Friday 5ehr-ish…

Scientology math – beyond the claims of millions of members (eleventy bazillion), I also saw a thread on Twitter where one claimed that 27 out of 32 people are liars. So, 84% of the world’s population are nothing but low-life liars…6.3 billion, which would include the 2.5% of SPs, and 17.5% of PTS that LRH claims. Thus, leaving us with 1.2 billion non-liars. Yet, they can only account for a small percentage of that remainder. Add to that their claims of 47X growth, 837% increase in interest of scientology, and all their other unsubstantiated statistics, you can quickly see that their “new” math doesn’t add up.

Buzz words – I’ve also noticed an increase, from Co$ and their apologists, in words that are meant to trigger an emotional response – “Hate Crime”, “Veiled Threat”, “Bigot”, “Bigotry”, and similar verbiage. Somehow, not liking, let alone replying to, their recent FreedomMediaEthics and STAAD league bot account posts, or voicing a dislike for the abuse reported by survivors is now a punishable offense of the most heinous kind…

Bot/Alt Accounts – It is a disservice to both sides if they employ fake or spam bot accounts. These debates should be between real people rather than secondary or tertiary accounts created just to spread misinformation. I find that both sides participate in this activity, and both are equally sad.

Offline – I’ll be offline a good bit of the next week as I transition to a new PC and get it all up and running. Please be safe – Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard.

BTW – I know it’s only 4 items, but just illustrating how Co$ math seems to work 😉

 

Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude, generally defined, is “appearing to be true or real”, per Oxford Dictionaries. One English Lit professor explained it to me as “the act of being truth-like”. It does not mean truth, but rather the act of wanting to appear like truth. This has become a popular tool used by oppressive groups, individuals, and movements.

Rather than deal in truth, these actors produce words, actions, and propaganda that resembles truth that, when deconstructed, often falls apart quickly. The trouble is, only those who take the time to deconstruct, will find the flaws. Those who digest the works of an oppressor, do not take the time to deconstruct. They assimilate it as fact, and most often fail to challenge its validity. Such is the case with followers of most movements, such as cults, from my perspective. Followers are expected to simply accept what is provided as truth, and face punishment, or fear of being shunned, for not adhering.

Oppressors frequently rely on a single source for all “truth”, such as scripture, policy, or jazzy propaganda pieces. If one would peel back the veneer of such things, you would easily note a lack of independently verifiable information or peer reviewed confirmation/validation. In fact, blind faith is a cornerstone of oppressive behavior. The leaders demand strict adherence through elaborate, documented means of punishment for those who do not acquiesce or follow without question. Simply, believe all I say/do, or face the consequences.

Beyond ideas of shunning, disconnection, being declared an apostate, or worse, it also provides guidelines on how to “handle” non-followers or critics in cookie-cutter fashion. As many others can attest to, the methods employed to silence critics is vast, but very predictable. Ranging from circular online “arguments” focusing on how followers are the only ones who are “truthful” (Honest PR hat), to Black PR (smear), or fair gaming, to extremes of gas lighting, legal/career threats, and surveillance or doxing. The goal is to either frustrate, enrage, or force disengagement. Bonus points if they can cause discord among groups of non-followers.

So, when faced with oppressors, their followers or apologists, how do you confront this idea of verisimilitude? My suggestion is to rely on provable, documented facts where available. It is far easier to argue from a position of truth with verifiable information, than attempting to appear truthful. Yes, on occasion you may be wrong – happened to me yesterday. But, rather than attempt to talk around the error, simply admit you were wrong, correct, and refocus on provable facts. In most cases, those who deal in verisimilitude will refuse to allow any in depth inquiry. They will quickly fall back to circular arguments, meaningless personal attacks, or similar means to deflect. It is their literal Achilles’ heel. When pushed to provide verifiable, validated proof, they cannot. It is very easy to identify the differences between appearing truthful, and being truthful. For me, I will continue to stand with those who are willing to look beyond the surface and dig for the truth.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

Monday Motivation – On Non-truth

While we all probably have our own evidence of how Co$ peddles non-truths on a daily basis, I thought it would be “fun” to see what others have written or documented –

Select quotes from Source

Some Source Biographical Info

More Source quotes

Non-truth about the end

Supposed Crime Timeline

CCHR Info

CCHR Background

There are literally endless articles and links, but I think these provide a nice framework to see how non-truth is employed at an organizational level, let alone how some of the individuals bend or ignore truth to benefit their stance. Feel free to read and leave a comment on your own personal experience.

