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To whet your appetite for season 2, A&E airing 2-hour ‘Leah Remini’ special on Memorial Day

 
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder are hard at work preparing season 2 of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. But in the meantime, A&E wanted to tide you over, and so the team has put together a 2-hour special that will look back at where Scientology has been and how it’s been exposed in the past.

We weren’t involved in the making of this particular special, but we’ve heard some names of some people who might be appearing in it. We’re hoping to confirm that soon. You can fit quite a bit into a two-hour show! As soon as we hear more about what’s in it, we’ll let you know.

The so far untitled episode is scheduled to air on A&E at 9 pm on Monday, May 29, after a marathon airing of Leah’s first season…

 

 
And there are other things coming we wish we could tell you about. This should be quite a summer and fall of Scientology exposes, and big news about upcoming projects. The dam has burst, and who doesn’t want to make a documentary about Scientology at this point?

 
UPDATE: We’ve got some confirmation on some of the people who will show up in the 2-hour special on May 29. Are you ready? How’s this great lineup: Australian television journalist Bryan Seymour, California attorney Ford Greene, University of Alberta Professor Stephen Kent, Rolling Stone journalist and Inside Scientology author Janet Reitman, our old pal and journalist Mark Ebner, and one of the stars of our book about Paulette Cooper, former Guardian’s Office volunteer Len Zinberg.

That’s good stuff.

 
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On eve of trial, Stacy Murphy wrongful death lawsuit settles

Oklahoma attorney Gary Richardson has settled another Narconon lawsuit without any of the evidence he gathered in discovery getting out to the public.

Stacy Murphy was a 20-year-old “student” at Scientology’s flagship rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, who managed to obtain drugs on a home visit. When she returned to the Narconon facility, she went into an overdose and died on July 19, 2012.

Her death was the third at the facility in only nine months, and it resulted in some intense press coverage at the time. Less than a year later NBC’s Rock Center highlighted the problems at the Narconon center, while lawsuits against other Narconon rehabs proliferated.

Richardson handled the wrongful death lawsuits of all three of the patients who had died at Narconon Arrowhead in that nine-month period — Gabriel Graves, Hillary Holten, and Stacy Murphy. All of them have settled, and in the meantime there has been no disciplinary action of any kind taken against the facility.

Several times when we spoke to Richardson about these cases, he told us that he was getting “fantastic” material in the depositions he was taking. But that evidence, as well as a state investigation that reportedly recommended that the Narconon center be closed down, never saw the light of day while the lawsuits were active.

By contrast, Patrick Desmond’s parents received a settlement from Narconon over the 2008 death of their son, which happened in Narconon Georgia’s unlicensed housing facility. But that settlement came after their attorney, Jeff Harris, had spent several years uncovering incredible documents and testimony exposing Narconon’s deceptions, which ultimately led to the Narconon Georgia facility being raided and shut down by law enforcement. Those documents that Harris made public became the basis for nearly all of the lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehabs in the years since. Settlements in lawsuits against Scientology itself were also obtained for clients of Texas attorney Ray Jeffrey, but only after those lawsuits produced damning and lasting court testimony (Debbie Cook) and press interviews (Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold). This time, as with Gary Richardson’s other cases, there’s nothing but the original complaints left in the court file that other families will be able to use.

We wish the best for Stacy Murphy’s parents, Robert Murphy and Tonya White, and we hope they got a large amount from Scientology.

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Actual caption: “Last week these awesome Registrars were awarded the famous Tampa colored heels for female Regs that hit their personal Highest Evers on Income!!!! VERY well done to Alexandria and Natalie!! Now all Tampa Day female Registrars have their own signature colored heels to wear in style”

 

 
Actual caption: “As you might well guess…the Pittsburgh City Office is onto its next project. We intend to put an electronic sign right here that will inform approx 40,000 drivers a day about Scientology in Carnegie PA!!! Find out how you can help by picking up your copy of Battlefield Earth today!!”

 

 
Actual caption from Pittsburgh, part two: “We have a mountain of copies of the LRH SCI-FI BATTLEFIELD EARTH available…Come In And Get Your Copy Today!!!”

 

 
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Countdown to Denver!

 

 
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center. Go here to start making your plans, and book your room soon!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,754 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,857 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,351 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,391 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,103 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 629 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,718 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,858 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,178 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,153 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 509 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,811 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 918 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,320 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,193 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 774 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,279 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,523 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,632 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 18, 2017 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, 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.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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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  • flyonthewall

    I understand what you’re saying, no need to get upset. All I’m saying is, it’s not necessary to poop every single day. You can skip a day and you’ll be fine. Might even make it better, build it up like.

  • Shivani33

    Here are some excerpts from a NewsOK article by Brianna Bailey, 1/22/17, titled “4 deaths in 3 years: Advocates wonder why drug rehab center’s still open.” Included are some details about two settlements out of court where the plaintiffs sued Narconon (Arrowhead) for fraud.

    “Lisa Gray, who sent her son to Narconon in 2011 to treat his alcohol problem, sued Narconon for fraud in Pittsburg County District Court. In her lawsuit, Gray claimed Narconon touted a 70 percent success rate, but the treatment of her son consisted mostly of sitting in a sauna, taking large doses of Niacin and filling out work sheets. The program employed no licensed therapists or counselors and staff were mostly other recovering addicts, Gray’s lawsuit claimed.” Lisa Gray dismissed her lawsuit after reaching an out of court settlement. Well, isn’t this a sickening, familiar story, but at least Lisa’s son is still alive.

