Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Psych Abuse is Perfectly Legal in Australia

I'm not making this up... Here's an article matter-of-factly reporting from Queensland that based on an anonymous complaint, the psychs have the right to force their way into homes in Australia and intimidate people with personal questions to determine if they are crazy, in the opinion of the examining psych. And it's all "perfectly legal". The psychs tried to get legislation like this passed in the USA back in the 1950's -- it was nicknamed the "Siberia Bill" because it meant to set up in the USA psychiatric detention camps like the Russians had in Siberia, where millions of dissidents were kept in gulags as slave labor. There was considerable uproar about it at the time, and the bill was killed then due in part to the Scientologists who stood up against it. It's part of the creed of the Code of a Scientologist

4. To decry and do all I can to abolish any and all abuses against life and mankind.
5. To expose and help abolish any and all physically damaging practices in the field of mental health.
6. to help clean up and keep clean the field of mental health.
7. To bring about an atmosphere of safety and security in the field of mental health by eradicating its abuses and brutality.

Scientologists have been working in this field now for over 50 years, and we sometimes seem to be the only ones doing anything to prevent the psychiatrists from drugging, evaluating for, and locking up anyone they damn well want -- at least that's how it looks to me. Where is the public outrage that millions of kids in this country are being drugged for profit with dangerous and addictive drugs pushed on them by the psychiatric industry? Where is your outrage?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Wild Roses

We have some wild roses that bloom this time of year on our ranch, along Charlie Rock road. I have to remember exactly where these are so I can pick the rose hips in the early fall, before they turn mushy with the fall rains.
wild roses

Monday, June 19, 2006

More flowers today

Today I only had time for a short walk, and a few pictures from our garden and from the road to the top of the hill. Here they are:
Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily -- we have a million of these blooming right now on the ranch.


June-bearing blackberry
June-Bearing Blackberry - these are creeping everywhere along the ground. These are Oregon's native blackberry; the big aggressive climbing blackberries are feral.

Broccoli from our garden. These should be ready to eat soon!

Blueberries ripening
Blueberries - we have half a dozen blueberry bushes in our garden. The first berries of the season are turning blue -- these will be ready any day now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Which one holds the bee?

Coastal Oregon this time of year is wonderful. The air is clean, the days are still cool, and we have been enjoying occasional showers for the last couple of weeks so the plant life is exploding. Suddenly grass is four feet tall. The rhododendrons are blooming out my window. So are the foxgloves, wild roses and a bazillion daisies and buttercups. I took a walk a couple of days ago in mid-afternoon, and took a few shots of one foxglove.

The top flower in the last picture has a bee in it - you can see his shadow.
hawks followed me out the back road

Friday, June 09, 2006

Dianetics Sponsors NASCAR Driver

It's gratifying to see the LA Times (a most unlikely source if you are aware of their history of anti-religious bias) has put up a mostly favorable article about the sponsorship of NASCAR driver Kenton Gray. Of course they go for the bloated controversy and innuendo -- "NASCAR monitors sponsorship and advertising closely, but has no objection to the 'Dianetics' entry, said NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter." More "Dianetics" is a book, published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950. It became a bestseller, people paired up and ran Dianetics on each other in droves. They still do, 56 years later.
Dianetics involves a person looking at his own mental image pictures with the help of an "auditor", someone who asks questions, directs the session, and listens and acknowledges the person doing the looking. There's an exact procedure for doing this outlined in the book "Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health." It's not difficult to learn and it is (from my personal experience) fun, educational, and spiritually rewarding to do Dianetics.
Over the early 1950's, Hubbard evolved and expanded the technology greatly. When they realized that what they were dealing with was the human spirit (after all, who was making and looking at all those mental image pictures?) several practitioners incorporated a church in California, and the religion was called "Scientology". It's not Christianity, Islam, nor Buddhism, but it IS a religion in its own right.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Narconon Great Lakes

Narconon Great Lakes is one of the newer Narconon groups, going strong in the Chicagoland area. They are a 501(C)3 charitable group, a non-profit dedicated to getting rid of the scourge of drugs from the Chicago area, one addict at a time. If you can help them, send a donation -- for books used in putting drug users through the Narconon program. Make donations via PayPal to:

This Marijuana video created by Narconon is suitable for drug education in the classroom, and details what happens to someone who smokes pot regularly. It's a shame, really, I've known a few people who smoked pot with regularity, and they pretty much all became dedicated slackers. One lovely girl, a family friend, was too lazy and bored to get a job and work, herself, and couldn't be bothered to make the money to buy her own damn drugs. She turned into a criminal who stole money from her friends (and lied to their faces about it and tried to blame others) to finance her pot addiction. And yes, marijuana IS addictive, no matter what the pro-pot guys try to tell you about it. It got its hooks into me as a teen (even through I was a geek and a straight-A student), and it can do the same to your teenager. Get the video and do some preventive education before it's too late. (Was that sufficiently lurid?)

Friday, June 02, 2006

SAGE club

My friend Barbara Ayash of the Set A Good Example Club recently sent me some pictures of murals that were put together by juvenile inmates of a correctional facility in California. These kids were participants in the "Set a Good Example" program that Barbara founded. So far more than 12 million kids representing more than 12,600 schools in all 50 US states have participated in the Set a Good Example program. The SAGE club is the result of a proven moral education program used by teachers and students (with parental approval) in schools across the United States. The word SAGE, of course, is an acronym for "Set a Good Example". Barbara is the creator of this program and has spearheaded applying the moral code it is built upon (The Way to Happiness) in helping clean up gang violence in Los Angeles, in prisons, and in schools. The Sage club is unique in the field of moral education in that it teaches 21 commonly accepted virtues and values based strictly on common sense. It is completely non-religious. 88% of students involved in the club want to participate again, which is pretty amazing.

Principal Vanessa Barbour of the Lockeland Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee, saw her school turn around after implementing the program.

"We have decreased violence by 70%-80% over the school year. We have decreased disrespectful attitudes toward teachers, decreased vulgar language and gestures... You name it, it's better."

Here's a photo of one of several murals painted by youth between 12 and 17 detained by Juvenile Justice Authorities. This mural depicts two of the precepts from The Way to Happiness: "Don't harm a person of goodwill" and "Be worthy of trust."

The Way to Happiness book itself explains and gives simple examples of why it is important to have these points as part of one's own moral code. It makes sense to kids and their parents both. Hard to argue with that kind of common sense.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston is one of those gorgeous Hollywood women with everything going for them. Looking at her, you'd think she'd never had anything go wrong in her life, but that's not so. Now she is married to John Travolta, has lovely children and a successful film career. Who could forget Kelly seducing the Governator in "Twins"? and punching Tom Cruise in the face in "Jerry Maquire"? But her life wasn't always in such good shape.

Before Narconon helped her kick her drug habit, she was doing every drug she could get her hands on.

Kelly Preston

But Narconon did help her, and now she's one of their spokespeople, actively helping educate parents and kids on the pitfalls of drug abuse. As one who has been there, she knows what it is like. Recently she's been in Hawaii, teaching parents from her new DVD, "Keeping Your Kids Drug-Free: What Parents Need To Know". Narconon plans to open a center on Oahu soon.