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Salem, Oregon
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Bad decisions have consequences. Daniel Rollings, a member of Salem's Human Rights Commission, resigned his position today after City officials ignored the unanimous statement of the Commission calling for a location other than the Capital Press building owned by the Salem Alliance Church to be used as a temporary public... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Salem Political Snark
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"It shouldn't be this difficult." That's what runs through my mind, too often, when it comes to getting public records from the City of Salem. (Oregon variety; maybe the Massachusetts Salem can conjure up a spell and get records to requestors more easily, given their witch heritage.) Here's a chronology... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Salem Political Snark
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This was a nasty day on Wall Street. Also, on Main Street, for anyone who owns stocks or mutual funds. A 3% drop in a single trading session would grab one's attention under any circumstances, as an iPhone screenshot shows. However, these aren't normal economic times. Nothing is normal, so... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Salem Political Snark
OshoRobbins, yes, I plan to name the next book something else. When I select the blog posts, I'm sure a name will come naturally. Then maybe above the same subtitle I'll say; Volume 2 of Churchless Sermons... It took me about ten seconds to choose "Break Free of Dogma." Pleasingly, I then found that there isn't any other book on Amazon with that name.
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Salemander, here's the Merriam Webster definition of doxxing: slang : to publicly identify or publish private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge I DID NOT publish private information about someone. I shared public information. And I had no intent of punishment or revenge. I accept your apology for claiming something that wasn't true in your comment.
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Christine, let's not overthink this blog post. I thought about writing it only after someone sent me the spreadsheet file of Trump donations since January 1, 2018 totaling $200 or more. It seemed like this would make for a good post. I believe in transparency, both government and political. Dark money is a huge problem in the world of political campaigns. PACs are able to get anonymous donations, then support campaigns in every way except directly endorsing a candidate. It's great that the Federal Election Commission requires that the name, address, and occupation of people donating $200 or more to a campaign over a two-year period be publicly reported. I wish this was the case for PACs also. So making public information more public struck me as a great idea. I do it all the time on this blog. It's curious that some Trump supporters don't want their support for Trump known. I'd be pleased to have my name listed in a group of Elizabeth Warren supporters. I haven't donated yet to her campaign, but I like her a lot, so probably will.
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Super Dave, oh, no! As the reason for remodeling, I put down "meth lab" and "manufacturing facility for fully automatic illegal machine guns." Damn! I had no idea the permit would be public information. My bad.
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Immune, this is public information. It isn't doxxing when someone shares publicly available information. These contributors volunteered their information to the Trump campaign, as required by federal election law. Trump2020, as noted in this post, campaigns are only required to pass donor information on to the Federal Election Commission when contributions surpass $200 in a two-year period. So small donations aren't part of the FEC data.
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We here at the world headquarters of the Salem Political Snark blog -- located, appropriately enough, in Salem, Oregon -- strongly believe in citizens being actively involved in politics. One great way to do this is by contributing to political campaigns. So when a fellow patriot shared with me a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Salem Political Snark
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Every day Donald Trump does something that irritates me. But there's One Big Thing at the heart of Trumpism that worries me the most, because there's a danger it will live on after, hopefully, Trump departs the White House in January 2021. Denigrating objective reality to such a degree, people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
Michael, I'm pleased that reading this blog has changed your life. That makes me feel good. It's why I started this blog fifteen years ago -- to get people thinking about the Big Questions of Life from a non-religious perspective. Critical thinking and open-mindedness are super important. Regularly I get emails from people who tell me that my blog posts have supported them in their break from religious dogmatism, whether of the RSSB variety or otherwise. Then there are some people, like you, who say that my blog has strengthened their faith. It's all a matter of perspective. Each of us views reality in our own unique fashion. That was the subject of a recent blog post. What's important is that while we all have different opinions about the world, we strive to reach agreement on key facts about the world. I do my best to keep this blog factual. Then readers can draw their own conclusions from those facts.
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Jen, a religious person, in my view, is someone who elevates blind faith above open-eyed recognition of reality. For example, in the context of the RSSB guru's financial scandal involvement, a religious person ignores the facts, choosing to believe that the guru has to be completely innocent, because they consider that the guru can do no wrong. No matter how many times those facts are pointed out on this blog, a RSSB true believer will ignore them, since their view of the world is narrow, and an expansive view of reality threatens their dogmatic belief system. I know whereof I speak, because I used to have those inclinations myself. It's taken a lot work and self-awareness for me to understand how I went wrong, but I'm very glad that I put it that effort. Now my faith is in reality. If it turns out that the RSSB guru is completely innocent of all wrongdoing, I'll be pleased to accept the findings of Indian investigators. But how many RSSB devotees will say the same thing: that if the RSSB guru is found to have done wrong, they are pleased to admit that Gurinder Singh Dhillon is a flawed human being?
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Frank, thanks. Interesting. This shows the unreliability of personal experience. So far we have three people who are very confident that the guru said "If you want to know more read Brian Hines." And we have two people, you and someone else, who are confident he said "If you want entertainment read Brian Hines." Since the guru's talks aren't recorded, I guess we'll never know for sure which is correct. Probably the first version, in my opinion, but I have no problem with the guru viewing my blog as entertaining. That's one of my goals for it, to entertain people as well as inform them.
