hubturd
    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      The definition of desolate.

    • Baby

      Happy New Year Mr.

      Love you Long time..xoxoxo baby

      • salin

        I got distracted (below) from what is important
        … Happy New Years L Wrong!

    • salin

      Which Ideal Org property is this? It reminds me (though more desolate than before in was bought) of the building bought in the fall of 2015 in Florida (was it Orlando?) that Chukita found the auction site/action in the last hours of the auction for the building. If I recall the price jumped significantly during the auction – in an area where there are few active Scientologists – it would follow that there was no money to do anything with the building – but let it get more abandoned.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Future Orlando.

        • salin

          Pathetic. It barely resembles photos of the building when it was auctioned off a bit more than a year ago. All that money to acquire. Then – it appears – nothing but slow dilapidation.

  • Beth

    Happy New Year Bunker !!!!!!

    • Baby

      Happy New year Beth!xo

      • Beth

        Woo Hoo Baby xox !!!!

  • Baby
    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Loved the fun and music. thanks. I watched different channel. Loved seeing all the happy people on all channels.

  • Group Hug-Sway

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Are you about to topple from too many tipples?

  • Todd Tomorrow

    My Buddy works for a delivery company and the Ideal Org in my fine city got “A bunch of stuff…6 rotisserie chickens, cheescake..etc” this afternoon.
    “They were very nice”

    • Baby

      Hi sweetheart.. Happy 2017

      Well just tell him NOT to hang around too long..hahaha

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I told him they were just love bombing him.

        • Baby

          YES!

    • Liberated

      That’s probably the only food they’ve had in a month…must of been up-stat.

  • Jimmy3

    HAPPY 1957
    I STILL HAVE ALL MY TOES I CHECKED

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Knowing you you were probably born with an extra toe.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • salin

      You do know that you are welcoming a time before many of us were born. That sort of makes the metaphor not quite work. But I do get your point (and agree.)

      • Jimmy3

        Go back to 2016 if you want metaphors to work.

        • salin

          Damn. You got me, I don’t really want to do that. Happy New Years Jimmy3!

    • Baby

      I was 10 and waiting for all of you guys..

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Love you Baby Happy NY!

        • Baby

          We will have a great one!

    • What’sup

      Happy New Year, mate.

      • Jimmy3

        Damn you beat me to it. How do you like it so far? Is Henry Winkler still alive?

        • What’sup

          He Dead.

          • FredEX2

            No he’s not silly. I just checked. 😄

            • What’sup

              I know, just yankin’ J3’s chain.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Welp, thank the gods that’s over.

    • Baby

      You better get in here 5 … We are getting our party on.. Happy 2017

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        HNY to you, too, babes!

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Love you all my Champ just arrived. Laters…

  • What’sup

    This whole thread is so last year.

    • salin

      Until it wasn’t. 😀

    • Baby

      hahahhaa Happy New Year 2017 Sup..xoxo Love your new avi..

      • What’sup

        Happy New Year Baby Babes.

  • Supper Powers

    Hey y’all. TO put up a new post. Would you like to go over there?

  • Susan B.

    Happy New Year All! If you’re on the East Coast don’t ruin it and let me know how 2017 is. However if you are there and you want to savor some 2016 just let me know and I’ll let you know how it feels to still be here.

    BTW, I was perusing videos on YouTube and I found this one that has Pete Griffiths –see 4:31. I feel like I had a brush with fame? Or maybe not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPFFVOw2i94

    • Baby

      Happy New Year Susan.. xoxoxo love you baby

      • Susan B.

        Happy New Year Dearest! May you prosper and find joy in 2017!

        • Susan B.

          May Pete Burns rest in peace. I didn’t know anything about him until I watched this video. He suffered a great deal.

          edited for spelling -sb

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Neat, thks.

  • Liberated

    This is for Daisy…if you go thru the comments on the first, happy new year…love you!

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Hope she is enjoying herself.

      • Liberated

        Me too!

