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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Everything old is Nouveau again (or, Neo-scam by any other name) -- Part 2 of 2


As you may recall, we began Part 1 with a visit to Utah and an old polygamist patriarch, Bob Foster of Rockland Ranch (aka The Rock). Bob, as reported by journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya in his fine book Secrets & Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy, by all appearances had a full and happy life, but nevertheless had been taken in by some of the oldest mail-order marketing ploys in the world. Most of the mail-order hucksters used flattery and outrageous promises of wealth, health, and good fortune, and some offered forbidden information that had supposedly been kept under lock and key by "secret" societies for centuries. Naturally, they were willing to share that information for a price.

One organization that seemed to really have Bob in its thrall was
Nouveau Tech, aka Neo-Tech, often spelled Neotech. Bob owned three large and ponderous books from this organization, all "heirloom editions" inscribed with his name, and he had apparently pored through the text, highlighting copy and scribbling notes in the margins. As I read about Bob in Secrets & Wives I was struck by Nouveau Tech's "secret society" theme, and I wondered if it had anything to do with one of this blog's pet snargets, Kevin True-dough, who has an apparently lucrative seekrit-society shtick of his own. So I did my usual superficial research and indeed found some connections, and that's when the post took off in new directions.
In fact, as a commenter on that post pointed out, and as I subsequently wrote in "Part 1 and 1/2" of this series, True-dough actually met the founder of Neo-Tech, Wallace Ward, aka Frank R. Wallace, when both were serving time in Federal prison. In case you didn't see it or didn't follow the link, here it is again.

Notwithstanding the title of this series, Part 1 covered much more than Nouveau Tech, veering effortlessly into True-dough territory, where it more or less ended up at the conclusion of Part 1 (and stayed through Part 1 1/2). Well, we're going to change lanes again for most of this post, but I have no doubt that we'll be drifting back into True-dough's lane again soon enough.

Neo-persuasion and Miss AnnaBull
If you dig around a little, you'll find lots of information on Neo-Tech's history as both a philosophy and a business. Regarding the latter,
here is a 1998 discussion forum thread that gives some insight into how the very prolific Frank Wallace and his son Wallace Ward, Jr. (pen name Mark Hamilton, Whirled name Mark Scamilton) made their Neo-Tech publishing empire seem larger than it was. One way was by publishing literature under several pen names.

I found the link on
a thread about NovaTech on the "Above Top Secret" site. That thread, started in July of 2004 and continuing well into 2011, began with this explanation from the site's moderators:

The Novatech Society appear to have instigated a form of book "promotion" one that appears to be widespread as members from the U.S.A,UK,and Australia have all reported it..

The "promotion" seems to take a predictable form.

1/An individual first receives a letter which appears to be an invitation to join them and discover truths and knowledge.The individual is asked to return an answer to this invitation within a certain amount of days and receive
free imformation.

2/If a reply is given then the individual will receive a pamphlet.This pamphlet contains little extra imformation than that which was in the original letter but it also contains an order for a book which cost over $130.

3/If the book is bought further letters are received offering more books.We don't know how many more books.

The
Novatech Society far from being a secret society are very much involved with e-books and are closely tied to a place called Neo-Tech publishing company and another "front" Novus Tek

So,if you receive this letter from the Novatech Society and you are curious about what exactly it's all about then we can tell you now before you get embroiled in a marketing ploy.
The Novatech Society are trying to sell you books for an inflated price.

Of course Nouveau Tech/Novatech was using this basic scheme for many years before the Above Top Secret thread made its appearance. Apparently the strategy has worked well enough through the years to keep the Neo-Tech publishing empire, in its numerous incarnations, alive and well despite many run-ins with the authorities due to their dodgy business practices.

And it doesn't even seem to matter that the books are generally poorly written and shoddily produced, nor that some contain a hearty dose of hokey speculative fiction masquerading as "fact." (This is probably why the author of Secrets & Wives automatically concluded that all of the characters in the books were completely fictional.) Consider, for example, a work by Scamilton titled
The Nouveau Tech Package of Miss Annabelle's Secrets. If you act now, you can get a used paperback copy from Amazon for only $55.00. But hurry, there's only one left, and judging by the photo, it looks like it's in pretty crappy shape. But I guess it's the information that counts.

Not everyone loved this work, though. Wrote a disgruntled one-star reviewer in July 2010:


In the second Neo-Tech book, called "Inner Circle Secrets," one of the authors, Mark Hamilton, states very clearly that the third book, called "Miss Annabelle's Secrets," is actually a longer version of his science-fiction novel, "Earth's First Immortals." It is just that, along with some advice regurgitated from the first two Neo-Tech books.

A bit of background information: Mark Hamilton's real name is Wallace Ward, Jr. Wallace Ward Sr.'s nom de plume was Frank R. Wallace, and he was the actual founder of Neo-Tech. Neo-Tech, calling itself a "secret society," advertises itself as being able to help ordinary people achieve greater wealth, happiness and prosperity if they purchase Neo-Tech books and read them cover-to-cover. The average price of each book is in the $100-$150 range. Upon receiving the "Inside Secrets" and "Inner Circle Secrets," books, one quickly learns that neither delivers what it promises. Instead, there are various tips on effective time management interspersed with conspiracy-theory rants against various government agencies, historical figures, etc. None of it is especially enlightening. There are also lofty claims that certain enlightened humans have achieved biological immortality and can create all manner of things, including galaxies, with the power of their minds. The reader is never told how to achieve this, just that it's possible.
In the promotional letters encouraging people to buy this book, there is a claim that, once upon a time, a primary school teacher known as "Miss Annabelle" divulged her great secrets to one group of students. The promotional letters imply that Miss Annabelle was a real person, not a figment of Mark Hamilton's imagination. Her extraordinary students, prospective buyers are told, went on to accomplish great things, including receipt of Nobel Prizes. One would suppose that one or two of her former students would have acknowledged her great influence on their incredibly successful lives. One would also suppose that, if her entire primary school class went on to such lofty heights, the rich and powerful would be clamoring to send their own children to the same school. Miss Annabelle herself should be the subject of various books and films trumpeting her prowess.

As it happens, no one in Miss Annabelle's supposed class has ever come forward, and there's no evidence of her existence anywhere except in this book. However, many disillusioned Neo-Tech customers apparently have come forward. Neo-Tech's membership in the Better Business Bureau was suspended in 2006 for fraudulent advertising practices.

Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that never was a Miss Annabelle and this book contains no more "secrets" than the first two Neo-Tech books did. Don't waste your time or money on this unless you're looking for an expensive sci-fi novel.

Another person responded both with a five-star review and a copy-and-paste comment in the section following the one-star review. Here it is in part:

...First of all, this book speaks of very noble and beneficial undertakings in the transformation of our rather diseased society toward a much more enlightened and friendly one. Keep in mind that of the progress that we've made as a civilization thus far, every achievement first started out as merely a dream - in other words - a fiction.

