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Scientology reels in politicians and gets photo ops out of Hurricane Dorian

[In search of cameras and willing pols]

Scientology Volunteer Ministers traveled to the Bahamas this week to provide relief in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. We have no evidence that the hygiene packs assembled last week have been distributed, but we know of one boat and one airplane that have been making the trip. The 82-foot luxury yacht Gecko which usually rents for $9,000 per day has made several trips, bringing water and supplies to the island.

[Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, left, joins the Volunteer Ministers]

[State Senator Daphne Campbell]

[Loading water on the Gecko]


The ship also carried Maxwell B. Chambers, city commissioner of Miramar, Florida to the islands. State Senator Daphne Campbell was on hand to help load relief supplies on the Gecko. One reason the VMs exist is to “safepoint” Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard wrote and Scientologists believe that recruiting local politicians in social reform groups such as the VMs creates allies of the church and safepoints Scientology. They can be called upon to defend the church when trouble in the form of prosecution, increased taxation, or civil proceedings are brought against them. Sen. Campbell is an advocate for the Baker Act in Florida, which Scientology opposes.

An airplane (see above) carried four VMs to the disaster area. It doesn’t appear capable of carrying a large number of hygiene kits, just the passengers. It’s owned by Steve Anderson, Platinum Meritorious donor to the IAS. His plane made a round trip from Clearwater to Freeport on September 11 and has not been back according to flight logs.


[Original Gofundme page]

[Revised Gofundme page]

Scientologist Grant Cardone set up a Gofundme page to raise money for Dorian relief, and has contributed $10,000 so far. The page originally mentioned “Volunteer Ministers Relief” as a recipient, but that language has been removed. Luckily we kept a copy. The Grant Cardone Foundation reported no activity in 2017 and we look forward to its IRS filings in the coming years.



Despite protests at the capital in Sacramento against SB 276 by the Conscience Coaltion, the law passed this week and was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. The lobbying/protest group is led by Scientologists, and all its members appear to be members of the church. The new law is designed to prevent doctors from lying about their patients’ condition when they issue a medical exemption to the vaccines required to attend school in California.



In their moment of defeat one Scientologist made a proposal to enact revenge on lawmakers that would make L. Ron Hubbard proud — to hire private investigators and expose their crimes. “When we need somebody haunted we investigate…When we investigate we do so noisily always.” (L. Ron Hubbard, Manual of Justice, 1959).

— Rod Keller


Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, in Canada…


If you ever doubted why the church puts out such “secular” materials as Drug-Free World pamphlets and Hubbard’s fiction…


And in Los Angeles…



Source Code

“Now, we are not in conflict with the customs and philosophy of the planet or the universe. Quite the contrary. It’s not a case of everybody is out of step but Jim. It’s a case of others want people badly out of step. And they’re getting them pretty badly out of step. But if you can talk to and communicate with anybody on the subject of Scientology, he agrees with what you’d say. He agrees very rapidly with what you say, unless he misses a word. If he misses a word then he won’t agree with what you’ve said, but you are actually talking to him about things which have been with him as customs, far, far, far longer than any Johnny-come-lately psychology or mental science that has been foisted off on him in recent times.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 15, 1964


Overheard in the FreeZone

“People of Jewish race are the almost sole promoters of 1.1 stuff like Feminism, Gay Agenda, Communism, Freemasonry, and others, though the real creators of that are a small number of Illuminati, Illuminati create them, Jews promote them.”


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

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

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] Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology’s toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s newest infiltration — Rebecca Minkoff and Meghan Fialkoff at Nasdaq!
[THREE years ago] SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: California Supreme Court rejects appeal in forced-abortion lawsuit
[FOUR years ago] Back where it all started: Hoping to see you in Phoenix to talk Scientology then and now
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s secret plans for world domination — even better than the last time!
[SIX years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Texas Memories, Valley Whales, and Top Secret Plans!
[EIGHT years ago] Hugh Urban: An Interview With the Professor Who Took on Scientology


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,568 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,697 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,201 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,721 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 741 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 632 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,939 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,807 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,581 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,355 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,701 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,267 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,186 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,354 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,935 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,196 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,235 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,947 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,473 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 999 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,562 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,702 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,022 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,878 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,997 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,352 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,655 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,761 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,163 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,035 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,618 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,113 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,367 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,476 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 15, 2019 at 07:00

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