Leah Remini TV series about how Scientology rips families apart

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  1. Using the demonstrative adjective "This" in the title implies that Esquire had actually obtained the letter to Conan and was publishing it in the story, which is misleading, since they do no such thing.

    It was not the only error, either. That guy needs to proofread his copy before it gets published, and his editor, too.
  2. RightOn Member

    the COS will never learn
    KSW at the price of looking like high school mentality fools.
    And I thank them for that and hope they never learn, as it makes exposing them so much more easier
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  3. Quentinanon Member

    Feel the same way.
    If they are in, they are participating in the scam, and to knowingly do that, you have to be a scumbag.
    Scientology needs to be shut down and disbanded.
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  4. Recommended article on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

    NYU Local - Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Actually Important?

    By Madison Murray



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    However I’m not writing this piece to recap the entire show or summarize the horrors experienced within the walls of the Church, as I feel like I could not do anybody justice if I tried. (If you’re looking for an in-depth look at every aspect of the Church I would highly recommend the 2015 HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”). I’m writing this piece because as somebody who went into this show purely to laugh, I came out of the other end with a completely changed perspective.

    These people, often born into the Church and who know no other life, have lost their money, friends, and families. There are so many stories that end with parents never having seen their children again after literally escaping the Church. Laughing at those trapped in Scientology trivializes their actual pain and suffering. And these people are not stupid, most of the time they are just lost and looking for something greater. At it’s most basic form, the ideology of Scientology is a mix between psychoanalysis and self-help. Its really not that insane that so many are attracted to its initial message of bettering yourself to better the world. By the time most of these people reach the level that reveals the “creation story” involving aliens and whatnot, they are in too deep financially and emotionally to completely drop everything they’ve ever known.

    Leah Remini’s A&E series is publicly creating a network of former Scientologists that could possibly save more and more people from the physical and mental abuses of the Church. I also see the series as a call to action for those who have never been involved with the Church. By spreading awareness of the actual cruelties of Scientology, and not just the “laughable” aspects, those who have a voice outside of the organization can speak up for those who remain trapped inside.

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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Joe Rogan Experience #908 - Leah Remini | PowerfulJRE

    Leah Remini is an actress, producer, author, and comedian. Her new show "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" is a documentary series that can be seen on A&E.
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  7. sallysock Member

    Leah Remini
    Doing it right
    and righton, I wanted to write a long post after the last show. You did it best. Just sayin.
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Near the end of this podcast, starting at 44:24, attorney Mark Geragos mentions Leah Remini, saying, "there's something [in the works] I can't talk about" ... [which] ... "could be what's now called a mass tort, and so that might be something that would be filed jointly." tort

    Adam and Mark open this week's episode of Reasonable Doubt talking about Scientology following Leah Remini's recent appearance on The Adam Carolla Show. Then the guys discuss a recent case of another police shooting of a mentally ill man in Fontana, CA. After that, Adam tells a story of an old business partner that murdered one of his other business partners before getting in his car and killing himself.

    Before they wrap, Mark talks broadly about a current case that he's on but can't get into too many specifics.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Actress Leah Remini tells people to stop following Scientology |


    American actress Leah Remini has given a hard-hitting message to people who follow Scientology. “For those in the dark, I want to say, ‘Stop it’. Stop giving up your families and your life, for something that is truly damaging,” she told the Seven network on Sunrise.

    Remini, who was once a devoted follower of Scientology herself, is now an outspoken critic of the religion. The 46 year old recently made an eight-part series called Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which explores her experiences and that of other former members of the Church of Scientology.

    “I did not want to find out everything I knew was a lie,” she told Sunrise. “I was trying to hang on to my family for all of these years. Something inside of me was telling me to get them out of this thing.”

    Remini accused the fellow Scientologists of trying to separate her family, adding: “when I saw that, I could not continue to be a part of it.”

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  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    'Stop giving up your families and your life': Actress Leah Remini urges people to walk away from the Church of Scientology - after abandoning the religion four years ago
    • Actress Leah Remini urges people to walk away from the Church of Scientology
    • The 46-year-old American spoke against the controversial religious movement
    • She opened up about Scientology in a candid interview on Sunrise on Tuesday
    • The King of Queens star claimed the religious group 'tried to separate my family'
    • Remini was a member of the group from the age of nine but left in 2013
    American actress Leah Remini has urged people to walk away from the Church of Scientology after her family was nearly torn apart.

