I know it's not Sunday, but here's a hymn anyway
It already has a tune. *
Come, Thou long expected sequel
So the world may once more Byrne
With the scam that knows no equal.
(Will the sheeple never learn?)
Rhonda's trials and Death Ray's charges,
Billy's lame-assed threat campaign,
Schirmer's shame and Fireboy's follies
Failed to wreck The Secret train.
Now slinks Rhonda from the shadows
With the latest seekrit key
L.O.A.? That's soooo outmoded
Now The Power will set you free.
"Just one thing" is all it takes to
Change your life (for realz this time!)
All you need to do is soak in
Imitative New-Wage slime.
Come, Thou long awaited encore
Milk the cash cows till they're dry
Lure the narcissistic masses
With your glossy little lie.
* Purists might note that the rhyming pattern is not strictly faithful to the original, and that there's a bonus verse to boot. But what the heck: my blog, my rules.
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PS ~ The official release date for The Power is 17 August, 2010. Judging from the fact that the title was #449 in Books on Amazon when I checked a while ago (and #3 in Religion & Spirituality > Occult; #12 in Health, Mind & Body > Self-help > Personal Transformation; and #2 in Religion & Spirituality > New Age > New Thought), the sheeple have NOT learned. And the publisher, anticipating this, is doing an initial press run of two MILLION copies. (Here's a link to the book trailer.)
PPS ~ Speaking of Death Ray: As many of you may know, the long-awaited trial, originally scheduled to begin on August 31, will be even more long-awaited. It has been postponed till some time in 2011. James' defense team is working for a change of venue as well. As Terry Hall at Bizsayer wrote, it wouldn't be great timing to have the trial possibly still going on during the one-year anniversary of the deaths in Sedona (October 8).
PPPS added 19 August 2010 ~ As expected, The Power is selling briskly, though the Amazon reviews from regular readers (not the h-dorks who benefited so handsomely from The Secret) are lackluster.
And here's a big surprise: Mr. Fire thinks Rhonda's new book is GREAT, even though she doesn't quote him and the other living "masters" as she did in her previous opus.
Instead, she quotes from the legends — Jesus, Buddha, Einstein — all dead authorities. None can argue with her. And they all seem to say you can have what you want if you practice love. Well, I agree.
I noticed, however, that Joe felt compelled to repeatedly give himself credit for being the fan of the late New Thought writer Neville Goddard. He seemed to be strongly implying that Rhonda acquired her obvious Neville fixation (he says she quotes Goddard repeatedly in The Power) because of him. And maybe she did. But if so, she should have at least acknowledged Joe for his wisdom. Shame on you, Rhonda. You seem to have a habit of not giving proper credit where it's due.
This was the part that caught my eye about Joe's "review," though:
But I still take issue with Rhonda’s stance that you don’t really have to take any action to attract what you want.
I was the guy in the movie The Secret stating you needed to act on your ideas.
Uh-huh, but he was also the guy who said the Universe is like a mail-order catalog that you can just leaf through and pick out what you want, and "It really IS that easy." That's the bit that people really glommed on to, and that's the part Joe put on his own sites. Granted, this may have been the only Vitale segment that Rhonda's company released for promotional use, but he sure didn't hesitate to use it, and use it, and use it again. (And, assuming that his original statement was not heavily edited for the film, why would he even utter anything like the "It's that easy" bit in the first place if he didn't want to use it to attract wishful thinkers to The Secret and, most importantly, to himself?)
But Rhonda still believes what you want will just come to you if you feel it real. I’m sure for the person who created a movie sweeping the globe, who made over $300,000,000 in sales, and who has been pursued since 2006 for her next projects, that for her it seems like it’s all coming her way without effort...
He goes on to say that he feels Rhonda took action anyway (e.g., an email blast just before the release of The Power), and that her actions were also wise marketing.
Now, I'm thinking that, provided Rhonda is not fibbing about it all seeming "effortless" to her, maybe it seems so either because she is seriously reality-impaired – a distinct possibility – or because the really hard work has always been done by others. For instance, at the beginning much of the creative and marketing stuff was done by people such as Drew Heriot and Dan Hollings. The "teachers" in The Secret did a lot of the marketing too, of course. And additional real (and dirty) work was perhaps done by Rhonda's scoundrel American bidness partner Bob Rainone (whom Rhonda described on the Acknowledgments page in The Secret as "delivered to us from heaven"), not to mention the legal team that worked so hard to keep people such as Drew and Dan from getting what Rhonda had promised them. Rhonda hardly had to lift a finger. But Mr. Fire didn't mention these factors.
Also amusing in Joe's "review" of The Power was his digression into bragging about his car(s) and about appearing again in a magazine devoted to egomaniacs and their fancy cars. I had thought the post was supposed to be about Rhonda's new book, but, silly me, it's really all about him. Even the picture of Rhonda's book cover leads to the site for his Attract Money book (which in turn is a not-so-subtle lure for the apparently ill-named Miracles Coaching), rather than to a page for The Power. Overall, however, his post is a blatant kiss-up to Rhonda. I expect we'll see more of that from other "teachers" in The Secret. That cash cow isn't dry yet by any means.