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Guru’s Partisans Banned From Editing Of Wiki ‘Sathya Sai Baba’ Entry

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 24, 2011

Did you ever think that you could contribute entries to the world’s most-used encyclopedia?

Virtually anyone from anywhere, given that one is equipped with a computer and an internet account, can contribute.

The Wikipedia catch-cry is:  Anyone can edit. However, what suppose many cannot edit for nuts?!

Like ‘democracy’ itself, the Wikipedia online encyclopedia can be a great idea.  Against large odds, it has just turned ten years old. Wiki is meant to be a vast knowledge base on almost an infinity of topics. Servers worldwide ensure that it is kept secure and online ….

… That is to say – supposedly – provided they adhere to certain laid-down guidelines and methods. There is also a system of expert arbitrators – dotted (some would say, far too sparsely dotted) round the world – who can assist contributors who fall into difficulty or dispute. The theory is that errors are wide open to be corrected by the original contributor or other users, if not at once then over time. Prima facie, what can be more ‘democratic’ than all this?

Alike, many lay and academic contributors to Wikipedia have striven to make Wikipedia professional in its attitude and approach. But, as in any department of life, ideals can fall prey to reality. They see merit in aspects of its ‘everyman’ approach, but also serious flaws. It is all too open to abuse.

In the New York Times article, Wikipedia: Open-source, and open to abuse’, the Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales is quoted as saying:

“We have constant problems where we have people who are trying to repeatedly abuse our sites”

Sathya Sai Baba Partisan Attacks

In regard to the editorial process  that governs entries to the ‘Sathya Sai Baba’ Wikipedia article, former Sathya Sai Baba followers with long and respected academic careers have worked hard to uphold the strong Wiki standards set for contributors. Prominent in contributing to the Sathya Sai Baba entry have been Brian Steel, whose Wiki ID is Ombudswiki. See, e.g., Ombudswiki (talk) 11:01, 9 July 2009 (UTC), and Robert Priddy, whose ID is ProEdits. See, e.g., User_talk:84.208.99.96 and another example of many blatant attacks at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:SSS108#.E2.86.91.C2.A0_Blatant_Untruths_From_ProEdits_.E2.86.91.C2.AO

See the article Wikipedia harassment by pro-Sai Baba activists. (Posted by robertpriddy on September 12, 2009).

Wikipedia Authorities Ban Sai Baba Protagonist Offenders. (Including Gerald Joe Moreno – known to be supported by key Sathya Sai Baba figures – who has stalked and libelled former Sathya Sai Baba followers, causing deep hurt in their families, including children). See: Harassment and stalking by Gerald Joe Moreno (which contains many salient links).

The virulence of the attacks in the Wiki ‘talk’ pages on Steel and Priddy finally brought down severe consequences for the perpetrators – whose distortion and defamation on the internet at large are a still worse occurrence! Most prominent of these and virulent on an almost daily basis is Gerald Joe Moreno. See the rational, competent, independent British writer Kevin R.D. Shepherd‘s comments at: 22. Wikipedia, Moreno, Google.

The Open Society and its Enemies

Of course, many Wiki contributors can innocently make mistakes. They may be free of agenda or point of view pushing. But, to use the Austro-British philosopher Sir Karl Popper’s phrase, the ‘open society‘ has its enemies, including those who would subvert it by appearing to hold to its tenets.

In his article Sathya Sai Baba on Wikipedia (Posted by robertpriddy on July 14, 2009), Robert Priddy points out:

“There is a very good reason for Ombudswiki’s call for those who remain anonymous to declare themselves. Sathya Sai devotees very often hide behind anonymous user names – especially when they try to enter comments on this blogsite, and in hundreds of cases of e-mail (often hate mails) which are received by some of us. Gerald Joe Moreno – using the anonymous username SSS108 was one of the most virulent attackers of dissidents who have spoken out about Sai Baba, accused a Wiki administrator of using a ‘sock puppet’ identity. He was then immediately banned, and this was followed up by an indefinite ban on him and others by a board of Wiki administrators”.

A very considerable trouble is that offenders can re-enter the editing process under a new guise, and bypassing conventional restrictions by resort to underhand technical ploys. And this is exactly what has happened in the case of Gerald Moreno and his like.

Some Further Resources

See biographical references on Wiki for: Brian Steel and Robert Priddy

Brian Steel

For the index page to his extensive website, see: Recent Research on the Claims of Sathya Sai Baba.

Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action

Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue

Robert Priddy

For Robert Priddy’s (also extensive) main website, see: Sathya Sai Baba In Word and Action. His frequently updated blogsite is: Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed – Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up and widely alleged sexual abuse.