    Appearing on Sunrise on Tuesday morning, the 46-year-old spoke against the controversial religious movement in a candid interview.

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  11. TrevAnon Member

    Good grief, she continues to be over the news, even now season 1 has closed.

    Tommy Davies surely pissed off the wrong woman.

    Go Leah! :)
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  12. tippytoe Member

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  13. How high can you get on the Tone Scale, from actively suppressing Scientology? Leah's closing in on +40 and that just doesn't seem right.
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  14. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos says Scientology "shouldn't divide" families, and “ought to think twice about its policies on families."

    Saint Petersburg Blog: At Tiger Bay event, George Cretekos calls for Clearwater to get more respect

    Mitch Perry

    1 min ago

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    Being an elected official in Clearwater can be challenging when dealing with the fact that the city is the “spiritual home” for the Church of Scientology, the incredibly controversial organization which owns more than half a billion dollars of property in the city.

    The mayor was asked for comment regarding actress Leah Remini’s popular A&E docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.” The show featured former Scientologists who shared their stories of being involved with the church, such as being abused, being stripped of money or being separated from their families.

    Cretekos praised Clearwater citizens who are also members of the COS, saying they cared about the community as much as everybody else. Then he went further.

    “What we’ve seen in the Leah Remini story is one – the Church of Scientology has a terrible PR department. They are just awful. And they also need to understand that..churches support families. They shouldn’t divide them,” adding that the Church “ought to think twice about its policies on families.”

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  15. RightOn Member

    Wow George!
    So... think twice eh?
    "they care about the community as much as everybody else"
    BWA HA HA!!!

    Didn't they skulk into town in 1975 under a different name and buy the Ft. Harrison?
    Didn't they cut trees down recently? Or was that somewhere else? (they do it in so many places)
    Didn't it take over 10 years for them to finish the Supa Powah building (bilking millions out of their members for years) and they screwed the town (and continue to screw the town) out of taxes?
    Fair gamed the hell out of Gabe the ex mayor and countless others?
    Call the police dept. for false reports and waste tax payers dollars?
    Didn't they go against the sign ordinance when you told them no on their big celebration? The Golden Age of Puke or whatever it was?
    Don't forget the slave labor to keep them going including CHILDREN being inducted as early as 12 years old. There's footage of these kids getting on and off the bus George. LOOK ON YOUTUBE.
    Didn't the COS fight to keep the aquarium out of there?
    And lets not EVER forget about Lisa McPherson or the numerous other mysterious and freakish deaths at the Fort Harrison and other buildings they own.
    Let's not forget about about all the ex members stories about the Fort Harrison. Including Hana Whifield's story of her friend being chained in the boiler room.
    They are also enslaving people mentally and financially world wide and it's all happening in YOUR own back yard.
    They don't give a rats ass about the community.

    I am not impressed by your tiny wittle stab at the COS. But it's a start.
    Careful now George, you won't get any shrimp at their next luncheon!
    And when I mean shrimp, I don't mean DM.
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  16. Thanks for posting this, Wrong Guy........ It is so well worth watching the entire interview.

    This interview is truly fantastic and very educational concerning the inner workings of Scientology control. Joe Rogan and Leah Remini are very comfortable with one another.

    Leah provides some rare insight into the severe pressures placed on Scientologists taking the highest level courses for exorbitant prices under air-tight supervision and CIA style handling of the materials involved.

    The 'Sacred' Documents: @ 1:06:30 (Very enlightening on the secure dissemination of LRH 'Tech' at the upper levels)

    In particular, Leah's detailed account of her intense course: OTIII - The Wall of Fire. She's got a grim case supervisor looking over her shoulder and her Mom (OTVIII) sitting across from her nodding effusively while she reads the wild LRH claims of her current body being infested with countless body thetan alien-beings from 75 trillion years ago after Lord Xenu had them blown up in volcanos with hydrogen bombs. She's having a WTF moment and is not going along like her Mom and many others have, this is the start of her real doubts, I believe.

    Most Scientologists are really good people and after enough total indoctrination will believe just about anything especially with the consequences of showing any doubt. It's quite a dilemma. I know many still in, sadly, still deluded. They all call her a vicious liar now after having properly admired her for so long while she was still in.

