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The "Critical Thought" presents topics that will challenge you to use critical thinking as you examine the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. As we present the facts about our personal experience with the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society (The "Society"), we challenge individuals to use critical thinking when examining the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, the group that follows the leadership of the Society. We encourage you to conduct research and not blindly accept everything the Society t ...
 
WYE is the podcast that responds to all emergencies on and off the job. This podcast covers four core areas of life: Physical, Financial, Emotional, and Professional. Inside each of those cores lies four phases of an emergency: Education, Preparation, Response, and Recovery. Through each core, WYE will offer different perspectives on each phase. Industry and Subject Matter Experts will offer their guidance on how best to leverage possibility and maximize results in each of the four areas.
 
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New York Times Bestselling Author, Jon Acuff, dropped by the WYE studios to ask our resident Motor a burning question: "Are cops required to get tazed?" Oddly enough, the topic of being set on fire also comes up...but that's how WYE works, right? Don't miss out on MC's answer...and look for our upcoming interview with Jon next week!…
 
This week your hosts welcome New York Times Bestselling Author, and tall guy, Jon Acuff to talk about his new book Soundtracks. As you are aware, many first responders struggle with an inner monologue that drives us down. "I'm not good enough. I'll never get promoted. I can't find a better job." Researcher Mike Peasley PhD and Jon worked for years …
 
To learn more about Eric Wilson, visit his channel using the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1l1Ac6tb16thxKa96Gm7XA All of the links associated with the Spanish Victims of Jehovah’s Witnesses can be found in the links of the following video by Eric Wilson. Is the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses actually suing people for feeling vi…
 
The Florida community of Surfside is still reeling from the sudden collapse of an condo building overnight a few days ago leaving 150 people presumed dead. While many news outlets are finding new security footage, as first responders we can learn a lot from talking to the responders first in on these scenes. You'll learn: The importance of a good L…
 
In this podcast, Nash relates his personal story about growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The tragic loss of losing a brother to a traffic accident and his father’s near-fatal accident is what brought him to the decision to dedicate his life in baptism to the Watchtower organization. Nash’s world came crumbling down after losing a second bro…
 
Remember early 2020 when we only had to wait three weeks to make Covid go away? Ah, simpler times. 15 months later, we're starting to emerge from our relative cocoons and starting to see normal sights. Like bar fights, publicly inebriated idiots (aka Otis), and the like. What kind of "normal" things are you seeing where you are?…
 
We all know the lives of First Responders are jam packed with stress. If it isn't home, it's work. If it isn't work, it's home. In this episode, we discuss an article from PoliceOne (written in the quaint year of 2017) all about stress...its causes and how to reduce it. More to the point, we are partnering with Yoga for First Responders and hosting…
 
You can't swing a turnout coat without hitting some buddy cop movie or show these days and it shouldn't be a surprise. Hunting down bad guys while your supervisor challenges your methods and threatens you with punishment sounds exciting, right? Movies like Backdraft and...well...Backdraft sure make being a fireman seem exciting, but is it real? Let…
 
Listener Brian dropped us a question about heads up displays for Law Enforcement. Your experts jump in with the pros and cons, finding far more pros as well as a number of reasons why it will be an uphill battle to get these technologies accepted by the broader first responder world. This week the guys talk about the different applications of a HUD…
 
During the 2020 annual meeting of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, David Splane, Governing Body member, clearly explained that the low baptism amongst the Jehovah’s Witness ranks are quite concerning. It is something that has been trending for many years. To increase the baptism numbers the release of a new publication titled “Enjoy Living Fo…
 
The internet of Things (IoT) is a living force that surrounds us and binds us together...no wait, that's the Force.​ IoT is very popular and is likely in use in your home and workplace without you realizing it. Your Alexa or Google Home Assistant is constantly listening for a phrase and if your query isn't understood it sends a recording to a human…
 
The Citizen's Arrest. A tool used by Hollywood to advance a story line or real thing one can do? Can any random person detain any other random person if they witness a crime and hold them until Police arrive to make an actual arrest? This week you'll find out! Listener/Loose Cannon, Jillian, jumped on Speakpipe (on our homepage Here) and recorded h…
 
This week on What's Your Emergency the emergency is that we just found out a good friend died. The tears of sorrow, the laughter of good memories and the need to sometimes just sit quietly by a friend as they grieve are all topics for this week. Moving forward though, make sure of the following: Your living will and other documents are on file and …
 
Over the past (wiggle hands and fingers wildly) years we've tried to share as much knowledge as we can about living in the three disciplines of Police, EMS and Fire. We do this by inviting on guests that have inspired us, authors who distract (and inspire) us, heck we even invite people we disagree with to learn more for ourselves. But imagine, if …
 
Rashauna discusses how she was able to regain her identity after leaving the Watchtower. She no longer has to agree with everything someone says or be on the same page with them in terms of acting out to remain part of a group. She discusses how therapy has helped her to regain her identity after finding out what she wants to do and discover who sh…
 
