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38 years ago: The eerie Hollywood Palladium sendoff for Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: 38 years ago yesterday, Scientology members assembled to hear that L. Ron Hubbard had voluntarily left his body to explore ‘researches’ elsewhere. Last year for the first time we posted an entire transcript of that event, and we’re marking the anniversary with it again. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

 
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“Any true psychotic can be counted upon to attack or attempt to destroy Scientology groups or activities as these help people. The source of such attacks traces back usually to pretty dangerous psychotics who aren’t in institutions or even suspected, some in public places where not only Scientology groups suffer from their actions. Thus it isn’t likely that Scientologists will do much to help cure them even if Scientology was in the business, which it is not.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1966

 
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THE PROSECUTION OF DANNY MASTERSON

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.

 
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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

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Source Code

“Parents are supposed to raise children so that children can grow up and become parents; there is a basic law in operation. So one day this little kid is standing there and his parent turns around, picks him up by the heels and bashes his brains out against a tree. This is unexpected, unusual. If you don’t think that incident is on record — anybody here want a headache? You have had your brains dashed out one way or the other. But we don’t necessarily have to turn these things on, because you are handling that. After all, what is getting one’s brains dashed out? But getting one’s brains dashed out by a parent would be some kind of a problem; that would be a bit of a problem, wouldn’t it? A parent is supposed to raise you and take care of you; you are supposed to be nice to the parent and yet the parent kills you. Well, it would be very upsetting. But of course, the funny part of it was the parent thought you were a wild animal and you rushed out from behind the rock, and you never got this equation at all because your brains were dashed out at the time. Sounds pretty wild, doesn’t it?” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 28, 1952

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“The only trouble with Scn orgs is that they are not promoting, selling and delivering. Seems so elementary. Possibly they think we are asking for something strange or fantastic when we say ‘Raise your GDSes.’ Possibly org boarding and hatting does not seem complicated enough to produce a result. Possibly raising GDSes does not seem to be the result of recruiting, org boarding and hatting. Whatever it is the task is so simple that one gapes when it is not done. Although New York is doing better, its troubles are just failures to recruit, org bd and hat and then promote, sell and deliver. In NY they actually think they have an HGC but are only selling ‘Interiorization Rundowns and Life Repairs.’ That’s like walking up to a candy bar and asking to buy some candy and being told ‘Oh, we just sell the wrappers.’ Student training is going better. But I never was able to run an academy where students were co-auditing without selling and delivering an awful lot of Reviews and grades. It’s best to stress training in an org but not to the extent of not running a busy HGC. NY has ‘low pay.’ They probably lose about $20,000 a week in unpromoted unsold undelivered potential. That’s the loss in an org, not the wasted paper clips. The answer is recruiting org boarding hatting and thus promoting selling and delivering. I trust our FEBCs going back there learn this lesson well. That’s why they’re here.” — The Commodore, January 28, 1971

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“For those who say the Purif is not LRH, I want to ask them: What is their solution for surviving the current End Game of food contamination that is currently reducing the population? If it were not for Cal-Mag, vitamins, minerals and oil, several of us would be in very poor shape and others gone.”

 
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Past is Prologue

2002: BBC News reported on January 30th that Tom Cruise took time from promoting his latest movie to lobby the American ambassador to Germany on behalf of Scientology. “He met with US ambassador Dan Coats while in the country promoting his new movie Vanilla Sky with co-star and girlfriend Penelope Cruz. Germany refuses to recognise Scientology as a legitimate church, claiming it is a fake religion based on making money from its followers. Scientology was put under official scrutiny in Germany in 1997, followed by France which outlawed it as a cult. Following Cruise’s hour-long meeting with Mr. Coats the star signed autographs and chatted to embassy staff, who remarked on how friendly and patient he was. Mr. Coats later attended the German premiere of Vanilla Sky, but would not comment on the meeting.”

 
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Random Howdy

“Sometimes people in official positions ask me if I have any living relatives and I’m yeah, but…then I feel sad.”

 
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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 January 29, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:

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Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, motion to strike/anti-SLAPP motions by Scientology to be heard January 9, 2024.
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.

 
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SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Podcast: Mark Bunker explains that David Miscavige is not ‘missing,’ he’s HIDING
[TWO years ago] Is this the greatest (and most disturbing) Scientology recruitment video ever?
[THREE years ago] Scientology in Russia, a series by historian Chris Owen, part 2: The Putin years
[FOUR years ago] Scientology TV premieres episode about legendary Saint Hill Manor to… total silence
[FIVE years ago] Scientology wants you to bring your kids to its creepy ‘mecca’ in Florida — it’s an adventure!
[SIX years ago] Sunday Scientology sermon: L. Ron Hubbard on freeing kids from their bodies
[SEVEN years ago] Move over, Xenu: Scientology’s other great space opera figure, the Duke of Chug
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology, in forced-abortion case: We treat people no worse than the Catholic Church does
[NINE years ago] Scientology secrets in government docs: Did the feds have a chance to stop ‘Snow White’?
[TEN years ago] Drug flashbacks from one million years B.C.? It’s time for Scientology’s New OT 4!
[ELEVEN years ago] Lawrence Wright’s Scientology Book Gets Some Thrashing from Cult Expert Steven Hassan

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,793 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,288 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,803 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,353 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,343 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,224 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,528 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,399 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,951 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,293 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,859 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,778 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,946 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,527 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,788 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,824 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,540 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,104 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,419 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,594 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,145 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,276 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,614 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,469 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,588 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,944 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,247 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,353 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,751 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,627 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,192 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,705 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,959 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,068 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 28, 2024 at 07:00

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