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How to Know You’re in a Cult

There are many helpful red flags to let you know that you’ve inadvertently stumbled into being a cult member. Keep in mind the simple definition of “cult” is a system of religious veneration of a particular figure. A cult doesn’t have to be sacrificing virgins and worshiping Satan to be a cult.

None of the things I list below necessarily mean you’re in a cult, but it sure might. So tread very lightly if you see these warning signs:

  1. The “leader” is revered as the one person with all the answers. This is especially true if he will argue with anyone who challenges his assertions. You can’t be a cult leader without first being a narcissist.
  2. The leader has no actual seminary training or ordination. Folks, there is a reason that the vast majority of preachers go through seminary, or at least through an intensive ordination process. It’s because it weeds out a lot of the potential cult leaders – people in it for personal accolades. It also provides real accountability, as a person who is ordained through a larger organization can be fired and replaced if they go off the path.
  3. The “church” is several years old and still meets in someone’s home. Again, this is from my own experience, and your results may vary. Many churches start in homes, but churches that are planted in this way typically outgrow the home quickly.
  4. People who leave are badmouthed by the leader. In a real church, people come and go all the time. This happens for myriad reasons. Sometimes it’s doctrinal differences. Many times it’s simply logistics. And other times, it’s interpersonal reasons. However, if each time a family leaves, the leader of the “church” talks about “always knowing they were bad people….” you can be sure of one thing – you’re in a cult.
  5. The leader has requirements of members that make most reasonable people uncomfortable. For example, if the leader of your “church” insists on kissing all of the women on the lips, you can be sure you are in a cult. The Bible does say to “greet one another with a holy kiss.” However, I don’t recall the Bible saying to kiss the women on the lips and no one else. Creepy As F. Also, a 100% sign you’re in a cult.
  6. Your “church” only attracts weirdos. Sure, we’re all a little weird, and into every church a weirdo or two will appear. But if your entire “church” is made up of weirdos, misfits, and the fringe of society – there’s a good chance you’re in a cult. Cult leaders prey on the weirdos and misfits. They tell them that if they just follow this set of rules, that they will be an accepted part of the group. That’s what weirdos and misfits want – acceptance.
  7. Incidentally, if everyone “out there” is considered lesser because they don’t believe exactly what the “leader” believes, chances are, you’re in a cult. There are about eleventy-million denominations within the Christian faith. All of them share a reasonably short set of things in common and have many small differences. I would never say a Lutheran is less of a Christian or less of a true believer than a Baptist. However, these little one-off cults are happy to paint with a broad brush.
  8.  The leader makes all the decisions. I’ve been in a lot of churches where they pay lip service to inclusion and accountability. But I’ve also seen people who just “pitch” their ideas to their “elders” and it’s just expected they will rubber stamp it.
  9. The leader meets with and “counsels” people of the opposite sex one-on-one in closed door sessions. No professional, accountable person would ever do this. Pastor’s office doors have windows in them. Pastors don’t meet with women one-on-one without anyone else around. Even if the pastor has no bad intentions, it’s completely unprofessional and is asking for trouble. If your “leader” doesn’t worry about things like this, you may just be in a cult.
  10. The leader tries to act like an altruistic hero. “You don’t even have to pay me, I’ll just do this cuz I’m a good guy.” Mmmhmmm. A wise person once told me… “Pete, everyone gets something out of it.” I’ve never met a real pastor that wasn’t a humble, genuine guy. You can smell narcissism from a mile away, and if you smell it, run away – you’re in a cult.
  11. The “leader” interferes with other people’s relationships. No real pastor or counselor takes a side when doing relationship counseling. To pick a side is to interfere in someone else’s relationship – something only a cult leader wants to do. If a pastor is telling you “he’s no good, you should dump the bum….” he’s WAY overstepping his bounds – a sure sign you’re in a cult. Some exceptions apply, but they are extreme – physical or sexual abuse. “He’s mean” is not a valid reason for a pastor to try and break a married couple up. A real pastor is always working towards helping both parties get better and create an environment for reconciliation. If he is not up to the task, perhaps he should be in a different line of work.
  12. The church ceases to exist when the “leader” moves on. Churches go thru tough times, but no church should be built on one single person. If it is, there’s a good chance it’s a cult.

Healthcare

I’m so tired of the GOP being incapable of doing something productive while they have complete control

Healthcare can be completely fixed in three steps:

  1. Expand medicare to cover all “uninsurable” Americans. If private insurance rejects you, you automatically go on Medicare. Obviously guidelines have to be set as to what can make you uninsurable (to prevent Insurance from rejecting everyone).
  2. Allow private insurance companies to compete across state lines to increase competition and choice for consumers.
  3. Put reforms in place on malpractice suits so that damages cannot exceed the expected loss in income. So if someone making 30k per year is rendered unable to work forever, you take 30k x the rest of their life expectancy, plus the cost of their care. That should be the maximum someone is entitled to under medical malpractice, and it would go a long way towards lowering healthcare costs across the board.