You likely know by now that your hosts met as public safety bloggers many, many moons ago. What you may not know is why they started and what made them stop.​ In this episode, the guys fire up the microphones after listening to part of one of the first Crossover Shows and became nostalgic for everything that was the "new internet." For example, rem…
 
Lonnie Gillard LIFE AFTER WATCHTOWER, THREE YEARS LATER. Lonnie Gillard appeared on our show three years ago telling his story about waking up and leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion. He was still living at home with his parents. As a result, his parents no longer allowed him to remain living in their home. He survived by finding online resource…
 
You might think this is a show about the end of your career, but we've got advice for you new people. ​ As a family financial expert, Jason has lived the advice we're giving this week. And Justin has followed many of the same principles and found himself in a financial situation he never thought he'd be in.​ This subject is definitely one we’re pas…
 
In this podcast, Lady Cee chats with Ashli Campbell about her experience growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ashil talks about what life was like having a father that was not interested in participating in Watchtower activities, but made sure she got involved. It’s amazing how he is not willing to make these major sacrifices but has no proble…
 
Unless you're living with your fingers pressed tightly into your ears and screaming at the top of your lungs with your eyes closed, you're aware of the trial of former Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. Your hosts, with a combined 50 years experience in law enforcement, fire protection and EMS, came together as soon as it w…
 
#exjw #JehovahWitness #exjwcriticalthinker We receive emails from people worldwide asking us if they should tell their family and friends the truth about the Jehovah’s Witness religion. After waking up to startling facts about the organization, they, like many Jehovah’s Witnesses, are shocked about their findings. Many times, people forget about wh…
 
You know how when you're feeling down and you've experienced a not so great life moment it's irritating to constantly be asked, "You okay?" We get it. Recently, Justin's eldest had some medical issues (Ask WYE 57) and he's been inundated with queries about how he's handling things. Methinks he's reached his limit. In this episode we talk about some…
 
Being married in the Three Disciplines (that's Police/Fire/EMS for the uninitiated) comes with some unique challenges. Holidays? Aw...aren't you cute. Baby's first steps? Hope you got that on tape. Marriage is hard enough as it is. Throw in the tumult and unpredictable nature of working in the Disciplines raises the bar. In steps this week's guest,…
 
#exjw #JehovahWitness #exjwcriticalthinker #exjwtestimonial #exjwinterview In this podcast, meet Vicky, an exjw activist from the womanofthenang channel – YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDisQAXxl1jf3SmgnQV6sYg She and her husband formally disassociated from the Jehovah’s Witness religion in 2018. Vicky is actively trying to help people …
 
Whenever a new social media platform launches there is always the elusive invitation. Certain people are given a certain number of codes to share with their friends to build the platform and create buzz. Some knucklehead gave one to us so of course we went straight in with no plan other than to hear what all the fuss was about. Listen in as we cras…
 
#exjw​ #JehovahsWitnesses​ #exjwsthink​ #exjwcriticalthinker​ #prodigalson​ Jehovah’s Witnesses stake the claim that they carry out the same practices in their worship all over the world. But, one of the most inconsistent practices in their faith is the one that pertains to the judicial process and disfellowshipping. If you are disfellowshipped and…
 
We know what you're thinking. Yoga immediately brings to mind one of two images: Either images of impossibly skinny girls in their 20s stretching on a beach or Gary from weekend graves barely fitting into his sweatpants. You do you. This week on the show the guys welcome Yoga for First Responders CEO Olivia Mead to discuss not only the benefits of …
 
Belgian Court Fines Jehovah’s Witnesses for Shunning Former MembersBelgian Court Fines Jehovah’s Witnesses for Shunning #exjw #belgianlawsuit #JehovahWitness #exjwcriticalthinker #shunning Do Jehovah’s Witnesses have a policy for shunning former members? The Watchtower lawyers present arguments to the Belgian court system that it is an individual c…
 
Those of you old enough to recall the mid-80's and our man, Wilford Brimley, know he was an advocate for fighting diabetes. Welp, Wilford, that fight just came home to roost at HMHQ. In this week's episode, Justin gets you up to date with what's been happening with his family. For some great resource and to learn more about diabetes, visit the show…
 
#exjw #JehovahsWitness #exjwcriticalthinker #truth How can you claim that your publications represent the truth and are divinely provided aids from God one day and then discard them as refuse and unworthy of being referenced tomorrow? Jehovah’s Witnesses have made life altering decisions based on the information contained in these publications resu…
 
Oof. That's a rough subject line, right? Lord knows we as a species aren't big on considering our own mortality, but for those of us working in the world of First Responders, we really should be required to do just that. This week we tackle a confusing topic: legal documents. Wendy K Reynolds is an expert in Estate Planning and, as we learn from th…
 
