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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go to a mirror. Look into it. Inhale deeply through only your nose. on: August 24, 2014, 10:03:57 PM
No one here took acid. See, I made an animated gif of me inhaling through my nose, and you'll see what I'm talking about:

Spoiler for Hiden:
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 24, 2014, 02:52:17 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 23, 2014, 11:28:13 PM

That's horrible. Does the vet have any idea what it could have been?

No, we didn't even take him to the vet. He died at home, and he died so quickly we didn't have time to take him. Just a few breaths and he was gone.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 23, 2014, 08:04:51 PM
He was only 6. He wasn't sick at all beforehand. I miss him terribly.

4  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 22, 2014, 02:53:26 PM

Quote from: Scraper on August 20, 2014, 05:40:16 PM

Lee how is your family treating you at this point?

You should ask him. smile

Nah, at this point I haven't formally declared that I'm out, so it's kind of a weird situation. Most of my family never was JW, so they're thrilled. My mom is, and she had a conniption fit when I told her. However, since I'm not officially out, she's still talking to me. I know she'll stop once I quit.

My wife is still a JW, and while she's horribly disappointed, she's still being as supportive as she can. I'm not sure if she's questioning things or not... she called me "birthday boy" today, which was weird.
5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 20, 2014, 02:57:40 PM

Quote from: Z-Corn on August 20, 2014, 12:44:03 PM

Is it true that JW's believe only 144,000 souls get to go to heaven?

If so, didn't they hit that number a long time ago?

Yes and yes. However, they believe there are two "classes," one a heavenly class and one an earthly class. The heavenly class is only 144,000, and the rest will live forever on Earth.

There's some talk that they're going to announce that the 144,000 number was always supposed to be figurative, though. Basically, a couple of years ago they happened to say that maybe there are NEW people being added to the 144,000, and lo and behold a bunch of people all of a sudden started believing they were going to heaven! WHAT A CONCEPT! So now the number of people who profess that belief is going up, and they're probably going to have to say that the number was figurative all along.

HOWEVER, since the "144,000" was always the ruling class, how can the church rulers keep their power? Simple! They've now changed the doctrine to state that the only ones who can provide their special brand of "spiritual food" are... the church rulers.

Pure control. If you were at all interested about what they have to believe and were thinking of listening to them, stay far far away. Better yet, if a JW comes to your door, just ask them why they were a part of the UN for 10 years. That should get them thinking.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 18, 2014, 03:12:00 AM
Uh, I just watched a video. I got to the

Spoiler for Hiden:
Creepy baby in the sink

and I NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPED out of there.
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 15, 2014, 08:15:24 PM

Quote from: Roman on August 14, 2014, 04:31:49 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 03, 2014, 08:14:51 PM



It's funny: I thought I was going to be an atheist, but I don't feel that way. A lot of ex-JWs are atheists, though, just because of how they've been treated.

Come on over. The atheist waters great!  icon_wink

My brain says that atheism is correct, my heart says no. Either way, when God stuff comes up against science stuff, science stuff wins from now on.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 09, 2014, 04:56:11 PM
I just want an updated and good Lords of the Realm. That's all I ask.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: August 09, 2014, 03:22:50 PM
I'll join in!

Finished:

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman
Good to Great by Jim Collins
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 08, 2014, 09:03:25 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Fireball! I'm not looking for anything different right now. All of the wounds are a little too fresh for me to be into religion, so I'm just digging in to science and philosophy for a while, reading a ton.
11  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 06, 2014, 01:18:17 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 04, 2014, 06:49:03 PM

Is there a switch at age 18 or something? For his school years, he made friends like any other kid. The no birthday party thing was pretty much the only thing that made him stand out a bit. His JW parents were also super friendly and welcoming to all us non-JW friends.

Not really. In school, you're forced to be friends with other people. I was fairly normal in high school myself, but once school was over, I did nothing but preaching. Probably that's what happened to him too. That's my best guess, not sure.

Quote from: hitbyambulance on August 04, 2014, 08:40:14 PM

one of my aunts was super JW and sent my brother and i identical illustrated Bible Story kid's books (the ones with the painted illustrations... you know what i mean.) also forbid my cousin from playing Dungeons & Dragons with us, but we did it anyways. no judgement of JHWH came upon him for that crime, as far as i can tell. for a much later holiday, we received identical "Evolution... Let's Talk About It"-kinda books (which went unread, forever).

