Seeking her third term as Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey's lead fell from nearly 54 percent to just a little under 52 percent with much of yesterday's vote still uncounted. If she falls below 50 percent it will force a November runoff with former San Francisco DA George Gascón, who is in second place.
That early lead of nearly 54 percent was based largely on early voting by mail. As ballots that were cast Tuesday are being counted (and rather slowly, it appears), Lacey's lead has been steadily falling. That may be an effect of news coverage Monday evening about Lacey's husband, David Lacey, pointing a gun (with his finger on the trigger) at Black Lives Matter protesters who showed up at their home at 5:40 am on Monday.
Our interest in the election stems from Lacey's inaction over the past three years since the Los Angeles Police Department publicly acknowledged that it was investigating the allegations of four different women who all say they were violently raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson in incidents that happened between 2001 and 2004. (We've reported that three more women have come forward to give interviews with the LAPD in recent months.)
2020-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a recent tweet from Freedom magazine.
The level of bald-faced lies is breathtaking. 1.5 million volunteers? Where? I can only assume they now count everyone in the Red Cross wordlwide because a Volunteer Minister in Manila had a photo taken with the local Red Cross coordinator. Scientology could hardly scrape together 1.5 million BT's if they rounded up their 6500 OT's and had them pool their resources.
This is simply absurd. And apparently they say it with a straight face.
2019-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a new list of IAS "Field Disseminators" — which translates into non-Sea Org fundraisers or "registrars" as they are called in scientology.
There are some interesting names on here. From the scientologists who own companies that employ other scientologists (like Bridgeforth and Cummins) to the IAS "Freedom Medal Winners" who are then sent out to tour the world to reg for the IAS. Those are circled in red — and I may have missed a few as the names are no longer all familiar to me.
These are the people that are making the highest amount of commission from the IAS. They are literally making a living by getting others to give money to the IAS.
Fourth tier celebrity Joy Villa publicly downplays her involvement in Scientology. However, Joy Villa is the 15th highest paid fundraiser in the Church of Scientology's membership association known as the International Association of Scientologists (IAS).
IAS fundraisers receive a 10% commission on all monies they raise for Scientology. Joy Villa's name on the list of top Scientology fundraisers proves that she spends a great deal of time involved in hustling donations that pay for Fair Game, smear campaigns, lawyers, private investigators, and every other sleazy activity in which the Scientology Cult engages.
Fundraising commissions help to explain the status quo that keeps the brutal and inhumane system of Scientology in place. Commissioned fundraisers don't want anything to change because they profit from the status quo. Joy Villa financially benefits from Scientology and so she is not about to call for an end to Scientology's depravity, sadism, forced abortions, destroying families, child labor and the rest of its evil behavior. Villa's hypocrisy is magnified inasmuch as she calls herself a Christian.
We were approached recently by a man who wanted to describe what he's been through in the Church of Scientology. We decided to let him tell you his story in his own words, and we've spoken to his attorney and examined his documentation to corroborate his tale. We think you'll find that, once again, the Church of Scientology, which considers itself an expert on everything, completely breaks down when it is actually presented with a case of emotional distress.
My name is Anthony Reid and I was in the Church of Scientology for 43 years.
When I finally left the church I was suicidal and psychotic. It's been going on now for over two years and I can't make it stop.
2018-03-04, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comment sections of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email to AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) Since leaving Scientology I have found it incredibly therapeutic to be out in nature. I often find that just going for a walk in the woods truly allows me to clear my mind and calms me. I always think to myself that it is similar to what I would do if "enturbulated" while in Scientology, i.e. the Locational assist, take a walk, etc. I will often go into the woods and just find a comfortable spot to sit and just experience nature, touching it and listening to the sounds. It is almost meditative.
