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Miss Lovely tells us she has a birthday wish this year, and it’s about Mr. Lovely

[Paul Noble and Paulette Cooper Noble]

Today Miss Lovely herself, Paulette Cooper, turns 79 years old. This year, she had a message for us that we were not expecting. We’ll let her tell the story.

It’s been quite a week. Monday Paul suddenly began to shake uncontrollably as if he was shaking a martini. His temperature shot up and what was really scary was his oxygen level (I have an oximeter at home) was at 85 when it should be 96-98.

I called an ambulance and at the hospital they took a fast Covid test (which they admitted had questionable reliability) and it was negative, but they thought from the symptoms he had Covid and put him in a Covid ward. They wasted the first day in the hospital waiting for results from a second, more reliable PCR test which came in negative. They said that while Paul’s symptoms were definitely that of Covid, they said they had only one patient who had been totally vaccinated (as we are) who came in to the hospital had been as sick as Paul was so that’s comforting about the vaccine working.

They took him off the Covid ward (where, by the way, patients are not allowed to leave their rooms) and he only got the diagnosis yesterday — after he went through a life-threatening situation — that he had impacted gallstones blocking his bile duct and needed immediate surgery. But until today we couldn’t get a top doctor because they were all here at the hospital treating all the Covid patients.

Through the help of a big doctor in town I wrote about a few years ago, he finally got us the top surgeon at this hospital. They decided to try an endoscopy this afternoon where they go down your throat and try to pull the stone out. So the bad news is the endoscopy this afternoon failed. Yes, they got out the big stone out that was risking Paul’s life, so that’s the good news. But there are smaller stones in there so they had to do emergency surgery Sunday morning to remove the entire gallbladder.


The good news is that they think it will be laparoscopic, which is far less dangerous than major surgery (especially on someone Paul’s age), with a far shorter recovery period.

He’s been in a lot of pain along with many uncomfortable tests this week but, as always, his spirit is good and the funny thing is that on the second day before he got the correct diagnosis, Paul ruefully said “I have a feeling I’m going to leave the hospital without my gallbladder.”

So my birthday present this year is his imminent recovery!

— Paulette Cooper


[Paul awaits surgery and catches up on the news.]

A few hours later she sent us this update:

Surgery successful. Am with him now! Coming home tomorrow hopefully. Best birthday present ever!

Today’s update:

A scare yesterday so they wouldn’t release him but better now so they will today for my birthday.



Source Code

“We’re trying to make somebody Clear. Clear of what? Clear of his reactive bank. Now, Freud said that man had an unconscious or a reconscious or something of the sort which was subconscious under the underconscious. He thought there was something there and it was inhabited by a beast known as the censor, who kept the fellows from pulling a social faux pas. And when the censor was asleep or nulled or something of the sort by drugs, why, the fellow would do antisocial acts, and that was the whole explanation of the human mind, except it was all caused by sex. I hope you’re following me closely. But anyhow, we are actually indebted to Papa Freud, because he did say out loud that there was some kind of a mind that was kicking back on somebody. He didn’t really discover the reactive mind; we did.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 26, 1966


Avast, Ye Mateys

“SMERSH: Smersh just lost half of its suit on us. It was suing us for defamation of its character. The sum of the result will probably be the judge’s question ‘What character?’ Part of the evidence of the next part of the suit was a restricted issue of an Ed they stole out of an org! ‘What character?’ Charles Parselle is doing a great job on Legal in the UK. The Guardian’s Office is going at its usual TERRIFIC! over the world.” — The Commodore, July 26, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“LRH seems to have been here some centillion years. On the other hand, very big beings are here and their invalidative vibrations probably affect us. And don’t forget the entities that attach to the thetan here.”


Past is Prologue

2001: Judge Thomas E. Penick this week issued a permanent injunction to replace the temporary injunctions against Scientology and protesters in Clearwater. “The Defendants have frequently picketed, protested, and demonstrated at the Plaintiffs facilities in Pinellas County, and Clearwater, in particular. Both sides have and continue to expend vast numbers of hours videotaping and ‘spying’ on each other. Such acts have heightened the tensions and frictions between the parties. During these picketing events, physical confrontations have erupted between the parties. When violence breaks out, the Clearwater Police have had to expend many work hours and taxpayers’ dollars to return peace and tranquility to the community. The frequency of the involvement of the Clearwater Police has constantly grown…A permanent injunction is entered against the defendants, Robert S. Minton, Jr., Lisa McPherson Trust, Inc,, Jesse Prince, Grady Ward, Stacy Brooks, Jeff Jacobsen, Patricia Greenway, Peter Alexander, Mark Bunker and Tory Bezazian, their members, officers, agents, servants, employees and those persons and entities in actual concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this injunction, enjoining them from picketing, protesting, and/or demonstrating in the areas designated in BLUE (the ‘prohibited zones’) on the diagrams of certain properties owned and/or operated by the Church, and from engaging in any of the aforementioned activities within ten feet of any entrance or exit actually used frequently on a daily basis to all Church property.”



Random Howdy

“Jan Eastgate is the Myra Hindley of Scientology. She looks just like her.”


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: Next pretrial conference set for Sept 9.

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 responded on June 25.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments scheduled for Oct 5.
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: Third 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] Leah Remini blames Tom Cruise for the spiking of Aussie Scientology investigation
[TWO years ago] Happy Birthday, Miss Lovely! And look what Paulette Cooper gave herself for a gift
[THREE years ago] Paulette Cooper turns 76: ‘I found my best friend from the orphanage — from 70 years ago’
[FOUR years ago] Paulette Cooper at 75: Still unbreakable, and still Miss Lovely
[FIVE years ago] Hungarian tabloid’s wacky claim: Shit poured on Scientology’s leader in Budapest protest
[SIX years ago] Happy Birthday, Miss Lovely: A tribute to the dauntless and unbreakable Paulette Cooper
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology surrenders — at least partially — in seven lawsuits against its rehab network
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology, Your Proprietor, and the Airwaves
[NINE years ago] Jamie DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard Great-Grandson, Gaining More Notoriety for His Views on Scientology
[TEN years ago] Scientology Apocalypse! Mark Bunker and Marty Rathbun Reveal Their Ties


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 2,373 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,878 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,398 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,418 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,309 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,616 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,484 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,258 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,588 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,062 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,378 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,944 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,863 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,031 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,612 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,873 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,911 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,624 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,149 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 504 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,679 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,230 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,379 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,699 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,554 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,673 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,029 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,332 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,438 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,840 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,712 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,295 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,790 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,044 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,153 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 26, 2021 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.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2020 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2020), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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