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      4/7/2017 update: Now people who've been affected by this are saying that it went away on its own after about a week. So I dunno, if this would really hugely inconvenience you try to not log in on additional devices/browsers until the 4.2 update that's supposed to hopefully resolve this for good.   original announcement: For a long time now, D1P has been limited to three logins at a time; logging in on a fourth device or browser would log you out everywhere else. Unfortunately, multiple people have been reporting that they've started experiencing being limited to ONE login at a time.   The good news is, Invision Power Services (the company that makes our forum software) is aware of the issue and will be addressing it in version 4.2 of the software, which is the next big update. The bad news is, they announced about a month ago (the beginning of March 2017) that the update will be coming out in "mid 2017", so we probably have at least another couple of months to go before this is resolved.   In the meantime, I apologize to those affected for the inconvenience, and would suggest to everyone else to not log in to additional devices until this is resolved if this is something you don't want to have to have to deal with. I'm still not 100% sure on why it's not affecting everyone and why it didn't hit everyone affected at the same time, but the timing of when the reports of this started here mostly lines up with when I've seen reports of other sites having this issue starting, and I suspect that the problem is trickling in because of people happening to hit a fourth login that logs them out everywhere else, and then proceeding to be limited to one login at a time after that.
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  1. I'm never flying Delta again. Stock will tumble. They're done.
  2. @Kal-El814 I hear ya. I'm not Catholic (obviously), but I do go to Catholic mass every so often. I feel that compared to mormonism at least, there is a lot of focus on Jesus during the sermons and such. And during holidays (Easter, Christmas) it's actually about Jesus unlike Mormonism where Easter Sunday or Christmas services aren't much different than any other week where you just hear talks/sermons about paying your tithing to the church, or how awesome Joseph Smith is, or being careful with the fun parts of your body, and yeah I guess they talk about Jesus or his life. But about as often as any of those other subjects. I enjoy the ritual of Catholicism I guess you could say. I don't know 100% where my beliefs are in terms of deity, but when I go to Catholic mass I appreciate what's going on around me. But I don't think I could join the Catholic church because of both reasons you stated, plus some of the problems I have with the mormon church are prevalent in Catholicism as well. Many Catholic buildings are ostentatious. I think if their point is to glorify God in their buildings they at least accomplish that, though. At least they're not malls, pricey real estate, private cattle ranches, and hunting resorts like the mormon church owns. Though I'm sure the Catholic church owns its fair share of questionable stuff too. The mormon church owns a hefty food canning/preservation operation, and when a natural disaster occurs they send a ton of helpful shit. But they don't operate any homeless or women's shelters. Their missionaries aren't digging wells or building schools in Africa (I most certainly was never given the opportunity to do such on my mission). They don't operate any hospitals with their vast wealth. They can't compare to Catholic charities which do all of that. I guess I mean that as crazy fancy as the Vatican is, it's not like they could just sell the Sistine Chapel to build another hospital. Thoughts are really unorganized here. I'm just comparing Catholicism to mormonism. Not saying Catholicism is without its issues.
