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Scientology has thrown millions at Ireland in recent years, and here’s the amazing result

Thanks to a tipster we have another interesting look inside Scientology’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

And again, it’s the Dublin org that is giving us that glimpse into what it’s like for a totalitarian organization to frantically try to keep its locked down members busy.

Scientology leader David Miscavige has thrown huge amounts of money at Ireland, trying to make Scientology happen in a place where it has hardly a pulse at all. At the last census, only 87 people in Ireland identified as Scientologists, and as Rod Keller pointed out on Sunday, despite years of effort and huge expense, only some 76 members appear to have signed up for online classes.

But here’s the org’s latest attempt to keep those people with their eyes on L. Ron Hubbard’s prize!



Hi everyone!

This newsletter will reach you possibly just having seen the news that current restrictions in Ireland have been extended until the 18th of May…

This is the news, and how we take it is down to what tone level we decide to operate at. It’s as pure and simple as that!

A tone level I personally favour is: Action!

And the things we can continue to be in motion and ACTION on is studying the Basics Books & Lectures line-up.

We can say with certainty that staff and public have never had as much time as they do now to study LRH – in fact we have received reports of people studying up to 8 or 10 hours per day!

And here’s some food for thought…. the total checksheet time from beginning to end of the Books & Lecture Line-up is 684 hours of study.

I would be very interested in what courses you all can finish by the 18th of May and who can complete the full Basics Books & Lectures Line-up!

Meanwhile, for this week, here’s what happened:

Routes to Knowledge

“A philosophy can only be a route to knowledge. It cannot be knowledge crammed down one’s throat. If one has a route, he can then find what is true for him. And that is Scientology. Know thyself – and the truth shall set you free.” – L. Ron Hubbard

On that note, if you don’t have your own copy at home of the “Routes to Knowledge” chart please let us know and we will send it out to you immediately! If you do have one at home, take the time to look at it and mark off what you have done!

We saw yet another EPIC week of progress on home study of the foundation of the Bridge – the Golden Age of Knowledge extension courses.



This week we had a total of 160 people active on studying their Routes to Knowledge and sending in a total of over 600 lessons !


We had 33 Extension Course completions in just a week!




Dianetics Anniversary



Coming up on the 9th of May we will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

On this occasion we would love to hear from you about your successes on studying and applying Dianetics!

Please send them in to!

You… @Home


Thank you to all the Scientologists who sent in home videos to SMP of their “@home” activities!!!




We hope to see these soon on the new series “Scientologists @home” on Scientology Network!


If you haven’t sent one already, please contact Borka or Toby on who will assist you to make your video EPIC!!!

Irish Translations of Stay Well booklets

Last week you may have seen the link to the newly launched in Irish Stay Well Resource Centre– with all materials – booklets and videos translated and spoken in Irish!!


Within a few days through social media the news about the translation reached over 5400 people and was also featured in a press article on


If you haven’t already shared these with your contacts, please do so now!



We are all staying at home and studying LRH… I would say across the planet there has never been such a movement of intense study of Source.

LRH says:

“By the mere fact of people looking at this truth, finding these things were true, applying these things and achieving a higher state of existence, you would inevitably get – whether anybody said you would or not – a calmer life, a calmer environment, a calmer civilization.”- LRH, from Scientology Zero 10 Dec 1963

Love, Chloe & the team in the Org


Another court delay forced by the lockdown

Valerie Haney’s motion for reconsideration has been moved back from June 17 to August 11 for reasons of the coronavirus pandemic.

She’s asking Judge Richard Burdge Jr of the Los Angeles Superior Court to reconsider his decision to stop her lawsuit in its tracks and grant Scientology’s motion to force her to take her grievance to “religious arbitration.”

As we said in March, the motion she submitted makes some excellent arguments. Specifically, that she was fired before, Scientology claims, she had signed the agreement binding her to arbitration.

But even with new evidence, motions of reconsideration tend to be legal long shots. And now we’ll have to wait even more to find out whether or not her attempt succeeds or fails.


Bonus items sent in by our tipsters


Huge if true!…


Don’t believe your eyes — he’s actually trillions of years old!


Alternate Stevens Creek caption: “We’re on Social Security!”





Twenty years: Hip, hip, hooray!





Source Code

“In order to understand the third dynamic completely, you would have to understand that a thetan is confused about who is who. His basic confusion, who is who, is manifest under this: He can duplicate himself. He can put himself out there in space and be as alive out there and where he is too, at the same time, as where he is. He can duplicate himself; in other words. One thetan that can be, then, two thetans. And each one of these thetans have all the characteristics of the original thetan. And then these two thetans can duplicate themselves and have all the original characteristics of themselves but be somebody else too. So we get into valence trouble. This is one of the basic capabilities. The second we introduce duplication, however, we introduce space. So the second a thetan began to be somebody else and himself; too, there was space in the matter.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 6, 1954


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I want to talk about Mars and the implant operation going on there. I’ve audited this implant so it no longer affects me personally, but this to me seems to be of great importance in addressing (i.e. neutralizing) for others, especially in helping those beings newly arriving from elsewhere in the galaxy who get ensnared in that theta trap. Once a being has reached this solar system, it’s common to use other planets as navigation points and anchor points on the way to Earth.”


Random Howdy

“Scientologists are the Kings and Queens of semantic pedantic literalistic obfuscating weasel word games.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 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 August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
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.


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 and Nation of Islam figure picks worst week to rail against measles vaccine
[TWO years ago] In Hollywood and in Italy, Scientology is making all your dreams come true!
[THREE years ago] Ah, the reveries of 1950: When Dianetics was in full bloom
[FOUR years ago] When Anonymous had Scientology in a panic: A new document has us nostalgic for 2008
[FIVE years ago] Bob Duggan, the richest Scientologist in the world, is going to love our nifty new drawings!
[SIX years ago] Leaked footage of Scientology leader David Miscavige in Sydney
[SEVEN years ago] Investigation of Scientology Drug Rehab Program in Georgia Shifts to Credit Card Fraud
[EIGHT years ago] Sunday Funnies: Birmingham Raises the Odds on Ideal Orgs!
[NINE years ago] Lindsay Lohan Joining Scientology? How Could it Hurt?


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 1,929 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,433 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,953 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 973 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 864 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,171 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,039 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,813 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,587 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,933 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,499 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,418 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,586 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,167 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,428 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,466 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,179 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,704 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,234 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,794 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,934 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,254 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,109 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,229 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,584 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,887 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,993 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,395 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,267 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,850 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,345 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,599 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,708 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 6, 2020 at 07:00

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