Daily Notifications
Sign up for free emails to receive the feature story every morning in your inbox at


As Thanksgiving begins to get back to normal, it’s time to pass the Source again!

A year ago, we hoped that our U.S. readers were marking the Thanksgiving holiday by not gathering with their friends and family.

What a strange couple of years it’s been, and in some places the pandemic is as bad as ever. But thanks to vaccines, at least some families will be getting together this holiday for something resembling our pre-coronavirus lives.

So once again, we’d like to hear what you’re grateful for this year, whether you are gathering with loved ones or not. And to help celebrate our (partial) return to normalcy, we’re going to bring back one of our favorite Thanksgiving articles and once again, pass the Source!


In this 1960 lecture, “Create and Confront,” Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (known as “Source” to Scientologists) tells a cold-blooded and factual account of where we all were some 20 to 40 thousand years ago. That is, we were all living in something called the Marcab Confederacy, headquartered on a planet orbiting the star Alkaid, which makes up the end of the Big Dipper’s handle!

You don’t remember it? Well, you will. At least if you get some Scientology auditing and start exploring your “whole track” of existence. You see, Scientology teaches that we are each immortal beings called “thetans” which are trillions of years old, but something called the “reactive mind” prevents us from remembering the countless previous lives we’ve led in various parts of the universe. Only L. Ron Hubbard’s counseling “technology” can help you remember who you were and where you’ve been. And as his counselors do that work, Hubbard says that people tend to recover certain memories over and over again.

“You’ll remember this sooner or later,” he says in this lecture, informing you that you were once part of a civilization so advanced, its medical doctors could replace just about any part of you that wore out until you were more or less a cyborg. In fact, they were so good at it, you had to make an effort to end your life.

And one way that people in the Marcab Confederacy did that was by racing cars on a race track booby-trapped with atomic bombs.

Hubbard remembers that he himself set speed records numerous times at the racetrack between 19 and 40 thousand years ago. And the funniest thing was that as he came back in successive lives, he wouldn’t realize that the records he was breaking were his own.

How’s that for a holiday knee-slapper! Anyway, we thought you could use a laugh before your relatives come over.

Just try to not to think too hard about the fact that people who actually heard this lecture still gave this organization their life savings and their children for safekeeping.

And before someone tries to claim that this is obsolete material that Scientologists no longer consider “scripture,” this lecture is still available for sale and something that Scientologists must take seriously as coming from Hubbard. So buckle your seat belts and prepare to take a spin around the track.


Here’s the transcript…

This business of running into the repeating identity is, of course, one of the more amusing phenomena. It’s a phenomenon of – that’s broke more hearts.

You keep trying to beat your own record, you know? I was mentioning this racetrack. It was about nineteen thousand years ago, twenty thousand, thirty thousand, forty thousand, In the Marcab Confederacy they had a race-track. And you were probably there. And you either have attended its races or had something to do with it, because you find it on most cases.


There’s one 1216 B.C, that shows up on any case – the Brotherhood of the Snake. 1216 B.C. It shows up on any case. Well, evidently, this other one is the same breed of cat. Almost anybody going through Marcab Confederacy sooner or later got mixed up with the racetracks.

They had turbine-generated cars that went about 275 miles an hour. They ran with a high whine. I notice they’ve just now invented the motor again. And they had tracks that were booby-trapped with atom bombs, and they had side bypasses. The tracks were mined, and the grandstands were leaded-paned. And the audience – it got to be kind of a “no audience.” You never could see the audience.

And oh, they had loose-sand sections and they had slick-oil asphalt and they had ice sections and loose gravel. Any kind of hazards you could think of. A mountain that you went up to the top of and fell off; you know?

And just – there were just more drivers killed. There was more blood pouring on that track, you see, all the time. I mean it was always goofed up. Ten, twelve thousand years, this was the favorite sport of the Marcab Confederacy, apparently.

If I’m restimulating you, okay. It’s not done intentionally. You’ll run into this sooner or later. You’ll wonder… You’ve probably often wondered what that needle-like pinging was in the back of your neck. Well, you probably wound up on the track some time or another as a driver or something of the sort.

Because nearly everybody, when he wanted to go to the devil, went to this track and became some part of its operating personnel, because it was the fastest ticket out in a society which absolutely insisted that you live!

