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Even Alaska — yes, Alaska — gave Scientology COVID-relief funds, for Xenu’s sake

There was a lot of outrage — particularly from Leah Remini and Mike Rinder — when news emerged that Scientology had cashed in on the general looting of Coronavirus-relief funds for small businesses that the Trump administration had set aside.

There’s been a lot of reporting about how two Scientology Ideal Orgs — in New York and Washington DC — and a mission in Belleair, Florida had received PPP loans of between $150,000 and $350,000. But this website also pointed out that two of Scientology’s drug rehabs had gotten loans of as much as $1 million, Scientology’s anti-psychiatry front Citizens Commission on Human Rights snagged a loan of $150,000 to $350,000, and so did four Scientology schools, including the expensive Delphian School in Oregon.

But federal money isn’t the only source of COVID relief. Recently, after a records request by the Anchorage Daily News, the state of Alaska released the names of businesses it had helped out in its initial month of the AK CARES program, and sure enough, Scientology’s Anchorage mission is on the list, having received $8,829.60 in aid that month.

(We know what you’re thinking: There’s a Scientology outpost in Anchorage? There sure is, and it has appeared in stories here before, including one of the stranger ones in recent years.)


It’s bad enough that taxpayer money is going to an abusive organization that pays no taxes, but as Rinder pointed out, it’s especially outrageous that funds earmarked for helping businesses meet payroll is going to an organization that pays its workers little or nothing to begin with…

“The PPP loans were about ensuring that people don’t lose their jobs, and Scientology, when confronted about the fact that they don’t pay minimum wage or anything, say these people are volunteers! Staff members of Scientology organizations are ‘volunteers,’ they’re not employees, and they’re getting loans so that people don’t lose their jobs?”

If Alaska, of all places, has been gulled by Scientology, what’s the likelihood that other states have? Our researchers have been looking, but it’s not so easy to access these lists of recipients. If you know about who’s getting money in places like California and Florida, for example, please let us know.


More Scientology obsession with Clearwater City Councilman Mark Bunker

Back in June we posted a copy of a records request made by Scientology FSO secretary Glen Stilo in order to demonstrate how the church is obsessed with Mark Bunker and is trying to saddle him with an ongoing and onerous request for everything he utters or writes.

Bunker has now shared with us a follow-up to that request by Stilo which is equally as obsessive and weird. We thought you’d want to see it.


Scientology sec. Stilo: Fol… by Tony Ortega on Scribd

Once again Stilo takes a swipe at your proprietor in this new letter, and so we’ll repeat what we said last time…

Stilo takes some shots at people, including your Proprietor, whom he says “operated” the website Because Scientology has nothing else they can throw at us, they repeat this lie over and over. We operated the Village Voice. Backpage was a separate company and a separate website we had nothing to do with, but that doesn’t stop Scientology from pretending that we did.


We feel for Bunker that he has to send over copies of everything he breathes or scribbles to Scientology. But then, it must be a sign that he’s doing the right thing, eh?


Source Code

“I thought of a difference between a Scientologist and the world at large on this particular planet. The people think that what we’re doing is unreal, but we know the substance of their unreality, which of course makes us top dog every time. We know the substance of their unreality. In other words, we know where their itsa line is out. See, they know what — they’re not identifying, see? Their itsas are just for the birds, you know? ‘Man is an animal. He is a biochemical protoplasm which goes no place. At death there is a cessation of cellular commotion.’ That’s a good itsa, isn’t it? That just immediately makes nothing out of everybody.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 20, 1963


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Based on a lot of reading I’ve done over many years I’ve come to the understanding that paedophilia is a standard operating procedure for the planet’s ruling elite, and that these ruling elite are in fact descendants of aliens (Annunaki? Zeta Reticulans? Archons? Marcabs?) which came here a long, long time ago, at which time they created humans as hybrids of themselves and existing earth hominids. These were and are the ‘gods’ of ancient Greek mythology etc. We are their property and they keep us trapped here via spiritual recycling and they persist here on Earth based on the relative degree of their original DNA in humans. This is why the ruling elite, such as the British royal family, are so stuck on keeping only to certain family bloodlines (a/k/a blue-bloods). One of the methods these elite employ to extend their lives is the consuming of Adrenachrome. Ever wonder about the longevity of Rockefellers and their ilk?”


Random Howdy

“You come on here with a bunch of fantastical yarns that sound like one big cliched Scientology horror story, offering no proof for any of it, and you expect something other than derision?”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Motion for reconsideration denied on August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
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, trial set for Nov 9, 2021. Plaintiffs granted permission to file changes to amended complaint by Sept 4.


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

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

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 finally solves its recruiting woes with professional ham hock Grant Cardone
[TWO years ago] While the Scientology scandal swirls in Colombia, a key figure relaxes in Florida
[THREE years ago] How badly does Scientology need new staff? Miscavige is bringing back the ‘Universe Corps’
[FOUR years ago] Atack: Why those who try to save Scientology from itself are doomed to failure
[FIVE years ago] Scientology superstar: What it’s like to be big in Taiwan
[SIX years ago] Scientology ethics: Raising money from Ferguson and swiping J.K. Rowling’s image
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Makes the Grade: Touching Walls to Total Freedom
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Grip on the Mind: An Ex-Sea Org Member Explains It For Us
[NINE years ago] Scientology Deluge: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,035 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,539 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,059 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,079 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 970 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,277 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,145 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,919 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,723 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,039 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,605 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,524 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,692 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,273 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,534 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,572 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,285 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,810 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,340 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,900 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,040 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,360 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,215 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,334 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,690 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,993 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,099 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,501 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,373 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,956 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,451 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,705 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,814 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 20, 2020 at 07:00

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