2005/04/30 - A.A.'s Dark Secrets
Four new documents are available within the 12th
Files which shed some more light upon the darker facets of A.A.: How
William Griffith got his H.P. on (and no, he didn't "read the
Big Book, get a sponsor and work the Steps"),
an interview with Rev. Frank Nathan Daniel Buchman and Reinhold Niebuhr's
criticism of Buchman's praise of Hitler plus the true origins of the Steps
themselves (no Christianity was involved, by the way). A.A. just gets downright
wicked the more one unearths this lost history.
Also I've cleaned up the links within the Links page (now there's
a link to See Sharp Press, apart from the one on the
"Comments Remastered" page) so that the links
spawn a new window. I've added the Buchmanite Idea of Sobriety within
The Buchmanese Lexicon and more!
While this isn't the megabyte of information that I was hoping to upload
(the article I'm finishing up does have a lot of supporting documentation)
the 200KB of new and updated information should suffice for now. There's
2005/04/24 - dr.bomb Goes To LifeRing Chat
This week I checked out LifeRing's chat last Thursday and it was nice. Maybe
next time I'll check it out during a full-fledged meeting. I forgot to attend
later that night due to the fact I
gave blood that day and
fell dead asleep earlier than usual so I didn't get the full experience.
But the people that I did find were friendly. So I've updated the
Options page with the URL to find the LifeRing
Java-based chat and a link to the Women For Sobriety website.
While chatting there I've noticed that despite the information I'm collecting
at The ARID Site people are way too kind towards A.A. So I dusted
off the Articles section of my website and placed
a new article online: Why It's Good To Criticize A.A. We need to exercise
our precious freedom of speech concerning that specific organization. Also
I've added a new file within The 12th Files which
contains yet another key quote from William Griffith Wilson on the topic
Finally, to remove those excuses for not placing a website online,
I've added another link within the Technical Information section of the
About page area. There are enough resources there
to get a site up on your own with very little money spent (about under $20
or so). With the right tools creating HTML pages is as easy as writing a
letter in your favorite word processor. And remember: Learn how to create
a lean website. As detailed within the Links section
Secret Agent Orange got into some trouble with his host for his huge files
(a Web Archive link has been provided if you'd like to browse his site).
When developing my website I decided to keep the files small and stick to
ISO-9660 8+3 filenames, especially when I decide to master my site onto a
So, with all of this in mind I'll see you soon at
chat at 8:00PM EST tonight! And this week I'll have a mother of an article
posted which features up to 2MB of supplemental documents. Have a great night
and a wonderful New Life!
2005/04/18 - "Rehab" Night
Tonight on HBO at 8:30p EST is "Rehab: America Undercover". The description,
per the DirecTV online programming guide is, "Following a 30-day rehab
program, addicts and their families work toward recovery." Good luck
in that "work", heh heh! According to the blurb from
REHAB: AMERICA UNDERCOVER
Rated TVMA: ADULT CONTENT, ADULT LANGUAGE
Running Time: 85 minutes
Every year, nearly two million Americans enter drug and alcohol treatment
programs. As many as 80% may relapse within a year. This film follows five
young people through a 30-day rehab program--and chronicles the post-rehab
progress of these addicts and their families over the next two years. Directed
by Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki (Days of Waiting), this documentary
offers a compelling examination of substance abuse and the complicated road
Director(s): STEVEN OKAZAKI
Documentary? Sounds more like propaganda to me. Complicated road to recovery?
Funny. It was pretty frickin' easy here!
We'll get to see how well "treatment works" PLUS, as a bonus, I'll be taping
it. It'll make a great addition to the DVD's I have of Leni Riefenstahl's
"Triumph of the Will" and the restoration of
"Reefer Madness". RGM/ATI propaganda is something
worth collecting after all. ;->
Speaking of propaganda, I've added to The ARID Site downloads of A.A.'s
key propaganda so that you may peruse them firsthand without dropping a dollar
into the basket, much less dirtying yourself with all of that tobacco smoke
and used motor oil "coffee": Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Steps
and Twelve Traditions. I have an AMA review of the former which has withstood
the test of time and cranked out my own review of the latter (written under
the influence of
Garbage's new CD,
"Bleed Like Me"). Check out the
Books section for the reviews and downloads.