Gross fraudulence: Gerald Moreno tries to ridicule Robert Priddy

Information About Gerald Moreno

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

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Brian D.Steel Updates References To Kevin R.D.Shepherd Writings

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 25, 2009

Brian D.Steel, who has written in-depth on matters of Sathya Sai Baba-related bibliography, has just sent a note. I think that these references below can be read as a resource in company with my blog of yesterday: Kevin R.D. Shepherd Exposes Sathya Sai Baba Defender Gerald Moreno

Brian Steel writes:

I have just amended 2 articles to include references to 3 more of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s contributions, the latest from his splendid new website:  http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info

1. Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action: Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno:

http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/joe_morenos_mo.htm

Kevin R. D. Shepherd:
‘Sathya Sai and Wikipedia’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm
‘Kevin R. D. Shepherd in response to Gerald Joe Moreno’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm#response
(Added on 25 August 2009)
‘Wikipedia, Moreno, Google (2008)’, www.kevinrdshepherd.net/html/22__wikipedia___moreno__google.html
‘Pro-Sai Activist Gerald Joe Moreno’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm#activist
‘Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno (2009)’, http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info/internet_terrorist_gerald_joe_moreno.html

2 Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue: http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/internetpropaganda_jm.htm

Kevin R. D. Shepherd:
“Sathya Sai and Wikipedia”
‘Kevin R.D. Shepherd in response to Gerald Joe Moreno’
(Added on 25 August 2009)
‘Wikipedia, Moreno, Google (2008)’, www.kevinrdshepherd.net/html/22__wikipedia___moreno__google.html
‘Pro-Sai Activist Gerald Joe Moreno’, www.citizeninitiative.com/sathya_sai_and_wikipedia.htm#activist
‘Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno (2009)’, http://www.kevinrdshepherd.info/internet_terrorist_gerald_joe_moreno.html

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Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 9, 2009

The principal internet critic of Sathya Sathya Sai Baba critics (beside Dr G.Venkataraman) is Gerald Joe Moreno of New Mexico, USA.  He virtually lives in virtual reality – if reality it is.

The title of Moreno’s main blogsite is, one may – virtually – overjoyed to learn: Sathya Sai Baba – Love, Life and Spirituality.

For the last few years, day after day (and night, of course), he has made countless attacks of various kinds on practically anyone who has raised his and her voice in criticism of the idol of Moreno’s life, Sathya Sai Baba. The ‘maturity’ of these endeavours questions the support given to Moreno by both leading Sathya Sai Baba and rank-and-file personnel, including members of the International Sathya Sai Organization

But one example of Moreno’s disparaging ‘art’ and ‘craft’ is that against Sanjay Dadlani, whose University authorities have been beset with material that Moreno has sent to vilify and destroy this young man. So as to concentrate on his studies heading towards a Ph.D in neuro-Psychology, Dadlani  has, for a considerable time, withdrawn (since early August, 2008, I think) from the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. He has gained his BSc. and MSc.  That fact has not stopped Moreno’s relentless pursuit of him. Clearly, Moreno wants to destroy his career, just as he tried to destroy the business of a courageous young woman who has built up a business of integrity and love – see quotation below from: Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child. Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2009

Joe Moreno’s Language of Hatred and Disparagement Against Sai Baba Critics

The Art and Craft of Gerald Joe Moreno, New Mexico, USA

The Art and Craft of Gerald Joe Moreno, New Mexico, USA

See, companion piece to this blog: Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno’s Photo Attack On Robert Priddy

It is extraordinary, especially given Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual teachings about truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence.   Even the few brief words in hundreds, if not thousands, of Gerald Moreno’s Google entries contain ‘hot’ words and phrases, full of aggressive denigration. These references, which Moreno has often highly manipulated through his technical Internet skills, lead to his nest of blogsites and websites containing his unceasing attacks and libels. Quite as extraordinary in its own way is the fact that his main blogsite is called:  ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Love, Life and Spirituality’. These are sometimes drawn from his very nasty – although he is at first, ostensibly, befriending and pleasant – personal social harrassments against those who call for proper third party investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core leaders in the international Sathya Sai Organization.

Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

Gerald Moreno is a man whom no fewer than eight Wikipedia editors banned indefinitely from that encyclopedia. See the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s account: Wikipedia, Moreno, Google.  See also:  Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

Once Shepherd spoke, he too was marked for Moreno’s strenuous attacks, full of inaccuracy, based on Moreno’s highly typical rush to judgement and poor argumentative capacities. One of Moreno’s most constant resorts is argumentum ad hominem, attack upone persons instead of dealing with the issues).

In case legal actions and/or media interest occur, Moreno’s and the Sathya Sai Organization libels of many decent and upright members of wider communities throughout the world, are being recorded. Evidence of Moreno’s connections with those close to Sathya Sai Baba, as well as various members of the Sathya Sai Organization will be provided to bona fide investigators well-respected in the international community.

