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What’s it like at Scientology’s ‘Hogwarts’? This 14-year-old vlogger will show you!

[Does this make Ella (right) Scientology’s Hermione?]

In Clearwater, Florida, spiritual home of the Church of Scientology, a well known local Scientologist-owned business is PostcardMania, a direct-mail firm, whose owner and CEO Joy Gendusa is an OT 8 Scientologist and a star of both Scientology’s official website and its propaganda magazine, Freedom.

Here she is being celebrated by Freedom back when the magazine was still putting out issues…



Lately, at her Facebook page Joy has been urging her friends to spend some time watching her granddaughter Ella’s vlog at YouTube, where the 14-year-old is documenting her experience at boarding school.

With just a little more help from her friends, Joy says, her granddaughter may reach the milestone of being able to monetize her YouTube channel…


Ella has been documenting her life in a dormitory for a few weeks now, and what’s interesting to us is that she’s giving viewers an inside look at the Delphian School, Scientology’s expensive boarding school in Sheridan, Oregon which has been dubbed “Scientology’s Hogwarts” by the press.

Just the other day, we heard from Julian Wain, who said that after his years there as a student, he could confirm that it was largely a place where Scientologist parents could dump their kids so they could spend more time on the “Bridge,” and that students who finish up there have been groomed to join the Sea Organization.

But Ella has been very careful not to identify the school, and is telling commenters at her videos who ask that she can’t name it. Joy also isn’t saying that it’s where Ella is making her videos.

But for anyone who’s curious about what life is like for kids at this scholastic shrine to L. Ron Hubbard, watch along as Ella takes us on that adventure. Fun!


Businesses fighting over Scientology’s mail business settle lawsuit

Back in March we told you about a lawsuit involving a mail company, Pennsylvania-based Asendia, suing one of its former executives, Eugene Donohoe, for stealing away its Scientology contract.

Then as now we were less interested in a story about businesspeople knifing each other in a court of law and much more interested in the revelation that the contract they were fighting over was worth about $5 million a year.


That’s a lot of money for helping Scientology send out its flood of useless magazines and mailers to so many people who don’t want them.

Anyway, Asendia and Donohoe have now settled their lawsuit with Donohoe coughing up $450,000, and again we don’t really care much about either side in that battle. We’re still just astonished that Scientology spends so much money denuding forests in order to send out crap that no one wants to read.


Source Code

“Space opera used to be a lot of fun, you know. You’d spend two hours getting into your suit, and you get all this equipment and you get it all here and there and you stuff it and fill up your pockets, and then you climb up with this two hundred pounds of stuff, up a ladder that’s about 30 feet tall, to get into some kind of an airport. And you get inside this ship, you see, and then you regulate about 500 switches and you have to repair four or five electronic circuits and you patch some things together with chewing gum and you strap yourself down in a seat and take off. And then you navigate like mad, going three times the speed of light, trying to navigate by stars that are invisible for some days. And then you land someplace for the skin of your teeth, and boy, you really knew you did something. That’s right. You really knew you did something.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 18, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Of course the interesting question is how does an invader force, any invader force, arise in the first place? What is the fundamental spiritual compromise behind it all in present time, here and now and behind the present time scenario here and now on Planet Earth? Where does this fundamental compromise occur? SIMPLICITY: REKINDLE PURPOSE. This simplicity handles the Circuit/3rdParty/PTS/SP Case, including Meercats, Marcabs, or anyone else. We are all spiritual beings living in a material world who have been displaced from our home worlds, our spiritual reality and our native or natural state.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Reuters reported that John Travolta plans some modifications to the film Battlefield Earth before it is released on video in Germany. “John Travolta wants to make some improvements to his Battlefield Earth flop inspired by Scientology before it is released on video in Germany, the movie’s distributor said Friday. The sci-fi thriller, which was slammed by critics following its May release, will hit the shelves at video stores next year rather than in this quarter, German media group Intertainment said.”



Random Howdy

“Scientologists spend decades on staff and in the Sea Org and never come close to reaching Clear. The number one stated goal of Scientology is to ‘clear the planet’ i.e convert everyone to Scientology either by taking their money or making them indentured servants. Staff and S.O are told not to worry about course work, they can do that in their next lifetimes. The bottom line in Scientology is UPSTAT vs DOWNSTAT. Everything else is window dressing.”


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 Jan 6.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed for ‘Fatico’ hearing on Jan 19.
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 writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court filed Oct 30.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 18, re-hearing on motions to compel arbitration; Jan 29, Masterson’s request to stay discovery pending the criminal case
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] SCIENTOLOGY DOCUMENT LEAKS: Stunning new revelations span the 1960s to 2017
[TWO years ago] Leah Remini kicks off 3rd season with emotional toll caused by Scientology’s ‘aftermath’
[THREE years ago] Sinar Parman, 1954-2017: Chef to Scientology’s celebs who escaped to dish on L. Ron Hubbard
[FOUR years ago] Even the local Scientology mission is hiding a horror show of abuse: Kelly Jordan tells her tale
[FIVE years ago] Lisa McPherson’s last opportunity for standard care ended 20 years ago today
[SIX years ago] What Adrian Chen got wrong about Anonymous and Scientology
[SEVEN years ago] EXCLUSIVE: First Interview with the Principal of Will & Jada Smith’s Shuttered Scientology School
[EIGHT years ago] Marty Rathbun: Scientology’s Secret Agreement With Joan Wood to Change Lisa McPherson’s Cause of Death
[NINE years ago] L. Ron Hubbard Christens the Apollo 43 Years Ago Today: For The First Time, His “Orders of the Day”


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 2,124 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,628 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,148 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,168 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,059 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,366 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,234 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,008 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,812 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,128 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,694 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,613 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,781 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,362 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,623 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,661 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,374 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,899 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 254 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,429 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,980 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,129 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,449 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,304 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,423 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,779 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,082 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,188 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,590 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,462 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,045 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,540 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,794 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,903 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 18, 2020 at 07:00

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