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Scientology tried to destroy her, but Paulette Cooper is living her best life

We love catching up with Paulette Cooper on her birthday, because she always has fabulous things to catch us up on.

This was the great contrast we lived with during the years we were working with her to write a book about her incredible life: At the same time that she had lived through harrowing adventures — surviving the Holocaust as a child while her parents did not, and in her adult years being the target of Scientology’s most storied and sustained program of terror — despite those terrible and terrifying experiences, Paulette is living and enjoying a fabulous life.

She always has projects in various stages, whether it’s books she’s published or talks she’s giving or lavish balls she’s attending. And she and her husband Paul Noble seem to know just everyone, and so they are invited to everything. And who wouldn’t want them at their event? Paul’s dry wit is legendary, and Paulette makes you feel like you’re fortunate to be part of her adventure.

For her birthday this year, she’s going with Paul to St. Augustine, Florida. And she shared with us a photo from a recent vacation to show us that they are still living it up, as they always do.


And we have a favor to ask of our readers. You know that Paulette gets into the comments from time to time. Tell her your favorite anecdote about her adventures, whether you’ve read our book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, or her own book about herself, The Perils of Paulette, so she can see how much she means to the Bunker community.

Which birthday is this for Paulette? Well, it’s a big one. She was born in Nazi-occupied Antwerp on July 26, 1942. We’ll let you do the math!


Bonus items from our tipsters

Hey, let’s celebrate Paulette’s birthday with some Scientology propaganda!




Technology Cocktail

“GOAL: ‘To Sneeze’, which is used as an example.
Line One: Who or what would want to sneeze?
Line Two: Who or what would oppose sneezing?
Line Three: Who or what would not oppose sneezing?
Line Four: Who or what would not want to sneeze?
Line Five: Who or what would sneeze?
Line Six: Who or what would not sneeze?
Line Seven: Who or what would oppose opposition to sneezing?
Line Eight: Who or what would pull back somebody or something from sneezing?
Line Nine: Who or what would want to be sneezed at?
Line Ten: Who or what would oppose being sneezed at?
Line Eleven: Who or what would not oppose being sneezed at?
Line Twelve: Who or what would not want to be sneezed at?

Line Thirteen: Who or what would be sneezed at?
Line Fourteen: Who or what would not be sneezed at?
Line Fifteen: Who or what would cause somebody or something to be sneezed at?” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1962


Scientology Files, part 5

This weekend, the fifth episode in the Scientology Files series was posted. Here’s a summary from our man in Hungary, Peter Bonyai: “The subject of this episode is the world of Scientology business clubs and business consultants. Our guest has never been a Scientologist, but for a while, he was a member of a business club ran by Scientologists. He will recount his personal experiences, talk about the infamous ‘jedi training’ offered by a Scientologist consultant, and you will find out whether the same abuses are committed in these business clubs which usually propel the Church of Scientology into the headlines.”



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

“The Internet is an excellent way to collect up identities and to offer such identities books and services. But going internationally, targeting new people to Scientology is an entirely different game. The Miscavige problem would have to be under control. The Church image, or rather Scientology image internationally speaking, has to be rehabilitated first and Scientology re-positioned in the public’s mind. A lot of PR work would have to be accomplished first on the media, and the church and Miscavige positioned as something entirely different than the original tenets of LRH. In other words, as not Scientology. Then the general public, at least 80 percent of them, would support the Independent Movement as something really representing greater freedom for the individual.”


Past is Prologue

1995: Helena Kobrin, lawyer in charge of harassment for the Church of Scientology, was busy this week sending threatening letters to a.r.s posters for quoting 5 lines from the OT7 document. New recipients this week include Bruce J. Bell, Blind Carlos, Maggie Council, ‘Jesse Garon’, James J. Lippard, Old Salt, Doctorb Science, Tony Sidaway, Tim Skirvin, Keith Spurgeon, Steve, Donna Stuckert, and TarlaStar.


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: Trial scheduled for October 11, pretrial conference August 17.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury. Additional charges also referred to grand jury after January 5 assault while in jail.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Readiness hearing scheduled for August 22 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for September 19.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place, next status hearing October 25. Scientology petitioning US Supreme Court over appellate ruling.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



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] Miss Lovely tells us she has a birthday wish this year, and it’s about Mr. Lovely
[TWO years ago] Leah Remini blames Tom Cruise for the spiking of Aussie Scientology investigation
[THREE years ago] Happy Birthday, Miss Lovely! And look what Paulette Cooper gave herself for a gift
[FOUR years ago] Paulette Cooper turns 76: ‘I found my best friend from the orphanage — from 70 years ago’
[FIVE years ago] Paulette Cooper at 75: Still unbreakable, and still Miss Lovely
[SIX years ago] Hungarian tabloid’s wacky claim: Shit poured on Scientology’s leader in Budapest protest
[SEVEN years ago] Happy Birthday, Miss Lovely: A tribute to the dauntless and unbreakable Paulette Cooper
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology surrenders — at least partially — in seven lawsuits against its rehab network
[NINE years ago] Scientology, Your Proprietor, and the Airwaves
[TEN years ago] Jamie DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard Great-Grandson, Gaining More Notoriety for His Views on Scientology
[ELEVEN 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 2,737 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,242 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,792 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,782 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,673 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,978 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,848 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,622 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,953 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,426 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,742 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,308 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,227 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,395 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,975 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,237 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,273 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,988 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,513 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 868 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,043 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,594 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,743 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,063 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,918 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,037 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,393 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,696 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,802 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,200 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,076 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,659 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,154 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,408 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,517 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 26, 2022 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, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), 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


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