I have a hotlist of favorite sites which I highly recommend. If you know
of a site which is worth a few pageviews please give
These sites will assist you in spotting irrational, unreasoned arguments
and help you understand reality through facts, logic and reason, not falsehood,
fallacy and superstition.
A fairly good introduction into what constitutes fallacious reasoning.
Completely categorized fallacies for easy reference. Nizkor is also a one-stop
site for debunking Holocaust denial (worth some in-depth study to see propaganda
in motion). One can't help to compare and contrast that denial with the denial
of alternatives to 12-Step as practiced by the recovery group movement and
its business arm, the addiction treatment industry.
The Church Of Reality:
If it's real, I believe it. It's the church of Realists by a Realist! I'm
an unabashed member! ;->
James Randi Educational Foundation:
Quite simply one awesome site which debunks the paranormal, supernatural
and quack "medical" claims by a multitude of fraudsters. Highly recommended!
Michael Shermer's acclaimed website which keeps debunking the same irrational
beliefs out there.
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal:
CSICOP encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science
claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual
information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community
and the public.
From its mission statement: "Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer
Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation
whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.
Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or
impossible to get elsewhere." A great article there concerning
healing is worth a read within the context of A.A. criticism.
The Secular Web of the Internet Infidels:
The FIRST site I visited which led to my deprogramming from Buchmanism.
What better place to start questioning the cult than typing "Alcoholics
Anonymous" within their Google-based search engine and finding some critical
information? A must-read site for the secular-minded and advocates keeping
the Jeffersonian idea of a wall between church and state alive.
From the website: George Orwell (1903-1950) (pen name for Eric Arthur
Blair) the famous English writer, is the author of Nineteen
Eighty-Four (also known as 1984), Animal Farm: A
Fairy Story (or Animal Farm), Homage to Catalonia,
Down and Out in Paris and London, The road to Wigan
Pier, Burmese Days, Keep the Aspidistra flying,
A Clergyman's daughter, Coming Up for Air...
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do:
This book is about a single ideaconsenting adults should not be put
in jail unless they physically harm the person or property of a nonconsenting
other. A riveting book by a casualty of the U.S. Government's "War On
The Transcendent Shrink:
This is a very interesting interview with a psychiatrist who is quite critical
of AAmerica's culture of victimhood (special thanks to Golightlymuse
for this article).
This is not the only site which criticizes 12-step programs!
(Site back up under new management! Archived at:
The first site I visited which has some great criticism of A.A.
The Orange Papers:
(refer to updates regarding its
You've read some of his analysis on Apple's A.A. Deprogramming website. Now
here's the mother lode! You can spend weeks reading these pages! Very
meticulously researched and documented. When Secret Agent Orange makes a
claim he backs it up with plenty of evidence. Definitely NOT for the squeamish
yet highly volatile and reactionary Buchmanites.
(UPDATE 2006/12/18: It's back online.)
A fantastic site by Ken Ragge featuring the full text of four books about
the dark side of A.A. the Buchmanites wish to keep hidden from view from
Anonymous: Cult or Cure?,
12-Step Coercion and
Horror Stories. It even has a new discussion forum for A.A. critics
and concerned citizens such as me.
Jeff Schaler's Website:
Author of the book
"Addiction is a Choice" There is plenty of
pro-responsibility and facts detailing addiction itself. Not to be missed
is his legendary Fifth Column article,
which details the tactics of A.A. regarding mind control.
See Sharp Press:
Chaz Bufe's small publishing house. A majority of books criticising Buchmanism
are published here. I'm proud to own quite a few of
them. They are definitely worth seeking out, no matter the cost, and
he has a very interesting line of pamphlets as well (definitely check out
The Case Against Religiosity by Dr. Albert Ellis).
Help support independent publishers!
Dr. James DeSena's website features sample chapters from his book,
"Overcoming your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits"
(proudly published by See Sharp Press). He is very thorough in his observations
and criticisms of the RGM/ATI (Recovery Group Movement/Addiction Treatment
Industry) and mixes in Parasite-recognition training to help anyone end addiction
within his book. There's no doubt that he was heavily influenced by Jack
The Stanton Peele Addiction Website:
Another site critical of addiction treatment in general. Stanton Peele has
written many books and articles concerning addiction. His book,
"Diseasing of America", is an unmatched book which
exposes how deeply rooted the recovery group movement is within American
culture and is all the more relevant today.
Al-Anon Concept V Appeal - Will It Be Heard?
The plight of an individual who was banned from Al-Anon meetings and what
they've done to fight back. (Frankly, the person can do without the cult.
This page also shows how torturous the mind control of Buchmanism is.)
Alcoholism: The Volitional Disease: http://www.holdenpd.com/alcohol.html
(Page down 2006/03/18, now archived here in
The 12th Files)
By: Officer S. Garry Nowak. Alcoholism is not a disease with an invasive
pathology, nor is it a disease of genetics gone awry. Alcoholism has nothing
to do with irresistible impulses or uncontrollable urges. Alcoholism is a
disease of volition. An excellent essay written by a police officer which
debunks the disease mythology.