    “Mary Cantu, the mother of a former Narconon client, also sued for fraud in 2013, claiming her son, Frank Cantu, left the program in the middle of the night in August 2011 after he witnessed one of his roommates at Narconon have a seizure.” And it gets worse. The next statement kills me.

    “Not feeling safe, plaintiff’s son left the facility and slept in a park until the plaintiff could rescue him hours later.” Mary Cantu also settled out of court. And her son felt safer taking his chances sleeping in a park. Good thing it happened to be August and not December.

    These are the lucky ones who lived through Narconon’s Arrowhead, but Briana Bailey’s NewOK reportage is very thorough and explains the frustrating loopholes keeping this hellhole open. Scientology deserves a worldwide reputation for exploiting the people who are the most in need of help and doing it for foul reasons.

  • WhiteCentauress
  • Glen

    It doesn’t seem like it has come up today and I understand not feeding the trolls or spotlighting disgusting behavior but I’ve had kind of a rough time dealing with yesterday’s cyber attack. Kudos to the bunkerites who quickly posted warnings so that people would not scroll down and see the awful imagery. I read Tony’s stories everyday and I scan the comments as much as I’m able. I guess yesterday I arrived at just the wrong time and walked into that cyber attack before I was able to avert my eyes.

    And it shook me up. I know, in theory, that these sorts of things exist but I’ve never seen it in real life before and it is uglier than I could ever imagine. Some people speculated that it was a group of cyber creeps that get off on creating a reaction so the best course would be not to react. Some said that if you allowed it to disrupt the community here it would be a win for the creeps. But this was a highly criminal act in the original behavior and in the distribution of such. I wish there was some sort of way to bring the criminals who showed up here to justice.

    I know others were traumatized as well and I don’t want to cause anyone further discomfort by bringing it back up but I’m just not over it. There was lots of support and good suggestions for dealing with it but none of them allowed for me to get a good night’s sleep or to erase the images from my mind. Don’t mean to rant or to be stuck in this but I wanted to at least get this much off my chest.

    • mandymarie20

      So sorry for those who witnessed it. I hope you all are ok. Very glad I was making supper at that time.

      • Glen

        I’m glad you were making supper as well. It was very disturbing but I (and others) will be ok.

    • TexasBroad

      I’m so sorry Glen. I was very upset just reading about it afterwards.

      • Glen

        Thanks, TexasBroad.

    • i’ve seen some dark things in my time and that creeped me out. try not to dwell on it and the imagery will eventually go away. we can talk about other stuff if it helps take you to somewhere nice …

    • Liberated

      It shook me up too, and I wish I could un-see it, but it’s gonna take awhile.
      If it helps to talk about it….then do. I’ve always considered talking about something traumatic a good thing..but that’s just me.
      Talk to me anytime. I’m sick people can do something this horrible and get away with it.
      I had never seen anything like it before – truly disgusting.

      • Glen

        I share your thoughts, Liberated.

        • Liberated

          This might sound silly but, try to find something to laugh at…even an old episode of Seinfeld, maybe the Simpsons..the more ridiculous the better.

          Laughing works wonders…it has helped me thru some tough times.

          • Glen

            Good suggestion but…..I can’t watch the Simpsons anymore. Nancy Cartwright has ruined them for me.

    • Jimmy3

      It’s not even trolling. It’s scumbag pedo shit and it’s criminal.
      And for those who may be watching and laughing about it as a prank, think of it this way: You possess it, you have easy access to it and you view it all the time. You are a scumbag pedophile, and you are truly disgusting.

      • Glen

        You are so right. I’m not an innocent in this world but I was just not ready, will not ever be ready for that sort of thing.

        • flyonthewall

          no, it disturbed me too, very much so

      • Observer

        I believe Interpol takes an interest in those who distribute child porn.

        • Glad I missed it. Sounds like some dark, dark shit.

          • Jimmy3

            I wasn’t here either, but as I could discern from the comments, it was a twisted version of the Gawker attacks. Which was a couple of bored teenagers. But even they didn’t use children. Fucking assholes.

          • flyonthewall

            it was evil. Not being dramatic either, just straight evil nightmare shit

          • Observer

            I have never been so glad in my life that I have Disqus media turned off.

      • Mick Roberts

        Yep. This right ^^^here^^^.

      • Chewkacca

        This has OSA’s peckertrails, I mean fingerprints, all over it. They waited for Tony to leave his house, and Tony couldn’t delete it using his phone, had to go back home to do it. Implies some kind of surveillance.
        UUUUUUUGH!

        • RexAinsfree

          Good point.

        • Jimmy3

          And they had no shatter. People were upset, but they expressed their feelings and moved on. So whatever it was, it won’t break the bunker.

    • gtsix

      Wait… what happened?

      • Glen

        I don’t really want to go into the details here but some horrible, vile imagery was posted here yesterday in a cyber attack.

        • gtsix

          Ok.

      • iampissed

        There are times when ignorance is bliss.

        • Mick Roberts

          Yes it is.

        • gtsix

          Respectfully disagree. But I’ve read enough below to be happy I was not around last night.

    • ombrifuge

      I am really pleased that I was asleep while all this was going on and only read about to after everything had been deleted. I noticed a comment by Tony that it happened while he was out and I just wondered if someone might have known he was out and posted that illegal stuff in order to the report that this site had illegal material on it?

      Edit – I should add that I am far from pleased for the people that did get to have to look at that stuff. I cannot imagine what it must have been like.

      • Robert Eckert

        Not at all an unreasonable theory.