BTW, only 50+ days until NFL…

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

 

Friday Five – Chaos is the game

Politics – take your pick, supposed Russian interference, collusion, obstruction, emails, meetings, phone calls, government agents, special prosecutors, business interests, intelligence leaks, healthcare reform, Medicaid cuts, Opioid overdoses, voter database hacking, refusal to turn over voter database information, inaccurate security clearance applications, awkwardly timed foreign trips, very awkward greetings and goodbyes…so much data flying around that it seems impossible to get to exactly what the truth is. Fake news, Alternative facts, and whistleblowing/leaking just clouds the situation. And, as much as I am not on board with 45, there is a strong argument that network “news” is driven by agenda rather than facts. Every attempt to “catch up” on the news of the day results in being exposed to talking heads that try to drive home their point through innuendo or ignorance rather than fact. It would be great if any of them took the time and effort to fully research one piece of the puzzle before jumping to conclusions. Just because we live in a 24/7 news cycle era, does not mean we need to beat the same story to death with talking heads/opinions rather than provable facts.

Sports – sorry baseball, but this is the dark time of year. No football, basketball, or hockey, yet I could not find any interest in the events of the All-Star break. When the leading teams are only winning 67% of their games, and knowing we still have nearly 1/2 a season to go, I find myself uninterested. As for other sporting news, really not that interested in the Mayweather-McGregor “fight” either. The hype is fun to watch, but not sure that this match is worth $100+ on PPV. In the end, do I really care if a boxer can outbox an MMA fighter, or visa-versa?

Dog days of Summer – after a very fun 4th of July week, it seems I am now set in the realization the next holiday is Labor Day, so no long weekends, no planned BBQs, or other fun activities. Just a month and a half of heat, humidity, thunderstorms, and mowing grass. I’m hoping to snap out of this phase but, since I’ll be solo parenting for several weeks while my partner travels for work, I’m not optimistic about that.

Scientology and the Aftermath – although this docu-series has been nominated for 2 Emmys, it hasn’t stopped Co$ and apologists from trying to smear the area with black PR and going after supporters. STAAD and Freedumb Ethics are running promoted Ads on Twitter, spreading negative stories about folks like Leah and Bryan, or even trying to label this blog as a “hate” site. It’s a sad state of affairs when they cannot participate in real discussions about issues told by Co$ survivors. It is my understanding that they have been given open invitations to participate, but choose to ignore or attack after the fact. And, I know for a fact that they could leave comments here if they so choose. Instead, they would rather engage in one-sided character attacks. Fortunately, when this happens, folks like Aaron have the courage to speak out and address the accusations used against them…even if they cannot get the name correct. 🙂

Gaming – waaaay off topic here, but being an old school gamer, I have found myself interesting in watching some of the live-streaming of gaming on YouTube. Some of my favorites – PixelDwellers (personal friends), 5tat, One_Shot_Gurl, Baylze, ChrisesFace, and JHub. It’s amazing to see what this community has been able to do to turn gaming into full-time jobs, in some cases. It is also a really good way to meet fellow gamers and gain insight into some of the newer games that are out there. I highly recommend checking these and other streamers out.