  3. So a few days ago we were talking in the #religion channel on Discord and somebody asked me if I was mormon. I said not anymore. Somebody asked why. I think maybe it was @CayceG. I said it's a long story. @Boyle5150 wanted to hear it anyways so I PM'ed him most of this (I've added a bit more detail here, Boyle). He encouraged me to share it. I didn't know which board to put it on so I just chose this one since it used to be the philosophy/religion board. But writing this out was kind of therapeutic because I've never really talked about it or written about it. Don't know how to start this really as I've never really written it all out or spoken about my "faith crisis" for any extended length (actually I spoke briefly about it with @SFLUFAN). In this diatribe I'll just start out by outlining the core foundational tenets of the LDS/mormon religion, my background in the LDS church, and then transition that to a few main issues that really had me questioning my faith. Cliff notes version of LDS/mormon religion and doctrine: Mormons believe that Jesus founded a church when he was alive. This church contained the authority to act in his name and perform saving ordinances (i.e. baptism). Christ gave this authority to his apostles. At some point shortly after the Crucifixion of Jesus and after the death of his apostles that authority was lost, and thus the ability to administer the church was lost. This is the reason there are so many churches instead of just one. In the early 1800s, a confused kid/teenager named Joseph Smith wanted to join a church but didn't know which one. He went to the woods near his home and prayed and asked God which one to join. God and Jesus Christ appeared to him and Jesus said that all churches "[were] an abomination" and by the way, "you're going to reorganize mine and I'm going to give you that authority I gave to my apostles. Oh shit, son! People aren't just going to believe you so I'm going to give you an artifact to prove you're not making this up. There are some records written on brass/gold plates buried in a hill near your house (this is one of the reasons I'm choosing you). Go dig 'em up in a few years when I say you're ready and I'll tell you what they say." He does. That's the Book of Mormon. It is a record of the Lamanites and Nephites, who traveled from Jerusalem to the New World around 600 BC and practiced judaism until Jesus died supposedly. Jesus visited them after he went all zombie. Their descendants are all the native peoples in the American continent. Anyways Jesus and/or other heavenly messengers were all like "Joey, I'm not gonna leave the plates here with you to show people because that would be too easy. But if people read the book and pray about it I'll send some tickly feelies to their bosoms so that they know it's true" and therefore everything Joseph Smith ever said/did was true, therefore the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints AKA the mormon church is the one true churchTM on the face of the Earth. Jesus also spoke to Joe a lot after that as well. Joe wrote that shit down. That is in another book of scripture called Doctrine & Covenants. Apparently, Jesus also told him "bro you need some apostles. I mean my church had them right? You need to give that authority to them so that in case you die, we can still get 'er done. Of course, that's if I don't come and cleanse the Earth before you die. Which I might. I haven't decided yet so don't take any dates I might mention (like your 80th birthday) too literally." That authority has been passed down through the generations to the present day leaders of the mormon church. The most senior one alive is the prophet just like Joe. And when one dies they invite another to join their authoritative body. And God talks to all of them but mostly just the head honcho and directs them on affairs concerning the well-being of all and how to direct the church. And stuff. So when the prophet speaks, the thinking has been done, bitch. Don't question. So that's some background info giving you a little context of some beliefs I grew up with. Some of which I believed 100% or mostly, others of which I didn't take too literally. I was a mormon missionary at the age of 19. I lived in Chile for two years doing that. I met the woman who would become my wife. She was also a missionary. We married when I was 23 (I'm 30 now) and are still together. Just had our first child. I went to BYU (mormon-owned university if you didn't know) and graduated. And, despite everything I'm going to say about the LDS church (going forward I will refer to it as "the" church since that's what it was for me), BYU was and is a great school for the most part. They kept the religion in the religion classes and the science in the science classes. Anyways that's neither here nor there. So growing up I went to church on most Sundays. I went on my mission. I got back and went to BYU. I graduated and started working. I continued going to church most Sundays. I never really analyzed or questioned many of my beliefs outside of a mormon context. Never really had to. Until one day. I needed to renew my temple recommend. Mormons have two different types of churches. A chapel where anyone is welcome. And a temple where only members in good standing can enter. To enter the building you present your temple recommend to the greeter who can confirm its validity and let you enter. A temple recommend is good for two years. So every two years you need to go to your ward's (congregation) bishop (priest/reverend) to have an interview. He asks you basic questions about your faith, if you're following all the rules, etc. then signs it. You then repeat that process with a stake president (next level up from bishop, oversees a group of wards; a stake is a collection of wards). After that he signs it and you're good to go. You need a temple recommend to participate in mormon weddings