The Marcab Confederacy’s medicine was so excellent that an individual just couldn’t die out of it. That was all. They would drag you back and fit an arm on, fit a leg on, fit a nose on, fit an eye in. They could give you artificial voices and artificial vision and artificial digestion and artificial everything else. The next thing you know, there wasn’t even an original part left including you, you see?

But there was always a road out, you know. You could… If there was too much peace, and you couldn’t go to war and get yourself killed, you could always get involved with something like the racetrack, you see? That was a sure ticket out.

Well, one of these things of a repeating identity – this happened to me over a course of quite a while: I’d be doing something constructive, and so forth, and I’d go play hooky. Or I’d get tired of that particular body setup. I’d go play hooky, wind up down at the racetrack driving a car, you know? Just hooky, you know? This is a rough thing to do on people because it was awful hard on their equipment.

And just go in there and be the Silver Streak, you know? The Silver Streak. You know, so many laps in so many seconds, you know? Track record! Track record. I’d get bored with it and do what I went down there to do anyhow. Work it out in such a way that it really wasn’t my fault for knocking myself off, you see? And take one of these cars and wham it into the grandstand or some such place, see, and that’d be the end of that body. And nobody could argue with it, see? Medical science could do nothing after that. Go pick up another body or a doll or something like that and go on about my business and carry out the mission.

But after a while this got rather bad because – come down the track and I’d be the Red Comet, see, driving around. Get to walking in and out of the lobby, and I’d see this picture here of the Silver Streak. And I’d look at this, “Track record so-and-so, so-and-so, so-and-so. Aaah, who’s this guy,” you know?

And so before I used the track for the purpose it was intended, which was knocking off a mock-up, why, I’d get in there and, urrrr-rrooorn! you know, and managed to take a minute off of that time, you see? Manage to take this many laps off as the total endurance record, and.. Oh, they had races there that’d go for two weeks. You’d be driving for two weeks. They’d just keep doping you up. Needles hitting you in the back of your neck, you know, giving you new jolts. This is space opera. This is what this planet is in for. I mean, boy. And knock it off, you know?

I remember I got tired one time. Did have one overt act on the track – it was real bad – is I got tired of wondering whether or not there really was an audience back of those leaded panes. Took one of those tracks – cars, turned it at right angles, and threw it through one of the windows. There was an audience there.

So anyhow, a few lifetimes later, why, things would be going along pretty good, and the mock-up would be all patched up, and I’d think I was due for a new issue or something like that, and I’d wind up down at the racetrack. Total nom de plume identity – my own identity totally masked, you know, and go in there as the – the Green Rocket!


And as the Green Rocket, you know, be going errrr-vrooom! you know, that sort of thing. And one day walking through the lobby, “The Red Comet. The Silver Streak. Nyah, who are these bums? Track record so-and-so and so-and-so and leaped six cars. Six cars.”

And the Green Rocket, of course, would get a picture, posthumously: “One of the great drivers of all time who had leaped seven cars and had taken eight minutes off the track record,” you see?

I think in the course of about twenty-five hundred years there were an awful lot of pictures in there, but I had about sixteen of them.

I’d just keep going back and beating my own record, see? And I finally would just be exhausted, you know? You know, the Green Rocket. The Red Comet. The Silver Streak. You know? The Gold Bomb, you know? Oh! Whoo! How in the name – ’cause, you see, the equipment for eleven-twelve thousand years never changed one iota. Nothing was ever bettered. It was just ability, you see? It’d be pure, raw ability. As a matter of fact, the equipment was getting a little bit worse. And always beating your own record. You get down to a point finally where it isn’t possible. You just have to give up. Well, who defeated you?

Ah, the only reason I’m telling you this rather humorous anecdote is just to pound it home to you a little bit that you’re basically in competition with you.


[L. Ron Hubbard in 1960]


Sign up for a daily email when we post a new story on Scientology.

Did you know you can get an email every morning when we post our daily Scientology story? We know some of the folks who come to the Underground Bunker aren’t here to talk about the politics of the day, and that’s why we created a daily politics feature over at our other blog, The Lowdown, and we ask readers to take their political discussions over there. And if you drop us a line at tonyo94 AT gmail, we’ll put you on the list so you get a morning reminder that a new Scientology story has been posted — and only for our Scientology stories.