That the book was advertised as real served actually as a psychological tool to put the reader in the frame of mind that the dreams and ideas contained therein were tangible and could therefore be achieved. In my view, all thee things can be achieved if true progress is not impeded, is defended, and is thus allowed to flourish.
...

...
In the beginning of the book, the author stated that this work was something that he called "faction"; in other words, a blending of fiction and hoped for accomplished fact. So the whole thing comes across as very real and, based upon what most every human desires, why shouldn't it be?

In other words, it's okay to call fiction truth as long as it's a desirable future truth. And science faction is a perfectly legit genre. Another defender wrote:

I'm in No way Connected to Neo Tech Nor Do I work for them , I'm A Ordinary person who Ordered All 3 Volumes Have read the first & I'm On my Volume 2 "Inner-Circle Secrets" & Next will be this Book with "Annabelle's Secret's" , I read a lot of Books upon The "Law Of Attraction" & In the First Orientation Booklet it Tell's you The Secret is A 2300 year old Secret Hidden in These Volumes Of Books If One has Read " The Secret" " The Wisdom Of Robert Collier" & "The Wisdom Of Wallace D. Wattle's" Anyone can Figure out that The Neo-Tech Is only Teaching its Readers " The Law Of Attraction" But In A More In-deft Detailed Manuscript It can easily go over Ones Head If they've Never Read About "Attraction " & The Law of getting what you Want by Using your Thoughts When I Read the First Book I Knew Exactly What The Book Talked About " God-Man " This can be also Read In " Robert Collier's" Books if one Buys His Books upon the Law Of Attraction .

With that said To the Above Reviewer Its Not that These Books Don't have anything to Offer Or any Teachings If You have Read Other "Law Of Attraction" Books that are More like A Lesson Of 1 , 2,& 3 Step Type Books Then you Would know What the Secret Of Neo-Tech Books Hide & When I Read its about A 2300 Year old Secret I knew it Meant " The Law Of Attraction" & each book Brings Into Steps Of how to Manage Your day in order to Achieve What You Want in your life & How to Manage Those Days in order to Achieve them & how to Keep them .

For me it toke awhile to figure this out Cause it is hard to read & I'm like ok its 2300 Yr old Secret & I refered Back to The Book " The Secret" That also Refers to The 2300 year old Secret & I finally Got What these Books are about .

It is also hard to rite, apparently. But I'm like ok with that, especially since I now understand that The Secret and the Neo-Tech material are all about the same thing: The Law of Extraction, which is all about extracting as much scratch as possible from as many folks as possible.
"Neo-Tech changed my life!"
Like his buddy Kevin True-dough,
Mark Scamilton has a throng of passionate followers. They adore his books, for example, as hinted by some of the Amazon comments above, and as the testimonials and love letters on this page further demonstrate. (Or check out these raves about Scamilton's novel, Superpuzzle.) People seem to truly believe him when he declares himself to be on a mission to help everyone have "a creation-driven life," which he talks about in his intro vid on the Neothink Society Web site. I honestly tried to watch that video all the way through, but kept getting distracted by the alternating views of Scamilton, particularly when he was sporting those sunglasses that made him look like a bad imitation of actor David Spade's sleazy Rules of Engagement character, Russell Dunbar.

Sleazy or not, Scamilton and Neo-Tech have inspired many folks, such as a prolific wingnutty sort going by the pseudonym David L. Hunter. Hunter apparently uses a pen name to protect himself from the evil anti-civilization agents, Socialist-Fascists, and neo-cheaters who would surely come after him and destroy him if they knew his true identity. Writing under the guise of something he calls
The Local Group ("Enriching Individuals Worldwide"), he explains in a 2005 article how Neo-Tech changed his life forever. He begins the piece with an "Executive Summary" in which he dramatically refers to himself in the third person:

In February 1993 an ordinary man placed an order for a secretive manuscript. He had no idea what to expect. When that manuscript arrived, it revolutionized his life. As a result of utilizing that secretive material, his body has become muscular, lean and fit. His mind has become clear and logical. His wealth increases by five figures annually.

Five figures...wow. This passage is followed by a footnote, which explains the source of the miraculous five-figure income increase:

This is due to a gift from relatives. The secretive material is credited for enabling the recipient to understand and master financial markets, which allowed him to parlay that financial gift into an ongoing income-producing asset rather than consuming it.

As the article progresses, Hunter drops the third-person conceit, sharing, among other things, his amazing physical stats:

...I am a 39-year-old man and here are my results from using Neo-Tech:
Biological Statistics
Cholesterol level: 100 (ideal is under 200)
Triglyceride level: 24 (ideal is under 190)
HDL level: 48 (ideal is above 35)
LDL level: 52 (ideal is less than 130)
Glucose level: 95 (ideal is less than 110)
Liver function: normal
Kidney function: normal
Blood pressure: 120/80 (ideal is 120/80)
Body Weight: 135 (ideal is 135-140)
Since encountering Neo-Tech in 1993, I have never been admitted to a hospital nor have I taken any prescription drugs. Also, as per Neo-Tech, I am a teetotaler. As can be deduced from my biological statistics above, abstinence from alcohol has not led to any cardio-vascular problems or diabetes. This contradicts recent findings in the popular scientific literature that implies abstinence from alcohol increases a person’s risk for cardio-vascular disease and diabetes.
I am completely healthy without the need for any dietary supplements, drugs, alcohol, medication, doctors or hospitalization. While the American Medical Association might not like to hear this, I credit my naturally healthy physique to Neo-Tech. In all fairness, I think medicine has its appropriate uses. I just have no use for medicine.

Why am I having icky visions of the diabolical Colonel Stuart,
played by William Sadler, performing nekkid tai chi in the movie Die Hard 2? It occurred to me that Hunter's amazing story would not only be displeasing to the American Medical Association but also to Kevin True-dough and other aggressive dietary supplement and frauduct pushers. But never mind that.
Hunter goes on to impress us with more numbers, and gives us a peek at his romantic life as well:
Financial Statistics $44,300 securities (stocks & bonds)
$06,200 cash (bank deposits)
$00,000 debt (loans & credit cards)
$50,500 total financial assets
I have relatively few material possessions but they are paid for. So my net worth is higher, although my material possessions are not liquid like my financial assets. It is true that I have been lucky at times, but I agree with the adage that says luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Neo-Tech prepared me for life. Hence I was able to capitalize on my lucky situations rather than squander them. As a result, I know for sure that my financial assets will grow significantly from year to year.
What about sex and love? I attract numerous beautiful women online from around the world. Some of these include an Australian page-2 pinup girl, a Budweiser bikini babe, a famous television actress and other lovely women. The women I chose to engage in sexually and romantically have similar responses like “That was incredible” and “I never knew I could love anyone so much” and “You are more valuable to me than all the money in the world.” I credit my sexual and romantic prowess to the scholarly research on sex and love that underpins Neo-Tech.