and endowments, which are generally big family events. It's a way to keep you active in the church and prevents your family from gossipping. Because if you don't have a temple recommend you can't go in the temple and therefore something must be wrong with your faith or you are not obeying all the commandments. And heavens to Betsy if your family found out. Anyways, I needed mine renewed. I went to my bishop for the interview. "Do you believe in God/Jesus/the holy ghost? Do you believe Joseph Smith was a prophet? Do you believe today's head honcho is a prophet? Do you obey the chastity commandment? Do you obey our law of health?" Yes. Yes. Sure why not. Yes. Yes. "Do you support efforts to legalize same-sex marriage?" I froze. I had never been asked that in one of these interviews of which I had had a few up to this point. I thought there was a script this guy was supposed to stick to. Shit. What do I say? Will he deny me the recommend if I say yes? Well, I guess technically I've never like donated any money to a cause like that or something. So I should be good to say no. "No." He signs it. I leave. I'm kicking myself for not saying yes because what the fuck should it matter if I do? So that's when I went searching online to see if any other mormons had been asked that question in that situation. That lead me to www.reddit.com/r/latterdaysaints where I asked a question. You can find my post here. This was kind of a perfect storm of timing for me as the church had been releasing several apologetic essays (collected by a third-party here) in response to a noticeable and vocal amount of people leaving the religion due to several issues that have been famously outlined in what's known as "The CES Letter." It's basically the mormon version of Luther's 95 theses on the Church door. Being on several mormon themed subreddits exposed me to a lot of the discussion surrounding the essays and the CES Letter. It also exposed me to a lot of extremely orthodox people who disgusted me, but also to more "nuanced" believers who referenced things about our doctrine and history that I had never even heard of. And I considered myself very well-read on the subject because I spent two years studying only mormon doctrine and teaching people about it. I started reading and scouring the internet about different mormon subjects. "Joseph Smith was a polygamist." Okay well I knew that. But Joseph was virtuous and noble. He married widows so that he could use church resources to provide for them. It wasn't anything sexual. He had his first wife for that. "Yeah? Well did you know he also married several extremely young teenagers? One who was "several months shy of her 15th birthday" as the church describes it in one of their apologetic essays now that the internet has made this information widespread and forced them to acknowledge it? Did you know he told her that he was commanded by God to marry her, lest an angel with a drawn sword would destroy him, and he told her that by marrying him she would guarantee salvation for her family? Did you know that he sent some men on missions and forced them to be away for years at a time, and that while they were away he married their wives? Don't believe me. Here are the sources." Fuck. Okay I legitimately didn't know that detail. This issue specifically opened up my eyes to the fact that most of what I had learned about the church's history was the whitewashed version. And every story I had ever heard—about the heroic early church members and their dear leader Joseph Smith (and several of his successors) that portrayed them as the unjustly persecuted and hated minority—usually had an ugly part I was never told about that at a bare minimum made me understand the angry mobs driving them from one place to the next, if not outright side with them. Here are some examples of the whitewashing I'm talking about: I mean that the only portrayals that the church ever shows of its founder are things like this, when the reality was also this. Or when they talk about the process of how the Book of Mormon came to be they only portray this, when the reality was closer to the famous South Park episode or this. (Smith never had the plates near him when he was "translating". A magic rock he stuffed in a hat told him what they said. So he didn't need them. No, that doesn't make any fucking sense.) "But that's just history, man! It doesn't reflect on the church of today!" says the apologist at first. And I would tell myself the same thing repeatedly the more I learned. But our history infects our recent history. That authority I mentioned earlier—bits of which are given to every male member 12 and older—was never allowed to be given to a black male until 1978. "It was just a cultural thing! Prophets aren't infallible! They were just going with what they were taught by their parents, and what their parents were taught by their parents! And on and on!" But then, in 1978 God supposedly told the prophet, 10 years after the civil rights movement started, that black people are and always were cool. Duh. Let them have that authority! And there was much rejoicing. But, if you actually go back and read some of the stuff Brigham Young—who took over for Joseph Smith after he was killed—said about black people... yeah that wasn't just bad cultural norms being passed down. One of Brigham's greatest hits: "Let this Church which is called the kingdom of God on the earth; we will sommons the first presidency, the twelve, the high counsel, the Bishoprick, and all the elders of Isreal, suppose we summons them to apear here, and here declare that it is right to mingle our seed, with the black race of Cain, that they shall come in with with us and be pertakers with us of all the blessings God has given to us. On that very day, and hour we should do so, the preisthood [authority] is taken from this Church and kingdom and God leaves us to our fate. The moment