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  2. For the record, the book has not changed my world view that much, or my political views at all. But it has made me more able to move with confidence toward my goals.
  3. Many of us who long ago recognized the evil in the TWI viewed, for a time, maybe long time, maybe short time, The Way AS the obstacle. An obstacle that distracted us sometimes for decades, sometimes less. On this forum (specifically "About the Way" forum) there are stories of wasted years that Victor Wierwille "stole from us." For me, it's been more than three decades (33 years, more or less) since I "copped out" or rather escaped the cult. That's no longer how I choose to look at the situation. That's not to say that I was (we were) wrong in viewing that reality in that way. Wierwille sold us a myth. A story. A cult. A subculture. And yes, a family of sorts. I long ago shed WayBrain. BUT now, I no longer look back and regret my time being part of that dysfunctional subculture. GOOD things happened after I left twi. But so did things we traditionally consider bad. Difficult things. Obstacles. Challenges. The transition to acceptance of and growth into the new perspective took years. The obstacles became the path to achievement, accomplishment and growth. They often weren't pleasant. As (included in the book above) Ben Franklin said (probably more than once), what hurts, instructs. Rather than ramble on, I'll just say that I've found the book tremendously insightful and inspiring. Obviously, I highly recommend the book to you. Maybe you can find it in your local public library. I obtained it from Amazon (Kindle version) for $1.99. I subscribe to a daily email that Amazon sends out with books at special low prices, often $1.99. Beats the hell out of paying $100 for a class (or hundreds to thousands for variations on PFLAP or Momentus) these days. And your life is YOURS to live as you see fit. There's no group to join but it will likely provide great insights for self-determination.
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  5. WordWolf

    TV Show Mash-Up

    Knowing there was an episode of a show TITLED The One With The Lesbian Wedding" can put one on the right track. As it turns out, "Mad About You" had Ursula, a neurotic waitress or something, played by Lisa Kudrow. She also played Phoebe Bouffet, who has a neurotic sister named "Ursula." Both clues, AFAIK, don't apply to "Mad About You." However, they DO apply to "FRIENDS."
  6. WordWolf

    Movie Mash-Up

    Well, I felt like watching it again, then I felt like doing a round on it again. I've really gotten out of the habit of watching movies. Mostly, now, I watch them in 2 seatings like 2 episodes.
  7. Human without the bean

    Name that Tune

    He sees his children jump off At the stations....one by one His woman and his best friend In bed and having fun He's crawling down the corridor On his hands and knees
  8. Yesterday
  9. Raf

    TV Show Mash-Up

    Kermit was kind of a narrator/supporting player. Robin was the star of this special. Ok, next... The producers of this show hired 200 people to take phone calls from complaining viewers after an episode that featured a lesbian wedding. They received 11 complaints. One actress on this series occasionally her character's twin sister on another series. The two series were originally unconnected, but the producers figured they had these two characters played by the same actress... what the hell, why not make them twin sisters? The ditziest character on the show is played by an actress considered the smartest by her castmates.
  10. WordWolf

    The Manipulation of Language

    "retemory" was a portmanteau word mixing together "retain" and "memorize" because twi had to have it's own word for memorizing something. Saying you "retained" what you memorized is needless. It's like saying you have to mention you ATE something that you DIGESTED. It demonstrated a lack of understanding of what it meant to memorize. "Cop out" became really popular once 80% of the people got up and left at once in 88-89. They needed a slur to slap on the other Christians who were doing all the same things as them but not with the same social organization, so they were "copped out." "The Best" - It's shocking how dissatisfied the cadre at the top of twi can be about everyone else who has a life and a job and still does HOURS of stuff for twi. On the one hand, vpw always claimed twi had all the "best" people and he studied under "the best" despite their lack of background. However, if YOU do something for twi, the top person from there can avoid saying something nice and say it wasn't "best" instead, implying it wasn't good enough. "All 9 all the time." - A nice goal to aim for, but impossible in practice. NOBODY EVER walked around in twi, CONTINUALLY performing miracles, doing healings, casting out demons or devil-spirits, etc INCLUDING vpw, no matter how often he FAKED getting revelation.
  11. waysider

    The Manipulation of Language

    Pot bless
  12. WordWolf

    The Manipulation of Language

    That was just plain stupid. However, for a lazy researcher like vpw or even lcm, downgrading "research" to just "rereading" something made it possible to CLAIM you "researched" something when all you did was read the twi explanation. It also made it easier for vpw to justify just plagiarizing anyone else's explanation so long as he "READ" it, after all, he searched it again, "that's 're-search' ".
  13. WordWolf

    The Manipulation of Language

    "Manifestations" had a reason- saying all of the "gifts" were standard-issue to ALL of the Christians. The former seemed to be an example of changing the language to change the language and make it more coded.
  14. WordWolf

    The Manipulation of Language

    Halloween- Bless and Treat All the holidays were wrong because they had pagan origins, so other Christians were wrong to celebrate them. So, we just renamed them and got to celebrate them just the same????? Yeah, stupid. Shows the degree that integrity DIDN'T have. Jehovah's Witnesses think that and FORBID a holiday. That at least has integrity and conviction.
  15. WordWolf

