Saturday 28 May 2016

Desteni, UFOs and Illuminati Conspiracies

flying saucer

No Destonian has ever appeared on video talking to a non-member of the group about Desteni. Until now...

TechnoTutor UK director and long-time Destonian, Marley Dawkins, appeared May 4
th, in a video discussing Desteni at the YouTube channel of the Bases Project, run by 'UFO researcher', Miles Johnston.

Dawkins repeats the fantasies of Desteni's 'History of Mankind' and the idiotic 'interdimensional portal'. He recommends the group's crude self-help techniques.

Time is running out for the human species, says Dawkins, but by pooling their money the members of Desteni will be able to save the planet from destruction.

The video is the second in a series of three featuring Dawkins and hosted by Johnston.

the first, Dawkins claims his grandfather worked for the British electronics, defence and telecommunications company, Plessey, and other un-named companies, and was a scientist, an occultist and supporter of the Nazis.

Dawkins says his grandfather told him all about the building of UFOs, underground species, Nazi occult myths, the creation of giant spiders like in Marvel comics, and how 'Non Human Cyborg Units' were developed by the military in World War II.

Dawkins' third video with Johnston concerns
Donald Marshall, who posted on Facebook in 2011 stating that he'd been cloned, tortured and abused by the Illuminati, which some believe is an elite group that rules the world.

Marshall has gained notoriety for this and other outlandish claims, such as that using a special technology that can record thoughts he composed songs for famous music artists such as Beyonce and Megadeth.

Dawkins states that everything Marshall talks about is factual.

He was friends with Marshall for some years, but now believes that he has become erratic and abusive.

Johnston appears to agree.

Johnston was a founder of what the Daily Mirror newspaper called 
Britain's Weirdest Support Group, featured in a Channel 4 TV show called 'Confessions of an Alien Abductee' which according to the Guardian 'exploited its unfortunate subjects'. 

Johnston has been criticised for signing up with the company that made the TV show for Channel 4, Plum Pictures.

UFO researcher, Richard D. Hall, is of the view that Miles Johnston 'promotes fantasists and people who are delusional'.

The membership count of the Desteni group at present remains as it was in 2010: at around 100 people, not all of whom are active participants.

Wednesday 4 May 2016

School of Ultimate Living: Redefining the Word, Desteni

Ivan Rauscher
Redefining words with L. Ron Hubbard

Redefining words is a strategy employed by almost all cults. One of the most famous cults in the world, the Church of Scientology, which was founded by L. Ron Hubbard, is notorious for redefining words and even has its own dictionaries.

The founder of Desteni, Bernard Poolman, was described in the Vice magazine article, Meet the Struggling South African Cult That Tried to Kill Demon Hitler, as 'South Africa's own L. Ron Hubbard'. 

Like Hubbard, one of Poolman's main ideas was all about redefining words. Redefining words is a central concept and practice in Desteni. 

Peculiar words and phrases used by the group like, 'living words', 'Destonian', 'assistance and support', 'practivism', 'walking my process', 'self-honesty', 'accepted and allowed', 'self-forgiveness' or 'best for all life as equal as one' are all examples of loaded language.

The convoluted talks and writings of Desteni amount to an elaborate exercise in psychobabble. shows the extent of the manipulation and loss of reason amongst members. 

Dr. Robert J. Lifton described loaded language in Eight Criteria for Thought Reform: 'The group interprets or uses words and phrases in new ways so that often the outside world does not understand. This jargon consists of thought-terminating clichés, which serve to alter members' thought processes to conform to the group's way of thinking.'

And as Q5 of The Cult Test, Cult-Speak, puts it: 'The cult invents new terminology or euphemisms for many things. The cult may also redefine many common words to mean something quite different.'

Another typical strategy of cults is to set up front groups which help to mask the cult's agenda and counter or avoid public criticism.

