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Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Dangerous Upstart


although I prefer to be called an iconoclast...

If only I could have blogged my thoughts today, but I have the flu on top of all the other crud so I can barely string two random insipid thoughts together, let alone the scathey wathey ones ;-)

wiigii ciao!!

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Monday, February 26, 2007


Just a thought

Anyone else notice the correlation between the countries that have obesity problems being only the countries with a flouridated water supply?

That's because flouride is a halogen, same as iodine, and flouride takes the place of iodine in the thyroid, impeding it's function.

It's free to think for yourself.

wiigii!

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Saturday, February 24, 2007


Not blogging, researching

no post because i'm swamped with internetty thinking searching chatting googling stuff and thinging.

and having my life saved.

here: Aussie Thyroid Mates and here: Stop the Thyroid Madness

The Aussie Thyroid Mates site is a Yahoo! group for Australians who have thyroid issues or families and friends thereof. Nothing like a friendly neighbour!!

The Stop the Thyroid Madness
is the most important patient advocate and reference site I've ever come across in way too many (read nerd) years of internetting stuff.

If you click it you will learn.


:-)

you know you want to!!!

wiigii!

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Thursday, February 22, 2007


Sexy...

I feel so Sexy....

Boom chicka boom chicka boom boom boom!




because I can, so there :-P


wiigii sexy ciao!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007


The Joys of...

the Pain Management Clinic,

when asked today what the wait was like, answer:
"Four weeks to two years"

I'm guessing they'll decide where on that sliding scale i sit when the referral is received.

The Joys of...

Morphine, well apparently some people think there are some, but this person does not.
It has terrible side effects, nausea, dizziness (yep goes just dandy with vertigo), digestive problems (polite version), withdrawal between doses, foggy thinking, nightmares, agitation, anxiety, depression, panic attacks.

I believe that it is not suitable for use following head injury in most cases, but what do I know? :P

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Monday, February 19, 2007


Your Astrological Court Card


Queen of Swords
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Element: Air

Personality:
idealistic, charitable, determined, influential, compassionate, friendly but sometimes impersonal

Most suitable vocations:
eco-warrior, new age teacher, healer, psychologist, painter, writer

Most suitable lover or partner:
King of Wands – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius



Your Personality Court Card


Queen of Cups
Element: Water

Personality:
magnetic, sexual, complex, spiritual, in control, overpowering, intense

Most suitable vocations:
psychic, clairvoyant, detective, physician, stockbroker, dentist, counsellor, actress

Most suitable lover or partner:
King of Pentacles – Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus

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Proof that I'm not allowed to go anywhere alone

I often wish I still had some privacy, not even the loo is sacred any more with the pitter patter of tiny cute little hairy black feet everywhere...


Who said you could close that door? Huh?!

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PS

Does anyone have any tips for the "how to's" of coconut oil?

I've been "prescribed" the use of coconut oil by one of my treating practitioners, but I have no idea how to use it...

bring on "Coconut oil 101"..

bon appetit!!

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Damn you Thyroid!!

Yet another sinus infection and this morning the left side of my face is like a balloon, providing a lovely contrast to the right side of my face which is slightly more normal.

I feel rotten - today's post deferred UFN.

wiigii ciao!

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Saturday, February 17, 2007


For old times sake


What Is Your Battle Cry?

Prowling out of the icy wasteland, wielding buzzsaw hand extensions, cometh Billi! And she gives a booming howl:

"I'm going to strike a match on your crotch, and set you ablaze!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

created by beatings : powered by monkeys

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Madam, your spa awaits...

That's about it really, although I feel bad for spa-ing during the drought, but I also feel that I've been saving for this by hand bucketing water from the washing to the garden, washing dishes in a bucket and pouring that water into the garden also, and only trigger hose (deep) watering my pots that can't be bucket soaked every 10 days, and applying surfactant to the soil to encourage moisture retention.
Application of home made compost would also postitively affect the cation exchange rate of the soil, but I am in no fit state to be doing such things.
Plenty of fantastic information at Re-earthing the Cities.
Go forth, apply and prosper,

I'm doing the Vulcan finger gesture (Live Long and Prosper), you just can't see it! :-P

wiigii!

