Podcast: ‘A Little Bit Culty’ Features Prominent Guests Discussing ‘Cults’ With Sarah Edmondson and Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames

A new podcast, A Little Bit Culty With Sarah and Nippy, hosted by Sarah Edmondson, and her husband, Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames, offers a series of approximately one-hour discussions with guests on the topic of “cults.”

The podcast offers to help listeners determine whether a group is potentially destructive, high control, and abusive, and could be called a cult.  To my knowledge, no group ever called itself a cult.

A promotion for the series reads, “Think you might be in a cult? Want to know the signs? Join Sarah Edmondson and Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames to talk about things that are… a little bit culty… They’re here to help people understand, heal from, and avoid abusive situations one little red flag at a time…”

Edmondson helped implode NXIVM, a group that many have called a cult, by disclosing her membership in a secret NXIVM-related sorority, DOS, to this publication, Frank Report, and later to the New York Times, which led to an FBI investigation into NXIVM and the arrest and conviction of six of its leaders.

Screenshot of HBO’s The Vow, where Sarah Edmondson decides to tell Frank Parlato about the branding she underwent as a member of the secret sorority, DOS.

 

The US Dept. of Justice accused NXIVM of being a racketeering enterprise and a jury convicted four of its members on racketeering charges.

Ames and Edmondson, who were both longtime NXIVM members, have produced seven episodes of their podcast to date.  Their list of guests is a “who’s who” in the cult-busting world.

Steven Hassan, one of the nation’s best-known consultants and authors on the topic of what is a cult. He is a former member of the Unification Church, which many critics claim is a cult.  He has returned, he says, to Judaism, which has been described as a dangerous group by its enemies many times in the past.

Leah Remini, the famous actress and Scientologist turned whistleblower, who achieved even greater fame by her A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016–2019).

Mike Rinder, who served on the board of directors of the Church of Scientology International and as executive director of its Office of Special Affairs, the highest-ranking executive to defect from the Church. Rinder co-hosted Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermathand in 2020, he and Remini launched the podcast Scientology: Fair Game

Dr. Janya Lalich, author, professor emerita of sociology, and consultant to educational, mental health, business, media, and legal professionals, as well as working to provide support to members, former members, and families of members of controversial groups. Formerly a member of the Democratic Workers Party, which she called “a radical political cult.”

Dr, Janja Lalich has said that some sociologists of religion feel they are fighting for freedom of religion. “They think cult is an easy label to slap on groups you don’t like.”

Douglas Brooks, a Massachusetts lawyer who has litigated on behalf of victims of allegedly fraudulent and deceptive multi-level marketing (“MLM”) schemes, including handling cases against Herbalife, Nu Skin, Omnitrition, Melaleuca, and Keith Raniere’s old MLM, Consumers Buyline. 

Keith Raniere explains how to get rich fast by being a member of his MLM company, Consumers Buyline.

Susan Dones, the former head of the Seattle/Tacoma NXIVM center, she left the group in 2009, along with eight other women, dubbed the NXIVM-9. For three days, she and Barbara Bouchey filmed NXIVM founder, Keith Raniere as the nine women discussed with him why they were considering leaving. After she left, NXIVM sought to intervene in her bankruptcy. She represented herself against a battery of NXIVM attorneys and prevailed in court. She was one of the early pioneers in alleging the abusive and promiscuous nature of Raniere and his top assistant, Nancy Salzman.

Here are brief descriptions of the Sarah and Nippy episodes

This Is Us: Meet Your Hosts

 

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Susan Dones outside the Brooklyn Courthouse, October 27, 2020, moments after Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

During her appearance on “A Little Bit Culty,” Susan Dones discusses what she thinks Keith Raniere meant when, on April 23, 2009, he said while being filmed on her camera, “I’ve had people killed for my beliefs and for theirs.”

Shortly afterward, Dones posted this film of Raniere on a private setting on YouTube and shared it with a few friends just in case Raniere meant that she was to be one of those people due to be killed for her beliefs.

Someone copied it and made it public, then others did the same. It remains online to this day.

A Point to Clear up:

During Susan Done’s deposition in her bankruptcy in 2010, NXIVM attorney Bob Crockett explained that Dones had no cause to be afraid of Raniere for what that gentle being meant when he said he had people killed for his beliefs, was that the sad death of Benjamin Le Baron was caused by his family following Raniere’s advice to not negotiate with kidnappers.