Before launching Desteni in 2007, Bernard Poolman sold software called PowerEducation which eventually became known as the present day 'vocabulary development technology' named TechnoTutor.

The publicity for TechnoTutor, which is run by members of Desteni, almost never mentions the word, Desteni.

Other Desteni projects such as the fake political campaigns, Living Income Guaranteed and Democracy Against War Now, and the 'non-profit' company called the Equal Life Foundation
which sells affiliate marketing schemes for Desteni I Process courses and products, yet poses as a human rights group, also never mention Desteni.

These projects essentially serve as front groups. 
Cult front groups are ways of making money and gaining recruits and recognition by creating the false impression that they are legitimate businesses or altruistic endeavours which exist independently of the cult. 

Scientology, for example, runs numerous front groups, and as clinical psychologist and cult expert, Margaret Singer, wrote in Cults in Our Midst: 'Most cults have front groups, sometimes a variety of them, set up specifically to appeal to a range of interests'.

'Living' words

Desteni front-woman, Sunette Spies, recently took some time off from pretending to speak on behalf of dead people and interdimensional reptilians to launch a new front group for the cult of Desteni called the 'School of Ultimate Living'.

In her video, Introducing School Of Ultimate Living, Spies states that she will provide background history and information on research in relation to the 'school', then over 40+ minutes proceeds to give no specifics whatsoever about her background, experience or research.

Her only relevant experience is with Bernard Poolman and Desteni, but she doesn't mention them.

The rest of the 'team' behind the School of Ultimate Living are all long-standing Desteni recruiters, but nowhere on the 'school''s website is the word, Desteni, used. Bernard Poolman or the Equal Life Foundation are also not mentioned in the videos o
r on the website.

With the strap-line, 'life creation through words', School of Ultimate Living represents the standard Desteni practice of 'redefining words' or 'living words'.

As noted at the
International Cultic Studies Association, there is 'the consistent practice by cults to redefine commonly used words and to create new ones'.

Sunette Spies and the team at the School of Ultimate Living may be reluctant to really 'live' the word, 'Desteni', because of the group's reputation as a cult and a scam. Perhaps they are afraid that Desteni is going down the drain and feel they must recreate or redefine the group and its methods with yet another front group with a different name.

Or maybe it is just that after a '7 Year Journey to Life' the 'Destonians' have now been 'birthed from the physical' and are ready for a fresh start in giving 'assistance and support' to recruit others into 'walking the process' towards 'redefining words' and 'creating a world that is best for all life'.

Either way, the methods they use in trying to redefine their aims with 'School of Ultimate Living' only show that the 'best they can be' is the same as usual: a deceptive and manipulative cult.

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Anarchapulco Sponsored by Cult of Desteni Anarcho-Capitalists?

Ivan Rauscher
Anarcho-capitalist flag
(Update Aug 2017Ken Cousens and Andrea Teale are no longer associated with Desteni. The following article serves as a record of events.)
Anarchapulco, 'the world's first and largest anarcho-capitalist conference', taking place in Acapulco, Mexico, Feb 19-21, 2016, is sponsored by Gemstone University, which is run by the Panterra Private Contract Association.

Panterra PCA's 'Overseer' is Ken Cousens and its 'Scribe' is Andrea Teale. Both have been members of Desteni for over eight years. They discuss their involvement in the group in the Dec 2014 video, Senior Destonian Hangout - An Interview with Ken Cousens.

Destonians have been called socialists, communists and fascists, but never anarcho-capitalists. 

Desteni / Equal Life Foundation's (ELF) Equal Money System would end all profit-making and competition world-wide. It is said to be a global 'system of equality' managed by a government administration.

The group's Living Income Guaranteed (LIG) 'proposal' is for the control of prices and wage levels, 'nationalization', interlinked ID and banking cards, a 'Bureau of Standards' and a welfare system; all of which the Destonians recommend should be adopted by governments of existing nation states. 