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Friday, February 16, 2007


Bio-Thyroxine Evidence




Well the proof is in the pudding really. Evidence: I'm here writing, which means that my brain is firing enough to string a few discordant sentences together into a blithering madwoman's diatribe.


Enjoy!


:-D


As I'm on a beginning dose however, the Hypothyroid symptoms merely abate for a brief period during the day, and by 2pm I'm yawning and my temp has taken a dive again.
I was asked to quantify how much better I feel on Bio-Thyroxine yesterday, and it's so hard to measure, but i'd say a good 15% at best.
From being mostly silent, particularly since the accident, I now need to blather all over the place, and interestingly, I used to be so particular about spelling and the like, not that I ever judge anyone else for it, we are the product of many things and spelling is so unimportant in the big scheme of things, but my own spelling (compensatory for content mayhap?), that my little errors and omissions irk me considerably.
Know that I refuse to spell check so any and all errors remain on my blog permanently.



Still sleep as it was 28C overnight, and in this glass pressure cooker, it's all a bit much...

wiigii ciao!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007


OMG!!!

Yes Virgnia, there really is a Bernadette Onion> If only Gerry were here...


On another note, I can't seem to get June Dally Watkins out of my head, her name has been floating through my head all day.
Perhaps I'm just not ladylike enough.

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Hypothyroid Report:

so far so good, but such a miniscule dose that I still haven't reached normal human temperature yet (37C) though I take my temp 3 x per day. 35.3C is not a healthy temp suffice to say.
The only time I got close was when it was 42C outside in the shade, oh well.

on another note, I love the South Park. xoxoxoxoxoxoxox!

cat

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007


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Aside from Chopper

here are some other characters from the Third Degree's show "The Ronnie Johns Half Hour" that are performed by Heath Franklin.

Enjoy.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Bring on the Fringe!


I can't wait to see Uncle Chop Chop, for f*kn bingo even, definitely planning to harden the f*ck up, the moustaches are on their way... I've even got some old aviator sunnies around the place somewhere...


Ross Noble has been a hero of mine for some time now, so Fizzy Logic is a definite must see, I do miss the bright red and or white hair though :)

reports in due time...

and now for:

Casino Royale

Well that was quite a ride indeed, from the opening credit animation where 2D people are being killed all over the place by card suits and bleeding all over a background mainly comprised of two-minute noodles, I knew this wasn't going to be like any Bond film I'd seen before.
The movie opens with a double bluff assasination, another assasination retrospective, setting the scene for the ascension of James Bond to "double O" status, which an agent must have had two kills to reach.
At this point I was wondering what all the Daniel Craig hullabaloo was about - I don't see what hair and eye colour have to do with playing JB? I certainly thought he was convincing enough in a cartoonesque character that vascillated between uber cold and shallow and beginning to thaw and have feelings.
Some of you will know that I have a head injury, and along with that comes vertigo, so I can no longer watch any hand-held or generally shaky camera work and either process the information, or perhaps remain non-nauseous. In this instance, for most of the cobra vs mongoose to contruction site to embassy chase scene, I was unable to take in much of what was going on. My recall of it however is that it made me laugh, alot, and I was unsure as to whether the humour was intentional or otherwise? I'm guessing intentional, the entire chase scene was super human, and particulary within the building site, Nintendo-esque. We just needed a few barrel jumps and the video game analogy would have been complete.
I won't waste time on the plot, suffice to say, intrigue, action, double crosses and double double crosses, violence, alcohol, snootiness and wordplay abound.
I did fall in love with the Aston Martin DBS though, I'd seen it on Top Gear, my only "must see" show of the week (Good health to Hamster!),
but fell in love all over again during this movie.