Select Readings

Gerald Joe Moreno’s Hate Campaign Against Sanjay Dadlani

See Robert Priddy’s article exposing Moreno’s recent attack in regard to copyright issues in his article:

Gerald Moreno and “copyright blathering”

Posted by robertpriddy on May 1, 2009

Wikipedia entry: Robert C. Priddy

Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics

Quote from Robert Priddy blogsite at http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com from the article Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child.

“It has also been Moreno’s method to attempt to destroy the business of a woman on which the well-being of herself and her young children depend. He has attempted, using Internet methods, to divert business away from her. By highly partial, faulty reasoning and the leaping-to-conclusion, he has presented her as cooperating with the exposure of the Sathya Sai sect. Of course, whether she had been or not, a dirty trick played against her is nonetheless a dirty trick. Although she is not now devoted to Sai Baba, having taken down her photos and stopped singing his bhajans and so forth, she has not cooperated with her former partner’s exposure activities, as has been a fact well-known to Sai Baba devotees known to her”.

 

 

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Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 2, 2009

 

In case legal actions and/or media interest occur, Gerald Joe Moreno’s and the Sathya Sai Organization’s libels of many decent and upright members of wider (but former devotee) communities throughout the world, are being recorded. This is so, also, of material that Moreno takes off his Internet sites.

Gerald Moreno – Allied Covertly With Those Close To Sai Baba

Evidence of Gerald Moreno’s connections with those close to Sathya Sai Baba, such as the saibabaofindia.com consortium, as well as members of the Sathya Sai Organization in various countries, will be provided, should they require it, to bona fide media, scholarly and other investigators well-respected in the international community.

Astonishingly, Gerald Moreno’s main blogsite is entitled: Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love And Spirituality. By no token, whether by dictionary definition, by normative ethical categories or any other yardstick, could it be fairly said to be related to love and spirituality. There can be little doubt that Moreno himself has been tackled by some decent Sathya Sai Baba devotees. However, many (like most former devotees) stay well clear of controversy.

Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikipedia Editors

Wikipedia LogoGerald Moreno is a man whom no fewer than eight Wikipedia editors banned indefinitely from that encyclopedia. He was accompanied in this by his confederates Simon Brace and Moreno’s longtime confrere, the exceptionally foul-mouthed Lisa de Witt. For those interested in sublime love and deep spirituality, it will be edifying to go to this small selection of de Witt and Wisdom HERE.

Moreno and Dr G. Venkataraman have had a hard time reckoning with critical forces other than former devotees, too – for example, the investigations of organs such as the BBC, DR, Times of London, India Today, Salon.com, Azul TV, and major media in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc. Dr Venkataraman is Sai Baba’s deputy world chairman and head of Sai Global Radio (via WorldSpace). See my  Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman . And Robert Priddy’s Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno.  For Gerald Moreno and G.Venkataraman, in their profoundly attached and blind-faith idolising of Sathya Sai Baba, the equation works thus:  themselves – right. But the rest of the world (which Sai Baba has said that he will save in his own lifetime) – is wrong. The demons pictured by their minds are those who question Sai Baba and his cognition of himself as God come to rule the world. Indeed, the term ‘demons’ Sai Baba himself has used of his critics in his Christmas Discourse of 2000. See too Sathya Sai Baba – the spirit of Christmas.

Gerald Moreno’s Aggressive, Bullying and Demonizing Tactics 

 

For the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s account of Moreno’s repeatedly aggressive, brash, rude rule-flouting conduct in the editing of the Wikipedia article on Sathya Sai Baba, see Wikipedia, Moreno, Google. Once Shepherd (whose many works have earned respect in the world of scholars) spoke, he too was marked for Moreno’s strenuous attacks, full of inaccuracy and distortion. Moreno has a strong line in several directions:  a highly typical rush to judgement, name-calling, jeering, aggressive disparagement … He intensively attempts to link former devotees – who have spent all their lives free of such atrocious attitudes – as somehow condoning Christian fundamentalism, pornography, anti-Semitism … He brands his critics, variously, as “senile”, “half-senile”, “septuagenarians”, “ugly”, “bald headed”, with “deep wrinkles”… Anything he cannot understand or find an alternative commonsense interpretation for, he calls “lying”, “cheating”, “disinformation” …  There are his highly partial interpretations of his critic’s words and lives, setting up of  insulting graphic representations of some of his critics (which may remind one, for example, of an artifice of the Nazi Party in the case of the Jews and other targets) … His argumentative capabilities are often poor, although capable of engendering a populist following of Sai devotees who clutch at Moreno’s extravagantly-waved straws – a fact that gives him misleadingly ‘healthy’ looking statistics for his main blogsite.