    • Mick Roberts

      Nothing wrong with that. I don’t think any of us who were around to see it have ever seen anything as atrocious as that. Perfectly normal to still be disturbed about it. As J3 said below, they are going to have to live with themselves and the knowledge that they among the lowest, most vile humans alive for simply possessing and spreading that stuff.

      • Glen

        I agree they are the lowest of the low. I don’t think that if they could do something like this that they have any conscience or self-reflection or remorse. And it makes them perverted and dangerous.

      • balletlady

        People without souls & caring minds and hearts do that kind of terrible act…..they WANT to upset us, “get our goat’ because they know no other way to FACE THE TRUTH about what’s been going on for decades…..We are STRONG & our hearts and minds want GOOD THINGS for people!

    • UhLasare

      I’m glad you brought it up. I hated seeing it, and I’m horrified. And I hate that others had to see it. Praying for your peace, and all of us, and for the innocent.

      • Glen

        I’m sorry you had to see it too. Because we are basically kind, it’s hard to even imagine that this could exist in the world. It’s just not any part of our lives or thoughts. You and I will be ok. I just hate that there are some horrible people doing some horrible, damaging things. I hope they are stopped before there are any other victims. It’s hard to get it out of our consciousness because it is so awful and foreign. And for that I gladly accept your wishes for peace and hope for yours as well.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    Wow! Such a line-up of wonderful SPs for the 2-hour special on Memorial Day!
    Calls for a celebration:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8966cefee49824727ef922c6c46551234ee5174e106adacd52446c99fc20d3b6.gif

    • ze moo

      I love Patsy and Edwina!

    • Ella Raitch

      Ooooh bolly

  • iampissed

    Im literally in an area that if the corn is tall there is no reception…save me!

    • Mick Roberts

      Still haven’t been rescued from Iowa eh?

      • iampissed

        I’ll be here till Monday…..Try the liver.

      • Liberated

        I have a stupid ipad question, are you familiar?

        • (if Mick is m.i.a. and you need an answer, i might be able to help)

          • Liberated

            Ok…the battery symbol in the top right corner is the problem.
            I have 2 charger cords, and I noticed when it’s plugged into the long one the symbol is “black” and when I plug it in to the other it’s green – which is good.
            So, it’s obviously a bad cord. Went to Best Buy and bought a new one.

            Now that I’m home I plugged it in to the new one ..all good.
            I just plugged it in to the old one to make sure it’s really bad, and as soon as I unplugged…the battery symbol turns black and won’t charge.
            I immediately plugged back into the new one and it charges properly, but when I unplug it’s black again…like it’s not charging at all.

            Did I “break” it by plugging it in to the bad cord…even for a brief moment ?

            • it’s unlikely you broke anything by plugging in a bad cable. are you seeing the little “lightning bolt” symbol when it does charge? the battery icon will be black on a light background and white on a dark background.

              when you use the new cable everything is fine? green battery while charging?

            • Liberated

              Ok..I just did another test run with the new cable…when it’s plugged in…green symbol and lightning bolt..but when I unplug..no lightning bolt and it’s black.

              The guy at BB said..the battery symbol should be white when it’s unplugged..that’s normal.
              Now it’s not…I’m bummed.

            • ok, seems normal to me … when it’s unplugged it just tells you how much battery power is left (you can also have it show the remaining %) and it will change color depending on what’s in the background. open Settings … black battery?

            • Liberated

              Oh yeah…another thing that has popped up for awhile, ” undo typing”….cancel or undo.

              In settings it shows a green battery.
              I’ll figure it out…thanks for all your help.

              You’re one cool “duck”..

            • De nada, Libby. I’ve got your back. I’ve seen “undo typing” but can’t remember when it happens. I’ll pay more attention and let you know about that. The battery is fine and the guy at BB might just be, uh, a guy from BB ;P

              Here are my battery icons with 2 different backgrounds:
              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d05aa45408482e66960e8f752a76bef1b5438ca87b30b70ab067f5f8d0159b7d.jpg
              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5edc32ee3a51783444e933b027779a93f462f4c0b989f554bf4b0dfab573c05b.jpg

        • Mick Roberts

          Sorry I missed this Liberated. Kids had a Spring concert at school. I see Duck helped you though. Probably better too, since I’m not very knowledgeable about technology matters.

          • Liberated

            Nothing cooler than a dad that loves his children.
            Of course they come first….that’s the way it should be.

            I’ll figure out my problem…trial and error, story of my life.
            Why did I think you were a lawyer ?

            • Mick Roberts

              Not sure. I’m fascinated by the law, but I’m no lawyer. 🙂

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Only the tech can save you now… And how did you pull this in?

    • if you see Malachai, Isaac, or He Who Walks Behind The Rows, tell them i said, “what’s up” and RUN!

      • iampissed

        Your not helping.

    • mark
      • balletlady

        Reminds me of “Field Of Dreams….’I’m melting, I’m melting”>>>>Great Movie & NO what’s his name in it…..

        • mark

          I think Field of Dreams was filmed in Iowa.

    • gtsix

      Ahhh Iowa. Pig shit, corn and soybeans for miles and miles. Enjoy!

    • Liberated

      There’s reports of some “bad corn” floating around….people have had bad trips..man !

      Don’t ever touch the unshucked corn…stay away from it !

    • chukicita

      Behind the corn curtain!

  • Taffy Sinclair

    I’m Sitting in the chair at the salon, and my hairstylist has “heard of” scientology. She asks me to “fill her in!”

