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If you ever wondered what Suri Cruise might be like if she had never left Scientology

Going viral on social media is not new to Scientologist and professional ham hock Grant Cardone, who makes a living convincing rubes that he will turn them into millionaires if they sign up for all of his oversharing on various Internet platforms.

But now it’s his 10-year-old daughter Sabrina who is having her own social media moment, and not really in a good way.

A TikTok video of Sabrina giving a bizarre pep talk at one of Grant’s “10X” events, with the 10-year-old girl urging people to agree to work even more than they already are, has become the “what the f?” spot of the moment…



You may remember that previously, Sabrina had starred (sort of) in a Grant Cardone video when Grant’s own wife Elena posted footage revealing that Grant was still showering naked with his then 9-year-old daughter.

And you may also remember that Grant and Elena Cardone are nothing but class.


So, with these Scientology OTs as parents, and growing up in a family business based on taking advantage of marks, is it any wonder that the new generation is going to represent Scientology as well as Sabrina appears to in this TikTok?

Somebody give that kid a Freedom Medal.



Bonus items from our tipsters

The mailers continue to come in for this Saturday’s ‘Ideal Yakety US’ online event, but this particular mailer has a detail that we wanted to focus on….


It’s good to remember that Scientologists are under heavy pressure to donate to multiple David Miscavige initiatives, and not just the membership organization of the IAS. Stephen Duque, for example, has been pulled like taffy in a number of different directions…

Solo NOTs Auditor: Stephen has been up both sides of the Bridge to Total Freedom, the processing side to discover his past lives, but also training to be an auditor, and he’s reached such heights in both that he can deliver auditing at the top of the Bridge, the upper ‘OT’ levels. Former Scientology executive Marc Headley has estimated that it can cost $2 million to reach the upper levels of the Bridge.

New Civilization Builder for Ideal Orgs: Stephen is also on the hook for Scientology’s building projects. To reach the status of ‘New Civilization Builder’ requires a donation of $1 million, and this notation implies that he’s done it more than once.

Platinum Meritorious of the IAS: The International Association of Scientologists is Scientology’s membership organization and defense fund, and ‘Platinum Meritorious’ indicates that Stephen has forked over at least $2.5 million. (The first Platinum Meritorious was Tom Cruise, who reached it in 2005.)

Legion with Distinction for the LRH Hall: Stephen has also donated $5 million toward the building a new performance hall in Clearwater.

Luminary of Planetary Dissemination: Duque also donates to Scientology’s campaign to pay for the printing of Scientology books that are then sent to libraries around the world (which really don’t want them). We don’t know the dollar amount here, but you can assume it’s at least several hundreds of thousands of dollars for a status with a name like “luminary.”

So the next time you see someone listed as a “Meritorious” giver to the IAS, keep in mind they may be deep into these other funds as well.




Scientology’s next big thing

Great piece by Mike Rinder yesterday at his blog, where he took apart David Miscavige’s latest gambit to keep Scientologists convinced that true expansion is just around the corner.

Ideal Orgs are expensive new cathedrals that are supposed to bring in huge numbers of new Scientologists, and they’ve been a total failure since they first start popping up in 2003. But now, the San Francisco Ideal Org has announced, it’s sending its executives to the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida for new “OEC” training (the Organization Executive Course).

Says Mike: “Miscavige is finally rolling out the ‘new’ OEC. This is the next ‘big thing’ that is now going to guarantee his ‘ideal orgs’ actually expand. It will be announced with great fanfare that Miscavige has ‘discovered’ a new ‘why’ for orgs not making it to St Hill Size. The ‘new’ OEC will be presented by him as his brilliant solution. Just like the ‘ideal orgs’ was a ‘solution’ to the same problem almost 20 years ago ‘because they could not perform all the functions of an org’ (supposedly because they didn’t have enough room) and like an auditing session couldn’t be delivered without an auditing room or an E-Meter an org couldn’t survive without a big, shiny building.”