Cliff Walker's Recovery Watch:
Classic commentary from the
Atheism website concerning the recovery group movement danger in
America. Also features material from
Rational Recovery since
Cliff used to be involved with that organization.
Recovery Legal Plan: CAVEAT EMPTOR
Donald Lee had his chance to prove himself. The big foot-bullet of his:
"There is some truth and logic in the written words, throughout the 12
More links to other webpages critical of Buchmanism.
Saint Jude Retreat House:
While I wouldn't advocate its services it does feature some quality criticism
of Buchmanism-based "treatment" in America. Definitely worth a read or two.
Also check out
for more insightful analysis concerning the corrupt recovery group movement
movement and its business arm, the addiction treatment industry.
War On Junk:
Christopher Largen's website for his book, "Junk", which I had the
honor of reviewing: "... It's satire which packs a ferocious punch as
it shows the deadly follies of the United States' "War on SOME Drugs &
SOME Terror" and the therapeutic state not only through the narratives but
also through the inclusion of letters and newspapers lifted from its own
world and, just as great satirical social commentary should, mirrors our
own with devastating accuracy. After all, after the "War on SOME Drugs &
SOME Terror" is "won", what's next?"
A doctor formerly employed at the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research
Center speaks out against the "War on SOME Drugs" and the current
state of addiction "treatment".
Religious Movements @ The University of Virginia: Alcoholics Anonymous:
A good rundown of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
James G's website chronicling his experiences with A.A. His site's primary
purpose: "The primary purpose of this site is to express my experience
and interpretation of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the effects
it has on its members."
Old documents and interesting finds concerning A.A.'s history
A.A. GSO Watch:
Actually, there are very few good people within A.A. after all. This
site features internal documents (sadly, not
5M/12-90/TC) and some coverage of the fallout
from the lawsuits by A.A. World Services in Germany and Mexico. It even has
an internal report
which, despite the fact that the book Alcoholics Anonymous is forever
within the public domain due to the publishing of the multilith edition and
the lack of copyright
renewals on the First and Second Editions, instructs the leadership to
"act as if" it was always a copyrighted work (in other words,
The Anarchist Traditions of A.A.:
http://www.prolecat.com/preface-trads.htm (Site down 2005/07/16. See:
From the website: To bluntly surmise, the social organization of
Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Traditions, is based on the writings of
an anarchist and socialist revolutionary. Do you find that a little bit hard
to believe? So did I... but just keep an open mind and read it, before you
write it off.
Dick B.'s Web Site:
Dick B.'s Web Site is a good source for books providing an honest and very
thorough treatment of AA's religious origins and orientation. (Please
note that this is a 12-step site; it is, however, to be distinguished from
the vast majority of other 12-step sites in that the information it presents
on AA is scrupulously honest.)
Publishers of the reprinting of the First Edition of Anonymous
Anonymous. The site also includes the full text of the original manuscript
which comprises the multilith edition (typos included).
More intersting pamphlets, books and historical documents. I found some
interesting quotes from William Griffith Wilson there which I've placed in
strategic places within my website.
A.A. History by Mitchell K.:
More solid historical research by nationally recognized historian and oft-quoted
Alcoholics Anonymous archivist Mitchell K.
"We're only here to help..."
Secret Agent Orange has written the most comprehensive guide detailing what
cults are...and how A.A. measures up. As always, SAO provides painstaking
detail though his very thorough research.
Plenty of information detailing Scientology.
Marc Perkel's information on Sun Myung Moon's Church of Unification, a.k.a.
The Moonies. What's interesting is that just like the Moonies A.A. has its
share of front groups as well.
Gorenfeld on Moon:
Investigation into Moon's political activities in Washington D.C.
The Dark Side Of Rev. Moon:
In-depth independent journalism focusing on Rev. Moon. The site itself is
a must-read, brought to you by one of the journalists who brought the dirty
details of the Iran Contra scandal to public attention.
Freedom of Mind Center:
Steve Hassan, a former member of the Unification Church (the Moon Cult),
has been at the forefront of cult awareness activism since 1976 and is the
author of two critically acclaimed books Combatting Cult Mind Control:
The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive
Cults (1988) and Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves
The Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey:
Rick Ross, so-called "expert" on cults, is guilty of censoring critical opinions
of A.A. upon his discussion forum.
dirty details are here.
From the website: This site deals with mind-control cults and other controversial
groups, particularly juvenile drug rehabilitation programs, especially juvenile
synanons (more popularly known as juvenile therapeutic communities). Specific
emphasis is placed on Straight, Inc. and its derivatives though we make no
claim that all second-generation Straights are necessarily destructive or
even cult-like. Straight, Inc. (now called Drug Free America Foundation,
Inc. which no longer treats addicts, but is a major player in shaping domestic
and international drug policy) was founded in 1976 in Saint Petersburg, Florida
by Mel Sembler, the US ambassador to Italy, and his wife Betty.