#JehovahsWitnesses​ #AustralianRoyalCommission​ #RedressScheme​ Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society required to appear before the Australian Commission to explain their policies and procedures for addressing cases of victims within their institution. At the end of the hearing, the Australian government determined that the best way to address this iss…
 
Faith and Finances. Two topics people love to talk about, right? Hello? Is this thing on? Not to worry, friends. In this episode, you can simply listen and not be required to tell us your life story surrounding these taboo topics because MC has a great discussion with fellow financial coach, Johnny McWilliams, about these very things. In his new bo…
 
Burnout in the disciplines is real. We all know it. Trouble is, most of the resources made available to first responders are tips on avoiding future stress (good luck with that), avoiding alcohol (C'mon, man), and maybe go and get you some therapy Justin has been going through anxiety and burnout for almost two full years (possibly longer) and thou…
 
In this video, we discuss how the Watchtower responded to a question from readers back in 1958 about one of the anointed voluntarily accepting a blood transfusion and whether or not they would be able to partake of the emblems during the Memorial. However, it’s the response to the question that is eye opening for current day Jehovah’s Witnesses bec…
 
In true WYE-fashion, we turn the tables on the week's Ask WYE. While recording a future episode with our guest, we started talking about our past experiences with DUI. No, not committing them. Arresting them and then prosecuting them. MC took the chance to take the show down a rabbit hole and got our guest, Wendy Reynolds, to give her perspective a…
 
In this podcast, JT & Lady Cee interviews an Unbaptized Publisher that realized at an early age that being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was not in his DNA. He speaks about having to tow the Watchtower line having a father that was an elder. But, how things took a turn for the better once his parents divorced. Chris speaks quite candidly about his exp…
 
During these challenging times (Aren't you sick of getting those emails?), Battalion Chief Tom Bouthillet saw an opportunity to improve EMT and Paramedic education and decided not to just watch it go by. The result was an entirely online education program that offered 30 hours of Continuing Credit Units for providers stuck at home due to Covid rest…
 
Listener Teri fired a question to Justin at Justin@WYERadio.com asking about benefits for first responder families after a line of duty death. While your hosts think this is a no brainer, there are apparently municipalities that do not automatically offer benefits for the surviving families of first responders killed in the line of duty. A quick se…
 
This week the guys welcome back Garrett TeSlaa, host of the Squadroom Podcast to discuss 6 key points to consider when looking to lead in the disciplines. It doesn't take a high score on the Lt's test or any brass on your collar, it takes the right attitude and application of the right tools. In this episode we discuss: Staying relevant and finding…
 
In this podcast, JT & Lady Cee speak with Kenan J. Floyd about his experience as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Kenan Jerome Floyd is a writer/producer/comedian based in Los Angeles, CA. He hosts a podcast called “Dangerously Awkward”, where he talks about trying to make it in the entertainment industry while dealing with his hang ups of being an ex-J…
 
Ever heard of Schrodinger's Cat? We're introducing a concept called Schrodinger's Retirement. To get a better (and brief) understanding of this oft quoted concept, check out the full show notes. Why are we diving so deep into theoretical physics on a first responder podcast? Because one of our hosts is experiencing what the other host refers to as …
 
In this episode, the guys are back together, in studio, after a 10 day quarantine since Jason left the area to visit family over the holiday. With new toys and equipment, hopefully the show sounds cleaner and crisper and all our bad jokes are easier to hear. The guys discuss new segments, future guests and offer brief comments about recent events. …
 
In this video presentation, we discuss feedback from one of our viewers from a previous video, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Riding the Waves on a Sinking Ship. It addresses the issue about counting time and the ten-hour quota. Most individuals may not realize that several decades ago, Jehovah’s Witnesses were required to turn in ten hours each month for fi…
 
New Light, Burning out of control, or flickering to survive? The Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has used the “New Light” theory to explain all of their failed teachings. They use this ideology as a means to change their teachings. By doing so, they expect Jehovah’s Witnesses to sit back and accept their mistakes. Since the advent of the Internet…
 
Numbers don’t lie, but you can lie with numbers, and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has done their share of number crunching over the years. With their “do-more, do-more campaigns,” they kept Jehovah’s Witnesses busy. They heaped a lot of responsibility on their members, and they jumped through a lot of hoops to satisfy the strict hour requir…
 
Here comes MC. Here comes HM. Right down WYE lane. That doesn't roll right off the tongue, does it? Ah, well...at least we've got some gift ideas for the loved ones and/or first responders in your life! Here's a few of the things on our past Christmas lists that we talk about: Tacvent Pew Pew Lasercraft CanvasFreaks Firefighter Job Shirt X3 Bar Lea…
 
Listener Jeff Sinfield from the great Down Unda' chimes in this week with a question aimed at MC but that HM has some questions about, too. "Can you be sued personally on the job?" It turns out MC and his pals have a built in legal device called Qualified Immunity that HM is curious to learn more about. He asks: Could the removal of Qualified Immun…
 
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