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    [–] What movie are you afraid to watch, not because it's scary but because you fear the emotional impact? This_is_User 1 points ago in movies

    That movie is pure emotional porn. With a Christian twist, no less. I'm not Christian, but cried like an ugly baby a couple of times. Can recommend.

    [–] What movie are you afraid to watch, not because it's scary but because you fear the emotional impact? This_is_User 5 points ago in movies

    I have seen it and it has less to do with loneliness and more to do with finding your soul mate, if that is any consolation.

    [–] What movie are you afraid to watch, not because it's scary but because you fear the emotional impact? This_is_User 1 points ago in movies

    Room

    I tried watching it but had to give up half way. Not because it had a too strong emotional impact, but because I felt sad for the poor kid.

    And the worst part is that since I never finished the movie he sort of remain trapped down there forever. Double bummer.

    [–] What movie are you afraid to watch, not because it's scary but because you fear the emotional impact? This_is_User 1 points ago in movies

    Marley and Me

    Haven't seen it but I can connect with the dog issue. A lot of movie directors end up killing the dog because of the easy emotional impact it have on the audience.

    Movie Dog Lives Matter! :-(

    [–] Most Amazing Move in Chess History This_is_User 1 points ago in chess

    It's not the greatest move of all time. I know because I guessed the correct move solely based on the pure notion of the bishop not being able to deal with two passed pawns.

    [–] What movie are you afraid to watch, not because it's scary but because you fear the emotional impact? This_is_User 1 points ago in movies

    That explanation is one of the very good reasons I can't watch it. I don't want to spend any more time regretting the end of old relationships.

    [–] I just played Magnus on lichess atomic arena This_is_User 20 points ago in chess

    Either my Lichess is glitching out or the rules to this game are insane.

    How did Magnus win by taking on e4?

    [–] Trump Makes Announcement on the Southern Border at 10am EST This_is_User 1 points ago in politics

    Trump: "Everyone knows that wall work... 99.9 percent perfect"

    Are you guys hearing this?!

    [–] World Cocktail Championship 2017 - Super Final This_is_User 7 points ago in theocho

    Want a challenge? I'm sitting here with a half Zapaca 23 and a very smokey Laphroigh whisky. What can I do if I want to use both in the same drink?

    [–] Discord saves all DELETED images on your hard drive This_is_User 17 points ago in videos

    That is so fucking scary. Imagine getting a knock one day on the door and the police are standing there with s search warrant based on your Ip-adress having received child pornography.

    My only hope would be that they'll buy my honest explanation of never having seen or shared the image.

    [–] Where is the missing wife of Scientology's ruthless leader? | 60 Minutes Australia This_is_User 0 points ago in videos

    There are certaintly differences. Just because you refuse to Google shit for yourself doesn't justify that we have to do it for you.

    A search on the phrase: "What's the difference between religions and cults?" shows this result among many other similar sounding:


    1) CULT: Single, unquestioned leader who makes all the rules, with no accountability to peers, a presbytery, a chapter, or co-leaders.

    RELIGION: Plurality and hierarchy of leadership, accountable to one another with a charter or church constitution including a mechanism in place to remove leaders who abuse their power.

    2) CULT: Cohabitation. Members often live in a group or commune, often with the leader.

    RELIGION: Members have their own lives and homes and come together to worship or socialize, then go back to family homes.

    3) CULT: Isolation. Members are often not allowed to interact/socialize with outsiders, and frequently are required to separate from their friends and families.

    RELIGION: Respect the friends and family of their adherents, almost always encouraging family relationships, even with family members not part of the religion.

    4) CULT: Coercion. Coercive recruitment methods, often including sleep deprivation, withholding of food or bathroom breaks, locking the initiate in a room with a succession of people hammering in the group's ideas. Essentially, these are classic brainwashing techniques.

    RELIGION: Members, including new members, are free to come and go as they please.

    5) CULT: Repetition. Members are told what to believe on a daily basis, with intense, though often subtle, indoctrination techniques used to hold members. The few items that distinguish that cult are repeated endlessly.

