Aug 26, 2019

CultNEWS101 Articles: 8/21/2019

Transcendental Meditation, Multi-level Marketing, CBD, Jehovah's Witnesses, FLDS, Polygamy

"The Beatles' muse still believes in world peace.

Prudence Bruns, 71, has several claims to fame. First, she's the daughter of film director John Farrow and actress Maureen O'Sullivan, as well as the younger sister of actress Mia Farrow. Second, she's a teacher and passionate advocate of Transcendental Meditation who studied with the TM guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India, back in the late 1960s. It's at Maharishi's retreat in 1968 where Prudence's fellow students included all four members of the Beatles. Third, her behavior during the retreat led John Lennon to write the song "Dear Prudence," which appeared on the Beatles' White Album. So, who is the flesh and blood woman behind the song that Rolling Stone named as No. 63 on its list of "100 Greatest Beatles Songs"? And what's the story behind the famous song? Parade caught up with Bruns to find out."

"Utah is a unique state for a variety of reasons, but recently it gained additional notoriety because the "world leader in essential oils" (based on global revenue), Young Living Essential Oils, announced it acquired Colorado-based Nature's Ultra. Nature's Ultra owns more than 1,500 acres of hemp farms in Colorado and produces "natural, organic, vegan approved, and gluten free" CBD oil with 0.0% THC. 0.0% THC is the key. Why? That is hard to explain without providing a little background about the "clean living" culture in Utah, the MLM (multi-level marketing) essential oil companies that call Utah home, and their drive for producing unadulterated essential oil products to compete with each other in the global marketplace.

Young Living's acquisition of Nature's Ultra is a big deal for Young Livng's more than three million worldwide distributors. It is also a big deal for doTERRA, which is Young Living's direct competitor (archrival is not an understatement) in this niche nutraceutical market, which also has more than three million distributors worldwide. To put it simply, in the world of essential oils, these market leaders vie for dominance as the company that can produce the purest, basest "essence" of oil from a living plant source. All plant sources are nearly sacred to these companies. Their oils comes from a variety of sources: the peel of a citrus fruit like lemon or orange, the leaves of an herb like peppermint or oregano, or from other parts of a plant like bark (cinnamon) or resin (frankincense). And in the case of Young Living, its CBD oil now comes from hemp plants.

Young Living and doTERRA have battled for more than a decade for market dominance. Young Living has the longer history. It was formed in 1993, and doTERRA's owners are an offshoot of Young Living, comprised of former Young Living employees who formed doTERRA in 2008. The two companies' global headquarters are only ten miles apart in Utah County. Each company has taken distinct but similar marketing positions. Young Living touts its products as meeting its "stringent Seed to Seal® Standards", while doTERRA points to its CPTG® (certified pure therapeutic grade®) standard. There is currently no accepted objective industry standard. Both companies use products sourced from around the world. Both decry the other's essential oils as less pure than the other. They are not the only essential oil companies in the world, but they are two massive forces in Utah and beyond.

But Young Living and doTERRA are not just essential oil companies. They are MLMs, each with an army of evangelist independent distributors (not employees!) who use their company's products, train their own downline distributors, and are fiercely loyal to their brand. Utah is the unofficial MLM mecca of the world. Over 15 MLMs have global headquarters in Utah County (yes, just in Utah County). Utah MLMs are actively working to rebrand themselves because the term MLM has, after 30 years, become unpopular in Utah (or in the local vernacular, it has become a hiss and a byword). I recently learned from two midlevel executives at a Utah MLM company that MLMs no longer refer to their industry as MLM; they are now "direct-selling companies." To me, it sounds a little like po-TAY-to vs. po-TAH-to, but as a student of marketing and branding, I understand the drive to continue to innovate, even if that innovation is a lateral move rather than a forward or upward move."

"Attorneys are poised to file hundreds if not thousands of lawsuits beginning on Wednesday for adults on Staten Island and throughout New York who allege they were sexually abused as children.

A one-year window of opportunity exists for victims of any age who were abused at any time as minors to file lawsuits against their alleged abusers and institutions that purportedly turned a blind eye to those crimes.

The window is part of the Child Victims Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 14.

Attorneys have been advertising for clients and holding news conferences, demonstrations and other events to draw attention to alleged sex abuse that in may cases happened decades ago in New York City and State and throughout the country.

On Friday, attorney Irwin Zalkin held a news conference in Manhattan announcing that two alleged victims, Heather Steele and Michael Ewing, will file lawsuits in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The lawsuits will name as defendants eight members of the Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs).

Now located in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., the JWs World Headquarters occupied a building with a large Watchtower sign in Brooklyn.

'Litigation by the Zalkin Law Firm has exposed a database maintained by the JW containing information about known child molesters within the organization that dates back decades,' according to a news release from the law firm. 'The JWs have defied numerous court orders compelling them to produce this database in several of the lawsuits.'"
"Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has reportedly had a mental breakdown, lawyers suggested in court documents obtained by FOX 13.

In a lawsuit by a woman known only in court documents as "R.H." alleging "ritualistic sex abuse," attorneys are arguing over whether the Fundamentalist LDS Church leader should be forced to give a deposition. Attorneys for the United Effort Plan Trust, which controls land in Hildale, Utah; and Colorado City, Ariz., say it would be a "waste of time."

"Taking the deposition of Warren Jeffs would most likely be a futile exercise. The Trust has received reports that Warren Jeffs has suffered a mental breakdown, and there seems to be a high likelihood that Warren Jeffs is not mentally competent to provide admissible testimony. Until the mental state of Warren Jeffs is known, and he has been cleared as competent to testify, it makes no sense to waste resources in a futile deposition attempt," attorney Zachary Shields wrote.

Attorneys for the woman have argued Jeffs' testimony is necessary for their case. They questioned the accusations about Jeffs' mental state."

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