Jeez, who says there are no good men left? Here's a guy with more than fifty thou in financial assets, and he can attract beautiful women online. From around the world! He continues:
...The next question is: was it worth it? Was it worth taking the time to learn, master and apply Neo-Tech? Yes. Could I have done the same or better in life without ever hearing about Neo-Tech? No. I am sure I could not have experienced these results without applying Neo-Tech. Why not? Well, for starters, I was a confused 27-year-old when I first encountered Neo-Tech. Relentless efforts by church and state had effectively sundered my mind from reality, leaving me vulnerable to professional manipulators called mystics and neocheaters (hidden criminals).
Moreover, I lacked a solid understanding of money, banking, financial markets and the economy. As a result of Neo-Tech, I got the exposure I needed to master money, markets and the economy...

Despite his debt to Neo-Tech, Hunter insists that he does not follow the advice to the letter, and has actually pulled away from Neo-Tech somewhat. At the end of the article he explains why and how he parted company with them. Still, he has continued to draw inspiration from Wallace and Scamilton's ideas, as we'll see in a little while.

Meanwhile, Mark Scamilton is all over the Interwebz, offering a variety of flopportunites,
such as the Neothink Business Alliance, whose Web site has one of those mystical parchment-looking backgrounds like The Secret Web site used to have, so you just know it's infused with magickal wisdom and great money-attracting ops for you. Here's what it says on the home page:

The essence of the Neothink® Business Alliance (The Alliance) is to leverage the buying power of the market place toward achieving the super puzzle and biological immortality. This is accomplished by reaching out to individuals and businesses outside as well as within the society to experience the new business philosophy that will be the spear head for curing aging and death. The Alliance is actualizing a new business philosophy from the inside while supporting the depoliticization of our country on the outside through support of The Twelve Visions Party®.
Vision The Alliance is a uniting of businesses and individuals who desire to be part of a movement within the society to honest and pure love business. Only suppliers and vendors who are members of The Alliance will be welcome to compete within the society. All members of The Alliance share a common denominator in curing aging and death and all members of The Alliance are supporters of The Twelve Visions Party®.
Mission The mission of The Alliance is to reveal the white collar hoax and unlock the true essence of Laissez-faire capitalism and free markets. The Alliance will reach out to the Anti-civilization and bring individuals and businesses into The Alliance to become members of the parallel Neothink® Society. Individuals will discover their Friday Night Essence within the TGIF Employee Placement company and the member companies will place these integrators into their companies.

Did you get all that? The bits about curing aging and death were some of the things that hooked Utah Bob and have doubtless attracted many others as well. You can join the Neothink Society and be part of the grand experiment for only $30 a month. Dozens already have. Watch the videos and you'll see. On second thought, I guess you can't watch the videos; they don't seem to work. Oh, well.

Move over, Tea Party!

Even though -- once again, like True-dough -- Mark Scamilton and the Neo-Tech bidness empire have kind of a shady history, that just doesn't seem to matter to admirers and believers. After all, Mark is a visionary on a grand scale, and is even the head of his own "political" party, the aforementioned
Twelve Visions Party. The party's Web site, which sports a spiffy retro-90s look, seems to crash frequently, and has numerous nonfunctional links, has some very credible testimonials, such as this one:

Mark hamilton and his Twelve visions Party are above reproach.

Mark hamilton and his Twelve visions Party are above reproach. His late father, Frank R. Wallace was the author of Neo- Tech. I have been a Neo – Tech owner since 1987 and have found it very helpfull in my life and finances. There are amazing technologies just under the surface of our society which are just about to burst forth – 100% free energy for all men – commercial biological immortality and many others. We just have to get rid of those that are keeping it from us. TVP will do all this and more. Power to Mark and TVP!!
Chuck B

There's that promise of immortality again. That just keeps coming up. There are pages and pages of testimonials on the Twelve Visions Party site, at least 212 of them bearing the "Mark Hamilton" tag.
Here's another testimonial, in all its unedited glory, from October 20th, 2010:

The Neothink literature I own is a product that accentuates the positive and elements the negative insight of all things. Further it shows what’s wrong in this country and the world and is actually playing itself out in daily events that get reported.
The ruling class has now the American people to battle with. With new party affiliations emerging, what neo-tech speaks about is coming to pass proving the people are feed up. With the Twelve Visions Party advocating the ideas of value creation by every individual for themselves and for a better society and with the support of our members.

Anyone or anything that "elements the negative insight of all things" and can help the people who are "feed up" can't be all bad, I guess.
But what exactly does the Twelve Visions Party stand for? You won't find much on the FAQ page on the Party Web site, which only has one question so far. That question concerns the meaning of the TVP emblem which, appropriately enough, features a serpent and a dollar sign. Elsewhere on the site, however, there's plenty of information.

Like most "third parties," the Twelve Visions Party has big plans for fixing what's wrong in the US of A:


With the TVP National Platform, Make All the People Rich, Including the Poor, I announce the birth of the Twelve Visions Party. The Prime Law of Protection and The Protection-Only Budget are the two pillars that hold up this new party. They manifest the original beauty behind the two old parties [Democratic and Republican] without the lies, tricks, and power-plays that destroyed those beautiful original intentions...
...The rising rule of man and his strengthening ruling class of Democrats and Republicans have severely damaged this country. Ordinary people are suffering. The Twelve Visions Party is here to reverse the rising rule of man and eventually eradicate it and its destruction of government and country. The Twelve Visions Party recognizes a very unique opportunity to rapidly and radically turn this economy around. Whereas people’s wallets suffer greatly under the rising rule of man in America, the Twelve Visions Party sees a unique opportunity to arrest the rule of man and its suppressive ruling class in order to free the geniuses of society to make everyone prosperous, including the poor!

Free the geniuses of society... hmmm. Would that include geniuses such as Mark Scamilton and his twin brother from a different mother, Kevin True-dough? Actually, we all have the potential to be geniuses, according to the Twelve Visions philosophy.

