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After success in England, Scientology planning major end-of-year blowout in LA

We want to thank the tipster who forwarded to us a flier from Scientology that really has us doing a double-take.

After many years of looking at hundreds of Scientology promotions, we don’t remember a year-end event in Los Angeles being marketed quite like this before, and we can’t help wondering if Scientology leader David Miscavige is trying to capitalize on what Scientologists must consider a successful revival of the IAS gala in England.

Is it LA’s time to shine next?

Traditionally, around the middle of December, Scientologists would be summoned to a “New Year’s” event to be filmed at the Shrine Auditorium. They would be obliged to pretend that it was New Year’s Eve, with a big countdown at midnight, and a big David Miscavige speech, so that videos of the event could be shown on December 31 at Scientology orgs around the world.

Like with the IAS in England, however, that was shut down by the pandemic, and Miscavige has been presiding over the last few New Year’s events on December 31 itself at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Scientology’s most holy site in the world.


This flier seems to suggest that a return to tradition is in order, and that Scientologists are being summoned to Los Angeles in the middle of December. But it doesn’t specifically refer to the Shrine Auditorium or to a New Year’s-style taping.

Also, we’re struck by the moniker “The Scientology Capital of the World” for a couple of reasons. First, we’ve been saying for several years now that LA’s star has been falling as Clearwater’s has risen in the world of Scientology. Also, we don’t remember Los Angeles being sold that way before. Have you seen that specific tag in the past? Maybe we’re just forgetting it.

Well, at any rate, this begging of Scientologists to come spend their holidays in California seems like more of the kind of restoration that they were just pushing at Saint Hill. Hip, hip, hooray?

Here’s the email that went out to Scientologists…


I want to extend an invitation to you to join us over the weekend of December 15-17th for the ultimate end-of-year events!

That is, you can prepare for the greatest gathering of Scientologists in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec 16th at the most iconic Scientology event site in Los Angeles! Official promotion will be sent to you soon. For now, just know that this IS the event you have been waiting for…😉

Please reply with any questions you may have and to reserve your seat!



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“Engram running has vanished as a healing process. Engram handling by chains has emerged as an entirely reoriented subject, not even vaguely connected with the body and with the target not of a human clear but of Operating Thetan.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1963



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 as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?


[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond

[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams [41] Louise Shekter [42] John Sweeney [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson [49] Mark Ebner [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman


Source Code

“Space opera used to be a lot of fun, you know. You’d spend two hours getting into your suit, and you get all this equipment and you get it all here and there and you stuff it and fill up your pockets, and then you climb up with this two hundred pounds of stuff, up a ladder that’s about 30 feet tall, to get into some kind of an airport. And you get inside this ship, you see, and then you regulate about 500 switches and you have to repair four or five electronic circuits and you patch some things together with chewing gum and you strap yourself down in a seat and take off. And then you navigate like mad, going three times the speed of light, trying to navigate by stars that are invisible for some days. And then you land someplace for the skin of your teeth, and boy, you really knew you did something. That’s right. You really knew you did something.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 18, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“TIME MAG: Probably the bitterest news opponent to Dianetics in the US was TIME MAGAZINE. It started lying loudly in 1950 in its flip entheta style and gave me more space that year than it gave the president. All lies. We did not identify Why until last year. Their ‘medical health’ editor (Keller) is a member of the World Federation of Mental Health and in their pay. It is TIME policy to enturbulate America, cause riots and disaffection. If you read it in Time it isn’t true. A movement such as ours is the death knell of Fascist fear masters. As much US press is Communist, and as the active Communists organization numbers 400,000 in the US, I am very happy to see Time making a false claim about ‘having Krushchev’s memoirs.’ Time would forge same, get Russia to deny it for publicity. World press is full of this dispute and has been for some time now. So Time has bitten off too big a bite, told too big a lie. It is in financial trouble already. It would be a happy day if they crashed. The more WFMH network collapses the better chance man will have to survive. What a PR trick! Forge ‘memoirs’ get the author to deny it — all for big publicity — typical Time tactics. There’s no bitterness involved. It is always amusing to see a biter bit.” — The Commodore, November 18, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“We have a society drugged up, low toned, out of comm, and who now hold the fear of easy drone or satellite assassination and surveillance, and today’s peeps are much more interested in MEST tech than theta tech. Sad. I see no advantage to continue to dumb us down further or an advantage for AI running things. Even just using AI for collecting data isn’t advantageous for those of us who obtain full OT — not necessary and counter-intentioned to theta goals.”


Past is Prologue

2000 An Attendance estimate and other details from the Lisa McPherson Trust benefit held in Clearwater were posted to a.r.s this week by the concert organizers. “We would guesstimate that between 300 and 400 people attended the event. And this does not count the PI’s and Scientologists who only listened from the parking lot or while cruising past. Earlier in the day the event was modestly attended. Later into the night the club was quite full. People came and went all day long, some leaving earlier and returning later in the evening. We feel that the event was a success on all levels, as its primary purpose was to educate the public about the Lisa McPherson Trust. The local press and radio coverage that featured the event and the MC, Jamie Kennedy. We owe a special thanks to Bubba at 98 Rock for the great time on his show, on the highest rated radio station in the Tampa Bay area.”


Random Howdy

“Scientologists spend decades on staff and in the Sea Org and never come close to reaching Clear. The number one stated goal of Scientology is to ‘clear the planet’ i.e convert everyone to Scientology either by taking their money or making them indentured servants. Staff and S.O are told not to worry about course work, they can do that in their next lifetimes. The bottom line in Scientology is UPSTAT vs DOWNSTAT. Everything else is window dressing.”


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


Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentenced to 30 years to life on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing October 30.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, Scientology submitting anti-SLAPP response Oct 26.
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Discovery phase.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



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] CONFIRMED: David Boies firm now represents Jane Doe 2 & 3 in Scientology civil lawsuit
[TWO years ago] Evidence that Scientology is still taking Sea Org women to clinics for forced abortions
[THREE years ago] What’s it like at Scientology’s ‘Hogwarts’? This 14-year-old vlogger will show you!
[FOUR years ago] SCIENTOLOGY DOCUMENT LEAKS: Stunning new revelations span the 1960s to 2017
[FIVE years ago] Leah Remini kicks off 3rd season with emotional toll caused by Scientology’s ‘aftermath’
[SIX years ago] Sinar Parman, 1954-2017: Chef to Scientology’s celebs who escaped to dish on L. Ron Hubbard
[SEVEN years ago] Even the local Scientology mission is hiding a horror show of abuse: Kelly Jordan tells her tale
[EIGHT years ago] Lisa McPherson’s last opportunity for standard care ended 20 years ago today
[NINE years ago] What Adrian Chen got wrong about Anonymous and Scientology
[TEN years ago] EXCLUSIVE: First Interview with the Principal of Will & Jada Smith’s Shuttered Scientology School
[ELEVEN years ago] Marty Rathbun: Scientology’s Secret Agreement With Joan Wood to Change Lisa McPherson’s Cause of Death


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 3,217 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,732 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,282 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,272 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,153 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,457 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,328 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,433 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,880 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,222 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,788 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,707 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,874 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,456 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,717 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,753 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,469 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,033 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,348 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,523 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,074 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,205 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,543 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,398 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,517 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,873 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,176 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,282 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,680 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,556 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,121 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,634 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,888 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,997 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 18, 2023 at 07:00

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