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VIDEO: Scientology turns to rock ‘n’ roll to save its soul, and you’re invited!

We just can’t get enough of Scientology’s hype videos. Not only are they entertaining, they always get us amped for another off-the-hook party of pure theta fundraising!

And speaking of fundraising, are you ready for a rock ‘n’ roll party that will raise enough money to make this entire country Ideal?

For those just catching up, Scientology leader David Miscavige has spent the last 18 years replacing drab “orgs” in major cities around the world with gleaming new cathedrals that are known as “Ideal Orgs.” He presided over the grand opening of two or three or four of them in a given year, pushing his followers to raise the millions that each of these renovations required. Then, just before the pandemic hit, Scientologists were told that the plan had changed and now Miscavige wanted all of the orgs upgraded all at once. This entire planet was going Ideal, and right now!

The coronavirus put a hold on the grand openings, but the fundraising hasn’t stopped. And here in the US, Scientologists are being told they need to raise the dough to make this country Ideal by funding numerous projects in places like Hawaii, New Haven, Long Island, and Albuquerque. That’s going to take a lot of cheddar, people!


So what does Scientology do when it needs a lot of money, and fast? It turns to a party theme!

Yesterday, we posted a new flier for an upcoming event, and we were really hoping that a hype video was being made for it…


And we weren’t disappointed! Today, Scientologists received emails sending them to this short video promoting the event. It’s a rager!


We can’t wait to hear from you: Does this video get you ready to rock?


Jon Atack on Scientology and Buddhism




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Source Code

“The fellow wants to get out of the woods and there are two trails. And one trail lies much deeper into the woods and the other trail goes out on to the plain. And all you have to do is put up a sign at the crossroads and point to that trail which goes deeper into the woods and say, ‘This way lies freedom,’ you see, and you’ve promptly trapped a lot of people.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 18, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“I was looking over Base Order No. 29 from 1967. There is no reason really it had to suffer such radical changes except that it was never checksheeted and packed for posts. The large amount of know-how in Flag Orders was never fully mimeo filed and related to posts by checksheet. This also solved a long standing mystery. The officer corps of some professional armies is terrible while their enlisted ranks up to non-comm are excellent. Germany lost 2 wars because of this. The US armed forces are remarkable examples of this. Suddenly dawn broke. The duties of everyone are well and totally written up and published right up to the top non-comm. Officers from low to high never had to learn any of this, even built up contempt for such knowledge and had no such plain texts for their own duties. I’ve seen it in commercial companies and elsewhere for a long time. Never could figure out why leadershp was so poor even for excellent troops or workers. Well, there it is. Hats, texts training in the lower echelon and almost none in the upper.” — The Commodore, September 18, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“If you do the bridge you’re not going to be told about secret weather control programs, about vaccines brain-damaging people, about the secret space program, about secret depopulation programs (programs run to kill us), about underground bases being built by the new world order in case of a cataclysm (they have literally built underground towns with all this advanced tech) and they fly around in UFOs which they keep secret from us, I mean there is just so much going on that we are not told about in Scientology or in mainstream life, but at least Scientology makes us smarter so that then we can investigate and find out about all these things.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Roland Rashleigh-Berry protested at Saint Hill. “Our happy band arrived and we met up with none other than Ron Lawley. He is the person who went into the Copenhagen Org dressed, some years ago, in a fake Sea Org uniform, started shouting at everybody and accusing them of out-ethics and squirreling the tech and demanded they hand over a complete copy of the NOTs so he could take it back to find out what they had squirreled. Of course they rushed around like lunatics and quickly gave him the NOTs so he kept a straight face (good TRs) and walked out with them. It was me, Jens, Dave B., Ian P. Freely and Hartley P. We met up with Steve Carmichael-Timson there. The response from the clams at St Hill was slow to put it mildly. They eventually came out and took pictures of use as I and Steve took pictures of them. Dave was on the sound system enturbulating them in-between very enturbulating Hubbard quotes. At two o’clock we knocked off and returned to the ‘Broadway’, our usual pub and meeting place.”


Random Howdy

“One of the few things I agree with the Scientologists on is that the whole Vistaril thing is weak. Vistaril, a/k/a hydroxyzine, is one theetie-wheetie drug. You need to take a whole bottle of this shit to even remotely get a buzz. Vistaril has never been considered a true psych drug. I know it is an antihistamine, anti itching agent. That’s how I first encountered it. The point is that us trying to say it’s a psych drug like Valium is absurd.”


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


Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for November 10. Trial tentatively scheduled for February.
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 October 7 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for November 19.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30, 2020 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 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27.

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] Scientology celeb Danny Masterson to be arraigned today for raping three women
[TWO years ago] Praise Xenu, it’s John Travolta and the Church of Scientology to the rescue!
[THREE years ago] Giving Scientology TV a run for its money — it’s the premiere of the Bunker network!
[FOUR years ago] Moss wins Emmy for portraying totalitarian cult victim and doesn’t care what you think about it
[FIVE years ago] In the wake of raids, Scientology’s sneaky consulting front shrinks markedly in Russia
[SIX years ago] Scientology about to throw its Harlem party — and we need your eyes and ears!
[SEVEN years ago] RATHBUN SUIT: Scientology’s last swipe in its anti-SLAPP appeal before hearing next week
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s “Bridge:” Claire Headley Gets Us to CLEAR!


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 2,427 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,932 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,452 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,472 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,363 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,670 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,538 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,312 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,642 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,116 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,432 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,998 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,917 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,085 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,666 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,927 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,964 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,678 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,203 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 558 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,733 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,284 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,433 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,753 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,608 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,727 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,083 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,386 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,492 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,890 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,766 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,349 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,844 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,098 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,207 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 18, 2021 at 07:00

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