My question would be as an atheist (or however you prefer to identify) do you feel there is a spiritual aspect to nature? Have you explored or considered exploring this as a method of therapy? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
In a recent conversation with Hana Whitfield, former captain of the Apollo and the Avon River, as well as a senior executive who reported directly to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, I broached the subject of the most absurd job title I'd ever seen. In Scientology, the person who pushes the mail cart around emptying everyone's OUT box and refilling the IN box with more mind-numbing paperwork, is called the "Particle Speed Flow Officer." I figured this was just another comical example of Hubbard's pomposity of trying to make everything vastly more important than it was. But Hana pointed out that she was actually the first "Particle Speed Flow Officer" in the history of Scientology, and she reveals here that there's a sinister side to this.
There's a valuable object lesson in the story: that there's almost always a sinister side to Scientology, even in small-scale things that initially seem to have only comic relief value.
In the 1960's Hubbard wrote a bunch of policies on the routing and handling of staff memos in Scientology organizations.
Rod Keller keeps a close watch on Scientology's front groups, and the ways in which the church tries to "safe point" politicians and organizations. He explains how, as the LRH Birthday event draws nearer, the church is really going all out with its 'religious freedom' initiatives.
Scientology is expanding its efforts to stop criticism, investigation, and government prosecution, particularly in Russia and Hungary. On March 15 Scientology is hosting a side-event to the month-long 37th meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Forty-seven member-states are elected to the council to address human rights issues, including freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, women's rights, LGBT rights, the rights of racial and ethnic minorities and most importantly for Scientology, freedom of belief and religion. The event is entitled "Deterioration of Religious Freedom in Eastern Europe."
The Scientology event is being held in the Palais des Nations, the UN building originally built to house the League of Nations in a location near the iconic Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room used for the main council meetings.
2018-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is a recent Email sent out by a public scientologist in an attempt to help AOLA get some new recruits.
It speaks for itself. It is an amazing glimpse inside the shriveling world of scientology.
I could never imagine in my time in the Sea Org that anything like this would have been sent out by public scientologists... Maybe I was simply too removed from the day to day happenings at org level?
That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson is under investigation for the alleged sexual assaults of three women, the Los AngelesPolice Department announced Friday.
In a statement, the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, Sexual Assault section confirmed that are "conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson. Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s."
Authorities did not provide any further details regarding the alleged assaults.
Hubbard has authored that a lot of problems humans have stems back to psychiatry and that psychiatrists are "whole track implanters."
What is an Implant ?
How do Implants relate to Scientology and OT levels ?
Wow. What a day, huh? On Friday morning, we revealed that Danny Masterson was the subject of an LAPD investigation into the allegations of three women who say they were sexually assaulted by him as many as 16 years ago — but had not come forward earlier because of the bullying of the Church of Scientology. By the end of the day the story had hit just about every major news organization with an interest in such things. And most of them sent readers our way — and we thank them for that.
Naturally, that kept us busy with media inquiries and the like until late in the evening. So we're grateful that Karen de la Carriere and Jeffrey Augustine happened to have a video ready for us to give you today while we take some time to regroup.
And this video is a lot of fun. Karen and Jeff take on one of Scientology's more bizarre ideas — the mental implant.
2017-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Things are progressing pretty slowly on "the wholesale Clearing of our area" when they are only working at it 12 hours a week.
As with many other "ideal" orgs — they have been moved away from the city center. They are not the worst, they are in the fairly near suburbs. Some have ended up in industrial parks and alongside freeways where there is no body traffic. The volume of people walking past orgs has traditionally been a measure of their likelihood of success. "Body routing" line has always been one of the few methods of attracting new people into scientology.
You see the staff from these ideal orgs sent to "apprentice" at the "model" ideal org in LA and they are invariably found standing on the corner of Sunset and Vermont in front of the subway entrance trying to entice people to come in for a free personality analysis. This is considered to be THE "successful action" on bringing in new public. They do the same thing at the "Life Improvement" center on Hollywood Blvd.
This afternoon in DC, a rally is being held by 'Gays for Trump,' and its keynote address will be delivered by a Scientologist we're very familiar with here in the Underground Bunker for her various outlandish publicity stunts — none other than 'Princess Joy Villa.'
