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Scientology tries to rah-rah its way through the pandemic while endangering its members

[Dianetics happiness, posted Friday by Scientology]

Scientology continues to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak this week. The Black Scientologists Convention has been rescheduled and it’s safe to assume all events on the Freewinds have been suspended.


Scientology took a huge PR blow when a case of the measles caused the ship to be quarantined in Curaçao in 2019 and they have to avoid a repeat of that scandal. The ship is currently in Aruba with no scheduled departure date.



Leader David Miscavige issued IGN Bulletin No. 88 this week. IGN is Scientology’s Inspector General Network. All orgs and missions have been given this directive. We don’t have the bulletin, but it’s clear that it quotes from L. Ron Hubbard’s 1957 lecture, “Scientology and Radiation.” (Tony quoted from it yesterday.) Scientology is sanitizing their facilities multiple times per day. Denver is advertising their sanitation practices to encourage people to visit the org. Valley is encouraging people to bring their children to the org since their schools are closed.


[Safe Space disinfection fogger]

Sanitizing surfaces is a good idea, but it’s not enough. The virus is highly contagious. An infected individual coming into a sanitized org can pass the virus on to others who come in close proximity. Scientology continues to bring people into close contact with each other at graduation events, briefings and other events.

In their booklet, “How to Keep Yourself & Others Well,” Scientology recommends sanitary practices and “social distancing.”



Here’s a good idea to increase social distancing. If you must do Scientology, take an online extension course instead of coming into the org. That advice is not the norm as members are more often being urged to come into an org to take the PTS/SP course, or to come to Flag Land Base for services. At Sea Org bases such as Flag, Scientologists are in close proximity frequently. Regardless of the sanitation procedures at Flag there is a high risk of spreading the infection there if a carrier without symptoms visits the base.


[Chicago, Austin and ODD ideal orgs are ready to open]

There are three Ideal Orgs that are holding opening ceremonies “within weeks” as the members are being told. In Chicago the mayor has announced a “shelter in place” order that should delay that event for now. There are no restrictions in Austin or Mexico City that would prevent these openings. We predict they will go forward and Scientology will be counting on Miscavige’s sanitation protocols to prevent the attendees from infecting each other.

— Rod Keller


No social distancing at the Flag Land Base

Deb Maxwell captured this video at Scientology’s Flag Land Base yesterday in Clearwater, Florida, where Sea Org members are still being shuttled on crowded church buses to their usual jobs at the Flag Building. Has anyone told them about the pandemic yet?




Miss Lovely’s new book can be yours!

Paulette Cooper, the subject of our book ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ sent over a copy of her newest book, ‘Dog Secrets: Fun and Fascinating Things Your Dog Wants You To Know.’

After fighting Scientology for decades, she famously said that today she writes about pets because “dogs and cats can’t sue you.” So pick up your copy today!



Source Code

“Let’s get the idea that right this moment you’re engaged in killing a woman. Now let’s remember this as an incident that occurred 20 years ago. Now let’s get the idea that you’re right this moment engaged in killing a man. Now let’s remember this as though it happened 35 years ago. All right….Now let’s get the idea of being a space ranger, a space man being shot to death right at this minute. Now let’s get this on recall now, as something that happened a hundred thousand years ago. This very incident. All right. Now let’s get the idea, right this moment you’re engaged upon being a sultan. Being a sultan. And now recall this as having happened 200 years ago. Now let’s get the idea of being a general, a general who is engaged in slaughtering a million troops. Killing them all to the last troop. Now let’s get this as having occurred a hundred and fifty thousand years ago. Now let’s get the idea of you being engaged this moment, successfully engaged upon blowing up the entire physical universe. Now get this as having happened yesterday. Now let’s get the idea of your own universe at this moment being blown to pieces. Now throw your memory into action as though it happened last night. And now as though it happened 50 years ago. And now as though it happened a billion years ago. And now as though it happened a trillion years ago. And now as though it happened 76 trillion years ago. Now, let’s get the idea right now of being engaged upon the construction of an entirely new universe. Now let’s get this as though you were engaged upon it, actually, at six o’clock this morning. OK.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 22, 1954


Overheard in the FreeZone


“I suspect their are insane SPs somewhere who have the power to destroy multiple planets at once.”


Random Howdy

“Margery Wakefield writes in ‘The Road To Xenu’ about how they were allowed and encouraged to watch Star Trek in the mess hall. They would laugh about how the ‘wogs’ didn’t understand what they were watching were real Whole Track memories.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for April 16
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: April 22 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), June (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), June (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


Start making your plans…

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


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] Here’s the police report on Scientology’s sad attempt to mess with ‘Aftermath’
[TWO years ago] Scientology TV gives viewers a glimpse of the church’s most secret locations — but why?
[THREE years ago] The real reason Leah Remini is taking a wrecking ball to Scientology
[FOUR years ago] Trial set in New York on April 7 over Narconon drug rehab hiding connection to Scientology
[FIVE years ago] ‘Going Clear’ subject Hana Eltringham Whitfield fills us in on a Scientology secret or two
[SIX years ago] Jon Atack: Why I call Scientology a cult and not a church
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Sneaky Infiltration of New York City Schools
[EIGHT years ago] Russia Still Going About Things All Wrong, and More in our Scientology Stats Roundup


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 1,885 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,389 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,909 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 929 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 820 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,127 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,995 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,769 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,543 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,889 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,455 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,374 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,542 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,123 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,384 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,422 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,135 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,660 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,187 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,750 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,890 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,210 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,065 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,185 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,540 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,843 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,949 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,351 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,223 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,806 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,301 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,555 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,664 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 22, 2020 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

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