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Phil and Willie check up on a Scientology eyesore, and a prisoner of The Hole resurfaces

[The unstoppable Phil and Willie Jones]

Our thanks this holiday season to Phil Jones for sending us this dispatch from the frozen north…

Willie and I were in Toronto for the weekend so we decided to check on the Scientology Toronto building at 696 Yonge Street to see how (or if) their renovations were coming along. I met up with the building caretaker, Blair Sisson, at the property. Blair is an old time Scientologist whom I’ve known for more than 35-40 years. Nice guy but still 100 percent committed to Scientology. He had no idea that Willie and I were out of Scientology. I did tell him we were out during our conversation at which time he seemed to become anxious and left.



The building shows no signs of any improvements and actually looks worse than the last time I saw it. I asked Blair if he’d give us a tour of the inside but he said no. I asked him several times whether the renovations had started on the inside but each time he didn’t answer so I’m pretty sure they haven’t done anything inside either.


The homeless guy who sleeps by the front door is almost a permanent fixture according to Blair. He used to chase him away but the guy kept coming back, so at some point he just let him stay. Blair occasionally buys him food, which shows that he has a good heart. It was incredibly cold in Toronto so I don’t know how that homeless guy survives it outside like that. If Scientology does renovate the building I hope they treat their ‘guest’ with kindness and help him find a safe, warm place to land. It’s typically not like Scientology to do so though. We’ll see.


Toronto is a busy, bustling city and fancy new buildings are going up on Yonge St all the time. In the midst of all of this, Scientology’s building is an eyesore and a derelict. Once renovated it will at least be less of a blight on the environment. Inside, even if beautified on the outside, it will remain a blight on our society.

— Phil Jones

Meanwhile, we want to thank the tipster who directed our attention to a job posting on Facebook for a Preschool Manager at Greenfields, the Scientology school in East Grinstead, England….



Greenfields is reportedly a conduit to the Sea Org for the children of Scientologists.

But there’s more here than a Scientology school advertising a job. The Scientologist who posted it, Astra Fear, has an interesting history. Here’s what Mike Rinder said about her when he named her to the Ex-Sea Org “Hall of Shame” earlier this year…

Wow, a former prisoner in the Hole and a participant in the notorious musical chairs incident! That’s quite a distinction.

And here’s what Mike said about the people he put on the list:

“Rather than speaking out about the abuses they witnessed or experience, they have chosen to remain silent….Quite a number of them are on social media — but of course uttering not a word about their past experiences, and apparently not caring about the well-being of those they left behind after they made their own escape.”


Leaked document of the day

From the Mace-Kingsley Ranch documents release comes this item.

From another handwritten Knowledge Report, another slice of life at the island of misfit Scientologist kids.





This morning I was having a little talk with Aaron about Joanna.

He was saying, “She is so crazy man, that girl is so wack.” And I replied, “You know, you really shouldn’t talk bad about people. I mean sure they have problems, but they need to handle it and I really think you shouldn’t judge them like that.”

Then Devin cut in and was agreeing with Aaron and I said, “It’s OK to judge people, you just shouldn’t put them down for their faults since they’re handling them.” And Devin’s reply to that was, “OK, but at least I don’t talk with a fake English accent.”

I was like, “Devo, haven’t you ever gone anywhere that not everyone talks the same and you kind of pick up on it?”

He said, “No. I might pick up on some words they say, but I wouldn’t fake their accent.”

I just said, “OK, Devo, you can just go on thinking like that. It doesn’t matter to me.”

This is very upsetting to me because I don’t notice my accent and I feel that I have to prove myself to him, just like I had to prove my worth as a human being to my father.

This is true,
[name redacted]


Source Code

“Hitler didn’t have any trouble with a large section of his population. He just put them all in concentration camps and that was it. And it’s that kind of a game if you want to look at it. It’s not the game of government and who will we elect and democracy über alles, or something, it’s not all that kind of a government. It’s just the kind of a government, well, there they are nicely out of the running, everybody is out of the running, isn’t that nice. And things are just barely ticking over, and we’re not going to be troubled by those fellows from the 18th Panzer Division that put up such a hell of a fight on Exnoo. We’re not going to be troubled with them anymore because we got them implanted very nicely, and they’ve all been sent down to Earth, and the mores of the society there will take care of everything And they will never be in circulation again as space jockeys. It’s that kind of thinking, you see?” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 20, 1961


Overheard in the FreeZone

“For those who wonder if I’m a Scientologist, all I can say is: If LRH is the individual I think that person is, I’m pretty sure I’d take a bullet thru the head for that individual. If I felt quite sure it was the best possible way to keep the only Scientology I believe in going.”


Random Howdy

“12:35! Oh shit, there goes another day shot to hell.”


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

[Kelly Preston, Jason Dohring, and Anne Archer]

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] Bill Franks, 1946-2018, appointed by Hubbard to ‘reform’ Scientology after Snow White scandal
[TWO years ago] AUDIO: David Miscavige’s claim that Mexico has officially recognized Scientology as a religion
[THREE years ago] The fight over the secrets on a Scientology spy’s seized laptop that no one is talking about
[FOUR years ago] Augustine: Compton scam rehab and ‘literacy crusade’ have vanished since raid
[FIVE years ago] Jon Atack looks back at his final Scientology auditing session — and how he broke free
[SIX years ago] Tom Cruise drops his disastrous suit against Bauer Media and its magazines
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology in 2012: John Sweeney, Paulette Cooper, and More Look Back on a Year of Crisis for the Church
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Kids: Fully Indoctrinated by 18


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,664 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,793 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,297 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,817 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 837 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 728 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,035 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,903 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,677 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,451 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,797 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,363 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,282 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,450 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,031 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,292 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,330 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,043 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,568 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,095 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,658 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,798 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,118 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,974 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,093 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,448 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,751 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,857 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,259 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,131 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,714 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,209 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,463 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,572 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 20, 2019 at 07:00

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