    I sometimes forget that other people don’t know what a sea-org is, or what Dianetics is, etc. I’ve spent the last 20 minutes chewing her ear off on all this stuff we are (sort-of) experts about.

    I think I just blew her mind!

    But she has heard that Thom Crooze is a lunatic.

    • iampissed

      Another bites the dust…hey, hey.

    • GfldedKim

      😂. I had the exact same convo with my hairdresser! I was surprised how most ppl really only know “the basics”…pun intended. 🤣

    • chukicita

      I only go to woke salons.

  • Times Square driver was high on synthetic marijuana (K2) when he slammed into pedestrians: report

    Authorities investigating the scene found materials that indicated Rojas has an interest in Scientology. He also told police that “This was the last day on Earth,” according to New York Daily News.

    Wirrrrrr as shreaders cut that link.

    • Observer

      A couple of tanker trucks of Macallan have been ordered…

    • If he did have an interest in Scientology, he would have been “rejected by a Church of Scientology center for failing to meet its standards of character and behavior”.

      ‘Preppie’ rejected by scientology October 5, 1987, Esther Pessin, UPI

      • chukicita

        Collateral in Scientology’s war against mental health.

  • TonyOrtega
    • Rasha

      WOOOO!!!!!! Hey, you guys!!! *waves*

    • Jimmy3

      That looks like Clearwater…

      • Rasha

        …because there are only 2 living individuals in the picture?

        • Jimmy3

          Hah! Nailed it

          • Rasha

            -_^

            • Rasha

              Nailgunned it.

            • Jimmy3

              That’s what I was hinting at. Work with me here, Rasha, and keep that thing holstered.

            • Rasha

              …slowly reholsters…..

    • TexasBroad

      **Waves madly**
      Always happy to see Paulette smiling! Have fun you two — and please, cause some trouble!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Look how beautiful she is. Hi, Paulette and TonyO!

    • mandymarie20

      Totally jealous. Hope you both have a ‘lovely time.

    • flyonthewall

      are you guys talking about me?

    • GfldedKim

      I am reading the book right now! So amazing. So sad. Such a strong woman. Thank you Tony for bringing it to us.

    • balletlady

      This is how you can really enjoy your life together once you LEAVE the damned cult! Have a wonderful time, I haven’t been in to NYC in a while…….ssssiiiiigggghhhhh…..

    • Liberated

      Paulette’s so cool…I just love her !

      • Taffy Sinclair

        She’s still got it!

    • chukicita

      Jelly!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    OT. I thought I would listen to some Soundgarden. Is it me or are kids these days really dull compared with us? And who goes to bed before midnight, anyway? F5

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5530b27cc544bb1f873af3f95c4d6cc3a42d5788712da7394764866ab10ec89d.png

    • mandymarie20

      Gotta agree with the boring. As to staying up after midnight, no question. Probably why you’ll see me in the Bunker in the wee hours of the morning.

    • flyonthewall

      you calling Soundgarden boring?? What song you listen to?

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Heh 😛 At the moment she was giving me a Whatsapp bollocking I was listening to this. She’s not the boss of me.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbBbFH9fAg

        • flyonthewall

          Ok, I can see that. That’s one of the big radio hits but it’s not indicative of their best work by far. Try this.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn5OIo4FuPc

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            I tried, I really did, but it’s too shouty! Please don’t unfriend me.

            • flyonthewall

              YOU DON’T LIKE SHOUTY HUH!?? I’LL SHOW YOU SHOUTY!!!!

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
            • Jimmy3

              Just set all this shit on fire
              http://youtu.be/62_0ZHhOo58

            • flyonthewall

              you know, it sounds crazy but I never got into Audioslave. Felt like, idk, like I was cheating on Zach *shame*

              eta – Seriously though, I’m just so use to hearing Zach’s voice along w/Tom’s guitar, when someone else is singing along with it, it doesn’t seem right to me. I don’t really like Prophets of Rage either. It’s weird.

            • Jimmy3

              Yeah tbh I respect the hell out of Chris Cornell, but this was always about Tom

  • daisy

    I seem to have a new follower called Jacobmichealtrue he has a dicey quote about hot young girls burning case. How can I get rid of him ?

    • Supper Powers

      I’ll take him.

    • flyonthewall

      why get rid of him? He loves you. How you get so many followers? I’m jealous

      • chukicita

        Look at the rabbits, Lennie.

        • WhiteCentauress

          “Catcher in the Rye”?

          • daisy

            Of Mice and Men.

            • flyonthewall

              Of Mice and Men

            • daisy

              Not to be confused with * Look at the flowers Lizzie * ( Walking Dead reference )

            • WhiteCentauress

              Thanks, sweet Daisy…😘❣️

          • chukicita

            Of Mice and Men

            • WhiteCentauress

              It’s only been fifty years since I read both….thanks!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      In your list of followers, click his name to open up his profile. See the row of 3 blue dots next to his name? Click them and you will have the option to block him. I’ve taken a snip for you to see what I mean 🙂

      F5

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc9b94ff23caea2d2e81209ae824d70d2c562ec0955ece576ea7b85ad89844ce.png

      • daisy

        Thank you. Yet another skill added to my repertoire of computer skills. I am assuming this is the troll from yesterday .

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          You’re welcome, flower 🙂

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Oh yuck, I do hope not, but I’ve reported him to be on the safe side. His tag line shows he’s completely dodgy for sure.

        • Observer

          No, they didn’t use their names, and what they used was in Spanish. Tony said their IPs were in Chile.

        • chukicita

          Nah, this guy looks like google Russian to English translations are his third or fourth language. Still, a skeery bastid, as my Scot friend would say.

