New 16-day intensive in Albany; details on coaches’ complaints; is Vanguard the ultimate victim?

New Intensives Scheduled

The next intensive in Albany is a 16-day scheduled to start on February 7th.  There is a also a 5-day intensive scheduled for New York City in February. There are more than 20 scheduled intensives in Monterrey, Mexico City and Leon in Mexico this winter and spring.

More Details On Coaches’ Complaints

Allison Mack is coach to Chris Pearson Smith. Her quote is strangely apropos. Friends say Chris went from a bright and confident young man to a fearful and gloomy timid man on a dark path. Yet here he seems to be smiling. Is it a true smile or a NXIVM smile? Someone quipped: “Chris smiles at everything Allison says. Why? Because he has fine teeth”


Some of the coaches complained about Lauren Salzman’s efforts to discredit the TV news magazine 20-20’s report on Keith Raniere, and comments made on it by Mark Vicente and  Sarah Edmondson.

They asserted that it makes no sense that it was all lies. A show like 20-20 does some vetting.

The way NXIVM handles the media was also questioned, as well as the strict suppression of dissent. One coach openly asked “Why does NXIVM have to be so controlling?”

Some compared NXIVM to George Orwell’s 1984 and Keith Raniere to Big Brother.

Lauren Salzman explained to coaches privately that these outspoken coaches were proof of why a new stripe path is needed. They were clearly showing suppressive behavior.

‘What does it mean,’ she asked ‘when in times of trial, a coach questions the core of the mission?’ Some of the faithful noted how much Lauren is growing to be like her mother, Nancy Salzman, in her ability to quiet dissent and bring reproach upon the defiant.

Staunchly backing Lauren was a powerful contingent: Claudia Estrada, Fabiola Sanchez, Jaqueline Ronay, Paolina Corts, Alejandra Anaya and Elisa Anaya all felt that to question anything NXIVM High Rank said at this inopportune time was tantamount to an ethical breach.

It was evident, however, that a couple of coaches who recently left were the precise reason for revamping the stripe path and it is no secret that the other coaches who are having doubts and are contemplating leaving will be weeded out by the new stripe path, once it is announced by Keith Raniere, proving once again that he is 10 steps ahead of the parasites and suppressives who have infiltrated the organization.

There Are No Ultimate Victims – Other Than Vanguard?

Word at the coaches summit was that Keith Raniere is really suffering from this attack on NXIVM and him in the media.  All have been asked to aid him by doing anything they can to save the mission.

Raniere is said to be upset over the fact that bad people are speaking out with lies about him. In his mind, he is being attacked.

Number two of the 12 Point Mission Statement is: “There are no ultimate victims. Therefore I will not choose to be a victim.” Should this be amended to read at the end  “other than Vanguard?”

Some people believe that he has taken on this tremendous penance by going to Mexico.

Lauren seems to have the right idea about protecting him:

Speaking of Keith doing penance, keep in mind he can no longer dine at Apropos on pizza with hot sauce and is forced to dine at places such Taller Veganico in Monterrey, where he has been spotted eating vegan burritos with plenty of hot sauce.

Here is a picture of the place:












If you want to understand the attitude of a number of Mexicans who continue to stick with Keith Raniere and NXIVM perhaps the following will help you ….Wisdom of a fool?

Sanchez explains all? or how would he like his wife and daughter to join DOS too?

[Maybe they already have].






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  • Anyone who buys a NXIVM course now is a total moron and doesn’t know enough to do a Google search on what they are buying. With all the information out there on NXIVM who would even think of taking a class with these idiots?

    Let NXIVM try to prove in court anyone or anything written has damaged their business. It would be a case of reverse causality for sure. Imagine Lauren, Allison, Nicki or even the great and powerful Vanguard explaining reverse causality from the stand and then DOS, then his sexual relationships,.then people taking courses after courses, then taking away head trainer, EMP, sales person, field trainer, why 3 major centers have closed down and a list of study they know who have left over YOU.

    They would be your witnesses. They could say, no you didn’t cause them to leave, it was someone in NXIVM behavior and talk about what behavior it was.

    They would be required by the court to prove damages by turning over their books. That isn’t going to happen.

    So are these courses filling with repeat students or new students?

  • Are people really buying their Vanguard is in Mexico doing PENANCE? Or does penance = hiding from possible time in the penitentiary?

    • It is rumored that semester 3 of Vanguard University has begun. I think Robert Hunter’s lyrics of the Grateful Dead Tune SHIP OF FOOLS or sums what is in store for students when they buy this farm:

      We’re setting sail to the place on the map
      from which no one has ever returned
      Drawn by the promise of the joker and the fool
      by the light of the crosses that burned.
      Drawn by the promise of the women and the lace
      and the gold and the cotton and pearls
      It’s the place where they keep all the darkness you need.
      You sail away from the light of the world on this trip, baby.
      You will pay tomorrow
      You’re gonna pay tomorrow
      You will pay tomorrow

      Save me. Save me from tomorrow
      I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools. No, no
      Oh, save me. Save me from tomorrow
      I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
      I want to run and hide right now

      Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
      They will leave you drifting in the shallows
      or drowning in the oceans of history
      Traveling the world, you’re in search of no good
      but I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like you knew you would
      Using all the good people for your galley slaves
      as you’re little boat struggles through the warning waves, but you don’t pay

      You will pay tomorrow
      You’re gonna pay tomorrow
      You’re gonna pay tomorrow

      Save me. Save me from tomorrow
      I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
      Save me. Save me from tomorrow
      I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
      Where’s it comin’ from?
      Where’s it goin’ to now?
      It’s just a It’s just a ship of fools

  • If you are still enrolled in this shit, then you are beyond saving. It seems like it’s a competition between the Mexicans, Americans and Canadians as to who is the most crazy. Based on the above, I think Mexico is making a play to be #1. But let’s not forget that there’s still a lot of crazies in the USA and Canada is always in the running.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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