In short, this is one for the fans of Bond or the action genre, the nearly 2 hour running time breezed by, so it held my spotty attention despite vertigo.

6.5/10

Cat

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Monday, February 12, 2007


Double Speak: The Rhetoric of WorkCover.


Do you know the mantra of WorkCover? You know the one, I’m sure of it.
The one they preach as if they’ve discovered the secret of the universe!
Eureka! By George we’ve got it!

'The sooner an injured worker returns to the workplace, the better their overall recovery is.

Or variations on that theme.

I’ve heard that spouted by too many unthinking minds, too many times have I been patronised by their attitude, their self-righteousness inspired by that catchphrase.

The reality of the situation is somewhat different however.
The truth is:

'The less disabling or severe the injury to the worker, the less time they will have off of work and therefore the better their overall recovery.'


The truth is that the seriousness of the injury is wholly at issue here, not the attitude of the worker. Browbeating and patronizing people does nothing to inspire confidence and a desire to return to an abusive workplace / or work with an abusive rehabilitation provider.

Despite the oft repeated mantra above, these people are chanting the wrong stuff, it actually reads:

'The earlier an injury is treated and managed, the sooner the worker will return to work and recover from the injury.'



Full text here:

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Saturday, February 10, 2007


Free Tix

to Casino Royale today, review later when I can manage it! :)

 

 

Friday, February 09, 2007


Chopper Fest!!!


































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It's Fringe Time!

We've got our tickets! That's March sorted!
Have you got yours yet?






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Isn't it about time?

I really wish that somehow we could move away from this materialistic capitalistic view of the world, it strikes me that there are some really serious problems that have not been considered as a consequence of money being the "IT" of our lives.
When I was at my previous position, a colleague mentioned to me (his background was medical) that he believed that people in the medical profession should get paid waaay more than they are now. To me it seems incredible that he would think so, as at the moment, a majority of the people with the most money can get into medicine at University in this country, swayed by how well they are attuned to the examination process, not neccessarily how well they perform vocationally. It is sad to me that something so important should be centered around greed and not vocation, while the most gifted healers in our society are probably collecting your garbage for a pittance...

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Thursday, February 08, 2007


Cult info:

www.freedomofmind.com
http://www.rickross.com/reference/landmark/landmark22.html
http://caic.org.au/miscult/singer.htm
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/l30.html
http://www.metroactive.com/landmark/landmark1-9827.html
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/eldon.braun/awareness/pressmn1.htm
http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/secul/landmark/landmark.html
http://www.caic.org.au/psyther/landmark/landmark6.htm
http://www.ex-cult.org/Groups/Landmark/landmark-cherries.dir/_XOOM/apostate/index.htm
http://www.xs4all.nl/~anco/mental/randr/cults.htm
http://www.cultsoncampus.com/
http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/archive/index.php/t-30430.html
http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:VEWvSAP_RjYJ:www.myownmind.com/lmstory.cfm+%22cult+awareness%22+%2B+landmark&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=36
http://newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/culture/features/4932/index2.html
http://members.aol.com/richinri/cults.htm
http://web.ionsys.com/~remedy/The%20Mary%20Polaski%20L%20Series.htm
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/eldon.braun/awareness/choosingx.htm
http://skepdic.com/cults.html
http://wellspringretreat.org/siren.html
http://landmarkforumsucks.tribe.net/thread/cd2d52e0-bde2-4bd1-9119-5734c439ca6a
http://landmarkforumsucks.tribe.net/thread/0754ccdc-9e11-407f-afa5-9eccb810de4b
http://www.blessedquietness.com/journal/housechu/cultlinks.htm
http://www.cyberclass.net/darks.htm
http://www.orange-papers.org/orange-links.html
http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22cult+awareness%22+%2B+landmark&hl=en&lr=&start=90&sa=N
http://it.umary.edu/Library/research/www_subjects/religions_new.html
http://www.rickross.com/
http://anthony.gnn.tv/blogs/49/Is_the_Landmark_Forum_a_Cult_or_Just_a_Great_Way_to_Make_Friends_and_Influence_People
http://www.xs4all.nl/~anco/mental/randr/kirk.htm
http://www.discovervancouver.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=69339
http://www.factnet.org/discus/messages/1/391.html?1130885863
http://veganporn.com/documents.pl?mode=show&docid=1052274815&forumid=1010
http://www.xs4all.nl/~anco/mental/randr/benmac.htm
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/search.php?all=landmark&execute=go&sort=score
http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/landmark-scientology-danger.htm
http://chirotalk.proboards3.com/index.cgi?board=stateprotest&action=display&thread=1117771510&page=1
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=102&topic_id=1018969
http://www.bookrags.com/history/popculture/est-sjpc-02/
http://www.liquidtodd.com/news/newsandviews/news_archive1.html
http://www.infosekta.ch/is5/gruppen/lm_schaaf1994.html
http://atheism.about.com/b/a/167334.htm
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1136838328818
http://www.yehoodi.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=74793&
http://www.rickross.com/reference/landmark/landmark91.html
http://www.culticstudiesreview.org/csr_articles/kronberg_robert.htm
http://www.beyondrobson.com/city/2006/01/heard_of_landmark_forum_you_will/
http://www.freelists.org/archives/austechwriter/03-2004/msg00144.html
http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?topic=11030&forum=22
http://fish.blogs.com/thecarrot/2005/09/are_we_there_ye.html
http://www.brewedfreshdaily.com/archives/2005/03/hat_trick_from.html
http://mividaentoronto.blogspot.com/2005/07/i-am-now-more-convinced-that-landmark.html
http://www.badbusinessbureau.com/reports/ripoff85995.htm
www.cults.co.nz
http://www.caic.org.au/zentry1.htm
http://www.cultinformation.org.uk/links.html
http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/destructivesects.html
http://www.ex-cult.org/
http://cftf.com/french/Les_Sectes_en_France/cults.html (French)
http://www.tolc.org/bmnet.htm (UK)
http://www.agpf.de/Landmark.htm (German)
http://www.bloomington.in.us/~lgthscac/
http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/cultsect/mdtaskforce/cultsoncampus_loomis.htm

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A good way to get your thyroid meds while trying to find a useful doctor - not easy! Believe me! (PS, that's HYPOthyroid only, not HYPER, although for hyperthyroid symptomatic relief, you can try L-Carnitine, 2 - 3mg per day, it is only SYMPTOMATIC relief though, not a cure)
anyway, for HYPO's, there is a wealth of info at Nutri-Meds.

you could also take the Hypothyroid Quiz, I got 100% so that says something!
or the Hyperthyroid Quiz

enjoy the empowerment of choosing to be healthy

Cat

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007


So what we all really need to know is:

Why are doctors undertreating hypothyroidism?

This is something I've been battling for years and years and years. It was only recently, when my face swelled up like a balloon (again) and I could barely open my eyes, that I did some more research and found that so much more than I had realised was attributable to hypothyroidism.
Today I got a script for bio-thyroxine, which will take some time to be made up at the compounding pharmacy near here The Green Dispensary, before I can begin to discover if it is an adequated dose. I still think I'll toddle (read fly) over to Sydney for another opinion and treatment regime. I figure I can do it in a day (if I'm well enough) including transfers for between $400 and $500 AUD, now to get well enough to do the trip.
Meanwhile ponder this:
Why has the standardised TSH testing level not been revised when it has been revealed that the orginal pool of patients was not screened for hypothyroid subjects? ergo the results are tainted by including undiagnosed hypothyroid patients in the "normal" range.
Why is it so hard to get symptomatic treatment for hypothyroidism when other clinical presentations are treated with a "trial dosage"?
Why are so many people left to suffer, or told that they are lazy, or depressed?
Read more here and feel free to contact me for info:
Stop the Thyroid Madness
Stop the Thyroid Craziness
Hypothyroid Checklist
contact me for more...