So what if you have to raise taxes a couple percent to cover the medicare expansion? The cost savings the average American would experience in healthcare would more than offset the tax difference. Ultimately, what Americans want is the most value for the least amount of money. Most Americans also don’t want 30 million other Americans suffering and dying.

Easy as pie.

Both parties should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

Pointless Points

To mitigate the seriousness of yesterday’s post, I present to you 50 things about me.

  1. Are you a morning or night person? Always been a night owl. I hit my stride about 9 PM
  2. Do you prefer, sweet or salty foods? Salty. If I eat anything sweet, I have to follow it with something salty.
  3. Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas of course.
  4. Autobots or Decepticons? Evil! Decepticons all the way!
  5. What was your favorite childhood television program? MST 3K
  6. Are you a collector of anything? Guns, cameras, kids.
  7. If you could be any animal, what would you be? I’d definitely be a sloth.
  8. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Immortality, and the ability to pass it on to people I like. In other words, I’d be a vampire.
  9. What is usually your first thought when you wake up? Oh crap, it’s morning again.
  10. What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? Should I expend the energy to turn off the TV or just leave it on…
  11. What’s your favorite color? Orange
  12. What’s your favorite animal? I want a koala
  13. Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets? I think it’s probable that there’s microbial life elsewhere. Intelligent life? I don’t think so.
  14. Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in angels and demons…
  15. Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)? Never. Except maybe Tetris.
  16. If you were given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on? Sake and whores, obviously.
  17. Have any bad habits? Pepsi
  18. Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy? Spit left in the sink.
  19. List 3 of your best personality traits: I don’t have any good traits.
  20. List 3 of your worst personality traits: I’m crass, offensive, and I lack empathy
  21. Have any celebrity crushes? Not since Olivia Wilde started on House
  22. List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself: I’d be less chubby. But only if I didn’t have too change my diet or exercise.
  23. Any tattoos or piercings? Lots of tattoos
  24. What’s the first thing you notice in the opposite sex? Are we being honest here? Definitely the booty.
  25. Whats your dream date? Watching a movie in bed while eating Texas Roadhouse
  26. What personality traits do you look for in a partner? Friendly, happy, steady
  27. What personality traits do you dislike in other people? Manipulative, selfish, arrogant
  28. Do you see yourself getting married in the next 5 years? I think my wife would object.
  29. Are you mostly a clean or messy person? I keep my own areas clean, but I could care less if anything else is messy.
  30. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? SoCal
  31. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? SoCal
  32. List 3 goals on your life’s to-do list: Raise 4 girls and have them still like me at the end. Move to SoCal sooner not later. Visit Italy.
  33. Name 1 regret you have: Working for my dad.
  34. Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid: Absolutely nothing.
  35. Name 1 thing you love about being an adult: I do what I want!
  36. What’s your favorite song of the moment? Music? I hate music.
  37. What’s your favorite song of all time? Music? I still hate music.
  38. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night? Watch the Royals.
  39. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon? Watch the Royals.
  40. Have any hidden talents? I can pee standing up.
  41. You’re about to walk the green mile, what do you have as your last meal? The blood of my enemies.
  42. What would be your dream job? Working for myself.
  43. Which would you rather have, 100 million dollars or true love? I have true love, so I’ll take the money.
  44. If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be? Healthy kids, Healthy wife, 300 Million dollars
  45. Ever wish you were born the opposite sex? If so, why? Nope, but if I was, I’d take advantage of the perks of batting my eyes to get what I want
  46. Name 1 thing not many people know about you: I am bald.
  47. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to? Pete Petersen after my grandpa!
  48. Do you believe in the afterlife? Yes
  49. On the topic of abortion, how do you feel about cookies? Sugar cookies are the best, but abortion is the worst.
  50. What’s the second thing you notice about someone of the opposite sex? Teeth. If their teeth are all present, straight, and white, she’s a winner!

Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme (Model 7404) notebook computer, group shot, one open 90 degrees, the other closed, showing handle.

If you’ve ever dropped your laptop off a table, you know the fear. Every digital thing you own may have just died a tragic, untimely death.

Dell has the solution, and it comes in the form of the Latitude Rugged Extreme 14. This laptop is ridiculous in every way. It’s heavy, it’s bulky, it is so big it has it’s own handle and shoulder strap. And you could drop it off a cliff in a rainstorm while it’s open and on, and when you climb down to retrieve it, it will still be running just like you left it. It’s constructed from magnesium alloy and ultra-polymers. It’s IP-65 against water ingress. Its official spec says it can withstand a 6′ drop, but they are tested at 12′, and most survive from much higher drops than that.

It’s tested to run at -20 to 145 degrees. It can operate in blowing dust and sand, snow, salt fog. The desert. High altitude. The jungle.

And best of all, it can run in a manufacturing operation in Missouri. That’s where I come in. I work in a manufacturing environment where we have heavy equipment and chemicals everywhere.

So a top spec rugged 14 extreme will set you back about $7,000, and it will last until the sun turns into a chunk of charcoal. I frequently toss and drop mine to demonstrate to friends. It’s a computer AND a party trick.