Have a great weekend all – Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

Just for Lulz…

I guess one day I’m “libel” to rue the day of speaking out about Co$ and those who support it, and standing up with those who have reportedly suffered abuses, but I will not stop speaking out, hopefully these voices will be heard. 😉

 

Hate-gate, Arizona Indy, and the curse of Co$

So late last week Arizona Indy decided to take a swipe or two at me and my little blog here. In fact, beyond just claiming I was stupid, Indy also proclaimed that I operate a “Hate Blog”. As of this moment, I challenge this person to either file a complaint or provide documented proof that I have either stated, promoted, or requested any type of hatred or violent action on this blog. Arizona Indy will either ignore this challenge, or use it as a reason to post more smear on Twitter behind a block wall. Since February, Arizona Indy has shown time and time again that they are willing to stoop to any level to try and elicit a nasty or “veiled” response. Yet, it is this person who has called others such things as “rapist”, “stupid”, “evil”, “socks”, “trolls” and even stated that you shouldn’t have dinner with one specific person as they would attempt to poison you. And now, they would want you to believe that my thoughts and ideas on Co$ are somehow classified as a “Hate Blog”. I have no idea what end-goal Arizona Indy has, but it is clear that they are willing to publicly accuse others of hate even when they threaten to go to LA to physically confront the IJC.

Beerunch – I had the opportunity to go to the local “World of Beer” yesterday for brunch. My partner had beer infused Belgian Waffles with strawberries and cream, and I had the Heuvos Rancheros. We were able to sit outside in the sun, and not only enjoyed the food, but enjoyed a few beers as well.  I quite enjoyed the Rivertowne Brewing Peaches & Cream Nitro (did not taste like a beer at all 🙂 ), Julius Echter Premium Weissbier Hell, and shared a glass of Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo Stout. The stout was served from cask, so only carbonated from natural fermentation, and at room temperature. My partner also enjoyed the Green Flash Brewing Co Passion Fruit Kicker. All in all, it was a great start to the day and a very pleasant way to end out a holiday week. I definitely recommend everyone give this place a try.

From my perspective, I tend to evaluate by words and actions, not by who you are (or who others think you are) in the public space. Deciding to launch a stream of vicious/slanderous/libelous tweets simply because someone does not agree with you, is viewed as petty and misguided. I’m sure I have resorted to this tactic in the past to some degree, but I’m trying to be more cognizant of it these days. Due to the recent “actions” of STAAD, adding many of us to a block list, it is important to not go after individual members of this group. Rely on facts and truth in pointing out their hypocrisy and how they employ the same tactics that they supposedly are against. In my opinion, they are no more for “free speech” and “religious tolerance” than any other Co$ front group. Unfortunately, they are simply following the policies and procedures that are documented by LRH and COB. The curse is that they cannot/will not stop and reflect on this truth, they simply plod along like a good scion without questioning the impact or hypocrisy of their actions.

Do not allow folks like Arizona Indy, the East Grinstead Trolls, Clownface, or STAAD to intimidate, bullbait, or label you. We all must Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard – even in our own unique way. As long as you deal in truth and facts, they have no control over you, and can only attempt to use threats and accusation against you. In the end, they will block or ignore you if they cannot suppress your words and actions.

 

Friday Five – Post 4th Recovery :)

Well, hopefully everyone enjoyed the holiday, I know we did.

Black Raspberries – first, these are by far my favorite fruit. So, we went to a local “pick your own” farm and harvested 7.5 pounds of them. They are very rare to find in the grocery store produce section, and these were as organic as possible. We froze quite a bit of them, so will be enjoying well into the winter – Yay me 🙂

Parties – yeah, we had a few. We hosted a “graduation” party for our daughters and their friends. 120 pounds of ice, a long day in the pool, grilling during a thunderstorm, and a great time with friends and family – Chocolate Cake Shots as well. A post party swim hangout the following day, followed by a party hosted by another family on the 4th – ribs, beers, quinoa salad, and kamikaze shots…all in all, a very good extended weekend.

Beers – Shiner Bock, Shiner Strawberry Blonde, Sam Adams Porch Rocker, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Leinenkugel’s Summer Wheat, Evil Genius Purple Monkey Dishwasher…and maybe 1 or two others 🙂

Trolls – seems Mr. Middle Path’s #alternativefacts videos have pulled the usual trolls out of the woodwork – Arizona Indy, the Twit, and Clownface have emerged from hibernation to continue to spew misinformation, personal digs, and create dissention or chaos – I doubt the will have much success.

