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Scientology chiropractor Eric Berg called out by son in viral TikTok video

 
Last night, a man named Ian Rafalko posted a TikTok video which has quickly blown up, with more than 90,000 likes by this morning.

Here’s what he says in it:

 

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So after I make this video and it goes public my life will be over. That uh… my life’s been over for a while, so. I thought I might at least go out with a bang.

Some of you might know this guy. He has a few thousand videos on YouTube. He’s pretty popular at this point. He gives a lot of health advice. He’s a chirpractor, as you can see, so…

Not only is this man a Scientologist but he donates copious amounts. His profit margins are insane, they’re through the roof. So he’s donated probably around 7 plus million dollars to Scientology?

And every product of his that you buy, you donate to Scientology as well, because he has a separate savings account just for that.

He’s an incredibly selfish and void-of-empathy human being. And the reason I know is because he’s my fucking father.

Behind him, you can see an image of Dr. Eric Berg, a chiropractor and Scientology donor that we’ve mentioned here at the Bunker before.

 

 
This is Eric Berg, an OT 8, as he appeared in Scientology Impact magazine issue 156, which reported in 2017 that he had reached the “Silver Meritorious” level for donating $500,000 to the International Association of Scientologists, Scientology’s membership organization.

We’re attempting to reach Mr. Rafalko, and we definitely want to hear more about his relationship with his father and the fallout from this video.

 
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Want a vaccine in LA? First dodge the Scientologists

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Jeffrey Augustine was out on the street yesterday after he realized that after some months of inactivity, Scientology “body routers” are back out in force.

He snapped some photos for us, and watched as Scientology recruiters pestered people who were on their way to Kaiser Permanente for vaccines.

“Instead of opening up their facilities for vaccinations, they are sending people out to disseminate to people coming to the medical center for vaccines,” Jeffrey says. “It’s offensive.”

 



 
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Jon Atack’s latest

Says Jon: “Counselor Jessica Terwiel explains that insights often don’t lead to behavioral change. We need to look at our behaviors and change them, rather than hoping that understanding will automatically change how we behave. As she says, knowing why it rains won’t protect you, but an umbrella will.”

 

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“As far as publicity is concerned the general public has been slammed around about Dianetics and they don’t know whether Dianetics is a cough drop or a new cult down in Arizona. Nobody really knows very much about it. Out in the general public they ask you if it is a cult, or if it is this or if it is that. I suddenly woke up to the fact that I was under-evaluating it. I was trying to tell people ‘Well, this is sort of a psychotherapy and it does this and that,’ rather apologetically. And I said to somebody bluntly the other day, ‘Why, Dianetics is the science of handling life; you know, handling life forces!’ They looked at me and blinked and I said, ‘Yes, you know, a fellow starts downhill and starts down toward death. Well, Dianetics picks him back up again.’ They went away in a trance! Actually, isn’t that what we are doing? The new theta-MEST theory makes that so apparent, and the results you get follow in so closely that, actually, we are doing just that.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 15, 1951

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“US STATS HAVE JUST GONE OVER THE MILLION MARK!!! AOSHUK IS OVER $47,000!” — The Commodore, May 15, 1971

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“The first goal when working with OMNI processing is to reach the OMNI state (to make contact with the original Statics). If there is no extension and contact, then further correct actions are impossible. We should get in contact with those 10*10^40 players who create this universe.”

 
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Past is Prologue

1999: Hearings were held in Clearwater, Florida this week in the criminal case against Scientology in the death of Lisa McPherson in 1995. From the St. Petersburg Times: “At a pretrial hearing Thursday, defense attorney Morris Weinberg said charging a church with criminal conduct, the first time it has happened in Florida, raised serious constitutional issues. ‘We’re dealing with conduct that is protected conduct. We are dealing with a fundamental (Scientology) belief that mental problems are spiritual in nature and should be dealt with spiritually in a religious way,’ Weinberg told Pinellas Circuit Court Judge Susan Schaeffer. But Assistant State Attorney Douglas Crow called McPherson’s treatment ‘bizarre and disturbing’ and said she probably would not have died if she had been given proper medical treatment. ‘There is nothing in the tenets of Scientology that authorizes this kind of conduct without the consent of the person involved,’ Crow said.”

 
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Random Howdy

“Eva Gabor was awesome in Green Acres, which was one of the most underrated, surrealist shows of all time. It’s worthy of Lynch or Buñuel.”

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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Preliminary hearing set for May 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for June 18.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s motions to compel arbitration. June 7: Status conference.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

Concluded litigation:
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.

 
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SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.

