UPDATE: Sure enough, the link is down. What are they afraid of? Cowards!Videos back up. Must have been transient problem. Password protection was added to the site about an hour after this post, however.
You never know what you will find in your email.
Here are two links to (mildly) secret videos on the web site dedicated to "Resource Materials for Certified Teachers of the Transcendental Meditation Technique": Governor's Chat, December 7, 2009 and Governor's Chat, May 24, 2009.
That's a frame grab of "Raja John Hagelin." Yes, the same "world-renowned physicist" splattered across the Internet with his introductory talks on TM and Quantum Physics. Usually appearing in coat and tie -- sans the Burger King crown.
Show these at your next PTA. I imagine the question of TM in the public schools will evaporate rather quickly.
Better peek quick, I don't imagine these links will remain up once we've published them.
There are some interesting nuggets in these bland-enough-to-be-disturbing videos. Here are some initial thoughts from TMFB editor, Mike Doughney:
December observations: Hagelin says initiations increased 149 percent.
May observations: Hagelin says initiations in the past were down to 100/month.
This means they're now up to 149/month, right? :) What about those million "at-risk" kids, they don't figure into this (or exist for that matter).
The other thing on the May tape is Hagelin explicitly going over the Vedic revivalist and millenarian stuff that I talked about in my blog post on November 23. Again, great to see it in his own words.
One of our editors hope to go into more analysis in a few days, but I wanted to rush this out for your perusal before it disappeared -- forever!