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This new image of David Miscavige makes years of Scientology Watching all worth it

We want to thank a reader for sending us the latest Freewinds magazine, which contained the absolute gem you see here.

In the last couple of years, Scientology leader David Miscavige has been showing up more often in church publications looking like he’s sitting for a Vanity Fair photo spread. But this shot really takes the cake. It’s part of an issue of the magazine which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Sea Organization.

Yes, it was in 1967 that L. Ron Hubbard first assembled the force that would become the hardcore inner elite of Scientology, and to mark the occasion, Miscavige went down into the engine room of the Freewinds to pose for this hunky snap.

(We can practically hear all of those former Sea Org members who spent unhappy hours cleaning the Freewinds engine room as punishment throwing up a little in their mouths about now.)


And yes, note the wedding ring, prominently displayed, for his poor bride Shelly, who for 12 years he’s kept out of sight at a small Scientology compound in the mountains above Los Angeles.

Other crew members were similarly posed for dramatic shots. Doesn’t life at sea look fun?


Scientology may be shrinking, and its press never worse, but Dave still knows how to put together a slick magazine. And boy, was this worth the wait.

Here’s the full 2-page spread of Dave’s historic visit to the engine room…


(More photos from the issue appear below.)


Kay Rowe’s book is for sale


Kay Rowe let us know her book about her 37 years in Scientology is now available for purchase at Amazon.

Here’s how she describes it…

In a billion years I never thought I’d get involved in a cult, let alone sign a billion year contract with one and stick with it for 37 years. The most oft questions I have been asked are “Why did you get involved in the first place?” and “What took you so long to finally get out?” I am confident that you will find the answers to both of these questions and many more in the pages within. This is not just my memoir, but a story that needs to be told of harsh abuse, medical neglect and voracious greed all under the banner of a religion which claims to be saving this planet and the universe. From my early days getting involved in Scientology in Santa Barbara to joining the elite Sea Organization and slaving for pennies a day, there are no stones left unturned. I was a pawn in the Church of Scientology’s money making machine and this is my story.


Bonus items from our tipsters


We hope to get more dispatches from our various correspondents who will be keeping an eye on this weekend’s festivities. As always, we’ll be curious to know if Tom Cruise makes the IAS scene, and with his big medal.

Now, for more fun stuff that showed up in the most recent issue of Freewinds magazine. We were thrilled to see a photo of David Brier, and to learn that he has completed OT 8. Some of our oldtimers might remember David’s hilarious “Yo, Baby” routine in a video inviting Kansas City Scientologists to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Ideal Org for some kind of summit. What a card.


Here’s Brier doing his “Yo, Baby” routine, to remind you…


Hey, FBI, here’s a map, for Xenu’s sake. What more do you frickin’ need?


The magazine also featured some OT 8 poetry. We’re not kidding.


OK, now this last one is really bizarre, and we’re asking for your help. This photo of a woman swimming with dolphins was on a page in the magazine promoting all the fun you’ll have on the Freewinds. But it really gave us a start. We’re sure we must be wrong, but that sure looks like Michele Fiore to us. Can someone tell us whether Fiore has been swimming with dolphins lately, and whether she’s connected to Scientology in some way? We have serious doubts on that score, but still, it’s her spittin’ image.

UPDATE: Um, wow. Turns out we were right, and thanks to the quick work by one of our readers who found this item. That is a photo of Las Vegas city councilwoman Michele Fiore swimming with a dolphin. So now the question is, did Scientology simply rip off this photo for their spread on the fun times at the Freewinds, or was Fiore actually taking part in a Scientology outing? We’ve sent her office a message, hoping to find out.


UPDATE: Reports from our correspondents at the IAS annual gala are starting to come in…

Super shooper Mark!

“First mini bus has arrived and it’s empty.”


“This is Mike, head of security at St Hill. We’ve known him for 3 years and get on really well with him. He’s professional, a bit scary when he needs to be, and really good fun.”


“The first mini bus with real humans has just driven through the gates!”



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,894 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 40 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,103 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,877 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,651 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,997 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,491 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,531 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,243 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 769 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,858 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,998 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,318 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,293 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 649 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 4,951 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,057 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,460 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,333 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 914 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,419 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,663 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,772 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 6, 2017 at 07:00

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