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Scientology social media: Stop being afraid to turn over all your hard earned cash!

Once again we’re indebted to our social media source who lets us in on what Scientologists are sharing with each other online.

We often hear from people, particularly on Facebook or Twitter, who are surprised to learn that Scientologists are allowed to be online at all. It’s one of the most persistent misconceptions about Scientology, and we think it might be a legacy of stories from the 1990s about the “net nannie,” a program that Scientology sent out on CD-Roms to prevent the home computers of Scientologists from visiting certain websites on the early Internet.

It’s true that today Sea Org members generally don’t get online, but that’s because they work around the clock and don’t have access to computers. But as for “public” Scientologists, which are in the majority, they’re online as much as the rest of us. But they’re conditioned to avoid “entheta” — material that is critical of Scientology. And they’re very good at it. They know that if they’re caught looking at this website or a critical Facebook group, or one of Leah Remini’s programs, they can be hauled in for expensive interrogations that can go on for weeks.

But with each other they’re quite talkative about their wins and gains, and they also send out encouragement about pushing up the Bridge and forking over cash.


We’ll start with this young woman, who urges her fellow Scientologists not to fear the registrar, the church official who comes for your wallet!


A Christmas letter to his auditor.


Another reference to David Miscavige being at Flag for the last five Friday graduations. (See our previous story.)



Someone’s in the doghouse.


Amos in May:


Amos today:



Even Santa is on course in Cincy!


Going Clear at Columbus!


Esther delivered child auditing, how precious.


Moshe banishes more body thetans!



“OK to publish.” OK then!



Source Code

“If you did it, you can undid it. How do you like that? You can! You can undo it. Anything you’ve done, you can undo one way or the other — somewhere on the track, given enough time. Even without processing, you could undo it. A lot of you are going forward in life right now, just hoping you will get an opportunity to undo, oh, Lord knows what, killing blondes or something. Hoping you get enough opportunity to unkill battleships or something. Of course, some of you are out of luck entirely because maybe your overt acts are against heavy hussars — heavy cavalry, heavy horse cavalry — and you’re trying to undo overt acts against heavy horse cavalry in an age that doesn’t have any. So you have to become an historical writer.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 3, 1960


Avast, Ye Mateys

“CRUISE: We rapped out the mileage and as I write this we apparently will have our day’s stats at the end. One day and two nights at sea compared to two days and two nights. It was a fairly comfortable run. I like this port we’ll be in as you read this. The officials have always been pleasant and obliging, the people great, and they don’t push people around. Some aboard don’t like it. Smells of fish they say. Well, I prefer the smell of fish and saw dust to the smell of tourists. I’ll never forget the relief and cheer we once felt when driven by the sea and the height of the Smersh campaign this port welcomed us. It always has been friendly and decent. Not being shoved out to anchor ‘to make room for the great Tourist Liner BUNKO and the Tanker SS Stinko.’ We’re off the beaten track here. The Phoenicians, Carthoginians and Portuguese have left their traces. And these people still go on. I’am changing our scheduling after the next port after this. Be nice to these people, they’re your friends. Be nice to this port. I consider it an Affinity haven.” — The Commodore, January 3, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“In 2008 at the last broad Freezone Convention held in Europe near Magdeburg, Germany, a young man by the name of Andreas Buttler presented himself as the reincarnation of LRH. It was on the 9th of May that year, that he presented his book SPIRITOLOGIE. Spiritology he defined as the science of the origin, infinite potential and the full rehabilitation of the spiritual being. In his book he announced the great breakthrough that Scientology now is going to be run from the 8th dynamic INFINITY. And all techniques are run from that viewpoint and incidentally doing away with the need for the pre-OT levels altogether. In 2013 however Andreas Buttler had gotten physically ill and as he himself could not have overlooked any adverse ‘causative thoughts’ he concluded that his belief that ‘there was always the thought, the concept or the idea, before anything would manifest’ must have been wrong. He then promptly withdrew the book, the subject and everything connected — including his own past identity — and that was the demise of ‘Spiritologie’ as far as he was concerned.”


Past is Prologue

2001: The Arizona Republic reported that Scientology was instructed to return $1.2 million dollars that was donated by a scam artist member. “More than $1.2 million bilked from investors has been recovered by federal officials and will be returned to the fraud victims, authorities said Thursday. Benjamin Franklin Cook III of Arizona was charged last
August with 37 counts of racketeering, fraud and theft in connection with an investment scheme run by his company, Dennel Finance Ltd. A U.S. Customs Service investigation resulted in a court order this week directing the Church of Scientology to return $1.2 million donated by Dennel Finance. The church returned the funds to a receiver and has not been accused of any wrongdoing, authorities said.”


Random Howdy

“There seems to be a reluctance even among some exes to understand that all the E-meter is physically capable of doing is measuring galvanic skin response. It is incapable of reading one’s emotional state.”



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 denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s 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.

Concluded litigation:
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs.
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 now on 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] In the Sea Org, it’s difficult to see Scientology’s incompetence — until you escape
[TWO years ago] We asked Marc Headley about NXIVM’s Allison Mack using his Scientology lawsuit as a defense
[THREE years ago] Conan O’Brien to Danny Masterson in ’04, after rape claim was settled: ‘I’ve heard about you’
[FOUR years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Aaron Smith-Levin on how families get so screwed up in Scientology
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s state of the union, 2016: Former spokesman Mike Rinder predicts ‘more pain’
[SIX years ago] Jon Atack: What it’s like for the Scientologist who gives up the dream of being superhuman
[SEVEN years ago] Another Scientology video you aren’t supposed to see: ‘The Command of Theta’
[NINE years ago] Is Scientology Imploding? Watching the Panic After a Former Executive Dares to Question Church Management


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 2,170 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,674 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,194 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,214 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,105 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,412 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,280 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,054 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,858 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,174 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,740 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,659 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,827 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,408 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,669 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,707 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,420 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,945 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 300 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,475 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,026 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,175 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,495 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,350 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,469 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,825 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,128 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,234 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,636 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,508 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,091 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,586 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,840 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,949 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 3, 2021 at 07:00

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