Episode 12: Clearwater City Councilman Mark Bunker

October 13 Episode 12: Clearwater City Councilman Mark Bunker

Mark Bunker has been a lightning rod for scientology Fair Game for more than 20 years. Now he is elected to the City Council of scientology’s spiritual headquarters.

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Clearwater property grab

Tampa Bay Times reporting on scientology buying up property in Clearwater

Clearwater property update

Tracey McManus updates her earlier story about the scientology properties remaining empty

Scientology fake "Economic Impact"

I analyze the propaganda put out by scientology about their economic and political clout in Clearwater

Mark Bunker elected

Mark Bunker beats scientology stalking horse in the City Council election

Continued Fair Gaming of Bunker

Scientology continues to harass Bunker with relentless and ridiculous demands


  • Toni says:

    Both of you have the greatest memory. Remembering names the way you do is insane.

  • Alicia says:

    I would like to say – that there are some businesses downtown that are not associated with Scientology – and they are trying so hard – Roxy’s, Clear Sky Restaurant, Tequila’s, Downtown Pizza, Soul Sicilian, Pour Yours, Vera’s Kitchen all on Cleveland street that are standing up to the church. These are our neighbors and we support them all the time. The businesses that are scientology owned and run – locals know.
    On another note the CRA Department with the City has grants for businesses to open in downtown. So please open an ice cream shop

  • GOBBLEGLOP says:

    just came to catch the latest episode and realized i somehow missed last week… this NVXIUM episode is good. you guys really found your groove

  • Anna Yasueda says:

    How is it possible after the the Normandy project and Lisa Mcpherson s death that SCN was able to continue to buy up Clearwater? How can the city counsel put up with this bullshit. Why treat them as honorable citizens when they’re not?
    Please explain.

  • Bev says:

    I really love this show! It’s been mentioned in a few episodes that people only get paid $50 a week. How do they survive? Do they have jobs outside of Scientology? It hurts my brain!

  • Carrie Chludzinski says:

    This was such an interesting episode. I didn’t know anything about downtown Clearwater. I would be interested in an episode about Qanon. I believe this is cult. They blindly follow and believe everything told to them by an invisible source. They inspire violence, and they somehow tie all this to God. I don’t understand it.

  • Virginia says:

    Appreciated this episode so much. Huge thanks to Mark Bunker for continuing to try to help our city thrive. Looking forward to a day I can walk freely downtown!

  • Shannan says:

    Please open an ice cream shop in Downtown Clearwater. My in laws have a condo in Tarpon Springs and I would buy them gift certificates and send them there. When we visited we made them take us on a drive by and they got a stern warning not to get involved with Scientology.

  • Martina says:

    Hi Mike and Leah
    I loved your tv show and now love your podcast! I’ve learned so much. I have a question for you: What happens to the Sea Org employees who become too old to work? Evidently they have no pensions or savings for retirement. Does Scientology take care of them in their old age? Thanks Martina

  • Veronica says:

    Hi Leah and Mike!

    Love the podcast. You two have really found your groove. I didn’t watch the A&E show, so you may have addressed in that series.

    Many of your guests you both had less than awesome encounters with (judging by comments made in episodes) when you were both still “in,” what did the apologies look like once you guys were “out?” Was that difficult? Were there individuals who were like “f-off!” ?

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