      • Liberated

        Just thought of this, why didn’t you leave your phone number in case one of us wants to give you a booty call.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          I tried that once before. Nobody called. Ruined my confidence completely.

    • salin

      Daisy, know we are with you in spirit (not in the weird thetan/externalization way), and wishing you a great 2017!

      • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

        Where is Daisy? ETA I noticed she wasn’t here, but don’t know where she is? Hopefully, Vacation!

    • MadisonAgain

      Happy New Year, Daisy, Longtime Lurker, THDE, Juicer, and all the other missing Bunker folks!

      • Liberated

        You read my mind.

  • PJK

    Happy New Year everyone. Sorry for posting this so late (it’s almost 9AM here), but when I got home this morning at 2:30AM from the New Years party my friends had thrown I didn’t feel up to much more than crawling in bed to get some sleep.

  • OOkpik

    Wheeee!
    We’re finally ringing in the New Year in Beautiful British Columbia.
    Happy New Year, eh?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ab8b4b01fce42b9ac6e7127607942ba9216f291d88bccbacd41de1e1f689d15.gif

    • MarcabExpat

      Woo hoo! Hope the morning after is treating you kindly 🙂

  • Missionary Kid

    As of January 1st, the French have the right to disconnect. It’s a lot different than the way Co$ describes disconnection.
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/31/507704720/french-law-giving-workers-the-right-to-disconnect-goes-into-effect

    • Bob

      MK, have a great 2017

      • Missionary Kid

        Same to you, Bob. May your year be even better than the last!

  • Xique

    Fantastic finale Tony! Hey btw, can I get a copy of the photo of you and Leah the Troublemaker , Mike, Mark, and John, in poster size,? Best photo of 2016! Happy New Year! And as always thanks!

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    Happy New Year all… little late, but love your comments and seeing the fun.

  • Bob

    Someone else may have already done the calculation. I’m commenting late. Miscavige stated that last year 26,208 new auditors were made. That’s more auditors than there are people left in Scientology. Sounds a like the tiny tyrant stretched the truth a little.
    And happy new year, bunkerites! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be a wild ride.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      He probably added on the first 26K for glory! haha!

  • ithilien

    Forgot to mention the constant reminders the clintons had been ‘good ‘ to scientology. We really dodged a bullet on that one

  • Hermesacat

    Miscavige’s voice at these large events always makes it sound like the venue’s a huge echo-ey
    granite cave instead of a modern theater with normal acoustics. It seems his sound techies are altering his voice with cavernous-sounding reverb effects hoping to suggest a “powerful presence”! Perhaps Miscavige watched the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” and was mightily impressed by the booming echo-ey voice of the Great Oz!
    Except, instead of risking being discovered as the little-man fraud behind the curtain, Miscavige decided he could pull off a more successful fraud standing 5’1” IN FRONT of the curtain. That way, he can be C.O.B., and keep L.R.H. behind the curtain as designated “Great Oz”, conveniently deceased, leaving C.O.B. as Big Cheese little dictator who gets to have a booming Great Oz voice at Scientology events. Pay attention to that little man in front of the curtain!

  • Sine qua non

    Ugh. Two hours of listening to Miscaviage drone on about Scientology “stats” (most of them probably pulled out of thin air-or perhaps somewhere a bit sludgier :-{ ) sounds even duller than my New Year’s Eve of watching other schools play in football games I don’t care about! As an added bonus, it cost me NOTHING to watch it (well, except for my outrageous Uverse bill, but I had to pay that anyway.)

  • BuberZionist

    I keep trying to listen to David Miscavige’s 2017 New Year’s speech, and keep falling asleep. Then I wake up during the part where DM is carrying on about Italian cooking schools. I cannot understand what Italian cooking schools have to do with Scientology, or how any events relating to them could be one of CoSs major accomplishments for the year.

    I also have trouble imagining that even the most fanatical Scio true believer gets excited about Italian cooking schools and wants to hear DM blather about them.