Crockett was either lying or misinformed. Raniere could not have meant Le Baron was killed because of his or Raniere’s beliefs since LeBaron was alive when Raniere said it.  LeBaron died July 7, 2009, more than two months after Raniere was filmed making his “I’ve had people killed” statement.

[I reported this before Raniere was arrested.]

Susan Dones: Facts are Facts and Crockett did not have facts, just repeated NXIVM lies

 


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  • Last thing…..So NXIVM’s best recruiter and highest grossing (in terms of revenue generating), and her husband ,the head of The Society of Protecters, are victims?

    Well that makes perfect sense. I happen to be a victim as well. A victim of this bullshit narrative.

  • Dearest Nippy-
    I have as much interest in watching the Sarah and Nippy show as I do in rewatching Super Bowl 20, doing hot yoga, or being Scott Johnson’s friend.

    That being said, I may listen to the show to crap on you, Nippy, aka Nippy Hustle…
    …Or aka ‘Nippy my wife pooned Vanguard, but I refuse to believe it’ tool-bag.

    PS Nippy- On The Vow, you said, “I am worried about *****. Can we trust him?” You even alluded that the person in question is fishy or dishonest…..

    Uhm…You were the head of S.O.P dick-wad. What does that make you?

    • Uhhh…why the weird hatred of the dudes who actually stepped up and did something to stop our dearest Vanguard? Would you have rather had the Marks and Nippies of the world act like your nemesis, Ben Myers?

      May I suggest listening to the pod they did with Susan Dones? It was excellent and may offer some insight into what the high level members actually knew about the nefarious happenings.

      I will rip on Nippy a little. His role on the pod is less co-host and more Steve Dooley – with Sarah being Bobbie Dooley.

      • Right? Your own story is one of the very few things like your fingerprints that is uniquely your own.

        Who cares if you profit off it? That’s pre capitalism money-making right there. That’s some old-school fundraising.

        Lots of actors are at core storytellers. So no big shock 2 actors want to tell their story. Don’t listen if you don’t want to.

        Sarah was a business person. And still remains one. I find that consistency in her life narrative affirming.

        Yeah, her hubby has a dumb nickname but so do a lot of rappers.

        And at least he doesn’t go by Vanguard!

  • Any bets on where Kristin Kreuk first makes an appearance — “A Little Bit Culty” or “The DOSsier Project.”

    • But Kristin Kreuk “mi naw naw naaa-theeeng”. She’s left it a bit late to play the cult-victim card.

      • With her Burden show canceled, Kook needs to somehow keep her name in the news, so she might even reveal her DOS brand. Call it good PR–Pubic Revelations.

        • I assume you actually know full well that the gal you are obsessed with was not a member of DOS and you’re either the [redacted redacted] Sultan or the equally or even more [redacted] Bizarro Sultan who keeps spamming the comment section with your idiotic, unrelated Kook shit posts because you are truly [redacted].

          But for those who are legitimately interested, the court transcripts actually help confirm some of the women who weren’t in DOS, while also sadly confirming the DOS membership of some women whose first names were more unique amongst the NXIVM membership.

          • And who the hell are you to complain about what anyone comments here, you dead-ender?

          • “you’re either the [redacted redacted] Sultan”

            Huh? Sultan doesn’t comment negatively about Kreuk, even in jest.

            Sultan would more likely be triggered by comments about her then complain.

          • “But for those who are legitimately interested, the court transcripts actually help confirm some of the women who weren’t in DOS”

            You didn’t have to be in DOS to be a Nxivm piece of shit. Most Nxivm assholes were not a part of DOS. Kristin Kook’s name was in the court transcripts. It said Mark Hildreth recruited one of the branded DOS slaves in 2013 using Kook’s name.

            Are you a Kristin Kreuk-spanker? You do the Spanky white knight thing when her name is brought up.

        • Anonymous 9:41pm,

          Excellent point! Maybe the Mad Wanker can contact Kristen Kreuk and share your idea with her; that’s if the restraining order is not still in place.

          Rumor has it his favorite movies are
          Taxi Driver and Star 80.

