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Scientology TV premieres episode about legendary Saint Hill Manor to… total silence

We’re so grateful for our many tipsters and correspondents. They keep track of so many different things for us, and they often surprise us with their creativity and dedication.

For example, it turns out we have a loyal reader who has been keeping a close eye on Scientology TV, the unwatchable propaganda DirecTV channel that Scientology leader David Miscavige is blowing huge mountains of cash on.

This thing is so painful to watch, we haven’t been able to bring ourselves to look at much in the “fourth season” that is currently playing over and over and over 24 hours a day.

And with the second anniversary of this experiment coming up in March, we still wonder if anyone that David Miscavige isn’t paying is actually watching this thing.


Well, our tipster pointed out something kind of hilarious and sad about recent attempts by the church to drum up some interest in its round-the-clock snoozefest.

Namely, by taking the risk of opening a live chat on its YouTube channel while its programs are playing in the hopes of generating a live community of marks, er, interested viewers.

Our tipster was curious about who might be tuning in to watch the channel and also chiming in with questions or comments for the faceless, nameless folks operating the channel. During a program on Narconon a couple of weeks ago, he tells us, two or three messages did pop up from viewers about the drug rehab network.

And then, last week, Scientology opened its live chat line again while a super special new program about Saint Hill, the legendary UK home of L. Ron Hubbard, had its premiere. Surely that would generate a feeding frenzy of online activity, right?

Thankfully, for our benefit, our tipster recorded the live chat as it went on for the next few hours. Here’s everything that was posted…


Oof. That was brutal.

But sure, Scientology has millions of members around the world, and it must be just some sort of computer glitch that kept a single one of them from joining in to offer comments or questions on the church’s YouTube live chat during the worldwide premiere of a slick presentation about one of Scientology’s most holy locations on the planet.

Or, recently defected Sea Org executive Paul Burkhart is maybe right that there are actually fewer than 20,000 Church of Scientology members left in the world, and even they are sick of David Miscavige’s over-produced propaganda.

Can’t wait for season five, Dave.



So when will Leah be back on TV with her new series?

While Dave is struggling to get anyone to talk about his unwatchable “network,” Leah Remini dropped her big news last night that she’s signed a new deal with a production company (Critical Content) that puts out a ton of unscripted shows, and that their first project together, “Seeking Justice,” will have her hosting again with Mike Rinder.

Imagine how well that news went down where Dave is these days.

We look forward to news about when the new series might go into production, and which network it might appear on. We’ll let you know if we hear something.


Source Code

“Parents are supposed to raise children so that children can grow up and become parents; there is a basic law in operation. So one day this little kid is standing there and his parent turns around, picks him up by the heels and bashes his brains out against a tree. This is unexpected, unusual. If you don’t think that incident is on record — anybody here want a headache? You have had your brains dashed out one way or the other. But we don’t necessarily have to turn these things on, because you are handling that. After all, what is getting one’s brains dashed out? But getting one’s brains dashed out by a parent would be some kind of a problem; that would be a bit of a problem, wouldn’t it? A parent is supposed to raise you and take care of you; you are supposed to be nice to the parent and yet the parent kills you. Well, it would be very upsetting. But of course, the funny part of it was the parent thought you were a wild animal and you rushed out from behind the rock, and you never got this equation at all because your brains were dashed out at the time. Sounds pretty wild, doesn’t it?” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 28, 1952


Overheard in the FreeZone

“For those who say the Purif is not LRH, I want to ask them: What is their solution for surviving the current End Game of food contamination that is currently reducing the population? If it were not for Cal-Mag, vitamins, minerals and oil, several of us would be in very poor shape and others gone.”


Random Howdy

“Sometimes people in official positions ask me if I have any living relatives and I’m yeah, but…then I feel sad.”


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


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

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

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?



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,831 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,335 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,855 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 875 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 766 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,073 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,941 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,715 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,489 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,835 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,401 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,320 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,488 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,069 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,330 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,368 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,081 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,606 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,133 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,696 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,836 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,156 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,012 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,131 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,486 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,789 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,895 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,297 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,169 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,752 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,247 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,501 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,610 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 28, 2020 at 07:00

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