While we can't help but feel some admiration for the cleverness of Joy's latest play for attention — her 'Make America Great Again' dress at the Grammys — we thought it might be important to review some of her history here at the Bunker, and to reveal a new photograph of her that should put her antics into some perspective.
In the most recent issue of Impact magazine, Scientology celebrates the wealthy people who were recognized at an October celebration in England for donating the most money to the church. And on one page, there's a photograph of all the people who this past year reached the status of "Patron Meritorious" — indicating that they've given at least $250,000 to the International Association of Scientologists, which is the church's defense fund. Take a look.
In November, we told you about the death of Tabatha Lynn Fauteux, a 26-year-old New Hampshire woman who was found dead in a Los Angeles apartment, apparently of a drug overdose. She had been staying at the apartment with a boyfriend for several weeks while the two of them underwent training in the Church of Scientology's revamping of its drug rehab program, Narconon. Before they went to L.A. for the training, the two of them had been working together at Narconon's clinic in Harlingen, Texas and had each been sober for about a year.
Tabatha died on November 6, and for our story later that month, we talked to her father, Guy Fauteux, 52, who was still struggling to get details about his daughter's death. He was unhappy that he was getting little information from Scientology and Narconon, and he also hadn't heard from Los Angeles or California authorities. But he had heard from Tabatha's friends that while she was in L.A. she had used an herbal drug known as kratom, a legal substance which produces a high something like the heroin addiction she had sought treatment for. As we pointed out in our story, there have been increasing reports of overdose deaths with kratom because it can be laced with powerful, synthetic drugs.
Now, the Underground Bunker has spoken to Tabatha's boyfriend, who was with her in Los Angeles. Guy Fauteux confirmed the young man's identity for us, but we are holding back the boyfriend's real name at his request and will refer to him as Nick.
For years, there's been rampant speculation that Will Smith, the blockbuster star of alien-themed films like Independence Day, Men in Black, and After Earth, was a card-carrying member of the Church of Scientology.
It's inescapable. When Smith's teenage children, Jaden and Willow, gave an out-there interview to The Guardian and claimed they could control time, several gossip rags were quick to point to their dad's alleged "Scientology-supporting" beliefs as a possible reason for his kids' unique perspective on the world. There have been tabloid reports that Will Smith's former business partner, James Lassiter, allegedly warned the Fresh Prince about not letting Scientology "get in the way" of his career; Scientology defector Jason Beghe said Smith was "supposedly dabbling in Scientology," and a former principal at Will and Jada Smith's school, New Village Academy in Calabasas, California, claimed that the curriculum was "100 percent" Scientology-focused. Hell, The Hollywood Reporter even got an ex-Scientologist to review Smith's colossal bomb, After Earth, over its alleged Scientology themes.
The link, it seems, originates from Smith's close friendship with Scientology's most famous face, Tom Cruise.
2015-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
If it really DOES take 35 "humanitarians," it tells you how outrageous Valley "ideal org" is — as they not only have 48 they have Bart Simpson who counts for about 20.
And after 12 years, it tells you how well these other orgs are doing.
Yesterday Mike Rinder and your proprietor were being interviewed about Alex Gibney's film Going Clear for a well known national news organization when the interviewer asked, what is David Miscavige's biggest skeleton in his closet?
We had already talked about the Scientology leader's disappeared wife, Shelly Miscavige, and where we think she has been for the last nine years. And that, certainly, is one of the biggest controversies about David Miscavige. But we thought Rinder had a really good answer.
Miscavige's biggest skeleton in his closet? That he's not a Scientologist, Rinder answered.
Part one of Videos of life with the President of Church of Scientology International. Heber Jentzsch was imprisoned in the hell of the International base and only permitted to see his son (dead at 27 see other videos) 11 times in 15 years.
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2014-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This really requires no comment.
The radical church of scientology has reached its final goal. People who think that giving money to buy buildings is as good as auditing.