    RELIGION: Teaching and study groups are mutually encouraged with all members free to contribute insights. A variety of subjects are discussed.

    6) CULT: Exclusiveness. Initiates are often told that only "select" members of the cult will reach the ultimate goal. This is incentive to stay and to be more dedicated to the cult.

    RELIGION: All have the same requirements and opportunities for advancement, leadership positions and participation.

    7) CULT: Bread trails. The dogma is fed to the initiate in small pieces, and gaining more knowledge about the dogma requires a greater commitment to the organization.

    RELIGION: Typically all beliefs are publicly available with no effort made to keep some beliefs secret.

    8) CULT: Alienation. Adherents are encouraged or even bullied into thinking in terms of "us versus them" with total alienation from "them."

    RELIGION: Members are encouraged to quietly show themselves as exemplary among their peers in secular workplaces and in public. Yes, okay, some are not very good at this, and those are usually the ones you notice. Still, it's a far cry from the above.

    9) CULT: Seclusion. Members are often not allowed to leave the cult or even the cult compound. Even temporary excursions among outsiders are done in pairs or in groups with a trusted member always present.

    RELIGION: Gatherings are held at regular intervals with members free to come or skip as they please.

    10) CULT: Totalitarian. Cults ask significantly more time and money from their adherents, often asking for a person's life savings to progress in the organization. They are usually totalitarian and demand that the individual give themselves up to the organization or theology.

    RELIGION: The tithe (10% of income) is a good example of what a religion may ask of its adherents, and rarely will anyone check up on members to make sure they are doing this. In pretty much all churches, this is strictly voluntary.

    11) CULT: Secretive about the workings, the leadership, and the finances. No one but the leader and perhaps a trusted member are aware of where the money goes.

    RELIGION: Respect individual freedom and ask for a commitment typically less than a person devotes to their work and family. There is no secrecy over the leader's activities, typically these are very transparent, with the congregation knowing the salary their tithes pay the clergy members, the amount going to building upkeep, and how much goes into helping the needy, community charity, etc. Financial statements are typically available to church members.

    [–] Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review This_is_User 1 points ago in science

    It may be over for the current state of life on the planet with unbelievably chaotic impacts, but humans may very well be advanced enough right now to survive through pretty much any disaster.

    You talk about futurism, but you are the one who are placing a huge amount of faith in the things we 'might' be able to achieve in the near future.

    I see no possible way for humanity to overcome the challenges to come if insects and depended fauna were to go extinct on a scale as predicted, especially if the only realistic remedy is for humanity to pool its resources in an earnest effort to combat it in due time.

    [–] Where is the missing wife of Scientology's ruthless leader? | 60 Minutes Australia This_is_User 0 points ago in videos

    You really have to be deliberately ignorant, or in a cult, to claim the role of the Devils advocate here.

    The definition of a cult from Meriam-Webster is as follows:

    cult noun, often attributive \ ˈkəlt \ Definition of cult

    1 : a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious (see spurious sense 2) also : its body of adherents the voodoo cult a satanic cult

    2a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book) criticizing how the media promotes the cult of celebrity especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad

    b : the object of such devotion

    c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion the singer's cult of fans The film has a cult following.

    3 : a system of religious beliefs and ritual also : its body of adherents the cult of Apollo

    4 : formal religious veneration : worship

    5 : a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator health cults

    I'm having a really hard time to see how Scientology is not included in the above definition of the word.

    [–] Where is the missing wife of Scientology's ruthless leader? | 60 Minutes Australia This_is_User 1 points ago in videos

    However, it seems to me that abuse of power and religion go hand in hand.

    You can be in a cult where there is no abuse of power. You can be in a religion where there is abuse of power. In this case you have a cult with abusive power.

    Why, you might ask? It's fucking Scientology; a religion manufactured just a few decades ago by a financially desperate science fiction writer and in which you are brainwashed into believing that aliens flying DC9's dropped living alien souls into volcanoes here on earth.

    Does that sound more like the stuff of cults or an age old religion to you?