Moreno As Populist Demon-Slaying Sai Baba Hero

Fifty million – of whatever the absurdly indemonstrable number of Sathya Sai Baba followers the Sathya Sai Organization may currently like to say the number of Sai Baba’s followers are – CAN indeed be wrong! Some of them are steadied by Moreno’s writings. These are Moreno’s flock. He slays the wolves all round. Perhaps, just like his hero, a pure gold throne should be reserved for him, and he can be carted about on a pure golden palanquin. Costly  gold statues and museums should be raised to him, and a vast pomp and ceremony lavished.

                                                                           Sathya Sai Baba Mounted In Pure Gold Spendour                   Is that Gerald Moreno mounted up there, or Sathya Sai Baba?

After all:  what better spiritual fare can there be than Moreno’s ‘Life, Love and Spirituality’? Let us all flock there … should we not?

Kevin Shepherd, British philosphy and religion scholar

Kevin Shepherd, British philosophy and religion scholar

 In the above-mentioned article, Kevin Shepherd, who has had no association with the Sathya Sai Organization nor friendship with critical commentators on Sathya Sai Baba, writes :

“The decision of the March 6th 2007 Wikipedia arbitration committee is documented at (HERE. ‘Wikipedia Requests For Arbitration’). This item contains the relevant clause that “Wikipedia is not a soapbox for propaganda or activist editing.” Earlier, in January 2007, Moreno had gained a reputation in Wikipedia for making personal attacks on other editors. Suspicions were confirmed when, after his ban, Moreno engaged in complaining webpages and other postings about Wikipedia. In general, the tendency of Moreno to personal attacks in his web harassment is acute, and ex-devotees have viewed this as a convenience for the evasive policy of Dr. Michael Goldstein, the presiding American supporter of Sathya Sai”.

It can safely be said that no self-respecting school teacher of clear thinking could award Moreno with other than a poor result. Sai Baba devotees who are teachers might well consider the terrible disrepute he is bringing to their Sathya Sai Organization. Moreno has repeatedly denied this nexus. In fact, certain prominent figures as well as rank-and-file members have supported him, and the longer he denies the evidence, the more difficulties he weaves for himself. Time will not treat him well.  

One of Moreno’s most constant resorts is argumentum ad hominem, attack upon persons instead of genuinely dealing with the issues: appealing to people’s emotions and prejudices instead of their ability to think ( formal )’. In the interests of keeping focus on matters of real substance about Sathya Sai Baba and his sect, and refusing to spend valuable time and energy in bothering to read his forever toxic and libelous outpourings, others and I have ignored Moreno’s attacks down many years. However, he has now attacked the family members or others associated with former devotees. See Robert Priddy post Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child . See too Alan Kazlev’s page Gerald “Joe” Moreno on Wikipedia, and refutation of his allegations against Robert Priddy

Kazlev, an Australian, for some time was partial to Moreno but, as is typical with the Moreno modus, Kazlev became, too, from virtually the moment he began to question Moreno, the target of Moreno’s sustained vitriol. Kazlev, who has written about what others have observed as a socio-pathic, or feelingless tendency recurrent right across Moreno’s writings, has noted in an extensive page tracing his, Kalev’s, history of experience with Moreno, notes:

“In all of Moreno’s thousands of pages, blog posts, personal attacks and so on, there is one thing that is very apparent. That is the utter humourlessness of all his pages and hundreds of thousands of words. Not one genuine joke, not one ray of humour or levity. Instead of genuine laughter, there is harsh mocking ridicule. Instead of laughing with you, he will laugh at you. Indeed, he is incabable of doing anything else”.

Still further, as I mentioned, Moreno has been found to have connections with those close to Sathya Sai Baba and other notable members of the Sathya Sai Organization. This is a decisive factor in Robert Priddy’s and my writing on an almost infinitisimally small part of Moreno’s vast and frequently nasty opus.

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Two important articles to read are by the Australian scholar in Bibliography and Linguistics, Brian Steel

Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue.

Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action: Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno

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Robert Priddy’s Blog Series Refuting  Gerald Joe Moreno

Gerald Moreno’s major lie about linking to exposé websites

Gerald Moreno’s fundamentalist Christian slur campaign

G.J. Moreno’s ’senile dementia’ slurs, avoidances & irrationality

Gerald Joe Moreno – untruth and lies

Gerald Moreno’s personal details removed from vishvarupa.com  

Joe Moreno’s schoolyard tit-for-tat attacks

‘Genital Oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba + video evidence

Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba

Gerald Moreno backs lying saboteur M. K. Yachendra

Joe Moreno admits he is a web impostor

More personal attacks by Gerald Joe Moreno

Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

Sathya Sai Baba’s front man on the Internet

Sathya Sai Baba Love, Light and Spirituality Exposed

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy

Sathyasaibaba in the shadows

Copyright infringements by sathyasaibaba

Gerald Joe Moreno (aka sathyasaibaba) dares not show his face. Why?

sathyasaibaba, Munchausen and sick fantasies

sathyasaibaba specious claims and self-defeating ‘arguments’

Cultic Labeling of Dissenters As “Disgruntled”. Sathya Sai Baba Case

Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Gerald Moreno and “oiling between the pubic area and the navel”

Joe Moreno as “sathyasaibaba” with smear campaign

Demon Slaying

Demon Slaying

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Robert Priddy’s Series On Sathya Sai Baba Man, Gerald Moreno

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 26, 2009

I note with admiration for his great energy – which he by no means reserves only for exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his sect – that Robert Priddy 

Robert Priddy, Academic Philosopher and Sathya Sai Baba Critic

Robert Priddy, Academic Philosopher and Sathya Sai Baba Critic

is still adding to his series in which he refutes the writings of one hellbent on scurrility, Gerald Moreno, who leagues in his endeavours with Sai Baba devotees including those close to Sathya Sai Baba himself. Moreno, moreover, has a certain status as a popular hero for those Sathya Sai Baba Organization members who also profess but do not carry out the spiritual teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.

I find it touching. A man has had a long, productive life as an educator of generations of the young. An academic of one of the leading universities, the University of Oslo. An author of notable books and academic papers. (See Wikipedia entry: Robert C. Priddy). One who, down many years, has given heart, soul, sacrificial service, and a good deal of money to what appeared to be a great cause. Assailed by the philistine. Never thus assailed by Sai Baba nor those who valued him as an organization leader and contributor to the intellectual and devotional life of the Sathya Sai Organization. A dear, longtime and close friend of one of the few around Sai Baba who was noted for his plain speaking, the great Indian newspaper editor and a moral hero throughout India, the late V.K. Narasimhan, who was my beloved friend, too, and whose book on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  I was editing not long before he died. V.K.N. (as he was affectionately known) greatly honoured and respected Priddy – the very opposite of Moreno’s conduct towards him. See, Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics

The Extraordinary Scenario. Philistinian Attack

But now – an extraordinary scenario. By Moreno, he and his family attacked, alongside many others who were once considered, and happily, a part of what Sai devotees call ‘the Sai family’. His words torn from their contexts. Here he is, in the last quadrant of his life, lived well, with (I happen to know via very reliable sources) many kind and generous actions to his credit. A man of dedication to truth and honour. Once, for long, the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in his country. And here he is, as has been the case for the last four years, since he carefully investigated the allegations against Sai Baba and then spoke out, constantly assailed by a poorly educated, but superficially bright, defamer. A man who has been banned indefinitely by eight editors of Wikipedia (See article by independent British scholar, Kevin Shepherd, Wikipedia, Moreno, Google). A man hot of language, cold of empathy, shabby of logical argumentation, and devoid of commonsense – as can be seen by anyone who examines even a few pages of his writing. One whose multitude of writings are filled with the excess of intemperate, aggressive, libelling, defaming, abusive and ridiculing language  – indeed,  light years removed from the teachings of the one whom he, Moreno, so idolizes (with the type of attachment that Sathya Sai Baba himself inveighs against), and cannot bear to have criticized or to hear with fairness the call of many around the world that:

 Sai Baba and his sect core leaders be investigated by Interpol, governments and institutions that the Sathya Sai Organization attempts to interface with, major investigative media, and other well-equipped third party investigators, etc.

 I give below the links to Robert Priddy’s blog series on Moreno up to yesterday. His latest article refers to one of the many situations that Moreno has shown great denial about – his ‘oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba. Let Moreno ask any ordinary, commonsense person whether this action is lawful or not. But no – his powerful blinkers prevent him from seeing what is being pointed. Sai Baba is not a doctor. He has no business undressing his young, male devotees and touching their personal parts. Priddy states:

“As to my assertions that Joe Moreno was illegally molested in a sexual context, they are not slurs because they are entirely true: it is an objective fact that the events he described when he was “oiled” were against the law of most countries, including India [This has been pointed out by Basava Premanand, who is extremely well acquainted with Indian law]. It is not a matter of subjective feeling and/or belief, as Moreno wants it to be, and his private sense of pleasure afterwards and is entirely irrelevant. He can rail about it as much as he wants, it will not change that it was illegal. I consider that proved and closed. As to libels, Moreno has libeled me with untruths and mud-slinging constantly all over the Internet for over 4 years and now I am responding with rebuttals, to which he has responded with more immoderate libels and inflamed language. That itself proclaims the complete lack of substance in his contrived accusations”.

