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Visit to London Ideal Org shows that the Scientology bubble is still firmly in place

[Richard wants you to watch Scientology TV]

What a treat we have for you today. Over in London last night, the UK Auxiliary Unit of the Underground Bunker — our clever correspondents Pete Griffiths and Andrea Garner — were showing around Beth Pearson on a visit from the U.S. when they came by the Scientology Ideal Org on Queen Victoria Street.

Certified as “Ideal” at its grand opening on October 22, 2006, the London facility shows off all of the fancy displays that Scientology leader David Miscavige thinks is the best way to present Scientology to the unwashed masses. But as you’ll see, in the following videos that Andrea recorded, Scientology always comes back to its people.

As much as Miscavige might want his permanent trade show displays to tell Scientology’s story, it’s Richard, the staffer working late, who provides a wonderful running commentary that manages to present the lion’s share of Scientology’s quaint myths about itself.

Our fearless trio are pretty brilliant at encouraging the man to keep up his patter. By the time Richard says that there are 20 million Scientologists in the world, we were howling.



In this first video, Andrea prowls around the Ideal Org displays as Pete gets Richard wound up in the background. Then she joins them and you can hear Richard really quite well. At the end of this segment, Richard notices that Andrea is recording, and she has to think fast.


Andrea manages to continue recording, but in order to do so she keeps her camera aimed at the ground. Still, the sound is very clear.


And you no doubt always wondered about a Scientology loo. Here you go.



Scientology’s celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs’ — our new project

[Erika Christensen and the Perth Ideal Org]

We started a new project last week, building landing pages about two of David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, his celebrities and his ‘Ideal Orgs.’ For the next several weeks, we’ll post a couple of pages each day, and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about each of them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline.

Previously, we posted pages for Anne Archer, the Portland, Oregon Ideal Org, Beck Hansen, Sydney, Australia, Catherine Bell, San Diego, California, Chick Corea, and Denver, Colorado. Yesterday it was Elisabeth Moss and Nashville, Tennessee.

Today it’s Erika Christensen and Perth, Australia!




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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,240 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,843 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 386 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 274 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,449 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,223 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,997 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,343 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,909 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,577 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,837 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,877 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,589 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,115 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,204 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,344 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,664 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,520 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,639 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 995 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,297 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,403 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,806 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,677 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,260 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,765 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,009 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,118 days.


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