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In this week’s social media leak, a Scientology school is offering ‘doctorates’ for donations

 
Our thanks again to our source who dives into Scientology’s social media stream to let us know what church members are sharing with each other.

We have another bumper crop of success stories for you this week, and we learned that there’s yet another way that you can open up your wallet and earn a nifty status level as a Scientology donor.

In this case, we’re talking about the Applied Scholastics Academy of Las Vegas, which is raising money for a new building. And here are the statuses you can obtain with your flow of money…

Rhodes Scholar $100,000

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Doctorate $50,000
Masters $25,000
Bachelors $10,000
High School Grad $5,000
School Jock $3,000
Science Nerd $2,500
Drama Queen $1,000
Student Council President $500
Student of the Year $250
Class Clown $100
Graduates $5-50

As fun as those are, we still think becoming a Harlem “Homie” ($500) or “Gangster” ($5,000) is the real prize, isn’t it?

Now, on to this week’s sampling of Scientology hype…

 

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Is anyone at the Dublin Ideal Org not from the Czech Republic?

 

 
“I just got done spending five figures to get these body thetans away from me, and now I’m ready to drop another 20 thou to chase off even more!”

 

 
Keep on chugging…

 

 

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Olivia is feeling pure ARC…

 

 
Another one through the Wall of Fire!

 

 
Flowing a lot to the Bridge!

 

 
Amy is Clear!

 

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Dublin is Prague-matic!

 

 
Get those Hubbard hooks into the kids as young as possible…

 

 
Files project? Chicago must be nearing its grand opening…

 

 

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Just what Uganda needs. Scientology.

 

 
Fastest growing in the East! Nashville will be cleared in no time.

 

 
Is Kerri really a celeb though?

 

 
Group processing to handle planetary bullbait!

 

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Source Code

“When you start to double people’s scores and push people upstairs in terms of sports abilities, this becomes a foul and fiendish plot from our standpoint. If you were to take the football Cards, or the baseball Cards or any one team, and give it a heavy shove in the direction of better ball playing, you would at once, of course, find that the opponents had no other choice but to get a heavy shove in the direction of ball-playing. See, no other choice. We haven’t started this program yet in America. We’re looking around for some volunteers to go on payroll and go up and haunt one of these baseball clubs or football clubs. And just do nothing but process the boys and so on. A very interesting project. Because, of course, they will then take all pennants, awards and TV programs. And then we can then go around to their archenemies and say ‘See what happened.’” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 22, 1956

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“Does eating meat suppress your Theta flow on your 5th dynamic?”

 
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Past is Prologue

2001: The Buffalo News reported on November 21st that the city may seize the Scientology org there to create a parking ramp. “The city has offered to buy the five-story building owned by the Church of Scientology for $425,000, City Real Estate Director John Hannon told the Common Council’s Finance Committee. He said the figure was based on what he called two good appraisals. Except for space occupied on the first floor by the owner, most of the structure is vacant, city officials said. Under powers of eminent domain, governments can initiate condemnation proceedings to obtain private property for public use. The Common Council is expected to authorize public hearings on the planned condemnation proceedings within the next couple weeks.”

 

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Random Howdy

“When I first read about the solo auditing I remember thinking, ‘This is genius! Hubbard has these dupes so bamboozled he’s got them ripping themselves off.’ The most expensive part of the Bridge and you’re conning yourself. How would that hold up in court on a fraud charge?”

 
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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. Nov 18: Feshbachs indicated they will enter into consent judgment to pay the debt.
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.

 
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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.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Beck tells Australian newspaper: ‘I’m not a Scientologist’
[TWO years ago] As Leah Remini returns for a third round, here’s Scientology’s side of the story
[THREE years ago] VIDEO: Scientology gives its highest award to Nation of Islam minister, who thanks Allah
[FOUR years ago] Leah Remini demands $1.5 million from Scientology for interfering with her A&E series
[FIVE years ago] Scientology drug rehab policy: Get the sexual assaulter out of state before police arrive
[SIX years ago] The Scientologist who wouldn’t fly: The rise and fall of insurance mogul Richie Acunto
[SEVEN years ago] Mark Bunker Returns to Clearwater: Wise Beard Man Back in Scientology’s Mecca!
[EIGHT years ago] Thanksgiving? Pshaw! The Scientology Begin-A-Boom Bookathon Starts TODAY!
[NINE years ago] More Scientology Hip Hop, Yo: The Curious Career of Chill EB

 
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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 2,128 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,632 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,152 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,172 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,063 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,370 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,238 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,012 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,816 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,132 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,698 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,617 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,785 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,366 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,627 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,665 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,378 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,903 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 258 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,433 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,984 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,133 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,453 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,308 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,427 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,783 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,086 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,192 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,594 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,466 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,049 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,544 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,798 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,907 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on November 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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