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Mailbag for 2003/05/17

My replies involve quoting the message in full and commenting accordingly. What you see is exactly what you get: Pure unedited E-mail in its entirety. Enjoy!
Outgoing E-mail:

From:

ARID Site <thearidsite@juno.com>

To:

india jane <india_jane@yahoo.com>

Date:

Sun, 13 Mar 2005 09:36:13 -0500

Subject:

Re: Site for your Links Page
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On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 07:58:00 -0800 (PST) india jane
<india_jane@yahoo.com> writes:
> Hey There!

Hello india jane! Good to meet you.

> LOVE your posts! Did you ever participate on the RR boards? I was
> on  there for a couple of years. LOVE RR, totally thankful that JT
> wrote  that book.

I occasionally show up as a spectator to the RR boards. I don't post
there now because I feel that I outgrown them just as much as I have
outgrown the recovery group movement. I find that I can accomplish
much more by taking an independent route and "going it on my own" by
posting my own things upon my own website.

Jack Trimpey is a wonderful man who has provided a machined service
(for FREE no less) for people, such as I, who wanted to learn how to
quit with no Bill$hit. Period. The interesting part is that I used
AVRT(tm) to quit smoking yet didn't realize it at the time. That was
nearly a decade ago. I didn't know that there was a name for the
technique, much less what Rational Recovery was.

I learned of Rational Recovery from my stay in Clarion psychiatric
hospital (Clarion, PA) in July 2003. From what was presented there I
thought that RR was a clone of A.A. Naturally, with all of the A.A.
propaganda in the form of the Grapevines and the "Big Books" and
nothing else what else was I to believe at the time while coming down
from an awfully bad, yet fun, bender?

I'd post more but it's in the form of yet another article which I'll
post within the week.

> I've been somewhat of an internet crusader against AA since I found
>  AVRT 3 years ago. It's fun to run across other people with the
> same  viewpoint. I don't know if you've done any "AA bashing" on
> other 
> sites, but it can get really heated, and it helps to have back-up.
> I  make it a rule to never get personal, and never use profanity,
> and  you wouldn't believe how the Steppers go off anyway. They've
> got 
> like hair-trigger anger at the ready at all times.

I'll admit that I can be profane sometimes. Usually, if I'm
comfortable with good company, it's okay. In the case of dealing with
Buchmanites you have to always take the moral high road for they know
not the difference between right and wrong especially in light of
their drinking/drugging habits. If there's anyone who has given
abstinence an awful reputation it's those fools. Even my parents,
bless their souls, still wonder if I feel uncomfortable when they
have dinner guests over and drink their wine in front of me,
expecting that to "trigger" something. I assure my mother that there
is no need to worry. Now if only I can get her to open Ken Ragge's
book, "The Real A.A.", to learn something about the cult.

But yes. I have anger too but I channel it accordingly against the
Bastard. Sometimes that anger manifests itself within my writings. I
see the Bastard as the mortal enemy, my anger as a gift and that
alcohol is nothing but an inanimate object which can do nothing on
its own: I have to do something with it for it to do something to me.
;->

But isn't it interesting? You call them on their Bill$hit and they're
the ones who react violently (intellectually and physically) and, in
the end, wishing for YOU to have a drinkie-poo. They're projecting
their debaucherous drunken fantasies upon you in an effort to live
vicariously THROUGH you! And A.A. is a "quit drinking" program? Hah!

If only the brainwashed masses knew the truth. That's what motivates
me to keep writing.

> Anyway, I thought I'd toss in here a suggestion to add 
> www.schaler.net to your list of links. This dude wrote the book, 
> "Addiction is a Choice." You've probably heard of him. I admire him
>  because he's been pretty vocal in the media about this issue. What
>  sucks is that they usually interview him along with a Cult Member.
>  Which totally sucks because the Stepper does the same thing that
> the  assholes on the message board do...bashes Jeffrey Schaler for
> saying  anything contrary to cult doctrine.

I've heard of Mr. Schaler and, since this site is part rush job and
perpetually under construction, I emphatically agree that addiction
IS a choice! However how can one realize that it IS a choice when
information is deliberately suppressed? It's possible for human
beings, especially intelligent ones who do apply those precious I.Q.
points, to yet make the wrong decisions based on lies.

It's a pattern which happens with astounding sickening regularity
within American society.

Likewise, A.A. is considered a sacrosanct American icon which, upon
closer examination, is anathema to our very own government as
enshrined and codified within the United States Constitution. The
reasoning being is that to attack the "disease mythology" is an
attack upon A.A., which mainstreamed it, which means that A.A. must
be defended purely because its "spirituality" is so "pure". And what
about all of those poor addicts and drunks who will DIE without the
12-Steps?

My response is simple: "We're ALL going to die! Do you want them to
LIVE a life of submission on their knees or stand up proud, kick that
addiction to the curb and walk into a life of liberation from
addiction on their own two good legs and feet? Do you want to
instill within them those crippling beliefs?"

The recovery group movement and its business arm, the addiction
treatment industry, want addiction to live and thrive because "keep
coming back" is a very lucrative business proposition awash in filthy
lucre. I am emphatically anti-addiction. I want to teach people how
to eradicate it and choose for themselves how to live life on their
own terms for the love of humanity itself.

Anyhow I'll be on the lookout for that book today. I've read some of
Schaler's work on the web and have been meaning to add that site to
the links page.

> Have a marvelous day, and keep up the good fight!

