WEU Readers Force WE Editor Out of Closet
Group posting power by the learned readership of WHAT Enlightenment Uncensored (WEU) following an investigative article by WEU's own Shaolin_Monk has pushed the shadowy forces behind the anti-Andrew Cohen blog "What Enlightenment" (WE) out of the closet and into the light.
On November 26, 2005 we continued our ground-breaking investigative expose of the real agenda of ailing anti-Cohen blog, "What Enlightenment". We revealed that WE blog was likely to be the demon-seed creation of Hal Blacker, one-time editor of an early in-house, pre-glossy version of Cohen's now mainstream What is Enlightenment magazine (WIE), before being fired. Ouch!
Shaolin's article presented evidence that the shadowy agency behind WE blog was blocking questions about the identity of WE blog's founding editor, Helene. Blacker, who it is believed started WE blog, hid behind the female name, Helene. Later, Blacker's revealed partially revealed his association with WE blog in a desperate bid to attract a bored, but inquisitive, readership.
However, posts still came from both "Helene" and "Hal Blacker" who appeared to being playing some kind of male-female tag match. Fact being stranger than fiction - it now seems that Mr Blacker was playing with himself!
Just 7 sweet days after Monk's published Hal Blacker Probe Blocked by WE Blog, Hal Blacker angrily responded on his own blog, WE, with an invective spewing rant - an irrational and unnecessary non sequitur of a lead-in to an ancient article about Andrew Cohen which he was trying to revive.
Monk's WEU post attracted an all-time high published comment average, currently clocking 34 comments with about 125 unpublished comments (deleted for libel and abuse). The actual comment total, 150, is three times higher than the most irrelevant comment chain total appearing on WE blog.
Small wonder then that Blacker would be seething mad! Blacker's WE blog has only been able to attract a few Adi Da posters and philosophical speculators.
It seems that Blacker is unable to find credible backers since anyone connected to Cohen, including current and ex-, have finally figured out Blacker's dark agenda. An agenda which has nothing to do with the "reconciliation" which Blacker once falsely claimed.
In his latest post, Blacker, ever the cunning lawyer, lathers on the negative adjectives and virtually accuses Cohen of breaking the law - well, not quite, but er ... sort of ... almost. If you don't believe that is possible then just read this piece of classic Blacker Double-Speak (BDS):
"In addition to the direct difficulties Cohen often creates for close students who wish to leave him, including threats and acts perhaps just this (or the other?) side of false imprisonment (see my previous article Karma Will (Literally) Cost You And Leaving Isn't Easy), there are psychological reasons why leaving a group like Cohen's can be very difficult."
Gasp! Blacker, master of the switch, wasn't hired and then ignominiously fired by WIE for no good reason.
Just in case we-the-reader don't get the "bitch" of the message, then Hal shows himself to be a witch-hunt general as he artfully crafts psychological and pejorative terms to create a damning pseudo-diagnosis of the Cohen condition:
- "Prison Experiment"
- "fearful, depressed, neurotic, suicidal shadows"
- "psychological coercion"
- "abusive groups"
- "psychological trauma"
- "disempowering students"
- "abusive spiritual communities"
- "emotional violence and psychological abuse" "betrayal
- "spiritual rape"
- "emotional trauma/shocks, humiliation and degradation"
- "inescapable trauma"
Tragically for Blacker, he has ostracized himself from those who gave him some love and respect. He has miscalculated the genuine kindness and spiritual values of those he once knew, believing their sympathy to be acceptance.
They would not accept the hemlock.
Blacker's supreme over-confidence was also evinced by the insensitive and unethical handling of the WIE magazine subscriber list, whose members (like Don Beck), were outraged to find themselves the recipients of unsolicited WE spam.
We leave it to our learned readers to further investigate this case and vote with your comments - as you have already done.
(And for our Denial of Service spammer out there: If you feel that this just a case of those on pot calling the kettle Blacker then you are welcome to comment but please no more unfair hack attacks.)
Stop Press: Blacker's blog no longer lists Blacker or Helene as the blog editors. We invite you to draw your own conclusions.