Robert Priddy’s Blog Series Refuting Gerald Joe Moreno

Gerald Moreno’s personal details removed from vishvarupa.com  

Joe Moreno’s schoolyard tit-for-tat attacks

‘Genital Oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba + video evidence

Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba

Gerald Moreno backs lying saboteur M. K. Yachendra

Joe Moreno admits he is a web impostor

More personal attacks by Gerald Joe Moreno

Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

Sathya Sai Baba’s front man on the Internet

Sathya Sai Baba Love, Light and Spirituality Exposed

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy

Sathyasaibaba in the shadows

Copyright infringements by sathyasaibaba

Gerald Joe Moreno (aka sathyasaibaba) dares not show his face. Why?

sathyasaibaba, Munchausen and sick fantasies

sathyasaibaba specious claims and self-defeating ‘arguments’

Cultic Labeling of Dissenters As “Disgruntled”. Sathya Sai Baba Case

Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Gerald Moreno and “oiling between the pubic area and the navel”

Joe Moreno as “sathyasaibaba” with smear campaign

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Alice Meets Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 24, 2009

Within Hinduism, the Shiva lingam often represents the wonder and majesty of creation-dissolution, a symbol of limitlessness. However, by associating these resonances with fraudulence, Sathya Sai Baba does questionable service to the religion he supposedly promotes. See Wikipedia, under ‘Lingam‘.

Baba cheating with lingam (4,69 MB, with sound):

You will observe that no lingam comes forth – view the most important fragment of the clip in slow motionAt the end, there is a small spurt of yellowish vomit.

This was said to be the lingam BUT as liquid! 

Had he been present, the acute attentions of Lewis Carroll, author of ‘Alice In Wonderland’, might indeed have been at once engaged at the sheer procrustean linguists involved:

 “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”
(Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6)
 

Alice Meets Sathya Sai Baba

Alice Meets Sathya Sai Baba

Articles on and Viewing of Sathya Sai Baba’s Tricks – at  ‘Call for Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’ : 

Right Hand. Sleight Hand. Watch Sai Baba Cheat With Sacred Ash (Film clip)

 Sleight Of Hand. The Sleightness of Sathya Sai Baba (Exposing film clips).

In the latter article, so as to emphasise how profoundly, and often very easily, human beings can be tricked by sleight-of-hand and other skills of deception, I have provided links to famous magicians/illusionists such as:  David Blaine, Lance Burton, Derren Brown, Harry Houdini, and others. Later, I wish to include a number of outstanding female practitioners, with links to some of their work. For DR (Denmark’s national radio and television broadcaster), there is full footage available of ‘Seduced’. Click on the link for this notable magician, who specifically demonstrates how Sai Baba performs some of his tricks.  Nils Krøjgaard.

Censored Indian National Television Film of Sai Baba Cheating

BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip)

See Also

Derren Brown’s Magic Trumps Sathya Sai Baba’s

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Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 15, 2009

In the writings of Sathya Sai Baba’s foremost apologists, it is very typical to attempt to make it appear as though Sai Baba critics live, somehow, in each other’s grey and homogenous pockets.

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them 

Fortunately, there is a great deal that has been written by competent and rational commentators on Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide sect, such as Brian Steel, Robert Priddy, Timothy Conway Ph.D, and Kevin Shepherd, the independent British philosopher and scholar.

Shepherd, I should add, has always been an outsider to the Sathya Sai Organisation, and cannot be viewed  as being in agreement with all views or idioms of ex-devotees or other Sai Baba critics. Not that there is inveterate agreement among former devotees, either. 

For Shepherd’s discussion of some of the intricacies of Gerald Moreno’s indefinite banning by the Wikipedia authorities, See the reference at the foot of this article for: Part Three: Wikipedia, the rival Citizendium, and the Wikipedia ban on Gerald (Joe) Moreno. The saga that led to Moreno’s banning by the Wiki authorities for exceptionally poor behaviour is a very sorry one indeed. Shepherd discusses some of the intricacies. Needless to say, Shepherd was quick to receive Moreno’s abusive and defamatory treatment. 

Of Blood and Stone

One of the differences among former devotees – although amicable – is whether expense and the purposes of exposing the Sathya Sai cult would justify sueing Moreno, if, that is to say, he could be sued. Given the adage about not being able to derive blood from a stone, there is, indeed, a question that singles itself out:  whether one who spends vast days and nights lapping up countless shreds and threads as though they were items of great nourishment for body, soul and spirit would have sufficient funds to fend for himself against litigation. Given, however, his ostensible connection with those close to Sathya Sai Baba and his leadership, perhaps he would have a ready covet financial supporter from coffers worth a great many millions of dollars.

