Update on the esoteric freedom blog’s removal: dogs and fleas

Savino proudly posing with piles of cash

The law firm of Faga Savino represented Joseph Stilwell and led the court case that resulted in the blog’s removal. On April 2nd,  police arrested Jay Savino, the firm’s principal, and the Republican Party Chairman for the Bronx. The charges — bribery in the Malcolm Smith election-fixing scandal.

I’ve heard it said that, “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.” It seems that “school’s” evolved leadership may not be butterflies as claimed. I, myself, would rather be a caterpillar than a flea.

For more information on the fleas, read the following articles:



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4 thoughts on “Update on the esoteric freedom blog’s removal: dogs and fleas

  1. NYC Survivor says:

    Ah, Schadenfreude – how I love you at times like these! Now might be an excellent time to interest the press in some of the other cases Savino was involved with – if Esoteric Freedom were wanted to pursue such a course.

  2. There And Back Again says:

    I’m still bitter that they removed the esotericfreedom blog. It is a sorry state of affairs: The people who do things that can cause grievous emotional harm to others (while taking their cash) can coolly exploit the legal system to stop grass-roots outlets that are informing the public about what goes on. Freedom of speech has taken a holiday 🙁 .

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey GSR, I miss you and hope this note finds you and yours well and out of harms way. I have been thinking a lot about community and identity, in the aftermath of the recent tragic events in Boston. I have been thinking about the influence of “Spiritual” teachings that prey upon people’s natural need for understanding and connection, yet in reality actually promote isolation and fear. A state of superiority is cultivated that allows cult members to treat others badly or take advantage of them, which is supported by the adopted “spiritual” ideology. A more true understanding would lead to the insight that we are all connected and that to harm another is to harm oneself. I am ashamed of my participation in cult activity of scamming a Christmas tree and more… But I am left wondering: how can websites that discuss bomb making instructions stay up on the net while a small group discussion on a blog of personal experience can be shut down so easiliy? ARRRRGGGG! GO figure!

  4. Hi Anonymous –

    Thank you for your message. Yes, we are fine in the grand scheme of things. I hope that you and yours are doing well, too. In your message, I believe you ask what so many of us are wondering? If you want to learn how to build a bomb, go to the internet. If you want to learn the truth about a destructive cult, well, hope and pray you can go to the internet before some a**hole with influence and money shuts down avenues of truth and expression. I don’t know why the world is what it is, but wish I did.

    As for feeling ashamed, well, I suppose we all carry that baggage. Most of us escapees went against our better judgement, in the belief that “school” — in it’s evolved state — would never instruct us to do something harmful. Do you feel better able to trust your own instincts now that you’ve left? I know that in leaving, I found that silver lining in me. It’s like that saying, if you come across Buddha on the road, run away … or whatever it is … 😉 O.k. now I’m just rambling. It’s nice to know I’m missed and plan on posting again in the near future.

    For now, take good care of you and yours.


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