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The Nietzsche Family Circus

Brilliant. Check it out: http://www.nietzschefamilycircus.com/

Shamokin, PA AA General Service Area 59 District 58 member tells judge he's "God's undeserving son" and the police ruined his evening. March 2013

Daniel Robert Gustitus is an Alcoholics Anonymous member in Shamokin, Pennsylvania Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) General Service Area 59 District 58 (http://district58area59aa.org/schedule.html) and did not have a good night on March 12, 2013 when Patrolman Raymond Siko II arrested "God's undeserving son" for numerous violent offenses and sent him to jail instead of a psychiatrist.

In AA everything is a "Suggestion"

Look up "suggestion" in Wikipedia and the first line is :- "Suggestion is the psychological process by which one person guides the thoughts, feelings, or behaviour of another." I wonder if this is what Bill W really meant?

Wondering if someone might have an answer

What exactly happens between the court order or intervention when someone goes kicking and screaming to attend AA, and then a one day later 'contract' that the person of interest has apparently agreed to do 'whatever it takes'?!? I had this line dropped on me during my coerced attendance and attempted conversion, but I do not remember ever entering said contract. Did I miss the 'miracle'?!?

Just how successful is AA?

I have great faith in statistics. I've used them many times in my working life. They are a powerful tool for planning engineering. The use of statistics has improved many people lives without them realising it. Just for a bit of fun, I thought we could look at AA success rate from a marketing point of view. First, let's identify the potential market.

Grapevine Question

The AA Grapevine is called "Our meeting in Print." So if a person is mandated to attend AA meetings, shouldn't the person be able fulfill the requirement by reading a Grapevine article at home? Moreover, since every AA meeting is pretty much exactly the same, shouldn't the person be able to just read the same article over and over? As far as slip signing goes, maybe the person could photocopy the article and submit it to his probation officer as proof?

Prospects for Fun

Prospects for Fun By: Liar Baits I want my VH1 Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it You chant Bill Wilson on the VH1 That ain't workin' that's the way you do it Money for nothin' prospects for fun Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it Lemme tell ya Dr. Drew ain't dumb Maybe wrap a pigeon around your little finger Maybe crush a pigeon with your thumb We gotta recite laminated posters Boring 4th Step inventories We gotta sign these mandated court cards We gotta repeat these same stories See the liberal artist with the necktie and the rehab

World Health Organization says AA is: "cult" like, anti-medication and potentially harmful

The World Health Organization in the Mental Health section of its website provides: "Evidence-based recommendations for management of alcohol use disorders in non-specialized health settings" Here, the WHO asks the question: "Should non-specialist health care providers refer alcohol dependent patients and their family members to mutual help groups such as AA?" In its reply to the question the WHO evaluates the "Balance of benefits versus harms". The following is the WHO's opinion:

The paradox of Denial and Self motivation in AA

AA's membership surveys contain information on how AA members were introduced to AA: whether through an AA member, court order, family member, health professional, etc. AA's most recent survey in 2011 shows that 29% of AA members were "self-motivated" to attend AA initially (http://www.aa.org/pdf/products/p-48_membershipsurvey.pdf). In fact, over the last 20 years AA membership surveys have shown that on average one third of AA members were "self-motivated" to attend AA initially.

How do you get 2000 members to join a "private Alano club" in Seattle? Michael Martin Shepard arrested for selling drugs at Nomadian Community Resource Center March 12, 2013

Feds allege man dealt drugs from private South Seattle ‘club’ Posted by Mike Carter March 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM The owner of a South Seattle nonprofit community resource “club” that hosted Alcoholics Anonymous meetings has been arrested on a federal complaint alleging he was dealing large quantities of oxycodone and other illegal pills.

Letters to Orange

http://www.orange-papers.org/orange-letters339.html
Date: Mon, January 21, 2013 8:45 am (Answered 25 January 2013) From: "Mary K C." Subject: disappointment Sometimes it's unfortunate that we have freedom of speech, press, etc. This article http://www.orange-papers.org/orange-effectiveness.html should be banned. Mary K. C. RN Staffing Resource Office ClairVia Support 434xxxxxxx
Any thoughts?