Cat

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There's this place down my street
where the guy grows vegetables in the dirt on the footpath
subversive bastard
I love it

visit Margaret: Re-earthing the Cities

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Sunday, February 04, 2007


Oh dear! I've been venting belligerently and messing on the carpet, you must think I'm nuts...

Seriously, I've been away so long that some things have been brewing away, stewing more like, and it's time I let them out, even though that means exposing myself on the interwebby thingie.

I've been reading the lovely Crazy Aunt Purl, a haven for kitties and knitties and all and sundry who appreciate the wonderment of humanity and cabernet... (sorry Laurie!) And I had a rather sharp jangly chord resonate, I must speak, I must.

I'm so dissatisfied with what I see around me at the moment, from general consumer greed gone mad to bizarre bureaucracy and complete corruption. (apologies for the alliteration, it is unintentional, but my fingies will not desist from typing it), but the overwhelming theme is the destabilisation of sense of self and community.

This comes in from many sources, but what I have seen from my associates most commonly is comparison and competition with friends. What is this all about? It can only mean that the people in question have become so insecure that all they can do is put others down in order to make themselves feel better. I have a person in mind who quite gleefully told me that she asked her friends to go for a walk on the beach with her, then without informing them that it was a race, set about race walking in order to be faster than her invited guests, and told me how great it was to be faster than them. I remember how often I have found this person to be "difficult" to spend time with, how many times she would race me on the beach, strange how she always invited me for a walk when I was having problems with my knees and ankles from training. I wondered just how enjoyable these other friends found it to walk with her on the beach, I wondered if they knew they had been duped into providing a self-esteem boost for this person at the expense (in her eyes) of their proficiency at something, in this case walking.
This is the same person who always invites herself over for a free meal, invites herself along if I'm going somewhere she is interested in, and yet never invites me anywhere if she has someone else to go with. She has used me as a conduit to my friendships with others, I presume so she doesn't have to go through the actual process of making here own friends,, this happens when she invites herself along for a visit to the home of friends of mine when I go there, and then ingratiates herself into their address book, and begins to visit them without me, usually beginning when I'm unwell and unable to travel. I'm sure my other friend whom she visited recently was "encouraged" to provide an ear, a shoulder, free counselling, free meals and quite likely a free astrology report and interpretation. I'm sorry I ever introduced them. Her friends and ex-partner were always kept at arms length from me, and now her only friends are moonie loonie cultists, that's just as well. Whenever she visited me, it would take me several days to get over, she would tell me how great her cult is (see post below), how well she is doing, dissolve into tears and hysteria, ask me how to fix it, help her, and I would, and she would be really appreciative, until I would point to the root of the problem, then it would only be my opinion, and the cult speak would appear. Strangely though, the entirety of the advice had been only my opinion, including the "root suggestion" but of course, that was the only bit she didn't like.
Anyway, she would tell me how much better she felt, give the credit to her cult training and fuckwit speak, and leave me in a heap feeling like I'd been run over by a bus.
I feel really bad though, because, particularly since this evil cult became part of her life, her self esteem has been shattered. This desperate, grabby, pushy selfishness can not come from any other state of mind. And it's totally tragic.
I see it everywhere though, even friends of mine own multiple properties - why? I may well be a naive lefty idealist (ok I definitely am), but it's just insane for me to contemplate owning more dwellings than you need to live in. Ok, if you own properties and rent them out to make your living, and you consider yourself as providing a service, that's one thing. But people seem to be hell bent on acquiring more than their share these days, this bizarre judgement of people based on their looks and financial wealth goes against everything I believe in, and it's destroying the people and places I love.
Look, unless you are providing a service, and I mean, you rent out places for a living, not renting out a property to negative gear yourself into more property acquisition,

YOU DON'T NEED MORE THAN THE HOUSE YOU ARE LIVING IN.
Simple isn't it?
If you have a passion or a hobby for architecture, or a particular period that you like to renovate, I'm not saying don't do it, just if you are doing it, or ANYTHING else, JUST FOR THE MONEY,
then STOP.
MONEY is not a hobby, it is a destroyer.
More on money and acquistion later, as I've digressed somewhat.