Have an excellent life one LIFETIME at a time! Thanks for the E-mail!
:-)

> Well behaved women rarely make history. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Awesome quote. ;->

dr.bomb, Ph.D. AVRT \_________________________________
Editor of The ARID Site: http://thearidsite.tripod.com
 The Addiction Recovery Information Distribution Site
PGP keys at http://thearidsite.tripod.com/ARIDPGPK.TXT
** The Twelve Steps are a downward spiral staircase **

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Outgoing E-mail:

From:

ARID Site <thearidsite@juno.com>

To:

india jane

Date:

Thu, 17 Mar 2005 17:29:16 -0500

Subject:

Re: Site for your Links Page
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On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 07:58:00 -0800 (PST) india jane writes:

> Anyway, I thought I'd toss in here a suggestion to add 
> www.schaler.net to your list of links. This dude wrote the book, 
> "Addiction is a Choice." You've probably heard of him. I admire him
>  because he's been pretty vocal in the media about this issue. What
>  sucks is that they usually interview him along with a Cult Member.
>   

I bought the book on Saturday and finished reading it today. Schaler
stated it ever so eloquently just with the title of the book alone.
However a lot of Buchmanites are offended because that they believe
that Schaler is stating that it's "easy" to quit once and for all. If
they would crack open the book and read they would find that making
the choice involves a change in one's on values and activities which
make addictive behavior undesirable. He says in far fewer words that
obvious fact as compared to what Stanton Peele stated within his
book, "The Truth About Addiction And Recovery". I do differentiate
between the two: Schaler's book debunks the Bill$hit quickly while
Peele's book is actually a self-help guide which debunks the Bill$hit
along the way.

Back on Schaler: There is plenty of fodder for the Buchmanites ad
hominem attacks. From his own professional stature right on down to
his view that we should abort the War On "Some" Drugs and not fund
state-sponsored "treatment". He outright calls A.A. the religious
cult that it is and how sentencing into it is a violation of the
First Amendment which various courts around the country have affirmed
(see Peele/Brodsky/Bufe's "Resisting 12-Step Coercion" for some of
the details on these cases), documents the various tactics on how
cultists attack critics plus some sordid details concerning Project
MATCH and Moderation Management that I was not aware of (I knew of
Audrey Kishline's vehicular manslaughter conviction but never about
Larry Froistad murdering his daughter and the coverup which
ensued...and thankfully failed).

My favorite chapter of the book is the one which details the origins
of what I call "Disease MYTHOLOGY". It, like the many other chapters
in the book, sum up the facts in as few pages as possible. He names
the names (Benjamin Rush, Thomas Trotter, Dr. William Silkworth,
William Griffith Wilson and Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, for example)
and connects the history accordingly. The relationship of these
figures with the temperance movement and prohibition are correlated
accordingly. This small chapter has deepened my own insight
pertaining to a similar article I am working on.

It's rare to find books which offer a lot of facts packed into so few
pages. It's a very fast read which is easy to grasp. Highly
recommended.

Thanks for the book recommendation. I may have to use this for my
first book review. ;->

dr.bomb, Ph.D. AVRT \_________________________________
Editor of The ARID Site: http://thearidsite.tripod.com
 The Addiction Recovery Information Distribution Site
PGP keys at http://thearidsite.tripod.com/ARIDPGPK.TXT
** The Twelve Steps are a downward spiral staircase **

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Outgoing E-mail:

From:

ARID Site <thearidsite@juno.com>

To:

"Sane Gallery" <sanegallery@hotmail.com>

Date:

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 09:20:15 -0600

Subject:

Re: Great site!
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On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 09:20:15 -0600 "Sane Gallery"
<sanegallery@hotmail.com> writes:
> Did you know that an anagram of Bob Smith is Shit Bomb?

Now I do! LOL! ;->

> I just sent you an invitation to Gmail. It took me a while to warm 
> up to it, 
> but I really like it now.

I'll stick with Juno. PGP doesn't like the web-based interface
although I could use another E-mail program for Gmail. I'll get used
to Gmail but I just concerned about security and forgeries. Plaintext
is the best solution. Nobody needs HTML for E-mail, much less ActiveX
and JavaScript.

Likewise, for the purposes of authenticity and security, I will NEVER
send NOR receive E-mail attachments with this account.

> I actually created that scrolling Flash Brain on AA with a cheap 
> software 
> program that helps you create your own news ticker. I found the 
> image of the 
> brain in a jar, part of some Russian ad, edited it and then
> strapped  some 
> chains around it for the text to scroll over. Fairly simple process
>  over all 
> and it allows you to include an audio file...obviously.

Now that's great! It is splendid and looked as though it seemed to
use a lot of code but is quite simple (I would've pieced together
more of the pro-drinking lyrics from Hank Williams Jr. or David Allan
Coe over a picture of a circle of Buchmanites praying with that
playing). Maybe once I get my Activism page up there could be a
section there as how to find those tools. Call it guerrilla web
design on a scratch budget.

Anybody can do these things. Anybody! All anybody needs to do is to
beat the Bastard and just dive right in! ;->

> I will look forward to seeing your page grow.

You'll like what I add to it tonight. More 404's get killed, much
more content has been added and some first signs of life within the
E-mail department (including this).

Thanks for writing and for your support! :-)

dr.bomb, Ph.D. AVRT \_________________________________
Editor of The ARID Site: http://thearidsite.tripod.com
 The Addiction Recovery Information Distribution Site
PGP keys at http://thearidsite.tripod.com/ARIDPGPK.TXT
** The Twelve Steps are a downward spiral staircase **

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