    • Kreuk is not showing up to the party until she turns 45, and her acting career is washed up with the exception of playing grandmothers….

  • So many people want someone to tell them how to get in touch with their inner spirituality, and hope for guidance–first from their yoga instructor, then from their guru, and then their cult leader.

    Most of the seekers are women and most of the exploiters are men, and spirituality becomes sex.

    • Yeah, sure! It’s the men, MEN, who pervert women’s wish for enlightenment and turn it into sexual exploitation, yeah….aw….hmmm….I guess that is true…almost always.

      nevermind………..

  • Nicki Clyne’s Dossier Project drops a new video

    “Just Because Your Experience Was Positive, Doesn’t Mean Other Women Weren’t Abused.” Or Does It?

    We have gotten pushback from people saying we are discounting the experiences of women claiming to be victims by sharing our experience. We disagree. We believe we have as much a right to tell our story and how we feel about it as anyone else. Just because we don’t see ourselves as victims and pose questions about the voracity of others’ claims, doesn’t mean we are insensitive or uncaring. We believe claims of abuse should be examined thoroughly before taken as truth, and we do not believe this has been done with the claims relating to DOS, NXIVM, and Keith Raniere. We hope that our conversation can bring about greater understanding and give additional perspectives to an extremely complex situation.

    https://www.thedossierproject.com/videos

    • But they do not just tell their own story. They openly call other women liars. They mock India. They mock Sarah. They are so dishonest. They have no respect for others. They are so fixed in their beliefs.

  • Here’s a video created by 5 women who were in DOS with Sarah, including Dr. Roberts, that contradicts what Sarah Edmonson told the New York Times about her branding experience.

    • Dr. Danielle Roberts at 3:20 in the video:

      “..You know it is true that just because it didn’t happen to us doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have happened to them. I think we all acknowledge that.’

      “I think it’s just important that we question it, like you’re saying Sam, like, did it happen to them?’

      “And I think there’s been a few red flags, at least in my experience, that have led me to really want to answer that question. You know, I think, in particular when you see someone’s personal experience, as stated, change over time you start to question whether or not that experience is truthful or whether it’s changing to serve a particular purpose.’

      “There are very specific instances that I think we’ve all seen in our personal experiences where someone has said something and it’s been different, it’s changed over time’.

      “I can personally speak to that in terms of the branding incidents. You know I think a lot of people will say okay, what was the abuse? “Oh well, they were branded! They were, you know, they were in so much pain. There was abuse there.”’

      “But what, what happened? ‘

      “You know in Sara’s experience when she first reported to the New York Times, she made several very bold claims. She said that the branding lasted 20 to 30 minutes. If you measure pen to skin time, it’s like a minute and a half. So that’s a huge discrepancy.’

      “If you look at the statement she made where she says she “wept the whole time”. If you watch the branding video, she didn’t weep once. She joked. She did actually did tear up when her and Lauren, you know, connected and she shared. “Thank you, thank you so much for inviting me, this is so important. I really, you know, I’m honored to have been asked” and she got emotional. ‘

      “But there was no weeping and screaming in pain. And this is what she reported to the New York Times. ‘

      “So that leads me to want to question. Is this an accurate account of her experience? Is she sharing an accurate account of her experience? I think we need to question that – especially when the destruction on the opposite side is so great.”

    • RE Nicki and the Rest:

      At this point, it’s freewill not brainwashing; Nicki and the other women are adults and should be treated as such.

  • Shivani is 100% correct.

    Ex-cultists (like Susan Dones, Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames) are NOT true ‘experts’ in cults and really aren’t qualified to give advice to the rest of us —– since it took these people YEARS to even realize the basic warning signs that they were living in a cult. LOL.

    Duh, Frank. This makes them among the dumbest people of society.

    Truth is, the basic warning signs that NXIVM was a cult don’t require anything other than common sense.

    1) Keith’s “word” was treated as infallible and unquestionable (questioning the leader was viewed as blasphemy; only cults operate with that philosophy).

    2) Keith’s fake accomplishments could not be questioned even though any rational adult would know they were laughable (i.e., Keith was speaking in complete sentences by age 1; reading by age 2; walking between the raindrops without getting wet).

    3) Keith’s followers were encouraged to ONLY have friends inside the group, and to stay away from outsiders except as necessary for work-related purposes (which is a classic cult sign).