When long-standing Destonian, Anna Brix Thomsen, expresses a general disagreement with anarcho-capitalists in her video, Progressive Perspectives on Individualism vs Collectivismstates that she is in favour of government, and says, 'anarcho-capitalism is not the solution', her point of view is entirely in keeping with the message of Desteni / ELF.

Nothing published by Desteni / the ELF has ever been in support of anything even resembling anarcho-capitalism.

The ideas and language used by Gemstone University and Panterra PCA (such as 'status correction', 'Uniform Commercial Code', the US State as a 'corporation', persons as a fiction, the 'sea of commerce', references to ALL CAPS names etc) have far less in common with anarcho-capitalism than the theories and beliefs of the sovereign citizen movement.

Back in 2011, Cousens was the Chief Jury Foreman of the sovereign citizen group, the Republic for the united States of America, and wanted to help set up a new government. 

Using the name, Kenneth Scott, Cousens is interviewed by one of the confirmed speakers for Anarchapulco, Jeff Berwick, in Anarchast Ep.275 Kenneth Scott: Hidden in Plain Sight, Seeing the Real Matrix, Feb 2016. 

Cousens explains his sovereign citizen beliefs and associates them with anarcho-capitalism, but without mentioning his association with Desteni, the ELF, the Equal Money System or the LIG.

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Wednesday 4 November 2015

TechnoTutor and Kevin Trudeau's Global Information Network Scam

Ivan Rauscher

Scammer Kevin Trudeau of the Global Information Network
(Update Aug2017The directors of the US TechnoTutor company may have parted company with Desteni. This is not confirmed, but TechnoTutor UK has been dissolved and the South Africa website has disappeared. The following article serves as a record of events.)

Members of Desteni selling TechnoTutor have joined a Multi-Level Marketing scam, and are taking tips from con man criminal, Kevin Trudeau.

In promoting their 'educational software', Destonians have successfully secured slots on TV in South Africa and the USA. 

TechnoTutor originates with Desteni and is sold almost exclusively by long-serving members of the group, both as a product and a 'business opportunity'.

There is no evidence that the TechnoTutor 'Vocabulary Development Technology' is any more useful than the thousands of other 'vocabulary builders' on the market.

Yet Destonians claim that TechnoTutor 'improves self-esteem', 'allows people to be their very best', 'teaches' children and adults 'how to learn' so that they can become whoever they want to be in life, and is the future of education. 

TechnoTutor was featured on TV recently in South Africa on ETV Money Line 02, and in the USA on the Fox Business Network's Corporate Review.

On Moving America Forward with host William Shatner, the presenter, Doug Llewelyn, asked Cameron Cope, one of the TechnoTutor LLC co-founders and a Destonian, what the story is behind the software and where it came from.

The reply was that he found 'kind of a mad scientist, if you will, in South Africa, who was developing a technology'.

Bernard Poolman of South Africa founded the crazy cult of Desteni in 2007 and previously ran a business selling overpriced 'educational software' named PowerEducation by MindTechnology, which was the precursor to TechnoTutor. 

Without Poolman and Desteni there would be no TechnoTutor

Cope did not mention Desteni. He also failed to explain that a major part of the marketing of the TechnoTutor 'business opportunity' involves the Global Information Network (GIN).

GIN is a Multi-Level Marketing scam started by notorious TV infomercial bullshitter, Kevin Trudeau

Several Destonians are members of GIN and have been marketing TechnoTutor within the network since 2011-12. Its few non-Destonian sales agents have probably been recruited from GIN, if not also a related scam called the Neothink Society

Like Desteni, GIN appeals to those who imagine there is a secret cabal called the Illuminati which controls world events and represents a future global government, 'the New World Order'. 

GIN suggests that its inner circle knows the 'secrets' of how the Illuminati or 'The Brotherhood' of ruling elites got so wealthy and powerful, and these 'secrets' can be yours and you too can become as rich and powerful if you pay increasingly large amounts of cash to participate in GIN's financial schemes. 