Which leads us to this question: Just what are those twelve visions? If you don't feel like plodding through the TVP Web site, here's a cheat sheet, which I got from
this very informative page:
  • Vision One: Become the Person You were Meant to Be
  • Vision Two: Live the Life You Were Meant to Live
  • Vision Three: Feel Extraordinary Every Day
  • Vision Four: Slow Down Aging Permanently
  • Vision Five: Land the Job of Your Dreams
  • Vision Six: Build the Business of Your Passions
  • Vision Seven: Experience the Love of Your Life
  • Vision Eight: Have the Body You Always Envied
  • Vision Nine: Become a Genius of Society
  • Vision Ten: Have Everything You Ever Wanted (via the free-to-soar geniuses and super technologies)
  • Vision Eleven: Ride A Prosperity Wave to Riches (via falling prices and soaring buying power)
  • Vision Twelve: Enjoy Nearly Perfect Health (via soaring medical technologies and falling prices)

Sounds like an info-frauduct series, doesn't it? Maybe it's just me inaccurately reading between the lines and jumping to illogical conclusions again, but something about Scamilton's whole "political party" shtick seems a little self-serving. But then, I suppose that is true of all political parties. And true to politix -- and, for that matter, scam marketing -- the excuses for failure are already built in. If those geniuses of society fail to make everyone prosperous, they can claim that it's only because of interference from that rat-bastard rule of man (not to mention the tyrannical, oppressive gummit). "It's a conspiracy, like we've been telling you all along!" I suppose that's marginally better than blaming the economically challenged for not using the Law of Attraction properly to manipulate the Universe into giving them stuff.

I've discussed this matter here before but now seems a good time to bring it up again, if you don't mind another slight digression. I have often wondered about that lofty ideal of making everyone "prosperous," which has not only been a dream of sincere idealists through the years but has also been the implicit or explicit promise of virtually every New-Wage hustledork and Internet Marketing scammer. In a market economy, prosperity brings price increases, and there are always goods and services -- even basic necessities, in some cases -- that are beyond the reach of some people. (Consider what's going on in Brazil right now;
it's suddenly the hot place to be, and Rio, the land of the $35 martini, is now one of the most expensive cities in the world to live.)

Moreover, despite the feel-good Law of Attraction tenet that the Universe has a boundless supply of everything that anyone could ever possibly want if he or she will only invest in the right products, it seems to me that there's only so much good stuff on Earth -- for example, there are only so many desirable spots on which to build one's dream mansion. And human nature being what it is, there are always people who want to grab more stuff than they need, while keeping others from getting what they need.

I found
an interesting piece that speculates about a scenario where everyone in the U.S. suddenly becomes a millionaire. As the author notes, "The scarcest goods & services in the economy do not multiply magically just because the amount of money being held multiplies dramatically." I think that's probably true no matter how earnestly one implores the magic Law of Attraction Genie.

I don't think this frees us from a moral imperative to do what we can to improve the quality of life for others as well as ourselves. But I think we can pretty safely assume that neither the Twelve Visions Party nor Neo-Tech/Neothinking holds the key to wiping out poverty. Nevertheless Mark Scamilton insists that all people can live like millionaires, even the poor.
 

This seems to be a summation of the Twelve Visions Party's worldwide "get rich" scheme
. Apparently you can join the revolution by ordering a $9.95 114-page "forbidden document" that explains The Prime Secret. Or you can download the Get-Rich Plan for free here. In case you're worried, be assured that the Twelve Visions Party hates "span" as much as you do and will not share your information with anyone.

One seekrit behind the Twelve Visions Party and Neo-Tech seems to be something called "Zonpower," which Scamilton's daddy Frank R. Wallace invented...er...discovered. I've read a lot of Neo-Tech stuff online and still haven't figured out exactly who or what Zon is, but apparently it is something like The Force that enables those who have it to be like really evolved members of the Illuminutty...I mean the Illuminati. And apparently anyone can be Zonnish, if one only buys and reads all of the Neo-Tech literature, and lives the life of a Neothinker.

Once again we turn to our wingnuttish pal, David Hunter, whom I quoted at length above.
He 'splains how Zon has shaken up history and continues to influence it. Sez Hunter:
 
Without Zon, you will watch life on earth shift from the creation of new wealth to the usurpation of existing wealth. You will witness the reversal of the economic and political gains of the last quarter century since the Reagan Revolution began in 1981.
Those gains include the rise of young people such as Michael Dell, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who, starting as teenagers, created empires of unprecedented wealth, jobs and values for all civilization. Plus Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine that restored free speech to the airwaves, which made possible people such as Mark Levine, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh who pioneered the field of conservative talk radio to bring free-market ideology and Ayn Rand’s Objectivism to a combined 50 million listeners per week.
Other important gains include the peaceful collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the strengthening of the US dollar, deregulation of businesses, expanding the capital base for new business start-ups and business expansions, as well as burgeoning private-sector jobs that provide real income and opportunities for growth among the populace.
Yet today without Zon, you will watch Steve Jobs perish, Bill Gates move his business out of America and see Levine, Savage, Hannity and Limbaugh driven off the radio. Financial markets will decline, old foes of America will rise with new threats and the primary route to riches will be a John-Edwards-like draining of producers via clever deceptions. Every economic and political gain made by Ronald Wilson Reagan will be reversed as parasitical bureaucrats gain increasing control over your thoughts and actions.
However, with the power of Zon you will wake up from the above nightmare to discover a new world of personal liberation that puts you in complete control of your thoughts and actions rather than mindless bureaucrats controlling and draining you...

Now, I'm sure some of the above will come as news to those of you who thought that the collapse of the Soviet Union was due to the efforts of those miracle meditators in Maharishi's organization. Turns out it was Zonpower all along. And the fact that Steve Jobs' health isn't so good these days... oh my Goddess, could that be due to a deficit of Zon?
But all is not lost...

The Mystery Continues

More than three decades ago Dr. Wallace wrote in a precursor to Neo-Tech that even if he was destroyed, his work would mysteriously continue to be developed and spread. As everyone vested in earth’s irrational anti-civilization breathed a sigh of relief upon the death of Dr. Wallace, few understood that Neo-Tech and Zonpower would continue to grow and spread.
Sometimes an idea is so compelling it cannot be stopped with the force of destruction. Neo-Tech/Zonpower is just such an idea. It has reached earthlings just in time before life on earth is annihilated. Will you be spared the destruction inherent in an anti-civilization? And will you meet Zon?
Zon is closer than you think. In fact, you do not need to send a letter across the world nor make a long-distance phone call nor fly on an airplane to a far-away place to meet Zon. All you need to do is look in the mirror. When the being that looks back at you has transformed from a chained slave in Plato’s cave to a free Citizen of the Cosmos as Dr. Carl Sagan would say, you have met Zon.

Conclusion

Even the most brilliant minds within the anti-civilization such as Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway and Jim Cramer of Mad Money are ultimately limited by the 2500-year-old matrix of mysticism and neocheating. Such brilliant minds are caught up in the seemingly inescapable web of illusions and deceptions such as global warming, universal healthcare and government takeover of businesses including General Motors, Chrysler, banks, investment firms, hospitals, energy companies and so on.
But forget about the dishonesty-and-death matrix that has dominated conscious beings for the last 2500 years. That irrational matrix means nothing now or in the future. You can climb out of Plato’s cave of illusions using the rock-solid steps laid down by Aristotle (logic), Ayn Rand (reason) and Neo-Tech (honesty). When you do, you too will hear the immortal voice of Zon.

