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Clearwater CEO Joy Gendusa recorded sychophantic video for Scientology’s leader

What a week it’s been for PostcardMania CEO Joy Gendusa.

On Tuesday, with Hurricane Ian barreling toward Florida’s west coast, labor journalist Jonah Furman published statements by Gendusa that the Clearwater mail-order business would work through the storm, and that she expected employees not only to be at their desks but also to bring their kids and pets to the building if they worried about being swept away.

Vice then picked up the story and had a ball with it, pointing out that once the news had gotten out that Gendusa’s insane company memo was rapidly going viral, the company announced that the business would actually be closed and that they simply meant the building could be used as a shelter. (Sure, sure.)

And then Creative Loafing Tampa Bay added the delicious detail that Gendusa, of course, is a well known Scientologist in the area. PostcardMania is known as a sort of employment agency for Scientologists living near the Flag Land Base.


And yesterday, Vice again found even more nutty statements by Gendusa, this time in a 2020 video that featured her downplaying the danger of the Covid pandemic.

Along the way, clips from a video of Gendusa at Scientology’s own main website were sampled, as well as excerpts from a Freedom magazine story. Joy is a staple of Scientology promotion, a story of Scientologist makes good.

Well, a reader pointed out to us that there was another delicious morsel in this box of Scientology chocolates, and so we wanted to tell you about it.

Remember our story in January, when we took a fun tour through Scientology leader David Miscavige’s own personal website, which featured 96 videos from Scientologists praising him as the greatest dude ever?


Yeah, that was a lot of fun to see ardent Scientologists like Tom Cummins (a major donor and Florida CEO), Sheila Gaiman (writer Neil’s mum), and Judy Norton (yes, the Waltons actress) volunteering to pump up Miscavige for his own website. The adoration was just precious.

Well, it turns out that another person who recorded one of those videos was none other than PostcardMania CEO Joy Gendusa.

It’s just too perfect, isn’t it?



The ability to make a person feel so important and to be genuine about it is extraordinary, and you don’t see that very often at all. So, to be the recipient of that from Mr. Miscavige actually, of course, has affected me in my own activities as a leader. I try very hard to do the same. Don’t know if I’m quite as good at it, but…

I have seen the most amazing, incredible products on a societal level, just what he’s done to help get rid of drug abuse and what he’s done to help literacy and it’s, it’s just mind-blowing. It’s mind-blowing to me what this man has been able to do for society. He’s just incredible.

I’m very thankful that David Miscavige is in the position he’s in. I feel fortunate and just blessed that David Miscavige is at the helm. Because I know we’re OK.

Her husband Sam also has a video on the same page.

Oh, and here’s another bonus. Remember the story we did two years ago about the 14-year-old vlogging her experience at Scientology’s expensive Oregon boarding school, The Delphian?


We were reminded that this is Joy Gendusa’s granddaughter. The whole family is a treasure!


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In five episodes, we recently looked at something we’ve been curious about for several years: The potentially explosive television show, produced by Sirens Media, that would have featured L. Ron Hubbard great-grandson Jamie DeWolf as its presenter, and that would have taken an active look at the families ripped apart by Scientology’s “disconnection” policy. Unfortunately, even though the series was ready to air on the A&E network in 2016, it never has. Our podcast series turned out even better than we were hoping, and we’ve made all five episodes available to everyone.


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Source Code

“‘Be three feet back of your head.’ Please tell me why nobody ever said this in the last ump-thousand years. This is fantastic. Because 50 percent, at least, of the people who come in and sit down, I don’t care what their age is — something like this — you say, ‘Be three feet back of your head.’ Sometimes you get the reaction, ‘Why?’ ‘Well, it might be more comfortable outside.’ ‘Might be more comfortable outside! You mean people are inside their heads!’ You would be just amazed how often one gets that reaction. One girl I know was given 125 electric shocks because the psychiatrist found she was outside of her head. Too sane for him.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 2, 1953



Avast, Ye Mateys

“This evening there will be a cocktail party aboard and 100+ top VIPs are expected as well as one very, very VIP person. The cocktail will be held in the main dining room and will as usual extend into the B Deck Foyer. Therefore body traffic into this area is to be kept to an absolute minimum. Male & Female occupants of B deck cabins are asked NOT to wander up the passageways and into toilets clad only in a towel during cocktail time. Remember that the VIPs will be using these heads. LAST REQUEST: Please try not to hang around the aft quarter deck or Prom decks during the cocktail — many of the guests will be taking a tour to the bridge at some time during the evening. As these requirements have been made publically known in the OODay, there will be no excuse for offenders, and I will take very strong action on any I find. Remember we are TOP EXECS of an INT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CORP.” — Lt. N.F. Starkey, Captain, October 2, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Case in point was an LRH lecture where he found himself up in the Van Allen belt, so the Church of Scientology pulled it, telling Ted Koppel it’s no longer part of current Scientology to appease extant scientific data. With the more recent discoveries, are they going to reissue it? Same when LRH stated he nearly got run over by a train on Venus. No one is going to disagree there are no trains on Venus, but the lecture still nicely correlates and furnishes insight what goes with the case as LRH was about to unravel the implant data on the CC and OT II among other findings. To me, the lecture was a perfect delineation on the power of the case over one’s perceptions.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Berliner Morgenpost reported that Rev. Thomas Gandow continues to come under attack from Scientology. “The Scientology sect has recently used its official periodical, ‘Freiheit,’ to attack the sect commissioner of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, Thomas Gandow. On the title page of the magazine, which gives the circulation at 200,000, the religious minister and sect expert is described as ‘Chief Inquisitor,’ among other things. The background of the operation against Gandow was his membership in the founding committee of the ‘European-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA.’ The committee brought into being the ‘Alternative Charlemagne Award’ which it then presented to U.S. businessman Robert S. Minton, who has financially supported opponents of Scientology.”


Random Howdy


“I’ve been in a ‘Is that all there is to Scientology?’ mood lately. It comes with the territory.”


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.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Arraigned on August 29.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff scheduled to be sentenced on Oct 28.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for October 24 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. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2.
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] Academics who ignore defectors as ‘apostates’ will never see Scientology for what it is
[TWO years ago] New in court docs: Scientology bashes victims’ rights group, trashes Mike Rinder
[THREE years ago] Scientologists led away in handcuffs after stunning evidence of fraud heard in L.A. court
[FOUR years ago] Clear body, wiped mind: Another woman comes forward about forced abortion in Scientology
[FIVE years ago] Another Scientologist becomes instant star with Trump supporters, this time in Puerto Rico
[SIX years ago] How Scientology plans to take over the world: By boring us to death, apparently
[SEVEN years ago] An email that demonstrates how much Scientology loves going after the ‘evil psychs’
[EIGHT years ago] Q&A with Mike Rinder: Understanding the sudden changes at Scientology’s LA complex
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s Georgia Drug Rehab Hit with Double-Barreled Media Onslaught


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 2,805 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,310 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,860 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,850 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,741 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,046 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,916 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,021 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,494 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,810 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,376 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,295 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,463 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,043 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,305 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,341 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,056 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,621 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 936 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,111 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,662 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,793 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,131 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,986 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,105 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,461 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,764 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,870 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,268 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,144 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,727 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,222 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,476 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,585 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 2, 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…

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Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


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