You are a good example of what's wrong with Landmark Education and how it seemingly paralyzes a person's critical thinking.
I passed your post through unedited so everyone can see why you are being banned and how your training at Landmark has influenced your thinking.
You have no legitimate interest in discussion or dialog, you are here to promote yourself and Landmark, and generally attempting to subvert threads.
You say, "Landmark provides one paradigm, or one lens from which to look at life with." And then you go on comparing this to "the paradigm of Judaism."
This makes Landmark seem more like a religion, i.e. a belief system based upon faith.
Therefore what Landmark does is more in line with religious indoctrination rather than "education."
But Landmark sells its courses as "education," even claiming they are somehow a "technology."
You go on to attack me personally as if this will change any of the facts about Landmark.
You say that a friend told you, "Rick Ross is a convicted felon. When he got out of jail, it was hard to find a job as a convicted felon, so he created a website and decided to monetize on anticult related advice. He does not have a college degree, nor any experience in the field"
I was convicted of a felony more than 30 years ago and given probation, which ended in 1979.
Seven years after that conviction I began my cult work in 1982.
More than twenty years after that conviction in 1996 this Web site was launched.
It is true that I do not have a college degree, but I have been invited to lecture at colleges and universities across the United States.
If you or your "friend" had done any serious research you would know that my expertise regarding cults has been recognized by the courts. To date I have been qualified and accepted as an expert witness about cults in ten states, including US Federal Court through what is called a "Daubert hearing."
Objections such as your friend has expressed regarding my expertise have been raised by attorneys opposing my admission as an expert in court, but I have never failed to be qualified.
Landmark education knows this.
Apparently your friend does do very good research and/or has chosen to ignore such facts.
Landmark has tried purge information about the company archived at this site through a federal lawsuit. This included at one point, a concerted effort to discover the names of those that post crtical comments about Landmark at the message board.
Landmark completely failed and never obtained a single message board member's name.
In the end of that litigation in a final act of complete humiliation Landmark dismissed its own lawsuit, attempting to spin this defeat as best as the company could given the circumstances.
Over the past year this Web site was subjected to DDOS attacks by a disgruntled man named Bruce Raisley.
Raisley apparently attacked this site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 12 months, until a US Attorney and the FBI investigated him.
Raisley also attacked the Web sites of Carnegie Mellon University, Rolling Stone Magazine and Radar Magazine.
Now that the attacks have stopped and this message board has been both secured and upgraded with new software to prevent spamming, there seems to be increased "Internet troll" activity here.
Trolls will be banned so that those who use this message board for legitimate purposes can continue without being harassed and/or annoyed.
Attorneys representing me and/or the Ross Institute pro bono have successfully defeated four lawsuits and counting.
The latest and last lawsuit currently remaining was filed by a group called NXIVM. That litigation is soon to fall and a federal judge recently has ordered the group to pay legal fees and sanctions.
NXIVM, just like Landmark, was unhappy about information made available through this Web site.
Harvard Law School's Berkman Center and Public Citizen of Washington D.C. helped with research and briefs pro bono.
This is the information NXIVM wants off the Internet.
NXIVM, Landmark Education, Pure Bride Ministries, The Church of Immortal Consciousness , The Gentle Wind Project and Bruce Raisley have all failed to have anything removed from the archives and/or compromise this message board.
See the following:
This message board is now approaching 50,000 posts and is heavily searched by Google and other search engines.
Given these facts it's not surprising that troll activity has recently increased.
It seems to me that all this activity boils down to two primary points.
1. The Ross Institute Internet Archives and message board is making a difference, and groups called "cults" have acknowledged this implicitly by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on failed lawsuits.
2. That groups like Landmark are not about "education," but rather "thought reform," which depends heavily on the control of information.
Sorry to go on, but it seemed like a good juncture to make these points.
And why not make these points while banning another troll.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/18/2008 11:32PM by rrmoderator.