Post a quote, that could have just been text but instead for some stupid reason is an image, entertain me!

Honestly, if you WERE expecting it, I think i'd be suggesting calling some helplines.

maverickz wrote:
farley3k wrote:

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https://womenlaughingalonewithsalad....

Yes, this is on YouTube, but it is extremely not safe for work for language and uh, implications of what's going on in the parts of the video that have been cropped out. This became a meme for a while. Don't unspoiler, and don't click the link, unless not at work, and the potential audience can appreciate something seriously adult.

Spoiler:

Once again! Read the above warning before clicking!

Right in front of my salad.

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NSMike wrote:
maverickz wrote:
farley3k wrote:

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https://womenlaughingalonewithsalad....

Yes, this is on YouTube, but it is extremely not safe for work for language and uh, implications of what's going on in the parts of the video that have been cropped out. This became a meme for a while. Don't unspoiler, and don't click the link, unless not at work, and the potential audience can appreciate something seriously adult.

Spoiler:

Once again! Read the above warning before clicking!

Right in front of my salad.

Knew what it was, about broke the mouse clicking it because it cracks me up.

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farley3k wrote:

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Today is not my day...

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Hating on Fortnite gamers seems dumb, it seems fun if not for me.

NathanialG wrote:

Hating on Fortnite gamers seems dumb, it seems fun if not for me.

Yes, but lots of people enjoy it and I don't. Ergo, it must be destroyed.

trichy wrote:

Yes, but lots of people enjoy it and I don't. Ergo, it must be destroyed.

I only regret that I have but one like to give for this post.

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Delbin wrote:

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This was the source of my wife's thesis for her Masters in Religious Studies. She researched how society and families treated the members of "cults" like the Unification Church and the Hare Krishnas as compared to how they treated Catholics that chose to become monks and nuns. Basically, the seclusion that nuns and monks go through would be viewed much differently if it were to join a new religious movement.

I put cults in quotes because if studying religions, cults are just new religious movements that have not become established yet, just as every other religion started. According to my wife and her studies, that once you wipe away all of the anti-cult movement's propaganda, you realize that much of what people complain about cults is exactly what the Catholic Church does with nuns and the like. But in a new religious movement, that becomes everyone, because they are the founders. It's not until much later that religions get folks that just show up because it's just what they do.

And really, that's what drives twenty-something members to seek out new religious movements. They suddenly see the BS that the church is, and they seek something more spiritual and people that are more committed. And, as per usual, these folks are just as disappointed by the new movement once the shine wears off, because all religions are just regular people peddling ways to think about life. But since there is a stigma, you get the "brainwashing" stories that relieves them of any shame members they have for buying in, and it helps drive the Catholic Church's narrative to get rid of competing religions stealing there members.

The reality is, most people just leave cults.

Jayhawker wrote:

The reality is, most people just leave cults.

Two things.
1: you'll have to kick me out of GWJ.
2: what forum am I in?!

The secret is to pick one of the fun cults.

Please stop looking behind the curtain, Jay.

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Jayhawker wrote:

This was the source of my wife's thesis for her Masters in Religious Studies. She researched how society and families treated the members of "cults" like the Unification Church and the Hare Krishnas as compared to how they treated Catholics that chose to become monks and nuns. Basically, the seclusion that nuns and monks go through would be viewed much differently if it were to join a new religious movement.

This sounds super interesting. Any chance she was able to publish it anywhere?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

This was the source of my wife's thesis for her Masters in Religious Studies. She researched how society and families treated the members of "cults" like the Unification Church and the Hare Krishnas as compared to how they treated Catholics that chose to become monks and nuns. Basically, the seclusion that nuns and monks go through would be viewed much differently if it were to join a new religious movement.

This sounds super interesting. Any chance she was able to publish it anywhere?

I'm really not sure. I have never read it, to be honest, I just talked to her about the paper quite a bit. It was kind of personal to her, as she left the Catholic Church over some issues, yet, her favorite aunt, and easily my favorite relative of hers is is a nun in New Orleans. That is part of what drove her interest, knowing how her aunt was isolated from family for many years, yet this was accepted as normal.

Her research also fueled one of my favorite discoveries about the past. She was using old school newspapers to research the groups on campus, looking for anything that would shed light on how they were treated, and how active they were, and so on.

While she was working, I would read the old papers from the 70's. I found a story about smoking on campus. There was a quote from a professor that said they would never completely ban smoking from the classroom. At the time I was reading it, Kansas was in the process of banning smoking on campus, including outdoors. But in the 70's, students and teachers were allowed to light up during class.

It's crazy to think that we even used have flying tubes of smoke that carried us from city to city, as second hand smoke was just a thing we all put up with. I'm so glad we have moved on from that.

ruhk wrote:

The secret is to pick one of the fun cults.

I think her favorite to study were the snake handlers. Those folks knew how to party.

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farley3k wrote:

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Side-effects, schmideffects.

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:
farley3k wrote:

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Side-effects, schmideffects.

How important is tooth retention to you?
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Jonman wrote:

How important is tooth retention to you?

Isn't that particular side effect because of various poisons the US puts in industrial chemicals?

bnpederson wrote:
Jonman wrote:

How important is tooth retention to you?

Isn't that particular side effect because of various poisons the US puts in industrial chemicals?

I dunno man. I was quoting a gag from 30 Rock, not discussing the finer points of procuring methamphetamine precursors for the home chemist.

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