#OpScientology – Global protests are being planned for September 9-10th around the world. Please consider supporting as best you can.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

Return of the Trolls?

So, seems we have a return of “Arizona Indy” and at least 1/2 of the East Grinstead troll brigade recently on Twitter. I wonder why? Could it be that public opinion of Co$ and LRH’s policies, actions, and beliefs are at an all-time low? Or, is there a new “arraignment” between Co$ and Indies? Did they all find a “savior” in the little videos from the “middle path” guru? Seems they are very “enturbulated” recently, especially as a result of someone speaking out about the “ASC Troika”.

For those of us who are not ASC, outer banks, or some other secretive group, this line of attack is laughably impotent. We don’t care about who is supposedly leading the cause, as we are not card-carrying members. I do find it interesting that Arizona Indy wants to have the protestors focus on “current management” rather than the policies themselves. It is another overly simplified example of someone out of touch with what the majority of us are against. It is as laughable as Arizona Indy suggesting that Anonymous, just as OSA, works for Co$, or that some of us are socks, trolls, or OSA agents. This person seems to be operating under the impression that if you “throw out enough BS”, some of it is bound to either be true or at least cast some doubt. Yet, they are just accusations with no amount of evidence.

As for the other troll, no matter the topic, we are sure to get a “Nope”, #facepalm, “Oh Dear” response, rather than any real facts or answers. Neither, by the way, would ever have the courage to participate in a serious examination of Co$, LRH, or policies, practices, or beliefs. They are happy to engage from a distance, with one-sided lies, deflections, innuendos, or smear, but do not have the capacity to actually engage in a meaningful dialog where they cannot attempt to control the situation.

In the end, trolls like these two are the effect, not the cause. Until they can prove to have the capacity to honestly have a frank discussion about policy, action, or beliefs, they are simply a tool being used to infuse false information, distraction, or provoke a reaction that can be labeled as “violent” or “bigoted”. There is no real substance to their activity, and no real value in their “thoughts”. They are contributing as much to “planetary clearing” as I am to quantum physics…

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

New global #OpScientology protests scheduled for Sept 9 & 10, 2017.

 

Friday Five – It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)…

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs,
Listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and
The revered and the right, right.
You vitriolic patriotic, slam, fight, bright light,
Feeling pretty psyched.

[Chorus:]

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. – R.E.M.

 

CCHR & Faux “children’s rights” – Ok, ok, who among us is willing to argue that, in a perfect scenario, children should be labeled as ADHD, ADD, or with some other mental disorder? And, furthermore, who wants to force medication on them? Anyone? Bueller?…Hmmm, so then what is all the hubbub about this group and their “meager” protests in this arena? I think it is safe to say the general consensus of normal humans with any shred of decency do not support the forced medication of anyone, let alone children. So, this is a no-brainer. They use this as the leverage needed to attract attention and donations. Beyond the polarizing “childhood is not a mental condition” rhetoric, they also want you to believe that EVERY psychiatrist, government agency, and evil person is pushing these medications down the throats of EVERY child. It’s all part of Co$’ larger “doomsday” campaign. As part of the foundation of this campaign, they highlight “Big Pharma” as creating these conditions, and medications, as a means to make a profit. Sure sounds evil, right? While there may be some truth to that statement, you also need to remember that most of us live in a capitalist society, and one of the main goals of any business is to maximize profits. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that even pharmaceutical companies are “in it for the money”. As a parent, and a rationale adult, I understand that sometimes these medications are needed, do help, but should be used under strict medical care and observation. I find it far to easy for groups like CCHR to highlight suicides and other violent side effects without digging into what level of care was being delivered, or how strictly they were being observed by doctors or parents. And, until proven otherwise, I will always side with trained medical practitioners over the non peer-reviwed “ideas” of LRH that are employed by CCHR, NarCONon, and their other front groups.

