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Scientology TV goes live tomorrow at 8 pm Eastern on app, DirecTV

Last night in Clearwater, Scientology leader David Miscavige revealed that Scientology TV is now an app which is downloadable for both Android and Apple systems, and that programming will begin streaming on the app, and at DirecTV, tomorrow night at 8 pm Eastern.

L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles, meanwhile, has been blocked off at the southern end so that a celebration can take place there when the network goes live Monday night.

Also yesterday, Rod Keller spotted that a billboard in Miami was advertising that Scientology programming will show up on DirecTV channel 320…


For now, DirecTV’s channel 320 is showing infomercials unrelated to Scientology. We sent an email inquiry to AT&T media relations asking if that channel would begin showing Scientology programming, and we’ll let you know if they get back to us.

For now, the app is showing a countdown until Monday night and advertises Scientology TV’s twitter feed, which had not yet made any tweets last night (see above).

Some screenshots of the app that some of our readers posted in the comments late last night…


Well, we’re that much closer to Scientology TV, and we’re pretty excited to see what kind of reaction streaming Scientology propaganda generates!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled Sunday story from Rod Keller…


Scientology at its most crass: The cutthroat competition of ‘The Birthday Game’

Yesterday, Scientology celebrated L. Ron Hubbard’s 107th birthday in an event at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. The video will be edited and shown at orgs and missions around the world this week. If you’re a public OT, you better be there or have a very good excuse. Failure to attend the event could come up the next time you visit the Flag Land Base, and that is a frightening and potentially costly possibility. You really need to see the video and celebrate Hubbard’s birthday in the traditional Scientology method, with statistics. The winners of the Birthday Game were announced, a contest that pits orgs and missions against each other in a horse race-themed celebration of how much money each can bring in.


[South Coast mission in Lake Forest, CA is decorated with jockeys and checkered flags]

[2017 cake at the Budapest org]

The trappings of the birthday event are jockeys, checkered flags, and birthday cakes. Every year the winners of the Birthday Game are announced, with rules written by L. Ron Hubbard in 1982.


Advanced orgs compete against each other, orgs against orgs, missions against missions. Points are assigned for orgs who increase their stats and move up their condition, from Normal to Affluence to Power. Points are also awarded for completion of a variety of courses and completions. Scientology statistics are reported up the chain of command each week ending on Thursday at 2 pm, and those with the most total points by the birthday event wins the game.


[New York’s warning: “If you’re not planning on being there, we’re sorry to hear that — For your sake.”]

In recent years it’s always a new Ideal Org that wins the birthday game. This year the contest is between Valley and Denmark, and publics at each are being urged to pay for a course and donate to the IAS before it’s too late. It’s a tacit admission that the older Ideal Orgs have slowed down and don’t stand a chance of winning.


[Perth CF needs to be done by the 13th.]

[Filing at Washburn Academy]

The date is also significant for upcoming Ideal Orgs. Perth and Orlando have each been ordered to have their central files in order by the 13th. Perth is telling their publics that they are behind schedule. Orlando is also desperate to finish, and two shifts of children at the Scientology-run Washburn Academy in Clearwater have been recruited to finish the filing.


L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday is one of the most important events on the Scientology calendar. The announcement of Scientology TV may have been the highlight of the evening, but for orgs and missions near the top of the standings, the real drama is whether or not they will win the Birthday Game and walk off with the traditional jockey trophy.

— Rod Keller


Make your plans now!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,050 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,653 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 196 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,259 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,033 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,807 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,153 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,647 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,687 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,399 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 925 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,014 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,154 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,474 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,449 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 805 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,107 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,213 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,616 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,488 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,070 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,575 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,819 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,928 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 11, 2018 at 07:00

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