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The Ideal Org grift isn’t complete until Scientology’s ‘Birthday Game’ is won

[Denmark Org displays the cup for winning in the EU continent]

Rod Keller continues to take apart David Miscavige’s ‘Ideal Org’ strategy for us…

As expected, (San Fernando) Valley org won the annual Birthday Game contest this year. But the runners-up still get jockey trophies, as Denmark won for Europe and Melbourne won for ANZO. Only newly opened Ideal Orgs have won the overall title in recent years, and our money is on Dublin to win next year. Ireland’s capital previously had only a small mission until money and staff poured in from around the world. Scientology seems determined to make Dublin a success.


[Melbourne Org won ANZO]

Orlando and Perth were both pushing hard to complete their Ideal Org filing project by L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday. Both missed the target, but should still open their Ideal Orgs this year. Orlando’s filing is being done in Clearwater, and the grand opening is scheduled for late April.



The push to recruit staff intensifies as an Ideal Org opening approaches. Bringing in staff from far away is common, and publics can be asked to donate frequent flyer miles or donate to retire a debt that allows a recruit to arrive.

My name Adi. I am a Scientologist muslim and IAS lifetime member from Indonesia. Since 2016 I have been helping introduce Scientology into the Muslim community here in Indonesia, starting with a Way to Happiness campaign. Because of my efforts, in 2017 I got the honour of coming to Australia to study Life Improvement Courses in both Perth and Sydney Churches.

Now I am joining staff for Perth Ideal Org and coming to Australia as soon as possible. For me to arrive I have to close out my cycles in Indonesia. This includes completing my university studies which is very important and a point of trust with my parents before I leave for 5 year contract. At this time all I have left is paying my expenses at the university. This will cost me $600 that I do not have. The economics of Indonesia make this a big challenge and takes too long.

I really need your help to make my dream come true with your donation to make it possible for me to arrive. If you cannot do all of this, perhaps some portion of it. Contact me and I can arrange to receive funds. Contact Karl ( on the Perth Ideal Org Establishment Mission to verify that I really am me and that this is true.


[Ivan Arjona Pelado hosts representatives of international human rights groups in Geneva]

We recently reported on a Scientology event at the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland. OSA member Ivan Arjona Pelado organized the event to put pressure on Russia and Hungary for their investigations into Scientology. This week OSA member Eric Roux held a similar conference in remote Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at the American University of Central Asia, in coordination with the cult apologist group Cesnur.


[Massimo Introvigne of Cesnur, Boris Falikov of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers, Holly Folk, professor at Western Washington University, Eric Roux of OSA]

[Eileen Barker OBE of the London School of Economics spoke at the Bishkek conference, and models a traditional headdress from the region.]

Author and mental health counselor Steven Hassan tells us, “Cesnur and cult apologists hold these conferences with representatives of many different destructive cults. Moonies, Scientologists, Falun Dafa, LaRouche, Opus Dei and more. They all deny social science evidence about undue influence. They deny the lack of informed consent and they share resources against their common enemies.”


It’s ironic that destructive groups band together in the name of human rights to oppose governments and activists who expose their abuses. Scientology is planning a human rights training event on April 28 with the Moonies at the Unification Church in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles.

— Rod Keller


Danny Masterson has a gig

Huffington Post writer Yashar Ali pointed out last night at Twitter that Danny Masterson’s musical side project, the band Grandpa vs Prowler, has a gig on Tuesday night at the The Satellite club in Los Angeles…


We’re not only interested to see if the venue goes through with it, but also if Masterson’s pal Michael Peña, the band’s drummer, makes the scene as well. We hope one of our correspondents can attend and let us know.


SMERSH Madness 2018

It’s time to start the third round of our big dance featuring the people we think are working hardest to defend Scientology against its enemies. These are not only Scientologists, but also the people who enable the church as it works against its foes. Which of them do you think deserves the most recognition for Keeping Scientology Working, spreading disconnection, and litigating former Scientologists into the ground?

We’re kicking off the round with our #20 seed, Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon, who defeated private investigator Dave Lubow in the first round and actress Kirstie Alley in the second. Moxon’s credentials as a Scientology henchman go way back — he was even an unindicted co-conspirator in the Snow White prosecutions of the late 1970s that sent 11 top church officials to prison for taking part in the country’s largest domestic espionage scheme. Years later, Moxon really didn’t appreciate it when we discovered that he was still doing questionable things with documents on behalf of the church in our story about his battle with lawyer Graham Berry. And of course, Moxon was intimately involved in Scientology’s sneaky operation that resulted in the church taking over one of its most bitter enemies, the Cult Awareness Network. This guy sure gets around.

He’s taking on our number #5 seed, Washington DC tax attorney Monique Yingling, who defeated Bodhi Elfman in the second round. Monique has been working for Scientology for many years. But for much of that time she was somewhat overshadowed by her husband, the late Gerald Feffer, who was Scientology’s biggest legal heavy hitter. After his death in 2013, Monique has really come into her own as David Miscavige’s legal shield, particularly her spectacular performance two years ago on an episode of ABC’s 20/20. She was a last-minute addition just as the program was about to air an episode about Ron Miscavige’s book, Ruthless, and she blinked her way through an amazing series of obfuscations and half-truths, becoming an overnight star for the church. She even brought the crew muffins that had been baked by Sea Org workers. With Miscavige not able to put any Scientologists in front of news cameras, we may be seeing more of Yingling in the future.


[Kendrick Moxon and Monique Yingling]

Who deserves to move on as champions of Scientology? Who has done more to perpetuate the church’s reputation in this time of crisis? Cast your votes!


Yesterday’s winner: David Miscavige crushed Mike Ellis!

Let’s take a look at our brackets as we start the third round…



Make your plans now!

Head over to our HowdyCon 2018 website to start making your travel plans!



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,064 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,667 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 210 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,273 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,047 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,821 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,167 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,661 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,701 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,413 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 939 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,028 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,168 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,488 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,463 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 819 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,121 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,227 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,630 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,502 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,084 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,589 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,833 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,942 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 25, 2018 at 07:00

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