        • WhiteCentauress

          Daisy, if you close/hide your comment thread, they can’t follow you.

    • Liberated

      He looks and sounds “sketchy”…..dump him !

    • Taffy Sinclair

      NO CASE ON POST!!! Irregardless as to how burning it may/may not be.

    • Are you on twitter? omg!

      • daisy

        No Just here. He had a weird quote about young girls so I thought he might be that guy but the consensus is no.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • Supper Powers

      I’ll take him, too. Why the hell not?

      • daisy

        LOL – I have had those nights too.

    • Liberated

      Isn’t that kind of like …hitting your head against a brick wall ?

      Yeah, but it feels so good when you stop !

    • daisy

      Nice to see Joe Piscapo working again.

    • Taffy Sinclair

      True Douchery. At it’s finest!

    • gtsix

      Um, where are the grammar and punctuation police? Golly jeepers.

      (Lighting the squirrel light on the roof).

      Oh Commodore, where are you? Where the fuck is target 2? Shouldn’t you be back in the Sea Org by now? Find a fucking body you CICS butterfly-chasing planet-around-running motherfucker. Get on post and start producing!

      (Lights smaller squirrel light)

      Captain Wee Davey, COB, RTC, your peeps need you! The grammar needs your editing skills. The punctuation… it enturbulates! There is only you! Bring Tommy, he can get the ethics in on sentence structure. (And of course Erin (or is it still good ole leave your ill downstat husband Lou?) with your scotch and smokes)

    • Okay, here’s Wayne. He just did 25 hours of “Review” auditing. Review is a corrective auditing that is done when earlier auditing is messed up. Wayne had to pay for the Review (even though it wasn’t he who messed it up).

      It was probably about $8,000 per 12 1/2 hour intensive. So for 2 intensives (25 hours total) he paid about $16,000.

      Wayne says he feels more able to go back to work. Wayne ‘needs’ to go back to work because he now has a big honkin loan to pay back.

      His wife and kids say they are happy he’s finished this ‘action’. Of course they are, he no longer is going into debt.

      Be happy Wayne there is plenty more “Review” auditing on the way when you cave in a few weeks later realizing you’re overloaded by debt. More “Review”, more debt. More debt, more “Review”.

      Happy Times for Wayne.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Interesting. I wonder if this is the Michael Phillips who is a field auditor from LA and brags about going all over the country to audit clams. Would they have him fly in to audit this guy because the Ocala mission’s auditors stink? I wonder what the extra charges are for that? Yeesh!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Wow, even in the CO$ ads you can’t find anyone who looks happy to get handed their crap!
    That’s the same look I had once, when I realized I’d just stepped in dog poo…
    (refresh)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/964a152d4546dee3b5c88503c69c9339ea531efd3bc9c635a3628beb1a4c4f9b.png

    • Taffy Sinclair

      I’ve seen Caldor ads that looked happier. Hand to Xenu!! Caldor Ads!!!

    • Observer

      Haha, the guy looks like he’s recoiling in horror!

      • Sherbet

        She looks a little disconcerted, too.

    • gtsix

      Were they going for the “horror at what they’re reading” look? Because they nailed it, for reasons they’ll not understand.

      • chukicita

        “Wow…
        …………thanks…?”

    • Most Scientologists are able to fake happiness a lot better than that.

    • April

      The lady has a “what the fuck is this?!?!?” look on her face.

  • chukicita

    Colored heels for the spiritual achievement of sales quota!

    • Taffy Sinclair
      • chukicita
        • Supper Powers

          This and clowns scare the shit out of me!!!!

          • chukicita

            OH don’t get me started on clowns. You seen the trailers for the new “It?”

            • Supper Powers

              No! I would run from the room in terror!

            • chukicita

              Someone close to me is affiliated with it. I won’t say more here. But I told them, I can barely stand the trailer, and I’m sorry, you know you have my unwavering support and I know it will be great but there are not enough Depends and there is no way in hell I am watching that whole movie.

            • Supper Powers

              Yeah, no friendship or love is strong enough to take on clowns! Hell no!

            • chukicita

              Gotta draw the line somewhere.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            You suffer from coulrophobia too!?!?

      • Supper Powers

        Running everywhere in those things sounds fabulous!

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        What heels?

    • Juicer77

      What the h—?? These women don’t have money to buy tampons but let’s strut them around in heels??? I am so offended by this.

      • chukicita

        Oh we should do a drive to send hygiene products to Scn staff members. It would be a kindness.

        • Juicer77

          It’s been proposed before. But I don’t know of any way to get supplies to them that 1) wouldn’t be intercepted and 2) they would accept from SP’s.

          • chukicita

            I’d love to just pull up in front of an org and pop the trunk, having boxes of tampons, razors, soap, toilet paper, socks, snacks…I have friends who do this in areas with high concentration of homeless folks every weekend.

            But you’re right, it would be so “out-exchange.”

            • Juicer77

              There aren’t enough upvotes for your awesome friends.

            • Juicer77

              Maybe if we dress up in yellow tee shirts….? Nah, they’d NEVER buy that!

            • chukicita

              Hey, it’s a thought… Volunteer Menstrual assistance…

            • Juicer77

              Snortle

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Too sad to Bunker today. Ben was in the band. I taught him how to write a check. He wrote this. Chris sang it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBtnto5jDRY

    • Supper Powers

      Aw. Whassamatter?

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Chris Cornell’s death. Sucks.

        • Supper Powers

          Oh, I see. I guess I view suicide differently than most.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            How do you view it? Just curious?

