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Offline Albion

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Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:18 »
Since I aim to post more on this subject, I thought I'd take the
liberty of opening a new thread on my Narconon series.

I published an introduction a couple of weeks ago:

http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2012/11/narconon-introduction.html?utm_source=BP_recent

Narconon is a rehabilitation programme for addicts run on a
system devised by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Experts
say it is based on junk science and potentially lethal.


Today, I ran the second in the series:

http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2012/12/narconon-is-casualty-contact.html

Narconon is a variation on “casualty contact”, a recruitment policy
Hubbard developed for Scientology in the 1950s, as internal
documents make clear.


More will follow, but once I start diving into specific cases, it will take time
to assimilate the material. It is intimidatingly complex stuff. But I think
what it reveals about how Narconon operates makes it worth the effort.

Watch this space...

Jonny J.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2012, 09:07 by Albion »

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012, 14:07 »
I love the way you write! Your articles bring great clarity to these topics. There is so much info "out there" on the forums and message boards, but it's all over the place. It really helps to see it synthesized. Thanks, Albion!

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 19:23 »
This is a perfect example of how Narconon recruits through local news bulletin boards at no cost.
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Help for those

Struggling with Addiction

Narconon means no-drugs or narcotics-none. We are a non-profit, public benefit organization that is dedicated to helping people get off drugs and live productive lives. We offer free counseling, assessments and free referrals to more than 11,000 centers nationwide. Call today to speak to a counselor at  800-468-6933  or log on to XXXstopaddictiondotcom.

Deceptive web address edited.

http://neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=297&ArticleID=27798
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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 12:30 »
@Snippy: Thanks for the encouragement. It's true that most of what I
do is essentially a synthesis of existing material, but I hope I add
some added value too. It's always good to hear that someone appreciates
my efforts.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time or resources for the kind of investigative
material with which I launched the site in 2009. But for that, we have Tony
Ortega: http://tonyortega.org/ .

@mefree: Non-profit public benefit? Talk about acceptable truths.

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 12:08 »
@Snippy: Thanks for the encouragement. It's true that most of what I
do is essentially a synthesis of existing material, but I hope I add
some added value too. It's always good to hear that someone appreciates
my efforts.

I appreciate your efforts too, Jonny - I think we all do.

I also appreciate you keeping this forum updated on your articles.  I think this would be a good sticky thread (always at the top) of the Narconon section here at TP - how do you feel about that?

And if you need help with the Desmond case, when you get to it, feel free to ask here, or PM me if you like.  Some of us here have a pretty good understanding of the complexities of it, having followed it from the beginning.

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012, 12:58 »
@Snippy: Thanks for the encouragement. It's true that most of what I
do is essentially a synthesis of existing material, but I hope I add
some added value too. It's always good to hear that someone appreciates
my efforts.

I appreciate your efforts too, Jonny - I think we all do.

I also appreciate you keeping this forum updated on your articles.  I think this would be a good sticky thread (always at the top) of the Narconon section here at TP - how do you feel about that?

And if you need help with the Desmond case, when you get to it, feel free to ask here, or PM me if you like.  Some of us here have a pretty good understanding of the complexities of it, having followed it from the beginning.
That sounds great: many thanks.

I did actually make a start on the Desmond case a month or two ago and
even wrote up couple of sections in draft form. But then it dawned on me
I first needed to introduce the subject, hence the last two posts (and perhaps
a third). But I'll be sure to take you up on your offer of help once I've done
a bit more work on the case.

Best, jj

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012, 20:14 »
Topic moved and stickied. 

I saw your posts in the Desmond thread, but just sometimes I get too busy to respond to everything I'd like.   :)
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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2012, 18:50 »
Wonderful work, Jonny! Thank you for all you re doing.

I am a volunteer advocate for victims of the Narconon scam. I am a former scientologist. I post anonymously. Mary McConnell is my long time nom de plume. Feel free to contact me for assistance in righting the wrongs.

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2013, 13:24 »
Later than anticipated, but another post up on the Narconon series, built
around Roger Gonnet's testimony to a French Senate committe earlier this
month.

A former Scientologist who pioneered the Purification Rundown in
France told a Senate committee there how one of his clients almost died
during the procedure.


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-rundown-close-call.html

Jonny Jacobsen

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2013, 13:38 »
Later than anticipated, but another post up on the Narconon series, built
around Roger Gonnet's testimony to a French Senate committe earlier this
month.

A former Scientologist who pioneered the Purification Rundown in
France told a Senate committee there how one of his clients almost died
during the procedure.