And of course, thanks to Mr. Miscavige for making this possible and keeping us Scientologists working for him.
Claire Headley and Bruce Hines are taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. Claire spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Bruce was in Scientology for 31 years and spent about half that time as a senior case supervisor. Go here to see the first part in this series.
We sure have come a long way since Claire first started us out in this series with Scientology's "Personality Test" a full year ago tomorrow! And now, we're all the way up to Original OT 7, and Bruce Hines is here to help us as we near the top of the "Bridge to Total Freedom."
Bruce, we've gone through the materials for Original OT 7, which begin with the statement, "The purpose of OT VII is the rehabilitation of ability to project intention."
2014-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Just for the sheer enjoyment that comes with rejection of outpoints.
Mel Brooks could make his funniest movie ever with the material that gushes forth from the bubble. It could be a sequel to Spaceballs — Screwballs maybe?
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 From: pat parodi <email@example.com>Subject: Sunday Note and Quote
2014-03-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
From a Guardian's Order converted to OSA Network Order (successor to Guardian's Office as the dirty tricks and propaganda arm of corporate Scientology):
(Originally written on 2 December 1969 by L. Ron Hubbard as a summary of data concerning Intelligence.)
Our war has been forced to become "To take over absolutely the field of mental
2014-03-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I made a comment at the end of a post a few days ago about a Freedom Medal winner claiming that the situation in the Ukraine and in Venezuela was "confusion blowing off" in the wake of GAG II.
Then I received a new promotional piece from WTH Fdn asking for money for WTH for Crimea.
The bubble-dwellers literally never see anything happen in the world that cannot be twisted into a request for money. It is amazing.
The Underground Bunker has obtained thousands of new internal Scientology documents which detail, among many other things, how the Sea Organization interrogates its workers about their sexual histories.
In October, we published a current version of the lengthy application that Sea Org hopefuls fill out as they sign their billion-year contracts to join the most fanatical of the church's employees. But even after being accepted, workers are required to produce even more detailed dossiers about themselves called "life histories."
We now have actual examples of those histories which are only a couple of years old.
Mr. Feffer's four-decade legal career included stints as an assistant U.S. attorney and, in the Justice Department during the Carter administration, as deputy assistant attorney general for criminal tax investigations. He was best known as a criminal tax defense lawyer with the Washington firm of Williams & Connolly from 1986 until his retirement in 2010.
Mr. Feffer's clients included basketball star Michael Jordan and the Church of Scientology, which, with his counsel, won a protracted battle with the federal government to be recognized as a religious tax-exempt organization.
The federal government is expanding its health checks program, performed by GPs, which ensures children are ready for school by assessing their development. But the group, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, said these checks could lead to drugs being prescribed.
2013-03-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I came across a little something that I think that people practicing Scientology – inside or out of the church – ought to consider while pursuing the higher realms of cognitive development and consciousness it can assist with the attainment of. The following is a segment of a talk by philosopher Ken Wilber on traps that certain spiritual teachers can set for students. I think this applies to both the teacher (auditor/supervisor/advisor) and the teachings themselves. The latter being so, in fact, has prompted several essays by me of late suggesting that while you strive for as close to perfection as you can with technical Scientology procedure, you not fall into the trap of becoming a radical, fundamentalist Scientologist (literalist) whether you are affiliated with the church or not.
From Kosmic Consciousness with Ken Wilber by Sounds True.
Indeed we do have these one or two dozen developmental lines, like cognitive development, interpersonal development, moral development. And you can be very highly developed in some of those lines, medium development in others and very low development in yet others.
CLEARWATER — One of Pinellas County's most successful and high-profile lawyers is leaving the firm where he has worked for 30 years to open a small Pinellas outpost of Tampa-based Hill Ward Henderson.
Ed Armstrong, 55, went to work at Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns right out of law school and is now a shareholder in the firm, which is considered the biggest law firm based in Pinellas with 38 attorneys in Clearwater and Tampa.
