Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Four studies suggest that Straight's quackery can lead to various post-Straight maladies--including suicide
Lack of sunshine causes depression. Tell-tale signs are depression, lack of energy, sleeping too much, eating too much, and gaining weigh. The medical name is Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD and it is caused by lack of sunshine. The cure is good ole' summertime where days are longer. But suppose you are in Straight where you can not see the sun even in the summer. story Related story here.
Depressed teens and young adult suicide. A study done by Dr. Myrna Weissman of the New York State Psychiatric Institute found that teens who suffer depression are twice as likely to suffer depression as adults than teens who do not suffer depression. She also found that they are five times more likely to commit suicide in their high school to early adulthood Depressed adolescents grown up.
US Air Force determines that long stay in abusive captivity can lead to post release suicide. Washington Post related article1 related article2 related article3 related article4
Monday, December 19, 2005
The Nazi program for the extermination of European Jewry is the most vile, disgusting, horrific treatment of a people by another people in the 20th Century and probably in all of human history. The story of what the Nazis did must be told and retold forever in books, films, plays and Holocaust museums. Like the Nazis, Straight, Inc. was another great 20th Century violator of civil liberties and human rights. Over 40 former Straight clients have committed suicide.
Straight founder Melvin Sembler has enhanced his businesses and has received political protection from the crimes of Straight by buying powerful Republican politicians. Now Mel Sembler and former president of Straight Foundation Walter Loebenberg have teamed up to found the Florida Holocaust Museum. They say they are humanitarians and philanthropists trying to do good deeds. Many former Straight clients feel the museum is a ruse to further protect them from their reputations as officers at Straight. Lobenberg founded the museum and Mel and Betty Sembler were founding directors. But that's just for starters. Read now The case to protest the Florida Holocaust Museum.
The 2006 Awards Banquet will be held at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. Here is a map. Protesters should meet around 4:30 PM in the parking lot of the Golf Country Club across the street from the pavilion. They plan to picket until around 8:00 PM. They request that you bring your own signs. They will have a new flier to hand out but state that volunteers are welcome to make their own. The protest will be video taped and broadcast on the Internet later that evening.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Mel Sembler proudly displays an on-line picture album of his accomplishments on his company's web page. [See Mel's photos.] If you view his photo album, at bottom center is a photo of Mel receiving Nancy Reagan and Princess DI at the Straight camp in Springfield Virginia which later had its license revoked for abusing children. Beside that photo Mel writes:
Although best known as a leading shopping center developer, Sembler is also renowned for his activism in the anti-drug movement. In 1976, Sembler and hisIt is probably safe to assume that almost all of those graduates were Seventh Steppers. Unfortunately, among Sembler's 12,000 successful graduates were beautiful young people like Glen Steepleton and Christine Stottlemeyer who have committed suicide. Jeff Leugers was president of the Seventh Step Society in Ohio. He shot himself dead. Ray Bradbury is another of Sembler's successful graduates. In fact, Ray Bradbury was the national director for the Seventh Step Society! Today he has to take meds to get through the day. He is being sued by Mel and Betty for intentional infliction of emotional distress resulting, the Semblers allege, from Bradbury's attempt to sell Mel's penis pump on eBay.
wife Betty founded STRAIGHT, an adolescent drug treatment program. During its 17 years of existence, STRAIGHT successfully graduated more than 12,000 young
people nationwide from its remarkable program.
Today, former Straight graduates are renouncing their graduate status from Straight in droves--and many have some choice words for Mel and Betty. Yet Mel Sembler says, next to his children, Straight is the greatest thing he and Betty ever did! Read now the comments by some of their successful graduates. LINK
12-03-05 Walter ain't alone--a testimonial link
Thursday, December 08, 2005
- Who are they? Straight officials. Fdn officials.
- Has Straight really closed?
- Using SLAPP suits to silence critics?
- Treating kids for addictions they do not have
- Professor Beyerstein on Straight
- Professor Trebach on Straight
- The American Prospect on Straight
- Closure for a Quack Victim
- Lawrence on Straight's Dr. Schwartz
- Fager on Straight in Leo J. Ryan Fdn Journal
- Mel Sembler and the Clary Report
- Barbareo Report on Kids of Bergen County
- Abuse at Straight-St Pete under Newton
- Abuse at Straight-Springfield
- Abuse at Straight-St Pete
- Cannabis Culture on Straight
- Governor's Sub-rosa Plot by Dan Forbes
- DFAF & Drug Policy by Fager
- Straight called a federally funded cult
- Atlanta Independent Media Center on Sembler/Straight
- Alternet on Straight
- lermanet: Ida Camburn on Straight/Synanon
- Project No Spank on Straight
- Whose Florida is it? story2
- Why Senior Staff Relapse by Don Smith
- D.A.R.E. on Straight
- My brother's story by Kelly
- I was Trapped in a Therapy Cult by Morgan
- Tbay dot com on the Semblers and Straight