Desteni puts forward the notion that The New World Order is Here in the shape of Desteni, and if you buy into the 'self-mastery' courses and recruitment and sales schemes of the Equal Life Foundation company, the Desteni group will be able to replace the Illuminati and establish 'life in equality' that is 'best for all', etc.

TechnoTutor UK director and Destonian, Marley Dawkins, stated recently in Day 145: Who are the illuminati? that you should 'not fear the illuminati', but 'become the illuminati, then change the illuminati to live what is best for all', and that 'the only way everlasting sustainable change will happen, is if we become the elite, so we must do everything in our power to legally make as much money as possible'.

is just one in a long line of legal and illegal money-making scams perpetrated by Kevin Trudeau, who has previously sold bogus get-rich-quick schemes, spurious weight loss programmes and fake cures for cancer, been fined for deceptive trade practices, convicted of larceny and credit card fraud, and conned many people out of millions of dollars.

Trudeau is currently languishing in a minimum-security prison in Alabama after receiving a ten-year sentence for criminal contempt

41 Action News TV reported that after GIN failed to pay out an estimated 9.5 million dollars in promised commissions and bonuses it went from 38,000 to 4,000 members.

In 2014, GIN was sold off to a coterie of Trudeau's hardcore fans, the AXS Investment Group. 

The re-formed GIN is fronted by Troy McClain, a former contestant on The Apprentice TV show which was hosted by the well-known Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

The GIN Family Reunion of October 2015 featured as a keynote speaker the despicable scam artist and convicted killer, James Arthur Ray. He is praised by GIN as a 'successful entrepreneur'.

GIN is reportedly still under investigation by the FBI.

In 2014, Cope and his fellow Destonian TechnoTutor LLC co-founder, Avery Williams, were on Donald Trump's son's TV show with a non-Destonian TechnoTutor sales agent, Dr Steven Lamer, who is a chiropractor with experience in the 'methods of Edgar Cayce' and the pseudoscience of Applied Kinesiology, which also happens to be part of the Desteni I Process

A businesswoman marketing an unrelated product who was invited on Donald Trump Jr's TV show in 2013 'sniffed out the scam' after she was asked to pay $19,000 for the privilege

In one of Cope's YouTube videos, Entrepreneur and sales expert on how to accelerate your journey to successAvery Williams claimed that GIN and TechnoTutor can 'change your DNA'. In another, Cope and Destonian TechnoTutor LLC co-founder, Katie Conklin, discussed the 'power' of the GIN.

In Oct 2015, Cope recommended to Destonians that they all join GIN, not only to market TechnoTutor, but to Overcome Resistance in Selling Desteni courses and products.

Cope is apparently of the view that parents should remove their kids from school and invest in TechnoTutor instead. 

He was interviewed at the Living Income Guaranteed (LIG) YouTube channel by Destonian, Marlen Vargas Del Razo, in [93] Would a Living Income bring a Revolution in Education?She described him as an 'expert' on education, and he said: 

'Practically, for a parent, I would not have your kids in a public school, for sure, knowing what it does, I can't self-honestly feel good about saying keep your kids in school, even the private schools'. 

It is more than likely that TechnoTutor LLC in its dealings with GIN aims to 'make as much money as possible' in order to help guarantee a living income for the Destonians' 'non-profit' company, the Equal Life Foundation. 

Saturday 31 October 2015

TechnoTutor and Neothink® Tools for Money, Power and Romantic Love

Ivan Rauscher

[Update Aug 2017: The Desteni group appears to have cut ties with the US-based TechnoTutor company, therefore it is likely to have also cut any ties with Neothink. The following article serves as a record of events.]

Members of the Desteni / Equal Life Foundation channelling sect are venturing beyond the confines of the Desteni Universe. 

They are making significant affiliations with individuals whose background is with the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

And as the Destonians branch out further they are associating with other ideologies and organisations, specifically to do with the Destonian-run business, TechnoTutor LLC.