If you have trouble understanding the concept of Zon and don't want to make your way through endless books, maybe you can check out the comic books that were inspired by Zonpower and Neo-Tech.
 

By the way, if you read the endnotes on Hunter's Zon piece you'll notice that he expresses disappointment in Kevin Trudeau. Even though True-dough learned about Neo-Tech straight from the source years ago, and in Hunter's opinion has since produced a lot of valuable content since then, Hunter is disappointed with one of True-dough's works, a book telling people fake ways to get free money from the government. In Hunter's view, getting money from the government is just supporting a corrupt machine (never mind that much of the advice in True-dough's book is exaggerated, misleading, or totally bogus). Hunter seems almost surprised that True-dough would be such an opportunist. I guess Hunter's eyes aren't as wide open as he imagines them to be.
 

Anyhow, Scamilton's Twelve Visions Party claims to have a brilliant plan for restoring the U.S. to its former greatness -- as indicated, for example, in this treatise, How Government Could Evolve Into A Super-Competent, Customer-Driven Protection Service. And there's much more on the Twelve Visions Party Web site. As may be glaringly obvious, I haven't explored it in depth. But I did happen to notice that Article 1 of the Prime Law is:
No person, group of persons, or government shall initiate force, threat of force, or fraud against any individual’s self, property, or contract.

Fraud... oh, my, don't get me started on that. Let me just say that, not surprisingly, the site also contains many enthusiastic testimonials that also have kind words about True-dough's Global Information Network (GIN).

Kevin True-dough and Mark Scamilton have both made noise in the direction of running for president of the United States. There's even a Kevin Trudeau for President 2012 Facebook page. Here is the full link, although you might not be able to get to it unless you are a Facebook member and are signed in:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kevin-Trudeau-For-President-2012/146088388768724. I also recently covered KT's bid for political office, and even provided a campaign poster, which he is more than welcome to use.At one time Mark Scamilton announced that he was going to run for president in the 1996 election. But apparently he did not. I know this will come as a shock to you, but some people think the presidency thing was just a stunt to sell books and perhaps save Scamilton's foundering business. Moreover, at the time he first made his announcement, his political party was apparently called "The People's Party for Economic Prosperity." Here's more information from the person who made the vid I linked to above.
Apparently Neo-Tech did have big plans for 1996, as indicated in this old article from the Jewwatch.com site:

The Neo-Tech Trojan Horse
Over the years, the Neo-Tech/Illuminati dynamic has evolved into today's Zonpower. This 200-year-old dynamic is increasingly undermining false, harmful authorities throughout governments and religions worldwide. The Neo-Tech/Illuminati dynamic has been the hidden force beneath the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the collapse of the conservative party in Canada, and America's sea-change first reflected in its 1994 elections. The seventh and final cyberspace stage of Neo-Tech/Zonpower -- the public phase -- will activate in late 1996 with the Internet distribution of the Zonpower Protocols...the Trojan-Horse penetration of Neo-Tech into the heart of the Establishment in America and worldwide.

I'm sure the Establishment is still quivering from all that penetration.
Apart from his faux-litical aspirations, Scamilton clearly has something else in common with his buddy True-dough, something he apparently inherited from his Neo-Tech founder dad: a willingness to cash in on the "ancient secrets" meme. There's this, f'rinstance:
 

Held Back for 3000 Years, Now Revealed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkxjnnBL7V8

In this vid Scamilton doesn't employ True-dough's characteristically overwrought presentation techniques -- the aggressively earnest gestures, the dramatic vocal inflections, the wide-eyed facial expressions. Rather Scamilton is quiet and understated, speaking slowly and staring at the camera with heavy-lidded eyes. Either he intends for the net effect to be hypnotic in some way, or the man is on some serious downers. I guess I'll have to read up on my covert hypnosis techniques to figure it all out.

I suppose that some folks might think that despite Scamilton's sweeping proclamations, his grand political vision, and his vast publishing and Web empires (he apparently owns dozens of domains;
start here and check out the list on the right-hand side of the page), he is a relatively obscure crackpot, and basically harmless. Even his bidness ties with True-dough -- the affiliate love between Neo-Tech and GIN that we covered in Part 1 -- haven't exactly made Scamilton front-page news. That could change, of course. It's possible that Scamilton and True-dough are gearing up to completely repackage and resell the voluminous Neo-Tech/Nouveau Tech content, which is probably one reason that a lot of the material that was on the Neo-Tech Web site has been deleted. Why give it away when you can sell it for inflated prices? Maybe it's not just coincidence that True-dough's marketing guy Peter Wink mentioned on his Facebook page a couple of weeks ago that he was re-reading The Neo-Tech System. Or maybe I'm way behind the curve and a lot of the NT stuff is already being offered exclusively to people who are foolish enough to sign up for GIN.

But despite any mighty marketing efforts it is always possible that Scamilton will remain just another two-bit philosopher and fourth-rate sci-fi writer. More than likely he's not destined to become the next ElRon Hubbard. Then again, if the Twelve Visions Party or Neo-Tech ever became as celebrity-infested as Scientology, all bets would be off.

Scamilton certainly seems to have cultish aspirations, if this page on Neo-stink clubhouses is any indication.
One thing is sure: Scamilton and True-dough both have a knack for rallying the troops, as this comment, taken from the December 2009 Neo-Think newsletter announcing the GIN/Neo-Tech affiliate program, demonstrates:

I am proud to be a member of the worlds saviors, we are modern day heroes like those who wrote the constitution each and every one of us. History is being made and we are all part of it. Also I was invited to join the GIN when it first began, and I never got started because of financial difficulties, and computer crashes, i am still very interested as I am still in need of finances. I need help creating my own web page if anyone can give me a boost I will certainly do the same for another in the future.

I see our mission clearly, and I also see the obstacles the neo cheats will do their best to dis-credit us. They will even commit serious crimes to stop us, but they will not succeed. We must utilize integrated thinking, we must always be four steps ahead of those who want to stop us.

And there's even more good news. It seems that Scamilton has global aspirations for the Twelve Visions Party. Today the U.S., tomorrow the world.

What about Bob?
We end this mini-series where we began it: in Utah. You may be wondering whatever happened to Bob of The Rock, who had sent so many hundreds and hundreds of dollars to mail-order scammers over the years.
He passed away in September 2008 of cancer, despite his declaration earlier that year that God had sent him a message telling him he had ten to twenty more years on Earth. He was survived by three wives, 38 children, and 85 grandchildren.

