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41  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.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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.
45  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?
46  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.
47  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
48  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.
49  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.
50  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.
51  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.
52  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.
53  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.
54  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?
55  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.
56  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.
57  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.
58  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.
59  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.
60  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
61  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
62  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
63  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.
64  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?"
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 16, 2013, 03:25:50 AM
I can't breathe.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: September 02, 2013, 11:21:29 PM
Donkey Kong Jr. Math
67  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.
68  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.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: dbt's condition on: August 25, 2013, 10:56:54 PM
I feel like an idiot, because when you said you died I believed it for a split second and then immediately felt like the stupidest person on earth, as well I should.

Anyway, feel better soon!
70  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Manning gets 35 years on: August 22, 2013, 01:37:33 AM
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: August 20, 2013, 03:35:50 AM
Thanks! Here's Clu Clu Land.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Series(All of them) on: August 14, 2013, 10:17:48 PM
This seems like a good place to drop this:

http://youtu.be/pf9oD_xl8mI
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 13, 2013, 11:17:03 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on August 13, 2013, 06:11:27 PM



Some of this, I can't fathom what led someone to think, "This is a good idea. I have made a wise life decision."
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: August 13, 2013, 10:35:56 PM
So I restarted this, and I'm going chronologically this time around. Made a heck of a lot more sense.

I restarted last week, but because it was 10-Yard Fight again, I didn't repost. Instead, here's Baseball. Enjoy!
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How common (in the U.S.) was your name in the year you were born? on: August 11, 2013, 03:04:45 AM
Only 533 Lees. Well then.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Bridge on: July 26, 2013, 02:25:10 AM
Anyone else watching this show? I know it's only got three episodes, but I'm hooked.

If you're not watching it, here's what it's about: On the border of Mexico and the US, they find the body of an anti-immigration judge. Both the El Paso police and the Ciudad Juarez police have to get involved to find the killer and figure out his motive. It's superb.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's July 25, 2013. What's Your Game of the Year? on: July 25, 2013, 09:05:09 PM
Animal Crossing, then Bioshock Infinite.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 25, 2013, 04:07:14 PM
Oats. Not even once.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey, you know what show I miss? Whose Line Is It Anyway. on: July 24, 2013, 03:26:46 AM
Tonight's was actually probably the best one so far! They used the "guest star" just enough not to be annoying, and Keegan-Michael Key was outstanding.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail - WTF on: July 23, 2013, 11:18:50 PM
Yeah, I love the change. At first, I didn't like the tiny Compose window either, but it grew on me and now I like it. They're rethinking the way we always do email. This is a good thing. We need that.
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