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I've just gotten confirmation from two other people who attended the Petaluma talk of the RSSB guru that he did indeed say, "if you want to know more read Brian Hines." So ignore the false rumor spread by one person in a comment on this post that he said, "if you want entertainment read Brian Hines." Yes, my blog posts are entertaining, but the person who left that comment either heard wrong or purposely spread false information.
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Nancy, do you really believe the High Court of Delhi would approve an order that freezes the RSSB guru's assets so they can be sold to pay part, or all, of what Malvinder Singh owes in the Daiichi settlement if the guru hadn't gotten money from Malvinder that hadn't been paid back? The guru refused to pay Malvinder, so now a court is ordering the guru to do what he wouldn't do voluntarily: pay his debts. So this shows that the RSSB guru was lying when he said he'd never gotten money from anyone but his parents. Also, keep in mind that the massive amount of money loaned to the RSSB guru by Malvinder is only one aspect of the financial scandal. The other aspect is vast amounts of money that were siphoned out of a public company, Religare, and into the pockets of the RSSB guru and his family. That's a whole other subject, which puts Dhillon at considerable legal peril.
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um, yes the FDA in the United States found that the Singh brothers failed to disclose problems with the drugs they were manufacturing, as did, I believe a US court and a Singapore court. That's why the Singh brothers have to pay $500 million to the company that bought Ranbaxy. You can Google this to learn more. I haven't followed the issue all that closely. There's a whole book about this scandal that I recall seeing mention of.
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Nancy, the source of the report about the High Court of Delhi freezing the assets of the Dhillon family, so those assets can be sold, is... the High Court of Delhi. So do you really believe the High Court's ruling, as described by the story in this blog post I shared today, is "fake news"? If so, you really have gone down the religious rabbit hole. Have a read. It might help you climb out of the hole a little ways. https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/08/rssb-guru-appears-to-have-lied-about-his-financial-problems.html
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So let me understand your position, Georgy Porgy. You are claiming that the High Court of Delhi hasn't issued an order requiring the freezing of assets owned by Gurinder Singh Dhillon, his family, and close associates, so those assets can be sold to pay the $500 million Malvinder and Shivinder Singh owe to Daiichi via a court settlement decision. So the High Court of Delhi order doesn't exist? The stories in the Indian financial press, one of which I shared verbatim in this post, are "conjecture and propaganda"? If so, wow. You're worse than Donald Trump and his constant "fake news" lies. If not, I accept your apology. Maybe you were in an altered state of consciousness when you wrote your comment that prevented you from distinguishing fact from fiction.
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Nancy, to put it bluntly, Gurinder Singh Dhillon lied at the Petaluma bhandara. He definitely has gotten money from sources other than his parents. Lots of it. Here's some links that prove me right, and the RSSB guru wrong. You're very trusting. Also, gullible. Here's part of the truth about how Dhillon got so much money. https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/05/fortis-seeking-money-that-ended-up-with-the-dhillon-family.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/03/rssb-guru-owes-almost-800-million-in-fraudulent-loans.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2018/12/singh-brothers-get-into-fight-over-loans-to-rssb-guru-and-his-family.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/06/delhi-high-court-orders-recovery-of-money-from-rssb-guru-and-his-family.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/06/malvinder-singhs-message-to-the-rssb-guru-is-moving.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2018/08/bloomberg-story-shows-gurinder-singh-dhillons-shady-business-dealings.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2019/06/rssb-guru-identified-as-beneficiary-of-fraudulent-funds.html https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2010/12/radha-soami-satsang-beas-guru-makes-250-million.html
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Nancy, the RSSB guru has been accused of financial fraud in a criminal complaint. What do you expect Dhillon to say? "I"m guilty" seems exceedingly unlikely. Of course he is going to deny wrongdoing. That's what his attorneys would require that he say.
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I thought I couldn't get any more irritated at the Salem City Council and City officials, and I was plenty mad before, but now I'm way more pissed off. I just learned that those officials have signed a contract with the Salem Alliance Church to lease a building owned by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
Chris, thanks for sharing your recollection. That makes sense, asking about the lost 500 million dollars. The guru hasn't yet acknowledged the role of the Dhillon family in the fraudulent transfers of money from Religare to the Dhillon's, their close associates, and maybe others.
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Anon, the person who told me what the RSSB guru said is confident they heard his words correctly. I shared your version of what he said with them. Since I know they were at the talk Dhillon gave and they shared their real name, as opposed to you, until solid evidence comes in to the contrary, I consider their account to be reliable.
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On July 22 the Salem City Council voted to approve a lease with the Salem Alliance Church for use of their Capital Press building as a temporary library, while the library at the Civic Center is undergoing renovations. City officials claimed in a staff report that the church-owned building "is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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OK, it's a truism that when a headline includes a question mark, the answer usually is "No." But I'm not asking if something is wrong with officials at the City of Salem, Oregon variety. (Not to be confused with the witch'y Salem in Massachusetts.) Rather, it seems clear to me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Salem Political Snark