2005/06/30 - 12-Step Freedom
Looks like I touched a nerve! One moment I decide to give an online mailing
list discussion group a shot. A couple hours later I find my pageviews reaching
their highest levels since..hmm, since a Buchmanite got hooked and read page
after page of my site and getting hostile in the process. Yeah. I remember
now. Fun times. ;->
So now I'm not just a member but a participant within two lists:
I've never done online discussions via E-mail before but it is relatively
painless and eye-opening. I've never known what vibrant life there was within
these two mailing lists. They're great places to blow off some steam and
get some interesting discussions started. Highly recommended.
Which reminds me: I better get something together for Independence Day. There
are some things that I really need to get caught up on in terms of projects
for the site itself. I've been designing some simple yet provocative artwork
and I''ll be releasing some of it on various
CafePress gear. One
piece entails me going really retro and retrieving some ancient artwork from
an old Print Shop graphics library and converting some pieces to vector format.
How retro? Try circa-Apple ][ Print Shop, IBM PCjr style! Back when the debate
raged over snowy CGA versus rock-solid MDA/Herc adapters. What more can I
say? I'm old. ;->
So, while I'm engaged within my various creative endeavors, truck on by a
couple cool Yahoo! Groups. I'll be there.
For those from the two mailing lists I've just mentioned, welcome to The
ARID Site! I hope your visit is a pleasant one. :-)
2005/06/25 - "By The Book" Abuse
I've been adding my site to some more search engines in an effort to increase
exposure. So I've added some "searchbait" to the frontdoor so that more hits
will result. For some strange reason this site was "delisted" from
Google searches. Could it be that it hits a bit close
to home towards the "in addiction"
cult which wishes that the evidence is scrubbed away or denied to even exist?
And then, who is practicing "denial" now?
This is part of the pernicious parcel which is Buchmanism as a whole. With
that in mind I've been adding some documents this week to the site. In particular
are two additions to The 12th Files:
"The Story of Ed": ...or, "How to kick people out of A.A. when
they don't believe in God Alcohol, as William Griffith Wilson understood
"Drink advice service confronts sex abuse": An embarrassing memo was
FAXed to the wrong number and leaks the notorious acts of "Thirteenth-Stepping"
which often occurs within "The Rooms".
Also I've noticed the URL for The ARID Site being written on some
U.S. currency. Inspired by what I've witnessed I've added an
Activism page which describes that. It's not much
but every little bit helps.
Finally, being a glutton for punishment, I've been trolling some of the
Buchmanites' guestbooks and web sites. Trust your own intuition that they
are, indeed, a very glum, depressing, morose and morally bankrupt lot. So
I placed the E-mail address of The ARID Site on one of those "anniversary"
pages. I've already received some interesting E-mail so far which I'll place
online whenever I feel like it (I really have to drop off yet another
Mailbag soon).But, for what it's worth, I came
away with disturbing portraits of William Griffith Wilson and Dr. Robert
Holbrook "Nosferatu" Smith and placed them within The
Just to rub some salt into their wounds all the more, when they offer to
help me "celebrate" I just give them the URL of my
Amazon Wish List: "Freedom From Recovery". It's
not that I need the books but, if anyone has some spare change and doesn't
mind helping others to see the truth of the whole racket, "donate" a book
(used condition works too, so save yourself some money). Already I have hooked
a guy up with a few books. He just knew that
something was wrong within Wilson's Wonderland. There is nothing like witnessing
someone who has just had their healthy intuition and skepticism validated
and realizing that they were never
diseased to begin with.
THAT is how movements against the tyranny of the "Step-tablishment" get started
and thrive afterwards! And, with that in mind, what have you done to combat
the religious-based degeneracy of Buchmanism today? Did you write to "treatment"
providers? Have you set up your website? The whole point of activism is to
get active! Get the word out! Your individual voice, as exercised through
your precious freedom of speech, may be the one to help rationality and reason
become a critical mass to crush Wilson's Juggernaut.
When good people do or say nothing in the face of abuse is, in essence, to
allow it to continue.
2005/06/16 - Spanking The Lindesmith
The "harm reduction" page on Lindesmith.org has always bothered me. So I've
cranked out an article debunking it point-by-point.
The only people who would take offense to that are those who "pity" these
moral degenerates. Who in their right mind would waste taxpayers' money to
support a junkie's fix?
The only effective and Authentic Harm Reduction drug policy is to
tell and encourage these people to KNOCK IT OFF! Abstinence is 100%
risk free and safe! That is an indisputable fact. Likewise, when people ask
that they want to LEARN how to quit, they are NOT
diseased! They're looking for specific information
which is deliberately withheld by the cult!
The P.R. says "quit drinking/drugging" program...but it's something else
when one inquires within. I'd hate to beat the room-temperature equine some
more but their practices that they engage within to deceive the public and
their clients just riles me up like nothing else!
Also, the FAQ page is up within the About section
and I added a few new Links to keep you busy educating
yourself. It isn't much but it will get longer as time goes on. I've also
been adding some widgets to my page just because it's my website and I can
add whatever "clutter" I desire to it. Just as long as it's factual. ;->
Until next time! Peace!
2005/06/09 - Any Questions?
I've been busy yet again. This time I've been writing on the side while teaching
myself the finer aspects of using the
suite to lay out my manuscripts for book publishing. It's some back-end
work for the still-in-gestation ARID Media project.
So there is a lot of text in the form of notes and advice which I'll spend
the weekend sorting through. Some of this text will wind up on a FAQ and
Site History page. So, if you have any questions,
feel free to ask away!
I don't claim to know all the answers but you will get an answer. ;->
In the meantime I need to clarify my use of the word "cult" when describing
X.A. programs, 12-Step and the RGM/ATI in general. When I use that word I
refer to destructive cults which value the cult's existence as a priority
over the human beings. I have obtained and am currently reading Steve Hassan's
"Combatting Cult Mind Control" which is a very lucid
read. I only received the book a couple days ago and I'm about halfway through
it. I do have one disagreement with it and it's this:
"Even so, it's worth noting, a mind control group's purpose may not be
at all bad. For example, many drug rehabilitation and juvenile delinquency
programs use some of these same methods to destroy a person's old identity
as an addict or criminal. But such programs, successful as they may be, are
fraught with danger. After the person is "broken" and given a new identity,
he must have his autonomy and individuality restored -- a process that depends
entirely on the altruism and responsible behavior of the group's directors.
One drug rehabilitation program, Synanon, has apparently conducted its activities
in such a manner as to have drawn repeated allegations that it has abused
the most basic rights of its members."
-- Steven Hassan, "Understanding Mind Control", pp. 55 Combatting
Cult Mind Control
Unfortunately most drug rehab programs are based in Buchmanism which teaches
that the person is an addict for life and that the only hope to keep the
"disease" in remission is to "keep coming back" to meetings. So, while reading
the book, I was picturing how A.A.'s doctrines and practices coincide with
a destructive cult and it is just so obvious that A.A. is one! Also, since
his book was published in 1988, Hassan didn't have the data from A.A. itself
in the form of A.A. internal document 5M/12-90/TC
which documents the horrendous failure rate of the cult. Fortunately there
is a great essay on
Steve Hassan's Freedom
Of Mind website which remedies this:
"Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult?"
Also, when I finish with that book I will then read Robert Jay Lifton's
"Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of
'Brainwashing' in China". In a few more months I'll buy some more
interesting and relevant books regarding
what I consider "recovery from recovery".
So, in the meantime, I'm
still here. Now to take care of some stale mail and go from there. ;->