Destonian and TechnoTutor LLC co-founder, Cameron Cope, said recently in a YouTube video that 'the tools or the realization that they are a creator' are being given to people through TechnoTutor, Desteni, GIN and Neothink.

The Global Information Network (GIN) is a Multi-Level Marketing scam started by fraudster and convicted felon, Kevin Trudeau. 

Several Destonians already market the TechnoTutor 'business opportunity' through GIN, and Cope has recommended that they all join the scam to help sell the Desteni I Process. 

But what is Neothink?

Neothink purports to be inspired by Ayn Rand's Objectivism (although Objectivists might object) and is said to be 'The Most Effective Self-Improvement Program For Individuals In the History of Mankind'.

Disshevelled playboy, Mr. Mark Hamilton, is mentioned throughout material published by the organisation as the 'genius' behind Neothink and a paragon of 'civilization'. 

Here is a video of Hamilton from 2010 outlining what the Neothink Society is 'really':

The Neothink Society offers 'tools' for 'perfect health', 'millionaire wealth', 'superior intelligence', the 'hottest romantic love techniques since the golden age of Greece' and biological immortality. 

It promises all this through its secret society of secret wisdom, the members of which it claims are 'the rich, the famous, the powerful', and include the 'crème de la crème of society, famous sports and movie stars, musicians, billionaires, businessmen, intellectuals and scientists'.

Neothink has appeared under other names, such as Nouveau Tech, Novatech or usually, Neo-Tech®, and since the 1980s has used junk mail to persuade desperate or gullible people to buy books at inflated prices. 

In May 2000, Neo-Tech was the subject of an Advertising Standards Authority ruling in the UK, as it was unable to provide proof of its ludicrous claims. 

Here's another of Hamilton's videos on the Neothink Clubhouse experience:

Neo-Tech was started by Hamilton's father, Frank R. Wallace who died in 2006. 

According to one source, when Wallace was in prison for federal tax crimes in the 1990s he met TV infomercial scammer, Kevin Trudeau, who was in for credit card fraud.

Neothink is, like Trudeau's GIN, another cheesy Multi-Level Marketing scheme. GIN is to a large extent modelled on Neothink, and Hamilton has apparently made more money out of GIN than anyone else. 

See: Kevin Trudeau + Mark Hamilton = GIN with a twist of Neo-stink and related posts at Whirled Musings.

As Destonians already market TechnoTutor via GIN, and there are shared interests between GIN and Neothink, it follows that TechnoTutor should also be marketed via the Neothink Society. 

Destonian and TechnoTutor LLC co-founder, Avery Williams, has supported both GIN and Neothink for years. 

At a Neothink site, another Destonian suggested that if you buy TechnoTutor for your child it will develop their vocabulary and therefore enable them to earn lots of money for your family, and that TechnoTutor is in line with the 'C of the U', which means 'Civilization of the Universe' or Neothink.

Like the Desteni Equal Life Foundation's fake political 'proposal', the Living Income Guaranteed, which is a front for the sale of Desteni products and courses, Neothinkers have their own political gimmick: the 'libertarian' Twelve Visions Party, which is a front for Neothink. 

Its slogan is, 'Make All the People Rich Including the Poor!'.

And like Desteni, Neothinkers sing horrible rap songs about how they will solve the world's problems and bring happiness, peace and prosperity to all.

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Tuesday 20 October 2015

TechnoTutor and PowereDucation: Building a Brick Wall

PowerEducation Powered by MindTechnology 
[Note Aug 2017: Desteni is no longer affiliated with the US-based TechnoTutor company. The following article serves as a record of events.]

The TechnoTutor 'Vocabulary Development Technology' business is owned, managed and marketed almost exclusively by members of Desteni. 

Yet Desteni claims that it 'does not own any part of TechnoTutor'.