The Alcoholics Anonymous Famous Mayflower Hotel (now called Mayflower Manor) with its famous lobby phone booth is evicting 250 residents - Gentrification March 2013

The famous Alcoholics Anonymous lobby "phone booth" at the Mayflower Hotel on 251 South Main Street, Akron, Ohio may have to find a new home due to Gentrification of the building. The AA phone booth is a pilgrimage spot for Alcoholics Anonymous members because it was allegedly used by Bill Wilson to get in touch with Dr.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): The GSR (where's dave?) Update: dave has been located - No worries

Why is the GSR so important? Duties of the GSR 1) Is the message being carried to corrections, treatment centers, Dui Schools, general public? 2) Do local doctors, psychologist, and professionals know what AA does and where to send people? 3) Volunteer, Fill Needs, & Drive Participation at AA Events GSR “Guardian of the Traditions”AA experience has taught us… I. AA must live or most of us must surely die II. Ultimate authority is a loving God as He may express himself in our group conscience.

AA member Gilbert Ray "Butch" Hannah, 64 arrested for molesting a young girl at an AA meeting in Bellingham, Washington Area 72 District 11 - Jan. 2013

In a very sick and twisted example of why you should never bring children to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, Gilbert Ray "Butch" Hannah, 64 was arrested for molesting the granddaughter of another member who had brought her two grandchildren to the meeting to have "hot chocolate" in January 2013.

NEW to 'choices'!

I'm so excited to find this blog feature of this website!

I hardly know where to begin!

But I do know that I have to be honest, genuine, and authentic!

In some circles, I'm known as a 'Maverick'.....and I don't apologize for that!

If I am faced with something I don't understand, then I must SEEK! And I don't draw conclusions from other peoples's findings, but must find my own!

Tomorrow, I'll truly 'introduce' myself. But for now, THANK YOU for this opportunity to express my true self!

Coldwater movie

This film is about to be released. I think some people here may have some interest in seeing it. It appears to be an indy film, so I am unsure when it will be available through netflix or online. http://coldwaterthemovie.com/

Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services accused of "patient dumping" by Greyhound Bus of mentally ill man to Sacramento Narcotics Anonymous and told to call 911 when he arrived

In a very strange case of "patient dumping" Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (http://mhds.nv.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemi...) has been publicly accused of discharging James Flavy Coy Brown to a Greyhound Bus Station with a ticket to Sacramento, giving him three days worth of medication and written instructions to follow up with Narcotics Anonymous and verbal instructions to call 911 when he arrived.

True-believer syndrome and "Unwise" Crowds

An interesting piece on True-believer syndrome from The Skeptic's Dictionary: http://skepdic.com/truebeliever.html (lots of other interesting topics also) Neatly explains why overwhelming evidence of a hoax won't shake a true-believer's faith in the unbelievable.

Dr writing blog in support of Drew 'Dr Death' Pinsky

http://drdrew.com/guest-blog-1/ I am guessing my comments will not make it through Drews ADMIN. Perhaps others may wish to comment :) DeCon March 2, 2013 Reply Perhaps if Drew would evolve from the 1930′s. stop being an evangelist for the AA faith, he would not have such a disastrous mortality rate. Perhaps if he were more honest about the fact that alcoholism and drug addiction is a behavior rather than an alleged ‘disease’ he would kill less people.

Scared Straight Abuse?

http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/watch/Beyond-Scared-Straight/90330637189209... Sensory overload is one of the techniques used by deputy sheriffs in the video. In my opinion this represents cruel and unusual punishment.

Alabama introduces "Long's Bill" that would take your kids away if you have been treated 2 times in 5 years and relapse - Feb 2013

Alabama, also known as the "Yellowhammer State;" Heart of Dixie" or the "Cotton State" has a very big problem with Crystal Meth. A new proposed "Long's Bill" would make it mandatory that people will loose their children if they have been "treated" twice (2) in a five (5) year period. Currently the Bill includes both Alcohol and Drugs, but they are working on ways to eliminate Alcohol from the Bill.

The Jesus Fish 500

When I was a kid I got the shit kicked out of me a couple of times a week. My mom would make me strip naked and she’d beat me with a plastic belt. She’s tell me that I was getting nine lashes and, “You little bastard, if you even move an inch or make a single peep I’ll cut your balls off and give you another three lashes.” I never knew my dad when I was a kid. When I was 8 days old he shot a guy and went to Walpole prison. After 4 years he got out on parole and ran to Canada. I met him a few times in my 20′s, but I soon decided that I’d be better off not getting involved

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