            • Supper Powers

              This applies to people over 30ish only. Someone being in control of their situation. Having agency despite having depression. I don’t think it’s an easy choice or one comes by without tremendous effort to minimize their suffering. It’s a deeply personal decision. I only know of two others who see it this way, too, so I’m not expecting a standing ovation. I also don’t want to start an argument or insult others.

            • flyonthewall

              do you have agency if you have depression? Seems like a contradiction

            • Supper Powers

              Yes.

            • flyonthewall

              if you have a mental illness then how are you making rational, free choices though?

            • Supper Powers

              I’m not discussing this further. I answered Todd’s question. If you don’t like my answer that’s ok. I’m not explaining further.

            • flyonthewall

              I win, you lose

            • Supper Powers

              Yeah, that’s exactly it.

            • flyonthewall

              I know

            • Puget Buckeye

              And until you’ve dealt with that “dark passenger” day in and day out, I don’t think anyone is in any position to pass judgement.

            • Juicer77

              ^^^

            • Observer

              Even so, it’s a terrible tragedy for those who loved him.

            • Jimmy3

              Suicide may be a personal decision, but it’s not personal damage. What about the people who love you and care about you? What about the people who depend on you? I went to a wake not so long ago for a high school friend who’d hung himself. Two year old son and a six month old baby girl lost the father they’ll never know. And the last I spoke with him he would go on and on about how proud he was to be a father. So what the fuck? You didn’t want to be there for them?

              Yeah. I don’t think it’s personal.

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              And it makes future suicides in the family more likely. It leaves a tragic legacy that the survivors have to deal with for the rest of their lives. That’s a burden no one, especially their kids, should have to carry around.

            • daisy

              I am sorry about your friend Jimmy. It is devastating to families. The emotional carnage it it reeks is horrific. Suicide doesn*t happen in a vacuum it affects everyone around that person.

            • Jimmy3

              He was a good guy at heart, and no one saw it coming. If people would be more open about their depression, it can be helped. Whether it’s through professional treatment, or just reaching out to people to talk. It does help.

            • daisy

              I am glad mental illness in general is being talked about. When you are in a pit of blackness it is almost impossible to see the light . Depressed people can be adept at hiding how they are feeling. The signs are not always there or easy to read. The guilt of families can last forever.

            • Jimmy3

              You are preaching to the chair.

            • daisy

              * Do you feel lucky ? Well do you punk ? *

            • Jimmy3

              People like you do help. 🙂
              You remind me of this song
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY

            • Jimmy3

              Naw, I’m just playing, that just came up on youtube autoplay and I couldn’t resist linking it.

            • daisy

              Good I am no good with murky symbolism. I can stop trying

            • Jimmy3

              Would’ve been better if I just let you try to figure out some sort of meaning.
              Because there is one that you’ll never find…

            • Juicer77

              This.
              Hugs.

            • daisy

              I am not going to argue , I just do not know what you mean . I have never heard the term agency. I think suicide can leave people angry , if that is what you mean. It can seem like a very selfish and cowardly act .

            • Supper Powers

              It means having control over your own actions.

            • Juicer77

              I hear what you are saying but, as someone who has fought both depression and anxiety, my viewpoint is different. When mental illness clouds thinking, it’s like seeing the world through the wrong end of a telescope. Everything narrows down to just sadness or fear. It’s certainly not having “agency” over one’s situations or actions. The big picture is impossible to see. Just my two cents.

    • GfldedKim

      So sorry for your loss Todd. It is very sad. So young.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • chukicita

      It’s RIVeRsIdE COuNtY, not Hemet!

      #inb4Kestrel

  • flyonthewall

    Maybe this is more your taste @i_Betty:disqus ? You will like Chris Cornell I command it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn219GcVV5A

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Yes, I really, really like this. Lots 🙂 Now will you please re-friend me?

      • flyonthewall

        ok but only on a probationary basis

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          I’ll take it.

          Night, Fly. Please don’t shit in my fruit bowl 😀

          • gtsix

            Do you even know him? Maggots everywhere!

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Dirty, dirty boy!

    • JaxNGold

      Ohhhhh — one of my all time favorite songs. Nice.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Hmm…I looked at the data and I’m wondering if handing out CO$ pamphlets improve crime rates, then how come those CO$ strongholds for decades, SoCal & Clearwater, are in red zones. That’s gotta be proof that LRH’s bunk doesn’t work.
    (refresh)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b6aa7bff6552cf432af787f29f83e73245e8ce93bcb02df2250d77097b4376ce.png

    • WhiteCentauress

      Says a lot….

  • Observer
    • WhiteCentauress

      😂💦

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Bell Biv Devoe cover-band? 😀

  • I only knew Chris Cornell through his songs.
    Since he IS his songs, I feel like I know him very well.

    Amazing voice, amazing talent. Infusing metal with so much heart, meaning and soul.
    And so much more.

    Sharing your existential struggles and joys in the best artistic ways possible.
    For so long. Yet not long enough.

    Helping me and so very many others to deal with it all..
    Thank you. I love you, dear brother. Fly high or sleep sweet forever.

    Rest In Peace, Dear Chris Cornell. Later. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cdfe803491717deafba3100486d95b17daf9dfa31fd200cd32817013b5ea5f96.jpg

    • flyonthewall

      Dodo, Andrea said she doesn’t like Soundgarden. I’d appreciate it if you told her she’s wrong. Thank you

    • GfldedKim

      My gawd. He is stunning. 💔

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Really. Extraordinary eyes.