While Desteni has officially endorsed TechnoTutor none of the TechnoTutor websites or salespersons ever mention that the origins and development of the 'educational software' company are inextricably linked to Desteni, and in turn the 'non-profit' behind it, the Equal Life Foundation.

Back in 2007, the group's founder, Bernard Poolman, introduced his ideas about 'Living Words' or 'redefining words' for 'self-forgiveness' with the help of 'educational software'

Poolman's ideas about vocabulary and 'living words' were later expanded upon in a series of blog posts entitled, Redefining Words, by his co-founder in Desteni, Esteni De Wet. Such ideas are integral to the Desteni I Process and references to 'vocabulary' and 'living words' can be found throughout material produced by Destonians.  

Prior to the launch of Desteni in 2007, De Wet ran an 'educational software' business with Poolman named PowerEducation by MindTechnology

A review in 2004 by a student whose masters project was 'to find means for deploying networks and computers in schools in South Africa' stated that the PowerEducation website was full of 'lots of rubbish about how their packages will improve your life... in fact they reckon that people who are illiterate usually land up killing themselves due to depression and they are making products that will prevent this'.

It stated that the PowerEducation sales pitch contained 'so much emotive speech and "propaganda" that you want to vomit', and that the software was way overpriced.

This year's VICE magazine article, Meet the Struggling South African Cult That Tried to Kill Demon Hitlerquoted an ex-PowerEducation employee who said the software was sold to parents who were 'manipulated' into believing it was worth R12,000 [$1,030] when it was only worth R400 [$35]. 

Poolman's 2005 PowerEducation website stated: 'building effective information processing skills is like building a brick wall'.

Circa 2007-09, Poolman made his 'educational software' available through under the name, 'Desteni Vocabulary Builder' or 'Purifier'. 

As listed under 'Other Cults' on a Scientology wiki and numerous other sites, the original website was registered to Esteni at

By 2010, the 'Desteni Vocabulary Builder' was no longer provided via, but a member of the group, Cameron Cope of Texas, began selling 'educational software' through another company called Desteni Education.

Cope posted several times at the Cult Education Forum in an attempt to deflect criticism that suggested he was using the sale of the software to recruit children and parents into the cult of Desteni.

In one of his posts, he stated that he originally wanted to call the company, 'Techno Tutor', but the name at the time was unavailable.

The sales pitch for Desteni Education was worded in almost exactly the same way as Poolman's PowerEducation and was about 'building a brick wall'. 

In 2010, Ferdi Poolman of South Africa alleged 
that his brother, Bernard, had stolen the 'reading and language' programme from his educational software company, Readers are Leaders. 

After that, Cope began using different company names, including PerfectMind Tutoring, AConduitMarketing and Techno Tutor. In 2013, the same year Bernard Poolman died, TechnoTutor LLC was formed by Cope and other Destonians.

Esteni De Wet is currently a UK director of TechnoTutor

VICE magazine also reported that De Wet's parents were involved in the early days of Desteni, which were said to have been fuelled by the drug, Ecstasy. 

Frans De Wet was listed as a member of PowerEducation's Club 25 in 2005, and Francois De Wet is currently a TechnoTutor South Africa director

Bernard Poolman's daughter owns as well as 

In a recent interview with the Student Operated Press, Cope delivered a sales pitch for TechnoTutor in which he repeated Poolman's hokey metaphor about 'building a brick wall'.

PowereDucation Powered by MindTechnology™

VICE magazine reported this year that Cope was initially open to an interview, but 
after he was asked about the connection between PowerEducation and TechnoTutor, gave no reply.

The TechnoTutor websites do not state its price or the cost of distribution rights.

There is no record of tests or reviews of TechnoTutor by any independent experts, and there has been no peer-reviewed study of it published in any educational technology journal.

An ex-customer of the product described it as 'way overpriced overhyped and subpar', set up a webpage to warn people, posted at the Cult Education Forum, and said he was offered a refund if he removed his posts, but he didn't. 

