Does Music Need Ben Myers’ ‘Diversity and Equality’ Virtue Signaling? How About His Coming Clean on Computer Trespass Case?

Ben Myers with wife Michelle Salzman

While he did not disclose he was NXIVM’s former IT director, Ben Myers, when writing to Judge Nicholas Garaufis, seeking leniency for his sister-in-law, Lauren Salzman, wrote something curious.

You would think he would have disclosed he was a longtime member of NXIVM, maybe even an unindicted co-conspirator in the racketeering enterprise, since he played fast and loose with his IT skills to help Keith Raniere indict several of his enemies.

Yet he chose to omit those facts and, instead, sought to distinguish his present employment with a veneer of righteousness.

He wrote to the judge that he is “lead product manager and senior software engineer for a company focused on increasing equality and diversity in professional opportunities in music.”

Is there a lack of equality and diversity in professional opportunities in music?

In music, the artist controls.

If a guitarist, sound engineer, or agent is employed, this is most often based on merit and largely the choice of the artist, especially today when streaming dominates the music industry.

Nat King Cole

In the day when Nat King Cole was president of Capitol Records, back in the 1960s, music was sold on vinyl records giving corporations, run largely by white men, control of much of the professional opportunities, since they manufactured and distributed recordings.

The old industry is gone, 95 percent savaged by streaming music.  The physical product is gone.

Lack of diversity?

I googled “top musical artists.” This came up at the top of the page.

Of 10 photos –six are women, three are black men and one is a white man.

Here are recent ads on Apple Music.

The US has these approximate percentages:

White: 60.%

Black: 14%

Hispanic:  19%

Female: 51%

Male: 49%

In the Apple ads above, 16 of 45 people in them are black men – 40 percent – as opposed to 7 percent of the US population.

Rolling Stone magazine lists top-selling artists.  Of the top 15 streamers, 10 are black men, one is a white man.  There are two white women, one black woman




TOP SONGWants and Needs
Billie Eilish
Taylor Swift
Doja Cat
# 5
The Weeknd
Juice Wrld
Olivia Rodrigo
YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Kanye West
Pop Smoke
Morgan Wallen
Lil Baby
Bad Bunny
Polo G
J. Cole
Which is the reason why diversity and equality are not required. In fact, it would harm music since music is heard, not seen.
And it sounds like Ben was just doing a little virtue-signaling to disguise his own role in the harming of Toni Natalie, Joe O’Hara, Barbara Bouchey, John Tighe, Jim Odato and others.
I bring this up now since in a matter of days we will be reading another letter from Ben, where he will undoubtedly tell the judge what an angel his mother-in-law, Nancy Salzman, is, and to help sell his point, he will add a little harp music about himself.
The rascal who lied about the location of servers in the computer trespass case is now working on saving music from the phantom control of music by the awful white man.
Where was he when another white man, Keith Raniere, was guiding him into the destruction of the lives of Raniere’s targets or ignoring the woman he kissed, Daniela, who languished in a room for almost two years?
For me, Ben Myers will be seen as a man when he comes out and publicly says how he helped frame the above-named individuals in the computer trespassing case – leading to them being indicted.  Until then, no amount of virtue-signaling will raise his respect in my eyes.

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lucy in the sky
lucy in the sky
2 years ago

Michelle Myers Salzman continues coaching!!!!!

lucy in the sky
lucy in the sky
2 years ago

Why isn’t Ben Myers or Michelle Myers Salzman being investigated? What collateral do they have on politicians and law enforcement?

Penn Station Train 195
Penn Station Train 195
2 years ago

Re Ben’s Alleged Crime:

The statute of limits had passed.

K.R. Claviger
2 years ago

But the alleged crime could still be used as one of the two required “predicate acts” if Ben were to be charged under the RICO statute.

2 years ago

Thoughts on America’s lost war in Afghanistan

by Rudyard Kipling

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
So-oldier of the Queen!

Nice Guy
Nice Guy
2 years ago

I missed reading this post.

Thanks for sharing!

2 years ago

Allison Pimp Mack called herself a feminist, just like Bill Cosby.

2 years ago

It only takes a glance at Ben Meyers to understand he’s not much more than a puffed-up wanna-be. If he was really interested in music, he probably could have taken a few star roles on Broadway. He’s definitely got the looks and if my instinct is right, he’s probably got the pipes to back it, too. Very well-developed face and mouth.

Too bad he threw his life away to Nxivm. Participating in their demented lies and machinations.

I wouldn’t trust him as far I could throw him and no good and talented people will either.

Everybody now knows that Nxivm was supposed to be a special inside group that desired to control as much of the world’s wealth as possible.

2 years ago
Reply to  my2cents

Ugh. I’m human and don’t feel like I expressed myself correctly in this comment. Still wouldn’t trust any nxivm person after learning their mission statement. So, I stand by that.

But my ill-conveyed point about Ben regarding music is that: why not just make some music? Sing around a campfire or at church or in a garage with your friend or on a local stage or something like that?

What is the matter with these people that they must exploit the talents of others in order to change the world, or whatever?

Why do they all seem so convinced that their ideas are so revolutionary and transformative?

They all brag about their resumes as a matter of status. But in terms of anything that ever benefited a single person other than themselves or another member?

Mostly what I’ve heard is, “I helped clare when she was sick one time” and “I helped my master move”.

I’m just astonished how they seem to think these small, beautiful things are so special and amazing. I mean, yes, it’s special and amazing. But the group has done nothing even close to on par with what so many other organizations do. By this, I mean helping the poor, the disabled, the displaced. Helping those who have less means to have a better quality of life.

We heard about the Mexico anti-violence thing but also heard how keith thought the video was shit unless it convinced the richest and wealthiest people to think like he did. As if winning the hearts and minds of the masses, the majority, somehow mattered less.

Sure, maybe they wanna bomb the power centres. Possibly a predictable tactic. But they never wanted to just disrupt. They wanted to own as much of the world’s wealth as possible and everyone committed to controlling as much of the world’s wealth as possible. That means theirs and as much as they could get from everyone else.

Super different than the type of organizations that run your local food bank, for example. Places like that take all donations and all volunteers and endeavor to supply the most in need. Totally different way of thinking.

2 years ago

Michelle looks like a young Marlee Martlin in that top photo.

And yes, agree on the more important issue of Ben as a scallywag.

Nice Guy
Nice Guy
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Don’t be move’n in on my turf — buck’o!

2 years ago
Reply to  Nice Guy

I cannot tell if you are serious about Michelle, Nice Guy. Is this something you are just coming out with? News to me! Whether you are serious or not, I say go for it. Ben is a douchebag, she could use the upgrade. You’re gonna have to play step-daddy to their newborn though.

So it could be a BBQ someday with Nice Guy, Mrs. Michelle Salzman-Guy, Bangkok, and Mrs. Lauren Salzman-Kok, all together as a happy family. Are you really ready to call Bangkok your brother?

Nice Guy
Nice Guy
2 years ago
Reply to  Ice-nine

Uncle Nine — Brother Bangkok!

Sounds good to me!

2 years ago
Reply to  Ice-nine


Of course it’s a joke! Who says “bucko” anymore?

2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Don’t insult Marlee Matlin that way. Matlin is much more beautiful imho.

Just a slight resemblance.
Just a slight resemblance.
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I agree. It’s just one of the better Michelle photos that I’ve seen.

Maybe because she looks happy?

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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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