STAAD League – Yeah, it’s not STAND…I’ve spent a decent amount of time reviewing some of the “protest” letters sent by supposed scientologists to companies like A&E and Disney. You would think, based on their rhetoric, that there is an all-out violent assault on each and every scientologist. They use buzzwords like “bullying” and “terrorize” to build their case. Everything from losing 2 recent girlfriends to teachers mocking a student, just because of Co$. From my perspective, I have never supported the use of violence in matters like this, and most of the people I know are the same. We do not wish harm on anyone just because of their “beliefs”. I’d rather highlight the irony, hypocrisy, or irrationality of their “religion”. Unfortunately, you will find violence in every walk of life, but to use examples of it to employ a “victim” mentality is unacceptable. Especially when you compare it to the actions the “church” has taken against those who speak out against them. Anyone remember Paulette Cooper? I suggest they come down off their moral “high horse” and stop trying to label everyone who speaks against them as bigots, violent, or evil. For as much as they have a “right” to pay to go up the bridge, we have a right to point out the lifted ideas, lack of verifiable facts and figures, and reported abuses that are baked into scientology. Co$ and scientologists are not “the only ones” who can do something about this…

ASC – As I covered in my podcast earlier this week, while I protest the policies, actions, and beliefs of Co$ and all their front groups, I am not in some cult. I do not get ideas or orders from some hierarchical “chain of command”, and I do not blindly believe everything that I hear or read, especially without backing evidence. I am not a member of some super secret/not so super secret group like “Outer Banks”, and I never envision a situation where I would want to be. I do what I do, because it seems to be the right thing to do, not because I’m trying to make money or become famous. As seen on Twitter, I highlight other groups and issues as well. So, to me it is always about seeking the truth, highlighting the stories of abuse, and revealing what others wish to keep hidden.

Beers for the weekend – I highly recommend virtually anything from Shiner, Victory Brewing, and Evil Genius. I recently tried the Shiner Strawberry Blonde (nice), and want to try their Peach Wheat ale. They also have a very nice ruby red grapefruit wheat – Ruby Redbird. What I love about Shiner is they work with other local towns in their brews. For example, the strawberries come from another small Texas town, Poteet, for their Strawberry Blonde, and the grapefruit are grown in Texas as well. It’s nice to see businesses supporting each other this way.

Fourth of July – While we are hosting a party this weekend, we will also be reflecting on the historical significance of the date as well. You can blame my love of history, but I think it’s always important to understand why we celebrate national holidays. 🙂 So, eat, drink, be merry…but be safe. There will be no home fireworks for us, so if you do, be very careful!

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

The Road Not Taken…

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

 

As we each make our way through life, we are often met with two divergent paths, maybe one light and one dark, or perhaps the lesser of two evils or some other variation therein. While the general sense is that choosing “the one less traveled by” is an example of one expressing their freedom of thought and ability to plot their own course, it can also be read as not caring which path is chosen, and not willing to look back and reconsider if the best choice was made.

To me, the importance here is not which path, but the understated lack of care for which path is chosen, or any future reconsideration of that choice. While one could argue that Frost was fine with “making the best of the situation”, to me it is the constant reevaluation your choices that is more important. Constant analysis of your choices, both past and present, is key in gaining wisdom and perspective.

Disregard for past decisions, can be seen in both politics and the recent videos from a former high-ranking Co$ executive. In both cases, it is far more convenient for one to disregard their past words and actions, and attempt to deflect from them, by prescribing the blame or criticism on someone else. Whether they are choosing the road less traveled, or the more popular path, there appears to be no remorse or hindsight gained from the journey. And, that is a true tragedy.

I’d suggest that we all ponder which path to take and make the most of that decision, but always look back and learn from the consequences were missed as a result. One can always revisit the yellow woods and choose a new path, but only if you reflect on your decisions.

The other option, that Frost doesn’t mention, is to forge a whole new path. Rather than follow the only defined “paths”, there is not always a hard rule that does not allow you to determine a path on your own. But, I would warn that this choice may be the less comfortable path, must be done with conviction and employ all relevant wisdom and knowledge available. And, you cannot disregard the benefit of reflection.

In the end, we are all free to choose any path we like, or forge a new one, but only those who take the effort to reconsider their choices, and adjust as needed, will benefit from gained wisdom and knowledge. And that, makes all the difference in the world.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!