A Destonian recently asked for donations to help 'solve the education crisis' and wrote about joining the TechnoTutor team at GoFundMe'To be a part of this team and fulfill my vision, I am asked for a significant investment of $60,000'. Yet she failed to provide a budget and raised only $620.

In 2012 TechnoTutor was reportedly sold at €2,490 [$3,123]. At the Cult Education Forum in 2014 it was said that distribution rights were being sold at $24,000. 

There are testimonials for TechnoTutor from people who are almost all known members of Desteni, and one from Dr. Roland Estrabillo, a dentist who said he used TechnoTutor to pass a certification exam. 

He was found guilty in 2011 by The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario of 'disgraceful, dishonourable, and unethical conduct including charging excessive fees and providing unnecessary dental services'. 

Estrabillo, along with Cope and several other Destonian TechnoTutor salespersons, is a member of the Global Information Network, a Multi-Level Marketing scam started by fraudster and convicted criminal, Kevin Trudeau. 

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Thursday 15 October 2015

The Equal Life Foundation & the Sovereign Citizen Movement

Ivan Rauscher

(Update June 2017: Ken Cousens is no longer associated with Desteni. The following article serves as a record of events.)

Not Saying Desteni

FBI slide on the Sovereign Citizen Movement

The Equal Life Foundation (ELF) is the company that promotes and sells the products, course materials, marketing and recruitment schemes of the group known as Desteni. 

However, in a recent video at the Living Income Guaranteed (LIG) YouTube channel, Equal Life Foundation: Our Moral Imperatives, Cerise Poolman, who owns, talked at length about 'the group' without ever saying the word, 'Desteni'. 

The LIG is also a creation of Desteni, and no other group or individual actively supports or promotes it. Yet in her interviews at the LIG YouTube channel with non-Destonian activists and supporters of the Basic Income Guarantee (which, unlike the LIG, is a genuine political and economic proposal), committed Destonian, Marlen Vargas Del Razo, has also never said the word, 'Desteni'.

Even the 'Self & Living' online store which sells videos by Sunette Spies (AKA the Desteni 'interdimensional portal') contains no reference to Desteni.

A key article of the ELF is called a Bill of Rights, although it is not a 'bill', as it is not being proposed to a legislature. It is merely a web document, and is essentially a bastardisation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is being used to advance the private business interests of the Desteni group's so-called 'non-profit' company, the ELF. Again, it does not mention Desteni.

Ken Cousens is not only the author of the ELF's 'Bill of Rights' but was also granted permission to invite Desteni members to join Gemstone University and Panterra Private Contract Association, organisations he runs independently of Desteni / the ELF.

This of no small significance: Cousens' ideas and beliefs and the aims of Gemstone University and Panterra PCA must therefore be regarded as being in general agreement with the aims of Desteni / the ELF. 

Cousens' background, ideas and beliefs are rooted in the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

Sovereign Law

Cousens was until recently an official spokesman for the Sovereign Citizen group, the Republic for the united States of America (RuSA), the former 'president' of which is currently serving an 18 year prison sentence for fraud.

Cousens' wife, Destonian, Andrea Teale, interviewed her husband in the video, Senior Destonian Hangout - An Interview with Ken Cousens and stated he has been in Desteni for seven years, is 'a law person, a law researcher' and his Gemstone University 'teaches people about law'.

Teale uses the term, 'Living Woman on the Land' to describe herself, which is a variation of the term, Freeman on the Land, derived from the Sovereign Citizen Movement. 

Many leaders of the Sovereign Citizen Movement are scam artists and swindlers who pose as legal experts and encourage people to take part in illegal pyramid schemes and tax fraud. They offer bogus legal advice on foreclosures and debt elimination. They claim that they can teach people how to become free of all legal and governmental constraints. (The Lawless Ones, Anti-Defamation League, 2012)

The description for Destonian, Anna Brix Thomsen's Google Hangout video of July 2014, From Mind-Controlled to Self-Governed and Sovereign Citizens reads: 

'If Governments are essentially controlling our minds, how can we start steering our own minds to become self-governed and sovereign citizens? 

