Whale watching: Your 2018 mid-year guide to who's keeping Scientology alive - 2018-08-14

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F347.png Whale watching: Your 2018 mid-year guide to who's keeping Scientology alive August 14, 2018, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Thanks to the tipster who forwarded us pages from the new Impact magazine, we have your mid-year Scientology whale watching update!

If you're new around here, we'll catch you up by explaining that every October, Scientology leader David Miscavige recognizes Scientology's biggest donors (we call them "whales") by handing out huge trophies. We usually get photos of that celebration in late January or February, although this year we got them early. Then in June, Miscavige does a smaller mid-year celebration of his whales at the Maiden Voyage week aboard the cruise ship Freewinds in the Caribbean. We have that update for you today.

We're always sensitive to small changes in how these honors are presented, and last time, in November, we noticed that the the whales were encouraged to make cute poses with their trophies. That has continued this time, with lots of hamming it up, but with a big difference — no trophies! We don't know why the hardware has been left out of the photos. Were we drawing too much attention to them? Who knows.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Whale watching: Your 2018 mid-year guide to who's keeping Scientology alive | url = https://tonyortega.org/2018/08/14/whale-watching-your-2018-mid-year-guide-to-whos-keeping-scientology-alive/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = August 14, 2018 | accessdate = August 14, 2018 }}