    4) Anybody who questioned ANYTHING taught by the cult was labeled a ‘heretic’ and shunned by the group, even if family members were involved (Cult 101).

    5) Members were encouraged to shower the leader with acts of worship on a daily and yearly basis —— such as performing silly dance routines for his birthday or chanting “Thank You Vanguard and Prefect” before & after each class.

    6) No senior members ever left the group BETTER OFF (financially or mentally) than when they first joined. I’m speaking about teachers and high-level sashes, not one-time students who took a single course.

    7) Most of their senior members surrendered or lost the majority of their personal assets to the group, all for the leader’s benefit (Cult 101).

    I haven’t watched the podcast.

    The only thing I’m curious about is how long did it take for Edmondson’s husband to realize she was branded after the branding ceremony?

    How could Keith expect these married women (in DOS) to keep the group ‘secret’—– when their own husbands would see the ‘brand’ when they performed coitus during their next fuck session?

    Branding a married woman was the dumbest thing Keith could have done —- IF the goal was to keep the group ‘secret’ from outsiders (like the woman’s husband). LOL.

    As for me, I’m much smarter than all NXIVM personnel who left the cult.

    I correctly (and instantly) recognized Amway as a cult when pitched by a sly salesman a few years back. He was obsessive about his talking points, almost like a robot. He was obsessive about asking me to come to a meeting and to make sure I dressed a certain way for it. I was ‘weirded out’ by everything he said and immediately knew he was a cult member (even though he hid the name “Amway” from me, until the very end of our discussion).

    The only reason I didn’t tell him to immediately ‘fuck off’ was because we were in a public place and I didn’t wanna make a scene, because hey, I’m that kinda guy. I’m a thoughtful dude and a wonderful person. But I sure as fuck sniffed out this CULT without much effort.

    Which is more than Scooter Johnson could do —– since he spent many years inside the Amway cult. LOL.

    I also wasn’t as dumb as Susan Dones, Nippy the Nipster, or Sarah Edmondson.

    I was smarter than Frank too.

    Frank briefly worked for this cult even though he KNEW that they were accused of being a cult and that they had a reputation for suing people excessively in court.

    Frank was too gullible. He met daily with his Prefect and his Vanguard. Frank should be taking advice from me, not giving it.

    Have a nice day.

    • I don’t think they ever claimed themselves as experts on cults. But they certainly have first-hand have experience they can relate about their involvement, why they did certain things at the time, and why now, in retrospect, they shouldn’t have trusted those at the top and shouldn’t have ignored the red flags. It’s once you do drugs and continue to do them kind of thing — the deeper you get, it becomes more and more difficult to quit.

    • The hidden criminal actions of other people don’t make someone else stupid for not knowing about them, especially when those crimes are actively hidden from you, and you are actively and continually lied to about them.

      I’ve been out of a cult for 20 years, and I was an active and fervent anticultist for 15 more.

      In the last 6 years, however, I’ve re-evaluated both and come to some very different conclusions than most cultists and anticultists after 36 years of being both in and out.

      I’ve found that arrogant ‘never-ins’ are usually fervent members of mainstream religions and ideologies, such as Catholicism, Judaism and even Atheism. Further, I’ve found that these people have never questioned their own religion’s and ideology’s abuses and crimes. They are usually blind to them and lack the social courage necessary to ask the hard questions that even mainstream religions will shun you for. I’ve found these people simply trash and smugly condemn both cultists and ex-cultists alike because they believe, or believed, differently.

      The fact is that a person who has gotten themselves into and out of a religion, any religion, has done very important work in examining what assumptions they’ve used to make sense of the world. They’ve watched their lives collapse on them. They’ve chosen the truth over their tribe. And they’ve picked up the pieces and started over.

      That takes uncommon intelligence & extreme courage.

      Whether arrogant never-ins want to acknowledge that this process brings uncommon wisdom or not – how would they know?

      They’ve usually never done it.

      Alanzo

  • Potentially interesting but is someone who eagerly joined an obvious cult the best person to give advice on how to spot a cult?