    Movie Mash-Up

    No.
  16. GeorgeStGeorge

    Movie Mash-Up

    Predator? George
  17. GeorgeStGeorge

    Triple Movie Links Game

    Christopher Lee Hannie Caulder Raquel Welch George
  18. penworks

    The Manipulation of Language

    Raf, when you asked for examples unique to TWI, I thought of the section at the end of Karl Kahler's book, The Cult That Snapped. It begins on page 275. Wayspeak: A Glossary. He has 6 pages full of terms you could check. If you don't have a copy of the book, let me know. An example would be "undershepherding" meaning "following up on witnessing by pastoring a new person." Also "cop-outs" - former members of The Way. Also, here are a few things, some are phrases I think are unique to TWI usage, maybe not … but when I use them when speaking to outsiders about The Way, I find myself having to translate what they mean. 1. advances meant retreats. VPW said we don't retreat from anything, we advance in God's Word. Churches use the word retreat for weekend immersions of fellowship and teachings, but TWI had to be different than churches, even in naming this sort of event. 2. lift - meant offer something or someone in prayer. I remember the first time I heard this it sounded so strange. Lift? 3. witnessing - meant evangelizing, not seeing something happen. 4. off the Word - meant not obeying Way teachings. 5. Karl had this one in his Glossary, too. Wierwille was "our father in the Word" - at least in the Corps, we called him that because we likened him to the apostle Paul. 1 Corinthians 4:15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
  19. WordWolf

    Movie Mash-Up

    "You got a family?" "Yes, and I will see them when I leave here." "You know that I would help you with anything, but I cannot help you if you're going to start all this again." "There is nothing except this. There's no art opening, no charity, nothing to sign. There's the next mission, and nothing else." ===================================== About the filming: "They had no script, man. They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn't know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, 'You got any ideas?' Meanwhile the crew is tapping their foot on the stage waiting for us to come on. " "When someone used to be a schmuck and they're not anymore, hopefully they still have a sense of humor." " One of the first things I did was I sat down all the people working on the visual effects and we screened scenes from Top Gun and scenes from Stealth and I said, “Why does Top Gun look so much more real?” Stealth had all of this money, technology and state-of-the-art effects and it looks like you’re watching a video game. We figured out that a lot of it had to do with how restrained the camera was. Don’t give the camera too much freedom or choreography. Get the shading right, the lighting right and there are things you can do to make the CGI look more real. People end up going crazy and give themselves a little too much freedom in how they use CGI and if you overuse it, it draws attention to itself." Early in the film, a main character is compared, obliquely, to Alfred Nobel. (They both seemed to share a certain nickname.)
  20. WordWolf

    Triple Movie Links Game

    If I could only remember even ONE other movie Benny Hill was in, but I can't. Oh, I can use Q! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Desmond Llewelyn Man With The Golden Gun (Got 3 people I can think of to work with, from there, plus anyone I can't think of...)
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  22. GeorgeStGeorge

    Triple Movie Links Game

    David Tomlinson Mary Poppins Dick van Dyke George
  23. GeorgeStGeorge

    TV Show Mash-Up

    She didn't actually talk backwards (a la Zatanna); but she spoke in spoonerisms. Her dad, the king, could never understand her, but Kermit could figure most of them out. The one he couldn't get, until the end, was to break the witch's spell, one had to "bake the hall in the candle of her brain." (Break the ball in the handle of her (the witch's) cane.) My favorite part was Kermit singing "Sweetum" to sleep, before Sweetums would eat him: "Sweetums, lay your ugly head, Down upon your wretched bed. Close your eyes and go to sleep, Rest, you hulking heap. Sweetums is so sweet and cute, Go to sleep, you stupid brute." At which point Sweetums would say "Nighty-night!" and pass out. This happened a few times, before Sweetums caught on: "Sweetums eat froggie, NOW!!!!" I remember seeing this show while visiting my grandmother, who died in 1976. I haven't seen it since. I like the Muppets, fine; I just never watched them. George
  24. Raf

    TV Show Mash-Up

    Kermit helps a bewitched princess... Wait, did she talk backwards? And Kermit's nephew was like the Frog Prince, only he wasn't a prince but a knight, Sir Robin the Brave? THAT special where Kermit helped a bewitched princess?
  25. GeorgeStGeorge

    TV Show Mash-Up

    Other than Sesame Street and one TV special (Kermit helps a bewitched princess), you are correct. Geroge
  26. WordWolf

    Movie Mash-Up

    Next movie. "You got a family?" "Yes, and I will see them when I leave here." "You know that I would help you with anything, but I cannot help you if you're going to start all this again." "There is nothing except this. There's no art opening, no charity, nothing to sign. There's the next mission, and nothing else."
  27. WordWolf

    TV Show Mash-Up

    So, to recap, Raf is correct.
  28. WordWolf

    TV Show Mash-Up

    The first show was "The Muppet Show", the second was "Muppets Tonight", and the third was "the muppets'. When Jim Henson was putting together his first muppet show, he was unable to find any interest whatsoever in Hollywood. He had to go to the UK and ITV to find a home. ITV's subgroup, ATV, was run by Lew Grade. There's a nod to him in The Muppet Movie- the Hollywood producer played by Orson Wells, was named "Lew Lord" (Lew Grade became Lord Lew Grade in 1976.) It looks like the Muppet Show may have been filmed at Elstree Studios, a name which should ring a bell for fans of the original Star Wars trilogy.
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