Keith Raniere & NXIVM: Scientology connections? hurr durr I'm posting a PARANOID THREAD ABOUT SCILONS EVERYWHERE. Anywho, up here in Albany we've got this dude named Keith Raniere. He used to be a vitamin salesman (!) and the runner of a giganto pyramid scheme. But now... he's CHANGED! He's all about good business solutions, and runs a group called NXIVM (pronounced NEXium, faggots, because he's SUPERCOOL!) that has been accused of cultlike behavior. They're pretty litigious, and have sued individuals who claim they are a cult, including Rick Ross, because all the cool kids are doing it. While he has been compared to Scientology, I'm wondering if there aren't any deeper connections. According to Cult News, Scientology has given him some help with his lawsuits in the past. While this was, indeed, almost six years ago, I'm highly skeptical that Scientology helps out some dude who has some scientology-like beliefs and practices and doesn't demand anything in return. But then, I only heard about this dude 'cause he brought the Dalai Lama over and people were all upset because he's a huge toolbag and kinda sketchy to boot. So, anyone know any more about this douche? Some of his rhetoric is awfully Scientologese, and most of it is the scilon crap I really find abhorrent. Is he just a thief? Is he just following ye olde cult model? Or is he actually involved with Scientology to some degree? How did he pay back Nancy O'Meara and Scientology for helping him? Intrigued anonymous is intrigued.