    One day these same current Scientologists will wake up and thank her for doing so much at a high price to help them get a new start outside of this abusive, controlling cult that has taken advantage of them all for so long.

    The one thing that strikes me about Leah Remini and the reasons for her involvement in exposing the dangers of Scientolomogy is her honesty. Pure and simple honesty, it comes across so clearly because it's so genuine. She's always wanted to help others, she is now, more so than she'll ever know.

    Her concern and followup on Shelly Miscavige's disappearance has been tremendous. ''She's being held prisoner (if not, in a prison of her own mind.)'' Exactly!

    Thank You, Leah, for all who are still trapped in Hubbard's controlling, abusive scam of Scientology. Stay Strong!
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  17. Mike Rinder weighs in.

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  18. The Hill is now carrying the story.

    The Hill: At Tiger Bay Event, George Cretekos Calls For Clearwater To Get More Respect

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    Being an elected official in Clearwater can be challenging when dealing with the fact that the city is the “spiritual home” for the Church of Scientology, the incredibly controversial organization which owns more than half a billion dollars of property in the city.

    The mayor was asked for comment regarding actress Leah Remini’s popular A&E docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.” The show featured former Scientologists who shared their stories of being involved with the church, such as being abused, being stripped of money or being separated from their families.

    Cretekos praised Clearwater citizens who are also members of the COS, saying they cared about the community as much as everybody else. Then he went further.

    “What we’ve seen in the Leah Remini story is one – the Church of Scientology has a terrible PR department. They are just awful. And they also need to understand that..churches support families. They shouldn’t divide them,” adding that the Church “ought to think twice about its policies on families.”

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  19. The Tampa Bay Times is carrying the story now:
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini books the Bill Maher show, gets swung at by Giovanni Ribisi

    By Tony Ortega, February 3, 2017


    We know that many of you have been anticipating this but no, Leah Remini will not appear on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

    That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: Leah tells us she’s been booked for Maher’s February 17 episode.

    Since her nine-episode A&E series concluded three weeks ago, Leah has remained in the public eye after Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath ended up being a huge hit for the cable channel.

    She’s appeared on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, and on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast, and Maher’s program should really be a treat: Maher has been poking Scientology in the eye for many years. (But knowing Maher, we have a feeling he might take Scientology’s side against Leah just for fun.)

    Leah’s raised profile is bringing some interesting reactions. Last week, for example, singer Lance Bass made news when he said that he had spent a brief time in Scientology, and it was Leah’s fault!

    Actually, Bass has been telling that story for some time. When Leah’s book came out in 2015, he spoke up and said that Leah had “sponsored” him for the Hollywood Celebrity Centre when she was still in the church. On an episode of the Meredith Vieira Show that November, Bass said he was never really a “member” of Scientology, but he did benefit from some of the “therapy” he said he received there during his short association with it.

    He said essentially the same thing last week in a podcast with comedian Heather McDonald, but this time it caught fire on the Internet.

    Bass said that he had visited the Celebrity Centre about five times over a month and paid a total of about $200. When he was getting pressured to take more expensive courses, he stopped going.

    Leah says there was more to Lance’s experience with Scientology that has never come out. She says that what Lance wanted was marriage counseling to help him figure out a failing relationship, and Leah was concerned when she realized that’s not what he was getting at the Celebrity Centre.

    “He called me for help, so I brought him in. He was asking for some kind of marriage counseling. But later I asked what we were doing for them, and I was told that they wouldn’t get that kind of counseling because they were gay,” Leah says. “I told them I didn’t understand why they weren’t giving Lance and his boyfriend what they were asking for. It didn’t look like we were trying to help them.”

    Leah says a Celebrity Centre official told her, “Our experience is that people who come in who are gay are 1.1, and they end up blowing off anyway, so we don’t want to invest much time in them.”

    That’s a reference to L. Ron Hubbard’s “emotional tone scale” that Scientologists believe maps out emotional states. Near the bottom of the scale is 1.1 for “covert hostility” — people who might present a pleasant front but are plotting to harm you when they can. Hubbard said that homosexuals were 1.1, and he called homosexuality a “perversion.” Ex-Scientologists say the organization took that to heart and the church is deeply homophobic. Anyone judged 1.1 would be required to do “auditing” to raise their “tone level” — in other words, Scientology holds itself out as a gay cure.