    I’ve read Edmondson’s book and it’s very self-serving. Excuses, excuses. Nevertheless, she’s so self-unaware she inadvertently exposes her own foolish naïveté, blind ambition and greed. She also reveals the fact that after leaving Raniere’s cult she has become a follower of Eckhart Tolle and his cult.

    So maybe Sarah Edmondson is the last person who should be giving advice on how to avoid cults.

    Sarah Edmondson walked right into a trap. The first chapter of her book is a tale of absolute blind stupidity. Her own mother told her it was a cult before Sarah even got hooked. She signed up anyway. She paid the exorbitant price for her first Nxivm five-day. Even though she found out that the exorbitant price was just a deposit and the course cost much, much more. She paid it. She discovered that the course was a rip-off and Nxivm seemed “kind of culty”. She stuck with it nevertheless.

    A few thoughts on the word ‘cult’. It generally has a derogatory meaning but it originally referred to any religion. Specifically any religion that YOU don’t belong to. Thus Christian historians spoke of ancient religions and those of “exotic” lands like India as cults. The cult of Dionysus, etc.

    All that’s needed to avoid a cult is a little common sense and a little healthy skepticism. Cults invariably promise a lot and deliver little. Eternal salvation? Guaranteed happiness? A sure path to riches and success? Yeah, right.

    • How can you say Edmondson “joined an obvious cult” when Frank himself has said he didn’t think they were a cult. Frank said he thought they were just a misunderstood “kooky group,” and he was actually living, sleeping, eating, drinking, speaking daily with Raniere and his inner circle for months. Frank said he had even been hired to rebrand them as something other than a cult, to attack and destroy people like Rick Ross who were calling them a cult, and knew Raniere was sleeping with multiple employees and members. If a weathered old businessman like Frank Parlato couldn’t see that Raniere was an evil, dangerous, manipulative conman who had created a cult in 2007/2008 while he was right there, what makes you think NXIVM would have been seen as “an obvious cult” by some struggling, artsy, 20-something year old living in Vancouver back in 2005.

      • There was plenty of information out there, certainly after she had joined. Plenty of opportunities to stop being culty.

      • Why? Because Sarah Edmondson’s own mother spotted it as a cult. Immediately.

        Because the Nxians called their leader “Vanguard” and bowed to his picture on the wall. Kinda culty, no? And believed all the absurd claims about him. World’s smartest man, judo champ, piano virtuoso, etc., etc.

        Because, by Edmondson’s own account, she was subjected to high-pressure sales tactics by the group, was charged exorbitant fees for a dodgy standard-issue self-improvement course.

        She stuck with it anyway. Why? Because she’s a fool. She seems to have thought that since she blew $5 grand on one stupid course, she might as well take another. People can be reluctant to admit they made a huge error and so continue down the merry path to disaster. Especially stupid people.

        I don’t know what Frank’s deal was. He has done great work exposing Raniere and his criminal enterprise but I never held him up as Mr. Perfect.

        • I think Sarah’s misplaced belief in Mark Vicente had a lot to do with Sarah pushing so many NxiVm red flags aside and going for it.

          And I think a similar scenario was true for others. Lauren trusted her mom’s belief in Keith. And so on…

          But your points are excellent.

          The fact remains to one’s own self be true

          Trust no one! Ha ha ha#.

      • Roger Stone told Frank Parlato that NXIVM was a cult.

        Frank understood that fact from the beginning.

        It was only after dealing with them that Frank understood how dangerous they are.

    • Excuses? I don’t get that impression at all. She explains in the book and on the podcasts what happened, why, and how. Why would you think explaining what happened is making excuses? People ‘making excuses’ occurs when they use the excuse to blame someone else. She and her husband have completely owned up to everything under immense pressure.

      • Actually, they have not.

        There are many questions they have not answered.

        Nxivm needed destroying, but these two are not innocent and naïve.

      • Chapter 2:
        “…the experience I had with everything in Nxivm: there was some messaging that sounded like total bullshit, while some material held real insight”

        So if she was this ambivalent about the organization, why did she open a Nxivm center in Canada and become (according to her) one of the cult’s biggest recruiters?

        Money, that’s why. Money and ambition. She’s very cagey about how much she made recruiting for Nxivm. But she proudly claims she was one of Nxivm’s top recruiters.