we consent to mingle with the seed of Cain the Church must go to desstruction." That doesn't sound cultural. That sounds like he thinks God imparted some knowledge about black people to him. And that's just one of many horrifying things he said about blacks. Just google "Brigham Young blacks" and spend all day horrifying yourself. And that revelation in 1978? Turns out federal tax breaks for private school institutions, such as BYU, were going to be revoked if they espoused any racist policies. Good thing God let us know in time, huh? Oh and Utah, where Brigham Young lead the church after they were again driven out of where they were, was a slave territory before the Civil War. That was Brigham's call since he was the territorial governor. Also, here's another fun quote from a mormon apostle that was written in his book Mormon Doctrine. (It was quickly taken out of print after the "revelation") "Well so what if Brigham Young [and many others over a period of 150 years] said all of that? We're not teaching that today." Exactly! If the words of yesterday's prophets are just going to be denied or brushed away how can I possibly trust/have faith that anything that Tom Monson (current head honcho) is saying is actually inspired of God as of today or tomorrow? Everything he and the other apostles say about LGBT individuals isn't that far removed from the kinds of awful shit Brigham Young and his successors said about black people. In 2008 or so, while I was in Chile so I didn't hear much about it, the church decided it was going to build a mall in downtown Salt Lake City to help revitalize the economy in that part of town (where they are headquartered). They promised that the funds to build the mall were going to be coming from the for-profit, tax-paying business arms of the church and most definitely not from the tithes of members (to be in good standing with the church you have to give them 10% of your paycheck which they supposedly use to build churches and put towards other charitable causes, but since they don't release their books nobody knows, but that's a related issue I won't go into here). Okay. That mall was finished in 2012. They never officially released the cost but several experts estimated it at around $1.5 billion. I visited that mall not too long after its completion. If you're ever in Salt Lake City go visit City Creek Mall. I've been to a lot of malls and shopping centers and it is by far the nicest one I have ever been to. And not just because it is new. It is very modern with a lot of pricey real estate around it, with several fancy and costly things etched into its design. Like an indoor river. Anyways. I go visit this mall one day with my wife to find a wedding gift for a friend of ours. And I'm fucking blown away. It's amazing. But at the same time I am fucking livid. It's so ostentatious. I can't even afford to shop in any of these stores. And money I donated, one way or another, helped build this thing. All I can think about as we're leaving are the people in Chile whose homes I entered. Most of these people could barely afford to feed their families, yet they invited me into their homes and fed me. Many only had dirt for a floor. Many homes were just four walls and a roof. No insulation. No rooms to speak of. And I asked these people to join the church and give 10% of their money to it. Some of them did. That night when we went to bed my wife fell asleep and I lay awake. I just quietly sobbed all night. I couldn't fucking sleep. This is just a handful of my problems with the mormon church, or its history, or its doctrine, or its culture. But they were the big ones for me. There are a thousand subjects I could go on a diatribe about: polygamy, misogyny, discrimination, homophobia, fucked up scripture, the corporate structure of the church, how you're stuck in if you have any family in the church (#NotACult), and on and on and on. And I'm happy to do so if asked. And even within what I have shared here a lot of details had to be omitted because it's really long already. If you read all of that thanks for taking the time to do so. It was therapeutic for me to write out.
  4. The only past characters I want to see re-visited would be an Obi-Wan in the desert movie. I don't want a Han Solo nor Boba Fett movie.
  5. Nothing good would be on that side of town. Sent from my LG-H900 using Tapatalk
  6. Well like I said I only know half my city. There could be a bunch on the other side I never go to.
  7. It was basically: "Well, Jared has [insert major life events that everyone and their dog go through]. So we could have done worse."
  8. You misspelled winning.
  9. I think I'm going to go to Subway for lunch today.
  10. Nice. He was a great storyline in season 2 of Daredevil. I'm glad he's got his own show because both the character and actor deserve it after that Daredevil season.
  11. I personally think he can't handle all the negative publicity and contentious town halls. I'd be surprised if there was any real scandal besides not doing his job.
  12. In my city of ~120,000, there were seven Subways. One on the local university campus, one right outside the campus, one two blocks from campus, and three of the others were within a mile of those, and the last one was on the edge of town. And those were just the ones I know of because I hardly ever go on the west side of this city. A township this size doesn't need that many Subways packed that close together. Now there are just two. EDIT: Oh shit I just remembered an 8th one in a mall by the one on the edge of town. That one is also gone. Holy hell Subway they were literally within sight of each other.
  13. I think Kentucky and Tennessee have that covered. Right @CayceG?
  14. Agreed. I think reps usurp the "Congressman" title because "Representative" doesn't sound as authoritatively badass as "Senator." And Representatives are in every organization everywhere.