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Discussion in 'General Scientology Discussion' started by Pooks, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Zinjifar

    Zinjifar Silver Meritorious Sponsor

    You were reading ARS in '95? I'd just started around then, and, for all intents and purposes, that's when ARS did 'take off' and there was certainly a paradigm shift; what with the new people, especially the Subgenii contingent who arrived after the raids and RMgroup etc.

    There are any number of 'been here since the beginning' types who then recused themselves into whining about the 'good old days', but, I think between '95 and '99 were the golden years of ARS. More 'action' than you could shake a stick at :)

    I suspect that a lot of the 'Good Old Days' nostalgia is delusional.

  2. Lulu Belle

    Lulu Belle Moonbat

  3. jodie

    jodie Patron with Honors

    Ah thank you! Its always so nice (and rare) to have anyone agree with me. :whistling:

    My personal opinion of the masses that arrived when all the 'excitement' hit was that most of those people were wanna-bes, having such empty lives of their own, they had no idea of the depth of the issues at play. They did a lot of damage to some exes. The really sincere and valuable people were drowned out by the wanna-bes, who were simply after some action to liven up their boring lives, and wanted to impose their boring opinions on the NG in an attempt to give their lives some meaning and importance. I met many of those. So the NG went from being like a really good inter-active documentary/human interest/social activist show, to a Ricki Lake show.

    In 1994, the first ever person to blow Scientology as a result of interacting with people on the NG was Michael Bacon. Had the mindless masses not arrived, I know that a lot more people would have left as a result of the NG, as Michael was hard-core. He had been chatting to Enid Vien, and then was most outraged when the CoS reigned him in, told them to sod off, and then he was Declared.

    - jodie
  4. Alan

    Alan Gold Meritorious Patron

    In those early days '96 I was averaging about 7 to 15 people a month out of the CofS who contacted me from reading ARS and ACT.

    One month the whole student body of one Org I was under intense scrutiny and gave my word to keep things confidential - I could not let people know how successful the ARS and ACT actions were. :melodramatic:
  5. jodie

    jodie Patron with Honors

    Ah, OK. I was not around much in '96. Glad to hear it, this is encouraging.

    - jodie
  6. Howard

    Howard Patron

    Hi all

    My name is Howard. Earlier this year, I signed up to ESMB and since
    then have lurked and read the archives.

    Back in '97 and newly online at home, I discovered ars. Having followed
    the thoughts and doings of LRH since the early '50's, it was a real
    eye-opener. For many years I'd looked askance at what the press,
    courts and media reports and found that there were better and
    cheaper ways of enhancing awareness, confidence and competence.
    Anyhow, the joint was jumpin'!

    Yes, ars has changed. Ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Still it remains,
    imo, one of the tallest trees in the forest. Struck repeatedly by
    lightning bolts, much scarred and sometimes with little obvious

    Alan said to me that my response to him was driven by 'nostalgia' -
    perhaps so, but not entirely. It's just that the motherlode has run
    low and one has to pan for smaller and less frequent nuggets...

  7. Zinjifar

    Zinjifar Silver Meritorious Sponsor

    ..says one of the more consistent nuggeteers :)

    Glad to see you here Howard.

  8. Alanzo

    Alanzo Bardo Tulpa

    Welcome, Newbie.

    We'd like to see some production from you around here. Still crying over that lost girlfriend?

    Well drown your sorrows in some more posting!

    Snap and pop!!!
  9. Voltaire's Child

    Voltaire's Child Fool on the Hill

  10. Mick Wenlock

    Mick Wenlock Admin Emeritus (retired)

    Yeah I think there is an air of truth about that. I was on ARS before the RMGroup and there were assholes on there then - not so many perhaps, but there again there weren't that many posters in general on there!

    It used to be a lot harder to use killfiles back then - especially for newbies.
  11. Howard

    Howard Patron

    Everybody has to be somewhere, sometime.


    Now playing: Night Train - Oscar Peterson
  12. Howard

    Howard Patron

    Lost girlfriend? As to further posting, I'll see what I can do.

    Now playing: Night Train - Oscar Peterson
  13. Howard

    Howard Patron

    Hi fluff!

    A momentary instant of quantum weirdness leads me to suggest that you might enjoy "Only Yesterday" (Ghibli 1991). Anime with a difference...

    Now playing: Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)
  14. Terril park

    Terril park Sponsor

    Welcome Howard, and nice to meet a fellow music lover. Though
    our tastes may be different. Gayane? That Khatachurian?
  15. Vinaire

    Vinaire Sponsor

    It appears to me that there is something common among music, drugs, and sex... and also religion.

  16. Lulu Belle

    Lulu Belle Moonbat


    You always spend more money on them than you should.

  17. Vinaire

    Vinaire Sponsor


  18. Howard

    Howard Patron


  19. Terril park

    Terril park Sponsor

    Here is one of my favorite musicians. One of India's greatest.
    I studied this south indian style but on an instrument.

    She blows my mind!
  20. Terril park

    Terril park Sponsor

    Funny girl. :)

    The link I gave is for free.

    However you wish to contribute monetarily, you are welcome to forward donations to me. I will send them on to a favorite charity.