    • Puget Buckeye

      I just got home from work and naturally, Seattle radio is playing a lot of Soundgarden. A memorial has popped up at Magnasun Park Sound Garden sculpture. The Space Needle will go dark tonight. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some sort of tribute or mention at the start of tonight’s Mariners game. A sad day in the Emerald City.

      • They were working on the new album. Oh man.. So very sad. Love

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Goodnight Bunker

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      N’night, Eiv, and n’night from me, too 🙂

      • How can it still be night for you? We’re 6pm here so you must be nearly Tuesday over there.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          It’s 02:06…tick…02:07. To bed! x

  • In the good off topic news, my good friend (single father) and his son got approved for health insurance.
    Made my day.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Is this the young boy your son was playing with for the first time? Good news for them. Glad.

      • No, but am equally happy. This dear friend and his son are never-ins.

    • Liberated

      Aww..
      What’s new Dice ? You can’t believe how hot it is here.
      Up to 86° today…that’s Fahrenheit to you.

      • Yeah i heard and its like 68 here. What a jump start 🙂

        • err… 82,4

        • Liberated

          I’ll take 68°….that’s good.
          Plus, it’s getting ready to storm!

  • Lol – Prank calls (don’t sign up, just listen) https://www.emp3s.co/mp3/voulebard-prank-calls-scientology-fail.html

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • Ella Raitch

      Tipnes > just the tip > penis.

      I see his name and think of a penis (circumcised…is that strange?)

      Are penises allowed to be FSMs?

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        !! His name is an ACTUAL ANAGRAM OF PENIS. Thank you, Ella!

        • Mick Roberts

          And I bet he can be a real dick….

        • Taffy Sinclair

          Andrea, get yr slutty mind outta the gutter!!!

          Actually? Don’t. I like a likewise mind. Peace, gorgeous!!! You are a Queen!!

      • Liberated

        His name sounds made up…like a bad tv show from the 1970’s.

        Vic ( just the tip ) Tipnes…..P I..!

      • Taffy Sinclair

        What’s a FSM?? I must know!!

        • Ella Raitch

          Field Staff Member – publics who get commission for dragging other public to services (basically profiting by feeding off other Scientologists)

          • Taffy Sinclair

            Ahh!! I’m learning all the LRH abbreviations he loved so much.

            BTW, I only recently figured out what your name meant. Well played, my friend!! I love the Kool avatar, and the name is gold!! (not Gold base, but golden!) Your name is as cool as Ze-moo’s!!!!

            • RexAinsfree

              I only just figured it out today, too! I agree: cool avatar and double-cool name 🙂

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Fuck yeah!! Ella Raitch AND Ze-Moo

            • RexAinsfree

              Don’t look now, but I only just got ‘Ze-Moo’ after you pointed it out!
              I thought it was for the avatar being a French cow saying “Ze Moo”.
              LOLz XD

            • Ella Raitch

              I’ve been posting here for some years and hadn’t realised the Ze-moo until recently! Funny how we just take things at face value.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Yr a bad-ass bitch, Ella!! BTW, my “step-grandaughter” is named Ella! Do you luvs it??

        • Liberated

          Field Staff Member….if you get a person to sign up for a service, doesn’t matter what service, the person gets paid.
          I forget the percentage but, some people have made a lot of money “regging ” people to sign up.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Some deeply moving words from Vick. “Dreaming and being pretty” – incredible 😀

      F5

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a815335226ae5fed2e3fa406dfec96eba83abcfb17b39fe9b37b66ac0c3d688.png

    • gtsix

      Congratulations Michelle. You have given away 5 grand or so.. Smart smart… oh, nope. Do you know how to google? Obviously not. Very well done steak.

    • 15% commission for training and 10% for auditing.

      • Robert Ramsay

        Mick McCoy == FSM == $$$$ ! 🙂

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Wow, thanks very much, Phil 🙂

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    FYI – If you ever wondered how much $$ it takes to send your little clam to a CO$ school in Las Vegas and where to get that money…
    (refresh)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ce5f925fa49b3c6e5e2641122c45ec1b33f6aa79e73a8d99e57892366b13a77.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33a4a670d13b880aab937eafefddf8b96c21e4fbf990c373b8558cc7b22de4c2.png

  • RexAinsfree

    Zounds! I just read the update about who will be showing up in the May 29th two-hour special on A&E!
    Consider my appetite whetted 😛

    • Ella Raitch

      Upvote for ‘zounds’

      • RexAinsfree

        Ten Q, Ella Arra Aecha 😉

        • Taffy Sinclair

          Keepin’ shit Spanglish! Very nice!!

  • Taffy Sinclair
    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Except ANTHONY had actual power over MEST.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        yes, and more YES!

    • mandymarie20

      Can’t we just send him to the cornfield already?

      • Taffy Sinclair

        yes. Fuck, yes!

  • WhiteCentauress
    • RexAinsfree

      Mmm-mm-mmmm delicious!

    • This is cool.

      • WhiteCentauress

        Thanks, Dodo. They deserve every honor. Real heroes…

  • Storm Chaser

    All these deaths of young people associated with the CofS and its front group Narconon… such a tragic and senseless loss of lives. *smh*

  • WhiteCentauress
    • Taffy Sinclair

      1.1

    • daisy

      This made me laugh soo hard . Dogs smh

  • WhiteCentauress
    • Mick Roberts

      We should all take up a collection for our former members here on the Bunker and buy them all T-shirts that say “I quit Scientology! Ask me how!”

