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After ‘Real Water’ fiasco, Scientology donor and former Nevada legislator files for bankruptcy

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’ve watched Scientology donor, former Nevada lawmaker, and Real Water honcho Brent Jones for a long time, especially after his magical beverage started putting people in the hospital in 2021. Now, he’s filed for bankruptcy and we get some real detail on his latest troubles. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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VIDEO: Scientology begs for staff in Chicago as it prepares to go ‘ideal’ — as soon as Saturday?

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Mike Rinder found evidence Scientology may open its new ‘Ideal Org’ in Chicago as soon as this Saturday. And now we’ve found a website and several videos it’s been using to draw desperately needed new suckers — er, new staff — to its soon-to-be-opened new cathedral. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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That time Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard bitched to followers about his income

[Founder L. Ron Hubbard: Can’t anyone think of my needs?]

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We were delighted to hear recently from Mirriam Francis, who brought our attention to a 1959 ‘policy letter’ issued by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. It’s a delightful rant that Hubbard penned, whining like a toddler because, he claimed, he was low on cash. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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VIDEO: This is what you really want out of Scientology, right? Super Power!

[For ten grand or so, you too can put the dilithium crystals into the warp core]

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We have another new Scientology video, selling that most enticing of mysteries, the space-age fifth floor ‘Perceptics’ hall in the Flag Building, where Super Power rundowns are delivered in Clearwater, Florida. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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PODCAST: Mark ‘Warrior’ Plummer remembers Scientology’s deceptions

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Mark Plummer has been a friend to the Underground Bunker for many years, supplying us with killer documents that he took out of Scientology when he left it in the early 1980s. We were glad to talk with him this week about his journey in and out of the church. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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VIDEO: Finally, mathematical proof that Scientology’s body thetans can’t exist!

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Jeffrey Augustine let us know that he’s adding a YouTube channel to his Scientology Money Project blog. And he’s starting things off with a very fun deconstruction of one of Scientology’s most iconic legends, Xenu’s genocide that brought ‘body thetans’ to Teegeeack! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Valerie Haney: Scientology changed the rules after I nominated Elisabeth Moss, Tom Cruise

[How did Valerie nominating Tom violate Scientology’s rules?]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Attorneys for Valerie Haney and Scientology will be in court today arguing about whether it’s time to jettison her lawsuit or Scientology’s ‘arbitration’ farce, and we’ll be listening in! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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She was branded a Scientologist villain by some online. But is she a villain at all?

[Grace Hunter and Anthony Tardugno]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: She’s accused of a hit-and-run accident that left a cyclist dead. She also happens to be an OT Scientologist. Does that make her more culpable for the death of another? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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After Cruise, Moss, and Shelly noms, Valerie Haney called ‘obstructionist’ by Scientology

[Scientology attorney William Forman and Valerie Haney]

In advance of Thursday’s court hearing in Valerie Haney’s kidnapping and harassment lawsuit, Scientology’s attorney William Forman has filed a declaration accusing Valerie of “obstructionist tactics and bad faith selection of unavailable arbitrators.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Marie Presley on Scientology, its leader David Miscavige, and why she left

[Lisa Marie Presley in 2015]

How I got to know Lisa Marie Presley was that a bomb went off in the Los Angeles Times on April 8, 2015.

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