Cults

Episode 8 – Cults

Cults are SUCH A CROCK

Monday, August 13th…

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Michael and Katherine explore the crock of Cults with a variety of insights. K kicks it off with the Merriam Webster definition and both agree it’s too vague to be helpful.

So, what would be helpful? Katherine has asked herself, “Am I in a cult?” at least a few times… and not just in spinning class. She offers a list of ways to use as a guide when faced with that crucial question.

Many are drawn from a CBS News online article which interviews cult expert, Steve Echoil, head of the International Cultic Studies Association. As Katherine ponders the list, the duo discuss examples of each item as it applies to their own experiences.

In fact, Michael joins the cult discussion with a fond memory from childhood – the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Turns out it was Such a Crock when propaganda pamphlets in his small town pointed to his beloved D&D as a training ground for occult practices.

Check out this cartoon at Chick Publications

But as Katherine and Michael point out, the 80s were rife with accusations of cult practices and devil worship. Such fears were as common in 80s pop culture as parachute pants and Annie perms.

Speaking of the 80s, Katherine just finished watching the wondrous TV show The Americans, a 1980s period piece about Russian spies in the USA. She mentions it because the organization EST, oft called a cult, plays a major role in the show. Turns out EST actually helped lots of people and doesn’t really qualify as a cult.

Michael then brings the cult talk to the finish line with an actual real life cult currently in the news.  Nxivm, pronounced (Nex-ee-um) has been around for about a decade and makes headlines on the reg. That’s not just because they brand their members but also because they have some celebrities all up in there. In fact, that’s exactly what piqued Michael’s interest – a certain Smallville actress who is currently out on bail for Nxivm naughtiness.

Learn lots more with a listen to our podcast this week. It’s a crock that’s chock full of silliness and cult-like experiences. You might learn something but it’s fun to listen along either way.

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Living a Lie

Episode 2 – Living a Lie

Welcome to Episode 2: Living a Lie for our podcast Such a Crock! this week.

In this episode we discuss the troubling, ever present phenomenon of…

Because Living a Lie is Such a Crock 🔪🎼🍼🍔

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We kick off with a shocking story, then shift into a bit buzzing in recent news outlets. Living a Lie is SUCH A CROCK!

l. Living a Lie Hardcore Style

Almost every day, Katherine sees men in fancy suits snoring on park benches.

One of the sleeping suits I’ve seen on the piers… overcoat and all

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Recalling a similar story, she rockets this week balls-to-the-wall in our first segment. The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrere serves as inspiration for our first “living a lie”. And it’s a doozy. This particular crock might just be a shock to some because it escalates from a bench nap to a much darker place.

L’Adversaire (The Adversary), Emmanuel Carrère book, 2000

ll. Living a Lie Bad Girlfriend Style

Michael’s story tells of rising clarinet superstar Eric Abramovitz. Abramovitz met then-girlfriend Jennifer Lee while they were students at McGill University. Apparently Jennifer didn’t want him to move away, so when Eric won a prestigious scholarship… She prevented him from taking it. This brilliant young artist did not live a lie of his own making. Lee compromised Eric’s email account. Then she deleted his acceptance letter, and forged multiple replacements… All on the way to costing him a prestigious scholarship worth over $50,000 per year.

The Abramovitz story was widely reported. Here’s a version from the Paper of Record:
The NY Times: A Clarinetist’s Girlfriend Didn’t Want Him to Leave. So She Crushed His Dreams.

lll. Living a Lie Baby-Making Style

Katherine’s childhood heroes Janet Jackson (50) and Bridgitte Nielsen (54) are having babies… And they’re not the only mid life ladies doing this. Gorgeous Rachel Weisz also joins the baby-making party at 48 and so are tons of not-so-famous women. In fact, it’s a trend, and not just in the USA.

Turns out advice from your doc may be the crock in this case. For many years doctors have told women to “hurry up and have kids!” They’ve characterized fertility as a ticking time bomb. But meanwhile, recent relevant data doesn’t back up this claim. Thus, many women have made major life decisions based on recommendations that aren’t timely or relevant to their actual lives. That’s such a crock! Don’t you think?

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