Aristotle Rolls In His Logical Grave

Moreno’s treatment meted out to individuals who so dare to speak out have their name systematically plastered in both article titles and content, with the aid of skilful manipulation of arcane Internet technology, describing them as “liars”, “cheats”, engaged in “deception”, and much worse. His infractions of the Aristotelean law of the distributed middle (the necessity of not arguing a general contention from some particular instance) are rampant. His particular premises themselves are highly contentious. Wikipedia’s depiction of this fallacy is convenient:

Aristotelean 'undistributed middle'

Page after page of his reveal another of his omnipresent hardy weapons, argumentum ad hominem (Latin “argument to the man”, “argument against the man”), attacking the person advancing contentions instead of focusing on the issues at hand.

Again constantly to be seen are his use of the related fallacy of guilt-by-association: former devotee a) is so-and-so and does such-and-such, therefore former devotee b) is also so-and-so and does such-and-such. Mind you, yet again, former devotee a) may NOT be so-and-so or have done such-and-such, or it may not be relevant. Longtime former head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway, Robert Priddy, has just written:

“Invidiously, Joe Moreno calls me ‘a blatant liar’ many times obviously without any tangible proof because I can assure that I never lie. He is fond of childish name-calling and smearing through labeling: egs. he accused me of being a “fundamentalist Christian” (I am 100% agnostic!), an associate of known perverts (because I support the cogent and very well-informed arguments concerning Sai Baba by an Indian ex-devotee who Moreno claims – in his massive stalking campaign to ruin that person’s reputation- to expose as a “pervert”- including through in famous postings made by Moreno to support his hate agenda on pornography sites – see list of them here)“. See: Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse. Posted by robertpriddy on April 14, 2009

As well as Moreno’s Internet stalkings and libels, his many targets suffer his personal intrusion into their personal, institutional and community lives. Many individuals of outstanding merit – teachers, professional colleagues, closest friends, relations, etc., – who have seen them under the test of many decades of their lives do not share Moreno’s constant and strident appraisal that those who have stood forth in questioning Sai Baba and his cult are demons.

When any competent reader puts the critical readings of those mentioned at the outset writings alongside the writing of Sai Baba sect proxy apologists such as Gerald Moreno, the qualitative difference leaps into view.

‘Joe’ Moreno and Sai Baba’s official Internet propagandist Dr G. Venkataraman evidently assume that some of the world’s most reputed organs such as the BBC, CBC, DR, SBS, ABC, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Age, UNESCO, etc., are peopled with incompetents unable to gauge good credentials and self- and group-presentation of those whose accounts their highly-trained, seasoned journalists investigate. It was no easy task, for example, for the producers of ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004) to obtain from BBC senior management and its legals permission to use a secret camera trained on Dr Michael Goldstein.

COMING UP

“Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno Attacks Respected Scholar”
Quote:

“It does not stop Gerald Moreno from berating and demeaning a Ph.D scholar, Timothy Conway Ph.D., of Santa Barbara, USA, a popular university lecturer and author, and former Sathya Sai center leader, who nonetheless responded to Moreno with great restraint and civility: The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse
Sathya Sai Baba’s front man on the Internet
Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge
Robert Priddy – Less Recent articles on Moreno
Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy
Sathyasaibaba in the shadows
Copyright infringements by sathyasaibaba
Gerald Joe Moreno (aka sathyasaibaba) dares not show his face. Why?
Sathyasaibaba, Munchausen and sick fantasies
Sathyasaibaba specious claims and self-defeating ‘arguments’
Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics
Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic
Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child
Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur
Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media
Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA
Brian Steel on Gerald Moreno
Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action:
Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno
Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue. The pro-Sathya Sai Baba Campaign of Gerald (‘Joe’) Moreno

Timothy Conway Ph.D on Gerald Moreno

The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, and Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno
Formal statement provided to ExBaba by Dr. Timothy Conway Ph. D. concerning the Hislop letters

Note: Timothy Conway Ph.D is a highly-trained academic who has extensively written on the philosophy and sociology of religion. On the other hand, no teacher of clear-thinking could do other than mark Moreno poorly on his inability to argue well. It mattered nothing that he showed extraordinary patience in the face of Moreno’s attacks upon him. Nor did it matter that the BBC itself knew perfectly well what Moreno has tried to deny about the provenance of the highly indicting letters of (the late) Dr Jack Hislop, the first head of Sai Baba’s organization in the USA (and, at that time, of ‘The Americas’).