    “I felt bad. Lance had come to me and Scientology couldn’t help him. I don’t think anyone in Scientology can deny that there aren’t many gay people in Scientology, as well as ethnic minorities. There’s really no diversity in Scientology,” Leah says. “They’re really not interested in the LGBT community because of what Hubbard said.”

    Besides Scientology’s homophobia, Leah shined a bright light on the organization’s many controversies and alleged abuses during her series. And yesterday, one of its celebrities struck back at her.

    Appearing on a Sirius FM radio show to promote his new Amazon Prime series, Sneaky Pete, Giovanni Ribisi was asked about Leah’s series and what he thought about it. Last year, we wrote that Vonnie is in a very precarious situation — his daughter, Lucia, has spoken out about leaving Scientology, while Giovanni’s parents are among the old guard’s most hardcore bitter-enders. On the radio yesterday, Ribisi seemed not to have actually seen Leah’s show:

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  21. RightOn Member

    Does the COS have some serious shit on Vonnie?:cool:
    Like Travolta, is he afraid? :eek:
    Although Vonnie has more to fear about his career with "Sneaky Pete" coming out.
    Travolta's career is stagnant.

    I can be wrong about what the COS has on him, but me thinks it must be sumthin'!
    Great actor and I am hopeful he will walk away some day.
    Damn cult.
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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini Warring With Giovanni Ribisi Over Church Of Scientology | Radar Online

    The actor implies she’s motivated by money.


    Outspoken ex-Scientologist Leah Remini continues to make enemies with her new TV expose about the controversial religion.

    According to Underground Bunker blogger Tony Ortega, Ted actor and lifelong Scientologist Giovanni Ribisi slammed the Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath host and producer for speaking out on the A&E show — and profiting off it.

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    Leah Remini Warring With Giovanni Ribisi Over Church Of Scientology | The Inquisitr
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  23. What Vonnie is afraid of:

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  24. Quentinanon Member

    I find it very ironic that a scientology actor accuses an ex-scientologist of being "motivated by money".
    "Make money, make more money." L. Ron Hubbard
    So is Giovanni Ribisi working for free now?
    I don't think so. He's a lying hypocrite.
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  25. Scientologist actor vs ex-scientologist actor.

    I don't entirely disagree with him, though. Shameless self-promotion and making money are things actors need to do, to eat. While I'm sure it's not her primary motivation, all the attention she's getting now can't hurt, and any money she gets would be a nice little bonus. It's certainly her due. Thing is..... mocking fellow entertainers for the criminal act of taking money isn't how those people normally fight.

    But... accusing critics of only being critical because some nefarious dark forces are paying them to be, is a bit too familiar, eh?
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  26. pillowcase Member

    Ribisi. Maybe not a flannel.


    So,Jenny Mccarthy has made fun of Tom's wedding, DM and said that meeting Suri Cruise was straight out of Rosemary's baby bc of the handlers (sorry no link) but it was on her podcast last fall. Don't ask.

    Then Leah did her show:
    Here's the a bit of the soundcloud

    Mccarthy also talked to Brooke Shields about the Tom's wedding

    And this past week, who did a promo with Mccarthy?

    ribisi - Copy.JPG

    Can't imagine any handler would okay his meeting and promo w Mccarthy..
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  27. The Internet Member

    PR tech now involves fake feuds. Just like pro-wrestling. Because feuds provoke interest and conversation.
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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini Says Scientology Would Let John Travolta Get Away With Murder

    Along with Tom Cruise, the actors have horrifying power.

    By Matt Miller, Esquire, February 6, 2017


    There are many theories out there about why big stars like Tom Cruise and John Travolta have remained in the Church of Scientology long after the organization's horrifying practices have been exposed by defectors. As Leah Remini said in a new interview on The Joe Rogan Experience, this could partially be because of how much power the two actors have within the organization.

    She explains that Cruise has a staff of people who do his every bidding, people who "believe as a Scientologist that you're working for someone who is single-handedly saving the planet... That's an abuse that's not justified."

    As Remini said, Cruise and Travolta are among the most powerful men in the organization. Travolta has a designation of Khakhan, she explains, that "basically says you can kill another human being. If you're Khakhaned, you're going to look the other way."