'The Word Government comes from the Latin and Greek roots 'Gubernare' = control/steer + 'Mend' = mind. This essentially means that government is mind control. But what if we redefined the word government through each of us taking responsibility for 'steering' our own minds? Would it then be possible to create a system with a governing body based on Equality and Sovereignty of each individual?' 

Her question can be summarised: 'If government equals mind control then how can we control our minds enough to become the government?'

Like the Destonians, Sovereign Citizens have some odd ideas about language, government and the law.

'Sovereign citizen', David Wynn Miller, for example, is a so-called 'Plenipotentiary-Judge' and the 'King of Hawaii', who bamboozles people with gibberish and outlandish theories in expensive workshops which are often geared towards helping with foreclosures, but can do nothing of the sort.

In the USA in 2014, a survey of law enforcement officials conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, placed the Sovereign Citizen Movement in the top slot as the biggest domestic terrorist threat in the country. Sovereign Citizens have been involved in numerous violent and murderous acts.

David Wynn Miller publicly acknowledged in the New York Times that deranged killer, Jared Lee Loughner, who was found guilty of 19 charges of murder and attempted murder in Tuscon in 2011, had been influenced by reading Miller's website.

Living Words

Jared Lee Loughner quotes [from]

Loughner's strange use of language clearly showed that he was a keen adherent of the Sovereign Citizen Movement. The murderer was also a fan of the Zeitgeist Movement (TZM)

Desteni members have had a lot to say about TZM, usually to try to show that its 'Resource Based Economy' is inferior to the 'Equal Money System' of Desteni. In 2011, the group's founder, Bernard Poolman, encouraged disaffected members of TZM to join Desteni 

It is a specialty of Sovereign Citizens to concoct nonsensical legal documents. Another article by Ken Cousens is an absurd defense of Desteni written in the form of a faux legal document, a so-called 'affadavit of truth', entitled, Standing in Witness to Desteni.

Cousens' 'Walking the World System' video series for Desteni is over nine hours long. The videos referred to in the Nov 2014 post, The Destonian Sovereign Citizen, have since been removed from public view on YouTube, but copies have been made of them.

In one video he recommended to Destonians another video, The Golden Web, which posits a method of interpreting the 'hidden' meanings of words to advance very grand conspiracy theories. 

It is a method similar to the practice in Desteni of interpreting words according to how they might sound like other words, as shown in the Living Words section of the group's public forum. 

It is related to Bernard Poolman's 2007 articles such as Bernard Poolman – I, the Living Word and The Living Word in which he recommended 'redefining words' with the help of software which he claimed he had 'tested' and found could 'assist with the process' of 'self-forgiveness'. 

That same software, discussed in the recent VICE magazine article, Meet the Struggling South African Cult That Tried to Kill Demon Hitleris now known as TechnoTutor and is sold to the public almost exclusively by members of Desteni.

The websites for Gemstone University and Panterra PCA, run by 'The Living Man, kenneth scott, of the House of Cousens', are full of language and ideas of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, but they do not mention Desteni. 

Poolman, on the other hand, always referred to Desteni, but perhaps the present day representatives of the group have in certain circumstances been avoiding using the word to try to offset the inevitable consequences of the fact that Desteni has gained a solid reputation for itself as a totally ridiculous cult

Maybe they are changing direction and planning on ditching the name altogether.  

Yet if the 'living words' used to represent the group and its interests are instead the Equal Life Foundation, the Living Income Guaranteed, Equal Money System, TechnoTutor and/or anything else, it makes little difference. In forging alliances with individuals from the crackpot Sovereign Citizen Movement the people who call themselves 'Destonians' are risking far more than their reputations. 

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