Regarding the scammers, though, I like to think that old Bob had the last laugh. Even though he, like countless others, seemed to really believe that he would come into a great deal of money through Nouveau Tech and countless other similar scams perpetrated by the Secret Brotherhood of Mail-List Sharers, it would appear that he could give as good (or as bad) as he got. In Secrets & Wives, Sanjiv Bhattacharya began the section about Bob and the scammers by writing about the day he was hanging with Bob making small talk, when a FedEx truck came rumbling through the wilderness towards them.
"I'll bet that guy's looking for me," says Bob. "He's got a scam on his hands. Some people called me the other day saying, 'We've got a $150,000 sweepstake, and we're sending the money out but you need to pay the man three-hundred-something dollars. This guy's going to deliver a package and he'll want a check,' they said. Well, my check will bounce, but you know, their check's going to bounce too..."

I have no idea if Bob, who was so enamored of his Nouveau Tech tomes and probably poured hundreds of dollars into the Wallace/Scamilton empire, ever gave any money to Scamilton's good buddy Kevin True-dough, and actually I think he departed this vale of tears before True-dough's biggest MLM boondoggle, the Global Information Network, was officially launched. But I will note that GIN currently doesn't take checks, only credit or debit card payments and money orders. That makes sense; KT does not strike me as one to allow himself to be bamboozled by some old coot or cootess writing a rubber check. If anyone is to do the bamboozling, it will be True-dough, thank you very much. And we'll have more about him soon.
* * * * *

More fun reading
A list of Neo-Tech literature, and some Neo-Tech-inspired literature, can be found on the above-mentioned wingnutty guy's site. Apparently he needed the money and, at the time this page was published, was trying to sell the stuff:
http://neo-tech.localgroup.net/portfolio/
Plenty of folks are suspicious of Neo-Tech, as demonstrated in discussions on various forums. In addition to the Above Top Secret forum I linked to towards the beginning of this post, I found these:

For a look at another man with grand plans not only for the U.S. but for the world, I give you the founder of Technocracy:
The ultimate wacko bailout plan?

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24 Comments:

Anonymous hhh said...

You just know that if either of these fruitloops got political power then it would mean famine and death camps within three years.

Monday, August 29, 2011 9:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm gonna lay some Zone Power on you. Incest with consenting minors is said to be ok if the intention is love. No wonder this is just repackaged Mormon twaddle. Give them hell CC

~Anon

Monday, August 29, 2011 9:44:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

HHH: Not to mention there would be a lot more infomercials, frauducts, and flopportunities.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:31:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Anon, does some of the Zon material really condone incest with "consenting minors?" If so, was that material written by Frank R. Wallace or Mark Hamilton or one of the original Neo-Tech authors, or just by some random NT believer?

I did my usual superficial research and Googled "Zonpower Neo-Tech incest" and all I could come up with was this...
http://prernalal.com/banned%20books/What%20Is%20The%20Illuminati.pdf

...which mentions the word "incest" but once, listing it as an abomination.

There may be some elements of Mormonism mixed in with Neo-Tech, but I'm guessing it would be Mormonism without the mysticism. But I really would like to hear more about this Zonpower stuff, because I simply don't have the time or inclination to plow through thousands of pages of drivel.

And in the interest of fairness, I do want to mention that while there seems to be a distressingly high incidence of incest in some of the Mormon polygamist groups, they are not part of the mainstream Mormon church, which outlawed polygamy in the 19th century and presumably does not condone incest either.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connie, you know I love you but giving mainstream Mormoms a pass is Bullshit. Go hang out on the New Order Mormon Forum and see how these people are struggling with their cultural and religious brainwash. The shit they were raised with and can't escape unless they want to alienate their spouses, parents, and their whole culture. It's toxic, these people raised Mormon are suffering. The Mormon religion, even minus the poligamy, is still a mind-fuck. Joseph Smith was a scam-artist pedophile. He sent men on missions and fucked their wives. Do not stick up for main-stream Mormonism, they take a 10% tithe and use the money to build malls and such. You should read about Mountain Meadows Massacre, brainwashed dumbasses will do just about anything.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Anon Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:06:00 AM, thank you for your input. I really appreciate your feedback and your continued support of this blog. Believe me, I'm not giving mainstream Mormonism a pass; I think the entire belief system is delusional, and I am well aware that the Mormon church is a rich, powerful, secretive institution that uses its considerable clout to support regressive social policies and influence legislation in that direction. (Even though the official stance of the church is that their job is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to dabble in politix.)

[While I hate sounding like a religious bigot, the thought of a Mormon president does not set well with me. Then again, neither does the thought of any right-wing Christian prez...

And speaking of that, Mormon prez candidate Mitt Romney's name is mentioned, along with corrupt Utah AG Mark Shurtleff, in this blog post by Salty Droid: http://saltydroid.info/for-the-children/ ]

But I digress. I agree with you that Mormonism, perhaps more than most religious belief systems, is based on brainwashing. The first book I read about Mormonism -- years ago -- was "Secret Ceremonies" by Deborah Laake. Laake, fortunately, had escaped the oppression of her faith. Her book detailed how totally f----d up the *mainstream* LDS Church is regarding marriage, etc. Reading that book made me truly realize how Mormomism took the gender inequality that is built into most traditional religious systems to a whole new wacko-mystical level.

In my previous comment I only mentioned (in the interests of fairness, I thought) that polygamy has been officially outlawed in the mainstream Mormon church. I realize that their abandonment of "The Principle" was for political expediency more than anything, but still... I also surmised that incest is at least officially frowned upon in the LDS Church.

I do know some individual Mormons who are good and decent folks. But this doesn't mean I'm sticking up for the Mormon *Church*.

Regarding a previous Anon comment, however, I really would like to find out more about whether and how Neo-Tech/"Zonpower" condones incest with "consenting" minors.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Connie,
Any dirt on Tim Ferriss?
I just heard about him last week, did much research, and wonder:
Is he or isn't he the new generations True-Dough/Joe Vitale?
Apparently he's been around for 4 years. But nary a word from you. This concerns me. Is he flying under the radar of hustledorkdom, smarter than KT & Joe, or-perish the thought-legit?
Any chance of you putting your finely honed investigatory skills on the Tim Ferriss case?

Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:46:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hi, Mike. I heard of Ferriss several years ago when his "Four-Hour Work Week" shtick started getting really big. And he's definitely on my radar as one of the new-gen hustledorks. Basically I find him eminently snarkworthy. I simply haven't gotten around to snarking at length about him. However, in a relatively subtle way I did work him into a satirical post in August 2007.
http://cosmicconnie.blogspot.com/2007/08/reflecting-on-self-esteem.html

That's Ferriss' image in the mirror (with ass ears, although I intended no offense to donkeys). And I poked fun at his most famous book title/shtick, although the satirical character in my post is sort of a Ferriss/Mr. Fire blend.

Ferriss was at the vanguard of the Gen-Y "lifestyle" hucksters, the likes of whom Salty Droid skewers on his blog. I don't think Salty has gotten around to Ferriss yet either but he may be working his way in that direction. Several folks have suggested Ferriss as a candidate for the Salty treatment.

