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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tears for Colleen, jeers for the big sick machine

Today, July 25, is the three-year anniversary of the death of Colleen Conaway, the James Arthur Ray victim for whom there has still been no justice. Colleen, who reportedly had no history of emotional or mental problems, apparently had a psychotic episode at a James Ray event in San Diego in July 2009, and she leaped to her death from a third-story shopping mall balcony. After Ray found out about it, he and his top minions apparently worked to cover it up, shielding the rest of the attendees from the unfortunate event, and they all partied on that night. If you don't know Colleen's sad story, my pal Yakaru has written a good summary of this tragedy, linking to several Salty Droid posts. [Also see PS below. ~ CC, 8-06-12]

My friend Mariah at the Post-Aber blog (dedicated to people who are emerging from the Abrascam-Hicks trance)
also commemorates Colleen (and relates Colleen's story to the larger question about the true body count from New-Wage gurus. Yes, there's a body count with Abrascam too.).

Here are more links. Take your pick.

And in related news (yes, all of this is related to the "big sick machine" -- see links below), the summer 2012 meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) begins today as well. Death Ray was a founding member of that scam cartel, though rather unceremoniously dropped from the membership roster after the sweat lodge debacle. (Here's Salty's take on the TLC.) This confab is being held in the resort municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

More soon.

PS added 6 August 2012: Salty Droid commemorated Colleen Conaway's death with a post that featured his poignant interview with Colleen's sister Lynn. Here is the link. And the good news is that Salty is helping Colleen's family pursue the civil case against Ray, which is finally underway. Salty wrote:

I’m here to fight this fight … however f--king long it takes. Gonna use all that we’ve become to help with this important case :: gonna have all that and a bag of chips waiting for James Arthur Ray when he exits the Arizona penal system … 25 years too early.
And the TLC meeting that commenced on the anniversary of Colleen's death was apparently fairly well attended, if the video of Joe “Mr. Fire” Vitale’s presentation is any indication. If you choose to watch it, it’s 45 minutes you’ll never get back, but then again, Colleen Conaway, James Shore, Kirby Brown, and Liz Neuman will never get their whole lives back.

In his blog post about the video
, Joe, using an “advanced” Law of Attraction technique in which one “remembers” the future, writes that he “remembers” that I loved the track from his new CD, which he played at the end of his presentation while he wiped sweat off of his head and attempted to look spiritual and profound. His future memory is apparently not so good.

More on this Whirled about "the big sick machine" (both from July 2012):

More about the New-Wage body count:

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Anonymous rachelle said...

and in yet another striking bit of synchronicity (speaking of people who change their names like that war criminal you mentioned did), one of your more recent subjects, former kevin trudeau buddy and global information network speaker (not)doctor leonard coldwell, is hosting yet another conference call tonight to offer a new toilet -- a recently announced mlm alliance between livinity and youngevity -- down which you can flush all that spare money you have lying around the house. conference call is at 8PM eastern tonite, i think. coldwell and his butt buddies are gabbing about it on facebook.
god i hope people dont fall for more of his crap.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:30:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thank you, Rachelle. You wouldn't be THAT Rachelle, would you? Did you and "Dr" C have a falling out?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Yakaru said...

Thanks for the link and the kind words, Connie.

Death Ray will be out by this time next year, and his supporters will be dropping, either anonymously ("Your leading a lynch mob!") or with their B Team wannabe websites linked in the hope that their hero will notice their support ("He has served his time, and we should allow him to move on.")

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with no intention of letting him "move on"!

Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:24:00 PM  
Anonymous hhh said...

So anyway Connie the Lympic torch came through my town a couple of weeks ago. I tried - ffffoooo fffoooo - but it was too far away to blow out. It looked like someone carrying a big spliff.

Watching the Lympics?

Thursday, July 26, 2012 6:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Martypants said...

I wanted to offer Colleen a post this year, and missed it, as far as the date stamp goes. But I remember her - not that I knew her personally...more that I honor her being a victim of that fuckwankle Ray, and I won't forget her.
Thanks for being on time, cc.
Cheers to Colleen - and I am so sorry it ended like that for her. May it stop, always.

Friday, July 27, 2012 4:12:00 AM  

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