Oh yeah. Before this all went down, I started reading my son the Bible Story book, and then I realized: These stories are NOT appropriate for toddlers! That stopped that. Also, the evolution book is full of misquotes and misrepresentations, even making Carl Sagan look like a creationist at one point.
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 06:37:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 04, 2014, 05:17:25 PM

Are JWs discouraged from interacting with non-JWs?  I had a good friend for most of my K-12 life who was a JW, and when he graduated high school he moved to NYC to the JW headquarters and pretty much cut off all contact with all of his friends.

Yup. That was the reason that I was starting to avoid this forum, for example. I feared I was getting too close to you bunch of heathens. We're frequently encouraged to look at non-JWs as "acquaintances" and not "friends." When I was in 2nd grade I even told a kid that I wasn't his friend because he wasn't a JW. If you have "worldly" friends you're kind of ostracized.
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 02:04:00 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 04, 2014, 12:38:19 PM

Who is Jahova and what did he witness?

Jehovah is supposedly God's name. The "Witness" part is that JWs are witnessing about him.

Quote from: Scraper on August 04, 2014, 01:33:40 PM

The real reason for the ostracizing is to control people and keep them in fear of leaving the church, but do they give you another "feel good" reason to do it?

Oh, no doubt. But what we're taught is that it's to keep the congregation pure and that it's a "loving arrangement" for those who are kicked out. I know, when I say it that way it sounds ridiculous, but it really works as a control mechanism. Funny, though: I've reached out to several ex-Witnesses, and they were all far more understanding and non-judgmental about MY shunning them than I was while I was shunning them.

Quote from: Scraper on August 04, 2014, 01:33:40 PM

Also, is it true that JWs don't vote?

Yes, it is. They use a scripture where Jesus says that his disciples are no part of the world and apply it to any number of innocuous practices.
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 09:56:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 03, 2014, 08:54:36 PM

Are there any secret things you're not supposed to tell non JWs?

Eh, not really. It's not like Scientology that has a whole other separate set of beliefs once you achieve a certain "rank." However, there are things that they try and keep hidden until you get to know them more, like they believe that everyone who's not actively a JW will die very shortly, that they have the one true religion, and that if you become a JW and then leave, you will be ostracized by the JW community and they won't even look at you or say "Hi" to you.
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 08:14:51 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 03, 2014, 06:59:03 PM

They were here just yesterday to tell us that they have a new website. For some reason my wife found that hilarious.

They're really pushing it hard. They're trying to rebrand themselves, putting the logo and website EVERYWHERE.

Quote from: Gratch on August 03, 2014, 07:25:22 PM

Was there a "final straw"?  Or was it more just a gradual separation?

It started because JWs are old-earth creationists that firmly believe that man is 6000 years old because the Bible says so. I started doing research into carbon dating in order to prove it wrong, and of course I couldn't. The more research I did into it, the more airtight it was. Then, I started researching evolution, then found out some hypocritical things about the organization, and that was that.

Quote from: ATB on August 03, 2014, 07:34:43 PM

Also, now that you're free to explore actual Christianity, get an NIV Bible and start reading in John and Matthew.

It's funny: I thought I was going to be an atheist, but I don't feel that way. A lot of ex-JWs are atheists, though, just because of how they've been treated.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 03, 2014, 04:58:28 PM
I'm sitting at 161 hours, and I finally made the move to Prince. I'm playing a quick game where I tie off a couple of achievements that I should probably get in Chieftain, then moving back to Prince.
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 04:55:38 PM
(Apologies for the Reddit-esque title.)

So here's the story: I've been one of Jehovah's Witnesses since I was 2. I finally just recently realized what a pile of lies it is, so I've left and am forging my own path now. It's terrifying.

Anyway, ask away. Anything you want to know about the people who knock on your door?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 03:54:47 AM
I had a chance to see The Hives last year and couldn't make it. That made me sad.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 24, 2013, 09:51:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 24, 2013, 08:24:12 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 23, 2013, 05:12:06 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 22, 2013, 10:02:27 PM

CeeKay, do you really need to repost everything you like in this thread with nothing but a smiley or thumbs up? It's getting kind of obnoxious, to be honest.


