Feb 20, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 2/20/2020

Polygamy, NXIVM,  Transcendental Meditation  

Utah lawmakers are unanimously backing a bill that would lessen the punishment for people caught practicing polygamy.

Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Senator Deidre Henderson (R-Spanish Fork), would change bigamy from a felony offense to an infraction.

"We have a really stiff penalty, and what my bill proposes to do is to remove the fear that a lot polygamists have," Henderson said.

While the bill passed unanimously in a senate committee earlier this week, some who've escaped polygamy have mixed feelings about the legislation.

Jessica Christensen left polygamy when she was 15 years old. Since then, she's been an advocate for others trying to do the same. When she first read S.B. 102, she said she had some reservations.

"When I first heard about this bill, it was kind of like a gut punch reaction: 'What? Why? This is insulting."

Christensen said to her, the bill seemed to make perpetrators more comfortable.
"Sara Bronfman-Igtet has fled France, abandoning her newly built mansion in Provence, and leaving her hotel in managers' hands.
Authorities in France also shut down Bronfman's Campus Beyond the School, after learning from Frank Report and French journalists, L'Heyre De Se Reveiller and Oli Porri Santoro, that the school was conducting Keith Raniere's Rainbow Cultural Garden children's experiments in government leased property.

The sudden flight from France was totally unexpected.

Bronfman-Igtet had just finished building a mansion in Provence at a cost of $12 million USD.

There are many rumors as to why she fled so suddenly, including that she got news that, if she is indicted in the US, France will turn her over at once to the USA.

She has moved to Portugal."
"Why did Sara Bronfman-Igtet and her husband, Basit Igtet, dash out of France so suddenly – and go to Portugal?

She had everything going for her in France. She was entrenched, ostensibly planning to live the rest of her life here. Then on a dime, she left.

We have more information, thanks to sources in France and elsewhere. The more we learn, the more it begs the question: Why did she leave her new home?

Sara and Basit [with Sara's money] acquired a hotel called the Domain of Andéoles in the Luberon.  They built a mansion to live in, at a fantastic price, which was just recently completed.

She was buying up land in the area. She bought a farm to grow produce for her hotel's restaurants and reportedly had her eye on a golf course.  She created a raft of companies – some 25 in total under her Athal Holdings umbrella – many of them put under the name of her CEO, Stefan Fraenkel, to disguise her actual ownership, as she began to take greater ownership control of the area.

She was working closely with Jacques Attali, the famous handler of French presidents. And top French leaders, it was told to me by an eyewitness source, came to her hotel to meet with her husband, and seek financial support from Sara.

There were discussions about building a casino.

Business is business but, for the longtime Nxivm financier, who lost more than $100 million for her beloved Nxivm mission, Sara had something more in mind for France. It was her start-over. The place to reestablish the golden teachings of her Vanguard, Keith Alan Raniere, now in federal custody awaiting sentencing for racketeering, forced labor, and sex trafficking."

"In 2020, instead of "sex sells," pop-culture's newest maxim is "sects sell" – and we're (guiltily) here for it. Hot on the heels of the box-office success of Quentin Tarantino's Manson family blockbuster Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood and Ari Aster's terrifying depiction of a pagan commune in rural Sweden in Midsommar, stories about cults are coming out thick and fast.

Prepare to be haunted by a score of new novels, movies and docudramas from Hollywood and closer to home. Some of Australia's nest storytellers are releasing bone-chilling "cult-fiction" this year. First up is Stan's The Gloaming, an eight-part crime series set against the dark and moody Tasmanian landscape. Hitting screens in January, Emma Booth and Ewen Leslie play police detectives whose shared past comes back to haunt them as they solve a horrific murder connected to a terrifying occult religious order."

"Sen. Bernie Sanders' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have accused him of promising pie-in-the-sky solutions to America's problems like "Medicare for All" and free college tuition that, they say, can never become reality.

But in a small southeastern Iowa town that was put on the map by a New Age faith movement that aims to create world peace with the power of silent, Transcendental Meditation, Sanders' proposals seem downright practical.

In his remarks attempting to woo caucus-goers to support Andrew Yang, the businessman's precinct captain told the audience that when he had met Yang, he'd been "able to give him some books on TM, hopefully to turn him on to it." The precinct captain for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said that when he met the Hawaii congresswoman, they had discussed how those advocating for world peace might not make as much money as military contractors, but would receive greater rewards in a "different realm."

"She's the one taking on the military-industrial complex, talking about it, coming back from service and against war," the Gabbard precinct captain said, calling on the 274 people here to align with Gabbard "for world peace."

Unique among the rural counties to the north, south, east, and west, Fairfield is the Midwest epicenter of the Transcendental Meditation technique, or "TM," a movement founded in the 1970s by the eponymous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that popularized silent mantra meditation in the West in part by cultivating world-famous practitioners like the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

In Maharishi Vedic City, whose founding constitution vows to "protect, nourish, and satisfy everyone, upholding the different social, cultural, and religious traditions while maintaining the integrity and progress of the city as a whole," locals congregate twice a day under a pair of gilded domes to meditate in the hopes that their brain waves, once synchronized, can prevent various global catastrophes."

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