But on Monday, Armstrong announced that around May 1, he will go to work for Hill Ward Henderson in a two-lawyer office the firm will open in the Clearwater area. Joining him in the office will be another Johnson Pope lawyer, Katie Cole, whom Armstrong mentored.
The Life Force Arts and Technology Academy in Dunedin, a charter elementary school serving low-income children, has sold area parents a bill of goods. It promised an enriching arts and technology program and delivered a school stripped of resources by its management company and laden with Church of Scientology teaching methodology. The school's actions raise serious questions about fiscal control and church-state separation. Pinellas County schools superintendent John Stewart is right to recommend to the School Board that it be shut down as soon as possible.
2012-03-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
by Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun
The Radical Corporate church of Scientology has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the Debbie Cook case.
The church is asking the court to declare the church the winners of the lawsuit based on the facts that they have presented to the court. To grant a Summary Judgment, the court must decide that there is no triable issue of fact. That means that no evidence that Debbie can present conflicts with the facts that the church says are established and prove its case for breach of contract.
2012-03-04, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Scientologists don't really have a Sunday service. They like to say that they do, because they crave mainstream acceptance. But unless Xenu rested after six days and L. Ron Hubbard just forgot to mention it, there's no reason for Scientologists to treat Sunday any differently than every other day of coursework, detoxes, fundraising, and generally clearing the planet.
So here at the Voice, we've come up with a Scientology Sunday tradition of our own, and we call it Sunday Funnies! Our sources regularly send us Scientology's wacky and tacky fundraising mailers, and each week we choose a few of them to gaze upon, hoping that it inspires you to wax eloquent in our comments section. So here we go...
We have a special issue of Sunday Funnies this weekend. As my tipster who forwarded these three mailers from the San Fernando Valley org put it, "Hide the piggy banks..."
2012-03-04, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
What is Scientology? Re-edit - watch more funny videos
Hey, this is cool -- Funny or Die has put more appropriate music to the creepy Scientology TV ad! But don't forget to see our own piece looking at the 5 biggest lies in this ad, which has been showing up on network TV shows like Glee and American Idol, and at places like Hulu.
Continuing the Sunday comedy, the Onion has apparently reposted today its 2005 parody of Scientology, "Fictionology."
Why might someone still sign a Non Disclosure Agreement in Scientology if they were not beaten in to it? How about a culture of fear and intimidation. One of Disconnection and public humiliation. Scientology has been doing these things for years.
In 1986 the ship was bought by the Church of Scientology, to be used as a peaceful retreat and for members undertaking advanced training courses. It is operated under cover of a company called Majestic Cruise Lines.
The ship is the fifth owned by the Church of Scientology, whose founder, L Ron Hubbard, spent some time at sea in the 1960s. The previous four have all been scrapped, and Freewinds came within a whisker of meeting the same fate in 2008 when lethal blue asbestos was found on board.
"In a lot of cases, those who escape are intimidated and harassed so much they wouldn't dare speak to the media about what goes on," Headley said. "Finally, in the past year, more and more people have had enough courage to say what happened to them. They're not afraid to back down from intimidation."
2010-03-04, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
A recent post on Marty's blog contained a promotion piece for the Bridge Publications Library Donation Campaign. The promo piece claims that the Library Donation Campaign has placed "millions" of books in libraries. Of course what they don't tell their potential donors is that most of those books go in the library front door and right out the back door into resale bins, where they are sold for pennies on the dollar or pulped. They don't make it onto the shelves.
But what is interesting is the cheesy "contributor status" scale they have designed, complete with super-corny clip art. Some promotional genius has decided to "position" the contributor statuses with the Roman Empire, with status "levels" of Legionnaire, Centurion, Senior Centurion, Leader of the Legion, Commander of the Legion and Lion of the Legion. That anyone would fall for this sort of super-corny stuff is hard to believe, but it brings up the "tech" these people are using.