Source Code


“I remember trying to pick a little girl up out of a bombed carriage one time, about 1685, and I had quite a lose because I didn’t succeed in making her get on her feet, she was half blown to bits. And mechanisms didn’t work, and so forth, and tried to pick her up and dust her off, you know, as a thetan. And it didn’t work and it gave me a big lose and I got all confused and upset about the thing and then that was an overt not to have done it, you get the idea? But I was guilty of an overt in the first place, I eventually realized and found out, in that I was riding as the, as a bodyguard on this particular carriage, see, and I didn’t do it, you know. Something bad went wrong, see, something bad happened. Well, that’s guilty of an overt act right then. Don’t expect to control a situation that you’ve caused to that degree. Got the idea?” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 25, 1959


Avast, Ye Mateys

“CLASS X: We have now graduated two Class X Internes. This is a good win and breaks the log jam. It takes quite a while to make a Class X in view of the intervening courses such as SHSBC, Class VIII, Class IX, to which are currently added a long Interneship of Class VII. There has been a very slow making of auditors in the field. The New York Org has just telexed that it has made its first Class IV in a year and a half…We are putting a new regulation into HCOs that 50 percent of all its recruits must go to Tech. In other words, for every two recruits, one of them must be put into full time training. Recent HCOs have had a tendency to neglect the establishment of Tech and Qual Divisions with qualified personnel.” — The Commodore, November 25, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“OMG I finished Mission Earth! Jesus Christ that took ages. There’s no way I could have done it without listening to it while I was working. It woffles on, I could tell LRH was just amusing himself with it, really should have been 8 books long and would have made for the best ever, still totally awesome. Love the data, I really know now the type of stuff Hubbard would talk about if he went on the Joe Rogan podcast. The most entertaining bits are when the story’s on Earth and mocking our aberrated society and when Sultan Gris does his outrageous out-ethics behaviour. This story would make for a great Game of Thrones type TV series. Somebody please make it!”


Past is Prologue

1997: Scientology issued a press release this week attacking the Channel 4 documentary on L. Ron Hubbard. “The Church of Scientology condemns as ‘journalistic terrorism’ the vicious rendition by Channel Four’s ‘Secret Lives’ of a purported ‘biography’ of L. Ron Hubbard, the Founder of Scientology and Dianetics. The program is the most contemptible form of tabloid disinformation and reeks of journalistic deceit and immorality. Boxes of factual information and documents disproving the lies of their sources were provided to 3BM, the independent company that produced the show, its director Simon Berthon and its producer Jill Robinson. The producers were offered an interview with L. Ron Hubbard’s official biographer, Mr. Dan Sherman, which they ignored. All of it was rejected in creating a programme dripping with bias, lies and a disreputable parade of self-serving and discredited sources. Through our own news journal, we are investigating how this atrocious programme came to be aired and we have uncovered the sordid tactics used by 3BM’s Jill Robinson and Simon Berthon.”



Random Howdy

“I’ve always wanted to move to Australia. I could hang out at the pub all day with Nick Cave and the Cosmic Psychos, get a dingo, collect funnel web spiders and tiger snakes and swim with white pointers and salties. Send me a ticket and a few thousand dollars to tie up lose ends and I’ll be right over.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29, 2022.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), false imprisonment, aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Hearing scheduled for November 30.
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 December 17 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
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 held November 2, awaiting a ruling.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9, 2020 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 June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



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?


[TWO years ago] Leah Remini calls Beck’s sudden Scientology defection a ‘pussy move’
[THREE years ago] Kirstie Alley calls on her fellow Scientologists to pounce on another disaster
[FOUR years ago] After a landmark court case, Scientology watchers should be celebrating, not sniping
[FIVE years ago] That time when Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard didn’t invent surfing in California
[SIX years ago] Lisa McPherson and the doctors: Hamstrung by the ‘spiritual’ needs of a thetan
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Armageddon: Now Sears — yes, Sears — is piling on the embattled church
[NINE years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology Braces for the Holidays!
[TEN years ago] Scientology vs. Pollution, a Lisbon Cocktail Party, and More: Sailing on the Apollo Nov. 20-26


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 2,495 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,000 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,520 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,540 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,431 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,738 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,606 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,380 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,710 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,184 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,500 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,066 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,985 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,153 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,734 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,995 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,031 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,746 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,271 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 626 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,801 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,352 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,501 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,821 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,676 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,795 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,151 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,454 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,560 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,958 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,834 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,417 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,912 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,166 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,275 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 25, 2021 at 07:00

E-mail tips to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We also post updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email