        Why would an honest person recruit others into a “self-help” program that (she herself says) was grossly overpriced, consisted of recycled material, and had been labeled a cult by Forbes magazine? (She googled the article on the evening after the first day of her first Nxivm class).

        “Total bullshit”. Her words. Yet she recruited people into the cult. She has plenty of excuses for why she did this, why she stuck with this cult. That’s why I say her book is full of excuses.

  • VANCOUVER IS AWESOME

    NXIVM sex cult pervert Keith Raniere revealed in new book by Vancouver author

    Why you should read ‘Don’t Call It a Cult’

    By: Bob Kronbauer

    [ … ]

    It’s billed as “the shocking story of Keith Raniere and the women of NXIVM”, and if you’re like me you might think you’ve already read (and heard) everything that there is to know about this twisted mess, and that nothing about the story could shock you.

    And you’d be wrong, as I was.

    Drawing on years of investigative reporting she did on the cult for Vice as well as months of new research exclusively for the book, Berman delivers stunning new details from sources who spoke to her both on and off the record. The story holds you until the very end.

    [ … ]

    https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/events-and-entertainment/nxivm-cult-book-review-sarah-berman-3617852

  • – So we have to listen to the pod in order to hear Susan’s thoughts on Keith’s murderous comment?
    – I hope they have Niceguy on as a guest.
    – How are they monetizing? Let me guess-Athletic Greens?
    – If that damn Douglas Brooks reference ends up with Scott Johnson back in the lap of FR readers…
    – Babcock is on his way to JC Penny’s to layaway a wardrobe like Nippy’s.

  • Rick Ross does not recommend Hassan’s services, and Ross explains his reasons why at his website, culteducation.com. Apparently, Hassan has had numerous professional complaints lodged against him, and he reportedly has a tendency to inflate his CV. I myself am not taking a position one way or another against SH, although I have tremendous respect for Ross and his opinions.

  • I tune in every week. The episode with Susan Dones was my favorite. I wish we heard more from her. She’s truly a class act.

  • It’s a great podcast. Interesting to hear the guests they have, because they are all related to the NXIVM mess… but also because they talk about little episodes of day to day life in NXIVM. I love the feature of “It chaps my ass”. Well worth a listen!!!

    • I agree, it’s a great podcast. Susan Dones, Leah, and Mike all were incredible – I’d never heard of Mike, I don’t know much about Scientology. Hearing Mike tell his story about walking out of Scientology without a penny to his name, no change of clothes, nothing. He just walks out the door, sits on a bench, and says ‘Fuck it, I’m outta here’ – BOSS. Feel bad he left his family behind (if I understood it correctly), that had to suck. And you can tell Leah never went to charm school, that chic swears like a fucking sailor.

      Really entertaining podcast, I am very much looking forward to the next ones. And I really hope Nicki goes on, that would be like a cage match, and it would be fucking awesome!

        • I disagree about Nicki being any kind of decent guest on a show.

          She was less than forthcoming on Dateline. And with Scott what’s his dumbface.

          She won’t be honest about her fake marriage. She lies by omission and wording. Nicki was not brave enough to testify because she will crumble under real scrutiny.

          Dishonest people are boring.

          America and some other countries saw Nicki on NBC recently and pretty unanimously said, “No thanks, crazy eyes”.

  • With all due respect, just because you have been sucked into a cult and have, for various reasons, decided to leave, that does not make one an expert, regarding what is a cult and in particular, an expert about how to stay out of a cult.

    There is at least one person on this show’s panel whom I cannot stand to see pretending to know a damned thing. (And I have been watching for decades.)

    Nothing much has changed. You still cannot fool all of the people all of the time, though. So don’t pretend to know when you are still playing with another variant of temptations, unacknowledged though those incentives might be.

    Enough with the half-baked showmanship. Done and done.

    A beautiful woman never needs an ugly one to tell her how to be “more” beautiful. So too, some old cult hags and horse’s asses might be better off retreating and looking long and hard at STFU instead.

    Nevertheless, good work, Susan Dones, Mike Rinder and Leah Remini, for keeping on going, tried and true.

    Cleaning house begins to mount up its own evidence, in terms of being genuinely helpful to others and to oneself, but you still need to keep relentlessly, firmly true, deeply and sincerely on the inside, and it is very moment-to-moment, this kind of work, to guage your own unvarnished motives and to leave no stone unturned while keeping this mind.