Unfortunately, LRH Policy doesn't cover how to get money for nothing. It only covers how to sell and deliver auditing and training. The only thing LRH said about it was from HCO PL 24 February 1964, "Urgent, Org Programming":
Originally from channel: http://www.youtube.com/ellenthevm
At 2:50 in the video, this scientology volunteer admits to stealing irradiated water used as a makeshift radiation shield, putting people in danger. Water was being used in this case in bags on the wall to shield the other rooms from x-ray equipment.
Another fine example why scientologists need to GTFO
The water was given to people to drink... however the most danger comes from taking the radiation shield thus exposing people to radioactive waves etc.
Two other large lavish estates occupy the same promontory as Señor Montalban's casa. Immediately next door is hedge fund honcho Robert Krail who purchased his 9,691 square foot Italian villa style pile in September of 2006 for $19,500,000 and has it back on the market with a blistering asking price of $28,000,0000 (lowered from $29,000,000) and next to Mister Krail is motivational speaker and super Scientologist Grant Cardone and his ack–turuss wifey Elena Lyons who shack up in Lionel Ritchie's old residence. Although not currently on the open market, the couple have unsuccessfully attempted to sell their 6,099 square foot architectural white elephant on and off ever since 2005 for prices ranging from $14,900,000 to $17,500,000.
CAIRO, March 4 (UPI) -- In the latest incident of religious discrimination to take place in Egypt, two members of the Church of Scientology are being held in detention by Egyptian authorities under charges of "contempt of religion" trying to spread their doctrines "with the aim of sparking riots."
The Church of Scientology has denied that it had sent people to establish a branch in Egypt, explaining that the two were representatives of an Italian publishing firm that sold the works of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard. It also condemned the prolonged detention of its two members.
"We are greatly concerned at their prolonged detention, which appears to be a violation of their right to freedom of expression," said Leisa Goodman, the Church of Scientology's human rights director.
1998-03-04, Joseph Mallia, Inside the Church of Scientology, Boston Herald
His online name was Rogue Agent and his scathing attacks against the Church of Scientology ripped through the Internet.Shielded behind an anonymous account at Northeastern University, he continued to anger and embarrass the church with messages that millions could read online.
1998-03-04, Joseph Mallia, Inside the Church of Scientology, Boston Herald
MIT student Carlos Covarrubias told the Herald that while he studied Scientology at its Beacon Street church, he was instructed to tell ashtrays to "Stand up," and "Sit down" - ending each command with a polite "Thank you."
The same ashtray techniques were documented by a BBC reporter's hidden camera at a Church of Scientology chapter in Britain.
TORONTO -- Spokesmen for the Church of Scientology say a raid on their headquarters by 100 Ontario Provincial Police officers, some wielding sledgehammers to break down steel-reinforced doors, was instigated by psychiatrists and former church members.
The police, armed Thursday with a 15-page two-day search warrant signed by Chief Provincial Court Judge Frederick C. Hayes, searched the church's offices, located on four floors of a downtown Toronto building, as part of a two-year investigation related to tax and consumer fraud, the OPP reported.
In a statement read by spokesman Scott Carmichael, the scientologists charged that complaints from former members of the church were behind the police investigation. He suggested that psychiatrists, angered by the church's stand against electro-shock treatment, may have encouraged the action.
1974-03-04, James E. Adams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Hubbard and church leaders contend that he has resigned from the church's directorship, but that resignation seems to have made little difference. In a "policy letter" dated Sept. 1, 1966, the matter was ambiguously worded. Hubbard said that he was "resigning the title of executive director" and was being given the title of "Founder" instead. In his statement, Hubbard said that his services had been voluntary for some time but that church organizations had owed him "considerable outstanding sums" and should pay up.
Hubbard's authority in the church is unchallenged. He keeps in constant communication, sending a steady stream of directives, orders and policy letters to the organizations, and the units report to him weekly. And Scientology messages made available to the Past-Dispatch show that he receives money from the church - lots of it.