Desperate minds

July 20, 2006 at 12:11 am (Uncategorized)

It’s hard to say what’s worse. Enticing a group of mentally deficient followers to join you in a mass suicide over purple kool-aid. Or swindling the grief stricken and desperate with promises of miracle cures.

PORTLAND (AP) – A nonprofit healing organization that calls itself The Gentle Wind Project is being sued by Maine’s attorney general for allegedly violating the Unfair Trade Practices Act by making false claims about its products. The items range from small laminated cards to hockey puck-like disks, which the Gentle Wind Project claims have been proven to be effective in hospital settings as healing instruments and have been subject to rigorous scientific testing.

People suck, no matter how you look at it. You imagine an aging woman in anguish, hanging over a hospital bed where lies her beloved son. He resides in a coma, but the good people of The Gentle Wind assure her that — for one simple payment. Maybe two — he can be saved. You imagine this hopeful woman draining her account and handing over every last cent to these maggots.

Love and devotion will cause a person to part ways with his reason. It is said that until fairly recently, the Catholic church charged people huge sums to get their dead loved ones out of pergatory. After raking in millions, the church declared that there IS no such place and stopped making those claims. I’m betting they didn’t give the money back.

The Gentle Wind is described as a mind control cult. It sounds about right. Desperate minds are easy to control. And it leads back to a common truth: the only good cult is a Blue Oyster Cult.



  1. Richie said,

    Well, I for one do not fear the Reaper.

    How many cults do we have here in Lewiston ? Let’s see: Mormons, Catholic Charities, eh, who knows ?

    Well, put your hands on your computer monitor, thats it, press tightly. Using my special powers, I will send healing waves of force through the interweb, to you, and will cure you of anything ailing you. Oh, I forgot, there’s the little matter of the 100$ you owe me. Just send it to the paper, care of Mark LaFlamme; he’ll see to it that we split it evenly. Thank you.

  2. LaFlamme said,

    That’s right. Send it to me. I’ve got a vacation coming up.

  3. LaFlamme said,

    Allegedly, there’s a satanic cult somewhere off Russell Street in Lewiston. Black robes, pentagrams, the whole black mass. I’ve gotta go check it out under the cover of darkness some night.

  4. Bobbie said,

    Come out to Colorado and go to some place other than Denver, Mark. The really weird cults are out in the middle of nowhere here. I’m sure that you’d find something interesting to write about.

  5. LaFlamme said,

    Really, huh? What kind of cults do you have out there? Satanic? Fundies? Other? I know Scott Taylor is always talking about that kind of thing. He’s from Boulder.

  6. Bobbie said,

    I wouldn’t know exactly what kind we have out here, but we do have some weird people around here,

  7. Omnius said,

    According to a substitute teacher I once had in high school, fantasy books were part of a plot perpetuated by a satanic cult that can make people committ suicide by reading the books, if that counts.

  8. Linda said,

    Has anyone read “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer? About Fundamentalist Mormon sects in the American and Canadian West. That’s a very scary book; I don’t remember what kind of a presence if any they have in Colorado.

    It’s not about satanism, or even about a cult, but it IS about a “path to salvation” that looks incredibly off-base to outsiders looking in. Steals more than your money from you — that kind of belief system steals your freedom of choice, even freedom of thought.

  9. AO said,

    Maybe we should start a ‘slow blog night’ cult.

  10. Mainetarr said,

    how much for membership AO???

  11. AO said,

    A quart of Allen’s Coffee Brandy.

  12. Linda said,

    I’ll pay! ANYTHING for some company!

  13. jarheaddoc said,

    Would your drinking buddies from down under count as a cult, Linda?

  14. LaFlamme said,

    Anything, ay?

  15. jarheaddoc said,

    Mark, what is sucide? Typo? First day with your new fingers? Too serious a subject? Enter key get a mind of its own?

  16. LaFlamme said,

    I looked for a misspelling of suicide, Jarhead and I don’t see it. Can you point it out to me?

  17. jarheaddoc said,

    It was there until you did some damn computer thing I don’t understand. cult magic, maybe?

  18. LaFlamme said,

    Whaaaaaat? I didn’t do anything.

  19. Linda said,

    Idle hands are the devils workshop. Since there was nobody around to chat with, I did some other stuff and crashed my computer. Or, as I prefer to call it, my husband’s computer. Since when I have my own computer it will behave so much better than this one

    Anyhow — jd, we may have been a coven, but we definitely were not a cult.

  20. Linda said,

    Gentle Winds. It sounds more like an air freshener than a cult. Though except for the Blue Oyster Cult, I guess you’d rather not advertise the fact that you ARE a cult, if you are.

  21. Linda said,

    Or — like a nursing home. Or wait, a cemetery. Laundry detergent? Not a cult, anyhow — but by their deeds you’ll know them.

  22. LaFlamme said,

    Gentle Winds Home Cooling System?

  23. LaFlamme said,

    Gentle Winds Flatuance Control Medicine?

  24. Anonymous said,

    A windmill power installation?

  25. Linda said,

    The obligatory “that was me.” Like you were wondering.

  26. Linda said,

    A Chinese kite?

  27. LaFlamme said,

    A marital aid?

  28. Linda said,

    Sure, that might work. Somehow. Bulldog, do we get any naming rights?

  29. Linda said,

    Where did these lame-ass charlatans advertise?

  30. Linda said,

    Well I researched a little, and I see that the group was started in New Zealand. Copied from

    Extreme New Age group. Believed by many to be a New Age cult/business cult/scam. A group officially launched in New Zealand in early 2004 by Mary Miller, with the current NZ contact person Grace Maiden. The Gentle Wind Project (GWP) has been described as being “a Cult” by former members, who have a web site called Wind of Changes. We have a detailed report of their Insiders’ Stories (PDF, 51kB) available for download so researchers can make up their own minds on these claims. (An author statement regarding the report is available on their own web site.) Their descriptions of GWP’s practices include many of the standard mind control techniques such as deceptive recruitment, control of information, etc, as well as a slightly more original angle – sexual rituals to provide energy for GWP’s “healing instruments” which the group makes and distributes. The members involved in the sexual practices – mostly women – are supposedly warned not to tell outsiders (or even their husbands) about these practices. Naturally, GWP denies the claims.

  31. LaFlamme said,

    Bastards, the lot of them.

  32. Bobbie said,

    Sort of sounds like the cantaloupe crowd here, except it’s the guys who don’t tell anyone what’s going on, not even their wives.

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