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John Travolta crashes the Scientology social media feed as we dip back in for a look

Another Sunday has us diving into Scientology’s social media feeds, where Scientologists share their wins and try to convince each other that Scientology is still a going concern.

This week, a fan has the thrill of 76 trillion lifetimes by running into church celeb John Travolta. And there’s plenty more evidence that this planet will be cleared in no time.

But let’s start with one of our favorite Scientology realities that almost seems too good to be true: the Cause Resurgence Rundown at the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida. We are not kidding, this is Scientologists paying thousands of dollars for the privilege to run around a lighted pole in a giant dimmed circular room for hours and hours at a time until they are so out of their minds with exhaustion they have hallucinations that they call a “cognition.”

We’re serious!



Jonny is rolling!


Yacelany is moving!


Rana’s life is complete.



Come on, people, read a book.


Calling all thetans with high duplication! Come jump into our baby when it’s born!


Annie’s chased off more space cooties and her life is back!



Another runner, this one with a thetan in the oven.


Anahys shows Latin America how to disagree with the physical universe.


The coolest religion on earth and the only one that works!



Bob, jumping into a baby near you soon.


Staff with certs. A constant Scientology theme.


Another success story. Scientology works like a miracle, people.



Is anyone on staff in Dublin actually from, you know, Dublin?


If you say so.


The times we live in.


Waiting 31 years to go OT 5. OK.




Source Code

“Down in Arizona they put an H-bomb nine feet below the ground and blew it up. Why? To find out if it’d lift dust? Well, it certainly did!….In 1947 it was very easy to run an engram. Even in early 1950 it was still fairly easy to run an engram, but it was a little harder. By the end of ’50 it was getting difficult to run engrams. In 1951 we had to beef up our processes like mad in order to run an engram cleanly. By 1952 we were beginning to run into nothing but whole track. 1953, we just had to look for other processes than engram running. And we had to look hard, and we looked into exteriorization. In ’54, in ’55 and in ’56 we have actually been researching further and further, into more and more powerful techniques. Why?….People haven’t changed, have they? Not at all. We even see a difference of techniques which, run two or three years ago, don’t work very well today. This fascinating panorama has just unfolded before my view as a distinct possibility. And it may or may not be true, but it is certainly a distinct possibility, and there is a coordination here between the amount of radiation in the atmosphere and the difficulty of auditing a preclear.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 8, 1956


Overheard in the FreeZone

“If a person comes to the freezone offering you to become a super OT that can now bend spoons with the mind and win the one million Amazing Randi Challenge for that, then you know for sure that that ‘tech’ is most probably Ray Mithoff’s reverse Scientology and black Scientology. If on the contrary, a person comes and offers you tech that is making it possible to achieve the abilities for OTs as described in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course Lectures of the Early 50’s, then you know that it is valid Tech based on the Scientology fundamentals. The right thing to do is to be trained on the technology so as to undo any black Scientology that the dark side wants to impose on us or the society.”


Past is Prologue

1999: CNN newsreader Greta Van Susteren is the subject of a story in this month’s issue of George magazine, including her relationship to Scientology. “Raised as a Catholic, Van Susteren apparently left the church after marrying Coale, who was already a Scientologist, and she converted to his faith. Both Van Susteren and Coale have reached senior levels in the Church of Scientology, having passed a stage called ‘The Bridge to Total Freedom’ some time ago. But for Coale, Scientology is not just a church; it is a business. He has represented fellow adherent Lisa Marie Presley in her divorce from Michael Jackson. His firm, Coale, Cooley, McInerney & Broadus, has employed Loretta Miscavige, the mother of David Miscavige, who is currently the head of the church.”



Random Howdy

“Monsanto made everybody fat, TV made everybody stupid, and the Internet made everybody crazy.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson’s demurrer denied Oct 19, arraignment delayed to November 2.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing set for October 29 in White Plains, NY delayed to January.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

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.’ Petition for a writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Nov 6 hearing on motions to compel arbitration, awaiting ruling
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Oct 19: Feshbachs still considering further appellate relief.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, awaiting verdict.

Concluded litigation:
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
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.


SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and coming November 1 to Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Columbus going Ideal! David Miscavige to open 2nd Scientology cathedral in a week
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s weirdly detailed shrine to L. Ron Hubbard in Florida even has ocean sounds
[THREE years ago] Scientology plan to shut road through its secretive ‘Int Base’ in California foiled again
[FOUR years ago] It’s Election Day, but screw that — Chick Corea is finally superhuman thanks to Scientology!
[FIVE years ago] Up next for Scientology: Sending out Tom Cruise to put on a grand performance?
[SIX years ago] The Heinlein Letters: What L. Ron Hubbard’s close friends really thought of him
[SEVEN years ago] The Tom Cruise Smear Machine: Accusations From His Deposition You Haven’t Heard
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Excommunication: Documents the Church Usually Keeps Under Wraps
[TEN years ago] Scientology: The Now Religion!


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 2,114 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,618 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,138 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,158 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,049 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,356 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,224 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,998 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,802 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,118 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,684 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,603 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,771 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,352 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,613 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,651 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,364 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,889 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,419 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,970 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,119 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,439 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,294 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,413 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,769 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,072 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,178 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,580 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,452 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,035 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,530 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,784 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,893 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 8, 2020 at 07:00

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