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’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] Scientology’s center specializing in auditing your infant is back open in Florida!
[TWO years ago] John Travolta’s daughter makes her own Scientology splash at awards ceremony
[THREE years ago] Scientology files notice of appeal in time-wasting federal court attack on forced-abortion case
[FOUR years ago] DRONE FLYOVER: An even closer look at where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige
[FIVE years ago] Scientology takes on the evil psychs at the APA, and more in our weekly social media review!
[SIX years ago] Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton makes it 29 lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab
[SEVEN years ago] TIZIANO LUGLI: A new short film about Scientology and ‘slavery’
[EIGHT years ago] CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT DENIES SCIENTOLOGY PETITION IN FORCED-ABORTION CASE

 
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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 2,302 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,806 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,326 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,346 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,237 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,544 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,412 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,186 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,516 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,990 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,306 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,872 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,791 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,959 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,540 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,801 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,839 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,552 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,077 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 432 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,607 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,158 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,307 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,627 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,482 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,601 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,957 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,260 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,366 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,768 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,640 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,223 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,718 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,972 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,081 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 15, 2021 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, 1995-2020 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2020), 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

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Why is Scientology desperate for a tiny plot in Clearwater? Let us draw you a picture.

[Dave has a hole burning in his pocket.]

This week five secret proposals for Clearwater downtown development were made public by the city, and Tracey McManus gave a summary of them at the Tampa Bay Times.

Continue reading Why is Scientology desperate for a tiny plot in Clearwater? Let us draw you a picture.

Tom Cruise said he needed only an hour to sell Scientology: What would he do in that hour?

[Tom Cruise and Judd Apatow]

On Tuesday, we showed you a couple of pages from Seth Rogen’s new book which included a bizarre 2006 encounter with actor Tom Cruise. Among the strange things Cruise claimed, according to Rogen, was that he needed just an hour to convince Rogen and Judd Apatow that everything they thought they knew about Scientology was wrong.

Continue reading Tom Cruise said he needed only an hour to sell Scientology: What would he do in that hour?

Scientology’s Chicago Ideal Org says it’s next to open. Is Second City ready for its closeup?

 
It was just a couple of days ago that we posted mailers from Scientology which claimed that the new Austin Ideal Org would be the first to open now that the pandemic is ebbing.

Continue reading Scientology’s Chicago Ideal Org says it’s next to open. Is Second City ready for its closeup?

Seth Rogen: Tom Cruise claimed that Big Pharma is trying to make him look insane

 
The Tom Cruise revelations keep coming. On Twitter, journalist Yashar Ali posted a couple of pages taken from Seth Rogen’s new book which contain a wild anecdote about a conversation Rogen claims he had with the Top Gun actor.

Continue reading Seth Rogen: Tom Cruise claimed that Big Pharma is trying to make him look insane

Don’t congratulate Tom Cruise until he gives back the award that really matters

 
We learned yesterday that Tom Cruise joined a growing protest against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — the sketchy group behind the Golden Globes awards — by returning his three Globes trophies.

Continue reading Don’t congratulate Tom Cruise until he gives back the award that really matters

Ahoy, thetan: Ready to fondle empty bottles on Scientology’s cruiseless cruise ship?

 
Judging by how our tipsters are being bombarded recently with mailers, Scientology is really trying to sell its members on flying out to Aruba to spend their time (and cash) on the Freewinds, the private cruise ship owned by the church which has been stuck in port since the pandemic started more than a year ago.

Continue reading Ahoy, thetan: Ready to fondle empty bottles on Scientology’s cruiseless cruise ship?

The Scientologist and the superstar hacker: A stock market fable for our times

[Sjouwerman and Mitnick]

Kevin Mitnick (b. 1963) was on the FBI’s most wanted list in 1992. As the most notorious and skilled hacker in the US, Mitnick had first crossed the line in the 1980s when he hacked into corporate networks and stole entire computer programs. Mitnick was arrested in 1988, served a year in prison, and was released on supervised probation.

Continue reading The Scientologist and the superstar hacker: A stock market fable for our times

With lawsuit in limbo, Danny Masterson accusers still trying to serve David Miscavige

[Danny and Dave]

So here’s the situation: We’re now only ten days away from the all-important preliminary hearing in the criminal rape prosecution of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson, and everything he and defense attorney Tom Mesereau have thrown at the case has failed to push that date back.

Continue reading With lawsuit in limbo, Danny Masterson accusers still trying to serve David Miscavige

The nanny task list from a Scientology couple that is driving Twitter insane

[Hollis Jane Andrews]

Our thanks to the several people who forwarded us something that’s getting considerable attention at Twitter this morning, and we can certainly see why.

Continue reading The nanny task list from a Scientology couple that is driving Twitter insane