For years, some of SHAMblog owner Steve Salerno's readers have been trying to get him to do a piece on Ferriss, and he has indicated interest, but to my knowledge he hasn't written his Ferriss post(s) yet. However, Ferriss' name did come up in the discussion on this post on SHAMblog:
http://shambook.blogspot.com/2007/08/few-words-about-baseballs-new-hr-king.html

If you want some more critical info, some of my other blogging colleagues (blolleagues?) -- the guys at Beyond Growth -- have discussed Ferriss several times.

http://beyondgrowth.net/tag/tim-ferriss/

Ferriss has been criticized for the usual things that hustledorks young and old have been criticized for: misleading information, oversimplification, and in some cases exaggeration, misrepresentation, and outright lying.

Among many other things Ferriss has been criticized for promoting cheap outsourcing. He has also been criticized for promoting the idea that there is something dishonorable about honest work. While his message purports to be that the big failing is to waste one's life doing work one hates, the implicit and explicit message from Ferriss and related hustledorks seems to be that having a regular job is a sign of failure.

In answer to your questions, then... 1. Ferriss emphatically NOT under the radar
2. He probably is smarter than Joe but probably not smarter than True-dough
3. IMO he is not legit -- if you define "legit" as being someone whose "lifestyle" is as easy to replicate as he represents it to be.

In other words, don't buy into the "lifestyle" bill of goods from Ferriss or anyone else of his ilk. Most of it is probably crap.

Thanks for stopping in, Mike; I hope this information has been helpful.

Saturday, September 03, 2011 11:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Connie,
Thank you for your very informative review of the "Tim Ferriss Case".
You've basically answered most of my questions.
Funny thing about guys like Joe & Ferriss...
I wouldn't pay a dime for any of their stuff (I have a professional reputation to uphold). And it wouldn't surpise me to learn that many of their claims are unsupportable.
Yet, they do inadvertently provide one interesting free service embedded in their free stuff: marketing tips.
No, I'm not talking about boiler room crap or outright illegal info.
Rather, I've gleaned some quite useful writing/marketing/networking tips from Joe of all people, and presumably will from Ferriss.
For example, Ferriss loves to talk/brag about how he became successful with his ebook marketing. His blog even has a category "Marketing". And while I haven't had a chance to read/listen to the numerous links to YouTube & his blog, he does explain the tricks of leveraging the new media for ebooks.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOUkUSgMmo

I do hope Salty/Shamblog/or yourself pursue Ferriss.

Connie, your last few commentaries have been exemplary-well written, informative, impassioned.
Good work!

Monday, September 05, 2011 7:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I can't agree with you. Sure Neo-Tech can seem strange to an outsider who has not been open to it or deep in the philosophy. I bet there were other books in that creepy Mormon's home with writing in the margins. I bet he had door knobs very similar to the one's in your own home. Strange. I came from a strict Objectivist background when I came upon the literature. Love it. But you need to use your mind, I admit there are a lot of fans of Hamilton's work who creep me out. He's not super human, but has developed techniques that when practiced and utilized can help one through out business and family life. Appreciate your loved ones and yourself. The literature does have a built in screening system and the people who are turned off from the start are not really wanted until they shake some dirt out of their minds. Human consciousness is what it is all about. A freaky Jesus loving mormon doesn't really make sense in your argument. As for the cost of the literature I would encourage everyone to find used books online from people who thought they had been duped or scammed and check it out and see of you like it. I've read several blogs where people think it is satanic texts ect. Seriously check it out you may hate it or like me you may love it and then devour as much as possible. Then you'll be online writing responses to kooky blogs.
Anyway hope you the best.

Saturday, December 03, 2011 5:08:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anon Saturday, December 03, 2011 5:08:00 PM. The fact that one of the people mentioned in my post was a "freaky Jesus-loving Mormon" wasn't integral to any argument against Neo-Tech; I cited the Mormon only because he was mentioned in a book about polygamy that I had finished reading shortly before I wrote my Neo-Tech posts. Old Bob the Mormon may or may not have been creepy, but Mark Scamilton (and his late dad) strike me as plenty creepy. I've read excerpts from some of the Neo-Tech material and the writing is kind of bad, not my cup of tea. What I've found most objectionable, however, is the "secret society" and related ruses the Neo-Tech folks used as a marketing gimmick.

But I appreciate your sharing of your experiences and opinions.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger mama801 said...

This is my first visit to your blog, and I am already hooked! Your writing is extremely well thought out and absolutely hilarious! I could not stop laughing at your commentary on con-artists like Kevin T. and Mark "Scamiliton" (lol). I came across your blog googling for information on these two. I struck gold when I found your blog. What information I found on those two before I found your blog was limited, but matched your opinion to a "T."
Please don't ever stop sharing your writings...You are freakin awesome! Thanks for making my week!! :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012 1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly is the Neo Tech scam? They send you letters to get you to buy books?

So, someone buys a book and they are scammed because they bought a book?

So you just send the book back and get your money back. Unless of course you like the book, in which case you have not been scammed.

Or they are scammed and they don't know it because.... ?

If there is a scam, you have to be able to explain the scam, as in, who got ripped off and what the scam actually is. You can't just say something is a scam because you do not like their business.

If someone is selling books that you do not like, that is not a scam, it just means that there are a lot of people buying these books you do not like.

It seems like there is just a lot of association going on here. You start your article talking about some weird Mormon cults in Utah, and then expect people to draw the conclusion that there is an association between that and this Neo Tech thing.. but they are actually two completely different things.. both of which you clearly feel are dubious, but in all of the writing you have done you have not explained what the Neo Tech scam really is.

Also, just for your info, and you may know this already so I am not intending to be presumptuous, but Wikipedia is pretty much a gossip column that anyone can contribute to, a lot of the pages are actually written by the people the pages are about, so those pages are accurate to the extent the author wants you to know, and other pages are edited by editors at Wikipedia, and they do not allow the people being written about to edit pages about them. So it is not an objective source of information. Not by a long shot. It is a source, but not an objective source.

Monday, June 11, 2012 1:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By associating NeoTech with incest with minors on your blog you are merely making yourself to be the one who is just hell-bent on being hurtful. You won't find anything on that in NeoTech because that is not condoned. Shame on you for stooping so low. I had respect for you and your entertaining blog with some honest criticisms, but now I can see you harbor some personal resentment or something. It's very immature.

Monday, June 11, 2012 1:09:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thank you for your kind words, Mama801. Judging by your handle, you're living in the Beehive State yourself. I hope I can continue to provide information and entertainment for you. :-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

I'm going to respond to both Anon comments from June 11 because I have a feeling they are from the same person.