    There is a cost for any unexamined superficiality, complacency or ego-food which is being derived. Learn your own way, especially before you start “teaching” about what some of you have barely gotten away from yet. How intact ARE you? At least tell it to yourself as it is. Rely upon no one else to do that, but at least, come to be able to rely upon oneself. Be your own physician.
    You can, you will, you must. There is no reason, and there is no way to avoid it. Witness the self with unstoppable determination. The very word “courage” is derived from the word “heart.” Where the strength waits sometimes so very quietly, while we try on our “yada, yada, yada” as if it were some new shoes. Get out barefoot onto the grass again for a few years, learn. Then maybe the collected “advice” will be worth its weight in more than mere gold, the old periodic table’s au, oh- so elementary, more babbling, same old delusionary tower.

    • Honestly, I think Sarah has it more together at this stage than Mark Vicente does. Having a team of therapists is absolutely required once a person leaves a high control group. Yes, she’s still way too attached to the New Age mumbo jumbo but so are millions of other people. For them, it’s a ‘thing’, a spiritual drive point that does not have to involve cults or cultlike behaviors. It’s obviously evident that Sarah can easily fall back into that mindset – she’s admitted it on the podcast – that she was taking part in something and caught herself wanting to do the things she’d done in NXVIM. Sarah is far from whole and will probably be in therapy for the rest of her life but at least she’s there – Mark refuses to go and it shows.

  • Yawn…

    These two, particularly Sarah Edmondson, are really milking their own shit decisions for all they can, money and attention.

    Sarah Edmondson profited from her Nxivm cult and is still doing it.

    Her ‘acting career’ never took off, so she is doing all this. Interviews, documentaries, television, papers, podcasts…

    And it is wrong she is trying to claim compensation from the cult she chose to be a part of, coached and recruited for, and profited from.

    No personal responsibilities.

    There are tons of people who have a right to sue Nxivm and such, but not this little jew.

    • Wtf Frank. Why are you publishing such anti-Semitic venom from Anonymous at 5:28? This person is clearly a POS who throws out such hate under the veil of anonymity. If someone’s going to write such trash, they should at least have the balls to put their name on it.

      • I totally missed the last word in this comment [i.e. “jew” [sic]. Would have redacted it. I do not want to publish anti-Semitic comments. Not to be trite but all of my best friends are Jews.

    • —These two, particularly Sarah Edmondson, are really milking their own shit decisions for all they can, money and attention.

      Agree!!!!

    • —but not this little jew.

      Let me guess…You believe…If there were no Jews your shitty life would somehow be better……News Flash!!!!! You’d still be a fucking loser!!!! 😂

      How much money, do you have in the bank, not including money needed to pay bills? My guess, not much!!!! 😂

      Good luck making your car payments this month!!!! We’re all pulling for you!

      Maybe, cancel cable this month; you’ll have enough money for gasoline and beer!

      • Niceguy, maybe you could get [redacted] to peg you in your rusty old hoop with your wife’s strap-on, like a good little [redacted]. Maybe if you really [redacted] he might give you a reach-around.

  • I love their podcast! I follow Sarah on Instagram and heard about it there. Haven’t missed an episode yet. My personal favorite was the one with Susan Dones, she is very informative and interesting to listen to. Keep up the good job, guys!

    • I tried listening to the video they made on DOSsier Project site live. I didn’t even make it through 5 minutes before zoning out. However, the live comments are hidden so when they opened to answer the first question, it was hilarious to watch their expressions of disgust and how long it took before they had to make up their own question. SNL gold! I would pay admission just to read those hidden comments! So much for them preaching free speech.

  • Frank, kindly stop referring to her husband as “Nippy”.

    It’s fucken annoying and it’s unnecessary. You do it every time you mention him.

    It’s a STUPID nickname.

    I seriously doubt that every person he knows calls him that.

    So please stop doing it.

    His name is Anthony Ames. Just refer to him like that.

    • Announcing him as Nippy is akin to pretending most of the audience have been pulling/pecking at his knob while they were playing together in the sand pit of childhood. So awkward and ridiculous.

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Frank Parlato Investigates

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

Parlato has 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, which was ironic since many credit Parlato as being one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

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