      • WhiteCentauress

        I might shoop that idea if it’s okay with you. I’m running low on ideas here….LOL

        • Mick Roberts

          Sure, shoop away.

      • MostEthicalPimp

        I for one would wear the SHIRT!

    • Chee Chalker

      Who has two thumbs, a creepy grin and is brainwashed?
      This guy!

  • WhatAreYourCrimes

    LRH is a shitty author, and his books make great pig sty bedding.

    All farmers in my area agree, the pigs love him!

    • Right in the feels, brother. How you doing?

      • I am sad. How are you?

        • Very sad. Been a rough day on top of a rough week. Finding the right words has been difficult for me, lately.

      • My Mom and Chris took the same route. They can’t escape my heart though.

    • daisy

      First time I have ever heard of him. What a beautiful song and voice . I am sorry Dodo , I am sure this brings up sad feelings

    • TheMirrorThetan

      I just watched his Billy Jean cover too. He had such a great voice. Goddamn it.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      *hugs* for you Dodo. I’m sure this wasn’t an easy day for you. I’m still not ready to listen to that song put thanks for posting the link so I can find it when I am. ❤️

  • Liberated

    Jeffrey Tambor is on Seth Meyers….man, I’m hoping he says something about CO$.

  • mandymarie20

    Making sure I have Leah’s show DVR’d on my Direct TV and saw the following:
    1. There is something called “Special Sneak Peek” – Tuesday 5/23 at 8:56 pm central, with a replay Wednesday 5/24 at 12:59 am central. It says it’s a preview of the upcoming two hour special
    2. The special listed for Monday 5/29 at 8 pm central and Tuesday 5/30 at 12:03 am central. There is no description, but it is titled, “Merchants of Fear”. By those people listed above, I imagine it will focus of intimidation tactics Scientology uses. Really excited to see it.
    The fact that they are doing a tide me over episode definitely speaks to the popularity of the series. I hope it keeps going and it wasn’t seen as just a novelty or fad. It’s really good.

    • Liberated

      Yes, it’s great. The cult says Leah’s just “a bitter apostate”…out for money. Ha !

    • RexAinsfree

      Thanks, mandym, I’m making notes.
      “Aftermath” is doing so great at getting the word out as to what a mind-fook and how destructive $camentoLOL is.

  • Fink Jonas

    The body routers are busy hunting pray at Hollywood Blvd, one of them got mad and went out of script to tell me “this world is too dangerous to not be pushing our philosophy I hope is not too late for you to find out” but they are hunting the most naïve, the people that is already good people…how come they don’t grind on the criminals, the real criminals, Narconon sure isn’t doing crap, so what branch of Scientology is really working?

    • Snippy_X

      They are good at training people to lie. Oh wait, no they don’t even do that right.

      • Fink Jonas

        Maybe they don’t even know they are lying, or are they aware they are lying?

    • Liberated

      Criminals are broke, that’s why.

      • Fink Jonas

        good, so I don’t feel that bad having told him “you guys are only after money” and that’s why he got mad he was trying to hook up my visits from out of town passing by, good people not need to try to put them thru the scientology grind so I interrupted his ARC build up.

    • chukicita

      Criminon? Nope. It just offers convicted criminals a different life of crime.

  • Newiga

    POTUS bitching and moaning about persecution and witch hunts kinda reminds me of this group I know… -_- Also, I think Nelson Mandela would have a thing or two to say about who’s persecuted and who is not.

  • FILMPGH

    Well, this Pittsburgh location is quite bizarre. It isn’t even in Pittsburgh but an outlying very downmarket low income residential area. It’s one of those places you try to avoid when traveling about the city. Pretty high crime rate. They must be resigned to making it look like a significant presence with smoke and mirrors and nothing else, because this is not or even near a moneyed area where they could find marks with big spare change.

  • ombrifuge

    Just found this article, on the BBC News website, about what $cilons will be protesting against in San Diego: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39961472

    • Missionary Kid

      Gee, what’s their “cure” for autism? A “baby watch” wouldn’t work for these kids.

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        It worked for Jett Travolta…oh, wait…

  • TheMirrorThetan

    The 2 hour leah and mike special sounds like it is going to be great.

  • TheMirrorThetan

    O/T. RIP Chris Cornell. He had such a wonderful voice. He was one of a kind.

    https://youtu.be/725iONdAu9Q

  • dreamcatcher

    kind of funny…..
    https://www.facebook.com/iqbasel/posts/1453329911354539
    $cio in Basel boasts (and complains) how in LA $cio brought Gangs together (see http://tonyortega.org/2016/07/21/scientology-goes-shopping-for-a-new-top-cop-in-la-and-a-new-video-from-chris-shelton/ ) and how german speaking media did not cover it (because ‘it doesn’t fit the one-sided reporting by the media’). Desparation much?

    • iampissed

      Boasting and complaining at the same time….sounds about right.

  • iampissed

    Boy this is a first for me I’m up before the new post is.

  • iampissed

    Ok the news from Iowa. It rained a lot last night, thunder the whole Midwest thing. I can still
    report no mission sightings but dam I’ll keep looking. May have found a covert CC for the
    downlow Midwest celebs, I’ll take pictures later and you can tell me what ya think, they have
    a salad bar.

  • iampissed

    New post up…ask and ye will receive. Thanks Tony!

  • ithilien

    Those are drag shoes from the TV shop What size are they 14, 15?

  • Bert Allen

    I know Ford Green’s story, which will be revelatory regarding the Fair Gaming of opposition attorney’s. Another great attorney to interview from the 1990s would be Charles O’Reilly if he could be located.