More on Straight Inc. and its subsdiaries. From the website: The treatment
modality popularized under that Straight trademark and sometimes called
"Therapeutic Communities", is neither therapeutic nor conducive to community
building. It was not invented by Art Barker, nor even by Chuck Dederich.
It is an implementation of thought reform techniques borrowed from Korean
POW camps. And this was well known to and carefully hidden from public view
by the founders of that program. Under NO circumstances should any person
be subjected to this kind of treatment, most especially not by force of law.
FICA - USA: Fight Institutional Child Abuse:
From the abuse I suffered for five years as a child
within Craig House-Technoma, now known as Craig Academy, it's about time
more people spoke out about this attrocious aspect of the Social Services
System. The helpers are harming children in the name of "help"! Also check
out its blog for
more up-to-date information.
Geshe Michael Roach, Diamond Cutter:
Geshe Michael Roach is teacher of Buddhism and Yoga who is gaining popularity
in the USA and other countries. He is a published author and holds the title
of Geshe (a doctorate in Tibetan Buddhist studies taking over 20 years to
complete). This website will present an alternate view of Geshe Michael's
teachings and behaviour, which are causing controversy and concern within
much of the Buddhist community due to his relationship with female students
and unconventional teachings.
Merchants Of Deception:
Eric Scheibeler, a former distributor/IBO within Amway/Quixtar, exposes all
about that commercial cult. His book is available for free downloading in
.PDF format. Defnitely a virtual page turner. Definitely recommended for
those who have been harmed by cults to witness the pattern within them.
MMF/Spammer/Scammers never had any intent on doing legitimate business
with you. That's why such unrepentant scum spams!
(This section of links is forever dedicated to
Solomon, author of
Not The Only Way" and now a
unrepentant spammer. Poor pathetic thing.)
Make Money Fast Hall Of Humiliation:
It'll help you to rediscover your moral fiber and to laugh at the various
frauds out there. Learn how to trace spam E-mail,
have fun doing it.
Why Spamming Is Bad:
It's a quick list of links which show why spamming is bad.
The Evils of Spam:
Part 2 of the excellent series of FAQs on spam at
spamfaq.net. Yes, to
spam or not to spam: The moral question that all ignorant spammers care not
Fight Spam on the Internet:
From the site's description: "You have probably seen an increase in the
amount of "junk mail" which shows up in your email box, or on your favorite
newsgroup. The activities of a small number of people are becoming a bigger
problem for the Internet. We have been actively engaged in fighting spam
for years. Since we presented this site to the public in 1996, we have been
pleased to be referenced as one of the best anti-spam sites on the net."
Laughter is the best medicine!
Alcoholics Anonymous: A Gallery of Visual Aids for the Sane:
A great little humor website which is full of hillarious pictures of A.A.
history. Fun, factual and guranteed for a chuckle or two.
The Adventures of Mildew Man:
Simple stick figures have never been so funny! It is deinitely "out there"
and also guarantees a laugh just for the creativity involved.
(CAVEAT EMPTOR: Run by an apologist for
the "harm reduction" movement.)
Important Links For Computer Geeks
Some Of My Secrets For Better Computing
It's nothing more than a simple public-accessible disposable drop-box for
receiving E-mail. While you can't send E-mail from it, it does allow you
to receive it and have it deleted automatically in a few hours. Perfect for
recon behind enemy lines.
The cutting-edge office suite from Sun Microsystems featuring Writer (word
processing), Calc (spreadsheet), Draw (graphics design), Impress (presentations),
and Base (database)...and much more (I really like the QuickBASIC-inspired
programming language for macros within it)! I consider it superior to Micro$quish
Office. Not only can it read and write MS-Office files but it is also 100%
open-source, 100% FREE and works on Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
Download it, install it and give it a try.
Java Anon Proxy:
Java Anon Proxy (JAP) provides the functionality to surf the web without
being observed. This means that neither the requested server nor any observer
on the Internet can know which user has viewed which web page. It is easily
installed and works with most web browsers, inculding Internment Exploder
From the folks who brought you the superior
Firefox web browser, Mozilla is slowly turning into not
just my favorite browser but also a quick & dirty HTML development platform.
Mozilla Suite combines a web browser, E-mail and IRC client plus a fully-featured
HTML editor in one attractive package...FOR FREE! Definitely worth
Absolutely free no-nonsense SMTP/POP3 E-mail accounts. Registration is extremely
simple. Get one for use with Mozilla Suite's E-mail client. ;->
Since you have the SMTP/POP3 client and account why not add some security
to it? You can get a FREE secure E-mail certificate at Comodo for use with
Outlook, Thunderbird and Mozilla E-mail clients.
Logically, if one is substance dependent, one must learn how to become
independent without creating yet another dependency.
Moved to the Options page.
Last updated 2006/12/18