Finally, a key link has been added to the Links section:
AA GSO Watch! It's a gooooooood site. Trust me. ;->
Have a great night everyone!
2005/04/16 - Stealth Updates
Busy week. I've been adding, writing and adding more content that I neglected
to place updates online. There's more on the way this weekend but, to sum
up the week that was:
I added the entire A.A. Grapevine interview of George Vaillant into the
12th Files. When an official A.A. publication
publishes a comment from one of its trustees that 60% quit drinking on their
own then it's a rare find worthy of inclusion.
I have a new toy which can generate MD5 signatures of various files. Now
the authenticity of my publication of A.A. internal document 5M/12-90/TC
can be verified. Its MD5 signature, along with a link to where one can download
the MD5 utility, is available upon the "Comments
Remastered" web page.
Speaking of the publication of 5M/12-90/TC, I finally unmask and credit my
source with his blessing. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have been motivated
to get that document online in one weekend.
A link to a freeware version of PGP has been added to the
The Technical Information within the About section
of this website has been expanded with links to get at my various tools which
I use within the production of this website...cheap!
Finally, The ARID Site got spidered by
I forget what else I've updated but it's in there. I'm going to finish up
and post an article or two this weekend, await a response from a
writer who is against religion-based irrationality yet is pro-disease
mythology, think about the fun I'll have with my digital voice recorder when
it arrives and more! Then again, who cares what I think, eh?
2005/04/05 - Site Maintenance
While taking a break from a wonderful weekend of data wrangling I'm moving
some content around and performing some menial tasks which won't strain my
brain. I have another book on order,
"A History of Addiction & Recovery in the United
States", which I will be receiving in a few days. I can't wait to
read that book cover-to-cover and add it to my growing library of
Which reminded me: "Wouldn't it be nice if you could click upon the book
titles and be taken to
Amazon to get more information on them?" Indeed!
MY will be done...and there's the links! Enjoy and maybe I'll work
on my Wish List in the process. ;->
Until next time...
2005/04/03 - "Comments Remastered" Stage 3 Completed
The 2MB Pre-Release .PDF of A.A. internal document 5M/12-90/TC is ready for
download! Get it at the project's page through The
12th Files, print out copies and leave them in strategic places, etc.
Now the work shifts to matching the layout and removing the bulk of bitmaps.
The weekend just keeps getting better and better! Enjoy! ;->
2005/04/03 - "Comments Remastered" Stages 1 and 2 Completed
A gigantic document upload has been completed. I have transcribed every page
of "Comments On A.A.'s Triennial Surveys" into ASCII plaintext. Now
you can read what was denied to so many for so long.
Visit the project's page through The 12th Files
and check out the work accomplished so far.
I told you this was a great weekend. ;->
2005/04/02 - "The 12th Files" Debuts
More files have been written which means more files have been uploaded to
The ARID Site.
There is now a new section dedicated to exposing a lot of the information
which the public should know about A.A. and its Buchmanite brethren. From
personal horror stories right on down to key documentation from A.A. and
its cofounders, it will have quite a chunk of information for public perusal.
In particular, there is a great project underway within that section, named
"Comments Remastered" to resurrect a key internal A.A. document which
documents, unequivocally, the astounding failure rate of the cult. Check
out "The 12th Files" within the Options
section to see the work so far.
There are more things I'm adding to the site every other day now. I feel
a whole lot better and, thanks to my document source, feel rejuvenated to
make up for the downtime (my transcribing of A.A. "Comments" document is
proof of that). This is going to be a great weekend. What changes and additions
I make to the site you'll read about here first.
Oh, and you too have a great weekend! :-)