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Scientology has its whales, but here are the leviathans of the Underground Bunker!

[Ready for your trophy?]

Scientologists can not only become “patrons” and “laureates” and “meritorious” based on how much money they give to the IAS (Scientology’s main slush fund), they can also become “ambassadors” and “luminaries” if they help pay for book dissemination campaigns.

There are so many ways Scientologists can get fancy trophies and certificates and swag! Why should they have all the fun?

We decided it was about time we started awarding statuses to our amazing commenters, who have been in the trenches with us in this absurd pursuit for many years now.

In this case, the coin of the realm is upvotes, a rough guide to how useful or funny or poignant a comment is. And some of our readers have amassed some pretty huge piles of them. As an incentive for their participation, we’re rewarding our whales with some awfully fun status levels.

Here’s the deal: We did our best to tease out your upvote numbers from the Disqus backend, a process fraught with inconsistency. So please, if you don’t see yourself on the list, let us know so we can add you.


And for heaven’s sake, when you reach a new level of awesomeness, tell us so we can recognize you for it. It’s time your hard work paid off here in the Bunker, and heck, if you come to HowdyCon, we’ll hand out some certs or something. Just don’t expect giant trophies handed out by a coiffed little guy in a tux.


[500,000+ Upvotes: Blue Whale Kha-Khan]

Observer, Panopea Abrupta


[400,000-499,999 Upvotes: Fin Whale Invictus]


[300,000-399,999 Upvotes: Sperm Whale Maximus]

Once_Born, Phoebequeen


[200,000-299,999 Upvotes: Right Whale Excalibur]

Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner, chukicita, Missionary Kid, Phil Jones, PickAnotherID, Robert Eckert, Sherbet


[150,000-199,999 Upvotes: Bowhead Whale Laureate]

dagobarbz, flyonthewall, Kestrel, Mark Parry-Maddocks, NOLAGirl(Stephanie), Rasha, RMycroft, Shorpy, Snake Plissken, ze moo


[125,000-149,999 Upvotes: Humpback Whale Meritorious]

Baby, Graham, Jimmy3, Juicer77, Newiga


[100,000-124,999 Upvotes: Gray Whale Luminary]

Aron, DodoTheLaser, Douglas D. Douglas, Draco, Intergalactic Walrus, Liberated, nottrue, Science Doc


[75,000-99,999 Upvotes: Bryde’s Whale Ambassador]

J. Swift, John P., Lousy Ratatouille, Reyne Meyer


[50,000-74,999 Upvotes: Minke Whale Vanguard]

aquaclara, Artoo45, BosonStark, Captain Howdy, Cece (tigger) Smith, chuckbeattyx75to03, daisy, Derek, Eclipse-girl, Eivol Ekdal, Ella Raitch, Frodis73, Harpoona Frittata, Jeb Burton, Jens TINGLEFF, Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn), kemist, Kim O’Brien, madame duran, MaxSpaceman, M.C. Mayo, Michael Leonard Tilse, Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack, M L, Mockingbird, OOkpik, OTVIIIisGrrr8!, pluvo, Princess Erika the Radiant, Puget Buckeye, salin, Suzanna Nielsen, Vaquera


[40,000-49,999 Upvotes: Beaked Whale Benefactor]

5 Feet Long and Luminous, aegerprimo, Andrew Robertson, Chee Chalker, gtsix, Jack99, Lina Sithlady, LongtimeLurker, madge filpot, MrsLurksALot, One Human, Qbird, Richard, Stan, Sunny, UTR, worstcultever


[30,000-39,999 Upvotes: Bottlenose Whale Guardian]

3feetback-of-COS, Anonymous, beauty for ashes, Bob Crouch, Cheap & Nothing Wasted, FredEX2, Free Minds Free Hearts, Garumpf, Gflded Kim, Gladys Kravitz, iampissed, John Prince, L. Wrong Hubturd, LHS (Nasty Woman), MarcabExpat, Owletalenie, MickeyTheMouse, Sejanus, SuccülentDuck, sugarplumfairy, Techie, TexasBroad, tigger, Tory Christman, TrevAnon


[25,000 – 29,999 Upvotes: Orca New Civilization Builder]

Ben Franklin, ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones, davegrille, Glen, jazzlover, Jimbo, Karen de la Carriere, Mat Pesch, Nomo, Pete Griffiths, read my avi, RustyS, Scream Nevermore, stillgrace2, TheLurkingHorror, Todd Tomorrow, TX Lawyer


[20,000 – 24,999 Upvotes: Beluga Whale Crusader]