    "So, he's allowed to kill people?" host Joe Rogen asked.

    "Yes," Remini responded. "It's called ethics protection. There's another policy called the responsibility of leaders, which he says that what you gotta do to protect the leader you gotta do it. If you see a body, you gotta clean it up."

    That's truly chilling stuff.

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  29. BLiP Member

    I'm firmly in the LOL Xenu camp because it works and it helps people. No doubt, Scientology's brand is hugely toxic resulting in an inability to recruit new "raw meat". Good job. However, that's not all the LOL Xenu approach provides. By continuing to mock Scientology via LOL Xenu, the entire edifice is reduced to an internationally-ridiculed laughing stock. This has huge benefits in terms of negating Scientology's incessant safe-pointing in the governmental and law enforcement arenas. Maintain the mockery, I say.

    Also, the idea that your average, common or garden variety wog is going to be able to convince wavering Scilons to abandon their Scientology demonstrates a flawed understanding of Scientology and the effect it has on the minds of those it controls.
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  31. RightOn Member

    Are the Indies disputing that Travolta is Kha Khan?

    1st of September 1965 entitled “Ethics Protection” written by Hubbard in which he says:

    “When people do start reporting a staff member with a high statistic, what you investigate is the person who turned in the report. In an ancient army a particularly brave deed was recognized by an award of the title of Kha-Khan. It was not a rank. The person remained what he was, BUT he was entitled to be forgiven the death penalty ten times in case in the future he did anything wrong. That was a Kha-Khan. That’s what producing, high-statistic staff members are – Kha-Khans. They can get away with murder without a blink from Ethics…. And Ethics must recognize a Kha-Khan when it sees one – and tear up the bad report chits on the person with a yawn.”
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  32. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump is basically a Scientologist: Leah Remini says the president’s hostility toward the media is familiar |

    Scientology teaches "that news is a bad place, that the news lies"

    By Alexandra Rosenmann

    President Trump’s inauguration ushered in a new war between a fact-free administration and a free press.

    “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Trump Strategist Steve Bannon told The New York Times on Thursday. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

    For actress and former scientologist, Leah Remini, Trump’s distrust in the media was a very familiar sentiment.

    “From the very beginning of the teachings in Scientology you were taught that news is a bad place, that the news lies, that’s what they do, they’re the business of lies,” Remini told host Conan O’Brien when she guest-starred on “Conan” this week.

    “So you’re saying Trump is a scientologist?” Conan asked her.

    The crowd roared. Remini then relayed more of her teachings.

    “Parishioners believe, because we are told every day, ‘We are doing amazing things for the world, for mankind’, so you’re trained and conditioned to believe that good news will not get out there, specifically toward Scientology,” she said.

    According to Remini, “the brainwashing begins very early on.”

    “If you do see something on the internet, remember, this organization requires that you go in every single day, two and a half hours a day — the minimum — 7 days a week — so you are conditioned to believe that looking on the internet or.. reading something that is critical to your church is a transgression, is a sin, so you feel compelled to say that the very next day, because you’re going in every day,” she explained.

    O’Brien then asked her what would happen, should someone criticize the church.

    “You would need to then go into the church of Scientology and say, ‘I have to tell you, I read this article in Newsweek or Time Magazine or I saw this documentary and they said these things and then you would have to atone for it?” he hypothesized.

    Remini confirmed she would be “punished and interrogated” for why she actively sought out these materials and went against the people “single handedly saving mankind.”

    “It’s not that information wasn’t there.. I chose not to look because the repercussions of doing so were great,” she pointed out “And if I said ‘Well, screw it, I’m gonna look anyway, and screw it, I’m gonna continue to question what I’m doing and what I’m hearing about,’ then they would go after your family… so you just learned.”

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  33. Quentinanon Member

    I see a huge irony in an "independent scientologist" characterizing an ex-scientologist as "clueless and should put down the crack pipe."
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  34. When a high-flying, productive Kha-Khan suddenly turns and becomes Suppressive, aren't they still entitled to nine more times of being forgiven? Why won't Ethics tear up their chit?
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  35. Would love to see a "Big List" style, recounting of former Kha-Khans who were cheated out of one or more of their "10 death penalty" quota.
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  36. That brain of yours must feel good as new since you don't use it.
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  37. I want to be a Kha Khan one day.

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