First of all, thank you for sharing your opinions. Yes, there is lots of association going on here. I acknowledged it was going to be a long & winding road. But I thought I’d explained the underlying theme pretty well, particularly in Part 1 of this mini-series of Neo-Tech and Nouveau Tech posts (the series also includes a post about the "Lazy Man" aspect of the Kevin Trudeau pyramid scheme GIN (the Global Information Network)).

I acknowledged right off the bat in Part 1 that I came across Neo-Tech by accident when reading about a Utah polygamist who was into NT and similar mail-order publishers of seekrit information. I also explained that not all of the endless stacks of material in the old polygamist Bob's house were from Neo-Tech. However, according to the author of “Secrets and Wives,” the book in which I read the tale, most of the material Bob had in his home was apparently along the same lines. It consisted of tantalizing promises of forbidden knowledge from all sorts of mail-order hucksters who were willing to share the secrets of the universe for a price.

I thought it all fit in with a continuing theme on this blog: the scammy nature of Kevin Trudeau's GIN. After all, as you are probably well aware, GIN's main marketing hook was the offering of information from the elite members of secret societies all over the world. In other words, I thought there was enough of a common theme to provide a reasonably coherent blog post series. You apparently don’t agree.

I never said NT & Mormon cults were the same thing. An anonymous commenter offered the opinion that Neo-Tech was recycled Mormon twaddle. I said there might be elements of Mormonism, but if so it was Mormonism without the mysticism. At the very least I feel that there are cultish elements in both Mormonism and in Neo-Tech, but this is a common element in many organizations and belief systems. (What was/is GIN if not a cult?)

In any case, I felt that I provided enough information and links about NT to allow people to follow the links and draw their own conclusions about NT’s credibility or lack thereof.

(To be continued in next comment, due to Blogger’s character limit)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:38:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

(Continued from above)
Is Neo-Tech a scam or just a clever marketing gimmick? Well, it depends on your definition of scam. If you send some money for a book and get the book, you may or may not think you're getting your money's worth, but legally it may not be a scam – again, provided you send the money for one product and only get billed for that one product (and don't get sucked into some forced-continuity deal without your consent).

However, here’s where I think that one has to look a little deeper to the source & the history of NT. Mark Hamilton and his late daddy Frank Wallace (the founder of NT) have apparently pulled many scammy and/or gimmicky marketing schemes in their time. Again, I touch on these matters in my blog posts. But I recognize not everyone will read it and come to the conclusion that NT is a scam.

That said, the very fact that Mark Hamilton has a longtime business relationship with Kevin Trudeau was a huge red flag for me from the moment I found out about it. My suspicions seem to have been validated recently as some of the disgruntled ex-GIN members are coming out now with more information about how Hamilton apparently got a cushy deal with KT and GIN. The extent of that relationship is not yet general knowledge, apparently, but more will come out, and I'm watching.

Regarding Wikipedia: It is, IMO, becoming an increasingly credible source, though not perfect (here’s a hint: no source is perfect). Wikipedia does actually impose standards, and articles that don’t meet the standards – that sound too much like ads, for example – are marked for clean-up and/or removed. One element that Wikpedia’s standards require is the citation of external sources. I generally follow those to make sure that the Wiki info accurately reflects the content in the source material.

Bottom line is that I don’t rely on Wikipedia for my only source of information. But I think that generally speaking it is a far more reliable source than, say, Miss Annabelle. Sorry, that may have been a low blow.

And one more point: I did NOT associate Neo-Tech with incest with minors. Another participant brought that up. I questioned the participant about it & didn't get an answer. I went looking for information & didn't get anything that would indicate Neo-Tech/ZonPower teachings advocated incest. I am still waiting for the answer. For now I’ll take your word for it that NT does not advocate these abhorrent practices.

I have no personal resentment of Neo-Tech because I've never been a member. I do have a distinct dislike for scams and scammers and dodgy gimmicks, though, and will continue to write about people and organizations and products that I think might fit the description.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Zon Lives said...

Interesting posts of Neo-Tech and Mark Hamilton. Since the untimely death of Frank R. Wallace, Hamilton or scamilton as you refer to him has abandoned all of the old Neo-Tech Customers.

His so-called Society of Secrets is a joke. From what I can tell he is mainly recycling the older Neo-Tech material and rewritng the beginning of the books to make it appear like it has been part of his secret group for an unknown time-frame.

I have no financial interests in Neo-Tech, The Local Group, or any other clones of the philosophy. I am merely a former customer. I definitely would not recommemend any of Mr. Scamilton's currents scams.

I doubt you have read any Neo-Tech material and are therefore really not qualified to make any comments on whether it works or doesn't work. There are plenty of used copies of the material you could purchase on the cheap and actually read to get an idea of what Neo-Tech is or isn't.

There is no need to make Scamilton any more money. I do commend you on your take-downs of Vitale, Scamilton, and Trudeau. Please do some serious research to really have a qualified opinion on what Neo-Tech, LocalGroup, or any similar type of material really does promote.


Neo-Tech material does not condone incest or similar types of behavior. The only advice I can remember from the materials is that if you decide certain laws are stupid or whatever, take responsibility for the consequences if you get caught violating any law. I don't have the time or space here to get into a discussion on whether there are or are not absolute morals. That is a separate discussion by itself.

Information like Neo-Tech is not for everyone. The material smashes most people's cherished core beliefs, be that religion or whatever. I will say Neo-Tech does have its shortcomings, as all philosophy does even Objectivism.




Thursday, September 26, 2013 1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

I appreciate your insights, Zon Lives. I don't claim to be an expert on whether Neo-Tech philosophy "works" or "doesn't work" -- as you have seen, my blog posts are mainly about what I see as the cultish aspects of the Neo-empire, as well as of course the GIN connections.

And if I do decide to read the old Neo-Tech materials I will try my best to do so without further enriching Scamilton. Thanks for the tip. ;-)

Sunday, September 29, 2013 5:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read some Neo-Tech books. They helped me become a much more rational thinker, and inspired me to think big, work hard, and pursue riches. I'm wealthy now and just got married. I couldn't be happier. I'm a satisfied customer. Where's the scam?

Monday, November 03, 2014 9:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The secret isnt reading, its viewing the material, read between the lines!
its demonic I tore my books up and threw them out in the trash where they belong, best 130.00 I've ever spent...lol your not supposed to read them, view them...demonic

Friday, February 06, 2015 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ps Even though I threw my books out I should address one thing, there is no scam.... these books are designed to develop the bicameral mind! But They are demonic!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger lotus335 said...

I studied neo-tech in details.
It ends very badly for person knowing it, even in death.
One more point : I recently ordered 2800 pages book from Neothink named Secret formula to stop aging with my last 299$ and didn't recieve it.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 1:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I studied neo-tech since 1999, in very details. It can end bad, even in death of person knowing it.
Another thing : I ordered Neothink book Secret formula to stop aging and never received it.
They stole my last 299$

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 1:11:00 PM  

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