AcceptorDisprove, anony bird, Bob, Calligraph, Chris Shelton (Galactic Patrol), Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan, Grisian Farce, HillieOnTheBeach, Independent Scientology News, Jerseygram, Just Hummin’ Along, M from Toronto, Mark Foster, Mick Roberts, monkey, mook, Richard Grant, richelieu jr, sizzle8, Skip Press, Still_On_Your_Side, Sunny Sands, Tone, villagedianne, Vistaril


[15,000-19,999 Upvotes: Narwhal Humanitarian]

0tessa, April, Ardent, Axiom 142, Bagpuss is my co-pilot!, balletlady, c8h10n4o2, CK, Different Anonymous, dungeon master, edge, FirstNameUnknown, Fred G. Haseney, Gerard Plourde, Hamtaro, Ibby, ISNOINews, JaxNGold, Jenyfurrrrr, Jgg2012, joan nieman, just another guy out there, LeeAnneClark, Lucille Austero, Marc Headley, mark merlot, mirele, Mooser, Mrs. B (noseinabk), Narapoid, Noesis. outraged, Phil McKraken, Pierrot, ReallyMGM, Riga G, SarahDB, Shivani33, Sir smorbie, SLIM, Stacy, The Original Donald, The tree man, TickTockDave, What’sup, WOG with Attitude


[10,000-14,999 Upvotes: Whale Shark With Honors]

Ammo Alamo, andy o, Ann B Watson, Betsy, BigMcLargeHuge, bixntram, Cars, Cat Daddy, Chocolate Velvet, Clark Ashton Kutcher, Dawn G., Dr_Orpheus, EmmyD6, FistOfXenu, Geoff Levin, grundöön, Holy Cow, Jefferson Hawkins, Jon Hendry, KJP is in Portland, Lliira, mark, Moonshot, MostEthicalPimp, Mrs. V., Nothing to see here, OrangySky, otviii2late, Patty Moher, PerpetualOutflow, Peter, PoisonIvyHerself, RexAinsfree, richelieu jr, Robert Hammond, Sarah James, scnethics, Scott in PT, shasha40, Sibs, Sidney18511, Silence of the Clams, Snippy_X, stanrogers, The Hot Tub of Sadly No!, ThetaBara, Tracy Schmitz, Valerie Ross, Wayne Borean


[7,500-9,999 Upvotes: Great White Shark Super Power]

10oriocookies, Anion, Anonymous Confused Person, Assez_Rire, aurora50, balletlady, Bavarian Rage, Bella Legosi, Beth, BraveBloggers, downtherabbithole, Fine Young Animal, FromPolandWithLove, George Layton, HTC, Illinoisian, Ivan Mapother, jim, JJ, Jo, Just Dee, Kristin G, Len Zinberg, Lurkness, Mary, Mary_McConnell, Meepthorp, MissCandle, mockingbird, mon elle, N. Graham, Paul V. Tupointeau, PeterBlood, PreferToBeAnon2, pronoia, Ruby, ScientologyDoesNotExist, SciWatcher, SDB, Sh00pZ, Shanester, SnackTheoryConfidential, Suppressive Tomato, SurferJoe, Synthia Fagen, Taffy Sinclair, TheDude, Trashton Porter, triumph, V900, Walter Mitty, Zeruel (Sebastian)


[6,000-7,499 Upvotes: Manta Ray Disseminator]

9001, Allie, Almira, argyranthemum, Asillem4, Aslan’s Own, Barbara Angel, Bradley Greenwood, Brian J Sheen, BTs2Free, BumpIt McCarthy, Cosmo Pidgeon, Cosmoneydoc, Davka, ExCult.Jan, Heidi, jimpjorps, Joe Howard, Jon Hunter, JustCallMeMary, Lolow0708, Lori Hodgson, mOstSpecialAgent Joe McClaine, Ms. B. Haven, Neil Clark, PJK, Racnad, SandiCorrena, Scott H, scottmercer, shellybrittcorrias, Shut Up Oracle, Sir Hemet TC Burlwood VIII, Sookie Sookie, Spike Robinson, Syllabub, t1kk, tetloj, TheMirrorThetan, thetastic, Victoria Pandora, Zana


[5,000-5,999 Upvotes: Sunfish Insouciance]

A bird in the chimney, And I’m Cute Too, anonsparrow, Bert Allen, Bleuler, burythenuts, Captain MustSavage, Chuck Beatty, Commodore H. McCringleberry, David Qeet, DoveAlexa, El Con Blubbard, Exscn staff, Fuzzy, Great White Clam, Grumpy Cat, IASREG, InterestedObserver12, janedoe2, Linear13, McCarran, otviii2late, picketflag247, Princess Squishy, Rick Alan Ross, rom661, romanesco, Room 101, Schmarty party, Sergeant Pepper, seriouslyWTF, skiesareblue, Snuzey, Stephanie Loving, StudentOflife, Susan black, Sydjazz, UhLasare, WildaBeast