So what has this to do with the lovely Crazy Aunt Purl, I hear you ask?

Well she rasises an interesting point with regards to how people view weightloss and respond verbally to it. I've pondered and studied these things for what seems like forever, and to me, it's just the tip of the iceberg. I'll include healthy speak for acknowledging weight loss at the end, and why we need to do it.

According to the direct feedback from others I've been / I am
Too bossy
Too subservient
Too fat
Too thin
Perfect size
Diet too much
Don't watch what I eat enough
Too independant
Too clingy
Too loud
Too quiet
Too bloodyminded (actually my friend said "I didn't think you could be that bloodyminded")
Too kind
Too extravagant
Too pennypinching
Very organised
Very disorganised
Always on time
Always late
Sexy
Prudish
Intelligent
Stupid
Fake
Authentic

Shall I go on? So what this means is, that whatever I'm getting back is through the filter of other peoples experience, and it's all contradictory. Therefore, no one statement can be relied upon, as there is always an equal number of contradictory statements coming in. I try to remain a friendly resort island through all this. People are always willing to visit, and mostly I'll pick up their mess, but I won't take their requests on board as permanent or a reflection of me, merely a reflection of their experience of me.
Unfortunately, most of what I see can be classified as jealousy, and that's not because I'm so great, but because people notice that I don't bitch about my weight etc., unless it's in a medical context. People are very SUSPICIOUS of that it seems.
They seem to only be happy around other people who are constantly self critical, constantly self demeaning. If I point out just how well I see them doing through the same eyes which are observing and analysing my own performance, it is disregarded. Or brushed off, or both. So they compare, they undermine, they bitch and carp.
I have a friend who has hundreds of pictures of me, but has only one on her pin up board, the fattest picture of me she could find, and the skinniest pictures of herself. I don't need to spell that one out for ya do i? :)

more later, as promised though, the "how to" of recognising physical appearance changes in others respectfully, How to acknowledge weight loss Which I do NOT endorse or necessarily agree with, but it's an interesting article nonetheless

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Friday, February 02, 2007


In case you thought I was cynical,
from the best movie in the whole world ever, and my ultimate favourite, Harold and Maude.


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Seriously Disturbing...

What to do when a friend succumbs to a cult? I have been wondering what to do about it for the last three years, or maybe three and a bit, watching her spiral down down down.

This friend sent me an email, to four out of my five active email addresses no less, highly recommending that I watch a particular movie, relating to "manifesting" what we want. Nice theory but the only people I ever see touting this kind of methodology are the kind of people who make money off of other peoples desire to make money. Business coaches, success spruikers, wealth accumulators et al. Sick societal leeches one and all. Never do I see anyone (in these big budget productions, I'm not talking about on a personal level, only those who self promote that they can teach you to "manifest" goodies and charge you for it.) who sets about manifesting world peace, or an even distribution of global resources and a dissolution of the concepts of wealth and power. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough.
Anyway, I did a bit of a look up on this particular recommended flick and it turns out, in very fine print, that it's produced with the financial backing of the aformentioned cult that my friend has been brainwashed by. That is my subjective opinion of course, but when someone spends 3+ years in self improvement seminars, and multiple thousands of dollars, and seems eminently more nervous, unassured and dislocated than before, and assures me that I don't understand because they are now living authentically, they have created a possibility of healing XYZ, but if in conversation XYZ comes up, this person becomes an hysterical wreck. Yep there's a possibility of healing, one that certainly hasn't come to any fruition that I can discern.
I'm creating a possibility of staying the fuck away from this madness, I hope one day she does too.

refer:
Cult Awareness
Scarey Freak Show

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