He's treating it as if it's facebook.  Ya, annoying

Thirded.
thumbsup

 Tongue
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 26, 2013, 04:10:01 PM
Good explanation. I always wondered what made MOO3 so bad and was morbidly curious. I am curious no more.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you change your allegiance? on: November 25, 2013, 04:42:22 PM
I'm just going to do what I always do: Nintendo consoles and PC for everything else. If there's a game I'm not able to play because it's not on PC or Nintendo, well that's too bad.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 25, 2013, 04:41:03 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 22, 2013, 04:27:34 PM

Downloaded it last night and played the first couple levels.  Levels are interesting so far, but my one complaint is one I knew I'd have, having played the 3DS one and that is it can be hard to tell where to jump.  With 3D, it makes it much easier to land on a Goomba.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. 3D Land was nearly perfect for that reason. I keep wishing I had a 3D slider in this game, it would be three million times better, by a conservative estimate.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 19, 2013, 08:36:03 PM
If you've never played Super Mario Galaxy, do so. Get a Wii U, buy Super Mario Galaxy in preparation, and prepare to be charmed to death.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 19, 2013, 04:36:01 PM
Does having a Wii U count? Because I'm pretty much going PC/Nintendo this gen, and if there are any exclusives I'm missing on the PS4/Xbone, c'est la vie.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: November 19, 2013, 04:13:15 PM

Quote from: frost on November 19, 2013, 05:16:51 AM

Epic.  Really great writing.  How long does it take you to complete a write up like this?

Depends. I write them out a few months beforehand, then re-read them over and over and edit them the right way. With research, playtime, writing and editing, I think the exact amount is "a crapload." It's fun, though, so I don't mind.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 18, 2013, 10:32:08 PM
As a corollary, what's the worst game you ever played for far, far longer than you should have?
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: November 18, 2013, 10:29:28 PM
It's been a long frickin' time since I posted one of these over here, but I figure this is the big one:

Super Mario Bros.
28  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Gamecube games ? on: November 16, 2013, 05:55:44 PM
Oof... all I have left for my GC is Viewtiful Joe.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Knack on: November 16, 2013, 05:54:56 PM
I just glanced at the thread title and now I have "My Sharona" stuck in my head.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 16, 2013, 05:14:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2013, 03:55:11 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on November 16, 2013, 03:43:31 AM

OK, FINE. I'll buy this when it comes out. I hope you're happy with yourselves.

I thought you sold your Wii U.

I was going to, but there's a problem with the gamepad. I need to call Nintendo and get it fixed when I'm not feeling so lazy.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 16, 2013, 03:43:31 AM
OK, FINE. I'll buy this when it comes out. I hope you're happy with yourselves.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 01, 2013, 04:08:20 AM
Firefox has encountered a bug.

http://www.dudelol.com/img/firefox-has-encountered-a-bug.gif
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 01, 2013, 04:04:09 AM
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 01, 2013, 03:56:16 AM
35  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Frozen For Now on: October 23, 2013, 03:41:04 AM
It's with a heavy heart that I do this. I just simply don't have time to play my Wii U with a baby running around.

It's a 32GB Wii U edition, and I'm including New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand along with the console, cables, GamePad, black Wiimote+, etc. I'm asking $225. Takers?

(Also, I don't know if this is relevant, but all of my Wii VC games are on this console. I mean, a ton of them. They can't really go back to the old Wii, but them's the breaks.)

I'm freezing this one for now. Maybe will add it back later.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2013, 07:09:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 05, 2013, 05:42:13 PM



"Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?... Seriously, why are you hitting yourself?"
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 16, 2013, 03:25:50 AM
I can't breathe.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: September 02, 2013, 11:21:29 PM
Donkey Kong Jr. Math
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 03:44:33 AM
My God. Walt is an awful human being. Rotten all the way through.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planning wonderpug's 10,000th forum post on: August 26, 2013, 02:11:24 AM
You should have just stopped at 10K, made a new alt and just ran with it.
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