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Inside Scientology’s emergency San Fernando Valley confab, planning for US takeover

On Monday, we heard from a Los Angeles reader that Scientology had done something kind of unusual, changing its annual “Maiden Voyage” schedule in order to create a last-minute “convention,” scheduled for this Saturday on L. Ron Hubbard Way, as well as an “IDEAL USA” confab that was held this past weekend at the Valley Org.

Our correspondent suspected that the hurried reschedulings and breathless promotion was really about a desperate effort to recruit new staff members for some “Ideal Orgs” that are about to open in parts of the country almost bereft of Scientologists.

Perhaps that’s the reason, perhaps not. But another LA-area reader pitched in with another peek inside what Scientology is up to: The agenda for this past weekend’s shindig at the Valley Org. We found it pretty fascinating, and we knew you’d want to see it as well.

Gosh, we only wish we’d been invited. Here’s another fun look inside what the Hubbardites are up to as they turn this country Ideal!



“Performance by James Baurber & a globally famous pianist!”

We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that this meant David Miscavige’s favorite Broadway performer, rapey James Barbour, was accompanied by Chick Corea.

And that “wedding” mentioned at the end: Is that some stunt involving a couple of mascots? Ew.


If you went to this non-stop fun-o-rama, we’d love to hear how it went down. A riot, we’re sure.

Meanwhile, following up on a couple of recent items: We told you about a mission in Sacramento that was taking the unusual step of publicly begging for money from its members so that it could go “Ideal.” Well, it put back up its GoFundMe campaign, hoping to raise enough so it can buy all the special tchotchkes from David Miscavige that are required for idealness.


So far, they’ve raised $1,450 of their $20,000 goal.

And on Sunday, Rod Keller told us about Conscience Coalition, a new anti-vaxx political action group started by Scientologists including the church’s DC lobbyist, Greg Mitchell. Another of the founding members, Renee Bessone, started up an accompanying Facebook group, “United for Parental Rights & Freedoms — Scn Group Only,” and we thought you’d be interested in her post describing its purpose…


Gosh, these Scientologists. They’ve been busy as beavers lately, working to go Ideal, recruit staff, and get into your local politics. Thankfully, our great tipsters are keeping tabs, and we do our best to stay on top of it all!


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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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 used an ice cream ‘date’ to run up $20,000 on senior’s credit cards
[THREE years ago] A billboard sprouts in Florida, and other Scientology chaos in our social media review
[FOUR years ago] Long before Xenu: Scientology’s actual origin story, as told by a former member
[FIVE years ago] A lawsuit over counseling credentials now aims at the essence of Scientology
[SIX years ago] Scientology Continues to “Handle” the “Black PR” of Leah Remini’s Defection


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,517 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,646 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,150 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,670 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 690 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 581 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,888 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,756 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,530 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,304 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,650 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,216 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,135 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,303 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,884 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,145 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,184 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,896 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,422 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,511 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,651 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,971 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,827 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,946 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,301 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,604 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,710 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,112 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,984 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,567 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,062 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,316 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,425 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 24, 2019 at 07:00

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