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When L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology followers put him on the spot about space opera

 
While we were tracking down a few L. Ron Hubbard references to put some finishing touches on last week’s piece about Scientology and astronomy, we ran into something kind of unusual that we thought we’d share with you.

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Our story about Scientology front group in Broward Schools kicks up a fuss

[Video still from ‘The Right to Move’]

On Monday, we showed you a flier that a tipster had forwarded to us, showing that not only had one of Scientology’s sneaky front groups, Youth for Human Rights, managed to infiltrate the public school district in Broward County, Florida, but that the school district was actively helping to round up kids to take part in a video project.

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Scientology and cryptocurrency: Has there ever been a better investment opportunity?

 
Hey gang, we thought we had better alert you that later today there’s going to be some big news about a new cryptocurrency, and the elements coming together to create this opportunity are really exciting!

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13,046 DAYS: David Miscavige goes ahead of L. Ron Hubbard as leader of Scientology

[Illustration by Observer]

On May 9, 1950, L. Ron Hubbard began what would become the Scientology movement by publishing his bestseller, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. For the next three and a half decades he oversaw Scientology’s growth.

Then, on January 24, 1986, Hubbard died in seclusion on a ranch near Creston, California. In the intervening time, Hubbard had been the absolute ruler of Scientology for 13,045 days.

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He was a student and teacher at Scientology’s elite boarding schools: Now he’s dishing

 
Scientology’s boarding school The Delphian in Oregon — where wealthy Scientologists send their kids for indoctrination in the L. Ron Hubbard way and also where the church recruits for the Sea Org — has been in the news here at the Bunker a couple of times recently.

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The country’s 6th largest school district is helping a Scientology front group reach kids

 
Has it really been almost 16 years since Hurricane Wilma zipped across Florida after doing incredible damage in Mexico? We happened to be in the path of Mrs. Flintstone, and we never want to be stuck in such a nightmarish storm again. We were without power for a week.

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Tom Cruise, looking puffy again between movie shoots, gets booed at SF game

 
The San Francisco Giants put Tom Cruise on the Jumbotron last night during Game 2 of the division series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This set off a storm on Twitter, with lots of jokes about how puffy Tom looked (again) and wondering if he was preparing to play recently deceased SNL comedian Norm MacDonald in a biopic. Hardy har har.

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He was Scientology ‘I/C’ — ‘in charge’ — of Paulette Cooper’s harassment. And now he’s dead.

[Paul Pflueger and his target, Paulette Cooper]

When we were doing the reporting for our 2015 book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, we did our best to find Scientologists who might finally come forward and talk about what they put Paulette through from 1969 to 1985 during one of the most frightening campaigns of “Fair Game” harassment of a journalist the church ever unleashed.

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Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s cosmos: An ancient battlefield shot through with ‘psychs’

 
Some of you know that your proprietor is a stargazer and telescope nerd. And besides our personal journeys through the night sky, we’ve also dabbled in some astronomy journalism. Working on a piece we wrote in 1997 about the author of an amazing guidebook to the heavens, Robert Burnham Jr., remains one of our most treasured experiences.

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Scientology OT, after having scam shut down, tests the waters for a comeback

 
We’ve been keeping an eye on so many scammers in Scientology in recent years, it doesn’t surprise us too much to learn that we overlooked one.

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