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Mike Rinder returns to Scientology’s secretive Int Base! Well, sort of.

Erin Hodges Plumb has done it again. We’ve documented her daring excursions in the past, and this time she let us know that she’d once again gotten access to Scientology’s “Int Base” in Riverside County, California. This time for a charity event.

The San Jacinto Lions Club was the most recent group to hold a charity fundraising event at Scientology’s golf course at the compound, which is called the Golden Era Golf Course, after Scientology’s filmmaking division, Golden Era Productions.

“The event was charging teams $30 to run an obstacle course on the golf course and then they got prizes for finishing the obstacles. So I bought a ticket for a team for $30 on Eventbrite and they refunded it to me,” she tells us. “But then there was a post saying that the public could go and cheer on the teams, so my sister Joey and I were able to just walk right on the golf course.”

It’s pretty obvious that Erin is on a list after her previous forays into Scientology events, but the free general admission gave her the in she needed.


Erin and her sister brought along a Mike Rinder bobblehead and some Aftermath Foundation cards.

“We took our Mike Rinder bobblehead and decided to take pictures of him back at his old stomping ground,” she says.


“We were able to walk around the golf course and Mike was able to enjoy the fountain. And we went inside to use the restroom and placed some Aftermath cards where we think workers would find them.”


On the way out, Erin spoke to one of the Lions Club members. “We told him the price that they pay using Scientology’s property. Scientology controls who comes and Scientology takes credit for the charity. He was interested and we’re hoping he’ll spread the word,” she says.



Another Spina pleads guilty to fraud

The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York is reporting that Kim Spina, sister to chiropractors Jay and Jeffrey Spina, has become the latest person to plead guilty in an $80 million Medicare insurance fraud scheme.

We’ve been watching that case because Jay and Jeffrey Spina are very prominent Scientologists who had supported Scientology’s front group Drug-Free World before they ran into legal trouble. Jay Spina pleaded guilty last month, a physician also caught in the scheme, Charles Bagley, pleaded guilty last summer.

Kim Spina worked at the chiropractic office, but we don’t know if, like her brothers, she was involved in Scientology.

Jeffrey Spina has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Sunday school for kids? Yikes.


And Toronto keeps going and going…



HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

THURSDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITY: This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. But we also want to point out that Cathy Schenkelberg’s “Squeeze My Cans” will be running at the Hollywood Fringe, and we encourage HowdyCon attendees to see her show on Thursday night, June 20. Tickets and more dates available here.

Friday night June 21 we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22. Note: You need to ask for the “family reunion” special rate.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology scores with political conservatives in Europe using the ‘religious freedom’ gambit
[TWO years ago] Paul Haggis: Marty Rathbun is using private info I gave him against Lawrence Wright
[THREE years ago] Maryland county explains why (don’t call it Scientology) can take a hike
[FOUR years ago] Another document trove on L. Ron Hubbard’s troubled son, Nibs, the Scientology flip-flopper
[FIVE years ago] LISTEN: Rare tape reveals how L. Ron Hubbard really came up with Scientology’s space cooties
[SIX years ago] SCIENTOLOGISTS AT WAR, the Channel 4 Documentary
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Neil Gaiman’s Mum Builds a Civilization!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Eruption: Commenters of the Week!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,480 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,609 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,113 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,633 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 653 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 544 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,851 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,719 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,493 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,267 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,613 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,179 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,099 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,266 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,847 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,108 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,147 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,859 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,385 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,474 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,614 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,934 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,790 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,909 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,264 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,567 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,673 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,075 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,947 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,530 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,025 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,279 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,388 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 17, 2019 at 07:00

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