Kevin Shepherd on Gerald Moreno 

 Sathya Sai Baba: problems
Part Two: Profile of Gerald (Joe) Moreno and the Testimonies to strongly alleged sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba

See Part three on the same webpage as this last link: Part Three: Wikipedia, the rival Citizendium, and the Wikipedia ban on Gerald (Joe) Moreno.

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Followers Face Alienation In Their Wider Communities

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 4, 2009

Among those who defame and libel former devotees who have stood forth (indeed who have done so at considerable personal sacrifice) is the deputy chairman of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization, Dr G. Venkataraman. See:

Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”

The Declaring of Non Persons and Annihilation of Personal History

There were earlier leaders – very nice men! Such as Harry Mansbridge, Ron Laing, Lucas Ralli – all of them significantly disillusioned. One who was tenacious in following up reported cases of anomaly and betrayal was the Australian head, Terry Gallagher, who eventually resigned on a matter of highest principle. Lucas Ralli was told in great detail about the Sai Baba abuse-suicide case of Keith Ord but was in deep psychological denial. See the tragic Keith Ord story, Times of London: Monday August 27, 2001. Three die after putting faith in guru. By Dominic Kennedy -: “The Times has learnt that three Britons have apparently taken their lives after placing hope in India’s most popular holy man”.  

More recently, an important former UK Sathya Sai Organization leader, Aime Levy, has had awakenings but has not wished to make these public.

However, there are many in the Sathya Sai Organization who suppress a palpable  fact:  namely, that many of those who have left it, having investigated the allegations – particularly in their own Sai centers – were held in high esteem for decades. This is one of the facts that people like Goldstein, Venkatarman, Moreno (see below) and other cultists are bent upon obscuring.

These continuing Sai Baba center members have allowed themselves, year after year, to be party to defamation of many former devotees by the core leaders, and by Internet defamers – chiefly Gerald Moreno with whom some of them league closely (e.g., the slightly less-than-official Saibabaofindia.com group) – which has been echoed all the way down the leadership hierarchy.  See:  Gerald “Joe” Moreno on Wikipedia, and refutation of his allegations against Robert Priddy.

Moreno began his activity in earnest against practically any individual who criticized his idol, Sathya Sai Baba. By reference to the Internet Wayback Machine, a likely candidate for focused commencement of this activity is: 31 Mar 2009, at 19:28. Highly qualified, independent lawyers in three countries have stated emphatically that Moreno’s many defamations, and acting on them by intruding into community settings, jobs and professions in a number of countries and attacking individuals and families, are highly actionable. But who can afford the time, energy and money? He plays on this restrictive factor and the fact is that the Internet is a sort of Wild West for the unscrupulous and sociopathic. Furthermore, some former devotees have not been in favour of legal recourse if it were encompassable – for what they deem to be spiritual reasons:  e.g., ‘take not thy brother to court’ …

Dereliction of Duty of Care: Some Key Sai Baba Leaders 

Top leaders from around the world who have:

  • Ignored the afflicted individuals and families and
  • Hidden vital facts from many rank-and-file devotees include: 

Michael Goldstein, John (Jack) Hislop, Indulal Shah, William Harvey, Bob Bozzani, Hal Honig,  Jagadeesan, Ashok Bhagani, Thorbjørn Meyer, Steen Piculell, Leonardo Gutter,  T.Sri Ramanathan, Pal Dhall, Bernard Gruber, Pietro Marena,  Jörgen Möllgård, Richard Friedrich, John Behner.  

(Note the incredible top-heaviness of males in the Sathya Sai hierarchy!).

Sathya Sai Baba Sect Alienates Wider Communities

As the siftings and sortings of both documentary and psychological history portray themselves, it will be to their lasting shame that so many Sai devotees have stifled their consciences and commonsense.

As the Sathya Sai Organization has only too potently seen, ever wider political, civic, religious, academic institutions now shy away from them when the sect attempts to gain outreach in communities around the world. In regard to the Hindu community, see the note to me from one of the most notable Hindus in his country:  Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community

There has been a huge effort by former devotees to bring to international attention the facts relating to:

Further Reading

Robert Priddy  (former longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway. Retired academic of University of Oslo)

Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

UK Sathya Sai Organization’s false propaganda

Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Barry Pittard (Former Lecturer, Sri Sathya Sai College, Whitefield)

Sai Baba. Some Dissenting Themes and Resources

Cultic Depersonalization or Demonization of Dissenters

Some Key Cultic Responses To Critics

Sathya Sai Baba World Cult Leaders Fail To Meet Concerns on Libel

Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

Sathya Sai Baba Cult. Blind Eye To Massive Slander

Dissent From Guru Cults Draws Slander and Harassment

Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s Betrayal of Love and Compassion

Sathya Sai Organization Libels Those Who Have Left It

Sathya Sai Baba and his Organization Permit Attacks On Ex-followers

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