[4,000-4,999 Upvotes: Sturgeon Affluence]

Alice Graves, AnyOldName1, California, Chewkacca, CofS Exit Zone, Couch_Incident, Dave Reams, dchoiceisalwaysrs, DexterSka, Dolly Jones, Drat, Edward Whalley, Ever met an SP?, Exterrier, Faux Gibbler, FleaT, generic sock, Gravitysucks, Interested, InterestedObserver12, jen, Kay, KingofSweden, Kristen, Little Brother Joey(3-7-77), Mike Rinder, Miss Dutch, ombrifuge, Pedro, PRenaud, Sandy, Scientology_411, Simon Tology, SP’Onage, stateofcircle, stellamaris73, Suzy, Unex Skcus, valshifter, VickiStubing, WhereIsSHE, Xique


[3,500-3,999 Upvotes: Marlin Straightwire]

Always Amazed, arcinva, baddog5623, Bernie Headley, daytoncapri, Donna Cline Sargent, Doug Parent, Elegant Mess, endoftheQ, Fink Jonas, Helen Van Patterson Patton, InTheNameOfXenu, jeff, jmh, Kevin Tighe, KNMF, Lady Squash, Linda Clement, NiiiceKittyKittyKitty, Paulette Cooper Noble, Red Carpet 776, saksin, Sarcasmo, scamofscientology, Semper Phi, Spacer, Vault Digger, Verve, Xenu is my Homeboy


[3,000-3,499 Upvotes: Barracuda Beingness]

Barry Johnson, chequered past, deanblair, David E Love, Dibythesea, DMSTCC, DrGreatCham, FollowTheMoney, Franklin Adams, Grisian Farce, Hana Eltringham Whitfield, Interested2, InterestedinCrazy, itsIBBy, Jenny Griffith, Joey Dentures, Jon S, Larry, K2P2(KnitNut), Macallan, Mareka Backus, Marta, May_West, Minion Gayle, MM, Noni Mause, Orglodyte, Pierohi, Scientia, Sir_Real, Stefan, Troy MacGyver SP, V Vendetta, Warrior, whingeybingey, woodrose


[2,500-2,999 Upvotes: Perch Patron]

Allioops, Are_sics, BareFacedMessiah, BeezleBobby, Beverly, Casabeca, CB_Tells, Charles Murdoch, Charlotte, Chris Shugart, CoolHand, Cupcakes for Breakfast, Dancing Cranberry, disco george, Elendira, Emily, Flying High, George M. White, HolyCash, Imelda Marcos, ISNOINews, ithilien, J238, Jen Hanson Gruber, Jesse Prince, Jonathan Cummings, Jonny Jacobsen, JustSheila, Kitz, Kristin Rawls, Mark Bunker, Midwest Mom, Miss Cabbage, Mymy88, osofine, philosofa, pixie dust, SignsOfSuccess, Skabetti, SRI foxi, Susan B., trow125, USA MRIID, Willie Jones, Xenu’s son.


[2,000-2,499 Upvotes: Minnow Champion]

Alexander_Supertramp, AmoVolare, AutOmatic, BabySmurfette, cymboli, Dean Fox, dwayners13, Elen, ElleGee, FleaT, FOTF2012, Fly Lady, HeatherGraceful, jane456, Jenstnick, jere Lull (40 years recovering), Jon Atack, Joy Lover (Ex-CS), Justmeteehee, Kimmy3, LongNeckGoose, Marie Claire Wolf, MarionDee, Mark Weeks, mikecrosby, moonfire, NaplesFLA, NeverIn, Not a Scientologist Butt, org-rat 1003, ParticleMom, Peggy oh!, QbirdTwo, Qua!uc, Robert Hanna Moore, RK, Robin Descamp, Roger Y, Royce Harlow, Saint, Sam SanAntonio, Smidget, Stephenie Loving, Username, vistaril_LOL, Wog


[The Everlasting Pod]

Denise Brennan, Puget Buckeye, Steve ‘Captain Howdy’ Cox, Bernie Headley, Andreas Heldal-Lund, Mary ‘Sugarplumfairy’ Marinelli, Nan McLean, Ron Miscavige, Mark ‘Warrior’ Plummer, Simi Valley


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 5, 2018 at 07:00

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Our book, 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, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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