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-rundown-close-call.html

Jonny Jacobsen

Thank you for the link. It is always a pleasure reading the information on your site.

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2013, 16:09 »
Later than anticipated, but another post up on the Narconon series, built
around Roger Gonnet's testimony to a French Senate committe earlier this
month.

A former Scientologist who pioneered the Purification Rundown in
France told a Senate committee there how one of his clients almost died
during the procedure.


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-rundown-close-call.html

Jonny Jacobsen

Thanks. Glad Roger is still fighting the good fight.
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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2013, 06:10 »
I have a new post up, starting a sub-directory of the Narconon section.

In 1984, a French court convicted two Narconon staffers after a
woman died at their centre having suffered repeated epileptic seizures.
Was it their fault alone, or did their negligence spring from Scientology's
 teachings?


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/04/ignoring-epilepsy-i_3446.html?utm_source=BP_recent

While the death of Jocelyne Dorfmann has been previously reported,
I don't think there has been much apart from a brief summary that
appeared in a French government report. This account, drawing from
the court judgment itself, gives a little more detail and kicks off a look
at Scientology's attitude towards medicine in general and epilepsy in
particular, which I think is relevant to the Narconon debate.

Comments always welcome at the site.

Jonny Jacobsen

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2013, 08:40 »
Thanks so much for this in depth and important article!
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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 09:24 »
I have a new post up, starting a sub-directory of the Narconon section.

In 1984, a French court convicted two Narconon staffers after a
woman died at their centre having suffered repeated epileptic seizures.
Was it their fault alone, or did their negligence spring from Scientology's
 teachings?


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/04/ignoring-epilepsy-i_3446.html?utm_source=BP_recent

While the death of Jocelyne Dorfmann has been previously reported,
I don't think there has been much apart from a brief summary that
appeared in a French government report. This account, drawing from
the court judgment itself, gives a little more detail and kicks off a look
at Scientology's attitude towards medicine in general and epilepsy in
particular, which I think is relevant to the Narconon debate.

Comments always welcome at the site.

Jonny Jacobsen

If there were no Scientology there would be no Narconon, right? ....But she told them she had epilepsy! And even if it had been withdrawal symptoms that caused the seizures, surely even a novice  would know to get the person medical attention...no? What does Narconon do with a person's seizure, diabetes, or heart medicine? Madder than an old wet hen!

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Hubbard on epilepsy
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2013, 08:19 »
Just up at Infinite Complacency -- and just beating the Thursday 2:00pm
deadline -- more on the epilepsy issue in Scientology, continuing the
Narconon series. Hubbard on Epilepsy:

Hubbard's casual approach to epilepsy and the use of medication to limit
seizures reflects his broader contempt for conventional medicine.

http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/05/hubbard-on-epilepsy.html

As always, comments welcome at the site.

Jonny Jacobsen

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2013, 05:33 »
I've just written up Tory's 'Magoo' Christman's battle with epilepsy -- and how
Scientology's quack treatment almost killed her -- at Infinite Complacency.

It draws mainly on her existing posts, with some supplementary
information from Tory, but I thought it worth doing because it is
an important issue and fits into the series I am currently developing
on Scientology's cavalier approach to epilepsy.

Scientology's insistence that Tory Christman give up her epilepsy
medication almost killed her, she says.


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/06/tory-magoo-christmans-story.html

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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2013, 23:07 »
I've just written up Tory's 'Magoo' Christman's battle with epilepsy -- and how
Scientology's quack treatment almost killed her -- at Infinite Complacency.

It draws mainly on her existing posts, with some supplementary
information from Tory, but I thought it worth doing because it is
an important issue and fits into the series I am currently developing
on Scientology's cavalier approach to epilepsy.

Scientology's insistence that Tory Christman give up her epilepsy
medication almost killed her, she says.


http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/06/tory-magoo-christmans-story.html

This is fantastic, Jonny. I find this part of Tory's story deeply disturbing, and one of the ones I read early on.
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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2013, 23:17 »
Wow! Thanks for this, Jonny.
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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2013, 20:33 »
You're welcome: crossposting this here in the name of
shameless self-promotion...

Have just posted an extended, updated version of the piece I wrote for
Tony Ortega over at Infinite Complacency...

http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/06/dutch-put-narconon-on-warning.html

Dutch officials have put Narconon on warning that they are under
“enhanced supervision” – and could even face closure – after spot
checks raised concerns about patient safety.



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Re: Infinite Complacency series on Narconon
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2013, 20:41 »
Excellent update with Desmond case dox mention. Thanks!
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