Source Code

“If we weren’t here, the lights of Earth’s civilization would be out in another 25 years. And people know who is sitting, baying at them. But you see the great ease it would be to scoop me up, or shoot me down or do something to me. You might ask, why is it that this has never really happened? It’s come close to happening a couple of times. There’s been an airplane out on a landing field warming up, waiting to kidnap me, and a couple of hoods standing by, real tough mugs. Only they couldn’t handle a .45, and I could. This in the confines of Los Angeles. The war cooled off, as far as I was concerned, many, many years ago, and I don’t expect it to hot up at all. I don’t even bother to lock the doors. And it’s not case as far as I’m concerned. I’m just pointing that out to you as a matter of record. Because if I had a men, number of overts here, or if I had a bugginess going here, the attack on you and the attack on me would be fantastic. But you see, if you haven’t got tremendous motivators, they can’t get a big enough overt going against you, because you just don’t suck it in, that’s all. You see? And that mechanism alone is why we’re still alive. ” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 21, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“MONEY: If somebody gets on money collection we’ll maybe someday have some upper level bonuses. AUDITOR C/S BONUSES are not cancelled. The w.d. hours and the completion bonsues are paid. Qual Internes are not paid bonuses but will draw SO pay when their 25 hours are made in a week. The bonus B of I is sort of up in the air. The 20% does cover these and B bonuses. Somebody tried to pay me my full bonus when no one else was eligible. I’m sending it back. Total Bonus has to be covered by 20% of the GI before C D E bonuses can be paid. The ‘postulate checks’ got in our hair on this. Anyhow, get the stats up and we’ll soon have some new FEBCs out who will pay their bills! It’s not as it says on the GF, All Black. There’s lots of F/N VGIs around this lovely new tech in auditing and supervising and the eventual prospect of an OT crew.” — The Commodore, June 21, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The few remaining wizards (or rulers or powers or whatever) left in the magical universe decided to invade this universe and come down in style. They’d round up escapees or collect beings from this universe, pull them all up into the magic universe, implant them, and make them up into an army. This seems to have been done five times. These are the five invader force waves, but that’s another story.”


Past is Prologue

2001: The Herald Sun reported that Scientology celebrity John Travolta is touring Australia with an eye to recruiting for Scientology. “John Travolta is out to win recruits to Scientology during his promotional tour of Australia. ‘I’m so proud of what it does and how it helps people, I don’t really mind when Scientology is brought up,’ he said. ‘I feel like it’s a perfect invitation for me to maybe help someone with their life.’ He said he was happy for the media to harp on the controversial religion to which he was one of several celebrity recruits. ‘I think your average fellow would be offended by that, but in my case I’m actually pleased when it comes up because maybe it gives me an opportunity to share it with someone and maybe help them,’ he said.”


Random Howdy

“You cannot detox addicts NON-MEDICALLY. It is INSANE, SADISTIC, and DANGEROUS.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for August 9. Trial tentatively scheduled for early November.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference August 21 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: June 18 pretrial conference delayed for Juneteenth federal holiday.

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 to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology has until June 25 to respond.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court grants review on May 26, asks Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

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.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] What are Scientologists being told about the Danny Masterson rape case?
[TWO years ago] Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, ‘Provost Marshal’: Another apologist claim debunked
[THREE years ago] Opportunity missed: What Erika Christensen should have been asked about Scientology
[FOUR years ago] Source: Scientology ship avoiding Dutch waters after evading surprise government search
[FIVE years ago] Nearly four years after Stacy Murphy’s death, Scientology files motion to kill much of lawsuit
[SIX years ago] ‘Book ’em, Danno’: Just for fun, L. Ron Hubbard’s fingerprints, revealed!
[SEVEN years ago] Ryan Hamilton files lawsuit 14 against Scientology’s drug rehab, and other updates
[EIGHT years ago] In His New Book, Is Neil Gaiman Exorcising His Scientology Past?
[TEN years ago] Scientology “Goons” Rough Up Aussie TV Journos
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology’s Leader a Sadistic Slapper, Say Top-Level Defectors: St. Pete Times


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 2,338 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,843 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,363 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,383 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,274 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,581 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,449 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,223 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,553 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,027 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,343 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,909 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,828 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,996 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,577 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,838 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,876 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,589 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,114 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 469 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,644 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,195 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,344 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,664 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,519 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,638 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,994 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,297 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,403 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,805 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,677 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,260 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,755 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,009 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,118 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 21, 2021 at 07:00

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